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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.

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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.

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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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