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  • How to Workout like a Ballerina

    Ilan RubinBy Sharon Liao

    Maybe you'll never be a ballerina, but you can tone your body as dancers do, following this ballet barre-inspired workout.

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    Want a more toned, dancerlike physique? Try sidling up to the barre. And you don't have to train en pointe to see results: Ballet-inspired workouts, such as the popular Bar Method classes, combine small, isolated movements with lots of reps to burn calories and sculpt muscles. All you need is a sturdy, straight-backed chair (to sub for the barre), a stopwatch, and this lower-body routine designed by Melissa Ramsey and Gina Parisi Williams, co-owners of the Bar Method in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Do it once through (preferably to up-tempo dance music), three to five times a week.

    Warm-Up: Leg Lifts

    (A) Stand with your feet together, chest lifted, and abdominals drawn in. Raise your arms in front of you to shoulder height and bend your elbows to 90 degrees.

    (B) In one

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  • How to Fix Red, Puffy Eyes After Crying

    You've let it all out. Now it's time to pull yourself together. These expert tips will take your John Kernickface from blotchy red to ready for work, whether you have 10 minutes or 10 hours.

    By Jenny Jin

    A swollen face, a bright red nose, and eyes to match are all telltale signs of a good cry. "These effects can last for as little as a few minutes or stretch on for a few hours," says Marina Peredo, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, with a private practice in Smithtown, New York. But there are a few things you can do to expedite the process.

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    If You Have 10 Minutes

    Run your fingers under icy-cold water (or rest them on top of a few ice cubes), then, starting at the inner corners of your eyes, press down on the skin until you reach the outer corners of your eyes. Repeat several times to help drain the fluid that has accumulated underneath your eyes. If you can, follow up with

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  • 6 Quick Store-Bought Breakfast Foods

    By Brigitt Hauck and Maggie Shi

    Not a morning person? Rise and shine with these delicious breakfast options that take less than five minutes to prepare.

  • 15-Minute Meals

    Short on time? These main-course recipes will have you eating dinner in just 15 minutes or less.

    Salmon With Bok Choy and Apple SlawSang An

    The no-cook slaw is what speeds up this dish: Combine sliced bok choy with apples, scallions, and plain yogurt to add creaminess.

    Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 15m

    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 1/4 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
    • kosher salt and black pepper
    • 1/2 head bok choy, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
    • 1 red apple, cut into bite-size pieces
    • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
    • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
    2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the bok choy, apple, and scallions with the yogurt, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Serve with the salmon.
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  • 6 Must-Have Beauty Fixers

    By Rosa Casoni

    No more dull hair, bleeding lipstick, or shiny complexions with these beauty fixers.

    Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

    Forget smearing a fresh manicure you thought had dried. Julep's new top coat dries in five minutes and has a smudge-proof, high-gloss finish-like a gel polish, without the wear-and-tear.

    To buy: $18,

    Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone

    If you find that your lipstick bleeds but you aren't crazy about the look of lip liner, try this: a colorless pencil that prevents feathering while going incognito.

    To buy: $19,

    Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector

    Camouflage blotchy or reddened skin with a creamy correcting formula whose yellow undertones neutralize redness.

    To buy: $19.50,

    Blow Faux Dry Dry Shampoo

    Don't give up on that blowout yet: This dry shampoo eliminates the oils that build up at the roots to wilt hair. Spray on the odor-free formula, massage it in, then brush it out to

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  • How to Look Good in Pictures

    Not ready for your close-up? Here's how to prep for photos and work your most flattering angles so you'll always hit them with your best shot.

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  • The Secret to Perfect Makeup

    Chris BuckChris BuckThink you've got your makeup routine down to a science? Maybe-but these easy makeup artist tips may actually improve it.

    Melissa Silver and Tanya Rae, the New York City-based makeup artists behind Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems, shared these tips with the eight Real Simple readers who participated in the story-and now with you.

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    • In general, always apply cream products before powders-on your eyes, for instance-to help the makeup last longer without looking cakey.
    • You can cut down on primping time by doing your eyes first, since you can clean up shadow, pencil, or mascara mishaps without then having to touch up any other makeup. Before applying under-eye concealer, wipe away residue using a bit of moisturizer on a tissue or a cotton swab.

    • Blending eye shadow upward helps visually "lift" the eyes.

    • Using a darker eye shadow color in the creases helps to visually recess puffy eyes.

    • To make your eyes look
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  • My Friend is Constantly Sending Me Texts. Is There Such a Thing as Texting Etiquette?

    How do you deal with a friend who texts you constantly?

    Real Simple's etiquette expert weighs in.

    Tim Robberts/Getty ImagesQ. I have a friend who constantly sends me texts about things she finds interesting, such as beauty tips, recipes, factoids, and so on. While I'm sure she thinks of this as a nice gesture, I do not have the time to read these messages and I'm also hitting my monthly text limit. Worse, since she often sends group messages, every time someone else replies, I get those texts as well. How do I tell her that I want to be removed from her text list without hurting her feelings?
    I.Y. New York City

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    A. Want to get longer lashes overnight? Or learn my recipe for the best-ever Crock-Pot ribs? Guess not, huh? Well, I hear you. Many of us are getting increasingly blitzed by information via text, and we're losing a lot (think: time, sanity) in the process.

    You could suggest that your friend contact you via e-mail or Facebook instead. But that may only

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  • The Best Hot Dogs

    By Lindsay Funston

    Hot dogs are a hassle-free food guaranteed to please kids and adults alike. You'll relish these six top dogs.

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  • Easy Doughnuts Recipe

    Happy National Doughnut Day! Celebrate Friday with these easy homemade doughnuts.

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    Serves 8 | Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 15m

    3/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 8-count package large refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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    1. Heat ½ cup of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat.

    2. Place the biscuits on a cutting board. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter or shot glass, cut a hole in the center of each biscuit, reserving the extra dough for "holes."

    3. Test the heat of the oil by dipping the edge of a doughnut in the pan. When the oil is hot enough, the edge will bubble. Place 4 of the doughnuts and holes in the skillet and cook until golden brown, 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack or paper towel–lined plate to drain. Add the remaining oil to the skillet, reheat, and cook the remaining doughnuts and holes.

    4. In a large bowl, combine

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