Stories by Claire Ballor

We Tried it: Lancome's New Gloss in Love Collection

I'll admit it: I'm not a big fan of lip gloss. I generally think it's too sticky or too sparkly, or worse, a horrid combination of both. It doesn't matter if I'm hitting the gym or throwing on a LBD for a date, I usually have nothing but good ol' lip balm in tow.   read more

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5 Ways to Use Summer to Boost Your Mood

It's been six months since you made those ambitious new years resolutions and if you're anything like us, you haven't given them a thought since you packed away the faux-grass after Easter. With demanding work schedules and the stress that comes with every day life, it can be easy to catch the "half-way blues" -- the feeling you get at the mid-point in the year when you're in need of a kick-start to get back on track for a healthy and happy life. Thankfully, the summer season can be just the kick-start you need.   read more

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The Pageant That Redefines Beauty

We all rolled our eyes when former Miss USA winners stripped down for an extremely airbrushed ad campaign for PETA (with the supremely ironic tagline, "feel beautiful in your own skin"), but stories like this one make up for the parade of beauty pageant faux pas: Abby Curran, Miss Iowa 2008 and the only disabled woman to ever compete in a Miss USA competition, founded her own beauty pageant for mentally- and physically- challenged girls.   read more

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Makeup Ingredients Translated

Cocamidopropyl-wha? If you've ever muddled through the ingredient list on your makeup, check out this handy guide to the unpronounceable. Surprise! A lot of those scary-sounding ingredients are made from fruits and veggies.   read more

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'My daughter is so ugly ... you need to fix her'

All of the hubbub about how far apart your eyes are set, the shape of your nose and facial features that make you marriage material -- it makes our skin crawl to read all of the research and fuss about these so-called beauty ideals. But this one made us want to cry: Asian parents are pushing their kids into plastic surgery so they look more Caucasian.   read more

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Is This Sunscreen Ingredient a Secret Acne Cure?

We are definitely guilty of flogging the whole "wear sunscreen" mantra day after day, and we're always looking for new angles and reasons to remind you to slather it on. So, of course we were intrigued reading about one beauty blogger's claim that sunscreen cured her acne.   read more

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Women in China Have Found the Secret to Safety -- Hairy Legs

Peeping-up-the-skirt Toms are apparently a big problem in China. Women are discouraged from wearing "revealing" dresses and skirts on public transportation to keep prying eyes away from their thighs, but we love this novel new way to fend off leering pervs: hairy tights.   read more

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Half-Naked Protestors Hit Victoria's Secret Store

We love all of the latest outcries for realistic body images in the media, like your responses to PETA's Miss USA ad on our Facebook page and the UK retailer who made a public promise to cut back on airbrushing its models. Victoria's Secret is in the spotlight again, too. The lingerie powerhouse always catches flack for its stick-thin models, but this time protesters took their message to the streets...and stripped.   read more

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