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Self-taught Hungarian photographer Sarolta Bán is best known for her surreal landscapes which have been displayed in galleries across Europe. She creates dreamlike scenes, often populated by magical beasts, with Photoshop, and tells Yahoo Shine that she sometimes layers as many as 100 individual images to create a final product. She's recently started using her skills to help real-life abandoned animals around the world find homes. She invited her more than 100,000 Facebook fans to submit photos of rescue pets, and she is transforming them into evocative, majestic portraits. She says she doesn't title her images so people can use their own imaginations to find different meanings in each picture. Bán has received dozens of photos from Spain, Argentina, India, France, Hugary, and the United States in the two weeks since she posted and expects to get many more after she reaches out to shelters. "Abandoned dogs sadly have really few chances to appear on a photo that will help them get out of the shelter, ... [one] that stands out from the crowd, and 'speaks' to a person," she writes on the project page. "I would really like to help sheltered animals, and for sure a good picture can be worth a thousand words." The project ends in mid-April, and anyone who adopts one of the dogs or cats will receive a signed portrait of their new pet. —Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo Shine
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014 2:37 PM EDT | CommentsIn the cosmetics industry, hype is everything. Word of mouth can change the fortunes of a simple beauty product, transforming it from face cream to bona fide miracle worker. The status of "cult" is the ultimate height a beauty product can reach. Once an item has earned the public's trust, it sells itself for free—and better than any advertising campaign ever devised. You rarely see ads for Creme de La Mer or Maybelline Great Lash Mascara—although they still sell like hotcakes decades after they first hit the market. Women have begged, borrowed, or stolen to obtain certain cosmetics that they believe in so completely. But just because popular opinion says something is fabulous, doesn't actually make it so. For every genuinely awesome, you-must-try-this mascara or nail polish out there, there's an equally well-known lemon. Here's an objective round up of the ones worth the title, and others that are just running on their rep. —Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
- 1 hour 42 minutes ago | CommentsThe upgrade possibilities are endless:decals, paint, wallpaper, a fun, poppy carpet runner...the list goes on. Projects range in difficulty and commitment level (not sure you want to paint? Decals are an amazing alternative). Either way, making a statement with your stairs is a home improvement project you can do (yourself!) in 2014. Click through the slideshow above for nine ways to make a statement with your stairs.
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- 1 hour 52 minutes ago | Commentsby Madeline Alford
If you're one of the lucky ones heading out of town for spring break, anticipating warm weather and sun-filled days (seriously, will it ever get above 50 degrees here in NYC?), make sure you pack all the essentials. I picked the best spring break must-haves so you can focus on the important things in life- like figuring out which boardwalk bar serves the best margaritas.
- 23 hours ago | Commentsby Christa Lee
My first experiment with dry shampoo was simply a disaster: I sprayed too much, too closely to my hair and for far too long-it ended up a white, powdery mess. But I was unwilling to give up on the idea of being able to revive a second-day hairstyle in just a few seconds; so I talked with Kevin Mancuso, New York City-based global creative director of Nexxus Salon Hair Care, who had amazing, brilliant tips:
Lucky: Should you put on dry shampoo before or after styling your hair?
Kevin Mancuso: Before styling. It not only preps your hair by providing a lightweight texture that's easy to work with, but it revives your look with volume, too.
How far away should you hold it from your hair? Should you use a few sprays or a single, continuous one?
For extra volume, spray close to the roots-about five inches away. For all-over refreshing, hold it farther away, about the same distance you'd use a hairspray. The best way to apply it is in one continuous stream for approximately three to five seconds. If you apply more than one spray in a single area for too long, you risk using too much of the product.
How often should you use it and is there such thing as using too much dry shampoo?
It can typically be used up to twice a day. As far as using too much, it depends on the type of product you have. The Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Dry Shampoo has fewer solid particles, so it won't turn hair stark white-and it also prevents hair from losing the amount of shine normally associated with dry shampoos. However with any dry shampoo, if you overdose, the excess can easily be brushed away.
Should you use dry shampoo only on days you don't wash your hair, or can it also be used on freshly-washed hair?
Dry shampoo is so versatile you can use it on days you wash, as well as days you don't. It's great after you blow dry to give your new blowout extra lift and fullness.
How do you avoid dry shampoo going on white and powdery?
Shaking the bottle before you spray will help reduce whiteness. Holding the product further away covers more hair and breaks up the particles, so you're not in a cloud of dry shampoo.
Now that you have everything you need to know about dry shampoo and how to use it, click through to shop nine of our favorites.
- 1 hour 51 minutes ago | CommentsIn honor of those little leprechauns at your house and mine, we've made nine toddler and preschooler-friendly dishes. From rainbows to Irish recipes made kid-friendly to food gone green, these are some of our favorite ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the kitchen.
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- 1 hour 58 minutes ago | CommentsTruth time: I didn't teach my firstborn to nap, the babysitter did. When it came time to teach the second child to nap, I was at a loss. I spent a lot of time texting the babysitter for input and advice and it took a month, but we finally got the crib nap to work. Here are five tips that helped my baby transition from napping in my arms and in the car seat to the crib.
-By Lyz Lenz
- 2 hours 12 minutes ago | CommentsWant to lift, tighten and shape your glutes into buns of steel? Of course you do. Now raise your hand if you actually have time for the gym. That's what we thought. Luckily, we have an easy, breezy workout alternative to tone your tush, and it doesn't even involve rolling out of bed.
Check out our slideshow for all the sweaty details!
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- 3 hours ago | CommentsBy Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29
We are pretty much year-round devotees of beachy, texturizing sprays, especially in the months before it's warm enough to set foot on an actual beach. It's also one of the reasons we're so addicted to dry shampoo: instant texture. So, when we noticed an influx of shampoo and conditioner that promise the same effect of our favorite post-shower products, we were intrigued - and admittedly skeptical. Surely something can't be texturizing while also cleansing and conditioning, right? Isn't that sort of counterintuitive?
The root of our suspicions is that the best hair textures are often the result of hair that's really dirty. But, according to celebrity stylist Ben Skervin from Vidal Sassoon, texturizing shampoo and conditioner actually work to enhance your hair's waviness to create texture without dirtying it up. He says, "Hair with a wave and curl can help give you a bit more texture and lift to the hair. These products help to create a foundation which you can then build your style from."
Skervin also adds that these types of products are best for hair that already has a slight natural wave, at minimum. Curly hair will respond well, too - it's just straight hair that might not have the best results. To texturize super-straight hair, we recommend sticking to the classics like the aforementioned dry shampoo and beach sprays.
So, texturing shampoos and conditioners aren't going to create something out of nothing, but they are going to put life into already existing waves. In these cold days of sad strands, we'll take all the help that we can get.
Click through for our favorite texturizing shampoos and conditioners.
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- Mon, Feb 24, 2014 9:38 AM EST | CommentsThey're nourishing yet lightweight, can go on wet or dry hair, and create instant luster. We tested dozens--in the tropics! in the cold! on curls! on thin strands!--to find your perfect match. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.
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