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18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

Five travel photography essentials that won't weigh you down

Some of your best travel pictures will be off the cuff, spontaneous affairs, but taking a few basic pieces of kit – like a tripod, zoom lens, polariser and GorillaPod grip – can ensure you’re ready to make the most of a golden opportunity. Here’s a round-up of the best photography kit to sling in …

A brunch-lover’s guide to New York City

Ahh, brunch. One part omelette, two parts mimosa, three parts coffee – life’s sweet distraction when the workweek is nigh. Though not a uniquely New York 'thing' <i>per se</i>, there’s no other city that takes its breakfast-lunch combustion quite as seriously as the Big Apple and every visitor should take …

Lonely Planet reveal their top 50 secret travel locations in Europe

A London music hall and an inn with unspoilt views of Loch Ness make the top 50, featured in Lonely Planet's new ebook Secret Europe, published today<p>Do you have a favourite, less known, spot in Europe that you want to share? Let us know in the comments<p>A renovated music hall in east London, a …

How the Current Mass Extinction of Animals Threatens Humans

We seem indifferent to the mass extinction we're causing, yet we lose a part of ourselves when another animal dies out.<p>More species are becoming extinct today than at any time since dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the Earth by an asteroid 65 million years ago. Yet this bio-Armageddon, caused …

Tips for travelling in 21st-century China

The Middle Kingdom is one of the fastest changing countries in the world. Its economy is robust and its population increasingly more modern and tech savvy. Yet, China is still a country of paradoxes.<p>You’ll get 3G connection in remote farmland in Inner Mongolia, though there mightn't be running …

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar—the latest and best from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday.<p><b>You can play, too</b>. Follow us on Twitter <b>@NatGeoTravel</b> and tag your favorite travel stories <b>#NGTRadar</b> to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.<p><b>Here are our newest picks:</b><p>If …

The Makeup Products Behind This Stunning, Glowy Picture of Chrissy Teigen

When makeup artist Kindra Mann posted this shot of Chrissy Teigen on Instagram, I'm pretty sure all of time stopped for a second. There's a lot of loveliness happening here.<p>And, thankfully, she also posted a shot of the products she used to create this glowy look. …

This Is What No Makeup Actually Looks Like

We said it once and we'll say it again: We here at HuffPost Style believe that au naturale will always be your best look. So we asked folks on Twitter to send us images of their fresh faces and launched #BeautifulME, a photo series honoring those who go makeup-free.<p>You don't need all the …

The 5 Most Awesome Celebrity Hair, Makeup, and Nail Looks of the Week

Every week we take a peek back at the best of the hair, makeup, and nail looks we saw on the blog, and this one is no different. Here's the cream of the crop:<p>Look 5) [Chrissy Teigen's stunning glowing bronze …

Why I Wish I Didn't Wear So Much Makeup As a Preteen

I started wearing makeup when I was in middle school. Drugstore compact powder, heavy black eyeliner, every once in a blue moon I took my mom’s red …

Makeup How-To: Create a Dramatic Eye Crease

Your days of figuring out how to make up a monolid are over!<p>Not everyone has a double eyelid, so if you have a monolid and would like to learn how to create a dramatic crease, this tutorial is for you. Makeup artist Lauren Cosenza breaks down the steps below.<p><b>1. Prep your eyelid with primer.</b> Since …

Hilary Duff Looks Gorgeous In A Makeup-Free Instagram Photo

Who needs makeup when you look this gorgeous without it?<p>Hilary Duff shared a fresh-faced selfie to her Instagram account Aug. 15, writing "Make up free Friday..... I swear I have a bikini on":<p>The 26-year-old singer looks like she's enjoying a vacation with a friend and her two-year-old son, Luca. …

1 Lipstick, 4 Gorgeous Ways To Wear It

A bold lip will never go out of style. Much like an LBD, a fierce pout is timeless and instantly boosts your confidence. That said, a daring lip …

makeup brushes 101

get schooled by expert rae morris.<p>What happens when a hairdresser walks into a room with one disgruntled makeup artist and one of the most legendary models in the industry? Well, if you're Rae Morris, you switch professions. In '93, the young hairdresser was styling for the 'Model of the World' …

VMA, or Visually Most Amazing: How Makeup Artists Created These Music Video Beauty Looks

Sure, VMA stands for Video Music Award, but let’s be real—we’re tuning in for beauty inspiration just as much as we are for the music. In honor of …

The Eyeshadow Trend You Need To Try

Of all the gorgeous new makeup trends we see each season, there's one eye-makeup look we've been enamored with for quite some time: the watery eye. …

Big, bold brow trend sends eyebrow makeup sales soaring

Big and bold eyebrows are in — and if fashion models’ faces aren’t proof enough, check out the numbers.<p>Eyebrow makeup sales rose 33 percent over the 12 months ended in June, the fastest-growing category in higher-end “prestige” makeup, according to market research firm NPD Group. That’s on top of …