Blog Posts by Seventeen Magazine

  • 9 Demi Lovato Beauty Secrets Revealed!

    There's no question about it - Demi Lovato has amazing skin! Her big beauty secret? Her long-time Esthetician Renée Rouleau! Rouleau keeps Demi's skin looking super-gorgeous with proper care (Demi loves Rouleau's Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel, Triple Berry Soothing Peel, and Hawaiian Nourishing Cream) and regular treatments. Keep reading for more of Rouleau beuaty tips.


    1. Schedule a Professional Facial

    The benefits of a professional facial are many; professional analysis to determine the needs of the skin type, deep cleansing to clear clogged pores, expert advice with recommendations for a good home care routine, proper skin education offering tips and tricks on skin care, as well as tips for diet and lifestyle.

    Related: The Best Time to Get a Facial





    2. Treat the Skin Gently


    Treat the skin gently

    Teens have extra sensitive skin (especially from ages 13-15), so it's important to avoid products with "fragrance" or "parfum" listed in them, which can cause the skin to become red,

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  • How to Choose the Right Birth Control

    There are so many different types of birth controls out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. We break down each type so you can find the one that's perfect for you.


    Condoms
    Condoms
    You can buy a pack of condoms for about $10 at the drugstore and don't need a doctor's note or parent's permission. Basically, condoms are thin latex or plastic sheaths that cover the penis to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They come in different sizes so no guy (serious no guy) can tell you he's "too big to wear one"). If you or your guy are allergic to latex, you can buy non-latex condoms too. If you can't afford condoms, you can get them for free at almost any health clinic. Click here to find one close to you. Condoms are 82 percent effective with typical use (meaning some people don't use it correctly or it fails).

    Related: What If The Condom Breaks?


    Female Condoms
    Just like male condoms, female condoms protect against pregnancy and STIs and look pretty similar.

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  • 9 Ways to Plan an Affordable Spring Break!

    Just because your bank account looks a little grim doesn't mean you can't afford a Spring Break getaway. With a little bit of research, and some creativity, you can have a kick butt vacay! Keep reading for our tips on having an inexpensive, yet awesome SB!


    1. Be Open-Minded

    Groupon, the website that offers serious discounts on things like haircuts, restaurants and fitness classes, also has discounts on hotel rooms. Sign up for the Groupon Getaways email list, and get daily deals for travel. While there may not always be a discount for the exact place you've been dreaming to visit, checking out the deals opens up your eyes to so many potential vacay spots! The offers change daily, so keep a lookout for something that appeals to you. Gilt Group's Jetsetter is another site that provides similar discounts.

    TIP: Check airfare prices for your destination before committing to the deal. You don't want to be stuck with a hotel room, but no way of getting to it! Also, be sure to check

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  • Hairstyle Secrets from the Set of the Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games movie would not be complete if it didn't have Katniss' signature side braid or Effie's ever-changing hair color (is it blue, pink, or orange?). Now, with the help of set hairstylist Linda Flowers, we learn the secrets of the styles that brought our favorite characters to life!


    Seventeen: What was your inspiration for the hairstyles you came up with for the characters in the movie?

    Linda Flowers: I collaborated a lot with Judianna Makovsky, our costume designer. I looked at the clothes and they are cut very classically and are very beautifully tailored. I knew the hair needed to have harmony with that. I used very contemporary shapes and deep finger waves from the 30s and 40s and looser ones from the 50s with the bright colors. Then, I incorporated weird fuzzy textures into these classic styles. I mixed classic hairstyles and shapes with contemporary colors and textures. Everybody loved it!

    The Hunger Games Hairstyles

    Related: Hairstyle Inspiration


    17: Were any of the

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  • Top 10 Tips for Your Teens Planning to Study Abroad

    We rallied the advice from Mary Dando, Director of Study Abroad Programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as Jerri Stephenson and Kristina Wegscheider, co-founders of the female travel blog, Do It While You're Young, and came up with these 10 essential tips for a successful and safe study abroad experience!


    1. File Your Trip
    File Your Trip
    The Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) allows you to register your trip online. "That way the State Department knows which Americans are located in an area if something should occur," says Dando. By providing an email, they are able to send you any alerts for the area where you are staying.


    2. Get Insured

    Get Insured
    On top of your regular insurance at home, it is essential to get a policy that works overseas and includes care for any preexisting conditions. "It is important to look for insurance that covers evacuation," in the case of a political or natural disaster, says Dando.


    3. Get Prescription Savvy

    Get Perscription Savvy
    Try to take a three to four month supply with

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  • 3 Make-up Tips for Girls with Glasses

    As three bespectacled young women, we, the Seventeen web interns, could not have been more thrilled when geek -chic came into style and glasses were suddenly a necessary accessory, even for people with perfect vision. Even if the nerdy look is totally cool now, the fact remains that glasses can be a pain when it comes to doing your makeup. So, with the help of our friends at bonlook who shared some of their hottest new frames with us, we came up with three different (and easy!) looks for all you fellow four-eyes to try!


    1. Bold Lips
    Bold Lips with Glasses

    Since eye makeup can sometimes seem redundant with glasses, the easiest way to make sure you still look put together is to put on some of your favorite bright lipstick! I actually layered two colors to get this orange-red shade: Topshop Lips in Confession and M.A.C. Lipstick in Runaway Red. I especially love the bold lips with tortoise frames, like the J'adore pair I'm wearing. To make sure my color doesn't look like it's flaking off

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  • Get Temporary Streaks of Color in Your Hair

    hair chalkingthe final look!Ever since Lauren Conrad posted a photo of her tie-dyed hair on her blog, I've been desperate to try it out myself. However, ever since a terrible color mishap in high school (I accidentally ended up "rocking" bright orange locks for months!), I've been a little wary of coloring my hair, especially on my own at home. Then, my friend told me about an awesome way to get multi-colored tips without any commitment - hair chalking! It's super-easy, and we had a ton of fun doing it. Here's how you can get the look too!

    hair chalkingthe chalkYou'll need:
    Soft pastel chalk. We picked this giant set up from a local craft store for about $5!
    A small spray bottle filled with water
    A flat iron or curling iron
    Rubber gloves
    A old towel or t-shirt you don't mind getting color on.

    Related: See pictures of Lauren Conrad's multi-colored hair.

    hair chalkingstep 1Step 1: Spray a 1-inch section of hair with water. You don't need to soak the entire strand, just go as high up as you want the color to be.

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  • Skip the Juice Cleanse — Try This One-Day Meal Plan

    Forget silly juice cleanses: These 5 easy recipes will help you recharge your body in just one day.

    Breakfast: Detox with Oatmeal & Fresh Berries
    Oatmeal has soluble fiber, which clears out the crud in your digestive system that's left behind by junk food-plus the meal itself is super-filling.

    Ingredients:

    • ½ cup quick-cook 1-minute oatmeal (skip the instant kind - it has more salt and sugar!)
    • 1 cup skim milk
    • ¼ cup fresh or frozen berries

    Directions: Mix milk and oatmeal in a microwavable bowl (add more or less milk depending on desired thickness) and microwave for about a minute. Stir, then add berries.

    Related: Healthy Celebs' Favorite Snacks


    Lunch: Up your energy with Roast Beef Roll-Ups
    Want to kick that feeling of being constantly exhausted? Lean roast beef contains iron, a mineral that helps boost your energy levels for good.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 8" whole-wheat wrap
    • 4 oz. (4 slices) lean roast beef
    • 4 thin slices tomato
    • ½ cup lettuce
    • ½
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  • Holiday Fitness and Beauty Tips from a Rockette!

    Images courtesy of Avi Gerver/MSGImages courtesy of Avi Gerver/MSGIf you thought maintaining clear skin through constant workouts was hard for you, imagine being a Radio City Rockette! Jacey, one of the few lucky girls that gets to show off her figure on the Christmas Spectacular stage, tells Seventeen how she prepares her for high-sweat activities, and how you can incorporate her tips into your own fitness and makeup routines.

    17: How do you prepare for the Rockettes during the holiday season?

    Jacey: My warm up starts on my walk to the train. I opt for stairs when I'm heading to Radio City Music Hall. I often get off the subway two stops early and walk to wake up my body. After I have my hair and makeup prepped, I do about 15 minutes of warm up in my dressing room. It's important to get the hamstrings ready for all the kicking.

    Related: Six Reasons You Struggle With Your Weight

    17: What do you do off-season to prepare for all the strenuous dancing?

    Jacey: Our grueling schedule consists of up to four shows a day, so I do a lot of

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