April Daniels Hussar

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A California girl transplanted to the wilds of suburban New Jersey, I’m a shoe-loving, book-obsessed writer and mama. I can also be found at BettyConfidential.com and my own blog, “My First Word Was Shoe.” My work has appeared on sites like SELF.com and The Huffington Post; other interests include running (badly), cooking (not so badly), and over-packing. Sometimes I get to do fun things like cover Fashion Week or “road test” beauty products, but most of the time I’m chained to my laptop or schlepping to pick-up in my PJs -- it’s good to have balance!


Sipping on:

Full fat lattes (a.m.) and Chardonnay (p.m.)

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    Summer is still going strong (woohoo!), and if you're like me, you've fallen into a bit of a ponytail/messy bun rut. Granted, those are both easy ways of "doing" your hair and keeping it up off your neck and away from your face, but they do tend to get boring after a while. Adding a braid into your hairstyle can really take it from blah to super cute!

    Here are five ideas for hair with a twist, from long styles to a pretty updo that will work on short or long hair.

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    I am cuckoo for coconut. I do love the flavor, but more to the point: I love the smell, and I loooooove coconut-scented beauty products! They're great in the summer because they're so summery, and they're great in the winter because ... they're so summery!

    As a true coco-NUT, I have tried dozens (hundreds?!) of coconut beauty products, and these are some of my all-time favorites. And they're all really affordable, too!

    Do you like the smell of coconut and do you have any favorite beauty products to add to the list?

    Image via peddhapati/Flickr

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    As an official product junkie, I could happily spend oodles and oodles of money on makeup and beauty products every month. The only problem? A distinct lack of oodles and oodles of money! While I do splurge now and then, I'm no millionaire, so I'm all about cutting corners when I can. And I have a few tricks up my sleeve I'm dying to share ...

    These 9 brilliant makeup hacks will save you big bucks and keep you sitting pretty! Do you have any of your own to add?

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    You know how when you're, like, a teenager, and you see something that say, your step-mom does, and you're all I WILL NEVER DO THAT because it looks so goofy and suburban and will totally never fit in to your future jet-setting life of glamour and mystery?

    Yeah, so ... about that. Turns out, something I used to snicker at in that way only teen girls can do, is now something I can't live without. Why? Vanity, obviously. Because these babies are the secret to your manicure lasting more than a day. Three words:

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    Fake eyelashes, fake highlights, fake tans, and now ... fake freckles? Yep! Freckles, like the pretty (and real) ones Demi Lovato showed off on Instagram recently, are apparently "in" these days. Hooray for freckles! But the new beauty trend (as with most beauty trends) is to fake it if Mother Nature didn’t make it.

    And yes, you can purchase a special beauty product just for this purpose ...

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