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How much is too much when it comes to cologne?

There's a difference between smelling sexy and smelling skunky. Know how much cologne you should wear before people start calling you Pepe Le Pew!

How much is too much when it comes to perfume?

Scent can be a powerful way to make a lasting impression, but when it comes to perfume, you don't want to wear so much that it's all people can remember about you. Where do you draw the line with your fragrance?

The Evolution of Military Style

Standard-issue uniforms may not seem like the stuff of style inspiration, but for centuries now, the military look has influenced trends. How did battle-ready fashion move beyond epaulets and gold braid?

5 Ways to Express Your Inner Grunge

Indulging your inner grunge doesn't have to mean going back to shapeless flannels, floral dresses and combat boots. Today, classically grungy elements can clean up in no time, without losing any of their rebel appeal.

5 Makeup Products You Just Don't Need

It's not easy to figure out which jargon-filled claims of younger skin and massive lashes are pretty rational and which are just plain silly. What are five products you can cross off your beauty list?

How to Work Cosmopolitan Flair with Urban Style

In the age of music mash-ups, Shabby Chic décor and Asian fusion fare, sporting a singular style is way passé.

Beautiful or Bust: 5 Drugstore Substitutes

If you're a loyal fan of name-brand skin care and cosmetics, it may be time to take a second look at some budget-saving imposters.

Guide to Finding an Evening Dress

You may have a pretty good idea of what styles look good on you for work, casual Friday and weekend fun. But dressing up may be a little bit trickier.

How to Be Comfortable and Fashionable in Yoga Pants

After a long day at the office slipping into a pair of yoga pants feels fine, but they may not be much to look at. Until now, that is.

What are the ingredients in iridescent makeup?

Iridescent makeup is a popular choice of makeup among women everywhere. Find out what ingredients make iridescent makeup a more natural and effective product.

How to Mix Fashion Styles: Preppy and Professional

The preppy look can be both casual and dressy, so you can fly your prep flag in many different ways, including at the office.

Using Iridescents: Get Your Skin to Glow With Makeup

Iridescent makeup can help create many looks for a woman of any age, from simple to highly dramatic. This article highlights three different looks that can be created with various iridescent makeup products.

How to Pick Your Perfect 5-shade Compact

Many of us want to focus on the eyes when we're getting made up, but not all of us know how to do it properly. This is where a five-shade compact comes in handy.

Loose Powder vs. Pressed: Which is best for me?

No matter how long we've been using makeup, the issue of how to use powder still eludes many of us. Here are some tips on when and how to use loose and pressed face powder.

What's the difference between all-natural and chemical-based fragrances?

Thanks to the practice of greenwashing, many buyers are convinced that natural fragrance is must be better than the chemical one. Hah! Don't forget that arsenic, radon, or mercury are natural substances too.

What's the difference between perfume and eau de toilette?

With so many fragrances to choose from, a trip to the perfume counter can be overwhelming for even the most fashion-savvy woman. How come the same fragrance may come as perfume and as eau de toilette?

5 Makeup Tools You Can Skip

At one point or another, most of us have fallen prey to the hard sell by a makeup salesperson. So you don't get burned again, here's a list of five makeup tools you really don't need.

Is it OK for women to wear men's fragrances?

Some women think ladies' fragrances are a little too fruity and sweet. Is it OK to try out a men's fragrance to avoid that syrupy scent?

Is it OK for men to wear women's fragrances?

Just because a fragrance is marketed to women, doesn't mean it can't be worn by men. You might be surprised how much women's and men's fragrances have in common.

Why are scents attributed to a specific gender?

Most men's colognes smell very different from women's perfumes. Why have we come to expect the two genders to smell certain ways?

What should I look for in an all-in-one makeup compact?

If you're even just kind of into makeup, then you have an arsenal in your makeup bag. But you don't have to carry it all with you all the time.

Dramatic Brows with a Pencil Liner

If our eyes are the windows to our souls, then our eyebrows could be considered the decorative valances. And how you style those valances says a lot about you.

Guide to Matte Lipstick

Matte color is chic, elegant and long-lasting. But to sport a look that's polished and comfortable, you'll need to remember one important thing: With matte, lip prep is not optional.

Can perfume improve my health?

Spritzing on some perfume every morning certainly makes you smell nice. But can it actually improve your health, too?

Can perfume minimize menopausal mood swings?

Menopausal mood swings are inevitable as women age. But could the answer to curbing them really be as simple as a spritz of perfume?


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