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11 Weird Businesses Hollywood Celebrities Actually Run

by Sharen Hoekstraon March 7, 2017
Hollywood’s finest might be busy enough with their movie careers, but in their spare time, celebrities—from moms like Jessica Alba to teens like Jaden Smith—make it a priority to invest in some sometimes unexpected secondary gigs, even if it’s not quite in line with their primary showbiz career. Just this week, for instance, Gwyneth Paltrow […]

8 Incredible Benefits of Astragalus Root for Health and Beauty

by Sharen Hoekstraon March 7, 2017
Astragalus is a plant in the legume family. It is also known as milk vetch or huang qi. Astragalus has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and is known to help the body fight off stress and other diseases. It is considered as a miracle herb and the powerful extract from this root has been […]

3 Artistic Beauty Looks That Are Actually Easy to Do

by Sharen Hoekstraon March 7, 2017
With everything you’ve got going on in life, it’s easy to slip into makeup-routine autopilot. That is, until you see beauty looks like these. Get inspired by this trio of standout looks, created by makeup guru Michael Anthony, for when you’re sick of the same old thang all day, every day. This bold statement is […]

3 Hairstyles to Shake Up Your Tired Waves

by Sharen Hoekstraon March 7, 2017
Beachy waves, old-Hollywood waves — been there, done that. These next-gen waves bring breezy curls in a cool-girl kinda way. Here, pro Jacob Rosenberg shows you how to master these super-simple styles. Crimps can be very 2017 — if you know how to keep them under control. 1. Smooth it out. On damp hair, mist […]

12 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your Nails Now And Forever

by Sharen Hoekstraon March 7, 2017
Perhaps you're determined to stop biting your nails or peeling off your gel polish (it's a hard habit to break, I get it). Or maybe just want to maintain your nail health (yes, please!) or learn how to fake a just-from-the-salon type of mani (also yes). Whatever the case, you'll want to put nail pro […]

Investing: The Money Blind Spot For Millennials

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 27, 2017
The Millennial generation — the kids of boomers and Generation X — seems to really get the importance of saving. But based on four new surveys I’ve seen, Millennials also seem to have a blind spot when it comes to investing. If you’re the parent of a Generation Y son or daughter, I strongly encourage […]

One Big Way To Profit From Financial Fee War

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
If you can avert your eyes from the tumult surrounding the general election, there’s something really positive happening in financial services: A long-running war on fees is heating up. To be honest, this fee war has been going on for some time. The biggest mutual fund houses have been cutting their management fees to the […]

Is A 529 Plan The Best Way To Save For College?

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
For folks who expect to foot the bill for their kids’ college and maybe even graduate school education, it’s not a matter of whether to save but how to. There are state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, fancy gift trusts for education and plain old vanilla taxable savings accounts. Is one better than the other? “You’re […]

5 Mortgage Calculator Traps To Avoid

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Mortgage calculators help us answer a number of important questions. From how much house we can afford to saving money on a refinance, a calculator provides the data we need to make critical financial decisions. As reported by the CFPB, however, we shouldn’t blindly follow a mortgage calculator’s results. In fact, there are several traps […]

10 Things To Know About IRS Forms 1099 At Tax Time

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
It's that time of year again, when IRS Forms 1099 arrive. Perhaps no one likes IRS Forms 1099 except the IRS. The agency loves them, because they allow for the easy computer matching of Form 1099 data against tax returns. Businesses may not like sending the forms out, but there are penalties for failing to issue them. Besides, no […]