This winter has been long and brutal throughout most of the country. But I’ve got my sights set on spring and new beginnings. I’m ready to drop the comfort foods and feel healthier and happier. This colorful salad has become a standby in my diet lately and I want to share it with you. It’s really delicious and very healthy – my favorite combination! The key is a yummy lemon-garlic dressing that my bestie, Ruth, taught me how to make. With only 4 simple ingredients, it’s quick and easy to whip up and it’s detox-diet friendly. This salad makes a great side dish or top with shredded organic cooked chicken or marinated baked tofu for a hearty meal.
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Posted in Eating For Beauty
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Eye makeup for the downturned eye shape.
It seems like common sense that how you apply your eye makeup would be, in part, guided by your eye shape. But do you know which eye shape most closely matches your own? Or how to accentuate your eyes based on shape? I recently discovered a fantastic video from Smashbox called “Shape Matters” designed to answer these questions. In this clip, Lori Taylor Davis, global pro-lead artist for Smashbox, offers a series of questions that help you determine the shape of your eyes. Then visit the Smashbox Cosmetics YouTube Channel to find the videos demonstrating eye makeup application for each eye shape.
The Smashbox R&D team determined six common eye shapes: almond, hooded, monolid, round, upturned, and downturned. I discovered that I have downturned eyes, which is interesting because I always thought they were almond or hooded. Interestingly, the way Davis suggests I do my eyes is how I find they look best. Now I know why!
Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Palette (used in the video) is available at Beauty.com $49
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Busy people of the world: I’ve got another super easy, very doable updo idea for you. This pretty chignon consists of two wrapped sections that are crossed in the back for more visual interest. The steps are very simple and this style shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to create. As always, it helps to work with dirty hair and to use lots of product to give hair texture. I prefer working with pomade or wax when creating updos because they give my fine, slippery hair a little grit. Not only is it easier to work with but it helps to keep style in place. For this tutorial, I’ve used Lanza Healing Style Refine Pomade and I finished with Umberto Regular Hold Hairspray. Hope you like this crossed bun and give it a try!
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