Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • 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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  • Is Blue Light the New Caffeine?

    Refinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Ask most people about their favorite drug of choice and you'll hear the same answer: coffee. It gets us up and at 'em every morning, and keeps our minds (relatively) sharp through that excruciating late-afternoon stretch. For many of us, it is the difference between functional and narcoleptic. In sum: We love our coffee.

    But, what if there was an alternative that provided all the cognitive benefits without the jitters and that expensive Starbucks habit? What if it was as easy as picking up a lightbulb?

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    For years, scientists have known that blue light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, which calms our minds and dulls cognitive function. For this reason, experts recommend turning off the computer before bed, since the illumination from our LED-backlit devices prevents our brains from shutting down properly. But, according to a wide variety of studies, that same property

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  • How to Break Up — Dignity Intact

    Refinery29By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29

    Breaking up is hard to do. But, it doesn't have to be a hot mess. Yes, there will be hard feelings, but if you can just refrain from throwing things, you might just come out of this a better person. There's usually no need to act like a screaming toddler (except when there is). We're firm believers that an amicable, calm breakup is a sign of both true maturity and, in a funny way, love and respect for your former partner.

    We dug deep into our own collective experience, pulling from both the best breakups and the really, really bad ones. You know, the ones that pull your heart out, drag it around a dirty floor, and then try to haphazardly stick it back into your chest with some old masking tape that definitely isn't sticky anymore. All our suffering was not in vain, though. The result? An easy-access, eight-step guide to ending it, the classy way. If you feel a split coming on, you might just want to print this one out.

    *R29 is not liable for any bad

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  • The Winter Accessory Shopping Guide

    By Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29

    Now that we're totally over complaining about the cold weather (mostly), we can actually wrap our heads (and necks and hands) around the necessary and adorable accessory options that the chill brings. Indeed, any good winter look is only finished if it's topped off with a nonchalant beanie, colorful scarf, or sophisticated glove option. So, we've put in the window-shopping man hours necessary to pull together the ultimate flip book of seasonal must-haves - from wide-brimmed fedoras to pick-me-up mittens. Let it snow! We're ready for it.

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  • 8 Under-$100 Dresses to Wear to 8 Parties

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    It's not even Thanksgiving (we know), but if you take a quick moment to tally up all the parties you've already RSVP'd yes to…wow, right? Get ready for nonstop party, party, party until the New Year (when you'll have to nurse a month-long hangover).

    The hard part is matching the frock to the festivity. You're not going to show up at grandma's house in a body-con goddess dress (at least, if you don't want a serious side of passive-aggression served up with dinner). There's the perfect dress for each occasion, and we've done the grunt work for you. Ahead, find the 50 different parties you'll likely find on your social calendar, and the 50 dresses we recommend you add to your collection.

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  • 5 Healthy (But Tasty!) Appetizers to Cure Your Cravings

    By Holly E. Thomas, Refinery29

    Our favorite part of holiday get-togethers? All the snacks - and we do mean all of 'em. But when you couple those rich, indulgent starters with the calorie-laden meals that tend to follow, things can get out of hand pretty quickly. Don't worry - we're not advocating cutting back on any of your favorite dishes. (After all, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows only happens once a year, people!) Instead, we're offering up some healthy alternatives from our favorite recipe pros, so you can snack smarter without missing out on holiday joy. Here's to having it all!

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  • Miley Cyrus Bleaches Brows, World Continues to Turn

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    .Today in Miley Cyrus news, the pop star has bleached her brows. Shocking, we know. The singer popped up on Lily Allen's Instagram sporting non-existent brows and that damn tongue. We wonder if Mick Jagger and Gene Simmons have a bet going on whether or not Cyrus can surpass them for rock star with the most photographed tongue.

    But, back to those brows: They are indeed bleached. We're sorry, we want to get more riled up about this, and we're sure Miley wants us to, too, but we just can't get muster any sort of reaction here. Since throwing off the shackles of Disneydom, it's just been one publicity move after another meant to generate outrage or provoke a reaction. We're just plum reactioned out.

    We're sure Madonna is giving the Miley Cyrus Reinvention Tour a side-eye (it does seem like she's trying to one-up Madge's transformation game) but as for the R29 beauty team, all we've got for her is a resounding "meh." We're continually surprised and

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