As much as we love strappy shoe season, the combination of sweltering heat and sandals that rub you the wrong way can be a bummer for your feet. So pamper them with these cool products. Plus, learn how to beat these other summer beauty horrors.
1. Antiperspirant Spray
Even if your soles don't sweat much, just a little bit of moisture in the air can cause the leather straps of your sandals to chafe your skin, resulting in painful blisters. Mist your feet with deodorant-like Secret Spring Breeze Antiperspirant Aerosol ($4.49)-to keep them dry and happy. Plus, find out if your deodorant can lose its effectiveness.
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2. Blister Blocks
Band-Aid Blister Block ($7.49) is tiny enough for your purse (it's about the size of dental floss) and lets you target specific areas on your feet where you're prone to get blisters. But it's only a preventative product...if you've already got a nasty blister, try a "second-skin" product, like Spenco's 2nd Skin
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As much as we love strappy shoe season, the combination of sweltering heat and sandals that rub you the wrong way can be a bummer for your feet. So pamper them with these cool products. Plus, learn how to beat these other summer beauty horrors.Read More »from 5 Products That Will Prevent High-Heel Pain
Think of these anti-cellulite creams as invisible Spanx. They really do tighten - temporarily.
Want to Tighten Your Tummy?
This lotion, perfect for your middle, contains caffeine, which flushes out excess fluid. You'll want to read this before putting on your bikini.
Need to Smell Sexy?
Turns out there's a link between scent a seduction. Amber gives off a sensual aroma plus promotes collagen, your body's natural skin firmer.
Want to Feel Toned?
This gel is laced with a firming polymer, which creates a tightening film as it dries on your skin. Plus: Check out the 100 beauty products celebs can't live without.
Need a Quick Fix?
This superconcentrated serum instantly sinks into skin, letting its amino acids start firming,Read More »from 4 Cellulite Creams That Really Work
Oh Snookers, not again.
But getting arrested in Seaside Heights last week for drunk and disorderly conduct is way worse than looking like an oompa loompa during bikini season.
Maybe losing your poof has caused you to lose your judgment at the same time...
We're not sure if this was a perfectly timed PR stunt (the second season of Jersey Shore premiered last night), but we do know one thing: You're one body shot away from that orange jumpsuit. And trust us, that's a look even juiceheads aren't into.
Plus: Can't help but feel addicted to the Shore? Check out more hot pics, funny quotes, and exclusive videos from your favorite so-bad-it's-good reality show.
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We dug up some questionable fragrances - yes, real perfumes on the market - that only the bold would actually spray on their skin. Really, would you want to smell like...Read More »from 9 Most Outrageous Perfume Scents EVER
Serious question: Who, besides Dwight Schrute, would wear this cologne? demeterfragrance.com
Blood, sweat, spit...semen?! That's precisely what some French perfumers wanted this "raw" fragrance to evoke. Points for creativity, but we'll pass on any product with secretions in its name.
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Remember the Harry Potter-inspired Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Jelly Beans, which came in flavors like Vomit and Earwax? This is worse. demeterfragrance.com
This scent is all fun and games until you realize you smell like a nursery-schooler.
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Mmm, this Burger King body spray really captures the essence of flame-broiled meat.
Do not inhale:
One married woman wonders what to do about her friend who has crossed the line with her husband.
By Kristina Grish
Lara (some names have been changed) is one of my closest friends... and when we were single, my dating partner in crime. I watched her charm men with an easy laugh or fixed gaze and eventually learned how to read her like a body-language expert onExtra. I like you, she'd say with her smile. What do you think of me? Lara's moves landed her a college boyfriend, a few flings, and her husband,
Ken. And none of them mattered to me-until she started using them on my husband, Scott.
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Lara never flirted with Scott until we began going out on double dates as married couples. Now she asks him too many questions about his guitar collection and laughs too hard at his quips-all while flashing him that smile. Ken and I are left to make small talk, pretending not to listen to their conversation.
I didn't tell Scott right away that I Read More »from When Itâ€™s Time to Tame a Flirty Friend
1. To get Shakira's sexy updo, prep first by blow-drying hair straight with a round brush, which will create volume at the roots and make strands supersmooth, according to Harry Josh, international creative consultant for John Frieda.
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2. Use a paddle brush to remove any tangles, then comb your hair straight back so that you don't have a part.
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3. Now tip your head back, and gather strands into a ponytail. Leaning creates volume plus prevents part lines and bumps.
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4. When gathered hair is level with your eyes, secure it with an elastic band. Wrap it tight (shoot for three loops) so that the band doesn't sag and look sloppy. Then take small chunk of strands and wrap itRead More »from Pony Tails Aren't Just for Bad Hair Days
OK, let us get this straight. A guy attacked his girlfriend's 10-pound Yorkie Emmit, breaking six ribs, damaging one eye so badly that it had to be removed, and bruising his kidney. And the woman is still dating him?!
It happened back in January when the boyfriend, Joseph, was pet-sitting for his girlfriend, Ashley, according to the New York Daily News. He allegedly let Emmit suffer for two days before seeking medical attention, at which point the cops were called. Joseph was handed down a 40-day sentence for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
He was released from jail this week and Ashley walked out of the courthouse with him, all smiles and holding his hand. What the eff?
We're clearly on Team Emmit, which is why we came up with four ways for the pooch to get back at Joseph.
1. Pretend to be asleep at the end of the bed while Ashley and Joseph are getting it on. Then blog about how tiny his junk is.
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What do Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, and Katherine Heigl have in common (besides their first names and the fact that they all appeared on Cosmo covers)? They're all at their most beautiful age. Well, at least that's what study of 2,000 British men and women found. (Wow, how do we get a job looking at photos of hot guys and rating them? Oh wait, we already have that job.)Read More »from What Is the Hottest Age?
The subjects said that women in their late 20s and early 30s were more attractive than those at other ages. And the peak of hotness was deemed to be age 31.
Now, we're not scientific or anything, but we took a look back at the style evolutions of Katie, Kate, and Katherine, and - whether it's just that their old looks are dated or that with age comes confidence - we tend to agree.
What do you think? Is 31 the hottest age? Or do women peak younger? Or older?
- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jul 27, 2010 4:36 PM EDT
There's no doubt about it - guys gossip. And it's not just your ex that you need to worry about. Current flames may be sharing some pretty dirty details about you to their friends.
"Most men don't understand proper relationship etiquette and don't think before talking about things you thought were just between the two of you," says New York City-based couples therapist Rachel Sussman. "It doesn't occur to them that it might be personal."
We got the dirt on why he thinks it's fine to share everything from your beauty habits to your secret kinky side so you can at least understand the cause of his verbal diarrhea...even if you may not be able to stop it.
1. You Wax Your Upper Lip
We all want guys to think we wake up looking amazing - whether we're sleeping with them or not. So it's mortifying to know that his buddies are aware that your look takes work. But, believe it or not, he's actually giving you a compliment when he yaps about your embarrassing beauty regime.Read More »from 5 Embarrassing Things He Tells His Friends About You
- Cosmopolitan.com | Fashion – Mon, Jul 26, 2010 6:25 PM EDT
1. Eating chocolate and greasy foods makes you break out.Read More »from 3 Old Wives' Tales About Beauty That Are Total Bull
Go ahead and chow down. There's nothing in a candy bar or pepperoni pizza that's going to make zits suddenly sprout-"unless maybe you rub the pizza across your face a few times," says New York City dermatologist Diane Berson. (So please, try to hold yourself back.) The only foods that may exacerbate
acne are sushi, shellfish, and soy sauce, explains Dr. Berson; they all contain high amounts of iodine, which has been linked to inflammation and breakouts.
PLUS: Find out the Fast Foods that Don't Make You Fat!
2. Dry skin causes wrinkles.
Wouldn't it be great if a little moisturizer could keep lines at bay? Unfortunately, wrinkles form when
collagen breaks down far below the surface of the skin (which is right where dry skin occurs). Moisturizers
can improve the appearance of lines, though, by temporarily plumping the parched skin around them.
Sun exposure is the number one cause of collagen degeneration, so if you want a