DIY~ Nail Polish Made From Old Eyeshadows!

If I had a dollar for how many times I bought an eyeshadow and never used it…. Well now I can! I found this trick in a magazine and absolutely had to try it out. All you will need for this D.I.Y. is one concealable bag, one eyeshadow (preferably a pigment), scissors, clear nail polish, a paint brush or old concealer brush, and a container for your masterpiece. This nail polish comes out matte on your nails, but adding a clear top coat will give it that original shine. Let’s begin!

First, put your eyeshadow in a bag. If you want a certain color out of a palette, with strong force and some good tweezers you can peel the glue off of the compact and remove the specific shadow. Palettes don’t work too well because most colors will just blend into a brown or deep grey and be a waste of makeup and time. The more shimmery, the more shimmery nail polish. A swirled eyeshadow, such as Mac Heavenly Creatures Mineralized Eyeshadows, will create a tie-dye effect.

Crush the eyeshadow up in your bag. It is important to use a concealable bag, such as a Ziploc bag, so you don’t spill tiny eyeshadow flakes all over your floor. Try to crush as much of the shadow out of the compact tin. Be careful not to puncture the bag when crushing.

You want the shadow to be in pigment form. Mineral loose shadows are easier to crush up because they are already all crushed up. Try to go for a powdery consistency because it mixes better with the clear nail polish.

Cut off a small corner and pour it into a container. These small containers can be found at the Dollar Store or most makeup stores. Try to fill the container up with the pigment up until the cap screws down to. To clarify, don’t fill it all the way to the tippy top.

Grab your clear nail polish and begin to pour it into the container. It is best to fill it up halfway, mix it, then add more. The less you fill with clear nail polish, the less solution you will have and the grainier it will be from the eyeshadow.

Mix well with either old makeup brush or a cheap paintbrush. Paint it on your fingers and you are done! If you don’t like constantly be getting a brush out to use your nail polish, then simply pour the eyeshadow powder into the clear nail polish container and shake it up!

 

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly–and to gain weight. You spend all year working out and eating right, just for the holiday sauce to come and smother your plan with fat. Don’t let those Santa cookies and powerful punch turn your hard work into the ghost of Christmas past! Use these tips to maintain your healthy diet and stay active through this time of temptation. Let’s begin!

Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your aunt’s green been casserole, but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings, whether it’s caroling or tree trimming. Focus on the fun and family, not the food. Drink lots of water so you won’t feel as hungry and will be more energized each day. 

Skip the store-bought cookies at Christmas, but do save some calories in your ‘budget’ to sample treats that are homemade and special to your family, such as your  special Yule log cake. Training yourself what to indulge in and what to skip is much like budgeting your mad money: Do you want to blow it on garbage that you can buy anywhere or on a very special, one-of-a-kind souvenir? Just don’t completely deprive yourself on festive days – your willpower will eventually snap, and you’ll end up overeating. Making your own meals also allows you to remove useless sugars and healthify your treats.

The habit: Staying physically active during the holidays. The result: Gaining less weight over the years. The proof: A study conducted by the U.S. government found adults gained, on average, more than a pound of body weight during the winter holidays – and that they were not at all likely to shed that weight the following year. (That may not sound like a lot now, but it means having to buy roomier pants after a few Christmases pass.) The good news is that the people who reported the most physical activity through the holiday season showed the least weight gain. Some even managed to lose weight. This doesn’t mean drop talking to your relatives for the gym each day. Simply add in small exercises throughout the day. Crunches, squats, and back exercises can all be done in bed or near a bed.

You may be celebrating, but that doesn’t mean that that you should send your meal plan (and your judgment) on holiday. Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream; it also contain a lot of calories – 89 calories per glass of white wine or champagne, 55 calories in a shot of vodka, and 170 calories in a pint of stout beer. What’s more, alcohol breaks down your inhibitions and judgment, which makes you that much less likely to resist the junk foods that you would otherwise be able to pass up. Plus make the office Christmas party one that you won’t, regrettably, be able to forget. 

 

Who Wore it Best: Kim K. Vs. Gwyneth Paltrow

Two celebs, one dress, and one winner. Who wore this Pucci two-piece dress best? These two stars could have more different fashion senses. Kim K. a beautiful curvy woman enjoys embracing her curves, while Gwyneth P. enjoys lovely elegant pieces. Kim wore the dress with a longer skirt and statement earrings. She kept the hair back which added more focus onto the dress than her hair, nice touch! Gwyneth had a more cropped top and wore heels with metallic toe’s to add a spice of shimmer under the long dress. The winner? Gwyneth Paltrow. Personally, I love when curvy women embrace their body’s, but Kim K. should have altered the skirt so it wasn’t so long. Maybe it is just the picture but it looks like she is stepping on the back! Gwyneth’s more cropped top shows her toned physique and the minimal jewelry correlates with wearing her hair down.

Inner Thigh Workouts & Thigh Gap Truth Revealed!

The thigh gap. A small amount of space between your legs that females everywhere beat themselves up over. Many females see this gap as a sign of “skinny” or “in shape”, but they are terribly wrong. In order to obtain a natural thigh gap your body composition must be changed. Thigh gaps are solely based on bone structure, and you shouldn’t damage yourself over bones. Girls with thigh gaps have wider hips that spread their pelvic bones out. The only people who have a thigh gap that doesn’t seem natural to their bone structure are corpses with decaying muscles. Many of the pictures of thigh gapped girls are taken with a certain modeling technique. You simply stick your feet together, arch your back, stick your bum out but remain upright, and try to push your knees out. This will bow-leg your knees and create a “natural thigh gap”. Your thighs are beautiful, healthy limbs attached to your glamorous body. Embrace them! Love them! Don’t worry about a thigh gap. A man won’t love you less if your thighs touch, and if he does he is not worth your time. According to a survey, 9 out of 10 men would rather their girl not push for a thigh gap and just embrace her own body.

The inner thigh area is an area that is capable of housing strong muscles. Toned thighs start from the inside out and these steps will help you tone up your inner thigh area to become muscular and healthy. No thigh gap, no problem. Let’s begin!

Illustration of first-position plie squat

Begin with heels touching and toes slightly turned out.  Keeping heels together, rise up onto your toes. (Hold on to a wall if you feel wobbly, but maintain posture.)  Bend your knees into a half squat for two counts, then come back up in two counts, keeping heels together. Complete 5 reps of 10.

Illustration of squat with ball

Position your feet shoulder-width apart with toes pointed straight ahead. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your legs just above the knees. Squeezing your inner thighs to keep the ball steady, lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one, then return to standing for two counts.

Illustration of wide-stance arm swing

Place your feet just wider than shoulder-width apart and point toes to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Grasp a dumbbell (three to five pounds for beginners, 8 to 12 for more advanced) vertically in front of your stomach. With arms straight, lift the weight to shoulder height as you lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one count, then slowly lower the weight and return to standing for two counts.

Illustration of wide-stance squat

Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointed out to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Slowly lower for two counts into a squat position. Hold the squat for one count, then straighten your legs for two counts to go back to the starting position.

Illustration of inner-thigh press with rubber ball

Lying on your back on a mat, bend your knees so that the soles of your feet are flat on the floor. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your knees. Contract your inner thighs to squeeze the ball for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds, then repeat the cycle four more times.

 

How To Look Slim & Your Best in Photos!

Not everyone has a crowd of paparazzi’s following them daily, but when that camera comes out for the individual or group shot you want to have faith that one picture is going to be the best picture. The art of taking perfect pictures is a skill that we believe only models and celebs contain, but you are wrong! Taking a fabulous photograph is based on knowing your angles and having confidence. Let’s begin!

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No matter how much you try to avoid it, everyone has a double chin. If you don’t believe me, then try sticking your chin to your neck in a mirror. In order to diminish that turkey neck stick your tongue on the roof of your mouth. This process collects all of the loose skin from your jawline. In may be odd when you first smile while doing it, but it’s useful. Models and celebrities all across the world use this trick.

The next tip is to always be aware of how you position your body. This picture is a prime example. Guess which girl in the picture is 20 years old and which one is 16 years old. Well Ariana Grande, right, is actually 20 and Kylie Jenner, left, is 16. You wouldn’t expect that due to Kylie’s mature stance. This is the proper pose for a woman. The slight angle embraces your curves and having one foot in front of the other makes it look more sophisticated. Keeping a straight back makes Kylie look longer.

Taking pictures in direct sunlight is one of the worst things you could do when taking a picture. It forces your eyes to squint and water. Your face will develop forehead wrinkles and awkward shadows that will make your face look wider. Makeup in direct sunlight doesn’t show through the best and it is just painful to pose in. Go for shaded areas that offer natural sunlight.

The next trick is having a tan, especially on your legs. Tanned legs shine better on the camera and make you look leaner. I actually haven’t gotten a spray tan since June so I feel you pale girls every where. I will most likely be getting a Mystic Tan for Fall. Using a self-tanner or spray tan is the best possible way than UV tanning because it is healthier.

Pictures taken at a down angle that snap your whole body from farther away flatters females the most. Taking pictures from an upward angle that are really close to your face can make your nose look 2x larger than it actually is. The downward angle elongates your legs and makes you look taller. This angle is truly for full-body shots though, for example a fashion photograph.

Product Battles: Stila Primer vs. Almay Primer

Today I will be trying something different! I am introducing Product Battles where I will be comparing high-end beauty products vs. drugstore products to see which one is truly worth the money. The products being challenged will be nearly exact in formulas, but not in cost. The first Product Battle will be the Stila One Step Corrector Primer and the Almay Smart Shade Primer. Let’s begin!

The Stila Primer costs $36.00 and is a Primer that is a blend of green, white, and peach. The medley of colors is supposed to reduce redness and make your complexion clearer. It doesn’t contain Salylic Acid or anything that would actually work on blemishes.

It comes out looking like this and is semi-thick and mainly a green color than the white or peach. After a day of wearing it, it didn’t really correct anything but did a great job as a primer. It felt really light on my skin and did a good job, but it is also $36.00 for a primer that didn’t correct like it was supposed to.

The battling product is the Almay Smart Shade Primer and if you recall I actually referred to this in my Flawless Foundation Routine. It costs $9.99 and is a blend of a green and purple.

The solution comes out as a even blend of the two colors and is a bit more liquidy than the Stila. It blends in really evenly though, especially with the dark purple. After a day of wearing it, it has the same amount of primer powers as the Stila Primer. I usually wear my primer and foundation combo for 8+ hours, so they are both getting tested for long wear.

The product that won this was the Almay Smart Shade Primer! The mixture was really evenly blended and light weight throughout the day. The Stila Primer is still a great primer and will be used up, but the price and thickness took points off. Comment below if you have any specific products you would like me to do a Product Battle on!

My Nightly Beauty Routine!

Usually, I do this same infamous routine every night. It consists of fully removing all makeup, prepping my skin, cleansing, and moisturization. Some nights I may add a natural face mask or a gentle teeth whitener. This process does not include my shower though. I like to fill my evenings with relaxing music and good products. Let’s begin!

To begin, I take off both my eye makeup and face makeup with Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes. They are oil-free and do a great job of fully removing all makeup. I don’t typically use liquid makeup remover unless I have a lot of eye makeup, for example liquid eyeliner. If I have lipstick, I will make sure to remove all of it fully so that it doesn’t stain my lips overnight.

For my face I use the Dermalogica Oil/Normal Skin Care Kit. It can be purchased at Ulta and Sephora and comes in various sets according to your skin type. Within the stores there are skin-matchers who test your skin for free to find the perfect kit for you. Within it comes a Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner, Skin Prep Scrub, Active Moist, and Total Eye Care. First, I scrub the Skin Prep Scrub with clean hands all over my face to remove any excess dirt or makeup from the day. I wash it off with a warm wash cloth and use my facial brush the gently apply the Special Cleansing Gel. I use a Face Secrets facial brush that I got from Sally’s Beauty Supply for less than $3.00. I rinse that off with the same warm rag and spritz my face with the Multi-Active Toner. While that dries I brush my teeth and then apply the Active Moist moisturizer.

Next, I apply Vaseline on my lips and eyelashes, Massaging Vaseline helps my eyelashes to grow longer and thicker. Every other night I will apply a hair mask to my hair. Lately, I haven’t found the perfect hair mask so if you have any recommendations comment down below.

Before bed, I usually french braid my hair down. In the morning when I undo the braid I will have big voluminous curls that were heat-free. If I want to wear my hair straight tomorrow, I will straighten it in the evening so that I don’t have to waste time in the morning straightening it. This process saves me tons of time in the morning.

After all of these facial steps, I lay in bed and apply Organix Coconut Milk & Hibiscus lotion. This lotion smells like the Carribean with a gentle scent of coconuts. I also like the Organix lotion with Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. I apply this to my arms, legs, feet, and hands. This product isn’t greasy and dries quickly. I prefer lotions that dry quickly because they don’t leave my hands slippery.

And after a long day, I like to unwind with Tazo Calm Tea and either a good book or some good TV. With my doggies by my side, I know it will be a relaxing night!

Products I Regret Buying In Summer!

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Technically, Fall isn’t for 19 more days, but in my household the autumn candles are burning and Starbucks is featuring their Pumpkin Spice Latte. Thus, it is Fall in my mind. Summer literally flew by! Whether it was spent by the beach or with friends, every day of Summer was an adventure. The worst part of Summer, though, was when I would be so excited for a product I just bought and it fails to prove me right. Leading to this list of products that I just collect dust in the back of my cabinets. Let’s begin!

The first product are these Cuinong lashes. I liked the style and have used ones like these before, but when I wore them they would irritate my eyes. I was so scared I was going to get pink eye or a really bad infection. I ended up throwing them away, but saved the picture I sent to a friend the day I bought them. Both packs together only cost $10.00. A big thumbs down to these lashes!

Next product is the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum. You are supposed to put this on when you go to sleep at night and it will promote lash growth. I wore this for a few months and it literally did nothing. I get 10x better results from using Vaseline than this stuff. I also don’t like the packaging because if I were in a hurry I could easily just grab this and mistake it for a lip gloss. One tube of this Accelerator costs $8.99.

The Topshop Cream Blush in ‘Neon Rose’ is a product I also regret mainly because of the color. I bought this after hearing lots about it on YouTube, and after seeing it in person I was sold. It’s an amazingly vibrant coral color that looks so promising in the pan, but sadly it just does not suit my skin tone at all. No matter how little I apply it still manages to look really artificial and doll-like instead of being the natural flush of color that I usually go for. It costs $9.00.

The final makeup product is the Scandal Eyes Show-Off Mascara. I really dislike everything about this mascara. The brush shape doesn’t help anything and actually promotes getting mascara all over your face due to that little ball-like shape on the end. It’s really difficult to get off at night, even the one that isn’t waterproof. The formula is kinda flaky, but what really turned me off is that it started to smell weird after a while. I only had it for less than a month and it started to smell really gross. This one tube costs $7.89.

The Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is one that I am kind of on the fence about. It has decent moisturization ability, but if you have like a small wound, for instance a paper cut, then it burns. I would put this on my legs after I shaved and if I had a small slice from the razor or even razor burn, it would sting. I was confused when it did this because it claims to be all natural and have no harsh chemicals, yet burned my skin like it was composed of harsh chemicals. Maybe it was just me. This regular size bottle costs $10.90.

On to the hair products! During the summer I don’t really do my hair that much because I am trying to retain its moisture. This product is the Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo and is probably one of the worst dry shampoos ever. I spray it on second-third day hair and it makes my hair even stickier and greasier. It makes my hair feel like I just took 12 gallons of hairspray and sprayed it all over my roots. It costs $5.99 and will certainly not be repurchased.

TIGI Rockaholic Leave-In Detangler & Defrizzer is the final product and is another one that I didn’t really like, but used up. I would love this product, but the smell made me hate it! This has the worst smell ever, not sure what I can compare it to. When I just spray it on my hair I feel like re-washing it. It’s a nice detangler, but I wouldn’t say it’s a great defrizzer. This bottle costs $14.99.

5 Ways to Makeover Your Look Without Spending a Dime

Whoever first coined the famous phrase “Beauty is pain,” was spot-on. Between trips to the hair salon, waxing appointments, and splurging on expensive skincare products, beauty is pain…painfully expensive! However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. It is great to have these foolproof tricks in your back pocket at all times in case you are tired of the same old routine. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing every day and expecting a better result. If you want to start something new, today is the day. Let’s begin!

Changing your hair part can shape the way your face seems. If you always sport a side swept ‘do, mix things up by parting your hair down the middle. Similarly, if you’re a center part kinda gal, go for a deep side part. You will be surprised how much it changes your facial features. And the best thing about it is that you can go back to your classic favorite in a matter of seconds. If you don’t know how to part your hair and match it to your correct facial shape, here will help you. 

Wearing a bold lip or cat eye can really make you stand out. Daily, I usually just apply either liquid lined cat eye or pencil liner on my lash lines. I discovered this beauty look because I was not a huge fan of eyeshadow when crunched for time and I wanted to try something new. It instantly updated my look, and as you can see, I haven’t strayed from it since! Using a bold red, coral, or pink lip color can have the same effect. It adds a touch of glamour to your everyday beauty routine. If you don’t have liquid liner or a bright lipstick, you can always visit the beauty counters at your favorite department store and play around with a makeup artist until you find what suits you.

It’s crazy how many face masks you can make with items you use for cooking your meals everyday. Sounds crazy, I know. One of my favorite DIY masks is this Greek yogurt mask that calms acne and hydrates dry skin. Comment below if you would like a tutorial on that. I’ve also read that you can make a mask by mixing up ½ avocado and the juice from ½ of a lemon. So grab your leftovers and get to work for refreshed and moisturized skin!

Drugstore whitening strips are great for brightening up your pearly whites. But if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, try mixing baking soda and lemon juice into a paste, then brushing it onto your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave the mixture on for about a minute, then brush it off. According to Health.com, the baking soda will remove stains from your tooth enamel while the citric acid in the lemon juice will have a bleaching effect.

Many of the best beauty secrets I’ve ever heard have been simple tips that help you not only look your best but feel your best too. Case in point: perfect posture. When I make an effort to stand up straight during the day, I find myself with a perky attitude and a more carefree disposition. Slumping over will do just the opposite, leaving you feeling lethargic and jaded. Stand up straight, ladies!

Step By Step Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrows are the fur of the face that many people have yet to master. The key of eyebrows is that the hair color and thickness matches with your face shape and correlates with your hair color. Unfortunately, not everyone is graced with perfect natural eyebrows, thus we shade them in. This tutorial will show you how to prep, prime, and create the perfect brows. Let’s begin!

First, you must find out what your correct brow shape is. Your shape depends on the shape of your face and eyes. The peak of your brow should be vertical to the middle of your pupil. The brow should start where your tear ducts begin.

The products used in this are tweezers, a short angled brush, a razor, matching matte eye shadow, a highlight, possibly scissors or brow gel. A brow pencil was also used in this tutorial, but isn’t mandatory for every one. All of the maintenance products are from Sally’s Beauty Supply. You should go for a matte shadow or it wouldn’t be natural.

To begin, tweeze any stray hairs that don’t correlate with your natural shape or the shape that matches your face. Using a brow razor after will get those minuscule hairs that you can’t see. If your brows are really thick, brush the hairs upward with a spoolie and trim them with scissors.

Underlining the brow with pencil on the bottom will create an outline of where to shade and make it look more precise. Take the angled brush and start lightly shading in the brow.

If you make a mistake, then just take concealer after and blend it out. Go slowly at first so you don’t put too much on and keep checking if you need to make it longer.

I like to do my eyebrows before I apply eye shadow because it sets the construction of the face.

 

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