Look Well

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Cosmetics may be designed to make us look (even more) beautiful, but the labels are often pretty ugly, especially in the United States, which allows many ingredients that are banned in other countries. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, tests done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) found lead in almost two-thirds of top selling lipsticks. Scary. CSC’s list of hazardous chemicals lurking in our makeup includes possible carcinogens, irritants, endocrine disruptors, toxins, dangerous heavy metals, and other concerning ingredients. So what’s a beauty junkie to do? Buy natural, of course! Fortunately, Atlanta has no shortage of great spots where you can buy organic, eco-friendly, and safe personal care products. Here are five of the best brick-and-mortar shops where you can get what you need to help you feel as good as you look, you gorgeous thing.
Toxins, be gone! >>

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It’s not every day that you can get a $120 workout outfit just for entering your name and email addy into a box, but that’s exactly what could happen if you win WellATL’s new contest with Athleta. And hellooooo? Have you been in one of their stores or to their website and seen how gorgeous this stuff is? For real. Totes adorbs. You’ll be the envy of your gym buddies. What are you waiting for? Enter right now! You’ve only got until February 16. If you’re feelin’ sassy, get friends to enter or share any WellATL link to get bonus entries.

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A team of Georgia Tech inventors are suing Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Athos, and several other companies for patent infringement after the fashion brands created garments that monitor the wearer’s vital signs. The undeniably nifty but allegedly illegal products targeted by the lawsuits include the Victoria’s Secret Incredible Bra, which tracks the wearer’s heart rate; Athos training gear, which determines muscle effort, heart rate, and breathing rate; and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Tech Shirt, which were worn by athletes at the most recent U.S. Open.

The patents, the products, and the lawsuit >>

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After knocking the sporty fashionistas off our to-do list with the last WellATL Gift Guide, we turn our attention to runners. They can be tough to buy for… Shoes need to be properly fitted and are a very personal decision. Races are tough to give as gifts because you don’t always know the recipient’s schedule. And you can only have so many training books. Fortunately, there are other options. These five thoughtful gifts will bring a smile to your favorite racer’s face, guaranteed.
It’s a wrap! >>

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Gym memberships, home workout machines, good shoes, organic foods — being healthy can be expensive. But before you go complaining about the cost of those $150 running shoes, check out these ridiculously over-priced pieces of equipment. While you marvel at their gleaming features, remember the first rule of fitness: All gear works better if it’s made of gold and bedazzled to within an inch of its life. 60,000 crystals?! >>

Sports Bra
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If you possess two X chromosomes and have undertaken a form of physical activity at some point, you’ve probably also logged some time in fitting rooms attempting the exhausting gymnastics of trying on sports bras. And if you’re the average woman, it’s likely your level of affection for the humble sports bra falls somewhere in the lukewarm territory: at best, it does its job; at worst, it’s an excruciating device that requires Houdini-level escape artistry to get out of (especially after a tough upper-body workout). But lo! There actually are sports bras out there that keep everything in place (even during burpees) and — bonus! — don’t resemble ancient torture devices or straight jackets. Finding them just takes a little finesse. We chatted with Donna Burke, Director of Operations at Atlanta Activewear, for tips on how to find the right sports bra for you.
Your ideal sports bra awaits >>