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    But now it’s time for the very best fashion season of all — fall.

    Not so fast. Before you slide into even one over-the-knee boot sock, it’s time to tame your closet and edit it down to a carefully curated collection of blazers, skirts and hoodies just ready for a crisp run to Starbucks for a PSL.

    No one can tell you how many of each article of clothing you need. That’s just an individual thing. The hard part is getting rid of the clutter and getting down to the nitty-gritty so you can avoid the morning trauma of a closet bursting with a bunch of bad outfits.

    Here are seven simple rules for taming that unruly summer closet to make way for your fiercest fall looks.

    1. Take the emotion out of it

    It’s easy to get emotionally attached to clothes for all sorts of reasons. That time you wore that flowy muumuu in Kauai or the magical dress you wore on your first date with your husband. But, honey, muumuus are only cute in Hawaii and that first date was in 1998, so it’s time to get over it already. Make room for new clothes and the new memories that come along with them. It will be fine.

    2. Get rid of summer’s casualties

    Sun, sweat, salt and chlorine are just a few of summer’s hazards for your clothes. Summer is also a time to pick up those $4 flip-flops that perfectly match your new mani, the coolest $10 pair of shades at the beach or even a drugstore bikini. But now that summer’s over, it’s probably not worth dedicating precious storage space for trendy, disposable summer finds, so ditch what’s finished and donate the rest. The beach bag could probably go, too.

    3. If it doesn’t fit, ditch it already

    I’m sorry, but if that dress doesn’t fit in the bust today, it probably never will. We’ve all been there. But there’s not enough Classy Closet magic in the world to make room for your fall wardrobe and your dreams. If it’s too tight, too big, fits weird, gapes at the buttons or cuts into your armpits, it’s time to give it away to someone who will actually wear it. We'll pause for a moment of silence here out of respect for dreams dashed.

    4. Dresses get three strikes

    Now, a lot of wardrobe minimalists have a strict rule that if you haven’t worn something in the last six months, you should donate it. But fancy dresses and occasion pieces are a different matter. Here’s the best way to approach occasion wear and dresses in general: If you can remember trying it on at least three times and not wearing it, get rid of it, because if it was gonna happen, it would have by now.

    5. Quality control

    Anything that has holes, tears, missing buttons, frayed cuffs or stains goes. You’re not going to fix it, so just accept it and move on. And don't say you'll just make a pile for the tailor, because you're not going to do that either. Just get rid of it and save yourself the guilt and clutter.

    6. Jeans by the numbers

    One thing just about everyone can agree on is that jeans are a wardrobe staple. But exactly how many pairs of jeans do you really need? This “denim expert” says you only need three pairs of jeans even though the average woman has about 10 pairs in her closet. If only three pairs of jeans sounds ridiculous, compromise and edit your jeans down to one of each style you wear — skinny, boyfriend, boot cut — and don’t forget to hold back one pair for grubby jobs like painting.

    7. There are no rules about shoes — well, except No. 5

    If you’re a complete minimalist when it comes to shoes, first, please share with the rest of the class how to do that. And, second, compare your collection with this pretty sweet and simple list of only five basic shoes you’ll ever really need. If you fall into the category of having more shoes than a centipede could ever wear — *raises hand* — your best bet is to become a shoe organization ninja with tips like this idea to turn a door into extra storage space or these ideas for DIY shoe racks for your closet.

    This post is part of a sponsored advertising collaboration.

    More on creating the right wardrobe for fall

    Can clothes really make you more confident?
    The secret behind what makes Giuliana Rancic's closet so enviable
    Designers share tips for organizing your closet


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    That's a huge number, but there are few other options for cost-effective hair removal.

    Laser hair removal is expensive and time-consuming, while electrolysis can be seriously painful (and also expensive). And then there's waxing, which is just straight-up torture. But now, researchers have created a new type of razor that uses laser technology to remove hair in a way that is both cost-effective and irritation-free.

    More: Why you should quit waxing and get laser ASAP

    The researchers are currently raising money on Kickstarter to create the unbelievable-but-real razor they call Skarp, using the Swedish word for "sharp." According to the creators, the Skarp razor uses laser technology to "melt" hair off at the skin level without burning, leaving behind smooth skin that's free of irritation, razor burn and cuts.

    More: Woman suffers serious chemical burns after using DIY tattoo removal kit

    It's also more environmentally-friendly because it won't require replacement cartridges — and, bonus, you don't have to use shaving cream or water to shave, a feature especially attractive for those areas of the world suffering from crippling droughts.

    They're still perfecting the product, but a release in 2016 is looking pretty good, considering so far they've raised almost $2.6 million (and counting) toward the production and manufacture of Skarp — far more than their initial goal of $160,000. There are still several days left in the campaign, so there's still time to get in on the "future of shaving" before everyone else.

    More: 7 Hair removal techniques ranked from worst to best


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    But be warned: Layers gone wrong can leave you looking more hobo than boho. Just a few tweaks can be the difference. But not to worry, we've got you covered. Here's a guide to layering fall's freshest fashion that will have you strutting down the sidewalk instead of looking like you just might live there.

    1. Menswear

    menswear

    menswear

    Part preppy '80s, part utility and always so fun to wear, layering fall's menswear trend is tricky business. Here, menswear is layered, but impeccably tailored, which lets you add a jacket over a sweater without bulk. Also notice the light, feminine touches used to counter all the stark, heavy menswear lines, like the sparkly shoes and the light, flowy and hair, makeup and nails. If you love the menswear look, invest in a couple of staple items — like a great, crisp shirt or a beautiful overcoat — and splurge on getting the pieces perfectly tailored to your figure. And remember to balance any menswear-inspired looks with dainty, girly touches to lighten up the look.

    2. Flannel shirt

    flannel shirt layering

    flannel shirt layering

    Helloooo? Oh, it's 1992 calling and it's so excited to see the flannel shirt trend come back. But be careful! You can't just throw on a flannel shirt and call it a day or you'll look more like the Northwestern lumberjacks who first inspired the flannel shirt craze among the Seattle grunge set. Fashion-forward flannel is made for layering. Here, a slim-fit flannel is unbuttoned to keep an unflattering print from cutting off the eye and is then topped off with a cream cardi to keep the print from overwhelming the whole look. A master class in flannel layering for fall.

    3. Kimono

    kimono layering for fall

    kimono layering for fall

    Light, flowy kimonos in rich, beautiful colors are all the rage and are an effortless way to dress up your fall basics. Here, a black dress and biker boots are treated to a little fun, courtesy of a cute kimono. What makes this look work? The plain, substantial pieces worn underneath keep the look grounded and let the kimono really shine. Don't pair fall's kimono with anything too flimsy underneath or you'll look like a crazy person who wondered out of her boudoir. Keep anything worn underneath simple or the whole thing will just look like a big mess.

    4. Jewelry

    layered necklaces

    layered necklaces

    There's an art to layering lots of jewelry together and making it look hopelessly cool. Done wrong, you can look like a girl playing in her mom's jewelry box. Check out this set of strands from Pam Jackman of Bloom Boutique. What keeps this set from looking like a mess? The similar colors and materials. Layer pieces in your own collection by color and texture and make sure to look for necklaces of varying lengths. Ditto for rings and bracelets. The trick to pulling off the look is making it look like a curated set, rather than just a bunch of stuff you threw on in a hurry.

    5. Tights

    tights, tunics, boots fall

    tights, tunics, boots fall

    Today's tights are made to make a statement. And if you remember nothing else, remember this tried-and-true fall layering formula: Tunic + boots + tights = perfection. And don't be afraid to go a little cray with your tights. Between the tunic and the boots, you can put just about any pattern on your legs and it will flatter. Promise.

    6. Shorts

    layer shorts for fall

    layer shorts for fall

    Give those trusty summer jean shorts one last hurrah this fall by layering tights underneath and a cardigan on top. But one tip: Since you'll have lots of visible layers at the same time, keep the color palate basic — like this beauty does here with her black and white outfit that seems like something she just threw on but looks oh, so cool.

    7. Color

    white layers

    white layers

    Monochromatic layers are a great way to add drama and texture to your look without a lot of bulk. Check out this luscious winter white getup with loads of layers that still look light as air. Swoon.

    8. Scarves

    fall layered scarves

    fall layered scarves

    Scarves are the hardest-working pieces in the fashion business. Functional and beautiful, scarves should add an element of texture and interest to your outfit, rather than overwhelm it. Here, scarves help outfits easily transition from summer to fall and offer a low-commitment way to add trendy colors and patterns into your wardrobe.

    This post is part of a sponsored advertising collaboration.

    More fall fashion layering tips

    Fall fashion: Easy layering looks for kids
    Mastering the art of layered looks
    How to transition kids' summer clothes for fall


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    Growing up, I was one of the palest people I knew. My Mediterranean background only confused matters even more, leading many people to stop when they heard my maiden name and question whether I had mistakenly introduced myself as someone else. I spent the first three months of my freshman year of high school wandering the halls with tan foundation caked to my skin — surely, I was fooling everyone, I thought. No one would see that I had forgotten to spread the makeup down my neck or that my ears stuck out like two beacons of florescent light.

    After a few more years spent robbing myself of my health while acquiring goldish-reddish skin in a tanning booth, I turned 17 and said "enough." Discovering Kim Gordon and other pale indie rock queens had a lot to do with it, but so did the fact that trying to be something you're not is exhausting — and expensive as hell.

    More: Makeup tutorials for women of all shades

    Over the years, I've come to love my pale skin and am always looking for top-notch ways to play it up. Molly Leahy, bridal hair and makeup artist at Blushing Brides Boston, and Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup, pro makeup artist and beauty expert, offer 8 great makeup tips for lighter skin shades — as well as the things you should never do if you've been blessed with pale skin.

    1. Glowing skin is still possible

    "If you prefer to have your skin on the pale side then make sure it's glowing," Leahy says. "Often times it's hard for people with paler skin to wear heavy foundation because it can look caked on so stick with a tinted moisturizer or a luminous foundation paired with spot concealing any imperfections. If you prefer full coverage foundation then simply mix it with a few drops of a liquid highlighter to get your glow."

    More: The super pale girl's guide to glowing skin

    2. Find your eyeliner match

    "Try using a softer eyeliner," Leahy says. "This really depends on what your hair color is as well. If you have dark hair and dark lashes with pale skin then you will most likely still feel good rocking black liner. However, if you have light hair and lashes, using a brown or gray eyeliner will look more natural. A good trick for pale skin with fair lashes is to also line the tight line (upper water line) so it doesn't look like you have a big gap where your lashes are."

    More: The best colored eyeliner for your eye color

    3. Don't shy away from bright lipstick

    "Don't think that you can't wear bright lipstick," Leahy says. "Often times a pop of color can look even more pronounced and amazing on pale skin. Pinks and reds look absolutely amazing in contrast, but if you aren't used to wearing a lot of makeup then start with a sheer shade of pink or red to get used to it first."

    4. Avoid the wrong shades of blush

    "Don't go super crazy with it so that you feel like a clown, but a light wash of color can help pale skin feel much more alive," Leahy says. "Stay away from the brown and orange tones and go more for the pinks to give your pale skin a soft healthy glow."

    More: Which blush suits each skin tone

    5. Go minimal on the eye makeup

    "This doesn't mean that you can't ever dress up your makeup, but a little bit goes a long way when it comes to pale skin," Leahy says. "Stick to warmer neutral tones or it can look like you're getting a black eye."

    6. Make your hair color even richer

    No one is saying you should run out and dye your hair black, but often times, a richer, glossier hair color can make alabaster skin look stunning. "Deeper, richer hair colors provide great contrast for pale skin," Trotter says. "If your hair is a dishwater shade, consider going deeper to complement your look."

    7. Beat your arch enemy, blotchiness

    "Blotchiness is the bane of pale skinned girls," Trotter says. "Use a color corrector (my fave is IT Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream) to banish blotchy skin tone and create the perfect porcelain canvas."

    8. Fake your tan in a healthy way

    If you still long to look sun-kissed, add a little warmth to your complexion in a healthy, UVA and UVB ray-less way. "Fake a natural glow with a light shade of bronzer dusted anywhere the sun would naturally hit you — the top of your forehead, bridge of your nose, cheeks and chin," Trotter says. "Use a big, fluffy brush and use a light touch."

    9. Never try to be too tan

    "Don't try to create a fake tan with too much bronzer, or a shade that's too dark," Trotter says. Your face will just look dirty. Not cute."

    10. Don't fall into the neutral makeup trap

    "Avoid overly neutral makeup when you're pale," Trotter says. "If you like nude shades, be sure to choose nudes with a flush of pink or peach, and avoid brown shades in blush and lipstick. They will age you and drain the color from your face."

    11. Hair appointments are key

    "Don't neglect your hair, especially if you're getting a few grays," Trotter says. "Pale skin coupled with blah hair sporting grays is an instant recipe for looking old and tired, regardless of your actual age."

    More: The best pastel and neon hair color for your skin tone and eye color

    12. Don't skip blush

    "Even if you aren't used to wearing it, you really need it when you're pale," Trotter says. "Apply peachy rose shades to the apples of your cheeks blending upward for lift and a light flush that prevents you from looking washed out."


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    More: Sex educator on a mission to break down barriers around disability and sex

    Camilleri, with her label IZ Adaptive, is working to ensure that people with disabilities have easy access to fashion forward clothes without having to compromise comfort, specifically producing what is known as "adaptive clothing." Most mainstream clothing is designed, cut and fit for a body that's standing, while adaptive clothing has been designed, created and sewn for people who have clothing needs outside of what is commercially available.

    IZ Adaptive
    Image: IZ Adaptive

    In her work with IZ Adaptive, Camilleri has learnt a lot about the challenges that people with disabilities face. "Until I started working with someone who was paralyzed and used a wheelchair, I was unaware of the unique clothing needs," she tells me. "The biggest misconception is that people with disabilities do not have the same needs or wants as able-bodied people when it comes to fashion. Everyone wants to express themselves in their own way."

    Camilleri's customers want to have the same options as everyone else, including leather jackets, jeans, dress shirts and more, pieces that are stylish but adaptive.

    To fully serve people with disabilities, clothing brands need to have a complete understanding and really wrap their heads around how they can serve the disabled community better, not just with their clothes but by including them in the creative process, having them influence design, staging, everything.

    "Until you start to learn the issues, you assume there are no issues and that people with disabilities can dress in the same clothing as those without disabilities," Camilleri adds.

    IZ Adaptive
    Image: IZ Adaptive

    Camilleri's dedication and commitment to helping people with mobility issues goes one step further with the launch of her Acess10 campaign. The program will donate 10 percent of total gross sales, including purchases from their 2015 fall collection, towards helping to increase accessibility and purchasing mobility ramps across Canada. Sales for their Fashion IZ Freedom t-shirt also go towards increasing accessibility, with 100 percent of all profits being donated to this campaign.

    "We wanted a way to start giving back to our clients in a way that would serve them. We thought long and hard about how we could do this and the ramps seemed like a great start and achievable goal," Camilleri says.

    IZ Adaptive label also has an awareness component, with Camilleri's hoping that their efforts will give able-bodied folks the chance to gain understanding and perspective on what those with disabilities face.

    More: Man with cerebral palsy shares how his disability inspired him to educate others


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    I got engaged in April and couldn't be happier. Like any bride, I was excited to start planning and execute the wedding day of my dreams. As everyone from my mother to the ladies at the nail salon began handing me magazines, it became glaringly obvious to me that the bridal industry does not see me as their target customer and though they are desperately trying to corner the gay wedding market, other than an add for David's Bridal there was nothing for me.

    Now, some might argue that save the dates and rings are fun to look at, but come on, we all know it's about the dress! Most of you have heard that the average American woman is a size 14 by now, actually closer to 18 these days I think, but you wouldn't have a clue when flipping the pages of the average wedding rag. Page after page, I saw brides in gorgeous gowns (that probably come in my size) but not a clue that a girl like me could actually find someone to marry her! I mean, after all, that is the subtle message that the bridal magazine industry is selling. When you really boil it down, thin equals love.

    This mentality permeates the industry. I recently said yes to the dress, a sample that fit me to a tee. The truly lovely manager of the store casually mentioned that "depending on how much weight you lose, you can have the dress altered." This exact sentence I know has been said to many a bride; but it is the epitome of bridal fat shaming. What if I was getting married next month? What if I have no plans to lose weight? What if, by some miracle, my partner actually loves me for me and what I look like right now? I know that it was not her intention to offend me, and I wasn't offended. I was actually just sad that this is such a normal pressure put upon brides. What if someone is recovering from an eating disorder? Or what if I had just lost 100 pounds? It's these subtle nuances that we must combat in order to change the way we see our bodies and ultimately what we pass on to our children with regards to their body image.

    All that to say here are three ways that the bridal industry can reach me and my hard earned money:

    1. Incorporate girls that look like me into your editorials as the bride. Sure, a plus-size bridesmaid is obvious, but why not suggest that someone a bit bigger than a size 2 can find love too?
    2. Encourage your advertisers to offer variety. Most wedding gowns come in a wide range of sizes. Show us. Show us what we might look like in your $10,000 gown… we want to spend our money!
    3. Understand that we want to wear what’s trendy... who doesn't love a great princess gown? I know I do, but come on! Give me options! I want to see what my shape looks like in a trumpet gown or mermaid cut! I am not afraid to show my figure, let me!

    If you're curvy or have a plus size friend who needs wedding inspiration, send her to Pretty Pear Bride. It's one space online capturing the plus size bride's attention and offering her something to look at. It's what I'll be reading to help plan my wedding and where I'll be and blogging about all of my wedding planning.

    My attempt at expressing my thoughts on feeling left out of the bridal market is not to boycott the beautiful pages that make it so easy to imagine the beautiful possibilities of my big day, but rather to ask, beg and plead that we plus-size girls be invited to the table. We want to play. We want to spend. And now, let's eat some cake!


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    More: Rick Owens creates a buzz with a very unusual Paris Fashion Week show

    The innovative New York Creative Business House show has been dubbed The National Dwarf Fashion Show, and although it’s not an official Paris Fashion Week show, the fact that it took place during one of the biggest events on the fashion calendar has helped to shine a light on the enduring elitism and prejudice that exists in the modelling industry.

    The National Dwarf Fashion Show Paris
    Image: The National Dwarf Fashion Show/Facebook

    More: Fashion Week makes moves to be more inclusive

    French association "Donnons-leur une chance" (Give them a chance) put on the show at the French Ministry of Culture and featured 15 female dwarves in glamorous outfits.

    National Dwarf Fashion Show

    National Dwarf Fashion Show

    After the event, founder of The National Dwarf Fashion Show, Myriam Chalek, said: “When you look at all these fashion shows, you see tall and skinny models. I don’t see myself in them. Because being a model… it’s just showcasing clothes. So if you know how to walk the runway, you are a model.”

    "So that’s what the dwarf fashion show’s about… providing this community of little women with clothing that fits them physically but also mentally, emotionally, so they can feel good about themselves," Chalek continued. "I feel like we kind of forget what fashion is really about; it’s about self-expression."

    Which is something we should be reminded of — often. The fashion industry still has a long, long way to go before it offers a more realistic representation of its customers. Those tall, willowy models will always prevail. So the more shows we have featuring models of different size, shape, height and colour, the better.

    More: 18-Year-old model with Down syndrome will change the NYFW game


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    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 1
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    Being that Elissa Bat is a cartoon, her eyebrows are much higher and thinner than mine. I am going to essentially erase my brows and draw new ones on. The first step of this is to apply several coats of glue stick, letting it dry in between coats.

    Step 2.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 2
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    Use a spoolie to brush brows upwards.

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    Step 3.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 3
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    With a white liner pencil, go over brows to lighten them up if they are dark like mine.

    Step 4.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 4
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    Mix white and purple cream colors together to create the perfect lavender complexion. 2 parts white, 1 part purple should do. Using a makeup wedge, stipple the color all over your face.

    Step 5.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 5
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    Make sure to go over your eyelids too.

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    Step 6.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 6
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    Using a brush, create some highlight areas with white cream color.

    Step 7.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 7
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    With your white liner pencil, extend your eye shape below your lower lash line for a more cartoon-like appearance. The Monster High dolls all have very large eyes.

    Step 8.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 8a
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    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 8b
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    With a thin brush and a black gel liner, outline your new eye shape.

    Step 9.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 9
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    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 9b
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    Cover your eyelid with a matte purple shadow, filling in the upper part of the eye shape and blending the color past it.

    Step 10.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 10
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    Apply light false lashes on the faked-out lower lash line you created earlier.

    Step 11.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 11
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    With your black gel liner, draw thinner brows on above your natural ones.

    Step 12.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 12a
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    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 12b
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    Apply top lashes and mascara. The more piecey the lashes, the more cartoon-like.

    Step 13.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 13
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    Don’t forget to take your purple cream color onto your neck and ears too!

    Step 14.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 14
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    With an ultra-deep purple lip liner, line lips, exaggerating their shape significantly. Fill in with pencil or a matching lip color.

    Step 15.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 15
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    With a cotton swab, wipe away lip color in 2 triangular shapes on your lower lip.

    Step 16.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 16
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    With your white liner, fill in the shapes, creating your vampire fangs.

    Step 17.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 17a
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    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 17b
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    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 17c
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    For a finishing touch, use your matte purple shadow to add some contouring. Create more rounded doll-like cheekbones and a smaller, more heart-shaped jawline.

    Step 18.

    Ghoulish glam Halloween makeup tutorial: Step 18
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    Put on a purple wig with bangs and you’re Elissa Bat!

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    Monster High Halloween makeup
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    All of us have veins on our eyelids, but unfortunately, some of us have very visible veins. If you have bright blue or purple veins, they can even clash with the color of your eyeshadow. Don't worry. Lots of women have the same problem. You can disguise veiny eyelids by using a simple base layer to cover over prominent veins.

    Four simple tips to create a perfect canvas for applying eyeshadow

    1. Choose a strong foundation

    Take your time and find a foundation that matches your skin tone. Foundation can be applied to your whole face, all the way down to your jaw, to keep your skin tone consistent. You can easily apply it to your eyelids using a sponge or brush. Apply it gently and you’ll find a smooth layer will cover veins really well.

    2. Consider using concealer

    Concealer is different than foundation, as it is used specifically to cover blemishes on your face, such as spots or bags around your eyes. Unlike foundation, it shouldn’t be used all over your face. Instead of buying a color that matches your skin, buy one a couple of shades lighter. Always apply your foundation before concealer. Applying a small dab of concealer to the eyelid will not only help eyeshadow stay put, but it can also help cover up those veins. Different color concealers work in different ways to neutralize the colors of your skin. A pale or lemon yellow can be great for covering up purple and blue veins. Try a few different shades — there are so many choices — to see which works best for you.

    3. Eyeshadow primer prepares your eyelids for shadow

    You can use this instead of a concealer, but still put it on top of your foundation. Eyeshadow primer helps eyeshadow to last longer on your skin. Just like foundation, it’s important to find one that matches your skin tone. Apply it over the foundation and you should find it helps those veiny eyelids disappear in no time at all. Leave the primer to dry for a few minutes before applying your eyeshadow.

    4. You’re ready to apply eyeshadow!

    The above options should work wonders for covering those veiny lids, so you can add some color to your eyelids. Bright colors will cover most veins and are perfect if you’re heading for a night out. If you’re looking for something more natural, try a pale pink or peach. If you’re new to applying eyeshadow, this video is fab for showing the basics of how to get started and have great looking eyes.

    Clare Weyers is an expert in all things hair and beauty and runs makeup courses in Essex at Elite School of Beauty Therapy. She provides students with in-depth knowledge of the latest makeup tips and techniques. Check out her blog for more beauty advice!


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    The retailer announced that it will no longer have a separate section for plus-sizes. Now, when you shop, you'll find the plus-sizes — now called extended sizes — listed right alongside others on the product page.

    If we could give a website a high-five, we'd be giving one to ModCloth right now.

    More: Plus-size brides need more love from bridal magazines

    The reason why they're making the move? It's simple.

    "I think there is still an outdated notion in the [fashion] industry that 'plus' should be separate because it's less aspirational, or because that consumer is less fashion-forward, or less willing to spend on herself," ModCloth's founder, Susan Gregg Koger, said on the company's blog. "But what we're hearing and seeing from our community is that it is simply not true."

    The move comes on the tail of the #droptheplus campaign designed to stop separating people through labels. Actress Melissa McCarthy, who is launching her own clothing line Seven7, told Refinery29 that her designs will have to be displayed in the same place as smaller sizes in order to have the privilege of selling her clothes.

    More: Dwarf Fashion Show proves small is beautiful during Paris Fashion Week

    "I don't like the segregated plus section. You're saying: 'You don't get what everybody else gets. You have to go shop up by the tire section.' I have a couple of very big retailers that I think are going to help me chip away at that in a very meaningful way, and I'm really excited about it," she said. "... I said, 'Run the sizes as I make them and let friends go shopping with their friends. Stop segregating women.' And they said, 'Okay (sic).'"

    There's still a way to go to stop separating women by clothing size, but it's definitely going in the right direction.

    More: Designer creates accessible fashion for wheelchair users


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    You will need:

    • Concealer
    • Eye primer
    • Tape
    • Black liquid eyeliner
    • Mascara
    • Brow pencil
    • Lipstain
    • Rose lip balm
    • Glasses
    • Scrubs and/or prison jumpsuit

    Directions:

    Step 1.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 1
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    For being a prisoner, Alex has some pretty nice skin! Conceal any redness or imperfections. No need to powder. I doubt she’s spending her commissary on that.

    Step 2.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 2
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    Now use a concealing eye primer to cancel out any discoloration on the eyelids.

    Step 3.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 3
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    Use a piece of tape as a guide for the perfect winged liner, an Alex Vause trademark.

    Step 4.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 4
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    Create Alex’s signature wings with a black liquid liner, running it along the top lash line and along your tape guide.

    Step 5.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 5
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    Remove the tape to reveal winged liner so sharp it could cut you like a shiv.

    Step 6.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 6
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    Now create Alex’s rounded, defined brow shape with a brow pencil.

    Step 7.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 7
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    Using any old mascara, apply to top and bottom lashes. Don't go crazy though. It's just prison.

    Step 8.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 8
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    Give lips a light tint with a lip stain.

    Step 9.

    Apply a generous amount of tinted lip balm. I imagine Alex was a fan of Carmex. I don't know why.

    Step 10.

    Become Alex Vause this Halloween: Step 10
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    Put on your glasses, real or fake!

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    Supplies:

    Cute pumpkin patch nail art: Supplies
    Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

    Directions:


    Step 1

    Cute pumpkin patch nail art: Step 1
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    Begin with a light blue base coat. The orange and green really pop against it.

    Step 2

    Cute pumpkin patch nail art: Step 2
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    Using the large end of the dotting tool, make 2 dots next to each other to form a pumpkin shape. Do this in random spots on all the nails. It looks best if each pumpkin is slightly irregular and unique in shape.

    Step 3

    Using the small end of the dotting tool (or a small brush), make tiny strokes of the darker orange to show the ridges on the pumpkins.

    Step 4

    Cute pumpkin patch nail art: Step 4
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    Using the small end of the dotting tool (or a small brush) again, paint on the green swirly vines. Look at where you placed your pumpkins and decide where you'd like the vine to go before you paint so the design looks balanced. Decide if you want it to curl on its way to attach to another pumpkin, or if you'd like it to go off the edge of the nail.

    Step 5

    Cute pumpkin patch nail art: Step 5
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    Wait for the design to dry and apply topcoat. Prepare for many compliments!

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    Pumpkin patch nail art tutorial
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    More: QUIZ: Is gold or silver jewelry the best metal for you?

    Your first consideration when investing in jewelry should be how much you will enjoy the piece rather than its potential for making money by selling it later. Most people buy jewelry to mark a milestone, as an accessory to complete an outfit, or just to make a statement. If you decide to buy jewelry as an investment, here are three important things to consider:

    1. What is it made of?

    One of the first considerations when assessing an item’s value is determining the materials from which it’s made. When it comes to diamonds, stones over one carat will typically hold their value better than diamonds under one carat total weight. The four Cs are important — cut, clarity, color and carat. With regard to the cut of the stone, avoid newer, trendy cuts and choose standard shapes, like the round brilliant cut. When shopping for a diamond, keep in mind clarity and color can be more important than carat or size. In short, it’s better to have a better quality, slightly smaller stone than a cloudy, flawed larger stone.

    2. What about the workmanship?

    While diamonds or other precious stones are often at the front of your mind in fine jewelry purchases, the metals used in the piece and the quality of construction are also important. As we were writing this article, platinum was trading at less than gold ounce-for-ounce. Still, in a retail setting, platinum jewelry may cost more than the same piece made of gold, because platinum is a more difficult metal to work with than gold. Despite its higher retail value, the platinum won’t hold its value on the secondary market. Look for hallmarks that indicate the metal’s composition. In gold, higher karat such as 18 karat or 14 karat is going to hold its value more than 10 karat pieces.

    More: How to negotiate like a pro

    Beyond the metal's composition, quality construction that reflects the jeweler’s workmanship is important. An intricate ring setting, for instance, will hold its value over time.

    3. Is it a reputable brand?

    Some of the standard names in jewelry and watches, such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Rolex and Patek Philippe are more likely to retain value over time. Some other brands normally associated with costume jewelry, such as Chanel and Judith Leiber, have high market value, even when they aren’t made of precious metals or diamonds.

    In the end, it’s always best to buy jewelry because it is meaningful to you — a statement watch to mark a career milestone, a stackable ring to commemorate a family event or a pair of diamond stud earrings just because.

    Buy jewelry you will enjoy long term, which can someday be passed along to someone you care about. Rarely is it an investment that will pay high financial dividends. Instead, consider your jewelry a beautiful way to tell the story of your personal style.

    More: 10 Adorable jewelry finds that aren't just silver and gold


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    The makeup artist and friend posted the gorgeous photo on her Instagram page, where it was quickly reposted by the Twitter account @virtuallyvivi with the caption, "I don't understand how people can do this and I can't figure out how to conceal a single pimple on my face."

    More: 4 Makeup tips for flawless eyes

    From there, two other parody accounts — @SoDamnTrue and @KardashianReact — reposted the shot, and an Internet meme was born. One post using the photo captioned it as "the reason why you gotta take a bitch swimming on the first date."

    People laugh and comment at the memes, forgetting that there is a real, beautiful person behind the photo. So this week, VanPevenage put a face to the viral photos by speaking out on YouTube.

    Makeup Viral Meme

    Makeup Viral Meme

    In the video, she admits to liking memes, but once she became one she started reading the "very disturbing and nasty" comments.

    More: Ombré blush is the new makeup trend you can copy in seconds

    "Some days I will read through the comments and just see how cruel people can be," she said in the video. "Luckily, my family hasn't had to deal with any harassment, it has just been me."

    At first, she admitted she didn't want to leave the house or do her makeup and hair. Eventually, she figured out that the comments of anonymous people don't matter. Instead, she wants to inspire women to rise up and support others going through tough times.

    "My advice for people who may have to deal with this in the future is it doesn’t matter what people say about you or what they think about you," she said. "Everyone is beautiful inside and out."

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    Although it might seem counter-intuitive to put oil back into hair to clean it, the science behind it actually makes perfect sense. Oil fights oil, so naturally a cleansing oil is an ideal product to remove excess scalp oil, sweat and dirt. Plus, it's incredibly hydrating. After all, there's a reason we use oil on our bodies to soothe dry skin. Why shouldn't our hair receive the same benefits?

    "Cleansing oil treatments act as a way of ridding your scalp of any unwanted impurities or built up sebum in the hair follicle," explains Marcos Trueba, hair stylist at Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles. He explains using a cleansing oil treatment is different than other common hair treatments because instead of putting ingredients back into the hair to repair breakage or damage, a cleansing oil targets the root of the hair to remove oil and grime.

    More: The skinny on oil-based face products

    Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo
    Image: Birchbox

    "When our hair follicle is clogged or has bacteria, we get dry scalp or dandruff, and many times oily hair," he says. "A cleansing oil treatment can help cure dandruff and even balance the amount of sebum your scalp produces." In fact, using a cleansing oil like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($57, Birchbox.com), works with your scalp's natural oils to keep excess oil at bay, thus potentially saving you a daily wash.

    Kérastase Elixir Ultime Shampoo
    Image: Kerastase

    So how often should you reach for the oil? Really, whenever you see fit. If you notice you're more oily than normal, Trueba says it's time to extract the impurities in your scalp, i.e., shampoo with a cleansing oil. However, if your scalp is really dry and itchy, it's also a good time to apply the treatment to cleanse your scalp and add hydration back in. Try a treatment like Kérastase Elixir Ultime Shampoo ($42, Kerastase-usa.com), which provides rich nourishment and shine all while removing excess oil. It's a great option for those looking for a salon-quality look at home.

    More: Ombré blush is a beauty trend you can copy in seconds

    When applying a cleansing oil, Trueba says it's best to focus on the scalp. Massage the oil into the scalp post shampooing, as the initial shampoo rids the hair of any product buildup, thus leaving the scalp a clean slate for the oil to begin to work, he explains. After massaging the oil into the scalp, let it sit for five or so minutes, then rinse it out completely and follow as normal with a conditioner.


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    Supplies:

    Bloody finger prints nail design: Supplies
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    • Essie's Sand Tropez
    • Paint Fab's Red Hot Mama
    • Scrap paper
    • Nail polish remover

    Directions:

    Step 1

    Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 1
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    Begin with a tan base coat.

    Step 2

    Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 2
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    Dab a bit of red polish on a piece of scrap paper. Dip your finger in it and blot it a couple of times until you can start to see some of the fingerprints showing through.

    Step 3

    Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 3
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    Press your finger with the red polish onto your tan nails, leaving behind a "bloody fingerprint." Repeat this process until your nails are covered in a variety of bloody prints.

    Step 4

    Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 4
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    Carefully use nail polish remover to take off the red polish from your fingertip, without ruining the nail design. Finish with a top coat.

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    Halloween nail art inspired by bloody finger prints
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    The Australian branch of the company created the "Go Naked" campaign to promote both body positivity and its new package-free product line, but it was taken down for being "too offensive."

    The reason? The ads show nude women in non-Photoshopped poses.

    More: This woman has a message for people who shamed her makeup selfie

    The Advertising Standards Bureau of Australia upheld a ban on the nude ads saying that they were "pornographic" in nature and placed deliberately at a child's eye level to "cause a stir."

    "The nudity is completely inappropriate for the family environment of the shopping centre," one complaint read, according to BuzzFeed. To be fair, the same board has banned ads from other companies — including Tom Ford — for showing nudity; however, some are saying it wouldn't be a big deal if the photos were airbrushed and showed traditionally thin models.

    More: ModCloth is ditching its plus-size section for an amazing reason

    LUSH Australia removed the photos, but they're still visible on the company's social media pages, and many people are weighing in on how the photos are helping them feel better about their bodies.

    That goes for one of the campaign models, too.

    "I’ve had issues with my body for the majority of my life, and having the confidence to do something this far out of my comfort zone was a huge step for me. I’ve become much more accepting of my figure for all its fantastic features and flaws, and I think that’s a truly liberating thing," LUSH employee — and campaign model — Courtney Fry told BuzzFeed.

    More: Dwarf Fashion Show proves small is beautiful during Paris Fashion Week

    "The absolute best reaction was an older woman who was giggling with her friend at the window display, and then smacked me on the bum and told me I was doing a ‘bloody good job, love.'"


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    And all of the new colors are seemingly inspired by chemicals. Let me explain: There's the oil slick, which gives brunettes the shiny sheen of oil on the ground — and now there's the smokestack, a color technique that combines gorgeous lavender tones that create "richer jewel-tones and when added to pastels, the colors morph into smokey, antique shades."

    More: 12 Fall hair trends from Instagram to know and love

    Created by colorist Vadre Grigsby, the look involves layering dark shades of one color at the nape of the neck to lighter hues up to the hairline. The result is a blended color that looks like the billowing smoke from a factory.

    Smokestack hair tutorial

    Smokestack hair tutorial

    The color is surprisingly simple to recreate at home (if you're brave enough) thanks to a step-by-step tutorial released by Grigsby. But if you're like me, you need someone to do it for you; otherwise, it'll end up like a lavender swirly mess.

    More: Hand-pressed highlights trend is like screen printing for hair

    One important thing to note is that this look works best on very blond hair, so you might have to invest some time in lightening your strands before you smokestack.

    Watch the tutorial and see if the look is one you'll be rocking at the dinner table this holiday season. It'll be worth the time spent in the stylist's chair.

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    To make sure you're getting the biggest bang for your buck, we consulted Dr. Howard Sobel, Attending Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, to learn exactly how much of your favorite beauty products you should really be using to see maximum results — without wasting a single penny.

    For exfoliating scrubs, think a quarter...

    For exfoliating scrubs, which can be harsh or abrasive on skin, Dr. Sobel recommends a quarter-size amount to exfoliate skin thoroughly. To apply, gently smooth over skin in a circular motion, he says.

    For face washes, think a golf ball, quarter or dime...

    According to Dr. Sobel, the amount of product to use depends on the type of cleanser. For foam cleansers, use a golf ball amount to spread evenly and massage onto skin. Creams require a quarter size, or enough to massage into skin without irritating it. And finally for oil-based face washes, use a quarter for drier skin types and a dime for oilier or sensitive skin types.

    For toners, think a cotton ball...

    As with face washes, the amount of toner to use depends on the type of toner you are using — water, micellar or milky — as well as its purpose, according to Dr. Sobel. "For chemical and exfoliating toners, saturate a cleansing pad or cotton ball and wipe gently over the area to be cleansed," he says. Gentle, alcohol-free toners, can be poured into hands and simply patted onto skin gently. (Just make sure to avoid the sensitive eye area!) 

    For moisturizers, it depends...

    There's no hard-and-fast rule for the amount when it comes to moisturizers. Dr. Sobel says it's more important to choose the right moisturizer for your skin type than to worry about how much to use. Finding the right type of moisturizer can depend on the skin's condition at the time. Consult your dermatologist to learn more about what your individual skin needs. However, when applying a moisturizer, apply liberally and gently massage onto the face and neck, says Dr. Sobel.

    For facial serums, think a pea...

    Because serums are concentrated treatments, a little goes a long way, says Dr. Sobel. Use a pea-sized amount of product and use your finger to tap — not rub — onto problem areas, such as smile lines and developing wrinkles, he explains.

    For night cream, think a quarter...

    "A quarter amount is plenty because skin repairs itself at night and therefore is most receptive to active ingredients, like retinol, antioxidants and peptides at this time," says Dr. Sobel of overnight creams. Looks like a little goes a long way!

    For eye creams, think a pea...

    "Half a pea for each eye is just enough, as over-applying eye cream can cause it to slip into the eye as well as increasing your chances of developing milia (raised bumps on the skin)," says Dr. Sobel. With your ring finger, dab on sparingly, working from the outer corner in and around the orbital bone, he says of application.

    For sunscreen, think a shot glass...

    For your body, Dr. Sobel says to imagine a shot glass or two tablespoons of sunscreen. This is enough to cover the skin and ensure that harmful rays do not penetrate skin. Just make sure to reapply every two to three hours regardless of your blocker being waterproof or not, he cautions.

    But when it comes to your face and ears, a quarter amount will suffice as long as you are reaching for SPF 30 or higher — even on overcast days. "You can apply SPF under or lightly patted over makeup, as SPF in most makeup products are simply not enough to protect the face from the sun’s harmful rays," says Dr. Sobel. Just don't forget your neck! To protect your neck from sun's harmful rays, use a teaspoon amount of sunscreen, he says.

    For body wash or lotion, think a quarter...

    "For all body products, the proper amount generally depends on the type and texture of the product — oil, cream or wash — the size of the area you are applying product to, and the look and feel that you want to create on your skin," explains Dr. Sobel. He explains a quarter-sized amount for body is a general rule of thumb, as this is enough to coat the area without having product sit on the skin. "A great tip is to apply body wash, lotion and oils on top of damp skin to help the product absorb into pores," he adds. Simply rub hands together to warm and begin to spread out the product; pat it over the area then rub it over and into skin, he says.


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