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GET NO-BUDGE SHADOW

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Pro Tip

For a creamy eye shadow that won’t crease, use waterproof eyeliner pencil. Draw over the eyelid, the blend with finger.


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Attach Individual Lashes

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Pro Tip
To lengthen eyelashes attach individual fake lashes from the outer edge of your eye going in, leaving some space in between one lash cluster to the next. You may want to use only a couple at the ends or continue until roughly around mid-eye, depending on the degree of drama you seek. When lash adhesive dries, stroke some mascara on the tips of your newly applied lashes to match the black of your natural lashes.


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He's Borrowing Your Moisturizer

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Yes ladies, your husband has been in your medicine cabinet. No, he's not snooping--he's borrowing your moisturizer.


Pro Tip


To pick a  moisturizer  for men you must choose one specifically for your skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, choose an oil-free variety. A moisturizer is important, not only for hydration, but to combat the effects of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.



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Facial Masking Two Tone Skin

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Is your skin darker around the outer edges of the faces and lighter on the interior of the face?  If yes, you have a condition called facial masking, which sometimes occurs in women with bronze and ebony skin tones.


Pro Tip
Use two foundation shades to correct your facial masking: one to brighten the darker areas and one to deepen the lighter areas. 


Apply the lightest shade to the darker areas


Apply the darkest shade to the lighter areas


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Moisturize Before Applying Foundation

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Did you know that moisturizing is an important step that helps your foundation goes on smoothly and evenly?


Pro Tip


Moisturizers for normal skin are usually light to help even out any dry areas.


Moisturizers for dry skin are usually higher in emollients and are richer.


Moisturizers for sensitive skin are fragrance and irritant-free.


Moisturizers for oily skin are extremely light and won’t clog pores.




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Winter Hair Care Tips

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How do you keep your natural hair looking good in the winter months?


Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!


Hot Oil Treatments
Heavy Base Moisturize
Oil Scalp Using Heavy Oils


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Prime Yourself (Lips)

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Pro Tip
A good lip primer is like the holy grail of applying a good lip. This magic stick not only helps to lock the color on your lips, it can prevent bleeding (no more lipstick on your chin), fading, creasing and, wait for it, feathering. Apply to smooth, hydrated lips and let dry. Your lips are now ready for some color!


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Beauty Uses of Epsom Salt

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Did you know that Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant that can be used to treat dry skin and more?


Pro Tip
As a facial wash
Mix 1/2 tsp of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin, rinse with cool water and pat dry.


As an exfoliator
Place Epsom salt in your hand. Dampen it and massage it into your skin. You can also try this with wet skin after showering.


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Misplacing Your Arch

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Did you know that a strong arch is essential for giving you the ultimate sultry gaze?


Pro Tip
An arch too close to the center of the brow could leave you stuck with a perpetually surprised or angry look. Avoid this by keeping the arch two-thirds of the way out from the beginning of your brow. This will enhance your eye shape rather than distract from it.


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An Easy Cat-Eye Trick

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Does your eye liner smudge or fade during the day?


Pro Tip
To keep your liner from smudging or fading, start with a gel liner. With an angled brush, draw a line close to your upper lashes and extend it out to your desired shape. (A general rule, draw the outline of your cat eye first, then fill in the open space.) Layer a liquid liner over the shape that you created with the gel for all-day, inky color.


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Applying Skin Care Products to the Brow Area

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Would you slather face cream on your scalp?


Pro Tip
Avoid getting any lotions, gels, sunscreens, foundations, or moisturizers on or around the brow area. They seep into the brows and prevent growth, or worse, cause the hairs to fall out when tweezing.


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Style Tight and Kinky Curls

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Did you know that using a good leave in conditioner keeps your hair looking and feeling moisturized until wash day?


Pro Tips:


Invest in a satin pillowcase, detangle your hair in the shower, and never, ever underestimate the power of  coconut oil.


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Beauty/Home Spa Recipes

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Create your own beauty spa recipes at home with April Ree
and Sweet Mama's Magic Oils .  Here's a few recipes:


Sweet Mama's Sugar Scrub
Organic turbinado sugar Organic hemp oil Few drops of essential oil of your choice

Mix the ingredients to your desired consistency and use the scrub in the shower or bath to liven up your day!


Sweet Mama's Salt Soak Epsom salt Hemp oil Few drops of essential oil of your choice Mix the ingredients to your desired consistency and put a few scoopfuls in a warm water bath for a relaxing experience!






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Incorporated Skin Serum Into Your Routine

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Did you know that serum go on after you wash your face but before your sunscreen or moisturizer?


Pro Tip
You can mix some serums, but you shouldn't try it without consulting a skincare expert first.   Serums can be applied day or night. Ask your skincare professional because some are better applied in the morning and some work better at night.




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Apply Lotion When Skin Is Slightly Damp

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Did you know that applying lotion when skin is slightly damp leave you silky smooth?
Pro TipGive yourself a pat dry postshower and apply lotion to your skin when it's still damp. This allows the skin to absorb more moisture, leaving you with silky, smooth skin that won't flake in a few hours.




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Tea Bags to Battle Under-Eye Bags

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Did you know that tea bags can help eliminate under-eye bags?


Pro Tip Boil water and steep two green or black tea bags for five minutes. Remove and squeeze out excess moisture. Cool in the fridge. Place cooled tea bags over your eyes for 10 to 20 minutes before it's time for you to get ready and watch bags disappear.
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Freshen Up Your Look

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Pro Tip
Pick three lip glosses or colors in three different shades . Always carry a bright blush! They might look too wild in the compact, they're all wearable and freshen up your look.


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Are Your Nails Prepared For the Winter

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Did you know that your nails need extra attention in the winter?  


Pro Tip


Moisturize Is The Key!
A cuticle oil should be your best friend during the colder months! Keep the oil in your purse, on your desk and on your night table, so it’s readily available to put on your nails throughout the day. Hand cream is also important, but be sure to use one that doesn’t have a fragrance as you want to avoid the alcohol in the cream.


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Use a Netting Cap for Your Next Sew-In

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Did you know that sewing hair extension tracks directly to your cornrow braid can result in stress and pulling from the thread?


Pro Tip
Using a net provides a barrier between your own hair and the thread causing minimal damage.  If you have fine, sparse, or thinning hair the cap allows you to have more versatility with your chosen hairstyle without damaging your hair any further.


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Moisturize the Eyelids " Olive Oil"

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Pro Tip
Apply extra virgin olive oil to your eyelids. Rinse your face with warm water and leave it damp. Dip a cotton ball into the extra virgin olive oil and gently rub it onto your eyelids. Olive oil is a natural ingredient that penetrates deep and seals in moisture.


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Grey Is In! Greige Lip Colors

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Did you know that grey is the new black?


Grey is a nice step up from nude.  Many companies are offering “Greige” mix of grey and beige that is an edgier alternative to nude lips.


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Hairstyles To Fit Your Face

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Pro Tip
When picking your next new style consider the shape of your face.  To keep it simple, start with finding the right hairstyle to fit your facial features.


Heart-Shaped and Inverted Triangle This face shape is wide at the forehead and narrow at the chin.   Go-to hairstyles for this face type include wispy bangs, deep side parts and face-framing layers.
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Round-Shaped
This face shape is wide across the cheekbones, narrowing at the forehead and jaw line.  Go-to hairstyles for this face type include swept back styles, styles with height at the crown, chin length bobs and styles with off-center parts.


Square-Shaped  This face shape may appears angular, with the jaw line sharply angled at the corners with a squared forehead. Go-to hairstyles for this face type include side-swept bangs, wavy or outline styles and hairstyles that add volume to the top.


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Benefits Of Ginger

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Did you know that ginger appeases a lot more than just your taste buds?


Ginger offers many health and beauty benefits.  Its anti-inflammatory properties help make sore muscles, creaky joints and even arthritis feel better, naturally. 


Pro Tip
Soak a washcloth in a bowl of warm water with 1 teaspoon of Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger.  Leave the washcloth on shoulder for 10 minutes, to eliminates pain.


Apply crushed ginger the forehead to soothe a headache.


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Dr. Oz Cocoa Facial Mask

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Did you know that cocoa powder is high in antioxidants, which can be good for your skin?


This mask is a delicious way to hydrate your skin and rejuvenate your face. 


Here's the recipe:


6 tbsp yogurt
6 tbsp honey
6 tbsp cocoa powder


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Eyelash Extensions

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Have you always wanted to give your eyelashes a fuller look without using tons of mascara?


Pro Tip
Look into eyelash extensions! This beauty trend is blowing up right now, and can give your eyelashes a full look.


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Take An Oatmeal Bath

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Did you know that oatmeal has soothing, healing properties?


Bathing in it and allowing your skin to absorb the oatmeal water in the bathtub will help give you smoother, softer skin.


How To: Pour a cup of oatmeal into the foot of an old pair of pantyhose and tie a knot at the top, fill the bathtub with warm water and place the oatmeal-filled cloth in the tub, as you soak in the tub, squeeze the saturated oatmeal over your body.


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Christmas Morning Makeup Tips

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Pro Tip
When you wake up on Christmas morning, don't go downstairs without adding a little color to your face!


Start with soft blush on your cheeks for a natural glow Add some pink-tinted Lip Glow by Dior Curl your lashes to look awake and add ONE coat of mascara. Not too much, so you don't look made up.

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Grooming MEN Brows

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Did you know that men can benefit tremendously from a good brow?

Pro Tip
Many men shave the hair on their faces daily but tend to neglect the brow. Brush the brow hairs upward and take a small pair of cuticle scissors and trim all the long hairs above the natural brow line. Also remember that two brows are better than one by cleaning up the space in between.

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Detangle Curly HairTip

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Did you know that detangling hair can damages your curl pattern?  

Pro Tip
The best way to detangle curly hair is in the shower with conditioner and don’t use any combs or brushes. A comb or brush will rip through your hair. Your fingers are a little more forgiving, they are flexible.”

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Keep Skin Soft During Winter Season

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Pro Tip
Deep conditioning your skin with olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil will make your skin silky and baby smooth soft.  After rubbing oil all over your body, make sure to wear long sleeve cotton pajamas to bed. Shower the next morning and moisturize as usual.


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When to Reconstrut Your Hair Tip

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Pro Tip
To maintain healthy hair when wearing wigs once a month, use a reconstructive conditioning treatment.  Also, once a week use a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing.


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Holiday Dinner Makeup Tips

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Gear up for the holidays:


Start with a flesh colored eye shadow from lashes to brows

Sweep a medium colored shadow in the crease

Add black liner 

Sweeps blush/highlighter combo on cheeks

Add a lip stain (so your lip color will stay on from appetizers to dessert!)


Top with black mascara and then colored mascara on the tips of your lashes


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Trick for Your Best Hair Day Ever

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Pro Tip
A healthy diet helps hair grow strong. The superstar ingredient you want: vitamin H, also known as biotin. “It’s crucial for building protein, which hair is primarily made of.


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How to Arch Eyebrows

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Pro Tip
Place a ruler (or something else straight like an eye liner) on the tip of your nose as a reference, and take the ruler over your pupil this is going to be the "peak" or highest point of your arch.


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Using Baby Product In Mascara

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Did you know that saline drops work wonders on baby’s congested nose, and the same goo-loosening principle applies to your old, dried-out mascara?


Pro Tip
Simply add a few drops to the tube, swirl it around and behold as the brush comes up good as new.


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Be Confident Wearing Wigs

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Pro Tip
The right attitude is the key to pulling off any hairstyle. If you are constantly worrying or fidgeting with your wig it won't look good. Own it!  Walk tall, be confident and you will be able to pull off any look you want.

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Custom Cut Your Wig Tip

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Did you know a custom cut wig can make a world of difference?

Pro Tip
Think of your wig like a designer suit. Sure, you can wear it off the rack (or out of the box) and it can look good, but with a little tailoring it can look GREAT!  


Take your wig to your hairstylist to have bangs cut or trimmed, shaped or thinned out to remove excess bulk.

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When To Toss Lipstick

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Did you know lipstick that is two years old can contain traces of streptococcus and gram-positive bacteria--the bacteria that can give you strep throat and whooping cough?


Pro Tip
Lipstick should be replaced every two years.


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Do You Consider Wigs

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Did you know that wigs are quickly becoming the popular alternative to extensions?  

PRO TIPS
Because of their versatility and ease. “A lot of women will get a lace-front wig sewn in because it lasts as long as a weave but it takes less time to install.   

Wigs are also good because they come off and on everyday and allow your own hair to breathe at night.

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Lighten Dark Circles Tip

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Pro Tip
If you want to lighten your under-eyes, concealer is the way to go. Choose a creamy concealer with yellow undertones. The yellow will help neutralize the purple hues.


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Thinner Brows Look Older

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Did you know that thinner brows tend to create an older, more severe look?


Remember, Cinderella and Snow White had fuller softer brows, whereas the evil witch and the stepsisters had severe thin brows'


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Elimate Salt Puffy Eyes Tip

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Did know that eating too many salty foods can lead to water retention in the eyes?


Pro Tip
To prevent puffiness, consume no more than 2300 mg or about one teaspoon of salt a day.


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WOW Brows Tip

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Pro Tip
If you're trying to grow in or fill your eyebrows, use a brow powder applied with an angled brush, or a brow pencil to fill them in and make them look more defined. Also, add clear brow gel, simply brush the hairs up to create a more alert and youthful appearance.


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Over 40's Over Tweezing Brows

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Did you know when you're over 40, over-tweezing will make you look like you're losing eyebrow hair – a classic sign of aging?


Pro Tip
Less is more when grooming your brows at home. To prevent over-tweezing, tweeze one row of hair at a time, then step away from the mirror to take in the overall effect before tweezing another row.


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Dry Shampoo VS Baking Soda (Wig Tip)

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Pro Tip
Instead of spending tons of money on dry shampoo, sprinkle a little baking soda at the root and tousle of your wig. The result is the same for a fraction of the cost.


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Using Eye Primers

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Pro Tip
When you put makeup directly on to your eyelids it will settle into wrinkles and crevices making them look more prominent.


Did you know that eye primers will fill in creases, allowing for smooth, long-lasting application?


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Tough Time Beauty Essential (Tips)

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When times are tough and money is tight, any responsible girl cuts back on luxuries. But some things are always going to be necessities. Here is a list of beauty essentials.

Skin Care Must Have



3 and 1 Cleanser

SPF Age Fighting Moisturizer

Moisture Renewing Gel Mask


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Even Lip Trick

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Even Lip Trick
The trick to evening out your lips is to take a pencil the same color as your lip color and literally draw on the lip shape that you want.


Line around the lip and fill it in.


Once you have your lip the way you want it to look, top the lip liner off with any lip color.


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