Beauty & Beyond: Fab Beauty Finds

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I'??m growing my hair out. It'??s not that I'm trying to channel my inner hippie. I'm just recovering from something that I think we've all suffered from...bangs. I took the plunge and got thankfully them out of my system, but now I'm trying to get back the length. I was going to try those clip-on bangs, but since they scare me (the way something you would see coming out of the drain in a horror movie or stuck in a drain after washing your dog might), I use little hair clips to hold the hair back.

This unfavorable view was basically my opinion of all faux hair. I pictured this weird, coarse mess of plastic locks sticking into your head and obviously sticking out like a sore thumb. I changed my thoughts when I was introduced to Hairdo by HairUWear. Created by Ken Paves and inspired by Jessica Simpson (who, whether she's wearing ridic mom jeans or not, always has great hair), the 18" wraparound pony extensions (in both straight and beach curl) are actually silkier than my real hair after a long day. Made from 100% polyester fiber from Japan, they come in 11 inspired colors, and included in the long list of brunette shades is a chocolate brown that's so close to mine, my heart melted.

Although they can't help you with bangs, they're a quick, easy way to have the perfect long pony. Just slide the comb into your own pony tail, wrap the loose Velcro section around your hair band, secure it together and bobby pin it in place. The only thing I wished for was a longer comb to set it into your hair a little deeper.

I'm also excited about their six shades of ombré extension clipins - a trend I have been thrilled about since it came out on stylistas like Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore. These multiple level 16" clips give you length plus the graduate effect of ombre for both blondes and brunettes. No commitment. I was most impressed with how the extension laid flatly against my head and the colors just peeped through at the bottom.

Their bangs are on-trend (and less committal than the ones I had snipped), and since it seems The First Lady did a bang-up job starting the bang trend during her birthday celebration, I'll be relying on these next time. These Clip-in Bangs have this amazing Tru2Life heat-friendly fiber, so they can withstand heat up to 350º which means you can curl and straighten for the perfect bang to suit your face. Yes, you read that right. I might do bangs again, but minus the commitment.

But the clips are fine for now. I do have a feeling that, when I do have that incurable need for a bob, I'll be reaching for a new HairDo.

HairUWear ombre and ponies are available at, each for $49. The bangs are $29.

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It's always a tie for me between Becca and MUFE for who can give me the best powder. So when Make Up For Ever launched their brand new Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, I was one of the first to grab it. This compact powder foundation has a new ground-breaking formula that can be applied wet or dry for buildable coverage.

For a matte finish (read: kill that pesky shine) with full coverage, apply it dry. For a satin finish with sheer coverage, apply it wet. Yes, you read that correct. This is pretty much exactly the opposite of most multi-use powders. Whichever you choose, once you blend it, it adds long-lasting coverage for a flawless complexion. This versatile compact has the application pad underneath so it stays away from the powder until you're ready for some on-the-go touchups.

Something it has that's lacking in other compacts - it's available in 25 shades and four undertones (golden, olive, beige and pink), making it one of the most extensive shade assortments on the market. It also has a lot less talc than traditional compact foundations so it doesn't have a typical heavy finish.

Becca, better step it up for your next release. I think Make Up For Ever has the art of coverage covered.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

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