Fred Flare Fridays: The Retro Edition

Every TGIF, we’ve been featuring mucho Fred Flare cuteness, and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Fred Flare. Whee!To be eligible for the contest, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter (and if you’re already subscribed, you’re entered!). It’s easy, it’s free and it’ll take you, like, 3.23435 seconds to do.
This week, for our final Fred Flare Friday of the summer (cry): The Retro Edition!

1. How to Be Popular by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz ($13, pictured). With real tips from the 60s and 70s, this book has advice on friends, boys and the ultimate ambrosia salad. Ha!

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RED Hearts: Sweetly Detangle Your Hair

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Alison Smith, 18, reporting from Brooklyn, NY, who writes about her new favorite hair product:

I can still remember being six, perched on the edge of my parents’ bed as my father attempted to detangle my wet knotty locks with nothing but a flimsy plastic comb.

Sadly, my hair woes have since worsened (thank you, frying hair dryer). But I’ve fortunately come to rely more on detangling products than on my father’s forceful tugs.

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How Health Care Reform Could Affect You

President Obama’s health care reform has been a hot topic in national news lately. Here’s a piece of information that could directly affect you.
Currently, the president plans to expand the intact Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, but this still would exclude the topic of sexually transmitted diseases. However, a new Healthy Teen Initiative has been proposed that would include STD preventative education.

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When Teens Interview Rock Stars

This book isn’t new, but it’s very cool. Besides, I just found it, so it’s new to me. Off The Bus and on the Record (Zest, $19) is a collection of 22 rock interviews by young journalists. When four Florida-based teenagers — Jaime, Amanda, Zac and Brittany Rich — started a TV show for a local Boca Raton network, they got to interview all the big names that came through town, including Gavin DeGraw, Maroon 5, My Chemical Romance and one of our favorites, Charlotte Sometimes.

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NYLON Beauty Director Holly Siegel Tells All

Can we get a shout-out for NYLON magazine? I mean, it’s still making us want to rip pages out and hang them in our long-gone lockers, and therefore it does deserve some props. So we decided to interview NYLON‘s resident Beauty Director, Holly Siegel, and get some tips on, you know, what’s hot. Here goes:
I Heart Daily: What are your favorite drugstore beauty product(s)?
Holly Siegel: I find that drugstore mascaras tend to be on par with (if not better than!) more expensive brands. Two of my favorites are L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara ($11) and Maybelline Microfiber Mascara ($8). I personally use black, but they also come in brown for those who like a less intense eye. I love the feel and look of brand-new mascara, and since this isn’t too expensive I can buy another as soon as I feel my old mascara starts to dry (mascara expires after about three months!). Wet ‘n’ Wild lip liner in 666 ($1.50) is universally flattering. For hair, I really love the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 each) to keep blond hair from turning brassy.

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Fred Flare Fridays: The Magical Edition

Every TGIF, we’re featuring mucho Fred Flare cuteness, and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Fred Flare. Whee! To be eligible for the contest, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter (and if you’re already subscribed, you’re entered!). It’s easy, it’s free and it’ll take you, like, 3.23435 seconds to do.
This week: The Magical Edition!

1. Unicorn Wishes ($15). This mini unicorn display set comes with your very own one-horned mythical creature. Keep him protected from those horn snatchers!

2. Magic Garden ($10). You may not be Hermione Granger, but you can still make some magic happen. Just pour a special solution over this garden and watch flowers, snow and foliage sprout before your eyes. In just 10 hours, you will have created an enchanted forest.

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Brittany MacLeod, 14, Author of 113 Things to Do by 13

Brittany MacLeod, 14, is wise beyond her years. How can I tell? Well, for one, she co-wrote a book with her mom Terri. It’s called 113 Things to Do by 13 ($15, Harlequin), and it’s really smart and fun. Also, she gives a great interview. Don’t believe me? Read on:
I Heart Daily: What gave you idea for this book?

Brittany MacLeod: Right before my 13th birthday I put together a list of 100 things I wanted to do before I turned 13. I was super excited to officially become a teenager and I think the list came out of my enthusiasm! I wanted to celebrate being a teen and all the amazing things you can do! But, being a teen definitely means more responsibility and part of my inspiration was also to celebrate the tween years and all the stuff you can do and get away with when you’re younger. Like, “put ice cubes down your shirt and create a new dance” or “wear all the same color for an entire day (underwear included).”

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Yes To Carrots? Yes to Great Skin!

Growing up, we were always told carrots would keep our eyesight at 20/20. Well, guess what? I ate carrots, and now all I have are these lousy contacts that dry my eyes out.
But my bitterness is fading because of the beauty line Yes To Carrots. Made especially for normal to dry skin, its body, hand, hair and face products contain the powerful anti-oxidant Beta-Carotene (the stuff that’s good for us in carrots!) to protect our skin from daily damage.

We love the C Me Shine lip glosses ($6.49 each), not only because they make our lips shiny, but also because a portion of beeswax used is from the Tung Teya community in Africa. The proceeds from the sale of the beeswax help build schools and improve health care.But it doesn’t stop there — no siree!

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The Most Comfortable Sneakers Ever

Tis the season for cool sneakers. Then again, when is it not? I have a new favorite pair however, not just for cuteness, but also for comfort — Fei Yue Wushu Shoes ($15). They have a classic, easy white-sneak look, and they are light as a feather.
That’s because they’re made for Wushu and Tai Chi practice — both are martial arts that combine combat with grace. So, you know, there’s a lot of jumping around and you need to be light on your feet for such things.

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Fashion For a Cause: The Uniform Project

Sheena Matheiken and Eliza Starbuck started the Uniform Project to raise money for Akanksha, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping slum children in India afford a better, more well-rounded education.
They could have just sent around an email, but these ladies are creative. Sheena, who’s the face of the Uniform Project, is wearing one dress — a simple uniform designed by Eliza — for 365 days. It’s styled in an innovative way with different accessories each day, but it’s just one dress (that’s July 3rd, pictured).

Every day there’s a new post, so you can tune in to see how Sheena’s wearing her simple black outfit seven days a week. They also tell you where to get the accessories and other pieces she has on, so it doubles as a shopping site.

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