BangsLooking to update your look and give it some polish?  Bangs are flattering for any age and hair texture, according to celebrity stylist, Kattia Solano, of NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon.  Solano, who’s clients have included Blake Lively, Adrienne Bailon, Olivia Palermo, Rose McGowan and Lauren Santo Domingo, suggests that having fab fringe means finding the right style for your face shape, and for your lifestyle!

Looking clockwise from top left, Oval faces (like Hannah Simone’s) are perfect for basically any bang.  “Select a bang that compliments your current cut to frame your face perfectly,” suggests Solano.  Heart-shaped faces (like Reese Witherspoon’s) have wider foreheads in comparison to their chins.  Long and tapered bangs with a center part or side sweep will “bring balance” to this face, as opposed to rounder shapes (like Rachel Bilson’s), which are pretty symmetrical.  “Choppy, asymmetrical bangs or long, face-framing bangs with a center part will help to elongate the face, drawing the eye upwards and giving your face more vertical space,” she suggests, and thick and tapered, whispy bangs on square faces (like Olivia Wilde’s), as they “add more visual width to your forehead which will soften your features and make your eyes pop.”

Not yet ready for a permanent update?  Solano recommends temporary bangs from Hair U Wear and Socap/ She USA, which are both found at Butterfly’s Bang Bar.


Becca Champagne

Its seems that YouTuber, Jaclyn Hill, knows how to to keep the champagne flowing for her millions of fans.  The former makeup artist has teamed up with BECCA Cosmetics again for the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette (inset).  Soon-to-be-released at Sephora, the limited-edition, iconic face palette, features five shades of highlighter and blush.  Hill is the creator of the original Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop.  Just remember that beauty often comes at a price … this palette will retail for $59 (which comes with free shipping!).



Sunscreen Consumer Reports recently released is annual findings on popular sunscreens.  Surprisingly, many simply didn’t meet the grade: of the 102 sunscreens tested for efficacy (based on SPF claims of 30 or higher), only 52% met their posted requirements.  While 58% of the 85 chemical sunscreens tested made valid claims, only 26% of the 19 mineral-based sunscreens were proven accurate.

Consumer Reports advises consumers to choose a chemical sunscreens with a 40 or higher SPF (as it “will give you a better chance of getting at least an SPF 30, the minimum level many dermatologists recommend). Those lotions with the highest ratings included, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen MilkPure Sun Defense SPF 50Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, and No-Ad Sport SPF 50.  Top-performing sprays included, Trader Joe’s Spray SPF 50+, Banana Boat SunComfort Continuous Spray SPF 50+Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection SPF 70, Caribbean Breeze Continuous Tropical Mist SPF 70, and Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30.

The report also warns that mineral-based sunscreens containing only titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (often referred to as “natural”), are possibly the least reliable options (notable exceptions include California Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30 and California Kids #Supersensitive SPF 30+).