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By Real Simple
Updated February 06, 2012
Nigel Cox

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 31

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 33
    What makeup or hair fad did you try in the past that embarrasses you today?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 37
    What book brightens your mood?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 63
    Elizabeth Berg chronicles her complicated lifelong relationship with her belly fat
  • Modern Manners, p. 69
    Michelle Slatalla on how to tell the difference between chivalry and chauvinism
  • Expertise, p. 73
    Five ways to control your temper and keep conflict at bay

The Guide


  • Pretty Smart, p. 79
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Get Cheeky, p. 87
    Brush up on blush: expert-recommended shades, formulas, and techniques
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 97
    How can I soothe and prevent dry skin?
  • Road Test, p. 101





  • Moneywise, p. 139
    Surprising ways to save on a mani-pedi; the basics of micro-lending; the truth about credit-protection programs


  • The Best Beauty Buys Now, p. 146
    The ultimate guide to saving a pretty penny wherever you shop—from drugstores to flash sales and beyond
  • The Shape of Things to Come, p. 156
    Spring's voluminous silhouettes can be fancy-free and flattering, if you follow some simple advice
  • Mix & Match, p. 164
    Combining strong prints is a surefire way to enliven any room. Here, six ideas to get you started
  • The Accidental Addict, p. 172
    A prescription-drug abuser describes her years of living a lie—and her journey back to health


Credits, p. 216
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 222
Exclusive savings on coffee and tea accessories

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 223