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How to Order Healthy at Restaurants
It is possible to eat healthy and dine out. You will always eat the healthiest at home since, you control the ingredients that go in your food. Eating out is inevitable since it is a cultural norm. So here are tips on how to order healthy at restaurants.
If you are going to a restaurant that has big portions, appetizers are unnecessary. Appetizers are a quick food item that restaurants put out. Quick food are usually prepared unhealthy (fried) and are a great way to add unnecessary calories. Now there are always exceptions. If they have something healthy like a antipasto caprese, then go for it.
Always oil and vinegar.
Stay away from restaurant prepared dressings. They usually have bad fat and a ton of sodium. You can make a healthy ranch at home, but restaurants usually make sauces with cost efficient ingredients. Ask for oil and vinegar.
*Tip- some restaurants pass off regular oil as olive oil. Purchase small bottles of olive oil and vinegar and bring it with you.
Don’t eat the bread.
Bread is made with a ton of sugar. Sugar turns into fat if it is not burned off. Also, white sugar is terrible for you.
Grilled is your friend or raw.
Stick with shrimp, salmon or chicken breast or a piece of steak that doesn’t have much fat.
Ask for no butter on your vegetables.
A lot of restaurants will automatically put margarine on their vegetables, that’s why it tastes so good. Use your oil, vinegar and pepper.
If you really want desert, ask for whip cream and fruit or a scoop of ice cream.
Salads may not be your best friend.
Cheeses, croutons (bread), bacon, eggs, all add on fats, which turn into empty calories.
If you want drinks, not all wine is bad for you. If you are looking for a low calorie drink vodka, soda is the winner.
Top Nail Colors for Summer 2018
Top Nail Colors for Summer 2018
Featuring IG Blogger Michelle @msessielove
Summer nail colors are just so fun. They can set the mood and tone for your whole outfit. Here are the top nail colors for summer 2018.
1. A Nice Soft Green Nail is definitely a top 2018 Summer Nail color
I recently went on a hunt for rare Essies again and I was successful. This pretty minty color is called 'yespadrilles' and was part of the cashmere bright matte collection 2015. I think this was an US only release, I can't remember seeing them here in Europe. As the name of the collection suggests this polish dries down to a semi matte finish. I also took a picture without topcoat (👉swipe to see it). It looks nice matte but I personally prefer shiny nails so I added a glossy top coat. I did 3 coats but you could probably get away with 2 depending on the application. I love the color for spring and summer plus the TC makes the shimmer visible on the nail (at least in person) #essiepolish #essielove #essie #essieliebe #ohneessieohnemich #obsessie #essienista #essieyespadrilles #nailsoftheday
2. A Beautiful Blue Nail shouts Summer
Blue is definitely the most popular nail color of the 2018 summer season. From vibrant blues to almost greenish blue, to soft blues, to tiffany blue- the blue nail color is in. Essie is a great brand.
I can't believe I haven't done my nails in almost a week! So for the weekend I'm wearing one of my favourite blues ever, 'blue la la' from last year's summer collection. I absolutely love how bright this color looks with a tan, perfect for summer💙 #essiepolish #essielove #essie #essieliebe #ohneessieohnemich #obsessie #essienista #essiebluelala #nailsoftheday
3. A Pinkish Red is a Nice Neutral Nail Color for summer that you can pair with a great pink or red lip color.
It's been a busy week so I'm glad I finally get to post my polish of the week now! This is 'Éclair my love' from last year's summer collection and I think the color is hard to describe and catch on camera. Is it a pink toned red or a red toned pink? In the picture it looks more red, but in person I see more pink. It might not be the most unique color but it was perfect for the first real days of spring🌸 #essiepolish #essielove #essie #essieliebe #ohneessieohnemich #obsessie #essienista #essieeclairmylove #nailsoftheday
4. A Delightful Green Nails is very Fresh looking Nail color for Summer
Starting into the week on #manimonday with my most recent 'Instagram made me buy it' polish! This is 'going guru' from the 2016 resort collection, I actually didn't get any polishes from this collection when it first came out, I only ended up getting 'Delhi dance' later on. However I kept seeing spring inspired manis all over Instagram which also included 'going guru' quite a lot, so I thought I'll give it a go. Unfortunately I have to say I imagined it to be more pastel and I don't like this on me at all! I've been wearing this all day hoping it would grow on me in a weird way but it didn't. It's just not my kind of green! #essiepolish #essielove #essie #essieliebe #ohneessieohnemich #obsessie #essienista #essiegoingguru #nailsoftheday
5. A Pink with a hint of Coral is another Beautiful and Classic Summer Nail Color
Today I'm wearing one of my very first OPIs! It was a TK maxx find, like many of my polishes from this brand. I like the color range and quality but I never understood why their polishes are so high priced, I could get 2 Essies for 1 OPI! So I usually get them on sale for 1/3 of the price. Anyways, "Suzi's Hungary again" is a pretty pink with a hint of coral. Strangely it looks way more coral on camera, in person it looks a lot more pink. It seems like my phone never pics up red/pink shades correctly. Still looks beautiful! #opiproducts #opinails #opisuzishungaryagain #coralnails #opi #opilove #opiobsessed #opifan #nailsoftheday #nailsonfleek
Follow Michelle @msessielove to see more amazing nail inspo.
Advice from a Wedding Planner: Top 5 Skin Face cleansing products
Beauty and skin products have always been on my priority list. I remember getting my first Optimum points card at the Pharmaprix, one of Montreal’s drug store at the age of 12. Since then I have always had a secret obsession with skincare products and makeup. At an early age I knew that my skin was super sensitive, so I tried not experiment too much. I started off with Aveeno because it was super mild and ideal for sensitive skin and now I am using mostly, if not only, Clinique products.
Amongst my sisters I am the “go-to” person for which face wash, makeup and lipsticks to get. When I got my first part-time job, it was nothing but saving and then spending at Pharmaprix. My very first experiments were done with Lise Watier’s makeup products, then I jumped onto MAC and now well, like many of us, I am in love with Sephora.
I love Sephora because they can find specific products and brands according to your type of skin and their products are just amazingly fabulous. Clinique won my heart because of how specific their products are: they pretty much have products matching every skin type and still giving a 3-step plan.
Now let me share with you my Top 5 beauty and skin products:
1. First things first: The Cleanser.
Clinique cleansers, toner and face lotions are the products that I use every day, day and night. I use the mild foam cleanser: a gel to foam activate with water. It does not have a strong scent and it deep cleanses your skin; I even use it as a makeup remover. To find out more about the product click here.
2. The Toner:
I use the Clinique Toner in number 4, the purple solution. What I love about Clinique is they have regime and products based on your skin type whether you have normal to dry, or just simply oily. I like to say I have combination skin type because my T zone is oily and my cheeks and around the mouth area dry. Toner is important because sometimes washing just doesn’t do the entire trick, so toner removes all the traces of dirt and oil that was a bit more stubborn. To find out more about the toner click here.
Also, from Clinique I use their face moisturizers. They have two types of face lotions; the gel formula and the dramatically different formula. I use the gel formula in the summer because my skin is already naturally oily, and I use the Dramatically different formula in the winter when its colder and dryer. To find out more click here .
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen me share my love for the glam glow line of masks. I have tried all of them and a great way to do so is at Sephora as they have the sample sizes of all the masks. That gives you an opportunity to try them all and see what works for your skin type. I use the green jar, which is the power mud; it is a dual cleanse mud to oil formula. This mud mask is LIFE!! I absolutely love it, love the way my skin feels after using it. Just. Love. It. To find out more click here.
5. Make up Remover:
I use the Clinique Take the day off. This is a balm formula that you rub on to take your makeup off. Its turns from balm to oil but girl when I tell you it works, IT WORKS. To find out more click here.
Recently I discovered these face cloths called “Face it” by cloth in a box. Its perfect for us ladies who love our cleansing products and like to be cute while doing so. The cloths have these hand pockets that make if easy for you to clean your entire face, Its a gentle face cloth and can be used up to 100 times, hand wash in mild detergent and dry on tumble dry.
Well beautifuls, this is it for my beauty and skin products. I hope this helped.
About the Author:
StaceyAnn Clayton is a Montreal wedding planner and event stylist with over 5 years of experience. For more information, please visit: http://www.theultimateplanner.ca/.
Follow StaceyAnn @theultimateplanner
5 Things you should look for in a Body Scrub
5 Things you should look for in a Body Scrub
Look for these items in a body scrub because all body scrubs are not created equal
Body Scrub- Yes it is March, and although we would all like to imagine that spring is around the corner, we will likely have a few more weeks of Winter- making this the perfect time to prep our skin for the days of short sleeves and bathing suits.
What is a better way to prepare our dry winter skin and reveal the fresh glow of what’s underneath than with a body scrub? But before you purchase a body scrub, let’s look into what we should look for in the ingredients because not every body scrub is created equal.
Here are the top 5 things you should look for in a body scrub:
1. The Oils:
There’s a lot of science behind oils and how they benefit the skin. Some oils are heavy, with large molecules that sit on top of the skin. These act to protect, but not to heal or penetrate. They hold moisture in. Coconut Oil is a good example of a heavy oil.
Then there are oils that nourish the very top layers of skin, and soften dry skin. Olive Oil is my favorite example.
Then there are oils that penetrate the skin more deeply, and work to nourish new skin and give those cells a great start. Hello jojoba oil!
2. The Coffee: COFFEE REDUCES CELLULITE. It works by tightening the skin, the same way it shrinks capillaries when you drink it.
3. The Sugar (vs. salt): Salt is great at detoxing. Because of its magnetic relationship with water, it can pull the muckiness from your skin. But in return, it dries you out and can also pull the good things from your skin too, like moisture. There is a time and a place for salt, but not in a scrub.
Sugar, on the other hand, only deals with the surface. The dead, dry and flaky surface. So when aiming to exfoliate as a spring prep, aim for a sugar scrub.
4. The Feel: A Scrub shouldn’t feel like sand paper. Rather it should feel like your delicately scratching an itch. The components should not be course or painful. That defeats the purpose, you want to slough off dead skin, not damage new skin! You also should not have to rub hard, you should be gentle and still get the job done.
5. The Results of the Scrub: How does it make you feel? Do you notice a difference immediately? Do you love how soft your hands, feet, arms or legs feel after a treatment? If the answer is no, then it’s time to keep looking.
If you are looking for a great scrub that has all of the above components and is organic as well, try brevity's bare I hand and body scrub. Brevity Co. is a bath and body line, that is handmade in small batches and uses only natural and organic ingredients. The best selling product is Bare, organic coconut coffee body scrub. Bare, is a scrub that has all three oils, making it super food for your skin.
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