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How to Turn your Tax Refund into Better Health

The IRS says that the average tax refund is around $3,000 so how are you spending all that cash? Here are six smart and healthy ways to spend that tax return on your mind and body.

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Tax Season is here and so are the headaches that that entails. If you planned everything out just right, you should be getting back some nice change from the U.S. government. What to do with such a nice cash windfall is the real question? Are you going to throw it away on something frivolous or spend it on something that benefits your health? I hope it’s on the latter.

The IRS says that the average tax refund is around $3,000 so how are you spending all that cash? Here are six smart and healthy ways to spend that tax return on your mind and body.

 

Join a gym

This is a simple and obvious way to spend the cash. Gym memberships can be pricey especially if it has al the bells and whistles. Why not join a huge gym chain and have tons of options across the globe to workout? No real excuse, so let’s get that butt in gear and join a gym. Figure out what you want in a gym, do your research and pick the right one. Take the leftover tax return and buy yourself some snappy new workout clothing so you can really stun at your new gym.

Buy new workout gear

Maybe you already belong to a gym, great, so let’s gear you up to stunt like a baller at the gym.   New running shoes, yoga pants, sweat shirts and of course new socks, all for your sporty fashion. It’s time to ditch those old stinky gym shoes and buy you some fresh gear.

 

Better meal prep

Meal prep can be so beneficial to your diet but can really be a drag, so why not pay someone else to do it. Instead of standing n your kitchen for an hour or so on a Sunday night, try a service like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh or Plated. These services will deliver fresh food to your door and all you have to do is cook it. Sounds simple enough so let’s try it. You can get deals for 3 meals a week for under $60 pretty regularly. Convenience is worth the price when it saves you time. As we all know, time is the only thing you can’t get more of.

 

New fitness equipment

Build up your home gym with some new fitness equipment. Tired of heading to the gym to run on a treadmill? Simple, buy yourself one for home and run in the convenience of your own home. You can get some free weights or maybe those trendy fitness bands. A home gym is a great investment, because you are investing in your own health.

 

Better juicer/blender

Upgrade your juicer or blender so you can eat and drink healthy all the time. Maybe you don’t even own your own juicer, what is going on in our world? Get that juice flowing and your health improving in no time.

 

Find your inner peace

Can someone say spa day?!? Treat yourself, you obviously deserve it and that tax return is your money anyway. A spa day or massage can really do wonders for your overall health. Relaxation is important to recovery and strengthening your mental health.

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Black Designers Celebrated During the Milan Fashion Week

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Five designers were part of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the Italian fashion group of the event. A name inspired by the international movement trending worldwide as a form of protest against racial injustice. However, due to the pandemic, the event was one of the first fashion week’s virtual shows. The digital event named We are made in Italy was filmed at Milan’s grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the summer/spring 2021 collections of Joy Meribel, Karim Daoudi, Mokudu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, and Fabiola Manirakiza. As Manirakiza was initially from Burundi, Mokodu Fall and Claudia Giselle Ntsama grew up with a family of tailors from Cameroon. At the same time, Karim Daoudi was born in Morocco, and Joy Meribel grew up in Nigeria. The five designers were mentored by the only black member of the Italian fashion council, Stella Jean. The Italian-Haitian was also campaigning against racism in the industry. According to Jean, Made in Italy used to represent itself around the world as a white concept. However, now it is no longer like this as the new Italy doesn’t want to be part of it.

Going against the grain

According to the Italian high fashion black designers, they believe that it is essential to show the world that Made in Italy doesn’t correspond to any particular color.  They want to abolish the prejudice of being Italian means being white. They claim that this world we live in is a world that only a few know of its existence, and even fewer are able to enjoy it. 

However, since the show was dedicated to black Italian designers of Milan’s fashion week for the first time, it’s debut was the marking point in the official calendar. A strong move of the organizers in the hope of highlighting the lack of diversity in the industry. 

According to Stella Jean, it is quite depressing to think that most Italian brands enjoyed by worldwide attention have a mass amount of influence on billions of people who don’t even realize that an entire generation in Italy is asking for a voice and space.

Jean demands that the sector governing body support black designers and have called out Italian fashion houses to confront racism.

Making a permanent mark

Some may even say that predominantly, Italy has shown blindness to horrifying racing hiding underneath its skin. 

Jean claims that it is unfair that some people remain invisible. Italian brands tend to pretend not to see them and give most of their attention in an inappropriate way towards the Black Lives Matter movements outside of Italy. Instead, they would focus on things happening in the United States while ignoring things happening in their own country. She believes that Italy has a serious racial problem, and if we don’t open the wound now to heal it, it will never heal. 

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Beauty Care Tips Every Woman Must Know

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Every woman is beautiful in her own right. She does her routine with exacting femininity and grace that only makes her more attractive, not only to others, but also to herself. It is essential for every woman to know how to take care of herself—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually—and cultivate a healthy self-image in the process.

For a woman, being beautiful is undeniably an added bonus. This does not, however, disregard the necessity of nurturing other intrinsic aspects including mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Nonetheless, it is essential to establish certain beauty tricks to maintain her looks.

If you are a woman, here are several beauty tips for you:

Green Tea is a Beautifying Agent

Green tea isn’t merely used to promote weight loss and detox. Use green tea to beautify your skin, as well. Used tea bags can serve a secondary purpose as they can be placed under the eyes to lighten those dark circles below the eyes. Green tea can also reduce swelling and eradicate those fine lines.

Removing Lipstick with Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil can be used to get rid of your lipstick. Dip a ball of cotton in some sweet almond oil and gently rub your lips with it. It’s a cheap makeup remover that can be used to remove all traces of makeup on your face, as well.

Avoid Cosmetics with Comedogenic Ingredients

Comedogenic ingredients in cosmetics clog your pores and irritate your skin. Acne and blemish concealers, for instance, might work well as they cover those dark spots on your skin. However, they can also further exacerbate sensitive skin and even clog your pores. Find alternatives that do not contain comedogenic substances like acetylated lanolin alcohol and ascorbyl palmitate instead.

Vaseline to Shape Your Eyebrows

Vaseline or its generic name, petroleum jelly, has long been used for a variety of purposes. You can also use it to shape your eyebrows. Dab a bit of Vaseline on a Q-tip and use it to groom your eyebrows and even have thicker brows in time.

Coconut Oil before Washing Your Hair

Coconut oil has many benefits. Massage a tablespoon-full of coconut oil in your hair 10 minutes before shampooing. It helps to thicken your hair strands, deepen its color, and even soften your hair.

Patch Tests for Each New Product

Before using new cosmetic products, make sure to do a patch test first. For hair coloring agents, dab a bit of the product behind your ears and leave it there for 24 hours. Do the same for new lotions and creams. If any allergic reaction develops, stop using the product.

Summary

It is highly essential for a woman to continue and improve her regular beauty routine. Physical beauty contributes to self-image and self-worth. Nevertheless, it is equally vital to check new products for substances that may only prove harmful for you in the long run. If at all, consult an expert or read about the different chemicals contained in your cosmetics before even using them on yourself.

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8 Ways to Prevent Acne Breakouts

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There is nothing more annoying than having a massive zit on an important milestone of your life, such a big date or your first day of classes. Acne typically occurs when your skin’s pores are blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. To get rid of acne and have healthy, beautiful, clear skin, read on to the tips below to prevent acne breakouts.

Ways to Have an Acne-Free Face

Wash Your Face Before You Sleep

Even though it is mighty tempting just to go to sleep after a long day, make sure that you form the habit of washing your face before you sleep! Your face is exposed to all types of dirt, dust, pollution, smoke, germs, and bacteria during the day. Make sure you wash your face clean before sleeping to prevent dirt build-up in your pores so you can wake up with a fresh and clean look.

Use Moisturizer

Yes, use moisturizer even for people who have an oily face! Having dry skin is a breeding ground for acne to grow, so make sure that you moisturize your face at least once a day to keep your face smooth and clear.

Wash Thoroughly

While building the habit of washing regularly is great, make sure that you wash your face thoroughly so that there will be no leftover suds or soap that can potentially block your pores and cause acne. Make sure that your face is smooth and silky and not soapy, so you can be assured that there is no leftover product on your face.

Be Gentle

When washing your face, consider doing soft and gentle taps as compared to scrubbing your skin raw. Excessive scrubbing can further irritate your skin, which can then be vulnerable to acne spurts. When using your hands to wash your face, make sure your hands are clean and dirt-free. Otherwise, you will just be transferring the dirt on your hand to your face.

Wash Your Face When You Wake Up

Product in your hair can transfer to your pillowcase and blanket, which in turn, can be transferred to your face as you sleep. Make it a habit to wash your face when you wake up so that the dirt and grime while you sleep will be washed off your face.

Clean Your Phone

You are always touching your phone, which makes it one of the hotspots for bacteria and germs to breed in. You can clean your phone by getting wet wipes and wiping off the screen. In this way, when you call someone, there won’t be any germs transferring from your phone to your face.

Do Not Touch Your Face

While it can be physically impossible to stop touching your face, especially when you watch a movie or when you listen to your teacher’s discussion, making a conscious effort to stop touching your face will do wonders in lessening the amount of dirt and germs in your face!

Hairstyle Matters

Certain hairstyles would irritate your face that can be prone to breakouts. One of these hairstyles is bangs. Stylish as it may seem, the frequent touching of your hair to your skin can promote more acne, especially in the forehead area. If you noticed more zits in your forehead when you had bangs, consider having another hairstyle.

Hopefully, the tips above can help you have clearer, smooth skin in no time!

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