Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • 5 Winter Skin Myths

    Going numb from all the misinformation and bogus advice about winter-proofing your face and body? Here, top skin experts help us crack the cold-weather skincare code.

    1. MYTH: Loading up on lip balms prevents chapping.
    TRUTH:
    Only if it's the right balm. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavors, perfumes, and colors can also dry out skin. Annet King suggests seeking natural-oil-infused balms or those with shea and cocoa butter. "To get rid of flaky patches, apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips (a soft toothbrush also does the trick), scrub gently, then follow with balm," she says. Wait till spring to resume use of lip plumpers and super-long-lasting formulas that dry out your pout.

    2. MYTH: Steamy showers impart moisture to dry skin.
    TRUTH:
    "Even though they feel great on a bone-chilling day, hot showers and baths are

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  • MAD MEN Fashion: Get the ladylike look

    Invest in the sexy '60s classics we all love - referencing Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly, and now the dames of Mad Men. Ladylike trumps girly trends!


    Sexy '60s Rule: Wear one or two retro pieces - daring stilettos and demure shifts - and modernize the rest.


    For more fashion advice check out Your Manual of Style at MarieClaire.com


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  • What It Costs To Be . . . a blogger, a dog owner, a hipster

    Photo by Bill DiodatoPhoto by Bill DiodatoYou'll dish about bikini waxes, bad dates, and your bitchy boss. But when it comes to your money, suddenly it's too personal.

    Marie Claire exposes the secrets women hide inside their wallets in their Saving and Spending Guide.

    And here, we expose exactly what it costs to be . . .


    A Tanorexic

    • Tanning-bed membership: $200/month
    • SPF lip balm: $24/year
    • UV-activated tooth whitener: $50/month
    • Tan extender: $300/year
    • Exfoliating scrubs, bronzers, and self-tanners: $360/year
    • Spray-tanning sessions: $75/month
    • Emergency dry cleaning of white shirts: $20/month
      ANNUAL COST: $4824

    A Hipster

    • Asymmetrical haircut with blunt bangs: $450/year
    • Uniform (neon Ray-Bans, checkered scarf, American Apparel tee, Rag & Bone skinny jeans, Vans): $574
    • Schwinn cruiser: $240
    • Parliament-and-PBR habit: $100/month
    • Nautical star tattoo: $70
    • College loans on studio-art degree: $200/month
    • Ironic chip on shoulder: free
      ANNUAL COST: $4934

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  • 5 secrets of the highest paid women

    Jemal Countess/WireImageJemal Countess/WireImageThe top paid women share their secrets for success...Check out this list of The Highest Paid Women in America

    1. Always be yourself.
    Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's Indian-born chief executive and the nation's top-earning female CEO, wore traditional saris to her early job interviews. These days she routinely wears them to corporate events.

    2. Your name is your brand, so guard it with your life.
    "I am very careful with the brand itself. The pots that I put my name on - I designed them." - Top-earning chef Rachael Ray

    3. Don't waste energy combating haters.
    "I can't expect everyone to love everything that I do." - Top-earning musician Beyoncé Knowles

    4. Make sure your man is fully committed to you - and your success.
    "I would come home from a meeting and I'd say, 'Sorry I'm late,' and [my husband] would roll his eyes . . . I got a much better husband the second time around." - Top-earning Wall Streeter Sallie Krawcheck

    5. Position yourself for the job you want.
    "When I was working my way to

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  • Beauty Routines Under $100: Hair, Skin & Makeup

    Streamline your beauty routine! Here, how to get great hair, gorgeous makeup and glowing skin for under $100.

    HAIR QUALITY: Less Than $100

    For gentle, color-safe haircare that won't break the bank, stylist Shin An from the Paul Labrecque Salon in New York City suggests going both high-tech and green. "You're going to get more for your money at health-food stores. Their products have fewer chemicals and protect hair from damage." Meanwhile, state-of-the-art dryers and brushes that won't harm hair can now be found at great prices.

    $6.45 - Jason Volumizing Mousse: "I like this foam better than volumizing sprays as it doesn't make hair sticky or crunchy. It gives good body and texture - and fights frizz in humid weather."

    $12 - Nexxus Phyto Organics Transfigure Molding Paste: "Everyone can benefit from a finishing cream, and this one is lighter than most and never feels greasy. Because it's water-based, it washes out easily."

    $32 - Paul Labrecque Daily Condition: "I call this the silk

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  • Puffy Eyes? Dark Circles? Here's How To Get Rid of Them

    Question: What really helps with under-eye puffiness? There are so many products out there that claim to help, but I never see any difference. Is surgery the only real option?

    Answer: The reason our eyes get puffy is because of bad circulation -- whether you're tired or feeling bloated -- which causes blood and fluids to pool under our eyes and puff up. That said, some of the simplest things have helped me alleviate it. First of all, I like to store my eye cream in the fridge. Applying a cool cream (whatever the brand) to that delicate area will fire up your circulation. Gently "tapping" it on with your fingertips (like you're playing a piano) also helps get the blood flowing. If you have more time, try doing some light cardio exercise (skipping rope, a quick jog, tackling the stairs) for at least 10 minutes. It sounds like a lot of work, but it's very effective -- in fact, your whole face will look and feel less puffy when you're done. Now if your puffiness is chronic and you're still

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  • How to Control Oily Skin

    Question: How do I keep oily skin under control?

    Answer:
    This one's tough. If you truly have tried all of the oil-control lotions, cleansers, and astringents out there (even AHA's?) then your best bet is to look to prescription-strength solutions. New York-based dermatologist Amy Wechsler, a contributing editor for Marie Claire, recommends Retin-A to her patients to treat acne and oily skin. (Bonus: it also reduces wrinkles.) For really severe cases, she sometimes prescribes a low dose of Accutane -- the oral acne medication derived from vitamin A. There are considerable side effects with Accutane though, including potential birth deformities, so if a baby is in your future, stick with the topical remedies.

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  • The Best Eye Makeup for Gals with Glasses

    Jeff HarrisJeff HarrisQuestion: I wear glasses and I have hazel-colored eyes. I usually put on massive amounts of mascara and eyeliner to try and help them stand out, but within a couple of hours it smudges. What can I do?

    Answer:
    The key to long-lasting eye makeup is layering. Start with a long-wearing pencil or gel liner (avoid waxy formulas, which won't last), then apply cream eyeshadow (use a brush--oils naturally found on your fingers break down makeup pigments, causing greasy smudges) and set the color with powder shadow on top. To keep mascara in place, apply a top coat of a super-waterproofing sealant, like Clarins Double Fix Mascara or Urban Decay Lingerie & Galoshes For Lashes.

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  • How Do I Get Rid of Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

    Alvaro Heinzen/kycstudio/iStockAlvaro Heinzen/kycstudio/iStockQuestion: I recently had a baby and was left with red stretch marks on my stomach. Is there an effective product available that will remove or at least reduce the appearance?

    Answer:
    Your skin's ability to bounce back depends on a number of things, like genetics and how much your skin actually stretched during your pregnancy. Basically, no product will make stretch marks disappear completely, but you can make them less noticeable with heavy-duty moisturizers and treatments. Belli Stretchmark Minimzing Cream, $52, has gotten rave reviews from my new-mom friends and is safe to use while you're nursing. When you're done nursing, you may want to switch to something more potent like Stivectin, $150, if you haven't seen enough improvement

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  • What's your birth control IQ?

    iStockiStockSure, you don't rely on the pull-out-and-pray method to prevent pregnancy, but how much do you really know about birth control? Take this quiz and find out.

    1.What percentage of birth control pill takers miss three or more Pills a month?
    A. 7%
    B. 19%
    C. 43%
    D. 54%
    E. 65%

    CORRECT ANSWER: D, 54%.
    When researchers put computer chips into women's Pill packs, they found that 54 percent of takers were missing three or more pills a month. That's a big deal. If you skip one, you aren't going to get pregnant. If you skip more than one, particularly with an ultralow dose, you might. Have trouble remembering to take the Pill? Find another form of birth control to fit your lifestyle here.

    2.
    Femcon Fe is a birth control pill that:
    A. makes it possible to have just one period a year.
    B. is for men.
    C. is chewable.
    D. prevents acne.

    CORRECT ANSWER: C, a chewable birth control pill.
    FDA-approved in December, Femcon Fe is the first chewable oral contraceptive available in the U.S. The

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