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  • 3 Steps to a Glowing Complexion

    How to get a glowing complexion

    A makeup-artist staple, luminizers were once available only from high-end brands, but now you can get a slew of these multipurpose skin brighteners at bargain prices. How do you reap their beauty benefits? Here are three different ways to get a soft, pretty, youthful glow.

    Related: Smart Beauty Swaps That Save Big!

    Try any or all of these tricks using two of our current favorites:

    Mode Cosmetics The Illuminator in Halo ($6, modecosmetics.com)

    Boots No7 Skin Illuminator in Peach ($10, Target)

    Related: 10 "Must-Pack" Travel Beauty Products

    1. For the optical illusion of a lifted face, apply along your cheekbones (moving up toward your temples) and along your browbone.

    2. Counteract dark shadows: With your ring finger, dab a cream formula on the inner corners of your eyes, blending so it looks subtle.

    Related: Stock Up on the Best Drugstore Beauty for Fall

    3. For allover radiance, mix a pea-size drop of liquid luminizer into your foundation. It gives skin a

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  • The Easiest Apple Pie Recipe Ever

    Easiest-Ever Apple PieEasiest-Ever Apple PieFollow this simple recipe and you'll have a delicious homemade apple pie in just over half an hour.

    Serves: 10
    Prep Time: 10 min
    Cook Time: 22 min
    Oven Temp: 375

    Related: How to Make the PERFECT Pie Crust

    Ingredients:
    - 1 frozen deep-dish piecrust
    - 1/2 cup(s) chopped pecans
    - 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1/4 cup(s) packed brown sugar
    - 2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
    - 1 large egg white
    - 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
    - 2 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    - 3 pound(s) Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and/or Gala apples, each cored, peeled, and cut into 8 wedges
    - 1 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice

    Related: Check Out the Winners of Our Dessert Recipe Contest!

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. While crust is thawing at room temperature for 15 minutes, mix pecans, flour, and brown sugar in bowl. Work in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

    2. Prick bottom and sides

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  • 8 Diet Pitfalls — Conquered!

    Set yourself up for diet successNever count on just your willpower to stick to a nutritious meal plan. Rather than beat yourself up for occasional slip-ups (or abandon the diet all together) use these clever ideas to set yourself up for diet success.

    1. Diet pitfall: You order takeout so often, the delivery guy knows you by name
    Solution: Failing to plan can easily lead to diet downfalls: unhealthy menu selections or the lack of nutritious options. Prioritize your diet and make meal-planning part of your routine, not a chore, says Manuel Villacorta, RD, and author of Eating Free. "Schedule a date with your supermarket once a week, followed by a date with your kitchen, where you can pre-make a lot of healthy foods," he says. Boil rice and quinoa, cook beans, whip up a soup or stew, grill chicken, and roast veggies, so you will have basics ready to pack for lunch or warm up for dinner.

    If you know you're going to dine out, read the menu and pick a diet-friendly option before you go. Watch out for terms like "braised"

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  • 8 Reasons Clutter is Preventing Your Happiness

    Sometimes being organized isn't always the solution.

    One of the great lessons of my adulthood is realizing that outer order contributes to inner calm - far more than you might expect. Yet as much as you want to stay organized, it's tough. You may blame the sheer tediousness of trying to keep clutter at bay, but I think we often buy into certain notions about decluttering that make it harder to maintain order. Read on to discover 8 myths that will keep you stuck with too much stuff - plus easy ways to conquer clutter and find happiness.





    Myth 1: You need to be organized

    No! When you're facing a desk swamped with papers or a closet bursting with clothes, don't say to yourself, I need to get organized. Your first step should be to get rid of stuff. If you don't keep it, you don't have to organize it.

    Myth 2: You need to be super-organized
    Though it helps to have "a place for everything," even that well-worn saying can sabotage your decluttering efforts. If you spend a lot of time alphabetizing your spices or creating 80

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  • 6 Best Store-Brand Household Products

    Brand-name counterparts are just as quality -- and less money!

    Why shell out for name brands when these store lines offer the same great performance - for less!

    1. Walmart Great Value Powder Laundry Detergent
    Whether you prefer to wash in hot or cold, Walmart's Great Value Powder detergent ($11.47) has you covered. It came in at only 11 cents per large, heavily-soiled load and was able to erase most stains in GHRI tests. (Though you may need to pretreat fabrics to bust anything dye-based like lipstick.)

    2. Up & Up 2X HE Fresh Breeze Laundry Detergent
    Looking for a liquid formula instead? Target's store brand won't set you back much more at less than $10 for a 150-ounce container (or just 11 cents per large, heavily-soiled load). Up & Up 2X HE Fresh Breeze performed as well as plenty of name-brand detergents in GHRI tests, busting a variety of stains with ease. And it's equipped with a push-button spout for easy dispensing - no need to hoist that hefty bottle every time!


    Related: What to Do in a Pinch When You Run Out of Detergent

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  • 12 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

    Try these drug-free ways to bring your BP downTry these drug-free ways to bring your BP downIf your blood pressure is creeping up or has reached "uh-oh" levels, try these drug-free ways to bring it down.

    1. Soak in a bath
    Add 2 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to the tub, and your blood vessels will relax, too, as you absorb the mineral through your skin.

    2. Carry a load
    Strength training using free weights, machines, or resistance bands can lower BP a few points. Try twice a week, at a level where you can manage 3 sets of 10 reps.

    3. Tighten your grip
    Squeezing a handgrip or ball (four 2-minute holds, a minute's rest in between) 3 times a week has been shown to lower BP 13 systolic (upper number) and 8 diastolic points. (If pressure is high, ask an M.D. first.)

    Related: 15 Easy Ways to De-Stress in Minutes

    4. Unroll your mat
    Strike some yoga poses two or three times a week, and you may strike a few points from your BP. In a new University of Pennsylvania study, the average systolic BP moved from 133 to 130. That's still considered prehypertension, so combine yoga with other

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  • These Healthy Potato Skins Cut 80% of the Saturated Fat — but None of the Flavor!

    Potato SkinsPotato SkinsKick off football season with our fully loaded skins. They weigh in at just 120 calories per serving versus the classic's 350, and have one-fifth the saturated fat. Our secret: lighter ingredients (reduced-fat sour cream, Pecorino cheese) that pack a lot of flavor. Touchdown!

    Yields: 8 appetizer servings
    Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
    Prep Time: 35 min
    Oven Temp: 400

    Related: 10 Recipes You Have to Make for the Big Game

    Ingredients:
    - 4 large (12 ounces each) baking (russet) potatoes, well scrubbed
    - 4 slice(s) center-cut bacon
    - 1 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
    - Salt
    - Pepper
    - 1/3 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
    - 1 ounce(s) Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
    - 1 large (10- to 12-ounce) tomato, finely chopped
    - 2 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives

    Related: Slimmed-Down Versions of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    2. With fork, pierce each potato 3 times. Place potatoes on parchment paper. Microwave

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  • 11 Diet Myths — Busted!

    Diet myths, busted!We all have a friend who swears by the latest juice craze and another who's devoted to a gluten-free lifestyle. So what's the true secret to staying slim? Here, we uncover the truth behind top diet trends.

    Myth #1: Fasting is the best way to drop pounds - stat
    Fact: Popular across the pond, "5:2" fasting diets, which call for five days of eating whatever you want and two days of following a seriously reduced calorie plan (think: rabbit food) have started sweeping our nation. As tempting as it sounds, the "5:2" way of life isn't exactly foolproof. Binging on the "eat-anything-you-want" days could cancel out any weight loss benefits resulting from the low-calorie days. On the flip side, if you drop weight too quickly, you may actually be losing muscle, not fat.

    To hold on to some tone and still shed the fat, you need a more moderate plan that keeps your metabolism chugging, energy high, and tummy full. Fill up on satiating foods, like fruits and veggies, chicken and fish, and

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  • Forget Pumpkin Pie! Say Hello to Your New Favorite Pumpkin Dessert

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Crème CaramelPumpkin Cheesecake Crème CaramelIf you're searching for a fall dessert that deviates a bit from the traditional pumpkin pie, look no further. Made with pure pumpkin, hot caramel, and a handful of fall spices, this scrumptious custard tastes like no other.

    Serves: 12
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: 23 Delectable Pumpkin Desserts

    Ingredients:
    - Water
    - 1 orange
    - 1 1/4 cup(s) sugar
    - 1 package(s) (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    - 1 cup(s) canned pure pumpkin, (not pumpkin-pie mix)
    - 6 large eggs
    - 1 can(s) (12-ounce) evaporated milk
    - 1/2 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
    - 1/4 cup(s) orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier or triple sec
    - 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    - 1 pinch(s) ground nutmeg
    - Salt

    Related: Everything You Need to Know About Cooking Pumpkin

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill kettle or covered 4-quart saucepan with water; heat to boiling over high heat.

    2. Meanwhile, from orange, with vegetable peeler, remove 6 strips peel, about 3" by 1"

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  • 10 Celebrity Names that Aren't Safe to Google

    Dangerous celebrity searches on the Internet

    We all know it's smart to click with caution when it comes to web searches, lest our systems end up saddled with spyware or other malicious downloads from an untrustworthy site. To help keep your PC safe, this morning McAfee released its annual list of the Most Dangerous Celebrities to search for. While there's nothing wrong with visiting websites related to some of your favorite celebs, keep in mind that these names are linked to a higher risk of stumbling across dangerous sites, whether it's in conjunction with obviously risky things like searching for inappropriate photos or more innocuous terms like "free app download." Remind your family to use extra caution when Googling these famous faces!

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    Topping the list: Lily Collins, star of The Moral Instruments: City of Bones. Other tween and teen favorites on the list include Avril Lavigne (#2), Katy Perry (#6), and Emma Roberts (#10). But it's not just your kids you need to make sure are

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