I had no idea you could make your own baby wipes until I met Liz, a friend-of-a-friend who does not like the idea of putting chemicals on her babies' bums and has made her own wipes for her 3 children. Tuns out organic wipes are very, very expensive, so making your own wipes is a bit of a trend among organic and frugal parents.
She swears by this recipe, which she's perfected over time and which is totally organic and good for baby. I don't have a baby, but if I did, I'd definitely try to make a batch of my own.
Get the recipe: How to Make Your Own Baby Wipes
If you have scaly lips, you can get rid of them very quickly and deliciously with a bit of brown sugar and honey placed in your palm. Scrub the mixture in a circular motion into your lips using the pad of your finger and voila! You've got soft lips.
Get the recipe: Amazing Lip Scrub Using Honey & Brown Sugar
I have traveled all over the world visiting decadent spas and my trips have been utterly amazing and relaxing. But not everyone can afford to spend $500 (& up!) a night for a resort and daily spa offerings.
On one trip to Mexico, I decided to craft my own spa vacation and I ended up saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I did it myself by staying in a nice hotel on the water that wasn't expensive and then I figured out ways to work in yoga workouts, runs and spa treatments into my days.
Find out how I did it in How to Create a Spa Vacation on a Budget.
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I've never been a huge fan of the traditional shag haircut, which reminds me of 80s hair bands and mullets. Hair that has too many layers with long, scraggly ends seems dated to me.
But the new modern shag is anything but dated. It still has layers, but not as many as the ones from the 70s and 80s. The shag, it seems, has been revolutionized. Still mussy and a bit "bedheadish," the modern shag can be any length and is flattering to all face shapes.
Check out my new gallery of Shag Hairstyles: 19 Amazing Shags and choose your favorite.
Lipstick is popular this spring and I'm partial to hot pinks as seen here on Gwen Stefani.
One problem with lipsticks is the lack of staying power. To keep yours from melting away within the hour, follow these tips:
- You must start with a smooth surface. Dry, scaly lips do not a nice mouth make. Apply a liberal glob of petroleum jelly to lips and exfoliate with a toothbrush.
- Fill in lips with a matching liner and your color will last much longer.
- Try a lip stain instead of a creamy lipstick. A good stain will really live up to its names and stay on for many hours. Because stains can be drying, top with a gloss and keep it on hand for touch ups. Unlike stains, gloss wears off fast.
Get the full scoop on my best lip secrets in How to Apply Lipstick: 16 Lipstick Tricks & Tips.
Photo: Gwen Stefani by Pascal Le Segretain for Getty Images
Oh how I love dark frames on women and men (my fiance has a pair that are "very Clark Kent" as he puts it). I've pulled together several eyeglass frame galleries and many of them feature the dark frames that are oh so popular right now. Find out which frames work best with your face shape. Here are some tips:
- It's very important to choose a frame that matches your personality. Let's say you have a twin. If you are understated, classy and sophisticated, you really wouldn't pick the same pair as your fun-loving, loud and eccentric sister. And you shouldn't.
- Your face shape is key. Rounded frames don't look great on round face shapes. There are other rules you'll find in Gallery 1: Most Flattering Glasses for You.
- Your frames must go with your outfit. Because of this, you might want to invest in a few pairs of glasses so you can mix and match frames to outfits.
- Don't overdo the accessories. If you have a pair of signature glasses that stand out, you don't want to overwhelm your look with a lot of jewelry and heavy scarves. Less is always more.
To check out the photos, which I think are stellar, start with Gallery 1.
I carry sunscreen around with me in my purse ever since I met with renowned dermatologist Patricia Wexler and she informed me that I needed at least 50 SPF sunscreen on my face, I needed to slather it on thickly and I needed to reapply every couple hours.
Lisa Fayed is About.com's Guide to Cancer and wrote up a great piece I highly recommend about the top 5 mistakes people make when it comes to sunscreen.
Reading this could save you or a loved one's life.
Also check out my list of the best sunscreens.
Since we are all wearing at least 40 SPF sunscreen daily on our faces (aren't we?), we may not be getting the tans that make summer so much fun. But don't worry, you can always fake it with bronzer. To avoid looking like George Hamilton, you should follow a few bronzer rules that I've compiled in my article, "How to Apply Bronzer."
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Ah, the annoyances of thin, fine hair. It falls flat. It won't take curl. It doesn't look good long. It tends to look stringy. It gets oily fast. (I can go on and on).
The good thing about fine hair is that you can add body to it pretty easily. You just have to know how to get the right haircut and how to use the proper products. I explain everything you need to know about this hair type in my newest article, Flat Hair Fixes: How to Give Your Fine Hair More Body.
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Throw out the old-fashioned beauty rules when it comes to your hairstyle at age 70 and beyond. Just because your mother had helmet hair at this age does not mean you have to. These days, the "beauty rules" are different. You can wear your hair to your shoulders if you want (many of the women in this gallery -- all over age 70 -- do) and you can dye it any color you choose.
In this new gallery, I show off gorgeous hairstyles on famous women in their 70s for inspiration and I share tips on each page for getting the right haircut and color.
Image: Jane Fonda by Getty Images