Monday, November 29, 2010

Five Beauty Tools You Should Never Be Without ! | Kelley for Second City Style..

There are some essentials that are staple in my beauty routine, and some that I run to in time of a crisis, hence a major breakout, lol. And thought that everyone should know about these little gems that have changed my life..! Plus, the Holiday's are here and an even more reason why you should try these goodies.. They are great stocking stuffers or even just a gift to someone. ;)

Check out my article on Five Beauty Tools You Should Never Be Without @ Second City Style...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

At the Finish Line..w/ The Race of Life To Go; Nurtrisystem Week 16

Never would I have thought I could continue a weight loss/ maintenance program for 4 months! Nutrisystem has been an interesting journey of pounds lost, calories cut, and a new way of eating. For the past month, I have been trying to incorporate regular food choices into my diet, and I can say I have done pretty good! I have dramatically cut out starches, and red meat, and pork. Now, its lots of chicken and some fish.

Even though I only lost 2 to 3 pounds every 2 or 3 weeks, I can say I have not gained and have been able to maintain. I'm steady at 150 pounds, as I had started at 167. I am so happy and really can't explain how great it is to know I can maintain my weight, and even lose a few pounds, eating what I want, but not a lot of it. I'm still fitting in all of my clothes I could only now fit because of Nutrisystem, and they are not getting snug. That's how I know I'm not gaining, which is a true feat.

Nutrisystem has really changed my life and I still incorporate my favorites, like the frozen dinners of Glazed Chicken and Rice, Turkey Pepperoni Pizza, Steak & Cheese, and Fudge Ice Cream. Yes, that's how I was eating, and it was all Nutrisystem. I still will incorporate my NS dinners in with my regular eating, and that will help out allot, but all willing I will definitely try to stay on the journey of healthier living.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Signed and Concealed! 6 Of The Best Concealers For Dark Circles | Second City Style

If it's one thing that I have with me at all times, it is a concealer!... Most days I get 'wow, you have such beautiful skin'... "Oh well geez thanks", and thank you concealer! Yes, I must have concealer everyday, to hide the darkness under my eyes, and yes, even to spot conceal. I can make do with just concealer and powder, but I do need all my fixin's... ha!

If we are not getting lines, and wrinkles, we may have bags from a late night, or just hereditary under eye circles that never go away no matter what. So, because I am one of these people,
I have tried many concealers not only for me but for my clients, and have listed some of my favorites. Check out my article on Second City Style Signed and Concealed; 6 of The Best Concealers for Dark Circles!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Still getting Skinny! Nutrisystem Week 15

Here I am almost coming up on my month on Nutrisystem, and honestly I didn't think I could do it this long. Yes, I have been replacing some NS Meals with my own, because hey that's what I'm going to have to do when I'm no longer on NS, so it has been working.

I finally weighed myself after not weighing myself for a few weeks, because I just knew I wasn't losing any weight. I had, had a few cheat days, but I had been making a conscious effort to stay on the same calories as I would with NS. However. to my surprise one morning when I stepped on the scale it said I had lost 2 pounds. I thought it was an inaccurate reading so I weighed myself again twice, and to my surprise it said the same thing. I think I was more than excited, especially because I didn't think I would continue to lose, but more so, now I know I can live a healthy diet, of maintaining my proportions, and still lose.

This gave me so much hope for the months to come. As, I finish my NS program, I can say it has really helped me in my lifestyle changes, not only for me, but for my family. I want to live healthy, and I want them to live healthy. The example comes from me first, so I'm on a mission!

FTC Disclosure: All products have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of their Nutrisystem15 program. Views expressed here are my own.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Seems to be the Never Ending Journey.. Nutrisystem: Week 13/14

So, here I am at the end of week 14. My goal was to update my progress every week, but some week, i'm too consumed with work. However, I'm not too consumed that I can't stay on my Nutrisystem track. I have been weaning myself off of Nutrisystem for some meals, and I am very much surprising myself. Not only am I choosing healthier options, some of the foods I use to love, I no longer love as much. As I use to have a huge bowl of cereal, I now only have half a cup. I just never knew how big my portions actually were!

When I do try to eat more I get miserably full, even though it still may not be close to the portions I use to eat. I'm more so now trying to cut wheat, and grains out of my diet, and eat more substitutes for my starch like instead of Potatoes, i'm not trying whipped, and mashed cauliflower with cheese, or even my newest recipe and meal Cauliflower Pizza! My husband had more than 4 pieces, and if he liked it, I know it taste good.

I'm also looking to cut out alot of preserved, processed foods, that yes, most of our diets consist of, but I realize it is just unhealthy. If it has more than 5-7 ingredients, I usually just leave it in the store. Even though I have not been able to eliminate every unhealthy food, I am making huge progress, and I am still losing weight!


FTC Disclosure: All products have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of their Nutrisystem15 program. Views expressed here are my own.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Perfect Flawless Face in Minutes..

As a makeup artist a flawless face is like the perfect canvas. It's a must that skin is clean, clear, and even. However, I know we are all not blessed with the best skin, but there are ways we can fake it ;) Check out my article at Second City Style on getting your face to be 'Flawless in Minutes'...
The Perfect Flawless Face in Minutes.. Kelley for Second City Style

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Down to the Wire.. Nutrisystem Week 11/12

It's been an emotional 3 months. I have reclaimed my body, in what I had hoped to do. I didn't lose 20 pounds as of now, However I have lost a considerable amount, and I am happy where I am. Maybe the 20 pounds was unrealistic, but maybe not. I see that I am happy with a 16 pound weight loss, and it looks great on me.

I love the convenience of Nutrisystem, which i'm sure I'll miss most when I depart from the diet. But, it will then be time to incoporate my own eating and recipes and hopefully I end up on a healthy maintenance plan. I can say towards the end I really got a little tired with the food, especially with the lunches. And figuring out creative ways, and new recipes was not working as well as I thought. So, I have been incorporating other foods than Nutrisystem, in some of my meals, just so I won't get even more tired of the food. So, instead of a Nutrisystem dinner, I may eat a big salad, with half a serving of diced chicken, 2 tbsp of low fat bacon, and low fat cheese. Even though it may be a little more calories than a NS Diet, it is satisfying, and not fully caloric or fattening.

Besides, I have to incoporate food this way anyways after I end Nutrisystem, so why not start now. Even though I am not losing like I was originally, I'm not gaining either. I am staying fluctuating between a pound or two of difference. Which means, I may just be able to do a healthy maintenance plan. I am hopeful and encouraged, and will try to keep this up as best I can .

FTC Disclosure: All food, products and material have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of theirNutrisystem 15 program.Statements, views and testimonies given are my own.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Setting Myself for a Continuous Healthy Lifestyle: Nutrisystem Week 10

So, I'm almost through my 3 months, and I have to say it was a pretty good ride. Not that I thought it would easy, but it wasn't as nearly as hard as it could have been. It definitely is taking a quit a bit of discipline, but it is really a straight forward method, and it has worked for me.

To the date, I have lost a total of 17 pounds, hoping to near my new goal or 20 pounds at the end of my 3 months. I'm in the midst of looking for a great exercise program to get the most out of my Nutrisystem Diet. I'm definitely thinking about restarting Chalean Extreme. That was the actual program I was on before Nutrisystem, but because I didn't have my diet intact, I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted. But, if I combine Chalean with Nutrisystem, I should have a winning combo! We'll see.. I'll keep you tuned...

Besides that, I'm finding my taste for most of the Nutrisystem food I use to love, not loving so much now. I guess my taste is changing, but I find myself eating Hamburgers (NS Beef Patty's) everyday. It's satisfying, comforting, and I know I can get a guaranteed great taste. So, in the meantime, I'm sure I'll revisit my foods that I haven't touched in a while, which are mostly the soups, and most of the dinners, but until then I'm making do. I'm still in this to win it!

FTC Disclosure: All food, products and material have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of theirNutrisystem 15 program.Statements, views and testimonies given are my own.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Weight Loss Continues: Nutrisystem Week 9

Here I am at the end of week 9, and over the 8 week hump. After a few weeks of teetering between ounces, this is the first week after a few weeks, that I have lost 2 pounds in a week. I'm now officially over the 15 pound mark! yay.. I'm halfway there.

The last 3 weeks have definitely been a challenge. For some reason I feel that my metabolism has increased, and I'm wanting to eat more. Not sure if that is typical, but I have to look into it. I'm trying not to reach for the sweets, but at most I try to reach for an extra Nutrisystem Snack/Dessert.

I'm still trying out new recipes, to keep reviving my food, but right now i'm on the NS Beef Patty wagon. I could eat a NS hamburger everyday! Not only is it comforting, but it's filling. Next to the Beef Patty, I could eat the Fudge Graham Bars all day everyday. It taste way too good to be diet food, but it is and it's amazing....

So, hopefully next week, since I'm back on track to seeing significant pounds lost, that I will show that i'm down another few pounds. We'll see!

FTC Disclosure: All food, products and material have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of theirNutrisystem 15 program.Statements, views and testimonies given are my own.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fashion News! - Designer Jodi Arnold for The Limited

(Designer Jodi Arnold & Elliot Staples, Vice President of Design, The Limited)

I've been honored and got a call in the past week to be the Lead Artist for Designer Judi Arnold's Fashion Show for her collection for The Limited. Being The Limited's first designer collaboration Jodi Arnold has teamed up with The Limited for an exclusive, affordable fashion line, that incorporates Jodi's signature embellishments and unique prints. The collection will include blazers, jeans, embellished tees, dresses, jewelry and handbags, and the prices aren't too shabby at all, ranging from $49.50 to $118. Take a look a some of the looks from from the Look Book of Jodi's Fall Collection 2010 for the Limited!

I am excited and looking forward to creating the makeup look and executing a polished, modern, finished look that compliments her fabulous line. Pictures to come!

Browse the entire Jodi Arnold for The Limited look book, which you can also shop online now at TheLimited.

Friday, September 3, 2010

I've Revived My Food: Nutrisystem Week 6

Is it the end of another week already!..Where does time go. Seems like I just updated you guys about my Nutrisystem update a few days ago... but hey I guess it's a good thing.. Keeps me accountable, as well as helps keep me on track.

This week was a good week. No big cheats at all, just focusing on staying on the plan and keep my meals exciting. At the beginning of the week I went shopping for new ingredients to add to my NS meals, to keep them from being 'al a boring'.. With Recipes from a friend over at I was able to snag a few of my favorite recipes.

So, yes went straight to the grocery store and didn't spend much as I expected. I was eager to try a new recipe so I tried one of the yummy breakfast recipes I was dying to try, for dinner! Yes dinner, ha! I wanted something cheesy and salty, so I made the Cheesy Egg and Bacon Biscuits. I can't begin to tell you how unbelievable they were! They were so good, and a good revival for the pancake mix that was just sitting in my pantry.

The next day I made a version of Clam Chowder, with the NS Homestyle Potatoes and clams, and even though I put too much water in it, it wasn't bad. Considering, they were just sitting in my pantry, because I couldn't muster to just eat plain potatoes. I would definitely try that recipe again, until I get it right.

With that said, with the approaching week, I am looking forward to trying other recipes and staying on the track to weight loss. I'm almost 12 pounds down so far since starting, and I couldn't be any happier. I'm in my jeans I haven't been able to wear in nearly 2 years! And they are my favorite.. So, i'm in this for the long haul, and can't wait to see my end results.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Still Going Strong: Nutrisystem Week 5

This week wasn't so much a challenge, it was just hectic. I stay on the go, which is why I knew Nutrisystem would be great for me. Prepackaged food that I can just toss in my purse, how could you go wrong with that. This week I didn't expect much weight loss, because my body is still catching up from a few cheat days this past weekend.
What can I say, we went on a weekend getaway with friends for a white water rafting adventure, and of course most nights consisted of eating out. I took an ample amount of my Nutrisystem, and pretty much stuck with it from morning until late evening, but at night was a different story.

I didn't give in to too many of my cravings, but Outback Steak House is a weakness. Who can turn down the infamous Bloomin' Onion! Not me, I had to have a piece, okay two pieces. But, it wasn't a large portion and I didn't feel too bad, but I did feel satisfied. I ordered Grilled chicken, with barbecue sauce on the side, with grilled vegetables (there 350 calorie and under meal), but with a sweet potato. Yes, maybe the sweet potato put me over the edge, but I didn't feel to bad because it made up for the lunch I didn't eat that day.

In the end, I didn't totally stick to my NS diet on the trip, however, I know I didn't splurge and cave in to my cravings, as I could have. So, I did feel a little proud of myself. Monday was a new day and start of a new cycle of healthy eating, and I can say that at the end of this week, I did pretty well. The scale only showed a few ounces lost but, I won't complain because I have a new week ahead of me. Plus, Fashion Weeks is right around the corner, and I have something to aim for!

- Kelley Woods

FTC Disclosure: All food, products and material have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of their Nutrisystem 15 program.Statements, views and testimonies given are my own.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dare To Go Nude: Nude Lipsticks | Second City Style | DC Beauty Editor

Dare to go Nude, you say!... I love a great nude lipstick, and it goes with just about any look. Check out my favorite lipsticks and glosses for the perfect nude look .. Over at Second City Dare to Go Nude!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Reclaiming My Body: My Nutrisystem Journey

This week I embarked on a new Journey to regain my body back! Yes, that's right, a year later, a baby, a family and a business, it has taken a toll on my body. Not only am I struggling to lose the baby weight, but my nutrition and diet is not the best. I was on a workout program for months and lost pounds, but it still did not give me the results I desired, because I was unbalanced with my diet.

I have gained more weight than when I was pregnant! Help! Now, some may look at me and say, 'So what are you trying to lose again', but for me it's not at all where I feel comfortable. I am now a size 12 and would love to be a 6/8 again and lose 25 pounds.

So with that said, I was more than grateful when I was introduced to the Nutrisystem Women's Basic Select Program. I had heard of several people that had been on it and enjoyed the experience, but I was unsure of what it would do for me. So, when I was introduced to the the the Nutrisystem program, I knew there was nothing I could lose but some pounds. I am long overdue to regain not only my body, but healthy eating habits, and a changed lifestyle.

So, here I am today and have completed week 1 on my NS Plan, and I must say it's going great. I'm down 3 pounds in the first week, and I really can't believe it. I'm not sure it will be that much every week, but I can use all the pounds lost I can get. The food is really tasty, and it actually taste better than I had imagined. Some of my highlights were the NutriFrosted Crunch Cereal that reminds me of Frosted Flakes...soo good, the Italian Herb Flat Bread Pizza that is small in portion but so filling and quit yummy, the Desert Bars are all good and shouldn't be for a diet ;), and the classic Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal that was just sweet enough, and filled me up all morning.

Everyday is an adventure that I look forward to, and so happy that I can incorporate regular grocery items. The Nutrisystem website gives you down loadable information on helpful information like suggested Grocery Items/List, a Journal for your NS notes, as well a helpful Food Entry system, where you are able to log everything you eat. It enables you to keep track of not only what you eat, but the Calories, and what exact food group you need to include in each meal. How great is that!

So, join me on my Nutrisystem weight loss journey as I will be blogging, tweeting and journaling my steps to a new me!

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FTC Disclosure: All food, products and material have been supplied by Nutrisystem as part of their Nutrisystem 15 program.Statements, views and testimonies given are my own.

Monday, July 26, 2010

It's 'All About the Brows' on SCS

Ladies, and some gentlemen (hmmmhmmm) It is essential to have groomed brows. There's no excuse for unruly brows with hundreds of brow products on the market. With that said, I have highlighted some brow products that I personally love, and you may as well. Check them out on 'All About the Brows' on SCS!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sibu Beauty's Super Berry!

Due to my hectic lifestyle, I can say I'm not the most nutritious person, but I do try to watch what I eat, take my supplements, and stay on an active workout regimen. Sometimes supplements are easiest to take if I need a quick burst of energy, or just to feel over all good.
So, I was excited when I was introduced by my client to Sibu Beauty, a premium sea buckthorn berry-based beauty and wellness products. We had been discussing working out, and supplements and she mentioned Sibu's Sea buck thorn liquid supplement, and how great it made her feel, so I had to try.

Sibu Beauty is a global leader of premium sea bucktrhorn berry -based nutritional and personal care products. Sea buckthorn berry, is a bright orange berry that grows in cooler climates and can be found high in the Himalayan Mountains. The berry produces over 190 bio-active compounds and is full of Omegas 3,6 and 9. It's also rich in the most elusive essential fatty acids, Omega-7 that keeps free radicals at bay and proves vital to the production of collagen.

So what does this berry do for us? As natural fatty acids aid in, this berry has the ability to improve hair, nail and skin tone/texture, your digestive wellness and promote healthy aging.

Did it help my lack luster skin, and improve my hair, nails and skin tone? Well after taking it for a month, I can say that I did feel alot better. It definitely improved my energy, and I did notice my nails were alot stronger. My skin did look radiant, but I was also using the Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream and the Eye Cream, that I felt detoxed and plumped my skin.

In all, Sibu Beauty products are amazing. I have never heard of this little berry, but it packs a huge punch, and my body noticed.

Sidu Beauty can be purchased at

Disclaimer: Product samples were received for review.

Kelley Woods, Beauty Editor

Monday, July 12, 2010

Affordable Beauty with AJ Crimson NY| Houston| ATL| LA

We all sometimes feel we get stuck in a rut, or just don't have time to put our best face forward. However, it is no excuse why you can't look your best in just a few minutes, and we don't have to break the bank. What's the solution? Mr. AJ Crimson. Join a fellow Artist AJ Crimson, at his Affordable Beauty class. Let him show you some makeup techniques, and rework your makeup bag. You owe it to yourself. Get Beautiful!

[Beauty Statements] by AJ Crimson
“You don’t have to break the bank to look good and feel great!” - AJ Crimson

Beauty Expert and Celebrity Makeup Artist to Celebrities including:
Shares Makeup Application techniques and reworks your makeup bag
For questions call 703-395-3041 btw 1pm and 6pm M-F

*Catchi Spa115 East 39th StreetNew York, NY 10016(b/w Park & Lex)*
Class begins at 7pm PLEASE BE ON TIME

*Studio Space ATL.
3080 McCall Dr., Ste 2Atlanta, GA 30340404-630-0508*
Class begins at 7pm PLEASE BE ON TIME

*L Dance Studio( Galleria Mall )5175 Westheimer Road, Suite C2150Houston, TX 77056(across from Ello’s & Next to Sak’s)*
Class begins at 7pm PLEASE BE ON TIME

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Class begins at 7pm PLEASE BE ON TIME
Admission: $25.00

Make Up Demo
Bring your make-up bag, out with the old and in with the new
Space is limited
All products and sevices are on a first come first served basis

I am also giving away 2 Tickets to 2 Lucky Winners to AJ' Crimson's 'Affordable Beauty' Class, in the following cities: HOUSTON, ATL and LA!
What do you have to do to win this awesome giveaway? Simply leave a comment with your email address to this post sharing "why you want or need to take this class" by Friday, July 23rd 11:59pm EST, We will then pick and announce the winner!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bridal Beauty. Budge-Proof | DC Makeup Artist

It's the summer and as a makeup artist it is my busiest season. Why? Because my Brides keep me busy. Weddings are one of my favorite things to do, and I must always ensure that my brides are budge-proof and beautiful. There are alot of staples I don't leave home without when creating bridal check out some products I use for a Budge-Proof Bride! (Kelley for Second City Style)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Second City Style Beauty Olympics!! | Makeup Artist

As Beauty Editor at Second City Style, for months our staff, and some select loyal readers, tested hundreds of products to find the best of the best in beauty! And I am pleased to announce that the RESULTS are in! Check out Second City Style for the best in Makeup, Skincare, Hair products and Gadgets!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

FACE Stockholm Get's US Ready for Spring: New Nail Shades

Every since I fell in love with Face Stockholm's eyeliner, I have been an avid fan. So, of course I keep an eye on anything that comes out from Face Stockholm. And it's that time of year where it's getting warmer and our bi-weekly mani/pedi becomes necessary. So, I was pleased to see these little delectable shades of polish in yummy colors.

Face Stockholm is introducing some fabulous New Non-Toxic Nail Shades that will flatter anyone. From hot pinks, metallic turquoise, yellows and bright greens and everything in between. It's spring ladies so let's get those fab mani's and pedi's!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

WISH UPON A WEDDING | Make Dreams Come True | DC Makeup Artist








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Sunday, February 21, 2010

BRIDAL SHOOT Product Peek! | DC Makeup Artist

It's not rare that I will share what products I used on a shoot..I'm always trying great products, and would like to share certain products that I use. Besides, its no fun to eat a great casserole, and not know what's in it ;). Brides and bridal shoots are my favorite, because its the time when you are trying to enhance their beauty the most. You definitely don't want to take away from any of their features, you just want to enhance... So here is some of the products used to achieve the look of the model above.
For Bridal shoots, I like to use an array of foundations, however I love working with Makeup Forever Foundations. Not only are the budge-proof, but they give a beautiful finish. Stay put makeup is definitely key for bridal:

On top, I like to use a blot powder like MAC's Loose Blot Powder
For eyes, waterproof and smudge proof is key, so I like to use Urban Decay's 24/7 Eye Liner, or MAC's Powerpoints. Any waterproof mascara will do but I do like to use Loreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.
For eye shadows, I like to layer with a great holding base, and use my favorite palette by YABY COSMETICS. Love love love this palette.
For cheeks, I like Nars blushes, like Love Joy, Taj Mahal, Orgasm, or MAC's Slave to Love and Raizen.
For lips anything goes, but you definitely want something that wears good, and doesn't have much transfer. I like to use a stay put lipstick first and then layer lightly with a shiny gloss just in the center like Nars Glosses, or Dior glosses. Favorite Nars glosses include, Dolce Vita, and Orgasm.
To to the look off in areas that need highlighting and bronzing, I use Givenchy's Bronzer where needed.

These are just some of the products I use, but use many many more depending on client. These were some of the products use for the look above, give or take a few products..

If you have any questions, regarding any products, or recommendations please let me know

Monday, February 15, 2010

New York Fashion Week Fall 2010 Backstage at Luca Luca | Makeup Artist

Go backstage with me at Luca Luca Fall 2010 Collection at New York Fashion Week for Second City Style.

Check out what MAC Key Makeup Artist James Kailardos inspiration was for the line.

It's all here at Second City

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

AMBI Flawless Beauty Contest | DC Makeup Artist


Join AMBI® in a celebration of flawless beauty - the inner and outer qualities exhibited by a woman in your life who is most inspiring and empowering. Nominate yourself or another phenomenal flawless beauty and you could win an amazing New York City trip including a chance to attend the 2010 BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards

• $1,000 spending spree
• Transportation and hotel
• Dinner at a trendy restaurant
• A year's supply of AMBI® products

Friday, January 15, 2010

Beauty Rave: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Hand Cream..

There's rarely a time that I don't need hand cream. It's freezing out, but even in the summer I'm running for a hand cream. My skin gets that dry. So, I'm always looking for the best hand cream, and was unexpectedly surprised to find a hand cream by one of my beloved counterpart favorite Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream. Yes, that's right not only is there the 8 Hour Cream, but there is an Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Hand Cream.

I love this hand cream. Not only is it rich and soothing, but it kept my hands moisturized for quite a while. Being obsessive as I am, of course I applied it again and again. This is definitely one moisturizer to keep in your bag. Just as the regular 8 hour cream, you can still apply this to your elbows, or dry places where needed. It's just that rich. I'm never leaving home without it!

You can find Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Hand Cream, and other 8 Hour Products at Elizabeth