The 6 Most-Requested Long Hairstyles

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, might be royalty, but her cut is quite common. "This style is all one length that's been curled," says hairstylist Juan Carlos Maciques of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. The cut calls for thick, dense hair (otherwise the ends can look stringy) and works on pretty much all face shapes, except for long ones, which it can elongate even more. To create the big curls at the bottom, use a two-inch curling iron to clamp down on the ends of the hair, then roll it up, holding the iron horizontally.

"Sofia Vergara's layers start at the collarbone and are cut bluntly and at random, rather than blended, which gives the illusion of thicker hair," Maciques says. The cut suits round and heart-shaped faces best, and it's ideal for straight or wavy textures, since tight curls require too much maintenance.

Minka Kelly's layers are also long, but there are more of them and they are less chunky than Vergara's, starting higher up and going from the chin down. "Minka's cut has more layers that are chopped into the bottom for lightness, which she can get away with because her hair is thick," says Maciques.

"Since Beyoncé's hair is naturally curly, her hair is actually several inches longer than it appears," says Maciques. Her layers are still long and minimal, cut about two or three inches from the ends and thinned at the bottom to avoid a poufy cloud of hair. This cut is best for naturally curly or wavy hair; an iron helps smooth any frizz.

"Emma Roberts's short, evenly blended layers are angled down so they become seamless," Maciques says. "It's the perfect long cut for fine hair, because it gives body and movement without looking straggly." A side part and jaw-length layers in front help shorten her oval face well, but the cut also flatters just about anyone.

Adding bangs helps soften or shorten square, oval, elongated faces, as is the case with Olivia Wilde, who also incorporates long layers that start at her collarbone. Avoid too-blunt bangs; cut into them so they fall softly at your forehead. Your hair can be thick or thin, but unless it's naturally straight, you'll become a slave to styling.

Via Allure
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4 Sneaky Reasons Your Back Hurts


Some ballet-style flats can cause more pain than you'd imagine. Ultra-thin soles don't absorb the shock of your steps, explains Michael Hisey, M.D., an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institute: "The discs in your lower back are filled with cushiony fluid, but walking in flimsy shoes all day long wrings them out like a sponge." Use an insert for support .


If you have little ones, chances are you schlep them around more than they use their own two feet. That extra 20, 30, or 40 pounds can overload back muscles, which tighten up to keep you standing straight. The best way to tote any size tot? "On one hip, switching sides periodically to help keep things balanced," recommends Hisey.


Yammer all you want, just don't pin the phone between your ear and your shoulder. "You're forcing your spine to stretch to its limits, and that can make your upper back sore," Hisey says. If you typically need your hands to be free, switch to a headset.


Staying in the same basic position for eight hours (say, if you're desk-bound) can stress your back, says Ted Choma, M.D., associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri. The fix: Adjust yourself periodically to allow alternate muscles to take over, so the same ones don't contract all day. Prop a phone book or a big dictionary under your computer monitor (it shouldn't be above eye level) and one under your feet. As the day goes on, remove one book, then, a few hours later, the other. And be sure to take a lunch break!

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A dermatologist, a chemist, and a makeup artist all weigh in on what to do about aging hands

A. THE DERMATOLOGIST SAYS: "Hands are the most sun-exposed part of the body after the face and chest, but most women aren't as diligent about protecting them — which is why they often show damage early on. Excessive sun exposure causes spots (from overproduction of melanin) and prominent veins (due to collagen damage that thins the skin). Loss of fat, which happens with age, also makes veins more visible." Skin-brightening products containing vitamin C or kojic acid can reduce spots after three months of daily use. "But you must also apply sunscreen every morning — and every three hours when you're outside — to prevent new spots," Fields says. No cream will fix bulging veins, but a moisturizer with light-diffusing particles can make them less noticeable. — Kathy Fields, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, and coauthor of Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change

A. THE CHEMIST SAYS: "When your hands are dry, lines and crepey-ness are more obvious, which is why it's so important to keep them moisturized: It plumps the skin so they appear more youthful." Most body lotions aren't hydrating enough to do the job, so use a hand cream that contains humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which draw water to the skin, plus ingredients that prevent moisture loss, such as petrolatum and cocoa butter. Reapply throughout the day — "especially with all the hand-washing you do during flu season," says Wilson — and wear leather gloves (which won't wick away moisture) when you're outside. "They keep hands hydrated while protecting against dry air and UV rays, which cause damage even in the winter." — Ni'Kita Wilson, cosmetic chemist and vice president of research and innovation at Englewood Lab in Englewood, NJ

A. THE MANICURIST SAYS: "Cracked, ragged cuticles make hands look worn. To rejuvenate them, exfoliate with a scrub, then rub a dot of cuticle cream into each nail bed. Give it a minute to absorb, then use an orange wood stick to push back your cuticles." Long, pointy nails look old-fashioned, so file 'em short and round, then either buff each nail with five strokes of a nail buffer labeled "240/320 grit" or apply a fun polish color. ("But keep in mind that blue-ish shades can make veins more obvious on fair skin," Logan says.) For something classic, try a warm-toned neutral polish. And if you're getting a salon manicure, "add on a paraffin wax treatment," she suggests. "It plumps the skin and makes hands incredibly smooth and baby-soft." — Lisa Logan, celebrity manicurist whose clients include Beyoncé and Madonna

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Your New Breakfast Plan

Surprise your body in a good way with these delicious, filling, but low-calorie breakfasts. Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien has a new one for every weekday!

Smoked salmon 'n' bacon sandwich
A bagel with cream cheese and lox has an average of 575 calories and 25 grams of fat. Get the same flavor for less with this: Mix up 2 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese with 1 slice chopped cooked turkey bacon, 1 oz chopped smoked salmon, 1 Tbsp chopped red onion, and 1 Tbsp chopped cucumber. Layer with a slice of tomato on a toasted light English muffin. (206 calories, 5 g fat)

Tropical breakfast bowl
This takes just seconds to throw together but will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. Mix ⅔ cup fat-free cottage cheese with 1 to 2 drops coconut extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and 1 packet no-calorie sweetener (optional), then top with a sliced kiwi, ½ cup sliced strawberries, 1½ tsp shredded sweetened coconut, and 1½ tsp chopped dry-roasted pecans (about 3 pecan halves). (230 calories, 5 g fat)

Apple-icious oatmeal
Hungry? This helping is huge and has nearly 7 grams of fiber. Mix a cup of water, ½ cup old-fashioned oats, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk, for 50 more calories), ½ apple (chopped), ¼ tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp cinnamon, no-calorie sweetener to taste (or 2 tsp sugar, for 35 calories), and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until creamy, 12 to 15 minutes. (246 calories, 5.5 g fat)

Quick turkey scramble
A protein-packed egg dish you'll flip for: In a large skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook 2 oz raw lean ground turkey with a dash each of salt and pepper. Then add 5 egg whites and scramble. Chop up 2 slices microwaved turkey bacon and add to eggs, then top off with ½ cup chopped tomato and another sprinkle of salt and pepper. So fresh, so good! (250 calories, 9.5 g fat)

Oat-rageous chocolate-chip pancakes
These little cakes fill you up without weighing you down. Combine 3 Tbsp liquid egg whites (or 1 to 2 egg whites), 1 Tbsp skim milk, 1 Tbsp water, ⅛ tsp vanilla extract, 3 Tbsp old-fashioned oats, 2 Tbsp whole-wheat flour, 2 tsp sugar, ¼ tsp baking powder, 1½ tsp mini semisweet chocolate chips, and a pinch of salt. Coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray, warm over medium heat, and drop batter to form 5 cakes. Cook for 2 minutes, flipping once. Serve with a banana. (300 calories, 4 g fat)

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Men's Health Guide to Style: Fall 2011

Rule 1: It's more important to look good every day than to look different every day.

This is the genius of being a man.

Rule 2: Wear a tie when you're asking for money.

In the days of Mad Men's Don Draper, business attire was simple: Suit, tie, hat, and polished shoes. No wonder that generation was able to invent such marvels as space travel and the automatic coffee-maker: People weren't distracted figuring out what to wear each morning. Nowadays the office looks more like the cantina in Star Wars, with slackers and dandies breathing the same filtered cubicle air. Hence the ongoing confusion: Should I wear a tie to this meeting? It's simple: Wear a tie whenever you're trying to make money gravitate from another person's pocket into yours.

Rule 3: The rule of shoes: Black is basic. Basic is boring

If you're wearing black, then by all means wear black shoes. But if you're wearing gray, blue, tan, or a combination thereof, brown shoes will almost always look more sophisticated. There's simply more range, from caramel to chestnut to chocolate. If you wear a belt, it should (sort of) match.

Rule 4: Thin with thin, thick with thick

Narrow lapel? Narrow tie. Thick lapel? Thick tie. This is why Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky look good together. Arnold and Maria? It was never going to work ...

Rule 5: By the time you realize you need a haircut, everyone else has, too

Figure out how long you should go between haircuts. (Hint: This interval will shorten as you grow older. Just ask Gary Busey.) Schedule them in advance—every 6 weeks, or whatever works for your hair. If you wait until you need one, then you're walking around looking like you need one. And masculine style is about looking like you don't need anything.

Rule 6: A man wears a watch

Men used to wear pocket watches, round clunky things they stuck in their pockets and attached to their waistbands. A pocket watch was great for a guy, except when he was trying to discreetly measure the time between two job interviews or the time he had to finish up with the Dowager McMurtry and come a-calling on the Widow Jones. Then came the invention of the wrist-watch, and now a man could juggle employers and women with just a casual flip of the wrist, instead of having to yank a big clunky device out of his pocket. Sadly, this ingenious tactic is under siege: These days, many of us tell time not by wristwatch but by our cellphones. Great devices, unless you're, well, trying to be discreet while digging one out of your pants. So we're back to square one. Be a man. Wear a watch.

Rule 7: Vertical stripes make you look thinner

So guess how horizontal stripes make you look?

Rule 9: Don't try to dazzle

Stick to basics for an interview to ensure that your qualifications are the focus. "Minimize patterns and loud colors," Andre Johnson says. Choose a classic tailored suit in blue or gray, and add a pop of color with the tie or pocket square.

Rule 10: Be ready for anything—or anyone

Always have your A game on, Johnson says; in today's market, you're networking even in your off-hours. "When people first see you, they put you in a box, so you want to make sure you never look sloppy," he says.

Rule 11: Have a go-to suit

"If you're second-guessing yourself before an interview about whether something is too casual or flashy, don't go for it," Johnson says. Always make sure you're comfortable, and know you can't go wrong in your best suit and tie.

Rule 12: Be a road loafer

If you're on the road for interviews or work, "pack nice loafers that you can wear with a suit and tie but also put on with jeans at night," Johnson says. You'll travel light. And slip-ons help you breeze through airport security.

Rule 13: When in doubt, go pink

Beige, yellow, and light-gray shirts should come with a warning label: "Not for use by men lighter than Dwayne Johnson." That doesn't mean yellow can't look good on, say, Tim Pawlenty, but pale folks need to be careful because muted colors can make them look ashen or sickly. If you have a healthy tan, then by all means wear what you want. But if it's mid-November and you haven't seen the sun since Labor Day, be wary of wearing anything off-white next to your face. A great go-to color? Pink. Yeah, we know: In junior high, some jock made fun of you for wearing a pink shirt, and now you're all scarred and emasculated over it. Grow up. Pink does exactly the opposite of beige: It makes a lighter-skinned guy take on a healthy glow, and it attracts women because it shows confidence.

Rule 14: Ties run button to button

A tie should cover your collar button and most of your top trouser button. Anything shorter makes you look like you work for NASA. Anything longer makes you look like former congressman Weiner.

Rule 15: Dress up to go shopping

This may sound kind of silly, but trust us—what you wear while you shop impacts what you'll look like after you've shopped. It's impossible to tell what a suit really looks like when you're trying it on over your "I Hate LeBron" T-shirt. Similarly, it's impossible to tell how well an overcoat fits unless you're trying it on over a sport jacket. Wear a jacket, a white shirt, and a pair of formal shoes. Your tailor will thank you.

Rule 16: Square-toed shoes are just that

Perhaps you believe in always being prepared to kick a field goal no matter what the circumstances. In that case, opt for dress shoes with square toes. But assuming that you are not, in fact, Charlie Brown, the shoes that will last the longest and never go out of style should be a bit more rounded at the tip. Get the point?

Rule 17: Wear flip-flops only at home (okay—the beach, too)

What makes a man a man? He is strong. He is certain. He is prepared at any moment to meet a manly challenge with courage and fortitude. When a child wanders off the curb into traffic, when a date is hassled by a street tough, when a fire breaks out and someone needs rescuing, a man is there, fast and ready. He is not skipping cloppity-clop- clop down the street, squeezing his toes together so his flip-flops don't fall off.

Rule 18: Ties are for dressing up

Rule 19: A good suit can be dressed down

A suit's job is to make you look slimmer, fitter, stronger, and taller—that's the magic of the matching jacket and pants. If you have that going for you, who cares if you throw a casual shirt under the suit and pair it with some cool sneakers? Just avoid logos, numbers, ribbed tees, or anything you'd wear to bed.

Rule 20: Don't lace your wingtips like a sneaker

The crisscross lacing style you learned as a kid is fine for your canvas Chucks, not for a good pair of leather brogues. Try the more refined straight-bar lacing instead.

1 Thread the lace down through the pair of holes closest to the toe, making sure you have equal lengths of lace on each side.

2 Thread one end out through the next hole on the same side. Then string it across so it looks like a horizontal bar, and thread it in through the top of the opposite-side hole.

3 Lace it upward again, skipping one hole, and then pull the lace straight across. Continue this process, skipping one hole, all the way to the top.

4 Take the other end of the lace and repeat—thread it through the inside of the first free hole on the same side of the shoe. Continue all the way to the top.

Rule 21: Never match blazers with dress pants

In a blazer, white shirt, and dark jeans, you can go anywhere. You can push your kid on a swing. You can take a girl on a date. You can go on a job interview. You can drink at Le Cirque or do shots at a dive bar. You can even attend a wedding. A blazer is always safe when paired with dark jeans, gray flannels, or khakis. But DO NOT pair it with dress pants in a similar color; you'll look like you dressed in the dark.

Rule 22: An ironed man is a wealthy man

Prosperous men don't wear wrinkled clothes. Until you make it, fake it.

1 Set up shop

Fill your iron with distilled water. (Don't use starch, which can damage the fibers in the shirt.) Mist the shirt with a spray bottle.

2 Go easy on the collar

Always iron the back of the collar, never the front, and avoid ironing the tips, to keep them from fraying.

3 Hit the shoulders and sleeves

Position each shoulder around the rounded edge of the board, and iron. Undo the sleeve button and spread out the cuff. Iron the inside here, too. Straighten each sleeve, smooth out any creases, and iron both sides.

4 Finish it off

Spread out the left side of the shirt's body, smooth the creases, and start ironing. Work your way to the right side. Air-dry the shirt on a hanger for 5 to 10 minutes, so the fabric sets.

Rule 24: Dress like you've made something of yourself in the world, even if you haven't

Don't try to look like you did when you were just starting out, Neil Strauss says. "Men stay stuck in their college style when it's no longer flattering for their age or body," he notes. "Let your wardrobe evolve with the times—and your title."

Rule 25: What you can't fix, feature

Strauss went through a long Rogaine period before deciding to shave his head. "I hid beneath hats," he says. "Once I made the decision to shave my head, I felt so much more self-assured."

Rule 26: When you find a look, go all in

Strauss had a buddy whose look was generic and nerdy. He had him grow his curly hair way out and wear thick black-framed glasses. "Women started treating him like a rock star because he stood out," Strauss says.

Rule 27: Match your belt to your belt loops

The guys who made your pants had a pretty good idea of what kind of belt would go well with them. If you wear a thin dress belt with pants that have big, airy loops, you will create an unfortunate sexual metaphor. So don't do that.

Rule 28: Neither a sausage nor a sailboat be

When it comes to weekend wear, men tend to fall into one of two categories—the sausages and the sailboats. A sausage guy wears everything tight, so everything's bulging—his belly, his junk, whatever. A sailboat wears everything loose, so every time the breeze blows, his clothes become as rippled as Jillian Michaels's abdomen. Avoid both problems by mixing tight and loose—baggy jeans with a fitted T-shirt or tight pants with an unstructured jacket.

Rule 29: Make a mark with your own pen

Having an elegant pen at the ready makes you look sophisticated and prepared. But it does something else that we love—it cuts down on the germs you casually pick up from those scuzzy ballpoints the waitress gives you to sign the check. (By the way, better to risk overtipping than spend time doing division in your head. So round up.) Impress your companions and prevent the flu at the same time? Works for us.

Rule 30: Bosses wear white shirts. Drones wear blue shirts

That's why they're called "white collar" and "blue collar." If three men in suits walk into a room and one of them is wearing a white shirt, that's the guy people are going to assume is the boss.

Rule 31: No Texas tuxedos

If you ever find yourself pairing jeans with a matching denim shirt, ask yourself, "Am I about to get very dirty?" If you're slopping hogs or going on a date with Snooki, then by all means double up on the denim. Otherwise, it's silly. Denim shirt? Khaki pants.

Rule 32: Don't saw yourself in half

If you're pairing light pants and a light shirt, find a light belt. Otherwise you look like the girl in a David Copperfield stunt.

Rule 33: If you want to get fit, dress fit

Coming up with reasons not to exercise is about as hard as filling out a page of Mad Libs: "The weather was too , my arms were very , and I had a hanging out of my nose." So don't wear clothes to the gym that make you look and feel lame. No John Stockton shorts, no Loverboy sweatbands. People are looking at you. You're looking at you. Buy a nice, well-fitted shirt that shows off your best parts and hides your flaws, and find shorts that come almost to the knee. And skip the groin stretches—do only exercises such as the pullup that look cool while you're doing them. (I know it's terrible exercise advice, but that's okay. This is the style section. The guys who edit our fitness stuff never look back here!)

Rule 34: Naked guys have the right-of-way

Speaking of gyms and clothing: If two men pass each other in the locker room, the most naked guy gets the right-of-way. I would hate to accidentally hit you in the shin with my privates.

Rule 35: Dark skies? Dark clothes

Dark clothes hide raindrops and splashes better. But your best defense against bad weather is a fresh set of clothes kept in your car or office, just in case. Like, maybe, I don't know—dark jeans, a white shirt, and a blue blazer? An extra pair of shoes and socks wouldn't hurt either. A good soaking can ruin your look—and your day.

Rule 36: Scarves are meant to be tied

If you think scarves are little more than decoration—something Steven Tyler wears to cover up his turkey neck—then you probably don't know the power of their insulating effect. A good wool scarf can even substitute for a jacket when temps are in the 50s. Fold the scarf in half so the two loose ends meet, forming a loop. Drape the scarf around your neck. Now pull the two ends through the loop and tighten. Onward!

Rule 37: Keep a secret grooming stash

Rule 38: Keep your t-shirt simple

Google-image George Clooney. Now do the same with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Leo DiCaprio. You'll notice something interesting: There's not a single shot of any of these men wearing a T-shirt that says "Metallica" or "Go Badgers!" or "I'm with Stupid" with an arrow pointing to their penis. In almost every photo, if they're wearing a T-shirt, it's either white, black, or gray. Why? Because men look good in simple, form-fitting T-shirts. If you are wearing a logo, you'd better own the company. Or someone should be paying you to wear it. Dig?

Rule 39: Don't be a tucker

You could say there are two types of men, Tuckers and Untuckers. It's okay to be a Tucker on occasion, but tuck lightly—too many men shove their T-shirt into their pants in the hope that it will obscure their paunch. But such measures only accentuate one's Galifianakis-like girth. True style falls loosely at the waist, showing a bit of belt.

Rule 40: Tailor your shoulders like a soldier

Did Teddy Roosevelt charge up San Juan Hill in a baggy tee? Did those Navy SEALs who offed OBL wear oversize jackets to make themselves look more "street"? No. Soldiers, sailors, and Marines wear clothes that square off their shoulders, not round them out. There's no excess material to snag on some errant razor wire. That's you, chief. This goes double when choosing a leather jacket, because you can't change your mind and have it retailored. The jacket's shoulders should sit squarely on yours, and not droop over onto your arms. Make sure the sleeves aren't too long and that the bottom of the jacket hits just below your waistband. Good. Now go kill something.

Rule 42: Plan ahead for messes

Fresh shirts and pants for yourself and your spawn are essential if you're more than 10 minutes away from home. Trust us.

Rule 43: Load up on pockets

Rufus Griscom finds himself favoring items with plenty of pockets for kid-related gear—binkies, face wipes, whatever. For easy access, always keep the same items in the same pockets.

Rule 44: Pack a tool kit

A multitool with scissors is something you'll use every day. For example, cutting a few inches off the kids' straws in restaurants makes it easier for them to drink.

Rule 45: Play up your shoulders

Throw on a sweater that has shoulder details. If you're not blessed with Vin Diesel's delts, a little pattern at the base of your wings can give the illusion of extra width.

Rule 46: Your pants are too short if you can see your socks as you walk

Trousers should meet the tops of your shoes with just a little break at your ankles. The exception: denim. Roll up the legs of your jeans if you want to—but only a couple of times, unless you want ankles that look like they have halos. And don't be too neat about it. A bit of dishevelment makes it look as though you've been around.

Rule 47: Your glasses should contrast with your face

The defining characteristic of "handsome" is symmetry: The better things seem to fit together, the better your chances of fitting together with someone else. Select eyewear that balances out the shape of your face. You'll eliminate a visual echo and bring your mug closer to the golden mean.

Rule 48: No elastic waistbands, ever!

Sweaters and sweatshirts with elastic waistbands cause material to bag up around your midsection. This would give even Nadal a No-Deal paunch. Yet manufacturers still insist on making them. Fight back. Buy one awesome cashmere sweater this fall, and search everywhere until you find one without elastic at the bottom. The difference will blow you away.

Rule 49: Pose in clothes that match your mug

If you know you're having your picture taken, plan ahead. Darker guys look best in whites and creams. People with olive skin look best in dark blue, dark green, black, and yellow. If your eyes are blue or green, wear a shirt that matches them. Brown eyes? Go with a color that complements your skin tone.

Rule 50: Kick the tires before you buy a cologne

The smell of a cologne when you first put it on is actually very different from what it will smell like an hour later, says Carlos Benaim, creator of some of the world's most successful fragrances, including Calvin Klein's Eternity for Men and the new YSL scent, L'Homme Libre. Most scents are divided into three "notes," he explains, each a blend of oils and essences that react to your body's chemistry. The top note is the first, fleeting part of the fragrance. It comes and goes in 15 minutes. The middle note lasts about an hour, and the base note remains for the rest of the day. "It's important to test the fragrance on your own skin," Benaim says. Don't try too many at once. Instead, hit the fragrance counter first, sniff a few bottles to find a scent you like, and give it a squirt on your wrist. Do the rest of your shopping while your sample has time to evolve, and save your final decision until you're ready to leave the store.

Rule 51: Your luggage is heading to Mumbai

Which is a bummer, because you're just flying to Miami. Matching luggage is a waste, especially since the airline loses half of it anyway. But invest in one great-looking carry-on: A nice leather bag will scratch and burnish and age as you travel about. It will look great today; it will look better in 2021. Carry in it at least one full change of clothes that can go anywhere. Like, oh, a blue blazer, a white shirt, some dark jeans ...

Rule 52: Look fitter instantly: Dress all in one color

A neutral hue, such as gray, black, olive, navy, or even white, will create a seamless line from head to toe, slimming you and making you look taller. Fuchsia, not so much.

Rule 53: Pack jackets inside out

To prevent wrinkles in a packed suit, turn the jacket inside out and push the shoulders through. Now place the jacket in a plastic bag from a dry cleaner—the plastic minimizes friction, which causes most wrinkles. Fold it in half lengthwise, then fold it over a second time, bringing the collar down to the hem. Wrap the pants in another dry-cleaning bag and fold them into thirds. Note: The enemy of packed clothing is movement, so use the straps in your suitcase to secure your suit.

Rule 54: Toss the old stuff

Here's the fastest way to bring order to chaos, according to Peter Walsh, a professional organizer on TLC's Clean Sweep. Start by eliminating anything you no longer wear, and stow off-season clothes in storage bins under your bed or in totes in your closet.Next, create a zone for each type of clothing ( jeans, shirts, suits) to easily locate everything and edit out duplicates. Finally, optimize your space by replacing bulky plastic hangers with slim, nonslip ones, and hang hooks on your door for belts and jackets.

Rule 56: If you haven't worn it in 3 years, you don't need it

We all have items we won't wear again. Tossing or donating them costs you 3 minutes of nostalgia. Then you'll never think of them again.

Rule 57: Variety isn't critical

If you have a favorite cut, color, or brand of jeans, buy five pairs. Why mess with perfection?

Rule 58: Stuff can weigh you down

As Sam Worthington notes, men move around a lot. When you're considering buying anything, from a TV to a new suit, think about where you'll be in a few years. Do you want to lug this with you? There's your answer.

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Dirty Makeup Secrets

Quick ... do you know your expiration dates for makeup? And when's the last time you washed your brushes? You're not alone. A new, unofficial survey of British women found that their cosmetic bag is out of date by -- gasp -- four years!

Females are using makeup well past the use-by date, unaware products can be a magnet for germs, which could cause damage to their health and looks.

On average, women keep mascara for 12 months when it should be thrown away after six and concealer for 24 months when it should be binned after 12. They hold on to their eyeshadow and blusher for 180 months when it should be dumped after 24.

Despite European guidelines stating that brands have to state product shelf lives, 89 percent of women are unaware such information exists, do not understand what the symbol means or are unable to read the often tiny writing.

Make-up, perfume and skin-care products used after the expiration date carry a risk of irritation and infection due to bacteria and air infiltration.

Multi-use products carry a higher risk as they can spread germs from eyes to skin to lips. Bevis Man, of the British Skin Foundation, said: "Err on the side of caution -- if a product looks or smells strange, throw it away."

Sixty percent of women admit they share make-up with friends and family, multiplying the chances of infection.

Sixty-eight pe cent only replace make-up and skin-care when they run out. And 72 percent never wash their make-up sponges or brushes.

Eighty-one percent regularly (at least once a week) go to sleep without removing make-up.

Sara Stern, cosmetics director at Debenhams, said: "We wouldn't hesitate to chuck out mouldy or bacteria-ridden food and the same standards should apply to the lotions and potions we use.

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Learn How to Start Dating After A Divorce

Remember to Take As Much Time As You Need

Recovering from a divorce can be devastating for some people. Others, though, may be glad to be out of a bad relationship. Either way, it’s going to be best for you and your future dates that you take a while after the divorce to have some “you time." Get to know who you are again. Once you do this, you will have a better of understanding of what you want out of life. The hiatus will also help you to determine what you’re going to want from your future companion. So be sure to take that leap only when you’re really ready.

Don’t Bring Up the Details

Even though it would be good for the person you’re dating to know that you are divorced, don’t go into the details about it. Nothing is more unattractive than rambling on and on about past relationships. The subject will come up eventually of course but when it does, keep it brief and focus your attention on your date and on having a good time, not on the past. You can be open and honest with your date, but do it without spilling your guts.

Be Yourself

Relax and let the real you shine. Dating is about getting to know the other person. The goal is to find out if that person has characteristics you like and if he or she is worth going out with on a second date. Keep in mind that your date is probably as nervous as you are and wants to make a good impression. Just be yourself and encourage the other person to be the same way. Enjoy the moment and smile a lot. You will soon notice that the smiling is contagious and before you know it, you both will be at ease with the situation.

It’s a Date, Not Therapy

If you’ve been through a divorce, especially after a long-term relationship, then it’s more than likely that you’ve been to therapy. While in therapy, you were probably able to get to know yourself better because of the treatment you received there. But this is not prime information to be sharing with your date. This is information you want to hold off on sharing until things get serious. If you start talking about the insights you gained in therapy, it’s almost a sure thing that your date will think you’re nuts and that you offer too much information. Keep most of your issues between you and your therapist.

Show Some Interest

Be sure to pay attention to your date. Get to know who the other person on the other side of the table is. Ask questions and listen to what your date has to say. Nothing is more flattering to people than knowing that what they have to say matters. The more questions you ask, the more knowledge you will gain about your potential partner. This is a great help in determining whether or not there will be second date.

Don’t Get Too Serious Too Fast

Just date for the sake of dating! Give yourself the opportunity to meet new people and have some fun before looking for your next serious relationship. This tactic will keep you from jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

Ending the Date

How the date ends is up to the both of you. Whether to kiss at the end of the date or ask your date to stay for the night is completely up to you. You’re both adults. But do what feels right for you and for your date. At the end of the date, if you want to head home, then do it. But if you both want to spend the night together and get to know each other some more, then do it. However the encounter ends, be courteous at the end. We’re all humans and deserve respect no matter how the date may end up going.

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5 Dating-Profile Clichés and What They Really Mean

Here are some of the most common online dating phrases decoded.

He writes: I'm very sarcastic.
What it really means: I’m not sarcastic at all; I only think I am.
The reasoning: Much like people who claim to be laid back and easy-going, anyone who has to point out what type of sense of humor he has, doesn't have one.

He writes: I'm looking for an easygoing girl who likes to have fun and laugh. Intelligence is very important to me.
What it really means: I'm looking for a girl with a rockin' body who's not looking for anything more serious than a good time. Intelligence is not important to me if you possess any of the aforementioned qualities. I'm also the most boring person on planet.
The reasoning: Who doesn't like to laugh or have fun? Who doesn't want to be around someone who likes to laugh and have fun and who is easy going? Who doesn't think of themselves as at least moderately intelligent? If I ever find a profile that says, "I'm looking for a boring, unintelligent person who is down to be miserable and cry with me for extended periods of time," I will ask that person to marry me because I will have finally found someone who is actually sarcastic.

He writes: 30 Rock is one of my favorite TV shows.
What it really means: I like 30 Rock. I am also indistinguishable from just about everyone else on this site and I am trying to strike a desirable balance between mainstream and hipster.
The reasoning: According to OkCupid's data, 30 Rock is the most popular show for singles on the site. Either practically every eligible bachelor and bachelorette are watching 30 Rock week in and week out, creating some sort of collective, virtual laugh track, or something more cynical is at work here. We suspect the latter. Sure 30 Rock is a good show, but it’s also one of the shows you can proudly claim as one you watch, while also conveniently leaving out that you have The Bachelor Pad set to high priority on your DVR. It's quirky without being too weird (it is on primetime after all), and smart without being too pretentious. In other words it's perfect dating material. If 30 Rock had its own profile, it'd be getting asked out on the regular.

He writes: I'm not good at writing about myself
What it really means: I want you to think I haven't spent too much time on this profile. I'm going for a sexy stream-of conscious
The reasoning: The truth is no one's good at writing about themselves. Somehow in the time it takes for your thoughts to travel from your brain to the computer screen, they've taken on a slightly different meaning until what you’ve written appears to be just a shadow of who you really are—an approximation, really. In other words, if your online profile was a self-portrait it'd be in the abstract tradition. Still, if you choose to embark on online dating, you’ve got to know that it will require you to list your interests in a text box. That’s how the Internet works. Stop self-consciously commenting on the online dating process and just get on board. We’re all there for the same reason.

He writes: I love exploring (insert nearest metropolitan city)
What it really means: I want to give you the impression that I do cool things when in reality I go to the same bars and restaurants in between long bouts of playing video games.
The reasoning: Behind "I love 30 Rock" this might be the most common phrase ever typed into OkCupid. It's pervasiveness has ruined it for every person who actually means it. If someone really wants to convey their adventurous personality or urban knowledge, better to be specific. As any English teacher will tell you, show don’t tell!

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10 Stylish Ways to Wear a Ponytail

Boho Braid

A pretty plait adds an interesting twist to an otherwise casual low ponytail. It's also a stylish way to keep layers off your face without the use of bobby pins. To recreate Molly Sims’s look, start by curling dry hair using a wide-barrel iron, says celebrity hairstylist Cristophe, founder of the well-known salon Cristophe in Beverly Hills. Divide hair into a top and bottom section. Gather the bottom section at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic band. Braid the front section from the right side of the forehead up and along the left side of your face, incorporating front pieces as you go. Continue braiding until you get to the ponytail. Wrap the rest of the braid around the elastic and tuck ends underneath. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Side Sweep

The simple elegance of Nicole Richie’s low ponytail and face-framing layers translates to a look that can easily go from day to night. Try it yourself by separating clean, damp hair into a side part and blowing drying it straight. Backcomb hair at the top of the head, then gather it, leaving some strands free in the front, just below the ear so hair falls over one shoulder; fasten with an elastic band, says stylist Taylor McFadden of Lotus Salon in New York City. Tightly wind a 1-inch section of hair from the ponytail around the band, tucking ends underneath. Use a 1 1/2-inch-barrel curling iron to create subtle waves in the ponytail and lightly brush so they look natural. Set with a flexible hold hairspray. Photo: Patrick Riviere/Getty Images

Bombshell Bump

Keira Knightley’s undone updo oozes sexiness thanks to its height at the crown. Luckily, whether you have thick or fine hair, you can easily replicate the look because the "bump" is created by teasing your hair. To achieve the hairstyle, use a wide-barrel curling iron on your entire head of hair to create all-over waves, says Christophe. Part hair in the middle, leaving the front strands loose. Slightly tease hair at the top of the head. Collect tresses into a ponytail in the middle of the head and fasten with an elastic band. Lightly curl front pieces to give them a slight bend. Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images

Mod Nod

Reese Witherspoon’s glamorous look takes its cue from the 1960s and is a playful take on the sometimes stuffy updo—the go-to hairstyle for elegant soirees. Begin by applying a smoothing serum to clean, damp hair and blow drying strands using a large round brush. Once dry, separate hair into a top and bottom section, says Christophe. Gather the bottom section into a ponytail just under the middle of your head and secure with an elastic band. Tease the top section to give it as much height as possible. Smooth top strands gently with a brush. Sweep remaining hair into a high ponytail at the crown so that it covers the bottom ponytail. Secure with a clear elastic band. Using a 1 ½-inch-barrel curling iron, bend the ends of the bottom ponytail into a slight flip. This will give the illusion of one giant ponytail. Finish with a spritz of sheer hold hairspray. Photo: Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

All About Texture

Kate Beckinsale’s tousled ponytail is a great option for women with wavy or curly hair, says Alli Webb, cofounder of Drybar, an "anti-salon" that only offers blowouts. Leave several strands of hair out around the front of your face and pull the rest back into a high ponytail at the top of your head. Fasten with an elastic band. Wrap a 1-inch section of hair around the elastic band, tucking ends underneath. Backcomb the front pieces and loosely pull them back to create lift. Use a flat boar bristle brush to help smooth out any bumps on top. Secure pieces with bobby pins. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Soft & Romantic

The effortless look of Demi Moore’s pretty ponytail is achieved by gingerly gathering locks, says Christophe. Because there's a relaxed elegance to this hairstyle, it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. To try it at home, first create waves from root to tip using a wide-barrel curling iron on dry hair. Loosely pull hair into a ponytail just above the nape of the neck. Secure with an elastic band. Leave the top relaxed and undone with a few wispy pieces for a more windswept feel. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Sleek & Chic

Lauren Conrad’s polished ponytail is simple and sophisticated, says Webb. It's also a look that almost anyone can achieve as long as they have the right styling tools at home. Start by applying smoothing oil to clean, damp hair and blowing it dry. Use a flat iron on your entire head of hair so it’s stick straight. Create a deep side part and brush hair into a tight ponytail, securing with an elastic band at the nape of the neck. Take a 1-inch section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it tightly around the elastic band, tucking ends underneath. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Short & Sassy

Even short-haired women can wear a stylish ponytail—case in point: Hayden Panettiere. Since Hayden doesn’t have much hair to pull back, her look is more about texturizing the front, says McFadden. Mist a texturizing spray on clean, damp hair and blow dry. Pull hair back in a ponytail, allowing any strands that won't reach to fall. Spray a finishing product on the strands of hair that aren't part of the ponytail for flexible hold once you pin them back. Loosely pull and twist small sections of hair from the front, one at a time, and fasten with bobby pins. Front and sides should look pulled together yet piecey. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Beachy Keen

Wavy-hair women like Whitney Port can wear a beach-inspired ponytail all year long by using a sea-salt spray, says Webb. Apply product on dry hair and then style. Part your hair in the middle and then take 1-inch sections on either side of your face and twist until you get to the back of your head. Gather all hair into a low, messy ponytail. Photo: Charles Eshelman/Getty Images

Curly Cascade

When your locks are as long and lush as Christina Milian’s, you’ll want them to be front and center. Start by applying a strong-hold gel to clean, wet hair and diffuse or blow dry. Break up tight coils by brushing them with a natural-bristle brush to create voluminous, undulating waves, says McFadden. Divide hair into a deep side part and tightly gather hair off to one side. Secure with an elastic band just behind the ear and drape ponytail over one shoulder. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
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Divorce Etiquette 101

Learn how to gracefully navigate the end of a close friend's or family member's marriage

A good friend just told you that she's getting a divorce and you don't know the right way to respond.

The best thing you can say in this situation is simply, “I’m here for you.” In a way, supporting a divorcing friend is not unlike supporting a grieving friend, because divorce—even if she wanted it, even if it’s relatively amicable—evokes similar feelings of loss. “She needs your support and friendship more than anything else,” says Swann. The easiest way to provide support is to take your cues from her: If she wants to just spend time with you without talking about her ex, do that. If she needs a few late-night sessions to vent and work through her grief, be there for her. If she just wants a little company, offer to take her along on your morning walks or to the gym; come by with coffee (or a bottle of wine!) if she can’t get a sitter. Don’t forget she may need practical help, too: Offer to drive her kids places or ask your husband to help out with chores like mowing the lawn or getting the oil changed in her car, suggests Swann.

Your sister is getting a divorce, but you think she's making a mistake.

In truth, you don’t know—and never will know—if her divorce is truly a mistake because none of us really understands what goes on behind closed doors. Even if you are aware that she had an affair, for example, you still don’t know what caused her to stray. Keep in mind, too, that just because the news comes as a shock to you, the same might not apply for her; she may have been thinking about it, and discussing it with her spouse, for years before the announcement. One thing that is certain: Berating her for making a mistake won’t help, says Swann. However, you might want to ask if she's tried couple's counseling, says Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, a former attorney who's now a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of the forthcoming Codependency for Dummies. “Even if they don’t ultimately reconcile, counseling can help the couple work through their divorce.” The bottom line: “Steer clear of offering advice that’s not asked for. Stick to support,” says Lancer.

The couple you and your husband always go on double dates with is now divorcing and you two don't know whose side you should be on.

Presuming that the four of you are all friends, try your best not to choose sides or leave either of them out in the cold. “Divorcing spouses often find they lose friends and are excluded from events they normally attended, which is a shame,” says Swann. Remember, it’s not your job as a friend to take sides as much as it is to support and be there for her and him. If the female half of the couple is asking you to drop her ex from your friend list, tell her—as kindly as you can—that you’re there to be her friend, but you’re not actually angry with her ex, says Lancer. By the same token, be sensitive to both of their feelings by not telling either of them about the time you may have spent with the other person and ensure both of them that anything discussed when you are with them will always be confidential.

Your brother is getting a divorce but you've grown close to your former sister-in-law and want to remain friends with her.

There's no reason why you can’t stay pals with a friend's or family member's ex, but the social etiquette can get thorny. Whereas before, you'd hang out with your sister-in-law at family functions, now it's better to plan a girls' night out for just the two of you—away from your brother and other family members. Swann also notes that you'll likely have to alternate invitations while the divorce is still a sensitive subject, by having your brother and the kids over for a big family BBQ one weekend and then asking his ex to come over with the kids for a play date the following weekend, for example. If your brother is upset that you are still friendly his ex, be respectful of his feelings. “You can say, ‘I’m sorry you feel that way, but I still enjoy spending time with Jane. I hope you understand,’” suggests Swann. If he's adamant about you breaking it off, you may have to decide if the friendship is worth risking your relationship with your brother, adds Lancer.

Your best friend has become sensitive about the topic of money post-divorce; instead of discussing the subject, she avoids making plans with you.

You may find that your friend is in tighter financial straits immediately after her divorce, particularly if she was a stay-at-home mom during the marriage, or has had to move because she could no longer afford the mortgage. This sudden change in lifestyle may make her retreat a bit more from her social life. If she declines to go out, try to be sensitive to her situation and generous when you can, says Swann. Dream up different things to do together that don’t involve spending cash, such as nature walks, free concerts and dinners at home. If there are group outings that you know she would love to go to—like dinner with a group of your girlfriends—“offer to pick up the tab now and then,” says Swann. “You don’t want her to feel isolated right now.”

Family friends are getting a divorce and all the kids involved have a lot of questions about it.

If your families have always been close, you may find yourself in the position of being your friends’ kids’ confidant. “Their children may talk to you before they talk to their own parents,” notes Swann. Reassure them that their parents still love them, and that the divorce is absolutely, positively not their fault (often a child’s biggest fear or suspicion). But resist trying to answer specific questions about “what happened.” The truth is that you don’t know the details. Your own kids may also be full of questions, such as why their friends’ dad (or mom) isn’t living at their house anymore or whether you’re on the road to divorce, too. Answer their specific questions as they arise (“Yes, Jen and Joe's dad lives in a different place now, but he still loves them very much”) without trying to over explain. Saying something like, “Sometimes, families have problems that mean the mom and dad can’t live together anymore, but it has nothing to do with how much they want their kids to be happy and loved” goes a long way, says Lancer.

A divorce amongst your circle of friends is leading to a lot of ugly gossip about the separating couple.

Do your best to not go there. Whether your husband wants to share the "ex's side," your friend is prodding you for dirt on her ex or a mutual friend wants to dish about everyone involved, firmly opt out, says Lancer. It’s just never a good idea to indulge in negative divorce gossip, for everyone involved (particularly the couple’s children). Say to people other than your friend that you’d rather not be caught in the crossfire of any gossip for fear it’ll come back to you (He said that you said…). While it's natural that your friend will want to talk about her divorce, because you care about her and are concerned about her emotional wellbeing, avoid the urge to tell her the latest rumors about her ex or trash talk him. “Say to her, 'I don’t think talking to you about Frank is good for you, and it’s not good for our friendship, which I value,’ and change the subject," says Lancer. If you truly can’t resist telling someone or feel you need to relieve the pressure of knowing too much, share your news with a disinterested third party so no one gets hurt.

Your recently divorced friend is dating again—and you think it's a terrible idea.

Hold your tongue, at least at first, even if you think it’s too soon or that she’s making a mistake—because who’s to say if it is a mistake? Not you! Swann notes that sometimes newly divorced people like to feel desirable again and getting back into the dating pool is the easiest way to do this. She may just be testing the waters, flexing her dating muscles or looking to have a bit of fun. Even if you’re convinced she’s making a mistake (by dating someone who is totally inappropriate, for example), “She’s not going to listen to you, anyway,” says Lancer. Instead of (fruitlessly) trying to dissuade her from dating, be supportive and positive. “Emphasize how dating in this period of her life is, or should be, a way to learn more about herself and what she eventually wants from a new relationship,” says Lancer.

You have big relationship news but aren't sure if you should share it with a friend who's going through a divorce.

As long as you’re not rubbing your good news in her face—for example, calling her every day with updates on your wedding plans—a good friend will want to know what’s going on with you. Even if she can’t be a cheerleader for love and romance, she will at least be happy for you. Plus, she may feel isolated or left out if she discovers you’ve hidden something from her. With news like an engagement, approach the friend sensitively and don’t feel slighted if her reaction is muted. Be upfront, suggests Swann: “Say, ‘I know this may be hard for you, and I’d be so happy if you’d come to my bridal shower, but I understand if it isn’t something you feel up to right now.’” That gives her the option of congratulating you one-on-one without having to share in the public celebration.

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Easy Ways to Add 20 Years to Your Life

Add 2.2 years: Walk 30 minutes a day

This is crucial to keeping your weight steady and lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes, but fitting in a solid half-hour can be tricky. Just as good (and easier) is weaving in that 30 minutes throughout your day; wearing a pedometer can help you stay on track. Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that people who wear one take an extra 2,000 steps (about 1 mile) a day. “Having that pedometer makes you honest with yourself, so you really know how much you’re moving,” adds Dr. Roizen

Add 5.6 years: Get up and move!

Just as important as getting in that 30 minutes of walking is making your overall daily life more active. Getting a full 100 minutes of movement a day is what gives you the biggest health benefits. An easy way to do that: Get up and move any time you’re usually sedentary—during TV commercials, for example. The average commercial break lasts for 2 to 3 minutes—plenty of time for you to work in a few mini moves like squats, jumping jacks or biceps curls (keep a set of free weights under your couch), or even just a few quick laps around the den.

Research shows that people who do the most sitting have an increased risk of heart disease. This is because sitting for long periods of time allows fat to continue circulating in your bloodstream longer, which in turn slows the ability of HDL (the “good” cholesterol) to clear plaque from your arteries.

Add 3 years: Go to bed 15 minutes earlier

This will help you get an extra 7.5 hours of shut-eye over the course of a month. “Sleep is profoundly important,” says David Katz, MD, director of the Prevention Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine. “It’s when every organ and system in your body repairs, restores and resets itself. Not getting enough sleep compromises how well your entire body functions.” Although everyone’s sleep needs are different, experts say that regularly getting less than 7 hours per night is what starts to have a negative impact.

Add 1.8 years: Do some strength training

Getting your heart pumping is important, but since strength training (lifting weights, exercising with resistance bands) builds muscle, it boosts your metabolism long-term, helping to protect against diabetes and heart disease. Weight-bearing activities also strengthen your bones, which lowers your osteoporosis risk. One study even found that after six months of twice-weekly, hour-long strength workouts, healthy older men and women (average age 70) were able to reverse signs of aging in their cells to levels similar to those seen in adults in their 20s and 30s. But you don’t have to do that much exercise to get the health benefits. Aim for a 20-minute session twice a week.

Add 3-5 years: Floss daily

A healthy smile can also lead to a healthy heart. Numerous studies show that periodontal and cardiovascular disease are linked. Ideally, you should floss in the morning and at night—but even doing it just once a day will improve your health.

Add 14 years: Eat healthy

“Food has a very big impact on the genes that accelerate or slow down the aging process,” says Dr. Roizen. So exactly what does eating healthy mean?

Choose “good” fats. Snacks like nuts are better than ones that contain saturated fats, like butter and full-fat cheese. One study showed that eating nuts daily (any kind) lowers total cholesterol levels by more than 5% and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by nearly 7.5%.

Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily—and aim for variety. “When you eat many different fruits and vegetables, you get thousands of different disease-fighting nutrients,” says Dr. Katz. One study found that people who regularly eat a variety of veggies lowered their risk of lung cancer by 23%.

Eat fish twice a week. Research shows that the omega-3 fats found in fish like salmon are among the biggest health boosters, helping to fight heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression, and even Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis, says Diane McKay, PhD, a researcher with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. On the flip side, research involving more than a half-million people found that those who ate the most red or processed meat had a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease and dying from cancer than those who ate the least.

Go for fiber-rich whole grains. Spooning up a high-fiber breakfast cereal instead of a more refined, sugary one cuts your risk of heart disease and diabetes by nearly 30%.

Add 8 years: Have more sex with your partner

Being in a satisfying relationship is good for your heart and soul. Women in a healthy monogamous relationship are significantly healthier compared with those who are either unhappy or sexually inactive, says Dr. Roizen.

Add 2 years: Don’t text and drive

Studies show that texting while driving increases your risk of being in a serious accident sixfold—possibly making it more dangerous than driving drunk.

Add 4 years: Manage stress

Of course you can’t control when an overloaded work schedule and family obligations might hit, but how you handle stress ultimately has the biggest impact on your health. “A highly stressed 50-year-old’s ‘real age’ could be as high as 82,” says Dr. Roizen. When you’re constantly tense, your blood pressure, heart rate and levels of the stress hormone cortisol are all raised, which increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Exercise can help a lot: Just 15 minutes of brisk walking increases your body’s production of feel-good chemicals, like endorphins. Other stress-busting tips:

Start your day with 15 minutes of belly breathing. This will help relax your mind and muscles and help you power through stress that crops up during the rest of your day, says Woodson Merrell, MD, chair of the department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. “The morning is actually when our bodies feel the most stressed, because it’s when we’re transitioning from inactivity to activity and producing the highest levels of cortisol,” he notes. Here’s what to do: Sit tall at the edge of your bed or in a chair. Breathe in for a count of four, pause a moment, then breathe out for a count of six. Think of a peaceful image, like sitting by the sea, or repeat a simple word like calm.

Meet a friend face-to-face. “Being involved with friends or in a community is as powerful as exercise in terms of preventing heart disease and dementia,” says Henry Lodge, MD, coauthor of Younger Next Year for Women. Pencil in some friend time at least three times a week, or every day if possible.

Chew gum. A British study of more than 2,000 workers found that people who regularly chewed gum had significantly less work-related and overall stress and depression than those who didn’t get this oral fix. Chewing gum may stimulate the vagus nerve, which helps your body relax and increases levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that makes us feel calmer and happier.

Add 6-12 years: Stop smoking

It’s one of the worst habits, but your health improves almost immediately after you quit. Just 20 minutes after you stop smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drop; two weeks to three months after quitting, your circulation and lung function improve; two years later, your heart disease and lung cancer risk are cut in half; 15 years later, your risk of heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s. What more motivation do you need?

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My Favorite Drugstore Products

Most of my favorite products are only from drugstores because from my personal experience they are the most effective than any other. I will also show some of my favorite makeup products.

1) Palmer's Cocoa Butter 

It's the BEST moisturizer for dry skin and it also prevents acne scars and if you have really old acne scars, this will get rid of them too. At least for me it worked really well. I would really recommend for the people with dry, sensitive skin. 

2) Pantene Pro-V Shampoo

I kinda have dry hair so this shampoo worked the best than any other. And it also gives a little softness to my hair. I haven't tried pantene's conditioner yet but I am sure it's great. Most of the hairdressers use this shampoo too.

3) Neutrogena Grapefruit Face Wash
If you have any skin problems, this face wash is awesome for any skin type. It did make a difference in my skin like it got rid of some acne and scars. It has a little drying effect but it will be okay once you use your moisturizer. This product got an award for some kind of skin care product as well. 

4) Essence Lip Glosses

I LOVE all their lip glosses. If you want a little color and shine in your lips, choose the lip gloss shown in 1st picture from left called XXXL Shine. If you want a pop of color definitely choose Stay With Me lip gloss. It's a little sticky, but to make a lip gloss non-stick, what I do is apply the Stay with me gloss first and I go over with XXXL shine one so then I have color and shine on my lips. If you want a natural sparkle and a little color then go with the last one on right. It's perfect if you're only going for a hang out with your friends.

5) Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Because I have dry skin, this foundation is perfect for me. It has great coverage and it lasts pretty long. For me it lasted around 10 hours max. It's a little oily but perfect for my skin. I know people recommend using oil-free foundations but for some reason this one worked the best. All the other foundations I tried gave me pimples but this was the only one which didn't. So I am really in love with this foundation. Also try out their concealer. It's really creamy and has a good coverage. 

Let me know if you want to review any drugstores product. Also tell me your favorite drugstore product, I might just give it try. Take Care.
Love Krishna xxx
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It's face-off in the fight for RM10K and you have a part to play in it! #NescafeChilllah

It's face-off in the fight for RM10K and you have a part to play in it! #NescafeChilllah
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Pump Up Your Beauty Routine

Add these tweaks (including exercises!) to your beauty routine for volumized hair, stronger nails, longer lashes and firmer skin.

The Hair Volumizer

"Hair that has movement and doesn't fall flat doesn't just look sexy," says Rodney Cutler, owner of Cutler/Redken salon in New York City. "It makes you look younger, too, because it creates the illusion of high cheekbones and eyes that are awake." When hair is damp, flip your head upside down, spray a texturizer on palms, and rake fingers through roots, lifting hair away from your scalp as you blow-dry. When only your roots are dry, flip upright and you'll see instant volume. Then, as you dry the rest of your hair, stretch out strands with a nylon-bristle brush—follow through from root to tip, flicking ends upward to add subtle curve. (Yes, your biceps will be burning by the time you're done.)

Extra tip: Like isolating muscles during strength training, blow-drying small sections of hair lets you extend strands more efficiently.

Cheek Lifter

You sculpt sexy arms with strength training. To define your features, try flexing your facial muscles, says Carole Maggio, an aesthetician and author of Ultimate Facercise. Over time, frowning, smiling, squinting and other exaggerated expressions can cause wrinkles, but by exercising muscles perpendicular to specific lines, these moves may soften creases temporarily, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, Ph.D., a dermatologist in NYC. Do this move and the Eye Energizer, two skin-smoothing maneuvers that Maggio created, twice a day.

Make a long, narrow O with your mouth, pulling lips inward. Jut your neck forward, and push your shoulders back. Place index fingers on top of cheeks (nails facing your nose). Next, press lips firmly against teeth and smile with your upper lip only so cheek muscles lift. (It may feel awkward for a few tries, but you'll get the hang of it.) Do 20 reps.

Muscles worked: The buccinators, which form the rounded part of cheeks, and the orbicularis oris, circular muscles around the mouth. Toning cheek muscles makes them more defined and elevates the hollows under eyes, Maggio says.

Allover Skin Smoother

Surprise! Your favorite workout can help your skin, too. "Exercise gets blood pumping to your tissues, and as a result, skin takes up nutrients, removes waste faster and repairs itself more efficiently," says Nicholas Perricone, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC. "It also triggers production of growth hormones that help skin stay firm." Dr. Perricone suggests fitting in 30 to 45 minutes of cardio or resistance training five days a week.

Eye Energizer

Sit up straight, and push your chin forward and shoulders back, elongating your neck. Bending your index fingers, press both knuckles together, automatically forming a heart shape with your hands. Put index fingers between your brows, letting fingertips rest on the bridge of your nose. Curve thumbs in a C shape around the outer corners of both eyes as if you were creating a pair of glasses with your fingers. Squeeze eyes tightly shut, then pull your index fingers slightly upward between brows and thumbs, back toward ears (but keep both fingers gliding along skin). Squeeze eyes even tighter. Hold this position; breathe normally; count to 40. Repeat.

Muscles worked: The orbicularis oculi, the muscles that surround the eyes and make it possible for you to open and close them. As with all physical exercise, engaging muscles sends circulation soaring. The rush of blood in this fatigue-prone zone helps lessen inflammation—and with it, undereye puffiness, Maggio explains.

Lash Stretch

Get heated: First, blast your eyelash curler with hot air from your blow-dryer for a few seconds. (Test its temp on your wrist before you curl.) "The heat helps alter your lashes' shape from stick-straight to curved," says Kevin Mendelson, international educator for Jane Iredale-The Skincare Makeup.

Create definition: Next, place one side of a business card against your eyelid, letting the edge rest near your lash line. "This allows you to push lashes up and out, making it easier to coat their entire length," Mendelson says.

Keep moving: Now pick up your mascara wand and, starting at the root, wiggle it back and forth while pulling it to the tip of lashes, suggests Carol Shaw, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles and founder of Lorac Cosmetics. Apply a second coat before the first dries. With some formulas, if you wait too long between coats, the layers dry separately and could cause flaking during the day.

Body Builder

Ever wonder why eyelashes are so short and the hair on your head is so long? The time it takes for lashes to grow, stop and finally fall out is only about a month—the same cycle for hair lasts about a year, Dr. Perricone says. Stimulate a growth spurt by applying an OTC lash-enhancing serum to clean lashes before you hit the sheets; doing this extends their growth cycle (translation: longer lashes). Try Priori Lash Recovery Serum, $99, which has a peptide trio, conditioning glycerin, and aloe and chamomile extracts. The protective coating also keeps lashes glossy and flexible, so they're less likely to fall out prematurely. Unless you're gentle, day after day of wiping eye makeup off can dry out lashes, making them susceptible to breakage. You wouldn't shampoo your hair without conditioning it, so why treat your lashes differently?

Manicure Maximizer

Watch your form: The oval shape is hands down the best way to get a mani with marathon endurance. "There aren't any rigid corners like with a square nail that can smack against stuff, keeping nails healthier and polish on for longer," says Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC.

Get buff: Filing in a back-and-forth motion is a tempting shortcut—the girly push-up of nail maintenance. The problem is, you'll end up with rough edges, making nails prone to chips, says Susan Nam, owner of Polished Beauty Bar in NYC, who tends the nails of Charlize Theron and Leighton Meester. Put in the extra effort: Use a file with medium grittiness, and move in one direction—left to right—and repeat.

Nail Strengthener

The more your hands are engaged—even typing a gazillion emails counts—the faster nails grow. "Movement increases blood flow to muscle and tissues in that area," Dr. Gross explains. The downside? Utilizing nails as tools can cause them to break. Enhance their natural growth factor with a strengthening treatment laced with proteins or keratin instead of a regular base coat. Repeat every other day.

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