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The Product You NEED for Gorgeous Beach Waves

We sipped the Ouai juice, and we’re hooked. But did you expect anything less from Jen Atkin, the queen of Cool Girl hair? Just check out her clients like Chrissy Teigen and the Kardashians for reference. Atkin pretty much discovered how to bottle beach hair in her Ouai Wave Spray that has a light, white musk scent (or is it jasmine? Whatever it is, we likes). It gives our locks a little bit of body and a wave that can go from subtle to beach babe depending on how we use it. We’ve been stocking up since we got our hands on it.
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What it is: A waving spray that can be used on wet or dry hair to create a beachy wave.

What it does: Uses rice protein to add hold for a natural wave look.

What we liked: If you’ve used wave sprays in the past, you know the deal. Either your hair gets super crunchy or weighed down. We love to use this on our wet hair and let it air dry for a subtle beachy look, and before a rough blow dry followed by an iron for more defined waves. Plus so much body! All that with no added salt in sight.

What we didn’t like: That air dry tip didn’t work for our fine hair tester as much as it did for our tester with thicker hair. And though we love the smell, it’s not for everyone if you’re not into the musky-type perfume scents.

Fun fact: Ouai is pronounce “way,” inspired by the cool Parisian way to say “oui” or “yes”

Price: $26

Availability: sephora.com

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Beauty Glossary: Draping

Draping /drAy·ping/

A makeup technique popularized in the 80s by the late makeup artist, Way Bandy, in which you emphasize cheekbones using a color blush to contour in lieu of the usual contour and highlight duo. The name refers to bringing out the natural ‘drape’ (or natural U-shape) of your cheeks. The effect is more chiseled and structured-looking cheekbones using a pop color that is extremely well-blended. Products like Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo uses two complementary cheek colors to achieve the draping effect.

(Not to be confused with Drake-ing, i.e. reminiscing about a past relationship)
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Is this Electric Toothbrush Worth its $200 Price Tag?

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Here’s an adult decision you may or may not have come across already: it’s time to upgrade your toothbrush. Fortunately, Foreo has your back. The futuristic looking Foreo Issa Hybrid silicone brush adds a, ahem, sexy touch to your vanity, sure. But rest assured, its $199 luxe price tag justifies more than just its pretty face. Take its bacteria-preventing silicone suit (the company says it has 10,000x less bacteria than regular brushes). Or that one full charge lasts six months. Or that you won’t even have to change the head until a year goes by. And, most impressively, its Sonic Pulse Technology that goes hard on plaque, but easy on gums. We tried it and this is what we thought:
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What it is: An electric toothbrush made with a mix of bacteria-resisting, nonporous silicone bristles and and inner PBT polymer bristle for a thorough cleaning that’s easy on gums.

What it does: Cleans teeth for a timed two minutes at varying strengths (there are eight settings you can choose from).

What we liked: From our experience with Foreo’s products, it follows suit with its easy-to-use design. The soft skin of the toothbrush and ergonomic handle makes it super comfortable to hold, and the hybrid of silicone and PBT polymer bristles makes sure you get a deeper cleaning while still going gentle on gums. It feels soft but not so soft that it feels ineffective. Every 30 seconds, the brush pauses to you know to change quandrants for a total of two minutes. We love that it does all the thinking for you (especially before bed) so you’re ensured a thorough cleaning every time. Our teeth feel clean without any residue and, dare we say, even a little brighter.

What we didn’t like: That we don’t have more than one – the colors are so pretty! (It comes in mint green, cool black, cobalt blue, and lavender). The price tag is still admittedly an investment, but that said, you’ll get what you pay for.

Price: $199.99

Availability: foreo.com/issa

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Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

There are SO many reasons we’re obsessed with turmeric! It’s a powerful spice that has been used in many Chinese and Ayurvedic recipes for its beautifying and healing properties.
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Turmeric is an antiaging and antibacterial powerhouse. Mostly due to its curcumin, which gives it its distinct yellow color, it helps combat some of our biggest skincare woes: acne, aging, and dullness. Make your own DIY scrub and mask using it, and you’re well on your way to brighter, more supple skin. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

  • A honey, coconut oil mask
  • In a face mask
  • In a lip scrub
  • In our skincare obsession: Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Elixir
  • How do you like to use turmeric? Leave a comment and maybe we’ll use your tip in our next video!

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    This Twist Up Charcoal Cleanser is Everything

    We admit it, we were a little confused at what the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick was exactly upon first sight. With its gold cap and accents, it looked too pretty to just be a cleanser. Plus, with a similar packaging as Tarte’s Lip & Cheek Tints, we thought it could be makeup. That is, until you twist the cap open to find a black solid.

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    It’s described as an “exfoliating gel” — all of which you’ll mostly understand when you use it for the first time. Good luck going back after you do.

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    What it is: An exfoliating sea algae and charcoal cleanser in the form of a solid stick that is activated to a gel when applied to wet skin.

    What it does: Uses charcoal powder and microexfoliants for a light scrub and cleanser that helps draw out impurities in the skin. To use, wet face, then rub on face directly until evenly applied. Use fingertips to massage on face then rinse off.

    What we liked: It was easy to apply, and even though it melts to a gel upon use, there’s fairly no mess. The microexfoliants scrub without being harsh and the charcoal helps to absorb oils and other impurities (charcoal is known to absorb about 200 times its weight in impurities). The cleanser has no strong discernable scent and also doubles as a mask if you leave it for a couple minutes. The result is a shine-free, dirt-free finish. The cleanser is also compact and solid which makes it good for travel and those on the go. Plus it looks pretty on our bathroom counter.

    What we didn’t like: The balm can’t get into the inner corners or around the nostrils upon contact but you can also use your fingers to wipe around those areas. And although it’s gentle enough to use everyday, we don’t recommend using any granule product more than 2-3 times a week!

    Who it’s best for: Good for all skin types, and people who usually carry around their life in their bag (we see you, Jetsetters).

    Price: $22

    Availability: tartecosmetics.com

    Fun fact: Tarte is launching in the Middle East on October 27th! Get excited 🙂

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    Beauty Glossary: Stipple

    Stipple /stip·pel/
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    To apply foundation using a dotting motion which helps you get a more airbrushed, diffused finish. A stippling brush usually has a dense base and feathery, lighter tips that can be used to dip into your foundation then lightly dot on face in quick motions. Afterwards, light circular motions are used to diffuse foundation out. This helps give adequate coverage with the least amount of makeup.

    Known side effects: Wanting to be referred to as a makeup “artiste.”

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    Hrush Achemyan of @styledbyhrush Talks Brows and How to Slay

    You might recognize her on IG as @styledbyhrush, a regular at red carpet events, or maybe even Kim Kardashian West’s glam guru/jet skiing buddy. Whichever way you may have come across her, one thing we can all agree on is Hrush Achemyan gives good brow. Which is why we’re not at all surprised when Make Up For Ever chose to collaborate with the makeup artist for their latest brow collection. While in Dubai to celebrate the launch, we caught up with Hrush about some of her makeup tips and the surprising things you might find in her purse. Read on!

    Why was it so important for you to collaborate with a brand like Make Up For Ever?

    It’s exciting! I was extremely honored that a brand which, when I started off as a makeup artist would have died to have the whole collection, actually asked me to collaborate with them on something I’m obsessed with. I have such bushy brows myself and I used to be made fun of for them for so long, and now it’s the it-trend. It’s like, look at me now! I’m just so obsessed with eyebrows. It was really a no-brainer for me to get on board.

    What are your tips for making brows look fuller?

    A new product that Make Up For Ever launched is the Brow Liquid Liner. You can fake extra hair if you use it properly. It adds the look of texture. The Aqua Brow for me though is what really attracted me to brand in the first place. I like to use it to lighten my eyebrows because they’re so aggressive looking. It’s actually what got me on to first using brow products.

    Who in your opinion has the nicest brows right now?
    Cara Delevingne!

    If we look in your purse right now, what are three things we’d find?

    You’re going to find a mini Sriracha bottle on a keychain…I’m not joking! You’ll probably find Chapstick, and I always carry a brush for my brows because if someone touches or rubs my face, one eyebrow goes down, so I have to brush it up again.

    Being based in LA and visiting the Middle East, what do you think is the biggest difference between beauty in both places?

    The Middle East loves black and I love that a woman feels so confident with her face. Girls in the U.S. like to glam, don’t get me wrong, even if they’re a little more low-key about it. I just believe wherever you are in the world whether from the U.S. or Middle East, with anything you wear if you wear it with confidence, you’re going to slay.

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