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I got my nails done a few weeks ago, and it felt great, but I highly recommend trying Wanna Nails (iOS, Android) before you head into the salon so you aren't fumbling around with colour choices. And if you're more a DIY person for nail maintenance, you can avoid purchasing a colour you end up hating. Let the powers of augmented reality help you preview different colours on your nails with the tap of a finger.

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Thick, fluffy brows — you know, the ones you plucked into submission in the 90s that refuse to regrow — are making a serious comeback. For those of us with naturally "meh" brows, the deluge of readily available tinted eyebrow gels in recent years has been a godsend: a good gel emphasises the hairs you already have, making it that much easier to pretend your brows are naturally luscious.

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Who says men can't use makeup and other beauty products marketed toward women? With the help of some nice people at a local makeup store (and my girlfriend), I found some items that even the manliest of men can use discreetly and comfortably. Trust me, the only thing people will notice is how good you look.

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I have extremely oily skin, which I choose to see as a plus: Sure, I spent my 20s fighting stubborn nodulocystic acne, but maybe all that extra oil means I'll age more slowly than my dry-skinned peers. Unfortunately, any anti-ageing effects are probably negated by the grimacing I do when someone insists my skin is oily because I don't moisturise enough. Sorry - "reactive seborrhea" is full-on bull.

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If you want to expand your skincare routine beyond cleansing, moisturiser and sunscreen, exfoliation is a good next step. Exfoliating serums and scrubs boast that they can fight acne, clear your pores, reduce fine lines and make your skin vaguely brighter. Some of those promises are true, but they're not the whole story. So here is your scientific, medically backed look at exfoliation: what it can (and can't) do for your skin, and which effective, inexpensive products you can try out.

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In beauty - as in fashion, food and politics - there's no such thing as an original idea. Makeup is just an assortment of coloured powders and waxes to smear on your face in a decorative manner; innovative formulations aside, that's all it will ever be.

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My job is 50 per cent writing, 25 per cent cooking, 10 per cent eating and 15 per cent washing stupid dishes. I hate washing dishes because it's very boring and also because it has a tendency to make my hands look and feel very sad. To combat Sad Dish Hands, I have developed the Sad Dish Hands Manicure, and all you need to avail yourself of its wonder is some cheap dish gloves and some lotion.

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Women with a little hair on their chin or upper lip can feel like there's something wrong with them - but it's actually pretty common. Mona Chalabi writes at The Guardian that even the measurement tool that determines whether you are "hirsute" has some serious issues.

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Face masks can be expensive, but the experience of putting something on your face that will (hopefully) change the texture of your skin -- and make you feel like a fancy spa patron -- is incredibly satisfying. Luckily, there are DIY versions of most masks that can be made with household items, for a whole lot less cash. Below, our guide to the wide world of DIY mask options, including ingredients to avoid and what each ingredient does.

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If you're the type to use blotting paper to sop up the sweat or oil on your face, you've perhaps wondered which ones are best. Are the most expensive ones better? Should you get the sheets that smell like flowers? Or should you just pass on oil blotting sheets altogether, opting instead for a hanky or a perpetually dewy glow?

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Katia Beauchamp is the co-founder and CEO of Birchbox, the beauty e-commerce site and product-sample subscription box service. Since its inception in 2010, Birchbox has gained more than one million subscribers globally, and four million total customers. Fashionista.com calls Birchbox the "indisputable OG of the beauty subscription box phenomenon". Katia lives in NYC with her husband and twin boys. This is how she works.

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It's hard to know where to start when looking for the right mascara. Just a quick run through the drugstore and you'll see more types of mascara than you could wear in an entire year, so how can one possibly know which one is right for you? I'm here to help, but first, let's start with the basics.