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  • How to Up Your Beauty Game in 2014

    Refinery29By Amber Katz, Refinery29


    Between all the mulled wine and mistletoe madness, you've probably been thinking over your New Year's resolutions. Yes, every January, you plan to up your fitness regimen (or, perhaps, begin a fitness regimen), drink less, curse infrequently, and perhaps even be nicer to your mother. It's all very Bridget Jones. And, lo and behold, by February 1, those resolutions are all but a fleeting memory. We've had it with unrealistic resolutions, the kind that inspire our January to March selves to be a veritable genetic mutation of our April to December ones.

    But, that said, the biggest room of all is one for improvement, right? To make 2014 the year of your best skin, hair, and makeup, we've compiled a list of beauty-inspired resolutions. We're here to help you break free from a beauty rut, quit your bad grooming habits, and try some new things.

    From assassinating dead skin cells (we know they're already dead so you can't John Wilkes Booth it, but you can

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  • 12 Style Dares for Every Body Type

    By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29

    At this stage of the game, you're no fashion novice. You know what silhouettes just work for your body and the go-to pieces that are foolproof, winning picks. After all, style is personal, and yours has an identity all its own.

    But, we say you deserve more in 2014 than the same old thing. It's time to resolve to take on the New Year with even more sartorial prowess, address challenges, and face 'em head on. And, to get you on your way, we created 12 fashion dares, each unique to every figure. So, click on for the '14 fashion resolutions just for your body. You game?

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  • Metabolism Miracle: 2014's Breakout Diet Trend

    Refinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29


    It's officially that time of year again. Everywhere we go, someone's talking about their resolutions for 2014 - and most of these resolutions seem to revolve around eating. Whether it's cutting out carbs or loading up on high-energy, low-fat foods, significant dietary changes are one of the most common resolutions out there. Perhaps unsurprisingly, January 1 sees more diet-related Google searches than any other day (and, these searches outnumber exercise-related queries more than two to one).

    While 2013 was undoubtedly the year of the Paleo diet, it looks like 2014 might see a new trend sweeping the diet-conscious among us. According to new data from research firm Experian Marketing Services, the Metabolism Miracle diet is the second most popular diet search on Google, just behind Paleo. But, of all the diets we're searching for, it's experienced the biggest rise in popularity in the last year, signaling a possible shift in the diet world toward this

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  • Find Love in 2014 — We Know the Exact Minute to Start Looking

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    .Maybe you've finally decided to have a go at Internet dating. Or, maybe you're a veteran of Tinder/Swoon/OkCupid. Regardless of your experience, we can all agree that dating online has its own unique set of challenges. But, Match.com has provided us with some intel that will help you get off on the right foot - even if it's not your first rodeo. The perfect moment? According to the experts, it's 8:57 p.m. on Sunday, January 5. This has proven to be the busiest time of year for online dating and that means there's more communication (think nudges, messages, etc.) happening. The date falls within the peak season for Match.com, which runs from December 25 through February 14 each year. During this period, the site sees a 25 to 30% increase in new members. Plus, in the first week of 2014, Match.com anticipates it will have over two million new singles. That's a lot of perusing to be had, folks.

    Now that you've got the timing down, it's all about your

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  • 20 Tips to Change Everything in 2014

    By Erika Stalder, Refinery29

    As humans, it's part of our DNA to strive for bigger, faster, stronger, and better. And, at no time is this drive more consuming than at the beginning of a new year. Here's the trap: When looking to make a change, most of us yearn for optimized excellence achieved overnight. This total-overhaul mentality is not only psychologically defeating, but it's also the reason why most resolutions don't last.

    Instead, many of the most seismic lifestyle shifts come from little tweaks in thought and behavior. These micro-resolutions are both easier to achieve and work into an existing lifestyle. Whether you want to focus on better sex, a happier mind, a more nutrient-rich body, or glowing skin, these little perspective-changing (and life-altering) tips - offered by some of the most forward-thinking experts - will guide you to a happier, healthier, and more peaceful state of being in the new year. Ahead R29's ultimate guide to changing your life in 2014.

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  • 7 Lovely, Under-$100 Ankle-Strap Flats to Start the New Year RIGHT

    By Nicole Shoohed, Refinery29

    We can't pinpoint exactly what it is, but there's something about an ankle strap that elevates a flat shoe to new levels. How one simple band makes an already elegant closet essential even more chic, we don't know. But, we do know that these shoes are a comfortable (and awesome) alternative to our favorite sky-high heels, for work and play.

    Whether paired with a pencil skirt and blouse for an office meeting, a minidress and moto jacket for cocktails, or boyfriend jeans and a tee for errands about town, these ankle-strapped soles will flat-out become your go-tos. Ahead, 24 pairs that ensure you'll step into the new year with ease. Happy feet are just a click away.

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  • The ESSENTIAL Guide to Beauty Basics

    By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29

    Nobody wants to go through life messing up the get-gorgeous and look-polished fundamentals (i.e. incorrectly cleansing your skin, applying a boatload of products in random order, or doing your nails more harm than good with each swipe of a file). Instead, wouldn't it be so much better to be a total beauty rock star? So, we consulted with leading experts in skin, hair, makeup, and nails, and created an easy-to-follow cheat sheet that's going to completely alter how you get ready - be it for the office, a party, or coping with a beauty emergency.

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  • The Lazy Girl's Detox: 7 Ways to Stay Healthy

    Refinery29By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29

    Between drinking what feels like your weight in cocktails, countless way-past-your-bedtime late nights, and eating (delicious) crap for weeks, you can end up feeling, well, gross, over the holidays. Then, on top of it all, you've got to shop for gifts for everyone and their mother and work like mad to make up for days out, so working off the extra calories and stress at the gym is probably not an solution, either.

    But don't worry: All be-healthy hope is not lost. Here, we've rounded up some easy ways to stay (somewhat) on track through all the mayhem. Best of all, these low-impact, minimum-commitment, tips don't require you to totally overhaul your diet and exercise plan in order to do them. Because between the shopping, the wrapping, and the reveling, who has time for that?


    Skip Your Morning Coffee

    Yes, you read that correctly. And no, we aren't out of our minds. While caffeine might seem like your BFF and the only thing keeping you

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  • 10 Chic New Year's Eve Dresses for Under $100

    By Rebecca Taras, Refinery29

    Like us, you're probably a bit sad that all the holiday magic is coming to an end. Well, here's a way to get over it real quick: Take a look at your bank account (cha-ching!). While you may have spent a bit more than you should have this season, that doesn't mean you should skip out on the stunning New Year's Eve outfit.

    So, to get your dress-to-impress on while still keeping your shirt, we've picked out 17 under-$100 frocks for ringing in the New Year with style. Who knows? You just might find yourself locking lips at midnight. Let. It. Happen.

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  • The Best Holiday Cocktail Recipes

    By Olivia Phillips, Refinery29

    Raise your hand if you actually like eggnog. Yup, we're not too keen on it either. Yet, it seems to be the holiday tipple of choice. Not any more. We're pretty sure there are neo-Christmas classics out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

    To find these elusive beverages, we turned to the folks that drink for a living (a.k.a London's leading mixologists) and asked them to share their favourite festive cocktails. Ahead, 10 of the most delicious drinks you'll enjoy this Christmas. Cheers!

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