Should I Copy Alba’s Cut?
By Angelique Serrano | 02/09/2010 - 13:33

I got engaged recently. Actually, I got engaged in August, but it still feels pretty recent. But the reality is, the wedding date is set for Sept. 3 and I’ve got to get my butt in gear. There are flowers to pick, cakes to taste, shoes to buy and, of course, hair and makeup to consider. I know a lot of girls start growing their hair out for their wedding…but I’m not sure why. Is it just a thing we do, almost involuntarily, like twirling our hair when flirting?


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Have a Naughty Valentine’s Day
By Angelique Serrano | 02/04/2010 - 15:50

Lickable body icing, non-toxic massage oils and whipped cream not meant for the kitchen; this can all mean only one thing: It must be Valentine’s Day. I have decided to embrace the holiday I used to loathe largely in part because I’m still bummed Christmas is over. I need a little something to look forward to. So let’s focus on a slightly sexier day of giving, shall we? If you need inspiration, check out Victoria’s Secret 7 Sides of Sexy on victoriassecret.com.


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La Dolce Eva
By Angelique Serrano | 02/02/2010 - 15:24

In recreating images from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Eva Mendes does more than mimic an iconic moment in cinema history. She, in this breathtaking image, makes me lust for the sweet life. She makes me want to put on my best gown, walk barefoot into a fountain, toss my hair into the wind and let life take hold. No plans. No consequences. Just living for life’s sweet, succulent moments. Here’s to la dolce vita.


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Ugly Betty: The Makeover That Wasn’t
By Angelique Serrano | 01/28/2010 - 12:36

I love the TV show Ugly Betty. And back in my tween years, I loved me a good telenovela (Baila Conmigo, anyone?). And while my heart continues to bleed Valentino red over the untimely demise of this fabulous telenovela-style dramedy, I wanted to take a moment to thank the writers and my Queen, Salma Hayek, for resisting the instant-makeover urge for so long.


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Jennifer Lopez: I Could Have Stared All Night
By Angelique Serrano | 01/26/2010 - 11:23

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a fiesta in honor of makeup artist extraordinaire Scott Barnes and his new book About Face, a study of makeup and its power of transformation. Cool, yes, but what just about did me in was seeing Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez at the NYC bash. Let me tell you, there are no words to describe Jennifer’s luminosity. Her skin was at once radiant, warm and somehow translucent. She was literally glowing, no doubt a result of Barnes’s professional skills.


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The Wet Look
By Angelique Serrano | 01/21/2010 - 18:16

So if you happen to be taking artsy pictures, or just curious about how models, makeup artists and photographers achieve the "wet" skin look, here's how: After applying foundation, apply Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil Gel with aloe vera and Vitamin E all over the face with a cosmetics sponge. This will create a beyond dewy finish that mimics a post-shower wetness. I don't know when you'll have a chance to use this information, but I thought it was cool.


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What Foods Trigger Sensitive Skin?
By Angelique Serrano | 01/14/2010 - 12:18

I have a friend who can’t eat cheese; whenever she does, her face gets red and breaks-out in these tiny little bumps. I feel for her, especially since my idea of heaven is a long hammock between two palm trees with a plate full of cheesy quesadillas and pina coladas. But for those of you with sensitive skin—skin that becomes excessively reddened, inflamed, irritated, or pained when triggered by environmental or internal factors—it’s important to identify what triggers your particular outbreak.


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Get Celebrity Waves
By Angelique Serrano | 01/12/2010 - 15:53

Want long, loose waves like Fergie and Avatar star Zoe Saldana? The trick is all in how you hold your curling iron. I always used to curl my hair the old-school way: by clamping a section of hair in a curling iron, then holding it horizontally while rolling it up toward my scalp. The way to get these modern loose waves is to first hold your curling iron vertically—so the tip of the iron faces the sky.


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What Not To Do To Your Skin
By Angelique Serrano | 01/07/2010 - 14:51

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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Please Just Stop the Gimmicks
By Angelique Serrano | 01/05/2010 - 16:07

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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