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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

7 'healthy' snacks that actually aren't healthy at all

Starting with vegetable crisps, for one..

Done right, snacking can keep hunger at bay, fuel your energy levels and provide a great source of health-boosting nutrients. Done wrong, snacking can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and hungrier than before, as well as full of empty-calories that don't fill you up at all.

And whilst we all know of the obvious culprits to avoid, these seemingly "healthy" snacks are actually not all as virtuous as originally meets the eye.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


A little char goes a long way with these sticky-and-sweet chicken thighs and seared brussels sprouts.

Best hair oil: A beginner's guide to finding the right one

There's a shine-boosting oil for every one of you - and some even make your locks grow faster!

It's not just thick manes of coarse hair that can benefit from oil; even thin, fine and easily-greasy locks can reap the rewards too. It's just a matter of finding the right elixir for you…

9 new beauty products that are worth dropping ALL your cash on

Whoever said 'the best things in life are free', was clearly lying.

I'll admit it, I'm an enabler. If you had £50 in your pocket, and were trying to decide whether to spend or save, chances are, I'll direct you to the nearest Topshop, Zara or Space NK. Sorry, I can't help it.

Hence why this month I've decided to round up the cream of the beauty crop, and bring you a definitive list of products that are worth dropping serious $$$ on.

(That being said, please don't start trolling me on twitter if you end up blowing your monthly salary on makeup and have to live off beans on toast till payday.)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

So what's the real story behind Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's split?

Essentially, no-one seems to know, but there are some great theories nonetheless.

It's safe to say most of us were pretty shocked when we heard the news that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Brad Pitt.
After a fairly bumpy to the start of their relationship (Team Jen, anyone?), the beautiful couple soon secured their joint place in the hearts of the whole world, appearing united as they grew their family with both adopted and birth children.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Why Your Random Eating Schedule Is Risky for Your Health

Research suggests the timing of your meals may affect your weight, cholesterol, and insulin levels.

Do you ever postpone dinner because you’re in the middle of a project? Or skip breakfast because you overslept? As long as you avoid binging later on, it’s no big deal, right?
Well, maybe not.
Two new papers published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society suggest that it’s not just what you eat, but when you eat that affects your health. Having irregular meals may set you up for obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes—regardless of how many total calories you’re consuming. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How Hanging Out With Slimmer Pals May Help You Lose Weight

A new study shows people who socialize with thinner folks are more successful at shedding pounds.

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People who want to lose weight are more likely to spend time with others whose body mass is similar to their own, says a study published last month in the journal Obesity. But they might have more success dropping pounds by including thinner people in their social networks, as well.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Panasonic Multi-Functional Wet/Dry Shaver and Epilator #ES-ED50

Reviewed: July 2015                                
 Panasonic Multi-Functional Wet/Dry Shaver and Epilator #ES-ED50
Price When Reviewed: $69.99


  • Can be used both wet and dry
  • Rechargeable
  • Cordless
  • Has 60-degree pivoting head
  • Has bikini trimmer
  • Includes travel pouch
  • Has built-in LED light


  • Takes 1 hour to charge

With 48 dual-speed rotating tweezing discs, the Panasonic Multi-Functional Wet/Dry Shaver and Epilator outscored the competition in removing even the tiniest hairs, from the root, in just one pass. Our consumer testers rated it best for minimizing pain and irritation (even for new users), as well as being easier to use than other epilators they had used in the past. The Panasonic also earned the highest scores in our test for effectively removing hair from lower legs, and took the second place spot for effectively removing underarm hair.

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Cream

 Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Cream Reviewed: August 2016
Price When Reviewed: $76.00


  • One of the most hydrating products in our test
  • Improved skin texture
  • Not greasy or irritating
  • Received the highest score for texture
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Pleasant scent


  • Some testers found its scent off-putting
  • Glass jar is not travel-friendly

The 8 Biggest Hair Trends for Fall 2016

Upgrade your ponytail or go all the way with a fresh chop.

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Beveled Bob
Bobs are on trend every year, but unlike the shaggy and easygoing crops of the past, 2016 is all about the sleek and structured look, as demonstrated by Kylie Jenner. 

14 Ways to Have Energy All Day Long

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 14 Ways to Have Energy All Day Long
Do your batteries drain in the middle of the day? Welcome to the afternoon-slump club. While serving yourself a second (or third) cup of coffee may seem like the easiest solution, these strategies are proven to perk you up all day, every day. Try one or two of these challenges each week until they all become regular habits.

I Nearly Died From Eating a Gluten-Free Cookie

Annie Walsh is like any other 16-year-old girl — except that she's relied on an EpiPen to save her life 15 times. Here's how she lives with severe food allergies and what she thinks about the fact that the price of her life-saving device just sky-rocketed.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Banana and Almond Butter Pancakes


  • 1 large, very ripe banana, plus sliced bananas for serving
  • 1/4 c. smooth almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • Honey, for serving

End-of-Summer Style Inspiration From the Full Moon Fest

This weekend's Full Moon Festival on Governors Island was a late August treat: the weather, for the most part, was bearable; Pusha T was there; and you could plop down and eat Pokito in front of a great backdrop of the New York City skyline. And people watching wasn’t bad, either; check out a dozen outfit ideas that’ll take you through the end of summer below.

Say Goodbye to Yellow Nails – 6 fastest remedies

Yellow nails are a very common and unaesthetic problem for many women. One of the most important aspects of personal care are nails. Beautiful nails means that you have respect for yourself. The natural colour of your nails is light pink. Any change of colour can indicate a health problem or a deficiency in beauty care.

The Best Anti-Aging Night Creams, According to Dermatologists

Ready to turn back time? Here are experts' favorite products for reducing worry lines, fighting wrinkles, and evening skin tone.

Sunspots, wrinkles, and fine lines are an inevitable part of getting older. “Every day of our lives, we’re making and breaking down collagen thanks to an enzyme in the skin called collagenase,” says New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. “But as we age, we break down more collagen than we make, and that’s one of the reasons we get wrinkles.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Lob

Celeb stylist David Lopez shares his top tips for rocking this trendy haircut.

Earlier this week, after months of internal debate, I finally worked up the courage to chop off my long hair. Sure, it helped that celeb stylist David Lopez was the one doing the cutting. And since I’d committed to the makeover for a Facebook Live video (check it out below!), there really was no backing out. But still, I’m pretty proud of myself for taking the plunge.

Monday, September 5, 2016

8 Yoga Poses That Will Help the Body Detox

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 8 Yoga Poses That Will Help the Body Detox
Been overdoing it a little? If your body could use some fine-tuning, you can do more than sip on detoxing green juice. Hop on your yoga mat, and do these eight poses designed to detox the body. You have your circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems to thank for getting rid of toxins and waste, and these poses stimulate those systems. Pick out the poses your body needs or practice them all, and you'll be on your way to feeling like a new you.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Stress Symptoms, Signs, Causes, and Coping Tips

Understanding the Harmful Effects of Stress and What You Can Do About It

Stress within your comfort zone can help you perform under pressure, motivate you to do your best, even keep you safe when danger looms. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it can damage your mood and relationships, and lead to a host of serious mental and physical health problems. The trouble is that modern life is so full of frustrations, deadlines, and demands that many of us don’t even realize how stressed we are. By recognizing the symptoms and causes of stress, you can take the first steps to reducing its harmful effects and improving your quality of life.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Avo-Tahini Toast

If you think you're over avocado toast, this topper will change your mind. Fresh avocado, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and a hard-cooked egg drizzled with tahini create a truly addicting combination. So what is tahini? Tahini is the stuff of life in Israel, like olive oil in Italy or butter in France. The paste, made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds, is nutty and rich, with a slightly bitter finish and an unctuous mouthfeel akin to peanut butter. Look for tahini that’s well blended (little to no separation). Make sure to give your tahini a good stir before drizzling, and refrigerate after opening. Use more of the delicious paste in our Tahini Swirl Brownies.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Salma Hayek Turns 50! Her Most Surprising Beauty Secrets

I don’t believe in Botox, especially when [people] do it so young,” Hayek told People magazine. “They destroy themselves. They keep telling young girls, ‘Do it young, so you never get wrinkles.’ No, your face is going to fall.”

Happy birthday, Salma Hayek! The Oscar-nominated actress, director and producer turns 50 on Sept. 2, 2016.

The stunning Mexican-American actress is famous for her radiant, seemingly ageless appearance. She’s happy to share beauty tips, especially when it comes to her new line of cosmetics for CVS, Nuance, but they’re not the tips you might expect from a Hollywood beauty guru. She’s not a fan of Botox or running on the treadmill, and she says she’ll never, ever wash her face in the morning.
Launch the gallery to learn some of Hayek’s most surprising beauty secrets.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Carbs

We don't do diets. But we still love to eat — and we want to eat well. In her new column, How To Eat, Refinery29's favorite intuitive eating coach Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, will help you do just that by answering the food and nutrition questions that really matter. Send yours to heythere@refinery29.com. 

I recently quit dieting. I'm trying to take a more intuitive approach to what I eat, but I feel like all my body wants is carbs right now, and I just know that can't be right. What can I do to balance things out?
First of all, congratulations on giving up dieting! That’s a huge step, and you’re absolutely doing the right thing for your health — both mental and physical — by taking a more intuitive approach