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  • Learn How Scent and Attraction Are Connected

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Learn How Scent and Attraction Are Connected

    There are many elements to attraction, but smell is an important sense that plays a major role between two people. We spoke with Dr. Stephen Snyder, a psychiatrist who specializes in relationships, and he gave us an interesting look at how nature, scent, and perfume all work together with the laws of attraction.

    "One of the fascinating things about scent is that it's only experienced at close range," Dr. Snyder explains. "It's often the last part of a person physically that one gets to sample. It's really like unwrapping the package - the scent is the present inside."

    Using the right fragrance can help enhance your natural scent to add the right amount of sex appeal. "Florals are designed to be hypnotic or narcotic to stop one in one's track and to make one take notice," he says. "[Gourmand notes] like vanilla and caramel are designed to have that feeling like you want to eat them up." Dr. Synder also mentions how musk is not

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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Nail Art

    Source: The Dos and Don'ts of Nail Art

    Nail art is no passing phase, which is why we turned to Stephanie Lavery, the editor in chief of Nail It! magazine, to tell us the dos and don'ts of artful manicures. She dishes on all sorts of nail tricks and tips, from at-home to professional polish jobs and even nail safety.

    • Do try nail art, even if it's only with an accent nail. There's a look for even the most conservative workplaces.
    • Don't relegate nail art to the ring finger only; try the pinkie or pointer for something different.
    • Do have a pro perform a caviar design with gel or acrylic for a longer-lasting manicure.
    • Don't expect a caviar manicure done with regular polish to last more than one night.
    • Do combine various types of nail art in one design. Using polish, decals, and 3D elements like rhinestones together will add dimension to your nail art.
    • Don't feel that every nail has to the look the same. Creating variations in color and design on each nail
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  • Prep for Your Next Salon Coloring with These Expert Tips

    Source: Prep For Your Next Salon Coloring With These Expert Tips

    If you're contemplating a color change for Spring, then chances are you're going to want to visit a salon to achieve your big transition. So you just walk in, tell the colorist what you'd like, and exit a couple hours later looking happy and stylish, right? Wrong. "You can't expect to always be on the same page as your colorist," says celebrity hairstylist Jennifer J. But there are a few things you can do to ensure your color service goes seamlessly, whether you're a first-timer or an old veteran.

    • Go with clean hair: The reason stylists have said in the past to wear your hair dirty on the day of your color is to protect oversensitive scalps. But Jennifer says otherwise. "If you go to the salon with dirty hair, that's not the way your hair looks," she says. This can cause problems because your hair looks darker than normal and your hair isn't falling naturally, making it more difficult for the colorist to achieve the
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  • Let Your Favorite Dessert Help You Find a Perfume

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Let Your Favorite Dessert Help You Find a Perfume

    Your senses of taste and smell are inextricably linked. In fact, most of what you believe you're "tasting" actually comes from your nose. Your tongue can only taste five flavors (sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter), so it's up to your nose to determine whether you're eating a cream puff or peach preserves, for example. Your nose, not your tongue, really determines your favorite foods, so why not use your flavor knowledge to find a perfume you'll love, too? Find out what your favorite dessert might say about your scent preferences.

    • Fruit: If you love the sweet but acidic piquancy of fruit at the end of a meal, you'll probably also prefer the complexity of scents with a nectarous heart along with fibrous notes like sandalwood or hay.

      In the land of gorgeously fruit-filled scents, there's none better than Hanae Mori Butterfly ($68), which somehow manages to make raspberry jam, strawberries, and wood notes work together

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  • Rihanna Duets with MAC on a Multicollection Makeup Deal

    Source: Rihanna Duets With MAC on a Multicollection Makeup Deal

    Let it be heard: Rihanna has inked a deal with MAC Cosmetics, which includes four collections, aptly named RiRi Hearts MAC, to be rolled out over the next year. The news comes fresh off the success of the singer's first runway show at London Fashion Week . . . as well as on her 25th birthday. Rihanna told WWD that the unprecedented deal for both was "a no-brainer."

    The first product to drop will be a lipstick dubbed RiRi Woo, which was inspired by MAC's Ruby Woo, Rihanna's favorite shade. MAC will release the shade to coincide with the Grammy winner's stint at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 4 and 5, as part of her Diamonds Tour. The cosmetics giant will open a pop-up shop at the March 4 show to showcase the line. RiRi Woo will be sold at Rihanna's concerts as well as online and in conjunction with all four collections.

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  • What is Causing My Acne? We Have the Answers

    Source: What Is Causing My Acne? We Have the Answers

    Acne: the word gets thrown around a lot, but do you know exactly what it means? "Acne is a common skin condition commonly found in young adults," dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says. "It is a disease of the hair follicle and the pores that lead them to the skin."

    More than just the typical pimple, the word "acne" encompasses everything from whiteheads to blackheads to inflamed cysts. That's right - even though you may not suffer from huge zits dotting your forehead, those blackheads that plague you also count as acne.

    Not all acne is created equal. "Hormonal and cystic acne are treated differently than blackheads and whiteheads," Dr. Frank says. "With hormonal acne, there is usually something more going on internally, whereas with blackheads and whiteheads, the problem could be oily skin."

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  • Pro Tips on Perfecting Bold Lipstick

    Source: Pro Tips on Perfecting Bold Lipstick

    The quickest (and easiest) way to change up your makeup look is with a swipe of vivid lip color. Whether you opt for something classic like red or go for something fun like fuchsia or tangerine, we had MAC senior artist Luc Bouchard teach us the tricks to mastering pigmented lip color.

    • Hydrate With Lip Balm: Start off by applying lip balm to hydrate your lips. "It's so much easier to apply lip color when your lips have moisture," Bouchard explains. "The color can just glide on."
    • Apply a Lip Primer: After you blot off any excess balm, go over your lips with a primer, like MAC Prep + Prime Lip ($16). This will seal in moisture, smooth out your lips, and help make your lipstick last longer.
    • Look One: Stained Lips: Now that your lips are set, create a stained effect by dabbing the lipstick on your lips with your fingers. This is the perfect way to ease into wearing the bold lip trend.
    • Stained Lips: The final look adds a flush
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  • 10 Ways to Wear Bright Lips This Winter

    BellaSugarSource: 10 Ways to Wear Bright Lips This Winter

    Winter seems to turn your wardrobe black and your makeup palette gray, but fight the urge to go drab with a shock of bright lipstick. A classic matte red is always a fan favorite for the season. However, there are plenty of ways to step out of the box with pigmented purples, rusty oranges, and even cool coral tones. Snap yourself out of a cold weather haze with these bright lipstick ideas from the runway.

    • Red Crush: Matching lips and nails isn't revolutionary. But what about matching lips and cheeks? Models at Michael Kors wore a cerise flush that covered the entire cheek.
    • Raspberry Kiss: Purple lipstick doesn't always mean vampy plums. Brighten it up with a fuchsia hue as seen at Rochas. The vibrant violet will bring flair to any all black ensemble.
    • Pinky Promise: When wearing a bright lip color, it's best to tone down the eye makeup. Go for a simple but graphic eyeliner look as seen on the Kenzo runway.
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  • DIY Hair Mask Recipes for Every Hair Type

    BellaSugarSource: DIY Hair Mask Recipes For Every Hair Type

    Deep conditioner is a must have to combat dried-out hair in Winter, and getting silky-smooth strands can be as easy as taking a trip to the kitchen. Mask mixologist Samira Asemanfar of The Broot (an all-natural hair mask bar in Santa Monica, CA) breaks down the essential ingredients for every hair type. Once you stir these hair concoctions, you'll truly believe in the term: hair food. However, if you don't have the time to whip something up, you can always add a drop of coconut oil to the conditioner you already have.

    Fine Hair:
    Just because your hair isn't thick or unruly, doesn't mean there aren't benefits to a moisturizing mask. "Banana, egg, and oils work wonders on fine hair," Asemanfar says. "The banana is one of nature's best remedies for thinning hair; the egg is a mighty protein that will give your hair the strength, shine, volume, and texture of your dreams; and oils add strength and moisture."

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  • One Simple Trick to Acing Your At-Home Manicure

    BellaSugarSource: One Simple Trick to Acing Your At-Home Manicure

    DIY manicures can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth, especially when you're painting using your nondominant hand. Trying to control your polish brush around the curves of your nails inevitably results in painted cuticles and lumpy polish. But that doesn't have to be the case any longer. Nail guru Deborah Lippmann shares a simple tip for painting your opposite hand - no matter if you're right- or left-handed - and it's a lot easier than you'd think.

    "The mistake we make is trying to polish our hands in the air," Lippmann says. In other words, we balance our elbow on a flat surface, put our hands directly in front of our face, and polish away. But according to Lippmann, that's a surefire way to wind up with a messy manicure.

    Instead, lay your opposite hand flat on a table and angle it so your arm is parallel to your body. "When you're polishing, once you put the brush down, just pull it straight. Don't try to curve

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