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Chocolate: A Tasty Way to Get Your Antioxidants

October 18, 2013
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Chocolate: A Tasty Way to Get Your Antioxidants

Think of superfoods and names like kale and quinoa come to mind. The good news is that studies have shown chocolate has some pretty impressive health benefits, too (we’ve always secretly believed that anyway). Here’s what some top medical institutions have to say about chocolate’s healthy benefits. Flavonols: The secret ingredient Cacao seeds are...

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Clarisonic: 6 Secrets to Success

August 24, 2013
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Clarisonic: 6 Secrets to Success

We love how the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System makes our skin feel…And how its patented sonic technology gently removes six times more makeup and two times more dirt and oil than manual cleansing…And how it makes our skin care products absorb better…. But could there be new or better ways to use it? We...

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Nail Know-How: Expert Manicures & Inspired Designs

August 13, 2013
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Nail Know-How: Expert Manicures & Inspired Designs

Glance down at someone’s nails these days and you might be in for a surprise. Bold colored polishes, metallic top coats and intricate artistic patterns are making nails a fashion accessory. But how do you get these on-trend looks? SpaRitual, innovative creators of vegan nail care products, and Pharmaca team up in this DIY...

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Diapers Demystified

August 3, 2013
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Diapers Demystified

Years ago, disposable diapers became a savior to parents who were overwhelmed by the time-consuming, sometimes messy process of changing cloth diapers. But then people started to realize how much waste was generated by disposables, and eco-minded parents began searching for new alternatives. And fortunately, there are alternatives, including compostables and hybrids, that help...

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Nix the Toxins in Your Skin Care Products

July 26, 2013
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Nix the Toxins in Your Skin Care Products

We all know that the US is woefully behind the times in regulating the ingredients used in our skin care. The 27 countries in the European Commission have banned 1,372 chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products that are linked to cancer or birth defects; the FDA has only banned eight, plus two that...

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When Good Makeup Goes Bad

July 23, 2013
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When Good Makeup Goes Bad

Question: When exactly did you open that tube of mascara you used this morning? And that trendy blue eyeshadow? If your makeup bag is as packed as ours are, chances are you have no idea. The reality is that makeup and skin care products have shelf lives that affect safety and effectiveness. Here, Kelly...

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Beautiful Brows: Pointers from the Pros

July 5, 2013
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Beautiful Brows: Pointers from the Pros

Thick, bushy, pencil-thin. Arched or straight. The fashion-questionable “unibrow” (thanks, Anthony Davis and Frida Kahlo). Eyebrows can make a fashion statement. This season, beauty editors tell us that flat, bold brows are in. But unless your plans include a walk down the runway, makeup professionals recommend choosing a natural brow shape that complements your features....

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Natural Strategies for Fighting Poison Ivy

June 7, 2013
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Natural Strategies for Fighting Poison Ivy

5 things you need to know to prevent or treat a run-in with troublesome plants. Leaves of 3, let it be The best way to avoid poison ivy or oak symptoms is to know what it looks like—and avoid it. The plants have three leaflets growing from a single stem, and vary in color...

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Finding Natural Deodorants That Work

May 23, 2013
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Finding Natural Deodorants That Work

Everyone wants to feel fresh and keep odors in check. What we don’t want are the potentially harmful ingredients found in many deodorants and anti-perspirants—ingredients like aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, phthalates and triclosan. These ingredients work by killing bacteria with synthetic anti-microbials and plugging sweat glands, blocking natural toxin release. Unfortunately they’ve also been...

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Brush Up! Tools & Tips for Flawless Makeup

May 16, 2013
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Brush Up! Tools & Tips for Flawless Makeup

“Great cheekbones.” “Beautiful eyes.”  When you notice someone’s best features, you’re probably not thinking about the makeup brushes behind the beauty. But according to pro makeup artists, the secret to enhancing your assets is well-applied, well-blended makeup. And the strategy is in using the right brush for the task. Form & function Pharmaca’s new...

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