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psoriasis torpedoes sexy time story_this art photo by Diane TisseurOn the subway one day this past summer, a slender teenage boy wearing shorts and a t-shirt was standing nearby. There was nothing unusual about his clothing unless you took into account one thing: his exposed skin. A redhead, the boy’s complexion was very pale in a few spots. The rest — on his neck, all over his arms and all over his legs — was violently red and patchy and scaly and looked so painful that I wanted to cry (and take him shopping for soothing skincare). I wondered whether a girl with such an angry case of psoriasis like his would be out in shorts and a tee. Probably not. In fact, a new survey conducted by the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients reveals psoriasis devastates self-esteem in afflicted women, and affects their relationships too. [geek on]

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dry lips dream team_fresh sugar lip serum advanced therapy and bite beauty agave lip mask in champagne pearlI realized the other day that I’m not just wearing lip balm when I’m not wearing lip colour. Instead, as we head into chillier months, I’m consciously preparing my lips with my favourite dry lips dream team for the next time I wear bold or matte lipstick, whenever that might be. [geek on]

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Helen Mirren_L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect_photo©Simon EmmettDame Helen Mirren, 69, has joined the lineup of celebrity beauties representing L’Oreal Paris. The actress is reportedly the new spokesface for L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect, their line of skincare for mature skin. It’s her first cosmetics contract. [geek on]

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MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show_lipsticks_Sin on lips and cheeks_Oblivion_SinWhile very cool people get all intense about mind-blowing Halloween costumes, some of us who might be only a little less cool can look to the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection for a bit of timely vamp-beauty.  [geek on]

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Renee Zellweger or Renee ZellwegerI hope Renee Zellweger is staying away from newspapers, television and the Internet right now. Maybe forever. Google “Renee Zellweger” to see why. You don’t even have to google “Renee Zellweger face.” [geek on]

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MAC Cosmetics Orlando Store Opening with Recording Artist, Madison BeerMAC Cosmetics newest store concept isn’t about you. It’s about your daughter — but only if she’s still in high school. The MAC youth store format is aimed with laser precision at tweens and teens. The first is already open in Orlando, Florida; the next is scheduled to open in NYC this December. [geek on]

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How to Have Awesome Teen Skin_Karla Spetic_lipstick Napoleon Perdis Devine Goddess Hara_photo by Wendell Teodoro“In teen minds it’s very simple: I have bad skin if I have acne; I have good skin if I don’t have acne,” says Leala McInerney, senior educator for Dermalogica skincare. “Teens rank facial skin appearance above having fun and enjoying life,” she adds. Whoa. Thankfully, a good combination of routine and ingredients can reduce breakouts and redirect teen focus from their faces to good times (which hopefully include decent grades — hah!). And maybe these expert tips from McInerney and dermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen can help in time for great family holiday photos. [geek on]

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Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss_Adorned_beautygeeks lipstick diaryI saw the most amazing fuchsia lip colour on someone and had to have it. Well, that’s not unusual. But Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Adorned is unexpected. More highly pigmented than you’d think, it’s less shiny than it seems and very comfortable on lips. But while the colour in the tube called to me — hello, fuchsia — the visible shimmer in the formula pushed me away. Then I saw how it looked after application, and I geeked out. [geek on]

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Chanel No 5 The One That I Want_Gisele Bundchen and Michiel HuismanNicholas Sparks has nothing on Baz Luhrmann and Chanel Nº 5: The One That I Want, a breathtaking mini-film that made its debut today. Starring the impossibly gorgeous Gisele Bündchen and striking “Game of Thrones” actor Michiel Huisman, the dreamy piece celebrates the iconic fragrance and the woman who wears it. It might make you hate your life want to be Gisele more than ever. And if you think you know the song “The One That I Want,” you’re in for a surprise. [geek on]

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Hello Kitty Holiday 2014_40th Anniversary An Apple A Day Trio_tinted lip balm applesSome things are just too cute to overlook. Some things like this limited-edition Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary An Apple A Day Trio of tinted lip balms. Adorable, right? (I know a manigeek who covets them apples.) [geek on]

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