BUMP IT UP BABE OF THE WEEK: GWEN STEFANI

Forty four year old mom-to-be Gwen Stefani knows how to rock her baby bump. Her secret? Balanced proportion. She pairs drapey tops with streamlined denim and adds a pop of color with fun footwear.

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Get the Look: Dewy Duchess

RIP A PAGE FROM THE ROYAL PLAYBOOK

Tap into Kate Middleton’s signature low-key glamour with products that amp up your natural radiance.

Get the Look, Dewy Duchess, Kate Middleton

1. Flower Cosmetics kiss stick velvet color $6.98

2. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum $153

3. Matrix Biolage pro-keratin leave-in spray $18.45

4. MAC fix+ setting spray $21

5. Giorgio Armani eyes to kill mascara $30

6. Make Up For Ever duo mat powder foundation $34

7. Urban Decay naked flushed kit $30

8. Eve Lom eye cream $75

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Booby Prize: Kim Kardashian’s hyper revealing new mom ensembles

Kim’s attempt to channel Jennifer Lopez’s daring Grammy look in 2000 is an epic fashion fail. Moms can be sexy, sure. But, an overly revealing gown on a brand new mom is unflattering and depressing. Her boob baring “look at me!” Givenchy gown smacks of a desperate attempt to reignite her pre-mom sex kitten image. And, showcases post-pregnancy droopy breasts. The truth? Sexiness is not contingent upon a hyper plunging dress with boob spillage. Inherently sultry, Kim can project sexiness in a far more appropriate décolleté bearing ensemble. A chic Saint Laurent tux jacket with a silky tank or a not-so-deep V neck gown would deliver a sporty, chic silhouette that emanates a “modern mom” vibe.

To really improve her silhouette, Kim requires perfectly fitting foundation garments. A bra is non-negotiable. The right bra with tension and lift like this underwire one from Wacoal will give her the coveted pertness of pre-pregnancy.

Wacoal Lace Finesse Full Busted Underwire Bra $65

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scarves: tie one on!

Anyone who knows me can attest to my scarf obsession. Whether I’m in my office or out to dinner, I have a scarf artfully draped around my neck. Sometimes it is a print. Sometimes it is a hot color. During the winter, I favor a black cashmere scarf with subtle suede fringe. In the summer, It is all about crisp linens. Why? Whatever the season, a long drapey scarf is the ultimate layering piece that magically dresses everything up.  There are three basic ways to wear a scarf: the wrap and drape, loose drape and the loop. The goal is to achieve “thrown on glamour.”

MOM TIP: If you are feeling fat, a long scarf is a great way to hide the bloat

1. Nordstrom plaid wool blend scarf $48

2. Hinge eastern escape scarf $39

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs etta deco scarf $198

4. Forever21 nautical striped scarf $8.80

5. J.Crew checker-stripe scarf $68

6. Michael Stars folk art wrap $42

7. Forever21 retro polka dot scarf $10.80

8. Stella & Dot wild heart scarf $59

9. Vince Camuto pop leopard print scarf $38

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mommy style sos kit: glam in a snap

Prest-o, Change-o. How can a mom transform easily from drab to fab? Its all about props. Simply stash a style emergency satchel in the car. Must haves: bronzer, lipstick, mascara, a scarf, glammifying earrings and few other freshening-up factors. Pull over to the side of the road and voila!!

COSMETIC POUCH: Forever 21 polka dot cosmetic pouch $5.80

COLORFUL SCARF: Zara printed scarf $25.90

STATEMENT EARRINGS: BaubleBar rose dewdrop earrings $34

EMERGENCY PLUCKING: Tweezerman mini slant tweezer $15

OILY HAIR: Bumble and bumble. spray hair powder $19

FLAT HAIR: Conair self grip rollers 31-count assorted $10.90

SWEATY/SMELLY: Travel size deodorant, available at local drug store for about $1

DEWY SKIN: Caudalie beauty elixir $18

PERFUME: Sample size perfumes from beauty counters are perfect to keep in your emergency satchel

BAD BREATH: Colgate wisp peppermint 16-count $4.99

WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS: Hollywood double-sided fashion tape $5.22

ZITS: Amazing Cosmetics concealer $28

BOLD LIPSTICK: Flower kiss stick velvet lip color $6.98

FAUX GLOW: Physicians Formula organic bronzer $11.98

MASCARA: Maybelline volume express the falsies $5.99

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zit zappers

ZIT BLASTING 101
They are the bane of every woman’s existence. Check out these  DIY remedies for  pimples

+ Apply ice cubes to the pimple to bring down any swelling
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+ Apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the pimple. It won’t dry out the skin, and it starts treating the pimple right away
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+ Aloe Vera or hydrocortisone will calm down the redness of a pimple
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+ If you are prone to breakouts, take one or two antacid tablets–they’ll balance the skin’s acid levels and stop the breakout
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+ If you can’t resist the urge to pop a pimple use two Q-tips instead of your fingers to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands to your face. Then, cover area with Neosporin

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+LEMON JUICE!
Lemon Juice fights inflammation of the skin, reduces redness, kills the bacteria in acne and can get rid of excess facial oils
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+ My favorite zit product? Eve Lom Acne Dynaspot Treatment which eliminates spot breakouts quickly, without drying the skin

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