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Published: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 01:15:52 GMT

Women Take On Body Censorship With Help From Male Nipples And Photoshop (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:05:18 GMT)

Male nipples are having a moment, and it’s surprisingly all in the name of freeing the female body from censorship.

Last June, artist Micol Hebron posted an image of a male nipple on Facebook and suggested that women replace their nipples with the template to make them acceptable for social media.

TBT to that time, over a year ago (June 2014) that I posted an image of male nipple and told everyone to put it over...

Posted by Micol Hebron on Friday, July 3, 2015



The idea recently began to recirculate across social media, and women are using Photoshop to cover their bare breasts with male nipples. Though some photo-sharing platforms routinely remove women's images in which their nipples are exposed, men's topless photos are fair game.

Which provides an obvious solution:


This one was reported again. So here it is with two MALE NIPPLES stickers that I put on to cover my illegal FEMALE NIPPLES! So now you can't say shit, this is so fucking wrong and this is not equality. #malenipples #freethenipple #freethenipplecampaign #freethenipple2015 #female #femalenipples #my #body #natural #fucksexism #sexism #feminist #feminism #bw #covered #with #nipplestickers #tydligen #buzzfeed ! @freethenipple

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Male nipples are so lovely... #freethenipple #malenipples #freethenipplecampaign #nipples @freethenipple

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'Hebron was frustrated with the way female nipples were hypersexualized while male nipples seem to be completely permissible. So, Women who are tired of having their topless photos removed from social media have begun using male nipples to cover up their breasts.' #malenipples #fightingboobcensoreship #micolhebron #nipplesarenipples ? #weallarefuckingequal #boobs #fuckyourrules #societydoesntmatter #mylifemychoice #hypersexualising

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According to Instagram's community guidelines, "female nipples" are allowed in posts, but only in certain contexts.

I dag har vi kjøpt oss nytt basseng, et såkalt Fill 'n fun pool. Min søster nekta å flytte seg da jeg ville ta bilde av det for å legge ut på sosiale medier. Heldigvis fant jeg en #malenippletemplate så jeg fortsatt kunne legge ut bildet. #basseng #dagensinnkjøp #funinpool #splashandplay #malenipples #freethenipple #notfemalenipples

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Throwback. #MaleNipple #FreeTheNipple

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The Free The Nipple movement, a campaign focused on the general censorship of women’s nipples, also urged women to upload images and replace their offending lady areolae with virtual male nipple stickers. Free The Nipple advocates for equal rights for men and women as well as the right to comfortably breastfeed in public. It spreads its mission through social media and a film (aptly titled "Free The Nipple") that "follows a group of young women who take to the streets of New York City topless, to protest the archaic censorship laws in the United States."

Singer Courtney Love shared her support for the campaign with an Instagram post recalling Hebron's idea and challenging the photo-sharing platform's guidelines.

Free the nipple #trollshelterbelow

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Other celebrities to get behind Free The Nipple include Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham. Most recently, Chrissy Teigen had NSFW photos from a W Magazine photo shoot taken down and responded with another topless pic and a strategically placed hairspray bottle.

the nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 29, 2015



HAIR @jrugg8

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Whether it's a hairspray bottle or a male nipple, covering female nipples is easy. But if the Free The Nipple movement and its supporters have anything to do with it, it will soon be unnecessary.

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'Frozen' Has A Ridiculous/Hilarious Disclaimer You Probably Never Noticed (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:22:43 GMT)



 


Nearly a year and half after Disney's "Frozen" hit theaters, it's still a cultural tour de force,  having grossed $1.2 billion worldwide at the box office, influencing the monikers of a generation to come, and just, well ... whatever this is. 


Odds are you've seen it more than once, and you've likely asked someone if they wanted to build a snowman, but have you stuck around long enough to watch the entire credits roll? 


Our friends over at HuffPost Canada did, and they found that there's a ridiculous/hilarious disclaimer that was probably tacked on, lest they be subject to the complaints of some MRAs or something. Kidding. Maybe. Enjoy.



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Michael Bublé Announces Baby Number Two, With Help From His Toddler (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:34:56 GMT)

Michael Bublé's toddler helped him made an exciting announcement on Instagram. The singer and his wife, Argentinian model and actress Luisana Lopilato, are expecting their second child!

In an Instagram video post, the couple's 2-year-old son Noah walks over to his mom, who is lying on the ground with her stomach exposed. Bublé asks Noah, "Who's that in there?" -- to which the toddler adorably replies "baby."

Noah has some news for to tell you ...

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Meanwhile, Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" plays in the background -- showing once again that her music makes the perfect accompaniment to baby news.

Congratulations to the growing family!

H/T Today



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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:21:00 GMT)

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my Weekly eBay Roundup of top vintage clothing finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature.

As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions.

This week's Roundup includes lots of great items. Don't miss the 1980s Julie Duroche velvet cocktail jacket, the Whiting & Davis Clark Gable purse, the Elizabeth Bonte horn hair comb, the Chinese silk embroidered fringe shawl, the Christian Lacroix glass tassel necklace, the lapis and turquoise cocktail ring and the 1960s Pucci handbag.

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PLEASE NOTE that Zuburbia does not endorse the use of fur, feathers, leather or animal skins in fashion. Any of these selections are offered only as more thoughtful and eco-friendly alternatives for contemporary fashionistas who have not yet eliminated animal products from their wardrobes or for collectors who are seeking to preserve these items.

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Back Acne: What You Need To Know To Prevent And Treat Breakouts (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:17:35 GMT)

Let's talk about back acne. You know, those breakouts (consisting of pink pimples and clogged pores) that you know are there but can't see?

Addressing bacne starts with treating the skin on the neck, shoulders and back with the same caution and concern as the skin on the face, according to board-certified dermatologist Jessica Weiser.

A gentle, well-balanced regimen will yield better results and avoid damaging the skin in the process," says Weiser. Simple steps such as bathing after working out and avoiding skincare products with harsh irritants and fragrances are key.

To feel super confident when baring our backs this summer, Weiser told us everything we need to know to beat bacne. Here's what to do and what to avoid.

Shower immediately after exercising. "Never leave sweat-soaked clothing on the skin surface," says Weiser. Sweat, exercise, tight-fitting clothing, non-breathable fabrics and other forms of surface occlusion (like a backpack) are some of the main causes of bacne. Use a pH balancing body wash, salicylic acid/benzoyl peroxide cleanser or a sulfur-based soap to remove excess oils, debris and bacteria from the skin surface before they clog pores and cause acne breakouts.

Don't forget to exfoliate. "Unlike the face, the pores on the back are much larger and significantly more prone to congestion so they can tolerate an exfoliating cleanser two to three times a week to improve cell turnover and keep pores free of dead skin cells and debris," says Weiser. Just be sure to avoid scrubbing the skin too vigorously, as the dermatologist says it can damage or scar the skin and over-dry the skin surface, which stimulates oil production that triggers further acne flares.

Reconsider using scented laundry products. According to Weiser, fragrance detergents can cause increased irritation and dryness on the skin surface, which triggers inflammation. "Waxy coating on dryer sheets and fabric softener can also cause clogged pores and acne flares," she says.

Choose your beauty products cautiously. "Shampoo, hair conditioner and styling products contain a variety of comedogenic ingredients including sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate," says Weiser. These ingredients along with sunscreens and skin care products containing lanolin, petroleum/petrolatum and silicone derivatives may also cause breakouts and skin irritation.

If acne is unresponsive to at-home treatment and over-the-counter medications, visit a doctor. Early intervention is the best form of prevention against scarring. "The same in-office procedures that apply to the face can also be successfully applied to that back -- try microdermabrasion, antimicrobial glycolic acid chemical peels, blue light or red light treatments," she adds.

Do you struggle with back acne? Have you found successful ways to clear up and prevent breakouts? Tell us in the comments section.




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Brody Jenner Calls Kourtney And Scott's Split 'Unfortunate' (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:05:08 GMT)



Brody Jenner is the first family member to speak out about and confirm Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick's recent split. 


On Tuesday, the 31-year-old DJ and reality-TV personality assured "Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb that both parties were doing "great" post-breakup, which seems like the wrong word entirely, since the pair reportedly split due to Disick's out-of-control substance-abuse issues and suspected infidelity


"Obviously, Scott has gone through some issues in the past," said Jenner, who was promoting his upcoming series, "Sex With Brody." "He's worked through them."


But Jenner's comments are at odds with a photo that Us Weekly published shortly after news of the couple's split broke, showing Disick "sitting closely with another mystery brunette in a drug-filled hotel room in New York City" that was reportedly taken on June 14. 


Jenner did admit that when he saw photos of Disick getting cozy with ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli while in Monaco last week, he knew there was trouble ahead. 


"Honestly, when I saw those pictures, I just went, 'Uh-oh.' I even showed my girlfriend, I just went, 'This isn't good,'" Jenner told Hotb, adding, "It's unfortunate."


Jenner is currently the only member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to comment on the split. 



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Black Model Nykhor Paul Is 'Tired Of Apologizing For [Her] Blackness' (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:03:19 GMT)

Model Nykhor Paul is fed up with the fashion world and is making her feelings known.

The South Sudanese model posted an open letter on her Instagram account Monday addressing all the "white people in the fashion world" -- specifically makeup artists -- who don't know how to work with models who have darker complexions. The 25-year-old model, who has appeared in shows for Calvin Klein and Rick Owens, blasts the particularly unprofessional makeup artists who "try to make her feel bad" about her skin color when they are unprepared with cosmetic hues that will match her skin tone. She asks, "Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don't have to do anything but show up?"

Read the full letter below:

Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don't take this the wrong way but it's time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don't have to do anything but show up wtf! Don't try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there's so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it's insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn't help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn't mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I'm tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I'm definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can't we be part of fashion fully and equally?

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Paul clearly doesn't hold back. And the South Sudanese beauty, who is also a well-known human rights activist, isn't alone in her struggle. She is just one in a chorus of black models who have bemoaned their experiences in the highly homogeneous fashion industry.

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn once dealt with a makeup artist who outright refused to work with her because of her skin color. In addition, fashion icon Beverly Johnson was confronted with the same ignorance decades ago and would arrive at shoots with her hair already done and her own foundation in tow so she didn't have to interact with makeup artists.

Clearly not much has changed over the years. But we're glad Paul is bringing the issue back to the forefront. Let's hope we don't have to hear any more of these sad tales again.




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Health and Beauty Tips for Women Over 40 (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:38:22 GMT)

The health and beauty habits we had during our 20s and 30s were fairly simple. We just had to do the basics - wear sunscreen, exercise, and eat healthy foods. During that period of our lives, our bodies were resilient. We could stay up late, have the occasional unhealthy meal, and skip a couple of days at the gym without a problem.

However, by the time we hit our 40s, our bodies begin to change. Since turning 40, my body parts - my breasts, my bottom, and that unfortunate part underneath my arms - want to connect with the floor. Not only that, my stomach is sensitive, I can't stay up past 10 p.m., and if I don't exercise regularly, again, the whole operation starts inching closer to the floor.

Now all that sounds grim, but being in your 40s is great - really! Women in their 40s are confident. We've been living in our bodies for four decades, so we finally know how they work. We know how much sleep we require, and what our partner needs to do so that we can have an orgasm. We've figured out the best kind of exercise for our body type, and which styles look better and worse on us.

But keeping ourselves healthy and beautiful post-40 takes work. And I'm not talking about the kind of work involved in trying to be 22 when you are 42. That's silly. I'm talking about the work it takes to be beautiful and healthy at your specific age and in your particular body. So here are some tips to keep your post-40 body at its most lovely.

Take Your Vitamins: That sounds boring, doesn't it? But taking vitamins after 40 is the difference between having healthy looking skin and glossy hair, and having sallow skin and hair that is a dry mess. I take a multi-vitamin and fish oil tablets daily. If I miss a day, my skin, hair and nails show it. So take your vitamins - just like when you were a kid!

Exercise Daily: When we were younger, our bodies didn't show the effects of a couple of days of missed exercise. However, when we are in our 40s, working out is critical. Your body quickly loses its agility if you don't exercise it daily. Moreover, foot problems and back aches easily can creep in without notice. Consistent exercise is your insurance policy against those aches and pains. The good news is that exercise doesn't have to be inconvenient. You don't have to spend 2 hours a day (time you don't have) at an expensive gym (spending money you don't have). I have a busy lifestyle, so my yoga mat and collapsible exercise bike allow me to get in some exercise every day. Finding an exercise regime that you can do consistently is the best gift that you can give yourself.

Adjust Your Wardrobe: Somewhere between a muumuu and a mini-skirt with stilettos is the right way to dress after 40. And within that space, there is a lot of room for personal style. The temptation after 40 is to try to wear 20-something clothing. However, just because they sell your size in a tank top or bikini, doesn't mean that it looks good. This is the time in your life when more is more. More fabric is more beautiful. You want your clothes to cover up your imperfections, and accent your assets. And you want to buy clothing that fits well - anything too big or too small doesn't work after age 22. The way you dress should be about looking beautiful, which is not the same as looking young.

Adjust Your Hairstyle: I love the variety of women's hairstyles, and I don't think there's such a thing as the perfect haircut. However, there are some hairstyles that go out the window in your 40s. Hair pulled back tightly in a bun or ponytail serves no one after 45. Trust me, I feel the loss. That Evita hairdo was my go-to style for years when I wanted to do something simple, yet elegant with my hair. However, once you get above a certain age, your hair should soften your face. Straightened blunt cuts are likewise problematic. They drag down your features, when you need a lift! The easiest approach is to go for face framing layers (with or without bangs) at any length that makes you happy.

Don't Go Dark on Hair Color: Our hair color needs to be lighter as we get older because our skin tone can't handle anything too dark. I speak from experience. Last year, I asked my colorist to dye my hair to its natural color. She looked at my roots and did exactly what I asked - she dyed it black. Unfortunately, the hair color that God gave me no longer suits my face. I looked like Morticia Addams. It was not good. Once we are over 40, we need a lighter hair color that makes our skin look healthy.

Take Care of Your Feet and Back: Our feet and back do big jobs for us. They support our weight and make walking easier or harder, depending on their condition. For those of us who don't live in warm climates, we tend to neglect our feet during the winter months because they aren't visible. However, caring for your feet all year round, including regular pedicures, at home or at the salon, is important to keeping your feet healthy. And our back health is critical. I've thrown out my back multiple times by carelessly lifting heavy items. Back injuries do not heal quickly, especially as we age. Make sure to stretch your back daily, sleep on a firm bed, and take care when lifting either children or furniture. Your back will thank you.

Sleep!: The concept of "beauty sleep" always sounded silly to me ... until I hit 40. Gone are the days when I can stay up until 2 a.m., and still look great the next day. These days, if I stay up until 2 a.m., the next morning, I look like I am 90. After 40, sleep makes a big difference in one's appearance. Even after a quick 10-minute nap, I look refreshed and about 5 years younger. So make your sleep a priority.

Yes, taking care of our post-40 bodies is work. As my 80-year-old mother likes to tell me, "Taking care of my body is a full-time job!" Well, it may not be that bad in our 40s, but caring for our bodies as we get older requires some effort. However, looking and feeling great will be the payback for a job well done.

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Blake Lively Goes Brunette, Is The Latest Celeb To Try Tortoiseshell Hair (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:30:26 GMT)

Everyone, stop what you're doing, Blake Lively has gone brunette -- or should we say, "bronde."

...Brondes have more fun #NoTypos-IKnowIThinkItsCrazyToo

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Lively is the latest celeb to try out the tortoiseshell hair trend, which combines shades of golden blondes, caramels, chestnuts and chocolates. We're not exactly sure why she decided to change hues (the last time we saw her as a brunette was back in 2011 when she dyed it for her role in "Green Lantern"), but maybe the new mama has a new project in the works?

Either way, the actress has definitely found the perfect color for summer -- it's not too light, it's not too dark, it's just right.

BRB, running to our nearest hair salon.

Holy cow! A heart shaped mountain. Nothing more perfect than nature. Time to protect it!!! @livelokai and @world_widlife are helping to save our animals #LetsDoOurPart #livelokai #IStillCantBelieveTheresAHeartShapedMountain--WaitTilNirvanaHearsAboutThis

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Kylie Jenner Announces New Website With Stunning Instagram Selfie (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:48:29 GMT)

If you, like thousands of other people on the Internet, want to know Kylie Jenner's beauty secrets, you're in luck -- the 17-year-old is ready to dish. 


The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star announced via Instagram Monday night that she'll be launching her own website, KylieJenner.com, where she'll share her best makeup tips. 



A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on



The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family captioned the photo, "can't wait to release all my beauty secrets on KylieJenner.com coming soon. Love this bright look by @makeupbyariel."  


And since one website (and an already massive social media following) isn't enough, Kylie, along with sister Kendall Jenner, also launched Kendall-Kylie.com earlier this spring. The super-secret site -- clicking to their homepage directs you to sign up for a "VIP list" -- goes along with their Kendall + Kylie Instagram account. Refinery29 notes the site seems to be a space for the sisters' to share their fashion-related endeavors. Members who sign up for the VIP list get are also the first to know when new K + K items are available. 



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It's Kendall and Kylie's world. We're just living in it. 



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Ryan Reynolds Talks Baby Carrier Controversy, Says You Should Anticipate More Mistakes (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:44:38 GMT)



Ryan Reynolds is doing this whole father thing for the first time. He knows he's going to make some mistakes.


He already made one pretty publicly when what seems like half the Internet totally freaked out after Blake Lively shared a photo their daughter, James, strapped to his chest with just her feet peeking out at the bottom. 


During an appearance on the "Today" show on Tuesday, the 38-year-old actor opened up about the baby-carrier fail telling Matt Lauer, "The baby's not properly secured in the vessel that I'm wearing there. I'm a first-time dad, and that is not the first mistake I've made. I can guarantee you it won't be last."


He added, "I'd never used that particular carrier before. Every other time has been perfect."



Happy Fathers Day!!! ... @vancityreynolds Since the day our baby was born, I've felt so strongly in my heart that you were most likely the father. #ILoveYouSoMuchItsSilly

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The Canadian actor has been making the rounds while promoting his new sci-fi thriller "Self/less," and stopped by HuffPost Live on Monday, where he told  host Alyona Minkovski he's trying not to be one of those annoying parents who brags about his kid all the time


 "I just find it funny -- everybody thinks their son or daughter is God's gift to air, and in their home, they are. I mean, when I'm [in my house], I look at my daughter and I'm like, 'You are the most amazing creature I've ever seen in my life.' But that's sort of annoying when you do that publicly, so I usually kind of go the other way with it. I'll write silly jokes about how my daughter is terrible at her art or whatever," Reynolds said.



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You're Washing Your Swimsuit All Wrong: Here's How to Extend The Life of It (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:09:08 GMT)

By Sophia Chabbott , Glamour

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You've found the perfect swimsuit. OK, well maybe it's more like the perfect collection of swimsuits (hey, when they're this cute, who can stop at one?). Now it's time to take care of them and make sure they don't fade, stretch out, or get grimy.

Making a suit last all summer and beyond is all in the washing, says John Mahdessian, owner of Madame Paulette, where New Yorkers send their finest clothes to be dry-cleaned (you also might recognize his name if you watch The Real Housewives of New York. He's Dorinda Medley's beau!) Mahdessian told us that women tend to do all the wrong things when it comes to laundering their swimsuits, ruining them by (or even before) summer's end. Here are his tips and tricks for extending the life of your suit:

1. Before you jump in: Rinse off any body oils or body makeup, which will ruin your swimsuit over time.

2. Hand-washing is your best bet: "I prefer the hand-washing and soaking technique with a neutral detergent, like Palmolive or Ivory soap," said Mahdessian. First, rinse the suit with water to flush out any chlorine or debris, then add soap and rub gently. Be sure to rinse out all of the soap and lay flat to dry.

3. If you can't hand-wash: "Buy a mesh laundry bag and put the suit in there before throwing it into the machine on a gentle cycle," said Mahdessian. "Otherwise, the mechanical action will stretch the fabric and it can get bungled, twisted, and tied up."

4. Don't leave it to dry in the sun: Lay your suit flat on a towel to dry so it doesn't stretch out -- and do so in the shade. If you leave your suit out to bake in the sun for more than a couple of hours, it will begin to fade. And whatever you do, don't put it in the dryer.

5. If you've got a stain: If the stain is wet, lightly dab it, then start the hand-washing process when you get home. If the stain is dry, do not scratch it off. If you do, you can scratch out some of the dye, which can never be repaired. If you can't get the stain out, head to your local dry cleaner.

6. Can't get those little particles sand out of the fibers of your swimsuit? First, try hand-washing and soaking it for a bit in water. If that doesn't work, wait until the swimsuit dries completely and grab your hair-dryer. Blow out the sand particles on a light and cool setting.

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I Got Eyebrow Extensions and Here's What Happened (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:56:40 GMT)

By Renee Jacques, Allure

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"You have the brows of a 13-year-old." This is what Courtney Buhler, the founder of SugarLash, told me as I nervously walked in to her workspace to get eyebrow extensions.

She's right. I have kidlike eyebrows because I don't do anything to them. I don't powder or pencil them, I don't know how to pluck them without plucking too much, and I don't even know what kind of shape my eyebrows should be. So yes, when I walked into SugarLash, my eyebrows looked like a child's: overgrown and sparse. I wanted to walk out of there with a woman's eyebrows.

When I emailed makeup artist Fiona Stiles and told her I was going to get eyebrow extensions, her response was a mix of bewilderment and intrigue. "How do they lay down the hair? Won't it look flat against the skin? Won't the adhesive look shiny?" she asked. Well, friends, I'm here to clear up all your confusion.

Here's what I looked like before the extensions:

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First, Buhler spent a good ten minutes plucking away all my stray hairs to help find my shape. She told me that the application process wouldn't take that long since she would just be attaching the fake brow hairs to my already-existing hairs. Buhler also does eyebrow extensions on people who have absolutely no eyebrow hair (chemo patients, people with alopecia) by gluing the extensions to their skin, and that takes a lot more time. The prices obviously vary: A basic application (75 percent natural hair and 25 percent extensions) starts at $50, half natural hair and half extensions starts at $100, and when someone has only 25 percent of natural brows, it starts at $200 and goes up according to how much work is needed.

After plucking, Buhler drew an outline with liner around my brows to guide her when she's applying the hairs. When she showed me the outline, I kind of freaked because it was a little clownlike. But she assured me that it wouldn't look that drastic. My anxiety soothed, she went for it. This miraculous woman picked up each little strand of fake brow hair with tweezers and dipped it in adhesive. Then she carefully glued each hair next to the root of one of my existing brow hairs. It was superimpressive.

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Throughout the application process Buhler informed me that my eyebrow hairs are straight, but they grow in all different directions -- probably why I'm forever confused about how to tackle them. After 30 minutes, I was done. Ta-da! New eyebrows:

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I must say, I like 'em. I was scared they would look really intense and jarring, but Buhler made sure to keep them natural-looking. They even feel like soft, regular brows. I also like how they're a really dark brown. Buhler's eyebrow extensions come in five colors (auburn, honey blonde, medium brown, dark brown, and black), two thickness varieties (coarse and fine), and two hair types (curly and straight). Here's a close up of my new dark brown, coarse, and straight eyebrows:

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Now, the million dollar question: How long do they last? "If it's on the skin, they'll last anywhere from 5 to 14 days, so it's kind of a special-occasion thing," says Buhler "If it's on the hair, it can last for weeks." Before I left, Buhler told me to avoid touching my eyebrows. That means no rubbing them, scrubbing them, brushing them, or applying any makeup to them. Oh?

It's been two days, and I've learned something about myself: I can't not touch my face. I'm the kind of person who will get an itch on my eye and immediately rub it vigorously, only to remember right after the fact that I have totally smudged all my mascara. So when I rubbed my eyebrows at my desk yesterday, it was shocking to see a couple little brow hairs fall on my keyboard. And washing my face has been hard. I usually like to scrub everything, including my eyebrows, so I've been seeing more eyebrow hairs going down the drain. Sleeping has been an issue, too. Buhler told me to make sure that when I go to sleep, I place my hands in prayer position on the side of my head, like they do in stock photos, to avoid rubbing my face on my pillow. All night. Yeah, that's just not going to happen.

With each new day, more little brow hairs keep popping up in random places. They're like bobby pins. And my eyebrows have slowly started to revert back to their old, boring selves. I really don't think these extensions are going to last for an entire seven days, let alone several weeks. However, they are pretty damn cool--especially for those of us who are clueless about how to make our sparse brows look fuller. For $50, you can have a pair of awesomely shaped eyebrows for about a week (maybe two if you're not as touch happy as me). My final opinion: As long as extensions are around, I'm not ready to learn how to do my eyebrows just yet.

Photos: Allure

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Pregnant Kim Kardashian Steps Out In Little Black Dress To Film 'KUWTK' (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:26:49 GMT)

Kim Kardashian never needs a reason to look glam, least of all when she's being immortalized on film. 


On Monday, the 34-year-old reality star was spotted by photographers as she left a studio after filming scenes for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." The star, who is expecting a baby boy in December, is definitely taking a DGAF approach to her maternity style this time around and killed it in a skintight black halter dress and black strappy heels. 


"I do think tighter clothes look better and more slimming,"she told The Daily Mail at the MailOnline's yacht party during the Cannes Lions Festival last month, later adding, "I'm going to have a strategy of just really simple this time."





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Kendall Jenner Is A Spitting Image Of Her Mom On Chanel Haute Couture Runway In Paris (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:35:06 GMT)

Kris Jenner, is that you?


Kendall Jenner ditched her long hair for an ultra-short 'do to walk in Chanel's Haute Couture runway show in Paris on Tuesday, where Karl Lagerfeld handpicked her to close the show as the bride.


Jenner strutted in a double-breasted, all-white wedding suit with a tulle train. She and Lagerfeld closed the show by waving to the crowd at Paris' legendary Grand Palais. According to Style.com, the space was transformed into an Art Deco-inspired casino, where muses including Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore strutted onto the runway first to sit at the center table.






The 19-year-old model posed with Lagerfeld at the end of the show. With a nod to her bridal outfit, she posted an Instagram photo captioned, "of course I said yes."



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How To Get The Height From High Heels, Without The Pain (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:11:51 GMT)

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Imagine if you could get the height from high heels, without the pain -- sounds like a dream come true, right? Luckily, this dream could be your reality if you give flatforms a shot.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, flatforms are a hybrid of a flat shoe and a platform -- an elevated flat. Not to be confused with wedges, which have an incline, or platforms, where the front part of the shoe is elevated in addition to the heel, flatforms offer the additional height of heels without the steep incline.

While some styles aren't exactly easy on the eyes (they can get clunky and skew '90s very quickly), there are quite a few pairs on the market right now that are just as stylish as they are practical. Check out a few fashionable ladies on Instagram who are rocking flatforms and shop our picks below -- your feet will thank us.

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Shop our favorites:

Flatform


Top (L-R): Superga 2790 Pink Pony, $99; Wanted Mello Black Flatform Slide Sandals, $49; Robert Clergerie April Raffia And Leather Platform Sandals, $255
Middle (L-R): Coach Turnlock Shower Slide, $139; JSlides 'Blinky' Flatform Slide Sandal, $78; Opening Ceremony x Teva OC-Exclusive Flatform Universal Sandals, $60
Bottom (L-R): MANGO Flatform Sandals, $49; Womens Espadrilles Macarena Selma Leopard-print Canvas Espadrilles, $86; Robert Clergerie Poco Raffia Oxford, $197




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Nude Female Athletes Preach Body Love On ESPN's Cover (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:06:45 GMT)

Sometimes, we need a little reminder that athletes -- like other humans -- come in all shapes and sizes.

ESPN's annual Body Issue, which includes profiles of professional athletes discussing their sports and their bodies, shows just that.

Amanda Bingson, USA track and field hammer thrower, is featured on one of the 2015 Body Issue's six covers.

"I'll be honest, I like everything about my body," Bingson told ESPN. "You might be prettier and skinnier than me, but I'll kick your ass in a game of one-on-one."

Bingson has a positive relationship to her body, but that doesn't mean she's never faced hardship. "I got kicked off my high school volleyball team because I was too fat," she said. "I was definitely the tallest and biggest girl all the way through high school. In middle school, I was about 175. Throughout high school, I played around 175, all the way up to 200. When I got to college, I stayed at about 200 pounds. And now I fluctuate between 210 and 215. But I embrace it. I love myself."

That love is evident in her seriously beautiful nude cover photo.

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Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and heptathlete Chantae McMillan are the two other women who grace the Body Issue's seventh edition covers.

“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” Coughlin, who has won 12 Olympic swimming medals, told ESPN. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”

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McMillan also reiterated that bodies are capable of so much more than just looking conventionally attractive. "I don't look in the mirror and think 'slim,'" she said. "I look in the mirror and I'm like, 'Whoa, beast!'"

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Bingson offered wise words to young people who are struggling with body image: "Whatever your body type is, just use it. There are definitely things that I can do that skinnier people can't do. But then there are things that skinnier people do that I'll never be able to do, like run a marathon. There's just no way that will ever happen."

Moral of the story: you do you.

ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue hits newsstands on July 10th.

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What Your Favorite Political Leaders Would Look Like As Hipsters (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:25:45 GMT)

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Being a world leader, we can only assume, takes up a lot of time. So we totally understand that political figures past and present, from Abe Lincoln to Che Guevara to Hillary Clinton, haven't quite had room in their schedules to keep up with the latest trends and adjust their signature looks accordingly.

But what if, in some alternate universe, your favorite politicians took a hiatus from their legislative duties to update their haircuts, wardrobes and tattoo games? Artist Amit Shimoni imagines such a world in his illustrated series "Hipstory." And though they may not be accomplishing quite as much in the way of political activism or diplomacy, we have to admit they look damn good.

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Barack Obama


Barack Obama sports a dreadlocked topknot while Hillary Clinton opts for a candy-colored ombré cut. George Washington flaunts an eagle chest tattoo peeking out from atop his low-cut tee, and Ronald Reagan sports a flashy diamond stud.

"The history of the last century is heavily defined by its prominent figures," Shimoni explained in an earlier email to HuffPost, "the main leaders who shaped the course of history. I often find myself imagining a world where some of these leaders are less interested in influencing lives, and more focused on their own persona."

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Shimoni's vibrant portraits access a realm where past iconic figures become obsessed with contemporary anxieties, like looking super cool. Placed against striking, saturated backdrops, the square illustrations resemble Instagram uploads that never were. Shimoni's project doesn't intend to criticize the current youth generation and its interest in cultivating a desirable persona, but rather to shed light on the different ways we've visualized ourselves throughout history.

"It is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect: upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves," the artist adds. "And failing that, HIPSTORY will at least make us smile." See Shimoni's delightfully preposterous images below and let us know if you wish Hillary would opt for a similar look IRL.





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11 Times Body Chains Were Completely Classy (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:10:44 GMT)

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Classy isn't typically a word used to describe a body chain. But we're here to prove that notion wrong.

It's generally assumed that the go-to ensemble to optimally showcase some body bling is usually a swimsuit, plunging neckline or crop top. Rihanna and Beyoncé, along with their enviable figures, have us considering adding a body chain to our must-have list every time they step out in one. However, you don't have to walk around half naked while wearing them -- there are ways to rock body chains in a classy more covered up way.

It's true, body chains can actually look sophisticated when styled right. In fact, they can look great worn over a blouse and equally as sharp peaking out from underneath a shirt. Little black dresses, simple camisoles and off-the-shoulder blouses are just a few more of the ensembles that can be perfectly paired with a body chain.

If you're still not convinced, check out these looks we spotted on Instagram for some inspiration.

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Body Chains


Top row: Miss Selfridge "Tiger's Eye" body chain, $10; Vanessa Mooney "The Nina" body chain, $110; River Island body chain, $24.

Bottom row: Eye of Ja "Hieroglyph Tassel" body chain, $60; House of Harlow 1960 "Ascension" body chain, $75; New Look body chain, $23.




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Yi Zhou: Body Memory (VIDEO) (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:38:32 GMT)



Although a visit to Doctor Yi Zhou starts conventionally with "patients" filling out a clinical record it soon becomes clear that she is not your average doctor and this is not your average check up.

Practising from her mobile Body Memory clinic and wearing her trademark Doctors coat, the self confessed "collector of human body parts," takes a "faux-scientific" look at body form and the role that our body parts, rather than our brain, play in storing our memories.

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Fingers, noses, lips, ears, breasts and even belly buttons are covered with resin and then plaster bandages to create unconventional, quirky jewelry pieces and accessories.

A Central Saint Martins graduate, Dr. Zhou is largely touted as the 'one to watch' in China's design scene after receiving widespread acclaim at this year's Beijing Design Week.

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'Patients' can contact Dr. Zhou by email at yizhoudesign.com to schedule an appointment or, alternatively, show up to one of her many pop-up events.

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Images courtesy of Yi Zhou


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