Friday, November 21, 2014

Get Your Makeup to Look Smoother

SHANY 2012 Edition All In One Harmony Makeup Kit, 25 Ounce


               Sometimes slapping on makeup seems like more trouble and effort than it is worth. I hear a lot of complaints from women who say that makeup "just doesn't sit right" on their skin or that it feels heavy, or worse, that it looks too obvious that they are wearing it. As the whole point of wearing makeup is to look like you're not wearing any, that is a pretty discouraging statement.

True, getting makeup to look flawless can only be achieved through professional makeovers, heavy airbrushing, and a few photoshop editing sessions. But you can get pretty darn close if you know what you're doing! Here are four steps that anyone can use to get moving the the right direction. Getting your makeup to go on a little smoother isn't just for the pros anymore!
Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Mousse
Foundation, Porcelain Ivory, 0.49 Ounce

Start with a smooth foundation. Now, I'm not talking about the makeup, here! What I'm talking about is your skin. Achieving smooth skin is half the battle of making your makeup look good. Even if it is expertly applied by a seasoned professional, if your skin is rough, flaky or covered in acne, a team of experts couldn't eliminate the bumps. If you suffer from acne, look in to some remedies that will clear up your acne. There are hundreds of acne solutions on the market and you may have to try a few until you find one that works for you, but Pro-Activ is a good place to start!

Exfoliate, wash, moisturize! These are three crucial steps if you plan on wearing makeup on a regular basis. Use an exfoliant on your face up to three times a week to remove dead skin, oil and dirt buildup from your skin (sounds delicious, I know - that's why we get rid of it!). In addition to this, use a cleanser every day to wash your face. But, perhaps the most important step of all is to moisturize! It will help restore the moisture to your face after you wash it, as washing and exfoliating removes your skins natural oils.

Best Foundation and Makeup Face Primer
(Paraben Free)
Primers. If you have ever painted over a wall, you know that before you can paint a surface you have to prime it first! Well, your face may not be a wall, but it is a surface that needs some TLC. If you have never heard of a makeup primer, their purpose is the prep your skin for makeup. What does this mean? It helps the makeup blend into your skin to look more smooth and seamless, and will help prevent it from wearing or rubbing off over the course of the day. Several companies make makeup primers and so there is no shortage of products to choose from! Remember, you do not have to go high-end to get a great quality product - check your local drug store and browse some beauty websites to see which ones are in your price range.


Revlon Colorstay Active Light Makeup with Softflex,
All Skin Types, Natural Beige 220, 1 Oz, 1 Each 
Use the right makeup for your skin type. This may seem like a no-brainer: makeup is makeup, right? Wrong. You may have noticed that a lot of foundations will specify for which skin type the formula works best. Take a look in the mirror and evaluate your skin carefully. Is it oily? Do you often get dry, flaky patches? Or are you somewhere in between? Find the makeup formula for you. If your skin is dry, using powder will only extenuate the dry look. If it's oily, look into some shine-control foundation. For normal-combination skin, try a combination formula. There are all sorts of women out there and when I say that there is a product for everything, I mean it! K. F. Lynn.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Smartphone Apps to Make Living a Sustainable Life Easier

The Coupons App


Are you looking for an easier way to live a more sustainable life? If so, then you might want to consider browsing the wide variety of different sustainable smartphone apps available on the market today. In the meantime, here are 5 of my personal favorites to get you started.

JouleBug is a neat app that is generating quite the buzz with those trying to lead a sustainable lifestyle. This app allows smartphone users to easily make their everyday habits more sustainable at home, work, and even while you're out and about. This newly designed app features lots of great advice for how to use less resources. Similar to Pinterest this app allows you to organize sustainability tips into Pins, that you earn by doing simple, sustainable actions in real-life. JouleBug even features how-to videos, a newsfeed, and impact statistics. If you are looking for a fun way to become more sustainable in your everyday life than JouleBug is a must have!

2.) Ecomall
Ecomall is a nifty app which features a collection of eco-conscious and socially conscious stores from around the world! This ultimate green resource for globally conscious consumers, makes for easy, guilt-free shopping. Now doing your part for the environment has never been easier, with just a click of a button.

3.) GreenSpot 
GreenSpot is an app that truly has it all, when it comes to leading a sustainable life. This app is your daily place for news, views, and podcasts on everything green! With just the click of a button, now smartphone users can use GreenSpot to find articles, tips, advice, news, etc. from the most reliable sources on the web. Another perk to using this app? Its topics and articles are updated several times a day, so you never have to worry about not being up to speed on something.

Whether you are vegan, or just trying harder to live a more sustainable lifestyle, The Palm Oil Shopping Guide app is a great place to start. Now sustainable smartphone users can shop with confidence as they use this app to search for orangutan-friendly choices. This app is by far, the most extensive and popular palm oil shopping guide for mobile phones. Not sure if the product you are about to buy is "orangutan-friendly" and/or R.S.P.O. certified? Never fear, this app features over 5,000 products from hundreds of sustainable manufacturers. The best part? This app is free!

Commute Greener brings fun, quick, and easy ways for sustainable smartphone users to gain money, time, and real life rewards, all while improving health and the environment. Collect zero emission miles on this fun and addictive app, where the more improvements you make with your everyday travels, the more rewards and badges you earn!

Make things more interesting by competing with family and friends. Commute Greener helps smartphone users commute smarter by featuring personalized ride share suggestions, crowd source traffic reporting, traffic information and a time table feed, Rideshare supply and demand matching, map routing, CO2, health and fuel cost visualization, and much more! Free for your iPhone, this smartphone app is definitely worth the download. Ideeas by Kylie M. Williams. These apps can be a nice gift for Black Friday and winter hollidays.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Great Apps for Your Smartphone

It seems like everyone has a smartphone. Thanks to the awesome apps out there, a smartphone is like an extension of self. Apps can do everything from giving you an incentive for exercise to keeping kid art to educating children. Here are a few of the best apps out there for your smartphone.

Productivity

Productivity means different things to different people. One of the most popular productivity tools for all smartphone platforms is Remember the Milk. The app is free and after a 15 day trial requires a yearly subscription fee. There are many features in this app - reminder settings, task watchers (finished and unfinished), and in-depth sorting.
Dropbox is a well loved cloud service that can now be used for most platforms. The ability to save files of all types and sync them is very useful for people on the go. Not only can users access their files from any device the app is installed on, you can share with other Dropbox users.

Social Networking

Facebook has apps available for all smartphones. Along with the regular Facebook app there are also Messenger and Pages Manager apps. These are useful for those that are using social media for marketing. Twitter has apps for most smartphones as well.
One new and fun social networking app is Bump. This app is free and allows users to bump two phones together to exchange their social networking information.

Reading

For book lovers it is a given that eventually e-reader apps would hit phones. The best tailored reading app by far is Amazon's Kindle app. The app syncs across all devices it is installed on and can update each book to the last page read - no matter when and what device was used.
Nook reading apps are also available and are easy to navigate. If listening to books is more your taste, Audible can be installed on smartphones for a handsfree book experience.

Learning

Kids love technology. Learning apps are one great way to allow children to use a smartphone to pass time and learn something. One of the best learning apps for small children is Gummies Playground from Squink Games. Available for free on a limited basis, then $1.99 for the full game, children learn colors, matching, spelling, and more.

Umizoomi Match Racer is another popular download for kids. It teaches kids math with a fun twist - kids can turn the phone (or tablet) to steer their racecar. It won't take long for your kids to beg to use your phone for learning time when you install these apps. Ideeas by Tina Samuels.

Monday, November 10, 2014

5 Ways to Dress so You Look Slimmer

The Right Clothes Can Make it Look as If You've Lost Ten Pounds!
We all know that our clothing can dramatically affect our appearance. Just imagine the difference when a woman wears sloppy sweatpants and an oversized tee-shirt compared to when she wears a sleek black dress and high heels.


Long Elegant Sleek Fitted Maxi Gown Plunge Ruched Cocktail Party Dress


But clothing can do more than just change our look or make an impression. It can actually make us appear thinner - or heavier - depending on what we choose to wear. So whether you need to look skinny and sexy for an upcoming event, or you just want to appear slimmer every day, follow these tips so you always look your most slender:

Go monochromatic:

Wearing the same color from head to toe will make your body appear thinner. Black tends to be the most slimming color, but almost any monochromatic look will elongate your body. Add other colors and create interesting visuals with accessories like bracelets or necklaces. Tip: Wear your accessories on the slimmest part of your body - such as your wrist - to draw attention to your best assets.

Pick vertical stripes: 

Vertical stripes - like the kind on pinstripe suits and pants - draw the eye up and down, which creates the illusion of thinness. Your body will appear longer and leaner if you opt for vertical stripes (skinny ones, in general, tend to look best on most people). Avoid horizontal stripes since they only make your body appear wider. Especially avoid horizontal stripes around any part of your body that carries a little extra weight. If you're self-conscious about your stomach, for example, don't wear a horizontal stripe around your midsection.

Choose a darker wash: 

Trying to find a great pair of jeans? A darker wash - such as a deep blue, a gray or a black - will make you appear more slender. Whiskered, bleached or otherwise faded jeans often enhance the parts we wish to disguise. If you're self conscious about your backside, for example, jeans that are faded on the rear will only spotlight that area of your body. Choose a darker wash with very little fading or whiskering for the most flattering look.

Size up your accessories: 

One of the keys to looking skinnier is to size your accessories so they correspond to your body. Petite women, for example, should choose more petite accessories like thin bracelets and slender necklaces. Larger women, on the other hand, should opt for bigger accessories. Good choices include chunky bracelets and a relatively large handbag.

Skim, but don't cling: 

If you feel self conscious about your body, you may try to hide your frame beneath oversized shirts and dresses. But in reality, baggy clothing only makes you look larger! Choose clothing that gently skims your body so your figure is clearly defined. However, avoid anything that clings too tightly, as it will only accentuate the parts you're trying to camouflage.
Anyone - no matter what their size - can change the look of their body by choosing appropriate clothing. Simply opting for the right clothes can make it look as if you've just dropped ten pounds! Morgan Vermeil.