Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Using Highlighters

Applying highlighters properly can both draw attention to your features and downplay those you don't like. Use a little over the eyes for a "wide-awake" look, or around the cheek for contours and to emphasize the cheekbones.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Vitamin C Before Bed?

If you take a vitamin C supplement, make sure to take it earlier in the day. Taking vitamin c late at night can actually contribute to sleeplessness.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bad Breath from Coffee

Bad breath can be caused by a lot of things ... including, unfortunately for those of you who rely on it, coffee! If you find you have "coffee breath," switching to decaf won't help. Just try to cut back, or make sure to use breath-freshening products as often as possible.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Coloring Your Hair

Don't wash your hair immediately before applying color. Your hair needs that natural oil to protect your scalp from the dye, and it also helps the hair shaft absorb the color more easily.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Quick Trick for Oily Hair

So you washed your hair this morning, but it's already feeling oily again? Get out those oil-blotting strips you use on your face and give your scalp a quick once-over.

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 -- 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.

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