Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • Why Your Hair Needs Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

    By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    We are pretty much year-round devotees of beachy, texturizing sprays, especially in the months before it's warm enough to set foot on an actual beach. It's also one of the reasons we're so addicted to dry shampoo: instant texture. So, when we noticed an influx of shampoo and conditioner that promise the same effect of our favorite post-shower products, we were intrigued - and admittedly skeptical. Surely something can't be texturizing while also cleansing and conditioning, right? Isn't that sort of counterintuitive?

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    The root of our suspicions is that the best hair textures are often the result of hair that's really dirty. But, according to celebrity stylist Ben Skervin from Vidal Sassoon, texturizing shampoo and conditioner actually work to enhance your hair's waviness to create texture without dirtying it up. He says, "Hair with a wave and curl can help give you a bit

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  • 6 Top Style Tips to Help You Get Noticed at Work

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    It's no surprise that you want to stand out at work. And, while a fresh idea or killer presentation will certainly earn you that extra smile from your boss, a statement-making wardrobe can get you noticed, too. But, in order to have all eyes on you for the right reasons, you need a work wardrobe that inspires conversation but is also appropriate.

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    And, because we would never make you actually work on your day off, we dreamed up a slew of 9-to-5-ready picks that'll not only impress, but may just score you that impending promotion. From eye-popping jackets to striking shifts, the HR-approved must-buys ahead are those special finds that are sure to be the talk of your office's water cooler (in a good way). Go on - work it out.

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  • Do You Drink Too Much?

    Refinery29By Maggie Puniewska, Refinery29

    Peek into the life of a young adult, and it's easy to see that there's probably a lot of alcohol around. In addition to after-work happy hours, we like boozy brunches, day drinking, holiday-themed bar crawls, Oscars drinking games, and perhaps a glass of wine or two after a long day. "We're in a culture that associates drinking with relaxation, reward, and sophistication," says Ann Dowsett Johnston, journalist and author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.

    This isn't necessarily a bad thing - is there a human that doesn't like margs with pals? - but, all those drinking occasions can mean boozy beverages are adding up fast, and it's possible you're losing count of all the alcohol that's consumed on a weekly basis (more on safe limits later). Most experts agree that moderation is key and cutting back on the booze doesn't mean succumbing to a fun-free kind of life. Here's how to enjoy your favorite fermented beverage safely,

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  • Can't Fall Asleep? Try This Super Simple Trick

    Refinery29By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29

    Some things in life are necessary, like food, water, and shelter. But, to be reasonably content human beings, we need a few more things. Human contact is good, alone time is great, but at the top of the list? Decent sleep. Personally, I am about 1/8 the person I'd like to be when I'm going on four hours of tossing and turning. I'm 1/8 as smart, 1/8 as capable, and about 1/100 as friendly. Good sleep is absolutely mandatory.

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    But, falling asleep is one of those Chinese finger-trap tasks that I'd never been able to master. I'd lie awake thinking about how not asleep I was, look at the clock, turn over, and repeat. The longer I stayed awake worrying about it, the harder it became to actually fall asleep. Until I discovered a new method.

    Keep in mind, I'm taking liberties with the word "method." This trick is even simpler than that. But, it's still the most effective, foolproof, works-every-time

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  • The Broke Girl's Guide to Spring Shopping

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    In a dream world, our closet closets would be chock-full of Chanel, Céline, Dior, and all of the fanciful spring offerings that come from our favorite luxury fashion houses. In reality? Not. Happening. Because, while we can sometimes swing one luxe handbag or pair of shoes per season, shelling out six figures for a full-on designer wardrobe doesn't fit within our budget. And, like most people, we'd actually prefer to see our savings-account balance stay above the $2 mark.

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    But, just because you don't have Daddy Warbucks' income doesn't mean you can't have nice things. It just takes a little shopping finesse to discover those affordable must-buys that could easily pass for Prada or Lagerfeld. And, we went ahead and tracked them down for you. From adorable sandals to fun dresses, the spring goods we're bringing you all look high-end, but they actually ring in under $50. Because, you

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  • Get Better Skin in a Minute — Really!

    By Jamie Stone, Refinery29

    Good skin. It's one of those things you don't appreciate when you have it, and you'd do anything for when you don't. Believe us when we say that we've ALL had those awful moments when we wake up with a monster zit on our face right before an important date or event. And, of course, there's the dreaded undereye circles that always seem to pop up right before a photo opp.

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    Luckily, getting your best skin possible doesn't have to take a ton of time. We chatted up some top dermatologists and skin experts to figure out exactly how you can get a noticeable difference in your skin, in hardly any time at all. We're talking skin-care fixes with noticeable results in as little as one night, one afternoon, one hour, and yes, even a minute.

    We know what you're thinking - "One minute can make a difference with my skin?" Yes, yes it can. We've broken out the best of the best tips into

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  • Hate Skintight Clothes? You'll Love This Brand

    By Venus Wong, Refinery29

    Comfort, chicness, versatility. These are the key points on the sartorial checklists of all women, but they're so much more important for moms-to-be. Buying a whole new wardrobe sounds excruciating even to us (and we love to shop), so it's a huge bummer when mothers are left with maternity clothing that no longer fits them after childbirth. But, with HATCH's newest collection, this problem is a thing of the past.

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    That said, you don't even need to be on your way to mom-dom to enjoy this line. In fact, for those of us who love roomier pieces, these items are just the ticket. The spring '14 collection serves up an array of sophisticated and effortless looks - a style HATCH has always been an expert at. Plus, the pretty palette of blush and earthy tones will accentuate whatever glow you've got going (whether it's bun-in-the-oven-related or from a new NARS blush), and it's so mood-liftingly pretty, you'll forget how gray

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  • 6 Finds that Feel so Spring but Will Still Keep You Warm

    By Samantha Sutton, Refinery29

    One of the most annoying things about winter has got to be how long it takes for the season to end. You'll have one warm-ish, sunny day when you think it almost feels - even smells! - like spring, and then BAM! The next day, you're right back to being unable to feel your hands in the frigid temperatures and wondering why you didn't throw an extra sweater in your bag.

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    This kind of fluctuating weather can make it fairly difficult for us all to get dressed in the morning. You're tired of the same dark, sad winter clothes you've been sporting all season. You want to wear pastels! You want to rock florals! But, you also don't want to freeze your you-know-what off when Mother Nature decides to throw another week of flurries our way. Enter the happy medium: clothes that give off that spring vibe but will keep you toasty at the same time. They're colorful yet cozy and totally perfect for those times spent

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  • 11 Flats to Welcome Spring

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    At this point, we're pretty much forcing spring to come out of hiding. Yes, we know Punxsutawney Phil said winter was going to truck on for another six weeks. But, we're simply not having it. Slowly but surely, we're starting to pack away our hats, boots, and other winter peripherals. And, we're pulling out our spring favorites and trying to integrate key pieces back into our wardrobe. Up first? Our shoes!

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    Ahead, 11 flats that will help you forget the cold. Because when it comes to our shoe collection, we don't really care what that dang groundhog said.

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  • 11 Luxe Beauty Buys All Under $25

    By Kristin Booker, Refinery29

    Spending your hard-earned money on beauty products can be a daunting task, what with all the options out there. Sure, expensive brands create great things, but can't a gal get her hands on some budget makeup, hair, and skin goodies that perform just as well as luxury without breaking the bank? Also, they need to be pretty. You want to look pretty AND pay the rent. Thanks.

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    In an effort to help a gal out, we scoured the drugstore and big-box retailers for products that fit all three categories and came back with 11 seriously fab, high-performance items that give you the results and look just as gorgeous as their more expensive counterparts. The best part? None of them costs over $25.

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    Clear off that vanity table and make room in the medicine cabinet, because for the price of one or two fancy-lady

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