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May Your Days (Off) Be Merry and Bright

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With the holidays nearly upon us, Beauty Counter is taking a mini break to enjoy the festivities. And we encourage you to slick on some red lipstick and do the same. Whether your merriment entails Chinese food and a movie or piling presents under a tree, we leave you with this very special gift: Daria Werbowy discovering the joy of twinkle lights. See you Thursday—same time, same place.

Photo: Instagram

Santa Shaves Years Off His Look

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“Santa’s foxy,” said Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine Zarrella, after watching this video. To be precise, he’s a silver fox. Above, The Art of Shaving preps jolly old Saint Nick for his big night out. What can we say, a less-than-lithe guy who can sneak down chimneys and pull off head-to-toe red is quite a smooth man indeed—and now he has the facade to match.

Sending Out a NYFW SOS

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models-donna-karan-backstageSeeing as we are now on day six, you’re probably starting to feel the effects (at least I am)—and that scratchy throat brewing. So I caught up with lifestyle expert Kim Daly to get her take on how to avoid a total health meltdown before Milan:

Models aren’t bitchy—they’re hungry. During fashion week they run from show to show, with barely time for a bathroom break in between. Add to that the often abysmal spread of mini muffins and cookies in the hair and makeup area—empty carbs that offer nothing in the way of nutrition—and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Blood-sugar spikes quickly followed by crashes will make anyone moody. Whether you’re walking the runway, covering the beauty trends backstage, or sitting front-row, these healthy eating tips will help you stay focused and energized for the remainder of the week.

Try to sit down for at least one meal.
It doesn’t have to be fancy—you can fill up on salad at Whole Foods or grab a plate of veggie quiche at Le Pain Quotidien if you have time. This will help maintain a level of normalcy for your digestive system, so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode and start hoarding all the calories you do manage to take in as fat.

Pass on the Red Bull and Diet Coke.
When a hectic schedule has you up before the sun and out way past dark, you’re guaranteed to experience fatigue. Relying on caffeine makes things worse. It blows out your adrenal glands, which depletes your energy stores and makes it nearly impossible to fight off germs. (That’s why everyone ends up with a cold by the last call time.) Stick with water and green juices made with spinach or kale for added vitamin power.

Entertain the Munchies.
Having a small zip-top bag filled with carrot sticks, nuts, raisins, or a combo of all three will save you when you’re spending your “lunch break” in a cab between Marc by Marc and Oscar de la Renta.

Photo: James Cochrane / Indigitalimages.com

Treat Yo’ Self

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vintage-Glamour-imageFew know the origins of Labor Day (myself included). I’ve always viewed it as my last chance to store up energy, and sleep, before New York fashion week. The holiday actually began in 1894 as a way to appease union members after the Pullman Strike (i.e., factory workers took issue with the Pullman Company, which built the majority of freight and passenger cars in the U.S., and effectively shut down railroad traffic west of Detroit), a cause that one could say is slightly more noble than beauty rest—though I’ll just agree to disagree on that one. In order to hit the ground running next week, the Beauty Counter blog will also be taking a sabbatical—albeit a brief one—on Monday. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with our latest feature on tattoos (in case you need inspiration to get inked over the weekend) and some solid Labor Day advice inspired by this image from Glamour magazine’s July 1955 issue: Eat ice cream like it’s your job—because you’ll most certainly work it off as you dash between shows all of next month.

Photo: Joseph Leombruno and Jack Bodi

Benefit Makes Flying Glamorous Again; J.Crew Goes Bare for Fall; And More

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Benefit BusTSA swiped your face wash? Forgot your go-to mascara? Leave it to Benefit to create a pretty-in-pink solution. The brand recently launched its first Glam Up and Away kiosk in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. The vintage beauty bus holds thirty of the brand’s best-selling products, and twenty-four additional machines are set to appear later this year in airports such as JFK in New York City and McCarran International in Las Vegas. [WWD]

One could say that Jenna Lyons made hot pink and tangerine lipstick a must-have for the masses by slicking these shades on models for the J.Crew catalog. In a recent interview, however, women’s fashion director Gayle Spannaus revealed that she prefers flawless skin, brushed brows, and subdued, nude lips to loud mouths for fall. [Fashionista.com]

Backstage regular Charlotte Tilbury is starting a “make-up revolution” and making it easier than ever by dividing the collection into ten looks (five natural and five nocturnal). This week, the face painter is introducing each “woman” and posting a how-to video tutorial online. [CharlotteTilbury.com]

Another day, another September cover for Cara Delevingne. This time, Karl Lagerfeld shot the super for the latest issue of Numéro magazine and played up the model’s ink against an all-black Dior trench. [Instagram]

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit