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  • New Beauty Uses for Pantry Items

    Look no further than your kitchen for all-natural, DIY beauty aids.

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    New Uses for Things in the Bathroom

    Cooking New Uses for Old Things

    Spring Cleaning New Uses

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  • 8 Smart Cleaning Techniques

    Frances JanischFrances JanischIf you want to do the big jobs less often, it's time to go small-and smart. 6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

    By Stephanie Sisco

    When it comes to cleaning, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of scrubbing. Real Simple grilled industry pros Margaret Dasso, a co-owner of the Clean Sweep Housekeeping Agency; Laura Dellutri, the author of Speed Cleaning 101; Charles Gerba, ph.D., a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, in Tucson; and Cheryl Sousan, the founder of the lifestyle blog, for eight home-maintenance tweaks that will save you time and energy.

    The Toaster Oven

    More of this: Protecting the base with a nonstick liner.

    Less of that: Dismantling the unit every time you clean it or going through wads and wads of tinfoil.

    A nonstick liner made for a full-size oven can be trimmed to accommodate its little cousin. Remove the drip tray to use as a size guide, cut down a liner with scissors, and place on the bottom of the

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  • How to Meditate

    Follow these five-minute mediation techniques for a clear, calm mind.

    By Sharon Liao woman on chair meditating

    The Routine

    We know, we know. You're too wound up to meditate. You don't have time. It's not your thing. But before you roll your eyes and get on with addressing those 500 holiday cards, consider this: A study published this past June in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience reported that the practice can reduce anxiety levels by up to 22 percent. Research has also suggested that meditating can actually form new and permanent neural connections in the brain.

    "Meditation trains your mind to focus on the moment instead of worrying about what occurred in the past or what could happen in the future," says Janet Nima Taylor, an American Buddhist nun in Kansas City, Missouri, and the author of Meditation for Non-meditators. The amazing thing? All you need is five minutes a day. "Anyone can do it, and the more consistent you are, the easier it will become," says Taylor, who devised the routine

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  • Five-minute Beauty Tips

    Girl with orange lipstickQuick pro makeup tricks involve little effort but pay off in big "wow!" results.
    Our Best Beauty Secrets and Tips

    By Petra Guglielmetti

    Orange Lips

    Every bit as glamorous as red, but not nearly as serious, this punchy citrus shade has become summer's ultimate pick. These lipsticks suit all complexions; for the highest impact, choose the shiniest finish. Balance the strong lip color with sophisticated eye makeup (loads of mascara and a neutral shadow) and a peachy blush.

    For high shine: black|Up lipstick in RAL18, $22,

    For a creamy lipstick: Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Fruity Orange, $30, (Shown on model.)

    For a matte look: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Coral Seduction, $10,

    Pastel Eyes

    Easter-egg shades are springing up all over, including on lids. Think the look will send you back to 1985? Fear not-today's eye-shadow formulas are sheer, shimmery, and more wearable than

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  • How to Find the Best Red Lipstick

    Elinor CarucciElinor CarucciWhether it's your signature look or a special-occasion thing, at some point red lipstick, in all its gorgeous glory, will likely grace your mouth.
    Our Best Beauty Secrets and Tips

    By Didi Gluck

    Well, Red
    Let's start with: Red lipstick is a stone-cold classic, say makeup artists (and most mere mortals). Among women who wear lipstick regularly-that would be 71 percent of us, according to a survey by Elizabeth Arden-fully one-third sport crimson (and that number more than doubles over the holidays, reports Birchbox). However, these lipstick-wearers admit that when it comes to finding their perfect shade, red is the trickiest one to ace.

    Fortunately, singling out your best scarlet just got a whole lot easier. Click through for tips on how to choose shades, everything from brick to cranberry, with skin-tone-specific color suggestions and-here's where things really get simple-universally wearable hues. (Don't believe there is such a thing? All three of our models

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  • Unique Gifts for Kids

    By Nicole Sforza and Valerie Rains

    One-of-a-kind ideas from our 2013 gift guide that will delight the little ones on your list.

    Gifts for Kids

    Gift-giving can be quite stressful when you've got Santa to compete with. We've rounded up 10 surprising finds for your favorite members of the underage crew.

  • 15-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    No matter what meat (or fish or fowl) headlines your holiday meal, any one of these 15-minute Thanksgiving sides will play a brilliant supporting role.

  • Quick and Clever Halloween Costume Ideas

    By Allison Chesky Skip the costume-in-a-bag: Invest in an item you can use even after October 31.

  • Skin-Care Facts and Myths

    Jens MortensenRumor has it that chocolate causes acne and Botox prevents wrinkles. But is any of it factually accurate? Doctors weigh in-no sugarcoating allowed. Our Best Beauty Secrets and Tips

    By Janet Carlson

    Skin-care misconceptions, fallacies, and flat-out wishful thinking are as plentiful as cleansers in a drugstore. Some are long-held beliefs passed down for generations, such as the notion that squeaky-clean is a virtue. Others are convincing for their grounding in "modern technology." But with help from doctors (and years of research), the truth has at last been separated from the…eh, not so much. The Best Mascaras

    Rumor: Squeaky-Clean Skin Is, Well, Squeaky-Clean

    Reality: Overzealous face washing, whether more than twice a day or with products that leave your skin as tight as a drum, can actually cause damage, says Cheryl Karcher, a dermatologist in New York City. "The water-cleanser combo can strip skin of its natural oils and compromise

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  • How to Stop Robocalls

    Papercut.frIf your ears are ringing from pesky automated calls hawking everything from low-interest loans to vinyl siding, here's how to get some peace and quiet.

    By Jennifer King Lindley

    Is Deb from "cardholder services" calling you with a prerecorded message about an amazing offer-again? Join the club. In 2012 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fielded 2.26 million complaints about robocalls, those automated, computer-dialed phone calls that are a recurring annoyance of modern life. Sophisticated technology now allows companies to blast out thousands of calls a minute, cheaply, to people all over the country. That's a lot of interrupted dinners. But you aren't helpless. You just need to find out who is calling and the steps you can take to make them go away.

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    Who's Calling: Legitimate Businesses

    Companies are legally allowed to send robocalls to your landline as long as the calls are strictly informational:

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