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Health and Beauty Tip -- Long Nails

Not only are long nails "out," they're also inconvenient! If you're on a computer on a regular basis, you're likely to break your nails as you type. Short, rounded nails look best, and are much more comfortable when you work or type.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoid Backaches

If you're prone to backaches, especially in the morning, try sleeping on your back with your knees raised on a pillow. If this is uncomfortable, sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Moisturizer Before Bedtime

If your favorite moisturizer has SPF protection, buy a different kind to use at bedtime. Your skin doesn't need the extra ingredients at night.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cut Back on Coffee

How much is too much? Any more than four cups of caffeinated coffee each day can lead to bladder irritation. The same amount of caffeine in chocolate, caffeinated tea, or cola can do the same thing, so watch your intake!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bob Haircuts Are "In"!

Bobs look great on just about anyone -- blunt, short ends at the chin complement the shape of most faces. If you have a round face, though, ask your stylist for other options; cuts that end at the chin can make your face appear rounder.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Two Conditioners

If you have curly hair and are prone to frizz, keep two conditioners on hand. Use a heavy one every time you wash your hair, and a deep one to use once a week. Frizzy hair can never be overconditioned!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Green Tea Tonic

For a refreshing trick that's also good for your skin, mix two tablespoons green tea with half a cup of water. Sweep the mixture over your face with a cotton ball and let it evaporate -- you don't need to wash it off.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Alternative to Toner

If you're not satisfied with your toner, or want to try something different, use lemon juice instead. Its natural disinfecting and cleaning properties are popular with models, and is a refreshing alternative to other toners. Make sure you don't have any lemon or citrus allergies first.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Stained Fingernails

If your fingers and nails are stained from nicotine or dark nail polish, use a toothbrush and whitening toothpaste to scrub the stains away.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Color or Highlight?

Women with shorter hair tend to look better with a full color job than with highlights. Medium to long hair looks wonderful with highlights, especially if your hair is also long around the face.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cover Roots Quickly

If you need to cover your roots and don't have time to dye, use eyeshadow! Spray on a little hairspray, then pat a little eyeshadow along your visible hairline. Gold works best with blonde, and brown works best for dark hair or for covering gray.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Look Thinner in Photos

The way you pose can affect how you look in pictures! To make yourself look thinner, turn a bit sideways with one foot in front of the other, put your shoulders back and your chest out. Not only does it look good in photos -- it's also good posture!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Not Used to Makeup?

If you're new to (or bad at) applying makeup, start with your lipstick. The color and brightness will be a good gauge as to how much you should make up your eyes and cheeks. Remember, never draw attention to more than one part of your face at a time!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Lipstick as Blush

Lipstick can be used as a long-lasting blush, provided you apply it lightly and sparingly. Lipstick has a much darker pigment, and a little goes a long way.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Applying Concealer

When applying concealer under your eyes, pat, don't rub. You'll use less and get more out of what you do use.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Soft Feet

The tough skin on your feet benefits from the heavy moisturizing properties of lanolin. Whether you apply it during the day or under socks before you go to sleep, you'll notice softer skin on your feet in no time!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Great Hair at 40

If you're over 40, try a shoulder-length, layered haircut. Short hair and blunt cuts aren't as flattering. No matter what cut you go with, don't overstyle. Less is more -- keep it natural-looking.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Sunscreen vs. Sunblock

What's the difference? Sunscreen absorbs UV rays and scatters them, while sunblock reflects them entirely. Sometimes sunscreens with SPF numbers of 15 or higher are advertised as sunblock -- but sunblock doesn't need an SPF number, as it reflects all rays. If you burn easily, go with sunblock; if you want a tan, buy sunscreen and make sure ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Shower Gel

Believe it or not, those popular bath and shower gels can dry out your skin! You're better off using a simple moisturizing bar soap. If you still want to use body wash, check the ingredients and find something that doesn't contain sodium laurel sulfate -- that's what gives gels their negative effects.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Stop Frizzy Hair

If you've got a problem with frizzy hair -- especially if your hair is naturally curly -- limit use of any heated styling tools (including blowdryers) to 2-3 times a week. Let your hair air-dry for the rest of the week.

 

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