How You Can Feel Like an Academy Award Winner This Year!
On February 28th, all eyes will be on the stars walking down the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard, outside the Dolby Theater, for the 89th Academy Awards Ceremony. Leading up to the ceremony, how ever, even more eyes are on the $200,000 Oscar Gift Bags all nominees will receive, courtesy of the marketing company Distinctive Assets.
Will La La Land live up to the hype and win an Oscar this year? Or, will Viola Davis steal the show with a Best Supporting Actress win for the movie Fences?
Either way, rumor has it that ALL Oscar nominees (from Nicole Kidman in Lion to Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge) will each be taking home Oscar Gift Bags full of some pretty unorthodox goodies – even for people of Hollywood fame. Compared to the $232,000 price tag of last year’s Oscar goodies, this Oscar Gift Bag is not making the same amount of history (sadly, it also does not include a free Vampire Breastlift either). But it is still raising a few eyebrows and instilling the same amount of envy in our hearts.
What will the 2017 Oscar goodie bags include? According to both The Guardian and Teen Vogue, each honored starlet will be taking “home” the following:
6-Day Hawaiian Vacation on Southern Kauai – $3,877 value
A 3 Night’s Stay at Lost Coast Ranch – $21,860 value
Personal in-house sommelier services from The Loving Somm approx. $2000-$6000 value
Chocolatines’ Drunken Fig Cake Bites – $35
A 10-year’s supply of Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation and Moisturizer- $47,198 value
10 training sessions with celebrity trainer Alexis Seletzky – $1,500 value
3-Day Visit to Italy’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo – $1,244 value
We are sure Dr. Runels (founder of The Vampire Facelift and The Vampire Breastlift) is a little disappointed to hear that the Hollywood starlets are seeing the value of his signature procedure this year. However, we are also sure that any Hollywood stars or starlets who do not receive their own glitzy, golden award will be thrilled nonetheless with this generous gift package, courtesy of the marketing company Distinctive Assets. Ahh, what a charmed life these celebs do lead! Looking at this year’s laundry list of luxurious goodies, it makes be believe them when they say, “It’s an honor just to be nominated.”
However, it also begs the question, “Why can’t we all get in on the fun?” Well, the good news is we can! This year, we researched ways for you to make an affordable 2017 “Oscar Gift Bag” for yourself, to recreate the experiences the Hollywood starlets will receive – yet, for a fraction of the price! Here’s how you can create an Oscar-winning experience for yourself this year:
With 500-feet of private beach access, secluded villas and all-inclusive access to five-star meals, drinks and an on-site spa offering Swedish massages, while you enjoy sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, Lago Mar offers all the beachside beauty and luxuries of a Hawaiian resort – without the hassle of a long flight and jet lag. Oscar Gift Bags that require you to buy a trans-Pacific flight? No thanks! We’ll take the 5-hour flight to the gorgeous Atlantic instead.
3 Nights in an Oceanfront Suite – $1,232
2. Trade 10 Years of Oxygenating Makeup Treatments for 1 Session of the Vampire Facelift
While our skin naturally craves more oxygen, and oxygen-deprived skin can look dull, wrinkled and lifeless, the jury is still out on whether oxygenating makeup really works. Sure, it feels great to buy it, and when you’re a celebrity and have someone giving you their products free, why not?
But for those of us who really want to get results, always think before you buy. In fact, Dr. Gary Goldenberg from Goldenberg Dermatology has gone on the record saying he is “not convinced” that anything that comes in a cream form can deliver “gaseous” results, such as infusing oxygen back into the skin. You know what has been proven to get results? The Vampire Facelift. It uses platelet-rich-plasma technology to stimulate new cells, collagen and elastin to restore the plump and smooth natural look of your face.
The best part? It doesn’t take 10 years to see results! Just one session, and you will look and feel younger. Just make sure you see a doctor who is certified by the procedure creator, Dr. Charles Runels.
1 Session of The Vampire Facelift – Less than 1/10 the cost of oxygenatinating makeup! Contact Dr. Newsome for more information
3. Trade a One-Time Sommelier Service for a Year-Round Wine of the Month Membership
What would you rather have? One day of a wine expert serving up a variety of bottles and blends to your friends, family and guests? Or an entire year of customized wine samplings and full control over the blend of reds and whites you receive every month. Develop your own taste profile and become a wine connoisseur whose racks are always fully stacked?
I know which one I would choose! Sure, a sommelier service sounds great. But once the event is over, your $2000 investment is gone and your wine glass is empty! Be a true wine lover, and invest all of your hard-earned cash in more Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or whatever suits your fancy! Read this great post from Forbes to find the Wine of the Month Club that is best for you. (Club W – now renamed Winc– is our personal favorite)
1 Year of a 3/Bottle-a-Month Membership with Winc.com – $576
Instead of taking a 13-hour + flight to Italy, enjoy the same level of luxury within the continental U.S. by visiting this 5-star lakeside California resort. Your first stop should be the 17,000 square-foot spa that offers a crushed pinecone exfoliating scrub and a dry-heat lodge and steaming eucalyptus room.
Or, if taking in the sights is what you’re after, the Ritz Carlton concierge will arrange private boat charters, kayaking or hiking events that will take your breath away. Of course, just standing in the lobby of this 170-room stone-and-wood lodge is enough to take our breaths away, and don’t even get us started on the artfully-crafted cuisine at the Manzanita in-house restaurant.
5. Trade 10 Celebrity Training Sessions for the HCG Diet Plan
Celebrity trainers are known for creating unbelievable results for their clients in a record amount of time – after all, that’s why they’re worth the big bucks, right?! But you know what else they are known for? Charging ridiculously high fees and organizing workout routines that are difficult, if not impossible, to maintain on your own. These Oscar Gifts Bags clearly come with a hook – encouraging stars to sign on for years of one-on-one training with no end in sight.
Watch this video of Buzzfeed staff writers working with celebrity trainer Steve Zim. Sure, they look like Captain America and Scarlett Johansen after the weeks of rigorous workouts and eating regiments. But will it last? Without Steve Zim on their side, we think not. Even the writers admitted that their habits will probably change once back in the “real world.”
You know what does last? Retraining your own mind and body to eat healthy, balanced meals and using your own body chemistry to create the lasting effects you want to see. That’s what the HCG Diet Plan does and with the lifelong results it creates, it has massively more value than 10 sessions at the gym. Try getting those results from this year’s Oscar Gift Bags.
Trade 1-Time Oscar Gift Bags for a Full Year of Luxury Living
Sure, we all want to live like the stars, but we also want that luxury lifestyle to last! (and not to burn a hole in our wallets). So, from our house to yours, here are our recommendations for how you can create your own lifestyle of luxury without the $200K price tag OR the heavy taxes or fees that go with it.
At every red light, I can count on my friend pulling down her car’s vanity mirror, looking into it while pulling back her face with both hands, and saying “So this is what a facelift would look like.”
While in the moment it is comical and we both have a laugh, she really doesn’t need one. However, I understand that every time we see a crease on our face that we could have sworn wasn’t there the day before, it is a slight cause of alarm.
Sometimes we get frustrated with our aging. How did these wrinkles get here? Why do kids have nice skin? And so on.
Then we become proud of our aging. Fine line and wrinkles show our journey, our wisdom. There is character in laugh lines for it means we spent most of our life smiling and laughing. I like the little creases in between my eyebrows, it means I was focused on doing or learning something with great content. Aging gives us character, power even.
However, I know what you’re thinking, character is good but too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
If you’re looking for a natural way to slow the, well, “wisdom” of your skin, we have some secrets to do just that.
7 anti-aging secrets that will help you stay young:
Sometimes lifestyle changes can prove to be as beneficial as surgical inference; in all aspects of health. You may decide to go with a more invasive approach to anti-aging, but to maintain the results, lifestyle shifts are sometimes necessary. Here are some tips:
1. Always eat healthy, whole foods.
Those 100-Calorie packs are just not going to cut it. Your skin needs whole foods; produce, mixed grains, organic proteins. Produce like avocado contain antioxidant carotenoids that aid your skin in fighting off radicals that could cause damage (aging) to your skin cells. Mixed grains provide our bodies with minerals needed to absorb the nutrients of other nutrient dense foods. These minerals often include, iron, magnesium, and even zinc. Organic, grass-fed beef tend to higher percentages of omega-3 present in it. Omega-3 works as an antioxidant against free radicals and work to repair what exposure to the sun damages.
Some of the best whole foods for anti-aging includes blueberries, spinach, salmon, olive and coconut oil, tomatoes, and even dark chocolate helps reduce irritation from UV exposure!
2. Drink a lot of water.
Water is everywhere and there is a reason for that. One of the most effective and natural way to keep your wrinkles in check is to drink plenty of water, at least 8 – 10 glass a day. The skin is made of about 30% water and drinking ample amounts of water helps re-hydrate it which helps maintain elasticity.
Try infused water with lemon or cucumber. Lemon water is full of potassium and Vitamin C which fight off free radicals while also repairing the damage already done by them. Cucumber works as anti-inflammatory. Both are just great ways to cleanse your body of internal, unwanted toxins, too.
3. Get sleep.
We know this one if easier said than done. It’s like telling you to be less stressed (which also helps with anti-aging). You know eight hours of sleep are necessary not only for anti-aging but also for healthy living in general. If this is difficult for you, consider some changes to your nightly routine.
Drinking a glass of unprocessed cherry juice, over-the-counter melatonin, avoiding a screen for 30 minutes before bed, any of these made aid in your ability to sleep. If not, consider seeing a specialist for sleep care.
If sleep isn’t an issue and you’re still concerned with fine lines, discontinue sleeping with your face smashed into your pillow. This can causes creases in your skin from the fabric. Consider either sleeping on your back or changing your pillow cases to silk ones.
4. Avoid exposure to sun.
Wearing sunscreen every day is your number one, guaranteed way to prevent aging.
You know that UV radiation is the culprit to not only skin damage but also skin cancer. You know that you need to wear at least an SPF of 50 every single day. Yes, you can’t just wear sunscreen to the beach or to a baseball game. Even when you are indoors, UV rays are strong enough to penetrate buildings.
By protecting your skin from the most destructive force to your skin will only aid your efforts later in life keeping wrinkles at a minimal. Wear your sunscreen!
5. Add vitamin A to your diet.
Naturally, by adding whole foods to your diet, you will naturally add a variety of nutrients to your diet that you may not already be exposed to. However, Vitamin A specifically helps the production of collagen which repairs damaged skin tissues.
Collagen diminishes the harmful effects of oxidation, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and helps decrease sun damage. Eggs, carrots, kale, and tuna are all high in Vitamin A.
6. Quit smoking.
If skin cancer, emphysema, and tooth decay aren’t reason enough to quit, perhaps your skin is. Smoking decreases the flow of blood to the skin and lowers the level of oxygen and vitamins to the outer layer of the body. It also destroys elastin and collagen, which are a must for a youthful skin. Hence, quit smoking if you want to look young.
7. Get expert advice on cosmetic procedures and products for skin regeneration.
This perhaps is the most important of them all. See a dedicated skincare doctor who is an expert in aging. They will be able to who can work with you and on your skin type to find out what is right for you, be it cosmetic procedures or products. There are a range of procedures to choose from and similarly an array of cosmetic products to lay your hands on. Sometimes all you need is a bit of guidance.
If you are in and around Central Florida contact Solutions Weight Loss and meet Dr. Eddie Thomas to plan out how to rejuvenate your skin and look young.
Solutions carries the best medical grade skin products, the SkinMedica, to bring back the youth in you. They know the power of the human body to invigorate itself. The line includes a full array of advanced skin care solutions, including creams, lotions, cleansers, moisturizers, toners, lip plumps, sunscreens, and more, all designed with a more youthful-looking, vibrant you in mind. From our Vampire Facelift (or Vampire lift) to the Vampire Breastlift or HCG Diet Plan, we can help you reach your 2017 beauty and health goals!
Come and visit Solutions Weight Loss for a comprehensive review of your health needs.
Apple cider vinegar, much like your first shot of tequila, you need to brace yourself. It’s not going to taste great. You’ll need a shot glass and most likely a chaser. However, unlike tequila, apple cider vinegar with work with your innards for a very rewarding affect…I bet tequila never did that for you.
Yes, the taste is pretty brutal. But we’re all adults here. Take a shot, and reap the benefits.
You will need unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar. Look for one with a label that reads “Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’”. The “mother” indicates that your cider has bits of the fermentation of the apples floating around in the bottle (you’ll be able to see it). Seeing that fermentation is a confirmation that your vinegar hasn’t been drained. Draining the mother from your vinegar is basically draining the impactful nutrients out.
Remember, it is still always important to consult with your physician before adding a regime of anything, including apple cider vinegar to your diet. Everything should be done in moderation, including apple cider vinegar.
However, including apple cider vinegar in your diet at least on a weekly basis is your first step in converting into a whole foods, super foods, and clean-living goddess. Before you know it you’ll be joining me and using coconut oil as your moisturizer (it works, I swear!).
So now that you know what to buy, here are just a few reasons to encourage to actually buy apple cider vinegar:
Better Hair and Skin:
After shampooing and conditioning, a quick rinse of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can leave your hair with more shine and fighting off dandruff. You do not need much. It’s suggested you put about ½ tablespoon with a cup’s worth of water in a bottle (preferably a recycled detangler bottle) and spritz the mixture through your strands.
If you already use a toner, try making ACV its replacement. It evens skin tone and clears up acne scars. Make it a part of your nightly or morning ritual before you apply moisturizer. The reason for this is because ACV has a pH much closer to our skin which protects a delicate layer of skin from being destroyed by chemical-based toners. (That layer just happens to be the one fighting against bacteria.)
Naturally Heal Your Heart:
Love your heart like apple cider vinegar loves your heart. ACV has acetic acid in it which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart diseases. For people with inherited triglycerides (bad cholesterol), ACV has shown to lower levels as well as blood pressure. In addition to a healthy diet, ACV could be the relief your next bloodwork is waiting for.
Strengthen Your Allergy Defenses:
Go ahead, breathe in that pollen. Yes, you might actually get through allergy season with hearing a few less “bless you’s”! Use ACV to combat mucus build up and strengthens your immune system because of its Vitamin A, B6, and C. Those vitamins naturally ward your body from allergens while it also helps lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage is the movement of a bodily fluid that helps your body’s immunity. This also pertains to clogged noses caused by the flu, which luckily, ACV is known to also help relieve you of a high temperature from the flu.
Joint Pain Relief:
You should really JOIN apple cider vinegar and your joints. While there isn’t scientific basis for this, testimony from personal use has suggested that ACV relieves arthritis. Will it cure it? No, but for those who suffer from the joint pain may find relief in knowing there won’t be any harmful reactions with prescribed medications. The acetic acid helps reduce the acidity already in our blood (which cause pain and inflammation). This may seem counterproductive since it’s adding acid to acid. Actually, as most health care providers agree, the acid in the ACV will eventually alkalize and ease the pain. You can soak your joints or choose to ingest ACV.
You can be trendy and detoxify. You don’t need to be Gwyneth Paltrow to detoxify your body. ACV is a very cheap fix for detoxifying your body. Granted, working on its own, ACV isn’t going to do all the detoxification for you; you still need a green smoothie from time to time. You can do detoxify from either soaking in a bath with some ACV and Epson salt or ingesting it. The reason for this is because as it travels through your body, it kills bad bacteria. Killing off intrusions from bacteria or even too much mucus allows your body to function at full optimization. For additional ways to detoxify, mix a bit of ACV with a glass of a water before meals.
Boost your weight loss efforts:
ACV is safe to consume every day which is good news for those of us wanting to lose a few pounds. A 2005 study showed consumption of ACV either before or during a meal helps lower your appetite for the rest of the day.
In fact some people found that their caloric intake for the rest of the day naturally dropped by “200-275” calories. You can achieve this again by having it diluted in a glass of water, or use it as a dressing for your salad, or add a bit to your soup broths. It will also help relieve bloat!
Gain relief for diabetes:
Just like arthritis, ACP cannot cure diabetes but it can help relieve some of its pains. Added to a proper diabetic diet, ACV helps prevent a huge spike of blood sugar after a meal for diabetic patients and reduce insulin levels. Try adding a little cinnamon and hot lemon water to your ACV drink; cinnamon will also help reduce blood sugar and lemon is good for cleansing. Many geriatric medicine providers use this trick for older patients who are presenting as pre-diabetic.
So listen, if I’m being honest, I have a near full bottle of apple cider vinegar still sitting on my kitchen counter from about three months ago. I went about two days and two shots in when I called it quits.
However, I have effectively convinced myself to join back on the detoxification bandwagon…besides, Kombucha is way more expensive than a bottle of apple cider vinegar!