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Panty Power: How Pretty Underwear Can Boost Body Image

Two weeks ago, I went for a bra fitting. Having been told by dozens of style experts that 137 percent of women wear the wrong bra size, I fully expected to be told that my 34C was FAR too small/big/narrow/high/thick/whatever for my frame. Miraculously, the lingerie shop owner confirmed that I was already wearing the correct size. I will admit to feeling slightly smug about this.

My smugness dissipated as she began to show me a dazzling assortment of silky, frilly, and coyly transparent bras in every style and shape imaginable. I’d worn my one cute bra to the fitting: A satin leopard print that fit beautifully, but featured thick straps and strangely stodgy detailing. Somehow, just glimpsing the universe of beautiful underthings that I’d been studiously ignoring for the past 20 years made me feel anxious. Virtually all of my friends wore and adored gorgeous lingerie, but I’d dismissed it as a frivolous expense and focused on flattering but practical underthings for myself. Yet as I discussed the physics of bras with the owner — learning about underwire placement, the importance of band fitting, and how different styles would achieve different silhouettes — I knew I needed to formulate a plan. A panty plan. Read more…

The 15 Best Nail Art Blogs

One of the best things about being online editors is that we get to spend hours perusing the web for inspiration (even though this may not be best for our eyesight or posture). Nonetheless, there are tons of budding makeup, hair and skincare ”experts” sharing their straightforward reviews and in-your-face tutorials. Impressed by their serious skills and online superstardom, we’ve decided to round up the best beauty blogs.

This week, we’re kicking things off with the crème de la crème in DIY nail art. From Miss Ladyfinger (who can transform any runway design to her digits) to London’s WAH Nails (famous for their mani mash-ups), you’ll get motivated to switch up your average manicure.

Click through the 15 best DIY nail art blogs. Read more…

We Test 12 Weird Ways To Get Rid Of Cellulite

Cellulite is one of those words that becomes instantly contagious. Once one woman in the room complains about her thighs, it’s just a matter of time before another chimes in about her rear end. Whether or not any of these ladies’ complaints have merit (and, according to this study, they usually do), dimpling of the skin is a huge source of insecurity for women of all sizes.

Not only does cellulite creep up slowly (allowing you to chow down on that extra piece of cake in a state of blissful ignorance), but it usually likes to camp out on your body no matter how many squats you do. Even worse, cellulite-reducing products tend to come with hefty price tags and mostly unfulfilled promises. So what’s a girl to do in order to get rid of cellulite? Check out the slideshow here to find out!

13 Reasons To Look Forward To Swimsuit Season

Summer is here and while we couldn’t be more excited about long weekends at the beach, the thought of getting into a swimsuit can be decidedly less appealing. Whether it’s pasty skin that isn’t ready for public exposure, or a New Year’s resolution of getting to the gym every day that didn’t quite happen, we are here to ease your worries.

Like most things in life, there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer a one-piece with a plunging V neck to show off your upper body, or you can’t wait to bare all in a teeny-weeny bikini, we are here with the right suit for your shape. And even if you’re still hesitant about getting into your suit, take heart, there are a multitude of ways to stay covered-up in style this summer.

Here, 13 tips on the right suit for you, as well as 27 celebrities showing off their stuff. Read more…

6 Ways We’re Shaving Our Legs Wrong

When it came to shaving my legs, the razor would always win the battle. Instead of walking out of my bathroom with clean, shaven limbs, I’d end up frustrated with all the unsightly gashes and leftover hair stubble.

According to Schick Quattro for Women Brand Manager Christine Galotti and Skintimate Brand Manager Alison Macneil, the tell–tale sign a woman is shaving her legs incorrectly is if she commonly gets razor burn or nicks and cuts. Guess all those race-car fast shavingmoves I made were swift and not so smart. Read more…

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