Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Doing Your Part ...

... in your hair, that is. If you have a long or oval face, a side part works best -- line it up with arch in your eybrow. Round or square faces can be made to appear longer with a middle part, and prominent foreheads or chins appear smaller with a part that's just slightly off-center. Make sure to part your hair while it's wet, so it dries ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Do You Have Bad Breath?

Blowing into your hands to check your breath doesn't really do any good. Try this: lick the back of your hand and let it dry. Provided you haven't used any heavily-scented soap, this will let you know exactly how your breath smells.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Perfume Samples

Don't throw away the perfume strips from magazines. Find one you think you might like, and put it in your purse. You'll have a chance to find out if you like the perfume, and it's also an easy way to give your purse a nice scent.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Coloring Your Hair During Pregnancy

A lot of pregnant women worry about getting their hair colored, but medical experts agree it's safe after the first trimester. Use highlights rather than full color, though, as it's best to keep as few chemicals from touching your skin as possible.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Squeaky-Clean

If you like that "squeaky clean" feeling you get after you wash your face, you might want to rethink your washing regimen. That feeling isn't clean skin, but dry skin. Your skin should feel soft, not dry and tight, or else you may be dehydrating your skin.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Using Old Lipstick

Ended up with a shade of lipstick you don't like? Don't throw it away -- blend it with one of your favorites. Blending several shades of lipstick is very trendy right now, especially when you layer matte and shimmering colors. It's also a great way to find a custom shade that suits you.

Health and Beauty Tip -- How to Clean Makeup Tools

Make sure your makeup brushes and tools are always clean -- it ensures maximum performance and reduces the likeliness of blemishes. First, hold them under warm, running water (soaking them may loosen the glue that holds them together). Using the soap of your choice, lather them up and rub gently to remove makeup and dirt. Rinse out all the ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Perfume for Others' Health

You may love your favorite perfume or cologne, but take co-workers and friends into account! Others may not share your taste, and some people are genuinely allergic to perfume -- it can bring on headaches and asthma attacks in some people. Use perfume sparingly. Not only will your friends thank you, but just about any scent is better when ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Take Care of Your Hands

To counteract the rough treatment your hands get every day, scrub them with a facial exfoliater once a week.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Higher Cheekbones

Use a facial powder four shades darker than your natural skin tone and apply just under the cheekbones to make them appear higher.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Narrower Nose

To make your nose look narrower, brush a bit of dark matte blush or bronzing powder on either side.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Winter Body Scrub

Take care of your dry hands, feet, and elbows with a homemade body scrub. Mix 1/2 cup Epsom salts, one tablespoon olive or canola oil, and a few drops of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juice. Apply to dry patches of skin, rub in a circular motion, and rinse it off.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Pedicures

Do something special for yourself today and give yourself a pedicure! Remove your old nail polish completely (make sure to get around the edges). Trim your toenails straight across with clean nail clippers, and file them the way you want them with an emery board. Soak your feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes, and then (if you like) push your ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Ponytails

If you wear your hair in a ponytail or bun, it's very likely you pull it back very tightly. This isn't flattering -- not only could it make you look too strict, but you could also get a bad headache! Leave some hair slack, or even loose, when pulling it back.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoiding Dry Lips

If you suffer from chapped lips, make sure to apply lip balm before you go to bed every night, whether or not you feel like you need it. During the day, use a moisturizing lipstick.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bring Out Blue Eyes

Red and brown tones in eyeshadow help blue eyes stand out even more. For added effect, apply a very thin line of copper shadow or liner just below your bottom eyelashes.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Keep the Green Out

If you're concerned about chlorine turning it green, squeeze a lemon into your regular shampoo and wash your hair beforehand. This is especially effective for blonde hair!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Getting Rid of a Blemish

If you have a particularly large pimple that you can't seem to get rid of, put a piece of tape on it overnight. This can help draw out the fluid and bacteria, making it easier to treat the next day.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Make Your Own Toothpaste

For a quick homemade toothpaste, mix together baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, table salt, and a tiny bit of your regular toothpaste. Then just use it as you would your regular toothpaste.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Natural Teeth Whitening

Strawberries can actually whiten your teeth! They contain natural teeth whitening agents, and those annoying little seeds are good for scrubbing. You can rub the strawberry against your teeth, or mash it up and use it like toothpaste. But because of all the sugar and acid that's also in them, make sure to brush right afterwards!


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