Blog Posts by Oprah.com

  • 5 Packing Secrets from Travel Pros

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amber Kallor

    Follow these 5 expert tips to make the most of your makeup bag.

    1. Choose the compact car over the SUV of makeup bags: Finding things quickly in cosmetic pouches with lots of bells and whistles-like a vibrant pattern, silk lining or enough room for a family of four and your entire makeup wardrobe-can be a challenge. Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, who has carried his kit all over the world from Moscow to Los Angeles, suggests looking for something that's smaller than you think you need (to ensure everything inside stays snug and won't break from bouncing around), that's transparent (to locate the concealer that got lost in the shuffle) and that can be cleaned with soap and water (because spills happen). Try this cost-effective and TSA-approved Modella cosmetic case, $6 (Walmart.com for stores).


    RELATED: 9 Accessories That'll Never Go Out of Style


    2. Don't just dump:
    Compartmentalize your collection by separating makeup into different categories Read More »from 5 Packing Secrets from Travel Pros
  • 4 Game-Changing Beauty Shortcuts

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockFind the Right Shade of Blush

    Take a very brisk walk to the drugstore or department store. When you get there, look for a blush that matches your natural flush, says makeup artist Molly Stern. Here's where to start:

    If your skin is fair, pastels (like baby pinks and peaches) work best.

    If you have an olive complexion, try fuchsia and orangey tones.

    If your skin is dark, choose a coppery or golden shade.


    RELATED: Create the Effect of Perfect Bone Structure


    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockGet Rid of That Ponytail Crease

    You know the bend that's left in your hair when you take a ponytail out of its elastic? Here's a trick for getting rid of it, from Tommy Buckett, a stylist at New York City's Marie Robinson Salon. Lightly dab a little water on the bend. Part your hair down the middle from front to back and separate each section in half. Then, with the nozzle of your blow-dryer directed down over a flat brush, run the brush through each section from roots to ends. (If you have curly hair, let

    Read More »from 4 Game-Changing Beauty Shortcuts
  • 7 Creative Variations on Oatmeal

    Photo: Christopher BakerPhoto: Christopher BakerBy Kath Younger

    Begin with the steps below, then finish with one of the variations that follow.

    Oatmeal 101
    In a small pot over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk (cow's, soy, or almond), and a pinch of salt. Stir occasionally, until oats are thick, about 5 minutes. If indicated, stir in additional ingredients until warmed through, then pour into a bowl and add suggested toppings:

    RELATED: Dr. Oz's Longevity Grocery List

    Blackberry Pie Oatmeal
    Near the end of cooking, stir in 1/3 cup blackberries.
    Top with: 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, a few more blackberries, and 1 crushed graham cracker

    Pumpkin-Cottage Cheese Oatmeal
    Near the end of cooking, stir in 1/4 cup canned pumpkin and 1/4 cup cottage cheese.
    Top with: toasted sliced almonds and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

    RELATED: Diet Cheat Sheet: Healthy "Junk" Foods

    Chocolate-Coconut Oatmeal
    Near the end of cooking, stir in 1 teaspoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon shredded coconut.

    Read More »from 7 Creative Variations on Oatmeal
  • 5 Shortcuts to Simplify Your Life

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockFix Your Hair in 3 Minutes

    It's 5 p.m. at the office, you look as frazzled as you feel, and-surprise!-you (and your disheveled hair) are expected at a cocktail party starting in T minus 59 minutes.

    Pull yourself together by working a silicone-based styling balm from the midsection to the ends of your hair, says Jimmy Paul, a New York City stylist. (We love Bumble and bumble Defrizz, $25.) "It gets rid of any frizz and immediately adds shine and definition to your style," he says. (Fine-haired types, apply the balm only to your ends, since silicone tends to weigh hair down.)


    RELATED: 5 Simple Steps to a Gorgeous Party Look


    Finish Errands in a Flash

    Taking a left-hand turn on a busy two-way street can be a maddening time suck-minutes tick by as you sit, idling, with your blinker on. UPS drivers avoid this by taking right turns whenever possible. The company has developed a software program that maps out delivery routes using a majority of right turns-a

    Read More »from 5 Shortcuts to Simplify Your Life
  • 3 New Superfoods You Definitely Haven't Tried Before

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

    Jerusalem Artichokes

    Alternately known as sunchokes, these vegetables look nothing like the artichokes we're used to; they are actually tubers, which puts them in the same family as potatoes. They have double the fiber of spuds, though, and a whopping 400 times more thiamine (vitamin B1), which is important for muscle function, the functioning of the central nervous system, the metabolism of carbohydrates, and digestion. (These numbers and other nutritional information come from the USDA's National Agricultural Library.)


    RELATED: 8 Ways to Save Your Heart

    Also, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported last year that eating foods high in thiamine can help decrease the occurrence of PMS. You can cook Jerusalem artichokes the same way you'd make potatoes: roasted, sautéed, baked or boiled. Tricia Williams, a nutritionist with certificates in holistic nutrition and food therapy, and founder of the food and nutritional counseling service Food

    Read More »from 3 New Superfoods You Definitely Haven't Tried Before
  • 5-Minute Breakfasts that Taste like Dessert

    By Rachel Mount

    Twin sisters Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford love to blend smoothies for their families. "Smoothies can be sweet-tooth satisfiers, energy enhancers, cleansing on-the-go meal replacements, pick-me-up snacks, terrific kid-pleasing shakes, and even toddies for adults," they say. Here, they share three concoctions from their new book Super-Charged Smoothies (Chronicle). They're designed to make you smarter, leaner, and healthier-and taste delicious, as well!

    RELATED: Dr. Oz's Longevity Grocery List

    Photo: Recipe from Super-Charged SmoothiesPhoto: Recipe from Super-Charged SmoothiesBlueberry Brain Boost Smoothie
    Recent studies show that the powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries may improve cognitive function. Paired with walnuts, they make a blueberry smoothie that tops the antioxidant chart. The rich nuttiness of the walnuts complements the berries, and they may work a little magic on your memory. Word has it that walnuts contain essential fatty acids that support the development of brain cells and neurotransmitters,

    Read More »from 5-Minute Breakfasts that Taste like Dessert
  • Spring Break for Grown-Ups

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Leigh Newman

    The Southern Coast of Puerto Rico

    With a bunch of flights from the U.S. (and no need for a passport), Puerto Rico has to be one of the easiest places on earth for an American to escape to-an observation that has not gone unnoticed by the ready-to-rage 20-somethings who throng the beaches and big casino hotels surrounding the capital of San Juan. Kelly Regan, editorial director of Frommer's Travel Guides, suggests you instead check out the southern coast of the island-home to what she says are "the most beautiful and least crowded beaches, like Cana Gorda, where Puerto Ricans vacation in the summertime." Regan also recommends Ponce, a well-preserved 18th-century city that gives you the colonial flavor of San Juan without all the crowds.


    RELATED: Pick the Perfect Vacation Destination


    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockAmelia Island, Florida

    Still considered one of Florida's secret beaches, Amelia has managed, thankfully, to hang on to its old-fashioned vibe. (Think: carriage rides,

    Read More »from Spring Break for Grown-Ups
  • 3 Easy Ways to Stress-Proof Your Mornings

    Photo: David TsayPhoto: David TsayBy Monica Corcoran Harel

    NAME: Rachel Huff

    AGE: 42

    PROFESSION: Event coordinator at California State University Channel Islands

    FAMILY: Husband Forrest A. Huff, and two children: Andie, 10, and Grant, 6

    HOMETOWN: Camarillo, California

    RELATED: Organizing Secrets from a Manhattan Design Guru

    It's 6:50 a.m., and the Huff household is in chaos. While mom Rachel coaxes her towheaded son Grant to get off the family computer ("One more minute," he's been saying since 6:30), husband Forrest fries eggs and corned beef hash for daughter Andie, who isn't even out of bed. "I don't want to be that mom who's always yelling, 'Come on!'" says Rachel, still wearing her penguin pajamas and now packing lunch boxes between gulps of tea.

    Ideally, Rachel and the kids should be out the door by 7:15. Grant and Andie attend separate schools, which start at 7:45 and 8:30, respectively, and because there's no bus service in the area and her husband has to be at work earlier than she does, Mom is the

    Read More »from 3 Easy Ways to Stress-Proof Your Mornings
  • 5 Bucket-List Trips You Can Actually Afford

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockThe Pyramids

    Everybody wants to see the pyramids at Giza, but with the hefty cost of airfares (and political changes in Egypt), you might want to consider a swap for the equally inspiring Mayan pyramids, suggests Kelly Regan of Frommer's Travel Guides, particularly those on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. Rent a bungalow on the beaches of Tulum and tour the ruins. Then venture west to the famed El Castillo of Chichén Itzá or south to lesser-known Cobá, which Regan says is hidden within "a seemingly impenetrable jungle. It feels like discovering something no one has seen."


    RELATED: Exploring 10 Marvels of Our World




    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockParis

    The opera, the fountains, the croissants with slabs of dark, gooey chocolate inside-there's just no substitute for Paris. But the little-known secret about this world capital is that-unlike, say, London-there are plenty of affordable, lovely accommodation options. Skip a night at the famed George V and go for a smaller, family-run

    Read More »from 5 Bucket-List Trips You Can Actually Afford
  • The Decision-Making Diet: Simple Ways to Take Back Your Life

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Leigh Newman

    It's 11:23 a.m. Since waking up at 7 a.m. this morning, I've had these choices: feeding the kids crappy processed cereal or hot nutritious pancakes (cereal); wearing or not wearing the beautiful spring blouse with the poster-paint stain (wear); racing down the four flights of stairs and giving my husband a kiss goodbye or not racing down (raced); putting the baby in front of a DVD or just rescheduling the conference call from work (DVD); arranging a babysitter to take my kids to the afternoon birthday party of a neighbor's child or not arranging for one, taking the kids myself and making up my work tonight at 9 p.m. (arranged).

    RELATED: Three Get You Going Makeovers

    And those are only the choices I can remember. In our home, work and career lives, most of us are constantly deciding and then living with the resulting consequences, which inevitably leads to yet another round of options. The stress can be relentless. What if we pick wrong? How can we possibly contemplate

    Read More »from The Decision-Making Diet: Simple Ways to Take Back Your Life

Pagination

(898 Stories)