When I told Val that I was going to spend the weekend in Puerto Rico with a few friends, she handed me the Diana B. 60 Second Instant Miracle Tan ($60) and said, "Have fun self-tanning." (Translation: "Don't come back with a real tan.") So, on the first morning of my trip, I broke open the box, pulled out the rubber gloves, and quickly realized this was no typical self-tanner: It's activated by water. I stepped into the shower, got myself soaking wet, turned off the water, and pumped what looked and smelled like foamy chocolate sauce all over my body. I thought the stuff would be sticky and hard to spread evenly, but it was easy to apply. The directions say to continuously work the product into the skin while counting to 60, then rinse. Later that day, while lounging by the pool (under an umbrella, wearing a wide-brimmed hat), I glanced down and saw that my skin had a very subtle, natural-looking tint—and a light gleam, as if I'd spent a little time in the sun. It's a first: A self-tanner you apply in the shower. The verdict: The process can be messy— I stained the shower curtain liner and the white towel I used to dry off. But it works. When I left the formula on a little longer, I turned a pretty, darker shade (not orange or streaky), and there was no self-tanner smell or tackiness. —Kate Sandoval
We Tried It (So You Don't Have To)
In January, we reported that canary yellow would be the next big nail polish color. Sure enough, at least a dozen different bottles of brilliant yellow polish have brightened our desks this summer. Try one on your toes for a weekend at the beach. —Jenny Bailly
The Easier Way to Keep Your Teeth Dazzling
Another reason to frequent the local farmers' market: Fresh vegetables are good for your smile. "The ones that really crunch when you bite into them, like celery, carrots, and string beans, can literally help scrub stains from your teeth," says Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS. They're most effective on recent discoloration, though. So chase a glass of red wine with a couple of carrot sticks, and you may save yourself the hassle of whitening strips later. — Jenny Bailly
Which Is It? Should You Curl Your Lashes Before or After Applying Mascara?
If you're confused, it's partly our fault: We've told you to do both. So we turned to the always definitive makeup artist Troy Surratt for the final answer. "Before," he says with conviction—and one caveat: If your mascara deflates the curl a bit (a side effect of increasingly moisturizing formulas), Troy condones one gentle postmascara squeeze. —Jenny Bailly
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 13, 2013
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