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    It seemed like such a cool hair idea. This Celtic knot half-updo we spied on Divine Caroline is a beautiful way to pull back your hair -- in an of-the-moment Game of Thrones way. You're tying your hair into a simple knot, just as if the strands were rope. We had to try it! So we grabbed a willing staffer here with long hair and gave it a try.

    The results were ... well, let's just say we're not quite ready for our GOT cameo.

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    I've got a wedding to attend at the end of the month, and updos on my mind. I love having my hair down, but there's something so extra special and fancy-feeling about wearing it up (and not just thrown in a ponytail, ahem). Plus: it's so much cooler, literally!

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    I found a bunch of really pretty updos that involve braids; they're a little extra glam and all totally do-able at home. Check them out -- and click on the tutorials if you need any guidance. You need at least medium-length hair for most of these, but there's one that's just for short(er) hair!

    Would you ever wear a braid to a formal event?

    Image via LoveMeagan/Flickr

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    It's the subject so taboo we aren't supposed to talk about it in public: women and facial hair. Shocking! But the only thing that should surprise us nowadays is the fact that we're still whispering about what we can do to get rid of our mustaches, whiskers, and too-lengthy sideburns. After all, hair removal is big business, and salons command top dollar in order to get your skin silky-smooth.

    More from The Stir: A Quick Guide on How to Remove Body Hair

    Lasers are by far the best option for those with a skin pigment that allows the rays to work, but it's also the most expensive -- costing upwards of $500 for the average six sessions it takes to permanently zap the hair away. But there are other less costly and often more private facial hair removal solutions. We have gathered info for 9 of the most popular methods so you can think before you tweeze, snip, wax, sugar, or thread.

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    Nothing is nicer than a day out at a spa. And what better day to escape and relax than on Mother's Day? Except for that niggling feeling of guilt you get celebrating the joys of mommy-hood away from your kids.

    Lucky for you, we've got a fix that gives you the best of both worlds -- and saves you a bundle, too! This Mother's Day, make it a Mommy & Me spa day. Don't worry, we're not saying you all "relax" together (because we are not naive fools). We're saying that this year, put the kiddos to work with these fun, safe, practical, and wallet-friendly at-home spa treatments. They're so easy a kid could do it -- and this year, they will!

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    You know how we were all obsessed with using argan oil in our hair and on our skin a couple years ago? And then coconut oil took over? Well, there's a new "it" oil in town, ladies: Carrot oil. It sounds like a joke, but I'm dead serious. Carrot oil is happening right now. Here's why.

    Carrot oil (made from the seed) is loaded with antioxidant vitamin A, so the idea is that it'll protect your hair from the harsh elements of summer (sun, wind, seawater) while giving it incredible softness and shine. It's sold in a blend that includes other good stuff like safflower oil, aloe, vitamin E, rose hips oil, and pecan seed oil. And here is the best part: You can get it for a mere three bucks! That did it -- I had to try it.

    How was I to know disaster was on the horizon?

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    Ladies, we are entering a new age of eyebrow anxiety, and Kim Kardashian is partly to blame. But it's not just her -- it's models like Cara Delevingne who are making women go to extreme lengths for darker, heavier eyebrows. I'm talking eyebrow transplants -- thousands of dollars to implant hairs from the nape of your neck onto your face. According to an article in Harper's Bazaar, eyebrow transplants are all the rage now. But come on, that's crazy, right? They cost between $4,000 to $10,000 and take hours. Is that really the best option for transforming your eyebrows?

    We talked with New York City eyebrow stylist/guru Joey Healy to get the scoop on this cosmetic surgery trend and to find out how we ordinary mortals can get bolder brows without blowing 10 grand.

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    We've come a long way since the '80s, when contouring and highlighting your face usually meant you were left with a block of brown beneath your cheeks and stripey, shimmery, disco-ball powder on your cheekbones. Scary!

    Modern-day contouring is all about bringing out your best features and bone structure while looking like you're not wearing any makeup at all. If contouring intimidates you and you feel like you need a degree in art to make it work, you're not alone -- but you are wrong. The great news is that contouring is wildly popular this season. There's no lack of great tutorials out there to help guide us on our path to beauty perfection.

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    So let's get started -- here are 6 tips for contouring and highlighting your face so that you look your absolute best!

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    Making your own eye shadow is the obvious solution to busting out of an eye shadow rut. Getting bogged down by our beauty routine -- it's happened to all of us! Sure, we can get ready in five minutes (and look damn fine doing it), but it's only natural that slapping on the same couple of colors from the same palates every day would start to lose its appeal.

    So you try to spice things up as often as you can. But who has the money (or the time, for that matter) to go busting the bank at Sephora every week? I mean, you could do that -- or you could buy groceries and other necessities, like shoes for your 10-year-old whose feet seem to be expanding daily. It's no contest.

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    Braids continue to be an extremely hot trend this spring, and for good reason. They are cool, versatile, an easy DIY alternative to the ponytail, and a way to keep your hair off of your face when temperatures rise, yet they still look funky. Unlike severe updos, braids don't have to be flawless to work. In fact, one of the greatest styles we've seen recently is the ultra-hip messy braid.

    You don't have to be a stylist to re-create this look at home. Simply grab an elastic band, hairspray, and a curling iron and follow these 11 steps to achieve messy braid perfection!

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    Anyone who is eczema-prone knows one thing: the irritated and inflamed skin is painful. Keeping your skin moisturized is key, but moisture-rich facials and body scrubs are expensive.

    So to help you keep your skin as supple as possible, we've put together a healing and calming DIY facial mask that you can make from inexpensive items in your pantry.

    So grab the oatmeal, honey, and yogurt -- and get ready for some majorly relaxed skin.

    Here are the 4 easy steps you need for an amazing at-home facial:

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