Easy ideas to change your makeup

It is really easy to get into a routine with makeup and style. It takes time, effort and money to craft a look and once you find one that works for you, it is easy to just stick to that look. But take a look at these quick and easy suggestions that can help you vary up your look using what you already own or with inexpensive additional items.

by Chelsea Burns
From Health magazine

We get it: When you find a makeup routine that works, it’s understandable that you may want to stick to it. But if you’ve been wearing the same combination of brown eyeliner, berry lipstick, and beige eyeshadow since your college days, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to mix things up a bit. The following five makeup updates take timeless trends and spruce them up for 2016.

Next: If you always wear: Black eyeliner


Try: An extra swipe of color

Add a streak of colored liner for eyes that really pop.

Black defines; blue brightens. Get the best of both hues: “A second swipe of color brings the focus to eyes without shadow,” notes New York City celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt. Trace your upper lash line with black liquid liner from inner to outer corners, then top with a stroke of deep blue liquid liner. Finish with pink cheeks and a rosy lip stain.

Your new go-to: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #6 Iridescent Navy Blue, $21; sephora.com.

Next: If you always wear: Natural blush


Try: A bright pink

The fresh new way to wear blush: go bold.

Think barely-there blush is the only kind that works for you? Nope. “Electric pink wakes up every skin tone,” says New York City celebrity makeup artist Tomy Rivero. Sweep a fuchsia shade up cheekbones, then dab a creamy highlighter on the apples; blend for a glowy sheen. Add mascara and lip gloss-that’s it.

Your new go-tos:Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Quickie, $26; sephora.com. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Travel Pen, $25; sephora.com.

Next: If you always wear: Earthy shadows


Try: Shimmery bronze

Bench your neutrals; sexy bronze shadow for the win!

Matte, taupey eyeshadow: not always your friend. “It tends to look flat and can make the eyes recede,” cautions Rivero. Instead, use a bronze with a bit of glimmer. If your skin is light or medium, grab one with silver flecks. Have an olive or dark complexion? Look for a bronze that skews golden. Smudge just above lashes for day and all over lids for a night out. Wear with bronzer, mascara and tinted lip balm.

Your new go-tos: Estée Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks in Slow Burn and Scorched Gold, $22; nordstrom.com.

Next: If you always wear: Low-key mascara


Try: The lay-it-on-thick look

Forget subtle definition-the thicker, the better.

Clumpy mascara is no longer the enemy. “Dark, chunky lashes spotlight the whites of your eyes, making them seem bigger,” says Stiles. The trick: Apply three coats of mascara from root to tip, then hold the brush vertically and swipe through lashes from side to side until they get that spidery effect. Fill in the lash line with black liner; add a hint of blush and a natural pink lip.

Your new go-tos: Maybelline New York Colossal Chaotic Mascara, $8; amazon.com. Ciate Chisel Liner, $19; sephora.com.

Next: If you always wear: Berry lipstick


Try: Glossy mocha

Cocoa-colored lips with a touch of metallic gloss: surprisingly flattering.

That ’90s brown lip is back-and way better, thanks to a metallic finish. First fill in lips with a nude lip pencil to help color stay put. Using a lip brush for precision, layer on a deep brick lipstick and finish with a slick of gold-tinted gloss.”This creates the illusion of fuller lips,” says Rivero. Keep the rest of your face naked for max mouth impact, then walk out the door with newfound makeup mojo.

Your new go-tos: Elizabeth Arden Lipstick in Chocolate, $25; amazon.com. Rituals Sparkling Lipgloss in Golden Brown, $17; amazon.com.


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by Melanie Rud Chadwick
From Health magazine

What are the biggest beauty secrets of Hollywood’s hottest stars? We got top stylists and makeup artists to give us the scoop on how they get A-listers beautiful for awards season. Take their advice, and paparazzi-ready skin, buzzworthy makeup, and stylist-on-call hair may be within your reach.

Next: Be so smooth

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Murdering your muffin top and more.

For many men and women, the abs are a huge area of focus for working out. The abdominals for most people are an area where they carry the most fat so logically, they are looking for exercises that target that specifically. Here is a great article from exercise experts on how to work out these areas of the body.

When most people think “abs,” they think the muffin top that blooms over the top of too-tight pants. But abdominals, a set collectively known as the core, includes the many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt and the front and inner thighs, says Michele Olson, PhD, professor of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University-Montgomery, Alabama.

Here are 24 moves, from simple to killer, that will keep your daily core workouts interesting!

Next: Get more from your core


You’ll get more from your Pilates, yoga, or core-focused moves-meaning a slimmer, flatter belly-by following these tips:

.Move from your waist. Whenever you twist, make sure the movement happens from your bottom rib up. Keep hips still.
.Tighten up. Throughout each move, you should feel a tightening, similar to zipping up a pair of tight jeans, from one hip bone to the other.
.Exhale deeply. To help strengthen your abs and protect your lower back, be sure to exhale thoroughly with every breath.

Watch the video: How to Do Plank Hip Dips  

Next: A new kind of crunch

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Ordering out on a diet

When you’re on a diet, most people feel so restricted about traveling and ordering out because there are so few healthy options and so many temptations to cheat. Being on a diet however is not the end of your life. You just have to know what to order when you do go out. A popular chain, Panera, was recently visited by a group of nutritionists and here are the dishes they recommend ordering if you’re on a diet.

But clean ingredients and all, it’s still pretty easy to go calorie crazy at Panera. Yes, we want a roll. And the potato chips. And an apple, please. So we asked six nutritionists to share their go-to orders.

The nutritionist: Victoria Holthaus, M.S., R.D.N., founder of YES! Nutrition, LLC
The order: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad or You Pick Two: Black Bean Soup and a Classic Side Salad.

“I love the quinoa salad because it has 19 grams of plant-based protein from golden quinoa, red quinoa, and almonds,” says Holthaus. “But sometimes I just can’t pick one thing. The black bean soup has balanced amounts of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. I grab a bottle of coconut water for a potassium boost to help balance the sodium in the black bean soup.”

The nutritionist: Mitzi Dulan, R.D., board-certified sports dietitian, nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals, author of The Pinterest Diet
The order: Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

“In addition to the nutritious greens, this salad provides healthy fats from the pecans. It also has 29 grams of protein (mostly from the chicken!),” says Dulan. “Since the oils boost the calorie and fat counts of the salad, I try not to use all of the dressing you’re given.”

The nutritionist: Marie Spano, M.S., R.D., board-certified sports dietitian, certified strength and conditioning specialist, team nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks
The order: All-Natural Turkey Chili and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

“The turkey chili is loaded with fiber and protein,” says Spano. “Lots of spices, like garlic and onion powder, give it a delicious kick (though it is loaded with sodium). The quinoa salad has a lot of great textures and tastes, with crunchy almonds and cucumbers, and soft olives and quinoa. The plant-based salad is high in antioxidants, plus the extra-virgin olive oil provides healthy fats.”

The nutritionist: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., founder of 360 Family Nutrition
The order: Lentil Quinoa Bowl with Chicken

“This is a great well-balanced lunch choice,” says Smith. “The chicken provides lean protein, and this bowl uses spinach and kale instead of romaine or iceberg lettuce. (That means extra calcium and vitamin K!) To keep the sodium in check, I remove about half of the broth.”

The nutritionist: Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutrition Starring You, LLC
The order: You Pick 2: Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto and either BBQ Chicken Salad and a Whole Grain Roll or Chicken Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce and an Apple

“I love that Panera makes it so easy to enjoy fruits and veggies as part of a delicious meal,” says Harris-Pincus. “These combos clock in around 400 calories and are nutrient-rich with a nice balance of protein, fiber, and lots of produce.”

The nutritionist: Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D., owner of Shaw’s Simple Swaps
The order: Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean Soup with a Sprouted Whole Grain Roll

“I love that this soup has over 15 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fiber to keep me full and satisfied,” says Shaw. “Black beans are filled with vitamins and minerals like iron and folate that make this a nutrient-dense meal on the go.”

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/nutritionist-panera-orders

Want to lose weight? Add these to your diet

Losing weight is not easy. Starving yourself certainly doesn’t help and is not only potentially very dangerous to your health but can actually slow down your metabolism and cause you to overeat, negating all your efforts of dieting. It’s about eating the right foods and having the right balance of nutrients, sufficient exercise and homeostasis of your hormones. Call Protea Medical Center for more information.

by Kathleen Mulpeter

If you’re trying to shed pounds, consider this the ultimate guide to what you should be putting on your plate. These good-for-you foods contain powerful nutrients and antioxidants that have been shown to help your body lose weight, feel full for longer periods of time, and have more energy. As a bonus, many have added benefits, too, such as preventing various diseases or reversing the signs of aging.

Here are 50 weight loss superfoods to start incorporating into your diet, plus delicious ways to prepare them from Health‘s contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.

Next: Almonds


Almonds are a great source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower your cholesterol and keep you slim. They also contain fewer calories than most other varieties of nuts (just 163 calories for 23), as well as plenty of fiber and vitamin E. According to a study in the International Journal of Obesity, people who added a daily serving of almonds to a low-calorie diet lost more weight than those who followed the same diet but ate a carb-heavy snack such as crackers instead.

To reap the benefits, Sass recommends using almonds to crust a lean protein such as salmon or sprinkling them onto salads and cooked veggies. “You can also whip them into smoothies or use nut butter as the base for a savory sauce seasoned with garlic and ginger,” she says.

RELATED: The 20 Best Foods to Eat for Breakfast

Next: Apples


Apples contain pectin, an ingredient that naturally slows digestion and encourages feelings of fullness. Studies show that eating a whole apple with your meal (as opposed to apple juice or applesauce) is a natural appetite suppressant, helping you consume fewer overall calories without feeling deprived. Sass likes using shredded apple in slaws and stir-fry, or mixing them into burger patties to add moisture.

Apples are also a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Just be sure not to skip the skin, which contains much of the fruit’s nutritional benefits.

RELATED: 25 Amazing Apple Recipes

Next: Artichokes


Artichokes are incredibly filling-in fact, they are one of the highest-fiber vegetables, says Sass. A single boiled artichoke contains a whopping 10.3 grams of fiber-almost half the recommended daily amount for women. To curb your appetite before a meal, Sass suggests enjoying the veggie as a pre-dinner appetizer: try them in a refreshing salad with edamame and asparagus, or make homemade salsa with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, and red onions.

Next: Avocados


Is there anything avocados can’t do? This creamy superfood (loaded with monounsaturated fats, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins C and E) has been linked to improved vision, good heart health, and a reduced risk of certain cancers. And avocados can also help whittle your middle: according to one study, people who regularly consume them weigh less and have smaller waists than those who do not. Another study found that women who eat half an avocado at lunchtime might experience reduced food cravings later in the day.

There are countless ways to enjoy the fruit (yes, technically it is one), but you can’t beat the classic combination of whole-wheat toast with mashed avocado, lemon juice, and sunflower seeds. Sass also recommends whipping avocado into a smoothie, pureeing it with herbs and citrus juice to make a creamy salad dressing, or adding it to a veggie omelet.

RELATED: 8 Avocado Recipes (Besides Guacamole)

Next: Bananas


Although they’re best known for containing potassium, bananas are also a great source of resistant starch, a type of starch that’s important for weight loss. Your body digests resistant starch slowly-helping you feel full for longer-while simultaneously encouraging your liver to switch to fat-burning mode. And no need to wait for them to become completely ripe; bananas actually contain more of this calorie-torching ingredient when they’re still a little green.

Even more reasons to add a bunch to your shopping cart: Bananas can help regulate blood pressure, ease digestive problems, replenish nutrients after a workout, and may even help prevent strokes in older women.

Next: Black beans


Black beans are a member of the pulse family, a food group that’s been shown to help burn calories, reduce belly fat, and curb appetite. Just one cup of black beans packs 15 grams of protein without the saturated fat you often find in other high-protein sources, such as red meat.

“Black beans work great in both savory and sweet dishes,” says Sass. “You’ve probably had black bean soup, but you can also make black bean brownies or whip them into puddings and smoothies.”

RELATED: 10 Protein-Packed Pulse Recipes That Satisfy

Next: Blueberries


One cup of antioxidant-rich blueberries contains just 80 calories and 4 grams of fiber, which helps your body feel full for longer. They’re also a good source of manganese, which can speed up metabolism and make you feel energized.

More reasons to love them: blueberries contain a compound that attacks cancer-causing free radicals, and research suggests they may also help ward off UTIs, keep skin bright, and reduce age-related memory loss.

Next: Broccoli


A great source of calcium and important cancer-fighting compounds, broccoli also has loads of filling fiber and will set you back only 30 calories per serving. If eating this cruciferous veggie makes you bloat, try steaming it first, which makes it easier to digest while still preserving the cancer-fighting ingredients that could be lost when you boil or cook it in the microwave.

RELATED: 13 Veggies You Only Think You Don’t Like

Next: Brown rice


This healthy grain is a great source of phytonutrients, which have been linked to decreased risks of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Brown rice is also packed with fiber, contains 1.7 grams of fat-burning resistant starch, and is a low-energy-density food (in other words, it’s filling but still low in calories).

Feeling adventurous? Try adding black rice to your shopping cart instead of brown. It contains even more antioxidants than blueberries and significantly more vitamin E than brown rice.

Next: Cabbage


Cabbage is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C but extremely low in calories (just 22 per cup), so you can fill your plate with the leafy green guilt-free. And while you’re probably familiar with the infamous Cabbage Soup Diet, there are plenty of alternate ways to eat this veggie that won’t leave you feeling hungry. It’s delicious in a variety of slaws or salads, and makes a crunchy garnish atop tacos or burgers.

RELATED: 23 Easy Cabbage Recipes

Next: Carrots


Because carrots have high water and fiber content, they can increase feelings of fullness as you eat. To boost their calorie-burning potential, try roasting them: in a University of Arkansas study, roasted carrots contained three times as many antioxidants as raw ones.

Also good: The beta-carotene in carrots can help maintain a strong immune system and good eyesight.

Next: Cauliflower


Cauliflower is an especially low-calorie vegetable-just 25 calories per cup. It’s also packed with filling fiber and good-for-you nutrients like potassium and vitamins C, K, and B6.

Like its cruciferous cousin broccoli, raw cauliflower can cause bloating, but steaming can make it easier to digest. Try steaming then blending the veggie to give it a mashed potato-like texture, pureeing it into soup, or making cauliflower ‘rice’ by pulsing florets in a food processor before heating them in a wok.

Next: Chia seeds


Small-but-mighty chia seeds are a terrific source of essential nutrients like omega-3s, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. They also pack a serious fiber punch-4 grams per tablespoon-so when you add them to your favorite healthy foods, they’ll help ward off hunger.

The versatile seeds can be blended into smoothies, stirred into oatmeal, used to thicken pudding, or added to yogurt. “You can even whisk them into a homemade citrus vinaigrette,” says Sass. “The gel-like texture when they absorb water is both filling and satisfying.”

RELATED: 10 Delicious and Healthy Ways to Use Chia Seeds

Next: Chili peppers


The effect of chili peppers on your metabolism is real, says Sass. They contain a chemical compound called capsaicin that can increase your body’s ability to burn fat (as much as 90 extra calories following a meal), and are also a good source of vitamin C.

“You can add chili peppers to omelets or egg salad, sprinkle them into a stir-fry, or mix them into salad dressing, tahini, or guacamole,” says Sass. “You might even stir a little chili pepper into melted dark chocolate to drizzle over fruit.”

Next: Coconut oil


Coconut oil is having a moment right now: it can be used as a butter or olive oil substitute in everything from baked goods to salad dressing, and can even be used as an alternative to milk in lattes (yes, really). Sass is a fan of the heart-healthy oil whipped into smoothies, and you can also use it to sauté veggies, sear fish, or as an olive oil replacement in soups and stews. (It’s also a must-add to your beauty routine, and makes a wonderful natural moisturizer for skin and hair.)

Luckily, trendy coconut oil is also good for your waistline. Because it’s a satisfying source of healthy fats, coconut oil fills you up quickly and helps you consume fewer overall calories. It also contains medium-chain triglycerides, which are easily digestible and quickly converted into energy.

RELATED: 10 Surprising Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Next: Coffee


Good news for java lovers: The caffeine in coffee could speed up your metabolism and help your body burn slightly more calories (about 26 per cup). A study in Physiology & Behavior found that the average metabolic rate of people who drank caffeinated coffee was 16% higher than those who drank only decaf. Just be mindful of how much cream and sugar you add to your cup, which could offset any health benefits the beverage provides.

“You may be surprised to learn that you can actually eat your coffee, too,” says Sass. “Whip coffee grounds into a smoothie, stir them into oatmeal, or use them as a rub for meat.”

Not a fan of the taste? Exfoliating your skin with coffee grounds could help temporarily minimize the appearance of cellulite. Because coffee is a diuretic, it draws fluid away from fat cells, causing them to shrink in size.

Next: Collard greens


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“No other food on the planet contains the unique natural substances found in dark chocolate,” says Sass. The sweet treat is a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which could help speed up your metabolism. Research suggests that dark chocolate might also help curb your cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods.

“I love to chop dark chocolate into squares and add them into a smoothie,” says Sass. “You can also melt it and season with cinnamon, grated ginger, or fresh mint.”

RELATED: 5 Decadent (and Healthy!) Chocolate Recipes

Next: Eggs

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