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  • An Amazing, Designer-Quality Foundation for $50 Less

    These two foundations have different price tags, but similar ingredients.These two foundations have different price tags, but similar ingredients.

    My favorite makeup item isn't anything particularly exciting -- its good, old-fashioned foundation. I love the way it transforms your skin, and I love trying out new formulas and technologies. So when Giorgio Armani Maestro ($64, georgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) hit the market, I was intrigued by its story: a formula that contains no water -- just oils and pigments, so it corrects your skin with a minimal layer. The innovation even won a "Breakthrough Award" from Allure in 2012. As a total sucker for new beauty trends, my curiosity got the best of me and I soon found myself at the Armani counter in Bloomingdales, sheepishly shelling out $64 for a bottle.

    Related: The 30 Best Drugstore Beauty Buys Under $25

    Even with the spending guilt, I was pleased with the purchase, especially since it was something so different than any other foundation I owned. The texture is remarkable: The almost watery consistency is silky and lightweight. The light to medium coverage blends beautifully, and

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  • 5 Cleaning Product Swaps You Should Never Make

    You may be tempted to sub in another cleaner, but watch out for these mistakes.

    When you run out of a certain product, there's often another one that can get the job done. For example, you can use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on your laundry as a stain remover, and baking soda works great as a sink and faucet cleanser. But there are several cleaning swaps that you should never, ever make.

    Related: You'll Never Believe What Your Dishwasher Can Clean (And No, It's Not Dishes)

    1. All-purpose cleaner for glass cleaner
    What could be the harm in this swap? Well, using an all-purpose cleaner on windows or mirrors will leave them with soapy streaks. A smart alternative would be to use something that is billed as a multi-surface cleaner.

    2. Hand dish soap for automatic dishwasher detergent
    We bet you're thinking: Who would be that silly? Well, it's happened. Make this exchange and you'll wind up with mountains of suds all over your kitchen floor that just won't quit. If this happens, here's what to do to break down the foam.

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  • 6 Ways You're Ruining Your Dyed Hair

    If your color isn't lasting, try changing up your hair care routine.If your color isn't lasting, try changing up your hair care routine.

    1. Washing your hair too often
    "Color's worst enemy is water," colorist Ruth Roche told Good Housekeeping. The chemicals in hair dye make your hair more vulnerable to water's effects. This doesn't mean you need to stop taking showers -- just make simple tweaks to your routine, like avoiding excessive rinsing: "Once you've shampooed and conditioned, don't tilt your head back and let the water just run over it for several minutes," says Teca Gillespie, a scientist with P&G. Instead of shampooing your hair every day, try using a dry shampoo at the roots to soak up oil. Also, stick to lukewarm or cool water. "Heat makes dye leach faster: The hotter the water is, the quicker the color loss," says Jeni Thomas, Ph.D., senior scientist for Pantene.

    Related: 9 Steps to Showing Your Hair Who's Boss

    2. Not using a conditioner for color-treated hair
    Dyed hair is more likely to become dry and brittle, so treat it with plenty of conditioner specifically formulated for color-treated locks.

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  • These Foods Could Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep

    Here's a very good reason to treat yourself to a bowl of cherries.Here's a very good reason to treat yourself to a bowl of cherries.

    It seems we're a nation of insomniacs. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least occasional sleeplessness, and 22% experience it every (or almost every) night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But what if all it took to improve your zzz's was a few changes in your eating habits? The definitely scientific answer isn't quite there yet -- NSF chairman Christopher Drake, Ph.D. is careful to point out that there's not a lot of data out there on how and what you eat might encourage sleep.

    That said, nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, R.D., says there's evidence that adding the following foods to your daily repertoire could help.

    Related: 25 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast

    1. Protein-rich foods
    Turkey, chicken, cottage cheese, eggs, and milk may help you board the sleepy train, says Middleberg. Tryptophan, an amino acid (amino acids = building blocks of proteins) that these foods contain, helps release the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which in turn helps

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  • 7 Ways You're Ruining Your Hearing

    Your hearing is precious. Be careful.Your hearing is precious. Be careful.

    Scientists say hearing loss can cause social isolation and depression. Luckily, there are simple things you can do every day to prevent long-term ear damage. First off, pay attention to this guideline from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Don't expose yourself to noises that are 100 decibels or higher for more than 15 minutes a day. To get an idea of what 100 decibels means in the real world, here are some noisy activities you should limit.

    1. Listening to loud music
    This one's obvious but worth a reminder. You can only listen to your iPod at its max of 100 to 115 decibels for about eight minutes before causing harm, warns Sharon Sandridge, PhD, director of clinical services in audiology at the Cleveland Clinic. "There's nothing wrong with listening to music, all day every day -- as long as it's below about 85 decibels," says Robert K. Jackler, M.D., chairman of the department of otolaryngology at Stanford University. That's especially true when you're using ear

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  • If Your Spouse Lost a Job, Would Your Marriage Survive?

    Ken and Beth Risdon faced a marriage crisis when Ken lost hisKen and Beth Risdon faced a marriage crisis when Ken lost his

    Meet the Risdons: Beth, 47, and Ken, 48, from Longmont, CO. Married 17 years, their relationship went into crisis mode when Ken lost his job for the better part of a year. Here's how they coped.

    When Ken Risdon's company downsized in January 2011, his wife, Beth, wasn't all that worried at first. She knew that her husband, an information technology expert for a small investment firm, was good at his job, and she had faith that he'd get another one soon. "He's smart, dependable, easy to get along with," says Beth. "I was sure someone would snap him up. I even thought we'd end up with a nice little chunk of his severance to put into savings."

    But in a shaky economy, nothing materialized. As the months passed without an offer and the family made do without the little luxuries they were accustomed to (e.g., dinners out and coffee with friends, new clothes or shoes for Beth and their two children "just because something looked cute"), Beth grew increasingly worried that her salary

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  • 11 Celebrities Who've Battled Heart Disease

    These A-list survivors have had their fair share of heart issues.These A-list survivors have had their fair share of heart issues.

    More than half a million Americans struggle with heart disease and among that group are some A-list names. In honor of American Heart Month, here are some familiar faces and their stories.

    1. Jennie Garth
    Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth's sister and mother had high blood pressure and her father was diagnosed with arterial sclerosis when he was only 37 years old. So when Jennie turned 30, she made it a point to see a cardiologist, who diagnosed her with heart valve regurgitation (colloquially known as a leaky valve), luckily a disease that only needs treatment based on severity. She is now a spokeswoman for Go Red For Women, an organization that funds the American Heart Association's research.

    2. Alex Trebek
    Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is a two-time heart attack survivor. He suffered his first attack in December 2007, but was only hospitalized for a few days and returned to the show the next month. He faced his second attack in June 2012. At first he thought the

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  • The Hydrating Body Washes Your Skin Needs Right Now

    Give your shower a hydrating boost with these moisturizing body washes.Give your shower a hydrating boost with these moisturizing body washes.

    These moisturizing formulas are what your winter-whipped skin is craving.

    LAVISH LATHER
    Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing ($7, aveeno.com)
    Lots of rich suds, and its scent is nice and light. Consumers praised Aveeno, describing it as "silky," creamy," nonirritating, and easy to rinse off.

    Related: Get Thicker Hair With These Shampoos

    MOST GENTLE
    Dove Visible Care Toning Creme ($7, dove.com)
    A top performer in the lab, and its ability to keep skin soft endeared it to testers, too: "I've been using much less lotion since I started applying this," said one.

    Related: 10 Ways to Beat Dry Winter Skin

    BEST SCENT
    Tone Moisturizing Cocoa Butter ($5, drugstores)
    This was a crowd-pleaser: Its mango fragrance was fantastic ("It made me happy in the dreaded morning") and it left skin feeling clean and hydrated.

    - The Good Housekeeping Research Institute

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  • 3 Steps to the Perfect Foundation

    Beauty experts have officially solved your foundation-matching woes.Beauty experts have officially solved your foundation-matching woes.

    Need help matching foundation to your skin tone? Here, expert tips from Mark celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles.

    Related: The Best-Tested Long-Wearing Foundations for Your Skin

    1. Go for easy picks
    "Luminous" or "sheer" liquid foundations blend effortlessly, thanks to their built-in moisturizers; "matte" options tend to cover up skin, so you really have to nail the shade. Similarly, BB creams are more forgiving than CC creams, which often have a higher level of SPF and a thicker texture.

    Related: You Need to Add These to Your Beauty Routine

    2. Do a swipe check
    Compare a few different shades by swiping a little of each along key zones: your cheek, chin, neck, and forehead. Yes, forehead -- the skin there tends to be oiler, so it's a good spot on which to check that the formula isn't too shimmery or shiny for you.

    Related: Uh Oh, Have Your Beauty Products Gone Bad?

    3. Lighten up
    If you're stuck between two shades, go with the lighter one. You can always add

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  • 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make when You Dust

    You can become a dust-busting machine.You can become a dust-busting machine.

    Dusting is one of my least favorite chores. It's such a thankless, neverending task. Whisk it away one weekend and, before the next weekend rolls around, your furniture is dust-covered once again. While you can't permanently rid your home of dust, there are some things you might doing that are sabotaging your efforts to zap it.

    1. Using a feather duster
    No question. This tool simply spreads dust from one surface to another. Instead, select microfiber dusters or electrostatic dusters, like Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Swiffer, that grab and hold onto dust. And to ensure they continue to pick up dust, wash or replace them when they get dirty.

    Related: 10 Cleaning Products That Will Make Your Life Much Easier

    2. Overlooking heating and air conditioning vents
    These invisible grilles on your walls and ceilings are hidden dust magnets. Forget to clean them and the air blowing through them can fill your room with dust quickly. With your vacuum's soft brush attachment, take a minute to go

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