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  • Get Bikini-Body Ready with These Superfood Recipes!



    Superfoods are scientifically proven to build a better bod, whether by targeting belly flab (like eggs) or quelling hunger (apples). Bottom line? Eat a diet rich in them and you'll be confident come beach time. Take a peek below at 10 recipes that'll start your slimdown; or better yet, sign up for SELF's Drop 10 diet now to get more than 70!




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  • March Madness May Make Us MORE Productive at Work

    by Amanda MacMillan


    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesNext time your boss catches you checking your bracket today (that is if it's not already 100 percent busted -- thanks, Florida Gulf Coast), respond with this little factoid: Focusing on the NCAA tournament during work hours may actually make you more productive in the long run. At least that's what some experts say!

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    According to a recent survey by online staffing service OfficeTeam -- and a pretty adorable infographic by TurboTax -- 17 percent of employees spend more than an hour checking scores or watching basketball games during the workday. The good news is that 75 percent of office managers believe that the tourney has no impact on worker productivity -- while 16 and 21 percent, respectively, actually think that it can boost employee output and morale!

    "Employees need a chance to bond with coworkers over shared interests," says an OfficeTeam executive quoted in the survey; therefore, chatting about your wins and losses

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  • 4 Qualities to Look for in a Facialist

    by Alexandra Samuel


    WWDWWD The weather is finally warming up (YAY!), and that means it's time to schedule an appointment with my facialist to say "Au revior" to all that griminess that made itself quite at home on my skin over the winter. Lucky for me, my skin issues are minimal at best -- I'm just baby sensitive -- which makes me pretty comfortable with most facialists I've seen. However, I'm fiercely loyal to the pros at Blue Mercury.)

    That said, not all facials are created equal. So, I've pulled together four things you need to look for in a facialist before you let her (or him!) start diving into your blackheads.

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    Your friend recommends her: Like all things beauty, I'm a big believer in word of mouth. But with facialists, you have to be careful. If your friend is acne-prone and your skin is on the drier side, that particular facial may wreck your skin. Before you make an appointment, call the spa she goes to and see if there's someone who

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  • Debloat at Breakfast with This Smoothie

    by Andrea Bartz


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio Our shake, created by SELF contributing experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D., of C&J Nutrition, boosts electrolytes to stop puffiness.

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    INGREDIENTS:
    1/2 large very ripe banana, cut into chunks and frozen
    1/2 large Anjou pear, cut into chunks
    1 1/2 cups fresh kale
    1 cup skim milk
    2 tbsp pistachios, chopped
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    3-5 ice cubes or 1/2 cup crushed ice (optional)

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    INSTRUCTIONS:
    Blend all ingredients in a blender on high until creamy and smooth, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

    The Skinny: 343 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 58 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 16 g protein

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  • Can Workout Pants Made with Caffeine Really Reduce Cellulite?

    by Amanda MacMillan


    Courtesy PhotoCourtesy Photo Guys, I have seen some crazy things while writing for Flash -- and reviewed 'em -- but one of the strangest products I've recently stumbled upon on these Hu Nu Woo-Hoo Slim Capris, $93, which are caffeinated, supposedly to help stop cellulite and increase fat burn. So, I've been wearing these babies (pictured here) for a few hours a day for a few days now -- and while I haven't been all that scientific about it, I do think my legs look pretty freaking good.

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    Hu Nu recently launched in the U.S., and you may start to see their stuff popping up at Equinox's in-house shops around the country. Their activewear is made from Supplex Nylon, so it's moisture-wicking, quick-drying and antibacterial (and anti-stink). It also wears really well, is super comfy and looks great on, if I do say so myself.

    The Woo-Hoo Slim Capris are also made with "Revolutional Slim" fabric from Italy, that is infused with caffeine, aloe and

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  • 3 Cool New Ways to Find Exercise Classes

    by Amanda MacMillan


    Courtesy of ClassivityCourtesy of ClassivityIf you've spent any time in or around the New York City boutique fitness scene, you know that the options are endless -- and slightly overwhelming. It used to be that you went to class at your gym, or maybe that one local yoga studio; now, we've got cycling, boot camp, barre, CrossFit and countless other workout-specific studios that hone in on one particular niche. And now, the pay-per-class trend is catching on in cities all across the country, as well. But how do we keep track of what classes are offered when and where? Luckily, we've got options there now, too.

    1. Classivity: This online directory contains class listings throughout your city (and currently covers eight major metro areas), for everything from photography and cooking to martial arts and yoga. The main draw, though, from Classivity, is it's signature "Passport" deal: For $40, you can book 10 classes that normally retail for $20 to $30 a piece. Score!

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  • The Best New Men's Products for Women

    by Alexandra Samuel


    courtesy of the brandscourtesy of the brandsYou guys know I use dude's deodorant, right? Something about smelling like baby powder seems like a feminist nightmare to me, and I just can't do it. So, I switched to a less-manly dude's version several years ago and have never looked back. Ditto with shaving cream. Guys shaving cream is meant for super-sensitive facial skin. I have sensitive skin all over. Seems like a natural fit, right? And -- until recently -- I kind of drew the line there.

    But now, I'm officially in I'm-stealing-all-my-boyfriend's-products mode because I found two new launches that -- no joke -- are better than anything in my bathroom cabinet. Plus, both of these are on the cheaper side than lady products usually are. Want in?

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    Harry's, a so-cool-it-hurts new shaving line from one of the Warby Parker guys, has stolen my heart. Here's the deal: you get an amazingly well crafted razor handle, plus amaze three five-blade razor heads and a

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  • Healthy Detox: Eat Cleaner to Get One Step Closer to Feeling Awesome This Spring

    by Andrea Bartz


    JuanMonino/Getty ImagesJuanMonino/Getty Images You know nature didn't make the colors of those candy-hued foods. Skip 'em and this other...stuff.

    * Sodium or Potassium Benzoate: Found in baked goods, they may break down into a carcinogen.

    * Potassium Bromate: A flour additive banned in Europe and Canada for carcinogenic properties.

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    * Phosphate: It lurks in frozen food and soda. HIgh amounts may mess with pH and lead to calcium loss from your bones.

    * Partially Hydrogenated Oil: You know it as trans fat. Found in some spreads, it clogs circulation.


    Source: Susan Blum, M.D., assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine

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  • Your Ultimate Gym Beauty Bag

    Leave your club clean, gorgeous and glowing with the help of a smartly packed Dopp kit.


    by Rachel Jacoby




    You've got the tricked-out sneaks, super-supportive sports bra and the motivation to kick butt on your next cardio workout. (Or yoga. Whatever. You get the point.) You've gotten all sweaty, burned some serious calories, and are ready to hit the shower. Or are you?



    While you may have your workout gear down pat, do you own your gym beauty bag? Like, have you ever gone to the gym and not forgotten some critical product, like a hairband or lip gloss. (For the record, I most definitely have. On multiple occasions.) But girl, #YouveGotThis! Check out our ten favorite musts for making your next trip to the club a gorgeous one.




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  • Enough with the Tights--Bring on the Self-Tanner!

    by Alexandra Samuel


    Oh my god you guys. Is it really spring today? Even though it SURE doesn't feel like it here in New York, I'm already dreaming of flirty little dresses that the warmer weather (and duh, the season) brings. But considering I also may have just booked a mystery vacay for my boyfriend and I, the idea of my pasty white legs seeing the light of day gives me nightmares. And even though I can't see all of y'alls sculpted gams, I'm pretty sure you guys could probably use these pale skin quick-fixes, too.

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    The Gradual Glow: I am a gigantic fan of all things St. Tropez and their Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4-in-1 is no exception. The stuff is majorly moisturizing, adds just a touch of gradual glow and firms up saggy spots. I use this stuff as lotion all or summer--especially when I'm trying to stretch a spray. Need to amp up your facial glow? I've always adored the drugstore deal from Jergens. The label's Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer

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