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  • 7 Common Misconceptions About Shopping for Jeans

    How to get great jeans for as little as $20.

    By Charles Manning

    How to get great jeans for as little as $20.

    A lot of people often have the wrong idea about what makes a good pair of jeans, so shopping for them feels like a chore, instead of something fun. It's not about spending a bunch of money on a designer label or getting bogged down by a bunch of stupid rules about dressing for your body. If you want to find the perfect pair of jeans for you, here are seven myths to keep in mind on your next denim shopping trip.

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    1. Skinny jeans are only for skinny people.

    Skinny jeans are flattering on almost everybody, especially curvy girls. They accentuate the natural shape of a woman's body and make her look taller. There is a common misconception that if you are curvy, you need flared or boot-cut jeans to balance out your hips, but those cuts can actually make you look shorter and heavier. Really, you want to focus on tapering silhouettes. If skinny just

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  • How to Get Flawless Makeup in Less Than 10 Minutes

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    By Jessica Matlin


    AT HOME: PREP

    These products go on fast, require zero precision, and work their magic during your commute.

    Quench skin. You know how you crave water in the a.m.? Your skin's desperate for a drink too - especially if you skimped on sleep, which leaves skin parched.

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    Look alive. Rehydrate dry, bloodshot eyes with drops before bringing potentially irritating eye makeup anywhere near them.

    Wake up your face. "Liquid foundation reverses the look of tired skin almost instantly," says makeup artist Troy Jensen. Dot it in the center of your face, and blend outward.

    Perk up with peach. Coral blush masks dullness, says Jensen. Cream formulas melt into foundation and can be dabbed on as you brush your teeth.

    Work with bedhead. "Mist hair with texturizing spray, and throw it into a side braid," says NYC hairstylist Greg Cassese. It looks good in public and sets the scene for a more stylish, work-appropriate

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  • The 11 Best Things About Being Married

    The 11 Best Things About Being Married.The 11 Best Things About Being Married.

    By Jennifer Chen

    To quote Ben Affleck at last year's Oscars when he talked about his marriage to Jennifer Garner, "It's good. It is work but the best kind of work." But like anything that takes hard work (exercising, binge TV watching, owning a cat), it's totally worth it. Why do you think lesbian and gay people are fighting so hard to get married? Because marriage is awesome. If you're knee deep into wedding planning and can't take it any more, take a deep breath, keep calm, and read on.

    1. Some days being married feels like a pile of puppies.
    I could say something flowery about love, but really, some times you feel giddy like there's a pile of puppies waiting to trample you because this amazing person loves you AND you get to sleep with them.

    2. You have mental telepathy to convey how you really feel.
    Through just one look, I can tell my husband, "I am so hungry. Please get me food before I murder someone." You have a special kinship that defies words. This is

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  • Crazed Pregnant Kate Middleton Painted Her Palace Purple

    Pregnant Kate Middleton painted her palace purple.

    By Alex Rees

    This is a fun story. British newspaper The Daily Mail reports that the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge's cravings were less to do with weird food and more to do with weird decor. During her pregnancy, Kate helped oversee a renovation of Kensington Palace - and hired a "flamboyant designer" to spruce up the interiors. It became a total Trading Spacesdisaster - cheap paints (gasp!) were purchased for the palace walls and they were justhorrid, leaving one room in particular "with a horrible, unexpected purple tinge." Lavender is the worst, after all.

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    Kate is reportedly blaming the disastrous makeover "on her [pregnancy] hormones" and the whole design project will have to be done over again. That said, she's retaining the same designer for work that's planned for her and Prince William's country estate. Just with nicer paint, presumably.

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  • Fashion Police Mocks Pregnant Actress' Oscars Look, Compares Baby Bump to Beer Gut

    Fashion Police took their celebrity commentary too far during Monday's Oscars special.

    By Eliza Thompson

    Fashion Police has never been a great source of measured, polite commentary on celebrity style, but Monday's Oscars special took it way too far when it came to Elsa Pataky, the gorgeous and visibly pregnant wife of Chris Hemsworth.

    Joan Rivers started off the chat by screaming, "I'm sorry, look at her tummy!" You can already tell this is headed in a lovely direction. She continued, "She is HUGE. I know why she's huge. I saw her sonogram." And then they flashed Ellen's epic selfie up on the screen, because there's nothing more clever than a joke about a really pregnant woman having more than one baby inside her because she's just SO fat.

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    George Kotsiopoulos chimed in too, because you can't discuss a woman's body properly without having at least one man present. "The last thing I wanna do is rip on a pregnant woman," George said. But instead of just shutting up and not ripping on a pregnant woman, he continued,

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  • 5 Awesome and Unexpected Benefits of Coffee

    5 unexpected benefits of coffee.

    By Elizabeth Stark

    Everyone is more or less familiar with the primary benefits of coffee - it tastes good and helps you stay awake, but there's a fair amount of confusion about whether or not coffee is actually good for you. For example, you may have heard that coffee will stunt your growth, when in fact, your mom just didn't want to give you any of her coffee. Similarly you may have heard that coffee will dehydrate you, give you cancer, or stain your teeth. Only the last one is true; the other two aren't.

    But just because something's not bad for you, that doesn't mean it's good for you either. So is that the case with coffee? Well, you're probably not going to be chastised by your doctor for not drinking enough coffee any time soon. But there's plenty of evidence that, when consumed in moderation (seriously, MODERATION), coffee can have a number of benefits you may not have known about.

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    1. Coffee can help keep you

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  • 20 Signs He's in Love with You

    20 signs he's in love with you.

    By Frank Kobola

    1. He looks up the movie you've been waiting to see and surprises you with a date night. He might not want to see it, but he knows all the show times in a five mile radius.

    2. He brings you flowers for no reason. Some women think this is tacky. It isn't.

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    3. Even if he's not very emo, he has a sentimental streak when it comes to you. Dude has never cried, but he keeps a sweet love note from you in his wallet.

    4. He doesn't look at his phone when you're around. Flappy Bird and status updates can't win out over you. Suppressing the compulsion to check his phone, that's love.

    5. He texts you pictures of inside jokes and things that remind him of you. Somehow, he makes grumpy cat memes romantic.

    6. He wants you to hang out with his friends. This might be hell for you, but he really wants you around.

    7. He tries to hold you while you're sleeping. You might wake up annoyed and sweating, but he just

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  • 5 Ways to Be an Incredible Leader

    Getty Images, Joanna Williams.Getty Images, Joanna Williams.
    By Meredith Haberfeld


    1. Look to lead.
    Seek opportunities to lead people. Head a team on a small project or lead a volunteer group - anything that will give you some practice.

    2. Get your BOD in shape. Create a personal board of directors - people you respect, with whom you can be authentic, and who can help you further your career. Cultivate these relationships, so your mentors become invested in seeing you thrive.

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    3. Impress yourself first. Think about what will knock your socks off before you think about giving other people what you think they want from you. When we are working to make ourselves proud of our own effort and for the joy of it, we break the mold and produce extraordinary results.

    4. Make a top-three list. Write down the three leaders you find most influential, then list the attributes that make each of them so powerful. Tack that list up in a place you see every day as a reminder to bring those attributes into

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  • The 18 Best Things About Being in Your Late Twenties

    The best things about being in your late twenties.

    By Amy Odell

    You haven't listened to any new music within the past three years and you are fine with this because too many pop songs have sirens in them now.

    1. You know not to stay out past 2 a.m. Or really 1 a.m. OK fine just midnight. Because you've done enough partying to realize that only creepy things that make you feel gross when you're sober the next day happen after 2 a.m. aka millennial witching hour.

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    2. You don't feel like a loser for staying home on a Friday night. In fact, you find staying home on a Friday preferable - you can rest and jam on Saturday. (And by jam I literally mean make jam.) And that's better than being out with gross bar people then getting home at 2 a.m. and being too lazy to take your makeup off and growing barnacles on your face that you'll have to wear to brunch the next morning.

    3. Going out takes on a new meaning. Like dinner. Or a movie. Not just raging until 4 a.m. with strangers

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  • 5 Cover Letter Mistakes You'll Never Make Again

    The most common -- but avoidable! -- cover letter goofs.

    By Marina Khidekel

    We all learn from our mistakes - but do you really want your cover letter for your dream job to be the place you make them? Even the tiniest errors on the crucial first-impression-making document could get you overlooked for the job you really, really want. Unfair? Maybe. True? Definitely. As deputy editor for Cosmo, I've read through hundreds of cover letters in the course of hiring junior and senior editors and tons of interns. And when I talk to friends who hire for other types of industries, it becomes pretty clear that these are the most common - but avoidable! - cover letter goofs. The more you know, right?

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    1. Messing up the basics. I've gotten more than a few cover letters from applicants who make basic spelling and grammar errors - including spelling my name wrong. I've also gotten an alarming number of letters addressed to the wrong person, or even the wrong magazine. To a hiring manager, those

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