6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Looks

Nowadays everyone seems to seek natural ingredients in all that is part of one’s routine. The same goes for cosmetics. Beauty industry is well aware of the fact that everyone seems to be going green and numerous organic makeup brands have sprung up. Organic products indeed possess numerous advantages over the regular ones and are a great way to use natural ingredients in order to make the most of one’s looks. Moreover, some people choose a beauty routine that does not necessarily include products of extorting prizes, but those ingredients that can be found in almost all drugstores and supermarkets and do not cost that much. Whatever the choice, going green and organic is certainly the right way to go when it comes to taking care of one’s body and looks.

1. Taking good care of one’s skin is paramount for ensuring that its health is preserved. There are different skin types, which should be taken into consideration when deciding upon the proper product so as to get the most out of it. Yet the general process is similar for all types and includes exfoliation, cleansing and moisturizing. There are some great natural exfoliators that can be made at home, such as sugar scrub. As far as cleansing is concerned, there are various good oils that come in handy. Natural ingredients can also be used for moisturizing, such as coconut oil or shea butter.

2. When it comes to skin, the face is indeed very tricky, but there are some excellent natural face masks that can be used. 100% Pure’s line of face masks and scrubs is a great way to rejuvenate one’s skin and ensure that it preserves its natural softness and glow. You can check out their guide on how to take care of your skin and hair after the cold winter months behind us. Not only do these products possess immense nourishing properties, but they also treat the skin in such a manner that any irritation, dehydration and stripping are avoided.

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3. It is also important to ensure that good makeup brands are used. There are some great green makeup brands that can be used safely. Their products range from mascaras, lipsticks, eye shadows all the way to foundations that correspond to various skin types.

4. Healthy hair is also very important for our well-being. One of the most famous homemade hair products is the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. Mixing these ingredients will create a great product for washing one’s hair, which is done less often than when you use shampoos. This just shows how effective and good natural ingredients are for our body.

5. As far as nail polish is concerned, there are also numerous ways to avoid using products that are bad both for skin and nails. Many companies have created products that are used as a foundation and are applied as a base coat to go underneath the nail varnish so as to ensure that the nails remain healthy and strong.

6. Proper lip care should also be stressed. Particularly during cold winter days or those excessively warm ones in the summer, lips should be protected against any possible damage. There are some good products that can be used for moisturizing and exfoliation. Some of them include specially designed lip balms, lipsticks and even the best electric toothbrush, which are used as exfoliators.

It is a well-known fact that we are living in a consumer society where technological advances are a common thing, and we should be informed about all the ways in which we can use this as part of our beauty routine and taking proper care of our body. In addition, we can always resort to the immense arena of natural ingredients that are more than beneficial and useful in our everyday lives. Whatever the choice, there are numerous ways to make sure that one uses proper products in order to make the most of one’s looks. Combining contemporary quality cosmetics, which is mostly organic and green, with well-known natural ingredients might be the best way to go.

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9 Tips to Save Time in the Morning

Are you always running late for work? Try these simple tips to save time in the morning…

1. Shower (or take a bath) at night, instead of in the morning

This way you’ll sleep like a baby and save precious morning time.
OR, If you must shower in the morning, use a 2in1 cleansing conditioner (Like Loreal EverCreme), also, you can speed dry your hair by wrapping it in a micro-fibre hair towel for 10-15 mins while you do other stuff… this cuts blow drying time in half 🙂

Time saved : 10 mins

2. Shave at night

Apart from the time it takes, shaving also irritates your skin sometimes… If you do it at night, your skin will be normal by the morning, and to save even more time, use an epilator!

Time saved : 10 mins

3. Prepare your work bag at night

You won’t have to pick out 10 different things (and forget some) for your bag in the morning if you already have it packed and ready to go!

Time saved : 5 mins

4. Pick out your clothes at night

Gather all the clothes, shoes and accessories that you’re going to wear and keep them in one place every night. You could also try putting together the whole week’s clothes on a sunday.

Time saved: 5 mins

5. Pre-Make your lunch

Prepare and pack your lunch the night before, then freeze or refrigerate it.

Time saved: 10 mins

6. Have a quick breakfast

Save the time consuming, lavish breakfast recipes for weekends and go for a quick and easy breakfast…or simply eat leftovers…or grab some fruit. You could try pre-making breakfast too! Check out this Freezable Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Time saved: 5 mins

7. Use Cleansing wipes

Instead of washing your face (which you already did at night) use cleansing wipes to freshen up.

Time saved: 5 mins

8. Make smart makeup choices

Cut unnecessary beauty items from your morning routine and use products that multi-task.
Skip the eye cream and toner.
Use a pencil instead of a liquid eyeliner.
Use a 2-4 eyeshadow palette so you don’t have to pick out shades yourself.
Eyeshadow sticks work well too… just swipe and go.
Use an all in one BB cream instead of seperate concealer, foundation and sunscreen.
(Or use a stick foundation)
Use a stain as blush and lipstick (like Benetint)
And use your fingers to blend makeup whenever possible. This is quicker and save you time as you won’t have to wash the makeup brushes afterwards.

Time saved: 10 mins

9. Do a quick workout (instead of a full blown one)

If you like to workout in the morning, pick your favourite 10 minute workout dvd and go with it for a quick workout without leaving your home.
Or try doing 15 repetitions each of crunches, push-ups, tricep dips, squats and lunges. (3 sets)
If you’re not into working out in the morning, at least do some quick stretches… you’ll feel more active and ready for the day!

Time saved: 10 mins

So now you’ve saved total 70 minutes of morning time! Use this time to cuddle with your man, for a morning quickie, for sleeping a little more or anything else you want!

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9 Fat Destroying Super Foods

These satisfying super foods give your metabolism a kick so you actually burn fat while you eat

1. Eggs – Vitamin B-12 in the yolk helps your body torch fat. Plus, they are super filling.

2. Peanut Butter – It’s a source of magnesium which powers cells to metabolize energy efficiently

3. Avocado – Its high in ‘good’ fat and rich in L-carnitine, an amino acid that fires up your body’s engine.

4. Chicken burger – A chicken burger with veggies is like pure protein, which takes more energy to digest that fat or carbs

5. Cheese – Dairy contains conjugated linoleic acid which helps your body burn fat.

6. Pickles – A medium pickle contains only 7 calories… you’ll burn more calories digesting it.

7. Green Tea – It contains Catechins, antioxidants that studies show destroy fat. Plus, caffeine gives your body a metabolic jump.

8. Yogurt – It contains probiotics, bacteria that may reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs.

9. Quinoa – Your body works hard digesting this protein packed whole grain… so you burn off extra calories.

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7 Tips to Find Love Like an Entrepreneur

Dating advice literature has a bad reputation, and reasonably so — we live in a world where The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right is a best-seller. The Rules authors pride themselves on offering “a concrete set of do’s and don’ts,” as opposed to “other books and philosophies that preach ‘do whatever you want’ and ‘anything goes.’”

Typing those words just made me quiver with rage. The idea that smart, career-minded women should devote themselves to a series of rules that manipulate (clearly insecure) potential mates into maintaining interest makes me sad, and honestly, has turned me off the whole genre. But Neely Steinberg’s Skin in the Game: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur to Find Love, now available on e-book, is one of the few women-oriented books covering dating and relationships that doesn’t offend me. Steinberg’s premise is essentially this: Treat your love life as you would a start-up. You, as an entrepreneur, are responsible for investing in your dream love life. You imagine it. You create it. You own it. Steinberg doesn’t offer rules, or do’s and don’ts — rather, she provides strategies for being more mindful of who you are and want you want, as well as lots of emphasis on self-love, a concept typically absent from the genre.

What’s helpful about this book is that it routinely encourages self-reflection. This is huge. Steinberg demands you to sit with your thoughts, no matter how uncomfortable, and reflect on your unhealthy (and healthy) patterns and habits. So whatever your ultimate love agenda may be, even if you don’t have one, the book’s exercises are highly valuable.

“Being entrepreneurial in your dating life is all about experimenting, flexibility, being open to new ideas, resilience, creating your own opportunities, and self-knowledge, among other things,” Steinberg tells Bustle. “It takes time, effort, commitment, and investment.”

If your agenda is to take control of your love life like an entrepreneur, here are the book’s top takeaways.

1. SHUT IT DOWN

You want to be pro-active about your love life, right? OK, first step: shut down the part of you that says, “I can’t do this,” or, “I’m going to die alone, why bother?” This type of thinking will sabotage any venture, whether it’s a start-up or a potential romance. “That voice has the power to become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Steinberg writes. “Which is why you need to silence it starting today.”

2. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

To achieve anything, you MUST have the desire. Figure out exactly what you’re looking for in your love life — this demands serious self-reflection. Take notes. Talk to your friends. Ask questions. You owe it to yourself to own your desires and to act on them. No settling allowed.

3. RECRUIT ADVISORS

Steinberg recommends rounding up a “board of advisors,” which can include friends (and professionals, like a therapist or dating coach), to guide you on your dating venture. “Why should someone seeking, arguably, the most important thing in the world — love — be alone on this journey?” If you’re uncomfortable asking people to be a part of your personal dating-advice posse, as I certainly would be, make sure to recruit even just one friend who can support you and who tolerates listening to your trials and tribulations. Remember: it’s almost impossible to be objective about our own selves. This is why it’s crucial to have a human sounding board that isn’t you.

4. ACT YOUR WAY INTO THINKING

Start acting. Physically going on dates (and meeting assholes aplenty) is what’s going to help you develop a clearer sense of what you want — and what you definitely don’t want. You’re going to fail a lot, but that’s OK — failing builds knowledge. Steinberg quotes entrepreneur Sam Hogg’s article in the October 2013 of Entrepreneur: “Too many people spend far too long thinking and planning when they should be doing. I say, just start…If you spend too long analyzing how difficult it’s going to be to launch your business, you will likely learn that, yep, it’s too hard to even start.”

5. (BUT DON’T STOP THINKING)

Self-Awareness is key, here, and that requires regular reflection. Make sure you’re able to answer the following two questions with serious thought: Who am I? What do I know? Having clear answers to these seemingly obvious questions will help you stop wasting time and energy on men or women who don’t matter. “You’ll have less tolerance for men who aren’t consistently treating you in ways that match up with values that are important to you,” Steinberg writes. Pay attention to your love life! And date like the smart woman that you are.

6. LOVE YOURSELF. A LOT.

Steinberg encourages readers to create an elevator pitch for their “personal brands.” She asks you to take a moment to articulate all of your awesome qualities. So: Know your strengths. Love your strengths. Do not wait for someone else to decide you are worthy of love. First and foremost, YOU must believe in your “brand.” The entrepreneur terminology might make you cringe, but the underlying principle is spot on: recognize your worth, and demand that others recognize it, too.

7. FAIL SMARTER

Entrepreneurs take big risks, as do daters. Failure happens. The question, then, is: How do I fail smarter? Identify the risks you’re comfortable taking, and then identify possible losses. To embrace failure, you have to understand it. “If you can learn to turn the concept of failure on its head, to de-educate yourself from what you’ve been taught about failure, you can learn how to pivot and adapt in the face of wrong turns and setbacks” Steinberg writes. “If you learn how to intelligently de-risk your risks so that you can take smarter, healther, more informed, more productive risks, you will put yourself in an excellent position to achieve your vision in away that doesn’t make you feel drained, demoralized, and damaged.”

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Staying Chic in Business Suits

The decade of the 80’s witnessed the surge of suit-clad women clamoring for recognition and success in the corporate ladder. But with fashion’s finicky state of mind, women’s business suits have since evolved and flourished over the next decades. From the boxy and heavily padded suit jackets of the 80’s to the 90’s tailored silhouette, fashion has rolled with the times and women willingly adapted to it.

Today, women’s bespoke suits, shirts, or jackets can be made in every shape and form, with a slim fitting silhouette as the popular choice among women.

When it comes to women’s style, a navy colored suit or blazer can instantly transform your chic style. Women probably have more fun out of all the fashion choices available to them, but bespoke tailoring for women resulted with the success of men’s bespoke.

Given with a consumer freedom and all the versatile clothing options, women now rely on more bang for their buck to maximize their style.

Today’s fashion has also allowed women (and men) with more flexible wardrobe pieces. The navy suit jacket isn’t just exclusively paired with the trouser anymore. With a tailored cut and worn as a blazer, the navy suit jacket is a chic companion to a lovely dress, turtleneck sweater or jeans.

And when buying a suit, women can have it custom made in a solid color or patterned design to either trousers or skirts to accompany the jacket.

Tailor made suits may be designed for business-worthy pursuits, but you can certainly dress it up or down for a stylish look beyond the confines of your four-walled office space. Now who says you can’t be chic wearing a suit even after hours?

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6 Style Tips for the Long Waisted Woman

Do your tops feel too short? Do your pants feel too long? Do you carry your weight in your hips and bottom?

Chances are you are long-waisted. Being long waisted means the distance between your shoulders and natural waist is longer than average. In other words, you have a long torso, shorter legs, and your natural waist sits very low. Picture celebrities like Cher, Clair Danes, Kelly Clarkson, Kiera Knightley and Olivia Wilde and you get the idea.

The problem with being long waisted is that it can make you seem shorter than you really are. You can also look bottom heavy, so it is important to know how to dress to balance your shape.

The goal if you are long waisted?….To shorten your torso, raise your waistline and make your legs look longer. Here are 6 simple ways to do that:

1. Wear Longer Tops and Tuck in

If your waist sits really low it can be a challenge to find tops that are long enough. You don’t want that, “I shrunk my top look”, or to have your tummy hanging out if your top rides up. Tops for long waisted women can be hard to find because you need to have a top or shirt that is long enough to reach your naturally low waist. (A tall women’s store is a good place to shop for clothes for long waisted women) Tucking your top in will raise your waistline and make you look more in proportion.

2. Empire or A-line – The Best Clothes For Long Waisted Women

Empire waist tops and dresses that are narrow up top and gently taper outward create the illusion of a raised waist. The focus remains high, away from your low center point. A-line dresses have a similar effect. They’re perfect for women with long torsos because they have no waistline.

Keep hemlines at, or just above the knee, to reveal your legs and make you look taller. Detail at the neckline like a statement necklace or a fancy collar will also help direct the eye upwards.

3. Avoid Low Rise Pants

Low slung pants will make your legs look stubby. Instead, try mid-rise. They’re the best type of pants for long waisted women because they raise your waistline. High rise pants are also an option and will elongate your legs. Tuck an elegant blouse into high-waisted pants, add heels, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous look! Avoid cropped pants that cut you off mid calf; they will only shorten the legs more. Pants with cuffs will do the same. Stay away from them too.

4. Match Your Shoes to Your Pants

A simple trick to make your legs look longer is to wear shoes the same color as your pants. For example, gray pants with gray shoes creates an unbroken line that makes you look taller and thinner. Heels also help to pump up the height, but avoid chunky heels because they will make your legs look heavy. If you prefer flat shoes, buy pointy toe flats, not round, to visually add a couple of extra inches to your legs.

5. Wear Short Jackets

Jackets that end higher up on your torso work best if you are long-waisted. Choose a shrug, a bolero or a cropped jacket, no longer than your hipbone.

6. Try a Wide Belt

Long waisted women have a lot of room between the ribcage and waist so if that’s you, fill that up that space with a belt. By wearing a medium to wide belt a touch above your natural waistline you gracefully break up the length of your upper body.

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50 Things We Wish Men Knew

1. We hate it when they lie (even if it is to avoid an argument)

2. ‘Fine’ is not an appropriate answer when we ask them how we are looking

3. We love it when they hug us from behind and whisper in our ear

4. We love it when they ask for our advise

5. We love watching porn too!

6. If we’re really into them, We get turned on simply seeing that we have a message/email from them.

7. We’re more forgiving of them than we really should be

8. Bad personal hygiene is a total turn off.

9. They do something bad, we seem cool with it, we’re not.

10. If we’re not getting under the sheets with them, we’re a) feeling conscious about our body, b) not feeling ‘connected’ to them or c) really really mad at them.

11. We love it when men plan the occasional fancy-schmancy dress-up date.

12. Our lady bits love much caressing and mouth-work.

13. We’re impressed when men take the lead.

14. We’re in heaven when they hold our hand

15. They’re sexy when they are — shaving, fixing things, driving and holding a baby.

16. We expect them to be honest with us… at all times.

17. We like to hear how they feel about us (and often).

18. We like surprises.

19. Discussion of ex girlfriends should be avoided at all times.

20. We like it when they tell us whats on their mind.

21. We love it when they’re sweaty

22. We love being greeted with kisses.

23. Even nice girls like hushed dirty talk in public.

24. Its cheating as soon as they’re doing something with another woman that they don’t want us to see, hear, read or know.

25. We’d rather have them break up with us than cheat.

26. We remember everything about our relationship

27. When we have a problem all we really want is for them to listen…

28. Their pants should not be tighter than ours

29. We love it when they be a gentleman and court us… when they pick us on on a date, open doors for us, pull our chair out, pour our wine first, pay on the first date, hold our hand on a staircase when we’re wearing high heels etc.

30. We are emotional sometimes, we cant help it… but it will pass.

31. We love oral too.

32. Their friends say a lot about who they are… If his friends act like dogs we’re going to think he is one of them

33. They shouldn’t ever tell us we’re ‘crazy’ or ‘over emotional’, and if they do, they better be prepared to see how ‘crazy’ we can really get

34. Gifts don’t always have to be fancy… just a little card or a rose on a special occasion will make us more than happy

35. We like being complimented… especially by our man

36. Emotion is not a sign of weakness… they can express it around us…

37. Communication is very important in a relationship… we like it when they talk to us, whether they’re upset or happy.

38. Little things mean a lot to us. And little gestures of love are much appreciated.

39. We may forgive but we don’t forget.

40. We love to cuddle. More so after sex.

41. Confidence is very attractive but they shouldn’t be overly cocky

42. We like it when they’re protective of us (but they shouldn’t overdo it)

43. We secretly like it when they take control.

44. Sexy lingerie is often itchy and uncomfortable… when we come out wearing it, we’re really trying to please them.

45. If they promise something, we expect them to keep it. And it hurts us if they don’t.

46. It bothers us if they check out other women… no matter how cool we act.

47. A passionate kiss is always welcome. The neck is a good spot.

48. If they do something terrible, we’ll get mad, we might yell, but if we really love them, we’ll stick around.

49. We want their actions to match their words.

50. Spending time with them is important to us… no matter what we do together.

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4 Rules Any Female Entrepreneur Must Follow

While many business challenges are common for all founders, there are unique lessons that women entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn in business.

Here are several essential lessons I’ve learned as a successful female entrepreneur and what every female founder should know along the way:

Own your success.

There are several things that, as a woman, you should never apologize for, and at the top of that list is your well-deserved success. The apologetic undertone of some women entrepreneurs is subtle, laced with an excuse, chocked up to ‘luck’ or a dismissed congratulatory pat on the back. Many of us aren’t outright asserting, “I’m sorry that I am successful,” but a lack of confidence and all of the above are bedfellows of the same notion. Ladies, we already face an uphill battle in some cases. Don’t pack more unnecessary personal baggage on your rise to the top. When you earn a congratulatory remark from your peers, embrace it gracefully and confidently. And according to leadership consultant, Rachelle J. Canter, Ph.D., “If you can’t own this success for yourself, then own it for all the other women who look up to you and emulate you.”

Never underestimate your value.

We have all read the headlines that insist women still earn less than men. According to ThinkProgress contributor Sarah Glynn, in the U.S., “women on average make only $.77 cents to every dollar earned by men. Some of that wage gap is the result of women being more likely to work in certain industries or occupations, but about 40 percent of the difference in men’s and women’s wages cannot be explained by any measurable factor.” As a woman, this pay gap may have haunted you in corporate America. But it should no longer hold court in your business. Consider this: you are in complete control of your earning potential. In order to make a shift in your business you must be aware of your gifts and talents, understand what you have to offer within your industry, and monetize your products and services to reflect what the market will bear. Couple all of this with your unique value creation. Tell yourself a positive story about what you have to offer the world. No more excuses. As Albert Einstein notably suggested, “If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”

It’s lonely at the top, so bring others with you.

By nature, the front-end of innovation is lonely, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “You do something no one else has ever done and leave everyone else scratching their heads and howling in protest. As the saying goes, ‘You can tell who the pioneers are from the arrows sticking out of their backs,’” suggests MACPA contributor Bill Sharidan. An article published by the Harvard Business Review echoes this notion — it’s isolating at the top. For founders, it can be unsettling. The survey found that “half of CEOs report experiencing feelings of loneliness in their role, and of this group, 61 percent believe it hinders their performance. First-time CEOs are particularly susceptible to this isolation.” Much of the loneliness that entrepreneurial leaders will face is connected to the growing pains of personal development. Or as Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric, has said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

Be unapologetically authentic.

Authenticity is a bankable currency. It can define your business and set you apart from the clutter of a cookie-cutter marketplace. You (and your customers) are not well-served by haphazard attempts to be someone else. According to organizational development professors Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, “Leadership demands the expression of an authentic self. Try to lead like someone else and you will fail. Employees will not follow a CEO who invests little of himself in his leadership behaviors. People want to be led by someone ‘real.’” The same can be said for your business and its customers. Authenticity in business is a baseline of belief in what you say and in what you sell. It is the courage to offer unique value and market yourself in a way that is consistent with your brand. Being everything to everyone sets you up to be nothing to no one.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Hands Soft and Supple

We use our hands everyday to handle countless things ranging from papers to pot holders to steering wheels and so much more. Just like our feet, our hands also need some rest and rejuvenation. Nobody wants rough and manly palms. Just imagine shaking hands when meeting someone new, wouldn’t it be great to accompany your elegance with soft hands as well?

This article gives you tips on how to get soft, supple hands right at home!

Step 1 – Wash your hands

Every night, make sure you wash your hands with warm water and a trusted moisturising soap. This relaxes your hands and will remove any dirt or dust on them. It also helps you get rid of any disease causing microbes that you might have contracted during the day.

Step 2 – Soak your hands

Take a bowl of warm water, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil (try these Lavender or Rose oils) to get a spa like ambience, and soak your hands for about 10 minutes. If you have some honey lying around, put a little on your ones and gently rub them together. Then soak again. This will soften any hard areas and leave your hands feeling soft and supple

Step 3 – Exfoliate your hands

After soaking, take a moisturising soap and some on a wash cloth or soft bath stone. Using your bath stone, gently massage your palms, back of the palms and fingers to exfoliate and relieve stress and tension. Then, rinse your hands and pat dry.You could also use your favourite body scrub instead.

Step 4 – Moisturise your hands

The final step to achieve soft, smooth, and supple hands is to moisturise. You can use a regular moisturising lotion, body butter or hand cream. Apply an ample amount on your palms and massage together until the moisturiser is absorbed by the skin.

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