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An Easy Way to Streamline Your Skin Care

If you’re confused about the best way to layer your skin care products—think serum, moisturizer, and foundation (or is it moisturizer, foundation, and then serum)—you’ll be happy to know that in the equation, the most important aspect is probably saving your sanity. Miami-based dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo suggests mixing your products in your palm and applying as one, or as she […]

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Quick Swaps for Cuticle Cream

The secret weapon to strong nails is moisturized cuticles—if you remember to apply cuticle cream or oil along with your hand lotion after every hand washing, you’re that much more likely to prevent brittle and broken nails. Even better: You don’t need a fancy cream handy when you’re in a pinch. According to Skyy Hadley, a celebrity manicurist and the […]

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How To Remove A Tag From A Scarf

Many scarves come with permanent-seeming labels that frustratingly manage to show or face out no matter which way you tie them. While leaving the label on is a bit of a matter of preference (many people opt to keep them on if the scarf is designer or if the label includes washing instructions), if a visible tag is driving you […]

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Do You Really Have to Dry Clean That?

Let’s face it: Taking clothes to the dry cleaner is expensive and inconvenient. I’d wager the majority of us have taken a look at that “dry-clean” label and wondered, ‘what would happen if I were to handwash this blouse instead?” I’m happy to be the bearer of good news: In some cases, you can.

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Never Hang Pearls

A pristine pearl necklace is a timeless way to add sophistication to any outfit. The only downside: One snap, and you can say goodbye to your accessory. To make your pearl necklaces last, never hang them. “This weakens the silk threads that hold the necklace together,” says Helena Krodel of the Jewelry Information Center, in New York City. Instead, try […]

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Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?

Over half of women complain about pain in their breasts when exercising (and not just fuller-figured women!), says Fresh Pair bra fit expert Bobbie Smith. Are you one of them?

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A Quick Way to Combat Dry Skin

With colder weather on the forefront, dry skin is almost inevitable—but here’s a trick to at least soften the blow: Go easy on the soap. By all means, suds up where you need it most, but those who suffer from dry or sensitive skin don’t need to use soap all over the body. According to Roger Ceilley, a clinical professor […]

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How to Peel and Slice a Butternut Squash

It’s butternut squash season—and for soup and salad lovers, that’s very good news. Peeling and trimming this roly-poly winter squash may seem daunting, but that’s no reason to resort to the precut version (which spoils quickly). Just follow these steps… and use a very sharp knife. STEP 1: Using a chef’s knife or serrated knife, cut ½ inch off each end […]

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How to Apply Shimmery Eye Shadow

Shimmer shadow is far less fetching when it collects under your eyes. To get it to stay in place, apply the sparkly stuff only with fingertips, never a brush. While a brush flicks pigment all over the place,  the oil from your fingers helps pigments stay on your skin. As for which shimmer to use: For goofproof glam, choose two […]

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When to Buy a New Pillow

Laying your head on your pillow each night should be an exercise in comfort and serenity—not a guaranteed way to wake up with a neck cramp. Here’s a quick test to see if it’s time for a new one: Fold your pillow in half, squeezing out the air. If it doesn’t spring back to shape, you’re overdue for a new […]

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