• 9 Spring Manicures You'll Want On Your Fingers Through Easter
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    9 Spring Manicures You'll Want On Your Fingers Through Easter

    Innocently finger-scrolling through your upcoming spring calendar can be a double-edged sword. While we can't help you with airfare (or mum), we can help with planning a manicure that will at least look like you have it all together. Ahead, we've rounded up our favourite nail-art designs for spring, loosely inspired by Easter's classic pastel colour palette.

  • My Bedroom Is An Office, How Do I Separate The Two?
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    My Bedroom Is An Office, How Do I Separate The Two?

    No one wants to stare at a messy workspace at the best of times, least of all when dozing off in bed at the end of the day. For the workspace itself, think about repurposing a piece of furniture that will fit the aesthetic of your bedroom.

  • New Zealand Women Wear Headscarves To Support Muslims After Christchurch Shooting
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    New Zealand Women Wear Headscarves To Support Muslims After Christchurch Shooting

    One week after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 and injuring dozens, women across the nation wore headscarves in support with the Muslim community. Thaya Ashman, a doctor in Auckland, created Headscarf for Harmony after she learned of a Muslim woman who feared her hijab would make her a target for violence after the terrorist attack. Ashman, who consulted with the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand and the Muslim Association of New Zealand before organising the effort, said the gesture was a way for non-Muslim women to express solidarity as the country grapples with the aftermath of the Christchurch shootings.

  • This Natural Manicure Technique Will Make Your Nails The Healthiest & Prettiest Ever
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    This Natural Manicure Technique Will Make Your Nails The Healthiest & Prettiest Ever

    From jelly acrylics to tie-dye and gradient nails, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to Instagram-worthy manicure trends. It employs vitamin-infused pastes, nourishing oils, waxes and clever Japanese-inspired buffing techniques to give you your shiniest, healthiest and prettiest nails yet, all without the use of traditional mani ingredients, like acrylic powder and nail polish, some of which are packed with toluene formaldehyde, and aren't very nail friendly. A quick search for the hot oil manicure technique on Instagram throws up clips of strange-looking wax gloves, essentially petrolatum, enveloped around hands to deeply moisturise nails and cuticles, but treatments using greener ingredients are gaining popularity, too.

  • 21 Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style Looks We Absolutely Love
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    21 Tokyo Fashion Week Street Style Looks We Absolutely Love

    There's good reason why we look forward to the Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo each season and these street style looks are it. While attendees often play it safe with clean, minimalist dressing in the 'big 4' (Paris, Milan, London and New York), Tokyo's streets are a riot of clashing colours, patterns and proportions.

  • The Cool Backstory To Lupita Nyong'o's Spooky Eyebrows In Us
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    The Cool Backstory To Lupita Nyong'o's Spooky Eyebrows In Us

    When the world first caught word of Jordan Peele's second horror film, a follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Get Out, fans were excited, to say the least. Most people assumed the forthcoming film would be a sequel, with its ominous and vague title, Us. Then Peele highjacked Christmas Day with the film's chilling trailer, and we knew one thing was for sure: This would not be a movie about Kanye West escaping the sunken place, but something much scarier.

  • Ivanka Trump Believes That She'll Be President One Day
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    Ivanka Trump Believes That She'll Be President One Day

    The first daughter and White House advisor's schedule isn't public, but we'll keep you posted on her goings-on every week. • Ivanka has not complied with federal laws to preserve her email communications, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said on Thursday. Rep. Cummings said that is a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

  • AG Jeans Just Upped The Game In Sustainability Without Comprising On Style
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    AG Jeans Just Upped The Game In Sustainability Without Comprising On Style

    20% of the world's water pollution is made by garment manufacturing. 1,800 gallons of water is used to produce just one pair of jeans. AG Jeans, a longtime champion of eco-friendly practises, is leading the charge on this front.

  • On The Line Dares You To Live Through This With Jenny Lewis
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    On The Line Dares You To Live Through This With Jenny Lewis

    On “Heads Gonna Roll,” the first track of LP On the Line, Jenny Lewis sweetly sings a threat: "heads gonna roll, baby / everybody's gotta pay that toll and maybe / after all is said and done / we'll all be skulls." It’s followed by a catchy-yet-regretful bop, “Wasted Youth,” and then the album’s lead single, “Red Bull and Hennessy,” a seedy peek into hookup culture. It’s not that Lewis has become a cynic, it’s just that her Gen X penchant for irony kicked into overdrive — and that’s the blade she sharpens to use in her fight against the darkness rising. Mirroring her real life, in which Lewis stepped back from writing this album to care for her estranged mother after she was diagnosed with cancer, from “Dogwood” on, the songs tackle an off-kilter family dynamic.

  • I Tried £5k Worth Of Red Lipsticks & These Are The Best
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    I Tried £5k Worth Of Red Lipsticks & These Are The Best

    It took me until my early 20s to feel adult enough for red lipstick. Until then I was content to wear black or blue in pursuit of ultimate cybergoth-ness, and red lipstick whenever I tried it just felt too polished and put together. In the 10 years since, I’ve conducted an inexhaustible search for the perfect red lipstick.

  • Why Young Women Are Putting Hundreds Each Month Into 'Layoff Funds'
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    Why Young Women Are Putting Hundreds Each Month Into 'Layoff Funds'

    When Sophie*, a 28-year-old office manager for an MP, lost her job along with her boss and an office's worth of staff in the 2015 general election, she learned the hard way the importance of creating a financial security net for yourself in the unlucky event of being laid off. "Statutory redundancy rules applied, but I missed out on these as I'd been with my boss for just under two years," she tells Refinery29. A seemingly growing number of young people in precarious employment, like Sophie, are recognising the need to create financial safety nets for themselves in the form of a 'layoff fund'.

  • Victoria Is Back & It's Made Me Care About The Monarch More Than I Expected
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    Victoria Is Back & It's Made Me Care About The Monarch More Than I Expected

    Followers of the series will remember that the first season focussed on Victoria’s (Coleman) ascension to the throne. Series three reintroduces us to Victoria at 29 years old, expecting her sixth child and not outwardly overjoyed by the whole thing. Turmoil follows him to Britain where he seeks refuge at Vic's royal home.

  • In 2019, Michael Jackson Accuser James Safechuck Is Reportedly In A "Pretty Good Place"
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    In 2019, Michael Jackson Accuser James Safechuck Is Reportedly In A "Pretty Good Place"

    UPDATE: This story was originally published on March 3.

  • How To Optimise Your Dating Profile, According To Tinder's Trend Expert
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    How To Optimise Your Dating Profile, According To Tinder's Trend Expert

    When it comes to photos, says Dr. Sterling, there are a couple major no-no's: sunglasses and hats. As far as composition, Dr. Sterling stresses the importance of showing your entire face and avoiding those artsy angles (sorry, sad boys of the world). Dr. Sterling adds, "Sometimes three pictures of the same person can look like pictures of three different people, so make sure all your pictures look like the same person is featured.

  • The Tiny Tweak You Should Make At Your Next Haircut
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    The Tiny Tweak You Should Make At Your Next Haircut

    Celebrity stylist Laura Polko tells us that wispy bangs can be tricky to cut, but the key is to focus the scissors toward the centre of the forehead to keep the bang from getting heavy. Hairstylist Carolyn Aronson references another cutting technique known as "slithering," which involves slicing into the hair, and not straight across. Cutting wispy bangs on curls of any pattern requires a dry cut to make sure the dry curl doesn't bounce up short.

  • Social media erupts after Facebook group dubs Victoria's Secret model 'plus size'
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    Social media erupts after Facebook group dubs Victoria's Secret model 'plus size'

    "If she's plus size then I'm truck size."

  • Is There A 'Feminist' Way To Critique Bad Women Bosses?
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    Is There A 'Feminist' Way To Critique Bad Women Bosses?

    The morning after she hit send, Tarisha found herself sitting in a conference room as Kate yelled at her and the company’s CEO and president. Cooler heads prevailed, and Tarisha kept her job. This wasn’t the first time Tarisha had been on the receiving end of Kate’s anger, and she was frustrated.

  • Emilia Clarke Reveals She Had Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysms & Surgery
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    Emilia Clarke Reveals She Had Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysms & Surgery

    In a powerful personal essay in The New Yorker, Emilia Clarke revealed that she suffered two traumatic and life-threatening brain aneurysms around the time she filmed the first season of Game of Thrones. The first one happened in 2011, while Clarke was in the middle of a personal training session. This type of brain aneurysm is extremely dangerous: a third of patients survive with “good recovery,” another third survive with disability, and another third will die, according to the Mayfield Brain & Spine Clinic.

  • AOC Fires Back After Fox News Anchor Accuses Her Of "Putting On" Her Latina Accent
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    AOC Fires Back After Fox News Anchor Accuses Her Of "Putting On" Her Latina Accent

    Fox News host Laura Ingraham once called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a horsewoman of the apocalypse and she is now focusing on the story that really matters: how the New York congresswoman pronounces her own name. Ingraham, who once said she was learning Spanish for her Guatemalan daughter, asked conservative lawyer Joe diGenova during segment on her show, Ingraham Angle, Tuesday whether he had noticed that Ocasio-Cortez "put on" an accent when introducing herself. "She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, 'Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez,'” diGenova replied, exaggerating his accent in a mocking way and purposely botching Ocasio-Cortez's first name.

  • Weekday Launches The Coolest 100% Recycled Collection We've Seen Yet
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    Weekday Launches The Coolest 100% Recycled Collection We've Seen Yet

    As environmentally conscious fashion becomes less buzzwordy and is seen for what it should be – an increasingly serious necessity – Swedish brand Weekday is forging the way with its new 100% recycled Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Inspired by the idea of owning your own choices and that individually we all have the power to have less impact on the environment, the collection features an eclectic mix of modern workwear and classic sleepwear pieces. Created with Spanish upcycling company Recover, the collection considers a more progressive way for the industry to recover and reuse textile waste to create new fabrics.

  • The Zara Studio Collection Will Inspire You To Book A Desert Holiday ASAP
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    The Zara Studio Collection Will Inspire You To Book A Desert Holiday ASAP

    Forget the tropics: desert landscapes are fashion's ecosystem of choice right now. H&M ’s latest studio collection takes inspiration from the canyons and desert lights of Sedona, while Zara found its desert on a separate continent: Africa, in Marrakech, Morocco, to be exact. The latest studio collection, developed with Karl Templer, utilises organic textures, handcrafted details, and an easy silhouette.

  • Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach Just Had Their First Child (And Kept It Very Hush Hush)
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    Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach Just Had Their First Child (And Kept It Very Hush Hush)

    The 35-year-old Lady Bird director welcomed her first child with Noah Baumbach, according to People. Together since 2011, this is the couple's first child, although Baumbach shares a son with his ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh. Gerwig and Baumbach have always been private about their relationship, and never spoke publicly about the pregnancy or the birth.

  • Having A Crush Is The Best — It's Even Better When You're In A Relationship
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    Having A Crush Is The Best — It's Even Better When You're In A Relationship

    My first crush was a boy named Caleb. Until the other kids made fun of me for daring to like Caleb — I was the Black girl (the only one in the class) they picked on — and he was, well, Caleb. Along with Caleb and Raymond, there was Gambit from X-Men the Animated Series, Zack Morris, and basically any other indistinguishable Prince Charming–looking white boy of the ’90s and early ’00s (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Chad Michael Murray).

  • To All The Things I've Loved Before — What It's Like To Crush On Stuff
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    To All The Things I've Loved Before — What It's Like To Crush On Stuff

    You know the feeling. It’s that instant rush of want, that flood of endorphins and covetousness, and just … delight. The obsession to make it yours, the mild-to-moderate stalking, the endless daydreaming of your life together — in those first moments a crush is both a haze of desire and an eyes-only-for-you tunnel vision. It’s the best. But it’s also the worst. Often for your bank account.

  • Sign This Viral Brexit Petition Today (Before It Crashes Again)
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    Sign This Viral Brexit Petition Today (Before It Crashes Again)

    With eight days to go until Brexit is legally due to happen and Theresa May set to beg EU leaders for a three-month extension today after MPs humiliatingly rejected her deal twice, it's really no wonder that a new petition to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit has gone viral. The petition on the official government website, launched on Wednesday evening after the prime minister criticised MPs for rejecting her deal in a damning speech, had racked up more than 700,000 signatures by Thursday morning and was ballooning at a rate of 1,500 a minute, according to reports.