• by Maureen Choi

     Donna Trope Donna TropeIn some of the most depressing beauty findings in recent history, studies in Sweden found that sleep-deprived people were perceived as less attractive--wait for it--sadder than the same subjects well rested. Annoying, right? After all, "sleep-deprived" includes most of us, since the average woman gets only six and a half hours a night, not the eight doctors say she requires. Clearly, we all need more shut-eye--but in the meantime, we could use a little magic to help us outwit the Swedish data and fake "awake." Here, the tricks every sleepy woman should know:

    If you have puffy eyes:

    The cause:
    The female body retains water (high sodium intake can make it worse; so can being premenstrual). And when you're sleep-deprived or stressed, tissues swell and fluids pool around your eyes even more.

    The 3-minute fix: Give yourself a quick morning massage with a brightening eye cream like Olay Fresh Effects Bright On Schedule Eye Awakening Cream ($13, at drugstores). Chill it in the

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  • ESPNNicki Minaj is not happy. On Thursday, the singer took to Instagram to scold ESPN The Magazine about alleged re-touching applied to her cover photo with Kobe Bryant for the magazine's music issue.

    On Thursday, Minaj posted to Instagram an original photo from her shoot, captioning it, "When retouching goes wrong" and added, "I love my personal un-touched photos where my forehead doesn't mysteriously grow in length."

    The photos she posted weren't shot from the same angle as the cover photo, but Minaj does look considerably different — on the finished product, her forehead and nose look pretty lengthened.

    Here's the thing: While it's worth paying attention to any celebrity who brings attention to extreme airbrushing, doing so for the right reasons is just as key. Minaj's fans cheered the singer for "calling out" the magazine for airbrushing, but back up — Minaj doesn't claim to be against re-touched photos; rather, she doesn't appreciate when retouching "goes wrong."

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  • January 26 is Australia Day, aka, their version of the 4th of July, when the country commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of British ships to dock at Sydney Cove in 1788. While Aussies will spend the day celebrating themselves, Americans can appreciate Oz’s national holiday by recognizing all of the wonderful things the land down under has contributed to the world. 

     

    The Didgeridoo

    Photo: Getty

    Sure, you know that the Didgeridoo looks and sounds cool, but be prepared to be astounded and amazed by this bevy of facts:

     

    1. It's traditionally made of eucalyptus tree trunks and limbs hollowed out by termites.
    2. It's thought to have originated a whopping 40,000 years ago.
    3. A study in the British Medical Journal found that learning and playing the didgeridoo helps reduce snoring and sleep apnea.
    4. It's also one of the most popular souvenirs tourists visiting Australia purchase. Baggage fees, be damned!

    The Notepad

    Photo: desksandravens.tumblr.com
    Apparently, as of 112 years ago, kids had to carry a bunch of loose sheets of paper to

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  • by Jenny Bailly

    Fairchild ArchiveFairchild Archive

    I'm coming up on ten months pregnant. (I don't know where the whole "nine months" business started--it's 40 weeks, people.) And I'm petrified, but not of childbirth. It's the impending sleep deprivation that's keeping me up nights, and yes, I'm aware that isn't helping matters any. So I'm taking control. I may soon be an exhausted new mom, but I don't have to look like one. I called makeup artist (and mother) Emily Kate Warren to find out how to fake a bright-eyed look when your dark circles are bordering on sepulchral. Her first rule: Back off the concealer. Huh? "Piling on a heavy concealer to try to eradicate those shadows just draws attention to them," she says. Instead, just smooth on a sheer, illuminating concealer (like L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Concealer), then do this three-step, three-minute routine.


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    Curl your lashes. When your lashes are upturned, your eyes look more open. "And you'll bring the focus upward--away from

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  • by Staphanie Saltzman

    Courtesy of Ahava, Dove, and CarCourtesy of Ahava, Dove, and Car
    The benefits of exfoliating your face--cell turnover, smaller pores, glow-y complexion, better product absorption, and so on--have been well documented. But when it comes to body exfoliation, things are a little, er, rougher. Other than the obvious (getting rid of flakes), is it really worthwhile? And is there a right way to do it? "I have a lot to say about the topic!" was the first thing dermatologist Francesca Fusco said when I grilled her about it. Turns out body scrubs are far more important than most of us think. Here's what you need to know.


    There are a lot (like, a lot) of reasons to exfoliate body skin.
    "The benefits include stimulating collagen production and circulation," Fusco says. "And during the winter, it allows moisturizer to penetrate more efficiently, so that you're not as itchy and flaky. And people who tend to get ingrown hairs benefit from regular exfoliation because it can release the trapped hair."

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Lewin SivanLewin Sivan
    Every year, one of my biggest health resolutions is to get all my annual doctors' appointments scheduled all at once--well, at least know when I should call in order to be seen on schedule. That way, there's no excuse to put any of them off. (I guess that technically means my resolution is to stop procrastinating. I've had varying degrees of success with that resolution--I'll figure out why someday. Heh!)

    Anyway, according to ZocDoc--a free online service that helps you find a local doctor or dentist and book an appointment in real time--lots of us have similar ideas, because patients book nearly twice the amount of appointments in the beginning of January than during the rest of the year.


    So, while having appointments on your brain is a good thing, it's also a good thing to avoid making some of these mistakes while booking.

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    1: Requesting the most popular days and times. On the most-wanted list for

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  • by Marissa Gold

    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen
    All of us here at Glamour.com are into fitness, but sometimes we wonder just how many calories we're really burning during the various workouts we try. In order to find out, I had us all wear activity-monitoring bracelets (we all used Jawbone UP for consistency) to help us actually pinpoint the calorie burn of our favorite exercise classes. To give you an idea of how hard we worked, we rated each workout with the Jawbone's standardized system (Easy, Moderate, In the Zone, or Gut Buster). Here are the results:

    Workout Tested: Core Fusion Barre
    I've been taking these popular barre-based classes for a few years now and love the way they tone up each body part, one at a time. The one-hour classes don't include a lot of bouncing--they're all about small, muscle-specific moves done on the floor or at the ballet barre. I rated this one moderate intensity, as it ended up being one of the easier ones I've done. I felt like I was working out, but I definitely wasn't pushedRead More »from Which Workout Burns the Most Calories? We Put Some Popular Classes to the Test
  • by Lexi Petronis

    photo: Giovanni Giannoniphoto: Giovanni Giannoni

    If "feel happy" is on your to-do list (it's on mine!), it looks like there's yet another reason to do the Happiness Challenge.

    A new study found that older adults who reported feelings of happiness and contentment were fitter than those who didn't. They walked faster than their less-happy peers, and their rates for developing physical impairments that affected their daily activities-such as getting dressed or getting in and out of bed--were much lower. In fact, the participants who said they were unhappy were more than three times as likely to develop physical problems as they aged.

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    A previous study discovered that happy people were 35 percent less likely to die compared with those who were unhappy--maybe because feelings of happiness have also been linked to fewer strokes and heart attacks. Other studies have pointed out that happiness may help give your immune system a boost, thanks to the release of fewer

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  • By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Mike LorrigMike Lorrig

    The QUESTION:
    As far as health goes, salt has a notoriously bad reputation. But is sea salt any better (or at least less bad) than run-of-the-mill table salt?

    The EXPERT:
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, nutritionist at Elements Behavioral Health and author of The Hunger Fix

    The VERDICT:
    The answer isn't as cut-and-dry as most chefs might like, but that's because the path every salt (even if it's the same "kind") takes to reach your shaker varies.

    First off, sea salt is produced by evaporating water from the ocean or saltwater lakes, whereas table salt is usually mined from underground salt deposits. While the exact body of water or deposit can influence the concentration of certain minerals, it doesn't affect sodium. However, the larger the salt crystals, the fewer that fit in a given volume-be it a pinch, teaspoon, or your entire salt cellar-which could influence how much you end up dishing out.

    Rough or Refined?

    What really makes

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Jeff LipskyJeff Lipsky
    Well! I do a lot of reading and researching when it comes to diets--and I have to say that this is one I'd never heard of before. Gabrielle Union told Conan O'Brien that her inspiration at the gym happens to be adult film stars, on whom she spies to pick up exercise and eating tips! She says she watches what kinds of workouts they do, then she starts competing with them--secretly, that is. She also follows them to the gym's juice bar to see what they're ordering.


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    OK, as I'm writing this all out, it sounds a bit creepier on Gabrielle's part than it actually is. Seriously--watch.

    Now that I think about it, I have definitely done some secret workout competitions at the gym, but usually with whomever happens to be on the treadmill next to mine (it is unconfirmed that any of them have been porn stars). Usually, I'll just try to go a bit longer or faster than maybe I would have normally--hey, motivation is motivation!


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