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April 23, 2013
by jordanweaver

Shh it’s a secret

The Secret Ingredient to Your New Beauty Routine: Baking Soda

A young beautiful successful blonde business woman brushing herI thought I knew everything there was to know about the crafty uses for baking soda: homemade cleaning products, detergents, and not to mention baking yummy foods! However, after some online research I found you can add baking soda to your DIY beauty product routine as well. Gosh, I love this stuff. The best part is you can get a box for a dollar at your local grocery store.

Here is a list of things you can do with baking soda at home to freshen up your beauty routine–and for a fraction of the price you’d be paying at a salon or spa!

1. Dry Shampoo: sprinkle a little bit on your roots to soak up excess oil in your hair. Bonus: You can even add it to your shampoo at home to get all that hair product build up out of your hair.

2. Facial Scrub: mix a tbsp. of baking soda in your hand with your facial cleanser to make an exfoliant. Rinse as usual.

3. Teeth Whitener: dip your toothbrush (with or without toothpaste) in some baking soda to brighten up those pearly whites. It helps with bad breath too!

4.  Dry Skin Remedy: use as a body scrub; mix 3 parts baking soda with one part water in the shower and gently scrub where you have dry skin.

5. Bath Soak:  Add a cup of baking soda to a bath. Baking soda will help clear and cleanse your skin, and can help soothe itchy or rashy skin.

Read more here. Photo Credit here.

April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

DIY facial exfoliants

Kitchen Creams: DIY Exfoliators

KitchenCreams_645Wait! Before you try smearing any of that poppy seed, lime concoction on your face to get rid of the dead skin cells, listen to our experts. Rather than smelling like recycled food for a few hours, cut to the chase: what works and what doesn’t. Most of these natural remedies are based off of the texture of the material rather than the actual benefits.  Unfortunately these are no different than your average drug store scrub. After seeing so many DIY claims for exfoliated skin circling the various social media pages, we wanted to know what really works.Our resident experts for the day are Beverly Hills based dermatologist and skin expert, Vicki Rapaport M.D.and Mount Sinai School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Dermatology Debra Jaliman M.D. She is also the author of “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist.”

Here are the 5 DIY Ingredients that truly will work to exfoliate your skin:

1. Lemons

The acids and the vitamin C help exfoliate and add the antioxidant power of eating up the free radical damage in the skin. According to Dr. Rapaport, rubbing it on as pure as possible is the best way to use lemons. “The more you dilute it with other ingredients, the less potent and pure it becomes; so just squeeze it on the skin, wash in circular motions and rinse off,” recommends Dr. Rapport.

2. Pumpkins

Pumpkins have ingredients in them that are both antioxidants and excellent natural exfoliating acids. It’s high in zinc, beta carotene, as well as Vitamins A and C. The later being known antioxidants that are believed to help fight off diseases including cancer and heart disease. This will lighten and brighten your skin, while protecting them from those free radicals that age your skin.

Pumpkin is tolerable to most skin types and truly a wonder ingredient so use it up! Try this budget-friendly Pumpkin Mask from Care2 here.

3. Oatmeal

So why is oatmeal almost in all of the natural beauty treatments? Because they contain saponins, which help clean dirt and oil out of your pores. Its other great properites are moisturizing and soothing–gentle on sensitive skin. Dr. Jaliman found Our Best Bite’s Oatmeal Exfoliator to be a fabulous, effective facial:

  • 2 tsp oats
  • t tsp baking soda
  • warm water

4. Olive Oil + Sugar

Olive Oil’s properties extend beyond internal health benefits. According to research found by Discovery’s Fit&Health blog, “Olive oil is a common folk remedy for very dry skin. It’s silky smooth and does not usually cause allergic reactions [source: Kranke et al].” There have also been studies that show that it may “protect your skin against sun damage and cancer. In one study on mice, an application of extra-virgin olive oil after exposure to UVB light reduced the number of tumors the mice developed [source: Budiyanto et al].”

Try Zenfully Delicious’ Olive Oil & Sugar Face Scrub:

  • Make a semi-thick paste
  • 1 tsp sugar- use granulated sugar so the grains are finer. If using raw, use food processor to grind down the grains.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (approximate — make more or less depending on your exfoliation mission).

5. Baking Soda

Adding baking soda to you favorite cleanser enhances the exfoliation as well says Dr. Jaliman. For more ways to incorporate this missing ingredient check out our post on using baking soda in your beauty regimen (click here).

For more information on Dr. Rapaport click here. For more information on Dr. Jaliman click here.



April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Staying beautiful, without breaking the bank!

Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5

This is a Guest Post written by Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of Ron has worked and developed products with such companies as Revlon and Lancome. His expertise has also been featured in Womens Wear Daily, LA Times, Womens Health, CBS News and as a resident beauty expert for Allure magazine.
  1. As far as lip balms go, I love the EOS Medicated Lip Balm/$3.99: This is a cool little lip balm that is shaped like a yellow Easter egg that looks so cute sitting on my desk, so handy next to my computer. It immediately soothes and restores moisture with anti-bacterial protection, 95% natural with vitamins C and E, zinc, jojoba oil and shea butter.  Not only does it help relieve chapped lips, but it’s anti-bacterial protection helps to relieve the symptoms of cold sores too. I love the tangerine flavor!
  2. For a low priced mascara, I love the clinical test results provided by the Wet n Wild MegaLash Clinical Mascara/$4.99: Research shows 87% of women saw an instant improvement in the length and volume of their lashes.  Plus it contains oils, vitamins and nutrients to condition the lashes.
  3. For the hair, I’m loving Suave Professionals Weather Protection 365, Humidity Defying Hairspray/$3.99: This all-weather (humidity, wind, static) hair spray is salon proven with results that show that it stacked up against the market leader, Biolage for protection against frizz and flyaways.  Plus, it’s firm hold locks in your style.
  4. Since many women forget to take their makeup off at night, I love Noxzema Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths / $4.79: These super handy and convenient cloths cleanse away dirt, oil, makeup and even waterproof mascara, while conditioning skin. Plus it’s safe for use around the eyes.
  5. In terms of lip color, I love Avon  ULTRA COLOR RICH Moisture Seduction Lipstick SPF 15/$4.99 on sale at Avon.comI love the look of this lipstick with the the swirl of ribbons and rich moisturizers that intertwine with intense color.  Plus it boosts moisture by up to a whopping 500% and provides SPF15 protection.

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April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Are you taking the right vitamins?

Top Vital Vitamins

womanvitaminsYou may have heard people raving about vitamins and people telling you that you shouldn’t take any at all. Of course, like most things, most nutritionists would probably agree that taking vitamins is just fine when taken in moderation.

Nutrition expert Jennifer Neily MS, RD, CSSD, LD  suggests the top vitamins you should try to take daily include a multivitamin, calcium, vitamin D, and while technically not a vitamin – an omega 3 supplement.

Neily suggest choosing a multivitamin that is specifically for women, especially if they’re premenopausal. This is because it can help replenish the iron we lose each moth through menstruation. It is important to keep up your level of iron, because it is what helps carry oxygen in the blood by way of hemoblogin. While there has been some research done on the effectiveness of multivitamins and the results have shown that these vitamins may not be very effective, Neily says she disagrees.

“I look at the nutrition analysis of my clients and consistently see that NO ONE, myself included-as healthy as I eat,  receives 100% of the dietary reference intakes through diet alone,” Neily said. “I have looked at thousands of nutrition analyses over the course of my career and will continue to recommend a multivitamin.”

For most women, Neily also recommends taking a calcium supplement daily. You need to take this in addition to a multivitamin because no multivitamins will have the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium. You can get your RDA of calcium in the form of calcium supplement pill or a nutrition bar or drink that has high levels of calcium. Neily says it can be hard to choose a calcium supplement because there are tons of different options out there and calcium should be paired with vitamin D.

“Look for either calcium citrate or calcium carbonate,” Neily says. “My preference is the citrate form for a few reasons; it’s the best absorbed in the body and does not need to be taken with food.”

Also keep in mind that our bodies can only absorb about 500mg, so if you get a supplement that is higher than that, it is really a waste. Also make sure to not take a calcium supplement of 500mg with dairy which are excellent sources of calcium – again, because we can only absorb about 500mg. Neily says she has found that in the diet histories she has seen in her work as a registered dietician, most women only get somewhere around 400 to 600mg of calcium from food per day. Most women need about 1000mg to 1200mg, depending on their age.

While we can get vitamin D from various foods, there aren’t many that contain enough to make a difference, so it is important to take a supplement daily. Aside from it being necessary for proper calcium absorption, research has also found other interesting facts about this important vitamin. Neily points out that research has begun to find a connection in low vitamin D levels and risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Make sure to take it in the vitamin D3 form.

“More doctors are starting to measure vitamin D levels, just like they might check blood glucose or cholesterol.” Neily says. “At your next visit ask to have your levels checked.”

While omega 3s aren’t really vitamins, Neily says they can be pretty important to take as a daily supplement. Unfortunately, many people get confused when it comes to choosing an omega 3 supplement as there are so many fish oil, EPA and DHA products on the market. Neily says your doctor might suggest that you take a 1000mg fish oil daily, but they don’t tell you specifically that you need 1000mg of EPA and DHA, which are the important components of an omega 3 or fish oil supplement, and not all of them contain these two fatty acids. Although good sources of omega 3, plant sources like flax and walnuts do not contain EPA and DHA.

Research has found that EPA and DHA keeps people healthy and at low risk for heart disease. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends consuming at least 500mg of EPA and DHA per day. More if you have heart disease or high triglycerides. Neily personally takes 1000mg of EPA/DHA per day.

To learn more about nutrition from Jennifer Neily, visit

April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Healthy skin is beautiful skin

Vitamin Enhanced Skincare

VitaminSkincare_645Vitamin Enhanced Skincare a guest post written by healthy skin care expert Celeste Hilling of Skin Authority.What you eat is just as important for your skin as what makeup products you are putting on it. There are even great remedies for your skincare right in your kitchen! Here are the top 4 vitamins you should add to your beauty routine.

Vitamin A
Whether you call it retinyl, retinol or retinoid, everyone should have some form of Vitamin A in their bag! Vitamin A is applied to the skin to improve wound healing, reduce wrinkles, firm and tighten, and to protect against UV radiation.

In high concentrations, Vitamin A can be harsh. I like applying Vitamin A daily, so I use the milder forms with concentrations of .01-.05%

WHERE TO GET IT NATURALLY:  Sweet potatoes, carrots, green tea, broccoli and pumpkin are excellent sources of Vitamin A.

AS AN APPLICATION: When applying topically, Vitamin A is effective in creams, lotions or serums.

Vitamin C
It may not be the cure for the common cold, but the benefits of Vitamin C include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.  Adds density, tightness and glow to skin, eliminates uneven skin tone, fights free radical damage.

I encourage clients to use a concentration of 20% or higher daily.

WHERE TO GET IT NATURALLY: One pomegranate can supply 40% of an adult’s daily requirement of Vitamin C. Other foods rich in Vitamin C include oranges, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin and tomatoes. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel are among the best sources of Vitamin C. Beef liver, cheese, mushrooms and egg yolks are great sources too.

USDA daily requirement is 600 IU per day. Many physicians recommend a higher level of about 1,200 IU per day. I consume 3000 IU per day as I need more replenishment to maintain my active lifestyle. I apply morning and night.

AS AN APPLICATION: Apply in the morning under sunscreen to boost sun protection. Vitamin C has to be present in order for collagen to be made (again at the 20% concentration level). Use in a serum form instead of lotions or creams as Vitamin C oxygenates very quickly when it hits the air.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is only made in one place – the skin. As we age, the skin’s ability to produce Vitamin D declines. Even if we get enough Vitamin D internally (which is nearly impossible), less than 1% of what we ingest makes its way to the skin.

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, bone loss, depression, and many other serious health conditions.

Vitamin D is a hormone and regulates everything else in the body. Because we know that hormonal imbalances cause skin conditions, if we can balance Vitamin D levels, we will find that a lot of skin conditions will improve such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and heavy wrinkling.

Seasonal variations (such as dreary, winter weather), geographical location, and aging reduce our skin’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D from sunlight.

Omega Fatty Acids
Ninety-eight percent of a cell membrane is comprised of fatty acids. Fatty Acids, including Omegas 3 and 6, improve the skin layer that holds moisture in and keeps irritation out. Fatty Acids may also improve rosacea and dermatitis.

WHERE TO FIND IT NATURALLY: They are found in fish, including salmon, tilapia and cod, as well as plant-based sources such as flax seed, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. It’s also a good idea to cook with Safflower or Sunflower Oil as they are good sources of Omega 6 to help prevent dry skin and inflammation.

AS AN APPLICATION: Omega Fatty Acids work on the surface of the skin and are best applied in creams and locations, both morning and night.


April 22, 2013
by jordanweaver

Mirrored prints are in!

Fashion Friday: Mirrored Prints

mirrorprint_645This Friday we are focusing on a print: the mirrored image. This pattern was originally more popular on the tight bodycon dress. However, more mesh and breezy tops are rolling out for spring and summer with these gorgeous prints. I’ve seen tons of floral patterns, which seems to be an ongoing trend itself. Let’s break down this look by casual and dressy:Casual:Slightly over-sized button ups and mesh tops are perfect for a look on-the-go. We love these purples, pinks and blues against this white and black top. Wear a basic tank or cami underneath. Buckle and Loft have tons of colors! Go with a comfortable gladiator. We chose to use soft colors like pastel pink and white rather than a loud color pop. Just keep the look consistent and clean. Check out the metallic gladiators, adorable and sleek like the modern print!Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 1.59.02 PM

Dressy: Bodycon or slim-fit, body skimming dresses are still in style. This print really accentuates the figure and silhouette. We are loving this dress from Monsoon. It’s a versatile dress when it comes to the weather and seasons. Pair it with black tights and booties in the fall! But, for now pick some delicate gold jewelry. A nude shoe looks really great with this black dress that has color pops.Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 2.37.32 PM