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22 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

22 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

The summer months are drawing to a close, meaning the return to classes for some and simply the transition to a new season for others. Whatever it means for you, it’s a perfect opportunity to hack your personal grooming for a revamped beauty routine. Some of the tips on this list are specifically for warmer weather to get you through the last of these sweaty summer days. (You’re welcome.) Enjoy!

1. Eliminate permanent sweat stains

    2. Vaseline prevents messy self-manicures

    manicure tricks

      3. Use a spoon for an easy winged eyeliner guide

      Use a spoon to get the perfect wing shape for your eyeliner.

        4. Make lips pop by using a highlighter pencil/cream

        Use that same highlighter to accentuate your lips.

          5. Cool down sunburns with frozen aloe vera gel

          aloe vera

            6. Make your lips look plump with this shimmer trick

            Use pale frosted eyeshadow to get fuller, 3D lips.

              7. Clean up your self-tanner mistakes with baking soda

              diy baking soda

                8. No more clumpy mascara!

                  9. Prevent shoe blisters with gel deodorant

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                    10. Easily paint french tips using a rubber band

                    Touch up a French manicure with a rubber band.

                      11. Use white eyeliner pencil as eye shadow primer

                      Color your entire lid with white eyeliner to make eyeshadow colors POP.

                        12. Use a detachable shower head stand for hands-free blow-drying

                          13. Bubbly nail polish? Put it in the fridge

                          nail polish hack

                            14. For nail art use a metallic sharpie, let dry, then add top coat

                              15. Save your old mascara brush and use to apply eyebrow color

                                16. Give yourself a quick split-ends trim

                                split ends

                                  17. Highlighter above you brows = instant eye lift

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                                    18. Curl lashes and apply eyeliner in one go!

                                    Clever! Eye Makeup Tricks - Must Know - Beauty Point Of View

                                      19. Fix a broken lipstick tube with a lighter and your fridge

                                      how to fix broken lipstick

                                        20. Get the perfect lash curl with this technique

                                          21. Heat your curler to make it more effective

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                                            22. For natural & effective makeup remover, use coconut oil!

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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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