Get Toned and Show Off Your Arms

Tank top season is here, which means it’s time to tone those arms! Today we’re sharing some of our favorite at-home moves that target your shoulders, triceps and deltoids so you can wear your favorite summer tops with confidence. Don’t have weights? Freeze a couple of water bottles and get those arms moving. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for some of our best selling sleeveless tops. 

Exercises for Toned Arms: Rear Delt Raises

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What to Do: You can either sit or stand for these. Keep your back as straight as possible, slight bend in knees and slowly lift the weights away from your body and towards the ceiling. Don’t go above parallel to really target your shoulders. Concentrate on squeezing your back together at the top of the rep. Use a light weight and repeat for 1 minute.

Exercises for Toned Arms: Tricep Dips

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What to Do: Start seated with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands just behind your hips, fingertips facing forward. Draw your abs in tight as you lift your hips up off the floor, pressing down through your hands. Lift your right leg and extend it up towards the ceiling. Bend your elbows and lower yourself to just above the floor. Quickly press back up. That’s one rep. Complete 10 reps with your right leg lifted, 10 with the left, and then move right into your hovering sit up [2B]. 

Form tip: Emphasize the press up, not the drop down, on your dips. Try not to sink into your hands, but instead press up pushing with the backs of your arms to help alleviate any stress on the wrists.

Exercises for Toned Arms: Double Raise

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What to Do: Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands at sides, a weight in each hand. Raise left arm in front of you, weight vertical, as you raise right arm to side, weight horizontal, to shoulder level (as shown). Return to start. Repeat, switching arm positions, for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 12 reps.

Need a little motivation? Check out some of our best-selling sleeveless tops:

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Shop: 1. J.Crew Carrie Cami; 2. Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Gardens Silk Floral Print Top; 3. Vince Border Cami

 

Healthy Smoothies To-Go

Aside from the great fashion that comes with warmer weather, there is one other thing we love to embrace daily- summer food! Today we’re taking our nutrients on-the-go with delicious and healthy smoothie recipes perfect for any time of day. Grab your mason jars and blender and join the fun!

Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Busy Morning Breakfast 

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Blend Until Smooth:

  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tsp honey
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Post Workout Recovery

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Blend Until Smooth:

  • 12 ounces of pure, unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 banana (frozen is preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (can substitute with peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Stevia or honey to taste
  • Tip: If you don’t use a frozen banana, add ice to thicken
Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Go Green

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Blend Until Thick & Creamy: 
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  • 2 handfuls organic spinach
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root, chopped (adjust to taste)
  • Juice of 1 meyer lemon


Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Protein Packed
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Blend Until Smooth:
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  • ½ a frozen banana
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed almonds
  • A dash of chia seeds
  • Honey to taste
  • A heaping tablespoon of vanilla protein powder
  • (Topped with coconut & cacao nibs in picture)
Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Guilt-Free Sweet Treat
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Blend Until Smooth:
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  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 – ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp PB2 (prepared)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp sweetener of preference (stevia, honey, maple syrup)
  • Add ice for desired thickness

The Best At Home Exercises for Toned Legs & Glutes

No gym? No problem. It is still 100% possible to achieve sexy, toned legs. Today we’re sharing 3 highly effective workouts that can be done just about anywhere. All you need is a stability ball, a chair and a little self-discipline. 

The Best At Home Leg Exercises: Leg Curls with Ball

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What To Do: Lie on the floor with your hands at your sides. Place your heels on the ball and raise your hips so that your body forms a straight line from shoulders to heels. Bend your knees and rais your hips to pull the ball toward you, squeezing your glutes. Roll back out without dropping your hips. 3 sets of 12 reps. (video here)

The Best At Home Leg Exercises: Sumo Squats

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What to Do: Stand in a wide stance with toes pointed slightly outward. Bend your knees to squat, bringing thighs parallel to floor. Keep your knees aligned with your feet (many have a tendency to roll in) and do not let them move past your toes. Push through your heels (while tightening your glutes) as you straighten your knees into a standing position. 4 sets of 12 reps. Increase intensity by adding weight and holding at chest. (video here)

The Best At Home Leg Exercises: Step Ups

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What to Do: Get a chair and position it so its seat is facing you. Raise your right leg and step onto the seat with your right foot. Make sure you pull with your quads, using mainly your left heel to bring the rest of your body onto the chair (standing on both feet). Keeping your gaze straight ahead, step down with your right leg and then your left. Repeat on the other side. 4 sets of 12 reps. Increase intensity and blast fat by holding weights in each hand. (video here)

The Best Self Tanners for a Natural Glow

With the seemingly endless list of self-tanner products on the market, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which actually work and which will leave you looking like an Oompa-Loompa. That’s why we’re here. Today we have rounded up the best self-tanners, from affordable drugstore picks to premium options. These tanning products provide flawless summer glows while keeping your skin safe from harmful rays. 

5 Best Self-Tanners:

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Shop:

  1. The Best All-Around Tanner Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner: Tarte Cosmetic’s Brazilliance lotion takes the cake for the best all-around product. The lotion comes with a mit that makes application easy and streak free for your entire body, including your face. Expect a natural looking tan within two hours and continue to apply every 4 days or so to maintain it.
  2. The Best Mess-Free Tanner Model Co’s Tan Self Tanning Glove: If you’re always on the go and need a fuss-free option, try Model Co’s tanning glove. The single-use glove contains the perfect amount of self-tan product for a full-body tan.
  3. The Best for Sensitive Skin Clarins Golden Glow Booster: Clarins is a skincare favorite here at TopShelf, so it is unsurprising that we’re fans of this new tanning serum. All you have to do is add 3 drops to your usual day and/or night moisturizer and your skin will develop a natural, sun-kissed glow.
  4. The Best Spray Tan Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray: If you’re worried about creating streaks with a tanning lotion, a spray tan is a great alternative. This popular product is long-wearing and dries fast. 
  5. The Drugstore Pick Jergens Natural Glow Express: Jergens Natural Glow has already been a popular drugstore pick for its natural, gradual glow (over 6 days). Now there is an express version that delivers results in half the time!

3 DIY Hair Treatments for Long, Luscious Locks

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First off, you are very lucky. If you have long, voluminous hair, you can pretty much sport any style. However, you also have a lot more to maintain, so whether you’re fighting the east coast winter or basking in the California sun, here are some at-home ways to refresh your hair. These DIY hair treatments can be made without ever leaving your kitchen.

DIY Hair Treatments: Olive Oil + Egg Yolk

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The protein and vitamin rich combo that comes from olive oil and egg yolk helps strengthen hair and soften dry, damaged strands.

Application: 

  1. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then dilute with about half a cup of water.
  2. Slowly and thoroughly massage the resulting mask into your scalp.
  3. Let set for 15-20 minutes, rinse it out as usual.
  4. You can shampoo afterward if you want to but it’s not necessary.

How Often: This treatment is effective enough that you only have to do it 1-2 times each month.

DIY Hair Treatments: Coconut Oil + Avocado

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Coconut oil and avocado is a great hair growth treatment because they add luster to dry hair and help remove dandruff while strengthening strands.

Application:

  1. Heat coconut oil on stove top
  2. Massage one tablespoon of warm hot oil into your hair from the roots to the tips
  3. Next, massage avocado into just the tips of your hair
  4. Leave in for 10-15 minutes, then use cool water to rinse it, followed by shampoo.

How Often: Once per week for maximum results

DIY Hair Treatments: Mustard + Egg Yolk + Oil

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Mustard works to increase blood circulation into the skin surface, increasing hair growth.

Application: 

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder, 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (almond/olive also work)- apply to wet hair.
  2. Wrap hair with plastic wrap and cover with a towel for warmth. Wait 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water, and then use your normal shampoo and conditioner.

Note: Mustard causes a tingling irritation that is necessary to increase blood circulation for hair growth. If the burning is too intense, reduce dose.

How Often: Once per week for maximum results

At Home Workouts to Get You Through Winter

Whether you’re on the east coast and snowed in (again!) or are feeling extra inspired by the Olympics, at-home workouts are your key to success. Get your total body workout on with these equipment-free exercises.

At Home Workouts: Walking Lunges With A Twist 

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Works: obliques, glutes, hamstrings, quads

Learn it: 

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms extended at shoulder level in front of you.
  • Lunge forward with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees, keeping knees behind toes.
  • Hold lunge as you rotate torso to right, extending right arm behind you.
  • Rotate back to center, bring right leg back to meet left; switch sides and repeat on left side.
  • Continue alternating sides, 3 reps of 15.

At Home Workouts: One-Legged Pushups

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Works: Core, arms

Learn It:

  • Start on your hands and knees.
  • Extend your left leg behind you so it’s parallel with the floor. Engage your abs.
  • With your leg extended, bend your elbows lowering your torso toward the floor while keeping your left heel in line with your left hip.
  • Straighten your elbows to push yourself away from the floor.
  • Repeat for a total of 15 push-ups; then lift your right leg for another 15 reps.

At Home Workouts: Planking Frog Tucks

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Works: Abs

Learn It:

  • Start in a pushup position with your body straight from your shoulders to your ankles. 
  • Bring your right foot forward and place it next to your right hand (or as close as you can). Try to prevent your hips from sagging or rising.
  • Return your leg to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. That’s 1 rep! Go for 3 reps of 15.

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

Be that lady in red this Valentine’s Day, and we’re not talking about your clothing. We are talking about the PERFECT red lip. 

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Finding your red can be tricky. Some colors can make you look washed out, or worse yet, “clown-like.” It’s a common misperception that you can only go dark or light, when in fact the right lipstick color is actually more about the underlying tone. Today, we have rounded up the best shades for your skin tone, to save you time and money, and most importantly to make your lips ultra kissable this Valentine’s Day.

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone: Fair Complexion

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If you have porcelain to fair skin, you have several options to help you glow. Try blue-based cherries for an amazing contrast against your skin that will make your lips pop! Want to go darker? Rich cranberry will bring warmth to your complexion. As for the ultimate contrast- a deep wine hue will bring the drama without making you look washed out (Warning: stay away from tangerine).

Shop: Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Cherry Red; Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in Plum Perfect

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone: Medium Complexion

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If you have a medium skin tone (beige to tan) you are one lucky girl- lots of lip colors look great on you! Experiment with an orangey-red to bring out the warm colors in your skin. If you’re looking for a darker red, try a blackberry lip. The red-based purple will add a sophisticated punch.

Shop: Dolce & Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick in Italian Monica; Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Deep Berry

The Best Red Lipstick for Your Skin Tone: Dark Complexion

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If you have dark skin, you get to rock the brighter reds such as tangerine! Raspberry lipstick is also a great option, as the touch of pink will pop against your darker complexion. Looking to go dark? Try maroon. The blue undertones are especially flattering on your skin tone.

 

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The Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest

Don’t get stuck in a makeup rut, the wonderful world of Pinterest has endless tips and techniques to try. From natural daytime makeup to dramatic smokey eyes, Pinterest has become a go-to source for beauty inspiration. Today we’ve rounded up the best hair and beauty boards to follow on Pinterest, offering anything from hairstyles, to makeup products to skincare treatment.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Skin

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Tired of spending money on skincare products that don’t work? Beauty High’s “Skin” board is definitely worth checking out. From wrinkle remedies to foods for clearer skin, this board features tips and tutorials help improve your skin from head-to-toe. 

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: DIY Hair & Beauty

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With a range of facemasks, manicure tutorials and organizational tools, Beauty Bet’s “DIY Beauty” board is our go-to pick for at home spa-like treatment. Need help curling your lashes or trying to save your hair from those harsh winter winds? Try Beauty Bet’s easy DIY solutions.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Hair

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As a site that is centered solely on hair care, it is no surprise that Hair Romance is one of our top picks. Which board is our favorite? “Hair Romance Trends,” a board that sums up the top rated posts from the company’s site. “Hair Romance Trends” features anything from hairstyle tutorials, to color inspiration to DIY accessories. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Hair Romance offers styling tips for just about any color and length as well.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Lips

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With anything from beauty tips for fuller lips to new makeup products, we can’t get enough of Birchbox’s “Lips” board. Whether you are simply looking for makeup inspiration or want to know what the latest lip trends are, Birchbox is a must-follow.

Best Beauty Boards to Follow on Pinterest: The Eyes

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Eye-opening liner techniques, perfect cat eyes, and false lash applications are just a few of the techniques found on The Beauty Department’s “Lids, Lashes & Liners” board. In need of some ‘night out’ eye makeup or simply want to switch up your usual beauty routine? The Beauty Department has countless tips to help make your eyes pop! 

5 Tasty Cocktails to Try This Holiday Season

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A holiday party is not complete with out a few festive cocktails. So today, we’ve rounded up five recipes that we can’t wait to try. From low-cal martinis to the always-popular sangria, these drinks are sure to be a hit at your next event.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Gingerbread Apple Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Domaine de Canton or ginger-flavored liqueur
  • 1 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 2.5 oz. apple cider
  • A few drops of lemon juice
  • Orange zest
  • Honey simple syrup

Instructions:

  • Line a chilled martini glass lightly with honey simple syrup on a dish followed by spiced graham cracker crumbs. Place all ingredients except for orange zest in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Freshly grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Skinny Pumpkin Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces canned unsweetened pumpkin

  • 6 ounces vanilla-flavored vodka

  • 4 ounces fat free condensed milk
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk (or fat-free milk)
  • 4 tablespoon pumpkin pie seasoning
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 crushed reduced-fat vanilla wafers

Instructions:

  • 
Place vodka and pumpkin in bowl, and stir until pumpkin has melted. Stir in condensed milk and almond milk. Add seasoning. Dip rim of glass in crushed vanilla wafers. Pour liquid over ice into glass and enjoy.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Apple Cinnamon Sparkler Cocktail Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. quality bourbon
  • 1 oz. Apfelkorn
  • 1 oz. Goldschlager
  • Seltzer Water
  • Apple slice for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  • In a 12-oz. glass, add the first three ingredients. Fill glass almost 2/3 full with ice, and top with seltzer. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with apple slice if desired.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Cranberry Sangria

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 persimmons, cut into small wedges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges

Instructions:

  • Combine everything in a large pitcher or sangria bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or overnight before serving.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Peppermint Mocha Espresso Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part KAHLÚA Peppermint Mocha
  • 1 part ABSOLUT Vodka
  • 1 part espresso
  • ½ part half & half

 Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with peppermint stick or espresso beans.