Face The Big Day with Confidence

Most women believe that the wedding day is the most important day of their life. They dream of walking down the aisle, on their father’s arms, wearing the most beautiful smile with their expressive eyes showing every emotion they are feeling.

Just as the bride must carefully plan the wedding details from picking out the dreamiest dress, choosing bridesmaids and deciding on the menu, she should also focus on how her makeup can enhance her beauty and make her even more beautiful as she walks down the aisle.

The Perfect Eye Makeup

Every woman has beautiful eyes. Renowned makeup artists recommend that you play up your best feature on your biggest and happiest day. Give your eyes the attention they deserve and put on the perfect eye makeup.

While there are no exact rules on eye colors, some shades can be more flattering for some women. Avoid matching your eye shadow to your eye color. This technique can make your eye area look too colorful and detract

Attention from your beautiful eyes. You can choose to decorate your eyes in the fashionable colors of the season but only if you choose hues that best suit your complexion.

Avoid too bright colors which are inappropriate to a wedding. Intense shades can mess up the photos. If you want to add a bit of color to your eyes, tone down and blend. Or try a thin line of blue or purple eyeliner to accentuate your eye color.

Neutral shades also work best for your wedding photos. Remember that the photos will record your wedding day for posterity hence you should choose a makeup style that will bring out the beautiful you.

Skin shape up for your big day

Get your skin ready for the big day. No amount of makeup and skillful application can cover up bad skin. Smooth, glowing skin should be every bride’s goal and this is not achieved overnight. Good skin care is a must and the bride should start on her regimen way ahead of her wedding day.

Visit a dermatologist if you have major skin issues. Otherwise, get into the habit of a daily skin care routine and you can have flawless skin in time for your big day.

  • Keep your face clean. Use mild cleansers best suited for your skin type and use warm water during washing.
  • Exfoliate at least twice a week to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and bring out the radiance of new skin.
  • Slather on the moisturizer immediately after washing to seal in moisture to your skin. Washing strips away your skin’s natural oils hence it is important to replenish immediately.
  • Use Argan oil to keep your skin moisturized. This wonderful oil from Morocco contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that help nourish and moisturize the skin.

Your eyes can be enhanced in many different ways and eye shadows can create a powerful illusion when used correctly. Let the world see the sparkle in your beautiful eyes.

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3 Tips for Health

Tip #1: Fit eating habits

Healthy eating doesn’t mean all you have to eat are greens and more greens. The foundation of a healthy body is a well-balanced diet. Don’t skip meals. Eat smaller portions at more frequent intervals to rev up your metabolism. The more you starve yourself, the more your body will hoard fats.

Avoid eating the bad carbohydrates such as refined sugars and processed grains. Choose to eat whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

Limit your sodium intake as it makes your body retain water and appear fluffy. Cut back on processed foods. Read the labels and rule out anything that contains trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.

Tip #2: Drinking for health

Stop the soda habit. Even the diet variants contain empty calories. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to flush out toxins and impurities in your body.

Limit your alcohol intake or skip it altogether. Alcoholic drinks pack on calories which can lead to weight gain. Avoid sugary drinks such as sweetened juices and iced teas instead oad up on unsweetened ice tea, green tea, white tea or black tea.

Tip #3: Exercise

Most people don’t like to exercise. As soon as they hear the word gym, everyone is ready with their lame excuses. You don’t need to hit the gym every day. What’s important is for you to move that body to start losing weight and get in shape.

You are not going to get bulky when you lift weights. Women are just not capable of having such bulging muscles because they lack the amount of testosterone needed for that. What women should do is to include strength training with their exercise plan to build up muscles and help increase metabolism.

Resistance training will strengthen and tone your muscles. Not to be confused with weightlifting, resistance training involves moving against an opposing and immovable force. When doing resistance training, full range of motion is required to prevent muscle overload at the joints. Some studies conducted show that resistance exercises are more beneficial than aerobic exercises for fat loss.

Get out of the diet fad routine. Follow a fitness program that will help you to get in shape the right way.

CYCLE TOWARDS FITNESS

Cycling has been around for ages.  As a kid, I have learned to ride a bike, taught by an uncle.  I suffered through scrapes and bruises so that I could cruise, one-hand steering, one hand raised in triumph, down the street where we live, hoping that all my friends can see and envy my cycling prowess.

Years had passed and now that I am a middle-aged mother of three, I find that cycling is still around, more a sport these days, where cycling enthusiasts compete and Grand Tours are televised and much followed by the world.

Bicycle riding had also become a form of fitness regimen for some who want to lose weight. Cycling requires full upper and lower body strength, building stamina and endurance.  When you control the handlebar, you work out all the muscles in your body.  In an average workout, one is likely to lose an average of 500 calories.

Cycling has been known to improve lung performance and help manage blood pressure.  This is because oxygen is released in a more effective way.

Still, there are others who have found a more practical application: bicycle commuting.  These commuters ride their bicycles to work, profiting in terms of fitness, gas savings (for those who used to drive) or bus fare savings.  Unlike cars that emit polluting gases and fumes, bicycles are very friendly to the environment.  What’s more, you get to enjoy the outdoors and feel the sun touching your skin instead of working out in the gym and seeing its four walls.

Start now.  Grab your bike or borrow your son’s and cycle your way to fitness.