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Maybe you’ve picked a modern venue and boho dress, or maybe you’d like to infuse a bit of quirk into your otherwise classic wedding festivities. Whatever the case may be, investing in some funky, statement-making wedding shoes is the perfectly easy way to show some sass on your big day.
The great thing about funky shoes is that they just add that little hint of interest, especially if you’re going for a full-length gown. You can prominently feature ’em in photos and reveal them while you’re dancing, but even the funkiest pair won’t upstage your look.
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Whether you’re a glamorous bride looking for the perfect pair of wedding stilettos or the chill bride who wants to dance all night in sneakers, you’ll find what you want here.
Every year on April 22, people and countries around the world participate in Earth Day, a day to acknowledge the impact us humans have on our planet.
It’s a great chance to think about how you might “go green” in your everyday life — and maybe even save some money in the process.
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These 10 gadgets are eco-friendly, whether they’re made from recycled materials or they help you cut down on your energy usage.
Whether they are touted as free samples or gifts with purchase, we LOVE free beauty products. If you purchase makeup, you probably know that Sephora offers free samples. In brick and mortar stores, you can walk in and get a sample of anything that they can spray, squeeze, or scoop into a mini container. Online, you can choose free samples at checkout from an array of products. So where else can you get free beauty samples? Tons of places!
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Samples are great for a multitude of reasons. For one, you save money! You get to try out new products and see if they work for you before committing to a full size (and price tag). Sample sizes are also great for travel. With flight regulations and limited space in your bag, tossing in a sample of something is so much easier than downsizing your product selection.
Here are a few of our favorite beauty brands that offer freebies!
Canadian-based skincare brand The Ordinary is well, anything but ordinary. Its line of no-frills skincare products has earned a loyal following for their simple formulas of clinical-grade ingredients that are void of additives and fragrances. And at $15 or less, they’re cheaper than the sad desk salad you bought for lunch.
If you haven’t heard of the brand yet, that’s all about to change. The Ordinary is expanding into cosmetics with two new foundations that the Internet is currently freaking out over. The Serum and Coverage Foundations have just solidified The Ordinary’s beauty cult-status by racking up a wait list of over 25,000 people ahead of their end-of-April launch.
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The Serum Foundation lives up to its name with a serum-like texture that’s lightweight but can be built up for medium coverage. The Coverage Foundation is a pigment-rich, non-oily cream that offers more coverage without getting cakey. Both options are enriched with a special pigment suspension technology that helps the foundations go on smooth with a highly saturated effect. To put it plainly: they’ll melt into skin like butter, but still give you the amount of coverage you’re after.
What’s also impressive is the foundations’ diverse 21 shade range. The Ordinary has made it simple to find the best one for your complexion by denoting each color with a Y, N, or P, according to skin undertones. And the foundations’ SPF is unique, too. It’s mineral-based so it’s free harsh chemicals that are typically found in common sunscreen formulas. Oh, and did we mention that ringing in at $7 each these foundations also super-affordable like the rest of The Ordinary’s products? We’re beginning to understand their draw.
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But, to find out if all of the hype is real and if it’s really worth adding your name to the wait list, four InStyle editors put the Serum Foundation to the test. Keep scrolling to see what the product really looks like IRL, along with our honest thoughts on it.
When the heat is sweltering and the mere thought of wearing another sundress or skirt looms over you, reach for your favorite pair of shorts and throw on a blouse, maybe even a kitten heel or ballet flat to top off your look. The key here is to keep the shorts just long enough to avoid any dress code issues and look like you are about to hit the night club. Think easy, casual, and classic. A denim shirt or shirt lace top are always a great idea when putting together your shorts look.
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The 2000s were a special time for MTV’s reality television division. While we watched music videos in the morning and new episodes of Laguna Beach and The Hills at night, the true power hours came during the afternoon into the evening when the network’s programming shifted to airing a specific brand of reality television shows.
Shows like Date My Mom, Next, and Pimp My Ride filled the time slots between The Real World, Road Rules, and as much as we wanted to look away, we simply couldn’t. This was mindless television at its height.
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So, with the news that My Super Sweet 16 is being revamped (yay!), here, we’ve rounded up and ranked the 10 best MTV sort-of reality shows that we miss the most (except for two that are still alive and kicking today!). Keep reading for a trip down cringe-worthy lane paved with the best the mid- to late-2000s had to offer.
The most remarkable thing about Miranda Kerr’s enviable wardrobe is not that she has one—working with some of the biggest fashion brands on Earth does, after all, come with a a few perks—but the consistently thoughtful ways she finds to wear it. Like, we’re talking about a person here who is literally so above and beyond attractive that she’s paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to make clothing (the good, the bad, and yes, sometimes even the ugly) look better. If anyone has leeway to slack in the style department, it’s her.
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So as the model rings in her 34th year alive today (~*~hApPy BiRtHdAy, MiRaNdA!!~*~), we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than an examination of her fashion prowess. Below, we’ve compiled five of her signature moves and, a crash course on stealing them for yourself. Keep scrolling to get schooled.
As a mom of three, Jennifer Garner has certainly read her fair share of bedtime stories. And to say that she’s picked up a few favorites along the way would be quite the understatement. “Gosh, kids’ books are my favorite literature,” the actress told InStyle during an interview for our May issue. “I basically like anything that’s written for thirteen and under!”
Thanks to her volunteer work with Save the Children’s early education programs, Garner frequently gets to flex her storytelling muscles. “I visit schools all over the country to read to students, and I love it so much,” she said. “I’ll read anything, really, but if I’m reading to young kids, I like to choose something with rhymes. They’re really the building blocks of language and really allow children to hold onto one word as they connect it to the next.”
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While it’s tricky for Garner to narrow down her top tales (“I could go on and on,” she said), there are a few fables that have stood the test of time. “You can never go wrong with anything by Julia Donaldson or Dr. Seuss, and I love reading Is Your Mama a Llama? to younger kids in school,” she said. “But the most fun I’ve had recently was reading Matilda to my daughter’s second-grade class.”
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Scroll down for a few of Garner’s picks.
Eyebrows are arguably one of the most important features on our faces. One small change in the shape or even the height of the arch can drastically transform the way you look. That’s why many of us spend part of our mornings filling in the tails or drawing on hair-like strokes on the inner corners. We’ve even tested out more permanent techniques like eyebrow extensions and microblading. But investing in an eyebrow serum could help you put your eyebrow stencils, powders, and falsies to rest for good.
There are several formulas that are filled with nourishing and active ingredients that stimulate hair growth. We’ve gathered our favorites below, which include proteins that strengthen each strand of hair and essential oils that add moisture.
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You won’t see results overnight, but—with any good thing—it’s going to take time. And consistency is key. Find the perfect one for your budget ahead.
Unfortunately, not all of us were blessed with a booty like J.Lo, but that shouldn’t be enough of a reason to skip out on quality beach or pool time. Because we got your back, so to speak. There are ways to cheat your way to a bigger-looking bum, and it all starts with the right swimwear. Stay away from full-coverage bottoms and instead look for ones that reveal a little more cheek (think sexy hipsters and sporty briefs). Another route? Slip into bikini bottoms that pack on the frills, like bows, ruffles, and scalloped edges, to create the illusion of a substantial derriere. From ruffled sets to cheeky little bottoms, channel your inner Jennifer Lopez and embrace your booty with these five glorious butt-enhancing swimsuits, below.