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BLEACHOREXIA: NOTHING TO SMILE AT

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Posted by 02.04.16

What does a cup of tea, red wine, brightly colored popsicles and blueberries have in common? They all stain your teeth! Many things you do on a daily basis can cause your teeth to take on a darker, yellow or aged-looking appearance which is why so many of us count on whitening procedures to keep our pearly whites white.

A big, beautiful white-toothed grin can greatly improve your appearance, take years off your looks, boost your self-confidence and help you make a killer first impression but you have to know when enough is enough. When it comes to tooth whitening — like everything else — some people take it way too far. Dentists have coined the term “bleachorexia” for those who take it

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GET POLISHED … NO POLISH REQUIRED

Posted by 02.03.16

Like most of you, I love nail polish. Right now I’m loving it all shades of blue, rich or vibrant purples, pale pink tones and black, but unlike most of you I love it only on my toes. For my fingers, I’ll always choose a nice clean buffed nail over color any day. There’s just something about a buffed nail that I can’t get enough of. It’s chip free so perfect if you’re more the low-maintenance type and gives your nails an understated “finished” look with a healthy-looking, natural sheen.

You might be wondering what my dilemma is. The truth is, if I step into a salon to get it done, it’s hard for me to justify spending the same amount of cash on a mani when I won’t be getting the “included

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STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

Posted by 02.02.16

I came across an old photo the other day. My sister and I couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 at the time and we were standing on the side of our home in our leotards and tutus, practicing first position. I say practicing because she was clearly in first position and I was looking down at her feet trying to copy her but not quite there yet. She is 51 weeks older than me so clearly she had an edge.

Looking at the photo, I noticed the rose bushes behind us. They lined the side of our home and were brilliantly colored in shades of deep red, a mellow yellow, bright tangerine and poppy pink. My dad would spend hours pruning them and every weekend before Sunday brunch my mom would send us our

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WINTER FRAGRANCE STAYING POWER

Posted by 01.26.16

A cozy sweater, fur-lined hood, weather-be-damned boots and a hot toddy can make the cooler months downright enjoyable. So can switching out your usual scent for something that has a bit of warmth to it. And since fragrance tends to dissipate sooner in colder weather, you’ll need a few tips and tricks to help your scent last this time.

How to give your scent some staying power:

SWITCH UP YOUR SCENT When the temperature drops you’ll want to set aside your light, fresh fragrance for one that’s a bit more complex and has stronger base notes like patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood or musk. In perfume, the stronger base notes tend to be the longer lasting notes that stick around. Since w

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