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  • 4 Ways to Instantly Relieve Stress

    Who doesn't want to spend an afternoon (or a weekend!) getting pampered at a posh spa? But indulging in a day of decadence at the hands of a pro can be expensive. Luckily, it's actually possible to re-create the experience - from the relaxing ambiance to the impressive results - at home. Try one of these tips from the spa pros the next time you need an instant stress fix.

    Related: 12 At-Home Spa Secrets: Things You Can Do With Him in Your Own Bathroom

    Spa Secret #1: Clear Your Sinuses

    It might sound gross, but it's true! Congested sinuses can create a lot of stress, due to built-up facial tension and resulting headaches (damn allergies!). To get some relief, make like a professional facialist and place two fingertips on the bridge of your nose, then slowly slide them down onto your cheekbones and to the outside of your eyes. Repeat a few times until your face feels relaxed.

    -Margaret Lora, spa director at Spa Merge in NYC

    Related: 9 Foods That Reduce Your Stress Level


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  • Three Ways to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer

    Your hair color should be your prized jewel. It takes a lot of time and effort to get the perfect hue and once you achieve it, you want it to stay that way. Take a look at three different ways you can protect your shade from fading and how to make a comeback from color damage from Real Beauty expert Joel Warren, of Warren-Tricomi Salon.

    Related: Get Out of Hair Hell

    Help! Whenever I spend a lot of time in the pool, my blonde hair picks up this weird green hue and I look like Swamp Thing. Is there a way to prevent or fix this?

    Use a product such as Warren-Tricomi Organic Hair Shield that creates a barrier against harmful agents to prevent hair from absorbing the metals in the pool water. Before jumping in, saturate your hair in fresh water. This will act as a natural barrier from chlorine. If you don't have fresh water, you can spray on a leave-in conditioner.

    Related: Tips for Changing Your Hair Color

    Help! How can I prevent my hair color from fading in the sun?

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  • How to Improve Your Confidence and Your Sex Life

    Sex is like a company's social media strategy: it looks easy to do, but there are a lot of facets to maintain and to keep the gears rolling. We sat down with Dame Lori, a pleasure expert, to learn about boosting your confidence in the bedroom and getting you and your partner back on the intimacy track.

    Q: I have a hard time enjoying sex because I'm so worried about what my body looks like. What can I do to feel less self-conscious?

    A: For starters, silence the all-too-familiar "I hate my body" soundtrack that's playing in your head. Instead, figure out what makes you feel desirable despite the cellulite (that only you can see) on your thighs. The answer lies in switching your attention from your so-called flaws to your pleasure portals. My number one antidote is to tap into your "turn on" and get to self-pleasuring. Start with a full-length mirror to view your body, crank up some hot dance music, and tell your reflection what a total hottie she is (seriously, do it!). A

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  • 5 Simple Ways to Conserve Your Makeup

    For those of us who use it, makeup can add up to be a substantial part of our budgets. Here are five tips to conserve your cosmetics and save a few bucks.

    A Frugal Foundation Trick

    Natalie DeStefano, makeup artist at the Rita Hazan Salon in NYC, recommends wetting your makeup sponge slightly before you dip it into your foundation. The dampness will cause the sponge to absorb less product, thus leaving more in the bottle.

    Squeeze More Swipes

    Get a few more uses out of an almost-gone mascara by standing it in a glass of warm water or heating it up with a hair dryer.

    Save Your Mascara Wand
    Wash it thoroughly and use it to tame unruly eyebrow hairs or to separate and de-clump lashes. Oftentimes, great mascara application comes from the brush. If you aren't too keen on a newly purchased formula, use the wand from your tried-and-true to see if it makes a difference.

    Use a Lip Brush
    Slathering on your lipstick may cause you to overapply, which you'll only blot off onto a napkin. Use a lip

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  • 5 Products You Won't Want to Travel Without

    Summer is winding down fast, which means that there's only a few weeks left to get away before fall schedules pick up again. If you're flying to your destination, that most likely means checking your suitcase-and paying for it. Avoid overpacking with these travel-savvy beauty tips to keep your liquid load 3 fluid ounces and under.

    Pack Products That Multitask
    "Prep your cosmetics bag with easy-to-apply, multitasking makeup," says Jillian Dempsey, Avon Global Creative Color Director and Hollywood Makeup Artist. "My Professional Multi Pencil ($8), has a creamy lip/cheek color and a highlighting eyeshadow all in a dual-ended pencil. The fact that you can get a complete look with one product makes this the perfect traveling companion."

    "I pack an inexpensive shampoo like VO5 that lathers well enough to double as a shaving cream," says Real Beauty associate editor Colleen Moody. "And if I leave my favorite fragrance behind, I dab my deodorant on my wrists to get the same effect. Dove

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  • What to Think About Before Getting Cosmetic Surgery

    If you're thinking about going under the knife, you've probably been mulling over the decision longer than you would if you changed your hair color, and rightfully so. Cosmetic surgery is a big decision and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. If you're thinking about getting some work done, make sure you've thought - and have asked these questions from our cosmetic surgeon expert Dr. Robert M. Schwarcz, M.D. Take this list to your doc to make sure you've checked everything off.

    Related: Cosmetic Surgery Gone Wrong

    Q: How does a patient avoid telltale signs of cosmetic surgery such as changed eyelid shape, scars around ears after a face-lift, pinched nose, and a surprised look?

    A: A good surgeon should be able to avoid any telltale signs. My philosophy is that cosmetic surgery should never drastically change the patient's appearance. It should enhance his or her features and look natural. Before undergoing the procedure, ask the doctor to show close-up pictures of his or her patients

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  • Your Workout Wonders — Answered

    Working out can be a daunting task. Especially if you're a newbie, it can be intimidating to lace up your sneaks and hit the pavement with the pros. So we went straight to our fitness expert Sara Haley to ask the questions you've been dying to ask, but are too afraid to admit.

    Q: When I wear my running shoes to kickboxing class, I always leave with blisters. Should I change up my footwear for a group workout class?

    A: Definitely. A cross-training shoe is best for kickboxing and many other group fitness classes. Try my favorite, Reebok's DMX Ride Sculpt Fresh.

    Related: How to Make Every Workout Move Count More

    Q: I'm just starting to try to find the time to exercise on my lunch hour. What cardio workout tends to blast the most calories?

    A: Stop thinking about what you're doing and instead focus on how hard you are doing it! You can run for hours at a light to moderate intensity and not burn nearly the amount of calories you might in a 45-minute cycling class or run on the treadmill

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  • How to Get Rid Of (and Hide) Split Ends

    Myth: Split ends can be reversed.
    Fiction. Unfortunately, once split ends happen, the only way to get rid of them is by getting a haircut. The good news is that the right hair products can definitely make them less noticeable, and there are a few tricks for hiding them when you can't get to a salon (or you can't stand to get a trim right now).

    Why do I have split ends? And how do I get rid of them?

    Split ends are a result of wear and tear on the hair and of overdrying and coloring, says NYC hairstylist DJ of the DJ Rubin Salon. Certain hair types, fine for example, are also particularly prone to splitting.

    You cannot mend split ends; the only way to get rid of them is to have them snipped off above the split. For women who are wary of cutting their hair short, DJ recommends getting tiny trims every four weeks, and following with deep-conditioning treatments (to keep strands supple and flexible). This type of maintenance routine should ensure that splits don't crop up at all.


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  • Are Beauty Products Going on Steroids?

    Let us clarify - we don't actually mean that your favorite products are about to injected with a dose of steroids to give you a jacked up makeup makeover equivalent to The Jersey Shore's The Situation, but lately it does seem that brands are making products to last longer, work harder, and do things more quickly. But is it too much? Check out the newest beauty products below and the competition they're bringing to the table.

    Rimmel's Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

    The latest foundation coverage from this British brand is promising not to budge off your face for 25 hours, even though there are only 24 hours in a day. It has a transfer-resistant formula and won't move so much so that you won't even have to wash your face the entire day. This sounds great, but shouldn't you want to wash your face after a day of wearing your foundation. And if so, will it come off, or is it sticking true to its 25 hour promise?

    Related: Has Your Makeup Expired?

    Conair's BaByliss Pro Voltare


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  • 4 Ponytails to Beat the Humidity

    Summer might be wrapping up, but not before we get one last wave of humidity in the air to remind us that our frizzy days aren't out of sight quite yet. The easiest way to stand up to frizz? A ponytail. Take a look at these ponytails to try before summer's over if you're sick of your classic pull back.

    The Mermaid Ponytail

    The best thing about this style is that you don't have to mess with your blow-dryer to get it. The more naturally wavy your hair is, the better. Use a brush to smooth damp hair back and secure it at eye level. Scrunch a soft-hold gel into the length of the tail to bring out your hair's natural texture.

    Related: Watch: Summer Hair Makeovers

    The Wrapped Ponytail

    This ponytail looks more difficult to achieve than it really is. To get a sleek look, pull your hair up with an elastic into a high ponytail, leaving a back section free. Take the loose string of hair (about one-inch) and wrap it around the elastic, covering it completely. Pin down the ends underneath the

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