Monthly Archives: February 2014

Find the perfect lip balm

Find the perfect lip balm


   During these winter months, women sport the infamous knee high boots and leggings, paired with the cutest winter coats and scarfs. They wear their hair in curls, and their curls wear bows. Of course, no one would expect anything less from the women of South Florida. After all, fashion is what we do best. But there is still one dilemma every diva faces, and that’s the burden of chapped lips. We bear the winter weather all snuggled and warm only to find that our lip balm has left us chapped and exposed. And what do we do? We reapply that pout killer for the 10th time since we left the house, which was ten minutes ago. Shame on you. Don’t you know that our lips are vulnerable? They have fewer layers of skin than the rest of our body, so they need a little extra TLC (tender, loving care). But how do you tell the Lip Smackers from the CoverGirls? By simply checking what they’re made of.

   Glycerin, mineral oil and aloe are known for holding in moisture. Yu-Be Lip Therapy is a glycerin based product that also contains vitamin E, a vitamin that can help heal and moisturize chapped lips. This balm is perfect for those on a budget and can be purchased at Sephora for $5.

   Another Sephora beauty is Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. This balm plumps lips as it hydrates. It contains SPF 10 and provides the pleasant smell of roses. Sold for $27, it’s the ideal everyday balm. Carmex is a brand that creates a variety of lip balms. Their Ultra Hydrating Moisture Plus Lip Balm contains both aloe and vitamin E. With SPF 15, this balm also offers sun protection for your lips. This can be purchased for $2.48 at Walmart.

   For those who want instantly softer lips, beeswax, lanolin and Shea butter are the key ingredients for your go-to balms. Carmex’s Soothing lip balm contains lanolin and beeswax as well as mineral oil, making it a must-have for women everywhere. It’s one of my personal favorites as it moisturizes and provides a little shine for a gloss finish. It can be found at Target for $3.

   If you’d rather stick to Sephora products, Lavanila is “The Healthy Lip Screen” and contains Shea butter for $16. It includes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for long-lasting moisture. It also has SPF 30 for sun protection.

   If you’d like to add some color to the mix, simply apply the color over your lip balm. If doing this, I suggest not using the Carmex Soothing Lip Balm, given its glossy texture. We may no longer carry Lip Smackers in our pocket, but we can still have those baby smooth lips. After all, the winter months are the best time to cuddle.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Articles


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Slim & Sexy for Spring Break

Slim & Sexy for Spring Break


Spring break is two weeks away, so I think it’s safe to say it’s time to start preparing. Gathering your friends and planning your spring break destination is just the first step. Next, you need to get your wardrobe together, but if you indulged a little too much over the holidays, it may be harder than expected. Here’s how to look hot in the sand without breaking the bank.

It all starts with what you eat. To get a flat stomach, shift your carbohydrates. Slow down on the breads, pastas and rice, but increase the berries and cherries. Berries are high in fiber, which means they’ll minimize the amount of calories you absorb. They’re also known to be rich in antioxidants, which improve blood flow and help muscles contract more efficiently during workouts. Another tummy-friendly food is the grapefruit. This fruit’s acidity helps slow digestion, making you feel fuller longer. However, a diet of all fruits is still not a healthy one. Adding protein to your diet can boost metabolism and help you shed some extra pounds.

If weight is less of an issue than toning Blogilates may be the solution for you. Blogilates is a YouTube channel run by Casey Ho, a Pilates instructor. Pilates focuses on core strengthening and flexibility and requires nothing more than a mat and open space. Squats are a nice way to tone up your butt and thighs. If you’re a beginner simply lean against a wall with your legs shoulder width apart, then pretend to sit in a chair. A hundred squats a day will result in muscle toning just in time to hit the beach. For a less time consuming workout, you may want to try walking more. With the extra calories burned, walking to and from class can help get you in shape.

There are also a variety of workout classes offered by the Recreational Center throughout the week. The classes last for about an hour and are sure to get you in tip-top shape for whatever you have planned this break. Just remember that a balance between your foods and exercise is necessary, so make sure to stay healthy, stay active and be comfortable in your own skin.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Articles


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Styles to Impress this V-day

Valentine’s Day is centered around love and happiness. Commercials for jewelry and chocolate run rampant, and television portrays the oppression men face as they try to find the perfect gift. Yet one noble act goes unnoticed year after year. It’s the behind-the-scenes look of how the woman prepares for the big day. Sure, her gift doesn’t necessarily have to be anything fancy, but the day is practically centered around her. She stresses over how she’ll look when the flowers arrive, or what to wear to the evening meal. I’m here to address and soothe those worries. I won’t give you the secret to that perfect outfit, but I will give you the tools to find it and so much more.

The first step is to figure out what to wear. Many opt for red on the special day, but to stand out for your beau, you need to wear something flattering. Find a color that compliments your skin tone or brings out your eyes. This will give you a glow they can’t resist. Pinks, blues and corals are colors that offer a look of sophistication while still maintaining their sex appeal. Sophisticated has become the new sexy in the past year with the pencil skirt and high-waisted pant. Pencil skirts and bodycon dresses flatter most body types, creating a smaller waist and accentuating your bust and bum. They’re ideal because they’re easy to throw on and take little effort to accessorize. However, if you’re not sure about a style it’s always best to try it on in the store. Bend over, twirl, jump, check out your panty line– whatever worries you have should be handled in the dressing room before making a purchase. The last thing you need on your big day is a fashion faux pas.

Once you have your outfit picked, the next issue is always the shoes. If your style is one that calls more attention to your wardrobe than to your footwear, neutral colors will be the shoe tones for you. Nudes, blacks and whites go well with every color. If you rather your shoe game have a little pop, match your footwear with the outfit or with a color/pattern that will complement the style. Just remember that comfort should always be your priority. If you’ll be on your feet most of the night, you may want to skip the pumps. Instead try a pair of wedges – which offer comfort without forfeiting style. Another option are flats. With a variety of colors and styles, they offer a cute and comfy option for your night of pampering. Finally, you need to decide on a hairstyle. Long, straight hair tends to make the face look longer and the body slimmer, so changing it up a bit will only make them fall even more. Loose, flowing hair is great for mid-length to short skirts and dresses. Curls and waves will allow for an elegant look that will frame your face. These can be achieved with rollers, curling irons and even flat irons. If you’re dress is long however, a pinned up hairstyle would look best. Putting hair up in a bun or braid will get the hair out of your face, allowing your eyes to glance freely into theirs. Having your hair half up will also help if wearing a longer item. If you have short to medium length hair and want to switch it up, adding curls or waves could add some flare to your do. This style will also keep the hair out of your face and look great in pictures.

No matter how you choose to flutter the heart of your significant other, make sure you’re comfortable and confident. Remember, if they didn’t find you attractive they wouldn’t be with you. If something makes you uncomfortable, don’t wear it. You’ll just be distracted during your day. And, most importantly, give yourself enough time to get ready.

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Articles


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Twitter: My Do’s for 2014

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As a journalism major I have some interesting classes, one of which requires me to post certain stories once in while. Today’s post will be about my goals for my Twitter. I’m relatively new at this, so first I’d like to get the hang of how to post, as well as what to post. I’m active on my account– and I feel that what I post is relevant– but you can never be too sure. With that said I plan on posting more focused ideas each week. This means that on certain days my posts will pertain to topics like fitness, motivation, hair or nails– as seen in the screenshot above.  Having assigned topics, as well as the use of *hashtags, will help me stay relevant and eventually increase my followers.  So, if anyone were to search the term #hairtips my post would appear and I could gain a potential follower.

*Hashtags are formerly known as the pound sign, “#.” However on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram they are used as a way of categorizing your posts- making it easier for people to find them and you.

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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Be Professional


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Say Yes to the Nay-Sayers

   At the age of 20, I believe I can do anything. I’m young, I’m strong and most importantly I’m determined. It’s how I get from day to day and month to year. It never occurred to me that something would ever come along and shake me up a bit. Last night, that something did. I went to my first rugby practice and I was beyond scared.

   I’ve never played a sport before- not little league soccer, not ice skating, not even cheerleading- so going into a sport with no padding and no experience was terrifying. Now when I first decided to play I was all smile, but once I actually hit the field I froze. It happens to the best of us. We’re a ball of excitement when we get an idea- whether it’s to ride the rollercoaster or go on a cruise- but once the time comes to act we freeze. Freezing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s what follows that can be a problem.

   In between the numbness and the act you have to make a choice, whether to keep going or turn back. In my case I kept going, not because I wasn’t afraid anymore, because it’s what I had sat out to do. The reason I was so worried was only because my friends were- they thought I was going to get mauled or something. I began thinking about getting ran over by someone much bigger than me, and I wanted to go back to my hair and nails- the safe side of life. We do it all the time, forfeit our ambitions for someone’s doubts. Yet, we lose sight of why we started in the first place. I’m not saying the concerns of others are a bad thing- it’s good to know they care. I’m just saying that once you start living by their rules, you can stop dreaming up ideas. They may not change your mind all the time, but they will change your mind.

    Your job is to go for it. Address their concerns and maybe take them into consideration, but do not let them be the determining factor in your life. I understood where my friends were coming from- I know I’m small, and working out is less about “working out” than buying the cute clothes- but I wanted to hit people. I wanted to get out on the field and catch and throw and kick like the rest of them. I knew I could, so I resolved to show them the sporty me. By the end of the night I hadn’t played much because the coach just wanted me to watch- maybe she thought I’d get mauled too- but I did learn some cool moves, and I got to see what it’s all about. I plan on going back to actually play- I’ve already started buying the gear- but if I wouldn’t have stepped onto the field I may have never been able to play the game.

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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Be Encouraged


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