How to Use Face Sponge?

There exist two types of sponges, natural sea sponges, and artificial or synthetic sponges. Due to the expensive costs of natural sea sponges, synthetic sponges are widely used all over the world. Mostly, natural sea sponges come from the saltwater oceans and consist of many beneficial minerals like zinc and potassium. But synthetic sponges are made in the factories and thus, they have lots of harmful chemicals in them.

How to Use Face Sponge?

What are face sponges?

Facial sponges help you enhance the look of your cosmetic products that you apply on your face in daily routine. It might come in the form of blenders or a normal sponge. It assists you to get your perfect makeup look on your face. Besides this, a wet facial sponge can also be used for deep cleaning or removing all the makeup before bedtime. You can get your sponge wet or you can also wet your face with any cleanser before starting the exfoliation process. Just massage it in circular motions on your face and you will see your makeup getting transferred to it in minimum time. Sleeping with makeup on your face causes dullness in the skin of your face and hence it is highly advised to thoroughly cleanse your face before sleeping to prevent the occurrence of future skin issues.

How frequently you should change or replace your facial sponge?

How to Use Face Sponge?

When you daily wear makeup and remove it daily as well, then your sponge demands its cleaning daily as well. Or you can do it maybe within the intervals of two to three days by placing it in your washing machine with liquid soap or use your hands. Do not forget to keep an eye on the germs, dirt, and bacteria as well, that are getting accumulated in the pores of your sponge. It might be a little mushy to remove the wastage from it after a large period. It is recommended by beauty experts to not make a gap of more than two days.

 

If your beauty blender or sponge has started appearing dull in looks or has shrunken or loosen, then it is the time to buy a new one from the market. They generally become like this within two to three months. Using an old and loose sponge will not do its work properly because its fiber loses its strength after a certain period.

What are Konjac sponges?

Konjac is a plant that grows in South East Asia and especially famous in Japan. It has purple or red leaves and its corms are starchy. Its fibers are famously known for being very tender. It has soothing and antioxidant properties that is why they are used widely across the globe. And we all know what antioxidant does to our bodies. They purify and detox our bodies. Detoxification removes blemishes and dark spots from our skin. But these are costlier compared to other natural sea sponges. Only wealthy people can afford them. Best Konjac sponge by Maybelle is available online in different types such as activated charcoal, turmeric, red clay, and many more organic ingredients.

How to Use Face Sponge?

Properties of an excellent sponge

  1. It has large pores in a spacious body.
  2. Massaging or exfoliating our body and face with sponge improves blood circulation in our body.
  3. If it is a good scrubber, then Konjac sponge can detox our whole body as well.
  4. They soak the liquid nicely.
  5. Natural sea sponges are free from harmful chemicals.
  6. They are easy to wash or clean.
  7. Doing cleaning with their help is less time-consuming.
  8. The durability period of sponges extends from two to three months.
  9. They are mostly self cleaners, so it requires less effort in their cleaning process.

Precautions to be taken with Konjac sponges

  1. They are extremely delicate so these are required to be kept away from other toxic or contaminated products or objects.
  2. Should be deep cleaned after every use so that the bacteria will not cause any infectious disease on your skin, during its next usage.
  3. They should be replaced within two or three months as they have this as their maximum shelf life.
  4. It is advisable to go for natural sea sponges for the body, instead of the artificial ones because they are rich in numerous minerals that are good for our health.
  5. These are biodegradable, which means, they do not harm the environment of the Earth and thus, they are known to be eco-friendly.

Pros of using sponges

Despite having chemicals in synthetic sponges, they are used widely all over the world. Some of its advantaged are listed below:

  1. Diverse characteristics: sea sponges or synthetic sponges may be used as whatever you want them to use. They can be a good makeup cleanser from your face, they can clean the glass or metallic material in your home, they can help you with blending or mixing your makeup like foundation and Concealer. They are nice scrubbers for your body.
  2. Keeps your body smooth: by acting as a nice scrubber to your body, a sponge exfoliates your body so well. It removes the dead skin cells present on the epidermis (outer layer of your skin) and keeps it looking soft and fresh.
  3. Keeps your home tidy: a good sponge with large pores holds more water in it and when you squeeze it, it releases more liquid or water that it had soaked. This is the capability we want when we want to clean our house in less time.

Conclusion

There is a wide variety of sponges available in the market containing turmeric, activated charcoal, clay, and many more herbal ingredients. You just have to pick a suitable one for your skin type. But you need to determine your skin type first.

Although, sponges are gentle and soft but there are different sponges manufactured for face and body. The skin of our face is more delicate as compared to the skin of our body. So, it is recommended by some famous dermatologists that it is better to use organic and herbal sponges rather than using artificial or synthetic ones.

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New Month, New Start: October

It’s that time of month again…time for New Month, New Start.  If you don’t remember what New Month New Start is, check out last month’s post.  I use it as a way to motivate myself and stay focused on my goals. Each month I try to pick different aspects of my life that may need attention.  I tend to switch up my goals from everything to fitness to style or even what I’ll make for dinner. Even though I try to keep the categories of goals different,  I do see myself writing EXERCISE MORE! just about every month. That’s ok! There is always room for improvement in that department.

Let me give you a little update on my progress from last month.  I wanted to work out 3-5 times a week. I have to admit I fell a little short but I did make an effort! I even ran a few times before work which is an accomplishment because let’s be honest… no one wants to get up any earlier than they already do, especially not to go for a run (in the dark).


My second goal was to cook at least one new meal a week. I definitely succeeded on this one and I think it could be easily incorporated into my normal routine. It is easy to get stuck in a meal- rut, you know what I mean, when you rotate between the same 10 meals and find yourself eating tacos way more than you’d like to admit.  This month I made a delicious roasted chicken with lemons and artichoke hearts, spicy corn chowder, autumn chopped salad and my first pot roast.  I was so proud of my meals and it made them taste even better… and I was a big hit with my boyfriend who was equally as sick of tacos. Plus it got me excited to be in the kitchen. I love to cook but when it starts to feel like a chore it loses its appeal. Finding new recipes and trying them out definitely re-inspired me to get back in there.  I enjoy eating so much more when it is a healthy home cooked meal and I know what all of the ingredients are.


Last month I had a bit of a double goal that I would post on here 3-5 times a week and carry my camera everywhere I went. I haven’t done the math but I definitely increased my posts.  So yay me for having more than 3 measly posts on here. It feels awesome! I promise this one won’t change with the new month. Keep coming back for more posts! As far as the camera goes, I used it quite a bit! I got some great shots of my family last time I was home which makes me so happy since I don’t see them very often and its hard to get us all in one place for a picture.  I now also have about 100 “selfies” of my little sister (should have known that one was coming- thanks, Katja). 


Lastly, since summer was wrapping up, I wanted to weed out my shoe collection.  I completely 100% failed at this.  I actually increased my shoe collection by about 8 pairs.  I have to admit, I kept pretending this goal didn’t exist.  A few weeks ago I was in Marshalls and I actually said out loud to myself “What a stupid goal. Why would I even set this?”  It was a desperate moment, I was surrounded by shoes. Now that I increased my collection, I think I’ll have an easier time weeding out some of those old sandals that I am actually kind of embarrassed to wear.  Replacements make weeding out the old way easier!

New Month, New Start: October

For my goals this month, I’m switching gears slightly since I really want and need to focus on the design of my blog. I am a complete newbie when it comes to anything design, Photoshop, coding, etc. so this goal will definitely be a challenge for me. If you have any advice, tips, or known of helpful tutorials, I will be greatly appreciative. I will be gathering some inspiration this month so I can put together a bit of a plan for what I’d like to do here (everything of mine starts with a plan and a list).

This month I’d also like to focus on forming some new friendships (definitely think The Blogcademy will help here) and pay some much needed attention to my old ones. It is so easy to let life get in the way of our relationships, especially with people we aren’t forced to interact with everyday.  I used to say it’s not hard to send a text or email! I couldn’t understand why people didn’t make the time. Now I know first hand, it is easy to let this fall on the back burner.  I’m making it a priority this month to send a few emails, grab dinner with a college friend I haven’t seen in a while and also for a visit to my bestie in Boston. We’re hoping to check this out  and maybe get afternoon tea here, it has been on both of our lists for a while now.


Well, I can’t end my goal list without a fitness goal so I am going to push myself to run 20 miles this month. Two miles a day, 3 times a week will get me to 24 miles. That’s only about a 20 minute run and only a total of 1 hour a week. There should be no excuses when it comes to fitting this goal in. I’ll keep you posted on my progress with this one.


Last but not least, I want to eat a sweet potato. I’ve never had one. Can you believe it? No? Neither can I. I can’t believe I even have to set a goal for this. I want to like them! I even made it my new year’s resolution to like them. I haven’t even tried one and 2012 is close to over. There are no more excuses, I am eating a sweet potato this month.


What are your New Month New Start goals? I’d love to hear them! The best way to stick to your goals is to tell someone else, someone who will ask about them and hold you to them. Now you all know mine so feel free to ask during the month. Good Luck! Here’s to getting better always in all ways!

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Weekday Prep: Veggie Omelets

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This Sunday for weekday prep, I am doing some simple veggie chopping to shorten my breakfast routine in the morning.  I love having eggs for breakfast but I don’t have time in the morning to chop everything up and cook the eggs.  Today I am filling little plastic containers with a morning’s worth of chopped onions, red peppers and broccoli. That way tomorrow morning when I cook my eggs all I have to do is toss in one of these pre portioned veggie cups.

Most of my weekday prep posts have been about making a healthy breakfast quicker and easier.  There’s a reason for that!  I’m sure everyone has heard the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” line a million times.  I’m also sure that a lot of you probably still skip breakfast. You are making a big mistake!

Most people don’t eat anything after dinner until breakfast (or lunch if you’re bad).  This long period of time without food causes your metabolism to slow down.  There are some good reasons for this slow down. When your metabolism slows down it helps you relax and fall asleep. Once you are asleep, it helps your body focus it’s energy on repairing and restoring rather than digesting your midnight snack.

An important thing to remember is that your metabolism won’t speed back up again until you give it some fuel. Think of it like a fire. If you light a fire at night (dinner) and don’t put anymore wood on the fire until the lunch time next day, you wouldn’t have much of a fire anymore.  It’s better to have a healthy breakfast in the morning to keep your fire burning all day and your metabolism revved up.  Even something small like a handful of nuts or an apple can wake your metabolism up and give it the signal to start working. This jumpstart will help your body continue to burn more calories throughout the entire day.

Now that everyone is on board with eating breakfast, there is one caveat. Don’t just have any breakfast. A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich isn’t going to give your body the fuel it needs to be energized the whole day.

I try to stay away from any type of white flour at all costs, with the exception of special occasions (everything in moderation, even moderation).  White flour is made by stripping away all of the nutrients that come from grains.  Since all of the nutrients are stripped away during the processing, your body doesn’t need to exert much energy to break down the food to get to the energy source (sugar) and in turn your blood sugar spikes. This reaction causes your body to store the food you just ate as fat for your body to use as energy later on. If you can’t tell, eating a breakfast high in processed ingredients and white flours will make your metabolism go haywire, you’ll be hungry again in no time and guess what? You will be craving sugar!

Eating a healthy breakfast is crucial to your body since it is the first chance your body has to replenish itself from all of the work it did the night before while you were asleep. Try a balanced meal high in fiber and protein. It will keep you full and energized for a long time and you will have an easier time saying no to that donut during a morning meeting.

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Happy Hour: Sassy Sunrise

Happy Friday! It is a rainy, chilly day here today so for happy hour I am making something that will heat you right up! It is a different spin on the classic tequila sunrise.

I have told you about my friend Marissa, the “mixologist,” well one of her favorite ways to spice things up (pun intended) is to toss some freshly sliced jalapeno into her drinks. She makes a great jalapeno mojito which is what inspired this drink: the sassy sunrise.
Happy Hour: Sassy Sunrise
Lightly muddle 2 thin slices of fresh jalapeno. Pour in 2 oz tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water), 1 oz fresh lime juice and 2 oz fresh orange juice. Add ice, shake, strain and serve! I drank mine with crushed ice and tossed a few jalapeno slices right into my drink.
 
The jalapeno doesn’t over power the other flavors in the drink but it does provide a little kick. I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to anything hot or spicy and this drink wasn’t too much for me. If you are worried about it try just using 1 slice of jalapeno and not muddling it as much.  The flavor will be less pronounced but still there. The only warning I have is: don’t drink this with chapped lips!
 
Lately I’ve been seeing a ton of spicy and savory drinks out there. What other spicy or savory drink combinations have you tried?
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Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

My fall wardrobe is by far my favorite. I love to layer and fall is the perfect time to do that.
1. A sleek overcoat works perfectly to make any outfit look put together.
2. Use lightweight scarves to layer. They keep you warm on chilly fall mornings and (if you are like me) in the office but if you get to warm they are small enough to toss in your purse.
3. I tend to carry a larger handbag in the cooler months to hold gloves, lip balm and other cold weather necessities.
4. I love these boots. I love boots of all shapes and sizes for that matter. When it comes to boots I say the more, the better.
5. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it’s time to put your sunnies away. You want to be sure to use these babies all year round.
What are your fall essentials?
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DIY Inspiration Board

As part of the effort to get things in working order I bought a cork board from Ikea last time we were there. There are no shelves or drawers on the desk so it’s easy to get disorganized. I am constantly tearing things out of magazines to remember and figured the cork board would be the best place to store them for now. I’ve seen a bunch of inspiration boards on Pinterest and gave it a shot this weekend. So easy!
Since I already had the cork board, I just picked up a piece of pretty fabric and some nail head trim. The only other things you will need is spray adhesive and staple gun.
DIY Inspiration Board
If there are any wrinkles in your fabric you may want to iron them out.  Once you are wrinkle free position the fabric over the cork board and allow about an inch of over hang to wrap around the back. Use the spray adhesive to secure the fabric onto the cork only, wait to spray the frame.
When the fabric is positioned where you’d like it, start applying the nail head trim along the edge of the frame. I used a nail heads width between nails in attempts to keep the spacing consistent.
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
After the trim is complete, spray the frame and smooth the fabric over it. Fold the corners of the fabric like a present and staple to secure. I used about 5-7 staples to keep the fabric in place after the corners were secured.
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
The rest of the desk area is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along (finally).
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
The next thing to tackle will be finding storage space for everything that tends to collect on top of the desk. Any suggestions on keeping your workspace organized?
Thanks for reading!
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Weekday Prep: Superfood Trail Mix

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was beautiful out here this weekend and we did a few projects outside (check for posts this week!) which felt amazing. Fall is officially in full swing. I’m excited to finally burn my cinnamon spice candle. They don’t last long in my house, I always have fall scents burning once it gets a little cooler out.

Today instead of being glued to the TV for football I whipped up some homemade trail mix.  It’s a great mix of protein and fiber which will give you long lasting energy and help to keep you full throughout the day.  It’s full of healthy ingredients like walnuts and almonds which have heart healthy nutrients like unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.
Superfood Trail Mix
Superfood Trail Mix:
2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs chia or flax seed
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 c. almonds
Preheat the oven to 275. In a bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, chia seed, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until throughly combined. I rolled some of the oat mixture into clusters that were a little smaller than a bouncy ball. This makes it a little easier to eat if you eat the trail mix alone. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 5-8 minutes.
Once the mixture is cooled, mix with the remaining ingredients. I immediately package mine in zip loc bags to control my portions and make it easy to pack for a work day snack. Dark chocolate chips would be a good addition to the mix but I like to mix mine with yogurt and prefer not to have the chocolate in there. Eating the trail mix with yogurt makes it a little more like granola but I’m ok with that.
Superfood Trail Mix
Packing snacks on Sunday like this trail mix or these protein bars, is one of the easiest ways to prep for the week. The best way for me to stick with healthy eating is to have a plan. If my snacks are already packed in the morning it keeps me from grabbing a bag of chips while at the office. Plus healthy snacks taste better and help keep you feeling fuller longer, too.  The trick  to eating right is to have a healthy snack readily available. It’s so much easier to avoid temptation when you have a better option at your desk.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? I love expanding my collection of recipes for stuff like this so I don’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over again. Have a great week!
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Happy Hour: Cosmorita

It’s about that time! Happy Friday. Today for happy hour I am enjoying a Cosmorita. It’s a nice twist on two classics.

To make one drink, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add 3 ounces cranberry juice, 1 1/2 ounces tequila and a splash of fresh lime juice. Strain into a salt rimmed glass.

Enjoy! Have a nice weekend!

Cosmorita

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