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A Surprising Way to Get Soft Lips

The Real Simple community is no stranger to new uses. We’ve got new and clever ways to use everything from outdoor items to zippered plastic bags, but here’s one we haven’t heard before: eye cream as a lip gloss.

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How to Easily Untangle Jewelry

We all have one. Maybe it’s hidden in the back of a drawer of buried at the bottom of your jewelry box, but you know what I’m talking about: that tangled heap of jewelry that gives you a headache just looking at it.

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How to Cover Premature Gray Hair

Have stray grays to cover but not ready for allover color?

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An Exfoliating DIY Mask for All Skin Types

Last week, I had the honor and privilege of getting a facial at Just Be, (justbeskinline.com), from owner Negin Niknejad. Often, a professional facial consists of many white clinical-looking bottles and high-tech machinery; they’re all wonderful, but they don’t add up to an experience that can easily be replicated at home. Not so, Negin’s Papaya mask, which was one part […]

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An Easy Way to Book a Beauty Appointment On-the-Go

It’s usually not my policy to blog about something unless it is nationally available. But I’ll break with form for Priv, an on-demand beauty services provider, because it’s just such a good idea that the world needs to know about it. Plus, the company is expanding…and will hopefully be available wherever you are soon. But I digress. The concept is simple […]

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Take our Tress Test

Have a good head on your shoulders? Brush up on your hair-care expertise with these questions. For answers, scroll below the scissors. 1. What’s the best strategy for applying a hair product? (a) Start at the ends of the hair and work your way upward to the crown. (b) Start at the crown and work your way down to the […]

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How to Get Rid of Nail Polish

Even “eco-friendly” nail polishes (the ones labeled 3-FREE or 5-FREE) aren’t safe for the environment, says Enesta Jones, a spokesperson for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So, ideally, you should bring all your polishes to a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility. While you’re there you can also unload everything from hair dye to paint cans and pesticides. To find a […]

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How to Make a Manicure Last Longer

Gel nails are the latest in manicure trends because they last an impressive two or even three weeks. That said, they’re not for everyone. If you prefer a “classic” manicure, try these tips from Deborah Lippmann, creator of the Deborah Lippmann nail-care line. (Hint: Patience is your friend.) • Polish needs a smooth surface for the longest-lasting results, so gently […]

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Overcome a Bad Hair Day

Can limp locks, frizz, or other symptoms of a bad hair day affect more than just your style factor? According to an online survey by StyleSeat, an app and website that helps you find and book beauty appointments, 91 percent of women surveyed said having a good hair day makes them feel more confident. Even more reason to tame your tresses? Approximately 19 percent of women surveyed said they’re more productive at work when they experience a good hair day. Another 18 percent are nicer to others.

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New Uses for a Mascara Wand

Here at Real Simple, we’re very fond of New Uses for Old Things. And why not? New Uses for Old Things are ingenious solutions that quite often save you money, too. So you can imagine my thrill over seeing the humble mascara wand used in myriad ways over the last few weeks. Mind you, I’m talking about a clean mascara […]

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