No matter what the time of year, doesn’t it always feel like you’re running out of time to get things done? Consequentially you’re not getting as much sleep as you should be and with that comes the dreaded dark circles. Here’s my go-to fixes for them:
1.) Get rid of the puffiness. If you have major pillows below your eyes, go with the quick (and cheap) fix I learned from Whitney Houston’s reality TV series- hemorrhoid cream. It may not be glamorous, but it works and it’s available in any grocery, drug, or convenience store usually for just a few dollars. Make sure you use the cream though, and not the gel. The gel will leave a greasy trail whereas the cream will sink right in. Simply apply a small amount to the affected area then give it 10-15 minutes to work to the fullest extent before moving to the next step.
2.) Address your skin tone. Belli Eye Brightening Cream is the best overall product I’ve tried when it comes to toning down darkness and hydrating your skin at the same time. Plus, it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Make sure you let it dry before moving on to the next step.
3.) Prep for the cover-up. Even through summertime sweat, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer stands up and that’s why it’s my go-to whenever it looks like I haven’t gotten enough sleep. Simply apply a thin layer to a dry under-eye area and let it the primer dry before you move on to the next step. Continue reading
Worried about overstuffing yourself and ruining any weight loss you experienced before the holiday season started? To keep the overstuffed bellies at bay, here are a few tips from Bamboo Juices CEO Kelley Sibley:
One -> Start your day with a mug of warm lemon water. Lemons are extremely detoxifying and when consumed first thing in the morning moves old waste out of your digestive system so that you can start your day feeling light and refreshed.
Two -> Drink green juice. Green juice is nourishing and when your body has all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes it needs to function properly your body naturally has less cravings which in turns helps to prevent over eating. Continue reading
Are you guilty of removing the cap to smell your soap or shampoo before you buy it? Of course you are! I’m pretty sure everyone is. Scent can effect everything from our mood to our work performance and even give us long lasting memories.
Which makes me wonder- why do I get sent beauty products to try that smell so strongly of oranges or licorice or peppermint that application makes my nostrils flare and my eyes water. Isn’t there a person that is supposed to test these things? An expert?
I’m, of course, no expert, but I know I know that even setting foot in a Bath & Body Works store causes my nose, eyes, and face to make motions usually reserved for a yellow lab with a nose tickle. I also know when I do like something and out of all the products I’ve tried this year, two were scented to stand out in a good way- Rituals Sensation Foaming Shower Gel Sensation and Belli Pure & Pampered Body Wash. Continue reading
How many dips does one table really need? This holiday season, stop the calories from dips from going straight to your hips by adding something fun, different, and low calorie (perhaps even healthy) to your holiday party food tables. Here are five of my favorites:
Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries - This treat is simple, delicious, and something you rarely find at parties- three perfect reasons to add it to your table. How many strawberries will you need to make? I recommend three per guest.
1.) Clean and wash strawberries.
2.) Dip strawberries in Greek yogurt- I recommend plain, vanilla or honey flavored.
3.) Set the dipped strawberries on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet
4.) Place sheet of dipped berries in the freezer for at least one hour, removing them at least 30 minutes before guests arrive.
5.) Serve on a platter.
Chocolate and Caramel Apple Slices - A perfect reminder of autumn, these treats give a nod to your sweet tooth without loading up on the calories. I recommend making three slices per guest. Here are two different ways to make these sweet treats:
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Alongside apple cider vinegar, coconut oil is a favorite among health and wellness professionals who work to promote additives to your regular diet and beauty routine to help make you live a better life. What can coconut oil do? What can’t it do? Here’s what we know:
One -> Coconut oil is cholesterol-free and is better for you than butter but not a healthy alternative compared to liquid vegetable oils. “Even though coconut oil is cholesterol-free, it is still a saturated fat… if you are looking for real health benefits, switch from saturated fats to unsaturated fats by using vegetable oils like soybean, canola, corn, or olive oil,” says Penn State University cardiovascular nutrition researcher Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD.
Two -> Coconut oil has more heart-unfriendly fatty acids than heart-friendly fatty acids.
Three -> Having coconut oil as part of your diet is largely about how you consume it. WebMD advises, “Asparagus cooked in coconut oil is a better choice than partially hydrogenated coconut oil in baked goods but not necessarily better than asparagus cooked in olive oil.”
Four -> Coconut oil is used in many countries as a conditioner, applied before or after a shower. It can also be massaged into the scalp to prevent dandruff. Continue reading
It’s the season of giving, right? Give your lover the gift of seeing you decked out in some of the season’s sexiest lingerie.
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Pregnant? Trying to get pregnant? What spa treatments are safe for you and your baby? Joey Detenber, the Spa Director at Bliss in the W Atlanta – Downtown gave me the answers in a recent interview:
One -> Are there various treatments that should be avoided during certain stages of pregnancy?
We recommend avoiding all forms of massage in the first trimester, as well as prolonged exposure to heat and steam. Once a soon to be mom is out of the first trimester, massage is very beneficial for sore muscles, swollen limbs and of course relaxation.
Two -> Pregnancy hormones can cause acne. Are there any spa treatments that would lessen the chances of outbreaks? Continue reading
Shopping for a basic bitch? Here are 15 gift ideas that will win over even the bitchiest basic bitch:
SPANX Power Pants ($118) – Whether or not she does yoga (or pilates) these pants are perfect for in the gym and the stop a basic girl makes to grab her pumpkin spice latte after she works out.
iTunes Gift Card – Taylor Swift’s new album won’t buy itself. Duh.
Bailey Button Triplet from UGGS ($220)- She’s no Smelly Melly. She’s a girl who just wants to have fun and be warm while she’s doing it. The buttons on these UGGS gives an updated look to the classic boot. Continue reading
Reading the product name, I instantly figured I was about to wash my body with something like Skintimate Shave Gel. What I found, however, was a much more pleasant and not as goopy experience.
Popping the top off the container of Rituals Sensation Foaming Shower Gel Sensation ($15 for 200 ml at Barneys.com) in the shower was easy and since I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect, I squirted a quarter sized amount of gel into my hand.
Then it grew.
The gel foamed like boiling batch of pasta on the stove, growing to cover two hands with a thin but not delicate foam in a matter of seconds. Using my hands, I rubbed the soap on my body and it cleaned then rinsed off with ease. It didn’t stick around like shave foam tries to and the foam was not nearly as thick as typical shave gel foam.
The scent was a bit more for the White Diamonds crowd at first when the foam was straight from the dispenser but as I washed the scent toned down leaving a pleasant scent very identifiable as rice milk and cherry blossom.
After a month straight of worth of use, I still haven’t run out of the product though I can’t exactly tell how much is left due to the nature of the packaging.
This foaming shower gel is definitely something I recommend purchasing. The end result is a product that is more luxurious than it’s price tag and would make a perfect addition to a DIY bath and body gift set for a holiday gift.