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  • Boost Your Summer Look in 6 Steps

    Boost Your Summer BeautyBoost Your Summer Beauty

    Maximize your summer beauty with a simple routine! Follow these six steps for an easy, low-maintenance makeup routine.

    Related: 12 Summer Makeup and Beauty Secrets »

    Start with better brows

    A pair of well-defined eyebrows can make a face look more polished―especially when makeup is minimal. Splurge on a professional shaping, and then maintain the look at home with weekly tweezings.

    Streamline cleansing
    If you have oily skin and regularly use a face wash and toner, try cloths with salicylic acid instead. They clean deeply, reduce shine and are totally tote-able.


    Maximize moisturizer
    Keep your nail hues from fading or yellowing by choosing a formula with built-in UV inhibitors. And remember to apply a drop of cuticle oil over the polish to give your manicure a fresh, shiny finish―even if the color is a week old!

    Protect your polish
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  • 6 Hair Myths Exposed!

    Debunking Common Hair MythsDebunking Common Hair Myths

    Get the truth about grays, shampoos and brushing so your hair can be healthier and shine brighter. Plus, pick up some helpful tips and tricks as All You solves some common hair myths!

    Related: Weatherproof Your Hair »

    Myth 1: Stress makes your hair fall out.
    If everyday stress caused hair loss, then we'd all be bald! The blame actually lies in genetics, which accounts for 95 percent of hair loss. If this gene runs in your family, start acting now! Treatments include hair restoration (a surgical procedure in which tiny patches of scalp are removed from the back and sides of the head and implanted in bald spots) and topical use of minoxidil, an FDA-approved ingredient found in Rogaine, which is available over the counter in 2 percent and 5 percent formulas. The lower dose is approved for women, but many doctors recommend the higher dose to slow down shedding and to speed regrowth.

    Myth 2: Brushing your hair 100 strokes per day makes it shine.
    This is a big exaggeration

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  • Mark Your Calendars! Tax-Free, Back-to-School Shopping Season is Here

    Tax-Free Shopping DatesTax-Free Shopping Dates

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! Ok, that really depends on how you feel about back-to-school shopping, but I think we can all agree that getting major discounts on your child's cartload of school supplies can feel just as good as Christmas.

    Related: Back to School Shopping Tips »

    This weekend marks the year's first back-to-school tax-free holiday weekend, which kicks off in Mississippi and will continue in 16 other states through August. During these weekends, which vary by state, you can expect an exemption from state sales tax on certain items. Local taxes may still apply, but offers on clothing and school supplies from $15 to $3,500 can mean major savings at the register.

    Check out whether your state is participating and what items will apply to the tax-exempted holiday discounts:

    Mississippi: July 25-26
    • Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item. Excludes accessories, rentals, skis, swim fins, roller blades, skates and similar recreational footwear.

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  • 13 Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Home

    Easy Home Decorating IdeasEasy Home Decorating Ideas

    Update every room in your home with these smart money-saving decorating ideas!

    Related: Be Your Own Decorator »

    Update the Bed
    You don't have to spring for new furniture to give the bedroom a makeover. Just update the room's centerpiece: the bed. Pick up a comforter or duvet cover, matching sheets and pillow shams that you find on sale.

    Save on Shades
    From time to time, department stores such as JCPenney and Sears heavily discount curtains and blinds (up to 80 percent off!). Make friends with an employee and ask when a clearance sale will be taking place.

    Cut Linen Costs
    Watch for semiannual bedding blowouts to get deep discounts at retailers-many hold a Memorial Day sale. Wholesale websites are the best online sources for high-quality sheets (and other items such as comforters, towels and curtains) at low prices; check them regularly.

    Save on Bathroom Basics
    Rather than buy individual hand soaps just buy a large, inexpensive bottle of shampoo. Fill a pump

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  • Serve Guests in Style with a Seaglass Mosaic Tray

    How to Make a Seaglass Mosaic TrayHow to Make a Seaglass Mosaic Tray

    Bring the essence of the beach home with this DIY, ocean-hued home accessory.

    Related: Stay Busy and Have Fun This Summer! »

    Materials you have:
    • Tray
    • Sandpaper
    • Toothed trowel
    • Toothpick
    • Rubber tile float
    • Sponge

    Materials you need:
    • Spray Paint (available at Lowe's)
    • Tile adhesive (available at Walmart)
    • Seaglass (available at Pier 1)
    • Premixed grout (available at Home Depot)

    Instructions:
    1.
    Prepare tray: Lightly sand to rough up the surface, then clean thoroughly. Let dry. Coat evenly with spray paint. let dry again.

    2. Use trowel to apply thin coat of tile adhesive to inside bottom of tray, working int ocorners and edges to form an even layer.

    3. Arrange seaglass close together on adhesive, pressing in lightly. If adhesive comes up over tile, remove excess with toothpick. Let adhesive dry according to package instructions.

    4. Using rubber tile float, cover seaglass with grout, filling in gaps between glass. Scrape

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  • Make a Food Swap that Works for You!

    3 Healthy Swaps for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner3 Healthy Swaps for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drop pounds by trading low-nutrient fare for more nutritious alternatives.

    Related: Diet Mistakes Even Smart Women Make »

    For Breakfast:
    Instead of: a reduced-fat corn muffin
    Go for: a smoothie made with 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup skim milk, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 1/4 cup rolled oats and a dash of cinnamon

    For Lunch:
    Instead of: grilled cheese on white bread
    Go for: 1/2 cup hummus, half of a whole-grain pita, 1 cup baby carrots and five kalamata olives

    For Dinner:
    Instead of: baked ziti with tomato sauce
    Go for: a chicken-and-pasta dish. Sauté 1/2 cup each sliced grape tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and fresh spinach in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil with 1 minced garlic clove. Toss with 1/2 cup cooked whole-wheat penne and top with 3 ounces grilled or baked boneless, skinless chicken breast.

    See More From AllYou.com:
    15 Healthy Recipe Swaps That Save You Calories »
    Eat Well and Spend Less »
    Eat Your Way to Fast

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  • 3 Super-Healthy Seeds You Should Be Eating Now

    3 Healthy Seeds to Eat Now3 Healthy Seeds to Eat Now

    Some of the trendiest additions to your grocery store are packed with nutrients and easy to enjoy. Allow us to introduce you.

    Related: Stock Up on Superfoods »

    QUINOA
    Why to try it: 1 cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein-and you get a side of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
    How to eat it: Substitute for rice in your next stir-fry, or mix some in a salad. Just be sure to rinse it well before cooking so you avoid bitterness.
    Recipe to try: Red Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato, Spinach and Pine Nuts »

    CHIA
    Why to try it: 1 tablespoon delivers 5 whopping grams of fiber (and only 60 calories) along with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
    How to eat it: Blend into a smoothie or sprinkle on top of oatmeal. You also can add the crunchy, nutty seeds to quick-bread and muffin batters.
    Snack to try: Nature's Path Apple Pie Crunch Chia Plus Granola Bars »

    FLAX
    Why to try it: Adding 30 to 50 grams of flaxseeds to your diet for at least four weeks may

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  • Watch Your Wallet and Your Waistline!

    Eat Well and Spend Less!Eat Well and Spend Less!

    These four frugal food tips help you eat well without breaking the bank.

    Related: Real Stories of Successful Weight Loss »

    1. Use weekends wisely.
    Cook at least one entrée on Saturday or Sunday that you can heat up for lunch or on busy weeknights. Stew is a cost-effective meal, especially if you use less pricey cuts of meat. To save even more money, go meatless once a week with a veggie-based meal, which has less saturated fat but plenty of vitamins and fiber.

    2. Cut back on fast food.
    Fried chicken and burgers might be cheap, but they are loaded with fat. Giving up fast food is tough, so try limiting it to once a week. If you order a main course and bring it home, you'll be less tempted by the soda, fries, chips and other calorie-filled extras.

    3. Snack smart.
    Keep in mind that potato chips and cookies can be costly and offer little nutrition. Try peanuts instead―one ounce offers nutrients that you won't get in crackers. Another good bet is air-popped popcorn,

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  • Save Money This Summer with Easy Cost-Cutting Tips!

    Simple Ways to Save This SummerSimple Ways to Save This Summer

    Save money with smart moves. You don't have to pay huge utility bills in the dog days of summer. Try these few smart solutions to reduce water and energy consumption-you'll save money and help the environment at the same time.

    Plus: Make Over Your Backyard on a Budget! »

    Recycle wash water.
    Use wash water from fruits and vegetables or the first run of cold water―when bathing or showering―to water indoor or outdoor plants.

    Try a digital programmable thermostat.
    Program a digital thermostat to drop the temperature during the day when you're out and after your family goes to sleep at night.

    Retire old appliances.
    Replace major appliances that are more than 10 years old. Use the energy efficiency information on the yellow EnergyGuide labels as a shopping guide. Choose ENERGY STAR-certified appliances, which reduce the average household's energy expenses by 30 percent. Visit www.energystar.gov for a list of products.

    Conduct a home-energy audit.
    Find out if your

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