Donna Raheb
November 6, 2018

Top Keto Diet Myths That We Should Stop Believing

We all have different reasons for wanting to adopt a healthy lifestyle, yet the benefits are all the same across the board. A strong and aesthetically-pleasing body, a sharp mind, and an even better psyche.

One popular dietary method through which one can achieve a healthy lifestyle is a ketogenic diet.

What Exactly is a Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic diet places an emphasis on keeping carbohydrate intake minimal while maintaining sufficient fat intake. The reduction in carbohydrates is going to trigger a metabolic state called “ketosis” wherein the body burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. These are just the core concepts. Here’s a more comprehensive guide on what a keto diet is.

It is currently one of the more popular diet types to adopt. And naturally, with as something gains more attention, misinformation is bound to spread. Misinformation spreads even quicker on the internet. This can potentially be harmful to the uninformed (misinformed, rather) reader. So, what myths are we here to dispel?

Myth: Ketogenic Diets Aren’t a Sustainable Health Option

Ketogenic diets are more than a diet change, it’s part of an entire lifestyle. If you make this drastic change, and your body takes to it and healthily adapts, it’s important that you don’t respond by switching back and forth between thsi diet and another one rapidly.

Commit to a ketogenic diet over the long-term to allow yourself properly adjust yourself away from sugar. Once you’ve finished adapting, you need to make the same kind of careful choices when you want to switch back.

Don’t stress your organs by eating carbs like you used to. Instread, gradually re-introduce them. Better yet, stick with one diet for the long term if it isn’t giving you trouble.

Myth: All Fats are Fine to Eat

The idea that one should increase fat intake and lower carb intake gives the wrong impression that you can eat any type of fatty food that you get your hands on. This is not the case.

Saturated fats such as the ones found in red meats increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. An optimal keto diet would be to take in unsaturated fats instead (fish, flax seed, almonds, walnuts).

Myth: Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis

As previously surmised, the goal of a keto diet is to trigger an optimal state of “fat burning” metabolism. This process is called “ketosis”. On the other hand, ketoacidosis is a condition that happens when there is an excess in ketones. It is potentially-life threatening and should be avoided.

Myth: Protein Should Be Abundant in a Keto Diet

We need to strike a balance in terms of protein intake. The general view on proteins is that they are a must if you want to stay healthy. This is not the case with a keto diet because an increase in proteins will eventually spark an increase in ketones, which is known to trigger ketoacidosis. Thi

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November 6, 2018

New from Nubian Heritage … Honey and Black seed collection

There is everything to love about Nubian Heritage. I’m a huge fan of Nubian Heritage, especially their newest Collection, Honey and Black Seed, it’s  exceptional. The collection consists of 6 products that the entire family can use; Bar Soap, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Hand Cream, 24 hour Deodorant and infused Shea Butter.  My husband has already gone through the Bar Soap and is waiting for me to order another one. The Black Seed adds a nice texture to the soap offering a very light exfoliation leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. The scent is enjoyable and my whole family likes it which isn’t often the case.

Here is a little information on Black Seed.  Black Seed, also known as the “seed of blessing,” is such a part of our culture that it was found in the Tomb of King Tutankhamen. So powerful are its medicinal properties that ancient proverbs proclaim Black Seed on the skin to strengthen the immune system, prevent external infections, increase blood circulation and achieve a smooth, even complexion.

*Black Seed Oil was reportedly used by Queen Nefertiti to maintain her exquisite complexion.

*Arabian Honey, a humectant packed with antioxidants, helps skin maintain a youthful glow.

*Shea Butter is certified organic and fair trade, sourced from 15 women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana. Shea butter provides fatty acids and vitimins that nourish the skin.

*Apricot Oil helps kill skin cells that produce the protein, keratin. This allows new skin cells to form.

I feel the same way about Nubian Heritage Body Wash Honey & Black Seed. The body wash  contains Black Seed Oil and Arabian Honey and is rich in antioxidants. This is surely a luxurious, moisturizing body cleanser. It’s natural enzymes, amino acids and proteins boost moisture retention while soothing and perfecting skin’s appearance, Leaving you  skin feeling smooth. What I love most about the body wash is its amazing scent. Not only does your skin feel soft, the scent stays on your body quite a long time.

If you have dry skin, especially your hands and feet, I would strongly recommend Nubian Heritage’s 100% Organic Shea Butter. Also infused with Arabian Honey and Black Seeds, the shea butter immediately softens and smooths your skin. It’s a little on the thick side but it’s worth the extra time applying the shea butter and it won’t disappoint.

Nubian Heritage Honey and Black Seed Collection is suitable for all skin types including Combination skin and oily skin. All Nubian Heritage products are cruelty-free and does not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEAA, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring.
Nubian Heritage is available at Nubian and the Vitamin Shoppe.





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October 26, 2018

Morgan Taylor’s Lacquer collection is Roaring with Color

Morgan Taylor Lacquer has just launched their African Safari collection for Fall 2018. Inspired by the sweeping landscape of a safari, the fall collection embodies the rich earth tones of this destination. Brilliant pearls of sapphire, pewter, and garnet compliment saturated crèmes giving the entire collection the uninhibited feeling that anything can happen under the starry skies of the Serengeti.

Jenna is loving the Morgan Taylor Safari Collection. Below, she is wearing No Sudden Mauves, a Rose Mauve Pearl color. It is rich in color and long lasting. Jenna can’t wait to wear another color in the collection.

Morgan Taylor nail lacquers are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP.

Go wild with these six new shades:


Go wild with these six new shades:

·        Are You Lion to Me? – Pewter Shimmer

·        Off The Grid – Black Brown Crème

·        No Cell? Oh Well! – Sapphire Blue Pearl

·        Wanna Share a Tent? – Garnet Red Pearl

·        No Sudden Mauves – Rose Mauve Pearl

·        Neutral by Nature – Warm Nude Crème


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October 26, 2018

Lucy Hale Wears Astrid & Miyu

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 22, 2018 – Lucy Hale shard a photo wearing Astrid & Miyu jewelry on her Instagram over the weekend. The actress looked chic pairing her skirt and blouse with Astrid & Miyu’s Basic Medium Hoop Earrings in Gold ($72.10;, the same style Nina Dobrev recently wore to the Aubrey and The Three Amigos tour!
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October 25, 2018

Post Halloween Makeup Must-Have

Halloween makeup can be all fun and games until it’s time to take it off!

C’est Moi Gentle Make up Remover Wipes are your must-have post Halloween essential.

These fragrance-free wipes are so gentle they won’t sting your eyes or leave your skin feeling sticky.

Their toxic-free formula with organic aloe, green tea, glycerin and cucumber extract easily removes everything from mascara to

fake blood (!) and won’t leave you tugging at your face thanks to their super soft, glide-able texture.

 C’est Moi wipes are also biodegradable so they’re as kind to the environment as they are to your complexion.

Available for $9.99 and, and

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October 24, 2018

Jana Kramer’s Maternity Style in Seraphine!

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 24, 2018 – Jana Kramer was photographed wearing Seraphine! The country singer rocked a chic LBD in the Valentina Dress ($58) for an appearance on Hallmark’s Home & Family recently, and also wore Seraphine’s  Tessa Shift Dress ($65) in a tagged post on her Instagram-the same style worn by Gwen Stefani and Coco Rocha (
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October 24, 2018



Achieving a toned, fit body does not have to break the bank. Yoga and Pilates classes, personal trainers and gym memberships are not financially realistic for all people. For parents, going to the gym means having to worry about childcare, therefore adding another expense.  Just because you don’t have a fat wallet does not mean you can’t get buff.  The following are budget friendly at home fitness tips from Gerald Mayes, a certified fitness trainer with


Use soup cans for weights.

Gerald Mayes says that “You can do any triceps or biceps exercise at home using cans of soup that you’d do at the gym with dumbbells. To properly gauge the weight, don’t go by the ounces listed on the can — that’s liquid weight. Instead, weigh the cans on your scale to figure out the poundage that’s best for you.” 

Use jugs as weights.

Fill a household bucket or jug with water (or sand, rock salt, or powdered detergent) and secure the top with duct tape. Lift it up and down in front of you as you do squats.

Substitute paper plates for body sculpting equipment.

“The key here,” Gerald says, “is to use the plates to help your body slide on a carpet. This allows you to do body sculpting moves that would ordinarily require workout equipment. You can do the sliding lunge (put the paper plate under one foot and lunge forward). Try simulating skating to work your butt and thighs — just attach the plates to your feet with rubber bands and slide away. Or, get down on all fours, put the plates under your hands, and use them to work your chest by sliding your arms back and forth.”

Substitute a countertop for a push-up bench.

In most homes, at least one countertop, either in the kitchen or the bath, is the right height for a push-up. Put both hands on the countertop, extend your legs behind you at an angle, lean down into the counter, and then push back up.

Substitute pantyhose for resistance bands.

“Almost any exercise you can do with a resistance band, you can do with old pantyhose or tights,” says Gerald.  For example, sitting on the floor with your legs straight, loop a pair of pantyhose around the balls of your feet and pull back with both hands as if you are using a rowing machine.

A fitness ball.

Sometimes called a stability ball, looks like a large beach ball. You can do many core exercises, including abdominal crunches, with a fitness ball. You can also use a fitness ball to improve your flexibility and balance.


A kettlebell is a round weight with the handle attached at the top. A kettlebell can be used to do strength-training exercises and to help improve grip strength. Kettlebells are available in many sizes.


Skipping rope can be a great cardiovascular workout.

Resistance tubing.

These stretchy tubes offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them. Use the tubes to build strength in your arms and other muscles. Choose from varying degrees of resistance, depending on your fitness level.

Chair or step stool. Use a chair for support when doing exercises such as leg curls. A low, sturdy step stool can become exercise equipment if you use it for step training — an aerobic exercise resembling stair climbing.


Make your waist-whittling planks more effective with towels says Gerald . Take two and place them under your hands or feet, then move forward, backward and sideways.

Clean Sweep

This one’s easy: You can burn 80 calories every 20 minutes of sweeping. Pull out the broom and get to sweeping every corner of your house or apartment. How’s that for multitasking?

Laundry Twist

Gerald says,  “Sit next to a full basket of laundry and twist to grab an item from the basket. Twist to the other side to lay it on a pile. Continue until your laundry is finished.”

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Gerald Mayes Trainer Bio

Gerald Mayes, a married father of 4 is a V Shred Lead Trainer, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and sat on the Nevada State Board. He is also a certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) where he writes the certification curriculum. After being honorably discharged in 2010, Gerald gained a significant amount of weight going from 177 to 301 in a year. After hitting a low in his life, knowing his health would only spiral down further, Gerald met a trainer who helped guide him towards adopting a healthy lifestyle. After achieving his result, he knew he wanted to do the same for others. Over the next few years, he dedicated himself to learning as much as he could about health and fitness earning him an Associates in Personal Training, a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in Sports in Health Science and worked his way up to one of V Shred’s lead trainers!

Today Gerald’s many clients include everyone from fellow Marines and other members of the Armed Forces who often return from service in need of support when transitioning into civilian life to stay at home moms who want to get back in shape despite having a hectic schedule.

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October 23, 2018

Fall is for Curls

(New York, NY) – The thought of fall conjures up comfy layered clothing and finally letting hair down from being tied up in summer pony tails, braids and buns. And this season, natural texture and curly locks have swept back into our hearts. “The major bonus in the current trend of curls is there is no right or wrong way to rock the look! Curls can be lazy and loose, tight and voluminous, or even better…a mix of textures for a more dimensional finish,” says Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam Villa, who offers two fresh curly looks for fall.

For a rocker look with tons of fullness, separation and a hint of a Robert Plant influenced shag, a blow dryer with a diffuser and plenty of curl contracting products will do the trick.

Image #1

  • First, do not over-cleanse the hair! If hair is dirty, wash with a non-foaming cleanser like Redken Curvaceous No Foam Highly Conditioning Cleanser. Otherwise, just condition or thoroughly rinse.
  • Keep hair fairly wet and apply a curl defining product that coaxes out a tight texture such as Redken Curvaceous CCC Spray. Apply a little extra and gently rake through with fingers to leave the curls intact.
  • Flip head upside down and gently squeeze excess water and product off the hair with a towel. Proceed around the head while scrunching the curls into a tight pattern.
  • Place the diffuser onto the Sam Villa Light Professional Ionic Blow Dryer and set heat to max and airflow to medium.
  • With the head still upside down place diffuser at the crown area, carefully gathering curls into the bowl to maintain their pattern. Now the hard part…DON’T MOVE until this area is 100% dry! Moving the diffuser around creates frizz and breaks down the curl.
  • Now, slowly return head upright and tip to one side. Repeat the diffusing process on the side, go to the back, and then to the opposite side. Again, be sure each area is dry before moving to the next.
  • Before the next step, be sure that all areas are 100% dry.
  • Again, flip upside down, puff Redken Powder Grip 03 through the base and squeeze through the curls to soften the definition.
  • Through areas that need defining use the Sam Villa Artist Series 2-in-1 Marcel Curling Iron and Wand 1” (in wand form) to lightly wrap the curls back together.
  • Finish with a strong setting spray lightly misted throughout.

To dress up the look and add some contrast to the visual textures, gently brush out and add a few bobby pins to shift the vibe.

Image #2

  • Perform the same steps as above, choosing a slightly softer product while hair is wet and stop before applying Redken Powder Grip 03.
  • Define areas of curl with that got a little lazy during the drying process with the 1” wand and make sure everything has completely cooled. (Use the cool setting on the dryer with the diffuser to set in the curls if necessary).
  • Flip head upside down again. Using the Sam Villa Artist Series Finishing Brush, and an extremely gentle touch, subtly brush out the curls from mid-strand to ends.
  • Bring head back to a natural position and find a flattering deep side part on one side or the other.
  • On the shallow side, mist with a light workable spray like Redken Fashion Work 12 and brush back to just behind the ear with the finishing brush. Place two bobby pins in an X pattern for good grip and an added visual element.
  • Mist a light dry finishing spray such as Redken Wind Blown 05 throughout and re-scrunch the texture for a super live-in look.

“Curls are as multi-faceted as the people that wear them, so don’t be afraid to explore new techniques and combinations of texture to celebrate the fact that fall is for curls!!” adds Carruthers.


Credits: Hair/Sam Villa ArTeam; Photo/Katie Parker; Wardrobe/Brittany Hart; MUA/Nicole Schimel; Model/Nausheen Ahmed @nausheen_ahmed

Sam Villa is co-founder of Sam Villa®, 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Victor, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007), Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015) and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue. Facebook@SamVillaPros ;YouTube@SamVillaHairTwitter@SamVillaProInstagram@SamVillaHairPinterest@SamVillaHair


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October 23, 2018

Air or Sea? The Pros and Cons

Traveling has become so accessible to so many of us that we hardly ever think about the impacts it has on the environment, our budget, or even the quality of our trip. For example, we will often take a plane as the fastest means to get to a destination, without even considering the merits of going on a road trip along the way. So, if you are debating on whether to go by air or by sea to your next destination, here is a quick run-down of the pros and cons for either option:

Traveling by Air

The Pros

There are many pros to traveling by air. From faster travel times (an absolute must when your destination is thousands of miles away) to cheaper travel, flights are the go-to option for many business and leisure travelers around the world. You can also enjoy more protections and rights than some sea-faring options. If you travel within the EU, to the EU on a European airline, or from the EU, then you can enjoy delay and cancellation protections. This way you don’t have to worry about your Thomas Cook flight being delayed, for example, as you can instead make a claim on and receive compensation to cover some or all of the costs.

The Cons

The cons of air travel are primarily due to the massive amounts of CO2 emissions that each flight costs. During this critical period in our history, it is important for everyone to do all they can to reduce their carbon footprint and waste. That being said, this shouldn’t bar you from flying entirely. You could instead join a carbon-emissions offset program to fly guilt-free.  

Traveling by Sea

The Pros

Traveling by sea is a luxurious affair, meaning you won’t likely have to deal with uncomfortable conditions. In fact, the most basic of all sea travels will be a ferry which takes, at most, a few hours. For most sea-travel, your experience will be with a cruise. Cruises are great ways to enjoy the journey and not just the destination. As they often come in packages, they can be easily budgeted for as well. Enjoy the sea, enjoy the sun, and in most cases explore a variety of destinations that help you maximize your vacation experience.

The Cons

When you travel by sea, you are stuck with the schedule. You cannot fall in love with a port town and stay a few extra days. You will also have to double check to ensure that food and drinks are included in your package. Otherwise this could become a huge unexpected cost. Cruises are also not ideal for those who are easily sea-sick or who have a limited amount of time for their vacation.

Knowing all your options when it comes to getting to your destination will help you make the right choice for your next trip. Just remember to stay within budget and to work out tra

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October 17, 2018

Osmosis Colour Creates Think Pink Lip Gloss to Benefit Charity Dancers Against Cancer

Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics is launching a new Lip Gloss today called Think Pink. With a percentage of all proceeds going to the charity Dancers Against Cancer, this creamy, sheer shade has a subtle shimmer and a high shine finish.


Introducing the newest shade to the Osmosis Colour Lip Goss collection, Think Pink ($19) is a beautiful sheer pink with a high shine finish. Robin McGee, Osmosis Colour Founder and Dr. Ben Johnson, Co-Founder along with Kids Artistic Review, a sponsor of Dancers Against Cancer, created this shade to raise money for the charity Dancers Against Cancer (DAC).

Donating a percentage of all Think Pink proceeds, Robin, Ben and their daughters chose this organization because they have witnessed firsthand the impact of this program on those battling cancer. DAC’s mission is to create an alliance in the dance community that provides financial support and inspiration to instructors, choreographers, dancers and their families who have been impacted by cancer.

With an irresistible scent of grapefruit and strawberry, all Osmosis lip glosses feature a creamy, rich texture and 3D pigments to help lips appear fuller and more plumped. The line’s jojoba and sunflower oils hydrate and nourish, encouraging the healing process and turning dry, chapped areas into baby smooth and soft. Enhancing your natural barriers to lock moisture in, each formula will also promote firmness and elasticity. Each swipe of luminous color will even help remove free radicals and block environmental age-factors, all thanks to its antioxidant packed ingredients. Gluten-Free. Oncology Friendly

Price: $19 from

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