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Try this simple butt toning sequence to have a juicy round derrieré

Get your booty in tip top shape for so you look fly in jeans, shorts, or swimwear!

Try this simple butt toning sequence to have a juicy round derrieré.

Hip-Lift Progression
Lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your feet on the floor with bent knees.
Lift your hips toward the ceiling. Hold, and then lower back down.
Squeeze your glutes and hamstrings while your hips are pressed towards the ceiling.
To make this exercise more difficult, extend one leg at the top of the lift and keep your thighs parallel.
Then lower back slowly to the floor.
Repeat this exercise for 30 seconds; switch sides and do the move for another 30 seconds on the other leg.


Leg Raises
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand. If you do not have a dumbbell, find 2 filled water bottles or something similar of equal weight.
Bend your right leg and raise it about three inches off the floor.
Extend both arms in front of you at chest height and your palms facing down.
Keep your arms straight and raise your left arm above your head and hold for 3 counts, then return to chest height.
Continue alternating arm rises.
Do eight in total, four reps on each arm.
Switch legs and do eight more reps while standing on your right leg.


Kick-Back Squat
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart.
Sit back to a squat and bring your fists close to your chin.
Then bring your left leg straight behind you while extending your arms straight forward.
Return to the squat position and repeat on the other side.
Continue for one minute or longer.
As you squat, keep your hips square and remember to keep your weight on your heels.


Weighted Squats
Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and dumbbells or some form of weights by your thighs.
Squat down as if you were going to sit in a chair, keeping your weight over your heels.
Squeeze your glutes and return to start position.
Do 15-20 reps.
Keep your weight in your heels, making sure your knees do not go further forward than your toes.
Advanced level: Try it without the weights, but jump explosively and land in the squat position.

Fitness woman. Slim woman with dumbbells.

Explosive Lunges
Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips.
Lunge forward with your right leg.
Jump up, switch legs in midair, and land with your left leg in a forward lunge.
Continue these explosive lunges, alternating sides, for one minute or more.
Push off the floor with both feet with your front knee bent in a 90 degree angle and aligned over your ankle.

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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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