Old Man Winter is knocking at the door. Before you know it, snow and below freezing temperatures will be here. I certainly don't fall in the Snow Bunny category. Seriously - one year they had to get the paramedics to pull me off a ski slope in Whistler. I do not do cold - I don't do it well and I don't do it consistently, anyways. Well, all that is about to change with these new tips and products I recently discovered. Read on for the best in cold weather beauty musts.
Don't skip the sunscreen
Try this now:
I love Skin Authority's Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 Full Spectrum ($10 to $42). We all know that using sunscreen will help protect skin from premature aging, but how about a sunscreen that will actually help reverse it? That's exactly the idea behind this fabulous product. In addition to a SPF of 30, it features the exclusive AOX Technologyâ¢ boost that combines essential vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids to help skin regenerate and renew. Its Dry Finish Technologyâ¢ makes it ideal under make-up. I
Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and refill it often throughout the day. Drinking water throughout the day will also support your weight loss mission. Try to drink 20 fl oz before sitting down to a meal.
Additionally, women should consume approximately 9 cups of water per day as men should consume 13 cups per day, according to Live Strong. Sipping regularly will help keep you energized all day and make sure skin looks healthy and supple – not dry and lackluster.
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I'm also a big fan of this: Coffee Almond Scrub (also known as Cellulite & Spider Vein Relief Scrub). At just $36, this all natural scrub is the perfect exfoliant with a magnificient smell which includes sugar, orange peel, almond, orange juice, coffee and fresh lemon juice.
According to the Skin Authority website:
This body scrub helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite while tightening and shrinking blood vessels to help reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Vigorously exfoliate, stimulate, and tone skin with this intensely vitalizing scrub. Hydrate and nourish skin with oleic fatty acids to recharge and soften skin for a smoother appearance and silky touch.
My skin is certainly drier in the winter months, so I've learned to add a serum beneath my night cream to lock in moisture. Additionally, don't forget to lather on cream for your hands and feet at night and keep lip balm stashed in handful of easily accessible places including your car console, next to the coffee pot and by your bedside.
If you lived during the days of Pamela Anderson, chances are you've overplucked through the years. Now, the trend calls for beautiful and full Brooke Shields (or Megan Fox, for the younger generation) style brows.
Follow the steps below to get your fill-in.
Whether you get your eyebrows waxed in a professional salon or pluck at home, this guideline is the bible of perfect eyebrows. Honestly, if your gal doesn't take the time to use a tool and establish these lines before waxing - get up and walk out immediately. Click on the photo to get more details.
(I've done threading too - its not mentioned here because, honestly, I couldn't handle the pain. Although, it is supposed to be the best means to not pulling the skin and thus, keeping your skin taut through the years.)
Happy Halloween, Everyone!
Here are some of my favorite uses of a pumpkin for the holiday this week. Make sure to share your photos on our Facebook page for your chanc to win passes to Baxter Avenue Morgue in Louisville.
A baby pumpkin turns into a hamburger representation. I've also seen larger versions that use crafts such as orange felt cut in squares to represent the cheese.
Babies!! Enuf' said. #TooCute
When all else fails, just paint 'em!
Disclaimer: Not intended for the younger audiences. Best suited for a college campus, perhaps?
And finally, my FAVE! I took this photo outside of a hotel in Santa Monica in 2010. The staff were participating in a pumpkin contest. Needless to say, this guy got my vote!
Tomorrow is a big day for Kentucky. There's football. There's tailgating. There's food. And gosh darn it, Ladies - if you haven't heard, even the SEC Network is going to be set up right here in the Bluegrass. All the more reason for you Sideline Sweeties to be looking like dime pieces come kick-off.
Tired of the same ol' scrubbs? Check out these gameday fashions to get your Big Blue spirit reinvigorated.
(Disclaimer: Considering it's football season, the rhinestone-studded high heels are being ommitted until basketball is in full force.)
Any vintage-washed logo gear is acceptable. Always. Couple this with a colorful scarf, skinny jeans and boots... Boom. Done.
Not much of a purse girl on gameday. In fact, I normally carry my Bodacious phone case - but, this clutch was too cute to not be included.
Speaking of my Bodacious case... You pick the color of the case and band. Blue and white, naturally.
Let's say you're tailgating with his fancy family. Maybe this dressier peplum jacket is more suitable. After all, his family would never have tickets anywhere except for the climate controlled suite level.
Beauty Tricks You Had No Idea You Could Do With a Spoon
As the weather gets cooler, the most common food craving is a bowl of warm soup. You'll opt for hearty chili recipes, chicken tortilla or clam chowder. In the process, you'll find the kids have broken most of the bowls while eating cereal on the veranda in the warmer months. With this, you may find the majority of your spoons are missing from the silverware drawer as well.
This season however, the common spoon should carry double the weight as years past. Why? Well, as it turns out, spoons serve greater purpose than just being a vehicle from the bowl to the mouth. That's right! Keep reading for a list of handy beauty tips you never knew spoons were great for!
1. Freeze two spoons, and sweep them under your eyes to get rid of under eye bags.
Put two metal spoons in the freezer at night, and in the morning, place the backs of the cold spoons under your eyes and as close to the inner corners as possible. Apply a little bit of pressure and slowly glide the spoons toward the outer corners. The gliding movement will help drain the fluid that's pooling underneath your eye, while the cold spoon will help minimize any puffiness.
2. Use the handle and the rounded edge to create the perfect winged liner.
Hold the handle of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, and draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it's hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved, winged tip. After you've made your outline, fill it in, and draw a line across your lashline to finish the look.
3. Hold a spoon underneath your eye when applying mascara on your lower lashes to avoid marks on your under eye area.
Place a spoon below your eye with the curve out and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way the residue will land on the back of the utensil rather than your skin. This also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes if you place the spoon on top of your upper eyelid.
4. Fix broken eyeshadow by adding drops of rubbing alcohol and pressing it together with the back of a spoon.
If your eyeshadow, blush, or any kind of compressed powder product is broken, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the crushed product, and press the pieces back together by applying pressure with the back of a clean spoon. Let it dry and then use as normal.
5. Curl your lashes with the edge of a spoon.
If you don't have an eyelash curler nearby, grab a metal spoon instead. Place the curved edge right above your top lashes with the back of the spoon against your eyelid. With your finger, lightly press your lashes against the edge to mimic the clamp of an eyelash curler. Move the edge of the spoon out along the lashes and continue pressing. For a more dramatic curl, heat the spoon up a bit with a blow dryer first.
6. Align the curve of the spoon to your brow to get the perfect arch.
The curve of a large spoon is the perfect shape for an eyebrow arch. Line up the curve of the spoon underneath your brow, and lightly trace around it with a brow pencil. Use this line as a guide, and begin filling in your brows above it with light strokes.
7. Mix loose pigments with a salve to make your own custom lip color.
Grab one of your favorite eyeshadow pigments, and blend it with a little bit of a salve, such as VMV Hypoallergenics Boo-Boo Balm, or petroleum jelly in a spoon. Use a finger or a brush to apply your new custom lip color.
8. Make contouring easier by using a spoon to find exactly where the hollows of your cheeks are.
If it's difficult for you to find the hollows under your cheekbones for contouring, grab a spoon, and cup the apples of your cheeks so that it fits comfortably inside. The area just below the spoon is where you should apply contour powder.
For the full list of "13 Beauty Tricks You Had No Idea You Could Do With a Spoon," visit the original article on either Redbook or Cosmopolitan
Fall is all about entertaining guests. With the changing of the leaves comes cooler weather and football. Friends move indoors and its the perfect time to show off your ability to entertain guests on the fly. With Halloween fastly approaching, I've collected some of favorite (and easy! - remember, I'm not much of a cook in the kitchen) recipes for the holiday. You'll find a handful of both adult-oriented recipes as well as a few upscale kid-friendly ones. Enjoy!
Adult Friendly Halloween Recipes (click on the image for the full recipe):
SALTED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE SHOOTERS
PUMPKIN ALE BROWN BUTTER BLONDIES
AUTUMN PUNCH RECIPE
VODKA POACHED SHRIMP WITH BLOODY MARY COCKTAIL SAUCE
Kid Friendly Halloween Recipes (click on the image for the full recipe):
Yesterday, we talked about how confidence can give you the radiance to be beautiful from the inside out. We're taking it a step further today and for all my fellow friends who are feeling too much like an adult because you've hit that 30 year old age bracket...
There is hope. Life does get better in your 30s - at least when compared to your 20s. First off, you should be making fewer bad decisions. Also, there are fewer instances of insecurities which translates to less tears and more stability. The small things make daily life more fulfilling. You are also more established and relationships are more meaningful.
On the flip - be prepared to have less fun. In a sense, anyways. There are fewer surprises in your 30s, mainly because life becomes more predictable. Life may feel a little less magical.
When I was in my young 20s, I loaded all my possessions into an SUV and drove across country from Baton Rouge to Los Angeles. No more than $1,000 in my pocket with no place to rest my head nor a job a mind - fortunately things panned out. It was certainly a journey, to say the least.
Thus far in my 30s, I've managed to forget about paying my mortgage, been late on my taxes and have spent too many hours volunteering versus securing my future. Sounds somewhat like a line from an old-time banjo pickin' song. Things obviously change in your 30s. Big time.
Below is a short list, compiled by Thought Catalog, of things you should no longer be doing in your 30s -
Referring to your weekends as time to "rage."
Sending vague "Wanna hang out?" texts instead of inviting someone on well-planned dates.
Bragging about drinking.
Throwing up after drinking.
Letting your parents pay for your plane tickets home for the holidays.
Not having a clue how to do your taxes.
Sending your friend over to ask for someone's number.
In the end, however, the best part of your 30s is dating. Huffington Post compiled a list on why dating is better in your 30s than your 20s.
Here are a few reasons why:
1. True compatibility matters much more
2. Rules and games get thrown out the window (and everyone is better off for it.)
3. Everyone is more independent, which makes it was easier to know if a relationship is right.
When truly looking at how to be beautfiul from the inside out, perhaps the most important quality you can possess is CONFIDENCE. There are some things we can control and other things we can not - the days of being the prettiest in the room, the skinniest or the most fashionable are long gone. Not because you can't be those things but, society has progressed toward uniqueness. No more cookie cutter stereotypes. Radiating your uniqueness is much cooler these days.
One of my favorite pointers when it comes to developing confidence: "Care most about what you want to do, not what people think. If you keep your eye on the work, confidence comes from doing the best you can." The Guardian
Everything stems from confidence. People are drawn to you. Positivity comes naturally when you possess confidence. Hold your head up high when you walk into a room. Learn to walk down a flight of stairs without ever looking down. Maintain your poise. Confidence is arguably the number one quality women say leads you to feeling and looking beautiful, regardless of your age.
Nothing says FALL like Pumpkin. Well, football says FALL... but, it also says Winter... and couch potato... Anyways, let's focus on Pumpkin. It's kinda played out, right? What if I shared with you a new way to enjoy pumpkin? No artifical flavors or colors. Just a healthful, delectable way to enjoy a true fall favorite.
Whatt if I made it even better and added PIE to the party? That's right. Pumpkin PIE. Better yet, "healthful" pumpkin pie... all wrapped up in a no-bake smoothie recipe.
Here it is. You can thank me later.
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large ripe banana
1 cup unsweetened soymilk (may opt for vanilla almond milk and omit the honey)
1 table spoon honey (use something local to combat allergies)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
5 ice cubes
Optional: Add some ground flaxseeds and/or a pinch of nutmeg.
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into stemless wine glasses. Makes two so you can share this treat with your BFF. Enjoy over gossip.
Growing up, the above line always sounded so cliche. In fact, I'd rather hear someone tell me "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" and just be on my way. All that changed a few years back when I had the pleasure of meeting this gal...
A new friend who loved stand-up comedy. I don't mean this chick enjoyed drinking a bourbon and giggling flirtaciously in the crowd... Nope. This girl had just won the title of "#1 Female Stand-Up Comic in all of Kentucky!"
Kelly Anne Beile pictured with Audra Meighan, KY's #1 Female Comedian
at Women Leading Kentucky Fall Roundtable
I started attending the local clubs and pubs in the beginning just to show my support, meeting up with her husband and other friends. She worked hard to develop a scene for locals to get out and enjoy comedy seven days a week. It was during this time that I discovered: Laughter truly can be the cure-all to any woes.
For hours after a show, my frame of mind continued to be in a happy and relaxed state. This mood certainly topped the feeling post-massage (and it created less of a dent on your pocketbook).
Point being, if you haven't taken in a comedy show lately, I encourage you to set a date soon. If you're thinking comedy shows really aren't your thing, I encourage you to give it another shot. Our tastes change depending on the timing of events in our lives.
There are a handful of events happening in the area including:
- The Calipari Foundation's Comedy Mania happening at Rupp Arena in November OR
- Check out one of the top comedy clubs in the country reserving a ticket at Comedy Off Broadway.
We're changing things up a bit today! Since Wednesday is commonly referred to as #wcw or Woman Crush Wednesday, we're taking a look at a most admirable lady: Mary Wilson.
I had a chance to meet and chat briefly with the founding member of The Supremes at the Kentucky Derby earlier this year. A true Southern woman born in Greenville, Mississippi (with a childhood history in Detroit), her heart is as big as her smile.
I found this on her personal website and love the honest gratitude expressed -
"Your (talk) raised the bar of personal perseverance among our students... This guidance is now rooted in the fertile soil of their souls where confidence and belief give birth to dreams that may once have seemed unattainable. It is within this sphere where they learn to treat obstacles as opportunities for growth and adversity as a doorway to change. The kids recognized and found comfort in the teachable moments you provided. We applaud you for sharing the gift of love, freely, as it was given to you."
Mary Wilson has a great story to share. I encourage you to seek her out when you can - whether thats through a simple search online or a potential 'Meet & Great' when she comes to your area.
After The Supremes disbanded in 1977, Ms. Mary became a musicians' rights activist as well as a musical theater performer, best-selling author and motivational speaker. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
If you live in Kentucky, allergies are inevitable. Add in the role of mommy or career-woman (or both!) and tired eyes can be the sure-tail sign of having too much on your plate. No need to let others know your struggles -
One of my absolute favorite products is this Reviving Eye Brightener by Skin Authority. I use it in the morning for an instant pick-me-up - consider it the all natural "double foam soy latte" for those tired morning eyes!
This is an all-natural product which is a double plus. It even has some anti-aging qualities...
Calm irritation and puffiness
Works on the underlying cause of fine lines and darkening of skin with Vitamin K, Arnica, and Green Tea extracts
Strengthens capillaries and improves with Ginseng, Kinko Biloba, and Bioflavoids
Prevents collagen breakdown for firmer texture
Fortifies cell membranes to improve cell strength and moisture retention
AOX Technologyâ¢ combines vitamins and antioxidants to provide a multiplier effect over any individual ingredient
Key Ingredients: CoQ10 Enzyme, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Arnica, Green Tea, Chamomile, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Olive Oil
Looking for a home remedy for tired eyes? Try one of the below (courtesy of Home Remedy Central).
Cold Water Compress
If your eyes are itchy or bloodshot, try the home remedy most often employed for eye troubles.
Immerse a washcloth in ice cold water and place over your face until the washcloth warms.
Reapply the cold compress until the itchiness abates.
The healing properties of milk have long been understood as a natural cure to a variety of ailments. Dip cotton rounds in whole milk, squeeze excess liquid out and place on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, several times a day.
This home remedy will relieve any soreness you are experience with your tired eyes while helping to reduce puffiness.
Long the choice of divas and spas, slices of cucumbers can be used as a natural cure for the puffiness that your tired eyes can experience.
After peeling a cucumber, relax with cucumber slices covering your closed eyes for up to half an hour, several times a day. The juice from the cucumber can also help reduce dark circles you may experience.
Remember Susan Boyle from "Britain's Got Talent"? That outwardly shabby appearance had everyone second-guessing her first impression before the Scottish singer finished belting out the first verse of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.
They say true beauty stems from the heart, but I'm sorry to say us humans are often rather quick to judge. In fact, Forbes says you've got just 7 seconds before the person across from you instantly assumes you fit into one category or another. While there are still (fingers-crossed) some kinder folks on this planet who don't do this - the majority of us aren't quite so forgiving. Therefore, if you want to come across as 'well-kempt,' - make sure your extremities are well looked after.
Maintaining your hands and feet is a sure sign to others the level of your general personal hygiene and the importance you place on it.
This isn't something that needs to take forever. Turn up your favortie radio station (*wink*wink*) or do double-duty when chatting with a friend on a hands free call. Here's a quick video to show you the essentials to an at-home manicure:
If you still aren't confident with your abilities (or have some insanely unruly cuticles), then head out to a professional. Keep the cost down by buying packages up front and develop a relationship with your nail tech - trust me, these gals can be as therapeautic as your hair dresser when it comes to girly gossip.
TAILGATE WITH YOUR TUSH IN MIND
No reason to give new meaning to WIDE RECEIVER, ladies. When taking it all in (referring to the common occurence of over-consuming in a crowd-like setting), focus on your TIGHT END. Let's keep it real - friends, libations and good eats are what brings most of us to sport team colors on Saturday afternoons... rarely is it college football.
Kentucky has an early game tomorrow against Louisiana Monroe in Commonwealth Stadium. With the 12 o'clock kick-off, fans will be ready to eat before AND after the game. If it's a blow-out (fingers-crossed), expect the fair-weathers to meander out of the gates early and enjoy the rest of the game in the collapsible mini-village of tents, flat screens, space heaters and warm grills.
A couple of tips will keep you from over-indulging: 1) Eat a healthy breakfast before you arrive. With a full belly, the likelihood of munching on unhealthy options will diminish. 2) Stay hydrated. Nope, sorry - booze does not count. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Finally, be prepared to bring the most beloved dish to the stadium... below are a couple of options, depending on your level of comfort in the kitchen.
EXPERT IN THE KITCHEN
Try this all natural hearty dish...
SPICY CORN AND CHICKEN CHILI (click on the photo for full recipe).
NOT A COOK, BUT I'VE GOT SOME TIME
I made these for the Superbowl this year. Did I tell you I don't cook nor do I know what a double-broiler is?
CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
My secret weapon is this magical microwavable dipping chocolate -
SERIOUSLY? I HAVE A LIFE.
In a hurry? Grab these favorites:
Garden of Eatin' Blue Chips
I'm in #LOVE with the true blue color!
365 Organic Medium Salsa
Try this favorite from Whole Foods Market. I think you'll be surprised at how affordable their 365 brand can be... and its organic! Jazz it up with fresh cilantro and any spices you can find in your kitchen cabinet. With the added ingredients, you can tell your friends its homemade.
Tired of salsa? Mix Siracha with Fat Free Ranch Dressing - my girlfriend, owner of Cutting Board Catering, does this all the time when I come over for dinner and it's so easy and so yummy! Siracha is available at most all neighborhood grocery stores these days.
The LEG Edition
Ladies, listen up - if you're neglecting your legs, you're doing your man an injustice. Men LOVE legs... long and lean, tanned and toned. Want some quick tips that will have even your gal friend's staring at those stems? Keep reading...
This 30 Day Challenge is well worth it! No need to be in the gym; you can do these from the comforts of your own home. Don't feel obligated to knock all the squats out at the same time. Sometimes, life gets in the way... instead of getting frustrated, do 15 sqauts after you put your makeup on in the morning and promise yourself 10 squats each time you take a restroom break at the office... with a little motivation, you'll be surprised how easy it is to work these puppies into your daily routine!
Suddenly, that one guy you've been wanting to ask you out for weeks finally does... except, he wants to grab drinks day after next! Not enought time to transition that tush with the 30 Day Squat Challenge? Try one of my tried and true leg tricks - its Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs. Perfect legs in an instant!
Opt for the liquid body makeup (over the spray) in either Medium or Dark (depending on your current level of tan). If you're afraid it'll be too dark, you can always bring the color down by mixing equal parts of your favorite body lotion.
The best part: this product is found at any major drugstore and retails for right around $9.99!
Some more tips:
- Make sure to get prepared in an area that can be easily cleaned. I pull the rugs out of the bathroom in case any spills happen. The body makeup is washable but, inevitably, there always seems to be small splatter when in a hurry.
- This makeup will come off! Be prepared when you are out and about... don't choose the chair with the white seat cushion or jump in a car with cream leather unless you have something like a towel or coverup to sit on.
- Same goes for bedding... don't leave your man wondering why you left a brown spot the morning after. Its just not cute.
Pictured here: Kelly Anne Beile with one of Central Kentucky's Most Favorite Photographers, Neil Sulier, at a charity event.
Those aren't hose, ladies! That's the Medium Leg Makeup from Sally Hansen.
NOT A FAN OF KNEES
Unfortunately, my knees are not one of my most favorite parts. If you have chubby knees, try adding shimmer right above the knee itself - this will distract the eye. (I also sometimes apply a second layer of leg makeup to the inside of my knees as the darkness slims the area down.) This tip, in conjunction with the Sally Hansen product above will have you feeling Leg-tastic!
Try this product - found at most Sephora stores or online.
Its Football Season in the Bluegrass and while this cougar sometimes wishes she was still dating guys in dorms (mainly because of my commitment issues) - I'll happily have a love affair with a new beauty product any day of the week - especially if it reminds me of my college days.
I've found something bound to impresses the boys on the field and makes you feel pretty at the same time - it's called "Frat Boy, the Balm." Not the Bomb. Not Frat Boy Slim.... It's Frat Boy. The Balm.
It's an un-assuming blush that will make you feel like a giddy school girl all over again. The inside of the compact even totes a Bible-like passage..."So many men, so little time..."
If you're fighting the urge to use the hashtag PSL this season, here's a great reason to take a deep breath and just let it go - I promise, your friends will thank you for it. It's called the Pumpkin Spice Facial - its all natural, its affordable, and gosh darn it - it'll make you feel beautiful.
How to Prepare Your Mask:
Peel and chop the apple. Put it in the blender with the pumpkin until you have a smooth consistency. Add in the honey and milk. Slather on your face and neck (avoid the eyes) and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte while it sits for 15 minutes. Store the extra mask mixture in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – or have a tasty snack!
Hello, Beautiful! I'm Kelly Anne, Ms. Kentucky US 2014 and your new weekday tour guide for InsideOUT. Listen live online at www.star1037.com Monday thru Friday at 1:15pm for the hottest tips on how to feel gorgeous from the inside out.
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The 2015 MLB All-Star Game takes place on July 14th, 2015 at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.
Entrance Area to Great American Ballpark
While nestled amongst the downtown area alongside the riverfront, Great American Ballpark sits adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. The amenities surrounding the area provide multiple mixed-use buildings with ample locations to eat, people watch and take in all that Cincinnati has to offer.
One of my favorite restuarants is the Moerlein Lager House. It has the best views of the waterfront!
It is also one (if not the only) multi-level restaurant by the ballpark; the upstairs is very family-friendly and the downstairs provides more of the sports bar/brewey atmosphere. You'll even find Pete Rose memorabilia and some history lessons in the lobby - get the full experience by signing up for the Heritage Brewery Tour!
Moerlein is also one of the only places adjacent to the stadium that accepts reservations... always a plus when hungry sports fans are looking to be fed post-game!