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Beauty
Published Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 by Brittany Raine

6 Cool Beauty Trends You’ll Want to Try

Beauty
Skincare

While they say you don’t have to follow the trend to stay stylish, there are a few we’re dying to try. From skincare to hair color, fill your beauty bucket list with six not-so-permanent, easy-to-try fads that will pump up the volume when it comes to self-care. 

 

chrome nails

1- Chrome Nails 

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the shiniest nails of all? Chrome nails are nailing it, and we are all about the ultra-shine, especially when it comes to the hologram effect. From au naturel to acrylics, this metallic nail trend will add some extra dimension to your look. 

Our Pick: If you want to get your glam on at home, Revlon Holochrome Nail Enamel Collection meets our must-have super reflective factor. 

 

gloss hair trend

2- Hair Gloss 

Get ready to embrace this Instagram-worthy trend—no commitment requiredIf you’re looking to color your locks sans the permanent processing, try hair gloss. Boosting the natural shine and tone of your tresses while adding subtle color that fades out within a few weeks, gloss is the way to go. And with brands like Redken offering almost every hue of the rainbow, all you need is a few minutes in the chair with your stylist, and you'll be rocking a new look in no time. 

Our Pick: Rose gold is having a really long moment, and we love it! A great color that can be customized to any complexion—especially the strawberry and peach undertonesrose gold will keep your hair glowing. 

 

tinted lip oils

3- Tinted Lip Oils 

Fancier than a balm without the stickiness of a gloss, lip oils are a must-have in our bag. The effortless way to nourish your pucker with a hint of hue, tinted lip oils are the perfect way to brighten your complexion instantly—minimal effort required. With many oils on the market (from Covergirl to Dior), you can choose a color and cost that works for you. 

Our Pick: We are all about the brush-on Burt's Bees® Tinted Lip Oil. Made with a blend of coconut and meadowfoam-seed oils, your lips are sure to stay moisturized with one of these six kissable colors. 

 

lash lift

4- Lash Lift 

An eye-opening experience, this trend is like a perm for your eyelashes. Offering the ultimate damage-free enhancement, it’s all about embracing your natural lashes at a customizable curl level that works for you. With no falsies or extensions in sight, this process utilizes a solution and lotion to keep your lash lift game strong for up to two months.

Our Pick: Wanting to add a little extra drama post-lift? Sephora’s LashCraft Big Volume Mascara gets our vote. Featuring big, smudge-proof volume, the curved brush will easily contour to your luscious lashes.     

watermelon face mask

5- Watermelon Face Masks 

Not just for your backyard BBQ, this summer superfruit is packed full of benefits that can help even the most sensitive skin. Brands like Glow Recipe (who created the seven-time sold-out Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask) made this moisture-rich fruit a tasty sensation. And with a recently launched $8 Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, prepare yourself for serious skin hydration. 

Our Pick: If you can’t get your hands on Glow Recipe, we are huge fans of Basics and Organics Watermelon + White Tea Cleansing Milk. Chock full of natural nourishing ingredients, this formula will gently cleanse while removing even the most stubborn makeup. 

 

pigment eye shadow
6- Pigment Eye Shadow

Out with the old, in with the bold. Celebrities are turning up the voltage when it comes to this trend, and now it’s easier than ever to make your eyeshadow electric. The bright colors are super fun to play with, especially when you're getting ready for a night out on the town. 

Our Pick: Choose bright colors that either make your eye color pop or compliment a piece of your outfit. When it comes to our go-to, we-will-actually-use pigment eyeshadow, we are kind of obsessed with Rihanna’s Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo. The dreamy hues and creamy consistency are easy to apply so you can achieve the amplified color you desire. 
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
Fitness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

Yoga
Pilates
Barre
Strength Training
Cardio
Expert Advice

For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.