• The Top 10 Hottest Fashion Brands & Pieces Of 2018 So Far
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    The Top 10 Hottest Fashion Brands & Pieces Of 2018 So Far

    Global fashion search platform Lyst has revealed it's quarterly trend report, naming the most coveted brands and products of the season. You might remember that in Lyst's last report, Demna Gvasvalia’s Balenciaga had stolen the top spot from Gucci. This time though, Alessandro Michele's eccentricity came back fighting, nabbing the lead.

  • Love It Or Hate It, Pretty Woman Is So Much More Than A Guilty Pleasure
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    Love It Or Hate It, Pretty Woman Is So Much More Than A Guilty Pleasure

    According to a recent study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, film criticism is a field overwhelmingly dominated by (surprise, surprise) white men. In Refinery29's new series, Writing Critics' Wrongs, our female movie critic will give fresh consideration to the movies we love, hate, or love to hate. To understand how Hollywood views women, look no further than Pretty Woman, a rags-to-riches story about a sex worker whose blurring of the lines between her profession and her personal life, fundamentally shaped our understanding of the elements that make up a successful romantic comedy.

  • J Lo Says Men Are 'Useless' Before 33 & Here's What Guys Have To Say About It
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    J Lo Says Men Are 'Useless' Before 33 & Here's What Guys Have To Say About It

    Men are "useless" before they hit 33, according to Jennifer Lopez, who made the claim in a recent episode of Tinder's "Swipe Sessions " series. Lopez knows a thing or two about love and dating, she's been married three times and dated both older and younger men (including 24-year-old Casper Smart) and seems to revel in left-swiping for someone else.

  • 140 "Sister Survivors" Of Larry Nassar's Sexual Abuse Receive The Arthur Ashe Courage Award
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    140 "Sister Survivors" Of Larry Nassar's Sexual Abuse Receive The Arthur Ashe Courage Award

    Last night at the 2018 ESPY Awards, 140 survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse took the stage and joined hands to receive with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. It's only fitting, then, that the powerful survivors who came forward about the disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor should be given this honour. In an emotional video (which you can watch above), survivors spoke about the way that Nassar sexually abused vulnerable athletes under the guise of "treatment" for decades.

  • Jelly Nails Are The Latest Beauty Trend Taking Over Instagram
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    Jelly Nails Are The Latest Beauty Trend Taking Over Instagram

    Thanks to their commitment-free nature meaning you can decorate your fingertips according to any given mood or moment, and WAH, Madeline Poole and Imarni leading the way in intricate and statement-making designs, we thought we’d seen everything. Currently with 4,000 tagged photos on Instagram – although Kylie Jenner's fluoro pink jelly nails, complete with Nike swoosh, have over 4 million likes – the look might just bring some sweet nostalgia to your beauty routine. Reminiscent of the jelly sandals we wore back in the ‘90s (such a look), we're seeing the translucent acrylics in a plethora of shapes, colours and finishes.

  • People Are Angry About BeautyBlender's New Foundation Range
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    People Are Angry About BeautyBlender's New Foundation Range

    This week, BeautyBlender, the brains behind the bestselling makeup sponge, took to Instagram to lift the lid on their debut foundation, Bounce. Out of 32 shades, only four shades would suit some dark skin tones, and it wasn't long before some of their Instagram followers shared their thoughts on the collection, branding it "pathetic" and "disappointing". "Bounce back to the lab and create more shades for darker skin tones.

  • Generation Wealth: How Money & Consumerism Transformed The World
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    Generation Wealth: How Money & Consumerism Transformed The World

    In the award-winning "Like A Girl" ad campaign sponsored by Always, photographer and documentarian Lauren Greenfield asked young girls and boys to do a certain task (run, fight, throw) like a girl. In her book, Generation Wealth, published in May 2018, Greenfield is examining global society's understanding of money and wealth. You can almost hear Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory singing "I Want It Now." Money has always mattered to people, but Greenfield's book seems to show that it has become one of the world's reigning virtues.

  • All The Products R29 Beauty Writers Buy On Repeat
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    All The Products R29 Beauty Writers Buy On Repeat

    We're fortunate to have a lot of shiny, new and exciting beauty launches land on our desk every day here at R29.

  • Feeling Beige? Let's Talk About The Side-Effects Of Antidepressants
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    Feeling Beige? Let's Talk About The Side-Effects Of Antidepressants

    "I know it’s not ideal… you take medication to get yourself out of a dark hole but you end up in a display home on an empty street," says comedian/ actress Hannah Gadsby in the award-winning comedy drama Please Like Me. The person she’s talking to (Rose) is complaining about the side-effects of her antidepressants, telling Hannah: "I don’t want to spend the rest of my life feeling the same way at a friend’s wedding as I do at their funeral." To which Hannah replies: "I just took myself off my medication and I’m fucked, it’s bad. While the stigma of antidepressants is lifting, and that’s great, stigma is just one of many side-effects that the record number of people taking antidepressants in England this year (estimated to be one in 10) have to deal with.

  • What It's Really Like To Get Facial Feminisation Surgery
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    What It's Really Like To Get Facial Feminisation Surgery

    Carlisha Gizelle Brown is a 37-year-old MAC Cosmetics employee who lives in Los Angeles. Last year, she underwent a 10-hour facial feminisation surgery that included rhinoplasty and sanding down her chin and forehead. The following story was told to Rachel Lubitz and edited for length and clarity.

  • What It Means When Your Ruling Planet Goes Retrograde
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    What It Means When Your Ruling Planet Goes Retrograde

    If you're already familiar with your sign's general attributes, you probably know its ruling planet. Save for Cancer and Leo (whose ruling "planets" are technically the moon and the sun), every sign's ruling planet goes retrograde from time to time. Although it's a general astrological rule that people born under a given sign will likely feel the effects of their ruling planet's retrograde more acutely, that doesn't mean that that particular retrograde will be the most challenging for them.

  • Amber Heard On The Border Crisis, Growing Up In South Texas & ICE Checkpoints
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    Amber Heard On The Border Crisis, Growing Up In South Texas & ICE Checkpoints

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  • Ivanka Wants Companies To "Hire American" — Her Brand's Clothes Are Made Overseas.
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    Ivanka Wants Companies To "Hire American" — Her Brand's Clothes Are Made Overseas.

    First daughter and special adviser to the president Ivanka Trump took time out of her busy schedule to promote one of her father's new "hire American" initiatives. According to Ivanka, her father will create the National Council for the American Worker with the goal of creating a plan that will help companies in high-demand industries hire and retain American workers.

  • Can You Really Fake Confidence 'Til You Make It?
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    Can You Really Fake Confidence 'Til You Make It?

    Marni Amsellem, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smart Health Psychology, says that "faking it 'til you make it" generally means to fake confidence until confidence comes to you. Anyone who's ever felt anxious talking to other people or putting on a presentation is probably well aware of the feeling Dr. Amsellem describes. "If you’re challenging yourself and taking a stand, I think people really respect that even if they recognise that it’s not genuine," Dr. Amsellem says.

  • The Crown's First Season 3 Photos Come With Cryptic Messages
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    The Crown's First Season 3 Photos Come With Cryptic Messages

    It's still a little early to start counting down to 2019, but these new photos from season 3 of The Crown are certainly making us think about it. After dropping the first picture of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth on Monday, the show's official Twitter account has returned with two more gems, along with some cryptic messages that suggest there's still a lot of drama ahead for our favourite royals. While the photo of Colman was paired with the phrase "Patience," "Hope" is the word accompanying this newest snap of Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

  • Strong & Powerful Or Glam & Gorgeous: How Shower Gel Got Sexist
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    Strong & Powerful Or Glam & Gorgeous: How Shower Gel Got Sexist

    It's not just sexist pricing that refuses to die – sexist advertising also remains rife and it's an issue that's back in the news this week. 49-year-old Philip Green, a father of two daughters from Hertfordshire, accused Radox of sexism on Twitter after spotting the difference in how it markets its shower gels to men and women.

  • The Ordinary's New Launch Is Here To Save Your Dehydrated Summer Skin
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    The Ordinary's New Launch Is Here To Save Your Dehydrated Summer Skin

    Not long ago, they lifted the lid on their hotly anticipated SPF range, brought out their first ever hair product and revealed that they'd finally be formulating cleansers, much to the excitement of Instagram. It looks like there's no stopping them, as they took to social media earlier this week to announce that they'll be adding another skincare product to their failsafe range of retinoids, acids and oils. Deciem kept schtum in the picture caption, letting fans of the brand know that the product would be dropping on Monday 23rd July, but savvy followers took to the comments to draw out a little more information.

  • The Best Skinny Sunglasses – Instagram's Favourite Shades
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    The Best Skinny Sunglasses – Instagram's Favourite Shades

    Super skinny, futuristic Matrix -inspired sunglasses have got to be Instagram's favourite eyewear this summer. Seen on the runway at Prada, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang, micro-sunglasses have since been endorsed by some of fashion's favourite cool girls, including Jazzelle Zanaughtti, Tamu McPherson and Bella Hadid.

  • An Unfiltered Photo Diary Of My Mum's Mental Illness & Drug Addiction
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    An Unfiltered Photo Diary Of My Mum's Mental Illness & Drug Addiction

    American photographer Melissa Spitz has been making photographs of her mother, Deborah, for almost 10 years in a project called You Have Nothing To Worry About. Spitz was 7 years old the first time she visited her in an institution. In the autumn of 2009, at the age of 20, Spitz was studying photography at college.

  • R29 Tries The Trend: Summer Hats
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    R29 Tries The Trend: Summer Hats

    Soon after, Danish influencer Emma Leth wore a statement Jacquemus hat at her summer wedding, making it impossible to upstage the bride. This isn't the first time supersize sun hats have been en vogue, and no one designer can be credited with creating the piece, which has cropped up everywhere from Gucci and Dior to Brigitte Bardot in the '60s and Rachel in Friends. Ahead, R29's Creative Lead Casey Bird shares her thoughts on wearing five hats in five days, from the glamorous to the wearable to the wobbly.

  • We're Calling It: Perms Are Back & More Wearable Than Ever
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    We're Calling It: Perms Are Back & More Wearable Than Ever

    When actresses Jaime King and Emma Stone recently took to Instagram to try the once-questionable 'do, it confirmed what we had suspected over the past few seasons: that the '80s curls were back – but this time with a thoroughly contemporary and wearable refresh. According to supremo hair stylist Luke Hersheson, it's all thanks to past icons once again being referenced by fashion. "Women like Brooke Shields and Julia Roberts feel quite relevant right now – there's something quite soulful about those kind of curls, they have character in them," he tells Refinery29.

  • Money Diary: A Finance Worker In The City On 77k
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    Money Diary: A Finance Worker In The City On 77k

    Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.

  • London Socialite & McQueen Muse Annabelle Neilson Dead At 49
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    London Socialite & McQueen Muse Annabelle Neilson Dead At 49

    Update: According to tabloid Radar Online, Scotland Yard has yet to confirm the cause of death, though a spokeswoman from the Westminster Coroner's Court says Annabelle Neilson's passing is currently believed to be related to a stroke. On Monday, People magazine confirmed Ladies of London star and former model Annabelle Neilson has died. The British socialite was last seen at the wedding of her ex-boyfriend Edward Spencer Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough's half-brother, on July 8.

  • Why I'll Never Hide My Acne With Makeup Again
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    Why I'll Never Hide My Acne With Makeup Again

    For some, a lipstick is just a lipstick. But for others, it's a source of strength, creativity, and expression. In our series Power Faces, we'll explore the relationship between strong women and the makeup they choose to wear — or not. Our latest subject, Leia Immanuel, is an Instagram influencer going to high school in New York.

  • Uber Is Facing An Investigation Over Alleged Gender Pay Gap
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    Uber Is Facing An Investigation Over Alleged Gender Pay Gap

    Federal officials in the US are investigating allegations that Uber is systematically paying women less than men in a new discrimination investigation. Spearheaded by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the investigation into the company's practices, which includes whether they discriminated against women during the hiring process, began nearly a year ago in August 2017, reports The New York Times. The ride share service appears to be stalling in the public eye in its attempts to reroute after last year's news of a toxic workplace culture including allegations of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.