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  • What Men Secretly Love About Your Body

    From the uncensored opinions of men to scientific evidence about what turns dudes on, here's what guys are really paying attention to. Want more? Find out what they think about your hair, skin, and scent.


    1) The Skin He Wants to See Most

    Showing off your legs, decolletage, and shoulders seems pretty obvious, but the part of your body men go crazy for? The curve of your neck and collarbone. "I go absolutely nuts for a sexy collarbone," says Brandon, 26. "It's one of the most gorgeous, delicate, poetic parts of a woman's body." Find out how to get sexy cleavage.

    2) How He Feels About Fake Tans

    We asked 100 guys on the street: Is a deep tan during a non-sunny season foxy or too fake? 75 percent said too fake and the other 25 percent said foxy. Opt for a lotion with gradual self-tanners to give yourself a subtle glow, if you're feeling really pasty. We found the best self-tanners for your sex life.

    Don't miss Cosmo's Practice Safe Sun campaign! From uncovering

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  • 5 Secrets to Looking Fit in a Bikini

    Freaked out about fitting in your bikini? Don't be. Just read these amazing tips to look hotter in your swimsuit. No diet required! Plus: Find out how to pick the best swimsuit for your body type.

    1) If you know you're going to hit the beach the next day or you have a pool party planned, apply some self-tanner the night before. Focus primarily on the outer and inner sides of your thighs and your tummy area. You'll want to shower in the morning so that you're fresh, but the subtle, extra color will make you more confident.

    Don't miss Cosmo's Practice Safe Sun campaign! From uncovering misleading tactics used by tanning salons to supporting national legislation aimed at regulating the indoor-tanning industry, we've got everything you need to know to stay protected from skin cancer.

    2) Instead of rushing to lay down your towel on the beach, take a couple extra minutes to discreetly dig a little hole (you can use your foot) in the shape of a large bowl. Then place your towel

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  • Master This Habit to Keep Your Relationships Healthy

    Conventional relationship wisdom says that being supportive during times of loss and sadness is a good way to strengthen a relationship bond, right? It turns out, however, that celebrating good news with each other may mean even more. Researchers who studied couples' interactions say that the happiest pairs are those who respond positively to their partners' successes. "This was the strongest predictor of current and future relationship satisfaction," says Shelly Gable, PhD, psychology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who led the study.

    To even further strengthen your relationship, break these rules.


    Why It's So Powerful
    Favorable feedback does more than just flatter. "It validates accomplishments, but it also validates your relationship by showing that you get what's important to each other," says Michele Marsh, PhD, a clinical director for the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia.
    Plus, talking to your guy about what occurred lets him relive it a

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  • How to Recreate a Salon Blowout at Home

    If you want your hair to look as fantastic as the red carpet stars, we'll let you in on a little secret: It's all in the blowout. All it takes is a few things you already own (hairdryer, round brush, flatiron, simple styling products) and a bit of patience to recreate the look at home. Here's how it's done:


    1. We love Sienna Miller's high-style, low-fuss look. Celeb hairstylist Guido recommends you prep first by rubbing a thickening lotion, like Redken Fabricate Heat Active Texturizer, $13, through damp strands. It'll give extra grip to your brush so you can create a smooth A-list look.

    MORE HAIR: 11 Hot Celeb Hairstyles Everyone Is Stealing Right Now





    2.
    Always work from the bottom layers up when blow-drying your mane - pinning the top portion out of your way helps you better see what you're doing.

    MORE HAIR: Get Personalized Advice on the Best Cut for Your Face Shape and Hair Type





    3. Using a medium-size round brush, grab hair at the roots and run the brush down strands, moving the

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  • How to Break Out of a Blah Mood

    Next time life leaves you in a foul, everything-sucks mood, employ these strategies to get an insta-lift.

    1. Take an iPod time-out.
    Put in your ear buds, and lose yourself in your favorite tunes. A slower tempo will relax you, but music that's heavy and throbbing will let you work through anger or annoyance so you can get those negative emotions out of your system quickly, explains Los Angeles psychologist Yvonne Thomas, PhD.

    2. Slick on red lip gloss
    . Red lips exude confidence and sex appeal. The reaction you get from others will help replace your bad mood with sexy self-assuredness.

    3. Crack up in front of your computer. It's impossible to feel bad when you're laughing, so download a video from funnyordie.com or collegehumor.com.

    4. Switch on your desk lamp.
    Harsh overhead lighting can amplify stress and irritation, while a softer glow can help soothe you.

    5. Surround yourself with yellow and orange.
    Studies show that people become more joyful in these warm, bright colors,

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  • 5 Ways to Survive Wedding Season Without Going Broke

    Between your dress, gifts, and the price of getting your butt to the ceremony, you're spending a small fortune - and that's just on the first wedding of the summer. Thanks to these tips, you can stop worrying about blowing your savings on crystal and candlesticks, and start focusing on which hot groomsman you're going to lay claim to. Plus: Read these juicy confessions of a Bachelor Party Stripper

    1. Buy Early, Save Big
    It's tempting to put off dropping cash on the gift for as long as humanly possible - but don't. Since people like to snatch up lower-priced options for the bridal shower, make sure to buy something in your range before that happens. Four or five months prior to the big day is a safe bet. Always a guest, never a bride? Don't freak out, just read this.

    2. Make It Personal
    The wedding gift is one thing, but when you add in the bridal shower, bachelorette, and engagement party, what you're shelling out for presents seriously adds up. This is when being creative can pay

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  • Learn How to Follow Your Intuition

    You've heard of intuition, but what you may not realize is that it's a biological survival tool, and possibly a crucial get-ahead tool. And while animals often heed this sixth sense, humans tend to let "rational" thinking override it. Here's the thing: Intuition can guide us to make smarter, faster choices, says Gert Gigerenzer, PhD, author of Gut Feelings.

    What Intuition Is
    "Gut instincts are mental shortcuts used to make a snap judgment based on experience and environment," says David Myers, PhD, author of Intuition. Your unconscious picks up on clues below the surface of rational awareness - from body language to just an uneasy feeling that you may need to bust out the self-defense - and communicates the info to you via intuitive feelings. It's like a little covert operation in your head.

    These messages are sparked by perceptual cues (e.g., people can tell when a smile is fake yet can't explain why) or by past situations. "Your brain has a database of knowledge that your

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  • 3 Sneaky Spots to Have Sex

    Joining the Mile High Club might seem like a great idea...but only 4 percent of women have actually done it in a tiny airplane lavatory, according to a recent Cosmo poll. Here's how to pull off getting off in even the most awkward spaces.

    1. Shower

    Because sometimes the recipe for awesome sex calls for those three little words: Just add water. Want to know his favorite time of day to get it on? Read this!


    If you think you may "dry up" in water, keep a silicone-based lube handy. Or just have your guy take a step forward so that the shower is hitting his back and not your lady parts. Bonus points if there's a mirror that lets you watch the wet and wild action!

    Best sex position for this spot: Standing with him behind you, like Slippery When Wet


    2. Car

    This sex spot combines need-it-now-ness with some reassuring, locked privacy.

    Skip the backseat and recline the passenger side instead, which will give you maximum space and comfort. If your car has leather

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  • 5 Celeb Hairstyles You'll Want to Try

    According to our exclusive salon poll, certain styles are in crazy-high demand. Whether it's Blake's curls or Kristen's shag you want to clone, these cut and color secrets from Hollywood stylists are all you need. Of course, celebs haven't always had perfect strands. Want proof? Check out these celeb hair makeovers.


    Blake Lively's High-Drama Curls

    Hands down, Blake's do is the top celeb style requested day after day, say our experts. "She has it all: shine, fullness, and bounce," says Jennifer Johnson, head stylist on the set of Gossip Girl. Got a girl crush on Blake? Find out what it means. To get that luster, you have to keep hair healthy. "Fried strands look dull, so I spray on a heat protectant before picking up a blow-dryer or iron," says Johnson, who likes Aveda Brilliant Damage Control, $15. To score serious volume, use a paddle brush to lift up your roots from the scalp as you aim the blow-dryer directly at them. When roots are dry, switch to a medium-size round brush.

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  • Steal the Shoes from Sex and the City 2


    Sure, we love the steamy plot lines and hot guys of SATC, but we're really drooling over the fashion. We got a sneak peek at some of the scenes from the new film and searched through hundreds of shoes to find look-alikes that Carrie would approve of. (Warning: Read this and you'll want to go shopping right now.) Plus: Find out everything you've been dying to know about Sex and the City 2.

    Splurge: As she steps out wearing a newsprint dress and open-toe floral ankle boots, it's obvious that Carrie hasn't abandoned her ballsy fashion sense just because she's a Mrs. Vote for your favorite outfits from SATC in this totally addictive game!


    Steal: Black Tano Sandals, Dollhouse, $59.95

    Splurge: We can't wait to find out what crazy plotline will bring Samantha and Miley Cyrus face-to-face in the same dress and killer strappy boots. Take this quiz to find out your seduction style.


    Steal: Brown Downtown Strappy Boots, XOXO, $59.95

    Splurge: Charlotte

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