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Find the Perfect Shade. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: Find The Perfect Shade.
Tired of buying lipstick, getting it home, and it doesn’t work?

The color is all wrong!

The perfect shade of lipstick is out there, it can just be unnerving to find. This tip is the easiest way to match your own personal shade. Whether the color is matte, shimmer, or shine this easy tip can help.

Holding the sample color or tube up to the back of your hand in between the thumb and pointer finger will give you the best area to see if it’s a tone match. If your skin tone doesn’t scream, “ewww!”, then you may have found a match. If your skin tone looks amazing, then you’ve definitely have found a good color that will work for you.

If it’s a sample or product tester, you can rub the color right onto your hand. However, there’s no need to break a seal on a product. That’s just wrong. Holding the color up to the hand should be sufficient. (Please, do not break a seal to test or buy an already broken seal when it comes to makeup.)

The ‘holdup to the back of the hand’ method works with other colors too. Whether it’s makeup, hair color, or clothing, matching your personal skin tone can make or break your look.

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Instead of Alcohol I can use lime juice? Responses from Tips

By, Tia Cristy

 

Responses from Tips

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Lime juice probably isn’t the best way to go. I’ve never tried it, but lime juice itself has sticky properties. Not only that, it is very acidic and can bleach or weaken fabric over time. You could try a
white vinegar, it won’t change the color of the fabric.  Although remember, it’s acidic too and could weaken the fabric over time as well.

 

I would save the lime juice for a twist in a drink. But in case you didn’t know, lime is great for skin care. Lime fights bacteria and tightens pores. Don’t over use lime juice on your face. (maybe once a week, for sensitive skin) Remember, it’s like a mini acid peel at home.

 

Thanks again and keep on reading Tips from Tia. Looking good; feeling good!

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How try dry out after the flood.

By, Tia Cristy

How try dry out after the flood.

So hurricanes can leave many in the mud and sand. I got to storms and their brutal effects up close. After Hurricane Sandy, I spent my day helping people clean up after the devastation. We were able to put many good tips to use.

Seeing soggy pictures and documents of great importance to these lovely people was heart-breaking. So I knew, I had to use my knowledge to help where I could. I took my time removing water logged photos from saturated albums full of wet sand and mud. I then showed the people how to dry them out using cornstarch. We discarded the albums themselves, but were able to save all the photos, documents and books that were of the highest significance to these people.

This process can work for most paper materials. Find a dry area to do this work. Get a cookie sheet and fill the bottom with pure cornstarch. Place the photo on top and shake some additional cornstarch on top of the photo or paper. Smooth it over with your hand gently. If the paper is very wet it will put a solid coating over the paper. Lightly knock off the excess and place flat on a surface lined with wax paper. You can do this repeatedly for all your pics and documents. Be sure to lay each thing separately, don’t stack.  Let alone for several hours. When photo is dry you will be able to rub your finger over the paper and the cornstarch will flake off. if it doesn’t come off easy it still needs drying time. If needed, add more cornstarch. Once fully dry, you can sweep off the powder with a soft paint brush. It takes a little patience for the complete process, but it’s worth doing to remove the moisture, so your important documents don’t wrinkle and curl as much as the would if they were simply air drying. Bonus tip, cornstarch kills many nasty bugs and organisms, which is great for sanitizing those flood filled documents.

As for books, paper back and hardback text books, drying them will take longer. First, lay them in a dry place; in direct sunlight is ideal. After they air dry for a day, they maybe ready for step 2.

Step 2, may sound excessive pending on the amount of books you want to dry out. Place the books in a plastic moving container, then add bags and bags of dry rice. It’s the same method as drying out electronics. Leave the books submerged in the rice for a day or two, (may need time longer depending on thickness and how saturated the books are) After the books have dried mostly then, sprinkle them with cornstarch. Again, this will kill yucky stuff that may still be on the pages.

To reuse the rice, place rice in the sun for the day and let air dry to remove the moisture that it soaked up. Use new bags of rice if you plan on drying out electronics so it is able to absorb as much moisture as possible. Electronic dry-outs can take a lot longer to get results. Have patience.

If you’ve been challenged by Sandy, Tips from Tia wishes you well. And, let us know if you need any other tips to help you get one step back to normal.

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Tips for Beating Insomnia without Prescription Pills

Tips for Beating Insomnia without Prescription Pills

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Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the United States. A recent survey found that 95 percent of adults nationwide experience insomnia at some point in their lives ― and roughly one-third reported insomnia-related sleep problems within the past year. Many people treat insomnia using prescribed medications. Many physicians recommend a class of non-benzodiazepines known as ‘z-drugs’, which have proven quite effective at reducing insomnia symptoms and are considered the go-to medication for this disorder. Other hypnotics and sedatives may be prescribed, as well.

Unfortunately, all prescribed medications used to treat insomnia carry potentially negative side effects. Although these vary by drug, some of the most common effects include daytime drowsiness, headaches, nausea and light sensitivity. Many are also habit-forming, and can lead to addictive tendencies if they are taken for long periods of time. This post will look at some of the most effective anti-insomnia measures you can take without prescription meds.

Types of Insomnia

In order to properly treat insomnia, it’s important to understand the different forms this sleep disorder can take. Secondary insomnia refers to symptoms that occur due to another injury, illness, prescription drug dependency or other conditions that can disrupt sleep patterns; primary insomnia, on the other hand, arises independently.

Insomnia may also be classified by duration. The term ‘short-term’ or ‘acute’ insomnia refers to symptoms that last for less than 30 days; after the 30-day benchmark, the condition progresses to chronic insomnia. Additionally, ‘transient’ insomnia applies to travelers who experience insomnia symptoms as they adapt to a different time zone; ‘jet lag’ is considered a type of short-term transient insomnia. Generally speaking, you should only seek treatment for insomnia once it has evolved into a chronic condition.

Some people with insomnia have a particularly tough time falling asleep; this is known as sleep-onset insomnia. Others struggle to remain asleep throughout the night; this is referred to as sleep-maintenance insomnia. This post will address treatment options for both sleep-onset and sleep-maintenance insomnia.

Option 1: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This option (known as CBT for short) is a catch-all term for any type of sleep therapy that addresses insomnia symptoms. CBT has proven highly effective, and is regarded as comparable ― if not superior ― to prescription drugs. CBT often involves sleep restriction therapy (SRT), which requires the patient to follow a rigid sleep schedule every night and get up at the same time each morning. Realigning your sleep patterns to fit a certain window period is often the key to beating insomnia.

Another type of CBT commonly used for insomnia patients is stimulus control, which trains the patient to ignore stimuli (such as light and background noise) that hinder a good night’s sleep. Paradoxical intention may also be used; this reverse-psychology approach requires patients to lay in bed and remain awake as long as possible, allowing their minds to relax and their bodies to become naturally tired. Many CBT patients are asked to record their nighttime patterns in a sleep diary in order to see if progress is being made.

Option 2: Light Therapy

Many people experience insomnia due to disruptions to their Circadian rhythm, a biological 24-hour clock that operates in sync with natural sunlight. Light therapy (also known as phototherapy) uses bright lamps to trigger the suprachiasmatic nucleus area of the brain’s hypothalamus and help realign a patient’s Circadian cycle. Regular exposure to the lamplight will eventually get the patient back on track.

Generally speaking, light therapy requires exposure to the lamps for at least 30 minutes per day, preferably in the morning. Light therapy lamps utilize bulbs measured at roughly 10,000 lux; in contrast, household lights usually range between 50 and 80 lux. Light therapy is relatively expensive and completely drug-free. However, the artificial light is less effective for people who spend long periods of time under natural sunlight (i.e., those who work outside).

Option 3: Improved Sleep Hygiene

If you are struggling with insomnia, then there’s a good chance you can reduce some of your symptoms by changing your daily sleep habits. Cutting out nicotine and alcohol is a good start; you may want to curb your caffeine intake, as well. Also avoid activities like eating and exercising too close to bedtime. You may want to re-evaluate your mattress, as well, particularly if you have chronic back and/or shoulder pain; mattresses made of soft materials like latex and memory foam are designed to alleviate pain and pressure to a much greater extent than traditional innersprings.

Option 4: Melatonin

Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in the pineal gland that helps regulate Circadian rhythm and healthy sleep patterns. It is regulated by the amino acid tryptophan, also known as the sleep-inducing substance in foods like turkey. Many physicians encourage insomnia patients to take melatonin supplements because, unlike other anti-insomnia medications, melatonin is non-habit-forming and produces very few side effects. Melatonin is currently available as an over-the-counter medication.

Ben Murray is a writer and researcher for sleep science hub Tuck.com. He can usually be found running, hiking, biking or kayaking around the Pacific Northwest ― though he enjoys a good nap as much as the next person.

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25 Ways to Organize Your Life

25 Ways to Organize Your Life

One in four Americans wish they were more organized, and as the amount of clutter in our homes rises to historic levels, our levels of stress rise too. The scientific benefits of staying organized include reduced stress, better eating habits, more easily achieving fitness goals, better sleep, and boosted productivity.

In fact, a UCLA study surveyed women, and those who described their home as “cluttered” had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Even worse, since the husbands rarely felt the same level of stress, it lead to rifts in household relationships!

Staying organized in every facet of your life is important, so the folks at Simply Self Storage put together this infographic detailing how to organize different aspects of your life, and the scientific benefits of doing so!

You will find tips for organizing your home, work day, family, meals and social life. They range from best practices to genius hacks and, if followed, they’re sure to improve your life in 2018!

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Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

 

Living rooms are true hubs of domestic life, where we tend to spend quite a bit of time. If you are bored with it and don’t have a budget to do a complete overhaul, don’t fret. In order to turn a new leaf, you don’t even have to get out of your way: There is a multitude of affordable and simple upgrades and tweaks at your disposal.

So, here is how to give your living room a makeover and witness the magic in a blink of an eye.

A fresh start

When you are feeling uninspired in your living environment, you know it’s time to make a positive change.

First off, take a good long look at the layout of the space as well as the placement of the furniture. In all likelihood, you can do some rearranging and utilize the available space more efficiently. Put your desk by the window to harness natural bounties. Orient a comfy sofa towards the focal point of the room, be it a fireplace or a TV. 

Furthermore, note that a fresh coat of paint can work miracles for the visual appeal of the room. Indeed, grabbing a brush is easily one of the most affordable ways to completely shift the mood and atmosphere. Just bear in mind that lighter and subdued colors are a safe bet.

Piece by piece

Before spending money in any store, take a stroll around your home. Keep your eyes open for anything that can be repurposed and given a new role in the living room. Open your closet and storage to bring items back from the dark. Note that even dusty and old books can be beautiful when put on display. The same is true for anything that adds a bit of visual flair though shape, patterns, and color.

Likewise, you should do as much as you can by yourself. Making something with your own hands instantly elevates the mood. Besides, you can get a plethora of décor pieces for a fraction of the cost of what you can purchase. There is no end to brilliant décor projects, so get inspired.

Place small accents such as vignettes that reflect your personality and echo your passions. Choose meaningful items that evoke pleasant memories. Direct the eye around the room in a new, interesting way. Infuse color and patterns where there are none: Add life to blank walls with artwork and spruce up the seating area with colorful pillows.

In new light

Improve the indoor air quality by introducing natural filters in the form of houseplants. They will double as décor and liven up your living room, especially if you find stylish vases and pots for them. What is more, reduce the air pollution with the help of HEPA air filters and quality HVAC system. In case your budget allows it, consider buying a quality one and seek local services, such as these professionals who offer installation of air conditioning in Concord.

To improve air circulation further, make sure to open your windows every now and then to invite a flood of natural light inside.

Speaking of light, you can create instant change by switching your artificial fixtures. Pendants and chandeliers can serve as stunning centerpieces that spark attention. If you want to keep spending in check, change the light bulbs. Opt for energy-saving LED lighting and introduce dimmable and mood-enhancing solutions. You will reinvent the space with a minimum investment of time and money. 

Breathe new life into the heart of your home

There’s absolutely no need to break the bank: There is a slew of accessories and items you can get for cheap or repurpose from your home. Master the art of accentuating and beautifying the space with small items that make a big difference. Feel the breath of fresh air in your living room and spice things up.

Find beauty in the everyday and mundane. Rethink your living environment and see the positive vibes spilling over to all aspects of your life.

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Know Your Enemy: Debt-Fighting Approaches

Know Your Enemy: Debt-Fighting Approaches

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Debt is one of those things that we all have to contend with some point in our lives. The sheer magnitude of being in debt causes so many problems for us emotionally, as well as financially. So, when we find ourselves in that unenviable position of struggling financially, what is the key to tackling it? Well, first things first, you need to know exactly what your options are. This includes debt consolidation, as well as ways to make money that you might not have considered.

 

Understanding The Type Of Debt You Are In

If you are one of those people that have no idea what your options are, this is a very good place to start. In dealing with certain types of debt, it’s better for you to understand what category your debt is actually in. So, with something likes unsecured debt, these consist of things like personal loans or credit cards. With something like a loan that has a variable interest rate, this means that the rate could change over the timeline of your loan. This can then result in more money you need to pay back. At least, when you do get a better perspective on the type of debt you are in, it will help to align your mindset in relation to pay off said debt. And mindset is half the battle.

 

The Power Of Negotiation

Believe it or not, most people don’t realize they can negotiate a lower interest rate. Even for those that get the best credit card offer available to them, they feel that they are stuck with the repayment rates they have. This isn’t always the case. So, it’s always worth trying to negotiate a lower repayment rate or a lower interest rate. And no matter how little decrease of interest, it means you have a bit more time to pay off the outstanding debt.

 

Your Working Situation

As nice as it would be to get a hefty bonus in your job, most of us don’t have that luxury. Instead, there are ways around the situation that you may not have thought of. There are so many ways to make money online now, such as doing freelance work. The great thing about freelance work now is that it’s not just for the uber creatives, there are basic admin tasks that need doing, and there are companies like Pactera Remote that pay you based on the amount of work that you do. So you don’t necessarily need to clock in and out, but just do work as and when it’s feasible for you.

 

In addition to these methods, the act of debt consolidation can take many different forms. But if you have various credit card debt or overdraft debt, you can consolidate it into one manageable repayment. Tackling debt isn’t just about getting as much money as possible to pay off your financial problems. But if you know exactly what the best methods are for you, then you can start to apply different money-making strategies, as well as payment strategies, to make life as easy and as debt free for you as possible.

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The Times When Debt Isn’t a Bad Thing

The Times When Debt Isn’t a Bad Thing

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We tend to think of debt as being a universally bad thing, but when you take a step back and think about it, that really is not the case. Although we should all probably be trying to keep our debts to a minimum, there are plenty of times when debt is by no means a bad thing. Here are a few examples, of when you, perhaps,  shouldn’t be worried about getting into a little debt:

 

When Debt is an Investment

 

If you’re using debt to invest in a home for your family, a car that will enable you to take that great new job, or your education, then it can’t really be seen as this big bad things to avoid because it is giving you opportunities to make more money and do more things with your life in the long-term.

 

When It’s Paying Off Your Debts

 

Getting yourself into debt to pay off your debts might sound completely absurd until you remember that is what debt consolidation basically is. When you consolidate your debts, you take out one big loan to pay off any other small loans, credit card debts etc., that you have, so that you can pay a smaller, more manageable sum each month, with a lower interest rate. In this case, taking on that debt is eminently sensible because it will save you money over time.

 

When It Boosts Your Credit Score

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Most people know that taking out too much debt or defaulting on one’s debt repayments will cause their credit score to fall, but fewer people realize that having no credit history at all can keep a credit score down. You can fix it by applying for a credit card or taking out small loans and paying them on time every time. By doing this, you will boost your credit score, which could help you to get that mortgage, business loan or job that you so want in the future. That’s not bad, is it?

 

When You Have an Emergency

 

Using debt to deal with emergencies is less of a good thing that the other examples above, but if you have an urgent medical situation that you aren’t covered for, you need to take your cat to the vet, or you simply must fix the car so you can actually get to work, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing so long as it’s manageable. Of course, starting an emergency fund would be better!

 

When You Can Afford to Pay It Back Quickly

 

Despite the fact that debt can be a good thing in all of the above scenarios, and probably a few more I haven’t thought of, debt can only ever be somewhere approaching a positive thing when you can afford to pay it off, and ideally when you can afford to pay it off quickly, so that you pay less interest. If you can’t afford it, then no matter how good the reason for getting into debt, it is going to be a bad thing for you. Bear this in mind before you even think about borrowing money.

 

Make smart choices surrounding debt, try to keep borrowing to a minimum, and you’ll never have to worry like so many people who are up to their eyeballs in debt do.

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7 Makeup Tips That Make You Look Amazing In Photographs

By Guest Blogger, Sania

7 Makeup Tips That Make You Look Amazing In Photographs

People think they don’t look beautiful in photographs because they are not photogenic but little did they know that the most important thing that guarantees the beautiful picture is the makeup. All the professional makeup artists think that in order to take look beautiful in the photograph you should do outstanding makeup for yourself. The beautiful makeup makes you look amazing in the picture even if you are not photogenic. Therefore, you should always do your makeup in the best and outstanding manner. Some of the makeup tips that will make you look phenomenal in the pictures are as follows.

Apply Moisturizer and Mask to Your Skin:

When you have to go to any party or any event and you will be going there with a lot of makeup on your face then you have to make sure that you prepare your skin before applying makeup on it. If you will moisturize, exfoliate and apply a high quality and an effective face mask on your skin, then you will have a glow and shine on your face. As a result, your makeup will last longer and you will look beautiful in the pictures.

Choose Foundation Wisely:

The foundation is the base of the overall makeup. The smooth foundation will make you look good in pictures. Therefore, it is obligatory for everyone to choose foundation according to their skin tone. If you chose a light color foundation for darker skin tone or vice versa, it will make you look terrible in pictures. For looking good and outstanding in pictures you should apply the foundation which suits your skin tone.

Conceal and Contour Efficiently:

In order to look beautiful and stunning in pictures, you should make your features prominent. The most important thing for making features dominant is contouring. Therefore, you should contour efficiently in the most amazing manner. To look amazing and flawless in pictures you should conceal your undertones and spots in the best manner.

Highlight:

The highlighter is the most amazing thing that makes your skin look perfect and flawless. In order to look beautiful and aesthetic in photographs, you should apply highlighter beautifully and efficiently. The application of high quality and standard highlighter will make you look alluring and enchanting in pictures.

Use Matte Products:

All the things which are used for blending and hiding spots from your skin like foundation and concealer should be free from shine and glitter If you will use the shiny concealer it will spoil your overall look. Therefore, it is very important to use the products which are not sheeny shiny while doing makeup. The use of matte products will make you look beautiful and enchanting in the pictures.

Glossy Lips:

Glossy and shimmery lipstick always looks enticing and alluring in pictures. In order to look beautiful and enchanting in photographs, you should keep the whole makeup subtle and light but you can enhance your look by applying glossy lipstick on the lips. This will make you look beautiful in the pictures.

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Author bio:

Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and traveling, is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.

The Requirements Of A New Online Business

The Requirements Of A New Online Business

You might be in the position where you are keen to take your blogging to the next level. Or maybe you have just had a fantastic idea for a new business, and you want to sell your product online. Whatever it is, starting up a new online business takes a lot of determination and guts, and a keen understanding of what works and what doesn’t. It also requires that you have some essential things under you belt before you begin, so that you can be sure of starting in the right way. In this article, we are going to look at what those requirements might be, so that you can ensure you are starting off in the right manner.

 

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Money

 

Obviously enough, you need a decent hit of capital in order to be sure that you are going to be strong in the early days of business. What’s more, the very act of setting up the business itself requires that you have a decent amount of money to begin with. So if you are keen on setting up your own online business, first make sure you have the necessary financial impetus to really make it happen. This might requires that you borrow a little money, so make sure that you are able to first. Look into how to get your credit score up and then go and find the funding you need; if lucky, you could even end up with a non-repayable grant coming your way. However you do it, make sure you have the money you need to get going in a strong way.

 

Website

 

You simply cannot exist without a website. This is true for an offline business, so it is certainly true for your new online business. You need to have a website which is actually going to act as a face for the business in a good way, and that will mean that you are able to bring people in much faster as well. If you need help with the website, then make sure to hire someone who has a lot of experience with specifically business-related websites, as there is a huge difference between those and, say, personal blogs. Get the website right, and you have taken care of what is the most essential business requirement of all, as well as started to think about your branding too.

 

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Marketing

 

Marketing is actually fairly easy to do with an online business, partly because digital marketing is so effective and so fast to make happen. Even if you have zero experience in this area, you will find that it is surprisingly easy to create the marketing that you need for your business – and it will mean that your company is much more likely to get off the ground in a big way. Focus on the marketing early, and you will be off to a stronger start. Remember too that it is necessary to market both early and also long into the future, and to never let up on this front if you want your business to flourish.

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