Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bleachorexia - The Warning Signs and Health Risks of Over-whitening Your Teeth

 
Teeth whitening is always in season and while we are definite advocates for keeping pearly whites, it's important to bleach your teeth right and not suffer from “bleachorexia”. We want you to know the warning signs and health risks associated with over-whitening your teeth as shared by our favorite expert, Dr. Timothy Chase, Cosmetic Dentist and Practicing Partner at SmilesNY.

Three signs of over whitening:
1.      Sensitive teeth, especially too cold.
2.      Inflamed or bleeding gums.
3.      Teeth that look blue or see through along the edge.

Three health risks that arise from over whitening
1.       Damage to the nerves of your teeth.
2.       Thinning of your tooth enamel.
3.       Burning of your gums.

Three ways to safely and effectively whiten
1.       Have your teeth examined and cleaned prior to whitening- to make sure there are no cavities or gum issues. Clean teeth get a much better result!
2.       Follow the directions on all teeth whitening products perfectly.
3.       Find quality products by speaking to your dentist about your teeth whitening options.




Monday, February 29, 2016

Sorority Girl's Top 5 Favorite Mascara



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We can't live without mascara and you probably can't either!  Lashes just completely changes the entire look of your eyes and makeup- it's the perfect final touch to your makeup.  People definitely have their preferences when it comes to mascara so we narrowed it down for you to the top 5 favorite mascaras!

Different brushes give you different looks, so it's important to try different ones out until you find your perfect match.  Which one is your favorite mascara? Share your secret with us!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Zaful.com: A Sorority Girl's Outfits On a Budget



When you find your favorite clothes from some of the trendiest emerging designers at a MAJOR discount, you don't withhold that sort of info! This secret website to find the most adorable and affordable outfits is called Zaful. From super cute swimsuits to dresses, you'll find pieces as little as $20. Place your orders in a timely fashion though as it does take some time to receive your items. It's worth the wait though! Sign up now and get your shop on!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Swimsuits for Spring Break 2016!





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Spring break is right around the corner and the only thing we're thinking about is... what the heck am I going to wear to the beach?!  Every season, bikini trends change, so here are some different styles that you'll see often- plus our favorite swim wear that we've seen in stores so far!

The one piece has really made its come back this last year and it's sticking around for another year for sure.  Another look that's staying is the classic halter top bikinis- you can never go wrong with them!

What are some of your favorite swimsuit brands that you have your eye on this year?!

Monday, February 22, 2016

10 Ways To Know You're Stressed



Dr. Hafeez whose expertise is in understanding neural pathways as they respond to anxiety, stress and trauma explains that how we think directly impacts how we age and how youthful we appear. The routine stressors in our lives really impact how fast or slow we age. When stressed, we see it in our skin tone, texture, elasticity, and over all glow.

“When someone is under stress they can appear up to 5 years older, 10 years if they don’t manage stress or make changes to their lives. Stressful relationships and careers age people. I have seen patients end relationships or get new jobs and look 10 years younger within days.  People are spending money on creams, facials and cosmetic procedures but if the stress is still there it will still show in their face,” offers Dr. Hafeez. 

Here are Ways Stress is Written All Over Your Face

1. You have dark circles. Stress results in blood flow to main organs plus capillaries under eyes are fragile and break under stress leaving your face looking sallow and tired. Dark circles seem more apparent.

2. Mini-Menopause
The jury is still out on exactly how or if this is possible, but it appears that the constant flow of cortisol that goes along with chronic stress causes a dip in estrogen, one that mimics, on a smaller scale, the dip that occurs during menopause. Less estrogen means less collagen and less moisture. So, while estrogen levels may not drop enough to shut down your period, stress may make them dip enough to make your skin look dull and dry.

3. You notice more wrinkles. Life’s stress due to divorce, death of loved one, job-loss, financial concerns; impacts our brain chemistry. When we feel sad or anxious, are crying or not sleeping well it’s common to see deeper lines around the middle of the eyes, forehead, under eye area and mouth.

4. You itch, flake and even have hives.  Stress leads to inflammation which may lead to rashes, rosacea, eczema flare ups and changes in skin moisture.

5. People ask if you’re feeling okay.  When the Starbucks barista or guy at the dry cleaners asks if you’re feeling okay, pay attention. These people may not know the details of your life but they know how you look because they see you quickly.

6. Under-Eye Bags: Tomorrow's to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the a.m. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity.

7. Increased jaw size – Heavy jaw
Grinding teeth and clenching of the jaw are common symptoms of stress. Unfortunately, these habits can cause the jaw muscles to work overtime. This can result not only in damaged teeth, but also a heavier than usual jawline, as the muscles become larger with the grinding action.

8.Hair Loss
Stress can cause sudden hair loss by literally flipping the switch on the hair follicle’s growth stage from an active to a resting phase. Once the follicle enters this resting phase prematurely, it stays there for about three months, after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. When you experience an overall shedding of hair, you must cast back a few months to find the trigger. Rest assured that in most women, this hair will grow back.

9. Adult Acne
Acne isn’t just for hormonally crazed teenagers. Many adults can’t seem to outgrow it because of stress hormones. What makes it worse is that tense people often can’t leave pimples alone. Squeezing, poking and picking at them becomes an almost obsessive way to release tension, but it also makes breakouts worse, exacerbating the inflammatory response, and you’re left feeling a bit more stressed. So no picking

10. Hormonal Mood Swings
There is a lot of interaction between hormone physiology and mood that works both ways. Our mood can impact our physiology, and our physiology can influence the balance of our hormones. If stress can sit at the top of a cascade of events that lead to undesirable hormonal changes in the body (like those that trigger insomnia, insatiable hunger and weight gain, and collagen breakdown), then what we want to do is find ways to gain the upper hand on our stress level and ensure that we keep all those hormones in check.

According to Dr. Hafeez, “The good news is that we can get to the root cause of our stress and manage it. When you notice changes in your facial appearance take inventory of what is going on in your life and what may be stressing you out. Simple things like sitting quietly for 10 minutes focusing on breathing, writing in a journal, exercising or taking a walk outside, reading, baking, painting, listening to music and reaching for an activity that takes focus off the stress is helpful. If you find yourself reverting back to the stressful issue consider therapy. Clearly there is a connection between how we look and how we feel and think.”

Friday, February 19, 2016

FabFitFun: February Subscription Box Goodies


Have you heard of FabFitFun? We have been loving their monthly subscription boxes filled with goodies for years now. How it works is every 3 months, as a FabFitFun VIP member, you can look forward to their new seasonal gift box filled with the new most fab items, hand-picked by the FabFitFun Team! You enjoy full-size, premium products delivered 4x per year. Each box is a $200 value, but you only pay $49.99 four times a year {that's $200 for $800 worth of product, ladies}! The shipping is free too!

This month we received our favorite subscription box to date filled with every day favorites from fashion, beauty, and health & fitness products.

Get your hands on these boxes by signing up today! Use code 'SORORITYSECRETS' at checkout to receive a special discount!

Show us the goodies in the box that you love by using the hashtag  #TSSxFabFitFun

Thursday, February 18, 2016

TSS Favorite Things: February





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It's been a while since we have stumbled across some awesome home decor and recently we stumbled across a quote that we felt is so fitting for our powerful, strong sorority sisters. The quote is from Shakespeare and reads: "Though she be but little, she is fierce". Well, in true sorority girl fashion, we decided to go on a quest to find cute home and every day accessory pieces that show off such a strong quote. Shop our favorites above!
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