A study from New Mexico State University (NMSU) found that Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume is moderately effective at repelling two types of disease-carrying mosquitos: Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti (aka the species spreading Zika). 

The research, which was published last fall in the Journal of Insect Science, compared the efficacy of eight commercially-available mosquito repellents, two fragrances, and one vitamin B patch. They used each product on a person’s hand and noted whether mosquitoes were attracted or repelled.

More troubling news has surfaced about The Biggest Loser. 

Earlier this month, a study published in the journal Obesity revealed that 13 out of 14 former contestants, who each lost an average of 100 pounds on the NBC hit show, were unable to keep the weight off six years later. The study findings suggest that changing metabolic rates and shifting levels of the appetite-regulating hormone leptin made it difficult for participants to maintain their slimmer physiques.

Now a new article in the New York Post alleges that the show encouraged some seriously unhealthy dieting tactics, which may also be to blame for the contestants’ ultimate weight gain.

The Post quotes multiple sources who claim the show pushed them to take diet pills and severely restrict their caloric intake in order to shed pounds. One anonymous source said Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper supplied contestants with Adderral and weight loss pills containing ephedra extract—a substance the FDA banned in 2004 after it caused several deaths.

Another source, Joelle Gwynn from the 2008 “Couples” season, said Harper instructed her to lie on-camera about how many calories she was consuming. Gwynn says Harper told her to say she was eating 1,500 calories a day, while he was actually pushing her to have just 800, “or as little as you can.”

“People would take amphetamines, water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom,” Season 2’s Suzanne Mendonca told The Post. “They would take their spin bikes into the steam room to work up a sweat. I vomited every single day. Bob Harper tells people to throw up: ‘Good,’ he says. ‘You’ll lose more calories.’ ”

Many of the sources claim the show’s resident doctor, Rob Huizenga, MD (often referred to as Dr. H.), knew and supported these unhealthy practices. “People were passing out in Dr. H’s office at the finale weigh-in,” Mendonca said. “On my season, five people had to be rushed to the hospital. He knew exactly what we were doing and never tried to stop it.”

Dr. Huizenga—who collaborated with researchers for the Obesity study—is strongly denying these claims. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Post. “Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight-loss drugs. Urine drug screens and the evaluation of serial weights are repeatedly used to flush out possible illicit use.”

The show’s producers are also refuting the claims. In a statement to The Post they stressed that the use of illegal substances is prohibited on the Biggest Loser: “The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and always has been, paramount.”

What is the Healthy Range of Body Fat?

For the average adult the healthy range of body fat is shown below. The ranges are different for men and women depending on their age.

Healthy Range of Body Fat
Age Female Male
18-39 21-32% 8-19%
40-59 23-33% 11-21%
60-79 24-35% 13-24%

But, what is you percentage of body fat? Calculate it below, by inputing your information:

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Hair to Stay


Look-at-Me Lips
What better to give than a good hair day? The Living Proof Spread Cheer & Perfect Hair gift set contains trial sizes of Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, plus a full-size of the brand’s popular dry shampoo to soak up oil and extend a beautiful blowout. ($25, Ulta)

Easy on the EyesYour creative friend will go crazy for the FLOWERFlowerful Color Kiss Collection, which offers an endless number of lip combinations for under $10. The kit from Drew Barrymore’s cruelty-free line includes two lip liners, two glosses, a chubby stick in a go-with-everything nude, plus a lip palette with reds, pinks and purples. ($9.88, Walmart)


Tools of the Trade
The chubby eyeshadow pencils from Nudestix couldn’t be easier to use—and they stay all day. For your buddy who’s always in a hurry, the Nude(art)ist Magnetic Eye Box Set features six super-flattering shades that she can stash anywhere for an eye makeup look in minutes. ($59, Sephora)


Simply Chic
Good brushes are the secret to a flawless face. The ones in Beauty Junkees’ 5-Piece Pro Contouring & Highlighting Kit are designed to keep you from over-applying bronzer, blush and highlighter, and can also blend foundation or BB creams seamlessly. ($25, BeautyJunkees.com)

Lend a Hand


Shea Butter Season
Give and give back with this year’s Kiehl’s limited edition holiday sets. The Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Triocomes in gorgeous gold foil packaging, and for each purchase, Kiehl’s will fund 295 meals via the nonprofit Feeding America. ($34, kiehls.com)


Pampered in Peppermint
When winter hits, everyone’s skin needs extra pampering. Surprise your loved one with the L’Occitane Shea Butter Ornament, containing three of the brand’s most beloved items—Shea Butter Hand Cream, Milk Soap and Body Lotion. ($14, Sephora)


Have Yourself a Merry Little Lipstick
Got a friend who’s too stressed? Wrap up the Magical Mint Hot Cocoa Set from Philosophy. This gift set includes the famous shower gel and bubble bath combos in two holiday scents—peppermint stick and hot cocoa flamenco. Whether your friend uses it in the tub or to wash her hair, she’ll be feeling relaxed and festive in no time. ($23, philosophy)


No Airbrushing Required
Give the gift of bold, soft lips to your BFF this season. The Mini Team set comes with six different colors—three shades each for fall and spring—from the new Sephora Collection. Stuff this little box in your friend’s stocking and she’ll have new lipsticks for all of 2017. ($22, Sephora)
Inspired by the brand’s popular Bye Bye Pores line, the It Cosmetics’ compact Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection palette features a blush, bronzer, highlighter and finishing powder packed with anti-aging ingredients for a youthful, lit-from-within glow. ($42, Ulta
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Once known for its high-intensity color cosmetics, Urban Decay is no longer just for makeup mavens who like to experiment. The latest addition to the popular Naked Basics line of smooth, wearable matte shadows is theUltimate Basics palette, which features 12 gorgeous shades your low-maintenance pal will love—while still giving her options for a pretty party look. ($54, Sephora)

If you follow the beauty world closely, you know that 2016 was a surprising year for makeup and beauty. The biggest beauty trends in 2016 perhaps weren’t things that we could’ve predicted at the beginning of the year, but make total sense now. From Kylie Cosmetics’ total world domination to the insane cult status that Glossier reached, 2016 was all about the new players in the beauty industry.

I was dying to see what resonated with beauty fans this year, so when social commerce site Polyvore released its Best of Polyvoresurvey this week, I had to check out the beauty section. Polyvore annually compiles the most-searched items on its site, and the results for 2016 were fascinating. So what was the biggest beauty trend of 2016? According to Polyvore, the most searched beauty product this year was nude lipstick. Following closely behind it? Matte lipstick. I’ll go ahead and call it the Kylie Jenner effect — after all, her Kylie Cosmetics collection’s trademark product is the matte Kylie lip kit (which has tons of nude options).

Jenner can’t take all the credit, though. Cosmetics companies this year were all about the liquid lipsticks, which are having a major resurgence. I’ll let you see Polyvore’s results for yourself though — they’re actually super fascinating.

So what were the most popular beauty trends? Here’s the top 10.

  1. Nude Lipstick
  2. Matte Lipstick
  3. Waterproof Eyeliner
  4. Matte Cream Eyeshadow
  5. Rose Gold Eyeshadow
  6. Shimmer Blush
  7. Cream Blush
  8. Stiletto Nails
  9. Acrylic Nails
  10. Gold Nails

They’re not that surprising. After all, rose gold had a huge moment in 2016, and people were all about the stiletto nails and other acrylics. So, did Jenner make the list of the most-searched brands? Not this year.

Just when you maybe (maybe?) felt a bit over the Kylie Lip Kits, the youngest Jenner sister made a brilliant marketing move. Kylie teamed up with her fashionable older sister Khloé Kardashian to create her brand’s first-ever “kollaboration” (her words!).

This partnership — dubbed Koko Kosmetics — includes four new holiday liquid lipstick shades. The hues include Gorg (matte plum), Damn Gina (shimmery champagne), Khlo$ (matte pink rose), and Okurrr (matte hot pink). Kylie even had her best friend, Jordyn Woods, model the colors on the Kylie Cosmetics Instagram page. The formulas are housed in chic gold tubes with the signature lipstick drip design.

You won’t have to wait too long to snag them, because the set goes on sale on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. PT. Plus, Kylie made these more affordable than usual. On Instagram, she wrote, “3 of our mattes & a gloss would usually be $66 but these babies are $40 and if you order within the US there’s FREESHIPPING.” Call it a holiday miracle.

Keep reading to see images of the glosses, swatches, and of course how they look on Jordyn’s Instagram-famous pucker!