10 Tips For Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

This is my favorite time of year; with Thanksgiving and Christmas being back to back you don’t have to wait very long to enjoy more turkey, more stuffing, and more pie! If you’re like me the holidays are not complete without have double helpings of everything at the dinner table. However, when you are trying to maintain peak fitness so that you can fit into that LBD on New Year’s Eve, too much food may derail those plans, so I’m giving 10 tips for staying healthy this holiday season.
1. Set holiday goals

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Jot down your health and nutrition goals before the holidays start. Knowing what you are trying to achieve can help give you that extra willpower when you are going for that third piece of pumpkin pie.

2. Cut down your own Christmas tree

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Get an extra holiday workout in by cutting down your own Christmas tree. Walking around finding exactly the right tree is a sure way to burn some calories!
3. Alter recipes

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We all know that most of the delicious foods we consume during the holidays are high in fat and in calories. When cooking this year, reduce the amount of sugar you use in desserts and instead of using white flour, use whole wheat flour.
4. Lighten up on the gravy

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When the gravy is being passed around this year, make the decision to just pass it along. If you can’t resist, only give yourself a small spoonful.
5. Be picky on the desserts

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I am in no way telling you to pass up on the desserts, but be picky and eat only the most special sweets. If you look forward to that special pie your grandma makes every year, indulge…. but just because there are sugar cookies lying out does not mean you have to eat them.
6. Be picky with food in general

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Don’t fill your plate with a little bit of everything if you don’t love a little bit of everything. Only eat those foods that you really love.
7. Slow down while eating

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Be slow and thoughtful when eating. Give your stomach time to catch up with your eyes.
8. Get rid of the guilt.

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Do not allow yourself to feel guilty about indulging a little bit during the holidays. When you guilt yourself over allowing yourself foods you normally don’t eat you only breed more bad behaviors. Just relax and enjoy yourself!
9. Feel free to say no

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Even though your grandma is pushing you to have seconds or go back for more pie, politely say no.
10. Keep moving

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If you were working out before the holidays, you can still workout through them. Keep up the momentum, you’ve got this!

 

Sources:
[1.] Greatist – http://greatist.com/eat/holiday-healthy-eating-tips
[2.] Medical Xpress – http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-12-experts-track-holiday-season.html
[3.] RD – http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/9-stayhealthy-tips-for-the-holidays/

Enjoy your holidays!

By: Victoria Nelson

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5 Holiday Hairstyles For Medium To Long Hair!

It is finally my favorite time of the year again. A time where we get to spend time with our loved ones at family gatherings, be a little more giving and thoughtful towards others, and shop our little hearts out with the amazing holiday sales. Okay, maybe that last part is more pertaining to me. Anyways, around the holidays is usually the time of ‘holiday parties,’ and just a lot of fun get togethers so why not change up your style a little bit? If you are looking for an easy and adorable way to dress up your hair this holiday season then you have come to the right place!

  1. The Messy Ponytail

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This adorable messy ponytail will go perfectly with any outfit you decide to throw together whether it be; a tight dress and heels, a loose fitted sweater, tight jeans, nude heels, you name it! How do you create this look?

  1. You want to start off with having ‘coarse hair,’ what I mean by that is do not wash your hair before creating this look. Also, if your hair does not already have a natural wave/curl to it, you will definitely need to curl your hair prior!
  2. Begin to pull your hair up into in your regular high ponytail shape
  3. Fasten your elastic hairband around your high ponytail as usual and do not worry about any loose hairs that just adds to the effect.
  4. Take a thick strand of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to hide your hairband. At this point you can add any hair product you would like such as hairspray, moose, anything you want to hold it in place!

2. Loose Waves

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This hairstyle is exactly what it says! You can take a thin hair curler and create a beach wave sort-of look while adding hairspray to give it more definition or you can check out my crazy YouTube video below and skip ahead to 7:18 I will show you how to create curly hair without a curling iron!

3. Half Up Half Down

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This has been my favorite hairstyle since I was a kid…an all time classic! How we create this look is EXACTLY how it sounds! You take a good section of your hair and use an elastic hairband, bobbing pins, hair clips, you name it and bring together that section of hair to the top of your head. Now the pieces of your hair that are left down you can either leave straight or curl!

4. Braid Into Ponytail

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I have recently been letting my mom, yes ladies and gentlemen, my mother, braid my hair like I was a toddler again. STORY TIME: I love the Sims 4 and I saw my character had this insanely adorable hairstyle where the top of her ponytail was in a braid and the rest was in a ponytail:

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and I thought…I need to do that…now! So, the next day, mom got creative and I have been doing that hairstyle at least once a week!

How do you create this look?

  1. Do a simply braid at the top of your head, taking as much hair as you would for a half up, half down look.
  2. Take an elastic hairband and tie off your braid just as it is about to reach the back of your head.
  3. Collect the remainder of your hair and put it in a high or low ponytail, whichever you prefer!
  4. Seal it with an elastic hair band and there you have it!

5. Messy Low Bun

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Aside from the fact that this hair-do can be used as an everyday look, it can just as well be used for a festive holiday look! The messy bun is a classic if done correctly!

  1. For this look, like the messy ponytail, I would have ‘day old hair,’ and apply a little bit of moose or hairspray to it.
  2. THIS PART IS OPTIONAL: Curl your hair if it is not already naturally curly/wave-y
  3. Place your hair into a medium-low ponytail and secure with an elastic hairband
  4. Tease you ponytail with a fine toothed comb until you are completely satisfied.
  5. Wrap the loose hair from your ponytail around the base of your ponytail, this does not have to be perfect, remember it’s messy!
  6. Secure the bun with another elastic hairband and pull out tiny piece of your hair from the bun as well as any hairs around the framing of your face.

So there you have it, 5 Holiday Hairstyles for Medium to Long hair! Which hairstyle was your favorite? Do you think you will try any of these hairstyles this holiday season? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts! Also don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel: The Young Shopaholic! I hope all of your holidays are happy!

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By: Amanda Badillo

 

 

8 Makeup Brands That Almost Everyone Has Used In Their Lifetime!

It can be really overwhelming when you start getting into makeup to realize just how many makeup brands are currently out there. It is hard to know what is and what isn’t worth spending your money on. You can either try to learn for yourself what makeup brands are ‘trustworthy,’ or you can follow this quick handy list that will tell you a little bit about 8 very well known makeup brands that almost everyone has used in their lifetime!

               MAC Cosmetics

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            This is probably the most commonly used and talked about makeup brand. Women have been using MAC Cosmetics for years and many have used the products since they were in their teens. The brand was actually founded in 1984 by a beauty salon owner named Frank Angelo and a photographer named Frank Toscan. They started out creating makeup in their kitchen and quickly expanded into much more! Nowadays, beauty bloggers and makeup gurus on YouTube rave about their products. Some of the brand’s most popular products are the Paint Pots, Fix Plus, the foundations and concealers, and the lipsticks!

 

Nars Cosmetics

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            Another cult favorite is Nars cosmetics. The high quality is what sets this brand at such a high standard with consumers. That being said, they do charge a pretty penny for their products so if you are someone who doesn’t like spending a lot on makeup you probably won’t like this brand. However, for the people who don’t mind spending a little more this is a great option. A couple products that are very popular are the Audacious lipstick line, the Radiant Creamy concealers, the bronzer in Laguna, and the blush in Orgasm which is probably the most well-known of them all!

 

Urban Decay

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            This edgy, alternative makeup brand has been taking over the scene for the last twenty years with their bold colors and shocking pigmentation. Raved about by beauty bloggers and gurus, nearly every release from this brand is a huge hit with makeup junkies everywhere. This is a luxury brand which means that it does cost more than a brand from the drugstore. Some of the most popular of Urban Decay’s products are the Naked palettes, the Primer Potion, the All-Nighter setting spray, and the Naked Skin foundation and concealer.

 

L’Oreal

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            This is one of the more affordable options on the list so far. This is one of the most popular brands from the drugstore and the quality of the makeup is very good for the price. This brand may also be easier to find depending where you live because it is sold at many drugstores. Along with cosmetics, they also have skincare lines and those are also very popular. The True Match foundation, the Infallible Pro-Matte and Pro-Glow foundations, the Lumi Foundations, the Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black, and the Infallible eyeshadows are among the most popular products for the brand.

 

Benefit

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            The adorable packaging catches your eye and the quality of the products keeps you coming back for more. Benefit popped into the scene in 1976 and has remained very popular over the years. The quality of their products is unwavering and the customer always seems to be satisfied. There is a lot of hype surrounding Benefit and it is well-deserved attention. Their most popular products include the Hula bronzer, They’re Real mascara, the Porefessional primer, and their Benetints. This is just to name a few seeing as their products are well-loved all around!

 

Maybelline

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            Another drugstore brand that gets a lot of love from makeup lovers everywhere. Their concealer, the Fit-Me concealer, has even been compared to the Nars Radiant concealer by beauty gurus. The brand’s slogan “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline.” is a very well-known and often quoted jingle. Their quality is very good for the price and they continue to come out with amazing new releases very frequently. Some of the most raved about products are the Line Stiletto mascara, Baby Lips lip balm, and the Fit-Me foundation, concealer, and powder.

 

Clinique

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            This brand is more-so known for their amazing skincare rather than cosmetic products and that sometimes overshadows their awesome makeup. They always have incredible quality and a lot of women swear by this brand for all their cosmetic needs. It is one of the pricier brands but the popular opinion is that it is worth the extra pennies. Some really popular products from Clinique include the Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, the Chubby Sticks, the Almost Lipsticks, and the Lash Doubling mascara.

 

Too Faced

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            Making a splash with the Chocolate Bar palette, this brand has taken over beauty blogs and YouTube videos everywhere. It is a very well-known brand characterized by their yummy-scented makeup products. The marketing done by this brand is brilliant including bronzers and eyeshadow palettes that smell like chocolate or peaches and mascaras with sex in their names. Some of the products that have people in a craze include the famous Chocolate Bar and Sweet Peach palette, the Chocolate Soleil bronzer and the Better Than Sex mascara,

These are just a few of the incredible makeup brands out on the ever-expanding market of cosmetics. This list should get you started in the world of makeup and from there you can explore and discover what you like and what works for you! Makeup is completely dependent on each individual’s personal needs and wants so it’s up to you to find out what yours are! Have you ever used any of the cosmetics listed? Do you want to? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts!

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By: Virginia Aos

 

2016 Fashion Trends

2016 is coming to an end. Can you believe we are just a month and a half away from 2017?  This year’s fashion was pretty awesome if we had to say so ourselves. While we are eager to know about the fashion trend predictions of the upcoming year, let’s go back and take a look at the top fashion picks of this year which are still currently trending. Keep reading to see what our favorite trends were from 2016.

The Shirt Dress

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This is a perfect outfit for the summer and spring season. The shirt dress is basically a long t-shirt that goes up to the middle of the thighs or of knee length. If you love outfits that hug and flaunt those curves, then you can never go wrong with the shirt dress. Pair that baby with a pair classic sneakers or thigh high boots and make a statement.

The Choker

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The choker has been on the top of the list when it comes to accessorizing any outfit for this year. Trendy and chic, the choker looks elegant with so many versatile outfits, it’s hard to make it look like a fashion blunder. It looks good with an all black ensemble, a classy dress or the casual t-shirt and jeans. The choker comes in various colors, some with laces on it, a few which have a small pendant hanging from it. This is a piece of accessory which we all need in our wardrobes.

The Camel-Coat

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This shade of ochre, basically the color of the skin of the camel is now the new black. The camel-coat is the only layer you’ll need to rock any outfit this fall and here are a few reasons why:

  1. This shade is perfect for the fall
  2. It goes great with any kind of outfit of any color
  3. It is comfy and stylish.

That’s all the convincing you should need to buy the fabulous camel coat on your next shopping spree.

The Classic Boy-Friend Jeans

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This piece of clothing can never get old. A basic but a classic. The best way to pair it this season is to wear it with a chambray shirt which is the new fad. We are not talking about an extremely distressed and ripped pair of jeans but a faded one with a slight rip at the knees is what we are really loving right now. As for layers and shoes, a crisp blazer and for shoes, we give you two options; converse/vans sneakers or nude pumps.

Our Love For Sneakers This Season

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This year is all about sporty sneakers rather than the classic high heel. We do love the occasional dose of bold platforms, block heels, or even loafer slides but can we just take a moment to talk about how the sneaker has taken the fashionable footwear world by a storm? The most recent one and the most fabulous one is the Converse Nude Collection, Fall-Winter 2016. That collection is SO worth obsessing over! Also, just another side note for my sneaker lovers, the Adidas Superstar sneakers are definitely something to look at!

There you have it, the top 5 current fashion trends for 2016. Have you been rocking any of the trends listed? Leave us a comment below on your favorite Fashion accessory! Let’s see what 2017 has in store for us in the Fashion world!

By: Raksha Athreya

Edited: Amanda Badillo

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10 Different Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Everyday there is someone somewhere telling you to try something because it has “wonderful health benefits”. In today’s world where everyone is trying to make a quick buck, it’s hard to know what really works and what doesn’t. However, I am here to tell you that coconut oil has some really great health benefits and it can be used for so many things! Here are the best 10 uses for coconut oil!

Nourish Your Hair:

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Between all the blowing drying and curling we need something that nourishes our hair. Coconut oil has a unique fat composition that really does wonders. You can use it in a hair mask or in a hot oil treatment. You can also add coconut oil to homemade hair products as well.

Natural Bug Spray:

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Store bought bug spray always makes your skin feel gross. However, you can make an all-natural bug spray by combining half a cup of coconut oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Mix these two ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake it up well, and keep those bugs at bay!

Moisturize Your Skin: 

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Coconut oil is great natural moisturizer. The same properties that make it great for you hair also make it great for your skin! Coconut oil contains natural antioxidants that help prevent wrinkles and calm irritated skin.

Earwax Remover:

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Warm coconut oil in the microwave till it is warm. Make sure it isn’t hot! Put the warmed coconut oil into a dropper (only about half a teaspoon), tilt your head to the right and drip oil into your ear. Let it sit for about 10 minutes then rinse you ear out with warm water. Repeat with other ear.

Hormone Support:

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With all the different preservatives and fats placed in food, there’s no wonder our hormones become imbalanced. However, coconut oil contains specific medium-chain fatty acids that support our body’s natural hormone production.

Soothes Sunburns:

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Apply coconut oil to sunburns as needed. I have tried this before, and I am here to say this works!

Foot Moisturizer:

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Apply coconut oil to your feet, then put on a pair of socks and sleep in them overnight. In the morning, you should have soft, smooth feet.

Natural Deodorant:

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Did you know that most store bought deodorants contain aluminum which is linked to many health issues including breast cancer? Get rid of those nasty deodorants and use coconut oil instead! Just apply it to your under arms and you are ready for the day!

Natural Makeup Remover:

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Apply coconut oil to a cotton ball and remove your makeup. Not only are you removing your makeup, you are also nourishing your skin!

Lip Balm:

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For beautiful, soft lips apply coconut oil like you would lip balm.

So there you have it, the top ten ways to use coconut oil in your everyday life! Which new way will you try? Do you already live by the coconut lifestyle? Leave us a comment below and tell us which coconut oil tip was your favorite!

By: Victoria Nelson

Resources:

[1.] Wellness Mama
[2.] Doctor Oz

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