Sep 1, 2015
Upward Facing Dog
Aug 27, 2015
- Titanium Dioxide
- Zinc Oxide
- Serecite Mica, Rice Powder, and/or Silk Powder
- Kaolin Clay (optional)
- Iron Oxide: Yellow, Red, Brown, and Black
- a few drops of essential oil (optional)
- Blender (could be anything from a small grinder, a cusinart, or mortar and pestle)
- Mixing Bowls (go for smooth ceramic, plastic, or glass)
- Tiny Spoons (like these) of various sizes
- a Teaspoon
- Jars, Pots, and Baggies (to store your makeup and give to others)
- Facemask (or, be extremely careful not to inhale particles, as they can cause irritation or become embedded in the lungs. For the same reason, use “micronized” minerals and not “nano-sized” particles to avoid health risks.)
- Gloves and/or Apron (to avoid getting pigment on your hands and clothes)
- A foundation that matches you, or Mirror
- A notebook
- To make a bronzer or blush: use a very similar process, with a grinder, spoons, and mixing bowl – starting with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Then, for blush, lean more heavily on the red iron oxide. For bronzer, moreso on the yellow and brown oxide. In addition, for glowy goodness, add some mica of your choice (there’s a variety here.) Note: some individuals are mica-sensitive or allergic, so you might want to try a small swatch on your skin before using products that are mica-heavy.
- To make a super easy DIY tinted moisturizer, just combine your favorite moisturizer with your mineral powder and mix it into a new jar.
- To make a primer, serecite mica works by itself.
- To make a tinted mineral veil, add a pinch of your mineral foundation to just rice/silk powder or serecite mica.
- To make concealer, add more zinc oxide for coverage to your mineral foundation.
Aug 26, 2015
Alima Pure Highlighter, $20[caption id="attachment_141922" align="alignnone" width="700"] Alima Pure[/caption] This finely textured mineral powder provides a subtle glow that catches the light just right. //Alima Pure
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector, $38[caption id="attachment_141923" align="alignnone" width="700"] Becca[/caption] Champagne Pop is the result of a collaboration between YouTube makeup artist Jaclyn Hill and beauty brand Becca. The shade was designed to match every skin tone, and when it was released earlier this summer, stores sold out of it so fast that fans launched a special hashtag to help each other track the product down across the country. Try it for yourself! //Becca
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, $68[caption id="attachment_141924" align="alignnone" width="700"] Charlotte Tilbury[/caption] This epic two-piece set allows you to sculpt stunning cheekbones while creating a natural glow, and doesn't have the same intimidation factor of more heavy-duty contour palettes. //Charlotte Tilbury READ MORE: Shedding A Light On Highlighters
Benefit High Beam & Sun Beam, $26 each[caption id="attachment_141947" align="alignnone" width="700"] Benefit[/caption] These lightweight liquid formulas (choose which shade is for you based on your skin tone) give your face a dewy look, and for what it's worth, they also look just as pretty straight out of the bottle as they do on your face. //Benefit
Youngblood Lunar Dust, $33[caption id="attachment_141927" align="alignnone" width="700"] Youngblood[/caption] As if the cool name itself weren't reason enough to give this mineral powder a try, its magic light-reflecting powers can be used for highlighting or even as a low-key bronzer. //Youngblood MAC[/caption] A moisturizer with an oh-so-subtle shimmer component. //MAC Cosmetics
Million Dollar Tan All That Shimmers, $32[caption id="attachment_141929" align="alignnone" width="700"] Million Dollar Tan[/caption] This lightweight body oil adds a little bronze and sparkle for those of us who are missing the beach. //Million Dollar Tan
Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator, $30[caption id="attachment_141930" align="alignnone" width="700"] Nars[/caption] This bright, shimmery cream reflects light and adds instant definition to your cheekbones and face. It definitely gives an instant glow! //Nars
Boots No7 Shimmer Palette, $14.99[caption id="attachment_141933" align="alignnone" width="700"] Boots No7[/caption] If you're a fan of shimmer, this palette is for you! Dust onto your cheeks for a summer sheen, or use as a sun-kissed eyeshadow if shimmery cheeks aren't your thing. //No7
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, $24[caption id="attachment_141950" align="alignnone" width="700"] theBalm[/caption] This three-in-one highlighter, shadow and shimmer is a favorite among illuminizer devotees, and for good reason! It both conceals flaws and catches the light just right. //theBalm READ MORE: The Makeup Trick You're Doing Wrong Every Day
Aug 26, 2015
BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette[caption id="attachment_141919" align="aligncenter" width="700"] BECCA[/caption] These natural shades would make up some of the most useful in your arsenal on their own, but wear them together for an on-trend ombre that's subtle enough for work. onus: Use the lighter shades to highlight your eyes, cheeks and nose, and the darker shades do double-duty to fill in your brows. // BECCA, $40
Topshop Lip Ombre[caption id="attachment_141902" align="alignnone" width="500"] Topshop[/caption] We've been rocking these easy ombre lips all season – a highly-pigmented look that takes all the guesswork out of shade-matching. These Topshop palettes come in four ready-set-lip colors that work together or separately. // Topshop, $9
Bésame Cosmetics Masterliner Pencil[caption id="attachment_141918" align="alignnone" width="500"] Besame[/caption] A true ombre lip doesn't stop at your lip shade. Line your lips with a darker, complementary tone to add fullness and create the light-to-dark illusion. We bet these neutral red and berry tones from Bésame will compliment your favorite Friday night red. // Bésame, $22
Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris[caption id="attachment_141916" align="alignnone" width="700"] Lancome[/caption] For the beauty lover who craves a few more options, the ombre choices abound in Lancôme's latest eyeshadow palette. Remember to stick within the same color family and choose at least two tones, but the golden rule of experimental beauty is "there are no rules". // Lancôme, $68
Colour Prevails Lash Ombre[caption id="attachment_141901" align="alignnone" width="500"] Color Prevails[/caption] Colored mascara is the simplest way to make a bold color statement, especially if you're new to the "hey look at me" genre of beauty. Nonie Creme recommends coating your eyelashes with the colored shade (pictured here in plum) then adding black to your lash tips for a subtle ombre. // Colour Prevails, $8
Chanel Les 4 Ombres[caption id="attachment_141912" align="alignnone" width="500"] Chanel[/caption] This multi-effect eyeshadow quad comes in thirteen shades, all with carefully selected colors so you can build your own ombre effect in everything from gunmetal grey and rosy pinks to our favorite icy shades pictured above. // Chanel, $61 READ MORE: 16 Cult-Classic Beauty Products That Still Reign Supreme
Aug 21, 2015
Clarisonic Alpha Fit[caption id="attachment_141829" align="alignnone" width="500"] Clarisonic[/caption] Men have tougher skin than women, so they need a deeper clean to keep skin clear and acne-free. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit clears away sweat, dirt and oil, leaving skin smooth and soft. For clean-shaven men, the Clarisonic preps the skin for a closer shave, while men with beards can rest assured knowing that their scruff got a thorough cleansing. It's definitely a must-have for all men, especially since it's easily portable and perfect for traveling or going to the gym. --Julie // Clarisonic, $189
Aveda Men Pure-Formance Grooming Clay[caption id="attachment_141830" align="alignnone" width="500"] Aveda[/caption] I am obsessed with this stuff, because it provides a little extra oomph to a dude's hair without getting too weighed down. The best part is that it smells amazing! I've always been an Aveda fan when it comes to my own hair, so it's a no-brainer that I'd suggest the brand for men as well. It also works great for ladies with pixie cuts or shorter locks! --Claire // Aveda, $24
Davidoff Cool Water Eau de Toilette for Men[caption id="attachment_141832" align="alignnone" width="500"] Davidoff[/caption] I love the smell of a man, especially when it's all over my body...aka when I douse my body in an amazing masculine scent! I'm obsessed with Davidoff's Cool Water because it's a perfect balance of the cool, relaxed freshness of lavender and jasmine and the warm, seductive muskiness of cedar and amber. Seriously, guys. Wearing this will leave the ladies swooning – it's basically an aroma that says, "Girl, I am a strong man who can bench press a Mack truck, but I have the tenderness of Casanova." --Rebekka // Davidoff, $76
Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury Badger Brush[caption id="attachment_141839" align="alignnone" width="500"] Van Der Hagen[/caption] Lord Byron once called shaving "A daily plague" and I felt the same way until I started caring about my shave brush. My course, unruly beard grows in whatever direction it pleases, and drugstore brands and their synthetic fibers just don't measure up. All you need is your razor, a favorite soap, and a warm-water faucet, and suddenly your daily plague has been cured. --Sam // Van der Hagen, $16.99
Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Wax Pomade[caption id="attachment_141837" align="alignnone" width="500"] Ken Paves[/caption] If your man makes fun of your $70 eye cream, it's time to introduce him to the wonder of Ken Paves – a celeb-endorsed, salon-quality line made exclusively for Walmart. Are You Beautiful is vegan, sulfate- and paraben-free. Ken styles David Beckham's hair, so this pomade is certainly good enough for your boo. -- Leah // Ken Paves, $16.98 READ MORE: 5 Beauty Editors Share Their Surprising Morning Beauty Routines
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $16[caption id="attachment_141863" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.[/caption] Not only is this MAC lipstick known to be most universally flattering red lip color on the market, Ruby Woo even has a blue undertone to make your pearly whites seem much brighter than they actually are. //MAC Cosmetics READ MORE: The Best New Red Lipstick For Your Skintone
Clarisonic Smart Profile, $265[caption id="attachment_141864" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of Clarisonic.[/caption] You'll never get a deeper pore cleaning than the one that Clarisonic provides. The soft bristles oscillate according to information collected by the Smart Microchip to control speed, frequency and cleansing time for specific areas of the face, giving you the clearest skin you've ever had. In a clinical study, it was shown to remove makeup 11x better than hands alone, and removed 30x more skin-damaging pollution than manual cleansing. If you're looking for the ultimate deep clean, this is the way to get it! //Clarisonic READ MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Your Clarisonic in Tip Top Shape
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $26[caption id="attachment_141865" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of Clinique.[/caption] With a boost in hydration levels and an improvement in the skin's barrier strength, its no wonder this is the #1 selling moisturizer in America. The iconic yellow moisturizer uses a formula with ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid to improve hydration and smooth the skin's texture. An added benefit? The silky texture and quick absorption rate make it a favorite among all ages. //Clinique
NARS Blush in Orgasm, $30[caption id="attachment_141866" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of NARS.[/caption] For a touch of natural color, NARS has given us beauty junkies the blush of a lifetime. Although this shade might sound a tad dramatic, don't fear. It's complementary among all skin tones and uses transparent pigments for a soft, sheer finish. Wear it alone or layer it for more depth, either way, it's sure to give any look a quick boost. //NARS
Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6[caption id="attachment_141867" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of Smith's.[/caption] If you easily recognized this small, portable tin, you're not alone. We've all grown up using the multi-purpose balm at some point or another to soothe dry, irritated lips and skin, heal minor burns and treat diaper rash. Talk about a versatile product! //Rosebud Perfume Co.
Chanel No. 5, $100
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $6
Goody Ouchless No Metal Elastics, $2[caption id="attachment_141870" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of Goody.[/caption] With no metal in their updated elastics, Goody provides one of the best hair-ties in the industry! The smart stretch core keeps its original level of firmness over time, allowing for an elastic that won't fall out during a particularly hard workout. It's definitely one you can't leave your drugstore without purchasing. //Goody
Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $8 for 3.5 oz. Jar[caption id="attachment_141871" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image courtesy of Aquaphor.[/caption] For dry or easily irritated skin, this healing ointment is a must-have at all times. The dermatologist-recommended product not only relieves chapped skin, it protects and speeds up the healing process for minor cuts, scrapes and burns. For a brand that just celebrated its 90th birthday, it's clear their products are doing everything right! //Aquaphor
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $23
Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $8.50
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $41
Mason Pearson Brush Nylon & Boar Bristle Brush, $150
Diorshow Mascara, $28
L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, $14
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $14
May 20, 2015
Aug 21, 2015
Orly Color Amp'd[caption id="attachment_65131" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Orly[/caption] Sold exclusively at Target, Orly's flexible color, smudge-correcting polishes work with the special sealcoat to lock in a manicure for a full week. The polish is also super-quick to dry, taking less than 8 minutes for it to be fully set, making this an awesome choice for a last-minute, paint-and-run mani. // Orly Color Amp'd Flexible Color, $10 each
Caption Polish[caption id="attachment_65124" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Caption[/caption] Caption's proprietary LacQ3 technology works as a three-step system to create the shiny, durable effects of a gel polish without a curing light or tough removal. The basecoat doubles as a smoothing primer, and the highly protective, glossy topcoat makes it so your polish truly lasts. It also has nail-hardening ingredients, and is free of DBP, tolouene and formaldehyde. // Caption Polish, $12 each
Essie Gel-Setter Topcoat[caption id="attachment_65129" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Essie[/caption] Want to turn your favorite shade into a long-lasting gel alternative? Essie's new topcoat was made to do just that. It works with any polish — just simply apply as you would a normal topcoat. The result is a thicker, shinier finish, that wears hard like a gel. // Essie Gel-Setter Topcoat, $10
OPI Infinite Shine[caption id="attachment_65125" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of OPI[/caption] OPI's three-step system is formulated to last for up to 10 days. The gel polymer topcoat actually cures in natural light, getting harder and firmer as the day goes on. When you're ready to remove, use regular nail polish remover — no soaking required. // OPI Infinite Shine, $12.50 each
SpaRitual Gold[caption id="attachment_65126" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of SpaRitual[/caption] The brand describes this nail system as "flexible," and can double the length of your manicure. It also dries 60% faster than traditional polish, and has self-repairing smudge technology. Talk about a polish innovation we desperately needed! To make it last even longer, you can reapply the topcoat after three days. // SpaRitual Gold, $18 each
CND Vinylux[caption id="attachment_65127" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of CND[/caption] CND Vinylux promises a mani that takes less than 10 minutes to dry. The topcoat has special ProLight technology, which helps the polish cure and become even more durable over time, as it's exposed to natural light. The self-adhering color makes a base coat unnecessary, cutting down application time and utilizing the special bonds in the formula for a long-lasting shine. Check out YouBeauty editor Jessica Wakeman's in-depth review of this product. //CND Vinylux, $10.50 each
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel[caption id="attachment_65128" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Sally Hansen[/caption] This part lacquer, part gel mani system lasts for up to 14 days, hardening further as it's exposed to natural light. Patented "tube technology" allows nail care ingredients to release into the lacquer, keeping the film glossy and durable. // Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, $10 each
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy[caption id="attachment_65130" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Revlon[/caption] A base coat and color in one makes the application process a breeze. Four different polymers work to adhere this polish to the nail, giving you a long-lasting, bright color. The topcoat's protective coating makes it so your mani stay put — and can even be used with other nail lacquers outside of the system, making it a versatile topcoat to have in your arsenal. // Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy, $8 each (or $12 for a set of color + topcoat) READ MORE: A Nail Cream for Gel Manicure Addicts
Aug 30, 2015
Miley Cyrus[caption id="attachment_142163" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Miley Cyrus channels a VMA Moon Man with her arrival look – just, you know, more naked.
Britney Spears[caption id="attachment_142166" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] She's here, she's really here! The Queen of Pop and her belly button make a rare public appearance.
Taylor Swift[caption id="attachment_142159" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] A crop top two-piece, metallic number in houndstooth. Taylor, you've come so far, and we're so proud.
Kim Kardashian[caption id="attachment_142171" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] A very pregnant Kim Kardashian knows how to turn it up for a glam night out.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West[caption id="attachment_142172" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Kanye West, on the other hand, is wearing an inside-out sweatshirt. (Or more likely, a haute couture hoodie.)
Kourtney Kardashian[caption id="attachment_142173" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Kourt adds a whole lot of color to a '70s vibe.
Kylie Jenner[caption id="attachment_142174" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Kylie debuts a new bang with a head-to-toe nude look.
The Swift Squad[caption id="attachment_142164" align="alignnone" width="700"] Splash News[/caption] Taylor Swift arrived with her "Bad Blood" squad, including Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, Serayah, Lily Aldridge, and Mariska Hargita. The best part? That's not even the entire star-studded cast of her VMA nominated video.
Nicki MInaj[caption id="attachment_142169" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Let's just cut the show and give all the awards straight to Nicki in this dress.
Chrissy Teigen[caption id="attachment_142167" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Another night, another gorgeous gown with a high leg slit with Chrissy Teigen.
Ciara[caption id="attachment_142168" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Here's your annual reminder that Ciara is the most beautiful woman on the planet.
Selena Gomez[caption id="attachment_142158" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Selena keeps it simple and classic in basic black.
Demi Lovato[caption id="attachment_142156" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Demi Lovato and those brows.
Cara Delevingne[caption id="attachment_142175" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] A casual-cool look for the supermodel and reigning #GirlSquad member.
Rebel Wilson[caption id="attachment_142176" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] You heard it here first – colorblocking your hair and your dress is very 2016.
Rita Ora[caption id="attachment_142177" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Only Rita Ora could make the "black swan" look work on a 90-degree red carpet.
Gigi Hadid[caption id="attachment_142179" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Brigitte Bardot? Gigi looks like she stepped off the runway and onto the red carpet with her slicked back hair and leg-baring slit.
Vanessa Hudgens[caption id="attachment_142162" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] A Bohemian Princess!
Kelly Osbourne[caption id="attachment_142165" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] The Style Guru kept it simple.
Justin Bieber[caption id="attachment_142170" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Pop's little bro clowns around in casualwear on the red carpet.
Bella Thorne[caption id="attachment_142183" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] Bella channels Tinkerbell in a look by the one and only Brad Goreski, with a topknot that only looked casual. Hairstylist Aviva Perea divulges that she had "about 40 pins in her hair."
Blac Chyna & Amber Rose[caption id="attachment_142157" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] The perfect Awards show statement?
Tori Kelly[caption id="attachment_142178" align="alignnone" width="400"] Splash News[/caption] The VMA performer gets sassy in a lace-front romper. READ MORE: Heavy-Hitting Past VMA Looks from the MTV Vault
Sep 1, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
Alexa Chung, "Alexa Chung x AG"[caption id="attachment_141967" align="alignnone" width="700"] AG[/caption] Alexa Chung's latest collection with AG is all about gorgeous denim and the almighty button-up skirt. Who knew how badly we needed denim rompers in our lives? The Laura Vest, $198; The Loretta Hardy Romper, $345; The Gove Suede Super Black Skirt, $748
Reese Witherspoon, "Draper James"[caption id="attachment_141968" align="alignnone" width="700"] Draper James[/caption] It's always the dream to be able to buy the exact duplicate of a paparazzi outfit you love instead of attempting to haphazardly recreate it from whatever you've got in your closet, am I right? Just me? Either way, Reese Witherspoon launched Draper James, which she named after her grandparents, to bring some bright Southern prep to the world, and she's become her own best advertisement by wearing pieces from the line on the regular. Vanderbilt Tote, $165; Pierre Renoir Boat Hat, $120; Collection Matelasse Pearl Tank, $95
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, "Elizabeth and James"[caption id="attachment_141969" align="alignnone" width="700"] Elizabeth and James[/caption] When the Olsen twins created Elizabeth and James, they told Women's Wear Daily that the line was meant "to be based on a relationship between a young girl and a boy and tell the story through clothing...It’s a clash between masculinity and femininity." Bonus points for Elizabeth and James' irresistible fragrances, which I'm totally addicted to. Gali Grommet Dress, $395; Jaxson Fringe Leather Skirt, $695; Lunai Dress, $395
Ellen DeGeneres, "ED by Ellen"[caption id="attachment_141970" align="alignnone" width="700"] ED[/caption] Ellen's amazing GapKids collaboration is getting her lots of attention, but she's also creating clothes for grown-ups these days via her ED by Ellen lifestyle brand. Like her kids' line, the collection moves in a more gender-neutral direction and ensures everyone who wears the brand feels like their true selves in the clothes. Classic Cotton Blazer, $175; Tonal Blue Gingham Check Shirt, $145; Windowpane Merino Pant, $175 READ MORE: Snooki Talks Breastfeeding, Poopourri and Life After "Jersey Shore"
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, "Lovanna"[caption id="attachment_141978" align="alignnone" width="700"] Lovanna[/caption] Nicole's clothing line at The Snooki Shop keeps expanding. Her brand's many divisions like Snooki Love, Curve, SLNP, will soon be complemented by her latest addition, Lovanna. Polizzi told YouBeauty that the collection is named after her kids, Giovanna and Lorenzo, and that "it’s more like elegantwear, contemporary chic, just a little bit more dressy." The collection will be be available online in December. Tube Top Striped Dress, $58; Black Stretch Dress, $28; Stripe Twofer Dress, $89
Melissa McCarthy, "Seven7"[caption id="attachment_141971" align="alignnone" width="700"] Seven7[/caption] Melissa McCarthy's hotly anticipated clothing line is available for the first time September 1. The price range will be from $54 to $169, and the brand's mission is to "give women a whole new closet. To make all women love to shop again. To help women lose 'the uniform' and discover their own personal style. To make women feel great about themselves!" Can't go wrong with that!
Carrie Underwood, "CALIA"[caption id="attachment_141972" align="alignnone" width="700"] CALIA[/caption] Carrie is the owner of some of the most stunning stems in the music industry, so it's only right that she has her own activewear line. She collaborated with Dick's Sporting Goods to bring her fans a collection of fun, cheerful gear and accessories that can be worn both in and out of the gym. Double Strap Tank Top, $35; Fruit Infusion Water Bottle, $30; Women's Printed Leggings, $70
Jessica Simpson, "Jessica Simpson"[caption id="attachment_141975" align="alignnone" width="700"] Jessica Simpson[/caption] Jessica's line is a modern mainstay of department stores, and it's easy to see why. Her vibrant, flirty creations (especially those shoes) are hard not to love. Sabella Slingback Platform Pumps, $80; Annetta Pyramid Satchel, $54.97; Kaitlee Lace A-Line Dress, $79; Floral-Print A-Line Dress, $46.99
Rebel Wilson, "Rebel for Torrid"[caption id="attachment_141976" align="alignnone" width="700"] Rebel for Torrid[/caption] Rebel Wilson's limited edition collaboration with Torrid doesn't hit shelves until November, but so far, we know that it will include about 25 pieces and the price range will be $28.50-$125. Even better, a spring collection will follow! We can't wait! READ MORE: Rebel Wilson Is Launching a Plus Size Clothing Line
Kate Hudson, "Fabletics"[caption id="attachment_141977" align="alignnone" width="700"] Fabletics[/caption] Kate Hudson's activewear line offers a subscription program that provides members with new outfit options at the beginning of each month and heavy discounts. If you're not into commitment, fret not -- nonmembers can still order Fabletics' adorable styles to their hearts' content! Duffel Bag, $74.95; Yoga Mat, $49.95; Daim Tank, $39.95 READ MORE: Reese Witherspoon Is Still Taking Style Tips From Elle Woods
Aug 14, 2015
Aug 5, 2015
Week 1-6: Rest and RecoverIn these first six weeks after your pregnancy, the key to getting in shape is rest. Give your body time to heal and recover. Nicks recommends taking light walks in nature with your baby and doing low impact exercises, like kegels, to engage and strengthen your pelvic floor. "It's completely normal to experience some incontinence postpartum, even if you've had a cesarean," Rachel explains, "Your baby has been sitting on your pelvic floor for almost a year before passing through, so it's important to really focusing your attention on strengthening your pelvic floor."
Kegels in Kneeling/VirasanaInhale, release and relax your pelvic and abdominal muscles. Exhale, draw pelvic muscle up and transverse abdominis muscle (aka corset muscle, which runs horizontally across the abdomen) in toward belly button. Exercise can be done with or without the block, as well as in Child's Pose as seen above. Hold for a count of five and repeat 10 times. Gradually increase holding time by increments of five as strength grows. READ MORE: A Girl’s Guide To Kegel Exercises
After 6 Weeks: Chest OpenersAt this point the red sea has finally parted and you can begin easing back into a consistent fitness routine. But keep in mind that although the bleeding has subsided, your body is not fully recovered yet. As you gain more strength, Rachel recommends sticking to low impact workouts, such as barre or yoga. Rachel also emphasizes the importance of stretching. "You're constantly hunched over your baby, feeding, changing diapers, and admiring their perfection." She says, "As a result, your shoulders get really tight, causing tension and pain in your back."
Cat/Cow PositionGet on all fours, tuck chin down, arch back, pull stomach towards the back of spine, engaging pelvic muscles. Inhale, allowing breath to spread shoulder blades apart and open up back. Slowly flow into cow. As you come into cow position, continue to engage pelvic and abdominal muscles. Roll shoulders back and down, opening up the chest and creating a nice stretch in back.
Arm ExtensionsSit cross-legged and clasp hands behind back, arms extended, thumbs pointing toward the floor. Pull shoulder blades towards each other, lengthen spine, and open your chest. Engage abdominal and pelvic muscles. READ MORE: Kundalini Yoga Poses 101
Seated Reverse PrayerAs flexibility increases, work into reverse prayer. Press palms together behind back, roll shoulders back and down, opening the chest, and pushing elbows towards each other. Arms stay active. Engage core and pelvic floor.
Gomukasana (Cow Arms)Engage pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, bring one arm up, bend it back behind head, reach opposite arm behind back and up, hands interlock between shoulder blades. Keep spine long, eyes on the horizon. Make sure elbow is pointing toward sky directly above shoulder (don't hyper-extend). Variation: If flexibility is limited, don't worry! Warm up your muscles by doing an overhead tricep stretch. Simply extend one arm up past head and bend it back, bicep and forearm should touch. Reach over with opposite arm, place hand on elbow and gently pull elbow in the direction of opposite arm.
Garudasana (Eagle Arms)Lift arms in front of you, bending at the elbow. Cross one elbow over the other, slide palms together. Sit tall, engage core and pelvic floor, pull arms forward and away from chest. Really focus attention on opening up the shoulder blades and back, inhaling, as you extend arms up, and exhaling as you bow forward.
After 6 Weeks: Thigh WorkParallel Thigh Using a chair for stability, stand in mountain pose and face the chair. Bend knees and lift onto toes. Keep hips tucked under, keeping spine straight. Maintain a straight back as you slowly lower into a squat position. Work in a small range, starting with pulses and increase to full movement as you gain strength. READ MORE: 6 Body-Sculpting Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
Narrow VThis move is similar to the Parallel V exercise. Start in the same position, then open up stance; hips stacked beneath shoulders, knees pointing out, ankles touching, forming a diamond. Again, gradually work into full range of motion, starting with pulses to warm up muscles. Keep your core and pelvic muscles engaged throughout movement. Be sure to keep your hips tucked, so your back does not arch.
Split LungeStart out in a long stride; right foot forward, left leg back, hands placed on hips. Keep back straight, slowly lower into a lunge. Let back leg dictate movement. Both legs make a 90 degree angle, left hip over knee, right knee over ankle. Be sure to keep pelvic and abdominal muscles engaged throughout movement. Repeat movement 10 times.
After 6 Weeks: Core ConditioningWhen it comes to your stomach, patience is key. You've been carrying precious cargo inside your womb for the past 40 weeks! "If you're breast feeding, you're body will maintain an extra 10 pounds due to milk production." says Rachel, "It's literally fat storage and typically stores in the mid-section. It can take up to six months to go away, so be patient with your new body." READ MORE: How to Change Your Beauty Routine During Pregnancy Strengthening your core with toning exercises is completely fine, but if you gave birth naturally or even in some cesarian cases, you may have diastasis recti (which is when the rectus abdominus separates). It's important to avoid forward flexion, like sit-ups and crunches, as these can worsen separation. Stick to exercises like planks and variations, which strengthen the transverse abdominis muscle and draw abs back together.
PlanksCome down to all fours and extend legs back. Draw belly button in towards spine, exhaling as you squeeze glutes and engage pelvic floor. Hips should be inline with shoulders. Keep back straight. Hold for 10, then 20. Gradually increase increments of 10. READ MORE: 7 Secrets For A Great First Yoga Class
Table Top With Opposite Arm And Leg ExtensionStart on all fours. Slowly extend one leg back, raising it in unison with opposing arm. Squeeze glutes as you lift leg up, hold for a count of 10. Keep core and pelvic floor engaged throughout movement. Slowly lower down and repeat on opposite side. READ MORE: Yoga Poses Boost Mood
Jul 29, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
- Braising greens
- Bell peppers
- Skillet tomato sauce with tortellini
- Steak, lemon-y braising greens, sautéed corn with bacon, jalapeno and potatoes
- Linguine with the New York Times' recipe for fresh tomato sauce, simple salad with lettuce, shaved parmesan, fresh black pepper, olive oil and lemon juice
- Crispy chicken salad with lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes, olives and bacon bits with yogurt dressing
- 2 cups fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
- 2-3 scallions, chopped
- ½ bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves (more garlic will yield a spicier gazpacho, less a milder one)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ lemon, juiced
- Salt and red pepper flakes
Aug 26, 2015
Aug 21, 2015
- String beans
- Red onions
- Bunched basil
- Lamb meatballs, baba ganoush, tzatziki and spicy feta spread served with pita
- Grilled chicken over Greek salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, olives and feta, served with pita
- Tomato, red onion and basil quiche
- Chicken sausage, sautéed corn, red onion and tomato, yellow rice
- Thai pork basil, sesame green beans, jasmine rice
- 1 medium eggplant, sliced and salted
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2-3 medium cucumbers, grated and drained
- 17.6 oz container fat free Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, grated using a microplane or garlic press
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Fresh ground pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 jalapeno, charred, sliced and seeded
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 oz feta
- ¼ cup roasted red pepper (optional)
Aug 7, 2015
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And Do Some Cat Yoga[caption id="attachment_141391" align="alignnone" width="500"] Jack Frymark for Well + Good[/caption] Cat lovers no longer have to worry about spending even the length of a 45-minute exercise class without a furry friend nearby. Cat cafes are popping up in major cities nationwide, and studios like NYC's Meow Parlour and Toronto's Kitty Cat Cafe now offer yoga classes for you and a bevy of adoptable pets. Location based, by appointment only. READ MORE: 5 Summer Little Black Dresses You Can Wear to Anything
Jul 20, 2015
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