Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Applying False Eyelashes: A Quick and Easy Guide

False eyelashes are becoming very popular in today’s beauty scene. We all wish for a long, perfectly curled and lusciously full eyelash fringe. Though some mascaras and eyelash curlers do an acceptable job of boosting lashes, most of us don’t quite get the results we’re looking for with them. That’s when we turn to false lashes. It used to be rare to see a person wearing false lashes. They were mainly reserved for models, super stars and prom night. The times have changed though. These days, ladies are wearing false eyelashes to enhance their every day look.

Applying false eyelashes is probably one of the most tricky make up related tasks. It requires patience, a lot of practice, and a relatively steady hand. Once you learn the ropes though, you will see it’s not really that hard. With a little trial and error you can learn to apply false eyelashes beautifully. Here is a step by step guide on how to apply false eyelashes and some tips to make it easier.

As I’ve already stated, in order to master the art of applying eyelashes, you must practice. If you’re lucky and gifted you might get the hang of it right away. If you’re anything like I was, you are probably going to ruin a few pairs of eyelashes before you get the technique down. For a beginner, I recommend buying a bunch of very cheap eyelashes to practice with. Look for clearance sales, or cheaper drug store brands and stock up. You don’t want to mess up an expensive pair of eyelashes on your first application.

The first thing you should do is get your materials together. You will need your eyelashes, a bottle of eyelash glue, some eye liner, your favorite mascara, a mirror, a pair of small scissors and a pair of tweezers. Sit as close to the mirror as possible so you can see yourself up close.

A common mistake many people make when applying false eyelashes is not trimming them. Eyelash strips are usually very long, to accommodate larger eyes. You want to make sure your eyelashes fit properly before applying them. This will help you to avoid the saggy down turned eye look. To do this, line the lash strip up to your natural lash line. The inner corner of the lashes should start where your natural lashes start. The strip should end just a hair before the end of your natural lash line. If the lash strip is too long for your eye, trim it at the outer corner until it’s the right size. Do this for both eyelash strips.

After you’ve trimmed your lashes, it’s time to apply them. Some people like to apply eye liner before their eyelashes but I prefer to apply false lashes on a bare eye. In my experience the glue dries better and the lashes hold stronger this way. You can try both ways if you’d like, and see what works best for you. I do, however, add a single coat of mascara to my lashes before starting. This will help them blend into your false eyelashes better.

Using your tweezers, pick up your eyelash strip in the very center of the eyelash. Hold your glue bottle against the edge of the strip and squeeze lightly until a small bead of glue comes out. Drag the glue down the strip while squeezing out small beads along the length. You only need a thin layer of glue. Too much glue can ruin your eye look so be careful. Hold the lashes for about 30 seconds while the glue dries a little. Do not apply your eyelashes right away. The glue needs time to become tacky.

When your ready to apply, get close to the mirror and line the false lashes up with your natural lash line and drop it lightly into place. If the line is off, use your tweezers to gently press the lashes into the right spot, until they are flush with your natural lash line. Once they are on straight, wait another minute for the glue to dry completely. I usually move on and do my other eye while I am waiting. Next, use your fingers to fluff your lashes from underneath. Press them lightly up into the false lashes until your natural eyelashes are nicely blended with the falsies.

When both eyes are done and dry you can go ahead and apply your eye make up as usual. You do not need to apply more mascara unless you feel you need a more dramatic look. Keep these tips in mind and keep on practicing. Don’t give up and you will eventually be applying false eyelashes like a pro.

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All About Craigslist

With the internet, all things are possible it seems. There is a great website called Craigslist, that allows users to post wanted ads, needed ads, personal ads and job posts. But, the best part of the website is that even though they do let you post and respond to ads, it is free to do so. There are never any fees involved in using the website. If you have a television that you want to sell for $500, you simply put that in your ad. There are no fees associated for the seller or the buyer.

You can go to and enter in an area that is closest to you. You can search for items in any state or city that you wish. From there, simply search the postings to see if there is anything that you need or create an account to post an ad for others to view. A search bar is available on the left hand side of the page. Type in what you are looking for and see what your area has to offer! Most of the posts have email addresses linked to them. Click on the poster’s ID in the post and you can email them directly for more information about their post.

Not only can people search and post ads for merchandise, there are personal ads for dating and relationships, volunteer ads, posted events and a huge job database. Of course, you should always make sure that any job listing is legitimate before you accept the offer and you should never have to pay for work. Do not post anything that is illegal or it will be flagged.

The merchandise that you can purchase or sell is endless! Baby and kid items, boats, cars, antiques, furniture, appliances, sporting goods, crafts, etc. You can also advertise your business or service on there as well.

As with anything done online, you should always keep safety in mind first. If possible, choose a convenient place to meet the seller or buyer to ensure the safety of both parties involved. If you must go to the person’s home to look at or buy the item, have a friend of family member go with you if possible. If you are selling an item, remember that unfortunately, not everyone is honest. Request that the buyer bring cash with them so that you dont risk receiving a bad check or money order.

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A Basic History of the New York Mets Baseball Team

The New York Mets are a professional baseball team that plays in Major League Baseball. The Mets play in the East Division of the National League.

The franchise was founded in 1962 when the Mets began playing their home games at the Polo Grounds. After the 1963 season, the Mets moved to their current location, Shea Stadium.

In the franchise history of the New York Mets, the team has won five NL East Division titles. They won the NL East in 1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, and 2006. The Mets also made it into the playoffs twice by winning the wildcard berth back-to-back in 1999 and 2000.

The New York Mets have gone on to win the National League Championship on four different occasions in 1969, 1973, 1986, and 2000, earning themselves trips to the World Series.

The Mets went on to win two of the World Series they played in, taking home the World Series Championship in 1969 and 1986.

Only one player in the National Baseball Hall of Fame has ever been inducted as a New York Met, Tom Seaver. Seaver was a pitcher for the Mets from 1967-1977 and in 1983. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

Eight other former New York Mets players are currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame, although they were inducted on other teams. Those players are Richie Ashburn, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Nolan Ryan, Duke Snider, and Warren Spahn. Former manager of the Mets, Casey Stengel, is also in the Hall of Fame.

Carter asked the Hall of Fame that he be inducted as a Met and an Expo. When this was turned down, he asked to be inducted as a Met, but the Hall of Fame refused. Carter was inducted as a part of the Montreal Expos.

Three former members of the New York Mets have had their numbers retired by the Mets: Casey Stengel – 37, Gil Hodges – 14, and Tom Seaver – 41. Stengel was the manager of the Mets from 1962-1965. Hodges played on the Mets from 1962-1963 and then was the manager from 1968-1971. The number 42 is also retired by the Mets, as it is across baseball, in honor of Jackie Robinson.

The New York Mets are currently owned by Fred Wilpon. Willie Randolph is the manager, and Omar Minaya is the general manager.

The official colors of the New York Mets are black, blue, and orange. Their mascot is a human with a baseball head named Mr. Met.

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6 Reasons Your Car Insurance May Not Be Worth the Money

While having auto insurance may be mandatory before you can legally drive a car, the options available for types of insurance and how much to buy can be daunting. Added on to this can be whether or not you have a loan on the car. You also must consider how much risk that you can afford to take if you have a claim made against you.

The first choice has to do with whether you should buy collision insurance.

If the car has a loan against it, you probably do not get to vote on the option of buying collision insurance. Your lender will require it. The question then becomes a matter of how much deductible that you will carry. The age of the car has little to do with this decision. You must try to purchase insurance that will get close enough to retiring the debt on the vehicle so that you can afford to pay the rest.

Lower deductibles are worth it if you must have a car.

If you live in a city near public transportation, having a personal car may be considered a luxury. Without a car, you would still be able to get to and from work and take care of most personal business with minimal trouble. You can carry a high deductible because if you lose your car, you will still be able to live in an acceptable manner.

The difference in cost between a low and high deductible is often not as much as you might think.

However, if you live in a rural area and must have the car for commuting purposes, you may not be able to continue to support yourself and your family if you are without a car. In this case, you should keep the deductible as low as your budget will allow. This will increase your chances of being able to repair or replace the car in the event of a significant accident. Buying collision insurance with a low deductible may cost you less than $100 more per year.

Most people can live without road hazard and towing insurance.

Whether this policy is attached to your car insurance, a travel company policy, or your cell phone, it rarely pays for itself. Unless you drive really terrible cars, it is unlikely that you will need to be towed more than once every four or five years. Most of the policies will cost you $40 to $100 per year.

This means that you will be paying about $200 for each free tow job. These tow jobs seldom cost more than $100. If it does, your coverage will more than likely have a $75 or $100 maximum benefit per occurrence. Other needs like a flat repair or jump start happen even less often. The odds are that you will pay a lot more over time for insurance than you would pay for the services without insurance.

Comprehensive coverage is almost always worth the money.

Comprehensive insurance covers all of those things that are not considered collision that can happen to your car. The broken glass from a rock, hail damage, theft, and vandalism are a few of the areas that comprehensive auto insurance covers. Most people who drive more than 10,000 miles per year will almost always recover the cost of this insurance in the long run. The cost is about $150 per year and a couple of windshield repairs will cover this.

You have to have liability insurance to drive.

The amount of liability insurance is up for debate. Any auto liability coverage will repair the other vehicle if you are at fault. The problem comes when you start to deal with property and medical costs resulting from the accident. Because most people have few enough at-fault accidents that liability insurance is rarely used, it is normally best to keep the cost on this coverage as low as possible.

Granted if you are the unlucky one who has to use it, the maximum liability limits may be more comforting. However, when weighing cost of insurance against the benefits, it seems unlikely for any particular individual to need the extremely high limits. You have other legal options if lawsuits saddle you with a prohibitive debt. There is a good chance that even gigantic liability limits will keep you out of bankruptcy court in that case.

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A Review of the Book The Digital Photography by Scott Kelby

When I started to read ‘The Digital Photography Book’ I was kind of skeptical because when I scanned through it before reading it I saw lots of photos of photographers using professional (read; Expensive) equipment. So my first thought was “Great I spent $19.99 on this book to tell me the way to get professional looking pictures is with Professional equipment.” That couldn’t have been further from the truth. He is very candid and writes in Layman’s terms and doesn’t get all super technical. He writes as if you ran into him on the street and recognized him as a photographer and said “Hey what’s the best way to get this type of shot” now remember you just ran into him on the street so he is wholly unsure of your abilities as a photographer so he doesn’t want you to walk away thinking “What a jerk he had to talk so far over my head and now I still didn’t get my question answered.” To avoid that, he answers the question simply, straight forward non-technically and to the point. Now I won’t kid you he does suggest several accessories throughout the book, however he puts the accessories into three distinct categories. 1) a Budget purchase (an item that will accomplish the job and drain the kids college fund 2) Willing to fork over a few Extra $ to have better than average equipment and 3) No Holds Barred spender. Now these are not the actual terms he uses to describe each category, these just generalize the three categories, I don’t like to quote from other people’s books, especially if they’re still alive ( They get kinda touchy if you screw up the quote, understandably so. I know I would)

Mr. Kelby is very down to earth and even displays a little bit of a sense of humor, albeit kind of lame. (Sorry Scott, gotta call ’em how I see ’em) He definitely knows his stuff and shows it. He doesn’t have to B.S. you with all the technical terms to make you think he knows tons about the subject matter he just proves it. I came away with a great respect for Mr. Kelby and his work. He goes so far at times as to make suggestions to use readily available household items in place of sometimes expensive, yet necessary equipment. He offers step by step direction on how to get ‘The Shot.’

I walked away with a greater appreciation of the work that goes into getting ‘The Shot’ and digital photography in general. This book is a must have and should be required reading when purchasing a digital camera.

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A Basic Introduction to Chess

The biggest problem that the game of chess has is that people assume that it is difficult to learn. The reason for this is that often people confuse strategy and the rules, and not just the people who have not played. There is an assumption that you have to understand the strategy in order to play, but the truth is you can have a lot of fun playing the game without really understanding the strategy and once you have learned the moves you’ll begin to discover them.

The truth is that there are only six pieces that you have to learn to move. And most of them really only do one thing. In fact the most complicated for actually moving is the pawn with four different moves it can do and the ability but only one is actually complicated, while the remainder really each only do one thing.

While the pawn does have a few things it can do they are all reasonably simple. A pawn can normally only move one space forward. If it has not yet moved though it can then move two spaces forward. This allows for the possibility of its third move which is en passant, which allows it to kill another pawn if it moves past it on its first move, so long as only having moved once would have allowed that pawn to kill it. Finally pawns can attack diagonally.

The next piece is the rook or castle. These are on the outer edge of the row closest to you and can move any distance in a straight line. Next to them are the knights. Knights can move over other pieces and move in an L shape, going two squares in any direction and one in the other. Next are the bishops which can move diagonally. These are all the pieces you have two of each each can take pieces simply by moving onto their spot.

Finally you have the two single pieces. The queen is the most powerful piece able to move both straight and diagonally. She is next to the king.

The king is the key to the game. Capturing the king ends the game. This piece can move one square in any direction. In addition it has the ability to caste so long as there is a castle which has not moved, the king has not moved and all the squares between them are empty. This allows the king to move two squares towards that castle while the castle moves three squares towards where the king had been. No matter what though the king can not move into a position where the opponent can capture it.

If you understand these basic rules the strategy will come after a few games.

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A Review of the Original Shrek Movie

The original Shrek film was released to theaters on May 18, 2001 according to While DreamWorks surely knew they had a special movie in Shrek, it is doubtful that they realized the Shrek universe would stretch into May of 2010 and into a fourth movie, Shrek Forever After. Shrek Forever After is sure to strike the same box office gold the first three movies did and become yet another family favorite.

The Shrek franchise got off to a great start with the original Shrek movie which featured the voices of Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, and Eddie Murphy as the ever funny Donkey. The casting of Mike Myers as Shrek was a brilliant moment after the film lost its original choice, Chris Farley, to an early death. Eddie Murphy brought his own unique comic timing and style to Donkey in a way that was every bit as magical as his Mushu the dragon in Mulan. Fortunately for fans, Donkey gets a lot of screen time! Cameron Diaz is an effortless princess and has the naturally fun spirit to be simultaneously beautiful and ogre-like at the same time! With such a great cast, the plot of Shrek seems like it would be a winner no matter the actual story, but the story delivered heavily.

The movie’s title character, Shrek, lives in a swamp where he is perfectly free to live a disgusting ogre “centric” life. Unfortunately, shortly after the film opens, progress interrupts his non-blissful existence as numerous fairy tale characters begin showing up at his home and all throughout his swamp. It doesn’t take long for Shrek to find out all of these people are being forced into the swamp by the diminutive Lord Farquaad.

Not a man to easily give up his privacy, Shrek and a certain Donkey that has attached itself to him travel to meet Lord Farquaad in the hopes of striking a deal. In order to get his swamp back, Shrek agrees to help Lord Farquaad secure his throne by journeying to a dragon protected castle and bringing him back the Princess Fiona.

After Shrek accomplishes the goal of rescuing the princess, the audience soon finds out that the princess is a beautiful woman by day and a perfect match for Shrek, an ogre, by night. Fiona hides the fact that she is an ogre from Shrek despite the fact that they are developing feelings for each other. A classic misunderstanding occurs and Fiona is about to marry Farquaad when Shrek rescues her at the altar.

When Fiona and Shrek kiss, she is permanently converted to an ogre, a state she is supremely happy in. Donkey also gets a little loving and ends the movie with a swinging karaoke session!

The original Shrek is a great movie and a must watch before venturing out to take in Shrek Forever After.

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A Brief Review of the Various Available Body Building Supplements

Bodybuilding supplements consists of various substances including, metal replacement products, proteins and amino acids, prohormones, testosterone boosters and are taken by boy builders and sports persons to help building muscle or supplement fat loss. These bodybuilding supplements are also suitable for improving sports performance.

Metal Replacement Products: The metal replacement products are either available in powder form or in bar form. Powder form can be mixed with water, milk or juice and can be taken thereafter, however bars can be consumed straight away. Various manufacturers of metal replacement products claim to have added soy protein, egg albumin, whey protein or micellar casein as source of protein.

For replacement of carbohydrates ingredients derived from oat fiber, wheat flour or maltodextrin have been added. Some may contain essential fatty acids substitute and other mineral substitutes. Some other products such as glutamine peptide and additional amino acids are also added by some of the manufacturers.

These are made available for complete meal replacement and contains high amount of proteins, moderate amount of carbohydrates and also contains various vitamins and minerals.

Amino acids, Branched chain amino acids, glutamine and protein: Protein consumed by our body metabolizes into amino acids. The bodybuilders prefer most commonly three branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. Muscles metabolize these branched chain amino acids. Additionally these branched chain amino acids are assumed to have resistance towards muscle breakdown.

Bodybuilders prefer to take protein just after exercise or as a replacement of meal. Protein powders are available in the market and right quantity of these at recommended helps in making muscles, as muscles are primarily made of protein and protein also helps us in repairing and growth of muscles.

Although soy protein, a naturally occurring complete protein may sometime exhibit estrogenic activity and is therefore avoided by many of the bodybuilders, however egg protein is preferred as it is also a complete protein. Casein, another richest protein source of amino acid glutamine is preferred as it contains casomorphine additionally, which releases amino acids at regular intervals.

Whenever you purchase a protein packet, you must look for total serving in the pocket and gram protein, gram carbs, gram sugar and gram fat per servings. If you are lactose intolerant, you should select a protein packet, which does not contain lactose. On the basis of all these information you must select the right product suitable for you.

Prohormone Supplements: Prohormones are precursors to both male and female hormones. Body builders are only interested in the supplements capable to increase male hormone testosterone as at elevated level testosterone will lead to improved muscle growth. Studies carried out on various prohormone have not given the desired results. Some of the prohormone are not significant and effective and may have side effects.

Creatine Monohydrate: Creatine monohydrate is one of the essential organic acids. It is one of the few products suitable for making healthy muscles. Creatine monohydrate is useful for sports persons engaged in weight lifting and short-range sprinters. Some of the common and minor side effects associated with intake of creatine include stomach upset and gastrointestinal distress. Although, some of the recent studies on creatine shows that it has a positive influence on our heart health and it lowers our lipid profile. If you are on creatine, you may notice a weight gain as creatine has a volumizing effect and draws water and various other nutrients to muscle cells.

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