Blog Posts by Good Housekeeping

  • Good News: Chocolate Doesn't Make You Fat

    Rejoyce, chocoholics!Rejoyce, chocoholics!

    The verdict is in: Chocolate is good for you... in moderation.

    Related: Do NOT Eat the Fat-Free Versions of These Foods

    Not only is chocolate not fattening, but European researchers report that in their study of 1,458 teens, eating a lot of it was associated with lower levels of body fat. The secret? Chocolate is high in catechins, plant compounds that may increase insulin sensitivity -- helping to keep weight down.

    Related: 9 Surprising Habits That Slow Down Your Metabolism

    But catechins don't turn the treat into a diet food: Best to limit yourself to one ounce a day.

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  • How Healthy is the County You Live In?

    See how where you live stacks up when it comes to healthy food, smoking, and more.See how where you live stacks up when it comes to healthy food, smoking, and more.

    There are over 3,000 counties in the U.S. -- how does yours compare in quality of life? Researchers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute just released their annual report ranking the nation's counties based on 29 factors, including unemployment, poverty, teen births, access to healthy foods, and smoking. This year, they considered some new factors, too, like housing, transit, and access to mental health providers.

    Related: 10 Clever Ways to Save on Healthcare Expenses

    The findings unearthed some good news: The nation's rate of preventable hospital stays decreased about 20% between 2003 and 2011, teen birth rates have dropped 25% since 2007, and people are smoking a lot less than in past years. But there was some bad news, too: One in five homes is overcrowded. And there are still vast disparities between the healthiest and the least healthy counties. Those living in the least healthy counties have twice the number

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  • 8 Biggest Mistakes You're Making with Your Eyebrows

    Daily plucking is strangely satisfying for some, yet the pros warn against it.Daily plucking is strangely satisfying for some, yet the pros warn against it.

    They're a defining facial feature. Make sure they look their best.

    1. Overplucking
    Daily plucking is strangely satisfying for some, yet the pros warn against it. Brow specialists Michelle Wu and Santi Garay at Browhaus, an international brow and lash grooming company, say tweezing about once every three weeks is best. That way, hairs that may be on different schedules have time to grow out, which will make your brows look more even. "Overplucked brows don't frame the face very well," says Wu. Plus, the full eyebrow has been trendy for awhile and is showing no signs of going away.

    2. Using an old pair of tweezers
    If hairs are slipping through your tweezers or you're struggling to bring the two points together, it's time to invest in some new tools. And don't let them get all gunky in your makeup bag: Clean them with a dab of isopropyl alcohol after each use to avoid bacterial build-up.

    Related: 12 Beauty Myths to Throw Out the Window

    3. Taking too much off the sides
    To avoid the

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  • 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make Putting on Eyeliner

    Here's how to get this tricky part of your makeup routine right.Here's how to get this tricky part of your makeup routine right.

    It's probably the trickiest part of your makeup routine - but it's also the one that makes the most difference.

    1. Overdoing it on the bottom lid.
    Heavily lining your lower lid -- especially with a very dark color -- can make your eyes look smaller, says Mary Clarke, a product analyst in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab. Plus, you're more likely to end up with under-eye smudges. If you want to define your lower eyelid, use a light pencil or, for an even more subtle look, a light brown or taupe eye shadow. Clarke recommends MAC Pro Longwear pencil, a top-performer in our tests.

    Related: The RIGHT Way to Put on Makeup for Your Eye Shape

    2. Putting it on unevenly, resulting in a jagged look.
    It's so frustrating to have to wipe off that line on your upper lid with makeup remover a million times before you get it right. To keep liner straight, avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes, makeup artist Laura Geller told Good Housekeeping. "This can

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  • Could This Detergent Help You Fall Asleep?

    A good night's sleep might start in the laundry room.A good night's sleep might start in the laundry room.

    We are a country of poor sleepers. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation says that 41% percent of Americans report having sleep problems. And we're guessing the start of Daylight Saving Time this week isn't helping much.

    Related: A New, Disturbing Fact About How Sleep Affects Your Brain

    But thanks to a new line of laundry products from Proctor & Gamble, you might be able to get more shut-eye just by washing your sheets. The company's new Sweet Dreams line claims its lavender scent helps insomniacs relax at bedtime. While I can't necessarily prove that they'll help everyone catch more zzz's, I did try the products and loved them!

    Related: 10 Tips to Your Fastest Laundry Day Ever

    The collection includes Tide Plus a Touch of Downy ($12), and Downy Unstopables ($7), beads you shake into your washer to act as a "scent-booster." You can also try Sweet Dreams Downey fabric softener ($4) and Bounce dryer sheets ($6), but don't use these products on kid's pajamas -- they may

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  • Why You Should Try "Baked" Makeup

    Here's what we found out about this trending beauty term.Here's what we found out about this trending beauty term.

    You may have seen the word "baked" in the name of some makeup products, like face powders, eye shadows, and blushes. But what does that mean, exactly?

    Related: 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make Putting on Eyeliner

    Baked cosmetics are made just as the name suggests. These powders actually begin as creams, and are baked for a period of time to dry them down to a solid. This process creates powders with a creamy, velvety texture. It also means fewer filler ingredients are needed, so that the resulting colors are more concentrated and pigmented, which means they might last longer.

    Related: The RIGHT Way to Put on Makeup for Your Eye Shape

    These types of powders are usually marbled in appearance and -- according to Laura Geller Cosmetics, who feature a great deal of baked powders (including the Baked to Go Palette, left) -- the colors have a more luminous, vibrant quality. Another great feature is that because of their origin as a liquid, the powders can be used dry or wet. Apply

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  • 5 Fun Cleaning Tools Your Kids Will Actually Want to Use

    Yes, it is possible to get your kids excited about helping out around the house.Yes, it is possible to get your kids excited about helping out around the house.

    We know you don't need to be told this: With kids, come messes. But that doesn't mean they can't be part of the cleanup, too. We found five great, chemical-free tools that are easy enough for kids to use -- and they might even have a little fun while they're at it.

    Related: 10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

    1. Fred & Friends Dust Bunny ($15, fredandfriends.com): Kids respond to specific instructions better than large tasks. For instance, instead of saying "clean your room," hand them this microfiber mitt and ask them to dust their shelves instead. You can toss it in the washer for quick and easy cleaning. Bonus: It's adorable.

    2. Casabella Microfiber Stainless Steel Cloth ($10, casbella.com): Your kids will feel a sense of accomplishment wiping away smudgy fingerprints on appliances with this lint-free washable cloth. It cleans and brightens stainless steel, chrome and aluminum, and won't scratch the finishes. Use it wet or dry, and when it's ready to be cleaned,

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  • Would You Try Sriracha Lip Balm?

    Sriracha really is everywhere.Sriracha really is everywhere.

    The motto on the tube reads, "Like making out with tasty napalm!" While that doesn't have us totally convinced about Sriracha Rooster Sauce Lip Balm, J&D's newest product, we're certainly intrigued.

    Related: 9 Amazing Ways to Get Your Sriracha Fix (Other Than Lip Balm)

    J&D's, the former "America's Funniest Home Videos" champs and inventors of BaconSalt and Baconnaise (yes, bacon-flavored mayonnaise), have teamed up with TheOatmeal.com to bring you the flavored lip balm you never knew you needed.

    Related: These Foods Will Give You Gorgeous Skin

    While user reviews on Amazon ding the product for not tasting quite like real Sriracha, sentiments are generally positive -- at least, coming from people who like feeling like their lips are on fire.

    Tell us: Would you try sriracha lip balm?

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  • How One Mother Overcame Her Prescription Pill Addiction

    Dawn Lindner's drug and alcohol abuse was hurting her friends and family. Here's how she regained control.Dawn Lindner's drug and alcohol abuse was hurting her friends and family. Here's how she regained control.

    With her long, straight blond hair, Dawn Lindner, 48, who is from East Gull Lake, Minn., looks like the girl next door -- a grown-up Marcia Brady. But after working for years in her family's media business and being the guardian of her mentally disabled brother for more than a decade, Lindner became addicted to pills. "I was in emotional and physical pain," she says.

    In 2009, after a difficult, lengthy custody battle with her ex, "a wave of depression came over me," she says. Then, in quick succession, she was diagnosed with menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding) and interstitial cystitis (a painful bladder disorder). Lindner had a hysterectomy and suddenly found herself taking a slew of prescriptions from several doctors, all on automatic refill -- including antidepressants, pain relievers and anti-anxiety medication. "It felt like my body was turning on itself," she says. She had never been a drinker, but on the pills, she began craving wine by the bottle. Things got ugly

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  • A New, Disturbing Fact About How Sleep Affects Your Brain

    Here's yet another reason why you need to get more zzz's.Here's yet another reason why you need to get more zzz's.

    We've all heard about the millions of studies that say getting eight hours of sleep a night is really, really good for you. But for the first time, scientists have found that not sleeping enough could actually damage your brain. That's pretty scary stuff.

    Related: 9 Reasons You Can't Sleep (and What to Do About Them)

    Researchers from the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania subjected test mice to just four to five hours of sleep over a 24-hour period, similar to the sleep patterns of people who do late-night or shift work. After three days of this, the poor sleep-deprived mice experienced a 25% loss of locus ceruleus (LC) neurons in a particular section of the brain stem. LCs are brain cells that play an important part in alertness and cognitive function.

    Related: Eating These Foods Could Help You Sleep Better

    The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first one to show that sleep deprivation can lead to permanent

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