Everyday Makeup

Most women have more makeup than they will ever reasonably need. After all, it is too easy to save money on makeup purchases by making use of special promotions and coupons for such shops as Birchbox, and you just never know when certain items are going to come in handy. But how do you know which products to use on a day to day basis? Follow this helpful step by step guide, so that you can step up your everyday makeup game!


Many women use their fingers to apply foundation, when a liquid foundation brush works much better. The fingers can be used to dab your chosen product on the chosen parts of the face, but the brush should be used for proper blending. Brush back and forth to apply foundation to the forehead and chin. For the cheeks, be sure to brush down and away from the center of the face.


For smoother blending of your concealer product, simply add a drop of moisturizer to the brush you are using to add the product. Once the water has been added, dab four times underneath your eyes. Smooth the mixture with your brush, then lightly dab beneath the eyes with the middle finger. This helps to blend the concealer and ensures a more natural look!


It's very important but actually you may have been using the wrong powder brush all along. Most of times, a smaller kabuki brush will get better results! Use it to apply the powder in a circular motion,which creates a natural look by buffering the powder into the skin.


Contouring should be avoided during the day, since it is made for situations with poor lighting. The best brush for your bronzing needs is large and fluffy, as opposed to the smaller brushes women usually use. For the best results, swirl the brush inside of the product, tap it so that the excess product is removed and begin with the cheeks before moving on to the forehead, neck and chin.


Fluffy and dense brushes work best for blush application. Petal pink tones may also work wonders for accentuating your skin tone. Smile while applying blush and don't forget the apples of your cheeks!


To establish a daily eye routine, begin with a shadow that is bone colored. Cover the entire eyelid and use a fluffy shadow brush. Select a taupe color and a dense brush to dab the product between the bottom of the eye and the crease of the cheek. Eyeliner should be applied with powder liner, a small amount of water and an angled brush. As for mascara? Dab your wand on a tissue first, then wiggle it at the route of the eyelashes and sweep in an upward motion.


For those who enjoy bright colored lipstick, apply a small dab to your bottom lip and rub them together. This keeps vibrant colors from becoming too overwhelming. Adding a touch of gloss brings out the color of lipstick just a bit more!

Lovingly written by Joy

Is Your Relationship Going to Last?

There’s no real way you can tell if your relationship is going to last forever. If I’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that absolutely anything can happen! However, if you pay attention to the following signs, your relationship will stand more chance of lasting. Take a look:

You Trust One Another

Trust can solve most problems. If a couple trusts one another completely, then they can pretty much last forever! Most problems in relationships come from a lack of trust. It may be insecurity in one person that causes mistrust, or events that have happened in the past. Work out why you don’t trust one another and what you can do about it, if that’s the case. You have to do this if you want to stay together!

You Can Discuss Calmly

Can you discuss problems calmly, without arguing? Not everything should be a point scoring mission. If there’s a problem, you need to be able to talk about it and come to a solution. You and your partner are not enemies, you are partners. Learn how to communicate properly if you want to stand the test of time.

You Have the Same Vision for the Future

Having the same vision for the future helps. Minds change at times, and you might even change yours because you want to be with your partner. But you both need to be happy about it. Don’t just expect them to change their mind once you’re married or have kids. It’ll cause problems somewhere down the line!

There are No Recurring Issues or Arguments

Another thing that happens in relationships, is recurring arguments. Arguments about the same thing, over and over again. You may argue about one thing, and then end up arguing about the same thing you always argue about. This is where your communication skills come into play. Come to a solution or call it a day - these problems don’t go away on their own!

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You’ve Been Together a While Already

If you’ve been together years already, chances are you’re in a mature relationship. You have more attachment to one another this way, so chances are you’ll stay together!

You’ve Discussed Marriage and Children

Discussing marriage and children before you’re ready can ensure you’re both on the same page for the future. If you know you both want the same things from life, you could consider getting engaged. See how you feel after looking at engagement rings from Tacori!

You’re Both Happy

It isn’t enough to have everything here if you’re not happy. For whatever reason. You both need to be happy with one another for this to work. If you feel like you’ve settled, then it’s OK to move on. Breaking hearts isn’t easy, but you need to think of yourself first and foremost. However, before deciding to end a long term relationship, work out if you’re unhappy with yourself first.

Do you think your relationship will last? If anything here doesn’t add up, do something about it or get out of the relationship. Leave your thoughts in the comments! 

Lovingly written by Joy

Fun Things To Do With The Kids On The Weekends

As any parent knows, children get bored easily, which means that on weekends, they need to be kept occupied. Obviously, you can’t keep your little ones busy 24 hours a day, but you can plan fun activities for the weekends that will tire them out.

When it comes to planning things to do with the kids, it can often be hard to know what to do. This is partly because of the cost of activities, and also because of the weather - it can be hard to know what to expect.

To help make keeping the kids occupied on the weekends a little easier, here are a few ideas to take note of:

Have a baking session

Children love to bake, so if you are stuck for ideas for keeping them occupied, why not have a baking day? While it might not seem like a tiring activity, baking is actually an excellent way to tire the kids out. This is especially true if you get them baking more than one thing, perhaps they could cook something savoury and something sweet?

Don’t decide what your children make, let them choose for themselves. Once you know what they are baking, take a trip to the supermarket and let them choose their ingredients.

Go on a bike ride

If you want to keep the kids occupied while tiring them out, taking them on a bike ride is ideal. Plan out a route that doesn’t go on any busy roads, and head off on your bikes for a day of cycling. Just make sure not to make the route too long, as children can get tired easily.

To make a day of it, pack a picnic and stop halfway along your route for a break. Fill a backpack with sandwiches, fruit, yogurts, and bottles of water. Don’t forget to pack a blanket to sit on and enjoy your lunch.

Visit a theme park

Every so often, it’s nice to do something a little bit different with the kids. If you live close to a theme park or children’s attraction, plan a day out there. Don’t let the idea that entry will be expensive put you off, as if you look online, you can get cheap theme park tickets.

When choosing the perfect theme park to visit, make sure to check that it’s suitable for your children. This is especially important if you have young kids, as many rides are only suitable for over 10’s.

Go swimming

A cheap and easy way to entertain the kids at the weekend is a swimming trip. Whether this is to your local pool or a water park, it’s up to you. Not only can swimming be a lot of fun, but it is also an ideal way to tire the kids out.

While entry to most swimming pools isn’t too expensive, you should still be able to find some fantastic deals online. So make sure to take a look, to make your family swimming trips a little cheaper. After all, when you have kids to care for, every penny counts.

It can be hard to know what to do when it comes to keeping the kids occupied on the weekends. Hopefully, these ideas will help to keep them busy for at least a couple of weekends.

Lovingly written by Joy

Small Compost Ideas for the City Dwellers

Living in the concrete jungle should not stop you from going green and caring for the environment. There is so many ways for us to conserve and live a greener life even if we are surrounded with buildings and concrete everywhere. Composting is a method used by garderners to accelerate the decay of organic matter and it turns into rich humus which can be used to enrich garden soil. Composting can be achieved using usual waste matters we have at home. “Brown” waste are those that are considered dry such as paper scraps, twigs, dried leaves and other woody matter. “Green” waste on the other hand, are those that are somewhat watery and rich in nitrogen such as food scraps, coffee grounds, vegetable peeling and others.

Food Scraps and Yard Debris Collection in Portland 2010 by Tim Jewett.JPG

A well balanced green and brown waste matter will make the perfect compost, not smelly, faster decaying process and rich dark damp matter. How can you achieve this when you are in the city? These days, composting bins are available at different sizes so you can easily find one that will fit under your kitchen sink or your small terrace garden. You may also want to add a few worms to help hasten the composting process. 

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