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  • Looking to refresh your beauty and skincare stash this summer? File these beauty finds under "ridiculous" and "unnecessary."

    Courtesy CR Fashion Book.Courtesy CR Fashion Book.
    The Facekini

    If you spotted this unusual beachwear here in North America, you'd probably be a bit surprised. But in Qingdao, China, the bank robber-esque mask is commonplace, especially among middle-aged women. While one of the reasons for the facekini is to keep skin white, it was reportedly created to protect against offshore sea crabs, which is why we were surprised to see it get a high-fashion makeover in Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book.

    “Our latest summer story represents an opposing to ideal of beauty altogether, with masked poolside models set out to soak up as little sun as possible,” reads the "Masking The Sun" article in the former Vogue Paris editor's book. We wouldn't be surprised if the facekini started popping up on couture runways in the near future.

    Freckle Pencil

    Freckle-faced gals used to spend their allowances on concealer, covering up the

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  • Antibiotics don't discriminate between good and bad bacteria. (Thinkstock)Antibiotics don't discriminate between good and bad bacteria. (Thinkstock)A new study is suggesting that taking antibiotics early in life might make us more susceptible to certain diseases when we're older.

    According to research out of the University of British Columbia, antibiotics often don't discriminate between good and bad bacteria.

    The researchers tested two antibiotics on newborn mice: vancomycin and streptomycin. They found that streptomycin increased the risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an allergic disease, later in life. Vanomycin had no effect.

    Their findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

    Lead researcher and medical genetics professor Kelly McNagny tells that it's possible that some antibiotics won't just increase the odds of getting a disease later in life, but can actually make the reactions to that disease more severe.

    But "if we can identify what bacteria are protective we might be able to find the ones to give to kids who don't have them," he tells

    McNagny emphasizes that infants

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  • ModCloth pledges to ditch the Photoshop

     Courtesy ModCloth Courtesy ModCloth
    Need a reason to justify the purchase of a cute vintage-inspired dress for fall?

    Well, here's another reason to love ModCloth.

    The online clothing store has become the first retailer to sign Brave Girls Alliance's Heroes of Advertising Pledge.

    By signing the pledge, ModCloth agrees to the following:

    1. To do our best not to change the shape, size, proportion, color and/or remove/enhance the physical features, of the people in our ads in post-production.

    2. That if we do materially change* the people in our ad(s), we will add a “Truth In Advertising” label to these ads to ensure consumers, in particular children and teens, do not confuse an advertising “ideal” with what’s real. (Specific Label Language and Size Requirements TBD.)

    3. Not to run these ads in media where children under 13 might see them.

    * Material change means only changes to a person's shape, size, proportion, color, removal and/or enhancement of individual features. If you want to photoshop a blue sky bluer; clean up

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