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Give the gift of beauty this holiday season! Pamper your loved ones and help them feel beautiful, head to toe, all season long with our annual holiday gift guide. Ahead, see some of our top picks for gorgeous hair, radiant skin, luscious lashes and show-stopping nails to make this holiday season truly sparkle!Click through to see our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! [pagebreak]

In a time where many college graduates struggle with unemployment, Bellus Academy has a reputation for success in helping students find job placement. How does Bellus help graduates find employment? The Bellus team prioritizes building relationships with local spas and salons and hosts quarterly events that bridge the gap between the education and the professional worlds in the beauty industry. Bellus Academy focuses on educating and supporting students to become industry professionals through the Bellus Professional Partnership Program.

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation (BCL), in conjunction with Cosmetologists Chicago (CC), recently announced that the 2015 Legacy Award honoring Leo Passage will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The evening will kick off America’s Beauty Show, to be held March 21-23, 2015, McCormick Place, Chicago.

2015 marks the 15th annual STARS Photo Competition, sponsored by Cosmetologists Chicago (CC). Since 2000, hairstylists who want to show their best creative work to the world have enthusiastically embraced the STARS photo competition. Winners of the STARS photo competition are among the best of the best—established salon professionals, and first-time competitors — all with drive and ambition. Stylists can compete individually or as a team, and in as many categories their portfolio supports.

The Makeup Show, an exclusive boutique beauty event, recently announced its 2015 dates and another year full of inspiration, education and opportunity to five states across the US.

'Tis the season to get decked, and going retro with a crimson smile and big bold brows with a hint of sparkle does the trick. Think classic glamour, like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Gwen Stefani – gorgeous! Below, check out owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar in New York City, Malynda Vigliotti's (aka Boom Boom), tips for creating a classically beautiful holiday look for your client.

Global color authority Pantone has announced its annual Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala, an earthy, dimensional wine-red. "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Quickly brush up on your beauty knowledge with a century of hair and makeup trends. This time lapse videos from cut.com shows the hottest looks from every decade from 1910 to 2010.

Celebrity makeup artist Liz Pugh recently worked with British beauty Alexa Chung for the British Fashion Council Awards. Pugh gave Alexa a simple, yet beautiful, look, focusing on long, luxurious lashes for an overall feminine feel. Explaining the look Pugh said, "Tonight I wanted to go for a soft pretty eye with 'Bambi' lashes to complement [the look]. It was all about fresh glowing skin, defined eyes and a strong lip.

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s essential for success in the professional beauty industry. A curious stylist rises to the top like cream and can even become multi-talented, which makes them more marketable. Ruth Roche, Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, recently interviewed one of the industry’s most curious talents, Michael Devellis, Founder of The Powder Group, on his innovative business and passion for helping others fill their curiosity.

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