By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29
Fans of Talia Joy Castellano are petitioning MAC to honor one of her dying wishes: To have her own MAC makeup line. Castellano, the 13-year-old Youtube beauty star whose life was cut tragically short by cancer last week, inspired millions of viewers with her infinite amount of positivity. Now, they're turning that inspiration into action, with some supporters urging the makeup company to not only fulfill this wish but to donate some of the proceeds to cancer research.
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Having her own MAC makeup line was one of a long list of bucket wishes that her mom posted to Facebook a few days before she passed away. We're moved by the effort to make this come true, and we hope that MAC is listening - it's such a natural fit and such a wonderful way to honor such an inspirational young lady's memory.
That's not the only bucket list item her fans are helping to fulfill. With the
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- Refinery29 | Beauty – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29Read More »from Talia's Fans Petition MAC to Get Her the Makeup Line She Always Wanted
By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29Read More »from Check Out Emma Stone's New Haircut (And Color!)
No one's hair keeps us entertained more than Emma Stone's - one minute she's icy blonde, the next, she's blazing red. She changes hair colors like most of us change our socks.
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Just recently, the star went red after wrapping The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (as she told yours truly, the actress does prefer being a redhead, despite the fact that she is a natural blonde), and now Stone has taken her hair chameleon status to another level by chopping it into a summery bob with long bangs. Just another reminder that Ms. Stone can truly pull off any look. Now, the big question on our minds is which color protecting product she uses to keep her always-changing hair so dang shiny!
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- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
By Erin Donnelly, Refinery29Read More »from This Easy Summer Salad Will Cool You Down (+ Fill You Up!)
.Takeout, again? Not to get all dramatic, but there's so, so much more to summer cuisine than franks and burgers. Summer is all about sourcing the freshest ingredients, taking advantage of the abundant fruits and veggies in season, and coming up with inventive dishes that are light, cool, bursting with flavor, and incredibly satisfying.
But, since you might need a little help in the kitchen to make that happen, we asked one of London's most successful chefs to share the ultimate summer recipe - and the results are pretty darn delicious. Now, where did we put our apron?
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Crab and Samphire Salad
Courtesy of James Ferguson, head chef at Beagle
"Crab is also at its very best at this time of year, as the temperature of the water right now is perfect for large, tasty, and plentiful crabs. The flavors themselves in this salad are zesty, light, and fragrant, which I think is exactly what you want when
- Refinery29 | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 22, 2013 10:45 AM EDT
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Birth Control: What the Pill is REALLY Doing to Your Body
The birth control pill is one of the most groundbreaking drugs to be introduced in the past 50 years. It served as a player in the sexual revolution - giving women sexual freedom and allowing us to pull in the reins on family planning. And, when introduced, it was viewed as a tool with the potential to wipe out poverty and save marriages, in addition to preventing unwanted pregnancy, according to historian Elaine Tyler May, author of America and The Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation.
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While it may not have eliminated poverty, per se, it has become the undisputed queen the birth control scene: Just five years after being introduced in 1960, it became the most popular form of birth control in the U.S., with more than 6.5 million women opting for the drug. And, its popularity hasn't waned.
Today, it still rules as the most popular form of birth control for women who use contraceptives,
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
By Connie Wang, Refinery29
Getting represented as a model is hard enough, between having the right "look" for the current collections, the right hair type to maximize versatility, and the energy to work intense hours for weeks on end. And if you're not a size 0-2? In most cases, that's a deal-breaker. Niche "plus-size" divisions in agencies have represented a small-but-powerful group of models including Crystal Renn, Robyn Lawley, and icons like Emme, but one agency thinks that segregating "straight" sizes from "plus" isn't the way to go.
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Started by former Ford agents Gary Dakin and Jaclyn Sarka, Jag is "the first agency in New York that's dedicated solely to women of all sizes. The goal is putting girls of all sizes on the covers of magazines, in advertising, and not stopping." Just last month, Ford shut down its plus-size division along with its children and classics (older women) division,
- Refinery29 | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:39 AM EDT
By Alden Wicker, Refinery29Read More »from The Truth About College Tuition &How to Finally Pay Off Student Loans
Up until a few years ago, almost everyone agreed that college was, without a doubt, absolutely, 100%, the ticket to the good life.
And to some extent, that's still true. College grads earn 84% more than high school graduates, according to a 2011 study. But, we also pay tens - and in some cases, hundreds - of thousands of dollars for that education, taking on massive debt to finance it and graduating into a shaky marketplace that doesn't guarantee a job for even the highest achievers.
So…has higher education turned into a scam? Is it really worth what we're paying for it today?
With Congress and President Obama finally striking a compromise this week, over student-loan rates, we figured it was time to really dig into it: Why college is so freaking expensive, where that money is going, and most importantly, what should we have known when we were 17 - that we didn't?
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.Let's face it: You're busy - too busy to mess around with complicated cooking at the end of the day. Still, dinner should be more than just a cup full of cereal and the dream of a brighter tomorrow. Enter: Jenny Rosenstrach, a busy mom who makes dinner happen with style, simplicity, and just the right amount of sizzle. Whether or not you're cooking for kids, we love her easy, delicious approach. In fact, we love it so much, we'll be sharing one of her recipes every week, so you can have a life - and a REALLY good meal, too.
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Roast Chicken with Baby Brussels Sprouts
Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss baby brussels sprouts in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add to a baking dish.
Coat drumsticks with mustard and then coat them in breadcrumbs. Add chicken to another lightly oiled baking dish.
Bake both dishes for 25 minutes, turning chicken once and tossing brussels once halfway.
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- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 1:50 PM EDT
By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29Read More »from How Much Would Tai's "Clueless" Makeover Really Cost?
The teen-movie makeover is a time-honored tradition, representing a turning point for many coming-of-age films: The ugly duckling finds someone with a vision, the worldly friend teases out the latent coolness hidden deep within the dweeb, and voila! Everyone learns a lesson about self-acceptance. Or something. But in reality, it isn't that easy...or, cheap.
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Critics may say that the ultimate makeover in Clueless was the movie itself, since the film is a remake of the literary classic Emma by Jane Austen. As if! Trust, there's nothing quite as remarkable as Tai's epic makeover, but this is no ordinary job. We know Tai got the cream of the crop when it came to products, services, and Cher-approved advice. But we can't help but wonder how much it must've cost. Ahead, we've broken down Tai's transformation to see just what would go into such a dramatic makeover, and reveal getting all Cher'd out may
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 10:53 AM EDT
By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29
We like to believe that mostly all shopping problems can be met with a clever solution, but as Fast Company reports, there may be one shopping dilemma that perhaps we haven't been anticipating. Stalking. Yes, kind of like what you might do on your Facebook news feed. According to the report, while e-commerce sites have often been able to track shopper's habits and purchases to learn more about their customers, free-standing stores have not typically had the same capability. That's where Wi-Fi signal tracking has helped.
Make no mistake: the WiFi tracking that can access you smartphone is smart. According to London-based Realeyes, technology is able to sync with cameras within the store to recognize shoppers' facial emotions or "happiness levels" while roaming the floors. Furthermore, even those customers who don't use the store's Wi-Fi system can be tracked. "If a customer's smartphone is set to passively search for Wi-Fi networks, their movementRead More »from Are Stores Tracking Your Shopping Habits Through Your Cell Phone?
- Refinery29 | Beauty – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 10:15 AM EDT
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29
When it comes to beauty treatments, we tend to pride ourselves on our willingness to try just about anything. It was only a matter of time, of course, before a treatment came along that was so avant-garde that we actually shudder at the thought, silently grateful that we haven't been asked to try it out (yet). So, what is this treatment from Tokyo that has us drawing a firm boundary? Brace yourself: Snail facials.
No, we're not talking about a face mask with snail-slime ingredients. This treatment literally involves snails crawling across your face, bringing their secretions (which are said to reduce inflammation and increase moisture) with them. We're not ones to be horrified by these squishy little guys when we see them in nature (hey, it's their world) but the thought of them slowly sliming their way across our cheeks is actually what nightmares are made of. We give major props to the TelegraphRead More »from This is the Grossest Facial We've Ever Seen (And Yet, We're so Intrigued!)