For some women, perfume is the finishing touch to make them feel completely ready to head out the door. For others, it's an unnecessary layer which causes headaches-literally.
But here at Real Beauty, we love our fragrances. Recently, a staffer who's default scent is Philosophy Amazing Grace, fell in love with Stella McCartney STELLA. Excited about adding a new perfume to her wardrobe, she made a trip to Sephora, her new boyfriend in tow. A wrench in the plan: the boyfriend took one whiff and said, "Please do not buy that." She opted for Marc Jacobs Lola instead.
What are your thoughts on this? Should she had said, "Forget you-I'm buying what I like!" or is her reasoning right in line, since the object is to turn on your boyfriend, not make him sneeze?
Should you care if your guy likes the perfume that you're wearing? Do you like his cologne? What perfume do you wear, or do you rely on your own personal natural scent? Sound off below.
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For some women, perfume is the finishing touch to make them feel completely ready to head out the door. For others, it's an unnecessary layer which causes headaches-literally.Read More »from Do you care if your guy likes your perfume?
Proof that winter and cold viruses aren't going anywhere: the drugstore end caps are overflowing with DayQuil and Mucinex, the streets are a mess of icy slush and our cubemate is currently hacking and sneezing like a madwoman. When the Purell sanitizer fails and you wake up with a sore throat, here are some easy makeup tips to keep you looking feverishly good between achoos. More: How to Look Amazing on Lousy Days and Cold Preventers We Swear By!Read More »from How to Look Good with a Cold
Dot petroleum jelly over the raw, red spots. Then dab a dense cream stick foundation onto your clean fingers and gently press over the area with your fingertips until the redness disappears. Try Shiseido The Makeup Stick Foundation. Related: 26 Great-Skin Tips
If a clogged nose has you breathing through your mouth, you've probably got dry lips. Put petroleum jelly on them, then dab a berry-colored stain on top to give you some color. Try Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain. If your lips are peeling, gently rub them with a damp washcloth.
Whether you first heard them from your mother or at your first slumber party, beauty urban legends cause us to buy promising skin creams and follow off-the-wall regimens. Here, we've listed seven of the most common beauty myths out there-and their answers. Say it with us: The buck stops here! Check out the other 26 beauty myths here.Read More »from 7 Beauty Urban Legendsâ€”Fact or Fiction?
1. Myth: I pluck one gray hair, multiple gray hairs will grow back in its place.
Fiction. This isn't true - which is good because some of us were starting to worry! While plucking gray hairs won't make more grow back in its place, it's not a good habit to get into since it can damage the root.
2. Myth: Cocoa butter will help get rid of stretch marks.
Fiction. There are plenty of creams and lotions that claim to eliminate or at least minimize stretch marks. While we would love for all of these to work, stretch marks are caused by weight gain or loss, and usually can't be reversed.
3. Myth: Split ends can be reversed.
Fiction. Unfortunately, once split ends
Valentine's Day is finally here (and we can't wait to see all the red and pink disappear from the store shelves). If you're a single girl like us hopefully you're spending this Sunday night out with good friends a la Carrie and Miranda in Sex and the City. After you put your hands up, follow these makeup and hair suggestions that only your girlfriends will notice and appreciate-that's why they're amazing!Read More »from 5 Hair and Makeup Ideas for Girl's Night Out
Pastel Lids and Hot Pink Lips
If you always stick to neutral eye shadows and sheer gloss, take a cue from 90210 stars AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Lowndes and experiment with pops of color. Go for an icy blue or lilac hue on your eyes or a bright pink lipstick on your pout.
Men prefer hairstyles that are loose and tousled so they can run their hands through it. Whitney Port's side-swept, retro curls scream "hands off," which is why they're best worn around your girlfriends.
To get the look, use hot rollers or a large curling iron. Wrap each section with the iron
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Wrong, says Dr. Gloria G. Bramer, a Georgia-based licensed clinical sexologist. According to her, an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away (we're sure apples are fine too, but we prefer this prevention method)! "An orgasm is one of the healthiest things you can give yourself each day. From a sexologist's point of view it should be included in your routine along with brushing your teeth and washing your hair." Click ahead and find out how you can instantly improve your complexion by taking this advice to heart. Then, check out the other 28 reasons why sex is good for you, from head to toe.Read More »from 5 Reasons Why Sex is Good for Your Skin
1. Sex makes you glow.
It's true - sex gives your skin a heavenly glow. Bramer says that having sex improves blood circulation, which helps to pump oxygen to your skin and make it brighter. It also helps to eliminate toxins and can actually make your lips a little fuller.
2. It cleanses your pores.
No need for pore cleansers: Sex will do the trick, depending
As beauty editors, we can't help but have an impact on our immediate friends and family when it comes to hair tips, makeup how-tos and skincare advice.Read More »from The 6 Do's and Don'ts of Male Grooming Habits
One person in particular who we do struggle with is our male significant other, which got us thinking: where is the line between being nicely groomed as a male and going overboard? If the tables were turned, can you imagine waiting an hour for your guy to get ready? Men aren't supposed to be high maintenance-that's our job. Here are six DO's and DON'Ts of male grooming. More: Beauty Secrets From Real Women
1. DON'T: Manis/Pedis - André Leon Talley is the only man who should remain the pedicure prince-it works for the Vogue editor-at-large. But as for our main squeeze who isn't a head honcho at one of the most well-renowned fashion magazines? We'd rather not have our guy sitting with us at our next salon visit.
2. DO: Nail clipping - No more hangnails, guys, and keep them short! We just hope that he opts for the clipper and not his
We don't think we'll ever tire of the smoky eye as the ultimate sexy makeup look (when done well). But what we are tired of are the black, gray and silver shadow palettes. Looking to mix it up? Try one of these smoky eye alternatives instead.Read More »from 3 Smoky Eye Alternatives
This works best on blue and brown eyes. Blue eye shadow may remind you of the 80s but if used right, can have gorgeous effects. Skeptical? Use navy and deep slate gray. Palette suggestion: MAC Custom Eye Compact in Grey (It actually includes blues).
See: How to fake wide-awake eyes.
This hue will make brown and hazel eyes pop. Opt for plums instead of true purples if you're not ready to take the color plunge yet. Palette suggestion: Maybelline Eye Studio in Purple Icon.
See: How to apply eye shadow like a diva.
Try this on green, hazel and brown eyes. This look is great for the summer when heat levels are high and makeup tends to run all over your face. Add a bronze or copper shade to your makeup bag, and you've avoided
Every woman has (at least) one body part she can't stand. But what if she could see her "flaw" through the eyes of the person who loves her most? We asked seven women to open up about their biggest body issue, then asked their partners to tell us what they see.Read More »from Men Weigh in on Your Most Common Body Issues
Kirsten and Tom, Together for eight years
Kirsten dislikes: her butt. "When I was seven," she says, "I used to tell my mother 'You have the biggest butt I've ever seen in my life!'...and then I inherited it."
Tom says: "I love the way her butt feels. It's round and sensual and I can't stop grabbing it." See: How to Seduce Anyone
Steven and Ariana, Dating two years
Ariana dislikes: her face shape and her calf muscles. "My face is so round! I always say it looks like a sunflower or a pancake. And my calves are too big - buying boots is a nightmare!"
Steven says: "My favorite part of her is easily her face. It's beautiful - she has incredible skin and I love pinching her adorable cheeks. As far as her legs, they are about as
We've been anxiously awaiting the Grammy red carpet for weeks. We love awards shows but the Grammys always tends to bump up the creativity when it comes to the hair and makeup. This year was no different from dye changes to Beyonce's blinging strands, these are three of our favorite trends.Read More »from Grammy Beauty Trend Report: 3 Looks We Loved
Gaga for Blond
Blond was the color to be at the Grammys this year. While some shades were a little brassy, (Giuliana Rancic), we found Lady GaGa's sunny hues fabulous. Yes, the bold, bright yellow shades were a little bright but we love the look because that was exactly the point. If you are going to dye outside the box, then follow GaGa's footsteps and step out completely-don't just stick your pinky toe out. Get flawless, at-home hair color.
Beach Babe Waves
Surfer girl curls were all the rage on the red carpet in long and short forms. Marisa Miller rocked her signature breezy waves which looked great paired with her sultry smoky eyes. We always love Miller's waves, but we especially loved that
A toned stomach is like an amazing Chanel bag. It looks good, feels great and takes a ton of work to get it. Some of us were born with it, and some of us spend our whole lives vying for it. Plus, it's sexy.Read More »from 2 Killer Moves for a Flat Tummy
We can't give you tips on buying a Chanel bag (other than save, save save!) but we can tell you the killer moves to get your stomach into shape. Just keep in mind that these exercises alone won't do it. Click here for fat-burning cardio ideas and metabolism-boosters.
"A toned core will help your body age well in the decades to come, so it's crucial to build a strong one early on," says Valerie Orsoni, founder of LeBootCamp.com. "Also," adds Geralyn Coopersmith, senior national manager at Equinox Fitness Training Institute, "developing a fit core early in life sets you up for amazing posture and a pain-free lower back." (See: 4 Weeks to a Better Body)
Killer Move: The Plank
Goal: To condition your entire core
Frequency: Four times a week
- Get into a push-up