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Skin Care
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    Look Flawless Without Makeup

    There are probably many times you’d love to go out without makeup and avoid the hassle, but get nervous of how your skin looks without it. Makeup free and gorgeous skin first starts with a good cleansing routine. Here are some ways to ensure the best skin possible so you won’t need makeup to look flawless day after day! Cleanse properly day and night. Use a mild cleanser that works with your skin type every morning and evening. Make sure to wash your neck too. Exfoliate regularly. Dead skin will make your skin look dull. Exfoliating at least once a week will help give your skin new light and make it look brighter. Use ice. Use an ice cube and rub it all over your face after you exfoliate. It will tighten your skin, control oil and give your skin a healthy glow. Use toner that works well with your skin type to restore pH balance and close pores. It will tighten your skin and keep it soft. Use a light moisturizer to protect your skin and keep it soft and smooth. Bonus points if it contains SPF! If your skin needs extra hydration and soothing, try lacto calamine. It

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    How to Indulge When You’re Broke

    New beauty products come out every day and they might be calling to you from your phone, television and while shopping. But if you’re on a budget, it can seem impossible to keep up with the trends and make sure you can pay your bills. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to look and feel your best. Here are some easy ways to indulge when you’re broke: DIY face masks or scrubs. Look in your kitchen and pantry for ingredients and make your own face masks and scrubs instead of heading to the spa or buying expensive masks. Look for recipes on Pinterest. Most contain only a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand and are relatively simple to whip up. Buy makeup at the drugstore instead of Sephora. Fancy and expensive makeup can be better made and make you feel like a million bucks, but usually it isn’t necessary. Drugstore makeup brands often work just as effectively and have many inexpensive options to choose from. Do your research or try a few different products and brands until you find one you love. Most drugstores will let you return makeup, even if it’s been opened and

Hair Care
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    How to Straighten Thick Hair Properly

    Thick hair can be hard to deal with, especially if your hair is wavy and curly and you desire a straight ‘do. It can require some serious time and patience and since your hair tends to be heavy when it is thick, it can weigh down your style. Even if a hairstylist thins your hair for you, making it a little less heavy, it can still be hard to straighten perfectly. Here are some tips to straighten your thick hair to perfection: Make sure your hair is completely dry before straightening. Try to air dry until almost dry and then blow dry briefly. You can use products that help your hair dry faster and protect it from the heat. Use oils. For thick hair, use a denser oil and it will easily absorb into the hair instead of coating the top layer. It will help protect your hair from the heat and smooth it out. Apply oil to wet hair and then afterwards to smooth over any frizzy areas. Use the right temperature on your flat iron. If you have thicker hair, you’ll need to turn up the temperature on your straightener. This will help you achieve a straight look

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    8 Ways To Make Your Hair Dry Faster

    If the thought of washing your hair sends you into a panic because you know how long it takes to dry and style, read on. Drying your hair can be a real pain, but use some of this advice to make your hair dry faster and get out the door sooner: 1. Always use conditioner. Conditioner will hydrate your hair and it actually repels water too. Conditioner will help seal in moisture after you shampoo and avoid absorbing more water than you need to. 2. Wring out your hair in the shower. Don’t leave the shower with hair that is dripping wet. Flip your head upside down and shake out the water while you’re still in the shower with the water off and then wring it out in sections. This will help get rid of excess water before you ever put it in a towel. 3. Get a microfiber towel. Microfiber is very absorbent and will help minimize breakage. If you have really curly hair, try using a cotton t-shirt to avoid frizz. 4. Focus on drying your roots because they generally take longer to dry. Remove as much water as possible around your part to speed up styling time.

Make Up
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    Makeup Rules to Ignore

    Certain makeup rules may not work for everyone. What works for one person, may not work for another so now is the time to ignore all those so called “rules” you’ve heard about makeup and go your own way! Here are a few in specific that you should ignore and just go with what looks best on you: You need contouring to look amazing. The truth is that you don’t need to contour. Your best bet is a natural look with foundation or powder and bronzer and/or blush. If someone can see your makeup from ten feet away, you’re definitely wearing way too much. You want to still look like yourself. You might have heard you shouldn’t pair a smoky eye with a colored lip, but why not? Sure, both looks can be heavy when paired, but if you feel confident in that style, go for it. Glitter is only for kids. Everyone can go glam with a little glitter every once in a while. Key word: little. Go for subtle glitter around the eyes and on the lips and only wear when going out, not for the office. Don’t wear black eyeliner during the day. It really depends. A

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    Acupressure Points for Better Eyesight

    If your eyes do not have perfect eyesight and are often strained, there is a holistic and simple technique to help your eyes become healthier again. Acupressure is an ancient therapy that involves the flowing of energy in your body. When obstructions in your meridians (certain points in your body where energy flows) happen, these sections can feel painful and cause illnesses. Acupressure has been used for centuries to treat eyesight problems such as myopia or shortsightedness, cataracts, presbyopia, hypermetropia, color blindness, astigmatism, cataract and amblyopia. According to the ancient Chinese philosophy, the eye is actually connected to other parts of the body such as the liver, neck and the toes. There are different tips for acupressure for your eyesight. First, start with massaging around the eyes. Start with the inner edge and use your middle finger to massage the point adjacent to the bridge of your nose using small, circular movements. Do this for about three minutes. Then move to the point that is below the center of the eye for several minutes and then massage the point between your eyebrows. Don’t apply any pressure on your eye while massaging around the eye. Next, massage around your nostrils. Massaging

Fitness
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    Foods to Help You Sleep Better

    We all have nights when we simply can’t sleep and we really, really want to. It doesn’t matter if you’re over-caffeinated or have insomnia, there are some different foods that can help you catch those zzz’s you’ve been dying to crawl into bed with. Eat or drink these before bed to help calm, relax you and get you ready for a good night’s sleep. Look for Sleepytime tea with chamomile. Chamomile is great for relaxing your muscles and nerves and letting your body know it is time for bed. Kale is full of calcium and helps the brain create melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate your natural sleep cycle. Make some kale chips for a snack before bed! Pretzels are a relatively healthy snack that can help give you a natural spike in blood sugar and help tryptophan, an amino acid, enter your brain and help you fall asleep. You might think oatmeal is only for the mornings, but it can be a great midnight snack, only if you avoid sweet toppings. Oatmeal is rich in melatonin and helps increase blood sugar. Almonds are very healthy and high in tryptophan and melatonin, both of which help you fall

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    How to Run Faster

    Whether you’re a new runner or run many miles a day, you might be wondering how to increase your speed. Here are some rules to help all kinds of runners learn to run faster and beat their personal goals: Get a body composition test. Learn what percentage of body fat you have and work to get leaner. When you’re leaner, you can run faster so eat right and cross-train to run faster. Add mobility training to your schedule. Use foam rolling, yoga and stretching to increase your flexibility and mobility and help increase speed. Don’t forget to stretch before and after your run. Try some high knees. This is the movement of going up with your knees and propelling fast to the ground. It will help improve your running form and your coordination. Start doing sprint workouts. Sprint workouts alternate between low and high intensity speeds. This helps build your endurance and stamina. Channel your inner track star and try running sprints on a school’s track going different distances. Try ladder drills. Use a long rope ladder on the ground and alternate your feet in and out of each section while running as fast as you can. This will help

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    Stressed? 7 Scientific Ways To Beat It

    We all get stressed and we all have ways of dealing with it, whether they are healthy or not. Sometimes the escape of stress in turning to a drink or a cigarette can hurt us more in the long run and only cover up the stress instead of effectively getting rid of it. Whatever you’re dealing with, here are some scientifically-proven, healthy ways to beat stress now. 1. Meditation. Meditation helps you control your breathing, stay in the present moment and let go of things that are bothering you. It also helps to say positive affirmations while you meditate and breathe deeply. It can help you calm down quickly and focus on what you need to do to overcome your stressors. 2. Reading. Reading is a great healthy distraction. Even reading something for only six minutes can reduce your stress levels quickly. So grab a happy book or funny newspaper article and take your mind off what is bothering you. 3. Exercise. Exercise is amazing for giving you endorphins, which help you relax and feel happy and it helps reduce stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. So whatever way you like to exercise, go for it! It can be running,

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    Acupressure Points for Better Eyesight

    If your eyes do not have perfect eyesight and are often strained, there is a holistic and simple technique to help your eyes become healthier again. Acupressure is an ancient therapy that involves the flowing of energy in your body. When obstructions in your meridians (certain points in your body where energy flows) happen, these sections can feel painful and cause illnesses. Acupressure has been used for centuries to treat eyesight problems such as myopia or shortsightedness, cataracts, presbyopia, hypermetropia, color blindness, astigmatism, cataract and amblyopia. According to the ancient Chinese philosophy, the eye is actually connected to other parts of the body such as the liver, neck and the toes. There are different tips for acupressure for your eyesight. First, start with massaging around the eyes. Start with the inner edge and use your middle finger to massage the point adjacent to the bridge of your nose using small, circular movements. Do this for about three minutes. Then move to the point that is below the center of the eye for several minutes and then massage the point between your eyebrows. Don’t apply any pressure on your eye while massaging around the eye. Next, massage around your nostrils. Massaging

Recipes
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    Best Pumpkin Cake Recipe EVER!

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that I allow myself to splurge, and stuff my face until I  can no longer move.   I came across this recipe a few years back and it is a rendition of Paula Dean’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.  I promise you that this recipe will not disappoint!!! It is literally one of the greatest things ever, and every year I wait until November to have it again.  Cake Ingredients: • 1 package of yellow cake mix (18 ¼ ounce) • 1 egg • 8 TBS of butter (melted) Pie filling ingredients: • 1 package of cream cheese (softened) • 1 can of pumpkin puree (15 ounce) • 3 eggs • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 8 TBS of butter (melted) • ¾ of a box of powdered sugar (16 ounce) • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice Directions: Preheat oven to 360 degrees F. Cake instructions: Combine all cake ingredients (cake mix, egg & butter) in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer. Pat mixture down into a lightly greased 13×9 inch baking dish. Pie filling instructions: Beat cream cheese and pumpkin puree in a large bowl, until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla and butter and

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    Use Sea Salt for Gorgeous Skin

    You might think salt is too drying for your skin, but sea salt is actually great for your body and it can balance, protect and restore the skin if used properly. Sea salt contains minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. Sea salt can actually improve hydration and balance of your skin and protect the barrier of your skin. Here are some recipes you can whip up in your kitchen with sea salt to heal and make your skin beautiful. Make a balancing and relaxing face mask. Mix two teaspoons of finely ground sea salt and four teaspoons of raw honey to create a paste. Apply evenly to your skin when it is clean and dry and avoid your eyes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and then lay a warm, wet washcloth on your face for 30 seconds then rinse off. This will calm breakouts and irritation and balance oil production in your face. It is a great monthly mask to try. Use sea salt as a toner to zap oil. Sea salt will cleanse your pores deeply and balance oil production. Simply mix one teaspoon sea salt and four ounces of warm water. Put in a small spray

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    5-Minute Edamame

    My boyfriend is always complaining about how hungry he is while I am cooking dinner. If his whining gets to be too much, I’ll grab a bag out of the freezer and whip this up as an appetizer. Ingredients: 1 bag of frozen edamame (with shells) Pinch of sea salt to taste 2 teaspoons of olive oil Directions: • Add oil in skillet over medium-high heat • Dump bag of edamame in skillet and season with salt • Cook for about 5 minutes and serve. Easy as 1,2,3!

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    Left Over Chicken Lunch

    Whenever I have left over chicken and am looking to create a healthy lunch, I throw this together. You can mix in your favorite veggies, or use the ones I suggested below. Ingredients Left over chicken (shredded or cubed) Quinoa 1 avocado –cut into cubes 1  tomato- cut into cubes 1/2 an onion-diced ½ cup of black beans ¼ cup of fresh cilantro Hot sauce- for taste Juice of one lime- optional Directions: • Cook Quinoa according to directions on box • Prep veggies while quinoa is cooking • Once quinoa is done cooking, throw in all veggies + chicken and mix well. • Add hot sauce and lime juice and you have a whole new meal!