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6 Hair Care Life Changing Tips

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

6 Hair Care Life Changing Tips

 

Summer season is still on, and it’s also the time when our hair is seriously exposed to different sources of harm. Due to the constant use of hair straighteners, curlers and blow dryers, our hair becomes dull and lifeless. Each hair type is different, and not everyone is resistant to these hot tools we tend to use on a daily basis. Just as we take care of our face and skin, we should equally surprise our hair with some healthy products and an improved beauty routine from time to time. Here’s how you can help your hair overcome these bad influences.

To ditch or not to ditch the heat?

It’s true that heat damages our hair the most, and therefore we should air-dry our hair whenever we have time and energy. But what about the women whose hair looks bad and shapeless after leaving it dry naturally? There’s a solution to that problem, and it involves mixing both air-drying and heating methods. This implies you should air-dry your hair for a short period, but leave the blow-dryer for the final touch. This way, you won’t use the heat the whole time. If you long for straight hair, this is how the process should look like. After you have shampooed your hair, rinse it, and then apply a conditioner and rinse it after a couple of minutes as well. It would be best if you could use the one with argan oil or shea butter ingredients because it makes your hair super soft. Use a hairspray for an easy comb and wrap your hair in a towel for about 15 minutes. When the time comes, comb your hair again and then use the blow dryer. Since your hair is semi dry already, you don’t need a high heat setting. Comb your hair the whole time while you’re blow drying it, and your hair will slowly become visibly soft and straight. I’m not completely sure this would work with everyone’s hair, but it costs nothing to give it a shot.

Treat your hair right

Our hair deserves a detox from time to time, because it gets oversaturated with heavy products and toxic shampoo ingredients which prevent your hair from growing. This is the reason we should hold onto more organic hair growth shampoo to get the effect of a strong and nurtured hair. This shampoo could be helpful since it consists of key essential vitamins and amino acids that clean the scalp of sebum build-up and it makes your hair healthier.

Must-have styling products

If you can’t imagine your day without using the flat irons or curling wands, then you should always use a heat protectant which detangles your hair at the same time. These keep your hair from getting fried and it has a softening effect.

A little trick you could use

The hot weather and humid are number one contributors to our constantly sweaty and greasy hair. Since it’s insane to wash and iron your hair every summer day (unless you are out of your mind), you could straighten the front section of your hair only, and then tie it with the rest of your hair in a low bun. Also, you could wrap a cute bandana around the bun, and there goes your effortless hairstyle without damaging your hair.

Stick to a more natural and healthier style

We are all aware that women like to keep their roots fresh, but it would be nice if you could let them grow for a change to avoid that artificial look. No, you won’t look low maintenance, and yes, visible roots are somehow trendy. Instead of obsessively dying your hair few times a month, you could go with the highlights once or twice a year. Babylights technique is great for those who like their hair subtle and natural, and most importantly, it keeps your hair look shiny and fabulous.

Coconut oil is a game changer

Made for multiple purposes, plus it does wonders to your hair. It is enriched with nutrients and minerals, and every woman should own this natural product since it’s budget-friendly as well. Scoop out the preferable amount from the oil bottle and slowly massage it into your hair; and you will notice how the coconut oil perfectly melts and covers your whole head. After you have soaked the whole hair, tie it in a bun and leave it for 30-45 minutes. Rinse your hair properly, so it doesn’t leave the oily traces. You will notice the difference immediately, and the routine could be repeated a few times a week.

This is just a roundup of tips and products you could use to promote your hair growth and prevent it from a severe decrease in quality. It’s up to you what you’re going to do next, since you know best what’s good for your hair care regime.

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Things You Always Wanted To Know About Eyelash Extensions

By Guest Blogger, Jasmine A.

Things You Always Wanted To Know About Eyelash Extensions

 

There is nothing more a girl would like then to wake up in the morning looking fresh and immaculate without makeup. Even though having a flawless face is every girls’ dream, we all know that it is quite impossible. An ideal thing would be to have been born with at least perfect eyelashes which would sparkle up your eyes, but since that is also a rare thing then you should try to enliven your face and put eyelash extensions. Here are some of the reasons why that would be the best idea possible.

 

 

The basics

 

One of the most important things to know is that eyelash extensions and fake lashes are not the same things. Fakes usually last up to a day or less, and they can be easily applied by almost anybody, anywhere, however, the extensions can be only put by an experienced eyelash technician. Another thing very crucial to know is that, due to their durability, they can last up to a month! Fantastic, right? By having the eyelash extensions your eyes will get that stunning effect without putting on eyeliner or an eyeshadow. The amazing thing is that neither they are placed with a sticking glue like fake lashes, nor they are so heavy. They are attached to your lashes, and the beautician places them carefully one by one, of course depending on the style and size you wish to have.

 

 

The lush process

 

So, you have decided to book an appointment with an experienced technician, and you are wondering what is the process like. Don’t be anxious, because you are in for a wonderful treatment. You actually lay down on a bed, close your eyes, and relax with calming music while the technician attaches the lashes. The process doesn’t hurt at all, so there are no worries there as well. Some ladies reckon that is an absolutely satisfying process because you even get to have a nap while you are being beautified. Perfection!

 

 

Consider your unique style

Something that is very noteworthy to know is that eyelash extensions range in sizes and styles. It doesn’t depend on whether you have downturned or hooded eye shape, extensions can be attached to any eye shape and style and they would still look natural and lush. Since there can be some different ways of applying the lashes, you have to consider which style most suits you before coming to your appointment. Do you want to have straight lash, more curved lash, or the longest C curl? There is also a possibility in some customized lash salons to choose the thickness, length, and pattern, so make sure you investigate that prior to your booking. Another possibility is to choose the material, there are thin mink lashes, silk extensions, and synthetic ones. If you are not really sure about which style would suit you the best, you can always consult the beautician.

 

 

Nurture and care

 

Since proper eyelash extension process costs up to hundreds of dollars, firstly you have to check whether the technicians have passed some of the accredited eyelash extension courses, not everybody can become a quality eyelash artist. Then, you have to be alert and choose an experienced salon. The application itself is painless, and the care afterward is also rather simple. After the application, you shouldn’t wash your face or apply any makeup. Later, you have to brush them regularly, make sure that you wipe out the makeup with micellar water, and not to rub your eyes or tug your eyelashes. You will definitely prolong the durability of your lashes if you don’t soak them with water and avoid oil-based makeup products.

 

 

Possible downsides

 

To be honest, there aren’t any negative aspects of having eyelash extensions, it can only vary from your designated style, eye shape or the thickness of lashes. Some girls have troubles with comfortability, which happens if you wish to apply lashes that don’t suit your eye shape. Curly lashes create a dramatic look, and if a person has small eyes, then they might be too heavy for them. The solution is to consult an experienced eyelash artist and let yourself loose in their hands.

 

No matter if you choose to apply classical lashes or go for some more extreme extensions, you will most surely throw away your mascara and nobody will be able to take their eyes off you.

 

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Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger and an incurable daydreamer. She loves makeup, lavender lemonade and her two cats. 

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7 Beauty Tips for Girls to Enhance Their Natural Beauty

By Guest Blogger, Mitravinda

7 Beauty Tips for Girls to Enhance Their Natural Beauty

 

To look and feel good, you have to pamper yourself and dedicate time to yourself, not only on the outside but also on the inside. A proper diet and small daily gestures can help us complete our beauty ritual to enhance our natural beauty and feel the change from within.

 

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Here are 7 beauty tips for you that will help you enhance your natural beauty! It is worth noting that these little things do not take much time at all and following them religiously can take you a long way in staying beautiful without much effort. Let’s check them out!

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For skin to look pretty and healthy, it is imperative that you clean your face every night, even if you do not wear makeup. Once you have a clean skin, you can take advantage of it by hydrating your skin with essential oil. Put a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub them to warm it, smell it to give you that relaxing moment and apply it on your face doing a little massage.

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It is also essential to take care of ourselves from the inside to have a beautiful outside. For that reason, it is recommended to take infusions of horsetail, thyme, dandelion or rosemary, which are very good body purifiers. Taking them after meals will help us improve digestion, get rid of gas and make us feel satiated. The juices of fruits and vegetables are also very good to purify the blood, although it is essential that they are natural and not packaged since they will provide all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that we need. Lemon, celery, asparagus, apple, artichoke, and onion are excellent for detoxifying.

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Do not forget to exfoliate the skin, both the face and the body, once a week to activate blood circulation and eliminate dead cells. For the face, you can use a homemade exfoliator based on lemon, sugar, oil, and honey. For the body, you can use brown sugar and body oil, almond or honey. Massage the whole body and face with circular movements to relax the muscles. Likewise, facial massages are ideal for relaxing. You can undergo facial treatments at home with some oil or cream. Massage the entire face in all directions, rub the forehead from one side to the other, rub the neck from above to the clavicle with the thumbs, etc. Finally, you can apply rose water to refresh the face.

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To have beautiful skin, it is also crucial that we have a good diet. Do not forget that we are what we eat! This is why it is essential to drink a lot of water to have a well-hydrated skin and to consume fruits & vegetables that provide antioxidants and vitamins. Citrus fruits, nuts, bluefish and green leafy vegetables will help us retain our natural beauty.

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Indulging in any sports activity every day helps us feel better and fitter. Having a physically active life is also very important. Climbing more stairs, walking to places close by instead of taking a cab, walking the dog, etc. – everything counts! At the end of the day, you will feel more tired, and you will rest better. These daily physical activities also help in achieving glowing skin.

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You can take advantage of the bath time to relax. The ideal scenario is to light some aromatic candles, turn off the lights and use some aromatic bath salts to help you release the stress of the day. You can make homemade aromatic bath salts by mixing coarse salt, food coloring, essential oils and tea bags or dried flowers. Once everything is mixed, it is necessary to let it dry a few hours on a tray. After the bath, the pores of the skin are more open, so it is essential to hydrate the entire body very well with a body lotion. With regularity in this schedule, you will get a smoother and more luminous skin.

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The face mask is equally important. Make a mask for the face and the hair. For the face, make a clay-based mask to balance the oiliness and if your skin is on the drier side, make a nutritive one with fruits, honey, and yogurt. For the hair, use essential oils to nourish it and make it shine. You can apply heat to the hair so that the pores open up and the product penetrates better than usual.

 

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Lastly, if you feel that your eyes are tired or puffy, you can use cotton disks soaked in green tea and let them rest on your eyes or directly use tea bags. To complete your ritual, do not forget to wear your favorite perfume! Smelling good makes us feel better and more beautiful. If you do not want to use a perfume, you can use a body cream that smells good.

 

So, which tip will you use today to enhance your natural beauty?

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Authors Bio –

 

Mitravinda is a Nutritionist at DietChart with a doctoral degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a teacher, researcher, and author. Her passion for the subject prompted her to start writing blogs on various beauty-related topics such as home tips for glowing skin, how to get fair skin, beauty tips for glowing skin, etc. Through her blogs, she wishes to help people gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition, lifestyle, and health.

 

How to choose the right stihl chainsaw

By Guest Blogger, Mike M.

How to choose the right stihl chainsaw

Thinking about purchasing a new right stihl chainsaw but aren’t quite sure which one to choose? Let me give you a few tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction. Chainsaws are versatile and time-saving tool. They’re very powerful it’s important that you match the right chainsaw with the job that you have to do as well as with your level of experience in using the saw.

 

So let’s get started the first thing you should do is ask yourself three questions:

-First, how experienced I am using a chainsaw?

-What do I plan to cut with my chainsaw?

Finally,

-How big in diameter will they would be that I plan on cutting.

 

Let’s start with our first question if your answer was that you have little to no experience with the right stihl chainsaw.

 

You should probably make as conservative of the choice as you can. Although, you want to have a chainsaw with the right power range and features to perform the task at hand.

It’s best that you don’t choose one with substantially more power than you need if you plan on using your best stihl chainsaw occasionally around the yard.

 

Onto the second question,

Clearing up after a storm or maintaining trees on your property? Then you should consider a smaller lightweight unit such as the MS 181 CBE.

The MS 181 CBE has lots of power to take on those tasks around your home couple with a reduced emissions engine and bar links that can range from 12 to 16 inches.

Now all steel chain saws will come standard with the quick stop chain break; the master control lever is very comfortable. AV system and automatic bar and chain Orleans EMS 181 CB also comes with the still easy to start feature as well as a perch pump and a quick chain adjuster.

The easy to start feature enables the user to start the engine almost effortlessly. A pull of the cord coupled with the purge pump that ensures the fuel system is primed with cool fresh fuel and the quick-change adjuster, allows you to maintain the proper chain tension. Without the need for a special tool or wrench, you will be using your chain.

So I’m not only cutting around the house, but to possibly cutting some firewood or clearing a few trees from the property…

Then you should consider stepping up to the more powerful MS 2 51 series also equipped with the reduced admission engine.

 

The 251 series handles bar links from 16 to 18 inches and like the MS 1 181 CBE the MS 251 CBE. Also comes with the easy to start feature purge palm carburetor and quick chain adjuster.

Finally, if you have a larger property, such as a farm or ranch, you’ll want to consider moving up to a more powerful chain saw that can support longer bar length and is built to stand up to constant heavy-duty use.

 

Take a look at the MS 271 the bar links on a 271 series range from 16 to 20 inches and this series is pack of professional features empowered built for those really big jobs.

 

Now for the third question,

‘How big?’ Will be one of the most crucial decisions you will need to make when choosing the right stihl chainsaw.

 

Often people will overestimate the size of the wood they’re going to cut and end up buying more saw than they actually need. Let me show you an example of this the MS 181 CBE is equipped with a 16 inch bar now that’s plenty for cleaning up following limbs around your yard as well as trees that may be down this is RMS 271 with a 20 inch bar and this is a 20-inch tree now that’s pretty big and most likely when working around your farm or ranch.

This tool with the 20 inch bar should have the job. Make sure you’re realistic about choosing the right bar length combine with the engine series that best fits your needs.

 

Stihl has many chainsaws to choose from with a variety of power ranges features and bar length make sure you check this to find the chain saw the best fits your needs or visit website at http://review-press.com/best-chainsaw-reviews-money/ to learn more about chainsaw products.

 

So remember, ask yourself these three questions, how experienced am I using a chainsaw, what do I plan to cut with my right stihl chainsaw and finally how big in diameter to cut? Answer these questions and you will be well on your way in choosing the right stihl chainsaw for your needs. See you next time!

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Cosmetic Surgery Facts for Total Newbies

By Guest Blogger, Jenny H.

Cosmetic Surgery Facts for Total Newbies

Last year, 17.5 million Americans made the decision to get plastic surgery, according to ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) data. Minimally-invasive plastic surgery procedures, which require less recovery downtime, have increased in popularity by a whopping 200 percent. Women who are cosmetic surgery newbies will benefit from learning some interesting facts about plastic surgery, such as which procedures are the most popular, how much these procedures typically cost and what the benefits and risks of cosmetic surgery are. This guide is packed with useful facts which will help ladies to get answers to all of the plastic surgery questions that they’ve been afraid to ask.

Which procedures are hot right now?

Breast augmentations, liposuction and nose jobs (rhinoplasties) are the most popular forms of invasive plastic surgery in the USA. Botox is the most popular minimally-invasive form of cosmetic surgery for Americans. According to Webmd.com, breast augmentations are performed using saline or silicone implants. To avoid the cartoonish look of oversized implants (let’s call it the “Stormy Daniels effect”), women should choose implant sizes which are in scale to their body types. Liposuction is the process of removing fatty deposits with a special tool called a cannula. Nose jobs alter the bridges and/or tips of noses to give them a more refined appearance. Botox is injected into expression lines to smooth them out, by paralyzing underlying muscles. When Botox is used in moderation, there’s no “Cat Lady” look!

How much do these procedures cost?

Hollywood actresses and fashion models have a lot of cash to drop on plastic surgery. Women who don’t get massive paychecks need to worry about money. Breast augmentations have an average price tag of $6,325 USD, based on data from Realself.com. Liposuction has an average cost of $6,025 and nose reshaping generally costs around $7,475. One session of Botox injections will set a woman back about $550. Women who want the Hollywood look are willing to invest in themselves by paying big bucks for procedures. Many experience surges in self-esteem when they change their body parts or smooth out wrinkled complexions, or both.

What are the benefits and risks?

According to Smartskincare.com, invasive plastic surgery provides long-lasting benefits, but may trigger complications, including scarring. Also, invasive plastic surgery may not be right for women with certain pre-existing health issues, such as diabetes. Minimally-invasive plastic surgery offers benefits that are typically temporary. Most ladies who get Botox for wrinkle reduction access results that last from three to six months. Botox may cause drooping eyelids and/or bruising at and around the injection site.

Is plastic surgery a smart choice?

Every woman is different. For some ladies, plastic surgery is empowering. It gives them the capacity to look the way that they want to look. Women who already like themselves, but want some changes to their appearance, are ideal candidates for plastic surgery. Ladies who read fashion mags and watch TV and movies already know that most of their favorite models and actresses have had a little (or a lot) of help to look the way that they do. Women who want the Hollywood look may find that plastic surgery is a smart choice.

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Tips and Tricks for Discovering Paris

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

Tips and Tricks for Discovering Paris

Paris is the beating heart of Western civilization. Some people would claim that this honor belongs to London, but one can easily argue that, while London is indeed the heart of industrialization, Paris is the cultural center whence the traditional Western culture had come. Today, it stands like a gaudy monument to the aesthetic and architectural achievements that can hardly be compared to anything, or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. Every cosmopolitan globe-trotting traveler should visit this city at least once, and here are tips and tricks for discovering Paris.

Know the broad strokes

The city of Paris boasts countless museums and cultural hotspots, but it is the very city, the endless, intricate cobweb of streets, that represents the historical museum in and of itself. The city on the river Seine is, roughly speaking, divided into two gargantuan zones – Rive Gauche and Rive Droite, each beginning on the banks of this magnificent river and extending seemingly endlessly into the urban mist. The Right Bank, north of the river, used to be a zone reserved for aristocrats, while the left bank represents the Parisian heart of bohemia, where students and struggling artists used to dwell.

Today, the northern side is home to luxury shopping, alluring ateliers of artists and a melting pot of multicultural communities. Of course, it is not as simple as it used to be – the city has become appropriately larger over the centuries, so it is divided into roughly 20 neighborhoods that, once you look at the layout from a bird’s perspective, spiral clockwise. Curiously enough, this makes the shape of the city resemble a snail shell.

Sort out the priorities

As a newcomer to Paris, you definitely need to sort out your priorities when it comes to the landmarks you need to see. Now, before you even look at the map of the city and start deciding on where to go first, there are several attractions that should definitely top your list – the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, The Louvre Museum, and the Champs-Élysées. After you see these four legendary locations/landmarks, your next set of destinations can be completely arbitrary and they are left to your imagination.

Introduce a comprehensive structure to your visit

The Paris is simply too big, overwhelming and rich in all things beautiful to be savored during a single visit. Without a proper touring “structure” to your visit, you’ll likely end up engulfed in chaos of uneven days. This is why it is absolutely crucial to introduce a comprehensive structure to your touring – which is why reliable and affordable Paris tours are so helpful. 

Walk around your neighborhood

Depending on where you are situated during your stay, the exploration and discovery of interesting places in your neighborhood can prove to be a truly surprising and delightful endeavor. Remember, there is hardly a single corner of Paris that doesn’t offer something utterly charming or interesting. Have a long walk around your neighborhood and see what surprises come your way.

Rely on alternative sources of inspiration

We live in a time when the only thing that separates us from endless information is the tips of our fingertips. Use your digital device and a local Wi-Fi access to cross-reference the matters that interest you with your immediate environment to find exactly what you want to see. There are countless alternate sources of inspiration that can turn your visit into a magical experience. For example, you can dig through Instagram accounts to discover Paris.

You can also direct your attention to numerous neat online guides to discover the best Paris has to offer without going through the hassle of listening to tour guides that are embroiled in a shouting contest with the traffic.

 

It is not a surprise to anyone that, once they set foot on the busy street of Paris, they find out how packed with tourists its sidewalks are. The city is a destination where rivers of people from every corner of the world coalesce and create a vibrant urban landscape that can only be rivaled by the streets of New York City and Hong Kong.

This is why a visit to its most legendary hotspots can be in equal measure mesmerizing and overwhelming, but if you feel as if the influx of impressions is overloading you, remember to turn around the less frequented corner and enter the rustic and idyllic alleyway that appears to be from a different place altogether. The city of Paris is filled with little oases of comfort and tranquility – you only need to seek them out, tips and tricks not needed.

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4 Great Reasons to Make Your Home Smart

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

4 Great Reasons to Make Your Home Smart

 

It’s safe to say that technology is advancing at a rapid pace. In no more than a couple of decades, we went from corded phones to smartphones you can use to chat with your friends and shop online. Still, one of the biggest advantages the age of technology brought us is smart homes. Now you can have devices in your home like a thermostat, security cameras and a TV connected to a system you can control from your smartphone. If you’ve been thinking about making your home smart, here are 4 great reasons why you should go through with it.

Security

One of the best things about having a smart home is that it means you’ll have an advanced security system that includes cameras and motion sensors. When it comes to cameras, you can connect these to your smartphones, which will allow you to take a look at what’s happening inside of your home when you’re away. Motion sensors can be set up to send you a notification whenever someone enters your yard. Some smart homes even have fingerprint identification instead of traditional locks, and if you decide to invest in this as well, it’ll be even more difficult for burglars to get inside.

Flexibility

With more and more people deciding to make their homes smart, most new devices on the market can easily be integrated into an existing smart home system. This is a huge plus, mostly because even if you have top-notch devices, it doesn’t mean they’ll last forever, so it’s possible that you’ll need to find replacements at some point. And since you can integrate any new device into your smart home system, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about when making your home smart. Not to mention that there are all kinds of new smart devices being released and you’ll be able to add each of these into your smart home.

Remote control

We’ve already mentioned that by making your home smart, you’ll get to control all of your devices from your smartphone. It cannot be stressed enough how important this is, as it makes your life much easier. Let’s say you’re on your way home from work on a hot day. All you need to do is tap your smartphone and you’ll have your air conditioner turned on. It’s also important to mention that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make your home controllable from far away as you can have professional CBus installers get the job done for you.

Functionality

If you’ve decided to make your home a smart home, you’ll also get to see all of your devices performing better. For example, by replacing a traditional TV for a smart one, not only will you be able to watch Netflix or YouTube on a big screen, but you’ll be able to connect it to your smartphone with just a few taps. Or, in case you choose to get a smart oven, cooking your chicken to perfection will be a real piece of cake. No matter which smart devices you opt for, your home life is guaranteed to become more enjoyable.

Smart homes sure are exciting stuff, and they’re definitely worth investing in. And with more and more homeowners deciding to turn their homes into smart homes, the biggest tech companies out there are giving their best to outdo one another. As a result, there are all kinds of smart devices available and some of these simply have to find their place in of your home. We can only expect to see more of these being released, so make sure you keep an eye on new smart home devices on the market.

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7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

7 Best Tips to Stop Allergies at Home

 

Allergies are a rising epidemic. Just in the US alone, they are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. A lot of people presume they know what they are allergic to, but, due to possibly delayed reactions, it’s actually quite hard to discover the culprit. However, what you can do is try to prevent an allergic reaction, which will alleviate the symptoms as well. Here are some ways to do that.

Try to determine the cause

Determining the cause of your allergy is not always an easy task, but it could be very helpful. Unfortunately, allergy sufferers are often allergic to more than one allergen. Year-round allergy sufferers could benefit greatly from getting vaccinated. These vaccines have pretty good results, reducing the symptoms greatly. The downside is that at the beginning, they are pretty time-consuming, and can sometimes cause negative reactions, which means you need to be monitored for a while after receiving one.

Clear the air

In the case of airborne allergens, clearing the air in your home is essential for good health. Start out by regularly cleaning your AC filters and keeping your home free from dust. If your allergies still aren’t going away, you should probably consider getting a high-quality HEPA filter air purifier. With so many products available on the market with huge differences in price and quality, choosing the right one can be a nightmare. Relying on a reputable source like Air Purifier Ratings could help you find a product that fits your needs and budget. Finally, stop smoking and make your home a smoking-free zone.

Make your home spotless

Although uncleanliness, at least to a reasonable degree, can actually help boost our immune system through exposure to pathogens, once you already have an allergy or even asthma, there’s nothing you can do but scrub your home until it’s spotless. Fabrics are notoriously difficult to clean, so you might consider removing your curtains and using furniture with as little fabric as possible. Removing carpets will make vacuuming and sweeping the floors a breeze.

Reconsider having pets

Parting from beloved pets is hard, but sometimes, if allergies are severe, there’s no other option but to reconsider. Pet dander is very difficult to get rid of, so a quality filter is a must. Also, sometimes it’s enough to just make your bedroom a no-pet zone. Keeping animal dander as far from your bed as possible and vacuuming it from the floors and furniture could help you keep your allergies under control.

Wash your hair frequently

Your home might be a clean, allergy-free zone, but remember that you are carrying allergens inside every time you walk in. It’s helpful if you change into clean clothes once you come home. Your hair is another reservoir of allergens, so try to wash it every day during allergy season. Clearing your nose from accumulated allergens is also great. All it takes is a simple netipot and some salt water. It’s a simple enough addition to your daily routine, but one that might make all the difference.

Keep dust mites away

Dust mites are present in every home, no matter what you do. However, you can try to minimize their effect on your health by vacuuming often, deep cleaning your furniture and washing your pillows and blankets frequently. To keep them away from you, try creating a barrier by using high-quality, tightly-woven linens. Linens marked as 2-micron or lower are ideal for keeping these tiny critters from reaching you.

Get rid of mold

Mold can cause allergies or exacerbate already existing ones. It’s usually found in humid spaces, so your bathroom and kitchen are the biggest risk zones. If you happen to find mold, get rid of it immediately using a chlorine-bleach solution. Mold spores can be very dangerous to your health, so always handle mold with caution and use protective gear such as a face mask and gloves. To prevent further growth, don’t leave wet clothes, towels and rugs in your bathroom and fix any leaks straight away.

If you happen to suffer from allergies, one of the best things you could do for yourself is make your home an allergy-free zone. That could make a world of difference and help you manage your symptoms in a much more effective way.

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What We Learned from Sex and the City

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

What We Learned from Sex and the City

 

Our favorite girl gang might not be airing on TV anymore, but they still hold their spot in our hearts. The Sex and the City show made us all wonder if we have what it takes to live the high life in the urban jungle and what it is you actually need to do to get there. So, if you want to bring back the best of the times into today, here’s what you’re going to need:

An outfit to make a statement

Each of the girls in the show has her own unique style that worked brilliantly when then show aired in the early 2000’s, but let’s just say that not all of their styles aged so well. While Carrie might have been the fashion icon during the series, these days you might want to be a bit more like Charlotte. But if the girls have thought us something, it’s that you should always dress to impress. Surprisingly, while Miranda was the odd one out, dressing far less stylish than the other girls, her outfits would look the most normal if worn today. Clashing colors and weird pattern mixes might have been considered a catastrophe back in the day, but today you can see such designs on the biggest runways of the world. So really, whether you want to rock knee-high boots with an over-the-top fur coat, or if you want to show off your body in a sexy red dress, it’s important that you find the look that represents you.

Dating

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Relationships take time. You might meet the perfect one and fall in love instantly, but actually not end up together until several arguments, other partners and a couple of seasons pass by. But if we step away from Carrie and look at Charlotte, we’ll see that things don’t always work out – or do they? Your perfect life falls apart, you get divorced and you feel like you are at the bottom, but them someone new just walks by and there you go, back up on your feet.

Sex

 

Let’s take a page from Samantha’s book: She’s not only sex obsessed, but she is perfectly fine with sharing every single detail with her friends and the unseen audience. The thing to remember here is that this show made great strides in demystifying adult toys and showing us that sex isn’t always good. And when it isn’t – you should speak up, change something about it or, at the very least, take things into your hands. But the show also addresses a major problem: unplanned pregnancy. Miranda’s against-all-odds pregnancy was a shock to everyone, and the message is clear: if you don’t want kids (or and STI) always use protection.

Know your perfect cocktail

There is really nothing more iconic for this show than a glass of Cosmopolitan. So let’s see how you can recreate it at home with your best friends: Originally, the recipe uses cranberry juice, but you can substitute it for grapefruit or blood orange. Put 1oz in a shaker over ice, add a ¼ oz of triple sec and 1 ¼ oz of vodka (or a bit more, if you’re trying to cheer up a friend who just broke up). Shake it all up and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and you are good to go. Alternatively, go downtown to your favorite bar and tell mr. Bartender to keep them coming.

Have a support group

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If you strip away all the side action that fills up the show, you are left with one very simple theme: friendship. The four girls go through their life’s ups and downs together and support each other through it all. So before you start buying furry coats, shaking up cosmos and updating your sex toy collection, first make sure you have a group of friends that will see you through thick and thin, laugh and cry with you and love you and simply love you unconditionally.

 

And if this made you feel nostalgic, then maybe get your friends together and watch a season or two of the show to remember the good time and give yourself inspiration for your own adventure. After all, we are all writing our own stories, and perhaps it’s just the right time for another plot twist.

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Men’s Jeans Shopping Guide

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Men’s Jeans Shopping Guide

 

The diversity of men’s jeans is both a blessing and a curse. While you have a myriad of fits and cuts to choose from, sometimes that just makes it even more difficult for you to find the perfect fit. The original jeans simply used to fit or didn’t fit, they were black or blue, had five pockets and that was pretty much it. Today, with the variety of fits, cuffs and washes, the search for the perfect pair of jeans can sometimes be a true nightmare. If you’re one of the many men who see shopping for jeans as a big challenge, this guide will make your life so much easier.

The fit

The most important thing to pay attention to when shopping for jeans is the fit, simply because the fit determines how the jeans will feel, which further determines how you look. Since you want to look your best in comfortable men’s jeans, you need to choose your fit accordingly. Skinny fit is the tightest fit of all, and has a tapered leg opening. Skinny jeans are tight from hip to hem, looking quite similar to jeggings. Slim fit, on the other hand, will slightly hug the thighs, knees and calves, loosening up around the ankles. This fit is perfect for athletic men, because it’ll look very flattering on their toned body. Straight leg fit is a bit looser in the knees and calves unlike the slim fit, but feels the same in the thigh area. Thin men should consider wearing straight leg jeans, because they’re roomy and won’t attract attention to their undefined legs. If you’d like to offer more room for your thighs, look for a relaxed fit because they’re cut loose from the waist to the leg opening. Relaxed fit is the roomiest fit of all and it’s perfect for men with large hips, because they’ll need a pair of jeans with an equal leg width from hip to hem, which the relaxed fit offers.

The rise

Aside from knowing the perfect fit, when you start looking for a pair of comfortable men’s jeans, you should know which rise is perfect for your figure. High-rise is the perfect option for bigger men with wide hips, and make sure you don’t tuck in your shirt. Wear high-rise jeans above the belly button, because that’s where they’ll fit nicely. Medium or mid-rise jeans are a great choice if you like to tuck in the shirt, because the waistband skims the belly button. For a more relaxed appearance and a casual fit, go with low-rise jeans. If you have a thin body, low-rise jeans will look great on you. If you prefer jeans that are saggy at the rear, seat and hips, then a low crotch rise is your best pick.

The length

A pair of jeans should be long enough to have a half or full break, because that will make your entire look sharp. The length that sits right on the ankle ‒ usually it hits 0.25 inches above the bottom of the heel ‒ is the one you should go for. So, if your jeans are much longer than that, make sure you take them to a tailor, so they can have them hemmed to the proper length. However, if you want to cuff them, they should be a bit longer, and the cuff size will determine the length in that case. If jeans are too long, they’ll look too baggy on you, which won’t look stylish as it should.

Choosing the perfect pair of men’s jeans is crucial for achieving a dashing look. Therefore, make sure you know which fit is the best for your body type, don’t wear jeans that are too long, but have them tailored and you’ll look and feel amazing in your perfectly fitted pair of jeans.

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