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  • 11 Flirting Fails Made by All Twentysomethings

    Don't make these flirting mistakes!Somewhere in between pushing each other on the schoolyard and starting a joint bank account, there's us, mostly drunk-texting with no idea what we are doing. We've all been guilty of giving or getting one of these doozies.

    By Anna Breslaw

    1. Relying on alcohol as a mating/dating technique.
    Yes, after that magic first kiss with a crush after a few glasses of champagne, it occurs to us that drinking makes dating more ~*~mAgiCaL.~**~ Cut to three years later, when you are on the worst, most uncomfortable online date of all time, and wind up sleeping with the guy because you're drunk.

    2. Negging as a pickup technique.
    There is a (hopefully) small window of time in the lives of many twentysomethings during which they're attracted to people who, subtly or less subtly, make them feel worthless. Dude, walking up to a girl you think is pretty and telling her her butt looks big in those pants doesn't make you Don Draper.


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  • 9 Reasons Women Are Funnier Than Men

    Self-explanatory. By Anna Breslaw


    1. Historical oppression, w00t.

    In other words, the reason that black, Latino, Jewish and LGBT people have a rich history in comedy. Oppression's not funny, but we've learned to find humor in the worst situations - and it's a more sophisticated kind, the sort of jokes that sting a little. (See Sarah Silverman's joke: "I was raped by a doctor... which is so bittersweet for a Jewish girl.")

    2. Our grossness is funnier.
    Sure, men are the stereotypically "gross" ones with their pizza box-strewn bachelor pads and dirty bathrooms. But female grossness is an often-overlooked gold mine of comedy. Three A.M. drunk burrito eating while you're still in your body-con going out dress? Hilarious. Running out of tampons and toilet paper and using the toilet paper roll wrapper as a makeshift pad? Slaying me. Oh, you've never done that? Yeah, I've totally also never done that and gotten a rash.

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    3. We're underestimated when it

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  • Why Being Single During the Holidays is Secretly the Bomb

    Being single during the holidays might actually be the best.So your friends in relationships go for romantic ice skating dates at Rockefeller Center with their cloddish, monosyllabic boyfriends. Love Actually seems to be on all the time, interspersed with jewelry store commercials that advertise Putting a Ring On It this holiday season. But actually, you are in a prime position to have the best holiday season ever - solo.

    By Anna Breslaw

    1. You're not getting dragged to holiday parties you don't want to go to.
    In the winter months, Facebook offers the paradox of choice. Matt your old roommate's Christmas party? Alexandra your old co-worker's Christmas party? There are enough options for just one person, let alone a couple with two entirely separate groups of friends. Come February, your friends in relationships will be baggy-eyed puddles of latkes and rum.

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    2. At any parties you're less than amped to attend (or parties at which your exes might be present), you can leave whenever you

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  • 15 Holiday Makeup Looks to Wear This Season

    You can look as stunning as this anytime!You've figured out your party dress and how you're going towear your hair, but how the eff are you going to do your makeup?! Need a little inspiration? These celebs looks will give you an idea of what you should flaunt to all of the festive cocktail parties you've been invited to.

    By Carly Cardellino

    1. An icy blue eyeshadow and a heavily lined eye, like Nicole Richie's.

    To steal Nicole's shimmery shadow look, swipe a baby blue cream eyeshadow, like Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Ice, over your eyelid, work a soft bronze powder into the crease of your eye using a blending brush, line your entire eyes with black liner, and finish with a few coats of mascara. Pair the entire look with a nude lip and go!

    2. Megan Fox's bombshell bronze smoky eye and dusty rose lip.
    Switch up your look from a dark smoky eye to a softer version by swapping your usual black or gray shade for a bronze one, like Avon True Color Eyeshadow Single in Bronze Luster. Need a smoky eye tutorial?

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  • 7 Things You Do that Are Ruining Your Hair

    Are you making these hair mistakes?Are you making these hair mistakes?Here's a complete guide to common hair moves you should avoid.

    By Carly Cardellino

    "There are a lot of things you do on a daily basis that can wreak havoc on your hair," says celebrity stylist Harry Josh, who tends to the hair of Gisele, Rose Byrne, and a ton of other A-listers.

    According to Josh, here's what you might be doing that is totally trashing your hair:

    1. Trying to bleach your hair yourself.
    "If you're trying to do ombré look or give yourself highlights at home, and your hair comes out looking more yellow than what you were going for, call your stylist," he says. "If you go out and buy another box, thinking you're going to give it another go, think again. You could end up frying off your hair and making it fall out in the end, which would be terrbile and unfixable."

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    2. Using a hair tie that rips your hair out.
    "You might still be using an elastic with the metal fasteners that hold the hair tie

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  • 18 Movies Every Woman Must See

    Every twentysomething needs to see these classics. Like, yesterday. And if you finish this list early, an optional #19 is the seminal Love and Basketball.

    By Anna Breslaw

    1. Now and Then
    Four best girlfriends who came of age in the 1970s reunite in the 1990s when one of them is about to have a baby. Features the incomprehensible morph of Christina Ricci (young Roberta) into Rosie O'Donnell (old Roberta) and a chain-smoking, black-clad Demi Moore. Pre-Ashton, obviously. Important because Friendship, and also because Brendan Fraser has a cameo as an almost-too-sexy Vietnam War vet.

    2. The Way We Were
    Robert Redford/Barbra Streisand classic that enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after Sex and The City famously referenced it at the end of Season 2. But it stands on its own because it tells a story we've all heard (or lived): High-strung, conscientious, a-little-too-intense not-quite-pretty girl falls for somewhat lazy, entitled, extremely handsome boy. She straightens her hair. He falls for her back. Then it inevitably falls

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  • 9 Signs He's Terrible and You Should Dump Him

    Some guys are just not worth sticking with. By David Ingber

    1. He answers your text questions in a way that intentionally does not lead to more conversation.
    If "hey, wanna get some ice cream on Saturday?" is met with "ok," you're not off to a great start. Who doesn't want to talk more about ice cream?

    2. His body language is very withdrawn right after sex.
    He can, and damn well should, snuggle with you while giving you a tour of the refractory factory.

    3. He looks annoyed that he "has to" pay for food and drinks.
    Look, it's 2013. I don't care if the man or the woman picks up the tab, or if you go halfsies, or your thruple goes thirdsies. But paying for a woman you like or love is a privilege, not a burden, no matter how broke you are/I was.

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    4. He doesn't care if you catch him looking at other women.
    Every straight man checks out the attractive women in a bar. Whatever. If, however, he's trying to be super sneaky about it, he respects your

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  • 7 Simple Dressing Tips Guaranteed to Make You Look Better in Photos

    These simple tips will make you picture-perfect instantly!The wrong outfit can ruin even the best photo and it's something that no amount of retouching can fix. The problem is that dressing for a photo is not the same as dressing for real life, so what works in one situation doesn't always work in the other. Here are a few easy-to-follow rules that make it a lot easier to take a fabulous photo, no shopping required:

    By Charles Manning

    1. Wear a bright color close to your face.
    Dark colors can wash you out. Even if you like to wear all-black, a small pop of color - even white! - worn close to your face can do wonders for brightening up your look and making you appear more rested.

    2. Throw on a pair of sunglasses.
    First and foremost, sunglasses are cool. Second, covering your eyes can be a great way to hide tired eyes you didn't have time to make up or, well, any lingering hangovers from the night before.

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    3. Go for an open neckline.
    An open neckline makes your neck look longer,

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  • 10 Essential Fashion Lessons from 90s Movies

    90s movies have so much wisdom. There's more to take away from killer fashion moments in 90s movies than just the amazing outfits. Amidst all the makeover montages and slow motion walks down staircases are lessons to be learned like how to express one's self through crop tops, the importance of good accessories, and what true love really is.

    By Charles Manning

    1. Clueless: Know When to Name Check (1995)
    The Scene: Cher Horowitz gets held up at gunpoint and her mugger orders her to get down on the ground. "Oh no." she says. "You don't understand. This is an Alaïa.[...] It's like a totally Important designer." Of course, her mugger doesn't give a shit and robs her all the same, but overnight Azzedine Alaïa becomes a household name.
    The Takeaway: Know your audience before you start name-checking your outfit.


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    2. Silence of the Lambs: Splurge vs. Steal (1991)

    The Scene: Young FBI student Clarice Starling wears her most professional-looking skirt suit to

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  • 10 Pieces of Clothing that Just Don't Work

    Stop trying to make peplum happen.Stop trying to make peplum happen.Trendy or not, some clothes are just impossible - they don't flatter and they don't wear well and yet designers keep making them and people keep buying them hoping each time will be different. It won't be. Ever. It's time to move on. Break the cycle. Stop trying to make peplum happen.

    By Charles Manning

    1. Flared Jeans: Flares are supposed to make you look skinnier by balancing out the roundness in your hips, but it's a lie! They oftem make one look short and knock-kneed.


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    2. Mid-Calf Boots:
    They look so nice just sitting there - such nice proportions. Then you put them on and they cut across your calf at the widest point, making your legs look short and stocky. Tricked again!


    3. Elastic Self-Waist Dresses:
    Whenever an elastic waistband is a visible design feature of your dress, it's going to look cheap. Even if you try to cover that crinkly little line with a belt, eventually that fucker is going to

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