Product Review: AXE Shine Pomade, Sleek, Smooth & Sophisticated Look

Girls and guys – if you don’t like crispy, crunchy hair that results from day-old gel, this new sleek and smooth product by AXE (for men) is just for you. For a smooth and suave slicked back look without a greasy change to your hair, check out Axe Shine Pomade, Sleek, Smooth & Sophisticated Look. A little bit of this gel can give your hair all it needs to stay in place without making your hair all crunchy.

My husband enjoys the scent of Axe Shine Pomade, Sleek, Smooth & Sophisticated Look much more than he liked the new AXE Twist fragrance. The AXE Shine Pomade has a clean scent that also seems a bit herbal. I can’t quite place it, but it reminds me of aloe or another water-based plant.

The pomade itself is pale blue and sparkly. It contains silica and mica, which I imagine create the shimmery effect inside the container. One jar has plenty to go around for many uses. The smell rocks, the gel is non-greasy, and it looks great when styled. The only possible downside I can find is that the container itself seems a bit cheap compared to other pomades I’ve owned (granted they were all products designed for females). When it comes down to it that really isn’t much of a con… Who honestly cares what the container feels like? It is black and a neat shape, making it nice and rugged for men.

Axe Shine Pomade, Sleek, Smooth & Sophisticated Look is available in a 2.64-ounce black container with a screw-top lid. Under the lid is a set of instructions letting you know you should use just a finger-tip amount, rub between your hands before applying, and then spread evenly through your hair while it is still damp. Sounds too easy to be true, but that’s all there is to it. Seriously, though, err on the side of using less product. As with all hair care products, a little bit goes a long way.

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Hen Party Games and Dares

What would a girls’ night be without hen party games and dares? Since a hen party is meant for girls only, hen party games will also be for only females. Hen party games and dares can take place anywhere – it can be something as simple as a night of games at someone’s home to playing Truth or Dare at a bar or even in Las Vegas. Your hen party games and dares can be completely off the wall, wild, and crazy, or they can be rather innocent, basic, and tame – it really depends on the crowd of hens.

Once you have the guest list and the location of the hen party in order, it is time to start thinking about your options for activities and hen party games. Consider these suggestions for fun hen party game ideas for any age.

Top Hen Party Games to Enjoy
Consider these fun and exciting hen party games for your bachelorette party, birthday party, or other hen night outing.

Try these games and dare suggestionos for a hen party or hen weekend.1.    Scavenger Hunt – Participate in a Girls-Only Scavenger Hunt. Even more fun at the bar!

2.    Old School Games – Play M.A.S.H. or other old school games from your childhood.

3.    Poker Night – Have your own poker night – use poker chips, candy, or real money.

4.    Naughty Board Games – Play some risqué board games if your group of girls is up for a thrill.

5.    Drinking Party Games – Take part in various drinking games if all of your guests are of the legal drinking age (and if no one has to drive later).

6.    TP Wedding Dress Creation – have two teams compete to design the best dress using rolls of toilet paper.

7.    Bar Games – Rate the guys you see at a bar or nightclub with your own secret rating scale, or make up a game where the next guy to step on a certain crack or walk on a piece of paper on the ground is your future husband.

8.    Never Have I Ever – With drinks in hand, each girl takes a turn finishing the sentence “never have I ever…” with something they have or have not done. Each participant who has done said deed must drink a sip of her beverage. There are other variations of the game, but this is the simple way – drink if you did it, don’t drink if you didn’t.

9.    Clink and Drink – As a getting-to-know-you game, have everyone at the hen party ready with a drink, and each person gets to mention how they know the guest of honor. Anyone else who can agree with the comment also clinks glasses and takes a sip. For example, “we went to high school together” would result in anyone who went to high school with the guest of honor cheers-ing and taking a sip.

Best Hen Party Dares to Use
Try these games and dare suggestionos for a hen party or hen weekend.Hen party dares can be wild and crazy to the max. You should just keep in mind the safety and comforts of your group as you play a classic game of Truth or Dare. If you are looking for exciting hen party dares to include in your festivities, consider the following. Remember, not every dare is right for every girl or every group, so please use discretion.

1.    Sing a song at Karaoke… and make it somewhat embarrassing.
2.    Ask a hot guy for a phone number.
3.    Throw your bra on stage at a venue with live music.
4.    Dance on a table or on the bar if permitted.
5.    Grab a single guy’s butt.
6.    Drink a disgusting shot like a Cement Mixer.
7.    Streak through the yard if you are at someone’s home.
8.     Start dancing with a guy the group picks out for you.
9.    Yell out an embarrassing comment or phrase.
10.   Call a crush or send a flirty text message to someone you like.

You can also make up your own hen night dares or purchase card sets of hen night dares and challenges. Just remember to be sensitive to the comforts of the bride or guest of honor as well as your other guests.

Remember to take a lot of pictures at your hen party, during the games, dares, and even a group shot before everyone goes home. Make it a time to remember forever!


Hen Party Planning and Hen Night Ideas

These days women don’t always need a special reason to host a hen night or a hen party. Hen parties are events for women only, and all the females enjoy fun activities, games, or excursions together. Sometimes a hen party or hen night may be in honor of a special milestone like a birthday or a bachelorette party. In fact, “hen party” is often used synonymously with bachelorette party. Other times, though, it’s just a great excuse to get together with the girls.

Since hen parties are for women only, many times the hen party may end up being a sleepover or slumber party or a special night out to a male revue. However, all hen nights don’t have to go this way. A low key hen party could involve simple makeovers, manicures, and pedicures, while a wild and crazy hen party would be more likely to involve the male strippers and lots of booze. The type of hen party you have really should depend on the guests you are inviting.

Top Reasons to Host a Hen Night or Hen Party
While you can host a hen night for any reason or no reason at all, consider these suggested reasons for when would be a great time to plan a hen night.

1.    Bachelorette Party
2.    Milestone Birthday
3.    Recent Breakup / Divorce
4.    Anti-Valentine’s Day for Single Hens
5.    Husband / Boyfriend Away on Business

Best Hen Night or Hen Party Ideas
No matter what the age of the hens in your party, you can plan a spectacular evening, full day, or even an entire weekend for your group of girls. If you are about to plan a hen party, consider these tips for things you could do or places you could go for your hen night!

Consider these fun activities you can plan for your hen party, girls night, or bachelorette weekend.1.    Winery Tours
2.    Day at the Spa
3.    Spa at Home – manis, pedis, and facials
4.    Makeover Night
5.    Bowling Party
6.    Shopping at the outlets or a major mall
7.    Nightclub Outing
8.    Chick Flick Movie Night (with pints of ice cream)
9.    Hen Party Games
10.    Night at the Bar
11.    Karaoke Night
12.    Smoothie Night
13.    Wine Tasting Party at Home
14.    Fondue Party – what can’t you dip in chocolate?
15.    Deep Fryer Party – what can’t you deep fry? (Think Oreos, Shrimp, Pickles, Candy Bars!)
16.    Movie Theater Night
17.    Hen Party at the Beach
18.    Hen Party in Vegas
19.    Casino Night
20.    New York City Trip

Whatever you decide to do for your hen party, girls’ night, or hen weekend, be sure you take the time to snap a few photos. You’ll really appreciate having them to tide you over till your next girls’ only event!


Wedding Make Up Tips

Consider these tips for wedding make up for brides, bridesmaids, mothers, etc.Brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride and groom should all pay special attention to their wedding make up selection. A professional wedding make up artist can offer true talent to add the perfect polish to your wedding day look. No matter if you are in the bridal party, mother of the bride or groom, or the bride herself, you should keep a few special wedding make up tips in mind as you prepare for the big day.

Depending on the season and the weather on the wedding day, you may wish to plan for cosmetic touchups and prevention of boo-boos like running mascara or melting foundation. Today’s makeup selection offers countless cosmetics options for brides and their loved ones, from soft powders and lightweight powdery mineral foundations to waterproof mascara, fake eyelashes, and more.

To prepare for the wedding make up application, consider these tips on wedding make up.

•    Be honest with the person doing your make up application. If you like only a little foundation or prefer a lot of mascara, let her know so you are both happy with the outcome.

•    Keep in mind the color of your dress, shoes, and shawl, if applicable. If possible to show the wedding make up artist your dress or a picture of it, that may help as she chooses the color palette for your eye makeup and lipstick.

Try these wedding make up tips.•    Drink from a straw once you’ve had your make up applied. This little trick can help lengthen the lifetime of your wedding make up.

•    Brides should consider fake eyelashes or special brush-on fiber lashes. The longer lashes look great in the wedding photos. Other members of the bridal party should leave the fake lashes for the bride.

•    Bridesmaids should check with the bride to ensure she is happy with how she looks. Some brides may be shy and may not want to speak up about how the make up or hair turned out. The bridesmaids should be vocal for the bride so she is fully happy and excited about her appearance on her wedding day.

•    Remember that the application is often heavier than you would expect, but it typically works great for photos. While you may not be used to darker lips, darker eyes, or foundation and blush all over your face, keep in mind that the makeup artist has your prettiest appearance in mind. Still, if you are uncomfortable with this level of wedding make up, simply ask for a more natural look.

•    If you choose to do your own wedding make up, be sure to cover the major areas. Choose appropriate colors for your eyes, lips, and cheeks. Apply a lightweight mineral foundation or powder to your face to even out your complexion. Don’t forget eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara.

•    Be sure to bring extra make up with you to the wedding for touchups. The bridesmaids should be able to help the bride and mother of the bride and groom with their make up touchups throughout the evening.

The most important thing in choosing wedding make up is to be comfortable and confident with the way you look. No matter if you are the bride, a mother, or a bridesmaid, it’s vital that you feel good about how you look so you can fully enjoy the special day.


July Honeymoon Destinations and Vacation Ideas

Pick the perfect place to visit in the month of July for vacation or a honeymoon destination.Traveling in July for a honeymoon or other special vacation can involve anything from a cruise or faraway vacation destination to a simple long weekend trip to the beach or the mountains. Depending on where you live, you may even have countless local places to visit for a July summer vacation. No matter if you plan to travel far and wide or stay close to home for your July getaway, consider these honeymoon destinations and vacation ideas for the month of July.

July can be a great month to travel and escape the heat or if you enjoy the hotter weather, a fine time to enhance the details of your summer vacation. July is a great month to plan family vacations and getaways with your school-aged children since it’s the first (and possibly only) full month of the year where your kids don’t have to go to school.

If you plan your vacation in the beginning of July, you can also capitalize on the paid day off from work for the Fourth of July holiday. Just be aware that traveling may be more congested and a bit more of a hassle when you plan a trip directly around a holiday. If you are planning your honeymoon or another special vacation in the month of July, consider these travel destination suggestions.

Top Places to Visit in the Month of July

Find the best place for your dream vacation in July!1.    Alaska
2.    Aruba
3.    Bali
4.    Bermuda
5.    Brazil
6.    Britain
7.    Canada
8.    Curacao
9.    Fiji
10.    France
11.    Hawaii
12.    Ireland
13.    Kenya
14.    Santa Monica, CA
15.    Seychelles
16.    Switzerland
17.    Tahiti

* Destinations suggested by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, wedding designer and president of Events of Distinction

Editor’s Note: I also enjoyed visiting the Adirondack Park in upstate New York and Niagara Falls in the month of July. Consider these places to visit in July!

Whether you want a long and exotic honeymoon or a close-to-home long-weekend getaway, begin your planning as early as you can to take advantage of the best deals and pricing you can find. Also be sure to get the most out of your memberships, like AAA, which allows you to plan a vacation with the assistance of the agency’s travel department. Any of the above vacation destinations would make a lovely trip, but don’t forget to consider the wonderful locations near your home and within several hours of where you live. You never know where your favorite vacation memories will take place!


4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas

Enjoy a barbeque for the Fourth of July!Fourth of July parties are the perfect time to have a barbeque with lots of yummy grilled food, snacks, desserts, and side dishes. You can use special Fourth of July recipes, adapt older recipes to include the red, white, and blue theme, or create your own food ideas. To prepare for your 4th of July picnic or barbeque, plan your party menu ahead of time and make sure you have something for everyone – kids, adults, vegetarians, and anyone else.

Consider these 4th of July recipes and food ideas to help you complete the prep work for your Independence Day party.

Easy Enhancements to Favorite 4th of July Recipes
You don’t have to change your normal party routine to enjoy a special new recipe here and there. Sometimes a small change in ingredients can make all the difference. Consider these tips with suggestions for how to spruce up some of your current favorite recipes.

•    Burgers: Use fresh ground beef instead of boxed hamburger patties. There’s nothing like a homemade, handmade burger! For an extra little bit of zing, add a teaspoon of A1 Steak Sauce for each pound of beef. Add a dash of salt and pepper, too.

•    Corn on the Cob: Instead of your standard corn on the cob, try a delectable bacon-wrapped corn on the cob. Simply remove the silk hairs but keep the leaves on the corn cob. Soak them for about 15 minutes to a half hour to prevent burning. Then wrap the bacon around the corn cob, replace the leaves and toss the corn on the grill.

•    Hawaiian Chicken Skewers:
For a tasty snack, Fourth of July appetizer, or main course, cube the chicken and place it on a bamboo skewer. (Soak the skewers for a half hour first.) Place freshly cubed pineapple on the skewer next and continue to alternate between chicken and pineapple. If you or your guests like peppers, they also make a nice addition.

Other Fourth of July Food Ideas
The above Fourth of July recipes are classics and make nice snack options. In addition to those main courses, you can simply modify something on your party menu until it fits your needs. For the Fourth of July Desserts, you can easily dress up the confections with red, white, and blue decorations.

Here are a few food ideas to consider for your Fourth of July party:

•    Brownies
•    Cookies
•    Salad
•    Veggie tray
•    Fruit salad
•    Baked ziti
•    Potato salad
•    Pasta salad
•    Chips and dip

Remember, these are just a few recipes and food ideas for the Fourth of July. Come up with your own accents, main courses, sides, and desserts or ask guests to bring a covered dish or dessert to round out the offerings. Happy 4th!


Cucumbers and Little Well-known Methods of Protecting against Type 2 Diabetes

Are you cool as a cucumber? Not merely is the cucumber known for its ability to cool off the body, it has also been seen to help with jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throat, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and swelling of extremities.

Many times you should try to deseed the cucumber as the body can have trouble digesting the seeds. You can deseed them yourself easily by cutting them in two and utilizing a spoon to take out the seeds, or if you wish to eliminate this task, it is possible to buy cucumbers that are already deseeded.

Fresh cucumbers are easy to add to salads and for an easy salad, just toss diced cucumbers with sliced red onions, red tomatoes, and your favorite all-natural, low-fat balsamic vinaigrette. It is a fast way to make a refreshing salad that reaps some great benefits of cucumber.

Anti-diabetic Benefits of Cucumber
Beta cells contained in the pancreas produce the hormone insulin. Cucumber is found to possess a hormone necessary for beta cells in the insulin production. Moreover, the Glycemic Index of cucumbers is found to be zero.

Why do cucumbers have no Glycemic index listed? Does this signify they don’t raise blood sugar?
Not at all—it simply means that under the “rules” for the meaning of the Glycemic index, it is too difficult to get an accurate number. This is because you’ll need to eat a very big amount of the food to get 50 grams of carbohydrate at the same time to be tested. Usually, the lower the amount of carbohydrate in a vegetable and the more fiber it has, the less the rise in blood sugar will be.

The carbohydrates are primarily responsible of the raise of the glucose level. However, the carbohydrates contained in the cucumber are easily digestible in a diabetic patient’s stomach.

Tips for Preparing Cucumbers
Unwaxed cucumbers don’t need to be peeled but should be washed before cutting. Cucumbers are usually sliced, diced or cut into sticks.

Just a few Quick Serving Ideas
– Use half-inch thick cucumber slices as petite serving “dishes” for chopped vegetable salads.
– Mix diced cucumbers with sugar snap peas and mint leaves and toss with rice wine vinaigrette.
– For refreshing cold gazpacho soup that takes five minutes or less to make, simply purée cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
– Add diced cucumber to tuna fish or chicken salad recipes.

Cool Cucumber Salad Recipe

Try a refreshing cucumber salad recipe to help protect against Type 2 Diabetes. (Photo by Suzanne Ault)Ingredients:

– 3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
– 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
– 1/2 red onion, sliced paper-thin
– 1/3 cup minced cilantro

– 1/2 cup rice vinegar
– 2 tsp. honey
– 2 tsp. Reduced-sodium soy sauce
– 1 & 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
– Pinch dried red pepper flakes

Preparation per 8 servings:
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Marinating time: 1 hour

1. Combine the cucumbers, carrots, red onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.

2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl or glass measuring cup.

3. Pour dressing over cucumbers, cover, and refrigerate for one hour.

Nutritional Values per Serving Size: 1/2 cup – Calories: 25 – Calories From Fat: 10 – Total Fat: 1 gram – Saturated fats: .1 grams – Cholesterol: milligrams – Sodium: 50 milligrams (without added salt) – Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams – Dietary Fiber: 1 gram – Sugars: 3 grams – Protein: 1 grams

Suzanne Ault of Diabetes Diet Recipes Blog.About the Expert:

Suzanne Ault gives advice for the diabetes diet recipes blog, her personal hobby weblog focused on cooking ideas to stop type 2 diabetes.


Fourth of July / Independence Day Messages, Cards, Greetings, Letters, and Comments for Family, Friends, and Loved Ones

Be sure to let your loved ones know you care with special 4th of July messages and cards.The Fourth of July is a special time to gather with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate independence and summer fun. Independence Day offers the perfect excuse to have your own backyard barbeque, a potluck party, a pool party, or all of the above. Whether you are traveling to visit your friends and family or not even able to see your loved ones for the holiday, consider sending or preparing special Fourth of July messages and greetings or cards for those you love. You can send your Independence Day greeting cards or e-cards for the people you won’t see and bring personalized cards or greetings for those you will see.

No matter who rates on your list, you should take the Fourth of July holiday as an opportunity to show people how much you care. Preparing Independence Day messages, letters, cards, greetings, and comments for friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers is a memorable and special way to show people they’re on your mind. Consider these tips and suggestions for what to say to your loved ones on the Fourth of July.

4th of July Greetings for Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Mother-in-Law, and Father-in-Law
Your parents and in-laws are a very special part of your life and it is always important to show that you care. For the Fourth of July, consider creating special greetings or messages for all your parents. You can give the greetings or cards in person or send them through the mail or through e-mail or e-cards if you won’t spend the holiday together. Consider these suggestions to let your parents know you care on 4th of July and beyond:

•    So thankful for all that you do! Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you on the Fourth of July holiday.
•    Happy 4th of July! Wishing we could spend the holiday together, Mom and Dad, but looking forward to seeing you soon!
•    So glad we get to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities together. It means a lot to be here with you! Happy Fourth!

Special Independence Day Wishes for Grandmother and Grandfather
If you want to show your grandparents some special attention, send them Independence Day cards in the mail to brighten their day. You can send Grandmom and Grandpop each their own Independence Day card or send separate cards to both of them. You can also include a letter in your Fourth of July greeting to let them know the latest news in your life. Consider these suggestions for what to write in your grandparents’ Independence Day greeting cards:

•    Happy 4th of July! We love you and wish you could be here with us to enjoy the holiday and especially the fireworks.
•    Wishing you a special Independence Day knowing your grandchildren are thinking of you.
•    Sending all our love today and always – Happy Fourth of July!
•    So happy we get to spend the 4th of July holiday together. We love you!

If you will see your grandparents in person on the 4th of July, be sure to give them hugs and kisses and a special Fourth of July greeting card with a recent photo of you and your family.

Heartfelt Fourth of July Sentiments for Husband or Wife, or Boyfriend or Girlfriend
It may not be necessary to give your husband or wife a Fourth of July greeting card, but you could definitely go a little out of your way to simply say “Happy Fourth of July” or “Happy Independence Day” and offer a little kiss, hug, or squeeze. The same is true for your boyfriend or girlfriend. Often the most memorable holidays are the ones where you do something special together with the person you love. Instead of Fourth of July gifts or cards for your sweetheart, find a romantic place to enjoy the fireworks, and then consider making your own. Not much beats a good smooch under the fireworks!

Friendly Independence Day Thoughts for Friends and Neighbors
If you decide to have your own Fourth of July party, be sure to think about including your dearest friends and neighbors. You can let everyone know you’re thinking about them by inviting them to share the holiday festivities with you. If your friends and neighbors have other commitments, you can still send a text message wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July. If you are going to a friend’s or neighbor’s house for the holiday festivities, consider bringing a dessert, case of beer, bottle of wine or liquor, or even flowers as a special message that you appreciate having them in your life.

Creative 4th of July Comments and Messages for Anyone You Won’t See for the Holiday
If you won’t see your coworkers, neighbors, friends, or family members for the Fourth of July, you can still express your sentiments with nice comments and personalized or group text messages to each person. You can also wish your boss and coworkers a Happy Fourth of July during the workweek before the weekend or just before the holiday gets here. Simple Fourth of July comments and thoughtful statements that you make in passing can be enough to brighten someone’s day.


Summer Wedding Hairstyle Tips

Try these beautiful summer wedding hairstyles for brides, bridesmaids, family, and guests of the wedding.Summer weddings offer countless lovely options for wedding colors, flowers, dresses, hairstyles, and more. Depending on the humidity and the weather forecast, brides, bridesmaids, immediate family, and guests may have a lot to consider in choosing their summer wedding hairstyles. Hot and humid days may present a strong argument for a pretty summer up-do. Cooler summer nights and lower humidity days work nicely with up-dos or wedding hair worn down or half up and half down.

No matter if the summer wedding is indoors or outside, you can find a great hairstyle that suits your personality, your dress, and the weather. Consider these summer wedding hairstyle tips from Hair Room Service and Fantastic Sams to help you choose a great style for all your summer weddings.

Wedding Hairstyle Ideas for Brides, Bridesmaids, and Wedding Guests
For the most part, the bride’s hair should stand out from the other members of the bridal party, family, and wedding guests. Unless invited by the bride, leave the fancy wedding hair accessories and summer wedding flowers for the bride alone to wear in her hair. Consider the following tips on wedding hair ‘dos for summer weddings.

Summer Wedding Hairstyle Idea #1: The High Ponytail
It seems the ponytail is more than an all-purpose hairstyle worn out of laziness and convenience. Much to the contrary, the ponytail can be a classy and elegant hairdo or a glamorous style, depending on the details.

“The High Pony Tail is back!” says Pam Kelly, National Director of Technical Services for Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, a chain franchise of full-service, family-oriented salons.

Pretty ways to wear hair at a summer wedding include high on the head as a ponytail or other up-do.She offers the following tips on achieving a summer wedding-worthy high ponytail:

1.    Amp up the volume by shampooing with a volumizing shampoo.
2.    Add a few drops of shine serum and blow dry.
3.    Lightly tease the top crown of the head to create a subtle pompadour and then brush back all the hair and secure into an elastic band, high at the back of the head.
4.    Take a strand of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band to hide the band.
5.    Secure with a bobby pin.
6.    Flatiron the pony tail and you have created a perfect balance between sophistication and a playful look.
7.    To add some glitz for the bride, secure a favorite brooch or hair accessory off to one side of the pony tail.
8.    TIP: If you prefer a softer look, place the pony tail low and off to one side.

  1. Curl the pony tail with a large barrel curling iron and wait five minutes for the curls to cool down.
  2. Then separate the curls with your fingers. DO NOT brush or comb the curls. The purpose for this look is to create soft definition and separation of the curls.
  3. If you prefer the messy look, lightly tease the separated curls with a comb.
  4. Follow up with a light finishing spray.

Summer Wedding Hairstyle Idea #2: Loose Chignon
For an especially classy summer wedding look that is great for the bride’s hair or anyone else for that matter, consider a loose chignon hairstyle. Chignons are like loose bun hairstyles where the hair is rolled into a lovely ball shape at the nape of the neck. Consider these tips from Pam Kelly, National Director of Technical Services for Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, to create your own summer wedding loose chignon hairstyle.

1.    Pull all the hair back and into a low ponytail at the base of the nape.
2.    Secure with an elastic band.
3.    Begin to wrap the ponytail’s hair around the base of the ponytail and it will coil into place.
4.    Secure with a few bobby pins. Loosen a few strands of the chignon and there you have it!
5.    TIP: Chignons are great to wear if you want to show off fancy earrings or a statement necklace!

“If the bride would like something a little bit more pulled together, or a modern classic, the chignon is always a fail safe,” adds Michael Duenas, the founder of Hair Room Service, which is an agency that offers salon services to clients in their hotel rooms, homes, or place of business — a truly great option for brides, the bridal party, and immediate family in out-of-town weddings in the Manhattan area.

Summer Wedding Hairstyle Idea #3: Faux Bob, #4: French Twist, with a Twist


Patriotic Nail Designs for 4th of July

Try a pretty patriotic manicure for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day.Fourth of July is one of the most awaited summer holidays that usually results in food and drink, barbequed food, lawn games and fireworks. The patriotic colors red, white, and blue bedeck table settings, cakes and desserts, and other various sights on Independence Day. To celebrate July 4th in style, paint some patriotic nail designs or a red, white, and blue manicure.

For a fun patriotic manicure or pedicure, think about nail designs with flags, fireworks, firecrackers, stars and stripes, and USA nails. You can also do abstract red, white, and blue designs, like a top hat, heart, or basic colored manicure. Consider the following patriotic nail designs for the 4th of July.

Patriotic Star Nail Designs

Try these pretty patriotic nail designs!

Stars make great manicures and pedicures and they are a perfect patriotic design. You can paint big or little star nail designs. You can include stripes or no stripes in your nail art. To create pretty red, white, and blue star nails, follow these steps.

1.    Paint two coats of the background color for your nails and allow nails to dry.
2.    Using your preferred color of nail polish and a nail art pen, nail art brush, or a pointy toothpick, paint a star. First paint a diagonal line going one way, then another line from the point going the
opposite way. Then paint a line outward across the lines from the bottom two points. Then draw a straight line across the two remaining points and paint the inside of the star as desired.
3.    Decide if you would like to have more than one star on your nails. Add more stars as appropriate.
4.    Seal your patriotic star nail designs with a clear or glitter topcoat.

Patriotic Heart Nail Designs
Hearts are a great way to show fondness for the things you like and appreciate. Paint a red, white, and blue heart nail design to show your appreciation for the United States of America. To paint your own patriotic heart nail designs, follow these steps:

1.    Paint two coats of the background color for your nails and allow nails to dry.
2.    Using your preferred color of nail polish and a nail art pen, nail art brush, or a pointy toothpick, paint the outline of a heart.
3.    Fill the inside of the heart with red, white, or blue nail polish. You can also do stars, stripes, or a combination inside the heart.
4.    Allow nails to dry completely.
5.    Consider finishing your patriotic heart nail designs with a clear topcoat or a glitter topcoat.

Even a plain red manicure can be patriotic!

Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Stripe Nail Art
Painting your nails for the Fourth of July can be simple or complex, depending on your personal preferences. Consider painting a pretty red, white, and blue striped manicure or pedicure for the patriotic holiday. To paint patriotic stripes nail art on your fingers and toes, follow these steps:

1.    Paint the base coat in red, white, or blue. White often works well since it is a lighter color to paint over again.
2.    Paint a chunky diagonal line of red or blue across the tip of the nail, starting higher on one side and coming down just to the tip of the nail on the other side.
3.    Once dry, use a nail art pen, brush, or toothpick to paint a thin diagonal line a little bit above the chunky line.
4.    Apply a clear or glitter topcoat to seal your designs.

Enjoy wearing these pretty manicure styles for the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or Memorial Day.


Natural Fitness Eco-Smart Yoga Mat Product Review

Try the Natural Fitness Eco-Smart Yoga MatFor some reason, yoga feels better to me in the summer than any other month. Maybe it’s because being outside is like a Bikram class all on its own. Or maybe it’s because yoga works best for toning for sleeveless dresses and bathing suits. Whatever the reason, I’m glad to have my new Eco-Smart Yoga Mat on my side.

Until now, I’d been using the $10 mat I bought at Target. Don’t get me wrong, for $10 it’s fine. But I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried the Eco-Smart Yoga Mat from Natural Fitness. First of all, it’s free from toxins and environmentally safe, a plus on its own. Also, I love the purple/green color combination. It’s calming and, as my boyfriend pointed out, ‘not too girly looking.’

You can practice yoga outside with a good yoga mat!Most of what I like about the mat, though, is how it feels. It has great compression, cleans easily, and sticks to the floor. It occasionally does stick to my feet, too, but not as badly as other mats I’ve tried. The compression resistance indicates that I will likely get a long life from it, and it’s pretty light to carry. The only problem with the mat is that it doesn’t solve the problem of sweaty hands: it does take more sweat for hands to start slipping, but slip they do. I still need to put down a towel to get through a slip-free workout.

For $19.99, the mat is a great deal. More than twice as good as my cheap Target alternative, it’s definitely worth the extra $10. They’ve got a range of colors and patterns to choose from. And using a safe and environmentally responsible product feels great too.

You can find the Eco Smart mat at Natural Fitness’s Web site: They offer tons of other great fitness accessories and equipment, all within their mission of Zero Impact (meaning that they off-set their impact on the environment in the manufacturing and distribution of their products by engaging in pro-environment programs). A great mission and a great product!


Summer Pedicure Tips

Try these fun summer pedicure tips to keep your feet looking great!If you don’t have a pretty or creative pedicure on your toes for the summer, it’s time to get painting!  Summertime is the perfect time to show off our toes and lovely pedicures until it gets cold again. Choose your favorite bright colors or put a new spin on the classic French pedicure. No matter what you decide to do, be sure to show off your tootsies with adorable sandals, flip-flops, or totally bare feet.

A creative pedicure often starts with inspiration of some kind. You might find inspiration for your pedicures in flowers, fruit, landscapes, or summer toys. The creativity you can apply to your nail art is fully unbridled. Use your imagination and come up with a creative pedicure design to show off this summer.

Pedicure and Manicure at Home
Don't forget your toe separators when doing your own pedicures at home.Doing a pedicure and manicure at home saves a lot of money in the long run. It also allows you to creatively design your own pedicure nail art or even a basic plain pedicure. Depending on your budget, you might even consider a luxury pedicure, complete with pedicure scrubs, a foot spa, ultra-soft towels, and music for your own relaxation and enjoyment.

If a luxury pedicure isn’t really your speed, you might consider a pedicure that ignites your senses, like a tingly peppermint pedicure. Simply look for pedicure products that contain peppermint, such as foot scrubs and foot lotions. Whatever pedi style you decide, don’t forget your pedicure toe separators!

Pedicure Essentials
To do your own pedicure and manicure at home, gather the following pedicure essentials:

–    Pedicure tub, basin, or foot spa
–    Plush towels
–    Pumice stone or foot buffer
–    Nail file
–    Pedicure lotion
–    Pedicure foot scrub
–    Nail polish remover
–    Cotton balls
–    Favorite nail polish colors
–    Clear topcoat
–    Pedicure tools like nail clippers, cuticle nippers, and orangewood stick

Choosing Your Creative Pedicure Style for the Summer
The sky really is the limit when it comes to selecting a manicure and pedicure style to create at home. You can use any colors of nail polish that you like. You can add stripes or polka-dots or even funky designs. You can also apply nail decals, rhinestones, or other fun nail art accessories.

Consider these fun and exciting summer pedicure ideas:

Bright and Bold Summer Pedicure
Try a bright and bold pedicure for the warmest months of the year.Paint all your toenails in the brightest, boldest color you love for summer. Consider bright orange, hot pink, deep green, turquoise, or yellow. Make a statement with a pedicure no one can miss. You can paint all your nails the same color, each a different color, or alternate between colors.

Pedicure Nail Designs
If you get easily bored with a simple solid color pedicure, be sure to spice things up a bit with a nice nail art design on your toenails. Paint all your nails in the desired basecoat color and then spruce up a nail or two with a summery nail art design like a watermelon slice, a beach ball, or the sunshine. You might also consider less seasonal nail art ideas, like a daisy or another pretty flower.

At-Home French Pedicure
If you aren’t confident about painting your own pedicure, look for French pedicure kits to help you get started with a classic, timeless look. To create your own French pedi, simply gather the right materials – white nail polish, nude or light pink nail polish, and a clear topcoat. You might also consider using French Pedicure guides to allow you to paint the tips of your nails more flawlessly.

No matter what you decide to do for your pretty summer pedicure, be sure you enjoy a pedicure treatment about twice a month while the warm weather lasts. Your feet will be softer, smoother, and more beautiful than ever.