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Drugstore Products That Celebrities Swear By

We love a bargain, especially when it comes to our beauty routine. While many beauty products used by our favorite A-listers are sadly not available — or affordable — to the masses, like this 24K CryogeniC Diamond Mask (yes, it has diamonds in it!), celebrities also seem to dig a good drugstore find. We’ve rounded up the best affordable products that celebrities use, so that we, too, can give good face without spending our savings. Cara Delevingne relies on Rimmel’s Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel ($4) to tame her highly coveted arches and keep them in check.

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Peter Lamas Hair Solutions Thickening Kit

I have a super oily scalp – sad, but true. Nobody’s got it all, right? I can hardly go a day without dry shampoo (my favorites being this or this). I’ve come up with all sorts of tricks for stretching out my time between washes because, as we all know, over-washing your hair is BAD for the mane. I’ve washed only the bangs (recap here).

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Splurge Or Save? 10 Makeup Dupes

How often do you scour the Internet looking for makeup dupes? If the answer is never, then you’re in luck! I’ve compiled 10 tried and true products and their drugstore makeup dupes. Don’t get me wrong though—sometimes the splurge is worth it. In addition to sharing ways you can save, I’m also sharing my personal picks on whether it’s worth it to splurge or save. My pick: save.

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Getting Intimate With The V

There’s been an upsurge of attention focusing on products specifically geared toward the vagina (yes, we said it!) and its surrounding area…and it’s about time! After all, what you use to cleanse and moisturize your armpits with isn’t necessarily safe – or right – for your lady parts. While talking about vaginas used to be taboo, with companies like The Perfect V making and marketing products specifically for the vagina and surrounding area, we’re finally able to have the dialogue we’ve been shushed from having for too long. And, perhaps even more importantly, giving our lady parts the luxury and TLC they deserve, just as we do with our face and décolletage. Beauty Banter: What is the V?Avonda Urben: We needed a name for the area “down there” – why not the V? Simple, straightforward, and the shape of that area makes it a no-brainer.

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Weekly Must-Have: Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Finding the perfect shadow palette is on par with finding the perfect man (slight exaggeration). All of those options! All of those palettes! How does one choose?I’ve tried and tested many a palette and I have quite a few favorites… and now, a new one to add to my palette repertoire: Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition. Seven wearable, neutral shades ranging from eggshell to black, in a variety of finishes, like shimmer, matte, and metallic. Again, I repeat: oh, the options! A wash of metallic gold? No problem.

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DIY: 10 Unconventional Uses For Coconut Oil

Coconut as a beauty ingredient is nothing new. We’re all aware of the many benefits of this super fruit… hydration, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, to name a few. Every season, coconut oil seems to be on the minds, lips, and faces of all beauty enthusiasts. And, once again, coconut oil is EVERYWHERE! It’s as if every day there is a new, innovative use for coconut oil in our beauty routines.

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FENTY BEAUTY… Kloey

Kendo (Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D and Bite) is the team behind Fenty Beauty with Rihanna heavily involved in the product development.   The results are a foundation line of 40 gorgeous shades plus shimmery, metallic fun in the form of multi-use sticks, contour, highlight, translucent powder and a single shade of lip gloss.  You have to admire the confidence of only launching a single shade of lip gloss and insisting it will look amazing on everyone… so far, I’ve tested it on five friends (all with different complexions) plus Kloey (stunning model above) and it really has looked amazing!I can’t resist multi use sticks so this look was created using the Fenty Match Stixs (see below for shades) and Gloss Bomb. I did cheat a tiny bit and fill in Kloey’s lips with MAC’s Lip Pencil in Spice (the classic) to give the gloss a slightly more opaque feel on camera.

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Fall’s Metallic Lip

And the metallic lip craze continues. We touched on this metal mouth trend a few months ago, but we’re going to revisit it since it shows no signs of slowing down. So if you missed out on the metallic lip this summer, rest assured, you still have time to play up your pout in all of the fierce metal shades. We asked celebrity makeup artist Sarah Tanno, who works with Lady Gaga, to give us the lowdown on the high art of fall’s metallic lip.

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How, When, & Why To Wear Brown Eyeliner

Brown eyeliner seems like a makeup bag staple, but few of us actually use it. Instead, we opt for the much more popular black. But there is a case to be made that brown eyeliner works better with some specific looks — and for certain skin tones and hair colors. Read below to get the how, when, and why to wear brown eyeliner.

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Beauty Guide: Order Of Makeup Application

I always blog about my favorite makeup products but I’ve never actually shared my order of makeup application. There are no rules to how you apply your makeup (except for maybe a few fundamental guidelines) but if you want to make sure your makeup look lasts all day, there are a few tips and tricks that will help just based on order of makeup application alone. Of course, before you apply any makeup, make sure you’ve applied your skincare essentials. For the sake of this post, I excluded it from the beginning (but check out this post in which I share the correct order to applying your skincare products).

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