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  • 7 Absolutely Essential Tips for Pulling Off Dark Lipstick

    These tips will help you nail the dark lipstick trend.Dark lipstick can make it seem like you're trying to be Rihanna or just got confused about when Halloween is. Don't be That Girl! Here's a dark lip guide to keep you from falling into those traps.

    By Carly Cardellino

    1. Save your burgundy-colored lipstick for the fall months or evening events.
    "A substantial color like this calls for substantial clothing," says makeup artist Sandy Linter. Textured, heavier fabrics in navy, deep greens, and even some reds are a perfect fit with burgundy, plum, or bordeaux shades. Summer colors tend to clash with these colors though, so avoid wearing it in the winter.

    2. Know what shade will suit you best.
    "There are four undertones when talking about burgundy: pink, brown, blue, and red," she explains. Here's how to figure out which one will look best on you:

    "If you're light-eyed, pink-based burgundy colors will look amazing on you this hue makes your eyes pop," Linter says. For a lip color like Jessica Chastain's swipe on YSL Rouge

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  • 20 Life-Changing Ways to Get Ready Faster

    These tips will change your life. Looking to cut your morning beauty routine in half? Try these get-ready-quick tips.

    By Carly Cardellino

    1. Use an in-shower moisturizer.
    If you hate taking a shower, toweling off, lotioning up, and then waiting a while for your moisturizer to sink in, throw an in-shower moisturizer into your mix. After lathering up with your usual body cleanser, apply a hydrating formula like Olay Ultra Moisture In-Shower Body Lotion from your neck down. The warmth and humidity of the shower opens up your pores, allowing the moisturizing ingredients (hi, shea butter) to be asorbed into your skin, so that after you rinse and towel off, your skin remains super-soft. Genius, right?

    2. Wash your hair with a cleansing conditioner.
    How great would it be to cleanse and condition your hair at the same time? Boom, it's now possible thanks to the latest haircare concoction: aka cleansing conditioners. These sulfate-free, hair color-friendly formulas are one-fourth shampoo and three-fourths

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  • The Best and Worst Colleges for Meeting Men

    You might find your man in college, like Elle. The good news: Women now outnumber men when it comes to earning college degrees. The bad news: This makes every cute guy on campus a hotter commodity than a ball-player at a Kardashian family reunion. Finding a guy to occupy our free time - and beds - shouldn't be too much for college-aged women to ask for.

    By Lauren Panariello

    Unfortunately, at New York University, where I went to undergrad, it totally was. Straight, dateable guys felt like such an endangered species that watching one get approached at a bar or party was like turning on Animal Planet the moment before the lion pounces on the zebra. The upshot of going to a school where the women far outnumbered the datable dudes is that I figured out some stealth tactics for meeting men, like finding out where the sports teams celebrated their big wins and showing up there (What? I like jocks.) or mixing up my routine and taking different routes to my classes (well hello, sharp-suited subway rider…). So even if you're at one of

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  • 10 Best Online Exercise Classes that Will Save You Money

    You don't have to leave your house to get in shape!Eff the gym. You have your laptop.

    By Dara Adeeyo

    1. Crunch Live
    Crunch Gym's official online counterpart. The site offers many of their most popular classes, like Yoga Body Sculpt, Barre Assets, Fat Burning Pilates, and Gospel House Aerobics (UM, need to try that ASAP!). $10/month, crunchlive.com

    2. Physique 57
    You - a regular person - can workout like a star in the privacy of your own room with these loved by celebs muscle sculpting exercises. Rent a video or buy a monthly subscription. $5-$7/rent or $57/month, www.physique57.com

    3. Daily Burn
    Work up a serious sweat with one of the many sessions Daily Burn offers. Classes are led by pro-athletes like snowboarder Cody Storey and in-line skater Eitan Kramer. Free 30-day trial, $10/month subscription, dailyburn.com

    4. GaiamTV
    Get your Om on with your favorite Yogi like Rodney Yee and Shiva Rea. $10/month, gaiamtv.com

    Related: 10 Free Fitness Apps That Rule

    5. Lionsgate BeFit
    Sculpt your body with this 90-day free workout system

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  • Confession: What It's Really like Working at Abercrombie & Fitch's Corporate Headquarters

    Abercrombie & Fitch Headquarters is far from perfect.Abercrombie & Fitch is famously controversial for its provocative ad campaigns, its CEO's commitment to not making plus-size clothing, and its very strict dress codes. Here, a former employee at Abercrombie's corporate headquarters explains what working in the thick of the brand was really like.

    As told to Elisa Benson

    "Did I not tell you it was supposed to be casual?" was the first thing my interviewer said to me when I showed up at Abercrombie's corporate headquarters in 2007. I was dressed for my first "big kid" job - tie, jacket, suit. She was wearing a fleece and jeans. I immediately rolled up my sleeves and ditched the tie (I probably looked like the end of a wedding), and surprisingly, the rest of the interview went well. A week later, the job was mine.

    Related: Abercrombie & Hitched: How One Girl Landed Her Fantasy Stud

    Orientation was relatively typical, focused on the story of A&F starting as an outfitter in New York City. We were strongly encouraged to wear A&F clothes

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  • 20 Iconic Children's Characters Turned into "Sexy" Halloween Costumes

  • 10 Halloween Costume Ideas that Are Both Sexy and Respectable

    You can totally pull off an accurate and awesome KStew this Halloween.The problem with many sexy Halloween costumes isn't that they involve very little clothing, it's that they often just don't involve very much thought. This Halloween, you don't have to simply wear lingerie and then throw on some devil horns or cat ears as an afterthought. There's no reason your sexy outfit can't be clever, humorous, inventive, or interesting.

    By David Ingber

    1. "Kristen Stewart"
    Who's it for? Anti-Hollywood counter-culturists; Snow White and Huntsman superfans.
    What to wear: Choose any beautiful gown you already own (preferably with some sheer element) and splash on some incongruously gothic-looking make-up. Starting October 21, do not wash your hair. Make sure to spend the entire night looking bored, like there are a thousand places you'd rather be. If you are heading to a Halloween potluck, bring a thick, hearty alphabet soup, but remove A through J and L through Z. K Stew!
    Added Benefits: It's a great costume if you genuinely are going to a party that you

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  • 17 Backhanded Compliments Guys Give Women

    Did he really just say that?It's not just "Mean Girls" behavior. Below, the most common instances of guy-on-girl insults wrapped in compliments.

    By Anna Breslaw

    1. "You got a promotion! That's adorable."

    Unless you work at a baby kitten factory, and it therefore is literally adorable, this is not acceptable behavior.

    2. "You're so cool, how are you still single?"

    Because my Coolness is an ever-expanding supernova, enveloping and destroying every potential mate in its path, that's why.

    3. "You're not like the hot but totally crazy girls I date."

    Translation: "You're not one of those passionate, smoldering, exciting 'Have an argument about politics that segues into awesome Mr. And Mrs. Smith angry sex up against a wall' girls I will remember for my entire life. You're more the "Hey sweetie, can you pick up my Preparation H on the way home from work?" type.

    4. "You have such a pretty face!"

    But I want to throw holy water on the rest of your hideous body, you disgusting beautiful-headed demon-woman.

    5. "You

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  • 20 Fights Had by Absolutely Every Couple on Earth

    We've all been there before.Everyone's relationship is just as messed up as everyone else's.

    By Natasha Burton

    1. The "I Did Something Wrong but Instead of Admitting It I'm Going to Be Mad at You" Fight.

    "I can't believe you washed the pink sock with my white jeans! What the hell! Oh wait, I did the laundry? I AM BLAMING THIS ALL ON YOU." Who hasn't been there.

    2. The "You're Not 22 Anymore and Therefore Do Not Need 12 Shots of Tequila on a Tuesday" Fight.

    After a certain age this just becomes embarrassing. Related: The "Why Do You Waste Money on Bars?" Fight.)

    3. The "Your Friend is So Inappropriate" Fight.

    Usually it's the friend who's making your significant other take, like, 80 shots of Jaegermeister on a Thursday, causing him to vomit in your deskside trash can.

    4. The "Why Are You Reading a Book/Checking Facebook/Working in Bed Instead of Having Sex with Me?" Fight.

    Me me me me. ME ME ME ME. It's everyone's inner monologue sometimes, just roll with it.

    5. The "I Can't Read Your Mind" Fight.

    "I

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  • 10 Super Frustrating Types of Guys Everyone Dates

    Some guys will just make you nuts. And you'll date them anyway.In just three dates, you will become Fairuza Balk in the final scene of The Craft. Guaranteed!

    By Anna Breslaw

    1.The "flirts with everybody" guy.
    When we go to some Da Club or another, there is absolutely no reason I should be trying to fend off some leering dude with a ZZ Top beard because you are preoccupied with hitting on the bottle service girl. Vaya con dios.

    2. The "won't go down on you" guy.
    There is literally no good excuse not to do this if we just gave you oral sex. And if you're one of those dudes who insists that cunnilingus is "more intimate" than giving head, you've obviously never had an erect shlong knocking against your tonsils.

    3. The "nobody knows she's pretty except me because she wears glasses!" guy.

    This dude prides himself on finding "understated" hotties in the wild. By "understated," of course, we mean the She's All That principle of "an obviously smokin' hot woman who happens to wear glasses/Converse sneakers/doesn't 'know' that she is

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