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  • A Guy's-Eye View of the Sock Bun Trend

    By Patrick Varone, REDBOOK.

    At first I wasn't quite sure what the sock bun actually was. But, after being sent a picture of Kim Kardashian's hair pulled as tight as the face of daddy Bruce, I knew I had stumbled upon something else I can blame the Kardashian's for--you know, besides the demise of society as we know it.

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    Anyone I talk to about this hair trend tells me how easy it is to do. One person even said it's as easy as putting your socks on your feet. After a quick side-eye, I decided to look this up on the Internet. Evidently all you need for this hairstyle is a sock, scissors, and about five minutes. Also, you should be glad I looked it up for you, because Googling "socks, scissors, women," will definitely get you added to the "No Fly" list. I'm pretty sure I need to cancel my ticket home for the holidays now.

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    The only thing that really scares me about this look

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  • The 5-Minute Makeup Routine that Says, "I Slept 8 Hours"

    "With the right makeup colors and a bit of concealer, you can fake eight hours of sleep in five minutes," says Mally Roncal. Follow her steps and glow, glow, glow.

    Start with concealer
    No matter your skin tone, a creamy concealer with a yellow base will counteract dark circles. Dot it under your eyes and on red areas like the corners of your nose and mouth. To blend, press and roll your ring finger over the dots. If you wear foundation, smooth that on next.

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    Brighten your lids
    To cover veins and redness, pat an eyeshadow base one shade lighter than your skin all over your lids, up to the brow bones. Yes, you can just use concealer--but shadow base lasts longer.

    Dust on a shimmery shadow
    Pick a neutral, like champagne for fair or olive skin or gold for dark skin. A hint of glimmer is key--matte nudes can make lids appear heavy. Use your pinkie finger to dab a little on the inner corners, too, which helps eyes look more

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  • The 5 Financial Decisions that Set You Back Thousands

    There are so many things we know we should do: have health insurance, plan for retirement, save, budget--the list goes on and on. But what happens if we skip these crucial money musts? By Sarah Kaufman, REDBOOK.

    401(k) contributions

    It can seem impossible to add to your savings when there's so much use for money now, but rather than thinking of budgeting for retirement as an impediment, start seeing it as another tool to reach your goals, says Linda Descano, president and CEO of Citi's Women & Co.

    When should you ideally start planning? "The day you start your first job," said Jean Setzfand, an AARP retirement expert. "If you're going to spend your last 35 years not working, you need to be saving for retirement during every one of the 35 or 40 years that you are working."

    For example, a 25-year-old who contributes 5 percent of her $40K annual salary and ups her contribution to 10 percent later in life will save almost $1 million over the course of 40 years, according to

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  • Dr. Ruth Talks Tinder, Sexting, and Open Marriages

    The 85-year-old sex therapist (and former sniper!) talks Tinder, open marriage, and the new play about her life. By Kate Sullivan, REDBOOK.

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the original sexpert, is always in an exceptionally good mood. And why wouldn't she be? "I'm 85 years old, can still talk about sex from morning to night, and now there's a play about me," she says with a tickled laugh. In Becoming Dr. Ruth, now playing at the West Side Theater in New York City-"I don't call it Off-Broadway, I call it Near-Broadway," she says-Dr. Ruth joins actress Debra Jo Rupp and playwright Mark St. Germain for a post-show Q&A every Wednesday. And every Monday at 7 p.m., you can see her latest advice show, The Wisdom of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, on Shalom TV. We asked the hilarious octogenarian for a little of that wisdom.

    So how's Debra Jo's impersonation of you?

    It's superb. I have to pinch myself and say, "Keep your mouth shut because that's not you there, that's Debra Jo!" Even the accent-it couldn't

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  • 1 Piece, 3 Ways: How to Style the Hottest Skirt of the Season

    Let us introduce the perfect way to rock this big trend without showing too much skin--because hey, we're not 19 over here. The liquid texture gives the skirt a modern touch while the pleats are timeless, and the silhouette is universally flattering, so it'll quickly become a staple in your closet. By Julianne Adams, REDBOOK.

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  • We're All About These Top-Chef Waffle Recipes

    Got a house full of people all waking up at different times? Throw on a pot of coffee, mix up a special waffle batter, and they can make their own breakfast, says Carla Hall.

    Start with: Classic Belgian waffles
    Feeding the hordes over the holidays is equal parts joy and stress. By making a batch of waffle batter for people to help themselves, you free yourself from cooking eggs à la minute. You can double the batch and split it to make different flavors, and if you're short on time, just use a premade mix (but be sure to check the yield and adjust the amounts of the add-on ingredients accordingly). These variations are enough for eight waffles.

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    Classic Belgian waffles

    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 6 minutes

    1½ cups bleached all-purpose flour
    ½ cup cornstarch
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp baking soda
    2 cups whole milk
    ¾ cup butter (1½ sticks), melted
    2 Tbsp

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  • The Real Reasons You're Cheating on Your Diet

    Odds are one of these emotional triggers, not hunger, is to blame. Let these psychological experts help you dig down to and target the root cause. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Why sweets sound so delicious
    If you're on a diet and suddenly crave a brownie, what's behind that impulse? "When you're stressed, your instinct may be to reach for a food that will bring you immediate pleasure and comfort," says Venus Nicolino, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist currently working with Green Giant's Giant Difference Campaign. If you're chomping on a handful of broccoli florets, that's not such a bad thing, but more often than not our emotional eating choices are salty, fat-filled, high-sugar foods. Once you come to understand the mental, not physical, impulses behind your choices, you'll be better equipped to battle them out next time you find yourself staring down a bag of chips.

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  • "The 'Am I Pretty?' YouTube Trend Makes Me Physically Nauseous"

    By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    The "Am I Pretty?" video trend makes me physically nauseous, but it took me a while to put my finger on why exactly. For one thing, these girls talk about wanting to know if they are pretty as if asking whether or not they have something in their teeth. "Here are some photos," one says. "Can you tell me in the comments if I'm pretty or not?" She doesn't ask, "Do you think I'm pretty?" which is an equally pointless but altogether different question. No, she asks, "Am I pretty?" the same matter-of-fact way in which you might ask, "Is it snowing?"--as if it were a question with an objective answer.

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    How does this happen? Has it never occurred to these girls that this might be a subjective question, that there is in fact no authority on the matter-not the popular kids at school, and certainly not some stranger on YouTube. Or even that beauty isn't really all that matters?

    On the Huffington

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  • 8 Things You Do when You're Hangry

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Inspired by this HuffPo piece called "10 Things Hangry People Do," here are eight more things we're not proud of, but have definitely been known to do when an irrational, hunger-induced rage sets in.

    1. Hate everyone in sight. You love your friends dearly, but why does Jill have to ask a question about every single item on the menu? No, the endive salad isn't made with butter. The beef comes in a red wine reduction. Don't ask him to repeat the specials! Why are you doing this to me? I thought we were friends!

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    2. Hate everything in sight. You waited way too long to get lunch, and now that you're finally on the elevator back up to your desk--food in hand--it's stopping on every. single. floor. Curse the Otis Elevator Company and their decision that 10 seconds should be the standard amount of time for the doors to stay open! Note to self: Look up "close door button placebo or real" after you've eaten.


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  • Why Don't More Dads Take Leave?

    By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    Josh Levs is a dad of three, taking time off work to take care of his newest baby girl. So nice, right? Yes, and he's getting into a big fight with his company over it.

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    His company has a paid-leave policy: You can take 10 weeks off to care for a new baby and still get your salary. That is, if you're a mom, not a dad. Because the moms have to recover physically, you say? Not exactly: Newly adoptive parents (of either gender) can get the 10 weeks paid, too. So why not biological dads? That's what Levs is asking in his EEOC complaint against Time Warner, and it seems like a really good question to me. Why do people think that dads aren't real caregivers?

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    After my baby was born, I took 12 weeks off, and then we planned for my husband to take 12 weeks off, thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act, which allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time to

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