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Top Three Primers Must Have

Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer

This primer is very lightweight. It’s oil free! I’ve been using it for almost two years. This primer helps to mattify the skin and reduce shine in all areas of the skin. It elongates makeup length by a few hours. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. I’m in love with this primer and this is my favorite! It’s $36. You can purchase it at Macy’s, Ulta or Sephora.

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Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

I love love love this primer! After Smashbox, this is my favorite. This primer cost $39. It comes in a glass jar and apparently contains antioxidants as well as peptides. It acts to blur the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. It has a very light fresh floral scent and a very creamy, thick texture so remember a little goes a long way. This primer contains Vitamins E and C to help fight free radical damage and brighten the skin.

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Laura Mercier foundation Primer – Radiance

It’s known for minimizing the look of imperfections with a radiant finish. The price is $34. It’s creamy, liquid primer with a pearlescent. When worn alone, this primer does indeed leave skin looking more radiant, and under makeup the glow only slightly peeks through, depending on how much foundation, powder, or tinted moisturizer you apply over it. Overall, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance is like candlelight in a squeeze tube. It gives the perfect healthy glow to face and cheeks without every looking over done.

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Urban Decay Smoky Palette Review

I’m such a huge fan of Urban Decay. The new Urban Decay Smoky Palette is the bomb! It has every piece you need for the perfect smoky eye. This palette is set up as the other three naked palettes. Naked Smoky comes in plastic packaging, looks sexier in person.

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Inside there is a full sized mirror and twelve eyeshadows. The first four shades are shimmery glittery finishes, next four are Urban Decay’s version of satin and the last four are buttery mattes. It also comes with a dual-ended brush. One side is the blending fluffy brush and the other end is a compact pencil brush.

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The palette is $54 and it’s available at Sephora, Ulta and selected Macy’s store. The wear time is excellent. My eyelids are really oily and eyeshadows creases easily. I wore it for 12 hours, no creasing at all!

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Overall I love this product. There’s such a wide range of colors you can use, you can definitely create a day-to-night look with just this one palette. The warmer colors are perfect for an everyday look, giving a softer appearance. You can then amp up your look for the night time using the darker, cooler shadows. Let me know your thoughts below 🙂

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NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette & NYX Wonder stick review

I finally got the NYX Wonder Stick and NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette. I ordered it from nyxcosmetics.com. I went to Ulta couple of times to purchase it, but they were sold out every time. It comes in four shades: Light, Medium, Deep and Universal.

NYX Wonder Stick:

I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this product. It’s a double ended stick. One side has the highlight shade and the other side has the contouring shade. My NYX Wonder stick is in the shade medium. This product is extremely creamy! You have to set it with a setting powder. Otherwise your skin will look cakey, especially if you have oily skin. I like this product, but not super impressed with it. It’s very easy to use, especially for beginners.It didn’t give me the result I wanted, but I’m happy with it. This product cost $12 on nyxcosmetics.com.

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NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette:

Now, let me tell you about this palette, I love it! I’ve been using it for past couple of weeks and I’m really impressed. All eight powders are highly pigmented and easily blendable. The pans are removable and refillable and perfect for building your own customized pro palette. Apply the deepest shades to contour and define shades, next apply the lighter colors to areas you want to highlight and add luminosity too! It’s worth giving a shot for $25.

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H=Highlight; C=Contour
h1- pearl/white toned powder (shimmer)
h2- nude toned powder (matte)
h3- banana toned powder (matte)
h4- peach toned powder (shimmer)

c1-soft brown with red undertone powder (satin)
c2-neutral brown (satin)
c3-true taupe (matte)
c4-deep brown (matte)

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You can grab the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette & NYX Wonder stick at:

http://www.nyxcosmetics.com

Get Dirty with Frank

Do you want to get dirty and want your skin to feel baby soft? Then Frank is your guy. Relax! I’m just talking about body scrub. The site shows two types of Frank. Original body scrub and coconut body scrub.

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I bought the original therefor I can’t tell you about the coconut scrub. So, let me tell you about the original. It’s for “dry, flakey skin, targets cellulite, stretch marks, eczema and psoriasis.” I use it for stretch marks and acne scars.

Application:

Hop in the shower. Scoop a handful out, apply to damp skin and start scrubbing. I usually use it on my whole body and face. The instruction says 5-10 minutes. I wait full 10 minutes before rinsing off.

I’ve been using Frank for little over 6 months now. Honestly, I love it! It’s only $14.95 and lasts for a long time. I’m still using the first one I bought. I do see my stretch marks and acne scars are fading away. Ladies, who are trying to minimize stretch marks after pregnancy, must try this! Now, you’re not going to see a result overnight. Be patient and let Frank do the magic :-).

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Tip:

Try using frank at the end of your shower after washing your body so the hydrating film it leaves behind doesn’t wash off. Go messy, get dirty! It’s all worth it ;-).

I’m attaching the link with this blog. It’ll take you straight to Frank Body Scrub website. Enjoy!

https://us.frankbody.com/

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.

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  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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