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The Lady Loves Couture by Nadine Jolie Courtney - 3M ago

When you’re young, you think your smooth, line-free complexion will last forever. But as you start to age, those stubborn frown lines between your brows pop up, seemingly out of nowhere, slowly getting deeper and deeper (and deeper…and deeper…).

No matter how happy or positive you actually are in your life, frown lines—known as “elevens” to dermatologists—can mar your complexion, making you look angry. While Botox has become known as the gold standard for wrinkle busting, it’s by no means the only solution out there. (And we’re not talking about the popular anti-wrinkle trick among actresses and models: refusing to smile!)

From vitamins to products to procedures, here’s what to do to beat the dreaded frown lines—or better yet, avoid them altogether.

PROCEDURES
There’s a reason dermatological procedures are so beloved by those fighting the frown: they work! The granddaddy of them all is Botox, which works by injecting Botulinum toxin into the wrinkle and causing it to relax. Botox can last for up to six months. Two other injectable options are Dysport and Xeomin, which are similar to Botox and have the benefit of being cheaper, but might spread out more than Botox. Chemical peels are another great option, smoothing the surface of the skin to help lines appear smaller. Finally, if after Botox you still have a crease remaining, you may consider filling it with a temporary hyaluronic acid filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, which will plump up the line and help your brow appear more smooth and line-free.

DIET
As skin ages, it begins to lose elasticity and volume. By injecting vitamin and antioxidant-rich foods like wild salmon and mackerel, cod liver oil, walnuts, and flaxseeds, you can help provide yourself with critical omega-3 fatty acids. (The lazier solution: simply pop an omega-3 vitamin daily.) On the Danger! list of foods to avoid? Sugar, juice, soda, and highly processed foods, all of which can cause inflammation and lead to wrinkles.

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PRODUCTS
With the popularity of wrinkle-smoothing products at an all-time high, there’s an entire skincare category devoted to lotions and potions that either provide instant plumpness or help reduce the appearance of lines over time. Try The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% ($8), Boots No 7 Instant Illusion Wrinkle Filler ($20), Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 ($60), or Goldfaden Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate ($115). And, of course, no conversation about wrinkle-busting products would be complete without mentioning the old Hollywood standby, Frownies ($17), which claim to help train the facial muscles not to contract, avoiding new wrinkles entirely.

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As we stared in awe at Béyonce and those sexy denim cut-offs during her Coachella extravaganza, many of us fantasized about a world where shorts that short are actually wearable beyond the stage–especially after a certain age! The good news is, you don’t have to be in your twenties to rock that fierce short fantasy. Opt for a bulkier boyfriend cut for a little extra length without loosing the edge. Or, wear a playfully short pair with a long sweater, duster coat, or kimono to cover up any extra derriére.

We gathered up what we like to call “grown woman shorts” – and all for under $100 – so that you, too, can beat the heat like a lady and finally celebrate those gorgeous gams!

TRY:
Madewell High Rise Denim Boyfriend Short ($70)
Topshop Leather Look Paper Bag Shorts ($60)
Topshop Linen Button Paper Bag Shorts ($49)
Topshop Camouflage Shorts ($58)
Treasure And Bond High Waist Boyfriend Cutoff Denim Shorts ($69)
Leith High Waist Linen Blend Shorts ($49)
Levis Indie Shredded Cut Off Denim Shorts ($80)
Frey Denim Pom Pom Shorts ($49)
Free People Magdalene Pleated Short ($78)
Missguided Khaki Satin Lace Up Shorts ($43)

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The little white dress is turning into one of spring’s sexiest flirtations. Kim K opted for a sizzling wrap-up piece at her high school reunion this past weekend, while Emily Ratajkowski flirted with her own version of the LWD at Coachella. If you’re looking for the perfect addition to your blossoming spring closet, the LWD will deliver.  It may very well be the perfect little go-to dress to help you stand out all season long. We gathered up some LWDs so that you, too, can start rocking this white hot look.


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Jacquemas Bahia Knotted Cotton Dress ($580)
Rachel Zoe Ivy One-Shoulder Crepe Dress ($345)
Missguided White Bardot Shift Ruche Sleeve Dress ($48)
Intermix Core Bell White Ruched Dress ($450)
Reformation Klara Dress ($218)
Love Triangle Stripe Detail Lace Midi Dress ($72)
Missguided White Strappy Twist Front Shift Mini Dress ($38)
Nasty Gal Its Not Right Crochet Midi Dress ($48)
Nasty Gal Knit Wasn’t Me Off The Shoulder Dress ($18)
Nasty Gal End It On Ruffle Dress ($22)

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How the heck did Beyoncé’s face stay so flawless through her two hour Coachella set? According to Sir John, Beyoncé’s longtime makeup artist, the trick is in the translucent powder. “I have a quote, ‘I don’t bake, I cook,’” Sir John told Allure magazine. “What that means is I’m against baking because I’m not a huge fan of putting so much powder on anyone. When you’re baking, you’re actually aging your complexion in a way. So I’ll use a loose powder or translucent powder just to absorb the oil in the foundation or concealer or t-zone and then that’s it.”

His can’t-live-without powder is Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder ($36), which means this powder is Queen Bey’s go-to as well. Buying it ASAP.

Shop some of our favorite translucent powder’s below:

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Beyoncé Knowles Carter shut Coachella down last night. Always a stellar performer and iconic inspiration, I realized one of the things I love most about the globally popular performer is her constant commitment to pushing herself. I like to think that everybody has an inner rockstar! Somewhere deep down inside, there is a more exciting, slightly exaggerated, more uninhibited side of you that is just waiting for the right occasion to be unleashed.

No we can’t all be Beyoncé but perhaps your dormant alter ego makes an appearance during karaoke, a big celebration, or a red carpet event. Either way, it’s important that we have some healthy outlet or forum to expand some aspect of ourselves. The experience changes our inner and outer perspective about ourselves, as well as what we see as possible in life. When it’s all said and done, one of life’s greatest gift treasures is personal growth.

Some extremely simple ways to release your inner Supernova may be: changing your hair (color, cut, style, or, all of it), or switching things up in your wardrobe with a new color or silhouette that you’ve never worn before. Perhaps, even experimenting with some out-of-the-box accessorizing will be just the thing. Other opportunities of exploration can come from trying new activities, enjoying new foods, and partaking in new friendships. To maximize the impact, combine them all. Whichever way you decide to stretch your capacity, do it with style and a bit of boldness.

For some, pushing yourself will become a ritual practiced daily or several times a month. For others, it will serve as a rare occurrence reserved only for very private or special occasions. Regardless of when, where, or how you decide to extend your personal margins, the practice of taking healthy risks will prove to enrich your life, providing you with fresh inspiration, exhilarating discovery, and invigorating rejuvenation. It’s okay to throw caution to the wind and live a little. You never know just what you’ll discover about yourself.

You may find that the very thing you’ve been looking for has been patiently waiting inside of you all along, to be revealed and celebrated. So go ahead… rock out! The world is waiting.

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Kerry Washington arrived at Good Morning America this week in a floral wide-leg pant that is blossoming with spring savviness. This season’s number one staple seems destined to be the floral print, as it blooms from one celeb sighting to the next, but Kerry’s wide-leg pant version is guaranteed to kick some swagger into your spring strut. We gathered up our own bouquet of this floral pant inspired by Kerry’s pretty pair. Shop your flower power below.

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Missguided Orange Floral Print Culotte ($34)
Missguided Black Sheer Mixed Floral Wide Leg Pant ($48)
Topshop Embroidered Pants ($125)
Missguided Embroidered Slim Mesh Trouser ($68)
Topshop Floral Cropped Pants ($29)

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Colors are trending! From bright marigolds to cherry reds and electric purples, when it comes to colors this season, the brighter and the bolder, the better! Fresh multi-colored patterns, as well as monochromatic bold ensembles, are weaving their way through the most fashionable street styles. But how do we move this color craze into the workplace?

We rounded up some work-appropriate colorful pieces along with a little style savvy to help you pull this trend into your smartest work wear. We dare you to color outside the lines.

Bold and Bolder
Color yourself from head-to-toe with a monochromatic ensemble. Pick your favorite bold color and streamline it with a matching pant and blazer, or opt for a colorful skirt and coordinating duster jacket.

River Island Dark Yellow Tie Front Skirt ($76)
Tophsop Light Weight Duster Coat  ($95)
Topshop Slouch Suit Blazer ($85)
Topshop Slouch Suit Trousers ($48)
Topshop Cigarette Trouser ($58)
Topshop Strong Shoulder Suit Jacket ($95)

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Multi-Colored Patterns
Take one of your work basics and trade it out for a multi-colored patterned statement piece. Pair a colorful skirt with your classic blazer, or mix in a patterned blouse with your favorite work slacks.

Tory Burch Fiona Striped Twill Skrit ($400)
Reformation Betty Skirt ($148)
Intermix Dove Colorblock Midi Dress ($295)
ASOS Design Knit Tee ($30)
ASOS Made In Kenya Graffiti Pant ($56)

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Bright Little Bursts
If you’re feeling a bit more conservative, flirt with the color trend by adding it through accessories. Stick to your basics, with your traditional muted tones, but incorporate bright bursts of color in your shoes, purse, or scarf.

Chloe Two Tone Mule ($780)
Aldo Hivia Blue Women’s Pump ($42)
Aldo Tortorrichi Light Green CrossBody Bag ($60)
Topshop Gemma Pointed Sling Backs ($75)

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Get your daily dose of inspirational black girl magic. Click above to watch as Janelle Monae takes girl power to a whole new level with her fresh new music video Pynk.

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You have your sneakers for working out (a.k.a. your gym kicks), and then you have your cool girl, flashy sneakers for weekend day vibes. But how about the fashion sneaker? Sneakers so polished, you can actually wear them to work. Yes, you heard correctly: these classic crop of clean and simple white styles are entirely work-appropriate. Pair with a bold-colored pantsuit or a midi skirt or dress, layered with a sharp blazer. Let them walk you into nighttime by pairing with leather pants or a flowy floral dress. Comfort, class, and sass… all wrapped up into one sleek sneaker. Invest accordingly.

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Adidas Originals Arkyn Sneakers in White ($110)
Adidas Advantage Sneakers ($55)
Givenchy White & Black Urban Knots Sneakers ($495)
Loeffler Randall Logan Sneaker ($295)
American Eagle Women’s Classic Bal Sneaker ($20)
J. Crew Unisex KOIO Capri Bianco Sneakers ($248)
Converse White Leather Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneakers ($80)
Woman by Common Projects Original Achilles Low ($411)

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Celebs: they’re not like us. Unlike our favorite fashionistas, we won’t be wearing head-to-toe Gucci to dinner several nights this week (sad face). And we don’t have a glam squad on speed dial. When celebrities claim water is the secret to their youthful appearance, we eye roll. But there’s one thing we can do like the rich and famous, and that’s beauty and skincare, because even celebrities love a bargain.

We picked 10 drugstore beauty finds that celebrities can’t live without so that we can slay the beauty game like our favorite A-listers.

Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser ($10) – Marjorie Harvey, as her hubby explains it, “hit the lottery in the gene pool,” (accurate) and she takes extremely good care of her skin. Her favorite makeup remover: Albolene, it removes even the toughest of makeup and leaves skin super soft, she says.

Pixi by Petra Flawless & Poreless Primer ($22) and Glow Mist ($15) – So we snuck in 11 products, but that’s because Lori Harvey gives us #flawlessface with Target finds. She uses the Pixi Glow Mist for an “extra glow effect” (as if she needed any more #glowup).

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($8)  – Kelly Rowland has long praised the classic mascara as her go-to, as has Kim Kardashian: “It really lifts and separates each lash,” she says. Nearly every celeb-MUA has said that they carry a tube in their arsenal.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($5) – We’re calling this multi-tasking product The Holy Grail of skincare. Emily Ratajkowski uses it under her eyes for a dewy effect and Zendaya’s killer cheekbones? The result of a highlight hack: “I dab Aquaphor where I want my highlight to be. Then I put my highlighter on top, and boom!”

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($11) – We thought the signature JLo-glow was the thing that set Jennifer Lopez apart from us mere mortals, but apparently her MUA has been sending her down the red carpet in L’Oreal liquid illuminator.

Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner ($14) – Yara Shahidi is #hairgoals, hands down. She credits the $14 Mielle Organics deep conditioner for keeping her curls hydrated, especially after too much heat styling.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($9) – The thing that makes Khloe Kardashian’s legs camera-ready. Yes, please, we’ll take two.

Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil ($7) – Ciara’s secret to a 5-minute makeup routine: perfect brows. She’s been using the Revlon eyebrow pencil for years to give her arches a “super-natural” look.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($7) – Beyonce has been loyal to Smith’s Rosebud Salve since ’03 Bonnie and Clyde days. Okay, well maybe not that long, but she has been using the stuff “in the blue can” as a lash and lip primer since before Blue Ivy.

L’Oreal Infallible 2-Step Lipcolor in Neverending Nutmeg ($13) – We’ve found the perfect nude lip color, thanks to Sir John, you know the MUA responsible for Beyoncé and Chrissy Teigen’s faces. Neverending Nutmeg is universally flattering and affordable. #Goals.

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