more about: beauty

How to Lighten Hair That’s Been Dyed Too Dark

If you enthusiastically jumped into the role of at-home colorist, but ended up with a botched dye job, don’t panic. In some cases, hair that’s been dyed too dark can be fixed with a single product everyone should have handy: dish soap.

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Nominate Someone Beautiful

Is there a beautiful woman in your life between the ages of 20-59 who deserves a moment in the spotlight? People magazine is currently running the third annual “Search for Real Beauty at Every Age” campaign, looking for a real woman to be featured in the 25th anniversary of the “100 Most Beautiful” special double issue, which hits newsstands April 27. […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil

As much as I consider myself to be up on the latest beauty trends, I was sadly behind on the whole coconut oil craze (in fact, I first heard about it in the comments section of a blog entry I posted weeks ago—thank you, Real Simple readers!). Anyway, now it’s become one of those things; once you know it exists, […]

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Imagine If Proust Had Known About Jean Naté

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the March 2014 issue of Real Simple.] I mean, maybe I’ve never had a really, really good madeleine, but I find them a bit, shall we say, subtle. How that delicate taste could evoke such a strong reaction in Marcel Proust is beyond me. Or maybe it just substantiates why he […]

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Truth In Beauty: A Take on the Oscars

As I sit in my office typing this, my mother Estela, age 70, is sitting with me. She stopped by for a visit and we started discussing—what else?—Oscars beauty. My take is that there was a certain sameness, and safeness, about most people’s beauty and fashion choices. Mom agrees. A lot of nude makeup looks (Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Julia […]

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Pack This, Not That

When you’re traveling by plane, particularly if you’d prefer not to check a bag, pack samples of cosmetics and prescription creams (ask your doctor for these) instead of toting the full-size versions.

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18 Fashion and Makeup Mistakes That Age You from Health.com

A great outfit or a new makeup palette can give you a renewed sense of confidence and make you feel fabulous. But are your latest style choices making you look older than you are? I honestly never thought about the fact that a certain shade of lipstick could draw unwanted attention to laugh lines. Or that spending my shopping budget […]

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An Affordable Luxury

I think I speak for all of us when I say that, were money not an issue, I’d probably indulge in pampering beauty treatments and products more often. That’s why I’m sharing these adorable hand creams from Molton Brown with you: they’re $15 each (for 40 ml), perfectly sized for your purse, and (if you’re like me) way more luxurious […]

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How to Make Hair Grow Faster

If you want long, shiny locks, consider this: Protein and Iron in your diet directly affect the health of your hair, says Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist in Vallejo, California.

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DIY Nail Art

I’m new to the world of nail art (especially because, if you follow me on our blog, I’m still trying to curb my nail-biting habit, which means I don’t have much of a canvas to work on). But I recently attended Nail Art Boot Camp, with the amazingly smart and talented Jan Arnold, founder of Creative Nail Design. In the […]

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