Archive | July, 2016

Top 10 Ways to Utilize Q-Tips in Your Beauty Routine

Yesterday I spent the day working as a rep for Q-Tips. The company has recently released 3 new vanity packs, that are cute enough to leave out on your counter. As makeup artists for the brand, we were only allowed to use Q-Tips to apply a full face of makeup! It was challenging but also really fun, and it got me thinking about the best ways to utilize Q-Tips in your own beauty routines!

1. Erase Mistakes

I use Q-tips mainly for quick and easy clean up when I make mistakes. They are also great for when your mascara or eyeliner start to run. Just dab the Q-tip in a little bit of moisturizer or eye makeup remover and lightly run it over the mistake. Voila, it disappears completely!

2. Smudge Your Eyeliner For Perfect Smokey Eyes

The cotton head of the Q-tip is perfect for smudging your eye makeup to give you that sultry, smokey eye. Apply a black or grey eyeliner to your bottom eye-lid and use the Q-tip to smudge the line, making it less harsh, and ultra sexy.

3. Soften Harsh Lines and Colors

Ok, maybe you went a little bit overboard when trying out that new makeup look, but have no fear! Use a Q-tip to softly blend in a circular motion over dark, dense colors. The cotton picks up excess pigment and softens the harshness of your mistake. You can use this trick on your eyebrows, eyelids, lips, etc..

4. Prevent Bleeding Lipstick

Don’t you hate it when you apply a beautiful red lip, only to find that half-way through the day, the color has traveled past your lip line, and onto the rest of your face? Try dipping a Q-tip in a little bit of loose powder, and run it along the edge of your freshly applied lipstick. The powder acts as a barrier, keeping lipstick on your lips, and only your lips.

5. Highlight The Inner Corner of Your Eyes

Lately, I have really been into highlighting the inner corner of the eyes. I feel like it brightens the whole eye area and makes you seem awake. In order to pull off this little trick, you need a Q-tip to get in this hard to reach area. Dip the Q-tip into a shimmery eyeshadow or pigment and dot the color right at the corner of your inner eye. I prefer to do whites, golds and neutrals to keep it natural but experiment with different colors as well!

6. Clean Up Excess Nail Polish

I don’t know about you, but whenever I paint my nails I make a HUGE mess, I literally get polish everywhere! Whether you are as messy as I am, or if you only make tiny mistakes, they are easily fixable with Q-Tips! Dip the Q-tip in nail polish remover and rub away the errors. The small, precise tip makes it perfect for small details such as this.

7. On the Go Touch Ups

Keeping several Q-tips in your purse or backpack is a great way to ensure that you stay fresh all day. I use them to clean up my smudged mascara and bleeding lipstick (like mentioned above), but they are also great for when your eyeshadow starts to crease. If you find this happening, pull out a Q-tip and gently clean up wherever you see creasing, and you’re good to go! Also when wearing a smokey eye, do you ever get the black “goop” that travels the the inner corners of your eye? Swipe a Q-tip in the tear duct to clean it up in a hurry!

8. Dab on Some Concealer

The best way to cover up a zit is to dab it concealer and gently pat around the pimple to blend the cover-up into your skin. The only problem is, your fingers are not always clean and the bacteria you could be spreading to your face will only give you more zits. Use a Q-tip to dab the concealer on your blemish and blend with the soft edges of the cotton tip. Clean, sanitary and effective!

9. Perfect Your Liner

The only thing I love more than a regular Q-tip is a pointed Q-tip!! These babies can be an amazing tool to help you perfect a winged eye liner look. First, draw on your liner and bring it out past your eyes into the cat-eye shape. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly sharp or precise. Next, take your pointed Q-tip and dip it in a little bit of moisturizer. Use the sharp edge to perfect the shape, taking little bits off at a time until you have the cleanest, hottest cat-eye around!

10. Apply Makeup in a Pinch!

Whether your brushes are dirty, or your heading straight to a fancy dinner from the office, Q-tips can be a great tool when you have to apply makeup in a pinch!

My main tip for applying your makeup with a Q-tip is to keep it simple! Dip one in a black eyeshadow and run it along your bottom lashes for a sexy smokey eye. Swipe a bright colored shadow along your eyelid for a fun and quick makeup look. Apply your eyeshadow with a wet Q-tip for a more dramatic color pay-off. Dip one in a sultry lip stain and swipe across your lips. Dot a liquid highlighter along your cheekbones and blend in for sexy shimmer. The possibilities are endless and easy! I don’t recommend applying lipgloss with it though! The cotton “hairs” get stuck everywhere and it becomes really messy. Trust me, I had to learn the hard way!

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The Benefits of Yoga for You

There are many benefits to practicing yoga. The first benefit of yoga is that it helps to relieve stress. Yoga goes straight to the stress hormone and lowers your stress level. We all could use a little less stress in our daily lives. Everything is so fast-paced it accentuates the stress in all of our lives.

Yoga will lower your blood pressure, improve your immune system, lower your heart rate and helps with your digestion for the better. You will find that it helps to relieve symptoms of insomnia, asthma, depression and anxiety.

Yoga helps you to breath better. Your body will have more oxygen which is a good thing. Your lung function will improve as well. Your blood flow will improve and make you feel better.

Doing yoga is fantastic for those with pain. The pain will become less prevalent or totally get rid of it. This is especially important for those with cancer, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and more. Since yoga contains slow and steady movements, this is one type of exercise a person in pain can perform.

You will become more flexible when you engage in yoga. The more you perform yoga the better your posture will become which will help to relieve back pain and neck pain as well as joint/muscle issues.

When you become more flexible, you are also strengthening your muscles. This will give you relief from muscular tension.

Another one of the benefits of yoga is that it even helps in controlling one’s weight. While stress is being reduced so are excess calories.

You will enjoy the benefits of yoga as it helps you to remember. You will be happy as you will misplace your items less, remember appointments and other important items. Yoga also increases your awareness and even your coordination.

One of the great benefits of yoga is it will help you find inner peace. When you have inner peace you will enjoy a much happier and meaningful life. You will be able to deal with day to day life easier. You will enjoy the simple things in life such as a beautiful flower, watching a mother bird attend to her baby bird, a simple rain storm, etc.

As you can see there are so many benefits to yoga. You can start to feel better and look better with yoga when you start practicing it today.

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Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan

Keeping Your Weight Loss Permanent

Losing weight is a sometimes daunting task but when successful it is a cause for great pride. Keeping the weight off is also a hard job but with some key guidelines to help it is possible to keep the weight off and enjoy yourself at the same time.

How You Eat

First, it is important that in your original plan you accomplished the loss in a healthy way with a good variety of healthy foods and exercises that fit your lifestyle and attitude. This is important because to maintain your new healthy lifestyle you will need to permanently incorporate your new eating habits and exercise regime. Variety and things that suit your pace of life is the best way to stay the course with your new healthy lifestyle.

A Healthy Attitude

You need to reinforce a positive mindset in your new habits for eating and exercising. Making sure you keep with your new routine is important and keeping an upbeat view about your new habits is vital. Luckily the nutritious food and exercise will actually help in making you physically and mentally feel better and keep an optimistic outlook.


Exercise is a crucial step in maintaining your new lifestyle. There is a huge variety of exercises and styles of workouts. You have no excuse in not finding something to suit your schedule and temperament. It’s important to remember that while you can take off weight with just wholesome and nutritious eating habits adding a cardio and weight-lifting program greatly increases your chances of losing more weight and maintaining it over time.

Motivation and Support

Sharing your goals with some friends or your family can be a good motivator and an additional help in staying the course for a healthier you. Even better include them in your new weight loss arrangement, it’s an excellent way to keep up your enthusiasm and attitude.

Carefully Choose Your Weight Loss Plan

Remember to choose carefully in your weight loss ideas and plans as well as the people you let on to your intentions. You do not want any negative thoughts or feelings to hamper your goals. Losing weight can be fun and interesting if you approach it with a positive attitude. Learning about new foods and workout styles can be quite enjoyable. Learning to cook, meet new people and travel to new and different areas can all be part of your new improved life. Approaching weight loss with a fun and yet practical outlook can be extremely rewarding and life-changing.

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Your Guide for an Aerobics Workout

Aerobics is an intense workout which gives you massive results, but only if you do it patiently and regularly. It’s really important to dedicate your time and energy positively to attain the desired results when you start with such a workout regime. So, before starting with it, you need to remember a few important things which will help you during these sessions.

1. Precautionary measures

If you have any chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis) or any other risk factors (such as smoking or being overweight), and have not discussed exercising with your doctor, you should do so before starting out on your aerobics workout regime. Exercise is often an important part of the treatment for such conditions, but you may have some limitations or special needs that your doctor can inform you about. You may get hurt while doing some difficult steps during your aerobics workout, so it is necessary to discuss it with your doctor.

2. Must-Haves

Wear shoes that fit well and are capable of providing the right kind of support for your aerobics activity and comfort for your body type. Wear appropriate clothes for exercising. Make sure you always carry a Water bottle and Towel during your workout. Fabrics that absorb sweat are recommended. Women should wear supportive sports bras. But no one should EVER wear rubber or plastic suits or belts-these prevent your body from dissipating heat properly and can lead to serious health risks from overheating and dehydration.

3. Know your limits

It is inevitable if you experience a little amount of discomfort during your aerobics exercise – this way you push your body’s limits.. Expecting to have some sore muscles after a vigorous workout is expected and you will feel the cramps for a day or two. But at the same time, you need to take care that if you are experiencing problems like pain or pressure in your chest or neck, shoulder or arm, or notice that your heart starts racing or beating irregularly during your aerobic exercise, it is best to immediately slow down. Allow your heart rate to drop gradually before stopping completely, since an abrupt stop can cause problems with blood circulation and sometimes, fainting. However, in cases of severe and sudden pain, stop immediately and seek help.

4. Enjoy your workout

After taking care of all the essentials and becoming aware of your body’s limits, enjoy your workout to the fullest. Aerobics is a workout which is best enjoyed with great music. The workout always starts with simple stretching techniques; therefore, it is easy for anyone in the early stages to catch up with the steps. Initially, the steps are done with a set count, so it is effectively done if you follow your trainer’s lead.

Don’t waste a single second in pondering about how to go for an aerobics session, and start your workout right away.

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Acne Laser Treatment – Are You Interested In Laser Surgery for Acne?

There are so many options for acne treatment on the market. On one end there are several different types of medication and topical treatments, on the other there are various different natural or organic products. But, do all these products work? Well, most of these products do deliver on their promises. But, the key point being that there is no one size fits all solution in the area of acne treatment. This is understandable because everyone doesn’t have the same skin type either. To address these needs various different laser treatment providers have sprung up all over the place.

A quick recap of how pimples are formed

Our skin has tiny pores connected to oil producing glands underneath the skin. These glands produce oils that moves dead skin cells to the skin surface. The ‘pipe’ that is connecting the pore to the gland clog up due to excess oil production. This results in the formation of pimples. There are different varieties of this problem and each has a different name – blackheads, whiteheads, acne vulgaris, acne rosacea etc. You will definitely want to consult a dermatologist to understand your condition.

Now, coming back to our main discussion. The procedure for the laser treatment is fairly straightforward. A very powerful, high-speed and extremely accurate laser is controlled by the laser technician. So, what does the beam do? The beam destroys the specific excess oil producing glands that are under the skin and destroy any existing bacteria in these areas.

Sounds simple enough. Now, you might be wondering if this is all there is to it. Well of course not. As with any other medical procedure you should be aware of certain drawbacks of laser treatment.

* At times, one treatment isn’t enough. It’s hard to predict whether all the excess oil producing glands and bacteria have been taken care of. So, you might have to go through the procedure a couple of times till you are able to achieve the desired result.

* The other problem is that this treatment is expensive. The cost ranges depending on the experience of the provider, quality of the laser facilities etc. So, bear in mind that this might not be a one-time deal when you are shopping for laser treatment providers.

So, there you have it. Both sides of the story. While it is easy to measure the drawbacks in monetary terms, it is hard to measure how much the self-esteem of the individual is raised once this procedure is completed successfully. That feeling is one word – priceless!

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8 Great Tips To Avoid The Effects of Stress and Junk Food on Your Hair

The biggest mistake you can make in your hair care routine is ignoring the effect of stress and junk food on your hair.

Fact 1: the hair you have or for that matter even the gorgeous curly or straight hair of that model you admire is dead cells once it leaves the scalp. You can’t do anything from outside to make it grow.

At the base of the hair is a follicle. Here is where the hair growth takes place. And how does it take place? By the addition of more cells at the follicle.

Fact 2: the hair is growing from within. So the hair care routine needs to focus on what goes into the body more than what to apply to the scalp.

If you have a wholesome balanced diet your hair will grow, weather it is black hair or any other color hair. Hair is a protein. Its primary component is keratin. So have a diet with protein in it. You also need vitamins and silica to nourish your hair. All this is not present in the right amount in junk food. Junk food will have a large amount of oils, processed sugars, refined flour and salt. But for beautiful hair you need to munch on green leafy vegetables, fruits and sprouts. That’s the best medicine for healthy long hair.

Chuck the junk food. Take more proteins, yeast, wheat germ, soybean, and vitamin A.

We have learnt how to live with stress in our daily lives but our hair hasn’t. Too much stress in our lives leads to increase in hair fall and also dandruff. Try yoga, exercises or a hobby to de-stress.

And this doesn’t apply to women alone. Men’s hair is also prone to falling due to junk food and stress.

So here are some tips that you must keep in mind to bring out the natural beauty of your hair:

1. Avoid stress

2. Have your dinner an hour or so before sleeping

3. Avoid spicy, oily and junk food.

4. Don’t use very hot water for your bath.

5. Have a well balanced diet.

6. Use organic food.

7. Give your hair a good massage once a week. This improves the circulation and brings more nutrients to the hair follicle. You can go for a professional massage at the salon or do it yourself at home.

8. Avoid alcohol and smoking.

The effect of stress and junk food on your hair is one of the important reasons for hair fall and dandruff. Do not neglect it. You hair and skin health is an indication of the health of your body. Take charge.

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Reasons And Remedies For Hair Loss

What you are about to read will give you an insight on what options are available for hair loss. Hair loss knows no boundaries and affects men, women and children. But the most emotional impact coming from these affects women. This article will identify some causes along with some information on recently approved FDA laser treatment that you may not be aware of. Also some information will be given as to the best candidate types for the use of medication to regain your hair.

Impact of female loss of hair.

In the United States alone, there are millions of women that are afflicted with this disease. Research to combat this disease is ongoing and many strides are being taken to try to circumvent this problem. One of the reasons why this is such an emotional impact for women is because when they get diagnosed and their options are less than if a man gets it. To let me explain a bit further, if a woman contracts hair loss they seem to contract it across their entire scalp versus the male who only seems to contract it in one specific area. Because females are affected across the whole region of their scalp is the reason why options are fewer.

What are some common causes of towards the female loss of hair?

Hormonal changes in women is a big factor. These changes can occur because of an overactive or under active thyroid gland. So treating the thyroid disease may help stop the hair loss.

Another reason for sudden disappearance of hair in women is childbirth. In fact it’s pretty common that loss is evident after a pregnancy because of the imbalance of hormones within the body. Normally after a few months hair will eventually stop unless there is an underlying problem.

What types of treatments are available?

There are medicinal treatments and a newly approved treatment from the FDA in January of 2007 that identifies a laser therapy from a comb.

The laser therapy uses a comb that when used activates hair growth by stimulating live, dormant follicles at the base level. This therapy does not grow new hairs, it just brings back to life dead ones. This treatment works for both men and women and this doesn’t preclude medication for a full recovery of hair.

Medicinal treatments are available too for people that are afflicted due to heredity, age or hormones. The best type of medication for this is the use of Rogaine and can be helpful in the growth of hair. There are many places where you can get discounted prices for Rogaine on the internet if this is what you want to do.

This article has given you some information on the impact of hair loss for men and women and have identified what treatments could be used. Be it hair piece extensions or whatever treatment you do intend to use be sure and get an opinion from a specialized physician to insure the best treatment available.

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Terrell Owens Workout Plan – Get Ripped Fast With His "Secret" Workout Program

Have you heard about Terrell Owens workout plan?

Perhaps due to his recent cover photo in Muscle and Fitness Magazine– it seems everyone wants to know what is Terrell Owens, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys… doing to get that incredible six pack and ripped to the bones muscularity.

Well believe it or not Terrell Owens does not use free weights for the majority of his training…as you would imagine.

Since his injury a few years back, Terrell Owens has been using resistance bands for his workouts. Now you may or may not know that most chiropractors and physical therapists recommend using exercise bands when you’re rehabbing an injured muscle, but it’s true.

His personal trainer got him started on resistance bands and through it’s use… Terrell Owens performance has increased– by some estimates as much as– 323%. Looking at his recent stats it’s clear to see that this type of training has made him a superior athlete.

Recently, he has formed an alliance with Bodylastics president, Blake Kassel and created his own exercise bands home gym, I’ll tell you a little bit more about that later.

Here Are Some Details about Terrell Owens Workout Plan.

Owens follows a split body part workout routine. Here is how he breaks it down:

Mondays — He works out his–shoulders, triceps and calves.

Tuesday — It’s onto hamstrings and a back workout.

Wednesday — This is the final day in his workout plan. He goes into the gym strong and focuses on his quadriceps, biceps and chest. This is a grueling workout day.

The results of this new — Terrell Owens workout plan have been nothing short of amazing. He is currently ranked number two in the NFL and it looks like this will be a banner year for Terrell Owens.

As promised earlier, here is some quick information on the Terrell Owens bodylastics resistance bands.

These bands are unlike any other exercise bands on the market today. Why you ask? Not only do they offer more than 140 health club quality type exercises, but the resistance levels go from 5 pounds all the way to a whopping 254 pounds. More than enough for any gym rat.

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Anxiety Breakthrough

One of the very useful things I discovered was the “relaxation response” which began the road to my recovery from anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia,

Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., coined the term “relaxation response.”

Dr. Benson was speaking about the physiological changes that happen within the body when it is relaxed during meditation.

Particularly, he observed during this period of relaxation that physiological changes such as levels of chemicals in the blood – which serve as indictors for stress – decreased, oxygen consumption decreased, breathing rates decreased, heartbeat decreased, and skin resistance increased – increased skin resistance is a good thing because it indicates a person is sweating less and, in all likelihood, more relaxed.

Dr. Benson surmised: “The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress… and the opposite of the fight or flight response.”

You’ll likely recall from an earlier installment that I discussed the fight or flight response as the response that occurs during a panic attack.

Well Dr. Benson’s findings mean that the “relaxation response” induces just the opposite effect of the fight or flight response.

I would like to provide you with some simple steps you can follow today to induce your own relaxation through a process known as self-hypnosis.

Here is the process:

-Sit down in a comfortable position and close your eyes.

-Imagine the muscles of your feet relaxing all the way up your body to the top of your head

-Focus your attention on your breathing.

-Breathe in deeply and then let your breath out.

Do this for ten or twenty minutes.

The above exercise is helpful and I would recommend doing it on a regular basis in order to experience a consequential and consistent effect.

Obviously relaxation is very important for anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. It is, in my opinion, part of an overall holistic approach to panic attacks.

I really believe that you can reap the benefits experienced during the “relaxation response” through the above form of self-hypnosis and I think that hypnosis is easier when starting out with a relaxation practice than meditation.

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