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  • 11 Things You Should NEVER Put on Your Face

    Don't put on your faceBy Carly Cardellino

    If you put these products on your face, you will regret it.

    1. Hair Spray. You may have heard somewhere that it will help set your makeup, but it should NEVER be applied to your face because it contains lacquers and alcohol that will dry our your skin, causing your skin to become dehydrated and you to look older. Plus, hair spray has repellents in it that could irritate your skin, leaving it red and bumpy.

    2. Deodorant. Just because it keeps your underarms from sweating through your shirt does not mean it should be swiped over any area of your face that might perspire in hopes of keeping your makeup from melting down your face. You want your skin to be able to breathe. It's doing what it needs to for a reason, and you don't need to stop it. If you want to learn how to keep your makeup in place when temperatures rise, read this.

    3. Hair Color. If you color your hair regularly and want your brows to match, use a vegetable-based colorant or tinted brow

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  • 14 Ways to Get What You Want Out of Life

    Get what you wantBy Amy Odell

    With ambition, a sense of fearlessness, and an unbreakable commitment to those you love, you can have it all. Here's how.

    1. Tell people what you want. And not just the people who can give it to you - like your boss or your significant other - but also your friends, your family, your colleagues. Knowing you have people rooting for you (or even better, people to prove wrong) can be hugely motivating.

    2. Ask for what you want. If you want a bigger paycheck, ask for a raise or negotiate a higher salary. If you want your boyfriend to commit to having dinner with you one night a week, tell him rather than hoping he reads your mind. You might be surprised by the results when you just come out and ask for things.

    3. Cut out the people who hold you back. If you have a friend who often makes you feel bad about yourself or always pushes you to drink more than you're comfortable with, even when you have a big presentation to give the next morning, hang out with her less or

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  • 15 Signs He's a Keeper

    He's a keeper

    By Amy Odell and Lori Fradkin

    1. He wants you to befriend his friends. No, not like "Hey, we'll be at this bar around 11 p.m. - you should stop by." Instead, he talks about how he knows you'll get along with his college best friend and picks a day for you all to go to dinner and get to know each other.

    2. He remembers something you mentioned in passing. You once joked about how you can (and sometimes do) eat peanut butter out of the jar. So when the dessert menu comes, he zeroes in on the peanut butter sundae because he knows you'll like it.

    3. He sends you an article that made him think of you. The travel section of the paper had an article on Greece, and didn't you just say you wanted to go there one day?

    4. You actually want to tell your parents about him. You usually try to be careful about how much you reveal because you want to see how it goes first, but you feel too excited about this one to keep it to yourself.

    RELATED: 11 Guys Reveal How They Knew She Was The

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  • 15 Things Introverts Love

    15 things introverts absolutely love.

    By Amy Odell & Lori Fradkin

    You're all in favor of a long conversation with a friend. But small talk with strangers? Not so much.

    1. Spending the day alone at home with a stack of magazines and your nicest tea. Especially when the weather is dumpy.

    RELATED: 15 Things You Should Never Say to an Introvert

    2. Long walks or runs with nothing but your music. This gets you going way more than other people.

    3. Dinners with one person or a couple of people instead of huge group gatherings. A lot of your friends are in different social groups anyway so this always works out best. Not only is it less overwhelming, it's easier to split the check.

    4. Binging on Netflix instead of going out. Forced small talk is bad enough, but it somehow feels even more difficult when you're talking to a drunk man in a fedora with a shark's tooth around his neck.

    5. Quiet, by Susan Cain. This nonfiction book explains the fascinating, secret powers of introverts and is near-impossible to put

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  • 20 Life-Changing Shortcuts to Make Adulthood Easier

    Don't you want to know how to get a glass of white wine cold in five minutes?

    By Anna Breslaw

    Don't you want to know how to get a glass of white wine cold in five minutes?

    1. Always get the name of the person you are speaking with. Because an effective way to argue with some corporate person on the other line is not: "The person I spoke with last time I called Con Ed said that I'd paid my bill." That sounds like you either spoke to a ghost or are trying to scam the electric company. Save yourself some time and energy: "I spoke to Ashley, her employee number is 1234567, and she said I'd paid my bill."

    RELATED: 24 Things That Are More Fun When You Get Older

    2. Leave your heels under your desk at work and wear sneakers for the commute. It may feel fun and rom-commy to be running through the streets to work in your heels, but that wears off its charm the second you feel the first blister forming.

    3. You don't have to drop a zillion dollars on anti-aging face cream - just get a drugstore brand with retinol. Our beauty editor Carly Cardellino says that you do not

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  • 13 Dating Rules You Need to Break Immediately

    The right guy will think you're awesome whether you're eating a dainty salad or not.

    By Anna Breslaw

    The right guy will think you're awesome whether you're eating a dainty salad or not.

    1. Don't sleep with him until the _____ date. Like many of these "rules," if he's the kind of guy who's looking for a girl who follows them, he's the wrong guy. Whether you have sex in the first five minutes or the first five months, he should respect you just the same, because when a woman wants to have sex and has sex, that doesn't make her slutty. Getttt thatttt D. If you want it. OK I'll stop.

    RELATED: The 19 Most Frustrating Things About Casual Dating

    2. Don't ask a guy out. Just let all the guys you don't want to go out with ask you out, while you stare wistfully into your glass of wine wishing you could be having dinner with someone you actually like. Yup, that's a great rule that wastes nobody's time. DUDE. Ask a guy out if you want.

    3. Play hard to get or else IT'S ALL OVER, AND HE WILL BE TURNED OFF. Again, if you text a guy within the first 24 hours of a date

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  • 11 Things that Seem like Relationship Red Flags but Aren't

    Do you really have reason to worry?

    By Anna Breslaw

    And others that absolutely are.

    1. Not a red flag: He lives at home.

    We may officially be out of the recession now, but it's completely understandable to want to accumulate some savings by living with your parents for a while rather than spending hella bones on an apartment in a big, expensive city. You probably have some vaguely annoying thing your dates have to put up with, too. Like a recently paroled ex. Or a goiter.

    Red flag: He lives at home, mooches off his parents, and acts like an ungrateful brat.

    "MA! THE MEATLOAF!"

    RELATED: The 6 Worst Online Dating Stories Ever

    2. Not a red flag: He doesn't always pick up the check.

    Look, if you wind up dating for five years, getting married, and spending 70 happy years together until you die together while sleeping in one another's arms, that's a LOT of dinners he's expected to pay for. He may be The Guy, but you're … a human? You should be rational enough to understand that it's important for you

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  • The 4 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

    Dark chocolate

    By Elizabeth Stark

    A lot of scientific studies you read about often seem too good to be true, and they usually are; sadly, Croatian scientists will probably never find that 74 percent of subjects who ate only cake actually lost weight,or that a caramel latte a day will reduce your risk of stroke. But sometimes, on a few glorious occasions, it turns out something you love actually is good for you.

    I'm talking about chocolate here. So let's really talk about chocolate. Not all chocolate packs the same healthful punch - the kind you can eat with moderate abandon (an ounce or so a day) is dark chocolate, cocoa, or cacao. Look for chocolate that touts a 70 percent or greater cocoa content, and then get down to the healthy business of inhaling it. Milk chocolate and even a lot of "dark chocolate" candy bars have tons of sugar and a lot of fat either introduced or reintroduced in manufacturing. So any health benefits you get from these are going to be outweighed by the added sugar and fat.

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  • 13 Things Men Should Never Say to a Woman

    Don't say to a woman

    By Anna Breslaw

    If you call another woman a slut, I'll use your bones to make furniture.

    1. "Men are more rational, and women are more emotional." And cats like the color red, and dogs will only listen to Jason Derulo, and that ficus bush is your cousin. Oh, I thought we were making nonsense statements.

    2. "Women can't drive." We don't have, like, giant tampons for heads. Don't be a moron.

    3. "You're funny/smart for a girl." OMG thank you! I hope to rise above the ranks and someday be considered smart for a human, but this is a great honor.

    RELATED: 12 Things to Never Say to Someone in a Long Term Relationship

    4. "Girls all want to marry rich." Some girls want to marry rich. Other girls want to marry the person they love, whether s/he is rich or poor or an alien who uses peacock feathers as currency. And other girls don't want to get married! So like, that's how that works.

    5. "I don't get why women love assholes." Yeah, actually, that whole thing where you

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  • 13 Things that Make Guys Insecure

    Things that make guys insecureBy Frank Kobola

    We're less like Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal and more like Vince Vaughn in real life.

    1. Not having enough hair. Are we losing our hair? Can we grow a beard? We need to look like Robin Williams at the start of Jumanjior we are not a man.

    2. Having a lame "how we met" story. You're never going to have a meet cute like they do in the movies. Unfortunately, there's no way to spin "we were drunk at a frat party" into something anywhere as good as Jack saving Rose's life, let alone Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore meeting next to a dumpster in The Wedding Singer.That's way too much pressure.

    3. Being short on money. Blame the whole hunter/gatherer society aspect, but men still feel like they need to be able to provide for our family. Unless we're making Soulja Boy-buying-a-plane level money, we're always going to feel like we can do more.

    RELATED: 13 Signs You're With The Man You Should Marry

    4. Aging. No guy wants to get to the point where their whole body

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