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The Beauty Products Every Woman Should Own

Why waste time browsing the aisles when our beauty editors have done the legwork for you? Over Real Simple's 15 years, thousands of cosmetics have come through our doors—these 23 stand the test of time. Each product—from shampoo to lipstick—has been crowned road-test winner at least once. 

Why It’s Okay to Dream of Escaping Your Everyday Life

Ever close your eyes and imagine another life, free of commitments, aggravations…and maybe your own family? Janelle Brown unpacks the escapist fantasies we devour in books but rarely talk about out loud.

What’s the Kindest Thing a Stranger Has Ever Done for You?

Your answer may appear in the magazine or on RealSimple.com.

6 Best Frozen Treats

We risked brain freeze to try more than 200 treats, from ice cream truck classics to trendy cold-brew pops. Say hello to our six summer-ready favorites.

How Do I Clean a Panini Maker?

Real Simple answers your questions.

7 Funny Halloween Costumes

On October 31, the other treat is the sweet, silly parade of children(and adults) in costume. Here, Real Simple readers share their past favorites.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Bobby Flay

The chef got real at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit.

How a Long-Forgotten Wedding Present Changed My Marriage

Lee Woodruff’s red long johns—a wedding present from her husband—went from a symbol of adventure to a sign of midlife stagnation… until one trip changed everything.

5 Life Lessons We’ve Learned From Mr. Rogers

Reflections on kindness and compassion from everyone’s favorite neighbor.

How to Release Stress

Pros explain how to recover from bouts of stress.