Wanna know a secret?
RealBeauty.com went on the hunt for the best beauty secrets and picked mine as their favorite! Click here to find out what it is.
As a reward for spilling my bag o’ tricks, they sent me this gift o’ goodies. So far I’ve dressed my lashes with the shimmery Cover Girl Lash Blast Luxe mascara and gotten my legs silky smooth with the Venus Embrace razor. Two down, a lifetime of beauty products left to go.
P.S. Come back soon! I’ve got more secrets up my sleeve.
Do you recognize any of these scenarios? 1. You tell yourself you’ll go to the gym tomorrow and then a few too many tomorrow’s later your time has run out and the big event is here. 2. You’ll be shedding your sweaters before you know it (I pray) and have realized that all those Home Run Inn pizzas you scarfed down when you were too lazy to bare the cold are starting to show. Suck in! 3. Your days are filled to the brim so there’s no time for a sweat session. Whatever your reason (ahem) excuse for not working out, The Biggest Loser’s ball buster Jillian Michaels has an at-home workout video that makes it impossible to justify not getting in shape. I first heard about her 30 Day Shred DVD ($10.99) from a friend of mine who is a new mom (she did the video 3 times in one week and lost 5 lbs!). My friend heard about it from her friend who said it helped her lose her baby weight. Having discovered a workout video that only takes 20 minutes and is actually making a difference, it’s no surprise that word is quickly spreading from the playground to girls around town. I was sold by the idea of being able to exercise in less time then it takes to get a mani and tried the workout for the first time with my sister, who of all things, is also a new mom to her second son Luke. The video has three levels (we challenged ourselves starting on level 2). My initial thought was, “It’s ONLY 20 minutes. I can handle it.” Once we got into it I soon realized how the combo of strength, cardio and ab training for 20 minutes nonstop can kick your ass. I wouldn’t call it fun (I’m not the type who would ever describe a workout as “fun”) but it is efficient and effective. Like any workout DVD, it can start to feel monotonous, but no one ever said losing weight was all that and a bag of chips. On that note, if you’re like me and don’t wake up motivated to work off the calories, here’s some food for thought. Degree’s new Natureffects deodorant claims to put a positive spin on your mood. The deodorant comes in three scents (honeysuckle and tea tree oil, orange flower and cranberry and olive leaf and pink pepper), and according to a Degree Women Survey, these nature-inspired scents are uplifting and can relieve stress. So, the next time you need some help turning your pre-workout frown upside down, it may just be worth giving these sticks a try.
Tomorrow (Feb. 5th) is Go Red for Women Day, a national movement founded by the American Heart Association to keep women aware of the dangers of heart disease. You don’t have to go so far as to dye your hair red, but there are lots of little ways to get into the spirit. Swipe on a red lipstick before leaving the house, pick a red polish at the nail salon, add a Go Red wallpaper to your cell or throw on a red scarf and gloves to keep warm. However you choose to go red, hopefully it will inspire those around you to be healthy and aware in 2010! To visit the official Go Red website, click here. How do you plan to “go red”?
This poll is now closed2. We spend so much money trying to achieve glistening, white teeth. Imagine a period when black chompers were the beauty ideal. To the hardcore smokers and coffee-drinkers out there, don’t get your hopes up just yet because in order for those stains to be considered beautiful you’ll have to revert back 50+ years in Vietnam when women used a combination of resin and alcohol to dye their teeth black. Even today, the older generation of Vietnamese women continue to chew the betel nut, which when mixed with saliva, creates a dark red/brown color that contributes to teeth staining. I met this woman, who was happily chewing on her betal nut, in the seaside village of Hoi An. 3. Traveling in Chang Mai, I visited a hill tribe known as the long-neck tribe, or more formally, the Karen people. As you can see in the below pictures, the women and children love wearing jewelry. The catch? These metal neck rings feel more like 30-pound weights (it required two hands for me to hold one). With the help of my guide, I spoke to one of the tribe’s youngest members, a 4-year-old girl. Her mother had just put the neck ring on her daughter for the first time the day before. Usually the young girls put on the neck ring when they turn five so I asked why the early arrival. The little girl said she wanted to be as pretty as her mommy. The other women I spoke with said that women who wear these rings are the most beautiful. I also asked the oldest member of the village, a 50-something-year-old grandmother, if the stiff, heavy piece hurts. She smiled and said that it’s hard to turn her head and at times difficult to sleep (tho she didn’t mention that her neck would be too weak if she removed it). Even so, she was happy to wear the necklace as she, like the others, is clearly willing to pay the price for beauty.