Ulta Dropped Tons of New Holiday Gift Sets, but These Are Our 11 Favorites
Ulta is our go-to for a variety of makeup, skin care, and hair products, but we’re particularly impressed by one thing these days. The retailer has an incredible selection of beauty gift sets for the holidays. The wide variety of choices means you can easily find a gift perfect for everyone in your life. Take a look at our favorite gift sets from the retailer, and treat yourself to one . . . or two or three.
You Won’t Believe What Went Into Margot Robbie’s Wild Transformation Into Queen Elizabeth
Four hundred-something years before Meghan Markle had the power to send sheer pantyhose sales through the roof, it was Queen Elizabeth I who set the fashion and beauty trends. Everything from her hair to her eyebrows was carefully calculated, extravagant, and laced with cover-up — and Margot Robbie’s mind-blowing transformation into the character takes center stage in Josie Rourke’s new historical epic, Mary, Queen of Scots.
Bringing a centuries-old look to fruition in 2018, though, was no easy feat. “In the Elizabethan period, women plucked away their eyebrows and the front of their hairlines because it was beautiful to have a high forehead and almost no eyebrows,” the film’s head of hair and makeup Jenny Shircore told POPSUGAR. “Elizabeth already had a high forehead, and she dictated fashion and beauty through how she looked. Of course, her features were very, very different from Margot’s, and that was a bit of a challenge. When you’re working with a modern actress who’s got thick, beautifully shaped eyebrows, we’ve got to try and get rid of that in order to achieve the feel of the period.
Factor in the amount of hair dye needed for Queen Mary I (played by Saoirse Ronan)’s eyebrows, how Shircore researched without the internet, and the makeup it took to recreate Queen Elizabeth I’s disfiguring illness, and you’ve got a production that was bound from the start to be a royal pain in the ass — and pretty damn powerful, too.
Eyebrows are fickle creatures. You can over pluck them, not pluck them enough, fill them in too heavily, give yourself too much of an arch. It’s a rollercoaster ride of beauty when it comes to brow, but maybe not for Rihanna. According to Allure, Rihanna may have a look-a-like to try her eyebrow looks on, and honestly, same. Okay, no, regular people don’t have eyebrow doubles, but if you could, wouldn’t you?
According to Allure, in an an interview with Entertainment Tonight, brow stylist Damone Roberts revealed that those now famous Met Gala brows weren’t just a spur of the moment decision. After all, Rihanna did actually dye her brows for the event, which she co-hosted with Amal Clooney and Donnatella Versace NBD. While it may have been hard to tear your eyes away from her sexy, sequined pope ensemble, those eyebrows were just as memorable given Rihanna’s typically dark brows and hair.
In the interview, Roberts says, "So Rihanna’s so fly that she has a lookalike model come by your space and you try out different looks on the eyebrows on the model and you send pictures to Rihanna and she decides whether she wants to do it or not!"
That’s exactly what she did for the Met Gala.
Roberts’ celebrity clients go beyond Rihanna, though. He’s worked with mega-stars like Jenna Dewan (who he says has some of the best brows in Hollywood), Christina Aguilera, Taraji P Henson, and Traci Ellis Ross. However, Rihanna may be the client with the most iconic brow moments.
Obviously, there’s her Met Gala blonde brow moment which was major, but she’s also had another memorable moment when it comes to her arches: her September British Vogue cover.
The cover was a major deal because while Rihanna has graced multiple Vogue covers in the past, her shoot for British Vogue marks the first time a black woman has ever been featured on a September issue for the magazine.
Outside of the achievement, though, her brows quickly caught attention. The ultra-skinny and majorly arched look is totally off trend for current brow styles, but if anyone could rock it, it’s Rihanna, and she did. In fact, the look was so iconic that beauty guru and YouTuber Alissa Ashley recreated the cover look on her channel and documented the entire process (pretty flawlessy, tbh).
In the image Rihanna posted to her Twitter account, there’s no mention of Roberts doing her brows for the shoot. It seems more likely that a makeup artist glued them down and covered them in foundation rather than have a brow stylist do them. However, could Rihanna have used her look-a-like for this brow look, too? Maybe.
While you may think that it’s a bit extravagant to have a look-a-like model try out your brow looks before you do, this is Rihanna. She can do whatever she pleases. Plus, a brow double would definitely have saved you from those horrible days of over-plucking, so hey, don’t knock it until you try it, right?
14 New Year’s Beauty Resolutions That Are Easier Than You Think
New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, which means resolution season is upon us. I know I am more than guilty of being overly ambitious when it comes to setting goals for myself. I either try to do too many things or try to achieve a few very difficult things. But because they’re usually not feasible, I end up disappointing myself pretty early in the new year. However, I think 2019 is going to be different. I’ve put together 14 beauty resolutions that are easily attainable — and sustainable throughout the rest of the year!
We trust Meghan Markle’s skincare advice (have you seen that glow?), and that’s why we’re excited that QVC is offering a great deal on Tatcha — one of the duchess’s favorite beauty brands — today only. The TV shopping brand is offering a set of three Tatcha products for only $174: the Radiant Deep Brightening Serum ($185), The Essence ($95), and the Tatcha Violet C Radiance Mask ($68). For anyone bad at math, that makes the Tatcha Bright and Radiant 3-Piece Holiday Gift Set a whopping $174 off the complete value of $348.
It’s almost too good a deal to pass up and definitely worth the price if you’ve been meaning to try out the popular brand. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Duchess of Sussex, it’s good enough for us.
When it comes to hair, the duchess Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are goals. From Middleton’s blowout to Markle’s messy bun, their locks are basically iconic now. It appears, however, that Meghan Markle got a haircut, but if you’re worried you won’t be seeing her messy bun any more, don’t be. Thankfully, the Duchess of Sussex went subtle with her chop, but it’ll still have ready to book your holiday appointment ASAP.
According to Refinery29, Markle visited King’s College on Wednesday, and while subtle, she seemed to rocking some shorter locks. While the duchess does tend to wear her hair up in her signature messy bun and pony tails quite a bit, she has worn it loose and down as well. Typically, it falls to just above her bust line. Now, it seems Markle’s hair is shortened to about two inches below her shoulder. There also appears to be some trimmed up layers around her face as well.
Sure, it’s not a major change in hairstyle for the duchess. She’s been rocking longer hair for a while now. Plus with such a small shift, she can still pull it back into that bun of hers. The important thing here is that she’s reminding everyone that you need to trim your hair.
There’s an old rumor that regular trims will help your hair grow faster. Unfortunately, that one’s not true. However, there are major benefits to keeping your locks regularly touched up. According trichologist (basically a dermatologist who specializes in the hair and scalp) Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips of the Philip Kingsley Clinic, your hair won’t grow faster, but trims will help you rid your head of dead and split ends which may make your hair look longer.
Plus, let’s be honest, we’ve all been there when we’ve let our hair get so frayed that we end up having to cut it all off anyway. Markle’s haircut is reminding you not to do that.
Like her sister-in-law, Markle’s hair has been one of her most talked about features — alongside those famous freckles. That could be because of the casual way she styles it. While Middleton does wear her gloriously blown out hair down at times, when it’s up or under a hat, it’s almost always perfectly in place. That’s not the case with Markle.
For the Duchess of Sussex, purposefully messy hair appears to be key. In fact, it’s so much her style that she rocked a messy bun on her wedding day. While the style wasn’t as carefully haphazard as some of the other times she’s worn her hair this way, it was still certainly different to see a royal bride tuck a loose strand of hair behind her ears.
While you may think that Meghan Markle’s haircut is not a big deal, that’s fine. It is, after all, a very subtle change. Just remember next time you’re pulling a straightener through your hair or pulling tangles out of wet locks that maybe you should make an appointment for a trim before things get out of hand.
5 Beauty Products to Keep at the Office That Work as Hard as You Do
Your beauty routine doesn’t have to end with what you can accomplish at your vanity. In fact, taking a few products to the office can make a world of difference in your workday. You might find that some have your back before important meetings, help you multitask as you grind through spreadsheets, and calm you down when you get that message that starts with “Per my last email . . . .”
Below are our picks for the best desk-side beauty essentials — the ones that work as hard as you do.
20 Gifts So Cute — and Cheap — You’ll Want Them All For Yourself
Occasionally, a beauty product has such amazing packaging, it takes your breath away before you can say “Holy sh*t that’s cute; I need it.” Some of your favorite brands, as well as lesser-known, under-the-radar ones, have released holiday products that will have you grinning ear to ear.
This year, we’ve been blessed with glittery mascaras, Windex-shaped perfumes, and more, making it hard to choose what to give or add to our wish lists. We’ve collected some of the most adorable to help you out, so you don’t spend too much time roaming around Sephora.
When it comes to self-care days, Viola Davis has possibly the most relatable way to unwind.
Rather than constantly spend big bucks on luxe spa days or beauty products that could break the bank, the Oscar winner swears by one thing she can get on the cheap when she’s ready to relax and release.
“Oh my god, Epsom salt bath,” Davis told InStyle about her favorite way to practice self-care before she headed inside The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women breakfast at Milk Studios in Los Angeles Wednesday. As for the variety she prefers? “Lavender, Dr. Teal’s. Oh my god, the best. Absolutely,” she said.
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That’s right, the three-pound bag of Epsom salt you have under the bathroom sink, that you turn to to ease muscle tension, or boost up an at-home pedicure to feel a little bit more luxe, that is also what mega star Viola Davis turns to. All it takes to get on her level is a click over to Target.com and a five dollar bill.
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The Widows star, who rocked a sleek white jumpsuit tucked under a black blazer to the event, took home the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which is given annually to a woman who is a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry. After sipping Fiji water at her table with her husband Julius Tennon, Davis brought attendees to their feet, as she broke down the struggles of being a woman of color in Hollywood.
Davis compared that experience to a scene in The Exorcist, where a possessed Linda Blair is tied to a bed with the words “Help me” written on her stomach. “That’s how I feel every day in this Hollywood community and in my life in trying to live my authentic life,” she said.
She went on to say she started her production company, Juvee Productions, to fight against that, adding that she was over seeing the lack of black, multidimensional characters onscreen. “I’m tired of seeing the expanse of the imagination of writers when they write the mess, the joy, the beauty, the femininity of white characters. And maybe an hour into the movie, you saw the obligatory black character just kind of walking into the camera, who had a name [but] didn’t really have to have a name because you know nothing about them.”
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“So what’s the takeaway?” she asked the room, which included Lupita Nyong’o, Christina Ricci, and Lena Dunham. “My main message is: Stop taming us. Stop!,” she said, to raucaus applause. “Everything that I am and everything that we are inside is what makes art and this world rich. The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, Leave it to Beaver, is a lie,” she said. “I think that there’s something to be said about being wild.”
“My big thing with JuVee Productions is there is no limit to how we see narratives with people of color,” she continued. “That there’s only so much I am gonna kowtow to this business, and my gift to anyone is that: Don’t let anybody tell you who you are.”
We might add: Don’t let anybody tell you that caring for yourself has to be expensive.
On the hunt for an effective and trustworthy face mask? Let the internet be your guide. We uncovered the top-rated options at a variety of price points. These masks are getting rave reviews and work for a variety of skin concerns. Whether you want a sheet, clay, gel, or peel-off option, we’ve got you covered. Find out why these picks are worthy of your attention.