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  • 7 Food Chemicals You Should Know About

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29


    There was some real shock value behind the whole azodicarbonamide-in-Subway's-bread thing. In case you missed it, that chemical's also used in the manufacturing of yoga mats and sneaker soles. Turns out, it's also available in Hearty Italian. Yum. Now that Subway has agreed to remove the chemical from its breads, we're wondering what other chemicals could be lurking in foods we eat every day.

    A cursory glance at Subway's other bread ingredients, for example, reveals a wealth of words we straight up cannot pronounce. You'll see things like ammonium sulfate, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, potassium iodate, and calcium sulfate. Okay, we can pronounce that last one, but it still seems kind of ominous. So, are these chemicals as strange as they sound?

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    They sure are. And, Subway isn't the only food chain carrying 'em. In fact, there's an entire collection of chemicals in many restaurants' food that

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  • 12 Pairs of Badass Fashion Week Shoes to Obsess Over

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    You win, cold snap. For the past several days, we've dealt with snow flurries, slush lakes, and icy winds so cold, we were running to Fashion Week shows because we were freezing - not because we were late. So, of course, the shoes we chose to slip into this time around had to fulfill a few more requirements than just "fab."

    With sneakers, heavy-duty booties, and shearling-lined stunners dominating the concrete, there were a few intrepid souls soles out there who decided to flash a little toe, some ankle, and, in a few cases, a full-on summery, bare leg. Ahead, we're showcasing the steppers that carried NYFW attendees through the snow drifts, over the ice, and around the puddles. From the pretty-yet-practical to the delightfully impractical, these were the shoes that turned the pavement into the real runway this season. Walk. It. Out.

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    Editor's Note: We get it. You see something, and you want it, like,

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  • Bad Beauty Habits to STOP Right Now

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    We know you're busy. And, on more than one occasion, you've probably joked that your job keeps you chained to your desk. Even as you read this, you're likely at the office pretending to work being incredibly productive. But, just because you've gotta hustle from 9-to-5 doesn't mean you should ruin your skin in the process.

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    We're willing to bet that, as you sit, you're doing a number of small things that'll wreak major havoc on your beauty game. So, we spoke to dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel about what your desk habits do to your skin. Plus, Dr. Andrew Hecht, chief of spine surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at NYC's Mount Sinai, clued us in to the damage you could be inflicting on your spine and neck. Ahead, seven bad beauty habits and how to fix 'em. Consider yourself cured.

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  • 3 Must-Make Treats — in Time for V-Day

    Refinery29By Joanna Riedl, Refinery29

    Still thinking of that something extra special to do for your S.O. on Friday? Or, for all those fab single ladies, planning to treat yourself to a colossal, heart-shaped box of candy? Well, for V-Day this year, we recommend switching things up a bit. We paid Wholesome Bakery's Mandy Harper a visit at her new Mission spot, where she showed us how to wow our sweetheart (or ourselves!) by whipping up some healthy, vegan, and oh-so-tasty treats.

    This year, surprise your lover with rich, lavender-chocolate truffles, or plan to start the day swooning over gluten-free, orange-zest morning buns. An added incentive: If or when sexy time rolls around, you'll be super glad you stayed away from other heavy desserts. Plus, everyone knows the surefire way to the heart is through the stomach, right?

    Meet our baking babe Mandy Harper, who's about to show us that the way to our love's heart really is through the stomach. Throw on your apron, and let's get to it!

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  • What to Buy Your Guy This Valentine's Day

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    That Saint Valentine Hallmark sure knows how to stress us out. And, not just with the flood of sappy cards, heart-shaped treats, and pink-colored teddy bears. Rather, if your other half happens to be a dude, the gift pool tends to shrink significantly - really, those V-Day go-tos like roses and chocolates (despite their appropriate cheesiness) just won't cut it here. You have to step out of the box and be more creative than that. And, no, this does not mean a novelty tie or random tools.

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    So, to avoid a "What do I get him?" freak-out, we rounded up 30 fantastic gifts he will actually want and totally love. And, since it's probably best not to get your recent Tinder fling the same gift as your lover of 20 years, the presents ahead are categorized according to every type of romantic stage. Give any one of these to your S.O. (or pretty much any guy in your life), and we guarantee your relationship will last

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  • Is This Sex Taboo Such a Big Deal?

    Refinery29By Abigail Fox, Refinery29

    I don't even remember how old I was when I had my first threesome - though it was sometime in college. I was definitely naive enough that I didn't really have any idea what was going on when an attractive couple at a camping festival sidled up to me. Eventually they made their intentions known and instead of wrestling with my feelings or asking what they specifically had in mind, I just said, "Sure, why not?" After less than an hour of cramped and sweaty rolling around in a dome tent where we all fell asleep in flagrante delicto more than once, we called it a night and went our separate ways, never to speak again.

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    Since then, I've had a variety of threesomes - all two women, one man (FFM, for short). I had one, golden opportunity to have an MMF (two men, one woman) threesome when I was diving in Honduras, which was scuppered by lack of condoms. I've been part of a couple pulling in a

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  • 10 Fitness App that Get RESULTS

    By Rebecca Brown, Refinery29

    For many, exercising alone is far from ideal - yup, it can be completely lackluster. But, thanks to the ingenious tech community, the sheer volume of health-based smartphone apps available means you never have to feel directionless (or alone!) during a sweat session again.

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    From running programs with coach-like audio cues to tracking tools that charge you cash money for skipping workouts (we're talking serious accountability here), we've tested some of the most popular fitness and nutritional apps around. So, if you're ready to stay focused and hit your wellness goals, whip out your smartphone and start downloading.

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  • Do Women Want Casual Sex More Than Men?

    feetBy Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    Women have a complicated relationship with sex. Or, rather, researchers are always telling us that we do. Attitudes about sexuality have generally been governed by evolutionary psychology. A prime example is a 1989 study about casual sex, which found that 70% of men will have sex with a stranger (if asked), but no women would. Seriously, as in 0%.

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    Terri Conley, a professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Michigan, set out to investigate how researchers came to such conclusions. When it comes to claims about women and sex, Conley simply says: Prove it.

    "These gender differences that everyone knows exist, and they know they'll always exist, and they're biological - when I started pressing on them I found that a lot of those assumptions hadn't really been tested," she told The Cut. So, Conley's taking these "facts" about the sexuality of men and women and actually testing them.

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  • What Makes an Instant Eye Cream Instant?

    By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    .Neither the strongest cup of coffee nor the coldest shower can make up for a bad night of sleep. However, that definitely doesn't mean we're not going to try our best to fake it. Our bathroom shelves are lined with more eye creams and concealers than we feel comfortable telling you about. But, in light of the inevitable sleep deprivation that accompanies Fashion Week, we decided to figure out how to narrow down our collection into just the stuff that really gets the job done - instantly.

    What, exactly, makes an instant eye cream instant? According to Shannon Gallogly, the national education and training manager of Decléor Paris, that instant quality is half illusion and half reality. What creates the illusion? Well, if you're using Decléor's new New Prolagène Lift & Brighten Eye Cream, Gallogly says that the immediate brightness comes from the iridescent quality of the ingredients: "The mica extract and pearl particles combine to bring an illumination

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  • 12 Under-$10 Valentine's Day Gifts

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    In a dream world, we'd spare no expense to shower our nearest and dearest with gifts come Valentine's Day. But, this is real life, and it is expensive. Which means you may not have tons of dough to spare for February 14 - heck, you might still be paying off bills for those presents you purchased in December. So, if long-stemmed roses and five-course meals aren't in your cards or you simply prefer to keep holiday celebrations low-key, we rounded up 50 under-$10 gifts that'll leave all of your loved ones wowed - seriously.

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    Yes, these affordable buys run the gamut, from sophisticated home accents all the way to cheeky, love-themed curiosities. Which means that in addition to spoiling your special someones with a heartfelt card and maybe a surprise cuddle or two (if applicable), you can treat them to even more of life's simpler pleasures as well. And, your bank account? Let's just say it's

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