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No matter how much of a beauty buff you are, it's heart-breaking to see those images posted by animal rights activists of bunnies and monkeys in cages undergoing cosmetics testing. So it's a huge relief to find out that researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have found a better way to test new cosmetics ingredients and drugs. read more
Before smartphones, life was tough. If you wanted to keep track of your workout, you had to use this thing called a "pen" and write it all down. Now there are fitness apps that do it all for you. read more
Public Service Announcements are designed to raise awareness on important issues and spark change. These PSAs definitely win on the "getting our attention" front, but will they inspire change, or just heated debate on their appropriateness? Take a look and weigh in. read more
Our insatiable desire for perfect hair has spawned a new wave of thievery: People are now robbing beauty supply stores -- often at gunpoint -- and stealing thousands of dollars worth of human hair extensions. read more
Beauty rule No. 1: Never get a new facial treatment before a big event. The reason? If you haven't tried it before, you can't know if your skin will have a bad reaction, like redness or a breakout. read more
Go ahead and file this one under horrifying-new-weight loss-trends: The Tongue Patch Diet.
How does it work? Well, your friendly neighborhood plastic surgeon applies a postage stamp-sized piece of mesh to the surface of your tongue. The result? Eating becomes horribly painful, so you're forced to give up solid food and stick to a liquid diet. read more
I thought we'd seen it all when it came to facials: blood, placenta, bird poop, 24 Karat Gold. But now the four-star Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa in England is adding another treatment to the dear-god-why list: the Manchester Tart facial. read more
In this week's surprising nutrition news ...
• Vegetarians might live longer than meat eaters. OK, maybe this one isn't a total shocker given the super powers of veggies, but still, a very large study found vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death than nonvegetarians. More surprising: Men may benefit more from a vegetarian diet than women. Might be time to make Meatless Mondays mandatory for your dude. (Source) read more
As you might expect, at the 2013 CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards, it is all about the dresses, the shoes, and the accessories. Celebrities, models, and designers go all out to show support to the Guccis, Pradas and even the smaller guys -- Phillip Lim, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler. read more
Would you ever consider an apple or a bag of cherries a luxury? In Japan they are, considering that apple will run you about $25 and the cherries about $100, and you have to buy them at a specialty fruit shop. read more