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10 Motivation Ideas for Weight Loss

Find yourself losing interest in exercising and eating a healthy diet? Maybe you were gung ho for a few weeks and then your get-in-shape determination quickly faded — and you went back to your old, bad health habits.

What if instead of making mega-changes with the all-or-nothing approach to weight loss and good health, you resolve to tackle a few simple changes at a time? Studies show that the health and weight loss habits that have the best chance of lasting are the ones that call for minor, doable changes.

1. Vegatable, fruit bags. Arm yourself with healthy snacks. Take these bags to work or school. No excuses.

10 Motivation Ideas for Weight Loss

2. Weight Loss Jars. Move a stone for each pound/kg you have lost from one jar to another!


3. Eating plan. When you’re busy, it so easy to forget all about your diet . With these packed meals that cannot happen to you.


4. Daily work out plan. Great way to keep track of your progress.

daily work our

5. Workout shelf. Keep your favorite jogging shoes, work out clothes on it. Grab them and goooooo out to do some work.

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6. Weight loss journal. Use it for keeping healthy recipes, cool exercises and motivational quotes along with your goals and successes.

weight loss journal

7. Motivation wall for working out. Grab quotes, diet plans, anything and post it up to keep motivated!

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8. Work out jar. Put a dollar (or any other money) in a jar every time you work out, set a goal (like 100 dollars) then use this money to buy yourself something nice.

money work out

9. Post-it note calendar. For every day you want to practice a new habit, put up a little flag on a visible wall. Then, rip a flag off for each successful day! Count it down.

Count Down

10. Water bomb. Very creative way to get your gallon of water a day.

water bomb



12 Great Vegan Makeup Products Under $10

It’s heartbreaking that dozens of cosmetics companies still test on animals. Now that we know high-quality, affordable makeup can be made without animal testing, why do we continue to force animals to endure horrible procedures in labs (e.g., being locked up, poisoned, blinded, and even killed) for the sake of our vanity? Please read this list of vegan cruelty-free makeup products that you can find at your nearest drugstore or Target, and start stocking your makeup bag the compassionate way:

1. Use a NYX Concealer Wand for under-eye circles, blemishes, or uneven skin complexions.


2. Physicians Formula All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder is great for all-over facial applications.

Physicians Formula powder

3. Bring out those eyes with a fun Runway Eyes palette, by Milani.

(Note: Only the Designer Browns, Couture in Purples, and Backstage Basicspalettes are vegan. Other Milani vegan items are clearly marked.)

Milani Eye Shadow

4. But don’t use it without applying some eye primer from Jordana first.

Eye Primer

5. NYX has 27 beautiful shimmery shades of powder blush to choose from.

Blush6. For application, try Eco Tools—the company’s products are vegan and sustainable and can be found at your local grocery store.

Eco Tools

7. NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencils include two brushes and will save those uneven brows.


8. Who can forget about the classic $2 bottle of Wet N Wild nail polish?

Nail Polish

9. There are so many shades to choose from with Valana Minerals’ Sparkie Lips Color Sticks.

Lip Gloss

10. We love Wet N Wild for its affordability. Their Mega Glo Illuminating Powder is only $3.99! Note: numbers 345 and 347 are not vegan!


11. And of course, mascara pulls every look together, so try this:

wet-n-wild mega volume mascara

12. The best liquid liner EVER (from NYX):

Eye Liner


What You Should Eat Depends on Your Blood Type.

Do you think knowing your blood type is only important in the event of a transfusion? Think again! Research indicates that your blood type is a key genetic factor that influences many areas of health and well-being.

Throughout your life, you’ve probably observed that some people tend to lose weight more easily, while for others, their weight is an ongoing battle. Or wondered why some people are plagued by chronic illness while others stay healthy and vital well into their advanced years. Very simply, the answer is in your blood type.

According to the blood-type diet, there are 4 blood types:

  • Type O – the oldest blood type
  • Type A – agrarian
  • Type B – nomadic
  • Type AB – modern

How your blood type determines your diet  and predicts your susceptibility for certain diseases.

Research has found that individuals of certain blood types may be at a higher risk for certain diseases; studies have found that people with blood type O have a lower risk for heart disease, but a higher risk for developing stomach ulcers. People who are blood type A have higher risks of microbial infections, but Type A women experience a higher rate of fertility. Other research has found that people with type AB and B blood have a much higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

People of different blood types react differently to stress. 

Type A people naturally have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bodies and produce more in response to stressful situations. On the other hand, people with type O blood, have a ‘fight or flight’ reaction to stress which results in the overproduction of adrenaline. It takes type O’s longer to recover from stress because it is more difficult for them to clear the adrenaline from their bodies.



What to eat: A high-protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy. D’Adamo also recommends various supplements to help with tummy troubles and other issues he says people with type O tend to have. Eat kelp, seafood and (in moderation) salt, which lowers your levels of iodine, giving you optimal thyroid function.

What to Avoid: You might have difficulty digesting dairy, eggs and gluten, and should avoid wheat germ and wheat products like bread. Beans and legumes should also be avoided when possible, since they mess with your digestion and can wear you out or make you retain fluids. Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and mustard greens should be nixed because they inhibit thyroid function.

Character Traits: Focused, leader, energetic

Your Personality: You’re known for your leadership skills, extroversion, energy and focus. You consider yourself responsible, decisive, organized, objective, rule-conscious and practical. (Probably because you are.) But if you ever cheat on your diet, stop exercising or slip into a negative mindset (even boredom), watch out. You become angry, hyperactive or even manic.


What to Eat: Fill your plate with fruits like berries, figs, plums, apples, avocados, pears and peaches. Choose veggies like broccoli, artichokes, carrots, greens and garlic. Fish and poultry should be limited since type As produce fewer meat-digesting enzymes, which is why they have such a hard time digesting red meat. To get protein, rely on plant protein from nuts (like nut butters), seeds, beans and soy. Since your body can easily break down and get optimal nutrition from grains, carbs and proteins, cereal, breads and pastas should be staples of your diet.  Type A blood has a sensitive immune system.

What to Avoid: To balance cortisol levels (you may have high levels, which can lead to OCD, disrupted sleep, muscle loss, fat gain and insulin resistance) limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol and don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Stressful elements like extreme weather conditions, loud noise, overwork and violent TV and movies should also be avoided.

Character Traits: Hardworking, responsible, calm

Your Personality: When everyone else is panicking, you keep it cool. You’re responsible, hardworking, detail oriented and extremely organized. But you also have a classic “type A” personality—stressed and conscientious, craving success and perfection. You’re the most artistic of the blood types (and even a bit sensitive).


What to Eat: Fill up on leafy greens and vegetables, and fruits like bananas, grapes, plums and pineapple. Modern Bs should rely on lean red meat (like lamb, venison and beef) and fish, and choose turkey over chicken. Because of a sugar present in milk, Bs should work dairy like yogurt, cheese and milk into their diet each day.

What to Avoid: Take it easy on grains and avoid corn, buckwheat, rye and wheat since they can alter your ability to metabolize. (Same goes for nuts and seeds, so avoid peanuts, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.)

Character Traits: Individualistic, relaxed, unconventional

Your Personality: You throw yourself into projects you love, always sticking to your goal, even when it’s against the odds. Since you follow your own rules, you’re not the most cooperative of the blood types. And because you pay attention to your thoughts more than your feelings, you can sometimes come off as cold.


What to Eat: Type AB is the newest blood type and is the rarest, found in less than 5% of the population. Since ABers share traits with As and Bs, they’re able to digest a wide range of foods. However, they have type B’s adaption to meats, but A’s low stomach acid, which means meat often gets stored as fat. An AB’s staples should be veggies, seafood and turkey. Red meat should be eaten sparingly. ABs, like Bs, thrive on dairy and can process eggs particularly efficiently.

Weak immune system? Try a vegetable-rich diet with a variety of carbohydrates. Snack on fresh fruits like cherries, grapes, watermelon and figs. (But thanks to your alkaline stomach, you might have a hard time digesting acidic foods like oranges.) Certain kinds of seafood, like mahi-mahi, red snapper, salmon, sardines and tuna, are optimal.

What to Avoid: Enjoy carbs in moderation, but bypass corn and buckwheat, which are difficult for ABs to digest. Avoid all smoked and cured meats as well as chicken, veal, beef, pork or shellfish. Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol, especially when you’re stressed.

Character Traits: Difficult to read, trustworthy, volatile

Your Personality: You have traits from both ends of the spectrum, making you hard to pigeonhole. You are passionate in your convictions, but you also want to be liked by others and this can create conflicts. You don’t mind doing favors or helping out, as long as its on your own conditions. You may have a special interest in art and metaphysics.



6 super-weird beauty tricks that work wonders

When you have been backstage at enough red carpet affairs and fashion shows, nothing surprises any longer. Putting cellulite cream on the face? But naturally! Getting into a bubble bath after making up your face for a party? Of course! Using Pepto-Bismol as a face mask? Duh! Here are some of the staple beauty shortcuts that I have personally seen in operation over and over again. And each one of them delivers fab results!

Get steamy to set your makeup

It sounds counterintuitive but almost every celeb I have met swears by the ritual of applying makeup and then stepping into a hot bath for 10 minutes (no bathtub? Stand near a hot shower!). The steam sets makeup, while the mega-dose of moisture makes skin look plump, fresh and dewy.

Dodge a double chin

Want to get rid of a pudgy chin in a jiffy? Rub a caffeine-rich cellulite cream along the entire jawline. How does it work? Caffeine, being a diuretic, will suck out all excess fluids and reduce puffiness. The effect will only be noticeable for three or four hours but that’s long enough to parade around a party or get through a hot date. Just make sure this stuff goes nowhere near your eyes!

A Pepto-Bismol facial

A tablespoon of the anti-acid Pepto-Bismol (or Gelusil or Digene) not only takes care of your insides before an anxiety-provoking event, it can also save skin. That’s because it contains bismuth subsalicylate – an antibacterial active agent that’s very similar to salicylic acid. So, smooth on some Pepto-Bismol onto your face, let it dry for 20 minutes, then rinse with plain water to help tighten skin, shrink pores and dry out zits. However, it  dries out the skin so use occasionally and not a substitute for a daily acne regimen!

Erase the acne

Have you noticed that celebs never look cakey on the red carpet? That’s not because they always have perfect skin – it’s just that they know how to banish even the reddest zit instantly. Instead of piling on concealer, they dab the spots with nasal spray and Visine (Clear Eyes and All Clear work just as well) eye drops. These contain vasoconstrictors, which shrink blood vessels, thereby taking away the redness and bringing down inflammation – the effect is akin to that of a topical steroid.

De-bloat with apple cider vinegar

Feeling like a bloated mess and nothing fits? Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with half a glass of water and drink up! Within 30 minutes, the vinegar’s enzymes will slow down your gastric juice production and start flushing away the bloat.

Lash booster

Forget all those controversy-laden lash boosting concoctions – simply dab a bit of flax seed oil on your lash line every night. Flax seeds contain Omega-3, -6, and -9, along with B vitamins and lecithin to repair lash damage and stimulate their growth.



You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore?  Yeah,those.  Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips.


Why?  Because:

  1. I’m obsessed with beauty products
  2. I’m obsessed with cheap
  3. Homemade {mostly} = cheap.  Mostly.

Ready?  Ready.

Pore Strips Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Milk {any kind}

Dudes, 2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic.  What’s not to love?

pore strips

  1. Measure 1 Tablespoon of Knox Unflavored Gelatin – 8 oz unflavored gelatin into a disposable container {if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble}
  2. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatin
  3. Until it looks like this
  4. Mix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency.  Add more milk if you’re uncomfortable with the amount of chunk.

Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds.  It will get creamier in the microwave.  Stir that around and start applying it IMMEDIATELY to your face.  This stuff hardens up fast so you’ve got to act fast.

pre-pore strip

This is pre-pore strip.  Wash your face before you apply.pore strip

You can put it wherever your little heart desires.  You need to act fast though, because this stuff turns to gelatin pronto.  I know I’ve said that three times already, but I really mean it.

homemade facial

Let it dry for about 15+ minutes.  I waited longer, but you’ll know it’s time when you can’t talk for fear of breaking something.

pore strips

Grab whatever you can and start peeling.  This is the gross/fun part.


It’s a good thing you can’t see the photo all that well.  Do this until you’re all peeled and your face will feel like a baby’s bottom.

Clean, practically hairless, with clean, dirt-free pores.


23 Effective Home Remedies to Get Rid of Hangnails

Are you annoyed of those itsy-bitsy pieces of the skin that appears on the sides of your nails? These are the hangnails that occur when the skin around your nail beds peels off. They often cause pain, and there is a risk of infection if left uncovered. Many a times, it is also accompanied by the red coloration of skin, pus, or swelling. Hangnails are caused due to improper care of hands and feet, biting habits, use of detergents and synthetic soaps as they cause skin allergies. Deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals, like folic acid and vitamin C and having a dry skin (as it peels off easily) can also be some of the common causes of hangnails. The symptoms of hangnails can be easily identified. Swelling, intense pain and build up of yellowish-greenish tint around the cuticle area. Here are some effective home remedies to get rid of hangnails that you can use in your daily life.



1. Vitamin E Oil

It is one of the most efficient and reliable home remedies to cure hangnails. It moistens the nail beds and cures damaged skin. All you need to do is simply apply pure vitamin E oil directly onto the affected area and leave it on for some time until it is completely absorbed. Reapply this oil for a couple of times in a day till it is fully healed.

  • Moreover, you may combine it with oils, such as castor, olive, or jojoba oil.

2. Honey

The easiest way to get rid of hangnails is to keep your nail beds moisturized. Being one of the natural humectants, it attracts and preserves moisture. In addition to this, it has varied number of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that helps fight the infection and simultaneously, reduces inflammation. Apply raw honey to the problematic area and let it on for a couple of hours. It will soften the cuticles. Repeat this every day to prevent hangnails.

3. Avocado

Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamin E, and various other nutrients that are useful in keeping your skin nourished. Like honey, it also acts as humectants for your skin. Dig out the pulp of ½ an avocado and mash it using a fork. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the mashed paste. Now, apply this prepared moisturizer on your nails and leave it on overnight. Rinse it when you wake up in the morning. Repeat the process on a daily basis or 3 to 4 times a week.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt can cure inflamed and painful hangnails effectually. It is rich in probiotics that have numerous anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, it also works as a fine moisturizer. Dab plain yogurt onto the affected site and leave it on for a couple of hours. After some time, wash it off. Carry out this process on a daily basis, until you completely get rid of hangnails.

5. White Clay

White clay works best for sensitive as well as dry skin, it provides certain minerals to heal the skin so as to prevent hangnails. Combine one teaspoon each of olive oil and white clay, and add three drops of lavender oil to make a soft paste. Massage this prepared paste onto your nail beds. Let it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, and subsequently rinse it off. Repeat the process for at least thrice a week.

6. Almond Hand Mask

Almonds have high vitamin E content that are beneficial for healing hangnails. Also, they also have essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation and swelling. Soak some almonds in water all night. Next morning, peel off the skin of the almonds and grind it. Mix 1 beaten egg yolk, a little honey and crushed almonds. Before you go for sleep, apply the prepared mixture onto your hands as well as on your nails and cover them using cotton gloves. Leave it on for the whole night and wash it off the next day. Carry out this for a few times in a week repeatedly.

7. Epsom Salt

Another highly beneficial remedy for curing infected hangnails is – Epsom salt. It removes harmful toxins and decreases inflammation and swelling. Combine 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt in 1 cup filled with warm water. Immerse your affected nail in the prepared solution for about 15 minutes. Let it dry and subsequently apply an antibacterial ointment, and cover it with a bandage. Repeat the same process for 3 to 4 times a day regularly for a few days, until the infection is completely cured.

8. Beeswax Balm

Beeswax not only softens your skin, but it also strengthens your nails. When mixed with oil, a protective and soothing layer is formed on the skin, avoiding it from tearing. Combine 2 teaspoons each of almond oil, coconut oil, and olive oil, three tablespoons of beeswax, and three teaspoons of honey. Heat the mixture in a double boiler or a microwave. Allow it to cool down and add a few drops of essential oils, like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, or plantain oil. Apply the prepared moisturizer on your cuticles and nails and leave it on for the whole night. Repeat the same process every day.

9. Oatmeal Scrub

Prepare an exfoliating oatmeal scrub that reduces the rough, dry, and dead skin layer of the hands as well as around the nails. Crush one cup of rolled oats in a blender, and then empty it into a shallow bowl. Put your hands in the bowl, and massage between your palms and along the backs of your hands, as well as around the cuticle site. After some time, wash it off and dry your hands. Apply any moisturizing cream onto the affected area.

10. Emollient Cream

Massage the area affected by hangnail using an emollient cream and cover it with a plastic wrap. Leave it on for the night as the plastic will keep it moisturized.

11. Salt water

Fill a bowl with one cup of water and add 1 tbsp of salt in it. Dip your fingernails in the solution after every one hour to prevent any infection.

12. Water and Oil Soak

Fill one pint of warm water in a shallow bowl and add a little amount of body oil into the bowl. Immerse your fingertips in it for 10-15 minutes. Then wash your hands and pat dry. Cut off the softened hangnails, and massage the area around the cuticles using a moisturizing cream. Alternatively, you can also add some lemon drops.

13. Alum

Mix alum into any moisturizer or soothing cream and apply it on the peeled off area of hangnails.

14. Turmeric

Use turmeric to minimize any chances of infection. Heat some amount of turmeric in mustard oil. Apply this hot mixture to the nail edges and leave it on for about an hour. For quick results, leave the paste for the whole night while covering it with a bandage.

  • Additionally, you may also drink hot water or hot milk with some turmeric once a day.

15. Petroleum Jelly

The moisturizing properties of petroleum jelly treat the hangnails effectively. Mix a tsp of petroleum jelly and half tsp of sesame oil. Rub this on your nails before you hit the hay. Wash off in the morning. Do this on the regular basis to cure those painful hangnails.


16. Herbal Cuticle Softener

This herbal remedy moisturizes and softens your nail beds. Just mix two drops each of eucalyptus oil and jojoba oil, one drop of tea tree oil and two tablespoons of warm olive oil. Massage this cuticle softener onto your cuticles and nails and leave it on during the night.

  • Alternatively, heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a double boiler or microwave. Add one tablespoon of cocoa butter or coconut oil and glycerin. Heat this mixture once again. Then add 2 or 3 drops of an essential oil like lavender oil or eucalyptus. Now, immerse your hands in warm water for a couple of minutes prior applying this softener. Repeat the process on a daily basis till the problem is completely resolved.

17. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has healing, soothing, and moisturizing properties that are useful for healing hangnails. When mixed with turmeric powder, it will help treat hangnails as both the ingredients have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Mix some amount of turmeric powder with one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and subsequently apply it to the concerned region. Let it on for a minimum of 30 minutes and then, wash it off. Repeat the process every day for some days.

  • Alternatively, you can also use fresh, juicy aloe vera gel took out from an aloe leaf.  Just apply it on your hangnails and leave it on for a maximum period as possible. Use it on a daily basis to cure hangnails quickly.

18. Echinacea and Garlic

Garlic is one of the most powerful antibiotics that are used to heal or prevent many infections. Mix it with any antiseptic herb, like Echinacea, for a quick result. Mash some garlic and extract the juice. Add some tincture of Echinacea into it. Dip a scissor into the prepared mixture and clean it. Now, remove the hangnails with the scissors.

19. Goldenseal

To prevent bleeding and chances of infection, you may use this antibiotic herb. It stops the bleeding and kills any further chances of bacterial infection. Take extracts of goldenseal and spread it on the hangnails. Cover the area using gauze. Wash with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.

20. Calendula

It is one of the most popular herbs that have varied number of healing qualities. It serves to cure injuries, dry skin as well as wounds. To prepare a mixture, take some calendula blossoms and combine it with thrice the amount of any essential oil or almond oil. Store this mixture in a place away from sunlight for about 15 days and shake it well occasionally. Twist the mixture and apply it.

  • As an alternative, you can also prepare a cleanser by taking a cup full of calendula tea and mix it with aloe vera gel. Massage it into the skin.

21. White Cedar

This herb contains thujone, which prevents nails from getting brittle. It is available in the form of capsules and tincture.

22. Lavender

Oil produced from lavender has numerous antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Add 4-6 drops of lavender oil in one cup of water and spray it onto the dry area around the nail. Carry out the same process throughout the day. You can also make a toner by mixing lavender and chamomile oil.

23. Olive

Take 2 cups of lukewarm water and add some olive herbs to it. Now, add two tablespoons of olive oil. Dip your fingers in the prepared mixture and repeat it 5 to 6 times a day.


  • Make use of nail scissors to clip off the hangnail carefully.
  • Use cotton or vinyl gloves while washing dishes or using any detergent.
  • Keep your nail beds moisturized as often as required.
  • Get manicures regularly.
  • Eat foods that are enriched with calcium, vitamin B, and iron.
  • Apply transparent nail paint to seal the torn out edges of the skin.
  • Use only good quality products on your nails.
  • Cut down the use of toxic chemicals in the nail makeup and treatments.
  • Massage hangnails with lukewarm oil.


  • Don’t bite or pull off your hangnails.
  • Avoid cutting your cuticles.
  • Avoid overworking in water, as it causes dryness.
  • Steer clear of using synthetic detergents.


6 Tricks for Flawless Foundation

Foundation is without a doubt the most anxiety-inducing product in our makeup bags. Unlike, say, eyeliner, where you have a bit of wiggle room (it’s not smudged, it’s smoky), when foundation is done wrong, there’s no hiding the mistake. (No wonder all those much more approachable BB creams have become so popular!)

According to a new study commissioned by Make Up For Ever through the research firm The NPD Group, a whopping 73 percent of women admit that finding the right foundation is a challenge. Despite the rows and rows of foundation shades that line shelves at stores like Sephora (or maybe because of it), 54 percent of women say finding their color match is their number one issue, and 62 percent have problems applying foundation correctly.

To help remedy this confusion, Make Up For Ever is kicking off their Foundation Nation campaign with more than 100 events at Sephora stores across the U.S. and Canada from September 20th to October 5th. During the events, the brand’s professional makeup artists will offer one-on-one consultations to “diagnose” clients’ biggest foundation issue and teach them how to solve it by using the correct techniques and products.

The brand is also working with celebrity makeup artist Troy Jensen, whose clients include celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kim Kardashian, to spread the gospel of flawless foundation. At an event for editors, Jensen dropped so much foundation knowledge that even we (who have written about 5,000 articles on the topic over the course of a lifetime) learned a few surprising tricks.

1. Use a brush.
Fifty-two percent of women don’t use a tool to apply their foundation, but most makeup artists, including Jensen, insist that using brush is a must for an even, flawless finish. Jensen uses a brush with a domed head—Make Up For Ever’s 152 Brush ($37, sephora.com)—to buff foundation into the skin with light, circular motions. This technique also lets you use less product and build coverage, since it’s easier to add more foundation than to take off excess.

2. Mix and match formulas.
When Jensen’s celebrity clients step out for appearances, “I need their foundation to last for 10 to 12 hours,” he says. “The formula is really important.” Instead of loading up the face with powder, which can look chalky, Jensen uses a mattifying foundation, such as Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + ($36, sephora.com) on oilier areas in the T-zone, and a dewier formula around the perimeter of the face.

3. Prevent creasing.
There’s no magic formula that won’t crease in fine lines, but there are techniques you can use to minimize creasing. “If my client is wearing eye cream, I’ll blot off the eye cream with a tissue because the more emollient the skin, the more likely that the foundation will crease,” Jensen explains. For lines around the mouth, after applying foundation, “I’ll go with a fine brush and I’ll just remove it from those lines.”

4. Color correct deeper skin tones.
Jensen says that brown skin often needs to be prepped with an orange color corrector to counteract dark purplish tones around the mouth and under the eyes. Try MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish Skin Corrector in Pure Orange ($13, maccosmetics.com).

5. Apply foundation everywhere. No, really. Everywhere.
Seriously, it’s not just for your face. You probably already know to blend foundation past your jawline and onto the neck, but if your décolletage is showing, you’ll want to blend the color there too. Plus, don’t forget the ears! Fair-skinned complexions in particular are susceptible to redness on the ears. For Jensen’s clients who like to fake a tan with their foundation — he refers to them as “dipped” — he applies color to their legs and arms, too. (You don’t have to do this as long as your foundation is a general match for your complexion).

Also, be sure to blend a light layer of foundation over your eyelids and lips. This will help your eye shadow and lipstick shades go on truer to their shades.

6. Use highlighter before foundation.
We’ve always whipped out the YSL Touche Eclat after applying foundation, but Jensen reverses the order. “I like the glow to look more natural, from within,” he says. “With full coverage foundation, it can tend to look a little dull or matte as the day progresses. Having the highlighter underneath gives that glow.” We’re so trying this tomorrow.



Toxins Be Gone: How To Give Yourself A Beauty Detox

“Detox” is a word you hear a lot lately, with juice cleanses and all manner of services and classes aimed at ridding your body of toxins and what not. Detoxifying is great for your body, specifically your beauty routine. Because your hair, skin and nails take a beating with all those products and processes. In short, lady: you might just need a detox of your own.

Since summer is the easiest time to do a full-on detox (a slower schedule and some vacation time gives you the perfect opportunity,) we called on some of our favorite experts to help you expel those bad-for-you items and leave you with a gorgeous glow. Prepare to hit “reset” on your beauty regimen!

The Expert: Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Facialist and Founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection

“I always recommend that clients keep their skin clear and detoxed by what they eat and drink. A green juice a day definitely keeps the skin clean and glowing.

Eating healthy is obviously good for many things, but if you want glowing skin, it’s more important to have a good diet than you might think. I find that the best skin diet is one that involves eating veggies of different colors for every meal and sipping a green juice every day. There is really no substitute and it works for everyone!

If I have a client who doesn’t eat salad or drink green juices, I direct them to Whole Foods to buy liquid chlorophyll. It tastes like mint, and it oxygenates and cleans the skin. You’ll see a huge difference in your skin in a matter of days.

You can also try making a detox facial mask at home by mixing one mashed ruby red grapefruit with cooled, cooked oatmeal and a cup of milk. This treatment is loaded with anti-oxidants, and the grapefruit helps purge toxins to stimulate skin renewal while the oatmeal, which is packed with vital minerals, helps replenish skin and calm inflammation The milk is dual purpose: the lactic acid exfoliates AND it soothes.”

The Expert: Corey Powell, Colorist at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles
“Hair toxicity starts with the elements like smog and air pollution, but water makes a big difference. Your shower has plenty of chlorine in it, and that’s not great for your hair. Styling products and certain shampoos can leave behind toxins in the hair and scalp. Also, if you have a poor diet (lots of fried foods, not enough vegetables or water) or if you’re on medications (like thyroid meds,) it can add to toxicity in the body, which most definitely affects the hair.

You can tell your hair is toxic because it lacks elasticity: it’s brittle, lacks flexibility, and just doesn’t bend as easily (or at all.) Other signs are lack of shine/dullness, lots of flyways and just general lack of softness and manageability.

In order to detox your hair, you’ll want to remove the residues and toxins that are causing distress. There are certain shampoos that are great for that, like Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo. Also, if you want to go the natural route, create a detoxifying hair treatment at home by mixing equal parts lemon and aloe vera and smooth it on your hair before you shampoo. It helps to alkalize your hair, to reset it.

Also, oil treatments once a week are absolutely vital; they help force toxins out of your hair and replace it with nourishment. Just remember, you need to actually open the cuticle so the hair can receive the nutrients your placing on the strands, so work it in with a boar-bristle brush. Then just use the aloe vera and lemon mixture to remove the oil treatment and you’ve got a full hair detox that really works wonders.”

The Expert: Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of the NYC-based nail salon and boutique, tenoverten.

“It is very important to pay attention to the ingredients in your nail polish. The three most dangerous chemicals are Formaldehyde, DBP and Toulene, all of which can have a dangerous effect. Formaldehyde is linked to cancer, DBP is unsafe for pregnant women, and Toulene can affect the central nervous system. It’s not worth exposing yourself to these toxins for the perfect manicure, especially since there are amazing products that have stripped these ingredients (“3-free”) all of which can still result in a long-lasting manicure. We take it a step further and are “5-free,” removing formaldehyde, resin and camphor as well.

The most important product in your nail care steps is the base coat since that sits directly on the nail, seeping into the nail bed skin. tenoverten’s The Foundation is a base coat that is 5-free and strengthening at the same time.

Many people come into tenoverten nail salons to detox from all of the gel manicure options out there. Some are worse than others, but many over time experience bad, long-term affects on their nail health. The good news is it can be reversed with good nail care habits. Be sure to have gels removed by a professional so that the process poses the least threat of damage possible to your nails. If removed incorrectly, gels can cause deep ridges in your nails. Secondly, give your nails a breather after removing gels so they can get oxygen. Nails also need air, so avoid putting anything on the nail for at least a week after removing gels. Then just be sure to use a 5-free base coat to use at home and when visiting your local salon. When choosing polish colors make sure they are at least 3-free.

Another tip is that nail hardeners and neon polish colors often use formaldehyde, so avoid those products when possible. RGB makes an amazing soy-based remover that’s much better for your nail health than using acetone remover. Once you realize that you aren’t compromising the quality of your manicure by extracting these chemicals from the process, I promise you’ll never look back.”

The Expert: Mimi Chen, yoga instructor at Jivamukti Yoga NYC
“There’s never really one definition of toxicity. How I’ve come to understand toxicity is as a stagnation in the body, rooted in a digestive fire that isn’t working properly: the digestive system is sluggish, we’re not moving enough, etc. It manifests as a whole host of disorders and can exhibit in a multitude of different ways, from physical to psychological and anything in between. The process of yoga helps us free ourselves from that stagnation into a healthier, cleaner state by movement.

Ultimately, toxicity starts with a combination of emotions and actions. You may be eating poorly, which creates a physically irritated state, but the reasons behind why you’re eating that way are due to a toxicity of your emotions; you’re out of homeostasis. You have to settle on the root causes of both before the “toxins” can be removed.

Part of looking and feeling good is about avoiding toxic things, so while eating well is vital to the health of the skin and the body, you’ll want to consider removing other harmful things from your life: negative thoughts and people, watching upsetting movies or tv right before bed, taking in harmful energy from the people around you. These things are just as toxic and can cause harm. Otherwise, you’re just going to the mat and doing physical movement without it helping you on a deeper level.

Yoga is an amazing way to wring the body out through movement and sweat, helping to balance the body and mind as well as remove harmful items from the body. If you ask any yoga instructor, they’ll tell you that the best ways to release toxins is through seated twists (Seated Spinal Twists, Side Crow) and standing twists (like Eagle pose.) These are all important because they stoke the digestive fire and compress the midsection, so it helps to literally “squeeze you out.” I’d also add seated forward folds, where you’re reaching for your toes and lengthening the spine, like in Cobbler’s pose, and inversions. Going upside down really shakes things up and helps to purify the mind and body.”

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6 Home Remedies For Under Eye Dark Circles

There was a time when I loathed waking up in the morning because I would have to look into the mirror and see those dark circles staring back at me. But when I got to know about some simple remedies that can help cure the condition, my joy knew no bounds. If you too are one of the many individuals being tormented by dark circles, this post will definitely help you.

Causes Of Dark Circles

Getting dark circles under the eyes has become a common phenomenon today. Look around, and a majority of the people you see have dark circles marring their otherwise natural beauty.

There are a number of factors that cause dark circles. These include excessive stress, inadequate sleep, lack of proper diet and intake of water, prolonged illness, and continuous exposure to computers.

Worry not, there are several home remedies for dark circles. And the best of those is what we are going to talk about.

remedies for dark circles

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes?

Here are a few effective home remedies for under eye dark circles.

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Almond Oil
  3. Orange Juice
  4. Grated Potatoes
  5. Tea Bags
  6. Cucumber
  7. Mint Leaves
  8. Cold Milk

1. Tomatoes

What You Need

  • 1 teaspoon tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the tomato juice with lemon juice and apply this mixture on the affected area.
  2. Let it stay for 10 minutes, and wash off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Repeat twice a day, and follow it for about two to three weeks.

Why This Works

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a phytochemical that is beneficial for skin (1). Lycopene has also been found to protect the skin from damage.

2. Almond Oil

What You Need

  • A few drops of sweet almond oil 

Note: Almond oil comes in two types – bitter and sweet. Bitter almond oil is used in aromatherapy, and must not be used on skin or taken orally.

What You Need To Do

  1. Apply a little amount of almond oil on your dark circles and gently massage it into the skin.
  2. Leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning.

When You Need To Do This

Do this every night, before going to bed, till you see the dark circles disappear.

Why This Works

Almonds are an extremely good source of vitamin E. The oil can be used as an emollient, as it has properties to make the skin soft and supple.

3. Orange Juice

What You Need

  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • A few drops of glycerin

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the orange juice and glycerin, and apply this mixture on the dark circles.
  2. Let the mixture stay on for 10 minutes, after which you can wash it off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Do this every morning. You can repeat it thrice a week.

Why This Works

Orange is a rich source of vitamin C, a nutrient that is known to conceal dark coloration.

4. Grated Potatoes

What You Need

  • 1 raw potato

What You Need To Do

  1. Grate the raw potato and extract the juice from it.
  2. Soak two cotton balls in the juice.
  3. Place the cotton balls on the dark circles, ensuring that they cover the affected area entirely.
  4. Leave the cotton balls undisturbed for 10 minutes, and then remove and wash your eyes with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Twice a day regularly for two to three weeks.

Why This Works  

Potatoes contain enzymes, starch, and vitamin C – all of which nourish the skin around the eyes and help treat dark circles.

5. Tea Bags

What You Need

  • 2 green tea bags

What You Need To Do

  1. Dip the tea bags in water and place them in the refrigerator for a while.
  2. Remove the tea bags from the fridge and place them over your eyes for about 15 minutes, after which you can wash your face.
  3. Your eyes will feel refreshed.

When You Need To Do This

Do this daily till you notice considerable improvement.

Why This Works

Dark circles are caused due to the dilation of blood vessels under the eyes. Green tea helps in reducing this dilation, thereby curing dark circles. Also, tea contains tannins that have astringent properties – they constrict the blood vessels and capillaries under the eyes, and help reduce dark circles .

6. Cucumber

What You Need

  • 1 fresh cucumber

What You Need To Do

  1. Cut the cucumber into thick slices and place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Take two slices out of the fridge and place each of them on the eyes, ensuring they completely cover the affected area.
  3. Leave them undisturbed for 10 minutes, and then wash your eyes with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Twice a day for about a week.

Why This Works

Cucumber contains a number of antioxidants (like vitexin, orientin, and cucurbitacins) that help treat under eye dark circles.



Beat the ‘lurgy’ by giving your skin a healthy glow this week with our egg white & honey face mask.

With our skin and bodies prone to this season’s autumnal germs, we’re doing everything we can to help our skin fiend for itself, whilst holding onto that summer glow.

All you need to make this egg white & honey face mask is:
– One egg (egg white only)
– One tablespoon of honey


Crack the egg white of an egg into a bowl and pour in a tablespoon of honey, before mixing together. Once both ingredients are combined, tie hair back and lather the face mask onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the face mask on until it begins to tighten and then rinse away with water. Your pores should feel tightened and skin should be deeply cleansed.

Now we know that egg whites aren’t the most appealing ingredient to lather onto our faces, but do you know the benefits of them? Not only are they a great source of protein for our bodies, egg whites also help to tighten pores and prevent an accumulation of dirt, which causes blackheads and acne breakouts. By removing exces oil, they’re also proven to improve skin tone, especially dryness, leaving skin with a healthy, desirable glow.

The honey is also beneficial in a face mask, as it is a natural antibacterial that helps to sooth and moisturise skin, whilst softening the face for a smooth, flawless finish like no other cosmetic can do.

We adore indulging in face masks this time of year, especially this egg white & honey face mask, as it helps our skin to adapt to the seasonal changes. Which face masks do you like to pamper yourself with during the autumnal months?