Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
1.T.G.I. Friday’s Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
This little concoction isn’t the only bad guy on the salad menu at Friday’s. Six out of the seven salads analyzed contained more than 900 calories.
2. Quiznos’ Chicken with Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad
Basically you could choose between this salad and five packages of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I admit to eating one of these at the airport last month and getting extra honey mustard…never again! I’ll take the Reese’s next time I’m going to splurge, thank you very much!
3.Macaroni Grill’s Seared Sea Scallops Salad
Who knew it was possible to make two of the healthiest foods, seafood and salad, and turn them into combination that is absolutely horrific for your waistline! In addition to all you’re the calories, you’re also getting an entire day’s worth of sodium, fat, and saturated fat.
4.Chili’s Caesar Salad w/ Grilled Chicken and Caesar Dressing
Never trust a Caesar. Caesar salads typically bring along loads of fatty Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, and buttery croutons. Turning your bed of lettuce into little more than a fat and calorie holder. Chili’s take on the classic Caesar is the worst though, it contains more fat than 12 Oreo ice cream sandwiches!
5.On the Border's Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef and Smoked Chipolte Vinaigrette Dressing
Introducing to you, the worst salad in America! Your first sign this salad is a disaster…it’s served in a deep-fried tortilla trough. But the choice is yours, will it be 40 strips of bacon or this salad? They have the same saturated fat content. Yikes!
So next time you’re looking to make the healthy choice, make sure your salad isn’t a big load of calories and fat in disguised as a salad. Minor substitutions can help tremendously: switch out a creamy dressing for a low-fat vinaigrette, swap fried or breaded chicken for grilled, and ditch calorie-dense toppings like cheese and croutons.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Follow these clean commandments to keep your makeup case a happy place!
*Thou shall honor the shelf life of all beauty products.
-As a general rule, if it’s a cream (concealer, cream foundations, cream cleansers, etc.) ditch it after one year.
-Mascara, get rid of it after 4 months.
-Click here for a complete list of when to trash each of your get pretty products.
*Thou shall wash makeup brushes regularly.
-Regularly= brushes used to apply concealers, foundation, and creamy lip and eye products, should get a bath every day. Other brushes should be washed at least every two weeks.
-Get a professional brush cleanser from most any cosmetics or beauty supply store (I prefer a spray like Clinique’s makeup brush cleaner) or just use your facial cleanser.
*Thou shall promise to never share mascara. Ever. Even with your BFF.
-Eye infections are passed incredibly easily with eye makeup.
*Thou shall make sure your makeup artist is honoring your hygiene too.
-Artists should never blow on brushes (they might as well spit on them if they do this) or double-dip brushes into products, and they should always be using freshly cleaned brushes. Also, make sure they wipe off the top layer of any pressed powder with a tissue before brushing it onto your face.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Who did YOU vote for?
Maybe your man isn’t quite as perfectly sculpted as Beckham and Lopez (your secret is safe with me!) but what he should know is that even these chiseled dudes get help from sculpting body makeup, though I doubt they’d ever admit to it! To get a hot guy chest for a fun day at the beach, select a waterproof matte bronzer and highlighter. Using a brush and your bronzer, contour anywhere you want the appearance of definition (think bronzer goes where you want muscle to go “in” like in between and underneath the pectoral muscles). Then sweep the highlighter over the actual chest muscle where you want to create the appearance of volume (highlighter goes on areas you want to draw “out”). It takes about one minute, and wa la! Your guy looks like he’s been hitting the gym with his buddy Mario.
When to toss it…
• It’s smelly!
• Oil Free Foundation-1 year
• Oil Based Foundation- 18 months
• Concealer: 1 year
• Powder: 2 years
• Blush or Bronzer: 2 years
• Cream Blush: 12-18 months
• Powder Eye Shadow: 2 years
• Cream Eye Shadow: 12-18 months
• Mascara: 4 months. Don’t pump the wand, it let’s air in and makes your mascara go bad much quicker.
• Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
• Pencil eyeliner: Sharpen often and toss after 2 years
• Lipstick: Between 1 and 4 years (Keep it in the refrigerator to really make it last!)
• Cream and Gel Cleansers: 1 year
• Lip gloss: 18-24 months
• Lip Liner: Up to 3 years
• Nail Polish: 1 years
• Sponges: Wash weekly and throw out monthly
• Natural cosmetics: most natural products go bad sooner that regular products, so check with the maker of your natural brand for expiration times!
**Here’s a little tip I remember watching my mom do as I was growing up… When you get a new tube of mascara, take a sharpie and write the date on the cap. That way you’ll always have a reference as to when to throw it out. Or, if you’re a Type A personality like me, start an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the purchase and expiration dates of all your beauty products!
The culprits? Many of them staples that we eat every single day: eggs are number one on the dirty list, followed by peaches, packaged salad mix, cantaloupe, scallions, and chicken. Maybe something that makes us think twice about what we’re putting in our mouths isn’t all that bad. After all, tis’ the season for an average of 5-10 pounds of holiday weight gain! To ward off the germs, make sure your box of eggs is crack and break free, wash all your fruits and veggies—even those that say they are pre-washed like salad mix in bags, buy free-range chicken and USDA Organic produce, and when cooking chicken take it directly from the bag to the pan to avoid contaminating your sink or countertop. All this germ talk got me thinking, what are the dirtiest makeup practices? Hmmmmm…..don’t worry, I’m on it! Check back tomorrow to find out the do’s and don’ts of makeup hygiene.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Baby it’s cold outside!! But even if you’ve swapped your shoulder-baring summer dresses for Uggs and chunky sweaters, there’s no need to bundle up EVERY inch of your beautiful self. Katie Holmes shows us that when the snowflakes are falling, there’s almost nothing that says “snow goddess” more than a beautifully sculpted collar bone and glowing decollate. Get Katie’s subtly sexy look by sweeping a matte bronzer directly above and below the collar bone. Then, take a shimmering highlighter and brush it over the bone itself. Five seconds added to your beauty routine, but trust me, this sexy little trick is guaranteed to make your snowman melt!
For more enhancement techniques check out the Library of Secrets manual found inside the My Beautiful Breasts kit.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Ever find yourself standing in front of your closet, thinking what in the WORLD am I going to wear? Whether it’s a first date, a Christmas party, or just another day at the office, we all have those “I have NOTHIING to wear” moments!! But can you imagine if the whole world was chattering about what you wore? Pressure!!
Welcome to the new life of soon to be First Lady, Michelle Obama.
While it’s a little annoying that the world often seems more focused on Mrs. O’s designer threads than the Harvard Law graduates’ thoughts, I’ll confess I too am a teensy bit excited to see what fabulous outfit our new number one lady will work come January 20th. Sketches and guesses like those pictured above (featured on WWD and Foxnews.com) are circulating the internet. But we want to know what look YOU think Michelle should rock on the big night?
Whatever Michelle chooses, and whatever your political beliefs are, I’m sure we can agree this lawyer-mom turned political icon is an inspiration to working moms everywhere.
And I’ll leave you with my favorite Michelle tid-bit…how did the first couple meet?
Michelle was bossing the President elect around…they met while she was his supervisor at the couple’s first job out of law school. Michelle is definitely an “It” girl!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
As a young company, receiving a placement in People Magazine is a huge honor but for me it was more personal than that. People is my mom’s favorite magazine and I have so many memories of it on her coffee table. When times were (and are) tough in the economy she cuts back on every magazine but People so when I was able to share this with her, she was so excited! Thanks for this moment People!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I was watching Good Day New York and eating cereal the other day and Karina Smirnoff, one of my FAVORITE dancers from Dancing with the Stars (I LOVE Edyta too!) came on the show. She said that she uses your body makeup, specifically the Abs in a Box, Smokin’ Hot Legs, and My Beautiful Breast kits!!! Her body always looks AMAZING on Dancing with the Stars!! I am 34, and have had two children, I know my body will never look like Miss Smirnoff’s, so I guess my question is, can your Abs in a Box and other body kits help someone who has an average (not rock hard dancer) body??
We too are so excited that Karina is a fan of our line. It is so great to watch Dancing with the Stars knowing that our Abs in a Box, Smokin’ Hot Legs, and My Beautiful Breast kits are helping her to look her absolute best!!
To answer your question about who can use our kits…ANYONE can! What we always say is that our kits allow you to work with and accentuate what you’ve got! Sure, for someone who isn’t in Karina’s perfect physical condition, a six-pack would look a little silly, but through our Light and Sexy Definition technique (diagrammed in the Library of Secrets Manual included in your Abs in a Box kit), you can make ANY body look 5-10 pounds slimmer. It’s all about how extreme you want to go. Using Smokin’ Hot Legs for instance, you could do light definition techniques to make your legs appear longer and slimmer, or if you’re already in excellent shape, use the legs kit to sculpt specific muscles, like calves and quads. Our body kits were designed with the average body in mind, so they are ideal for everyone from a busy mom who doesn’t have time to work out, to a performer on Dancing with the Stars! Thanks for your question, Kallie!!
It Cosmetics Team
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Paint-on Abs? I’ve been hearing about the concept of “paint-on abs” and I am really interested in learning how this works. Can you “paint on abs” with your Abs in a Box kit? How difficult is it to do and will anyone be able to tell?
It Cosmetics Team:Hi Mary! Our Abs In A Box kit gives you all the tools and know-how to transform the appearance of your stomach and when you follow the full color instruction manual you should find it very simple to do. Abs in a Box works on all body types and in the Library of Secrets manual, you just go to the section that best fits your body type and follow the full color chart and instructions. We have received quite a few questions regarding paint-on abs. While you aren’t exactly giving yourself paint on abs, you are using the same tricks as celebs do to give you middle a little help! The best part is that our contour and highlighting shadows are 100% waterproof and will match all skin tones. When you follow the guide, your new ab definition will be undetectable and f-AB-ulous!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
What is lash primer and do I need it?
It Cosmetics Team:This is like asking if you need a bra or not. Lash primers give extra protection to your lashes keeping them strong and long. They also build up your lashes making them longer and fuller and you end up using less mascara. So yes, always go with a lash primer. It’s like conditioner for your hair. With a lash primer such as the It Cosmetics Daily Nutrition Lash Primer, you can build up super thick lashes and protect them with amino acids and vitamins so your lashes stay strong and don’t break off as much!
It Cosmetics Team
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Don’t Scare Him Away With Feathering Lipstick:
You want to get all dolled up and make a show stopping entrance to impress that guy you’ve been eyeing for the past couple weeks, but you better hope that sultry red lipstick doesn’t try to run away on you. We’ll now that has to be the last thing you worry about. Here’s a little tip to making sure your lips last as long as your night. After applying the color you desire place a reversible lip liner around the outside of your lips. This will make sure that your lips stay perfectly in place and you can focus on more important things.
TIP: Try It Cosmetics Reversible Lip Liner to hold your lipstick in place and soften up those unwanted lines around the mouth.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I am wondering how to look more awake and energetic, especially after a long weekend with little sleep. I don't want my boss to notice how tired I am. Any makeup tricks I can use?
It Cosmetics Tips:
Hi Lacey! No worries we have you covered. Whether you were slaving away working all weekend or dancing the night away we can make it look like you've had more that enough sleep. Here are some tips and tricks to fake that fresh faced look: First use a white or light cream-colored shimmer eye shadow and place it in the inner corners of your eyes. This gives an instant eye opening look. Try our Eyes Of Seduction Eye Pallet for All of the Shades You Need Next, use a white eye liner along the inner lower lid, right on the waterline. This will make your eyes instantly pop and look like you've gotten a full 8 hours of sleep! Try our Dual Eye Liner with both a White and Black Liner
So don't worry if you haven't slept much, we can't tell....
Wednesday, April 16, 2008