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Antiperspirant doesn’t cause Cancer!

In Health & Fitness on March 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Unfortunately in this world, many things we enjoy or need to use come with potential health risks. Experts often debate the dangers of certain chemicals used in beauty products, but as consumers (and perhaps beauty junkies) being force-fed loads of conflicting information, it’s hard to decipher fact from fiction. For example, many women have sworn off using antiperspirant altogether (preferring gentle deodorants), claiming it can cause cancer. Well, the smart ladies over at Beauty Brains have done some investigating and found that many of these scary antiperspirant claims are total rubbish. In fact, the American Cancer Society no longer wants these rumors running rampant, and they’re setting the record straight.

These are five statements about antiperspirant. Read them all and then guess which ones are true:

1. Antiperspirants increase our risk of developing breast cancer.
2. Applying antiperspirant immediately after shaving allows chemicals to more easily enter the body from the armpit area and increases the risk of breast cancer.
3. Parabens in antiperspirants cause disease.
4. Antiperspirants prevent people from sweating out cancer-causing toxins out through our lymph nodes, so toxins build up in breast tissue.
5. Men are less likely to get breast cancer since antiperspirant gets caught in their underarm hair and is not absorbed by their skin.

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Do It All Day Long…Your Fitness that is

In Health & Fitness on March 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

Ever wonder how many calories you’re burning during the day? Or how many steps you’ve taken? Or how many hours of actual sleep you got the night before? Well now there is a device that will track all of these things for you! The Fitbit is a tiny device (size of a quarter) that accurately tracks your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and sleep quality.

The Fitbit contains a 3D motion sensor like the one found in the Nintendo Wii and tracks your motion in three dimensions and converts this into useful information about your daily activities. You can wear the Fitbit on your waist, in your pocket or on undergarments and at night, you can wear the Fitbit clipped a wristband in order to track your sleep.

Also you can track your progress online because the data is wirelessly transferred via a base station. Everytime you walk by the base, the data from your Fitbit is silently uploaded in the background to Fitbit.com. Love it!

Buy It: Fitbit
Cost: $99

Fitness Fashion Footwear

In Health & Fitness, Shoes on March 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Watch out Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes is on the new fitness fashion ‘it’ girl promoting Reebok’s Easy Tone footwear. With the recent onslaught of celebrities promoting these fitness shoes (Kardashian for Sketchers, Mendes for Reebok), it leads me to believe that there must be some merit to these wonder shoes. Mendes attests to the shoes workout efficacy by saying ““We all walk throughout the day. It’s just a great way to kind of get a workout while you’re doing your basic daily errands….Once you’re wearing them, you do feel your calves working.”

Kardashian states “While I was in New York I found it impossible to find time to work out (it was hard to even find a gym, LOL) so I was looking for ways to stay in shape and Shape-ups have already really impacted my fitness routine for the better.”

Clearly these women are being paid to promote a product so of course their reviews will be glowing…but it makes me think there is something worthwhile about these fitness shoes. I guess the advertising is working. 😉

Sketchers Shape Ups
Buy It: Sketchers
Cost: $100.00+

Reebok Easy Tone
Buy It: Reebok
Cost: $59.99+

Lacy Lulu

In Fashion, Health & Fitness on February 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

One of my favorite athletic gear designers, Lululemon, has expanded their offering beyond fabulous yoga pants and sports bras, and is now designing underwear! Imagine having the perfect underwear to wear while doing yoga and tossing all the cotton, ill fitted undergarments you own! This is now a reality that you and I can really sink our tushes into. These frilly little pieces are made from soft, breathable Modal and organic cotton fabric, come in 13 different colors and are the perfect sexy yet comfortable every day underwear.

Buy It: Lululemon
Cost: $12.00

Shake Your Booty

In Electronics, Health & Fitness on December 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

With all the baked treats at work, holiday meals and parties, and traveling, your healthy diet may take a backseat the next few weeks (or more)!

Don’t wait until New Years to make your get-fit resolutions. Start now, by watching your portions of desserts and treats and getting some fun exercise in. Fun exercise? I know that sounds like a oxymoron but it’s actually a reality.

Dance off the pounds with the new Xbox Kinect Dance Central game or Zumba Fitness. This amazing new video game technology brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways without using a controller. The video game actually uses your body as the remote control! As you dance and move around your living room floor…so does your game avatar. This is one fun way to shake off the pounds.

XBox Kinect
Buy It:Best Buy
Cost: $299.99

Xbox Kinect Dance Central Game
Buy it: Best Buy
Cost: $49.99

Xbox Kinect Zumba Fitness Game
Buy it: Amazon
Cost: $39.96

The Cookie Facial

In Health & Fitness on December 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Would you rather wait for six months for one of Scott Vincent Borba’s high-definition hybrid diamond peel facials in Los Angeles or eat a cookie that makes your skin glow like a facial? If the answer isn’t clear to you, let me tell you about these ‘facial cookies’.

Scott Vincent Borba has teamed up with DeLuscious, the Los Angeles-based gourmet cookie shop favored by actresses Renée Zellweger and Reese Witherspoon, Borba is infusing small, artisanal batches of select recipes—oatmeal raisin and chocolate with white-chocolate toffee—with skin-, hair-, and nail-healthy vitamins (A, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, and zinc), as well as extracts of the antioxidant-rich Brazilian superberry, açai. Because if you’re going to have a cookie, says Borba, “It might as well be good for you.” No guilt—and no wait list—required.

Buy It:DeLuscious Cookies
Cost: 24.95

Fire Your Trainer

In Electronics, Health & Fitness on September 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

Fire your trainer and go buy an iPhone (if you don’t already have one). iFitness is one iPhone app we can’t live without because it is the personal trainer in your pocket (24 hours/day). This, #1 in the world fitness, app designs a workout for you based on your goals and shows you how to do the exercises with video and text instruction. It saves you thousands of dollars that you would have to spend on a personal trainer to get the same info.

It can also be thought of as a workout encyclopedia. It is a collection over 200 exercises, all with photos and easy to follow instructions. So the next time you are shelling out $100/session for your personal trainer, download this app and see if you can’t achieve the same results!

Buy It: iTunes
Cost: $1.99

Holla for Hula

In Health & Fitness on December 21, 2009 at 11:50 am

Looking to trim your tummy in the New Year? The kid in you will flip over these hip, colorful hoops. Thanks to some special features, there’s almost no learning curve, so you’ll be dancing and twirling like a pro from the get-go.

BodyHoops are sturdy and durable (not flimsy and featherlight, like cheaper versions), plus they’re lined with a special grip tape that helps keeps the hoops up on your hip so you can twist and twirl longer. The hoops are slightly weighted (1-2 pounds), so teens and adults can even use them as a fun workout tool to get their blood pumping, strengthen their core, and tone all over. BodyHoops come in a variety of sizes and colors (even glittery designs, perfect for girls who love glitz and glam), and they’re made right here in the USA. Who agrees it’s time for a hula hoop revival?!

Buy It: BodyHoops
Cost: $24.99 (enter coupon code “todayshow” to save $5 on your order)

Sanitize in Style

In Beauty, Health & Fitness, Home on November 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm

L'Occitane Clean Hands Gel

Hello product snobs, this one’s for you! We’re all avoiding the flu like it’s the plague lately and sometimes generic hand sanitizers clash with your personal style! L’Occitane en Provence the international retailer of body, face, and home products based in Manosque, France (Oh la la) is here to save the high brow day!

What better way to fight off germs when you’re in public places where who-knows-who-could-be-sick is lingering around than with a delish smelling, non-burning, moisturizing gel? L’Occitane en Provence’s Lavender Clean Hands Gel helps us relax, feel clean and look great — not only from the soothing lavender, but also just by knowing that the swine flu can be left to the pigs!

High Demand: This stuff is so coveted that only a few places on the internet still have it in stock; even the manufacturer is out of stock!

Buy It: Beauty Bridge
Cost: $10.00

Shu Swine Flu

In Health & Fitness, Travel on October 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

handsheets

With the fear of Swine Flu lurking on every doorknob and escalator railing, the need for sanitizing wipes, sprays, and gels is even more important. Dissolving Travel Toiletries are the next big thing in portable cleanliness.

Each of these Travel Toiletries is a marvel of modern science. Open a pack, remove one of the 50 sheets, and add water. It dissolves into a cleaning product, which you then can use as you are already (hopefully) accustomed. In our experience, 3-4 sheets of shampoo will clean a moderate head of hair. As for the body wash, it will depend on the size of the body you are cleaning, naturally. These are perfect to keep in your desk, your purse, your man bag, your carry-on luggage – everywhere you might encounter unwanted grime. Now if we could only purge that dirty mind of yours . . . .

Buy It: Think Geek
Cost: $4.00 – $12.00