Office beauty looks: 4 Beauty Panel tips for staying chic and professional in the workplace this summer

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It’s no easy feat to apply makeup for work during the summertime, especially when heat often results in runny makeup and super shiny skin. Who wants to spend a ton of time putting on makeup in the morning only to have it messed up after a short walk from the subway to the office? Piling on makeup to hide those little imperfections when it’s so hot outside is definitely not ideal, and unfortunately not many of us can rock the “I woke up like this” look for the office. So, how do we get the best of both worlds? Well this week, Beauty Panel tackles the office beauty look for the summer and show us tips and tricks on how to stand out while still looking professional.

Challenge 71: What is your office beauty look this summer? See the answers now! »

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How to tip: The dos and don’ts of gratuity at salons

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Photography by Peter Stigter

We’ve all been there: you’ve just spent several hours at a salon or spa; you’re in a haze of pampering-induced endorphins and it comes time to settle the bill. Figuring out beauty service tipping can be overwhelming (not to mention how it totally messes with your hazy beauty vibe). And though salon admin are characteristically pleasant, the coy “it’s totally up to you” answer doesn’t help either (we need answers, people!). Well, you can rest your pretty heads, beauty-lovers, because we’ve compiled some guidelines to take the guesswork out of beauty service tipping.
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Style by lyric: 12 foolproof fashion lessons from your favourite songs

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Style by lyric

Photography by Peter Stigter

Music’s best fashion lessons »

We all know how much music influences fashion (otherwise, the semester I wore Dickies and ties to school like Avril Lavigne was a total wash). But even before the days of “Complicated” or begging our parents to let us wear sky-high Spice Girls sneakers, music was outlining style rules in a less visual, equally memorable way.

I mean, sure. Watching “Baby One More Time” may have inspired us to re-adjust our Catholic school uniforms or trade them in for a less monochromatic public school dress code, but songs by artists like Cake or Flo Rida instilled something even more important: clear verbal instructions on how to wear clothes.

And today is no different. Thanks to rules laid out by Jay-Z, Kanye, and even Lana Del Rey, artists continue to guide us through the murky waters of looking presentable. Through music, we’re learning what works, what doesn’t, how accessible fashion can be. After all, any of us could be the girl in the short shirt and long jacket, or the woman in the leopard print skin pillbox hat. So let’s get fancy with this list of some of music’s best fashion instructions.
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Lazy girls, rejoice: Cheat your way to great nails, hair and skin with these 6 beauty wipes

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Photography by Peter Stigter

See our favourite beauty wipes »

They say that cheaters never prosper, but we like to think that this new crop of beauty wipes proves otherwise. Known as cosmetic cheat sheets, these next-level wipes offer refreshing and insanely easy shortcuts to luxury and convenience. For those who want to get glowing without sun damage, we found a wipe for that. And for those who know better than going to bed without washing their faces but don’t always manage to do so, we have a wipe for you, too – and there’s no rinsing necessary. Ranging from natural wonders infused with argan oil to varieties blended with amino acids, these high-performance wipes haven’t always received the praise they deserve. But we’ve noticed a new batch that can’t be missed, and we’re spotlighting our six favourites.
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5 things we hope Britney Spears lingerie will look like

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See Britney’s best lingerie looks »

No pop goddess has managed to rival Britney Spears‘ ability to rock a good bra. With her envy-worthy abdomen (and propensity to flaunt it), she shimmied her way to the top of 2000s pop, and now, is putting those skills to use. Yesterday, Spears announced her line of intimate apparel in collaboration with Change Lingerie. The collection will cover all your lingerie needs from pole dancing to selfie-ing in bed with its wide product array of corsets, bras, pyjamas and sweats. Needless to say Spears’ near-two decades of dancing around in panties has finally come in handy. While images of the collection have not been released, we did our best to imagine based on Spears’ many iconic undies-only performances.

The Intimate Britney Spears collection will launch September 9th at an exclusive event in New York City hosted by the pop princess herself. It will be available for purchase in Canada at intimatebritneyspears.com.


The scoop on Hermès’ new artistic director, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski

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Nadege Vanhee Cybulski

Photography by Inez and Vinoodh

In the latest edition of high-end musical chairs, Hermès has announced its new artistic director just days after Christoph Lemaire announced he was leaving the label. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, a 36-year-old French native with experience to rival those with much higher profiles, has joined the label, with her debut collection set for Fall 2015.

Vanhee-Cybulski’s resume is populated with notoriously press-shy labels like Maison Martin Margiela, where she worked as a member of the design studio from 2005-2008, Céline, where she worked under Phoebe Philo until 2011, and most recently The Row, where she worked hand in hand with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as design director.

“I am delighted to be joining Hermès, a house I so admire and whose values I share wholeheartedly,” said the designer via press release. Likely, that’s all we’re going to get until March 2015.


The 50 Shades of Grey trailer is here

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A year after the film went into production and a just under a week after it was teased by who else, Beyoncé, the first 50 Shades of Grey trailer has finally been released. Steamy, mysterious and decidedly monochrome, the two-minute trailer previews the bestseller’s big screen debut complete with satin sheets, whips and clean-shaven Jamie Dornan as the BDSM-happy Christian Grey. What else can we say: WATCH!


12 Days of Summer Giveaways: Win skincare products, fragrances and makeup from The Body Shop

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See what you can win in the 12 Days of Summer Contest »

Get in the spirit of summer with fun shades and fresh scents from The Body Shop that will keep you looking and smelling cool all season. From skincare to fragrances and makeup, this prize pack is the ultimate in easy and light summer beauty looks.

Who’s ready to try their chance at winning our eleventh prize? You have until 11:59pm ET on July 24, 2014 to fill out the entry form below. We wish you luck! Read more »


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