Timeless Age Defying Beauty Tips

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Ah, Hollywood’s timeless age-defying beauties! The women who have seen it all, done it all, and lived to tell about it, five marriages and ten grandchildren later. The Christie Brinkleys who proudly pose with their grown daughters on the beach with barely a discernible age difference to be found! The Jane Fondas who can still wear the psychedelic space bikinis from their Barbarella days! The Heidi Klums who can still play a mean guitar in their underwear! How do they do it? While that info may be known only to the stars themselves, there are some tips you can follow for achieving your own timeless age-defying beauty.

Makeup

Base
A high-quality primer will camouflage fine lines and prevent makeup from creasing. Try one with an SPF for sun protection and added anti-aging benefits. When it comes to foundation, pick one tailored to mature skin and apply with your fingers, using a moist makeup sponge to avoid a caked-on appearance. If foundation is not your thing, try a light concealer to hide under eye circles and blemishes. Concealer with yellow tones are best for balancing redness and brightening.

If you have noticed the color in your cheeks decreasing as a result of age, you may want to add some blusher. Creams have to benefit of allowing you to gradually increase color, while powders last longer. Bronzers and highlighters can also help to create a youthful look, but try to avoid glittery formulas. Instead, look for finely milled products that build up to create a light sheen.

Jane Fonda

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Eyes and Brows
Eyebrows grow sparse over time, so fuller brows can create a younger appearance, but try to avoid overdoing it with the brow pencil, which can look harsh. You’re better off gently filling out brows with a matching powder and blush for a subtle touch.

Spidery lashes will also add years. When it comes to mascara application, apply just one coat and then wiggle the brush at the lash base to add definition and volume.

If reading glasses are among your daily accessories, be aware that they can magnify eye makeup imperfections. Avoid this by trading in your severe liquid liner for a more forgiving, softer kohl pencil. In addition, be wary of bright eyeshadows which can smudge and smear during the day. this can be avoided by using a primer formulated for the eyes. Use a q-tip moistened with makeup remover to mop up the excess.

Lips
While strong lipstick can bring color to your face, it also tends to bleed into the fine lines around your mouth. You can prevent this by using a good lipliner around the corners of the mouth and cupid’s bow.

Although matte lipsticks are popular, glossy finishes tend to be more flattering and create the illusion of fuller lips. The best way to achieve a natural look is the find a shade of pink that matches the color of the inside of your bottom lip; your perfect neutral.

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Beauty Sleep
No matter what new products and procedures come out, it seems that sleep is always number one on the list of anti-agers. Try and get 8-10 hours every night. Also, try to sleep on your back or side with a pillow propped under your ear, as sleeping with your face against the pillows can cause “sleep lines” with may evolve into wrinkles.

Fruits and Veggies
Antioxidant-rich diets are a known component in the prevention of disease and premature aging. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, which fight free radicals that attack cell membranes. They also protect the nervous system, the immune system, and prevent the brain from oxidative damage leading to memory loss.

How do you achieve your timeless beauty? We want in on your secrets! Let us know!

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Putting Together A Vintage Inspired Ensemble

Woman in vintage fashion

What comes up when you think of the word vintage? Is it raiding mom’s old closet for her purple lace minidress with the tasseled scarf? Is it Lucille Ball with her pillbox hats and caped jackets? Is it Taylor Swift carousing with the Kennedys in Cape Cod in a polka dot bikini? Or is it Zooey Deschanel with her mod girl platforms and Anita Pallenberg bangs?

Whatever your definition of vintage, it has to be head to toe. No matter what era you harken back to-the hair, the earrings, the shoes – they all have to be perfect. That’s what makes vintage so much fun! Here are some ways to put together a great vintage inspired ensemble.

1950’s
If you want to get a 1950’s vibe, think Danny and Sandy crooning “Summer NIghts” on the bleachers of Hollywood High. It’s white t-shirts with motorcycle jackets and tight jeans for the guys, with pedal pushers and saddle shoes for the girls, poodle skirts and ponytails for the malt shop and a strapless evening gown with ballerina flats for the prom.

1960’s
Time to let the “freak flag fly.” The 1960’s brought the Beatles and the Beatles brought the revolution. The beehive hairdo was replace by longer hair for men and women alike. For a 1960’s ensemble, bell bottoms and minis with white vinyl “go-go”boots are a must. Look at pictures of Twiggy for makeup inspiration, noting the pale lipstick and dark liner. Accessorize with peace signs and experiment with paisley.

Man in vintage fashion

1970’s
Did someone say glam? Loads of lip gloss, blush, and mullet hair-dos scream seventies, as do glitter, disco shorts, spandex, headbands, and roller skates. Denim was paired with more denim and the pantsuit was worn by members of both sexes. Afros are a great 70’s staple, and so are wrap around skirts worn over leotards, although they were not very conducive to using the toilet (probably why the style did not outlast the decade.)

1980’s
“And you may ask yourself, ‘Why such a big suit?'” Those who remember the eighties will remember David Byrne, The Talking Heads and the power suit with the big shoulder pads. Channel “Like A Virgin” era Madonna for fingerless lace gloves, rosary style necklaces, big hair, and bangle bracelets. Men can rock vests and 501’s and don’t forget the Boy George bowler hat.

1990’s
The 80’s gave way to the 90’s with bare midriffs, baggy pants and designer athletic shoes and sneakers. Bomber jackets, still on trend today, were all the rage with hooded sweatshirts and chain wallets. It was all about gangsta chic and colored hair in the 90’s, along with the explosion of henna tattoos.

Of course, there are many more decades to cover! Which is your favorite? Are you feeling “Great Gatsby” or “Greatest America Hero?” Let us know!

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Tasty Low Calorie Snacks

If you are a consumer, you may have noticed the recent popularity of prepackaged 100 calorie snacks. They seem like a great idea. One hundred is a perfectly rounded decimal number, and seems relatively inconsequential when compared with the recommended 2000 calorie per day recommended allowance. At that rate, we an eat them every day an still have room for another 1,900 calories! And, on top of that, the snack companies have already done the hard work for us. There’s no measuring required, and no uncertainty about serving size. Plus, the individual packaging helps curb the temptation to eat more than one serving. Genius!

So what’s wrong with this? Well, a few things. Firstly, you’re paying for that individual packaging and really not getting that much food. After all, 100 calories is one hundred calories. Secondly, a good deal of what’s on offer is highly processed and not really that filling. But don’t worry, the party’s not over! Here are a few more satisfying and healthier one hundred calorie options that you may not have considered.

Baked Potato
Microwaves have revolutionized the preparation of the baked potato. For a quick snack, pierce the spud with a fork and nuke on high for five minutes. Eat plain for the full hundred calories or top half with 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of salsa and save the other half for later.

Frozen grapes

Frozen Grapes
Grapes are great frozen or fresh, but the frozen kind do tend to last a bit longer. One cup, or about 28 of these babies, will equal about one hundred calories and are also a great source of antioxidants.

Protein Shake
To make your own, less processed version, add a scoop of vanilla whey protein to a cup of unsweetened almond milk. It makes a delicious post -workout snack that will help muscles recover after exercise.

Dark Chocolate
Three squares of dark chocolate or five chocolate kisses will provide 100 calories of stress-free, endorphin-raising bliss.

Dark chocolate

Healthy Ice Cream Bars
Not only a low-calorie way to nosh, enlightened ice cream bars actually contain five grams of fiber, eight grams of protein, and no artificial sweeteners!

English Muffin with Fruit butter
Go for a whole wheat muffin, as a more nutritious alternative to white. Also, choosing apple or pumpkin butter over jams will save you around 20 calories per serving.

Coconut and Kiwi
Hear this, orange and grapefruit, there’s a new player in town! One large kiwi has all the vitamin C you need to meet the daily recommended allowance. Top with one tablespoon coconut for a refreshing tropical sensation.

Baked apple

Baked Apples
If you want to satisfy a sweet tooth, core a medium sized apple dusted with cinnamon and bake it at 350 for 20 minutes. Leave off the oats and nuts to keep it at the 100-calorie mark.

Kettle Corn
Make a healthy version of this snack by topping 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn with a teaspoon each of stevia and cinnamon. Or, swap the Stevia for one teaspoon of honey mixed with one teaspoon of water. Thin out in a microwave for 20 seconds for best results.

22 Pistachios
Higher in protein and lower in saturated fats than most other nuts, 22 pistachios are a filling and flavorful hundred calorie option. Go for the in – the – shell type, if possible. The extra work will save you 41% of the calories as compared to the unshelled. Well worth the effort.

If you still prefer your pre-packaged options, let us know! Or if you’ve decided to try a few of our suggestions, or have any of your own, we want to hear about your experience!

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Styles That Work For Sophisticated Urbanites

When you hear the term “sophisticated urbanite”, what comes to mind? Gunmetal eyeglasses, shopping-and-meatballs at Ikea, an Emanuel Duca sterling silver necklace? According to the Urban Dictionary, a sophisticated urbanite is someone who is “urban and city-ish, but still sophisticated, with an impeccable sense of taste. No one ever questions their fashion choices.”
But what exactly earns you the title? If your goal is to become a sophisticated urbanite, Vine Vera shares the must-have brands for your ascent to glamour.

Urban girl with hat

Givenchy
Givenchy’s elite designer houses have just released a fashion line catering to lovers of street wear, called Resort Wear. Men’s fashion choices give relief from suits with black bomber jackets, loud prints, ski hats, and athletic sneakers. Ladies may prefer to try the platform lace up booties over-knee highs with a short black mini. Sweat pants, trench coats, and leather jackets round out the collection.

Patricia Manfield
Italian designer Patricia Manfield is known for her sporty and sleek street looks. She brings new meaning to athleisure with a tennis outfit and matching, “Tennis, Anyone?” logo sweatshirt paired with dress shoes and a bomber and she can also do a mean maxi dress.

Karl Kani
Look for the Karl Kani hip-hop fashion line to make a comeback in 2017. Carl Williams started the line at the age of 16 and went on to receive the “Urban Fashion Pioneer Award” in 2002. Look for women’s sports bras, leggings, cropped cameos, and long sleeved shirts for the modern lady. Men can expect logo hoodies, snapbacks, caps, and bucket hats.

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Alternatives to Skinny Jeans
Lose the skinny jeans? Perish the thought! They look great on everyone, go with everything, and always hit the fashion mark. However, every once in a while, we need to get the skinny on the unskinny. Here are some alternatives you may be seeing in the near future.

Demi-Boot Jeans
Featuring a flared bottom cropped above the ankle, these give you the opportunity to show off some really killer shoes. Try it with some lace up boots like Kate Bosworth did!

Rolled Up Jeans
If you still favor a vintage look, you can roll up any kind of jeans and look great, It’s comfort meets chic with a designer bag and cool boots.

Girl in denim jeans

Slit Cigarette Jeans
If tight is the way you roll, cigarette jeans are a great look for great legs. You can rock these everyday for some casual class.

Denim Overalls
Seventies baggy or modern body hugging denim, overalls are always a crowd pleaser. Easy to coordinate with classic white tees, button fronts, or turtlenecks.

Two Toned Jeans
Look out for this trend in the next couple of months. Wear them as an understated alternative to prints.

Have you been designated the term “urban sophisticate” yet? Let us know what you’re rocking this year!

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Be Your Own Valentine’s Day Date: At Home Beauty Pampering

If you’re planning on going out on Valentine’s Day, be prepared to be categorized as spoken for or looking for. Well, what if you’re neither? Just because your single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to subject yourself to a night of bad pick up lines or sympathetic glances. After all, as the song says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with,” and if that person happens to be yourself, well, all the better.

If you’re destined to be your own date this Valentine’s Day, just look at it this way; you could do worse. Why not take the opportunity to treat yourself to some home beauty pampering?

Girl with roses

Take a Bath
Taking a bath is a key part of home pampering. Let the warm water relax your muscles and engulf your body. You can add bubble bath or even moisturizing essential oils, like lavender or rosewater for some extra hydration and fragrance. Light some candles, pour a cocktail, and cue the music. Beethoven or Beyonce, your choice!

Face Mask
Skin that looks and feels great is an absolute spa day Valentine’s essential. You can go for a store-bought version for a no-fuss skin treatment or make your own with plain yogurt and honey or mashed up strawberries.

Hot Oil
Not only will this make your hair look beautiful, it will nourish and soothe your scalp as well. Again, store bought versions are available, but you can make your own by mixing up a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some coconut oil with a touch of honey. Heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds and mix. Use a pastry brush to brush the oil into your hair, starting at the roots and ending with the tips. Wrap hair in plastic wrap or cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for several hours before rinsing.

Valentine's day and face scrub

Facial Scrub
Exfoliating scrubs slough off dead skin cells and open clogged pores, leaving skin fresh and radiant. Sugar scrubs can be made by mixing one part oil with two parts brown sugar. Have essential oils or cinnamon on hand to add a tantalizing aroma. If you’re using coconut oil. you may want to heat it in the microwave before adding the sugar. Rub into skin, let it sit for two minutes and wash off.

Teeth Whitening
You can purchase teeth whitener at the local pharmacy, but baking soda and peroxide can also work wonders for keeping those pearly whites sparkling.

Brow Tweezing
The importance of well-shaped brows can never be overstated. Remember to keep it to a minimum by plucking a few hairs around the arch rather than overdoing it and ending up with a semi -permanent look of surprise.

Foot Treatment
Get some nice thick foot cream. Wet a towel and ring out excess water. Pop it in the microwave for about 60 seconds. Slather feet with cream and wrap them in the towel. Leave on for 15 minutes and let the healing begin.

Manicure
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some proper red or pink nails. Use a cuticle stick and some cream to smooth and push back cuticles. Shape nails, filing in one direction to avoid breakage. Apply base coat, color, and top coat. Heart shaped decals are optional.

Ready for your date, gorgeous? How about a cup of tea and a nice, warm bed? Let us know how your self-pampering night turns out! We want to hear all about it!

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Unisex Skincare Products That Work

Should couples share everything? Gwen Stefani seemed to think so. The lyrics to the No Doubt song, “Bathwater,” feature the blond vixen claiming to “love to wash in (her man’s) old bathwater” and even makes references to “sharing a toothbrush.” Sure, we’ve heard of girls to throwing on their man’s jackets, undershirts, colognes, and watches, and we’ve seen guys borrowing the occasional nail polish and eyeliner, but how about when it comes to personal hygiene? Although there has yet to be recommended the use of the communal toothbrush, there are some products that work well for both sexes. So in the name of equality, let’s explore a few.

Serum
While serum should always have antioxidants and corrective properties tailored to your skin, there are some hydrating formulas which can soothe the skin for you after cleansing, while doing the same for him after shaving. Ideal formulas have no scent and work for all skin types, but remember, no hogging!

Couple cleansing together

Cleanser
Perhaps the biggest difference between men’s and women’s skincare routines is the cleansing part. Women cleanse religiously, while men seem to be more sporadic about it. However, despite the regularity, or lack thereof, one thing is for sure. Both sexes need a cleanser that removes debris, dirt and oil.

Everyday Moisturizer
If you and your man tend toward oily skin, you probably want to pool your earnings into a large tub of a lightweight moisturizer with antioxidants, botanicals, and minerals to reduce shine and balance skin. Also, keep in mind that he may be more comfortable using something in a gender neutral package, so try to keep the frills to a minimum.

Scent Free Shower Cleanser
Use this while showering together or separately. Look for something creamy and Ph balanced to smooth skin while it cleanses. Again, scent-free is recommended for sharing; nothing with too much perfume or cologne.

Couple using skincare together

Face Mask
While the image of a woman in a face mask has been fodder for American sitcoms for generations, men are now equally entitled to this skin clearing vehicle. Share a clay mask to open clogged pores and soak up sebum with a natural buffer to slough off dead skin cells.

Lightweight Sunscreen
His skin may be thicker than yours, but that doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to sun damage. A non-greasy, lightweight, untinted sunscreen will work for both of you, so look for something with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of 30 or above. Be sure that both of you cover face as well as neck.

Lip Balm
You owe it to each other to keep your lips equally kissable. Find a colorless, weightless balm with added UV protection and keep reapplying throughout the day.

Do you share hygienic products with your better half? What do you think? Are there benefits to sharing? Let us know!

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Show Off Your Couple Style

When couples with style come to mind, few can compete with fashion icons, Sonny and Cher. Be it Nehru jackets, bell-bottoms, straight bangs, or platforms, this couple rocked it, and nothing was off the table, with little separating “his” from “hers.”

A couple that shops together stays together, as they say, and if you’re lucky enough to share a passion for fashion with your significant other, it can be a great bonding experience and garner a lot of second looks from passersby.

If you’re looking for couple fashion inspiration, here’re a few ways to show off your inner Barbie and Ken.

Why Couple Style Is In

For a while, the image of a couple with matching outfits brought forth images of matching sweatsuits and retirement communities. However, all that seems to be changing. Even Drake and Rhianna, whose relationship status is still up in the air, were rocking the twin look at several paparazzi-worthy events. So why the sudden acceptance?

Couple style with sunglasses

One thing that may explain the fashion resurgence is the movement toward the blurring of gender lines in today’s fashions. Designers like J.W. Anderson employ male runway models that are just likely to wear makeup and skirts as their female counterparts. Another reason might be the onset of the digital age: dressing alike makes it seem like you’ve got a follower in real life.

If you and your mate want to look more fashionably compatible, here are a few suggestions.

Black and white stripes
If you want to spice up a casual date, you might want to try his and her black and white striped shirts. Hers can be black on white, his white on black. Complete her look with a mini or pencil skirt, while he can stick to shorts or trousers.

Suspenders
Suspenders are a great way to show couple solidarity. You can wear jeans or pants in contrasting or matching colors and add extra pizzazz with a scarf knotted at the neck or a wool cap for an “Oliver Twist” look.

Justin and Selena
Even if the couple didn’t survive, the fashion legacy lives on. Who could forget the images of Selena’s red silk dress complemented by Justin’s red pocket hanky?

Matching Suits
If you want to put the “power” in “power couple” try matching pinstriped tailored suits. Layer over black turtlenecks or button fronts.

Couple style

Movie Attire
For trips to the movies, keep it casual. Guys can pair some nice khakis with a button down or polo. Ladies can dress down to match your man with some boyfriend jeans, and match button-downs or tees with flats, or dress it up with printed pants, a solid top, and heels.

Dinner and Dancing
If am upscale restaurant and lounge is on the agenda, guys can stick with a business casual look. Think nice slacks, a shirt, and blazer jacket. Ladies can go for a bit more of the glitz and glam with a beaded LBD, killer heels, and some shiny accessories.

Sporting Events
If you’re looking for a great way to connect as a couple, you can show off your style at a sporting event. Guys can just stick to jeans and team jersey, and girls can do pretty much the same thing, or feminize with skinny jeans, tank, and heels. Team baseball caps are a great touch for either guy or gal.

So what do you do to show your couple style? Let us know how the two of you coordinate!

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