Three Non-Greasy Sunscreen Options to Protect Your Skin

Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen ReviewAs I’m getting older, I’ve realized there are a few things I don’t mind spending more money on if it means a better experience or better results. Sunscreen is one of those things. Last year I had a mishap with a manicure only two days after I had it done – when I used a certain favorite brand of sunscreen of mine, the manicure became sticky and disfigured. I also got terribly, terribly sunburned. I have since decided to try some of the more expensive sunblock products that boast a non-greasy texture that absorbs right into your skin right away. So far I am impressed and very glad I did!

My husband tends to like the spray sunscreen products because they are easy to apply, but I’m not fully sure if I trust them just yet. He also likes the ones that don’t leave your hands sticky. Now THAT I can go with! So I bought three different non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen products to bring on our last vacation – Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30), Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45), and Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion (SPF 30, specially formulated for face).

Here’s the lowdown on each non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen product:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30)
Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen ReviewThe tube of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) was the first one I put in my basket, because I seem to remember my sister having this last year, and me borrowing it and loving it. And for good reason… This product is very lightweight and feels clean when you apply it. It doesn’t leave your hands and skin feeling gross, oily, and caked up with product. I felt like the suntan lotion rubbed right in and left my skin feeling almost as soft and smooth as before I even applied it. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) provides UVA/UVB protection in a formula that is enriched with vitamins A, C, and E to help protect your skin from environmental damage.

One of the other benefits I enjoyed in using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) – it truly is waterproof and sweat-proof. I wore it when snorkeling and in the pool and had no problems. I only got mild sunburn when I forgot to reapply after swimming, toweling off, and several hours had passed since I first applied it. Another great thing about this Neutrogena sunblock lotion is that it won’t clog your pores. I used it on my face as well as the rest of my body and didn’t run into any problems whatsoever.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (SPF 30) retails for about $10 – $11 for a 3 oz. tube, depending on where you buy it.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45)
Neutrogena Oil-free Sunblock ReviewBased on my bad sunburn last year, I decided to get a sunblock product with SPF 45 just to be safe. I picked up Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45) and have absolutely no regrets. This product also won’t clog pores and offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection from the sun. I found this oil-free sunblock to be non-greasy as well as lightweight and comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. Like the Dry-Touch version above, this product also contains anti-oxidants to help protect your skin from free radicals due to sun exposure.

I used this product most after I already got a little color on vacation. I didn’t want to get any sunburn on top of sunburn I already had, so I applied this liberally and kept my tanning to a minimum. I’m glad I did, because skin cancer does run in the family and I don’t want to take any chances.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion (SPF 45) comes in a 4 oz. bottle that retails for about $10.

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion (SPF 30, specially formulated for face)
Aveeno Face Sunscreen ReviewThis sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection as well, in an oil-free, water-resistant formula that is lightweight and specially formulated for use on your face. I usually try to bring at least one bottle of face-friendly sunblock when we go on vacation. This Aveeno sunscreen product got passed around in our group quite a bit, so I think that is testament to its effectiveness as well as gentleness on the skin. Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion contains natural soy and Vitamins A, C, and E to help protect your skin from environmental damage.

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion boasts its very own patented sun protection complex, which allows it to protect you from the sun over a longer period of time. This sunblock lotion is also design to be more effective for skin that is highly sensitive to sunburns. I found no problems in using this Aveeno sunblock and it definitely did the trick in protecting our skin without blocking or clogging our pores.

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion comes in a 3 oz. tube and retails for about $10 – $12.

If you are looking for a non-greasy sunblock that stands up to the demands of being on vacation, I highly recommend any of the three of these products. Depending on the duration of your trip, you may even want to pick up two or all three. If you only want one, I’m not sure that I have a favorite – I might recommend choosing based on the level of SPF you need, or simply see which brand offers the best deal for your needs.

 

Waterproof Eyeliner – Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio Review

Waterproof Eyeliner Trio by Physician's FormulaAs I was getting ready to go away on vacation, I realized I would be in need of a waterproof eyeliner pencil or two to take along on the trip. I always manage to get waterproof mascara, but waterproof eyeliner is something that has always evaded me – until now. I luckily stumbled upon Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio (for brown eyes!) at my local CVS a few days before I was leaving on vacation.

The Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio more than met my expectations for a 24-hour wear eyeliner pencil. This set included three different colors, all perfectly suited for my brown eyes – but you can definitely pick up the trio that best suits your own eye color. The brown eyes trio for water-resistant eyeliners includes three different colored eye pencils – natural Espresso, playful Purple, and dramatic Black and Purple Shimmer.

I found all three to be just what I needed in one product package, rather than having to buy two or three separate eyeliner products. I especially love wearing purple colors on my eyes since the hues go so nicely with brown eyes, so I greatly enjoyed the purple eyeliner. I also found the brown pencil matched my usual go-to eye shadows and mascara, since I’ve been so swept up in browns and earth tones lately, well who am I kidding, almost forever.

Each eyeliner pencil also includes its own sharpener for precision application. I haven’t had to use it yet, but it’s nice to know it’s there.

I wore these eyeliners along with my waterproof mascara in the swimming pool several times on vacation and found the colors stayed put and my makeup looked great even hours later when I returned to my hotel room. These pencils seem to be effectively waterproof and tear-proof, making them great for movie dates, weddings, and any sentimental occasion.

Suggested retail price is $10.95, but I am pretty sure I got mine for buy one, get one half-off. You can typically find Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, or hazel eyes for sale anywhere from $6 to $11 per trio.

 

Easter Wishes, Messages, Greetings, and Sentiments for the Ones You Love

Easter wishes, messages, greetings, and sentimentsSending an Easter greeting card can be a great way to show you care, even if you can’t spend the holiday with someone close to you. Parents, in-laws, and grandparents will especially appreciate handwritten Easter cards where you include a little personal message along with the card’s existing sentiments. Share your Easter wishes and greetings with your immediate family, including brothers and sisters, as well as your dear friends, and of course, your significant other – husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend.

Getting in touch with special Easter messages doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Depending on the person you are trying to reach, you can simply send a Happy Easter text message to your technology savvy family and friends. You can send snail mail Easter letters or Easter greeting cards to your older relatives, especially grandparents, and you can send Easter e-cards to your close friends and coworkers as appropriate.

Sometimes it is easier to make a phone call to deliver some special holiday greetings, especially at Easter. If this is the case for you, just pick up the phone and call your nearest and dearest, letting them know you’re thinking of them and wishing them a Happy Easter. Even if you don’t connect, you can still leave an Easter message on the voicemail to let them know they’re in your thoughts.

Here are a few sample Easter messages, greetings, wishes, and heartfelt Easter sentiments to consider for specific people in your life.

Easter Wishes for Parents and Grandparents
Your parents and grandparents have been a big part of your life for a long time. Be sure not to neglect their feelings on the Easter holiday. Simply put together a nice Easter greeting card or make a quick phone call to deliver a Happy Easter message. Here are a few examples of sweet Easter wishes you can share with your family.

•    Thinking of you on Easter and wishing we were celebrating together. Have a very Happy Easter!
•    You’re in our thoughts and our hearts this Easter holiday. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
•    Sending love and warm Easter wishes your way… Happy Easter!
•    It’s Easter time – the perfect time to remind you how special you are to us. We love you!

Easter Greetings for Brothers, Sisters, and Friends
No matter where your siblings and close friends live – near or far – it is a lovely gesture to take the time to let them know they’re in your thoughts, especially around a holiday. Here are some examples of things you can say in an Easter greeting or message to your brother, sister, or friends.

•    Wish we could be together celebrating like old times! Happy Easter to your family from ours!
•    Wishing you a wonderful Easter. Looking forward to catching up soon!
•    Happy Easter to the best [brother / sister / friend] a [girl / guy] could have!
•    Just wanted to send some love and blessings on Easter. Enjoy your holiday!

If you are particularly close to any of your coworkers, you can also share some Happy Easter wishes or greetings with them. Just be aware of any policies your company has related to religion and holidays.

Easter Sentiments for Your Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Husband, or Wife
At the very least, sharing your love and emotions on Easter with your significant other should be a prerequisite. From something as simple as “Happy Easter – I love you!” to a more complex action, such as penning a romantic Easter poem or love letter, you can choose to express your Easter sentiments with your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend in the way that best suits your relationship. Here are a few suggestions for Easter sentiments you can share with your sweetheart.

•    As each holiday rolls around, I am reminded of how lucky I am to have you. Happy Easter, sweetheart!
•    Happy Easter to the one I love. So glad we get to celebrate a lifetime of Easters together.
•    Easter time reminds me of all the things I love about you.
•    Happy Easter – I’m so in love with you.

These are just examples – you will certainly want to match the sentiment of the Easter message for your sweetheart to how you feel and how serious your relationship is.

Special Easter Messages and Ideas for Your Kids
Last but certainly not least, be sure to share some sweet Easter thoughts or ideas with your kiddos. Your children will definitely appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge the holiday and your relationship with them. No matter if you have a son, daughter, or a houseful of children, you can find a fun and sweet way to show how much you care on or leading up to Easter.

•    Happy Easter – Mommy and Daddy love you so much!
•    Wishing you the best Easter ever! XOXOXO
•    Just a little reminder how much you are loved today and always!

In addition to sweet Easter messages for your kids, consider fun activities you can enjoy together. Dye Easter eggs as a family, make homemade Easter cookies or Easter candy, or plant some flower seeds together. You can also color in Easter pictures or springtime coloring books, make Easter designs out of sculpting clay or Play-doh, or try your hand at another Easter craft idea.

What ideas do you have for sharing Easter greetings with the important people in your lives? Please share in the comments below!

 

Basic Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning ChecklistSpringtime is finally just about here and there’s no better time to get your house cleaned up than right now. You can tackle a great number of spring cleaning tasks when the weather first gets nice, and some of the tasks you can even take care of on a rainy day. Here is a spring cleaning checklist we’ve prepared with some of our very favorite chores to tackle in the early spring.

Before you get started on your spring cleaning, you may want to make your own Spring Cleaning To-Do list and review it for any materials you may need to buy. Be sure you have plenty of paper towels and cleaners, household wipes, and other cleaning necessities.

To fully tackle your spring cleaning, you should make a specific list for each room. In the meantime, here are some of the top spring cleaning tasks you can focus on this spring:

•    Empty out your kitchen cabinets, wipe them down, and reorganize everything. Find better ways to put everything back in so you have a neater kitchen.

•    Clean the inside and outside of all your appliances. Clean out your fridge of any old foods or condiments and wipe down all the drawers and shelves. Clean your oven and stove top. Wipe down the microwave. You get the idea.

•    Go through your pantry and get rid of any expired food. Organize everything so that you can always find what you’re looking for – keep the pastas together, the canned goods, soups, snacks, drinks, and so forth.

•    Clean the windows. No one likes this job, but if you are going to let any fresh air in your home, you might as well do it through clean windows. Open each window and swap out the storm windows for screens if you have them. Wipe down all the trim and windowsills as well as the inside tracks of the windows. Use Windex to clean any glass surfaces. Don’t forget any sliders or French doors!

•    Give your tile and hardwood floors a good cleaning. You can really brighten up a room with a shiny, clean floor.

•    Vacuum, sweep, dust, and generally straighten all the rooms in your house. Take the time to ensure each room looks its best from top to bottom. Check the corners of the ceiling for any cobwebs and check underneath furniture for any dust bunnies.

•    Clean out and organize your garage, basement, attic, and/or shed. Springtime is a great time to organize, de-clutter, and put everything back together. You’ll feel so much better once your home is organized and neat.

•    Tackle some yard work. Whether you want to get your beds ready for flowers or this year’s plantings or if you simply want to clear away anything left from last fall or the winter, this is a great time of year to get your yard looking great. You can also clean off patio furniture, and clean your grill, for starters.

•    Wipe down cabinets, walls, baseboards, light fixtures, and other surfaces. These surfaces get dusty over time and they can even collect dust bunnies and bugs here and there. Consider unscrewing any dome-style light fixtures to clear out any dust or bugs that may have gotten inside.

Some other good tasks to do around the house in the springtime may require you to bring a contractor or service company to your home. You may want to look into getting your vents cleaned out and replacing air filters (especially if you have spring allergies – be sure to get an allergy specific filter for your home). These are just a few examples – speak with your family members to see what other tasks you may need to tackle this spring.

To ensure you hit all your bases, take a look at your house one room at a time. Some rooms will have special needs as compared to other rooms. Your kitchen and bathrooms may present the biggest challenges while bedrooms may be a simpler task overall. It really depends on where you want to focus and what cleaning and organizing needs you currently have.

Please feel free to share any tips or other suggestions in our comments below!

 

Spring 2012 Hot Makeup Colors for Eyes

Spring 2012 Hot Makeup Colors and Trends for EyesSpring makeup is more about feeling and looking fresh, light, and dewy. After all, it’s the season of bright colors. Taking inspiration from the blossoms, makeup for spring 2012 is going to go back to the basics and the naturals. Hot colors for the eyes include lilacs, aqua, cockatoo, pinks, and neutrals. Take a look on what to expect with our preview of spring 2012 hot makeup colors for eyes.

Barely There

Perhaps the most natural looking makeup is one where you’d have a difficult time distinguishing whether or not a person really is made-up. This is the aim of barely-there makeup. Eye makeup would focus more on taupe, tan, or bronze. Typically, eyeliners create a more dramatic look. Taylor Swift is a good example of someone using barely there makeup, sticking to winged eyeliners.

One unusual trend to look out for is a glossy eye makeup over matte skin, as seen in runways for the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. This texture can be achieved by using cream-based eye shadows over a matte foundation. Shimmers have the same effect as well, but remember to stick to a nude shade if you’re going for this look.

Romantic

Nothing spells romantic more than pink. That slight blush over the cheeks is best complimented by a light sweep of coral or peach on the eyes, followed by a very light highlighter in the brow bones and at the inner corners of the eyes. Long eyelashes also have the same romantic effect. In fact, great mascara even enhances the look when paired with romantic eyes. So feel free to brush up your eyelashes. Maybelline Great Lash or a similar product offering length and volume would do the trick for you.

Edgy

If you are all for partying like a rock star this season, you will definitely enjoy the bright splash of colors that you will find in magazine editorials. If you look closely, you’ll find them similar to peacock colors –   greens, yellows, purples, and blues – only in lighter shades. These are cockatoos, lilacs, and margaritas. If you wish to enhance your eye color, go for ones that truly pop.

For blue eyes, corals and yellows will make your eyes bluer than blue. Hazel eyes, or those with brown eyes, would do well in shades of green such as lime. Here’s a hint: Go over the color wheel, and the colors that lie opposite to your eye color will compliment your peepers. M.A.C. has a very broad range of colors, and it remains one of our favorite lines of makeup.

Glamazon

Glam colors such as gold and bronze will always have a place in a glamazon’s heart. Gold and bronze eye makeup work their magic after a good tan, so be sure to stock up on it right after spending a day out for a picnic or a trip to the beach. They are also universal colors for spring in the way that they go well with other bright and even shocking colors. Leave the smoky eye for now, and stick to bronze and gold eyes. Smoky eye will look out of place this season; save it for fall.

Earth-lover

Earth tones are always a keeper. Brown, tan, beige, and ash will go with a nude theme of makeup. Better still, they’ll serve as a blank canvas for you to be able to make other parts of your face pop. If you’re looking to put focus on your lips or your cheeks, then donning earth tones is a great idea.

 

Six Easter Makeup Tips and Hot Looks for Spring

Easter Makeup Tips for SpringThe warm weather invites flirty fashions and gorgeous spring makeup looks, especially suited for Easter and any nice day in or out this spring. No matter if you prefer to try a new look for spring or simply want to spruce up your current look with a fresh pop of color. Here are some fun and fabulous Easter makeup tips and hot looks to try this spring.

Before you get started with applying any makeup for Easter or spring, consider your existing makeup collection and what items you might like to update. Be sure you have some fresh nail polish colors, eye shadows, and eyeliners. You should also make sure your mascara is in full working order, and that your concealer and foundation products still deliver the same results you enjoy on a daily basis. One of the best secrets to flawless makeup application and a polished look is to ensure the cosmetics are not expired or past their prime.

Now, consider these pretty Easter makeup tips and hot looks you can try for spring.

1.    Keep your fingernails and toenails looking fresh and beautiful. Try a standard French manicure for a classy look, pink or red toenails for a classic and timeless look, or a fun variation with some Easter nail art (or Easter Egg nail designs) if you are in the mood for something playful instead.

2.    Add a pop of color to your eyes. Whether you are trying a new, colored eyeliner pencil or experimenting with fun eye shadow colors for 2012, a nice burst of color can add so much to your look.

3.    Add two coats of mascara to ensure your lashes stand out. Once you’ve added some pretty eyeliner and eye shadow, don’t forget to finish your eyes with some dramatic mascara. Your long, luxurious lashes will draw attention to your pretty look for Easter or spring in general.

4.    Go for a subtle lip gloss with a hint of color and a touch of shimmer. Your lips will look and feel great. Keeping your lips hydrated with a subtle shine makes them so much more kissable!

5.    Cover up any blemishes and add a light dusting of bronzer to warm up your skin with sparkle. A good bronzer product will add just the right amount of shimmer and glow without making you look fake or like you’re trying too hard. A subtle touch of shimmer can be gorgeous at Easter and in the springtime before summer arrives.

6.    Finish it all off with a spritz of perfume. Though it doesn’t directly impact your appearance, a delicate hint of perfume pleasantly greets those you meet and it may linger as you pass by.

The tips above should give you a good foundation for a pretty Easter or spring look. You can add other special makeup tips and tricks to suit your personal style or the occasion. What other fun and pretty Easter makeup tips do you like to use? Please share them below in our comments so all our readers can enjoy them!

 

Afterac Survival Kits Giveaway

Afterac Giveaway ContestYou never know when you are going to face a blackout, power failure, or emergency situation. Being prepared for an emergency – or at least knowing you have vital supplies on hand – can make the situation a lot less scary. Life Love Beauty is teaming up with Afterac to bring you this exciting giveaway where you have a chance to win one of three very cool emergency survival kits.

Afterac is a company that helps individuals and businesses be prepared for disasters even when no threat currently exists. The brand provides a selection of natural disaster kits and supplies to ensure your most basic needs are covered in the event of an emergency. You can take important steps to ensure your safety and survival through water storage products, road emergency kits for cars and trucks, emergency lighting and radios, knives, tents, travel blankets, seeds, and so much more.

Afterac Giveaway ContestPrize: Three different Afterac Survival Kits with one winner each: Lifeline First Aid In A Bottle, valued at $19.99, (including a 26 oz. BPA-Free Water Bottle, Stocked full of 43 pieces of first aid supplies, First Aid Guide included); Lifeline Survival In A Bottle, valued at $17.99, (including 26 OZ. BPA-Free bottle packed with outdoor survival products, Comes with 8 Survival pieces), and American Red Cross Clipray Flashlight, valued at $34.98, (a Powerful LED Flashlight, Crank Powered with USB Cell Phone Charger, No Batteries Needed).

Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada, age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission. One entry per person. All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

Time Frame: Starting Saturday, March 17 and running until Saturday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Rules: Please note: You MUST follow the rules in entirety to be eligible for a chance to win this contest.

Afterac Giveaway Contest1. “Like” our page for Life Love Beauty on Facebook. If you are already a fan, skip this step. The winning entry must be verified as a Facebook fan before the prize is shipped.

2. Read at least one article on Life Love Beauty and leave a comment on our Facebook wall about anything you read or liked in the article. You may include a link to the article in your post if you wish.

How to Win:
Like us on Facebook and add a comment to the wall about any article you’ve read on our site.
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• Winner will be contacted via e-mail, and the will be added to the list of winners posted on LifeLoveBeauty.com following verification.

 

2012 Wedding Dress and Color Trends

2012 wedding dress and color trendsWe’re already well into closing the first quarter of the year, and that only means one thing: Spring and summer collections will be at their height a few weeks from now. So if you’re a spring or a summer bride (or wishing to be one someday or for your wedding), you may want to read on for more juice on 2012 wedding dress trends.

Spring and summer 2012 will be all about bright colors. Drawing inspiration from fruits, flowers, sand, and sea, wedding color trends will be having this cheerful vibe to them. We’ve listed wedding varieties according to the formality and how to choose a wedding gown in keeping with the latest trends.

For formal weddings, we have the traditional, evening, and black tie weddings. While the recommended dress code is strictly adhered to, brides are still free to move about in choosing the designs and colors of their wedding gowns.

Traditional, Evening, and Black Tie Weddings
Black tie weddings and traditional weddings typically require white to be paired with another color, usually black. Sheer necklines would most definitely be something to look out for. Ever since the paparazzi snapped pictures of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, the world suddenly had an interest in wedding gowns with lace sleeves and cover-ups. These reflect the conservative and elegant nature of this ultra formal type of wedding.

Semi-Formal Weddings
Semi-formal weddings call for a simpler silhouette and a wedding dress with lesser embellishments. Satin, chiffon, and silk are your safest fabrics. In addition, multi-tiered skirts, capelets, and sexy backs are all going to be big hits among brides. There is a little more leg room for them to choose the color as well. Light, airy pastels such as rose, blush, gray, and peach all fall within the range of colors brides can consider for semi-formal weddings.

Day and Afternoon Weddings
Day and afternoon weddings call for wedding themes with bright colors. So, like semi-formal, casual, and destination weddings, brides are free to transition from wearing white to cream, blush, or any other light color. Since day and afternoon weddings have a light atmosphere, brides are free to cut their hemlines short, say tea-length, or keep them long enough to reach the ground. Birdcage veils are quite popular among this type of wedding as well. Long veils seem to be too much for a day or afternoon wedding, so future wives like to stick to birdcage veils with dramatic makeup underneath.

Casual and Destination Weddings
Casual weddings and destination weddings provide the most options for brides when it comes to wedding dresses. In these types of weddings, themes may vary from creative ones such as yacht weddings to wacky ones such as those inspired by cartoon characters. Casual weddings allow brides to be more flexible, giving them the liberty to wear knee-high dresses or colored wedding dresses.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a second time bride, choosing a wedding dress is always a difficult hurdle. However, one thing to keep in mind is to wear what you feel best in, and let all eyes fall on you and your husband.

 

Top Spring Break Destinations for 2012

Top Spring Break Destinations for 2012Spring break is here! I could almost hear the students’ delighted “Yeah!”

It is time to set aside formulas, essays, and books for awhile, don sexy swimwear, and head for the beaches for the tan, the sun, and tons of fun. Cars and suitcases are packed, beaches are pinpointed on the map, and travellers are all set to enjoy some of the top spring break destinations for 2012.

Here are the places Yahoo pooled as top spring break destinations for this year. This could give you an idea on where to go to unwind and enjoy your free days during spring break 2012.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Though some vacationers say it is not as hot as Panama City Beach, Myrtle Beach is still a good destination for a vacation. You can enjoy quiet times on the beach, as there are not usually big crowds of spring breakers. If you are looking for a peaceful recluse away from the hustle and bustle with a little nightlife on the side, then this place may be perfect for you.

Panama City Beach
It is dubbed as one of the hottest destinations for out-of-towners, vacationing families, spring breakers and adventure-seekers. Not surprising, as its miles-long white shore and clear, emerald waters seem to beckon to all to come for a swim. And just recently, last March 6, 450 women in their bikinis in this same beach broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Bikini Parade.

Virginia Beach
This beach is listed as the longest pleasure beach of the world. One of Virginia Beach’s main attractions is its boardwalk, a three-mile long concrete path overlooking the ocean, lined with vast arrays of hotels, restaurants, museums, and landmarks. If you’re a person who loves sightseeing and leisure-walking, check this place out for spring break 2012.

Daytona Beach
This popular Florida destination boasts 23 miles of long, sandy beaches with spring break as a long running tradition. Daytona Beach also offers budget-friendly accommodations for students and it is quite accessible whether by land or by air.

Santa Cruz Beach
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the famed landmark in this place – an amusement park by the ocean, founded in 1907. It is California’s oldest and one of the few located along the shore in the West Coast territory, a worthy place to visit. But a simple swim in the sea is another story and only for the gutsy as the beach is characterized by huge waves, the likes fit for surfing.

Miami Beach
Want to spend your spring break meeting a lot of people, having a great time at the beach, with an overload of nightlife and a chance to bump into a few of those glamorous stars you only see on TV? Then Miami Beach is the place for you. Make your spring break 2012 vacation unforgettable with a trip to Miami and all its hotspots.

Huntington Beach
The place is dubbed as “Surf City, USA,” as the beach is nicely suited for surfing. The mild climate also prevails in the area, so spring breakers must expect a not-so-hot climate during their stay.

Clearwater Beach
This place is known for its Beach Walk, a pedestrian zone lined with hotels and condos as well as shops and restaurants. The walk was a beautification project recently finished in 2008. Great nightlife is something you can find in this beach, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp or nearby Tampa for the Yankees if you are into baseball.

Cocoa Beach
This beach boasts of being the small wave capital of the world and is a good spot for those learning to surf. Cocoa Beach offers a lot of fun activities during spring break, such as trying on water sports and sightseeing through airboat rides. You can also enjoy a relaxing stroll, beachcombing, and sports in the sand.

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach boasts of pristine beaches and awesome views as all of its beaches and coves are marine-protected areas. If you want to try surfing, diving, tide pooling, and skin boarding, then this is the perfect spring break 2012 destination.

The catch is, not only college students are looking to have a break this spring. Yahoo revealed that of those who have recently searched for spring break spots, 20% of these are men aged 45-54! All work and no play makes a dull life, so more people should take the initiative and get away for a nice break this spring.

 

Green Drinks for St. Patty’s Day – Healthy Options with Juicing

Green Drinks for St. Patrick's DaySt. Patty’s Day is right around the corner and green drinks are a great way to celebrate. Even if you don’t want to partake in alcoholic beverages, you can find fun and healthy, non-alcoholic green drinks for St. Patty’s Day that you can enjoy at home or with friends. Consider these healthful green drinks as a fruity supplement to your diet these next few days and especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

You won’t need food coloring to decorate these green drinks. The natural and healthy combination of ingredients lets you feel good about your beverage of choice, which gives you ample servings of fruits and vegetables in one glass. Juicing is a great way to get your nutrients without the preservatives you will find in most bottled drinks. Because juicing extracts the nutrients in greater quantities than the fruits and veggies themselves, you are able to consume more vitamins and healthy nutrients in one sitting.

Consider these green juice recipes from OMEGA Juicers:

The Ultimate Pot of Gold

Green Drinks for St. Patrick's DayIngredients:
Orange Apple Green Juice
2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
1 apple
2 oranges
3 big handfuls of sunflower sprouts
1 big handful of broccoli sprouts
3 leaves of kale
1 handful of spinach
1 handful dandelion greens
1 handful cilantro
1 handful beet greens
2 baby bok choy
juice of 1 lemon
1 inch of grated ginger

Instructions:
1.    Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
2.    Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Green Drinks for St. Patrick's DayLuck of the Parsley

Ingredients:
1 handful parsley
2 apples
1 handful spinach
1 cucumber
1 lemon
1-inch piece ginger

Instructions:
1.    Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
2.    Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Green Drinks for St. Patrick's DayThe Crazy Dublin

Ingredients:
3-4 leaves of Kale
5 large Romaine Lettuce leaves
1 Beet, 1/2 bunch of Cilantro
1 Lime, 2 cups fresh Spinach
1/2 Apple
Cherry tomatoes for garnish (optional)

Instructions:
1.    Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
2.    Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Irish Twist

Green Drinks for St. Patrick's DayIngredients:
3 cups fresh baby Spinach
1 Lime, 1 large Tomato
2-3 Carrots and 1/2 Carrot top bunch
1/2 bunch Parsley
1 stalk Celery

Instructions:
1.    Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
2.    Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

 

Green Drinks for St. Patrick's DayGreen Morning

Ingredients:
4-6 Carrots
4 stalks of Celery
1 Lemon
1 Macintosh or Yellow Apple

Instructions:
1.    Combine all ingredients in a juicer.
2.    Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

For more information about OMEGA Juicer products, please visit www.OmegaJuicers.com.

 

Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer Review

Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moisturizer ReviewOn a friend’s recommendation, I went out and purchased a bottle of Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer lotion to help keep my skin moisturized this winter. Even as the weather is getting nicer, I’ve noticed my hands are especially dry and sore. I originally got the bottle of Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer because my hands are often dry and uncomfortable in the winter. I am glad my friend mentioned this product and recommended I give it a shot – the results have been worthwhile.

Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer is specially designed for dry and itchy skin, containing natural oatmeal and rich moisturizers to help soothe your skin, even in the brutal wintertime. Product packaging states this product is clinically proven effective for dry and itchy skin and the key ingredients both soothe skin and help to prevent further dryness and itchiness.

Lately my hands have been terribly dry and chapped, without really being out in the cold much or doing anything out of the ordinary to irritate them. This lotion is extremely effective in soothing and erasing dryness and irritation. My hands were really bothering me, so I applied Eucerin Calming Crème two or three times in the same day, including once before bed, and woke up to smoother, softer skin that isn’t chapped or sore.

Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer effectively relieves skin suffering from atopic dermatitis and eczema, as well as other dry and itchy skin conditions. Product packaging notes this lotion is dermatologist recommended and suitable even for children over the age of 2.

Besides its effectiveness, I really like the texture of Eucerin Calming Crème and how completely it absorbs into my skin without leaving a greasy or oily residue. I have found that applying this crème before bed gives excellent results in how your skin looks and feels in the morning. There really isn’t much of a fragrance to note, but the lotion’s performance far outweighs any results for dry or irritated skin than I’ve seen with the more fragrant lotions. Also, Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer contains oatmeal to soothe and protect your skin. I’ve heard of oatmeal baths, so it makes sense for this to be a key ingredient here too.

Eucerin Calming Crème Daily Moisturizer is available at your favorite drugstore, mass market retailer, or online at Amazon.com.

 

DIY Easter Egg Hunt at Home

DIY Easter Egg Hunt at HomeEaster time is sneaking up on us, along with the warmer weather and now even daylight savings time. Planning a DIY Easter egg hunt at home can be a great pastime for your family and especially for grandparents hosting their little grandsons and granddaughters. Your DIY Easter egg hunt can be custom designed to suit any budget and any number of egg hunters. Consider these tips to help you get started.

Before you get started on your Easter egg hunt with all the trimmings, first consider your guests of honor. You will need to choose appropriate Easter egg fillers like candy, money, small toys, chewing gum, and so forth, but you want to make sure you choose items that are age-appropriate, gender appropriate, and above all, safe. If you have a child with a peanut allergy or a chocolate allergy in attendance, it is best to avoid those allergens completely. No peanut butter cups, not even the Easter egg shaped ones. If you have young children attending who may still try to put things immediately in their mouths, you may want to avoid putting money in the eggs (quarters, etc.), as well as other small trinkets and toys.

Now that you have a good idea of who is coming and what kind of Easter egg prizes you should avoid, consider these tips to help you plan a fun and memorable Easter egg hunt at home.

•    Vary the sizes of the plastic Easter eggs to make it more interesting. Larger eggs can hold larger prizes, and smaller eggs can be fun because they can easily hide in smaller spaces. You can also hide really good prizes inside the smallest plastic eggs for a good trick on your egg hunt team.

•    Choose a selection of fun Easter egg fillers. To keep things interesting, you might want to include a variety of prizes, including candy, gum, money, small toys, and other trinkets. If you have older kids and still want to do the egg hunt, consider including items like lip balm or other makeup, gift cards, and other useful prizes.

•    Fill your plastic Easter eggs at least the night before your egg hunt. Filling the plastic eggs can be rather time consuming. Put on a good movie or cuddle up to watch your favorite show and fill up the Easter eggs at least one day before your hunt. If it is the night before your egg hunt, you can also hide the eggs as soon as you are comfortable doing so. That can also take some time – be sure to hide a few eggs in unlikely places, maybe inside the bathtub or the freezer.

•    Ensure fairness in groups. To keep things fair with multiple kids participating, give all participants the same number of eggs to find. It doesn’t have to matter if the eggs are big or small or a combination – simply encourage the kids to find exactly the right number of eggs so everyone gets the same number of prizes. If you want, you can award a separate prize for the person who gets done the egg hunt first.

•    Take lots of pictures. Once you’ve filled and hidden all the eggs and set the kids loose on the egg hunt, you can kick back, relax, and snap away as they romp through your home or outside if it’s nice enough.

In summary, the Easter egg hunt is a great tradition to enjoy with your family and extended family. Gather all the materials you’ll need – plastic eggs, candy, toys, trinkets, and money – and get all the pieces in place for your DIY Easter egg hunt. Your egg hunt is sure to become a great yearly or biyearly event the entire family can enjoy.