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Kimber Maderazzo, is no newcomer to the beauty space. Her love for makeup started at the age of 14, she was the youngest make up artist in the industry working with top billboard performing music artists, album covers and runway fashion shows. She is a Fashion and beauty enthusiast, known as a "beauty junkie" always looking for the best of the best products.

She spent most of her career creating beauty brands for celebrities and fortune 500 companies.

She was a pioneer early on when she discovered that the ingredients in color cosmetics if formulated correctly could transform the look of skin. Her childhood friend suffered from acne scarring and she would mix and blend products until she could find the perfect formula giving her friend the flawless skin she had always dreamed of.

When creating MILLI ROSE (named after her cherished French bulldog) she wanted a brand that would speak to women differently than anything on the market, empower them, transform them, let them be different. Finding the right make up should not be the struggle, it should wearable and blendable. For the non makeup artist that lives in all of us! She has made it easy and fun! Each collection is curated grouping unexpected combinations of color to ease the process of application and enhance your beauty. You don't have to be the "beauty junkie" Kimber's done all the work for you!

Most people report feelings of stress on a regular basis. That's normal! The gig economy, insurmountable student loans, and the state of the world are ridiculously stressful, but feeling anxious can become your default, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of sweating to death in a hot yoga class, there's one easy way to be sure that you're treating your body better.

If you want your body to feel less like a vehicle that's running on empty and more like a functioning human, you need to find balance by consuming the right amount of nutrients. Micronutrient inadequacies are extremely prevalent in the U.S., with alarming nutrient deficits in Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, fiber, and iron as well as shortfalls in Vitamins A, C, and E, choline, and magnesium. In addition to general feelings of fatigue, this can lead to an increased risk of chronic yet preventable illnesses.1

In addition to increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, you can take over the reins of your health by getting a curated vitamin plan. MadeFor_ is a vitamin subscription service that delivers high-quality nutrients and supplements that are tailored to your specific needs and deficiencies. To find out where your body's needs are lacking, take MadeFor 's quiz that covers your age, gender, diet, lifestyle, habits, and health goals in order to optimize your vitamin levels. You're also paired with a personalized nutritionist, so if you're worried that your plan isn't right, MadeFor offers professional support and reassurance that you're on track.

It's imperative that you're putting high-quality ingredients into your body, so you can achieve healthy levels. MadeFor uses strict guidelines for sourcing their minerals and vitamins, so you're getting the most potent versions (unlike what you may find in the vitamin aisle).

One of the biggest misconceptions about vitamin deficiencies is that you can reverse them with a vitamin binge. Taking 10 Vitamin D pills a day for a week is not only inefficient but dangerous. A nutritionist-recommended dosage needs to be spaced out over a longer period of time in order to see results, which is why daily vitamin intake is best. With MadeFor, you receive a month's worth of individually packaged daily pills. The packaging is pocket-size and aesthetically pleasing enough to bring to the office or leave on the kitchen counter, rather than tucked away in a crowded cabinet.

MadeFor is an affordable and convenient way to properly equip your body to handle stress.

No matter how busy you are or how many deadlines you have, you need to reduce your stress and anxiety. Promoting healthy energy levels and a positive nutrient balance will give you the edge to tackle your day instead of letting it tackle you. Take the quiz to take a step toward more self care, less stressed and depressed.

1 https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrient-inadequacies/overview


Most people report feelings of stress on a regular basis. That's normal! The gig economy, insurmountable student loans, and the state of the world are ridiculously stressful, but feeling anxious can become your default, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of sweating to death in a hot yoga class, there's one easy way to be sure that you're treating your body better.

If you want your body to feel less like a vehicle that's running on empty and more like a functioning human, you need to find balance by consuming the right amount of nutrients. Micronutrient inadequacies are extremely prevalent in the U.S., with alarming nutrient deficits in Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, fiber, and iron as well as shortfalls in Vitamins A, C, and E, choline, and magnesium. In addition to general feelings of fatigue, this can lead to an increased risk of chronic yet preventable illnesses.1

In addition to increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, you can take over the reins of your health by getting a curated vitamin plan. MadeFor_ is a vitamin subscription service that delivers high-quality nutrients and supplements that are tailored to your specific needs and deficiencies. To find out where your body's needs are lacking, take MadeFor 's quiz that covers your age, gender, diet, lifestyle, habits, and health goals in order to optimize your vitamin levels. You're also paired with a personalized nutritionist, so if you're worried that your plan isn't right, MadeFor offers professional support and reassurance that you're on track.

It's imperative that you're putting high-quality ingredients into your body, so you can achieve healthy levels. MadeFor uses strict guidelines for sourcing their minerals and vitamins, so you're getting the most potent versions (unlike what you may find in the vitamin aisle).

One of the biggest misconceptions about vitamin deficiencies is that you can reverse them with a vitamin binge. Taking 10 Vitamin D pills a day for a week is not only inefficient but dangerous. A nutritionist-recommended dosage needs to be spaced out over a longer period of time in order to see results, which is why daily vitamin intake is best. With MadeFor, you receive a month's worth of individually packaged daily pills. The packaging is pocket-size and aesthetically pleasing enough to bring to the office or leave on the kitchen counter, rather than tucked away in a crowded cabinet.

MadeFor is an affordable and convenient way to properly equip your body to handle stress.

No matter how busy you are or how many deadlines you have, you need to reduce your stress and anxiety. Promoting healthy energy levels and a positive nutrient balance will give you the edge to tackle your day instead of letting it tackle you. Take the quiz to take a step toward more self care, less stressed and depressed.

1 https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrient-inadequacies/overview

Whoever you are or wherever you live, I can bet you that you've heard of meal kits. You may not know much about them, but I'm pretty sure you've heard of them. Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, you've heard of them somewhere. For those of you living under a rock, meal kit companies like HelloFresh send you recipes and the exact ingredients to make 3 meals for two people (frequency and servings are flexible), in a box right to your door. So instead of measuring out 2.7 tablespoons of curry powder, you just throw it all together and voilà, you have yourself a delicious, home cooked meal.

While I, like you, had been aware of their existence for quite a while, I had never considered it for myself. I can make 6 recipes really well and I couldn't see why I would need a service like this. Then I was over at my friend's place, who is a famously bad cook (he always used to burn something when we lived together in college), and he presented this divine looking steak with a chimichurri dressing and a potato and spinach salad. He swore it hadn't just come from the delivery but I wasn't convinced, that was until he showed me the HelloFresh recipe card. I realized that a meal kit wasn't for the lazy or the privileged folks, but for anyone who liked food and needed inspiration to spice up their weekly dinner routine.

I ordered a box to surprise my girlfriend and a week later we gave it a go. It was so straightforward to order and I even got to choose which meals we were going to have in the box, even though that was quite difficult as they all looked so tasty. It was new, it was fresh and it was even a bit of a laugh too. I value convenience very highly because when I get home from work, all Sam and I want to do is quickly whip up something to eat and argue over what to watch on Netflix, not have to stop at the store then spend 2 hours cooking. With HelloFresh, we can not only make these delicious new dinners in only 30 minutes in the kitchen, but we also get to try new flavors and cuisines that we never thought we'd cook up ourselves. We've even started becoming more adventurous with the food we eat.

The first thing Sam said to me when we sat down to our first meal was "this is ridiculously good". I was super proud of myself. I guess we associate convenience with something that is bad for you, boring or not tasty but that is certainly not the case with HelloFresh. It has really inspired our dinner time, as we are no longer eating the same thing week in, week out. We've continued it ever since for 3 meals a week, giving us the chance to still eat out when we want to. With the meals starting at $10 each, it's hard to see how we could get better variety in such a convenient way and at such a good price compared to the grocery store.

Writing this I can already tell you're a bit skeptical about the whole thing and fair enough, I was too. I can honestly say though it's changed our weekly routine completely, coming home exhausted and not having to go to the store or figure out eat to eat, the excitement and simplicity of HelloFresh makes dinner a breeze.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get $80 off including free shipping!

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Upcoming Concerts To Plan Your 2019 Vacation Around

Traveling abroad is better with music.

Millennials will forgo their avocado-toast brunches to save money for two things: travel and music.

But while there are plenty of travel experts that compile lists of travel tips for picking vacation packages, and endless advice if you're looking for the best music festivals or albums of the year, very little attention is paid to the golden combination—the international concerts that can transform an ordinary vacation into an experience you'll never forget.

Think about it: Anthony Bourdain, the man who made food and travel seem just like rock'n'roll (before rock'n'roll officially died), once said, "Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you." Couldn't that quote just as easily be about music? People have been obsessed with music since the earliest in recorded history because of its transformative qualities, the way it can bring people together or transport them to another version of reality altogether. It's the same with travel. If you want to concentrate all of the joys and sorrows of life down into a single experience, backpack across Vietnam for a week. Or listen to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Music makes everything better, including vacation. It's also better if you can actually speak to locals conversationally, which is why Babbel created an app that lets you absorb a whole semester's worth of language learning in 15-minutes-a-day lessons you can do on-the-go from your phone. They focus on the vocabulary words you actually need to know when you travel, and linguists scientifically engineered the lessons so you'll learn a second language the same way you learned your first.

But back to music. Here's my list of the biggest artists with international concerts coming up in 2019 you should plan your next vacation around.

1. Hozier in Paris, France

"TAKE ME TO CHURCH!" "Notre Dame or the Sacre Coeur?"

Hozier's music is so rawly emotional and sincere; you can't help but be instantly transported to every hopeful love affair and ruinous heartbreak of your life. So when they come to the city of love, the city with a type of kissing all it's own, the city DJ spinmaster Paris freaking Hilton is named after, how can you not go? You don't really get the full Paris experience without seeing the artistic masterpieces of 18th century French Romanticism at the Louvre, getting drunk on champagne and making out with a beautifully bearded Frenchman, and cry-singing along with Hozier on September 13th at the L'Olympia.

2. Cardi B in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and its weather makes the city a perfect place to bust out a summer dress, drink some sangria, and turn warm days into hot nights by busting out some flamenco dance moves. It's a feeling yourself kind of place, and who better to accompany that vibe than Cardi B herself. Dancing along to her booty banger hits is better live, and her concerts are just what you would imagine from Cardi: colorful costumes, wicked fun, and lots and lots of twerking. On May 30th at the Parc del Forum, she'll be joined by Solange and Erykah Badu, making this a ladies-of-hip-hop power show you can't miss. Learn how to roll your Rs to properly pronounce perro, or Okurrr, using Babbel.

3. Imagine Dragons in Florence, Italy

Imagine Dragons is one of the most widely popular bands out there right now, breathing new energy into alt-rock with electronic and pop influences through hits like Rise Up. They've skyrocketed to the top of the music world since their full-length album debut album in 2012 in large part because of a demanding live tour schedule. They're known for putting on emotional, high octane shows that don't disappoint, and on June 2nd, they're bringing their one of a kind energy to the Ippodromo del Visarno in Florence. If you've always wanted to see what the big deal is about Michelangelo's "David," plan the pasta portion of your Eat-Pray-Love adventure around June's Imagine Dragons concert. Learn to ask for that pasta with extra cheese using Babbel.

4. Ariana Grande in Berlin, Germany

Berlin is known for architectural mastery, culinary creations, and … just kidding. It's the clubs. Berlin is literally all about the club scene. Nowhere in the world has a longer list of ideal places to let your freak flag fly, get dancy, and stand in a two-hour-long line in high heels just to get rejected at the door. But if you grab tickets to Ariana Grande's concert at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena on October 15th, you're guaranteed not to be turned away for some confectionary pop fun with the number one trending pop star in the world. Plus, you'll be just in time to partake in Oktoberfest the way it's meant to be done. Get Babbel and learn how to say "Thank U, Next" in German (so you'll know what the doorman is saying when he shoos you mere mortals away from his club).

Music and travel are like peanut butter and jelly: life and bread (and life is bread) are pretty boring without them. Also, they go together pretty swell. Grab tickets to these concerts, download Babbel, and prepare to plan the most radical trip abroad of all time.
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Confession: I've been on the keto diet for a whole year now. I'm basically an expert. But I don't do CrossFit every single day and I like to eat fast food sometimes when I'm stressed or just because I want a delicious cheeseburger. It's a myth that you can't be a normal person in the world and still get the benefits of ketosis, but the myth is widespread and keeps a lot of people from going after their goal body. Now that I'm on keto, I really would never want to go back. I've dropped a ton of weight in fat and when I work out, I gain lean muscle really quickly. I basically walk around feeling at my best every single day. I have more energy and better ideas at work, I look great, and I can't imagine going back to the lethargic mess I used to be.

This is literally everything you need to know about going keto. It's real, practical beginner's guide with the info you actually need to know, like what fast food restaurants are keto friendly, what to order at the bar, and whether you need supplements to stay healthy.

How Does Keto Work And How Many Carbs Should I Eat?

Ok, going keto is literally just where you eat a low-carb and high-fat diet so that your body burns fat for energy (usually first it burns sugar and carbs and then if you're really really out of those it will burn fat). That goal state is called ketosis (that's why they call it the keto diet, get it?). For energy, you eat high-fat foods like olive oil and avocados and cheese and meat. The side effects of being in ketosis include losing weight, because of, you know, the fat burning. Plus it can help keep you at normal blood sugar levels since you're ditching the sugar rollercoaster. They also include feeling like a human God: having more energy than usual, getting more shiz done, being happier, and looking better.

So how many carbs do you eat to reach and stay in ketosis? There are different ways of counting, but I personally do the easiest method (because the easier something is, the more likely you are to stick with it!) which is 50 grams of total carbs or less a day. I stay away from bread and pasta and sugar (ESPECIALLY SUGAR! that's the most important one) and when I do have questions, I look at nutrition lists or on the internet for carb counts on food and...just….count. That's it! I don't know why people make such a big deal out of keto, because if you can count to 50, you can totally get into ketosis.

Ok, here's what real experts say about keto. According to an article by doctors associated with the Harvard Medical School, there is substantial evidence showing that a ketogenic diet reduces seizures in children, occasionally as effectively as medication. Due to the neuroprotective effects, questions have been raised about the possible benefits for disorders including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, autism, and brain cancer. Marcelo Campos, M.D. says, "Weight loss is the primary reason my patients use the ketogenic diet. Previous research shows good evidence of a faster weight loss when patients go on a ketogenic or very low carbohydrate diet compared to participants on a more traditional low-fat diet, or even a Mediterranean diet. A ketogenic diet also has been shown to improve blood sugar control for patients with type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term."

Ok, can we be done with the science-y talk and get back to brass tacks now, please?

Is Keto Healthy?

Not all keto foods are healthy and not all healthy foods are keto. You should probably take vitamins while you're eating keto just to make sure you're getting balanced nutrition. But you can eat more than just meat and avocados! You can eat leafy greens in abundance, so kale, broccoli, and lettuces are all keto-friendly. But root vegetables are starchier, so you have to be careful (a sweet potato will knock you out of ketosis). Here are the top foods people ask me if I can eat, and their carb counts.

Bad for Keto Food List:

  1. Carrots: 8 baby carrots have almost 7 grams of carbs, so they're ok as part of a salad, sure, but you can't snack on carrots without paying a ton of attention to how many you're eating if you want to stay in ketosis.
  2. Beans: One cup of black beans has over 40 grams of carbs, meaning you shouldn't eat beans on keto. They're so small and so high carb that it's best to leave them off of salads and avoid bean-based soups if you can.
  3. Apples: Apples are not keto friendly: one medium apple has about 25 grams of carbs.

*In Between List*:

4. Diet Soda: Ok, Diet Coke is totally keto acceptable because it has zero carbs. Win! But the artificial sweeteners will likely increase your cravings for sweets, which is a huge problem on the keto diet! So diet soda is a keto problem child you should think about before you drink.

5. Milk: Milk is OK on keto in small quantities, like a splash in your coffee is totally fine. But you don't want to drink a latte or a tall glass of milk in the morning unless you want to use all your carbs up! Try almond milk instead.

Good for Keto Food List:

6. Cheese: Ok, all cheese is different, but it's a good rule of thumb that cheese is always OK on the keto diet. To put it in perspective: one slice of cheddar cheese has less than half a gram of carbs!

7. Berries: If you want fruit, you can eat Raspberries and Blackberries as a sweet treat on keto, they only have 1.5 grams of carbs per quarter cup.

8. Olives: Olives are a great keto diet option because they have high salt and fat, but only about a gram and a half of carbs per 10.

9. Cucumber: Cucumbers are a great Keto replacement for the carrot, with under 2 grams of carbs each.

What Fast Food Can I Eat On Keto?

The reason it took me so long to actually start the keto diet is that I didn't want my whole life to surround cooking and meal prep. I have, for lack of a better word, a life. If you're like me and wondering if you'll still be able to grab lunch in the drive-through lane, here's the fast food options you can eat on keto. The key? Avoid sugar like the plague, but a cheeseburger won't kill you.

Panera

Panera actually has a ton of keto friendly options. Their salads are almost all good options to stay on track (with exception of the Southwest Chile Lime Ranch with Chicken which has 56 grams of carbs). The lowest carb options are the Greek, Caesar, and Green Goddess Cob, even adding protein. You can even have a few breakfast sandwiches if you're really craving one, as long as you can manage to keep your carbs extra low for the rest of the day. My favorite keto breakfast at Panera is the Ham, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Farmstyle, with 21 grams of carbs.

Wendy's

Remember to avoid sugar most of all, a small Wendy's frosty has 58 grams of carbs and will knock you off the keto diet. Salads again are mostly fine, the best is The Southwest Avocado salad which has a ton of the good fats you need for energy with only 21 grams of carbs. The really good news? You can totally have a Wendy's cheeseburger on keto. Bun and all. A double stack cheeseburger will only cost you 21 carbs, and even a Son of Baconator will only set you back 36, so as long as you're careful with the rest of the day, feel free to indulge in the meat and cheese! McDonald's, Burger King, and Chick fil a follow the same guidelines. Have a sandwich, but skip the fries and soda.

Chipotle

Chipotle is a godsend for anybody on keto because they hacked their own menu. You can order a "Keto Bowl" and they'll give you a burrito bowl with the following ingredients and only 7 grams of carbs: Romaine lettuce, carnitas pulled pork, hot salsa, cheese, and guacamole. Literally delicious.

Starbucks

Starbucks can be filled with sugar, making it a difficult place for keto lovers. So what Starbucks drinks can you have on keto? The pastries are mostly all out of play, but if you've got a sweet tooth opt for the Petite Vanilla Bean scone with only 18 grams of carbs. Starbucks lattes can be keto friendly, as long as you make them with almond milk! Almond milk can knock the carb count down by almost 10 compared to Soy and 2 percent milk.

Can You Drink Alcohol On Keto?

Good news: yes, you can drink on keto! Stick to wine or pure liquors and party it up. Definitely no beer or mixing with sugary soda or juice, but I'll have a handful of vodka sodas on a Saturday night and stay in ketosis.

How Easy Is It To Get Into Ketosis And What Is The Keto Flu?

If you're trying to get into ketosis by yourself, I'm not gonna lie, it can be really hard. First of all, you have to be absolutely pitch perfect. And it takes about a week of eating a perfect keto diet to actually get into ketosis. During that week you'll feel tired, foggy, sick, and have sore muscles. People call these side effects the keto flu. And if a stray carrot pushes you over the keto line once you're in ketosis, you get thrown back into the Keto Flu all over again. That's why I always recommend people use ketone supplements to skip the Keto Flu and start feeling the benefits of ketosis right away. My supplement of choice is MyKeto exogenous ketones salts (exogenous just means ketones your body doesn't make itself), which you just mix with water and drink whenever you want to little push into ketosis. I've tried a lot of supplements over the years, and MyKeto is the only one I've consistently felt benefits from.

Seriously, in this day and age, there's no reason to try to go into ketosis by yourself without supplements. Plus, the quicker you get into ketosis, the sooner you'll start seeing the benefits like weight loss, increased energy, and sharp mental clarity. And the more benefits you see, the more likely you are to stick with it! Again, I recommend MyKeto brand. I personally used it when I first started keto the and lost 5 lbs in the first week, so spending $50 or so for those kinds of results is worth it. But there are a ton of other options out there, too, if you feel like doing the research for yourself.

So fad diets come and fad diets go, but keto is clearly going to be around for a while for a reason: it works. In fact, it's been around for decades in the form of other low carb diets like Atkins. People who still consider it a fad clearly haven't tried it. Put down the sugary sodas, pick up a cheeseburger, take your supplements, and let the weight loss and energy roll in!

Let me know in the comments if this was helpful for you! Or drop questions if you have them, your fellow keto readers may be able to answer. :)


1 https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/ketogenic-diet-is-the-...

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