5 Ways to Live a Carefree Lifestyle

In a highly competitive and attached culture, it’s easy to get caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ and reveling in the past. We look at life as a journey, which it absolutely is, where we build memories and gain experience. When you get older, the burden gets heavier.

People attach themselves to theories and things, with the idea that life is around us, when we should live as though life is us. When going through life, live in the present. The past is in the past and it can be let go, and when you do let it go, it will make you much freer.

I’m absolutely guilty of thinking far too much – about thing I’ve done in the past and who I was then, who I am now, and who I’m going to be in the future. Where is this life going to take me? It gets so exhausting! I’m trying to make a conscious effort now to live now. I think it will be possible using some of these tactics.

Forget the approval of others

Everyone has an opinion of you, and everyone will always have an opinion of you. Whether you let that rule your life is up to you.

Let go of social media – or at least use it a lot less

I feel social media is the root of all evil, yet here I am building a blog. Seriously though, I’ve found taking a step away from social media has led me to a happier life. I am happy for all those getting engaged and building their families, but it also makes me wonder what I’m doing with my life.

In addition, if you don’t want to see pictures of people you hate, like your ex, or unflattering pictures of you from a night out, stay away from social media. You’re better off without those awful reminders.

Stop being indecisive

Indecisiveness will leave you fear stricken and in the same place your whole life. Make a choice and stand by it. If you make the wrong decision, clean it up and make the right one. After all, life is a learning experience.

Let go of your past

Everything’s in the past for a reason – it’s over. Mistakes have been made and lessons have been learned, but don’t beat yourself up for it. What’s done is done.

Its fine to reminisce, but don’t wish for it back because you’re ultimately denying yourself the present. Things were wonderful when you were a child, but your life is wonderful now, too!

Don’t have self-doubt

You need to have self-confidence because if you don’t believe in yourself, who else is going to and what else is there to believe in? Stand strong with the decisions you make.

Personally, I still struggle with a lot of these things, but I am a work in progress. Living a happy and carefree life is important to me and that is why I intend to keep my head up and live for myself.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About BB Creams

BB creams, otherwise known as blemish balms or beauty balms, have finally been in the lime light after being around for ages! This product is essentially a tinted moisturizer with added benefits, such as SPF, coverage, essential vitamins, and even some anti-aging properties. BB creams are so versatile and beneficial that they can actually replace your foundation and moisturizer.

History of the BB Cream

The BB cream was developed in Germany by Christine Schrammek, M.D.in the 1950s. It was created to sooth the skin and mask irritation after skin peels and facials. Fast forward thirty years, the BB cream was all the rage throughout Asia where it was nicknamed a “miracle cream.”

Since they’ve been introduced in the United States fairly recently, many of the products here are glorified tinted moisturizers. There are not many color options, making it super frustrating, but with increased buzz, skin care companies have been creating more shades.

BB creams do what seemed like the impossible – they offer sun protection, prevent blemishes, cover imperfections, and sooth the skin.

Now the skin care product is available around the world, in various shades. It’s the perfect lightweight product for everyday use.

Choosing and Applying Your BB Cream

Choosing your BB cream takes a lot of trial and error. Some have more coverage than others, and some have better shades than others. You have to choose one that works well with your skin. If you have more oily skin, it’s generally a good idea to dust over your face with a setting powder.

Similar to foundation, there are numerous ways to apply a BB cream. You can use clean fingers, a brush, or a sponge. Keep in mind, if you need more coverage in certain areas, it’s a good idea to layer applications for a smooth and perfect look!

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Personally, I’m just now starting to use BB creams because I’ve had some skin problems so I don’t want to wear heavy foundation all the time, but I do want to cover some of the imperfections.

What are your thoughts on BB creams? What are some of your favorite brands?

DIY: Luxurious Sugar Scrub

I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves a day at the spa – it’s so relaxing and rejuvenating. Imagine, getting a similar experience and similar results at home for a fraction of the cost. This DIY sugar scrub is super easy to make and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

I typically use this scrub on my legs and feet once a week before I shave. It exfoliates all of the dry and dead skin off my body leaving radiant, smooth skin.

There are several variations for sugar scrubs, but this is the most simple because it has ingredients you usually have lying around your house.

Ingredients

½ cup sugar (white or brown)

½ cup oil (olive oil or coconut oil)

Optional: essential oils

Instructions

Mix the ingredients together and store it in an air tight jar – I like to store mine in a mason jar. Simply use 1 tablespoon in the shower, as needed. Scrub your skin with the mixture and rinse well.

What are your favorite DIY scrubs?

Beauty Trends that Rule 2016

Last year focused on all the crazy ways to contour, clown contouring and contouring with kitchen utensils, but this year’s makeup is all about going natural.

Smoky Eyes

Smoky eyes are timeless. There is nothing sexier than a dark and or mysterious eye look to compliment any outfit. A perfect example of a gray smoky eye is Huda Kattan’s look.

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Image by Huda Kattan on her blog

Shimmery and Glittery Shadows

Adding glitter and shimmer to your eye lids is the perfect way to glam up your outfits this year.

Brushed-Up Brows

Rather than the sculpted and carved brows we’ve been used to, this year is about brushing up your brows to make them look fuller and fluffier.

Big and Beautiful Lips

Thanks to Kylie Jenner and other beauty icons, neutral and classic lip shades are coming back in a big way.

Image by Her Campus via Kylie Jenner blog

Subtle Contouring

Rather than going all out and contouring your whole face, try focusing on accentuating certain areas. Choose your cheekbones, jawline, nose, or forehead to look more natural.

Beauty trends change constantly and beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I love these trends and I’m hoping to incorporate them into my style. What trends will do you like? What will you try this year?

My Daily Beauty Routine

I absolutely love mornings, but I loathe getting out of bed – so weekends are my favorite.

During the week, I start work at 7:00 AM (so early!), but thankfully I work only a few miles from where I live. It generally takes me about 10 minutes to commute. I usually wake up somewhere around 5:50 AM, if I want my coffee, and start my daily beauty routine. I’ve gotten it down the basics and have made my routine pretty quick.

Cleansing

I’m a big fan of Neutrogena and my favorite cleanser has been their Purifying Facial Cleanser, from their Neutrogena Naturals line. Chicago weather is really harsh on my skin, so I needed to make the switch to a gentle, natural cleanser. This one has a great gentle scent and does a wonderful job cleansing.

After, I’m done washing my face, I use witch hazel as a toner. Once that dries, I use yet another Neutrogena Naturals product, the Mutli-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. This has been thick enough for the winter, but not oily.

Makeup

After my moisturizer is all soaked in I apply my concealer and foundation. I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser under my eyes, in the triangle shape, and on any blemishes I might have. Then I apply the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. I blend everything in and together with a stippling brush.

Once my foundation is blended, I set my under eyes with some loose powder and move onto my brows. I love the e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit. I use the tinted to gel to carve out and line the shape of my brow underneath and flick the brush upward to add the color. Then I shade in my brows some more with a dark brown eye shadow, to make them darker and softer looking. If I make any mistakes, I usually clean it up with a cotton swab and some foundation on a small concealer brush.

When my face is near finished, I add some mascara the old fashioned way – by curling my eyelashes and add some L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. I especially love the applicator for this mascara!

At the end, I go over my face with a large fluffy brush and some loose powder to set everything.

That’s generally all I do in the morning to get ready for work. In essence, it’s my no makeup makeup look. It’s easy and quick to do when I don’t want to roll out of bed in the morning.