Marc Jacobs Jet Girl O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer Review & Swatches

Jet Girl (82) Marc Jacobs Beauty Jet Girl (82) O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a brighter, medium coral with warm undertones that seemed balance between pink and orange paired with a high-shine, metallic finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer that applied evenly and blended out effortlessly on my skin. The powder had a smooth, cream-like texture that felt finely-milled, soft, and sat well...
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Sex study explores 'bad' orgasms

A new study finds that reaching an orgasm doesn't always indicate the sexual encounter was pleasurable.A variety of reasons were reported by participants for "bad" orgasms.Communication is key to improving sexual experiences, maintain the scientists. None The psychology of human sexual behavior is often not what you'd expect. Even if sex is consensual and leads to an orgasm, that experience can still be very negative, reveals a new study.The study was co-authored by Sara B. Chadwick, a PhD can...
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44 Sexy, Spooky Halloween Tattoos You Won't Regret in November

Be it because of the costumes or beauty looks, Halloween has such a dedicated following that people get sexy Halloween tattoos in honor of the holiday. Each year artists, beauty-lovers, and other creatives pull out all the stops to achieve awe-inspiring looks. Luckily for Oct. 31 devotees, you don't have to wait all year to showcase your sexy, spooky side. If you consider the holiday your chance to get just as sultry as sinister, consider one of these Halloween-themed tattoos.
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Stay-at-home parents work hard. Should they be paid?

It’s not uncommon in the United States for two parents to spend long hours working hard — but the one who works outside the home is paid for it, while the one who does housework and child care is paid nothing.
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Super Hero Style: How To Wear The Cape Trend

Super Hero Style: How To Wear The Cape Trend The cape trend seems to come and go without warning. Truth be told, it’s just practical enough to pass as a non-trend—you need to stay warm when it’s chilly outside, after all, and a cape is essentially a blankety coat. And a sophisticated one at that. Wondering how to wear a cape effortlessly this fall? Read on for five cape outfits to try now. How to Wear a Cape 5 Ways 1. Try a cape jacket to start If you’ve tried a cape and felt like a shapeless wr...
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Are You a Quality Product?

--> One of the most amazing things about living where I do, in Malibu, California, is observing how well many people treat themselves and how seriously they take themselves. I know numerous people who have the following: • Personal trainers (to motivate them to workout hard) • Nutritionists (to recommend diets) • Chefs (to cook the food) • Stylists (to take them shopping for clothes) • Anti-aging doctors (to prescribe various hormones) • Psychologists (to talk through problems with) • Psychiatri...
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Makeup Troubleshooting: My Eyeshadow is Too Hard or Too Stiff!

Firmer eyeshadow formulas are pressed more firmly into the pan, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but firmer eyeshadows require some modification of techniques and tools in order to get the most pigmentation and blendability out of them. One upside is that firmer formulas tend to work best for building up coverage and often don’t suffer from fallout.  Below, you’ll find my best tips and tricks to get the most out of your firmer/stiffer formulas for better results! Here are some ...
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Gulls are the feathered fabric of our very landscape — and they are a lot like us

Whether you see them as friends or foes, they are evolving right along with humans (and even outwitting us for fries).
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MAC Shooting Star Opalescent Powder Review & Swatches

Shooting Star MAC Shooting Star Opalescent Powder ($36.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale lavender with warmer undertones–more pink- than blue-based–with a soft, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was smooth to the touch, soft without being powdery or dusty in the pan, and the powder picked up easily with less-dense brushes. The color applied evenly to bar...
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The grit, fun, and madness behind the chikoo farms of Indian Parsis

As the legend goes, in the 7th century, when the first wave of Zoroastrians landed on the shores of western India, the local ruler Jadav Rana sent the leader of the group a glass of milk filled to the brim. “There is no place here,” was the cryptic message, “we are full.” The glass was returned, seemingly untouched, but it had been sweetened with sugar, which blended with the rich milk. “We will disturb no one,” was the message sent back with the glass of milk, “We will enhance the surroundings ...
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70+ Halloween Costumes From Reddit That Are Terrifyingly Gorgeous

We consider ourselves among the Halloween makeup experts, but even we have to admit that these Reddit Halloween makeup looks have our skills beat. Some of these makeup creations have us cringing in terror, and it's all done with just eye shadows, body paint, false lashes, and incredible talent. This is the creepiest makeup artistry we've ever seen, but we're already getting renewed inspiration for our costumes this year. Related: ...
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Lovense Max 2 Review

To start with, I want to say that initially, after a few days of testing, I was a bit disappointed with the toy and planned on giving it 6-7 out of 10. What a fool I was. Now I can claim that it’s at least a solid 9. Read on to find out why I changed my mind (hint: mostly because I’m stupid). Max 2 is an upgraded version of the original Max (duh) which was released in 2013 so Lovense took their time to refine the toy. I don’t own an old Max so I can’t compare the two, but from what I understand ...
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Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby 2 Set Review & Swatches

Bomb Baby 2 Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby 2 Mini Lip Gloss & Highlighter Set ($24.00 for oz.) is a new, limited edition set that features a miniature-sized gloss and highlighter; the gloss is a new shade, while the highlighter is part of the Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito duo (which is permanent). The products performed consistently with their formulas. ...
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Sunday Best: Becoming Harriet Tubman

Sometimes, a costume can be a portal to a character. In this photo from the upcoming movie "Harriet," Cynthia Erivo portrays American hero Harriet Tubman.
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Gulls show up all over — including (heads up!) right above you

At the beach, on the waterfront, on the ferry — even in Utah — these gifted fliers stake their claims.
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Perfumed Horoscope October 21 - October 27

This is the week of a lesser resistance, leading us toward some interesting new opportunities. Our visions (Neptune) are supported by our value system (Venus) in at least three different ways: financially, socially, and creatively. Just make sure to stay on your feet. This week we are looking at 24 Perfumes and Colognes.       Aries Ideally you have a plan this week, because it will move you... Read full article: Perfumed Horoscope October 21 - October 27 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Cologn...
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How To Transform Your Bedroom Into a Coastal Italian Retreat

Italy is a gorgeous place to visit, whether you’re in the big cities or if you’re by the coast, it never fails to impress tourists. The rustic interior adds to the Italian feel of the city, but if you can’t keep jetting off to different parts of the country, why not transform your bedroom instead?  The transformation can be quite simple, rooms inspired by Italy are often simplistic and filled with woven material. But how can you turn your bedroom into a coastal Italian retreat? We’ve go...
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The under-recognized power of preconception nutrition

Well before showing signs of pregnancy, parents should consider how their nutritional habits will affect their child — that goes for dad, too.
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MAC Asterisk & Destined for Stardom Kissing Stars Lipstick Reviews & Swatches

Asterisk MAC Asterisk Kissing Stars Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.1 oz.) has a blackened purple base with a mixture of bluish-violet, purple, and lighter blue sparkle and glitter throughout. It was appalling bad in application, and it lived up to… none of its claims; it didn’t evenly distribute color, it wasn’t opaque, and the texture was smooth. I don’t know who let this one escape the factory, but it’s not a real surprise as every com...
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ColourPop x Disney Designer Ever Ever After Set Review & Swatches

Ever Ever After Colour Pop Ever Ever After Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes a metallic, rosy copper highlighter and a bright, pink-coral liquid lipstick. The highlighter was fantastic–pigmented, creamy, blendable, and long-wearing–while the liquid lipstick was a bit more pigmented than marketed and could have applied more evenly. Both products can be purchased individually if preferred. ...
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How to Apply Lipstick on Dry Lips

Drier lips need a little extra attention–TLC, if you will–and prep to get the best lipstick application.  Lipstick simply goes on more smoothly and sits better on hydrated, more supple lips.  In order to apply lipstick to dry lips, the key is proper preparation and ongoing maintenance of your lips to keep them from getting painfully dry, and it is followed by choosing more hydrating formulations that sit better on drier lips. Proper Prep is Key! Good prep always helps, but if you have drier li...
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Makeup Troubleshooting: My Eyeshadow is Too Powdery!

Powdery eyeshadows are the type that have a lot of excess product that gets kicked up in the pan whenever you go to use it.  They’ll often look messier when housed in a palette, so you may feel like you have to wipe away excess to avoid colors mixing.  Sometimes, this powderiness results in eyeshadows that sheer out when applied (but not when you want them to!), fallout, and fading faster than normal. Here are some examples of more soft, more powdery formulations that I’ve tried: Anastasia Eyesh...
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We're Drooling Over These Fierce Black Panther Makeup Looks

As Halloween approaches, you may be considering costumes, and perhaps you'd like to put your makeup skills to use. Look no further: we've compiled the most iconic Black Panther Halloween makeup ideas we could find so you can emulate the spirit of all of the kick-ass women who helped T'Challa and Wakanda be as successful as they were. From T'Challa's brilliant and hilarious sister, Shuri, to the compassionate humanitarian Nakia and the entire Dora Milaje army, these women did the damn thing throu...
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Haunted Mansion/Ikea mashup tee

Nothing conjures up the eldritch geometries that are the secret fuel of Disney's Haunted Mansion like the hair-pulling geometrical puzzles posed by Ikea assembly instructions: hence, Spöke Håus, $20 and up on Teefury, proving once again that trademark violation is your best entertainment dollar. (Thanks, Buzz Benson!)
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How to suffer like a total pro: Pete Holmes on ego, judgment, and feeling special

When you're going through a moment that tests your patience, even causes you to psychologically suffer, sometimes you have to step back and say, "Yes, thank you."Suffering is like sandpaper, and, if we choose, it can buffer us and make us better versions of ourselves. Also, it's critical to find a quiet place within where just the fundamental fact that you are participating in reality imbues you with enough value and dignity to draw upon at any moment. Regardless of exterior sentiments about you...
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Community Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 012

First and foremost, if you’re not part of the lovely community, consider registering for an account.  This will allow you to take full advantage of all of the features available on the site! Now, let’s dive into readers’ most loved and most wanted products from this past week along with recently shared looks and color stories. Most Loved ...
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How to Apply Matte Eyeshadow

Matte eyeshadows are popular because they are often more forgiving than shimmers when it comes to emphasis of lid texture and lines, while they’re a classic way to add definition and depth to any eyeshadow look.  Previously, I published my tips on working with shimmery eyeshadows, and now, I’m sharing my tips on how to apply matte eyeshadows. For general tips on eyeshadow application, check out this guide.  If you need help with blending, this post should help. If you’re looking to learn more ab...
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Masculine Fragrances from a Female Perspective: What do the Ladies Think?

The issue of what differentiates female from male idiosyncrasies in general is complicated enough, so it's only natural that one of the most popular questions in perfume for and general discussion is how the opposite sex perceives and decodes the fragrances meant for the other sex. In perfume terms the composition of different formulas for the two sexes, roughly floral and oriental for the ... Read full article: Masculine Fragrances from a Female Perspective: What do the Ladies Think? fr...
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If I’m overqualified for the job, should I dumb down my resume?

Claiming a degree you didn't earn is a lie, but leaving one off your resume is not a sin.
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Rant & Rave: Going for a fun run

RAVE to moms and dads who run or bike with their young kids in a stroller. The kids always look like they’re having the time of their life. RANT to people who address me, a senior citizen, as “honey,” “sweetie,” or “young lady.” In my long career, I was respected and these terms are disrespectful […]
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