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Janna Mandell
Janna Mandell is the founder and editor of Beauty Binge, an edgy yet girly blog that celebrates the addiction of beauty. Janna is the Beauty Police columnist for E! Entertainment, where she analyzes celebrity looks and helps readers achieve at-home beauty trends. She has also been published in the San Francisco Chronicle Style Section. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, and Conde Nast Traveler and is a frequent On-Air Beauty Expert for News 10 Sacramento. Janna also has a weekly Podcast, available through iTunes, called “My Beauty Binge.”

Janna was chosen in 2012 by Allure magazine as a Top 10 finalist for Beauty Blogger of the Year. Janna and her husband recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York City, where she lived for 16 years and was a Wall Street executive at a global electronic trading firm. Previously, Janna was a freelance nightlife writer for New York Magazine and Details.

Entries by Janna Mandell

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Spa-Addicted Mama

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:38 PM

As a mother, I can assure you nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" better than a day at the spa. (Are you listening, handsome husband?) But also as a mother, I can assure you that most Moms can't find the time to actually go to a spa. (This doesn't include you...

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Mother's Day Beauty Gift Ideas for the Earth Mama

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Whether mom is often tending to her compost pile or whipping up a homemade batch of Kombucha, one thing is clear -- she considers herself one with Mother Earth. So, don't even try to give mom some chemically infested cream just because it has a few flowers etched on a...

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Your Skincare-Obsessed Mom Wants These Mother's Day Gifts

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Your earliest memories are of your Mom slathering exotic creams on her face and scaring you with alien-green mud masks. She has always used sunscreen and her skin shows it. Give Mom an upgrade to her skincare routine this Mother's Day and show her you've been paying attention all these...

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5 Gift Ideas for the Makeup-Loving Mama

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 10:41 PM

The mom you're shopping for is no stranger to a statement lip and a swipe of mascara before leaving the house. Her "me time" is usually spent in front of her vanity, playing with her many palettes and brushes. Don't disappoint her again this Mother's Day with a weak potted...

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10 Beauty Gifts You Should Buy Yourself with Your Return Credit and Gift Cards

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 1:58 PM

'Tis the season for giving... And, for returning useless gifts. There, I said it. Your Great Aunt Maude is a darling but the applique sweaters she gives you every year seem to get creepier and creepier. Luckily, she buys them at a department store so the world is your oyster....

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Last-Minute Gifts for Every Makeup-Loving Lady in Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:42 PM

I know what you're thinking: "Makeup is so personal. I don't want to get her something she'll never use." I'm not telling you to buy her foundation or concealer (both of which are very personal). I'm talking about giving her collectible makeup sets and palettes that are only available this...

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Best Grooming Gifts for Guys

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 2:31 PM

All your man wants for Christmas is... some grooming products? Well, he just doesn't know what he wants. He may not come out and say, "I would love something for my ingrown hairs, since they all end up looking like big zits because I pick at them..." or "I noticed...

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Holiday Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Asked Back Next Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Yes, you have holiday parties almost every night in the coming weeks. No, you have not gotten gifts for any of your hosts/hostesses. You figured you would just pick up some bottles of booze and gift bags and call it a day. Great job. There's nothing about giving liquor (unless...

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7 Secret Santa Gifts That Won't Get Shoved in a Drawer

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Let's face it... We've all been on both the giving and receiving ends of epic Secret Santa failures. You agonize over what to buy for the set price point - stalking your recipient's cube and Facebook page for inspiration... But of course you end up buying her something that ends...

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5 Things I Learned From Being Backstage at Fashion Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:36 PM


Photo by Janna Mandell

Yes, I know we're in the throws of Milan Fashion Week after already completing London. But, I'm still basking in the memories of my own experience of being at more than...

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The Ultimate Summer Beauty Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks to Make the Heat Your B*tch This Summer

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:26 PM

We are officially in crisis lockdown mode. As temperatures soar, so do the chances of your makeup melting, fading, settling into creases, and sliding off your face. So not only should you update your skincare regimen (unless you're ultra-dry, swap out your usual creams for lightweight lotions) you're going to...

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Beauty Addicts Anonymous: We Admit We Are Powerless Over Gift with Purchase Events

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Late at night when I should be sleeping, but instead I am trying to rack up $150 in product purchases to qualify for Neiman Marcus's Gift with Purchase, I wonder if there could be a support group for addicts like myself. Then again, it would probably do more harm than...

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12 Beauty Essentials for Getting Red-Carpet Ready (Or Big Event Ready for Us Mere Mortals)

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:55 AM

This weekend the stars will be scampering about Los Angeles, preparing for the Oscars with last minute spray tans, facials, and body scrubs and the like. And don't think for a second that once they hit that red carpet Sunday evening they will just be carrying breath mints and their...

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San Francisco Valentine's Day: 5 Ways to Avoid the Masses and the Mediocrity on V-Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Oh I'm sorry... did you already book a dinner like everyone else at a fancy restaurant that's going to charge you a premium for mass-produced food? That's right... I said it. If there was one lesson my father taught me (he actually taught me plenty, including to always hit on...

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The (Slightly) Selfish Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:59 PM

We all know the holiday season is all about giving, but, let's be honest, you know you've shopped for gifts and ended up buying them for yourself too. It's nothing to be ashamed of -- we've all done it.

Well, I've made it a little easier for you to...

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8 Must Have Beauty Products for Fall

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 1:42 PM

It's time you come to grips with reality... Don't let the indian summer fool you. October is here which means cool weather is around the corner and you need to be prepared! I'm not talking down coats and knit hats... Boring. I'm talking hydrated skin, super smoky eyes and statement...

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Planning the Perfect Hawaiian Babymoon (...Yes, It's a Real Thing)

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:04 PM

I swear that despite my husband's claims, I did not create the word "Babymoon" as an excuse for him to take me away on a romantic trip before the arrival of our first baby. I first got the idea four years ago when my sister and her husband took their...

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Mother's Day Spa Indulgences Across the U.S. (SLIDESHOW)

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Nothing tells Mom you love her more than giving her an escape from reality with a visit to the spa. Whether she only has time for a short 2-hour escape nearby or you want to treat her and Dad to a romantic spa and wine weekend extravaganza, spas across the...

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Mother's Day Gift Guide: Give Mom a Little Glamour and Pampering for Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:19 PM

Let me guess... You're planning on getting mom flowers again for Mother's Day. How original. So you're going to give her something additional to take care of that she's going to feel guilty about when it dies in a week? How sweet of you. Or, let me guess, you're going...

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The Problem with BB Creams: 'Beauty Balms' or 'Blemish Balms' Claim to Be All-in-One Miracles

(16) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:57 PM

I was recently at a cocktail party, and as usual, the ladies were talking beauty (beauty products are women's version of sports; we can bond with total strangers over the best eyeliner or skin cream). A woman with flawless skin suddenly stopped the conversation with a powerful statement, "My BB...

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