Beauty  &  Style

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    Do you have a "mom uniform"? Maybe you don't wear exactly the same thing every single day. But we all have a default outfit that we rely on all the time when we're having a busy morning. And let's face it, isn't every morning a busy one if you're a mom? Mine is skinny jeans, V-neck T-shirt, and blazer with boots. It covers me from school drop-off to the office and back home again. 

    I asked some of my friends around the country what their "mom uniforms" are and was amazed at how different they all look. Each of these women lead very different lives, and you can definitely tell by the way they express themselves through their outfits.

    What's your mom uniform, and what does it say about you?

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    I am about to bring up a subject that will make me pretty unpopular, but I can’t help it. Please, moms, pretty please ... do not wear Hello Kitty pajamas to school dropoff this year. It’s not cute ... not even on your little girl (unless it’s pajama day, then it’s adorable). 

    Why do you avoid getting dressed like you avoid the scale after a vacation week of bingeing on candy and carbs? Why? It’s not that big of a deal. (A quick seven-pound gain is scary ... been there.) Let me tell you something: It takes the same amount of effort to slip on a pair of leggings, a nice top, and boots as it does to put on sweatpants, a hoodie, and sneakers. Really, it does. Oh, except the boots zip and the sneakers tie, so I will save you precious time. And you will look damn good at drop-off.

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    What if your daughter's manicure could save her from date rape? Sounds impossible, right?

    Well, four guys, all students at North Carolina State University, have developed a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB.

    The masterminds behind the varnish that aims to protect women from becoming victims of the horrific but, sadly, not uncommon crime are calling their nail company Undercover Colors.

    The entrepreneurs say their business is the "first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault." 

    "While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection," the company's Facebook page says. "Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime."

    Way to go, guys!

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    Poor Ariana Grande. As talented a singer as she is and as much as she held her own while performing her hit "Break Free" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, neither she nor Jessie J could possibly keep up with the force of nature that is Nicki Minaj.

    Especially a Nicki Minaj who is practically falling out of her clothing on stage.

    The "Anaconda" singer can't be blamed for her near-wardrobe malfunction. She had to do one heck of a quick change after shimmying and twerking around stage in a skin-tight, jungle-green, two-piece costume during her controversial song. She then attempted to jump into a mini black dress to join her partners in crime for "Bang Bang." And that's when everything went south, south.

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    Last night's MTV Video Music Awards show had a few surprises -- on the red carpet, at least. Demure, preppy Taylor Swift took a big risk with her look. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus practically looked like a grown-up on the red carpet this year, though haven't we seen that black leather bandeau and pants outfit on her somewhere else recently? And one woman decided to dispense with wearing anything but a few strands of beads. We'll let you guess who ...

    Here are 8 of the best and worst red carpet looks from the 2014 VMAs.

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    I have a beauty secret and her name is Olivia. Olivia is not my beautician. She is not my hairdresser. She is my daughter.

    Ever since she first learned to talk, Olivia has made me feel beautiful.

    “My mommy’s pretty!” she would say to everyone from the grocery store clerk to the mail carrier to friends and family members who came to visit.

    My gut reaction was to shrug off her praises with comments like “Oh, please! With these wrinkles!” or “Not with this flabby belly/blotchy skin/or other defect only I can see.”

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    I have a confession to make: I am awful at doing hair. The 12-year-old girl I babysit is the one who braids my hair, not the other way around. I'm useless! For convenience, I find myself either putting it up in a ponytail or wearing it down and letting it do whatever it wants. Fancy hairdos are not in my skill set. 

    It does get a little boring, though, wearing the same two hairstyles all the time, and I like looking for quick and easy ways to change it up and look a little more sophisticated. Doing a glamorous up-do like a bun always seemed complicated to me, but it turns out that with the right technique, it can be easier than it looks. So easy that even I can do it. Shocking!

    See our step-by-step video tutorial on how to do a simple classic bun yourself without spending a fortune at the salon or a ton of time at home. And let us know how it comes out!

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    Just the other day I found myself carrying a diaper bag, heavy purse, and my 5-month-old on a quick trip to the store. My back hurt and I'm sure I looked like a donkey. I'm not saying an innovative-as-all-hell new pair of clear platform shoes by Nasty Gal is the solution to all of my bag-lady problems, but it certainly wouldn't hurt.

    So here's the deal: Nasty Gal has created a totally transparent, strappy shoe called the YRU Surize Platform that you can actually fill. With stuff. With stuff that you won't have to put in your purse, which could possibly mean fewer shoulder pains and the ability to swing your arms back and forth while you walk like you're some kind of carefree teen again.

    Anyone else ready to explore this option?

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    I got my first gel manicure a couple summers ago. As someone whose manicures typically last about two days I was thrilled that the new treatment lasted a whole month. But when I showed my sister she said, "Lovely! Promise me you'll never do it again."

    Why? Because the downside of gel manicures is that removing the enamel is rough on your nails. Plus, the in-salon curing process exposes you to UV rays, which are a slight skin cancer risk. And finally, the manicures are pretty dang expensive.

    It was just a matter of time before smart beauty companies came up with the ultimate compromise: At-home gel manicures that don't require a special UV lamp. Here's how they work.

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    Whether you're heading to a job interview or are going through a breakup and need a temporary fix until you firm up tattoo removal plans, anyone with a tattoo knows that the day may come when they've gotta cover it up!

    Just look at Melanie Griffith. She couldn't WAIT to get that Antonio tattoo lasered off, but before then? Cover up it was!

    Of course, she didn't use makeup and did eventually have it removed entirely. Thankfully, for the rest of us, it is possible to conceal even the most intricate ink. "It's really so simple," says Emmy Award-winning professional makeup artist Karen Dupiche, who is quite familiar with the best practices when hiding various kinds of body art. Here, five steps to flawlessly conceal a tattoo.

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