How To Use Makeup To Help You Look Younger

Someday's we are just not feeling energized, our 'get-up-and-go' of youth is a memory.  When you look in the mirror and see an older version of yourself this is the time when makeup, applied the correct way, can make you look young, well-rested and drop dead gorgeous. I've gathered a few tips just for this occasion. Below you will find a short list of these tricks that will create a fresh look instantly. Enjoy! 

So let’s begin with your water line. All you need to do when you are trying to achieve a younger and fresher look is to white out the inner corner of your eyes. Since white reflects light, it instantly creates a more open and more vivid look. You will inevitably start looking younger and, in fact, your eyes will look bigger and wider as well. These are the features of a youthful look.

Another place where you should apply a lighter makeup palate to create a younger look is under your eyebrows. When you lighten under your brow you create a similar illusion as you do when whiting out the inner corner of your eyes. The light color will accentuate your eyes and make them look more wide and awake.

As you might notice, trying to create a younger look is all about a lighter makeup palate. That also applies when you are choosing a foundation. For the fresher look, you should always apply a sheer and light foundation. The darker foundation creates that unwanted mask look will make your face look darker and fake. With just a thin layer of light foundation this creates a very airy and easy look that appears to take a few years off your face and gives the appearance off a few hours of good night’s sleep.

Have you ever noticed that women who wear dark color lipsticks look slightly a bit older than they are? Well, many makeup professionals agree that women who are fighting against time and want to look fresh and well-rested should stay away from dark lipsticks for sure. In your case, you should choose either a very light or close to your natural lips shade lipstick or lipgloss. Also, you will always be on point with a nude lipstick that is appropriate for the office or even for a night out. With light lipstick or gloss, you will be amazed how much younger you look. 

Finally, applying eyeliner and mascara on top of your eyelids will achieve a fresh look better than anything else. If you choose to use liner on the bottom of your eyes as well, you are enhancing an area that is the first place on your face that indicates lack of rest, which adds to the appearance of age – big mistake. It's better to focus on the top of your eye lid, apply liner and mascara to the top lid, bringing the focus up.

I would like to take some time and recommend you to visit Nordstrom‘s makeup section. There are many great makeup products there that can help you achieve any look you wish for easily. And since there are these Nordstrom online coupons I just discovered, you will be able to afford even the priciest products at a friendlier price. Enjoy!   

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New School Year - Time To Build The Immune System!

Foods The Build The Immune System - Ann Again and again.com

Yesterday I hear, "Mom, where's the stomach medicine?"  It's in the same place it's always been however, if the question's being asked, that means she re-e-eally doesn't feel good and wants to be taken care of.  Mom to the rescue!  (Hopefully).  With the new school year upon us it's a good time to freshen our eating habits on foods and vitamins that build the immune system. 

I'm wondering if the rumbling in my stomach is something wrong or just the result of too much cayenne pepper in my scrambled eggs.  (Hello, hypochondria?  It's me, Ann.)  Time to do some research and see what I need to stock up on:

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Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers

Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
These foods are also rich in antioxidants:
  • Prunes
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Plums
  • Red grapes
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Beans
Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:

Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products

Selenium: Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products
(Above information courtesy of WebMD)

I'm also going to add ginger ale and oyster crackers.  Those are things that are a "go-to" when one of us doesn't feel well.  Are there certain foods your family wants when they don't feel good?  

Oh geez, do I feel an itchy throat?

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A Health And Fitness Guide This Summer

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There are few seasons that make staying healthy and exercising more appealing than summer, as it allows you to get out in the sunshine, fresh air, and warm weather—a lot more appealing than winter’s snow and cold. But even when motivation is high, it can be sometimes difficult to figure out the best ways to stay active and in shape. So if you’re trying to plan your path to a summer full of healthy choices and exercise, here are a few things you can do to get you on your way.

Begin by walking
The easiest way to begin living a healthier life is by simply leaving your car at home and walking to local destinations whenever possible. This will not only build muscle and stamina for the more intense activities you will do when working out, but it will also burn calories and help your cardio. Another benefit to walking as opposed to driving places is that it has no negative environmental impact.

Head to a local park
Today more and more parks are beginning to install a variety of exercise equipment and spaces for activity, from running tracks to pull-up, push-up, sit-up stations and more. Many public parks also have sports courts available for free use, such as tennis courts and basketball courts. Also, take a look online as you might find an exercise class that meets in the local park, which you could sign-up for.

Join a program
The easiest way to ensure that you stay on top of your fitness is to be held accountable by someone else, and a great way to do this is by signing up for classes, sports teams, or exercise groups. Fortunately summer is the season where these are most available, so there is no better time to sign-up, get fit, and also meet some new healthy friends while you’re at it.

Consider an active holiday
Doing something strenuous on your holiday might sound like the exact opposite of a vacation, but a trekking and camping trip will not only force you to stay active during your time off, but it will also bring you to many beautiful sites that are only accessible to those who are willing to put in a little bit of effort. You can always reward yourself with a few days at the beach after you’ve finished your expedition.

Prepare for winter
There is nothing worse than getting fit in summer and then losing all the benefits of that hard work as soon as the season changes. When the weather starts to get cold and you no longer want to exercise outside, look to join a gym; or, consider buying your own fitness equipment such as a cross trainer or a treadmill, check out retailers like  Tesco to find the best deal. Whatever you do, keep working out as staying in-shape is way easier than getting back in-shape.

Remember, that whether you’re the type of person who loves or hates exercise, there are plenty of great reasons and ways to stay healthy and active in summer.

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