Five-Minute Hairstyle for the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail

This double twist ponytail is perfect to keep in your every day hairstyle repertoire. It looks pretty and effortless, and best of all, it’s done in six easy steps—which is perfect for days when you want to have a cute hairstyle, but you don’t have a lot of time to spend getting ready. Wear it with jeans, a t-shirt, and a blazer for a nice workday look or, with a dress and a chunky cardigan for a cool, casual look. This hairstlye works on many different hair textures, but definitely works best with long hair. Follow the steps below to get the look: 1. Comb through your hair, then take the top half of your hair and put in a half-updo with a small elastic. 2. Now make a hole just above the elastic.
the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail

the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail

3. Flip the half-up ponytail through the hole. 4. Now combine the top and bottom sections of hair and secure your hair into another ponytail at the nape of your neck.
the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail 3

the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail 3

5. Now take the new ponytail you just made, make a hole above the first half up ponytail just like you did before and flip also the new ponytail through the same hole like the first time. Pull it the whole way through so it comes out underneath the two elastics. 6. Pull on the ponytail a bit to tighten it and then take some bobby pins to pull the twist together in the middle and secure it in place.
the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail 3

the Perfect Double-Twist Ponytail 3

And you have a beautiful, easy update on the classic pony!
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4 Basic Ways to Make Your Nose Look Smaller

Raise your hand if you feel happy with the shape of your nose. The chances are that you’re experiencing some dissatisfaction about it, just like most people. The perfect nose requires an ideal genetic combination, which doesn’t happen that frequently. Even if you’re not in love with your nose shape, there are things you can do about it. Plastic surgery is a last resort option since you can give various other non-invasive possibilities a try. Expert Level: Contouring
Expert Level- Contouring

Expert Level- Contouring

The clever use of makeup, light and shadow is an ideal possibility for visually “reshaping” your nose. This technique, however, requires creative skill and a lot of practice for perfect results. Intense contouring will deliver comic results, so it’s important to master this art form before leaving your home. Contouring is all about choosing quality products and having a good makeup application technique. Shimmery and sparkly contouring powders and shades should be avoided. Matte makeup is a much better possibility, and it will make the outcome look natural. Now that you’ve chosen the right matte powders, it’s time to learn how to contour your nose. YouTube has dozens of videos that you can explore to learn the techniques of others. Keep in mind that many famous ladies use contouring to reshape their faces and make their noses look petite. This option is very popular because of the spectacular results it produces. The more you practice, the better you’re going to get at it. The most basic option involves drawing two darker lines along the sides of the nose. Use highlighting powder in the center. Blend the contour nicely, and you’ll get a much thinner nose without plastic surgery! Here’s a final tip – check the appearance of your makeup in the sunlight. Everything may look perfect in front of your bathroom mirror but once you go outside, you may find yourself terrified by the results. The Power of Powder (and Foundation)
The Power of Powder (and Foundation)

The Power of Powder (and Foundation)

Covering some of your facial imperfections will draw attention away from your problem areas and to your most beautiful features. If you don’t have time to do contouring, you can always rely on a bit of foundation and powder to give your face a flawless complexion. Beautiful skin tone and emphasis on your lips or your eyes will make your nose much less noticeable. You’ll simply need to have a couple of makeup products with you at all times. Getting the perfect skin and hiding those pimples or dark spots isn’t a challenging task. ① Give primer a try, as well. This product is applied before your foundation, and it’s the perfect possibility for correcting a skin problem that you have. Primer is great for covering excessive redness or minimizing visible pores. ② Matte powder will add the finishing touch. A beautiful finish will brighten up your entire face in an instance. Makeup Artist Level : Bronzing
Makeup Artist Level : Bronzing

Makeup Artist Level : Bronzing

Bronzing is probably the second most popular technique after contouring when it comes to changing the shape of your face or decreasing the size of your nose. Use your bronzer and an eyeliner brush. Sweep some of the bronzers on both sides of your nose’s bridge. The next step, just like in the case of contouring is… you’ve guessed it – blending! Brush the bronzer away from the bridge to create shadow there. The central part of your nose will remain the lightest one, which will obviously create the optical illusion of a smaller nose. ① To put even more emphasis on the central part of the nose, you can use a bit of highlighter. You’ll once again have to make sure that your nose is perfectly blended. ② Bronzer can be used to slim down your face because it creates shadows. It’s very easy to transform those round cheeks or get the perfect cheekbones with it. ③ To get the same slimming result, you can also rely on the power of self-tanning products. There are many online videos you can use to learn how self-tanners are applied and which little tricks will make your shape look much slimmer. Your Other Beautiful Features: Shift the Attention
Your Other Beautiful Features- Shift the Attention

Your Other Beautiful Features- Shift the Attention

Which part of your face do you like the most? That’s the one you should be highlighting rather than worrying about your nose. ① A smokey eye or a bit of dark red lipstick will immediately point all of the attention towards this attractive facial feature. Drawing attention to the part of your face that you like the most is much easier than hiding that imperfection. ② Finally, choose the right hairstyle. Loose curls, and lots of volumes will make your face look smaller. Avoid ponytails and buns because these will draw all of the attention to your face (meaning your nose!). Find the Balance These makeup tricks will work for wide noses but girls that have a sharp nose will need to approach the problem in a different way. Keeping makeup soft and finding the perfect balance is going to deliver the best results. Finally, learn how to embrace your face and all of its features. Confidence is sexy, and if you love the shape of your nose, you’ll make the rest of the world fall in love with it, as well.
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Top Beauty Picks for Holiday Gifting from QVC

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There is nothing that gets me more merry & bright than testing out new makeup, beauty and skin care products. I recently received this gorgeous package from the kind folks at QVC just in time to do my advent calendar. How awesome is this packaging – perfect for the beauty lover in me who just can’t help but want to get my hands on anything new and exciting in the hair, beauty and skin space. It’s expensive to try some higher end beauty brands, and the truth is sometimes you ...

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December Massive Holiday Beauty Giveaway

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December is the month of giving and what better time than now to surprise my readers with another big giveaway! This time it is all about beauty and fashion so I’ve put together some amazing products and brands that I am sure will make your holiday season merry & bright! To enter just follow the instructions below and feel free to enter every day until December 31st. I will select one (1) winner at random from all eligible entries and mail the prize first thing in the new year. This is ...

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Meal Prep - another week and another set of Tupperware

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For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@missads1981) or on Facebook (facebook.com/jerseygirltalk) I posted my meal prep from this weekend and quite a few of you asked what I made and if I could write out what each of the items was on my list. Of course I love to share with you all so this post is just a quick run through on what I picked up at the grocery store and what I prepped for the next few days. As always the goal is to make staying on track easy so meal prepping helps me to stick t ...

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A breakfast packed with protein and energy

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For a long time I was, like many, scared about eating anything like oatmeal because it was “too many carbs” – fast forward to now when so many of those myths for me have been debunked. I now make sure that having carbs, and I mean GOOD carbs, are a part of my daily routine. I never believe that low carb diets will ever work for me, I just am not a happy person to be around if I am eating minimal amounts of carbs. Oatmeal though is a great source of carbohydrates and ene ...

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A healthy way to grill asparagus

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Nothing beats fresh asparagus as a side dish or a healthy meal prep addition. One spear of asparagus is only around 3 calories but is packed with nutrition. Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Asparagus is also a great antioxidant and has been shown to help detoxify the body. It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, whic ...

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Remembering to take your vitamins and supplements

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I am a big believer and advocate for taking vitamins and supplements daily as part of my routine, but when I have conversations with family or friends about their health many of them tell me “I would take vitamins but I can never remember to take them.” I know that it takes some time to get into a habit of taking your daily dose, but for me it is just one thing I have never had a problem remembering to do. It is a concrete part of my morning routine, just like brushing my teeth or was ...

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Thanksgiving - A time for family, food and friends

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I hope that everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. For those who have had a major loss this year, losing someone you love, holidays can be really hard. This time last year my mom was going through her cancer treatment, but we still had a really nice Thanksgiving together. This year, her absence was felt and I always miss her so much during the holidays. My mother passed 8 months ago to lung cancer and what has helped me through this tough time is my family and friends.

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Drybar Blows Into New Jersey - Your Blowout Never Looked This Good!

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I am very excited to announce that Drybar is coming to us ladies here in New Jersey! As a slave to blow drying my own hair almost daily it is so refreshing to know that having a Drybar within a few miles of my home is now an option. There are days I’d rather leaving the beautifying to the experts, and we all know there are those days we are just too lazy to do a blow out at home. This new salon is going to be a great addition to Garden State Plaza – now you can shop, eat, brow ...

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