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5 Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Tips

Too late? No way. I’ve you’ve been putting off holiday shopping (your friend already has everything, the crowds are too much to handle), time is running out. Use these smart tips, courtesy of SheFinds founder Michelle Madhok, to check everyone off of your list just in the nick of time.

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An Easy Decorating Trick for Beautiful Christmas Cookies

You don’t need fancy equipment or professional decorating skills if you want to create gorgeous holiday cookies that look like they came from a fancy bakery. All you need, really, is a toothpick. (Though an offset spatula and an icing bottle come in handy, too.) To make this pretty pattern of colorful curves and swirls, simply ice your cookie in […]

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Swaps for Traditional Light Bulbs

Starting January 2014, 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs won’t be sold anymore—according to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient alternatives last up to three times longer than their incandescent counterparts. Says Eric Johnstone, Vice President of Marketing and Field Services at Ambit Energy, “Replacing your incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives offers an easy way to cut down your home […]

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A Quick Trick for Picking Lipstick

Here’s an easy way to gauge what works for your skin tone, says New York City–based makeup artist Melissa Silver: Rather than swatch colors on your hand, dab on a fingertip and hold it up to your lip. When in doubt, it’s better to buy a shade that seems slightly too bright, because you can always blend it or blot […]

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How to Refresh Your Bangs

Bangs can be so conspicuous when they’re misbehaving. To keep yours from hanging limply over your forehead, Michael Dueñas, a New York City hairstylist for the Schwarzkopf Professional brand, recommends putting down the hairbrush.

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Expert Tips for Coloring Your Hair at Home

Today I went to an unusual press event at the Sally Hershberger Salon in downtown Manhattan—unusual in that we spent the whole time talking about home hair color (which salon colorists are usually loathe to recommend because it can cut into their business). Anyway, I picked a few tips about how to apply it better when doing a root touch-up […]

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A Pretty Bouquet With a Pinecone

Reader Victoria M. tagged Real Simple in this lovely photo on Instagram, while she was reading the December 2013 issue. Love the festive touch that the pinecone gives the bouquet. Another idea for a pinecone—a place card holder, seen here: Get more stylish holiday decorating ideas.

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Free Shipping Day 2013

Last-minute shoppers take note: This Wednesday, December 18, hundreds of retailers–including popular outlets like Toys “R” Us, J. Crew, and Sephora–will ship your goods free of charge with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

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This Season’s Most Coveted Gift

Believe it or not, a recent study reveals that gift cards are this season’s favorite gift to give and receive.

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How to Make a Too-Big Ring Fit Your Finger

Have a beautiful ring you adore, but can’t wear because it’s too big? If you don’t want to pay to get the ring resized (or simply don’t have the time), follow these tricks from celebrity stylist Kimmy Erin: • Cut a small piece of moleskin ($5, walgreens.com) that is the width of the ring. (Hint: The longer it is, the […]

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