Make Sure Your Makeup Pics Are Poppin’

Whether you solely use Instagram or you write a blog, doing exciting makeup looks is a really popular post idea. People love to see different products used in different ways, but to really illustrate what you’ve done, the best thing you can do is take an amazing picture. The wrong sort of lighting won’t show off your makeup properly, and taking the picture in the wrong place could even change the colors slightly. Here’s how you can make sure your makeup pics are poppin’!

Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is pretty important for a makeup picture, or at the very least, a light source that mimics natural lighting. You could take your pictures outside or by a window. One thing many online beauty gurus do is invest in a special light that really shows off everything on their face. You can get one that clips to your phone or a larger more expensive one if you’re serious about taking the best pictures. With one of these lights on hand, your following will be able to see the finish off your foundation, powder, and highlight effortlessly.

A Great Camera
Some newer smartphone cameras are pretty good and can be used, but nothing quite beats what a professional camera can do for your makeup look!

Remember, all of the usual selfie rules apply when taking a makeup pic too, although you make need to try different angles depending on what you want to show off about the look. Many makeup gurus show off their makeup with their faces more side on rather than head on. Take a look at some and see which style you like. The infographic below can help you too!


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Doctors Put The “D” In Diet

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Food is an incredible thing. Without it, no living thing would be able to live, even plants. Along with being important to life as a whole, food has also played a huge role in human society and tradition from the very start. For some, food means a lot more to them than it does for others. And, this can make it hard to make sure that you’re eating the right things. A lot of people make bad decisions with food, choosing to eat too little or too much. But, this is a shame because it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, you just need to make sure that a doctor approves of the food you eat. And, that you’re eating a good balance. To help you with this, this post will be going through some of the ways you can achieve these goals.

  • What Does Your Body Need?

When you’re planning a diet, you should be considering what your body needs, above all else. Ignore calories for now, as they only tell a small part of the story. And, instead, start to look at the exact nutrients you need. Most countries have their own guidelines to help people to choose what they should eat. This gives you a good basis for your diet, as these guidelines will have been written with a lot of medical backing. But, you don’t have to stop here. Along with this, you can also start using some calculators to figure out what you need based on the food you eat and the exercise you’re doing. You can’t use a single factor to figure out what you should be eating. Instead, you have to be willing to do plenty of research to help you.

  • Go Without Or Work It Out?

A lot of people choose to go without certain foods when they’re building their diet plan. But, this can have a negative impact on your body. For example, a lot of people choose to cut out sugar from their diet. This essential part of your diet is unavoidable, though, if you want to be healthy. Instead of cutting things out of your diet, you can look for a healthier source to eat. In the case of sugar, fruit would be a much better source than chocolate. For those that aren’t sure about this, an option like Huel or Joylent can be the best. These diet plans have been built by teams of nutritionists and doctors, who have years of experience in food science. Taking away the normal stresses of food by doing something like this can make living a lot healthier.

  • Finding Support

Of course, you might not be able to do this sort of work by yourself. Not a lot of people understand chemistry and biology to a great enough degree to be able to confidently produce their own plan. Instead, it’s best to get some help. To start, before you change a major element of your diet, you should always be seeking the help of a doctor. Because food is so important to the body, it’s unwise to make decisions which don’t have any backing from professionals like this. Most doctors and medical professionals will be happy to help you with this sort of decision. And, they can offer their advice as part of their normal service. So, it shouldn’t cost you anything to talk to someone like this.

But, for those with concerns about price and time, you still have some options. For example, the GOLO diet has started to become very popular. This sort of diet has already been worked on by doctors and scientists. And, it’s been proven to be safe. So, you can be confident that it is actually good for you. But, what exactly is the GOLO diet? It’s important to ask questions like this before you start to embark on a new diet. But, most of them don’t have to be answered face-to-face. Instead, they can be asked online. There are loads of sites, services, and resources out there to help you to find the information you need. Most of this information is free, too. So, you don’t have to worry about spending money on it. Instead, you will have to invest your time. Finding the right information when you’re going through site after site can be very time-consuming.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the diet you stick to. Most people don’t consider their doctor’s input to something like this. But, when it comes to health, it’s best to rely on the experts, even if you don’t expect them to help.

4 Things Causing Your Bad Skin You Never Considered

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Having bad skin is pretty much the worst thing a girl can wear. You could spend hundreds and hundreds on the most outrageously beautiful clothes you’ve ever seen but it won’t matter because bad skin will still trump it. After all, skin affects confidence, and confidence is so damn sexy.

If you are someone that suffers from bad skin then you’ve no doubt done your research and found out that you have spots because you produce too much oil or you have blocked hair follicles and all that stuff that makes you believe it is unavoidable.

But these aren’t the only big variables. There are loads of stuff you are probably doing on a tri-daily basis that sucks on the skin front, and we’re about to tell you about them:

Your Addiction To Spicy Food

The thing with spicy foods, like curry, is they tend to contain chilis and tomatoes, both of which contain acidic lycopene. If that word is mumbo-jumbo to you (and it probably will be) what it does is throw your skin’s pH level right off and cause your skin to breakout in spots. As such, we recommend you take a mini-break away from your curry-love and see if it makes a difference. If it doesn’t then it could be another food type you love that is the issue, which could mean trial and error.

You’re Using The Wrong Products

Yes, there is such thing as the wrong product, and these tend to be anything that contains mineral oils. Why? Because they are heavy and that means they clog pores and that means you get spots. Silicone is another one to avoid. Unfortunately, both of these are found in face washes. Luckily, research has shown that organic is the way to go on this front because the best face washes for acne that are ACTUALLY organic avoid all of these and use hyaluronic acids. Not only do these deal with breakouts, they actually prevent them from breaking out in the future.

Your Hair Products Are Doing Harm

You shampoo and conditioner likely has a ton of sulfates and silicones (yup, they’re back!) in them simply because these are the main cleaning agents found in shampoos and conditioners. These are bad because they seep into your pores, block them and then welcome spots in. Not just on your face either. Chest acne is caused by this, the dreaded bacne, and those little blackheads that love your hairline. The best way to combat this is to position your head differently and then make sure you have a thorough rinse with water to finish off. It is that simple.

Smoking Sucks. Period.

There are so many reasons why smoking is the worst. Your heart starts to struggle and your lungs get introduced to a world of pain, to name just a couple. But given both of these negatives apply to the inside of your body not many people care. It is a superficial world we live in, after all. However, for every drag of a cigarette you take, the less oxygen your body gets and that means the less chance your body has of fighting spots. This is because smoking reduces the elasticity of your skin, which makes pores bigger. So, yeah, stop smoking. Please.

Show Your Lungs Some Love!

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Lungs are pretty darn important, wouldn’t you say? Problems with your lungs result in breathing problems, and you kind of need to breathe in order to live. It’s something you do all the time – so any associated discomfort or pain will be noticed on a near-constant basis.

Because you never really see or feel your lungs, it can be difficult to pay as much attention to them as you should do. The same could be said for a bunch of your organs, of course – but even your heart makes itself known if you put your hands to your chest. Lungs feel like more of an abstraction, something that’s easier to forget. But you can’t really afford to forget about them if this means you’re not going to look after them properly.

We’ve got some words of advice: don’t ignore your lungs! This here is a quick guide to the crucial art of taking care of your lungs.

Stop smoking

If you’re at all concerned about the health of your lungs – at least, concerned enough to read an article like this – then it would be pretty odd if you were smoking. Perhaps you’re a smoker who has come here to find other methods of lung care that can help “cancel out” the effects that smoking is having. Sorry, but there’s no way around it: you need to kick that habit to the curb as soon as possible. You could look into nicotine gum, patches, or even buying a vape if you need help quitting. You’re also going to have to make sure you stay away from secondhand smoke as much as possible; even the stuff that emits from clothing afterwards can harm your lungs.

Get more exercise

Good cardiovascular health – that is, the health of your heart and lungs – requires frequent exercise. You may not know that this sort of exercise actually helps your lungs as much as it does any other muscle. Well, the muscles in your lungs get a workout when you exercise; this leads to those muscles being able to absorb more oxygen. This is otherwise known as increasing your lung capacity – it’s what helps you run longer without needing to stop to catch your breath. Consider exercising in water – the water resistance helps strengthen your respiratory system, as well as other muscles. Deep breathing on a regular basis also helps you keep your lungs in good shape.

Sort out your home

The air in the average home is actually pretty unfriendly to lungs. There tends to be more pollution per unit of air indoors than there is in your average outdoors area. That’s because the average home contains loads of dust and toxins. If you want to keep the air quality in your home high, then you need to remove as much dust from your home as possible. You need to replace harsh cleaning products with organic ones. You need to reduce your use of aerosols such as spray antiperspirants and air fresheners (a misnomer if ever there was one). Consider getting yourself an air purification device.

Surprisingly Effective Workouts You Need To Try

If you are looking to get fit, you are not alone. Many people the world over are on something of a constant mission to improve their overall health, and this can often see them taking up all manner of sports and activities in the name of becoming physically improved. However, knowing what kind of activities to go for can always be strangely difficult to do, so it might be worth looking through some of the more effective ones if you want to reach your fitness goals in good time. In this post, we re going to give you a helping hand on that front by looking at some of the surprisingly most effective types of workout that you probably want to try.

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Jogging

This is an incredibly popular pastime, and while there is no surprise that it’s good for you, not many people appreciate fully just how good it is. If you are happy jogging four to five times a week for around forty minutes each, you will soon notice a huge difference to how you feel and how you look. Many people turn to jogging briefly, only to be put off by an apparent lack of change to their physique. However, such people are usually suffering from improper technique – either that or they have not had the patience to give it a proper chance. If it is the technique which is at fault, it will help to learn what proper jogging is meant to look like.

For a start, always endeavour to keep your head straight, as this helps the blood flow throughout the body. Your hands should be held in loose fists, kept at around chest height and a comfortable distance apart. You should try to land on the balls of your feet, and push off from the same area; try to avoid slapping your heel down on the ground. If that is happening, you are probably moving too slowly. Another important aspect of jogging technique is the control of the breath. You want to make sure that you are breathing through your mouth, and in rhythm with your running. That way, you are actually giving your cardio system another mini workout, but you are also helping to keep pace and stop yourself from fainting.

If you jog with the right technique, and you keep at it, you will quickly notice a profound difference to your overall fitness levels. But that’s not the only type of workout that you might want to consider.

Cycling

You probably see cyclists everywhere, and usually you will notice that they do tend to be pretty fit. If nothing else, they are usually pretty skinny, perhaps with some meaty calf muscles too. If that is the kind of physique you are going for, then you should seriously consider getting into cycling. This is a powerful workout type, and it is easy to get into, as most people are already adept at riding a bike. However, you do need to try and ensure that you are doing everything you can to make the most of it, and to get as much of a decent workout from it as you can. To make sure of this, you will first need to get set up. Consider the many choices you have to make – you need to shop around for the ideal bike, compare bicycle insurance, think of where you would like to ride, and try to find some proper clothing. Once you’ve done that, however, you’re all set.

Proper cycling technique is all about breathing. Use the breath as a means of remaining mindful and in focus, in control of the bike. You should also try to angle your body so that you are as streamlined as possible. This will ensure that you are getting the most out of it, and that you are not exerting yourself more than necessary. You might also feel it is more effective if you gently sway from side to side, as this encourages more of a cardiovascular exercise internally. Make sure you cycle in short bursts, perhaps around forty minutes, to really maximise what you are getting out of it.

Body Combat

An increasingly popular type of workout is body combat. If you have never tried this before, it is actually extremely efficient and powerful, and it can also be a lot of fun. Body combat is a type of fitness which combines aerobics with martial arts moves. Through a combination of classic fitness poses and punches and kicks, you pretty much have the opportunity to work out every muscle group in your body. After these sessions, you are bound to feel truly drained – but that is a good sign that you are carrying out some effective exercise.

How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeon for You

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One of the most polarizing decisions that you will need to make is whether or not you should undergo cosmetic surgery. You have to weigh the advantages against the risk before you come to an appropriate conclusion. Once you have decided that you wish to go ahead with one or more procedure, you have one more obstacle to overcome. This is with finding the right cosmetic surgeon for you. This is, arguably, the most important part of your surgery. If you don’t choose the right expert for the job, you may be unhappy with the results. Here are some tips for finding the doctor that is right for you:

They Need to be Board Certified

This is a non-negotiable fact. You should not let anyone who hasn’t received a board certification do any work on you. In many parts of the world, it is legal for any surgeon to take up the mantle of plastic surgeon. This, however, does not mean that they are up to the task. For instance, they may not have received the proper training or have conducted all that many surgeries. The only real way to ensure that you are seeking out the best plastic surgeon in Scottsdale – or anywhere else is to check for their board certification. This is relatively simple to do. Find the authoritative association in your region and check to see if your doctor is listed with them.

Ask Questions

It is surprising that most people feel content simply to listen and not to ask any questions regarding their doctor or their surgery. If you really want to figure out whether this is the right doctor for you, you should not be afraid to ask them serious and important questions. It is important to write down a list of questions before you meet the doctor. This way, you will not leave out anything if you do get flustered. This will give you much more clarity and will also give you more information regarding your doctor’s capabilities. Not to mention, it will also work well as a way to compare all of the surgeons that you may be visiting.

Discern Your Level of Comfort

Changing anything about your appearance is an intimate process and therefore, can be an emotionally turbulent time. This is why it is vital that you like your doctor and feel comfortable with them. For instance, both you and the surgeon should have similar outlooks towards beauty. This means that you can see eye to eye on the result that you are hoping to achieve. Their manner should put you at ease and you should feel confident enough to ask about even the most embarrassing things. Remember, once the operation has been completed, you may experience some side effects. You shouldn’t feel anxious about reporting any adverse reactions at all.

In the end, the most important thing is that the doctor is qualified. However, it is important not to overlook other aspects such as warmth and responsiveness as well. You should always take as much time as needed to make your decision about your doctor.

What To Do To Create A Healthier “You”

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We all want to be healthy, but most of us don’t want to do the work that a healthy lifestyle demands. We’re all busy people, and in between work, looking after the kids, and finding a quiet moment here and there to enjoy “me time”, there’s never any room for all the time-consuming effort which goes into healthy living – right? Well, a good start is to think of healthy living less as a chore and more as another part of your daily routine. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym if you don’t want to. There are other ways to get healthy without changing your daily routine too drastically. Here are some tips.

Look after your body.

When it comes to a healthier body, your diet should be the first thing you improve. Cutting out empty carbohydrates and replacing them with nutritious ones such as fruit and vegetables is a good start. You’ll knock off a lot of weight just by doing that. An active lifestyle is the second ingredient to a healthier body, of course. Still, exercise is often something that’s very hard to stick to if you’ve not done it for a while. If you need a little motivation then you could even consider family fitness evenings or afternoons at the weekend; getting the whole family involved will mean that you’re not tackling this hurdle alone and it’ll mean you can’t avoid your regular dose of exercise because everybody else will expect you to get involved.

It’s always good to have a buddy who can work out with you, at the very least. The important thing is that you find your motivation to create a routine; whether you choose to knock out hour after hour at the gym or go for a leisurely jog every day, you just need to find some way of keeping your body active consistently. You don’t want to try an exercise routine that you’ll give up after a week. Find a way to get moving, and stick with it.

Look after your skin.

Looking after your skin is essential not only to your appearance but to your health. If you’re exposed to the sun often then you need to not only wear sunscreen but remember to drink water frequently to avoid dry skin and dehydration. You could look into skincare products containing glyconutrients, as these are known to help keep the cells in your skin communicating well with one another; it’s all about keeping those bonds tight and your skin healthy.

Look after your mind.

One of the most important elements of healthy living is looking after your mind. You need to learn how to deal with stress, most of all, because the psychological state of your brain has a huge effect on the health of your body too. The importance of looking after your skin was mentioned before, and acne or other blemishes can pop up as the result of a stressed mind. Find some time everyday to close your eyes, center yourself, and reflect only on your physical presence at this present moment in time. Focus on the feeling of your body, and shut out the worrisome thoughts in your head. Find time to let your mind rest now and then.

Getting the Most out of the West Coast

The West Coast of the U.S. is a place that nomads and road trippers alike flock to each and every summer. And when you consider the weather, the places to go and the things to see there, you don’t really have to ask why. It is a place that is brimming when roadtrip potential. Well, it has everything you could possible need on a road trip. It has some of the best places to visit in the world and long stretches of road that connect them. But, if you’re planning a road trip around the West Coast, then it’s imperative that you get the most out of it. And for advice on how to get the most out of it, make sure to read on.

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First of all, you have to choose your weapon of choice. No, this doesn’t mean an actual weapon; it means picking a vehicle. And when it comes to picking a vehicle you have to bare a few things in mind. It’s about picking a vehicle that will allow you to travel extensively. It’s about choosing a vehicle that you can easily get to grips with. And it’s about choosing a vehicle that will be able to house you comfortably at night — because you will have to stay and sleep in it! You’ll have to stay in it simply because of the fact that the distance between the places you will visit on your West Coast trip are so far apart. And even the most youthful and energetic of road trippers are going need to rest and sleep every now and again in order to get the most out of their trip. So, a vehicle such as campervan really should be chosen. It is a vehicle that is strong enough to travel extensively. It is a vehicle that is generally easy to drive because they are automatic. And, most importantly, it is a vehicle that offers sleeping options in the back of it. So, in order to to get the most out of the actual travelling part of your trip, as well as your accommodation, then make sure to rent a vehicle such as campervan.

And to get the very most that you can out of the places you visit on your trip, you really need to set yourself up an itinerary such as the one found here on roadtrippers.com. You need to ensure you don’t spend extensive amounts of time in one place just because it is popular place to visit, such as LA or Vegas. You must give attention to the more understated cities in this area of the U.S. also. When you do so you afford yourself the opportunity to really enrich yourself in the true customs and cultures found there. Places such as Sacramento, information on which can be found here: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-25-things-sacramento/, offer up a whole host of chances for you to learn about the rich history of this area. Whether it be the Old Sacramento State Historic Park that you visit. Or whether it be the California State Railroad Museum that you take a look around. You can be sure that you will learn loads about not only Sacramento, but the whole of the West Coast, upon a visit there. And that’s what travelling is about, isn’t it? Learning about the cultures and histories of different areas.

Whether it be a solo road trip that you take, or a family one, you need to ensure you get the most out of it. And to do so, you need a good vehicle to drive as well as a clear itinerary to guide you.

Five Ways to Feel More Independent

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Other people are great, right? (Well, they can be!) But we don’t necessarily want to be in a position where we really need other people in order to live our lives or feel good about ourselves. This is why you should work on improving your feelings of independence. We’ve got five tips for you if you feel you want to improve in this area.

Accept and believe in yourself

If you want to feel more independent, then you have to be better able to rely on yourself. And if you’re riddled with self-doubts, then that’s going to be difficult to achieve. This is precisely what leads a lot of people to being codependent. While you should work to change things about yourself if you really feel you need to (and if it’s possible), you shouldn’t beat yourself up about what you perceive to be your flaws. The less acceptance you have of yourself, and the less belief you have in yourself, the more you’re going to second-guess every decision you make.

Find motivation

So why exactly do you want to be more independent? For a lot of people, it’s simply about self-esteem. But being more independent makes it much easier to achieve your own goals. After all, everyone around you might care about your success, but they also have their own goals to worry about. So have a think about your goals; think about where you want to be a few years from now and get yourself motivated.

Get out there

A big problem among those who don’t feel that independent is that venturing to pastures new seems like an impossible ask unless they’re with friends or family. Of course, one of the best ways of tackling this is to simply get out there and go on a solo adventure. Businesses like Just You offer travel packages designed for people who are travelling alone. Doing this is nowhere near as daunting as you might think, and you’ll walk away from the experience feeling much more independent.

Challenge your assumptions

A lot of people who don’t feel independent tend to get their information from their friends. They get themselves into a social bubble that works almost like an echo chamber; everyone’s views seems to reinforce everyone else’s. If you want to feel more confident about your ability to grasp the world on your own, then get studying. Read up on the world – read different news sources, check out some books on politics, that sort of thing. Make sure you’re looking at material that might challenge what you already think – having your views challenged is actually a great way to boost your confidence and your ability to hold your own in conversation.

Save money

Perhaps the biggest thing that prevents feelings of independence, particularly among many young people, is a lack of money. Being financially independent is possibly the most important goal on this list; when you have your own resources on which to rely, then you’re much less likely to need other people to prop you up. It will also boost your self-confidence, as well as help you build a more secure future. So get to it!

Get Your House For Winter Now

We know, we know: winter is but a distant spot out on the horizon. It’s all just left. For the next few months, it’s all about those summer vibes. However, just because the sun is shining doesn’t mean we can’t keep one eye on the DIY jobs that’ll make life all the easier when the cold weather returns. When that happens, we all want to be happy and snuggled up inside on the couch, not dealing with DIY tasks! Instead, take care of them when the weather is fine, and life is easy: summer.

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Prepping the Essentials

You don’t want to get into winter, only to realize that something big is faulty and you’re left out in the cold (sometimes literally). Use the long summer hours to check all the essentials for a smooth winter are in order. This is your time to check any drafts that might make it chilly – learn how at https://energy.gov/energysaver/detecting-air-leaks -, fix any holes – or potential holes – in the roof, check your water boiler, and so on. All of these tasks will be a breeze in summer, but a nightmare in winter.

Staying Toasty

If you want to comfortably warm in winter, you need to get everything in place before the chill sets in. During summer, take a look at installing heated towel rails like those found at https://www.bathroomtakeaway.co.uk/heating/towel-rails. When that first chilly morning arrives, you’ll be ready to stay nice and warm when you step out of the shower. You can also look at adding an instant hot water tap. You won’t drink too many hot drinks during the summer, but it’ll be good to go during winter!

Take Care of the Energy

Your energy bills are barely given a second thought during summer because you’re not really using that much energy. You are using energy during winter, though. Take this opportunity to review your energy supplier deals, or to look at better ways you reduce your energy use. When it comes to the stage that you’re using plenty of energy, you’ll be grateful that made the changes, especially when the bills come in.

Any Big DIY Projects

You don’t want to be walking around a building site when the weather is cold outside. This will let in more drafts, will be colder on your feet, and will generally be a less pleasant place to be. In summer, you’re mostly outside anyway, or can be, so this is a good time to make the big changes in your home. It doesn’t matter if your home isn’t perfect when you’re not even spending time there! Also, the later sunset will mean you’re able to work on your projects later and still have the time to do other fun things, too.

The Trees

And finally, to the garden, which is where you’ll be spending a lot of your time anyway. Take a look at any threatening trees that might cause some damage to your property if there was a storm, and get them taken care of/removed.

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