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This Chart Reveals Which Lipstick Brands Deliver the Best Bang for Your Buck + MORE

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This Chart Reveals Which Lipstick Brands Deliver the Best Bang for Your Buck

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One clever Reddit user has uncovered which lipsticks offer the best value ounce-for-ounce.

Whether you buy your lipstick from the makeup aisle at Duane Reade or splurge at Sephora, if you’re comparing lipstick prices tube-for-tube, you may not be getting the best value. In an effort to beat the beauty pricing system, one Redditor has created a handy chart that compares lipstick brands by price per ounce. It may seem simple, but while most consumers have been caught in a cycle of comparing the price per tube, Redditor armidalowe’s chart points out that different tubes can hold very different amounts of product. To get the best bang for your buck, you really have to look at ounces.

RELATED: These Are Our Editors’ All-Time Favorite Lipsticks

While the chart is just a clever way of comparing the value of various lipsticks by weight, what really has the internet in an uproar is the huge price differential that’s revealed when you compare products ounce-for-ounce. Topping the chart is the classic 99-cent Wet N’ Wild lipstick containing 0.130 ounces of product, which comes out to $7.62 per ounce. And at the bottom of the chart, a 0.100-ounce Tom Ford lipstick for $54 costs a whopping $540 per ounce. Curious to see how your go-to brand stacks up? Consult the chart, above, or do the math yourself. If the tube is less than one ounce (most are), divide 1 by the ounces in the tube, then multiply that number by the price per tube.

RELATED: The Red Lipstick That Truly Flatters Every Skin Tone

Keep in mind that although this comparison is helpful for spotting the best deals, it doesn’t take important factors like pigmentation or formula into consideration. A lipstick that has the lowest price per ounce doesn't necessarily have the highest pigmentation per ounce, and it may not be the longest-lasting formula. It doesn’t matter if you buy the cheapest lipstick in the store, if you end up having to apply it twice as often and replace it twice as frequently, right? The takeaway: when calculating the best value, you want to balance the formula that works best for you with the price you pay per ounce (not tube). Thank you, Reddit, for once again making us question everything.

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The Weirdly Hydrating Thing You Should Drink After a Workout

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Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You’re behind the science times, according to a small new study. Milk and milk alternatives—thanks to their natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein—help the body retain fluid, researchers report in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, making it an effective recovery drink for exercisers.

The researchers wanted to see how the sports drink Powerade stacked up against different kinds of milk, so they subjected 15 men to four rounds of cycling on separate days. Each workout was followed by a different beverage: cow’s milk, soy milk, a milk-based meal supplement or Powerade. Researchers then measured their blood and urine to determine hydration and nutrient levels.

Drinking a milk-based meal supplement after exercise led to better fluid retention than the other drinks, but all of the milk-based products were superior to Powerade in terms of rehydrating the body post-exercise. None of the beverages made the cyclers thirstier than any other.

That said, Powerade had an edge in one regard: The men reported that the sports juice was the most pleasant (soy milk, unsurprisingly, was the least). Those who drank milk reported being more bloated and feeling more full—probably due to the protein content in milk—but they were more rehydrated compared to sports drinks.

And as for water? Drinking plain water after exercise actually causes a drop in sodium levels, potentially leading to even more dehydration, the study authors note. Consider chasing your next workout with milk—just be sure to wear your roomiest pair of yoga pants.

 

15 Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Workout Routine

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The fitness fanatics out there probably know the feeling of pushing yourself to the max in a workout. But a holistic approach to health and wellness involves movement, nutrition, and regeneration, says Alicia Agostinelli, a personal trainer and yoga instructor at Equinox Seaport Square in Boston. And while many avid gym-goers tend to be up to date when it comes to the latest HIIT craze or health food trends, most people falter when it comes to the recovery component, both for the body and the mind.

Practicing self-care strategies during your workouts and in your free time can help you come back stronger, and in a more peaceful headspace—not to mention they make exercise that much more enjoyable. Steal some tips from these top trainers who manage to sweat it out hardcore and still make self-care priority.

Try a breathing exercise

“In session, I connect to my breath. I try to practice 4-7-8 breathing [breathe in for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, then exhale for eight] a couple of times every hour to help me reduce stress and regulate my parasympathetic nervous system.” —Matt Delaney, CSCS, innovation coordinator and a Tier X coach at Equinox

Be your own biggest fan

“It took years, but I genuinely view fitness as an opportunity to be a better version of myself, to build myself up, and let my strengths guide me, while looking at weaknesses with a sense of compassion. When I need to rest during a tough core series, it's okay. I'm stronger than I was a year ago, and isn't that the point? It's so much more satisfying to push yourself to the tune of ‘yes I can’ than to be afraid of failing or feeling like you're somehow not good enough if you don't perform the way you wanted to. Your mental game affects how you feel emotionally and how you perform physically, so I always make sure my inner voice is pumped up, ready to rise up to a challenge, but is ready to celebrate every moment of the work I put in.” —Emily Walsh, a Boston-based instructor at SLT

Warm up, cool down, and hydrate

“I practice self-care while exercising by including a dynamic warm-up before any workout and a good stretch after. I also have water with me at all times to stay hydrated.” —Michelle Lovitt, a California-based trainer and author of Exercise For Your Muscle Type: the Smart Way to Get Fit

Get off Instagram at the gym

“The most important self-care action I can take during my workouts is to let my mind be in my workout 100%. I’ve had to create a rule so that I am not responding to emails, checking social media, or replying to texts when I workout. If I can escape and truly enjoy my workout, my life is fantastic.” —Holly Perkins, CSCS, author of Lift To Get Lean and founder of the online health and fitness platform Women’s Strength Nation

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Keep an eye on the 'why'

“I am all about the whys behind the workout: why am I doing it, what will it achieve, and how will it make me feel…

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Your Water Bottle Could Be Making You Sick—Here Are the Best Ways to Clean It + MORE

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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 »

These Women Are Posing in Nothing but Glitter for a Surprisingly Powerful Reason + MORE

Your body is uniquely yours, and that’s what makes it beautiful. One Instagram account, Positively Glittered (@positivelyglittered), has found a creative (and sparkly) way to showcase that. The page features naked women of all shapes and sizes covered in the colors of the rainbow with glit.... More »

10 Beauty Trends That Will Be Huge in 2019, According to Pinterest + MORE

So many unexpected beauty trends—from flannel hair to cleansing oils to jade rollers—took 2018 by storm. But believe it or not, 2019 is going to be jam-packed with even more glitz and glamour. Can you handle it? Pinterest, a destination for self-car.... More »

Everything You Need to Know About HIIPA: The Exercise Trend for People Who Don’t Have Time to Work Out

Let’s face it: On some days, you just don't have the time to spend a full hour clocking miles on the treadmill or pumping weights at the squat rack. You already have one thousand other things on your to-do list, and unfortunately, working out doesn’t always make the cut. We g.... More »

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Hot Yoga Is No Better for You Than Regular Yoga, Study Says + MORE

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Katy Perry Gets Filler Injected Under Her Eyes to Banish Dark Circles—But Is That Safe?

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Dark under eye circles are among the top beauty concerns many women have—and one of the hardest to treat. No matter how many hours of sleep you may have gotten, those pesky dark hollows can make it appear like you haven't gotten a wink in weeks. Even celebs struggle with them! In a recent interview with Refinery29, Katy Perry opened up about rumors circulating regarding her getting plastic surgery. While she denies having any surgical work done, she happily admits to getting under eye filler injections to treat her dark circles. "I've done lasers and got [filler] injections under my eyes for the hollowing—which I'd recommend for everyone who wants a solution for their dark circles," she told the website.

We got the scoop from a dermatologist and plastic surgeon on whether this is a viable option for everyone.

"Filler under the eyes can do wonders for patients who have a hollow," says Dara Liotta, MD, a plastic surgeon based in New York City. It can help smooth out the under eye and plump up the skin where it's concave, she explains. That hollowness is the real problem because it creates shadow that can’t be covered with concealer. If you suffer from genetic dark circles, but lack that depth, it's easier to hide with cosmetics.

Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, agrees, adding that "by subtly lifting the skin and plumping it, it reduces the darker discoloration."

So, yes, in theory fillers are a great option for those who have struggled with dark circles because of a trough under their eyes, but they're not a cure-all. Before you run out and heed Perry's advice, it's important to note that not everyone is a candidate for this treatment. "Under eye filler won't help patients with darkened, pigmented areas under the eyes, or eye puffiness alone," cautions Dr. Liotta. "in fact, it can make puffiness look worse." She recommends getting a consultation with a board-certified physician before making any decisions.

It's also important to keep in mind that this area is one of the most dangerous to get injectied. "You need to go to someone who understands the anatomy of the face," warns Dr. Gohara, such as a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. "The result of a shoddy injector who accidentally hits a vessel can lead to blindness, so proceed with caution."

Not ready to make the leap like Perry did? Dr. Gohara recommends SkinMedica TNS Illuminating Eye Cream ($92; dermstore.com) "because it contains antioxidants and growth factors that can help to prevent further discoloration." It's one of my favorites, too. I'm also a fan of Sunday Riley's newest eye cream, Auto Correct ($65; sephora.com). A good under eye cream can do wonders for dark circles, as well as fine lines and dry skin, no needles necessary.

Iskra Lawrence Posts Before-and-After Photo to Show How Her Body Has Transformed Over 10 Years

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Growing up in a society that values thinness as the ideal standard of beauty is challenging for young girls. Model and body positivity advocate Iskra Lawrence is all too familiar with this, and she's on a mission to change the way women think and feel about their bodies.

The 27-year-old model has become well-known for using her social media platform—she has 3.9 million followers on Instagram alone—to share messages of body positivity and slam unrealistic beauty standards for women. In a recent post, Lawrence shared a powerful before-and-after to talk about her experience recovering from disordered eating and how she finally found peace by embracing self-love.

By trying to look like the thin models she saw represented in magazines and on TV, Lawrence says all she found was "failure, emptiness and unhappiness" because she was trying to change who she was and living a restrictive, unhealthy lifestyle.

"I remember being proud of how skinny I looked during this shoot," Lawrence writes in the caption of the post. "And how now people call me fat when I’m just happy to be alive and grateful for this body I call my home. I used to seek approval from the fashion industry and tried to be 'perfect.'"

Lawrence credits her current happiness with her decision to focus on looking after herself by embracing self-care and nourishing her body and mind "without guilt."

"Because of what I went through [m]y dream has always been to get self-care (mental, emotional and physical wellness) education into schools," she writes. "And I’ve started that, but I also wanted to create something for adults that still needed a safe space that’s judgment free to go on a positive journey of self love and that’s why I created everyBODY with Iskra."

This new website is Lawrence's response to the many other lifestyle guides out there that tend to be geared towards losing weight. Instead, the body positive advocate wanted to create a safe, welcoming space that wouldn't be triggering for girls and women who have struggled with eating disorders.

The website includes healthy recipes (created with help from nutritionists) that avoid any mention of calories, as well as exercise tips (including workouts Lawrence herself enjoys, such as boxing, yoga, and HIIT) that emphasize getting strong and feeling good over slimming down.

"I don’t have all the answers and I’m not ever trying to change anyone or tell people to do this and that," Lawrence writes about her decision to launch the platform. "But I felt the need to create this as I wish I could have had this when I was struggling and if I’m able to use that to help even one person even better."

Hot Yoga Is No Better for You Than Regular Yoga, Study Says

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There’s something undeniably satisfying about leaving a fitness class dripping in sweat. When it comes to yoga, though, new research suggests there’s little reason to crank up the heat.

Bikram yoga has attracted a loyal following due to its steamy classes, which involve 26 specific postures and breathing exercises, typically performed in a room heated to about 105 degrees. Proponents swear by the style’s ability to work up a sweat and promote flexibility, and past research has shown that it’s good for your vascular health — but a small study published Thursday in Experimental Physiology suggests it’s the physical practice of Bikram, not the sweltering heat, that’s good for you.

“It’s definitely showing benefits to the 26-posture sequence,” says study author Stacy Hunter, an assistant professor in the department of health and human performance at Texas State University. “It just doesn’t seem like the heat is necessary in terms of improving heart health.”

Hunter, who is also the research director for Pure Action, a nonprofit that provides grant funding for yoga research and financed this study, says that conclusion doesn’t mean traditional Bikram isn’t healthy. Both hot and room-temperature yoga were found in the study to boost vascular health and possibly delay the progression of risk factors for heart disease and stroke. But the heat may not be responsible for those benefits.

In the study, 52 healthy but previously sedentary adults were assigned to a group: 19 people went to three hot Bikram yoga classes per week, while 14 took the exact same classes in a 73-degree room. A control group of 19 people didn’t do any yoga at all. After 12 weeks, the researchers assessed everyone’s vascular health by looking at changes in endothelial function, or the ability of blood vessels to dilate in response to increased blood flow. Both yoga groups saw changes that indicated a lower risk of heart disease, while the control group did not.

Hunter notes that the hot yoga group did see a small but statistically significant reduction in body fat percentage, compared to the room-temperature group — a surprising finding, given that past studies have shown that Bikram isn’t a particularly effective workout for weight loss. (Other research has even suggested that the high heat and humidity may raise the body’s internal temperature and heart rate to unsafe levels.)

All in all, the results should be encouraging to would-be yogis who may be intimidated by Bikram’s typically scorching temperatures, Hunter says.

“This is good news for people who might want to do it but can’t tolerate the heat or maybe want to do it at home, or for people who don’t even live near a yoga studio,” Hunter says.

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Lili Reinhart Opened Up About Her Struggle With Body Dysmorphia After Fans Criticized Her Recent 'Harper's Bazaar' Comments + MORE

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ThirdLove Responds to That Inflammatory Victoria's Secret Interview with an Open Letter to the Brand + MORE

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This Vlogger Claims Her Extensions Ruined Her Hair—So She Shaved Her Head Bald in Viral Video + MORE

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The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer—And Better + MORE

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Katy Perry Gets Filler Injected Under Her Eyes to Banish Dark Circles—But Is That Safe?health.com
Iskra Lawrence Posts Before-and-After Photo to Show How Her Body Has Transformed Over 10 Yearshealth.com
Hot Yoga Is No Better for You Than Regular Yoga, Study Sayshealth.com

5 Mental Tricks to Feeling Amazing, Even if You Miss a Few Workouts + MORE

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5 Mental Tricks to Feeling Amazing, Even if You Miss a Few Workouts

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Your plan was to relaunch your regular gym and clean eating regimen on January 1. More than a week into the new year, that's mostly fallen by the wayside. Logically, you know that your self-worth doesn't rely on perfect attendance at SoulCycle. So why do so many of us drop into a shame spiral when we skip a few workouts or finish off a sugary treat? 

"We’re in a society that hyper-values fitness and thinness, and we're taught to be ashamed of feeling like we're not to living up to expectation," says Andrew Walen, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders and body image and the founder of The Body Image Therapy Center in Washington, D.C. Not sticking to a routine can also make you feel out of control, and that too tends to fuel anxious or depressive thinking, says Walen.

RELATED:  8 Empowering Life Lessons I Wish Every Woman Knew

Maintaining your healthy food and fitness goals is hard work, and sometimes life gets in the way—or the couch and a Stranger Things binge session are calling you hard. Next time you start to feel guilty for what you view as slipping up, try these simple mental tricks, which will banish negative thoughts and empower you with body positivity.

Recite a mantra

Repeating an affirmation, song lyric, or some other catchy and motivational phrase might sound a little silly. But reciting inspiring words keeps you in the moment and gives your brain something to focus on, crowding out self-criticism while the mantra's positive message sinks in, says Walen. 

Next time you start to beat yourself up for ditching the treadmill, repeat your mantra out loud or in your head with intention. We like "I'm more than my body" and "I am beautiful" because these phrases are simple and super upbeat. But anything that resonates with you in a personal way will work just fine.

RELATED: 5 Powerful Mantras to Help You Quiet Anxiety, Beat Self-Doubt, Manage Stress, and More

Banish 'I should' from your brain

Pay attention to key words in your own internal dialogue. "Every time you hear 'I should' or 'I must,' recognize that you're punishing yourself for no reason," says Walen. For example, if you're spending time relaxing on the couch with family and suddenly catch yourself thinking, "I really should put on my gym gear and go for a run," stop right there. Distract yourself with your social feed, a conversation with your partner, anything to get out of that negative head space.

Put on clothes that make you feel awesome

You should never feel bad about your body, but if you do, there's no quicker way to start feeling sexy and attractive than changing into an outfit you know you look good in. "Dress in a way that makes you feel adventurous and flirtatious and desirable," says Walen…

Former Ulta Beauty Employee Accuses Store of Reselling Used Makeup; Company Is Investigating Claims

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Ulta Beauty has been accused by a former employee of reselling used makeup that was returned by customers, and the brand’s fans are expressing their outrage on social media while the brand investigates the claims.

The former employee, who goes by Fatinamxo on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, posted a lengthy Twitter thread recounting her experience of what happened behind closed doors while working at the beauty giant.

“So I was a former employee at ULTA and whenever a customer would return a product, we were told by managers to repackage / reseal the item and put it back on the shelf,” Fatina tweeted.

Fatina continued posting on the thread, which has since gone viral, and even shared photographic evidence to back up her account. “For example this foundation ( even sticks) they would clean it with a q-tip to make it look new. I’ll attach a photo of a NEW foundation vs. the one they repackaged and put back on the shelf. ( NOT SANITIZED ),” she said.

Allegedly the managers at Fatina’s store location pressured the employees to comply to this process, and even taught them how to make pre-used makeup look brand new.

“They even taught us how to clean eyeshadow palettes and let it dry over night so it can be repackaged and sold the next day,” Fatina tweeted. “Managers would get pissed if they saw items in the damage bin that looked resell-able.”

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Fatina said on Twitter that she reached out to the corporate Ulta Beauty offices but was unsatisfied with their answer:. “I contacted corporate and I was surprised to hear her say  ‘Well when it comes to mascaras we definitely want to be hygienic.’ I immediately cut her off and said what about lipsticks ? And foundation ? They are reselling everything that they can clean up and make “new” again,” she wrote..

 After Fatina’s allegations picked up steam, she says, other Ulta Beauty employees from different locations divulged their similar experiences to her.

The former employee’s Twitter thread worried loyal Ulta customers, who tweeted at the beauty giant asking for answers. “@ultabeauty EXPLAIN YOURSELVES,” one customer tweeted.

“@ultabeauty if this is real? This company is disgusting, and law suits are gonna happen! I can’t believe consumers spend there hard earned money for products that were already used!!! That’s sooooooo nasty! I’ll stay away from ULTA for now!” another person tweeted.

 

The store’s official Twitter handle has been replying to each customer’s complaint on Twitter with the same statement: “The health and safety of our guests is a top priority for Ulta Beauty. We are looking into these claims as the actions described are inconsistent with our practices and values…

What It’s Really Like to Be a Plus-Size Woman at the Gym—and Why Losing Weight Isn’t My Goal

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Before the confetti is even swept up and as hangovers are still being nursed, many of us solemnly resolve to do things differently in the new year—which often means spending more time at the gym. Trying anything new is intimidating, but when you walk through the world in a larger body, stepping out of your comfort zone can make you feel especially self-conscious.

That's even more true at the gym, where plus-size people often face self-imposed shame about working out. The reality of gym culture is rarely one of self-acceptance; going to the gym implies a need to change.

RELATED: The 6 Biggest Mistakes Trainers See You Making at the Gym

Over the years, I’ve made what feels like a million promises to myself to get off the couch. When I do finally get in the groove of working up a sweat on a regular basis, it’s always great for me and I get easily addicted. But as I’ve gained weight and gotten older, I’ve found myself in a familiar shame spiral that prevents me from starting something new.

Like so many plus-size women, I convince myself that it somehow makes sense to lose weight and get in shape before I start working out. It’s like cleaning for the housekeeper (which for the record, I do not do). But I know I’m not alone in getting a familiar sinking feeling of entering a new exercise space, then feeling judged, or worse, pitied.

What 'fit-shaming' sounds like

When it first became trendy in New York, I did a lot of Bikram yoga. I fell in love with it. As with most of my obsessive phases, I eventually moved on. Years later—and considerably heavier—I dropped into a class. I hadn’t done any exercise in years and the heat really got to me, so I sat down during a standing pose to catch my breath.

RELATED: The 15 Best Body Positive Moments of 2017

The teacher asked if me if I was okay, but it was clear he was annoyed. At the end of class in front of everyone he said, “If you’re not able to stand for even one full class you should really see a doctor.” Ouch. The irony is that when I had been thinner I also had to sit down—and even left the room when I first started—but no one ever commented that there might be something wrong with me. Needless to say I was mortified and felt too ashamed to return.

During one particularly sedentary phase of my life, I talked to my therapist about how I really needed to start working out again. About a year before, I had done a series of cross-training sessions. Of all the workouts I’ve tried, it was the most effective for losing weight quickly. I told her how I was thinking of going back to it, how I knew I “should.”

She questioned why I ever left. I knew exactly why—I hated it! So she pushed me, asking why I would pay money (so much money) for something I hated and couldn’t sustain the last time in the hopes that I would lose weight…

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3 Sports Bras for Big Boobs That Actually Work + MORE

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Lili Reinhart Opened Up About Her Struggle With Body Dysmorphia After Fans Criticized Her Recent 'Harper's Bazaar' Comments + MORE

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

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11 New Year's Resolutions for Body Acceptance + MORE

I quit dieting at age 28 after realizing that it made my body image and eating issues worse. But after the birth of my second child—with a decade of solid body acceptance and recovery from binge eating disorder under my belt—I thought I was strong enough to dip my toe into dietl.... More »

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This Anti-Aging Serum Was Developed by Harvard Scientists—and I'm Obsessed With It

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One of the many reasons why I love working in beauty? In addition to being fun and ever-evolving, the industry is backed by science. Every day, there's a new discovery that's more high-tech than the last. Case in point: This brand new, supercharged anti-aging serum.

I was already a fan of Caudalie and regularly use their Vine Activ and Premier Cru lines, so when I heard that their newest serum being developed by Harvard scientists, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Finally available now, Caudalie's Premier Cru The Serum ($150; sephora.com or caudalie.com) has been in the works for five years at Harvard Medical School and boasts a unique patented complex.

The Caudalie brand was built on the tremendous benefits that resveratrol can have when applied topically. Found in the vines of grapes, the powerful ingredient protects the fruit from harsh weather—and on skin, it promotes the production of collagen and elastin for a firming and plumping effect. Paired with the plant extract betaine, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this powerful duo helps rev up cells, making them more receptive to anti-aging formulas. Translation: Your anti-aging products might work even better when layered on top.

I had previously been using an oil serum that came out of a dropper, so right off the bat, I found Premier Cru The Serum a little bit easier to apply, thanks to its pump dispenser. The consistency is creamy, but less so than a traditional moisturizer. I use two pumps, but could probably get away with one in order to preserve every last drop. It glides on smoothly and my lackluster winter skin drinks it right up, leaving behind a healthy glow that screams "I drank the recommended eight glasses of water" even when I've been sipping on the same glass all day.

After using the serum for about a week, the radiance was noticeable. Long after I applied the formula, I could tell my skin was softer and less parched. Though I follow it with a cream moisturizer, I think on some days—when it's not frigid outside, for example—the serum could be enough by itself. Also good: The formula plays well with makeup, which is a must for me.

As a bonus, I've received tons of compliments, so I'll definitely continue using this powerful formula. Here's hoping my pesky crow's feet and expression lines remain smooth and plumped-up, and my complexion continues to glow!

How to Survive Weekends When You're Doing Dry January

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Dry January has become a global trend. And we get why: After weeks of stress, parties, rich food, and (for many of us anyway) too much to drink, we all have an urge to hit some sort of reset button. There are health benefits to giving up alcohol too, even for social drinkers—no more empty calories from booze is a big one.

If you're on the Dry January bandwagon this year, then you already know it can be a challenge. But the real test starts now, as the weekend arrives, and with it office happy hours, a wine list at dinner, Sunday brunch, and other factors you don't typical encounter during the workweek. These expert tips will help you ride out the next four weekends and make your Dry January a success.

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Stick to your usual social plans

Just because you're giving up drinking doesn't mean you have to stay home while your social circle is downing shots at a dance club or sampling the vino at a new bistro. In fact, not showing up might just give you a case of FOMO, which could cause you to lose your resolve later in the month.

Instead, “do the same things you would usually do with your friends and loved ones, but just do them without drinking," suggests Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, author of Drinking to Distraction. You may even notice that after 10 o’clock, your friends get boring or stupid, and you'll likely be glad you're not the one who will waste three-quarters of the next day sleeping off a hangover or regretting a drunk dial.

Detox your social media feeds

Everyone has that one friend (or five) who constantly posts pics of herself at parties with a drink in her hand, looking like she's having a blast. Don’t torture yourself! Unfollow your harder-drinking buddies for the month, so you don’t start to feel deprived every time you go on Instagram.

Stock up on alcohol-free stand-ins

Sometimes it’s the rituals around drinking—the pop of a cork, the glug-glug sound of booze pouring into a glass—that we crave even more than the taste or effects of the alcohol itself, says Hollenstein. Think about what you like most about about your go-to drink and give yourself nonalcoholic options to indulge in instead. La Croix can stand in for hard cider, a bottled kombucha could fill in for your favorite yeasty beer, and some fancy juices now come in corked bottles.

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Play around with mocktails

Most bartenders can make beautiful alcohol-free versions of any drink on their fancy menu. Don’t want to drop $10 on a nonalcoholic drink? Oder a Coke, but ask the bartender to tart it up with a lime wedge, vanilla syrup, or a sugared rim and umbrella. If you're hosting friends or otherwise staying in, whip up these yummy mocktails, and thank us later…

20-Minute Pilates Butt Workout for Stronger Glutes

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This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com.

When you think of Pilates workouts, it’s all about the core — from your lower abs to the transverse abdominis to your obliques. But what you may not realize is that your core also includes your hips and glutes.

“In Pilates, we refer to your powerhouse, and that actually includes your hips, glutes and pelvic floor,” says Andrea Speir, lead instructor for the Daily Burn Pilates Phase 1 and 2 programs. “Since the core and glutes are a connected part of the powerhouse of your body, by engaging your core, you’re halfway there.”

All About That Base: Pilates for Your Backside

What makes Pilates a great workout for a rock solid booty is it targets not only your glutes, but also the muscles that support your hips, like your hamstrings, quads and outer and inner thighs. “The glute medius, for example, wraps around the hips and connects under the body. This helps support the lower back, which is usually pretty weak in people,” Speir says. “Hamstrings are also targeted, and these are the base that the glutes rest on, so having that strong lift will help hold everything up properly,” she adds.

Even better, the different ranges of motion and subtle postural changes in Pilates workouts help engage all muscle groups without adding external weight. “Small movements in Pilates are challenging because they focus on form and control. They get smaller muscles to work harder than they might if the bigger muscles have the chance to take over,” Speir explains.

Keep reading for Speir’s five favorite Pilates butt exercises — and how to put them all together.

RELATED: 5 Pilates Exercises to Strengthen Your Deep Abs

5 Butt Exercises for a Booty-Sculpting Pilates Workout

Hate squats? You’re in luck! This Pilates workout from Speir includes variations of leg lifts to deliver booty-boosting benefits to your thighs, outer hips and glutes. “By working with your own bodyweight, you’re able to lengthen and strengthen safely,” Speir says. Watch carefully, then do 12-15 reps of each exercise for two sets.

GIFs: Daily Burn Pilates

1. Lying Butt Kicks

This exercise might look easy, but if you imagine you’re moving your foot through something sticky and thick, you’ll be able to activate your glutes and hamstrings. “Think about active energy between your inner thighs, like you’re hugging an imaginary ball. Finally, activate your booty. That means go ahead and squeeze those muscles to engage them,” Speir says.

How to: Lying on your stomach, lift your torso off the floor and press your tailbone down, keeping your butt and abdominals firm. Make sure your shoulder blades are also down and your forearms parallel to each other on the mat (a). Pointing your toes, kick your right foot towards your butt for two counts, then alternate with your left foot (b)…

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I Tested 10 Pairs of Leggings and These Are the Ones That Barely Show Crotch Sweat

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I have a confession: I am a heavy sweater. Seriously. I literally sweat buckets during my workouts. There isn’t a time when I don’t emerge from a run or an exercise class completely drenched—even after yoga. And that’s not necessarily a problem, except for one telltale sign that indicates I’ve been kicking butt in the gym: my crotch sweat prominently displayed on the front of my workout pants. It. drives. me. crazy.

But it's also completely normal. "Your body’s heat zones are in the trunk area, from your shoulders to the mid-thighs," explains Michele Olson, PhD, a professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University in Alabama. "Your body’s organs are in that area and they are working like crazy when you exercise—the metabolism of your heart, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands—it’s like it’s on warp speed, so you accumulate a lot of sweat in that area, which includes your crotch."

And unlike your armpits, which receive some drying air as you lift and lower them, your thighs remain relatively close together, making it harder for sweat there to evaporate, notes Olson. Basically, it’s something you just have to deal with. So I set out to find a pair of workout leggings—that weren't basic black!—that would help camouflage down-there sweat.

I sweat-tested a bunch of bottoms (I’ll spare you the sweaty photos on my phone). And while none of the ones I tried completely hid sweat, two did stand out from the pack—and they both happen to be navy.

My pick: Adidas Climaheat Seamless Tights ($80; macys.com or dickssportinggoods.com)

I wore these on a five-mile outdoor run, so I was super surprised at how little sweat there was in the crotch area when I stopped to stretch. And to be honest, I didn’t really notice the sweat mark until I snapped a close-up picture. This pair is also available in basic black.

 

My pick: Calia Women’s Warm Novelty Leggings ($65; dickssportinggoods.com)

I sported this pair, which also comes in a chic plum color, for a HITT workout (think step-ups, squat hops, burpees). While water was dripping from my limbs, the front of my pants (at least visually) stayed relatively dry. Also handy: the hidden hip pocket that is perfectly sized for keys and some cash.

That said, as awkward as it may be, I probably should learn to just embrace the crotch sweat. After all, it's kind of a workout badge of honor, am I right?

The One Shoulder Muscle You’re Neglecting

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When you do shoulder or back exercises, chances are you’ll engage your rhomboids, traps and delts. But one crucial shoulder muscle you should also be working is your serratus anterior. “It gets its name from its serrated shape, like a knife blade, as it attaches to the ribs, and is anterior (forward to) the shoulder blade,” says Phoenix Carnevale, Daily Burn 365 trainer and martial artist.

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As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulders rely on the serratus anterior for upward rotation of the arms and protracting the scapula. Think: front raises, chest presses, rowing or doing a push-up. “The serratus anterior anchors and stabilizes the shoulder blade, aiding in an open chest and lifted posture,” Carnevale explains. “The serratus anterior is also occasionally called the ‘boxer’s muscle’ because it assist in the action of punching.” So if you want to put more power behind your jabs and crosses, strengthening your serratus anterior is key.

The catch? Because the serratus anterior is located on the underside of the shoulder blade near the inner ribs, it’s hard to target and is often a neglected muscle. “When the serratus anterior muscles are weak, they contribute to neck problems, rotator cuff issues and scapular winging (damage to the long thoracic nerve of the shoulder),” Carnevale says.

Here are three moves to help you improve your serratus anterior strength.

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3 Shoulder Exercises to Strengthen Your Serratus Anterior

We’ve got your back (and your shoulders, too). Try these three shoulder exercises from Carnevale that target the serratus anterior. Perform eight to 10 reps each.

GIF: Daily Burn 365

1. Serratus Push-Up

You won’t feel like you’ve moved much with this shoulder exercise, but you should feel a retraction of your “wings,” Carnevale says.

How to: Get into a push-up position with your hands directly under your shoulders (a). Lower your body between your shoulders without bending your elbows. Keep your elbows soft as you slide your shoulder blades back (b). Bring your shoulder blades forward and then squeeze them together as you engage your core and push away from the ground.

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The key part of this exercise is to keep your hands against the wall. If your hands aren’t able to touch the wall, don’t force it. But some common mistakes you want to avoid are bringing the chest forward or extending the lower back off the wall.

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5 Belly-Blasting Tracy Anderson Moves to Start the New Year

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A new year means another opportunity to make strides toward finally getting the body you’ve always wanted. The top priority for most women: the belly. That little extra pudge seems to drive us all crazy. That’s why this month is all about moves that will help cinch the waist. Here’s to a better version of you (and those abs!) in 2018.

Plank Sous-Sous to Forward Step

Get into a plank with feet wide (A), then cross right foot over left (B). Return to “A,” then step right foot under left leg, placing it slightly in front of left foot; rotate torso as left arm extends up (C). Return to “A” and repeat.

Arabesque Sous-Sous Plank/Attitude Combo

Start on hands and knees; place left forearm down and extend right leg out to side (A). Pull right leg in, then extend it up and back (B). Lower right leg as you extend left leg straight back; cross left leg over right (C). Return to “A” and repeat.

Hydrant Side Kick/Toe Tap Combo

Start kneeling. Place left hand on hip, then lower right hand to floor and lift left knee so thigh is parallel with floor (A). Extend leg out and up (B). Swing left leg back behind right, tapping toes to floor (C). Extend left leg back out, then return to “A.” Repeat.

Open Diagonal to Plank Extend Side

Start on hands and knees. Lower down to left forearm and extend right leg back behind you (A). Extend left leg back on a slight diagonal (B). Return left knee to floor, then lift and extend right leg straight out to the side (C). Return to “A” and repeat.

Flexed Coupé Swing to Plank Arabesque

Start kneeling with left forearm on floor. Bring heels together, then open right leg out so thigh is parallel with floor (A). Push into left foot and extend right leg straight up (B). Return to “A” and repeat.

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