Nude by nature review 2018

Have you ever walked through your pharmacy and have seen the nude by nature stand and thought you would like to try it because it is all natural? Or remember the commercials that Nude by Nature would have on TV selling their product. I was curious to see if their products would actually stand up to the reviews online and in store.

The first product from their make up line that I tried was their mineral powder. The first thing that I want to mention, is that their packaging is very sleek and sophisticated, something you would definitely expect from an all natural brand. The second thing I would like to mention is that their shade range across all their make up products aren’t very diverse. I think that this is something that they need to work on in order to diversify themselves. However, the actual product itself works amazing. The natural look that you get with the mineral powder is amazing for an everyday wear to work or when you’re running errands and don’t want to put on a full face of foundation. The product has a lot of coverage for a mineral powder, and managed to cover some blemishes I had on my skin.

The next product I tried was the contour palette. The palette would be very helpful for anyone starting out and learning how to contour, as you need to build up the contour to get it very dark. This means that it is very natural and like I said above, really good for everyday use where you don’t want to go completely heavy with your contour.

The mascara was the third item that I have tested out. It was surprisingly good. My initial reaction was that the product wouldn’t do so well because it was advertised as being natural. I thought it might not give me the desired look I like. However, the mascara worked wonders to my eyelashes. It defined, separated and lengthened my lashes to give me beautifully defined eyes. It didn’t make my lashes go clumpy, and the product wasn’t very wet which made it easy to work with and allowed for less mess around my eye area.

Along with the mineral powder I tried out their mineral brush. The brush was very soft to the touch and held a lot of product which meant that I didn’t have to keep going into the pan of the product to get more product on. It also evenly dispersed the product and didn’t leave any streaks. Overall the brush did exactly what it was advertised that it would. All together their products were very good and I would highly recommend nude by nature to anyone looking for a natural and everyday product. It is also an added benefit that all their products are cruelty free.

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How to grow your dog’s Instagram page

A lot of people think about starting an Instagram for their dog to show off exactly how adorable their four legged fury friend is. If you are thinking about starting an Instagram for your dog and wondering where to start, here are some tips!

1. Come up with a cute username that embodies your fury friend

You want to create a username that has your dogs name in it. This will allow for people to remember the name and come back to view your profile over and over again. This is important because of the new algorithm that Instagram has produced – it doesn’t showcase your photo to all your followers unless you have a high activity on the photo. You also want to make sure that the username isn’t too long or has too many numbers or letters to it.

2. Having a good bio is important!

Coming up with an interesting bio is important! The bio is the first thing many users see when they click on the profile. You want to make sure it completely embodies your dog’s personality. For example, you could include your dogs breed, the city you reside in and also a funny caption about your dog. Sirbentleyjnr has a really good example of a short and interesting bio.

3. Posting high quality and interesting photos

High quality photos are key to growing your pooches Instagram. Everyone has the ability these days to post good quality photos! You don’t need an expensive camera that costs a lot of money. You could take amazing photos on your phone! This does make it very easy to post and edit photos also. Taking quality photos isn’t that hard, get your pooch a toy or an outfit and have them in good lighting and your guaranteed a good photo!

4. Making your layout flow

Having a layout that flows is as important as having good quality photos. This is important because e people are naturally drawn to layouts that are cohesive and follow the same colour scheme. This isn’t to say that you can’t take photos of your dog in different locations, it just means that you shouldn’t post a really dark photo when the rest of your photos are light and bright. If you look at any of the large dog instagrams such as Dolly_Pawton you can see that the layout has a theme and it is cohesive.

5. Interaction is important!

The most important feature to have on your profile is interaction! If someone comments on your photo, comment back saying thank you or replying to a question they have asked. This will boost your chances of getting on more of your followers feeds and on the top page. Also, if you comment on someones photo the chances of them interacting back is high. This potentially means that you may gain another follower.

Liking peoples photos is also important, now don’t go on a rampage and just like all photos you found on a hashtag. If you want to grow a community, you should interact with profiles that are appealing to you. This will help create the community that you would like.

6. Hashtags

Hashtags are highly debated. Some people say use all the hashtags possible and some people say use 1-5 hashtags. I believe that when you’re first starting out you should use as many hashtags as possible to get yourself noticed. If you have a look at Sirbentleyjnr’s profile he uses anywhere between 5-10 hashtags. Its also important to use hashtags that have less posts when first starting out. This is because when you post to a hashtag that has millions of photos, your photo will get lost because other photos are constantly coming in. Also, if you use smaller hashtags you are more likely to get featured on the hashtags popular page which will draw more followers to you.

7. Tagging locations

Tagging locations is also important. Now i don’t mean to tag your location if you have taken a photo in your back yard. But if you have taken your pooch somewhere, say a beach, tag that location. People search on Instagram for locations and if you have a photo that is linked to a location your chances of getting noticed are higher.

8. Shoutouts

Another way to grow your dogs Instagram is to get shouted out by a larger page. Many larger pages have hashtags that are linked to their account. If you use these hashtags you may get your dogs photo posted on a page with thousands of followers.

Nine healthy habits to change your life

Sometimes life can get the better of us all and sometimes we all might fall off the track and start to create an unhealthy lifestyle. It’s always a lot easier to consume unhealthy foods and create a negative mindset then it is to create a healthy atmosphere. However, there are some habits that can be created or altered to create a healthy lifestyle that will change your life. Keep reading for 10 healthy habits.

 

  1. Drink more water: Drinking more water has some proven health benefits for both your body and your mind. As the body is 60% water, drinking water essentially will allow for these bodily functions to operate at best capacity. Also, drinking more water throughout the day allows for muscles to function at the top of their range. It also helps to keep any breakouts at bay and can create clearer skin.
  2. Exercise: Exercising three times a week provides amazing health benefits for your body. Exercising will boost your energy levels and also your mood. It can also aid in losing weight. There are many different forms of exercise that can be done, some include, cardio, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), weight training, dancing etc.
  3. Sleep: Getting enough sleep every night is an important healthy habit that most of us aren’t taking advantage of. Sleep aids in the recovery of the body, including, muscles and organ functions. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night can also positively impact your mood.
  4. Vitamins: Implementing enough vitamins into your diet is an important healthy habit that needs to be incorporated into everyones lifestyle. Vitamins prevent many diseases and aid many of your body’s functions.
  5. Me-time: Taking some time for yourself out of your busy lifestyle and schedule will improve your overall happiness. It will allow yourself to de-stress and catch up on activities that bring you enjoyment and relaxation.
  6. Stimulation: Keeping the brain in an active state and stimulated can help to prevent any future diseases. This can be done through problem-solving activities, reading or even playing some games.
  7. Stretching: Stretching before and after a workout allows the body to repair any tension created from the workout. It also prevents any serious injuries and awful pain that comes with working out. If done in the morning or before bed, stretching can be an amazing tool for unwinding and relaxing the body.
  8. Talk: Talking to someone can be an amazing outlet for emotions. Releasing your emotions and not keeping them bottled up can allow for greater internal happiness.
  9. Eat: Eat food and don’t restrict yourself. Now I do mean everything in moderation but do let yourself enjoy the amazingness that food is. However, you do also want to eat a balanced diet full of protein and nutrition.

Red velvet cake bites recipe

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Red velvet cake bites in bowl

Red velvet cake bites

  • Servings: 40
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An easy way to make cake for the entire family. Cake mixed with decadent chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 180g butter
  • 315g caster sugar
  • 375g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 425 grams of meltable chocolate
  • Red frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Butter cake tin.
  3. Sift together the flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and bicarbonate soda in a bowl.
  4. Mix together the eggs, butter, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  5. Combine the liquid mixture with the dry mixture and mix with a wooden spoon for 1 minute.
  6. Add food colouring to the mixture and mix.
  7. Place cake in cake tin and cook for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Place cake in freezer for 10 minutes to cool down.
  9. While the cake is cool, crumble the cake into a bowl.
  10. Line a cake tray with baking paper.
  11. Create little balls with the crumbled mixture and place on lined cake tray. This recipe can create 40 servings. Keep in mind that the cake bites are very rich in flavour when creating the size of the balls.
  12. Place the tin of balls in the freezer to cool down for 30 minutes.
  13. Melt the chocolate on the stove or microwave.
  14. Roll the cake bite balls into the melted chocolate​ and place in lined tin.
  15. Place chocolate covered balls in freezer for 15 minutes.
  16. When the chocolate on the cake bites is hard, place frosting ontop and serve.

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Inside of the red velvet cake bites
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Red Velvet Cake BItes

How to travel with no money 2018

Always thought that traveling would cost you an arm and a leg? Or do you simply think that you’re unable to afford that dream holiday that you have always wanted? Here are some tips and tricks to help you travel with little to no money!

Work overseas

There are so many different job opportunities that are available to those who want to travel yet make money. Here are some different job ideas:

  • Become a nanny for an overseas or domestic family that love to travel
  • Take a job opportunity working on cruise ships
  • Start your own blog and share your love for travel while making money
  • Teach English overseas
  • Volunteer your time in return for any food or accommodation

Save on hotels

You don’t always need to spend a tone of money on expensive hotels. The truth is that majority of travelers only spend a couple hours a day in their room when they are not sleeping or exploring. If there is a hotel that is way cheaper and seems to be clean, in good condition and offers the basic amenities book that instead and save your money for your travels.

Travel cards

You spend money every day but have you thought about using loyalty cards that will save you money? Use any travel loyalty program such as virgin’s velocity program and earn points while you spend money on your day to day expenses.

Sign up to travel websites

Travel websites are an amazing way to find some good and inexpensive deals. Sign up to some websites and get emails daily about sales that are happening. Here are some websites to think about:

Food

Try and save your money on food when possible. Think about some grocery items that you can buy that are easy to carry around with you when traveling. Eating out at restaurants consistently will burn a hole in your wallet really quickly.

  • Cook as many of your meals as possible
  • Buy fruit as its easy to eat on the go
  • Plan your day in a way that it allows you to eat back at the hotel
  • Take full advantage of free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners your hotel offers

Transport

When traveling transport can seem like such a large expense. Here are some tips to think about when traveling.

  • Walk anywhere possible to prevent you from spending money on taxis, buses and other transport
  • Rent a cheap car that can get you around to your destinations
  • Borrow a car from any friends or family in the area

Crowd-fund your trip

Another way to save yourself some money when traveling is to create a crowd-fund page where people can donate money for your travels.

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Travel inspiration: find your next travel destination

Thinking about traveling? Have a need for traveling but don’t have any inspiration about where to go? Use these tips to help you gain and find your travel inspiration.There are two sources I predominantly use when trying to figure out what travel destination I want to visit.

The first one being Pinterest. Pinterest offers amazing searching abilities and capabilities. The simple search bar will bring up all the articles and posts that are relevant to your search key terms. For example, if you search ‘travel inspiration’ a whole heap of articles will pop up with different travel destinations and ideas that will get your inspiration flowing. Essentially, Pinterest is like google but for images and articles. It is an amazing website to start off on.

The next website I religiously use is TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is an AMAZING place to get all your inspiration from. The layout of the website allows for all the images and content to easy inspire you. The website has many different articles and pages that will explain and rate different destinations around the world. I love to use TripAdvisor after I get my inspiration from Pinterest to get a deeper understanding of what the travel destination will be like and get some amazing real-life reviews from previous customers of hotels, restaurants, businesses, and activities.

Blogs are another way to gain inspiration for travel destinations. If you look up any travel blog there will be some sort of article or post written about a travel destination. This is a good way to get a feel for what the destination will truly be like and to get some insider knowledge. There are so many travel blogs out there that will also have a list of destinations that should be on everyones bucket list. Some blogs even review cruises, simple weekend getaways and packing for travel and what to do at certain locations.

Having a talk with someone who has recently travelled is also an amazing way to get an unbiased view and review. This is the best way to get a real feel for a destination will be like. Ask what they thought of the hotel, is the destination child-friendly, is there a lot of activities to keep you busy. Have a think about all these questions and ask in order to get a better understanding of what a destination is like.

Another great way to get inspiration is to tap into your own knowledge. Have a think about destinations that you have previously seen or been to and decide whether you would like to go on a similar holiday or if you would like a change. This is a good way to place yourself in a guided direction and allow yourself to better search.

What to pack for your holiday

There is always so much stress surrounding the idea of packing for your upcoming holiday and a lot of thoughts that come with that stress. Will I pack enough clothes? Will I need anything extra? Have I forgotten something important? If you have ever had any of those thoughts or similar ones, this blog post is here to help you create an easy and stress-free environment when packing.

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What to pack for your upcoming holiday