Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • 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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  • Cheap Thrills: 12 DSW Steppers That'll Stand Up to Winter

    By Alison Ives, Refinery29

    The terms "shopping spree" and "guilt-free" don't always go hand in hand, but when the stars align and this chance, affordable opportunity appears, we'll happily indulge in a little retail therapy. And, this season, DSW has got us covered with a whole lineup for winter that is easy on the eyes and the wallet. Ahead, we've found 12 stylish chaussures that'll keep you on top of the trends and primed for any occasion, be it a November snow flurry, a holiday party, or a brisk workout.

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    From flat Chelseas and Calvin Klein platform booties to metallic Nikes and oxfords, there's a shoe to tempt all footwear fans. We even snuck in a snowshoe, a little leopard print, and a trusty mustard-yellow skimmer to cover all of your needs. Click on to see our polished picks.

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  • Should You Google Someone Before a First Date?

    Refinery29By Emily London, Refinery29


    Confession time: Have you ever googled a potential partner ahead of a first date? Yep, thought so. Most of us have done it, as recent research in The Guardian claims 41% of 18 to 29-year-olds use social media to investigate a prospective lover. We're a little surprised that the number isn't higher.

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    As The Guardian writer Arawa Mahdawl says, "A little digital due diligence predate is just good sense these days. But, good sense isn't always good manners and there is still something of a stigma attached to admitting you know more about a potential paramour than you really should." We are all for finding out our date's musical predilections beforehand and would think nothing of dropping that carefully gleaned info into conversation, but we wouldn't feel so sure about revealing that we also knew what they did last summer. Is that part of the problem? This lack of honesty about how much information we're

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  • The 9-Piece Closet Edit: Why it Works!

    By Kathryn Worsham, Refinery29

    With trends moving in and out faster than you can say "overalls," it's important to look inside your closet to ensure your main squeezes staples still have prime real estate. Sifting through an overflowing one, though, can be a daunting task, but don't be overwhelmed. We got the lowdown from top style consultants on how to edit down your wardrobe to 10, yes 10, essentials.

    Clos-ette founder and wardrobe consultant Melanie Charlton suggests finding a partner. "Work with either a professional or someone who has an admirable fashion sense and will be 100% honest with you."

    Once your helper's inside your closet, Melanie insists on taking inventory. "I encourage all clients, even ones with small wardrobes, to create an Excel sheet with an itemized list. This provides an easy way to add and subtract as pieces come and go."

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    After laying out each piece, New York-based Style for Hire

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  • Black Friday Sales You Won't Want to Snooze Through

    By Alison Ives, Refinery29

    We know, we know - after all of that turkey, the second and third helpings of mashed potatoes, scoops of stuffing, and apple pie à la mode, all you'll probably want to do after Thanksgiving winds down is snuggle up for some uninterrupted shut-eye. But, while some of you will deservedly be off in dreamland, we personally wouldn't dare let the holiday that is Black Friday go by uncelebrated.

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    And, if you need a little incentive to get yourself out of bed on November 29, don't worry, because the gallery ahead is all the motivation you'll need. We're culling a list of the best holiday deals totally worth the missed ZZZs. Brave the chill, the long lines, and the crowds, because, at the end of the day, it'll feel amazing checking off everyone on your holiday gift list. And, if you start early enough, you definitely be able to slip in a little holiday shopping time for yourself. Find the unbeatable sales straight ahead,

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  • VS Fashion Show: Backstage with Karlie, Alessandra, & Adriana

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    There's a lot of different ways one can choose to spend a frigid winter day: sipping cocoa, curled under a blanket binge-watching Scandal, staring off into space and thinking that you really should go and do laundry. Standing around with supermodels dressed in their skivvies is not usually something on said list, and yet, that's exactly how we spent our afternoon.

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    That's because today was the taping of Victoria's Secret's annual Fashion Show, where models like Karlie Kloss, Hilary Rhoda, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Jourdan Dunn strut their stuff in fantastical lingerie and work-of-art wings.


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    We battled our way through the tundra-like temps, and past an army of PR girls and a police dog decked out in a hot-pink VS handkerchief to get you guys the inside peek at the primping circus that is

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  • Adderall: The Truth About How We Use It

    Refinery29By Lex Berko and Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29

    "I know I can't take Adderall again," says 26-year-old Melissa. While it helped her study and stay awake in college, for Melissa, the drug that had once helped her concentrate had finally lost its allure.

    Adderall, originally developed to treat the symptoms of ADHD, has long since become a phenomenon on college campuses for its study-enhancing properties. At some schools, up to a quarter of the students have reported using it. At one university, there is even an "Adderall Fairy," who stealthily deposits pills around the campus and leaves cryptic clues for students in need to follow.

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    But, what happens when those kids graduate? While the use of prescription stimulant drugs like Adderall has become more and more prevalent during the school years, it also doesn't seem to be dropping off once they leave. In fact, prescriptions for Adderall increased two-and-a-half times between

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  • The Busy Girl's Guide to Snacking

    By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29

    It's official: Holiday snacking is upon us. And, it's not avoidable (or so it seems). But, not all snacks are created equal - and if you think of them as tiny meals, they can actually do your body (and waist) good.

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    "I'm forever snacking," says former chef Amanda Chantal Bacon, owner of Moon Juice in Venice and Silver Lake, California. "Really, who wants to be stuffed anymore? That's only fun if you can commit the time, like a holiday. Otherwise, three full meals a day? Who can keep up with that?" Our sentiments exactly! Here, we've compiled amazingly healthy versions of your favorite treats.

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  • How Do We Feel About Weed for Kids?

    Refinery29By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    There's a certain shock value that comes with discovering there's a marijuana treatment for sick children, but, a variety of the plant is now available for ill youngsters. Before you freak out, there isn't some horrible drug den in Colorado where kids can toke up at will. In fact, this version isn't even inhaled.

    Charlotte's Web (CW), a shorter, slowly grown version of marijuana, is rich in cannabidiol (CBD), but low (about 0.5%) in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component that gives users a high. Grown in an undisclosed location in Colorado by the Realm of Caring Foundation, CW is in high demand for children with epilepsy. So high, in fact, that families are on waiting lists to receive it.

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    To create the drug, the buds and leaves are removed from the stems of the plant and soaked in grain alcohol to extract the cannabinoids. Don't worry, a rotary evaporator used later in

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  • The Best Dresses for Every Shape

    By Gina Marinelli & Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    'Tis the season - for parties, cocktails, and endless occasions to whip out those flirty little frocks. From your office's annual holiday bash to festive dinner parties to sequin-filled soirées (let's not forget date night!), these affairs provide us with a million and one reasons that justify the gifts we give ourselves. After all, we deem our most flattering dresses to be vital investment pieces, because a perfect fit goes a long, long way.

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    Breaking down the most common body types, we've sourced 30 gorgeous dresses - featuring 10 different silhouettes - that'll complement every woman's shape. So, whether you're a pear, a carrot, an apple, or a figure that's not fruit-related, we've got plenty of pretty little things (along with clever styling advice) to help you nail each look. So, go ahead, and be a little indulgent when it comes to you.

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