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Changing the World by Changing the Face of Beauty

When we think of models and ad campaigns, there are likely a lot of images that cross our minds. Some are sexy, some are sweet, but almost all of them have something very basic in common: No matter what the ethnicity or gender of the model, they are always “perfect.” Perfect skin, hair, teeth, bodies—they […]

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The Pretty Files: Tan Time

Tanning, either in the sunshine or in tanning beds, will kill you. I’m not usually hyperbolic, but cancer really is no joke. Tanning also really damages your skin. It can cause discoloration beyond just the red of a sunburn and it causes you to age prematurely. These things are unfortunate because the golden brown of […]

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Navigating Fashion After 40: Should There Be An Age Limit on What You Wear?

Representation of women over the age of 40 in the media is seriously lacking. When we do see older women on our television screens and in our magazines, they appear dowdy and their sole purpose tends to be emotional support and comfort. They are almost never the objects of sexual desire. When older women demand […]

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The Pretty Files: No Shampoo

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and various beauty blogs. I am generally looking for inspiration or new techniques, though sometimes I look for product reviews or things I absolutely must try. For several months I have been seeing articles and posts about no longer using shampoo to wash hair and after doing […]

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The Pretty Files: Warming up to Marsala

Happy 2015! I don’t know about you, but I was really excited when Pantone revealed the 2015 color of the year, Marsala. In contrast to 2014’s Radiant Orchid and 2013’s Emerald, Marsala immediately felt like a color that was user-friendly and wearable in regards to fashion. It also felt classic. Pretty wine-red sweater paired with […]

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The Pretty Files: Best of 2014 Trends

Every December I like to take a look back over the year to evaluate what worked and what didn’t work in my life. This is especially true in regards to all things beauty-related. As 2014 comes to a close I’m looking back at the trends for the year that will enter my pretty canon as […]

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The Pretty Files: Heating Up – Hot Styling Tools

Hair doesn’t style itself. Sure, some days the stars align and you can brush or comb it through your locks and have everything fall in place, but more often than not you need a little bit of help getting your hair to look just the way you want it. For the curly girls that sometimes […]

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The Pretty Files: Nailing It

When we think about being pretty we usually think about our hair and our skin, how we take care of them and how we enhance them.  But skincare, makeup, and hair aren’t the only elements of being pretty. Our nails are also an important of the appearance and can be their own unique form of […]

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The Pretty Files: Fall Makeup Trend

Summer has left us (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere and in that case welcome back to warmer days!) I have been reluctantly packing away my sundresses and my flip flops and looking ahead to sweaters, boots, and scarves. I have also been taking a look at my makeup bag. With the change in season […]

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Guest Writer, Kate Stoltzfus: How a Quest for Color Can Change Your Perspective

Today The Hudsucker welcomes the multi-talented Kate Stoltzfus—digital strategist, blogger and host of CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh. The outgoing and congenial Pittsburgh inhabitant is also the creative mind behind Yinzpiration, and co-pilot of Propelle.

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The Pretty Files: Makeup Bag Rehab

When is the last time you really looked at the contents of your bag? This month we’re having a little intervention, sitting down to look at those bags of wonder, and sending all of us to makeup bag rehab.

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The Pretty Files: Emergency Makeup

We have all had those days, days where we are lucky to get out the door on time to get to work or school only to get to our destination and discover we need to be more than just there: we have to look our best and in a hurry. Crap. So when life throws […]

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The Girls with Glasses: “I’m Not Fancy”

As Iggy Azalea’s infectious track “Fancy” is shaping up to become this summer’s biggest hit, that means we can look forward to a slew of hilarious parodies on the web! One such particular parody belongs to our friends over at The Girls With Glasses.

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