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8 Beauty Breakthrough Products That Make Life Easier

8 Beauty Breakthrough Products That Make Life Easier
Photo credit: iStock Photography Were you ever one of those girls in high school who needed over an hour to get ready? Back in '91, my Conair curling iron and I were BFFs. And while I still agree that beauty takes time, as a busy mom, time is something in short supply around my house. That is why I would like to celebrate my favorite additions to the drug store aisles over the last few years. 1. For women who do not just "glow" but sweat (I personally put a field hand during harvest to shame just running errands), these effective anti-perspirant and deodorant combinations are a godsend. Try it: Dove Clinical Protection Cool Essentials $7, Secret Clinical Strength Advanced Solid $8. 2. If that clinical-strength roll-on gets white stripes on your little black dress, it will come right off with one of these nifty mistake removers. Try It: Gal Pal Deoderant Remover $9, Miss Oops Rescue Sponge $12. 3. 4. 5. You can use these little slanted razor blades to groom your brows, sure. 6. 7. 8.

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Health - GOOD - StumbleUpon Let's keep things simple this week. When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see "Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't" for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Sometimes it works: A favorite hair leave-in contained aloe, for example, so one day we tried aloe alone and found that, lo and behold, it worked just fine on its own. And sometimes it didn't. Over the years we have tried dozens of DIY beauty recipes to find ones we like—and that work. Simple body scrub Honey face wash We already told you about our new favorite homemade face wash last week but here's the recipe: In the palm of your hand, combine a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered honey with a half a tablespoon of baking soda, mix it together, and apply to damp skin. Perfume Shave oil

Homemade Hair Treatments - At Home DIY Hair Treatments - Womans Day Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they're not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? For All Hair Types "The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds," says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Photo by Shutterstock. For Dull Hair Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. For Itchy Scalp For Limp or Fine Hair For Frizzy Hair

Wake Up Gorgeous image: Getty Sometimes looking in the mirror first thing in the morning can be… challenging. Messy hair, dark circles, puffy face. Unless you’re Karlie Kloss, chances are it’s not a pretty sight. 1. Bad news for stomach sleepers. The average head weighs 7 to 8 pounds—that’s a lot of pressure to be putting on your face night after night. If you just can’t sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side with a body pillow. For those of you who are fortunate enough to be back-sleepers, try throwing an extra pillow under your head. 2. Long gone are the days of sitting around waiting for sticky strips to whiten your teeth. 3. What better time to sleep with comfy socks than winter? If you’re a deep sleeper, you can also apply lotion to your hands and wear gloves while you sleep. 4. Wearing Frownies—which you would never wear in public—while you sleep helps prevent lines and wrinkles around the eye and mouth areas. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. You heard us. 10.

SUPER Smooth Leg Soak Vitamin HB | SUPER Smooth Leg Soak! Sun, 12 Aug 2012 By Huda Heidi Kattan It’s insane how soft some of the legs that come out of Hollywood look–almost like they are powdered to perfection! I have literally found the absolute BEST ways to get soft skin, so soft you will not stop rubbing your legs! EVERY GIRL MUST TRY THIS!! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon lavender oil bunch of lavender flowers Mix ingredients together slowly whisking the honey to blend. The Digi Nails - A Hybrid Manicure & The Hybrid Chick - StumbleUpon I’ve been seeing lots of outrageous nail art lately on pinterest. One hot new product that’s really caught my eye is adhesive nail polish strips. I love the funky designs and bold colors with these products, but they’re usually a little spendy for me. I have a great alternative and I’m super-excited to share with you a really fun, new way to use digital scrapbooking supplies! We are going to give ourselves a little hybrid manicure. To begin with, you will need the following: light color nail polish (white, light pink, cream, pale green, light turquoise, you get the idea….)rubbing alcoholsmall cup (I used a medicine cup.)digital supplies (laser print or copy)nail polish topcoat 1) Before getting started, quickly measure your fingernails. 2) Open a new Photoshop document and create for yourself 10-15 boxes that are a little larger than your nails. 3) Find some great papers that you’d like to have on your nails. 4) Print your page. 5) Paint your nails with your light colored nail polish.

American Dog Trainers Network -- Twelve Tips for a Well Behaved Dog - StumbleUpon I) Start training your puppy early on. While old dogs can be taught new tricks, what's learned earliest, is often learned quickest and easiest. Moreover, the older the dog, the more bad habits will likely need to be "un-learned". When it comes to raising and training a dog, an ounce of problem prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure! 2) Train your dog gently and humanely, and whenever possible, teach him using positive, motivational methods. Keep obedience sessions upbeat so that the training process is enjoyable for all parties involved. 3) Does your dog treat you like "hired help" at home? 4) Avoid giving your dog commands that you know you cannot enforce. 5) One command should equal one response, so give your dog only one command (twice max!) 6) Avoid giving your dog combined commands which are incompatible. 7) When giving your dog a command, avoid using a loud voice. 9) Correct or, better yet, prevent the (mis)behavior, don't punish the dog. 12) Keep a lid on your anger.

Fashion Blog - Page 2 Is your skin in need of some serious nourishment from the harsh winter weather? If yes, then give this DIY Lavender Coconut Whipped Body Butter a try, and you’ll feel like you’ve just gotten back from a weekend getaway at a luxury spa! We chose three of the best ingredients for natural skin care that will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed. Lavender essential oil is not only relaxing but helps clear up acne and breakouts, while vitamin E oil helps add elasticity to give your skin a firmed, toned, and youthful glow. Ingredients: -1 cup room temperature organic coconut oil (the coconut oil needs to be in a solid form to be turned into a whipped mixture, so refrigerate until firm if your coconut oil is very soft or liquid) -10-15 drops lavender essential oil -1 teaspoon vitamin E oil -Standing or handheld electric mixer (standing is easier since this has to mix for so long) -Rubber spatula -Airtight glass jar Directions: 1. 2. 3.

Work That Core! Quick Workout | QuickieFit - Quick Fitness Workouts - StumbleUpon Workout Time: 12 Minutes Work That Core workout does just what is says, works your core! The best thing you can do for your core is to vary up your exercises. Keep your body guessing. Set your interval timer for 12 rounds of 10 seconds for rest and 50 seconds for work. Write Down Your Scores! By scores I mean your reps for each 50 second interval and exercise. CPR Instructions Cats And Dogs CPR for Cats & Dogs CPR for cats and dogs is similar to CPR for humans. These directions assume the animal is unconscious and the risk of being bitten by the animal is not present 1. Open animals mouth and make sure the air passage is clear. 2. A. B. 3. A. B. C. i. 4. The ratio of compressions to breaths should be approximately the same as for humans - 30:2 Continue doing this until the animal responds or begins to breathe on its own.

Follow the Trend With Colorblocked Nails! Why not try it out on your nails instead? You can keep it simple within the same color family or go bold and crazy—whatever suits your mood! Step 1: Get Your Supplies Together To start, make sure you have all of your supplies handy. Step 2: Paint a Base Color Start with your favorite basecoat and paint your nails the base color. Step 3: Start Taping Next, pull off a small piece of Scotch tape (you won’t need more than an inch at a time) and put it against your hand and pull it off several times until most of the stickiness is gone. Once your base layer is dry, it’s time to start the colorblocking. Step 4: Apply the Second Color Carefully paint your nail so the exposed part is your second color and make sure to paint over the tape so you have clean lines. Step 5:Remove Tape to Reveal Precise Triangles Wait about thirty seconds after you paint over the tape and carefully pull the tape up to reveal a clean little triangle! Step 6: Marvel at Your Work Step 7: Tape (Again) and Paint (Again)

Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn - StumbleUpon It didn't totally blow up my radar, however, until only a few weeks ago. I was celebrating a bachelorette with some of my favorite girlfriends at a too-cool-for-school Atlanta restaurant. We had already overindulged in one too many courses of food, but our waiter gently encouraged us to order the sampler platter of desserts. Never one to say no to sweets, I caved against my (stomach's) better judgement. I couldn't begin to tell you what else was on that giant tray of desserts. I fell hard for monkey bread that night; I've been waiting patiently for the right time to recreate it. Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise Serves 6-8 For the dough1/4 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast1 1/4 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 egg, lightly beaten1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon salt4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed For the caramel coating1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Bottle Drip Irrigation | I prefer to have the bottle standing right-way-up as I think it looks nicer and it keeps debris out of the bottle thus keeping the holes from blocking. The materials: * 2 litre plastic soft-drink bottle or water bottle * Sharp small screwdriver, pointed hole-maker or drill This can be used in container gardening, raised bed gardens and open vegetable gardens. Using your pocket knife, make 2 small slits in the bottom of your bottle. Dig a hole next to your tomato plant. This will slowly deep-water your tomato plants and most other vegetable plants. You can learn more about this on another website. Only two very small holes are needed at the lowest place on the bottle. I prefer to leave the lids off. Place bamboo stakes next to each bottle. Here I am making another hole slightly higher up the bottle. However, if I remove the lid, water will come out this hole as well as the holes in the base. You can make larger holes, and partly fill the bottle with coarse-sand or soil to slow the flow.

Cinnamon Toast&Rolls - Circle B Kitchen - Circle B Kitchen - StumbleUpon The USDA released its new food pyramid the other day (which is actually a plate now instead of a pyramid), and I am sorely disappointed to report that cinnamon rolls did not appear anywhere on that plate. I think by now most of us know what should be on our dinner plate in terms of healthy, well-rounded nutrient-laden meals, but it is my considered opinion that our breakfast plate should include cinnamon rolls now and then. And not just any cinnamon roll, mind you, but how ‘bout a homemade cinnamon roll hybrid that is a cross between a cinnamon roll and cinnamon toast, is super easy to make and gosh darn delicious. In honor of their ancestry, I call these little gems cinnamon toast rolls, and here’s all you need to make them… Yep. That’s it… some soft white bread, some butter and some cinnamon sugar. Trim the crusts off of the bread Roll the bread really flat Brush both sides of the bread with butter Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar Cinnamon Toast Rolls Click here for a printable recipe

Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches Admin Note: Since this post, I’ve remade these using a better technique. Be sure to check out my Breakfast Sandwiches Revisited. After I made baked chicken nuggets a few weeks ago and explained my deal with Betsy (if she wants something from McD’s, I try to make it for her), I got a few emails saying that the only meal some people will eat at McDonald’s is breakfast. This struck me as kind of odd because most of the stuff on their breakfast menu is even easier to reproduce at home than the stuff on their other menus. Yum. The Rundown I made 12 breakfast sandwiches for this post because they are really easy to freeze and they reheat nicely. My total bill for these came to $16.00 or about $1.33/sandwich. Here’s some interesting facts though about what a bit of time and that extra $3 gets you: Whole Grains. Directions 1) Lightly oil a muffin tin and crack an egg in each tin. 2) Bake the muffin tin with eggs in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Three basic things. Cooking the Eggs Egg-ceptional

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