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Even Optimists Tend to Expect the Worst + MORE

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FDA Aims to Limit Lead Levels in Lipstick, Other Cosmetics

– health.com

The Food and Drug Administration released draft guidelines Wednesday aimed at regulating lead levels in lipstick and other cosmetic products.

The agency recommended a maximum lead level of 10 parts per million (ppm) in certain cosmetics, including lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow, blush and body lotion. The guidance does not apply to “topically applied products” that are drugs or hair dyes, the agency said.

“We consider the recommended maximum lead level to be achievable with the use of good manufacturing practices and to be consistent with the 10 ppm maximum lead level for similar products recommended by other countries,” the FDA wrote.

The agency noted that lead can appear as an impurity in cosmetic ingredients due to its “background presence” in the manufacturing environment.

“In our surveys, which do not necessarily reflect the full range of products that are currently on the market, a small number of samples had lead levels that exceed the maximum level we are recommending,” the agency said. “Our goal is to ensure that cosmetic lip products and externally applied cosmetics do not contain lead as an impurity at levels that would pose a health risk.”

Even Optimists Tend to Expect the Worst

– www.health.com

Even if you consider yourself to be pretty upbeat, it’s easy to get caught up in feelings of dread as you wait to hear about uncertain news. As the moment of truth draws nearer, people often find themselves increasingly convinced that bad results are ahead.

These emotions may feel stressful and unhealthy, but a new study suggests they’re totally normal. In fact, this instinct to brace for the worst can actually be protective and serve as a buffer against potentially bad news, say researchers from the University of California Riverside.

In previous studies, it’s been recognized that, as individuals wait for their respective results, students become increasingly convinced they’ve failed an exam, patients become increasingly convinced they have a terrible disease, and voters become increasingly convinced that their candidate will lose an election.

RELATED: Optimism Can Help You Live Longer

Kate Sweeny, Ph.D., a psychology professor at UC Riverside, wanted to see if this was true of optimists and pessimists alike. “Intuition might suggest that some people are more likely to brace than others,” Sweeny said in a press release. “In particular, happy-go-lucky optimists would seem immune to the anxiety and second-guessing that typically arise as the decisive moment draws near.”

So she and her co-author performed nine different experiments in their lab and in real-life settings. Some involved college students anticipating rankings of their attractiveness from peers, for example, while others involved law-school graduates awaiting the results of their bar exams. All participants answered questions beforehand to determine their natural disposition.

The researchers’ findings, published in the Journal of Personality, were “counter to intuition,” Sweeny said. “Optimists were not immune to feeling a rise in pessimism at the moment of truth. In fact, not a single study showed a difference between optimists and pessimists in their tendency to brace for the worst.”

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There was a difference, unsurprisingly, in overall predictions: Optimists started out with more positive expectations than pessimists. But everyone in the study tended to shift those expectations downward over time.

This may be because not getting one’s hopes up can be a natural defense. “If you expect the worst, you can lessen feelings of shock and disappointment if things don’t go as you hoped,” Sweeny told RealSimple.com, “and you’ll be pleasantly surprised if they do.”

So if you feel down right before a big announcement, Sweeny says you shouldn’t necessarily fight those feelings. Rather, she says, we should all try to be more like the optimists in this study, and save our pessimism for these strategic moments.

“It’s generally good to be optimistic about the future,” she says…

This Is Tracy Anderson’s Go-To Arm Workout

– health.com

One thing that people don't do often enough is just stand and extend their arms out—really reaching through the chest while relaxing the shoulders. The simple act of holding your arms outstretched, either to the side or in front, is quite fatiguing. Why? It's a new movement that the body must build the strength to sustain. And that's what you want. Add weights and you'll sculpt the entire arm, as well as further strengthen it, building even more muscle. And we all know that the more muscle you have, the more calories you can torch at rest. Another reason to tighten up: As we age, the skin starts to sag, but toning helps you fight back. OK, time to get defined!

Go through this sequence twice. And don't forget your 30 to 60 minutes of cardio six days a week.

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1. Throw & Reach

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, fingers lightly on shoulders and elbows out to sides (A). Raise elbows up, then bring them in to touch (B). Open elbows back out to "A," then extend arms straight out in front of you with palms facing out so wrists touch (C). Bring arms back in to "A." Repeat 30 times.

2. Punch & Rock

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, elbows bent at sides and a 3-pound weight in each hand (A). Extend arms straight up overhead and jump up (B); as you land, return arms to "A." Jump up again, this time extending arms straight out in front of you (C). Bring arms back in to "A" as you land. Continue jumping, alternating punching up and out, for 30 reps. Bonus: Jumping adds cardio.

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3. Rolling Arms

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, a 3-pound weight in each hand. Bend left elbow at torso so arm forms a V, palm facing forward. Raise right arm to side to form a 90-degree angle, palm facedown (A). Pull right elbow back and rotate right shoulder up (B) and around, then punch forward (C). Return to "A"; repeat in a fluid motion. Do 15 reps per side. Start on left side your second time through the circuit.

4. Swinging Triceps

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, a 3-pound weight in each hand. Bend left elbow at torso so arm forms a V, palm facing forward. Bend right arm and cross it over torso (A). Lift right elbow up and out, keeping it bent (B), then swing right arm across torso to meet left, returning to "A." Open right arm out to side so arms form a W (C). Do 25 reps per side. Start on left side your second time through the circuit.

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5. Monkey Pull & Reach

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, a 3- to 5-pound weight in each hand at sides. Come into a low squat, dropping right arm toward right foot (A). As you stand, curl right arm to armpit (B); twist wrist and press right arm up (C). Lower arm and return to "A." Do 15 reps per side…

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Does Dry Brushing Really Reduce Cellulite and Help You Look Younger? + MORE

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Surgeon Will Pay $3,000 Fine for Removing Kidney He Mistakenly Thought Was a Tumor + MORE

A Florida surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, as well as perform hours of continued medical training, after removing a woman’s kidney during what was intended to be back surgery. According to court records, Maureen Pacheco, who checked into Florida’s Wellington Regional.... More »

9 Bottles of This Dreamy Face Serum Sell Every Minute Around the World + MORE

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Tight on Workout Space? Try This Body-Weight Circuit for Small Spaces

As the weather warms, it’s easy to start slacking on your workouts—but fitting in exercise is worth it. So we’re here to help with this body-weight routine that can be done in a small space (hello, tiny hotel room). “It involves strength and stability, and gets your heart.... More »

4 Reasons a Daily Walking Habit Is Worth It + MORE

We're bombarded by fitness messaging that tells us that to be healthy, we must go to extremes ("no pain, no gain). But really, it doesn't have to be that hard. Simply going for a walk (especially if you do it regularly and outdoors) is an underestimated but low-stress, low-impact, .... More »

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7 Expert Tips for Pacing Yourself on the Run + MORE

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7 Expert Tips for Pacing Yourself on the Run

– health.com

Why does running have to be so damn hard? You head out the door with a spring in your step but five minutes later, you’re huffing and puffing and ready to quit. Or maybe you check your watch all the time, relying on it to tell you precisely how fast you’re running and how many miles you have left to go. (Been there, done that!) One reason for your burning lungs? You have trouble pacing yourself. Here’s your guide to learning how to set yourself at a challenging yet doable pace on your next run.

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Why Is Pacing So Difficult?

When you start your run, it can feel like your breathing rate skyrockets after just a few steps. That’s because your cardiovascular system isn’t warmed up yet, says New York City-based running coach Jess Underhill of Race Pace Wellness. “When someone breathes heavily, it confuses them and they don’t know how to regulate their breath,” she says. “They either quit or think they aren’t cut out for running, thinking they can’t even make it down the block.”

Group fitness habits might be to blame, too. According to Underhill, our approach to spin and HIIT classes and AMRAPs (as many reps as possible) can influence the way we prepare ourselves for a run. “It’s a different mindset. In classes, you go all out and push yourself to the extreme. You can’t do that when you’re just starting out running or else you won’t go very far.”

RELATED: 3 Breathing Techniques for a More Effective Workout

7 Ways to Learn to Pace Yourself

Whether you’re a marathon maven or a newbie seeking to cross your first finish line, pounding pavement at a consistent pace is not as intuitive as it may seem. Like any skill, you have to practice tuning into your body and learning how different paces feel.

1. Slow down.
It may seem counterintuitive, but taking it down a few notches is the first step to getting a grip on your pace. “Learning how to run at a truly easy intensity is one of the hardest things for people, whether they are just beginning to run or trying to run faster times,” says Caleb Masland, a North Carolina-based USATF-certified running coach. “Starting out too hard can quickly turn running into a frustrating versus a rewarding experience.” Underhill advises her runners to start slower than you think. That way, you finish feeling like you could keep going. Another way check yourself? Run at a pace where you can easily carry on a conversation.

2. Check your breath.
Paying attention to your breath is one of the best ways to measure the pace, effort and intensity of your run, says Masland. Your breathing shouldn’t be labored. Think easy breaths in every three to four steps, and easy breaths out every three to four steps, he says…

This Exfoliating Sugar Lip Scrub Transformed My Chapped Lips

– health.com

I know what you're thinking: Between lipstick, tinted lip balm, and regular lip balm, you already own plenty of lip treatments. I was like you too, once. When I received Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Polish ($18; sephora.com) in a gift bag, I thought, "I seriously do not need one more lip-related product rolling around in the bottom of my purse." I almost gave it away, which would have been good news for my mom or whichever of my friends was the lucky recipient, but bad news for me, because this stuff is incredible.

I have tried lip scrubs in the past and even DIY'ed my own with sugar and olive oil, but none have worked quite as well as the Coco Rose Lip Polish, which is all-natural and made with sugar, rose, coconut oil, Shea butter, and vitamin E. To use, put a tiny amount of the polish on your finger and gently massage into your lips (during which time I usually have to concentrate on not accidentally swallowing the sugar). Let it sit for a minute, then rinse off with warm water. The result? Super-smooth, exfoliated lips that I swear look slightly fuller.

As a bonus, the scrub has been especially helpful in the winter. In the past when my lips were chapped (usually every single day from November until March), I'd apply countless layers of Chapstick in an attempt to heal the peeling, angry skin. But this polish has worked wonders and proven much more effective at actually removing dead skin, leaving behind a smooth, flawless canvas. I've been using it at night and then following with a hydrating lip balm or just before I apply lipstick.

20 Nutrition and Fitness Experts Reveal Their New Year's Resolutions

– www.health.com

Eat better, join a gym, drink more water, get eight hours of sleep every night…many of the most popular New Year's resolutions are focused on living a healthier, more balanced life. But what do those people who are already extremely healthy (in fact, it's their job to be) want to improve upon? We polled 20 wellness influencers, from nutritionists to celebrity trainers to healthy start-up founders, to find out what their self-improvement goals are for the upcoming year. From being more mindful to carving out time for themselves to working out a little less (if only we all had that problem), here are their resolutions for 2017.

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Embrace mindfulness and live in the now

"Be even more mindful with the words I use, making sure they are influential in a positive, hopeful, and inspiring way; not just for the clients I train, but for everyone I interact with, including myself." 
—Tanya Becker, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Physique57

"Furthering my meditation practice. I find that mindfulness not only allows me to react more calmly in stressful situations, but it also helps me feel happier overall and more in the moment, whether I’m eating, being active, or spending time with my hubby and pets."
—Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor

"I resolve to listen closer, breathe deeper, and be more present. I hope to think less and risk more. And while focusing on all these things, I hope to empower others to do the same. I'm very excited for 2017!"
—Olivia Young, founder of box + flow

"My New Year's resolution is to commit—to be more instinctual and trust my gut. To work harder, and to live in the now."
—Derek DeGrazio, celebrity trainer and managing partner at Barry's Bootcamp Miami

"Journal every day. Each day can be a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts. Writing them down is a form of therapy that helps us unwind and re-evaluate situations. It's an incredible release!"
—Karena and Katrina, founders of Tone It Up

"Slow down and live in the moment more. I’m going to work on spending less time on my phone. In 2017 I’m going to be grateful for the little things and celebrate them when they happen, instead of waiting or even forgetting them."
—Elizabeth Stein, founder and CEO of Purely Elizabeth

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Pay it forward

"My New Year's resolution is to advocate on more result-oriented ways and less social ways to educate and support people's lives. This is an important year in health and I feel a strong commitment to providing people tools that help them invest in their health and their futures. I feel that the trends in fitness will be taking a backseat to people wanting life-long solutions that pay it forward in a really meaningful way…

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Emily Skye Says She’s "Getting Stronger" in a Post-Baby Body Photo Showing Loose Skin + MORE

Fitness influencer Emily Skye is enjoying her post-pregnancy workout regimen with her “cutest training buddy ever.” In a mirror selfie with her three-month-old daughter Mia, Skye shared her progress since giving birth. “Some people might think my progress is due to my genetics.... More »

Women Are Naturally Fitter Than Men, Study Says + MORE

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Julia Roberts Got a Gorgeous New Haircut That Everyone Is Freaking Out About + MORE

Julia Roberts just got a major hair refresh — and we’re loving it. The Academy Award-winning actress, 51, chopped her signature long waves into a textured shoulder-length lob that the internet can’t get enough of. With the help of longtime hairstylist Serge Normant, Rober.... More »

Trying to Be Happy Is Making You Miserable. Here's Why + MORE

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Asked and Answered: In What Order Should I Apply My Skincare? + MORE

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The Fitness Machine That Shook Up My Pilates Routine for the Better + MORE

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5 Yoga-Inspired Shoulder Openers

– health.com

5 Yoga-Inspired Shoulder OpenersFeel like you’re forever tightly wound? We feel you. You have a good reason to crave that deep-tissue massage after a stressful day at work. Research shows that we carry certain emotions, like anger and anxiety, in our head, neck and shoulders. Over time, that chronic stress leads to tense knots in our upper body.

That’s why we designed this shoulder-opening yoga sequence to help you relieve stress and set the tone for your day. Amanda Valdes-Mosier, a head yoga instructor at Laughing Lotus in New York City, breaks down five different tension-taming asanas (poses) so you can have a soothing reset to your day.

5 Yoga-Inspired Shoulder Stretches

Photo: Tiffany Ayuda / Life by Daily Burn

1. Cat and Cow

This restorative asana is a great dynamic stretch for opening your chest and shoulders. Valdes-Mosier recommends the pose for warming up the body for future yoga exercises and for creating mobility in the traps, deltoids and biceps. Here, Valdes-Mosier turns one of her wrists out; this can help relieve tension after sitting at your desk and typing for hours. “In addition to opening your shoulders, this pose also strengthens your sides and mid-back. Stacking your shoulders provides stability,” Valdes-Mosier says.

How to: Get into a tabletop position with your hands and knees flat on the floor. Keep your neck in a neutral position with your eyes looking at the floor. One of your wrists can be facing out toward the wall in front of you (a). Take a deep inhale. As you exhale, round your spine and scoop your abs upward. Keep your shoulders and knees in the same position. Release your head toward the floor (b). As you take another deep inhale, reverse the curve in your spine by lifting your sitting bones and chest toward the ceiling. Your tummy should sink toward the floor (c). Exhale and return to the neutral tabletop position. Repeat for 10-20 breaths (d).

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Photo: Tiffany Ayuda / Life by Daily Burn

2. Gomukhasana

Also known as the cat face pose, Gomukhasana stretches your shoulders, triceps, hips, thighs and ankles. While this yoga pose is a bit advanced, you can modify it by using a strap (see below).

How to: Sit on a yoga mat with your knees bent and both feet on the floor. (If you have trouble sitting with your knees stacked, you can sit on a folded blanket or block for support.) Slide your right foot under your left knee, so your left leg is crossed over the right and your knees are stacked (a). As you inhale, sweep your right arm behind you, rotating your arm inward so your fingers point toward the floor, and your right hand is between your shoulder blades (b). Next, stretch your left arm forward. Then, turn your left palm up and bend your left elbow behind you with your left hand reaching for your right (c). If you can, hook your right and left fingers together, or hold onto a strap on both ends…

I Followed the Victoria’s Secret Angels’ Skincare Routine—And It Was Actually Easy

– health.com

Confession: I’m not a Victoria’s Secret model and never will be—but I’ve accepted this reality and come to terms with it. Since most of my free time is spent firing up my Netflix queue, sharing memes on Instagram and I get way too hangry to ever go on an actual diet, rock-hard abs like an Angel’s will always be out of the question.

While Angels’ fitness level is something to be applauded, as someone with acne-prone skin I’ve always envied the models’ clear, radiant skin that (sorry for being obvious), looks like they used those wings to fly down from heaven onto the runway of the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Since testing products and various beauty routines is part of my job, following the same skincare regimen as the Angels do when they’re prepping for the show was worth a shot. And if the final result was a glowing complexion that rivaled an Angel’s? Consider that the equivalent of a first-time model getting her wings.  

RELATED: See the Sexiest Looks from the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show  

As it turns out, the models’ routine is pretty standard and actually doesn’t require too much extra effort. “My main skincare goal for the models is to achieve a luminous glow and definition. I want to leave them with perfect skin that is ready for makeup and ready for the show,” Mzia Shiman, celebrity facialist and the woman behind the Angels’ amazing complexions told me. Although she regularly works on the Angels throughout the year, she gives them all skincare routine to follow in the weeks leading up to the show as well as a professional treatment the weekend before it tapes.

Above all, the Shiman warns the models against introducing new products or treatments—which I’m completely guilty of because I irrationally expect to see instant results when using skincare products. However, I practiced self-control for three weeks and was monogamous with the Angels’ routine.

The morning lineup consists of cleansing with Decléor Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk ($30; nordstrom.com), a spritz of Decléor Aroma Cleanse Essential Tonifying Lotion ($30; nordstrom.com), and applying Decléor Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Serum ($73; nordstrom.com). At night, the facialist suggests the Angels finish their days by washing their faces with Decléor Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra-Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse ($35; nordstrom.com), spritzing on the Tonifying Lotion, and massaging on Decléor Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Night Balm ($42; dermstore.com).

RELATED: 15 Jaw-Dropping Looks from the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After-Party

“The models very much benefit from calming treatments, which is why we I products and techniques that work against inflammation, redness, and dehydration,” Shiman explained when I asked how she conjured up the most optimal routine for the models…

The Fitness Machine That Shook Up My Pilates Routine for the Better

– health.com

I’m taking an exercise class at Moving Strength, a boutique Pilates studio in New York City, and, well, I’m struggling. My body feels like it’s buzzing with electricity. My triceps are burning, my quads are shaking, and my heart rate is growing quicker. Don’t get me wrong—this isn’t my first time trying the core-strengthening workout; I’m actually a Pilates devotee. But most of the time, I know what I’m getting when I take a class. I expect the Hundred series and some Reformer-supported leg circles. Now, my go-to routine is suddenly getting shaken up—literally—with the help of the Personal Power Plate.

The Personal Power Plate, which launched this past January, is a smaller, more portable version of the Power Plate. Both machines feature a vibrating platform that’s meant to amplify any type of workout, not just Pilates, by challenging one’s strength, balance, circulation, and flexibility. It’s almost like an electronic version of an old-school step (yes, the kind used for 80s-style dance aerobics).

According to the tool’s makers, research has shown that whole-body vibration exercise offers a wealth of health benefits, from improved body composition and bone metabolism among postmenopausal women to reduced pain and fatigue in female fibromyalgia patients.

RELATED: Conquer the Weight Room: 5 Machines You Should Know How to Use

Still, I wasn’t totally convinced that my workout would benefit from the addition of an unstable surface. After all, aren’t planks tough enough already? Spoiler alert: The Personal Power Plate made them (and a slew of other classic Pilates exercises) tougher.

My one-on-one session with Moving Strength founder Patricia Ruiz began with a quick stand on the plate to get a feel for the way it vibrated. From there, we graduated to a core series. I sat on the edge of the machine with my feet placed flat on the floor and a squishy ball propped between the plate and my lower back to create a standard Pilates C-curve in my torso.

Only it wasn’t so standard once we pressed the start button and the machine started to shake—my abs had to work so much harder than usual to remain stable, especially as we added variations to the mix, like leg lifts and cross-body reaches.  

Other seemingly simple exercises were also amped up when we added the Personal Power Plate to them. Side lunges done with one foot resting on the shaky platform challenged my balance. Mountain climbers performed with my hands placed on top of the plate required extra activation in my upper arms.

RELATED: 3 Pilates Moves for a Flat Belly

For me, the 30-minute session was just enough to get my heart rate up and my muscles fatigued, which is precisely Ruiz’s intention for the Power Plate Pilates class.

If you encounter a Power Plate product (either the larger version that comes complete with handlebars, or the scaled-back platform model I tried) at your gym, don’t be intimidated…

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This Mascara Is So Good, A Tube Is Sold Every 7.4 Seconds + MORE

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This Fitness Blogger Clapped Back at People Who Called Her a ‘Bad Mom’ for Working Out + MORE

Sia Cooper, the blogger behind diaryofafitmommy.com, posts regular (and sometimes hilarious) updates on how she stays committed to fitness while raising young kids. While Cooper has a devoted following, she also has critics who call out the way she mixes gym time with kid time. Fed.... More »

Best No-Chip Wedding Day Nail Polish: Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel + MORE

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This is How Fast The Average Woman Runs A Mile + MORE

Whether you're a running newbie or an avid pavement pounder, you've likely considered your running pace an important mark of improvement. And if you've ever wondered how your mile time compares to other runners' times, there's now a solid statistic you can cite. Workout tra.... More »

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9 Easy Ways to Practice Self Care This Week + MORE

Beauty and health are wonderful areas to dedicate one’s
life. We have seen the simple addition of hair with Invisablend’s hair
extensions and treatments cause an immediate increase in our client’s confidence
and life enjoyment. We encourage you to do the little things that make you feel
good and give you confidence. It will have a dynamic effect on your quality of
life.

Too Faced Has a Lipstick Called 'Unicorn Tears' and It’s Magically Beautiful

– health.com

We’re suckers for anything from Too Faced, but especially for products that involve unicorns!

Yup, that’s right. Unicorn Tears ($45; amazon.com). The beauty company is never short on whimsy, but this might be one of its best yet. And while it was first released at the end of last year, it’s making a resurgence on social media leading into the holiday season.

Because seriously, what goes better with holidays than some unicorn glam?

We love all the different shades of the rainbow packed in this simple tube.

The shade, described as an “iridescent shimmer,” bejewels the brand’s Le Creme line. Too Faced writes the collection “is a completely unique, super-luxe combination of creamy color and intense hydration for unprecedented ultra-comfortable wear.” Sounds divine.

What makes Unicorn Tears so great is that you can use it for just about anything, not just lips. It’s a multitasker!

As Brit+Co notes, it can easily moonlight as a highlighter, eyeshadow or blush!

While it’s too late to use this for Halloween, check out what this makeup artist did with it to transform herself into an ethereal mermaid.

Amazing.

Not to mention it would be perfect to wear on a trip to The Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok.The unicorn-themed establishment, which opened in September, is the ultimate ode to the Lisa Frank obsessed. In addition to its rainbow-colored and star-shaped food, it’s brimming with My Little Pony memorabilia and stuffed animal cuteness.

Alright, time to get our Unicorn Tears ready and book a trip out to Bangkok.

 

This article originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com.

9 Easy Ways to Practice Self Care This Week

– www.health.com

Between long hours at work, weekend chores, dinner plans with friends, and time for your family, your calendar is overflowing. But can you remember the last time you took an hour, maybe even two, for yourself? If you had to think longer than a few seconds, you may want to consider taking a step back and reevaluating your schedule. Prioritizing everyone else in your life may seem honorable, but the reality is, totally neglecting yourself isn’t good for anyone. In order to take care of others, you first need to take care of yourself. (It's kind of like the safety messages on airplanes: "In the event of an emergency, please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.”) So whether you’re facing a rough patch or simply going through the day-to-day grind, self-care should always be on your agenda. Need some inspiration on how to spend your me-time? Here are some self-care practices the editors at Health swear by.

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Sweat it out

"It’s the answer you always hear, but making time every day to exercise is my form of self-care. I’m a firm believer in that saying, ‘You’re only one workout away from a good mood.’ In particular, boxing is a huge physical and mental release for me, and barre classes take me back to my ballet days, which feels especially therapeutic. My other self-care move is curling up in my giant fuzzy blanket and watching Sex and the City reruns. It’s mindless and relaxing and just feels great sometimes." —Jacqueline Andriakos, associate editor

Tune in to YouTube

"When I’m feeling down, I typically turn to my favorite form of escapism: YouTube videos. Having a moment when I can just veg out, slap on a calming sheet mask, and watch a video by one of my favorite YouTubers (looking at you, Estée Lalonde and SoothingSista), allows me to momentarily get out of my own head. It might sound silly, but just like reading a good book, watching a good YouTube video takes me out of my own world and into someone else’s, even if just for 10 minutes. It’s enough time for me to put my thoughts and feelings into perspective and luckily, if I need more than 10 minutes of down time, there’s a whole YouTube world out there waiting for me to enjoy."—Julia Naftulin, editorial assistant

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Create a relaxing routine

"I’ve recently started a new nighttime self-care routine that I think has been helping me de-stress and fall asleep a little more easily. Step 1: Turn off the TV around 10 p.m. and force myself to stop refreshing my Facebook feed. Step 2: Make a cup of chamomile tea. Step 3: Turn off all lights in my bedroom, light a few candles, and set up my yoga mat. Step 4: Do the “Bedtime Yoga” sequence from Yoga by Adriene…

Why Crawling Is the Ultimate Total-Body Exercise

– health.com

When you think of crawling, you probably think of adorable little rugrats. But according to Mayo Clinic physical therapist Danielle Johnson, crawling is an essential move for grown-ups too.

She actually does it every day—and she’s not alone. Health and fitness experts are raving about the benefits of crawling, and other so-called fundamental movements.

Squatting, jumping, running, hanging, balancing—they all fall into the same category. Essentially, fundamental movements are things we master as kids, but stop doing as we age. And that’s a shame because these activities engage our muscles in perfectly natural ways.

Despite the recent buzz, crawling and other “natural” exercises shouldn’t be considered a fad or the latest craze, says Johnson. “Instead, they’re a return to some of the most fundamental fitness patterns.” Below, she gives three more reasons to join the rugrats.

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Crawling tones all over

It engages your calves, quads, glutes, shoulder girdle, deep abdominal muscles, and muscles in your hips and feet. There are multiple variations on the basic form, too, says Johnson. Aside from crawling on your hands and knees, you can crawl on your hands and toes, or even facing up, in a crab crawl. No matter which type you choose, you'll be working your whole body.

Crawling builds strength for real life

Unlike many traditional fitness moves, crawling actually involves moving—and that’s important. Compare it to the classic plank, for example. Plank is a great way to engage your core, but it’s not something you ever do in the course of an average day. “It’s not as applicable to real life,” says Johnson. “In real life, we move.”

That’s one reason she's been using crawling and other fundamental movements with her PT clients for years: “Getting our bodies to move through full ranges of motion, and getting them to stabilize and hold a movement, is protective against back and shoulder pain.”

What’s more, crawling and other fundamental movements “can help us feel well and whole,” she says. While running on a treadmill is great cardio, being able to support your weight is just as important.  “If you can run a six-minute mile, but you can’t play around with your kids because you’re unable to squat down or climb with them, is your fitness regime [helping you] do the things you ultimately want to do?” says Johnson. 

“I do [fundamental movements] every single day because I really believe [they] will protect my body as I get older, and let me continue to do the things I love doing,” she says.

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You don't need a gym to crawl

Johnson doesn't like to label crawling a "workout"—because it's not something that has to be done at the gym, or during a scheduled block of time…

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