Saturday, September 23, 2017

Recipe: My Chocolate-Chip and Oat Button Cookies Guarantee Smiles All Around

These cookies keep well.

This recipe that I’m about to share with you is really a great one to add to your recipe box because it’s a delicious and foolproof. My Chocolate-Chip and Oat Button Cookies are soft, chewy puffs of cookies with plenty of oat goodness and slightly less sugar that is better balanced through chocolate chips.  

This is also another easy recipe that just requires a minimum of effort since I hate spending too much time in the kitchen when it is not necessary.  In fact, I simplified my cookie even further by using a small melon scoop to drop the cookie batter onto the cookie sheet instead of using a spoon.  The secret for using a scoop is to keep a cup of water handy to dip it in after a fresh drop of batter.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Korres White Tea Bergamot Eau de Parfum Spray Can Prolong That Summer Feeling

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This citrus-floral is not too brisk a fragrance that will can brighten your spirit.

If you want to keep the warm feeling of summer with you, then an easy way to do it is with clean, citrus-floral with just a hint of sweetness like Korres White Tea Bergamot Eau de Parfum. This 82% natural perfume is an ideal solution to happily energize the spirit with its freshness.

The opening is sparkling fresh with juicy bergamot, mandarin, neroli, and cyclamen notes to grab attention.  It is lively and charged with excitement.

As this scent warms in the heart, the floral notes of freesia, jasmine and violet along with tea accord finally announce their presence to subdue the dominant initial freshness. The effect is still fresh with just enough sweetness to make you feel good.  Think of it at this stage like a passing summer breeze carrying the scent of flowers in the air.   

As this fragrance dries down in the base, its notes of white musk, cedarwood and moss give it a soft sort of natural sexiness that is very appealing.

Korres White Tea Bergamot Eau de Parfum is a delight to the senses and quite different from what you may expect from when that citrus, floral, tea, musk and wood notes combine.  It is light fresh, but with a sweet uniqueness that keeps me so drawn to its magic. 

You can find White Tea Bergamot ($44.50) at Korres along with their other fine, natural fragrances.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy to Ensure Their Beauty

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

We all want the most beautiful eyes possible.  Therefore, we always try to care for them with the best eye creams and serums to dazzling eye makeup.  Yet, this is more involved if you intend to keep them looking fabulous such as keeping them healthy.  

Check the whites of your eyes.  If they get bloodshot a lot, you may have a tendency to turn to eye drops to quickly get rid of the red, especially if you have allergies.  This quick fix constricts the blood vessels.   While a product like Visine can help temporarily, it is not a long-term solution.  Using this type of eye drop habitually can result in rebound inflammation, making the red lines worse. Instead, you might want to lubricate with eyes drops that are more moisturizing or natural tears like Blink to refresh them.  

More people than ever have developed dry eye problems.  One reason this is becoming more common is due to LASIK or cataract surgery.  Dry eyes can water, become red or appear glossy. Lubricant eye drops like Systane or Refresh and drinking more water can help.

Eyes are prone to ugly infection.  Avoid using eye makeup longer than six months.  Also, never share mascaras, eye liners, concealers, eye shadows, eye primers or any makeup because it is a collective breeding ground for bacteria.

If you wear contacts and hope to keep your eyes safe from irritation, you should give up metallic shades. The reason this is bad with contacts is due to its silica, which may find its way inside the lens to feel uncomfortable like something is wedged against your eye.

Something else that contact lens wearers need to think about is that cleaning the lens is vital, but so is cleaning their cases.  Clean your contact lens cases weekly can eliminate future problems.  Just keep in mind that water is not a sufficient cleaner for disinfecting the case.  You want to use a lens solution for this purpose.  Otherwise, you are risking your eyes.  Replacing the case in about six months is also a good idea.

Another way to help keep your eyes gorgeous is making it a habit to regularly wear sunglasses.  Buying a stylish pair with 100% UV protection can protect the eye itself from cataract growth and help fight wrinkling.

These are just a few suggestions that can help keep your eyes as healthy and captivating as they possibly can be.  After all, if they’re infected or irritated, they lose their beauty.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meet the Holy Grail of Hairspray and My Current Hair Obsession: Keune Design Society Extra Forte

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Once you try this hairspray, you'll understand why this formula has been going strong for almost 100 years!

One of the reasons that Keune Haircosmetics has been a leader in the hair care industry is due to their innovative, quality products.  One example is their Design Society Extra Forte Hairspray, which happens to be one of the best formulas in my opinion that you can trust your hair too.    

I have reviewed a lot of hair care products and hairsprays, but this is one that I can always count on for keeping my hair in place.  This hairspray dries fast, has UV protection and keeps your style without turning the hair hard, sticky or limp on humid days.  You can even run a brush or comb through it without worrying your hair will fall flat.   

It is no wonder that this hairspray formula has been around for 95 years with how ideally it works.  The only way that you’ll be convinced is if you try Keune’s Design Society Extra Forte Hairspray ($22) for yourself. Right now, there is an illustrated Limited Edition can by Amsterdam-based fashion illustrator Sjoukje Bierma that is just as lovely for your dresser or vanity as it is useful for your hair.  Check it out or visit the company's website to learn more!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Orglamix Beauty Subscription Box August 2017 Review

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You get four to six vegan and cruelty-free beauty items in each box.

Using makeup and skin care products shouldn’t give us reason for concern.  Yet, it is not a highly regulated industry in the United States as it should be like it is in European countries.  Instead, the consumer is left at the mercy of manufacturers to trust whatever chemicals are used will not possibly adversely affect our health.  Mineral makeup and natural skin care can be a safer alternative.

A perfect way to experiment with healthier beauty is through a natural beauty box subscription.  One that I recently discovered is Orglamix that offers vegan and cruelty-free beauty products using purer ingredients than their chemical counterparts without harmful synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, preservatives and known irritants.  For $29 a month plus free shipping, the company sends between four and six full sizes of their beneficial makeup, skin and body care to fragrance items. Below is what I found in my first box.  Check it out.

Orglamix Beauty Box August 2017

1.  Organic Beauty Balm Prep & Prime------------------------------------------------$21.00
2.  Cardamon Rose Coconut Milk Lotion Spray--------------------------------------$8.00
3.  Bohemian Chic Perfume Roll-On----------------------------------------------------$18.00
4.  Wild at Heart Natural Eyeshadow---------------------------------------------------$12.50
5.  Karma Lip & Cheek Gelee------------------------------------------------------------$18.00

Total Value: $77.50!

Their Organic Beauty Balm Prep & Prime can double as an anti-aging moisturizer or primer before foundation.  I even mixed a little with my mineral powder foundation and loved the results.  It smoothed and covered my dry skin beautifully without ending up in any lines or creases.

The Cardamon Rose Coconut Milk Lotion Spray is wonderful to apply after you step out of the shower or bath.  This is a silky lotion that has a delicate floral-coconut scent that softens skin nicely.  I don’t pick up too much of any rose, but love the slight spice notes that I detect.

The Bohemian Chic Perfume Roll-On is a charming, fruity-floral fragrance that is perfect for handbags and traveling.  The scent has satsuma and sugarcane essence to the fresh citrus notes, which is lovely.

Wild at Heart Natural Eyeshadow was a limited edition shade.  It is a soft taupe with plum and gray that is so practical with how neutral the color is.  I, as well as most people, can get a lot of wear out of this shade.

The last product I found was different from what was described in my info sheet that came with the box.  I got a Lip & Cheek Gelee in Karma, a great take on a plum.  It glided on and provided moisturizing coverage with minerals and sweet orange essential oil to nourish as well as color in an attractive fall shade. I especially liked this product for lips, though it was slightly dark of a color for cheeks with my fair skin.

This was my first experience with Orglamix, but I really liked their approach to beauty.  If you are trying to steer away from chemicals in your beauty products, then I suggest giving Orglamix Beauty Box a try to acquaint yourself with a healthier approach.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fuego Hot Sauce Subscription Box September 2017 Review

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Hot sauce can a dieter's friend.  It helps speed up metabolism.

Besides supplementing any dish with some extra great flavor, I adore hot sauces because they help the body burn more calories.  An ideal way to get my fix is through a hot sauce subscription like my favorite, Fuego Box.

Each box brings an assortment of three hot sauces from small batch artisan producers to your door.  You would be hard pressed to find any of these in your local grocery store for just $29.95 per quarter with free shipping. Also included in each box, you get an informational card for the foods and dishes the choices are best suited for. 

Their hot sauce selection is as unique as you can imagine with exotic touches such as September 2017's Spicy Curry Sauce from Volcanic Peppers.  This delight uses aleppo peppers along with coconut milk and a secret curry powder combination to thrill the taste buds.  I just had some with chicken and a side dish of rice, which made for a delicious nippy change.   

The next was an olive-colored hot sauce with medium heat called Thai Green from Seed Ranch.  It possesses a fresh twist from lemon grass, Thai ginger, basil and cilantro amongst green chilies.  This was tasty in my garbanzo bean dip that I whipped up, but use it on eggs as well or whatever else you normally use hot sauce with.  

Endless Summer from Heartbreaking Dawns has a tropical influence with some sweetness from pineapple-spiked rum, spearmint, red habaneros and ghost peppers, onions, garlic as star ingredients along with spices.  This perks up any salad dressing or burger with its zesty brightness.  

If you are like me and love hot and spicy foods or looking for a way to speed up your body’s metabolism, I think that you would love Fuego Box.  Stop over at their website and sign up.  Thank me, later!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Have You Been Considering Self-Storage As an Option to Solve Your Clutter Problem?

Have you weighed the pros and cons of seeking self-storage for your treasures?

Most of us seem to buy more than we need.  This might be great for the economy, but it is not necessarily a good thing for our homes.  Too much of anything presents a problem of clutter if you don’t have enough space to store.  Therefore, you eventually have two options of downsizing some items or storing possessions elsewhere to keep stress levels down.

Of course, no one likes to part with their treasures, especially if they have sentimental value such as your grandmother’s set of china or a sizeable teapot collection from your dearly beloved aunt.  Ask yourself though how often or if you ever you plan to use those things first or just keep them on a shelf or packaged in a box.  After all, grandmothers’ china may be beautifully ornate and a part of your family’s history, but do you trust the glaze to be lead-free to be safe to eat from now? As to your favorite aunt’s teapot collection, you might be admiring them in a china cabinet, perhaps, but ask yourself if you’re really a tea drinker or mostly prefer coffee or soda?  These are the questions that you need to consider when examining your belongings, if you intend to keep your sanity.

My recommendation is to pick and choose items based on their practical use in your life.  Gather what you can’t live without in one section of the room and then place the other items on the opposite side.

The hard part comes next.  From the items you want to keep but don’t really have room for, try to sort out the essentials from the nonessentials but keepsake items.  Some of the nonessentials are ones that aren’t really important to you that may want to donate to charity.  Others are ideal for a garage sale.

Now ask yourself the importance of each nonessential keepsake by hanging onto it.  Is the cost of monthly storage justified or would it be cheaper and more to your benefit to sell it?  

Memories are one thing, but they also can be costly for self-storage or looking into buying a larger home. Saving one item from that cherished, departed relative over many may be more practical for your budget and stress reduction. 

By now, the pile of items that you’re keeping has decreased.  The items still dear to you that do not fit in your home will need self-storage.  Write down every piece and then start calling self-storage facilities to compare their prices.  Depending on the business and the square footage of space that you’ll need, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $400 per month.  Furthermore, you might even need to have additional  insurance beyond your homeowner’s or rental insurance for theft, water damage, fire, etc.  

The price might be within your budget.  Yet, can you afford this monthly fee regularly in the future?

I knew someone that has a passion for collecting cookbooks.  Cookbooks dominated every room of her home, including the garage.  Their cars and boat eventually had to be parked outdoors until moving them to self-storage.  One unit soon became two and a good part of this woman’s monthly salary went toward self-storage of these cookbooks, packed in boxes that were so jammed in these storage units that once inside, rarely saw the light of day.  Yet, what others may consider a money pit was worth it to this particular woman. Can you say the same?

Personally, I think self-storage is better as a temporary solution.  You could be remodeling your home, moving, going through a divorce, etc. that calls for changing your life. How do you feel on the subject?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Recipe: You Need to Try My Delicious, Cheesy Garbanzo Bean and Mushroom Casserole!

Meatless never tasted so good!

Going meatless never tasted so good until you have a chance to sample my Cheesy Garbanzo Band and Mushroom Casserole.  My recipe can even change the mind of a reluctant meat eater, if my guy is any indication.  

What makes this recipe so delicious is the creamy cheese sauce accented with oregano, chili powder and ground cumin to coax maximum flavor when uniting with the garbanzo beans, mushrooms and elbow macaroni.  

Though you can buy canned beans to use in your recipes, I buy them in dry form and soak before cooking. This is much cheaper than the price of those cans.  However, if you want to save time, then using the cans may be a better option.

I hope that you try this casserole because it one of my best meatless recipes to date!

Cheesy Garbanzo Bean and Mushroom Casserole

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 8-oz. package of fresh mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
3 tablespoons of corn, canola or olive oil 
1-1/2 cups of cooked or canned garbanzo beans
1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
½ cups of milk
1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
½ teaspoons of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
1-1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups of dried elbow macaroni

Brown chopped onions in the oil until golden brown.

Add the chopped mushrooms to the onions next and continue frying.

Then add the cooked or canned beans, mushroom soup and milk, spices and cook on the stove top to heat through.  

Stir in cheese to the mixture and the cooked elbow macaroni.


Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Prevent Your Hair From Revealing Too Much About Your Real Age!

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These hair care steps can hide age.

Aging shows us little mercy when it comes to our appearance.  Besides faint lines deepening just a little each year or suddenly adding to your wrinkle collection, the hair also undergoes unwanted changes. Graying is one thing, but the hair also gets much drier.  It also seems to lose its former shine.  In order to keep your hair more youthful, there are some steps that you need to take.

Since older hair is thirstier, you need to help it drink.   However, you don’t want to wash it daily because it will only steal more moisture from those already hungry strands.  Instead, wash older hair only every other day.

In addition, give the hair plenty of moisturizing nourishment by feeding it a protein-rich or antioxidant-rich conditioner or treatment following that shampoo.  Doing so, strengthens those dry, weak strands and helps return the shine.

If you already use hair coloring, you probably stick to a schedule when to refresh the color.  The chemical process does change its texture, but it also can be damaging done too soon, especially the longer-lasting permanent variety. Another approach may work better to your advantage.  Try stretching the time for your next hair coloring out a bit by only  retouching color at the roots where new growth appears over doing the entire head. This lessens the chemicals that you are exposed to that also can harm your hair.

Your choice of color might need to change and lighten somewhat.  Try a softer shade of hair color because the darker color that you may have been born with now may appear too harsh against an older version of you with wrinkles and paler skin.

A new style with more movement over a stiff hairdo can also help people guessing about your real age. Page through magazines, check online beauty sites and ask your stylist for recommendations for what would best compliment your facial structure.  Maintaining the same style through the years keeps you in a time rut that can signal others to a particular decade.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to Handle Large Pores and Minimize Their Appearance

Perfect skin like this beauty has needs to be taken care of.
Some people are more prone to having larger pores than others due to heredity or skin type.  However, others may notice that their smaller pores may appear larger at some point in their lives. If you have been noticing your pores seem to have enlarged, it is not your imagination.  

On the contrary, there are reasons for this unwanted change to the texture of the skin such as aging and how our unique genetic code handles the process. Sun damage also can alter the opening enough of each of those hair follicles to make a pore appear larger. 

Of course, you mustn’t forget trapped bacteria and oil from makeup, products and traces of grime that cleansing left behind. Clogged pores distort their smaller, original size, only to swell and emphasize them.

When you don’t exfoliate on a regular basis, you’re allowing dead skin cells to accumulate.  Those old, useless cells have no place to go but become also buried to exaggerate pore size.  

You can spend tons of money on expensive skin care regimes and cosmetics, but one of the best things that you can do to ensure the beauty of your complexion is to exfoliate–-only not be overzealous.  Once a week or every other week is enough to remove hidden debris and stimulate fresh skin to emerge without harming skin.  

Honestly, exfoliation can work miracles.  The process can turnaround a complexion more than all the best skin care and makeup that you can layer on.  Besides improving your skin’s texture, you also will be helping your skin care products work harder to best deliver the benefits they were designed for.  
Though it may sound impossible to reverse the size of larger pores, you can gain more control of their appearance.  Learning to protect and keep your skin healthy can make a  big overall difference for your face. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eye Khols (Selene, Vera and Delilah) Review

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Any pencil can line, but these add a surreal look to the eyes with their color.

A lot of people love the look of heavy eyeliner, but I prefer a softer emphasis to play up my eyes.  Luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, must have been reading my mind because their Feline Gaze Eye Khols accomplish that goal beautifully.

There are six shades in the line, but I was particularly drawn to the riveting, frosted blue-violet (Vera), deep forest green (Selene) and the aubergine-plum (Delilah) over basic black, gray and brown.  

The Feline Gaze pencils are creamy, but not excessively so like some kohl pencils can be.  They glide over the eyes well without tugging, smudge nicely for blending and really brought out the darkness of my eyes, ringing them with almost a dreamlike quality.

I didn’t experience any problems with these eyeliners disappearing or smearing while I wore them. I had them on from morning until late afternoon and everything was good.

I am totally pleased with Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eye Khols ($23) because they do what I need to show off my eyes with style.  If you’re looking to keep your lining subtle, but sophisticated, I highly recommend visiting their website and trying the colored varieties of Vera, Selene, and Delilah!    

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Glossybox September 2017 Review

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The September box is geared for runaway chic beauty!

Beauty fanatics that can’t get enough beauty would adore a subscription box.  Instead of constantly checking out stores or shopping online, a great beauty box like Glossybox can simplify your life by doing the hard work without you leaving home.

For a mere $21 a month and free USA shipping, Glossybox does all that legwork by finding at least five full and larger sample sizes of the latest luxury beauty brands of makeup, skin, body and hair care, nail products to fragrances and tools to discover.  Each box also comes with a sheet about that month’s selection of products and any special deals with a coupon code.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Some Helpful Tips for Those Sensitive Complexions Out There!

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This beauty keeps her flawless complexion calm by knowing how to properly care for it.

Some of us react to products more than others.  If you count yourself as one, then you know it can be hit or miss when you try new skin care.  Being the case, you can further avoid the likelihood of irritation if you are aware of certain ingredients that may trigger skin sensitivities.

The number one skin offender for those prone to react easily is fragrance.  Your complexion doesn’t benefit in any way so do look for a fragrance-free facial product.

Equally risky are preservatives in skin care products.  Some common culprits known to cause problems are ones such as parabens, lanolin, quaternium 15, sodium benzoate, fruit acids such as alpha or beta hydroxy acids, dyes, and PABA.  Denatured and benzyl alcohol also cannot be ignored. You might not think essential oils can possibly do your skin any harm.  Nonetheless, they have been known to cause problems for some people.  

With an extra sensitive complexion, it is always wise to avoid too hot or too cold temperatures of water when cleansing.  Instead, stick to lukewarm water and just cool water to close the pores because extreme temperatures can provoke the skin to react.

Another way to protect sensitive skin is not to abuse it with harsh scrubs with rough, abrasive grains, overly strong chemical peels or cleansing brushes with hard bristles to exfoliate.  

Toners often can be to blame.  Their ingredients like witch hazel or denatured alcohol can be too drying for this type of complexion.  A better choice is to look for one free of any alcohol, if you feel that you must use one.

Keep these suggestions in mind before you buy your next skin care product.  Hopefully, the information presented here will keep your complexion beautiful and free from ugly, red irritation and swelling!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Are You Prepared for Surviving When Under an Emergency Situation?

Are you ready for facing a disaster?

The number and severity of hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes are on the rise due to global warming, which is sad for both the planet and the rest of us.  Therefore, every one of us should have our homes properly stocked to survive just in case of an emergency. 

Food and water are number one.  According to the government, each member of your household needs one gallon of water per day for drinking and washing.  Yet, how many gallons is enough?  

This really depends on the weather’s predicted severity headed in your direction. I talked to someone that went through hurricane Katrina.  They recommended at least three weeks worth of water per person for a situation like that. 

Nonperishable food is important.  Stock up on plenty of peanut butter, tuna, granola bars, sardines, canned ham, crackers, powdered milk, liquor such as alcohol or wine, and nuts can help you survive. 

You also need a manual can opener, paper plates, flashlight, batteries, utensils, paper cups, and a few basins to wash your dishes and more for your personal care in case you have no  plumbing or electricity.   

At the first warning of impending dangerous weather, be sure to have all medications refilled. You also need toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soaps like moist cleansing wipes and hand sanitizers, first aid kit, toilet paper, pain relievers,  tissues, games for the children, paper, pens or pencils,  an emergency radio and books to pass the time.  

Something else you might want to keep handy are garbage bags and twist ties for sanitation purposes.

Don’t forget your cell phone with chargers and back up batteries.  

A whistle around your neck for each member of the household can also be helpful to alert rescue people if you are ever trapped.

This is far from a complete list of recommendations if you ever find yourself stranded in your home due to severe weather, but it is a good place to start.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Recipe: You Must Try My Devil’s Delight Chocolate Cake If You Love Chocolate!

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You won't work hard making this extra rich, chocolate cake.

Those that can’t enough chocolate will love this delicious chocolate cake that I want to share.  My Devil’s Delight Chocolate Cake is every chocoholic’s dream with extra chocolate in a moist, big cake.  To play against that deep, rich chocolate flavor, top with your favorite creamy, white frosting, which compliments it so well.  

Another thing that you’ll appreciate about my recipe is that you won’t spend a lot of time working on this cake.  There is a minimum amount of creaming involved,  just basically mixing the dry with the wet ingredients.  

I hope that the next time that you’re in the mood to bake that you’ll print out my recipe and try it at your house!

Friday, September 8, 2017

What to Look for when a Problem Rash Baffles Doctors!

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Let my experience help you.

I am going to tell you a frightening story of what happened to me two years ago just in case you're ever in the same situation.  I developed this strange rash all over every part of my body.  Honestly, I had so much facial swelling with puffy eyes to duck-like lips that I was afraid my distorted face and body design would frighten people. However, I had no choice than to make an appointment with my internist because my antihistamines weren’t helping.

I tried to figure out the possible cause.   I knew that I was eating the same foods, using the same soaps, laundry products and didn’t really add anything new to my life except switching to a different brand of vitamins.  Naturally, I ruled out vitamins.  

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This is how my nightmare began.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to Shop More Wisely Before Buying Your Next Foundation

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This beauty doesn't leave her perfect complexion to chance.  

We all have different methods for picking out a great makeup foundation.  Some will buy based on brand reputation that they may have a history with, tempting advertising, recommendations from friends or blogs or just by price.  Others take it a step further and narrow down the choices to address specific needs, which is a far better way to make such a choice.

For instance, you can improve the condition of your skin through your foundation by looking for AHA/BHA (alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid) on a label.  Either ingredient won’t do as much as your normal fruit acid skin care, but it will very gently exfoliate through the makeup.  Your complexion will only look brighter with use.

Foundations sporting an SPF of at least 15 are important to protect your complexion, but the truth is the amount we usually apply is hardly enough to keep us safe from the sun.  Therefore, start first with a broad spectrum SPF moisturizer before that foundation and finish with a pressed SPF powder.  Layering in this manner provides three layers of protection to keep your face from aging.  

If your skin breaks out fairly often or tends to oily, then you want to avoid a foundation formula that could bring more oil to your complexion.  Ingredients like kaolin and talc could be your solution since they help absorb excess oil.  Mineral foundation is another answer.

Dry skin benefits more from ingredients such as humectants like hyaluronic acid and emollients such as ceramides.  These types of ingredients can moisturize and smooth to keep the complexion supple in addition to offering perfecting coverage.

Anti-aging ingredients like retinol, peptides, collagen, and niacin help keep the skin younger looking as well as antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E. They defend your complexion from damaging free radicals from the environment. 

Before you make your next purchase, don’t just buy on impulse.  Think what you need that foundation to do and check those labels first.  Your complexion will only benefit!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Why You May Want to Avoid Illuminating Cosmetics When Your Skin Breaks Out

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This beauty takes all precautions when it comes to her skin.

Illuminating foundations and highlighting products are tops in my book for livening up a dull, lifeless complexion to make it appear younger.  However, there are some times that you may want to skip using those products temporarily in favor of others.

If your skin is currently breaking out, then casting light on it will only show those imperfections more.   A better alternative would be a matte liquid foundation until your complexion improves. 
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This is the time to think about your makeup choices carefully.

Mineral powder foundations also are excellent for hiding problem skin.  This choice doesn’t introduce extra shine and irritating chemicals that could make the complexion worse.  Instead, your aim should be focusing attention away from your problem skin.  This is a good time to concentrate more on your eyes or lips with shimmering shades of eye shadows and glossy, unforgettable lips. 

I hope that your skin doesn’t suffer, but at least you’ll know how to better handle your complexion until it does clear up!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PUR Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

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You can do a lot with these 12 shades.

Neutral makeup shades are the easiest to wear.  They never seem to let you down like bolder colors that can show flaws of aging eyes.  For that reason, I always seem to gravitate toward products that can supply that more natural look. When I spied PUR Cosmetics new Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette, I was already smitten at what I saw.

This palette has 12 creamy shades of vegan, gluten and paraben free eye shadows  that blend like a dream in a section of four mattes, satins and shimmers.  The colors are gorgeous, bursting with pigment and wonderfully long-lasting.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day here in the United States celebrates workers.  Being one, I am taking a much needed day off to relax as well.  

Before I go, I just wanted to wish everyone a great day.  Nuts 4 Stuff will be return to normal posting tomorrow as usual. Take care and see you then!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Perk Up the Feel and Look of Your Feet With My DIY Refreshing Peppermint Salt Scrub

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Pamper your feet and they will carry you further. 

You might have noticed that I devote quite a few posts to help improve feet for appearance as well as helping them to feel better. Depending on what ingredients I currently have on hand is usually the recipe that I’ll treat my feet to with at the time. Today, I have another with my Refreshing Peppermint Salt Scrub recipe that you might want to try that not only stimulates circulation, exfoliates roughness and offers a bit of cooling as it works. 

Taking time to pamper your feet will make them more beautiful, but it also perks them up a bit.  

More beneficial DIY homemade skin care recipes to beautify and help the well-being of your feet are at your disposal in my sidebar.

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You will love how refreshed and softer your feet will feel.

My Refreshing Peppermint Salt Scrub

1-3/4 cups of sea salt
1/4 cup of jojoba oil
½ cups of sweet almond oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the ingredients together and massage your clean feet.  The action will remove that hard, dry skin and leave it much smoother. Those feet will also be better moisturized.   

Saturday, September 2, 2017

How to Lessen Your Chance of Wrinkled Jeans When You Take Them Out of Your Clothes Dryer

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This tip could help save you from those bizarre creases that you occasionally get.

The next time that you wash your jeans, I suggest that you try this tip to avoid those strange creases that you sometimes get when you immediately transfer them straight from your washing machine to the dryer.

Once the load is ready to be dried, what you do is to give the jeans a brisk shaking for a few seconds first before drying.  If you do this little extra step, you will be surprised at how much better and nearly perfect the jeans look once your dryer stops!

Friday, September 1, 2017

PUR Cosmetics Elevation Mini Highlighter Palette with Fan Brush Review

**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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This palette gives a graceful, softer glow than over the top shine or intense sparkle.

Have you noticed that a sure way to make any complexion look better is by casting it in light?  With the help of a good highlighting product, you can instantly energize the skin with that ideal subtle glow.  One that may interest you is PUR Cosmetics Elevation Mini Highlighter Palette with Fan Brush that PR sent along for my opinion.

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This palette is slim to travel well.

This three-pan palette is compact and perfect if you plan on traveling or carrying in your handbag with its smaller size.  It also comes with a fan brush, which is nice to find.  

Inside, you get three different shades of vitamin-E enriched powders.  Boost is a shimmering champagne highlight.   Attitude is basically white intertwined with traces of pink and violet-blue.  It also has some gleam to it, but offers more of a powder finish.  Upgrade is a soft rose-gold highlight that also lends a delicate gleam to wherever you need it.  

My complexion ranges between fair to light.  I thought Boost and Upgrade worked well for me just as I feel they would for others with the same skin tone.  Attitude doesn’t provide that same subtle glow since it is the palette’s color correcting powder.

Yet, all is not perfect.  You do get some fallout, which may bother some.  

However, if you are searching for an easy to wear highlighter without obvious chunky glitter or intense shine and want a gentle natural glow, I do recommend PUR’s Cosmetics Elevation Mini Highlighter Palette with Fan Brush ($15). Check it out!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why Are Consumers Getting Cheated With Inferior Products That Always Cost More?

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This should not happen after six weeks of wear.

Why are prices continually on the rise for practically everything while quality keeps going down?  Is this the new ploy companies are using these days to boost their bottom line since whatever we seem to buy needs replacing much sooner than years before?

Let me illustrate.  My guy bought a pair of inexpensive Champion running shoes from Target. Instead of wearing them right away, he forgot about them for a while and set them aside in their box.  Finally, he decided to wear them.  Everything seemed fine for about six weeks.  

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This is the pair of shoes after six weeks of wear.

Driving home, he felt something under his feet like the car’s floor mat slipped and coming up, getting in the way of his gas and brake petals.  However, this was not due to our floor mat since ours does lock in place.   When he finally came home, he noticed the shoes had separated at the sole on one shoe.

I don’t know about you, but I think consumers deserve longer than six weeks of wear before needing to buy another pair so soon.  He called the Champion Company about the substandard quality of those shoes and the bad glue used.  

Instead of showing any regard for the consumer, the company never returned his call as they said they would.  Why would they bother?  They know the consumer has no other choice because this is the extent of the quality that you can expect these days. 

Therefore, it is a good idea to always pack an extra pair of shoes in your car. Yet, shoes are just one example of this substandard quality these days.

Cleaning products are another.  I had bleach that I assumed was in the same plastic container as always, only the ingredients of this new plastic were so weak that it leaked through the bottle all over my laundry room floor.  The bleach was powerful enough to eat through this thin material to make a hole.  Watch your cleaning products carefully because they are not to be trusted.

Makeup is still another.  I remember compacts and palettes used to be made of plastic, not cardboard and come with brushes and sponge tipped applicators.  Of course, those tools were not the best, but they were inside and handy. 

I can go on and on about the dropping quality of things we buy today, which is really sad when you think about it.  Profit is one thing, but making products that the companies manufacture deliberately with cheaper materials just to keep us buying is wrong.  Did you have any experiences like this lately?