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  • 10 Easy Ways to Detox without a Restrictive Diet

    Detox without a restrictive diet

    Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

    Detoxing is popular right now for a reason; it helps flush harmful elements out of your body as part of a healthier lifestyle. It's cleansing, but a lot of people shy away from it because many popular methods involve harsh diet restrictions. And for many of us, that means hunger and grumpiness.

    Fortunately, there are ways to reap the benefits of a detox without the pain. Here are ten simple habits that can improve your health, courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.

    1. Lemon water

    Start every morning by squeezing half a lemon into a glass of room-temperature water (don't make it cold, as this can shock your system). The nutrients in lemons have a lot of benefits including stimulating your liver to flush out toxins. Bonus: immunity boosters and hunger-curbing enzymes.

    2. Activated charcoal

    Look for this super product at any supplement store. The powder bonds with toxins in your body and helps flush them out before they harm you. Mix with lemon juice and maple for a tasty, healthy drink.

    3. Bone broth

    If you have leftover chicken or beef bones, simmer them for up to 24 hours along with carrot, onion, celery, garlic and thyme. The gelatin brings healing and repair to your body's cells. It's no wonder we crave soup when we're sick.

    4. Whole plant foods

    Eating a diet full of organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes instead of processed foods will help you naturally detox—as well as avoid a lot of toxins.

    5. Fennel seeds

    Speaking of seeds, have you tried fennel? Chew on these to access antioxidants, improve digestion and balance blood sugar.

    6. Probiotics

    Cultures around the world enjoy fermented food and the health benefits that come with it. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a good bacteria that lines the gut membranes and helps eliminate toxins. Add it in powder form to juice or shakes, or eat yogurt, kombucha, or any other fermented food.

    7. Regular meals (no snacking)

    Eating all of your food in one sitting and then fasting until your next meal allows your digestive tract to fully process food and then rest and cleanse. It also helps you avoid eating when you're just bored.

    8. Cacao

    The health benefits of chocolate are well-documented. Choose dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage around 70 or 80 percent.

    9. Spices

    Loading your food with a variety of spices instead of salt aids in natural cleansing processes and helps you feel satiated sooner. Ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin and turmeric back a powerful punch.

    10. Chamomile tea

    This drink is not only comforting, but also can help you sleep better. Plus, it aids in digesting your final meal of the day.

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  • 5 Postpartum Shapers That Help You Return To Your Pre-Pregnancy Shape

    The New Mom Guide To Regaining Your Figure

    Return to your pre-pregnancy shape using postpartum shapers

    If you're a new mom or you're going to be one soon, congratulations! Nothing in this world brings more joy. However, it's normal to wonder if and when you'll ever get back into the shape you once were. If you're having that concern, postpartum shapers can play a big roll in helping you feel confident very quickly following pregnancy.

    How quickly your body bounces back after having a baby is largely determined by your genetics and your lifestyle, but postpartum compression garments can aid in the process. What's more, with figure-slimming attire you'll feel sexier right away, even if you're concealing that post-pregnancy belly. Here are some of our favorite must-have postpartum shapers that every new mom should have on hand:

    Post Delivery Girdle

    1. Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    Women have practiced postpartum wrapping across many cultures for centuries, and there's a reason why; it works! Following the delivery of a child, your abdomen is sensitive and swollen. Wrapping it gently provides compression support that will help you ease your way back to into a smaller size. This can make your recovery more comfortable so you can feel like yourself again.

    Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top by Belly Bandit


    1. Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top by Belly Bandit

    If you are planning on breastfeeding, you'll want at least a couple of nursing tanks. This nursing top provides convenient access for a hungry little one; it also offers the support and compression shaping you'll want while your body is transitioning after pregnancy. Features include wide straps, an anti-rollup bottom, and three zones of compression ensuring comfort and a smooth figure.

    Hip Slimming Corset


    1. Post Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    You may have noticed that your hips are a bit wider during and after your pregnancy. This happens to make room for the baby during the birth, but it's not very comfortable afterwards. You can help your hips come back into place by using a hip-slimming corset. Take advantage of the fact that your joints are still very malleable in the weeks following birth; the hip slimmer will help you return to a smaller size.

    High Waisted Panty by Amia


    1. High Waisted Panty by Amia

    When you have a new baby, you shouldn't have to be concerned with a complicated wardrobe. This panty makes you feel comfortable in your postpartum body simply and beautifully. The high waist design with firm compression will flatten your tummy while smoothing your whole midsection. You might fit back into your pre-pregnancy jeans sooner than you thought.

    Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia


    1. Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    Your body undergoes drastic changes during pregnancy, so you may want some powerful shaping to help recover your waistline. Using a waist trainer like this cincher will dramatic slim and smoothen your midsection while you're wearing it and can aid in your journey to regaining your figure.

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  • 3 Pieces of Figure-Slimming Apparel that Will Revolutionize Your Wardrobe

    Shaping apparel can revolutionize your closet.

    Transform the Way You Look and Feel

    Are you in need of a closet makeover? In your ideal wardrobe, every piece of clothing should make you look great and feel great. The secret to looking like a model everyday isn't having endless drawers of clothes; it's having just a few basic pieces that flatter your figure and can be mixed and matched with almost anything. From there, you can layer on your favorite accent pieces.

    You should look for comfort, style and versatility in those basic garments. A shaping tank for layering, body-sculpting leggings, and of course a flattering pair of jeans are a great start. Here are some of our favorite figure slimming apparel:

    1. The Scoop Skinny Shaping Top by Cass Luxury

    This isn't your ordinary tank top. Seamless stretch microfiber provides extraordinary comfort with moderate slimming that stays in place. Control your bust and midsection, down to just beneath your hips. And whether you wear this tank on its own or underneath other tops, you stay cool in breathable, moisture-wicking side panels. That microfiber also provides odor control, so you can be cool and confident all day long.

    1. Lala Moderate Control Shaper Leggings by Cass Luxury

    Leggings are a must-have for any modern woman, so why have not some that enhance your figure? Instead of layering your shapewear, sometimes it just makes sense to shape your figure with your apparel. These leggings lift and define your rear while slimming your whole midsection, hiding your muffin top and love handles. Unlike many leggings that can make you feel hot and sticky, these are constructed with moisture-wicking breathable fabric to keep you cool, with a seamless, tagless finish.

    1. Booty-Enhancing Skinny Jeans by Verox Jeans

    It's no secret we love Verox's butt-lifting jeans. They provide lift and enhancement for your backside, while smoothing your hips, thighs and lower abdomen. The secret is the stitching and cut of the pant, which provide perfect shaping. If you think skinny jeans aren't for you, you just haven't tried the right pair yet. These are the pants you'll go to again and again because they're comfortable and they effortlessly make you look sexier the minute you put them on.

    Revolutionizing your wardrobe doesn't have to be a huge process. You don't need to a ton of clothes; you need to be smarter about the basics. We hope these pieces provide the inspiration you need to transform your look every day.

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  • 4 Reasons to Use Shaping Leggings

    Shaping leggings ensure confidence at the gymLove the Way You Look at the Gym

    Don't let your workouts drag just because you're using mediocre fitness apparel. Instead of wearing baggy, unflattering clothes, get motivated by looking and feeling your best. If you're serious about fitness, one of your must-haves is a great pair of workout leggings.

    These leggings are uniquely constructed with an internal girdle, providing firm-compression shaping unlike typical workout pants. Here are four reasons you'll want to have these whether you're out walking, jogging, doing yoga or hitting the gym:

    1. Sculpt your thighs

    Slimming compression around your thighs ensures there's no sagging or dimpling. Your legs will look smooth and firm so you can focus on your performance, instead of worrying about how you look.

    1. Support your glutes

    Push your intensity higher while lifting and shaping your butt. The leggings are have unique seaming that sculpts your backside, making it look rounder, fuller and firmer. You'll feel more confident, and the leggings are so comfortable, you might find yourself wanting to wear them beyond the gym too!

    1. Flatten your belly

    Nothing is worse than muffin top in tight-fitting workout clothes. Look your best with compression in a high waist design that covers and flattens your lower abdomen. Perfect for those gym selfies.

    1. Keep cool

    Bon Bon Up's thermal reduction technology in the fabric keeps your skin feeling cool no matter how hard you sweat.

    Whatever your preferred form of exercise or leisure, these leggings have you covered.

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  • How Activewear Can Maximize Your Workout


    Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Routine

    Think it doesn't matter what clothes you exercise in? If you're just slipping on an old baggy t-shirt and gym shorts, you might not be getting the most out of your workouts.

    Do your body a favor and try working out in some clothes designed to amp up your routine. Not only will you look great in women's activewear, but you'll be maximizing your workouts too. More sweat and more heat means higher intensity.

    Here are some of our favorite choices for maximizing your workouts:

    A110- Active-Band

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Adding a waist trainer to you workouts could be just the thing you need to amp up your intensity. The Active Band instantly slims your midsection by up to several inches while increasing thermal activity in your core and ramping up your perspiration. Who says you can't look good while working up a sweat? And, by giving you an instant glimpse of your slimmer figure, it helps to keep you motivated and on-track to your long-term fitness goals.

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    While your workout is heating up, you'll want a top designed to handle your sweat. This tank absorbs sweat and odor and then dries quickly so you can stay comfortable. We actually recommend wearing it underneath the Active Band so you don't have to wash your waist trainer as frequently.

    Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa

    Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa

    Great leggings are a must-have for your workout attire. These capris are designed to hide trouble spots by instantly smoothing your silhouette around the tummy, thighs, hips and legs while you wear them. They also intensify your workouts by stimulating thermal activity and perspiration.

    Sweat it Off Tank by Delfin Spa

    Sweat it Off Tank by Delfin Spa

    If you're not using a waist trainer, you'll want a compression top like this tank, with an open bust designed to pair with your favorite sports bra. The unique materials in this racer back tank reflect your body's heat, helping to increase perspiration, so that you know you're working up a sweat. You'll also love the way it shapes your body so you can feel more confident at the gym.

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  • How to Choose the Right Shapewear Foundation

    Shapewear tips for every occasion

    5 Tips for a Flawless Look Every Day

    Newsflash: every woman can benefit from shapewear. Don't believe us? Even celebrities with fabulous figures rely on shapers to perfect their look on the red carpet. Shapewear isn't just for special occasions; with the right piece you can create the most flattering looks for your body every day.

    While the use of shapewear is growing in popularity and acceptance, many women are still skeptical or not exactly sure how to use it. Remember this key purpose: no matter what you're wearing, no matter what size you are, you want your foundation to be smooth, like a mannequin.

    If you want to look flawless in every outfit, then you should have several types of shapewear rotating through your wardrobe. Ready to take the plunge? Here are some ways you can ensure you're choosing the right shapewear for your needs.

    1. Choose the right size

    We can't stress enough the importance of following our size charts when selecting a garment. It's tempting to want to go smaller, especially if you're trying to lose weight, but don't do it! Shapewear that is too small is actually unflattering and will not provide the ideal results. In the case that you're in between sizes, choose the larger one.

    1. Choose a target area

    Everyone has different "problem areas," so choose which one you want to focus on. The midsection, thighs and rear are some of the most common. You can also use garments for all-over shaping.

    1. Dress for the occasion

    You're not going to wear the same shaper at work that you are for a wedding. For special occasions you'll probably want shapers that are designed to wear under gowns, while for everyday work attire you'll want comfortable all-day solutions.

    1. Choose a compression level

    How dramatic do you want you're results to be? Maximum control shapers like waist trainers can help you slim down instantly by a size or more, while lightweight shapers provide smoothing with the most breathability and comfort. 

    1. Try on and wear correctly

    Always try on your shapewear before removing the tags and be sure that you're putting it on correctly (wear panties underneath during a fitting). You should always step into it, even some camis and tanks. Be sure you've adjusted any straps; if there are hooks, be sure they are secured firmly and comfortably. Try on your clothes over your shapewear too, to ensure you're getting the results you want. Remember, you can always exchange a garment that doesn't fit quite right.

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  • 5 Essential Plus-Size Body Shapers

    Must-Haves for the Full-Figured Woman

    Beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. Shapewear should be an essential part of any stylish wardrobe, and if you have a full figure, you may want to know which types are best suited for your curves.

    Here are our five favorite plus-size shapers that are effective, comfortable and high quality. You'll want these to smooth your silhouette, help you stand up straighter and make all of your attire more flattering.

    High Waist Shaper

    1. Firm Control Plus Size High Waist Brief By Miraclesuit

    If you've never experienced a shaping panty, you're missing out on comfort, convenience and a great looking figure. This high waist brief flattens your tummy and smooths your entire waistline, giving you a sleek look from your bra to your hips. Firm control ensures that everything stays in place all day long, perfect for work or leisure.

    Extra Firm Control Brief

    1. Simply Seamless Extra Firm Control Brief 2 Pack By Bali

    This shaper brief slims, shapes and supports where it matters most. Designed with four-way stretch for seam-free comfort, the firm-control brief shaper slims your tummy with a front panel design while also lifting your rear. Wear this simple everyday shaper with jeans, slacks, skirts, dresses and more for all-day comfort and support.

    Tummy Control Long Leg Shaper

    1. Lace Band Tummy Control Long Leg Plus By QT Intimates

    The medium-control compression of this piece makes it a great option for shaping throughout a work day and into the evening. Shaping support continues down to the mid thigh, sculpting the tummy, hips, buttocks and thigh. The lace band gives extra control with some feminine flair. Wear this garment with a skirt or dress or under a sleek pair of slacks.

    Molded Strapless Bra

    1. Molded Strapless Bra By Elila

    Full-figured women sometimes avoid going strapless, but with the right bra you can enjoy all of your favorite dresses and tops in comfort. The support and staying power in this piece comes from several key features, starting with a comfort underwire, which rests on a wide elastic base. This anchors the whole garment and gives it overall structure. Side boning increases the stability and holds the garment in place. Covered elastic continues at the top of the bra, ensuring a great fit and hold.

    Underwire Bra

    1. The Betty Underwire Plunge Bra By Elomi

    Your bust may be one of your most flattering features, so make sure you have the support and comfort you need, especially for lower necklines. This sexy underwire plunge bra offers exceptional support and style. The embroidered mesh bra features four-part seamed underwire cups, side support panels and a plunging front ideal for low-cut necklines. It also has an arched underband, leotard back and covered elastic trim for a customized fit and feel.

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  • Be Cool and Confident in Summer Shapewear

    Shapewear Perfect For Summer and Warm WeatherGarments That Shape You Up Without Weighing You Down

    Summer is here. If you're a shapewear fan, don't just assume that you're going to be extra sweaty – or that you'll have to go without a shaper to be comfortable. With all of the parties, festivals and other summer activities, you want to look your best, and there are plenty of cool, lightweight shapers available.

    Cotton material shapewear is a great solution for summertime shaping needs. These garments have all the power to make your figure slim and smooth with a seamless finish that looks great under light clothing. Yet the light material will keep you cool, making it the perfect solution for even the hottest days.

    Here are some of our favorites:

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    If there's one item you need in your closet during the summer months, it's a shaping tank like this favorite from Wacoal. Giving a very wearable balance of control and comfort, this shaping tank trims your entire torso. This is one piece that holds its own and is also a great foundation for layering.

    Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher by Flakishima

    This is one of our most comfortable waist-shrinking midsection shapers, ideal for those long and warm summer days. It combines powerful shaping with cotton so you'll feel slim, smooth, confident and cool all day long.

    Shape Cotton Shorts with High Waist by FarmaCell

    If you love flowing summer dresses, these cotton shorts are a must-have for smoothing out your figure underneath. They tuck your tummy, slim your thighs and create top-to-bottom smooth look.

    Smooth Couture Bodysuit by Va Bien

    For special occasions that required your hottest attire, a bodysuit can create a flawless foundation underneath. This garment from Va Bien is ideal for dramatic shaping without dramatic sweating.

    Smooth Couture Shaper By Va Bien

    Summertime means light tees and tanks, which are notorious for revealing figure flaws. Never worry about muffin top or your tummy again simply by choosing this lightweight everyday brief. You might never go back to regular panties again.

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  • Discover Denim That Acts Like Shapewear

    Sexy butt-lifting jeans


    Find Your New Favorite Pair of Jeans

    Have you ever had the perfect pair of jeans? The ones you go to again and again because they're comfortable, stylish and enhance your figure in all the right places? If you don't have this feeling about any of the denim in your drawers, you are missing one of the most essential pieces in any woman's wardrobe.

    Sometimes you need shapewear for that perfect look in combination with your denim, but with shaping jeans you can look flawless without any extra help. They look like regular jeans but act like shapewear!

    Here are several ways you might just love shaping denim:

    1. Lift and shape your rear

    Butt-enhancing jeans are aptly named. Without any padding, these jeans enhance the curves you already have through innovative stitching and shaping. They lift your derriere, making it look rounder, fuller and perkier. They are sometimes called "Brazilian jeans" and are incredibly popular in South America for the way they highlight sexy curves.

    1. Slim your hips and thighs

    Do you steer away from a skinny cut because you're self-conscious? No need to worry in shaping jeans, which create slimmer, smoother legs and hips. Try any slimming jeans from Caribbean Shape for a slimmer, firmer look.

    1. Control your tummy

    Nothing's worse than muffin top or a poochy belly when wearing otherwise fabulous jeans. Shaping jeans jeans come with varying degrees of high waist finishes, helping you create a slimmer waistline and emphasizing an hourglass shape.

    1. Be sexy AND comfortable

    Think those loose, baggy jeans are your best option for the weekend? Just try shaping jeans for a day and you'll change your mind. Not only will you look much more attractive in jeans that enhance your figure, you may just find that they way they mold to your shape makes you feel more comfortable too.

    1. Choose your style

    At Hourglass Angel, we have multiple washes, colors and styles of denim to choose from, so you can customize your look for any day of the week. You might just want to have a few so you can look your best in any outfit.

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  • 6 Types of Shapewear Designed to Target Problem Areas

    Choose the right shaper for your body type.

    Choose the Right Shaper for Your Trouble Spots

    Everyone has a different body type and different trouble spots based on their genetics. You might have an enviable waistline but wider hips, or you've got great legs but you carry your weight around your middle.

    That's why we have so many options in shapewear! Everyone is unique; therefore everyone should choose shapewear based on the problem areas they want to address. Here are six types of shapers designed to target common issues.

    1. All-Over Shaping

    Sometimes one garment is all you need for a flattering result from top to bottom. Bodysuits are designed to provide smoothing so you can look flawless under your sexiest clothes. They also provide slimming and shaping for the midsection, hips, butt and thighs.

    1. Butt-Lifting

    Most of us could use a little help when it comes to getting that perfectly round rear, which is why we carry a wide selection of shapers design to lift and sculpt. You can choose from shapers that enhance your natural curves or those that add padding. Many rear enhancing shapers also slim the waistline and hips while providing lift in the back.

    1. Waist-Slimming

    There are hundreds of options to help you attain that flat tummy and hourglass shape. For dramatic results or to start a waist training regimen, try a cincher or corset; for flattering everyday results without pinching or binding try a high waist panty shaper or shaping cami. If you want to work on your waistline while working out, try a workout band or high-waisted shaping leggings.

    1. Bust-Enhancing

    Whether you need extra support and shaping every day or you need something extra special for a formal event, there are a variety of bras and shapers that can shape, lift and support your breasts based on your needs. For low-cut, backless and strapless dresses you will want a special bra, bustier or adhesive solution. For everyday support you'll want a great bra as well as a shaper like a vest-style cincher that provides extra lift and support while slimming your midsection, for a more pronounced feminine shape.

    1. Thigh-Slimming

    Slim, smooth and sexy thighs are an option for everyone with the right thigh slimming. Many bodysuits extend to the thighs as part of the whole shaping package. You can also choose garments that focus more on your thighs, while also providing smoothing for your hips and waist. To look your best during your workouts, choose from one of our many thigh-slimming leggings, shorts and capris.

    1. Skin-Smoothing

    You can be in great shape and still have dimpled skin; for someone women it's just unlucky genetics. These shapers are designed to cover up, smooth or reduce the visibility of skin imperfections for a smoother butt, thighs and other areas when combined with exercise and a healthy diet.

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