• Don't be "That Girl" at your office holiday party

    don+t+be+that+girl+at+your+office+holiday+party_3356_800275691_0_0_4001634_300The holiday season is upon us and that means one thing. No, we're not talking about giving gifts to your loved ones or trimming the tree with your family. It's time for your company's Christmas party! 'Tis the season to get drunk on your boss' dime.

    And while we advise you to take full advantage of this opportunity, we beg of you one thing. Don't be the That Girl. You know the one we mean. The one who could give pre-rehab Lindsay Lohan a run for her party-hearty money. That Girl who has to call in sick on Monday to nurse a hangover and hang her head in shame. That Girl who's the main reason for the cash bar at next year's party. Don't be "That Girl."

    Luckily, it's easy to have a great a deservedly wild time without becoming the archetypal office good-times girl - all it takes is a bit of preparation, a dash of foresight and a few smart decisions to ensure that you won't have to worry about sideways glances and silent snickering on Monday morning.

    1. Don't wear anything too formal or too slutty. This isn't prom and it's not a street corner.

    2. Do choose something you feel great in. If you aren't comfortable, you may go a little overboard on the liquid courage to feel more at ease, which can be a slippery, red-cheeked gin-soaked slope.

    3. Don't wear makeup that needs to be touched up through out the night. Frequent trips to the bathroom to "powder your nose" may give coworkers the wrong impression.

    4. Do use cosmetics that will have your back, whether you're throwing back shots with your boss or teaching the sales department how to Dougie. Apply long-lasting blinc Mascara - it won't flake, smudge or run so you can party hard without fear.

    5. Don't show off your shot-gunning, whiskey-chugging skills. It's an open bar, not a college drinking contest.

    6. Do drink like you mean it. You aren't footing the bill and let's face it - your company owes you.

    7. Don't overshare. While liquor may make your lips looser, lock it up. It may seem like a hilarious story at the time, but do you really want your coworkers to know how you won that contest on spring break in Cancun come Monday morning?

    8. Do keep your ears open. Just because you aren't spilling secrets doesn't mean others won't - and when they're not your own stories, they are wildly entertaining!

  • How to snag a great New Year's kiss

    how+to+snag+a+great+new+year+s+kiss_3356_800310849_0_0_7078172_300This time of year is chock full of good times, like holiday parties, days off from work and gift exchanges. Unfortunately for us single gals, there is something on the horizon that is decidedly less fun. In fact, it is even more frightening than your family's Christmas sweaters or your end-of-the-month deadlines at the office - 11:59 pm on December 31. While those with a boyfriend have an insta-midnight kiss, the solo sisters have nothing but anxiety as they frantically search for a pair of lips to smooch when the clock strikes midnight.

    Though the idea of being dateless on New Year's Eve may seem like the perfect reason to skip the parties and stay home alone, it may be the very reason you should pretty yourself up and head out. You never know what single dude you'll stumble upon while saying goodbye to 2010.

    But simply meeting a gorgeous guy doesn't guarantee a lip lock when the ball drops. To land a midnight kiss with your Mr. Right Now, you may want to follow a few simple suggestions.

    1. Look drop-dead gorgeous. We know this sounds like a tall-order to fill but come on - you have over a week to prepare, so looking less-than-stellar is simply inexcusable. Put together an ensemble that highlights your best features. Love your legs? Rock a mini and a killer pair of stilettos. Prefer to show-off a bit of cleavage? Sport a plunging neckline that is sure to turn heads.

    2. Create a truly kissable pout. Though red lips may seem alluring, guys may shy away from getting too close to a pout that's covered in color. You may also want to avoid gloss - shiny lips are sexy from afar, but the sticky substance is likely to scare away a dude who's just looking to smooch. Instead, brush on a smudge-proof stain that is a bit darker than your natural color and cover with a lip balm that boasts a slight sheen. Irresistible!

    3. Make sure your look lasts 'til midnight. New Year's Eve is usually a night-long celebration, so you'll want to use products that won't quit on you before the clock strikes 12. Use a light-weight hairspray to keep your strands in place without creating a stiff-looking 'do. To avoid the dreaded raccoon eyes, apply a few coats of blinc Mascara for flirtatiously full lashes that will stay-put through inclement weather and dance-induced sweat.

    4. Don't black out before the ball drops. A happy buzz is great, but slurring and stumbling is not sexy - and passing out in the corner is simply sad. And please, lay off the red wine. Nothing says "Kiss me on the cheek" quite like wine-stained teeth.

  • Top 3 beauty trends we hope will stay in 2010

    The champagne has been popped, the ball has dropped and (hopefully) the hangovers have stopped. And while many people may think of the new year as a magical time when their slates are wiped clean, don't feel guilty if you still have some 2010 baggage with you on your journey to 2011.

    Yeah we know, it's a new year. But what really happened in between 11:59 pm on December 31 and 12:00 am on January 1? Did a unicorn-riding elf fly across the world and magically erase the issues and problems of the past year? Believe us, we wish that was the case, but unfortunately, the things you had to deal with in 2010 will likely follow you into the new year as well.

    However, while last year's baggage may be tethered to your ankles, there are a few things you can easily leave behind, especially when it comes to the wonderful world of beauty. In fact, there are three trends we encourage you to abandon forever.

    1. The Jersey Shore look. We love watching Snooki, JWoww and Sammi - the ladies are more quotable than a Will Ferrell movie. But please, stop emulating their beauty routines. I mean seriously, we loved tuning into Lost - does that mean we should try to look like the Smoke Monster?

    In 2011, lay off the self-tanner, the false lashes, and for all that is good in the world, take down that poof. Instead, opt for a more natural look. Add a touch of color to your complexion with a bit of bronzing powder and emphasize your eyes with blinc Mascara, which won't run or flake no matter how many gorilla juiceheads you beat up the beat with.

    2. Vampire makeup. From Twilight to True Blood, the nation was (and still is) obsessed with these creepy bloodsuckers, and it's easy to see why. In addition to being immortal and needing blood to stay alive, apparently all vampires are incomprehensibly good looking. And while we'd go undead for Robert Pattinson or Alexander Skarsgard, we don't need to look as though we died long ago.

    Remember, the sun won't actually kill you (hell, it doesn't even kill the vampires in Twilight - but that's a complaint for another day). Experiment with light and bright makeup that will enhance your sun-kissed skin.

    3. Taylor Momsen. While we really hope nobody is trying to look like this raccoon-eyed actress, we have two words for anybody piling on the black makeup: Stop. Seriously.

  • How to cope with a breakup

    how+to+cope+with+a+breakup_3356_800344787_0_0_7077116_300Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka said it best: Breaking up is hard to do.* Right on, Neil, right on. But while the breakup itself may be difficult, nothing surpasses the pain in the weeks to follow. So how do you cope with that horrid period of time? Simple: Get up, get out and get some. Soon enough, you'll be over it.

    First of all, put down the ice cream. It may seem like a suitable substitution for your ex, but trust us, Ben and Jerry won't kiss you good morning or take you out at night. Snuggling up to food is perhaps the worst revenge ever. The best? Living your life and doing fantastic things that you weren't able to do when you were tied down (hello make out session with the sexy trainer at your gym!).

    Even if your ex lives on the other coast, it's almost guaranteed that you will run into him on the day you feel at your worst. However, you can still look your best. Before heading out, spend some time in the mirror making yourself look awesome.

    Because you've likely been crying for days, pay special attention to your eyes - nobody should be able to tell you've been sobbing. Rim your eyes with a dark liner for a smoldering and sexy stare. Cover your lids with a shimmery shadow to reflect light and detract from the puffiness that tears can bring, and apply highlighting powder to the inner corners of your eyes to add brightness.

    Coat your lashes with dark blue blinc Mascara. The water-resistant formula won't run (even if you shed a few tears) and the pigment will make your reddened eyes appear whiter. Finish with a bit of blush and a berry-colored lipstick that boasts a slight sheen for an absurdly kissable pout.

    Once you look the part, it's time to get out there and get some. Round up your favorite single ladies and hit the town for a night you'll never forget. Well, truthfully your memory will probably start to go after the third kamikaze shot, but hey, if you can't remember your own name, you won't remember your ex's either!

    *Side note: Who would have thought that Neil Sedaka would have penned one of the most lasting, insightful lyrics of the past 60 years? Seriously. Way to go, Neil.

  • Stop applying makeup in these public places: A short plea

    stop+applying+makeup+in+these+public+places+a+short+plea_3356_800361785_0_0_7015293_300Angelina Jolie is no stranger to stealing the spotlight at awards shows - who could forget her displays of sisterly affection at the 2000 Academy Awards? - but this time, she didn't even have to take the stage to attract attention. During the 68th Golden Globe awards, cameras caught Jolie reapplying lip gloss as Matt Damon presented Robert De Niro with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

    While some analysts believed that this action humanized Jolie ("Look! I apply makeup just like everyone else!"), we found it inappropriate. One of the world's greatest actors is getting a lifetime achievement award, but Jolie was worried that her lips weren't shiny enough (not to mention, using makeup at a dinner table anywhere is a bit gauche).

    Inspired by Jolie's lip-slip, we've compiled a short list of places we're tired of seeing ladies reapply makeup.

    A sporting event. Chances are if you are a die-hard fan, you wouldn't risk missing a minute of the game to make sure your eyeshadow hasn't creased. But even if you're dragged to the game by your friends and have no interest in the action on the field, there is one thing we can promise you: You know how little you care about the game? Yeah, well the other people in the arena care even less about whether or not your lipstick has faded. Let it go, sit back and just enjoy the day.

    The gym. Whether you dominate the treadmill or the free weights, the only items you should be carrying around the gym with you are a bottle of water and a towel (an iPod or book is fine as well). If you must get dolled up to work out - which is weird in and of itself - opt for water-resistant products like blinc Mascara and Eyeliner. They'll last through your sweaty sessions so you won't have to reapply as your working out.

    Driving. Okay this one isn't even about social decency - this is a matter of public safety! While you have every right to risk stabbing yourself in the eye with your mascara wand, applying makeup as you drive could distract you and you could end up hurting someone else on the road. Wait until you get to your destination, park the car and then feel free to take out the lipstick and go to town in your rear-view mirror.

    Don't get us wrong, we understand the need for a touch-up now and then, but that's why there are restrooms with mirrors above the sinks. Next time you're out and about, just think "What Would Angelina Do?"... and then do the opposite.

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