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A Chat with 2013 NYX Face Awards Winner, Missy Lynn

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

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As mentioned in last week’s post, this past weekend I participated in BeautyCon 2013, which was attended by more than 6,000 makeup gurus and aspiring beauty stars. (See a great recap here.)

In addition to being a panelist, I was also a judge in the NYX FACE Awards, where the country’s six up-and-coming YouTube gurus battled it out to become Beauty Vlogger of the Year and receive a cool $25,000. I sat down with the winner, Air Force enlistee Missy Lynn (aka Start2FinishMUA), to hear more about her inspiring journey and plans for the future.

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Kelly Osbourne to P’Trique: What to Catch at BeautyCon Los Angeles

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

Whether you’re an Internet sensation or simply a fan, your calendar is surely marked for this weekend’s BeautyCon in L.A. Going down at Siren Studios in Hollywood from 10am to 9pm, the day-long event will offer attendees the unique opportunity to meet all their favorite beauty and fashion web personalities under one roof. Want in? Register to attend here.

As you’ll see on the agenda, the day is jam-packed with an overwhelming amount of back-to-back workshops, panels, tutorials and competitions. To help you navigate the show like a pro, here’s a roundup of the top five events to catch. (I’m participating in two of them, so I hope I see you there!)

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Peek Inside 3FLOZ’s Awesome New Airport Kiosks

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.image

(Photo: Air Repair)

When news spread that 3FLOZ, the genius purveyor of TSA-friendly beauty products, was readying to launch kiosks at airports this year, I instantly did a happy dance. After all, the company is a favorite of many, including Birchbox. While I thought that we’d have to wait until the end of the year before the self-service machines were unveiled, my friends at Air Repair have revealed that they’re coming out in just a few weeks!

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Introducing Skin Laundry: LA’s First-Ever Express Facial Spa

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

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Thanks to spots like Blushington and Assembly Salon, time-saving beauty in LA has never been easier. The latest game-changer to hit the celeb-happy scene is Skin Laundry—a medical-approved skincare haven that provides 10-minute laser facials for $75 a pop.

Given that experiencing a high-end laser treatment for under $100 is pretty much unheard of ‘round these parts, I couldn’t resist taking the service for a spin. I’ll admit it—the laser part kind of scared me at first, but the RN instantly made me feel relaxed during the blink-and-it’s-done procedure. After a funny sensation (the laser feels kind of like a very tiny pinch) and an application of the most amazing cooling cream I’ve ever felt, I was out the door with a new glow in tow. I sat down with co-founders Chris Carey and Elson Lai to learn more about this exciting new concept. They currently only have locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, so fingers crossed that they expand to more cities soon.

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Beach Bunny Reinvents the Ponytail at Miami Swim Week

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

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While there were tons of stellar shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim this year, (Wildfox was definitely a crowd-pleaser), nothing holds a candle to the beauty spotted at Beach Bunny.

TRESemmé and super-stylist Tyler Laswell helped the Cali swimwear label bring even more heat to the sizzling city by debuting the fauxhawk French braid of my dreams.

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This Airbrushed Mani Is Ready for Miami Swim Week

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

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This week I’m back in Miami to report on the scantily clad scene that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. But before I left LA, I stopped by my secret spot for airbrushed manicures: CT Nails #9 by David. Known as the man for intricately printed tips (girls come from all over the world to see him), David can whip up just about any design you’re dreaming of.

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4 Fierce LA Nail Art Instagrams to Follow Now

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

(Image via NCLA/Instagram)

Here in Los Angeles, we’re still obsessed with nail art. Everyone from Jaime King to Zooey Deschanel is hooked on decorating their digits at our city’s slew of creative salons, and the trend has trickled down to their many fans, too. To keep us all inspired and remind us that summer is the season for experimental beauty, here’s a roundup of four Instagram accounts that really nail it.

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Beauty Throwback: Double Hair Buns

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

(Photo: © David Bergman/Corbis)

As demonstrated in this post, I love a good throwback. My latest obsession is the resurgence of double buns—a statement hairstyle championed by edgy fashion forces like Gwen Stefani (above) and Bjork in the ’90s. I’m glad to see that the look has parlayed it’s way back onto the scene, thanks to gals like Vanessa Hudgens and Rita Ora—two girls who know a thing or two about having fun with fashion.

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Natural Summer Beauty Tips from Celeb Makeup Guru Katey Denno

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala two years ago, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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(Photo: Katey Denno/Instagram)

New York-based makeup artist Katey Denno's client roster reads like a who's who of Hollywood. From Amanda Seyfried and Isla Fisher to Olivia Wilde and Gwyneth Paltrow, her beautifying hands have graced just about every top starlet's face—and she shows no signs of slowing down.

In addition to her celebrity work, she also maintains an awesome blog called The Beauty of It Is. An earth-friendly beauty advocate, Denno is a big fan of Burt’s Bees products, too.

To ring in the Summer Solstice, Denno shared some of her fuss-free tips for looking naturally gorgeous while taking in the season’s welcomed rays.

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