Give yourself a break – Don’t Snooker your Inner Athlete

You know how it is, you’ve got a whole night to play with but somehow all the usual options don’t feel that exciting. It’s not that there’s nothing going on, just that you fancy doing something different for once. You need a break from your usual routine, something you’ve not done before. What you need is a plan B. You need an alternative night out.

It can be impossible to think what you might do when that mood settles on you. You don’t feel energetic enough for a swim or a trip to the gym, you’re not in the mood for a party but you’re too twitchy to sit through a film. What’s a girl to do?

Here’s an idea inspired by watching Ronnie O’Sullivan play snooker on TV – he’s the dark haired one who took his shoes off at the World Championship back in April. The big idea was to think like a different sort of an athlete.

There are all sorts of sports that aren’t in the least bit athletic in the normal sense of the word – but they’re still competitive and sporty for all that. Take snooker for example. Ordinarily, snooker is the sort of thing that you might see in passing while your dad watches it on TV with his eyes closed. But there is absolutely no reason at all why rolling coloured balls around on a table top should be any less competitive than running out at Wembley Stadium.

Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!

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There are snooker tables in clubs and bars all over the place and they are nothing like as mysterious as you might imagine. And it’s really not at all expensive to play – which is a definite plus! It’s true, it can take a few goes to get the hang of hitting the balls straight, and the scoring system is worth a few minutes swatting up, but once you’ve got those basics sorted it is a really great alternative way to connect with your inner athlete.

There’s something a bit surreal about the way the whole universe shrinks to just the four sides of that big green table, and all there is within that universe are the different brightly coloured balls and six black holes to slot them into. It’s like being hypnotised – only greener!

Once you’ve had a go for yourself, all the excitement about Ronnie O’Sullivan and his rivals starts to make sense. As soon as you’ve seen for yourself just how amazingly skilled they are, you get a whole new appreciation of what’s going on on the TV. This is not to say you’ll become an instant expert and go rushing off to bet on the next big tournament, but it does open up a whole new window on the world.

Of course there are plenty of other ways to get in touch with your inner athlete – it doesn’t have to be snooker. But it is amazing how just stopping to think what someone else might do can help you see just how many options there are.  There’s always an alternative night out there. All you have to do is take a break from the old routine.

Thinking about a Career in Skin Care? Esthetician’s Explained


If you’re interested in helping people have clear, glowing skin and giving them professional makeup, look into a career in esthetics. Whenever you’re helping someone look their best or applying makeup for a special event, skin care is the first step. You can get into this beauty career and learn industry techniques by going through an esthetics (skin care) program. So what is a skin care career all about?


Career Options

As a licensed esthetician, you have many career options. You can work as the esthetician at a salon or beauty spa. In the medical field, dermatology offices, medical spas and plastic surgery centers have a place for this profession. Or if you’re more interested in the makeup side of this career, you can use your license to become a professional makeup artist. Then, you can work in a cosmetics store, at a department store, at a salon or with private clients who are getting ready for weddings or other special events. Beyond working hands-on with clients, you could always use your skills and knowledge in a career as a beauty writer or as a creator of skin care and makeup videos.


Your Job Duties 

Your job duties can be somewhat different depending on the career path you choose. For example, you might focus more on makeup as a makeup artist or more on skin care as the esthetician in a spa. Nonetheless, there are many aspects to this profession that you learn and can use in a variety of situations. When you go through an esthetics (skin care) program, you learn to analyze your clients’ skin so you can give recommendations and know how to treat each person’s individual skin. You’ll also learn about exfoliating the skin to take away the old skin cells and create a fresh, healthy layer. Giving facials is another important part of the job. You can give different types of facials, including manual and chemical ones, as well as electrical ones that tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.


Helping People

Working as an esthetician can be a rewarding career where you see results and make people happy. You’ll be able to help your clients with skin problems and help them feel more confident and beautiful through clearer skin and makeup. You can help them get glowing skin and figure out the best skin care regimen for their specific needs. When people are getting ready for big events, you can give them skin treatments to make their skin look perfect, so they’ll look and feel great during their special occasion.

Following Skin Care Trends

With a profession in the beauty field, you’ll be following trends and keeping up with the latest techniques, products and styles. Whether people are going for a matte or dewy face, they want subtle makeup or bright colors, or they’re looking for the latest products, you’ll be the one they turn to for keeping them up to date.

Train to Become an Esthetician 

Marinello Beauty School is your number one option for going to school to become an esthetician. At Marinello Schools of Beauty, your esthetics (skin care) program will teach you all about taking care of the skin, including analyzing it, exfoliating it and performing different types of facials. You’ll also learn about making the eyebrows look their best and about the makeup application process in the Marinello Beauty School esthetics (skin care) program. You’ll gain hands-on training and real-world experience.

To get started toward a skin care career, contact Marinello Beauty School to learn more about our esthetics (skin care) program.

Get The Reflection You Want With These Tips For Everyday Beauty Problems

When it comes to improving that reflection in the mirror, us girls will spend a fortune in money and hours in time. We can’t help it. We’re built that way. All of us want to look our very best, and when we see something we don’t like, we need to fix it, right away. Here are some of the fixes for everyday problems almost all of us encounter:

  • Skin – For blemishes, you can try a strong spot cream, or even dab on a tiny bit of acne preparation. The truth is, these things can damage skin over the long term, especially as you get older. Keep inflammation down with tea tree oil that can also help cleanse the area. If you have a skin tag, you can remove it easily in several different ways. It is usually best to do that, and you are unlikely to cause any harm. For a boil on your face, always see your doctor.

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  • Hair – Hair removal is one of life’s biggest hassles. For the best finish, use hard wax. It removes everything in those small areas without risking skin infections. Of course, it needs to be done in the salon. Laser or light therapies do not provide permanent hair removal but can reduce the thicker hairs over time. To keep the hair on your head in good shape, choose a shampoo that looks after your scalp first. Your hair can be moisturized and nourished with a good conditioner. Always style after washing.
  • Nails – If your diet or health is poor, there is little you can do to improve your nails. It takes a couple of months for the signs of a poor diet to grow out. In the meantime, keep the short, and cover up the ridges with a good polish. Stick-on nails are better these days, but they can cause problems with troublesome nails. If you’re not a fan of nail salons, you can get a pretty good finish at home, but take care not to cause further problems.

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  • Signs of aging – Most can be improved with good night creams and moisturizers. Some may need something like a collagen injection to smooth the skin. Very few of us are happy to look our age! Keeping your body healthy and toned through exercises is always the preference. Wobbly bits come with age too I’m afraid. Cosmetic surgery is beneficial if your looks are essential to your income. But it is a lot of money and a lot of downtime after each surgery to recover.

Life is hard on our looks, but we can reduce the impact of age and environment by taking good care of our bodies. Finding good products to help you in your battle against aging is key to satisfaction. You may also want to learn some of the makeup tricks professionals use to reduce the signs of aging. Removing what you don’t like and improving your looks may seem vain. But it can be crucial to your emotional well-being to be happy with your reflection. Spend your time and your money on the things that matter most to you in life, and feel beautiful today.

Benefit POREfessional Primer Review

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I like most people I’m sure, am always on the hunt for makeup which stays put, controls oil, waterproof etc. Whilst it can be hard to find a product which incorporates all of those things, I don’t mind settling for makeup which just stays put, minimises pores and keeps oil at bay which is what I get from the Benefit POREfessional Primer.

I first started off with a sample of the POREfessional from a magazine and once I started using it I quickly fell in love. Since finishing the sample I immediately had to purchase the full sized tube!

The primer admittedly feels a little like silicone but it blends into the skin flawlessly with a mattifying finish and Benefit are true to their word when they say it minimises the look of pores. My pores are largest around my nose area so this is where I concentrate my application on, and after I’ve blended the product in I can instantly see how diminished my pores look. I also dab a little on my forehead to mattify the area before applying my foundation.

In time I’ve also noticed that it does a good job of controlling my dry combination skin by minimising oil in all the right places (forehead and nose). There was a time I would feel the need to blot my skin with blotting papers quite regularly before using the primer but now I can’t even remember when I last had to do so!

The only downside I’ve noticed with the POREfessional is that it can cling to dry patches (something I often find with mattifying products) so I’d recommend only applying on areas where you actually need it.

The Benefit POREfessional Primer is £24.50 which is a little on the pricey side compared to a lot of high street brands, but a little does go a long way and if you’re like me and only require small amounts at a time any way this tube will last you a good while! You can buy the POREfessional from Benefit’s website, Boots and most department stores.

Do you currently use a primer in your makeup routine? What’s your favourite?

How To Make Money From Crafts

If you’ve ever been good at crafts, you’ve always wondered what it’s like to make money off it. The skills take years to hone but have a relatively little monetary reward, right? That might not be as true as you think.

It used to be that selling crafted wares could be realistically done only at market stalls. Now with the internet you can open up your online storefront. You can reach people globally who are hungry to buy crafted goods.

Here are some of the best things you can craft to make a little money.

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Decorative Items

We all have little things around the house. Small decorations that we either picked up somewhere or made ourselves. A knitted doll, or a sewn ornament. People like to have these things to add a bit of character to their homes.

If you’re good with the intricacies of crafting, making things like this and selling them could net you a good earning.

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Bespoke clothes are all the rage right now. High street clothes stores still have the advantage, but sometimes people want something a little more unique. It does involve a little extra design work though.

Being good with a sewing machine and being good with a pencil are on in the same here. To get a following making bespoke clothes, you need to know what people want. Serve a niche market.

Be sure to keep account of your costs though. If the cost of fabrics and shipping aren’t reflected in your prices, you won’t make it a profitable venture.

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Patches can brighten up some items of clothing. Especially custom embroidered patches. Again, this requires as much design skill as it does with actually doing the embroidering.

Made to order patches may already come with a design. This still means you need to do a little work to ensure you can fit it onto the patch size requested.

The good news is you may sometimes get bulk orders. If a motorcycle club is looking to give patches to members, they’ll likely be ordering by the boxload. Bulk orders can take a while to get through, but turn a good profit.

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Wood and Metal Working

This is more on the skilled end of crafts. Not everybody will have the tools or training available to them. If you do though, it can be very lucrative.

Custom jewelery and ornaments can be made from both wood and metal. While rings and necklaces are obviously going to be made of metal, ornaments may be wooden for that rustic feel.

You may find yourself getting orders from businesses rather than individuals. This could range from special gifts for retiring employees, to helping design props for a film or television series.

It’s hard to say where the big money is though. Some of it will be very creatively fulfilling though.

You don’t have to languish in poverty if you like to do a craft. Some of this work can be done alongside a steady job. While only supplementary income, it’s the expression of creativity you should be doing it for.

Tips That Inexperienced Travelers Need to Know


Have you dreamed of traveling and now you finally have the money to do it? If this is the case, you are about to begin an amazing journey where you will see and experience foods, cultures and sights that you could never have imagined. However, traveling is not something that you should do without careful consideration. There are many things you need to think about before you leave on your trip, as well as after you arrive at your destination. If you fail to plan your trip properly, it could result in a multitude of problems that ruin your overall travel experience. Here are some useful tips that inexperienced travelers need to know.

1. Plan a budget

Planning a budget for traveling is not as easy as it sounds. While you know going in how much your plane tickets and hotel rooms are going to cost, there are many other expenses which are hard to plan for. Budgeting for food and transportation are difficult to do, especially if you only have a rough idea of where you will be going and what you will be doing on your trip. If you go to a foreign country, the exchange rate is something that confuses many people. Find out what the current exchange rate is in your destination country before you leave on your trip. It is important for you to know how much your money is going to be worth.

2. Money

You will need to think about how you will be paying for things when you are on your trip. When people go overseas, they often bring traveler’s checks with them. Some also bring large amounts of cash. While traveler’s checks are a safe way to pay for things when you are abroad, they can also be cumbersome, inconvenient and easy to lose. Also, you can’t use a traveler’s check to pay for everything. For example, if you want to take a bus, taxi or subway, you will need to pay for that in cash. Therefore, you should simply withdraw money using your ATM card whenever you are in need of some money. You would be wise to only withdraw it in amounts that are small. This is because most banks charge special fees when a person withdraws money in a foreign country. The larger the withdrawal, the larger the fee. Another reason to only take a small amount of money from the ATM is to protect yourself. You are in a strange city, so you could get robbed. If you only carry small amounts of cash, getting robbed or losing your wallet or purse will not be a devastating event.

3. Take looking for a hotel very seriously

Do not simply book a room at the first hotel you come across that is located in your destination city. You can save money on hotels in Honolulu by devoting a few hours of your time to researching hotels. The time you spend doing this will be worth it in the long run. Keep your budget in mind when you are comparing room rates. If you have kids with you and you are on a limited budget, it might be necessary to have them sleep in your room. The money you can save by doing this is significant, especially on a long trip.

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a complete travel platform that allows you to do everything from comparing charter flights and train rides, to finding the best resort hotels and Airbnb rentals.

How You Can go From Flab to Fab in No Time

Are you sick of having rolls and rolls of flab when you look at yourself in the mirror? Do you wish you could wear slinky little dresses like the stars? Anybody can shape up, it’s just a case of believing you can before you do anything else! This post will tell you exactly how you can go from flab to fab in no time!

Start With Your Mindset

Change your mindset and you’re half way there! You need to believe you can do this. In fact, believe you’ve already done it. Don’t think of it as punishment or a chore, think of it as fun. Make it enjoyable so you like this lifestyle, and you’re more likely to stick to it.

Stop Buying Bad Food

Buying bad food and letting it sit in the cupboard is a recipe for disaster. Do your shopping online so you don’t get tempted by deals or bad foods, and only buy good food to fill your cupboards. Have a treat once in a while, but don’t keep them in the house. You can quickly sabotage your efforts this way.

Eat More Natural Foods

Natural foods will us up for longer than bad foods do. They also help us to feel more alert and energised. Include plenty of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and lean meats on your shopping list. You can also find ways to make your favourite foods from healthy food, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out.

Don’t Go Hungry

Starving yourself is not the way to go. You can ruin your progress in so many ways by doing this! Instead, eat at regular intervals and keep your portion sizes under control. If you let yourself starve you’ll either end up binging or you’ll mess up your metabolism and make your body hold on to fat.


Get Some Exercise

People say they don’t like it, but they just haven’t found a form of exercise that they like. Make an effort 3 times a week and you’ll notice massive benefits. You can then increase it if you like, but you don’t have to. Even walking is a good form of exercise. Or, you could try something fun like playing football!

See a Professional

A professional can help you in many ways. They may talk to you about your diet, and advise you on how you can change your life. If you feel you are too far gone, you can also discuss weight loss surgery procedures. Depending on the type of professional you see, your life can change in many ways.

Address Underlying Issues

Do you feel insecure in yourself? Do you hate being alone? Lots of things can trigger eating binges and leave you feeling gross afterwards. Address these issues and you’ll feel less inclined to binge.

Enjoy the Journey!

Finally, enjoy the journey and the things you’re doing to get to where you want to be. Don’t have the mindset of, ‘I’ll be happy when I weigh X amount’ or ‘I’ll be happy when I look like X’ – just be happy now and enjoy the ride. This is your life, after all!


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