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How to Sweat-Proof Your Entire Beauty Routine

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Include a few quick fixes for emergency situations

1. Pack a smart purse.

If it’s a particularly hot and humid day, you’ll want to keep a few tools in your purse. “Blotting papers are always a good little staple to have,” says Kerry Cole, style director for Becca Cosmetics. For an extra investment, Cole loves the Ever-Matte Poreless Primer ($44, sephora.com)—it behaves like liquid blotting paper, and lasts all day. You may want to bring your deodorant with you, too—we love the Dove Antiperspirant Spray ($6, drugstores), because you can spray it on in the office bathroom and it dries instantly. That means no white residue on your clothes or skin.

2. Embrace dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo is both a preventive measure and a quick fix, says Real Simple beauty director Heather Muir. “Before you work out or before a hot, sticky day, mist a little bit in your crown to help absorb any sweat before it sits in your hair too long and gets greasy.” As a bonus: Spraying a little dry shampoo on your throughout your hair—from middle to end—will give you a tousled, beachy texture.

3. Find the right deodorant.

There’s a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant—deodorant covers up the smell, while antiperspirant actually “reduces the amount of sweat that reaches the surface of the skin,” says Dr. Josh Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital. The main, sweat-blocking ingredient is aluminum tetrachlorohydrex—stronger antiperspirants will have a higher concentration of this ingredient.

4. Apply deodorant at night.

We know—this one seems counterintuitive. But according to Zeichner, the ideal time to apply deodorant is in the evening, when the amount of sweat you’re producing is low. Since antiperspirant forms a plug in the sweat glands, “the best time to form a plug is when there is not much sweat in the glands so that it can make its way in there as deep as possible,” says Zeichner.

5. Switch up your skincare.

“If you are oily switch out your skincare routine just like we switch out our shampoo to cater to those warm summer months,” says Cole. Opt for an oil free moisturizer, and add a toner to your routine—it can help minimize and tighten pores, and its ingredients help eliminate oil.

6. Don’t discredit a full-coverage foundation.

“People shy away from fuller coverage foundation in the summer because our skin is looking a little bit better, but a full coverage foundation adheres better to your skin,” says Cole. If you feel like it’s too thick, Cole suggests mixing it with a bit of moisturizer to dilute it and make it more lightweight, while maintaining the same long-lasting wear.

7. Layer your makeup.

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than mascara and sweat forming a stinging combination that runs into your eyes. To help your formula adhere to lashes and stay on all day, Cole has a trick: apply one coat, then dab talcum powder onto your lashes, and apply a second coat. “That binder adheres to the mascara and prevents it from melting down,” says Cole.

8. Address other problematic areas.

Whatever you do, don’t rub your antiperspirant all over your body—even if you sweat in more places than under your arms. “There’s a physiologic reason that we sweat,” says Zeichner. “It maintains our core body temperature.” Try a cleansing wipe that you can swipe on your feet, back, or other sweaty areas to address sweat and odor (without completely blocking sweat).

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The Fascinating Difference Between French and American Beauty

Long-term investment versus quick fix

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There’s just something about French women. They have a certain chic, classy, and cool vibe that American women have long been trying to emulate. The two countries have vastly different approaches to beauty, and Mathilde Thomas, co-founder of French beauty brand Caudalie, will explain the subject once and for all in her forthcoming book, The French Beauty Solution. According to Yahoo Beauty, Thomas said the key to French beauty is the belief that “beauty is something to give you pleasure. Because when you feel good, you look good.”

When she moved from France to New York City in 2010 to expand her brand, she traveled all over the country meeting customers to find the American concept of beauty was more about pain than pleasure. She said many of the women confessed to making their beauty choices based on “the erroneous notion of no pain/no gain.” Women would tell her about crash diets and irritating skin products because they thought they had to suffer to be beautiful, Thomas said. On the other hand, she and French women believe the notion of beauty should be pleasing to you.

Thomas’s book discusses how American women are all about the “quick fix,” meaning they’ll try an elusive product or procedure that will instantly solve a nagging beauty problem, even if it hurts, is expensive, or is damaging in the long run (whoops, guilty as charged). That’s quite different from the French view of beauty, which Thomas describes as an essential and pleasurable part of the day, and a lifelong and active investment that makes you look and feel good.

In the book, Thomas says, “For the French, our beauty routine is predicated on prevention and upkeep and is regarded as an essential, ongoing investment. What I saw here, however, was much more of a tendency toward the quick solution… And while millions of American women consider beauty a priority in their daily routine, many of their habits are either too complicated, too expensive, too painful, or simply not effective.”

If you want to be more like the French (and who doesn’t), this book is sure to show you the way. It comes out in July but you can pre-order a copy here.

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This Vitamin May Be Behind Your Acne Problems

It can be found in your burgers and cheese

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Vitamin B12 is notably found in beef, dairy, and some fish. It’s been used to improve memory and combat anemia. Now, according to a study just published in Science Translational Medicine and as reported on the Verge, it may be linked to acne. It’s still early, so researchers don’t want everyone freaking out and nixing burgers and cheese from their diet, but it’s important to note that B12 changes how the genes of facial bacteria behave, a shift that aids in inflammation. The vitamin has been connected to acne in studies since the 50’s, but the researchers say that was mostly anecdotal.

“It has been reported several times that people who take B12 develop acne,” Huiying Li, a molecular pharmacologist at the University of California-Los Angeles and a co-author of the study, told the Verge. “So it’s exciting that we found that the potential link between B12 and acne is through the skin bacteria.”

Acne is still largely a mystery to researchers, even though 80 percent of teens and young adults have to deal with the pesky skin condition. Oily secretion known as sebum and faulty cells that line hair follicles play a role, but Li and her team wanted to see where bacteria factors into acne development.

The study found in a small group of people that humans who take B12 develop high levels of vitamin in their skin (which sounds like a good thing), but that skin bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes then lowers its own production of B12 causing an imbalance. More porphyrins (naturally occurring chemicals in the body and a related molecule) are produced, which have been known to induce inflammation, AKA where acne begins.

Li says that the “main message is that skin bacteria are important. But until other researchers confirm the link between B12 and acne in a larger number of people, dermatologists won’t really be able to make any clinical recommendations one way or the other. I don’t want people to misinterpret the results by not taking B12.”

Let’s just drink more water and eat more berries until we know for sure what’s going on.

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Watch YouTube Beauty Guru Ingrid Nilsen Come Out as Gay In an Emotional Video

"This is something that is a part of me and has always been a part of me"

YouTube beauty expert Ingrid Nilsen had an important message for her 3.3 million followers this morning, announcing in an emotional 20-minute video that she is gay.

The video, which garnered more than 900,000 hits in just eight hours, featured an alternately tearful and pensive Nilsen explaining how she decided to come clean about something very personal.

“I have had this wall up for so much of my life, but it wasn’t like this brick or stone wall,” she said. “I’ve described it to my friends as this glass wall, where you could see me but you were never getting all of me, because there was always that barrier there.”

The 26-year-old social media maven said that despite a need “to take this part of me and put it in a cabinet and lock it up,” she had decided it was time for a new, more honest start.

“I want to live my life unapologetically because I am proud of who I am and I am not going to apologize for who I am anymore,” she said in closing. “This is the life that I have always lived in my head and now it’s real.”

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See Angelina Jolie’s Style Revolution

From wild child to sophisticated humanitarian

Today, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie hits a major milestone: turning 40. As someone who grew up in the limelight, Jolie (whose fabulous fashion streak spans decades), is not only a red carpet favorite, but a fixture. She’s no stranger to knocking out red carpet winners, dropping jaws with every turn and sparking social media frenzy. (Who could forget her right leg at the 2012 Academy Awards?)

The brunette bombshell has got the red carpet routine down pat. Back in the day, she channeled her Lara Croft character and toughened up at the 2001 Tomb Raider premiere in a black cropped top and badass leather pants, revealing her cool tats. Ten years later, she stunned at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards in an emerald Atelier Versace creation embroidered all over with Swarovski crystals. Most recently, she epitomized Old Hollywood glamour in a gorgeous metallic Atelier Versace number.

The wife of Brad Pitt and mom of six is more than a style stunner, however. She shocked the world when she revealed her decision to remove her ovaries in a touching op-ed, and is well-known for her humanitarian efforts, serving as a UN ambassador since 2001.

In honor of big 4-0, we compiled 40 of her most memorable red carpet looks through the years.

  • In Randolph Duke, 1998

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    Double-nominee (for her roles in Gia and George Wallace) Jolie made an early red-carpet appearance in a figure-flaunting nude Randolph Duke design with a leg-revealing sheer inset.

  • In a Crop Top and Leather Pants, 2001

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    Jolie channeled her inner Lara Croft in a cropped tank and badass leather pants.

  • In Emanuel Ungaro, 2007

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    Jolie dazzled at the Ocean’s 13 premiere during the Cannes Film Festival in a sweeping Emanuel Ungaro gown. She accented the look with custom-made yellow diamonds from Chopard: 10-carat drop earrings and a 20-

  • In Versace, 2009

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    The Golden Globe nominee (for The Changeling) sparkled in a beautiful beaded gown from Versace.

  • In Atelier Versace, 2010

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    Jolie glowed at The Tourist‘s Madrid premiere in this Atelier Versace ensemble that featured a Swarovski-encursted nude top and black velvet skirt and matching shawl.

  • In Jenny Packham, 2011

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    Jolie stood out at the L.A. premiere of The Tree of Life in a vibrant poppy-hued chiffon Jenny Packham gown, complete with Tiffany & Co. jewelry and satin Stuart Weitzman sandals.

  • In Atelier Versace, 2012

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    When Jolie bared her right leg in this stunning velvet Atelier Versace gown at the Academy Awards, it became an instant internet sensation. The actress accented the classic gown with Neil Lane jewels, a Jaime Mascaro bag, and custom Salvatore Ferragamo velvet peep-toes.

  • In Gucci Premiere, 2014

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    Jolie worked the red carpet at the Sydney premiere of Unbroken in a white silk crepe strapless Gucci Premiere gown with a back silk encrusted lace overlay and a delicate train.

  • In Ralph & Russo Couture, 2014

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    At the UK premiere of Unbroken, the actress wore a tailored white silk crepe Ralph & Russo Couture pencil dress with a bolero cape that she styled with vintage diamond Beladora earrings, a gilded brooch, and nude pumps.

  • In Atelier Versace, 2015

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    Jolie exuded Old Hollywood glamour at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in a fluid metallic silver Atelier Versace number with a draped bodice.

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This Is the Country Where People Are The Happiest With the Way They Look

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Mexicans, you're beautiful and you know it

Of all the peoples of the world, Mexicans are the happiest with their appearance.

Some 74% of Mexicans say they are “completely satisfied” or “fairly satisfied”with their appearance, according to a massive study by market research group GfK, which asked more than 27,000 people, aged 15 or over, in 22 countries around the world what they thought of themselves.

Turkey (71%) came in second, with Ukraine and Brazil in joint third place (both 65%). Also scoring highly are Spain (64%) and Germany and Argentina (both 62%), and the U.S. (60%).

But GfK’s wide-reaching survey also found out that many nationalities aren’t happy with their looks at all. The Japanese are the most unhappy, with 38% of Japanese people saying they are “not at all satisfied” or “not too satisfied,” followed by around 20% of British, Russians and South Koreans.

Perhaps breaking a few stereotypes, GfK found that teenagers are only marginally more self-critical than adults, with 16% of 15-19 year-olds being “not too satisfied” with their looks, compared to 13% for 20-59 year olds. Similarly, women were found to be only marginally more critical about themselves than men.

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Ashley Graham Explains Why You Shouldn’t Call Her a ‘Plus-Sized’ Model

"The fashion industry might persist to label me as plus-sized, but I like to think of it as my-sized"

Body activist and model Ashley Graham made a moving TED Talk speech about the power of self-acceptance and the problem with the term “plus sized.”

In an April TEDx Talk that was recently uploaded to YouTube, Graham takes on the fashion industry through radical self-acceptance. Here’s how she started the talk:

“Back fat, I see you popping over my bra today. But that’s alright—I’m going to choose to love you. Thick thighs, you’re just so sexy you can’t stop rubbing each other. That’s alright, I’m going to keep you. And cellulite, I have not forgotten about you—I’m going to choose to love you, even though you want to take over my whole bottom half.”

She went on to describe how the term “plus-sized model” made her feel like she was an outsider in the fashion world, even though she had a successful modeling career. “I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold society wanted me to fit in,” she said. “The fashion industry might persist to label me as plus-sized, but I like to think of it as my-sized.” She noted that in the U.S., plus sizes start at anything from 8-16. Graham is a co-founder of ALDA, a coalition of plus-sized models.

“Back in Nebraska I was known as the fat model—the girl who was pretty for a big girl,” she said. She said that idea was isolating. “My body, like my confidence, has been picked apart, manipulated and controlled by others who didn’t necessarily understand it.”

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty, and it starts by becoming your own role model,” she said.

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Crayola Tells People to Please Stop Using Colored Pencils as Eyeliner

They're not meant to be used as makeup

People have been using colored pencils as eyeliner, and Crayola is not happy about it.

Beauty bloggers have been recommending using colored pencils soaked in hot water as an eyeliner substitute, telling viewers that because the pencils are “nontoxic,” they are safe to use on your face to create a colorful eye look. But apparently that is not the case.

In a strongly worded statement posted on the company’s website, Crayola warned that colored pencils were not designed to use as eyeliner, and that there is no guarantee they are safe to use in that way. “Although our products are nontoxic, we do not recommend using them to make lipstick, eyeliner or other make-up and strongly discourage their use in this manner,” the company said. “They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose.”

That means you’ll have to go to the drugstore to buy regular eyeliner, just like everyone else.

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Being Obsessed With Healthy and Clean Food Is a Serious Condition, Too

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It's called orthorexia

Refinery29 Editor’s Note: Jordan Younger is a longtime supporter of The Anti-Diet Project and a blogger with her own fascinating journey. She made headlines last year after revealing something deeply personal about her own health and lifestyle change. This week, she’s generously offered to share her story with us.

Going vegan seemed like the answer to all my problems.

I adopted the diet in my last semester of college, hoping to remedy the lifelong indigestion issues I’d dealt with. Incredibly, it seemed to work. Eating only plant-based foods eased the extreme bloating and discomfort I was used to, and suddenly I felt lightness in my stomach. It was amazing. Veganism gave me a feeling of physical wellness and complete control. But, it had triggered an even deeper issue — one I didn’t even know existed.

By the time I graduated, my dedication to the plant-based diet had evolved into obsession. I had started an Instagram account, @theblondevegan, chronicling my vegan adventures, and posted photos of bright, colorful salads and mason jars filled to the brim with blended, green concoctions. I was proud to share my lifestyle, and found there was a huge hunger for knowledge about vegan food in the online community.

Next came the blog, where I shared recipes and chatted with my growing audience. I couldn’t believe that people were so interested in learning about my lifestyle, and my own passion was so great that I was happy to sit in front of the computer all day answering emails and guiding people toward a plant-based life.

Then, I moved to New York to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing. But, once I arrived, there was only one thing on my mind: veganism. Suddenly, juice bars were offering me cleanses in exchange for reviews on my website, and after six months of paying a pretty penny for cleanse programs, there was no way I was turning them down. I started cleansing for three days a week nearly every week, and sometimes more.

But, something had changed: Every time I reintroduced solid food after cleansing, my old stomach problems returned — even though I kept the food strictly plant-based. Though it terrified me, I wasn’t willing to admit that veganism might not be the cure-all I’d imagined. Instead, I started avoiding solid food more and more, until I had so much eating anxiety that I was an absolute wreck to be around.

I tried to hide my food fears when I was with other people — and veganism was the perfect cover. Rather than admit my food phobia, I could just claim it was too hard to eat out as a vegan. Meanwhile, the cycle continued: I cleansed, got too hungry, broke down and ate solid food, felt terribly guilty, and rededicated myself to another cleanse — usually a longer one. With my family across the country and my growing The Blonde Vegan brand, I was able to keep my charade up for much longer than I should have.

But, come spring of 2014, there was no hiding it. I was not the picture of health I claimed to be. I couldn’t sleep because I was so full of anxiety about what I was going to eat the next day and what foods I had to avoid. My hair was thinning, my skin was a mess (and orange from too much beta-carotene), and my face was gaunter than gaunt. I looked and felt like a shadow of my former self.

The real kicker came when I stopped menstruating. At first I told myself it had nothing to do with the way that I ate, but as the months wore on and nothing came, I started to worry. I had gotten into the vegan lifestyle so I could be the healthiest version of myself, but now I was wreaking havoc on my body, and I knew it. After a major conversation with one of my close friends about her eating disorder, I finally realized that was what I was dealing with, too.

I knew I had a problem, but I didn’t have a name for it. My issue didn’t fall into the traditional categories of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating. Mine was an obsession with healthy, pure, clean foods from the earth, and a fear of anything that might potentially cause my body harm.

As it turned out, there was a name for it: orthorexia.

Orthorexia is a little-known condition. It’s not currently recognized by the DSM-5 as a clinical diagnosis, but many suffer the symptoms: a fixation on purity, and a fear of foods that might derail that “perfection.” Those of us who have a tendency toward extremes in other areas are more susceptible to developing it — especially once we start cutting out entire food groups.

I knew I needed professional help, and I started working with both a nutritionist and a therapist to deal with the physical and emotional aspects of orthorexia. During my recovery process, I learned that the “superhuman willpower” I’d exercised for so long is a typical eating-disorder warning sign. I was trying to control my life through food, and I believed I was worthy and powerful because I treated my body like a temple (which, to me, meant eating nothing but plants). Once I started to let go of that addiction to emptiness and purity, I started to live again. Slowly but surely, I made strides to get my life back.

I dropped the vegan label shortly after I came to terms with my eating disorder, and that was one of the best things I could have done for myself. Now, I live a label-free life, and I find more power in that than I ever found in my plant-based fanaticism. Instead of food, I wake up thinking about life. I fill my time with great people and personal passions — like my blog, which is now all about balance. Sure, I have scary days around food. A lot of them. But, I am learning, and I am proud of that. I try to listen to my body, be kind to myself, and forgive. I eat when I’m hungry, and I don’t eat when I’m not. If I feel like veggies, I have them. If I feel like driving 10 miles for the best cupcake in town, then you bet I’m going to do that. I’ve found so much freedom in doing this whole balance thing.

And hey, for the first time in three years, I have stable blood sugar, and I’m not afraid to eat a piece of cake (full of white flour!) on my friends’ birthdays. Heck, on my own birthday. I’ve come a long way, and that’s a victory in itself.

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Fashion Retailer H&M Just Launched Its Own Cosmetics Line

Initial rollout includes more than 700 beauty products

As it is, H&M sells virtually everything girls or guys ever could need or want in their wardrobes. The brand collaborates with top designers (Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant). David Beckham wears H&M’s underwear. The brand even creates red-carpet-worthy gowns worn by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker (who rocked the label at last week’s Met Gala), Kate Mara, Solange Knowles and Helen Hunt.

Now, the Swedish fast-fashion retailer aims to enter customers’ bathrooms in a big way, too. According to Style.com, H&M is launching a house brand of beauty products with an initial offering of 700 items — seriously. But considering the vastness of the brand’s output, it’s no surprise.

According to H&M Beauty’s concept designer, Sara Wallander, it’s fast “fashion for the face.” Additionally, in line with the brand’s Conscious collection, there is also an organic, eco-friendly subsidiary collection in the works. And it’s planning a premium line, too.

Obviously, it appears no type of cosmetic will be left untouched. The range is expected to include bronzer, lipstick, nail polish, body products and hairstyling tools, with prices ranging from $2.99 to $24.99 and the number of SKUs jumping quickly to 1,000 after the line’s initial release. Sephora, watch your back!

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