healthy food alternatives

We know eating healthy can at times be overwhelming. Especially with new super foods being found all the time, healthy and organic price tags and a general confusion over what is healthy. We have outlined 5 health foods, and their even healthier counterparts for you to enjoy!

Expensive creams, facials, injections, and doctors – keeping your skin in tiptop shape isn’t cheap. So it’s no wonder I look for inexpensive ways to take care of my skin. A healthy diet, lots of water, and relaxation all work well. But the number one trick to better skin is keeping my hands off my face. It’s such a simple concept. And sometimes it’s the simplest things we often overlook. Unless I’ve just washed and dried my hands, I try not to touch my face.

I say “try” because it’s impossible to go totally hands free. And there’s an equally simple reason for this. All those germs and bacteria inhabiting cell phones, remote controls, and door handles (just to name a few) have no business being on your face. But it’s not viable to completely eliminate them from day to day life.

After a long night, it’ s tempting not to remove your makeup. And it doesn’t help that makeup removers are pricey. But this habit can lead to an allergic reaction, irritation or infection. Well, I’ve discovered 5 great alternatives to makeup remover that won’t be as costly but have the same benefits.

Well, if being a competitive figure skater for over 15 years has taught me anything, it’s how to choose makeup. I’ll admit I’m one of those girls who tries out every new makeup product on the market (with many facial-faux pas stories to boot). The result of my obsession? My gigantic orange makeup bag chock full of things I  never wear (apparently full-on dark smoky eyes are not exactly the style for Catholic high school who knew?). I am happy to say, however, that I have come up with a system to handle my stuffed-to-the-brim orange bag.

I have come to notice that most women seem to be mystified by the smoky eye. Those who know how to do them most often don’t realize that they re pretty versatile. Once you get the color shading down you can pretty much make a smoky eye out of any color scheme. Here is a natural brown smoky eye tutorial. 

I have a confession to make: this isn’t really my makeup bag. But it’s red and comes closest to picturing the red pencil case I use to store what little makeup I have. Yes, a red pencil case. Though I’m a bit embarrassed by that, I’m going to embarrass myself a little more and reveal to you the contents of my “makeup bag.” According to Fit and Fab, I scored a 3/8 for the essentials to have in your makeup bag. Is it bad to say that I’m actually quite impressed by this?

The idea of putting honey on my face as a mask was actually terrifying to me. I didn’t see how slapping on a sticky condiment could make my skin clearer or more moisturized. It turns out, this substance made for one of the most moisturizing face masks I’ve ever used.

Ladies, out of the many things we should take pride in, one of utmost importance is our beautiful tresses. Whether short or long, straight or curly, thick or thin, there are a few guidelines to follow in order to take care of our hair.

The hair gods have answered my prayers. I’ve found a live-in conditioner that actually works. Unlike other products I’ve used, I can see a difference in my hair when I don’t use this product. It’s the TRESemmé Leave-in Conditioning Spray from their Split Remedy line and it’s amazing.


Ever wished that some day they would discover a way to tan that would actually be good for you? No free radicals, no harmful UV lights, just the sun-kissed glow that we all strive for in these short summer months. Perhaps there is a solution: bronzer.  But not just any bronzer, this VMV Hypoallergenics “Tarte-à-Tan” powder works miracles for your skin. 

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