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  • Don't Let Your Skin Age Before It's Time with These Round-the-Clock Tips

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Kyle Ericksen/WWDKyle Ericksen/WWDDry air, stress, lack of sleep -- all of these things can make your skin look older than it actually is. Bummer. The good news, though? You can combat the aging process all day and night long. Seriously! For example, when you snooze, your skin can stop fighting off free radicals, harsh elements and the like and instead begin the reparative process. And if you skip sleep? Your blood vessels dialate -- which can lead to bags and uneven skin tone. Another way to make your skin's cells age faster? Stress. (Shocker, right?) Here's how can you stop the aging process around the clock.

    Over night: Grab a super-charged overnight formula that packs major benefits including hydration and repair into one step. (I mean, hello. You obviously have enough on your plate - more than one step wont happen.) Try KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, which is this amaze mix of vitamin C to even tone, wild rose oil to erase fine lines and rose water to

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  • This Season's Biggest Lip Trends

    by SELF Staffers

    Terry DoyleTerry DoyleYou'll want these asap. Once you've tested 'em out, tell us: Are you more classic matte or satin-y velvet? Sound off in the comments below.


    Matte: Chic and Classic
    Tip: Rub lips with a moist washcloth before applying. Best for: The office! We like: Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in La Paz, $26

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    Gel: Lightweight but Juicy-Looking
    Basically fancy lip balm (so no mirror needed for application!) Best for: Lazy weekends. We like: Josie Maran Argan Hydrating Lipstick, $22


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    Velvet: Satin-y and Soft
    Lots of color--but be bold and go for it! Best for: Dinner with your parents. We like: BITE Cashmere Lip Cream in Rioja, $28


    Vinyl: Lip Gloss on Steroids
    Patent-leather sheen (sexy!) Tip: Keep the rest of your makeup bare. Best for: Party time (obvi). We like: Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait in Gourmandise, $30

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  • My Hamstrings Are ALWAYS Tight. Is There a Fix?

    by SELF Staffers

    Riccardo TinelliRiccardo TinelliSELF's deputy editor and certified trainer, Meaghan B Murphy, tackles all your urgent fitness questions.


    Shocker: I'm not going to tell you to stretch. If it's a chronic problem, your iliopsoas, or psoas for short, could be to blame. (FYI, when you impress your friends with this explanation, the p is silent.) These muscles run from the front of your spine down both hip bones. When tight, they pull your spine forward. To balance that, your piriformis, a muscle attached to the base of your spine -- still with me? -- tightens up.

    See more: 5 Simple Steps to Cellulite-Free Skin


    To release the psoas and everything else in the process, Jeff Bramson, a certified massage therapist at the St. Regis in Park City, Utah, recommends this: Lie faceup with legs straight and raise your right knee to a 90-degree angle. Feel for your right psoas with your fingers--to the side of your belly button, about 2 inches down. The muscle will be knotty. Nice to meet you! Knead outward Read More »from My Hamstrings Are ALWAYS Tight. Is There a Fix?
  • Thor 2's Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander: Skin is Still In

    by Jacqueline Risser

    Kat: WireImage. Jaimie: Getty Images.Kat: WireImage. Jaimie: Getty Images.
    We may be shivering in our little leather jackets here in NYC, but it seems to be quite steamy in LA.

    At least Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander have led us to believe so, who both attended the Hollywood premiere of their movie, Thor: The Dark World, last night in sneaky revealing dresses.

    Let's start with Kat: We are digging this (OK, somewhat Christmas-y) Naeem Khan gown on her super bodacious, Marilyn-esque bod. The dress fits her so perfectly, it almost looks like that red glitter design was painted directly on her, don't you think?

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    Also, let's discuss the fact that there was no pesky bulging at the armpits. You know what that means? She's toned, y'all. And we think we may have guessed her sexy arms secret.

    We have to give mad props to Jaimie for rocking this one-false-move-and-you're-screwed gown by Azzaro Couture. Yes, it's in-your-face sexy, but as far as we're concerned, if you've worked out,

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Romulo A YanesRomulo A YanesWe love all types of superfoods because they make us look and feel amazing, but if we hand to choose a favorite, hands down, it would be dark chocolate. Isn't it wonderful that something so rich and delicious also has mad benefits like boasting three grams of hunger-squashing fiber per ounce and plenty of disease-fighting antioxidants called flavonoids? And there is more good news; dark chocolate is not just for dessert. Try these amazing recipes to enjoy dark chocolate (look for one with at least 70% cocoa) any time of the day!

    Ooey-Gooey Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal: I originally created this breakfast for the TODAY Show, and it was designed around a study which claimed that people who included sweets -- especially chocolate(!!!) -- as a part of their breakfast lost 40 more pounds than their counterparts, who instead ate low-cal, low-carb meals. Almond slivers add a touch of good fat to the otherwise super-healthy ingredients.


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  • Super-Last Minute Halloween Costumes that Only Require the Help of Your Makeup Bag

    by Alexandra Samuel


    Liam GoodmanLiam GoodmanHappy Halloween!!! Did it sneak up on you, too? [Ed. note: I didn't even remember it was Halloween till I saw a KISS-faced rocker on the 4 train. - RJ] Well, if you slacked on getting a costume, you don't have to sprint out of work and spend an hour fighting off other last-minute shoppers at American Apparel (though this year's Halloween Lookbook is crazy adorable) or Party City. Instead, you just need to grab your makeup bag and get going on some of these easy-but-impressive mostly-makeup costumes.


    * My favorite last-minute option is to gussy up like Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman from The Dark Night Rises. Rock black spandex (like you need an excuse to rock head-to-toe Lulu, anyway), pull hair into a half pony and use a kohl eyeliner pencil to draw a cat mask on your face. Finish with red lipstick and you're good to go. Also sexy, but like, not tried-to-hard sexy at all.

    See more: 5 Simple Steps to Cellulite-Free Skin

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  • Woah! Eat Pizza Hut Without Wrecking Your Diet

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    courtesy of Pizza Hutcourtesy of Pizza HutDon't you guys feel like pizza is the most comforting food? Especially right now, while the days are getting shorter and colder?!?! And even though we know pizza may not be our healthiest choice, it's comforting -- and sometimes, that's all that matters when you're cold. But the good news is that ordering from our fave -- Pizza Hut -- doesn't need to wreck your diet. The national chain's variety of crusts and toppings mean that you don't need to send your diet out the door with the delivery dude. Try some of these options next time pizza night is calling your name.

    See more: How to Lose Weight and Feel Great in 7 Days

    * Medium Hand-Tossed Style Chicken Supreme Pizza: If you can't forgo the original crust from our friends at the Hut, try a slice of this flavorful pizza topped with cheese, chicken, mushrooms, mixed peppers, red onions and a blend of herbs and spices for less than 200 calories. Wanna amp up your dish? Order the Naked Traditional wings, but

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  • Runner's Face: Myth or Reality?

    by Kafi Drexel

    Riccardo Tinelli Riccardo Tinelli You guys already know running is one of the best ways to melt pounds and do a solid for just about every part of your body. It even does amazing things like stop you from grabbing seconds from the buffet line, according to a University of Wyoming study from last year.

    But over and over, we hear readers asking about "Runner's Face." If you haven't heard the term, the scary-sounding idea behind it is that your cheeks will start to sag from all the bouncing while you run, or that you'll get a skeletal, premature-aging mug from burning off too much fat beneath the skin. (With the ING New York City Marathon approaching, we've even had plastic surgeons approach us with the answer to "Runner's Face." The suggested fix? Cosmetic fillers and even surgery. Hmm, convenient, but we're not gonna go under the knife anytime soon.)

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    It all sounds pretty extreme, but if you've ever run on a treadmill in front of a mirror and

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  • Maria Sharapova Showed Off Her Lingerie at a Party, Looked Gorgeous

    by Jacqueline Risser

    FilmMagicFilmMagicRelax, you guys. She wore a see-through lace sheath over the lingerie set. Totally fancy and chic.

    Joking aside -- how incredible does tennis/unofficial grunting champ Maria Sharapova look in this red-carpet snap taken at the Dream For Future Africa Foundation gala in Beverly Hills last week?

    Loving the semi-subtle look-at-my-hot-bod look and chic bed-head updo.

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    The whole sheer-dress-over-retro-lingerie thing has been popping up quite a bit on the red carpet lately -- Julianne Hough and Lena Headey both rocked the trend at the Emmys.

    Would you ever work it?

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    Our take: if you're gonna show off a ton of skin, keep the rest of your look simple. Note Maria's one piece of jewelry (statement earring for color) and basic black pointy pumps (no strappy sitch here...you're naked enough). Also good? Hair that doesn't look like you've primped it for

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  • Fall Beers Worth Every Single Calorie

    by Marissa Stephenson

    courtesy of the brandscourtesy of the brandsPumpkin. Mocha. Caramel. Pecan. All the reasons your tastebuds love October, and sippable in these five seasonal brews. Yes, they've got more cals than a light beer. But you know what else does? Anything delicious.

    Bring a six-pack to your next BYOB or cherry-pick one from that local bar with the amazing tap. You'll learn some serious craft brew cred.


    Abita Pecan Harvest Ale
    *
    Tastes like: Caramel chews and roasted nuts, with a hoppy finish. Smells exactly like a slice of grandma's homemade pecan pie. And if we're talking calories, a bottle of this will run you 300 less than that.
    * Pairs with: Chili, BBQ, or -- shocker -- a bowl of pecans.
    * Alkie level: 5.1%
    * Cal count: 150

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    Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
    * Tastes like: Your favorite brown beer, but dusted with brown sugar and nutmeg, and simmered in a pumpkin. Hmmm.
    * Pair it with: Anything hearty -- stews, brauts, casseroles -- and

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