Forget taking a trip to a florist for a fabulous arrangement. You only need to go as far as your local grocery store. Simply walk down the produce aisle, fill your basket with vegetables, fruits and flowers, and you have the makings of a stunning centerpiece. Then follow our step-by-step instructions for creating unique, eye-catching floral designs.
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Get perfect-looking skin
- Go for a subtle glow. Apply foundation with a dampened sponge - it'll give you a sheer, natural finish that's nongreasy, light, and lasting.
- Make your face look slimmer. Strategic highlighting and contouring will make you seem svelter, especially in photos. How: Along the sides of your nose, blend (well!) a smidge of base or bronzer (in a shade darker than your skin). Then highlight the narrowest part (the bridge) with a shimmer cream, to draw the eye there.
- Don't powder your nose. Stop shine with blotting paper. (Layering on too much powder can cause it to settle into fine lines and exaggerate them.)
Make the most of your lips
- Do a Pre-Lipstick Priming. Apply a little concealer around your mouth and just a touch in the middle of your bottom lip, then add color. Your lips will look more shapely, and your lipstick will last longer.
- Turn Thin Lips Into Fuller Ones. To create the illusion of plumpness, apply a
Are you a revealer, who puts things on display? Or a concealer, who hides it all away? No matter your organizing method, TV's Nate Berkus can fix those clutter-prone zonesRead More »from Nate Berkus's Room Organizing Tips
Nate BerkusIn the Office
"Everyone wants more storage," says home guru Berkus, whose Nate Berkus Show is in its second season. But how you achieve it is up to you - and your organizing preferences. The priorities in your home's workspace: keeping files, etc., from piling up and making sure supplies are ready to grab. Here, two ways to deal:
1 | A memo board (a fabric-wrapped foam core in a thrift-store frame) tames to-do's, invites, and more. "If it doesn't fit here, out it goes," explains Berkus.
2 | Mounting a DIY shelf - this beauty's made of reclaimed wood and vintage brackets - frees up the desktop and corrals essentials.
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3 | A clear acrylic sorter (Russell+Hazel) paired with can't-miss-me folders (Paper Source) keeps key files in view.
4 | Woven bins (The Container Store) won't
Most of us overpay or underpay...and neither is good. Here's why, and what to do about itRead More »from Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?
By Carmen Wong Ulrich
No more tax trauma!Every April, like clockwork, folks say to me through gigantic grins, "Oh, I'm so excited! I'm going to get the biggest refund check this year!" And every year, I meet those smiles with a furrowed brow and some serious concerns about how those people are managing their money.
Believe me, I'm not a fan of bursting bubbles (or erasing grins), but getting a fat tax-refund check is not a money-savvy move. Yet the number of refund recipients is about 75% of tax filers - way too high!
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Now, of course I'm not suggesting you should err in the opposite direction and wind up owing the IRS big-time come spring. My goal is to help you get as close as possible to breaking even, so your money is working for you year-round. Here's how to find that nice middle ground.
NO MORE "HOORAY FOR REFUNDS!"
Here's why most people are such fans of that big money-back
The new crop of lipsticks, blushes, and more comes with rock-bottom price tags and hard-to-beat performance
By Jessica FoxRead More »from 4 Oscar Movie-Inspired Menus
Oscar night menusWhether or not you're planning on throwing an Oscar party this Sunday, cook up a meal in honor of your Best Picture pick. Here are our nominees:
For fans of The Descendants, a Hawaiian luau:
Oven-Barbecued Hawaiian Chicken
Cool Blue Hawaiian cocktail
Shrimp and Pineapple Stir-Fry
Soy-Honey Pork with Sweet Potatoes
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In honor of The Help, some down home Southern cooking:
Glazed Ham with Apricots
Classic Fried Chicken
Dark Chocolate Walnut Caramel Pie
Pimento Studded Deviled Eggs
Collard Greens with Bacon and Cider Vinegar
Baked Black-Eyed Peas
Rooting for Moneyball? Best eats from the ballpark?
Mini Corn Dogs with Honey-Mustard Sauce
Grilled Sausages with Mix & Match Toppings
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Chomping at the bit for War Horse to win the prize? Have a farmhouse feast:
Peppered Honey Turnips
Roasted Potatoes & Rutabaga
Crispy Roasted Goose with Orange Sauce
Your favorite A.M. beverageBy Rachel Meltzer Warren, M.S., R.D.
Coffee or tea - take your pick. New research shows that both deliver unexpected health pluses. A 2011 Harvard study, for example, found that female coffee drinkers who averaged four cups a day cut their risk of endometrial cancer 25% and, with more than three cups of caffeinated java, lowered their odds of basal-cell carcinoma 20%. Tea, too, contains cancer-fighting antioxidants. The beverages may also be mood boosters, with coffee linked to a decreased risk of depression and tea to less anxiety. To get the most from your morning mug:
1. GO FOR THE HIGH-OCTANE (IF YOU CAN)Read More »from 4 Ways to Boost the Health Benefits of Caffeine
The health bonuses haven't been found as consistently in decaf versions of coffee and tea. But since regular coffee can pack as much as 200 mg of caffeine per eight-ounce cup (depending on the bean and the way it's brewed) and tea can go up to 60 mg per cup, stick with decaf if you have a GI issue like irritable bowel syndrome or acid reflux. Ditto if you suffer
V-Day Beauty Tips
1. Create a Glow
For a lit-from-within radiance, apply a liquid highlighter under your foundation. "The combo lets just enough shimmer through for a natural-looking glow," says Cory Bishop, Temptu makeup artist. We like the dual-purpose Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight ($32, Sephora).
2. Deepen Your Blush
Re-create a first-date flush by using a cheek color that's one shade darker than your everyday hue. "Blush should be more dramatic for evening, especially if you'll be in a dimly lit place," says Bishop. If your go-to shade is a rosy pink, try MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Dollymix ($19.50, MAC stores).
3. Color in the Lines
Give tired eyes a lift at the end of a long day with a plum or green liner, says Bishop. Try Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer in Purple Passion or Olive Suede ($6, Target). "Their blue undertones make the whites of your eyes pop so you look fresh andRead More »from 5 Best Valentine's Day Beauty Tips
By Cortney PellettieriRead More »from Kelly: Live & Uncensored
Kelly RipaShe's said bye-bye to Regis, hello to being mom of a teen, and "Not now" to getaways with her husband. Here, Kelly Ripa tells how she powers through her days, what keeps her so slim - and the one question that keeps her up at night.
What she misses about Regis: His funny stories. He's a great storyteller. There was always something going wrong in his life, and that was always very funny. Nobody has luck that bad.
On parenting with husband Mark Consuelos: He's more apt to dole out discipline, but my punishments are real. I'll take away my son's iPod if he's fresh. When we're traveling, Mark will say, "If you don't stop, I'm going to have the pilot turn this plane around." I'll whisper to him, "They know you can't do that. The airline isn't going to turn this plane around because you're punishing the kids. You need to come up with something real."
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On her sleeping habits: I typically go to bed at 1:00 A.M. Then I wake up around
By Jennifer SweenieRead More »from 10 Cooking Tips from Restaurant Chefs
Learn secrets from top chefsThere's an expression used to define what goes on behind-the-scenes in a restaurant kitchen-"choreographed chaos". An efficient kitchen staff operates quickly, quietly, and keeps up with the dance. To accomplish this, chefs have many tricks to produce a quality, tasty dish with minimal mess and high efficiency. Below is a list of some of their secrets that will benefit any home cook:
1. Mise en place
This might be the most important tip of all. "Mise en place" is French for "everything in place". What it means to a chef? Before you cook have everything measured, peeled, chopped, pans greased, etc. and within reach. This will keep you from running around looking for the dried basil while your sauce is on the brink of burning.
2. A sharp knife is essential
Sharpen it on a regular basis and hone in between sharpening. Dull knives are dangerous and make cutting much more difficult.
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3. Taste as you go
You should know what