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{ Photo Diary } Almay’s #SimplyAmerican Tour Bus Visits Philly

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This Independence Day I hopped on the Almay #SimplyAmerican tour bus for some pampering on the Parkway. I love my city. Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway turned into one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the country called Wawa Welcome America. The all-day extravaganza, complete with music and food, was a pretty fun way to spend the holiday despite the weather being less than stellar. Thanks to Almay I was able to take refuge from the rain and get a little makeover. Continue reading…

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Fashion flowers

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I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue reading…

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Food+Landscape Photography Workshop

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I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue reading…

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Interview with awesome women

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I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue reading…

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City Photography Workshop

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I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue reading…

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Beauty

6 Beauty Tips to Read Before Your Next Trip

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Becoming a travel aficionado is 70 percent on-the-road experience, 20 percent coaching and mentoring (i.e. your trusted partner telling you to nix the seventh pair of shoes) and 10 percent reading articles like this one! Since you can’t take every single beauty product you own with you, these six beauty tips will come in handy whether you’re going out of town for the weekend or about to embark on a two-week trip to Europe.

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1. Get clean quick and calmly.

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Face wipes are so convenient when you’re having a late night. I like to take face wipes with me on trips because they’re less likely to spill and cause damage compared to bottled products. I alternate between two different kinds – Pond’s Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes with Chamomile & White Tea and Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes.

2. Look alive, pack white eyeliner.

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Use white eyeliner on your inner lash line to make your eyes appear bigger and ultimately make you look more awake, an essential for the jet setter.  Oh look, it’s in nano size. The Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner may be small in size and price ($5), but packs the power with this highly-pigmented product.

3. Dry shampoo to fix your ‘do.

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Dry shampoo powder or aerosol sprays help prolong your blowout and soak up oily roots.  Hold a few inches from the roots and do a quick spray to the oily spots (your part, front hairline). Tousle hair then finish with a brush to work in product and work out yesterday’s messy locks. I like this Pssssst! Instant Spray Shampoo. Other than the outdated logo and funky name, the actual product works great!

4. Cover roots with mascara.

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If your roots are creeping in, you most likely don’t have an extra bottle of hair dye in your suit case. Use mascara as a make-shift, on-the-go solution for a quick touch up. Sorry blondes, this trick is for dark hair only.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, $12.00 at Sephora.

5. Invest in multipurpose products.

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Multipurpose items like a lip-&-cheek stain are practically made for traveling. After a long flight, particularly in the middle seat, you may not have gotten the beauty rest you needed. A stain adds some color to your face and keeps you from looking overly tired. This Stila Lip & Cheek Stain comes in a wand which makes more easy applications while on the go.

6. Red lip = instant glam.

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A bold lip color instantly transitions your look from day to night. This Relentlessly Red Lipstick from MAC is one of my personal favorites. It’s so beautiful that you won’t need much else.

Have a beauty tip you’d like to share? Leave it in the comment section below.

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10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

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Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

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Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

2. Face & Body Moisturizer

A one-ingredient wonder. Simply apply generously to your face and body. It’ll feel super greasy, but the oil absorbs fast.

3. Face Wash

Combine equal parts of coconut oil & baking soda.

4. Cuticle Oil

Melt the oil and use as cuticle oil when doing your nails.

5. Body Scrub

Combine coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

6. Hair Mask

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil  with 2 tablespoons of honey.  Apply to your hair in the shower, coveryour hair with a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

7. Hair Conditioner

Apply a small amount (as needed) of coconut oil to your ends prior to shampooing.

8. Lip Balm

Dab some on for soft glossy lips.

9. Hair De-frizzer

Add about 1 teaspoon to your hair for instant shine and frizz free locks.

10. Makeup Remover

Use like a regular make up remover and apply with a cotton ball or swab. I think this works better than most make up removers (especially with stubborn eye makeup).

 

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? Is there a beauty use we should have included? Do tell in the comments below!

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Understanding the Chemicals in Your Cosmetics

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To understand the dangers of certain cosmetic chemicals we first have to remember that our skin is an organ. When we place creams, liquids and even powders they can be and likely are, absorbed into your skin. This means it has the potential to reach your blood stream and other organs. So knowing that, would you purchase an item that had a label of “may cause cancer”? Just because it isn’t labeled doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Knowing what chemicals you are putting on your face and body is vital.

A woman puts anywhere between 130 – 515 chemicals on her face and body, daily. We do this without even thinking about doing it. But what we don’t realize is that some of those complicated words on the ingredient list are actually harmful chemicals and many of the individual ingredients haven’t been evaluated for safety. (Be overtly aware of this if you purchase foreign products.) Sites like Mbm.net.au have a huge database of cosmetic ingredients, their purpose and how harmful they are. Additionally, following safecosmetics.org will keep you abreast on the current strides being made to address these cosmetic chemicals and the companies who use them.

My solution, natural is better. Let’s be honest, I can’t remember that entire list (and it is a HUGE list) when I’m out shopping at a local store but I can keep the ingredients to a minimum. A great way to do this is to purchase natural based products. If you are lucky the ingredients will be simple with no complex words. If you purchase online I recommend checking the ingredients to the website provided before making your purchase and if all else fails, make some homemade products! Then you’ll really know what’s in your make-up.

Have you ever thought about how many chemicals you put on yourself? Here’s my three to avoid and some alternatives.

1. Petroleum by-products like petroleum jelly, petrolatum, liquid paraffin and mineral oil.

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  • The issue: It interferes with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism only increasing dry skin and chapping making you want to use the product even more. Cheap trick industries!

  • Alternative: Use natural waxes like beeswax combined with oils like sweet almond oil. Looks and feels similar to the jelly petroleum however are much better for your skin. The difference here is you won’t be drying out your skin; you’ll actually be healing it!

  • Try it: Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm

 

 

Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) are used as preservatives and they aren’t always labeled. 

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  • The Issue: Primarily used in skincare products and deodorants they have been found to cause breast cancer tumors. It also has the possibility to contribute to sterility in males, hormones imbalances in females and produce early puberty/
  • Alternative: First off use natural deodorant or make your own at home!  You could also use products which utilize Phenoxyethanol which is a natural alternative derived from rose. Antioxidants like C and E also offer preservation as well as grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract and essential oils which increases the shelf life of the product.

3. Talc (Talcum) powder is a cosmetic grade powder that is identical to asbestos a carcinogenic chemical.

BFTE Cosmetics Why? It’s used to absorb moisture and applied to the underarms and genital area as well as in blushes, face powders, eye shadows, foundations and skin fresheners.

  • The issues: Used near the eyes it can irritate sensitive mucous membranes. However, Talc in a liquid product poses minimum risks. It does however clog pores and cause skin irritation. It is also linked to vaginal and ovarian cancers possibly due to its use on genitalia. There are also respiratory problems linked by inhaling the powder in the air.
  • Alternative: Use products containing finely milled cornstarch, beeswax or other natural ingredients. Cornstarch is silky, very absorbent and safe for babies and completely non-toxic.
  • Try it: BFTE Cosmetics Pro Eye Shadows
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