DIY Beauty Products You Need To Try
May26

DIY Beauty Products You Need To Try

It’s not easy looking fabulous. Beauty routines are important and they make you feel as good as you look. But instead of spending insane amounts of money on new products every month, why don’t you try these DIY alternatives? These are natural ways to step up your routine that will make you feel crafty and are as good for your skin as they are for your wallet. Remove make-up with just three ingredients Make-up remover can be too harsh and end up drying or damaging your skin, especially around your eyes. You can actually make a very effective and gentle eye make-up remover with only three ingredients that will cost you almost no money. Mix half a tablespoon of No Tears Baby Shampoo with one quarter teaspoon of coconut oil (use olive oil if you are allergic). Pour into a small container with a lid and fill the rest with water. That is all. The oil and water will separate, so you need to shake the container before using it every time. Believe it or not, this remover will wipe even the most stubborn goop right of your eyes. And it smells fantastic. Apple and oats face scrub Apple is famous for its high content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which means it will renew your skin better than any store-bought anti-aging cream. That’s why it’s perfect for this face (and body!) scrub. Mix one cup of pureed apple (or organic, unsweetened applesauce) with one teaspoon of sweet almond oil and ¾ cup of plain rolled oats. The oats will be in charge of exfoliating of this scrub, you can substitute them for sugar or your favorite exfoliant. Finally, the almond oil will make your skin feel softer and keep it moisturized. To use, simply rub on your wet face with a circular motion, leave for 15 minutes and rinse with enough water to get rid of all the product. This scrub is also great to use on your legs before shaving, so you get a closer shave without unsightly red bumps. The mix can keep in your fridge for up to a week, so don’t worry if you don’t use it all up in one sitting. All-natural berry lip stain If you want to give your lips a touch of deep, red color, but you are not sure about the chemicals and artificial ingredients in store-bought products, you can make your own. And it doesn’t get more natural than this. Simply mash three blackberries and one raspberry together in a small bowl. Then, squeeze three pomegranate seeds to get the juice into the bowl and mix well. Finally, add...

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Instantly Look More Charismatic With These Few Tips
May21

Instantly Look More Charismatic With These Few Tips

If you are worried about that presentation at work, defending your thesis or nailing a job interview, then this will help you out. When it comes to charisma and confidence, the old adage “fake it till you make it” holds true, but how exactly do you fake charisma? It’s easier than you think, just keep these things in mind. Smile – This is a common suggestion for a reason. Smiling will make you look approachable and friendly and it will give more warmth to your voice. Even better, smiling will actually release chemicals in your brain to make you feel happier and more confident. You don’t have to be smiling maniacally without blinking all the time, of course, your smile should be natural. If you are not a naturally “smiley” person, try to smile every time you greet someone or answer a question. Keep a consistent tone – If you are going to be speaking in front of an audience, in a meeting or an interview, try to keep a consistent tone of voice. This doesn’t mean monotonous, just try to avoid “umms”, “errs” and unnecessary pauses. Don’t have large changes of pitch in the middle of your speech either. A consistent tone will make you look more confident in your words, people will pay attention and perceive you as having strong ideas. Practice in front of a mirror before your big event so it’s easier for you to control the tone of your voice. Show empathy and respect – Being polite will make people see you more positively and it will be easier for them to agree with you. Avoid putting others on a pedestal or knocking them down. Treat everyone as equal to you and it will be easier for others to relate to you. You will be seen as confident yet humble, and people will respect you as an equal as well. Finally, showing empathy lets people know that you relate to them. This doesn’t mean that you should feel sorry for people, only that you should reinforce their feelings as valid and try to understand the position they are in. Pay attention to your audience – Charismatic people can read their audience and change their behavior to suit them without even realizing it. Until you learn to do it subconsciously, you will have to make a conscious effort. Pay attention to other’s behavior, language, conversation and gestures. Try to change your own demeanor to better fit the environment you are in. This isn’t about faking a new personality, but simply about adapting your own. Maintain an open posture – Don’t stand with your hip or...

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How To Trick Yourself Into Being Less Pessimistic
May17

How To Trick Yourself Into Being Less Pessimistic

Us pessimists like to say we are actually realists and that we try to avoid deluding ourselves with silly things like “optimism” and “a positive attitude”. But the truth is that keeping a constantly negative attitude about life is not only an obstacle for happiness, it is also a great way to rack up the stress, anxiety and all their unhealthy consequences. And don’t even think about saying “but that’s just who I am” because you can absolutely train yourself to have a better outlook in life until it’s as natural as smiling. 1. Avoid thinking about worst case scenarios Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, right? There is some true to that, but if you are having trouble with the “hope for the best” part, then you might be actually setting yourself up for failure. Expecting the worst in any situation will make you act like the worst already happened… and it will probably lead you to an unfavorable outcome. That’s what we call a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, try to think about “Okay case scenarios”. You know, you are probably not going to get the best possible outcome, but maybe you will get the bare minimum to avoid complete failure? Baby steps. 2. Get a mantra that works for yourself We all know that repeating “I’m a rockstar” or “everything is awesome” is not really effective because we don’t actually believe it. So trade your mantra for something you actually believe, like “things could be worse” and “I can totally solve this eventually”. At the same time, focusing on the parts of your life that actually bring you happiness can help you get through the day “this sucks but my kitty is waiting for me at home” can be the thing you need to endure that final presentation at work. 3. When you complain, be funny about it Humor helps us cope with even the worst things in life. Instead of whining to your BFF, find the funny side of your problems and laugh about it with her. You will make things easier for you, and it won’t be as annoying to your friends. Bonus points, laughing and smiling actually trigger actual feelings of happiness and positivity, even if you are faking it, brains are funny that way. 4. Be kind to yourself When you are thinking to yourself or talking about yourself, stop and ask this simple question: “Would I say this to my best friend or my partner?”. If the answer is no, it is time to find kind and loving words for you. You would never say to someone you love: “You are...

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Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable
May13

Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable

You want to look like you came out of a fashion editorial spread, but don’t have the time or the resources to keep a team of stylists making you look flawless every second of the day. Don’t worry, most of us are in the same boat. Luckily, all those people working in fashion magazines came up with a bunch of tricks to make models look fantastic that require virtually no effort at all. And you are about to find out what they are. 1. Roll up your shirt sleeves Go to your closet and throw away all your short sleeved shirts. Just do it. If it has a collar, it needs to have long sleeves. Of course, this doesn’t mean your poor arms have to endure the summer heat all covered up. Simply roll your sleeves up. But don’t just do it willy-nilly, there’s a proper way. Fold the sleeve in half and then roll the fold up the arm until it’s just below the cuff, that should be sticking out. You will look more polished and chic than by sloppingly rolling up the whole sleeve. 2. Push up your blazer or jacket sleeves It is extremely flattering to push up the sleeves of your blazer. It is extremely un-flattering to be fiddling with them all day because they keep coming down. The solution? A couple of humble hair ties. Place a hair tie (or rubber band) around your elbow over the sleeve. Push up and gather the sleeve so it falls over the tie, hiding it in a natural way. 3. Roll up your jean cuffs Fashion is all about tucking and rolling. Next time you pair up your favorite pumps or stilettos with a pair of jeans, roll up the cuffs. It will make the jeans look more tailored (especially if you are wearing “boyfriend jeans” or looser cuts) and draw attention to your pretty shoes. Fold the cuff up a couple of inches and then fold again to leave only a little bit of the hemline visible to get that “flawlessly flawed” look. 4. Only tuck the front of your shirt If you want to show off your belt or jeans without looking to “stuck up” or prim, do a “mullet-tuck”. Simply tuck in the front half of your shirt, leaving the back half out. This look works best with jeans and collared, long-sleeve shirts. You will get an informal look that will flatter your figure and won’t make you look sloppy. 5. Tuck half of your shirt Another improvement to the regular tuck. Simply tuck in the side of your shirt that is under the...

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How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag
May09

How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag

You probably never thought about all the germs and bacteria that can accumulate in your makeup products but the truth is that you are definitely not cleaning them as much as you should. And cleaning and sanitizing everything in your makeup bag is not only, better for your health, it is also super satisfying. Eyelash curler – After many, many uses, your eyelash curler probably has a good buildup of old mascara, even if you rinse it a bit after every use. But you can wipe all that gunk right off with the help of a lighter. Hold the flame near the curler to heat it up for a few seconds. Then, wipe it off with a tissue. The heat of the flame will melt the old mascara so you can wipe it off, but it will also kill all the bacteria living in it. Of course, this method will not work with plastic curlers, as they can melt. Metal only! Lipstick – You don’t need to “clean” lipstick so much as “sanitize” it. Lipstick is a great place for virus and bacteria to hang out, multiply and get you sick. This is why you should freeze it. Once a week or so, stick your lipstick tube in the freezer overnight to kill all the bacteria and germs. The next morning, take it out and leave it until it reaches room temperature before applying it. Pressed powders – For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to wipe your pressed powders clean, but this doesn’t mean you can’t disinfect them. Find a small spray bottle and fill it with regular rubbing alcohol. Spritz it (lightly!) on your powder cosmetics and leave them to dry to disinfect them. Now you can put them on your face without worrying about germs. Makeup brushes – Good quality makeup brushes can last a lifetime, but this doesn’t mean you should deny yourself that “brand new” feel. Mix two parts of baby shampoo with one part olive oil. Pour into a small plate with a little bit of water and pick up the mixture with your brush. Swish it around a bit to get a nice lather going and then rinse thoroughly with water. Gently squeeze the excess water out and then let air dry, propping the handle of the brush so it’s higher than the bristles. As good as new. Metal tools – Scissors, tweezers, pencil sharpeners, clippers and even nail files. All your metal tools should be disinfected. You only need rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs and patience. Use the swab all of your tools with alcohol, making sure to get all the nooks...

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