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  • Perfect Nail Polish for the Olympics

    It'sButter London Olympic Heavy Medal Nail Polish nearly impossible to avoid Olympic fever. The games in London have inspired me to rejoin the gym here at the Hearst Tower. After a nearly two-year break, I've taken three boot camp classes in one week!

    Related: 5 Top Quick-Dry Nail Polishes

    Hey, I know I won't be the next medalist in the triathlon but I'm thinking of rewarding myself with the new Olympic Heavy Medal Collection by Butter London ($36). This commemorative set includes 3 bottles of nail polish, each in a medal color: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. And I figure by applying nail polish instead of snacking while I'm watching the games, I won't negate my efforts in the gym.

    What are your favorite nail polish colors this summer? Let me know in the comments!

    - by Birnur Aral, Ph.D.

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  • 5 Top Tips for Microwaving

    Tips for MicrowavingWith fall approaching, the kids will return to school and a host of extracurricular activities, leaving you more time pressed than ever. Your microwave oven can help you get dinner on the table faster. When I started my career at Good Housekeeping, most of my time was spent developing recipes for microwave cooking. I devised ways to turn out crispy cutlets, browned roasts, and full-flavored pasta dishes - even ones that started, believe it or not, with uncooked noodles. And yes, they were yummy, but somewhat contrived, and I rarely make any of them today. But along the way, I learned many great uses for the microwave oven both for prepping and real cooking that are part of my tried and true repertoire - beyond reheating coffee, popping popcorn, and warming up leftovers (all of which I do and know you do too).

    Here are five of my all-time favorite tips and mini-recipes:

    1. Steam veggies. Throw out your steamer. No matter how many times I test steamers of all kinds, nothing beats

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  • 3 Health Benefits of Your Favorite Song

    Listening to music lowers blood pressureListening to music lowers blood pressureIf you've ever crooned a cranky baby to sleep or pumped up a flagging workout with Top 40 hits, you know the power of music. Now new research has documented impressive health benefits locked within the tunes you love best. Here are some of the most promising:

    Lowering Blood Pressure
    In one Italian study, listening to classical, Celtic, or Indian music while consciously breathing slowly for 30 minutes a day trimmed systolic blood pressure four points - on par with cutting back on salt.

    Soothing Tension
    Relaxing with music - again, for 30 minutes a day - lowered the stress hormone cortisol better than chilling out in silence, a Swedish researcher reported, and deep breathing while listening to music eased anxiety as effectively as a massage in a study at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

    Related: 7 Childhood Conditions You Can Still Correct

    Easing Pain
    Really tuning in to a melody blunted sharp pain in a University of Utah study in which

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  • 3 Steps to Frizz-Free Summer Hair

    Tips for Frizz-Free HairWhile we enjoy the warm, sunny, summer weather (that is, when it isn't close to 100, like it's been in New York in the last few weeks), most of us don't like what it does to our hair. When it's hot and sticky, our hair seems to have a mind of its own. But in the Beauty Lab we've found some easy ways to eliminate the frizz of summer. Just follow these 3 steps:

    1.) Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and a leave-in conditioner. If your hair is extra-dry, the leave-in conditioner is particularly important and especially if you intend to use heat to style it. Apply an effective anti-frizz product. We recommend Living Proof's No Frizz line ($10 to $59, Sephora). Unlike traditional anti-frizz products, Living Proof doesn't contain silicone, so you can be generous with it without winding up with greasy-looking hair.

    Related: 5 Ways to Fight Frizzy Hair

    2.) When straightening your hair, try Remington Style Therapy Frizz Therapy Iron ($50, Target). Not only does this

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  • 6 Anti-Aging Secrets from Dermatologists

    botox injection around eye botox injection around eye These treatments are dermatologists' best-kept secrets for helping your skin look younger.

    Battle of the Wrinkle Fixers

    In a matchup between Botox and newcomer Dysport, researchers at UCSF measured eye creases in 90 women and men, injected Dysport on one side and Botox on the other, and examined the participants a month later. The results: Dysport produced a "better smoothing effect and clearing of lines around the eyes," reports study head Corey Maas, M.D., associate clinical professor of plastic surgery. Participants agreed, preferring Dysport two to one. But the study itself may have wrinkles, say critics who question the dosages of drugs used. Keep your eyes open for updates on the patients after nine months and other new findings.

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    The Best Filler

    The Problem: Horizontal lines

    The Fix: Hyaluronic acid fillers smooth lines; they're diluted to prevent lumps.

    The Cost:$600 to $800

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    The Solution for Vertical Tendons


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  • 5 Tips for Taking Great Cell Phone Photos

    Cell Phone Photo TipsAs cell phone cameras have steadily improved - sporting higher megapixels and quality lenses, they've become the camera of choice for capturing spur of the moment images. There are a few important things to keep in mind to get high-quality snapshots.

    Let there be light

    Since the lenses and sensors in most camera phones are smaller than the ones in digital cameras, they can't capture as much light. Make sure your subject is well lit by as much natural light as possible. Shoot with the light behind you or to the side, not facing you.

    Related: Tips for Buying the Best Cell Phones

    Go Steady

    Perhaps the greatest problem with cell phone cameras is their slow shutter speed (made worse in low light). When the shutter speed is slow, holding the camera steady is especially important; otherwise pictures can come out blurry. Do your best to remain motionless or rest your camera on a wall or chair back to steady it.

    Get Close

    While the zoom feature in cell phone

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  • 10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Energy Efficiency

    Tips to Save EnergyToo often people think being energy efficient means added expense and inconvenience, but small steps can often make a big difference. Ask yourself these 10 questions to assess how you're doing when it comes to saving money, and the planet:

    1. Are you always in a hurry?

    Waking up just 10 minutes earlier can alleviate the tendency to drive aggressively. Driving 65 mph uses 15 percent more fuel than going 55 mpg (similar to adding 40 + cents per gallon to the price of gas).

    Related: Excellent Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

    2. Do you wash clothes in hot water?

    It takes a lot of energy to heat water, especially the amount it takes to fill your washing machine. Run colder cycles when possible: Tide Cold Water, a Green Good Housekeeping Seal holder works well at cold temperatures. When drying, use the sensor-dry cycle to avoid running your dryer unneccesarily.

    3. Do you drive short distances?

    Try walking, biking, or taking public transportation when possible.

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  • 10 Emergency Fashion Fixes

    Pulling a ZipperPulling a ZipperIn a bind? Try these quick tricks for mini clothing crises.

    1. Rub a bar of soap on the teeth of a stuck zipper to help it glide.

    2. Reattach a loose button with the metal wire from a twist tie. Peel away the paper, insert the wire through the button and fabric, and twist to secure.

    3. Blot out a stain on your collar with a wet sponge or terry-cloth towel (not a paper towel, which can shred), or cover it up with a pretty scarf.

    4. Wipe away static cling with a used dryer fabric softener sheet on your garment, or run your hands over a new sheet and lightly go over the fabric.

    Related Link: Cleaning Tips from Good Housekeeping's Pros

    5. Temporarily fix a fallen hem with masking or double-sided fabric tape to hold up the seam until you can sew it later on.

    6. Remove fresh deodorant marks by rubbing them with a wet, well-wrung washcloth or damp towel.

    7. Push in a sweater pull with a fine needle or pin through the fabric to the back.

    8. Blast away

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  • 5 Tips to Stave Off a Vacation Hangover

    Tips to Ease the Return from VacationReturning home from a vacation can be a drag. Here are 5 tasks to do before and during your trip to send your vacation hangover packing.

    DO YOUR OWN TURN-DOWN SERVICE before you take off, by putting fresh sheets on the bed and clean towels in the bathroom. After a week of pampering, you'll feel like you're still on vacation your first night back.

    Related: 10 Secrets for Surviving a Family Vacation

    HOLD THE MAIL an extra day or two at the post office. This will give you a chance to unpack and get settled in before facing a pile of junk mail and bills that need to be sorted and paid.

    HAVE DINNER READY TO ORDER by leaving your favorite restaurant's menu on the kitchen table or better yet, programming the number into your cell phone so you can order your meal during the car ride home. (Just make sure you arrive before the food does.)

    GET THROUGH MOUNDS OF DIRTY LAUNDRY a lot quicker by doing the sorting while you're still on vacation. Use several laundry bags at

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  • 7 Tips to Take Pet Pictures like a Pro

    Dog PicturesDog PicturesWhen Sharon Montrose started photographing pets in the 1990s, her first snaps were of her own: Simon, a rottweiler, and Avery, a greyhound/bulldog/shar-pei mix. Today, the photographer's niche is shooting dogs, cats, kids, "anything nongrown-up," says Montrose. Here's her smart advice for capturing the perfect pet picture.

    Work every angle. Getting down on your stomach or standing on a ladder gives you a new perspective on your pet.

    Blow a whistle. The noise will make your pet perk up his ears and widen his eyes, giving you a better shot.

    Create a sleeker look by removing the collar from your dog or cat.

    Related Link: Decode Your Dogs Wacky Behavior

    For a professional-looking portrait, coordinate something unique in your pet's markings with a matching backdrop.

    Make your pet stand out by placing him in a contrasting environment. During summer months, use lush green grass to contrast with the colors of a white or beige pooch or kitty.

    Choose black-and-white

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