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The 40 Best Met Gala Looks Ever

There's less than two days until our favorite fashionistas gather in New York City for the 2014 MET Gala. The benefit, which celebrates the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum's fashion exhibit, is headed by fashion icon Anna Wintour and will honor designer Charles Smalls this Monday (May 5).  Each year presents a best/worst dressed list, but few have created timeless looks. Take a look at 40 of the best MET Gala appearances in the past 10 years.

Jennifer Lopez attends 2010 MET Gala

Vixen: Jennifer Lopez

Year: 2010

The Dress: Zuhair Murad Haute Couture

Photo Credit: Gregory Littley

Carey Mulligan attends the 2012 Met Ball

 

Vixen: Carey Mulligan

Year: 2012

The Dress: Prada

Photo Credit: REX

Rihanna attends 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Rihanna

Year: 2009

The Tuxedo: Dolce & Gabbana

Photo Credit: RapUp.com

Beyonce attends the 2011 Met Ball

Vixen: Beyonce

Year: 2011

The Dress: Emilio Pucci

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Beyonce attends the 2012 Met Ball

Vixen: Beyoncé

Year: 2012

The Dress: Givenchy

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Florence Welch attends 2012 Met Ball

Vixen: Florence Welch

Year: 2012

The Dress: Alexander McQueen

Photo Credit: Rex Features

Karolina Kurkova attends 2012 MET Ball

Vixen: Karolina Kurkova

Year: 2012

The Dress: Rachel Zoe

Photo Credit: Getty

Katy Perry attends the 2010 Met Ball

Vixen: Katy Perry

Year: 2010

The Dress: Cute Circuit

Photo Credit: Reuters

Jessica Alba attends the 2006 Met Ball

Vixen: Jessica Alba

Year: 2006

The Dress: Calvin Klein

Photo Credit: Bauer Griffin

Mary Kate Olsen attends the 2007 Met Ball

Vixen: Mary-Kate Olsen

Year: 2007

The Dress: Lily et Cie

Photo Credit: Fanpop.com

Christina Ricci attends the 2008 Met Gala

Vixen: Christina Ricci

Year: 2008

The Dress: Givenchy

Jessica Biel attends 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Jessica Biel

Year: 2009

The Dress: Atelier Versace

Photo Credit: RapUp

Leighton Meester attends the 2009 Met Gala

Vixen: Leighton Meester

Year: 2009

The Suit: Louis Vuitton

Photo Credit: Gofugyourself.com

Miranda Kerr attends 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Miranda Kerr

Year: 2009

The Dress: Jil Sander

Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America

Sarah Jessica Parker attends 2010 Met Ball.

Vixen: Sarah Jessica Parker

Year: 2010

The Dress: Halston Heritage

Photo Credit: Gregory Littley

Vixen: Giselle Bundchen

Year: 2010

The Dress: Alexander McQueen

Photo Credit: Getty

Kate Beckinsale attends the 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Kate Beckinsale

Year: 2009

The Dress: Marchesa

Photo Credit: Bauer Griffin

Victoria Beckham attends the 2008 Met Ball

Vixen: Victoria Beckham

Year: 2008

The Dress: Vintage Giorgio Armani

Photo Credit: Getty

Lindsey Lohan attends 2007 Met Ball

Vixen: Lindsay Lohan

Year: 2007

The Dress: Bally

Photo Credit: Getty

Bee Shaffer attends the 2008 Met Ball

Vixen: Bee Shaffer

Year: 2008

The Dress: Nina Ricci

Amber Rose attends 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Amber Rose

Year: 2009

The Dress: Carolina Herrera

Ciara attends the 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Ciara

Year: 2009

The Dress: Pucci

Photo Credit: RapUp

Kate Hudson attends the 2009 Met Ball

Vixen: Kate Hudson

Year: 2009

The Dress:

Photo: FilmMagic

Zoe Saldana attends 2010 Met Ball

Vixen: Zoe Saldana

Year: 2010

The Dress: Calvin Klein

Photo Credit: PA Photos

Kerry Washington attends 2010 Met Ball

Vixen: Kerry Washington

Year: 2010

The Dress: Thakoon

Photo Credit: cityist.com

Chanel Iman attends the 2010 Met Ball

Vixen: Chanel Iman

Year: 2010

The Dress: Michael Kors

Photo Credit: WWD

Salma Hayek attends the 2011 Met Ball

Vixen: Salma Hayek

Year: 2011

The Dress: Alexander McQueen

Photo Credit: Zimbio

Camilla Belle attends 2012 Met Ball

Vixen: Camilla Belle

Year: 2012

The Dress: Ralph Lauren

Photo Credit: Getty

Lana Del Rey attends the 2012 Met Ball

Vixen: Lana Del Rey

Year: 2012

The Dress: Joseph Altuzarra

Photo Credit: Getty

Solange attends the 2012 Met Ball

Vixen: Solange

Year: 2012

The Dress: Rachel Roy

Photo Credit: Getty

Jennifer Lopez Met Gala 2013
Vixen: Jennifer Lopez

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

Anne Hathaway Met Gala 2013
Vixen: Anne Hathaway

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Vixen: Christina Ricci

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Vixen: Katy Perry

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Vixen: Kristen Stewart

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Vixen: Madonna

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Vixen: Miley Cyrus

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Vixen: Nicole Ritchie

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Vixen: Sarah Jessica Parker

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Vixen: Rooney Mara

Year: 2013

Photo Credit: Getty

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Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

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“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

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On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

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