Holiday 2015 Must-Haves for Beauty Mavens

Stuff those stockings and grab the gift wrap! Give out the latest beauty and fashion items this holiday season that all your family and friends will enjoy.

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12 Lazy-Girl Beauty Tips

Would you rather snooze a few extra minutes in the morning or spend the time fussing with your hair? Yeah, we thought so. Here are our favorite low- to no-effort beauty tricks that will get you out the door fast -- and looking flawless.

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The Ultimate Guide to Beauty Oils

They're the current beauty craze, and for good reason -- oils offer a plethora of benefits for your face, hair, nails, and everything in between. But if you're confused by the many options, or just aren't sure how (or why) to use one, we've got answers. Read on to learn all about eight slick superstars, and how you can work them into your regimen.

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Party Hairstyles: Quick and Easy Ideas for Short Hair

Go glam for your next get-together with a pretty party hairstyle for short hair! Try this cute party hair idea when you want to play up your natural texture. Best of all, it's a quick and easy hairstyle--you're ready to celebrate in under 10 minutes!

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5 Easy Flat Iron Hacks

Flat irons are for so much more than straightening your hair. Learn what else this magic wand can do for your locks and more!

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Beauty Tips For Your Next Party: Fragrance

Most of us do a quick spritz and walk through, but that's not the best way to apply perfume. Get our tips on how to wear the right amount--and kind--of fragrance for a party.

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The Sleep/Skin Connection

You know what a series of sleepless nights does to your complexion -- increases dullness, dryness, and dark circles. Now you know why: New research shows that the body's biological clock plays a big role in how skin functions -- and ages. Find out how to help your skin stick to the proper schedule so you don't wake up one day to lines and wrinkles.

More proof that beauty sleep is not a myth: A recent study conducted on mice shows that when the body's circadian rhythm (aka our biological clock responsible for sleeping and waking within a 24-hour period) is disrupted by, say, skimping on shut-eye, stem cell function is also disrupted. When stem cells follow normal circadian patterns, they know to defend our DNA against UV rays during the day and repair damage at night. When this balance is thrown off, skin is more susceptible to DNA damage and premature aging. What's more? A separate study done by MIT found that circadian rhythms in mice naturally decrease with age. Researchers prevented the slowing clock by boosting a gene called SIRT1.

While no skin care treatment can boost this gene, cosmetic brands have been using these recent findings to come up with new, topical ways to compensate when your circadian rhythm has gone rouge. But can they help? "I think we're just beginning to scratch the surface here," says David E. Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY. "But I don't think anything you're going to get in an over-the-counter cream is going to make much of an impact on resetting skin's circadian rhythm." 

So what will help? Aside from getting adequate sleep, Bank says, "add the usual list of good guy ingredients -- retinoids, peptides, antioxidants, and sunscreen to your daily routine." During the day, aid skin's natural defenses by using broad-spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and antioxidants, which neutralize skin-damaging free radical damage. Try Neutrogena Age Shield Anti-Oxidant Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($11; At night, boost skin's repair process with topical retinoids and/or peptides, which speed up cell turnover and boost collagen production. Try Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum + Moisturizer ($17;, which contains pro-retinol.

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