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  • Elizabeth Banks Shares Her Morning Workout Ritual

    by Alyssa Longobucco

    Getty ImagesGetty Images
    Elizabeth Banks has been clocking a lot of time in front of the camera lately. Not only is she snapping selfies as part of a charity effort with Listerine to raise awareness for childhood dental care, but she's also prepping for her feature directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2 (which we're unabashedly out-of-our-minds excited for) and getting ready for the release of her raunchy comedy, Walk of Shame, next month.

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    Otherwise, you can often find Banks hiking -- like, a lot. "I live in L.A., so hiking is, like, a thing," says Banks. "If it doesn't happen before lunch, it's not happening. I get that needed hour alone with my husband without our kids."


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  • Rita Ora and Holland Roden Rock Bright Lips, Make Us Ready for Summer Weather (and Makeup!)

    by Rachel Jacoby-Zoldan

    Ora: Steve Grantiz/WireImage; Roden: Getty Images for MTVOra: Steve Grantiz/WireImage; Roden: Getty Images for MTV

    While Rita Ora wore a classic, matte-red mouth and Holland Roden (you know her from MTV's Teenwolf) chose a saccharin-sweet pink, we all can agree: bold lips were big at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.


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    Sexy and statement-making, a colorful lip is an easy (and secretly fast!) way to get gorgeous. Since you should keep the rest of your makeup simple with a bright pout, you're out the door sooner--and soaking up that much more of summer. Get Rita's look with NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Heatwave, $26; or try Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Ravenous, $49, for punch-drunk lips like Holland's.

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    Hot tip: Wipe off any excess lip color that may bleed with a Q-tip and some makeup-primer. You're welcome.

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  • Can You Replace Your Dermatologist with Your Smartphone?

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Courtesy photoCourtesy photo These days, your smartphone can stand in for all kinds of people in your life: a chef, a personal trainer, an on-call financial advisor. You name it, there's an app for it. And now, your smartphone may be able to sub in for your dermatologist. Pocket Derm is a brand-new app and website that asks you to fill out a questionnaire and upload pictures of the area(s) of concern, then sends you a customized Pocket Derm skin care prescription -- all for only $30 per month. Think of it like an incredibly customized Proactive kit. But, I mean, is that legit? After all, we're talking about replacing a living, breathing MD with a technological algorithim. So since we were so skeptical, we caught up with two of New York's best dermatologists to get the scoop.


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    Teledermatology (which is basically what Pocket Derm is) can help treat patients who can't get to an in-person derm visit, but is most certainly not a perfect science, since an in-person

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  • Is Facebook Making You Feel Bad About Your Body?

    by Anna Maltby

    Lara HarwoodLara HarwoodShort answer: if you want to lose weight, probably.

    A study being presented next month at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle notes that Facebook time could draw your attention toward negative feelings about your physique.

    The researchers surveyed female college students between April 15 and May 15 of last year -- AKA prime time to check out your super-fit friends' toned and tan Spring Break photos -- and asked them about Facebook, body image and habits related to weight, dieting and exercise. They found that for the for the 86 percent of college women who want to lose weight, more time spent on Facebook related to more attention to physical appearance and more negative feelings about their body. (Women who did not want to lose weight didn't report either of those types of feelings, FYI.)

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  • Know This Ingredient: Calendula

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Alexandre Bailhache Alexandre Bailhache I first heard of calendula at summer camp in Maine when the nurse used to give everyone an ointment made from the calendula flowers (commonly known as marigolds!) instead of some medicated gel for bug bites and poison ivy. (I think it might have been the Weleda Calendula Ointment, but I'm not 100 percent sure.) The stuff was a miracle worker, but I never expected to see it on shelves of super-chic beauty stores. But all of a sudden, calendula is everywhere.

    Well, let's back up. The story behind this buzzed-about bud is that it's actually a type of marigold, but more importantly has some all-star skin bennies that work well with any skin type, since it's used across the board for myriad skin issues.

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    The main reason it's so awesome is because of how gentle calendula is to skin. Not only is the flower extract super soothing, it's also a serious anti-inflammatory that's been used for centuries as a homeopathic

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  • The Cool Thing that May Have Helped Lower Smoking Rates

    by Anna Maltby

    Courtesy of AMCCourtesy of AMC Despite what Betty Draper on Mad Men may lead you to believe, it's way less common than ever before to see people smoking on television. And according to new research, that could be one reason behind the drop in smoking rates in the U.S. over the past few decades.


    Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed tobacco usage during more than 1,800 hours of TV dramas between 1955 and 2010, as well as looking at the decline in smoking rates during that time and other factors that may have contributed to the drop.

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    They controlled for the rise in cigarette prices over that time and a 1971 TV and radio cigarette ad ban, and they estimate that the decline in smoking on TV has contributed to an annual smoking decrease of two packs per adult.

    "We were surprised by the size of the impact," study author Dan Romer, Ph.D., associate director of the Annenberg Center, told SELF.

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  • The Diet Staple that Could Be Lowering Your Bad Cholesterol Right Now

    by Anna Maltby

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes

    You probably already know that beans, chickpeas, peas and lentils are pretty damn good for you -- they're a great source of dietary fiber and plant-based protein--but here are two cool things that you may not have known: 1) The scientific term for these legumes is "dietary pulse" (random but interesting!), and 2) Even a small amount could help lower your bad cholesterol.


    A new systematic review and meta-analysis in CMAJ finds that one daily serving of dietary pulse appears to lower your LDL cholesterol levels by about five percent. That's noteworthy because current public health guidelines don't encourage using legumes as an LDL-reducer.

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    "There are no current recommendations for dietary pulse consumption on its own as a way to benefit cholesterol levels," study author Vanessa Ha, a research coordinator at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, told SELF.


    Even cooler: Ha and her team members say that while

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  • Blonde Bombshells Shakira, Miranda and Taylor Rule the ACM Red Carpet

    by Jacqueline Risser

    Shakira, FilmMagic; Miranda & TSwift, Getty ImagesShakira, FilmMagic; Miranda & TSwift, Getty Images
    The world of country music got all dolled up for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards -- better known as the ACM's -- in Las Vegas last night.


    And while we could gab about the rockin' performances and big winners of the show...well, who would then talk about the night's seriously hot bods that the Dixie-fried-filled night brought out? I mean, just look at Shakira, Miranda Lambert (who walked home with quite a few statues), and Taylor Swift. They each crushed the carpet last night, showing off some serious award show-winning (and worthy!) bods.

    Shakira turned it out in a teal peek-a-boo Zuhair Murad gown, which reminded us that we're going to see tons of cut-out clothing everywhere as temps start to (hopefully) rise. And while you may not have an awards show to show them off at, these strategic firmers will certainly help you rock your bod like Shakie.

    We've been eyeing our girl Miranda's transformation for a while now, and thought she looked

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  • by Alexandra Samuel

    Dan DruryDan Drury

    My allergies have been OUT OF HAND, so I started using some of those Breathe-Right strips in an attempt to de-clog before an important presentation I had for grad school. The first few days, I felt a little relief, but the third day, I was feeling a little overeager and, well, ripped off the strip a little too quickly and was left with the nerdiest injury ever: a massive bruise on the bridge of my nose. And I'm not talking about a little shadow. I'm talking hit in the face with a tennis ball like this chick. Okay, a little bit smaller than that, but still really freaking dark. And normally I'd throw on glasses, but that didn't do the trick -- and wouldn't for this gal, either. So I dug into my five plus years of experience as SELF's beauty editor for my best tips, tricks and products for covering up those nasty bruises.


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    Anyway, your new weird-skin-color saver? Smashbox Color Correcting Foundation Primers. I bet you thought I'd

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  • Spring Clean Your Life (and Work Out While Doing It)

    Dust bunnies glistening under the (finally!) glorious spring sunshine? Instead of grabbing the broom and dustpan, try this total body tone-up, created specifically for SELF by Carolyn Barnes of Taskercise. And because no great workout is complete without a kickass playlist, we've got your tunes covered, too, thanks to the creative folks at Beats Music.
    by Jacqueline Risser

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    Carolyn Barnes, a former professional dancer, certified Pilates and fitness instructor, and overall busy woman, created Taskercise as a way to sneak exercise into her packed day while also completing run-of-the-mill tasks. She shared her top time-saving moves with SELF, so you can skip the "didn't make it to the gym" regret--and spruce up your crib while getting your sweat on.


    First Up: Windows or Mirror

    Where You'll Feel The Burn: Chest, arms, core, butt and calves

    Grab your favorite window/mirror cleaner and some paper towels. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart about an arm's length from a mirror or

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