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Easter Bathing: Slavic Easter Traditions To Help You Stay Healthy All Year Long

What would you say if I told you Slavic people celebrate Easter with whips and water fights? I know what you are thinking. Whipping? Bathing? Allow me to explain. As is the case with a lot of Catholic holidays, Easter is a mix of christian and pagan traditions. Pagans celebrated the festival of spring, and what a celebration it was! They jumped over fires, danced, hung eggs from tress, and made time for love. The resurrection of Chris was far from their minds. While Good Friday and Easter Sunday say Easter to most of the world, in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and other countries, the celebration continues on Monday. Monday after Easter Sunday is a national holiday in these countries, and it is purely reserved for eating and socializing. Here is where things get a little weird. It is on this day that women and girls prepare for company that comes over to whip them, and either gently sprinkle water on them, or outright drenches them in buckets of it. If you live near …

Upstate New York Experience At Kenoza Hall, An Upscale Wellness Retreat In A Class Of Its Own

These Are Not Your Grandmother’s Catskills Before airplane travel became the norm, New York families sought easily accessible refuge in the Catskill mountains. Then the grandkids stopped going. My own immigrant family settled in the Catskills in the 1960s, acquiring property that would help the slavic community vacation. Even though I live in New York City I consider upstate to be my personal refuge. Today’s upstate continues to reel in a new kind of visitor – younger generations from all over the world come to the mountainous region for relaxation and inspiration. Fortunately, some things remain the same. From blueberry picking and hiking, to nighttime campfires and vintage shopping, some aspects of upstate still remind me of childhood. It is safe to say that the Catskills are in their heyday once again. New and restored hotels sprouting all over Upstate New York have plenty to offer to new and loyal visitors alike. Among the many new retreats, Kenoza Hall is in a class of its own. Not only is it awe-inspiring and well-preserved, it has …

Your Guide To Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Tips From Experts To Help You Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

Sweet slumber could be yours! Sleep is a mystery, and I often want to solve it. As someone who likes to stay up late into the wee hours of the night, but also needs eight hours to function, I tend to struggle with finding a healthy rhythm. As a beauty editor I know sleep is important, not to mention the fountain of youth, yet I continue to fight it. Overall 35% of Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night, but an average of 6.8 hours is not that bad. Unfortunately when you start to break it down 97% of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep, 6 out of 10 college students don’t get adequate sleep, and roughly 20% of Americans have a sleep disorder. 75% of people who suffer from depression and/or anxiety have problems with sleep and 45% of the world’s population have issues with sleep. There are many studies and statistics to show that on average we are much more sleep deprived than our ancestors. Many wellness and health experts have a …

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Female Inventors and Wellness Products That Continue To Improve Women’s Health

The Power of Female Ingenuity In the past, society’s limiting roles of women prevented higher education and opportunities, but this did not stop female inventors and scientists from accomplishing their dreams. Self-education, talent and knack for getting around obstacles prevailed. When it comes to any subject, but especially women’s health and safety, having women at the table is essential. Today women continue to be wait longer times for diagnosis, as doctors tend to dismiss their patient’s complaints of pain. Advocating for yourself in an emergency and during regular checkups has become a must-have skill. Imagine it did not have to be like this? Menstruation is a good example. It was not until the last decade that it became acceptable to openly discuss menstruation and patients started to get diagnosed with endometriosis. In some cultures menstruation it is still thought of as a shameful and dirty secret. Generally men are not interested in the details of the female anatomy, but we would argue that educating men about the health of the women in their lives should …

Refresh Your Makeup Look For Spring With This Season’s Hottest Trends and Brands

Matte has had its moment but the buzz in beauty right now is sparkle and polish. From neon colors to creamy textures, this spring is going to get colorful. Get a fresh new look with current launches and old favorites. Spring is the perfect season to take inventory of your makeup bag and throw out what expired. Here is a list of clean makeup products we are coveting right now. Freck Beauty CHEEKSLIME There is no bolder beauty brand than Freck Beauty. They brought us the first faux freckles on the market, and continue to impress their loyal customers with new and fool-proof formulas. This Lip & Cheek Tint is infused with liquid plant collagen and comes in five iconic colors. Fever Dreams calls out our name! Express yourself by applying the tint to your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and lips. The brand philosophy is to encourage experimentation with makeup. How fun! Saie Really Great Gloss Saie is on everyone’s lips. This stylish brand is known for their high-performance formulas and earth-minded production. While …

Black History Month: Talented Beauty Icons Everyone Should Know About

Much has changed since these inspiring women of color launched their careers. For instance, models used to be the “It Girls” of the fashion industry. Then came a flock of celebrities. They were the ones who sat in the front row and appeared on the covers of magazines. While that is still true today, bloggers and influencers leveled the playing field with careers of their own. No one knows for certain what the future holds, we do know that if it was not for these trailblazers, our world would look a lot more bland. Besides the fashion industry, women of color have contributed to many different aspects of the American and even European culture. Here is our list of women that everyone needs to know, pin to their mood boards, and admire. Naomi Sims is credited with being the first African-American supermodel and the first to sign with Wilhelmina Models. She was successful with many firsts, including being the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and TIME Magazine. It was a …

Be Your Own Wellness Hero: Your Guide To Self-Love With The Help Of Experts

Self-love might seem straight forward, but for anyone who struggles with acquiring it, self-love is complicated. First let me say, this is a no judgement zone. The very idea that we lack self-love can be triggering. Like many out there, I was never told I am a special or a princess. I was not told that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. In fact, it was the opposite, but that is a story for another time. I grew up without praise, and yes, it effected my self-esteem. As an adult it is up to me to re-wire my brain and build myself up. I know what you might be thinking. That is no easy task and mistakes will be made. My only advice would be that in order to start on your self-love journey, you have to start someplace. Start by appreciating yourself. This means waking up in the morning and appreciating your body, your face, your heart, your mind, and even your past mistakes. It helps if you think of past …

Black History Month 2022: Healing and Soulful Self-Care With Tidal Streaming

There is no question that music speaks to the soul. Our bodies and minds react to different sounds, and when those sounds are positive or soothing we begin to heal. Harvard Medical School published a report that lists the benefits of music in a medical setting. According to their blog, “Healing through music“, music therapy eases discomfort during invasive procedures, restores lost speech in patients who suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, decreases pain reception, helps improve memory and even physical coordination. Make music a part of your self-care routine. Let it gently guide to towards relaxation, inspiration and self-confidence. TIDAL streaming service is celebrating Black History Month with playlists like Soulful Self-Care, Black is Beautiful, Hip-Hop Workout and Black Girl Luxury. The global music and entertainment streaming service has dedicated its entire first week of Black History Month to content that encourages healthy living. Download the TIDAL app and start exploring with a Free Plan.

Beauty Files: Skincare Finds We Tried and Loved!

A Love Letter From Nature to Your Skin! When you find a special product, it deserves praise! We look to cultivate a routine that is natural, environmentally friendly, and effective. Our passion for skincare is deep. Whatever touches our skin has to make us feel like we just won the lottery. We tested, loved and deemed these products as one of the best in their category. They are worth your hard earned money. Visiting the Catskills we stumbled upon Nest, a Livingston Manor shop selling furniture, eclectic accessories, spiritual tools, clothing and more. As any beauty editor would, we gravitated towards the skincare. This beautiful shop helped us find one of our favorite facial oils from Dear Botanics. Dear Botanics Rose Glow Face Serum Quench and regenerate thirsty winter skin with one of the most potent ingredients – rose. The serum’s heavenly scent comes from a powerful mix of oils: organic golden jojoba, organic virgin rose hip seed oil, organic virgin seabuckthorn fruit oil, damask rose essential oil and organic rose geranium essential oil. This …

Letter From Editor: Bringing Intentions and Cleansing Rituals Into The New Year With Tools From Around The World

Let us throw out the “new year – new me” philosophy. May your new year be filled with powerful moments instead, may you be like flowers in the snow, growing strong, beautiful, and succeeding despite adversity. The new year only takes on an important meaning if you put genuine intention behind the change you want to see in your life. This year I chose not to make resolutions. I joined all of you who walked into the new year feeling fatigued. Then on the fifth day of the new year I realized that I do have a resolution in mind. In order to truly change aspects of my life for the better, I need to get uncomfortable. In short, living to my fullest potential by challenging my fears no matter how uncomfortable, and tackling my anxieties with frequent exposure. Maybe the point of living is to be uncomfortable, coming out at the end of it feeling lighter and happier. Taking small steps is the goal here. I hope this inspires you to take on your …

18 Best Skincare Products and Trends We Took With Us Into 2022

LESS IS MORE. The biggest, and most relatable, skincare trends of 2022 rolled over from 2021 – Skinimalism, At-Home Cryotherapy, Targeted and Personalized Skincare, and Natural (Realistic) Beauty. The focus is shifting to a gentler beauty routine, one that does not require a ten step skincare routine. Personalized and minimal skincare routines help us stay loyal to brands we truly love. At the end of the day, trends come and go, but we all have different skincare needs. Healthy skin should be the goal! In 2021 we tried a lot of skincare products. The brands that have a serious dedication to healthy skin and easy routine won us over. Here is what we took with us into 2022. FACIAL MASKS Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask Youth To The People Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial BALM CLEANSERS Aypa Raw Face Cleanser and Moisturizer with Copoazu Ipsum Best Skin Cleansing Oil Balm EYE CREAMS Sahajan Ayurvedic Eye Cream Kypris Rich Nighttime Eye Cream EXFOLIATORS Moon Juice Acid Potion BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Tetrafoliant® 10% Peel Pads …

Beauty Discovery: Skincare Finds We Tried & Love Right Now

When shopping for skincare, the options are plentiful. At times it can feel like the market is overflowing with brands. Beauty discovery should not be complicated, which is why we test (someone has to do it), love and recommend brands for their effectiveness, toxic-free ingredients, transparency and innovation. Whether they are indie, luxury, spa, a household name or just starting out, we enjoy exploring the alluring world of skincare. Here is what we found this Autumn! Retinol Beginner VERSED Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Retinol products can be tricky. Our advice – start with a gentle formula, apply retinol at night and use sunscreen during the day. If you happen to be a first time retinol user or have sensitive skin, this Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is for you. We love a good retinol product, and VERSED passed our sensitivity test. It is gentle, yet effective, without being harsh on your skin. Best of all, it is affordable. They even added antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which means you get the glow but not the redness. Sleep …