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Makeup removal: Wipes or cotton balls?

I have a theory that people either want to use wipes to remove makeup, or they like liquid eye makeup remover on a cotton ball. It’s easy to see why either would be possible – wipes are SO convenient, but may not do the precision work of a cotton ball or pad. I personally can go either way, but the more intricate the makeup (especially the eye), the more likely I am to use a cotton pad.

So I was…

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2014 Emmys: Jacque Reid

2014 Emmys: Jacque Reid

MIZANI Celebrity Artist Cesar Ramirez styled Reid’s hair for this year’s Emmy awards using Mizani products. Says Ramirez,

“Since Jacque’s dress was so beautifully tailored and elegant, I wanted to keep her hair just as elegant for the occasion with a little edge,”

Reid hosted NBC’s 1st Look Red Carpet.

Ramirez shared with us how he got her amazing style.

  1. While hair is dry, blow-dry using MIZANI…

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Detangle it with Not Your Mother’s

Detangle it with Not Your Mother’s

My daughter has exceptionally long hair. I think it might be past her waist by now, but if it isn’t, it’s really close. This is not my choice -I would prefer her to have a shorter, layered cut, but if I want it, it must be a horrid idea, because I’m Mom.

So, every wash night, I have a head full of thick, tangled hair I have to comb through. It’s a 30 minute process, at the very least – more if…

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New Audacious Lipstick from NARS

New Audacious Lipstick from NARS

I might as well just get rid of all my lipsticks. I’m serious. The new Audacious Lipstick Collectionfrom NARS is pretty amazing. Created to celebrate NARS’ 20th anniversary, it goes on so incredibly smooth, no tugging at all (and we all know how I feel about tugging – it’s a huge nope) and the pigment? Incredible. The only thing it lacks is a long-wearing formula, but who doesn’t secretly love…

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DIY Wednesday: body wash

DIY Wednesday: body wash

Yes, you can do this, I promise. It’s super simple, and even if you don’t cook you can do this.

Part of the fun of DIY is getting to take something basic and add your own spin on it, and this is one of my favorite things to put my spin on – body wash. The things you can add are endless, and you can totally customize it for your skin, your favorite scents, anything you like. Even the color, if you…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Makeup Brushes

Top Ten Tuesday: Makeup Brushes

Do you have a lot of makeup brushes? I seem to have tons and tons of them, so picking out 10 of my favorites was kind of hard. Ironically, so many of them do the same thing (it’s all about the crease, apparently) that I realized that I might actually be some sort of hoarder.

Retrodiva's favorite makeup brushes. Top 10 Tuesday

But let’s get on with the list!

  1. tarte kabuki brush: this was a limited edition brush that came with a matching makeup…

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Mani Monday: NYC and Matte

Mani Monday: NYC and Matte

Tomorrow I’m leaving for NYC. This is the first time that I’m not working, and I’m taking my kids, so it will be awful tourist stuff the whole time. I’m excited to see the city from the perspective of my two teens. They are pretty savvy and well traveled, but they’ve never been to the Big Apple.

But when I go to New York, I like to wear blue on my nails. I have no idea why, but that’s my ritual,…

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Style Saturday: crop tops

Style Saturday: crop tops

Yes, you can wear them too. Anyone can get away with a crop top, especially when you layer or wear a high-waisted bottom. I’m a skirt/dress girl myself, but pants are heading towards a much higher rise than we’ve seen in quite some time. Like, decades.

But I firmly believe the key to fall crop tops is layering – try a longer top underneath. Or keep your crop to a barely cropped level (my favorite…

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