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Q. I have really dry skin and can’t seem to find a tinted moisturizer or foundation that doesn’t emphasize my flakey patches. Any suggestions?

A. I too have really dry skin, especially in the winter and early spring. After many years of trying out a variety of products, I’ve finally found the best way to combat dry patches and flakey skin. Here’s what works for me:

Step 1: Exfoliate before applying makeup. You can use an exfoliating cleanser or cleansing brush (like Clarisonic).

Step 2: Apply a serum with hyaluronic acid on damp skin. This will help draw water into the skin to keep it plump and moisturized.

Step 3: Apply a non-greasy moisturizer (preferably with SPF) and eye cream.

Step 4: Use a BB Cream designed for dry skin in place of a tinted moisturizer or foundation. Estee Lauder’s DayWear has hyaluronic acid and glycerin to trap moisture in skin, along with a gorgeous sheer coverage.

Q. I’m a student and on a really tight budget. I want to buy a few items for spring to update my wardrobe. Can you recommend a few trendy but affordable items?

A. Absolutely! Sometimes all it takes are a few high impact pieces to freshen up your look for a new season. (Start by checking out our Spring 2013 Trend Report for an overview of what’s hot now.) We put together a 5-item shopping list to give you an instant update:


Start with a piece of statement jewelry. A colorful stone necklace like the one shown above or statement earrings will do the trick. Stripes are huge for spring and this Gap academy blazer looks great with just about anything and doubles as a light jacket.

Jeans are a mainstay for any college student; make yours printed and cropped this season for a cool update. We particularly like this soft floral pair for under $50. If you haven’t heard, leather is making a surprise appearance for spring. This vegan leather flared mini is an affordable take on the trend and perfect for date night or when you want to dress up a bit.

Sixties-inspired chunky low heels are making news this season and this pair features a gleaming silver metallic heel. Add to that a touch of chic snakeskin and you have one must-have pair of shoes.

NMV18HC_mx.jpgQ. I was flipping through some old magazines, when I came across a picture of Emma Stone carrying the Michael Kors Silverton Traveler Tote (right). I am obsessed, but of course it is no longer available ANYWHERE! Can you help me find it or a super ridiculously closely similar bag? I love the rectangular structured-but-not-too-structured shape and the perfect-for-over-the-shoulder-or-carrying-by-hand length handles. The simplicity of the bag, with little embellishment, is kind of completely my style.

A. Ooh, we love a challenge! Here are 9 bags in a variety of colors and price points that will hopefully fit the bill for you. Good luck!

Q. I bought some printed jeans, but I’m not sure how to style them. What sort of top should I wear with them and what shoes (I need something flat that will hold my foot in place)? Thank you for your help.

A. Printed jeans are far more wearable than you think. I particularly love the Gap pair that you’ve chosen (below) — it comes in several pretty prints, and the chic ankle length makes it perfect for pairing with everything from wedges and pumps to flats. The easiest top to wear with printed jeans is a monochromatic top such as a button down shirt, t-shirt, blazer or denim jacket. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try mixing prints like the striped top shown below (read our tips for mixing prints here).

As for flats, a pointed flat would look great, and is perfectly on trend for spring. A ballet flat or even a smoking slipper or loafer would work well, too. Here are some suggestions to start your search:


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