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"Beauty Blogging Junkie" - 7 new articles

  1. Destination: Procrastination
  2. Hair How-To: The "High Society" Bun
  3. Holiday Gift Guide: Guerlain Vol De Nuit
  4. WWD Beauty Biz Award Winners
  5. Get The Look: Jessica Biel At The "New Year's Eve" Premiere
  6. Viviscal Review
  7. Holiday Gift Guide: Pixi Picks
  8. More Recent Articles
  9. Search Beauty Blogging Junkie
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Destination: Procrastination

Caboodles celebrates 25 years of makeup organization in contrasting neons. Mine was purple and mint. What color was yours?
[Allure Daily Beauty Reporter]

DIY nail art made simple
[Women's Health]

Cat's three cold essentials
[XO Jane]

This kiss me stamp is pretty cool
[The Luxury Spot]

In defense of the crazy I-banker who sent the crazypants email post-first date with Lauren
[The Frisky]

"Womanizer" gets the Pop Up Video treatment
[MTV Buzzworthy]

Where does your boyfriend's personality fall in the spectrum of Christmas characters?
[The Gloss]

How to survive your family over the holidays
[College Candy]

What XO Jane staffers are wearing to work

Twenty-five things about Elizabeth Olsen
[Betty Confidential]

The eight types of holiday hookups
[Your Tango]

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Hair How-To: The "High Society" Bun

Aussie celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa has, herself, the most beautiful mane in all the land. I attended a dinner with her and a select group of beauty gurus at which she talked to us about the latest and greatest Aussie products, her new line of heat tools and accessories called SarahPotempa, available at Don't miss the Wrap-up, an amazing implement that will secure any updo sans pins and creates the perfect top knot every time.

To attend to your holiday party hair needs, Sarah was lovely enough to break down the steps to achieving my favorite updo EVER, the one you see above from That Stella Artois Ad. I use that casing as I talk about this ad all the time. I so want to rock that 'do. Here's how to create this look for your New Year's needs below, in the words of Sarah.

What do you think of That Stella Artois Ad hair? Will you recreate this one for holiday?

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Holiday Gift Guide: Guerlain Vol De Nuit

I KNOW. STOP WITH YOURSELF, RIGHT? I feel the need to hold back from writing this entire post in caps. The Guerlain Vol De Nuit is a splurge at $87, but it'll take any retrophile's vanity to another tax bracket instantly. This one's a bit of a splurge for your fancier friend who's been especially nice this year.

The Guerlain Vol De Nuit powder sparkling powder infuses hair, body and face with a subtle, gossamer glow and heralds your arrival with a smattering of scent. Best of all, the atomizer and propeller graphics are so charmingly vintage, I can see it quite at home as a prop on a vanity on the set of The Aviator.

Guerlain Vol De Nuit is available at

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WWD Beauty Biz Award Winners

The winners of the 2011 Beauty Biz Awards
Credit: John Aquino / WWD Beauty Inc
Few things inspire me to spring out of bed in the 6:00 hour for an event at 7:30am, but the annual WWD Beauty Biz Awards celebrates the best and brightest in beauty, so it's a fete near and dear to my vain, perfectly polished heart. This year's breakfast honored many of my favorite launches of 2011 and multiple touching moments. The most salient of which occurred when William Lauder accepted the Corporate Social Responsibility Award on behalf of his recently deceased mother, grand dame Evelyn Lauder, the room erupted in a standing ovation.  The Awards are also announced in the December issue of Beauty Inc, out to WWD subscribers on Friday.

The 2011 Beauty Inc Awards honorees include:

Visionary Award
Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, Honorary Chairman, L'Oréal

Read WWD's Sir Lindsay Owen Jones - The Visionary Award: The Next Chapter

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Evelyn Lauder & The Estée Lauder Companies. Inc.
Read WWD's The Incomparable Evelyn Lauder

Creative Influencer Award 
Peter Philips, Global Creative Director for Makeup, Chanel

Eco Awareness Award 
Pantene Nature Fusion

Ad Campaign of the Year 
Prestige – Paco Rabanne Black XS
Mass – John Frieda Precision Foam Colour

Newcomer of the Year 
Prestige – Alexander Bolen, Chief Executive Officer, Oscar de la Renta
Mass – Julia Goldin, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Revlon

Launch of the Year
Mass - Nuance Salma Hayek
Prestige - Tom Ford Beauty (for me, this is the launch of the GOOGOLPLEX of years)
Color Cosmetics
Mass - Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure
Prestige - Dior Addict Lipstick

Skin Care
Mass - Physicians Formula Skin Care
Prestige - Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

Hair Care
Clairol Nice - 'N Easy Color Blend Foam
Bumble and bumble The Straight Line

Mass - Avon
Prestige - Justin Bieber Someday

Brand of the Year
Mass - Maybelline New York
Prestige - Estee Lauder

Retailer of the Year
Mass - Duane Reade
Prestige - Macy's
Specialty - Sephora

Digital Innovator of the Year
Mass - Neutrogena
Prestige - Birchbox

Congrats to the winners!

Read the WWD Beauty Awards story in its entirety on

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Get The Look: Jessica Biel At The "New Year's Eve" Premiere

Guys, I'm going to a screening of "New Year's Eve" tonight and I'm kind of excited for what's sure to be an opus of cinematic horrendousness (judging from the train wreck that was "Valentine's Day"). I have high hopes for the glamour factor, however, as everyone who's anyone is in the flick. Like Jessica Biel, who looked quite lovely at the "New Year's Eve" premiere last night in New York City. Celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi created Jessica Biel’s sleek, textured waves for the event. Here's the scoop straight from Oscar on how to get the look.

The look? Tasseled Straight.

Step 1: Prep the hair with Oscar Blandi Hair Lift ($28 at to create a thick strong foundation for your style
Step 2: Smooth and straighten your hair with an extra large round brush
Step 3: Spray Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo Spray ($23 at throughout the root area and the ends for a tasseled – then massage the roots thoroughly to create lift and movement.
Step 4: Finish with Lacca Hairspray ($23 at to lock in the style

Simple, yet effective. What do you think of Jessica Biel's look at the "New Year's Eve" premiere? And will you see it in-theater, or wait to see it "in bed," as my friend Hy says? SHARE HOROWITZ. Go.

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Viviscal Review

A few months ago, I attended a Pantene event where the legendary Danilo shared his insights on how to recreate some of his beautiful runway looks from the past Fashion Week. Afterward, a few of us chatted with him and he dropped some KNOWLEDGE on us: There is a supplement called Viviscal that, while pricey, REALLY works to grow your hair without unsexy side effects. Viviscal PR furnished me with a couple packs and I've been buying a few months' worth myself--I've been taking it since September and am pleased to report my hair's grown 2" plus every month--double its usual growth.My hair's been much thicker, glossier and with fewer split ends, as well. Here, my other findings.

The Good
My eyebrows are growing back for the first time since seventh grade. Also: longer, shiny hair. Holy GRAIL hair.

The Bad
The price and the fact that I now have to wash my hair daily instead of every other day. I need to shave my legs every five minutes. I hadn't even isolated the variable that it was in fact Viviscal that's been making me need to wash every day (my gal Andrea Lavinthal pointed it out). But it's true. Be a bit wary if your hair's already on the oilier side.

The Ugly
Are you new? There's nothing ugly about long, lustrous hair. In the words of my gal Andrea Arterbery, Long hair, don't care. Duh.

Viviscal retails for $35 for a month's supply at

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Holiday Gift Guide: Pixi Picks

Presented by Target

Sparkle, Neely, sparkle: This is the 2011 BBJ Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift-worthy items for everyone on your list, check out my other offerings.

Per the song you and I both know, on the 8th day of Christmas, some (un)lucky buck was on the receiving end of eight maids a milking. I wouldn't know what to do with that in my Manhattan apartment but one thing that's milky enough already is my COMPLEXION. So for a sexy flush of "meet me under the mistletoe" cheeks, I need to step up my stain game. That's where the Pixi Fake Awake Kit #1 in Powernap comes in.

If you're looking for a gift for paler princesses, this all-in-one box of dreams offers all one needs to get glowing. This is also the gift for your friend who's a new mom and won't be reacquainting herself with a full 7-8 hours for a while. Best suited for anyone with fair to medium skin, this kit contains eight products: two of Pixi’s Correcting Concealers, two Brightening Concealers, one Cheek & Eye Awakening Powder, an Eye Area Setting Powder, one Lip & Cheek Tint and a Lip Gloss in a pretty peach and pink palette of hues. The peachy pink stain is vital in my lifestyle of late to make me look, well, alive after late nights of working interspersed with holiday party shenanigans. Love.

Also currently doing purse rotation is Pixi's Sheer Cheek Gel. For me, these recall the delight of Bonne Bell's '90s Bronzing Gels--I "sent away" for these in bulk, negotiating dish duty with my mother for money in exchange for a check to mail. I vastly prefer the blendability of Pixi's gel to your garden variety gel blush stick. Pixi's iteration lasts longer, goes on more naturally and boasts a believable blush that's endearing, yet searing. 

Always the goal.

The Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel and Fake Awake Kit  are available for $18 and $28, respectively at

Disclosure: Product and compensation were provided by Target for this post, but all opinions herein are my own. 

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