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by Kathryn M. D’Imperio

Sometimes simplicity makes all the difference. Getting all dolled up doesn’t have to become a hassle every time you have somewhere to go. A nice dress or outfit can be complemented with a few jewelry items, a fashionable hairstyle (or hair brushed out straight) and a light smattering of makeup.

Whether you are going for all-out glam or girl-next-door gorgeous, a coat or two of mascara will work wonders for bringing out your beautiful eyes and long lashes. If you don’t regularly wear makeup, you may want to consider these questions before selecting mascara from among countless brands and styles.

What type of eyelashes do I have? Are they long, curly, thick, thin, short, just right?

Once you answer this question, you can learn what positives your lashes have going for them and what element could be easily enhanced with the right kind of mascara. Shorter lashes could lash out with a length enhancing type of mascara. Thinner lashes will become fuller with a thickening formula and longer lashes will really benefit from curling mascara.

What will look best with my complexion? What will complement my outfit and wardrobe in general?

Mascaras are available in a wide range of colors and styles, from blackest black and dark brown to lighter shades of both, or even fun colors like blues and greens. Most times black and brown hues are most appropriate and work well with any skin tone, eye color and choice of wardrobe.

Do I plan to go swimming? Is there a chance I might cry, or laugh so hard that I cry? Am I going to take a quick shower at some point and hope to avoid re-doing my makeup entirely?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, waterproof mascara is the way to go! Great for preventing soppy scenes at sad movies or emotional times – weddings, graduations and the like, waterproof mascara can save the day, or at least your face. Available most often in shades of black and brown, this type of mascara can be difficult to remove unless you have a makeup remover that is capable of gently washing away water resistant makeup.

Do you cringe at the thought of that archaic metal eyelash curler getting within a foot of your face?

If so, you will want to keep an eye out for mascara that has a curling element to it. Sometimes these products come with multiple characteristics, like thickening or lengthening aspects as well. First determine your needs and then seek out mascara that will satisfy them.

Do you feel that your eyelashes are very blonde or not so noticeable? Do you often feel like you have to glob a lot makeup onto them just to make them stand out?

If this problem seems to haunt you, try a lash thickening mascara, or possibly one that lengthens and thickens. A thicker formula will be better for your lashes than a product that cakes on layer after layer. Even if your lashes are still a bit subtle, you can always further accent your eyes with eyeliner and darker eye shadows. If you still seem to have trouble making your eyes more defined, consider checking into fake eyelashes for special occasions.

No matter which mascara suits you best, remember to pair it with a pretty shadow and eyeliner if you so desire. To prevent smudges on your pillows and bits of makeup irritating your eyes overnight, remember to remove mascara and other makeup with a gentle cleanser before bed.

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5 Ways a Humidifier Improves Your Health During the Winter

Everyone knows that many people get sick during the winter, but did you know that a humidifier can help prevent illness or alleviate symptoms? Whether your home is drafty or your HVAC system doesn’t heat your house properly, the cold air that results is often dry. This dryness increases the likelihood of winter-related illnesses. Here are five ways a humidifier improves your health and comfort during the winter.

1. Better Sleep

Adding moisture to the air in your home makes it easier to sleep because it prevents your sinus passages from becoming dry. As a result, you snore less and breathe easier.

2. Minimized Exposure to Airborne Viruses

Higher humidity levels prevent certain airborne viruses from thriving. Germs can circulate as easily as they can in dry air. As a result, your risk of catching a virus someone else in your home has is reduced. If you do catch a cold, a humidifier can help to make you more comfortable while you get over it.

3. Fewer Allergy Symptoms

Since higher levels of humidity in your home’s air alleviate dryness in your nasal passages and throat, you should experience fewer allergy symptoms. Coughing and sneezing due to your allergies are reduced, and your sinuses remain clearer, minimizing sinus pressure and the headaches that often result.

4. Improved Comfort

Since moist air feels warmer than dry air, installing a whole-house humidifier in your home enhances the comfort you feel during the winter. You won’t feel the need to crank up your heat as frequently as you would with dry air either, reducing your winter heating bills.

5. Less Static Electricity

Have you ever noticed an increase in the static electricity in your home during the winter? Dry air has that effect. Turn on your humidifier and avoid those tiny shocks completely.

Installing a humidifier in your home is one of the best gifts you can give yourself this winter. Doing so can make your home more comfortable to live in while also helping you to stay healthy.


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