10 Beauty Steps To Take Before Your Break Away

 

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Heading on vacation or for a weekend away can be a lot of fun. Not only do you get to relax and have fun with friends, family, or your significant other, but you get to let your hair down and take some time out. And when we take time out, we all want to look and feel our best. And there’s nothing like a bit of summer beauty prep to get you there.

 

Whether you’re a big believer in the whole mani-pedi-spray tan combo come vacation time, you like to make sure that you’re feeling your best at the start of the summer, there are a few things that you might want to cover off before you head off. So, even before you start dreaming of summertime cocktails and breakfast on the beach, it’s time to look at the top beauty steps to take before you go.

 

  1. Book In For A Wax

 

The first thing you’re want to do to get yourself vacay ready is to think about the hair removal process. To make sure that your legs stay smoother for longer, you might want to switch your usual method of shaving for a more efficient wax. Then you won’t have to worry about shaving when you’re heading to the beach.

 

  1. Exfoliate

 

Next up, you’re going to want to keep on top of an exfoliate schedule. If you don’t always exfoliate, you might find this one a bit hard. But, keep those legs even smoother for longer, and to make sure that your skin keeps a tan a bit longer, you’re going to want to buff away those dead skin cells a few times a week.

 

  1. Get A Manicure

 

And then there’s the classic manicure to think about. If you already head to the salon on a weekly or fortnightly basis, you may already have your standing appointment in place. If not, you should book in. Gel or Shellac nails last so much longer than regular polish and are perfect for your vacation, especially when you opt for fun summer nail art.

 

  1. Pamper Your Feet

 

With your nails look pretty, you don’t want your feet to feel left out. So, next up, you’re going to want to go for a pedicure or do one yourself. Buff away the hard, dead skin, clip back those nails, paint them a pretty shade and make sure you add lots of moisturizer to keep them feeling good for the entire time you’re away.

 

  1. Get Highlights

 

When the months are warmer, there’s nothing like changing up your look a little to follow suit. So, if you want to get in the vacation spirit, why not think about adding in a few highlights when you’re next in the salon? There are so many subtle balayage types that you could just go for a little sun-kissed look to flatter your soon-to-be tanned skin, rather than a huge change.

 

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  1. Sort Your Brows

 

Wouldn’t it be perfect if our brows just stayed exactly how they are when you walk out of the beauty salon? Well, because that can’t overly happen, you’re going to want to make sure you book a brow appointment for as close to your vacation date as possible. Then, you’ll be brow beautiful.

 

  1. Get Pearly Whites

 

Next, you’re going to want to be able to smile like you mean it while you’re away. And nothing makes a good smile feel great like those shining pearly whites. So, pick up a whitening charcoal toothpaste a few weeks before you go and get to work. Your teeth will be sparkling in no time.

 

  1. Give Yourself A Facial

 

You’re going to want to make sure that your skin looks and feels its best before you go away. Whether you’re planning on going fresh faced a lot of the time, or you just want a clear complexion to make you feel confident, give yourself a facial before you go to bring out your radiance.

 

  1. Top Up Your Tan

 

And who doesn’t want to hit the beach looking like they’ve been there for years already? If you want to have that gorgeous summer glow on your skin before you arrive, you’re going to want to invest in a good fake tan and get your routine right a few weeks or days before. Then, you’ll feel like you really fit in when you’re laying out by the pool.

 

  1. Try Eyelash Extensions

 

Finally, to make you feel as if you’re makeup ready as soon as you wake up, why not give eyelash extensions ago for your break away? Not only do they give you extra length and volume, but you also don’t have to apply mascara every morning either. It’s a win-win!

 

 

Easy Exercises That Don’t Ask Us For Too Much


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If you really want to get your body ready for the summer, but you just hate working out – the solution is here.

You don’t have to go to the gym every day or take hardcore spinning classes. – There are many other exercises that are easy to do but burn away those calories that you probably shouldn’t have eaten last week.

Here’s a list of the best exercises that won’t ask you for too much.

 

 

Walking

 

Yes. Just walking around is enough, you don’t have to go for a run. Make a conscious effort to walk to your destination instead of driving or getting public transport. That way it won’t even necessarily feel like you’re ‘going to workout.’ Instead, you are simply ‘going to the shops.’

If you do decide to start, it would be wise to invest in a good pair of shoes. Even if you’re just walking and don’t plan on running, it is still very important to have the right footwear otherwise you may just end up causing yourself an injury.

 

 

Cycling

 

Like walking, this is another thing that you can use to replace your driving with something better on your body. But if you’re not one to enjoy riding outdoors, you don’t have to. You can buy an exercise bike instead. You will still get the workout, but it can be done within the comfort of your own home, even in front of the tv! – You can’t get a more relaxed setting than that to exercise in.

If you’re not sure what the best stationary bike would be for you – do your research. It’s not good just choosing what looks the prettiest. You need to take into account the size, the features and if it’s comfortable.

 

 

Swimming

 

Wind down and have a relaxing swim. This feels great after a busy day at work or a stressful time at home, and it’s very easy to do. You don’t need to be racing up and down each end of the pool going as fast as you can. Even when you’re going at a slower pace, your heart will be pumping, and your body will still be having to work hard.

Swimming is a wonderful workout for the entire body as it engages every single muscle, so not only will you be burning off calories, but you will also be toning up at the same time.

 

 

Dancing

 

Dancing definitely doesn’t feel like a chore to do, and it never should! It makes you feel like a kid again; without a care in the world, dancing around the bedroom to your favorite songs on blast. – Burning fat has never been so much fun! So turn up the radio and get moving.

Dancing not only keeps you fit, but it also makes you feel great mentally. It fights off stress by causing your body to release endorphins, which make you feel really happy! So let’s dance!

 

 

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Now you know what to do, put some of these ideas in action and see how you start to feel physically, and mentally.

 

Beauty On A Budget: Saving Time And Money On Your Face

For a lot of people, a large portion of their weekly or monthly budget goes into cosmetics. This industry is one of the biggest in the world. And, companies know this. This enables them to charge any price they like, for items which are worth just a fraction of what they make on them. This isn’t going to change. But, you can still find some ways to save a little bit in this area. To help you out, this post will be going through three of the ways you can make this whole pursuit just a little bit cheaper. So, now, you just have to go out shopping.

 

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One of the easiest ways to save money on something like this is through compromise. Buying cheaper brands will always save some money. But, you can do better than this. Instead of buying your makeup at all; you can make it yourself. There are loads of ways to make natural makeup using guides online. Of course, you won’t be able to make all of your makeup. But, you can start doing this with some of the products you buy. Along with this, there are loads of natural supplements which can take the place of other cosmetic products. For example, a chemical like creatine can be used in the place of hair and nail strengthening agents. And, it doesn’t cost much at all.

 

For some, the idea of buying different options will be too much. And, of course, this makes sense; a lot of people get accustomed to their makeup. And, changing it could make life very hard. So, instead, it’s a good idea to try and look for some of the ways you can stock up on these items. There are loads of websites out there dedicated to selling wholesale products like this. Buying things in bulk will almost always make them cheaper because it gives the seller a chance to make money fast. To do this, you will have to look for some companies in your home country. Aliexpress is a great example of a company that does this sort of thing worldwide. But, you might find it hard to find exactly what you want.

 

Companies have sales all the time. This sort of trick has been used for years by businesses to try and increase revenue. Of course, they don’t lose money during these sorts of events. And, may even make more than usual. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of them. When your favourite items go on sale, it’s worth buying as much of it as you can. Along with this, you should use sites like Sweet Sparkle Makeup to find new deals which you haven’t found yourself. Salers can be one of the best ways to save money on products like this; you just have to find them.

 

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start working harder on your makeup and other cosmetics. Most people don’t put in this effort. And, it will always have a negative impact on their wallet. So, be smart; buy these products at their lowest price.

Make A Bang Up Job Of Toning Up

Sometimes it can be the easier task that we are given, that is the more difficult to do. We see this phenomenon when trying to tone up as opposed to attempting to lose a lot of weight. Maybe it has something to do with having to have more commitment to a bigger, task. So when you do get going, you have enough moment to keep going? But whatever the reason, it’s true that some people can really struggle to get tuned up for the summer months. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Read on to find out more.

 

 

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Working with weights

 

One of the first thing that jumps to mind when we need to tone up is to start working with the weights. Weight like dumbbells and kettlebells are a cheap and effective way of toning up our muscles, and they are often available in gyms for this purpose. Which makes it pretty easy to get in shape.

 

 

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Of course, it not just about the equipment that you use but also the technique. For example, kettlebell workouts include swinging the weights to make them more effective and help you to strengthen and tone all of your muscles and ligaments.

 

Vibration plates

 

Another, fairly modern development in the area of toning up is the vibration plate. Popularized by many celebrities including Madonna and Victoria Beckham, this is a raised platform that you stand on while working out.

 

The platform vibrates, making any exercise you do on the plate much harder and so more effective to the muscle group that you’re working. There is alls sort of vibration machine workouts that you can do including squats, step ups, and kick backs, and you can even get a machine for your very own home, which make this sort of exercise very easy to do daily.

 

Stretching

 

Of course, we cannot discount the power and effectiveness of simple stretching when attempting to tone up our muscles.

 

You can follow along with an ordered routine on Youtube, or from a fitness DVD. Or take a class that is based around stretching and holding poses such as Yoga or Pilates.

 

 

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Although it is good to remember that, even though they are similar they are not the same. Yoga is an ancient practice designed to make the body flexible and quieten the mind to allow a long period of meditation.

 

Whereas Pilates is a modern activity design to strengthen the core and other muscle groups through body weight and resistance exercises.  

 

Bodyweight exercise

 

Talking of body weight exercise, this can also be seen as a separate category. This is because many people partake body weight exercise but in the form of pilates.

 

 

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The basics of this activity are that you use your body’s own weight and resistance against itself. Thus strengthening and toning your muscles.

 

It is particularly popular because you don’t have to invest in a lot of fancy equipment to do it, and it can be pretty much done anywhere from your home to a hotel room, a beach or even at the office.

 

 

 

 

 

How Important Is Appearance – Really?

Let’s talk about appearance. People put such a focus on appearance. You often get people who are judged by the way they look – and in a way it can tell you a few things about their personality. However, you can never assume you know somebody simply from the way they look. Let’s look at how important appearance really is in this day and age:

 

First Impressions

The way you look gives people an impression of you. In some cases, the impression they get will say far more about them than it does about you. If somebody judges you harshly for what you choose to wear or having tattoos, that has a lot to do with their mindset and the things they have been brought up around. People should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable!

 

However, sometimes making a first impression is very important. If you’re going for a job that you really want, it only makes sense to dress to impress and make yourself look neat and presentable. Some jobs still discriminate against people with tattoos these days, and that’s a real shame. Providing tattoos on show aren’t ‘inappropriate’ in any way, there isn’t a real reason an employee, even a teacher, can’t have them. Surely we should be teaching children that expressing yourself in any way you like is a good thing? Not that we should all look the same and that individuality is wrong!

 

This is still up for debate in the eyes of some employers.

 

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Self Esteem

Your self esteem can be greatly affected by your appearance. Some people have small niggles that don’t affect their overall well being – like larger feet or thin eyebrows. These things are just small problems. However, people with issues like bad eyes can feel low on self esteem from time to time. Wearing glasses is enjoyable for some, but not for others. It’s important that everybody is happy and comfortable in their own skin – which is why many opt for lasik surgery. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re thinking of having surgery on your eyes or another body part, you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you don’t like yourself at all, having surgery may not change that very much.

 

The Way You Feel

The clothes we wear, how we smell, and other factors into the way we appear can greatly affect how we feel. You’ll often find that wearing clothes you love will make you feel happier and more productive. Wearing clothes to lounge in might be fun at the time, but it certainly won’t help you to get more done.

 

While appearance isn’t the be all and end all; you should definitely focus on how you want to feel when you get ready for the day ahead. Choose clothes that will make you feel confident and productive. Do things because you want to do them, not because all of the celebrities are doing them. You’re going to get judged whatever you do, so you may as well do it your way!

5 Ways To Show Your Man You Still Love Him

 

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No matter how long you have been in a relationship, there is always the need to remind your partner how much love them. If you have a boyfriend or husband who has been feeling neglected recently, here are some great ways to remind them how much you care.

Be romantic

You know what turns your partner on, so surprise him with a romantic evening. Whether it’s setting the mood in your home, with candles and a bed coated in rose petals, or taking a walk under the stars, it is the thought that counts. Wear that sexy outfit he enjoys, treat him to the food he loves, and offer him a night of unbridled passion.

Visit somewhere he enjoys

You have probably dragged your partner around the shopping mall on several occasions, but chances are this is not his location of choice. Think about the places he enjoys visiting, such as the cinema, the beach or a hike in the country. Relationships are all about compromise, so while it would be great to visit a place you mutually enjoy, grit your teeth if he chooses something else, such as the vintage car museum!

Offer him a massage

After a long day at work, your partner may arrive home stressed and in need of relaxation. Show your appreciation by giving him a long, intimate massage. Use oil, so your hands glide smoothly over his body, and apply pressure on his pent up muscles. Have calm, relaxing music playing in the background, and scented candles situated around the room.

Buy him something nice

Whatever he is into, buy him something that will make him happy. Check here for

gift ideas specifically for men, and perhaps purchase something you can both enjoy together. Men enjoy gadgets, be it the latest games console, or tablet. It may not be your idea of a good time, but show consideration for his wants and not yours.

Communicate your love

Whether your partner is at home or work, remind him through words of your love. Be daring and send flirty text messages. Whisper sweet nothings when you are both out with friends. Compliment him on his appearance and give him a boost to his self-confidence when he does something well. If he prepares dinner one evening, but it didn’t go as planned, don’t criticize but tell him it tasted great anyway (then suggest you might both go out for a meal next time).

We don’t only communicate with words. Use your hands to convey affection, and look lovingly into his eyes when you are with him. Sometimes actions speak louder than words so surprise him when you can.

Finally, you don’t always need to be the one doing the talking. Listen to him when he tells you about his day, and try and be genuinely interested in what he is saying. Take an interest in the subjects he enjoys, such as sport or movies, and have conversations with him about them. He listens to you, so be there for him.

 

 

 

Vacay Ready? Not Without These, You’re Not!

 

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Now that we’re almost officially in summer, it’s time to start getting vacation ready. Whether you’re visiting family for a few days, heading to the beach, or even flying out internationally, there’s nothing quite like the promise of a vacation to make you feel happy. But, before you get too excited, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got everything in order to have a good time. From your beauty prep to your packing prep, you’re only vacay ready when you’ve got these covered…

 

A Manicure

 

No holiday is perfect without a manicure to match. When you’re heading out to the beach for the weekend, or going on a romantic break away, you’re going to want to make sure your nails are up to scratch. Because a nice shiny manicure always makes you feel holiday ready. If you’re going to a hot climate, you’re going to want to make sure you have the pedicure to match too.

 

Luggage

 

Okay, so you’ve probably got some big suitcases tucked away in storage ready to check in for your flight or chuck in the boot of the car. But, what about your carry on? When you’re heading on a flight or a long road trip, you need to make sure that you have your essentials in one place. From you iPad for entertainment to your travel itinerary, it all needs a safe place to stay. For gorgeous, printed and monogrammed purses, browse at VivandLou.com.

 

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Summer Reads

 

No beach vacation is complete without the right summer read. Even if you’re heading out to a cozy cabin in the woods, or a super chic ski resort, a good book is perfect to help you relax and unwind. When it comes to finding the perfect read to keep you entertained while you’re away, you’re going to want to check out a list of summer beach reads and see which is right for you. With settings on the beach or in a city, you’re bound to find a book to match your own vacation.

 

Moisturizer

 

When you’re heading out to a hot location, your skin is going to suffer a little. We all know that we need sunscreen at the beach, or whenever the sun shines on our skin, but are you also packing enough moisturizer for your trip? When your skin starts to get dry, you need to make sure you can keep on top of your moisturizing regime to ensure that it stays healthy. It’s also important for colder climates, to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.

 

A Tan

 

And who doesn’t want to hit the beach with a perfect base tan? If you’re not lucky enough to live in a sunny climate and catch some rays at the weekend, you can always fake it. There are so many tanning lotions that can give you that perfect summer glow before you get there. So, take a look at the brands and styles available and see which tanning product is perfect for you.

 

 

More Interesting Gifts For Men

Buying gifts for men can be a real struggle. Every time you ask what they want, you’ll just get a grunt and the occasional ‘I don’t mind’. That would be fine if it were true, but you know that they are going to be disappointed if they don’t like the gifts that you get them. A lot of the time, men end up getting lumbered with socks or a new tie every birthday because nobody knows what else to buy for them. It doesn’t have to be anything amazing, just something a bit different for once. If you are struggling to buy a gift for one of the men in your life, here are a few ideas for something a bit more unusual that might surprise them.  

 

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Suit Pajamas

 

The suit pajamas that first shot to fame after they were worn by How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson ae a great novelty gift. Everybody loves to look good, and now you can look great even when you’re in bed.

 

Ballpark Blueprints

 

Sports-related gifts are always a fairly safe bet for most men, and something a bit more personal is usually a hit. Ballpark blueprints are a great combination of the two; you can get a custom made blueprint of their favorite baseball or football stadium and have it framed.

 

Grooming Gifts

 

It might not be the most exciting thing for a gift but you can be sure that they’ll be grateful for it. Go to places like Manly Matters for great reviews on male grooming products. Shaver’s are a good choice, as well as beard grooming kits, if he has a beard of course. If you are going to get grooming products, make sure that you get something good quality and not just a cheap supermarket shower-gel kit.

 

Personalized Superhero Action Figures

 

If he’s a fan of the Marvel movies, then this is the perfect gift for them. It’s about as close as they can get to being a real-life superhero without putting on a pair of tights. You simply need to send in a photograph of them and choose which superhero you want and they’ll send you back an action figure that looks just like them.

 

Bacon Salt

 

Everything is made better with bacon, and salt is no exception. Help him get his bacon fix wherever and whenever with bacon salt. It can be added to anything you like to get that delicious crispy bacon flavor.

 

Man Crates

 

A lot of men might be a bit perturbed if they received a nice gift basket complete with ribbons and frills. That’s where the man crate comes in. Instead of an intricate basket, it comes in a wooden box. You can fill it with all sorts of smaller gifts to ensure that there’s at least something that he’ll like. You can custom choose your own or you can pick certain themes.

 

Survival Bracelet

 

A great gift for somebody that loves camping is the survival bracelet. When you’re wearing it, it’s a very sleek black bracelet that you would hardly notice. But it turns into an excellent survival device once you remove it. It’s a sixteen foot parachute cord that also has a fire starting device attached.

 

Make Any Event That Little Bit Fancier

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary – whenever it is time to celebrate something, you will probably want to make sure that you do it in style. As it happens, there is always a way to make that happen, just so long as you are happy to change a few of the details around. But what can you really do to make any event much more special, especially if you are keen on not spending too much money in the process? Let’s have a look at some of the easiest and cheapest ways to make any event that little bit fancier for you and everyone else involved.

 

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Get There In Style

 

Wherever you might be going, there is a lot to be said for getting there in style. You might not even have considered this to begin with – people frequently overlook this aspect of the process, and it means that their evening is not as special as it could be. Actually, getting to the party or whatever it might be in style is pretty easy to do if you know how. One of the most popular ways to do this is to hire a limo using a service like this limo rental from Bergen Limo. You might be surprised at how cheaply and easily you can actually find a limo these days – and it will definitely be worth it when you arrive in it. Of course, this is not your only option. Increasingly, people are using horse and carriage for special occasions – these have a way of lending a certain old-world charm to any event. However you do it, upgrading your transport can help you to make the most of pretty much any occasion.

 

Dressing Up

 

Whatever it might be, you always want to look your best. But knowing how to do that is something else altogether. In part, this is because you need to be careful about choosing your outfit, as it needs to fit well with the occasion itself. But you also need to make sure that you are comfortable with whatever you are wearing. Comfort really is key – without it, you can’t be sure that you are going to enjoy the day as a whole, and that is what you are going for above all. Spend some time finding the ideal outfit, perhaps including some jewelry just for the occasion, and you should find that this makes a huge difference to the day.

 

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The Right People

 

Finally, let’s not forget what a difference it makes to have the right people on board. If you are not nearly happy or close to the people you invite, then this can unfortunately very quickly spoil any occasion. However, as long as you are happy with the people you are sharing the experience with. You will find that you enjoy it all the more. Be careful about who you invite, and do so sensibly, and you will make for a much better day.

Are You Ready To Confront Your Eating Habits?

We’ve all done it – we’ve all planned to be good with food only before eating an XL pizza with a stuffed crust all to ourselves. It’s far too easy! Bad food tastes great, doesn’t it? Every once in a while, indulgence in terrible food – ice cream, french fries, cakes, fried chicken is great and can do a lot for our mental health, but when these foods start to become a staple of a diet, things can head downhill fast. So when the fries become more of a habit than a treat, it might be time to start having a conversation with yourself – even then, the next time you weigh yourself you might be in for a shock.

 

When eating and indulging in bad foods becomes a long term habit (remember how quickly an average person can build a habit – it takes just under a week of repeated activity to build a habit) we can seriously suffer. A week of comfort eating can lead to years of bodily neglect. Now – there’s a lot to be said for bad foods. They taste great, they do make us feel good (even though it’s short term) and there is an abundance of it – plus it’s cheap. However, we owe it to ourselves to eat good food. Why? Because bad food can take its toll. We can gain weight, bad foods can lead to neurological issues. We can get heart disease and even cancer from eating bad foods. In small doses, bad foods are fun – in large ones, they can present all manner of issues.

 

What are bad foods? Well – anything fried, processed, cured, salted is usually quite bad for us. Overindulgence with any type of food can turn it into a ‘bad food’ – candies and boiled sweets full of sugar serve less benefits to us than chocolate (which is still bad in excess). Alcohols and overconsumption of beers, lagers, spirits and wines are unhealthy and just as bad as sugary soft drinks.


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How do we confront our bad eating habits though? Well – it can be hard. In the first instance, realizing that you’re eating terrible can be tough, you might not know. You simply need to start eating mindfully and thinking about everything going into your mouth. Question it – what benefit does it serve, is this giving you nutrition? When we start to realize the heavy impacts of bad food, we can change for the better and treat bad food as a treat. The way it should always be.


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Others choose to confront their eating habits via diets and eating plans. Diets like hcgdiet.com are great as they give you a plan to stick to. If you can’t discipline yourself, you can certainly learn how to through a diet.   Treating food like finance and budgeting yourself with calories is a good way to control your intake of food and also a path onto mindfulness – if you can take the time to realize what is in your food, it might benefit you more!

 

Treat your body well and confront your bad eating habits before the bad effects emerge.