Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Start Your New Year Today!

Are you waiting for New Years to begin a new life and start accomplishing new goals? Try something new for a change. Whatever day you are reading this, let this be the day you begin your new and exciting life. As you well know, the "New Years" feeling only lasts about 30 days. Here's how you can live a greatness life starting today.

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DECIDE
First make a decision that you will begin your new greatness life today! It doesn't matter how much money you have, what date is on the calendar, or who will or will not help you. Your decision to transform your life begins today. By the way, a decision doesn't mean that you are at your destination, it means that you have made a choice. Your choice (even in your mind) will turn the corner to your new life.

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A LITTLE ACTION
There is a quote, "Your littlest action, is greater than your greatest intention." It simply means that doing anything is more powerful than a great dream. I am absolutely all for great dreams. As a matter of fact, I have dedicated an entire section in my new book, "You Were Created for Greatness" about living your dreams. But the key to a new and powerful life is to do something today, or better yet, do something, (anything) today. A little work out, a little writing on your new book, a little phone call. This little action will tell the whole world you mean business.

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TODAY IS THE DAY
A great quote in the bible says, "Today is the day for salvation." Many people wait until New Years to dedicate their lives to the Lord, or to dedicate their lives to great health, or to start making a budget. Your best day is today. Whatever you are going to do, let it be today. Make a decision, take a little action, and do it today! When people say, "Man, what's gotten into you?" you'll know that you are on your way.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Makeup Blush - How to Choose and Apply Blush

Most of us need a bit of help when it comes to showing other people that we also have cheekbones. It might be because of our bone structure or because some of us are a bit overweight, but the fact is that we certainly need to use blush. You will be surprised to know that most women don't even wear blush. Blush can do amazing things such as bringing life back into your face and showing a healthy glow. It is true that not all of us have time for a complete beauty makeover but applying blush is definitely one of your essential beauty tasks.
Find the correct color is one of the most important factors when buying blush. It sounds easy enough but it can be a difficult task for someone who doesn't have an eye for color. You can visit the makeup store and ask for professional advice, but if you want to figure this out yourself then you can follow these 2 basic methods.


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The first method is to think about the change of color in your cheeks whenever you are exercising. Have you ever noticed the change of color in your cheeks after having a good jog around the block? That color will be an excellent choice when selecting a blush. The second way is to give your cheeks a goophotd pinch and see which color it turns into. The color you receive from that rush of blood to your cheeks is also a great way to see which natural blush color will suit you.

Now that you know which color to choose it is time to decide on which kind of blush will be perfect for you. As we know that the makeup industry has something for everyone and therefore we have different kinds of blush such as powder, cream, tint and gel. You must choose the kind of blush that suits the condition of your skin.

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Let us look at the types of blush there are:
  • The powder blush is the most common type of them all. The majority of skin types can use it.
  • Normal to oily skins can use a gel blush. You can use your fingers to apply it to give your cheeks a nice and healthy shine.
  • You can also use your fingers when applying cream blush. It has a thicker substance but feels light after application. It is best suited for women who have dry skin because the cream blush puts moisture back into the skin.
  • Tint blushes are normally used by more advanced users because it's more of a stain. When you apply it you must make sure that you work fast and finish before it dries. Although tint blushes are not as easy to use it certainly stays on very long until you wash it off.
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You should now have a pretty good idea of the different types of blushes that are available. Now let us look at how you should apply it. Remember to do all your other makeup routines before you start applying blush. Apart from doing your lipstick, blush should be your final step. The reason why you apply it at the end is because you will have a better sense of how much you should apply after your foundation and eye shadow has already been put on.

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Do you know your face shape? Where you will exactly apply blush on your face will depend on whether you have a heart, round, square or oval shaped face. You then place a bit on with your brush or applicator and gently shake off some of the excess blush. You should place it on the apples of your cheeks. To know where they are you can look in the mirror and give a good smile at yourself. The apples of your cheeks are the round area that comes out when you smile. You should start applying the blush on the apples and work your way outwards towards your hairline. Blend the blush in very well so that it looks very natural.

You shouldn't be concerned if you apply too much powder blush. If you think that you have overdone it then simply use your translucent powder and place some of it on top of your blush. And finally, although it is fine to use the applicator that comes with the blush, I would recommend using a proper blush brush. When it comes to looking at your best then you have to use quality tools that have been designed to give you the best results.


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Smokey Eye Makeup Tips

Nothing says "mysterious and alluring" like a pair of smokey eyes giving someone the "come hither" look from across the room. This look can be achieved fairly easily. The "smokey eyes" look is characterized by makeup that emphasizes the eyes using soft lines and blending; usually, darker colors like black, brown, or gray are used, although you can opt to go for a more dramatic kind of smokey eyed look with fun colors like green or even red.

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Smokey eye makeup tips proliferate throughout the internet, but all of them pretty much say the same thing: blend blend blend.

Good blending is the key!
The secret to great looking smokey eye makeup application may be in the blending, but another very important smokey eye makeup tip to take to heart is to choose colors that complement your skin tone.
If you have very pale skin, for example, using a strong, all-black color palette for your smokey eyes look can make you look less like a seductive vamp, and more like the walking dead. Likewise, if you have skin with yellow undertones, blue-tinted colors, like lavender, can make your skin appear jaundiced. Try to go for makeup colors that share your skin's own undertones.

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Many smokey eye makeup tips forget to mention that taking care of your skin and your eyes can go a really long way to opening up your eyes and making them look much more striking. Getting rid of puffiness around the eyes using cucumbers or tea bags, for example, may mean that you won't have to add in that extra layer of concealer before putting on your base for your eye makeup; this makes your makeup less likely to get cakey.

If you've taken care of that business already, the first thing you have to start with for your smokey eyes look will always have to be the base. Make sure that any makeup you apply goes on evenly and doesn't end up turning into a greasy line on your eyelid crease by using eyeshadow base.

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After you've applied your base, you can opt to apply your eyeliner first by using an eyeliner pencil and then "smoking" it up by smudging it, or for a more subtle effect, apply your eyeshadow first, and then wet a slanted brush and use a darker eyeshadow tone as an eyeliner substitute.

Keep close to the lash-line, and even though coloring the bottom part of your eyes is an important component to this look, it's a good idea to use a slightly lighter color and to only line from the middle out, since coloring the bottom of the eye all the way through has a tendency to actually make eyes smaller. Also, don't forget to smudge! Smokey eyes are all about blurring the lines.

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Whether you apply the eyeliner before or after the eyeshadow, the eyeshadow itself is a very important aspect of the smokey eyed look. The base color for your eyeshadow should either match your skintone, or be somewhat light. Creamy or pearly colors are great for this; apply them to the tops of your eyelids up to your brow bone before putting in the darker colors.

The dark-colored eyeshadow is what gives smokey eyes makeup its eponymous "smokey" effect. Once you're done applying your light-colored base, use an eyeshadow brush to blend in the color, starting at you lash line and working your way up. Make sure that your eyeliner and your eyeshadow also blend, and once you hit the crease of your eyes, tone down the deep color.

One of my favorite smokey eye makeup tips is, after double checking so that your eyes match and the colors are blended; finish off your look with three or four coats of volumizing mascara. It'll really make your look pop.


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Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Year Food Traditions All Over the World

As the New Year seem to knock on your door, the time to decorate the dining table with various kinds of local as well as international New Year Food also comes in our mind. Most of the countries across the world have some special cuisines which are served on the first day of the New Year or may be on the eve of the New Year. The Food served in this day is believed to bring good luck and success to the family.

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Food in Japan: The people of Japan celebrate the commencement of the New Year in style. The New Year celebration continues for 3 days. On the day of the New Year, people prepare good food and also pay a visit to the temples to offer food to the God. The New Year Food in the country of Japan is soba noodles. These noodles should be savored without breaking them. If you are able to savor the soba noodles without breaking them, it will guarantee you a healthy long life. The other New Year Food in Japan are Large omochi, mochi rice, Ozon and Omochi cakes.

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Food in Italy:
The stylish Italian people welcome the New Year with much vigor. The main Food for the people of Italy is cotechino con lenticchie

Cotechino sausage is the other popular cuisines. Lentils are used in the preparation of these traditional cuisines, which symbolizes wealth.

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Food in America:
The traditional New Year Food in America is collard greens, corn bread, ham and black eyed peas. Collard greens and Black-eyed peas is said to bring good luck to the people as because they look like coins.

Food in Spain: Spanish people welcome the New Year by savoring 12 grapes as soon as the clock strikes 12 in the midnight.

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Food in Greece:
The Greeks have a custom of eating Vasilopita, which is basically a baked cake with a coin inside it.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Beautiful Eyes Made Easy

What eye shadow shades work for you will be influenced by your skin tone, hair colour and, most importantly, your eye colour. But the eye shadow shades you choose should ultimately be decided by your personal style, what looks good and feels right to you. This eye makeup article will give you a guide to eye shadow shades that you may find work better for your eye, skin and hair colour. We also offer useful eye makeup tips for applying your eye shadow.

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Step 1: Choosing an eye shadow to suit your eye colour
Remember when choosing eye shadow shades that colours should be chosen keeping in mind your eye colour, hair colour and skin tone and not the colour of the clothes you wear.

For Blue eyes the tried and true eye shadow colour is deep blue (a darker shade than your eye colour will make your eyes look really blue). Taupe, gray, violet, and purple are also great eye shadow colours for blue eyes. "Edgy" eye shadow colour favorites for blue eyes include silver, turquoise, and fuchsia.

For Green or Hazel eyes greens are your best eye shadow colour. To really brighten your eyes try a deep khaki or forest green. Brown, apricot, purple, and plum eye shadow will also enhance your eye colour. "Edgy" eye shadow colour favorites for green or hazel eyes are gold, lime-green, really light green, and bright purple.

For Brown eyes tried and true eye shadow colours include: copper, bronze, coffee, champagne (soft pink with a touch of apricot), brown (for a doe-eyed look), beige, and khaki green. "Edgy" eye shadow colour favourites for brown eyes are tangerine, royal blue, hot pink, and lime green. The contrast adds punch to brown eyes.

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Eye makeup tip: Generally warm tones i.e. earthy, golden etc. will compliment warm skin (yellow based, olive, medium to dark skins). Cooler tones e.g. pastels will compliment cool skin tones (very fair, very dark, and light to medium skins).

Eye makeup tip: Do not wear bold eye makeup and a bold lipstick at the same time. If you are using vivid or edgy eye shadow team it up with nude lipstick.

Eye makeup tip: When you look at a women's face you see her eyes not her eye shadow. The general rule is that light shades bring out your eyes and darker shades give them dimension. If you have small eyes, and want to give the impression of larger eyes, you want to stay with lighter shades. If you have large or protruding eyes you would want to use darker shades. Keep the basic principles of light and dark in mind while choosing and applying eye shadow colour. Dark colour recedes, light colour brings forward.

Step 2: Choosing an eye shadow texture
Eye shadow generally has either a matte texture, a more reflective texture (e.g. satin texture) or a shimmering texture (e.g. dimensional or French Pearl texture). Which texture you use is a matter of personal taste however matte and satin textures are typically used for day wear and shimmering textures are typically worn for evening wear.

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Step 3: Applying eye shadow
For smoother eye shadow application, that lasts longer, first apply a thin layer of foundation on your eyelids and then apply a thin layer of face powder. This gives you a clean canvas for your eye shadow and will also help to prevent the eye shadow from creasing. This will give you more even, accurate, eye shadow application.

Eye makeup tip: Choose good quality eye shadow brushes which are flat and angled. This will give you more even, accurate, eye shadow application.

Eye makeup tip: Always work your way up from lighter to darker shades, choosing colours that blend easily together.

The classic approach for applying eye shadow to the eyelids is to maximize the eye shape and eye shadow effect by using three matching eye shadow shades: light, medium and dark shades. This is the approach we recommend. Choosing three matching eye shadow shades sounds a little daunting but we've done the hard work for you. Our Triple Split eye shadows are one eye shadow split into three coordinated light to dark shades. Using the Triple Split eye shadow, or your personal choice of three matching shades, follow the simple instructions below for spectacular looking eyes!

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1. Shape your eyebrows and apply eyeliner.

2. Select your Triple Split eye shadow or your choice of three matching eye shadow shades.
Using the lightest shade cover the entire eyelid, from lash line to brow. Use a large flat eye shadow brush.
Eye makeup tip: The lighter shade applied to the brow bone will give the eyes and wide and open look.

3. Apply the medium shade on the lower lid from the lash line to the crease of your eye. Use a smaller eye shadow brush.

4. Use your darkest shade in the outer corners of the eyes, out to the crease. Intensify for a more dramatic night-time look. You can also use this shade as an eyeliner. Remember to blend the shades for a smooth overall effect. Again use a smaller eye shadow brush.

5. Apply mascara sparingly for a sophisticated daytime look. Apply two coats for a more dramatic night-time look.

Remember there are no right or wrong colours. What is important is that you are comfortable with your colour choices so don't be afraid to experiment.


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Thursday, December 25, 2014

January and February Flowers and Flowering Plants

January and February gardening can be just as fun as any other season. Surprisingly there are many hardy plant choices of evergreens, trees, shrubs, vegetables and flowers that thrive in the months of January and February. Start the year with beautiful winter flowers and having a colorful garden all year long.

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Pansy. Pansies are winter hardy flowers that grow well in sunny or partially sunny areas and with well drained soil. These cold weather annuals can survive light freezes and short periods of snow cover even during their blooming period. This great winter flower works well for your outdoor planters which are sometimes left empty this time of year.


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Winter Jasmine. Winter jasmine has yellow blooms that begin to appear in the late winter month of February. This creeping vine look great climbing an arbor, trellis, or by using as ground cover during the long winter months and transitions nicely into the spring season as well.


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Snowdrop. Many of the species of snowdrop family can flower in the month of January. When naturalized in large groups, these white flowers have a great visual impact and can provide an illusion of a carpet of snow cover.

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Winter Honeysuckle. The delightful scent winter honeysuckle releases is a reminder that spring is just around the corner. Winter honeysuckle blooms mid to late winter and can be planted near sitting areas or in container gardens under windows that are often open.


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Glory-of-the Snow. Glory-of-the-snow requires a long winter to properly bloom their bright star shaped violet-blue tepals. These flowers thrive in colder climates, often appearing when snow is still on the ground.


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Winterberry Holly. Extremely cold hardy, the deciduous winterberry holly can be found growing in well drained soils around the home. Unlike other evergreen holly, the leaves fall off in the autumn, and bear the red berry fruit on display long into the winter. These berries are a great source of food for birds and deer during the cold season.

Other winter blooming flowers to consider growing are Camellias, Hellebores, Winter Daphne and Winter Iris.

During the coldest months of the year you can improve curb appeal by growing a lively winter flower garden. With spring around the corner, set the pace for the neighborhood by getting started early.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Garnet: Birthstone of the Month of January

Garnet is not only a gemstone of great beauty, but also one with a fascinating history. It has been found in many cultures and dates as far back as pre-historic times. Different civilizations across time have created their own interpretations of garnet's mystical properties and lore.

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Ancient Greeks believed that a gift of garnet would ensure the return of a loved one or friend. The story begins with Hades, the dubious god of the underworld. Hades fell in love with Persephone, the beautiful daughter of Demeter (goddess of fertility). Angry that Hades had stolen her beautiful daughter into the underworld, the goddess pleaded with Zeus for Persephone's safe return. Zeus was sympathetic to Demeter's love for her daughter and sent a messenger to the underworld demanding that Hades return Persephone. Before Hades agreed, he gave Persephone a gift of pomegranate in hope of her return. Persephone and Demeter were reunited, but after tasting the sweet fruit, Persephone annually returned to Hades for three months of the year. Having a similar appearance to pomegranate seeds, ancient Greeks held that a gift of garnet would make a loved one return.

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Garnet is also rumored to be a part of the legendary story of Noah's Arc. It has been said that Noah used a lantern made of garnet to light the way through the darkness. The gemstone illuminated the night and safely steered the boat. Based on this legend, travelers believe that garnet is a protective gemstone that will help illuminate the right path.

The deep-red gemstone also has been thought to have healing properties as well as intriguing lore. It is thought that garnet will heal its wearer of any blood or circulatory ailments. This healing power, in turn, helps quiet the unconscious mind and reduce sleep disorders such as snoring, sleepwalking, restlessness and sleep apnea. It may also allow the wearer to discover past lives while dreaming.

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Garnet is not only a beautiful deep-red gemstone to wear but a powerful mineral used for many of its physical and meta-physical properties. Try wearing jewelry with square-cut garnet stones to help aid in business opportunities and deter unwanted concern by others. Wearing a rectangular-cut garnet piece can promote intellect. If worn as earrings or pendants garnets can attract those born in the signs of Aquarius, Leo, Aries, Scorpio and Capricorn.

Interestingly, garnet is widely accepted by many distant cultures as the birthstone for the month of January. It also makes a great gift idea for those celebrating their 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. This passionate red stone is thought to rekindle an old flame, ignite an existing one, or help express feelings with greater ease.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fabulous January Holiday Destinations

January remains one of the most favoured months for planning a winter getaway. With different parts of the world being under different climactic zones, there are plenty of places to escape to for a warm sunny winter far away from the somewhat brutal English cold. The Golden Triangle Tour of India, sightseeing in Egypt, and going on an odyssey to Thailand are just some of the ways for ensuring a pleasurable time during January.

Egypt
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Planning one's January holidays in Egypt makes for a terrific idea. In fact, many travellers worldwide catch their flights to Egypt during January. The weather gods ensure that weather conditions don't play spoilsport for exploring all the seductive trappings of the destination such as the legendary Nile River cruises and the knock out sightseeing attractions. In simple words, January is one of the perfect times to revel in the wonders of Egypt like taking hot air balloon rides over Luxor and getting awed by the stunning monuments such as the pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, the Coptic Quarter, and Hanging Church.

India

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India, with its scores of tourist trappings, is another popular hot choice for a January winter holiday. Weather conditions are just about perfect for almost every imaginable activity such as exploring the tourist gems on the Golden Triangle Tour, visiting wildlife zones, getting high on the sun, sand, and surf experience of Goa and Kerala, and indulging in adrenalin pumping winter sports like skiing and rollerblading in the high altitude areas of Kufri, Auli, Manali, and Gulmarg. No small wonder that India is one of the perfect places in the world for a cheap winter sun destination.

Thailand

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Most British visitors who escape to the 'land of smiles' during the bone chilling cold of an English January find swear by the destination. The pristine beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui, and Krabi, as well as the seductive nightlife, shopping escapades, temples, and cuisines of Bangkok draw quite a few tourists during January. The country also bubbles with merry festivals such as Mekong Sunrise: The First Sunrise in Thailand, King Meng Rai Festival, and Bang Sai Folk Arts & Crafts Fair during January. In fact, reasons are aplenty for hunting down all inclusive holiday deals to Thailand during the month.

Mauritius
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Mauritius tends to get somewhat hot, humid, and rainy during January. However, this very reason makes the country a good choice for seeking some cheap all inclusive holiday packages to. Careful planning can even go a long way in getting discounts on first as well as business class flights to the destination during January. Areas near the western coastline are best for a January visit as the rains here are comparatively less frequent than the other regions. Usually, temperatures range from 29°C to 31°C in the coastal regions and normally don't fall under 20 °C in the higher regions.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pet Holidays - Tips When Taking Your Pet on a Plane

So you've searched long and hard to find the perfect resort that allows both you and your dog to holiday together. Your pooch will not have to visit a kennel and you can safely avoid the onset of separation anxiety. There's just one problem - you need to catch a plane to your destination.

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Many pet owners do not properly research the rules and regulations involved when taking an animal on a commercial flight, not to mention the basic care that needs to be taken to ensure your pet travels safely.
Before booking your flights, you should consult the following checklist which should help you and your pet prepare for the journey.
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  • Due to an increased risk of dehydration as a puppy, airlines will generally not allow dogs under the age of 8 weeks to fly. If your pet is given the go ahead to travel on a plane, it is vital that they drink plenty of water before being checked in. If your dog becomes dehydrated or sick during the flight, don't expect the airline to take any responsibility.
  • Your pet will be locked up in a small cage for the duration of the flight, and may be exposed to a considerable amount of noise in the baggage hold. If your dog is particularly anxious, it may be a good idea to consider sedating the animal. You should consult a vet for more information about this.
  • Finally, you should also research the quarantine requirements for animals at your destination (they may not be the same as in the US or UK). Some countries are very strict about this, so check before you leave to ensure your pet holiday does not end at the airport!
Hopefully the above information should start you thinking about the important things that you need to research and confirm before taking your pet on a flight. Their safety and comfort should be your primary objective.

I wish you and your pooch a pet friendly holiday!


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Friday, December 19, 2014

How to Get Beautiful Lips?

The lips form the basic and one of the most important features of the face. The ultimate appeal of the face comes from the lips. Lips need proper care and attention, otherwise they may become dull and dark.
Here are some ways to get the beautiful lips:

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Exfoliate:
Most people don't know the reason behind the lips looking dull. It is because of the accumulation of so many dead cells. Simply exfoliate on the surface of the lips weekly, or two to three times in a week. This will enhance the blood flow and help in attaining the natural color of the lips. We can use any kind of oil for this purpose. Now gently massage the lips.

Applying oil on the naval (belly button):
This is the age old and by far the most effective technique. Apply a few drops of oil on the naval and gently massage it before going to sleep. If this step is followed regularly, the effect is seen on the lips very early.

Moisturizing the lips:
Dry lips look very shabby. It is very important to keep the lips hydrated and moisturized. While going out in the sun, we apply some lip cream on it, to prevent it from the scorching heat of the sun.

Use of pomegranate seeds:
Simply crush the seed of the pomegranate and mix it with milk cream. Apply it on the lips on a regular basis. This is by far one of the best homemade remedies available to us. Results will come gradually, if we follow the procedure regularly.

Staying hydrated:
Our body comprises almost 60% of water. In order to have the beautiful pink lips, it is very much important to keep them hydrated. It is always advisable to increase the water intake and include a lot of juices in the diet.

Avoid licking your lips:
Most people have a natural tendency of licking the lips when they feel that their lips are getting dried or chapped. But it is advisable and a better decision to hold the lips back into the mouth because not doing this will only worsen the condition.

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Quit smoking:
Smoking is one of the biggest reasons for dark and dull lips. Smoking adversely affects our lips and leave it in a very poor condition.

Use of orange peels:
Orange peels provide a very effective way in the treatment of dark and dull lips. Simply rub the orange peels on the lips for a few minutes. Orange peels consist of juice, which is very good for our lips and help in maintaining the color and beauty of the lips.

Use of carrot juice:
Carrots are a very rich source of vitamins. Their juice is extremely useful. Simply soak some juice on the cotton and apply it on the lips. This vitamin rich juice will provide the essential components needed by the lips to stay nourished.

Use of coconut oil and almond oil:
Mix the two oils in equal proportion in the bowl. Apply the cost of the mixed oil on the lips and gently massage it. Do this procedure before going to the bed.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trendy Plus Size Winter Coats

When it comes to plus size clothing, we are always looking for the best trendy plus size coats, especially for winter. Winter is one of the most opportunistic times we have to express ourselves and our sense of fashion. People think just because they wear this type of clothing that they lack the ability to express their more fashionable side, and this is completely bogus! You will be surprised to hear that this type of clothing is indeed some of the most fashionable types of clothing available. If there is a particular size, color, pattern or design you are looking for, just because it is plus size does not mean that it does not exist. Using the Internet to locate your perfect wardrobe has now become easier then ever before.

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Plus size winter coats are a hot commodity these days, and there are many different stores and vendors that sell them. Depending on the type of coat you pick, such as hooded, layered or even extra heavy, you can always accessorize these coats with additional pieces such as scarfs, boots, hats and even pants and other shirts (because after all, that coat does have to come off eventually!).

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You should never feel limited when searching for the perfect trendy plus size coats because the sky is really the limit. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to actively engage and seek out the exact plus size winter coats you are looking for. I always begin my searches with the assumption that someone, somewhere has to actively be making the coat or piece of clothing I am looking for, and I will only stop my search for it if I can be thoroughly convinced that it does not exist. I will search online and in department stores for weeks if that particular item means a lot for me to have, although it does not typically take that long for me to locate what I am looking for anymore.

Winter coats are ultimately one of the biggest pieces of stylish clothing that you can add to your wardrobe and you should have fun while shopping for one. If that coat makes you feel fun and happy to wear then you have found your right match. Remember to always start with a general, or even precise, idea of what you want and then relentlessly search it out until you find it. Even if you do not find an exact match, I am willing to bet you will find something similar to what your original intention was.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Best Winter Hairstyles

If you want to look hot and sexy during the winter season, you need to be familiar with the best winter hairstyles for women. Expect hairstyles to change as the temperature drops. Get to know what is fashionable and what's not to keep your hair stylish and chic all winter long.

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No matter what your hair length is, you can choose from a wide range of glamorous hairstyle options. You can add more volume to your hair, keep long and luscious locks and try hairstyles with bangs.
When adding volume to your hair, use effective volumizing shampoos and root boot sprays. You can also add textural volume to your hair by wearing layered hairstyles or vintage beehive hairdos. A hair full of volume creates more drama and looks well on layers of bulky winter clothing.

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Keeping your straight, wavy or curly hair long is also included in the list of fashionable winter hairstyles. Long hair will look good on bulky clothes and winter hats while adding an air of elegance to any hairdo. If you have short hair, you can go for hair extensions for fresh and fast hairstyle change.

Hairstyles with bangs are also popular during the winter. Bangs can frame the face and draw more attention to the wearer's eyes. They can also minimize skin paleness during the chilling winter months. Try full-cut bangs for a classic look or side swept bangs that look sassy and fun.

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Bobs, razors, and shags
If you want to keep your short hair, you can try some of the popular bob hairstyles. Contemporary bobs are characterized with tapered tips of striking hair, while messy bobs exhibit an alluring and carefree look.
Razor haircuts are popular during the winter because they effortlessly add drama to all winter hairstyles. The messy texture of a razor haircut reflects the confident, bold and enthusiastic personality of the wearer.
Shag hairstyles with shorter lengths also look good during the winter. Some people even add lowlights to their shag in order to create more depth to their sense of style.

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Maintaining winter hair
If you want to keep your hair shiny and smooth during winter, you have to properly take care of it. Keeping your hair healthy and soft during freezing winter seasons is easy if you are familiar with effective hair care tips.
The cold winter will make your hair look drier and frizzier. Make sure to use an appropriate conditioner that can leave your hair soft and moisturized. You can also spare some of your money for hot oil treatments if you want to get rid of brittle hair.

Start eating a healthy diet and drinking more water to keep your hair moisturized and revitalized from within. Refrain from washing your hair too much. Too much washing will strip away your hair's natural oil and make it look frizzier during winter.

With these tips, you can easily get and maintain trendy winter hairstyles that reflect your impeccable taste in fashion.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Beauty Tips

Winter is a branch of the weather conditions. Winter climate by the side of with indoor warm up strips the membrane of its natural oils in addition to moisturizing issue yet the oiliest of skin category. Winter is in the region in addition to this time of year is in general not preferred by several; for the most part because it is ruthless on the membrane. A lot of the dry skin state of affairs that make a victim of us in the winter be able to improve. Rinse out the face and body by means of warm water as a replacement for boiling water. Boiling water and vapor is likely to have a drying result when used too regularly and for long-lasting era of time.

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There are a lot of habits to exfoliate our membrane, but also many to bring up here. Natural as well as artificial (polyethylene beads) brush, face and body wipe/ brushes, plus alpha hydroxyl acid goods by way of application of 11% or a lesser amount of are all measured harmless for at-home utilize on a normal basis.
Some of Beauty Tips for winter are:

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o A small sheen is capable of being used on eyes for receiving a number of transform. These colors are used on lips for give the impression of voluptuous.
o Citizens should make use of matt-based moisturizer for the period of winters.
o For all time use moisturizer by means of sun defense issue before leaving outside for the duration of the daytime in winter.
o For the period of winters, Smokey eyes looks extremely stunning and greatest than extra eye framework.
o For the period of winter season make use of black mascaras subsequent to using eyeliner.
o One might be able to bring into play water-resistant mascaras in shady brown tint.
o During winters, for all time use dyed lip balms.
o In favor of winter makeup, women ought to use tinted face powder with minute sparkle.
o Use little amount of skin-priming moisturizers lying on the face and collar.
o Utilizing of night cream will be serious throughout winter period.
o Gulp lot of water and maintain a hale and hearty diet. Eating hale and hearty can be still tougher throughout the blah period of winter.
o Make an effort not to be asleep with the temperature on high for the reason that of the drying consequence that it have on your sinuses in addition to your skin membrane.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Pet Travel - Bring Your Pet With You

The holidays are one of the peak seasons for travel, and it is the perfect time to take your pet along with you. Whether you are off on a ski vacation, visiting family or perhaps enjoying the magical feeling of a Swiss village at Christmas time, having your best friend along will make the trip more enjoyable.

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Be sure to consider pet identification before you leave. Pet ID tags with your CELL PHONE number are great since there will not be anyone at home to answer the phone. You should consider the added safety of a pet microchip. If your pet is separated from you, a shelter or a veterinarian can read the chip, and they can then track you down through the database of the company who manufactured the microchip. If you are going to be spending a couple of weeks in one place, consider buying a second Pet ID tag with the contact information on where you will be staying.

Pet crates are a great way to keep your pet safe when traveling in the car. Unless a pet is confined or harnessed, its behavior can cause great distraction to the driver of the vehicle. As much as we all like our smaller pet in our lap, it is detrimental to the safety of the pet, the driver, and the passengers riding in the car. A collision, even at a slow speed, can seriously injure an unrestrained pet. The safety of your pet is your responsibility. Be sure and buckle them in (just as you do for yourself) or confine them in a crate.
If it is very warm or very cold, do not leave your pet in the car alone. Be prepared by having a supply of water, food and water/food bowls in the car. You may not find the brand of pet food they are used to where you are going.

If your pet is larger than about 15 pounds, and you are traveling by air, then you will need a pet crate that is compliant with the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) regulations. If you will be staying in a hotel, then the pet crate is the proper place to leave your pet while you go out to dinner. Make sure that the pet crate is large enough so that your pet can stand up and turn around. Be sure to leave an adequate supply of food and water to last for the period that you will be away. It is also a good idea to place an absorbent pet pad in the bottom of the crate that will keep your pet dry in case of accidents.

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Buy your crate well in advance of your trip so that the pet can get used to it before you travel. Pet crates come in two pieces, a top and a bottom. For a few days leave the top off the crate and put treats and a favorite toy in just the bottom portion. After seeing that your pet is comfortable, assemble the crate and leave the door open. Invite them in with praise and treats.

Flying with your pet is easy these days. Almost all airlines accept pets on board the aircraft. Very small pets can often travel in the cabin of the aircraft with you in an airline compliant pet carrier. Larger pets will travel as checked baggage in a special section of the cargo hold where the temperature and pressure is the same as in the cabin. Be sure to alert the captain of the aircraft that you have a pet in cargo as he will take extra care to keep the temperature and pressure at the proper levels. You will need a health certificate stating that your pet is healthy enough to fly. Be sure to make reservations early as the airlines only allow a limited number of pets per flight. Stay away from medical tranquilizers for your pet and instead give them an all natural product that makes them less anxious such as a product called Happy Traveler.

You will need lodging on the way. A great majority of pet friendly hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts that accept pets but they do not always accept all types and sizes. It is important to make your reservations in advance and ask about their pet policy. Under no circumstances should you leave your pet in the car overnight.

When traveling, keep your pet on their normal schedule by feeding them and taking them for their "walk" as close to the regular time as possible. Be sure to pack a supply of plastic bags to take along on those walks. If you are traveling with a cat, there are portable kitty litter trays available. Realize that your pet is out of their normal surroundings, so be sure and keep them on a leash and watch them closely. Reassure them should they show signs of nervousness or anxiety.

Be considerate of other people. Although there are many pet lovers in this world, there are some that do not feel comfortable around pets. Respect others by restraining your pet when necessary.
So whether your destination is Grandma's house, a mountain cabin or a ski resort in Switzerland your pet can accompany you with the proper planning. International destinations require special veterinary certificates, however when traveling to most countries, there will be no quarantine of your pet.


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