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Make Your Wardrobe Last Longer

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

With a little TLC, you can greatly extend the lifecycle of your clothing, shoes, and undergarments.

Clothing

Anybody who’s adopted a "do it yourself" spirit and shrunk a beloved dry-clean-only sweater knows that proper care of your clothes is paramount to getting the best and most wear out of them. Here, we’ve gathered expert opinions on the cleaning, storage, and repair dos and don’ts for every type of garment in your closet.

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Understanding Autism: Information, Resources and Support

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

With 1.5 million Americans already affected, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States at 10 to 17 percent each year. Find out more about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and where to get help.

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Faking It With Makeup

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

Makeup tricks for everything you ever wanted, from bigger eyes to flawless skin to plumper lips.

Bigger Eyes

Weren’t born with the perfect eyes, lips, and cheek structure? Not many of us are. Luckily, a few simple makeup techniques can help you create the features you’ve always wanted.

"Shaping the eyebrows is the first step to enhancing your eyes," says Eve Pearl, key makeup artist for ABC’s The View and author of Plastic Surgery Without the Surgery: The Miracle of Makeup Techniques . A general rule is to create the arch of your eyebrow three-quarters of the way toward the outer part of your eye. Use an eyebrow pencil or powder one shade lighter than your natural brows so they look natural.

Gently curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler, then apply one or two thin coats of mascara to lashes. For fine lashes, applying volumizing mascara with a thick brush will help coat lashes and make them look fuller. For straight lashes, look for curling mascara with a slightly curved brush that will help extend eyelashes upward. How to make your eyes really pop? "Using fake eyelashes will make the biggest difference in having your eyes really stand out," says Pearl.

Products we like: Try Cover Girl LashExact Mascara, $6.99, or Max Factor Lash Perfection, $7.75, both of which feature flexible rubber brush bristles that separate and coat lashes evenly. To fatten lashes, Stila Fiber Optics Mascara, $12.50, has a rich formula composed of micro fibers. It bulks up even the thinnest lashes and won’t wilt a curl.

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Quiz: Do You Reveal Too Much Personal Information?

Monday, June 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

Are you guilty of TMI: Too Much Information? Many of us spill one too many personal details every now and then. But if you find yourself offering up the inside dirt on your life on a regular basis, you could be making others uncomfortable, and might be alienating people whose good opinion you value. So take our quiz and find out whether you’re sharing just a little too much.

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Quiz: Which Jeans Are Right For You?

Monday, June 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Assisted by India Jewel-Jackson
Ladies’ Home Journal online


For most of us, jeans are a closet staple. We wear them so much, sometimes it’s hard to recognize when you’re in a denim rut, wearing the same style that may be outdated or just plain unflattering. Are you wearing the jeans that really suit your shape and your personality? Take our quiz to find out which styles are best for you.

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Laser Hair Removal: Is It Worth It?

Friday, May 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

Voluntarily allowing a hot laser to penetrate your delicate skin — sounds like high-tech torture, right? Yet an increasing number of women are opting for laser hair removal as their gateway to silky smooth skin.

Here’s how it works: A laser is pulsed on skin for milliseconds at a time, emitting a beam of light that converts into heat as it passes harmlessly through the skin. The heat is absorbed by the pigment melanin in the hair follicle and shaft, which inhibits growth. Contrary to popular belief, laser hair removal does not result in permanent removal of all hair (electrolysis is the only procedure that results in permanent hair removal). Instead, laser hair removal results in a permanent reduction of the number of hairs.

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Summer Style Faux Pas

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo and Lisa Kovalovich
Ladies’ Home Journal online

You’re stylish, you’re chic, and you probably pride yourself on looking pulled-together. But admit it: There are times when you just miss the fashion mark. And in the summer, when the rules of good style become a lot looser, those style faux pas are even easier to commit. Here, top summer fashion mistakes — and how to correct them.

Faux Pas: You pull on a dark tank, forgetting about the deodorant you just applied, and get white streaks down the front of your shirt.
Fix: Try Gal Pal ($10, www.gal-pal.com), a sponge-like product that literally erases deodorant from almost any fabric, except silk. Or, in a pinch, remove the white spots by rubbing the deodorant-laced sections of your top with the clean hem of the shirt — by rubbing the like materials together, you’ll remove much of the white stain. Tip for next time: Flip the hem of your shirt up when you pull it over your head; any deodorant residue will settle on the inside of your top.

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Relationships Q&A: Inside His Head

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

For his book VoiceMale , author Neil Chethik interviewed real husbands about their marriages and reports his findings in their own words. Here, he explains what husbands really think about their relationships, their wives, sex and commitment.

Q: For a man, getting married is a monumental transition in his life, both mentally and behaviorally. What’s different about how a bachelor acts compared to a husband?

There’s no question that getting married changes a man. In most cases, a new husband acts more responsibly than he did as a bachelor; he cares more about his work, his relationships, and the impact he’s having on others. In rare cases, he freaks out. He may rebel in all kinds of small and large ways. My survey showed, however, that most men, while careful about making the decision to commit, are very happy in the first years of their marriage.

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Fashion Insider Style Secrets

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Interviews by India Jewel-Jackson, Jocelyn Voo and Neha Gandhi
Ladies’ Home Journal online

As New York’s Olympus Fashion Week struts into town again, LHJ.com chatted with seven of the fashion industry’s finest about their personal fashion obsessions and beloved trends. Get in the know as these style connoisseurs tell all.

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10 Lingerie Rules to Live By

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

By Jocelyn Voo
Ladies’ Home Journal online

If your underwear collection has pieces dating back to your college years or if you’ve given up on hiding your bra straps, you’re not alone. Most of us aren’t sure how to find undergarments that fit perfectly, or that work seamlessly with our outfit. It’s time to create a foundation that flatters with these 10 commandments of lingerie every woman should follow.

1. Everyone should own at least one sexy matching bra-and-panty set. Even if you wear mismatched pieces more often than not, splurge on one special set. Whether it’s black lace or clean white cotton that makes you feel scrumptious, wearing a sexy bra and panties can give you a secret boost your confidence. "Don’t be afraid to go and try something you’ve never tried before," says lingerie fit expert Lisa Cole, author of Lingerie: The Foundation of a Woman’s Life . You might be surprised at what looks best.

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