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  • A Purse that Charges Your Phone (And Still Looks Good)

    When your phone runs low, this purse can save the day.When your phone runs low, this purse can save the day.

    We've all been there: Your phone says it has 10% juice left and you're nowhere near an outlet.

    Whether I'm traveling, running errands, or even spending a night out on the town, I'm always worried that my phone's charge won't last. And while I've seen lots of products that can charge or extend the battery life -- from cases to clutches -- I've always found them to be too bulky or not stylish enough for my taste. So I was thrilled to learn of a new brand that mixes fashion and function. emPOWERED, which just launched on Tuesday, released its first style: the All-in-One bag.

    Related: Do You Really Need Insurance for Your Smartphone?

    Made with leather and sporting a simple silhouette, the bag has a built-in charger that can take your phone's battery from 0 to 100% and can power anything with a USB connection, like your iPhone, Android, Kindle, or camera. Plus, this bag has a versatile design: You can wear it as a purse with a long strap, carry as a clutch on date night, or tuck

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  • The 7 Germiest Spots at the Gym

    You're there to get healthy, but beware these places that will make you sick.You're there to get healthy, but beware these places that will make you sick.

    You've resolved to work out faithfully this year, and you got a gym membership to stay motivated. What you may not have bargained for: The risk of respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin infection-causing germs. No, that's not an excuse to be a couch potato. "Despite the fact that infections can be transmitted in gyms, they are generally places where people get more healthy," says Teresa Hauguel, Ph.D., program officer in NIAID's Influenza, SARS, and Related Viral Respiratory Diseases Section. "Most people have healthy immune protections and do fine."

    But you do need to take some precautions. Here are common places germs lurk -- and how to stay healthy.

    1. Dumbbells and other free weights
    "The biggest risk in gyms is all of the 'common touch surfaces' -- things we touch with our hands," says Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D, co-director of the Simmons Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community. Hand weights and barbells are among the most handled items in a health club, and

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  • How to Watch the Super Bowl on Your Phone

    These 3 smartphone apps will amplify your game-watching experience.These 3 smartphone apps will amplify your game-watching experience.

    Are you ready for some football?!

    Super Bowl 48 is this Sunday: the Seattle Seahawks versus the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. For diehard football fans, this will be the matchup of the league's best offense (Broncos with 37.9 points per game) against the league's best defense (Seahawks with 14.4 points allowed per game). For music fans, there are performances by opera diva Renee Fleming singing the natural anthem and Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing at half time. For the rest of us, there is anticipation for this years' commercials, which are estimated to cost companies an average of $4 million for every 30 seconds of play.

    Whatever you're excited for, here are a few mobile apps to help you stay up to date with all the latest happenings before, during, and after the game.

    Related: Say Goodbye to Beer, BBQ, and Buffalo Sauce Stains

    NFL Mobile: In anticipation for this year's game, the NFL released an update to its

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  • Tackle 5 Common Super Bowl Party Stains

    Minimize your after-party clean-up by tackling these stains fast.Minimize your after-party clean-up by tackling these stains fast.

    Cleaning will probably be the last thing on your mind this Sunday, but keep these tips handy in case you spill on your lucky jersey.

    1. Buffalo Wing Sauce
    Simply mix a little hand dishwashing soap with cool water and sponge the solution onto the stain with a white cloth. While continuing to watch the game, blot the stain until it disappears. Then sponge with cold water and let dry.

    Related: Spice Up Your Guac for Game Day

    2. Beer
    Spill beer on your Seahawks or Broncos jersey after your team scores a touchdown? Just grab an ice cube from the freezer or cooler and wrap it in a napkin or paper towel. Then press the "ice pack" onto the stain. Later, apply laundry stain remover to the area and wash as normal.

    3. BBQ Sauce
    Place a layer of paper towels over the stain. While working from the inside of the fabric, flush the stain with cold water to transfer some of the barbecue sauce to the towel. After the half-time show, pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent to

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  • 8 Love Lessons from Hollywood's Best Husbands

    Keep your marriage strong with these celeb secrets.Keep your marriage strong with these celeb secrets.

    We asked our favorite happily married heartthrobs to share their key secrets to what makes their marriages strong. Non-famous husbands, take note!

    1. Mix it up
    "My number-one rule for romance is surprise. If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah, it's nice, but is it romantic?" -Hugh Jackman

    2. Give unexpected gifts
    "We had a rule. We try to save gift-giving for birthdays and Christmas, but I was in New Orleans with her for Valentine's Day, and I brought some gifts. Even though we had a deal not to give gifts, I could tell she was delighted. I broke the rules! I got her a necklace. So sue me. She was thrilled." -Michael J. Fox

    Related: 15 Celebrity BFFs We Want to Hang Out With

    3. Let her be herself
    "The key to a successful marriage is accepting that you're not going to change the other person. And the words, 'Yes, dear. Whatever you want.'" -Patrick Dempsey

    4. Two words: foot rubs
    "Every night before bed, I rub my wife's feet. She says they're the best

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  • Should You Keep Your Cosmetics in the Fridge?

    Here's what you should and shouldn't put in there.Here's what you should and shouldn't put in there.

    Some people really like keeping their beauty products in the fridge. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan.com's beauty editor, swears by it (her grandma gave her that advice, which is usually a pretty solid reason). The common belief is that keeping cosmetics cool can prolong their shelf lives.

    But does it work? Not really, according to most of the experts we spoke with. Instead, they advise being cautious about refrigerating your beauty essentials and to do it only for certain things. Our own Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) Beauty Lab is definitely not keen on the idea. Here's what the experts said about different types of products.

    Makeup:
    "Cosmetics are meant to be stored at room temperature," says David C. Steinberg, founder of Steinberg & Associates, a consulting company for the personal care industry. If you're keeping your lipstick and blush in the fridge, you're doing it at your own risk, he says, especially since a lot of makeup hasn't been tested for whether

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  • The Worst Passwords to Use -- and What to Use Instead

    Chances are, you need to change most of your passwords.Chances are, you need to change most of your passwords.

    Confession time: Are you still using "123456" or "password" to keep your accounts protected? Or worse, are you using them for all your passwords?! Well, you're not the only one.

    SplashData recently released a list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet (read: the worst!). At the top were passwords that were a series of consecutive numbers or incorporated the site name, like "facebook123."

    Needless to say, using passwords like this can leave your personal data vulnerable to hackers. Yes, we know they're easier to remember, but a few basic upgrades can help keep your data safe.

    Related: Don't Fall Victim to These Email Scams

    Try this:

    1. Make longer passwords for higher security.
    A password that feature eight characters or more can take more than two years to crack. An easy trick: Pick a simple sentence and use the first letters of the words and include different numbers, symbols, and capitalization. To make the password easy to remember, pick something

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  • 6 Mistakes You're Making Polishing Your Nails

    A few tweaks in your manicure routine will give you salon-perfect nails.A few tweaks in your manicure routine will give you salon-perfect nails.

    Whether you're a salon regular or like to DIY your nails, here are some tried-and-true tips to make your manicure last longer.

    1. Painting your nails when they're dirty
    Get the surface super-clean. Any trace of dust, moisture, or leftover polish will keep the new nail polish from sticking. For true staying power, drizzle an old toothbrush with hand soap and use it to "get into the corners and under nail tips, where oil -- the great enemy -- may be hiding," Jan Arnold, cofounder of Creative Nail Design, told Good Housekeeping.

    Related: You Need to Read This Before Your Next Nail Salon Visit

    2. Not prepping the surface
    Before you paint, you should also swipe clean nails with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover. "Greasiness from lotion prevents polish from adhering," Jin Soon Choi, owner of Jin Soon Natural spas in New York City, told Good Housekeeping. Polish remover that's pure acetone will get rid of residue faster, but if that's too drying, try a

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  • 6 Mistakes You're Making Buying a Bra

    Bra shopping may seems imple, but lots of women get it wrong.Bra shopping may seems imple, but lots of women get it wrong.

    1. Choosing too large a band size
    Proper fit is the biggie when it comes to finding the right bra -- and something lots of women need help with. "The most common mistake women make is buying a band size that is too large and a cup size that is too small," Holly Fowler, Bra Fit Expert at FigLeaves.com, told Good Housekeeping (more about that cup size later). She says that in testing done by FigLeaves, one of the most common "fit corrections" was to go down one band size. "If your band is too loose, the bra will not be giving you the correct support and lift, and the straps will dig into your shoulders."

    Related: 6 Mistakes You're Making Washing Your Face

    2. Choosing too small a cup size
    Women commonly choose bras that are three whole cup sizes too small for them, according to FigLeaves testing. "Don't worry about how high up in the alphabet your cup might be going," Fowler advises. "The A-through-D system is more than 70 years old and not realistic to today's standards.

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  • The Best Way to Clean Your Pillows (And Yes, You Need to Clean Them)

    Yes, you need to clean your pillows, too.

    When was the last time you washed your bed pillows? Last month? Last year? Never? If it's been six months or more, it's time to give them a bath.

    If You Have Down and Fiberfill Pillows...
    Good news! You can wash these kinds of pillows in your washer. For best results, we recommend washing two pillows at a time (to help keep the washer balanced) and using a front or top-loading machine without an agitator. If an agitator-style top loader is your only option, place the pillows in the tub vertically, so it's less likely they'll get wrapped around and damaged by the agitator.

    If your pillow has a care label, definitely read that and follow the directions. If not or you've clipped off the tag, use warm water and opt for the gentle cycle. It's also a good idea to add on an extra cold-water rinse and spin. Tumble dry the pillows on low heat, fluffing and turning them often. In the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Home Appliances and Textiles Labs, we toss in a few rubber dryer balls,

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