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13 Drinks That Are Like Sipping a Cup of Sugar

They’re almost as bad for you as soda.

Here’s a shocking stat: Sugary beverages account for about 40% of the added sugar in the average American’s diet. So many drinks are loaded with the sweet stuff, even the sips you wouldn’t suspect (hello, tonic water). But the good news is that skipping those heavily-sweetened beverages can really pay off for your health. The first step is knowing which ones to avoid. In the video above you’ll learn about 13 drinks that have a similar amount of sugar as a can of soda.

Take flavored “nutritional” waters, for example. In addition to vitamins, some bottles contain 30 grams of the sweet stuff. To put that into context, the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, while men can have up to 36 grams.

You know that fancy coffee drinks are loaded with sugar—but do you know just how much? A grande white chocolate mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks has 61 (!!!) grams. You might actually be better off drinking a lemon-lime soda, which clocks in at 44 grams.

Iced tea seems like a smarter choice, thanks to its disease-fighting antioxidants. But sweetened teas are also full of the white stuff. A bottle of one popular brand contains more than 30 grams of added sugar. Yikes. 

There’s no question the healthiest drink to quench your thirst is still good ol’ H2O. Need some inspo to up your water intake? Check out these clever bottles and high-tech hydration gadgets we love. Drinking more water will not only help you cut back on added sugar, but can improve your mood, energy, and skin too. Bottoms up.

The Healthiest Breakfast and Lunch Options at Starbucks, According to a Nutritionist

With a shop seemingly on every block, it’s safe to say just about everyone has experienced a Starbucks run. But with more than 250 different drinks on the menu, oodles of grab-and-go meals, plus plenty of snacks and desserts, you need some nutrition know-how to navigate the menu. Want proof? Depending on your order, your a.m. coffee and pastry habit could tally up to 700 calories and more sugar than a soda.

To stay on track, make over your drink, breakfast, and lunch picks at Starbucks. Here are some of my favorite nutritious and satisfying drinks and food on the menu.

RELATED: The Healthiest Drink Options at Starbucks (Beyond Black Coffee and Tea)

If you need your caffeine fix…

Order a tall Caffè Americano or Caffè Misto with nonfat milk. Even though sugary beverages might sound tempting, you don’t want to start your day with a drink that’s more like a dessert. For example, a venti (24-ounce) Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino will set you back more than 600 calories and packs some 25 teaspoons of sugar.

Instead, look for beverage options with about 100 calories, as liquid calories don’t provide the same satiety as calories from food. Keep it simple: My top picks are brewed coffee or tea, a cappuccino, americano, or misto, or a skinny latte.

To slash added sugar and low-quality calories when it comes to customizing your drink, always order a tall (12 ounces) rather than a grande (16 ounces) or venti (24 ounces). Request nonfat milk, as 2% milk is the standard at Starbucks. The swap will slash 50 or more calories from your drink. If you simply can’t go without a syrup, ask for the sugar-free version or just one pump of the sweet stuff. And nix the whip! You can save between 80 and 110 calories, depending on the size and type of your beverage.

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If you’re grabbing breakfast…

Order eggs or oatmeal. A good rule of thumb for women is to keep your breakfast to about 450 to 500 calories with 20 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Men should seek options with about 550 to 650 calories, 30 grams of protein, and at least 6 grams of fiber.

Food-wise, Starbucks has plenty of options that will provide protein and fiber to help you stay satisfied without a lot of extra calories or added sugar. For a lean breakfast, try the Spinach, Feta & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap for 290 calories, the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Sandwich for 210 calories, or the Egg White & Red Pepper Sous Vide Egg Bites for 170 calories. You can add one of Starbucks’s 90-calorie fruit cups for extra filling fiber.

If you’re active and working out in the morning, you might want a more carb-rich breakfast item, like the Classic or Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal, with their high fiber counts. Sometimes after a hard CrossFit workout I’ll go for the Classic Bantam Bagels with a soy or nonfat latte. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but since the bagels come appropriately portioned (they’re mini and come in a two-pack), you don’t have to worry about overindulging.

RELATED: 7 Easy Breakfast Recipes That Can Help You Lose Weight (Even If You Have No Time in the Morning)

If you’re hungry for lunch…

Order a Protein Box or Bowl. These are the most protein- and fiber-filled lunch options at Starbucks. They range from 360 to 650 calories and all have high protein counts to keep you satisfied. I like either the Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens for 420 calories or the Lentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice for 650 calories. They provide the most protein and fiber to tamp down hunger for hours on those days when you’re cruising through a busy workday and you know dinner won’t be for hours. Other smart options are the Smoked Turkey Protein Box for 360 calories or the Egg & Cheese Protein Box and the Chicken Wrap Protein Box, both with 460 calories.

7 Ways to Prevent Holiday Weekend Weight Gain

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of both BBQ season and bikini season, a combo that leaves many of my clients feeling, well, a bit conflicted. Nobody wants to feel deprived, particularly while celebrating a holiday weekend with friends and family. But let’s be real: waking up on Tuesday morning feeling stuffed and sluggish doesn’t feel good either.

Fortunately, there are practical ways to enjoy your cookout without overdoing it. And just in case you indulge a little more than you intended, I’ve also included a few solid strategies for undoing the damage.

During the weekend:

Reach for veggies first

I bet you’ll have plenty of splurge options to choose from, but loading up on veggies first can help you fill up, so you can be more discriminating about what you select next. Great options include water-rich finger foods like grape tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower florets, and slices of zucchini and cucumber. You can also bring a big bowl of vinegar-based slaw or kale salad to share, or veggie kabobs to toss on the grill. The effort is well worth it when you consider that one cup of veggies, about the size of a tennis ball, typically provides about 30 calories or less (broccoli: 30; red pepper: 30; cherry tomatoes: 25; cukes: 15. That’s five times less than just 15 chips!

Keep your protein lean

Hot dogs, fatty burgers, and sausages may be traditional Memorial Day fare, but this year, think clean and mean. Choose grilled chicken or turkey breast, shrimp or salmon, or go meatless and grill up some “meaty” Portobello mushrooms. A three-ounce burger patty, about the size of a smart phone, made with 85% lean ground beef packs over 200 calories. One jumbo Portobello cap contains just 30 calories. To make up for the protein and keep your meal plant-based (e.g. a meatless Monday), pair your shroom burger with a chilled lentil salad or slather it with garlicky hummus.

Chose your starch wisely

Barbeque spreads typically include an abundance of starch-heavy foods, from buns and potato salad to chips, corn on the cob, and sweet treats. Lots of carb-y choices means it’s easy to eat far more carbs than your body can burn, resulting in a surplus that feeds your fat cells. To squash carb overkill, choose one starchy favorite and forgo the other can-live-without-it options. For example, if you’re most looking forward to macaroni salad but you also want a burger, ditch the bun and wrap your patty in crisp lettuce instead. I personally love potatoes (especially cooked on the grill), so my plan is to enjoy a reasonable helping, skip the other so-so starches, and savor every morsel of my spuds.

Build in fun activities

One of the best ways to balance out extra nibbles is to boost your activity, and there are tons of fun ways to torch calories. One hour of badminton burns about 300 calories, Frisbee 200, dancing 200, playing horseshoes 135, and lawn darts 100. Even standing and talking with friends, burns 50% more calories than hanging out seated, and just 10-15 minutes of laughing can burn about 50 calories, the amount in half of a light beer.

Reign in the alcohol

If you’ll be imbibing this weekend, keep two facts in mind. First, getting even a little tipsy can lower your inhibitions, and trigger you to eat certain foods (or amounts of food) that you wouldn’t eat when sober. Also, alcohol can stimulate appetite: In one study men consumed more food when they drank wine 20 minutes before a meal. Plus, alcoholic beverages themselves can be brimming with carbs and sugar. Case in point: While a shot of tequila is only 100 calories, a sugary margarita can top 500 calories. To prevent a cocktail or two from derailing your other healthy efforts, check out my previous post 7 Ways to Keep Alcohol From Wrecking Your Diet.


Up your water intake

One of the reasons you feel so heavy after eating a little more than usual is because your body hangs onto extra sodium and fluid. While it may seem counterintuitive, drinking more H2O helps to flush out the excess, so you can de-bloat faster. Overindulging can also trigger temporary constipation, and upping your water game will stimulate your digestive system, so you can get things moving again. Aim for 2-2.5 liters a day (about 8-10 cups), and add in an ingredient or two that helps soothe the GI tract or act as a natural diuretic, such as fresh grated ginger or cucumbers. If you feel like your normal self, you’re much more likely to stick to your usual working-out-and-eating-well routine.

Get back into balance

When your jeans are a little tight it can be tempting to do something extreme, like skip meals or drink only green juice. But cutting back too much can work against you. In fact, I’ve seen this pattern keep people stuck in an overweight plateau, or lead to TOFI syndrome (Thin Outside, Fat Inside), which is sometimes referred to as “skinny fat.” The latter occurs because bouts of overeating increase body fat, and rebound undereating causes the loss of lean muscle mass—a terrible combo for both your health and your body composition. I’m also concerned that the trend of bouncing back and forth between indulgent eating and cleansing or detoxing has become a form of modern-day bulimia that isn’t healthy either physically or emotionally.

A better way to rebound is to simply get back to clean eating, and focus on balancing your meals. Make veggies the star of your plate, along with lean protein, a healthy fat source such as avocado and nuts, and a small portion of a high-fiber, nutrient-rich starch, like quinoa or wild rice. Meals with this well-proportioned combo will keep your metabolism revved, balance your blood sugar and insulin levels, stave off hunger, and energize your workouts. So rather than getting stuck, you can move on from the holiday and keep trekking toward your goals.

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Cynthia Sass is a nutritionist and registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she’s Health’s contributing nutrition editor, and privately counsels clients in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers NHL team and the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. Her latest New York Times best seller is S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches. Connect with Cynthia on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.


15 Sugary Drinks That are (Almost) as Bad for You as Soda

You’d think juice would be healthy—it’s made from fruit, after all. Problem is, while fruit is rich in fiber, juice is not. So even if you opt for 100% fruit juice and avoid drinks with added sugar (like cranberry or grape cocktail), they’re still high in the sweet stuff. For instance, a cup of grape juice contains 36 grams of sugar and a cup of apple has 31 grams—not far off from what you’ll find in a can of lemon-lime soda, which racks up 44 grams.

Make over your drink: “I don’t recommend juice ever, even 100% fruit juice,” says Ilyse Schapiro, RD, author of Should I Scoop Out My Bagel? ($11; “You’ll feel much more full from eating the fruit, which has fiber, versus drinking the juice,” she says.

3 Desserts You Can Make With Zero Added Sugar

Who says dessert recipes have to involve cups of granulated sugar—or maple syrup, or honey? The truth is, you can whip up mouthwatering treats that involve no added sugar whatsoever. The three simple recipes below all rely on the natural sweetness of fruit. And because fruit comes bundled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, these are all desserts you can feel good about. I developed them for dessert-loving clients who are trying to kick a sugar habit. Each  of my recipes combines dates or cherries with spices like cinnamon and ginger, and other nourishing superfood ingredients. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Chocolate-Avocado-Ginger Pudding


Serves: 2 

1 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil

1 whole avocado, pit and skin removed

⅓ cup raw, non-dutched cocoa powder

4 dates, chopped, soaked in 2 Tbsp. warm water

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 one-inch cube of fresh, peeled ginger root

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup fresh raspberries

2 sprigs of fresh mint

Place all ingredients except berries in food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon pudding into serving cups, top with berries, and garnish with mint.

RELATED: 6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

Cherry Almond Crumble


Serves: 2

¼ cup unsweetened crunchy almond butter

¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1½ cups frozen pitted cherries

1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp. water

½ tsp. fresh grated ginger

1 tsp. sliced almonds

In a small bowl combine almond butter, oats, and cinnamon to form a crumble. Set aside. In a small pan over low heat, sauté cherries with lemon juice, water, and ginger until warmed through and bubbly. Transfer cherries to a bowl, top with crumble, and garnish with sliced almonds. 

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Nutty Coconut Cookie Dough Bites


Serves: 4 

¼ cup unsweetened cashew butter

4 dates, chopped, soaked in 2 Tbsp. warm water

1 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil

½ Tbsp. pure vanilla extract

¼ cup almond flour

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

In a small food processor combine cashew butter, soaked dates, coconut oil, and vanilla, and blend until smooth. In a small bowl combine almond flour, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Fold cashew mixture into almond flour mixture to form a thick “batter.” Refrigerate batter for 10 minutes. Pinch off 8 pieces of batter, and pat into round balls. Roll each ball in shredded coconut. Place balls on a plate covered with wax paper and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. Keep leftover bites refrigerated.

Cynthia Sass is Health’s contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a consultant for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets.

9 Healthy Kitchen Staples That Cost Under $1 Per Serving

Great news for anyone who wants to save money and eat healthier—in other words, pretty much all of us. A new study suggests that it really is possible to do both at once.

The secret? Cook more at home. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health found that families who had this one thing in common tended to eat better without spending more on food than families who cooked less.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers interviewed 437 adults living in and around Seattle, asking them what they ate in the last week and where. They also gathered information about participants’ income, employment, family size, and other demographics. Overall, they found that people who cooked more often met more of the federal guidelines for a healthy diet. And while home-cooked meals were associated with diets lower in calories, sugar, and fat, they weren’t associated with higher grocery bills. 

Researchers are further analyzing participants’ diets to determine the best real-world strategies for eating healthy on a budget. “Not all fruits and vegetables are equally expensive,” says study co-author Anju Aggarwal, PhD, acting assistant professor of epidemiology. “So instead of buying the most expensive fruit, maybe you buy bananas and oranges. Maybe you start eating more whole grains, and you eat less fat and sugar.”

“As long as you know which food groups to pick from, how much to eat, and how to cook it, you can improve your diet without increasing your costs,” she adds.

To get you started, here are some budget-friendly kitchen staples that only taste like a million bucks.

Extra-virgin olive oil

A staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is rich in healthy fats linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. You can cook with it, or drizzle it over fish, pasta, and vegetables.

Cost per serving: 15 cents


A bottle of this natural sweetener can last years. Sweeten homemade marinades and salad dressings, or incorporate it into homemade baking. Or, incorporate it into your beauty routine: Beauty uses for honey include zapping zits, softening hair, ditching dark under-eye circles, and more. 

Cost per serving: 31 cents

Canned chickpeas

Not only inexpensive, chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a great source of protein and fiber. Toss them in salads, mix them into salsas, or blend them into hummus. Or get creative with this recipe for high-protein chickpea waffles

Cost per serving: 40 cents


A cup of cooked quinoa sets you up with 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and just 222 calories. Adding quinoa to your diet is easy—use it in place of white rice for a more nutrient-packed dish.

Cost per serving: 65 cents

Organic eggs

In just one egg, you’ll get 6 grams of waist-slimming protein for just 70 calories. And though nutrition experts used to warn that eating too much dietary cholesterol would spike blood cholesterol, in recent years, they’ve changed their tune. No time to whip up eggs every morning? Make these frittata muffins Sundays for a workweek full of healthy breakfasts. 

Cost per serving: 30 cents


They’re cheap, available year-round, and can serve as a natural sweetener in smoothies, plain yogurt, and homemade breads. Plus, a medium banana boasts 12% of your daily value of potassium, 3 grams of filling fiber, and and nearly 20% of your daily value for both vitamins C and B6. This avocado banana bread recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Cost per serving: 29 cents

Fresh garlic

Garlic lets you flavor dishes for no additional calories, fat, or sodium. For added convenience, buy chopped, jarred garlic.

Cost per serving: 13 cents


This condiment is packed with the immune-boosting nutrient selenium. It also contains turmeric, a spice with cancer-fighting properties.

Cost per serving: 4 cents

Balsamic vinegar

Vinegar boosts blood flow by opening up blood vessels. It also adds flavor to food for virtually no calories.

Cost per serving: 39 cents


The Only 3 Foundations That Cover My Cystic Acne Scars—But Still Look Natural

When I was younger and struggled with severe cystic acne, I used layers and layers of makeup to cover up the spots that coated my neck, chin, and cheeks. Unfortunately, little could be done to mask my cysts; I could eliminate pigmentation and redness, but no amount of makeup could smooth the bumpy texture. I had no idea how to fake a great complexion.

I always thought that once my cystic acne was gone, I would become the kind of person who didn’t need as much makeup—but the leftover scarring was enough to keep me applying foundations, concealers, powders, and more each day.

Fortunately, the dark marks and pigmentation left behind by my acne are now mostly flat, so covering the surface is significantly easier. I’ve also adopted a skincare routine featuring products to lighten my scarring, and I’ve seen a ton of progress (thank you, vitamin C serum!) but as someone who prefers a flawless face, I still like to cover up what’s left.

Where I once used layers of heavy products to hide my skin, my success over acne has motivated me to start showing my skin off—now, I want formulas that cover my imperfections, but don’t leave me feeling like I’m wearing a mask. Finding high-coverage products that still leave my skin looking like skin has become a personal mission of mine, and there are only a few formulas that really master the balance of coverage and natural finish. After lots of trial and error, I’ve finally found three foundations that do the trick.


Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation ($46;


This foundation is fairly new to the market, but it’s quickly become one of my go-to picks. The coverage is described as medium, but the product dries down quickly and can easily be layered for an opaque, full-coverage finish. I definitely prefer buildable coverage foundations when avoiding the mask-like look; I can use a tiny amount on my forehead, nose, and other clear areas, and then go back in and build up coverage on my cheeks and jawline to mask pigmentation without caking up my entire face. To do this, I usually enlist a Beauty Blender ($20; to really press the product into my skin and prevent it from feeling too heavy. This is one of the only—dare I say, the only—foundations that doesn’t settle into my deep-set smile lines, which is an added bonus. It’s oil-free with SPF 25, and the quick-dry finish and long-lasting formula mean I don’t feel the need to set with a powder, knocking one more thing off my list. This is also my number-one product for those times I’m doing a complete makeup look for a big night out and want to look covered, not cakey.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation ($36;


After multiple friends recommended this foundation, I finally gave it a shot—and immediately wondered why I hadn’t started using it sooner. I usually apply about two pumps to my entire face using the Artis Elite Smoke Oval 8 Brush ($67;, then go in with extra product if needed on particularly dark spots. The finish of this foundation is described as matte, and it definitely keeps my oily T-zone at bay. But as someone who normally associates a matte finish with a dry, dull look, I can’t believe how natural and fresh my skin looks when I’m wearing this. The product moves with my skin and feels super comfortable—unlike most full-coverage products, which often dry down to a stiffer finish. This is my daily pick for a foundation that gives me enough coverage to be confident, but looks and feels natural on skin.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow Tinted Moisturizer ($48;


If you told me a year ago that I could love how my skin looked using a tinted moisturizer in lieu of foundation, I probably would have laughed in your face. This product proved me wrong, though—and I’ve since recommended it to others seeking the perfect your-skin-but-better finish. First, a disclaimer: This will not cover every little scar. What it will do is even out pigmentation and add a glow that scarring can often dull, and as far as coverage goes, the amount it provides while feeling weightless on skin is impressive. Plus, you can easily add a full-coverage concealer to areas you think need a little extra love—Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème ($26; is my opaque go-to. I hate to leave the house without feeling put-together, and this is the most lightweight product I’ve found that still makes me feel comfortable in my skin. I used this foundation on days where I want that carefree, no-makeup look, but not without some coverage.

This New Makeup Primer Contains Vagisil—Why That’s Not as Weird as You’d Think

Huda Kattan—otherwise known as @hudabeauty on Instagram, where she has a cool 24.6 million followers—just launched a primer, and it contains a surprising secret ingredient: Vagisil. Okay, okay, there’s not actually Vagisil in the primer, but it does tap a silicone polymer called dimethicone that’s also found in the female anti-itch cream.

When the makeup artist was thinking about adding a primer to her product offerings, Kattan found inspiration in a video she filmed in 2016, in which she tried unconventional products as primers (KY lube, Milk of Magnesia, and Vagisil all made appearances). In the video, she spoke about how weird it was to put these formulas on her face considering what they were officially for, but pointed out that “dimethicone is really great for oil control.”

Huda Beauty The Complexion Perfection

To buy: $35;

Right off the bat, Kattan was a fan of the way Vagisil made her skin feel. “This actually feels really good going on,” she remarked while rubbing the cream on one side of her face. “It feels really creamy and really soothing. I actually like this cream.”

It makes sense that Vagisil would have this effect on skin considering the product’s intended use. “Dimethicone is a skin protectant and acts as a water repellant by forming a barrier on the skin,” explains Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City. And, as she points out, it also “spreads easily on skin and leaves a silky, smooth base for makeup.” 

After a few hours, Katten noted that the Vagisil side of her face felt “the most hydrated” compared to the KY lube section, which was pilling, and the area where she applied Milk of Magnesia, which was dry. The outcome: Her makeup set properly on top of the dimethicone-based cream and successfully controlled oil. She said she would “totally use it again, I just think it could get kind of awkward carrying it around.”

Lucky for us, Katten has done away with any possible awkwardness with the sleek, black bottle that is the new Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Pre-Makeup Base ($35; While some silicone-based primers have slip that’s almost uncomfortable, this one also has rosehip oil and shea butter to nourish and hydrate skin, and feels more like a luxe cream than a primer. Upon first application on the back of my hand, I was super impressed—it really did feel like a luxe, hydrating moisturizer. Then, when used as a makeup base, I noticed a smoother canvas to work with and that my makeup lasted better throughout the day than it usually does.

One thing to note: If you have an aversion to scented products, this may not be the primer for you. I think it smells lovely, but can see how some may find it overpowering.

10 Hair and Beauty Trends That’ll Be Big This Spring, According to Pinterest

We’ve purchased our claw clips (they’re back!), tried a probiotic sheet mask, and rocked a messy bun like Meghan Markle. Thanks to Pinterest, though, we now have even more information about the latest hair and makeup trends making waves on social media. See below for 10 ways Pinterest users are saving and searching for the upcoming spring season.

The trend: Glossy eyeshadows

The dewy look is in, and the trend has officially found its way to your eyelids. Instead of classic matte or glittery tones, Pinterest users are opting for a glossy eyeshadow. If you’re looking for inspiration, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss ($38; is perfect for this style. You can wear it on its own for a neutral, shiny shade, or layer on your favorite shadow to give your lids a glossy glow.

The trend: Stamp eyeliners

To add wow factor to your eye makeup, try stamping on a shape (or two). We’re loving this Lottie Stamp Liner Duo ($9;, which is the ultimate combo of classic and modern. On one side, you get the standard gel liner, and on the other, there’s a star stamp. Best of both beauty worlds.

The trend: Blush contouring

Enhancing your cheekbones just got easier. Make your blush and bronzer a tag team with this contouring technique. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek ($36; is incredibly creamy and blendable, making it an ideal pairing with your go-to bronzer. Or opt for Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Trio ($54;, which help conceal, contour and highlight.

The trend: Smudgy smacker

The idea behind this particular trend is finding a matte lipstick that provides a subtle shade of color to your lips. Our favorite? Glossier’s Generation G ($18;, which promises to give you “the look and finish of just-blotted lipstick.” Yes, please.

The trend: Face mists

Hydrate skin with a soothing face mist, like the cult favorite Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($14; The small bottle is packed with aloe herbs and rosewater, so you’ll feel fresh and ready to take on the day.

The trend: Cat eye nails

This fun nail trend started in high fashion, and now it’s on Pinterest. People are loving this effect, which shows a gleaming line through each nail. Adding geometric shapes, rhinestones, and more enhance the unique style.

The trend: Low side parts

It’s time to push your part even farther to the side with the latest hair styling trend. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Amanda Seyfried, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are just a few of the stars who have parted with their natural parts.

The trend: Headbands

Scrunchies are making a comeback, and so are headbands. Accessorize your hairstyle with something fun, like the Gingham Bow Headband from Cara ($22;, or add a touch of glamour with the brand’s Pleated Turban Head Wrap ($22;

The trend: Platinum blonde

It looks like blondes are bound to have more fun this spring. Pinterest shared that users are searching for different ways to lighten their locks Marilyn Monroe-style. Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Lawrence have all tried it out. Are you next?

The trend: Short bangs

If you’re trying to come up with a new spring chop, these short bangs might be for you. Emma Watson debuted her new ‘do at a event earlier this year, ringing in 2018 with some fresh hairstyle inspiration.


This Woman Is Embracing Her Beard After 14 Years of Shaving Her Face Every Day

It’s all about redefining beauty standards.

Nova Galaxia is a vlogger who has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that causes an estimated 10% of women of childbearing age to have a higher proportion of male hormones. One sign of PCOS is excess facial or body hair—something she’s been afflicted with since puberty.

RELATED: 9 Celebrities on the Very Real Body Hair Struggle

But after 14 years of razoring her facial hair daily, 26-year-old Galaxia is tired of shaving off her “secret.” So she’s chosen to embrace her beard and send a message to other women that they too shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed by their hairiness.

“Women shouldn’t have to shave if they choose not to, but what about those of us who have way more hair than what is considered socially acceptable?” she wrote in blog post for Graceless. “What about us women with dark, thick tummy and chest hair? What about us women who are fully capable of growing a big, bushy beard?”

On Wednesday, Galaxia posted two photos of herself with newly dyed red hair and a full beard. “Dyed my hair to match my beard,” she wrote.

In a YouTube video, Galaxia detailed her battle with PCOS. She said her body hair started “darkening” and caused ”just hair everywhere” between the ages of 11 and 12. Other signs of PCOS include irregular periods and acne, and the condition can make it hard to get pregnant.

Since her post about her decision to stop shaving, Galaxia has shared beauty tutorials covering her own makeup routine and even a how-to on rocking a glitter beard.

“Humans are incredibly diverse as a species, and there is no correct way to be a ‘man’ or a ‘woman,’” Galaxia wrote. She ended her post with a message to other women affected by hirsutism: “Go forth and start unlearning all that self hate. It’s alright to love your body, no matter what that means.”

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