Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Healthy Eating and Living: Time to Cleanse, Vegan Style!

Look at what came in the mail today!

It's that time of year again. If you want to read my review and experience with Kaeng Raeng, then head on over to my previous post: "Healthy Eating and Living: 3-Day Raw Vegan Detox". This will be my third time doing the cleanse and I highly recommend it. As I mentioned before, there is A LOT of confusing information out there about cleansing, and quite frankly, I find a lot of it misleading and a little bit dangerous. Kaeng Raeng's program is completely safe and they have tons of tips on their Facebook page and website on how you can customize the cleanse to your lifestyle. TIP: Before ordering, check their Facebook page to see if any celebrities have posted about their product. They will share it and usually link it to a discount code. Today's discount code was HEALTHY20, but it expires tomorrow Feb 27. 

Basically, if a liquid only cleanse is too much for your first go at it, then try eating a raw vegan diet along with the drinks to ease into your first cleanse. If you cut out processed foods a couple days before starting the cleanse, it will go even smoother.

This cleanse has made me feel incredible and provides amazing health benefits. It helps you think clearly about everything you put in your body, a habit that we should all have but tend to ignore (I know I do!). It also helps you get off sugar cravings and carb cravings, especially if you do the six day cleanse. Due to my lifestyle as a graduate student, I will be doing the 3-Day cleanse again this time around. Some day I will make it to the sixth day!

Have you tried this cleanse before or another safe program? Share your experience in the comment section below, I would love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading!

<3 Danielle



Monday, February 25, 2013

Healthy Living: Lazy Girl Fitness

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to do a quick post about another blog I came across called "Violet Sage". The author has some great posts she has coined "Lazy Girl Fitness" that exemplify how you can fit in exercises during any part of your day. Head on over to her blog to check it out!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette Review

Last June, I received the Smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette as a gift from my lovely mother. Some of my first makeup was by Smashbox. My first eye shadows, primers, and brushes were all by Smashbox (and Bare Escentuals). However, the more I used makeup, the more I stopped using my Smashbox eyeshadows. The formula they used back then just wasn't as good as many others on the market. So I stopped buying it.

After using this palette for several months, I can definitely see that Smashbox worked to improve the quality of their eyeshadows. Though, I still use my Urban Decay eyelid primer any time I apply eye shadow, including Smashbox. These eyeshadows look great on and last just as long as my Naked Palette, and although I love the colors in the Naked Palette, I have used the Smashbox palette way more over the last few months. This palette is much more travel friendly and efficient since it has eyeshadows, blushes, and eyebrow colors.

Here is what's included:
56 eye shadows
4 brow powders
1 brow wax
8 cream eye liners
5 blushes/highlights
4 lip glosses

To be honest, I don't use the cream liners nor the glosses. I prefer my Physicians Formula gel liner for its staying power and hardly ever wear color on my lips.

Overall, for quality and convenience, I'd rate this palette with 4 out of 5 stars. It would have been 5 out of 5 if the glosses and liners been more usable, or better quality. If you have the spare change laying around, I'd recommend you try one of their palettes. They do a limited edition palette a couple times a year, usually at QVC,  Sephora or the Smashbox website. I really can't stress enough how great this palette is for traveling. I wouldn't go on a trip without it!

Thanks for reading,

Danielle


Monday, February 04, 2013

The Scoop on Healthy Living: Winter Cold Relief

I hardly ever get sick. This was the first year in a couple years I've had a serious cold, and I think I'll blame it on the fact I take public transportation five days a week. However, I only have myself to blame. Since I started taking an Elderberry supplement everyday, I haven't gotten sick. In December, I had a few too many busy mornings and forgot to take it and low and behold: I got stung by the cold bug. So if you're not sick, run to your local drugstore and start taking Elderberry everyday to improve your immune defenses. It's available in pill capsule and syrup form (I prefer the capsules).

If you're already sick with a chest or head cold, here are some remedies I grew up with that make it suck less. Unfortunately, colds tend to last about a week no matter what you do, but lessening the symptoms at least helps you go on with your life.

Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is especially helpful for sinus and congestion relief. In a bowl the size of your head or bigger, drop a single drop of Oregano Oil and one drop of Tea Tree Oil. Pour about two cups of boiling water into the bowl. Sit at the table, with a towel over your head, and you head over the bowl for about ten minutes. Breathe in deeply, alternating between your mouth and your nose for full benefits. Basically, if you have a chest cold, this will help loosen the mucus which can lead to more productive coughs. For nasal congestion, it does the same for more productive sneezing. If you do this once in the morning and once in the evening if works best. It definitely makes your work day more bearable!

Jogging (not for everyone)
If you do not do cardio regularly, then don't do this. It will make your cold worse. Also, don't attempt this if you have a chest cold. If you are a runner, and have a mild cold, try going for a short jog outdoors, or on your own treadmill (don't spread germs at the gym!). You could also take a brisk walk up a hill or incline. When doing this, it is very important to listen to your body very closely. Your goal here is to break a sweat to release some of the toxins in your body. You don't want to stress your body out by pushing yourself too hard, or you can extend your cold. I usually run about 3 miles, a few times a week. However, when I'm sick, I keep it between a half mile and a mile, which is enough to get my heart rate up and break a sweat. This helps increase my energy level, and can loosen up the mucus for a head cold.

Vitamin C
Whether you're sick or not, taking Vitamin C everyday is good for you. I prefer to drink the Emergen-C packets, which are available at pretty much any grocery or drug store. I usually buy the Emergen-C+Immune in blueberry acai, but sometimes only the original orange are available. The Emergen-C packets have a range of vitamins, so I prefer to drink these in the morning instead of taking a multivitamin. It's easier for me to remember.

Healthy Eating
When people get sick, they are uncomfortable. Sometimes, this may make you want to seek out unhealthy comfort foods. Try not to do this. Skip the drive-thru. Eating well balanced meals when your sick will help your body fight off the bad guys. A well balanced meal has grains, vegetables (or fruit), and protein. One example is  peanut butter and banana sandwich on multi-grain toast.  Another is apricot chicken with asparagus and rice (or quinoa). It's important to drink plenty of water when your sick. Women should aim for about 2 Liters of water, and men for 3 Liters.

Sleep
Your body does some of it's best healing when your asleep. Try to get plenty of rest during your cold, and fit in an afternoon nap if your day permits it.

Which cold remedies do your family use? Share them below!

Thanks for reading,

Danielle



Friday, February 01, 2013

Guest Scoop: Fashion Tips from Celebrity Stylist Anya Sarre



Flaunt Your Fashionable Flair
Written by Anya Sarre
 
Your dreams for the new year might not specifically include a new wardrobe, but adding a little flair to your personal style is a great way to get 2013 off on the right foot. Whether or not you have plenty of spending money to use on the latest trends, you can afford to refresh your look. Here are a few simple tips:

Look for deals online
In addition to great prices, you can find a little help developing your personal style online. At StyleMint, you can take a brief quiz that will point you in the direction of fashion trends you’re sure to love. Then browse about for outfit basics and add a few accessories that suit you as well. For jewelry lovers, Stella & Dot hold a wealth of vogue designs, and you can earn rewards and savings by hosting your own trunk show. No outfit is complete without the shoes, and sites such as ShoeDazzle will help you find the perfect pair for any occasion. Don’t forget to pamper your skin. It may be your most valuable accessory. Stop by Birchbox for a selection of the best cosmetics of the season.

Shop retail outlets
Shopping the old-fashioned way is still a great option for finding fabulous bargains on trendy duds. For a fun-filled day of value, take a couple girlfriends with you on a trip to an outlet mall. Outlet stores for retailers such as Forever 21 and H&M all proffer stylish outfits at rock-bottom prices. At these stores, you won’t have to sacrifice quality or service in order to get the very best deals.

Make your own accessories
Accessories can revitalize a tired look and breathe new life into your wardrobe. This season, handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories are particularly popular, and you can save money by making your own. Online resources can help if you're stumped. Pinterest and more have photos and instructions for making accessories and adding personal flair to a range of fashions.

Looking good isn’t particularly difficult, and online resources can help you find your personal style. Then make a few purchases without breaking the bank by shopping online and in retail outlet stores. Add an extra personal touch to any outfit with handmade accessories designed using online photos and templates. With a little investment, you can flaunt your fashionable flair.

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.


How do you add flair to your style? Let us know in the comment section below!