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?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Forever Flawless Blue Diamond Infused Eye Serum and Eye Cream 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 is luxury eye care.


Forever Flawless is a luxury skin care brand that is the only one in the industry to use genuine diamond powder in their formulas.  The reason this unique ingredient is used is because it helps gently exfoliate so that their ingredients such as vitamins, botanicals, moisturizing and anti-aging agents ideally penetrate to do your skin the most good.

For several months now, I have been testing the Blue Diamond Infused Eye Serum ($399) and the Blue Diamond Infused Eye Cream ($399) that Forever Flawless sent me in June. 


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I recommend using both the cream and serum together!



Besides that diamond powder, the Blue Diamond Infused Eye Serum that I always started with each day and night had not only a bounty of natural botanicals but an alpha hydroxy acid as well to further speed up results.  This formula is meant to address fine lines and wrinkles, darkness under the eyes and puffiness in the area. 

I discovered the serum has a silky consistency.  Before following up with the cream, I gently would tap the skin and wait until the serum disappeared. You don’t want to rush and possibly dilute any serums to allow them time to reach those deeper layers of the skin.  Tapping also helps avoid stretching delicate skin of the eye area so keep that in mind.

The Blue Diamond Infused Eye Cream always came next in my daily skin care routine.  This is a rich, velvety cream that pampers the skin, hydrates and beautifully deals with anti-aging and firming with the help of their natural botanicals, anti-aging ingredients and that diamond powder in the base.  

Since I used them together, I can’t tell you which one did more.  However, I can tell you that I loved what both products did for improving the look of my eyes.  I only have a few fine creases under the eyes, but this stuff tightened up the skin.  Usually puffy eyes are a problem for me because of allergies.  In addition, these products also seemed to help minimize that as well.  

Of course, the price may be higher than you normally pay or would like to pay for these two skin care products for eyes.  Yet, I think it’s worth it when you look in your drawer or vanity at all the other similar products that don’t measure up.  Find out more at Forever Flawless and the Blue Diamond Infused Eye Serum and Eye Cream at the company’s website.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Are Those Stylish Shoes Causing You Foot Problems?

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Pain vs Beauty


How many of us are guilty of sacrificing comfort for the sake of wearing a gorgeous pair of new shoes just to look good?  After all, how can we not want to look our best in something like a great pair of stilettos that do so much in how they shape and tense calf muscles while also doing wonders for how well they elongate our legs?  This is just one example of how we habitually put beauty before common sense sometimes.

I, for one, can’t help myself when my eyes meet up with the perfect shoe.  Though you know you don’t need another pair, your adoring gaze locks onto those must have shoes that you just tell yourself you will only try on.  Then, it happens.  You fall victim despite too narrow of the shoe box, overly high heels or other faults of great shoes that you sense will only hurt later.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Least Likely Types of Eye Makeup to Irritate Sensitive Eyes



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A brown shade of eye shadow is your safest choice if your eyes easily irritate.


Some of us are more prone to allergies than others.  If you are one, then you know how easily you can react to something like cosmetics and the irritation it can cause.  Eye makeup can be especially difficult for anyone that has these sensitivity issues.  Therefore, I want to share some valuable tips when shopping to restock your makeup bag that can best keep your eyes from potentially suffering.

You may want to think again about overly glittery eye shadows.  Matte shadows are safer since they do not possess those reflective particles than could end up in your eye.

Pure natural pigments are another good choice.  Minerals are safer bets then their chemical counterparts when it comes to the eyes.  On the same note, you can still react to anything at anytime.  

As far as eyeliner goes, you might want to trade in your liquid liners, especially the waterproof latex variety that has stronger chemicals to account for such long-lasting wear.  Instead, you may want to switch to pencils or crayons. 

Waterproof mascaras are great but they also can pose a problem if you are sensitive. A better alternative is trying a water-resistant formula that won’t be as harsh since you can wash it away with soap and water over a special oil makeup remover.

Speaking of mascara, avoid formulas with fibers in it.  Just like the reflective glitter chunks in eye shadow, these fibers can fall in your eye in time as well.  

Your eyes are very important, so be careful with them!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Beauty Box 5 July 2017 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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July 2017 was a great beauty month!



Beauty Box 5 had one product that delayed the usual arrival date of this July 2017 subscription box. Yippee, I am glad to report mine my little green box finally showed up the other day with a great lineup of beauty products.  

If you’re always cruising stores to check out the newest cosmetics, then you really need a beauty subscription or a few like Beauty Box 5 to satisfy that addiction. Let me quickly fill you in how this beauty subscription box works.  Each month you get five full and sample sizes of makeup, skin and hair care, nail products, body care, perfumes to tools for $12.00 a month with free shipping.   You will recognize some brands and others might be new, which always makes it interesting as well as exciting.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Recipe: My Easy Pineapple-Walnut Snack Cake Can Make Your Weekend Extra Special


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This cake stays moist and chalked with fruit and nuts.


This delicious recipe is perfect for anyone in the mood for an easy cake that can be whipped together without much trouble.  My Easy Pineapple-Walnut Snack Cake doesn’t require creaming butter and sugar or spending time with your mixer too long before it will be ready to go into the oven.  

You’ll find it stays moist from the crushed pineapple and has a delightful bit of chew from the walnuts and raisins.  

This cake is good plain or topped with your favorite creamy, white icing.  Whatever you prefer, you can’t go wrong because it tastes great either way.

Put it to the test sometime because it is very good, especially when you’re dying for a good cake but not the work that comes with making one.


Easy Pineapple-Walnut Snack Cake


3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of corn oil
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda, leveled
1 teaspoon of baking powder, leveled
½ teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 can (20-oz.) of crushed pineapple in natural juice (not drained)
½ cups of chopped walnuts
½ cups of raisins


Beat eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and oil in your mixing bowl first.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt next and add to the egg-sugar mixture.

Fold in your can of crushed pineapple and chopped walnuts next before pouring into a well-greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.  

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick, cake tester or slender knife inserted comes out clean.

Set aside and cool before topping with your favorite creamy white icing.

ENJOY!

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Give Your Skin, Hair and Nails a Beauty Overhaul

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This beauty is doing everything right with how she glows.



Perhaps, you’re not as proud of your complexion, hair and nails as you would like to be.  Despite the best beauty products available that you may have tried, nothing seems to give you the changes that you had hoped to see by now.  However, have you ever considered that the reason for the disappointing way your skin, hair or nails may appear could be from a vitamin deficiency?

Since we are composed of what we eat, then you need to take into account that the skin renews itself every thirty days.  Hair grows on an average of half an inch in that same amount of time.  Nails take months to repair their condition, but even a damaged nail you lose can grow back in about six months.  Therefore, it is a logical assumption that your body may not be receiving enough of those essential nutrients to affect how those cells are growing.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Why You May Want to Avoid Caffeine If You Rely Heavily on Over the Counter Pain Relievers for Headaches

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Could you unknowingly be making the pain worse?


Taking a lot of aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen during a month may be necessary for those constantly challenged by headache pain from migraines, allergies and sinus conditions to make it through a day.  However, if you are a heavy coffee or tea drinker or consume a lot of caffeine-fueled drinks and have been noticing those headaches returning around the same time almost on a schedule to meet the next dosage, then you may be suffering a rebound headache.

You may find it helpful to switch to decaffeinated beverages or drink something else for the days you need those pain relievers.  The reason is that once caffeine is introduced into your system with those types of drugs, it can lead to dependency.  This is why your headache pain may get worse when the mediation wears off.

Another way to test for a rebound headache is noticing how you feel once you get out of bed.  Waking up most mornings with a headache can be a clue.

You might suddenly find it harder to concentrate or remember things.  

Then you might notice that you lack the same energy.

A rebound headache could also make you easily agitated and more restless than normal.

Something else to look for is if you could be getting nauseated.

Occasional headaches are one thing, but headaches in general shouldn’t be taken lightly.  This information that I’m passing along to you isn’t meant to diagnose a complicated health condition like headaches, only suggest a possible self-help solution.  Only your physician can make a medical determination as to the real cause of that pain through a thorough examination and tests.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

How to Save Your Feet From Suffering Before You Begin a Workout Program

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This post can help you get more out of your workout.

You might be trying to get back in shape.   Before you start a workout program, your choice of shoes can either help or hinder your efforts.  However, there are some things that you need to think about when it relates to your shoes that can make a difference.

When you are debating over a new pair of workout shoes make sure that you have some extra room for your toes to account for movement. Otherwise, your toes can hurt from ramming into the front of the shoes.  You should have about one-half inch of wiggle room from the toe area.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Boosting Fall 2017 Beauty With Vasanti Cosmetics

**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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It's that time of year to refresh your makeup collection.  


Fall will arrive before you know it.  Of course, you’ll want to update your makeup to go along with this new season.  Canadian beauty brand, Vasanti Cosmetics sent along a variety of their products that could help get you off to a good start that you might want to take a look at.  

I’ll begin with their Liquid Cover Up-Oil Free Foundation and Concealer ($25) for the 0.54 fl. oz. tube.  This is a cruelty and paraben free product that comes in 11 shades. Unfortunately, I received the V3 for medium neutral to medium-golden skin, which was entirely too dark to wear, instead of V1 fair to light. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Keep Your Summer Glow Going With Just Four Rouge Bunny Rouge Cosmetics

**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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Rouge Bunny Rouge Summer 2017 cosmetics


If you intend to keep your beautiful summer glow going into the fall season, then I tested a few more cosmetics from luxury beauty brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge, that can help with that task to perfect your look. Today, I want to tell you about four more in particular that you need to try.

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This tinted moisturizer is great for how it blurs imperfections while treating the skin. 

Sketches on Water Tinted Moisturizer ($52) is rich in skin saving ingredients from botanicals as well as antioxidants like vitamins A and E and laminaria digitata extract (a form of seaweed) for anti-aging, moisturizing with hyaluronic acid, PCA and squalene to offering natural UVB protection due to smithsonite extract.  It comes in three shades from the palest, which I tried with Adansonia (pale milky beige), Sequoia (pinkish beige) to Quercus (warm tawny mid-beige).

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Glossybox August 2017 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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The August box is a nice month of beauty to stay cool through summer.


If you are addicted to beauty products, then meeting up with a great beauty subscription box is the way to go.  One in particular that I happen to love is Glossybox that features at least five full and larger sample sizes of luxury brands of skin, body and hair care, makeup, nails, etc. in each pink box for just $21 a month and free USA shipping.  This box also arrives with an info sheet about the products and any special deals with a coupon code.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Why Do Product Sizes Keep Shrinking?


Coffee is something a majority of us can’t do without in our lives.  My biggest problem with this and other products lately is the ever shrinking sizes.  Do companies think we don’t notice this?


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Maybe the solution for shrinking sizes of coffee calls for smaller cups.


I remember when people would buy a can of coffee in a 3 lb. container.  The can had a whooping 48 ounces that would feel heavy in your hand.  Then years ago, they went to 39 oz., next to 34.5 oz. and on a recent trip to ALDI discovered the cans are now 30.5 oz.  Now in all fairness I used to think these cans weren’t getting smaller, but the product inside was.  So you would open it and you see all the wasted space.  So you have to go back to the store and buy more coffee or just pick up more cans.

I know they probably studied what happened when they left the cans at 48 oz. and just raised the price. People probably bought less.  Since many stores don’t post unit prices and if you don’t look at what you are paying per ounce then you may not notice they raised the price.  They are easing price increases via shrinking sizes.

I remember one crisis where they had some problem in growing coffee and the price went sky high.  I saw the cans sit there and dust form on the top.  People weren’t buying.  But that was a quick spike in prices.

These larger sizes are still being made.  You don’t have to buy small cans. Another option is online ordering of these products. I went to Amazon.com and actually found Folger’s coffee in the 48 oz. can sold there at a price less than I was paying at ALDI.  The only problem was the shipping was $8.00 unless you have Amazon Prime with free shipping.

At this pace of shrinkage, we’ll be buying 1 lb. cans of coffee soon.  I saw some 24 oz. cans.  There are reasons I don’t buy 1 lb. cans, they cost too much, and I drink too much coffee.

I, for one, cut down my consumption of coffee.  Now I just drink it in the morning and have replaced my favorite beverage with tea and water.  Doing so, is better for my health but also a small way to protest.  If more people followed this example, then perhaps, manufacturers would get the message that we had enough!

Friday, August 18, 2017

No Make No Life July 2017 Japanese Beauty Box Review + Coupon Code

**Disclaimer:  This post has  been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  It does contain affiliate links. Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**
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You get all FULL size beauty products in this great box!


When I heard about No Make No Life, a Japanese Beauty Box, I was even more excited to experience another culture’s take on beauty, especially with how devoted Japanese are to their skin care and makeup. In fact, they even coined a phrase for it, “nomakeolife,” the belief that makeup is essential to their lives.

If you never heard of this beauty subscription box, then I’ll fill you in.  Each nmnl box brings the latest Japanese trends straight to your door with five to seven full size products for skin, body, cosmetics, tools, hair, and bath for just $29.99 a month and free shipping to more than 120 countries.  The price gets even lower with a longer commitment such as $87.00 for three months, $170.00 for six and $330.00 for a year.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Are You Unknowingly Your Skin’s Worst Enemy?

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This beauty is surprised at what she may have overlooked for perfect skin.


You try to eat a healthy, balanced diet, get enough sleep and never slack when it comes to proper skin care and maintenance of your complexion.  Then why does your skin occasionally still break out you may wonder when there are no health issues such as out of balance hormones to blame? You can’t understand what is wrong.

After all, you take great effort to throughly cleanse your face and moisturize with quality products.  Even so, think about your hands and all that you touch during an average day like your phone, keyboards, makeup brushes, handbags, keys, money, towels, etc., which all are breeding grounds for bacteria.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Learn how to read your symptoms.



Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but the symptoms are often ignored until it’s too late.  Despite various warning signs, men and women can experience pain differently, which can make it harder to diagnose.

For instance, men are known to feel extreme pressure like a few thousand pounds of weight on their chest. On the other hand, women may not even feel any chest pressure, despite suffering a heart attack.  However, there are symptoms that you should be aware of because they could save your life.

The first is extreme exhaustion.  Women often excuse excess fatigue because of their full schedule of juggling home and work as a normal part of life.  Yet, when you feel unusually drained despite taking it easy, then this is your clue to see your doctor.

Dizziness can also indicate a heart attack is looming in your future.  

Another sign to pay attention to is if you become short of breath doing normal things that you do every day.  

Feeling nauseated a lot and blaming it on acid reflux is something that needs to be checked out, not left alone.  

Another clue is upper abdominal pain that you might dismiss as gas or a gynecological issue.  

Of course, you could feel heavy pressure in your chest, but this not always the case for some women.  This type of intense pain spreads from the upper back and shoulder to the neck and jaw.

If you notice any of the above, then it’s important to see your doctor and get tested.  In fact, ask for a complete blood count test (CBC) to find out.

Your normal numbers of the following should read:

1.    Total Cholesterol–under 200
2.     LDL or Bad Cholesterol–under 100
3.     HDL or Good Cholesterol–50 or above
4.     Triglycerides–under 150
5.     Blood Pressure–under 120/80
6.     Fasting Glucose–under 100


This information is not meant to diagnose, but educate and encourage you to get a checkup by your doctor at least once a year.  Women often neglect themselves because they feel they’re too young to have anything serious like heart disease happen to them.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer 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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Have you tried this product yet?


Since I had never tried Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer, I thought it was worth investigating to see how this drugstore brand would perform.

This product has vitamin E, pro-retinol and rice peptides for anti-aging and adding moisture to the skin.  It also has broad spectrum SPF of 15, too low in my opinion.  A more desirable SPF that I usually look for is at least 30 for daily use. 

The product comes with a pump to dispense, which I think is important to keep it more sanitary than dipping fingers into a bottle or jar.  This made for a good start.  However, this container pumps out far too much lotion at once.  

Regardless if it is only a $14.99 product, you will end up wasting some because you don’t need that much for an application.  This has a thick consistency, almost like a cream than a runny lotion.  

Even though I have a dry complexion, this scented product didn’t feel like it completely absorbed into the skin.  My face was shiny and felt somewhat sticky to touch. Perhaps, I put too much on.  

Therefore, I kept using it for about a week. I wish that I could say it firmed up wrinkles and did wonders for my complexion, but I still looked shiny, sticky and basically the same.

Then again, Garnier Ultra-Lift could work differently on your complexion. This is just the result of my personal experience.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some Helpful Spices That Have Healing Benefits

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Spices can do more than just flavor foods.


Spices flavor foods, but they also have other value.  Some spices are also known for having medicinal properties they can help improve certain health conditions. For instance, ginger helps calm an upset stomach whether from motion or morning sickness to nausea due its gingerol that works in the gastrointestinal tract. This same chemical also has the ability to alter the path of prostaglandins that cause inflammation resulting in less arthritis and migraine pain.

One thing to remember is ginger ale does not necessarily contain ginger if you’re looking for this product for relief.  Read labels and make sure that you see “ginger” or “gingerroot” in the ingredient list. 

Another spice that is worth adding to your diet on a daily basis is cinnamon.  This spice can help lower blood sugar and triglycerides, LDL  (bad cholesterol).  It also has antibacterial properties for the body. Furthermore, cinnamon is wonderful for freshening your breath and defending teeth from cavities.

Red chili pepper flakes are excellent if you happen to suffer from inflammation.  This is because this spice has capsaicin, which can ease that pain.  Also acting as an anticoagulant, its chemical makeup can help thin the blood a bit for heart health.  Yet, this is not all red chili pepper flakes can do since they’re also capable of destroying carcinogens and assisting the immune system.  

Black pepper is also a spice that can do your body good.  It has piperine to assist with enzyme activity and to improve blood flow, necessary to disperse the nutrients without losing their value throughout the digestion process.

How can we forget turmeric?  It has curcumin that reduces harmful proteins that can hurt the brain as well as help battle dangerous gastrointestinal bacterial in the digestive system. 

Learning to season with these spices in your recipes is a great way to ward off some potential future health problems.  Before introducing any new spice or vitamins in your diet, be sure to check with your doctor first. Some spices, herbs or vitamins are not advised with certain medications so keep that in mind.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Are You Searching for a Way to Volumize Thin Lips Without Using a Plumping Product?

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This beauty listens intently.

As we age, we lose lip volume. If you are starting to notice that your lips are less plush than they used to be, lip plumping products are one way.  Yet, you might not care for the stinging effect due to the slight swelling they may cause.  

Changing your technique when applying lip color is another way that you can build up lip volume.  You might want to start by lightening up from an extremely dark lipstick shade to a medium range shade.  This slightly lighter color won’t make the lips appear so narrow.  


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Play with a range of lipstick colors.

After you apply the lipstick, then you want to take a tissue and carefully wipe some of it  from the middle of your top lip, just below the cupid’s bow.  To make up for removing some of that color, you need to pull out your lipstick stash again and replace what is missing with a pale color lipstick.  

You’ll notice the subtle difference of how the center of your lips seemed to gain plumpness through switching out color in that area once you rub your lips together!

I also shared another makeup tip for volumizing lips that uses foundation, concealer and white pencil that you might want to try as well.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Clean Curling Irons of Hair Styling Product Residue

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This DIY cleaning tip works perfectly to remove all stickiness!


Think of all the products that you use when styling your hair.  Those gels, waxes, mousse, texture creams, hair sprays, etc. can accumulate on your hot styling tools like your curling iron to become a sticky mess over time.  However, there is a way to clean off that product buildup easily that I want to share with you.

What you do is to take a little baking soda and mix with enough water to form a paste.  Get a clean cloth and carefully rub this mixture over the sticky area of your tool.  Rinse your cloth so it is not too wet, then wipe the paste off.  Dry your tool with another cloth and test how it feels.

If you notice any more stickiness, you can treat the tool again with more of the paste.  Repeat the process until you get a smooth feeling surface.

Allow your styling tool to thoroughly dry before attempting to plug it into your electrical outlet.  Honestly, you will be surprised at how wonderfully this little trick works to restore styling tools like a curling iron back to its former glory!

Friday, August 11, 2017

California North Self Tanner and Gelskin Scrub 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 16-oz. size  retails for $49.

When I was a teenager, I used to like to sunbathe and work on my tan.  Later, I learned the dangers about risking your health to melanoma and premature aging of the skin.  Afterwards, I took precautions to avoid possible skin cancer and preventing deep wrinkles and those white spots some people get from spending too much time in the sun.

For the most part, I don’t regularly go in for self-tanners. The reason is my coloring is fair with yellow undertones. Some self-tanners left me with more of an unnatural orange color than an authentic tan shade. I had tried others that produced a better tan, but were much too much trouble.  Still others I experimented with were hard to use to get an even tan. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How Not to Let Critics Crush Your Spirit

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This beauty smiles because nothing now will stop her.



The world is full of all kinds of people with personalities that not always mesh well together.  Some people will automatically like you while others will not.  You do not even have to know these people, but they are out there, especially if you are in the public eye.

The reason behind their motivation to waste time to deliberately want to hurt others never ceases to amaze me.  It is hard to explain what makes people have such hatred festering in their hearts that the only way that they might feel better about themselves is through hurting others.  Maybe this is the fuel that helps them burn through their own frustrated lives, which is sad.  Yet, with the miserable state of the economy, global tensions, it is easy to understand.  Still, it is no excuse for spewing their hatred to other souls.

This negativity could be happening to you at work from a boss or co-worker to keep you in your place.  After all, you might want a raise or someone else does this out of nothing but jealousy to cripple your performance.  

Despite what these suffering people may do to lift their own sense of self-worth, I’m saying that it is better to brush them off.  Instead of letting their negative energy in, the best way to remain positive is to block it from your mind.  Otherwise, you will be stuck in that darkness and exactly where that critic wants you to be.

Energy returned in anger keeps you from anything productive.  It is useless trying to make all people like you because they won’t.  Concentrate on whatever task is on hand to the best of your ability without allowing this negative energy to distract you from what you can do or choose to do and you will remain on track to your goal.

The next time a situation like this happens to you, you need to power up with words that will materialize in positive thoughts.  Focus on helpful thoughts such as you can do it or anything is possible, keep your goal in mind, and keep working toward it with love in your heart and you will reach it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Shortcut for Laundering Hand-Washed Delicate Pieces

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A new colander can come in handy.


A delicate piece of clothing or lingerie that needs hand-washed can be inconvenient if you have limited space or wash something like stockings or a bra and hang in your bathroom.  The freshly washed piece can drip, cause a mess or cause problems if you share the space with someone.  However, there is a simple solution to avoid any mess or inconvenience to any family member or roommate that I want to share with you.

What I like to do is use a colander (not the one for cooking, but a new one) just for this purpose of laundering my delicate pieces.  You can do one or two pieces, then rinse them in the colander. Using a new colander makes it quicker for the pieces to drain before taking them to their new location to dry.

Try buying a colander for laundering your delicate items, too!  You’ll save yourself so much time and trouble.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Merkaela Summer 2017 Alive Box Review + Coupon

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This box is more than natural products.  It can help you connect with yourself.



Those seeking to take a holistic approach for health and well-being need a natural health and wellness subscription box like Merkaela.  This box offers a quarterly collection of health, beauty and wellness products based on a theme to help clear and purify body, mind and spirit like the fascinating collection I discovered in their ALIVE box with their chemical-free, all natural, organic products.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fuego Box August 2017 Review

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Hot sauce can perk up flavor and help the body burn more calories.

A taste that I never get tired of is hot and spicy. If you also share my passion, then you need to subscribe to Fuego Box, the artisan hot sauce subscription.  You will experience flavors that will please you beyond belief.

The cost of Fuego Box is $29.95 per quarter with free shipping.  You also receive an informational card relating to the sauces and how to best enjoy each.

For example, my latest box just arrived with a new trio of deliciousness starting with Da Kine Hawaiian Hot Mustard Sauce.  This is a sweeter combo of mustard and hot sauce in a cayenne pepper blend with pineapple juice that was awesome on my hamburger yesterday. It’s not overly hot and the tropical sweetness gives it a nice edge, especially for meats, sandwiches, eggs, etc.  

August also brought Isabel Street Heat’s Cilantro Lime Serrano.  This hot sauce is fermented for a few months and has cilantro and lime juice to the peppers to maximize flavor.  It’s a milder, but lively burn that was wonderful on my scrambled eggs.

Hotter Than El’s 24 Karat Gold is golden fire in a bottle from its mix of habanero peppers, carrots and garlic. This sauce is delicious for dips, nachos and firing up my chili.  

If you haven’t tried this hot sauce subscription yet, but love the taste of hot and spicy, I suggest a visit to Fuego Box is in order!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

How to Pick Out a Better Watermelon Before You Bring It Home

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These shopping tips can help you choose a watermelon more wisely.


When you ask someone as to their method for selecting a ripe watermelon, the answers can vary.  Some people swear tapping it is enough to tell how good it will taste based on the sound.  Others argue the only way to judge a great watermelon is by the uniformity and smoothness of its shape.  There is another school of thought that involves the heavier the melon, the more likely it is fully matured.  Others find the best indication of a ripe watermelon is by checking the melon for a creamy white yellow section.  How can you tell the best method with so many different points of view?

Actually, the answer to pick out a really tasty watermelon is more complicated than any of the above methods. The truth is there are several things that you need to look for. 

The first thing that I like to do is find one that a creamy white yellow section at the bottom.  This coloring marks how long the melon sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Next, I check the shape.  You want a melon that has symmetry in its shape without any cuts or deformities like bumps to it, which can be signs of a drier watermelon that lacked getting enough water during its growth. 

Make sure the melon that has met the first two criteria feels heavier than some of the others of the same size.  The heaviness is your clue to its ripeness from the weight of all the water it obtained during growing.  

If you remember these three points, chances are that you’ll end up with a much better, ripe watermelon than in the past.