Smooth, glowing skin is something that we all aspire to have. Eating a healthy diet filled with wholesome foods, drinking plenty of water and following a robust skincare regime is essential for clear skin. Unfortunately, even if you’re doing everything right, the pollution and acne-causing bacteria can still cause irritation and blemishes. Luckily, following these simple hygiene tips can help you to combat these negative effects:
The Makeup industry has evolved a lot in the past few years, and standards of makeup perfection are very high. There are various makeup products available in the market, starting from eyelash curlers to highlighters, which have made makeup choice even complex.
Makeup is an art that one can learn.
But not everyone has the understanding of right makeup choices, applying techniques and makeover choices.
So, I am here with some simple makeup tricks and hacks that will make your life easier.
There is a variety of liners available in the market. Basically, liners are divided into three categories:
The pencil liner works best for the beginners because of its good grip.
However, liquid liners are more for professional use for thin, winged, sleek looks, whereas gel liners are the darkest and highly pigmented liners. I love the result of gel liners the most but gel liners are typically available in very few colours. To go crazy with different colours and texture of gel liner. I transform my coloured pencil liner into gel liner by simply introducing its tip to the flame for a few seconds. Let it cool, apply and see the change in consistency of the product in front of your eyes.
Make your Eyeshadow Shade Pop:
Many of us use primer and concealers to make our eyeshadow stay for a longer time period and to make its colour pop out. But what if you missed out your concealer? Well, don’t worry – the next hack is for you!
Do you have a white eyeliner? Yes. Great!
White eyeliner is a versatile product that can help you resolve many makeup problems. Well in this situation you can use your white eyeliner to cover your eyelid and blend a little. The opaque consistency of the white eyeliner will help sheer or less pigmented eyeshadow look more colourful on the eyelid. In addition to this, due to its high consistency it provides eyeshadow a base to stick properly. Know more about white eyeliner here.
Revive Your Eye Makeup:
Eye makeup products such as mascara or liner have a life of 6 months. But sometimes these products dry out really fast. Plumping mascara or liner tube is one of the reasons too. Well, to make them stay wet for longer, you can use a few drops of eye drops or saline solution instead of alcohol because they are friendlier to eyes. If you do not have eye drops we have another tip for you. Dip your mascara tube in a bowl filled with hot water for at least 10-15 minutes. This will also help you revive your dried mascara or liner. Find some amazing mascaras on this post.
Make your Customized Lipstick:
There are several makeup brands with numerous lipstick shades but there are times when you are not able to find perfect shade that you want or require. By using loose makeup colour pigments and Vaseline you can create your own lip colour. The benefit of this technique is you have control over the consistency of colour. Similarly, you can make tinted lip balms by replacing Vaseline with bees wax and coconut oil.
Avoid Peach Fuzz:
Always apply makeup with downward stroke because most of us have facial hairs and they usually grow downwards. Applying makeup with upward strokes will make your facial hairs standout.
Applying concealer with multiple strokes is not enough. If you apply your concealer in a triangular shape under your eyes, between your nose and cheek bones it will sculpt your face, blend well and less countering will be required. In addition to this, people who are suffering for breakouts can check concealers for covering pimples and acne scars here.
Well there are times when you fall short of makeup items and you think there is no way out. But let me tell you one tip that can save you when you do not have your liner with yourself. Take your liner brush and a mascara tube, open it and make sure that the wand contains enough product. Dab your liner brush on the wand and you are good to go.
The simplest and easiest way to have younger looking skin is staying hydrated. Our body requires water to drain out toxins from our body, which not only cleanse our body from the inside but we can also see it’s reflection inside out.
Like your lipstick’s shade but do not want to go glossy? Turn your glossy lipstick into matte. Apply your lipstick and hold a tissue paper between your lips. It will soak any excessive moisture. Now take face powder and by the help of brush, apply a thin coat of powder on your lips. Do not apply too much and you have the matte lips in the same shade that you love.
Chelsea is a makeup lover who is best at reviewing the latest makeup available online. She covers everything from eye makeup, primers, and foundation to tips and tutorials on how to use many different beauty products. She regularly blogs at MakeupbyChelsea.com
It is very difficult to define the term “beauty guru” as it is a word of the 21st century. According to UrbanDictionary, a beauty guru is a beauty teacher or any person that can teach someone about beauty. This century saw an increase in beauty idols, people we love to look up to, buy what they wear, and most importantly, people whose style dictates the new rules of fashion.
Ranging from actresses to singers and, the most recent trend, YouTubers and Instagram influencers, there certainly is a group of women whose style and look is so impeccable that we would definitely want to steal it for at least a day. So, who are the most important beauty gurus and what makes them so interesting and important?
One of the most influential and definitely most beautiful and successful Australian beauties is definitely Nicole Kidman, the human symbol of elegance and grace. Even at 50, this lady looks so perfect, and for a good reason – she takes care of her skin and is very meticulous. Yes, she has been under the knife a couple of times, but when you’re 50, that is perfectly normal. However, the condition of her skin is flawless, thanks to her tremendous love for skin care products.
According to an interview she gave for Allure, her favourite skin care product is Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Remover, as other anti-aging creams tend to be very strong for her skin type. But not only that – Nicole Kidman is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and training whenever one has the chance. This fact, and the fact that she is a proud user of a quite affordable yet good skin care line definitely makes Nicole Kidman the Australian beauty next door.
She doesn’t only have one of the most handsome and funniest husbands ever, Blake Lively is also the owner of a beauty that ancient poets wrote poems about. The Gossip Girl star was a trendsetter as Serena van der Woodsen, and interestingly, it is a title that Blake has in real life as well.
According to her own words, she doesn’t pay too much attention to skin care, even though she is a L’Oreal Paris ambassador. She doesn’t rely on professional skin care maintenance, but rather focuses on light moisturizers during the summer and hydration in winter. However, her strongest power rests in her beautiful platinum hair. For that, she gave a small tip – rubbing coconut oil at the ends before shampooing it.
Even though she was unknown to some in the first half of 2017, after her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle became a definite beauty and fashion guru. This soon-to-be-royal is a true example of the less-is-more kind of beauty (just as Kate Middleton – it seems the British Princes share the same taste in women) – she doesn’t even put foundation on her face when she’s not on set! If you want to take a peak in her bag, you’ll see oils that she uses for both body and face, face moisturizers and candy lip balms. So, if you’re following someone’s beauty tips, why not the future Duchess’s?
One of the baddest gals out there, Ruby Rose really made a brand out of herself. Regardless of preferences, both men and women fell in love with those eyes and that hairdo. Even though she started her own makeup line, it’s the attitude of Ruby Rose and her androgynous looks that make her very distinctive. Moreover, she is the owner of some of the best tattoos in showbiz, and she wears them oh-so-femininely.
Every tattoo that we put on our body has a hidden meaning, and that is this capturing mystery of Ruby Rose. Her body is home to many different tattoo styles, so if you want to be more Ruby Rose-like, you should definitely get one for yourself. Make sure to choose one that has a meaning though – for example, choosing to get great Japanese tattoos in Sydney or any other town is a step closer to achieving this and also very popular and trendy.
One of the biggest style divas of the new generations is definitely Rihanna. This gorgeous Barbadian beauty is not only a fashion guru (as everything she wears becomes an instant hit), she is also a makeup teacher and enthusiast. Thanks to Fenty Beauty, her own hit makeup line, we can be a bit more like her. However, she doesn’t owe her beauty guru title only to her makeup – she is also the advocate of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercises and a disciplined life.
It is difficult to imitate the looks and trends of celebrities but, as nothing is impossible, we can at least try. The only thing we need to know is who to look up to and what the things that make them unique are. If we can determine that, then we’ll definitely know what the things that make us unique are.
AMY MIA GOLDSMITH
From a controversial subject we only relate to celebrities under pressure, to something your mom will treat herself to on vacation, beauty procedures and plastic surgery have evolved into something that’s now a lot more accepted. You now get a whole range of choices, and can indulge in all sorts of treatments that will improve not only your beauty, but your confidence and your sense of self. To celebrate this trend of judgement-free personal choices, we present to you some of the most popular procedures around the world that you should keep an eye on in the year of 2018.
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Makeup is one of the most important things for a girl. Every girl wants to look attractive and beautiful all the times. To do so is impossible nowadays. Women have to do work both in office and at home. They have to expose their skins under the sun, and they work hard for getting the finance they need to facilitate themselves. Before some decades the trend used to be much different.
Girls used to work at home, and it was the responsibility of male to earn capital, but now the trend has changed. In today’s era male and female have to work together to move constantly with time.
This work makes a woman much busier and indulges them much in work. At this time nobody can think of makeover. The girls who are possessive towards their facial expression usually opt surgery and operation. This causes a higher finance and gives much pain.
Surgery creates an artificial look and shine which can be spotted very easily. This makes many girls curious about anyway which requires less time and gives the fairness and smooth skin they intend to have.
Every working woman is getting much older with time, but they have no solution to avoid this. But even in this difficult time nature is still very helpful and some accessories can have a potential to make us younger in no time.
1- Fairness cream
To look beautiful the most important thing is the fairness. To gain fairness, you can use a fairness cream. First of all, you must decide a natural cream with fewer chemicals and harmful material.
The face wash is a material used to give you a smooth skin. Face-wash is to be used instead of soap to wash your face. A face-wash helps you get a smooth skin by removing the unessential from your face.
Sun-screen helps you avoid the harmful rays emitted by the sun. It acts as a medium to reflect the dangerous rays such as the UV rays.
Best tube mascara can be very efficient to give you a cute look. This mascara has a very thin and dark line which can get broader according to the requirements.
A cleanser is used to clean the dirt and the spots on the skin. What it helps is to avoid the growth of pimples and dark spots.
The modern-day upgrade to lipstick is a lip-gloss. It gives a glossy look to a girl to make her look younger day by day.
It is very important to remain on a diet. A diet helps us gain a better shape of a body. With inhaling more fats not only causes our belly fat to increase but it also makes the structure of our face much wider.
Written by Jane Williams
Jane Williams is a makeup artist and stylist. She is obsessed with fashion, makeup and new makeovers. She regularly blogs at http://styledowntheaisle.net/
The living room is, as the name implies, the most important room in any home. We spend most of our free time in the living room. We watch the TV, we read books, or we merely spend time talking with our friends and loved ones.
Since we spend so much time in the living room, that means that the room has to be pretty and to have that “comfy” feel to it. Since you’re reading this right now, you’re probably not completely satisfied with your living room, so let’s see how you can change that without spending a fortune, of course.
Colors play a vital role
When it comes to renovating, not just the living room but any other room, picking the right color for the room is probably one of the most challenging decisions. However, it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it’s rather simple if you want your living room to look modern. You have these two color options – soft hues or bold and dramatic hues. Really, that’s it.
These hues will instantly add elegance and that modern feel to any room.
Bonus tip: Pick a color that goes well with the furniture you already have, unless you want to repaint the room or buy new furniture.
Throw your carpets out
It’s true that carpets can give the room that soft and fuzzy feel, but if you really want to set up a modern and pretty living room, you have to throw them out. Wall-to-wall carpeting is not popular anymore.
Solid, gleaming hardwood floors are all the rage now, and for a good reason. They look sleek, and they provide an elegant, classic appearance.
There’s one much more significant advantage of hardwood over carpeting. Hardwood lasts longer, which means it provides an excellent return on investment, which will help you save money in the long run. And of course, it’s much easier to clean hardwood than any other type of flooring.
Bonus tip: You can throw a couple of area rugs here and there to tie the room together if you have a feeling that that will work after you install hardwood flooring.
Lighting can make or break a room
Most contractors like to install standard lighting fixtures. You know, those that they’ve installed over and over again in all the homes they’ve built. But, if you want your living room to look modern, you need to avoid those fixtures.
Designer lighting fixtures are expensive, that’s for sure, but only if you buy new ones. Fortunately, you can use a couple of tricks to get that high-end look without breaking the bank. Visit your local flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand stores.
There’s a big chance that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for right there. And don’t worry about installing these unique and modern fixtures. Just call an experienced local emergency electrician, and your lighting fixtures will be installed in just a couple of minutes.
Don’t be afraid to accessorize your home
You know how people say that it’s the little things in life that make us happy? Well, that’s exactly why you shouldn’t forget to accessorize your home. Paintings, vases and even fancy ashtrays can give any room some personality.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you should just fill your room with any junk. No, not at all. Accessorize the room only with the things that matter to you. Put some family pictures in photo frames, fill a vase with water and put your favorite flowers in it. Heck, put the Mona Lisa in the room if you like it and can afford it.
At the end of the day, your living room is your safe space, and you should feel comfortable in it. Follow these tips but don’t forget to add your personal touch to it in order to make it really unique and pleasant.
Regular Contributor, Diana Smith
Before we dive into the next topic in the Writing 101 series, there is a housekeeping issues I’d like to address. I have decided that I will publish writing posts not once but twice a week. You heard correct. That is twice not once a week. These days are Monday and Friday. I am going to try my best to get one done and published on Friday which will begin this new routine. Now for this evening’s topic.
Every book (whether good or bad) has characters. It is not a book or a story with a cast of main characters and secondary characters.
As the title suggests, main characters are the ones that drive the story.
For example, Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings drive the story. The same goes for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
What should an author’s characters look like? Most characters are shaped from the author’s experiences. They are a form of who the author knows and of herself.
Developing characters that are based on yourself is totally okay too. Many authors before us have done this. I have two examples of this.
The first comes from one of my favorite childhood authors: Madeleine L’Engle. She wrote the famous Wrinkle in Time series and the Vicky Austen series.
When asked if she was like her heroines, she responded that she was both Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time and Vicky Austen.
My second example is J.K. Rowling. Rowling based the character of Hermonine a bookish young red head on herself.
Now, how does one go about forming a character? Well, it is safe to say that it is good to start perhaps with a name. Then from there start describe the person. Does she or he have blue eyes? Brown? Hazel? What hair color do they have? Where do they live?
But characters are more than just how they look. You need to make them three dimensional.
What does that mean? It means you must make your characters as real as possible. Readers must feel as if they characters they are reading about are real. Like someone they have known all their lives. Otherwise they won’t care about the story.
A while back I came across a wonderful worksheet for writing characters. A worksheet that goes beyond just giving your character a name, eye color, and hair color but it goes deeper to help you flesh them out.
I hope you find this chart helpful. Please let me know how forming your characters goes in the comments below. I’d love to hear how it goes! I am also filling out this chart for my characters in my new story.
Comment below and I will share how it is going for me as well. Stay tuned for the next installment which will be coming out on Friday. Until then, happy writing!
This is part of the Writing Series, Writing 101 with Gabrielle Emmons. The first post was “How to start a novel”.
Maturing in Prayer
“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:2-3 (NKJV)
During the first couple of years I walked with the Lord, my prayers went something like this:
“God, help me get that job.”
“Jesus, please heal my throat.”
“Lord, send enough money to pay these bills.”
“Father, take away my fear.”
It took me a while to realize that those spur-of-the-moment prayers were not accomplishing much. I guess I thought the idea was to do the best I could on my own, and then if I needed a lifeline from God, I grabbed it. The only problem was I needed a lifeline every other minute.
I loved the Scripture verse that says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NKJV). I took God at His Word and was asking, seeking and knocking on a pray-as-you-go basis. I also took to heart the verse that says, “… you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2b).
Great! I can easily remedy that, I thought, and proceeded to ask God for everything. But I still wasn’t happy, and I didn’t see the kind of answered prayer I desired.
One day as I was reading James 4:2, my eyes were opened to the next verse, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
Could it be that the “God give-me-this, do-that, wave-your-magic-wand-here, get-me-out-of-this-mess” kind of praying was not what God desired for my prayer life? In utter frustration I said, “Lord, teach me how I’m supposed to pray.”
He did exactly that!
I came to understand that prayer is not just asking for things — although that certainly is part of it. Far more importantly, prayer is talking with God. It’s getting close to and spending time with the One you love. It’s seeking Him first, getting to know Him better, being with Him and waiting in His presence.
Prayer is acknowledging Him as the source of power upon whom you can depend. It’s taking the time to say, Speak to my heart, Lord, and tell me what I need to hear. It’s partnering with Him. It’s aligning our spirits with His to see that His perfect will is done. It’s establishing ourselves and our lives as being connected to God.
We can’t receive God’s best for our lives, and we can’t push back the things that were never God’s will for us, except through prayer. We can’t leave our lives to chance. We have to pray about everything all the time, not just when things go wrong.
We have to pray over anything that concerns us, no matter how big … “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37, NKJV) … or how small … “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30, NKJV).
The Bible tells us the basic qualification for prayer: “he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6b NKJV).
The more you pray, the more you will find to pray about, and the more you’ll be led to pray for others.
Don’t allow discouragement over unanswered prayer to cause you to doubt that God heard you. If you have received Jesus and are praying in His name, then God hears you and something is happening whether you see it manifested in your life now or not. In fact, every time you pray, you’re advancing God’s purposes for you. Without prayer, the full purpose God has for you can’t happen.
Dear Lord, Help me today to draw closer to You, in my words, my thoughts and my deeds. Help me share more of my life with You, and through that, help me discover Your perfect will. In His holy Name I pray, Amen.
Stormie Omartian is one of the contributors for the new devotional, Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening. This beautiful devotional book will make a lovely gift for a special friend or loved one.
Joy for the Journey also features devotions from Lysa TerKeurst, Sheila Walsh and Beth Moore, among other bestselling women authors.
Reflect and Respond:
Looking back in your walk with Christ, how has your prayer life matured? In what ways does it still need to grow?
Have you ever had a prayer answered? Does this memory help you when facing discouragement over unanswered prayers?
Jeremiah 33:3, “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” (NKJV)
© 2014 by Stormie Omartian. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries thanks Thomas Nelson Publishers for their sponsorship of today’s devotion.
Social Media Etiquette
Facebook Do’s and Don’ts
- Ensure you set your privacy settings to maximum secuity
- Do use Facebook to connect with friends and relatives at home and overseas
- Do use Facebook as means to open communication with long lost friends and/or aquaintances
- Share information that is humorous, informative, inspiring and inclusive
- Never use Facebook as a means of cyber bullying
- always keep private information off Facebook including sensitive news such as a death in the family or a break up. Tell those concerned personally
- Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know
- Do not post controversial opinions
- Do not comment rudely on others’ status updates
- Do not post images or content that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing in a room full of strangers in real life
- Avoid posting selfies in an attempt to gain the approval of others. Excessive posting of selfies is indicative of insecurity
- Avoid posting incriminating images or content of any kind
- Avoid using Facebook as a soapbox from which to vent religious or political views or to insight racism or conflict.