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Squat and lunge your way to stronger, perfect legs. A perfect butt is your well-deserved bonus!

Squat and lunge your way to stronger, perfect legs. A perfect butt is your well-deserved bonus!

Split Squat
Targets butt and quads

​ ​ ​Stand with back facing a chair (about 2 feet away), hands on hips, and bend left leg behind you to place top of foot on chair seat.
​ ​ ​Squat, bending right leg 90 degrees with knee over ankle. Make it harder: After each full squat, do a half squat, bending just 45 degrees.
Do 15 to 20 reps. Switch legs and repeat. Do 2 to 3 sets.

Sissy Squat
Targets quads, hamstrings, and calves

​ ​ ​Stand with feet hip-width apart with right side next to a chair, right hand holding seat back.
​ ​ ​Rise up onto toes (heels off floor) and bend knees 90 degrees as you lean torso back 45 degrees (so that body forms a straight line from knees to shoulders, abs tight.)
Return to standing on toes. Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps.

Pistol Squat
Targets butt and quads

​ ​ ​Stand with feet hip-width apart, fists in front of chest with elbows bent; lift right foot forward a few inches off floor, foot flexed.
​ ​ ​Squat, bending left knee 90 degrees, as you lift right leg to hip level in front of you. Make it easier: Let right heel hover close to floor.
Do 15 to 20 reps, then switch sides and repeat. Do 2 to 3 sets.

Goblet Squat
Targets butt, quads, inner thighs, and hamstrings

​ ​ ​Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out, holding handle of a single dumbbell vertically with both hands in front of chest (like a goblet), elbows bent out to sides.
​ ​ ​Squat, bending knees 90 degrees. Make it harder: Holding weight in place, jump up slightly as you rise out of squat, landing with knees soft.
Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps.

Three-Way Lunge
Targets butt, quads, inner thighs and hamstrings

​ ​ ​Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands clasped in front of chest. Lunge forward with left leg (knees bent 90 degrees); return to start.
​ ​ ​Lunge left leg out to left, toes facing forward, and bend left knee 90 degrees. Return to start.
​ ​ ​Lunge backward with left leg to complete 1 rep. Repeat sequence with right leg.
Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps, alternating sides.

Single-Leg Dead Lift
Targets butt and hamstrings

​ ​ ​Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing front of thighs.
​ ​ ​Hinge forward at hips 90 degrees as you lift extended left leg behind you so that body is parallel to floor from head to left heel, arms hanging down.
Return to start. Do 15 to 20 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 2 to 3 sets.​ ​

Calf Raise Three Ways
Targets calves

​ ​ ​Stand with balls of feet on bottom step of a staircase, heels hanging over edge, hands on hips.
​ ​ ​Turn toes inward. Lift heels high, then lower them slightly below level of step. Do 15 to 20 reps.
​ ​ ​Next, turn toes out 45 degrees; repeat.
​ ​ ​With toes forward, stand on left leg only, bending right leg behind you; repeat lifts. Do 15 to 20 reps. Switch legs; repeat. Do 2 to 3 sets of series.

Hamstring Curl
Targets butt and hamstrings

​ ​ ​Lie faceup on floor, arms by sides, legs extended with heels pressing into a folded towel on floor.
​ ​ ​Slowly pull heels toward butt as you lift hips off floor until knees are bent 90 degrees and body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees.
​ ​ ​Slide legs forward to return to start.
Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps.

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How to sun proof your mien

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for premature ageing so what can we do about it? Dermatologists will have you know that wearing sunscreen is the single most effective way against sun protection, not to mention that it is the basis of proper skin care.

Often you’ll find sun protection formulas differentiated by SPF denominations. SPF essentially stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a measure of how well the sunscreen protects the skin. A minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by dermatologist.

However, if you’re swimming or perspiring, it is advisable to reapply as often as every two hours to optimize sun protection. A broad-spectrum formula that helps block out UVB and UVA rays which are the primary causes for sunburns, wrinkling and ageing.

Using the right amount of sunscreen is vital. A rule of thumb would be that you need approximately a dollop the size of a quarter to cover the face. Don’t step out right away after applying sunscreen, give it at least 20 minutes to get absorbed into the skin. Wear makeup over sunscreen as the finishing touch.

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A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

French Twist

French Twist
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.

French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.

Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model backstage at Michelle Helene Presentation September 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.

The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.

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Frame It Up

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.

1.​ ​Let It Grow
Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.

2.​ ​On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.

3.​ ​Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.

4.​ ​Improvise
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.

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