How to Apply Makeup in the Correct Order (Because There Is a Right Way!)

Is there a right order to apply your makeup? This may be one of the oldest questions in the beauty book. The topic is much debated, even among professional makeup artists. And while there’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to your beauty routine — different things work for different people — there are some general guidelines. So, to help you with the sequence of events, we’ve come up with an easy-to-follow checklist for how to apply makeup correctly.

PREP

Primer

First things first. Before anything else, start with primer. This includes primer for your eyes and lips. This step is key because it creates a clean, smooth working space for the rest of your makeup and will help product stay put longer. We recommend Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer for all of your base needs, a lightweight formula that gives skin a soft-focus effect.

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EYES
Brows
After primer, you want to focus on your eye area. Shape and fill in your eyebrows first — it will help serve as a guide when you’re applying eye shadow. If you’re an absolute beginner, try an easy-to-use pencil like NYX Micro Brow Pencil and create hair-like strokes in the sparse areas of your brows.

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Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow should be done before the rest of your face in case any spills occur and you need to do a little clean up. The last thing you want to do is mess up your perfectly contoured face, right? The eyeshadow breakdown goes like this: lid shade first, followed by crease color, then swipe a little highlighter along your brow bone. For a palette that’ll meet your eyeshadow needs, try a versatile option like Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette, which offers reds, blues and every color in between.
Eyeliner
Eyeliner is much easier to apply when your lashes are bare, so do your liner after your shadow but before mascara. If you want to go for a full, bold wing, try an easy-to-use eyeliner like IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner which offers full control and a bold, matte finish.

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Mascara
The last step in doing your eyes is mascara. After you apply, wait a few moments until you move on to the rest of your routine so the mascara can dry completely. While the mascara you choose largely depends on the desired final look, a classic option like L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara will never let you down.

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FACE
Foundation
Foundation should always come first because it literally creates a foundation on which the rest of your makeup will live. If full-on foundation is a bit heavy for your day-to-day routine, opt for a BB or CC cream. We love the cult-favorite IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, which offers coverage and a host of skin benefits, too (hello vitamins and antioxidants!).

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Concealer
Next, apply concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. Foundation does a good job of covering up, but concealer will get in there and make the any stubborn imperfections non-existent. For a full-coverage option try Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, a buildable formula that comes in 14 versatile shades.

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Contour/Bronzing Powder
Whether you’re doing a full-on contour or just warming up the skin, it’s important to create that definition. To do this, contour the areas of your face where you want to create shadows. Common areas include the cheeks and jaw, the nose and the forehead, but don’t feel pressured to do them all. We recommend a versatile palette like Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette for contouring/bronzing — a dual-sided product that offers both cream and powder products.

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Blush
Your blush should sit atop your bronzer. Otherwise, you risk getting a muddy, splotchy look as opposed to a natural flush. There are lots of ways to apply blush but one thing is key — blending is your best friend, and you need to use the right blush. Once you’ve gotten that down you can move on to choosing a shade. If you can’t make up your mind, try a product with lots of shade options like Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol. II Palette, a blush palette you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

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Highlighter
Highlighter is the final step to your face makeup. Apply it to your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose — and anywhere else natural light would touch and reflect. The kind of highlighters you reach for is really up to you. Try a colorless, wet-looking option for a dewy, natural finish (we love NYX Professional Makeup Dose of Dew), or something with lots of glow for a bold finish.

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LIPS

Lipstick
Lipstick or gloss should be one of the very last steps, as you don’t want it to smudge while trying to do the rest of your makeup. To make sure it locks in place all day, try a matching lip liner or picking a formula with all-day staying power (cue: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink).

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FINISHING TOUCHES

Setting Spray
Finally, the last step! Spritz on a setting spray like Urban Decay Setting Spray all over your face to help your makeup last all day.
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Source:https://www.makeup.com/how-to-apply-makeup

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#BeautyHacks for Girls Who Hate to Paint Their Nails

As if a strict skincare routine, 10-step makeup application process, hair styling, and general primping don’t keep us busy enough, we’ve also got manicures to keep in mind. Seriously, the to-do list never ends. And, whether it means taking a regular trip to the nail salon or attempting a weekly DIY sesh, all that nail business can take hours. So, it’s no wonder that many of us (yes, even the beauty addicts) aren’t big fans of the process. In an effort to save some time and a headache or two, we came up with a few solves for the ladies who dread getting their nails did.

Nail Polish Hacks

Use a Tinted Top Coat Instead

Not ready to commit to color? Hate the chipping process? Or maybe “coloring within the lines” is a lot harder than it sounds. We’ve been there. Try using a tinted top coat instead — like a lip stain, it gives off just a hint of color, is quick and easy to apply, and lasts a lifetime (er, a week or two).  We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Nailcolor custom-tinted top coat on their new double-ended polish!

Make Vaseline Your BFF

If your hand-eye coordination is a bit rocky, use a cotton swap to dab Vaseline around your nail beds before nail polish application. This way, you can simply wipe away any fudge ups without making a mess and starting over!

RELATED: Weird Nail Hacks That Are Actually Genius

DIY a Gel Mani

Since leaving your nails completely bare is not an option, what if you could just resort to doing them less often? Give yourself an at-home gel mani by using essie Gel Setter over any nail polish shade to turn it into rock-hard gel or use the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 nail system, so you can go weeks without having to worry!

Try Nail Stickers

The mani gods must have heard our cries for help because they came back with the perfect solution for those of us who are less skilled in the nail polish department. Enter nail stickers. Forget the spills, the mess and shaky hands because it doesn’t get any easier than literally sticking on nail polish. You can choose from one solid color, full on nail art or something a little more bedazzled like these essie Stickers & Stone.

Go for Glitter

No joke, glitter nail polish can seriously survive the apocalypse. You can dab it on quick without worrying about it being neat, and no matter what situations you find yourself in throughout the day, this stuff won’t budge.

If All Else Fails, Bribe Your Friends

Still hate doing your nails? Bribe your beauty-obsessed gal pal to do it for you and just “pay” her with a home-cooked meal, wine and gossip, or brunch — BFFs love brunch.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/nail-polish-application-tips

6 Lip Liners You Need In Your Makeup Stash

If you open your makeup bag, you’ve probably got tons of tubes of lip gloss and lipstick. But what about your lip liner pencil? It’s often forgotten in the race to get ready in the morning, but it’s no less important than your mascara or under eye concealer. After all, it holds the power not only to reshape your lips, but to make your lipstick or gloss last longer—which means a little more time spent in the a.m. and can result in less time touching up later. To unlock the powers of all lip liner pencil can do, we turned to LA-based makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. She gave us a crash course in everything from when to choose what formula to the best way to plump your pout without injections. Read on and revel in her expertise!

How to Use a Lip Liner to:

Maintain Your Lip’s Shape with Lip Liner

You may be good with the current state of your lip shape and just want to emphasize what you have. If so, this is what you do:

Step 1. Moisturize Your Mouth

Apply a light coat of lip balm, such as Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, allover your mouth.

Step 2. Outline with Pencil

Trace the entire outline of your mouth with a nude lip liner pencil that matches the natural color of your lips. Waterproof Lancôme Le Lipstique Lip Colouring Stick with Brush is available in 25 shades, so you’re sure to find one that works for you. According to Warren, the balm will prevent a sharp edge from forming around the edge of your lips, so you’ll have a more natural effect while still emphasizing the shape of your mouth.

Step 3. Apply Color

Follow with your regular lipstick of choice, like one of the 46 hues of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour.

Make Your Lips Look Fuller with Lip Liner

We can’t all be Kylie—or maybe we can. Here’s how to plump up your pout by just using makeup.

Step 1. Smudge on An Outline

Hold a lip liner pencil that’s approximately the same shade as your lips (try one of the YSL Beauté Dessin Des Levres Lip Liners) upright. “And almost like the leaf rubbings you did as a child, use the side edge of the pencil tip to rub the line on,” Warren says. “It will pass over the natural roll of your lip edge and make your mouth appear fuller.”

Step 2. Shade Your Lips

Use the same lip liner pencil to fill in the rest of your mouth with color.

Step 3. Add Gloss

Top with your favorite lip gloss. Super creamy Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss is made with vitamin E to keep lips extra hydrated.

 Correct Uneven Shapes with Lip Liner

The key here is being subtle. A massive over-line on either top or bottom is going to look massively fake. Also, keep in mind that most people’s lower lip is slightly larger than their upper one. Still, you can easily get lips on more equal footing in just a few steps:

Step 1. Choose a Skin-Matching Shade

Select a lip liner pencil as close as possible to your God-given lip shade. (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils offer a range of options. Like, 50.) Use it to trace slightly outside the lip line in the areas you want to reshape.

Step 2. Coat Lips in Color

Color in your entire mouth with the same lip liner pencil.

Step 3. Make Sure They’re Even

Check your work. “For this, you may want to take a picture in a mirror because you are used to seeing the shape of your face a certain way,” Warren says. “So use your phone to take a selfie, and it will likely flip the image in such a way that you’ll be able to see whether you’ve made your lips even.”

When Do I Need A…

So many lip liners, so many options. So, when – and why – exactly would you use one over another. We’ll explain.

Nude lip liner?

Obviously a neutral lip liner pencil, such as NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes or Giorgio Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Lip Pencil Precise Lip Contour in 1, makes a good base for a nude lipstick. But it’s also the general go-to for doing any lip fixes, as evidenced above, because it’s meant to match your skin tone and thus disappear into your lips, so your corrections aren’t obvious looking.

Clear lip liner?

Warren suggests using this type of lip liner when you’re wearing a bright lipstick or gloss that might seep into fine lines around the mouth. Simply trace the outline of your mouth with a clear pencil like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Clear or YSL Beauté Universal Lip Definer to create an invisible “fence” that will keep color from straying.

Lip liner that matches the color of your lipstick?

If you want a super dramatic effect that puts lips front and center or you’re just really into emphasizing the color of your lipstick, this is the choice to make. Among the 36 hues of NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner, you’ll find blues and oranges, along with the traditional taupes, berries, and reds, making finding the lip liner pencil to compliment your grape gloss a cinch.

Lip liner and nothing else?

According to Warren, if you pick a chubby version of lip liner pencil, like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen, that’s all you need because it functions as both your liner and your lipstick all-in-one. The tip is such that you can still trace an outline, but it’s also thick enough, and contains enough pigment, to easily shade in lips with color.

 Matte lip liner versus a cream lip liner?

“This just depends on a person’s preference,” Warren says. “But I like matte because whatever you put on top will stick better.” Creams are great for lips that are dry, or for those that may want to easily smudge the liner over lips for a stained effect.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/6-best-lip-liners

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10 Signs You Are Addicted to Nail Polish

They say the first step to overcoming addiction is admitting you have a problem. But at MDC, we can’t always admit that our obsession with beauty products goes beyond researching for the job (we NEED to try every colored eyeliner on the market to keep our journalistic integrity, duh). So while we have recognized that maybe there are far too many mascaras in our makeup bags, and we’ve looked to our friends to take some lipsticks off of our hands, we haven’t been able to own up to the fact that we actually have an addiction to a certain beauty product that adorns our fingers every Manicure Monday – nail polish. However, in an attempt to turn over a new leaf and be role models for our readers, we’re going to take a stand. We’ll be the voice for all of you ladies who have dropped hundreds of dollars on your nail polish collection. We’ll be the first to say, “Hello, our name is Makeup.com and we’re nail polish addicts.” And guess what? You might be one too. Read on for the 10 signs your nail polish addition has gone too far.

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1. You refer to fabrics and other colors in daily life by the name of a nail polish instead of the actual color. Bikini so Teeny is the name of an Essie polish and should never be the name of your sofa’s upholstery color. Just sayin.

2. Your ideal job would be naming nail polish colors full time.
You have this concept that everything would be right in the world if you could just put your wit to good use eight hours a day and pour out pun-intended lacquer names like poetry.

3. The bottom shelf of your refrigerator is dominated by nail polish instead of food.
Yes, you’ve properly stored your nail polish for long-lasting wear, but you’ve also packed one bathroom cabinet, two shelves in your closet, and anywhere else you could possibly display a nail polish bottle. Left overs are going in the trash instead of in the fridge, because your holographic lacquers trump meat loaf any day of the week.

4. You freak out every time a new nail polish hue or texture is released even though it is the exact same color from another brand you already own.
We know you’re thinking right now, “it’s a different red, I swear!” But is it? Is it really more shimmery or a slightly better red for your skin tone? No, we didn’t think so.

5. At least two nail polish bottles are in your purse at all times.
There may also be a few bottles lurking around our car, although the consistency of the product is beyond questionable.

6. You make friends with people on message boards and websites and take your relationships in the digital realm a bit too far by defriending women because you’ve seen the way they polish their nails, and well, it isn’t pretty.
If only they knew how to revive a manicure, then you two would still be enjoying online scrabble sessions.

7. You spend hours color coding your collection only to realize that you’ve put the pinks next to the greens and need to start again. On round two, you notice that you own three bottles of the exact same color by the same brand. We’re hoping there was a sale or these colors were each gifted to you.

8. Drake’s song Fancy was your anthem for at least the last two years because the lyrics “Nails done, hair done, everything did” might as well have been written about you.
It’s ok honey, blast that song on your stereo – there is no shame in owning that track and maybe even compiling a playlist of songs focused on our pretty little tips.

9. The number of dotting tools and striping brushes you own rivals the amount of shoes and handbags in your closet.


10. After washing your hands you immediately apply top coat, because a girl has to maintain her shine!
And why not make sure chipped nails aren’t in your near future – chipped polish on a Friday night is comparable to watching your favorite TV character get killed off. Everyone better stay out of your way because there will be tears or there will be drama.

Are you a nail polish addict?
Tell us which sign speaks most to you in the comments below. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/nail-polish-addiction

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Blood Type Personality Traits

In America, some people look up a potential partner’s star sign to see their compatibility. If you are not shy to admit, you may have at one time, or another sought advice from the stars. Well, for Japanese people, they do not rely on the astrological signs of personality information; rather it is their blood type.

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But those who do believe are adamant that blood type plays a significant role in determining a person’s personality. You can use your blood type to understand your unique nature. In countries such as Japan, people are very fond of asking one’s blood type.

Do you know your blood type? Read on and find out more about your personality traits depending on your blood type. Also, possibly check out who would be your best match depending on their blood type!

Blood Types And Personality

O, B, A, and AB are the four blood types in the human race. A lot of research on blood types and personality has been carried out in Japan where the majority of the people are blood type A. The second most common blood type is the B blood type. People with blood type AB positive are universal plasma donors. Below are the four blood types and their associated personality traits. You will be surprised at how accurate some of these are!

A Blood Type Personality

People with blood type A are clever, passionate, sensitive, and cooperative. They are loyal, patient, and they love peace. Sometimes, they may be overly sensitive about different things. For instance, they care a lot about etiquette as well as social standards. They do not like to break the set rules on etiquette or the laid down societal standards or rules.

Blood types A personalities are careful decision makers, and they take their time before they can settle on any decision. Besides, they are not good at multi-tasking, as they prefer to handle one task at a time. Blood type A personality types are very organized, and they do not like haphazard actions. They prefer to keep everything neat and in the right place. They plan everything, and every task that they engage in is carried out with a lot of consistency and seriousness. Many people with OCD fall into this category and end up seeking help from a professional counselor who can help with their compulsive issues.

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People in this blood type personality are very stubborn and are easily stressed. They have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and this makes them intense. They do not like fights, and they prefer to be in harmony with everyone, and they like to work in collaboration with others in the community. They tend to keep to themselves more so when they do not want to share their ideas or opinions. Some of the most common personality traits of blood type A are as follows. They are kind, shy, stubborn, attentive, composed, polite, tense, withdrawn, reliable, perfectionist, sensitive, responsible, tactful, timid, mild-mannered, anxious, earnest, reserved, and polite.

The best personality traits of people with blood type A are gentle, loyal, organized, consistent, loyal, and perfectionists. Their bad personality traits are, obsessive, pessimistic, overly sensitive, fastidious, stubborn, and easily stressed.

As friends, people with blood type A are very reliable and trustworthy. If you are in trouble, then you can rely on friends with this blood type. They do not like to show their emotions, and they keep their thoughts or feeling about things hidden from others, and they share only when comfortable.

Famous people with blood type A are George Bush, Adolf Hitler, Jet Li, Britney Spears, and Richard Nixon.

B Blood Type Personality

People with this blood type are famous for their creativity. They make their decisions very quickly, and they are not good at taking orders. When they focus on something, they put their all into it, and they are unlikely to let go even if the goal is unachievable. They have a very strong drive or desire to be the best at anything that they have set their minds to do. Nevertheless, they are poor at multi-tasking, and they are likely to neglect other important tasks and put all their focus on whatever they have set their mind on at the moment.

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Blood type B people can be thoughtful and empathetic. They are good at understanding other people’s point of view and do not like challenging or confronting others. People with blood type B make good and reliable friends.

They face a lot of discrimination because of their negative personalities such as selfishness and uncooperativeness at times. The society mainly focuses on the negative side of people with blood type B, even though they also have their good side. As a result, they tend to be loners, and they isolate themselves from others.

Some of the most common positive personality traits of people with blood type B are such as curious, relaxed, strong, adventurous, creative, passionate, active, outgoing, and cheerful. On the other hand, the negative traits are, wild, erratic, unforgiving, selfish, uncooperative, irresponsible, and unpredictable.

Bs are generally a balance of As and Os, as they are both thoughtful and ambitious. Famous people with blood type B are Vince Young, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jack Nicholson. People with blood type B are more compatible with fellow Bs, but they can also relate well with ABs.

AB Blood Type Personality

Blood type AB is a mix of A and B personality types. People consider them complicated and double-sided. For instance, they can be outgoing just like Bs and shy like As. At times, people view them as having double personalities, and they keep their true personalities from strangers. It is hard for a stranger to instantly decide which personality people with blood type AB have until they get to know them. They are the rarest blood types in the world.

ABs are popular and charming, and they make friends easily. When in the company of an AB blood type personality, there can never be a dull moment. They are fun and exciting friends to have around. Small stuff does not bother blood type AB personalities, but they are poor in handling stress.

ABs are empathetic, and they are always careful when dealing with others. They make sure that they consider other people’s point of view. People with blood type have exceptional logical and analytical skills, and they are seen as humanists.

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Some of their good personality traits are; caring, charming, controlled, dependable, cool, composed, sociable, dream chaser, trustworthy, rational, creative, adaptable, and diplomatic. Their negative traits are such as complicated, self-centered, irresponsible, vulnerable, indecisive, forgetful, unforgiving, critical, and two-faced.

Famous people with this blood type are Barack Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Chan, and John F. Kennedy.

O Blood Type Personality

People with blood type O are outgoing, go-getters, and daring. They usually set high standards for themselves, and they do all they can to achieve them. Os have excellent leadership capabilities. Little things do not concern them, and this makes them appear as selfish to people in blood group A who are overly sensitive.

People with blood group O are generous and kind-hearted. Most people love this blood type. O blood type personalities adapt well to change. They are flexible and resilient and can do relatively well even in tough situations.

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Some of the positive personality traits in people with blood type O are; leadership ability, self-determined, easygoing, optimistic, calm, confident, outgoing, loyal, cautious, passionate, peaceful, resilient, independent, trendsetter, reliable, carefree, and devoted. On the centrally, they are also jealous, rude, ruthless, insensitive, unpunctual, unpredictable, cold, self-centered, workaholic, and arrogant.

Individuals with blood type O are very enduring and strong, and that is why the Japanese call them Warriors. They are honest people and hate people who tell a lie or hide the truth. People with this blood type are not overly cautious about small details, as they tend to focus more on the big picture.

Famous people with blood type O are such as Queen Elizabeth II, Paul Newman, Elvis Parsley, and Ronald Regan, John Gotti, and Gerald Ford.

Here is an easy reference guide for making compatibility decisions:

Blood type Os are compatible with ABs and Os.

Blood type As are compatible with ABs and As.

Blood type B is compatible with ABs and Bs.

Blood types ABs are compatible with all blood types.

Blood types and personality traits is a fun way of understanding people. Do any of these apply to you?

Source: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/personality/blood-type-personality-what-does-your-blood-say-about-you/

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7 Makeup Mistakes That Make Your Eyes Look Smaller

There are makeup hacks for everything — hacks to make a perfect Cupid’s bow, hacks to shape your eyebrows differently and even hacks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. That last makeup trick, however, is a bit harder to master than others. Maybe it’s because you go a little crazy with the eyeliner, or maybe you applied too much dark, smoldering shadow. Ahead, we rounded up seven makeup mistakes that are making your eyes look smaller — and how to fix them.

Eye Makeup Mistake #1: Lining Your Waterline With Black Eyeliner

Eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on how you wear it. Rimming your eyes in inky black liner makes them look tiny. Instead, make your eyes look wide-awake with a white or nude-colored liner like the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner. A light color opens your eyes up, making them look rounder and larger. If you do want to use black, don’t line the inner rims of your eyes. Draw a light line right above the lashes, working the product into the lash line.

Eye Makeup Mistake #2: Wearing Too Many False Lashes

This almost seems impossible, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. If you’re a faux lash queen, going overboard with the extensions or stacking strips can make your lids appear heavy. Every once in a while, opt for a natural, wispy set for a bright-eyed look. You can even use single eyelashes for a customized effect.

Eye Makeup Mistake #3: Skipping Mascara If Your Eyelashes Are Sparse

Sadly, we weren’t all blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are a little on the short or sparse side (or both!), your makeup mistake may be not coating them in a lengthening mascara. We like IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. A couple coats of this magical stuff and your eyes will instantly look more open.

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Eye Makeup Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes

You may never be one to forget to apply mascara, but did you curl your lashes first? If not, you’re missing out. You need to prep your eyelashes with a good curl before every mascara application. This really opens up the eyes.

Eye Makeup Mistake #5: Applying the Wrong Smoky Eye for Your Eye Shape 

Landing the perfect smoky eye takes skill, practice and an endless amount of patience. For some eye shapes (like hooded or deep set), applying dark shadow all over can actually accentuate your top lid and make it look sunken or heavy. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic. Here’s how to master the perfect smoky eye look for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #6: Applying the Wrong Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

On that note, the way you apply your eyeliner is just as important for your eye shape as a smoky eye. If it’s too thick, has too big of a wing or goes all around your eye, it can make them look smaller, as well. You want your eyeliner to lift and open up the eyes. Get it right with this eyeliner tutorial for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #7: Not Wearing Concealer When You Have Dark Circles 

Darkness around your eyes from lack of sleep, stress or genetics can detract from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one: Reach for concealer. A concealer like Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer will instantly brighten up your eye area and hide dark circles.

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Source: https://www.makeup.com/makeup-mistakes-that-make-your-eyes-look-smaller

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How to Grow Out Bangs and Skip the Awkward In-Between Stage

There’s no way to sugarcoat it — growing out bangs is pretty high up there on the list of most annoying beauty woes. It can feel like the time between appropriate bang-length and the moment your hair finally evens out is ages long. Besides cursing yourself for getting them in the first place, there are a few tips and tricks for concealing bangs during that awkward growing-out stage. We tapped New York City-based hairstylist Drew Schaefering to find out exactly how.

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The Best Way to Grow Out Bangs

It all depends on the overall shape and length of your haircut, but the easiest way to hide bangs involves layers and creating a natural movement of the hair. When your bangs have softer edges, they’ll start pushing to the sides more easily, so they’re less noticeable. Ironically, this involves getting a hair trim. “Every three to four weeks or so, they will need to be reshaped around the face again to soften them,” says Schaefering. “Working them into soft, face-framing layers helps give the visual of them elongating.”

Haircuts That Hide Bangs During the Growing Stage

While it may seem counterproductive to get a haircut when you’re trying to grow out your bangs, it’s actually very necessary to make your bangs blend with the rest of your hairstyle. “Adding softening layers around your face helps break up the horizontal lines that bangs can produce,” says Schaefering. “Another option is to bring the length of the rest of your hair up to create another horizontal line that distracts from the weight line in the bangs.”

Tips for Making Bangs Look Good — Even When They’re Getting Too Long

Like all great hair discoveries, the trick to growing out your bangs starts with experimentation. If you don’t like the way your bangs look while they’re growing out, Schaefering recommends trying to style them differently than you normally would. The main key: volume. “Try a smaller round brush and add some bounce and wave to them so the hair doesn’t lay on top of itself.” His favorite volumizing products include the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Soft Curls Aqua Mousse or Tecni Art Volume Envy Extra Strong Hold Volume Mousse. We also like the Garnier Fructis Root Amp Root Lifting Spray Mousse. For a heatless option, try setting clips. “Use setting clips while the hair is drying to secure the shape with less effort,” recommends Schaefering. “Sometimes adding a different type of movement to your hair through the use of product or a small change can give you a totally new feel to your current look.”

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-grow-out-bangs

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How to Use Highlighter Spray for a Lit-From-Within Glow

At this point, all beauty junkies worth their weight in mascara know their way around highlighter and can differentiate between a powder formula that packs a punch and a cream formula that adds just a little something. Every once in a while, however, a new product enters the category that causes even the most devoted and experienced to pause and investigate. Cue highlighter sprays, a new take on the (now) classic beauty product. It offers shimmer rather than glitter, and differs from pigment-infused sprays meant to be spritzed all over. Spray highlighters are meant to be applied to a concentrated area, which can be difficult to achieve at first spritz. That’s why we tapped celebrity makeup artist and brand founder Patrick Ta to share his best tips and tricks for mastering the look.

It’s All About Focus

The key to getting a lit-from-within glow is concentrating the highlighter on specific parts of the face. Ta’s Major Glow Highlighting Mist works well for this thanks to its super-fine mist, which offers sheen rather than sparkle. When applying, “make sure you target certain areas of the face,” says Ta, whose go-to spots are the tops of the cheekbone and “C” around the temple.

Distance Is Key

To ensure you don’t look like you dipped your cheek in glitter, it’s important to get the distance right. Ta recommends six inches from the face, which will ensure you’re getting the benefit of the product without overdoing it. If you do go a little overboard, however, just use a clean beauty sponge to dab away excess product.

Use Your Resources

If you need help targeting specific areas, use a sheet of paper to block off the area you want to highlight — similarly to creating a wing using a business card. This will help to keep the highlighter in one place and concentrated in the areas you want to glow. If you want to be a little fancy (and have some extra coin to spend), pick up the Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Setting Fan, which can be used to help place the highlighter and set the mist.

It’s Not Just For the Face

According to Ta, the best way to finish off any look is to bring the highlighter down to your neck and décollatege, which helps everything to look cohesive and blended. You can spray the highlighter directly for an extra pop of glow, or buff it in using a brush for a diffused, sunkissed look.

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4 Genius (and Easy!) Ways to Cover Your Roots

Roots running wild? Unless you’re going for the ombré look, those grown out streaks are in need of some serious camo. Fix them yourself (seriously!). While only temporary, these tricks are super simple and you can do them right at home. Whether you’re skill set includes coloring your own hair or not, Team MDC has you covered on all hair fronts. Now let’s get those roots into hiding!

 tricks for hiding roots

1. Pump Up the Volume.

A salon-quality blowout creates body and volume that can temporarily camouflage roots and strays, so that you can go a few weeks longer between coloring appointments.

2. Color Your Own Roots.

 L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue is a touch-up hair color you can use at home that matches up to your salon color and all it takes is 10 minutes! Or use Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme for an easy root touch-up. Here’s how-to!

3. Dry Shampoo.

Use a dry shampoo based on your current hair color (whitish powder for blondes and brown tint for brunettes), to not only add body and lift, but disguise those pesky roots until your next wash!

4. Smart Styling.

Here’s an idea — how about simply wearing your hair in a style that hides your roots, too? Here are some options!

Slicked Back Pony. Wet looking hair appears to be darker, thus blending in your color mismatch!

Headwrap Hairstyles. If you can’t beat ‘em, hide ‘em!

Hat Hair. Same goes for stylish and chic hats — cover it up, cutie!

Milkmaid Braids. Create some braids around your crown to disguise those bad boy roots!

Flower Crowns. Turn your overgrown hair into an overgrown garden!

What are your tricks to covering up roots? Let us know in the comments below!

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Model: Karlee Eldridge

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-cover-roots

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This Brand Is Making Makeup More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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The beauty industry is finally becoming more inclusive, and this brand just made another major step in the right direction. New beauty brand Grace Beauty is creating “beauty product add-ons designed to make products more accessible,” and they’re starting with a launch of three mascara handles that will make it easier for people with disabilities to apply mascara (available now).

The easy-to-hold accessories can be attached to any mascara wand, so regardless of whether you’re a YSL-forever kinda gal or a L’Oréal Lash Paradise lover, you can clip it on to make application easier. As Grace Beauty gracefully reminds us, “Anyone, regardless of ability, should be able to use any beauty product they want to.”

The beginning of something special…

We also love that this brand pitches itself as a platform to share stories. Since the announcement, the brand has already – and quite rightly – received a whole lot of love. One Instagrammer wrote, “I have a declining neuro function and in the last six months I have given up on makeup. I wasn’t even an actual everyday user before, but this makes me so happy I am crying.” While another commenter pointed out that they can be used for any packaged product in this shape, for example, a concealer or lipstick wand.

The brand is also welcoming feedback from its users, asking: “What do you think of it? Can it be helpful and do you like the design?” explaining that they’re “especially interested to hear your opinion.” Users are then asked to join the Grace community via their website and social media platform, and by doing so, users can even gain access to early prototypes and impact future releases and designs.

The Safe Grip

The Safe Grip provides a wide-angled grip that’s easy to hold, allowing for better control. The rubber material is supple yet firm so that it can be more easily held.

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The Ring Grip

The Ring Grip was created to allow for steady and even application so that users don’t have to worry about losing grip or dropping the mascara. The rubber will attach tightly to most mascaras on the market and the width of the ring will fit all finger sizes.

The Square Grip

The Square Grip accessory fits both ends of the mascara and makes opening, holding, and application easier while the rubbery texture helps with grip.

What do you guys think of this? We’d love to hear from you!

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Tricks To Fake Wide Awake Eyes

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Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean you have to start your week off with tired looking eyes. How you ask? It’s all about a little something we like to call The Tear Duct Trick… Professional make-up artist Marissa Nemes gave us the scoop on how to rescue bleary eyes by faking a wide-awake look… Here’s how to do it:

The Tear Duct Trick

#1: Pick the Right Product.

Pink highlighter, like Fenty Beauty Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in Fire Crystal is always a great choice in most cases. “Pink universally flatters all skin tones,” Nemes says. “It immediately brightens and re-balances yellow and pink undertones.” Marissa also clued us in on the fact that it’s best to avoid chalky silver highlighters, as these translate into looking blue & pasty. “These actually do the exact opposite of what you want, making your face—especially the tear duct area—appear more drawn and tired-looking,” she says. Think pink and you’ll be good to go!

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#2: Choose Your Tools.

There are many easy-to-apply eye brightening click pens out there, but try to avoid the heavy liquids and creams, especially when working your magic on the tear duct area. Your best bets according to Nemes are powder and cream-to-powder textures. Liquids that dry to a smooth powder finish like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind The Perfector are an excellent choice, while convenient highlighting pencils like Tarte emphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener make quick work of the task at hand and will have your eyes looking pretty as a picture in no time. Now how about that nap?

#3: Apply it Right.

Last but not least, apply the highlighter to the inner corner of your eye at the tear duct and carefully blend it outward. To really open up your peepers, line your lower, inner waterline with a pale pink or white pencil liner.

Do you have a best-kept beauty trick?

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https://www.makeup.com/rise-shine-how-to-fake-wide-awake-eyes

Everything You Need to Know About Passion Twists, the Style Your Natural Hair Will Love

Naturalistas and protective style enthusiasts can rejoice now that there’s a new hairstyle shaking up the game. We’re talking about passion twists—the coily and carefree love child born from the union of goddess locs and Senegalese twists. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Scroll through your favorite black hair blogger’s Instagram page or peek into your local hair braiding shop—there’s no way you can miss them since the style totally fits the trending boho look that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

What Are Passion Twists? 

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Passion twists were created by the talented Miami-based hairstylist Kailyn Rogers. Online she is known as The Boho Babe, and the name is appropriate for someone who developed a look that’s so artsy and offbeat. Rogers invented the style for her clients that wanted a natural and easy-to-maintain hairdo while also radiating high levels of glam.

“I was thinking and meditating on how I could create a style like this and one day God just brought it to me and I immediately got up and went to the hair store,” Rogers said in an interview with The Zoe Report. “I got the hair that I thought I could use to create the style and did it on myself. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out or anything, I just did it, and it worked on the first try.”

By January 2018, she debuted Passion Twists on Instagram for the world to see and its popularity quickly soared. With demand so high and her inbox overflowing, Rogers shared a tutorial on YouTube that gave a quick rundown on how the style is achieved. Of course, the video went viral and sparked a life of its own. Now you’ll find well over 95,000 #passiontwists results on Instagram alone.

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Passion Twists vs. Locs vs. Spring Twists

If at first glance you don’t think passion twists are special or new, fans of the style say au contraire. In the comment section of Rogers’ YouTube video, a viewer wrote, “To me, spring twists look too springy, faux locs look too faux. This is…..Yay!!!!” Another viewer expressed her appreciation for the creativity Passion Twists brings to the black hair world, “Very pretty. Love protective styles, but I was tired of seeing the same old styles.”

The secret sauce to Passion Twists is the tie-in of Freetress Water Wave braiding hair. These bundles offer a curly texture with a silky feel. When installed, your twists will have an almost unraveled appearance that you’d never find in the neat and ultra-tight look of Senegalese or Marley Twists.

How Are Passion Twists Installed? 

Passion twists are installed the same way other two-strands twists are done. But for the uninitiated, you start off with washed, moisturized and stretched dry hair. You can attempt this style on your natural texture as well, though, you may experience difficulty depending on how curly or kinky your own hair is. The choice is ultimately up to you.

Next, you’ll want to section out your hair and work with smaller segments for your desired look. You can make your passion twists thin or chunky or even mix up sizes if you’re looking to create something unique. For each segment, you will have to prepare your braiding hair with an X-shaped partition. The actual segment itself needs to be divided in half before you proceed. When you’re ready, apply a dab of edge control gel on your fingertips and wrap the braiding hair where your real hair meets your scalp.

The braiding hair you arranged in a cross earlier must be twisted in with the halves of your real hair—this will provide the tension you need to lock the braiding at the root and avoid slipping.

“It just requires more twisting and more pulling,” Rogers says to newbies who are trying to recreate the style. Once the faux hair is securely in place, follow up by re-sectioning the joint hair into two strands and twisting them together with enough force that allows them to entangle while also maintaining a semi-curly form. The end result should give you an S-shaped twist. You get to determine how loose or uniform you want your twist to be.

Repeat these steps for each subsequent twist you work with. According to Rogers, about seven packs of braiding hair will supply average density. For larger than life twists, you can use up to 10 bundles. When it’s all installed throughout, you’ll be greeted with a head full of gorgeous bohemian-styled passion twists looking back at you in the mirror.

How Long Do Passion Twists Last? 

When your passion twists are completed, you can ensure their longevity with a holding mousse. Rogers opts for the Bronner Brothers Foam Moisturizing Wrapping Lotion ($4) to finish her passion twists, which adds moisture, bounce, shine, and body.

As the creator of Passion Twists, Rogers says the style can last up to two months. Though, a touchup can help extend wear for a few weeks. Like other twisted styles, smaller twists last longer and provide both volume and fullness. For your real hair’s health, make sure your Passion Twists aren’t installed too long. Tanya Pebbles of East Coast Styles advises you not to keep your protective style in beyond 12 weeks in an interview with Bustle.

When it comes to liquids, Rogers says Passion Twists are water-friendly. So, you don’t have to worry if you want to go for a swim, get caught in the rain, or just want to wash your hair. However, use your own discretion when wetting your twists since you don’t want them to begin to unravel.

What Is the Upkeep?

Regardless of whether it’s summer or winter, passion twists are a great choice for protecting your hair. Since it’s tucked away in the faux tresses, there isn’t much need for upkeep. Even better, you’ll be able to retain length and additional growth with the duration of your style.

“When protective-styling, make sure that your hair is properly moisturized and that the style protects all of your hair—your ends included,” natural hair blogger HappyCurlHappyGirl told Self. Using a spray-on conditioner is probably the easiest way to lock in moisture. The Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20) is a lightweight option that nourishes dry hair with rosehip, argan and coconut oils.

Aside from hydration for minimized breakage, a clean scalp is imperative for a protective style according to natural hair blogger Ashley Hall. The Mizani Scalp Care Calming Scalp Lotion ($20) features a pointed nozzle for easy spreading while its formulated blend of menthol, eucalyptus, aloe vera, and avocado oils reduce buildup and itch.

Last but not least, you’ll only have to make sure you have a sleep regimen for your Passion Twists. Like most other protective styles, you can toss your twists in a high ponytail known as a pineapple and throw on a satin bonnet or scarf. Alternatively, if you’re a wild sleeper, silk pillowcases will be your best friend.

 

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https://www.byrdie.com/passion-twists-4705310

8 Stunning Makeup Tutorials That Have Taught Us the Most

We’re always giddy when we learn about new things in the realm of beauty: an amazing (and strange) Korean powder hack for perfectly set foundation; how applying glitter polish with a sponge yields much better results; and how applying only a dab of bronzer underneath your lower lip creates the illusion of a fuller pout. While we’ve gleaned these tips from makeup artists, friends, and the dark corners of the internet, there’s one steady stream of beauty we can always count on as a source: YouTube makeup tutorials.

The numbers don’t lie: millions of women and men, including us here at Byrdie HQ, flock to the site to learn how to create stunning new looks. There’s something oddly satisfying about watching someone go through an entire makeup routine from start to finish and seeing the transformation unfold, so to give you all a bit of eye candy, we rounded up our favorite tutorials (with a few of our own makeup hack videos thrown in for good measure). Watch the best makeup tutorials below!

Gilded Fall Makeup

Sona Gasparian has a smart tip for applying dark lipstick: When working on the upper lip, tilt your head down so you can catch any areas you may have missed, and vice-versa for the bottom lip (tilt your head up). When completed, Sona’s created a stunning cold-weather beauty look, complete with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22) in Goldrush in her tear ducts for a gilded accent.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Everyday Look

When a makeup artist posts a video of them doing a celebrity’s glam session, we feel like we’ve been let in on a big secret (even if millions of other people have access to the video, too). As such, we pause, rewind, take notes, and test the looks out ourselves with a hope and prayer that it’ll turn out at least half as good.

Take, for example, this perfect everyday tutorial created by the fabulous Lisa Eldridge on supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Bronzed eyes? Check. Subtle highlight? Check. Stunning finished product? Double-check. Rosie even lets us in on a beauty secret of her own: She usually only lines her upper lip before applying lip balm to “cheat the edges slightly.” (Though it’s safe to say the pillowy-lipped model doesn’t need any cheating whatsoever.)

Elevated Drugstore Eyeshadow

You can make any drugstore eye shadow perform like a prestige shadow by placing a white pencil on your lids first. This way, the pigment has something to grip onto (think of it like paint primer).

30-Second Full Brows Tutorial

Do your arches ever look, well, too over-arched? Brush your brow hairs down instead of up before filling them in with pencil so that you’re following closely along the top of your brow instead of extending past its natural pattern. Then, brush them back into place and apply a bit of concealer to any patches that still need filling. Finally, use brow powder on top of the concealer (doing this allows the powder to have better grip), et voilà! Full, thick, and natural-looking brows that aren’t overdrawn.

Bella Hadid’s Anti-Jet Lag Routine

This video of Bella Hadid walking us through her quick anti-jet lag beauty routine nabbed a spot on our list of the best makeup tutorials because it’s so delightfully simple. With only a few well-placed products, Bella’s got a fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look.

Kim Kardashian West’s 10-Minute Beauty Routine

A rare, candid glimpse at Kim Kardashian West doing her own makeup imposes so many nuggets of wisdom. Tip one: She brushes on some Giorgio Armani liquid Illuminator underneath her foundation for a subtle glow. Tip two: She applies foundation all over her face, lips included (this helps prime the lips for color later on). Tip three: She bakes her concealer (a Kardashian beauty routine staple) with pink powder and sets the concealer around her mouth (to fill in lines) with yellow powder. Tip four: She dots a bit of highlighter right underneath her eyes (playing coy and not telling us what she’s using because she has some “exciting things coming out”) to illuminate her under-eyes.

Smoky Eye Look With Monika Blunder

We love that this evening look tutorial featuring two Byrdie faves, celebrity makeup artists Joey Maalouf and Monika Blunder, employs Blunder as the muse. Maalouf is a genius at manipulating the makeup to complement what Blunder deems “mature” skin and proves that a smoky eye is incredibly versatile.

French Party Makeup

Ah, French beauty. It’s so impossibly effortless, it makes us wonder if there’s a magical beautifying potion floating in the Seine that warrants femmes Françaises to skip the heavy makeup. Even in what she’s dubbed “party” makeup, vlogger Maripier Morin has created a glam look that’s still natural (not a dose of baking or strobing to be seen here). To top it all off, each product is from Revlon (read: inexpensive).

What are some of your favorite beauty tutorials? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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Are You Wearing The Right False Eyelashes For Your Eye Shape?

Because not all falsies were created equal.

Wearing false lashes can you give you the longer, fuller eyelashes you’ve always dreamed of, but did you know that certain lashes will look better on you than others? Just like choosing a hairstyle to match your face shape, different false eyelash styles can enhance your natural eyes, or even change the shape of your eyes completely.

Understanding your eye shape will help you work out the best make-up to suit your face, but how do we determine the shape of our eyes? Get a mirror to look at the overall eye and assess its profile.

1.Can you see the whole iris (the coloured bit around the pupil) or is part of it obscured by the lid?

2. Consider if your eyes slant upwards at the sides and how much space rests between them in the middle.

3. Finally, look at the crease of your eyelid and observe if it’s visible with the eyelids open.

Knowing your eye shape is just the first step, now you need to choose your false lashes. With a growing range of falsies available (Eylure alone have over 100 products to choose from), picking the best lashes can be confusing. Should I choose volume over length? Will fake lashes look natural?

These are the questions people.

Avoid a false lash fail by following these rules and you’ll be fluttering a fuller looking lash in no time.

If You’ve Got… Almond Eyes
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Celeb: Beyoncé

Queen Bey has almond eyes – slightly pointed at the ends, with a wider centre where the curve of the iris is hidden by the upper and lower lids. Almond eyes are the eye equivalent of an oval face shape, so most lash styles look great. Show off the shape of your eyes by adding volume with full lashes that are evenly distributed.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

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If You’ve Got… Round Eyes
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Celebs: Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Richie

If you can see most of your iris, then you have round eyes. This shape should use curly lashes to lift and enhance the curve of your top lid. Avoid heavy, voluminous lashes that make your eye look smaller and flatter.

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If You’ve Got… Mono-Lidded Eyes
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Celebs: Eva Chen, Liu Wen

Most commonly found among Asian eyes, mono lids (or epicanthic folds as they’re technically termed) are where the skin covers the upper eyelid and no crease is visible. Mono lids can wear top heavy styles and especially fluttery, multi-layered lashes to open the eye.

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If You’ve Got… Close Set Eyes
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Celebs: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Obama, SJP

If the distance between your eyes is shorter than the width of one eye, then your eyes are close set. With this eye shape, leave the inner corners free and concentrate on the outer corners to lengthen and lift eyes outwards.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

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If You’ve Got… Hooded Eyes
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Celebs: Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman

Hooded eyes have a crease with a prominent brow bone so the eyelid is not clearly visible when the eye is open. The wrong lashes can pull hooded eyes down and make them look small. Try a fluttery mix with long lashes directly above the pupil to really open the eye at the centre.

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If You’ve Got… Upturned Eyes
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Celeb: Zoe Kravitz, Taylor Swift

Ladies with upturned eyes, where the outer corners point higher than the inner corners, are the perfect candidate for a cat eye. No wonder this is one of T-Swift’s fave eye looks. For an easy feline flick in seconds, try a flared half lash in the outer corner.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

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If You’ve Got… Protruding Eyes
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Celeb: Olivia Palermo

When she’s not giving us serious outfit goals, we’re always looking at what Olivia does with her make-up. With beautifully protruding eyes which recede deeply into the face, eyes like Olivia’s should always be the main event. Enhance their dreamy, romantic nature with a dramatic, feathery false lash like the Mac 35.

The Right False Eyelashes For You…

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If You’ve Got… Deep Set Eyes
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Celeb: Natalie Portman

Ladies with elegant deep set eyes that sit under the brown bone should accentuate their large eyes. Look for extra length lashes that curl up and away from the eye – this avoids unsightly mascara smudges on the brown bone too.

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It Shouldn’t Be This Hard for a Woman in a Wheelchair to Get a Pedicure

Federal laws prohibit businesses from discriminating against disabilities, and yet stories are still going viral about differently abled women being denied service at nail salons. How is this happening? Writer Madison Lawson investigates.

Early last week a screenshot of a Yelp review for a nail salon started surfacing on Facebook. In the post, a woman from St. Peters, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, wrote about the shock and frustration she felt when a salon manager turned her daughter Beth away from getting a pedicure. The reason, Mintner claimed: because Beth was in a wheelchair.

Like Beth, I live in suburban Missouri, I use a wheelchair, and I enjoy getting my nails done. I also understand that the fairly uneventful experience is uniquely different when you have a disability. It doesn’t change the way kicking back in a massage chair makes you feel—that’s still heaven—but when you’re unsure about how willing a salon will be to accommodate you, something as relaxing as a spa day can be the source of stress and anxiety.

As Dorothy Mintner, Beth’s mother, wrote in her now viral post, “I brought my daughter, who is disabled and in a wheelchair, to get a pedicure and manicure, and we were turned away. We were told they don’t do people like her.” She went on to explain that, despite the fact that both she and Beth’s friend offered to help Beth into a pedicure chair, the manager still refused service.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry—what?'” Mintner tells Glamour of the situation. “She said, ‘We don’t take people like her,’ to which I asked, ‘What do you mean?'” According to Mintner, there was a language barrier between her and the manager, who said they didn’t know what was “wrong” with Beth and kept repeating that they could not accommodate her. “At that point, I just really needed to leave,” says Mintner. “I was too upset. And you could tell Beth was very upset.”

Mintner says the ordeal was particularly painful because it was her first time taking Beth to get a pedicure in seven years, when Beth was in an accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Now Beth is nonverbal.

The salon manager (who is also part owner) of Q Nails spoke to local news station KSDK and admitted she denied Beth service due to fear of hurting her. Glamour reached out to the salon manager who, at press time, had not responded to a request for comment for this story.

The issue could also be a violation of Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination from “activities” or “places of public accommodations” on the basis of disability. Mintner says she is now taking her case to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, which can issue penalties against the salon, if they decide to take and rule on the case. According to KSDK, the penalties usually aren’t financial; rather, they could require the salon to retrain its staff or create new business policies.

The first time I went to Cierra, she asked me how I sit most comfortably. I told her the situation with my arms, and she brought her entire kit up to me so she could do my acrylics on the tray table of my wheelchair. I felt like everybody else in the salon. We spent our time gossiping about the Kardashians and our favorite trends. Now when I go in for an appointment, I don’t even think about the fact that I’m in a wheelchair because it’s not relevant. I’m just another paying customer.

You might be reading this as an able-bodied person thinking, How can I do anything to help? Recognize that people with disabilities make up the single minority that anybody could potentially become a part of at any point in their life. Seven years ago, before her accident, Beth walked into any salon she chose. She should be able to roll into any salon she wants to now.

Madison Lawson is a writer based in Columbia, Missouri. Follow her @wheelchairbarbie.

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https://www.glamour.com/story/wheelchair-nail-salon-discrimination

 

5 Ways to Take the BEST Care of your Lash Extensions

We can never stress enough the importance of taking care of your lash extensions.  Our goal is to provide information on how to best care for them so that your lashes always look flawless and most all, that you love them.  Today we are sharing 5 Best Practices for Taking the BEST Care of your Lash Extensions . . . take note!

The first thing you need to do to take the best care of your lash extensions is . . .

Keep Your Lashes Clean

The best way to keep your lash extensions clean is by using a lash extension safe cleanser. At The Lash Lounge, we offer cleansers that are specially formulated for cleaning your extensions: Oil Free Liquid Remover and Oil Free Gel Remover. Our gentle, oil-free and alcohol free eye makeup removers have the same pH balance as natural tears and come in a liquid or gel formula. For cleaning your eye area to remove makeup and eyeshadow, we recommend applying the cleanser to a cotton pad. Be sure to saturate the cotton pad because the dry cotton could catch onto your lashes. Very gently rub your eyelid and avoid rubbing your lashes. When you need to clean your lashes, use your lash wand and gently brush through your lashes.

Omit Oil Based Products

Any skin care products, creams or cosmetics that are oil based are a ‘no-no’ when it comes to lash extensions.  Be sure to select products that are labeled oil free to ensure the longevity of your lashes. And when in doubt – always read the label of ingredients to make sure what you are using is truly oil free.

Wear No Mascara (or very little)

The beauty of lash extensions is that you have lovely, long, full lashes without having to wear mascara. We know that some ladies may still want to wear mascara on occasion, and that’s okay as long as it’s a mascara made for lash extensions. However, wearing no mascara at all is better when it comes to extending the life of your lashes. If you simply must wear mascara, be sure to ONLY wear a water based mascara, which is not the same as a water – proof mascara. Lastly, when applying your lash extension safe mascara, only use one coat and only apply to the tips of your lashes.

Avoid Over Exposure to Moisture

Too much moisture on a constant basis is not good for your lashes. But daily washing of the face and activities like swimming are lash extension safe.

Maintain Lash Refills Regularly

All of the tips we have mentioned are so very important, but this one is probably the most important! Sticking with your refill appointments every 2 weeks will keep your lashes looking their absolute best. The longer you wait for a fill, the harder it is for your lash stylist to keep your lashes looking full and fabulous.  If you go too long without getting a lash refill, a full new set may be required.  So maintaining your refills is a good idea in more ways than one!

 

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5 Ways to Take the BEST Care of your Lash Extensions

Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters

Putting haters in their place when it comes to “average salary” estimations.

Ever had anyone tell you to quit the salon and “get a real job?” Read this, right before you tell them to shove it.

The BLS (or Bureau of Labor Statistics) maintains a database of statistics where you can find information on the working conditions, training and education requirements, wage data, and expected job prospects for a broad variety of professions–including ours.

Currently, the BLS median pay estimates are as follows:
Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists: $23,710 per year.
Manicurists and Pedicurists: $20,820 per year.
Skincare Specialists: $30,090 per year.

For other industries, I’m sure the BLS figures come very close to reality, but not for ours. The averages you’re seeing shouldn’t discourage you from joining this profession and anyone who quotes them to you as accurate is embarrassingly misinformed. I’m going to tell you why.

How the BLS Data is Collected

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will send a “Field Economist” to a selected establishment. These Field Economists contact the business owner and make arrangements to collect information on the following:

Job listing with wage data: This listing includes job titles, paid wages, full- vs. part-time status, union vs nonunion distinctions, dates of hire, and job codes. The listing will include a full breakdown of this information for each individual worker.
Specific job characteristics and work schedules: Field Economists use a “point factor leveling” process that incorporates four occupational factors to determine work level. These factors are knowledge (job requirements), job controls and complexity (how variable are the job tasks and how much flexibility is afforded to workers in how they accomplish those tasks), contacts (who workers have contact with and the nature of that contact), and physical environment (does the job require physical strength, present a hazard, or require specific safety precautions).
Benefit details: Field Economists collect data on benefits like paid leave, insurance, retirement, supplemental pay, etc.

Next, the Field Economist will ask questions for clarification. Once that’s done, they update the data.

The Problems with BLS Data Collection

The BLS only collects data from a sample of firms. There’s no way to know how many “salon firms” report, or how accurate their reporting is. On the BLS’s Survey Methodology page, as it pertains to the National Compensation Survey, “The larger an establishment’s employment, the greater its chance of selection.”

Who are the largest establishments in the professional salon services industry? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises.

Why is that a big deal? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises don’t represent this backwards industry.

Why don’t Regis or other corporate salons represent the industry? Put simply: they’re managed better.

  • Because corporate salons have teams of lawyers advising them, they don’t do things illegally. They provide benefits and ensure their employees are classified and compensated appropriately.
  • When employees consistently underperform, they’re let go.
  • When client flow slows down, hours are cut back.
  • When an employee is close to hitting overtime, schedule adjustments are made to ensure they don’t so costs won’t rise above acceptable levels and so employees won’t be overworked.
  • New hires aren’t approved unless the metrics justify it.
  • Corporate salons have premium, high-traffic locations and are marketed extensively.

When you compare a corporate salon to a private salon, the differences are vast and their P&Ls reflect that.

The primary area where these differences are glaring is the labor expense. Corporate salons know how to keep those costs beyond manageable. Private salons…well…let’s talk about private salons, shall we?

A Brief Sidenote to Placate Rabid Keyboard Warriors

Before I continue with this post, let me soothe the sensitive souls of the tender flowers out there who falsely believe I’m speaking about all private salon owners. I’m not. I’m aware exceptions exist. If you’re one of them, good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back. Congrats on being a law-abiding, responsible business owner. Instead of attacking me in the comments, revel in your superiority in comparison to the bullet points below.
You good? Great. Let’s continue.

(Delicate Flowers, I hear your cries. “I’m not like that!” you’re shouting at your computer. “My existence refutes the legitimacy of her statements!” you’re yelling. Let me say this one more time: you’re a unicorn, not the norm. The existence of good salon owners doesn’t disprove the existence of staggering numbers of bad salon owners. Need proof of their existence? Read the comments on literally every article on this site. Continuing on…)

Field Economists only collect data from a small subset of employees–not the entire salon–so that further skews the numbers.

With over half of professionals opting for microsalon ownership, accurate performance estimations are impossible.

The odds of independent salon owners (booth/studio renters, home salon operators, etc.) being selected and included in the BLS samples are zero. This is significant, as independent salons now outnumber corporate salons and private salons.

According to the PBA’s Economic Snapshot, in 2012, only 92,157 salon establishments had payroll employees. 1,045,288 salons were non-employer establishments. This is an 83% increase in the non-employer sector over the previous decade. To be sure, with the explosion of the suite rental model, this number has likely increased significantly over the last four years. (Maybe it had a little something to do with all those bad management practices?)

All data is reported by salon owners and salon professionals, rendering it virtually useless.

Even if microsalon owners were included, the data likely couldn’t be relied upon. Like a lot of private salon owners, microsalon owners may not know their numbers or keep great records, and may intentionally underreport their income. False numbers can be given due to lack of knowledge (incorrect records), estimating (lack of records), or outright lying (intentional misrepresentation of income for the purposes of tax evasion).

The best way to gauge performance is to base estimations on verified reported income.

So, if the BLS wanted to do it right (which I’m sure they don’t because it would be insanely time-consuming), they’d obtain the correct data from the IRS and average it across a broad spectrum, evaluating and reporting figures for employee-based salons and microsalons independently.

Additional Factors

If the BLS were to evaluate based on my methodology, they’d still run into two additional factors that would have to be stabilized.

Part-time Participation: Many salon professionals are part-time, so their annual performance would have to be adjusted to compensate for their lack of participation.

Management Variables: The salons and microsalons evaluated would have to demonstrate similar management competency. The performance of a well-managed establishment far exceeds that of one that is mismanaged or not managed whatsoever. When you base salary estimations on averages that include a wide variety of poorly managed establishments with a handful of tightly managed ones, lower averages are inevitable.

The truth is that your salary can vary widely, depending on the salon’s management, your individual professionalism, the compensation system the salon utilizes, and any number of factors.

The numbers the BLS reports are medians, so it’s important to understand what a “median” is, and whose figures are being counted.

To calculate a median number, a range of numbers are added together and the result is divided by the total numbers counted.

Number 1 + Number 2 + Number 3 = Total
Total ÷ 3 (amount of numbers added to create total) = Median

If the first stylist makes $110,000 a year, the second makes $40,000, and the third makes $15,000, the median earnings would be $55,000. If a corporate salon that keeps labor overhead below 35% through strategic scheduling is being compared with other major salon chains who do the same, the figures will reflect that–not the actual earnings across the spectrum of the profession.

Don’t put too much stock into those BLS numbers, or into the opinions of uninformed haters. If you want to start a career in this industry and you’re ready for the insanity that comes along with it, then go for it, but don’t do it for the money.

Do it because it’s what you love doing.

Plan to do it right. Be professional, present yourself well, refuse to accept offers from exploitative salon owners, know your rights, know your worth, and find a mentor. Go out and find yourself a unicorn salon owner or give rental a shot.

This is as real a career as any, so long as you’re treating it like one. If you’re dedicated, you can be successful in this business and make exceptional money. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters

How To Grow African American Hair Faster

Too often African American hair is subjected to chemicals and extreme heat in an attempt to make it seem longer and smoother. But what this does is weaken and slow hair growth.

To grow your hair faster and longer the solutions are actually quite simple. A big part of growing black hair faster is knowing what products to use. Heres a full guide on how to grow African American hair faster.

Getting Started

For starters, we highly recommend several supplements: Folexin and Coconut Oil.

Folexin is a popular and proven to work product made specifically to promote hair growth while also improving your hair’s texture and structure making it thicker and stronger, so say goodbye to breakage.

No gimmicks, Folexin is clinically tested with over 25 years of research to back it up.

Coconut Oil is a certified organic supplement that helps improve the health and beauty of hair. It also comes with loads of other health benefits.

9 Steps To Grow African American Hair Faster.

Before you go off trying complicated tricks and methods to get your hair to grow quickly, try a few simple maintenance routines. Often, it’s the simple things you do every day that makes the biggest difference in the health and length of your hair. To grow African American hair faster follow these steps.

1. Use a pre-shampoo.

A pre-shampoo is a type of conditioning treatment that is applied on hair before using the actual shampoo. It is thick which allows it to form a coat over hair strands. The importance of this is protecting the hair from getting too dry and breaking.

It also forms a protective layer from the harsh ingredients of the shampoo. After scrubbing your hair with a shampoo, it will still feel soft and smooth.

You can make your own pre-shampoo at home using a protein-based conditioner and organic oil. However, it is much easier to buy a ready-made treatment.

Make sure you closely follow the instructions on the label.  Many women don’t use a pre-shampoo but I think it’s something everyone should be doing.

Recommended Pre-Shampoos.

2. Use the right shampoo.

Generally, African American hair is brittle and damages easily. Most shampoos on the market are brutal due to their harsh ingredients which are no good for any kind of hair, especially African American hair. You, therefore, need to be extra careful about which shampoo you are using.

A rule of thumb is to stick to sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates are known to make your hair frizzy and dry out. This is especially bad for African American hair which is already brittle enough. The extra harshness is something you should avoid at all cost.

Additionally, look for shampoos with organic oils. These oils are great at protecting hair from dryness and leave your strands feeling supple and soft. Some of the best oils to look for in shampoos include jojoba oil and argan oil. Make sure they are organic oils.

Recommended Shampoos.

You will notice that these shampoos have organic argan oil as a major ingredient. These oils nourish the hair as well as give it more shine. Like with pre-shampoos, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

3. Use a conditioner after every wash.

As much as you try to prevent it, washing your hair will still wash away some of its natural oils. Leaving it like that risks breakage and split ends. The best way to get it back in shape is by using a conditioner.

It helps restore oils and moisture to your hair as well as nourish it. After using a conditioner, your hair should feel softer. When you are shopping for a conditioner buy one designed specifically for dry or African American hair.

Recommended Conditioners.

4. Use a deep conditioner once every week.

There are regular conditioners and deep conditioners. A regular conditioner is lighter and designed for use after washing your hair. It mostly touches the surface of the hair. A deep conditioner sinks deep into the hair, helping to nourish it from the bottom up.

Thus, it is heavier and sticks more to the hair and scalp. You should do a deep conditioning treatment once every week though not on the same day you are doing your weekly hair wash.

Recommended Deep Conditioners.

5. Moisturize your hair.

One of the best things you can do to your hair is to keep it moisturized. Having adequate moisture encourages fast growth and protects hair from breakage and split ends. Strong healthy hair is essential if you’re going to style the best hairstyles for black menand women.”

Additionally, it keeps the hair looking bright and feeling soft. Before you can even start considering store-bought moisturizes make sure that you are already moisturizing the natural way; drinking enough water.

When it comes to moisturizing from the outside, try to do it every day. This ensures that your hair is always adequately hydrated. Some of the best ingredients for black hair moisturizers include olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and pure shea butter.

Recommended Moisturizers.

6. Use hair oil.

While your hair already has its own natural oils, it is important to use other oils to promote growth and protect the hair. These oils are especially good at encouraging African American hair to grow faster. When applying hair oil, make sure to massage deeply to ensure that it gets deep inside the hair follicles as well as on the surface of the hair.

Recommended Hair Oil.

  • PURA D’OR Argan Oil Treatment. It’s pure, natural, organic argan oil. Cold-pressed and unrefined with no chemicals added. This is as good as it gets.

7. Protect your hair ends.

Every three to four months you should trim your hair. This gets rid of any split ends allowing your hair to continue growing properly without further damage. When trimming, you only need to cut about a 1/2 inch maybe a bit more depending on your hair.

To keep your ends in great condition, use protective hairstyles such as bans and not-so-tight braids. Letting hair fall freely exposes the ends to damage. At night wrap the hair in a silk scarf or sleep on a satin pillow. These little changes help a lot.

Recommended Scarfs.

8. Be sparse with your hair washes.

Sometimes we tend to get too generous with scrubbing out our hair. Washing the hair too frequently strips it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to breakage. If you are washing your hair daily or even every other day, that is too frequent.

Switch to washing it at most twice a week. If you notice your hair breaking easily after washing (especially if you have kinky hair) try washing it once every two weeks.

9. Air dry your hair.

After washing your hair, the best way to dry it is by rubbing it gently with a towel or letting it air-dry. Try to avoid using a blow dryer as the excess heat will weaken and damage your hair. If for any reason you have to use your blow dryer, use the coolest setting. You can also wrap the hair in a silk scarf and leave it to dry through the night.

Recommended Blow Dryers.

Boosting Growth of Black/African American Hair.

In the first section, we have discussed a lot of ways you can keep your hair growing through proper maintenance routines. Now we will talk about how to speed up black hair growth.

1. Coconut Oil Supplements

Coconut oil supplements promote healthier, thicker, and more beautiful hair. This fully organic and certified supplement is one of the best ways to maintain healthy and beautiful hair. Click here for a full review of the supplement.

If you are interested you can purchase Coconut Oil supplements directly from the official website.

Coconut Oil Supplement

2. Protein Treatments.

Protein treatments help in speeding up hair growth by nourishing it and making it stronger. Various types of protein treatments are made for different hair types. Protein packs are for regular use with people showing slight hair damage.

Light treatments are ideal for hair with a bit more damage. They often come in the form of a deep conditioner. Deep penetrating treatments are best for fairly damaged hair. Reconstructors are used to encourage quick growth in severely damaged hair.

Our Recommended Protein Treatment.

3. Vitamin supplements.

Vitamin supplements supply the hair with multiple nutrients to keep it healthy, strong and growing. Hair products do a good job keeping your hair looking good but the body is the source and creator of your hair. If you supply your body with that it needs it will start to grow strong healthy hair.

Recommended Vitamin Supplements.

  • Folexin – The #1 hair growth supplement.
  • Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins promotes hair growth and is without a doubt the best vitamin supplement available. Each of the 60 pills contains minerals, nutrients, biotin and bioactive vitamins which are key for the body to grow long healthy hair. This is something I highly recommend.
  • Biotin Hair, Skin, and Nails VitaminsAnother great vitamin, this not only helps your hair grow but also benefits your skin and nails.

4. Fish Oil Supplements.

Fish oil supplements, which are often in the form of capsules, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are highly beneficial to hair growth. These supplements are especially good at tackling hair dryness and dullness. Your hair will become shinier, softer, and stronger. They can also help in preventing dandruff.

Recommended Fish Oil.

5. A Healthy Diet.

One of the best ways to keep your hair in good form and to encourage growth is by eating well. If your diet is not so healthy you should take a multivitamin. Multivitamins give your body the fuel it needs to do everyday tasks and increases your overall health. Eating papaya for hair growth is also recommended.

All of the below vitamins will: Boost your energy, balance your hormones, and lower stress. Help your hair, skin, and nails grow healthier, faster, and stronger.

What To Avoid To Grow Black Hair Faster.

Below are the things you should avoid doing to maximize your hair growth.

1. Heat treatments.

Any treatment that uses heat to style hair is bad for you. Things like blow dryers and flat irons literally cook your hair, making it extremely weak and easy to break. Your hair can still look good without having to use heat on it.

2. Harsh chemicals.

Make sure the hair products you buy are not full of harsh chemicals. These days you can get natural and organic hair products that, though maybe a bit more expensive, provide a much better alternative to chemical-ridden products. These chemical products may make your hair look and feel good but over time it destroys your hair.

Be especially careful about hair dyes, chemical relaxers, sulfates-containing products, and alcohol-containing products. The extra investment you make on natural products with organic oils is well worth it.

3. Extensions and tight styles.

Styles that rely on tightly wrapping your hair is not good, especially for your hair ends. When stretched or wrapped too tight, hair tends to get weak and can break easily. Also, it prevents hair from continuing with its normal growth.

On the other hand, braids and other protective styles actually encourage hair to grow faster by protecting your ends from splitting which means less hair has to be trimmed.

4. Too much stress.

Too much stress has been scientifically proven to be behind hair loss problems such as Telogen effluvium where hair essentially stops growing and begins to fall out and Alopecia areata where hair follicles are attacked by the body’s immune system.

Other Information.

Determine your hair type.

To achieve the best results it is important to know your hair type. This will help you in choosing the right products and giving the best care to your hair. There are three general types of African American hair.

  • Kinky hair – this is the hardest hair type to maintain. The reason for this is that it is weak due to fewer cuticle layers available to protect the hair. Being very fragile, it requires careful handling to prevent breakage or any other kind of damage. Kinky hair tends to have very tight curls and exhibits a lot of shrinkage after a wash.
  • Curly hair – the curls are looser than in kinky hair and tend to be springy. It is soft and fine making it one of the easiest hair types to style.
  • Wavy hair – has large curls in waveforms. It tends to be a bit heavy, staying close to the head, unlike kinky and curly hair. It falls between kinky and curly hair when it comes to difficulty in styling. Generally easy to maintain.

Note that this is a general classification. Under each type, there are several subtypes indicating the wide variations that occur in African American hair.

If you read everything laid out in this guide you’ll have learned how to grow black hair faster and how to grow African American hair faster. You’ll surely see a boost in your African American hair growth and black hair growth but you must be dedicated and consistently stay on top of your hair care to have the best hair possible.

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20 Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Hair Dyes

Look and feel your best, by knowing you’re using harmless and healthy color dyes.

When it comes to hair dye and hair coloring, we all want to do our part in both looking good and having healthy hair, all while trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. More than just consuming the right nutrients, being a vegan can actually trickle into the products we put in our hair and place on our skin.

Below, we’re reviewing twenty of our favorite vegan and cruelty-free hair dyes to help guide all of us into the right direction when it comes to hair care.

1. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

One of the most buzz-worthy vegan hair dye being talked about all over Instagram, Lime Crime’s Unicorn hair dyes offer both full coverage and hair tints in magical colors ranging from pastel blue hues to deep chestnut colors. In total, there are over 20 different colors, all meant to express your colorful and bold personality. Lime Crime offers shades like unicorn and mermaid to add a dynamic and assortment of different colors to have you fully on-trend.

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2. Green Hare Mud 100% Natural Hair Dye

Imagine your hair color all came from pure plant dye. With Green Hare Mud, natural and made from the earth dye is what you’re getting. Offering seven beautiful hair colors with creative names like merlot mist and soft bamboo, you’re going to be left looking and feeling beautiful. Green Hare also provides associating scalp and hair treatments to have your new color looking its very best.

3. SPLAT One-Wash Hair Dye

Perfect for Halloween and themed costume or parties, SPLAT’s one wash dye will allow you to experiment with different (and wild) hair colors and return to your normal color the next day. Some colors include pink, purple, and blue.

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4. Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Luscious and gorgeous color, all while being vegan and animal-cruelty free. With 20 beautiful and eye-opening colors, Arctic donates fifteen percent of every purchase to prevent animal abuse by supporting charities like Second Chance Animal Shelter, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society, and Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation.

(Arctic Fox, $13.99)

5. Henna Hair Dyes by LUSH

More than colorful and themed bath bombs, LUSH also makes completely vegan henna hair dye. While many of the other dyes on our list come in explosive and bold colors, these dyes from LUSH come in four natural and earthy shades like Rouge, Noir, Marron, and Brun. Along with henna, these dyes also combine essential oils and cocoa butter for deep conditioning.

(LUSH, $27.95)

6. Henna Color Lab Hair Dye

Like LUSH, Henna Color Lab creates an assortment of beautiful and natural colors using henna hair dye instead of synthetic dyes as not only are they vegan, but higher and better quality for your hair. Located on the site, you’ll see how every dye reacts differently with the starting color. With a range from blonde, brunette, to black, each hair tone will see a similar but different end look.

(Henna Color Lab, $9.98)

7. Classic High Voltage Hair Color by Manic Panic Hair Dye

Having almost 50 different shades of vegan hair dye makes Manic one of the best choices on the market. Picking between turquoise pastel and ultraviolet (amongst others) will not only guarantee creativity, but you’re bound to be completely unique with your choice of color given the wide variety.

(Manic Panic, $13.99)

8. Naturtint Permanent Hair Color

The original and first-to-market 100 percent plant-based dye on the market, Naturtint. It’s recommended (if it’s your first time using the product) to only go one shade lighter than your original hair color to help slowly lighten your locks.

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9. Henna Cream Essential Kit by Surya Basil Beauty

What we love about this kit is that it’s put together to cover every basis you may have with the application of hair dye — in particular, vegan hair dye. The kit comes with three boxes of color (to promote touch-ups and consistency), application brush, mixing bowl, and an accessory of a free nail polish color that complements the color of your dye.

(Burya Brasil Beauty, $52)

10. EcoColors Non-Toxic Permanent Hair Color

Additionally being PPD Free, Gluten Free, Paraben Free, and Propylene Glycol Free, EcoColors promotes and encourages mixing their colors together to create an individual’s perfect shade.

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11. Smart Beauty Temporary Hair Dye

Want the opportunity to try out a different color on your hair for a month or so? Using the animal-cruelty free temporary hair dye will provide you just that! Washing out after four to five washes, this dye also provides enriched conditioning so your hair stays super-hydrated. Additionally, the pack comes with enough product for multiple uses so you can recreate your hair color.

(Smart Beauty, £6.45)

12. Liquid Chalk by Brite

This liquid hair chalk works wonders on both blonde and brunettes (yes, finally, a product that shows color on darker toned hairs). There are six fun colors to choose from and wash out after one rinse. These make for great Halloween costumes, charity organizations (like the color run), and themed events.

(Ulta, $12)

13. Semi-Permanent Hair Color by Good Dye Young

If you love Paramore, you’ll love Good Dye Young — because it’s owned by the lead singer Hayley! These semi-permanent colors are loud, just like Hayley, and they smell of citrus as opposed to synthetic chemicals. Made of sunflower extract, bergamot essential oil, and quality cream-based ingredients, it’s safe to say you’re getting the highest quality products with the upside of being vegan and cruelty-free.

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14. Semi-Permanent Hair Color From Lunar Tides

While both vegan and cruelty-free, Lunar Tides has a lovely bonus for color lovers! You don’t have to have bleached hair to apply their dye and have it show (which is a downside for many wannabe pink-haired people). Their formula not only applies over darker colors but won’t destroy your hair from synthetic chemicals. Lunar Tides also offers DIY ombre kits in multiple shades to really spike your festive game.

(Amazon)

15. Herman’s Amazing Vegan Semi-Permanent Direct Color Dye

Why is it so hard to get salon-quality hair dye for home use? Herman’s Amazing thought the same thing and created their vegan and cruelty-free semi-permanent hair dye. In a wide variety of color, this dye contains no ammonia and is conditioner-based so you don’t have to worry about dry and unhealthy-looking hair.

16. Iroiro Premium Natural Semi-Permanent Hair Color

One of Iroiro’s prized aspects about its semi-permanent dye formula is that it is all-natural. Made from 100 percent organic coconut oil, natural yuzu-cranberry fragrance (thank goodness for a non-chemical smell) and other natural preservatives. As opposed to many other dyes, this color is cream-based so all you have to do is apply and massage in. For lighter colors, Iroiro recommends color lifting 10+ to get the desired (on the box) color end look.

(Amazon)

17. Logona Hair Natural Vegan Plant-Based Dye

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Who says that engineering and automobiles were the only products to buy from Germany? Logona, a German-based company, makes natural and vegan hair dyes that contain ingredients from the earth such as henna and plant colorants like beetroot and walnut shells.

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18. Punky Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

Seemingly looking like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, this vegan and paraben-free semi-permanent hair dye lasts up to 25 washes and comes in an assortment of fun and wild colors (like Punky spring green). What makes this dye so unique is the vegan keratin complex in the ingredients. This formula allows for enhanced and brighter color that lasts longer than many standard semi-permanent dyes.

(Amazon)

19. Henna Hair Color by The Henna Guys

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100 percent natural, 100 percent vegan, 100 percent cruelty-free — these are promises made by The Henna Guys. Coming in 11 earthy and natural hair colors, this formula claims to be pesticide-free without including any chemicals or metallic salts, creating a healthy environment for your hair. While this dye does not lighten your locks, it can be applied over already color-stripped hair to give a desired and off-the-box look!

(Amazon)

20. Henna Cream by Tints Of Nature

Hints of Nature have taken wonderfully to the henna trend in hair dye. Keeping things vegan and natural, this formula promises to reach the core of your hair, giving it proper nourishment and conditioning, and leaving your new color with an included gloss (because who wants to pay double for both color and a gloss treatment?).

(Hints of Nature, $13.99)

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https://www.yourtango.com/2018317599/20-best-vegan-hair-dyes-and-cruelty-free-hair-dyes

 

Box Braid hairstyles & care tips

Whether you’re natural or not, you can always find several reasons to rock such a great long-term protective hairstyle as box braids.

However, the biggest misconception about box braids is thinking that you should skip washing your braids for the purpose of maintaining the style.

Even though box braids can last between two to ten weeks depending on what kind you go for and how you wear them, you have to be ready to cleanse them every week and do it properly!

What Are Box Braids?

Box braids is a very popular hairstyle of the 90s, which is based on individual braids that are commonly divided by rather small squared off parts or boxes. This braid style may be of any length or width because you can always add synthetic or natural hair to make your braids longer as well as thicker and fuller.

By the way, these braids have one great benefit that makes them so unique, they are not attached to the scalp (like, for example, cornrows) and this means they can be styled in a variety of ways.

Moreover, box braids are a cute and pretty fabulous hairstyle that can protect your hair against environmental damage, increase length retention, and reduce excess breakage from heat styling.

It also looks gorgeous in any season of the year and is really well-suited for different types of weather.

How to Take Care of Box Braids?

If you decide to wear box braids, you should know how to care them properly to minimize discomfort and maintain the braids as long as possible. Especially box braids for beginners need extra care.

You realize that it can take a long time to complete this hairstyle, but the finished result is beautiful and lasts for months, you just need to remember that these braids require little daily maintenance.

This daily maintenance is very easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. But it’s so important to know about it and don’t skip it.

Clean Your Braids and Scalp at Least Once a Week

If you don’t know how to keep your braids clean, don’t worry, it’s really not so difficult to do as it may seem at first glance. You have to clean your hair and scalp necessarily because during the day the build-up of dirt and sweat can accumulate and clog your pores.

You have to wash your braids and scalp minimum once a week with a good shampoo and your hair as well as scalp will be nicely groomed. And one more important thing here! Try not to rub your braids when you wash them.

Thus, wash your hair from scalp to the ends, with the movement going in a vertical angle. This can prevent frizziness at the roots and braids. Immediately after cleaning, most stylists recommend using a hot oil treatment to hydrate your stressed scalp.

Keep Your Hair and Scalp Moist

Be ready that box braids expose your scalp and hair a lot more than usual and leave them prone to dryness. So just like any living thing on our planet, our hair and scalp need moisture to survive and the best moisture for us, in this case, is water.

To make your life easier, you can buy a spray bottle and fill it up with your moisturizer. A braid spray is very useful and you must spritz it daily along the length of your braids and scalp to keep them moist.

If water isn’t enough for your hair and scalp to satisfy the thirst, you may try natural oils like good coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil and so on. Any of these oils are very good for maintaining and soothing your scalp and hair.

In addition, this can also help you keep your hair neat.

Dry Your Braids before Styling

Wet braids that aren’t properly dried can cause some really unpleasant scalp problems like fungus, dandruff or even mildew! So be careful! You should never start styling your braids until they are completely dry to avoid its damage!

Protect Your Hair at Night

If you have box braids, you can’t forget to wrap your hair at night. Wrapping your braids at night will help you be sure that they don’t get frizzy and, moreover, such wrapping will prevent moisture to leave your hair and scalp.

Thus, don’t forget to cover your hair to protect it whilst you sleep. By the way, if you like styling your braids into a bun, ponytail or updo during the day, it would be better to take them down before you go to bed. When you leave your braids tightly pulled overnight, it can place too much tension on your hairline and it can lead to hair loss.

Remove Your Braids after 8 – 10 Weeks

Don’t leave your braids for longer than 10 weeks. An 8 – 10-week time frame does not hurt your hair and scalp, but if you decide to make this term longer, you’ll have a greater risk to damage your hair and scalp as well. When you remove one braid extensions, you need to take a break minimum one week before moving into the next set.

How Can You Style Your Box Braids?

Such a versatile braid style as box braids can be transformed in many different looks depending on the thickness and length. Very long and long braids you can style like long, loose hair.

Long or medium-length braids you can style into:

  • Ponytails
  • Updos
  • Twist or braids
  • Buns

Women who have short hair can style braids as a shoulder-length bob.

Keep in mind that braids differ in thickness from straw-thing to marker-fat. The thinner braids you’ll want to do, the more time it’ll take (from two to twelve hours). So be ready for that!

Box Braids Hairstyles Ideas

Here are some of the best box braid hairstyle ideas.

Curved Short Box Braids

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One of the chicest ways to style not so long natural hair is to rock a plaited bob. The extra braids can add much volume to this bob hairstyle and make its shape really perfect.

Decorated Box Braids

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Such cool accessories like headscarves and bandanas look stunning on skinny-braided hairstyles including box braids as well. Choose a bright printed bandana or scarf to make your hairstyle complete and don’t be afraid to go bold with color and design.

Pretty High Bun and Waterfall Braids

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You can also try the latest hair trend with your own personal spin on it. A high bun over the top of the head combined with cascades of the thing braids falling down over the shoulders looks awesome and unique. Besides, small braids create an original texture and shape!

Messy Black and Silver Box Braids Updo with Bun

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A contrasting color combination and twisted about a messy high bun small micro braids make this way of box braids styling super chic and crazy.

Volume with Burgundy Tinge

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As you know, box braids can really add a bit of volume making your hairstyle fantastic and very attractive. But except the additional volume, you can also brighten up your look with some extravagant color like, for example, the burgundy one. Just try!

High Bun Updo

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A huge high bun from a lot of small braids makes the hairstyle extra special. To do this hairdo, you need just to flip your head upside down and gather all your plaits, then you should twist them together into one big chunk and put a little pony holder at the very end (if you want to make it easier to wrap).

High Box Braids Pony

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Lovely small braids are so versatile and easy to go with, so why not to tie them up in a high ponytail! The pony at the top of the head from tiny braids looks quite simple and, at the same time, so elegant!

Box Braids Faux Hawk

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You can experiment with your box braids and try to make one big French braid from the small ones. As a result, you’ll get not only new-style cool box braids, but also you’ll get a good faux hawk.

Small Box Braids Bun on Top

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This is one of the classiest ways to style the small box braids, but it never goes out of style. Just make a common bun on your top and secure it with an elastic band or bobby pins. This looks great as it can show every shade in your hair.

Rainbow Box Braids

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These colorful braids fit perfectly for those who like to stand out from the crowd. Tiny small braids of all rainbow hues look very sexy and actually create a gorgeous look. The woman with such hairstyle will draw people’s attention anywhere and everywhere.

Conclusion

Box braids are the most favored protective hairstyle that comes in many variations. Besides, such cute braids can be worn in every season and look stunning.

But even though it’s a protective hairstyle, you still need to look after your hair and scalp to make sure you don’t cause any damage to your scalp and natural hair.

So listen to your scalp and remember, even if your hair looks good, don’t keep your braids in for too long.
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5 Proven Ways to Learn to Love Yourself

 

As spiritual teacher and author, Iyanla Vanzant, puts it, “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”

The way we view ourselves impacts our views and actions in every way. If we don’t feel worthy of love, we tend to accept mistreatment or even abuse. When we doubt our abilities, we hide away from pursuing our dreams. When feeling inadequate, people close themselves off to the limitless possibilities that life has to offer.

When we look inward and develop self-confidence, a world of opportunity opens. We gain the courage to realize our potential. When we value ourselves, we walk toward loving, supportive relationships. When we develop self-esteem, we feel confident to work hard toward achieving goals. Taking care of ourselves gives us the strength to inspire and care for others in need.

While it’s one thing to ruminate on loving yourself, actualizing self-worth can require a lot of reflection and life experience. Still, you can begin that lifelong journey one step at a time with these tips to loving yourself.

Developing Positive Thought Patterns

Thought patterns can have a huge impact on how we view ourselves and our experiences. Science looks at how repetitive thoughts, those little conversations we have inside our heads, have a big impact on wellbeing. If you find yourself in a loop of constantly doubting yourself or having anxious reactions to life then practicing positive thinking can help reverse those patterns. Psychologists and spiritual leaders suggest different methods for reversing harmful thought patterns such as mindfulness meditation, positive affirmations, and journaling.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation involves bringing awareness to the present moment. Dr. John Paul Minda, a professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, explains,” Mindfulness meditation can help people to be more attentive to their own emotions. By being aware of negative feelings as soon as they arise, people can engage in positive remediation rather than dwelling on the negative cognition.”

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations refer to repeated statements, often written down or spoken out loud, that inspire confidence and optimism. They can help to reverse the negative loop in our minds by replacing them with constructive thinking. For example, you can write down or say to yourself things like, “I am good enough,” “I am worthy of love,” “I can overcome anything one step at a time.”

Journaling

Journaling has a proven positive effect on self-esteem and works like a natural “antidepressant”. It gives a person the chance to process experiences. Also, writing about stressful situations can help diminish their perceived intensity. Spending just 15 minutes a day journaling increases self-confidence and leads to better mental, emotional, and physical health.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Big changes don’t happen overnight. Cultivating self-love involves a fluid, constant journey of healing and self-reflection. With patience, compassion, and persistence, you can build a deeper sense of self-worth over time.

Taking small steps and setting aside a little time each day toward loving yourself will pay off in all areas of your life. Developing self-love sets the foundation for every other aspect of your life. With inner strength and confidence, you can approach obstacles with courage. By cultivating compassion for yourself, you can embrace others with the same level of care and understanding. By realizing your worth and embracing your individuality, you will inspire and lift up others to do the same.

Source:

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-proven-ways-to-learn-love-yourself

CAN I GO SWIMMING WITH EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

Similar to the likes of ice cream and summer Fridays, eyelash extensions are a surefire way to put us in a really good mood. With them, we can basically ditch our entire eye makeup routine and draw all of the attention to our voluminous, full lashes. Not only is this great news for those of you who hate putting makeup on in super hot weather, but it’s also great for the gym-makeup lovers or those of you who love mascara so much, you’d sleep in it if it wasn’t so bad for your natural lashes. But obviously, keeping eyelash extensions safe and protected from the elements is a must, which might leave you wondering whether you can swim in an ocean, pool or lake with eyelash extensions.

“You can absolutely go swimming with eyelash extensions,” explains Heather Elrod, CEO of Amazing Lash Studio. “Keep in mind that both chlorine and saltwater can affect retention of eyelash extensions, so we recommend cleansing lashes immediately after you swim.” Use an eyelash extension-safe cleanser such as Amazing Lash Studio Eyelash Foaming Cleanser or the Eye Makeup Cleansing and Protein Removal Pads. “After cleansing, brush your extensions with our Amazing Lash Retractable Styling Wand or a clean mascara wand and use a lint-free cloth to gently apply pressure to the top of your extensions while keeping your eyes closed.”

The only time you definitely shouldn’t expose your lash extensions to water is if you just got them. “Minimize the chance of wetting your extensions in the first 48 hours. After that period, the adhesive used to apply your eyelash extensions is secure enough to allow you to get them wet — meaning you can swim in any type of water.” And of course, steer clear of goggles or any other equipment that might put your lashes at risk — they look way too good to put them in danger.

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Source:

https://www.makeup.com/eyelash-extensions-and-swimming

HOW to APPLY LIQUID EYELINER WITH LASH EXTENSIONS

Cat-eye devotees understand how important liquid eyeliner is to one’s makeup routine. If you identify with this sentiment, then you probably have at least five liquid liners in your makeup collection at all times, and it’s the part of your routine you just hate to go without. If you also have eyelash extensions, you might find your life to be particularly difficult and maybe even messy. Because there’s nothing worse than destroying your expensive extensions, we reached out to lash expert Skyy Hadley and a few of our favorite beauty influencers for advice.

Avoid Waterproof Liners

“First rule is no waterproof liquid eyeliner,” says Hadley. “Smudge-proof and budge-proof eye makeup is generally bad news for lash extensions. This includes water-resistant or waterproof liquid liner. A liquid liner may seem innocent enough, but its long-wearing formula will require rubbing or repeatedly touching your lashes to remove it, all of which will shorten your extensions.” Instead, she suggests using a powder liner or an oil-free formula. Our oil-free formula of choice is Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.

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Less Is More

“When wearing lash extensions, it’s important to remember that less is more! Avoid long-lasting formulas, which may require more rubbing when removing, Wearers should be careful when using eyeliner, because if removed improperly it can cause buildup around the lashes,” explains Ashley Hall.

Apply Gently

“Be careful to not run the eyeliner too hard against lashes, or they could loosen and fall out,” says Julia Salvia. Use a formula that easily glides on without pressing too hard, like IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner.

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Don’t Tug on Your Eye

“If you’re used to tugging at your eyelid in order to put on eyeliner, try to break that habit ASAP,” says Miranda Mendelson. “Be sure you’re applying the liner around the extensions and not through them, and remember that you might not need as much as you’re used to since the extensions will already create the illusion of a darker lash line.”


Consider Replacing Your Eyeliner With Eyeshadow

“I would recommend using an eyeshadow to line the eye rather than a traditional eyeliner when wearing lash extensions,” says Madison Murrell. “Wet the shadow before using to make the product stick to the lash line longer. Using a gel or liquid liner is harder to remove than an eyeshadow. Swiping back and forth on the lash line to remove will cause friction on the lash extension, which will cause them to fall off. One easy swipe and the eyeshadow that you used in place of liner will be gone, and you will be left with more lashes!” Heidi Guttenberg agrees: “This is a great alternative and if done with super pigmented product, it can look almost the same as any other eyeliner.”

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Source:

https://www.makeup.com/beauty-question-liquid-eyeliner-lash-extensions

12 Affordable Products to treat Eczema On Your Face

Eczema anywhere on your body is a curse, but eczema on your face is a special kind of hell. It can come on suddenly, take forever to go away, and make you look and feel like you’ve been punched, burned, rubbed with poison ivy, or all of the above. To the uninitiated, it’s hard to explain how self-conscious facial eczema can make you—your face, after all, is what you’re presenting to the world, and to lose control of how it looks and feels is miserable.

“There are a lot of different kinds of eczema,” explains dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D., an associate clinical professor at Yale University, who names atopic dermatitis, irritant contract dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis as just three examples. Each kind of eczema may benefit from a different treatment, which is why it’s important to see your derm to work out a personalized plan if your eczema is severe, unexpected, or doesn’t heal within a couple weeks. Some people may benefit from steroids or prescription creams, like Eucrisa, while others may just need to change up their routine. (The biggest misconception Dr. Gohara says patients have about eczema? “That you can’t be irritated by or allergic to something that you have used for many years,” she says. Turns out, you can be.)

Whether you’re dealing with a flare-up, trying to avoid steroid creams, or just looking for something to calm your skin while you wait for this bout to pass, here are some tried-and-true drugstore treatments we swear by.

1.

THE BUDGET-FRIENDLY PICK

Virgin Coconut Oil

Brandless

$3.00

The coconut oil craze may have passed, but using a touch of it—just a touch!—is still a good trick for calming down your skin. You can use more of it on your body if you get flare-ups there, but just use a fingertip’s worth for your face, focusing on the areas where your eczema is its worst. Bonus: It’s literally $3.

2.

THE OINTMENT THAT NEVER FAILS- Healing Ointment

Aquaphor

$10.68

The original, and still the best. Aquaphor is a petroleum jelly–based ointment that the pros recommend slathering on your skin immediately after a shower or bath to lock in moisture. It won’t leave irritated skin feeling even more irritated, and it’ll provide a barrier between your skin and anything that might hurt it (the weather, pollutants, etc). I like using the kind developed specifically for babies—to me, it’s the gentlest.

3.

THE AWARD-WINNER – Skin Protectant

First Aid Beauty

$31.99

Last winter, when my eczema was at its worst, I would pop into Sephora, reach for sample jar, and dab some of this on my skin if it was feeling particularly itchy. But it’s actually worth stocking up on the super-effective product. You wouldn’t be alone—as Allure points out, a tub of Ultra Repair Cream is literally sold every minute. 

4.

ECZEMA HONEY
eczema honey

$6.99

Eczema Honey is a line developed specifically for eczema sufferers, with a single, gentle product for each issue—one soap, one body cream, one bath bomb, and so on—and this lip balm does the job. You can use whether you get eczema on your lips or not, whether you’re flaring up or not—and it smells great, too.

5.

THE FLARE-UP FIXER – Intensive Healing Lotion

AMAZON
Cortizone 10

$7.88

This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you want to steer clear of steroid or prescription creams, try this during a flare-up—it’s for that moment that you can’t bear to itch anymore, but you also know that steroid creams won’t work for your skin.

6.

THE AQUAPHOR ALTERNATIVE – White Petroleum
Vaseline

$20.35

“I love Vaseline,” says Dr. Gohara. “Especially around the eyes, where facial eczema can be very prevalent.”While Aquaphor is part petroleum jelly, part other ointments and oils, Vaseline is just pure petroleum jelly. (Again, if your skin is super-sensitive, go for the baby-friendly variety—the gentler, the better.) Vaseline goes on heavier than Aquaphor, since the latter is more easily absorbed by your skin, and it’s more of a protectant than a treatment.

7.

THE PRODUCT THAT LASTS ALL DAY – Eight Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden

$22.00

This Eight Hour Cream is legendary in skincare circles. While not developed for eczema specifically, I’ve found that a tiny amount of this goes a long way toward treating my issues—it’s thicker and stickier than most of the others on this list, but it also sits more comfortably on my sensitive skin than any other premium skincare product. In particular, if you get eczema on your lips (or have dry, cracked lips generally), this is perfect—make sure you get the fragrance-free kind.

8.

THE EVERYDAY CLASSIC – Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe

$14.24

When it comes to a one-size-fits-all skincare lines for eczema-prone skin—as opposed to using different brands for cleansing, moisturizing, toning, etc.—CeraVe is widely considered the best. It’s gentle, well-established in the industry, and offers a range of products, from cleanser to hand cream to eye cream, that you can use without worrying about new ingredients upsetting your skin.

9.

THE SUNSCREEN STICK – Sunscreen Stick

Shiseido

$24.38

Plot twist: This is not an eczema treatment, but it is the only sunscreen I can use when my skin is flaring up. Given that you’re reading an article about beauty products, you probably already know how vitally important it is to wear sunscreen every day (yes, every day, rain or shine)—and not just a foundation with SPF, but bona fide sunscreen in its own right. The sun is the number-one ager of skin, and if you slather on sunscreen you’ll also be protecting yourself from skin cancers. (Win-win.) So, for those days where you can’t bear to put anything but Aquaphor on your irritated skin—but you know you have to wear sunscreen too—try this.

10.

THE ANTIBIOTIC DERIVATIVE – Eczema Essentials

Neosporin

$11.47

“Wait, Neosporin?” I hear you say. “Isn’t that an antibiotic?” Yes, but Neosporin also has a line of very serious-looking “Eczema Essentials” skincare products that promise to reduce pain, scarring, inflammation, itching…any symptoms of eczema that are causing your distress. Consider this not an eczema treatment, per se, but a way to reduce its symptoms.

11.

THE DERM-RECOMMENDED FACE SOAP – Beauty Bar

Dove

$7.49

“This is mild and moisturizing,” says Dr. Gohara, who adds that Dove is her go-to cleanser recommendation for patients with eczema. (Pro tip: Get the unscented kind.)

Avène

$28.00

So, miracle upon miracle, your eczema is gone. Hooray! But you know that one patch of dry skin that isn’t well-moisturized can kick-start the whole cycle again. Don’t fret: This moisturizer, the best I’ve tried in its field, will keep your skin hydrated for hours at a time. Unlike Aquaphor and Vaseline, which can result in skin shinier than the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, this cream will go on light and leave you glowing (in the good way).

Source:

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/g25731892/ezcema-on-face-cream/

THIS DECONSTRUCTED EYELINER TUTORIAL WILL MAKE YOU DO A DOUBLE TAKE

Eyeliner is probably our favorite makeup product, not only because of its vast array of colors and finishes but also because of its ability to be used pretty much anywhere. Deconstructed eyeliner is one of our new favorite trends exactly for this reason — instead of traditionally lining the eye, you can use a liner to create a variety of different shapes, angles, and lines anywhere on the eye area. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen for her take on the look. Read on to see how to master the technique.

STEP 1: Pick Your Pencil Carefully

According to Kohlhagen, beginning your deconstructed eyeliner look starts with choosing the right type of pencil. “It’s important to use a long-lasting waterproof eyeliner like theL’Oréal Paris Pro-Last 24H Eyeliner when you’re creating this kind of look,” she says. You’re going for crisp definition, not smudginess here. Color, however, is up to you. She opted for a mix of purple and burgundy shades to create this multi-dimensional finish.

STEP 2: Leave Parts Blank

Next, you want to pick up your pencil(s) and apply your lines with care. “I like to start with the inner corner and then work my way to the outer corner,” says Kohlhagen. After winging out the upper lash line, create a curved line at the crease. To nail the deconstructed’ appearance, Kohlhagen says she “left the spots between the inner and outer corner lines blank, so you can see the negative space between the colors.”

STEP 3: Set With an Eyeshadow

Once your lines are drawn, the best way to really make them pop is to add more color. “Eyeshadow can make the colors stand out more if the pencil you’re reads a bit sheer,” she says. Using a small, round-tipped brush, trace over the lines with a matching colored eyeshadow. This will not only add an additional layer of saturation, but it will also set the eyeliner and help avoid creasing.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/deconstructed-eyeliner-tutorial

A SUNSET EYE MAKEUP TUTORIAL THAT BRINGS THE HEAT

Very few makeup looks scream summer like a gorgeous, ombré sunset eye. The warm, vibrant makeup looks like it’s meant for the beach or a tropical vacation. But, even if you have nothing more planned for the rest of the summer than a happy hour date with your besties, this sunset eye look will bring the heat. Think it looks too complicated to pull off? Think again. Ahead, we walk you through how to recreate this sunset eye makeup look by makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen in six easy steps.

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STEP 1: Prep the Eyes With a Primer

Whenever you take the time to do an extensive eyeshadow look, you’ll want to prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer. What’s the use of putting all of the time and effort into your makeup if you’re just going to let it melt off two hours after applying? Try the Lancôme Primer It Boost It Eyeshadow Primer or Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

STEP 2: Apply Your Base Color

Using the NYX Professional Makeup Off Tropic Shadow Palette in Hasta La Vista, apply a coral pinkish-orange matte shade all over your eyelid as the base. Really pack on the color for a vibrant look on the outer edge of your lid — this is where you’ll want the orange hue to be really noticeable in the sunset look.

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STEP 3: Add Color to Your Crease 

Work the bright pink shade into the crease of your eye. Be sure to buff it out so the color looks diffused on the edges. To achieve the ombré color of a sunset, also apply the pink eyeshadow to inner half of your eyelid. Blend the barrier between the coral shade and the pink shade so there’s just a subtle color change.

STEP 4: Brighten the Inner Corners of Your Eyes

Moving on with the yellow-gold shade, brighten up the inner corners of your eyes. Take a small eyeshadow brush and pack on the pigment for a pop of color. Continue to blend the shade down underneath your bottom lash line, as well.

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STEP 5: Add Color Underneath Your Bottom Lash Line

Moving back to the pink and orange hues, apply a light coating of the eyeshadow colors underneath your bottom lash line. The colors should go from yellow to pink to orange — just as they do on your eyelid.

STEP 6: Mascara, Always

Finish off your sunset eye makeup look by curling your eyelashes and applying a coat of black mascara. If you’re really looking to up the drama, apply false lashes instead.

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Source:

https://www.makeup.com/sunset-eyeshadow-makeup-tutorial

5 BEST DRUGSTORE FINISHING POWDERS UNDER $12

Every beauty junkie knows that a makeup look is never complete without a final dusting of setting powder — and if you’re as obsessed with makeup as we are, you also know that some of those powders come with a pretty hefty price tag. After years of trying every setting powder on the market, we discovered that some of the best ones are from the drugstore — so we rounded up our top five favorites. Not only are these babies under $12, but they’re also so good they may just convert you away from high-end powders for good.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Finishing Powder

Hands down, the translucent NYX HD Finishing Powder is one of our OG favorite drugstore products. We love this powder for two reasons: its fine, translucent qualities brush over the most colorful of makeup flawlessly and we love its lightweight, airy finish.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder

When it comes to a daily setting powder, Maybelline Fit Me! is our go-to. We love wearing this over Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation in a corresponding shade. Not only will it leave your makeup smooth and flawless, it will lock it in place all day.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder

It’s no secret that L’Oréal Paris is one of the most well-known and trusted drugstore beauty brands on the market and the Pro-Sweep & Lock Setting Powder doesn’t disappoint. It provides you with a matte, soft-focus finish to your makeup and controls shine all day.

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Maybelline Master Fix Setting and Perfecting Powder

The Maybelline Master Fix Setting and Perfecting Powder is another awesome option for an every day, translucent powder. It’s super fine and soft and excellent for baking under the eye or applying all over.

Pacifica Crystal Rays Luminous Translucent Setting Powder

Loaded with skin-loving ingredients like watermelon, vitamin C and natural minerals, the Pacific Crystal Rays Luminous Translucent Powder is a favorite of ours because it provides us with a natural, illuminated complexion.

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Source:

https://www.makeup.com/best-drugstore-face-powders

15 Genius New Inventions That Make the World a Better Place

My personal passion is creating new inventions & business platforms that benefit society in a positive way.  This is a fun article on inventions that have made our world a better place.

Inspiring Inventions:

They say necessity is the mother of invention – that the primary driving force for all new creations is some sort of need. Each of these 15 brilliant new inventions answers a different human need – such as clean water or sanitation – or an environmental necessity. To make them, gifted designers identified an important issue, came up with an innovative solution – and then put the wheels in motion to create some truly inspirational inventions.

1. THE DINING SET FOR DEMENTIA PATIENTS

Eatwell is an 8-piece dining set that fosters mealtime independence for sufferers of dementia. The bowls have slanted bottoms for easy scooping and bright blue interiors to help users easily identify food. The spoons hug the side of the dinnerware making collecting food easier and preventing spillage, and all handles allow for easy gripping and stability.

The Eatwell dining set is a genius new invention

The Eatwell dining set gives dementia patients dignity while they eat

2. THE STRAW THAT FILTERS WATER

The LifeStraw filters out virtually all microbiological contaminants to make water safe to drink. The invention was designed to help people in developing countries who don’t have access to safe water and in emergency scenarios following natural disasters when water is contaminated.

The LifeStraw is a genius new invention

The LifeStraw in action (Facebook)

3. THE INVISIBLE BIKE HELMET

Designed by two Swedish students, Hövding is a stylish neck collar that contains an airbag helmet that inflates in the case of an accident. The new invention is available in select stores in Europe – and no doubt we’ll be “seeing” more of Hövding in the near future.

Hövding is a genius new invention

Hövding: Before and after (Niklas Carlsson)

4. THE PATCH THAT MAKES YOU INVISIBLE TO MOSQUITOES

Kite Patch keeps mosquitoes at bay for up to 48 hours, by blocking the insects’ ability to smell carbon dioxide in human exhalation. The sticker-like patch affixes to clothing, and helps to stop the spread of diseases such as malaria, West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever.

The Kite patch is a genius new invention

Kite saves lives. It’s that simple.

5. THE DRINKABLE BOOK

This book is genius: along with providing basic information on clean water, each page of the Drinkable Book is coated with silver nanoparticles, which kill 99.9% of bacteria when water passes through. The result: clean, safe drinking water. Once a page of the book has been torn out, it can be used multiple times as a filter, providing up to 30 days of clean water for one person.

The Drinkable Book is a genius new invention - non-fiction innovation

The Drinkable Book is non-fiction innovation

6. THE FLATPACK REFUGEE SHELTER

Developed in coordination between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Better Shelter is a refugee shelter that combines form, function and sustainability. Unlike the traditionally-used tents, the shelters can last up to three years and are fitted with solar panels, mosquito nets, lights, and ventilation and a lockable door for privacy and safety.

The Better Shelter is a genius new invention

Better Shelters assembled in the Karatepe transit camp, Mytilini, Greece (Facebook)

 

7. THE TINY DISPOSABLE PHONE BATTERY

The Mini Power is the eco-answer to keeping mobile phones charged and ready to go. Still in the design phase, these tiny cardboard capsules come in three sizes – two, four and six hours – and can be recycled after use. Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien envisions the new invention being sold at convenience stores, individually and also in bulk perforated sheets.

The Mini Power is a genius new invention

Disposable phone batteries made from cardboard – what’ll they think of next?

8. THE APP THAT LETS YOU LEND YOUR EYES TO THE BLIND

Be My Eyes is a mobile app that connects blind people who need assistance with sighted volunteers who want to help out via a direct video connection. Blind people get help navigating the world around them, sighted people get a helper’s high, and technology is used for a perfectly positive purpose.

Be My Eyes is a genius new invention

Be My Eyes is mobile technology at its best

9. THE FLOATING RUBBISH BIN THAT CLEANS THE OCEANS

Seabin is an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil, 24/7. The new invention aims to help solve and prevent ocean pollution by replacing the “trash boats” that currently serve marinas around the world.

The Seabin is a genius new invention

Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski with their masterpiece – the Seabin (Indiegogo)

10. THE FURRY ROBOT THERAPIST

Paro the robot seal is equipped with five different sensors that enhance its ability to connect with and heal people. The fluffy robot has a moveable body, makes cute seal sounds and responds to the touch and voice of individuals, adapting its behavior to suit users – which include the elderly, trauma victims and people dealing with serious illnesses.

Paro is a genius new invention

This Japanese invention is becoming a friendly fixture at senior citizens homes in the US and Europe

11. THE SOCCER BALL THAT GENERATES ELECTRICITY

SOCCKET is a portable, power-generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy issue. This new invention gets charged up during normal game play, to power its energy efficient, 3-LED lamp. Even better: for every ball purchased, SOCCKET gives one ball to a child in the developing world.

SOCCKET is a genius new invention

SOCCKET is all about energy – physical and global

12. THE KIT THAT MAKES MENSTRUATION SAFER

Flo is an easy-to-use, cost-effective kit for cleaning and storing reusable sanitary pads, that aims to boost hygiene in parts of the world where menstruation is stigmatized and pads and tampons aren’t always readily available. The new invention consists of a simple spinning and cleaning gadget, a mini-clothes line and a zippered pouch for transport.

Flo is a genius new invention

Leave it to college students to find an easy-to-use, cost-effective tool to help those in need

13. THE EDIBLE WATER BOTTLE YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME

Ooho! is a new kind of packaging made from seaweed that proposes an alternative to plastic bottles. The H20 orbs are servings of water encased in an algae-based gel, which in due time could be a common replacement for the bottles we use every day.

Ooho! is a genius new invention

Ooho! is a creative and green solution to discarding plastic water bottles

14. THE BUS THAT RUNS ON HUMAN WASTE

Waste treatment company GENeco has come up with a groundbreaking new invention – the trash and sewage-guzzling BioBus. The first BioBus is currently active in the United Kingdom, shuttling passengers back and forth every day from Bristol Airport.

The BioBus is a genius new invention

The BioBus: Fueled by purified waste (Wessex Water)

15. THE HAND-POWERED DISHWASHER

Created by Israeli designer Chen Levin, the Circo dishwasher is an off-the-grid, on-the-counter dishwasher that uses zero electricity and only a small amount of water. The concept is simple and brilliant: the hand-powered crank releases a jet of water, which is heated by a sodium acetate tablet. One minute later, the dishes are clean.

The Circo is a genius new invention

With the crank of a handle, the Circo dishwasher cleans dishes within a minute (inhabitat)

Source:

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/15-genius-new-inventions-that-make-world-better-place

THE CORRECT WAY TO APPLY DRY SHAMPOO

AHH…DRY SHAMPOO…HOW I LOVE YOU!

Dry shampoo — what would you do without it? The holy grail hair-care product saves you when you don’t have the time or the energy to wash your hair, helps extend the wear of your blowout and just all around makes your hairstyle look better, longer. Not to mention, it’s a pretty fool-proof product. Unlike texture foams and styling creams, even the most inexperienced beauty lovers can use it. But for optimal results, it’s important to know the best practices for applying dry shampoo. We asked Nick Stenson, hairstylist and Artistic Director for Matrix, to break it down for us.

How Dry Shampoo Works 

“Dry shampoo has a powdery finish to the product that allows the hair to absorb oil and excess moisture. Specifically, Matrix Style Link Playback Dry Shampoo works to absorb oils and impurities, extending and refreshing your undone look for longer,” says Stenson.

The Best Time to Use Dry Shampoo 

“There really is no right or wrong way to use dry shampoo,” says Stenson. “It can be used on fresh hair to add texture or can be used on day-two hair and beyond to absorb oil and smell.”

The Best Way to Apply Dry Shampoo 

The distance between the bottle and your head is key. Most spray bottles are designed to be used a can’s length away from the scalp, not closer. “I would hold the bottle 12 inches away from the head and apply right to the scalp area to absorb the oil,” advises Stenson. Part your hair into chunks to allow the spray to reach your roots better. “Then, finish by lightly spraying it all over to freshen up your style.”

Common Dry Shampoo Mistakes to Avoid

“The biggest issue is overusing dry shampoo at one time,” cautions Stenson. “A little actually goes a long way. People often think they need to use a ton of it in order for it to work when that’s not the case.” To avoid leaving your stands a powdery mess, start slow and add more as needed. Looking for a drugstore dry shampoo option? Try Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodified Dy Shampoo.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/correct-way-to-apply-dry-shampoo

3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR HAIR GROW

When you’re trying to grow your hair out, I think we can all agree that it never seems to happen fast enough. Between the ample number of hair-growth products lining the shelves of your favorite beauty retailers and the DIY at-home remedies that people “swear by,” debunking hair-growth myths and finding a method that truly works is no easy task. Ahead, hair guru Zachary Morad shares his tried-and-true hair-growth hacks f that are sure to give your strands the boost they need to grow.

Hair-Growth Tip #1: Nutrition Is Important 

Nutrition is the key to a strong foundation for your entire body, and your hair is no exception. I’m sure you’ve already heard the long list of benefits that different vitamins have for your skin and hair, but it all comes down to eating healthy and getting your body the right nutrients. The best way to get these vitamins is by eating vitamin-rich foods. Adding good fatty acids — like those found in avocados — and eating foods that are rich in iron can help support and accelerate cell growth.

Hair-Growth Tip #2: Topical Stimulation 

Stimulation on the hair follicle is key to hair growth. First, you want to make sure that your scalp is regularly exfoliated. You can do this daily with a soft-bristle brush or weekly with a formulated scalp treatment. We like Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, L’Oréal Professionnel Everfresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, and Briogeo Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. Stimulating your scalp can help prevent your hair follicles from getting blocked by oil, debris, and dead skin cells.

Hair-Growth Tip #3: Focus on Maintenance

Oftentimes, we focus so much on the growth process that we forget to maintain the lengths and ends of our hair. Employ a shampoo that will nourish your hair and keep it healthy as you grow it out. Try a nourishing one like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo. Then, of course, the oldest trick in the book for growing your hair long and strong is to trim it regularly. This may sound like a contradiction, but you will find your hair feeling and looking healthier with more frequent trims. Over time, your hair can become dry and brittle on the ends — be it from heat styling, color or just everyday wear-and-tear. By keeping your hair healthy with regular trims, it can prevent breakage and allow you to maintain more of your length in the long run.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/ways-to-stimulate-hair-growth

How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

I came across this article and found it very inspiring.  I hope you do as well.  If you didn’t know, I have a FB group, Lead with deed, where people can share random acts of kindness and inspirational articles.  I’d love to hear your stories!

30 Days of Kindness:

How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

I don’t know his name, but his messy, shoulder-length hair hides a pair of hauntingly blue eyes. It’s a warm September day in New York, but he’s sitting under a mountain of ragged bits of clothing, towels and blankets. In one hand, he loosely holds a piece of string attached to the neck of a small, mangy-looking dog lying next to him. In the other hand, he clutches a nearly empty bottle of cheap vodka. His bright eyes briefly glance at me without recognition or focus. I don’t know what makes me pause.

My initial thought is to give him money, though I just avoided eye contact with the last 10 people, sputtering that I didn’t have any. And my mom’s words come to mind: “He’ll only spend it on drugs or alcohol.” So I turn to the closest Nathan’s stand and buy him a hot dog, chips and soda.

When I approach him, I feel awkward, my donation insignificant. As if I’m offering a glass of water to a man trapped in a burning building. Is he more of a ketchup or mustard guy? The absurd thought turns my face hot. What comfort will a nutritionally deficient meal with a side of dehydration be to a man who sleeps on cement and spends a life generally invisible to the world?

But when he sees my outstretched hands, he smiles, dropping the bottle and leash to accept the meal with shaky fingers. We don’t exchange any words, but his smile lingers with me.

Can random acts of kindness actually increase and sustain happiness?

It’s only the sixth day of my month-long challenge to find the joy in making someone’s day every day, and up until now, I had felt like a failure. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but rather questioning whether seemingly small gestures were actually accomplishing my goal. Can I really find joy by giving to those around me? Can random acts of kindness actually increase and sustain happiness?

How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

Turns out they can, but there are exceptions. To find lasting happiness through generosity requires a suppression of our ego, an analysis of our motives and a reflection on how these acts alter our perception of the world.

How Generosity Benefits Us

As children, our parents tell us to make up for misbehaving by doing something nice for someone. As adults, we help friends move into a new house; we bring hot meals to new mothers; we might even donate time or money to local charities a few times a year. After all, it’s naturally uncomfortable to see a friend (or stranger) suffering or in need. Call it karma or mojo, but these acts are generally reciprocated. We receive tax breaks, returned meals and favors, thank-you notes. Tit for tat.

But what about pure, altruistic generosity, without the expectation of receiving something in return? Some researchers argue this type of generosity doesn’t exist. But I set out to see whether I could learn to give without the promise of getting. I made lists of various kind acts and placed reminders on my bathroom mirror, my work computer, my car dashboard: Make someone’s day today!

My first act of kindness was buying coffee for the woman behind me in the drive-thru lane at Starbucks. In fact, my first few acts were buying something for someone—lunch for an old friend, a copy of my favorite book to a stranger—but they didn’t make me feel much of anything. The recipients were grateful, but was I really making their day, and was that really boosting my happiness?

How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

At the end of each day, I reflected how being kind made me feel. I dug for tangible proof of my growth. Some days felt more significant: buying cough syrup for the two coughing boys in pajamas at the pharmacy, for example. Their father, who had dark circles under his eyes, rubbed the bridge of his nose as his credit card was declined a second time. I couldn’t tell whether he was more embarrassed or grateful, but I like to think he slept a little easier that night, and I left the pharmacy feeling pretty good.

How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

Countless studies tout the physical, mental and social benefits of receiving generosity. But until the 1980s, the effects on the giver were relatively unknown. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a psychology professor at UC Riverside and a leading happiness researcher, conducted a study in 2004 to determine whether committing five random acts of kindness would increase positive emotions. The short-term study revealed promising results with heightened levels of positive emotions, particularly in the participants who carried out all five acts of kindness on the same day. Spreading the acts over a week, Lyubomirsky theorized, led to a repetitive and often unoriginal pattern that either didn’t change the level of positive emotions or, in some cases, even lowered it.

Admittedly I experienced some form of generosity fatigue around the second week of my challenge. It’s easy to float through the day wrapped up in our own heads, focusing only on what directly impacts us. Consciously searching for new and different ways to improve someone else’s day was more difficult than I had anticipated. We just don’t face that challenge often in society. But then when I did the nice deed, I nearly always felt a boost of happiness afterward. A 2009 study by social psychologist Jorge A. Barraza, Ph.D., and neuroscientist Paul J. Zak, Ph.D., attributes this to a release of oxytocin, the feel-good chemical in the brain.

According to the study, when people feel empathetic, they release 47 percent more oxytocin into their hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for emotion and memory. The participants felt the urge to act generously—particularly toward strangers. As Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D., a Buddhist monk and best-selling author, writes in Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill: “When we are happy, the feeling of self-importance is diminished and we are more open to others.” Studies show people who have experienced a positive event in the past hour are more likely to help strangers in need. This explains why we help people, even at a cost to ourselves.

In the late ’80s, the term “helper’s high” was used to describe the euphoria feeling associated with volunteering. Beyond happiness, generous people also experienced enhanced creativity, flexibility, resilience and being open to new information. They’re more collaborative at work; they’re able to solve complex problems more easily and they form solid, healthy relationships with others.

Generosity allows us to forget our own self-importance.

As Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., happiness researcher and founder of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, writes, “It may be people who live generous lives soon become aware that in the giving of self lies the unsought discovery of self as the old selfish pursuit of happiness is subjectively revealed as futile and short-sighted.” Generosity allows us to forget our own self-importance, even temporarily, and look outward to uplift those around us who, in turn, often uplift those around them.

Shawn Achor, a Harvard-trained researcher and The Happiness Guy at SUCCESS, calls this the ripple effect. Our behavior, he discovered, is literally contagious. “Our habits, attitudes and actions spread through a complicated web of connections to infect those around us,” he writes. That’s why we sync up with our best friends, often finishing each other’s sentences and reading each other’s thoughts. It’s also why one negative attitude can spread like a disease across an office and infect everyone’s mood.

So are happier people more generous, or does generosity make us happier? Rather than thinking of it as a cause-and-effect relationship, consider happiness and generosity as intertwining entities. “Generating and expressing kindness quickly dispels suffering and replaces it with lasting fulfillment,” writes Ricard, the Buddhist monk. “In turn the gradual actualization of genuine happiness allows kindness to develop as the natural reflection of inner joy.” Helping behavior increases positive emotions, which increases our sense of purpose, regulates stress, and improves short- and long-term health. All of that contributes to a heightened level of happiness, causing us to feel more generous, creating a circle of happiness and generosity.

Why We Aren’t Generous All the Time

I failed twice during my month-long challenge. What began as a positive and energizing morning was quickly derailed—a negative social media post, a complaining text, an overwhelmed co-worker. I refocused my thoughts and tried to make this my kind act for the day. What if I can turn this person’s day around? What if I can help him see the positive side of his situation? I listened, nodded with concern, hyper-aware of my facial expressions, eager to exude empathy and understanding. I’m not sure what I exuded, but both of us left feeling worse than before.

What happened? According to Paul Bloom, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University and author of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, I had confused empathy with compassion, resulting in empathetic distress and burnout. Empathy requires feeling what others feel, “to experience, as much as you can, the terrible sorrow and pain,” whereas compassion involves concern and a desire to help without the need to mirror someone else’s anguish.

It turns out, you can be too nice. Psychologists Vicki Helgeson and Heidi Fritz created a questionnaire revealing that women are more likely to put others’ needs before their own, often resulting in asymmetrical relationships as well as an increased risk of depression and anxiety. When we experience empathetic burnout, we often shy away from generosity altogether. Feeling taken advantage of, we retreat inward.

Researchers have also theorized that every kind act is ultimately done to benefit ourselves in some way, even subconsciously. This concept, coined “universal egoism,” offers explanations that are easier to accept than true altruism: a desire to help others void of selfish motives. For example, there are multiple situations that can be initially perceived as true altruism but at its core, the kind act is governed by selfish motives. Ben Dean, Ph.D., psychologist and founder of MentorCoach in Maryland, offers three such examples:

  • It’s a natural response to feel uncomfortable when we see someone suffering. But rather than help in order to ease their suffering, we help them to ease our own discomfort.
  • In an attempt to protect our fragile egos and reputations, we don’t want to be viewed as insensitive, heartless, mean, etc. So we help others even when we might not feel an urge to improve their well-being.
  • We perceive there to be some form of personal benefit from the act, either short- or long-term.

The question remains: Is there a truly selfless act of kindness?

The question remains: Is there a truly selfless act of kindness? And does it even matter where our motivations lie? The homeless man in New York still ate a hot meal, and the two little boys at the pharmacy didn’t stay up all night coughing. Isn’t that what matters?

How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

We aren’t consistently generous for a multitude of reasons, but in the traditional corporate setting, the prevailing enemy of generosity is the fear of appearing naïve. (And the possibility of going broke.) After all, isn’t the nice guy the one who finishes last? So we become “Givers” as Adam Grant Ph.D., details in his best-seller Give and Take. In the modern workplace, we are no longer solely evaluated on our work performance, but rather on how we interact as a cohesive unit and how we contribute to the organization as a whole. In fact, Grant’s research reveals this new business landscape paves the way for Givers to succeed and Takers to be left behind. By helping others, we help ourselves.

The important thing to remember is that Givers—especially those predisposed to putting others’ needs before their own—need to know their boundaries. Grant says it begins with distinguishing generosity from its three other attributes: timidity, availability and empathy.

At the risk of sounding cliché, my month of generosity did make me happier. Something about waking up and consciously planning to act selflessly lightened my step and made the morning drag easier to bear. Something about a stranger flashing a smile (albeit a confused one) as I handed them a dog-eared copy of my favorite memoir gave me an energy boost that a triple-shot latte never could.

For a precious hour or so every day, the fear, anxiety, stress and doubt of daily life didn’t plague my thoughts. I briefly forgot about myself, and it was intoxicating. Friends responded to my seemingly arbitrary good mood with confused laughs. When did being happy without reason become a cause for concern? I wondered.

Maybe my heart was in the right place when I gave the blue-eyed man a hot meal. But maybe my ego was directing my actions that night in the pharmacy checkout lane. And maybe I avoided generosity toward my close friends and co-workers because it was more difficult. Buying coffee for a stranger is easy, detached and allows for a clean exit. Gently pushing a friend to divulge her source of anxiety after she says “I’m fine” is not. After all, altruism and honest self-reflection take time and practice.

Thirty days of generosity didn’t make me a different person, but I do feel different. I don’t actively look for ways to be generous, but I notice the opportunities anyway. Like the sticky note residue on my bathroom mirror, I can see gentle impressions of my growth where I least expect it: during rush hour, when I give the benefit of the doubt to the woman cutting into my lane; after a long day of work, when I make time for the struggling friend who needs to talk; and, most important, in the moments when I forget myself and realize the joy to be found in caring for the people around me.

 

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How 30 Days of Kindness Made Me a Better Person

 

 

 

5 MISTAKES PEOPLE WITH THICK HAIR ALWAYS MAKE

Having thick hair is a big responsibility. The idea of trying new styling techniques can be a bit scary because thick hair generally has a mind of its own. To help relieve you of some of that anxiety, we’re sharing some of the most common mistakes people make with thick hair, as well as some best practices, ahead.

Thick Hair Mistake #1: Thinning it Out Too Much

One of the most popular ways people deal with thick hair is by thinning it out. While removing some bulk from your hair may seem like the best way to make it more manageable, in most cases you may actually be making matters worse. Over-thinning thick hair with shears or a razor can cause unwanted volume from the pumped-up, shorter layers left behind during the thinning process. It can also fray the ends of your hair leaving it appearing stringy and unhealthy. Layering the hair properly is the best way to ditch any extra bulk you may have without compromising the look or integrity of the hair.

Thick Hair Mistake #2 Getting a Super Short Haircut

Another route many take to achieve more manageable hair is opting for a super-short haircut. Once again, this may actually create more work for you in the long run. Short haircuts, in general, require more commitment in the styling and hair-care department, so if you’re looking for an easy, breezy style, this may not be the best option. When thick hair is cut too short, styling techniques like sectioning and updos are difficult to do, if not impossible. If you are looking for a shorter style that will work well with thicker hair, try a triangular long bob that is longer in the front. This will make pulling your hair back easier and will also distribute your hair in such a way that it appears sleeker and thinner.

Thick Hair Mistake #3: Getting It Chemically Straightened 

Many clients opt for a chemical straightening treatment in the hopes that it will make their thick hairstyle easier. What most often happens is the natural texture of the hair is ruined and it becomes over-processed and unmanageable. If you’re looking to create an easier, sleeker look try getting a keratin treatment. Keratin treatments fill in the small divots in your hair that create texture to smooth it out and compress the cuticle. These treatments are also not permanent as they wash out over time and eventually restore your hair’s natural texture.

Thick Hair Mistake #4: Not Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Another common mistake made with thick hair is using the wrong products. Many mistake thick hair for curly or textured hair and therefore stock up on formulas that are too heavy and weigh it down even more. Thick hair tends to retain oil more due to the density of the hair strands. Over time, this can create a lot of buildups, leaving your locks looking lackluster and dull. With thick hair, it’s important to properly cleanse it to avoid this buildup effect. Try a gentle clarifying shampoo and light conditioners like those from Kérastase Cristalliste, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo or Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo. These formulas work together to wash out any oil and residue leftover from styling products and keep your hair looking fresh and healthy.

Thick Hair Mistake #5: Avoiding Layers

If you are part of the thick-hair family, you’ve probably experienced the fear of a new haircut. Finding the right cut for your thick strands can be a stressful ordeal and it might take a few tries before you find the perfect cut. The anxiety and confusion often cause women to choose the ease of a single-length, blunt haircut. This may work for some but for others, this isn’t necessarily the way to go. Don’t be afraid to layer your hair! Creating a long layering pattern will not only shed some weight from your hair, but it also gives you more styling versatility and a beautiful shape. Just make sure to avoid short layers.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/mistakes-with-thick-hair

HOW TO DIY THE PERFECT SALON BLOWOUT AT HOME

Lattes, spa pedicures and perfect blowouts: they all top the list of those elusive things we can never quite master as well as the pros. After wrestling with our blowdryer — tired arms and tangled hair — for far too long, we decided we need to knock one of those wonders off the list and figure out how to blow dry our hair like the hairstylists do. To guide us on our journey, we caught up with hair pro Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni to get her expert advice on how to DIY the perfect blowout.

diy salon blowout

STEP 1: Prime and Prep Your Hair 

The perfect blowout starts by spraying your hair before styling. “A primer sets your hair up to receive the benefits from your styling product,” says Sunshine-Antonioni. “If you think of a painter and their canvas, they always prime their canvas before applying the paint to get the best results. Spray a product like the Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-benefit Leave-in Treatment from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair. Then, choose a product that’s appropriate for the look you’re going for.” If you’re going for a sleek style, you want to use something that’s a bit creamier or shinier like the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. For a more voluminous style, use a volume spray like the Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam at your roots.

 

STEP 2: Pre-Dry Your Hair

“I am a believer in using the fastest way to get the best results, so start by pre-drying the hair with your blow dryer,” suggests Sunshine-Antonioni. “Use your hand to stretch your hair and pull on it while you’re blowing with the tip of your blow dryer pointed down. If you have curly hair, you want to use a lot of tension and really stretch your hair, and if you have finer hair, you just move the blow dryer back and forth and do it hands-free. Do that until the hair is about eighty to ninety percent dry before you pick up a brush.”

 STEP 3: Section Your Hair

“Next, make your part where you want it and section from ear to ear — one section on the left, one on the right, and then the remaining back of the head you want to put into four different sections,” she says.

 STEP 4: Choose the Right Brush 

Now it’s time to get down to business with the right tools. Sunshine-Antonioni likes to use a round bristle brush and says, “the bigger the brush, the straighter the hair. The smaller the brush, the tighter the curls, so choose according to the result you’re going for.”

 STEP 5: Blow Dry Your Hair Like a Pro 

When it comes time to dry with your brush, Sunshine-Antonioni recommends starting in the front of your hair. “If you have fine hair and you start in the back, by the time you get to the front it’s pretty much dry, and you’ve set your hair up to be flat,” she explains. It’s also important to focus more on the ends of your hair. “A lot of times people will spend time and energy by going from the root to the tips of the hair, but for a beautiful, polished blowdry you really just need to focus on the ends of the hair.” Place your brush from the mid-shaft to the end and then once it’s in there, that tension will smooth out the root at the same time.

If you want a smoother blow-dry with polished ends, roll your hair in toward the face, wrapping your hair around your brush. “A lot of times I see women drying their hair and they’re using a round brush, but the hair is not wrapping around the brush so the ends look frizzy,” Sunshine-Antonioni says.

“When you’re drying the back of the hair, it seems like everybody’s always killing themselves with their elbows up in the air, sweating, but if you actually just take your hair from the back and pull it around to the front, and you blow dry it in front of the face, it will expend a lot less energy and you’ll get a better polish to the ends. You won’t believe how much easier it is.”

 STEP 6: Finish Your DIY Blowout 

Once your salon-worthy blowout is done, Sunshine-Antonioni recommends setting your style with a light mist of flexible hairspray like the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold Hairspray.

 STEP 7: Now Make Your Blowout Last

So you’ve mastered the perfect blowout but a couple of days later it’s suddenly greasy and less voluminous. Cue dry shampoo. We recommend trying the Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo. “Make a horseshoe shape parting on the top of your head from temple to temple and spray it right at the root, about six inches away from the hair. Next, brush it through your hair,” Sunshine-Antonioni advises. You can also follow up with a conditioner like the Batiste Dry Conditioner. “If your ends look a little dry, but you don’t want to layer on a serum because it’s too heavy, the dry conditioner is wonderful because it leaves you with light freshness. Start from the mid-shaft to the ends and spray vigorously, then brush through.” Wondering if you can use both products at once? Yes, she says, as long you brush the products thoroughly between applications and concentrate the conditioner on your ends and shampoo at the roots.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/diy-salon-blowout

3-D Printed Nails! it’s a thing ladies and I love it.

This is such a cool idea!  Women can do amazing things when using their skill sets and creativity.

Grace Chiang, 25, cofounded Mani.me with while getting an MBA at Stanford. She’s still working toward her degree.

Grace Chiang, 25, cofounded Mani.me with while getting an MBA at Stanford. She’s still working toward her degree.

Courtesy of Mani.me

Grace Chiang, 25, had long been obsessed with manicures. But during a stint at McKinsey, she never had time to get her nails done the way she wanted. So while working towards her MBA at Stanford, she launched a company, Mani.me, with two friends from school, Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis, to sell women 3-D printed manicures by subscription. It’s an out-of-the-box idea for 3-D printing, but technologically there’s not a lot of difference between 3-D printing a keychain and doing the same for a set of highly designed nails.

The company launched in April, and has minimal sales to date, but was recently accepted into the new Stanley+Techstars accelerator for additive manufacturing, the lone consumer company in the current class of 10. In a conversation that has been edited and condensed, Chiang spoke about why the time has come for 3-D printed manicures:

Mani.me’s Grace Chiang (center) with cofounders Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis

Mani.me’s Grace Chiang (center) with cofounders Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis

Courtesy of Mani.me

It’s a female industry that’s been around for literally thousands of years. It’s super-painful, it takes a ton of time and it’s not very healthy for your nails. We thought, why not marry that with something quite male-oriented, which is 3-D printing and manufacturing. What we offer are custom-fit, ready-to-wear nails. You go to the website for an app. We measure your hand with photos, and we translate that into a 3-D printing model. Then we print the base, put the design on top of it and mail it to you. It’s like a sticker. The design is whatever you saw on the app. It’s like watching an Instagram come to life.

We’re on a subscription basis, $50 a month for two sets a month. We have a premium tier, which is $70 a month for three sets, so you can have a fun set for the weekend.

I worked in a nail salon when I was younger. It was that really long summer between high school and college. I was a financial aid student in college. I lived in Taiwan and went looking for jobs, and nobody was hiring for high schoolers. It’s not part of the culture there. My grandmother had always loved having me paint her nails. She passed away, and I decided this is something I just have to do. I found a nail salon in town. They agreed to train me if I gave them manual labor, sweeping and cleaning. I did that for five months. I got trained in acrylics and gels. I went off to college and would do monthly seasonal sets for my friends at school. Now I am at Stanford, and I hold women’s lunches for women to meet and talk and also to get manicures.

Source:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2018/07/16/stanford-mba-student-25-launches-3-d-printed-manicure-business-with-her-friends/?fbclid=IwAR37P42oGw41um-wepexQIPZFQHjwPjkc_TUaxYQF3Kydb6MTVpqXKotTEo#3cf2ba93ae60

6 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR NEXT SPRAY TAN

Once beach season rolls around, spray tans are our guilty pleasure. They give you the luminous glow without the sun’s harmful rays, and there are so many self-tanning products on the market to help keep your faux glow lasting for weeks. Ahead, we rounded up exactly what you need to know before you go into your first spray tan sesh, so you’ll come out as a glowing pro.

Spray Tan Tip 1: It’s All About Prep

If you want your spray tan to come out right (and last longer), you actually have to put in some work. Don’t just show up unprepared — you’ve got some homework to do. Shower the day before your session and give yourself a good scrub and a smooth shave. Exfoliating is the key to an even spray tan, as dead or flaky skin can leave you with patches and streaks. Try the Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub to prepare your skin (focusing on rougher areas like knees and elbows) and shave at the end of your shower, once your hair follicles have softened. Remember that shaving after your spray session will only strip away the color quicker.

Spray Tan Tip 2: Don’t Shower Right Before Your Session

This is because your pores are larger after a warm shower or bath, so the tanning solution sits in your pores and creates dark spots. As your pores seal, the solution gets trapped and you end up with visible tanning marks. Showering the same day is fine, just be sure to do it at least four hours before your appointment.

Spray Tan Tip 3: Fresh-Faced Is the Way to Go

Do not wear makeup during your spray session if you plan on tanning your face as well. Your foundation will act as a barrier and once you go home to cleanse your face, the solution will go right down the drain, too. Most places will offer makeup-removing wipes or you can bring some with you (like the CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths) if you’re heading to your appointment after work.

Spray Tan Tip 4: Skip the Deodorant as Well

Deodorant can also act as a barrier to the spray tan solution (and in some cases, can even turn colors), which will result in patchy underarms. Avoid this altogether by skipping out on the deodorant before your appointment.

Spray Tan Tip 5: The Color Comes After Your First Shower

Wait at least six to eight hours before your first shower. Once you do wash up, you’re going to notice that the water looks muddy — this is just the cosmetic bronzing solution used in the tan that allows the technician to know where they are spraying. No scrubbing, shaving or exfoliating! Only use body wash to gently clean up and let the water run until it turns clear. Now is when you really start to look like that bronzed goddess.

Spray Tan Tip 6: Moisturize Every Day After Spray Tanning

After your first shower, start moisturizing daily to maintain your tan. Just be sure to stay away from oil-based moisturizers, as they can strip away your tan and leave you looking blotchy. Try the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream for a fast-absorbing finish.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-spray-tans

TAKE A GRADIENT WING FROM DAY TO NIGHT WITH GLITTER

A gradient wing is the softer, more approachable sister of the classic, crisp cat eye.The perfect look for every day, this smoked-out eye makeup will become your new favorite for a bolder finish whether you’re going to work or happy hour. Below, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen to give us a tutorial on how to take the gradient wing eyeshadow look from day to night using glitter.

For Daytime

The key to nailing a gradient eye is color selection — and Kolhagen recommends opting for colors within the same shade family. One way to ensure it’s seamless is to start with the darkest shade and mix it with a white base like NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Base in White until it’s pastel and add a little more color until it seamlessly blends with the darkest color. To apply, “Start with the lightest color first and work your way to the darker shades”, says Kolhagen, adding that “once the dark colors are applied you can’t remove that without starting over.” To get the look, we recommend using a thin eyeliner blush so you have added control and going slowly to ensure it blends seamlessly.

Take Your Gradient Wing to the Next Level for Nighttime With Glitter

After a long day rocking your gradient wing, Kohlhagen recommends jazzing it up with a glitter finish for night. “For maximum shine, you’ll want to use two to three different sizes and colors of glitter,” she says. Use a finger or glitter brush and place a touch of NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer on the smallest flecks first, and apply them all over the darkest part of your wing. Next, add a larger glitter on top but keep it more spread out, so it doesn’t cover any of the glitter you already placed on your lid. “You want to make sure that your smoky wing is perfected before placing the glitter down to ensure a seamless look,” says Kohlhagen. And there you have it, from gradient to glitter in no time.

 

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/how-to-gradient-glitter-eyeshadow-wing-tutorial

THE COMPLEMENTARY COLORED EYE MAKEUP TUTORIAL YOU HAVE TO TRY ASAP

Colored eye makeup is all the rage lately, thanks to countless Instagram inspiration shots and tutorials. Whether it be same lid and lash color, graphic eyeliner or even a watercolor eye, the prism trend is literally exploding everywhere. We decided to take another crack at it, this time using complementary shades. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen for her take on the complementary, opposite color look. Get inspired and see how to get the job done yourself.

 

Choose Your Opposite Colors

The key to nailing down the complementary colored eye look is all about choosing colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel. “I would pick two bright colors that each have their own pop or put a neutral with a bright color,” says Kohlhagen. Here, we used a combination of a pink eyeshadow and the L’Oréal Pro Last Liner in Cobalt Blue, which has a cool electric finish to offset the warmer tones in the shadow. “You want to look for two shades that will make the other stand out,” she adds.

Apply and Set!

According to Kohlhagen, application from here on out is easy: Simply apply your lid color and line your upper lash line with your alternatively colorful liner. “The trickiest part actually comes next,” she says. “After using your gel pencil to do the lining, use a powder to set it.” Here, she set the cobalt blue liner with a similarly electric shade, the NYX Professional Makeup Primal Color in Hot Blue. After that, feel free to apply a matching blue mascara (the YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in I’m The Trouble will do the trick) and finish with a setting spray to prevent creasing.

And there you have it — another colored eye look to add to your makeup arsenal.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/complementary-colored-eye-makeup-tutorial

Haters Gonna Hate: 10 Ways to Use Haters As Fuel for Success

Upon reaching a certain level of success, there will almost certainly be haters that enter your life. These are people that either fundamentally do not believe in your values or, more likely, are jealous of your accomplishments.

It is easy to let these people get you down. Understandably, we don’t like when others are mean to us or don’t like us. The reality, though, is that having these haters around us is almost inevitable, especially true upon achieving success. Therefore, the options are to either let them affect you or to take advantage of the situation.

Here are 10 ways that you can take advantage by using your haters as fuel for your success:

1. Understand that it means you are doing things right.

The emergence of haters is a signal that you have achieved a certain level of success. If you have not accomplished anything, then, almost certainly, nobody would be paying enough attention to give you criticism.

When there are people hating on you and what you do, then it is a sign that you are on the path toward success. Use this sign as a validation that you have been doing the right types of things.

2. Learn from their attitudes to be more accepting of others.

Seeing the ways in which people negatively treat you can teach you how to be more accepting of others. Instead of mimicking your haters’ actions toward other people, do the opposite. You will develop empathy for what it is like to receive flack.

Then, when you see others in similar boats as you, you can provide support and motivation. This will both help others and allow you to develop meaningful relationships with successful people.

3. Use their criticism as a way to evaluate yourself.

Although a lot of criticism can be rooted in jealousy, there are times when certain criticisms are well-founded. You should not take the hate that you get to heart, but you should listen to what others have to say. At certain times, it can help you become a better person.

If you are working on a project that is environmentally harmful, for example, and you had not realized it, then listening to your haters can give you an important perspective to consider.

4. Be more humble.

You can use criticism as a lesson to take the high road. There will be situations when you can either fight back with others or you can do the right thing. You might be much more accomplished than those that are giving you a hard time.

That being said, you should be humble in your responses. There is no need to brag or try to validate yourself further. Instead, trust your own instinct and respond in a humble, respectful manner.

5. Use them to learn how to deal with conflict.

Dealing with your haters is also a great opportunity to better handle conflict. You could be put in challenging situations, with someone calling you out in a big way on social media or at an event.

Use these experiences as opportunities to learn to navigate conflict. Sometimes you can just take the high road but, in other situations, the response needs to be more nuanced.

6. Learn to control your anger.

Managing anger is also a great challenge in life. People might say things to you that invoke high levels of anger for a variety of reasons. Instead of lashing back, learn to respond calmly.

Take advantage of all the negative words and actions you might be victim to. If you can stay composed in these high-pressure or anxiety-provoking situations, then you will learn to control your anger. Doing so will pay off countless times throughout life.

7. Use them to learn how to ignore negative influences.

There are going to be many negative people in your life. Worrying about their opinions of you will only make you worse off. We cannot get everyone to like us. Therefore, haters serve as a great group to learn this lesson.

We feel even less of an urge to get them to like us compared to people we might know better. Learning to accept that not everyone is going to like you will enable you to focus your attention on the things that matter more. These include being present, challenges at hand, and working to become a better person.

8. Utilize them to become more independent thinking.

You might receive deeply personal insults that attack your beliefs or character. That said, you do not have to conform to anybody else’s beliefs. Instead, you should be proud of what makes you unique.

Learning to love yourself for who you are will enable you to live a more independent-thinking life. That will lead to greater levels of satisfaction and accomplishment.

9. Allow them to motivate you.

Others might tell you that your self-employed business will never succeed or that you will never accomplish your goals. You can use these negative responses as motivation to succeed. You do not need to prove anything to anybody.

That said, if it will motivate you to know that upon your achievements, you will be able to quiet the haters, then take advantage of that, and use it as motivation to work harder.

10. Appreciate your victories.

Haters can also be a great way to better appreciate your victories. Accomplishing something after many people told you that you would not be able to is a great feeling.

You should be proud of what you are able to achieve throughout your life. Your haters can serve as a reminder to appreciate these victories and be grateful for all the good you are fortunate to have.

Source:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/308567

HOW TO MASTER THE NEON BLUSH TREND YOU’RE SEEING ALL OVER INSTAGRAM

Neon blush seems to be everywhere these days — from the cool, yellow-hued Instagram blogger kind, to the editorial, draped, red-carpet look. To celebrate this electric trend, we teamed up with NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen to recreate the look using just one (that’s right, one!) product. Here’s what we came up with.

STEP 1: Pick Your Neon Blush Product(s)

The trick to mastering the neon blush look, according to Kohlhagen, depends lesson what type of blush product you use (i.e cream, stick, powder), and more on the product that will give you the best neon shade. “It can be anything, as long as it’s bright,” she says. “Here, we used the NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Hydrating Cheek Tint in Creative Cleanse to achieve the look.” This stick is perfect for a neon blush finish because it’s super bright and buildable enough for you to use it as a sheer tint or a full beat, depending on your preference.

STEP 2: Foundation Is Key

Before applying your neon blush, Kohlhagen says you’ll need to make sure you’ve primed and applied your makeup base. “Always do your foundation before applying blush so it blends better,” she says. This way, your blush product has an even surface to stick to and will last longer.

STEP 3: Apply, Buff, Set

After swiping on your neon blush, use a fluffy blush brush to blend it out onto the cheekbones and upper temple area. “This will create a softer, more diffused, draped look,” Kohlhagen says. After you’ve buffed it out, it’s time to set your newly bright and flushed cheeks. “You can add a bit of powder if you want it to be more long-lasting, and of course a setting spray.”

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/neon-blush-tutorial

TRY THIS HACK FOR A PERFECT CUPID’S BOW EVERY TIME

Achieving the perfect cupid’s bow starts with a solid lip liner. From vampy red lips to a bright pink pout, lip liner lays the groundwork for whatever look you’re trying to achieve. You may think applying lip liner is a no-brainer, but if you haven’t tried our foolproof, expert-approved method, you’ve been missing out. With this beauty hack, you’ll have undeniably even application and a perfect cupid’s bow every time.

perfect-cupids-bow

For this quick tutorial, you only need two items: lip liner and your lipstick of choice. We like Maybelline New York Lip Studio Plumper Please Lipstick in All Access and NYX Professional Suede Matte Lip Liner in Clinger.

STEP 1: Make an X

Once you locate your cupid’s bow, start at the highest point of your natural lip and draw a straight line extending down from that point. Repeat on the other side of your top lip to make an X.

perfect-cupids-bow

STEP 2: Define the Bottom Lip

You’ll find the exact center of your bottom lip directly below the X you just created. Make the next line across that point to define your bottom lip. Starting here will ensure evenness across your lip.

perfect-cupids-bow

STEP 3: Make Two Vs

Part your lips slightly and draw a sideways V connecting your top and bottom lip at both corners of your mouth. This will ensure that your lipstick doesn’t move past this point.

perfect-cupids-bow

STEP 4: Connect the Lines

Use short strokes of the pencil to connect the lines you’ve made in steps one through three. For the cleanest application, angle the pencil by holding it vertically, flat against the lip, with the tip of the liner pointing upward.

perfect-cupids-bow

STEP 5: Finish It Off and Apply Your Lipstick

Top off your perfect cupid’s bow with a swipe of lipstick or a dab of lip gloss. You’ll instantly be able to see how precise the lip color is.


perfect-cupids-bow

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/perfect-cupids-bow

 

 

How to Prevent Job Burnout in 3 Simple Steps

With our demanding, on-the-go lifestyles, burnout might feel inevitable. With these tips, it’s possible to avoid.

With globalization, digitalization, dual-income households, and social media, people are experiencing job burnout now more than ever.

We’re all out to achieve so much more than our ancestors did because, well, life isn’t just about survival anymore (thank goodness!). This wave of busyness and accelerated living is exciting, but it’s also causing a drained generation.

On the work front, mental health is a hot topic for organizations everywhere because it’s costing companies money. For instance, the prevalence of major depression within the workforce is estimated to cost $210 billion per year and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide. Recently, the WHO classified burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis, characterizing it as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The ability of a doctor to diagnose a patient with burnout legitimizes the condition and underscores the seriousness of being afflicted.

Signs of job burnout can be classified as becoming overridden by any mental health issues from depression, anxiety, and stress to deeper, more complex issues. However, you don’t need to be overtaken by physical work to feel burnt out. In fact, emotional labor can cause feelings of fatigue that mimic depression.

Considering that one in five people will be affected by some form of mental health issue in their lifetime, it’s important to understand the signs of burnout and to invest in your mental wellbeing today to ensure a healthy and functional future.

1. Check yourself

Overcommitting and charging full speed ahead without minding the why behind a certain decision is probably the number one mistake people make today. Instead of following your heart’s desire, it’s quite possible that you’re one of many people who are living the life that society has dictated without stopping to consider what you want. People say “yes” all day to functions, people, tasks, and things without stopping and asking themselves what they want.

  • DON’T: Do things only because you “should” do them. Should is a dirty word.
  • DO: Practice regular check-in’s with yourself to avoid life and job burnout. Review the many areas of life. Do you feel the way you want to feel?

2. Practice self-love

It’s absolutely critical to take the time to care for yourself. There is no excuse. Self-love will be whatever you need to recharge. For me, it’s nature, quiet, and creativity. For others, it might be a night out with close friends or a long run. Do something regularly that helps you unwind and feel grounded again.

  • DON’T: Put yourself last. You cannot be a great partner/parent/teammate/relative/employee if you’re always feeling burnt out from your job.
  • DO: Practice self-love and take an inventory of your feelings: How did a certain activity make you feel?

3. Pay attention

The sooner you’re able to detect the signs of a burnout creeping up on you, the better. This perception takes emotional intelligence and the ability to be conscious of your emotions. Your body will tell you something’s wrong — you just need to listen to it. Some physical signs of job burnout include exhaustion, insomnia, irritability, loss of interest, and lack of appetite. You can stay in tune with yourself by having regular check-ins with yourself. A journal makes the process of checking in natural and can be helpful for future references. Journaling also helps with unwinding, putting things into perspective, and releasing negative feelings.

  • DON’T: Delay! Two in three people will keep their concerns about mental health to themselves for fear of being judged. Release yourself from this stigma and seek help. Chances are others have felt the same way.
  • DO: Pay attention to your heart every day. Be mindful of how you’re feeling. If you notice anything that worries you, ask a friend about it.

I mentioned before that mental health affects one in five people. You may not be exempt and that’s OK. The most important thing is to build resilience now. A healthy, strong foundation can withstand the storm. By taking care of yourself now you can be better prepared when crisis strikes — because it just might! Life has a tendency to compound on us. Sometimes when it rains, it pours, so invest in a good roof today.

If you are facing a mental-health challenge or you are experiencing signs of burnout, reach out and seek help.

Source:

https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/3-tips-to-avoid-burning-out

Workplace Wellness: 5 Ways to Mind Mental Health at Work

Take care of your mental health in the workplace.

“Productivity” is the boardroom buzzword on the lips of business owners and managers across the globe. All too often however, this results in employees being pushed to demonstrate productivity at the expense of their job satisfaction and even, in some cases, their general mental health.

Encouraging and supportive employers are crucial to a truly productive team, but any mutually beneficial relationship requires both give and take. With that in mind, here is a series of simple and effective productivity tips you can use to achieve wellness in the workplace and find a balance between mental well-being and professional performance.

Take a break

Downtime is non-negotiable when it comes to productivity. Various studies even highlight the importance of taking regular breaks, like “movement breaks,” which are designed to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Spending long stretches of time at your desk can negatively affect your reasoning ability, your motivation, and your creativity, so don’t feel the need to remain glued there throughout the working day. In the long run, your mind and body will thank you for it.

Whether you go for a short walk to breathe some fresh air, kick back with a book in the break room, or simply indulge in some “waking rest,” every little bit helps. The key is to recognize that working longer does not necessarily mean working better, and you’ll actually be doing yourself a big favor by taking a little break every hour or two to recharge your mental batteries.

Communicate honestly

Open and honest communication is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to protecting your mental well-being in the workplace. Naturally, this goes two ways, as employers who are upfront and understanding take the stress out of office dialogues. But you can also decide to be the catalyst for direct communication and stand by this approach when it matters most.

In the face of mountainous workloads, unrealistic deadlines, or other genuine grievances surrounding your role, the best thing you can do is find a respectful and sincere way to voice your concerns and carve a path towards a more manageable and productive working day.

Clock in and out on time

Just like it’s important to take regular breaks, it’s also crucial to take your start and finish times seriously. Overworked staff are notoriously unproductive, with so-called “work martyrs” sacrificing hours of personal time in the name of reducing their workloads. Productive output drops dramatically after the 50-hour/week mark and plummets completely beyond 55 hours. Making this personal sacrifice is a serious physical and mental drain on those who make it, and, ultimately, a waste of valuable time.

Instead, clock in on time and leave on time — make the most of your contracted hours and know when to call it a day. Drawing clear dividing lines between your personal and professional lives is an essential basis for an effective work-life balance. By respecting these important boundaries, you can reap the benefits in and out of work.

Never, ever multi-task

Word is spreading throughout the working world about the dangers of multitasking, and it’s time to bust this widespread myth once and for all. Truth is, we only think we’re multitasking. It’s far more likely that we’re actually just shifting focus repeatedly between one task and another, ultimately without making much progress on either of the two outstanding jobs.

Treat yourself

Last but certainly not least, no matter what line of work you’re in, everyone deserves the gratification that comes with the occasional reward, and sometimes, it pays to be your own benefactor. Treats come in all shapes and sizes — some tangible, others abstract — but the important thing to remember is that everyone is different, and it’s about finding what gives you the emotional spring in your step that helps you get the job done.

Whether it’s indulging in a luxurious out-of-office lunch, embarking on an after-work shopping spree, or stocking up on gourmet coffee products to see you through the working day, don’t stop treating yourself. A personal reward for working at your best is the least you deserve, and these little pick-me-ups could be the secret to seeing the productivity boost you’re looking for.

Source:

https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/tips-to-balancing-work-and-life

7 Tips for Handling a Bully at Work

Don’t let your workplace bully win; here’s how to handle bullying at work.

Whether you’re aware or not, bullying is a common occurrence in the work arena. To explore and dig deeper into this topic, TopResume recently surveyedmore than 1,000 working professionals. The results were very telling.

Of the 1,229 respondents, only four percent said they have never felt bullied in the workplace; that means a whopping 96 percent of respondents have felt bullied at work. And, if you think bullying only comes from those in a position of power, like a manager or a boss, think again. In that same survey, 25 percent of respondents said they have felt bullied by a peer or co-worker.

Bullying can lead to health concerns, undue stress, and low productivity at work — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With that said, it’s important to take appropriate steps to handle bullying at work to support your well-being. Below are some suggestions to consider if you find yourself at the mercy of workplace bullying.

How to handle bullying at work

1. Check yourself

If you feel you are being bullied at work, the first thing to do is to take inventory of any ways you might be contributing to the challenging situation. It could be that you are doing nothing to provoke the bullying (which is often the case), but the point here is to truly size up the situation and take responsibility if you might be invoking the behavior in any way. From that perspective, you can determine the best way to deal with the situation.

Tip: Keep in mind that people make mistakes. Take a moment to size up the situation and determine if the “bullying” was simply a one-time incident due to someone having a bad day. If yes, then consider letting it go and moving on.

2. Take action before it has a negative impact on you

Understandably, many individuals are afraid to speak up when they are being bullied. They might be concerned about what others will think. And, if the bully is their boss or someone in a position of power, then one’s livelihood could be at stake. With that said, ongoing, long-term bullying can have a negative impact on your overall well-being, which in turn can have a negative impact on your performance and ability to do your work. Take care of yourself and develop an action plan to address the concern.

3. Tell your higher-ups or HR

If you are not comfortable speaking to the individual who is bullying you directly, then you might need to discuss it with your manager or human resources. Choose the course of action that feels best for you for your situation.

Tip: When addressing your concern with others, don’t play the blame game. Come up with a plan of how you are going to address the bullying concern and be sure to include its impact on productivity, well-being, and morale coupled with some possible solutions.

4. Don’t take it personally

This can be difficult for many, but it’s important that you don’t take bullying personally. Remember, when someone is bullying you, it’s more about them than it is about you. Often, a bully is acting from a place of insecurity and/or from a need to control. Practice having healthy emotional boundaries that keep you from reacting or feeling bad about yourself when workplace bullying occurs.

5. Address the issue head on

This won’t always be possible or comfortable, but if it is, speak up and stand your ground when communicating with a bully. In a recent Time article, Fran Hauser, author of “The Myth of the Nice Girl,” suggests using the following phrases when dealing with a work bully or someone who is not treating you appropriately:

  • “Please don’t talk to me that way.”
  • “Let’s try to get this conversation to a place where it can be productive.”
  • “Let’s take a break and come back to this later.”

6. Leave if it’s not worth it

Your well-being is most important, and without it, you’re no good to anyone. If you have done all you can to eliminate the bullying but it’s still occurring, then it might be time to explore other options. Consider opportunities in other departments or with a new company altogether.

7. Document all of it

This last bit of advice on how to handle bullying in the workplace is extremely important to remember: Always document everything as it relates to your interactions with the bully. This not only provides a timeline of events, but it also helps you recall information more easily when needed.

Tip: If a bully is attempting to make you look bad or imply you’re not doing your job, you can ask for written confirmation and details that he or she will have to own up to when questioned. In other words, attempt to communicate via email when dealing with a bully so you have a written record of the communication.

The TopResume survey results show that there is a resounding need to deal with workplace bullying. Take action to support yourself if you find yourself being impacted by a workplace bully. Also, when you speak up and take a stand for yourself, it empowers others to do the same.

Source:

https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/how-to-handle-bullying-at-work

 

5 Strategies to Deal With Financial Stress

Feelings of financial stress often stem from common issues such as carrying too much debt, not earning enough money, the expense of raising kids, marriage to a spouse that has different ideas about how to manage finances, and the list can go on.

There is a virtually endless list of reasons you may be feeling some financial stress. It can take its toll on your closest relationships, and when you are stressed it can start affecting other aspects of your life.

If you can reduce your financial worry, it will free your mind so that you can focus on other important areas of your life and relax, knowing you have a plan to handle your financial situation. Following are a few things you can do now to relieve your financial stress and make it easier to function each day.

01

 Create a Budget

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You may feel overwhelmed and think that a budget is only going to add to your financial stress, but it is the best tool you have to get control of your finances and stop worrying about money. A budget allows you to decide when and how you are going to spend your hard-earned dollars. This spending plan makes sure you cover your immediate expenses, while still working towards your retirement and savings goals. It can also help you find extra money to put towards debt.

The first few months of planning and sticking to a budget are the most challenging, but once you understand what to do you can often reduce the amount of time you spend on it, and in turn, reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about money. Your budget will give you the feeling of control that you need to have over your finances. Start with just one months’ worth of expenses and then go from there, tracking spending and cutting back in different areas each month until you find the perfect balance.

02

 Get an Emergency Fund

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An emergency fund is an amount of money you have set aside to cover unexpected expenses and financial emergencies. Although a car repair can be expensive and stressful, if you know you can tap into your emergency fund to cover it, a lot of the stress will go away. It is also easier to use the money in your budget the way you planned if you know you have the extra money in the bank ready to cover the unexpected emergencies that may crop up. You should have at least $1,000 in the bank until you are out of debt and after that, work up to an amount that covers about six months’ worth of your expenses.

Building an emergency fund may seem tough at first, especially if you are struggling to make ends meet each month. Start by putting a small amount, whether it’s $10 or $100, in the bank from each paycheck, and any leftover money you have in your other spending categories at the end of the month so that you can build up your emergency fund. You may also consider selling any unused items around the house to build up that cash as quickly as you can. You may be surprised at how quickly the stress fades away when you know you have that money in the bank to protect you and your family.

03

 Get Outside Help

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If you are really struggling with getting a handle on your budget and spending issues, do not be afraid to get outside help. You can take classes on basic money management and investing, that will help you plan out a budget and do the things you need to succeed financially. A financial planner can help you create a long-term saving and investing strategy that will help you take care of your current needs and plan for retirement. It is important to realize that you do not have to face the problems alone. If you are feeling overwhelmed by debt you can work with a credit counseling service to help you restructure your debt and in some cases, negotiate with creditors. You can also take financial classes that coach you through budgeting and other aspects of your personal finances.

Often, just talking to someone outside of the situation can help. Talking through your financial challenges and seeing an outside perspective can help you. Also, it can help to be accountable to someone about your progress. Just knowing that you have to report to someone else on your spending or your savings progress may be all you need to curb your impulse shopping habit or any other issues. A friend can help with this but a support group or class can also help, and sometimes be even more effective because a support group won’t let you off the hook.

04

 Determine What You Can Change

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If you are having financial issues, you may have an income issue, a spending issue, or a combination of the two. If you know that you do not make enough money to keep up with your current bills, decide what you can do to change the situation. It may include options such as going back to school to qualify for a higher paying job. If you feel you have a spending problem and it’s an addiction, you may want to attend a group like Shopaholics Anonymous to get help dealing with the issues you are facing. Once you have a plan that will help you change your situation permanently, you should be able to reduce your stress. One way that you can prioritize the things to cut back on is to determine the hourly cost of your wants. This may make choosing which items to cut much easier. Mastering these twenty financial skills can help reduce your financial stress too.

Change is not always easy. Start with small steps and work up to bigger changes. Additionally, if you make a mistake one week, go easy on yourself, and get right back on track so you can continue to stick to your budget and keep working on making those changes in your financial habits. It helps to realize that it’s a journey and even if you take a short detour or a small break, you can keep moving forward and make the necessary changes.

05

 Find Positive Aspects of Your Life Each Day

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While this may sound like it’s not a solution to your financial problem, it can make a big difference in the amount of stress you feel each day. Find positive aspects of your financial situation by tracking your progress towards your financial goals. Looking at the positive aspects of your life each day can also help you reduce your stress.

If possible, try to find some healthy outlets that do not cost a lot of money. Regular exercise and taking care of yourself can reduce your overall feelings of stress, which allows you to better focus on the problems and make headway. You can change your financial situation, and you will find it easier to accomplish if you are not worried and living in an anxious state all of the time.

Source:

https://www.thebalance.com/dealing-with-financial-stress-2385957

How to keep a work-life balance

It’s not easy balancing work and home, but how well you manage this can make a significant difference to your relationship with your family. There are pros and cons to every option. If you are employed full-time or part-time, you may:

  • have a better standard of living and have fewer money problems.

  • feel pleased you’re making a contribution and have more self-esteem.

  • have friends and a social life outside the home.

But you may also feel:

  • overwhelmed with too much work

  • that you are missing out on family life.

  • that you’re not there for your kids or your partner.

  • resentful of how much you have to do around the house.

  • too tired or busy to enjoy your social life.

 

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There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choices, and your choices will change at different stages in your family’s life. If you are in a couple, it may feel easier if one partner stays at home while the other goes out to work or if one is in full-time employment and the other part-time, and for others, both may continue with full-time jobs. If you are a parent managing on your own or sharing parenting with your ex, the choices you have are more limited and you’ll have less support in making those choices. Trying to balance work and home life is even more difficult. You may not always feel in control but there are things you can do and think about to help manage the balance between work and home.

Work-life balance is something most parents really crave. Recent surveys reveal that many parents are eager to make changes so they can work more flexibly, even if it affects their pay because they know that having time with their children is important.

In reality, though, getting the balance right is tricky. Truth is we work longer hours in this country than anyone else in Europe, so chances are when Britain’s parents finally arrive home they may not have the energy for a game of football in the park, or six rounds battling with the maths homework waiting on the kitchen table. Making changes at work by talking your hours through with your boss is a good step, but even if you can’t make big changes, or don’t want to, some small steps – the tiniest changes to routine – can make the biggest difference, to your children and to you.

Here are five things parents we spoke to suggest trying for starters:

  • Come in relaxed. If you need to, take 10 minutes to shower and change before you sit down with the children. Children pick up on moods and will sense your unhappiness with the family routine if you run in, complaining about hold-ups at work, or missed meals and late bedtimes. But if you seem relaxed about the daily routine, they’ll relax and take it in their stride, too – even if they see you for just 30 minutes every evening, or at the weekend if you work away or live separately.

  • Come in and eat with your children. If it’s late and they’ve already eaten, get into the habit of sitting down and enjoying a light snack and a chat with them before they go up to bed. The chat doesn’t have to be about anything heavy. Telling them about your day, an interesting job you’ve done or a person you’ve met may encourage them to tell you about theirs but it’s not guaranteed.  Every evening can be different, but that sit down over dinner can become one of the most enjoyable parts of your family’s routine.

  • Do something together. It doesn’t have to be anything special or take very long. The fact is your children will just enjoy being around you for a short time each day – while you water the garden, take the dog around the block, or pick up their brother or sister from a friend’s. As long as you’re relaxed, and listening to their chat, they’ll be happy.

  • Enjoy the bedtime routine. Bathtime, storytime, or both if there’s time. If you have relaxed and eaten, it will help low energy levels, and may help you keep your eyes open during that bedtime story!  You know your children don’t need, or want, full-on entertainment, just having your quiet company while they play in the bath or a short story at bedtime will be enough for them. Then you can watch your children settle down happy to know you’re there.

  • Make one night your special night. Movie night, Lego night or computer game night. Whatever they fancy. Few dads can join in with their children’s post-school fun and games every evening, but your children will love to know that there’s one night when everything stops, just for them.

However you approach this, it is important to enjoy the time you have with your children.  We understand that this is not always easy to do but the smallest changes can make the world of difference.  Spending time with your children can help your family relationships become stronger and develop tighter bonds.

Source:

https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/family-life/how-to-keep-a-work-life-balance/

7 Tips to Help You Balance School and Work

Most people who work a full-time job while attending college strive to find an equilibrium in their lives. Both are big commitments, but with a little focus and planning, we’re confident you can manage both.

Check out these 7 tips designed to help you find the right balance in your life:

1. Tap Your Support Network

Your support network is made up of the people who are in a position to help you get your degree. Your support network might include your family, friends, significant other, children, and your fellow students.

A group of students that enter a program together are called a cohort. Often, these students will follow a similar education track and complete the program around the same time. Your cohort might have a mixture of traditional and adult students, but it’s ok to seek out those who are balancing work and school, just like you.

Your family may be able to offer support at home by maybe taking on more domestic tasks, but your cohort at school can offer support in the form of resources and empathy as they’re going through the same experience that you are. Build your support network to include as many people as you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support when you need it.

2. Manage Your Time Well

When you’re looking for balance, one of the biggest questions you’ll want to answer is how much time you can devote to what tasks. One of the most important aspects of time management is knowing yourself and scheduling a time to study at your most efficient work hours. This might mean staying up later than normal or getting up early on the weekends to get in your study time. Time blocking is one technique that helps you to prioritize your to-do list, and honestly scheduling the time necessary for each task at the best time of the day.

If time blocking is just a little bit too much for you, consider creating a weekly and monthly schedule. A weekly schedule will focus on the details of how you spend your time and a monthly schedule will be more broad, letting you plan ahead for weeks that might be busier than others. We’ve also put together a list of study tips to help you use the time you have efficiently.

3. Talk to Your Boss

We understand that this might be intimidating, but the sooner you inform your boss that you’re going back to school, the more willing they will probably be to make accommodations. Letting your boss know that you’re going back to school will allow them to be more understanding of your elevated stress and work levels. You might even be surprised—many bosses want to help their employees go back to school, or maybe in a position to offer a promotion once you’ve earned your degree.

You can also more easily balance school and work by taking time off during high-stress times at school. As soon as you receive your class syllabus, look ahead to when midterms and finals will be. If you can take time off from work, try to schedule it around those high-stress time so your school stress won’t affect your performance at your job.

It might sound extreme, but you might also want to consider finding a flexible job when going back to school. A job with a flexible schedule, or one that’s part-time, might make it easier to go back to school and manage your time.

4. Streamline Your Tasks

Streamlining your tasks will make it easier to get everything done. Consider this example: when you run errands would you prefer to get five items at 5 different stores or five items at one store? You’d pick one store, right? It would save you time and money spent on gas. Think of your work for school and your job like that.

If you have to do a project for school, can you make it about something at work so that you’re working on both at the same time? Maybe you can implement new skills that you learn at school while at work. Instead of keeping your work and school lives separate, let them integrate and make your time use more efficient. You might also consider doing homework on your lunch break or keep your school materials in your car so you can go directly from work to the library to study.

5. Optimize Your Tuition

There are many options for aid when paying for school. There are scholarships, grants, loans, and employer tuition assistance. For most students, loans should be the last option as they’re very expensive to pay back.

When applying and choosing your school, look for a school that gives you the most benefit for each dollar you will spend. We’re not recommending that you choose the cheapest school, nor are we saying the most expensive schools are the best schools. What you want to look for in a school that will give you the biggest benefit for the money that you will spend.

6. Consider Online Classes

Online classes can make going back to school so much easier while working full-time. Most online courses give students the flexibility to work when they can, not have to show up at a certain time in a physical location (or commute!). Some online courses even offer self-paced classes, allowing students to start and stop when they need to. Be sure to look for online classes that will fit your learning style.

7. Love What You’re Studying

One of the easiest ways to find the time to balance work and school is to choose to study something that you love. If you love your classes, the homework, and your new area of study, then you’ll be more motivated to put in the necessary time and prioritize your schoolwork over distractions. You might be surprised just how motivated you can be by doing something that you love.

We hope that these tips will help you to find balance in your life and be able to more easily manage going back to school while also working. This is one of our favorite topics to talk about so be sure to check back on our blog to see more great content just like this.

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7 COMMON WORKPLACE PROBLEMS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM

Feeling overwhelmed at work? Fed up with your difficult co-workers? The good news is that there’s an easy solution for these workplace issues.

Every workplace offers a unique experience. For example, your office has a hiring freeze and your workload triples. You show up to work one day and your boss has been let go, or your co-worker has taken credit for all of your hard work again.

There are a lot of bizarre office stories — from the boss who kept stealing people’s lunches to the receptionist who wouldn’t stop hugging people. These are outliers; chances are good you’re going to go your whole career without encountering them. What you almost certainly will encounter, though, are more typical challenges like receiving a bad performance review or being overworked to the point of burnout.

The good news? These common issues don’t have to lead to more misery. Often these obstacles can be minimized if you know how to address them. Here’s a look at seven of the most common problems people face at work and what you can do about them.

YOU’RE OVERWHELMED WITH WORK

If your workload has increased dramatically, and even bathroom breaks stress you out, you probably need to talk with your manager about your workload.

What to do: Pick a time when your manager isn’t rushed and ask to meet. Explain that your workload has become chronically unmanageable and why — for instance, that a particular account has doubled in size in the last year or that you’ve taken on the responsibilities of someone who left without anything being removed from your plate.

Explaining what’s behind the workload increase is helpful because your manager may not be as attuned to the context as you. Then suggest some options. For instance, you might say, “I can do A and B, but not C. Or if C is really crucial, I’d want to move A off my plate to make room for it. Alternately, I can act as an adviser to Jenna on C, but I can’t do C myself if I’m also doing A and B.” And if your manager won’t help you prioritize, then come up with your own proposal for what you will and won’t prioritize and ask her to tweak it or approve it.

YOUR BOSS QUITS OR IS FIRED

The boss who always sung your praises to higher-ups and made sure your projects were successful is leaving, and you’re worried that her replacement won’t share her (or your) vision — or that she just won’t be as pleasant to work with.

What to do: Stay calm. The new boss could be just as good as your old boss, or even better. Or, yes, it might turn out that you don’t enjoy working with her — but you can’t know until you get to know her. So, while there’s nothing wrong with polishing up your resume and putting out feelers to your network, wait and see how things shake out before making any drastic moves.

In the interim, the best thing you can do is pitch in and help keep your department running smoothly, which can position you well in your organization and act as a reputation-enhancer. Try acting as a helpful resource to the new manager when she starts and try to reserve judgment on her style and competence until she’s had a chance to settle in. After all, few of us would like to be permanently judged based on our first few weeks in a job.

THE JOB YOU HAVE IS DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE YOU APPLIED FOR

You were hired to manage sales, but you end up managing spreadsheets. Or your “marketing director” job turns out to be little more than making cold calls to prospects. It might not have been a deliberate bait-and-switch, but the work sure isn’t what you were told in the interview.

What to do: Start by talking to your boss. Say something like, “When I was hired for this job, we talked about it being mostly client work, with some admin duties. But in my first three months, the job has been about 90 percent of admin work without much client interaction. Can we talk about what changed and whether there’s a way to reshape my work to look more like what we initially talked about?”

Make sure your tone is calm and collaborative, not frustrated or angry. You’ll get better results if you make it clear that you’re in problem-solving mode, not complaint mode. You might hear that the job has simply changed and there’s nothing that can be done, but you might also nudge your manager into realizing she needs to adjust your work. Either way, you’ll leave this conversation with a better idea of what to expect from this job in the future and can make decisions accordingly.

YOU KEEP RUNNING INTO CONFLICT WITH A DIFFICULT CO-WORKER

You’ve tried to be nice, but every conversation with him devolves into disagreement and strife, which makes it hard to get shared projects done … and considering that we spend one-third of our waking time with co-workers, you’d like more harmonious relations.

What to do: First, remove your ego from the equation. You don’t have to like your co-worker, and you certainly don’t have to “win” every interaction; you just need to be able to work together.

Being nice even when you don’t feel like it can thaw relations, so ask yourself: Is there anything your co-worker does that you genuinely admire and can compliment him on? Something you can seek his advice on (painful as it might be to do)? A month or so of concerted effort in this direction can sometimes make a difference.

But if not … well, sometimes simply realizing that difficult people’s behavior is about them, not you, can make them easier to deal with. And since you’re never going to be able to eliminate difficult people from your work life entirely, figuring out how to remain unflappable in the face of crazy-making personalities can be surprisingly satisfying.

YOUR BOSS DOESN’T NOTICE THE WORK YOU DO

You’re churning out reams of work, winning over clients and generally being an all-around rock star, but none of it has registered on your manager’s radar.

What to do: It’s natural to want your boss to recognize your achievements on her own, but the reality is that few managers will be as attuned to your work as you are, and most will count on you to keep them up-to-date. So don’t sit around waiting for your work to be noticed — become your own advocate. You might feel awkward tooting your own horn, but your boss wants to know about what you’re doing well.

Start highlighting key victories when you talk, and don’t be shy about passing along praise. It’s not unseemly bragging to mention things like, “The client was really happy with the work we sent over last week and said the designs I showed them clinched their contract renewal for next year.” That’s just keeping your boss in the loop about what’s getting done and how it’s being received.

Do this in moderation, of course; it’s going to seem weird if you’re relaying every tiny compliment or trumpeting that you filed a report a half-day early. And related to that, keep in mind that you don’t need recognition for every single thing you do. The pattern is what you want to pay attention to here: Does your boss generally think you’re doing a great job and understand what your biggest contributions have been? If so, don’t get alarmed if she doesn’t take note of every individual triumph you have.

YOU’VE MADE A MAJOR MISTAKE THAT TRULY HARMED YOUR TEAM

You’re human and you’ll make mistakes now and then, but when it’s high-profile (like a damaging quote in a news article) or costly (like losing a major account), it can be hard to know how to face your boss.

What to do: The worst thing you can do here is to duck responsibility. Your boss will be far more alarmed that you’re not owning your actions than if you face up to them directly. So, tell your manager what happened, quickly. And make it clear that you understand what a big deal the mistake was. If you proactively show that you get that, there’s no need for your manager to underscore it for you. Try words like, “I realize how serious this is” and “I understand the impact this has.”

Then, explain how you’re planning to mitigate the damage and — crucially — how you’ll ensure it doesn’t happen again. And if there are larger lessons here, address those, too. (For instance, “This has made me realize that I need to do site visits more frequently so I can spot problems before they take root.”) That will help your boss evaluate how well you learned from experience and how much trust she should put in you in the future.

YOU GET A BAD PERFORMANCE REVIEW

You thought things were going OK, but now you’re staring at an evaluation that says “doesn’t meet expectations.” There were no signs indicating that your performance wasn’t up to snuff, and, in fact, your boss just sent an email last week praising you on a job well done on that last project. What gives?

What to do: First, don’t panic and don’t get defensive. Too often in this situation, people become so focused on how to defend themselves that they forget to really listen to what they’re being told about what they need to do differently. Understanding your manager’s concerns will be crucial to a good outcome, so listen and ask enough questions that you truly know what you’re being asked to change.

From there, show that you take the feedback seriously by using language like, “I’m glad you’re telling me this. I hadn’t realized this was a concern and I’m glad to have the chance to work on it.” And tell your manager what you plan to do to address her feedback, even if it’s as simple as, “I’m going to take some time to think about this and figure out how to resolve these issues.”

It’s worth noting, too, that a good manager will work to ensure a bad performance review is never a surprise by giving regular feedback throughout the year. So if this is the first you’re hearing of these issues, your manager dropped the ball earlier and it’s reasonable for you to ask to hear about problems in real-time in the future.

That said, no manager will ever be perfect, so while it would be nice if you could assume you’ll always hear about issues before they blow up, you should pay attention to signs that trouble might be brewing. For instance, if your boss suddenly starts to micromanage your work or begins sending you critical feedback in writing, she might have serious concerns about your performance. It’s worth asking to check in about how things are going so that you’re less likely to be blindsided by a critical review down the road.

Source:

https://www.hermoney.com/earn/work-life-balance/common-workplace-issues/

Top 7 Tips for How to Be Happy

Here are our top tips for how to find true and lasting happiness in daily life:

1. Let go of negativity.

  • Learn to forgive and forget.

  • See every challenge as an opportunity for further growth.

  • Express gratitude for what you have.

  • Be more optimistic about the future and your ability to accomplish life goals.

  • Open yourself up to success and embrace failures or mistakes that happen along the way.

  • Know that none of us are perfect, we are all here to entertain and be entertained.

  • Don’t worry about the little things. Take plenty of “worry vacations” where you train your mind not to worry for a certain lengths of time.

  • If you want to be more positive, surround yourself with positive energy and people. Nurture the positive relationships that you have, seeking out more of those relationships that help uplift you.

  • Accept and love yourself for the unique gifts and talents that you bring to life. Spend less time trying to please others and spend more time trying to please your higher self.

  • See the humor in life and in our experiences. Take life less seriously and learn to laugh at yourself.

2. Serve and be kind to others.

  • Treat everyone with kindness. Not only does it help others to feel better, but you will notice that you too feel good after having a positive interaction with others.

  • Speak well of others. When you speak negatively of others you will attract more negativity to yourself, but when you speak positively of others, you will attract more positivity.

  • Truly listen to others. Be present and mindful to what others are really saying when they speak. Support them without bringing yourself into it.

  • Be careful with your words. Speak gentler, kinder, and wiser.

  • Respect others and their free will.

  • Put your trust in others and be trusted in return. Enjoy the sense of community and friendship that comes from this openness and faith in one another.

  • Work as part of a whole. See others as partners in your efforts. Unite your efforts with them to create a synergy more powerful than anything you could do alone.

  • Practice generosity and giving without expecting anything in return. Get involved with service opportunities and offer what you can to a greater cause.

  • Smile more– to family, to co-workers, to neighbors, to strangers– and watch it not only change how you feel but also how they feel too.

3. Live in the present.

  • Don’t replay negative events or worry about the future.

  • Accept and celebrate impermanence. Be grateful for your life, for each moment of every day. Observe the constant and natural flow of change that surrounds us, and your small yet important part of the natural, divine flow of life.

  • Observe yourself in the moment. Work on your reactions to outer circumstances and learn how to approach life harmoniously.

4. Choose a healthy lifestyle.

  • Keep a daily routine. Wake up at the same time every morning, preferably early. Setting yourself to a natural biorhythm will make it easier to wake up and feel energized.

  • Get enough sleep. Proper sleep is linked to positive personality characteristics like optimism, improved self-esteem, and even problem-solving.

  • Expose yourself to cold temperatures (especially first thing in the morning with perhaps a cold shower). It increases your circulation, helps minimize inflammation in the body, enhances weight loss, and energizes and invigorates you to start your day.

  • Turn off the TV. For every hour of TV you watch, you reduce 22 minutes of your life expectancy.

  • Eat properly. What you eat has a direct effect on your mood and energy levels. Eat plenty of organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products that are both vitamin and mineral-infused. Don’t overeat and try to practice healthy self-control.

  • Exercise daily to the point of sweating. It not only helps to purify the body, but also releases endorphins which help to prevent stress, relieve depression, and positively improve your mood.

  • Laugh more. Laughter is the best medicine. Like exercise, it releases endorphins that battle the negative effects of stress and promote a sense of well-being and joy.

  • Practice deep breathing and yoga. The body and mind are connected. Emotions affect the physical systems in the body, and the state of the body also affects the mind. By relaxing and releasing tension through the breath or yoga practice you feel calmer and centered throughout the day.

5. Take care of your spirit.

  • Strive to always learn new things. Constantly expand your awareness and discover new ways of expressing your divine gifts.

  • Get creative. This will not only challenge you to learn new things but will also help to keep your mind in a positive place. Practice living in the present moment and being a channel for the divine flow of creativity.

  • Practice meditation. Research has proven that even as little as 10 minutes of meditation a day can lead to physical changes in the brain that improve concentration and focus, calm the nervous system, and help you to become more kind and compassionate, and even more humorous. Then bring the joy and peace you receive from meditation into your daily life and activity.

  • Be honest. Telling the truth keeps you free inside, builds trust in relationships, and improves your will power and the ability to attract success.

  • Surrender to the Universe Divine and allow it to take care of the littlest things in life to the greatest and most important.

6. Be inwardly free.

  • Live minimally and simply. Often extravagant living brings more stress, not more satisfaction.

  • De-clutter your home to de-clutter your mind. Clutter is an often unrecognized source of stress that promotes feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction, and guilt. Feel good in your own home. Make it your sanctuary by keeping it clean, organized, and uplifting.

  • Go without certain things you think you need. Travel to new places where not everything is as easily accessible or readily available, and learn to appreciate what you have by expanding your world.

  • Take some time away from life’s complicated outer involvements to get to know your family, your neighbors, and your loved ones better; and to get to know yourself.

7.  Reconnect with Nature.

  • Take some time every week to recharge your body battery. On the weekend, escape to nature or a place where you can feel peace in time for a fresh start to the workweek.

  • Get outside whenever possible to breathe in the fresh air and feel the sunshine. Both of which studies have shown to have a positive effect on our health and our mood.

  • Take some time to be silent. Be silent and calm every night for at least 10 minutes (longer if possible) and again in the morning before rising. This will produce an unbreakable habit of inner happiness to help you meet challenges in life.

  • Observe the natural beauty that surrounds you and feel a sense of connection. Appreciate the details and miracles that can be found in nature.

Taking the Next Steps to Finding Happiness:

Ask yourself what makes you happy, and find ways to restructure your life so that you are able to do more of those things.

Then ask why you struggle to do the things that you know will make you happy. Why are you not yet happy? Why haven’t you taken the next steps to find your happiness? Why are you here? And what do you need to do to feel a sense of accomplishment in this life?

Visualize yourself happy, doing the things that will bring you inner and outer success in life and write down the things you need to do to create a Happiness Bucket List. Start with the little things you know you can do each day that will bring you joy. Then move on to accomplish greater and greater things on your happiness bucket list.

Source:

Top 7 Tips for How to Be Happy

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