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We all want to have flawless and Instagram filtered skin. But the truth is that a lot of people go through too much struggle in order to achieve this. Acne, chicken pox and other skin conditions can leave the skin deeply or slightly scarred. Pockmarks are painful reminders of the skin problems you used to battle in the past. Some people simply have wider pores that give the skin a rough look and make them feel unattractive. Knowing how to cover pitted acne scars with makeup can be a life savior.
Subconsciously people might try to use tons of products in order to have flawless and smooth looking skin. But this is actually a big mistake and can make your skin look cakey.
Think of it, when you have textured skin, you basically want something that would smooth out the texture. You don’t need to add layers of products on top of each other that would add to the texture of your skin.
The key to conceal and cover pockmarks, pitted acne scars and pores is not about using the most expensive products on the market. In fact, there are some simple and easy to achieve tips that will help you get the look you’ve always wanted.
1. Prepare Your Skin:
Some acne medications work by reducing the oil production in your glands. This might leave your skin dry. You need to apply a moisturizer and let it completely dry before proceeding to the next step. Choose one that doesn’t irritate your skin and is formulated to hydrate sensitive skin. Some heavy moisturizers might cause breakouts so stay away from those.
2. Create a Smooth Canvas:
A lot of people think that a primer is a beauty scam that high-end brands are trying to pull off in order to charge us with more money. They are wrong. Using a good primer can make a big difference to the way your makeup looks until the end of the day.
A primer basically smoothes out your skin and creates a smooth canvas for the rest of the products that will follow. Your foundation and concealer will glide on smoother and you will have a fresh and filtered look at the end. Primers simply fill in some of the emptiness that you have due to pockmarks, fine lines and pores. They also help your makeup last longer. Make sure that you pick one that works with your skin and let it dry before applying anything on top.
3. Applying Corrector or Concealer:
Correctors are cosmetic products that are meant to deal with the discoloration of your skin. If you suffer from slightly dark pockmarks, you can use a salmon or orange-red concealer to cover them up, depending on your skin tone. Some people have red marks where their acne used to be. For them, a green corrector is a perfect solution. Use a concealer brush and a light hand to pat in your product. Don’t swirl it around.
If you have no discoloration, you can either add your concealer before or after the foundation. I actually prefer to add my concealer before the foundation. It adds a little bit of coverage before applying any other product, which can help me get away with less foundation without showing my scars off. Use a concealer brush to pat the product into your skin and filling any emptiness. Use a shade that matches your skin tone and foundation.
4. Using the Right Foundation and the Best Technique:
Always apply your eye foundation before applying your foundation. This will help you remove any eyeshadow or eyeliner marks that accidentally find their way to your face. When it comes to picking your foundation, there are actually a lot of products and options that you can choose from.
A good airbrush makeup system will apply your foundation flawlessly to give you a filtered look. Airbrush foundation is usually airy and lightweight. Moreover, you have the option to mix and match until you get the perfect shade. It is a great investment if you tan a lot and want to use one product all year round. It is also very easy to use.
If you are not a big fan of airbrush makeup, you can always apply your favorite liquid or stick foundation. Stick foundations tend to provide more coverage while liquid foundations are lighter.
You can go for a matte, satin or dewy finish depending on how you like to wear your makeup. Use a stippling brush to push the product into the skin to cover all the pockmarks. After that, you can use a damp makeup sponge to blend it out.
Remember to pat and not to rub as this can move the product. You can use a makeup setting spray on your sponge to make your makeup last longer. Add a little bit of under-eye concealer to brighten the under-eye area. Use a shade that is lighter than your skin tone.
5. Let it All Set:
Use a soft brush to set your makeup using loose powder. Compact powder will be too much on top of all the other products and can make your makeup look cakey. You can spray some setting spray to make sure that everything is perfect.
Avoid applying too many layers of one product at the same time. Let the product dry first and see if you need any. Using a light hand you can build several layers of your makeup to achieve a smooth look. It is all about using the right products and techniques.
For sure, we do like to live up to the mindset that we should love our body no matter what everybody thinks. But, it is a different case for petite women. It is because height can be a serious obstacle when it comes to style and fashion, and what we always have in mind is to get the better of the challenge of stretching out vertically. We have to ask ourselves: can we overcome it?
The truth is, there is no specific answer. So maybe yes, maybe not.
A girl’s height, after all, stops its development between the age of 14 and 15. So your dream of becoming taller depends on how old you are at present. But thanks to fashion experts that can also double as magicians, we can now create the illusion of making our heights appear taller than it is. So, just follow these fashion and styling tricks and cast away your worries of being vertically challenged.
Put On Some Flared Jeans
Wearing jeans with flare at the bottom, particularly the ones which have a slim fit near the leg and with hems that reach the shoes, creates an illusion of making your legs look longer than it is. And you can pull off the ultimate abracadabra by matching it with a waist-length top, or a tuck-in blouse.
V-Necks for Victory
The reason why V-necks are excellent in making you look tall is that it draws the eye of the beholder upwards to your face. It also makes your neck appear longer by creating an illusion of a lengthened torso. So take this opportunity now as V-necks is still a trend in fashion.
Opt for Thin Belts
There is always a time when you will need a belt for practical and aesthetic purposes. So when you choose to wear belts, make sure to go for the thinnest that you can find.
Thin belts will mark your natural waist in the most advantageous way as possible. Belts that are wide, on the other hand, will make you look cut in half which only adds up to your height problem.
Choose Heels with Low-Cut Vamp
You want to look tall, right? Grab the chance the next time you visit a shoe store, and look for a pair of heels which has a low-cut vamp.
Shoes with low-cut vamps make your legs appear long especially when you match it with shorts, skirts, and dresses. For an ultimate long-legged effect, look for the color of shoes that blends with your skin tone.
Go for High-Waisted Outfit
High-waisted lower body outfits are in trend due to its aesthetic appeal and also in ways that are practical. So, for petite women, make sure to take advantage of the trend by going high waist because it can elongate your legs for your benefit. High waist skirts, shorts, and trousers make your legs look longer by taking some space in your upper body.
The same with flared jeans, maxi skirts and dresses reach your shoes which create the appearance of making your body look taller than it is.
When wearing a maxi dress, just make sure that the hemline does not reach as far down as it causes tripping. Pair your maxi dress with a fitted top that is tuck-in, or a cropped jacket to avoid the appearance of drowning yourself in the fabric.
Wear Vertical Stripes
Wearing vertical stripes are one of the solutions to your height problem. It is because an outfit with vertical lines creates the illusion of making yourself tall. The good thing is, you will not find it difficult to look for clothes with vertical stripes because they are readily available and they never go out of trend.
Keep Your Accessories to the Minimum
As what I have mentioned, one the of the solutions in making yourself appear taller than your real height is to draw the attention of the on-looker upward to your face. The more the person looks to that direction, the more you look taller.
Therefore, avoid wearing something that draws the eye near below your chest. For example, steer clear of wearing heavy necklaces because women who do not have the gift of height also do not have long necks.
Keep It Fit
In fashion, it is always essential to keep your clothes fit, and this rule is the same for women who are petite. Closer and tighter fitting clothes do the trick of making the length of your torso appear taller as it highlights your body outline. A loose-fitting outfit, on the other hand, drowns your body figure, making you look shorter than you are.
Go for Monochrome Palette
Opting for a monochrome scheme for your overall outfit can emphasize your body features and help create the illusion of a more extended height.
If you go for it, make sure to contrast with shades instead of colors, and remember the rule that the darker the shade, the better. For example, you can go dark in the lower part of your body, and make it lighter on top.
For petite women, becoming taller seems a far-fetched idea. But worry no more, there are styling tricks that you can do to make it appear to everybody that you are not that lacking vertically. All you have to is to follow the methods mentioned above for you to reach new heights.
We spend almost a third of our lives in bed. Therefore, our sleeping habits affect the body and particularly the back. According to the National Sleep Foundation, pain is a substantial challenge as far as sleeping habits are concerned. Recent studies state that people experiencing lower back pain have reported sleep disturbance.
Lower back pain caused by sleeping is known to cause a range of psychological and physiological effects. Clinically, sleep problems present significant effects for the management of lower back pain. Studies also suggest that improved sleep quality can considerably minimize back pain and symptoms of back pain related conditions, such as arthritis.
How to Sleep with Upper Back Pain and Lower Back Pain
Many people with back problems are most likely to experience intense pain and stiffness in the morning. Most back structures are relaxed when you are lying down. Usually, disc pressure is lowest when you are resting. Therefore, you need to learn how to sleep with lower back pain and sciatica, in order to heal and not aggravate the conditions.
If you are having upper and lower back pain, but you are not suffering from any sleep problems, then don’t make too many changes with your posture or your position in the bed. You should maintain your normal routine. This is so if your usual sleep postures don’t affect you, whenever you wake up in the morning.
Instead, you should affect something else when you wake up, such as your sitting posture. However, if lower back pain interferes with your sleep such as waking up at the middle of the night, then you need to make some crucial changes to your sleep posture and position. This calls for you to put your spine in a neutral position.
To achieve the best sleeping position for lower back pain during pregnancy, you need to know your neutral spine, as well. The neutral spine is the position in which your lower back feels most comfortable. Experts refer to it as the position in the middle of an arched and rounded back. Mark you, this position differs from one individual to another.
The two best sleeping positions for neck pain and upper back pain: on your back or on your side. Make sure you choose a rounded pillow to support the natural curvature of your neck if you sleep on your back. Avoid using too high or stiff pillows that will keep your neck flexed while sleeping, because they can lead to morning pain and stiffness.
The second best sleeping position for upper back pain and neck pain is sleeping on your side. Make sure that you keep your spine in a neutral position by using a pillow that is higher under your neck than your head. Good sleeping positions are every so often set early in life and may be difficult to change. It is worth trying to start practicing good sleeping postures now.
How to Sit with Lower Back Pain
You can sit properly with lower back pain if you know how to stand in your natural alignment. Maintaining good sitting position can effectively prevent as well as decrease back pain. People with jobs that require long sitting or standing positions should take regular breaks from sitting or standing to help prevent back pain.
The best sitting position for lower back pain is with the pelvis neutral tilt and level. You have to do the following to achieve the pelvis neutral:
Sit with your spine in an upright position to maintain the neutral arc of the spine
The head should be upright with the ears aligned over the shoulders
The hips should be at 90 degrees of flexion and the thighs in contact with the sitting surface
The knees should be flexed at about 90 degrees and the feet rested on a footrest
Achieving a neutral pelvis position helps create a greater structural integrity across the body. A neutral pelvis functions like a neutral spine in that it protects the spine from lower back pain by preventing the disc from becoming compressed.
About the Author
Dr. Brent Wells has been practicing chiropractic physician in Anchorage, Juneau & Wasilla, Alaska since 1998. He is the founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab, a multi-disciplinary clinic that utilizes a team approach to provide a full range of effective, conservative treatments, including chiropractic care, rehabilitative therapy and massage therapy, as well as other advanced high-tech complementary therapies. His clinics have successfully addressed pain and spine-related conditions without addictive drugs or invasive surgeries for more than 15,000 patients.
If you’ve seen a late night ‘As Seen on TV’ segment within the past few years, you’ve likely seen Luminess advertised. Their line, and the Luminess ‘brand’ are very well known in the airbrush makeup community. Luminess airbrush makeup has been used and mentioned in a number of popular publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Desperate Housewives, and Dancing with the Stars. With such a star-studded track record it’s no wonder that Luminess has remained a popular choice for airbrush makeup artists.
Luminess Air Reviews:
User Friendliness - 10/10
Range of Shades - 5/10
Build Quality - 7/10
Affordibility - 7/10
The huge benefit of this makeup kit is in its user friendliness. If your concerns are with the difficulty of applying airbrush makeup, then this kit is the best choice for the price.
The Luminess Air Legend Airbrush System is Luminess Air’s basic airbrushing kit, and is the kit we will be referring to in this review. This kit comes with all you will need to apply your airbrush makeup for personal use. It includes a duo of foundation shades that you can mix to create your perfect match. If you have difficulty finding the correct shade for you, Luminess Air has a ‘color match’ system at your disposal. All you have to do is upload a photo of your face in natural lighting and a makeup expert with tell you your perfect match!
This system’s air compressor does not have an adjustable airflow, unlike many other airbrush kits available today. What does this mean for you? It’s pretty simple actually, you will not change settings for each step of your makeup such as blush, foundation, and highlighter. Instead of changing a dial you will pull back your finger on the trigger less or more depending on the product you’re using. This will have essentially the same effect as turning a dial would so should not be considered a drawback. It may even help you gain better control over your airbrushing skills.
Key Features of Luminess Airbrush Kit
Easy to Learn
Luminess claims that you can become proficient in their airbrush makeup system in just 7 days. The first few times you airbrush, it might not feel natural, and you might not get the result you want. Just like starting anything else new, you’ll need to practice just a few times, until you start to perfect it. As you gain confidence in your airbrushing you’ll need less makeup and get faster and faster.
The foundation included in this kit contains no harmful ingredients and is water-based. This means that it will dry down to a natural looking coverage without the heavy feel of some silicone-based airbrush foundations. Your makeup will feel natural and lightweight but provide intense coverage for your skin’s imperfections.
Guides and Tools
If it’s your first time using airbrush makeup Luminess is a good choice for you. You will get a guidebook included with your purchase, as well as access to their many support videos. Luminess holds very informative webinars to teach you the basics as well as advanced airbrush makeup techniques. Their video guides on their website are also quite extensive, covering everything from beginner’s confusion to techniques to camouflage wrinkles and fine lines.
Budge-proof makeup is part of the reason why many people choose airbrush makeup. Luminess boasts an incredible 18+ hours wear time with correct application. The best way to get this kind of wear time out of Luminess is to work in thin layers. You may apply any number of layers depending on the amount of coverage you want. Just make sure to let the makeup dry between layers!
Strategy guides included with kit
Low PSI for gentle makeup application
Simple, straightforward instructions
Shade range is not excellent
Air compressor airflow is not adjustable
This kit comes with a compact air compressor, airbrush wand, and hose. These are all fully assembled when you receive them. The voltage of the air compressor is 12v, and the system comes with a common AC adaptor.
2 shades of airbrush foundation, 1 primer, 1 blush, 1 highlighter.
Despite the low number of shades included with this system and available with Luminess Air, the kit is still well worth it. It’s fairly easy to mix your shades with a technique called “back bubbling” which you can do within the airbrush wand cup.
With this practice, Luminess Air will give you the results you desire without any trouble at all. The sheer number of learning materials available for the Luminess Air Legend Airbrush System means that you’ll learn to apply beautiful airbrush makeup quickly and conveniently.
Do you ever find yourself dumbfounded by the magic your stylist works? Here’s a little secret: ‘getting your hair done’ at a salon almost exclusively means getting a blowout with a round brush.
The best part is, you can do this yourself, at home, for free!
All you need to make a salon quality blowout is a round brush, a hair dryer, and some time.
Don’t want the fuss?
Even if you’re just a big fan of using a blow dryer to style your hair, a round brush is a must have item. Picking up the best round brush for blowouts might seem tricky. You have to consider few different parameters such as; size, material etc. In this buying guide, you will get a complete idea about all those important matters.
What is a Round Brush?
A round brush is just a brush with a rounded, cylindrical shape. The shape of the barrel allows you to rotate the brush while styling. This rotation adds natural-looking texture, bounce and volume to the hair.
Round brushes are used mainly to style blowouts. However, a round brush is also useful for day-to-day brushing.
Note: All ratings (out of 10) are based on Styleaurora.com’s editorial reviews.
Nobody wants to buy a brush just to throw it away because it doesn’t suit their needs. Well, now you don’t have to worry about figuring it all out by yourself. We have done all the testing for you and picked up 6 best round brush of 2017. You can spend less money because there’s no more guesswork.
Now it’s time to get down to the business. The big six. It’s time to find your perfect round brush.
1. YS Park G – Series Curl Shine Styler Round Brush
People swear by this brush because of its popularity with professional hairdressers. The YS Park round brush has both nylon and natural boar bristles. Like magic, these slide right through dry hair. They are gorgeous brushes with a wooden handle and a natural look. Even better, these are white boar bristles. White boar bristles are known for being softer than their counterparts.
This brush creates high shine and perfects curls surprisingly well. Everything about it screams high end, from the usage to the high price of the brush. If you’re willing to pay the price, the YS Park G series brushes are a guaranteed win. What’s the catch? The wooden handle isn’t very comfortable to hold. This isn’t a huge issue though. Everything else about the brush is top-tier.
Price Range: HIGH
Who it’s best for: This brush is ideal for those who have difficulty with their thick hair.
2. Ergo Professional Round Brush
The Ergo round brush comes in a stylish all-black. The brush has a no-slip silicone handle that makes it easier and more comfortable to grip. If your hands tend to get sore and fatigued from doing your hair, this is a major benefit.
It also has a vented ceramic barrel that is perfect for heat styling. This brush’s barrel is longer than standard, allowing you to style your hair faster. This brush is in the middle-ground price range of brushes. If you get aches from doing your hair, I’d recommend this brush from the handle alone!
Price Range: MEDIUM
Who it’s best for: It’s pretty well-rounded, so it’s a good one to get no matter your hair type.
3. Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Round Brush
Olivia Garden is a great starting brand because of its low price. One of the unique features of this round brush is the heat-resistant wavy nylon bristles. The bristles are soft-tipped so that they don’t scratch your scalp. The handle of the brush is also rubberized, so it’s comfortable to hold. Because this is a ceramic brush, it heats up faster, and retains the heat longer.
It’s ideal for heat styling. The barrel also has extra large vents which further reduces dry time. Last but not least, this brush’s handle hides a hidden sectioning pick for your hair! This is what makes the Olivia Garden round brush a nice 2-in-1 tool.
Another classic wood-barrel brush. This Styling Essentials round brush also contains both natural boar bristles and longer nylon bristles. The longer bristles help penetrate the hair down to your roots. Which, if you’ve got a lot of hair, is a massive help.
This brush also makes claims of being anti-bacterial. This is achieved by applying a safe coating to the brush’s handle. I’m not convinced of how effective this is, but a cleaner brush sounds good to me. Even better is the brush’s lower price.
Price Range: LOW
One possible major con: Again, the brush’s handle is plain grooved wood. Even though this handle is ‘ergonomic’, this isn’t very comfortable to hold for long styling sessions.
Who it’s best for: This brush is best for beginners with thick hair.
5. Moroccanoil Round Brush
The blue and orange details on this round brush almost make it seem futuristic. Just looking at it, you can see why the Moroccanoil brand is so popular. So popular in fact, the brand has celebrity names attached to it. Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, and Taylor Swift to name a few. More importantly, this brush is also known for its durability. The Moroccanoil is a great example of value for money. Just one should last you a long time. Finally, the unique brush’s honeycomb style venting is a huge benefit. The airflow is so efficient that the Moroccanoil heats to the perfect temperature every time.
Something to keep in mind: these round brushes have shorter bristles than the majority of standard brushes. This makes it well suited to shorter, fine hair. If you have very thick hair, then this round brush isn’t the best option.
Price Range: LOW
Who it’s best for: This brush is best for someone with thin hair looking for value and durability.
6. Ibiza Hair Extended Cork Round Brush
Ibiza brand brushes are highly praised, and I can see why. This brush screams all natural. It’s one of the most unique brushes I’ve ever seen. The Ibiza brush has a cork handle that will keep your hands cool and comfortable. The genuine boar bristles help smooth the hair.
One of the biggest benefits of this model is that it’s lightweight. The cork makes it light and easy to handle. If you’ve found round brushes to be unwieldy and difficult to balance, this is the one for you. The icing on the cake is that the Ibiza is an eco-friendly product. Guilt-free hair care is such a rare commodity. I’d say it’s worth a few extra bucks.
Overall, the Ibiza has a higher price than most, but trust me, it’s worth it.
Price Range: HIGH
Who it’s best for: This brush is best for anyone with frizz problems looking to expand their collection.
What is a Blowout?
If you’re not familiar with the term, blowouts are simply a way of drying and styling the hair. This technique creates a polished, yet voluminous look. Round brushes are ideal for blowouts because of their cylindrical shape. The use of a round brush and blow dryer together is called a blowout. If you want to know some of the best round brushes for your blowout, strap in and read on!
If DIY blowouts haven’t worked for you, it might mean that you’ve been using the wrong type of brush. Yes, the brush you use will make that big of a difference. One of the great things about round brushes is the wide variety of products available. This can also be one of the most confusing parts. I’ll describe a few of the most common types of round brushes below.
Ceramic Barrel Round Brush
Ceramic round brushes heat up faster and get hotter. This makes your style hold longer. If you’ve had a professional blowout at a salon, chances are the hair stylist used a brush with a ceramic barrel. Through the utilization of heat, a brush with a ceramic barrel can get the job done faster.
Vented Barrel Round Brush
Round brushes with a vented barrel are always made of a conductive material. You’ll never find a wooden brush with a vented barrel. A vented barrel allows air and heat to flow through the brush. The air flow dries your hair faster because it doesn’t trap moisture.
Wooden Barrel Round Brush
Brushes with a wooden barrel do not retain much heat. If you’re just beginning to use heat to style your hair, you might want to go with this type of brush. Round brushes with a wooden handle hold significantly less risk of accidentally damaging your hair. As well as less risk of burning your poor skin!
You’ve recently learned that you’re pregnant: congratulations!
So much is going to change in the next 10 months. You may already be puzzled with questions about what you should expect or what you’ll have to change in your life.
There is, understandably, a ton of information out there, and some of it’s conflicting. Moreover, your parents, family members, relatives, or even strangers might also all be throwing information at you. It can be totally overwhelming and even a little annoying!
Pregnancy & Exercise
One of the biggest changes in understanding pregnancy in recent years is related to pregnancy and exercise. It wasn’t long ago when people use to think that all pregnant women should be bedridden for the duration of their pregnancies.
Exercising during pregnancy was a preposterous idea and completely out the question. These days, fortunately, it’s easy to find tons of pregnant women exercising all over the world, and there are dedicated fitness communities working on safely exercising while pregnant.
We’ve come a long way in a short time, baby!
Running During Pregnancy: Myth Vs. Reality
What about running while you’re pregnant? Or, is it safe to jog while pregnant?
Our understanding of running and pregnancy has also shifted in the past century. Gone are the fears that a pregnant woman running would essentially make her uterus (and growing fetus) fall out. Also, it’s no more concern that a pregnant woman need to maintain a certain, hard-and-fast heart rate.
Of course, there are still some concerns and considerations that pregnant women need to take while running. However, in most cases women who were running before they were pregnant can — and should! — continue doing their thing for as long as they’d like during pregnancy.
4 Tips for Running While Pregnant:
Below, I’ll describe some additional considerations that pregnant women ought to take if they decide to run throughout their pregnancy. Please note that I’m not a medical professional. So any advice and guidance that you get from your own doctor or midwife supersedes mine.
Consult an Expert:
Most docs and midwives will be supportive of their pregnant patients continuing to run. However, play it safe and ask first. Unless you have a medical condition that may warrant additional care and concern, your medical professionals will likely tell you to continue exercising as before you got pregnant.
You want to feel as comfortable as possible for as long as you can during your pregnancy. If running helps you feel comfortable, or feel like yourself, then by all means, get on with it.
Instead of focusing on staying under 140 beats per minute while you run, concentrate on keeping your pace nice and comfortable. Ideally, you should be able to hold a conversation with your training partner(s).
Be Wary on Trails As Your Pregnancy Progresses:
Your medical practitioner will likely tell you to be careful throughout your entire pregnancy but especially during your last trimester. By then, you will feel pretty big and uncomfortable as your belly bulges more and more each day. Your center of gravity will feel completely off, making you feel a bit more likely to fall. So obviously, that’s not going to be good for you or your growing fetus.
With that keep in mind, I’d encourage pregnant runners to be wary on trails, especially ones that are particularly challenging and technical. Run trails for as long as you’d like during your pregnancy, but perhaps consider in your 3rd trimester to take things down a notch, out of an abundance of caution. Continue to run trails if you’d like to, but maybe stick to the fire roads or the lower elevations for the final term.
Listen to Your Body!
My most important piece of advice for women who want to run during their pregnancy is simple: listen to your body! Some days, you will absolutely not feel like running. You may instead feel completely sick to your stomach or like you were hit by a truck. Other days you may feel completely devoid of energy.
If you don’t want to run one day (or one week, or one month — whatever!) during your pregnancy, then don’t force yourself to. Instead, just go for a walk. Conversely, when you feel like running, get out there and do it.
Don’t think that just because one day you feel like trash will mean that you’ll always feel that bad every day for the rest of your pregnancy. Try to take things day by day and not get too far ahead of yourself (which can be very hard to do, especially during pregnancy, I acknowledge). Listen to any feedback your body gives you, and if something feels off or painful, stop immediately.
Chances are high that you’ll run into a pregnant runner on the streets or trails, during her morning ritual, or at a race. When you see her, give her a hearty high-five or a fist bump. Trust that she’s doing the right thing for her and her pregnancy.
For so long, the medical community and society treated pregnant women as porcelain dolls, fragile little beings who couldn’t handle the stress and rigor of exercising while pregnant. Fortunately, the tide has begun to turn. Some experts suggest that running or exercising while pregnant can also be a huge help come labor and delivery time — which in and of itself may be compelling enough of a reason to keep at it.
About the Author
Jane Grates is a runner, traveler, dreamer and music lover. She is grateful for having amazing friends. Jane likes to express all her thoughts into writing.
BB & CC Creams seem to be all the rage right now. Even all the drugstore products are in on this latest trend, although I don’t see this trend going away any time soon. I don’t use foundation, I never have because I don’t like how it feels on me, but I do love these BB & CC Creams. I wasn’t really sure what BB and CC even stood for (or what the difference was) until a while ago when I was looking for a new BB cream and decided to look it up. I have both in different brands and I love both, but if you’re like me and don’t know what the difference is, read on!
What it Means:
What it stands for: Beauty balm. Texture: Creamy and moisturizing. What it does: Offers daily sun protection, extra hydration, and a touch more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. Because they don’t have a high concentration of anti-aging ingredients, “use them as a supplement—not in place of—your other anti-aging creams or serums,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’kita Wilson. (source)
What it stands for: Color correcting. Texture: Lightweight and fast-absorbing. What it does: Imparts an airy veil of coverage and a boost of both instant and protective coverage. “They typically have light-diffusing particles, which visually even skin tone, plus a super-dose of antioxidants,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D, a New York City-based dermatologist. (source)
According to experts, the difference between BB and CC Creams is minimal and depends on the brand. I have the Maybeline Dream Fresh BB Cream (pictured above) and I don’t use it often because it feels heavy like foundation, but I do like it. I do use it when I know I will be out in the sun a lot because it has SPF 30 or when I want a more ‘done’ look with more coverage. I recently bought the Nyx CC Cream (the green one pictured above) and I’m in love. It’s looks like green lotion but it actually blends to a natural nude color when applied to your face. The green neutralizes any redness you may have on your face, which is great for my skin tone. They have the violet and yellow CC Creams, depending on your skin tone. I’ve been using the CC Cream every day and love how lightweight it feels while making my skin look like I have foundation.
Do you use any BB or CC Cream? If so, do you have any favorites you would recommend???
Another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, this time I’m sharing the top 10 fashion & beauty trends that are on my bucket list, trends that aren’t quite ‘me’ but I want to try anyway.
Top 10 Fashion & Beauty Trends On My Bucket List:
I loooove the way this light pink/blonde hair looks! I’ve had hot pink and light pink streaks and ombre in my hair before, but I’ve never had the balls to fully commit to a full head of pink hair. My main concern is the upkeep since I don’t like dying my hair too much. But I love this look so much!
I really love short haircuts like this but I’m scared to get it. My hair isn’t very long, not at all, but I have a hard time growing it out. I once cut it pretty short and it took me YEARS to grow it out. I loved it when it was cut, but once I got over it I was annoyed because it just wouldn’t grow. One day, I might cut it like this.
I’m very weird about lipstick colors, I mostly wear light pinks or nudes and it’s hard for me to break out of my comfort zone. But I love the way these dark burgundy/wine lips look. I just bought my first lipstick this shade so we’ll see how it looks.
I’ve always loved the look of knee high tights, it must the Blair Waldorf lover in me that just wants knee high tights with every outfit. They are kind of uncomfortable though, or at least the ones I have tried. They either roll down or hit a weird spot on my leg. I guess I need to find the right pair.
I love the look of high-low hems in tops and skirts/dresses. I’ve never had the guts to try a skirt yet, mostly because they all fit me way too long but also because I just don’t know where I would wear something like this to… Target?
I love the look of pantyhose, pretty pantyhose like this. Just another reason why Blair Waldorf is my style idol. When I got my first ‘real’ job I went through a pantyhose phase and I loved to wear the ones with really pretty patterns on them. But do you know how uncomfortable these are in 100+ degree weather? When they changed our dress code to a more casual one, the panty hose went away.
I think these maxi skirts look so pretty, especially full ones like this. I’m so short though (4′ 10 1/2″) and they all fit me soooooo long and I’m too lazy to have one altered. Maybe next summer…
Ahhhhh, I love tulle skirts so much! There are so many ways to wear them! One of these days I will wear a tulle skirt!
I don’t even really like the color purple, but every time I see hair this color I drool a little over how pretty it looks.
I really want to try to add a few fun pop of colors to my makeup once in a while. I really like how this pop of hot pink looks on the bottom waterline. It makes it stand out without it being too much.
There you have it, some trends that I’m dying to try. Even if they are out of my comfort zone and not very practical. What is a trend you want to try out?
2017 is a breakthrough year in beauty products for me. I’ve always like makeup, but I didn’t really get into it until last year when I visited my cousin and she pulled out a trunk full of makeup products that I had never even heard of. Primer??? What is that?! Yes, I had no idea what primer was and since I didn’t wear foundation (I sucked at applying it) I had never heard of it. I first tried the Maybelline Baby Skin primer (which I still love) and I was hooked. I went on to try many more brands which led me to tinted primer which eventually led me to foundation and contour and the rest is history.
It was also a breakthrough year for me in terms of brows. I have some serious eyebrow envy and some of that is probably due to the fact that my eyebrows are thin, light and very sparse. Eyebrow products changed all of that for me! I could finally have the brows I wanted. I was mostly a drugstore makeup kind of girl, and while I still love it (they have some amazing makeup!) I did invest in a few quality higher name brand beauty products. Most of my products are a good mix of drugstore and high end.
I have a lot of favorites, but here are the top 10 beauty products that I loved the most in 2018.
10 Best Beauty Products of 2018!
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($45):
This was my very first beauty splurge and it was worth every penny! I love that they are all matte shadows and the colors range from every day to dramatic. You can create simple day looks and sophisticated night-out looks with this palette. Out of all my eyeshadow palettes, this is the one I find myself using the most.
Tarte Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette: Volume II ($34):
I’ve always loved blush and I wanted a good blush. The fact that this palette had a contour and highlight shade included was just icing on the cake. This palette was my first attempt at contouring and highlighting and although I have more contour and highlight palettes I still find myself using this one. The blush is my favorite one and I use it every single day. The picture on the website doesn’t do it justice and it’s really more of a mauve pink. The contour shade is great for my fair skin and works great as a bronzer too. The highlight is a beautiful shimmery pale gold color that looks great with every look. I don’t see this on the Tarte website anymore but you can still get it at Ulta.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($23):
ABH is the it brand when it comes to eyebrows. I have the brow wiz, brow pomade and clear brow gel from them but the brow powder duo is my favorite brow product of theirs (so far, I have my eye on their newest brow pencil). I love that this is a true taupe which is a hard color to find. You can use it to shape or fill your brows and I just love it.
It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil ($24):
Universal products scare me, but the fact that this shade was in Taupe (the color I’m always looking for in brow products) made me feel a bit easier. I wasn’t gonna get this. I was perfectly happy using my Brow Wiz and Brow Powder duo from ABH… but the tip is what eventually wore me down. I love the thicker tip of this eyebrow pencil, which is great for someone like me with really light and sparse brows. My eyebrow routine has been cut down to one minute per eyebrow which is fantastic! I can use this alone or with the Brow Powder Duo. Out of all the brow products I’ve used (and I’ve used a lot), I think this makes my brows look the most natural. It works with my brow hairs instead of covering them up like other brow products. Looooooove this brow pencil!
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime in Blur + Redness Control ($9):
The secret to a great face base is a good primer and I’ve tried a lot. This is my favorite one for me and I’m on my third tube. It smooths my pores, tones down my redness and makes my powder and foundation go on great. I’ve tried high end primers (Smashbox and Benefit) and I liked this one better. I especially liked the price tag much better.
Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment ($24):
I love lip balms! I can’t be without them and although I am fully aware that this is a total splurge item, it was worth it. I loved the smell, texture, finish, and color this left on my lips and ended up using it alone most of the time. This was definitely a favorite of mine in 2017.
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich ($6):
Matte lips were all the rage last year. Unfortunately, I don’t like that drying feel that most of them tend to leave on my lips (I’m still a sucker for glossy lips). This matte lip cream is perfect for me. It has a moussy and creamy finish, but it dries to a matte that doesn’t feel drying or like I have cement on my lips. I’m a bit obsessed with them and have them in 8 different shades. My favorite one is Zurich. A must have for all fans of matte lips.
Nyx Liquid Liner ($7):
Best eyeliner I’ve used! It’s soooo black and the brush tip is so much easier for me to use than felt tip eyeliners. I can make my line as thin or as thick and dramatic as I want. And hello wing eyeliner! So easy to do with this pen.
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($9):
Mascaras hate me. I have think and short lashes and I feel like 99% of mascara are too heavy for my eyelashes and after 5 seconds of looking perfect…. they start to drop. This is one of the very few that keeps my eyelashes curled so for that it gets huge thumbs up from me!
Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin ($13):
Out of all the foundations I tried last year (there were many), this was my favorite. The color match was awesome (sand beige) and wasn’t too pink or too yellow, the coverage was great and it helped control any shinyness caused by my oily skin. Especially on my nose. Worked better than the few high end foundations I tried. Highly recommend it for those of you with oily skin!
There you have it, an even mix of high end and drugstore products. Have you tried any of these products before? Did any of them make your favorites list? Let me know some of your favorite beauty products of 2018!