Make This Summer Stress Free!

Written: Monday, May 30th, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

May 30, 2016 – Elizabeth

We all handle stress differently. Whether it’s caused by a major life event or everyday stressors at home, we encounter it in one way or another. The major difference in how stress affects people comes down to how they handle stress when presented with it. Our lives have become a buzzing mess of appointments, long work hours, busy personal lives, over stimulation, social obligations, and money related issues. Technology has not helped the situation by providing a world of constant stimuli. If you are stressed, you and your loved ones are going to suffer – and this compounds the problem. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions and the way you cope with problems. No matter what the world throws your way, there are steps to take which can relieve the pressure and help you to regain control.

Make Time for Fun and Relaxation

Besides having a positive attitude and take-charge approach to dealing with stress, you can find great relaxation in nurturing yourself. Ensure you make regular time for fun and relaxation so you can handle stress and decompress any tense situations in your life.

·         Exercise

·         Dance

·         Watch a funny movie

·         Light scented candles

·         Call a friend

·         Listen to music

·         Pamper yourself

·         Go to the movies

·         Plan a day trip to a place you’ve wanted to visit

·         Engage in your favourite hobbies

·         Keep your sense of humor

Taking time in your life for fun and relaxation will ensure you are nurturing yourself on a regular basis as well as having positive things to look forward to. This is essential in reducing stress and decompressing yourself. I usually spend a night with a ‘do-nothing’ to-do list. I warm my dinner and that’s about the extent of my evening work. Taking time to enjoy a drink, draw a nice hot bath, put on a movie, and lounge on my couch (in clothes I would never admit to owning) to free my mind and body of lingering stress or tension. Generally this happens once a week to maintain my mental health ;). There are many other ways to relax at home but that depends entirely on you and what you truly find enjoyable and relaxing.

I love pampering myself. I take this time to do things like a DIY face mask, try a new nail polish colour or exfoliate my body – head to toe. It really depends on what requires the most attention on that day and I include it in my evening. My favourite thing to do is take a hot bath with a handful of epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances your pH levels! Then I get to the bathroom sink and start my face cleansing routine. This starts with removing all my makeup with my Equate Wipe Away the Day Cleansing Balm. It quickly dissolves eye and face makeup, is 100% fragrance free and can be used on all skin types. This stuff is incredible and it’s available for $12.83 on Walmart.com. The product is a dupe of Clinique Take the Day Off and it works just as good. I absolutely love it!

Then I cleanse my face with my Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub  found on Riteaid.com for $5.99 and let my skin breathe in the fresh air. After my cleanse, I apply my moisturizing lotion, throw my hair in a bun and get into my favourite jammies. The night is still young and there is lots I won’t be doing – that’s the best part!

Engage in Physical Activity

Physical activity plays a huge role in burning away tension, anger, and frustration. Exercise releases endorphins that boost your mood and make you feel good – as well as providing a healthy distraction to overwhelming daily worries. Try walking, dancing at home, cycling, taking the kids to the park or anything which will elevate your heart rate and get you sweating. Physical exercise is a proven stress relieving technique and will improve your mental state.

Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

1. Eat a healthy diet – it’s good for you and a well-nourished body is better prepared to cope with stress. Make serious dietary changes if necessary for your health and mind.

2. Reduce caffeine and sugar – I know, I know this one is touchy…BUT the temporary ‘high’ you get from sugary treats and caffeine end up causing a drop in mood and energy known as ‘crashing’. You’ll feel better and sleep better as well.

I hope you were able to eliminate some stress in your life just reading this post but truthfully, try making an effort to decompress once a week with something that truly brings you JOY. If you feel that stress is taking over your life or you are having difficulty managing it, please contact a professional for in-depth help, advice and coping strategies.

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Hair Styles for Unwashed Hair on Vacation

Written: Thursday, May 26th, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! Here’s how to get away with leaving your hair unwashed for several days while you’re on vacation. I’ve shared 4 easy hair styles you can do that will keep you looking styling, even with dirty hair. Have fun on vacation!

Products mentioned:

CVS Keratin Straightening Conditioner
Equate Pure Cornstarch Baby Powder
– Equate Extra Firm Hold Hairspray

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Benefits of Sun Exposure

Written: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

May 24, 2016 – Elizabeth

The dog days of summer are before us, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! The winter was long and my memories of hot summer nights and bright summer days seem like a mere dream. This summer I plan to maximize my time outdoors and soak up the rays – responsibly of course. A few things to keep in mind before we get into the awesome benefits of sunlight:

1. Start exposing your skin to the sun slowly to prevent damage and painful burns.

2. Stay hydrated. Even though you may not feel thirsty, always have fresh water available and drink it regularly throughout your daily activities.

3. Get exposure to sunlight every day. Be sure to apply sunscreen if you are         going to be outside for extended periods of time but make sure you are also     exposed to UV (for short periods of time) without sunscreen. HINT: read on       to find out why.

4. Get out of the sun if you begin to feel dizzy, tired, unwell, or start to see a pink/red colour developing on your skin. This will help prevent serious long-term damage to your skin and aid in avoiding sun stroke or other unpleasant     sun-related injuries.

Benefits of Sun Exposure:

Lowers Blood pressure

Studies have found that a compound called nitric oxide, which helps to lower blood pressure is released into the blood vessels as soon as the sun touches the skin.

Vitamin D Production

This is the most well-known reason to get some sun. Vitamin D is vital to our body’s tissues ability to function, and it’s produced through our skins exposure to UV rays. This cannot happen if wearing sunscreen so ensure you spend some short periods of time outside without sunscreen on. Vitamin D has been shown to increase growth in children, promote bone health in adults and even prevent cancer.

Improves Brain Function 

Levels of vitamin D have been linked to improved cognitive function. Other studies have found that sunlight can help to stimulate the growth of nerve cells in the hippocampus that is a part of the brain responsible for the formation, organization, and storage of memories.

Relieve mild Depression

Sunlight deprivation leads to a condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Sad is a form of depression common in the winter. Getting some sunlight increases the levels of natural anti-depressant in the brain which can reduce Sad and other mild depression forms by increasing serotonin – a mood boosting hormone.

Clear Skin

Sunlight is beneficial for people who may suffer from multiple skin disorders. Fungal infections, eczema, and acne may be alleviated through sun exposure as it kills bacteria which may be present on the skin. Who doesn’t want clear skin? Be sure to keep your face well moisturized by using something like Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion, found at Walmart.com for $9.96 (save $2.91). Skin care is imperative to maintaining a beautiful, healthy complexion.

Immune Health

When exposed to sunlight, white blood cells are increased and they play a key role in fighting diseases and infections. This is excellent news for those who may suffer auto-immune disorders such as psoriasis. More sun exposure = healthy immune system.

There are so many amazing benefits to sun exposure that you can enjoy this summer season. Be sure to practice safe-sun, get outside and enjoy the hot days ahead! Your mind, body and soul will thank you.

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Summer Vacation Skin Care

Written: Monday, May 16th, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! It’s vacation season and with traveling comes the dreaded task of packing. Make sure to pack your skin care essentials to keep yourself looking great even while away from home. Here are some tips on how to stay beautiful while traveling, enjoy!

Products mentioned:

– CVS Argan Oil Renewing Conditioner http://www.cvs.com/shop/beauty/hair-c…
– RITE AID Renewal Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30
– Equate Beauty Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector http://www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-Beau…
– RITE AID Renewal Bright Skin Daily Face Scrub https://shop.riteaid.com/rite-aid-fac…
– RITE AID Renewal Extra Strength Body Lotion https://shop.riteaid.com/rite-aid-ren…

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The Perfect Spring Date Night Look

Written: Thursday, May 12th, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

May 12th 2016 – Lisa

This blog will give you the perfect inspiration for a beautiful complete Spring date night look – outfit, hair, makeup and nails! Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or going out for a night with a long-term partner, this look will make you feel absolutely beautiful.

Outfit

Image Source: Pretty Designs

I absolutely love this outfit for so many reasons. It’s perfect for the Spring Season as it has a beautiful pop of color with the teal pants and statement necklace. This outfit is a nice balance between casual and fancy, which keeps it fun and flirty. The shirt and pants are casual but are dressed up by the heels, blazer and statement necklace. Try not to go with heels that are too high. For one, you might have to do some walking and there’s nothing more unflattering than stumbling around all over the place. Secondly, if it’s a blind date you might not know how tall the person you’re going out with is.

Hair

Image Source: Alondra Dessy YouTube

Wash your hair the night before your date. Hair that is freshly washed can often be difficult to curl. I recommend using shampoo and conditioner from the CVS Coconut Milk line which will make your hair look beautiful and smell absolutely amazing. Next, use a large curling wand to make soft curls like the ones pictured above. The key here is to make it look as natural as possible, and not like you spent hours doing it. However, if your hair as a tendency to fall quickly, then make the curls tighter and more pronounced so that as they fall, you will get a more natural look. Make sure to spray hair spray all over your hair, especially on the ends. I recommend buying a travel sized hair spray to take with you in your purse for touch ups.

Makeup

Image Source: HerCampus

The key to perfect makeup for a date night is to make it look light and natural, especially on a first date. You don’t want to do anything too heavy on the eyes or too bold on the lips. For this makeup look, start with a fresh and clean face by using a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Next, apply a BB cream. I suggest this instead of a foundation because it is lighter and won’t look cakey. Fill in our brows with a pencil and use a light hand. Apply a warm blush color to brighten your face, as well as some highlighter on your face’s high points (top of cheeks, chin, nose). Curl your lashes and then apply two coats of your favorite mascara. Finish off with a light pink lip gloss that has just a hint of color. Lip gloss is your best bet for a date because you don’t have to worry about getting it on your teeth.

Nails

Image Source: Daily Beauty Hack

For nails, go with a nude color. It matches perfectly with this outfit but also won’t draw too much attention away from your face and killer outfit! Because you’ve already added some color in your outfit, the nails should stay simple.  Add some interest by creating an accent nail. I love this look pictured above, it’s so simple but really adds something interesting and cool to your nails without being over the top. Date nights are not the time to experiment with wild nails. I would avoid bright, bold colors, designs and glitter at all costs!

Now you have all the inspiration you need for a beautiful look perfect for a date on a beautiful Spring evening. My last piece of advice is to be yourself and have fun!

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