Tips to Make Nail Polish Last Longer

Don’t apply cuticle oil before applying nail polish as this will make it harder for the nail polish to adhere to your cuticles.

Use a nail dehydrator prior to applying nail polish to get rid of excess oils on the cuticle. You can also use a cotton pad and white vinegar to remove excess oils instead.

Apply a base coat. This works as a primer for the nail polish to stick to.

Apply two layers of nail polish, waiting between each application, to make nail polish last longer.

Apply a top coat to seal the nail polish.

Wear gloves when doing house chores, especially involving water, as to prevent nail chipping.

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How to Wear Matte Lipsticks

  1. Make sure your lips are exfoliated. You can use a lip scrub or a clean toothbrush with some vaseline to do this. Uneven texture is more apparent with matte lipsticks.
  2. Moisturize beforehand. This will prevent the matte lipstick from looking dry and cracked on your lips. This can be done with a lip balm or oil.
  3. Apply a lip primer to prevent the product from bleeding. This will also make the product last longer.
  4. Use a lip liner to make lips more defined. Applying concealer around the edges of the lips can also make your lips look more clean and defined.

Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Drinking plenty of cold water can help to speed up metabolism. Cold water can cause an increase in metabolic rate because your body burns energy to maintain a certain temperature equilibrium. Dehydration also slows the metabolism. In addition, water makes you fuller so you may end up eating less.

The caffeine in green tea and coffee can help to increase your metabolism by stimulating the nervous system, but just make sure not to have too much caffeine as this can affect adrenal glands which affects hormone function.

Eat spicy foods. The capsaicin in spices such as cayenne will increase your metabolism because of its thermogenic effect.

Get plenty of sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation slows the metabolism and increases the production of ghrelin, which will make you more hungry.

Eat higher amounts of protein. Protein is harder for your body to break down than fats and carbs, which means it will make you burn more calories and can make you feel fuller. It also prevents muscle loss, which can decrease the metabolic rate.

Make sure to eat enough so that your metabolism doesn’t decline. When you don’t eat enough your body responds by suppressing your metabolism. Cheat meals can also help to prevent metabolic slowdown, this should not be done frequently though; maybe about once a week.

Many nutritionists also recommend eating a small breakfast in the morning so that your metabolism doesn’t decline during the day. It is also recommended to eat small meals throughout the day, rather than three big meals, to keep the metabolism going.

High-intensity interval training will stimulate your metabolism, even after you are finished exercising. This is a form of exercise that alternates between intense exercise and less intense exercise.

Muscle burns more calories than fat, so strength training can help increase metabolism. Anabolic hormones stimulated during strength training also helps your body to burn more fat, and calories are consumed by the process of breaking down and rebuilding muscle fibers while you are building muscle.

Do not sit or lie down for a long periods of times because it slows the metabolism.

Some research suggest that pesticides can contribute to weight gain by slowing the metabolism; so you might want to consider buying organic food.

Take a multivitamin everyday, and eat a healthy diet. Vitamin deficiencies can decrease the metabolic rate.

 

 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review

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The company describes this foundation as having a satin finish, but I have seen a lot of other reviewers that claim it is more on the matte side. I, however, personally see that my skin has more of a glow when using this product. It is recommended for people with dry to normal skin.  The company also states that this foundation has certain properties to help moisturize, even out skin tone, and brighten the skin.

I would definitely not recommend this for people who want full coverage foundation, and maybe it is not best for people who truly want sheer foundation either as it does give a fair amount of coverage but just not full coverage. The range is 20 shades, and the price is $47.00 for 1 ounce of product. One major drawback is that the product does not come with a pump. It is a very liquidy foundation, so it is easy to blend. So overall this is not the best foundation I have tried, but it is a fairly good foundation.

Stress Reduction Techniques

As we all know, stress isn’t good for us. Not only does it make you miserable, but it also accelerates aging. It can make your immune system weaker, making you more susceptible to sickness. It can contribute to depression, higher blood pressure, and muscle pain. It can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne. So it is important to manage stress. Below are some stress reduction techniques:

  1. Make sure to get enough sleep, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and eat a healthy diet. Manage caffeine intake.
  2. Exercising regularly can help you sleep better as well as reduce the hormones that cause stress.
  3. Incoporating adaptogens into your diet can help protect your body against stress. You should always be careful when taking supplements, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking medications. Some adaptogens that help to to relieve stress are: holy basil, ginseng, ashwagandha, rhodiola rosea, Indian gooseberry, licorice root, among others. Green tea can also help with stress management by affecting serotonin levels.
  4. Spend more time socializing with friends. Spending too much time alone is associated with stress and depression.
  5. Find purpose in your life.
  6. Laughing helps to relieve stress.
  7. Manage time and don’t overwork yourself or take on too many burdens. Life is meant to be enjoyable. Writing a list down for what you want to get done for the day can help you to be more organized, making life less hectic.
  8. Manage depression and anxiety. You can try to take deep breaths and watch your thoughts. If you find yourself thinking negatively, try to change your thoughts to more positive ones. Don’t try to be a perfectionist. Medication can also help.

 

How to Fix Dry and Brittle Hair

If you suffer from dry and brittle hair, it is best to avoid hair products with alcohol, silicone, and sulfate as this can make your hair even drier and damage it further. Look instead for hair products with hydrating ingredients such as coconut oil, , shea butter, and argan oil.

Avoid overwashing your hair because this will strip your hair of its natural oils. When you do wash your hair, concentrate the shampoo in your scalp area and make sure to use conditioner near the ends of your hair since this tends to be the area that needs conditioner the most.

When using hair styling tools, it is best to use a heat protecting spray that will protect your hair from damage. You can also try using hair styling tools on medium to low heat. Trim your hair every few months to get rid of split ends that only get worse with time. Finally, using a good hair mask regularly will add moisture and help repair your hair.

Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Exercise can help to regulate the stress hormone, cortisol, which means that exercise may help with acne since cortisol affects breakouts. Cortisol also accelerates aging, which is why it is important to manage stress in general. Cortisol is also associated with weight gain.

Exercising can help with hair growth because it increase blood flow to your scalp, helping to provide nutrients necessary to aid in the development of healthy hair.

Exercise helps to boost circulation, which helps to boost oxygen and nutrients to the skin, giving you a healthier looking glow.

Sweating also helps to clear out pores.

It is important to wear sunscreen if exercising outdoors, or you can just minimize sun exposure all together by exercising in doors.