- 4 hours ago | CommentsYou probably have an old bottle of cinnamon shoved in your pantry, hauling it out only to top off pumpkin pies or cappuccino, but you may not realize the tasty spice is in your makeup bag and on your vanity, too! Among the humble kitchen staple's many uses: it fights acne, encourages hair growth, is a natural bug repellant, reduces tension, stimulates blood flow, helps brain function, improves memory and focus, heals tissue, and fights infection. Plus it makes your lips look all plump and sexy.
In ancient times cinnamon was as sought-after as gold, it was often given to kings and queens as well as left as offerings in holy temples for the gods. Long story short: it's one pretty awesome spice. (Just don't use it as a riduclous YouTube challenge.) Here are seven different cinnamon-infused beauty products to enhance your body, inside and out. — Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
- Tue, Mar 11, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | Comments
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 photo manipulation software, and tells Yahoo Shine that she sometimes layers as many as 100 individual images to create a final product. She says she doesn't title her images so people can use their own imaginations to find personal meanings in each picture. Bán 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 homeless pets, and she is transforming them into evocative, majestic portraits. Bán has received dozens of photos from Spain, Argentina, India, France, Hungary, and the United States in the two weeks since she posted the invitation 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 the new pet. — Sarah B. Weir, Shine Staff
- 3 hours ago | CommentsFinding a dress for a spring wedding can leave you scratching your head, as there are a few requisites that one should follow when it comes to such momentous occasions. First off, unless specified, white is not an option. This color is solely for the bride-after all, it is her day, not yours. That said, wearing something opulent and eye-catching should be left to an event where you are the center of attention; leave the flash and the micro-minis at home. Now where does this leave you, you ask?
Elegance is key in this scenario, so terms like sleek and demure should be the priority. Anything with loud prints or an intricate silhouette may not be appropriate, especially if the wedding is at a church or synagogue. A hemline that reaches slightly above the knee is playing it safe. But you also don't want to look like the mother of the bride, so make a statement with a striking color. Bold hues, on lace or silk crepe, will have you looking chic without taking the spotline away from the bride. Need more help? Look to Michelle Obama's classic wardrobe for inspiration.
Click through the slideshow above to check out what to wear to a spring wedding.
By Barry Samaha
- 3 hours ago | CommentsMarch is Women's History Month, so what better time to delve into the history of motherhood and take a look back at the invention of products designed to make being a mom a little easier? From baby bottles to breast pumps, here's a round up of what 5 must-haves for babies looked like when they were first created.
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- 3 hours ago | CommentsThe magic of coconut oil isn't just for the grown-ups. Check out 5 different ways you can utilize coconut oil for baby.
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- 3 hours ago | Comments2013 was a banner year for Olivia Wilde. She got engaged to Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis as well as appearing in the Academy Award-nominated film Her (where she received some of her best reviews to date). Now, a year later and with a baby on the way (her first child is due in May), Wilde has never looked more radiant.
Her maternity style has been astounding to say the least. As an attendee at most of the award show galas this year, her ensembles outshined the nominees, all of whom had bigger star power and didn't have to worry about a growing belly. Whether it was her sparkling green Gucci dress at the Golden Globes or her cool, casual look on the streets, Wilde has been the epitome of elegance.
Click through the slideshow to check out some of her best pregnancy looks.
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- 3 hours ago | CommentsThe complete dos and don'ts for how to prepare for overnight guests by hostess, author and fashion insider Marian McEvoy. After three decades of hosting grown-up sleepovers for close to 1,000 guests, she's learned that the only way to rig a fun, memorable weekend is to prop and prep the guest room and map out some simple meals and activities.
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Spring break is just around the corner, and though a dreamy vacation is a great reason to buy a new sunblock, you don't need to wait for warm weather to start using these amazing products to protect your skin: Any dermatologist will tell you SPF protection is important for your every day beauty routine. From drugstore classics to brand new sunblocks, click through for 12 picks to protect you from the sun, no matter where you go.
- Tue, Mar 11, 2014 4:54 PM EDT | Commentsby Christa Lee
Nothing ruins my mani mojo more than this brutal winter season literally breaking my brittle nails in half. With spring clearly in no rush to arrive, I turned to one of the industry's top nail pros for her tips on how to protect my nails from the dry, cold air. The answer was simple, but genius:
"A base coat is not only essential as a barrier between your nails and the color, but it can prevent staining and is also a great nail reinforcer. My nails don't break as much when I use a base coat. I also wear a base coat on its own a lot of the time. Butter London Horsepower Nail Fertilizer is a personal favourite and I am obsessed with the new Nail 999 Rescue System," says Katie Jane Hughes, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador.
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- 3 hours ago | CommentsFringe brings two ideas to mind: the divine decadence of '20s-era flappers and the rough-and-tumble style of rodeo cowgirls à la Annie Get Your Gun. Though these worlds are radically different and have no business mingling, fashion designers are always up for a challenge.
This spring 2014 season saw a bevy of fringed pieces, which were worlds away from anything Woody from Toy Story would wear. Rather, designers like Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein and Joseph Altuzarra offered a modern take on the style, with flirty-fringed dresses that exude equal amounts of power and sex appeal. Fringe is about motion and drawing the eye with every flounce or shimmy. Alas, it is also not the most flattering fabrication. It takes someone with a petite figure to really pull it off, as the layers can add unnecessary volume.
The solution? Opt for fringed accessories instead. Brands like Michael Kors, Valentino and Stella McCartney have combined the best qualities of Annie Oakley's and Zelda Fitzgerald's sartorial sense into some of the chicest bags for spring. Their designs are glamorous as they are durable and edgy, making them the perfect pieces of arm candy for sun-filled days.
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