Five ways to wear a dark lip without ageing yourself

When it comes to trends, some are best left to the much younger crowd (hello, Kylie Jenner’s seafoam green hair!). Dark lipstick, however, isn’t one of them.

 

With all of the different shades, textures and formulas on the market, there’s one out there that’s just perfect for your pout! Here’s how to master the dark lip look like an adult.

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Five expert tips for rocking a dark lip

#1: Find the right shade

First things first: You need to try out a few different colours before settling for one. I suggest avoiding beiges and browns – colours with rosiness are always more flattering even if they’re neutrals. Berry, plum and purple shades are a great place to start. Check yourself out in natural light and determine whether or not the colour complements your complexion. You don’t want to look too vampy.

#2: Decide on your preferred texture

In addition to the shade, you’ve also got to think about the sheen. Stay away from traditional mattes – they tend to be very drying, and can settle into fine lines. A flatter dark shade can also make your lips look thinner. So, instead, opt for a semi-matte or satin texture that contains light-reflective properties.

#3: Apply your lipstick like a pro

I’m a make-up artist and even I sometimes struggle applying a dark shade of lipstick to my lips flawlessly! It’s hard, but a lip brush will make things easier, as will blotting your lips with a tissue after applying the lip colour to soften the shade.

If you want to make your lips look less harsh, you can also try using your finger. Apply the lipstick normally (directly from the tube), then work the product into your lips with your index finger so it doesn’t appear as if it’s about to slide right off. You can then add a little more lipstick in the centre of your lips for extra “pop” to finish”.

If you find that you’ve gone overboard, not to worry – you can easily walk things back my cleaning up around the edges. Simply outline the perimeter of your lips with a touch of concealer on a small brush. Voila!

#4: Make your dark lips last

There’s no use going dark if it’s going to fade right away. One thing you can do to prevent it is this: Apply the lipstick, blot your lips and then apply again. This layering technique will help create a stain. So, when the colour starts rubbing off, the stain beneath will carry you over to your next application. It also helps to keep the lipstick you’re using in your handbag for when the time to reapply comes around.

#5: Keep the rest of your make-up simple

Dark lips are dramatic, so you’ll want to stick to the bare basics for the rest of your face. Depending on your facial structure and skin tone, that might mean a subtle brow fill, a tight line of brown, plum or black line, brown or black mascara, rosy cream blush, and concealer and/or foundation.

But you can also experiment with your eyes: Simply apply a clean winged liner or a smudged liner with two coats of mascara to complement your dark look.

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Crocodile oil is the latest trendy skincare product

Each year, a new – typically botanic – oil surfaces as the miracle oil for healthy skin. Olive, argan, almond, coconut and vitamin E oils are all in the top tier.

 

However, it’s now been proposed that the latest cure for dry and scaly skin might just be sourced from the crocodile itself! Wait, what?

 

Yup, that’s right. Here’s everything you need to know about the bizarre new beauty ingredient.

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What crocodile oil is

Crocodile oil is extracted from crocodile fat, which contains linoleic acid and omega fatty acids; ingredients that have been used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

The fat is collected and processed into various components of soaps and moisturisers.

Why you should consider using crocodile oil

Humans have been using animal fat to make skin products such as soaps for thousands of years. The main reason for this is because animal fat is high in vitamins, which have antioxidant properties that are fantastic for the skin.

So what’s to love about the reptile elixir in specific? Crocodile oil contains more of the beneficial ingredients for human skin as compared to other animal-based products – even coconut oil!

Long-chain fatty acids, omega-3s as well as antioxidants aren’t usually present in mammals, but are very abundant in crocodiles. Interesting!

How you can work crocodile oil into your skincare routine

Just like coconut oil, crocodile oil’s moisturising properties are rich enough to hydrate your skin and hair.

Though it may not be as readily available as your beloved bottle of olive or coconut oil (which can be purchased at just about any health or grocery store), crocodile oil is becoming popular in products sold both locally and online.

Seven must-know benefits of diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is a soft, chalklike powder that’s made up of diatoms, which are the fossilised remains of ancient cells organisms.

 

It’s found all over the world: In lakes, in oceans and in riverbeds. It’s processed into a fine powder that has numerous health and beauty benefits.

 

The main ingredient un diatomaceous earth is silica, which makes up around 90% of its mass, and has a natural negative charge that attracts toxins and bacteria. It works almost like a magnet, attracting and holding onto unwanted particles, which means you can use it to cleanse your body.

 

Here are some incredible uses of diatomaceous earth.

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Seven ways to use diatomaceous earth

#1: As a facial scrub

Diatomaceous earth consists of tiny particles that are cylindrical in shape with holes in them. This makes it the ideal ingredient to include in a facial scrub. Mix diatomaceous earth with a squeeze of aloe vera juice and use it to gently exfoliate your face. It will remove dead skin cells as well as dirt and bacteria.

#2: As a deodorant

You can use diatomaceous earth in homemade deodorants, which are gentler on the skin than commercial kinds. To make your own deodorant with diatomaceous earth, mix a quarter cup of food-grade diatomaceous earth with melted coconut oil to form a paste. You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth into your shoes to remove odours.

#3: To strengthen your hair and nails

Taken internally, diatomaceous earth can strengthen and promote growth of hair and nails thanks to its high silica content. Many people have reported significant improvements in the growth of their hair and hardness of their nails once they started using diatomaceous clay.

#4: To boost collagen production

Your skin needs silica to produce collagen. You do get silica from certain foods, but if you take diatomaceous earth, you’ll greatly increase your intake of bioavailable silicon, which will help produce more collagen that keeps skin youthful and firm.

#5: To strengthen your bones and teeth

Silica is also an important constituent of bones and tooth enamel. Regular consumption of diatomaceous earth will help to strengthen your bones and teeth, and possibly even prevent the development of osteoporosis later in life.

#6: To detox your body

The negative ionic charge of diatomaceous earth along with the shape and tiny holes in its particles make it attract toxins and bacteria as it passes through your body. Foreign bodies in your body will bind with the diatomaceous earth and become expelled. It’s the perfect way to detox your body of harmful toxins on a daily basis.

#7: To lower your cholesterol and strengthen your arteries

There’s evidence that suggests that consuming diatomaceous earth could be super-beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Studies have found that diatomaceous earth can dramatically reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and remove plaque from arteries. The silica in diatomaceous earth also strengthens arteries, which lose silica over time.

Five powerful reasons to bite into some pineapple

Pineapples don’t just taste great – they provide some fantastic health benefits to your body! Here are my top reasons to love pineapple.

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Five reasons to eat pineapple

#1: It’s great for digestion

Eating pineapple can help enhance your digestion, as bromelain aids in the breakdown of proteins in your body.

#2: It’s a brilliant source of vitamin C

Pineapple is a fantastic source of vitamin C, which is needed for a healthy functioning immune system.

#3: It helps fight indigestion and arthritis

Studies have shown that eating pineapple regularly can help fight against indigestion and arthritis.

#4: It can help prevent certain cancers

Pineapple contains vitamin A and beta-carotene, which have antioxidant properties. Studies indicate that eating natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps your body stave off lung and oral cancers.

#5: It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals

Pineapple is rich in B-complex group of vitamins such as folate, thiamine, pyridoxine, and minerals such as copper, manganese and potassium. In fact, raw pineapple is an incredible source of manganese, lending over 75% of your daily recommended allowance in just one cup!

Two top reasons to invest in a good pair of running shoes

The best running shoes are shoes that’ll be kind and gentle on your feet throughout any running exercise. This benefit will reflect itself in its most striking way immediately after a race or a workout, when the way your feet feel then is a good indication of whether or not you have the right pair.

 

A good number of people today still don’t realise the importance of investing in a good pair of running shoes. So, here are two very important reasons to wear a proper pair of running shoes.

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Two reasons to run in proper running shoes

#1: To avoid blisters and other pains

If you use any kind of shoes – even ones for other types of athletic purposes – when you run, you’ll end up with sore feet. A further taboo is picking the wrong kind of socks to make matters that much worse.

Cotton socks are a big no-no when it comes to picking socks for running due to their tendency to cause friction against your skin. If you wear unwieldy or inappropriate shoes and cotton socks, you can expect to see your feet in bad shape after your run.

It’s also noteworthy to point out that this adverse effect will happen rather quickly, too. If you want to avoid blisters and the effects of sore feet, invest in proper running socks and shoes.

#2: For a perfect fit to your foot

Good running shoes will do one thing and provide one benefit first and foremost: A snug, comfortable, well-shape fit that’s tailored to your foot as much as possible. Proper running shoes will also make your feet feel lighter as you run.

The problem that’s caused by the rubbing of your heels against the wrong kind of shoe during running – which creates the onset of blisters – is also absent with the right pair of shoes. You’ll feel no nagging rubbing against your heel.

Nowadays, most athletic shoe stores provide in-store machine tests that shoe your foot type and, consequently, what type of running shoe fits your foot best.

Happy running!

This is the newest trend in peanut butter (for adults only!)

More than 95% of people have a jar of peanut butter in their kitchen cupboards, and the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches before he or she finishes high school. But they probably won’t be eating the new brand of peanut butter that is STEEM!

 

STEEM peanut butter takes your beloved nut butter to the next level with just one (very potent) ingredient: Caffeine. Just two   spoons contain around the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee or an energy drink!

 

Originally marketed as “the ultimate hangover cure”, caffeinated peanut butter has garnered some serious buzz since its release last year. The product’s label explains the unusual pairing: “Caffeine naturally bonds with peanut butter and is absorbed more slowly”. The steady uptake promises eaters a “sustained and consistent release of energy”. Let me tell you more…

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What caffeinated peanut butter tastes like

I got to test a sample of STEEM peanut butter yesterday morning. At first, I glanced at the jar in suspicion. Careful to measure out an appropriate amount for my caffeine palate, I spread about a spoonful on a brown rice cake.

It tasted… Just like peanut butter. I picked up no hints of mocha, although I did find it had a very concentrated nutty flavour with an almost mealy finish.

The effect caffeinated peanut butter has on your body

Ten minutes and another spoonful later, I started getting jittery. A tingly feeling settled over me and I felt my heartbeat rise slightly. Then the fidgeting, giggles and pen-clicking set in. And, surprisingly, that energy didn’t fade all that quickly!

I was really impressed with the energy the nut butter gave me.

The bottom line: Caffeinated peanut butter lives up to its name!

STEEM peanut butter pairs everything there is to love about coffee with a strong peanut flavour. But, like all good things in life, it should be enjoyed in moderation (insert sad face).

Chris Pettazzoni, a STEEM founder, told MindBodyGreen that it’s a lot easier to put more in your body than it is to take back out, so easing into it is suggested until you know how it’s going to work for you.

Pettazzoni recommends that moderate coffee-drinkers start off with two tablespoons and wait half an hour or so before adding another.

If you  trust yourself to exert some serious self-control, head over to amazon.com to place an order!

This anti-inflammatory cherry smoothie will act like magic in your body!

This nourishing anti-inflammatory cherry smoothie is perfect for all-round wellness or as a post-workout recovery drink. Filled with cherries, blueberries, turmeric and cinnamon, you can bet this blend has some serious healing power!

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Anti-inflammatory cherry smoothie recipe

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (you can use it fresh if you want even more benefits!)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup spinach or kale
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk or filtered water
  • 4 ice cubes

Method:

In your blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.