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  • 9 Common Beauty Problems, Solved

    Have a hair, skin, or makeup problem that you just can't solve? Hair expert Eva Scrivo, makeup artist Mally Roncal, and dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler answer your most challenging beauty questions.

    Eva ScrivoEva ScrivoHair Expert: Eva Scrivo
    Eva Scrivo, owner of Eva Scrivo salons in New York City, answers three commonly asked hair questions.

    Q: Is it better for your hair to change the shampoo and conditioner you use every few months?
    Only if you are unhappy with how your hair looks or feels. Hair is reactive to products in general, so changing your shampoo and conditioner can create a different effect. For example, if you want more smoothness, try a hydrating shampoo, which deposits moisturizers that close the hair cuticle. But if you are using hair care that you love, there is no reason to make a change.

    Q: What are some easy tricks that will help me pick a natural-looking color for an at-home hair dye?
    Match the color to your eyebrows. Your brows are always a guideline to what looks natural and what

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  • What Color is the Empire State Building Tonight?

    Empire State BuildingEmpire State BuildingHere at Good Housekeeping, we recently celebrated our 125th anniversary, so we know how exciting it is to reach such a big milestone.

    Today marks 125 years of Hearst, our parent company! In honor of the media giant's birthday, tonight, the Empire State Building will be lit up in "Hearst Blue." If you're in New York, make sure to check out the extra-special skyline.

    Here's to many more years of informing, entertaining, and inspiring people...

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  • Most Popular Celebrity Hairstyles of All Time

    A-listers change their locks for the cameras almost as often as they change their shoes. But we tend to remember that one perfect coif or standout cut most. Here, celebrity looks from demure to daring that stylists across the country are (still) asked to duplicate.

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  • 5 Delicious, Dairy-Free Desserts


    Grapefruit MeringuesGrapefruit MeringuesI'm hosting a party for a dear friend who can't have dairy. Of course, homemade sweets are essential to any gathering, so I've planned a dairy-free spread of desserts. Rather than use dairy-free substitutes for the real thing, I prefer to bake treats that taste better without any dairy. Here are 5 delicious ones:

    1. Angel Food Cake: Egg whites give this cake its ethereal lift and ground hazelnuts add a delicious richness. A dusting of confectioners' sugar makes it pretty enough for the party.

    2. Wine Poached Pears: I love the deep burgundy hue of the pears. To serve, I place each one in a dish and serve with scoops of different shades of pink sorbets (strawberry, raspberry, peach).

    3. Grapefuit Meringue Nests with Mixed Berries: Sweet red grapefruits make all the difference here. The aromatic zest is in the meringues and the juice flavors the berries.

    4. Crunchy Chocolate Biscotti: Our Food Director, Susan Westmoreland, created this crunchy cookie recipe for her dad. Chock full

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  • 3 Innovations for Hard-to-Clean Surfaces


    Stain remover for wood floorsBona Pet Stain RemoverSeveral weeks ago I attended a preview of the International Home and Housewares Show (IHA) that's taking place in early March in Chicago. The exhibit gave me a sneak peek at some of the newest products launching in the coming year. Among all the appliances, gadgets and gizmos, I was very happy to see some innovative household cleaners that claim to address the problems other products can't handle. Here's what caught my eye.

    Bona, the company known for its hardwood floor cleaning mops and formulas, is introducing Pet Stain Remover (left). What makes this new solution different is that it not only cleans but also kills the odor-causing bacteria other cleaners miss. Once you eliminate the odors trapped in the floor's finish, pets are less likely to soil the area again.

    Related: 52 Ways to Get Organized

    The next products that intrigued me are from a line of new cleaners from DuPont. Last year we evaluated DuPont's Cleaner for natural stoneDuPont Soap Scum RemoverCountertop Cleaning Wipes and were impressed. Not only do they

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  • Calling All Meat Lovers: Books About Butchering

    By Sharon Franke

    The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised MeatThe Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised MeatThere used to be a butcher in every town and that's where you bought your meat. Steaks and chops were cut, meat was ground, and roasts were tied to order. If you wished, you could have your chicken breasts pounded for cutlets, ask that your beef stew chunks be cut into precise 2-inch cubes, or bring your own stuffing to be rolled into a breast of veal. As you waited you gossiped with the butcher and exchanged cooking tips and recipes. If you were accompanied by a child, he or she'd be given a chunk of salami or bologna to munch on while your purchases were neatly wrapped in brown paper. You know what happens today--you toss a plastic wrapped package into your supermarket cart.

    Related: The Future of Cookbooks is Here

    But things are changing. The local butcher is not only coming back...he's a rock star. Young people are seeking out internships with the butcher and forsaking law, business, and advertising careers for meat cutting. And hot on the heels of the resurgence

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  • Sweet Floral Arrangements for Spring

    Forget taking a trip to a florist for a fabulous arrangement. You only need to go as far as your local grocery store. Simply walk down the produce aisle, fill your basket with vegetables, fruits and flowers, and you have the makings of a stunning centerpiece. Then follow our step-by-step instructions for creating unique, eye-catching floral designs.

  • Perfect-Looking Skin Cheat Sheet

    Skin solutions

    Get perfect-looking skin

    • Go for a subtle glow. Apply foundation with a dampened sponge - it'll give you a sheer, natural finish that's nongreasy, light, and lasting.
    • Make your face look slimmer. Strategic highlighting and contouring will make you seem svelter, especially in photos. How: Along the sides of your nose, blend (well!) a smidge of base or bronzer (in a shade darker than your skin). Then highlight the narrowest part (the bridge) with a shimmer cream, to draw the eye there.
    • Don't powder your nose. Stop shine with blotting paper. (Layering on too much powder can cause it to settle into fine lines and exaggerate them.)

    Make the most of your lips

    • Do a Pre-Lipstick Priming. Apply a little concealer around your mouth and just a touch in the middle of your bottom lip, then add color. Your lips will look more shapely, and your lipstick will last longer.
    • Turn Thin Lips Into Fuller Ones. To create the illusion of plumpness, apply a
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  • Nate Berkus's Room Organizing Tips

    Are you a revealer, who puts things on display? Or a concealer, who hides it all away? No matter your organizing method, TV's Nate Berkus can fix those clutter-prone zones

    Nate BerkusNate BerkusIn the Office
    "Everyone wants more storage," says home guru Berkus, whose Nate Berkus Show is in its second season. But how you achieve it is up to you - and your organizing preferences. The priorities in your home's workspace: keeping files, etc., from piling up and making sure supplies are ready to grab. Here, two ways to deal:

    Revealer

    1 | A memo board (a fabric-wrapped foam core in a thrift-store frame) tames to-do's, invites, and more. "If it doesn't fit here, out it goes," explains Berkus.

    2 | Mounting a DIY shelf - this beauty's made of reclaimed wood and vintage brackets - frees up the desktop and corrals essentials.

    Related: 6 Great Nightstands

    3 | A clear acrylic sorter (Russell+Hazel) paired with can't-miss-me folders (Paper Source) keeps key files in view.

    4 | Woven bins (The Container Store) won't

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  • Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?

    Most of us overpay or underpay...and neither is good. Here's why, and what to do about it

    By Carmen Wong Ulrich

    No more tax trauma!No more tax trauma!Every April, like clockwork, folks say to me through gigantic grins, "Oh, I'm so excited! I'm going to get the biggest refund check this year!" And every year, I meet those smiles with a furrowed brow and some serious concerns about how those people are managing their money.

    Believe me, I'm not a fan of bursting bubbles (or erasing grins), but getting a fat tax-refund check is not a money-savvy move. Yet the number of refund recipients is about 75% of tax filers - way too high!

    Related: For Love and Money

    Now, of course I'm not suggesting you should err in the opposite direction and wind up owing the IRS big-time come spring. My goal is to help you get as close as possible to breaking even, so your money is working for you year-round. Here's how to find that nice middle ground.

    NO MORE "HOORAY FOR REFUNDS!"

    Here's why most people are such fans of that big money-back

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