The Beauty Benefits of Working up a Sweat

No beauty product can quite replicate that post workout glow like a good sweaty work out can.

There are many health benefits of working up a sweat but lets focus on the beauty benefits for a sec:

  • It helps clear up your skin by opening your pores and releasing toxins, oil and bacteria that can get caught in them and would otherwise cause a breakout!
    HOWEVER it is important to note that you should always wash your face ASAP after a good sweat sesh. Letting the sweat sit on your skin will just send all that oil and gunk back into your pores and cause more breakouts or skin irritations.
  • It releases endorphin’s which help decrease cortisol (the stress hormone) this is important as stress can lead to breakouts and premature aging.
  • It helps your body produce more collagen which is a protein that keeps your skin looking firm and young.
  • It sends oxygenated blood to your face/ skin which keeps your skin glowing for hours after a workout.

Tell us in the comments, what’s your favourite way to work up a sweat?

Why and How You Should Clean Your Makeup Brushes

If you use makeup brushes to apply your makeup it is really important that you clean them at least once a week! Gross bacteria can build up on your brushes and cause breakouts and skin irritations and in really severe cases skin infections. It will also help your brushes last longer and stay in good condition because they won’t have old, makeup, oil and grime building up on them.

There are a few different ways you can wash your brushes but here is what I have found to be the most efficient way of cleaning them:

  • Use either a silicone brush cleaning mat (you can get cheap ones off ebay), a rubber or silicone oven glove that has the ridges in it or a lego mat/ base palate. If you don’t have any of these just use your hand however it will take a bit longer to clean them.
  • Wet all your brushes.
  • Then get a shampoo, I like to use the Redwin tea tree oil shampoo because it is cheap and the tea tree is anti bacterial.
  • Wet your cleaning mat, put some shampoo on it and then swirl the brush around on the ridges, rinse with cold water and repeat until the brush is clean.
  • Lie your brushes out to dry on a towel, preferably in the sun.
  • Don’t pack your brushes away until they are completely dry, as damp brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

22 of the Best Boho Hairstyles from Instagram

Spring is the season for pretty flowy dresses and music festivals. What goes better with a pretty dress of festival outfit than a boho hairstyle?

Here are some of our favourite Boho hair styles.

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Get Your Glow On With This Instagram Makeup Inspiration

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to change up your makeup looks. Take it from matte neutral colours to fresh, glowy, dewy skin with pops of colour. Here is some serious makeup inspiration from the worlds best makeup artists to help inspire you to start trying out some summer looks.

 

The best makeup inspiration from instagram 

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7 Tips for Healthy Hair

We all want healthy, sexy hair. All hair has the potential for being beautiful, you just have to take care of it the right way. Here are 7 tips for healthy hair.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Much

A lot of people over-wash their hair. You should only wash your hair every day if you have really oily hair. If you can get by with skipping a day or two or three, then you should. Your hair needs its own natural oils and when you wash your hair you are stripping your hair of its natural oils. Also, using a dry shampoo in between washes can be really helpful!

Shampoo Your Scalp

When shampooing, you should really focus on your scalp and let the rest of your hair get cleansed by the shampoo running down your head. Again, your hair thrives from its natural oils, your scalp is the part that needs cleansing.

Condition Your Tips

Using conditioner on your tips will give your hair the shine and smooth quality that you desire, while not weighing down your hair by using it all over. Definitely avoid the scalp when conditioning so that your hair does not fall flat and heavy around your face.

Avoid Sulfates, Silicones, and Alcohol

When shopping for your shampoo and conditioner, look for bottles without sulfates, silicones, and alcohol. These substances dry your hair out, cause frizziness, and damage your hair.

Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a Godsend! It has so many uses, including repairing hair! Coconut oil makes your hair feel light, smooth, and healthy! Use it weekly to keep your hair looking healthy!

Use Heat Protecting Spray

Applying heat to your hair can certainly damage it, so you should try not to use hot tools as much as possible. If you can plan it out to let your hair air dry and avoid hot styling tools, that would be best. But, lots of women have to use hot styling tools to get the hairstyle they want…so apply a heat protector before styling! Your hair will thank you.

Eat Well

Eating leafy greens and healthy fats will make your hair appear younger, shiny, bouncy, and just healthy overall. Eat good to feel good all over, including hair!

DIY Eyebrow Tinting

Hands up if your eyebrow hair is so blond they look pretty much non existent – if they are and you often get them professionally tinted read on cause we’re about to save you some cash with this tip. In fact if you follow this tip you will only spend about $15 max every 3-4 month on tinting your brows.

All you have to do is buy an eye brow/ eyelash tint in a colour that is going to match your hair colour or a slightly darker colour than your hair if you’re very blond. I get 1000 HOUR Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit is a good one.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Follow the instructions on how to mix up the colour.
  2. Use a disposable mascara wand to comb the mixture through your brows and then use a Q-tip to smooth the rest over your brows.
  3. Get a face wipe or wet q-tip and clean up any of the dye that is not touching your eyebrows so you don’t get brown dye marks on your skin.
  4. Leave it on for 7 minutes
  5. then wipe it off with a face wipe until the dye no longer shows up on the wipe and your done!

Easy Step by Step Hairstyles From Pintrest

You don’t have to spend hours and hours on your hair to have a banging hairstyle, you also don’t have to be a professionally hairdresser to master braids, cool up-dos or messy waves. There are so many easy to follow step by step guides on the web and we have found some of the best on Pintrest.

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LuLu*s How-To: Topsy Fishtail Braid Tutorial at LuLus.com!:

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Lace Headband Braid Separate hair into two parts: first two inches at forehead from ear to ear and put everything else in a ponytail. Basically braid across the crown, but only add hair from the front. Easy peasy.:

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How to Get Bohemian Waves - Messy Waves Hair Tutorial:

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easiest updo ever. {even for those with no hair skills!}:

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I always like the idea of wearing my hair up, but I hate feeling like whatever style I throw it into will fall out at the slightest turn of my head. I like my hairstyles to feel secure, and most updos:

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8 Makeup Tutorials for Green Eyes

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If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful green coloured eyes then these tutorials are for you. Here are some great tips from some of YouTubes best beauty gurus to help you make your green eyes sparkle and stand out even more through the magic of makeup!

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Beauty Blender Tips, Tricks & Hacks

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The Beauty Blender has taken the beauty world by storm and is a game changer in the way us girls apply our makeup. If you haven’t tried using one before then what are you waiting for!? it will seriously change your life and the way your makeup goes on and stays on. There are also so many uses for the beauty blender that you may not be aware of and there is a correct way to use it, you actually have to wet it before you apply your your makeup in order to get the maximum benefits from it. That is just one of the many hacks you need to know about this humble little sponge. Here are some great videos from some of the worlds best beauty bloggers on some of the best tips, tricks and hacks for using your beauty blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Affordable Drugstore Must-Have Makeup Products

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I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “please don’t spend your money on expensive makeup, drugstore makeup is affordable and just as good!” Honestly, I’ve never purchased expensive non-drugstore makeup, so I couldn’t tell you this from personal experience, but I trust everyone else. Here are some common drugstore finds that you must-have, or at least must try!

Maybelline Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
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This liquid foundation is one of my favorites and has been rated by top beauty magazines as a national favorite. It does exactly what it says, it makes your pores disappear and your face appear matte, it’s just lovely.

Maybelline Fit Concealer
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This concealer works wonders for dark circles under eyes, trust me. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Milani Baked Blush
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This blush is very popular because of it’s very pigmented, dewy, glow that it leaves. Sounds perfect for achieving that young, kissed-by-the-sun look!

ELF Mineral Glow

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This mineral glow is half the price of others and works just as good, leaving your skin with a beautiful, natural glow.

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express Mascara
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Maybelline has some of the best mascaras out there, but this has been my go-to for a long time. It gives you long, full lashes and is very buildable. I like to apply a couple coats for the day, but if I’m really going for it I’ll pack on 4 coats! Just stunning.

Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten Kissable Balm
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This balm is amazing! From the beautiful, bold colors to the fresh minty smell and the fact that the color stays on all day long. And it’s hydrating, just like a balm should be! I absolutely love this lip product and highly recommend.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

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This is a must if you want your makeup to last all day. This setting spray is super affordable and has never failed me, all hail NYX setting spray!

Again, all of this makeup is super affordable, beautiful, and gets the job done just as well as any other makeup. What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup products?