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And the TotalBeauty Awards 2015 Winners Are…

The results are in! has announced the winners of its annual beauty awards. After combing through and testing over 2,500 products and looking over the more than 1,500 ballots cast, they’ve decided this year’s best in beauty. From acne creams to heat stylers, TotalBeauty editors and readers offered their picks for the crème de la crème in beauty products.

Brands also got a chance to duke it out and scoop up the coveted TotalBeauty stamp of approval. On the editor side, Dolce & Gabbana took home the prize for best prestige brand while Benefit cosmetics nabbed the readers’ choice in the same category. CoverGirl came out on top for the editors’ favorite drugstore brand and L’Oreal Paris took it home for readers. The editors crowned Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush as the best in its category while the readers were all about the Nars blush offerings. For curly-haired gals, Shea Moisture’s holy grail Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie got a thumbs up from readers, while the editors threw support behind Pureology Curl Complete’s Curl Extend Treatment Styler.

Check out the full list of winners over at TotalBeauty and see if any of your favorite brands, tools or products made the cut this year.


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Barneys and the CFDA Created the Perfect Fall Collection for New Yorkers

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Barneys is teaming up with the CFDA for a Made in New York collaboration that will stir the soul of any stylish New Yorker. The retailer has gotten together with a selection of brands including Altuzarra, Narciso Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, The Row, R13, Rag & Bone and Thom Browne to help support the local manufacturing industry.

To celebrate the partnership, Barneys will unveil a set of windows dedicated to the collection, which will be on display starting August 28 through New York Fashion Week. Of course, this collaboration is not just a moneymaking ploy from the already rich – it’s an opportunity to do something good. 10% of the proceeds from the collection will go to the CFDA and its Fashion Manufacturing Initiative in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

In true New York spirit, the collection (for men and women) is done in shades of black, white, gray and for a pop of color, red. On tap you’ll find pieces like a dope zipper-slit sweatshirt dress that reads “New York City” across the front, a white belted trench coat with black piping, a lovely, delicate black lace dress and just about everything a New Yorker would need in their wardrobe this fall.

Prices for the collection range from $95 to $4,800. Head over to Barneys to shop the collection, which is already available on the website.

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This Artist Turned Hateful Tweets About Caitlyn Jenner Into Beautiful Artwork

Since coming out, the support behind Caitlyn Jenner has been enormous, but there are those Internet trolls who aren’t comfortable with the way she chooses to live, even though her decisions have no effect on their lives. There have been some bigoted, negative sentiments towards Caitlyn expressed on Twitter and one artist found a way to take those tweets and turn them into something positive.

Conor Collins has compiled the most hateful tweets and turned them into a drawing inspired by Jenner’s Annie Leibovitz-shot cover for Vanity Fair. Caitlyn herself got wind of the piece and tweeted it to her 2.85 million followers.

The artist told Dazed that he was compelled to create the work when he saw all the horrible things people were saying about a woman they don’t know personally. “When I saw them I wanted to share them, because it is a reality of what trans people experience every day. I didn’t want to hide the darkness and persecution they face in my art piece. It just wouldn’t be fair.”

It’s always heartening to see someone take a bad situation and turn it into something beautiful. 

[via Dazed]

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Beyoncé Wasn’t Interviewed for Her Vogue Cover Story

Beyoncé fans were giddy with excitement to hear their dear queen bee was chosen to cover Vogue‘s September issue. It’s an honor any model or celebrity would be thrilled to have, but when you’re Beyoncé and you already have the world’s undying love and devotion, a Vogue cover is just par for the course. And it seems the queen bee is so over being adored, that she wouldn’t even bless the fashion bible with so much as an interview for the story.

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You read that right. According to The New York Times, Bey is the first celebrity to appear on the cover in the past five years without submitting to an interview. The accompanying piece on Bey in this month’s issue is a mere think piece about the singer’s star power.

And no, it’s not a snub to Vogue. Beyoncé hasn’t really been directly answering questions for quite some time. “At some imperceptible point around 2013 to 2014, she appears to have stopped giving face-to-face interviews. A member of her team told a reporter in May that despite numerous appearances, she had not answered a direct question in more than a year,” the Times says. “Her publicist declined to clarify this stance. (When Beyoncé does answer questions, it tends to be in writing or, for TV, taped.)”

[ See: 15 of Beyoncé’s Most Glittery Looks ]

It is quite disappointing that fans won’t be able to hear from Beyoncé in this latest issue of Vogue, but it is a testament to her celebrity that she can turn down an interview with the most important fashion magazine in the world and still be its cover girl. That’s a power only Beyoncé could wield, folks.

[via NYT]

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Grown-Up Barbie Fans Are Going to Love Sophia Webster’s New Shoe Collaboration

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Image: courtesy Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster is the latest designer to get inspired by Barbie. The peddler of whimsical footwear has teamed up with the iconic doll for a collaboration that (no surprises here) is very pink and very girly.

Webster created the perfect shoe collection for grown-up Barbie fans with deep pockets and hyper-feminine proclivities. On tap, you will find her speech bubble flats with pink straps and the words “Barbie” and “Doll” written in the recognizable Barbie font, slip-on sneakers printed with the Barbie B, a Barbie-fied take on her famous butterfly wing sandals in pink and silver, and more. The shoes (available both for women and girls) are set to hit Webster’s website August 27, but prepare yourself for even more Barbie-related fare from the designer. According to Vogue UK, Webster is coming out with her own limited-edition Barbie Doll, which will be outfitted in a pair of Sophia Webster Riko hi-top glitter sneakers.


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Exclusive: JETS Launches Activewear

Photo courtesy of JETS

Photo courtesy of JETS

JETS has already made quite its mark in the swimwear department with sleek yet wearable swimsuits, and now the Aussie label is leaping into activewear with the same sharp-shooting and luxe aesthetic in mind. (more…)