Trying to get rid of acne? Take a look at this.

Beauty., raving reviews, Reviews and Unboxings

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A few years ago I had smooth and clear skin but hormones started kicking in and sadly, I didn’t anymore. I’ve been trying many things and these have worked the best for me so I thought I should share.

At night, I use the Trilane Retinol +Vitamin C moisturizer with an added drop of Radha Tea Tree oil. Keep in mind that Tea Tree oil is REALLY strong and needs to be diluted, you shouldn’t just apply it to anything as it is.

The Trilane moisturizer is a good product you should invest in because it works both as a serum and a moisturizer. It noticeably made a difference on my skin. My skin seems healthier and brighter than ever; another great thing is that it didn’t clog my pores. The great thing about this that it really does go a long way. If I put a drop onto my hands, I can use it all over my face and still have some left over so I know I can use this for a while.

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Another great product is the tea tree oil. Here are some benefits of it:

  1. Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
  2. Heals skin infections naturally.
  3. Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
  4. Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Treats acne.
  6. Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
  7. A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
  8. Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
  9. Cures toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot.
  10. Helps remove skin tags.
  11. Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
  12. Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe.
  13. Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
  14. Soothes insect bites.
  15. Treats ringworm.
  16. Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions.
  17. Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
  18. Works as antiseptic on small cuts.
  19. Keeps your bathroom fresh.
  20. Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
  21. Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
  22. Helps freshen carpet.
  23. Can be used in several homemade kitchen cleaners.
  24. Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
  25. Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant.

This bottle is WAY bigger than any other bottles I’ve seen so that’s a plus. Keep in mind it does have a strong, dirt/ pine-sol smell.

Hope this helps,

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Tips for taking the SAT & ACT

School., Tips.

For those striving to attend college after high school, you all know you need to take the SAT/ACT (see which one your university requires before you take the one you prefer) and to attend amazing universities, you need exceptional scores in order to even be considered.

The ACT is curriculum-based (English, math, reading, science and an optional writing section), while the SAT is more of an aptitude test focused on vocabulary, reading comprehension, general reasoning and problem-solving skills.

If you have a hard time staying focused for long periods, the ACT may be the test for you. It’s shorter, generally more straightforward and there are more knowledge-based questions. English and math are a part of both tests, but the content and orientation is different.

The SAT focuses more on vocabulary and the ACT concentrates on grammar, punctuation and syntax. The ACT includes science and trigonometry, neither of which is found on the SAT.

I plan on taking the SAT on March 14 (the last day to register is Feb 13) and the ACT on February 7th (Last day to register is Jan 9th) and it really does require as much studying as you can get and also time management in order to do well and finish your sections. If you’re planning on taking it and don’t know where to start, please continue reading. I’ll list a few tips and helpful books you can use to study in order to prepare.

Tips:

1. Make a College Board account
College Board does everything from AP testing to SAT/ACT testing. Making an account will keep you up to date on test wise and you can also start making your college profile. This site keeps you well organized, keeps you up with SAT dates and you will also use it to sign up for the SAT. They also provide the SAT Question Of The Day, which tests your skills in critical reading, writing and mathematics to see where you stand in each category. These questions become very useful when studying for the SAT so you’ll know what you need to work on the most. Its also important to make an account in order to know what your scores are and if you took the PSAT, your scores should be under “My College QuickStart”
www.collegeboard.org

2. Study at least 15 minutes each day.
Although it doesn’t seem like much, it really does pay off on the day of the test. For SAT/ACT books that provide tests, each section is usually 15 minutes. (Luckily on the test, most of the sections are at least 20 minutes long). If you have bad timing, this will allow you to improve your time management skills that’ll be much needed when attempting to answer all the questions.

3. Brush up on your vocabulary
This will become very handy in the critical reading section, writing section and the essay for the ACT . In some passages in the critical reading section, they’ll explain one or two words that are italicized but most you need to know on your own. For the fill in the blanks questions, there will also be vocabulary words that you never even know existed which is why its important to study vocabulary. With broad vocabulary, you can also write an amazing essay. Instead of mix, you can use amalgamate. explained or exclaimed instead of said. You can make an ordinary essay extraordinary by using descriptive vocab(:

4. Mark questions you got wrong or don’t understand
When doing this, you can learn how to do the process to get the right answer. This especially applies to the mathematics section since its the section most students have trouble with (including myself haha)

5. Improve reading and writing speed
This applies to tip #2. In the critical reading sections, there are mixtures of short passages, double passages and long passages. Its key to know your reading speed and also improve it if you can. For the writing (essay section) you only get 25 minutes to write an essay. Take at least 5 minutes brainstorming what the prompt is asking you and then begin to write. DO NOT start writing immediately because there is a chance you’ll take gaps between the essay to think about what else to write and the clock is not going to wait for you. Also you only get two pages to write on, so if you tend to ramble or write like a dinosaur (me xD) make the essay short, simple and sweet.

6. Improve on your guessing
As you advance towards the end of the sections in the SAT, you’ll notice the difficulty level has drastically increased. With this, guessing does come in handy if you have 5 minutes until the end of the section. Crossing out one or two answers can improve your chances on getting the answer correct. You can learn more about guessing in the books I will list later below.

7. Register EARLY!
Trust me, it’ll pay off, literally lol. If you register early, you only have to pay $50 (unless you’re able to get a free waiver. Talk to your counselor at your school and ask about the SAT fee waiver to take it for free) for late registration it’ll cost $77 and you’ll probably get a testing location far from your home. Its best to register early and get the best testing location possible. It takes about 20 minutes to register and make sure that EVERYTHING is correct, especially your name. You cant change your name in the settings, you have to call College Board for that. Once you have registered, you need to print out your ticket. DO NOT lose that ticket on the day of the test, they will not let you in. Make sure you have a valid picture on the ticket and an ID with you also.

8. Take the tests more than once
Unless you’re happy with the score that you got, but if you would like to improve, it doesn’t hurt to take the test again! You’re putting all this studying in anyway, so put it to good use! 😀

9. Practice.
Practice tests are extremely important. Not only do they help to get you comfortable with the test, they also help show your weak points.

– ACT practice test::http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/
– SAT practice test::http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test

There is this AMAZING website where you can practice a bunch of questions daily and they have videos for every problem explaining how it’s right (if you got it wrong) and it’s absolutely free.

Ask your parents to also sign you up for classes locally because those are really helpful. The thing I like about them is that they make you do the work when you wouldn’t otherwise if you were by yourself.

10. Set a goal, but be realistic about it.
For the most part, it’s going to be near-impossible to make a perfect score the first time you take the test.

– Make sure you goal is reasonable, and something you can work towards.

11. A day of rest.
The day before you take the ACT/SAT, don’t do any kind of studying. Give your brain a nice rest; go to bed early and have a nice carb filled breakfast the next morning.

DURING THE TEST

\\ Read the directions completely and carefully! You don’t want to miss any important information.

\\ Read the questions carefully. Make sure to look for words such as except, false, true, etc.

\\ Pace yourself. You do want to rush, but you don’t want to run out of time either.

\\ Answer the easy questions first. If you come across a question you don’t know, come back to it later. If you still don’t know the answer, rule out the wrong answer and make an educated guess.

\\ If you have time left over when you’re finished, then go back and check your answers.

Books:
1.) Up Your Score
This book not only explains the tests clearly, but it also has snippets of humor so you wont just be reading about it. I recommend this book for those who have a difficult time trying to read a book without getting distracted since it provides humorous jokes and stories throughout.

 

2.) The Official SAT Study Guide

If you’re planning to take the SAT in the fall, I would suggest on getting this book now. This book is over 1000 pages but it provides much needed and useful information and also include tests to enhance your skills. There are also videos on YouTube that use this book which is helpful in order to take a break from the book and watch a video.

3.) Boot Camp For Your Brain
This book is functional for this who have taken the SAT in the past. If you weren’t happy with your last scores and want to improve them, I would suggest getting this book. This book is also a good substitute from “The Official Guide” but both work very well(:

1.) Cracking the ACT/SAT
It’s so easy and understandable and if you really need the breakdown of the tests, you should really get this.

Well that’s about it. I really hope you guys found this helpful in order to get started on preparing. Taking 15-20 minutes out of the day is not much and it’ll be worth it when you get a high score on the SAT and get into the college/university of your dreams. Good luck on studying and taking the test, if you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment below.

Good luck,

What do your breakouts mean?

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Who doesn’t like to have clear skin? I know I do and I thought I would find out why I have breakouts and just wanted to share them with you guys.

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//Forehead:
Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night.

//Above the brow:
The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. breakouts
tend to happen here right before,
after, or during a cold or flu. drink
plenty of water.

//Between brows:
breakouts between the brows can
be caused by unhealthy foods or
a food allergy. to clear up skin in
this zone, cut back on sugar & dairy.

//Cheeks:
your cheeks are linked to your
respiratory system. smoking or
breathing polluted air can cause
breakouts here.

//Side of chin:
the sides of your chin are affected
by hormones. breakouts here occur
around the time of your period.

//Chin:
if your diet has been loaded with
rich and heavy foods then consider
a detox or adding more fiber to your
diet and exercise to routine to help
with digestion.

//Nose:
this area is skin full of dilated pores
so make sure your make-up brushes
and anything that you bring close to
your face are kept clean. also, get
more fresh air and exercise daily.

//Ear & eyes:
spots close to your ear and even
dark circles around the eyes can be
caused by dehydration. avoid coffee,
tea and salt whenever possible.

//Lip:
to clear zits here, eat less spicy and
fried foods. also, include more fresh
fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Hope these helped.
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Beauty uses for Baking Soda.

Beauty.

Baking soda is something I’m pretty sure everyone has in their house. Besides being used to cook and clean here are a few beauty benefits of it also:

1// Facial Scrub
Mix water and baking soda to make a paste (about 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water), use it as a scrub to exfoliate your face. Gently massage it into your face for about 1 minute in circular motions, then – rinse. This gentle scrub will make your skin very soft and smooth. I love using it one or two times a week.

Another one you could do is mix 1 table spoon of organic honey (make sure you are not allergic to honey) with one table spoon of baking soda, mix thoroughly until you obtain the paste (you can add a little bit of water, if it’s too sticky); gently, in circular motions massage your face with this mix; do it for about a minute or two. This face scrub will cleanse your skin, removing dead cells; it also has an antibacterial properties thanks to honey.

2// Remove Buildup in Hair
If you don’t have clarifying shampoo, mix baking soda in with your shampoo (about 50/50) and use it as you would normally wash your hair. It will cleanse your hair from the residue that styling products leave behind. After rinsing thoroughly, you will notice that your hair will become squeaky clean and more easily manageable. It’s not an everyday shampoo though. It’s great to wash your hair with this baking soda shampoo once or twice a month. For similar result you can also wash your hair with just baking soda plus water – this is one of the most popular uses of baking soda.

3// Clean Combs and Brushes
After a while brushes and combs can get greasy and washing them isn’t a bad idea. Mix hot water and a baking soda to get them clean.

4// Brush and Whiten Teeth
Brushing your teeth with baking soda is cheap, easy, and effective! You can simply apply baking soda on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it as usual or put your favorite toothpaste on your brush and then, put a little bit of baking soda on top of it (it will stick to the toothpaste) and brush your teeth with this mix.

DO NOT DO THIS EVERYDAY.
If you really want to keep doing thins do it only once in a while.

IF you want to use baking soda to keep your mouth fresh and clean make a mouthwash mixture with it. To create an easy baking soda mouthwash, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil (or eucalyptus essential oil) in a glass of water. Your mouthwash is ready! It will freshen your breath and neutralizes bacteria.

5//Soften Cuticles
If you don’t have cuticle oil handy, try using baking soda and a nail brush or old tooth brush and scrub your cuticles to exfoliate and soften them.

6// Blackhead Scrub
Mix 1 Tbsp baking soda with 1/4 cup milk and rub into those blackhead prone areas. Repeat as necessary.

7// Dry Shampoo
Although a real dry shampoo would be ideal, in a pinch using a small amount of baking soda at the roots of your hair can act as a dry shampoo and give you a fresher look.

8// Fix a Splotchy Sunless Tan
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on damp skin and scrub it around to rub away a streaky sunless tan.

9// Foot Soak
Add about 3 Tbsp of baking soda to a tub to soak and soften your feet before an at-home pedicure.

10// Zit- Zapper
Mix a few drops of fresh lemon juice with baking soda to make a paste and apply it to the blemish to help it go away quicker.

11// Baking soda in your bath
Before taking a bath, add a half cup of baking soda into your bathtub. It will make your skin softer and smoother.

12// Deodorant
Put 3 table spoons of baking soda into the bowl and add 3-5 drops of your favourite essential oil (my favorites are rose and lavender essential oils), mix it all together and your deodorant is ready. Apply it with a powder puff or a kabuki brush onto your underarms, it will efficiently neutralize the body odor.

13// Body Scrub
Mix 3 table spoons of baking soda with 1 table spoon of milled oatmeal and add 3 table spoons of water. You will get an amazing hydrating and refreshing body scrub. Rub this paste into your body in circular motions and then, wash with warm water. This baking soda body scrub will help to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin, making your body baby soft and very smooth. You can also use this scrub for your face, but remember – always be gentle with your face, never rub too hard!

14//Wash your makeup brushes
It will help to remove oils build-up and residue from cosmetic products. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Soak your makeup brushes in this solution, then rinse with water and let them dry.

15// Rash or bug bite
If you have a rush, insect bite or bee sting on your skin, rub baking soda into this place and you will be relieved.

Hope these helped.
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How to clean your pores.

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Aurora Mohn This has been requested by a lot of people. && its good to keep your pores clean so that you don’t get acne and stuff like that on your face. Before you start exfoliating you need to know what type of skin you have. There are 3 different kinds and they all need to be taking care of differently.

 

– Oily. If your skin is oily, it will look greasy and shiny and feel heavy.

This skin type is prone to acne and often has larger, visible pores. Resist the temptation to wash your face hourly to get rid of excess oils.

Limit cleansing to morning and night, or the pores will generate more oil, which will make the situation worse.

Use a mild oil-free cleanser for oily skin, but make sure it is not too harsh.

Regularly using a 10-percent benzoil peroxide cleanser is too harsh for most skin types and will only lead to further problems. Use one with a lower concentration of acne-fighting ingredients, or just a mild cleanser. You can use a toner after you cleanse, but again, you don’t want one with harsh ingredients.

Even oily skin needs a moisturizer and SPF protection, so don’t skip this step regardless of your skin type. If you need extra medication, use a night cream with alpha-hydroxy acids that act as a gentle exfoliant to keep the pores clear.

 

– Dry. This skin type is the opposite of oily, and often feels dry and tight, particularly after washing. It feels as if it can’t retain moisture and may have flaky patches.

This type of skin needs to be cleansed with gentle cream cleansers that won’t strip skin of needed moisture. If you like to use a toner afterward, make sure it is gentle and does not contain alcohol.

Dry skin can use a heavier lotion, but you should make sure it contains an SPF ingredient for sun protection. Even more than other skin types, dry skin is prone to fine lines that sun damage will only accentuate.

 

– Normal. People with this skin type have smooth texture and even skin tone with no oily or dry patches. They may have a few pimples due to hormonal changes, but it is not an ongoing problem.

Normal skin needs to maintain this balance by keeping a clean face with mild cleansers and warm water. Unless you need extra exfoliation, you can skip the toner and opt for a good moisturizer with SPF protection. Any of the moisturizers should work for normal skin – experiment and find one with a texture you like.

Be sure to keep your products mild, or normal skin can flare up and find itself in one of the other categories.  

 

– Combination. Despite the beauty industry’s categorization of “normal” skin, combination skin is actually the most common.

If you have oily patches on your forehead, chin and around your nose that are shiny, and dry areas on your cheeks and around your eyes, you have combination skin.

There are products out there that are balanced for this skin type, but you may have to experiment with different products for different areas of your face. Stick with products that are gentle, so they don’t cause irritation to either the oily or dry spots.

You can spot-treat with a product containing glycolic acids for exfoliation, or with mild acne treatments for the oily zone. As with all other skin types, you should use a good SPF moisturizer daily.  

 

How to clean your pores:

1. The first step to clean skin is to use a mild cleanser formulated for your particular skin type. Use warm water, not hot, for cleansing.

2. Use steam to relax your skin. You can either let the steam from a shower do the work, or hold your face above a steaming bowl of water. Do this for several minutes.

3. In addition to regular cleansing, you can add a simple mask to the home remedies for cleaning your pores. These are usually made with things you already have in your kitchen, but can be surprisingly effective.  

 

Masks to clean your pores with:

Baking soda- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water and scrub face using circular motions, rinse well with clear warm water. This will deep clean your pores removing built up oils and make up that often cause acne. It will also remove dead skin leaving your face looking fresher and younger.

 

Oatmeal mask- This is great for gentle scrubbing of all but the most acne-prone skin. Mix ½ cup of cooked instant oatmeal (plain variety only – apples and cinnamon won’t work for this recipe) with one teaspoon of olive oil. Smooth it onto your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wipe off and rinse thoroughly. Many like to rinse with cool or cold water. This will feel great, but it will not help to “close” your pores.

 

Eggs and honey- For dry skin, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Let this mixture sit on the skin for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

 

Avocado- Avocados have natural oils that are great for hydration. Mash half an avocado and smear it on your face. While you are letting that sit for 15 minutes, you can make guacamole with the other half. Wipe the avocado off with a wet washcloth and rinse well.

Cornmeal- Mix cornmeal and water to make a paste and gently rub it on your face. Let it dry and rinse off. This is great for oily or acne-prone skin.  

Some extra tips:

DO NOT touch your face a lot, cause it’ll cause dirt and bacteria to get on your face which clogs your pores.

Make sure your sunglasses and glasses are clean.

Remember to wash your makeup off before you go to bed, especially on your eyes no matter what. If you don’t, when you wake up your face will be all red and blotchy. If you wash it constantly you’re gonna get dry patches and breakouts all over your face because you’re getting rid of all the natural oils which are needed.

When you breakout or get a dry patch DO NOT clog your face with 50 products because it will get worse.

 

I hope this helped all of you ♥