New Year’s Resolutions- Fitness Goals for Wedding Day with Stark Fitness

Many start off the year with aspirations of the proverbial…New Year, New You.  I took this quite literally as I rounded the corner in 2017 with an amazing year, welcoming our sweet baby boy, Mason in August 2018.   After thinking for the majority of my life that I would not have children, I didn’t waste any time at age 36 having our first child, Shaelyn, and a mere 14 months later, Mason arrived.  AND, to top it all off, I was going to walk down the aisle a mere 6 months after Mason arrived.

I certainly did not have the time to spare getting the baby weight off and decided to partner with Stark Fitness to get to my goal weight.  I had two very difficult pregnancies involving extended hospital stays for weeks at a time and a majority of the pregnancy on bed-rest.  This resulted in a total weight gain of 55 lbs, 30 lbs over the recommended weight from my doctor.

Resolution #1: Be unabashedly open and honest during this journey

All too often we see these women who bounce back and are in their skinny jeans a week after pregnancy.   I made this mistake of following some of these accounts during the pregnancy, only to have unrealistic expectations for myself.  For this reason, I wanted to share my personal journey in hopes it will give perspective from a “normal” person in hopes this will shed some light on the weight loss process.  Below you will find a picture of me 1 week before I delivered at full term and the next picture is me 2 weeks after giving birth.

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Resolution #2: Hit the Gym 3-4x Per Week

It is not secret I DO NOT LIKE TO SWEAT, or really do any physical activity.  So, I knew it would really take a team of to rally around me to help my along this journey.  MKC is a sponsor for Miss California and through the years, I had hard contestants and Title Holders mention Stark Fitness (SF), a fellow sponsor, so I decided to check them out.  To my surprise, SF has a 360 approach to Health & Wellness, which is exactly what I needed.  I was set up for an initial consultation to assess my physical fitness level, which was very low given I had been on bed rest for the last 5 months and a 6 week recovery for my C-Section.  Stark crafted a personalized work out program for me to work on not only building a foundation for fitness, but also focusing on regaining my core from the pregnancy.

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Resolution #3: Make the Right Food Choices

I did not count calories and ate whatever I wanted during the pregnancy, which included lots of carbs.  Now that the party was over and reality has set in, I needed to re-program my food intake to get to my goal.  With the help of my nutritionist at Stark, Amir Modalfi, we came up with a meal plan that included lots of protein & veggies, I was armed with the literal recipe for success.

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Resolution #4: Drink More Water

I could drink 8 glasses of champagne before the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.  I knew hydration was key and ditching all of the beverages with empty calories was an absolute must.  I loaded up the office, house, car and anywhere else I was headed with water.  To make water more appealing, I have water in beautiful glasses with lemon and a straw.

Resolution #5: Get to my Goal Weight by Wedding Day, If not Sooner

Let’s embark on this journey together and hopefully, cross the finish line at my Goal.

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Top 10 beauty products we are thankful for!

November is the month that we focus on what we are most thankful for. As we (Team Manna) are so involved in the beauty industry we wanted to share our top 10 beauty products we can’t live without!

It Starts with Your Skin

Radiant skin will help you feel beautiful inside and out. With so many toxins in the air we want to enhance our skin with the best it can get! Not to mention, healthy skin will also lead to flawless makeup application!

Sheet Masks are a great weekly routine to keep your skin moisturized and glowing. We love this Korean Skincare brand; Tony Moly Masks. Affordable and works wonders on your face with nourishing ingredients. You could also use the extra liquid on your body to nourish dry spots! Shop here!

We also love Glossier’s serums for a daily boost to your skin. This 3 packs is great because it adapts to your skin’s different stages throughout the month. When your skin feels dull, use Super Glow, if you’re stressed and breaking out—sounds like a job for Super Pure, lastly apply Super Bounce to ease tight, dehydrated skin. Shop this dynamic trio here!

Every day is a GREAT Hair Day

With a busy lifestyle it is easy to throw your hair in a bun and run out the door. These two must have products will keep your hair feeling clean, fresh, and looking fab without the wash!

Forget the baby powder or dry powdered shampoos that leave your with residue that take away shine, leaving a dull appearance. Ouai haircare released a new and innovative foaming dry shampoo. The Dry Shampoo Foam works without water to thoroughly cleanse and refresh hair while adding instant volume with a just-showered shine. Shop online at theouai.com!

Now that you gave your hair life add some texture with the Sail Soft Wave Spray. Simply spray directly on hair for the most natural looking voluminous waves. Lightweight spray adds natural volume and texture to your hair while giving you the perfect soft, supple, shiny waves that you’ve been dreaming of! Click here to shop R+CO.

 

Makeup Must Haves-

We’ve seen top beauty influencers using the Beauty Blender (Makeup’s Best Friend) for seamless application. Applying your makeup with a Beauty Blender ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste and provides you a more precise, targeted application. Shop here!

Tip- Damp your sponge when applying powders to create more of a full coverage application.

Watch it in action! Beauty Vlogger Nikkie Joy using the Beauty Blender 10 ways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeNwH5NdIXY

Give your lips some love with Butter London’s Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil to moisturize, smooth, and nourish your lips. Crafted with key ingredients to revitalize, firm and condition your lips. Formulated with Tahitian Coconut Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Cloudberry Oil, and Green Tea Extract. Shop this lip must have here!

Condition, condition! Even your eyelashes need some love! Manna Kadar Cosmetic’s Lash Extending Primer hold 2 major benefits; lengthening lashes and conditioning lashes. Most commonly used as a base to mascara to provide ultimate length, the Lash Extending Primer has a secret power. Used on men and women as a night time conditioning treatment. Simply apply during your night time routine and let the nourishing ingredients strengthen and moisturize your sensitive lashes.

Shop here, sign up for the auto-replenishment subscription for 25% off ($18USD)!

Give your face and body a dewy luminous glow with Manna Kadar Cosmetic’s Glo Illuminator. Glo Illuminator is an incandescent liquid that lights up your skin giving it an all over radiance. Mix with foundation or wear alone to provide a luminous glow for all skin types. This is an especially amazing product for mature or dry skin. Your must have to brighten tired or dull skin, providing a youthful on-the-go Glo! Shop here!

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No more brittle, damaged and dry nails with Londontown’s Regenerating Nail Serum! With just one-pump this nutrient-rich serum deeply penetrates to deliver long-lasting condition and improved nail growth. No only do they have nail care, their polish is perfection!

Lakur enhanced colour contains an exclusive blend of vitamins and botanical oils that restore, hydrate and strengthen your nails from within with every application. We love using the Base Coat, Colour, and Top Coat for the perfect mani! Shop here!

Will The Right Eyeshadow Please Stand Up?

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Ladies, may I have your attention please? Will the right eyeshadow color please stand up? Many of you beauty lovers may ask,” what is the best eyeshadow color or look for me?” Very often we make the mistake of matching our eyeshadow to what we are wearing or our eye color and not what compliments us. Let’s spread the word and avoid this beauty faux pas and list it as a beauty top-offender. The eyes are the window to your soul, so let’s treat them like the boyfriend we never had!

The reality is there are many elements to consider when choosing the right eyeshadow. When choosing your eyeshadow, you should be asking, what will accentuate my eyes, style, and look for the day. If you use the wrong one it will conceal the beauty of your eyes and clash with your look. You should choose eye makeup to flatter your complexion, hair and eye color. The shade you choose should complement your natural eyes but not necessarily match it perfectly.

Based on your eye color here is what we recommend:

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Blue eyes are cool toned, so warm tones will provide the best contrast to bring out their irises. For all you blue-eyed beauties try earthy tones, slate gray, and taupe. When you want a brighter look use pink or rose toned eyeshadows.

 

Manna Tip: Avoid using blue eye makeup because it will dull out your eyes

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Green eyes are already bright, so there is no need to use vivid colors to enhance them. Try purple, mauve, violet, lilac, and plum. For a different look that works try brown with some bronze and gold specks in it.

 

Manna Tip: Avoid cool shades like blue, because they will make your eyes look washed out. To top off your look choose a brown eyeliner and mascara instead of black.

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Brown eyed beauties you are in luck! Brown eyes are versatile and are a great blank canvas. Anything warm, gold or reddish brown will add more depth to the eyes. If you want to go for a sexy and dramatic look, choose dark hues.

 

Manna Tip: Be careful of using browns because they might make your eyes look muddy. Neutrals like salmon and bronzy gold really accentuate the irises.

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Calling all hazel eyed beau’s! You have the best of both worlds! If you want to bring out the golden tones in your hazel eyes, use eye makeup that has golden undertones with a little bit of yellow in them as these will make your eyes sparkle.

Manna Tip: Experiment with light purple and pale pinks when trying to accentuate your eyes.

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Just like their brown relatives, dark brown or black eyes offer a blank canvas. This is because black/brown are created when all the primary colors are mixed together. Choosing a bold hue like cobalt blue because the contrast will ensure that your eyes pop. Or try a green shade, either

 

Manna Tip: To accentuate your lovely dark eyes, just use a black eyeliner and mascara.

Now, I know you might be thinking this us a lot to remember none the less a lot to buy. The amazing thing about eyeshadows is that they most often come in palettes. Find one that is the most bang for your buck and has a set of shades that compliment your eyes the most. Multi-functional palettes like our Day Dream Palette  that has a range of great nudes and natural shimmer options that fit every eye color! Just when you thought it was good it gets better! It also features a blush and highlighter that can also be used as eye shadows and are perfect for all of your on the go needs. Maximize what you get out of your eye shadows palettes and find one that is right for your eye color.Day Dream PaletteRemember beauty lovers the whole point is to accentuate your eyes and make them more attractive. There are always times when these guidelines can be skewed if you want to create fun looks. But, always keep in mind when choosing a look it’s about balance, how it compliments your overall look and your personal style.

Click here to shop now! 

When do makeup products expire?

Nothing Lasts Forever- Including your makeup!

We may not realize the dangers of using expired, but think of it this way- would you still eat expired food? Our answer is No! Therefor we need to realize how important it is for our skin to prevent using old and expired makeup products.

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In today’s blog we will be giving you some tips and guidelines on the best practices when it comes to tossing and replacing your makeup.

  1. Mascara: After 3 -6 months, toss!

During this time frame, which is after 3 months, it has certainly become a breeding ground for various types of bacteria. Watch out for that stench odor, and if you notice it, toss! Another thing to look out for is the texture of the Mascara, if it changes, toss!

Upgrade to the new Flutter Mascara featuring an hour glass wand to grad your lashes and provide extra length. $29 Click here to shop!

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  1. Liquid Eyeliner: toss after 3-6 months.

After that time frame, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

If for any reason, you notice that odd smell, toss! If you notice that it starts to lose its original texture and the color begins to fade, toss!

  1. Foundation:

Water-based foundations can last for a period of 12 months.

Oil-based foundations expire in 15 – 18 months.

However, if you’re always using your fingers for application or if you always reuse dirty makeup sponge then in 6 months, toss!

  1. Textured Makeup Products – eyeshadows or pressed powders:

Powder lasts longer, so these products can actually last up to 3 years but after that, toss!

  1. Lipstick and Lip Gloss:

If the product is in stick form, then after 1-2 years toss!

Tip to make your Lipstick last longer!

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DO NOT use your figures to apply. We recommend using a different lip brush outside of the one that comes with the applicator tube. With this, there be no or limited growth of bacteria – but after 12 months, toss!

Upgrade your #LipGame with Manna Kadar’s LipLocked Priming Lipstick for long-lasting vibrant color, formulated with built-in primer. $24 each- Click here to shop!

There you have it! You now know when your makeup expires, and also when to toss and replace them. To make sure that the makeup you apply are safe and effective, it is now up to you – So now ask yourself, have your makeup products expired? If so, toss!

How to organize your closet like a Fashion blogger

Maintaining stylish outfits everyday comes with a lot of work. Whether it is for work, school or hanging out with friends, you need a variety of tops, bottoms, accessories, bags, shoes and what not. Now there can be a lot of issues like where to find all this classy stuff, how to get affordable pieces, etc. But today we will tackle the issue of storage. These gorgeous fashion bloggers seem to have an organized closet that perfectly stores all their stuff without being messy. Other than adding fairy lights and a full length vintage mirror, you can follow these tips to achieve an organized closet just like a fashion blogger’s.

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Buy only what you love

How many times have you walked into a store and bought tens of items that you hardly ever used. But since you haven’t gotten a lot of use out of them, those items are still present in your closet instead of being in the pile of clothes going to charity.

Step 1- Nail your #StyleGame

The first step to a stylish closet is improving the quality and minimizing the quantity. Figure out your aesthetic. Do you prefer funky colored clothes, neutrals or darker shades? Are you into skinny jeans, Harlem pants or mom style trousers?

Tip: You can save pictures of your favorite outfits on bloggers and then figure out the similarity in them that makes them look good to you. (Bloggers to follow listed below!)

Step 2- Remember while shopping..

Stick to your aesthetic. Buy clothes that fit into that theme. Only buy those pieces that you are 100% sure you would love to wear. No matter how good of a bargain, skip the items that you have a doubt about. This won’t just make your closet easier to organize, you will also have a closet that you genuinely love. Mixing and matching different pieces of similar aesthetic will help you achieve different looks every time.

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Storing items properly can help you get more use out of them. Not only will they last long, you will get more use because you will be able to the see the items in front of you. If you decide to keep anything in boxes, opt for transparent ones. Add tags on each one. This will also save you time when you’re looking for a specific thing.

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Shoes can be stored in their regular boxes but on each one, add a label that tells you which exact shoe is present inside. If you happen to have a bit more space in your closet area, get a rack to store everyday use shoes within quick reach of your hand.

Click here to shop shoe organizers!

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Get scarf hangers. They can be used to store scarves but can also work as jewelry hangers. Bags can be stored on shelves. You can easily find different kinds of bag holders. You can add hooks to a wall and hang your bags or scarves there as well. Most fashion bloggers have their things on display in their closet. That can be easily done if you have a minimalist closet.

Click here to shop accessory organizers!

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Bloggers to follow

Here are some of our favorite fashion bloggers to follow for trendy outfits and inspirations!

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http://somethingnavy.com/

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@thriftsandthreads

http://www.thriftsandthreads.com/

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@hellofashionblog

www.hellofashionblog.com

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Having an organized closet requires some effort and a lot of self control. But once you get used to it, you will fall in love with the end results. What are you waiting for? Your inner fashion blogger is ready to shine!

How to be the best #BossBabe for your team?

It’s National Bosses Day! What better way to celebrate than sharing words of wisdom and tips on how to be the best #BossBabe for your team. We’ve narrowed down some key points that will make a difference at work that can help lead you and your team to ultimate success.

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Set an example

You can set the standards in the workplace by simply setting an example. By utilizing tools and sharing tips to success with your team, they too can gain such skills. This also falls along the lines of- Practice what you preach. If you encourage your team to stay organized set the example!

Be Polished and Presentable

Take the time to be polished on a daily basis- no one is going to take you seriously if you don’t even care enough to do your hair and makeup. Take the extra time in the morning to look presentable, this will also encourage your team to look their best!

Be a Team player

Despite your title in the company, roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done alongside your team. Show your team that as their boss there is nothing that you do that they wouldn’t. If this means writing addresses on envelopes, taking out the trash, or picking up the mail, help your team. It won’t go unnoticed!

Spread words of affirmation- not gossip

Instead of sharing gossip, take the initiative and share some positive feedback and noteworthy news. This will encourage your team to work hard as well as build respect towards you. If you are always negative, then this will affect the way your team members view your work ethic as well as your personality.

Acts of kindness

Think out of the box- what small things can you do to help your team and brighten someone’s day? A simple task like bringing in donuts or offering help on a task can instantly change someone’s day for the better!

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Happy National Boss day to all the #BossBabes and their power team!

How to balance your work and life?

Have you heard of the saying, “work hard, play hard”? What if you are working so hard that you don’t have time to “play” or take time to relax and enjoy yourself? It is important to master the art of work and life balance, we are going to share some tips with you on how to balance it all.

Be sure to Prioritize

In order to make time for yourself after a day at the office, spend a few minutes in the morning planning our your priorities in order of importance. During your workday aim to finish the urgent and high priority tasks, don’t stress about the low priority tasks, there is always tomorrow!

Tip– Stay organized with the Simplified Planner from Emily Ley- Shop here!

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Make time for Downtime

Busy schedule? Here is something else to add to the list- downtime! By physically blocking time in your calendar for yourself will help balance your life. You may also feel refreshed and limit the extra stress that can get your burnt out by the time the weekend approaches.

Know when to say No

Missing out on drinks with the girls one night in exchange for going to bed before 10 pm can be rewarding. Your friends will understand and you will feel relieved that one thing has been lifted off your plate. Don’t get me wrong, a night out with the girls is great but sometimes you need to know when to say no and take care of yourself first.

Disconnect

Make sure to take your time to yourself to its full extent. Don’t waste your few hours of downtime scrolling through your Instagram feed then realize your time is up! Simply disconnect yourself from social media, turn off your phone for an hour or two. Not only will you feel relaxed and content mentally, by disconnecting from technology your eyes will be thankful too! We spend hours looking at the computer screen and cell phone screen, your eyes need a rest too!

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Leave your Work at the Office

Not only will leaving your work at the office help with your work-life balance, it will also ensure you are more successful when you’re in the office. Make your office your work space, when you get to work know you have tasks to do and a time frame to complete it by in order to leave without taking the work home.

Balancing it all takes time and practice before it becomes a habit. Work these tips into your lifestyle and you are on your way to successfully manage your work, time, and self-deserved relaxation.