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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Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful

       
September 7th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful As heartbreaking as it may be, sometimes we have to say goodbye to makeup that has been hanging around in our makeup drawer for too long. It is not fun to feel like you are throwing away beautiful products, but consider it a chance to invest in something new. Maybe you have been wanting to try a new shade or formula for a while now and you finally have your chance! At some point, makeup becomes unhealthy for your skin and eyes. Knowing when your beauty products have reached their expiration date is an important piece of information that you should be aware of.

Mascara/Eyeliner
Any product that is used around your eyes is something you need to be careful with. Bacteria can find its way into your eyes and cause an infection. Mascara should be tossed after 3-4 months to prevent any eye issues.

Foundation/Concealer/Cream Makeup
To help prevent skin breakouts or irritations, throw out foundation and other liquid or cream makeup products after about one year. You can tell that foundation has expired when the liquid starts to separate. If your foundation contains sunscreen, it may not be effective after the expiration date. This is important if preventing sun damage is a concern of yours.

Lipstick/Lip Gloss

Lips can be sensitive to products so it is important to know when to throw out your old lipstick in favor of something new. Lipstick is good for about 2 years. After that, it may dry out or become unsafe to use on your pretty lips.

Powder Blush/Eyeshadow/Bronzer
Makeup that comes in powder form is considered okay to use for about 2 years. Skin irritation or reduction in quality are concerns if makeup is used beyond that time period.

There are some types of makeup products that come with printed on expiration dates and some that do not. You may want to write the date you started using the product on the lid or bottom of the bottle. If you can’t remember the date you started using your makeup product, there are some things to look for to decide if it is unsafe to use. Some ways to tell if makeup is expired are:
* It smells funny
* The makeup looks discolored
* Begins to clump, flake or dry out
* Liquid makeup starts to separate

Hopefully, these tips are helpful in cleaning out your makeup drawer. Using safe cosmetics will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy.

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Juice Your Way to Healthy Skin

       
September 5th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Juice Your Way to Healthy SkinWho doesn’t want fresh, healthier, younger looking skin? It turns out that one of the best ways to achieve and obtain that much coveted youthful glow may be as simple as having a nice refreshing drink everyday. Turns out that what we eat and drink has a huge impact on how we look, from the health of our hair, to the look and feel of our skin. We all know that proper diet, hydration and exercise are key to looking and feeling your best, but you may not know that fruit and vegetable juices can do wonders for the look and feel of your skin.

Juice Your Way to that Youthful Glow

Juicing fresh fruits, vegetables and greens has a huge wealth of well known health benefits, but it also has quite a few beauty benefits as well. These tasty concoctions are absolutely loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and other wonderful goodies. Adding these to your diet will provide a ton of benefits, from helping you lose weight, reducing toxins in your body, and even making you look healthier.

What Juices Are Best for Skin?

There are tons of different combinations of juices that not only taste great but do wonders for your skin as well. Vegetables like carrots are great choices for juicing as they are inexpensive, provide a good amount of juice and contain a ton of beta carotene with helps fight the signs of aging. It is wonderful when paired with pretty much any fresh fruit juice.

The leafy green kale is another powerful source of skin regenerating vitamins and minerals. Kale is rich in B vitamins and other essential nutrients as is also known to help fight acne. Adding a bunch of this to a fruit drink makes it barely noticeable, except in how you feel!

Lemons provide a powerful punch of flavor while also providing a powerful cleansing benefit.

Many different greens and herbs like watercress, different lettuces, parsley and so on are also great juicing additions. Beets provide a nutrient-packed sweet burst of juice as well.

Who would have thought that one of the most powerful tools we have in maintaining skin health and appearance can also be breakfast? Raw juice blends like those described will not work overnight, but boy do they work. They provide noticeable and lasting benefits for your skin, giving it a better tone, smoother appearance and more healthful glow. Why not reap the many benefits of juicing and also get that great looking skin in the process?

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The Best Jeans for Your Body Type

       
September 1st, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Best Jeans for Your Body Type Whatever your body type, there is style of jeans that is flattering on you. It’s just a matter of finding what cut and style will look the best on your body. Generally women’s bodies have been put into four categories – Pear, Apple, Hourglass, and Column. However, recently more specific categories under each of these have been introduced, so you can get fashion advice that’s even more specific to your body type.

Pear
Pear-shaped body types can come in standard pear shaped, bell, or bowling pin shapes.
Pear-shaped bodies have a wider lower half with a smaller upper half. High rise jeans will balance out your figure, while large pockets without too much detail will minimize your butt.
Bell body types have long legs and large butts. You should look for long inseams and wide leg pants. Jeans with a contoured waist and a lower rise in front will lengthen your torso.
Bodies shaped like bowling pins carry most of their weight around the thighs. Bootcut and straight leg jeans with a slightly higher rise work best.

Apple
Apple body types fall into the brick, the goblet, and the classic apple categories.
The apple shape is characterized by a wider belly with thin legs. Trouser cut jeans and skinny jeans work best to show off your thin legs.
The brick body type is muscular with broad shoulders, narrow hips, and generous thighs. Stretch fabric will go over your muscles better, while twisted seams will add curves.
The goblet shape has a well-endowed upper half and a thinner lower half. Skinny jeans will help your hips appear to balance your top half.

Hourglass
Hourglass bodies can be vase shaped, cello shaped, or hourglass shaped.
Hourglass body types have curvy butts and long legs. Wide leg pants will balance out your calves with your butt. Cuts that are bigger in the hips than the waist will prevent gap waist.
The vase shape is just slightly curvy than the hourglass shape. Most leg cuts are flattering, while a moderate rise is best around the waist.
Cello body types are very curvy with a longer waist. Wide leg jeans are best, especially with dark washes and stretch fabric.

Column
The column category can be divided into column, cornet, and lollipop.
The column shape is tall and thin with minimal curves. Skinny jeans are good and so are flared leg jeans that are fitted above the knee.
Cornet-shaped bodies are tall and thin with wider shoulders. You should look for long inseams and skinny cuts around the legs.
Lollipop body types are thin with larger breasts. Skinny jeans are a good choice and you should go with mid to low rises at the waist.

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