Category: Beauty

Link Round-up: Avoiding Stress, Hairstyle Ideas, Waffles Without Batter, and More

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for avoiding stress, hairstyle ideas, waffles without the batter, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom told us some ways to avoid stress at Christmas.

One Good Thing by Jillee showed us how to make croissant waffles, or waffles without the batter.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a recipe for sausage and stuffing balls with cranberry dipping sauce.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to do a romantic triple-twist ponytail.

Cup of Jo shared an easy, romantic updo tutorial.

Designer Trapped showed us how to make a gift bag.

One Little Project taught us how to make Christmas tree brownies.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess

Thanksgiving Nail Art

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 by No Comments

The holidays are a fun time of year. When it comes to Christmas there’s a ton of clothing, decorations, and nail art to choose from, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, we are left to our imagination a little more.

In our home, one thing we do is put up a Thanksgiving Tree which takes up a wall in the kitchen. We try to get it up in October so we have at least a month to add leaves for all the things we are thankful for. When it comes to clothes, I pretty much move on to fall colors, sweaters and such.

But when it comes to my nails I wanted something special for Thanksgiving this year, and I found exactly was I was looking for. Turkey feather fingernails.

The technique used to get a marbled effect includes the use of water (something I hadn’t seen before), so I thought I’d share it with the rest of you out there looking for a fun idea for Thanksgiving nail art.

How to Create Turkey Feather Nail Art

To start, you’ll need to choose colors. For a more traditional look pick colors like red, orange, and yellow.

You’ll also need a white base coat, and a small container that holds about 3 ounces of filtered, room-temperature water. The cup/bowl should have a small mouth or opening.

Nail Polish Bulls Eye Feathers
Add polish colors a drop at a time in the center of the cup/bowl to create a bulls-eye. Then take an orange stick and draw a line from the outer edge to the center of the bulls-eye.

Dip the point of the orange stick to stop the line. Wipe the excess from the stick and then start from the opposite outer rim and draw the stick through the bulls-eye and connect at the center to the first line.

This divides the bulls-eye into 2 halves. Divide one of the halves in two, and then into fourths. This creates the turkey feathers.

Dip your prepped nail into the water collecting the feathered (marbled nail polish onto your nail). Have a cleanup stick handy to clean up extra paint. For a visual of how this is done, watch the video.

Finish Touches

The rest of the turkey nail art is painted free hand. You’ll need brown, white and black nail polish and a dotting tool. If you don’t have a dotting tool you can try a toothpick.

Using brown or bronze, paint the tip of the nail creating a half-moon to serve as the turkey’s body. At the top of the half moon add polish to create the head. When that dries, add white and black to create the eyes and a touch of orange to create the beak.

Once it is thoroughly dry, add a topcoat to protect your nail art.

This may sound complicated, but it is easier than you think and creates professional looking nail art perfect for wearing on Thanksgiving Day.

Photo credits: Mucking Fusser

Pu-erh Tea Said to Shrinks Fat Cells

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 by No Comments

Since I learned my cholesterol had climbed into the high zone, one of my dietary changes has been to switch to black tea, because it is supposed to help bring cholesterol down, and I like it better than green tea.

The funny thing is that these two teas come from the same plant. In fact, oolong tea also comes from this same source plant, and I like that, too. However, I’ve just learned about pu-erh tea (also from the same plant), which is part of The 7-Day Flat Belly Tea Cleanse.

So with all these teas coming from the same plant, what’s the difference? It is how they are processed. Green tea isn’t fermented, oolong is only partially fermented, black tea is completely fermented, and pu-erh tea is fermented and then aged.

In fact, some are aged for 50 years or more. The downside to this is that it can sometimes have a musty smell or taste because mold and bacteria can occur during the aging process.

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So what’s all the hype about pu-erh tea? You guessed it. It’s the next thing that’s going to help us lose weight. The reason I found it, is because it is supposed to help with cholesterol, too, but in doing my research found that some studies suggest that ph-erh tea can actually shrink fat cells. I admit, this got my attention.

Chinese researchers decided to look into the brew’s fat-reuding powers. For this study, they divided rats into five groups, and fed each group a different diet for two months.

Along with the control group, one group ate a high-fat diet with no tea supplementation, and the other three groups were fed a high-fat diet with varying doses of pu-erh tea extract.

Results showed that the tea significantly lowered triglyceride concentrations and belly fat in the high-fat diet groups.

So add pu-erh tea to the list of teas to drink when losing weight and overall health. According to The 7-Day Flat-Bell Tea Clease, test panelists lost 10 pounds in one week.

Granted, I’d never expect those kind of results, but I’d be happy with lower cholesterol, as well as improved mental alertness. Love to hear from anyone who has tried it or the cleanse.

Photo credits: Daniel Hanson, Amazon

Kate Middleton’s Dons Sheer Open-Backed Dress for Movie Premiere

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 by No Comments

Fans of James Bond lined up along the red carpet at the Spectre premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Many were awarded autographs by Daniel Craig — Bond himself, as well as stars including Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz and Naomie Harris.

Along with the celebrities, many had the opportunity to catch glimpses of royals including Prince William, Prince Harry, and of course the princess of fashion, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

I say that because Kate wowed in a floor length gown while many were dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt. The sheer, long-sleeve baby blue Jenny Packham gown flowed gracefully with each step.

And for those of you who don’t know the name, Jenny Packham, she has designed many dresses for Kate including that buttercup dress she wore after Princess Charlotte was born.

Kate Middleton
Kate accessorized her light blue gown with an elegant jeweled belt showcasing her tiny waistline. She wore her hair in an updo which highlighted her graceful neck as well as the diamond drop earrings she wore. She carried a small sparkling clutch and wore Jimmy Choo shoes to complete the look.

The dress stirred quite a buzz because it was “sheer.” I don’t know about you, but when I hear sheer, I think of Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez in their sheer dresses that show almost everything with the exception of a few well-places appliques or lacy patterns to hide unmentionables.

Kate’s dress was nothing but elegant; for the most part the sheer overlay just added to the whimsical flow of the gown, and the only skin that really showed was her back…and I guess what stirred everyone up was that she was braless.

She looked great! Oh, and by the way, William looked handsome beside her, too, dressed in a black tuxedo.

Photo credits: World News

What Lip Shape Has to Say About You and Relationships

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 by No Comments

I recently read an article about what our lips say about us. I’m not talking about verbal speech. I mean the shape of our lips. What do they say about our personality?

While these types of things can be fun, part of me worries when experts start to assign meaning to character traits we have little control over. Yes, I’m aware of lip fillers and all that, but the experts even assign meaning to that and suggest people that go that route actually change their intended path in life.

One of these expert face readers by the name of Jean Haner, says that “the most important thing your lips speak to is in relationships and how giving your are.” In her book The Wisdom of Your Face, she talks about how we are born with the features we have for a reason.

For instance, she says those of us who have what I call average lips – not thick or thin and a cupid’s bow that isn’t super-defined but yet is distinct, means we’re pretty even keel when it comes to relationships – not too needy or clingy but we still desire a sense of connection.

And for those of us who get injections for a fuller upper lip, according to Haner, you become needier and more selfish – more out of control emotionally.

The more we plump, according to Haner, the more we invite drama, and if it’s filled to the point of being fuller than your lower lip it means you love to create drama in relationships.

However, if you’re happy to live with unaltered lips and have a naturally fuller upper lip, it means you’re giving and concerned about the other person’s needs.

And as long as we’re talking about altered lips, those who have an artificially plumper lower lip reveals they want to be pampered but are also want to enjoy life.

Those who have this full pouty look naturally, though, are said to have a strong desire to be a mother and will put others first.

Of course, there’s a lot more in her book than just lips, but my concern is that we’re focusing on physical traits and saying they mean something regarding the type of person we are. I’m not really comfortable with that, are you?

Photo credits: Most Loved Lips

Bullied Student Hopes to Help Other Bullied Students

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 by No Comments

When my daughter was in fourth grade, a kid from somewhere in the back of the classroom threw a wad of gum and it landed in her long hair.

He got in a little trouble, but you know “kids will be kids” and he got off lightly while my daughter was looking at cutting her hair. Fortunately, I learned about the ice cube trick and after hours of work, we got the gum out of her hair without cutting it.

That wasn’t the case for 15-year-old freshman Hannah Combs of Harker Heights High School. In her case, it wasn’t gum. It was a 14-year-old student who decided to squirt super glue over her hair and scalp.

Hannah told KCEN, “It’s horrific. I can’t describe how awful it is going to school after that.”

In Hannah’s case, she ended up at urgent care with first degree burns. Doctors spent 30 minutes trying to remove the glue from her scalp, but Combs ended up having to shave part of her head.

Hannah Combs

And what happened to the boy who did this? He received a three-day in-school suspension, and his mom says he’s on probation for 45 days. Hannah’s father isn’t happy with the boy’s punishment, and would like to see him transferred.

The boy, who hasn’t been named, says he was just playing around with another student at the time of the incident. He says he didn’t know until after the fact that Hannah had to go to the doctor or have her head shaved.

When he did hear about it, he said, “I don’t really cry, but I just went into tears. I realized at that moment what I had done.”

This is where it gets sticky…pun intended. The Combs’ family is adamant that the boy purposely put the glue in Hannah’s hair and they want to see their daughter in a safe learning environment and don’t feel she should be the one who has to transfer.

On her Facebook page, Hannah is trying to turn a negative into a positive.

She says, “I want to make a difference. That’s my goal in life. Yes I have bin through a lot. Yes I’m just a teenager but I’m old enough to know right from wrong. I’m old enough to help people that are being bullied and even help the bully themselves become better people. Did you know that half of the time the bully doesn’t even know he/she is bullying anyone. But we can fix that I know we can.”

Photo credits: Your Daily News

What Your Nails Are Saying About Your Health

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 by No Comments

The other day, three of us were sitting around talking about our fingernails. We talked about nail colors for this fall, and of the three of us, one bemoaned that her nails are thin and bendable.

While not all of us have strong nails, the health of our fingernails can actually point to vitamin deficiencies or other health issues, or may simply be warning us that they’ve undergone too many harsh manicures, gel wraps, or acrylic nails.

Here’s a quick break down of what your nails may be saying.

Weak/Bendable Nails

If your nails bend easily, you can peel them, or they constantly split it may be a sign that you are deficient in vitamin A which helps your body process protein.

It may also point to the need for vitamin C or biotin which is a B vitamin that helps strengthen your nails

Spoon Nails

Spoon nails sink in leaving your fingernail shaped like a spoon. This can be caused by trauma or exposure to petroleum-based solvents, but if you haven’t experienced either of those and still have spoon nails your nails may be telling you to get checked for anemia.

Yellow Nails

If your nails are yellowed it may be the result of wearing dark polish regularly. To remove yellowish stains, soak your nails in denture cleaner.

But if your nails have a subtle or dramatic yellow tinge for apparently no reason, it could be due to a nail fungus. This is the case about 50 percent of the time, and requires a visit to the doctor.

Yellowing can also be due to some medications and is often seen in psoriasis patients.

Pale Nails

At the other end of the spectrum are very pale nails which can also be a sign of anemia, malnutrition or more serious health issues including liver disease and congestive heart failure. If you have pale nails, call your doctor and make an appointment.

Our nails can reveal clues to our overall health if we learn to pay attention. Their shape, texture, color and all over condition are telling us about our health.

The key is not to just dismiss the symptoms to bad genes or weak nails but to know what they mean and what to do.

Photo credits: pixabay

Link Round-up: Mocha Protein Shake, Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies, Salmon Recipe, and More

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a chocolate mocha protein shake, pumpkin thumbprint cookies, a salmon recipe, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a recipe for a chocolate mocha protein shake.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her monthly beauty buys.

Strength and Sunshine shared a recipe for roasted hatch chili jicama salmon.

One Good Thing by Jillee taught us how to make Lush-inspired bath bombs.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make pumpkin thumbprint cookies.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared free plaid bathroom printables.

Honey and Birch shared a recipe for red pepper and brie soup.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess

The Angelina Effect Is Real

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 by No Comments

When Angelina Jolie had her breasts removed in 2013 because she tested positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, it was inspirational to some and controversial to others.

But no matter what side of the issue you might fall on, there is something being called the “Angelina Effect” that has taken place as a result of Jolie’s choice – an increased women’s awareness of reconstructive breast surgery options.

While this effect has been a matter of speculation until now, a new study from Austria confirms that it is real.

The new study from Austria looked scientifically at the impact of Jolie’s actions.

Researchers found that after Jolie’s announcement, 92.6 percent of women in the study said they knew that breast reconstruction was an option after a mastectomy which was up from 88.9 percent in the same poll conducted the month before the announcement was made. These polls were conducted online, and each one included 1,000 Austrian women.

Dr. David Lumenta, an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the Medical University of Graz in Austria and lead researcher on the study, said in a statement, “This is the first prospective report to prove the media’s effect on the healthcare-related issue of breast cancer among the general public.”

The same study showed the largest increase (up 57.6 percent) in awareness regarding the use of a woman’s own fat tissue in breast reconstruction as opposed to synthetic breast implants, and another large impact on awareness dealt with knowing that breast reconstruction surgery could be conducted at the same time as the breast removal surgery up 40.5 percent from the first poll.

Along with comparing this information, researches added questions to the second survey to gather more detail regarding the impact of media coverage on the participants. One-fifth of participants admitted that Jolie’s media coverage forced them to “deal more intensively with the topic of breast cancer.”

Other retrospective studies have been conducted, and one 2014 United Kingdom study looking at the “Angelina Effect” found the demand for genetic testing for breast cancer nearly doubled, and women asking about risk-reducing mastectomies also went up.

Here in the U.S. another 2014 study found that while 75 percent of Americans knew about Jolie’s announcement and surgery, less than 10 percent of respondents totally understood how the BRCA gene affected her risk for the disease.

Lumenta admits that it is important for doctors to consider the effects of media coverage on their patients saying, “Since individual choice will become a driving force for patient-centered decision-making in the future, cancer specialists should be aware of public opinion when consulting patients with breast cancer.”

Photo credits: wikimedia