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 -- 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!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Shopping Tips

When you're going out to look for new clothes, make sure you dress properly: loose-fitting clothes will make trying on outfits much easier. Also, be aware that not all dressing room mirrors are accurate -- some are altered in a way to make you look slimmer! Be sure to check the outfits in your own mirror before you pull off those tags. And, ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Choosing Jeans

If you're looking for a new pair of jeans but aren't happy with your figure, go with a darker color. Dark blue, indigo, or black jeans are slimming, as are angled back pockets. Don't buy jeans with no pockets at all!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Powder in the Heat

If it's hot and humid outside, make sure to use loose powder when you put on your makeup. Apply with a large cosmetics brush. This will set your foundation and make it less likely to run in the heat.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Keep Foundation Up-to-Date

You will most likely need new foundation every season, especially if you tend to (or like to) tan in warmer weather. Make sure to have a close look at your foundation and keep up with what matches each season.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Popular Hairstyles

Hair with "movement" is the popular thing -- fortunately, any length of hair is "in"! Get layered cuts and texturing to increase colume, and flip (but don't curl) ends over or under with a blow dryer or paddle brush. If you have hair that's shoulder-length or longer, uneven layers work best.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Easing a Cold

There's no cure for the common cold, but there are a few things you can do to ease the symptoms and get well more quickly. Keep a cup of warm water with table salt mixed in nearby at all times and, whenever you can, gargle with it. Make sure the water is warm, but not too hot, and that the salt remains mixed in. Doing this on a regular basis ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Filing Your Nails

Whether you're going for an in-home manicure or just want to clean up your nails, make sure you file correctly. Don't file your nails back and forth, as you may be accustomed to doing -- instead, file from side to side, in one direction. Also, make sure your nails are shaped into oval tips.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Taking Care of Longer Hair

If you're trying to grow your hair out, start using a wide-toothed comb on your hair while it's wet. Using brushes as your hair gets longer can lead to frizz and split ends.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Lemons for Your Face

Lemon juice, with its high acid level, can help remove age spots. Don't expect to see results right away -- it tends to take several weeks. If you prefer, you can try red onion instead.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bronzing Powder

In a pinch, you can use bronzing powder as a natural-looking blush. It can also reduce the noticability of a double chin.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Stylish Eyeshadow

Even if you're just doing simple makeup, ideally you should use three shades of eyeshadow. Use the darkest color on the lid, the lightest just below the brow bone, and fill the rest with the medium shade.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Don't Neglect Your Appearance

Even if you're staying home today and no one is going to see you, go through your regular hygiene routine. Skipping a day could be detrimental to your skin, hair, and teeth ... and keeping up will make you feel better, too.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Simple Blemish Safeguard

It's not surprising that just about anything near your face can affect how clear your skin is. Make sure to keep the mouthpiece of your phone clean, and don't chew on your writing utensils -- or, if you can't help it, wash those, too.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Clean Your Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes can build up with oil and bacteria with repeated use ... and if you're prone to acne, this can be especially disastrous! Clean your brushes and applicators at least once every two weeks. You'll be amazed how effective this is!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Storing Perfumes

Make sure all your perfumes and colognes are capped tightly and kept out of direct sunlight -- they don't have to be kept cold, but a cool, dark place helps it last longer. And don't save up several different perfumes for later. The scent will change over time. Use it when you get it!



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