Have an office job? Here are a few ways to relieve tension in your shoulder and neck area!

       
June 2nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Have an office job? Here are a few ways to relieve tension in your shoulder and neck area!Ongoing neck and shoulder pain is not only going to distract you while at work, but it could also cause serious medical issues if you are not careful. While some neck and back pain takes place due to acute trauma or another medical condition, the vast majority of people can relieve tension or prevent discomfort altogether with a few simple changes to their daily habits.

Correctly Position Your Computer Screen

An improperly positioned computer screen can quickly lead to neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and problems with one’s vision. Displays should be directly at eye level when sitting comfortably in a chair. They should also be between 18 and 22 inches from one’s face. This important step will help you sit with the correct posture and avoid one of the most common causes of discomfort.

Have Some Water

Proper hydration plays an important part in our health, and this includes how the spine, neck, and shoulders operate. The discs that separate the vertebrate in the spine as well as the soft tissue that cushions joints are made up of quite a bit of water. Keeping water on-hand and sipping it throughout the day will allow your body to properly protect itself.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a method that can be used to stimulate the facet joints and relieve pain caused by inflamed or irritated soft tissue. This type of therapy can be carried out in a number of different fashions, but the primary goal is to apply pressure to the tissue between the shoulder blades and the spine. Trigger point therapy can be done with foam rollers, racquetballs, or almost any other pliable object that can be easily manipulated.

Get Out of the Chair

It is suggested that all employees working in an office get out of their chair at least once an hour to move around. By taking a break for just five or ten minutes, you will be able to consciously stretch your muscles by forcing them into a new position. During this break, the more activity you can do the better with options such as climbing a few flights of stairs or getting out for a quick stretch in the sun.

Consciously Relax Muscles

If it is not possible to take a break at least once an hour or you are feeling especially sore, then you can tense and relax your muscles in succession to stimulate blood flow to the area. This can be done by closing your eyes, choosing a muscle group, and then tensing it for 10 to 15 seconds. After this is done, consciously allow that muscle to relax completely and then repeat the process with a nearby muscle group.

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Top #bbBabes’ of the Month – May 2015!

       
May 31st, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top #bbBabes' of the Month - May 2015!Check out our #bbBabes of the month May!

@whatwouldlizzydo always impresses with her amazing makeup skills and looks! In this makeup look she is featuring the Too Faced – Sugar Pop Sugary Sweet Eye Shadow Collection.

@polishpeach has us in the mood for some Summer nails! How adorable is this nail design? Try Teddy Girl by Butter London.

@nicolconcilio uses the perfect amount of Bronzer in this glam look from Too Faced – Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer.

As always, we’d love for you to check out these ladies on Instagram and follow! There are so many talented makeup and nail artists out there. If you want to have a chance to be featured as a #bbBabe of the month, don’t forget to tag us in any photos of you using any brands that we carry on our website! #bbBabe @beautybridge

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Eyelash Extensions 101

       
May 29th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Eyelash Extensions 101Several women have been blessed with long and luxurious lashes ever since their first baby picture, others are not so lucky. Some eyelashes have simply failed in the luxurious department. It only takes a quick trip down the makeup isle to figure out just how many products are available for eyelash extension. But here is the “101,” skip the cheap fake eyelashes and go for extensions that look like the real thing.

How do Eyelash Extensions Work?
Eyelash extensions use a medical adhesive to bond each lash to an individual’s original lashes. The process is done one lash at a time in order to create a natural look. Individuals can customize their lashes by choosing length, curling style, color and texture. The process is not a permanent treatment. Eyelash extensions usually last up to six weeks, depending on how well they are cared for.

Preparation
Shower Beforehand: In order to avoid having the extensions come into contact with water or steam for at least 48 hours, shower before the treatment.

Remove Makeup: Any makeup, such as mascara or foundation, should be removed prior to the appointment. Individuals should also steer clear of lotion, sunscreen or oil, as they can interfere with the adhesive glue.

Keep Lashes Natural: Lashes should be 100 percent natural when receiving extensions. Along with removing mascara, steer clear of any eyelash curling the day of the appointment.

Aftercare
Avoid Condensation: For at least 48 hours, eyelash extensions should be kept away from water or any other form of condensation. Individuals should avoid showering or working out. Also, if someone lives in a humid area, they should stay indoors during the 48 hour period as much as possible.

Do Not Pull: Constantly touching the extensions can easily damage natural lashes. Try to avoid touching, pulling, twisting or curling the lashes. If an individual wants to remove their extensions, they should always seek professional care.

Avoid Moisture-Based Products: Keep shampoos, conditioners, lotions and oils away from the extensions. Any of those products can loosen the effect of the adhesive, making the extensions last for a lesser amount of time.

Remember the Natural Lashes: Do not forget that the natural lashes are still there. Protect them with an eyelash conditioner or growth serum.

Women who were not blessed with the lashes of luxury do not have to settle for second best. Luxury is waiting for those who work for it and even failed lashes can earn a second chance.

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Brand Spotlight – Lavanila

       
May 26th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Brand Spotlight - LavanilaPrepare to be body-pampered and skin-nourished! Lavanila produces effective luxury beauty products based on plants and other natural ingredients that support what skin truly needs. The company’s name “Lavanila” comes from the word for vanilla on the island of Madagascar, where much of the world’s vanilla is produced. Vanilla is used in many of Lavanila’s products because it is a powerful antioxidant as well as an aromatherapy ingredient that comforts and soothes.

Not only are these formulations ideal for people with sensitive skin, but the products have a delightful fragrance without being cloying or overpowering. They work by allowing skin to breathe and utilize the benefits of their natural ingredients, as opposed to those that smother the skin. The company also has fragrance-free versions of its deodorant and body butter.

Lavanila does no animal testing and labels items that are gluten-free. Some of the chemicals they do not use include silicon, phthalates, aluminum, parabens, synthetic dyes, and propylene glycol — all of which are listed in most beauty products sold through retail outlets ranging from drug stores to high-end exclusive department stores.

The founder of Lavanila, Danielle Raynor, made a career of trying beauty products from every type of retail store. She wanted toxin-free items for her daughters and realized that even high-priced luxury brands contained ingredients to be avoided. Danielle was also allergic to traditionally-formulated perfumes, so she worked with chemists to develop fragrances that did not include ingredients that exacerbated allergy symptoms.

Lavanila began selling its products in 2007 when it offered the first organic fragrance in the industry. The company developed a sugar-based alcohol for its perfumes, and savvy women everywhere welcomed the skin-friendliness of the formulations and the exclusive combinations of essential oils for a truly personal signature fragrance. Packaging included regular sizes and a mini roll-on to tuck into an evening bag.

Other items intentionally designed to nourish and protect skin include aluminum-free deodorants with essential oils — also available in mini sizes for travel — and sunscreen that keeps harsh chemicals away from sensitive areas. Consider the possibility of actually enjoying using sunscreen because it has an amazing smell and nourishes skin with its vitamins!

Discerning women around the world are taking control of what they put on their skin, and the products from Lavanila are helping them revitalize their bodies through the best of nature.

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Seven Must-Have Accessories to Elevate Your Look

       
May 22nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Seven Must-Have Accessories to Elevate Your LookHow do you take your look from meh to yay? Simple, accessorize. “Ok, great,” you say (rolling your eyes), “but how do I accessorize?” Well, my dear, there comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs to learn about The Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven can make even a simple outfit like jeans and a t-shirt into the most glamorous look ever. So what are The Magnificent Seven? Read on.

7) A Killer Handbag: Invest in one fantastic statement bag and carry it with you everywhere. Yours could be a neon orange Hermés Birkin bag, or a quilted Chanel handbag, or even a funky denim backpack from Urban Outfitters, it doesn’t matter! Just pick a bag with character that sets you out from the rest and love it for life.

6) A Bib Necklace: Bib necklaces are the “It” accessory of the moment, but the truth is, they’ve always been in style. What makes a bib necklace a unique investment is the fact that you can dress it up or dress it down. BaubleBar sells them in every kind of style available, from painted enamel to ones with leather tassles.

5) One Good Scarf: Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly swore by scarves, and it’s easy to see why. Scarves can be worn in anyway imaginable and always add a certain je ne sais quoi to your look. Wear one loosely around your neck, or up in your hair, regardless it’s a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe.

4) Patent Leather Neon Pumps: Guaranteed to kick up any outfit, patent leather neon pumps add an element of danger to your look. If you think you can’t wear them to the office, think again: that beige suit in your closet from Ann Taylor will look ten times better with neon blue pumps and a bib necklace.

3) Enamel Bangles: Jackie O. was obsessed with gold and enamel bangles from Schlumberger’s, and it’s easy to see why. A good bangle adds attitude and elegance to any ensemble, while also drawing attention to the delicate and feminine bones of your wrist. Give your S.O. something to look at the next time he takes you out for a martini.

2) Chandelier Earrings: Nothing says “glamour” quite like a pair of chandelier earrings. They can be worn with your hair in mermaid style waves, or dripping down your neck while your hair is worn austerely back in a chignon. They draw attention to your neck, making you the most interesting woman in the room.

1) An Edgy Ring Set: Be it delicate or funky, a good ring set is a great way to add edge to your look. Midi rings are a great way to bring attention to your gel manicure, or a delicate brass knuckles set can make you the talk of the club.

There you have it, The Magnificent Seven Accessories to bring an element of high-end chic to any look. Happy shopping!

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Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

       
May 19th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

When it comes to choosing sunglasses, the options are endless, but that doesn’t mean they’re always right. Choosing sunglasses based on your face shape will help you know which style is the most flattering for you.

First things first: how do you identify your face shape?

Stand in front of your mirror and using lipstick (or any non-permanent marker), draw the outline of your face, leaving out your ears. This will help you determine whether your face is heart shaped, oval, oblong, round or square.

Heart-shaped faces are known for their wide foreheads, sculpted cheekbones and pointy chins. Oblong-shaped faces are known for their linear curve from jawline to long chin. Round-shaped have foreheads that fall in line with their jawline and a slightly smaller chin, and oval faces are known for their perfectly balanced forehead and jawlines.

Now that you’ve determined your face shape, let’s get down to business!

Heart: How do you draw attention away from your wide forehead and to your gorgeous cheekbones instead? Sassy cat-eye frames! Not many people can carry off exaggerated tips that cat-eye frames offer, but you can! Try pairing this look with a fun and loose French twist and red lipstick, you’ll get everybody talking!

Oval: Make the best of your easily complemented face shape and invest in a pair of this season’s trendiest eye-frame shape: the over-sized wayfarer. This frame doesn’t really work on heart-shaped or oblong faces because of their proportions, but you can carry off this style the best of all. Make them envy you at the next pool party with your hip wayfarers paired with a beachy, fishtail braid and nude lipstick.

Oblong: Exaggerated, square shaped frames work best on you, so go ahead and pull a Jackie O. and invest in some chic, glossy black square shaped frames. Style your hair in loose, glossy waves and wear a coral lipstick, everyone will wonder who the celebrity is at your next soirée.

Round: Your delicate proportions will look fantastic in a stunning pair of small, square shaped frames. The square frames will help break away the monotony of your face shape and add a unique element to your look. These frames would look great with your hair in a short bob with wispy bangs.

Square: Not a lot of people can pull of aviator shades, but you can! Make everyone know you mean business by investing in a pair of wire-framed aviator sunglasses with round lenses. Pair this style with long wavy hair and a busted denim jacket for added effect.

There you have it, a simple guide to buying glasses that fit your face shape. Go get ‘em tiger!

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Best Breakfast Foods To Jumpstart Your Metabolism

       
May 15th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Healthy Recipe For Healthy HairEveryone has heard the expression, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” There is a lot of truth to this expression, and much of the truth comes from the fact that a healthy breakfast will ignite your metabolism for the rest of the day. People who skip breakfast will often find that losing weight is much harder than it is if they eat breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast of metabolism-boosting foods is one of the best ways to kickstart your weight loss. To that end, here is a look at the best breakfast foods to jumpstart your metabolism.

Eggs

Without a doubt, eggs are one of the best foods you can eat at breakfast to boost your metabolism. Eggs are full of iron, which your body needs plenty of in order to metabolize your food at peak efficiency. In addition, eggs contain loads of chromium. Chromium has been shown to be an important mineral to regulate blood sugar levels. The chromium in the eggs will help you to feel fuller when you eat, and it will help you to stay feeling full longer.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been considered to be one of the best breakfast foods, research has proven that eating oats for breakfast is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism. Oats contain high levels of fiber, which will help to regulate your blood sugar. Oats have a very low glycemic index, which means that they will not cause the insulin spikes that wreck your metabolism.

Green Smoothies

One of the biggest rages in nutrition right now is the smoothie. Drinking smoothies is a great way to boost the amounts of fruits and vegetables you consume, which most people do not eat nearly enough of. The best smoothies for your breakfast are green smoothies. The green, leafy vegetables in a green smoothie contain high levels of chromium and fiber that will help boost your metabolism. The alkaline nature of green smoothies also helps to keep your metabolism rate high. In addition, the chlorophyll in green vegetables helps to keep the cells in your body nourished, which will help to boost your metabolism. Two of the best green vegetables you can use in your breakfast smoothies are kale and spinach.

Berries

Another great source of fiber is berries. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are all good choices. The high levels of fiber in berries stabilize the blood sugar and help to prevent insulin levels from spiking. In addition, the high levels of antioxidants found in berries are just the thing your body needs to keep its metabolism running at the highest level. Try adding some berries to your morning oatmeal, cereal or smoothies to help jumpstart your metabolism.

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Best Beauty Looks at Coachella 2015

       
May 12th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Healthy Recipe For Healthy HairThe Coachella festival may only be two weekends in April, but the trends it showcases will be showing up on celebrities and ordinary people alike for the rest of the year. Here’s a look at the best beauty looks you can take straight from Coachella and apply to your look this year.

Soft Goth

Singer Lykke Li went for an all-black, bell-sleeved outfit for her Coachella set, but it was her makeup that sold the look. To get this for yourself, focus on eyes defined by dark eyebrows that are shaped, not over-plucked, continuing the trend for fuller eyebrows of the last three years. For the best shape and strongest statement, fill in with eyebrow pencil. Dramatic eyes are balanced by a soft pink lip instead of a dark color or a glossy red, which would take emphasis away from the eyes. The look is completed by a flawlessly smooth foundation that matches your natural skin tone rather than washing you out. This is a look that says goth style doesn’t have to mean you look like you spent the night in a coffin.

Braids and Waves

Hair at Coachella this year was either carefully braided or left to flow in loose, beachy waves. Single braids were rare – hair was more commonly worn in styles with two or more braids. A braided look doesn’t just have to be a formal one. Many were embellished with bright streaks of blue hair or with cute fabric braided in. Want a looser look? Then braid hair at night and tousle it loose in the morning for the other common Coachella look: loose, shoulder-length waves.

Temporary Embellishments

While body paint is always popular at Coachella, this year both celebrities like Kylie Jenner and regular concert attendees alike were wearing small amounts of body paint in specific areas to highlight rather than cover a feature. While this won’t be an everyday look (unless you happen to be a Kardashian) it serves the same purpose for special occasions or going out that a piece of statement jewelry would. Try a row of tiny cream or pastel pink dots swirled around your left wrist or tracing a line down your throat. Too bold? Go for a softer version with some shimmer powder.

Coachella is a showcase for music, but new beauty trends shine there, too.

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Rainbow Hair Trend

       
May 8th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Rainbow Hair TrendOne of the most popular hairstyles to embrace this season is rainbow hair that offers a fun and eclectic look. From purple to pink, there are a number of colors to incorporate into your locks for a style that stands out in a crowd. The most alluring part of the rainbow hair trend is the ability to create a variety of different looks and truly make it your own for a unique design.

The rainbow hair trend is edgy and a bit hardcore for girls who want to get playful with their mane. Celebrities like Kylie Jenner have rocked all-blue hair at Coachella for a mermaid style that is plenty daring. Other stars like Kelly Osbourne and Katy Perry have opted for ombre shades that blend together. Most recently, Julianne Hough dyed her hair all-pink and Hilary Duff swapped her blonde hair for an all-blue shade.

For the girls who are afraid to commit, colored rainbow hair extensions are available for a temporary option that can easily be clipped in. They’re the perfect style when heading out for a concert or spending time by the pool outdoors. The look is increasingly popular after spring’s arrival for a great way to incorporate more colors into your appearance.

Neon colors are also commonly seen and exhibit a bold look that nods to the ’90s. Kesha was recently spotted sporting neon ombre locks while Demi Lovato created a similar style with ombre blue hair that looks similar to the ocean. Some girls are even putting their own twist on rainbow hair by adding gobs of glitter to create an eye-catching design that truly pops.

After coloring the hair a bright shade, it’s important to preserve the dye and prevent it from fading by using professional hair products. It’s crucial to use color care shampoo that is safe on the scalp and will also prevent the hair from becoming brittle or dry due to the harsh chemicals of the dye. Many color care shampoos contain grapeseed oil to properly hydrate and moisturize the hair strands. Investing in the right shampoo will protect the color from fading and will prevent having to get it dyed even sooner just to maintain the look.

Others should invest in a scalp treatment to prevent damage or split ends from occurring due to the harsh chemicals that are used to create the rainbow hair trend. Shea hair masks are considered one of the most effective products on the market by replenishing the moisture of the hair and by offering color maintenance. To ensure that the hair is styled professionally and doesn’t look drab after the rainbow dye, clay pomade is perfect for holding the shape of the style throughout the day.

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Easy DIY Wedding Day Updos

       
May 5th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Easy DIY Wedding Day UpdosGetting ready for the wedding day is a struggle for all women who want to look their best when they arrive at the ceremony. The bride needs to look perfect when she walks down the aisle, and she can learn from these updos to save money on a hair stylist. The ladies in the bridal party can use these updos to match the bride as they get ready, or guests at the wedding can do their own hair as they get ready for a wistful summer affair.

#1: For The Bride

The updos for the bride should be easy for the bride to complete with her dress on or off. Many brides get ready with a very small team of people, and the bride should not feel as though she will ruin her hair style as she gets dressed. The best updos for brides are messy updos that take almost no effort. Use a single hair clip to hold your hair in place as you lift your hair up, and your hair will drape over the clip to hide it. A bride can braid her own hair and wrap her braid around her head, or you may choose to braid your hair before wrapping it into a tight bun. These hairstyles are simple, and a bride can do them even when she has pre-wedding jitters.

#2: For The Girls

The girls in the bridal party can help each other do their hair, or you may ask them all to do different styles that they enjoy. Each lady should feel free to put her hair up as if she is heading out of the house to shop, but some of the ladies in the bridal party may prefer one tight bun. Other updos include turning a pony tail inside out, a high pony tail that looks classy and two braided pony tails. These are simple looks that will make every lady look youthful and energetic.

#3: For Guests

Guests arriving for a wedding are not bound by a specific style code, but they do want to look their best when they arrive for the wedding. The best updos for ladies at the wedding are less traditional. A woman could arrive in a simple pony tail, but it is wiser for her to try a side pony tail that drapes over her shoulders. This classic look will help her stand out even though she is not one of the ladies in the bridal party.

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