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What Your Holiday Makeup Says About You


For some, the holidays are a time of endless food, quality family time and the gift of giving. For others, the holidays also serve as a fabulous excuse to show off some prime makeup skills. But no holiday routine is created equal. Your go-to look makes the statement of the season, but what is it actually saying? Check out the festive, seasonal looks below, and find out what your holiday makeup really says about you.

Red Lipstick

You definitely know what you’re doing. The holidays are your personal playground, and you are probably one of those people that puts up the Christmas decor before Thanksgiving. Your life mantra is “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all the hear.” The Grinch has nothing on you, and you pegged the red lip before Taylor Swift could write your name in a blank space. Others take note: you are hands down the real deal.

Smoky Eye

Watch out, Cara Delevingne, this girl means business. You don’t have time to sit at the kid’s table on Thanksgiving. You’re playing with the big boys now. You are the ultimate Secret Santa. You could make Clark Griswold cry with your Christmas lights display. You alone are in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. Every. Single. Year. You take Black Friday and Cyber Monday very seriously. Basically what I’m saying is you’re actually Santa Claus. But in a chic way. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: A Healthy Finals Snack

Welcome to A Dash of Healthy! Columnist Corinne Fierro is a girl on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. She’s here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch Corinne every week for a new healthy recipe, along with her favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.


During finals, Doritos seem like an acceptable snack option. We have no time, and when our school life gets hectic, our personal lives—especially our eating habits—fall by the wayside.

This year, we’re giving you an easy alternative that’s clean, healthy, and delicious to keep you going through your hours of studying. With healthy fiber and potassium from the bananas, protein in the oats to keep you full and a touch of dark chocolate, our chocolate oatmeal cups have got your back this finals week.

What you’ll need:

3 mashed yellow, ripe bananas
1 cup milk of your choice
2 eggs
3 cups whole grain steel cut oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
muffin pans
1 mixing bowl
butter to grease the muffin pan Continue reading

Weighing In: Making Christmas Cookies Healthy

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Sabrina Evans and Emily Keifline will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.

WeighingIn_JessicaLaGreca December means Christmas, and Christmas means cookies. While we could never say a bad word about cookies, it’s easier than you may think to mindlessly eat an entire day’s work of calories just in Christmas cookies. This doesn’t mean you need to give up sprinkled snowman cutouts altogether, though. There are simple substitutions you can make while baking to eliminate some of the fat and calories in your cookies.

You can easily cut calories in a cinch by reducing the fat and oil content when baking cookies. Kathleen Keller, Assistant Professor in the Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences, says that you can reduce the butter or fat in cookies by as much as 50 percent in some cases. You can also substitute things such as applesauce and greek yogurt in place of butter or oil. Keller recommends using egg whites in place of oil to reduce fat but still preserve the texture of the cookies. By swapping out the fat in your cookies for low-fat alternatives, your cookies will still be delicious, but with a lot less calories.

If you’re looking to cut overall calories when baking as opposed to just cutting fat, try using a sugar substitute such as Splenda or Equal. Most sugar substitutes have directions on the box for how much you need to use to replace each cup of sugar. Since most sugar substitutes have zero calories, using them in place of sugar will eliminate a large amount of calories from your cookies. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Blueberry Crisp

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 4.26.01 PM It’s hard to find a dessert that’s easy to make. It’s even harder to find an easy dessert that’s healthy. While I’m not saying that this dessert is good for you per sey, it’s definitely on the healthier end of the dessert spectrum. Because it’s mostly fruit, you can have a decent-sized portion without giving yourself a stomach ache and a sugar high. Plus, when it comes right out of the oven or microwave, it’s the perfect warm and cozy treat for the State College winter.

What you’ll need:

glass or ceramic baking pan
4 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup all purpose or gluten-free flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt

What to do:

1. Grease pan and put in blueberries. Continue reading

Dry Hair, DO Care: How To Keep Your Hair Soft This Winter

IMG_3089 With the weather getting colder, you may be finding that your hair isn’t as soft and touchable as it is during the warmer months. We talked to a stylist from Evolve Studio downtown to find out the best way to keep your hair feeling smooth all winter long.

Whitney Zong, a hair stylist at Evolve Studio, says the first step to winter hair care is to watch how much you’re shampooing your hair. “Most of the stylists here only wash their hair every other day, or even every third day,” Zong says.

She explains that washing your hair every day can be very drying, especially in the winter when your hair is already prone to dryness. As far as shampoo goes, Zong recommends using a clarifying shampoo once a week if you’re finding that your scalp has become dry and flaky. Continue reading

Weighing In: Five Ways To Gobble Up Your Leftover Turkey

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Sabrina Evans and Emily Keifline will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.

IMG_8487 If there’s anything better than Thanksgiving dinner itself, it’s Thanksgiving leftovers. But however delicious leftovers may be, it can get old eating the same meal every day for a week. Here are five nontraditional recipe ideas for using up all of that leftover turkey.

Toasted Turkey and Avocado Sandwich

A turkey and avocado sandwich is the perfect balance of carbs, fats and protein. Toast two slices of wheat bread, pile on the turkey and put some sliced avocado on top. You can even top with some leftover cranberry sauce to give your sandwich a fresh fruity taste!

Turkey Cranberry Salad

Registered Dietician Stacey Jones says that although you should enjoy all Thanksgiving foods in moderation, to keep things healthy, eat as many vegetables as possible. “Veggies are always a good option to decrease overall calorie content,” Jones says. That being said, Jones adds that it’s all about how you cook the veggies. She suggests roasting them or eating them raw instead of putting them in a casserole or cooking them in butter. To create a delicious and healthy salad, mix your raw or roasted veggies (green beans, corn, etc.) with some lettuce and top with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. If you prefer your salad with dressing, try raspberry vinaigrette to complement the cranberry. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Turkey Chili

IMG_2386 This weekend, my roommates and I came home after a long drive tired and starving. We walked in the door and the entire apartment smelled spicy and warm and well…amazing. My roommate Lauren had made her mom’s chili recipe, and I can say that I haven’t been that grateful to see a bowl of chili in a looong time. Let’s just say there’s a reason they call it comfort food, and we should all be looking to get comfortable as the weather gets colder.

This chili was so good and so simple that I couldn’t help but share–I’ve made some adjustments to make it a little lighter, but it’s still your classic chili. So cuddle up and dig into a big, warm bowl of this healthy, filling goodness.

Makes two large Tupperware containers full. Continue reading

A College Kid’s Guide to Kicking a Cold

Korch_SickSurvival1 It’s that time of year again – common cold season.  The contagious cold bug seems to infect all college students at one point or another as the weather gets colder, bringing on watery eyes, stuffy noses and achy sinuses.

But the thing about college is that we don’t have time for a cold to set us back. We’ve got places to go, people to see, and no time for an annoying sickness. So how do we combat the common cold and avoid a total shutdown? In the words of Elsa from “Frozen,” “conceal, don’t feel.”

As college students, we’ve developed our own way of pushing through. Valley asked around to find out how our peers kick their colds.

Vitamin C

“If I ever even think for a second that a cold is coming on, I drink Emergen-C,” says junior Haley Altus. “I like to think it helps a lot.”

Emergen-C is a vitamin-filled drink mix that helps to support your immune system at the first sign that it’s failing. Mixed with water, the fizzy, fruit flavored drink tastes… half bad.

“I hate it. It tastes horrible but I just hold my nose and drink,” says Altus.

At the end of the day, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. If you suspect a cold, Altus suggests heading over to CVS or McLanahan’s to pick up a bulk pack. Continue reading

Weighing In: Welcome to the CryoZone

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Sabrina Evans and Emily Keifline will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.

cryozone.sabrinaevans Standing in a small, nitrogen-filled chamber wearing only my bra, underwear and a pair of shoes I’m almost certain I saw my grandma wear to the beach last summer (with probably the same pair of wool socks I have on right now, no less), I feel more like a science experiment than a girl trying out the latest fitness fad.

Introducing the CryoZone – “The next generation of cold therapy,” says Tyler Smith, the owner of Victory Sports and Fitness in State College and one of only two fitness facilities in the state of Pennsylvania to have a cryosauna on site.

The CryoZone uses liquid nitrogen that is warmed until it turns into a gas and pumped into the “cryosauna” – a circular chamber just tall enough to stand in while leaving only your head exposed – where the temperature is lowered to between -170 and -250 degrees.

For years athletes have been using ice baths as a release for tight or sore muscles, but according to Smith, just as the ice bucket challenge slowly made its way out of our newsfeeds, ice baths are set to become a thing of the past.

The CryoZone lowers skin temperature to a cool 32 to 35 degrees whereas an ice bath will only bring your skin down to 50 or 55 degrees, which makes a difference in how your body responds to the cold, says Smith.


“Physiologically it’s different because in an ice bath your body is trying to push blood to your extremities to keep them warm,” says Smith, “but with [the CryoZone], it’s so cold that your body skips preserving your extremities and goes straight to preserving the vital organs in your core.”

Well, that sounds… intense? Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Vegetarian Lentil Soup

IMG_2344 Dal, or lentil soup, is a traditional Indian dish that’s one of my go-tos for a lot of reasons. First, it’s simple to make. Check. Second, it has a lot to offer in the flavor department. And third, it seems more complicated than it is—and this is the best part.

The most expensive food that you can buy today is back-to-basics food. Organic, farm-to-table restaurants are all the rage, and people are willing to pay out the nose for food that people made when they were impoverished. Seriously, the most expensive restaurants in London right now are the ones serving glamorized traditional English fare—all of the scraps on the butcher’s floor baked into a pie with some carrots. Peasant food is the new rich food.

Dal fits into this category. It’s filling, nutritious and if spiced correctly presents itself as a very fancy meal. But it’s cheap and basically cooks itself. Oh, and it’s vegetarian too.  Wins all around. Continue reading