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10 Dainty Jewelry Pieces for the Minimalist Lover

We’re big believers in more is more (especially when it comes to color and costumes), but minimalism definitely has its place, too. The trend was ALL over the runways at this year’s NYFW and it is an easy, non-intimidating trend that works everywhere from the office to first dates. Here are 10 …

An All-Squat Workout for a Lower-Body That Just Won't Quit

Get low, get low, get low, get low.<p>In case you didn't know, squats are kind of a big deal. When done right, they have the power to keep your hip joints healthy and sculpt an incredible bod. They're pretty much the ultimate move—especially when you do them in new ways.<p>Changing up the types of squats …

20 Sexiest Scents of All Time

These fragrances — some iconic classics, others new faves — are 100 percent unforgettable.<p><b>Statement-Making Sexy</b><p><b>1992:</b> <i>Thierry Mugler "Angel," $150, saks.com.</i> With chocolate, caramel, and red berries, this 23-year-old cult fragrance created the category of "gourmand" and became a legend.<p><b>2000</b>: <i>Michael</i> …

The Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Nibble away with these healthy snacks that all clock in at 100 calories or less.<p>Computer screens, dogs, your paycheck: Some things should only come in size XL. But at snack time, smaller really can be better—even if your appetite feels super-sized. It's just a matter of figuring out exactly the …

How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg Every Time

Looking for single-serving protein bites? No need to rely on pre-packaged bars or protein-powder energy balls. Nature already has what you need: …

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

ONE DROP. PURE PERFORMANCE.<p>This uniquely fluid foundation delivers full coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear—all with just one drop. …

9 Ways to Use Vinegar for More Beautiful Skin and Hair

Even if you never cook, you'll definitely want to grab a bottle.<p>Contrary to popular belief, vinegar—apple cider vinegar, to be exact—may not help you lose weight. But it <i>can</i> help you step up your beauty routine. This multi-tasking ingredient can be used to prevent acne and make nail polish last …

4 Moves for Insanely Toned Abs (#NoFilter)

Get ready for your bikini closeup on Instagram, all summer long<p>This total-body strength routine works overtime to firm your core by challenging your stability. The result? An effective sweat session we don't mind doing in the heat! Perform three sets on nonconsecutive days three times a week.<p>1. …

2 Moves That Torch 350 Calories

Or, as we like to call them, your new favorite exercises<p><i>This article was written by Jenna Bergen Southerland and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention.<p>When life's as busy as it is, simple is good. Easy, quick, and still super effective? Even better. So when we came across a recent study in the</i> …

The Gluten-Free Pasta Every Healthy Eater Needs to Try

Hearing you need to stick to a gluten-free diet—whether you have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease—can be a devastating diagnosis for carb …

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

The Holiday Skin Care, Perfume, and Makeup Gifts Beauty Writer Beth Shapouri Wants

I get beauty products sent to me in volumes that would basically make anyone's OCD tendencies go berserk, and, yet, even I, Beth Shapouri, have makeup, hair, fragrance, and, skin care goodies I covet. Here's what I'd like to find under my tree this year. (Hint, hint, elves.)<p>The Kevyn Aucoin Limited …

7 High-Protein Snacks That Can Help You Lose Weight

Eat up to slim down.

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

The Plank Circuit That'll Sculpt the Body You've Always Dreamed Of

If you think standard planks are hard, just wait until you try celebrity trainer David Kirsch's circuit!<p>Oh, the plank. It can make you quiver (literally). It's also probably one of the most important exercises you have in your workout arsenal. Why? Because it strengthens your core, which is …

Lose Your Belly with Just Two Exercise Moves

Seriously!<p>A couple of month's ago, <i>Men's Health</i> asked Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.—one of the world's top trainers—to create a cutting-edge fat loss program for <i>Men's Health</i>. And, of course, he obliged. But a curious thing: One of the workouts in the plan featured just two exercises.<p>That's right: When …

Juicy Fruit: The Grapefruit Lipstick Review

Hot enough for you? If you could use a mouth-full of cool citrus right about now, we’re serving it up fresh in the form of grapefruit-hued lipsticks: …

'5 Ways That Quitting Sugar Changed My Life'

Sarah Wilson, author of the new book I Quit Sugar, explains what happened when she stopped eating the sweet stuff.<p>I first quit sugar back in January 2011 because of my autoimmune (AI) disease. I have Hashimoto's, and a big part of why I've stuck to the sugar-free program is that it's made such a …

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Babette Walker of ‘White Girl Problems’

In one of the greatest novels of our generation, <i>White Girl Problems</i> and its sequel, <i>Psychos</i>, we are introduced to Babette — the main character’s …

Bigger & Brighter Eye Secrets

Look younger with these simple skin treatments and makeup advice from the pros.<p><b>PRO TOOLS</b> Try makeup artist Nick Barose's three eye-makeup essentials. Use a satin pencil. Avoid matte and sparkly liners. "Satin catches the light and brightens eyes," Barose says. Elizabeth Arden Define and Highlight …

7 Workouts for a Great Rear View—No Butt Job Required!

Butt augmentations are on the rise. We much prefer these butt-sculpting workouts<p>Ever since Beyoncé (and don't forget Kelly and Michelle) first sang the praises of a bootylicious backside, women have been vying for ways to turn their pancake butts into something a little more… filling. The …

The Total-Body Workout You HAVE To Try

Meet the cure-all for that annoying gym plateau<p>The secret to busting out of a fitness rut is doing something totally out of your comfort zone. You need a workout that’ll surprise your muscles and keep you engaged the <i>whole</i> time. The fix: an intense series of supersets and fat-burning cardio …

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17 Drugstore Beauty Finds Every Girl Needs

One of our biggest gripes about winter in the Windy City isn't the increased commuting time or the grim street-parking situation. Rather, it's our …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

10 Green Smoothies That Actually Taste Good

Green juice always sounds good in theory — until you throw it out after three sips because it tastes like lawn. But green juice really can be good if you make it right. Try one of these ten recipes and you'll be downing one daily.<p><b>1. Debloating Smoothie</b><p>Perfect for the morning after a night out, this …

Want a Tight Butt That Defies Gravity?

Firm your butt and legs as you torch calories with this dynamic routine—inspired by some of the fittest women around<p>Each day at sunrise, 32-year-old LisaVan Sciver, a full-time ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, is on the slopes—some of the most challenging in North America, …

6 Moves to Train Like a Beast!

Channel your animal instincts with this creature-inspired strength circuit<p>There’s a reason that many yoga poses are named after members of the animal kingdom: Moving your body in ways that mimic other creatures is an extremely effective way to strengthen and elongate your muscles. These 6 …

Get Strong and Sexy in Six Weeks—the Workout Plan

Strong is the new sexy. Follow this workout plan for six weeks straight to get the body you want<p>Define your shoulders, flatten your abs, and perk up your posterior with this program created by Kellie Davis, strength coach and coauthor of <i>Strong Curves: A Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and</i> …