Anti-aging Tips By Age

       
October 14th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Anti-aging Tips By AgeLet’s face it, we all get older. You can kick, cry, and scream that you don’t want to say good-bye to your youthful appearance, but that won’t stop the calendar from moving forward. However, by taking a proactive approach and starting an anti-aging routine when you’re young, you can hold on to those youthful years just a little bit longer. We’ve taken the liberty of breaking out simple routines based on age to help you get started.

- If you’re in your 20′s
Lucky you to still have a youthful face. However, that youth can also be a curse if you don’t take the time to think about anti-aging. Right now you should be wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to save yourself a lot of grief later one. Additionally, skip the tanning beds. Self tanners are getting better than ever and they won’t give you wrinkles.

- If you’re in your 30′s
While in your 30′s, water may quickly become your best friend. Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the easiest ways to keep skin looking young. In addition, make sure that you’re using a daily moisturizer and taking plenty of vitamin D (at least 1,000 IUs per day).

- If you’re in your 40′s
Anti-aging in your 40′s isn’t just about healthy skin; it’s also about a healthy you. Be sure that you’re eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and cut back on the processed sugar. Regular exercise will also give you a healthy glow. If you haven’t started yet, then it’s time to use retinol to minimize fine lines around your eyes.

- If you’re in your 50′s
This can be a busy age where sleep takes a back seat to higher priorities, but this will wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure you carve at least 8 hours of shuteye a night for yourself. Additionally, consider start using hyaluronic acid if you’re noticing fine lines around your mouth; this product will help hide them.

- If you’re in your 60′s
Starting to worry about anti-aging in your 60′s isn’t too little too late; after all, it’s never too late to start taking proper care of your skin. At this age, the right eye make up can hide drooping eyelids and use products with white or green tea extracts to help fight swelling. Additionally, check that the air in your home isn’t too dry; the lack of moisture is bad for your skin.

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Health and Beauty Benefits of Nutmeg

       
October 9th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Health and Beauty Benefits of NutmegMost people are familiar with nutmeg as a common kitchen spice. However, few people realize that its benefits go far beyond making tasty treats. Nutmeg is also has potent benefits for health and beauty. Here are just a few of the things you can try it for.

Tooth Pain

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s strongly advised that you see your dentist. However, you can’t always get to the dentist right away. In that case, you can temporarily control the pain by placing some nutmeg oil or powder on the affected tooth. Eugenol, a substance also found in cloves, will numb the area for a time. This can keep you more comfortable until you can make a dentist appointment.

Even Complexion

Are you looking for a natural, inexpensive way to enhance your complexion? If so, just combine honey and powdered nutmeg into a paste and rub it gently onto your skin. Within days, you’ll notice a clearer complexion and reduced appearance of acne scars. Furthermore, nutmeg contains powerful antiseptic properties that can help prevent additional breakouts caused by bacteria.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Clear skin isn’t the only thing nutmeg’s antiseptic properties are good for. It can also help prevent tooth decay through the same action. Eugenol is highly toxic to the harmful oral bacteria that eat away at tooth enamel, which is why it’s so often added to toothpastes. However, you can get the same effect just by sprinkling a little nutmeg powder onto your toothbrush during your regular brushing routine.

Digestive Aid

You’ve enjoyed a big meal of pizza with drinks and dessert, and now you’re bloated and it feels like your dinner is just sitting in your stomach. This happens to everyone occasionally, especially when overindulgence in unhealthy foods is involved. Fortunately, nutmeg offers an easy and delicious solution to these problems. The spice has been used for thousands of years as a digestive tonic to relieve gas, indigestion, bloating and heartburn. One easy way to use nutmeg for this purpose is to steep a quarter teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot water and drink it as a tea.

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a common problem that affects millions of people, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or unsightly. Furthermore, these fungal infections can be notoriously difficult to treat, and many over-the-counter drugs have unreliable effects. If you’ve tried other treatments only to have them fail, give nutmeg a try. It contains a number of potent antifungal compounds that can help thwart stubborn nail fungus.

With all of the things nutmeg can do, it’s no wonder that it’s long been one of the world’s most prized spices. Try adding it to your daily health regimen and beauty routine to take advantage of its numerous benefits.

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Healthy Squash Recipes

       
October 5th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Healthy Squash RecipesSquash are a delicious, versatile vegetable that can be combined with an array of different ingredients to create tasty dishes. Zucchini, a summer squash, and butternut squash, a winter vegetable, are two squashes that are both healthy and very appetizing.

Baked Zucchini with Savory Sauce

Ingredients

Zucchini
• 3 zucchinis
• ½ cup of Panko breadcrumbs
• 1 cup of dried breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• ½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• 2 large eggs, beaten

Sauce
• 2 plum tomatoes, halved
• 2 small red peppers
• ½ cup of cubed French bread (sans crusts)
• 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
• 1 ½ tablespoons of smoked almonds
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
• ¼ teaspoon of Spanish paprika
• 1 garlic clove

Directions

Zucchini: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut each zucchini in half, and then cut each half into 8 wedges. In a large mixing bowl, combine both types of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Dip the zucchini wedges in the beaten eggs then dredge them in the breadcrumb mix. Place the pieces on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook for approximately 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with the dipping sauce

Sauce: Preheat the broiler. Cut and seed the bell peppers and remove the membranes. Place the peppers (skin side up) and tomatoes on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes or until the outsides are blackened. Place the peppers and tomatoes in a plastic bag and let stand for approximately 15 minutes. Once the time is up, peel the peppers and tomatoes, and then chop them into tiny pieces, saving any liquid. Place the peppers, tomatoes and the rest of the sauce ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth.

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

• 1 ½ pounds of peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash
• 3 cups of fat-free chicken broth
• 1 teaspoon of olive oil
• 1 clove of minced garlic
• 1 teaspoon of freshly chopped sage
• ½ cup of chopped onion
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Use a large stock pot to sauté the garlic, onion and olive oil for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then add the sage, salt, pepper, chicken broth and butternut squash. Bring the contents to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the butternut squash is tender. Puree half of the soup in a food processor, and then add back to the stockpot, or use a stick blender and puree until the soup is partially smooth, leaving some chunks. Garnish with fresh sage and serve warm or hot.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

       
October 1st, 2014 | Contributed by:

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOnce again October is upon us and so is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the disease affects both men and women, it remains the second leading cause of death among women. Because of this, it’s important to join together this month to discuss and work toward finding a cure. Whether someone close to you has suffered or you simply want to help end it, every single person is welcome to join this fight.

What is Breast Cancer?
Cancer can occur anywhere in the body. It happens when the DNA within a cell becomes damaged, mutating the once healthy host. This mutant then begins to replicate unchecked within the body, invading other, healthier parts. Luckily, with all of the research and work going into officially stopping it, breast cancer rates have been dropping since 1990. This is often attributed to better screening and early detection techniques.

How is it Diagnosed?
Nowadays, there a great many ways to check for breast cancer. The main method is known as a mammogram. This is a special type of x-ray that allows the doctor to find any suspicious tissue. Ultrasounds work the same way as those done for pregnant women, the only difference being it is performed on the breasts. The MRI is another scanning method and provides the most detailed visuals of the breast tissue. Other times, the doctor can remove a small bit of tissue to run a biopsy on. This test determines if the sampled tissue is cancerous or not.

What about Self-Exams?
For early detection, a self-examination method has been developed and can be done in three locations. While bathing, use the fingers to move around the breasts in a circular motion from the outside to the center. If you notice and lumps or hardening knots, have them checked out by a doctor. The exam can also be done in front of a mirror. Simply raise your arms over your head and then flex your chest muscles after putting your hands on your hips. Watch the breasts intently to see if there is any dimpling or puckering. Finally, lie down with a pillow under one shoulder. Like in the bath, use your fingers to check the tissue in a circular motion with different amounts of pressure. Note if there are any strange lumps or discharge from the nipples.

How Can I Help?
While you may not be a millionaire, you can still help the cause and help yourself. During this month, many companies put together products that donate proceeds to breast cancer research. Items like a Murad Hydrate For Hope Set or a AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream 50% More Breast Cancer Awareness Edition are great ways to keep yourself healthy and clean while helping continue the steady decline of breast cancer.

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Fall Accessories Must Haves

       
September 29th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall Accessories Must HavesGet Ready, get set, fall is on its way! This fall brings an assortment of styles and looks. The underlying theme is big, bold and memorable. Look crisp in these fresh fashion accessories below.

Oversized clutch – Large enough to carry the full contents of your purse, these clutches are all the rage. Popular styles this season include patchwork patterns, faux fur trim, sparkly sequins and bright jewels.

Floral necklines – The phrase “Go big or go home” may come to mind when you spy these necklines. These pieces are available in an array of floral designs, but all are large, colorful and certain to make a statement.

Bold jewelry –This jewelry is not to be ignored. Expect to find earrings that are large enough to stand alone (the one earring look is in this fall), from oversized gold hoops to shoulder-length chandelier drop earrings. Chokers have returned from the 1990s and made an appearance this fall. The hottest colors include metallic tones and bright hues.

Robe coats – It can be hard to tear yourself away from the comforts of home, so why not take a little comfort with you? Robe coats not only look good, but they also feel good on. These long coats are made from soft materials and even include the belt around the waist.

Nail polish – The colors this fall ease away from the bright, jubilant shades of the summer and transition into darker, autumnal tones. You’ll find jewel tones, shades of gray and metallic to be the colors of choice this fall.

Beanies – These are no ordinary beanies. These beanies are oversized, slouchy and rest comfortably on your head. This is an accessory that can be enjoyed by both men and women.

Backpacks – Return to your school days, but do so fashionably this time. These backpacks are perfect for toting everything you need, while leaving your hands free for that cappuccino. Made from quality materials such as leather, shearling and ponyskin, to give it a more polished look from the traditional backpack.

Western inspired wear – Cowboy boots and studded belts have left Texas and hit mainstream America. You’ll find a western touch in everything from bags to hats to jewelry. Popular looks include: plaid patterns, leather with a fur trim, Native American and Aztec inspired geometric shapes, and, of course, denim.

Fur scarves – Back by popular demand from Fall 2013, these scarves are hitting the shops again. Not only do they feel good around your neck, but they can look sleek expensive without breaking your bank account.

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A Guide to Mastering Hair Extensions

       
September 26th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Guide to Mastering Hair ExtensionsIf there are times where you just want to do something with your hair that isn’t possible, then the most logical solution is to experiment with hair extensions. Hair extensions can make your hair look either new and refreshing, or just downright bad. It’s important that you know how to use them properly before going out and showing off your hair. Use this guide to help you make sure that you look great before you step out of the door.

Density

You need to make sure that the density of the hair extensions matches the density of your own hair. You can usually tell this just by feeling the extension and your own hair in your hands. For example, if you have fine hair, then adding too thick of an extension will make it look unnatural.

Strand Guidelines

As a general rule, you should add 3-5 rows on the side of the head, 2-5 rows at the nape and 2-5 rows at the perimeter to help the hair add volume. This will make the hair look very natural.

Consult a Professional

If you have no experience with hair extensions, you should definitely talk with a professional to determine what will look best on you. A professional will help guide you through the process, and they will also give you tips about how to take care of your extensions once they are finished. Hair extensions are expensive, so you need to make sure that they are done right.

If you are thinking about getting hair extensions you need to do the proper research before jumping right in. It is risky to get them done by someone who is not a professional, so that friend that says they can do it for you should have to prove themselves before you allow them to do work on your own hair. Research what type of look you would like, which length and also match the hair color to get the most flawless look.

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How to Achieve the Perfect Eyeliner

       
September 22nd, 2014 | Contributed by:

How to Achieve the Perfect EyelinerThe perfect eyeliner adds a beautiful, dramatic touch and draws attention up to your beautiful eyes. Getting the right techniques down can revolutionize your look for everyday and out on the town glamour.

Basic Topline

You should always start with the basics. A simple topline eyeliner look can be appropriate for everyday wear or dressed up for a night out with an intense lipstick shade or dramatic eye shadow. To get this look, first add a small amount of eyeshadow primer to the lid to keep the liner in place. Then press the outside corner of your eye to pull it tight and use the other hand to apply the liner along the upper lash line in small strokes. Use a brush or q-tip to clean up or even out any imperfections, ensuring that it will look even and natural.

Open Up Those Eyes

Women with smaller eyes, those looking to hide a lack of sleep, or those who want a wide eyed romantic look can achieve benefit from a white eyeliner. Adding white just under the brow line and smudging it lightly downward will open up the whole area and make you look more awake. Add a smudged line of white to the lower middle of your lids, just above your regular liner to make eyes look larger and rounder or add a little white to the lower inner rim of your eye to reflect a lighter color into your eye and cancel out any redness from a late night out.

Winged Eyeliner

For a more dramatic, night time look, consider winged eyeliner. To achieve this look, draw a short line sweeping up from the outer corner of each eye. Draw another line that is connected to the one you already drew that is sweeping gradually in toward your upper lash line. Then, fill in the space between these two lines and add a relatively thick top line along your lashes, narrowing as it approaches the inner corner. The larger the wing, the more dramatic the look.

Smokey Eyes

For a sexy, smokey eye look, start with an eyeshadow primer as your canvas. Then place your eyeliner along the upper lash line, getting thicker as you move toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a brush to spread the line outward and very slightly upward from the edge of the eye. This will create a soft second corner. Follow up with mascara to complete this dramatic look.

Eyeliner can completely change your look. Be sure to choose the right technique for the occasion.

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Fall 2014 Hair Trends

       
September 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall 2014 Hair TrendsAs seasons change and summer begins to edge its way into fall, hair styles ebb and flow as well. As women put away their summer shoes and get out new, warmer wardrobes, they begin to think about new hairstyles and cuts as well. There are many different trends for hair this fall. Here are just a few options for 2014.

Low Fuss Lob
The lob is a longer version of the bob and it was a large trend during the summer months, but it is continuing its popularity into the fall. Women love the lob because it is easy to style, versatile, and flattering all at the same time. It also looks flattering on many face shapes.

Rich, Dark Color
In the fall, many women want to darken their sun-streaked hair and have a more deep, rich tone. Brunette colors that have some gold and red tones are popular this fall. The two tone highlighting gives the color more vibrancy and can highlight the eyes and brighten the skin.

Cropped Cuts
Short hair is very popular among celebrities and everyday women alike. Short hair is a huge trend this fall as women are starting to see that short hair is easy to wear and flattering at the same time. For an edgy look, women can tousle pieces of hair to the front. Hair cut to ear length can still be versatile and styled in many different ways.

Waves
Instead of tight curls, voluminous waves are a 2014 trend. Waves in longer hair along with a soft side part can make hair look va va voom sexy! The style can soften facial features and give off a polished look or it can be laid back and fun.

Platinum Blonde
Blonde hair is getting lighter and lighter as the seasons progress and right now, platinum is a big color, even during the fall months. It can be tricky to choose the exact right color of blonde for each skin tone, but when it is done correctly, it can really pop.

Center Parts
Defined parts that are in the center of the scalp are a go-to look for the fall. They can be accompanied by wavy hair, straight, ponytails, you name it! The center part is easy to adapt on any type of hair.

Side Sweep Bangs
Women who have bangs or want bangs should consider longer sections that can be swept to the side. They look natural and are easy to care for and they are at a high point in the trend meter this fall.

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Get Your Home Ready for Fall

       
September 15th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Get Your Home Ready for FallFall brings forth a changing of outdoor foliage into stunning yellow, gold, and orange colors. As the world moves into the next season, your home should also make the transition. The right decorations in a home can make it cozy and inviting, while the wrong furnishings will make your fall life one of solitude.

The Kitchen

When you’ve made the decision to begin changing your home to match Mother Nature’s will, you should start with the decoration in the kitchen. Remove any remnants of summer from your cabinets, counters, and tables. Obviously, you don’t need to repaint the kitchen for a seasonal makeover, but it’s always an option.
You may also find your dining centerpiece needs to be changed. You can create a simple centerpiece by purchasing some gold and orange colored, artificial leaves. Use a glue gun to hold the pieces together in the shape of a wreath. Many people find candles, such as GloMineral’s Ambience candle, fitting in the center of the wreath.
To further enhance the kitchen’s appearance, purchase a warm-toned tablecloth. You can find fall themed tablecloths available in many stores. If you don’t want to be changing things after Halloween, it’s best to pick a cloth that doesn’t have any Halloween images or symbols on it. Fall colors will last the whole season, but the holidays change rapidly during this time of year. Purchase new golden or orange seat cushions for wooden kitchen chairs. If the chair has a bold, colored fabric covering already, such as green, purple, or blue, you should consider purchasing new chair coverings to completely tie the fall-theme together.

The Living Room

If you have an existing rug in the living room, consider swapping it with a brown, reddish, orange, or golden colored rug. This will bring guest’s attention to the living room. Make a second centerpiece, similar to the one for the kitchen table, to place on the center of the coffee table. Change current throws and pillows on the sofa to fall colors. Make this decision based upon the color of your furniture. Don’t change the color to something that is visually unappealing. Remove anything that evokes thoughts of the summer, such as sea-shells, ocean-scents, or unnecessary vacation photographs.

Bathrooms

Transforming the bathroom is easy. Change out the shower curtain and rugs with others containing fall colors. Add some of the artificial, fall foliage around the interior door frame of the bathroom. One of the most well-know fall scents is apples, and the Primal Element’s Appletini candle works excellently in bathrooms. Swap out existing towels with white or strong orange towels.

Decorating a home for the changing seasons can be overwhelming if you do not have the right tools. However, making some minor changes to the accessories in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms will bring the fall season into your home easily.

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Fall’s Hottest Shoe Trends

       
September 11th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall's Hottest Shoe TrendsWe’re not sure if the slight coolness in the air is real or wishful thinking, but either way it’s a sign that Fall is on its way. With that, it’s time start thinking about shelving all your summer sandals and look for new styles of the latest trends for Fall shoes. Here are our favorites.

Weaves
Perhaps the best fall shoe trend that we’re seeing to help you transition from the summer heat to crisp autumn cool is the weave. No, this is not the kind of weave that requires painstaking hair maintenance, but rather the woven leather shoe. While your summer sandals might have a looser woven leather with thick straps, the key to nailing this fall trend is finding the perfect weave with fine, narrow straps. From there, you can find some weaves with great geometric patterns and even highly contrasting colors. This great and breezy texture can be found on fall pumps, wedges, and flats, giving you the perfect option for any outfit.

Western Redux

While the oxford shoe has been a fall staple for many seasons, now, this fall, you can update that look by finding an oxford-style or similar lace-up shoe with classic western influences. Look for leather details that have the paisley and crescent-shaped cutouts often associated with Western style. A nice leather shoe with intricately burned patterns in the Western style could quickly become your new favorite shoe for the fall. Pair the shoe with a tailored and refined outfit or one punched up with jewel toned colors for fall, and you’ll make a perfect casual and fresh fall look.

Red
Not that a red shoe ever really goes out of style, but there’s something about putting a Marilyn-red pump on your foot that can really brighten the neutral tones and patterns typical of a fall outfit. If you’re going to be wearing any warm tweeds, rich corduroys, or autumn-hued denim from previous seasons, an easy way to make it fit with 2014 fall trends is to add a bright red pump to your look. Even if you’re trying to make those slightly faded burgundy jeans from a few years ago last one more season, pump it up with a bright red leather shoe. Not being afraid to mix those red and rosy color families will make old clothes look runway ready again.

Curvy Silhouettes
While so many shoe trends lately have been putting intense angles and hard edges on our feet, this year for fall, the trend will be shoes with curvy silhouettes. Heels that have a softer curve in the arch of the foot and a round but narrow toe will be the perfect fit for making your fall outfits on trend. Look for shoes that mix neutral tones. The result will be modernly chic but classically lady-like.

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