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  • 6 Skin Grinches that Steal Christmas

    By Ali Hoffman, Refinery29

    'Tis the season for tinsel, carolers, eggnog, and really annoying skin breakouts. Well, you can cross the latter off the list this year! We've enlisted Hollywood's cult-favorite aesthetician Francesca Paige to help us conquer the holiday hurdles that stand between you and perfect, radiant skin.

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    Ahead, we break down the six meanest skin grinches and how to combat each. Come on, let's leave the very shiny nose to Rudolph.

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  • The Five-Dollar Dinner: It's Possible...And Good

    By Kelsey Miller & Lexi Nisita, Refinery29

    It happens every year. We hit the perfect storm of holiday travel, gift shopping, and suddenly everyone gets engaged. Everything costs money. Oh, and it's your mom's birthday. And, rent is due. In the next month we'll spend more cash than any other time of year - and somehow, we still have to eat. Realizing that a person cannot live on party snacks alone (we tried that once; it was a very bloated season), we challenged ourselves to come up with some real meals we could make on the cheap. We're not talking about microwave meals or basic, bland staples either. We wanted solid, healthy, sustaining dinners that would carry us through the season feeling healthy, satisfied, and not so poor.

    Turns out, it wasn't so challenging after all. If you shop just a little smarter, and think outside the microwave you can come up with some great stuff. We asked the pros for tips on how to up our grocery-store game and then whipped up four fabulous dinners,

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  • 3 Insanely Yummy Breakfast DIYs

    By Erin Phraner, Refinery29

    We're all for starting the day on the right foot, but it takes some serious planning to squeeze in a healthy breakfast before work. And, to be perfectly honest, sometimes we totally fail (read: grab a big, buttered bagel from the coffee cart outside). So, to avoid any carb-crash mishaps, we're stocking up on ingredients for these three quick-and-lean breakfasts. They're loaded with good-for-you ingredients and can be prepared in literally seconds. Pack 'em to go, or enjoy at home between fluffing your hair and blotting your lipstick.

    .Breakfast Berry Tart
    Who says a quickie breakfast can't be beautiful? We created a breakfast "tart" using a toasted English muffin as the crust, topped with low-fat ricotta cheese, berries, honey, and pistachios. Trying to go dairy-free? Use softened Tofutti cream cheese (or similar) in place of the ricotta.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 1
    1 whole-grain English muffin, split and toasted
    ¼ cup low-fat ricotta cheese
    ½

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  • Black Friday Beauty Sales You Need to Know About

    By Dianna Mazonne, Refinery29

    We're all for post-Thanksgiving sales of every variety. But, the problem with discounted designer duds is that after all that turkey, the only wardrobe decision we want to make is whether to wear our elastic or drawstring sweatpants. Luckily, we have no problem summoning up the post-meal motivation to scroll through beauty products. After all, lip gloss is one size fits all.

    That being said, we've rounded up the best of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from some of our favorite beauty brands. Value sets? Gifts with purchases? Plain old-fashioned discounts? Consider this your official cheat sheet for post-Turkey Day savings. Go ahead, take notes. Black Friday is, after all, the ultimate test of shopping prowess.

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  • How to Pull Off a Perfect Holiday Dinner — Sans Stress

    Refinery29By Colleen Kelly, Refinery29

    If the thought of cooking a turkey - much less an entire holiday feast - is one of those seemingly unattainable adult skills, right up there with "change your own oil" and "understand the stock market," we hear you. The only skill we showcase on Thanksgiving Day is wrangling plastic wrap around a casserole dish before crashing into an epic nap.

    This year, we're determined to upgrade from the cleanup crew and tackle the whole affair. But, we know that, like all daunting tasks, this one is all about the research and prep. We sought out some local pros, including chefs and culinary school instructors, to give us the inside scoop on how the uninitiated can pull off a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Click through to learn how to plan, organize, and prepare a legendary feat - er, feast. We guarantee you'll want to try it yourself, so maybe it's time to get those invites out?

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  • Paleo Diet Diaries: We Give Up Bread

    By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29

    The paleo diet. Many of us have heard about this primal-diet trend, and though it promises better energy, better health, better skin, and other benefits galore, it seems just a little intimidating for those of use who consider cereal a major food group. Practitioners have differing interpretations of the restrictions - it's often thought of as a high protein/fat, low-to-zero carbs diet. Typically, dairy is excluded as well. For those interested in investigating the specifics of the primal and paleo diet, there are many online resources.

    Considering our typical bread-and-sugar-laden eating habits, the thought of renouncing carbs (breads, pasta, rice, and some root veggies), legumes (like beans and peanuts), and sweets for two whole weeks seems like quite a feat. And, while this strict food regimen might not be right for everyone forever, it's worth checking out. Three R29 staffers - some bread addicts, some not-so-much - committed to living the paleo

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  • 5 Totally Bonkers Beauty Tricks

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    We'll admit to having tried some freaky things in our day - who could forget the curling contraption of doom or the infamous wine wipes. But, when it comes to the truly wacky beauty treatments out there, turns out we've barely even scratched the surface.

    The world of at-home beauty remedies have brought us many valuable things, like the aspirin mask and the apple-cider vinegar hair rinse. But, it's also brought us some pretty cray-cray things, too. We wanted to see if these slightly more out-of-the-box beauty remedies would have the same success rate, so we decided to go guinea pig and test them out.

    Five brave staffers were coerced - erm, we mean volunteered - to try out these treatments, all in the name of science. From a salt-water rinse to get rid of acne, to one of the most insane uses for dairy we've ever seen, get the scoop on the weirdest of the weird ways to get your pretty on.

    Refinery29The Treatment: The Salt-Water Dunk
    The Victim: Lexi

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  • 8 Gorgeous Winter Coats — ALL on Sale!

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Here at R29 HQ, we love a good coat sale. In our books, a get-it-before-it's-gone deal simply can't be beat. And, fortunately, this season is one of the most wonderful times of the year for savings. So, to help weather the chill, we've culled 8 gorgeous toppers - and they're all on sale. If that's not a li'l pre-holiday magic, we don't know what is.

    From puffers and patterns to trenches and chic, woolly statement pieces, these coats are just begging for opportunities to get off their hangers. And, that's where you come in. Snag these babies before someone else does - because we have a feeling they won't be in stock much longer. Besides, just think of all the compliments you'll receive when you visit with the relatives next Thursday. For us, that's motivation enough. The sales? Well, they're just icing on the cake whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.

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  • Can't Wait Until Naked 3? Check Out the Latest from Urban Decay

    By Dianna Mazzone, Refinery29

    Even though we want to make your wait for Naked 3 as painless as possible, we're not going to pretend that there's anything comparable on the market that can completely relieve the anticipation - we're all just going to have to lean on each other for a little more support, okay?

    That being said, consider our latest coping mechanism your good fortune: In an effort to tide ourselves over until the big day (rumor around the beauty world is that it will be released in January 2014), we combed through the latest and greatest from Urban Decay.

    From heavy-duty glitter liner to face-in-a-case palettes perfect for on-the-go girls, the folks over at UD have outdone themselves - they created all this and the most buzzed about palette since, well...Naked 2?

    Click through for a complete look at the best new makeup from Urban Decay - all (beauty) athletes have to warm-up before the big game, right?

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  • 8 of the Coolest Hats Around, Whatever the Weather

    By Natalie Hughes, Refinery29

    Whether you're lamenting the loss of summer, trying to tame your mane in frizz-inducing drizzle, or simply looking to jazz up your trans-seasonal style, there's never been a better time to invest in a stylish hat.

    Whether you're a pork pie kinda girl or prefer the mysterious allure of a wider-brimmed fedora, gravitate towards a disco turban or possess a fierce loyalty to the classic beanie, you're sure to find The One in amongst our definitive roundup. That's right, we've scoured the web for the coolest caps around, guaranteed to keep you stylish, warm, and frizz-free from now until May. Thank us later.

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