Category: Beauty

Link Round-up: Jewelry How-to, Camp Food, Makeup, and More

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a DIY jewelry project, camp food, easy recipes, makeup tips, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a geometric copper necklace.

Almost Supermom shared a recipe for campfire cinnamon roll-ups.

Mind Body Green taught us how to create a no-makeup makeup look.

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Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us how to make easy chocolate s’mores tarts.

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom shared a recipe for an easy five-minute tropical fruit salad.

Our Peaceful Planet shared a recipe for healthy French toast with banana coating.

Meegan Makes taught us how to make a flower basket from a spice rack.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Spaceships and Laser Beams

Is Your Skincare Regimen Damaging?

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 by No Comments

With so many skin types and so many kinds of skincare products, it’s easy to find what you need. But did you know too much of a good thing can actually damage your skin in some cases?

For instance, you can actually over exfoliate by overdoing it with cleansing grains, retinols, glycolic acids, salicylic acids, as well as sonic cleansing systems.

For most of us, weekly exfoliation is sufficient. Too much can lead to a ruddy complexion and darker looking skin on the neck.

Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City says, “Women think more is more when it comes to anti-aging products–then they come to me with red, inflamed faces. It’s better to stick to simple regimens tailored to your individual skin needs, which your dermatologist can help you decide on. But in general, products like retinols and exfoliating acids should be used sparingly for best results.”

Alcohol-based toners are another problem. While they may give you that “clean” feeling, they really dry the skin. Instead, dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, of West Islip, NY suggests we remove stubborn makeup with a “gentle remover or towelette, then follow it with a pH-balanced cleaner.”

And believe it or not, if you’re using soap it can also dry your skin by stripping natural oils from your skin. It turns out that water alone is sufficient for your face. Moisturizes can help but can’t really replace that oil.

Other problems come about if we are continually trying the next product rather giving a product six weeks or so to see results. Six weeks does seem a long time because we want results now, but that’s not how it works.

There are also drawbacks to using too many products. It is better to keep your skincare regimen simple.

In the morning, clean your face, moisturize with sunscreen, and apply makeup, if you wear makeup. Before bed, cleanse again, apply antioxidants, retinol and eye cream. Then once a week exfoliate.

Photo credits: Luke Lehrfeld

Jennifer Lopez’s Version of the Little Black Dress

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 by No Comments

Jennifer Lopez turned 46 this past week, and she showed up for her party in the Hamptons looking as hot as ever.

She was accompanied by her on-again-off-again-on-again boyfriend, Casper Smart, as she sported a new shorter hairdo that adds to her youthful appearance. But people weren’t paying much attention to her hair; it was her dress that had everyone talking again.

J. Lo is famous for wearing sheer dresses and this little black dress was another to add to her collection. This transparent black number was designed by a little-known L.A.-based designer by the name of Bao Tranchi who has also been worn by Demi Lavato, Serena Gomez, Rita Ora, and Sereyah McNeil in Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video.

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Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart.

This dress incorporated cutouts, sheer fabric, and strategically placed panels that let her flaunt her hard body and left very little to the imagination. I mean you can see that the hours she puts in with her personal trainer are really paying off, but I wonder how many hours that is!

Let’s face it, not every 46-year-old can pull off a look like this, even if they have a personal trainer. She looks like she’s 20! Even her face. But that’s leads to a different sort of speculation.

So this hot birthday dress that everyone is still talking about was extremely low-cut and pretty much a sheer body stocking with strategically placed panels. But is it really the dress that’s so hot?

I’m telling you right now, that if I stopped to put that dress on and walked anywhere in public that people would not be so wowed. I applaud her hard work.

How did she celebrate the big 46? According to an Us Weekly source, “She was dancing all night, and she looked amazing.” And when J. Lo became a little overwhelmed by guests jockeying for a snapshot, Smart was said to step in and kindly ask her fans to back off so she could enjoy her fiesta.

Happy 46th J. Lo!

Photo credits: The Incredible World

Collagen Beer: Is It the Elixir of Youth?

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 by No Comments

Collagen is a protein found in the inner layer of our skin. It makes up the connective tissue in the dermis and it is the thing that keeps our skin looking young. As we age, it breaks down. As a result, wrinkles and sagging starts to develop.

None of us wants wrinkles and the beauty industry has capitalized on that with all kinds of lotions and cosmetics that use collagen as an ingredient.

The problem is that collagen can’t be absorbed through the skin, which has led to finding ways to increase collagen production rather just apply collagen to the skin.

In Asia, the practice of consuming collagen has been going on for years, and currently drinking collagen has become big. Companies like Shiseido and Kinbi sell collagen supplements in little bottles, much like the 5-Hour energy doses sold here in the U.S.

Last month, a company by the name of Suntory launched a collagen beer marketed with women in mind. It’s called Precious. Even for women that seems a strange name for beer in my opinion, but that aside, it’s five percent alcohol and contains 2 grams of collagen per can.

Their marketing tag line? “Guys can tell if a girl is taking collagen or not.” That tag line would never work here, but I won’t get into that. Instead, let’s look at whether consuming collagen provides any benefits to how we look.

The trend for collagen consumption has spread to Europe and “wrinkle-free meals” can be found at some restaurants in the U.S, but Japan is the leader in serving up collagen laden dishes.

It’s a naturally occurring ingredient in some dishes like chicken and pigs feet, but since it is a tasteless additive, it can easily be added to all kinds of dishes. The Japanese company, Eiwa, even makes marshmallows packed with 3,000 milligrams of collagen in each one.

So does ingesting collagen work to fight aging any better than smearing it on our skin? According to the British Skin Foundation, eating collagen doesn’t benefit the skin in any way.

Looks like drinking Precious beer won’t do much more than give someone a buzz, but I’m guessing that won’t stop the collagen consuming trend. Sometimes if we believe a myth, we think we can see results.

Photo credits: Gasp

Link Round-up: DIY Placemats, Cutting Board Clock, Smoky Eyes, and More

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for making your own art materials, sewing burlap placemats, making your own cutting board clock, and more.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to create a clock out of a cutting board.

Artful Parent showed us 10 reasons to make your own art materials.

I Love to Create showed us a no-sew 2-in-1 halter or skirt cover-up project.

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Kenarry showed us how to sew burlap placemats.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make no-bake bumblebee Oreos.

Kalyn’s Kitchen shared a recipe for whole wheat orzo and grilled vegetable salad with feta, olives, and herbs.

Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us three ways to achieve a gorgeous smoky eye.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Knotted Scarf Chignon Style, Grilled Chicken with Persimmon Salsa, and More

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a knotted scarf chignon hairstyle, garlic grilled chicken with persimmon salsa, homemade green tea travel toner, monster party invitations, and more.

Strength and Sunshine shared a recipe for garlic grilled chicken with persimmon salsa.

Kalyn’s Kitchen showed us how to make rosemary mustard grilled chicken.

CopyKat taught us how to make delicious sweet and sour chicken.

Carolyn’s Homework showed us how to create green tea travel toner to keep oily skin under control.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to create a knotted scarf chignon hairstyle.

Simplistically Living shared how to make your own monster party invitations.

Two Healthy Kitchens shared a recipe for cool and creamy five-minute no-cook blueberry almond oatmeal.

Photo credit: Strength and Sunshine and A Beautiful Mess

Snow White Actress Shows Off New Do at Comic Con

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 by No Comments

Snow White actress, Ginnifer Goodwin, 37, showed up at Comic Con with a whole new look. Instead of her raven black hair, she rocked a new pale lavender look.

It’s not always easy for someone with black hair to pull off some lighter shade, but Goodwin, who is married to her Once Upon a Time Prince Charming, Josh Dallas, in real life made it look natural.

She complemented the look with hot pink eye shadow which, I think, gave her a great look for Comic Con. To complete her look, she wore a long-sleeved black dress and crisscrossed sandals.

The panel answered a whole host of questions, and a couple of things we learned is that Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter Emma Swan will go dark this coming season.

I won’t get into all of it here, but if you enjoy fantasy and fairy tales with a twist and haven’t watched this show it would be worth catching up on Netflix.

But regarding Goodwin’s new hair color she told Us Weekly in a roundtable event, that it won’t be showing up in the new season. She said, “No, [the color is just for me], in real life. Mary Margaret will still be brunette! I was copying my makeup artist. I was like, ‘It’s beautiful, I want that!’ I’ve always loved gray, but I guess the key is lilac.”

It really looked good on her, but stripping the dark brunette from her hair took eight hours of bleaching and gave her a headache. But in the end she said, “It was worth it.”

After it taking eight hours, I’m not sure we’ll be seeing a repeat of this Frozen-like do, but I’m glad that after all that time in the salon chair that she walked away with something she actually likes. As we all know, that’s not always the case.

Photo credits: Flicks and the City

Carrie Underwood Shares Makeup-free Workout Pic

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 by 1 Comment

Singer Carrie Underwood (32) has certainly snapped back to her pre-baby svelte self, but not without work. While she was pregnant, she did her best to eat healthy most of the time and she stayed active.

Those are two things that are pretty much part of her life by conscious choice anyway, however, she didn’t fall prey to making an exception because she was pregnant like some of us who think “eating for two” gives us permission to eat more than we need or to eat a bunch of junk just because we have a craving.

“While I was pregnant I did everything I could to try and make smart choices. And if I couldn’t really like work out, work out, I’d go walk, and I just tried to stay active.” – Carrie Underwood

After the baby was born, she couldn’t work out for a little while because she delivered her son Isaiah via caesarean section. But she did do her best to make wise diet choices following his birth, and when she could get back to working out she learned to make it happen where and when she could.

However, she admits that the hardest part about motherhood is her schedule as she learns to incorporate little Isaiah and his needs into her busy life. As a breastfeeding mom, the one thing that’s certain in her schedule is that it’s time for him to eat every three hours.

One of the things I enjoy about Carrie Underwood is that she has kept it real even after becoming famous. She admits no one is perfect, and that we all have good days and bad days.

Every one can relate to that, but for new moms it’s good to be reminded that we all experience the good and the bad. None of us have it together all the time. No one has their makeup on and hair fixed all the time. And she’s willing to share things like this in pics, too.

Her most recent Instagram pic is a make-up-free shot of her exercising with her hubby Mike Fisher with the caption, “Working out is always better with a partner! #StayThePath”

Photo credits: Instagram

Nutrition for a Healthy Mouth

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 by 1 Comment

Over the last couple of years, I’ve learned a lot about how to have a healthy mouth as my husband has fought to eradicate gum disease.

Regular dental checkups are important and oral hygiene plays an important role, but that means more than just brushing your teeth. It also includes flossing, using a water pick, and learning about which toothpastes and mouthwashes are best for your teeth.

Along with all these proactive steps, there is an aspect that is often overlooked and that’s nutrition.

The old adage, “You are what you eat,” holds true for our mouths, too.

So instead of focusing on what we shouldn’t eat, I’ve started to concentrate on what we should eat for a healthy mouth and that starts with vitamin C. It helps protect our gums from cell damage and bacterial infections and can be found in strawberries, citrus fruits, kiwi, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.

Eating crisp raw fruits and vegetables like apples and celery can also help keep plaque from building up on our teeth.

And speaking of vegetables; be sure to include dark leafy greens as well as other dark green veggies like broccoli, spinach, asparagus, and others which provide good sources of folic acid which also promotes a healthy mouth by fostering cell growth and repair.

Be sure to include calcium in your diet, too, because it has been shown to help protect against periodontal disease.

The key to getting calcium is that it needs to be combined with vitamin D to help your body absorb it. So choices like yogurt, milk, cheese, and other dairy products make good options. I have been using the Activia brand for the added probiotic benefit because gut health can also influence our mouth health.

Lastly, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water or unsweetened green or black tea. This helps your mouth produce saliva which contains proteins and minerals which fight enamel-eating acids. The polyphenol found in tea also slows the growth of bacteria

If you look at the big picture, it is easy to see that if we eat healthy our mouths will be healthier.

Photo credits: pixabay