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    Sephora just announced the launch of a seven-piece makeup collection inspired by Minnie Mouse, and it's as adorable as you'd imagine.

    More: The best makeup for your face — finding the best look for your features

    The Disney Minnie by Sephora Collection will hit stores in April and is comprised of pieces that incorporate plenty of red, black-and-white polka dots and, of course, mouse ears.

    Minnie Mouse makeup collection

    Minnie Mouse makeup collection

    The main pieces in the collection are the Black & White Felt Liner Duo ($22), which contains two liquid eyeliners in black and white; Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizer Blush ($22), a six-piece brush set in black and gold; a lip-stain set; an eye shadow set that contains 20 shades; and Minnie’s Perfect Red Lipstick ($15), a red shade that has Minnie's silhouette stamped on the lipstick tip.

    More: Create glam party makeup using 4 products in 5 minutes

    There's also a gold compact mirror in the shape of Minnie's ears and famous bow (what else?).

    Why Minnie? "Minnie Mouse has long served as a fashion muse and appeared in runway shows for designers around the globe," Soo Koo, vice president of product development, Disney Consumer Products, told Women's Wear Daily. "Her classic polka dot look has been continually reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive trends today."

    The official release date is not entirely clear, but you better have your credit cards ready if you're into all things Disney — because if Kylie Jenner has taught us anything, limited-edition makeup collections sell out in one second... literally.

    More: Frozen snow globe nail design will melt you with cuteness


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    This nail design is a snarky take on candy hearts for women who want to take a stand against the Hallmark holiday.

    Supplies:

    • Essie's Borrowed and Blue
    • Essie's Blanco
    • OPI's Color So Hot It Berns
    • Sephora by OPI's Matte Coat
    • Julep's Blake
    • Julep's Carrie
    • SquareHue's Ocean Drive
    • Small paint brush

    An anti-v-day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Base coat

    An anti-v-day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Begin with a base coat of one pastel color per finger.

    Step 2: Messages

    An anti-v-day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Using the small paint brush and the red polish, paint a few mean sayings on each nail — make sure it's related to love!

    Step 3: Matte coat

    An anti-v-day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Let it dry and finish with a matte top coat to give it the candy effect.

    Before you go, check out our Valentine's Day nails slideshow below.

    Love nails
    Image: Marienails/Instagram

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    This very common wardrobe staple made a guest appearance on several spring 2016 runways. Should you choose to accept this trend, your challenge is to find inventive and contemporary ways of styling the shirt we all know and love so that it looks anything but basic.

    Here are nine ideas that will get you thinking about your white shirt in brand new ways.

    1. Open in all the right places

    White button-down shirt open

    White button-down shirt open

    Instead of popping a few buttons at the top, leave half of your button-down open — at the bottom — and show off a beautiful belt and pleated pants. The first look comes courtesy of Mai Style Pages fashion blog and the following look is thanks to the British fashion blog Boho Tailor.

    White shirt open

    White shirt open

    More: 11 Fashionable ways to wear knee-length boots

    2. With a statement tie

    White shirt with bow

    White shirt with bow

    Wear a tie with feminine flair simply by using ribbon fabric to create a bow. Or play up the masculinity of a white shirt by sewing an extra swatch of white fabric by the collar in order to make your own cute shirt tie. Then pair it with the sweetest floral miniskirt in your closet.

    White shirt and tie

    White shirt and tie

    3. Prints that bring out personality

    White button-down in pug print

    White button-down in pug print

    Your white button-down doesn't have to be all white. A pattern brings out your charm and personality and instantly elevates a pair of jeans or a simple skirt.

    4. Preppy flair

    White button-down shirt trend

    White button-down shirt trend

    Got a bright sweater and want to make it pop? Layer it over a crisp white shirt and slouchy, low-rise trousers (total spring trend) to bring a bit of preppy flair to your wardrobe.

    5. A ruffled treat

    White shirt with ruffles

    White shirt with ruffles

    Ruffles won't ruin a classic button down. The texture and bulk will liven up any white button-down shirt and help you create an interesting look. Add jewelry for extra flair.

    More: 6 Creative ways to wear gloves this season

    6. Under overalls

    White shirt and overalls

    White shirt and overalls

    Sweet and prim with short sleeves and a Peter Pan collar, this adorable white shirt looks anything but plain under another big spring trend: denim overalls. This look comes courtesy of blogger and stylist, Running in Chanel.

    7. With leather

    White shirt with leather

    White shirt with leather

    A high contrast black and white look is as simple as pairing a white shirt with edgy black shorts or pants as French blogger at The City Loves Fashion did here.

    8. White shirt with a train

    White shirt with train

    White shirt with train

    There's no better way to add drama to an otherwise understated outfit of boyfriend jeans and a white button-down shirt than by adding fabric and creating the more eye candy. Throw on an incredible pair of flashy heels and you're a queen. This shirt was designed by an independent designer on Etsy.

    9. Shirt as dress

    White button-down shirt as dress

    White button-down shirt as dress

    If your white shirt is long enough and your dress is short enough, the two can meet somewhere in the middle and create this sexy little look. Keep things preppy and tame by pairing them with simple loafers and no jewelry.


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    I fondly remember my husband's first winged eyeliner encounter like it was yesterday. After fastening pieces of Scotch tape above my cheekbones and praying they didn't take pieces of my skin along with them, I followed one vlogger's priceless advice, dug a slanted brush thick into a tub of black gel eyeliner, and created come-hither eyes that would have had Cleopatra demanding my head out of pure envy. If you have yet to try this eyeliner hack, stop everything you're doing and stock up on tape at Staples. I promise the tape won't destroy your skin and you can be as clumsy as you want with your brush and still come out of the whole ordeal with seriously sexy eye wings.

    Or, as my husband would later christen them (and my entire visage): "Sci-fi face." Naturally, I paired my new eyes with black latex leggings and an oversized black cashmere sweater before shimmying down to the den to greet him like the goddess I imagined I was. I'm sure he meant to say "fierce face," but was too overwhelmed by my beauty to get the right words out.

    More: Amazing app finds your perfect lip shade based on one photo

    Over the years, my spouse of eight years has seen it all. Hot-pink eyeshadow, feathered faux lashes (it was New Year's Eve!), colorblock eyeshadow, neon purple lipstick (Coloured Raine is genius) and more adaptations on the bangs, which my husband has dubbed "window shades," than any one person can imagine. I haven't even started to describe the amount of room it takes to house all of the skin care products I hoard and cherish as if they were my own flesh and blood throughout our bathroom and hall closets.

    My husband has woken up on weekend mornings to find me wearing tiny black goggles and running a red laser device across my face, watched in disbelief as I coated my skin with an 18-karat gold leaf mask I received from a lovely PR contact, and I'm convinced a small part of him dies inside whenever I defend a woman or man's right to get Botox or do whatever surgical tweak they feel will make them feel better about themselves. My attitude about it all has always been: You only live once. If your fine lines bother you and you have the extra money, get the Botox and get on with your life.

    More: I stopped wearing earrings because my husband hates them

    There are times when I'm sure my husband thinks I'm nuts for getting up every morning and, despite working from home and caring for our two young children, throwing on a hand-embroidered dress, ankle boots and blood-red lipstick just to pick up bread from the grocery store. But fabrics and colors and creams and serums excite me. It isn't just about getting dressed; it's about creating that day's armor. What am I dreaming about that day? Who do I find inspirational at that moment? If it's Jane Birkin whooping it up in the South of France, I'll break out the striped T-shirts, high-waisted dungarees, strobing and nude lipstick. If it's Liz Taylor, sorry, but I'm going to need my Cleopatra eyes and Scotch tape.

    More: 7 Summer-themed beauty products that will make you forget it's winter

    I spent far too much time in my late teens and early 20s dressing for men — the low-cut tops, the tight fits of skirts and blouses without any semblance of balance or mystery — styles I now find predictable and boring. With experience and age comes the freedom to explore your frivolity and whimsy. I'm fully embracing that now and plan on doing so until I'm old and gray. Giraffe-print top when I'm 90? I sure hope so. For good measure, I'll buy the coordinating set of giraffe-print trousers for my husband, who will surely recognize the error of his thinking by then.


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    Supplies:

    • Makeup sponge
    • Pointed cotton swabs
    • Small paint brush
    • Essie's Blanco
    • Essie's Knockout Pout
    • China Glaze's Liquid Leather
    • Essie's Bikini So Teeny
    • Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow
    • Top coat

    Love birds on a wire nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Base

    Love birds on a wire nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Begin with a white base coat. This will help the colors in your gradient to pop.

    Step 2: Prep the sponge

    Love birds on a wire nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Get a makeup sponge damp (so the colors don't absorb into the sponge as much) and paint on three stripes of paint. You may need to do a few coats for the first application.

    Step 3: Gradient

    Love birds on a wire nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Press the sponge on top of your nail, lightly pressing back and forth to reach the sides. Pick it up slightly and repeat sponging to make the colors blend. Let it dry and then do another coat to increase the color saturation. While still wet, brush on some top coat to help the colors blend seamlessly. Let dry.

    Step 4: Clean up

    Love birds on a wire nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Clean up the edges of your nails with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.

    Step 5: Birds

    Love birds on a wire nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Using the small paint brush and black polish, paint a line across the bottom third of your nail. Then paint the bodies, beaks and tails of the two birds facing each other. Complete the scene with a romantic heart floating above them. Continue the wire line across the rest of your nails and finish with a top coat.

    Before you go, check out our Valentine's Day nails slideshow below.

    Love nails
    Image: Marienails/Instagram

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    Ingle works as a marketing manager by day, but on the weekends, she uses the beautiful costumes to become something (o someone) entirely new. Check it out below:

    Disney

    Disney

    Kind of amazing, right? The thing is, Ingle has the look naturally. She has big eyes and luminous skin. All the raw materials are there. And even so, it takes a good three hours of makeup and wigs and colored contacts (in a couple cases) for her to transform. And each time she does, she earns about $100 an hour working at birthday parties. She even volunteers with sick children and basically embodies the fantasy. It's hard to believe she doesn't work at Disney. Truly, she looks better than any of the actors we met when we were there last November.

    More: 9 Inspirational quotes from your favorite Disney princesses

    Quite frankly, I think she looks most beautiful as herself, but there is nothing wrong with playing dress up and spending money to do it. If there is no surgery or crazy alterations involved, then why not? This is just a grown up version of the kid's game.

    She makes dreams come true. “I was born with really big eyes, and people were always telling me that I looked like a cartoon doll or Disney princess,” she said. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing the look on children’s faces when they see their favorite princess arrive," Ingle told the New York Post. Her favorite princess is Ariel and she hopes to play her at Disney someday.

    More: If Disney ladies had jobs today, this is what they'd be doing

    I have a feeling that day is coming soon now, thanks to all this publicity. And not one lick of plastic surgery. She's adorable.


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    Seriously, who knew that one vinegar could be the source of so many natural remedies? Try one or all of these DIY beauty treatments at home for some all-natural pampering:

    1. Acne treatment

    Britney Spears

    Image: giphy.com

    We can all agree that adult acne is something no grown woman ever wants to deal with. But for those times when something unexpected pops up in the mirror before a big event, Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty's Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen, swears apple cider vinegar will do the trick. "ACV is amazing for acne! It helps to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and helps to both prevent future breakouts and calm current ones. It does smell, so apply it sparingly or at night," she says.

    More: 3 DIY Beauty recipes that use beeswax to heal dry skin

    2. Dandruff treatment

    Hair flip
    Image: Giphy

    Jewel, a Canadian beauty blogger, breaks down one of apple cider vinegar's most surprising beauty benefits in her YouTube tutorial: ACV can be used as a natural remedy for dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp when substituted for commercial conditioner. Wolfer agrees, saying, "If you have severe dandruff, apply ACV with a cotton ball to your scalp (section hair for access!) nightly before bed. Wash out in the morning. It will help to balance the oil on your scalp and give you healthier hair."

    3. Detox bath

    Bath

    Image: giphy.com

    If you're not bathing in apple cider vinegar, you just aren't living. The Healthy Home Economist recommends an apple cider vinegar bath as a "great overall detoxifier and for muscle aches and pains brought on by physical exertion." However, Wolfer warns us not to be too heavy-handed in an ACV bath treatment. She says, "Anything more than a small amount could irritate your private parts or any cuts."

    4. DIY face mask

    Face mask
    Image: Giphy

    Courtney Corvan of the Courtney Corvan Skin Studio tweets a delightfully simple DIY apple cider vinegar face mask you can whip up at home: ACV plus Egyptian clay equals radiant skin in just 20 minutes. "I do this all the time as a spot treatment!" says Wolfer. "It can immediately leave your skin more red because of the increased blood flow, so don't be alarmed if you are more red immediately after. Give skin time to settle down, and it will be far better than it was before."

    More: Beauty DIY: Make a banana honey face mask

    5. DIY hair mask

    Clueless
    Image: Giphy

    Once you finish soothing your skin, the next stop is dry and damaged hair desperately in need of some TLC. Try Mad in Crafts' Coconut Oil Honey Hair Mask made with coconut oil, honey and apple cider vinegar. ACV helps to balance hair pH, strip styling product buildup and close hair cuticles for a silky shine. Wolfer explains, "ACV is a great natural clarifier — but like with clarifying shampoos that deeply cleanse hair of product or environmental buildup, you don't want to use them too often, otherwise it will strip hair of natural oils too."

    6. Foot soak

    Feet

    Image: giphy.com

    According to Wolfer, apple cider vinegar can turn a traditional foot soak up to 11. Wolfer uses an ACV foot soak as a cooling summer beauty treatment -- to reduce swelling and aid in callus removal. To soak off stubborn calluses, soak your tootsies in undiluted apple cider vinegar for up to one hour and buff smooth.

    7. Nail soak

    Cat

    Image: giphy.com

    Ashamed of your weak, yellow fingernails after one too many spa manicures? A weekly soak in apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil can restore brittle nails and improve strength. For Wolfer, an ACV soak is her go-to nail treatment to remove pesky stains.

    8. Natural hair rinse

    Jessica Alba
    Image: Giphy

    In a 2014 Dr. Oz appearance, Jessica Alba swore by apple cider vinegar as a beauty treatment. Alba rinses her luscious locks once a week with diluted apple cider vinegar to remove heavy chemical product buildup. Like the apple cider vinegar hair mask that works so well to clarify hair when used in moderation, Wolfer endorses the ACV hair rinse with a big "YES!"

    More: 4 DIY hair conditioning treatments that don't feel like a chemistry project

    9. Skin toner

    ScarJo
    Image: Giphy

    As if you need another reason to try ACV, ScarJo likes it too. In 2013, Scarlett Johansson unveiled apple cider vinegar as her big beauty secret, used as a toner to balance pH and give skin a healthy glow. "It's an excellent nightly toner! You can dilute it with water or add essential oils to cut the scent if it's too aggressive for you," Wolfer says.

    Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/9/2016


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    There's a fine line between expressing yourself through dress in order to subtly call back to a bygone era and pay homage to the charming fashions of the Victorian age (which is used to describe the time period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 1837 until 1901) and throwing everything Victorian, including the Louis XV sofa and kitchen sink, on your body and hoping you look on point.

    With the help of a few fashion experts who know their stuff, here are six tips on how to wear the Victorian clothing trend without looking like you recently arrived here from another century.

    1. Choose one Victorian trend and work it in a thoroughly modern way

    lace top
    Image: Anthropologie

    Stylists Nikoleta and Vicky Lirantonakis of Best Dressed caution against trying on every Victorian trend at once. Instead, zero in on one you absolutely love and pair it with modern pieces for a look that's all yours. "The traditional ruffle, lace, and floral design of Victorian fashion can be made modern by focusing on one aspect, instead of all three," Lirantonakis says. "We really love the lace, see-through, high-neck trend with a bold lip. It can be really sexy. Florals are always on trend, especially in the spring. To avoid looking like you time-hopped, keep the look airy and light. The less fabric the better." (Anthropologie, $420)

    More: 14 Jewelry pieces that will make you feel fearless

    2. Express your Victorian style with jewelry

    cameo earrings
    Image: RareJewelByKathy/Etsy ($12)

    Trendy jewelry and accessories are a commitment-phobe's dream come true. If you aren't up for investing in Victorian fashion, Helena Krodel from TrueFacet, an online jewelry retailer, offers five tips on how to make Victorian jewelry work for you:

    1. Add a cluster of brooches.
    2. Add one important cameo brooch or necklace. If the cameo looks dated to you, add a black diamond bead necklace to modernize it.
    3. Layer multitudes of bracelets, beaded and otherwise, in deep dark, sexy colors.
    4. Try a maroon cocktail ring in blackened sterling silver — it’s a statement piece that is actually very easy to pull off.
    5. Stick a brooch in your hair. A small sparkly brooch made to look like a hair clip is an unexpected yet special way to update your look this season.

    3. Pair a duster coat with slim pants

    duster
    Image: Missguided

    A duster coat or jacket in a light fabric that flares out at the waist is the perfect Victorian piece to add to your wardrobe this spring because you can, literally, wear it with almost anything you own. "Duster coats can be worn over pants, jeans or dresses," says BJ Wilson who is owner of BJ Wilson & Company, a wardrobe consulting firm. "Keep pants and jeans slim fitting and narrow at the ankles. Dresses should be short, at or above the knee so as not to compete with the volume of the coat." (Misguided, $77)

    More: 11 Fashionable ways to wear knee-high boots

    4. Think velvet

    velvet jacket
    Image: Missguided

    A velvet blazer is anything but stuffy. The sexy texture pairs beautifully with a tougher pant, like leather or flared denim — but is also perfectly romantic when thrown on top of a short floral dress. (Misguided, $77)

    5. Shoes, shoes and more shoes

    victorian shoes
    Image: Poetic License

    The minimalist in you will love the idea of a little black dress or wide black slacks and sweater styled with ornate open heel pumps in a luxe fabric. Bonus: You can get away with wearing the craziest Victorian-style shoes to the office — you can't say the same for a lace bustier. (Poetic License, $100-$150)

    6. A corset and a circle skirt

    corset
    Image: Nordstrom

    You may think you can't wear a corset in public — or in the daytime — but Maria Calautti, master tailor and founder of Le Grand Chic Italia School of Fashion, says otherwise and we'd all be wise to listen. "A daywear corset look is the base that can be paired with a semi-circle or circle skirt (with or without a crinoline), a matching hat and even peplums are a good addition," Calautti says. The structure of a fitted corset, which cinches the waist, is the ideal piece to complement a full circle skirt — it's all about playing with proportions and flattering your figure.


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    Thankfully, it's evolved into a consumer-friendly must-have for most women because between my mascara and my brow liner, I don't even know who I am.

    Watch the video above to see how far we've come.


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    Each politician declared the gifts but underestimated just how expensive the watches really were.

    The then opposition ministry spokesman, Ian Macfarlane, assumed his Rolex was worth between $300 and $500, but after having the watch valued in Sydney, he discovered it was actually worth $40,000 and promptly returned it to Li Ruipeng, the billionaire behind instant noodle success who gifted it to him in the first place.

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    Being able to tell the difference between a fake designer item and the real thing can be difficult if you're not sure what to look for. So what's the best way to sort out the real deal from the counterfeits?

    1. Go straight to the source

    If you are looking to purchase a Louis Vuitton bag or a Chanel purse, then your best option is to make your purchase directly from the fashion house. This means there's no need to worry about whether your item is real or a replica. But more and more people are turning to online stores and purchasing items secondhand because of the cheaper prices. Sometimes a counterfeit can be so well designed that it can fool even the experts. "If a fake is good, it can be hard for even the company to distinguish it from the real thing," says Susan Scafidi from the Counterfeit Chic blog.

    2. Take note of materials

    Before purchasing an item, do your research, and make sure the materials used in the piece you have or are interested in match the designer item. Is the bag made entirely of leather, or are other trimmings used? How heavy are the zippers, and how much does the item weigh as a whole? These minor details will give you more insight into whether or not your item is real.

    More: How to walk in heels

    3. The finer details

    Often replicas are made using photographs as a reference. That means that areas like the pockets or the lining or other areas that are not visible in photos are often manufactured with less attention to detail. Whether it's a Gucci bag or Hermes shoes, make a point of inspecting all areas of the item, including the inside.

    4. Logos

    When it comes to designer goods, the execution of branding is everything, so keep an eye out for inconsistencies with the logo. "In 2002, Rolex began micro-etching a tiny crown logo at the 6 o'clock position on the crystal that protects the dial," says Paul Altieri from Bob's Watches. "If you're looking at buying a Rolex made in 2002 onward, look for this marking for proof of authenticity. Since it's so small, it is difficult to see with the naked eye. This detail also makes it difficult for counterfeit watches to include."

    5. Price

    Of course, price is going to be a big indication of whether an item is a counterfeit or the real thing. Compare the item to others being sold to decide whether or not the item is a counterfeit. After some careful consideration and comparison, you can then decide whether the item is worth investing in. But take it from the experts: Buying an item from the fashion house is the only way to ensure your piece is authentic and that you're doing the right thing by the company and the wider community. "Counterfeiting has been linked to organized crime, child labor, and terrorism," according to Coach. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

    Can you tell the difference between the real deal and a counterfeit? Let us know your tips.

    More: 6 Ways to wear Victorian-inspired clothes without looking dated


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    More: Makeup artist's glitter skull look is out of this world (PHOTOS)

    De La Ossa, who has more than 23,000 Instagram followers, says the interest in her work has been "insane."

    "People have genuinely surprised me by taking this weird thing I do at face value and encouraging me to do more," she wrote. "Unbelievable."

    A ghost that's equal parts terrifying and beautiful

    Monster makeup

    Monster makeup

    You'll rethink the next time you say, "I'll just put on my face"

    Monster makeup 2

    Monster makeup 2

    Makes us glad we have skin

    Monster makeup 3

    Monster makeup 3

    For those "female pinhead cenobite" sort of days

    Monster makeup 4

    Monster makeup 4

    Have you got your head screwed on?

    Monster makeup 5

    Monster makeup 5

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    This looks more like digital manipulation than makeup

    Monster makeup 6

    Monster makeup 6

    The artist calls this the "favourite zombie she's ever done"

    Monster makeup 7

    Monster makeup 7

    "It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life."

    Monster makeup 9

    Monster makeup 9

    Shark attack!

    Monster makeup 8

    Monster makeup 8

    Friday the 13th's Jason in his trademark hockey mask

    Monster makeup 10

    Monster makeup 10

    See more of Andrea's scary makeup looks on Instagram.

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    Tattoo removal is a growing trend, especially in the past few years, likely due to the fact that laser technology has improved significantly. In fact, according to the marketing company IBISWorld, the tattoo-removal industry is now worth $75.5 million, up 500 percent from a decade earlier. Apparently, like many other trends, what was once cool 10 years ago is so early ’00s today.

    MoreTattoo removals are on the rise — here's how you can avoid tattoo regret

    The unfortunate truth is, even if you're not drunk when you get a tattoo, there are many X factors that can make you second-guess your decision after the fact. You could have gone to a less than polished artist, and thus their work was less than stellar. Or you could have come in with what you thought was an awesome tattoo idea that ended up looking way less awesome in reality. Regardless of the reason, you have options if your body art is no longer doing it for you.

    What not to try

    First things first — this is one of those things where doing it yourself not only doesn't work, it could result in serious injury. Two painful and dangerous home treatments that people used to attempt years ago when laser treatments weren't as developed are dermabrasion and salabrasion.

    Dermabrasion was literally just rubbing and scraping at your skin with anything abrasive, such as sandpaper, to remove the layers of skin that hold the tattoo. Salabrasion is essentially the same thing, except you use a heated salt solution to scrape away the skin. Sounds pleasant, right? Either of these methods may succeed in removing the tattoo, but a pretty nasty scar will be left in its place.

    Two other tattoo-removal methods also sure to leave scars are scarification and cryosurgery. Both treatments use methods to burn away a tattoo, only the first uses a burning chemical like acid, and the other employs a freezing chemical.

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    Laser is the way

    Most dermatologists recommend laser tattoo removal as the definitive way to get rid of your unwanted tattoo with minimal pain and scarring. Dr. Paul Frank, founder and director of 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in New York City told us exactly how it works. "A high intensity light beam is targeted at the pigmentation, causing it to break apart, become absorbed into the body, and be excreted through the body’s natural immune system. The laser treatment causes the pigment to fade substantially over time, but is greatly depending on the age and color of the tattoo."

    The procedure is gradual and can take anywhere from four to 12 treatments, depending on the size and detail level of the tattoo, to effectively remove most or all of it. It's also not cheap, with each session costing upwards of $350. There's usually little to no scarring, although Frank says a slight discoloration of the skin where the tattoo was is possible.

    As far as how it feels, doctors tend to say it's uncomfortable but not painful. Patients, on the other hand, say it can feel worse than getting the tattoo; however, icing and OTC pain relievers will apparently do the trick after a particularly painful session.

    Cover it up

    If you're not in a position to spring for the pricey but most effective laser tattoo-removal treatments, there are simple makeup cover-ups available. Tattoo Camo and Tattoo Cosmetics sell kits that work pretty well at masking smaller tattoos. This is great if you have a special occasion like a wedding coming up, for which you'd rather your body art not be the focal point.

    More: 7 Steps to cover a tattoo with makeup

    It's good to know there's an effective solution if your decision to get permanent body art turns out to be a mistake. However, it's also important to remember how expensive, time-consuming and painful the removal process can be when you're first sitting down in that tattoo artist's chair.


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    But someone else did think of it, and the new trend is quickly garnering attention as women expertly twist or braid their hair in order to achieve a "horn." It's pretty awesome, and Instagram has all the proof you need.

    Now you don't have to admire unicorns — you can actually be one.

    Unicorn horn hair trend

    Unicorn horn hair trend

    Go one step further than candy-coloured hair — go full unicorn, thanks to clever braiding.

    Unicorn horn hair trend 2

    Unicorn horn hair trend 2

    The look requires a lot of hairspray — and may be hard to brush out, but it looks awesome.

    More: 10 Bold and funky makeup looks to try out in 2016

    But how do you create your own unicorn horn at home? Luckily, there's a YouTube tutorial from Venus Angelic, who shows unicorn lovers just how "transform into a magical unicorn cutie."

    Unicorn horn hair tutorial
    Image: Venus Angelic/YouTube

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    First, take your bangs and some of the hair at the top of your head and create a ponytail. Secure it with an elastic band as you would usually, just pull it all the way until you get to the very last loop.

    Then twist the hair around the bun, creating a cone-like shape. Make the cone pointier by pulling the top of it.

    Finish the look with a lot of hairspray.

    Unicorn horn hair tutorial

    Unicorn horn hair tutorial

    The look is not for everyone, but for those who are a bit more adventurous, this is definitely something to try out — and the perfect way to unleash your inner mythical being.

    What do you think of this look? Tell us in the comments section below.


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    1. Primer oil

    Primers certainly have their place but when I saw Smashbox unveil their Photo Finish Primer Oil and read the ingredients, I quickly realized it was nothing more than a facial oil. Now, don't get me wrong; I love facial oils and apply them nightly. However, applying a facial oil prior to foundation likely won't make your foundation last any longer, which is one of the key benefits of a primer itself. It could even add extra slip to oily skin types, achieving the opposite effect. I don't hate the idea of prepping skin with oil at all, but if you already own one you love, no need to buy a "primer oil" too!

    More: How to match your facial oil to your skin type

    2. Lip serum

    When I first tried the Fresh Sugar Lip Serum, I had high hopes as I really enjoy the Fresh lip balms and many of their other products. However, when I read that this is a serum, best used under a balm, I had to sigh. A good lip balm should hydrate well enough on its own and I'm definitely not into spending an extra $36 for an extra layer under my lip balm. Many eye creams can actually be used around the lip area so a separate lip serum just seems unnecessary.

    3. Dry conditioner

    After dousing your hair with dry shampoo, if you're then adding dry conditioner, you may as well just wash your hair at this point. After adding a dry conditioner to your hair, you're left with hair full of product that's not any cleaner than when you started.

    4. DD cream

    Mother Mary, can we stop with the BB, CC, DD, etc.? They are all essentially tinted moisturizers with a bit more coverage and extra skin care benefits. If you've got a BB, you don't need a DD. I raise an eyebrow when a product promises everything and then some, so usually you're better off with a solid skin care routine and a great foundation or tinted moisturizer. Done and done.

    5. Mascara primer

    A mascara primer is adding an initial layer to your lashes to plump and thicken them up. However, you could achieve that same effect simply by layering coats of mascara. The primer may have an extra conditioning ingredient or two, but the thickening effect is minimal.

    More: Sephora's newest makeup collection is a must-have for Disney lovers

    6. Lip scrub

    I know; they look so cute in their little jars! Lush sells them in drool-worthy scents like bubblegum and popcorn and Sara Happ's are confectionery treats like Confetti Cake. Now, if you'd like to spend $10-$24 on flavored sugar, you certainly may, especially as a gift. However, please know that by running your finger under water, dipping into sugar and rubbing across your lips, you'll get the same effect. Add a few drops of almond oil for extra hydration and you've got your own scrub for pennies.
    These six products are officially in the nice-to-have but not must-have category. Now, go spend the money you just saved on a new lipstick!

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    Rachi launched Neon Moon after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, and now she's released a new ad campaign in time for Valentine's Day. Unlike other contrived campaigns that feel disingenuous, the #NeonMoonCelebrateYou ad is a refreshing celebration of all body types — including women with stretch marks, self-harm scars and body hair.

    More: Finally, a strapless bra that won't fall down

    "I am not defined by my scars,” says one woman in the video, “My scars are part of me and I love them.”

    “My weight doesn’t define my self-worth," added another, “I’m not living up to anyone’s expectations except my own."

    Neon Moon ad campaign

    Neon Moon ad campaign

    And Neon Moon never Photoshops or enhances photos to brush away imperfections, because there are no imperfections.

    More: Mastectomy lingerie inspired by cancer survivor is beautiful

    "When stretch marks, body hair, cellulite, scars, freckles and acne would usually be retouched away, Neon Moon embraces it,” says Rachi, “I designed every piece of lingerie so a person’s body creates the shape of the bra and brief, and not the other way around. Neon Moon is inspiring everyone to love the body they have.”

    Though the line isn't trying to be sexy, these women totally are sexy because of the confidence they exude. The bright underthings just enhance the natural beauty.

    More: New lingerie ad is sexier than any Victoria's Secret catalog


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    But as you'll notice, no one is showing up to the Golden Globes or the Grammys with blackheads. According to New York dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, between a regular smart skin care regimen and emergency spot-treatment, you can tame zits just in time for your version of an awards show.

    1. For sensitive skin

    Aczone
    Image: Aczone
    According to Dr. King, Aczone works on sensitive skin "because its unique ingredient dapsone is much less drying and irritating" than other topicals. (See a dermatologist for prescription).

    2. For oily skin

    ClarityMD
    Image: ClarityMD
    King recommends salicylic acid for oily skin. We love ClarityMD Clarifying Serum, formulated with one percent SA — gentle to use on your whole face but strong enough to fight acne. (myclaritymd.com, $50 with cleanser and sponge)

    3. For cystic bumps

    If you're looking to beat a hard, under the skin bump fast, your best bet is a cortisone shot. Dr. King suggests heading to your derm as soon as the zit appears for maximum effect. Keep in mind, these treatments cost at least $100 and may not be covered by insurance.

    More: How to tell the difference between cystic acne and a pimple that will heal itself

    4. Gentle exfoliation is key

    Instrumental Beauty
    Image: Instrumental Beauty

    Exfoliation should be part of your regular routine, but in winter especially there's no need to totally strip your face of oils. King loves the Sonic Facial Brush for an exfoliation that'll leave you feeling clean, not naked. (Instrumental Beauty, $80)

    5. Try a gentle peel

    Dr. Dennis Gross
    Image: Dr. Dennis Gross

    If you know you'll need to glow in two weeks (brides, I'm looking at you) King recommends a gentle peel to ensure clean skin. It's best to do a dry run ahead of time to make sure you know how your skin responds — for newbies, we love the smooth + flawless starter pack from Dr. Dennis Gross. (Sephora, $48)

    6. Skip the DIY

    There's a time and a place for natural remedies, but a new breakout is not the time to test out your grandmother's famous homemade facemask. King warns to be cautious about trying DIY treatments like toothpaste or tea tree oil, which can be irritating to the skin.


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    More: How shampoo can damage your hair and how to prevent it

    So I was interested to read about lifestyle blogger Kayleigh Conway of Blue Jeans White Tee and her ongoing haircare experiment. Surrey-born Kayleigh, 28, has gone without "normal" shampoo and conditioner for almost an entire year, as part of her commitment to greener living.

    And guess what? Her hair looks gorgeous.

    Former journalist Kayleigh decided to go "no 'poo" in March 2015 after reading an article about no 'poo blogger Lucy Aitken Read, who hadn't used shampoo for over two years. "I thought her hair looked absolutely gorgeous," Kayleigh told SheKnows. "I started reading more about it and decided that if all these other women could do it, then so could I."

    Since then Kayleigh has been washing her hair with natural alternatives to shampoo, including eggs, baking soda, clay, aloe vera juice, coconut oil and vinegar, experimenting with different combinations to determine what worked best for her.

    Kayleigh admits that the process was difficult in the early stages. "It's what I now affectionately call 'The Gunk,'" she said. "My hair went beyond greasy and started producing this thick, waxy substance at the roots which made it difficult to style my hair [sic] — even ponytails couldn't disguise it at one point!"

    Kayleigh Conway no shampoo 4

    Kayleigh Conway no shampoo 4

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    "I wore my hair in ponytails and buns every time I left the house, and I actually bought a fashion turban to hide my roots!" Kayleigh added. "I didn't have the confidence to wear it out though so I just let my hair down and put the turban on the second I got home to give my aching scalp a rest."

    Advocates of a no 'poo life believe that regular shampooing with "normal" products leads to a vicious cycle: shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils (sebum), the scalp produces more sebum to replace this and shampoo is required to compensate.

    No 'poo devotees believe that a gradual reduction in shampoo will slow down the production of sebum and that, by breaking the cycle, the hair will be less greasy and therefore need less shampoo.

    Eight weeks into the process, after investing in some pricey raw, vegan, paleo, gluten-free and wild-crafted Morrocco Method products, Kayleigh felt she was finally coming through the initial detox process, which she partly attributes to Rhassoul clay.

    "It was brilliant, I gave my hair a quick scrub in the shower with it and managed to go to a Christening with it," she wrote on her blog. "I also finally plucked up the courage to post a Facebook status announcing my wavy, fluffy hair was shampoo-free."

    Kayleigh Conway no shampoo 3

    Kayleigh Conway no shampoo 3

    While Kayleigh is still experimenting with different hair-washing methods (she admits the "research never stops" and that her "hair needs are constantly changing"), she's definitely a no 'poo convert. Since giving up "normal" shampoo and conditioner, she's noticed numerous benefits: patches of dry skin behind her ears have cleared up, she can leave her hair longer between washes (and it still looks and feels fresh) and her hair is much more manageable, meaning less need for heated appliances.

    Kayleigh Conner no shampoo 2

    Kayleigh Conner no shampoo 2

    Kayleigh's no 'poo hair styling routine is quick and easy: "I towel dry my hair, comb any tangles out and let it air dry, and if I have a special occasion I might straighten the ends, so now styling takes up about five minutes of my time if that.

    "Now I can feel what my hair feels like — it’s thicker and just as shiny as before, and without all the silicones coating my strands I can now do whatever I want with my freshly washed hair."

    Kayleigh Conner no shampoo 1

    Kayleigh Conner no shampoo 1

    Would you go no 'poo? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Green

    Red hair green clothes
    Image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment

    Most shades of green are instantly flattering to the redhead, and mossy and olive greens were made for you, says shoe designer Yosi Samra. Ever the shoe lover, Samra recommends experimenting with the red-to-green combo by trying a green shoe first. He says, "Even better when it comes in a super cute foldable flat!"

    A bold bottle green is another perfect choice, and a misty sage green is equally complementary. Stay away from yellow-greens and go for the purest saturated colors for your best look. Isoke Salaam, a fashion publicist in Washington D.C. who is a big fan of the redhead, suggests, "For a casual look, a green blazer white t-shirt, dark jeans and cool booties work well."

    More: 19 Redhead images to make us all wish we had red hair

    Neutrals

    Red hair neutrals
    Image: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images Entertainment

    Wardrobes require basic building blocks of neutral colors to mix and match; for the red-haired woman, the best of these are black, navy, tan and brown. Black works fabulously for redheads, and a variety of browns are appropriate, too. Look for chocolates, cinnamon browns and rich tans. Navy blue should be in the closet of every red-tressed woman.

    Julianne Moore with red hair and navy dress
    Image: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Film Magic/Getty Images

    Kristie Glenn, owner of Blue Labels Boutique Shop, says that while women with fiery red hair need to be more cautious in their color choices, ladies with natural red hair have more options and may look best on the neutral color wheel. "I always find that natural redheads look great in shades of cream, ivory, white, pale pink, baby blue and other sorbet colors," Glenn explains.

    Add punch

    Emma Stone with red hair blue dress
    Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Entertainment

    Redheads should avoid most oranges and yellows, and get their color punch from apricot and lavender. Pink can be unexpectedly flattering with red hair; depending on your shade, you can wear tones from the palest blush pink to a bolder pure pink.

    Emma Stone with red hair and pink dress
    Image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment

    True purple is a great choice, too. Purples with blue undertones also work well, but red-toned purples won't be flattering. Brighter blues in the turquoise family and deep blueberry colors are other smart choices. Denim blue also enhances the complexion of the true redhead. "A light purple flowy shirt looks amazing with red hair," says Salaam. "Blues are probably my favorite color for redheads. Light blue to a deep cobalt, a redhead looks great in any blue! I would suggest a fabulous blue winter coat."

    Most redheads are cautioned to stay away from deep burgundy-red — just imagine the clash — but there is a small catch. You can rock the red any time you like, as long as it's on your nails. Vegan and cruelty-free indie cosmetics brand Trust Fund Beauty explains, "Many redheads think they can’t wear red nail polish, which could not be more false. Finding a bold shade can easily add warmth to any shade of red hair!"

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    champagne and chocolate beauty
    Image: Becci Burkhart/SheKnows

    Dark chocolate boosts your skin

    Chocolate doesn’t always have to equal an unwanted sugar rush, especially since darker chocolate variations help prevent free radicals from damaging our skin.

    “Chocolate is high in flavonoids, especially dark chocolate,” explains Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified NYC dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From A Top New York Dermatologist. “These are antioxidants that help to inactivate free radicals which damage the collagen and elastic tissue in our skin. Free radicals are usually caused by pollution, UV light and cigarette smoke.”

    In addition to flavonoids, cocoa flavanol is considered beneficial for skin health, too. Flavanols are usually naturally found in cocoa, and are often referred to as nature’s superfruit.

    Rebecca Lee, registered nurse and founder of the natural health resource, RemediesForMe.com definitely highlights the benefits of flavanols, as she references a recent 12-week study conducted by the American Society for Nutrition, finding that regular consumption of cocoa flavanols has positive effects on both facial wrinkles and skin elasticity.

    How to try it:

    Chocolate beauty DIY
    Image: Becci Burkhart/SheKnows


    To properly indulge in all things chocolate, experts like Dr. Debra Jaliman recommend making a chocolate facial mask to help your skin absorb such benefits. Made with ingredients you probably have right in your pantry, you can enjoy a skin perfecting treatment, without the steep price tag.

    “To make a moisturizing antioxidant mask you can use two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, with one tablespoon of honey, and add two tablespoons of melted dark chocolate,” Jaliman says. “Leave it on the face for 15 minutes, and then wash off with a warm washcloth.”

    Champagne pumps up your skin and hair

    Champagne makes another fun beauty DIY ingredient, as it contains both skin and hair benefits you'll definitely want to take advantage of. But unlike wine, Champagne can get flat quickly. So to properly utilize your bubbly, Kristin Fraser, the founder and CEO at natural beauty company The Grapeseed Company, recommends using Champagne as a toner for tighter pores.

    “Champagne has carbon dioxide which helps tighten pores and tone the skin,” Fraser says. “It also works well as a body soak, especially after a long, hard day.” Though, I'm sure most of us aren't ready to throw down on the amount of bottles it would take to bathe in Champagne.

    Fraser also notes that Champagne functions as an effective clarifying treatment that works great on buildup, and gives unbeatable shine to dull tresses.

    “You can also use Champagne as a clarifying hair treatment, Fraser adds. “It works well on blondes, and can work wonders against buildup and dull color.”

    How to try it:

    Champagne beauty DIY
    Image: Becci Burkhart/SheKnows

    For the most shiny of locks, Kristin Fraser encourages trying a clarifying Champagne hair rinse to give hair that gorgeous shine. Here’s what to do when you can’t drink the whole bottle yourself.

    “Combine half a cup of Champagne or sparkling wine with a quarter cup warm water, and one tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a Pyrex or bowl/dish that's easy to pour from,” Fraser says. “Then rinse hair with warm water in the shower, and pour Champagne rinse mixture over your hair and let sit for three to five minutes in the steamy shower."


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    1. Polish up

    One of the easiest ways to upgrade and add some spice to your style while on a budget is to change your nail lacquer. It’s something that’s inexpensive and can be done instantly. For a more elegant look, go for a soft pastel or nude shade. If you're aiming for more of a grunge or rock look for a night out on the town, try a black or dark blue. It looks great on every skin tone!

    More: 7 Essential outfits that are perfect for both work and play

    2. Score designer discounts

    Let’s face it: Though we're on a budget, there still may be a desire for some great designer pieces. The good news is you don’t have to break the bank to do so. Places like Saks Off 5th or the online store Trendlee are great places to find designer goods marked down — tremendously.

    3. Shop smart

    Buying can be fun even when you're watching your money. I love scoring my next fashion finds at places like Zara, H&M and Topshop, which have a variety of quality clothing picks. Many times these stores will have designer-inspired pieces that will keep you right in trend without breaking the bank.

    4. Buy versatile clothing

    Shop for items that can go with anything. Things like a black leather jacket, jeans, black slacks and staple pencil skirts are items that are interchangeable and can make a whole new outfit when mixed and matched. Great places to get staple items for your wardrobe are Express and Gap.

    More: How to take a denim skirt from day to night

    5. Mix and match

    One of the best ways to look like a million bucks without spending it is to mix high- and low-cost pieces. This means having at least one great-quality piece — designer or not — and pairing it with lower-priced items. For example, you could take a designer item like a Gucci bucket bag and pair it with a budget-friendly chiffon dress — here's one under $30! — to achieve a super feminine, posh look.

    6. Have a closet sale

    Take some time to go through your closet and analyze what you need more of, what you dislike or pick out things that don’t fit. I know this feeling all too well, as it can be hard to let go of certain items because of the attachment to them — things like a sweater from a friend or jeans you hope to fit back into after losing those 15 pounds. It’s time to just let it go and make space for the new. Places like Plato’s Closet sell your used clothes for cash. Another, Poshmark, allows you to sell your clothes right from your phone. With this site, I have found you are able to get more cash for your used items, especially for higher-end pieces. Either way, both are great for getting additional income to shop for things you need in your wardrobe.

    7. Use discount codes

    Don’t be afraid to use discount codes when shopping online or in the store. Retail Me Not is an amazing site that allows you to search current coupon codes. You can also Google discounts happening at your favorite stores.

    8. Sign up for email lists

    Take some time to register for email alerts from your favorite retailers. You’ll be first to know about discounts, specials and exclusive offers available only to subscribers.

    9. Shop outlet malls

    Outlet malls give you a great opportunity to shop some of your favorite stores at a discounted price. Special days, like Black Friday, offer extra savings that make shopping on a budget serious fun.

    10. Follow discount and budget blogs

    The Budget Babe and Penny Chic are both great blogs to watch for fabulous finds on a budget, with items usually under $100. These trendy shoppers take the frustration out of finding discounted and affordable items by posting links on where to find amazing pieces for your wardrobe.

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