Instead of washing toxic chemicals down our drains when using synthetic shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and facial cleaners, it would be eco-friendly, health producing, and logical to use natural products that are better for our bodies, for the earth, and for its oceans. Green Lifestyles TV is educating and assisting the general public in choosing and learning about natural ingredients over toxic chemicals and manufactured ingredients.
On June 14, 2011, non-profit *Green Lifestyle TV will team up with an “Eco-Conscious” Salon in Silverlake ( Natural Mind Beauty,) to hold “A Day of Green Beauty” Fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will benefit future Green Lifestyle TV’s educational programming (visit www.greenlifestylesonline.org this summer for videos and articles on green health and beauty alternatives.)
This event will kick off their summer-long Green Beauty Campaign and will include a “Green” Panel Discussion titled, “Beauty With a Conscience.” Panelists will discuss the hidden dangers in standard hygiene and beauty regimens and give solutions on how to be “gorgeous and radiant” without poisoning our inner and outer environments.
Tamara Henry, former Miss Arkansas and TV News Anchor (moderator)
Blythe Metz, actress, producer
Raymond Williams, Founder/COO of Genuine HoBo Bodi-Sense International,LLc.
Lillian Muller, Actress, Model & 8 times Playboy Magazine Cover Girl
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Natural Mind Beauty & Beyond (a truly green beauty salon)
3607 W. Sunset Blvd (at Maltman),
Los Angeles, Silverlake, CA 90026
Phone:: (323) 666-6641
ABOUT GREEN LIFESTYLE TV (GLTV)
Green Lifestyle TV will launch in summer 2011 as a web TV channel, providing educational & entertaining programming that emphasizes daily living from a green perspective.
Green Lifestyle TV is a production of the Green Lifestyle Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.greenlifestyles.org.
Audra Yocom is a certified personal trainer based out of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, who brings you monthly fitness tips and helps us to disspell those myths we’ve all been subjected to regarding fitness at one point or another in our battle with the bulge. To learn more about Audra or to inquire about training sessions visit her site http://audrayocom.com.
As a personal trainer I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say proudly, “I always make sure I don’t eat after seven o’clock.” As if this, in and of itself, is some sort of critical piece of the puzzle to losing weight– and it always makes me chuckle. This concept plays a very minor role in weight loss and may even serve to hinder your fitness goals. What matters most for weight loss is consistently burning more calories than what you take in.
According to Nutrition: The Complete Guide by John Berardi, PhD and Ryan Andrews, MS/MA, RD, eating small meals every 2 – 4 hours stimulates metabolism, regulates blood sugar levels, and helps maintain body mass. It also explains that if the 2-4 hour time frame happens to fall right before bed, you should eat regardless of what you have heard to the contrary. PJ Glassey (author of Cracking Your Calorie Code) has some great suggestions on foods to eat before bed (see link http://pjfit.com/?p=123) that can actually boost your fat burning ability while you sleep such as whey protein and organic cottage cheese.
Studies do show people who eat infrequently and wait until late at night after eating little all day tend to eat more when they finally do eat. In addition, they tend to eat higher calorie foods that are quicker to get or easier to prepare such as: fast food, fried food, frozen pizza, or vending machine food. These behaviors are partly to blame for the misconception that eating right before bed can cause weight gain. Keep in mind that when your body thinks it’s starving (which it tends to do when you go several hours without eating) it stores fats and carbohydrates from your next meal to use as fuel later, because it’s preparing for another fast. Just imagine what this does to your body when you go for that greasy burger after seven or eight hours without food. The flip side to your body storing fats to use as fuel later is when your body depletes all its fat store reserves and starts using muscle in its place.
This brings us to the next argument: Muscle catabolism.
Muscle catabolism is when the body breaks down muscle for fuel. When the body doesn’t have enough fats and carbohydrates to use as an energy source it will then break down muscle in its place. Remember, the more muscle you have the quicker and more efficiently you burn fat, so when your body is burning up its own muscle there’s a slight conflict of interest. I know of trainers who actually have heavily-training clients wake up in the middle of the night to eat a lean snack just to avoid muscle catabolism. By eating the right foods before going to bed you actually help your body’s metabolism process continue using the fat and carbohydrate fuel sources instead of the muscle fuel sources during an all night fast. Eating the proper snack before bed time can also help you sleep better, which is proven to help your body maintain proper hormone levels and, in turn, helps maintain a healthier body weight.
Things to remember:
- For weight loss you must consistently consume fewer calories per day than you are burning
- Eat every 2 – 4 hours even if that happens to fall right before bed time
- Stay away from greasy and sugary foods before bed (go with more protein, less carbohydrate as it gets later)
- Avoid muscle catabolism
- Get the recommended 7 – 8 hours of sleep as consistently as possible
Nutrition: The Complete Guide by John Berardi , PhD & Ryan Andrews, MS/MA, RD pg. 335-336
“Eating Before Bed and Gaining Weight”: http://www.livestrong.com/article/87749-eating-before-bed-gaining/
“Protein Foods to Eat Before Bed to Delay Metabolism While Sleeping”: http://www.livestrong.com/article/286044-protein-foods-to-eat-before-bed-to-delay-metabolism-while-sleeping/
“Sleep Yourself Skinny and Eat Yourself Thin”: http://pjfit.com/?p=123
BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T LIKE A LITTLE PAMPERING WITH THEIR CHAMPAGNE?
Alright, bear with me…this has been a gripe of mine for what seems like forever now.
Black eyeliner has been a standard part of my everyday make-up routine practically since I started wearing make-up. I’m not overly picky about the brand since I’m not looking for my eyeliner to work miracles nor be infused with vitamins and antioxidants (that part of me will just have to age naturally) so for me the less expensive versions (Jane, NYC, Cover Girl) work just as well as their pricier counterparts (Lancome, Tarte). I spend enough on other items in my make-up bag that spending less on this item balances out, at least in my mind. Maybe if I lived in a place that experienced an abnormally high level of humidity, rain, or snow I might opt for a waterproof version but since I live in the land of no seasons I am perfectly content with regular black liner.
I do have two requirements when it comes to this form of warpaint (1) that it be the automatic twist-up kind and not the standard kohl pencil/crayon that requires sharpening and (2) almost more importantly that it be BLACK (not to be confused with Smokeline, Charcoal, or even Soft Black).
Since I know that I use black liner on a daily basis I try to buy two or three at a time…that’s more wishful thinking than reality as even imagining that I could find multiple black liners at one of my local drugstores would be more of a daydream or consist of my being outside of Los Angeles County when attempting this, as I remember anytime I’ve ever had to buy eyeliner in any other city, it’s not as big an issue.
More times than I can count I have encountered empty slots of where my coveted black liner should reside, leading me to believe that I’ve got some competition for my beauty staple. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t the run-of-the-mill party girls in this town, not even the fabulous gay community, nope living so close to Hollywood (according to Mapquest exactly 3 minutes or 1.2 miles.) my competition comes in the form of the axe-wielding, double stroke rolling, mic twirling Band Guy that overpopulates this city. No offense meant as I am friends with more than my fair share of these guys and guys wearing eyeliner (or “guyliner” as it’s often referred to) is not a novelty. I even found a how-to for Applying Guyliner. In fact to go even further, check out this article that VH1 did on Dudes Wearing Eyeliner back in October 2006.
David Bowie rocked it, so did Alice Cooper, Keith Richards, Dave Navarro, Robert Smith, the list goes on and on…so why shouldn’t these band guys sport it too? As a girl with many guy friends in bands I completely support you if you want to wear eyeliner or any other make-up, whatever, work it, own it! Just stay away from my eyeliner stick to the kohl kind that you have to sharpen, I could care less about that kind of eyeliner.
It makes me wish that the “WentzPentz” (Pete Wentz Eye Pencil Line) had come to fruition instead of being a BellaSugar April Fool’s Joke. I recall hearing that there was a UK male make-up line called Taxi Man which featured “guyliner” and “manscara” but I don’t think it caught on. I think it’s high time that someone created a guy’s eyeliner line what with how commonplace it’s become. Because if nothing else maybe that fake “Hot Topic exclusive WentzPentz” could’ve at least attracted the future black eyeliner wearing boys of America and kept them away from the already poorly stocked shelves of my local Walgreens, Rite-Aides, and CVS.
Alright, that’s enough ranting. I apologize for having taken up your time with my superfluous complaint, you may now resume strategically planning an end to world hunger or resolving the economic deficit, whichever it is you usually do on Tuesdays.
photo originally published here.
After my last hair straightener ended it’s life, I had no choice but to replace it. This is the second one I’ve had to buy in the last two years. The one previous to that was stolen when my car was broken into last year if you recall, but that one I had had for 2 to 3 years and was by far my favorite one, until now.
When shopping for a new straightener, the selection can be a little overwhelming. There are infomercials trying to sell you perfect straight hair with a spinning brush (I’ve tried this product, it worked ok but didn’t keep my hair straight), hairstylists trying to sell you their tools of the trade, and it can also be hard to tell which are the better products at specialty stores/beauty supplies since most boast the same qualities and are priced competitively.
I’ve had some really good straighteners like the one that was stolen (that I’d originally purchased at a Beauty Supply) and some ok ones like the most recent one (that I’d purchased directly from the headquarters of a well known hair product brand that their stylists use in all of their salons) that just stopped working (although according to my ex-roommate, it did provide us with “a summer of good hair”).
I thought back to the one that was my all-time favorite to date and decided to head to Sally’s Beauty Supply and check out what they had to offer. I sat in front of their selection for a little bit comparing heat levels, prices, etc. I ended up going with the one that seemed a little cocky claiming to “straighten your hair in one stroke.” Getting my hair straight in one stroke isn’t usually the issue, many straighteners can easily do this. The test is will it keep my hair straight most of the day? So, I decided to purchase it and call it’s bluff.
Turns out it completely lives up to it’s claims. This straightener probably straightened my hair in the quickest time (I have very thick and long hair) and also kept my hair straight even when the weather was on the verge of rainy. The true test will come when humidity of summer nights come into play, but we’ll see I am expecting it to still be able to handle that. So far I am happy with this and already recommended this to a few girlfriends.
The other people who I can imagine benefiting from this tool would be guys who also straighten their hair as it really does work super-quick and keeps hair straight for a long time. This might work superbly for guys and girls in bands who tour a lot as getting ready time can be so limited and inconsistent. My hair straightening time was probably cut in half and I didn’t touch my hair again with it until a day or two later.
The price is competitive at $79.99 (although it’s currently on sale on their site and possibly in stores for $69.99).
Click here for more info.
Before heading off to PROJECT LAS VEGAS, the TRAffIK Fashion Girls took a look at their current beauty obsessions and must-haves and are sharing them with you. See below for what get’s them glowing, keeps them moisturized, hydrates them, and what tunes they can’t get out of their heads (because we all need good music to get ready to)
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Here’s some of what to expect: How-to’s – BB and Heather will show you exactly how to wear some of the hottest new trends as well as accessories you may already own in great new ways, Insider Info from the events that BB and Heather attend or are involved with, like Project Las Vegas (Feb.16-18), Q &A’s with Fashion Industry Insiders – So that you can continue to learn about the inner workings of the Fashion Industry. They will also tackle any questions that you may have, and Special Features on What to Wear and Where.