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  • We're Obsessed with OPI's New Sheer Tint Top Coats

    by Alexandra Samuel

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    I love a good, bold mani just as much as the next girl, but chips and cracks show really fast. Spending my days typing away doesn't make for a nail-friendly environment, either. So, my secret weapon answer stretching my mani a little longer has always been to paint on Dior Nail Glow, a pinky flush for tips that makes it look like you have a pro-pampered nails, without broadcasting any imperfections. I mean, I've waxed poetic on it before -- here and here.

    But OPI is taking a cue from Dior's success -- and then some -- with the introduction of their newest formula, Tinted Sheer Top Coats, to help you hide imperfections and create a whole new look, or rather, lots of looks.

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    These top coats, unlike the Dior formula, help transform the appearance of your polish, whether the sheer tints are worn alone, applied over other colors (white being the most obvious in my mind), or layered for an ombre effect. The more you paint on your

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  • Charity-Driven Gyms Are Popping Up All Over the Country

    by Kafi Drexel

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    If you've ever signed up for a race, be it a long-distance bike ride, marathon, or Tough Mudder, one of the coolest things you can do is look around and see just how many people are competing for charity -- these runners, bikers or whatever-ers have all raised a pre-set amount of money for an important cause, such as hospital building in Africa or cancer awareness. And hey, maybe you've been one of those fundraising fools.

    Since SELF is so into doing good, we're particularly stoked about a trend popping up on the coasts -- and hopefully near you soon, too: Charity-driven gyms where you can sweat for a cause EVERY single time you swing by. Check out these new openers in NYC and Seattle that are giving us some major sweatspiration -- oh, and inspiration, of course, too!

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    Studio 360, Cycling and Yoga

    At this Murray Hill-based double-practice studio, $1 per student per class is donated to a different

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  • Is it Suddenly OK to Eat Saturated Fat?

    by Anna Maltby

    Mike LorrigMike Lorrig

    (Short answer: No!)

    You probably saw a bunch of headlines last week about a big meta analysis in Annals of Internal Medicine supposedly revealing that saturated fats are way less bad than we thought. The researchers pored over 72 studies about fatty acids and cardiovascular health and found that people who consumed the most and the least saturated fats weren't all that different when it came to heart disease risk -- and the same went for high and low intake of unsaturated fats, which we see as healthy.

    Their conclusion: Current guidelines about eating lots of polyunsaturated fatty acids and avoiding saturated fats don't have scientific support.

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    Here's the thing, though: Lots of scientists aren't buying it. According to Science magazine, many experts have spoken out criticizing the meta analysis and even asking the authors to retract it. Critics have pointed out errors in the authors' interpretations of studies, important studies

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  • Shakira's Amazing Body Secrets

    Steal her shape-up tips and get a bod as amazing as Shakira's--even if you didn't just pop out a baby! Go behind the scenes at Shakira's cover shoot!
    by Erin Bried

    Dewey NicksDewey Nicks
    Have a goal.

    Shakira's: Be camera-ready for The Voice just about two months after welcoming son Milan with her pro-soccer-player boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, 26. "After the delivery, you look like a shar-pei!" says the singer, 36, who spent a month at home in Barcelona getting back in shape.

    Shake it.
    "I did Zumba throughout my pregnancy," Shakira says. (We love the mental image.) "That helped me not gain too much weight." Post-baby, she did Zumba four to five mornings a week and even trained privately with its creator and CEO, Beto Perez, for a week.

    Push yourself.
    "Two minutes of ab work isn't enough," says the star, who focused on tightening her stomach throughout her workouts.

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    Rock what you got.
    "I'm quite proud of my rear," Shakira says. To tone it, Kaiser

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  • How to Pick the Healthiest Type of Cereal

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Chris GentileChris Gentile

    Cereal is a great option for breakfast or even for a snack, but choosing the right one on crowded supermarket shelves can be confusing. One box could be a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals while the one next to it could be a sugar and calorie bomb.

    Whether you like your cereal hot, cold, sweetened or unsweetened, take my guidelines on your next grocery trip to ensure you make the best choice.

    Unsweetened cereal is a great healthy option because you avoid added sugars; however, some still rank better than others on the nutritional scale. SELF's Healthy Food Award guidelines make it easy to find your best bets. Look for an unsweetened cereal that meets these recommendations per 1/2 cup serving:
    * 130 calories or less
    * No sugar/sweeteners added (1 g or less sugar)
    * At least 3 g fiber
    * No more than 250 mg sodium per cup
    * Whole grain is the first ingredient
    * No partially hydrogenated oils

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    If you

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  • Is Honey a Miracle Health Cure?

    by Anna Maltby

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    In the realm of "stuff that could bring down civilization as we know it and possibly kill us all," drug resistance is a particularly terrifying beast. SELF has reported on it before, and the big question always seems to be, "What the heck can we do about this?!"

    Well, one answer may actually be sitting in your pantry right now. We've known for centuries that plain old honey has infection-fighting properties, and new research is sussing out why: A study presented this month at the American Chemical Society National Meeting suggests that, in addition to straight-up killing bacteria, honey possesses another tool that helps it fight infections -- and that doesn't risk helping bacteria develop resistance.

    Sciencey moment here, so stay with us: Honey appears to help shut down a bacterial property called quorum sensing, according to the study's lead author, Susan Meschwitz, PhD, an assistant professor of chemistry at Salve Regina University. "Quorum sensing is the

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  • Get a Cereal Fix that Fits Your Needs

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy PhotoCourtesy PhotoEver wish you could take all your favorite individual ingredients from all your favorite cereals and make the perfect one for you -- a raisin here, a granola cluster there, a nut from somewhere else? Well, now there's a website that allows you to do just that. was created by Klara Charvatova and her fiance, David, because they wanted to give customers a fun, simple way to whip up their own AM meals -- according to their own tastebuds, natch.

    With over 100 -- yes, 100! -- ingredients to choose from, you sort of can't go wrong. Start with the base of your cereal, which includes options like various kinds of muesli, whole-grain granola or multi-gran flakes. Then, you can add fruits with tons of choices like goji berries, freeze-dried kiwi and organic banana chips. You can also add any nut or seed you'd like to the mix -- when I tried it out, I went with pecans and chia seeds, but there are also flax seeds, organic poppy seeds, almonds and

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  • One Reason Why Cocoa is Good for You

    by Anna Maltby

    Devon JarvisDevon JarvisWe've heard about a jillion times that dark chocolate is good for you, but new research being unveiled this week at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society may help shed light on the reason why.

    A research team spearheaded by Maria Moore, an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University, created a model of the human digestive process using stomach and intestinal enzymes, and sent through three types of cocoa powder (an ingredient in chocolate), paying careful attention to the way the components of cocoa powder were broken down by gut bacteria.

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    Among the results: The small amount of fiber in cocoa powder is broken down into short chain fatty acids, which are beneficial to colon health, study author John W. Finley, Ph.D., a professor of food science, and the Director of Food Innovation at Louisiana State University, told SELF.

    But even more interesting was what happened to the polyphenols in the

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  • Can Your Hair Actually Have Scars?

    by Alexandra Samuel

    David GubertDavid GubertWant to hear something totally creepy? You're hair is like a permanently-attached history of where you've been and what you've done. Weird, right? That fact always makes me think about that time Britney went nuts and shaved her head because of her child custody issues.

    For the rest of us, though, a perma-record of our day-to-day is not really an issue. The only thing our hair history tells us that we take really good care of our hair or, more likely, that we don't.

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    Mistreating our mane leads to damage (duh) called micro-scarring, affecting the outermost, protective layer of each strand. Translation? Our hair's built-in armor is weaker and dull-looking from said scarring. Deeper, mechanical damage -- which comes from excess like too much heat styling, too much hair color or, you guessed it, too much micro-scarring -- also comes from mistreating our 'do's. None of it is a good look.

    So, what can you do?

    Welp, there are tons of

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  • Facebook Feelings Are Contagious (and Not Necessarily How You'd Think)

    by Anna Maltby

    Getty ImagesGetty Images OK, maybe we need to get some new Facebook friends, but when we think about people expressing emotions on social media, what immediately comes to mind is, simply, whining. You know, negative Nancies complaining about the weather, their lukewarm coffee, little Timmy having an "accident" and anything you could ever possibly groan about. And doesn't it kind of seem like that stuff gets in your head and makes you want to bitch, too?

    Turns out, that's totally a thing: Just as emotions can be contagious in real life (ever get upset when a friend cries, or find yourself grinning when a stranger smiles?), they spread on Facebook, too, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One.

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    Researchers wanted to see what happened when an independent, emotion-triggering variable popped up in the world, so they tracked negative and positive emotions expressed in Facebook statuses in cities where it was raining. No huge surprise, but they Read More »from Facebook Feelings Are Contagious (and Not Necessarily How You'd Think)


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