HOW TO SHAPING YOUR EYEBROWS (KNOWING THE BASICS)


How to Shape Your Eyebrows

How you shape and make up your eyebrows can make a world of difference to your face. Eyebrows can bring out the best in your eyes and help to balance all your features. To make the most of your eyebrows, they must be groomed to look sleekly natural-never scraggly or stark. Practice will help you find the eyebrow shape that is most flattering for your face.

Shaping it

Eyebrow should begin directly above inner corner of eye. To find where it should end, angle an eyebrow pencil from nostril across outer corner of eye. Brow ends where pencil intersects it. Eyebrow should begin and end on same horizontal. High point of arch is directly above outer edge of iris when looking straight ahead. To determine whether arch should peak or curve, draw an imaginary line upward from inner corner, along under edge of eyebrow and across the brow to upper edge. Make a dot. Repeat from outer corner, if dots coincide, arch should point, if not, round it.

Tweezing It

Cleanse eyebrow area with a cotton pad that has been moistened with atringent or skin freshener. If tweezing is painful, numb area first with ice wrapped in a washcloth. Choose the type of tweezers that are easiest for you to work with. Before plucking, brush brows up, then into shape with eyebrow brush. Following shape you have marked off, pluck hairs that go beyond outer boundary and between brows on bridge of nose. Pluck all strays under the natural eyebrow line-always in direction hairs grow. Brows should start thickly at inner corner, tapering toward ends.

Shading It


Since eyebrows are seldom identical in shape, decide which one is best and then shape the other to match it. First, brush eyebrow up. Then with a pencil or brush, fill in areas along bottom edge, using delicate hairlike strokes to complete natural looking arch. Next, brush brow down and fill in areas on top of brow. Shade only areas of brow that need emphasis. After shading, brush brow into shape and extend end of line if necessary. Never use black on eyebrows. Let hair color be your guide. For blondes, light brown shading, brunettes, medium brown, black hair, dark brown.

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16 NEW & AMAZING WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL.

1. An alternative to shaving cream. Get a smooth shave and prevent razor burn by mixing coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil together. Try this recipe.

2. Facial scrub: Slough off dead skin cells and get rid of blackheads with a simple mix of equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar.

3. Makeup remover. Using your hands or a washcloth, rub a little coconut oil onto your skin. Let sit for a minute and rinse off with warm water. It can even remove that last bit of waterproof mascara — just be careful not to get directly into your eyes, or it could sting.

4. Cuticle oil. Winter wreaks havoc on your skin, especially your hands. Skip the lotion and just rub a little coconut onto your hands and cuticles to lock in moisture.

5. Lip gloss. Favorite tube of lipstick just about done? Scoop out the last bit of color with a Q-tip and combine with about a teaspoon of coconut oil in a new container, and you should have just enough for an extra swipe or two of lipstick.


Makeup brush shampoo. Yup, this really works! Here's how: Coconut oil is packed with anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties due to the level of medium-chain fatty acids that are present, Dr. Ariel Ostad, M.D., a New York-based dermatologic surgeon, says. "In fact, those fatty acids make up 80 percent of coconut oil, so they can definitely help keep your makeup brushes clean," he says.

Mix two parts anti-bacterial soap with one part coconut oil and work through brush bristles. Rinse under lukewarm water. Let dry completely before using your brushes again.

7. Deodorant. The lauric acid in coconut oil can help kill bacteria that causes your sweat to smell. But be warned: This doesn't actually stop you from sweating, it just masks the B.O.

8. To fake long lashes. While Dr. Ostad says nothing but FDA-approved medications (such as Latisse) can actually lengthen your eyelashes, using a little bit of coconut oil on them can make them appear longer and fuller. Simply dab a little bit on with a Q-tip or cotton ball. Less is more though — too much can cause minor eye irritation.

9. To prep before and after waxing. "Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and can be very effective for those with delicate skin," says Dr. Ostad. "My suggestion would be to stick to organic extra virgin coconut oil, and to always test it out on a small patch of skin first to make sure you're not allergic, especially if you're going to be applying it on or near your genital area."

10. To soothe eczema flare-ups. Coconut oil is one of the few things that can actually restore damaged or diseased skin, due to the small molecular structure of it, which allows for easy absorption, according to Dr. Ostad. As with waxing, Dr. Ostad recommends testing the oil on a small patch of skin first to ensure that you're not allergic to it


11. Lube. Coconut oil can be used as lube, provided that you don't use it with latex condoms, as the oil can break down the integrity of latex, Dr. Ostad says. "Coconut oil is all natural and doesn't contain any preservatives or added ingredients that can cause adverse reactions in people with allergies," he says. "It's also more lubricating than a water-based lube so it lasts longer, and its antifungal properties can help keep yeast infections at bay."

12. To fight dandruff. "Dandruff is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia, and coconut oil has natural antifungal properties that can work to eliminate it," Dr. Ostad says.

13. To moisturize dry hair. Bonus to treating dandruff: Coconut oil seeps deep into the hair shaft, which means it's also great as a longer conditioning treatment. If you have thin or fine hair, work a dime-size amount of coconut oil through slightly damp hair; if you have thicker, more coarse hair, feel free to use more. Wait an hour and then shampoo and condition as normal.

 14. To fight frizz. Oil and water don't mix, so when you need to tame flyaways fast, scoop half a teaspoon of coconut oil into your hands (in this case, you only need a very small amount; too much can make your hair look greasy), rub through your hands very quickly to warm it up, and then work through your hair. Style as desired. 

15. Toothpaste. Mix one part coconut oil with one part baking soda for a natural toothpaste (you can also add a couple of drops of mint oil if you really miss the minty-fresh taste) that will leave you with a pearly white smile.


16. To treat fungal infections. While coconut oil on its own won't have the same effect that antibiotics do, you can use it in conjunction with them to prevent and treat fungal infections like athlete's foot, Dr. Ostad says

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10 LIFE CHANGING BEAUTY HACKS EVER LAZY GIRL MUST KNOW




1. Keep makeup remover next to your bed so you have zero excuses not to take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause breakouts and infections. So on nights when you're exhausted and can't imagine standing at the sink for longer than 30 seconds, you'll be thankful to have this stuff stashed next to your bed. (But really, help your face and reserve this hack for extreme lazy emergencies only.)

2. Hide a manicure that's growing out by creating a glitter ombré effect starting at the base of your nails. The best way to distract from a chipped or overgrown manicure is, well, glitter. It's pretty and will last for what feels like for-ev-er.

3. If you're too impatient to wait for your moisturizer, toner, and self-tanner to dry, or for your makeup to set, then blast your skin with a blow-dryer on the cool setting. Certain products (toner, tanner) need to dry completely before you move on to your next step when getting ready, and a blow-dryer can really help speed up that process. 

4. On days when you don't want to mess with your whole makeup regimen, use lipstick to add a little color to your lips, cheeks, and eyes. Swipe your one-product wonder stick along your cheekbone, brow bone, and lips, then blend it out with your fingers for a subtle glow. There, now you look like a real human.

5. Make highlighting and contouring easy as (1,2,) 3. To highlight your face, quickly make a "3" with a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone. Draw the top line above your brow, middle line above your cheekbone, and bottom line right above your jawbone.
To contour your face, draw a backwards "3" (like the shape of an "E") in a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone. Start the top line on your temple, put the middle line right below your cheekbone, and draw the bottom line underneath your jawbone. Then buff out the two shades, blending the lines completely for a seamless finish.

6. If you love winged liner but don't have the hand-eye coordination to do it perfectly, no big deal: You can clean messy edges with a cotton swab coated with petroleum jelly. Making the perfect freehanded flick on the first try is hard. Erasing your mistakes is easy.

7. If you're out of liquid or gel eyeliner, borrow some mascara instead of going to the store. Use a small liner brush to grab the formula on your mascara brush.

8. Instantly make your eyes look more awake by lining the inner rim (also known as the waterline) of your lower eyelid with a nude eye pencil. Not only will this trick brighten your eyes, but it'll also make you look wide-eyed, like any Disney princess ever created.

9. Take your eye makeup from a sleek daytime look to something sexier by smudging your liner with a cotton swab to diffuse it into a smoky eye look. No need to get out the whole makeup bag. You're welcome.


10. If you need a root touch-up but haven't gotten around to getting one, tease your hair at the roots and create a messy side part to help camouflage the overgrowth. A straight part down the middle will only highlight the fact that you look like Pepé Le Pew

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5 MAJOR MISTAKES YOU ARE MAKING WITH YOUR EYEBROWS


1. Overplucking
Daily plucking is strangely satisfying for some, yet the pros warn against it. Brow specialists Michelle Wu and Santi Garay at Browhaus, an international brow and lash grooming company, say tweezing about once every three weeks is best. That way, hairs that may be on different schedules have time to grow out, which will make your brows look more even. "Overplucked brows don't frame the face very well. Plus, the full eyebrow has been trendy for a while and is showing no signs of going away.

2. Using an old pair of tweezers
If hairs are slipping through your tweezers or you're struggling to bring the two points together, it's time to invest in some new tools. And don't let them get all gunky in your makeup bag: Clean them with a dab of isopropyl alcohol after each use to avoid bacterial build-up.

3. Taking too much off the sides
To avoid the dreaded unibrow, some women tend to overpluck the space between their brows. "A larger space between the eyes make the nose look bigger and eyes too far apart," says Malynda Vigliotti, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar in New York City. The beginning of your eyebrow should line up with the bridge of your nose — not the outer edge of your nostril. "The further in, the better," Vigliotti adds. Don't overdo it when it comes to the outer brows, either. To find out where your eyebrow should end, imagine a diagonal line from the corner of your nose to the outside corner of your eye. It may help to use a pencil as a visual guide.

4. Making too much of an arch
Rainbow- or paisley-shaped brows leave a face looking perpetually surprised. Find your natural arch by looking for your eyebrow's highest point, normally about two-thirds of the way from the inside of your brow (it's not supposed to be perfectly centered). Tweeze below the brow to create a lift. If you have lighter brows, Vigliotti suggests using a brow powder to shade in the shape before plucking to help you see what you're doing better. Then, pluck around that shape — but no more than that.

5. Forgetting the top
As we said, tweezing below the brow can create a nice lift — but don't neglect the top, Joey Healy, celebrity eyebrow stylist, told Good Housekeeping. "You want a nice, thick brow," he says. "But there's a difference between thick and polished, and thick and messy." Keep the above-brow area free of stray hairs, as they tend to look more noticeable there.

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3 BEAUTY MISTAKES YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE MAKING !

1. Knowing How To Use Your Concealer
Which do you apply first, your concealer or foundation? It seems like this questions is somewhat of a debate because I’ve read a little of both on some of the most popular beauty blogs. I’ve always applied my foundation first, otherwise it seems redundant to apply concealer only to have the coverage wiped away with the application of your foundation, so in this case, as long as your concealer is blending in well and giving you the coverage you want, do whichever works for you! On that note, here are a few things you may be doing wrong with your concealer:
Too much in a targeted area. Instead, layer! Apply a small amount over your blemish, give it a chance to dry, then apply another layer. Continue layering if needed. For the best results, use a setting powder in between layers to prevent it from wearing off.
Using the same concealer for every job. Guilty! Every color has a different job. A peach-toned concealer is best for under-eye circles because it cancels out blue shadows. A green-toned concealer cancels out red (pimples and blemishes). Use it for your first layer and then finish with a concealer that matches your skin tone. Yellow-toned concealers are best for evening out your skin tone (larger areas).
Not taking advantage of it’s many benefits. It’s not just for covering blemishes and under-eye circles! I’ve made this handy pictorial to show you how to truly take advantage of your concealer. Hope this helps!


2) This is from personal experience, and let me tell you, my husband has had some good laughs at my attempt to prevent sleep lines in the last few months. I’ve always been a side/stomach sleeper (so cozy!), and one day last month woke up to see wrinkles on my chest that took hours to go away. I came to the realization that these would some day be permanent. Nooooooo!!
My first thought was, “There’s no way I’m sleeping on my back”, so instead, I used my handy Google Search Bar to see if there were any other alternatives. The first thing I found was a simple little pillow called the Bosom Buddy. Easy enough! I immediately ordered one, confident that I would never have to worry about chest wrinkles ever again.
The thing about this little pillow is that it doesn’t stay in place unless you wear a tight tank top to bed to keep it in it’s place. Not a problem for me because that’s usually what I wear anyway. But, unfortunately it didn’t work 100%. It helped a little, but I still noticed lines in the morning (probably from it falling out of place), so I went on another hunt for something that would solve this dilemma of mine.
Found it! A Silicone Pad you can slap on your chest and wear to bed every night. This is going to be great! It actually worked pretty well the first few nights, but after only a few days it loses it’s stickiness, causing it to fall off in the middle of the night. I then decided it was probably best to wear the Bosom Buddy combined with the silicone pad for extra wrinkle protection– this is when my husband stopped laughing (What, is this NOT attractive?!). It may have also been when I started wearing anti-wrinkle pads all over my face that he decided I had taken it too far.
Ok, fine, I’ll give this sleeping on my back thing a try. I can’t live with all of these added nightly routines for the rest of my life. The first night I didn’t sleep much and kept finding myself rolling over onto my side, but I quickly found a simple solution for that, and have been sleeping comfortably on my back for the last few weeks. In fact, I now prefer my back!
Here are a few tips if you want to make the switch: Put a pillow under your knees to support your back and keep you from rolling over. I found this to be very comforting for some reason. You may also need to switch out for another pillow (you can actually buy a pillow made especially for back sleepers), but I think the idea here is that you don’t want a pillow that is too hard. I have a down pillow that seems to kind of cradle my head, so the sides of the pillow rest up next to both sides of my face.
Keep in mind that it may take a few weeks or more to get comfortable on your back, but if for whatever reason you’re not sleeping well on your back, it may not be worth it. Lack of sleep causes wrinkles, too! They’re inevitable, but if I can delay them by even just a few years, I will obviously go the lengths to do so



3) Don’t get me wrong, the right shade of lipstick can instantly give you a confidence boost, but a bold, unnatural color isn’t attractive on most women. It distracts from the rest of your face and can make you look like you’re trying too hard. If you do decide to make a bold choice, keep the rest of your makeup simple, and skip the gloss. A bright lipstick combined with smokey eyes and flushed cheeks can look more clown-like than pretty.


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HOW TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS NATURALLY ( A MUST READ)



1. Castor Oil
Castor oil, which is used in the treatment of a number of skin problems such as wrinkles, age spots, moles, dark spots, fine lines and pimples, can also be used to get rid of stretch marks.

Apply some castor oil to the stretch marks and gently massage the area in circular motions for 5 to 10 minutes.
Wrap the area with a thin, cotton cloth. Using a hot water bottle or a heating pad, apply some heat to the affected area for at least a half an hour.
Repeat this process daily for a minimum of one month to notice positive results.

2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is effective in the treatment of many skin problems. Its healing and soothing properties can be used to get rid of stretch marks. There are a couple of ways to apply it.

You can directly rub aloe vera gel on the affected skin area, leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse the skin with lukewarm water.
Another option is to make a mixture with one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel, oil from 10 vitamin E capsules and oil from five vitamin A capsules. Rub this mixture onto the skin until fully absorbed. Repeat this process daily.

3. Egg Whites
Eggs are a rich source of protein. For stretch marks, you want to use only the egg whites, which contain amino acids and proteins.

Whip the whites of two eggs gently with a fork. Clean the affected skin area with water and then apply a thick layer of egg whites with a makeup brush.
Allow the egg whites to dry completely and then rinse the area with cold water.
Finally apply some olive oil on the skin to keep it moisturized.
Repeat the process daily for at least two weeks and watch for positive results.

4. Lemon Juice
Another simple way to lessen stretch marks is to use lemon juice. Lemon juice is naturally acidic which helps heal and reduce stretch marks, acne, and other scars.

Rub fresh lemon juice gently onto the stretch marks using circular motions. Allow the lemon juice to soak into your skin for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Another option is to mix equal quantities of cucumber juice and lemon juice and apply the mixture on the stretch marks.

5. Sugar
Natural white sugar is one of the best natural remedies to get rid of stretch marks. You can use the sugar to exfoliate your skin.

Mix a tablespoon of raw sugar with some almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix it well and apply it on the stretch marks and other skin areas.
Gently rub the mixture on the skin for a few minutes every day before taking a shower.
Do this for a month or so and watch your stretch marks become lighter.

6. Potato Juice
Potato juice contains vitamins and minerals that foster growth and restoration of skin cells.

Cut a medium-sized potato into thick slices.
Take one of the potato pieces and rub it gently on the stretch marks for a few minutes. Make sure the starch from the potato covers the affected area.

Allow the potato juice to dry for some time and then wash it off with lukewarm water.


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5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT SHAMPOO


When it comes to shampooing your hair, it's as simple as lather, rinse, repeat. Or is it? By now we all know there's no need to repeat––the instruction is just a clever ploy to get consumers to use up the product more quickly. But that's not all. We talked to the pros for insider information on everything from how to keep color from fading to the right way to wash your hair. Read on to get the lowdown on what you need to know to start having a good hair day, every day.

1. Shampoo is not the most important part of washing. You can buy the most expensive shampoo on the market, but if you aren't using it correctly you won't see results. "The massaging of the scalp and hair as well as the rinsing are the most important parts of washing your hair," says celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore. Curl expert Ouidad recommends using the cushions of your fingers to massage the scalp while you shampoo in order to get rid of the secretion of sebum (an oily, waxy substance) so hair follicles can grow healthily from the scalp. And always be sure to rinse the shampoo completely out of your hair to prevent buildup.

2. Natural home remedies aren't necessarily better. Just because a shampoo contains a natural ingredient doesn't mean that ingredient is good for you on its own. "Lemon, for example, can irritate the scalp and hair follicle," says Maggiore. "And mint and menthol—which, when used in salon products can create a soothing effect—can actually cause severe allergic reactions when used in home remedies." So don't use shampoos as guides to what to use on your hair—they've all been formulated and balanced by professionals.

3. Don't expect the same results as in shampoo commercials. "I know firsthand that all the volume in those beautiful flowing full-headed hair ads comes from setting the hair in hot rollers," says Terrence Renk, a television and film hair stylist. "While you do need a good foundation product to create the swelling of the cuticle that creates volume, those luxurious locks of hair are the result of very patient and talented hair artists."

4. Less is more. According to Maggiore, using too much shampoo—more than a quarter-sized amount––to create a lot of foam is actually counterproductive. "Foam can help you effectively work the shampoo into the hair and scalp, but too much foam actually prevents you from massaging the shampoo in properly."


5. Even though a shampoo boasts a fancy-sounding ingredient, it might not do any good. "I've seen some shampoos that contain olive oil or caviar," says celebrity stylist Philip Pelusi, owner of New York City's Tela Design Studio. "But for it to make a difference, the shampoo needs to contain anywhere from one to five percent of that ingredient." Similarly, Pelusi advises being wary of bold claims. "When companies make a big promise, they have to deliver results right away. So if you use a conditioning shampoo, it may work well the first few times, but you might notice it over-delivering—creating a buildup––by the third or fourth wash."

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#1 Layer Your Liner
I have always wanted to try liquid liner but have been too chicken for the very reason listed in this tip! I am definitely going to try it now!

“If you’re not a professional makeup artist, it can be difficult to line those eyes, but then again liquid liner tends to stay on longer and smudge-free. So what I do is, I line my eyes first with a pencil liner because it’s easier to make that straight line with it. Then I go back on the line with the liquid liner. It’s kind of like coloring! The result? Your eye liner will stay on, smudge-free, and well-lined.”

-Ysolt Usigan, beauty and style contributor at Huffington Post

#2 Soft and Sexy Eye Makeup
Black liner on top….brown liner on the bottom. Who knew something so simple could make such a difference?

“For an eye look that’s defined but not too heavy, line your upper lash line with black eyeliner and the bottom lash line with brown eyeliner. This is one of my biggest makeup artist tricks for beautiful, soft eyes!”

-Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist

#3 Warm Your Eyelash Curler
This one just makes TOO much sense not to try! :-)

“Run your eyelash curler under warm water (or blast it with your blow drier for a second) before using it for a considerably curlier result that lasts!”
-Alexis Wolfer, editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com

This made total sense to me. I have always maintained that my hair is easier to style a couple of days AFTER washing!

If you have flat, baby fine strands of hair, an aerosol can of dry shampoo is essential for pumping up the volume. Women who are blessed with hair to spare use it to sop up oil between blowouts, but I like to spritz it straight onto clean roots daily. (Klorane is my absolute favorite brand, but there are some great drugstore options out there, too). The fine blast of powder adds texture and what I like to call “grip” to give my style staying power—and more importantly gives me lift that lasts all day!

-Ellen Miller, beauty director at SHAPE

#4 Sea Buckthorn Oil . . . the good oil!
I hadn’t ever heard of this oil until my sister told me about it last week. She’s a believer…and now maybe I will be too!

“Flawless skin is everyone’s best beauty asset. Apply a drop of omega- and antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn seed oil on blemishes to speed up healing and see more perfect skin by morning. It’s amazing!”

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5 Unconventional Ways to Get Glowing Skin

Glowing skin: You want it. I want it. Everybody wants it! There’s something about being healthy, happy and rested that makes you look amazing (especially compared to the rest of the sleep-deprived, malnourished, grouchy-from-constipation masses.) This is the kind of glow that no toxic face peels or fancy pants gold-laced creams can buy you. The kind of glow we’re all chasing is the kind that comes from way deep on down and radiates not just from our skin, eyes, and hair but from our being. You know what I’m saying?

But how do we get this elusive glow going, aside from resting more and stressing less? Easy peasy, my friends. Easy peasy indeed. To get that kinda glow, yes we need water, greens, and sunshine —  but we also need to give these things a try:

Ready To Get Glowing? Let’s Do This…

1. Eliminate effectively.


Doesn’t “effective elimination” sound fancy? What I’m really talking about — pooping regularly — isn’t particularly glamourous, but it is oh-so important. Besides the fact that it’s essential for your health, it’s impossible to glow from the inside out when you’re full of sh*t. When you’re constipated, your body tries to remove those toxins through other organ systems (since your colon is out of commission). Before you know it, your skin starts looking like crap.

Unfortunately, our cultural habits are not conducive to good poops — in fact, 63 million people are currently constipated. Not only are very few of us eating enough fibre and drinking enough water, but we’re also not adopting the best  position for effective elimination. In the natural pooping position (squatting), the colon is relaxed and primed to do what it does best. When we’re sitting up straight on the toilet? Not so much.

In case you’re not in the mood to trade your modern plumbing for an all-natural hole-in-the-ground approach, I highly recommend the Squatty Potty. It’s a stool that help you squat over the bowl, relaxing and supporting your colon. The result is that you have less straining, less constipation, and more complete elimination. Plus… who doesn’t love saying “Squatty Potty?” It’s hilarious!

2. Cut the caffeine.


Caffeine may make you feel (temporarily) energized, but trust me — it’s not helping your skin. Caffeine affects a whole host of hormones in our bodies like adrenaline, cortisol, adenosine and dopamine, leading to adrenal imbalances, jitteriness and low energy. One of the telltale signs of adrenal fatigue is pale, sagging skin and loss of colour in the lips, and relying on coffee is the quickest road to adrenal fatigue town. That’s a place nobody wants to visit, folks.

Luckily, ditching the morning java is a lot easier when you’re swapping in a new delicious treat. Instead of swinging by Starbucks on the way to the office, try whipping up one of these delicious bevvies instead:

3. Eat more (good) fat.


First off, can we have a little moment of gratitude and maybe even a round of applause for the fact that low-fat diets are no longer in style? I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled to pieces that the days of rice cakes and non-stick pans are over and done with. And you know what? If your skin could talk, it’d be cheering, too.

Here’s the thing about fat, it keeps your skin happy, healthy and moisturized, whether you’re slathering on some coconut oil and lavender essential oil after a bath or chowing down on some awesome omega-3s. The quickest way to flakey, dry skin is to deprive your body of the fat it needs.


4. Ditch the skin care products.

“But how will using fewer beauty care products make me more beautiful?” I don’t know if you’ve checked out the ingredients lists on your favorite night cream, day cream, eye cream, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eyeliner, mascara or lipstick lately (just to name a few), but I am willing to bet they’re either A) unknown (because many companies won’t reveal their ingredients lists) or B) full of a bunch of toxic, chemical nonsense. And toxic chemical nonsense does not lead to beautiful skin, no matter what the commercials say.

Here’s the thing: Our skin is not an impenetrable fortress. It absorbs what we slather on it — just think for a minute about those “fast-absorbing” moisturizing lotions and you’ll know what I mean. When we put toxic gunk onto our skin, our bodies absorb it. Even if that brightening cream makes your skin look temporarily brighter, it’s doing nothing for your glow.



5. Jump for joy.

 Having glowing, beautiful skin isn’t all about nutrition and digestion and skincare — it’s also about joy. When we feel happy and vibrant on the inside, it shines through, no matter what may be happening on the surface. So spend less time putting on makeup and more time living life with the ones you love! Happiness, the kind that comes from deep on down is the most powerful glow-making beauty nutrient of all



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