Is your special someone overworked and stressed out?
MIYU Beauty, a beauty brand that pairs luxurious skincare with beauty teas, can help you give the gift of an at-home spa retreat with a healthier twist on chocolate (if you’re new to MIYU Beauty, read more about their beauty essences and teas here).
The Made With Love kit designed especially for Valentine’s Day features a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter, and heaps of love.
The limited edition kit contains:
Finally, coconut oil is getting the attention it deserves for promoting a healthy metabolism (and other health benefits) and for standing in as an amazing beauty multi-tasker.
Here are three of the best ways to use coconut oil.
Let’s face it. If you’re a makeup junkie (like me), you need a gentle, but effective way to take off your shadow, liner, and mascara. Rub coconut oil gently on your eyelids and lashes and you not only easily remove makeup, you also condition lashes. Seriously, if you’ve been abusing your lashes, you will see an improvement pretty quickly.
Cooking & Baking Substitute
Coconut oil is a great replacement for less healthy baking options like butter and shortening, which may contain Trans fats. Replace coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and use it at room temperature for flaky baked goodies.
Preventing sagging skin may be as proactive as incorporating a certain type of oil into your daily diet.
Results of a French study involving both sexes identified a lower risk of severe photoaging (sun damage) with higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil. Photoaging, including blotchy pigmentation, wrinkling, and skin sagging, is a response to sun exposure.
If following a diet is one of your goals for this year, U.S. News and World Report has done the research for the best diets of 2014.
U.S. News evaluated 32 of the most popular diets and identified the best.
Best Diets Overall
The DASH diet tops the list for best overall diet because of its emphasis on portion control and balance. This leading diet recommends eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy while eliminating sweets and red meat.
The second best diet overall is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet which features a low-fat regimen. The key to this diet is cutting back sharply on fat, particularly saturated fat.
Best Weight Loss Diets
The best diet to follow for weight loss is Weight Watchers followed by The Biggest Loser and Jenny Craig diets. Weight Watchers, which emphasizes making healthy choices that fill you up so you’ll eat less, and Jenny Craig also rank as the easiest diets to follow.
If you want more information on diet rankings, click here.
Three Steps to Weight Loss
Don’t let your busy schedule mess with your skin. If you snack on these healthy foods, you can keep the glow burning (even if you’re burning the candle at both ends).
Not only does Vitamin C give you energy, it can also also make your skin radiant and clear blemishes. Snack on strawberries to get even more of a Vitamin C boost than oranges and grapefruit.
With their high-powered antioxidant properties, blueberries can help prevent premature aging and keep your skin looking young and healthy.
When it comes to healthy-looking skin, this super fruit should be your new best friend. Avocados do it all: hydrate skin, reduce the appearance of age spots, and increase collagen production in your skin.
More people are turning to organic skin care as they realize how easily skin can absorb chemicals and other ingredients that may cause health problems.
When it comes to non-toxic ways to keep your skin healthy and moisturized, Vermont Soap Organics continues to lead the way. I recently checked out three innovative products from their popular organic bath and body collection.
Sage Lime Organic Deodorant
As the latest launch to the Vermont Soap collection, Sage Lime Organic Deodorant is one of the first underarm protection products to meet the USDA organic food standard. If you care about your health and the health of the world, this deodorant is designed for you.
With a blend of 100% organic ingredients, this unique deodorant works with your body to inhibit odor-causing bacteria. Safe ingredients like sage and lime essential oils combine with 100% organic oil coconut oil to help you stay fresh.
You may want to pick up a couple of these because the light lime scent can work for you or your guy.
If you’ve experienced childbirth, you know how hard it is to regain your pre-pregnancy body.
That hasn’t been the case with the Duchess of Cambridge. While joining in a volleyball game recently at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Kate Middleton shocked everyone with her amazing post-baby body.
Since she has been so influential with fashion, it’s no surprise that Kate Middleton’s fitness regime is now gaining attention.
How did the Duchess get back her toned stomach? According to the Daily Mail, Kate Middleton is now a follower of postnatal fitness guru, Judy Di Flore.
If you’re a makeup addict, you sometimes get stuck on fixing parts of yourself that you don’t like. We all love beauty products that work but, once in a while, you need to lay off the goop and focus on the positive.
So back to the question. What’s the prettiest part about you?
I’ll start. I’ve been blessed with naturally long eyelashes (upper and lower lashes) that enhance my hazel-colored eyes.
If you’re looking for a whole-body approach to beauty that involves more than just applying topicals to your skin, MIYU Beauty is launching this month in North America.
The debut collection from this new lifestyle beauty brand features skincare products uniquely paired with beauty teas to help nourish your complexion from the inside out.
The skincare products, called beauty essences, are a fusion between a facial mist and a serum that can prime your skin for moisturizer or act as a base for makeup (you can also mist the beauty essence on your face any time of day for a surge of hydration or calmness). The beauty teas are whole leaf blends with ingredients known for their nourishing skin benefits.
We all know sugar is bad for you, but for some people it can be the reason they are either gaining weight or having trouble losing it (if you have an apple-shaped body, you are already prone to weight gain from sugar so listen up).
Jorge Cruise’s latest book, The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks, has a new approach to calorie consumption.
According to Cruise, all calories are not created equal. Sugar calories are the ones that one will get you into trouble.
You can eat unlimited amount of calories, or freebies, and still lose weight as long as you consume only 100 sugar calories per day (sugar calories include carbs like bread, pasta, as well as starchy vegetables and fruits).
Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie
Smoothies are all the rage to boost your health. Now you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized with a skin smoothie.
Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie is a new USDA certified organic moisturizer that leaves skin feeling silky but without a greasy feel or film.
The texture is like a body balm which I like because you can easily spread it all over your body without saturating your skin. Free of preservatives, artificial colors, or fragrances, this skin smoothie has all the features of a luxury moisturizer, even a slight glow, but not the price (it retails for $19.98 US).
Key certified organic ingredients in this hydrating skin smoothie include coconut oil, coconut butter, and rosemary extract which all add up to a delicious scent. It is also gluten and lactose-free.
Martha Stewart recently visited the Doctor Oz show to talk about her anti-aging beauty secrets (and the status of her love life).
Like many celebrities (including Lauren Conrad), the homemaking guru is a big fan of drinking hot water with lemon. It must be working because Martha Stewart looks much younger than 71 years old.
According to Martha, all you have to do is squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small glass of warm water and sip it every morning for these wonderful health benefits.
Lemon Water Health Benefits
Here are some tried and true benefits of drinking lemon water.
Raise Awareness for Canada’s Depleting Bee’s Population
If you haven’t seen too many bees lately, it could be a result of Canada’s declining bee population.
In fact, 43 types of Canada’s bumblebees are currently threatened due in part to pesticide use, disease, pollution, and loss of habitat.
To help raise awareness and funds to save Canada’s depleting bee population, Burt’s Bees has teamed up with accessories designer, Jenny Bird, to create a custom, limited edition friendship bracelet.
All of the proceeds from the sale of this bracelet will go to the Pollinator Partnership, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore populations of pollinator species, especially bees.
There are two versions of the For the Bees bracelet:
- Gold Bee Black Thread 18 karat gold-plated brass
- Silver Bee Tan Thread sterling silver-plated brass
You can find the bracelet at The Bay locations or online at www.burtsbees.ca and http://jenny-bird.com.
Dessert with Breakfast Can Help Weight Loss
If you regret indulging in those sweet sensations on Valentine’s Day, you may not need to cut out the good stuff after all.
A recent study has found that people who eat a large breakfast including a sweet treat are able to lose weight and keep it off, more than those who eat a small breakfast.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University split a group of obese participants into two groups. One group ate a 600-calorie breakfast with a sweet item, such as a cookie or piece of cake. The other group ate a 300-calorie breakfast with no dessert. (Both groups ate the same amount of daily calories: 1400 for women and 1600 for men).