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The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Makeup

While this guide is great for women who just don’t have the time for makeup or, let’s be honest, can’t be bothered standing in front of a mirror for 30 minutes poking their face, it’s also great for cutting down the cost of makeup. Because, quite frankly, no sane woman wants to spend $10 on lipstick, $20 on foundation, $10 on eyeliner, $25 on eyeshadow palettes. By the end of the day, you’re walking around with a makeup bag worth more than my first Coach bag.

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With these products, approved by a self-declared lazy girl (Moi!), you not only cut down the amount of time spent making yourself beautiful in the morning (For those of you who are not Queen Bey, no, we did not wake up like this), but save a ton of money in the process. And who doesn’t like saving money?

The idea is to buy beauty products that have multi-uses. For example, rather than buying a dark nude lipstick and champagne tinted eyeshadow, simply use the lipstick for both your lips and eyes. The result will have the same color if you were to have used the eyeshadow, along with a creamy and easy to apply texture.

Here are some great multi-useable beauty products to stock up on.

L’Oreal Cleansing Balm

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If you want the easiest hair routine, then you definitely want to try L’Oreal’s Cleansing Balm. While most brands have a shampoo/conditioner combo available in their line, no other brand has an all-purpose cleanser quite like this. The cleansing balm contains six uses: shampoo, conditioner, detangler, leave-in conditioner, shine booster, and hair treatment. With this cleansing balm, you can cut your hair routine in half and your cost by more so.

Clinique Chubby Stick 

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A hybrid of a lip balm and lipstick, Clinique’s chubby stick is perfect for a pop of color to your face. With the chubby stick, you can use it as your lipstick (obviously), as well as your blush and eyeshadow tint. But don’t worry, you won’t be walking around with the pink eyelids your mom rocked in the 80s. Due to its creamy texture and easy to apply application, the chubby stick has the ability to be blended into the skin until it creates your desired hue. For the best hue, I recommend the shade Satin Finish due to its beige undertones.

Makeup For Ever’s Pro Finish Powder 

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While I’ve always been a ride or die supporter of liquid foundation, I must give credit where credit is due. This may just be the only powder foundation I would ever let touch my face – for those of you with combination skin, you know the horrors of power foundations-and the risk would definitely be worth it. With the Pro Finish Powder, you can skip your color correctors and your concealer, along with your finishing powder (another combination skin frenemy). Instead, just use the pro finish powder. Due to its formula that allows break through cover and matte finish, this powder is all you need to make your face flawless.

Home Remedies for Frizz

The warm weather has come and, with it, enough humidity that you can drink the air. You can probably get one of your recommended eight glasses a day just by sitting outside. But nobody enjoys sitting outside while it’s humid. And why would they? Humidity is a thorn in the side of every woman during the warmer months. It makes your skin breakout. It ruins your favorite blouse with certain stains. It makes you curse the day that bras were invented.

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It makes your hair rival Mufasa’s main from the Lion King in ‘poofiness’.

According to a poll by Glamour, which asked women how their hair was effected by humidity, 41% said that humidity increased the frizziness of their hair with 26% saying that it made their hair curlier.

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So, if you’re anything like myself and these women, your hair is less than perfect when it comes to the hot and humid seasons. And, let me guess. You’ve tried every hair care product designed to fight frizz and ‘tame’ curls brought on by humidity. In my experience, these products rarely work. Usually, they will just give you an oily scalp with hair bushes from your ear-line down.

However, home remedy haircare has been rising in popularity.

Carbon Water

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Due to carbon water’s extremely low pH balance, it helps to fight frizz by placing pressure on carbon dioxide gases when coming in contact with humidity. Think of it as natures way of smoothing down your frizz. While your hair wants to poof out because of humidity, the carbon dioxide gases have a way of pushing your hair back down. To use carbon water for your hair, simply rinse your hair with it after conditioning or spray a little on your hair with a spray bottle. Note: For those with naturally oily scalps or thin hair, be sure to leave the top of your head untouched.

Banana & Yogurt

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While banana and yogurt sounds like a tasty breakfast, this combo is great for fighting frizz. The potassium in bananas helps to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage (something that occurs when your hair becomes frizzy from humidity), while the protein in yogurt helps to bind split hairs together. To use banana and yogurt to fight frizz, blend the two together and apply the mixture as you would a hair mask. Leave on for about an hour.

Coconut Milk

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While there’s no short supply of coconut hair products on the market, it’s safe to say that these products contain as much real coconut as a rock in your backyard. So the best way to use coconut milk for your hair is to go out and buy yourself a real coconut. Don’t worry, in today’s world coconuts can be found in every major food market. When using a real coconut, you are able to get the full, undiluted amount of fat found in the coconut. This MUFA fat is great for taming frizz and giving your hair shine. To use coconut milk for your hair, drain the coconut water from the nut and scrap out a few pieces of the flesh. Blend these together until smooth and rub a LITTLE on your hair as a leave in conditioner. Remember, a little of this stuff goes a LONG WAY.

 

 

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Banana Ice Cream

For those of you who aren’t lactose intolerant or lactose sensitive, the struggle during summer is real.

While dairy can easily be avoided during the colder seasons, this little ball of lactose seems to be in every cold treat one would enjoy in hot weather. Smoothies, yogurt, frappucinos, ice cream, etc. The list of cream treats can go on and on.

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But what can you do if lactose/dairy just has no place in your diet? Recently, soy and nut milk have been linked to various forms of cancer. *No, if you take a sip of soy milk every once in a while it will not cause cancer. I’m talking about having soy yogurt for breakfast, almond milk smoothie for lunch, and soy milk alfredo sauce for dinner, kind of consumption.* And it’s rare to find coconut milk that doesn’t come with a bucket load of additives and chemicals.

So what to do when that ice cream craving hits? Banana Ice Cream!

Not only is banana ice cream a delicious and dairy free way to enjoy ice cream, but it contains all the nutrients of a banana. Antioxidants, potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin C, and the list goes on and on. And who doesn’t want to get ride of their fruit serving while eating ice cream?

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Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 Bananas

Directions

1.) Peel the bananas and cut into inch thin slices. Place in plastic baggie or layout on a parchment paper covered sheet tray.

2.) Put in freezer and allow to freeze until almost frozen solid. You want the banana slices to have a little softness to them so that your blender doesn’t break down under the pressure of the rock hard frozen bananas.

3.) Place frozen bananas in a blender and blend until smooth. For added taste, you can add in a few drops of vanilla extract or honey. Place in a bowl and enjoy!

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Bonus: Add-Ins To Create Different Flavors

Cookies & Cream: Crushed oreo cookies and fudge sauce

Pistachio: Pistachio butter, chopped pistachio pieces, and honey

Rocky Road: Dark chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and walnuts

Moose Tracks: Peanut butter chips, milk chocolate chips, and fudge sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Boozy Pops

Picnics, ball games, and more super food smoothies than you can ever hope to drink. These are just some of the things that come to mind when someone shouts ‘SUMMER!’. With the coming of summer- June 21st, I’m looking at you- and the rising heat, it’s time for us to get ready for the real golden time of summer.

It’s time for BOOZY POPS!

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What other time of year do you have the excuse to suck on a glass of bourbon or tequila without getting weird looks from other people? Better yet, these boozy pops are great for those hot mini league games and pool birthday parties. While you and the other adults enjoy a boozy pop, the kids can enjoy virgin pops.

Besides, when the temperature is pushing a 100F and the sun is that houseguest who overstays his/her welcome, sometimes you just need a tequila sunrise boozy pop.

*For all of these recipes, you’re just going to need your run of the mill ice pop mold and, of course, a freezer*

Peach Sangria Pop

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Ingredients

  • 3 peaches, divided
  • ¾-1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp. white wine, divided
  • 3 tbsp. peach schnapps

Directions

1.) Mix the raspberries, sugar and 1 tbsp of white wine in a bowl. When fully mixed, let it sit for 30 minutes.

2.) Peel and chop the peaches. Place the chopped peaches, remaining white wine, and peach schnapps in a blender and puree until smooth.

3.) Fold the raspberry mixture into the peach puree and pour into an ice pop mold. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Watermelon Mojito Popsicle 

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Watermelon, cubed
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 5 ounces White Rum
  • 4 ounces Simple Syrup
  • 12 large Spearmint leaves, rough chopped

Directions

1.) In a blender, puree the watermelon, lemon juice, white rum, simple syrup, and spearmint leaves until smooth.

2.) Pour the puree in ice pop molds. For an extra touch, drop a single cube of watermelon into the ice pop mold for a little surprise.

3.) When fully frozen, remove and enjoy!

Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Pops

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Ingredients

  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • ½ cup Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions

1.) Puree blueberries, wine, and simple sugar before setting aside.

2.) With a mixer, whip together the heavy cream, soften cream cheese and sugar. Then, take 1/4 of cream cheese mixture and put into a separate bowl. In that bowl, fold in the graham cracker crumbs.

3.) Now it’s time to layer our pops. First to go into the ice pop molds is the blueberry mixture, followed by the cream cheese mixture, before finally the graham cracker mixture on top. This will give you the layer cheesecake effect.

4.) Allo the pops to freeze solid before removing. Enjoy!

 

 

EyeLiner for EyeShape

Eyeliners are like clothes, one size never fits all (Seriously, if you find an article of clothing that claims to be ‘one size fits all’, put it back on the rack and retreat. Those pieces of clothing are usually always poorly made and made with terrible fabrics. RUN!) And, like clothing, one should apply eyeliner in a fashion that will best go with his/her eye shape. By knowing the right type of eyeliner and the right application process for your eye, you’re able to enhance the features you want, while at the same time downplaying the features better left alone.

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By knowing the right type of eyeliner and the right application process for your eye, you’re able to enhance the features you want, while at the same time downplaying the features better left alone.

Take for example my hooded eyes. Because I have hooded eyes, I want to play up the outer corners of my eyes in an upward angle to make them appear as though they have shape, while leaving the bottom line untouched, otherwise my eyes will have the illusion of droopiness.

Almond Eyes

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Almond eyes are absolutely perfect for winged eyeliner, think Adele type of winged eyeliners. Winged eyeliner helps to open up the eye and almost give the illusion of a double eyelid, something that most people with almond eyes do not have. Also, because of their shape, almond eyes can easily rock eyeliner that fully encircles the eyes, meaning both upper and bottom can be traced.

Round Eyes

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For those of you with round eyes, consider yourself lucky. Round eyes can pretty much pull off any style of eyeliner. Whether it’s charcoal eyeliner along the bottom lid or liquid eyeliner along the top lid, round eyes have a gift of pulling it off. The only important thing to look out for is the thickness of the eyeliner. If you have round eyes, it’s best to always apply a very thin line of eyeliner, or else you have a tendency to look like a sunken eye racoon.

Bulging/Protruding Eyes

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Not as nice sounding as ‘almond eyes’, but protruding eyes can also have their moment in the sun of the eyeliner gods. The tricky thing about protruding eyes is that they are usually quite large and round. Because of their shape, it’s especially hard for them to pull off dark colors without looking like a black eye. However, this can be helped with the use of a little liquid eyeliner. Starting from the center, never the inner corner, work your way out to the outer corner of the eye and create a subtle wing. By doing this, you are pulling your eyes out, while still keeping their envious size.

 

 

 

 

Beautifying Water

With the rising temperatures and this dreadful humidity- my hair gives mother nature a big o’le thank you for that– it’s important to drink a lot of water. Yes, yes, I sound like your mother when you were a kid, warning you to drink water on a constant basis in the summer when all you wanted to do was run through the lawn sprinklers with your friends. (Do kids even play in sprinklers anymore?)

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But your mother had the right idea when it came to pushing you to drink water in the summer. Due to the combination of heat and humidity, it’s easy to become dehydrated without even really knowing it. And dehydration can cause more than just dry skin and brittle hair, it can cause dizziness and headaches. If not taken care of in a timely matter, it can even become fatal.

Okay, so now that we got that debby downer stuff out of the way, let’s get on to the good stuff!

Since drinking water is an absolute MUST when it comes to summer, why not shakes things up a bit? With only a few fresh additions to your water, you can make your summer essential into a summer beautifier. Here are some of the best ingredients to add to water and, no, lemon is not included in the list. No need to beat a dead horse, am I right?

Strawberries

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Filled with vitamin C and folic acid, strawberries are great for your skin. Vitamin C helps your skin to fight off free radicals, which has a nasty tendency to steal oxygen from your skin and deteriorate collagen, thus helping to prevent wrinkles and those dreaded summer lines. For those of you who already have a few laugh lines, this is where the folic acid comes in. Folic acid is essential for cell regeneration, which helps to fill in those pesky lines.

Fennel Seeds

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Due to the plant seed’s natural oils, fennel help to freshen your breath and aid in digestion. To freshen your breath, the seeds releases an oil that helps to remove bacteria from your mouth, thus helping to remove bad breath. It should be noted that-unless you have a water bottle with a tiny hole strainer on top- you should place the seeds in a tea steeper to keep from swallowing them. Bonus: Though it’s probably just an old wives tale, fennel is said to aid in breast growth. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but with all the other benefits of fennel, what can it hurt?

Blueberries

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Blueberries were one of the first fruits to be dubbed a ‘super fruit’ and for good reason. These little berries are jammed packed with antioxidants, vitamin A and C, and salicylic acid. For those of you who don’t know, all of those are great for skin and hair health. Salicylic acid helps to prevent acne from forming under the skin and helps to heal acne that has already formed. Antioxidants, though popular for their benefits to your skin, are also great for producing hair growth as it helps to form the connective tissues around hair follicles.

Ginger

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There’s nothing worse than bloating during bathing suit season. (We’re just going to pretend that world hunger, violence against women, and terrorism don’t exist…). You work out every day-okay, kind of sort of every day- and eat healthy in that hot pursuit of that bikini body. But, to your horror, your once flattish belly balloons to twice its size. This can be helped with the addition of ginger to your water. As a carminative, ginger helps to calm inflammation and intestinal distress, which helps to relieve bloating and (dare I say it) gas.

 

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