How Do I Curl My Eyelashes With A Spoon?

If your eyelashes are like mine- thin and straight- you may have trouble getting them curled. I have purchased every eyelash curler that has been recommended to me: Tarte, Revlon, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, and too many more.

Last Saturday, I spent ten minutes perfecting my eyelashes making sure they were curled and long before stepping foot into Sharky's in Hermosa Beach. Ten minutes after stepping foot outside my home, they were back to their usual-selves- straight. I didn't have a second to fan my eyes and flirt my way to a free drink!

I discussed this minor dilemma of mine to a friend, who told me she never uses a curler! She shared her spoon-curler secret with moi, and may I add, her eyelashes always look great!

Below is a tutorial on curling your eyelashes with a spoon. Yes, it does work miracles!


When Does Makeup Expire?

Food expires, and so does make-up. Even if the color is discontinued, or if you still have some left you need to throw it out. Expired foundation can cause break outs and expired mascara can cause a pink eye infection. If you can't remember when you bought it, throw it out! Most of you women will probably have an empty make-up bag after reading this, but most make-up expires after a year so you have plenty of time to save for the new year.

Foundation- One year.

Mascara- Every three months. When I purchase a new toothbrush, I buy a new mascara.

Blush/Powder- Two years.

Lipliner/ Lipstick- Two years.

Lipgloss- 18 months.

Nail Polish- One year.

Eye Liner- Two years.

Concealer- One year.

Eyeshadow- Two years.


Who is Rosie the Riveter?

Yes, she has a name! Although many may confuse her as "Rosie the Riveter", her real name is Geraldine Doyle. The name "Rosie" was defined by Kay Kyser's national hit as an American women who worked in the factories during WWII. In 1942, Geraldine Doyle was working at a Montana factory when she posed for graphic artist J. Howard Miller. The 17-year-old was unaware that she was a model for Rosie, until 1984 when she spotted herself in Modern Maternity Magazine.

When men were forced to leave their jobs to enlist in WWII, companies were in need of employees. As usual, when things get tough men come crawling to us, women, for help. Propaganda was passed through radio, film, television, and print- like Rosie's infamous "We Can Do It" poster! Women ditched their pink collar (secretarial and domestic jobs), for a white one. They were getting down and dirty driving taxis all over town, operating heavy machinery, and working in steel mills. Unfortunately, the slogan "Do the job he left behind" meant women had to have the white collar ironed and ready for their hubby when he returned from war. But, we did it!


Who Is A Great Jazz Singer?

Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

It was not until I had parked my 4Runner at Cal State Fullerton's parking structure, that I realized I had driven from L.A to school without the sound of Rihanna, Taio Cruz, and Ludacris bursting through my speakers. In fact, I realized I had not touched my stereo for the past three days. Music is my therapy, but if I have to hear Rihanna one more time then I just might go insane! Tell that women she's the only girl in the world so she can shut up! Don't get me wrong, I love Rihanna and her different shades of lipstick, that only she can pull off. Blame it on KIIS, Power and AMP Radio for repeating the same songs!

It's amazing what a group can do, that one can not. If that's the case, I prefer one. I say this because I've researched some remarkable artists that are unfamiliar to many people, yet incredibly better than most celebrity music artists. Check out jazz singer Jane Monheit sing "I'm through With Love" below!


How To Make A Face Mask At Home?

Often times, I find myself looking alot darker than my normal tan color. Not that I have gone to Manhattan and layed in the hot sun. More like, I haven't had my beauty rest, my complexion is similar to the one close to my menstrual cycle days, and as if I hadn't washed my face. My blemishes couldn't be any more noticeable. What do I do? I go to Target and purchase a new face wash for "radiant skin". These face washes range from $7- $40 at Target, and lets face it sometimes our money goes down the drain because these face washes just don't do the job.

According to you can dig in your fridge and start mixing for awakening skin. Honey and almonds are some of the basic ingredients that may be found in your fridge to help bring out a bright and radiant complexion. Now you can have your very own home spa.

  • Mix 1 tsp of milk powder, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and ½ tsp of almond oil. Apply on face and wash off after 10-15 minutes. This pack helps bring shine to the skin and also removes tan.

  • Mix oatmeal with curd and tomato juice and apply on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. It helps remove the tan and lightens the skin.

  • Place sliced raw potato on the face. It helps reduce blemishes and other marks.

  • Applying turmeric powder along with lime juice removes the tan. Lime juice is a natural bleach.

  • Dried orange peels mixed with curd also help reduce blemishes and scars. Wash off this mixture with cold water after 15 minutes.

  • Soak 4 almonds overnight. Grind into a fine paste using milk. Apply on face and neck and leave it overnight. Wash with cold water in the morning. Do this daily for 15 days, followed by twice a week.

  • A tbsp of gram flour mixed with 2 tsp of raw milk and 2-3 drops of lime juice works well for lightening dark skin. Apply this mixture and leave it for 15 minutes before washing off. Repeat for 4 weeks and follow up with once a week.

  • Apply a paste of fresh ground mint leaves and leave it for about 20 minutes. Wash with cold water, continue for 15 days.

  • Apply a mixture of grated tomato with 2-3 drops of lime juice on the face. Leave it for 20 minutes before washing off. Do this twice a day for 15-20 days for best results.


How Can I Survive A Bad Break-Up?

This past weekend, my ex-boyfreind, who I had been trying to get back with, told me has was dating another girl. Ouch! I created a flood in my room, sharp stomach pains disrupted my beauty sleep, and I awoke with bags around my eyes. That was Sunday. Today is Tuesday, a new day. There is no need to ruin your complexion over something so small because men will come and go, but your complexion will always be truly yours!

Poor emotional feeling may cause you to quit eating nutritious meals (ladies, after a break-up we run to the icecream), exercising (causing you to gain weight from that icecream), the immune system slows down, and some people may turn to alcohol abuse (alcohol causes weight gain).

Crying causes dark circles and bags. Walking into work with glossy eyes, dark circles, and bags arund your eyes does not look professional. Ask for a personal day off (just one, not the entire week!). On your day off go grocery shopping, clean your house, go running, and spend some time with family.

Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress may include:

- Weight gain or loss
- Upset stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Sexual problems
- Palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing)
- Lightheadedness
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Headaches
- Extreme tiredness
- Change in appetite

Here is a list of things that I have done to take my mind off of things...

1. Gym membership- I purchased a 24 Hour Fitness membership. I'm not the kind of gal that can hop on a treadmill and run all day. 24 Hour Fitness has yoga, kickboxing, swimming, dance, and many more types of classes. Each class being offered at a different time and day. For $29.99 a month, I have access to all 370 clubs. For $26.99 a month, you can can have access to your local club.

2. Date- Need I say more?

3. Take care of yourself- When we, women, are heart-broken we tend to quit caring of what our reflection may look like. Ladies, we love shopping. Finding the perfect lipstick shade or a sexy top for the weekend never fails to distract us from our minor issues. Get your eye brows waxed, get a mani and pedi, and a massage to help with relaxation. Wake up early, take a shower, and throw on something new!

4. Friends and Family- They're there for you. Ask a friend to join a local gym membership with you.

5. Clean House- I have teddy bears, pictures, flowers, and letters all over my bedroom that remind me of him. I threw them out. =)

6. Eat nutritional foods- Healthy foods make a healthy body. According to scientific research, those who follow the mediterranean diet are less likely to suffer depression. These recommended foods are rich with monounsaturated fats, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
The mediterranean diet consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fish. Tonight, I will be cooking...

Pasta with Walnuts and Arugula (Serves 4-6)

3/4 cup drained, chopped sun-dried tomato halves, packed in oil.2 T. olive oil6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced1/4 t. crushed red pepper12 cups trimmed arugula (about 8 oz. or 1/1/2 5-oz. bags)3 t. fresh lemon juice3/4-1 pound of whole wheat pasta (linguine, angel hair, penne)1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan1 cup walnuts, chopped, toasted

As pasta is boiling, place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl with 1/2 cup hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper and saute for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Add arugula and lemon juice to the skillet and toss to coat.

Drain cooked pasta and reserve 1/4 cup hot pasta water. Add pasta to the skillet and toss with cheese, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and enough pasta water to melt the cheese. Serve with sprinkled walnuts and additional Parmesan.

The most important thing is confidence. Remember, you're beautiful. Don't get upset when things go downhill, just learn from it.


How Can I Make My Lips Appear Full?

They say you should love yourself, love the way you were created. Sometimes, that just doesn't cut it. With beautiful woman running across ads, magazines, billboards, and television it is hard to not notice your flaws. Luckily with today's technology we can get these things fixed. Of course, it will cost you an arm and a leg.

I admit for years I have hated my lips. They are thin and have no "plump." They aren't the kinds that are sexy, thrilling, and make a man go "whoa!" Woman with this insecurity, often look to lip augmentation. During this process a gel called Restylane is injected into the lips for volume. Restylane contains a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is already present in the body, giving your skin a certain amount of volume. When Restylane is injected into the lips, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid increases, giving your lips a fuller look. Restylane is effective for up to six months in your lips. Lip augmentation can cost an average of $500-$1000.

Luckily for those college students, like myself, swarming in college tuition debt there are lip plumpers that you can buy at Sephora, department stores, and local drug stores. Lip enhancers contain ingredients that irritate the lips and cause them to sting. The irritation effect causes blood to flow to the flesh of the lips and swell. Because the ingredients of the lip plumper irritate the surface of the lips, the lips may begin to peel.
If you want those full Angelina lips, but don't want to purchase lip plumpers, try making your own lip plumper at home by mixing these ingredients that are known for giving fuller looking lips:
1. Products with Vitamin B12
2. Vitamin E
3. Cinnamon
4. Wintergreen
5. Ginger
6. Vaseline or cocoa butter
I have recently purchased these three lip plumpers to test out. One being affordable, the other being top seller, and one being expensive and top rated...

Sexy Mother Plucker
Cheap, yet effective

Bare Escentuals
Top Seller at Sephora

Lip Fusion Lip Plump
Breaking news from Sephora: LipFusion has
earned the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal, after
being evaluated by the prestigious Good Housekeeping
Institute, the consumer product testing branch of Good
Housekeeping magazine.