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5 Luxe (Yet Affordable) Beauty Products That’ll Make You Feel like a Million Bucks

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We’ll admit it. A tiny part of us has always dreamed of what it’d be like to own Elizabeth Taylor’s opulent collection of gold-encrusted jewelry. (Have you seen the necklace she wore in Cleopatra?) Sadly the truth is that most of us just can’t afford such luxuries.

Lucky for us, the beauty world has found innovative ways to infuse rare and precious properties into our favorite products, giving us a taste of the Liz Taylor lifestyle that we’ve always fantasized about. Here are four luxurious goodies that will make you feel like a million bucks:

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4 Color-Protecting Ingredients You Should Know

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Summer is approaching, which means that many of us will be visiting the salon for a lighter hair shade, highlights, or both. This year, we’re getting smart about protecting our expensively dyed hair from the sun. Protect your strands against UV rays with our handy round-up of the best color-protecting ingredients: 

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How to Score Salon-Quality Hair Color at Home

 While we’d love to switch up our hair colors as often as Lady Gagathe hefty price tag of a salon visit (and memories of our tragic teen experiments with drugstore kits) usually stops us from trying a new shade.

So, with fiscal responsibility in mind, we enlisted People and Culture Manager Nicole (whose unofficial title is Peanut Butter Puffins Supplier) to test out KELLY VAN GOGH®’s Master Blend Color. A dusty-blonde who’s prone to an occasional grey strand, Nicole chose Van Gogh’s Medium Cool Blonde to give her locks a brighter golden hue. As a veteran of at-home coloring, she was impressed by the Kit’s salon-quality tools. She loved the “awesome” black rubber gloves that came inside each kit. And thanks to the dye’s gentle, caviar oil-infused formula, she reported that her strands actually felt softer post-rinse—pretty crazy, huh? 

The rich gold blended perfectly with Nicole’s existing highlights while covering up any pesky greys. While we’re well aware that professional colorist Kelly Van Gogh’s products are top-of-the-line, we were relieved that Nicole loved her newly revamped locks—after all, we’d never dare to anger the woman in charge of deciding which cereals to stock in the Birchbox pantry. 

—Ally

To prolong the life of your color, add KELLY VAN GOGH®’s Colour Protecting Caviar Shampoo and Conditioner to your shower caddy.

Embrace the Frizz: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her Hairistocracy column.

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Last night I was flipping through the runway shots from the spring 2012 collections and I did a double take when I landed on Oscar de la Renta’s RTW line: holy frizz! Every woman was sporting a head full of extra crimped and volumized hair, and they looked absolutely gorgeous.

Suddenly I’ve become inspired to try and work with my frizz, too. While it can seem like one of our biggest hair enemies, I think it’s time to put down our guns (or hardcore hair oils), girls. Let’s embrace this voluminous look.

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