Stories by Hayley Mason

14 Volumizers for Sexy Hair

Raise your hand if you've ever experienced sad, lifeless hair. Now, raise your other hand if you've ever tried to fight said limp hair with volumizers that promise full, sexy hair, only to end up with a sticky, goopy mess. Okay, you can put your hand down now.   See best volumizers

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8 Furry Handbags You'll Love

Fashion trends have long been a sign of the economic climate. So when fur purses appeared en masse at the runways of New York Fashion Week, they seemed to signal fortuitous economic times to come. Although those designer fur purses are pricey and luxurious, they've also inspired hundreds more affordable options, as well as a few DIY versions and faux fur handbags. Here, eight faux fur and fur purses on our lust lists.   read more

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15 Best Oil-Control Products

Here's an all-too familiar scenario: Every morning you cleanse, prime and mattify your skin to pore-less, oil-free perfection, but by the time you walk through your office doors, you need another dab of powder -- and by midday, it looks like you've slathered a layer of Crisco on your face. What gives?   See products

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10 Fall Accessories to Complete Any Look

1. Exclusive for Intermix Single Breasted Plaid Coat, $495
I'm mad for plaid in every way. This coat is a great overcoat for white and black staple pieces layered underneath.   read more

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5 Brilliant Contouring Tutorials for Dark Skin

Contouring: It's one of those amazing makeup tricks that can fake the chiseled cheekbones of a supermodel -- provided you know how to do it. With just a few swipes of strategically placed makeup, you can practically redefine your bone structure. It's all about using light to play up your best features and shadow to downplay the ones you're not as fond of. Though the concept is essentially the same no matter your skin tone, women with darker complexions can run the risk of looking muddy. Here, we've rounded up the best contouring tutorials from YouTube with product recommendations for highlighting and lowlighting darker skin tones.   read more

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8 Amazing Halloween Makeup Tutorials to Try

Halloween is a makeup hoarder's favorite holiday. Finally, an excuse to use that yellow eyeshadow/purple lipstick/foundation that's three shades too light that you bought on a beauty binge... But even after digging through pinboards for Halloween makeup ideas, I knew I'd be a Pinterest fail without a detailed how-to. So to find my last-minute Halloween costume, I hunkered down with a bowl of candy corn to uncover the best of the best Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube, courtesy of DIY beauty gurus and costume geniuses. Who needs pricey costumes at picked-over Halloween stores when you can make yourself into a full skeleton with face paint alone?   See more

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8 Statement-Making Accessories to Add to Your Wardrobe

Consider the new crop of word-emblazoned accessories a not-so-subtle nudge to speak your mind this season. The accessories at fall/winter fashion week shows literally sent a message, proving that fashion designers have a sense of humor. From oversize clutches reading, "Liberal, Miserable and Cynical" to nameplate-style necklaces, these slogan accessories are practically made for your #OOTD Instagram shots. Start expressing yourself with eight of our favorites.   read more

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The Nars Holiday Collection Is the Only Gift You Need

Seeing all the holiday makeup collections before they hit stores is a perk of the job. We get giddy just thinking about what Nars will debut each holiday season. Last year, their provocative Guy Bourdin collection practically sold out in seconds. We expect no less of this year's collection.   read more

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The Hot New Print for Cold Weather

Plaid is a classic autumnal pattern, and fashionistas everywhere are gravitating toward buffalo check, a bold iteration of the trend for fall. To specify, buffalo check is a type of plaid containing only lines that are equal in width (other types of plaid have lines varying in width and thickness). Classic buffalo check is typically red and black, but it can also be other colors. Now that that fashion lesson is out of the way, check out our favorite ways to wear buffalo check here.   read more

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Which Fall Fragrance Suits Your Personality?

For most of us, choosing a perfume is as simple as "it smells good" (or, real talk -- by which bottle will look prettiest on our vanity). But Mark Crames, the CEO of the all-encompassing fragrance library Demeter, and Jacquelyn Lang, CEO of Beauty Encounter, say our choices go far beyond that. You may actually choose a fragrance based on a memory you associate with scent, a particular time of the year, or what may be most telling, certain notes that are reflective of your personality. "Over the years, I've seen personalities gravitate to the same notes," says Lang. "A scent certainly can be an extension of one's personality." Whether you're bold or reserved, a romantic or a realist, adventurous or a wallflower, there's a new fall scent to match your personality. Here, the fall fragrances sure to become your signature scent.   read more

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