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We’ve been wearing twice as much deodorant since this heatwave made an appearance. We love the soaring temperatures, but they have also left us melting from the moment we wake up until the early hours of the morning.

Being stuck on a packed Luas when it's 25 degrees outside isn’t a pleasant experience, especially when someone’s sweaty armpit is mere centimetres away from your face.

Gross encounters like this inspire us to be extra hygienic during the summer months.

Once we hop out of the shower in the morning we spritz ourselves with a florally scented deodorant.

However, experts have found that we have been applying deodorant the wrong way all this time.

Doctor Dawn Harper told The Sun that you should apply deodorant at night instead of in the morning. She explained that applying deodorant at night will give it time to dry on your armpits.

“Apply at night before going to bed to allow to dry fully. Leave on overnight and wash off any residue in the morning with soap and water.”

She added: "To get the best results you apply deodorant to completely dry skin."

The best piece of advice she could offer was to be diligent when purchasing deodorant. She said many people fail to buy antiperspirant deodorant and opt for fancy designs and flowery scents instead.

Antiperspirant deodorants stop you from sweating, whereas other sprays just mask the smell of sweat temporarily.

Applying your deodorant at night may be the right way, but we'll be applying deodorant on the hour every hour during this heatwave.

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You know that feeling when you get home from work and you are CRAVING a glass of vino? 

Well, then you will also know that hideous feeling when you realise your bottle of white isn't in the fridge – and so it's warm.

Violent stuff.

Anyway, you can try fling it in the freezer, but that will still take time, and who has that these days?

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Well, there is apparently a very handy little trick, that will have you grape juice ice cold in minutes.

Just enough time to pop your PJs on. 

Wine expert Brian McClintic recently spoke to My Domaine about how he gets the ideal wine temperature. 

And just incase you're wondering – that would be 7 to 13 degrees for white and rosé wine, and 13 and 18 degrees Celsius for a glass red.

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Simply pop your bottle in "an ice water bath with plenty of salt," which "works  like a charm."

"The full bottle should be submerged. It's hard to say how much salt-let's just say a liberal amount. What happens is the bottle is encased in ice and therefore comes down in temperature much more quickly."

How does it work? Well, basically salt reduces the freezing point of water, meaning it cools down quicker without turning into ice.

So pour yourself a glass this evening, you deserve it! 

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OK, so you're just about to finish work, your make-up has been on point all day, and your mate texts you: 'drinks later?'.

Obviously the answer is yes, you look great and it'd be a shame to keep that perfectly winged eyeliner to yourself, but there's just one problem – you probably need to shower.

Every woman knows the devastation of taking off a killer makeup look before it's served its time, but now one women has found an ingenious solution to the problem – wear goggle in the shower (duh!).

 

22-year-old Lauren recently took to Tumblr to demonstrate her exciting hack.

The photos quickly went viral with many praising Lauren for her innovation.

Speaking to Buzzfeed News, she said: “It literally blew up overnight. Like, the next morning after posting it I had like 5,000 notes.” 

“Then the next week I had 22,000 notes, and now I have almost 100,000 on the original post,” she added.

“My hair is greasy and by the end of the day I had my makeup on and I wanted to go out with my friends, but I'd be dead before I wasted another pair of lashes and 45 minutes blending eyeshadow,” she said.

It seems Lauren's post struck a cord with her fellow Tumblr users, with many revealing that this is a struggle they often face.

We have to admit, we are super impressed. 

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Ah the Internet – providing us with so many cat videos we could spend our lives distracted and answering life’s most mind-boggling questions.

Finally one web hero has taken it upon themselves to expand the boundaries of our brains by giving us the answer to one such question and explaining what that random hole in the centre of spaghetti spoons is actually for.

And Imgur user PolarChi really outdid themselves with this one as not only have they solved the spaghetti spoon problem, they’ve also prevented us from wasting years more pasta in the process.

It turns out that hole equals exactly one portion of uncooked spaghetti so from now instead of taking a guess at how much a portion could be – and accidentally cooking a bucket-load for one – you can measure the perfect amount with the very spoon you’ll use to serve it.  

Did you know, that the hole in your spaghetti spoon holds the recommended portion for one serving size of spaghetti.

Genius! 

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Bronzer and blusher compacts must come with special floor-attracting magnets inside them, because there's no other reason for the frequency with which we drop them.

Unlike a lipstick or mascara, once your bronzer hits the floor it's dead. Gone. Done for.

Well, until now. 

US beauty vlogger AlexandrasGirlyTalk has come up with a downright genius solution for fixing smashed bronzer, blusher or powder without a whole lot of trouble to you. And from what we can see, it works a treat.

To fix a standard bronzer/powder compact, you'll need:

– Around 1.5 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol (this is available in most chemists and won't affect the consistency of your powder)
– A butter knife
– A piece of kitchen roll
– Something with a small flat circular bottom like a shot glass or the lid of a bottle.

Here's what to do:

1. Use the pads of your fingers to press as much of the cracked powder back into place as you can, getting it as neat as possible.

2. Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol (around 0.5 of a tablespoon) onto the powder. Leave the rest aside. 

3. The alcohol will quickly evaporate. Again, use your fingers to gently press the powder back into place.

4. Pour the rest of the rubbing alcohol onto the powder and let it evaporate for around 10 – 15 minutes.

5. While the powder is still slightly wet, use a butter knife to smooth the surface, getting the corners and middle as smooth as you can.

6. Fold the kitchen paper into a square and place it onto the powder.

7. Then, using your shot glass or bottle lid, press down on the powder to get the surface as flat as possible.

Done! See Alexandra's full video here:

 

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It can be one of the most annoying things in the world. And it can happen to the newest and shiniest of laptops or computers.

Crumps, hair, teeny tiny bits of paper; they all seem to land right in the fiddly bits of your keyboard and it's a nightmare trying to get them out.

But, if you hate the sight of it, This Morning had a handy man on the show today, giving you a life hack on how to clean your keyboard.

Steve Wilson, life hack expert, simply used a Post-it note to clean up a keyboard. The paper's sticky side is perfect for wedging in between the keys and digging out whatever is in there. 

It's such a handy idea, we're actually surprised we never thought of this before. 

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Making A Murderer, Orange Is The New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt… It's safe to say Netflix has brought us some stellar TV watching opportunities over the last twelve months and beyond.

But sometimes we just want to watch something brand new, without choosing one of the 'Top Picks For You' and 'Suggested For You' options that always seem to feature rom-coms (probably because that's all we watch).

Behold, the Netflix hack to end all Netflix hacks.

Next time you're watching the streaming service on your laptop, simply type http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX into your browser, replacing XXXX with one of the search category codes you'll find on this list on Ogre's Crypt.

So whether your preference is Action And Adventure (maybe), Teen Comedies (always) or Crime Documentaries (oh hell yes), you'll be able to find the genre you want simply and quickly.

You can thank us later, after you binge-watch three serial killer documentaries in a row…

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This 1990 romantic comedy is a stand-out for so many reasons. Yes, the performances were top-notch, the tender moments were tender and the funny moments were funny, but have we ever stopped to consider the educational value of this tear jerker? Vivian Ward and Kit De Luca taught us so much. Girls, they were revolutionaries. 

Here is just SOME of the advice and life hacks Hollywood’s sassiest working girls shared with us.

Style
Black marker was a must-have in a footwear emergency. Scuffed? No problem, quick slick of permanent marker and you were good to go. Work it baby, woooork it.

A man’s shirt and bare legs is a totally acceptable piece of daytime attire. Ignore the haters.

You can still get runners in your pantyhose, even if you’re not wearing any pantyhose. Something to really think about, girls.
 

Dining
Bar food nourishes you more than any store-bought food would. Nuts and fruit, what more could you want?

Having pizza delivered to a men’s clothing store is not only advised, but should be mandatory.

Allowing some of your snail dinner to fly across a restaurant dining room is not in the least bit embarrassing, but actually super-cute.

Career
Kiss by Prince is the perfect soundtrack when learning of a pay rise.
 

Romance
Taking your wig off after spending your first night with a man will only endear you to him more. Good to know.

Health
Flossing isn’t optional and frankly, neglecting your gums is a sin.

Mechanics
If a car corners like it’s on rails, that’s a good thing and something to be admired.

Consumer Rights
Returning with a sassy look and a can-do attitude to any store that wronged you is your only course of action. Forget irate phone calls or surly boycotting, it’s all about working your outstretched arms and using as many synonyms for the word ‘big’ as possible.
 

 

Thank you, ladies. We're forever in your debt.

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Ah avocados. How you trick us so.

We wait and wait for you to be perfect and then it’s too late.

Here is a foolproof way of ripening your avocado so that it will be ready for use in 24hrs.

Bananas are known for releasing high-levels of ethylene which is a hormone that ripens fruit.

Place your hard avocado in a paper bag with a banana (or an apple) and leave it for 24 hrs. When you remove it, it should be ripe enough to eat, but not too soft.

In other words, a perfect avocado. And isn’t that everybody’s dream?

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1. The digits ’57’ on a Heinz ketchup bottle
Did you know if you knock on this with your palm the ketchup will come out easier and faster than hitting it anywhere else? Well now you do!

2. The ring-pull on a can of coke
One of the ring pulls on your can of coke (or any other can) is to keep a straw in place. Now you can wear lipstick while drinking a can and not worry about smudging OR getting hit in the eye with a bobbing straw!

3. The little hole at the top of your biro
This little hole is actually incredibly important. It’s is created to avoid asphyxiation if the lid is swallowed. Clever!

4. Two zippers on one bag
If your school-bag or weekend bag has two zippers then you can lock it with a padlock by inserting it into the two bottom holes.

5. ACCIDENTALLY LEAVE THE CAPS LOCK ON?
Press the Shift and F3 keys simultaneously for the magic to happen. Press F3 one more time to make the first word of each sentence capital.

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