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A good hair day is just seconds away, thanks to these helpful hair hacks. From wish-I'd-thought-of-that styles to time-saving techniques, read on for effortless ways to tame your hair.

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Sunscreens You'll Actually Look Forward to Applying

We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen, but sometimes its sticky, greasy residue makes hiding indoors almost seem worthwhile. Fear not: These smooth-sailing sunscreens are a breeze to apply, and their barely-there formulas won't turn your beach day into a major bummer. Find your perfect match here!

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The Ultimate Guide to Beauty Oils

They're the current beauty craze, and for good reason -- oils offer a plethora of benefits for your face, hair, nails, and everything in between. But if you're confused by the many options, or just aren't sure how (or why) to use one, we've got answers. Read on to learn all about eight slick superstars, and how you can work them into your regimen.

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New Beauty Ingredients and Trends, Explained

If you've ever left the beauty aisle scratching your head at some of the latest cosmetic catchphrases (growth factors!?! sleep masks!?!), this story is for you. Here, top beauty experts break down the latest buzzwords in skin care and makeup. Consider this handy guide to some of the coolest new products and trends.

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Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

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Products You Need By 30

We're all for having fun and experimenting, but by the time you hit the big 3-0, you should be able to commit to a few reliable, no-fail beauty products. We asked top hair, makeup, and skin pros to reveal the stuff they think should be in every 30-something's bathroom.

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12 Beach Bag Must-Haves

Summer days are meant to be carefree, but that doesn't mean you can drop the, um, beach ball with your beauty routine. Here are our favorite warm-weather essentials to keep you feeling and looking cool, chic, and well protected.

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Get the Most Out of Your Makeup

Your cosmetics are a precious investment. Learn how to handle them with care.

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    • Mark Up Your Makeup

      Because cosmetics aren't required to have expiration dates, use an indelible marker to note the date you opened them.


    • Keep an Eye on It

      Never take chances with anything used close to your eyes, such as mascara or eyeliner; replace each item every three months.

    • One-Year Plan

      Products applied directly to your skin that have a liquid or cream consistency (foundation, concealer, cream eye shadow and blush, lipstick, moisturizer, eye cream) will last up to a year.

    • Life Expectancy

      Powders (face powder, blush, eye shadow), which contain fewer oils than their creamy counterparts, can be used 1 to 2 years.

    • Warning Signs

      Pay attention to moisture beading, color separating, a change in the original color, or a foul smell. These are all warning signs that the preservatives in the product may have broken down. Be especially vigilant about natural and organic products as they contain nontraditional preservatives, which can affect their shelf life.

    • Just for You

      Keep your makeup (especially anything you use near your eyes) to yourself. Don't share your products -- and your germs.

    • Know When to Toss

      Don't add water or saliva (yuck!) to thin out the texture of a product that's begun to clump. Throw it away and buy a replacement.

    • Tools of the Trade

      Avoid dipping your finger (and introducing bacteria) into open containers. Use applicators or disposable cotton swabs instead.

    • Keep it Clean

      Regularly cleanse brushes, tools, and sponges that can trap oil and bacteria. Wash with mild soap or baby shampoo semiweekly and toss sponges after several uses.

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      Pump it Up

      Take note of creams in open pots, which are less stable than those with an enclosed pump, which keeps them fresher longer.

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      Play it Safe with Sunscreen

      "The FDA requires sunscreens to remain stable and effective on the self for 3 years from the date of manufacture, and a year after the tube has been opened," says Los Angeles dermatologist, Ronald Moy. If your sunscreen has expired, pitch it.

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      Want to look younger instantly? Start by making some easy tweaks to your cosmetic bag. Find out why your current look might be aging you. Then, follow our easy, age-defying makeup tutorials to help you achieve more youthful, glowing skin, brighter eyes, and fuller lips.
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