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The Road to Healthy Hair

Hair is a woman’s pride and joy. It really just completes the way you look and it’s one thing you can not hide. So ladies, you have to take care of your hair! Here are some natural remedies to help with with the healthy hair battle. The good news is none of these contain mean ugly chemicals that can take your hair out, you must truly care for your hair!

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Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks. This is so necessary to keeping hair looking healthy and preventing breakage.

 

Get a hot oil scalp massage. This will make your hair look extremely healthy and aid it in growing. Just simply heat up some jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oils, and most other oils will work!

 

Apply egg whites to make your hair grow. Egg whites are great for keeping almost everything on your body looking nice and healthy, so its not surprise they work for your hair too .Give yourself an egg white hair mask and reveal your hairs beauty!

 

Drink water. Yes another cure all… water, water, water. We get it!!!

 

Eat lots of protein. What you put in your mouth shows on the inside and out. Protein can actually help the appearance of your hair. You are what you eat.

 

Give yourself a deep conditioner treatment once a week. You can get one at a salon or buy one in stores. But this step is crucial to hair growth, especially if you have really long hair already.

 

Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix apple cider vinegar with a bit of water and then use it to rinse your hair after every shampoo. This will stimulate your hair follicles and help it grow much quicker!

 

Don’t wash it every day! Your poor hair cannot survive a shampoo and conditioner every single day. Try to wash 2-3 times a week only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosiery Fashion

If there’s one thing a woman takes seriously it’s her outfit. A complete outfit means more than just the shirt and pants.  An outfit includes; hair, makeup, jewelry/ accessories, shoes, and the one thing we leave out too often… HOSIERY! Hosiery is that final touch to any outfit that can take it from being just a “cute outfit” to a fashionista showstopper!! Here are some ways you can style your hosiery and turn heads!

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False Lashes: How to

 

1. Prep Your Lashes

  • before putting on the false lashes you have to prep your own. Be sure to curl them and put on a swipe or 2 of mascara.

2. Measure & Trim

  •  The false lashes are definitely not one size fits all. So measure them against your eyes to where you want them to begin and end and trim accordingly. Trim them before you glue them to your eyes (not sure if that was apparent to everyone).

3. Glue

  •  Be sure to use eyelash glue, any other type of glue will not be friendly to your eyes. Apply the glue to the line/ binding of the fake eyelash. Apply sparingly to avoid a mess when you put them on your eyes. Also don’t stick to your eye immediately, blow on the glue a little bit so that it isn’t too runny when you apply.

4. Blending

  • After applying the lashes to the base of your lash line use a curler to blend both your lashes and the false ones. Also now you can apply your liquid liner to blend where the lashes are glued on.

5. Practice Makes Perfect

  • it will take a couple of times to get the hang of applying lashes, but once you’ve got it you’re good to go. Be sure to practice before that big night!

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Signs to Throw Away Old Bras

We came across this blog on Elisabeth Bale’s “The Breast Life” and it was just too good not to share! 

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I hate throwing away my old bras. I’m not even sure why it’s so hard, I know they won’t last forever…

Yet many feel like good friends, and it’s tough to let go of these formerly supportive relationships. Sometimes I remember where I bought a particular bra, in what city or store, who I was with, and if I wore it on a special occasion. I’ve got some great personal memories stashed in some of my old bras.

But there’s no way to make room for new lingerie friendships without clearing out some of the tired and messy bra clutter in my life.

If you are reluctant to throw away old bras, these five signs may make the job a little less difficult or painful:

1)   You find the bloom has faded. Size and style information are either printed on the inside of the band or on tags sewn into the band. If the lettering is gone or illegible, it’s time to throw it out. Take a look at straps, backs, and wires. Are they wearing through or is fabric faded and fraying? This bra can’t be making you look very good if it doesn’t look good either.

 

2) You can’t remember the last time you wore the bra. It’s been stuffed into the way, way, back of your drawer or closet and you completely forgot about it. If it’s a strapless or other specialty bra, you might think you’ll wear it again. But chances are that if you haven’t put it on in over a year, it doesn’t fit anymore. And there’s no dishonor in trying it on just one more time to double-check, before tossing it out.

3)  You’re not the same person you used to be. You bought the bra when you were 10 pounds heavier (or lighter), or before you started working out with weights, or while you were pregnant or nursing. You’ve changed. The bra doesn’t fit, pinches or is uncomfortable, and is too small/big. It’s time to give up the dream that it will miraculously fit or be worn again.

4)  You never really liked this bra on your body in the first place. It’s gorgeous, was expensive, and you love, love, love how it looks–except when strapped to your chest. Maybe it’s not that old, but there’s something about the color, style, or fabric that doesn’t work for you. Time to cut your losses and make room for something that’s meets your needs.

5)  You’re not feeling the support and comfort you once did in this bra.Every time you put it on, the bra lets you down. Literally. Boob flesh is spilling out over the top or from underneath, the band is way too loose or rides up in back, underwires dig into flesh, and the center of the bra is pulling away instead of laying flat against the center of your chest. You deserve better, and more, from a bra.

What to do if some are gently or hardly worn, and you don’t want to throw away your bras?  You can recycle or send them to non-profits that make sure they find a new and useful home. At least in this way, your old bra friends can support others.

2013 Beauty in 2014

The road to beauty is never ending! Once you figure one thing out here comes something else you want to fix. 2013 is officially over, but before we say sayanora to everything that came out of it, lets take some of the good things with us…. Like the best beauty supplies. According to various magazines and 1,000s of polled women these are the top beauty buys that came out of 2013 that you should be taking with you into 2014! Which ones will you be giving a try?

 

Lips

Drugstore:

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, $4,

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Department Store:

MAC Lipstick, $15,

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Blush

Drugstore:

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, $4.50,

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Department Store:

Nars Powder Blush, $29,

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Nail Polish

Drug Store:

Revlon Nail Enamel, $5,

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Department Store:

OPI Nail Lacquer, $9,

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Mascara

Drug Store:

Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $6.50,

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Department Store:

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23

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Foundation

Drug Store:

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, $11,

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Department Store:

BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15, $27

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Body Wash

Dove body wash, $5

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Lotion

Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion*, $13

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Facial Moisturizer

 

Drug Store:

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With SPF 15, $10,

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Department Store:

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+*, $26,

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Skin Food

Your skin is the largest organ in your body so it’s only obvious that it’s the most noticable. Skin health is a vital part to your beauty regime. However, there are so many skin products out there that you don’t always want to junk up your face with harsh products and chemicals. Why not try natural ones? There are tons of food remedies that are great for all your facial needs. Check these recipes out from our friends at the Dr. Oz show!

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Food Fix for Crow’s Feet: Sweet Potato and Yogurt Mash

Sweet potatoes are a brilliant source of so many good things. They are super high in vitamin A, which boosts collagen. They are a surprising source of minerals such as copper (providing you with up to a 50% daily value), which helps the formation of new collagen to reduce wrinkles. They are rich in selenium, and diminish the wrinkles. Boil the sweet potato (skin on) for 20-30 minutes; make a few cuts in the skin from end to end and then rub the skin off the sweet potato; mash with a fork or potato masher; stir in a quarter cup of full-fat plain yogurt; cool until comfortable to touch. The yogurt will exfoliate, calm and moisturize. Together, the sweet potato and yogurt will smooth and moisturize the skin, and the crow’s feet will look better right away. This is safe to use on your hands and neck as well.

Food Fix for Flakey, Scaly Skin: Avocado and Honey

Flakey skin can be the result of dry skin, eczema and even psoriasis. Mash the fruit of an avocado with one tablespoon of honey. (Taste it! Amazingly good.) When it is a paste-like consistency, spread over the dry, flakey areas and cover with the cool washcloth pre-soaked with green tea. If you are very flakey, you can crush a baby aspirin into a powder and mix this into the avocado and honey paste. The avocado is lush with fatty oils that will seal the skin surface and begin the healing process. Honey, especially unprocessed, will exfoliate away the dead skin, protect against bacterial infections, and reduce inflammation. Leave this on for 10-20 minutes and wipe off gently. You can gently cleanse with an alcohol-free baby wipe, but don’t wash with soap for a few hours so your skin can stay moisturized. You will feel the difference instantly. Try to do this mask every day when you are having a flare up of flakey skin. Avoid harsh soaps because they will destroy all of your progress!

 

Food Fix for Rosacea: Cottage Cheese and Pineapple

Rosacea is a condition that presents with red, sensitive skin that flushes easily with stress, embarrassment, changes in temperature (hot or cold), wind, exercise, sunlight, and certain food or drink triggers such as wine or spicy food. When your skin flushes, it causes a vicious cycle of inflammation that creates more redness and acne-like papules. It can even coarsen your skin and make your pores more noticeable. Try mixing one cup of full-fat cottage cheese with a quarter-cup of minced pineapple and applying it like a mask to your cheeks and nose for 10 minutes a day, twice a week for one month. Place a nice cool washcloth soaked in green tea over the mask to soothe your skin. The milk fat in the cottage cheese will moisturize and heal your skin. The pineapple will provide bromelain – richest in the tougher part of the fruit near the rind or skin – to decrease redness. When taken in homeopathic pills (such as mixed with arnica to decrease redness and bruising), the bromelain doesn’t make it past the digestive acids in the stomach so it is much better to use it on your skin! You can also drape a green-tea soaked cloth over your eyes for a relaxing 10-minute rest.

 

Food Fix for Puffy Eyes: Tofu

The quickest trick is to place extra firm tofu patches, cut a half-inch thick, under each eye for 10 minutes a day for two weeks. The soy in tofu has been shown to increase collagen. Also, soy contains flavonoids that have been shown to decrease sun damage. Combined, these will smooth and heal the skin. The sheer weight of the tofu patch will help press the swelling out of the area. Bonus: Follow this by doing 40 jumping jacks to rev up your circulation and drain the puffiness away!

Facial Yoga

Namaste my friends! Downward dog, warrior, tree pose…. the list goes on of all your favorite yoga poses. What if I told you I’ve got some yoga you can do without the mats and yoga pants! Actually keep the yoga pants… they make your bum look great. Have you tried facial yoga? Facial yoga claims to help keep your beauty naturally without surgical beauty procedures and all of the expensive creams. It can slow down the aging process, release tension, tone facial and neck muscles, and boost self-esteem and confidence. Not to mention it’s easy to do. You can do it while driving down the street, working at your desk, or even watching TV (A private area may be best, seeing as to others you make a little silly, crazy or plain old weird). So will you be giving facial yoga a try? Why not, you’ve got nothing to lose from it.  Here are a couple of exercises to get you started!

 

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Feet!!

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Feet! I know how disgusting right? WRONG! Your feet are so important to your health and should not be neglected as many of us tend to do. Feet are a part of your hygiene, and you can’t say you have great hygiene if you don’t take care of your feet! Your feet are pretty necessary for nearly everything you do, so why wouldn’t you want to take care of them? Here are some quick and easy ways you can take care of your feet and practice proper foot hygiene!

  1. Don’t go to bed without washing your feet. If you leave dirt on the skin’s surface, it can become irritated and infected. Wash your feet every evening with soap and water.
  2. Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a moisturizing foot cream (not body lotion).
  3. Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file regularly.
  4. Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toe nails.
  5. Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will always be comfortable.
  6. If you have to wear heels at work, wear comfortable shoes to and from the office and only wear your smart shoes in the office. Also, try to vary the heel height, between low, medium and high.
  7. Be shoe savvy. Wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the job (so no sandals for mountain climbing).
  8. Change your socks daily.
  9. Wear flip-flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot and verrucas when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools or hotel bathrooms.But don’t wear flip-flops all the time. They don’t provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them too much.

Murder Mystery

We are always looking for a new occasion to dress up in some awesome costumes, and therres a new type of party that lets its participants dress up like the olden days!

 

So I think it would be pretty safe to say that almost all of us are familiar with the murder mystery game “Clue.” If you aren’t google it, because you should be. Was it Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with a rope, or maybe Professor Plum in the study with the revolver? This American board game has had such an effect on our culture that murder mystery dinners are the new cool thing! You go to have a dinner, but yet are entertained and even become part of the murder mystery, even the people at your table can be the culprit. These fun and interactive dinners have inspired people to dress up and go all out when attending, just like the characters of the movie and game Clue. There are lots of murder mystery companies, my only advice is to try one of them. You can either host a party at your house or go out to one. Either way you’ll definitely have a night to remember!

 

 

 

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