Friday, May 26, 2017

Make-up Essentials for Beginners

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I am no expert in make-up really but with so many blogs and vlogs about make-up, I am starting to get curious about it. Anyhow, let me share with you some of the things I learned about make-up essentials for newbies like. 

Check out my list to give you a guide of what makeup tools you should start with.

The best way to find your perfect match is to leave it to the professionals. Stop by any cosmetics counter and ask for help finding your shade. You can also swipe a few colors vertically across your jawline, and whichever one is barely visible is your best bet.

Beginners can avoid the risk of a caked-on foundation by adding a nontransparent concealer to your kit. Remember, concealer is the only way to get rid of dark circles. And while it may just be a temporary fix, with the right technique you can hide them completely.

With great skin care comes great makeup. Prepare your skin with a good slathering of moisturizer and primer. Both will ensure a flawless base that keeps makeup in place all day.

Eyes are sensitive especially on the rims and inner lash lines, so buy a soft pencil that glides on without any pressure and be sure that the product is labeled as ophthalmologist-tested. Mascara thickens as it's exposed to air over time, which leads to clumps. If yours is like that, throw it and try a different brand.

With the right brush for the job, you can perform makeup miracles. Do invest in a good brush set in order for your to apply your makeup properly.

Achieve a subtle and healthy glow to your skin with the right shade of blush. Try a lighter shade and skip any with shimmer if you want a natural look. A slightly shimmery cream highlighter can help you in many ways from slimming your nose, lifting your brows and sculpting your cheeks. 

The perfect everyday shadow is just a few shades darker than your skin tone -- go light brown for darker skin, a golden beige for medium skin, or light apricot for fair skin.

For those nights when you’re too lazy to wash your face, makeup wipes will help you remove your makeup and keep your skin safe and healthy.  

Most eyelashes grow outward, not upward, so applying mascara without curling your lashes won't provide the same impact. Also, to achieve longer and fuller lashes for easier curling, check out Idol Lash, which you could use as your daily liquid eyeliner. The before and after pictures using it will simply amaze you. 

I have to agree that lipstick must be the first on the list of makeup essentials. No kit is complete without your go-to lip colors right? Most recommended shade is nude and red, so be sure to have those on your makeup pouch!

There goes my own list of makeup essentials. I hope you enjoyed reading and learned something from it. How about you? What's your makeup essentials? Feel free to share in the comment box below.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Natural Remedies To Try (Even If You're A Skeptic)

There tend to be two schools of thought when it comes to the idea of natural remedies.

On one hand, you have the proponents. The people who claim they take care of their healthcare and wellness needs by natural means only. This group tends to be paranoid about the ingredients in everything, from cleaning products through to the makeup they wear. It borders on the point of chemophobia, with an insistence that the natural world alone provides all that we might need.

Then, on the opposite hand, there are the skeptics. The group that insists that we have developed the science that allows us to advance our health care away from natural remedies. Natural remedies, they claim, are the limits of a bygone era before science and medicine stepped in and took control. There’s no need for these “folklore” remedies in the modern age.

So who’s right?

The most realistic answer is a very simple… neither of them is. When you take a stance in a particular direction, there’s always a chance that you’re overlooking the value of nuance. The reality is that both sides have a point and that we shouldn’t see them as competing theories at all. They actually, when used appropriately, complement one another perfectly.

Not convinced? Maybe you’re a skeptic for whom seeing is believing. That’s understandable. If you fancy seeing what there might be on the other side of the debate for you, then here are a few natural solutions for health, home, and beauty, that might just tempt you to see the merits of the natural way.

Honey For Healing

Rather than slapping a Band-Aid on the next time you get a cut, try some honey on the area instead. This will preferably be raw honey (as in, honey that has never been heated as part of a manufacturing process) - heating kills some of the enzymes that make honey such a powerful wound healer.

Not only does the honey instantly soothe any pain, but it also dries to form a protective film that is far superior to a traditional plaster. Not only that, but it’s well established that honey has strong antibacterial properties, so you’re also protected going forward.

Compost Tea

If you want your garden to bloom this summer, the temptation is to throw as much fertilizer and plant food at the problem as possible. It just seems the right thing to do; it’s how farmers cope, isn’t it?

Of course, there will be some benefits to being found from doing this - but what about a solution you probably already have the ingredients for? Compost tea might sound disgusting, but it’s not a drink for you, it’s for your plants. If you have ever had a plant fail to thrive, then this is something you need to try if you want to make that dream garden a reality.

Castor Oil

While there are certain products to be store-bought that can encourage hair growth, they are often expensive or can irritate the sensitive skin of the scalp. Skin this step by using one of the ultimate “old wives” remedies: castor oil, preferably Jamaican black castor oil. Not only can this - combined with a good scalp massage, three times a week - improve your scalp health, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to say it speeds up hair growth.

It’s not just for your head hair, either. If you want longer, stronger eyelashes then apply to the roots of your lashes with a cotton bud every night for a week. There are no verifiable scientific studies that have been done as to the efficacy of this, but there’s - once again - anecdotal evidence that suggests it may be effective. At the very least, it’s in the territory of “can’t do any harm”.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is probably already in your kitchen, albeit reserved for tasks that tend to involve baking. However, these inexpensive white granules have another purpose: they’re a powerful abrasive agent.

If you have any dirt or grease stains in the kitchen (which we all do - let’s be honest!), then sprinkle baking soda onto the affected area. There’s no need to let it sink in as there might be with conventional cleaners; just wet a cloth and start scrubbing. The abrasive action of the particles will soon lift the stain and allow you to return your kitchen to its preferred state.

Further to this, you can also harness the deodorizing properties of baking soda. If you have any upholstery - such as carpet, couch, etc. - then sprinkle baking soda onto the area. Leave for at least an hour, then vacuum away the particles. Any odor should soon be banished away.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Join | Magical "Fun In The Sun" Educational Giveaway!

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Soup-er Soups For Summertime

Soup might be something you associate with autumn and winter- and there’s no denying how comforting a big bowl can be on a cold evening. But actually, soups can be fantastic for all year round. You can make them yourself to be incredibly light and nutritious as well as tasty. Plus, it makes such an easy lunch- perfect if you’re bored of the same old sandwiches every day! Even if you’re on the go it can be popped into a Thermos, you just can’t go wrong. Here are some ideas for summertime soups you could consider throwing together.

An obvious choice for a summer soup, gazpacho is a Spanish vegetable soup which is served ice cold. It’s wonderfully refreshing and makes a perfect weeknight lunch or an addition to a picnic. Vegetables include cucumber, pepper, tomatoes and spring onion- simply chop and marinate these in sherry vinegar for a few hours before whizzing them up with a blender. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of herbs on top and you’re good to go. Incredibly refreshing, light and packed full of the good stuff your body needs. If you’re after something a little more filling, serve with some crusty wholemeal bread or add homemade croutons


Odds and Ends Veg
We all know that food wastage is a huge issue, and for ethical, environmental and financial reasons should be aiming to reduce this as much as possible. Vegetables are one type of food that’s wasted the most, and chances are you end up with a couple of random bits and bobs left in the fridge at the end of the week. Transforming this into soup allows you to prevent it going to waste and gives you an extra lunch out of things that would have otherwise been thrown away. Carrots, onion, celery, potato, sweet potato, cabbage, leek- the list is endless. Just about any vegetable can be transformed into a tasty soup. Start by cooking the vegetables until they’re soft, and add a stock cube and some seasonings from the store cupboard. A mixture of dried herbs and spices will all bring the flavor to life. You could leave it as it is, or transfer to a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. If you’re using a Ninja style blender, it’s very important to let the mixture fully cool before blending; since there’s nowhere for the steam to escape, it could expand and then cause an accident. But other than this, they make great blenders for soup (and the cup makes one perfect bowl size portion!) If you’re wondering what's the best ninja blender, it could be worth checking some reviews beforehand.


Tomato and Red Pepper
Tomato soup is a classic, and the addition of the red pepper gives it a super fresh and tangy undertone that’s perfect for the summer. You don’t just have to stick to standard tomatoes, there is a mixture of red, orange, yellow and green varieties that are available in the summer. Roast your tomatoes and peppers in the oven with a touch of salt and sugar, and once they’re soft, add them to the blender. Instead of piling in lots of heavy cream, add some natural yogurt instead to keep it light. Garnish with fresh salad leaves, and lots of black pepper is a must!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What To Know When Starting A Family

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The decision to start a family is a massive one. For the first time ever, you will be directly responsible for creating and caring for another life. Before you take that decision, there are lots of things that you have to make sure are just right. For instance, having a child because you hope that it will improve your relationship is not fair to either you or the child. Another consideration is the financial aspect of becoming a parent. A study conducted in the UK found that on average it costs £231,843 to raise a child until they are twenty-one. This does not include the cost of sending your child to university and with this expense included, it easily exceeds a quarter of a million. This may sound expensive, and if you do not think that you would be able to support a child then you may want to wait a while until you are more financially stable. However, it is not just money that’s important. The circumstances of a person’s early years have an immense impact on the rest of their life. Deciding exactly what those experiences are going to be is down to you. Here are some factors that you may want to consider when thinking about starting a family:

The place where you raise your child is important. For instance, living in a city offers lots of great opportunities of its own. You may be able to send your child to a more academically impressive school as well as a more diverse one. One of the great things about the modern, connected, a multicultural world is that children grow up with lots of different people and will therefore not be able to develop the sort of stupid prejudices that a lot of people have about other cultures. However, growing up in the country has its upsides too. For instance, if you decide to get a ranch like the ones sold by, you can teach your children about the virtues of hard work and the beauty of nature. Besides, there is a lot less pollution out in the countryside compared to the city.

Another important consideration is whether you want to have to take a break from your career to raise a child. A lot of people take a great deal of satisfaction from their job and giving that up for several years (if not the rest of your life) can be a big decision. Lots of parents still manage to raise a family while working by employing au pairs and tutors to look after their children. However, if the children are not going to be spending time with their parents and you will not see much of them, what is the point? They need you, and if you do not feel as if you can dedicate enough time to them, perhaps you should reconsider. After all, having children is not for everyone.

The physical aspects of having a child are sometimes overlooked. Pregnancy is still a stressful and dangerous process. You should always talk to a doctor before making the decision to try to have children. Your health and happiness are crucial.

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