By Annie Tomlin, Refinery29
.Imagine a drug that makes you more awake. This drug, let's say, could keep you going for 24 hours, without feeling the slightest hint of fatigue or giving off the shaky jitters of caffeine. And, what's more, not only would this drug eliminate feelings of drowsiness, it would also make you incredibly focused, hyper-productive, and gloriously clear-minded. Oh, and it might help you keep weight off, too. If such a drug were to exist, would you try it?
It does, and I did.
Though plenty of people are telling their friends about the wonders of Provigil (modafinil), I was introduced to it by the person who should make that sort of introduction: my doctor. I was about to take an overseas trip, so I asked him for advice on battling the nine-hour time-zone difference. Though I was looking for general tips - you know, eat as soon as you land, that sort of thing - he had other ideas. "I have something that'll help with that," he exclaimed, producing a sample packet of
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- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Fri, May 31, 2013 12:11 PM EDT
By Annie Tomlin, Refinery29Read More »from Can a Pill Really Make You Smarter? Doc's Say Yes to This One
By Aja Mangum, Refinery29Read More »from Finally! a New BB Cream for Darker Skin Tones
To describe AJ Crimson as a Jack of all trades would be an understatement. With makeup artist, stylist, and talent manager on his resume, I was surprised he wasn't a chef at some point in his life as well. Clearly, Crimson has worn several hats over the years, but his talents as a makeup artist flies slightly under the mainstream radar. He isn't a household name like François Nars, but Crimson's work has graced the pages of Glamour, Interview, and Marie Claire UK with celebrities like Fergie, Missy Elliott, and Hilary Duff requesting his services as well.
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I attended the launch of his BB+D creams at the Shoreham Hotel in NYC because I've been waiting for another brand to create BBs for women on the darker side of the color spectrum. They have a lot of hype, but dark women of color are on the outside looking in with few options to choose from. So, I chatted with Crimson to get the skinny on his latest
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Fri, May 31, 2013 11:35 AM EDT
By Hayden Manders, Refinery29
From getting his heart broken in the beginning of the year, to pet monkeys, and then back to getting his heart broken again - Justin Bieber has had a heckuva few months. Like many of us, Bieber used fashion to express his innermost feelings. He went through a style evolution, started hitting the gym, and got a whole new group of (dance-ready) buds. Despite whispers of a potential "Bieber breakdown," the 19-year-old kept his coifed head high and marched through the tabloids with as much swagger as he could muster.
They say the shoes make the man, but in Bieber's case, it's the pants. His penchant for low-riding, shiny, and baggy breeches created a barometer for his social life. The crazier the controversy, the wilder and saggier the pants. Bieber's known for being swaggie (a term he invented for his single "Boyfriend"), but is he trying to distract us with his fancy pants?Read More »from Justin Bieber's Emotional Scale, as Evidenced by His Pants
- Refinery29 | Beauty – Fri, May 31, 2013 10:47 AM EDT
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29Read More »from DD Creams: Yes, They're Happening, and Here's What They Are
Well, it was only a matter of time: DD cream is officially a thing. This new Dynamic Do-all by Julep stands on the shoulders of BB and CC, taking the all-in-one product innovation we've come to love and kicking it up a notch. With two different anti-aging ingredients, DD cream doesn't just make your skin look perfect when you put it on; it claims to improve your skin over time. Now that's something we'd like to invest in.
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Julep won't start shipping its DD cream out until June, just in time for us to enter super-sweaty-weather territory. Luckily, DD cream sounds pretty ideal for our skin's summer needs, because of its lightweight, buildable coverage, and of course, SPF. We can't wait to throw some on for all day coverage at the beach and the park (and, okay fine, the office, too). With promises to moisturize, prime, perfect, and protect, if DD cream can't keep our skin fresh and flawless this
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from Want Equal Pay for Women? Try These U.S. Cities
.Yes, women make up roughly half the workforce in America, but no, overall, we're still not earning the same as men - only about 81%. But that's the national median, and it figures that in some cities, the gap would be a little smaller or even nonexistent. This list compiled by NerdWallet looks at three factors - gross salary, salary compared to men, and population growth (as an indicator of future economic growth) - to see which cities come out on top for working women today.
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In the big-cities category, our very own D.C. made the top spot with highest-median $$ for those with XX chromosomes. We were also pleasantly surprised to find tech centers, a notoriously unbalanced field, San Francisco and San Jose at numbers two and three, respectively. And don't forget runners-up Austin and Dallas. Surprisingly, NYC didn't even earn so much as a mention in the top five.
D.C. ladies pull in a median salary of
By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29Read More »from How to Multitask like a Pro
.The term 'multitasker' is one that is used often - and let's face it, it's a necessary trait in our ADD age. (Seriously, try to imagine only doing one thing at a time, for real.) And, while there are always, of course, exceptions to the rules, women are typically wired to be better multitaskers.
"For unclear reasons, it does appear that women are able to engage multiple tasks more effectively than men," says David Perlmutter, M.D., a neurologist in Naples, Florida. "This has been well documented in research - in scientific experiments, it appears that women are better able to look at tasks by embracing the 'big picture' and recognizing and analyzing the multiple parts as opposed to men, who seem to focus more on the individual parts, while ignoring the whole."
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So, while you may be born to be better at taking on a crazy to-do list and banging it all out simultaneously, there are ways to maximize your
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, May 29, 2013 3:53 PM EDT
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
There's no harm in engaging in a little PDA, but you'd think with cameras trained on your every move, celebs might avoid it - but nope! Luckily for the casual voyeurs of the world (guilty), many of Hollywood's most adorable couples frequently lock lips not just in public but right smack in the middle of the red carpet!
We were in a romantic mood the other day, so we took to scouring the image wires for the cutest moments, and wouldn't you know, squee! ensued. It was an almost embarrassingly sentimental time. We're not gonna lie, a tear or two may have shed at R29 HQ while reading this one over, and we're guessing you might have the same problem.
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By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29Read More »from Can Being Spiritual Make You Happier?
.Spirituality: it's one big, loaded topic. And, while there are nearly as many systems of belief (or nonbelief) as there are people, being in touch with your spiritual side - however you define it - may actually affect your mental health and overall well-being.
According to Herbert Benson, M.D., Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, spirituality can be connected to well-being by one key factor: stress. "Sixty to 90 percent of visits to healthcare professionals are for stress-related conditions: from anxiety and depression to high blood pressure, infertility, and insomnia," says Dr. Benson. To make true change towards a lower-stress lifestyle, Dr. Benson says that we have to tap into our relaxation response - our bodies' natural opposition to our stress response. "The relaxation response can be evoked by scores of techniques, such as prayer, meditation,
By Annie Tomlin & Miles Raymer, Refinery29
.Historically speaking, famous pot smokers have been men: Cheech and Chong, The Dude, Snoop Dogg, Harold and Kumar…the list goes on. With a few exceptions, women haven't been blazing the same stoner trail (at least, not in public). But, these days, women are increasingly likely to talk about toking. Stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga have nothing to hide about their marijuana use, and barely anyone shrugs - perhaps because, to many women, it's no big deal.
Although statistics on gendered use of marijuana are hazy, pot is increasingly seen as a regular, even health-affirming part of women's lives. "We see it both in pop culture and in our social circles," Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, says of the growing openness. "More women are willing to acknowledge their personal marijuana use, whether for medical uses or adult uses." What's more, with state laws becoming more and more progressive,Read More »from We're Gonna Be Blunt: The Truth About Marijuana
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, May 28, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
By Connie Wang, Refinery29Read More »from The Problem with Plus-Size Clothing, Solved by Two College Students!
Plus-size women account for 33% of the American population and 28% of the purchasing power, but there's no denying: a lot is lacking when it comes to plus-size clothing. From the range of apparel options available to the frustrations with mass producing a standard pattern for a variety of plus-size shapes and sizes - to models to mannequins to just about everything else - the plus-size clothing and accessories industry is hugely flawed. In every facet of the industry, there are big, foundational changes to be instituted. But now however, there just might be some major improvements in fit thanks to two college students from Cornell.
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Apparel design sophomores Brandon Wen and Laura Zwanziger initially set out to create a plus-size clothing collection for their Product Development class, but ran into a problem finding reliable dress mannequins or fit models to develop their patterns. Using the data