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Emma Watson to Graduate from Brown University, Dress Suggestions

On top of being an award-winning actress and style obsession, Emma Watson can now add the bullet point of Ivy League graduate to her résumé. Pretty impressive considering she was busy filming blockbusters and acclaimed indie film roles all while finishing her studies (with a little break here and …

Honduras’ Bay Islands: a laid-back, uncrowded Caribbean paradise

Plenty of Caribbean islands have been labeled with the daydream-inducing word: paradise. If your definition of paradise includes empty beaches, no crowds, and not having to dress for dinner, consider packing your bags for an easy-access option you might not have considered: the Bay Islands of …

Homemade Face Scrubs for Every Skin Type

Yes, we know there are a ton of face scrubs out there, but it’s hard to find exactly the right one to fit your skin type. Which means that making a custom one to fit your skin’s needs is the way to go. Plus, you’ll already have half of the ingredients in your kitchen. It’s a win-win situation!<p>We’ll …

10 Natural, Homemade Face Masks

Since fall is looming just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about cold-weather skin care. We just showed you how to make your own face scrubs, and now we’re rounding up our 10 favorite DIY face masks. Made with ingredients like fruits, yogurt, and eggs, these all natural masks are …

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

Meditation

GMO Health Risks: What The Scientific Evidence Says

Many Americans are concerned about the spread of genetically modified organisms throughout agriculture -- and the perception that some members of the …

30 days, 30 ways to go gluten free

Halfdark/Getty Images / Today<p>How to Go On a Gluten-Free Diet<p>If you're considering giving up gluten, you're in some A-list company: These days, it …

Gluten-Free

A Reminder That GMOs Are Terrible (Infographic)

A scant 60 years ago, scientists had just discovered the shape and structure of DNA, so in some respects it's quite impressive that today's …

Organisms

3 Smoothie Recipes to Beat the Afternoon Slump. Hey, Who Needs Coffee, Anyway?

Right around 2 P.M.—<i>maybe</i> 3, if I'm lucky—my focus starts to be less, um, unfocused, and I would rather take a nap than anything else I might need to do during that exact moment. Does that happen to you?<p>It's easy to reach for a cup of coffee or something sweet—both of which give you a temporary …

5 Stylist Secrets That Will Change the Way You Do Your Hair (Seriously)

Have you ever wondered why your bobby pins always seem to drop to the floor, or why your ponytail droops by lunchtime? I asked top hairstylists for their best-kept secrets. And what I discovered might surprise you.<p>__You're using your bobby pins wrong.__See how one side of the pin is bumpy? That …

Love Facial Oils? Get Even More Out of Them

There are lots of reasons to jump on the facial oils bandwagon: They hydrate! They make you look glow-y instantly! They're all natural! They smell awesome and look really fancy, and yes, I think that is a valid reason to love them. If you're already using facial oils (or just interested...did I …

Why Every Hairstylist in Hollywood Is Tweeting About Harry Josh's New Blow-Dryer

Judging by the love Harry Josh's Pro Tools Blow-Dryer is getting from Twitter right now, you'd think it was a Tesla and not a hot tool. This week, nearly every major hair player in the game (Mark Townsend, Adir Abergel, Renato Campora, Andy LeCompte, and Ken Paves) posted a picture of the new …

To Wheat or Not to Wheat

Is eliminating this ubiquitous grain the key to weight management—and to curing so much more that ails us? Sari Botton decodes the wheat belly diet.<p>It's something you see more and more: Brunch companions shunning the muffin basket. Houseguests calling ahead to ask if you'll be serving pasta. …

Dr. Schultz Glycolic Peel

I’ve been looking like dead woman walking lately…uch. I’ve been tired and stressed and the effects are showing up on my face. I’ve also had minor …

DIY Perfumed Body Powder

Vera is my sometimes friend. Meaning, I only see her sometimes—when we’re on the same bus going to or from downtown Chicago. She’s a plump Russian …

New Study: A Diet That Could Make You Look Younger

This is a true story: To prep for my first job interview in the beauty industry, I ate only salmon and blueberries for one week because I was convinced it would make my skin glow-y. I don't really know if it worked. But I do know that I can barely look at salmon now. (If only they'd had BB creams …

The 5 Steaks You Should Be Grilling Now

<i>Welcome to our new weekly series On the Grill, where our Sunday Dinners columnist Tom Hirschfeld will be showing us how to grill everything from steaks to salads with confidence (and style).</i><p><i>Today: How to grill the perfect steak, soup to nuts: the 5 best steaks to grill, the 5 rules for cooking them</i> …

BBQ