January 10, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
Comedy’s leading lady surprised us this week by chopping her long brown locks into a short, structured bob, and we’re totally into it! Kristen’s high cheekbones are definitely suited for an above-the-shoulder haircut like this one. The rich chestnut color compliments her fair skin, while the red tones throughout her hair make the warm makeup on her cheeks and lips stand out. To achieve a similar look without visiting a salon, we’ll walk you through Kristen’s beauty look.
Start with a primer and follow up with your favorite foundation (we love NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation for a matte look and Tarte Smooth Operator Natural Tinted Moisturizer for lighter coverage). Apply a neutral shade of eye shadow all over your lid and lightly swipe on some mascara—one or two coats will do, you want your blush and lip color to be the main attraction here. Next use a terra cotta blush like Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in Coral Crush to create the warm glow Kristen’s got going on. Concentrate most of the color onto the apples of your cheeks before drawing the brush up your cheekbones toward your temples. To up your glow-factor, highlight your T-zone and cheekbones with an illuminating powder. Finally, swipe a strawberry pink lipstick on to compliment the warmth in your cheeks–try Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart.
Use our Try-A-Hairstyle tool to see how you would look with a bob like Kristen’s!
January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Maggie Niemiec
We were skeptical at first when we heard that Rick Warren, D.Min., founder of the Saddleback Church in California and author of The Purpose Driven Life, was writing a diet book. Really? A weight-loss program based on religion? But when we got a copy of The Daniel Plan, he hooked us on page 1 with his candor and humor. In fact, the first three words of the book are: “Wow! Everybody’s FAT!”
You see, a few years ago, Warren had a eureka moment when he was baptizing members of his church and noticed that the majority of them were, well, obese—and so was he. That baptism was a wake-up call to the health issues in his own life and to those of his parishioners. So he teamed up with Daniel Amen, M.D., and Mark Hyman, M.D., two of the top doctors in the country, to create The Daniel Plan.
Warren got 12,000 of his church members involved, and in their first year of following the program, they lost more than 250,000 pounds! But when his son Matthew committed suicide last year, Warren stopped making healthy choices and gained back half of the 65 pounds he initially lost.
Yet relapse is part of recovery, he says. After grieving for Matthew, Warren got back on the plan—and re-lost 30 pounds. He knows what it’s like to be overweight and discouraged, so he made sure his plan is realistic, relatable and doable.
Our health director Julie and I met with Warren (second from right in the photo) and his co-authors to talk about The Daniel Plan. As the three told us (sometimes all talking at once, they were so excited), it’s not a diet but rather a prescription for living a healthy, happy life. The plan incorporates five factors: faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Here, a few of the basics:
There’s nothing preachy here! For many people, faith is about religion. But it doesn’t have to be. The faith factor refers to your motivation for getting healthy, says Warren, and it’s essential for everyone, regardless of religious beliefs. Faith can simply mean wanting a better quality of life. Identify what motivates you—and use it to get healthy.
Eat real, whole foods as much as you can. “It’s all about learning to love foods that love you back,” says Warren. The Daniel Plan plate is half non-starchy vegetables, 25 percent lean proteins and 25 percent whole grains or starchy vegetables. Add a side of low-glycemic fruit and drink water or herbal tea. Eat this way most of the time—but remember it’s a learning process and be gentle on yourself when you slip up.
Make exercise fun! Don’t worry about what other people are doing—choose activities that you enjoy. Try to fit in 20 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise, three to five days a week.
Change the way you think about food and about yourself. Dr. Amen suggests writing down your automatic negative thoughts, such as “I’m weak” or “I’m fat.” The more you repeat these thoughts to yourself, the more you believe them. “Writing them down gets them out of your head and forces you to question your erroneous beliefs,” he says.
Find a buddy or start a group—with your family, friends, coworkers, church. “The secret to living healthy is people loving each other in a community, and helping and encouraging each other,” says Dr. Hyman.
January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
When we aren’t busy throwing on extra layers to brave the cold, we’re probably daydreaming about being somewhere tropical…or at least somewhere relatively warm. While bathing suit shopping might be jumping the gun a bit (especially since that gym membership resolution hasn’t kicked in yet…), sunglasses are totally fair game! Click through to shop some of our favorite shapes and styles.
Elizabeth and James Lafayette Sunglasses
January 9, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
There’s no question about it: Lupita Nyong’o was positively glowing at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala. The 12 Years a Slave actress was announced as a BAFA Rising Star Award nominee this week, but this look makes her a beauty award winner in our book!
To create a similar look, start with an all-over primer and follow with a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation (since you’re going for an all-over glow, you don’t want to go too matte with your base). You’ll want to keep it simple in the eye-makeup department; lightly dust a shimmery pale shadow from your lash line up to your brow bone. Next, take a highlighter pencil and line your inner rims for some extra sparkle (we love Make Up For Ever Eye Pencil in White). Skip your typical eyeliner routine and swipe on a couple coats of lengthening mascara instead. Swirl a pink cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and follow by a dusting of illuminating powder over your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose (try Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in “Lightscapade”.) A sheer red lipgloss will give your pout a subtle pop of color that stands out in a big way against the rest of your minimalistic makeup. If you really want to work this look, slick your hair back and let your fresh face take center stage, Lupita-style .
Don’t fear the slicked-back hair look; learn how to master the polished ponytail, here.
January 8, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Bethany Cantor
So, uh, you probably haven’t heard but it’s really cold outside. Skin-burning through your jeans, cold. Looking forward to wearing the coat that makes you look like a penguin-marshmallow crossbreed–that kind of cold. In an endeavor to keep our fashion wits about us while the Earth freezes over, we’ve assembled this lovely look complete with shearling accents, a cute and cozy hat, and a flattering (gasp!) puffer coat. Make sure to layer your Heattech or Cuddleduds underneath and good luck to you brave souls!
January 6, 2014 at 10:42 am , by savings.com
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you need to go back to the same old boring makeup routine. And besides — what better way is there to welcome a fab new year than with big discounts on some of your favorite beauty products? Even if you’re all shopped out, you’ll have to admit that 20-60% off is certainly worth a look.
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December 27, 2013 at 9:56 am , by Bethany Cantor
Start 2014 stylishly with a fresh new handbag (we know you’ve got lots of gift cards to spend). We’ve gathered up 10 swoon-worthy bags perfect for any style personality.