• By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    I think it's happened to the best of us: A new line of foundation catches our eye, the salesperson is friendly and convincing, and you go home with some new makeup. It looked great on you at the counter, but the next morning, before work, you find yourself colorful and splotchy in the mirror.

    Consider that your past. Here are some tips to help you get the correct shade of foundation every time.

    Start with three shades

    First, choose three foundation shades that you think are closest to your foundation shade. Then swipe each shade on your jawline. There is a common misconception that you can swatch for your foundation shade on your wrist. This is an incorrect way to match for your shade because your wrist is generally lighter than your face. Then after you have applied the foundation shades to your jawline look to see which one disappears into your skin tone; that is the correct shade for you.

    Check in sunlight

    Now even though the color might

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  • By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Cosmetics are not meant to last forever, and using them beyond their shelf life can lead to breakouts and eye infections. Longevity varies among different products, but items like mascaras and lip glosses should be thrown out every few months. I know it might seem like throwing out money, but would you eat cheese that's been expired for month? Let alone put on your face something that has been expired for a year?

    Here's the scoop.

    I know many women who have been using the same mascara for years. Their reasoning is that it still works, so why throw it out?

    The reason to throw out your mascara when it expires is because it's the one item you are putting directly near your eyes, and the bacteria built up in the mascara wand can give you an eye infection. The general rule is that mascara expires three months after you first open the tube. However, most makeup companies claim that their mascara expires in six months.

    They way to tell is to

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  • By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Regularly cleaning your makeup brushes will help prevent breakouts and make the application process easier and more-refined. Cleaning them is easy, and you'll only need household products. Follow these steps and you'll be shine-free:

    Start by wetting the brush hair with slightly warm water. You don't want the water to be hot because it can ruin the brush hairs. Make sure to only wet the bristles of the brush and not the ferrule holding the hairs into the handle of the brush. Getting water into the ferrule will dissolve the adhesives and ruin your brush

    Next, grab a dab of shampoo and massage it into the bristles. Rinse and repeat the process until the water runs clear. The last step is to lay the brushes flat on a paper towel. Never allow the brushes to dry upright in a container as the leftover water will seep into the ferrule and un-glue it.

    It takes around 12 hours for the bristles to dry completely, so it's best to do this process at night.

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  • By Barbara Reich
    Author of Secrets of an Organized Mom

    For children, the whole concept of Halloween seems too good to be true. They get to wear a costume, knock on strangers' doors, and ask them for free candy. Then they pretty much eat as much candy as their heart desires for an entire night. But for a parent, Halloween can be downright scary.

    Your pre-schooler changes his mind four times about his costume, your tween wants to trick or treat with friends (and no parent), and your teenager's costume seems to be exposing an awful lot of skin. You haven't even started thinking about the costume you're wearing to your friend's annual Monster Mash. How can you enjoy the holiday while making sure it's fun? Here's sweet relief in the form of Halloween-helping tips.

    Take out your Halloween decorations two to three weeks before the holiday. If you've gone to the trouble of buying and storing the decorations, enjoy them for a few weeks as excitement for the holiday builds.

    If you're going

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  • Image courtesy of ShutterstockIt all started with a Facebook message.

    Ah, so romantic in a 2013 way, I suppose, but truth is I had met Jackson, of course that's not his actual name, a couple years prior when we were both semi-happily dating other people. We had taught at the same school but at opposite ends of the building, and had only spoken once in the line for bagels at a faculty meeting.

    "The students are cray but at least the bagels are decent," I had said in my awkward attempt to strike up a conversation with the well-dressed, attractive guy who I had heard was teaching 7 th grade History before starting law school. (Awww.) He smiled, poured me a cup of coffee and that was it. I was intrigued but we were both in relationships and well, love is blindness.

    Fast forward two years, and we found ourselves unattached and looking for tickets to see The Lumineers while they're playing at, shock, our favorite venue. I had put out a mass "Please someone give me tickets and I'll love you forever," thus the Facebook

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  • Image courtesy of ShutterstockOh, to be in school! To have no obligations aside from learning and improving yourself. To actively feel your mind expand and your experiences multiply. It's a dream, is it not? Well… most of the time it is. But what about those times when you find yourself alone, eating a cold grilled cheese sandwich in the school theater? Or what about the time you realize that in the class portrait, which is the FIRST page of the yearbook, you are seated in such a way that everyone can see directly up your skirt?* Those times can be devastating. I hope these tips can help you, dear reader, as you embark upon this school year.

    7. Be kinder than you think you actually are.

    If your normal self would make fun of Alastair for saying that his favorite music is Mozart (what a loser - ZING), your first day of school self should keep this type of criticism to herself. You never know when someone is going to make fun of your love of dinosaurs or ancient Egypt. We're all little weirdos. Plus, Mozart is

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  • Vanessa Lawrence

    Emma Watson Looks Towards the Future The actress showed a simple white dress doesn't have to be boring.

    Emma WatsonEmma Watson

    Who: W's June/July cover star Emma Watson

    Where: The New York premiere of Gravity.

    When: October 1st.

    What: An ivory silk gazaar dress (fresh off the spring 2014 runway) and off-white embroidered minaudiere, both by J. Mendel; patent metallic Manolo Blahnik for J. Mendel booties.

    Why: Watson adds a futuristic touch to an otherwise classic ensemble in honor of this outer space film.

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  • By Erin Phraner, Refinery29

    . Pumpkin-Parmesan Risotto
    Serves: 4

    2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    3 tbsp unsalted butter
    2 medium shallots, finely chopped
    1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    2/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
    1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus shaved Parmesan for serving (optional)
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

    Combine the chicken broth and one cup water in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high until steaming, two to three minutes.

    Melt two tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook three minutes or until soft. Add the rice and cook, stirring, one minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until mostly evaporated, about two minutes. Stir in one teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

    Add 1/2 cup hot broth to the rice; cook, stirring, until almost absorbed. Continue adding broth in 1/2 cup increments, allowing it

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  • A small flower arrangement on the nightstand is a nice touch for overnight guests.Hosting guests in your home is one of the loveliest simple pleasures we can enjoy in our busy lives. For some inspiration you can incorporate into your own guest room, think of the charming bed and breakfast inns or perfect country house hotels you've encountered. Your personality will shine through in those thoughtful little touches which make such a charming difference to the comfort of your guests. Here are five of the best.

    Bath amenities
    Bring home those small shampoo, conditioner, body cream amenities from one of your recent hotel stays. Add some cotton balls and swabs, a shower cap, perhaps, a new toothbrush still in its wrapper. Just place the items in a basket or on a plate beside fresh towels on the bathroom counter for guests who may have forgotten their own. Leave a hair dryer out as well. How practical (and at no cost to you)!

    Room tray
    Prior to your guests' arrival, prepare a hand written welcome note to insert in an envelope left on a tray. Add a bottle of both sparkling

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