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I hate washing my hair. It just takes too much time! Washing it, rinsing, and then adding conditioner or a hair treatment and waiting for it to process is time consuming! And then I either go to bed with wet hair and freeze all night long, or I have to painstakingly blow dry it.
I try to go as many days as I can between washings. But then, my hair definitely shows it. It gets to looking dirty, dull and kind of gross.
Thankfully, I have discovered Unwash hair care. Unwash allows you to refresh your hair in between washings using products that bring out the beauty in unwashed hair.
Unwash makes it so you'll never have a bad hair day again!
Traditional shampoo was originally developed to care for and cleanse hair that was heavily styled and plagued by build-up. This practice has become outdated and is too harsh for today’s carefree, fuss-free hairstyles.
Women are going longer between shampoos for fear of losing color and damaging hair. As the attitudes and need for conventional haircare has changed – so have the products
Welcome Unwash®, a new movement in haircare. Unwash challenges conventional wisdom and the harsh cycle of traditional shampoo, condition, repeat.
My favorite products from the Unwash hair care line are below.
Volumizing Dry Cleanser Foam- Pack a one-two punch with this dry cleanser, formulated specifically to give fine hair extra volume. Inspired by our classic dry cleanser, this version is made specifically for extra-fine hair that is prone to going limp. If you struggle to get any volume in your hair, search no more.
I love this product! It has been such a lifesaver for me in-between hair washes. It completely refreshes my hair, absorbs oil, adds shine and pretty waves and smells amazing! It actually makes my hair feel fresh and clean-all without water! I love taking this product on camping trips when I don't have access to a shower.
Balancing Scalp Serum- A luxurious experience to help address scalp woes. Boost your scalp's health and overall condition to help with hair growth, volume, and shine. This ultra lightweight treatment is perfect for those with sensitive scalps and sensitive skin. Our re-balancing serum is unlike any other product in our line, and is made specifically for the scalp's microbiome with prebiotics and probiotics.
I love this lightweight formula. It adds volume to my roots while nourishing my dry scalp. It even helps soothe my psoriasis that I have on the back of my scalp. It smells wonderful too.
Color Intensifying Gloss Treatment- Adds a gloss to your hair with nourishing ingredients, leaving your hair looking bright, shiny and touchable. It also protects and extends your hair color.
I absolutely LOVE this product! I apply it ( about once per week) to my unwashed, dry hair. I massage it throughout my hair and comb it through. I keep it in my hair for up to an hour, (even though it works faster than that.) After rinsing, I apply conditioner, and rinse that out. My hair looks beautiful and shiny after it dries. It feels as soft as silk, and it smells amazing!
For more information, visit: https://unwash.com/
In celebration of Earth month, (which was last month) Rahua® by Amazon Beauty® Inc. is pleased introduce a meaningful and magical story, entitled GREEN UTOPIA, of how two women of different cultures unite for the better good of our planet.
The two characters, Alice and Nina, come from two different worlds – one from modern, commercialized New York City and the other, the depth of nature in the Amazon Rainforest. Alice is triggered by an awareness of over-consumption and Nina is saddened by seeing the destruction and pollution in her natural waters. Through a dream-like revelation, Alice recognizes the connection between water and life and an awareness of how the planet relies on nature to go on living. It is here that Alice and Nina bond a sisterhood and together hero their power to make a difference – bringing awareness to environmental issues including disruption of the eco-system and pollution.
Rahua® by Amazon Beauty® Inc. encourages that although we all may live different lives and come from different cultures, when we work together to educate each other we can create the path for a symbiotic relationship with nature. “Every single object we use, and discard, is taking away from nature; these objects destroy nature in one way or another,” says Fabian Lliguin, Ecoagent and President of Rahua® by Amazon Beauty® Inc. Lliguin goes on to say “We can make a difference if we are conscious, thoughtful and purposeful about what products we buy and how we use them. With our buying power, we can choose to support eco-friendly businesses, ultimately giving power to green companies whose mission is to reduce waste and carbon footprint, ultimately nurturing the planet for future generations.”
Who do you give power to? Beauty is Power! Please enjoy this short, two-minute preview! Stay tuned for the full-length animation coming soon!
When thinking about getting a breast lift, one of our biggest questions is "how will a lift affect my ability to breastfeed?" The breasts are a very complicated part of the body, so altering them MUST have some effects on breastfeeding, right?
Because of the risk of complications, most surgeons recommend that mothers wait until they are done breastfeeding to get a breast lift, but exceptions to this rule do exist. Keep reading to find out all about the relationship between breast lifts and breastfeeding.
Breast Lifts & Breastfeeding
To understand how a breast lift can affect our ability to breastfeed, it is important to understand how the procedure is done. Depending on your case, the surgeon may make incisions around the areola, in a horizontal line along the breast creases, or in a vertical line between the areola and breast creases. After removing the excess, the surgeon may use stitches to reshape the breast tissue, reposition the nipple, or alter the areola size before closing the incisions. The end result of a breast lift is typically higher and round busts, but the breastfeeding worry is still there...
In most cases, it is possible to breastfeed after getting a breast lift. The procedure only removes excess skin, so it won’t rid you of your milk ducts or anything. In lifts that include nipple repositioning, the nipple is normally moved without being separated from the tissue underneath. As long as the nerves and milk ducts remain intact, it is possible to breastfeed.
However, there is always a risk that ducts may be severed or blocked during the procedure. In some rare cases, women find that they are unable to breastfeed or produce adequate amounts of milk after getting a breast lift. There can also be issues with decreased nipple sensitivity that can make it more difficult for a new mother to breastfeed. Though these situations are very rare, women who really want to breastfeed might want to wait on a breast lift so they can ensure that they avoid this unusual complication of a lift.
What About Breast Shape?
According to Dr. Jason Altman, a Miami breast augmentation expert, it is best to wait until breastfeeding is done to get a breast lift, as this will alter the shape of the breasts. During pregnancy and lactation, the breasts gradually grow larger. The breasts return to a smaller size after you finish breastfeeding, so you end up with a lot of excess skin. Hormonal changes can lead to decreased skin elasticity and thinning skin which further changes the shape of the breast.
Though getting a breast lift beforehand may prevent some sagging, the breasts will inevitably be saggier and droopier after being pregnant and breastfeeding. If you just want a single surgery, it is more effective to wait until you finish breastfeeding for good before you begin to fix the shape of your breasts.
What Bad Can Breastfeeding Do?
Yet another concern I hear often: will breastfeeding damage the incision scars leftover from the lift? Breastfeeding will not cause any drastic changes, but it can result in some minor cosmetic changes and discomfort. The hormones associated with pregnancy can cause concentrated melanin, so some find that their scars darken a little during pregnancy. This effect may fade after pregnancy is over, but it can be permanent for some of us.
Incision scars will stretch as the breastfeeding increases the size of your breasts. However, some women do find that there is a little tightness or stiffness around the area as the scar stretches, and it can feel rather itchy. All of the issues that breastfeeding causes are not enough to actually impair functionality, but they can be inconvenient. Women who would prefer not having to deal with these problems will benefit from waiting to get their breast lift until after they breastfeed.
What Should You Do If You Want a Breast Lift Before Breastfeeding?
It might be ideal to wait until you are no longer breastfeeding before getting a breast lift, but this is not always possible. Some women may need a breast lift long before they plan to have children, and others might change their minds about having more children after they get a breast lift.
The sun is finally out! Sandal season is here! I went browsing online to try to find fashionable footwear for this warmer weather, and I discovered Plaka Sandals. I knew that I had to have them!
Plaka sandals are everything I was looking for in a sandal, and much more. I fell in love with them because of their unique and fashionable styles. I love them all, and I could not decide on just one pair. I decided to go with three different styles, and three different colors. I could not believe that they were so affordable!
When I received my Plaka Sandals, I was impressed that each pair came in its own little draw-string bag. I tried on each pair, and was even more in love with them. They are even prettier in person! Each pair of my Plaka Sandals is intricately and uniquely made with high quality materials. After wearing them around, I discovered how comfortable they are. I have no doubt that these gorgeous sandals will be my best friend on many of my upcoming summertime adventures.
Below are the styles I have chosen. (Please excuse my not-so-beautiful feet. But then again, Plaka Sandals do add of touch of elegance to them!)
This style is the Palm Leaf- classic black style. Look how gorgeous they are! They go perfectly with jeans, shorts, or even a dress! They are so comfortable.
This pair of flip flops is the Oceanside- Turquoise-gray Aren't they stunning? These will also go with just about anything. They are so pretty, and definitely eye catching!
These are the Plaka Flat Gladiator in taupe. I love them! There are several ways that I can lace these sandals up for different looks. These are a lot of fun.
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It’s officially prom season and Tony Odisho has a cute and easy updo tutorial for it. This elegant hairstyle can work well with just about any prom dress, plus it’s insanely easy to create. All you need is: Dry Shampoo, Flexible Hairspray, Strong Hairspray, and an Infrared Curling Iron. Here’s how!
On dry hair, apply Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo. This will help add some texture. Plus the formula is talc-free, so it leaves zero residue! Apply Flexible Hairspray. This acts as a heat protectant and it offers a buildable hold that’s perfect for updos.
Using the Ostia Collection Infrared Curling Iron, create soft curls for added texture and volume in the updo.Tease hair at the crown of the head to create even more volume. Lightly brush out hair afterwards.
Pin into a bouffant, leaving plenty of face-framing pieces in front.
Take a piece of hair from the right side and twist it slightly, then pull it across the head, beneath the bouffant. Pin into place.
Repeat the previous step, this time going from left to right.
This style can be worn to prom as is or with the following steps you can create an updo!
To turn this into an updo, repeat the last step listed, going piece by piece.
Finish pinning everything into place, then spray with Ostia Collection Strong Hairspray to hold the style while you dance the night away.
And that’s it! It’s an easy yet elegant updo, perfect for prom! (And even a wedding!)
More about Tony Odisho:
TonyOdisho, President and Founder of Tony Odisho, began his career in Rome, Italy, where he studied cosmetology at the prestigious Marelena Academy. Young and ambitious, Odisho immigrated to the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe. He was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professionnel to work as an educator and color expert. Tony then opened his acclaimed salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village, Chicago.. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony saw the need for his own line of high end hair extensions. He created Tony Odisho , offering the best quality extensions and everything needed to apply and care for them. Tony Odisho, Beauty for Life. Tony Odisho is still a master stylist and a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure America-Canada
When someone meets me for the first time, and finds out that I have grown children, and especially when they learn that I have two grand daughters, they are often quite surprised. I apparently do not look old enough for those things. That makes me so very happy. I know I have good genetics. (You should see my mother!) I also take very good care of my skin, but I am adamant about taking anti-aging supplements.
My favorite anti-aging supplement is SeroVital ADVANCED. SeroVital ADVANCED builds on the foundation that's made SeroVital-hgh America's #1 anti-aging therapy formula with over 4 million boxes sold. This new product fights the signs of aging from the inside out, allowing you to experience better results in as little as 15 days.
What do you think? How old do you think I am?
SeroVital-hgh quickly paved the way for supplements that address aging in a meaningful way, via supporting the body's natural production of human growth hormone (or hGH*) which plays a crucial role in the body's ability to stay young on a biological level. hGH has been associated with strengthening the underlying substructure of skin, stimulating collagen production, causing fat cells to shrink, and more. Building on this already groundbreaking well beauty formula, the team at SeroVital used feedback from brand loyalists, consumer research, and clinical studies to create the next generation formulation.
"We know how loyal our customers are, and their feedback is very important to us," said Dr. Amy Heaton, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer for SeroVital. "When we learned that there was a desire for a SeroVital product that delivered more and worked more rapidly, we knew we had to create something that did just that. This advanced formula goes above and beyond the original by maximizing the benefits of increased levels of hGH," Heaton said. "It is truly an innovation in anti-aging science, formulated to increase skin hydration by up to 23.8%, skin elasticity by 15.9%, and skin smoothness by up to 11.0% in just 15 days. Individuals in the studies on the functional ingredients in SeroVital ADVANCED also experienced enhanced energy, focus, and mood."
The system is broken into two parts: the Evening Blend and the Morning Blend. The result – accelerated skin benefits, weight loss, increased energy, and improved sleep in as little as 15 days!
The Evening Blend contains an exclusive patented blend of amino acids, including L-Lysine, L-Arginine, and L-Glutamine, which increases your hGH levels closer to those you experienced in your 20s and 30s. SeroVital has sold over 4 million boxes and is the ONLY product offering this unique blend, which is backed by 4 clinical trials and protected by 15 U.S. and international patents. The four capsules support the pituitary gland and inhibit the "gunk" (or somatostatins) that increases as you age — this allows your hGH to flow at more optimal levels.
The Morning Blend uses ceramides, collagen, and hyaluronic acid to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin, and better protect the skin from future damage. The blend also contains coffee bean extract to aid in the increase of energy and improvement of mental sharpness.
SeroVital ADVANCED also contains a groundbreaking patented Smart Release Technology – containing wild mint, lady's mantle, olive leaves, and cumin extracts – that helps control cravings, improves digestion, and decreases appetite.
I have been taking my SeroVital ADVANCED for over one month now. I take the red and white tablets (morning blend) with my greek yogurt that I usually have for breakfast. After having taken these for a month, I noticed gradual changes. My skin seemed more supple, meaning that it did not feel as dry as it usually does. I have had incredible energy, and my moods have been great. I definitely feel a renewed sense of well-being. It seems to be working on my appetite as well, because I have not been craving junk food or sweets like I normally do.have noticed that I sleep
As for the results I feel from taking the evening blend, I have noticed that I sleep much sounder. It doesn't seem to take me as long to fall asleep, either. I awake feeling very rested. I kind of feel as though my well-being has been revitalized, and I do not feel as sluggish as I had been feeling before I started taking SeroVital ADVANCED.
SeroVital ADVANCED is available for $119 for a 30-day supply on SeroVital.com, in stores and online at Ulta Beauty!
And did you know that SeroVital also has a formulation for the hair? Many women start to notice that their hair is not as thick or as lustrous as it once was as they get older. And those dreaded grays? Do they ever end? Yes, they can! SeroVital Hair Regeneres is the solution for these most annoying hair concerns!
This powerful two-step system uses clinically validated ingredients that target your hair issues both from the outside in and the inside out.
This unique system is not only designed to reverse graying and reduce age-related hair loss — it actually improves the overall health of your hair*.
- Optimize the scalp environment
- Make hair look thicker and fuller
- Strengthen hair and reduce breakage*
- Improve shine and luster*
- Take fewer trips to the salon
I have been taking SeroVital Hair Regeneres for about a month now. I take two of the soft gels each morning. I apply the Advanced Hair Thickening Serum before I go to bed at night. I apply a few droppers full to my scalp onto my damp or dry hair. I add the drops onto my hair, and gently massage it into my scalp.
After a little over 30 days of use, I have noticed that my hair looks and feels lustrous and healthy. It has definitely become stronger, and I have noticed less breakage and split ends. My hair has grown an inch, and this is amazing because my hair has always grown so slowly. I am extremely happy with the results. (My photo above shows how long my hair has grown.)
Learn more and place your order for SeroVital Hair Regeneres here.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Getting a divorce is something that no one wants to think they will have to go through in their lives, but it is something you might find yourself having to cope with if your marriage breaks down. As you grow up and mature, it is often the case that you can grow apart from your partner and this can take many forms. Sometimes, it is as simple as realizing that you are no longer in love with them; other times, it can be caused by not having the same life goals anymore or arguing all the time, creating an unpleasant home environment.
The following article has compiled some useful information to help your divorce proceedings go smoothly and limit the emotional impact on you both.
Bringing up a divorce with your spouse
First of all, you need to know how to approach the conversation of divorce with your current partner, as this conversation will set the tone for how you both approach seeking a divorce.
Before you bring it up, you need to be entirely sure that you want to end things as, after you say you want a divorce, you will hurt your partner and the chances are that if you change your mind, they won’t want to give things another go. Can the problems you face be solved and, more importantly, do you want to put in the effort to solve them?
Once you have decided that divorce is the option you want, make sure you choose the right time and setting to tell your spouse. Try to do it in your shared home when it is just the two of you so that they have the privacy they need to go through their emotions. Alongside this, let a friend or family member know you are going to do this and agree that you can stay over at their place in case your partner needs some time to themselves.
Make sure you both have a clean break
Once you have brought up wanting a divorce, you need to find ways of having a clean break following your decision to divorce because it can be a lengthy process.
Make sure you are there if they want to talk things through for the first month, but after this, you need to establish some boundaries so that you don’t fall back into a relationship that made you unhappy or gives your ex the impression there is hope to save the marriage.
Get proper legal representation
You need to get yourself a good divorce lawyer Lake County, IL to ensure that the legal aspect of the divorce is simple. During this time, you may feel like you should try and get all you can in terms of money and possessions so that you come out on top, but this can cause even more hurt to your partner. Always try and be fair with the way things are divided up and try to have a conversation with your ex before you begin the proceedings so that you are on the same page.
The teenage years can be very troubling for many parents as their children act out. Some of their actions may cause them to stay in jail. Read on to find out how you can deal with this situation.
There are some phone calls that a parent dreads hearing. One of them is of their child calling from jail, asking for help. It can be from drinking too much or something worse, but the dilemma is something that parents don't want to face.
Here are some tips on how you should deal with your teens so that they won't end up in jail:
Notice the Warning Signs
One of the things that you need to learn is warning signs. An arrest and ending up in jail doesn't just come from nowhere. There will be hints that your teen is facing internal struggles. This can be something as simple as lower grades or small transgressions. They may seem small in the beginning, but you will need to take notice of them since they can lead to further problems in the future.
The signs may not even be overt. For example, your teen might be spending too much money. Being extravagant is not wrong, but from where are they getting the cash? This may come from questionable acts. Be observant so that you can head things off.
Consult with Teachers
The other significant figures in your teen's life are their teachers. You need to be in touch with them so that you can have an idea of what's going on. Your teens should be spending a majority of their time at school, and you don't usually have an eye into their activities there. That is why having a regular discussion with their teachers would be a good idea. Be active in the PTA and know the contact number of the school so that you can consult with them about your teen and his behavior.
Modern parenting has often been misinterpreted to just letting their teens do whatever they want. The best way to handle things, though, is to be stricter in your dealings with them. Set clear and reasonable boundaries and enforce them.
For example, if you set a curfew, then you should be strict about it. If they miss it, then they should be punished for it. You need to show them that you are the boss. Don't be too strict, though. Strictness aims to keep them safe and to show them that their actions have consequences.
This is where the bail comes in. When your teenager calls you up, there is always the option to bail them out. It is easy enough to get 24-hour bail bonds in Salt Lake City and other areas if you are short on cash. The main decision you need to make is whether to bail them out or not from their predicament. There are two schools of thought on how to respond.
First, you can bail them out and have an honest conversation about their behavior. Second, you can leave them in jail to learn a lesson. Both sides have merit, and you'll need to weigh on which side you think you fall.
Teenagers are not children anymore, and they are about to enter adulthood. You won't be able to shield them forever. That's why you need to do your best when it comes to them and their actions. Do your best to steer them in the right direction.
Everyone wants to make their wedding invitation stand out. Create your own by following the four simple tips below!
Most people who receive a wedding invitation in their mail see it as a pleasant surprise. But don't you want to push things to the next level when it comes to your own wedding invites? Surely, you want your guests to feel excited once they find out about the good news.
From custom illustration to paper alternatives, you can now choose various ways to customize your wedding invitation. To save you from the trouble of searching for them, here is a list of tips you will surely find handy.
Pick the right theme
Your invitation gives your guests a hint of the overall concept of your wedding. That is why you should take the time to find the right design for it. Carefully consider the lettering, the color scheme, and the message of the letter, of course.
You should also think of a few ideas before making the final decision. It is best to carefully plan the layout of the invitation to save you time.
Add a piece of yourself
There is nothing more personalized than a handwritten letter containing a message or a few lines from your favorite poem, for example. You can add a line of your love poem at the uppermost part of the invitation to make your guests feel that it is a personal and romantic event. Then, you can consider adding a symbol to separate the poem from the rest of the invite text so it would not look like it is all over the place.
Meanwhile, instead of using a computer font, you can use your handwriting for the invite. All you need to do is to scan your handwritten message at high resolution. Doing so will make your invite more personal and welcoming at the same time.
Create a budget
One of the most crucial aspects of creating a personalized wedding invitation is your budget. You should allocate a budget for it and stick to it. You do not want to waste your time designing the best wedding invitation only to discover that it is way over your budget.
Consider the number of people that you will be inviting. Bear in mind that aside from the wedding invitation, you also must think about the other must-haves in your big day, including the corral boots you want for your western-themed wedding.
Time to DIY
Now that you have chosen the perfect design and figured out the number of guests who will be attending the event, it is time to get your creative juices flowing. One way you can keep things simple yet elegant is by incorporating a ribbon and placing it down the spine of your invitation.
Another way to decorate it is to use a fabric to act as a divider. You are only limited to your imagination. So, get your inspiration from the design that you selected and make it your own.
Weddings are such an intimate occasion that you would rather spend with your closest loved ones. So, instead of worrying about the tiny details, enjoy your day and celebrate!
If you’re buying real estate property for the first time, you may not realize just how costly it can be. We’re not just talking about the cost of the house itself or the associated interest rate. You also have to look at other expenses related to the transfer of the property from the owner to you. Here’s what you should know:
When checking out houses for sale in West Melbourne, Victoria, you should find out how much the government is levying real property tax. Real property tax is taken out of the beneficial owner of the property and must be paid for every year. If you’re going to buy a high-value property, then be prepared for a high tax payment because the rate is based on the assessed value of the land. Ideally, you should set aside a specific amount each year for the property. Note that if there are back taxes that you will have to pay, this must be taken out of the buying price of the land.
Someone has to pay the taxes associated with the sale, and this is often a certain percentage of the value of the property. Sales tax is often paid for by the seller, but there are times when the buyer has to pay for it –the value often docked out of the overall cost of the house.
This is the final expense you’ll have to shell out before you get the keys to the home. Closing costs is the term used for an aggregate of costs from the processing of the deed, the registration of the property in your name, mortgage taxes, title insurance, and so on. When paying for closing costs, have an itemized listing of the expenses to make sure you’re not paying double for the same service.
Service taxes are required for people who are constructing property on an empty lot. So, if you only bought the lot with the intent of building your dream home, be prepared to pay this kind of tax. They’re usually predicated on the predicted value of the home or the construction costs.
Finally, don’t forget that there’s an associated cost to home maintenance. We’re not just talking about the utilities but also the general upkeep of the house, such as the roof, the yard, the walls, the flooring, furnace, windows, garage, and other areas. The homeowner’s association may dictate home maintenance of your property if you live in a gated community. Some local governments also impose certain restrictions or maintenance guidelines for homeowners such as the quality of the fence, the growth of the trees, the use of lights, and even the kind of materials or structures they can build.
Buying property comes with associated costs that may shock you if you’re not prepared for them. Just because you can afford the down payment doesn’t mean that’s enough. Make it a point to prepare for not only the initial payment but also associated costs, so you won’t have to borrow more than you need.