By Brittany Irvine, Beauty High
Image via IstockDuring summer, our skin is constantly exposed and among concerns of sunscreen and sunburn is the universal issue of cellulite. Although it can at times seem like a strenuous task, taking care of your skin is a must. About 90 percent of women have cellulite, and though it's not 100 percent preventable, there are plenty of ways to lessen the damage.
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Caused by hormones, diet, genetics and even general lifestyle choices, cellulite is when fat deposits become evident underneath the skin, giving off a lumpy or uneven skin texture. Although there are three different stages of cellulite, we only tend to recognize it when it is visible. Other than a healthy diet and regular exercise, there are a few different ways and products to prevent and treat cellulite all year round. Below are eight tips and tricks for preventing and treating cellulite.
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Today's show is in honor of Talia, the incredible 13-year-old makeup artist who inspired us all. Here are a few of the moments we'd like to remember her by. Everyone at the Ellen DeGeneres Show continues to send their love and support to her family.
Plant some of these beauties for great garden color, even in shade.
Perfect perennial border
Feathery, plumelike flowers have an airy quality; they come in shades of pink, salmon, lavender, red, and white above fernlike foliage.Tangled up in blue
A mainstay of shaded perennial borders, they're also great beside garden pools, along shaded paths, and in pots. Give them moist, rich soil.
Zones 1-7, 14-17; short-lived in 8, 9, 14-24. (Not sure of your zone? Check it here.)
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Amethyst flower (Browallia hybrids)
If you love blue flowers, this annual is a must. Amethyst flower has star-shaped blooms of brilliant blue and sky blue, as well as violet and white; they nearly cover the 1- to 2-foot-tall plants.Every color but blue
Put them in hanging baskets or containers, then make them really happy by displaying them in a location that gets warm shade or filtered sunlight. Leaves are small, roundish, and green.
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Email can be a huge source of time-wasting clutter. These rules from organizing guru Barbara Reich will help you stay on top of it more efficiently. From her book, Secrets of an Organized Mom.Read More »from How to Waste Less Time on Email
Most of us spend a large percentage of our time on the computer either writing or responding to emails. Email is a huge source of clutter (and time-wasting) in our lives. Here are my rules for more orderly emailing:
• Consolidate your accounts. If possible, have all of your personal email accounts come into the same program.
• Answer your emails daily, and open each only once. In your personal life, you can get away with checking email once a day-first thing in the morning or at the end of the day, whatever works for you. In truth, if you have a smartphone, you're likely checking email all day. Either way, the key to staying on top of correspondence is to make a decision and respond. Then there are only three options once you've responded: Delete the email, put it in an email folder, or print
It's a sad day at The Ellen DeGeneres show. This morning, we lost a friend. Talia Joy Castellano was an inspiring young makeup artist with a lot of talent and a lot of heart. She inspired everyone at the show, and many, many more. Our hearts are with her family. We love you, Talia.
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Bring the beach home with you by adding shoreside flair
Personalize the look
For this vacation house, project designer Jesse Moyer of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design looked far beyond the expected fancy showrooms. Many of the furnishings were custom-designed by the firm, vintage, or handmade. The key is the mix: In the dining room, a hand-blown glass chandelier shines above a reclaimed teak table. In the living room, a custom-made sectional couch sits beside an old boat reinvented for lounging. "We wanted it to feel lived in and personal," says Jesse. "There's no point in hiring an interior designer and having them go to one showroom," adds Jessica. "You can do that yourself." Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, Portland (jhinteriordesign.com). Chandelier by Ochre, ochre.net.Turquoise accessories
Blend the palettes
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- Tips on Healthy Living | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 9:10 AM EDT
Translated from Vonnadorian by Matt Haig
Author of The Humans
If you are ever unfortunate enough to find yourself on the mediocre planet known to its inhabitants as Earth, then I recommend that you fall in love. Love is just about the only thing that makes life on Earth bearable for more than, say, fifteen minutes.
Here are some ways to make a human fall in love with you.
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2. Be incredibly rich. See point 1.
3. Be incredibly famous. See points 1 and 2.
4. Sing songs in the key of G. This seems to work.
5. Take a human to a restaurant, and buy them food, and listen to them talk about themselves for at least three hours.
6. Act like you care.
7. Don't yodel. Yodeling generally doesn't help.
8. Generally, on Earth, quadratic equations and vertex configuration does not have the same erotic effect as it does on Vonnadoria.
By Elizabeth Dunn
Co-author of Happy Money
Now that the average American wedding costs almost $30,000, some of my friends swear that when they get engaged, they'll just tie the knot at a courthouse and spend the money on a down payment for a house. As someone who's usually careful with money, I think this sounds sensible. But as a happiness researcher, I'm not so sure.
Surprisingly, research suggests that owning a home has almost no impact on happiness. Instead, it turns out that people typically get more happiness from buying experiences than from buying material things. And a wedding can be one of life's great experiences. Of course, it's easy to get sucked in to spending lots of money on wedding expenses that won't make any difference for your happiness. Drawing on two decades of scientific research, here are a few tips for squeezing the most happiness out of every dollar you spend on your wedding.
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Sugar is the New Crack | Totalbeauty.comAre you addicted to sugar? A new study found that eating high-glycemic foods (think: white bread, potatoes, and corn syrup) can trigger cravings and tweak the parts of your brain linked to addiction, according to a research team led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center.Read More »from Sugar: End Your Addiction with These Swaps
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So, let's take a look at sugar substitutes with a lower-glycemic index. No, we're not talking about Splenda -- there are plenty of sugar substitutes derived from plants. These low-glycemic sweeteners aren't necessarily lower in calories (although some have zero), what's important is the type of calorie when you're consuming carbs. Just like you might trade white bread in for whole grain, think about swapping out the over-processed, empty calorie high-glycemic sweeteners for the low-glycemic and less-processed counterparts.
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Coconut Palm Sugar
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Bethenny loves a trip to the beach. Here are her summer must-haves for relaxing by the water… or getting some exercise with a walk in the sand.
Remember: Sunblock is not optional! A study just found that using sunscreen daily can prevent skin aging. Go for SPF 30 for both you and your babies. Bethenny's dermatologist says anything higher than that has a extra chemicals but no extra protection.
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