Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Mineral for Greasy Hair

If you have oily hair, use a shampoo that contains zinc. It's okay to condition if you feel you need it -- just don't use it on your roots and scalp.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoid Static Cling

To fight off static cling, keep a dryer sheet in your purse and rub it on the underside of your skirt or pantyhose.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Quick Cover for Bad Color

Don't have time to get rid of that bad dye job? In the meantime, draw attention away from the color with a wide headband that covers your roots -- getting your hair away from your face lessens the effect of bad color.

Health and Beauty Tip -- The Right Blonde

Looking at going blonde? There's a lot to consider when picking your shade -- like the undertones of your skin. Avoid "matching" colors. For example, if you have yellow undertones, avoid deep golds; if you have pinkish undertones, strawberry shades aren't for you. If you're going it alone, don't try to go more than a couple shades lighter ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Where to Spend Your Money

When it comes to lipstick, eyeshadow, or powder, go ahead and spend a little more -- these makeup mainstays warrant the extra money. Spend your money there instead of on eyeliner, lip gloss, or fancy mascara.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Washing Your Face at the End of the Day

If you wear makeup, take the time to wash your face twice at night: once to clean off the makeup, and again to cleanse your skin properly. Be gentle, though, and don't overscrub!

Health and Beauty Tip -- The Right Shoes for Looking Slim

Round-toed shoes can make legs look stumpy by breaking the "line" of your leg. Wear shoes with pointed toes -- heels or flats, it doesn't matter -- to create the impression of a longer line (and thus, a longer, slimmer leg).

Health and Beauty Tip -- Before Applying Concealer

Make sure to use moisturizer before you apply concealer. Concealer can settle into fine lines on dry skin.

Health and Beauty Tip -- When to Discard Makeup Sponges

If your makeup sponge has started to shred at the edges, smell odd, or lose its original shape, it's time to replace it. Washing them regularly with plain soap and allowing them to air-dry helps them last longer, but they should still be replaced on a regular basis.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Getting Rid of Deodorant Streaks

Tired of those white streaks you get from your deodorant after putting on your shirt? Wipe it away with a cotton sock. Other fabrics work in a pinch, but the weave of a cotton sock does it best. Whatever you do, don't use water -- it only gives the appearance of getting rid of the stain, which will come back later.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoiding Stains on Nails

Before applying and kind of self-tanner, rub Vaseline on your cuticles and nails. This will keep the tanner from staining them.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Antibacterial Soap

Bacteria-killing soaps may seem like a good idea, but they can dry out your skin. Unless you're in an environment where you're in danger of picking up and spreading germs, avoid antibacterial and deodorant soaps.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Nail Polish That Lasts

The type of nail polish you use, as well as how you apply it, can determine how long it will last. Shimmery colors tend to last longer, as the small particles of sparkle help the polish cling to your nails. Also, don't lay the polish on too thick. Rather that two thick coats, try three or four thin ones. They'll last longer and dry more ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- When to Apply Blush

As a rule, you should apply blush before powder, but find what works best for you. Some makeup artists like to use blush before foundation for a more natural-looking glow. Always use a full brush, rather than the small one that comes in your compact.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Overplucked Eyebrows

Your eyebrows will grow back eventually, but if you've overplucked, fill in the bare spots with brow pencil as close to your shade as possible. Be sure to set it with eyebrow gel so it doesn't smudge, and use light strokes for a natural look.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Applying Eyeliner

Always start applying eyeliner from the outer corner of the eye, and stop two-thirds of the way in. Hold the skin of your upper lid taut, and draw the liner into your lash line rather than above it. For a smokier look, smudge with a cotton swab after you've applied it.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Foods That Lower Blood Pressure

Want an easy way to lower your blood pressure? Add a few new ingredients to your salads. Tomatoes, or dried beans like kidney and garbanzo, lower blood pressure naturally, as do bananas or peaches in your morning breakfast cereal.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Using an Eyelash Curler

Never curl your eyelashes while wearing mascara! Make sure your lashes are clean before you start. Heat the curler with a blow dryer for five seconds. After checking to make sure it's not too hot, clamp it at the very base of the roots and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side -- you don't need to curl your bottom lashes.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Safe Manicures and Pedicures

If you go to get your nails done, keep a few things in mind. Firstly, bring your own tools with you, and beware of sharp tools at the salon. Make sure the salon uses proper disinfectant (many only use UV sterilizers, which do not kill all bacteria). And finally -- if the manicure or pedicure hurts, tell the technician right away. A good ...Read more

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