Blog Posts by Good Housekeeping

  • Shop like a Pro: "How I Got a $1500 Outfit for $300"

    Get a designer look for a fraction of the price.

    Like most women, I love to dress to impress -- particularly for special occasions -- but don't have the budget to spend like a red carpet celebrity. And like some people love couponing when grocery shopping, I myself love searching for the best deals possible in fashion.

    Related: These Bags Are Perfect for Spring, and More Perfect for Your Budget

    Recently, I went to a super fancy event, and was excited to break out my favorite high-end labels that I secretly bought for a fraction of the retail price. And I didn't get my looks from stores like TJ Maxx or Loehmann's, where it can be a hit or miss. I bought directly from the upscale stores without the upscale price tag. In the end, I put together an outfit that only cost me $300 but retailed for nearly $1500. Here's how I scored the best deals:

    End-of-Season Sales
    Here's a little secret: These sales usually happen way before the end of the season. Retailers know that if they wait until the season's actually over, you won't

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  • Why Are Anti-Aging Products so Expensive?

    How much do you really need to spend on your products?How much do you really need to spend on your products?

    Q: Anti-aging skin-care products are so pricey! Are the more expensive ones really better?

    A: Not necessarily. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute always tests beauty products with a wide range of prices, and our scientists have found again and again that bargain choices perform as well as -- or even better than -- more expensive ones. For example, the winning night cream in our first anti-aging awards, L'Oréal Paris Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Lotion, costs about $20.

    Related: Choose the Perfect Anti-Aging Product for Your Skin

    However, if you're looking to spend less than that, you'll likely be disappointed. Anti-aging ingredients such as peptides and retinol tend to be more expensive than those found in plain moisturizers. One item you can always save on: facial cleanser. Dermatologists recommend Cetaphil and CeraVe, gentle face washes that are appropriate for all skin types; each costs around $10.

    - By Nina Judar, Beauty Director at Good

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  • 5 Multitasking Beauty Products that Work Overtime

    These products know how to get the job done.These products know how to get the job done.

    People say there's no such thing as multitasking, and flitting back and forth across multiple projects is a recipe for distraction. However, there are some great multitasking beauty products that are happy to do many jobs at once! We've rounded up some of our favorites for anyone who likes one product to take care of several problems.

    1. Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil ($48.00,
    This product (pictured) absorbs easily, giving the skin just the right amount of dewy glow and also provides protection without the heaviness of deep moisturizing creams. It's appropriate for all skin types as a hydrating and nourishing moisturizer, and you can apply it day or night. Try it for accentuating cheekbones or helping to blend-in blush for a natural look. It can also soften elbows, cuticles, and other rough patches of skin. The 1.7 oz. bottle is perfect to toss in your bag or desk.

    Related: Find Your Perfect Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

    2. Eucerin Aquaphor ($14.29,

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  • Why You Need to Trade Your Fruit Juice for Veggie Juice

    Trade your morning OJ for something greener.Trade your morning OJ for something greener.

    Dieting? Trust us, the best beverage for your calorie budget is water. Liquid calories simply aren't worth your while, because they do nothing to fill you up -- the ultimate example of "empty calories". For example, an eight-ounce glass of apple juice is 114 calories, and it takes at least four apples, at 95 calories each, to extract that much liquid. If you like the taste of apples, you're much better off eating the fruit.

    Related: These 13 Nutrition Boosters Will Shock You

    Can't imagine breakfast without orange juice? Just four ounces is 60 calories, about the same as eating an orange. But unless it's fresh-squeezed, the juice also could contain additives and preservatives, and four ounces won't be enough to last you through your whole meal. The orange, though, will last longer and offer more taste satisfaction.

    The one exception to the juice rule is vegetable juice: It may actually help you lose weight, according to a study at Baylor College of Medicine. When researchers

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  • 4 Ways to Avoid Temptation at the Grocery Store

    Don't let your stomach dictate your shopping trip.Don't let your stomach dictate your shopping trip.

    You might have heard it before, but it is important advice: If you're trying to lose weight, never go to the supermarket on an empty stomach; no matter how focused you try to be, you'll feel like a kid in a toy store. There's no reason to make things so hard on yourself.

    "I actually write out my grocery list in the order in which I encounter items in my supermarket," says Porscha Burke, a book editor who lost seven pounds on our 7 Years Younger Diet. "It helps me get in and out of the store quickly and avoid the cookie, candy, and cracker aisles."

    Related: Why You Should Have a Daily Dose of Cinnamon

    Research shows that these tactics also work:

    1. Make a list.
    Arm yourself with a list, and stick to it. Not only will this keep you from straying, but it will also keep you from spending too much.

    Related: This Meal Plan Shaves Off Years and Pounds

    2. Eat a snack first.
    If you have to squeeze in food shopping when your tank is a little low, pick up a small snack

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  • These 5 New Products Make Cleaning Easier

    Your cleaning prayers have been answered.

    Every new product that comes across my desk claims to make some household chore quicker, easier, or sometimes even safer to do. At first glance, most appear to have merit, but further probing sometimes reveals that they don't quite meet their claims. But here are five newcomers I'm confident will deliver on their promises.

    1. Clorox Disinfecting Tub & Shower Wipes ($2.99 for 35 wipes)
    These wipes eliminate the need for a brush and some elbow grease. Ridding the tub and shower of soap scum usually takes so much effort, but Clorox has turned this chore into a quick swipe every day or so across the tub's bottom or along the lowest row of tiles where soap scum builds up. An added bonus: These wipes kill germs, too.

    Related: Your Dishwasher Just Became Your Favorite Appliance

    2. Finish Power & Free Dishwashing Products (prices vary)
    Removing dried-on foods and stains is no easy feat, so dishwashing detergents need to be tough. Now, a gentler detergent is up to the

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  • The Biggest Mistakes You Make Shaving Your Legs

    Get your closest shave, and avoid annoying bumps and burns.Get your closest shave, and avoid annoying bumps and burns.

    1. Shaving your legs as soon as you hop into the shower.
    Understandably, you want to get your morning routine underway, but experts advise hanging out in the shower or bath for about 15 minutes before you start shaving -- this will soften the hair and open up follicles. Any longer, though, and your skin will wrinkle and swell, making it harder to score a close shave.

    2. Doing it first thing in the morning.
    Shaving at night will leave your legs smoother. As you sleep, your legs swell slightly, which can make hair retreat back into its follicles.

    Related: 7 Surprising Ways You're Aging Your Skin

    3. Not using anything to lather up (or worse, using bar soap).
    No matter how in a hurry you may be, skip the temptation to shave "dry." Lather up your legs with a moisturizing shaving cream to make sure the razor glides easily over your skin, and you'll avoid nicks and cuts. In a pinch, hair conditioner will do just as good a job. But skip the bar soap: "It doesn't create enough lubrication

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  • 5 Ways to Stretch Your Cleaning Products

    Save money and make these products last.Save money and make these products last.

    1. Don't automatically fill both dispensers in your dishwasher.
    The detergent box recommends it, but it's better to adjust the amount of detergent to the soil level of the load and the hardness of your water. Start by filling each cup halfway, adding a bit more for extra dirty dishes and hard water. Plus, using too much detergent can leave a filmy residue on your glasses and flatware.

    Related: You'll Never Believe What Your Dishwasher Can Clean

    2. Always measure laundry detergent.
    I know the numbered lines inside detergent caps are impossible to see, but with today's 2x and 3x concentrated detergents, a full cap is too large a dose for most loads. Adding more detergent won't get clothes any cleaner; instead, laundry can still be soapy at the end of the cycle and front-loading washers that are sensitive to excess suds may shut down.

    Related: You Should Never Swap These Cleaning Products

    3. Spray the cloth, not the surface.
    When cleaning mirrors, polishing furniture, and shining

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  • When was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Mattress?

    A clean bed means more than washing your sheets and pillowcases.A clean bed means more than washing your sheets and pillowcases.

    If you haven't thought about cleaning your mattress lately, think about this: You probably spend at least six or seven hours there every night. That's a long time to be somewhere that's not as clean as it could be. Follow these tips every few months and you'll rest easier knowing your bed is extra fresh.

    Related: Save Money and Make Your Cleaning Products Last Even Longer

    1. Ditch dust
    The easiest way to tackle dust is to use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top and sides of the mattress and as much of the box spring as you can access. Press firmly on the tool to draw out dust beneath the fabric's surface. Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached. If you have a garment steamer, go over the mattress with the steamer before you vacuum to help kill and remove dust mites lurking near the surface.

    Related: We Know Why It's So Hard to Get Your Home Dust-Free

    2. Zap stains
    If pets sleep on your

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  • 10 Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher

    This kitchen cleaning staple isn't just for the dishes.This kitchen cleaning staple isn't just for the dishes.

    Your dishwasher has been holding out on you. Sure, "dishes" are in the name, but this machine can clean so much more.

    1. Kitchen exhaust filter
    Avoid getting messy, gunky oil buildup on your filter by cleaning it in the dishwasher once a month or as often as your range hood manufacturer recommends. The high temperature combined with a good detergent should be sufficient to cut through tough grease without any effort on your part. Check out our dishwasher detergent reviews if you're looking for a new detergent or want to see how your current one scored.

    2. Dish sponges
    Bacteria and mold love a moist environment, and your dish sponge is a perfect setting for them to thrive. We've found that using the "heated dry" setting is an effective way to kill most of the germs. (Psst! Here are even more ways to get your sponge clean.)

    3. Plastic toys
    This should wipe out germs from that last play date fast. Warning: Don't place any toys with electronic component in the dishwasher. You might get

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