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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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    Top 10 Beauty Hacks

    Beauty and style emergencies always seem to happen at the very worst time. No matter how much you seem to prepare or primp, something is bound to go wrong at some point. Here are some tips on preparing yourself for those emergencies that are bound to pop up. Use Advil Liquid Gels to get rid of pimples fast. If you find yourself without acne medication and want to zap a zit quick, use a liquid filled Advil. Simply pop a hole in the Advil and dab the contents on your blemish. If you run out of shaving cream or gel, use conditioner. It will moisturize your legs and give you a really close, smooth shave. Get rid of static in your hair with hairspray. Spray some hairspray on your hair and on your brush to tame fly-aways and crazy, static hair. If you run out of your eyebrow pencil, use eye shadow. Use a brown eye shadow that matches your brows to fill them in. Use a business or credit card to get the perfect cat eye. Place the card angled against the side of your eye and draw upwards using a liquid liner. Even if you have a shaky

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    8 Remedies for Split Ends

    Hair breakage is caused when your hair breaks or has split ends. It can plague almost anyone at any stage of life. Here are some easy and effective home remedies to help reverse the damage of hair breakage. Olive oil. Hair often breaks because it is dry and brittle. When you use warm olive oil as a deep conditioner, it will help heal the breakage and make your hair smooth, soft and silky. Simply warm a half a cup of olive oil in the microwave and gently apply on your scalp. Work it through your hair and wrap in a warm towel for an hour or longer. Rinse and shampoo to get out all of the olive oil. It seems odd, but beer is great for your hair! Massage it into your hair and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse out really well to get rid of the smell. You do not need to shampoo. Egg Yolk. Whisk an egg yolk and blend with two tablespoons of olive oil. Wet your hair and put the mixture on your head and use it on your hair, not your scalp. Leave it on for as long as you can tolerate the

Make Up
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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

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    How to Wear Makeup with Dry Skin

    Dry skin can be horrible to deal with. As winter drags on, your skin stays dry and might even flake or peel. How can you apply makeup to such a mess? Here are some tips for applying makeup to even the driest of skin: Use a creamy exfoliating cleanser to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of skin but still moisturize the skin before you apply makeup. Instead of a heavy moisturizer, try a fast absorbing serum or oil that will deliver faster relief and hydration. Before you apply any makeup, use a primer. It will keep skin extra moisturized and smooth out pores and imperfections. Use light liquid or cream makeup only. Anything heavy, powdery or cakey will only irritate your skin and flake off more. Try a lightweight, liquid foundation and apply with a foundation brush. Use a Beauty Blender to blend further if needed. Use a cream or liquid blush for added hydration. If you need extra hydration, make the Beauty Blender damp while you blend. Don’t use your fingers to apply makeup because they will absorb the moisture you need to stay put on your face. Don’t use powders, unless your T-zone gets

Fitness
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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

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    Best Foods for Skin Problems

    Skin issues can be caused from a range of external and internal factors. But did you know that you can squash a lot of these issues with healthy eating? It is true! Here are some of the best foods for a range of skin problems. Blueberries contain a lot of Vitamin C. This antioxidant can help you get rid of scarring and pigmentation. So if you have a lot of skin damage from the sun, eat up! Fish that contains omega-3 fatty acids, such as mackerel, salmon and sardines can help remove free radicals from the skin and can balance your oils. Healthy fats are great for your skin because it helps give you a glowing complexion. Whole grains. Switch out white breads or pastas for whole grain options. You’ll get a better amount of nutrients and dietary fiber. This will help keep digestive issues at bay that may lead to skin irritation. While this isn’t a food, hydration is key for healthy skin. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will be very dry and dull. Green tea. Green tea is another drink for healthy skin. Green tea has antioxidants that fight free radicals and can remove scarring

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    Natural Ways to Beat a Headache Quickly

    Headaches can be extremely annoying and frustrating. It can be tempting to always reach for an Advil right away, but you might not want to keep taking medication frequently if you get headaches often. Here are some natural ways to keep headaches at bay: Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil helps promote blood flow by opening and closing blood vessels and releasing tension. It also feels cooling and tingly when applied and helps ease the pain fairly quickly. You may need to reapply a few times. Cayenne pepper. Apply cayenne pepper topically to your nose. The active ingredient in peppers called capsaicin which causes heat, depletes your nerves of substance P which is a pain inducing chemical. The smell should stop the pain signal coming from your head. Drink more water. Often headaches can be caused by dehydration. Drink more water to relieve and prevent symptoms. Feverfew is an herb member of the daisy family. Chewing feverfew gives you the chemical parthenolide which can reduce headaches. You can also make a great feverfew tea. Fish oil. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which helps reduce inflammation that can cause painful headaches. Taking fish oil daily can help reduce the number and intensity

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    Create a Workout Schedule That Works for You

    Putting aside time for a daily workout can be tough. Between appointments, work, social events, kid’s schedules and everything else on your plate, fitting in time for lunch can be hard, let alone spending a few minutes to work out. Yet, working out will keep you energized, healthy and fit to be able to tackle the rest of your day. So use these tips to create a workout schedule that will work with your life. First, figure out your attainable goals. How much you work out or what workouts you do will be directly related to your goals. Determine realistically what your goals are and how much time you have to put into those goals. For example, you might be interested in losing weight or simply want to be healthier. Break these goals down into something specific like losing five pounds in eight weeks. Next, look at your lifestyle and your personal preferences. Figure out what time you enjoy working out depending on if you’re a morning person or a night owl. Then, talk to your doctor or a trainer about your goals in relation to your age, level of fitness, conditions or injuries and where you plan working out.

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!