Why Eye Contact Is So Important

WHY EYE CONTACT IS SO IMPORTANT Making eye contact can mean many different things, in different countries or cultures, depending on the setting and the people locking eyes! In Western countries like the United States, making eye contact means respect, interest, appreciation and understanding that many times mean the difference between seeming rude or a new friendship.

Use your eyes to project a positive and confident image. Locking eyes and knowing when to look away is a good people skill to possess. If you are shy and have trouble holding eye contact, practice with a good friend or family member. Keep practicing and soon you’ll be able to hold eye contact with anyone you encounter!

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Three Great Fashion Hacks

Three Great Fashion HacksSoften a T-Shirt: Make a t-shirt feel vintage-soft by brining it for three days in a mix of one quart of water and 1/2 cup of salt.

Prevent Fading in Dark Jeans: Add 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar to the last washing cycle.

Unstick a Pesky Zipper: Rub Vaseline, crayon wax, or the end of a graphite pencil along the teeth of a zipper to help it slide smoothly.

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Craft Custom Brow Arches

Craft Custom Brow ArchesFor your personal-best brows, put down the tweezers and upload a selfie to Benefit’s Brow Genie (benefitbrowgenie.com). The site’s facial-recognition software will mock up a before-and-after split screen and show where your ideal arches start, peak, and end. Full arches are still trending, but brushing hairs straight up is equally key for fall’s runway brows. Use a dry spoolie to coax hairs up and outward. Then, with a powder in a shade that’s lighter than your own brows, draw a straight line through the middle of each brow and blend. Sweep on a tinted gel to set the brows.

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New York City’s ‘Broadway’

New York City's 'Broadway'“Broadway” is the oldest street in New York City and runs from the upper north point to the south point of the island. In fact, it’s 33 miles long! The most famous area of Broadway is the famous theatre district that houses around 40 active theatres. It’s the heart of the American theatre industry. Most stage actors aspire to act in a Broadway production at least once in their careers. A highlight of attending a Broadway performance is that the seating arrangements in the Broadway theater is placed accordingly so that everyone has a chance of seeing the action as well as hearing what is occurring on stage! Since show tickets can be expensive, be sure to check out the discount ticket kiosks in Times Square where you can save up to 60% of the price of a ticket.

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What the Heck is Strobing?

What the Heck is Strobing?Strobing (the look Jennifer Lopez has been rocking since the late ’90s) has resurfaced as one of this season’s hottest makeup techniques.

Strobing is different from contouring because no dark shades are used, according to Make Up For Ever director of artistry and education Lijha Stewart. Instead, bright highlights are placed on areas of the face where the light naturally hits to create an illuminated complexion. Those areas include the tops of the cheekbones, the temples, center of the nose and on the cupid’s bow.

The result? Skin that looks like it’s glowing. Stewart says it is important to use different strobing shades based on your complexion. “This will ensure the skin looks bright and radiant, rather than too harsh or ashy and dull,” she says. People with fair skin tones should focus on white to pinky-beige highlights. Those with medium skin tones look best in bronzed beige to gold hues. Meanwhile, golds to peachy and orange shimmers stand out on dark skin tones.

Before getting your strobe on, start by applying a hydrating primer like Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer or Laura Mercier Foundation Primer to get a subtle glow. Stewart also suggests putting on a weightless, liquid foundation that’s close to your complexion. A large, flat foundation brush will help to buff the makeup into your skin.

“The first step to strobing is to apply a dewy concealer in a color two shades lighter than your skin tone on the areas of your face where the light naturally hits,” she says. Finish your base and blur lines and imperfections with a pressed powder throughout the center of your face, blending down and outward.

To pop your highlights and strobe your face, layer a shimmer highlight such as Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed to the same areas you applied your concealer. “The trick to achieving a strobe that pops is intentional placement and layering of creams and powders,” says Stewart. “Avoid misplacing highlight or you can give yourself a greasy look. Use a light touch and only apply on the high planes of your face.”

Complete your strobing makeup by adding a pinky-peach blush to the apples of your cheeks. (The Huffington Post)

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The Pointy Toe Lace-Up Flat

The Pointy Toe Lace-Up FlatIf you are bored with your classic ballet flat, check out the pointy toe lace-up that is gracing all the fashion magazine pages and fall runways. They are so feminine and look fabulous with anything hemmed near the knee, especially with kick-pleat skirts.

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Add Pomegranate To Your Diet

Add Pomegranate To Your DietPomegranate is considered a ‘super fruit’ full of powerful anti-oxidants that help protect your skin from aging free radicals. It also contains compounds that inhibit the enzymes that break down collagen and help extend the life of fibroblasts, the cells that produce elastin and collagen. (Woman’s Day, July/August 2015)

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Our Top Ten 2015 Fall Fashion Trends

Out Top Ten 2015 Fall Fashion TrendsIn keeping with the season’s love for all things 70’s, see our top picks below for our favorite fall fashion trends!

  1. Car Wash Skirts
  2. Flared Jeans/Slacks
  3. Statement Earrings
  4. Neon Colors
  5. Shearling Jackets
  6. Chunky Knits
  7. Cool Hosiery
  8. Turtlenecks
  9. Black- Black-Black!
  10. Puffy Jackets
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Love Gel Manicures? Your Natural Nails Don’t.

Love Gel Manicures? Your Natural Nails Don't.Brace yourself, manicure lovers, because new research from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says the trendy gel manicure could be hazardous to your health.

Gel manicures, beloved for their long-lasting, chip-free finish, are also linked to health conditions like nail brittleness and thinning, skin irritation, and even skin cancer (UV lamps).

Sensibly, the AAD recommends gel manicure moderation. With the scary study results piling up, all we can say is letting nails go au naturel is getting more and more appealing each day. Well, at least for a few days, right? No-chip nails just aren’t worth skin cancer in our book. (Excerpt from Boston Magazine)

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“The Busy Girl’s Facial Cleanser”

The Busy Girl's Facial CleanserWe love Purity Made Simple, by Philosophy! It’s their iconic daily facial cleanser formulated to cleanse, remove all face and eye makeup, tones and lightly hydrates the skin! It leaves your skin ph balanced, literally pulls out dirt, oil and makeup and has 12 unique essentials oils that soften and soothe the skin. It’s good for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s the perfect ‘go-to’ product for the busy girl.

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