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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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  • The Most Affordable Designer Holiday Hair Kit, Ever?

    Refinery29By Dianna Mazzone, Refinery29

    If we could pick a fairy godmother to guide us through our pursuit of polished and pretty locks, it'd probably be a toss-up between accessory designer Jennifer Behr (whose sparkly clips, bands, and barrettes have saved us from many a blah hair day) and Frédéric Fekkai (because, um, he's Frédéric Fekkai). So, when we heard the two were joining forces to create a holiday hair kit, we got beauty-induced goosebumps.

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    Considering the contents of the limited-edition set - it's got a full-size (!) shampoo and conditioner by Fekkai, in addition to a bejeweled headband by Behr - we were ready to shell out a significant chunk of our holiday gift fund just to have it sitting under our tree this holiday. Nothing wrong with a to-me-from-me present, right?

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    But, turns out we can delight in these luxe products without blowing our budget - the kit is

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  • What Revenge Porn Did to Me

    Refinery29By Katie Smith, Refinery29


    Many of us have heard horror stories about so-called "revenge porn." It's one of the more nightmarish byproducts of the Internet age. The stories usually go something like this: A resentful ex posts embarrassing photos of his or her hapless victim, destroying their reputation online - and possibly their chances to land a job or to get approved for an apartment. We spoke with Katie, whose ex-boyfriend posted revenge porn of her after their relationship ended.

    Who was this guy?
    "He was a friend of a friend who went to a high school close to mine, and he started messaging me when I was 15. That went on for about a year before I met him [in person]. We stopped talking for a while, but started up again when I was 17. He was five years older than me. He was an art student at a local college, and I was a senior in high school."

    And, how did the relationship progress?
    "We dated for three and a half years. When I first started going out with him, he

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  • Get Cozy (And Quick!) with These 10 Plus-Size Sweaters Under $100

    By Liz Black, Refinery29

    Temps are dropping, there's a serious chill in the air, and all you want to do is curl up by a fire with a warm cup of spiked cider. But, while that sounds like the makings of a lovely weekend, we're all about bringing the comfy-cozy warmth into the everyday. Since inventors haven't perfected the pocket fireplace (at least not yet), we're bringing you the next best thing: snuggle-worthy sweaters.

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    From classic, cable-knit cozies and jewel-embellished jumpers to studded numbers everyone will covet, the plus-size sweaters on this list are not only cuddly but will be the hardest working pieces in your closet this season. Click on to see all of our pretty, plush picks.

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  • 11 Gorg Jewels for $50 & Under

    By Rebecca Taras, Refinery29

    Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but - ouch! - those sparkling stunners sure can get pricey. Luckily, there's an easy way to jazz up any ensemble that costs less than your weekly coffee habit! Need proof? Sticking to a budget of $50 or less, we put together a virtual treasure chest of eye-catching bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that look chic - not cheap. Seriously, with these modest prices, you can most certainly afford to buy more than just one. There's never been a more dazzling way to be fiscally responsible.

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  • What Does "Sex Positive" Mean, Anyway?

    By Rachel Zar, Refinery29

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    Are you a member of the "sex positive" movement? While that may sound like a radical idea - one that evokes marching through the streets in your bra and orgies - it's actually a fairly simple concept stressing a healthy attitude towards sex.

    The term sex positive, which has been thrown around a lot recently, comes with varied connotations. The worst among them are that those who embrace sex positivity are sluts who recklessly expose themselves to countless diseases. But, the truth is, you may already be practicing a sex positive lifestyle without knowing it.

    So, what exactly is it? "Being sex positive is all about embracing that sexuality is a very important part of who you are, irrespective of your age and irrespective of the social construct," says Dr. Michael Krychman, certified sexual counselor and sexual-medicine gynecologist. "It means maintaining a healthy attitude towards sex - or lack thereof - and valuing it given your individual needs."

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  • Cheap Thrills: The Best Buys for Work (All Under $50!)

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Come Sunday, we leave all notions of work behind for our lazy-girl lineup of Scandal catch-up, boozy brunch, and maybe an emergency load of laundry. Hey, we've got a hectic schedule to stay on top of, and tomorrow's meetings are far from our minds. That's save for one exception: shopping for work.

    We typically let our eyes wander through Barneys' and Bergdorf's exorbitantly priced inventories, and eventually we return to reality. When it comes to our actual closets, they're definitely more Zara and Ann Taylor. So, we've sourced more than 20 under-$50 buys that'll integrate seamlessly into your existing 9-to-5 wear. Your coworkers will just think you splurged. (But, don't worry - your secret is safe with us.) Shop to it!

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  • Meet the 10 Worst Coworkers, Ever

    By Neha Gandhi, Refinery29

    Sometimes, people are the worst. Okay, not all the people, but definitely that guy who's always lurking, trying to ask an inane question while you're in the middle of a crisis. Or, the girl who's perpetually trying to show you up - even when you're NOT competing with her.

    Sigh. And, look, we can't help you wave a magic wand and get rid of the people making your work life hard. (Sorry.) But, we can teach you a little bit about 10 of the personalities who are the most dangerous - and show you how to deal with them like a pro. It's all courtesy of Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's in-house career pro and the author of Girl On Top: Your Guide To Turning Dating Rules Into Career Success.

    Ahead, her definitive guide to handling the jerkuses at your office. And, no, none of these solutions involve labeling your stapler (although, we'll admit we've definitely done that before).

    P.S., we know we've missed a few. Like, say, The Pontificator, The Business-Jargon

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  • Fred Flare's Final Sale: Bye-Bye to Our Fave Quirky Retailer

    By Ellen Hoffman & Bobby Scheussler, Refinery29

    Grab the tissues! After 15 amazing years in business, Fred Flare - our go-to destination for quirky home goods, accessories, and can't-beat Secret Santa gifts - is closing its virtual doors. The retail brainchild of Chris Bick and Keith Carollo that filled our lives (and our shopping carts) with one-of-a-kind, make-you-smile pieces will be sorely missed.

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    Since we've only got seven days left to shop, we couldn't resist one last opportunity to peruse the inventory. And, because everything is final sale - some purchases ring in at a whopping 99 cents - we won't feel the least bit guilty about breaking out our plastic for some quick-hit stocking-stuffers and maybe a giant gummy-bear lollipop or two four. Shop 10 must-have buys before they're gone forever! Let the nostalgia commence.

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  • A Week Without Makeup: Worth It?

    Refinery29By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    Let's get this out of the way: I am 100 million percent in support of women's natural beauty - and of fighting the patriarchal standards that dictate how we should and shouldn't look. If you don't want to wear makeup, don't wear makeup! That being said, when I was informed that I'd be doing a makeup-free week in the name of journalism, I felt my heart frown.

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    You see, I'm an all-the-time makeup sort of girl - no one here at work has seen me without it. They may think they have, but putting on natural-looking face makeup every morning is part of my skill-set. And, wearing vibrant, weirdo colors is one of my favorite things to do. I plan outfits around lipstick and set my alarm based on my eyeliner game. I've pretty much always been like this.

    It's not a matter of self-confidence, as I feel fine about my goddess-given face, but let's be honest. I'm a busy girl in a dirty city. I don't get

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