Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • 8 Surprising Trans-Fatty Foods

    By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Yesterday's news that the Food and Drug Administration plans to ban trans fats was a big deal around the R29 offices. Lower risk of heart disease? Sign us up. But, a lot of us were wondering nervously about which of our favorite indulgences might be affected. Remember, the FDA is moving to end the use of partially hydrogenated oils - the prime source of trans fat - not trans fat itself. Since companies aren't currently obligated to report trans fat content if it's below one gram per serving - regardless of how big that serving is - banning those oils would prevent companies from sneaking in any trans fats at all into our favorite foods.

    We did some sleuthing to round up some of the more surprising trans fat offenders. Now, these products likely aren't going to be taken off the shelves - but the companies that manufacture them will need to reformulate the ingredients to no longer contain partially hydrogenated oils. Click through to see if your favorites

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  • Naked 3 is Coming, Urban Decay Confirms

    RedditBy Emily Orofino, Refinery29

    UPDATE: Looks like those rumors weren't just rumors: Urban Decay has released a video on their Facebook page teasing that the Naked 3 palette is indeed happening. There's not a lot of details in the video, other than to conifrm "it's coming," but if you look closely at the text of the Naked 3 painted on the wall, it matches the supposedly leaked photos we found on Reddit of the palette. Study those pictures carefully kids, because it looks like there's a chance they are indeed the colors of the new Naked. We'll keep you posted as we get more info.

    We've been Urban Decay junkies for over 10 years now and have no interest in heading to rehab - even if the product hoarding is causing a major dent in our savings account. Can you blame us? The highly pigmented formulas? Those completely covetable Naked palettes? This love is REAL.

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    However, after poking around on Reddit last night, we are

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  • Why Don't More Girls Wear Slips?

    By Chloe Daley, Refinery29

    "Listen to Saturday morning opera and waltz around your kitchen with a mimosa. While wearing a whisper-thin silk chemise." - Chloe Daley, on-staff DIY guru

    At a recent party, a good friend turned to me abruptly. "Are you by chance missing a skirt slip?" My eyes widened. "I found one wedged in the couch cushions the other day." My heart beat faster.

    Since she does not own a cream, above-the-knee slip, there were only two possible explanations: a) her husband was having an affair with the 80-year-old next door neighbor, or b) while dog-sitting a few weeks prior, Chloe had one too many glasses of wine and fell asleep on the couch, after removing the said unmentionable.

    I sheepishly admitted it was something of the latter.

    The truth was, I'd been seriously distraught over that missing slip! It was the perfect length, excellent elasticity, and ideal off-white. Which brings me to my full confession: I've been carrying on a longtime affair with vintage

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  • A Scented Spray that Could Make You Lose Weight? We Call Foul!

    Refinery29By Frankie Mathieson, Refinery29

    Another day, another ridiculous weight-loss fad. And, this time, it's not a diet. It's a scent. We think it's fair to say that everyone likes to smell good, right? Wrong. A bizarre new product aims to deter would-be-overeaters with a pungent spray that claims to put you off your food. The catch? It smells so bad no one will want to come near you, either. Yes, Stink Yourself Slim has such a strong stench, it comes with a warning not to use it in public.

    RELATED: 5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Metabolism Now!

    The spray is the brainchild of London entrepreneur Alex Fontaine, who discovered a foul smell was the only way she could curb her constant chocolate cravings. So, Stink Yourself Slim was (air)born. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Fontaine explains, "Every time I felt tempted by 'bad' foods, I had a sniff. It was a bit like getting an electric shock when you open the fridge door. The revulsion gave me that extra push to say no." Daily Mail

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  • Can These Beauty Products Kick Your Cold to the Curb?

    Refinery29By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    As much as we'd like to believe in the healing properties of our mothers' chicken soup recipes and the vitamins that we feverishly pop at the first signs of a cold, studies show again and again that the only "cure" is time and rest. That being said, we could all use a little extra pampering when cold season rolls around - which is why we're digging these picks from natural-beauty heroes Kiss My Face.

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    While, yes, we understand that colds and flus are caused by viruses, not bacteria, it still makes us feel better about life to use purifying products when we're feeling under the weather, and this moisturizing hand soap with tea-tree oil totally delivers (without drying out our sad, cold winter hands). We'll be stocking extra bottles this season, along with its perfect mate, the Cold & Flu Shower Gel, which includes sinus-clearing eucalyptus (and circulation-improving fennel extract for when you get the chills).

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  • 10 Ways to Get the Best Hair of Your Life

    By Holly E. Thomas, Refinery29

    Who hasn't walked into the salon with an inspiration photo (or an entire Pinterest board) in tow, only to leave disappointed? It's easy for your wishes to get lost in translation when you're confronted with unflattering lighting and soaking-wet strands. Add to that the pressure of a stylist throwing you a curveball, like "Do you want it razored?" or "Do you want a lot of layers?" and you can almost feel your dream tresses slipping through your fingers.

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    Don't worry - the best hair of your life is within reach. We pulled together some of the most amazing cuts and color of the season, and asked Washington's top stylists to tell us exactly how to get each look. Ahead, some totally gorgeous 'dos, and the step-by-step instructions to help you achieve each one. Hello, good hair days, it's nice to see ya.

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  • 9 Amazing Sweater Dresses Under $150

    By Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29

    We spent all summer looking for the elusive easy-breezy frock to wear from day to night. And, as fall turns to winter, we've launched the same search-and-rescue party for a bevy of sweater dresses to live in all season long. Luckily, we got on the hunt just in the nick of time, and turned out 16 options that are equally sleek and cozy. You won't want to wear anything else 'til spring.

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  • Are Gel Nails Actually Not that Terrible for You?

    Refinery29By Nicole Shoohed, Refinery29

    Are gel nails good or bad for you? We wanted answers. So, we decided to consult an expert: MAC Senior Artist Keri Blair. We caught up with the nail guru at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund tea and fashion show, where she gave us the truth about gel nails (it's not what you think), as well as a few other nail-care tips and the 411 on her favorite nail trends of the season.

    Gels: Are you a fan?
    "I'm a gel fanatic, mostly because I work with my hands so much, so it gives me an opportunity to keep my color and my design on for much longer without me having to think about it. I'm a polish freak, too, but on myself, I really like gel."

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    We're dying to know - are gels good or bad for you?

    "As with anything, you have to have the proper maintenance. Since gel is so long-wearing, it can actually dry out the cuticles. So, you do need to do maintenance at home. You have to put cuticle oil on your

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  • Are Gluten-Free Foods Just Another Diet Fad?

    By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29

    .First, bread was bad. Then, the prevalent message was just to avoid simple carbs - and the super-health-conscious gravitated towards whole wheat products alone. And now? Sometimes it feels like gluten is our number-one enemy, with millions of Americans deciding to cut it out (whether or not their doctors have recommended it or not). But, what's the truth about all this anti-gluten hype? Some people definitely need to avoid, but what about the rest of us?

    Let's start with the basics: What is gluten, anyway? "Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale," says Janis Jibrin, RD, a dietitian in Washington, D.C. As the name implies, it gives dough its gooey expanding texture. Without it, it falls flat. But, gluten doesn't stop at bread. It's actually found in way more food items than you might think - including beer, salad dressings, French fries, processed meat, cookies, and crackers, as well as soy sauce, gravies, candy, cereal, and

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  • Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes that Will Rock Your Holiday

    By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29

    Thanksgiving can be a challenging time. In a few weeks, you'll find yourself elbow deep in relatives, trapped in your fancy-pants clothes, and having a staring contest with a potential fourth piece of pumpkin pie. It's a delicious holiday, but it's not the easiest. Making it all the more difficult is the weighty task of navigating a table full of food, half of which you cannot eat. And, for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities, Thanksgiving can be an absolute minefield.

    Luckily, there are some fantastic alternatives out there. With the expansion of gluten-free diets in the past few years, chefs and home cooks alike have developed some innovative recipes that get around the gluten without feeling like a meal made of "substitutes." With fall comes some great seasonal produce that perfectly complements this dietary issue and the Thanksgiving theme. We rounded up some of our favorite recipes on the web that anyone would be thrilled to dig into.

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