The Scents of Middle Earth

  Thanks to two successful film franchises throughout the last twenty years and a century of enduring literary success, you've likely considered (at least once) fragrances that might be associated with Lord of the Rings. Over in our Fragrantica Community Forum, an exciting conversation has been developing since last week as part of the community's regular "theme weeks". Fragrantica members... Read full article: The Scents of Middle Earth from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine. ...
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Cry-Proof Mascaras That Last Through The Vows, The First Dance, & Everything Else

Happy tears are a staple at most weddings — even more so than long lost relatives no one knows and Justin Timberlake hits from the mid-aughts. Whether the first tear falls during the vows, the first dance, or the fact that ( finally!) there's a vegan option on the menu, those tears are coming whether you like it or not.As fun as they are, weddings are a rollercoaster of emotions. Sure, crying is good for you (at least that's what some scientists will tell you), but no one wants inky lines adorn...
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5 Tips to Finding Great Headphones Under $200

With the advancement of technology, finding the right pair of headphones under $200 can be both easy and challenging at the same time. This is because there are so many varieties in the market and so are the counterfeits. Knowing what you need and finding it can be hard. It is therefore advisable that you do a good research on the different types of headphones in your quest to find one. Another important thing that you should never forget is to create a budget plan to act as a guide. It will l...
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Kim Kardashian Responds To The Fulani Braids Backlash: "I'm Not Tone-Deaf"

Here's a little #insideR29 tea: I really did not want to talk about Kim Kardashian's newest set of Fulani braids. At this point, she must know what she's doing. She has to know that people get really, really irritated when the Kardashians do that appropriating thing that they're ever so fond of. Not that there's anything wrong with anyone trying a new style, but it is wrong when you try to rename those styles (what are boxer braids, Kimberly?!), and when your 174 million combined followers thin...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Kim Kardashian, West Africa, North, Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Kimberly, Bo Derek, Fulani, Lili Reinhart, MTV Movie and TV Awards, Bustle Kardashian

A 22-Year-Old Intern Takes A $2,010, 10-Day Trip To Australia

Welcome to Away Game, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real millennial women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.This week's travel diary: A 22-year-old grad student who meets up with a former roommate for an adventure in Australia.Age: 22Occupati...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Pinterest, Australia, US, Adele, America, University, Newcastle, Sydney, Portland, Great Barrier Reef, Facetime, Hyde Park, Cairns

How To Choose Hair Clippers For Home Use

Short hair is trending in men fashion, and this brings into focus the need for hair clippers to cut and trim hair regularly. The facial appearance and appeal of any person depend on the hairstyle that needs periodical cutting and trimming, whether you do it yourself or go to a beauty parlor for grooming.   The popular hairstyle trends are updates on classic styles and barbers are continuously innovating new styles that give stylish and modern looks. No matter which style you choose, from crops...
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11 Of The Most Outrageous Moments In Runway History

Chris Moore, the legendary and longstanding runway photographer, has witnessed some of the fashion industry's most memorable moments, from the breathtaking to the bizarre. Having been behind the camera for over 60 years, he's seen the industry change radically, from the emergence of ready-to-wear in the '60s to the Insta-bait extravaganzas of today.Last year, Moore's website, Catwalking, which documents his archival and contemporary photographs, was translated into a book of the same name, publ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, London, United Kingdom, Paris, Kate Moss, Kate, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Michael Jackson, Alexander Mcqueen, Mcqueen, Paris Fashion Week, Alexander, Moore

18 Instagram-Worthy Ways To Show Your Pride

When it comes to tattoos, a lot of people choose something of significance — they are, after all, permanent. That could mean a cool design you love to look at, a daily reminder on an arm or leg, or a more concealed message that hits a personal sweet spot. And while the options are endless, sometimes, a little ink on the body means more than meets the eye. That's where rainbow tats come in.These stunners can inject a much-needed dose of color into our lives, and even take a basic black-and-white...
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Vine Is Dead, But The Internet Is Determined To Keep It Alive

“Why you always lyin’?”“Put ‘em in the coffin.”“Back at it again at Krispy Kreme."These are the hilariously bizarre phrases that continue to fill the texts of teens and twenty-somethings today.Such is the case for Robi Calloway, 21, and her group of 15-plus high school friends who still text each other phrases from their favorite Vines. Calloway was in high school when Vine was released as a free iOS app in 2013, and she and her friends started using the platform the same way many others did: T...
Tags: Twitter, Fashion, Music, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Casey Neistat, Dom Hofmann, Spencer, Jenna, Bach, Monroe, Nikolai, Nicholas Fraser, Hofmann, Lele Pons

Announcing a New AOM eBook: Muscular Christianity

Attend a Christian church service anywhere in the world this Sunday and take a look around at who’s sitting in the seats. What will you see? Almost certainly, more women than men. Women with husbands and families, but also married women attending without their husbands, widowed women, and single women, both young and old. You likely won’t see any husbands who are attending without their wives, or very many single guys. Pew Research has found that, on average, Christian congregants across the wo...
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Melania Trump Wears "I Don't Really Care" Jacket On The Way To Visit Kids At The Border

After a public uproar over family separations at the border, first lady Melania Trump boarded a plane to visit to a detention facility in McAllen, TX. On the plane ride there, Melania — who has faced criticism for not doing enough with her platform dedicated to helping children — donned a jacket with the words "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" emblazoned on the backAccording to Melania's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, FLOTUS' decision to wear the $39 Zara jacket has no meaning. "It's ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, Congress, White House, Cnn, Zara, Guatemala, Trump, Health And Human Services, Melania Trump, Grisham, Melania, Katie Rogers, Mcallen Tx, FLOTUS

Should You Rent, Buy or Go Custom for your Groomswear?

Snazzy suits with color, statement accessories, or the classic black tuxedo, it’s not hard to achieve a groomswear fashion statement that slays the game. But when it comes to selecting said pieces, there are a lot of things to consider. The first big decision to make: rent, buy or have it custom made? While every option has its key benefits, the decision your partner makes will depend on a few factors. View full post
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Where To Get The Best Lobster Roll In NYC This Summer

We may as well dub lobster rolls "summer rolls," because the seafood specialty truly is the stuff of the season. From noshing barefoot at a beachside shack to dropping a pretty penny at finer dining destinations, these rolls are made to fit any summertime occasion. You can order them up hot with melted butter, or chilled with a mayonnaise-chive coating. Like yours on a toasted hotdog bun? How about a buttery brioche roll? You got it. Did we mention they often come complete with a side of crunch...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Brooklyn, Maine, Connecticut, Manhattan, Jordan, Verona, New England, Eagle, Big Apple, West Village, Mary, Greenwich Village, Dunkin, Red Hook Brooklyn

11 Celeb-Approved Protective Styles We'll Be Pool Partying In All Summer

It's rare to find a pool party where people are actually, well, in the pool. Those fêtes are now reserved for showing off your killer new swimsuit or taking a camera roll's worth of Instagram selfies. Because who wants to get their hair wet after spending hours styling a twist-out or blowout? That's what we thought.Well, friends, protective style season is here... not that it ever really left. When it was cold, plenty of celebrities opted for box braids, twists, and cornrows to avoid wet stylin...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Gabrielle Union, Jourdan Dunn, Tessa Thompson, Lupita Nyong, Zoe Kravitz, Cynthia Erivo, Nia Long, Lacy Redway, Redway, Ruth Negga, Nikki Nelms, Jordyn Woods, Lelet NY, Logan Browning

The 4 Pieces Every Woman's Gonna Need This Summer

Ah, summer. That’s right, it’s officially here — and it feels good. But even though we’ve been waiting practically all year for this moment, we’ll admit we’re not totally prepared. Sure, we’ve replenished the rosé shelf in our fridge, and yes, our bathroom cabinet is stocked with everything from hydrating masks to sun protectants, but when it comes to our closet, well, some essential updates are still in order.Contrary to popular belief, decoding just what pieces you should add to your arsenal ...
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Belated obituary: Ella Rhoads Higginson, 1862(?)-1940, pioneer author of Pacific Northwest literature

Western Washington University professor Laura Laffrado pens a belated obituary for once-famed writer Ella Rhoads Higginson.
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28 Celebrities Who Ditch The Makeup On Their Day Off

There is only one rule of makeup, which is that there are none. You do you, however and whatever that may be. Foundation diehard? Allow us to direct you to our favorite ones. More the fiercely fresh-faced type? Here's the skin-care routine that will make you glow, with or without makeup. We don't subscribe to the narrative that either one is better, or braver than the other.That said, we've noticed a recent uptick in celebrities who have been jumping on the no-makeup train — currently led by th...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Gabrielle Union, Instagram, Paris, Brazil, Madonna, Victoria, Kardashian, Kesha, Lima, Ross, Zendaya, Luna, Jenner

8 Newly Launched Swim Brands To Keep You Ahead Of The Game

We've said it before and we'll say it again, swimwear is one of the fastest growing spaces in terms of just how many new brands pop up each year. But with an abundance of options to choose from, it can be difficult, if not outright daunting, to figure out where to start when shopping for a new suit. While we have a few guides on the best silhouettes and styles to buy, there's only one way to ensure you won't be sporting the same suit of the moment as everyone else: getting a head start on the n...
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The Super-Skinny Sunglasses Trend Is Still In Full Swing

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's kind of how we feel about the extra-skinny sunglasses trend that celebrities just won't let us ignore. Little by little, the sunglass trend that was seemingly pioneered by the Hadids is starting to creep into every fast-fashion store we can think of. It's official: They've officially hit the masses.These futuristic, Matrix -inspired shades have got to be Instagram's favourite summer eyewear. Recently seen on the runways at Alexander Wang, Prada and Balenc...
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This Week's Sephora Sale Is So Good, They're Practically Giving These 6 Palettes Away!

If you're a Sephora fan, you know why Thursday is our favorite day of the week. The retailer drops its newest and hottest sale items, and this week did not disappoint. From highlighter and eyeshadow palettes to even a mermaid brush set, you'll want to see these deals. You don't need to waste your time browsing the site either because we rounded up our favorite finds and spoiler alert, there are six superpopular palettes! These deals won't last for long, so hurry and shop before it's too late. Ta...
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Drape your bed with these sheets from Spaces to escape to the English countryside

I started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix this week. Six episodes down, I’m hooked. For someone with a viewing history as varied as Narcos, McMafia, Person of Interest, and The Newsroom, I’ve surprised myself this time for being fascinated with this period drama. The subtle English humour delivered with deadpan expressions caught the fancy of even my 11-year old. He quipped, “How formal are these people making a big deal of dinner every day. And just how many parallel plot lines do they have r...
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How to Pronounce Every Beauty Brand You're Too Afraid to Say Out Loud

You never truly know the beautiful nuances that are beauty brand names until you pronounce them the wrong way at a cocktail party. To keep you sounding smart, we broke down the trickiest, most accented, and/or French makeup labels out there. Go forth, and be cultured. Related: 21 Irresistible New Beauty Launches You Need in Your Stash This Summer
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The Magazine Stand Is Looking Very Diverse These Days – & It's About Time

I was eight years old when I fell in love with magazines. The glossy pages, slightly sticky and heavily scented perfume samples, and the supermodels in insanely decadent haute couture designs drew me in from the very start. But even as a kid, I noticed something missing: people who looked like me and the women in my life. Aside from Essence, I rarely saw women of color.There's always been a myth that brown faces don't sell copies. Even if you've got a big, buzzy project out, all priority seems ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Danai Gurira, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elle, Serena Williams, Havana, Pete Davidson, Janelle Monae, Kehlani, Janet Jackson, Winnie Harlow, Jameela Jamil, Camila Cabello

NYX Shimmer Down Lip Veil Review & Swatches

NYX Shimmer Down Lip Veil ($7.99) is a high shine, shimmery lipgloss that launched in eight shades for Summer 2018. I am always in awe how many lipsticks, lipgloss, and other lip items NYX has released to date. I swear that at this point NYX must have like 30 or lip products in rotation. Do they even make any other makeup!? There are legit 11 pages with 12 products per page in the lip category on that website. WTH? It’s just overkill not to mention confusing AF. They just literally launch...
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9 Silk Bonnets That Prove Protecting Your Hair at Night Can Also Look Cute

A satin bonnet has been an essential part of nearly every black girl's beauty regimen since . . . well, forever. I remember getting my first head scarf from my mom, which was passed down from her mom. I still tie my hair up at night to this day - and have one in every color and size, which I rotate depending on whether my hair is straight or curly. And while there are tons of bonnets out there, not all of them are created equal. Some people might find a silk-textured headband or bandana more con...
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L'Oréal Paris Takes Us to Paradise this Summer

press sample, affiliate links L'Oréal Paris is taking us to Paradise this summer and I, for one, am not complaining.Playing off the success of the brands highly successful Lash Paradise Mascara (1 sells every 5 seconds), L'Oréal Paris is upping the ante with this new lineup of Paradise products. ...
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How To Make Styling Your Bangs Way Less Annoying This Summer

If you're someone who considers getting bangs at least once a year, you likely abandon that notion by the time June rolls around. It's hot, you're sweaty: Who wants bangs when you're already more overheated than an iPhone on the beach?But maybe you shouldn't be so quick to give up your dreams of fringe that would make Françoise Hardy jealous just because it's summer. According to two of Hollywood's top hairstylists, getting bangs isn't necessarily a bad idea, and what's more, you can actually m...
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How Legit Are "Cellulite Creams," Really?

Somewhere between Auguste Clésinger and the advent of FaceTune, cellulite came to be considered a full-blown affliction - with a past more decorated than Kensington Palace and enough so-called miracle creams to line its halls. But the truth is, the telltale lumps that affect up to 90 percent (!) of women - which don't discriminate based on your genetics, weight, age, or skin color, if you can imagine such a notion! - are historically difficult to treat. To better understand why, think of thigh...
Tags: Summer, Beauty, Fda, Costa Rica, Kensington Palace, Skin, Downie, Body Lotion, Summer Beauty, Jeanine Downie, Mona Gohara, Cellulite, Gohara, Auguste Clésinger, Cellfina

A Week In Norman, OK, On A $38,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Want to continue the conversation? Join our Money Diaries Facebook Group to discuss finances, share spending habits and saving advice, ask money- and career-related questions, and get access to exclusive content. It's a judgment-free zone!Today, as part of Y...
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I Got Gray Box Braids For Summer — & It Completely Changed My Routine

When it comes to her hair routine, Patia Braithwaite, health editor at Refinery29, likes to keep things simple: She'll sweep her thick natural curls into a high bun and then continue on with her day. But for the first time in a really long time, Braithwaite wants to try something different with a protective style... and not just with your typical 1b plaits. "I’ve wanted to have different colored hair before, [but] I lived in D.C., which was a little bit more conservative than New York. [Now] ...
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