Month: December 2016

NEW YEAR NEW LIFE!

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Sure, it would be great to stay in celebration mode forever, but eventually you have to hit the reset button on your life. Here, 10 easy ways to do it.

1. Be Radiant

If you buy only one new skin-care product during the long, dry winter months, make it a luminosity- enhancing serum, such as Kypris Beauty Elixir III Prismatic Array ($150). It’s chock-full of anti­oxidants like vitamin C, which brings tired, dull complexions into the light, and is gentle enough for those who have sensitive skin.

2. Boost Your Lashes

For an instant eye-brightener, reach for a tube of Maybelline New York The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara ($10). Its name is as long as its staying power but more important is its brush—a fan-shaped, short-bristled wonder—that ensures curled, are-they-real-or-not? lashes with every swipe.

3. Get Fuller Hair

Nutrafol ($88), a blend of marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E, is the buzziest hair-growth supplement around. Riawna Capri, who tends to the manes of some of Hollywood’s A-list (Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez), swears by it. “I have seen a huge difference with my clients after taking it for three months,” says Capri. “Their hair is so much thicker, especially around the hairline.”

4. Shop Wisely

Lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Clean Beauty is packed with advice on how to choose the right beauty products and how to eat better as well as clean-living tips like”Energy, enthusiasm, and glowing skin do take you pretty far, actually.” Amen to that.

5. Replace Your Lipstick

Red lip color will wake up your face in a flash. Our pick: Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Mineshaft ($26). This poppy shade is flattering on most skin tones, and it goes on like a dream, leaving behind rich, high-impact color that wears evenly and keeps lips soft all day long.

6. Find Your Zen

Get an Apple Watch for the holidays? Go launch its built-in Breathe app. “Wait,” you may be thinking, “I don’t need an app to tell me how to breathe.” And you would be right, but it does much more than that: It blocks out time for you to meditate, which studies have shown can significantly reduce stress and anxiety in just minutes. For non-Watch-havers, the Headspace app (from $6.24 per month) is a good option.

7. Whiten Your Smile

Already a devotee of Crest Whitestrips? The newest version, Crest Whitestrips With Light ($100), is souped-up thanks to the addition of blue-light technology, which works in conjunction with the strips you know and love to accelerate the whitening effect.

8. Exercise Anytime, Anywhere

You can get a serious workout with the Cody app (classes from $10), if you have access to a screen (yes, your phone counts). Big-time trainers (Ashley Galvin, Jacquelyn Umof, Dylan Werner) coach you through yoga, Pilates, HIIT, and barre classes streamed to you, on your schedule.

9. Repair Your Hair

Restore overworked strands to peak condition with b3 Demi Permanent Conditioner. This in- salon treatment combines the deep hydration of a mask with the rejuvenating qualities of a bond builder, leaving hair stronger and softer for up to 12 shampoos (from $45).

10. Self-Tan Smarter

Tan-Luxe takes the guesswork—and the smell—out of at-home tanning. Add a few drops of The Face ($50) or The Body ($60) to your moisturizer or body lotion of choice, and smooth evenly on your skin. In a few hours you’ll develop a natural, streak-free glow (without staining your sheets or clothing). Want deeper color? Use more drops. Simple.

BARBARA PALVIN SO PRETTY

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Wherever Barbara Palvin goes, there’s a little dust storm of controversy. Back when she was a 19-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, Selena Gomez fans blamed her for the singer’s breakup with Justin Bieber after Palvin was spotted with him at a Broadway show. Palvin has since been linked to One Direction’s Niall Horan; she’s been seen partying with Ed Sheeran; and, since the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, she’s been rumored to be dating Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.

On the day I chatted with Palvin, who is at home in the countryside outside of Budapest, she laughed at her reputation as a man-eater—though the laughter was undercut by a clear note of annoyance. Days earlier, a British tabloid posted a picture of her sitting on a man’s lap at an event for the Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi. “That’s not Lewis Hamilton! Barbara Palvin gets cozy with mystery man,” the headline gasped.

“Normally, I don’t let it get to me,” she tells me. The “mystery man” was, in fact, her Italian agent, a dear friend. “I actually hang out with a lot of guys, and whenever I hang out with a famous guy, I’m instantly dating them. So I just laugh it off.” This time, though, Palvin said the comments crossed the line. “It was: ‘Of course she’s hitting on that guy. He’s probably old and rich.’ Oh bravo, Daily Mail !”

No, Palvin doesn’t need to date rich men to belong to the jet set. “It drives me a little crazy that people would think that.”

HARNESS THE POWER OF NATURAL DIURETICS

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The difference between feeling model-esque, not cinched, in your Balmain body-con dress may be just a few pounds—of water. “You can retain up to five pounds of extra fluid,” says Jeffrey Morrison, a physician and founder of the Morrison Center in New York, who suggests sipping water-eliminating teas like dandelion or fennel two or three times a day. (Try Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Leaf & Root Tea, $5.29 for 16 bags.) Other de-bloating elixirs: Ask your juice joint to press a celery-centric concoction, and take a 500-milligram parsley capsule twice a day.

Drink Two Glasses of Water Before Every Meal

“It sounds counterintuitive, but you need to drink water to lose water,” says Lauren Slayton, a nutritionist and founder of Foodtrainers in New York. Along with drinking a minimum of 64 ounces daily, Slayton recommends front-loading meals with two cups of H2O “for maximum appetite reduction; it’ll make you feel full and help you eat less.” Adds Vanessa Packer, a holistic nutritionist at Model­Fit in New York, “Avoid seltzer and sparkling water—they cause bloating.”

Get Eight Hours of Sleep

“When you get seven-and-a-half to eight hours of sleep, your body is more equipped to get rid of stress hormones, and your metabolism improves,” says Morrison. And taking a vitamin D3 supplement daily may help you sleep better and therefore improve weight loss too. One theory is that when D3 is low, hunger hormones increase, and when you’re not deficient in D, melatonin—the body’s natural sleep aid—works more effectively. Slayton suggests taking 2,000 IUs of D3 daily.

Avoid All Processed Foods

Which means not only skipping the obvious culprits (chips, cookies, candy) but also anything that is prepackaged (store-bought bread, pasta, cheese), and even canned tuna and almond milk, which may be packed with sodium and sugar, respectively. Opt for whole grain bread from a local bakery; it won’t be heavily processed, and avoid anything made with white flour (it has no nutritional value), says Morrison. Skip all dairy too, including Greek yogurt. Replacing all inflammatory foods (sugar, wheat, dairy) with whole foods and vegetables can produce rapid results, Morrison adds.

“Your Spinning class will burn calories, but it won’t give you the powerful after-burn effect of HIIT.”

Carve Out Your Belly

Strengthening your body’s natural corset muscles is a surefire way to get a flat belly naturally. Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson (who got Khloé Kardashian in rock-body shape) suggests doing this simple but powerful plank sequence every day: Get into a plank position (forearms on the floor, core engaged, legs straight) at just less than arm’s length from a wall. While keeping your core centered—don’t move side to side—alternate touching the wall with each hand as many times as possible in one minute. Repeat five times. The goal: Every round, tap the wall more times, says Peterson.

Ditch Alcohol Completely

Not. A. Sip. “One, it affects your sleep, and we know that in turn affects your metabolism and hunger cravings,” explains Slayton. “Two, it definitely causes you to retain extra fluid.” The third, and most damaging, reason: “You don’t burn any other fat or calories until your body rids itself of that 100-, 200-, or 300-calorie cocktail, so you’re putting yourself behind in terms of calorie-burning from the start,” she says.

Do 30 Minutes of HIIT Every Day

Your Spinning class will burn calories, but it won’t give you the powerful after-burn effect of high-intensity interval training. Oliver Lee, a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp in New York, recommends this 30-minute circuit: For each exercise go as fast and as intensely as you can for 40 seconds, followed by 20 seconds of rest. Repeat the sequence six times. 1. Fast feet. 2. 180-degree squat jumps. 3. Squat to side kick (alternating legs). 4. Two push-ups into four mountain climbers. 5. Finish with shoulder-tap burpees: Go into a plank, touch each shoulder with the opposite hand four times, then jump up into the air.