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  • Movember's Unexpected Side Effect — in Bed

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    The original mustache king (and a gratuitous puppy).Millions of men grow mustaches in November to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, and while we were under the impression that Movember's biggest impact (besides the whole awareness thing) is a renewed interest in various mustache styles, the good folks at Durex shared some other, more unique results.

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    In a survey the brand conducted, 45 percent of women claimed to have better sex with their partner while he was sporting his new Movember facial hair. An additional 27 percent of women also stated that their partners were more adventurous when they had 'staches. So hat have we learned today? Sometimes spicing things up is as simple as growing new facial hair.


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  • The Secret to Soft and Shiny Hair

    What to do when your hair has seemingly turned to straw? Three experts weigh in. By Megan Deem, REDBOOK.

    The hair colorist says: "Coloring your hair can feel like a trade-off: Most permanent dyes contain ammonia, which makes hair drier and less shiny, but semipermanent color, though gentler, washes out in six weeks and can't lighten hair. Now, a number of salons offer Inoa, an ammonia-free permanent color that really lasts." Or try Garnier Olia, $9.99, an ammonia-free home kit. Regardless of the type of color you use, a nourishing treatment before and after your dye job can reduce hair damage. The night before coloring, "microwave a tablespoon of coconut oil-two tablespoons for very damaged hair-for 15 seconds, then spread it through dry hair. Keep it on overnight and wash it out in the morning. Then, at the salon, ask for a deep conditioning treatment after your hair is colored." If you're coloring at home, apply a deep conditioner like Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Deep Read More »from The Secret to Soft and Shiny Hair
  • The Study that Proves It's Okay to Indulge on Turkey Day

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    We're all about finding a healthy balance, and in amazing pre-holiday news, science is totally in our--and your--favor. Yes, lighter Thanksgiving recipes are good, too, but if what's going to hit the spot is marshmallow and maple syrup-drenched sweet potatoes, by all means, dig in--to that and your grandma's famous pecan pie.

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    In a 2012 study at Tel Aviv University, which split those on a low-calorie diet into two groups--those who had a dessert every morning and those who didn't--both camps lost an average of 33 pounds. But those who indulged in a pastry every morning continued to lose--another 15 pounds on average--and reported feeling less hungry and experiencing fewer cravings. Other studies, nutritionists, basically all the smart folks agree: banning foods completely just makes you want them more, and ultimately leads to overeating.

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  • 15 Foodie Gifts Under $50

    Carefully selected by the editors who live, breathe, and chow down on the newest offerings every day, these indulgent offerings will give your loved ones the ultimate foodgasm. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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  • The Everything Guide to Nuts

    They're on offer at pretty much every bar and party. Here's why you should grab a handful: A tiny serving kills hunger with filling and healthy fats, protein, and fiber, says Elizabeth Shaw, a registered dietitian for the University of California, San Diego. And the nutrition doesn't end there. By Marygrace Taylor, REDBOOK.

    Walnuts. A portion of about 14 walnut halves (1 oz) is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Top your oatmeal with a quarter cup of chopped walnuts, a tablespoon of honey, and a shake of cinnamon.

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    Brazil nuts. They're a great dietary source of selenium, a mineral that's essential for reproductive and thyroid health. Swap pine nuts and basil for Brazil nuts and spinach to give your pesto a nutritional turbo-boost.

    Almonds. Get bone-building calcium, plus vitamin E--which may protect against cancer--by using finely chopped almonds as a crisp, buttery coating for chicken or fish.

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  • Why I’m Happier in a Sexless Marriage

    Can a long-term union be happy without sex? One 34-year-old mom says yes. She anonymously shares all the not-so-dirty details of why not getting busy led to her wedded bliss. As told to Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    My husband and I met at 24, got married at 26, and had our daughter at 29. Now we're both 34, and we've probably only had sex six or so times in the past year.

    And honestly? We're perfectly happy. It's something I wouldn't ever tell my friends, but it works for our marriage. My husband is my best friend, my soul mate… and our marriage is fine the way it is--without any acrobatic Kama Sutra-type moves.

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    I'm not a prude. I lost my virginity when I was 16. I've used a vibrator. I've read Fifty Shades of Grey. I appreciate the idea of sex, but I feel about it like I feel about working out: I know there are a ton of people who love it and can't get enough of it, I know it's good, I know I'll enjoy it when I'm

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  • Now Feels like the Right Time to Make Your Own Booze

    Maybe you've noticed the resurgence of old-school artisanal products and skills-from knitting to keeping backyard chickens to churning your own butter. But nothing is enjoying more of a surge than the "brew-your-own" phenom. By Julie Tilsner, REDBOOK.

    When the zombie apocalypse finally arrives, people with old-world skills will be in high demand. Nobody's going to need a yoga teacher or a social media guru, nor are they going to need any writers. But the gal who can make her own wine from the local flora? She'll have a price beyond rubies. Ditto the guys who know how to make moonshine. They shall inherit the earth.

    Enter two topical books: One is homespun and mas macho, the other homespun and feminine. The first waxes passionate on the merits of distilling your own alcoholic spirits, specifically, whiskey; the second is a primer on making your own wine from what you have in your garden.

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  • 11 Smart Santa Saving Tricks for a Debt-Free January

    No, money doesn't grow on Christmas trees, but you can green up your holiday with readers' savviest money-saving tips. By Sandy M. Fernández, REDBOOK.


    Save money shopping
    It felt like the Grinch had just reached through my computer screen: One morning not long ago, a friend emailed to say that my very favorite daily deals site--the one I'd recently introduced her to-was having a big fat 40-percent-off sale. But when I clicked over, visions of cheap Christmas gifts dancing in my head, her promo code didn't work for me. Turns out these sweet nothings were strictly for checkout newbies, to entice them to pull out the plastic, already--not for loyal buyers like me.

    I got mad, and then I got smart and set up an account with my husband's name, filling up a shopping cart… but not buying until the site coughed up that big old discount. Now you know my don't-go-bust-this-year tip, and here are a slew of other sneaky ways to save.

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    "Right after Thanksgiving, I'd

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  • The Best New Perfumes of 2013

    The right fragrance will make you feel prettier, sexier, generally more fabulous--we know, because we spent weeks spritzing on dozens of new scents, narrowing the field. The stellar six you see here made us and the people we hang out with very happy. Whether you're looking for a gift or to spoil yourself (excellent idea), discover your exact match.

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  • Brilliant Little Ways to Burn Calories All Day

    Get healthier and avoid the dreaded "office bum" with Kelly Osbourne's easy, almost mindless weight loss tips.

    Recently, I walked into my agent's office at William Morris, and a whole group of people there were working on treadmill desks. I was surprised by how comfortable they looked while walking, talking, typing--all at the same time. Turns out, a bunch of my friends who are in corporate jobs have treadmill desks set up in their conference rooms. When they need to brainstorm or feel like they've been sitting at their regular desk for too long, they'll turn to a colleague and say, "Do you want to go on the treadmills?" I was curious, so I got one from LifeSpan for my apartment. Now I'm convinced these desks might be the solution to what some experts refer to as sitting disease; it's called a disease because there are very real consequences. Those of us who sit the most have a 112 percent increase in diabetes risk and a 147 percent increase in the risk for cardiovascular

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