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During your teenage years, your dream life probably involved an apartment in the big city and parties at chic bars. As an adult, it’s normal to crave a totally different lifestyle – a home to call your own, days spent out in nature, and real fulfillment. City life can jade you, and there comes a time when you want nothing more than a place where you can breathe fresh air, provide for yourself and your loved ones, and connect with nature.

Starting a homestead is a lifestyle change, but it’s one that will enrichen your life a thousand times over. There really is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food, raising happy animals, and living your life sustainably. A farmgirl knows herself at heart, and she’ll never be totally fulfilled by a high-consumption city life. If that’s you, why not make the change? Imagine waking up and gazing out over the vegetable garden you’re cultivating, the chickens that provide you eggs, and the land that you get to interact with every day because it’s yours. You might have brushed off the idea of owning your own farm, filing it away as a pipe dream, but you shouldn’t. Your rural dream can become a reality if you put your mind to it.

The first step is figuring out exactly what you want – would you be happy to start canning fruit and growing some veggies? Or do you dream about a sprawling farm with chickens, pigs, and all the rest? Once you really understand your homesteading dream, you can start turning it into reality. There are plenty of resources to help you make the move, and it can be surprisingly manageable from a financial point of view. Even if you don’t count the money you’ll save by providing your own food and potentially selling your farm’s produce, land can be shockingly cheap if you’re willing to put a bit of work into turning a fixer-upper into your dream homestead. Rural areas are better connected than ever too, so farming doesn’t require you to leave modern life behind – you can still count on your Amazon deliveries and nights out in the city if that’s what you’re looking for. And at the end of the day, nothing compares to the feeling of owning your own farmhouse and running a thriving homestead.

Don’t discount your homesteading dream. If the farmgirl life is calling your name, then go answer it! It’s a big decision but it just might be the best one you ever make.

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10 Makeup Mistakes You’re Probably Making

When our mothers were young, makeup was a simple thing. They followed the same rules that were handed down to them from their mothers and stuck to tried-and-tested products. In the last ten years, however, makeup has become part of a whole new world. These days we can find blog posts with in-depth reviews of different brands, follow YouTube tutorials to get the perfect look and purchase endless products online. Despite this, many of us still make several big mistakes when it comes to makeup. Don’t fall victim to these troublesome (but all too common!) makeup sins.

Not Using Primer

Primer creates a smooth, flawless base for other makeup products to sit on. Without primer, your makeup will look less even and start to smudge and melt away more quickly.

Using The Same Foundation All Year

Most of us experience some shift in skin tone between the winter months and summer sun, so don’t expect the same foundation that looks good in December to suit you in June.

Overdoing Your Eyebrows

Bold eyebrows can look great, but many of us have taken the trend too far and use products that are overly heavy and dark. Try creating a lighter, softer brow and see how it compares to your usual look.

Forgetting To Clean Makeup Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes are fertile breeding grounds for bacteria and they also lead to patchy makeup application. You should wash your brushes at least once a month to keep them at their best.

Using A Dry Makeup Blender

If you use a sponge blender like the Beautyblender, wet it with cool water before every use. The dampness helps to blend your makeup evenly and stops the sponge absorbing too much product.

Failing To Blend Eye Makeup

When it comes to eyeshadow, always blend, blend, and blend some more! Making each color merge seamlessly into the next is the secret to a professional eye makeup look.

Overdoing It With Powder

Powder can be a girl’s best friend, particularly if you live somewhere hot, but a light dusting really is enough. Too much powder smears your makeup and makes fine lines stand out.

Choosing The Wrong Concealer

Most concealer users wear a shade that is far too light for their skintone. Your concealer should be just a shade or two fairer than your foundation, not ghostly pale.

Applying Concealer First

Conventional makeup wisdom said to apply concealer on problem areas under foundation. However, concealer actually works best when applied under the eyes and over blemishes on top of foundation.

Not Working With Your Features

Don’t follow trends or copy makeup looks just because they look good on celebrities or your friends. Work with your facial features to find colors, styles, and techniques that really work for you, and embrace your unique qualities.

You don’t necessarily need to buy new products or practice for hours to elevate your makeup skills. Simply using your products in the right way can make all the difference. Your face will look all kinds of better once you’ve said goodbye to these makeup mistakes and started painting your face like a professional.

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