Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • What's Your Guy's Worst Habit?

    Women of the world share their biggest pet peeves about their male compatriots - and we didn't spare the Americans! Read it and weep - or howl.

    37% of CHINESE men hack and spit in public.

    In India, peeing is a problem: Public urination has become so ubiquitous, men in NEW DELHI face fines of 1000 rupees (about $22) for whizzing in plain view.

    96% of JAPANESE women polled in a recent survey complained about their men's addictions to phone sex. 88% hated being asked to shave their pubic hair.

    70% of COSTA RICAN men have problems with premature ejaculation. Sex is usually over in two to three minutes.

    57% of those who seek treatment for pathological gambling in ENGLAND are men.

    70% of VIETNAMESE men smoke regularly - compared with only 5% of women - says the World Health Organization. It's the highest rate of lighting up for guys anywhere in the world.

    THAI women tend to prefer Western men: According to the National Economic and Social Development Board, Thai men cheat, gamble, and

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  • Make Your Hair Shinier in 2 Easy Steps

    QUESTION: What can I do to make my hair look shinier?

    ANSWER: That depends on your hair type. If your hair is curly, chances are it's dull because of dryness. Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and apply four to six drops of a silicone-based shine serum to your wet tresses.

    If your hair is wavy, lather up with a shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. Rinse well, then spritz a silicone-based shine-enhancing spray from ends to roots. Dry hair using a blow dryer with a tapered nozzle to direct air down the hair shaft and seal the cuticle.

    If your hair is straight, it could be accumulating shine-dulling grease, since straight hair hangs flat against the scalp, where oil is produced. Be sure to use a deep-cleaning shampoo daily and a clarifying gel treatment, like J.F. Lazartigue's Propolis Jelly Scalp Treatment, weekly.

    Every hair type needs plenty of moisture to stay glossy and light-reflective.

    Step 1: Use a shine-enhancing, hydrating shampoo, conditioner and hair

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  • Help! I Can't Get Rid of My Mustache

    Question: How can I get rid of my mustache? The only thing I can think of is shaving it off. I know that's wrong, but in order to wax it, I always feel like I have to let it grow. Do you have any other advice or solutions?

    Answer:
    Absolutely do not resort to shaving your face! The act is entirely masculine, and research has shown that it can have a negative psychological impact on women. While shaving seems like a quick and easy solution, think about the stubble! It'll be so much more noticeable than regrowth from waxing.

    In my opinion, the best solution for a small area like your upper lip is laser or IPL hair removal. It's obviously more costly upfront (up to approximately $1400), but it's a great investment in the long run. Ask your dermatologist if he or she performs it, and if not, ask for a referral for someone who does. Many "medi-spas" offer it, but check that a doctor is on-site in case any complications occur. And before you commit, ask to see patient photos and look for

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  • Your High School Reunion Survival Guide

    Roxanne LowitRoxanne LowitWhether their high-school experience was blissfully Clueless or scary like Carrie, 8 million alums return to their alma maters each year to face down their hometown demons. Here, how to flaunt the new-and-improved you while effortlessly surviving a blast from the past.

    WHAT TO WEAR:
    Look at me now, Jake Ryan!
    Six ensembles that celebrate your success, earn an A+ in fashion, and ensure your reunion photos turn out better than that pimply yearbook headshot. Here's how to show off everything from your budding CEO status to your hot husband and 2.5 kids!


    WHAT TO DO:
    10 Must-Dos when at your high school reunion...

    • Eat your tuition in canapés.
    • Start every conversation with "Remember the time . . ."
    • Rock a pair of sky-high Dior heels the first half of the evening; dance barefoot to Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" the second.
    • Find out the frenemy who trashed your rep with her slam book is now telemarketing from home in her PJs.
    • Tell your mentor what she meant to
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  • 10 hairstyle secrets you need to know

    Dan LeccaDan LeccaGet your best hair ever. How to get healthy hair, tips for your best hairstyles and hair colors, the secrets of runway hairstyles and more! Stuck in a hair rut? Check out our photo gallery of 150 Easy Hairstyles in our Hairstyle Handbook

    1. Adding moisture to your hair after straightening will make it curl, so look for styling products that don't list water as one of the first 5 ingredients. Here is a list of products that you need to achieve a chic straight look.

    2.
    Don't try to blow-dry sections of hair that are more than an inch thick-the hot air will not be able to pass through. Opt for small sections and be sure to dry each thoroughly before moving on. Get more tips for the perfect straight style here.

    3.
    Hold on to hair color longer - never rinse with very hot water as it may loosen pigment molecules from freshly colored hair. The secret to your perfect hair color? Find out what to match your strands to.

    4.
    Get a gorgeous up-do. Gather hair at the nape and twist upward toward

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  • Smudge-Free Mascara Tricks

    Question: Is there a trick or certain mascara that will not smudge?

    Answer:
    My mascara used to always smudge...until I found the right formula. While any water-resistant formula should do the trick, my favorite is Shu Uemura Basic Mascara, a gel formula that never smudges but is relatively easy to take off. If you're looking for something even sturdier, Kimora Lee recently told us that she loves L'Oréal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara, and in fact, sometimes sleeps with it on (and still no raccoon eyes in the morning!). You also want to make sure that you don't have anything greasy under your eyes. If you like a lot of eye cream under there, make sure to powder over the area before applying your mascara.

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  • Easy Ways To Get Full Lips Quick

    Dan LeccaDan LeccaQuestion: How can I achieve the look of fuller lips?

    Answer: There are a few great, no-fail makeup tricks that can help make your lips look fuller instantly. Applying a opalescent highlighter on your cupid's bow right along your top lip line gives a subtle illusion of plumpness and helps define the shape of your lips. For a more dramatic effect, apply your favorite lipstick, then choose a slightly shimmery gloss a couple of shades lighter and apply it to just the center of your top and bottom lips. Bright colors are OK, but if you have really thin lips, stay away from very dark colors, which only make them look skinnier. No matter what, please, please, please don't get any lip injections (with fillers like collagen, Restylane, or silicone). I've had dozens of doctors tell me that they can look natural, but I've yet to see one example where they do.






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  • Who's Nailin' Paylin? Q&A with Porn Star and Sarah Palin Look-A-Like

    A Q&A with Lisa Ann, star of Hustler's forthcoming, movie Who's Nailin' Paylin, and dead-ringer for the vice presidential nominee.

    Marie Claire: Your fans know you from your dozens of porn films, but you've been shot into the mainstream with news of this movie. Did you see it coming? Knowing that you look like Sarah Palin, did you know that you'd get this gig?

    Lisa Ann:
    [Fellow porn star] Nina Hartley called me one day and said, "You know someone's going to ask you to do Sarah Palin. And you're going to have do it. You have the glasses. You throw your hair up. You've gotta do it." And I said, "Well I want to learn more about her first." Because it was very new, and I knew nothing about her. When I started to learn about her I remember calling Nina and saying, "There would be so many ways we could spoof off of stuff she actually says!"

    MC: Did you ever consider that maybe the choice of Palin would be good for women and you shouldn't do a porno about it?
    LA:
    Yes. I like to do my

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  • 10 Things NOT To Do This Halloween

    David Livingston/Getty ImagesDavid Livingston/Getty Images1. Dress up as a naughty cat, naughty bunny, naughty nurse, or naughty nun.

    2. Carve Monet's Haystacks into a pumpkin because Martha Stewart told you to.

    3. Bob for apples, unless you get to go first. (The spit, people. The inevitable, disgusting other-people spit.)

    4. Use your masked identity as an excuse to TP your ex-boyfriend's house.

    5. Dress your child as a car air freshener.

    6. Eat anything that may have masqueraded as monster brains an hour ago.

    7. Force your cat to get into costume by wearing a Kitty Wig .

    8. Do the Monster Mash.

    9. Give out "healthy treats," like raisins and tangerines. In a few years the recipients will return, armed with toilet paper and eggs, to have their righteous revenge.

    10. Force your boyfriend to dress up as the Sam Ronson to your Lindsay Lohan.

    CONTINUE READING: 15 More Things NOT To Do This Halloween


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  • 5 Things You Don't Know About Green Tea

    Mei TaoMei TaoBy now, we know that drinking green tea is undoubtedly good for our bodies. The antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties of green tea have made it a must-have for the health conscious and numerous studies highlight the potential benefits of green tea including cancer prevention and weight loss.

    But green tea isn't just a delicious and healthful drink; it can also be used as an at-home health and beauty remedy. Read on to find out The Things You Don't Know About Green Tea.

    1. It's great for teeth: Green tea has fluoride in it, making it a superstar for keeping gums and teeth healthy. Green tea can even be used as a mouthwash to maintain breath.

    2. It's a room deodorizer: Green tea leaves have traditionally been used to naturally absorb odors in a room. Place tea leaves in a bowl to help absorb unpleasant odors or leave some in the fridge in place of baking soda.

    3. It's good for the bones: Naturally high in minerals, green tea aids in strong bone density, which is important

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