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July 2015

Becca x Jaclyn Hill – Champagne Pop

As we all know Becca teamed up with Jaclyn Hill, I wanted to see what the hype is about. So I finally got the highlighter Champagne Pop and let me tell you Oh My God, I’m in love with this highlighter. Champagne Pop is described as a “soft white gold with pinky peachy undertones”, it’s a pinch lighter than their beloved “Opal” shade and warmer than their cooler toned highlighter “Moonstone”. I personally think it’s great for every skin tone!

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It’s $38.00 and let me tell you it’s worth every penny. Every beauty guru is talking about it. This highlighter is soft and easily blendable and very high quality. Definitely check it out everyone.

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Best Homemade Hair Masks:

Don’t we all wish we can do whatever to our hair and it will still look shiny and healthy? All the heat-styling we do in our everyday life, really damages our hair. I keep telling myself I need to give my hair at least a day or two off. But, honestly it doesn’t happen all the time. I want my hair to look perfect every day. So, I try to use these hair masks 2 or 3 times a week. Not only it repairs the hair, it strengths, make it look healthy. You’ll thank me ladies! Just go open your refrigerator and grab these products to make hair masks!

Milk and honey mask: You will need 1 cup whole milk and 1 table spoon honey.

  • Mix the milk with the honey in a small bowl.
  • Pour some of it in your hands and apply it directly on your hair.
  • Leave the mixture until your hair completely absorbs it. After about 15 minutes, rinse it and wash it with very mild shampoo. You will see some amazing results in your hair.

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Banana and Avocado mask: If your hair is frizzy like mine, you are going to absolutely love this mask. You will need banana ½ cups, avocado ¼ cup, wheat germ oil 1 tbsp, yogurt 1 tbsp.

  • In a blender mix well all the ingredients until it turns smooth.
  • Squeeze some Vitamin E capsule contents and mix them well with the smoothie. (Optional).
  • Massage the mask on your hair and leave it for about 15 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair as usual after this and this can apply once in a week to get great results.

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Strawberry Hair Mask: Greasy hair? No problem! Try strawberry hair mask. All you need is 4 strawberries, ¼ avocado, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.

  • In a blender mix strawberries, avocado and baking soda until smooth.
  • Add apple cider vinegar and blender (it will foam).
  • Put on your hair, starting roots and spread it to the ends.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse out. Wash hair as usual

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Any other hair mask ideas? Please share with me :-).

Health & Fitness For Busy People

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It’s very hard to maintain our health with our busy schedule. Making time for fitness is one of the most important aspects of a healthy and productive lifestyle, yet we often push it aside when life gets hectic. If you are a busy professional or a busy mom, you can relate to this topic more. Here are some exercises you can do anywhere and anytime of the day:

Running: If you are unlike me and an early bird, get up and go for running in the morning. Running has so many advantages:

  • Strengthens you lungs
  • Helps prevent high blood pressure
  • Weight control (it burns mega-calories)
  • Relieves stress – which is why I love running! I usually go after work. After a long and crazy day at work, running helps me to relief all my stress.
  • Physically strong legs
  • Increased confidence – Once you start running, your confidence begins to grow. You’ll feel more in control of your life and your body.

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Chair dips: Now if you are like me, you’ll enjoy this exercise. You can do this anywhere and anytime of the day. It’s great or strengthening your triceps. All you need is a chair! As you sit upright on the edge of the chair, place your hands on the chair next to your hips. Your arms are straight and your fingers hang off the chair’s edge. Your knees are bent with your feet flat on the floor. The weight of your body is supported in your hands as you slide your hips off the chair. Perform the dip by bending your elbows to lower yourself and then straighten your arms to return to the starting position.

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Lunges: You can lunge anywhere, to your kitchen, driveway, just about anywhere. Lunges involve lunging forward on one foot to actively engage the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, calves, and core. Lunges are versatile exercises that can be done virtually anywhere simply using your body’s own weight. While no single exercise can provide all the necessities for a healthy body and toned physique alone.

Featured imageSquats: My favorite! If you want a perfect booty, do squat people! It tones the leg, lifts the butt, strengthens the core and increases flexibility. How to do a common basic squat Exercise:

  1. Stand with your feet hip width apart.
  2. Tighten and pull in your abdominal muscles.
  3. Lower your body as if you were going to sit in a chair. Keep the motion slow.
  4. Stop when your legs are parallel to the floor.
  5. Stay in this position for a few seconds
  6. Press down onto your heels and slowly rise back up to a standing position.
  7. Repeat the exercise for a total of 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps.
  8. Be sure to rest for 60 to 90 seconds between sets.

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Tip: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. There are a lot of advantages of drinking water. Don’t even thinking about eating cheeseburger or and fried unhealthy food, save it for the cheat day ;-).

Still fighting acne?

I’m 30 and still sometimes have to deal with acne. Why do some people get acne? Well it depends. It can be genetic. The common cause of acne for some people is picking or squeezing blemishes or stress. I’ve wasted so much money on acne products and finally started using herbal products. It’ll save you money and the stress. Here are some herbal acne remedies:

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Aloe Vera: Works like magic! I’m not even exaggerating. My mother in-law has an Aloe Vera plant in her backyard. So, I don’t have to buy it. You can find Aloe Vera in any local grocery store. It probably cost $2.99. Better than $60 on a junk product right? Split of a portion of an Aloe Vera leaf and rub the pulp directly on the skin. Now you are not going to see the results right away, so give it some time and wait for the miracle.

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Lemon, cucumber and mint water: 

DETOX YOURSELF! I’ve been drinking this every day. Not only it helped me with my acne but I feel better about myself. Of course you have to eat healthy and exercise. Lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body; it also boosts your immune system. Mint helps to settle your stomach and aids in digestion. Cucumber is excellent for re-hydration. Cucumbers are also good source of vitamin B.

How to make Lemon, cucumber and mint water:

Slice lemon and cucumber thinly. Add lemon, cucumber and mint to a pitcher and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.

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