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  • Four Trends We Can't Stop Talking About from the Golden Globes Red Carpet

    by Jacqueline Risser

    Panettiere, AFP/Getty Images; Nyongo & Adams, WireImage; Blanchett, Getty ImagesPanettiere, AFP/Getty Images; Nyongo & Adams, WireImage; Blanchett, Getty ImagesOK, yeah, we're giggling at every single one of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's quips right now. Maybe celebrating Bryan Cranston's and Breaking Bad's wins. But we also can't stop buzzing about what just went down on the carpet.


    In short, what'd we take away? Wet hair, (roughly 50 shades of) red, boobs and some seriously sexy back. Our thoughts, below.

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    1. So long, Old Hollywood curls. And hello, sleek, slicked-back, almost wet-looking hair. Hayden Panettiere rocked the modern look with her geometric black-and-white Tom Ford gown along with Mila Kunis, Emma Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana and Elisabeth Moss. (Yay for her win, BTW.) Yes it's severe and yes it's different, but whether you love it or hate it -- definitely can't say it's boring, right? If you wanna toe dip into the trend without going all out, try our guide to getting a super-shiny mane.


    2. Our eyes are still burning from all that red -- and we

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  • Golden Globes Best Beauty Look: Jennifer Lawrence

    by Alexandra Samuel

    WireImageWireImageAlthough we loved last night's red-carpet buzz and the hot bods who attended the Golden Globes, it's really our girl Jennifer Lawrence who proved she was, yet again, Hollywood's "it" girl. Before she even stepped foot into the ceremony, JLaw won the Globes by pretending to (and almost actually) photobombing everyone's other favorite blonde, Taylor Swift. Then there was that adorable acceptance speech for her supporting role in American Hustle. And then there was the Internet's latest meme -- comparing her Dior gown to the "rope dress" Ariel from The Little Mermaid first washes ashore in. (You have to admit, they are pretty similar.) But you know, girl takes it all in stride.

    But being the beauty girl that I am, it was her bold, berry lip (also courtesy of Dior) -- in a sea of red, no less -- that stood out the most to moi.

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  • The Hottest Bods at the 2014 Golden Globes

    by Jacqueline Risser

    Witherspoon, Getty Images; Watts and Nyongo, WireImage; Robbie, Getty ImagesWitherspoon, Getty Images; Watts and Nyongo, WireImage; Robbie, Getty ImagesSo what'd we all think of the Golden Globes last night? Well, we loved 'em. Tina and Amy killed it again (their racy comments basically made our night), Jennifer Lawrence gave another adorable -- and honest -- acceptance speech and, naturally, all the eye candy.


    And as we expected, the Golden Globes didn't disappoint in the eye-candy department. While there were many (many) smokin' ladies, we felt there were four women who really stood out (in that day-um hot kind of way): Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyongo, and Margot Robbie.

    Body Crush #1: Reese Witherspoon
    Why we Love It: How sick did her curves look in her oh-so-simple teal Calvin Klein? Definitely made us think of that famous red-carpet moment from 2011, but in all the right ways. (Copying JLaw can never be a bad thing.) And did you guys see the back? Sporty cool and totally chic.
    Body Highlight: The curves! Duh. Try this full-body-toner courtesy of another fit curvy babe, Katy Perry. And

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  • The People's Choice Awards Brought Out Some Winning Bods

    by Jacqueline Risser

    Hudson, WireImage; Bullock, FilmMagic; Spears, Getty Images; Dobrev, WireImageHudson, WireImage; Bullock, FilmMagic; Spears, Getty Images; Dobrev, WireImageThe awards voted on by the people -- the People's Choice Awards -- aired last night on CBS. Who tuned in?! Obvs we did! And naturally, we here at SELF voted on the celebrities whose bods we coveted from the red carpet.

    Our top four: Jennifer Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Britney Spears, and Nina Dobrev.

    And look at that -- each of them took home trophies, too...

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    The Award for Giving Us Allover Envy Goes to... Miss J Hud. The cropped 'do, the red lip, the white Kaufman Franco tight-in-all-the-right-places dress, the barely-there shoes, and that emotional speech she gave for her doing-good work? Girl totally slayed us.


    The Award for Giving Us Leg Envy Goes to...
    Miss Sandra Bullock. A big winner of the night (seriously, they should just call them the We Choose Sandra All The Time Awards), we really couldn't get past how toned Sandra's legs looked in her flirty, floral Peter Pilotto dress. She has a history of

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  • Finally, Some Good News About Cancer

    by Anna Maltby

    Bill Diodato Bill Diodato Feel like everything you read about cancer these days sounds like doom and gloom? Well, here's some encouraging news -- over the last 20 years, the United States has seen steady declines in deaths from cancer.

    That's according to the annual statistics report from the American Cancer Society, released this week. Researchers at the ACS found that the U.S. had a 20 percent drop in the overall risk of dying from cancer in the past two decades. That means we've avoided approximately 1,340,400 cancer deaths in the last 20 years, 387,700 of which would have been women. Not too shabby, right?!

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    "The progress we have made against cancer, which is reflected in the sustained declines in cancer death rates over the past two decades, is very good news," report co-author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Director of Surveillance Information for the ACS, told SELF.


    But the battle is still not over: The report estimates we will see 1,665,540

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Courtesy of Einstein Bros.Courtesy of Einstein Bros. If you're like me, chances are you love warm, chewy fresh-baked bagels -- but not what they can do to your waistline. Thankfully, there are new bagel options (and more!) now available at all Einstein Bros Bagels and Noah's New York Bagels locations. A revitalized Smart Choices menu features sandwiches made on Einstein's Thintastic Bagels (which we've already told you about) that are full of flavor but have 35 percent fewer calories than the thicker, original version.


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    The Thintastic Bagels come in three flavors: plain, whole wheat, and everything. Choose your favorite flavor and use it to build a thinner version of any of the regular breakfast and lunch sandwich options. A few of my favorites include:


    * For a filling, well-rounded breakfast, try the Asparagus, Mushroom and Swiss Egg White Sandwich on a whole wheat Thintastic Bagel for just 300 calories.
    * Feeling Italian? Go for the Tuscan Chicken Pesto Sandwich on

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  • How to Winterize Your Makeup Routine

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Kyle EricksenKyle EricksenHoly Polar Vortex. It is seriously frosty outside and if you're anything like me, you don't plan on heading outside unless you really have to. But, when I do have contact with the outside world, I don't want to look like I've been in hiding since summer. I mean, why shouldn't you look glowing and gorg when you're freezing your bum off? Check out these four must-try tips for looking hot when the weather is not.

    1. Hydrate like crazy. Whether you live and die for foundation or just rock a tinted moisturizer, you need to start with a hydrating serum or your skin will soak up all the moisture in your go-to base layer and leave only pigment behind. So your skin will look cakey even if you barely put anything on -- and this applies for oily-skinned ladies, too. If you're super dry, try a face oil like Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, an awesome roll-on formula that's all natural. If the idea of face oil scares you -- and it shouldn't! -- try a hydrating serum Read More »from How to Winterize Your Makeup Routine
  • The Best Hair Brushes for Every Girl and Her Mane (We've Got One That'll Work for You!)

    Alexandra Samuel

    Thomas IannacconeThomas IannacconeWhen it comes to hair, the right tools make a major difference. We spend zillions of dollars on the perfect blow-dryer, the right curling iron -- even fancy hair towels -- but if you look at someone's brushes, half the time they are beat up beyond recognition. (Guilty as charged, BTW.)

    But choosing the right brush makes a major difference not only for your style, but also for your hair's health. Plus, picking up the right brush for your 'do doesn't mean an endless cycle of trial and error that costs a pretty penny. In fact, it's pretty simple and pretty inexpensive. Here's my quick, under-$30, a-brush-for-all guide.

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    The In-Shower Styler: I favor plastic, wide-tooth combs in the shower, but you can also use a plastic-bristle paddle brush to pull water away from strands. The Goody Quikstyle Paddle Brush has microfiber bristles built in to soak up water as you detangle. Just go easy, because wet strands can snap easily.

    The

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  • What Every Gym Newbie Should Know

    Hitting the treadmill, weight room or spin class for the first time in...a while? Follow these rules and avoid being THAT person.
    by Sara Angle

    Bradford RoamanBradford Roaman Put Down Your Cell Phone
    "There is no better way to show you're a newbie than to be on a piece of equipment talking or texting; it will annoy the other members around you," says Pete McCall, San Diego-based ACE-certified personal trainer. "Think of your exercise time as a chance to "disconnect" and be device-free for an hour or so." Listening to music? That's a go. Need to take a call? Most health clubs have dedicated "cell phone" spots you can use. If the temptation is too much to bear, opt for a music-only device, like an iPod shuffle, so you won't be tempted to message while you work out. Side note: Texting and running is really hard.


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  • Can You Lose Weight by Reorganizing Your Fridge?

    by Anna Maltby

    Romulo YanesRomulo YanesYou might have seen studies in the past about how putting healthy food at eye level and clearly labeling it as healthy (and putting unhealthy food out of reach and labeling it as such) can help people make smarter food choices, but most of those studies were done only over a short period of time. Well, a study out today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that those smart rearrangements have serious staying power.

    A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital "took over" the hospital's cafeteria for two years, labeling all items as either green (low in calories and saturated fat; contained one or more healthy ingredients), red (high in calories and saturated fat; contained little or no healthy ingredients) or yellow (neither healthy nor unhealthy), and rearranged food and beverage displays so that green items were easier to grab -- and were at eye-level.

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