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Ten Things to Do Before Your Wedding to Ensure Your Best Day Ever!

On the most significant day of your life, looking and feeling magnificent is an absolute requirement. There are people to see, pictures to take, and of course it’s the first day your spouse will be able to call you his wife! It’s more than just looking great; it’s feeling great at those exceptional moments that really matters. 

In order to accomplish this level of utmost bridal beauty, it’s important to organize. So, check out these top ten tips by experts to ensure your magical day is the one you’ve always hoped for!

1. Make sure you do a hair and makeup trial before your big day to guarantee that everyone is prepared, and you look exactly as you imagined. You don’t want last minute surprises tarnishing your special day.

2. Two days prior to saying “I do,” make sure you exfoliate your skin to eliminate any rough patches. You want to have a smooth base for your makeup artist to work on.

3. Moisturize and hydrate to conserve a healthy glow. Using a water bottle with a squeeze top helps you drink much more water, much more often.

4. Don’t wash your hair the day of your wedding! Clean hair will not style easily and tends to slip and fall. Wash a day prior to conserve your hair’s oils and spot use dry shampoo if you have too much oil.

5. Eat very sensibly. A trivial and healthy diet will keep you feeling strong and happy. Stay away from starchy food as much as possible, and keep in mind that if it’s crunchy it’s bad for you (unless it’s a fresh vegetable or fruit). Also, avoid sodium so you don’t swell up. When you feel good, you look good!  

6. Select individual eye lash extensions. Your eyes will really open up and they’ll last through your honeymoon.

7. Get a mani-pedi! Fingers should always look your best, especially when he puts a ring on it. Don’t forget the pedicure! No one wants ugly toes on your beach honeymoon.

8. Avoid the sun. If you want healthy luminosity, opt for a spray tan or bronzing cream. You will get all the paybacks of the sun without the dry skin.  

9. Be sure to get enough sleep. If anxiety keeps you awake, though, and your eyes are puffy, a slice of a COLD cucumber on each eye while relaxing for at least fifteen minutes will help. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that lessen puffiness.

10. Don’t forget to SMILE!  You’re never fully dressed without one. If you smoke, drink coffee and/or red wine on a consistent basis, over the counter whitening strips do miracles for your teeth.

6 Alternatives to Try Before Getting Botox

Botox, known and loved by many, is one of the most common ways to ward off wrinkles and help you appear younger. When injected, Botox goes into your muscles which keeps the muscle from contracting, making it appear smoother and relaxed. However, Botox treatments can be expensive, invasive, and sometimes not be done properly. The treatments are also not permanent, so you will have to get numerous treatments done regularly to keep your younger appearance up to date. If you’ve considered getting Botox injections, try these 6 alternatives before you do so and see if you safe yourself the time, money and headache.

1. FaceXercise

FaceXercise is a technique that uses cupping and facial exercises to help increase blood flow and circulation in your skin. It’s loved by many top celebs like Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Aniston, but considered expensive, ranging from $200-$480 per session. FaceXercise is also known to work out the lymphatic system to rid your skin of toxins. It’s an all-natural way to look younger and does not require any needles or injections.

2. Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is a fairly new treatment in the anti-aging world, the procedure has been around for years. It shows be to very promising. One study has shown that acupuncture as an anti-aging shield is shown to help improve hydration and improve skin elasticity, both of which can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and help fight off other signs of aging. If you’re considering acupuncture, make sure you go to a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in facial treatments. Acupuncture does use needles, so it’s only a good alternative to getting Botox as long as you’re not afraid of them.

3. Face Patches

We all have seen our favorite YouTube beauty gurus using under-eye face patches to help ward off bags and crow’s feet. They’re onto something! Face patches, like ones applied under your eyes or around your mouth, are used to help smooth out wrinkles with super hydration and retinol. Types of patches like these are easy to find and inexpensive, but they are not a permanent solution.

4. Vitamins

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to help your skin is by taking vitamins and supplements. Key nutritional supplements can help boost collagen productions and help pump your skin full of antioxidants to fight off free radicals. You can get your vitamins from Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, anywhere; they are easily accessible and affordable. Be sure to get a vitamin from a reputable source, with high-quality ingredients and look for an FDA approved seal. The best vitamins you get take to help boost your skin’s appearance are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A.

5. Facial Creams

Although you probably already have a skincare routine that works for you and you have an anti-aging cream you think is best, not all skincare facial creams are made the same. Make sure you’re using products that are cell regulators and full of antioxidants. They have a direct effect in collagen production and the speed at which your cells regenerate. You can find a range of products to choose from almost anywhere these days, suitable for any budget. However, depending on your skincare concerns, you might want to speak with a skincare specialist or dermatologist to get some real insight in what your skin needs and what will work for you.

6. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the fastest ways to see anti-aging results. You can see healthy results in as early as one day, but they do require some recovery time. They are used to treat acne, help with skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation, and reduce signs of aging. Considered safe and effective but not permanent. You do need to see a skincare specialist to have one done and they do require some amount of recovery time, so make sure you’re seeing someone reputable and you give yourself enough time to recover, no major events or outings!

Moms in their 30s Love these Top 10 Make Up Tricks

It’s time for moms in their 30s to shine. Last week we went over the best make up tips for women in their 20s. It’s hard to know what to keep from your 20s regimen and what to let go of forever, but your needs change in your 30s. 

1. Face. Instead of spending 5 minutes putting on your make up in your 20s, count on spending 10 minutes doing it in your 30s. You want to spend a little more time on your face come 30-something. 

Begin by using a primer under your make up. You can use it in your T-Zone if you don’t want to put it all over your face. It will make your make up go on much more easily and last a lot longer. 

If you don’t already use concealer, now would be the time to add it to your routine. Apply with a brush under your eyes, in the inner corners, and to cover any under eye blemishes or bags. Use a loose powder on top to lock everything in and try to pick one that feels light and breathable. 

2. Eyes. Spend more time concentrating on your eyes when you reach your 30s, rather than your lips. Gravitate more towards neutral colors and try to stay away from metallics or colors with a sheen. Also try a volume boosting mascara and work on thickening and curling your lashes. A dark liner is still okay as long as you try to blend it into your shadows. Practice before going to a special event or for any close ups. 

A pro tip if you use liner: make a slight cat-eye look and have the liner curve up towards the end. It helps your eye look lifted rather than droopy.

3. Brows. Your brows are very important when you reach your 30s. Upkeep with waxing and shaping is a must. Choose an eye shadow color a shade lighter than your eyebrow’s tint to fill in the brow, rather than drawing it on with a pencil. Make sure you have a definitive arch and try to avoid making them look round. 

Your brow should start at the inner corner of your eye. The arch should be at the outer portion of your iris and the end should be diagonally out at a 45-degree angle from the outer corner. 

4. Lips. Fine lines and wrinkles appear in your 30s around your lips, which can make your lipstick run or feather. Use a lip liner before applying any lipstick and possibly consider putting some concealer on your upper lip to help prep your lips for color. This will make the lipstick really pop and stay in place. You can also consider using a lip plumping serum. 

If you’re going the lip liner route, be sure to choose a shade a tad darker than your lipstick.

5. Cheeks. Contouring is all the rage in your 30s. Use a bronzer to hollow out the sides of your cheek and jaw line. This helps add depth and makes you look thinner. Use a blush to bring life to your face and give you a little color. A highlighter will also add dimension and highlight the parts of your face you want more noticeable, like the tops of your cheeks and your brow bone. 

6. SPF. An SPF should already be a part of your daily skincare routine. If it isn’t, now is the time to add one. Most moisturizers come with an SPF, so if yours doesn’t, make the switch immediately. 

7. Cleanse and Moisturize. Be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night, to remove all impurities or make up. Add an under-eye cream to your routine and try to exfoliate, if you haven’t been already, two to three times a week. There are tons of exfoliating brushes you can buy, or you can use an exfoliating facial scrub, as long as it isn’t too harsh or course. 

8. Wax. Women in their 30s tend to see more facial hair. Makeup also sticks to peach fuzz, so if you’re seeing it build up, you might want to think about waxing it off. 

9. Stay Fit. Eating well, drinking lots of water, and daily exercise are the best things you can do for yourself to keep you looking young and refreshed. We’ve been told this a thousand times, so make it part of your life now before it’s too late. 

10. Seek Professional Advice. Make this a girl’s night out with your friends and book an appointment with a professional makeup artist. Try to avoid the saleswomen at drug store counters who only want to sell you product. Have a professional do a full face of make up on you so you can learn from them. This will help you keep your look current and age appropriate.

A Guide to Clean Eating

Considering healthy eating but don’t know where to start? Feel like you’re stuck in a nutrition decline? It’s easy to find yourself confused and misinformed when it comes to clean eating. One day you’re super motivated, the next you’ve got no idea what to do next.

If you want to find triumph with your clean eating labors, you’ve got to embrace meal planning and prepping food in advance. To help you get started, here are 5 steps to make it happen as swiftly and proficiently as possible.

Step 1: Plan Your Menu

This fundamental step is probably one of the most essential parts of meal prepping. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll be lost. You know the idiom, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This phrase never held so much accuracy than when it comes to nutrition and clean eating. Take some time to put together a provisional meal plan of what you’d like to eat throughout the week for meals and snacks. Don’t think of this meal plan as the end-all, be-all because it’s not – there can always be adjustments and will most likely be times where you have to make last minute modifications. That’s totally ok. This meal plan is supposed to work as your outline and standard.

Step 2: Grocery Shop

Using your fresh meal plan, construct a grocery list. Go to the store and get everything you need for the week. Having all the fit foods you want in your house leaves no excuse to grab fast food or reach for the cookies you have hidden in the back of your pantry.

Step 3: Cook

Choose one day during the week to cook and concoct the foods that will make up your meals and snacks. Most often Sunday is a good day for this because it’s commonly not a workday and it’s the day before the start of a new week, so your food will have less of a chance of ruining before you eat it. Fire up your grill (or oven) and cook up a bunch of chicken breast, steak, fish, burgers or whatever lean protein source you desire. Boil a huge pot of hardboiled eggs to stockpile in the fridge and peel as you need them. Make a huge pot of brown rice, quinoa or whole-wheat pasta to ration out for your meals. Clean and cut fresh fruits and veggies. You can do all of these takes concurrently. Boiling water for eggs and rice can be done in two separate pots at the same time while your steak and chicken cook on the grill. Find ways to save time and multi-task.

Step 4: Portion and Pack

Get yourself a lined tote or lunch box and some plastic dishes that aren’t too big or too small, but just the accurate size to fit your meals and snacks. Freezer and sandwich bags work well too for excess food you won’t require until later in the week. Spend some time dividing out meals and snacks for Monday through Friday in your containers and plastic bags. Put Monday-Wednesday meals and snacks in the fridge and preserve Thursday and Friday in the freezer. When Wednesday rolls around, transfer Thursday and Friday meals from the freezer to the fridge to defrost. If you prepare and bundle everything in advance, it will be easy to grab-&-go everything you need to eat for the day before leaving for work. If you have these foods with you all day, you’ll have no reason to eat out, saving calories and money.

Step 5: Pack Extra

Sometimes you get held at work or worse, stuck in traffic just at that instant when your stomach begins to growl. This is where those “just-in-case” added snacks you packed in your lunchbox will come in handy. Carry additional pieces of fruit, bags of baby carrots, packs of diversified nuts or almonds, and protein bars with you, and more often than not, you’ll be relieved you did. If you’re not equipped for the worst, you’ll end up falling off the wagon and decelerating your progress. Think ahead and plan for your entire day whether you’re going to work that day or not.

Building a meal plan for yourself is simpler than you think. But if you’re still a bit unconfident, here’s a mockup meal plan to get you started. Fine-tune this one to work for you and your routine or try it the way it is.

Simple Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs with 2 slices of toast and 1 cup berries
  • Snack: 6 ounces plain nonfat Greek style yogurt with 1 100-calorie pack almonds
  • Lunch: Large salad topped with 4 ounces grilled lean protein, 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. On the side, 1 100-calorie pack of hummus with sliced baby carrots, cucumber, red pepper and celery sticks.
  • Snack: Protein bar
  • Dinner: 1-cup brown rice or other complex carb with 4 ounces lean protein and 1-cup steamed broccoli or other green vegetable
  • PM Snack: 1 cup sliced strawberries with whipped cream
  • Extra “Just-in-case” snack: 1 apple or banana and 1 protein bar

30 already? Be sure to keep up with your skincare, now more than ever!

You turned 30 already? Why are you using your 20-something year old skin care products!? Did you know your skin changes when you’re 30 even if you still see some of the same problems? Now is the perfect time to get serious about your anti-aging treatments. If you have not already incorporated anti-aging skincare essentials that target fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and other premature signs of aging, now is the time to do so!

We spoke with top board-certified dermatologists who gave us some tips on must-have skincare products for your fabulous 30’s. Let’s see what they say..

1. A more targeted cleanser

You still need a daily cleanser in your 30s. Be sure to switch to a cleanser that’s suitable to your skin type, if you aren’t using one already. Ask your local skincare specialist for a cleanser that works with your skin. If you have problematic skin, make sure you speak with a dermatologist. Any skincare specialist, whether its drugstore or professional, will tell you to stick with a sulfate-free, gentle cleanser, that won’t clog your pores or dry out your skin.

2. Antioxidant Serum

As we start to age, you’ll will notice that your skin will take a bit longer to recuperate. Your skin cells take a much longer time to regenerate themselves, which delay preventative anti-aging measures. An antioxidant serum is a perfect additional layer of protection. It’s important your serum has both Vitamin C and E; both help against photo-aging, light pigment and the worst aging enemy of them all, the sun!

3. Retinol products

Now for the signs of aging we’re all most concerned with, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, you will need Retinol to regenerate skin cells. Also, knowns as Vitamin A, Retinol regenerates you skin, promote collagen productions, minimizes your pores, prevents skin damage against free radicals, and targets dark spots, blemishes and discoloration. Remember to add it to your nightly routine!

4. Moisturizer

At any stage of your life, moisturizer is a must! It’s important that in your 30s you look for one that is a multipurpose moisturizer. Not only will a multipurpose moisturizer help smooth your skin, but it will also clear oil to target acne, combat fine lines, blackheads, blemishes and prevent wrinkles. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin will outlast aging.

5. Sunscreen

Many women in their 30s are fighting melasma (skin discoloration and dark spots) and need the most sun protection they can get. Try to find a beauty balm with SPF 50, if you don’t already use a sunscreen and foundation. This will provide both light coverage and sun protection. Sunscreen has zinc, natural minerals with a UV filter, and anti-aging antioxidants, including vitamin C and E. Not only is it recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, it will also cover imperfections, control shine and mattify the complexion.

7. Eye Cream

Unfortunately, the first signs of aging appear around your eyes. We all have seen the first signs of those scary crow’s feet around our eyes. An eye cream will help reduce crow’s feet, under eye bags, dark circles, thin skin and inflammation. Stick with an under-eye cream with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and anti-aging peptides.

6. Masks and Peels

Add a detoxifying mask to your weekly routine. If you have issues with blemishes, try a numeric mask. If your skin is too dry, try a moisturizing sheet mask with aloe. A mask can help reset your biological clock and help your skin get the antioxidants and minerals it needs or is missing from your nightly skincare routine.

8. Optional: Acne Treatment

Some say goodbye to acne once they hit 30 but not all are as lucky. Sometimes, suffering from pimples on the lower half of the face around menstrual cycle is normal and when your hormones change it could cause blemishes or blackheads. Your Dermatologist can prescribe something that will treat adult acne if you can’t find an over the counter treatment that works for you. Remember to use one with a low percentage of benzoyl peroxide to prevent too much dryness.

Get Your Best Workout at Home with These 10 Easy Exercises

Stick to the basics when you’re short on time but want to get a full body workout in. Daily exercise is very important, but we know it can be very overwhelming with the amount of information available. These 10 exercises can be combined to do as often as a every day or a few times a week. You should see improvement within a month with this simple but very powerful routine.

1. Lunges

Lunges are going to help promote functional movement while challenging your glutes and legs. Make sure you’re standing with your feet shoulder length apart and switch off right then left. Complete three sets on each leg, 10 reps each, and make sure your knee doesn’t go past your foot.

2. Push-ups

Push-ups are one of the most effective bodyweight exercises you can do because of the number of muscles you use to complete them. Begin in a plank position and keep your core tight. Keep your back straight and lower yourself to the floor. Complete as many as possible!

3. Squats

Squats engage some of the largest muscles in your body, so they not only are a great workout, but they burn the most calories. They help increase core lower body strength and increase flexibility. Keep your feet shoulder-length apart and engage your core while you squat. Keep your back straight and hold when you get to a “chair” position. Complete 3 sets of 20 reps.

4. Overhead Dumbbell Presses

Over the shoulder dumbbell presses help work your arms, back and core. Try with a set of lightweight dumbbells if you’re new to working out. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder length apart, and push the dumbbells up over your head slowly, then back down and hold. Try doing 3 reps of 12 to start.

5. Dumbbell Rows

Dumbbell row exercises help keep your back toned and engage your core. You can use the same size dumbbell as the one used for your overhead presses. Keep your waist at a 45-degree angle and hang your weights in front of you. Pull up slowly to the sides of your chest, hold, and then release slowly. Don’t drop the weights, you risk accidentally letting go! Complete 3 reps of 12, same as your previous exercise.

6. Single Leg Dead Lifts

This exercise uses your dumbbell to challenge your balance. Begin by standing with your knees somewhat bent with your dumbbells in your hands. Slowly lean forward, keeping your back straight, and kick out your right leg. Once you’re at a comfortable height, hold and then bring down and do the same with the left leg. Engage your core while doing so! Do the same amount of reps as your lunges.

7. Burpees

We love to hate them, but burpees always delivery. They not only promote cardiovascular health; they also are a whole-body workout that deliver great muscle strength. You can see a video on how to do the right burpee here.

8. Side Planks

Don’t neglect core-strengthening exercises like side planks. Lie on your right side, with one foot stacked onto the other. Prop yourself up with your forearm and then tighten your core to lift yourself off the ground, hips included, and then return to a relaxed state. Focus on the mind to muscle connection and keep the movement controlled for best results. Do 3 sets of 10 reps on each side of your body.

9. Sit-Ups

They may seem basic, but sit-ups are a great form of exercise to target your abdominal muscles if you’re a beginner to working out. Lay on the ground with your knees bent and put your hands behind your head. Roll up to your knees while engaging your core and hold when you reach the top. Release slowly and repeat. Try completing 3 reps of 15 at first.

10. Glute Bridge

The glute bridge effectively works your entire posterior chain, which isn’t only good for you, but will make work on your abs too. Lay on your back with your arms to your sides, knees bent, and push up your hips to the sky. Squeeze your core and contract your glutes when you get to the top and then slowly bring back down to the floor. Complete 3 sets or 10.  

14 Things You Could Be Doing to Make You Look Older

Acting your age is one thing, but looking your age is another. We all want to make sure we stay looking and feeling as young as we can, for as long as we can, but what if you’re doing things you don’t even realize are making you appear older than you actually are? Stop neglecting you’re your body and appearance, it can make you look younger, and help you make an awesome first impression. Looking your age is all about being comfortable and confident, and less about trying to stay on trend and acting younger.

1. Holding onto Past Trends

Be sure to rid your closet of past trends, like polyester suit sets. Studies show women who overuse or continue to wear old past trends look older than they appear. You’re not doing yourself any justice by struggling to let go of past trends. Find yourself some classic, well-fitted pieces that never get old and rotate them to stay current with new trends and accessories.

2. Confusing Your Brand

Finding your “brand” and letting your personality shine through your clothes is something every woman needs to learn to do. Make sure you’re dressing yourself by not only how you want to be perceived but also in what makes you feel more comfortable. Try describing yourself in three words and trying to see if your clothes match those descriptions. If they don’t, work on trying to find and incorporate pieces into your wardrobe that scream “That’s so you”.

3. Find the Right Fit

Once you work on finding your brand and making sure you’re letting go of those bell-bottoms, it’s time to work on making sure your clothes actually FIT. Wearing oversized clothes, or clothes that are much too small, make you look much older than you are. Sometimes the style of your clothes isn’t the problem, it’s the fit. Be sure to find a reputable tailor to have things altered if you need them to be.

4. Bad Posture

The way you stand and sit has a huge impact on not on the way people see you but also your health. Make sure you stand with your shoulders back and your core tight. Sit up straight and keep your eyes forward, rather than on the ground, when you walk. A good posture can help you not only bring loads of confidence to your appearance, but also help you look younger.

5. Take Care of Your Teeth

If you’re neglecting your mouth, it’s the first thing people see when they meet you, so I would think twice about skipping that pm brushing. Make sure you’re obviously brushing morning and night, be sure to floss and clean your tongue, and if need be, whiten your teeth. Teeth yellow and stain as we age, so if you’re thinking your teeth are now turning to an off-white color, it’s time to think about some teeth whitening treatments, whether at home or at the dentist.

6. Poor Diet

You already know you’re supposed to be eating healthy, but studies show it’s the easiest and most efficient way to get younger looking skin. Balancing your diet with the right amount of fruits and vegetables is just as important as limited sugar and fat intake. Alcohol is another culprit. We’re not saying you need to cut it out entirely, but surgery drinks and excessive beverages take a huge toll on your skin and need to be monitored.  

7. Washing Your Hair Every Day

Washing your hair every day can strip it of its natural oils. Try to figure out what your hair type is and then figure out how often you need to wash it from there. Be sure to find a happy medium between washing it too much and not enough, because for the latter, not washing enough can cause the same kinds of problems are washing too frequently: excess breakage, dryness, buildup of product, itchy/dirty scalp and even stunt growth.

8. Lack of A Skincare Routine

Obviously, your skin is a huge indicator of your age. By the time you’re a teenage, you should have some concept of what your skin type is and how you can manage it with a skincare routine. Be sure to wear sunscreen every single day and talk to a professional about the condition of your skin and what kinds of products you can use to help prolong the aging process, if you haven’t already.

9. Wearing the Wrong Makeup

The key to a healthy, youthful glow is finding the right shade for your foundation and finding a formula that works well with your skin type. Be sure to change your shade to match the seasons: in the summer you’re obviously out in the sun more so you’re going to need a darker shade to match your tan and during the winter months, are skin is lighter, so make sure you’re matching your shade properly and choosing a foundation with an SPF.

10. Not Drinking Enough H2O

Don’t do your body a disservice by not getting enough water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, to not only help keep your skin clear and get a youthful glow, but for the rest of your body. Your body is 70% water! When you’re dehydrated, your body pulls water from your organs (skin too!) to maintain the amount of water your bloodstream needs. This makes you look tired with sunken eyes, your skin to dry out and your body to not function normally.

11. Avoiding Workouts

Working out and getting that after workout glow should be a regularly occurring activity at your age now. Avoiding a workout every now and then is okay but neglecting to work out all together is going to cause your skin and the rest of your body a lot damage. Exercise goes beyond your general well-being; it makes you look and feel younger, helps with posture, and keeps you moving.

12. Lack of Sleep

Your body goes through its regeneration cycle while you sleep, so not getting enough sleep at night is going to cut that process short. A good night’s rest boosts the “youth hormone”, known as HGH, which helps keep your metabolism fast, restorative muscles, younger looking skin. Be sure to get your beauty sleep and commit to eight hours (at least!) a night.

13. Protect Your Hair

We’re not saying you need to protect your hair by avoiding heating products, but you should be using heat-protecting products before you do so. Think of it the same way as you think of applying SPF to your skin. Your hair can only withstand temperatures of 275 degrees or less, so when you’re using a flat iron on your hair at 400 degrees, you’re basically melting your hair. The worst thing you can do to your hair, and make you look older, is drying it out and not protecting against heat.

14. Attitude

How you feel on the inside is a huge contributor to how you look on the outside. If you think you need an attitude adjustment, consider working on that before anything else. Your overall attitude contributes to your facial expressions and your attire, which affects how we appear to others. A person might judge your age based on how you react to certain situations or your overall attitude towards something, so make sure your attitude is positive and youthful.  

Groundbreaking Makeup Tips to Adopt in your 30s

You’ve reached a place in your life you’re proud of and did it while aging gracefully! You don’t need to be a supermodel to want to know the secrets of makeup. This list has our favorite tips for making you look brighter, lifted and youthful.

Begin with the right primer. A light-reflective primer will help your complexion glow before you even put on your makeup. In addition to filling fine lines and wrinkles that have started to form, it’s the fastest and easiest way to create a clean, smooth base.

Prep your lids before your eyeshadow. Creased eyeshadow can make other fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent. Use a small amount of eye shadow primer to help prep your lids for your favorite pallet and lock everything in place.

Use the proper tools. The fastest way to make yourself look older is by using a tool that leaves your foundation cakey or blotchy. Use a dampened make up sponge to apply your foundation and then your concealer. The dampened sponge helps you achieve the most accurate and even coverage, while leaving your skin look air brushed and flawless.

Try a yellow-toned foundation to warm up your skin. As long as you don’t stray too far from your skin tone, a yellow undertone will help you get that sun kissed glow, which immediately makes you look more youthful and vivid.

Consider rethinking where you put your blush. Rather than applying on the apples of your cheeks when you smile, apply a little higher underneath your bronzer to make your cheeks look lifted and lively.

Use your favorite highlighter strategically. It isn’t just for your cheeks: use on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten, underneath your brows to bring eyes upward and around your smile lines to lighten the appearance of wrinkles.

Tone down the brow shade. Strive for fuller-looking brows instead of fake ones. Take a shade lighter than your normal brow shade, fill in your brows with short, sparse motions, and extend all the way to end.

Try a new mascara that helps lengthen your lashes. Heavy, thickening mascara can weigh down your lashes. Focus more on a lengthening one to help give you a wide-eyed effect.

Lighten up that lip color! A pinky nude or soft berry color is the ideal color to brighten your face. Add a touch of gloss to your lips for the allusion of a pout. Darker shades tend to make your lips look small and are too severe.

Before You Go Under the Knife, Know Your Risks!

We’ve all heard the saying, “Pain is Beauty”, but why should we overlook the risks of cosmetic surgery to look younger? Cosmetic and plastic surgery is becoming more and more common among women, but you need to be sure you’re really considering the risk factors before you go under the knife. Have you done everything you can to avoid surgery? Even with all the technological developments and progress surrounding cosmetic correction, there is still room for human error.  There are many risks involved, so make sure you’re well versed in what could happen after your surgery and educate yourself on the negative side effects of invasive procedures. Here are the top 7 side effects to know.

1. Surgical Risks

Just like with a medication prescribed by your doctor, the laundry list of side effects and possible risks is endless when it comes to surgery. Like aforementioned human error, when a surgeon can leave a surgical tool inside your body and sew it up or your body can reject an implant causing complications. You can also experience nerve damage, skin neurosis, pigmentation problems, swelling, scarring, and blood clots. Not only do smokers need more time to heal, smoking can cause cardiovascular problems while under anesthesia. Even when you’re open on the table, you can go into shock, cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

2. Financial Burden

Not only do you need to fund your cosmetic procedure, you also need to take time off work to heal and make a full recovery.  You can get away with a few days off if you’re doing something small, but major invasive procedures sometime take weeks of rest. If you’ve financed your procedure, you’re also adding a monthly payment to your bills. The cost of a procedure will be more expensive the more invasive it is and with the experience of your doctor, so consider a huge financial loss before you make the surgical commitment.

3. Emotional Toll

If your cosmetic procedure doesn’t go as planned, it could take a huge emotional toll on your mental health. Half the patients who get work done leave feeling underwhelmed or unfulfilled. Sometimes the procedure doesn’t yield the results you might be expecting, so you could potentially have resentment towards yourself or your doctor.

4. Botched Work

While it might make good reality tv, botched cosmetic surgeries are probably the worst risk of cosmetic surgery. You can prepare and save to have a procedure done, do the research and find a good, reputable doctor, make all the necessary preparations you need to take time off to recover, and your surgery can still not go according to plan. Not only does it take a huge emotional toll on you, it also more than likely results in more surgeries to make the corrections. If your surgery ended up really botched, you could now be dealing with distortions and pain. Do your research on the surgeon you choose and really consider other non-invasive routes before risking botched surgeries.

5. Pain

Cosmetic surgery can bring on a multitude of physical pain such a vomiting, nausea, headaches and muscle pains. As you heal, your pain can go away, but sometimes it doesn’t. You run the risk of having on-going, permanent pain when you get a cosmetic procedure done. You will also have inflammation and pain at the incision site if you’re under-going a major surgery. Healing time varies from person to person, just as side effects do, so make sure you’re honest with your doctor when you’re feeling any kind of discomfort.

6. Blood Loss

Large amounts of blood loss can lead to organ failure and death. This is one of the most common and feared side effects when you’re undergoing surgery. Whether it be cosmetic or health related, large amounts of blood loss can be indicative of something going severely wrong on the operating table and a huge risk to take to look younger. It’s rare but real!

7. Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can happen to anything when you’re undergoing surgery, not just medication. Make sure you know the risks of what could happen when you’re exposed to something that you’re allergic to and most importantly, know ALL your allergies. You could have an allergic reaction to a certain kind of metal used during your surgery or latex gloves. Allergic reactions to pain medications are most common after surgeries, so if you have one, you might have to live with post-surgical pain.

13 Tips for Younger Looking Skin in your 30’s

Your 30s are often approached with a bit of panic. Although, people always say 30 is the new 20 and as you are moving on in your years, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging gracefully. It’s time to change your skincare routine to cater to your mature skin. Your facial routine will require a little more effort, so don’t be overwhelmed. Starting a daily and nightly regimen will help prevent serious signs of aging and prolong the state of your youthful appearance.

1. Drink Plenty of Water – The moment you’re dehydrated, it will take a huge toll on your skin. Not drinking enough water will leave your skin looking dull, flakey, saggy and loose. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

2. Daily/Nightly Skincare Routine – Follow a skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Cleansing gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and makeup. Toning handles pore issues and helps your pH levels. Moisturizing is important for skin texture and replenishing your skin with hydration.

3. Be Sun Safe – Sunscreen is the best and easiest way to prevent early signs of aging and skin cancer.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen as required, usually every 4-6 hours

4. Get Plenty of Rest – If you’re tired and your body doesn’t get plenty of rest, it shows first through your skin.

5. Eat a Balanced Diet – Be sure to have a healthy meal, each meal of the day, that includes foods containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from fatty or fried foods and limit your sugar intake as much as possible.

6. Quit Smoking – Smoking leads to wrinkles, pigmentation and bad skin. Not only is it terrible for you, but it’s terrible for you skin and speeds up the aging process dramatically.

7. Be Fit and Healthy – Exercise regularly for healthy body and skin. Try yoga, meditation and deep breathing to keep calm. Stress is also one of the biggest enemies for your skin.

8. Take Care of Your Makeup Brushes – Clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw away old sponges.  Brushes filled with old makeup may contain bacteria and cause breakouts.

9. Exfoliation – Have a regular exfoliation and cleansing routine. Try exfoliating two to three times a week as long as your skin doesn’t get too dry. If you don’t find one you like, you can always make one at home with organic coconut oil and sugar.

10. Moisturize – Use the proper moisturizer for your skin type to help boost your skin’s cell regeneration. During the day, choose one that has sunscreen in it. For your nightly routine, a thick and creamy moisturizer does wonders. Use an under-eye cream and firming serum to pamper the skin under your eyes and keep your neck looking young and lifted.

11. Avoid Sulfates – Sulfates are surfactants that can be found in most market-based cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry, flaky and even itchy. Look for products that do not contain parabens, sulfates and silicone.

12. Use the Right Pillowcase – Change your pillowcases frequently. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture from your skin and leave it dry. They can also leave sleep lines and tug at your skin, making it loose. Try and use silk and satin pillowcases or even a hypoallergenic one if you’re having issues with breakouts.

13. Get Help if Needed – Seek advice from a dermatologist if over the counter anti-aging products aren’t working for you. Most will do a consultation for free.