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Skipping the gym to catch a Real Housewives marathon? Screw the guilt. These expert tricks will help you painlessly blast calories at home without missing a second of your favorite shows.

By Korin Miller

1. Jump rope for two-minute intervals. Repeat four times. (111 calories)

2. Run up and down the stairs of your apartment building or house during a commercial break. (42 calories)

3. Stand in front of your couch, squat until your butt is just above the seat cushions, and hold that position for one minute. Repeat four times. (80 calories)

4. Lie down on the floor on your side and do leg lifts for five minutes. (50 calories)

5. Do arm circles for one minute. Repeat two more times. (20 calories)

6. Sprint to the bathroom, hover over the toilet seat while you pee, and sprint back. (30 calories)

7. Grab three-pound weights or two soup cans and do one minute each of lifting for your triceps (put your hands behind your head, with your elbows at your ears and lift the weight up and down). Do three sets. (17 calories)

8. Sit on an exercise ball and do one minute of ab curls. Repeat four times. (50 calories)

9. If you’re not down with that, work your core by simply sitting on the ball for an hour. (38 calories)

10. Stand approximately five feet away from the TV and do lunges for five minutes. (37 calories)

11. Lie down in front of the TV and hold yourself in the plank position for one minute. Repeat two times. (35 calories)

12. Lie down on your couch and scoot around until your back is on the cushions and your legs are resting on the seat back, at a 90 degree angle to your waist. Curl your torso up towards your legs in a crunch and release. Keep doing them for an entire commercial break. (30 calories)

SOURCES: Nutritionist Heather Bauer, founder of Nu-Train nutrition counseling center in Manhattan; dietician Tanya Zuckerbrot, creator of the F-Factor Diet; personal trainer Brooke Maronne, founder of Brooke Maronne Fitness

source: www.cosmopolitan.com

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Want to look as pretty as possible in 2011? Then vow to follow some (or all!) of these great ideas.

By Christie Griffin

1. Repeat your greatest hits.
You’ve got 608 pictures of yourself tagged on Facebook. It’s time to do some serious clicking and hunt for the photos in which you look the best. If you love the pics where your hair is tousled, make an effort to rock that look more often.

2. Clean your cell phone.
Ever notice that the right side of your jaw has a few more bumps than you’d expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your cell phone. If you have an iPhone or a touch screen, it’s best to pick up a cleaning kit from a store like Best Buy. For other phones, you can get away with using a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a tissue and gently wiping down your phone.

3. Don’t buy moisturizer without SPF.
Even in the winter. And while we’re on this topic: If you skip the protection because you want to look like you hail from Brazil, you’ll look like you’re 15 years older later. P.S.: Schedule that skin cancer screening, too. (Can you tell Cosmo is all about about practicing safe sun?!)

4. Try a "beauty dare" once a month.
It’s liberating and can help you revive your look, surprise your man, and unleash your inner beauty diva. Once every few weeks, be bold with some red lips or an elaborate hair piece or nail decals or…you get the point.

5. Upgrade your regimen.
Maybe you’ve been using the same moisturizer since you were 17. That’s cute and all, but now that you’re 27, you probably need a new formula. Not to mention some eye cream. Set aside some time to figure out what you should be doing at your age, and then put your plan into motion.

6. Pay for your hair sins.
We’d never tell you to part with your beloved hair straightener or stop the highlights, but you gotta pay penance for the damage you do to your tresses. Get regular trims, do weekly deep-conditioning treatments, and give your hair a break from the blow dryer whenever possible.

7. Go green.
Trying to be eco-friendly with every product you use can be overwhelming. So just make it a point to switch one thing in early 2011. Then, whenever it’s time to make a new purchase, browse the eco-friendly beauty loot instead of automatically buying your regular products.

8. Put a cap on your bad habits.
We all have our vices. But that doesn’t make them okay, especially if you want to look your best. Smoking leads to wrinkles, heavy drinking can dehydrate your skin…don’t make us lecture you.

9. Stop picking.
Your cuticles. The mascara off your eyelashes. Your zits. Whatever it is you feel the itch to pick, keep your hands off it!

10. Get your beauty sleep.
Like you need to hear this? But still, it’s worth repeating since restless nights can wreak havoc on your health and appearance. Try an eye mask if you have trouble shutting the world out.

There are tons more great beauty resolutions you can make, from washing your face every night to laying off the thick eyeliner. Tell us your beauty must-do’s for 2011!

source: www.cosmopolitan.com

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Discover which oft-repeated prettifying principles are doing more harm than good
By Petra Guglielmetti Posted November 19, 2010 from WomansDay.com

There are certain mantras that turned out to be valuable truths to live by—you know, things like “Never go to bed angry” and “You look so much nicer when you stand up straight.” But when it comes to beauty, some of the wisdom passed down to us by our elders turns out to be—well, not so wise. Here are 10 beauty “rules” that you can definitely rebel against.

Rule #1: For healthier, shinier hair, run a brush through your hair 100 times before bed.
Perching on the edge of your bed and patiently counting brush strokes may be a relaxing ritual, but it’s not going to make your hair healthier. “Too much brushing will only lead to breakage,” says Miami-based celebrity hairstylist Raphael Reboh, who advises his clients to brush only as often as needed for styling and detangling. The p.m. hair rule he prefers? Wind your hair into a bun to protect it from sheet friction overnight, and secure it with a satin scarf, not a rubber band, which can also cause overnight breakage as you toss and turn.

Rule #2: Trace around your lipstick with matching liner to add definition and help the color stay put.
This may have been the purpose for which lipliner was intended/invented (and the reason it’s called “liner,” after all), but nobody really uses it this way anymore. The reason? You risk ending up with an unattractive darker outline around your lips once your lipstick wears off. The new rule: Color your lips entirely with the liner first, then layer lipstick on top for super-staying power. To make your lips look fuller or more defined, you can extend the liner ever-so-slightly outside the boundaries of your mouth.

Rule #3: Drink lots of water to keep your skin glowing and hydrated.
It’s true that being dehydrated does nothing pretty for your complexion, but drinking excessive quantities of water (beyond the eight or so glasses generally recommended) will only lead to superfluous bathroom visits, not plump, perky skin. A better way to prevent dry skin is to cut back on water—the scalding water in your shower, that is. “Though drinking water does offer plenty of health benefits, the best way to keep skin hydrated is by preventing evaporation,” advises Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD. “So avoid those long, hot wintertime showers, and whenever you do shower, moisturize your skin while it’s still damp.”

Rule #4: Keep lathering until your hair feels squeaky-clean.
That squeaky feeling just means you’ve washed away all the natural oils that give hair its shine and bounce. “I wouldn’t go with the squeaky-clean theory unless you’re washing dishes or the floor,” Reboh says. “The hair shaft is extremely delicate, and this can strip essential oils, which is damaging.” His hair-washing rules: Lather more than once only if you have serious product or grease buildup; aim to wash hair only three or four times a week; and choose a shampoo that’s not clear (clear formulas can sometimes be more drying).

Rule #5: File your nails only in one direction or you’ll weaken them.
Your nails grow and get their health from the base, not from the edge that extends beyond your fingertip and gets filed. If you sit there and really saw away at your tips with a rough file, you could create enough friction to impact your nails’ health—but generally speaking, as long as you don’t saw away too crazily, filing back and forth won’t weaken your nails. “It’s absolutely safe to file your nails in more than one direction if you’re using a file that’s fine, not coarse,” says Skyy Hadley, a celebrity manicurist who owns a spa in Hoboken, New Jersey. “Ideally, you should use a nail file that has at least 240 grits. And as long as you apply gentle pressure, filing your nails back and forth will not harm your nail bed.”

Rule #6: Dark roots on dyed hair look tacky—don’t let yours show!
It figures that now that there are jillions of excellent products designed to help you cover up those telltale roots, having visible roots is actually one of the biggest hair trends. The concept is called “ombre” hair, and it basically looks like you’ve waited a month or two too long between highlight appointments—the roots are dark but the hair gets lighter and lighter toward the ends. Sarah Jessica Parker and Hilary Swank both have the intentionally-dark-roots look going on right now. You may still prefer to have roots that match your ends, but don’t feel that this is the beauty must that it used to be.

Rule #7: If you have red hair, don’t wear red lipstick.
This is another long-running beauty rule that all of Hollywood seems to be breaking lately—and the results can be gorgeous. Flame-haired actresses like Amy Adams (a natural redhead) and Emma Stone (a bottle redhead) love to work the red carpet in fierce, fiery red lipstick. Red hair itself is also a huge beauty trend this season—perhaps because it no longer has those uptight old makeup rules associated with it? “Redheads can definitely wear red lipstick,” says Los Angeles makeup artist Kayleen McAdams. “The trick is to choose the right shade of red. Select a true classic red—no pink or blue undertones—and it will suit your complexion perfectly.”

Rule #8: Only pluck hairs from below your eyebrows, or you’ll ruin your arch shape.
Go to any tweezing, waxing or threading place, and it’s pretty much a guarantee that your aesthetician will remove hairs from above your brows. “Removing hair above the brow line helps to create a more defined shape,” says Shobha Tummala, a New York City–based hair-removal expert. True, at home it’s easier (and pretty klutzproof) to just clean up the strays between or below your brows, but don’t be afraid to tweak hairs from above, too. A trick for making sure you don’t pluck too many: “Using a brow pencil, fill in the area of the brow that defines your ideal shape, then remove any hairs that fall outside these parameters,” Tummala says.

Rule #9: Eating chocolate will give you pimples.
Your waistline is much more likely to benefit from a no-chocolate rule than your skin—the idea that the sweet stuff is an acne culprit is a common myth. Clinical studies have failed to show that any food can actually cause acne (though in some rare instances, various foods might exacerbate existing acne). “Any correlation between chocolate and breakouts is limited,” Dr. Hirsch says. “Eating a well-balanced diet, which includes the occasional chocolate treat, is the way to look and feel your best.”

Rule #10: Cosmetic colors should be chosen based on whether you have a “warm” or a “cool” skin tone.
Can you honestly say you’ve figured out which tone you are—and what that means in terms of which eyeshadow, blush and lipstick hues you should choose? “Warm and cool is really most important when you’re picking foundation and concealer,” explains New York–based makeup artist Fiona Stiles. “Most fair-skinned people fall under the ‘cool’ category because they don’t generally have golden undertones. But you can break the rules with colorful makeup,” like lipstick and blush. Her example: An African-American woman with a very warm complexion might find that a dark lavender lipstick—a very “cool” shade—looks fabulous because of the contrast with her skin tone. So if you think a color looks great on your face, go ahead and give it a try!

Photos: Thinkstock

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