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  • 6 Fall Nail Art Trends to Try Now

    Nail art fans will be glad to know the look is still around for the coming season. But the anything-goes ethos has been swapped for some key designs, which coincide with lacquer trends in general. We sat down with the queen of fun tips, Miss Pop Nails, to get the lowdown on what we should be wearing on our digits.


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  • Ali Larter's Favorite Sweet Treat

    Salted Caramel Plum Tarte TatinTo celebrate the release of her first cookbook, Kitchen Revelry (St. Martin's) Ali Larter invited ELLE and a few friends (Joshua Jackson, James Marsden) over for dinner. We're sharing the recipe for the sinfully delicious tarte tatin that Larter served for dessert.

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    Salted Caramel Plum Tarte Tatin

    1 cup sugar

    1/4 cup ruby port

    2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    1/4 teaspoon flaked salt

    2 pounds firm plums, halved and pitted

    1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed

    Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F.

    Combine sugar and Port in a small saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Turn up heat to high and boil (without stirring) until syrup is a deep amber color, about 6 minutes. Immediately remove saucepan from heat and, using a whisk, add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, then salt. Pour caramel into a 10-inch-diameter cast iron skillet and quickly spread evenly with a spatula before

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  • 10 Foods that Help Your Body Burn Fat

    OystersWe know, it sounds like it's too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: For these foods to work their miracles, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet. That's right, don't expect to make up for a junk-filled day by noshing on a few fat-burning kale chips.

    1. Kale

    This king of vegetable is not only the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, it also helps suppress the appetite and clears toxins from the body. Four cups of kale (the amount you'd use for a salad) has 10 grams of fiber and enough detoxifying nutrients to super-charge your liver's detoxification pathways for 48 hours! A cleaner body means fewer cravings for sugar and fried food, your fat cells' greatest allies.
    Easy meal ideas: Assemble a raw kale salad with avocado, yellow peppers, and grape tomatoes; try crunchy kale chips;

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  • Karlie Kloss Models Her New Line of Denim for Tall Women in ELLE

    Karlie KlossWhen Karlie Kloss stands up from the makeup chair to greet me, it's like watching a giant sunflower unfurl in a children's movie: She just keeps going up, up, up, over my head, her elfin face tilting down to say hello. If remarking upon a model's height-6'1" in bare feet; in today's heels, easily 6'6"-seems like declaring a sky blue or a stoplight red, well, bear in mind that I am 5'10". It's a rare thing to find myself looking up into the eyes of another woman. The eyes are green, by the way, and radiate an attentiveness rare in 21-year-old phenoms whose job is drawing all eyes to themselves. "Are you sure we've never met before?" she asks, as if that couldn't be possible. It's that famous Karlie Kloss charm-and it works.

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  • 8 Foods that Give You Gorgeous Skin

    BeetsGive your topical creams some backup, and care for your face naturally, as well. Nutritionist Dana James shared her favorite things to eat for a flawless complexion.

    1. Papaya
    You've probably used papaya in a facial scrub, but are you eating it, too? The fruit is a vitamin C serum and exfoliant all-in-one. It contains two days' worth of vitamin C, which helps to brighten and tighten skin. It's packed with vitamin A compounds, which regulate cell turnover in much the same way that a topical retinol-A does, albeit gentler. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which helps decrease redness in the skin by combating inflammation.

    The Easy Recipes: A golden smoothie made with papaya, almond milk, and raw honey is a skin elixir. Or try fish topped with a papaya, carrot, and cilantro salsa.

    2. Coconut Kefir
    You've heard of coconut water. Now it's time to get acquainted with its even richer counterpart, coconut kefir, which is made by fermenting coconut water with beneficial

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  • The Best Celebrity Pixie Cuts of All Time

    It has such a sweet little name, but it has been worn by some of the biggest, boldest, and bravest stars throughout history. Here, we round up the women who have inspired us with this short hairstyle over the decades.


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  • 6 Easy Steps for Repairing Damaged Hair

    Follow these easy steps to repair damaged strands.You've received the distress signals: dull color, brittle ends, frizz, and breakage. Having too much fun in the sun and saltwater? Chemically overtreating or overstyling your hair? Either way, answer the S.O.S. by following these pro tips for restoring healthy locks.

    1. Switch Up Your Shampoo
    First off, start with the basics. Swap your go-to shampoo for one with added moisturizing and nourishing benefits, keeping an eye out for ingredients such as natural oils and silk extracts. Ojon Dry Recovery Hydrating Shampoo contains blue agave nectar and macadamia, jojoba, and babassu oils. And the number one rule in sudsing up?

    "Wash your hair less," says hairstylist Oscar Blandi. "Washing your hair too frequently can strip it of its essential oils." Repeat after us: Oils are your friends. They prevent further dryness and can help to make your strands happy again. If you are worried about your hair becoming greasy in between shampoo sessions, use dry shampoo. Blandi's own Pronto Dry Shampoo

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  • How to Choose the Perfect Red Lipstick

    Picking the perfect red lipstickPoppy King knows a thing or two about picking the perfect lipstick. When the entrepreneurial Aussie was 18 and couldn't find the right shade, she decided to start a line of her own. Twenty years later, King's passion for producing everything from vibrant, sheer shades to bold, matte colors for her Lipstick Queen brand is unwavering-so much so that she has even written a book about it, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen, which chronicles her adventures. Since choosing the perfect red can feel next to impossible-and "nothing is as empowering or as glamorous as lipstick," in King's own words-we turned to the queen herself for her golden rules.‬

    How much does skin tone come into play when choosing a red lipstick?
    Your skin tone is not so much of a factor in itself as it is in terms of your overall coloring. The most helpful rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a red lipstick is that the fairer your coloring is (hair, skin, eyes) the more orange-based reds will suit you. People with darker

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  • 10 Stud Earrings to Shop Now

    Studs are the new statement earrings. Get creative-mix and match your lucky numbers with your beau's initials. The more playful the combination, the better. (Warning: This story may lead you straight to the piercing parlor. With this trend, there's no reason to stick to a simple pair.)


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  • The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn

    The health risks of genetically modified cornThe office of allergist Paris Mansmann, MD, sits on a grassy slope overlooking the Royal River, a wide waterway that originates in inland Maine and winds down across farmland and under train tracks until it hits the coastal town of Yarmouth, where it sloshes into the Atlantic Ocean. When I first came to Mansmann in February 2011, the river was covered with ice, and bare trees stood silver sentry on its shores. I was 36. I'd been sick for three and a half years.

    During that time, when I wasn't working as a writer and theater director or being a wife and mother, I visited doctors and had tests. I told few friends or members of my extended family how ill I was, because I didn't have any way to explain what was wrong. I had no diagnosis, just a collection of weird symptoms: tight, achy pain that radiated through my body and caused me to hobble around (my ankles, I'd joke to my husband, Dan, felt like they'd been "Kathy Batesed," à la the movie Misery); burning rashes that splashed

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