National Lipstick Day: The History Behind Red Lipstick

Lipstick is such a big part of the Vixen Workout.  Women are encouraged to wear lipstick to workout… huh?!  For a lot of us, wearing red lipstick is a bold move.

Do you feel sexier when you wear red lipstick?

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What is it about this powerful shade that makes women everywhere feel like the ultimate Bawse? It goes well beyond our love for selfies!

For women of all ages, from all walks of life, the red lip is not just a symbol of feminism and beauty, but of empowerment.  It’s also a reminder of how we keep our “ish” together, no matter how tough life can get!

The History of Red Lipstick

During World War II, cosmetic advertisers introduced politically charged ad campaigns for colors such as “Victory Red,” encouraging women to embrace beauty upkeep as part of their civic duty.  “Beauty as a Duty” became a confidence building motto in the US.  The concept of beauty as duty was used as a tool for promoting patriotism and encouraging women to become more active in the war effort. Women depicted in propaganda and advertisements always had perfect hair and makeup, even when they were shown as soldiers and factory workers. Being beautiful was seen as a way to keep up morale for the soldiers fighting the bad guys. “Victory Red” was literally part of putting on a brave face.  It symbolizes one of the reasons why we are fighting—the precious right of women to be feminine and lovely under any circumstances.

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DAS RIGHT.

Throughout history, the red lip has been iconic, from Elizabeth Taylor, to Marilyn Monroe, to first ladies such as Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama. We love these women, not for their glamorous choices, but for what they stood for as they made such bold choices: independence, strength, and ambition.

Lipstick and Confidence: The hue that belongs to you

It’s no secret-we love for you to get glammed before doing it for the gram before, during, and after class. In a 2011 study by Procter & Gamble, researchers from Harvard and Boston University found that women felt more confident while wearing makeup! They were also perceived as more competent and reliable in a professional setting.

No matter the shade that makes you want to come out and play, what’s important is you, our fierce vixens, feel confident in whatever color you put on your lips! When you pick a shade that you feel great in, that’s what you makes you so amazingly you!

This Saturday, July 29th, is the celebration of two things we adore: National Dance Day and National Lipstick Day! We encourage all of you to come wearing your favorite shade of lip ( RED would be preferable!) and come ready to dance and serve face with your Vixen Army friends.

Michelle Zambrana, Vixen Blog Contributor

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Fitness Trackers: Are they Worth the Splurge?

fitness trackers-We all have that one friend that will break out into what seems like an Irish step dance if their Fitness Tracker alerted them of being behind on their steps. Or the friend who will out-dance, out-treadmill, out-anything you do in order to get more calories burned on their tracker. So what’s the deal? It seems like everyone has one, and some come with a hefty price tag… but are they worth it?

Fitness tracking bands have become the must-have accessory for fitness fanatics and non-fitness fanatics alike. Nowadays Fitness Trackers not only count your steps, monitor your heart and measure your quality of sleep, but they also remind you to move when you’ve been inactive. They also come in sleek fashionable designs so you can wear them beyond the gym and into a night out, perhaps in case you want to count how many steps were completed dancing to “Despacito” with your girlfriends.

Sounds amazing, but our expert friends at the University of Miami Health System share that science indicates these results may not be as accurate as you think. 

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Researchers tested several of the most popular models, with participants taking part in 13 different activities, including running and playing basketball. They said the results showed the bands were at best ‘reasonably accurate,’ but that most were more than 10 percent out when estimating calories burned.

So do Fitness Trackers help you lose weight? The answer is, it depends. Check out UHealth’s blog post to read what the experts have to say about the benefits of tracking – according research. If you are already fit, fitness trackers are a great way to measure your heart rate and keep track of your workouts. Will it make you lose weight? Well, thats up to you. Your diet and exercise program is what will help you lose weight, but if having a tracker on your wrist will get you motivated then yes they’re worth it!

Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

As someone whose been making mix-tapes since the 5th grade, I have my playlist making techniques down to a science.   At the Vixen Workout, the playlist makes or breaks the class.  You need to know how to bring the energy up, what songs to place where, when to bring it back down and everything in between.  Making a great playlist is pretty much an art form in and of itself.  In this post, I’m going to share some tips on how to make your own killer playlist.

THE BIOLOGY OF MUSIC AND EXERCISE

According to recent studies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there’s real science behind creating effective workout playlists. The right songs can function as an important tool in improving your athletic performance – by motivating you and tricking your brain into feeling less tired. 

An Optimum Tempo Between 120 to 140 BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Personal preferences aside, this is a good workout song’s optimum tempo range because it roughly corresponds to the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout. A runner, however, may need songs with a higher tempo of 147 to 160 BPM. Most dance songs and many rock songs are already in the 120-140 BPM range.  Studies also found that music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency.  To find out the BPM’s of songs you want to add to your playlist, checkout this site.

HOW DO I FIND THE BPM’S TO A SONG?

To find out the BPM’s of songs I want to use, I use a site called Song BPM.   Once you’ve calculated the BPM of a song, you can generally store it in the ID3 tag of the music file. For example, getting info on a song in iTunes will let you enter the BPM. Using iTunes as an example, you can then sort your music by BPM and choose the songs you want that fall into the 120-140 BPM range.”

IS THERE A BLUEPRINT FOR CREATING A PLAYLIST?

Remember that if you are working out, you need to begin with a warm-up.  The first 3 songs of your playlist are your “warm-up” songs. They should gradually increase in tempo and speed to get muscles warmed up. 

Good options to begin your playlist are:

1: “Party Ain’t Over”/ Pitbull feat. Usher

2: “Champions”/ Kanye West feat. (everyone)

3. “Jungle Bae”/ Major Lazer

For the middle of your playlist, put songs that make you feel a certain way.  For example: if you’re going through a break up or a tough time, having songs with lyrics that are relatable to what your going through helps your mind not think about the fact that you have 30 minutes left.  To be clear, I don’t mean ballads for the middle of your playlist.  I mean adding songs that make you feel like a bad-ass in the middle and then the then slowly decrease in tempo so as to assist in a proper cool-down period. the slower paced ones at the end for a cool down.

Need some help finding music? Make sure to follow some of my playlists on Spotify.

Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.

Janet Jones