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5 Beauty Lifehacks You Can Learn from Fashion Week for Spring

5 Beauty Lifehacks You Can Learn from Fashion Week for Spring

Two times a year, Fashion Week comes to New York City and with it brings the world’s top beauty experts. The backstage pros, such as beauty experts and make up artists, gave up some of their beauty secrets. These beauty lifehacks from this springs New York Fashion Week are easy to achieve in the real world. You’ll be up to date with the latest looks with simple solutions that are quick. If you’ve got a lot of money to spend, you’ll find high end products on Sephora. If you’re looking for your dollar to stretch a little further, check out great discounts online for this seasons make up and hair products.

1. Best Practice for Keeping Glitter Make Up On

Glitter is coming back and it’s being used to give a fierce look. The beauty secret is this: use lip gloss as the adhesive agent. You put a layer of lip gloss wherever you want glitter and then put a layer of course glitter over top. To perfect where the glitter goes, especially on eyelids, you can use surgical tape. It’s much less sticky and you can use it to remove any residual glitter from your face.

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To add sparkles to your face, you can use a thick cream instead of using glue. This keeps the face moisturized as well as making the sparkles stick.

2. Contouring is Queen

Contouring your face enhances your beautiful features. The technique has long been used in fashion, but it was big talk at Fashion Week in New York, indicating it’s part of the season’s look. So here’s the beauty secret: use short, quick strokes when you add your bronzer to the hollow area of your cheeks. This will give you a natural-looking shadow.

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A new discovery for the bronzer was creating a subtle tan on the face. Just put some bronzer gently across your nose, forehead and apples of the cheeks. Voila! You have just been sun-kissed.

3. The Moody Eye and the Bright Smokey Eye

At Fashion Week, the moody eye was toned down from black to gray. Regardless of the tone-down, there is still a concern of the messy raccoon eyes. Here’s the secret from beauty experts, layer powder shadows with cream shadows. this is the perfect formula to avoid makeup from smearing.

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For the bright smokey eye, begin with a colored cream shadow on the eyelids. Take a long, full bodied shadow brush and buff the color outwards. To further diffuse the edges, use concealer.

4. Easy Tricks for Nail Art

To achieve a splatter effect on your nails, use a bobby pin or stir-stick to pick up nail polish. Then blow the polish over your nails.

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To get the perfect nude nails, it’s easier to achieve when you layer them. You to change a polish that is too pale by adding a warmer nude tone over top. If there’s a formula that’s too opaque, you can dilute it with some drops of clear coat.

5. Hair Secrets to Get the Hottest Fashion Week Looks

One of the top desired hairstyles at fashion week was the slept in waves. To achieve the look, you’ll want to use your flat iron. Bend the hair naturally and clip it with the hair iron. As you release your hair, make little S shapes. Leave the end straight.

Another trick for the beach waves look is to do it the old fashioned way. Create ropy waves with a diffuser which you’ll place over a blow-dryer. Use some kind of prepping spray that will hold the strands as you scrunch them. Blast your hair as you scrunch. You can achieve extra volume at the roots by flipping your head upside down and scrunching your hair as you blow dry with the diffuser from the underside.

Featured photo credit: Girl Playfully Laughing Whilst Sitting On A Boat At The Beach/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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