A-list secrets to looking and feeling amazing 24-7!
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A-list secrets to the good life
Celebs have access to the latest, greatest ways to take care of their zillion-dollar bodies. But thankfully, you don't have to jet to L.A. to look and feel like a superstar. We tracked down A-listers' favorite new beauty regimens, workouts, no-guilt recipes, and more so you can enjoy 'em yourself. Consider this your VIP pass.
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When Jennifer Garner and Kim Raver need to shape up on the set of their latest movie or show, they rely on the Valslide ($30; valslide.com), created by celeb trainer Valerie Waters to make lower-body exercises like lunges and leg curls more effective. "The slippery discs create instability, which makes your muscles work harder," Waters explains.
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The most-wanted pet in Hollywood is one that won't make the stars sneeze! Jennifer Aniston and Christie Brinkley play fetch with Labradoodles (a Labrador retriever–and–poodle mix), and Kerry Washington owns a Shorkie, a Shih Tzu–and–Yorkshire terrier hybrid. Since most docs will tell you that no dog is totally allergy-free (and different people are allergic to different types), it's still best to spend some quality time with a pup before taking him home.
Oil treatments are the new celeb secret weapon against everything from frizzies to dryness. They're free of the unnatural chemicals (found in some hair products) that can cause listless locks. Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood tame their tresses with Moroccanoil products (starting at $21; moroccanoil.com). Zoe Saldana and Kristen Bell turn to Alterna's new line of Kendi Oil products (starting at $20; sephora.com), a lightweight version that's good for those with finer hair.
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Forget light beer. Katy Perry and Salma Hayek sip on the "world's freshest margarita" made with Milagro tequila. It has only 160 calories, versus the 300 to 800 in traditional margaritas. Mix one up tonight!
Ingredients: 2 parts Milagro tequila 3/4 parts agave nectar 1 part fresh lime juice
Directions: 1. Combine ingredients with ice and shake. 2. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass; garnish with a lime wheel. Add salt, if desired.
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Multitasking workout wear
Kate Hudson and Ke$ha are bosom buddies with Kalyx sports bras ($40; gokalyx.com). Made from recycled water bottles and Lycra, they give your bust a stylish boost and help protect the planet.
Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Biel throw on a pair of the Nike Pro Combat Core Women's Tight Capris ($35; nike.com) when they exercise. The pants wick sweat, have a flat-seam construction to minimize chafing, and are compression-tight, so they hug your curves.
Rosario Dawson and Emmy Rossum pound the pavement in Reebok ZigTech sneakers ($100; reebok.com). Made with a lightweight and flexible zig-zagged outsole, these running shoes absorb shock and ease your muscles' stress, allowing you to run faster and longer.
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Amazing mini snacks
Stars are just like usthey crave guilt-free munchies, too. Jennie Garth and Mila Kunis snack on Sensible Portions, 100-calorie packs of veggie chips, veggie straws, and multigrain mini crisps. They're free of cholesterol, trans fat, preservatives, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Oh, and they're tasty, too.
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Pretty, protected kissers
How do celebs perfect their pouts? With new tinted lip treatmentspart balm, part barely-there tintthey perk up your pucker with a little color and protect you from UV rays. Sienna Miller swipes on Nars Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment ($25; narscosmetics.com), which is made with wild mango butter so it's super moisturizing.
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Padma Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America, devoted to familiarizing women with symptoms so they can get an early diagnosis, after struggling with infertility and being diagnosed with endometriosis at age 36.
Sheryl Crow fought (and beat) breast cancer, and she has most recently teamed up with the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles to open the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center to help women detect and prevent the disease.
Sofia Vergara created and financed Peace and Hope for Children of Colombia, a pediatric-cancer center in her home country that provides chemotherapy to children, after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2001. She had her thyroid gland removed and has been cancer-free for the past five years.
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Red carpet–ready recipe
When Jessica Biel and Heather Locklear need some nutritious food fast, they stop at the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, a Beverly Hills healthy-eating hot spot. The number-one seller: The Antioxidant Orchard salad, brimming with protein-packed nuts and phytonutrient-rich berries.
Makes: 1 serving
Ingredients: 3 ounces baby mixed greens, 2 ounces grapes, 1 ounce celery, thinly sliced, 2 ounces walnuts, roasted, 1 ounce dried cranberries, 1 ounce blue cheese, 4 mint leaves, 1/2 ounce red onion, thinly sliced, 2 ounces cucumber, diced, 1/4 cup strawberries, diced 1/4 cup blueberries, 2 ounces bottled pomegranate, vinaigrette, kosher salt to taste, black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients togetherand enjoy.
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20 minutes to wow
"I try to do something, even if it's just 20 minutes a day, just to get my body sweating and blood pumping. It makes for a good day full of energy!"
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Yes, the stars have personal trainers to whip them into shape. But Chloë Sevigny and Rachael Ray also wear hello! SkinnyJeans jeans (skinnyjeans.com; starting at $140). The denim has a high nylon-and-elastane content, so it sucks you in in all the right places (belly included), the inseam curves forward to minimize your thighs, and the pockets are proportioned to make your backside look smaller. Seriously, what don't these jeans do?
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Wish you could hire a personal stylist like the stars do? TLC's What Not to Wear host Stacy London, who has dressed celebs like Kate Winslet and Katie Holmes, and partner Cindy McLaughlin recently launched Style for Hire, a company that brings professional stylists to the masses. For around $100 an hour, a fashion maven will come to your house, sort through your clothes, and take you shopping for flattering, chic outfits. Sign us up!
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Martial arts–inspired sweatfest
Jennifer Aniston and Kristin Davis have practiced the Japanese Karate-based Budokon to stay slim and toned.
Try it: This Budokon move called the Floating Frog cultivates shoulder and core strength, says Cameron Shayne, president and founder of Budokon International Organization. Begin in Downward-Facing Dog (A)your body should form an inverted V with hands and feet on the floor. Bend knees keeping butt high (B); gaze between hands. Push off toes (C) and quickly but gently jump feet forward, gently landing next to the outsides of hands with knees still bent (D).
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Clothing with a conscience
The latest way celebs express their love for Mother Earth: wearing eco-conscious duds. Gwen Stefani rocks Threads for Thought duds, made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. A portion of their sales goes to the International Rescue Committee and the National Resources Defense Council. Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Hudgens wear dresses and tees by Gypsy 05, which uses low-impact dyes and organic seaweed extract for printing. Some stars are so passionate about the planet that they've created their own eco lines: Emma Watson recently collaborated with Fair Trade label People Tree to design "Love from Emma," casual separates made from organic cotton. (People Tree dress pictured; $102; peopletree.co.uk)
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So-indulgent spa treatment
When Leighton Meester needs to rejuvenate her feet, she goes to the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. The spa's exclusive Reviving Pedicure ($120 for 65 minutes) includes an herbal-infused warm compress to soothe achy muscles, a cool-stone massage, and a revitalizing peppermint-and-lemongrass exfoliation. Try this DIY exfoliator to treat your tootsies at home:
Ingredients: 1 cup sea salt 1/2 cup grapeseed oil 2 drops peppermint essential oil 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 2. Gently rub mixture onto feet and lower legs to exfoliate; rinse.
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Unique yoga gear
Molly Sims and Kate Bosworth have given boring yoga mats the boot for one of Yogamatic's customizable, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic versions ($85; yogamatic.com). Upload your own image, which they'll print on the mat, or use one of their chic designs. Our fave: the floral print Cambria Orchid designit's like doing Down Dog in a flower garden (minus the sneezing!).
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Fab fit gadget
Salma Hayek has a Fitbit ($99; fitbit.com) to keep tabs on her calories burned, distance traveled, and even sleep habits (you strap it on with a wristband when you go to bed to track your nocturnal movements). The device is wireless so your health stats are automatically uploaded to the Fitbit web site as soon as you're within 15 feet of your computer.
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Good-bye damsel in distress! More female stars are getting into fighting shape so they can do some of their own stunts: Zoe Saldana practiced martial arts, lifted weights, and took weaponry training for stunt-heavy films Avatar and The Losers. Ashley Greene endured weeks of fight training for Twilight Saga: Eclipse. And Blake Lively did 90-minute circuit training sessions four days a week to prep for her role in the upcoming movie The Green Lantern. These actresses kick buttliterally!
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