Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • Organic Milk: Is it Really Worth It?

    Refinery29By Greatist, Refinery29

    Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy girls. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make our time at the gym actually enjoyable, we're into it. And to keep us on track, we've turned to Greatist, because they've got us excited about staying fit - and having fun doing it.

    Organic fruits and vegetables might have fewer pesticides, but whether organic food is more nutritious is hasn't really been proven. At least, until now. A new study shows that organic whole milk contains over 60 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk.

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    To produce milk that can be labelled "organic," cows are required to spend a certain amount of time in pasture. Those extra omega-3s in organic milk - which are likely due to cows chowing down on more grass and less corn - may improve brain function, and lower the risk of heart disease and depression.

    It should be pointed out

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  • No Red, No Pink: 10 Genius V-Day Dresses

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Don't get us wrong - we love a sexy, red dress. But, so does everyone else on February 14. This year, though, we're breaking the rules. Just because it's Valentine's Day doesn't mean you need to adhere to a certain color scheme. In fact, you'll probably stand out more if you ditch red and pink (and those cliché, heart motifs) altogether. Same goes for skintight body-cons and scintillating cutouts. So, we're serving up 22 frocks that'll bust you out of that holiday-style rut and have you knocking 'em dead.

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    Flirty, ombré drop-waists; dip-dyed, midi-length hems; billowy, neon maxi-dresses - it's unexpected pieces like these that'll leave a lasting impression on your oh-so-lucky date. The main takeaway? Don't let V-Day's unwritten dress code dictate your outfit. Wear something you love. And, if it does happen to be a sweaterdress with a gigantic heart stamped on it, so be it. If not, we're sharing

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  • Know Your Ingredients: Squalane Oil, Nature's Super Moisturizer

    Refinery29By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    As people with extraordinarily elaborate skin-care routines, we pride ourselves on using products with the most effective ingredients around. Of course, this involves actually knowing what those ingredients are. And, boy, are there a lot of ingredients out there. In Know Your Ingredients, our new ongoing series, we'll be decoding the many oils, acids, extracts, and more that appear in our favorite products.

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    Squalane oil: We've been seeing this odd word appear all over the place, but as far as we know, we've never encountered a squalane. So, what's this oil business? According to Indie Lee, founder and CEO of her eponymous skin-care brand, "Squalane oil can be found in both plants and animals. And, in fact, it's produced naturally by the human body."

    Yes, but what is it? Like all good things in skin care, it's a lipid. According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep

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  • Dry Conditioner: The Beauty Secret Your Hair Has Been Missing

    Refinery29By Jeaninne Morris, Refinery29

    Last year, we noticed a slew of brands came out with dry conditioners, and as big fans of our beloved dry shampoo, we quickly jumped on board. Anything that can help extend the life of a blowout makes it to the top of our shelves. So, we went to celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi to get the DL on this new strand savior.

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    "No matter what your hair type or texture, everyone should use a dry conditioner," Blandi explains. There are misconceptions about conditioners in general being heavy and weighing down your hair. However, these are made with ingredients like keratin and softening oils that are distributed through a fine, controllable mist that won't weigh heavily on your strands. "Besides softening your dry hair, dry conditioners are great detanglers and texturizing tools," he adds.

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    The best way to use it is on

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  • 12 Beauty Blogs that Every Natural-Haired Girl Should Bookmark

    Refinery29By Sydney Scott, Refinery29

    As women everywhere continue embracing their curls and throwing creamy crack to the side, the natural-hair movement only continues to gain more supporters. Seriously, over the past five years, hair relaxers have steadily declined and more and more women are deciding to sport the kinky coils they were born with. But, making the decision to go natural and having the tools and knowledge you need to make that strand shift are two different things. Enter: natural-hair blogs.

    When it comes to natural hair, everyone has an opinion, everyone's an expert. But, no need to wade through the sea of blogs to find the best - the work has already been done for you. We've scoured the web to bring you the 12 best blogs for ladies with kinky coils and transitioning tresses. Need to figure out how to style your teeny-weeny Afro? Don't understand why you're hair isn't retaining moisture? These blogs have all your answers. And, if you're not ready to ditch relaxers just yet,

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  • The Best Beauty Wonders from Korea

    By Sharon J. Yi, Refinery29

    Korea, the country that brings you pretty girls stuffing their faces on webcams and life-sucking addictive soap operas is also reliable for its deluge of beauty-product wonders. In fact, the geographically small country of South Korea is the 12th largest cosmetics producer in the world.*

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    With hundreds of thousands of whimsical - and effective - beauty products pouring out of this tiny country, there are cosmetics that'll remove callouses, create bigger-looking eyes, or give you the creamy white skin of a goddess, a.k.a. a K-Pop star (Any 2NE1 fans here? Just us?). If you've ever wished that a certain beauty product existed for your obscure, fill-in-the-blank beauty problem, you can bet the good people of Korea not only have a solution, but that it works and it's cute.

    With BB creams, paper face masks, and snail creams becoming as mainstream as Psy, we're all ears for this next batch of

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  • 8 Eyeshadows to Make Hazel Eyes Even More Stunning

    By Erika Stalder, Refinery29

    The cool thing about hazel eyes? Each set gravitates toward different color profiles. Some eyes tend to be more green while others look more topaz. Some read olive while others appear amber.

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    The benefit of such color-change subtleties is that there are a lot - and we mean a lot - of shades of eyeshadow that work with hazel eyes. So, picking an eyeshadow shade is as easy as deciding which color you want to highlight in your eyes. For example, purples and reddish coppers will pull out the green in hazel eyes, while pinks and purples will let yellow flecks in hazel eyes shine, according to Kristen Arnett, a celebrity makeup artist who specializes in eco-friendly makeup.

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    To help make sense of the seemingly infinite eyeshadow possibilities, we asked Arnett and celebrity makeup artist Dawn Broussard to hone in on the best shades for

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  • Showering: Are You Doing it Wrong?

    .By Kristin Booker, Refinery29

    Our obsession love affair with showers and baths and the products we use are such an ingrained part of Western civilization, we could potentially put a hurtin' on the economy if we decided to go all medieval and stop taking them so much. Wait, you ask, why is daily bathing even a question? Well, evidently, it is. From the news desk that brought you the gal who hadn't washed her hair for five years comes an even bigger debate: Are we showering too much?

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    A Jezebel writer posed the question in a recent article after her lack of this particular hygiene practice inspired a conversation (with a capital C) or three between her and her husband, who lathers up on the daily. The writer, who slowed down her shower frequency when she was pregnant a few years ago (and is so not sorry she's not sorry), explores all sorts of news stories, surveys, and expert opinions to get to the bottom of whether or not curtailing the

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  • I Took a Pay Cut to Pursue My Dream

    By Vanessa Golembewski & Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29

    There's a reason why Jay Z and Alicia Keys sing about being in an Empire State of mind. New York City is, as they praise, the place where dreams are made. And, for so many people aspiring to high-profile careers, they come to the metropolis to chase them. For some, that dream becomes a reality complete with an important title and the six-figure salary to match. But, are wealth and success worth the sacrifice?

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    We spoke with four people who might say no. At one time, they had sky-high salaries, but ultimately decided to ditch the big paycheck to get in touch with who they really are - and find the jobs that truly fulfill them. And, though each person's story is unique, they all ultimately decided to abandon the high-profile gig for a completely different, and subsequently more satisfying life. Ahead, four real-life tales of individuals who went out to see if the

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  • How to Wear Ankle Boots to Work

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    A query: You're only allowed to wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life (imagine, too, that the steppers will never fall apart, and you'll never have to replace them). You'll need to sport them to a variety of events, in a variety of climates, and they'll have to match a variety of trends, outfit types, and styles. Which do you choose?

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    If you've given this enough thought (and we have a sneaking suspicion that all fellow fashion freaks have), it's likely you chose the ankle boot. Ultra versatile, practical, and cool enough to elevate casual outfits but still dressy enough to wear out in the evening, this footwear staple is probably the hardest working shoe you'll ever own. So, the next time you can't figure out how to style your pair of weekend ankle boots for the office (and vice versa), allow us to be your guide. We played around with two common pairs of ankle boots and created 4 expert

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