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  • 10 Multitasking Beauty Buys

    By WomansDay.com Staff


    Makeup Multitaskers

    These days, a foundation can do so much more than just conceal-it can fight aging or acne, too. And that's not the only beauty product that boasts side talents. Click through to see 10 items that qualify as MVPs thanks to their versatility.






    Problem Salver

    Favored for its chapped-lip-healing power, Smith's rose-scented balm is also light enough to use on all your rough spots, including jagged cuticles, ashy elbows and more. Smith's Rosebud Salve Tube, $6; Sephora.com







    Wax On

    This tea-infused candle-which melts into a rich, creamy lotion-is a complete spa experience in a jar. Bathe in the aromatic scent it releases as it burns, then use the melted product as a paraffin treatment or full-body moisturizer. Melt T Glow Lotion Candles, $44; HWoodBeauty.com






    Contour Guide

    Shine on, literally! By swiping this popular NARS shimmer stick over any of your

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  • 8 Overnight Skin Treatments Put to the Test

    By Mandy Major


    While the arrival of spring brings renewal to your surroundings, the varying temperatures and upswing in airborne irritants often have the opposite effect on your complexion. Add hormones and aging to the mix, and you've got a recipe for ailing skin that's in desperate need of a fresh start. But who has the time or money for a facial? With that in mind, we sought out the fastest and simplest skin-renewing products out there. From loose powders to serums, discover which overnight products will give your beauty sleep a boost.

    Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel

    The Claim: "An overnight treatment that helps clear skin, calm inflammation and prevent future breakouts by reducing excess sebum, removing impaction plugs and eliminating bacteria."
    Score: 5 of 5
    What WD had to say: Unscented and simple to use, this product, which is applied like a mask and washed off in the morning, got raves from our tester. "I give this a 5 and I don't do that lightly. It really

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  • Put Garden Pests in Their Place

    By Spectracide


    Weeds, bugs and diseases can destroy all your hard work in the yard and garden. Here are some proven solutions to taming the wild and tackling nature's pesky invaders.

    Lawn Weeds- Crabgrass and Broadleaf Weeds

    Problem: Crabgrass can multiply quickly, so it should be treated as soon as you notice it.

    • Thrives in long, hot summer weather.
    • Will take over a drought-stricken lawn in a short time.
    • It is common in all parts of the country.

    Solution: For lawn weeds such as crabgrass, dandelions and chickweed, among others, only use a selective weed killer (which kills the weeds, not the grass). The best defense against weed infestation in the lawn is to maintain a healthy lawn with regular feeding, proper mowing and watering.


    Lawn Disease- Brown Patch

    Problem: Brown patch can be found throughout the country and attacks Kentucky bluegrass, centipedegrass, Bermudagrass and bentgrass.

    • Likes high humidity and shady spots.

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  • 5-Minute Mood Boosters

    By Amanda Greene


    Whether you've got a case of the Mondays or an argument with a friend has left you in a foul mood, reaching for the nearest chocolate bar isn't your only option for a quick pick-me-up. When it comes to feeling better in a flash, everything from concentrating on your breathing to giving a stranger a compliment can help. Read on for eight quick, easy-and often surprising--ways to turn that frown upside down.

    1. Make a gratitude list.

    "The most effective way I know of to shake a bad mood is to brainstorm everything possible that you're grateful for and write it down," says Amy Wood, PsyD, author of Life Your Way. She suggests starting with broad strokes, like being thankful the sun is shining or that you're breathing. "You'll find that once you get the ball rolling, more and more ideas will come to you. Studies actually show that it's impossible to feel gratitude and unhappiness simultaneously. That's why this strategy works so well, and so quickly!"


    2.

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  • 4 Marvelous Mom Makeovers

    By Gina Way


    In honor of Mother's Day, we set out to change the lives of four very different moms. Check out their transformations below and learn how the stylists worked their magic.


    Kathy Hanna
    Elementary school teacher and single mom of Carson, 15, and Christopher, 13
    Age 49; lives in Middletown, Delaware

    Haircolor: Since Kathy's salt-and-pepper hair was more cool-toned salt than warm-toned pepper, it was washing out her complexion. So Louis Licari, colorist and owner of Louis Licari Salon, New York City and Beverly Hills, colored it a medium golden blonde to enhance her skin tone. By leaving the lighter baby hairs framing her face au naturel while he deepened the rest of her hair, Licari created a natural highlighting effect. "Haircolor is makeup that doesn't wash off," Licari says. "We're making her complexion pop so she looks gorgeous when she wakes up in the morning without a bit of makeup."

    Hairstyle: Jennifer Lawrence, senior hairstylist, gave Kathy

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  • 8 Fitness Secrets to Steal from the Boys

    By Brynn Mannino


    Not that we're envious (actually, yes, we are), but guys seem to have a much easier time getting fit than women. Sure, their bodies are different, but what if there's more to it? After looking at men's traditional workout habits versus women's, we found that they have a few tricks up their sleeves. For one thing, strength training burns way more calories than cardio alone, and post-workout protein shakes are more than just an excuse to drink a smoothie. But that's not all! Read on to find out how you can improve your own fitness routine by taking a few tips from the boys.

    1. They work multiple muscle groups at once.

    The more muscles you work at one time, the more calories you'll burn at one time-not only at the gym but during the days following, as your muscles rebuild, says Myatt Murphy, coauthor of The Body You Want in the Time You Have. Compounding exercises, like squats, dead lifts and bench presses, will give you the most bang for your buck, as they

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  • The 411 on Food Cravings

    By Joy Bauer, RD


    Food cravings are a normal part of life; after all, who hasn't at some point found herself staring into the freezer, ready to eat more than just a few scoops of that mint chocolate chip ice cream? While the occasional "crave-in" isn't a big deal, if it happens regularly, it can lead to weight gain, not to mention a slew of other health problems including headaches, bloating and feeling downright blech. Though you may not be able to curb your food cravings entirely (in my book, spinach and celery will never satisfy a hankering for chocolate or chips), understanding what causes them can help you develop a realistic plan for dealing with them.

    Blame it on the brain. A few good theories explain what's going on. One is that eating sugar, fat and salt triggers the release of dopamine, a feel-good brain chemical that can also make you want to eat when you're not really hungry. Over time, the mere sight or smell of certain foods is enough to make your brain say

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  • All-Natural Ways to Fight Bloating

    By Amanda Greene


    Most of us are familiar with bloating-that uncomfortable, swollen feeling in your belly. Whether the bloating is caused by water retention, gas or constipation, you don't necessarily need to head to the pharmacy right away to find relief. The edibles below may be able to help, thanks to their natural anti-bloating properties. But before you chow down, check with your physician to make sure your symptoms aren't indicative of a more serious issue.

    Papaya

    "The enzyme papain, which is found in papaya, is very similar to some of the digestive enzymes secreted by the pancreas to help break down proteins in food," says Timothy Harlan, MD, medical director at the Tulane University School of Medicine and author of Just Tell Me What to Eat. Data, including a 2009 study in the Journal of Medicinal Food, has suggested the tropical fruit may help with many aspects of digestion, which can help ease bloating related to constipation or gas. To reap the maximum benefits

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  • Slow-Cooked Recipes for Spring

    By WomansDay.com Staff


    The weather may be warming up, but don't store away that slow cooker just yet! Put it to work just like you would in winter, piling on the meat and veggies and letting them simmer away for hours. But the trick is to opt for dishes on the lighter side, like those featured here: smoky beef brisket for sandwiches, spicy and sweet Cuban-style pork and bright-tasting green chicken chili. Whatever you choose, it'll make a fuss-free and fantastic springtime dinner.

    Learn how to get slow-cooker recipes right every time.


    Spring Vegetable & Chicken Stew Recipe

    By Woman's Day Kitchen from Woman's Day; June 2, 2009 | June 2, 2009

    If you steer clear of stews because they're too heavy, try this healthy combination of chicken thighs, baby carrots, leek, asparagus and peas punched up in a white wine and tarragon broth.

    Recipe Ingredients

    • 1 slow-cooker liner (we used Reynolds)
    • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless
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  • 5 Incredible Quiche Recipes

    By Woman's Day Staff


    No matter how you slice it or when you serve it, quiche-an oven-baked dish traditionally made with eggs and milk in a flaky pastry crust-makes a satisfying meal. Add in cheese, vegetable and meat ingredients of your choice, and the result is a perfect savory pie. Don't believe us? Try one of WD's inventive spins below, any of which will fit the bill for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and taste the proof yourself.

    Love savory pies? Check out eight other delicious dishes.

    Basic Herb Quiche RecipeBasic Herb Quiche RecipeBasic Herb Quiche Recipe

    Quiche is a cook's secret weapon: It feels fancy, but is inexpensive; can be eaten cold, room-temperature or hot; and can be served practically any time of day. Keep this versatile recipe on hand, adding bits of whatever leftover vegetables and cooked proteins you like.



    RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • Kosher salt and
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