Angelique Serrano

Poll: Christina Aguilera's New Hair

Next to a bad breakup, the start of a brand new year is the best excuse for a transformative new haircut. Case in point: Songstress and budding actress Christina Aguilera, who celebrated a new decade at Las Vegas hotspot Tao at the Venetian hotel. We are loving the shorn bob, but will still see Aguilera sporting her signature long platinum locks while she currently films the upcoming flick Burlesque with the legendary Cher.


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Why Do I Break Out More in the Winter?

If you’re noticing your forehead sporting a few more blemishes than usual this winter, consider this: When the weather gets cold, you turn to mittens, scarves and hats to keep warm, right? Well, if you have bangs and you jam a hat down over your head, your bangs get pressed onto your forehead. Now think of the fact that you could be sweating a little around your hairline under that hat. Now you’ve got the oils from your hair, mingling with sweat, pressed against your skin. Bingo, blemishes!


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What Not To Do To Your Skin

People, I tell you this story with a warning: Do what I say, not what I did. Over the weekend I found myself in my brand new bathroom staring into the mirror at my skin. It looked dry and riddled with clogged pores. So I did what we’re all tempted to do, but shouldn’t: I began the process of extraction on my own skin. But instead of wrapping clean fingertips in cotton and gently squeezing ripe areas, I used my nails and dug into my skin until my chin was utterly inflamed. I know. I feel like my beauty editor license should be suspended.


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Nail Forecast 2010

All week our beauty team will be coming at you with trend predictions for 2010 to help keep you readers looking gorgeous in the new decade! First up, nails: It appears to be out with the obviously subversive. Black nail polish, which this past year gave way to the prevalence of deep green and dark navy variations, will be shelved this spring in exchange for soft blue-gray shades. It’s not exactly a return to predicable Easter-egg pastels, but rather a refreshing antidote to precious pink.


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Please Just Stop the Gimmicks

I just can’t deal. Maybe it’s because these cosmetics aren’t aimed at me, or rather at my age demographic, but I cannot stomach another gimmicky play for my hard earned dollars that comes in the form of cosmetics. Let me explain: I loved the literary Twilight Saga (Team Edward), but the Twilight Beauty makeup collection (twilightbeauty.com)? Seriously? Yes, I’m sure the Immortal Liquid Body Shimmer ($19) will make my skin sparkle like a Cullen in sunlight, as would dozens of other glimmery body serums.


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Hair Styling Tip: Instant Static Relief

In the winter time, hair can become dry; add the friction created when strands are rubbed against hats and scarves and you'll often have a nasty case of static cling. Here's an in-a-pinch way to calm the fly-aways: Rub a bit of hand lotion between your hands, and pass your fingers through your hair. This will tame locks, and add a touch of moisture without damaging your style.


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"Nine" Hair-Raising Reasons

I just saw the movie musical Nine last night. Never have I more wanted to tease my hair, put on a bustier and dance in front of a mirror then after those credits rolled! What performances from such talented chicas—specifically from Oscar winner Penelope Cruz. But being the beauty junkie that I am, I more than noticed how important a role hair played in the film.


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I've Got a Crush on You

Should you still need to buy a little something for someone this holiday season—or just want a pretty little something for yourself—check out this amazing steal from Sephora and Stila cosmetics: A Couple of Crushes ($10, sephora.com). For only 10 bucks you get two of Stila's famous lip-and-cheek stains in the easily flattering shades of berry-red Pomegranate Crush and the lighter coral-colored Mango Crush. Consider this one of the last great gets of the decade!


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Turn Down the Heat!

A word to the wise and beautiful this winter season: As the weather gets colder, try to resist the temptation to crank up that thermostat and bath in boiling water. Cold temperatures dry out your skin, leaving it dehydrated, raw and itchy. And the artificial heat blasting in your home only worsens the situation. The same can be said for hot water; it just dries out your skin even more. So keep the temperatures moderate and your skin super hydrated and have a healthy and gorgeous new year!


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Greasy Hair Fix

My fine hair can get pretty greasy at times, especially at the roots. So you know what I do when I find my locks in an oily way? I take the facial blotting papers I keep in my purse and dab them onto my scalp. They absorb some of the oil from my hair and make me feel Macgyver-like smart in the process. I love the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5, drugstore.com); they’re tough enough to handle the job!


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