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Fun doodles and keeping up with various events collide to create the new trend of bullet journaling. Starting a bujo was the best thing I ever did for myself. I kept forgetting what plans I had made and usually ended up double booking myself. I also kept forgetting what absolutely had to be done the following day, thus leading to low priority stuff getting mixed into the high priority stuff (and some things being completely abandoned). If I happen to sound like you, then maybe you should check out bullet journaling as well.
What is bullet journaling?
Bullet journaling is a unique way for everyone to keep track of their daily events. It can help relax you after a long day, or prep you for a big day. There is no right or wrong way to bullet journaling. The key focus is for you to keep track of your life and have fun.
Where to begin:
You can choose to make one from scratch by using any notebook you want. Many bullet journalists recommend and use Moleskine notebooks. If you’re on the busier side, you can buy a planner meant for bullet journaling so you won’t have to draw your layouts. After choosing your journal, you need a pen or a pencil, then you can start working on your monthly layouts.
Starting to track:
Many people use their bullet journals to keep track of everyday things outside of events.These things include: emotions, workouts, daily water intake, and tv shows watched. Some people also use their journals to keep track of their budget or for motivation to save money by doing a no spend challenge, which means no money is spent outside of necessities.
Plan out some things you would like to keep track of, then figure out a design you would like to follow. For a simplistic approach, you can number down the sides for each day of the month, then draw a box after each day which can then be colored in after your goal/day is accomplished.
By Shaunna Redman
As grooming habits have become too complicated and we all want to look our best as Fashion Week comes by, we celebrate today National Men's Grooming Day by sharing our top essentials to look your best on any day, ladies too!
We've compiled a list of products from head to toes to maintain a healthy appearance for every man. So, if you’re a man who is interested about his appearance (or a woman who a better looking man), let us be your guide.
Esquire Grooming Shampoo - Your hair looks and feels better when it's full and balanced. This unique formula contains a blend of saw palmetto, pea sprout, chia seed, eucalyptus and ashwagandha to make your hair look and feel fuller-all while preserving its natural balance.
Ecru New York Marine Thickening Balm - A light, fragrant thickening gelèe that absorbs into the hair to dramatically increase thickness while providing protection against damage and breakage. Great for men with thinning or fine hair. ($24)
Dove Men+Care DermaCare Anti-Dandruff Fortifying Shampoo + Conditioner: Combat flakes and itch with the new range of DermaCare Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners that are engineered specifically for men's hair to help eliminate dandruff, improve scalp health, and make hair stronger and more resilient against breakage.
Floyds 99 Texture Powder - Versatile, weightless powder adds volume, thickness and definition. Gives hair a strong hold while providing pliability. Absorbs excess oil from the scalp. Safe for color-treated hair and sensitive scalp. Perfect product for the gents with thinning or fine hair. ($16.99)
Dove Men+Care Stain Defense Cool: Formulated with anti-mark technology that helps eliminate yellow stains on white clothing and white marks on dark, this antiperspirant offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection along with signature ¼ moisturizing technology.
We have been loving the skin care line created by plastic surgeons Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour, Beverly Hills MD is a rapidly-growing skincare company committed to creating powerful anti-aging solutions using only the most natural and effective ingredients. Beverly Hills MD’s mission is to provide highly effective, accessible solutions for the most difficult skincare concerns that customers can use in the comfort of their own homes. “We continually innovate products our patients can use to improve their skin in between visits and know they’ll love seeing results from the comfort of their home.” says Dr. Layke
Rose Stem Cell Daily Cleanser: a powerful formula designed to protect, hydrate, and revitalize skin while it cleanses. Advanced ingredients work to smooth skin’s surface, retain essential moisture, and give you a fresh, energized look and feel each and every time you cleanse. ($70.00)
Deep Regenerating Stem Cell Moisturizer: designed to restore that healthy, youthful look your complexion once had—by giving skin a radiant, seemingly ageless glow. This breakthrough formula harnesses the revitalizing power of plant stem cells to make your complexion look smoother, brighter, and virtually flawless every day. ($150)
POLISHED by Dr. Lancer. Dr. Lancer partnered up with client and friend, Ryan Seacrest, to create POLISHED, a dermatologist-developed, tested and approved daily regimen that targets the specific needs of men’s skin and is powered by the highest grade and most innovative ingredients. The line includes an anti-aging serum, dual cleanse and shave, oil-free moisturizer, a daily micro scrub, and a daily lip care.
Optimize your skincare regimen with this alcohol-free aftershave that provides an instant feeling of freshness. Packed with 9 essential oils, this antiseptic treatment mist soothes razor burn and provides an instant feeling of freshness without leaving behind a greasy film. It is suitable for all skin types. ($38)
Geir For Men, a high-end, invigorating scent perfect for any occasion - from hanging at home with family and working out at the gym to going on a date. The not too sweet, not too strong scent's combination of herbs, wet woods and lavender never fail to make a statement.
COBY Callus Remover $13 -mThe 3-Piece COBY pedicure groomer lets you re-create a mini-spa right at home. This spinning callus smoother roller eliminates any tedious work associated with a home pedicure and is quick, easy and effective. In just seconds, you’ll have smooth, beautiful feet. Even men need to keep a pedicured foot!
Working from the comfort of their home is a dream come true for many people. You get a chance to be your own boss and the master of your schedule. There is no one looming over your shoulder and pushing you over the edge. Alas, escaping the tedious 9-5 loop should not throw you in the void of constantly juggling work and life.
Another challenge to keep in mind is that our work routines often die by a thousand little cuts, all those short pauses and distractions in the living environment. Is it possible to avoid these pitfalls? The answer is yes, but apart from discipline and perseverance, you need to harness the power of time management.
The right mindset
It all starts with a shift in the mindset. I have seen so many people (including myself) chasing clients only to lose sight of how that affects their lives. In other words, they disregard the value of their own time. Do we really have to be available on weekends, nights, and days? Is it not enough to provide quality service and high value?
One of the hardest lessons is learning to say no. It took me quite a while to overcome this blockage, but I realized that I had to disconnect and spend time unwinding every now and then. It comes down to striking a better work-life balance and finding room in the schedule for your own happiness and health. Otherwise, you risk being overworked and experiencing a burnout.
Put it all in the writing
When everything depends on you and you alone, you cannot afford to drift around aimlessly. Get your priorities straight and be more organized. Use calendars and alarms to stay on tracks. Keep records of your contacts, invoices, tasks, due dates, documents, expenses, spreadsheets, etc. You can use the good old pen and paper or digital tools such as the Google Drive.
Moreover, one of the best habits you can develop is creating daily and weekly and daily to-do lists. In a nutshell, write down everything you want to accomplish in a set time frame. It is a good idea to handle the most important tasks at times of the day when you feel most energized. Less taxing tasks like checking emails can be performed even while commuting.
Smart productivity tips
Rest assured that you do not need to work harder, just smarter. Managing time effectively revolves around being productive. The number of hours you put into tasks does not mean all that much. Even working for eight hours non-stop does not guarantee exceptional results. Science has proven that taking regular breaks holds the key to maintaining peak productivity.
So, do not be afraid to “waste” time on a lunch or coffee breaks every day. Here, I would underline that many freelancers successfully use a Pomodoro technique. Basically, you work in 25 minute bursts and then take a break of five minutes. During these breaks, you should stand up, stretch a bit, and rest your eyes from the screen.
Work means work
On the other hand, when you work, you need to really work. To make it happen, start treating your freelancing remote job like any real office job. Beyond everything else, minimize the number of distractions that can always prolong your work indefinitely. For most people, this means closing social media tabs and muting all notifications on the smartphone.
But, you also need to embrace a holistic approach and limit the overall information intake. At the same time, try to avoid multitasking. This practice forces your brain to engage in a perpetual back and forth and wastes precious time. Even when tackling less demanding duties such as filling paid surveys online, you should complete them first and only then proceed to the next block of tasks.
When caught up in frantic clicking, typing, mailing, and browsing, it is easy to lose track of time. Also, you might be unaware of just how much these things can drain you. When I was doing nothing more than mindless clicking, I was happy with how little mental effort this required. However, after a while I became aware that it is something that stresses me out and drains energy.
So, know what your limits are and set realistic goals. Identify tasks and obligations that eat up most of your time or willpower. Most likely, you can benefit from streamlining and automating social media, email, and scheduling activities. Finally, bear in mind that there is an option to delegate and outsource tasks. That way, you will still be able to deliver without going out of your way.
Have time on your side
It is true what they say: time is money. I would also add that you never want to have it as an enemy. Like it or not, sound time management is integral to success of any work-at-home individual. This practice gives us the best of both worlds: getting more things done every day and still having a life outside work.
So, if you really mean business, create a system and explain to clients how it works. There are many ways to prove indispensable other than being available around the clock. Schedule some regular downtime and take frequent breaks from work. Know when it is best to keep the nose to the grindstone and when to step away from it.
By Sophia Smith
You might be a low-maintenance guy who sticks to their favorite couple of products, or you could be a man who enjoys the grooming process and all the stuff that comes with it, along with a variety of other travel “essentials”. Whatever your travel style is, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve got everything you need for your guys trip, before you get to the airport. Your toiletries bag doesn’t have to be a last minute thought, where you’ve shoved stuff in that you’re not going to use much, and forgotten the products you like to use daily.
Therefore, taking some time to get it together when it comes to what you use to groom, will save you expensive trips to the local drugstore and the time it takes to get there. If you’d prefer to have everything you need in your hotel bathroom; take a look at the following things to consider when you’re traveling so that you can escape the city with your friends in style, no matter where you’re heading.
Think About The Change In Climate
Your face might be exposed to the sun more regularly, so aside from your factor thirty; you’ll need to pack a good moisturiser to nourish your skin during the evenings and overnight. You don’t want to have to deal with flakey, dry skin after you get back from your break; you’re meant to get home looking healthy and well-rested. Using a balm for your lips, with an SPF, is another great way to protect yourself from sun damage and dryness too. If your a cigar man, and want to enjoy one with your travel buddies, to celebrate your trip, it’s worth checking out the best travel humidor for your escape so that you can ensure your expensive stogy arrives in pristine condition.
Consider The Rest Of Your Body
Remember that your sunscreen is essential, so pack enough. Get to know and understand how much sun exposure your skin can handle and invest in your factors accordingly. Aloe vera lotion might be worth taking for those days you spent a little too much time floating on the inflatables, and it’ll cool you off so you can sleep. Whatever you do; don’t forget your deodorant and a body wash or shower gel, as these will probably be the first things you’ll need to reach for after you get off a long and sweaty flight.
Staying Suave With Great Hair
If you’re a guy with a full beard, a sharp goatee, or you’re cleanly shaven for the majority of the time, you’re going to want to have everything you need to tame your facial hair. Investing in a decent shaving cream or foam will leave your face less irritated than the hotel soap will, and you’ll be able to have a comfortable shave as well. Don’t forget your beard oils or balms too; you don’t want to have to shave all your beard-growing efforts off, just because you resemble Tom Hanks in Castaway. Your head hair should be treated with just as much respect; gel, wax, and hairspray should be packed accordingly, and take into account how the sun, pool chlorine, and seawater may affect it. If your vacation environment is going to take its toll on your hair, you might want to consider investing in a shampoo and conditioner combo that will maintain and improve those locks.
The answer? Incredibly true. Without heading into an overlong explanation as to why, it’s best to consider the answer immediately. You absolutely are what you eat. It contributes to your system and can very much dictate your physical health, your mood, your alertness levels among many other things. If looking to experiment with your health (hopefully in the process of trying to improve it,) there may be a few things you try.
However, even busting your hardest work effort in the gym will always be seconday to what’s going on in your refridgerator and cupboards. You can run all you like, but if you eat three buckets of KFC a day, you’re unlikely to see much improvement, although you will see some. The kitchen is absolutely where the best choices are made, meaning that considering new diets could be an excellent thing to do. Consider these tips for the best results:
The Keto/Carnivore Diet
The ketosis and carnivore diets are taking off, and for good reason. In fact, over 300,000 people have subcribed to the ketosis subreddit this year alone. Why is this? Well, the health effects seem to be being felt all over the world. Ketosis is the act of eschewing all carbohydrates from your diet, and absorbing healthy fats and meats in abundance. You can also take care of a vegan ketosis if needed, but this is much more difficult to follow. Ketosis is practiced thanks to the body producing ketones, a form of fuel source much more clean and energy-dense than glucose from carbohydrates, and this also allows you to burn your fat reserves from your body in the fastest possible time.
It’s truly a wonder to behold, and may only be believed with your own eyes as you conduct it. Another quite interesting diet trend lately is the carnivore diet, in which you remove all vegetables from your diet and eat solely meat. This apparently can help with inflammation, and there are benefits to following it. However, this is quite an extreme diet, so perhaps starting off lightly with a ketosis trial could help you think about your dietary intake differently.
Remember that diets dictate who we are for the most part, especially when it comes to how our body handles what we feed it. Every now and then new sensitivities can occur as we age, or perhaps blossom in our children when we’d rather they didn’t. Ensuring you regularly inspect how you feel after eating certain food groups, and how well your body seems to digest certain items can help you really tailor a diet that works for you. For example, learning gluten sensitivity symptoms can help you diagnose difficult foodstuffs and also potentially where to eat or avoid to mitigate this. Diet is something that follows us throughout our whole life, so it’s important to steward a dynamic and engaging relationship with it in the long term, choosing food right for you at the time, to help you feel the best for the longest amount of time possible.
Stress and tiredness can take a toll on your skin’s appearance by causing wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Using a sheet mask can help rejuvenate your skin and give off a younger, healthier appearance. The best part is that there is a mask for everyone from the different end results to the price ranges.
After a long day at work you may find yourself with dark circles under your eyes or fine lines. If this sounds like you at the end of the day, then you should try Celavive™’s Hydrating + Lifting Sheet Mask. The sheet mask uses two botanical extracts and two bioactive peptides to give the mask anti-aging qualities such as firming, smoothing, and brightening. This would give you a younger, healthier appearance perfect for going out on the town at night or waking up refreshed in the morning.
If you find yourself with tired-looking, dry skin, but are on a budget, then you may want to try VITABRID®'s Dual Mask. The VITABRID® Dual Mask can be purchased for $8. This K-Beauty anti-aging mask contains a new anti-aging solution, PEPTIBRID™ and VITABRID®, to provide a concentrated supply of nutrition (active, stabilized Vitamin C and peptides) and elasticity to tired, distressed skin. Additionally, the mask is great for sensitive skin as it’s hypoallergenic, non-stimulating, and made of microfibers.
Since everyone has different results they wish to achieve with their skin, Anthropologie offers a set of three sheet masks called Keep Cool that will give you the results you want to see. Each mask combats specific issues such as fine-lines, dry skin, or irritation. Keep Cool and Shine helps with skin rejuvenation and reduction of fine lines. Keep Cool and Ocean helps with keeping skin hydrated all day, while Keep Cool and Soothe helps with reducing irritation and redness on your face.
For those of you who wish to focus on the dark circles under your eyes, there is a sheet “mask” for you. The difference is this mask is actually pads you place under your eyes to brighten your skin. Spascription has Brightening Under Eye Pads which contain Vitamin C to assist with brightening your skin. These pads are also hypoallergenic and made for all skin types. Plus, if you’re not into daily use you’re in luck. Spascriptions’ Brightening Under Eye Pads only need to be used 15 minutes once per week.
Adding a pop of color to any room can drastically improve your mood. If you often find yourself stressed or upset while at home, you may want to consider a few minor retouches to your interior design that will make a huge overall difference in your attitude.
Choosing a color
Depending on how you’re feeling most of the time when you get home should help determine what color choice to go with. Cool colors, such as blues, greens and violets, promote peace which would help you feel better after a stressful day of work. On the other hand, warm colors, such as reds, pinks, yellows and oranges, promote cheerfulness which would be helpful if you find yourself feeling upset after returning home. With the cool colors, try to pick a bright shade as the darker shades could bring your mood down instead of giving you the feeling of tranquility. As for the warm colors, find a shade that isn’t overpowering to you as the warm colors can become an eye sore when you look at them constantly.
Implementing your color choice
Look around the rooms you spend the most time in and make note of the spaces that make you feel less at ease or indifferent. If there are windows in the space, try putting up curtains or a valance that match the color you chose to go with. Letting in some sunlight every now and then can also help improve your mood in the space.
Other options include painting a simple pattern in your chosen color on one of the walls in the rooms you frequent, or finding simplistic wall stickers to put up. The latter is a good option if you live in a residence that doesn’t allow painting. You could also add some decorative pillows in the color of your choice to the space to add an additional level of comfort. Lastly, if you have a lamp that uses a standard lamp shade, you could find a lampshade that goes with your color choice to continue to brighten up your room and your mood.
Don’t worry because this isn’t a Tom Hanks on Castaway sort of thing. Island life is cool but it’s not that great. No, this is a vacation dilemma. Usually, a holiday consists of a hotel and a browse around the mainland. There is a lot to do and see and eat and drink, so it has everything you need. Island retreats are pipedreams or they’re not suitable. Does the image of spending every waking second on a beach send shivers down your spine?
There is only one way to find out and that’s to do the research. So, here are four ways to tell whether you’re an island-baby.
Do You Like To Chill?
There’s no doubt that islands are relaxing. In fact, it’s the whole point of going in the first place. You get to go off the grid and split from everyday life. Forget about cell phones and the internet and staying connected; you’re in a dead zone now. What this does is give you a chance to reflect and gain perspective. Sitting on a beach sipping cocktails isn’t all fun and games, you know. Of course, some people find it impossible to sit still for more than five minutes without getting anxious. If you’re one of the latter, this vacation may not be suitable.
Do You Love Wildlife?
The great thing about islands is the abundance of animals. Typically, there are forests which provide lots of shelter and homes for exotic animals. Madagascar, the place, not the film, has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. And, that’s without venturing into the sea. Swimming with dolphins and scuba-diving with turtles are some of the most popular and favorite island activities of all time. Anyone who loves the planet and what it has to offer will feel at home on an island because it’s like being a kid in a candy store.
Are You Active?
Relaxing is fantastic, yet there comes a moment when you need to release energy. Even the biggest beach-bunnies can’t spend two-weeks lazing on a beach. Of course, there are plenty of water activities to keep you active what with the fishing and snorkeling and diving. But, islands tend to have more to offer. Because they are small and less developed, there’s more room to cycle or walk or ride a horse. Motorcycles are also available and a hell of a lot of fun. There’s no need to stay still when there is so much to do.
Are You An Explorer?
Exploring an island is a primitive urge. As soon as you step foot on the sand, you’ll want to go off the beaten track. Or perhaps you won’t, depending on your personality. For the people who do, there is a lot to see and do which hasn’t been seen or done before. Even better, you can hop from island to island via a boat and do it again. All you have to do is pick a group of isles which are close together.
So, are you an islander like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach?
Now that summer is finally here, it’s time to take walks on the beach, lounge about by the pool, have picnics in the park, and show off all of the summer clothes you’ve been dying to take out of the closet since last year. It’s a time to have fun, but throughout all of this excitement and relaxation, you can afford to neglect your skin. The warm and humid weather means that your skin doesn’t feel itchy or dry like in winter, but that doesn’t mean that you can be lazy about your skin care. In fact, you have to be even more careful. Here are seven tips to help you take care of your skin this summer.
Exfoliate Twice A Week
Your body sheds skin cells every minute of every day, and, if you don’t do something to get rid of them, they’ll simply sit on the surface of your skin, making it appear dry, rough, and dull. Because of this, it’s important that you exfoliate your entire body twice a week. This will remove these dead cells, allowing the healthy skin underneath to shine through. Make sure that you use gentle and natural exfoliators, as harsh acidic ones can cause a lot of irritation.
Moisturizer Is A Must
Your skin might not feel so dry throughout the summer, but it’s still important that you moisturize every single day. After all, moisturizers work with constant use, just like exercise and a healthy diet does. If needed, however, you can find yourself one that is more lightweight. Moisturiser is even more important if you happen to get a sunburn. Applying lotion to burned areas will help to keep it hydrated and soothe any discomfort or irritation you may be feeling.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
However hot or sunny it may be, it’s vital that you wear sunscreen every time you leave the house, even on cloudy days. This will protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can cause sunburn and crepey skin. If you’re wondering what is crepey skin, it’s skin with a rough and crepe-like texture, like on your elbow. Ensure you choose a sunscreen with high protection, and make sure you reapply every ninety minutes and always after you have been swimming.
Limit Your Sun Exposure
While sunscreen does offer some protection, it can only do so much. Because of this, you should try to limit your sun exposure, especially between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon, as this is when the sun is at its peak. If and when you do go out, you should wear clothes that cover up your skin, like long skirts, pants, and sleeves. You should also wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face and ears.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking water is crucial no matter the time of year, but throughout summer it’s even more important. After all, it keeps your body hydrated and prevents the nasty effects of dehydration. It also helps to keep your skin hydrated and flushes out any toxins that could make you sick or damage your skin. Because of this, you need to make sure that you always have water with you and that you drink it whenever you’re thirsty. You should also avoid any caffeinated drinks.
Don’t Skimp On Sleep
With the warm weather and long days, it’s often difficult to get enough sleep throughout the summer. However, lack of sleep can lead to stress and increased levels of stress hormones, which can slow down the production of collagen in your skin. This means you need to do what you can to ensure you sleep well each night. Of course, heat and light are going to be two of your biggest problems, so consider investing in blackout blinds and a quiet fan for your room.
Opt For Minimal Makeup
With the heat and humidity, it’s usually best to avoid heavy makeup throughout the summer. After all, the combination of sweat, oil, and creamy products is a lot for your skin to handle, and will likely result in clogged pores and breakouts. Instead, you should stick to light creams and powders, as these will feel less smothering. Remember that, if you plan to use foundation, your skin may have tanned, so you might need to grab a different shade or use a color corrector.
The summer months are filled with lazy days, but you can’t afford to be lazy with your skin care. If you want to keep your skin healthy and glowing all summer long, remember the tips above.
While we may not all have a home in The Hamptons, that doesn't mean you can't find a beach of your own. We've compiled a list of our favorite nearby beaches that anyone can visit. The best part about them they are all just a short trip away, perfect for the day trip.Read More
It might be too late for a spring cleaning, but it’s never too late to change around a cluttered home office or turn that unused guest room into place for guests and family members alike to relax and enjoy themselves in.
The first thing to consider when making changes to a spare room is what activities you would want to make more space for. Be it a yoga mat in the corner of the room or an inflatable bounce house, make a list of everything you enjoy doing indoors (and outdoors) and don’t take yourself too seriously! Many interior designers say that a spare room is the best place to experiment, and that secondary rooms often work better when they have a separate identity from the rest of the home. So splurge a little on some bold paint colors and patterns from your local Home Depot and make a day of it!
Another great feature of a spare room, whether in a house or an apartment, is the ability to give it multiple functions. Buy some room dividers to section off the area, or just leave it open! If you’re into feng shui, now might be the time to evaluate your options for an optimal energy flow.
Decluttering a space is one of the most obvious home improvements. Storage under the bed and fold-out furniture are only the start; they can save a lot of space, but how do you decorate that space?
Luxury designer Jenni Kayne and Tappan have a recent collection that would be perfect for revamping your personal space. These two limited edition prints are ethereal and peaceful, giving you all the bliss you need this summer. These exclusive limited edition prints are available in three sizes for purchase at JenniKayne.com and TappanCollective.com.
Marc Gabor’s works for Jenni Kayne x Tappan are a part of a series of emotive photographs taken over the past three years throughout his various trips across America and Mexico. His photographs include images from the national parks of California, to the ancient ruins of Oaxaca. The works in the collection curated by Tappan for Jenni Kayne include a photograph taken in the Hudson Valley, NY and Emma Wood, California.
Whether you decide to redecorate your living room, or convert your shed into an art studio, the Jenni Kayne x Tappan collection will add a remarkable touch of worldliness that is sure to spice up your personal space and garner interest from your guests. You don’t have to be Bobby Berk from the Fab Five to create some captivating room transformations for your friends and family to appreciate.
“When people are happy in their space, it really spills out to the rest of their lives,” Bobby said in an interview about the difference design can make in a person’s day-to-day life. In Netflix’s Queer Eye, Bobby is the brain and muscle power behind every home transformation. In addition to undergoing wardrobe, hair, and diet makeovers, his clients most importantly transform internally into the best versions of themselves. Interior design is a great tool to achieve that peace of mind and sense of fulfillment, according to Bobby.
“One of the things that Bobby Camp [from Episode 5] said was, ‘When I would come home every day, and see that this house is a disaster, it would remind me, every single day, that I was not enough.’ But now, coming home to this space that is livable and organized, he’s like, ‘the stress has been lifted off. And I can move forward now.’”
So if you have the gut instinct that maybe it’s time to do something about the storage room upstairs that everyone knows to avoid, follow it.
When you choose to go traveling, you need to understand what it is that makes your trip so exciting and fulfilling. Now, there are so many things you need to take into account when you choose to travel, and the more you can do to enhance the experience the better. There are so many different travel experiences that you have to keep in mind moving forward, and there are a lot of things that can boost your travel experience.
Now, one of the most important things you have to keep in mind is that there are a lot of travel essentials that play a role in your experience. These are things you have to make sure you sort out if you are serious about enhancing your travel plans. These are some of the absolute crucial to keep in mind that are going to combine to make your vacation memorable.
Choose an Awesome Hotel
Never underestimate just how important it is to ensure that you choose the right sort of hotel. There are so many different accommodation options these days, and a lot of people might go for something that isn’t a hotel. However, the right hotel in downtown can be a massively important choice for the trip. A luxury hotel can provide you with so much that other forms of accommodation can’t get close to.
Download Travel Apps
If you want to have a better all-round experience, there are plenty of ace travel apps you can download that are going to help you with this. You have to make sure you are prepared for the trip, and there are travel apps that can help you with different areas of the journey. For instance, you have to make sure you check in for your flight in advance, as well as downloading the public transport app for the city you are visiting.
Get a Guidebook
You also need to make sure you have a guidebook for the city you are going to visit. This is a great way of making the most of your travel experience and making sure you can brush up on what there is to see and do while you are there. There are a lot of things that you might like to do when you visit a new place, and the guidebook is your reference point for knowing and understanding the best things that are available for you on your journey.
Go off the Beaten Track
There are a lot of things that can enhance your journey, but one of the best ways is to go off the beaten track. Try to do what you can to avoid the tourist traps and stop overspending on the things that are aimed at tourists. Instead, you need to make sure you go off the beaten track and rub shoulders with the locals a little more. This will help you get more out of the experience.
These are all things that are perfectly placed to help make your travel experience a better one. There are plenty of things you can do that are going to help you get the most out of the experience. You need to enjoy the culture of a city when you visit, and you have to make sure you spend the vacation relaxing, unwinding, and enjoying yourself.
It’s officially the year of the skin. Yes, makeup is great and playful, but the emphasis on healthy skincare has never been bigger. The number of great skincare product launches could make your head spin, and there are even tons of articles on the types of food that your skin can greatly benefit from. Yes, there are tons of advice for getting that perfect smooth complexion, but we’re going to stick to five simple and effective ones that will get your skin where it needs to go.
Beat the dullness
If due to sun exposure, lack of hydration you’ve ended up with dull and lifeless skin that has even begun to show signs of aging, there are several courses of action to take. First of all, if you’ve been forgetting to include sunscreen into your skincare routine, rectify that mistake as soon as possible. Those UVA and UVB rays are unforgiving, so precautions must be taken if your skin has any chance of recovery. In addition to that, try to stay away from the sun as much as possible – that is a rule Japanese women follow to the letter and they look 20 years younger than all of us, so we might as well follow suit. Finally, do un-dull the skin and begin to restore its smoothness and shine, make it your goal to take vitamin A regularly. You can resort to topical solutions, but they can be quite strong and even counter-effective for certain skin types, so it’s best to find a supplement or load up on vitamin A rich foods instead, at least in the beginning. Let’s move on to rule number two.
Find what works for you
Instead of roaming around drugstore counters picking up products you just assume will give you the result you need, you need to sit down, do your research and find out what exactly your skin type and concerns are. There are numerous skincare brands, one of them being the incredible Rodan and Fields, offer personalized skincare regimen and proper products, and with a simple click of a button here, you can finally get the skinny on what your skin craves and finally provide it for it.
Know your enemies
Alcohol, in all forms, is simply bad for your skin. According to skin expert Michaella Bolder “Alcohol is a toxin (…) impacting the quality, appearance and ageing of your skin. Alcohol is also a diuretic, so you can lose plenty of skin cell-loving water from the body quite rapidly, leaving your skin dehydrated and dull. So, aside from avoiding alcohol as much as you possibly can, you must read the labels on cleansers and toners and even foundations carefully. Many of them contain alcohol, which dries out the skin almost instantly, and the condition worsens the longer you use it. This again brings us to rule number two – leave it to experts to determine and provide the right solutions for you so you don’t ruin your skin with uninformed purchases.
All in moderation
One of the greatest obstacles standing between you and a smooth glowing complexion are clogged pores and flaky skin. This usually comes as a result of either piling too much makeup and not cleansing your face properly at the end of the day or the fact that you’ve let the importance of exfoliation completely slip your mind. Exfoliation is essential to smooth skin as this skincare step removes the dead cells completely and allows your skin to breathe. Aside from that, it fosters faster cellular renewal and production, and preps the skin for the products you apply after you’re done exfoliating. Now, some would say that daily exfoliation is a must, but there is such a thing as too much. You need to give the skin time to actually ‘develop’ dead skins in order to remove them. Overzealous exfoliation can irritate the skin, strip it of its natural oils and actually make matters worse. So, the final verdict on exfoliation – definitely yes, but only three times a week.
The golden rule
You can have the best skincare custom-made for your skin type, but the smoothness and radiance you crave will still be at large if you don’t learn two important lessons. The first one is layering your skincare products in the right order. This is paramount as each product plays a role and it needs to make an appearance at just the right time. The second lesson is diligence. You can’t be responsible when it comes to your routine one day and then skip two or three days – that’s just not how the cookie crumbles. You have to have an established daytime and nighttime routine and never skip it no matter what.
Now that you’re in the know, there is only one thing to do. Remember these rules, follow them to the letter and you’ll see results that have been missing before you know it.
While during the summer the last thing you may want is more oil, on your body but as studies have shown oil in the summer won't make you break out like when you were a teen. While we all want that dewy look, many are going for anything to make us look matte, while we may melt running inbetween meetings. What we've learned is that as long as you nourish your skin and use a lighter oil than you would in the winter you'll be glowing through fall.
Ahead, are our favorite oils for summer.
Start with a cleanser from AMOREPACIFIC this effectively cleanses the skin without depleting the skin's own protective barrier. This can be used a makeup remover as well, as it transforms into a silky emulsion when water is added, rinsing perfectly clean with no oil residue. Reviews have said it's ". The luxurious quality and scent make me feel like I'm at the spa."
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Precious Oil SPF 15 - A luxurious, soothing and nurturing oil with sheer SPF 15 sunscreen, one of the first of its kind. Cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum anti-age repair. A precious bouquet of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts are blended with natural oils to help repair and prevent the signs of aging while nourishing, soothing and calming skin. Sheer, broad-spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen helps protect from UVA and UVB damage. Absorbs quickly, imparts a radiant glow and leaves skin silky soft, smooth and youthful-looking.
Moroccan Elixir is a beauty company that carries handmade organic argan oil and cactus oil from Essaouira, Morocco. The elixir that uses Vitamin E forms a protective layer insulating your skin and hair from thermal heat produced by the sun. By protecting skin and hair, you can help prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, and hair breakage for both men and women. Theargan oil is non-greasy and does not clog up pores. Instead of packing countless beauty products, Argan Oil is a powerhouse product that fights multiple signs of aging, moisturizes every skin type, and is a wonderful face primer for makeup. It’s great for men as well who need a little TLC for their beards!
Afraid of age? So are we, that's why we use Merle Norman Anti-Aging Complex Emulsion Dry Oil Serum. Perfect for hot and humid summer weather, this ultra -lightweight, silky dry oil serum blends beautifully onto skin and begins absorbing on contact. Because of its dry oil texture, there is no greasy residue, making it ideal for those who have oily skin or are exposed to the humidity. It provides immediate hydration for a radiant glow as well as long-term hydration by increasing or decreasing the number of drops you use based on your skin’s hydration level each day, this anti-aging serum will help improve skin texture, firmness, elasticity and suppleness.