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Beauty Inspiration: Spring 2013’s Most Striking Fashion Campaigns

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Kurt Reiger’s spring campaign. (Photo: Elle)

Besides it being awards season, there’s another reason why this is my favorite time of year: It’s the release of spring ad campaigns! Although I love the bundled up looks for fall, spring collections are always fresh, fun and bursting with brilliance. Plus, I get particularly hyped for the latest ads since the beauty is more experimental as well. From the slick hair and dark lip at Kurt Reiger to the peach lid and nude pout at Max Mara, here are the looks that I’m really feeling for spring.

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Louise Roe, Pamela Love and More on 2012’s Best & Worst Beauty Trends

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We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. 

As another awesome year in beauty comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on all the inspiring and, at times, interesting trends that hit the scene. Since I’m having a difficult time narrowing down my favorites and least favorites, I’ve called on a few of my mega stylish, wildly talented friends to do the choosing for me. (Keep in mind that not all “Nays” are created equal and one girl’s beauty blunder can certainly be another girl’s beauty brilliance, so please take this list with a grain of salt.) Cheers!

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(Photo: Facebook/louise-roe-official)

1. Louise Roe, Fashion Star host and Glamour’s fashion editor-at-large
Yay: “Oxblood-hued lips. So hot!”
Nay: “I didn’t care for red or pink eyeshadow. It looks like you’ve got an eye infection.”

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7 Super Unique Gifts for Creative Beauty Buffs

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We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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(Photo: The Fancy)

We’ve been talking about it a lot lately, but only because it’s so true! Finding holiday gifts for your friends is always a stressful process. Do you go for the foolproof item on his or her wish list, or do you leave that up to their family and instead scour for out-of- the-box items that they didn’t even know existed? Oftentimes, I veer toward the latter, simply because it’s more fun. Thanks to the wondrous World Wide Web, there are a slew of sites that offer inventive giftables in a range of categories—including beauty. Here are some of my current favorites.

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