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    If you're like most people, you find these facts to be quite alarming, but you may not know how to help. The most important thing you can do is promote legislation that prevents and remediates human trafficking by visiting action centers like the Polaris Project. It's also extremely important to understand how your consumer choices influence sex trafficking, so you can adjust your spending away from industries that support victimization.

    Supporting victims through savvy purchases

    Make your dollars talk for you. Check out these fashion and personal care products that are more than just beautiful. Proceeds from the sale of these items directly help sex trafficking victims and support the organizations that work to eradicate sexual slavery around the world.

    1. Ethiopian antique disc clutch

    Ethiopian antique disc clutch

    This sweet little number is both timeless and fresh for spring and summer. Pair it with a bold maxi dress or a white bohemian skirt to look beach-ready in no time. Proceeds support Ethiopian women at risk for sexual exploitation. (akolaproject.org, $128)

    2. Rajeswari racerback tank

    Rajeswari racerback tank

    Every woman needs several cute tank tops in her closet. We especially love this coral racerback tee from International Princess, which provides vocational training for women leaving the sex industry. (shop.intlprincess.org, $21)

    3. Lotus mosaic necklace

    Lotus mosaic necklace

    In many cultures, the lotus flower represents rebirth from hardship. This mosaic necklace is produced by trafficking survivors currently living in Nepal. They are paid well above fair trade values for their work, so they can build new lives for themselves. (relevee.com, $55)

    4. Paper Triangle Drop Earrings

    Paper Triangle Drop Earrings

    All of the accessories and clothing items at Global Goods Partners are created by survivors of sex trafficking, but we especially like these unique, color blocked drop earrings from Swaziland. (globalgoodspartners.org, $20)

    5. Thistle Farms spa kit

    Thistle Farms spa kit

    Sex trafficking isn't just a global problem. The U.S. has many domestic survivors of sex trafficking, too. This spa kit from Thistle Farms includes beauty products made by women working through the residential program at the Community of Magdalene in Tennessee. (store.thistlefarms.org, $25)

    6. Wooden donut necklace

    Wooden donut necklace

    Women in the Far East are at increased risk for sex trafficking. This beautiful wooden, retro-style necklace is handmade by women who have escaped the sex trade and found safe haven in China. Proceeds directly support the micro-enterprises of these women. (bajalia.com, $14)

    7. Dhara necklace

    Dhara necklace

    Communities can prevent sex trafficking in the first place by improving the resilience of their income. This fabric-tie necklace is created by a group of 30 women in Calcutta who have done just that — they sell these products to remove the community's temptation to sell their daughters into slavery. (buythechangeusa.org, $24)

    8. Lalima link necklace

    Lalima link necklace

    Looking for a statement piece? Look no further than this brilliant gold link necklace, handcrafted by Indian survivors of the sex trade. (bajalia.com, $100)

    9. Crochet infinity scarf

    Crochet infinity scarf

    If summer nights cool down too much for your liking, warm up with this crisp and lightweight infinity scarf. It's handmade by women at risk for trafficking in India. (dfcreations.corecommerce.com, $30)

    10. Wood stretch bracelet

    Wood stretch bracelet

    We love the idea of pairing this timeless and casual wooden bracelet with colorful shorts this summer. The bracelet is made by survivors, and proceeds support counseling, education and vocational training (starfish-project.com, $20)

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    Kristen Stewart

    The edgy fashionista debuted a newly cropped and dyed 'do at Paris Fashion Week, but we were mostly staring at her daring white mesh harem pants and crop top.

    Kristen Stewart at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Chris.K/WENN.com

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Our number one style crush (and face of Miss Dior) looked like a bronzed goddess in a white knee-length dress featuring a boxy neckline and delicate straps that revealed a whole lot of back and a bit of side boob.

    Jennifer Lawrence at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

    Jennifer Lawrence at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

    Nina Dobrev

    The star of The Vampire Diaries looked darling in a dare-to-bare navy minidress and matching coat. Sexy strappy black heels and a high topknot accented the look.

    Nina Dobrev at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Chris.K/WENN.com

    Emma Watson

    The British beauty showed off her keen sense of style in a fashion-forward one-shoulder asymmetrical LBD. Check out the delicate detailing on the bottom and those lustworthy black and white pumps, folks.

    Emma Watson at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

    Charlize Theron

    The longtime face of Dior sat front row for the brand's Paris Fashion Week show (natch) with beau Sean Penn. There were loads of exciting dresses on the runway, but we mostly paid attention to Charlize's dazzling metallic gold dress.

    Charlize Theron

    Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

    Lily Collins

    Lily went the Americana route in a red, white and blue ensemble that fused metallics and prints. Her best accessory in our opinion? That freshly chopped, wispy bob.

    Lily Ollins at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Chris.K/WENN.com

    Kate Hudson

    Our fave actress and fashionista (did you know she now has her own activewear brand?) took a fashion risk in a plunging, bejeweled wide-legged jumpsuit.

    Kate Hudson at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Chris.K/WENN.com

    Chloe Grace Moretz

    Things are about to get pretty hectic for Chloe Grace Moretz (the young actress' most anticipated film yet, If I Stay, hits theaters this August), but she took some down time out of her crazy schedule to hit the Paris Fashion Week shows in style in this head-to-toe metallic ensemble.

    Chloe Grace Moretz at Paris Fashion Week

    Photo credit: Pierre Suu/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

    Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez at Paris Fashion Week

    Looks like she likes to keep her options open. Jennifer couldn't decide between a dress and a jumpsuit so she wore both, kind of. The singer's white number was part gown, part one piece and it's been generating a lot of fashion buzz.

    Photo credit: Michel Dufour/WireImage/Getty Images

    Jared Leto

    Jared Leto at Paris Fashion Week

    We're not exactly sure what Jared Leto was thinking when he selected this err, unique, ensemble, but the bigger question is: What did Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld have to say about it?

    Photo credit: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

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    Clean Your Makeup Brushes

    Clean Your Makeup Brushes


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    1. Lots of lashes

    Picture yourself staring into your hottie's eyes with these larger-than-life lashes. We have a feeling he'll like what he sees.

    Lucy Hale

    Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

    Get the look: Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara (eyeko.com, $19 and $16) and Lash Curler

    Get the look: Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara (eyeko.com, $19 and $16) and Lash Curler

    2. Ravishing in red

    Emmy Rossum

    Red lips often get a bad date night rep (Will he still kiss me?!), but we think they're a totally sexy way to show off your confidence. The key? Keep it matte and kissable.

    Photo credit: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com

    Get the look: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Fire (Nordstrom, $33)

    Get the look: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Fire (nordstrom.com, $33)

    3. Hello, doll face

    Separated lashes? Check. Rosy cheeks? Check check. Kissable pout? Mmm hmm. If you really want to make your guy swoon, go for the doll-like look. It gets them every time.

    Anna Sophia Robb

    Photo credit: Andres Otero/WENN.com

    Get the look: Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal (Target, $10) 

    Get the look: Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal (target.com, $10) 

    4. Smokin' lady

    Tousled beach waves and a smoky eye scream "I'm sexy and you'd better know it" in the best of ways. Bonus points if you pair them with bold brows and a neutral lip.

    Lilly Collins

    Photo credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty Images

    Get the look: Colorescience Loose Mineral Eye Colore in Shimmer Smoke (colorescience.com, $19)

    Get the look: Colorescience Loose Mineral Eye Colore in Shimmer Smoke (colorescience.com, $19)

    5. Natural beauty

    Think neutral makeup is too blah? Think again. The natural look lets your true beauty shine through and lets your face breathe a bit. Plus, guys love it when a gal's confident enough to rock the minimal makeup look.

    Rihanna

    Photo credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

    Get the look: RMS Living Luminizer (rmsbeauty.com, $38)

    Get the look: RMS Living Luminizer (rmsbeauty.com, $38)

    6. The cat's meow

    Want to ensure a good night? Say "come hither" with a subtle cat eye. Skip the heavy lines and opt for a small flick of liquid liner. The subtler, the sexier.

    Nicki Minaj

    Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

    Get the look: glominerals Graphic Liner in Black (gloprofessional.com, $20) 

    Get the look: glominerals Graphic Liner in Black (gloprofessional.com, $20) 

    7. You glow, girl

    Get glowing with luminescent skin, toned down eyes and a glossy lip. Since it's date night, a little bit of a natural "love glow" will only amp up the sexy factor.

    Ashley Madekwe

    Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

    Get the look: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Blam in Illuminating (Sephora, $34)

    Get the look: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Blam in Illuminating (sephora.com, $34)

    8. Pink, pink, pink

    Pretty in pink indeed. For date night, coat your pout with a pop of pink to look summery, flirty and totally feminine.

    Brenda Song

    Photo credit: Nikki Nelson/WENN.com

    Get the look: Mally Lip Magnifier in Princess Pink (qvc.com, $20)

    Get the look: Mally Lip Magnifier in Princess Pink (qvc.com, $20)

    9. Hey, blue eyes

    Blue eye makeup doesn't always get the credit it deserves, but it can be an eye-catching look when done correctly.

    Bella Thorne

    Photo credit: Apega/WENN.com

    Get the look: Flower Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby in Dark Side of the Blue (Walmart, $8)

    Get the look: Flower Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby in Dark Side of the Blue (walmart.com, $8)

    10. Special event

    Going to a fancy event for date night? Pull out all the stops, lady. A smoky eye paired with a pretty lip (no hot pinks or reds, though, please) and bronzed skin can make you stand out from the crowd.

    Carrie Underwood

    Photo credit: Judy Eddy/WENN.com

    Get the look: Best Bronze Sunless Tan Self-Tanning Spray (bestbronze.com, $54)

    Get the look: Best Bronze Sunless Tan Self-Tanning Spray (bestbronze.com, $54)

    11. Color parade

    Date night is supposed to be fun, so get playful with your makeup and experiment with colors a bit. A daring blue cat eye paired with golden under eye liner is sure to grab your guy's attention.

    January Jones

    Photo credit: Brian To/WENN.com

    Get the look: CoverGirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Aquamarine Ink (drugstore.com, $7)

    Get the look: CoverGirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Aquamarine Ink (drugstore.com, $7)

    12. Green with envy

    You'll be causing many a man to envy your beau when you step out with this green eye makeup. Between the vibrant green shadow, the mega lashes and the sparkly effect, your eyes will be pretty hard to miss in this look.

    Miley Cyrus

    Photo credit: Gary Gershoff/WireImage/Getty Images

    Get the look: Topshop Grunge Stick in Go Go (Topshop, $12)

    Get the look: Topshop Grunge Stick in Go Go (topshop.com, $12)

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    A new, super-honest ad campaign is trying to challenge the ludicrous physical standards to which we hold ourselves. "Stop the Beauty Madness" is a series of 25 ads that are meant to shock us. From conventionally pretty young women ignored for their brains to extremely thin young women automatically branded anorexic, each ad is meant to make its audience second-guess the insanity of our initial impressions on surface beauty… because sometimes we still subconsciously believe beauty is only skin deep.

    Stop the Beauty Madness

    Photo credit: Stop the Beauty Madness

    According to the campaign creators, the idea behind the campaign is simple: to "[call] out the ugly truths hidden in our culture and our own minds... It's about strong words that reveal the ideas that need to be seen for what they are. It is not always pretty to see what is hidden deep in our psyche (or even just slightly under the surface)."

    Stop the Beauty Madness

    Photo credit: Stop the Beauty Madness

    Because no one wants to admit they want the thigh gap, or dread the idea of getting wrinkles, or confess that they tie their worth to their dress size — but we often do, whether deep down we know it's ridiculous or not, and that is a reality worth evaluating.

    Stop the Beauty Madness

    Photo credit: Stop the Beauty Madness

    The idea of beauty has been so skewed in our culture, it's rendered virtually meaningless. And guess what? That's OK. (It really is.) If we can let go of what it means to be beautiful on the outside, untie it from self-worth, and just live fulfilling lives based on our talents, passions and relationships — not the size of our waists — we'd probably all be a lot better off.

    Stop the Beauty Madness

    Photo credit: Stop the Beauty Madness

    So, maybe you're not cookie-cutter attractive like the models in magazines. Or maybe you are. Either way, it doesn't matter. Remember that whether or not you fit the quintessential beauty mold does not define your value as a human being.

    Stop the Beauty Madness

    Photo credit: Stop the Beauty Madness

    The next time you see a message that indicates getting pretty is most important, you can stop and say, "Whoa. Do I really believe this?" Don't let the whispers of your subconscious drown out the truth: that your value runs deep below the surface.

    See all 25 #StopTheBeautyMadness images here >>

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    1. Glass jewelry to halt domestic violence

    Glass jewelry to halt domestic violence

    Fifteen Kenyan women, each of which survived rape and sexual assault, originally founded the Umoja Village as a safe haven from domestic violence. The village and its women's and children's services are now entirely supported by locally-produced wares, like this beautiful ceremonial glass-beaded necklace. (umojawomen.net, $45)

    2. Necklaces to promote rehabilitation

    Necklaces to promote rehabilitation

    Human trafficking is a $32 billion international illicit industry, and thankfully, concerned citizens and politicians are beginning to support its prevention. But what happens to women and children who have already escaped the industry? The Brave Collection — featuring bracelets and necklaces — provides sustainable artisan vocation training to Cambodian survivors, and 10 percent of sales directly fight future trafficking. (thebravecollection.com, $75)

    3. Earrings to stop poverty

    Earrings to stop poverty

    Buy the Change is a U.S. company that curates sustainable and fair-trade fashion accessories, with the goal of lifting women from developing nations out of poverty. They feature a number of products, but we especially love these Tree of Life earrings because of the redemption they represent — artists formed the earrings from recycled bombshells. (buythechangeusa.org, $40)

    4. Pashminas to support war-torn women

    Pashminas to support war-torn women

    Bajalia supports international artists from war-torn countries, including the women artists of these beautiful pashminas from Afghanistan. All Bajalia products are fair-trade, and provide vocation to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. (bajalia.com, $96)

    5. Artwork for education

    Artwork for education

    Of course, fashion doesn't stop at accessories. Shutter to Think is a non-profit that sells donated fashion, home and cultural photography from famous artists, and then siphons all proceeds to charities that educate girls around the world. You can even pick a charity of your choice. (shuttertothink.org, prices vary)

    6. Pajamas to fight human trafficking

    Pajamas to fight human trafficking

    The International Princess Project provides vocational training to women who exit the sex trade by teaching them how to sew. Every pair of pajamas you purchase, like these cute capris, supports the education, housing and medical care for a human trafficking victim who is trying to make a new life for herself and her children. (shop.intlprincess.org, $39)

    7. Jewels for people in need

    Jewels for people in need

    Check out Jewels for Hope for a variety of necklaces, bracelets and earrings that support causes right here in the U.S. Ten percent of the company's profits return to a charity of your choice, like the American Cancer Society, the National MS Society and even Labs 4 Rescue. We especially like this spiky turquoise and gold number. (jewelsforhope.net, $35)

    8. Leather Tote for business development

    Mamuye Leather Tote

    Website fashionABLE works with women in Africa to start small business cooperatives and help them earn fair wages. Lucky for us, this good cause results in some really adorable accessories. Each of the products is named after the woman who crafted it. (livefashionable.com, $178)

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    Lily Collins

    She's mostly known for her classy red carpet moments, but we've long been fans of Lily Collins' effortless street style. The actress showed off her adorable new bob this week while leaving the hair salon in this summery ensemble.

    Lily Collins

    Photo credit: Michael Wright/WENN.com

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: You can class up a crop top. Case in point? Lily did so seamlessly here by pairing a casual, loose white T-shirt crop top with a summery floral print midi skirt and a ladylike bag. A trendy bangle placed halfway up her arm added a touch of edge to the look and pale pink ankle strap sandals anchored the look beautifully.

    The final verdict? This is really the perfect errand running outfit when you want to look polished but not like you're trying too hard on your day off. It's easy and breezy but oh so trendy — just the way we like our summer style to look!

    Shop the look: Chinese Laundry Turn My Way Heel (chineselaundry.com, $40)

    Shop the look: Chinese Laundry Turn My Way Heel (chineselaundry.com, $40)

    Emma Watson

    Emma has been having quite the fashionable couple of days. While taking in Paris Fashion Week, the actress reminded us she's one to watch in the young Hollywood fashion scene with a series of stylish sightings.

    Emma Watson

    Photo credit: Chris.K/WENN.com

    In one of our favorite looks of the week, Emma stepped out fashionably in a kimono-inspired navy blue top paired with a black floral print miniskirt and suede T-strap heels. The combo looked sleek, edgy and trendy, making for a style trifecta. Keeping with her high fashion look, Emma wore her locks sleek and shiny and coated her lips with a bold red lipstick. Glowing skin and flashy earrings lent the final pretty touches to her enviable ensemble.

    The final verdict? We love it when our fave style stars take a fashion risk. A daring printed skirt and a trendy kimono top combined perfectly to create one enviable outfit we adore.

    Shop the look: Flowering Garden Skirt in Black (shopsosie.com, $27)

    Shop the look: Flowering Garden Skirt in Black (shopsosie.com, $27)

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    Singer and actress Zendaya brought her ponytail A-game to a recent event, opting for loads of shine at the crown and a sideswept pony with hair wrapped around it. Justine Piecuch, stylist at SalonCapri, is showing us how to look just as chic as Zendaya — no glam squad required.

    Celeb Hairstyle of the Week: Zendaya

    Photo credit: Apega/WENN.com

    Get the look

    "A long, sleek pony can take any look and make it polished and sophisticated. There are many statements in this look: the strong part, the slicked hair and the length. This is a great look for any hair type and especially great for second day on the run hair," Piecuch says.

    1. Extensions were most likely used in this look, but if you can't get your hands on any, you can still create a killer ponytail. With a boar bristle flat brush, use the heat from your dryer and tension to smooth any flyaways or kinks in the hair. Run a flat iron through to really polish off.
    2. Create a strong part (for the exact look here, do a side part). This can vary from the center to the outer part of your eyebrow. Spraying from the roots toward the ends and using your flat boar bristle brush, start to gather hair into a pony at the base of your neck. Once everything is smooth and clean secure with an elastic.
    3. Now, if using extensions, start to pin them into your own ponytail. They should already be neatly smoothed, straightened and gathered. Grab a small piece from underneath your own hair and divide it in half. Wrap 1 section around where your hair meets the extension piece. Then grab the second piece and wrap in the opposite direction. The point of this is to hide the 2 connecting pieces.
    4. Finish by doing a final spritz of hairspray over everything to clean up any flyaways.

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    "In the digital realm, we are naked and vulnerable." This is the opening line on the website for x.pose, a smartphone-powered dress that becomes transparent when you tweet or share on Facebook. NYU designers Xeudi Chen and Pedro Oliveira have defined x.pose as "an exploration and commentary on the current internet culture of our generation and the relationship we share with our data."

    The dress itself is divided into sections, and each section corresponds to the neighborhood the wearer is tweeting or posting from. Once she's tweeted or posted, the dress connects via Bluetooth and becomes see-through in specific sections. The more personal data shared on your smartphone, the more skin you show.

    As a statement, I find this dress intriguing. It's a physical depiction of our emotional nakedness in the digital realm. We wouldn't go out in public naked, yet we're willing to share practically everything about ourselves online. Maybe it's because we've grown up with this technology and have become apathetic to its impact, but more than that we have a need to be heard. If you're feeling misunderstood in your everyday life, you share to find the people who "get" you. If I were to wear this getup, I'd be naked in minutes.

    A perfect gift for that person in your life who needs to get over their FOMO already, am I right?

    Which brings me to our next dress: Intimacy 2.0 by Studio Roosegaarde, a fusion of intimacy and technology. The dress changes from opaque to transparent when the wearer is turned on. You know, kind of like a really expensive mood ring. They come in 'Intimacy White' and 'Intimacy Black,' and are made of opaque e-foils that become increasingly transparent based on your personal encounters.

    x pose dress

    x pose dress

    "Social interactions determine the garments' level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure," says their website, citing the dress as "daringly perfect to wear on the red carpet." (RiRi, take note.) They're currently selecting haute couture designers to develop a 3.0 fashion line for men and women.

    While it's definitely an avant-garde look for the runway or red carpet, I don't see how it can translate to the general public. For one, it's very Tron-meets-Vegas-club-circuit. For... well, two, what if your heart rate and body temperature go up for other reasons — like nervousness or too much caffeine (or you know, having a pulse)? Or what if you work yourself up into such a dither over the thought of other people knowing your business — oh look, boobs.

    So much for playing hard to get.

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    Easy Twist Bun


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    Zara Nude Tunic With Asymmetrical Hem

    Zara Nude Tunic With Asymmetrical Hem

    Have pale skin with peachy pink undertones? No problem. This super-soft nude tunic is guaranteed to be your BFF on National Nude Day. Featuring an asymmetrical hem and oversized fit, you'll feel like you're wearing your pajamas to work, especially if you pair it with these matching linen trouser pants (Zara.com, $30). Simply stunning if we don't say so ourselves. (Zara.com, $80)

    Carlo Pazolini Pump

    Carlo Pazolini Pump

    As amazing as sunbathing topless on Tahiti Beach sounds right now, turns out someone's gotta pay the bills. Instead of frolicking barefoot in the sand, flaunt your feet in a more modest way at work with these pretty Carlo Pazolini nude pumps. They're timeless, chic and definitely right on trend for the holiday. (Yoox.com, $195)

    H&M Satin Dress

    H&M Satin Dress

    Ideal for warm brown complexions and casual work environments, this cognac-colored satin V-neck dress is as cozy as it is cute, we promise. Dress it up for work with a sophisticated statement necklace in a few shades lighter, and add some nude patent leather pointy-toe flats to complete the au naturel look you're after. (HM.com, $30)

    Denimocracy Anarchy Knit Skinny Liquid Mink Jeans

    Denimocracy Anarchy Knit Skinny Liquid Mink Jeans

    There's no better way to celebrate National Nude Day than with a pair of jeans that literally look like a second skin, right? We certainly think so. Find some that blend in with your skin, and style them with a simple sleeveless blouse up top, plus accessories in the same color palette. You don't want to look too naked, after all. (Denimocracyusa.com, $138)

    Monserat De Lucca Piso Large Tote

    Monserat De Lucca Piso Large Tote

    You've been working on your tan all summer, so now's the time to make it work for you at work. Grab an oversized tote in the same sun-kissed shade as your skin to get into the holiday spirit even if it is only a little bit. Who knows, maybe next year you'll be spending the entire day in your birthday suit.(Shopbop.com, $240)

    Everlane Cotton V

    Everlane Cotton V

    A classic, cotton tee the same color as your skin is an absolute wardrobe essential, whether it's National Nude Day or not. Lightweight and super soft, you'll feel like you're wearing next to nothing in this timeless top. (Everlane.com, $15)

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  • Longer Lash Look

    Longer Lash Look


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    I'm always willing to give a new product a shot, so when Carol's Daughter Cupuaçu Anti-Frizz Smoothing Trio came across my desk, I decided it was worth a try. Could the product cocktail be the secret to beating frizz, I wondered? I wasn't sure, but I was willing to find out.

    With summer in full swing and my naturally curly/wavy hair feeling the frizz factor, I set out to test all three products in the line to see if they'd be my miracle frizz cure. I started out using the Cupuaçu Anti-Frizz Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to see how the duo would treat my locks.

    After showering, I skipped my usual leave-in products to see if this duo would truly stand up well against the frizzy beast, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the shampoo and conditioner's effects lasted long after my shower. My waves were defined, shiny and smooth to the touch, and my hair was quite contained instead of the frizzy mess it can sometimes be on super humid days. These effects lasted for a few days, and I decided it was now time to give the Cupuaçu Anti-Frizz Smoothing Hair Mask a whirl.

    As a beauty editor, I'm no stranger to hair masks, and love to do one at least once a week. But I'm also quite skeptical of them because not all masks do what they claim to do. Lucky for me, this mask did just what it said it would. Similar to the conditioner, the Anti-Frizz Smoothing Mask made my hair shiny and soft to the touch and it was quite easy to use and rinse off. Also like the other products in the line, the mask smelled pleasant and subtle.

    As a curly gal, I know very well that one product line doesn't fit all curl types, but I do believe that finding your perfect product cocktail, aka a collection of products you use together, can help train your hair to fight frizz. Two other ways I like to beat frizz in the summer months? Air drying and drying with a paper towel. When it's hot and humid out, heat treating your hair can just beg for frizz, so I prefer to let my locks dry naturally. To help them along a bit, I like to pat my hair with a paper towel rather than a terry cloth towel, because rubbing it too harshly with a towel can cause extra frizz and what gal wants that?

    Go on and be frizz-free, lovelies, and let us know your best frizz-fighting tips!

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    Why we're obsessed

    A lot of women are hesitant to dip their toes into the romper trend. After all, the word romper calls to mind cutesy baby clothes, right? Wrong. These days, women are making rompers their own by selecting fun adult prints and curve-hugging silhouettes, and we're obsessed with the trend. Lucy made her floral romper sweet and sexy by adding the perfect range of accessories and a soft, pretty beauty look.

    Get the look: Lucy Hale's flirty romper

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    How to style the look

    Just like standalone shorts, rompers can be a bit short, so cover up on the top a bit for night when things cool down. Grab a faux leather jacket in a complementary color, some strappy sandals and a no-fuss clutch for a sweet yet irresistible look.

    Get the look: Lucy Hale's flirty romper

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    Not so fast, says science

    The trouble with persistent beauty myths, like this drinking water one, is that they're based on partial fact. I caught up with dermatologist Dr. Alex Rivkin to get the down-low on the drinking water myth, and to find out what drinking water can actually do for your skin.

    "We are about 60 percent water," Rivkin explained. "Water is essential to life for all living beings. However, water isn't fairy dust and it does not magically turn back the clock or make wrinkles disappear on a well-hydrated face." Instead, water improves the health of skin as part of a normal, healthy diet. According to Rivkin, people who ingest less than two to three liters of water per day may experience chronic dehydration, which causes the body to pull water away from all organs, including the skin. "This causes damage to the cells involved, and damaged skin cells cause wrinkles, as well as thin and saggy skin throughout the body," he said.

    In other words, this beauty myth is partially accurate because all people need to drink enough water to avoid chronic dehydration and cell damage over time. However, the belief that drinking more water can moisturize your skin from the inside out simply isn't accurate. "Drinking water is like electricity," said Rivkin. "Your dishwasher needs it to function, but if you double the amount the dishwasher gets, your dishes do not come out twice as clean."

    How to hydrate your skin

    Thankfully, you don't have to resign yourself to looking like a shriveled old sponge. Rivkin is clear that you can hydrate your skin through healthy habits and products. "Drink the amount of water you need to make your skin look the best it can," Rivkin explained. "Avoiding dehydration makes sure you do not damage your skin by drying it out." As for skin moisture, Rivkin concluded that it might be easier than you think. "Moisturizer is actually one of the only topical skin treatments that has been shown to visibly improve skin. It only works if you use it daily, and it works best when used with sunscreen," he said.

    Easy enough, right? Drink water to stay hydrated and healthy, but not to fill in your wrinkles from the inside out. Instead, rely on a high-quality topical moisturizer to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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    1. White Slide Sandal

    White Slide Sandal

    Digging the Birkenstock trend but not a huge fan of flats? Then you’ll fall head over heels for these polished white leather flatforms. They’re comfy, cool and absolutely perfect for the pool. You can slip them on to run errands around town or dress them up with some white skinny jeans and a sleeveless silk blouse for an evening BBQ at your BFF’s. (Pixiemarket.com, $95)

    2. 1954X Resort Platform

    1954X Resort Platform

    These shoes were made for dancing, and that’s just what they’ll do. No, but seriously: Whether you’re hitting the club or you have a summer wedding to attend, these pretty pink platform sandals will give you more than enough lift to elongate your legs while still looking elegant. After all, breaking it down in flatforms is so much easier than in heels. (Solestruck.com, $400)

    3. Madison Harding Dorothy Flatform

    Madison Harding Dorothy Flatform

    Boasting a must-have wooden platform and studded bronze detailing, these baby blue flatform sandals are clearly right on trend for summer. Wear them with a cute cover-up and side fishtail braid for a party by the pool, or pair them with a flouncy little minidress and soft waves for brunch with the boyfriend. (Nastygal.com, $155)

    4. Eva Holographic Platform Gladiator Sandals

    Eva Holographic Platform Gladiator Sandals

    Gladiator sandals are getting a trendy makeover for summer. Instead of featuring a flat bottom, they’re taking things to a whole new level by adding a chunky heel and platform, which we absolutely adore. We can’t wait to step out in these funky, fresh and summer-friendly holographic cage sandals. (Pilotfashion.com, $60) 

    5. Underground Platform Loafer

    Underground Platform Loafer

    Business on the top, party on the bottom. What more could you ask for when it comes to the perfect summer shoe? Slip these snazzy loafers on with a pair of thin socks, some high-waisted denim cutoff shorts, a cute crop top and a carefree kimono to instantly elevate your style from so-so to seriously showstopping. Because being different is a good thing. (Farfetch.com, $268) 

    6. Gold Gemstone Embellished Flatform Sandals

    Gold Gemstone Embellished Flatform Sandals

    If you’re not so fancy already, you definitely will be when you slip these summer-ready metallic gold platform sandals on your feet. With all-over gemstone embellishments and three thin straps, they’re the ideal sandal for a posh lunch with your mom or a vacation dinner with the whole fam. (Riverisland.com, $100)

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    "All-natural" guarantees nothing

    What do you think of when you hear the catchphrase "all-natural?" Most people think of fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamins, minerals and high-quality hypoallergenic ingredients. "Truly all-natural products provide the body with immense benefits — similar to eating plants, fruits and vegetables," explained Dr. John Salerno, director of the Salerno Center and an expert on complementary medicine. "Unfortunately," he went on, "use of the term 'natural' is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration." This is why my supposedly all-natural and gluten-free shampoo contained a laundry list of metals and synthetic ingredients.

    Sadly, marketers know that consumers scoop up anything with "all-natural" on the label, whether or not it actually delivers all-natural and body-healthy ingredients. Since there are no regulations on the catchphrase, marketers will continue to get away with it unless consumers wise up.

    How to find a truly natural beauty product

    Before you purchase your "all-natural" product, flip it over and review the ingredient list. "It's important for consumers to understand what they're purchasing," said Salerno. "Make sure that your products don't have high levels of metals or toxins. Look for products you know, like avocado, cucumber, ginger and ingredients that carry vitamins and minerals that are essential for the skin and health."

    Another test? A short and simple ingredient list. Salerno added that the product list should have minimal ingredients, void of any long-worded chemicals. And even though you should feel dubious of any beauty product that claims it's certified organic (no such certification exists for beauty items), it's great if the ingredients are organic.

    Limitations of the good stuff

    Let's say that you review the ingredient list, and the product you want to purchase is free and clear of dyes, toxins and metals. That's a great start, but it's not quite enough for a stellar purchase. "An allergic reaction can happen regardless of a product's status as a truly all-natural product," said Salerno. Case in point: I'm terribly allergic to the seaweed extract in many all-natural ingredients. It's my job to know this, so I can avoid an outbreak.

    You can avoid negative outcomes from all products —  natural or not — by knowing your skin's sensitivities and comparing it against the ingredient list. Even natural and organic ingredients can cause problems, so you have to know your needs. Don't expect product labels to do the critical thinking for you.

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    1. The problem: Flat hair

    "I have long, red wavy hair, and my biggest summer hair problem is flatness and dealing with the heat. The heat causes my hair to lose its moisture and it ends up getting flat on top while the rest is full; it makes me feel like my head looks like a broom!" – Lynae

    The solution: Make sure you are using the right products before you blow dry, says Julia. If you have fine hair, prep your locks with a volumizing product, such as Green & Glam's Volumizing Spray (Organicbeautynow.com, $29). Spritz at the root and blow dry. To help the style stay, blast your hair with cold air to lock it in.

    2. The problem: Frizzy hair

    "One word: frizz! My naturally curly hair grows like a Chia Pet when it's hot and humid out." – Olivia

    The solution: To fight frizz in the summer make sure to always smooth the cuticle. Start this process when you are drying your hair by patting the hair dry as opposed to rubbing it, advises Julia. A smooth cuticle will not only look shinier, but much healthier too. Also remember to utilize an anti-frizz serum. Serums help to block humidity, which leads to frizz. Julia's favorite? Rene Furterer Myrrhea Silkening Fluid (Dermstore.com, $20).

    3. The problem: Hair color fade

    "I'm a natural brunette but dye my hair a darker shade of brown and hate how the color fades so fast in the summer, particularly after being at the pool a lot." – Kaitlin

    The solution: Chemicals can cause color fading, so before swimming, remember to saturate your hair with water, recommends Julia. This will diminish the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs. Also, remember to wash your hair with a color protecting shampoo directly after a dip in the pool to help prevent color fade.

    4. The problem: Dry hair

    "My biggest summer hair problem is dry hair. It gets environmental damage as is, but add salt water, chlorine and UVA/UVB rays and it's so much worse!" – Haley

    The solution: When your hair gets dry in the summer, start the battle with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. For extra moisture, Julia suggests adding a deep conditioner like Kerastase NutriDefense (Amazon.com, $56) once a week to the ends of your hair.

    5. The problem: Sweaty hair

    "My hair gets super sweaty and gross during the summertime, particularly after hitting the gym. I feel like I have to wash it every day, which I know isn't good for it. I'm not sure how to keep it looking fresh without showering though." – Carin

    The solution: If you want to skip the everyday washing, it's time to invest in some dry shampoo. Blast your sweaty locks with a cold shot from the blow dryer and once the sweat has started to dry, spray in some dry shampoo at the root, says Julia. To avoid any white residue, use your fingers to blend in the product and finish with another blast from the dryer.

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    More than 3.5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. One of the chief causes of this dangerous and deadly disease? The lack of proper skin protection in the form of sunscreen.

    You'd think that such an important tool for our skin's health would be applauded, but that's unfortunately not the case... and so-called "experts" and others are spouting some downright lies about sunscreen. Enough is enough. Let's call out the myths and get the real truth about the importance of sunscreen.

    Myth 1: Sunscreen causes cancer

    Just stop with this one.

    Opponents of sunscreen cite a study that tracked sunscreen use and sun exposure in 1,500 people over two years. The results did show that those who wore sunscreen were more likely to develop melanoma, but the study left out that the sunscreen users — on a whole — spent a lot more time in the sun than those who didn't wear it. They also didn't use sunscreen with a high enough SPF — on average, they wore a SPF of 6, but the Centers for Disease Control recommends using sunscreen with a SPF of 15 as the bare minimum.

    Myth 2: The higher the SPF, the better the protection

    So, it seems like wearing sunscreen with a huge SPF — like 100 — would protect the skin more, right? Wrong.

    "SPF 45 protects you from approximately 98 percent of the sun's rays," says Dr. David E. Bank, dermatologist and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. "No sunscreen will be able to protect you 100 percent, so spending more on SPF 100 doesn't do much more for you than SPF 45."

    Ideally, you should wear a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection sunscreen with an SPF of 30, according to Dr. Bank.

    Myth 3: All sunscreen is created equal

    "Lotion is always the best choice for sunscreen, as sprays and roll-ons do not distribute evenly on the skin," says Dr. Purvisha Patel, owner and dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates in Memphis, Tennessee. "Sprays can be dangerous for children because they can easily inhale harmful aerosols."

    Avoid sunscreen-type chemicals, like oxybenzone and PABA, as some people can develop skin allergies to these ingredients, according to Dr. Patel. Instead, look for sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

    Myth 4: The sunscreen in your makeup is enough

    The small amount of protection included in your powder or foundation isn't anywhere near enough to keep your protected all day, according to Dr. Bank.

    "The main goal of makeup isn't to protect you from the sun. A daily moisturizer with added sunscreen is a better option. Or layer a lightweight, oil-free facial sunscreen under makeup for the best protection," he says.

    Myth 5: You only need to apply sunscreen once, and don't bother if it's cloudy

    Sunscreen — even water-resistant sunscreen — needs to be reapplied every two hours to be effective, according to Dr. Patel. The dangerous sun rays can also break through the clouds on an overcast day, so don't forget to wear it.

    "It may not feel the same as a bright and sunny summer day, but always apply sunscreen to any exposed skin when leaving the house," says Dr. Patel.

    Myth 6: Dark skin doesn't need sunscreen

    Dark skin needs sunscreen, no matter what.

    "All skin has the potential of burning and has equal potential of accelerating aging or increasing the chance of skin cancer," adds Dr. Patel. "While those with more melanin are less likely to burn, no one is immune to the harmful effects of the sun."

    Myth 7: Sunscreen leads to vitamin D deficiency

    Vitamin D deficiency is linked to serious diseases, including rickets and osteoporosis. To combat this, medical professionals recommend at least 20 minutes of sunlight to synthesize the nutrient. Sunscreen does block the important rays that help the body do this, but there are many other ways to make up the vitamin D blocked by sunscreen. One of the easiest ways? Through a diet filled with vitamin D-fortified foods, including milk, fish and eggs.

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