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Is Your Nail Polish Expired?

Notice your nail color isn’t as shiny and bright as it used to be? There’s a good chance that your polish is expired, which can happen over time. If a simple shake of your nail polish doesn’t solve discoloration and color separation, it’s probably time to toss the bottle. Says John McCook, a cosmetics chemist and the CEO of Discovery […]

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Don’t Throw Away the Cheese Rind!

After you finish a wedge of hard grating cheese–like Parmesan or pecorino–freeze the rind to use in soups, stews, tomato sauce, and other dishes.

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Do You Have Combination Skin?


You may have noticed how many beauty brands have started labeling products “for combination skin.” So what does that mean, and how do you know if those products are right for you? Unless your face is constantly shiny or perpetually parched, chances are you have combination skin, says Real Simple Beauty Assistant Jenny Jin. One quick way to test if […]

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How to Safely Shop Online

If you’re planning to skip the Black Friday lines and take advantage of Cyber Monday discounts instead, Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, suggests going through this checklist before clicking “buy” to keep your personal information safe.

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A Bar Staple That Helps Fight Bloating

The holiday season typically means travelling, dry weather, and lots of eating and drinking—all which lead to bloating and indigestion. Fortunately, you can try a quick fix that you may already have on hand in, of all places, your liquor cabinet: Angostura Bitters ($12, amazon.com). Jasmina Aganovic, an MIT-trained chemist and the CEO of Bona Clara, an all natural skincare […]

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An Easy Way to Find a Good Pet Sitter

As if travelling for the holidays isn’t stressful enough, being separated from your pets can be difficult. To give yourself (and your furry friends) a peace of mind before choosing a sitter, schedule a meet-and-greet before you go away. Find a day and a time that works for you and your potential sitter, making sure your pet is present—this could […]

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How to Avoid an Awkward Social Moment

Dreading an upcoming social obligation because of a personal life change (like a recent separation)? Take this advice from Don Gabor, a communications coach based in Brooklyn: Prepare stock answers for awkward questions. While there’s a good chance that people will stay away from subjects that may be sore, rehearsing answers to questions you hope aren’t asked will make you […]

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Don’t Put These Items In Your Garbage Disposal

That turkey dinner sure is delicious, but–let’s face it–there’s nothing fun about the clean-up. Before you stuff all the fixings down the drain and tackle those dirty dishes, remember that plumbers are generally inundated with emergency calls the day after Thanksgiving. To keep the plumber out of your kitchen on Black Friday, the experts at HomeAdvisor recommend tossing these items instead of putting them down the sink:

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Do Your Pants Wear Out Between the Thighs?

If your pants quickly develop holes at the thigh area (even though they fit perfect fine), you are definitely not alone—nor are you destined to wear through every pair of slacks you own. Instead, look for pants with less than 4 percent of stretchy material, like spandex. A firm fabric holds you in better and doesn’t pull, with means a […]

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Make Ice Now for Thanksgiving

With Turkey Day just three days away, take a few minutes now to start making ice for your big feast. That way, when guests start arriving, you’ll have one less thing to stress about. To store the ice, simply store cubes in plastic baggies in the freezer. For big ice cubes (which are perfect for cocktails), consider using your muffin […]

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