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Now that several of us have enjoyed that double-helping of pumpkin pie (following the turducken, cornbread, stuffing, cranberries, and ham), all we can think about is getting back onto our dietary plan. After all, its just a month until Christmas and the season’s festivities are just beginning … so how can we effectively shed a few pounds?  Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in anti-aging medicine, shares,“People are dealing with dieting information overload. It is hard to know what is sound weight loss advice and what is a myth.”   Here he sets the record straight on some of the most common dietary myths.

MYTH:  YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING IF YOU EXERCISE  Unfortunately, a half hour on the treadmill isn’t going to help you lose weight if you reward yourself by downing a few slices of cake and an order of French fries. While treadmill indicated that you that you burned 500 calories, those estimates are not always accurate.  “It’s nearly impossible to out-exercise a bad diet unless you plan to spend half your day in the gym,” explains Dr. Calapai. “You must workout and eat smart to see results.

MYTH:  YOU CAN LOSE TEN POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS   “You probably can lose ten pounds in two weeks if you crash-diet, but that pace is rarely sustainable,” warns Dr. Calapai.  Most of the weight will return once you start eating normally. To truly lose one pound, one needs to “eliminate” 3,500 calories—the amount stored in a pound of fat—by eating less and moving more. Realistically, if one cuts  500 calories (or 300 and burns 200 through exercise) every single day of the week, she will lose about a pound a week.

MYTH:  DON’T EAT AFTER 8PM    It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. According to Dr. Calapai, “It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.” No matter when one eats, the body will store extra calories as fat.  “If you want a snack before bedtime, think first about how many calories you’ve eaten that day,” he suggests. Read more of this story »


As much as we love our SWAG, we can never pass up a good deal!  Following, please find some of our favorite Holiday Beauty Deals.  If you discover some good finds along the way, please share with your Undercover Sisters!  xx


  • Spend $50 and receive a free full-size Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette Promo Code: FRIDAY17  Available  11/23/17 – 11/24/17 (11:59pm ET)
  • Spend $25 and receive a Discover IT Kit – a travel size set of your favorite IT Cosmetics must-haves including Bye Under Eye, Brow Power, Superhero Mascara plus two bonus sample packettes  Promo Code: FREEGIFT  Available 11/25/17 – 11/26/17 (11:59pm ET)
  • Enjoy 20% off any $30 purchase  Promo Code: MONDAY20  Available 11/27/16 (11:59pm ET) for ONE DAY ONLY!!!

KKW BEAUTY Black Friday (from Thursday at 6pm through Friday at Midnight)

  • 20% off Crème Contour & Highlight Kits
  • 30% off Powder Contour & Highlight Kits
  • 30% KKW X KYLIE Cosmetics Crème Liquid Lipstick Collection

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS (November 24-27) **Subscribers will receive early access!

  • 50% off of Contour and Blush Kits, Shadow Singles, and Blush Trios’ 40% off of Liquid Lipsticks and Glosses, 30% off of Darkside Liners and  Matte Lipsticks

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The holiday travel season is almost here, which means potentially bad news for our skin.  Enduring recirculating airplane air or forgoing your favorite facial serum will sadly provide our complexions with a rather rude awakening.  Dr. Michele J. Farber of Dr. Michele J. Farber dispenses some travel-friendly skincare tips to ensure that our skin will look glowing and gorgeous upon arrival.

  • Travel is a time when you want to keep your essentials – moisturizer, under eye cream — but back off on harsher products. It is ok to skip your retinol cream for a few days while you’re away to prevent dryness.
  • Pack some travel-sized containers of your face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is a great gentle wash for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Also pack a moisturizer, such as Neutrogena Hydroboost, in your carry-on and apply before take off as well as another application during your flight to combat dryness. Don’t forget your lips as well, keep an Aquaphor or lip balm to hydrate your lips on the plane!
  • Make sure you have a great sunscreen and moisturizer, especially if you are going someplace sunny for holidays. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum rubs in nicely and can be used under makeup to make sure you don’t get sun damage or age spots while you’re enjoying vacation. Read more of this story »