Spending too much money on holiday gifts? A DIY present is a great way to give something cool without going broke. Katie Brown stopped by "Daily Shot" to inspire others to get in the spirit of a handmade holiday.
For your favorite foodie, create flavored sugar for a fun way to sweeten up lemonade or tea. Katie squeezed the juice from a bag of frozen raspberries, strained the juice, and mixed with sugar from her cupboard to create the sweet gift. She suggests packaging the flavored sugar in glass gars with a fairy on top, coining the concoction "sugar from the sugar plum fairy."
She suggests getting creative with containers for a handmade touch. Packaging mixed nuts in fabric bag labeled "Nuts For You" makes a cute, easy holiday favor.
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When the temperature drops, our hair can take a serious beating. Style maven Gretta Monahan says most people notice a big difference in their locks in the winter months. "The dew point is lower, so your hair isn't getting that natural moisture from the air," she says. "You're also drying your hair more on average. Even your conditioners and shampoos don't absorb as readily."
So how can we keep our hair looking shiny and healthy despite the cold? Gretta has a few essential tips.
DO condition more frequently, or try using a hair mask to lock in moisture. "If your hair's really brittle, look for key ingredients like soy proteins, panthenol, or shea butter," Gretta says.
DO try to go a day without washing to help reduce dryness. If you feel as if you must shampoo daily, try a dry shampoo.
DO use dryer sheets. If you get frustrated with flyaways after wearing a winter hat, a dryer sheet tames unruly strands and adds a little shine.
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If a guy under 5-foot-8 goes shopping for pants at the mall, chances are he'll have to buy a pair with a 30-inch inseam. That's as short as it gets in the men's clothing industry, but it's still too long for a lot of guys, making their legs look baggy. That's why Peter Manning, founder of Peter Manning Five Eight, created a line of classic sportswear for shorter guys — who he says make up 25 percent of the market.
So many guys have been making do with oversize clothes that they may not realize how their clothes should fit. So Peter came by to tell us about some common fashion mistakes shorter guys make — and the easiest ways to fix them.
First, ditch the baggy, oversize clothes. "It's a disaster," Peter says of the biggest fashion mistake men make. "One of the other things that a man shouldn't do is wear a shirt out that's longer than his rump."
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Steve Van Aperen has worked on more than 50 serial-killer investigations as a behavioral interviewer, and trains people across the globe in detecting deception. He says there are three surefire ways to tell if someone is lying.
The first thing to look for is, "Are they answering the question, or are they deliberately being evasive or dismissive?" Steve says, "A truthful person will give a clear-cut direct answer," while a deceptive person will object, saying something like "Why would I do that?"
The second red flag: Deceptive people will talk in different tenses. "Deceptive people jump between past tense and present tense," Steve explains, using the case of Susan Smith, who was convicted of murder. "She said 'I loved my children,'" Steve points out. "Loved is past tense. It's very uncharacteristic for a mother to give up hope so soon after a disappearance."
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Every week on "Saturday Night Live," Kate McKinnon cracks up audiences with her impressions of Chelsea Handler's Swedish doppelganger, Penélope Cruz, and other celebs, but one of her most recognizable is that of comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
When her on-point impression earned her a guest spot on Ellen's show, Kate says she was excited and terrified to meet the host backstage. "I thought that I would be so bizarre that they would have to drag me off, and I think I bordered on that," Kate says. "I wanted to be able to talk to her as a woman, but all I could say was, 'God, I love you, Ellen. I love you so much.'"
Before Kate hit it big on "SNL," she had a few jobs that just weren't the right fit — including one stint as a telemarketer. "It was the job for which I am the least cut out in this world," she says. "I couldn't sell crack to a crack person."
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