• Healthy Lifestyle,  What You Need To Know Wednesday

    What You Need To Know Wednesday: Is Stevia A Healthy Sweetener Alternative?

    Pick up any health magazine, and you will likely see an article about sugar in one form or another. From glucose and evaporated cane juice to pure maple syrup and honey, good old added sugar goes by lots of fancy names these days. One of the newer players in the sugar game is stevia, a zero-calorie “natural” sweetener. There’s no debating that stevia has stolen the spotlight from its artificial cousins, Splenda (sucralose), Sweet ’N Low (saccharin) or Equal (aspartame). It may taste like sugar, but is it more natural? Better yet, is it healthier? The answer may surprise you! What is Stevia? Stevia is a small shrub in the…

  • Eyeshadow Basics,  Makeup,  Makeup 101,  Makeup Monday

    Makeup 101: Eyeshadow Basics

    Are you unsure of eyeshadow? You are not alone! There’s a lot more to eyeshadow than swiping colors onto your eyelids. Achieving the perfect look consists of using the right tools, knowing your eye shape, exploring techniques and lots of practice, so to help you up your eyeshadow knowledge, I have listed everything you need to know about eyeshadow basics down below: Know Your Eye Shape When it comes to eyes, no two seem to be the same. This is the first step to knowing how eyeshadow is going to sit on your lids. Monolids are eyelids that don’t have prominent creases and are flush with the brow bone. Deep-set…

  • Fitness,  Healthy Lifestyle,  Workout Wednesday

    Workout Wednesday: When Is the Best Time to Exercise?

    If you are following a healthy lifestyle, you know that regular exercise will help rev up your metabolism, so you lose weight faster and avoid weight loss plateaus. But does the time of day you choose to exercise make a difference in how much fat you burn? The answer is not as black and white as you might think. Current research suggests that slightly more fat is burned when you exercise right after waking up in the morning. However, most people can work out at a higher intensity later in the afternoon when their body temperature and hormone levels peak and their muscles are more flexible. The kind of exercise…

  • Highlighter,  Makeup,  Makeup 101,  Makeup Monday

    Makeup Monday: Makeup 101: How To Choose The Perfect Highlighter For Your Skin Tone

    Highlighting is no longer a makeup fad or seasonal trend, highlighting here to stay and there is no one-size-fits-all in the highlighter department. There are endless number of shimmery options out there, so how do you know which one is right for your skin tone? Read on to find out how to choose the right highlighter shade that’s perfect for you: Fair to Light Skin Tones Those with pale to light skin tones should opt for highlighters with a pearlescent, icy-silver or champagne sheen. The light pigment adds just enough radiance to your complexion without making you look like an Eskimo. Anything darker and the product can come off as…

  • Healthy Eating,  Healthy Lifestyle,  What's Up Wednesday

    What’s Up Wednesday: 10 Great Greens For Better Health

    If you are following a healthy lifestyle, you already know the importance of eating dark greens, which are rich in beta-carotene, folate, and vitamins C, E, and K, as often as possible. Research shows that consuming dark leafy greens can promote good health by fighting the inflammation caused by free radicals, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease. In addition, dark greens in the Cruciferae family (a.k.a. cruciferous vegetables) have been found to help protect against macular degeneration and possibly help reduce age-related memory loss. So, for better health, make a point to include these 10 dark green powerhouses in your diet: Arugula Arugula, also…

  • Blush,  Makeup,  Makeup 101,  Makeup Monday

    Makeup 101: How To Find & Apply The Perfect Shade Of Blush

    The right blush can make you look years younger instantly. With all of the different powder and cream formulas on the market to sift through, the key is knowing what the best blush is for you and how to apply it like a pro. It’s time to get glowing! Decide Which Formula You Need There are two types of blush, powder and cream.  Powder blush is traditional because it’s more subtle and easier to diffuse over skin and is faster and easier to apply for a beginner because you can always continue to blend and feather the product into place. But if you find your blush is enhancing uneven skin…

  • Budget Fashion,  Fashion,  Summer Fashion,  Wardrobe Wednesday

    Wardrobe Wednesday: Spruce Up Your Summer Wardrobe With These Must Try Trends

    Are you just about ready to spruce up your wardrobe this summer? Well, you are in luck! To get your gears turning, here is a list of a few hot fashion trends to try this season (all of the summer fashion listed and linked below is from Walmart): Flatform Sandals A nod to ‘90s-meets-today’s trend, the Flatform sandals are the perfect way to add height to your outfit without fully wearing heels. Wear with a crochet top and white linen pants for the ultimate weekend look. ($16) Woven Handbags It’s hard to imagine a summer without the woven accessories trend front and center. Straw handbags and hats feel like a…

  • Bronzer,  Contour,  Makeup,  Makeup 101,  Makeup Monday

    Makeup 101: How to Contour

    I hope you all have been enjoying my Makeup 101 series! So far, I have shared tips for finding and applying foundation, concealer and setting powder. Today, I am going to talk about finding the right shade and how to contour so let’s get started. You Only Need One Shade You don’t need to go out and buy 10 different shades of bronzer in order to successfully bronze and contour your face. All you really need is one a great bronzer. You can use liquid, cream, or powder bronzers to define your cheekbones, nose, and jawline (I prefer powder bronzer. I find powder easier to use). Apply your foundation, concealer…

  • Makeup,  Saving Money,  What You Need To Know Wednesday

    What You Need To Know Wednesday: How To Fix Broken Powder Makeup In Four Easy Steps

    You grab your favorite eye shadow, highlighter, blush, powder, or bronzer, but before you can get it open to use, it slips out of your hands and falls to the floor and breaks! What do you do now? You don’t have to run out and spend money to replace what is broken, you can fix it! Keep reading to learn how to fix broken powder makeup and save yourself some money:   Break the powder down into smaller pieces Add a few drops (or a spray or two) of 70% isopropyl alcohol until powder is damp Wrap a coin (use a quarter) into a piece of cloth, then press down…