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  • The 5 Biggest Summer Beauty Problems - Solved

    Follow these simple solutions for common warm-weather mishapsBy Woman's Day Staff

    1. Your makeup feels like it's melting the minute you step outside.
    Makeup is made to rinse off with the help of water, so it's not surprising that the rise in humidity can cause it to slide away. To prevent this, sweep on a translucent setting powder over your foundation. It combats slick skin without depositing color. Try it on your eyelids, too, to keep eyeshadow in place and mascara from smudging. Photo by Keith Lathrop

    Try: e.l.f. Translucent Matifying Powder, $3;

    Related: Discover 75 timeless beauty tips.

    2. Your legs and underarms get red and bumpy after shaving.
    Skin may seem flat, but it peaks around hair follicles and dips into valleys between them. When you shave, the razor can irritate this slightly uneven skin. To help your razor glide more easily, coat legs with shaving cream or conditioner (avoid soap, which can be drying). Pressing the razor down against skin can also cause redness. Use a lighter touch-the

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  • 10 Sexy Tricks that Actually Turn Men Off

    Find out which suggestive moves he doesn't find attractiveBy Noelia Trujillo

    Tantalizing texts and revealing outfits may drive guys wild in movies and books, but in real life? "Men are never satisfied by women who try to keep their attention by wearing sexy clothes and spending a lot of time in the mirror," for instance, says Cammi Balleck, PhD, author of Happy, the New Sexy. Even subtle signals you'd expect him to find sexy can lower his libido. Read to discover 10 gimmicks that just don't get him going, and how to transform them into effective turn-ons. Photo by Thinkstock

    1. Wearing a Lot of Makeup

    Men like women who look polished and presentable. It's the Marilyn Monroe lips paired with smoky eyes and layers of foundation that may have your guy asking, "Where are you under there?" Simply put, "men like natural," says Dr. Balleck. "Good taste will attract men, and exaggeration will turn them away." Less is more here, so try enhancing your look with these makeup-free ideas.

    2. Scheduling Sex

    Suggestive texts can get your partner's heart

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  • 7 Things Your Restaurant Server Won't Tell You

    Pick up restaurant tips that can save you money, get you the tastiest meals and moreBy Tracy Saelinger


    At many restaurants, the portions at lunch are only slightly smaller than what is served at dinner, and for much lower prices. Some of the best deals are at chains like The Cheesecake Factory, where the lunch servings are quite generous. "People will often come in for lunch and take the rest home for dinner," says David Gordon, the company's chief operating officer. Photo by Getty Images


    If something is wrong, speak up. The management would rather give you a new dish than have you hold on to your displeasure and write a bad review on Yelp later. And don't worry-a waiter isn't likely to defile your food if you politely point out that it was too salty, says Alison Owings, author of Hey, Waitress!

    Related: Discover the best body language for any situation.


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  • 7 Simple Ways to Transform Your Patio into a Summer Haven

    By Woman's Day Staff

    What's a beautiful home without a well-maintained outdoor area? Thankfully, some of the prettiest upgrades are also budget-friendly. From the placement of plant containers to cheery paint colors, read on to find pointers that will perk up your patio in no time.

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  • 10 Signs You're Spending Too Much Family Time Together

    Recognize when you, your spouse or your kids could use a break from each otherBy Melody Warnick

    "Too much of a good thing" tends to apply to chocolate consumption and marathons of The Real Housewives, not to something as wholesome as family togetherness. After all, research shows that children who spend a lot of time with their families do better in school, make better choices and are happier. But hanging out too often, especially if you force it, can cause problems like making kids dependent and leaving parents feeling resentful. These 10 warning signs tell you when it's time to take a break. Photo by Getty Images

    1. You and your husband haven't been to the movies in five years…

    …because you won't leave your kids with a babysitter.
    It's tough to tell whose separation anxiety is more agonizing: yours or your little ones'. But hire a sitter anyway-for the kids! "Life has turned into one long, teachable moment, but we think we're the only teachers," says Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts

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  • The Easiest Ways to Write Up a Will

    Learn which papers to fill out to protect your familyBy MP Dunleavey, Editor of

    Have peace of mind knowing that your family will be cared for after your death, and your important belongings will go to whom you choose. As hard as it is to think about a time when you're not here, you don't want to leave the people you love with big, painful questions. Photo by Corbis

    Make Your End-of-Life Decisions

    A will is critical, but just as key are legal documents that state how you'd want to be cared for should you become ill or injured and unable to speak for yourself. Now's a good time to draw these up as well:

    HEALTHCARE PROXY Also known as a healthcare power of attorney, this enables you to name an agent to make medical decisions for you if you can't. Many states' health department websites have simple forms to download.

    LIVING WILL Here's where you make clear how you want to be taken care of-for instance, whether or not you'd want to be kept alive on a respirator if need be. Some states use an advance care directive,

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  • How an Injured Dove Gave One Woman Wings

    Read how an unexpected pet bird changed a woman's lifeBy Nina Malkin

    One day in 1997, as Michele Raffin was driving, a flutter of white on the side of the road caught her eye. She knew it was an injured bird, but she kept going, telling herself how dangerous it was to stop on the expressway and that she was running late. But most of all, Michele, a dog and cat lover, didn't know a thing about birds. Still, the image stayed with her. "About a mile later I turned around," Michele, 61, recalls. "It felt wrong to leave an animal in need."

    Bird calling
    The dove had been dropped from the talons of a hawk, and Michele rushed her to the nearest vet, who found that the bird had an infection that needed to be treated with antibiotics. Michele felt compelled to go back and check on the bird's condition the next day, and the day after that. She was fascinated by the smarts and sensitivity she perceived in the dove. "The bird seemed to recognize me, moving closer to the side of the incubator where I stood with her eyes fixed on me," she says.


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  • The 7 Simplest Ways to Save Money on Groceries

    Fill up your shopping cart without emptying your walletFill up your shopping cart without emptying your walletBy Woman's Day Staff

    With those frequent trips to the supermarket, every penny saved counts. Stash lots of cash with these smart-spending tips.

    1. Visit the freezer aisle
    Out-of-season fruits and vegetables, like berries, corn and peas, are far less expensive (but just as nutritious) when you buy them frozen.

    2. Think beyond the supermarket
    Pharmacies often have low prices on nonperishables like spices and crackers.

    3. Supersize your shopping
    Supercenters, like Target and Walmart, tend to sell staple items like coffee, rice, sugar, flour and cereals for up to 15% less than grocery stores.

    Related: Discover 9 buys that are cheaper online.

    4. Snap for the best deal
    Use a free price scanner smartphone app (try RedLaser) to scan barcodes while you shop. It compares prices at nearby stores so you can find the best deals.

    5. Follow the sales
    Items are typically discounted in six- or eight-week cycles. Scan circulars for deals on foods that won't expire, and buy enough to last a month

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  • 3 Fast Ways to Rev Up Your Marriage

    Find out surprising causes of low libido and what you can do to boost itBy Madonna Behen

    Is your marriage's passion meter a little on the low side? Libido zappers come from unexpected places, but there are easy ways to get back in the mood. Read on to learn what you can do in and out of the bedroom, straight from the pros. Photo by Getty Images

    Related: Learn 10 marriage rules you should break.

    The ob/gyn says…Check your stress

    Ask yourself, Am I feeling anxious? Am I sleeping well? When you're tense or sleep-deprived, you produce too much of the hormone cortisol, which impacts the balance of other hormones that affect libido (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone-yes, women have it, too!). Regular exercise, such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, can decrease cortisol levels and also help keep hormone levels in check. And don't forget to bring up your concerns with your physician. Low libido can be a sign of various medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and depression.

    STACY TESSLER LINDAU, MD, associate professor of

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  • Sleep Away Your Wrinkles

    Add these steps to your beauty routine to revive skin and fight fine lines all through the nightBy Woman's Day Staff

    There's truth to the phrase beauty sleep. Getting some zzz's has loads of benefits, including skin rejuvenation. Follow these steps to maximize the beauty benefits of slumber. Plus, pick up product recommendations worthy of adding to your skincare collection. Photo by Thinkstock

    Go to bed with a clean face

    When you take off your makeup you're also washing away pore-clogging dirt and oil, so skin has a chance to naturally exfoliate-clearing away dead skin and bringing new cells to the surface. Products can penetrate skin better, too. For nights when you're too tired to make it to the sink, keep a pack of cleansing cloths next to your bed.

    Pond's Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes, $5.99;

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    Make skincare products work harder

    Because your skin temperature rises at night, it's the ideal time to apply rejuvenating products, which will warm up and seep deeper into the lower layers of your skin. Look for a

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