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Do Ketogenic Supplements Really Work? Here’s The Scoop On Exogenous Ketones

It seems like everyone is talking about the ketogenic diet and how it can help you lose weight, keep weight off for good, reduce inflammation, and increase your energy levels and metabolism. It might sound too technical for its own good, but there's really nothing simpler than the ketogenic diet — it more or less involves eating foods that are good sources of protein and fat and that have low amounts of carbohydrates. By replacing carbs with protein and higher fats than you may think are necessary on any diet, what you're actually doing is teaching your body to use stored fat for energy. A diet filled with carbs, which contain refined sugars, spurs your body's insulin and glucose levels to spike. In turn, your body relies on that glucose and insulin for energy and doesn't use fat. So, what happens to all of that fat that isn't being used? You probably already guessed — it gets stored and is not properly burned off for weight loss and more efficient, long-lasting energy. Conversely, a ketogenic diet forces your body into a state of ketosis, training it to survive with fewer carbs and releasing ketones from the breakdown of fats in the liver. There are hundreds of nutritious and delicious keto diet recipes for weight loss, which include meals like salmon, egg muffins, and even chocolate and coconut bar desserts. But ketogenic supplements, which are also known as exogenous ketones, are incredibly popular, despite a lack of information on what you can — and shouldn't — expect from them. So, let's break down keto supplements. Here are four facts to keep in mind before you start taking them. 1) Exogenous Ketones Aren't Weight Loss Pills Ketogenic supplements aren't going to provide a quick and easy weight loss solution designed to replace an actual keto diet. Instead, these supplements help the body achieve a state of ketosis in which it begins using fatty acids as energy instead of glucose and insulin. There is no guarantee that you will lose weight simply because you've started taking pills. Supplements can only enhance the results you're getting from carefully following a keto diet plan and incorporating cardio and strength training into your lifestyle. 2) Supplements Could Help Ward Off Some Unpleasant Side Effects Of The Keto Diet When your body enters ketosis and you've made that drastic switch from a carb-heavy or moderate diet to one that's stripped of refined sugar, you may experience a few really unpleasant (short term) side effects. These can include bad breath, low energy, headaches, fatigue, and even bloating. Taking keto supplements may help reduce these symptoms and make your transition period more comfortable. 3) Combining Keto Supplements With A Non-Keto Diet May Not Work There's little information out there about the effect you can expect from combining ketogenic supplements with a non-keto diet that includes carbohydrates. Since these pills help the body into a state of ketosis, combining that state with carbs could prove a waste of time. 4) Raspberry Ketones Are Not Keto Supplements A few years ago raspberry ketone supplements had a major moment. This ingredient, which is sometimes used in fat loss supplement, is not a ketone.

Drop Everything–Ulta’s Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale Is Happening Right Now!

Ulta Beauty has finally kicked off its 25-day Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale. From Dec. 11- Jan. 10, Ulta is running a sale EVERY DAY (both in-store and online) on different beauty brands like Benefit, Anastasia, Becca, Tarte, Smashbox and many more! The first two days are over, but you still have 23 days left to snag deals on some of your favorite makeup products. Visit Ulta's Holiday Beauty Blitz often as they preview five new deals every five days. Here's what we know so far: Today, (Dec.13) Ulta is offering 50% off all bareMinerals concealers! Tomorrow, (Dec. 14,) the deal is 40% off Urban Decay's Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder For Face And Body. Then on Dec. 15, Ulta will be having all Grandiose Mascaras by Lancôme on sale for 50% off! Amazing, right?! Not sure what to buy? We've compiled a list of all the products we're looking forward to buying from Ulta during its 2017 Holiday Beauty Blitz sale: 1. Ulta Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale December 13 bareMinerals Concealer ($10.00, originally $20.00) Hide dark spots, blemishes and redness with this lightweight SPF 20 concealer. This award-winning concealer comes in five different shades and has even been dubbed as the "best concealer" by some happy Ulta shoppers! "My roommate in college used this; I tried it & was hooked. I have been wearing it for years--best concealer! I use it under my eyes daily to create a natural, brighter complexion." -Jay "I always go back to Bare Minerals' powdered concealer. The application is gentle and does not put stress on my already thin skin especially at the inner corners of my eyes." -MoMo bareMinerals Correcting Concealer ($10.50, originally $21.00) This creamy concealer is lightweight and provides full, flawless coverage. It also protects your skin with SPF 20, comes in eight different colors and even has received some pretty rave reviews on Ulta.com: "I love this concealer I have been using it for years and I have tried others and they don't work as well or look so natural. Five stars!" -Beth "I have a little redness and uneven tone. This covered everything with out looking like I had a lot of makeup on." -QueenB   2. Ulta Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale December 14 Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($32.00, 40% off Dec. 14) This versatile shimmering powder can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter or body shimmer. Did we mention that this powder is also cruelty-free and comes in four gorgeous shades? "It's wonderful! I have nothing bad to say about the fireball highlighter. It's a beautiful color for any skin tone & it's very velvety when applied. Easy to blend & pretty." -Cheyann "This UB highlighter is so pretty!! And lasts all day!" -Mandi   3. Ulta Holiday Beauty Blitz Sale December 15 Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara ($32.00, 50% off Dec. 15) This Lancome mascara provides length, volume and lift to lashes. The "Swan Neck" wand ensures an easy application of this paraben, sulfates and phthalate-free mascara. "Best mascara, hands down. I have tried many mascaras on the market but this is by far the best." -Abells "Love the wand. It makes it so easy to get the outer lashes. Great coverage and you only need a couple of swipes and you're done applying. Highly recommend!" -Karen   Find out more about Ulta's including their return policy at SheFinds.com   [Photo: Shutterstock]

5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood This Winter #WellnessWednesday

Now that we've fallen back into winter weather, you may find yourself feeling a little down as the days get colder and darker. Don't fret! This season affects us all in many different ways. But if you just aren't feeling the holiday cheer, the you may want to try some of these simple ways to boost your mood this winter. 1.Work out your bad mood. Go ahead and get an early start on that New Year's resolution, and try exercising when you feel yourself going to a negative head space. A blast of endorphins will do you a world of good! 2.Brighten up your wardrobe. If you're anything like me, then black is probably a staple in your winter wardrobe. I mean it's always fashionable and looks slimming, but that dark color may also be dragging down your mood. Stock your closet some selections that have calming colors to brighten up your day. 3.Do your spring cleaning now. With Christmas coming up, you may find yourself surrounded by a lot of clutter, which can lead to anxiety. So free up some space in your apartment (and your mind!) by getting rid of the unnecessary items that are crowding you. 4.Give yourself a little treat. Food can be a major pick-me-up, so treat yourself to a little chocolate, cinnamon or mint treat, as all of these have been known to have positive boost on moods. Plus, they're delicious, too! 5.Install some mood lighting. Swap out those old, dull lights with bulbs that give off a warmer vibe. A less harsh lighting could be all you need to change your attitude. [Photo: Shutterstock]

Keto Diet Recipes For Weight Loss That Are Off-The-Charts Delicious

The ketogenic diet is is more than just another fad — it's a way of eating that works with your body (and not against it) to help you naturally burn more fat. The keto diet, or low carb diet, consists of ketogenic foods that contain high amounts of protein and fat, with a low number of carbs thrown in for good measure. We know that simple carbohydrates produce insulin and glucose in the body and that when we use these (in place of fat) as energy, our bodies get the message that they should store all of that fat we don't need . The reverse happens when we start swapping carbs for protein and fat. Our bodies go into a state of ketosis and we produce ketones that break down fats and help our metabolisms function at a higher rate. The greatest thing about the keto diet is that it doesn't force you to starve your body into submission. Recipes like these four ketogenic meals and desserts are satisfying, delicious, and will help you burn more fat. Keto Egg Muffins This Keto Egg Muffins recipe is perfect for those cold mornings when you don't have time to whip up breakfast. Ingredients 6 eggs 1 scallion 5 oz. cooked bacon 3 oz. shredded cheese 1 tablespoon of red or green pesto salt and pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and place muffin cups in baking pan. Chop the scallions and bacon and in a bowl whisk eggs with pesto and seasoning. Add cheese. Scoop batter into muffing cups and add bacon. Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes. Turkey Or Beef Chili Feel free to use either ground turkey or beef in this flavorful Keto chili recipe, which cooks up in just 30 minutes. Ingredients 2 pounds of ground beef or turkey 8 cups spinach 1 cup tomato sauce 2 medium green peppers 2/3 medium onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon cumin 1.5 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder salt and pepper Directions Chop the onion and bell pepper. Add olive oil to a pot and cook beef or turkey until browned. While meat is cooking, saute vegetable in a separate pan with olive oil. Season both the meat and veggies with salt and pepper. Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper to meat. Once the meat is cooked, add spinach and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato sauce to the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Add cooked vegetables and stir well. Cauliflower Crust Pizza Craving pizza but have sworn off carbs? This cauliflower crust pizza is a delish and healthy pizza alternative. Ingredients 2 cups cauliflower rice 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 large egg white 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup marinara 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (for topping) 3 oz. pepperoni slices (optional) 1-2 tablespoons basil leaves (garnish) 1 tablespoon olive oil (garnish) Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grate parmesan and mozzarella cheese into a bowl. Keep some cheese on the side for topping. Heat a large pan with coconut oil and add cauli-rice. Season with salt and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and place cauli-rice into a bowl. Add 1 cup of mozzarella and 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese to rice. Also add garlic powder, dried oregano, and one egg white. Combine and mix well with hands. Flatten this dough onto parchment paper on a pizza tray and brush on coconut oil. Bake dough in oven for 15-20 minutes before flipping it over to cook the other side for 10 additional minutes. When the dough is cooked, spread marinara sauce on top and add remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top. Top with pepperoni slices if want and cook the pizza for 5-10 minutes until cheese has melted. Coconut Chocolate Bars You don't have to skip dessert when you're on a keto diet — choosing low-carb options like Coconut Chocolate Bars is the way to go. Ingredients 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut 1 packet or 1/2 teaspoon Stevia 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup coconut cream 4 tablespoons coconut oil 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 oz. cocoa butter Directions Mix shredded coconut with coconut cream, half of the vanilla extract and half of the Stevia. Blend well and place the mixture on a small cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape the mixture into a rectangle and place in the freezer for two hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into five bars. While waiting for the bars to freeze cook the chocolate topping: melt coconut oil in a pan and add cocoa powder and remaining Stevia and vanilla extract. Mix on low heat for two minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Dip frozen bars into the chocolate and coat on both side. Place coated bars back on the cookie sheet and place in fridge until they harden and are ready to enjoy.

Mark Your Calendar! The New NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation Launches On December 14

If there's one beauty product I'm totally intimidated by, it's definitely foundation. Eyeliner, brow gel, highlighter--I'm good. But for some reason, finding a foundation that feels good on my skin, looks natural and actually matches my skin tone has proven virtually impossible. Then the most amazing NARS package came across my desk. Truth be told, I'm always beyond ecstatic to receive anything from NARS, but this one was especially delightful because it was filled with, yup you guessed it, foundation! The new Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in all 33 shades to be exact. I've always heard pretty amazing things about NARS' foundations and concealers, but for whatever reason never got around to actually trying one, so I jumped right in. First, to find a color--or combination of colors--that suited my complexion. With 33 shades to choose from, I was pleasantly surprised to find a color that matched my skin tone almost perfectly (Valencia, in case you're wondering). Even better, though, this foundation feels incredible on the skin. It is ridiculously lightweight and blends in so easily with just a few swipes. I'm one of those women that like my skin to look and feel like skin, just more even, and this foundation does just that. It creates a smooth, even complexion without looking or feeling like you're wearing full face makeup. The absolute best part about this foundation, however, is how long it lasts! It's the first ever 16-hour fade resistant formula from NARS and let me tell you, this foundation stays put. I'm going into hour ten and it hasn't moved, even in places where I've touched my face! Chances are, if you're a beauty lover, you're salivating at this point, so here's the important info. The new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation will be available at NARS boutiques and at narscosmetics.com on December 14. It hits Sephora on December 26. Save that date--you definitely want to be one of the first to get your hands on this new makeup bag essential. LEARN MORE AT NARSCOSMETICS.COM NOW Be sure to check out our fun holiday gift finder. [Photo: NARS]

Kylie Jenner’s Boobs Have Gotten HUGE, And We Love It!

It wasn't too long ago that we were seeing Kylie Jenner for the very first time. Jenner was just ten years old when the first episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians aired in 2007. Needless to say, a lot has changed in fourteen seasons of KUWTK, and Kylie is all grown up. In fact, Kylie, 20, is now an entrepreneur with her own cosmetic line Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner. The star also owns The Kylie Jenner Shop, where she sells Kardashian-inspired phone cases, hoodies, bikinis, jewelry and more. What has changed drastically about Jenner, however, is her appearance --  including her boobs! Though they have not been confirmed yet, rumors have surface that Jenner is pregnant with her first child. Could this be the reason Kylie's boobs have gotten huge!? Check out some of Kylie Jenner's hottest Instagram posts from this year below: Jenner's boobs look HUGE in this white, midriff blouse. She can be seen wearing her very own Lip Kit in color "Mary Jo."The twenty-year old looks amazing here in a white, t-shirt bodysuit and corset.Jenner shows off her boobs in this deep-V, long-sleeved sating mini dress. Just a few months ago, TMZ broke the news that Kylie Jenner was allegedly pregnant with rapper Travis Scott's baby. The the rumors have not been confirmed, but many speculate that's how Jenner's boobs have gotten so big. Kylie shows off her boobs in this risqué lingerie selfie. Kylie Jenner is not slowing down! According to Bazaar, Jenner plans to launch a new line of lipsticks tomorrow (Dec. 13). Kylie Cosmetics is graduating from "Lip Kits" (a duo of lip liners and liquid lipsticks and glosses) and coming out with tubed lipsticks in 20 different shades of nudes, pinks, reds, browns and more. On top of the lipstick launch, according to Teen Vogue, she is also planning on dropping a line of concealers in 30 different shades on December 13. “I can’t believe I actually get to reveal to you guys my 30 concealers today, the first time I’ve ever done concealers,” she said over a video of the concealers. “I wear these every single day.” The beauty mogul also just launched a pop-up truck that was spotted in L.A. last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan was not at the wheel, but that didn’t stop about 100 fans from forming a line in front of the pink truck," Hollywood Reporter says. The truck featured this year's Kylie Cosmetics holiday collection, lip kits, lipsticks, lip liners, Kylighters, Ultaglows, palettes and accessories, including panties, socks, and hats from the Kylie Shop. Items were displayed on the front of the truck for viewing, but customers had to order the items they wanted at the window." Keep checking Kylie Jenner's social media announcements to see if the truck will be in a city near you! Also, check out these amazing Kylie Lip Kit dupes that will make amazing presents for every makeup maven on your holiday shopping list at SheFinds.com! [Photos: @kyliejenner]

Want To Work At SHEfinds? We’re Hiring!

If you're in the New York area and have always dreamed of working at a fashion start-up, you might be one step closer to making that dream a reality. Our team is currently hiring for an Editorial Assistant. Does that sound like something you might be interested in? APPLY NOW! And here are 5 reasons why SheFinds is a great place to work (in case you wondered!): We have a really cute office dog, and you can bring yours, too. We have an "office optional" policy on Mondays. No more Sunday Scaries for you, my friend! It's great place to learn from media pros--your co-workers will come from Time Inc., Hearst, New York magazine, CBS, AOL and Ask.com (IAC). Online shopping at work is encouraged. We literally have a "fun committee" devoted to finding fun things to do around the city one day each quarter. Can you say lobster boat cruise?

Curology Makes Custom Skincare Tailored For Your Unique Skin… Get Your First Month Free!

If you’ve ever wished you could have a dermatologist custom mix a skin serum designed especially for your skin, you can! And guess what? No doctor’s appointment or crazy expensive co-pay required! Allow us to introduce you to Curology, a genius new beauty brand that’s bringing personalized skincare to normal gals like you and me. For about $19.95/month, Curology will assess your skincare needs, have them evaluated by a licensed dermatology provider, then create a customized formula just for you that’s delivered directly to your doorstep. Pretty incredible, right? Getting started is actually really easy. Just head over to curology.com where you can take the short skin questionnaire that gives the Curology team details on your skin and medical history. You’ll then get paired with a licensed dermatology provider who will help to craft a special skin cream just for you. Curology is so confident in their personalized formulas that they give you your first month for free; all you have to do is pay the $4.95 shipping. For less than $5, why not get your own customized formula?! If you don’t love it, you didn’t spend a fortune… they even offer a 90 day money back guarantee! Chances are you’re definitely going to love it. GET STARTED AT CUROLOGY NOW Be sure to check out our favorite drugstore beauty products. [Photo: Curology]

The One Beauty Trend That Will Be Out For 2018

If you're like a lot of beauty lovers, you've acquired an impressive collection of matte lipsticks and matte liquid lip colors over the past few years. You were with Kylie Jenner throughout it all — tracking her sold-out matte nude lip shades and heading over the Colour Pop to fuel up on their version of the matte — shades that look perfectly blotted without any help from a tissue. And you probably knew, somewhere in the back of your mind, that all trends eventually fizzle out and die — but not these super hydrating and modern mattes, right? It looks like the time has come for us to bid farewell to matte as the number one hot lip trend — it's one beauty trend that's on its way out in 2018. That doesn't mean you have to run and chuck our every matte lipstick you own (which is relief because some of those babies cost a pretty penny). There's still a place for mattes at the lipstick table, but we spoke with Ashlee Glazer, Laura Geller Global Artistic Director, about the newest lip trends and how to modernize your matte so that it looks fresh and current. 1. Creamy Formulas And Glosses Will Reign Supreme Not only were spring 2018 runways filled with models sporting lighter, glossier lips, but new creamy lipsticks and glosses are being offered by some of our favorite brands. From Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb, which is the most gorgeous shade of shimmery nude, to Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty Holiday Beam Lipgloss, already we can see that two celebs who routinely kill it while wearing matte shades are open to something different. “Matte lipstick is a timeless texture that will always have a place in our hearts," Glazer says. "If you splurged on the matte trend and don’t know what to do — it’s not totally over, but glossy and creamy lips are making a comeback as well." Some of Glazer's favorite new glosses and creamy formulas include Laura Geller Color Luster Hi Def Top Coats, which she calls "shimmery and sheer and the perfect layering finish for a glossy lip" and Smith & Cult, which has "beautiful creamy pigment in their lip glosses, and almost all are shimmer-free." 2. Don't Toss Your Matte Lipstick — Convert It There is a way to keep your matte lipstick and give it a slight tweak that will make it more modern and in line with the newer lip trends. And it's a cheap fix, to boot, with a product you probably already have in your medicine cabinet. "Mix your matte lipsticks with a balm like Vaseline to create a creamy texture with the same beautiful color you love," Glazer says. 3.  Transform Your Favorite Matte Into A Multitasking Product Most mattes are made with a thicker formula than creamy lipsticks and lip gloss. And while this thickness can have a tendency to make lips feel dry when worn as a lipstick, it can work wonders as a lip liner. "Use the matte lipsticks as a liner and [here's a] longwear layering tip: apply with a brush as you would use a lip liner to shape and define the lip, and then apply your new favorite gloss on top," Glazer says.

Once And For All, Here’s How To Heal Dry, Cracked Lips #SheFindsSoutions

Cold weather is generally rough on skin, but the harsh temps are even worse on sensitive areas like the lips. That's why a lot of us find ourselves dealing with super dry and flaky, cracked lips around this time, which is no fun at all! But what's a girl to do? Well, there are actually a few little tweaks you can make that will help you heal and prevent dry, cracked lips in no time. 1.Keep hydrated. Get in the habit of drinking those eight glasses of water a day because dehydration may be the cause of your dry lip problems. 2.Don't forget to apply lip balm (and often!). Listen up. Do not walk out of your house without putting on some type of lip balm or lip ointment. After all, these moisturizing balms form a barrier that protects you from the cool winds. But applying once just won't do. Make sure you are applying throughout the day to lock in moisture. 3.Try using nourishing oils. In addition to store bought lip balms, you can also use coconut oil to help heal your dry lips by using several times per day. 4.Go for a natural remedy. A trick that you could try on a weekend afternoon is to use honey to help heal lips. Just apply throughout the day as if it were a regular lip balm. [Photo: Shutterstock]