Saturday, December 31, 2016

Recipe: My Never-Fail Apple Pie is Always a Crowd Pleaser!

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This is a flaky, lightly spiced and bursting with apple goodness!

If you want to get your New Year’s off to a perfect start, why not make a homemade pie?
Today, I want to share a simple recipe that has been requested by my family and friends more often than I can count for my apple pie.  

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Granny Smith apples are perfect because they also produce less water.

As you all know, I like the easiest way of doing things.  Therefore, I only use my oil-pie crust recipe since it is simple, flaky and so delicious.  Below is the slightly adapted version, enough for a thick, 10-inch double crust.

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My Never-Fail Apple Pie is so yummy.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Keune NEW Tinta Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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This duo helps keep your hair coloring going strong!

Just in time for the new year, Keune Hair Care is set to launch their new Tinta Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo was designed to intensify and prolong the beauty of the company’s Tinta Color professional hair-color.

Luxuriously formulated  without sulfate, paraben and gluten, this system gently cleans and conditions color-processed hair with silk protein, a color stabilizer, sunflower seed extract, a patented essential mineral complex, and solamer UV protection for ultimate hair pampering, strengthening and nourishing. 

 I don’t have the Tinta Color on my head, but another brand of hair color.  Both products that I sampled managed to treat my hair beautifully with more of a rich boost of color and lots of shiny highlights.  

To learn more about Tinta Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, visit Keune’s website.   I really think that you're going to want to try these products for yourself.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Are You Ready for a New Year?

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By analyzing her past year and writing out what she wants to change before the New Year helps this beauty manifest her goals.

Another new year is about to be here.  Now is the time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, if you’re intent on having a better one.  

Mine for one is to think about all the food I buy and try to make it a habit of analyzing every food label before I put it in my shopping cart.  

What will your first New Year’s resolution be?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Balms Review

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Healing lips never tasted better than with Burt's Bees lip balms that I sampled.

Winter is not the time to take chances with your lips.  Drastic cold temperatures can leave vulnerable lips chapped and hurting before you know it.  What I like to do is to take a proper precaution to keep my lips healthy with more than just color if you intend to keep them feeling good as well as smooth and lovely like with the assortment of Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Balms that PR graciously provided to soothe and moisturize.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil Review

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This compact can brighten up a dull skin and erase some time off of your face with its soft natural glow.

I am a big fan of highlighting products.  The reason I am so obsessed with them is because with the soft glow they can give the skin, it can subtract a few years from a face to make it look younger.  Therefore, I was pleased when PR kindly sent Josie Maran’s Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil along for me to test.

This is a buttery-textured, champagne colored powder that has micro-fine shimmers that can give skin a natural glow with its beautiful golden-beige cast of light.  It is easy to blend and just the thing to wake up a dull complexion and enhance any foundation with its extra radiance.

I really liked how this silky formula complimented my fair warm complexion with its more neutral beige toned sheen instead of one being overly glittery, powdery looking or having too much white or pink to it.

If you’re interested in a great natural looking highlighting powder, I definitely recommend checking Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil ($30) because I think it could work with practically any skin tone to help it along!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Emjoi eRase e60 Epilator Review

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Emjoi eRase e60 ($79.95)

I had never used an epiliator before.  At first,  I was reluctant to consider trying a device like the Emjoi eRase e60 that pulls out hair from the roots because it sounded painful.  Then I thought I’ll never really know what it feels like until I try it so I agreed to put it to the test on my legs.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Holiday Tradition That Can Make Your Christmas Even More Memorable!

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Everyone wants to contribute to the Christmas Memory Box!

Ever since I was a small girl, I remember one holiday tradition that my family always made sure to do.  At the time, I never thought much of it until years later now that some family members have passed.  Being an adult, I now appreciate what my family’s Christmas Memory Box was all about.  Therefore, I thought that I would like to share our family’s holiday tradition with you so you can also make your future Christmases even more special.

Usually on Christmas Eve after dinner, we would pull out this decorated box that was adorned with our holiday art work from grade school.  Inside, there would be sheets of paper with our names and dates where we would jot down what was so special about that particular Christmas that we wanted to remember forever.  
You would think it was all about what gifts you got that year.  However, it was so much more than that.  One note was about a turkey that my grandmother, an experienced cook, made for Christmas dinner that we couldn’t eat.  It was the year of vegetables and no one said a word about it.  My grandmother is no longer here, but I always remember what a wonderful Christmas we had that year together.

You may think a Christmas Memory Box can’t possibly sweeten your Christmas, but I promise you it will! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

How to Improve the Look of Scars More Quickly!

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This beauty had her doubts at first.

If you regularly read my blog, then you are aware that I had a small scar from a facial peel that I had used. Though it wasn’t all that big, it made me feel self-conscious that others might notice it, despite my efforts of trying to mask it.  

I tried several different types of products to alleviate this problem.  Some helped more than others to a certain point.  Therefore, I continued to try various other products to help it along.

Keep in mind that the older the scar, the longer fading it can take.  Thus, be patient and realistic that your attempts to minimize it could take time.  Of course, your skin and severity of the scar also can play a part in the final result so you may need to experiment with what product works best for you.  Nonetheless, you could always see improvement like I have.

You might want to try a Vitamin K cream.  Some people have noticed fading of more recent scars in as little as two weeks.   On the other hand, older scars can take nearly two months or longer.  

Pure Cocoa Butter is another product that helps scarring.  It is also a method that can make you hungry with its yummy scent.  Many women are aware of how helpful cocoa butter is for rubbing tummies after pregnancy.

Another suggestion is applying lavender essential oil to the scar.  Again, this won’t work overnight, but it can help minimize the scar through the long haul.  

Vitamin E oil is another product that may help the scar.  

I am still working on mine, but keep seeing it fade further and further all the time.  Hopefully, you’ll benefit just as much.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Beauty Box 5 December 2016 Review

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This month's Beauty Box 5 theme is Party Perfect!

This month’s Beauty Box 5 brought five full and sample size cosmetics, hair and skin care products meant to get us party perfect from the theme of this month’s assortment.  Judging by what I arrived from the beauty subscription, I think they were on target 

Beauty Box 5 costs $12 a month with free shipping.  With a longer commitment, your price can go down further.   If this sounds like a fun way to buy beauty, then wait and let me tell you more.

Beauty Box 5 December 2016

1.  Jelly Pong Pong Liquid Gossamer (Full Size)-------------------------------------$22.99

2.  Neutrogena Rainbath ( 1 oz. Sample)--------------------------------------------------1.00

3. Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion ( 2 oz. Sample)---------------------$2.40

4. Professional Freezing Finish Spray (2 oz. Sample)---------------------------------$1.00

5.  Hikari Lip Gloss (Full Size)----------------------------------------------------------------$13.00

Total Approximate Value: $40.39!

The Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Liquid Gossamer is a gorgeous luminizer with a copper cast to the shimmer.  This product has no mineral oil, phthalates or parabens while being 48% water based to give the complexion a soft gleam of radiance.

I tried the Neutrogena Rainbath Bath Gel and found it has a pleasant scent and does a nice job to moisturize skin while it cleans.

The Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion is heavy duty lubrication.  It goes on slightly sticky but it absorbs well.  You don’t need to use all that much.

As to the Professional Freezing Finish Spray, I thought it gave my hair a firm hold and did dry quickly.

Last of all this month, I got a tube of Hakari gloss in a beautiful red shade called Salsa.  It’s loaded with pigment and not that sticky as some glosses can be. The bright shade is festive for this season.

I thought Beauty Box 5 December 2016 was another wonderful beauty month.  Do check this beauty subscription box’s website out because it is a lot of fun!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Rimmel 24HR Volume Flash Super Speed Mascara Review

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The zigzag design of this brush helps fill out more lashes.

My eyes are precious to me.  Therefore, one product that I make sure to replace frequently is mascara to protect them from any contamination that may have accumulated through use.  In fact, I was about to buy new mascara when Rimmel sent a tube of their new 24HR Volume Flash Super Speed for my review.

This is a gel-like formula with a quick fix polymer that is advertised to build up lash volume without clumping in one swipe.  It comes with a zigzag brush of soft bristles around its curved design to help accomplish the task.

This mascara also has a decent texture that you can work with of not being too dry or wet for application that helps the process. I found that the brush was helpful in coating from the roots to the tip of the lashes quite nicely. 

Take your time to coat if you intend for the best looking coverage.  Of course, you may be tempted to give it another coat to balance it since some spots may receive less mascara than others with just one swoop. Though my lashes didn’t look gaudy with brittle spikes when I tried two coats, I feel they were more natural and fuller looking without overdoing it. 

For inexpensive drug store mascara, I think you would be pleased with it–-that is, if you are want more definition and fullness over exaggerated bold lashes.  If so, then do check out Rimmel 24HR Volume Flash Super Speed Mascara when you shop.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How to Energize Tired Feet After All That Holiday Shopping!

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This beauty was almost afraid of how she would finish shopping until finding help in this post.

Some prefer to let their fingers do the walking instead of feet with key strokes on the computer to shop for their holiday gifts.  Nonetheless, if you prefer the old-fashioned method of shopping at brick and mortar stores, then your feet might be suffering and feeling more tired than usual.  Even though you still have more physical shopping left to do, here is the help you need to recharge those feet so you can finish without complaint.

Before you begin to shop for others, do a kindness for yourself.  Make a pit stop to a drug store or whatever you buy your beauty products and browse foot moisturizers and scrubs.  Look for ones with foot reviving ingredients like rosemary, mint, peppermint essential oil, eucalyptus, and citrus.  Formulas that contain any of those ingredients can make a difference to energize those tired feet again!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette Review–A Fragrance to Brighten Your Holidays!

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Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper is a soft-yet-sexy fruity-floral blend that can warm a heart!

Those shopping for a new fragrance for themselves or holiday gift giving and need some inspiration, I have found just the one to solve your dilemma since I just discovered Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette by Greek Apothecary brand, Korres.  This fruity-floral scent that launched in 2015  is bubbling with a happy brightness and catchy energy that gives it a dazzling, joyous quality that is the perfect mood booster with just enough interesting spunk and sex appeal from wood and musky notes.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fuego Box December 2016 Review

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With the help of artisan hot sauces, you can really change up flavor of dishes.

Though I love a fiery bite any time of year, I appreciate that extra nippy warmth of hot sauces even more with cold weather.  A great way to satisfy that need and my palate is with a revolving variety of delicious artisan hot sauces like what you can expect from Fuego Box, the hot sauce subscription that keeps delighting my taste buds with every new box.

The cost for Fuego Box is $29.95 per quarter with free shipping.  You can also buy one box at a time for $12.95 with a $5.00 shipping charge is also available.  Besides three unique small-batch, artisan sauces, you also get a card with recommended foods or dishes that would best compliment each sauce.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Review: Korres Limited-Edition 20 L’Eau de Parfum Rose and Oak Scent to Celebrate the Brand’s 20 Years!

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Beauty abounds in this unique Korres Limited-Edition 20 L'Eau de Parfum!

Just in time for holiday gift buying, Korres, the Greek Apothecary, released their Limited-Edition 20 L’Eau de Parfum.  This oriental-floral fragrance has warm spicy and fresh notes that give it a soft, yet irresistible sexiness for an unexpected take on rose and woods.

20 L’Eau de Parfum opens with a tart brightness from bergamot, green notes, green mandarin and apple. Though attention getting in its snappy freshness, the sweetness of the licorice top note dials down the crisper green in a pleasant way. 

As the fragrance warms in the heart with woods, rose, whisky and cedar, it develops a velvety richness and sophistication to that subtle sweetness from the spiked mix of rose and woods.  The result is flowery but at the same time, earthy and masculine with this combination of woods, whisky to the floral. Personally, I would describe this Limited-Edition 20 L’Eau de Parfum, a scent either sex could wear over restricting it solely to feminine or masculine.

By the time it dries down in the base, the more alluring it becomes as heart notes are tempered with the oak and amber base notes, enveloping this sensual fragrance with an inviting creaminess that you want to cozy up to.  

Do check out Korres Limited-Edition 20 L’Eau de Parfum ($52) for yourself or when you’re making out your holiday gift list because it is a wonderful, unique rose fragrance that I now adore.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mally Beauty Shimmer, Shape & Go Sticks (3-Piece Face Defining System) Review

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These chubby sticks pack a lot of  useful beauty power. 

Regardless of your face shape, I believe every face can benefit from contouring, highlighting as well as blush to give it definition.  Through shadow and light, you can almost rearrange bone structure to perfect a face and enhance it further through beautiful, healthy color.  

Unlike Mally Beauty’s original Shimmer, Shape & Go in the powder form, this 3-Piece Face Defining System comes in three sticks of contour, highlight, and blush in Lighter or Darker shades also.  Though I loved that first set and made that fact known in my review, I must admit I am even more excited over the same system that was PR kindly sent for my review in stick form.

My set is the Lighter system.  What I did was to start with the champagne chubby highlighter by creating a C shape on cheekbones to the brow area. This gave a lovely glow. Next, I sucked in my cheeks and went with the subtle contour beige-tan shade there and under my jaw line, starting from my ear to work my way down to slim.  I rolled the rosy warm pink stick on the apples of my cheeks and admired how well the color brightened my face.

If truth is known, there are so many reasons why I love this new version of Shimmer, Shape & Go even more.  They can give the complexion more dewy luminosity compared to the powder.  Besides that, they can save time by how quickly they apply.  The formula is creamy and blends effortlessly into the skin for a warmer, authentic application.  My final reason is these sticks don’t take up much space whether in my handbag or makeup bag.

If you’re thinking of new holiday makeup or looking for cosmetic gifts, then I recommend Mally Beauty’s Shimmer, Shape & Go Sticks because they really are incredible! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Why You Need to Adjust Your Hot Iron’s Heat Settings to the Texture of Your Hair!

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This beauty doesn't take chances when it comes to the look of her hair.

If you want to keep your hair healthy and thriving, then you need to give some thought to your hot iron’s heat settings before you rush in to straighten or curl.  The right heat for you hair type will also help it to retain moisture and seal the cuticle that brings about that beautiful shine.  To save the hair from damage, a simple rule of thumb is to adjust those settings according to your hair's texture.

Those with fine or thin hair only should use the lowest heat setting available.  Depending on the model of hot iron, this could typically range from about 250-310 degrees.

On the other hand, normal or medium texture of hair should be in the middle range (300-360).

Thick, coarse hair needs more heat to get it to do what you want like 350-410.  Though some hot irons can be turned up as high as 450-degrees, you need to avoid that temptation because it is bad for your hair. In addition, more heat beyond 410 doesn’t mean you’ll get a stronger or longer-lasting curl.  The only thing it does guarantee is damaged hair that is fried to a crisp.

Do keep these heat settings in mind and your hair will be better off for it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Decrease Excessive Facial Redness and Shrink Pores With This DIY Toner!

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You don't have to spend a lot for effective skin care.

I do not have excessive redness in my complexion, but my mother does.  However, a friend of hers shared this simple recipe to calm the skin down that does seem to make a difference helping with some of the redness while also shrinking pores.  Therefore, I wanted to share in case your skin could also benefit.

All you need is to brew up a strong cup of green tea.  Allow it to cool before you’ll take a few cotton balls or a cotton round and wipe over your face.  Store in your refrigerator and apply as needed.

This beauty trick may surprise you in how well it works to deal with this issue.  I know that it really shocked us because it seems to do more than some of the toners she was using.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Another Reason and Relief for Your Sudden Dry Eye Discomfort!

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You might be blaming the wrong things for your sudden bout of eye discomfort.

There are plenty of things that can make your eyes uncomfortable.  If they suddenly may be feeling irritated and somewhat drier than usual, especially when you stare at your computer for hours, an allergy could possibly play a part.  Chances are, though, it could also indicate dry eyes. 

Dry eyes affect more women than men.  Therefore, you may want to visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist if this feeling keeps up to determine if this is the cause. 

In the meantime, you might want to try blinking more.  This helps lubricate the eye somewhat to lessen the friction.

Another helpful tip is looking away for a few minutes from your computer screen every hour if possible.  

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Makeup Tip to Make Your Sleep-Neglected Eyes Look More Awake!

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This makeup tip can help open up the eye, providing more of a round shape, which helps your cause.

There are some days when you practically stumble out of bed.  Regardless of how sleep-deprived your eyes may look, but there is a way to help them to look more awake.

The first step after washing is splashing some cold water on your face to stimulate circulation and initially revive you.  Then you should try this mascara trick because it can further widen those eyes for you.

What you do is apply your mascara and concentrate your efforts on the middle lashes rather than the outer corners.  Load up several coats in this way does help sleepy eyes appear more open.  At the same time, this mascara technique even seems to help the eyes appear a bit more round in their shape.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

How to Thoroughly Clean Stains Off the Glass Carafe of Your Coffee Maker!

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You will be shocked at how this simple tip works for making your coffee pot look like new again.

Here is a beauty tip, however, it is not for your face or body.  Instead, this one involves your coffee maker’s glass carafe or any stained glassware, especially with holiday entertaining in the works when you want everything to be perfect.  

As you’re washing dishes, make sure to clean the carafe first.  Then, take about a teaspoon of regular table salt and wipe the moistened carafe with your dish rag.  You won’t even need to rub very hard with how easily the stains come out.  Afterwards, I just suds it again and was totally amazed once I rinsed.  

My carafe now looks new.  Trust me, but you’ll appreciate how simple and wonderful this cleaning tip is for restoring the beauty of glassware!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Recipe: My Chewy Coconut Puffs Can Make a Wonderful Addition to Your Holiday Cookie Assortment

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These have a cake-like texture and quite chewy due to all the shredded coconut!

When you are deciding which cookies that you plan to bake for the holidays this year, I do hope that you will want to include the one that I have for you today.  My Chewy Coconut Puffs is a delicious drop cookie with almond flavor that puffs out and possesses a nice chew to them.  

Furthermore, this recipe is not complicated.  Basically, you cream, sift and then mix before dropping onto your cookie sheets for baking.  In fact, you can speed along with this by using a small round squeeze scoop for this purpose.  The way that you don’t stick is by keeping a cup of cold water handy to dunk the scoop back in after you finish one and are ready for a new cookie.

My Chewy Coconut Puffs

1-1/3 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
½ cup or 1 stick of butter
2/3 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla 
½ teaspoons of almond extract
1-1/2 cups of grated coconut
1 teaspoon of baking powder, leveled

Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly until fluffy in your mixing bowl.

Add the eggs, one at a time and beat into the creamed ingredients with your electric mixer along with the extracts.

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in another mixing bowl.  Then add slowly to the creamed ingredients and eggs.  I prefer to finish mixing with just a wooden spoon.

The last ingredient that I add is the shredded coconut flakes and gently incorporate this until well combined.

Drop onto greased cookie sheets with either a small round squeeze scoop or using two teaspoons to deposit small balls of the dough. 

Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 10-12 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated.  The cookies will lightly brown at the bottom.

You get about three dozen small cookies.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Now Is the Time to Prepare Your Vehicle in Case of a Winter Road Emergency!

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Weather can change quickly so be prepared to handle it. 

Winter is not my favorite season.  Though some people look forward to all the snow for skiing, ice skating and sledding, I feel differently.  Even though a fresh coat of snow paints a beautiful picture or watching the falling snowflakes from the warmth of your home can be mesmerizing, I view it more as an obstacle course as far as winter driving is concerned with the ice and frigid temperatures that always seem to accompany it. Therefore, now is the time to get your car, van or truck prepped just in case you find yourself suddenly caught by surprise or stranded on the side of a road somewhere when that snow starts to fall.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BuffBoxx Fitness Subscription Box December 2016 Review

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My December 2016 BuffBoxx had over a $100 value!

When you’re trying to get in shape, you want all the help that you can get, especially if you hope to get stronger as well as improve your overall health.  A well-coordinated fitness subscription box like BuffBoxx can offer an easy way toward the success of your fitness goals to keep you motivated and on track. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Liquid Liner Tips That Can Help Enhance Your Eyes to the Max!

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Looking your best was never easier!

Regardless of the brand of liquid liner that you prefer, you can enhance your eyes even more if you also learn to work with their shape before applying.  Therefore, I have a few suggestions that can help beautify those eyes.

For those with small or hooded eyes, you can open them up more simply by drawing the line as close to the lashes as possible.  Try not to lay down a heavy line but more of a slender one or risk the eyes looking smaller.

The larger eyes you have, the thicker the line can be.   

If you happen to have deep-set eyes, your goal is to bring them out.  Ringing the eyes with the blackest liner can only push them further into your face.  Instead, a brighter liner can do wonders. 

Then again, you may have close-set eyes.  To alter what you got, try this little trick.  Start your line just beyond the middle of the upper lids, working to the outer corners before you’ll want to wing out.

Of course, almond eyes always look their most beautiful with a line that progresses to a graceful wing at the end.

I hope these makeup tips will help you achieve even more from your liquid liner to make you lovelier than you already are!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Some Simple Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight As Quickly As You Had Hoped!

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This beauty may be blaming herself when there could be other reasons those pounds linger.

Following a diet can be rough.  This is especially true when you keep checking the scale and that number doesn’t seem to move, leaving you frustrated and confused since you are doing all the right things.  Though as disciplined as you might be, there are others factors that may be to blame.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The One Skin Care Product That You Don’t Have to Overpay for to Reek Facial Benefits!

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This beauty is carefully rethinking her skin care regime.

You might be convinced that only the best complexion comes from using an entire skin care system together as it was intended.  Of course, the manufacturers will like you to believe that.  However, the truth is that if the product is the sort that you wash with or just wipe off, then you don’t necessarily need to overspend on one. 

Instead, focus on the other products in that line by looking at the active ingredients that you will be applying. Those beneficial ingredients in those creams, lotions and serums will do your complexion the most good since they are the ones more likely to remain on your face compared to others that may end up being washed down your sink.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Recipe: My Delectable Yellow Layer Cake Makes Any Day a Holiday!

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My Delectable Yellow Layer Cake uses all-purpose flour.

Some people may not have the patience to bake a layer cake from scratch due to past failures.  However, I want to assure you that disappointing cakes aren’t the faults of the baker, but have more to do with the recipe or possibly your oven.  Therefore, I have the perfect yellow layer cake that is moist and delicately textured with a rich buttery flavor that you won’t be able to resist.

My Delectable Yellow Layer Cake is also a recipe that you can’t fail at provided that you
don’t rush through without following the directions because they can make the difference between a good cake and a bad one.

Just give my recipe a chance and you’ll happily exceed your expectations with a really wonderful layer cake as moist and fine as any box of cake mix.

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Following the directions exactly can make the difference between success and failure.

My Delectable Yellow Layer Cake

2/3 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
1-3/4 cups sugar
l-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2-1/2 cups sifted flour
½ teaspoons of salt
1-1/4 cups of milk
2-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, leveled
your favorite icing (peppermint butter cream icing is awesome)

Thoroughly use your electric mixer and cream your softened butter with the sugar until fluffy.

Add one egg at a time, beating well before adding the second one.

Scrape your mixing bowl, then add the vanilla.

In a separate mixing bowl, sift your flour, salt and baking powder together.  Transfer to another bowl and sift again.  Then sift a third time.

Measure out your milk. 

Now add a small amount of the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, beating well before adding a small amount of the milk.  Continue beating, then alternate with more of the flour mixture and beat again. Alternate with the milk, beat, then the flour mixture until you incorporate and finish all the flour mixture and milk into the creamed ingredients.

Grease and line with wax paper two 9-inch cake pans before pouring the batter into both of them.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before attempting to remove.

Cool completely before trying to frost.


Friday, December 2, 2016

What You Need to Know About Facial Cleansing Cloths to Remove Makeup Matters!

Nothing is more convenient than reaching for a primed facial cleansing cloth to wipe away makeup. However, you should be aware that there is a difference between those marked “face cleansing cloths” and others labeled “makeup remover cloths.”  

While both of those facial cloths will remove grime and makeup, only “makeup remover cloths” can more gently and thoroughly dissolve all traces of eye makeup, even the stubborn waterproof variety those “face cleansing cloths” may leave behind due to the presence of oiler ingredients in the formula.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hair Coloring Tips When Coloring Your Hair for the First Time That Can Save You From Regrets or Disaster!

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Be safe instead of sorry with these two important hair coloring tips!

Perhaps, you finally decided it was time to start coloring your hair at home.  For your very first attempt, I suggest starting off with more of a short term commitment when you shop for that box of hair color.  After all, you may not like the color, which may look differently when all over head compared to the treated clipped piece of your hair you may do beforehand. Therefore, you might ease into the process with a temporary, semi-permanent (lasting 6-12 shampoos)  or demi-permanent hair color ( lasting around 12-24 shampoos) instead of a permanent variety.

The second thing that you always must do is to make sure to do the patch test with the hair color and developer on your arm as directed before attempting to color your hair.  If you skip this one step, you could end up in a world of trouble from a burning scalp, itching to breathing problems that could force you to the emergency room due to an allergy.  

You can develop an allergic reaction at any time, whether for the first time or a hundred times, does not matter.  So please keep these tips in mind and the only thing that will happen is beautiful hair!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Start Your Morning and Complexion Off in the Right Direction With a Lemon Detox Drink!

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This simple beverage can do more good for your body and skin than you realize.

If you want to give your body a healthy start and see an improvement in your complexion, you might want to start your morning off to a great running start.  

Before sitting down to breakfast, why not squeeze the juice of one half of a lemon into a cup of boiling water and slowly sip before thinking of coffee, tea and food?  

If you do so, this lemon detox helps to flush out the lingering impurities from your system that still may be there from the night before.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Look Better When You Pose for Those Holiday Photos!

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This beauty doesn't miss a trick when it comes to looking even more amazing.

Some people instantly take to the camera, but not all. Is it because they are simply more beautiful, which may or may not necessarily be true? The real truth is some just know how to capitalize on what they have better than others in how they radiate confidence, their expression and body language before that lens focuses on them.  Therefore, if you want to shine as well and look your best for those holiday photos then let me share some helpful tips.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Primal Kitchen Paleo Energy Bars, Chipotle Lime Mayo and Ranch Dressing Review–Healthy Eating Never Tasted So Good!

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Healthy eating doesn't have to be a chore when you have food products that be just as good as what you're used to.

Temptation is all around us when you’re trying to eat healthy, especially during the holiday season with all the sugar-laden treats and rich foods.  However, you will never feel denied when you find food products that satisfy your palate while making you to feel good about what you’re putting into your body like what I’ve been sampling from an unexpected box from Primal Kitchen with their paleo food items.

One of my top favorites is their Chipotle Lime Mayo ($9.95), which is outrageously delicious with a unique subtle lime flavor to this mildly hot mayo that transforms ordinary mayo to an extraordinary spicier one. Using this to perk up your sandwich or any holiday recipe definitely can make the taste better without sacrificing health since it uses quality ingredients like avocado oil and has no sugar, gluten, dairy or soy in its mix.