Hairspray to Stop the Jiggles?

Hairspray to stop the jigglesHairspray to Stop the Jiggles?

YES! Some beauty secrets that models use backstage that you’ll want to know about for your next holiday event.

My gorgeous friend, and 50 year old Cover Girl model, Shelley Goodstein shares these supermodel secrets with you

Watch her video HERE

The Biggest Secret to Glowing Skin, Flat Tummy & Healthy Attitude

The Biggest Secret to Glowing Skin, Flat Tummy & Healthy AttitudeThe biggest secret to have glowing skin, a flat tummy, and a healthy attitude?

It’s easy.  Surprisingly easy.  Here are the steps:  [Read more...]

Gluten Free & Vegan Pumpkin Protein Bars

The finished product!  So proud of how well these turned out and how delicious they taste!

The finished product! So proud of how well these turned out and how delicious they taste!

Gluten Free & Vegan Pumpkin Protein Bars

(with optional coconut and walnuts sprinkled on top)

There’s something about the word “pumpkin” that makes women everywhere giddy.  I think it has to do with the changing of the seasons, cozying up next to a fireplace (preferably with your sweetheart), and relaxing and enjoying your life. Well I LOVE pumpkin desserts, but I don’t do eggs, dairy, or sugar.  So

I wanted to create healthy pumpkin recipe because so many recipes have eggs, and dairy, and gluten, and sugar.  I stay away from all of those things, but especially sugar.  Sugar makes me depressed and crabby,  and my kids wonder why I’m suddenly so grumpy after eating it.  (To find out more check out JJ Virgin’s new book, Sugar Impact.  It’s scary how many “healthy” foods HIDE sugar!)  So I created a recipe last night and they came out amazing. They’re gluten free and vegan pumpkin protein bars….or you can call them little healthy slices of heaven.  I wanted to add a little bit of coconut and walnuts on top.  You don’t have to.  Hubby did NOT want any coconut because it would make it too sweet.  That’s why only half of the bars have it.

 

Here’s the recipe:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12-18

Ingredients:

1 cup of RESET protein powder – vanilla flavored (or use a pea based protein of your choice)
2 cups ground oats (blend until powdery in your blender)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
1 very ripe banana
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 tbs freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons of oil (I used what was in my kitchen since I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping – so I used extra virgin olive oil)

Optional ingredients:

  • Coconut sprinkled on top
  • Walnuts sprinkled on top

Uncooked gluten-free, vegan pumpkin bars just before going in the oven

Uncooked gluten-free, vegan pumpkin bars just before going in the oven

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°
Lightly spray pan with oil. Use a glass rectangular casserole pan for best results
Mix dry ingredients together
Mix wet ingredients together
Combine the dry and wet ingredients.  Blend or stir until creamy.  (You can even just use a fork!  Super simple!)
Spread evenly in your pan

OPTIONAL: Sprinkle your walnuts on top (be sure to gently press them into the batter so they don’t fall off as you’re eating them once your bars are done)
Sprinkle coconut shreds across the top

 

What did you think?  How did you like it?  Did you make any modifications?  Tell me about your experience below.

 

3 Healthy Habits To Help You Look Younger Without Botox

3 Healthy Habits To Help You Look Younger Without Botox

Do you have those days when you start to feel (or heck, LOOK) your age?

Back spasms (where the heck did THAT come from?!), you can’t sleep, you always feel fatigued, and you are losing your mind….no really, you can’t remember anything anymore – so you are truly losing your mind!  Right?!?!

However, you see women get older and look pretty good. How do they do it? By staying fit and taking care of themselves in creative ways that you don’t always see in the magazines. Learn to “embrace your age.” Here are a few suggestions.

Go to the Barre (You Won’t Find Margaritas at This ‘Bar’)

barre workout

Anything BARRE is an awesome way to stay fit and with it’s popularity increasing you can find barre classes in almost every city.  (Bonus – the classes are almost always 100% women…..Nothing against the guys, but I am not a fan of all their grunting and groaning and meat-market vibes they give off when they are working out with/near you at traditional gyms).  But if you have to travel too far to use this killer workout that keeps celebs like Taylor Swift lean, then there are several fabulous videos you can buy online.  My all-time favorite (and the one that helped me get ready for my first national competition – wearing a bikini on stage – AFTER having children is Exhale Core Fusion Body Sculpt.   There are tons of fabulous ones out there, but this one is still my favorite.

Take a Bath – aka “Meditation”

bubblebath

You’re stressed.  You have 20 MILLION things to do, places to be, kids’ schedules to organize (and lunches to pack), and you’re starting from a point of fatigue, burnout and “holy crap I forgot about …..”  So the LAST thing you actually do have is time.  Especially time to do nothing….which is how I always viewed meditation.  Now I see meditation as a long, steamy bubble bath with L’Occitane Shea Foaming Cream.  OMGosh it’s freaking heaven!

Here’s the deal.  You KNOW physical appearance isn’t the whole ball of wax.  You can workout and get a rock-hard 20 year old’s body -it may be hard, but if that’s how you want to spend your time, it’s totally doable.  But if you don’t keep yourself fit on the inside, the whole fitness thing is moot….and you’ll frown more….which causes wrinkles.

Meditation is all about learning how to give 100 percent of your attention to focus on one thing.  All you need to do is learn a meditation technique that will help you breathe in a way that provides tranquility and allows you to benefit by the serene feeling and overall well-being that meditating provides. T he benefits from meditation are crazy good for how you feel.  It reduces panic attacks, relieves stress, and increases your general feeling of happiness.

Which all translates to you feeling calmer – so your ‘stressed-out-face’ wrinkles don’t come out to play as often.

Pop a Pill…..Better Known as  - Vitamins

Supplements - pills and leaves

Let’s look at a few things that will reduce and prevent those wrinkles without it being “so much work.”

Meditation is part of being fit on the inside, and vitamins are an essential part of that too. While you are taking the very minimal amount of Vitamin A and C that you need for your insides, slather some on the outside of your body, too.

Applying Vitamin A and C topically is like getting a mini face-lift.  When you get a face cream, look for retinoids listed in the ingredients, such as Retinol or Renova. Those are the pharmaceutical names for Topical Vitamin A. Look for Topical Vitamin C in a serum.

Which healthy habit are you going to try first?

6 Tips to Revive Your Youthful Beauty

Feel Fabulous!6 Tips to Revive Your Youthful Beauty

Have you ever looked in the mirror and saw Superwoman staring back at you? That’s right, small miracles happen 24/7 because of your superhuman powers. You make school lunches during a business call. You eradicate tantrums and meltdowns while applying mascara. And dinner (eventually) gets cooked as you blog on the kitchen counter. As the heroine of your family, home and business, you’re a strong and empowered force—most of the time. Unfortunately, super powers can’t fight exhaustion, wrinkles and stray gray hairs. Yes, ladies, every 365 days we do add one more candle to the birthday cake.

Your Superwoman self knows aging is a beautiful part of womanhood, but every gal needs a pick-me-up every so often. It’s time to rejuvenate your youthful beauty and revive your playful side with these tips:

Embrace the New Hot

“Elle Macpherson might be the hottest 50-year-old woman ever,” wrote Elite Daily, a website that bills itself as “The Voice of Generation Y.” Sure, but Macpherson comes from exceptionally blessed genetics and commits to a stringent lifestyle the average woman couldn’t replicate. We’re all women, and we should all celebrate the shared experience of womanhood and growing older. Elle’s halfway to 100 and rockin’ it. You can, too, by confidently embracing the sexiness of your age. Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood starlets Diane Lane, Gwen Stefani, Sophia Vergara and Cameron Diaz, who have all passed the 40-year mark proving that a woman can get hotter with age.

Get a Fierce New Look

Sheryl Crow sang it best: “A change would do you good.” Change is good. Make a change with a jolt of color. Show off fire engine red lipstick during your next luncheon. Freshen your tresses with a lighter and brighter hue. Make bright clothing statements, or use color blocking to make daring fashion impressions. If you want to feel young, be fierce and turn heads.

Try a Little Retail Therapy

Luckily, our digital devices provide instant access to online storefronts, where we’ll find beautiful things to put into our virtual shopping carts and then our closets. Splurge for an iconic Eliza J dress or a luxury Coach designer handbag to get a hot, trendy boost to your look. Retail therapy is like dipping your toe in the fountain of youth.

Get Fancy

Can’t remember the last time you wore heels or walked out of the house feeling like a 10? Ladies, ditch your black elastic-waist yoga pants and pull out the ponytails. Plan a special date night or GNO to glam it up—because you deserve it. Feeling feminine and beautiful will take you back to the memorable moments of your younger years like your wedding day, first date or prom night. This is your night to dazzle and sparkle; the more beads and frills, the better. It’s your night to twinkle and make you forget about dirty diapers and overdue deadlines.

Sweat It Out

Still struggling with dragging energy levels, no matter how much bronzer and under-eye concealer you apply? Lethargy wears on your appearance, and appearing tired is just a kinder way of saying you looked weathered by the years. Along with a clean diet and proper hydration, you need to exercise to break chronic fatigue and boost energy levels. Challenge yourself; maybe it’s time you tested your limits with CrossFit, hot yoga, marathon training or boxing. Not only will a new fitness regimen perk you up, it will make you glow with confidence.

Beauty Sleep

If you’re living the Superwoman lifestyle, you’re probably sacrificing sleep. Adequate shut-eye preserves your beauty, healthy skin and youthful accents. Drop-dead gorgeous starlets Penelope Cruz and Heidi Klum have once claimed to get at least 10 hours of sleep a night, shares Hip & Healthy, proving that sleep is a beauty essential for replenishing the skin and enhancing mental well-being. Commit to a reasonable bed time every night and put away technology. Sleep will brighten your peepers and produce a vibrant aura to look more like a natural beauty than a killer zombie the next day.

 

Abby Terlecki sees herself as one of those creative writer-types who always prefers to tell stories with her keyboard than through her mouth. When Abby’s not writing freelance articles, text messages, to-do lists, or CrossFit scores, she’s practicing her craft as a full-time writer for a marketing agency in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 12 MAKEUP BRUSHES You Need to Look Your Most Gorgeous – Kelly Wisniewski

Lets talk golf.  Yep golf.  

When I was an artist at Saks Fifth Ave I had the pleasure of selling some of the best brushes in the business.  Many of the customers would ask why they needed more than one or two( eye ) brushes and I would explain it like this: You know how all golf clubs look the same but hit the ball differently? Well brushes are the same way.  The brush will pick up and place product differently so that the effect will be lighter or heavier depending on the brushes size , shape and hair. All of these are factors to take into consideration.

When choosing a brush there are key elements to understand:  the longer the hair, the softer the hair, the more sheer the application.  Synthetic hair is best for wet and or creams; short , stiff brushes are best for blending/smoking liners and fluffy soft hairs are best for all over blending.

I have recently (last year) discovered the most wonderful tool in my arsenal , the Beauty Blender. This pink egg shaped wonder makes a foundation application look like the most flawless skin ever!!! Ive used other sponges and believe me when I say, There Is NO other!

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“BEST Mascara” – Cari Baker, Makeup Artist

Cari Baker, Makeup Artist

Cari Baker, Makeup Artist

“BEST Mascara I have EVER used” – Cari Baker, Makeup Artist

Oh the woes of a makeup artist.. Rarely do I get sucked into the vortex of “Its the next big thing, Its Amazing, It’ll change your life blah blah blah..”

But Urban Decay Cosmetics …with your shiny packaging and your promise of the Biggest Baddest Blackest lashes ever, I’ll be danged if you didn’t woo me to the add To Cart button! [Read more...]

How to STOP Breakouts – Over 30 years old

photo (3)How to STOP Breakouts – Over 30 years old

For awhile there I had terrible skin. Breakouts all the time.

  • I was told it was hormones. 
  • I was told I needed expensive skincare products. 
  • I was told to change my pillow case every day. 
  • I was told to clean my cell phone daily.

But it took a lunch with my friend #jjVirgin - and she asked why the hell was I eating dairy….”doesn’t it make you break out?” Uhm, I honestly didn’t know since my skin still looked terrible – even after I did all of the above. 

You see, eating healthy is something I love. So, I used to eat low fat cottage cheese and organic milk every day because it was ‘healthy’.

Almost immediately after STOPPING ALL DAIRY – my skin cleared and stays clear…until I eat dairy again.

Are you over 30 with skin that breaks out? Have you tried eliminating dairy? Eliminate dairy and eat/drink 8-10 servings of veggies EVERY DAY to dramatically change your skin.  See my Beauty Juice Recipe HERE

And yes, the more things you do, the better your skin will be.  So…..

  • Use skin care with active ingredients (like retinal, salicylic acid, etc.) – 30-90 days to see results
  • Get your hormones balanced by a naturopathic physician or endocronologist who specializes in hormones (sometimes it’s something as simple as getting a prescription for birth control) – 30-90 days to see results
  • Eliminate dairy (That means EVERYTHING dairy) – 1-3 weeks to see results
  • Consume 8-10 servings veggies daily (eat them or drink them) – 1-3 weeks to see results

What have you noticed makes a big difference in how your skin looks?

Tips for Savvy Moms

all things mamaTips for Savvy Moms

By now, you’ve probably seen the 7 quick and easy things you can do to help you go from feeling drab to feeling FAB, right?  Well, recently I chatted with All Things Mama star, Nadine Bubeck about a FEW of the 7 things.  Sometimes it’s fun for you to have a visual.  So here you go.   [Read more...]

Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

Beauty Expert Rachelle McCraySpring Clean Your Beauty Routine

Spring is in the air.  That means it’s time to spring clean your closet and your cosmetics….but let’s thing about it as spring cleaning for fun things!  Because I’m going to show you a way to get rid of what isn’t making you look and feel like the BOMBSHELL and Red Haute Mama that you are, AND help you use your newfound space to add FREE pieces of clothing, accessories, and beauty products to your bombshell arsenal.  

 

READY?   [Read more...]