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For our 40th Anniversary issue it was unanimous between Sophisticate’s and our reader’s that social media’s favorite beauty icon, Kim Kardashian West, would be our cover girl!


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You guys voted for your favorite “Style Icons” and the results are in! See who made the cut in the issue.


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Take a peak at the “40 Best looks” that we’ve feature in this year’s issues of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide!


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Get inspired by our compilation of “40 Great Star Looks” just for you!


Free Swag Free Swag!

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For our 40th Anniversary we’re giving away over $7,000 worth of fabulous hair and beauty products in our “Big Beauty Giveaway”. Enter and get a chance to win some of the most coveted beauty merch in our November 2018 issue.


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Sophisticate’s is always on the pulse on what’s hot in beauty right now. We’ve curated some of this month’s must-have products just for you!


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‘90s Supermodel, style icon and the queen of the short cut, Linda Evangelista influenced an entire generation before the Gigi & Bella Hadid’s of today. Get the issue to see some of Linda’s best mane transformations over the years!

   

Brec Girl!


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brec girl 1Meet Brec Bassinger!

She may only be 16, but don’t forget this Texas-native and rising TV star’s name! There’s no doubt that Brec Bassinger will be the next ‘It’ girl! Brec stars as Bella, a cheerleader-turned-quarterback, in Nickelodeon’s hit series Bella and The Bulldogs. Sophisticate’s sat down for an exclusive interview with the actress to talk about girl power, her favorite beauty products and her styling secrets for that stunning blonde mane.

What is it like working on Bella & The Bulldogs?
Bella is a cheerleader turned quarterback, so the show is all about girl power and breaking down gender stereotypes. It has honestly been so much fun because I’m also very close to my cast and crew so not only is it fun acting but we also have fun on set as well.

Are you similar to Bella at all?
We have some similarities. She’s always around the guy teammates and I grew up with two older brothers so I’ve always been around guys, and we’re also into style. Bella is kind of a girly girl in certain parts of her personality and I’m that way too.

How is your hair styled for the show?
They do it in different styles; that’s one of my favorite parts of the show. On a lot of shows they only do one hairstyle, like it will down and wavy all the time. On our’s the hairstylist always like to try different and unique hairstyles which is so fun. I can bring them a picture from Pinterest and we’ll try to recreate it, so that’s a lot of fun. I have naturally curly hair so they kind of work more with the natural curls. I never wear it straight on the show

brec girl 3Can you tell us a little bit more about your natural texture?
I always had curly hair and when I was little I wanted straight hair so badly. Now that I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the curly hair even though I can’t leave the house without fixing it because it is always crazy. I wake up and it’s always different every single morning. I have very dry hair so I’m always doing different coconut oils and trying to keep it moisturized

What products do you use to maintain your hair?
My hair is damaged from always using heat on it from the show and different things. I use Kenra hair protectant spray – it’s amazing. It smells so good and it’s very moisturizing, and it protects my hair. I also use Oribe, I use their shampoo and conditioner because it’s very good. I can’t use it all the time because it can be a bit pricey but I do use it when I’m trying to revamp my hair.

Are you into DIY products?
Absolutely! I have a can of a coconut oil that I will put all in my hair and just sleep in. I’m always into trying different things that I hear about.

How do you do your hair when you’re not on set?
Much like the show, I like to test out different hairstyles. I hardly ever straighten it so I always kind of go with the natural curl or add curls. The majority of the time I wear it down in different ways with either a middle part, side part, or a French Braid going through it. Sometimes I’ll do the space buns and different stuff.

Do you ever use accessories in your hair?
No, I have never actually worn extensions until I went to the Kid’s Choice Awards two weeks ago, and it was so fun. My hair was just a little bit longer and a little bit thicker and I was like, okay I get why people wear extensions all the time. Fortunately I have extremely thick hair so extensions every day is a bit unrealistic for me, but it was still fun for a once-in-a-while occasion.

brec girl 5Have you had long hair all of your life?
Yes the majority of my life. I was always like, oh I’m just going to cut it off but my brothers would be like, no keep your long hair. They would always talk me out of cutting it and now I appreciate it. I like having long hair

Would you ever go short?
I would but not for a while. I think while I’m young and in my teenage years I want to keep it long.

What styles do you like to try in your hair?
I’ve been trying different things, like I’ll sleep in different braids so the next day I have a no-heat curl or no-heat waves. I recently tried straw curls where you sleep in straws and it gives you like a fro. I posted a picture on Instagram where I had a fro. It was so fun. I like to do different things like that but when I’m just hanging out I will do different braids. I’m really into the boxer braids – the two French braids. I haven’t perfected it yet but I’m working on it

Do you color your hair? If so, what is the upkeep like?
I do. I’m natural brunette so we dye it lighter. At first we dyed it ourselves because I was supposed to dye it lighter for a recurring guest star role and it was horrible. We did a horrible job. It was really brassy, so many different colors. So when I booked Bella they really wanted to try and fix it and make it look more natural. That was a whole process to try and get it to the way it should look. Now the upkeep isn’t as bad, I just get the roots touched up every couple months.

brec girl 4How do you wear your hair when you’re out with friends?
A lot of times I’ll just amp up the curls and keep it natural looking but fix the top layer. And sometimes if I’m really lazy I’ll put it in a messy bun – more than I’d like to admit.

Do you enjoy wearing makeup?
I do! One of my other passions is makeup, I’m very into it. I never was into wearing foundation, I just didn’t like the feel of it but recently my skin has been breaking out so I have to kind of cope with that and learn how to put foundation on as well. So now I’ll put a little foundation on, mascara, fill in my eyebrows, use tinted lip balm or sometimes I like to put on a dark lipstick too. It just depends on where I’m going

Go-to item makeup item?
I would have used to say mascara but now I’m thinking my brow powder! That can really help define your face.

What do you do on your days off?
Hike! Whenever I have free time I like to get together with friends and just go do different hiking trails.

Is there a hair or beauty motto you live by?
There’s a quote, “People are like oreos, the good stuff is on the inside.” And I think that also transfers to beauty, and I think true beauty comes from within.

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