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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Effective Ways To Speed Up Your Beauty Routine

Just because you want to beautify yourself, doesn’t mean it has to take a million years! In actually fact, there are lots of ways to speed up your beauty routine on a daily basis. From your hair to your makeup, it’s all about knowing the tips and tricks. It’s also about practice, so you can get even speedier. Don’t worry; speeding things up doesn’t mean you have to cut corners! You can still achieve a flawless look in whatever it is you are beautifying. You just get to save a bit of time along the way!

Read on for six methods of speeding up your beauty routine. There is the consideration of hair removal, in order to save you time down the line. Also, a few tips regarding skincare. Finally, take a look at two ways to make your nails and eyelashes longer lasting.

Consider laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a genius thing. Classed as cosmetic surgery, it is basically a fantastic way of removing unwanted hair without hardly any pain at all. Because your hair grows at different stages, you will need a few treatments over the course of a few months. But once that is done, you’ll be good to go for years! You can get laser hair removal done on your face, or arms, or legs. It is also safe to do it on your bikini line! Just imagine how much time you will save, today and in the future, not needing to wax or shave. It will speed up getting ready for parties in the summer where you will bare your legs. Plus, if you have laser hair removal on your armpits, you’ll never need to swap that no-sleeved top for a sleeved one when you’re a tad hairy again!

Use a once-a-day sunscreen
Do you get so bored of reapplying sunscreen several times a day when the sun is out. It’s understandable! Save time later in the day (and look after your skin) by using a once-a-day sunscreen. These are strong enough  that you only have to apply them once. Unless you get very sweaty, or wet, or rub your skin a lot with a towel, you’ll be protected all day.

Take care of your skin
It is an undisputable fact that makeup goes onto your skin easier if your skin is healthy. Lumps and bumps take more time to cover up. Dry skin absorbs the product quickly, and can make you look patchy. Oily skin will mean all of your hard work begins to disappear after just a few hours. However, if your skin is healthy, your makeup will be easier to apply, and it will last longer. Plus, the healthier your skin is, the less you will need (or want!) to cover it up. Unhealthy skin might need a moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer and powder. But if healthy skin might only need a tinted moisturizer; or one without any tint at all. So, increase your intake of water. Establish a cleansing routine that gets rid of any grime from the day (or night). Eat foods that feed your skin and help it flourish. Skip the ones that lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Finally, stop touching your face! You are only transferring dirt over, and this is not what you want!

Get shellac nails
Painting your nails takes time. If yours chip often, you might need to repaint them a few times a week. Instead, go for a long lasting manicure, which uses a polish that is chip resistant. Shellac polish is great if this is what you are looking for. Not only is it far sturdier than normal polish, but it is also super shiny. Plus it can last two weeks or even longer! If you’re picky and get bored easily, you may even like to change your colors several times a week! You can paint over Shellac if you really want to! It just won’t be as chip-resistant if you use normal polish to do so.


Get semi-permanent eyelashes
Skip the morning routine of loading on eyeliner and mascara by getting semi-permanent eyelashes. They make your lashes look longer, thicker and curlier. Also known as eyelash extensions, they can last between one and two months. This depends on how carefully you look after them, and of course, the quality of the application. Not only are you saving time when applying makeup, but you also save time in the evening. They will look so lovely you won’t need to use products on them. This means no long-winded wiping it all off every night! Be warned; they’re pretty addictive. Once you’ve tried them, you may never be able to live without them again.

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What's So Great About Compression?!?

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Compression is all the rage these days when it comes to fitness.   But what IS compression?  Well, compression gear is designed to apply specific levels of pressure to whatever part of your body you're wearing it.  The pressure can help the contraction direction of your muscle fibers which can make your body more efficient and can reduce vibrations which is less traumatic to your muscles and makes them less fatigued.  One of the most well known brands of compression gear is Tommie Copper.  Tommie Copper sleeves and apparel are actually designed to be worn all day long. The 4 directional compression helps muscles recover and gives relief from everyday aches and pains.

All of Tommie Copper's products contain CopperZnergy fabric which is infused with copper and zinc.  CopperZnergy eliminates odors caused by microbes on the fabric and gives UPF 50+ protection from the sun!

So this is my go-to compression outfit and it's all from Tommie Copper.  The top is the Women's Compression Camisole with Adjustable Straps. The adjustable straps are perfect for me because I always like the option of making them perfect for my body.  The straps are nice and thin so they don't leave lines and this cami sits high on the hip so it doesn't ride up. It really helps me look nice and shapely when I layer it under another shirt.  It gives full torso compression and is super comfortable.
The Shaping Compression Legging has a contoured design that is very flattering. It smooths and shapes and the compression is at the waist, butt, thigh and knee.  These leggings are so supportive and I love the higher waistband.  They are also very breathable and I love the hidden key/phone pocket.
I feel like I have better form when I wear Tommie Copper Compression gear and afterwards my muscles don't feel so shredded and destroyed.

Have you guys ever worn compression gear? What did you think?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thinking Spring [OOTD]

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I wore this outfit to work the other day and everyone went crazy over it, mostly because of the sandals so I just had to share it on here.  I love pink so the other week I got a pink cardigan from New York & Company and I wore it with plain black and white.  To spice things up a bit I needed sheos that would compliment the cardigan. VOILA!

These are the Carina Iris Leather Thong Sandals from Alegria.  I am so obsessed with these. They have an adjustable hook and loop strap so they fit just perfect.  They are EXTREMELY comfortable with their cork, memory foam, and polyurethane footbed that fit the contours of my feet.

Of course the design is beautiful and I love the bright colors and the floral look.  These give me great arch support which is the number one thing I need in any shoe.

These are great because they are casual yet they really dress a look up.   I can't get over the comfort because most shoes that have a heel height over 1 inch are extremely uncomfortable for me.  It was like walking on air in these things.   They are for sure my new favorite pair of shoes that I own!   Check out Alegria for more adorable and comfortable footwear!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Use Social Media for the Good

Social media has changed the way that people interact with others. For many people, social media has made keeping in touch with family and friends, sharing pictures, playing games, and doing other things easier and much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, some people have used social media in a negative way. The following are some suggestions on how to use proper etiquette in social media.

Think about what you are actually posting before you hit post or tweet. Every single meal you eat or every random thought you have does not necessarily need to be posted. Also, think about what the end result may be. Your friends may love to see pictures that you post of Craig Revel Horwood on Twitter, but they likely do not want to hear about what a terrible day you had or see pictures of every meal you have eaten. Be considerate.

Something else to consider is the potential eyes that may see your profile and the tweets or posts you make. Obviously, what you post does not need to be boring. However, if a child, your pastor, your boss, or someone else respect saw what you posted, would you be embarrassed? Think about the effect it will have on others.

When considering how it will affect others, think about the profile picture you put up. It is more and more common to see individuals posting selfies. However, what you project about yourself when using a selfie may not really help you accomplish your goal. Smile like you mean it, and post something that you will not be embarrassed for colleagues and other professionals to see.

When using certain social media sites, it is possible to tag your friends. This will either identify your friends or provide more incentive for them to look at the picture or post you have put up. Of course, lots of your friends may be excited that you have put a picture of them up. However, be considerate. Would you want a picture of yourself in the same position, with the same pose, or with the same facial expression put up? Also, do not need to tag friends for each and every post you make. They will see it as the feed is refreshed.

Think about how others view you based on the things you post. Are you constantly complaining about your lot in life, poor customer service in restaurants, or other things that are bothering you? Social media can be used to complain about a bad restaurant experience. However, it's best to contact them and settle the issue. You can tell people how you're doing on social media, but you don't want to get a bad reputation

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5 Ways to Make Life Easier with A Small Dog

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It should be no surprise to any of you by now that I love small dogs.  I mean, I have 4 chihuahuas of my own.  It's very different than owning a large breed but it's just as rewarding.  That being said, I wanted to put a few tips together on how to make life easier with a small dog.

If you are one of those people that can't stand the idea of taking a dog outside all the time to go to the bathroom, a small dog may be better for you because they can actually go inside on potty pads.  The trick is, to make sure you get the right kind of potty pads, otherwise you will have an even bigger mess to clean up.  I always look for large, durable potty pads that hold liquid (and solids) very well.  I personally choose Frisco Potty Pads from Chewy.  They are fast drying and they have plenty of layers to lock in wetness and prevent it from going through to the floor beneath it.  They even have a built in dog attractant so that makes these excellent for potty training. 

Some little dogs have tendancy to slip out of collars or they have sensitive tracheas so collars can be dangerous because it can crush them.  Harnesses are a great choice and can make it even easier to control a hyper dog.  When my dogs are home and inside, they don't wear any type of collar because I don't want to risk them getting stuck on something.
Since there's always a risk of choking with standard size kibble, make sure you use a small breed formula of dog feed which has tinier bite sized pieces perfect for your pooch's tiny mouth.

Since small breed dogs tend to be on furniture more, their fur tends to get EVERYWHERE.  I highly recommed vacuuming twice a week, every week.  Trust me, it really helps get the fur off your furniture so it won't get on your clothing when you sit down.

Smaller dogs tend to get stinky not from themselves but from being touched and held by people all the time.  The oils from our skin and hands can make them greasy.  So if you notice it's about that time, make sure you bathe them!

What advice do you have for small dog owners?

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