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A Man’s Perspective on Women and Makeup (Guest Post)

Ah, now this is an interesting topic. 

What do we men think of the makeup you spend so much time putting on each day? Do we love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in the middle?

That’s what we’re going to talk about from a guy’s point of view. I’ve been with my wife for over 10 years now and I think you’ll enjoy my view on all this makeup business!

Does It Change Anything?

Does makeup catch our eye? This is a somewhat of a double-edged sword. The answer is yes and no.
Before I was married and seeking out women, and looking back in time, I would say that makeup played a big role. The area that always stood out were the eyes & lips. Makeup would help catch attention compared to a woman not wearing any.

I think it’s human nature to be more attracted to beauty. Makeup, in my opinion, is like a first step. It might catch our attention, but it’s the woman and her personality that keeps us around. I feel it goes the same way for you.

If a man’s attractive, but very rude and disrespectful you’re probably not going to hang around long.
Now as a married man makeup doesn’t play a big role at all. In fact, I find the least makeup better. I guess it falls back on the “less is more” train of thought.

Over time with my wife wearing no makeup it even becomes somewhat strange when she decides to wear more. I honestly just prefer a little eyeliner if I had to choose. Anything more than that isn’t necessary.

Why’s it Cost So Much!

Mostly because men aren’t in the “field of makeup”, I don’t think we’ll ever understand how some of it is so expensive.

Woman, just remember that your man loves you how you are. You don’t need the expensive makeup to impress us. If you’re doing it for us don’t stress over it.

We’re not going to notice a difference in $100 makeup vs $10 makeup.

Doing It for Yourself

I know I’ve been somewhat leaning towards women wearing makeup for men. A lot of women that wear makeup for them and not for a man is quite relieving for us.

It’s a great thing to wear makeup just because you want to. Doing it for yourself and not someone else. Something I learned from my wife over the years, “it’s not always about me!”.

I love her so much and for you other woman out there that wear makeup just for you well… that’s the best reason to wear it. That’s my point of view these days.
It’s sometimes crazy how a little makeup will change my wife’s level of confidence. I love seeing her more confident with a “take over the world” attitude.

Nothing makes you women more sexy than self-confidence and a great smile!

It’s not the makeup that makes you attractive. It’s how makeup changes your attitude and you don’t always need makeup for that.


I hope I could give an opinion you might not always get to hear. I laid my thoughts out as raw and honest as I could and I hope it was an enjoyable read.
No matter what makeup you put on, true beauty honestly comes from within.

Author Bio: Wesley is the owner of A website about shaving, hair removal, and other manly topics. If you’re interested in more topics from him or maybe your husband could use some manscaping tips send him over. You can also like the iManscape page on Facebook for more.

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Signs You Are A (Crazy) Cat Person

My cats have definitely made me become the crazy cat lady that I am but who can blame me?!

Scamp is the best greeter when I get home he’s always waiting at the door and then rubs my leg as I am taking off my shoes.

Feisty is my shadow and follows me everywhere.

Cola is the best lap cat and snuggler. 

Waffles just hides but will sometimes come out for some petting time.

Bats is my husband’s pal they are inseparable.

Here are some signs that you are also a crazy cat person (and proud of it):

- It’s a rule, if a cat is sleeping on your lap – you don’t move. The bathroom will just have to wait, you can’t disturb their sleep.

- The best part of any delivery is knowing your cat has a new favorite toy – the Box!

- Your phone is full of cat pictures – wouldn’t have it any other way.

- You rely on the sound of purring rather than a sound machine or white noise in order to get a good night’s sleep.

- You know there is no such thing as “Private Time” – the bathroom, shower or bedroom, it doesn’t matter, they will find you and either sneak their way in or scratch the door until you let them in…

- You actually have a conversation with your cat, because you are sure they understand you and you understand them.

 “Hey, how was your day?” “Meow” “Oh, really, that’s good? What did you do today?“Meowwwww” “How interesting!”

- You know the struggle in using a computer or laptop when you have cats.

- Your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds are filled with photos of your cat.

- Your profile picture is your cat!

- You are always amazed at how your cat knows exactly what you need when you are upset, stressed or mad. A cat cuddle has magical powers to make everything go away (at least for a short time).

I obviously got all of them...
If any of these statements describe you that means YOU are a crazy cat person.

 I knew I wasn't the only one, haha!


Go Bananas Over Bananas

Here's another great article with the help of  Dr. Christopher Calapai and Dr. Kally Papantoniou.!!

It’s no surprise that bananas are a fruit favorite around the world, packed with nutrients and antioxidants, rich in fiber and low in fat, they are little powerhouses of good nutrition. 

In our never-ending quest to stay healthy without sacrificing our taste buds, bananas are a clear go-to and they are quite versatile. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. a highly accredited New York City anti-aging and stem cell specialist, and long-time nutrition advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team explains, “Bananas are packed with health benefits throughout every stage of their lives, from green to fully ripe. As the banana ripens some of these health benefits change, making it a rare fruit that is enjoyable in many forms.

Typically when we think of bananas we think of a lunch-box addition or a quick on-the-go snack, more so than a cooking staple? 

Here are 5 healthy ways to incorporate bananas into your meals and the health benefits of each.

When they’re green...

Fill Up on Mashed Plantains.

Green bananas are often referred to as plantains, they are not sweet like ripe bananas and they contain most of their fiber in the form of resistant starch. “Plantains are rich in starches that regulate appetite,” says Dr. Calapai. “Resistant starch may even slow stomach emptying, making you feel full longer and thus reducing the urge to eat sooner after a meal.” 

Mashed plantains could not be easier to whip up. 
Peel and cut the green plantains into chunks and boil in a full pot of water for 20-30 minutes or until tender, then mash with a fork until they achieve the consistency of mashed potatoes. 

Sautée garlic and onions in olive oil and add to the plantains along with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you enjoy. 

You can serve the dish with fish, chicken or meat, sprinkle with bacon bits or eat plain. 

Satisfy your craving for something salty, crunchy with plantain chips.

“All bananas, green, ripe or in between are very low in calories, about 105 per fruit” explains Calapai “So you can get away with frying them in your choice of light, heart-healthy oil.” 

Plantain chips are a great snack or side dish and are also incredibly simple to whip up. 

Peel the plantain completely and cut off about half an inch on both ends, then thinly slice the rest of the plantain into chips. 
When the oil is piping hot fry your chips until golden and salt to taste. Voila!

When they’re semi-ripe...

Eat "Maduros" for younger, healthy skin. 

"Maduro" (pronounced mah-doo-row) means "ripe" in Spanish and it’s what Latin Americans call this tasty plantain dish. 

You can eat plantains this way once they are very yellow and spotted, or have turned fully black. 

Peel, cut into thick diagonal slices and deep fry until golden brown in heart-healthy oil. 


“Bananas at any stage of ripeness are very rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant also known as called ascorbic acid,” says board certified dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou. “Vitamin C assists in collagen production, which keeps your skin healthy and also blocks free-radical damage which is believed to potentially contribute to the aging process.”  

When they’re ripe...

 Manage blood sugar with a banana smoothie.

This one takes five minutes and a blender. 

Cut up two nice yellow, ready to eat bananas into chunks, add milk or yogurt of your preferred variety, some ice, and blend until thick! 

“Bananas have shown by studies to possibly regulate blood sugar as they are very moderate in the glycemic index, meaning they don’t cause dangerous spikes to your blood sugar levels,” says Dr. Calapai “Having a good banana smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, as opposed to high-sugar options make sure you are balanced throughout the day.”

Amp up the flavor!

If eating a banana starts to get boring amp up the flavor with a healthy pairing. 

Cut up your banana into chunks and add a healthy spoonful of peanut butter, sprinkle with some almonds or cinnamon, or mix with some dark chocolate chunks!

Bananas are a great, affordable way to add some goodness into your meal plan. Enjoy! 


The Things We Do for Beauty (Guest Post)

You know what they say: Inner beauty is great, but a little lipstick never hurts. And while many people believe that the importance of physical beauty became prominent in the last decade or so, this is not quite true. Ancient Egyptians used a combination of ores as makeup, while Chinese used rice powder on their faces. Let’s not forget that henna is widely used in India since ancient times for hair dying, and around 1200AD perfumes became very popular. So let’s face it: regardless of the era, age or gender, we’re all a bit superficial…and you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. And while women are a bit more affected by this beauty frenzy than men, it’s safe to say that the stronger sex surely isn’t excused from various beauty treatments. 

Let’s check out some of the most common things we do to make ourselves more attractive:

Fitness and Dieting

One of the most popular methods of beautification are surely fitness and dieting. And while regular exercise and a balanced diet are actually quite healthy, the main reason for practicing these two things is an improved physical appearance. Of course, the devastating factor here is that if you wish to maintain your rocking body, you actually need to stick to your routine.

Hair Removal

Did you know that ancient Egyptians used to remove all of the hair from their body, except the brows? Talking about going to extremes. Certainly, it’s easier learning the fact that the no-hair trend didn’t start yesterday, but it’s much easier knowing that nowadays, instead of using pumice stones, we can rely on wonders of shaving, epilation, waxing and of course – laser hair removal.

Hair Care

How many hours on average do you spend looking at video tutorials on how to make a perfect messy bun? Yes, the struggle is quite real. From flowy boho chic hairdos, wet curls and hair straightening up to dying our hair in different colours, applying highlights and making all kinds of extraordinary dos, it’s safe to say that hair care is one of the essential things for any lady.

Breast Augmentation

According to breast augmentation experts from Sydney the most searched topic related to beauty by Australian women are boob jobs. The main reason that women from Sydney are opting for breast augmentation are fuller and shapely breasts. Can you blame them? Ever since Pamela Anderson made a debut in Baywatch, there isn’t a woman in this world who hasn’t wished for a fine pair of jugs.

High Heels

“Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.” I think we can all relate to the well-known wisdom of Marilyn Monroe. No, they aren’t comfy or easy to wear, but they sure are sexy and give you an instant confidence boost. What more does a lady need?

Body Modifications

Tattoos and body piercings are not everyone’s cup of tea but they’re also commonly used as a way to alter our appearance and make us feel more appealing. And some say that if it’s in the right amount, there’s nothing sexier than an inked lady with a nose ring.


Lastly, let’s not forget about the most commonly practiced beauty method – makeup. Foundation, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick are just a few magical products without which a lady simply can’t start her day.

From exercising and hair removal, all the way to cosmeticsurgery and makeupproducts, there are all kind of things ladies are ready to do for beauty. But is it worth it? Well, the next time you stand in front of the mirror looking like a bombshell, just remember what Sheryl Crow would say: If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad.

This guest post is by 
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Trust Your Gut…6 Stomach Issues Not to Ignore

We’ve all eaten or have drank something that didn’t agree with us.

We’ve all caught a stomach bug that was settled with rest, and over-the-counter aid and some chicken broth.

While many times we can go at it alone and solve a stomachache ourselves, there are certainly times where it’s necessary to see a doctor.

Dr. Gina Sam is a  Gastroenterologist with Mount Sinai in New York City and Associate Professor provides insights on symptoms indicative to common conditions and advises when it’s time to see the doctor.


Common symptoms include feeling full fast during a mean, a slicing pain, burning or tightness between your breastbone and navel or bloating. The tricky thing with indigestion is that it can be triggered by something else that is worse. Persistent indigestion may be a side effect of a medication, caused by smoking, thyroid disease, ulcers, infection, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). “If you rarely have indigestion and feel funny or discomfort after a spicy meal that may go away on it’s own. However, if indigestion is a daily occurrence for more than 2 weeks and is coupled with trouble swallowing, fatigue or weakness then absolutely see your doctor to be sure it isn’t due to something more serious,” advises Dr. Sam.

Lactose Intolerance

When the small intestine fails to product enough lactase, an enzyme that digests milk sugar (lactose) food reaches the colon before it has been processed and absorbed. Undigested lactose interacts with normal bacteria in the colon leading to diarrhea, nausea, bloating, cramping, gas and sometimes even vomiting. These symptoms usually begin 30 minutes to two hours after consuming foods or drinks with lactose. Dr. Sam explains that the challenge with lactose intolerance is that it often leads to calcium deficiency so it’s always a good idea to see your doctor to create a plan that explores which foods trigger discomfort and which are still okay.

Kidney Stones

According to Dr. Sam kidney stones don’t cause symptoms until they pass on from the kidney towards your bladder. That’s when there may be cloudy or foul smelling urine that can appear brown, or pink. There may also be a frequent need to urinate but the ability to urinate small amounts. Nausea and vomiting along with fever and chills are also symptoms. Usually when lower back pain is so severe sleeping and even sitting is difficult the patient seeks medical attention. “When you have kidney stones you just know something isn’t right, yet sometimes it takes people longer to see several symptoms before they seek medical attention,” explains Dr. Sam.


Gallstones are stones that form in the gallbladder, a tiny sac that hangs out under the liver, emptying bile as needed to digest fats. These stones cause swelling and can block the duct into the intestine, resulting in pain. Gallstone pain tends to strike the right side of the upper abdomen, particularly after fatty meals triggering the gallbladder to contract. “If the gallbladder is inflamed, any contraction of that nature will be amplified and typically will cause pain to the patient,” says Dr. Sam.


While it’s more common to people ages 10-20 it can strike at any age. Typical symptom is pain specifically in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen however, half of those with appendicitis have pain elsewhere. Also not everyone has his or her appendix in the same place making the pain site vary. “This is why it is important to monitor symptoms closely. Many of the symptoms are similar to ones associated with other conditions such as kidney stone, Crohn’s disease even ectopic pregnancy,” offers Dr. Sam. She further explains that the patient can expect several tests (blood, urine, MRI, CT or ultrasound) to confirm diagnoses. Some doctors don’t want to risk waiting for test results and based on how the patient describes his or her own symptoms may opt to surgically remove the appendix.

Medication side effects

“No drug is without side effects and sometimes that includes abdominal pain.
Oral bisphosphonates, a popular class of drugs that helps preserve bone density and prevent osteoporosis, can cause swelling—and therefore pain—in the lower esophagus,” says Dr. Sam. Pain medications known as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin can also cause swelling in the stomach lining and may even lead to ulcers.

Rule of thumb is to trust the gut

When something feels more serious, it usually is. Some stomach issues can either be symptoms of other more serious issues or if left unaddressed, can escalate into something worse. “Whenever you’re feeling prolonged discomfort and sharp pain it’s worth seeing your doctor,” advises Dr. Sam.

About the doctor:

Dr. Gina Sam, MD/MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. She is the Director of the Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center specializing in achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux, functional disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, and anorectal disorders including pelvic floor dyssnergia and fecal incontinence.


Prep skin with BVspa

As the seasons change, so should our skin regimen. 
Less humid, cooler weather can mean dry skin for some. 
Even though colder weather calls for long pants and sweaters, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized and smooth year round. 

Switch to a thicker moisturizer and start using a scrub to eliminate dry skin. 

Exfoliating and moisturizing on a daily basis will not only give you glowing skin but it can help eliminate the appearance of cellulite. 

By exfoliating the problem area you'll stimulate blood flow resulting in smoother, firmer skin.  

It’s also important to exfoliate rougher areas of skin such as elbows, knees and hands as the skin on these areas tends dry out faster.

First, use a scrub with a coarse ingredient such as salt for a deep exfoliation. 

BVspa Salt Scrub contains Dead Sea to remove dry skin and also contains Jojoba, Olive and Safflower oil to soften and moisturize the skin. 

This scrub is great to use in the shower because of its squeeze tube bottle which prevents shower water from getting into the bottle during use, unlike a tub container.

After showering, immediately follow with BVspa Body Butter. 

This body butter contains Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter and Sunflower Oil for extra moisturization. 

It’s important to apply the body butter right when you get out of the shower while your pores are still open. This allows the body butter to deeply nourish the skin leaving it silky smooth.

All BVspa products are available at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $11.99 and three amazing scents: Pink Grapefruit, Lavender & Rosemary, and Pomegranate & Acai.


Beauty on a Budget – Natural Beauty Tips (Guest Post)

Attending college is all about bagging an excellent education. However, as well as studying, we all want to look good! Money can be tight, but luckily you don’t need to spend lots to look and feel good.

The following suggestions cost very little, but the results can be amazing. Give them a try – you could even introduce your friends to these beauty tips, too! A pampering party for your friends would be a great way to beat study stresses. Plus, as well as having great fun, you won’t wake up with a sore head! You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, ready to tackle another day of college study, all the while looking like a true natural beauty!

Home Made Honey Face Mask

This simple face mask is so easy to make – one ingredient!

You’ll need:
1 large spoon of honey
A small microwaveable bowl

Step 1 - Microwave the honey in a bowl for 5-10 seconds.
Step 2 - While waiting for the honey to cool, cleanse your face, ensuring that all of your make up is removed.
Step – 3 Take some of your cooled honey (just scoop it up with your fingers) and apply it directly onto your face. Don’t get the honey into your eyes!
Step 4 - Let the mask sit on your skin for around ten minutes. Try to use this time to relax. If you can lie down and close your eyes, do so. Once the ten minutes are up, rinse your honey mask off.
Step 5 - Gently dry your face, and apply your usual moisturizer.
Honey is a natural antiseptic, so this mask will give your skin a deep cleanse. If you need a more moisturizing mask, try mashing some avocado in with your honey – or you could even spoon in some natural yogurt!

DIY Strawberry Tooth Whitening Treatment

Although your college studies are keeping you focused, never forget that your smile is your biggest asset! Healthy teeth and gums are vital, not only for the way you look, but also for your overall health.

Give this home-made tooth whitening treatment a try – the tastiest way to keep your pearly whites gleaming!

You’ll need:
1 strawberry
A small cup
A fork
A pinch of baking soda

Step 1 - Mash the strawberry into a pulp, then load your toothbrush with the red crushed fruit.
Step 2 - Brush your teeth as you normally would. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly, making sure that all of the strawberry seeds are washed away.
Step 3 - Do one final rinse with water and a pinch of baking soda – this acts to neutralize any remaining acidity from the strawberry.
We know that we should always brush our teeth with toothpaste. We should also floss and use mouthwash, too. Those are the basics. Adding this occasional strawberry whitening treatment to your dental regime will really make your teeth smile!

Ultra Rich Mayo Hair Conditioner

Instead of spending precious pennies on a conditioning treatment in a hair salon, try this super cheap hair nourishing tip. Your hair will love you for it!

You’ll need:
1 large handful of mayonnaise (or enough to cover all of your hair)
A large towel

Plenty of time to relax!

Step 1 – Wash your hair as you normally would.
Step 2 – Gently towel dry your hair. Your hair needs to be damp, though not dripping wet.
Step 3 – Take a handful of mayonnaise and put it on to your hair, starting at the scalp. Think of the mayonnaise as a hair mask – you don’t need to try to lather it or rub it in, just lay it on to the hair.
Step 4 – Make sure that your hair is covered, from the root to the tip.
Step 5 – Take your towel and put your hair up into a turban.
Step 6 – Relax for around 30 minutes with your hair wrapped in the towel.
Step 7 – Wash your hair as you normally would. Then, dry and style your hair as you usually do.

Your hair will feel soft and it will look glossy. The mayonnaise mask is a cheap and easy way to look and feel like you’ve had a salon conditioning treatment. Happily, you’ll know that you’ve done it on a college budget!

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'Feels Like a Facelift' Skincare System

Natural & Healthy products started as an idea from pharmacists who like to get out from behind the counter and help people find natural health solutions.

All Natural & Healthy products have been tested first through pharmacies and clients.

The 'Feels Like a Facelift' skincare system is a blend of science and nature. It helps to prevent premature aging, and brings visible results for even very deep wrinkles and fine lines.

I was thrilled when the company contacted me to review the skincare system.

'Feels Like a Facelift' products contain a number of healthy ingredients, recognized by dermatologists as being highly beneficial for aging skin.

These products include components of the world's most effective skincare formulas.

Other natural ingredients used in the products that are recognized for their skin-enhancing qualities include: Green Tea Extract, Chamomile, Ginkgo Biloba, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Grapefruit Extract.

Nightly Renewal Cream

This is an incredible cream!

It has a thick, rich base and is packed with high potency anti-oxidants.

When I would wake up in the morning, my face would feel super soft and smooth.

How to use:

I used this cream before I went to bed. I would apply this night cream to face & neck area.

Firming Chest & Neck Cream

The secret to younger looking skin is keeping it hydrated throughout the day and a lot of us forget about our neck and chest area.

This cream is enhanced with anti-aging properties to help tighten skin and make deep lines less noticeable.

This cream can be used in the morning and again in the evening.

How to use:

I would apply to the skin morning (and when I remembered) in the evening as well. 

I heard using gentle massage motions, working downward from chin to chest works best.

After using for a couple of weeks I noticed a few not so deep lines started to be less noticeable, however the deep lines are still there.


Purifying Cleanser

This soap free cleanser turns into foamy once applied with water.

At first I didn’t think it was a great cleanser but once I added a bit of water while I was massaging in the cleanser I could see it turn into a foam and I could feel it getting deep into the pores.

It gently cleanses away dirt, grime & impurities and even removes make-up without clogging the skin.

Skin feels fresh, supple & glowy.

It also tones the skin by removing pollutants and any residue left on skin – love multi-purpose skincare products!

I would apply to my wet face, apply cleanser to the face, add just a little bit of water and massage using circular motions over the face and neck. Rinse with warm water.

Daytime Cream

This moisturizer corrects imperfections and delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It provides lasting protection to aid your skin's natural renewal process.

Has sunscreen for daytime protection.

My skin felt moisturized all day.

Moisturizer absorbed quickly.

I find this moisturizer to be user-friendly especially given my tendency to oily skin.

Anti-Aging Mud Masque

This mud masque contains Canadian Glacial Mud from Pacific NorthWest coast in Northern British Columbia.

This masque is rich in minerals such as Silicon, Aluminum, Iron, Magnesium and has natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Green Tea.

The clay detoxifies the skin, effectively removing dead skin cells and gets deep into pores.

This masque will clean, exfoliate, detoxify, rejuvenate and revitalize the skin.

The Anti-Aging Mud Masque works on all skin types including normal, oily, dry, even sensitive and troubled skin.

This masque can be used twice a week.

After cleansing with the purifying cleanser, I would apply a thin layer of this masque to the face and neck area. It would dry between 12 to 15 minutes. Remove with warm water. Follow with the daytime moisturizer or nightly renewal cream.

Night-Time Serum

This is most probably the most important step in the system.

This serum will help to reduce the signs of aging, by activating the cellular mechanisms that help to rebuild the skin.

The packaging says for best results, use in the morning and again in the evening.

I would wash face with cleanser, apply thin layer of serum, let absorb for about 30 seconds. Then apply the moisturizer or night cream depending on the time of day.

Overall I did like this skincare line, I did notice some lines softening. I liked how tight my skin felt.

“Feels Like a Facelift” products have a light scent – nothing overpowering.

The prices range from $10 - $60.

Considering a little product goes a long way it is a good investment.

The Natural & Healthy line of products is available through pharmacies at all London Drugs and selected Pharmasaves locations.

For more information on the “Feels Like a Facelift” products, visit Natural & Healthy website at

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