If you feel like your skin is too oily and you need toner, apply it to the T-zone, then rinse it off. Leaving it can make your skin too dry. Every three days or so, you can also use a clay mask to absorb excess oil.
Never use a rubber band as a tie-back -- it can break or split hair. Instead, keep fabric-covered elastic bands or scrunchies handy. Brushing too hard when it's wet can also break hair, so towel-dry it lightly first, then use a wide-toothed comb to detangle before pulling out the brush.
Sometimes you just forget to wear rubber gloves when you clean around the house. Don't! Cleaning agents can be very harsh on hands, and especially nails. Your nails actually swell up a bit when exposed to water for long periods of time, and then shrink up when they dry. This combined with harsh cleaning agents can lead to brittle nails.
Your eyebrows add strength and definition to your face -- so make sure to look after them! Use slant-edge tweezers when plucking, and work in the direction of the growth. When applying make-up, define your eyebrows with a shade as close to your natural hair color as possible. And if they still need neatening, use hair gel!
Increasing your metabolism helps you burn fat more quickly. Believe it or not, carbs actually help on a diet because they give your body the energy it needs to burn off calories. Don't skip breakfast, and when you sit down to eat, opt for hot meals to speed up your metabolism while you eat. And, of course, make sure you get plenty of exercise...Read more
You can still control what you eat when you go out to dinner. Drink a glass of skim milk before you leave home to curb your appetite a bit, and have a healthy meal in mind before you get there -- knowing what you want will ensure that you avoid looking at the menu and being tempted. Ask for oil and vinegar or the house vinaigrette on your ...Read more
Don't obsess over weight -- pick something such as waist measurement or dress size to chart your progress. A great way to do this is to pick two outfits: one that fits perfectly at the start of your diet, and one that's too tight. Try them both on every four weeks to get a real feel for how you're doing.
Dying for some chocolate? You might just need magnesium! Many women are deficient in magnesium, which is found in chocolate. Instead of a candy bar, try a supplement. If you still find yourself wanting chocolate and knowing you shouldn't have any, eat a banana instead -- it's been known to satisfy cravings.
Healthy food doesn't mean no flavor! Here are a few simple tips for keeping good taste in your food:
* Boil rice in a mix of half water, half fruit juice, rather than butter and salt.
* Seasoned rice vinegar on salads tastes like oil and vinegar, but is fat-free.
* Use nutmeg or other seasonings instead of salt -- be creative!
* Don't skimp...Read more
If you're trying to eat healthier or lose weight, remember that how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Avoid eating anywhere except the dinner table, and don't work while you eat -- this helps you concentrate on what and how much you're eating. How quickly you eat is also a factor; if all else fails, try eating with ...Read more
Skirts that are especially short or especially long tend to be unflattering on taller women. Rather than tucking in shirts and blouses, wear them over skirts or pants. Wide belts are very flattering, but tight ones shuld be avoided.
Slim lines and narrow belts are very flattering to petite women. Soft, flowy fabrics are also a plus, so long as they fit well. Try to avoid overpowering prints -- they should be subtle.
No matter what people say, the season's fashions are not what's important -- after all, they don't look flattering on everyone. Instead of sweating over being trendy, dress in styles that express your personality and flatter your figure. Even the newest fashions can look tacky if they don't fit properly.
Got a loose button on a jacket but don't have time to sew it back on just yet? Use a dab of clear nail polish on the threads to hold it in place ... until you can find your sewing kit, that is.
If you find black slacks or skirts that you like, buy an extra pair. Black fades quickly, but having an extra will keep your favorite clothes from wearing out too quickly.
Storing your bras incorrectly may cause the underwires to poke out after just a few wearings. To keep them from getting twisted, store your bras on a hook in your closet, rather than in a dresser drawer.
When bringing out clothes that have been in storage for awhile, try using lightly-scented water when ironing. Add some to your iron and, using the steam setting, brush it gently over your clothing. Lavendar water is a good one to use, but try any subtle scent you like.
Make your legs look longer and slimmer by matching your hose as closely as possibly to your skirt and shoes. For two-toned shoes, wear a neutral color, or try to match the lightest color in the shoes -- never wear hose darker than this!
If you want to look taller and slimmer, try wearing one color from head to toe. Not only does it work on everybody, but it's also trendy among fashion designers!
For most people, a shoulder-length cut makes the face appear slimmer -- avoid hair that is too long or too short. Use layers instead of straight lines to give your hair more body, and consider highlights in vertical sweeps. Of course, it's always best to ask your stylist's opinion!