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Beauty, Hairstyles, Fashion Trends & More | SheKnows

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    Some of us might avoid parabens, others might only want "all-natural" ingredients, and still others never even read the labels — only the promises on the front of the jar. It's about personal preference, what works for you and what you believe about all the conflicting information out there. But is there anything that you really, really shouldn't be putting on your face?

    We asked double board certified dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu, the founder and director of Wall Street Dermatology in New York City, what ingredients she'd never use — or recommend. Here's what she said:

    1. "Stem cell" treatments

    Many skin care products advertise plant stem cells or other nonhuman animal stem cells as an anti-aging ingredient, says Dr. Tzu. "While it is a brilliant marketing strategy, it has no solid scientific basis," she explains. "Human stem cells and stem cells from other organisms are very different and are therefore not substitutable." Alas, she says this means you cannot use an apple's stem cells to regenerate your own skin cells. Sad face.

    More: 9 Face and body mists for softer skin

    2. Retinyl palmitate

    After the Environmental Working Group's study suggesting the cancer-inducing properties of retinyl palmitate when combined with sunscreens, there was much controversy about adding it to daytime skin care, says Dr. Tzu. "Although there is still no definitive evidence that retinyl palmitate causes skin cancer when combined with UV radiation, I added this to the list because retinyl palmitate is pretty ineffective as a retinoid anyways," she says. "So, why bother using it at all?"

    3. Gold

    "While gold does have some medical benefits for specific autoimmune skin conditions, its use in everyday skincare products may be more harmful than helpful, especially in people who decide to get laser treatments in the future," says Dr. Tzu. "Individuals who have previously been treated with gold may develop hyperpigmentation after laser treatments!"

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    However that may be changing.

    Online retailer & Other Stories, an H&M Group brand offering affordable, ready-to-wear clothing, shoes and accessories, invited five transgender creatives to "tell a story that broadens the view on gender in fashion."

    & Other Stories transgender creatives

    Photo credit: & Other Stories

    More: Transgender equality is first inquiry for Women and Equalities committee

    Models Valentijn De Hingh and Hari Nef, stylist Love Bailey and photographers Amos Mac and Nina Poon collaborated to tell a story that challenges the traditional perception of beauty and identity in the fashion world.

    “I want to break free from gender constraints,” said Valentijn De Hingh, who has appeared in Love and Vogue Italia and walked for shows including Martin Margiela and Commes des Garçons.

    “Fashion has played a huge role when constructing my identity,” said Hari Nef, who is signed to major model agency IMG and made her runway debut in February walking for brands like Hood By Air, VFiles, Degen and Adam Selman.

    Stylist Love Bailey sums it up: “Breaking those barriers of male and female, black and white, we have to embrace the colour spectrum of life, you know: it’s a rainbow.”

    "Fashion is all about what you’re comfortable in," added Amos Mac.

    & Other Stories transgender creatives

    Photo credit: & Other Stories

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    andotherstories transgender creatives

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    Trans people making a splash in the fashion industry in recent years include Lea T, who is considered to be one of Italy’s top models, was named as one of Forbes’ “12 Women who have changed Italian fashion” and is the current face of Redken’s hair campaigns.

    Isis King was the first trans model on America’s Next Top Model and has since appeared in Seventeen, Out and Candy magazine’s 2014 issue.

    Aydian Dowling was the first trans to come top in a reader-voted competition to select Men’s Health’s next cover star, has replicated Adam Levine’s famous nude pose for Cosmo UK and appeared on Ellen.

    Transgender model Andreja Pejic made history by becoming the first transgender model to land a major beauty deal earlier this year by becoming the new face of Make Up Forever.

    More: Andreja Pejic becomes first-ever trans model profiled in Vogue (PHOTO)

    And of course 65-year-old Caitlyn Jenner — the most talked about trans person of 2015 — was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and unveiled as Vanity Fair’s June cover star.

    Last month it was announced that Thailand-based agency Apple Model Management, which has represented trans models, is opening a branch in Los Angeles to exclusively represent trans women and men.

    Each of these steps and achievements takes us one step closer towards a non-binary fashion industry that is truly reflective of the world we live in. The high street has a long way to go before it catches up with the catwalk but & Other Stories' transgender "story" is one significant — and very stylish — step forward.


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    I'm a 44-year-old mother of four and I have long, natural hair with no intentions of cutting it. I also wear lengthy sew-in weaves to protect my natural style. The purchased locks preserve the fine texture I’ve grown into as an African-American woman, not to mention the convenience the weave allows.

    I will be the first to admit that when it comes to hair I get extra excited. I was the 3-year-old-girl who stole a long black Cher-styled wig from the store years ago. “Cher, Mommy,” I said, while my mother apologized repeatedly to the lady who ran after me. Everyone at the corner laughed including the store owner. I cried. The wig was gone. And so was the feeling of joy I had for those brief moments while the me-sized wig swished on my back.

    From that point on I was fascinated with extensive hair. The longer the better. For most of my life, my hair was an average length brushing at my shoulder. I didn’t think it was capable of growing any more. But as I grew into my 30s so did my hair inch by inch, even with the dreaded trim, that as a black woman you sometimes hated.

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    By my 40th birthday my hair was the longest it had ever been, extending to my chest in the front and bra strap in the back. I couldn’t believe it. The last thing on my mind was cutting it due to my age. It's only hair, and the longer length makes me feel good. At this stage of my life I'm all for what makes me feel fabulous. Period.

    And where is the unwritten rule book that says long hair is only for your 20s anyway? Who wrote it and which chapter says that once women hit a certain age we have to chop off our locks and wear a shorter hairdo?

    It’s been a trend for a while. Go short. Yeah, OK, short hair can be cute, sassy, chic, easier to maintain for some. I get it. Who wouldn’t want to work a look like Halle Berry on any given day? (My hand went all the way up just in case you couldn’t see it.) But even one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People, known for her cropped cut, has gone long on occasion and looked gorgeous doing it.

    Not being one to pass on a fashion craze, I did try to wear a short weave. The hair looked best with short curls at the crown that required daily hot curling because no one is trying to sleep with rollers in this decade. I felt pressure to always wear lipstick and have on larger earrings when I’m more of a clear gloss, lip moisturizer, Carmex kind of girl, or even Vaseline for goodness sake. (Makeup gurus may suggest that it’s best to have a little color on my lips every day but unless they are coming to my home to hook me up, they can have a seat, too.) I don’t need anything that prompts more work and, like learning to wear bold lipstick, short hair only equaled labor on my head.

    More: 5 Things to know before dyeing hair pastel

    The thing is, I love long hair and I always have. I prefer the options that longer hair allows. Ponytails, French braiding, head-banding, updos, low-dos, side-dos and the no-dos. So I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop wearing a style, just because I’m in my 40s, that makes me feel amazing and just so happens to be the easiest to manage for my lifestyle.


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    I decided to tackle new ways to find natural or organically minded products that that really work. I came up with few easy strategies that prove that you really don't have to break to the bank to score quality skincare.

    1. Review a product

    It's very easy to score beauty products for free from up-and-coming skincare companies that want to get their products honestly reviewed. You can sign up at places like Swaggable, Influenster, and PinchMe. You don't need a blog or a site of your own, but having a social media account or two does help.

    2. Snag an online deal

    I've had some of my best luck with promo codes and online deals. These codes and sales can easily be found by spending a few minutes online at sites like Obey the Kitty, Retail Me Not, Goodsearch and the Sephora and Ulta Beauty online stores. If the promo code gives you a percentage off of the entire purchase and you have some time before it expires, save it until you're sure you have everything you want to buy — that way, you'll make sure you get the biggest discount on the total purchase.

    3. Buy organic — really!

    Did you know that organic and natural doesn't necessarily have to equal expensive? I was under that impression myself, until I started to take a deeper look. I did my own research on organic skincare and beauty and found that many times, the products were not only better for you, they were also more effective and less expensive, which equals more bang for your buck.

    4. Try a sample

    Not ready to commit to a full-sized item or hefty cost? That's okay! Even high-end brands have started to offer optional luxe-sized samples, or even travel-sized items, for sale — and at a reasonable cost, too. I love discovering a high-end makeup or skincare brand's ad offering a generous sample size just for stopping by! You can find these deals in magazines, or online at the retailer or brand's site.

    5. Become a member

    I'm a huge fan of free "points" memberships and clubs that give you perks just for signing up. Most programs won't cost you a dime to sign up, and they provide great extras like free products, sneak peeks and special deals. The reason why I'm such a fan? Because they actually work! Every time I make a purchase and get things that I'm going to buy already, I rack up points that earn rewards for free products I really want. A few memberships I'm part of — Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Tarte — give you a gift for your birthday, as well.

    Find more beauty tips on The Beauty Closet blog.


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    The model walked the red carpet at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a bodysuit covered in body-shaming terms so many women hear every day on the street, including "hoe," "golddigger," "slut" and more.

    Amber Rose bodysuit 2015 MTV VMAs

    Her entourage also wore outfits with similar slurs about the LGBTQ community.

    Rose's bold look comes just months after her Twitter fight with Khloé Kardashian after the reality star called her out for being a former stripper. The outfit aligns with her desire to take the power out of those words women — both young and old — hear so often.

    “I can be the face to help girls have the confidence to move forward,” Rose said on The Doctors in May. “I’m a mom. I had a baby. I’m proud of my body. I worked out. And no one is ever gonna get me down ever again.”

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    Matching denim outfits at the MTV VMAs

    Images: Jeffrey Mayer/Wire Image/Getty Images and Jason Merritt//Wire Image/Getty Images

    This year? Pharrell Williams, 42, and wife Helen Lasichanh, 35, are the ones on that JT and Brit look. And, as usual, they look super cool.

    While Perry and Riff Raff wanted a clear throwback to the early 2000s, Pharrell and Lasichanh keep their looks effortlessly modern with denim overalls and a button-up (her) and matching jeans and a jacket (him), both topped off with black hats.

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    Pharrell Williams at the 2015 VMAs


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    The anonymity and instant gratification of social sites often lead to words spoken without thought or in the heat of the moment. Unfortunately, the impact of those negative comments last much, much longer than it took to type them.

    In an effort to combat online negativity and make beauty a source of confidence instead of anxiety, Dove teamed up with Twitter to launch its #SpeakBeautiful campaign. Using a proprietary algorithm, #SpeakBeautiful technology counteracts negative comments on social media with positive ones, encouraging women to speak with more confidence, optimism and kindness about beauty.

    With the voices of positive online influencers, Dove sponsored a panel at #BlogHer15 and partnered with SheKnows Hatch to start a conversation about the future impact of social media on the next generation. Media personalities and educators including Ellen Pack of Common Sense Media, Franchesca Ramsey of MTV’s De-coded and Jessica Lahey of The New York Times, led a powerful discussion to examine the intersection of self-esteem, social media and how young people are affected by negative messages and stereotypes online.

    Following the panel, we asked some attendees and panelists what they thought about the #SpeakBeautiful movement and why speaking positive words online is significant.

    We also posed questions about their personal experiences on social media — both negative and positive — and what kind of lasting impact those experiences made. According to these girls, words matter more than you might have thought.

    Listen to the conversation above, and then continue the #SpeakBeautiful movement online. The power is in your hands. It only takes one beautiful comment to ignite positive change online.

    This post was brought to you by Dove.

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    Watch this video to find out how to make it look marvelously modern instead of hopelessly outdated.

    With the right accessories, that top can go from comfy-casual to high fashion. Watch this video to find out how.

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    Start with a pair that fits just right, and then add the right top accessories for a look we know you'll love. Watch the video to get the details.

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    With the right accessories, that top can go from comfy-casual to high fashion. Watch this video to find out how.

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    On Putman's Facebook page, she is described as a public figure who has "overcome many obstacles, but she will still achieve her dreams of being a model and not letting society define anyone with a disability."

    Putman, from Southwick, Sussex, made headlines last week when she achieved her dream of becoming a beauty queen despite having been born with spina bifida, Daily Mail reports. Spina bifida is a defect of the spine that occurs when the vertebrae don't form properly around the spinal cord. There are varying degrees of spina bifida, ranging from mild to severe, but in Putman's case, she is wheelchair-bound.

    However, despite this, Lily ended up winning the pageant, beating out 30 other contestants, and her Facebook page is filled with heartwarming pictures from the competition:

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    Putman's outfit for the pageant suggests she's a big fan of the Disney film Frozen, and her love for the 2013 hit film is confirmed by her Facebook page's personal interest section, which, in addition to Frozen, lists her interests as "Music, Modeling, make up, hair" and "acting, singing."

    More: Catholic bishop compares being gay to Down syndrome

    Putman's ambition is a reminder of why it's so important to follow your dreams, so if you're looking for inspiration, you certainly don't have to look past this story.


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    If you've fallen victim to summer's unfortunate scorching kiss, heal and hide any burn flawlessly with these simple tips from our experts.

    1. Treat the burn first

    As anyone who's suffered from a sunburn knows, treatment is key to healing. Most burns can stay red for a week, says Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. To soothe a sunburn, Dr. Jaliman suggests using a fragrance-free aloe vera gel as the aloe contains anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce pain and stimulate skin repair. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams will also reduce inflammation. According to Dr. Jaliman, hydrcortisone creams constrict blood vessels and make the sunburn appear less red. Ingestible medicines such as aspirin or ibuprofen will also help reduce inflammation and soothe pain — just make certain to eat beforehand so you don't upset your stomach, she warns.

    More: 6 Peeling skin remedies you need after a bad sunburn

    And Romy Soleimani, Beauty Director at Large at Beauty.com agrees. Proper skin prep and treatment is key before even reaching for the foundation. "The better you prep, the less makeup you will probably need," says Soleimani. "For starters, I’d recommend a good face moisturizer which will rehydrate your skin, keeping it supple and flake-free." She suggests a mask like Avene’s Soothing Moisture Mask (Drugstore.com, $26), which is great for speeding up the healing process. "This mask is perfect for sensitive skin and rich in Avene thermal water which works to quickly restore your skin's barrier," she says.

    2. Neutralize the burn

    Now, when it comes down to actually masking the burn, makeup can be a huge help. Whether on your face or your body, there are ways to hide redness so you aren't a walking stop sign.

    "Primers with a green tint can be great for post-sunburned skin because they will neutralize redness in addition to smoothing pores and helping foundation last longer," says Soleimani. Some of her favorites are Koh Gen Do’s Makeup Color Base in Green (Beauty.com, $48) because it tones down redness and has UV protection — a key aspect in preventing further burns — and Smashbox's Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer in Green (Beauty.com, $16) because it smooths pores, neutralizes redness and contains anti-oxidants to treat damaged skin.

    After applying the primer and blending into the skin, Soleimani suggests trying a hydrating BB cream to create a clean palette. She prefers one with SPF protection like Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment with SPF 30 (Beauty.com, $36), which protects, provides good coverage and is light enough to let skin breathe.

    But when it comes to makeup for a burn, less is more. Avoid blush and lipstick with lots of red or pink because it will draw attention to a burn, says Soleimani. "A great tip is to actually use the natural redness in your skin as a blush," she says. "You can use it to your advantage by applying light coverage everywhere on your face and leaving a little of the natural redness on your cheeks as your blush. Just make sure you are concealing the sides of your nose and just before the apples of your cheeks, so it looks intentional!"

    For burns on the body, the same idea still holds true: Prep then cover. "Load up on a body moisturizer because it will help the healing process and prevent peeling," says Soleimani. "It’s especially important to apply before bed when our skin cells are renewing and preparing at a faster rate," she explains. If you choose to use a body makeup, we recommend Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Body Tint (Ybskin.com, $38), for its lightweight finish. Just be sure to pat and not rub when applying to avoid further irritation.

    3. Watch certain ingredients

    All the treating and hiding in the world won't make a lick of difference if you end up further irritating your burn. Certain ingredients found in skin care products and makeup can do just that. Dr. Jaliman suggests avoiding makeup with silicone as these ingredients actually block pores and make it difficult for the skin to breathe.

    More: DIY sunburn-soothing face and body mask

    Soleimani also advises that the gentler the product the better. "Avoid products with acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, which can sting irritated skin," she says. She also warns against using products with harsh detergents or alcohol which can irritate and dry out your skin further.

    Bottom line: Once burned, be gentle on your skin and keep it hydrated to avoid peeling. But as always, the best treatment for a burn is to prevent it in the first place by applying sunscreen and often!


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    At first glance, you probably think they're hard to pull off without looking frumpy, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Watch this video to find out how to build a stunning fall outfit around the perfect poncho wrap.

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    Me and my sister on my big day.

    But these tips aren't exclusive to me only. No matter how big or intimate your wedding day was, you should definitely consider wearing your accessories again. To pull the looks off, you simply have to be willing to have fun with an open mind. Since you went through countless hours to snag just the right thing to wear as you walked down the aisle, I'm sure your find was so fierce you'll want to wear again.

    Fall trends are in your favor, too: The runways and style magazines are full of white pieces and ornate jewels. So go ahead and grab that bling out of your jewelry box and add an edge of drama to your look -- again!

    Shinymix statement necklace, $44

    Of course, you can wear those shiny wedding jewels to a formal event, but consider glamming up a casual outfit with your special statement necklace.

    Baublebar earrings, $34

    There's just something about wearing gorgeous earrings that gracefully graze our necks. On your wedding day, the look made a chic statement, but for the fall season, get mileage out of those sparkling gems by pairing them with a shoulder-baring shirt, a sharp blazer or a casual outfit.

    Calypso St. Barth's headband, $195

    Adorning your hair with an elaborate sparkler for your wedding is a major part of the "princess for a day" thing. After the big day, some of those hair accessories can definitely be worn again. With metallic, brocade and other rich textures making an appearance for fall 2015, you'll have no problem coordinating your hair accessory with an outfit for a festive night out.

    White by Vera Wang for David's Bridal shoe boots, $99

    Any shoe-loving woman can appreciate the opportunity to wear a standout pair more than once. Nowadays, brides opt for shoes that fully expresses their personality — so why not show off your personality again afterward? After all, that's what style is all about. If your wedding shoes had a non-traditional print or color, or an embellishment you loved, you should rock them again! Shoes with pizazz can be worked into any look to give it some attitude.

    Bhldn lace topper, $160


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    Add a few carefully selected accessories, and you've got an outfit that's perfect for fall.

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    Along with the bad hair days are the bored hair days, when we desperately want to get out of our style rut without having to put in too much effort.

    Since it's still technically summer, I'm sharing some styles that are good in the heat and won't roadblock your day. These five updos work for all seasons and can flawlessly switch up your routine look.

    1. Faux updo

    Faux updo for short hair

    Photo credit: Keiko Lynn

    This faux updo, styled and modeled by blogger Keiko Lynn, works with short or long hair. A slicked-down side swoop tucked under a printed scarf is both fabulous and retro. I believe using a fine-tooth comb gives the best results, and topping off your hair with a polishing oil makes hair appear fresh and pretty.

    Try these products for this look:

    Emilee Hair Scarf, $14.40
    Mason Pearson Styling Comb, $26
    John Frieda Frizz-Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum, $7.48

    2. Updo for curly hair

    Updo for naturally curly hair

    Photo credit: Once Wed

    My long-haired ladies who want a change from the flowing locks: Here is a chic and easy style for you. Found on a wedding site, but works just as well for a casual day in the evening or at the office. Check out the step-by-step to get this hairstyle. All you'll need are clips, bobby pins and a little patience.

    3. Double boxer braids

    Boxer braids

    Photo credit: Because I'm Addicted; stylist: The Beauty Department

    Move over, Hilary Swank, there's a new kind of boxer in town. Although this style may scream "tomboy" for some, it's been seen on the likes of Khloe Kardashian, and the runway of designer Honor. It's a cool twist to the fishtail style or French braid look. You may see this trend around more often, so if you're up to trying this low-key look, check out this YouTube tutorial.

    Try these products out to achieve this look.

    Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Styling Gel, $17
    Matrix Biolage Styling Finishing Spritz, $16

    4. Teased high pony

    Teased high pony

    Photo credit: Gal Meets Glam

    While I am a huge fan of the topknot, I'm starting to fall in love with the high ponytail. This style exudes confidence and poise. Teasing your hair throughout adds chicness and edge.

    Try these products out to achieve this look: 

    Paul Mitchell Teasing Brush, $6.38
    Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray, $18

    5. Twist-out with bangs

    Twist-out with bangs

    Photo credit: Taliah Ferguson

    This sweet twist-out doesn't make you look like a little girl, and can be worn down or up in a ponytail. Here, my mom used cold wave rods on small sectioned, damp hair. The results are best when you prep and moisturize your hair with an oil (like olive oil) and a styling gel. Once your hair is dry, it will have beautiful ringlets that you can work into different styles with bobby pins or rubber bands.

    Try these products to get this look:

    Fantasia IC hair Polisher with Olive Oil Moisturizing Shine Serum, $7.39
    Annie Cold Wave Rods, $1
    ECO Styler Professional Styling Gel, $2.39


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    But I keep doing it. Partially because I've worked in the beauty industry as an aesthetician and feel like I am just so close to finally figuring it out, and partially because there's a little teenage girl inside of me who can't help picking up a box of hair dye at the drugstore whenever I'm in the mood for a change.

    I need help.

    My latest pathetic hair dye attempt was the amazing internet ombré trend. All the celebs are doing it. Certainly it doesn't take a rocket scientist to lighten the ends of your hair at home? I'm sure you can see where this is heading, and thank the Lord above that this story did not turn out as bad as it could have. I was gun-shy, so I bought boxed dye that wasn't light enough to make a difference. I spent a few hours slathering chemicals on my head and then — nothing. What a letdown.

    Dyeing your hair at home is not for the faint of heart, but it can be successful. The trick is not to go rogue — like I do — and think you've got it all figured out just because you pinned a cute hairstyle on Pinterest. Listen to the brave hairstylists who have gone before you and save yourself from a botched dye job.

    It's time to stop making these "big, huge" mistakes if you want your at-home color to come out right:

    1. You go to extremes

    The '90s called, and Shirley Manson wants her hair back. I kid, I kid, but I can't tell you how many times I have tried to change my look with a $10 box of dye in my hand. Stephanie Johnson, licensed hairstylist and makeup and fashion photographer in Dallas, confirms the obvious: Trying to make a drastic change (like my ombré fail) is a bad idea. She says, "It may be tempting to go for that home ombré kit or the box that has the pretty model sporting the bright red, but more often than not, that big change will land you in a stylist's chair spending big money on a color correction. Unless you're someone who has some training in the science of hair and chemical color, I don't recommend the extreme changes alone."

    More: 7 Ways to color your hair without traditional hair dye

    2. You choose the wrong tone

    Here's the big problem with the cornucopia of color found on every drugstore shelf across America: It creates a false sense of trust. If you're anything like me, you think that because you can buy it and dye it at home, almost any color should be flattering. But that's where you'd be wrong. Box dyes are sold in one (often harsh) color, while a professional knows how to mix colors and tones in a way that is most flattering, says Julie Featherman, stylist and owner of Juju Salon & Organics. She continues, "So many of the advertised tones in boxed dyes are extreme. Women select 'gold' and end up with orange casts; 'ash' makes the color too dark; 'neutral' just doesn't exist. To achieve this at home, one would have to buy a few boxes and know how to mix correctly." To avoid this embarrassing clash, consult with your stylist or find out how to choose a hair color that matches your skin tone here.

    3. You don't know the rules

    Rules? What rules? Turns out there's both an art and a science to coloring your hair, as Johnson pointed out. Her golden rule that could save your hair from demise is that color doesn't lift color. This is something the professionals know but very few laywomen understand. "That means that if you have previous color — let's say a chocolate brown — and you are checking out that lighter brown or copper red, that new color that you put all over will not lighten that previous chocolate. Actually, it will layer over it and make it look darker, while those virgin roots are brought up by the color, leaving you with copper roots and dark brown to black mid-shaft to ends."

    4. You buy nonpermanent

    Non-permanent means it isn't permanent, so what could possibly go wrong? Featherman calls this one of the biggest misconceptions in the biz: Most box dyes on the shelf are still permanent, no matter what the label says. "Even though the color may fade with this selection and the gray becomes translucent, the color itself continues to coat the shaft of the hair. This affects the outcome of the next color application because the residual color and tones are literally still 'on' the hair," she explains. Know that any box color you choose is a major commitment, whether it's advertised as temporary or not.

    5. You get emotional

    This is only funny because it's true: Breaking up, moving or getting fired is enough to make any sane woman crazy. Just don't take it out on your hair. What may seem like a good idea after a few glasses of wine will only turn into fire-engine-red regret in the morning. Johnson explains what really happens when hair dye and emotions mix: "That black box color is not going to do anything but land you in three months of highlight appointments to get it back out. Home hair color (especially the darker ones) are hyper-pigmented to provide as many results on as many heads as possible. Getting that out later will require multiple appointments."

    More: 5 Things you should know before dyeing your hair pastel

    6. You don't apply evenly

    Call this the worst hair dye snafu of all because you're not going to find out until it is too late. The big difference between dyeing at home and dyeing in a salon is the coverage. Featherman says, "Applying color to your own hair with a bottle practically guarantees uneven coverage. This usually occurs at the crown and occipital. This is most noticeable on women who are trying to go lighter in shade and/or blonde." At the very least, enlist the help of a friend who's got your back or consider a professional if you're trying to go a shade lighter.

    7. You dye too often

    Most of us turn to the at-home dye when we don't have the time or money to head to the salon for a touchup. But saving a few bucks at home creates a new problem, and it's called overlap. Touching up your hair at home can be successful when you dye the outgrowth only, a task that often requires professional training. "Overlapping color causes hair to become brittle, and this often leads to breakage. This also leads to really dark ends and lighter 'roots," explains Becky Sturm, hairstylist and founder of StormSister Spatique. Long-term touchups at home are risky for this reason, but the outlook isn't completely bleak: Here are the easiest hair colors to maintain, meaning less at-home overlap.

    8. You use bleach

    I'm going to do you a favor and wrap this up nice and neat with the biggest home hair dye no-no of all: Don't ever use bleach. For the love of God (and for the love of my fried hair that broke off in clumps in high school), just don't. Johnson says bleaching hair should only be left to the professionals because it is not a one-step process. She explains, "Brunette to blonde is a trying process, and oftentimes, ladies end up thinking that head full of bleach will do the trick. Not so. There are tones to be considered, as well as previous color, lifestyle, habits and more that a professional will ask about. Most every lady has tried to do this themselves, thinking they could get rid of that dark hair in a snap and finding themselves with candy corn (white roots through gold yellow down to orange) hair. Don't do this to yourself. Leave blonding to a professional."


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    However, the folks in this video have no such excuse. They entered into this ridiculous carnival-like game with all their faculties intact, saw the permanent consequences and still went ahead with it.

    The game was set up simply enough — the willing volunteer puts a hockey puck-like disc into a roulette-like square board, that then manipulates the puck on its way down so it lands in one of eight banks. The banks are your tattoo choices, and to put it mildly, they're not the most flattering. Here are just a few of the options: Trump's toupee with the word "Trump" under it, Jar Jar Binks and a tattoo that actually reads "tramp stamp."

    More15 Tattoos that are the perfect wedding ring alternative

    Then you get to play the same game again, this time to determine where the tattoo will be etched into your body forever. While the usual suspects are there — upper arm, lower back, butt — they do have face as an option. I have to imagine having Trump's toupee on my face forever would be akin to Hester Prin getting marked with the scarlet letter.

    Now at first, I had qualms with Elite Daily deciding to make this video at all. I mean, it's really quite silly, and doesn't say much about the human condition, except that some people are willing to do anything as long as it's publicized. However, that being said, the idea still compels us to watch it, because we simply can't imagine there are individuals who would actually do it. I believe it's this inherent fascination with the absurd that's paved the way for the reality TV shows that flood our media spheres. But I digress — onto the freak show!

    tattoo roulette

    tattoo roulette

    I think my favorite part of this video might be all the people who refuse to go through with it once they're faced with the ridiculous tattoo choices. I would definitely be making a beeline for the exit if I had to pick between the old Internet Explorer symbol and the song lyrics "come my lady, come come my lady." However, that being said, I suppose the whole scenario would make a pretty good story when someone asks, "Why did you get that tattoo?"

    More20 Tattooed women challenging the taboo against ink in the workplace

    There are also plenty of people who don't think of permanent body art as such a big deal, especially if they already have several tats of which to speak. I, being a tattoo virgin, know if I were ever to get one, the specifics of it would have to be perfect for me to feel comfortable with it on my skin for the rest of my life. I think of it like choosing a life partner — it has to be "the one" for you to make that permanent commitment.

    I'm pretty sure that was not the case for the girl who got her tattoo cherry popped with the True Detective Season 2 Emmy tattoo in this video. Hopefully her friends and family will get the joke.

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    20 Tattooed women challenging the taboo against ink in the workplace


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    No offense to mascara, but fake eyelashes are like the cosmetic's more mature older sister. Instead of slavishly applying coat after coat of black ink to the tops and bottoms of lashes, and often smudging it on our eyelids or losing an eyelash or three while trying to remove it before bed, fake eyelashes are a no-fail way to instantly get the kind of pretty, perfectly separated and thick lashes of our dreams.

    1. They're perfect to wear during emotional times (like weddings, sad movies or when you have PMS)

    Feeling sensitive? All faux lashes will carry you through. "False eyelashes are a great way to have tear-proof makeup — instead of having eyeliner and mascara run down your eyes when you attend a big event, false eyelashes won't leave dark streaks down your face," says Courtney Lutkus from StyleInGo. "False eyelashes are a wonderful way to enhance your eyes without piling on a ton of makeup. While mascara can only darken and lengthen the eyelashes you have, false eyelashes can multiply the eyelashes that you have."

    More: You can conquer fake eyelashes — here's how (VIDEO)

    2. They come in a variety of materials

    Think false eyelashes are all alike? Depending on your price point and what you feel most comfortable wearing, there are a bevy of options out there. "The most popular eyelash materials are human hair, plastic, and mink," Lutkus says. "Human hair and mink are preferred for their realistic look — with mink eyelashes being the priciest. Eyelash adhesives ensure that the lashes stay on all day, but the lashes can be easily pulled off at the end of the night." A set of mink eyelashes from You Complete Me costs $30 (Violet Grey, $30), while a pair that uses human hair, such as Andrea Modlash Strip Lash (Drugstore.com, $3), costs significantly less.

    3. They can help strengthen your real eyelashes

    "While false eyelashes don't have special ingredients that will help to strengthen and grow your lashes, by wearing false eyelashes as an alternative to mascara it can help your lashes stay strong and healthy," Lutkus says. "Mascara weakens your eyelashes and makes them brittle. Thus, by wearing false eyelashes as an alternative to mascara your eyelashes will start to look thicker and healthier."

    4. Eyelash extensions are also an option — and you can wear them for days on end

    There are fake eyelashes, which are made of heavier materials and should be worn for one evening or day only — and there are eyelash extensions, which you can sleep in, wake up in and wear for weeks, explains KP Murray of Elle Lash Bar in Washington D.C. "Eyelash extensions are the best option when using false lashes to enhance your look. This is because eyelash extensions are placed using the correct weight and correct length individually on your natural lashes," Murray says. "They are placed 1 mm from your skin, so there is no contact with your lids or skin. The adhesive used is undetectable and is medical grade. Once your natural lash is ready to shed, the extension that is placed on your lash naturally sheds with the extension so there is no pulling or breakage."

    More: The pros and cons of eyelash extensions

    The average length of time eyelash extensions last on your lashes is two weeks, according to Professional Makeup Artist Ashley Spedale. "Every day we naturally shed 3-5 lashes, so in about two weeks half of the extensions will have shed," Spedale says. "With extensions comes some maintenance; however, the pros of this is say buh-bye to your mascara and wake up feeling more wide eyed and able to run out of the house! Most of my clients call it a mini eye lift. No need for as much make up either. It becomes an addiction!"

    5. They will save you oodles of time in the morning

    Imagine being able to wake up and cut the time it takes you to make yourself even prettier in half. You can thank eyelash extensions for that. "Eyelash extensions are better than mascara for a few reasons," Murray says. "Makeup application takes a lot of time. Eyelash extensions save time in the morning."

    6. They help keep your skin healthy

    All that wiping and rough housing we do to our made-up lashes to get all that gook off? Not only does it result in eyelash loss, it also messes with the delicate skin around our eyes and, when not removed properly, can hurt our eyes. "Mascara can damage eyelashes," Murray says. "Waterproof formulas are drying and cause breakage. Curling your lashes after applying mascara can also cause breakage. The majority of women do not remove all of their mascara, which causes it to dry, become brittle, and break your lashes. Old mascara also harbors bacteria and can infect the lash follicle."

    7. You'll instantly become a Kardashian — for one night only (whew!)

    Fake eyelashes and extensions provide the easiest way to change up your look in a matter of seconds — and, yes, to even Kardashian-ify your look. "A strip lash is amazing to wear for an event because I feel it completes the make-up look," Spedale says. "You can make your lashes appear to be longer and thicker for the day/night. If you wanted a look like the Kardashians, one might want to double stack a strip lash or even triple stack them."

    And, guess what? Lash makers are getting hip to the fact that women aren't thrilled about spending money on lashes they can wear once or twice but then have to throw in the garbage.

    "There are many eyelash brands that are coming out with mink false lashes or a faux mink lash that can be worn up to 30 times if taken care of properly," Spedale says. "Brands like Lilly Lashes now offer these. You can also check out House of Lashes for some really great strips or my favorite by Ardell called Demi Wispies, which you can get at your local drugstore."


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    Now, they've made a video that shows the best in lingerie since 1915, ranging from demure, cover-up cotton to flirty camisoles, tiny shorts, panties, knee-high stockings with garter belts... and a bit of everything in between, compressed into three short minutes.

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    Spoiler alert: Women like to look beautiful in their bedroom gear.

    100 Years of Lingerie

    100 Years of Lingerie

    We all know that, and the outfits throughout the years show that while the looks might get a little more daring, we're not all that different now than the sexy ladies of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Lingerie allows us to show off a side that the rest of the world doesn't get to see. This, in turn, makes these intimate combos one of the most honest forms of fashion. Sure, we might all be forced to wear business suits to work, but what is worn underneath that is completely up to us, and that's empowering.

    More: Charging more for bigger bras is just plain wrong

    As for which is sexiest? That goes to 2015. The current style is better than anything before it because it's all about embracing individuality. Before, men might've had more of a say in what their ladies wore underneath their clothes. Now, anything goes — and it's all sexy in its own way. Want to wear a simple cotton bra and briefs? Sexy. Peek-a-boo satin jumpsuit. Sexy. Show off your natural curves? Sexy. The video does a fabulous job of showing that women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds are at their most beautiful when they're embracing their preferences. That, in turn, shows confidence.

    More: Let's stop treating cleavage like it's something women have to hide

    And that confidence is sexier than any bra and panty set could ever be.


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