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10 Smart Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

10 Smart Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Are you always on the look-out for new beauty hacks you can use to save time or improve your make-up game? Check out 10 handy hair and beauty hacks, from how to make sure you have perfect foundation to how to curl your hair in under 5 minutes.

1. Tie your hair in two ponytails to create a bun that won’t fall out

Tired of having to re-do your bun because it has become loose? Try trying your hair in two ponytails at the base of your hairline to create the perfect bun that will stay in place all day. Tie the ponytails close to each other to make sure the ponytails are hidden, then twist the ponytails around each other and secure with a third bobble.

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    2. Avoid messy mascara clumps with tissue and a clean mascara brush

    If you hate clumpy eyelashes this beauty hack is perfect for you. Get natural looking eyelashes easily by lightly wiping your mascara brush with a tissue before you apply the mascara. You can also use an old, clean mascara brush after applying mascara to get rid of any clumps.

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      3. Mark your eyelids with dots for identical cat-eyes

      Cat-eyes used to be known for being notoriously difficult to do evenly, but with this beauty hack you can make sure you always have matching cat-eyes. Simply draw a dot on each eyelid where you want the flick to end, and then fill in the space between.

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        4. For flawless skin start by applying foundation at the centre of your face

        Too much foundation or power around your hairline and jawline often looks cakey. Make your foundation look natural by applying the foundation to the middle of your face, then brushing the foundation outwards evenly.

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          5. Save time when curling your hair by tying it up first

          Curling your hair the normal way can take over half an hour, but with this beauty hack you can have beautiful, wavy hair in less than 5 minutes. Simply tie your hair into a high ponytail and separate the hair into three sections, or four for thicker hair. Curl each section in turn and then let down your hair for stunning, wavy hair.

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            6. Use different types of lighting in your home to check your make-up

            Make sure your make-up is looking flawless and natural before leaving the house by checking your face in the mirror using the light on your phone. The bright light will show you any foundation that needs blending in.

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              7. Use coconut oil to moisturize

              Coconut oil can be used in many ways to improve your beauty routine. You can use coconut on dry skin as a moisturizer or as a hair mask to achieve healthy, shiny hair. You can even rub some on your legs before shaving to use as a moisturizing shaving cream!

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                8. Moisturize dry feet while you sleep

                If you struggle with dry skin on your feet, massage them with moisturizer or Vaseline before you go to sleep and then put on some socks to sleep in.

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                  9. Use liquid eye-liner on your lashes for a no make-up look

                  If you have fair hair and you want a natural and easy make-up routine for day-to-day wear, try using liquid eye-liner on your eyelashes instead of mascara. Simply run the pen across your eyelashes to tint them.

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                    10. Save time on an early morning by washing your fringe

                    Try this beauty hack if you don’t have time to wash your hair every morning before work. Simply wash your fringe and parting line in the sink and blow dry the wet parts – the grease in your hair will actually make it easier to style, and no-one will have any idea that you didn’t wash your hair!

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                      Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                      1. Nuts

                      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                      3. Tomatoes

                      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                      4. Broccoli

                      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                      6. Soy

                      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                      7. Dark Chocolate

                      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                      10. Gingko Biloba

                      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                      11. Green and Black Tea

                      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                      Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                      12. Sage and Rosemary

                      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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