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You might not give your eyebrows that much thought, but you should. Keeping your eyebrows healthy and groomed is great for looks, but also ensures that they stay lustrous and full for your entire lifetime. Even if you think your eyebrows are just fine, you might find a tip here that can help them look and feel even better. If you ever have problems with thinning or rashes in your eyebrow area, see your dermatologist for treatment options. In the meantime, follow these handy tips to the best eyebrows ever.
 
1. Shape Them
Most experts recommend having this done professionally a few times so you can see and learn the best look for you. By keeping your eyebrows properly shaped, you don’t have to worry about filling them in. Using any kind of product on your face can clog pores and cause reactions, so the fewer cosmetics you need, the better. If you’re skeptical, take my word for it. I have never used a brow filling item because I learned early on how to have a groomed look that doesn’t look too thin.
 
2. Comb Your Brows
Just like with the hair on your head, a bit of stimulation helps keep your eyebrow hairs healthy by distributing natural oils. You don’t have to comb your eyebrows all the time, but once or twice a week is a good idea. You can also tame strays by combing your brows so keep a good brow comb in your cosmetics bag.
 
3. Moisturize
Underneath your brows is skin, which needs to be moisturized. Otherwise, you run the risk of dryness and flaking, which can make you look like you have dandruff in your eyebrows. When you apply your facial creams, make sure to rub a bit into your brows to. As a bonus – this helps keep brows in place so they look groomed all day long.
 
4. Wax Carefully
If you decide to wax your eyebrows at home, do so with caution. Make sure the wax isn’t too hot or you could wind up with burns. When you remove the wax, pull it in the direction your brows grow, which dramatically reduces the chances that you’ll tear out a hunk of skin at the same time. Make sure the wax is always clean and that your hands are clean before you apply it. This helps reduce the risk of infections if you break the skin.
 
5. Be Gentle
No matter what you’re doing to your brows, use a gentle hand. You don’t want to be too rough because you might wind up pulling out your hairs, which hurts and can leave you with a look that’s too thin. Also, the skin that’s beneath your hairs is thin and delicate so you want to treat it with lots of care.
 
6. Try Eye Shadow
Like I said before, putting unneeded products on your skin is a recipe for disaster sometimes. However, some women have pale or sparse brows by nature. If that’s the case for you, experts recommend using eyeshadow to fill them in rather than a brow pencil. The eyeshadow is often easier on the skin and creates a more natural look than a pencil does.
 
7. The Right Products
Considering that your eyebrows cover skin, it’s a good idea to choose cosmetics and skin creams and cleansers formulated for your skin type. Also, if you have a tattoo or piercing on your eyebrow, make sure you take the best care of it possible to avoid problems that you won’t be able to easily cover up.

How do you care for your brows? Did you know they required so much attention? Share in the comments section below!
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Understanding the importance of goal setting is one of those things that you need to do if you want to be successful. Bill Copeland once said that “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score” and he couldn’t be more right. Knowing how to set goals for yourself is essential for making your dreams come true. Even though dreams can inspire you, goals can really change your life for the better. Goals are actually all about action and they help turn dreams into reality. Here are 7 tips on how to set realistic goals and still achieve your biggest dreams that you should consider.

Set A Date
Goals will propel you forward and if you set a date for accomplishment, this will give you something to plan and work for. Milton Erickson, the famous hypnotherapist said that “A goal without a date is just a dream”. A goal is the inner representation of your desires and also a reminder of what you need to accomplish to be successful.

Break It Down
Once you will define your goal, you should break it down into smaller parts. This way, you will know what steps you need to take and what small accomplishments you need to achieve in order to reach your goal. Mapping your milestones and making your next steps more manageable will help you stay on track.

Identify Possible Challenges
Once you set your goals, try to identify any possible challenge that you may encounter along the way so you’ll be able to overcome it and to not let it prevent you from fulfilling your dream. It could be anything, from a busy home-life, a competitive co-worker or even some financial set-backs.

Celebrate Your Milestone
Once you achieve one of your smaller goals, make sure that you celebrate your success. This way, you will be more motivated to work hard and do everything you can to achieve your objectives. So just pat yourself on the back once you check off those smaller goals.

Goals Hold You Accountable For Failure
Having set a date for reaching your goals will help you re-evaluate your path if you fail. If you realize that you should have accomplished more than what you actually did, you can look back and you can see what changes you need to make if you want to get where you want to be.

Share Your Goals
Share your goals with anyone who is willing to listen. Tell others more about your objectives. This way you will stay accountable and on track with your efforts. By sharing your dreams and goals, the people around you may help you with the challenges that you’ll face along the way. They will inspire you, they will support you and they will motivate you to work hard to make your dreams come true.

Goals Have A Cost
Just keep in mind that while dreams are free, goals have a cost. Even though you can daydream for free, goals require time, money, effort and sweat. Goals also produce results and while dreams are imaginary, goals are based in reality and they are more about what you can actually accomplish.
Goals will transform insurmountable mountains into walkable hills, they will tell you what you truly want, they will help you live life to the fullest and they will propel you forward.

Do you know any other tips on how to set realistic goals and still achieve your biggest dreams? Share in the comments section below!

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9 tips on becoming a morning person
Are you ready for the best tips on becoming a morning person? Even if you’ve tried multiple times to become an early riser, I think these tips will make a big difference! As a former night owl, I know how hard it can be to get up early. As painful as it might seem to wake up early and be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you can do it! Keep reading for some helpful tips on becoming a morning person and actually like it!

1. Assess Your Sleep
How many hours of sleep are you getting each night? Does it vary depending on your social schedule or what day of the week it is? Take note of what time you go to sleep each night and what time you need to be up by. You might be getting less or even more sleep each night than you think. Before you start putting these tips on becoming a morning person to work, make sure you keep track of your sleeping habits for a few days.

2. Reflect On Your Reasons
Waking up early sometimes requires some motivation. Are you trying to wake up earlier in order to work out or get more things done around your house before you leave? Whatever the reason is, reflect on the reasons why you want to become a morning person so you decrease the temptation to hit the snooze button on your alarm when it goes off. Getting up early and doing things early in the morning means you’ll have that much more time for other fun things once you’re done with the day.

3. Make Over Your Bedroom
In order to become a morning person, it’s essential to create a sleep-friendly environment for yourself. Make over your bedroom so it’s an environment conducive to a good night’s sleep. This means controlling the temperature in your room, 69 degrees Fahrenheit is said to be the ideal temp for sleeping, and make sure the room is dark at night. If you have to, change your curtains or move your bed so there aren’t any outside lights bothering you.

4. Create A Routine
If you find it difficult to wind down and get ready for sleep, try creating a relaxing bedtime routine for yourself. Once you establish a routine, your body will start recognizing it as a sign to start destressing. Try taking a warm bath, lighting a candle, having tea, doing some deep breathing, meditating or writing down your concerns to help clear your mind. Everyone is different so maybe listening to music or stretching are better options to help you relax and get in the mood for bed.

5. Plan Ahead
Another way to make waking up early easier on yourself is to plan ahead. Plan and prepare your breakfast and lunch for the next day the night before, get your workout or work clothes ready and gather your work or school essentials so they’re ready to go in the morning. The same goes for the end of the day. Once you get home, unpack anything you no longer need and replace it with what you need for the next day to save time.

6. Start Slow
You might be tempted to want to wake up super early, but it’s best to take it slow. Try going to bed 10-15 minutes earlier than usual and wake up 10-15 minutes earlier and gradually increase the time. Starting small won’t seem like such a huge change it should be easier to do. Of course, if you’ve been waking up at a certain time for many years, even waking up 5 minutes early will seem like pulling teeth, but it’s totally doable!

7. Eat Protein
Another one of the ways to motivate yourself to become a morning person is to eat a good protein-packed breakfast. Having something delicious to eat once you wake up can help make the task of waking up early a little easier and help keep you going during the day. Try starting off your day with healthy foods like oats, eggs or a green smoothie. You’ll be satisfied and ready to take on the day.

8. Exercise
If you have no problems waking up early but need help staying up, try exercising early in the morning. Not only will you get your workout out of the way, working out will help wake you up mentally and physically. According to a study done by Appalachian State University, exercising in the morning can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety and help you sleep better at night.

9. Be Consistent
Last but not least, as hard as it might be, try your best to be consistent in waking up early. This means waking up at the same time each day, even on the weekends and sticking to your new routine. Even if you slip up here or there, keep at it. Changing your sleeping and waking habits will take some time, but you can turn yourself into a morning person if you’re consistent!

There are so many great reasons to become a morning person! Experts found that early risers are more proactive, optimistic and are better organized!

Are you a morning person? What tips do you have to help night owls make the transition? Share in the comments section below!
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One of the best ways to prep your skin for the change in seasons is with DIY scrubs. They’re inexpensive, easy to make and fun to use for soft, smooth skin. There is no reason to go out and buy pricey exfoliators when you can easily make your very own body scrub with the ingredients of your choosing and customize it to suit your personal skin care needs. So why not treat your skin to a good exfoliating treatment this weekend with one of these DIY scrubs!

 
LUXURIOUS SUGAR SCRUB
One of the best things about DIY scrubs is that you can whip up a variety of body scrubs with just a few ingredients. Take this sugar scrub for instance, you only need three ingredients and you’ve got a natural yet effective scrub that you can use on your body or face to reveal fresh, smooth skin you’ll love to show off in the warmer weather.
 
Ingredients:
2 parts white or brown sugar
1 part coconut or olive oil
½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or the gel from a Vitamin E capsule
 
Directions: Mix well and enjoy!
 
BANANA SUGAR BODY SCRUB
This next body scrub sound good enough to eat, doesn’t it? It makes use of those overripe bananas that are too mushy to eat, but we feel bad throwing away but we can feel really good about using this scrub! All you need is a banana, some sugar and vanilla extract or any essential oil that you like and you’ve got yourself a sweet, sugary treat without the sugar crash.
 
Ingredients:
1 soft, ripe banana
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract or essential oil
 
Directions: Grab a fork and smash the banana until it’s a chunky consistency. Next, add the sugar and vanilla extract or essential oil. If you want to use this recipe on your face, use only the mashed banana and no sugar.
 
TOMATO AND SUGAR FACIAL SCRUB
Even if you don’t like eating tomatoes, they make an amazing ingredient for a facial scrub. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which has been found to improve cellular skin function and smooth out skin. The sugar helps exfoliate your skin and helps release the lycopene from the tomato when used together. Quick, easy and no suspicious chemicals!
 
Ingredients:
1 tomato
½ cup of white sugar
 
Directions: Take the tomato and carefully slice off the top with a knife. Place the sugar in a bowl or plate and dip the tomato in the sugar. Using small, circular motions, use the sugar coated tomato to gently exfoliate your entire face avoiding the eye area. Leave the sugar and tomato juice on your face for about 10 minutes, then rinse off. Do not use this if you’re allergic to tomatoes.
 
CINNAMON SUGAR LIP SCRUB
Lips can also benefit from a gentle scrubbing every now and then. If you’re not a fan of using a soft toothbrush or wash cloth to exfoliate your lips, this is a sweet and spicy scrub you’re going to adore! With just three kitchen staples, you can slough off dead skin cells and reveal super smooth lips to rock your favorite lip color.
 
Ingredients:
1 part coconut oil
1 part white sugar
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
 
Directions: Mix the sugar and coconut oil together first, then add in cinnamon. Mix well and apply to lips. Gently scrub using circular motions and rinse off.
 
CITRUS SALT SCRUB
Sugar scrubs are nice and all, but sometimes a coarse sea salt scrub with a refreshing citrus scent is just what you need to help wake up your senses. This is perfect to use in your morning shower to help get you going for the day or anytime you need a little pep in your step.
 
Ingredients:
½ cup coarse sea salt
½ cup of coconut or olive oil
1-1 ½ teaspoon of lemon or orange zest (or a mix of both)
 
Directions: Combine all ingredients together.
 
HOMEMADE HAND SCRUB
Our hands often take a beating and aside from some lotion, they don’t get much love or attention. Pamper your hands with this easy DIY scrub to slough off any dry, flaky skin from the winter. It’s a quick, easy way to get softer, smoother hands.
 
Ingredients:
¼ cup sea salt
¼ cup of white sugar
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
 
Directions: Combine the honey and coconut oil in a bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine sea salt, sugar and lemon juice until it’s crumbly. Combine the contents of the two bowls. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.
 
PEPPERMINT FOOT SCRUB
Get your feet ready for sandal season with this fragrant foot scrub! Peppermint is such an invigorating scent and it’s commonly used in foot lotions and treatments due to the slight tingling sensation it leaves behind. If you’re on your feet all day or just want to pamper your feet, this is an easy and effective scrub that your feet won’t get enough of.
 
Ingredients:
1 cup of Epsom salt or sea salt
¼ cup of oil of your choice (olive, coconut, avocado)
Peppermint essential oil
1 tablespoon of peppermint leaves (optional). If you don’t have peppermint leaves on hand, you can use a tablespoon of peppermint tea leaves from peppermint tea.
 
Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use immediately or pour contents into a jar and refrigerate.
 
RED BUMP ERASER SCRUB
Do you have red bumps on your arms? I’m very familiar with this skin condition, also known as keratosis pilaris, and this scrub used consistently is said to treat those red bumps. The creator of this recipe emphasizes using this scrub every time you shower, but if you think it’s too much for your skin, try using it every other day and your skin should be smoother with less redness.
 
Ingredients:
Plastic Kerr jar
1 cup of white sugar
Avocado or olive oil
Essential oil of your choice
 
Directions: Fill up the jar with the sugar until it is about one inch from the top. Pour in oil up to the top, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add a nice fragrance and shake well.
 
NO NONSENSE DAILY SCRUB FOR ANY SKIN TYPE
This is another simple DIY scrub recipe for smooth skin that anyone can use and keeps for a long time. You’re basically combining ground oats and ground almond meal together and then adding water or other liquid whenever you feel like using it so you don’t have to worry about refrigerating. Bring out your natural beauty with this natural scrub.
 
Ingredients:
½ cup of finely ground oatmeal
½ cup of finely ground almond meal
Water or rosewater (You can also use witch hazel for oily skin or milk for dry skin. You’ll only add the liquid when you’re going to use the scrub)
 
Directions: Grind oats and almond meal separately and then combine together in a container. When you’re ready to use, take about a ½ tablespoon of the dry ingredients and add a small amount of your liquid of choice, allowing the oats to soak before you apply it to your face. Gently scrub your face and rinse off with warm water.

I think there’s a scrub for just about every part of your body you can use a scrub on! I hope these DIY scrub recipes inspire you to create your very own scrub to enjoy silky smooth skin.

 Do you make your own beauty products? Do you have a favorite recipe you want to share with me? Share in the comments section below!
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7 things to consider when buying a deodorant

You wouldn’t think that choosing a deodorant would be hard. The truth is that there are so very many choices, which can make it difficult to find the best one for you. After my second daughter was born, my go-to deodorant stopped working for me. It was not pleasant. With some trial and error, I found another one that is still going strong for me. You too can find the perfect deodorant for your needs by using the following tips to help you find what’s best for you.

1. How Much You Sweat
Here’s what clued me in to the fact that my deodorant had stopped working. Suddenly, I was sweating all the time, which wasn’t normal for me. Once my new mom foggy brain cleared, it hit me that I needed a different product. If you sweat a lot, you probably need an antiperspirant rather than deodorant, which stops sweating rather than just masking the scent. If you only sweat when you’re really active, you can likely get by with standard deodorant.

2. Type
The type of deodorant you choose is largely a personal preference. There are a few basic choices, including gel, stick, roll on and spray. I can’t stand the stick version, but am totally comfortable wearing gel deodorant. Try a few products of various types to find out which one you like the best.

3. Alcohol Content
Here’s why deodorant works. It often contains alcohol, which makes your armpits inhospitable to bacteria and germs that cause body odor. For the most part, that doesn’t pose a risk to you, but alcohol can be drying to your skin, so you might find yourself with itchy, flaky skin in your armpits if the product you choose has a high alcohol content.

4. Scent
I cannot stand baby powder scented deodorant! I don’t notice it on other people, but when I wear it, it’s all I can smell all day long. If you have scent preferences or aversions, it makes sense to give deodorant a sniff test before purchasing. You can usually get a sense of what it smells like by just taking the lid off, but not the hygienic cover on the actual product. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it!

5. How It Works
The only real way to know if deodorant is going to work for you is to try it. Unfortunately, that means you might wind up spending money on a couple that just don’t do the job. If you’re looking for something new, pick up a couple of options. That way you won’t have to trek back to the store if the first one fails you. Fortunately, deodorant only costs a few dollars so you aren’t going to go broke.

6. Ingredients
It’s always a good idea to read through the ingredients list before buying any product you’ll apply to your body. That includes deodorant. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin or some type of contact allergy. If you worry about the items that make up deodorant, you can find natural versions or even make it yourself.

7. Safety
Remember when you heard that wearing deodorant would give you breast cancer? Research has since proven this wrong. However, some types do contain triclosan, a potentially harmful ingredient. For the most part, doctors say that wearing deodorant is perfectly safe and you don’t have to give it up to stay healthy.

 What’s your favorite kind of deodorant? I love Degree because it activates when I move more so it always offers protection. Do you have any other tips for buying the right deodorant? Share in the comments section below!
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