Category: Beauty

Video: Pinterest DIY: Does PAM Dry Nails Fast?

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 by No Comments

We took this DIY straight from Pinterest (we’re obsessed with Pinterest!). Does PAM dry your nails fast? Is this easy cooking spray DIY just a myth? We find out.

Video: DIY Skincare

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 by No Comments

Dr. Ava Shamban offers advice on DIY skincare.

New Mom Scarlett Johansson’s Stunning Oscar Style

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 by No Comments

Did you see Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards? She looked stunning in her skin-tight emerald green Atelier Versace gown showing off her teeny-tiny waist.

I have to say green is one of her colors. She looked perfect. The dress wasn’t excessive or skimpy. It had just the right amount of train to perfect the look.

What I didn’t know is that the 30-year-old star is a new mom. I would never have guessed by looking at her. When I say new mom I mean really new. Her daughter, Rose Dorothy, was born last fall.

If you don’t know who Scarlett Johansson is, you might recognize her as one of the super heroes in the Avengers franchise – a redheaded super hero that’s both sexy and lethal. That’s where I first remembered her from even though she’s been in several films.

For the Oscars, she wore her hair blonde even though she is naturally a brunette. She’s lucky that she wears all those hair colors so well. It certainly has to help in her line of work.

Johansson completed her look with a striking emerald green necklace that draped from her neck to her chest and an exquisite Piaget Mediterranean Gardenear cuff on her left ear.

I wasn’t the only one who thought she looked great. While still on the red carpet, John Travolta walked up to her and awkwardly placed his hands on her waist and kissed her on the cheek.

You could see that Johansson was taken aback a bit, as she stood there like a stunned statue wondering how to deal with the unexpected attention. It was a bit bazaar, but when he was presenting later in the show, his behavior was a little strange on stage, too.

If I could pull it off, that’s one dress I’d add to my wardrobe. What did you think of her look?

Photo credits: Clever News

Is the Treadmill Equal to the Road?

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by 2 Comments

With arctic air pushing its way all the way to Florida, I’ve been staying inside but still exercising.

I’ve been house-walking (walking in the house for at least 30 minutes), hula hooping, jump roping, and stretching but all indoors. I prefer walking outdoors, for a number of reasons, but not when it’s cold. One of those reasons, is that the hills require a variation in exertion.

My girlfriend pounds the treadmill to get her exercise it. But she does that year round, though she is not as consistent with her exercise and I think it is because it is rather boring running in the same place.

At least we are moving and burning some calories indoors, but the real question when it comes to treadmills is, do they do the job we think their doing? Are we accomplishing the same thing we would outside?

According to Reed Ferber, exercise physiologist and director of the running injury clinic at the University of Calgary in Canada the answer is basically, yes.

He says, “You have more forward lean from your trunk and more flexion at the hips and knees when you run on a treadmill because you don’t need to generate as much power at the same speed as you do running on level ground outdoors.” But he goes on to say that for the average runner, that doesn’t mean much.

How does that translate to calories burned? If running, studies show it makes a difference at speeds faster that 8.5 miles per hour. That’s faster than most runners run, so if I choose to climb on my girlfriend’s treadmill these cold days, it could do me good.

We can even visit as we take turns, or watch a movie. That’s what I do while I hula-hoop indoors. The real importance is to keep doing something. For now, I dream of the Spring and warm sunshine and keep on keeping on, until then.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Cute Purse, DIY Cat Toe Flats, Hair, and More

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a cute purse design, DIY cat toe flats, a hair tutorial, and more.

Creative Khadija showed us how to decorate a purse with washi tape.

Mama of 3 Munchkins showed us how to make a strawberry cake in a mini mason jars.

Little House Living shared a tinted mason jar craft.

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Kenarry showed us how to brighten up a bedroom for spring.

Living Chic on the Cheap shared a DIY cat toe flats tutorial.

Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us how to hide veggies in hamburgers.

Lauren McBride shared a half-up side twist tutorial.

Photo credit: Creative Khadija and Kenarry

Leaked Cindy Crawford Goes Viral

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by No Comments

This past week a photo of Cindy Crawford in lingerie was leaked on Twitter and since has gone viral. Not because its risqué, but because it’s real.

The un-retouched photo shows the 48-year-old super model in a sexy pose. But that’s not what all the fuss is about. Some are calling the photo gorgeous others are picking it apart, but the one thing it isn’t is flawless.

A good friend brought the picture to my attention, saying, that she found it encouraging because it helped her realize she wasn’t the only one who wasn’t “perfect” after having kids.

She’s got a point, but if the photo was never leaked would she really think a 48-year-old woman would have the body of someone in their 20s or 30s?

The Twitter account that released the photo exploded with comments from ” Yah Cindy!!! Looks fabulous!” to “Glad to see what she really looks like BUT it’s still a woman with her kit off. Not much progress.”

And of course there were the handful of rude remarks that would be better deleted.

Some people have a problem with the airbrushing and the photo-shopping aspect of photos, but that’s where we live these days.

My sister is an amateur photographer, and the last she was here she did a photo shoot with my husband and myself. She started “fixing” the pictures by whitening our teeth, eliminating dark circles, and such things.

I did look better, but by the time she told me all the things she was fixing, I was looking in the mirror and thinking about all my flaws.

For a mom who is 48 years old, Cindy Crawford looks great. No she’s not “perfect” physically, but it’s part of her job to look perfect.

In the modeling industry, it is common place to correct things like sagging skin, stretch marks, scars, cellulite, and extra pounds. Poof all gone with a click.

For most moms, when we look in the mirror and see all our flaws it can be discouraging by comparison. However, Cindy Crawford sees the same kinds of things when she looks in the mirror. That’s life without Photoshop. It’s called reality.

Photo credits: Marko Getze

Link Round-up: Ingrown Hairs, Sweets, Friendship Bracelets, and More

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has sweets, tips for dealing with ingrown hairs, heart friendship bracelet DIYs, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate chip cream cheese cookies.

A Smooth Life shared tips for getting rid of ingrown hairs.

Honestly WTF taught us how to make heart friendship bracelets.

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Positively Splendid taught us how to make red velvet swirl brownies.

The Ribbon Retreat taught us how to make a swappable flower cluster wreath.

I Heart Organizing shared tips for storing statement jewelry.

Saved by Love Creations shared 50 accent wall ideas.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Positively Splendid

Link Round-up: Hair Ideas, Garlands, Skin Care, and More

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has hair ideas, garlands, skin care products, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a macramé yarn garland.

Honestly WTF shared undone half-done hairstyles.

Crafts by Amanda showed us some DIY wall art ideas inspired by the beach.

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Kenarry shared some tips for dyeing Easter eggs.

…love, Maegan shared 20 favorite skin care tips.

Instructables showed us how to make a teardrop wirework pendant.

The Merry Thought shared a DIY lipstick holder project.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Link Round-up: DIY Art and Body Care Products, Food, and More

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has DIY art, body care products you can make for yourself, food, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make flourless chocolate chip brownie pie.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a golden, glittering string art heart.

Kenarry shared a recipe for French toast casserole.

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Belle of the Kitchen shared a recipe for easy slow cooker chicken and dumplings.

Wife Mom Geek showed us how to make a lime salt scrub.

Raising My 5 Sons shared a recipe for strawberry mocha delight.

A Cultivated Nest showed us how to make homemade chocolate whipped body butter.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Belle of the Kitchen