3 Amazing & Tasty Green Recipes

Spring is upon us once more and with it, came all the fresh green vegetables. This is a great time to eat a little healthier and maybe lose a few pounds in the process.

These are three of the best green recipes out there that will make your body look better and feel great. Don’t worry, they also taste incredible, are easy to make, the ingredients are available throughout the country and they are very affordable as well.

1. Spring Orecchiette Pasta with Burrata

This is a fantastic, simple, vegetarian pasta. It contains fresh peas, wilted greens, mushrooms, sugar peas and creamy Burrata cheese. The recipe, originates from the South of Italy and it is named for its shape, that means “little ear”.

3 Amazing & Tasty Green Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh peas
  •  2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 4 Quarts of water
  • 16 oz Orecchiette pasta
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 8 oz of mushrooms (shittaki, cremini, morrels or buttons), quartered or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 cups of wilting greens (dandilion, arugula, chard, spinach)
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • a cracked pepper
  • half a cup of parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh mint ribbons
  • a bit of lemon zest
  • 1 cup of Asparagus tips (optional)
  • 1  ball of burrata cheese (optional)

Details

  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serving: 4 to 6 persons

Instructions

Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water and add 2 tablespoons of salt and then leave it to boil. Heat one tablespoon of oil at medium-high heat, by using a skillet. Sauté the onion until tender. After that, add the mushrooms and turn down the heat to a medium level. Sauté them until you get a golden and tender look. Then, add a pinch of pepper and salt; add wilting greens and sauté, mixing frequently until just wilted. Then, set aside for later.

Whip two eggs in a smaller bowl and set them aside afterwards.

When the water is about to boil, add the pasta and stir until it begins to boil. After that, turn the heat down and wait for approximately 7 minutes, until the pasta is well cooked. To be sure of the time required for the pasta to boil, it is highly recommended that you check the instruction on the package. Use a measuring-cup to scoop out one cup of hot pasta water and set it aside. Add the sugar peas, fresh peas and the tips of the asparagus to the boiling pasta, then turn the heat up to a high setting and boil for one minute. Do not rinse, turn the heat off and return to the pot.

Stir in the 3 tablespoon of hot pasta water to the small bawl containing the eggs. Add them gradually, one tablespoon at a time and stir well.

After that is complete, pour in the water/egg mixture over the pasta and by using a large, wooden spoon stir gently in order for the pasta to coat. Add 1/3 of a cup of parmesan, the cracked pepper and stir in more pasta water (as much as it is needed for the pasta to loosen up).

Place it on a platter, or in a bowl and sprinkle it with lemon zest, mint and the remaining parmesan. Now it’s a good time to add pieces of the burrata cheese. Bon appétit.

2. Grilled Asparagus Subs with Smoky French Dressing

Tired?! In that case, it must be time for a cheesy break with a tasty sandwich.

3 Amazing & Tasty Green Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 of a cup of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 of a cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • a bit of smoked salt
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 pounds of peeled and trimmed medium asparagus
  • 1/4 of a cup of raisins
  • 1/4 of a cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 thin sliced scallions
  • a bit of olive oil
  • 4 split and lightly toasted 7-inch subs

Details

  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serving: 4 persons

Instructions

Combine, in a blender, the vinegar, mayonnaise, chipotle, garlic, mustard and ketchup, and mix them until you get a smooth paste. After that, season the dressing with salt according to your taste.

Cook the asparagus, in a large pot filled with salted, boiling water, for about two minutes. You will notice that the asparagus will turn bright green in color. After that is done, drain it and spread the asparagus on a baking sheet in order to cool it down.

Preheat a large pan, while you drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and season it with salt as well. After that, grill it at moderately-high heat, for about three minutes, or until it is lightly charred and tender.

Spread three tablespoons of the smoky French dressing on the cut sides of each sub. After that, add the grilled asparagus and top it off with the scallions, crumbled feta and raisins. Close the sandwich and serve.

3. Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

The one thing about combining avocado salad and spicy shrimp with creamy Miso dressing, is that it will taste incredible.

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Ingredients

For the dressing first:

  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 peeled, 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoons of white Miso

For the salad:

  • 1/2 pound of raw shrimp with their tails removed
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 2 small sliced avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 cucumber
  • some fresh, chopped cilantro for the topping
  • 4 cups of chopped spinach or of baby kale
  • a few peanuts for topping

Details

  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes
  • Serving: 4 persons

Instructions

First, heat the butter over a medium-high heat, by using a small skillet. After that, add the shrimp and the garlic, and sprinkle them, directly in the pan, with cayenne and chili powder. Let it sauté for a few minutes on each side, until the shrimps have a nice golden color on the outside.

The second thing you need to do, is cut in half the avocados, then you need to cut vertical and horizontal lines into the avocado and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. When that is done, go ahead and peel, then cut the cucumber; chop the spinach or baby kale into small, bites size pieces and arrange them into a bowl along with the shrimp.

Mix all of the dressing ingredients together into a mixer, until you get a smooth paste. Add salt and pepper according to your taste and pour the dressing over the salad.

Top it off with peanuts and fresh cilantro for a crunchy experience.

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8 Famous People with Autism

They’re bold, famous and beautifully jaded. People who changed history, delivered groundbreaking equations of the universe, made life long careers in art or had the sound of their music travel around the globe have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder manifested through impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as repetitive behaviours. Here’s a chronological list of some of the most famous people with autism throughout history:

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Mozart became famous for his legendary contribution to classical music, as well for being one of the first people thought to have Asperger’s. For the most, his life revolved around experimenting with music. He lived on a metaphorical island and spread his wonders all over the world, but he was moody, sometimes impolite and often lacked capacity to focus on conversations.

2. Albert Einstein

8 famous people with autism

The most popular scientist in history is remembered as daydreaming, fun and witty, other than being a genius. There were no records of autism back in the day. The disorder was discovered in the 1940s, when the syndrome was given its name. For Einstein, despite an enormous IQ and a strike of unearthly brilliance, life has been often contradictory, making him a highly sensitive introvert who had trouble finding work or relating to people.

3. Andy Warhol

 8 famous people with autism

The father of Pop Art was an eccentric, outgoing, naturally charismatic individual, but he is believed to have had Asperger’s. He was a revolutionary for American art but often displayed split behavior and changing moods, translated into his work, relationships and volatile speech. He is famous for answering lengthy interviews with Yes’s and No’s solely.

4. Stanley Kubrik

8 famous people with autism

Like Mozart, Warhol and Einstein, Kubrick was born in a time when autism was not yet labeled. So it took nearly two decades of anguish for the troubled teenager to sort out himself. Kubrik later went into therapy and was diagnosed in retrospect, analyzing his own interiorized mind and his unconscious orientation to making extraordinary art in detriment of developing successful social skills.

5. Daryl Hannah

8 famous people with autism

Daryl Hannah has a history with autism, spanning her childhood, when she was diagnosed, and her whole adult life. The Blade Runner actress had a quiet childhood and never got used to the fame attributed to her vocation and career.  She refused to give interviews for a fairly long time and only later accepted to open up in public about her struggle with autism.

6. Tim Burton

8 famous people with autism

Most beloved and quirky Tim Burton is believed to fall inside the autism spectrum or to have Asperger’s. It was actually wife Helena Bonham Carter who began studying the possibility Burton suffered of autism after she researched the syndrome for a role. Burton admitted his famous debut, Edward Scissorhands, is a metaphor for his magical, yet troubled childhood.

7. Courtney Love

8 famous people with autism

Rock star Courtney Love grew up in a troubled home. She was split in between her family’s issues and public school detention. She got her diagnose for autism at 9 and struggled with a life that, beyond sex, drugs and a famous marriage to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, was deeply affected by her disorder. Although her occasional delinquencies cannot be directly linked to autism, her lyrics deeply reflect her inner battle.

8. Susan Boyle

8 famous people with autism

Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who hypnotized the audience at Britain’s Got Talent and became famous thanks to her out-of-this-world voice and performance, admitted to have been diagnosed with Asperger’s. Boyle spoke out on her brain dysfunction and expressed gratitude towards having an exact name and anthology for the disease, in this way, less charged with stigma than depression or other disorders.

These are only a few examples of famous people with autism. They prove that one can achieve anything despite seemingly impossible to pass obstacles.

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15 Long distance Relationship Quotes That will Lift your Mood

Living and loving in long distance can be a truly painstaking experience. Whether it’s oceans, the military, different time zones or just a couple hours bus ride, being apart for constantly long periods of time from the ones we love is a daily struggle that, if on one side, compensates through a lot of personal space, a lot of passion and fire, and a lot of sweet pretexts to text more than often, on the other hand is utterly consuming, restless and topped with misunderstandings.

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Long distance relationships are one of those things similar to the opera: you either really love it and are willing to elbow grease the miles between you with constant work, or you just hate it and never apply for it. We’ve put together a list of the best, most memorable, cute, fun and emotional quotes about long distance relationships. If you’re feeling sad about your boyfriend being miles apart, if you’re in a break with someone you love, or if you just miss the hell out of someone dear, these sweet quotes will brighten up your heart:

  1. “I know we loved each other, but distance can do strange things to people and before I was willing to tell her about it, I wanted to be certain that it would last”- Nicholas SparksNights in Rodanthe
  2. “ Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”– Thomas Fuller
  3. “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.”– John Burroughs
  4. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller
  5. “Forget the miles, forget them. You’ll be there and I’ll be here, and it’ll just be long distance. And that’ll be okay, because quite frankly I’m crazy about you.”- Going the Distance
  6. “Sometimes you have to be apart from the people you love, but that doesn’t make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.” – Nicholas Sparks
  7. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” – Paulo Coelho
  8. “I’ll turn my back and walk away, away from the pain. Scream it loud, drown it out by the sound of the rain. Listen up, I’ve had enough all this waiting. I need you more right now than I ever did!”Hawthorne Heights, Somewhere In Between
  9. “I love when I reach Marcus on the phone and as he says hello, I can hear the music he’s listening to in the background. That music is the sound of him without me. How he surrounds himself when I’m not there, which is almost all the time.”? Megan McCaffertyCharmed Thirds
  10. “Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great”. – Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
  11. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Gandhi
  12. “But I must admit, I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby.”
    Lemony Snicket
  13. “Long distance relationships are like wind to a fire. Winds put out the small fires, but inflame the big ones!” – Unknown
  14. “All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me.” – William Shakespeare, “Sonnet XLIII”
  15. “Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.” – William Cowper

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8 Interesting and Curious Thomas Jefferson Facts

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. Aside from this official title, history also remembers him as people’s person, a vegetarian, an avid reader, a fan of letter writing and a fighter against slavery.

Here’s a compilation of those fun, interesting, weird and also really cool Thomas Jefferson facts:

8 Interesting and Curious Thomas Jefferson Facts

#1 He was an archaeology geek

Jefferson was attracted to the secret science of digging for gold and bones, and became utterly fascinated with the remainings of a mastodon, the prehistoric ancestor of elephants. Jefferson had the amazing discovery shipped to him at the White House and dedicated vast time to study it and even tried to build up the skeleton. The bones were seated in what is now known as the East Room.

#2 He was a correspondence fan

President Jefferson’s mailbox today would have reached its limit in no time had he used email or social media. The number of letters he wrote throughout his life sums up to 19.000. In order to save everything and archive it, Jefferson used the polygraph, a machine that made copies of everything he wrote. Top that, modern technology!

#3 He had a very contemporary diet

Not only he introduced French Fries to the Americans, and loved vanilla ice cream, which he first discovered in France, but he was also a vegetarian. He loved junk food but also kept to a healthy habit of regularly eating peas and lettuce picked up from his worldly travels and planted in the garden at the Monticello complex.

#4 He had an ornithology soft spot

Jefferson was delighted to hear birds singing and kept them as pets. Most of the time, he had at least four of them. He named his favorite bird Dick and manifested a lot of affection towards the little creature.

 #5 He was a man of the people

He would greet people at the White House in his bathrobe and slippers, causing many rumors, judging remarks and a stir, but this random way of receiving guests made him even more loved by the people.  Jefferson was considered easy to approach and build himself a reputation of a kindred spirit to the people he spoke and ruled for.

#6 He was highly into wining and dining

Thomas Jefferson loved himself a good wine, but moreover than that, he had a quick impulse to always make anything he liked easy in hand. As he loved wine more than cider and often stated that, he imported French breeds of grapes into America and built two vineyards at Monticello, the land of his many agricultural experiments.

#7  He was an awful accountant

President Jefferson was bright and intuitive, empathetic and kind, a man of many talents and a great public advisor. He loved kids, was keen on gathering information on all topics he fancied, a quick mind and an important counselor. However, for a president, he had a terrible way with money. Thomas Jefferson was rumored to live beyond his means, indulge in spending copious amounts of cash on interior décor, beverages and whatever projects he thought of as brilliant.

#8 He was a walking example of multitasking

Thomas Jefferson did many things at one time and for the most, did them well. His artistic hobbies and achievements roll way back in his childhood, while his inclination for being a problem solver and a pacifist in the same time brought his combat position in the 5 year Revolutionary war between 1776-1781. His biography includes writing the Declaration of Independence, but also being a politician, a farmer and a lawyer before becoming one of the most remembered presidents of the US.

This concludes our list of Thomas Jefferson facts. Do you know any other interesting facts? Would love to hear from you!

42 Beauty Tricks Every Woman Should Know

Beauty doesn’t necessarily have to involve long trips to the spa or expensive treatments. It is possible to preserve your natural beauty or enhance the effect of make-up and other products with the help of a few tricks. Below you will find 42 beauty tricks that you should definitely try out at least once. They include everything from dealing with pimples to preserving the color of dyed hair.

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1. Shave With Conditioner

If you ran out of shaving cream, cover your legs with conditioner instead of soap. It will soften the hair on your legs, and it will be easier to shave, leaving a silky feel on your skin.

2. Rinse Hair With Beer Or Vinegar

Using beer to rinse your hair, helps bring back moisture to you locks while vinegar will enhance the shine. Soak your hair in whichever of these liquids you prefer, let it on for a few minutes and rinse with cold water.

3. Heat your Lash Curler

If you want to have curlier and more flirtier eye lashes, try this next trick. Heat your lash curler with the hair drier about 8 seconds before curling the lashes.

4. Use Ice Cubes Keep Fat, Acne And Wrinkles Under Control

Massage your face with an ice cube until it melts. Try doing this ritual every night before going to bed and you will keep acne, fat cells and wrinkles at bay.

5. Make Your Manicure Last

Before applying your nail polish, wipe your nails with an acetone-based cleanser. Cleaning the dirt and excess oil from your nails will ensure a longer staying power for the nail polish, up to a week and a half.

6. Soothe Your Stomach… And Your Skin

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It seems that Pepto-Bismol is not good only for the stomach, but also for the face. This product contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is usually found in face creams. Spread two tablespoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face and let it sit between 15 to 30 minutes.Rinse it off with warm water.

7. Don’t Forget To Use Sunscreen

Wear sunscreen even if its cloudy as 80% of the harmful ultraviolet rays pass trought the clouds.

8. Take care of your elbows

Elbows can be easily forgotten, but they need the same amount of care like any other part of the body.Massage Bio-Oil on your elbows every day and you will feel the difference.

9. Lighten Your Hair With Chamomile Tea And Lemon Juice

If you want to naturally lighten your hair, try rinsing it with a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice. Repeat this process every time you wash your hair.

10. De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes Slices

Raw potato slices are great to soothe the eyes. Potatoes are astringent, meaning they help lower the water retention and contain catalasa, an enzyme which lightens the dark color of the under eye circles.

11. Prolong  The Lifespan Of Your Blow Out

How can we make our locks keep their plumped up look for more days and prevent them from going limp? Since your hair is naturally producing oil, use a dry shampoo and spray your roots with it before you start producing oil. In this manner, the shampoo will absorb the oil before it weighs down your locks. Touch up your hair in the morning, with the hair drier and a round brush. This will instantly give your hair a boost of volume.

12. Contouring Creates Dimension

One if the secrets to achieving a celebrity face is to master the art of contouring. For tips on what products to use and how to contour your face, there are plenty tutorials online and on YouTube.

13. Give Up Makeup Sponges

Make up sponges are good at applying foundation, but they tend to soak up to much foundation that what actually ends up on your face.Try replacing them with make up brushes, they consume less foundation and have a more precise application.

14. Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks

Nice rosy cheeks are a great look for spring but you have to avoid brushing to much, or you might end up looking like a clown. Always start applying you blush at two fingers width from you nose and add it only to the apple of your cheeks. In this way, you will obtain a natural glow without looking ridiculously.

15. Keep Wild Brows In Check

Spray a clean mascara brush or an old tooth brush with hair spray, then brush your brows and style them as you wish. Even the wildest ones will stay in place wit this trick.

16. Applying False Lashes

Take your pair of lashes and loosen them by flexing the band.Curl your lashes. Apply the glue on you false eyelashes and with the help of a tweezer, place the falsies as close as you can to your lash line. Wait for the lashes to dry for some minutes before you apply the mascara.

17. Toothpaste Kills Pimples

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For sure you have heard this before.When dealing with a nasty pimple apply a bit of tooth paste on it before going to bed and wash it when you wake up. Tooth paste, extracts impurities out of clogged pores and shrinks the pimple. Go for an organic tooth paste, rather than a gel one.

18. Blot Away Excess Oil

If your skin is oily, then having blotting paper in your bag all the times, is a must! Avoid using powder to get rid of the oil, as by the end of the day you might look cakey. Use blotting aver instead to soak up the oil. You can try the Sephora ones.

19. No Makeup Remover? Try Lotion Instead

If you have used your last drop of make up remover, use body lotion to remove make up. It works great, especially on removing mascara.

20. Fuller Lips Effect

If you want to create the illusion of a fuller lip, all you need is a nude lip liner and a nude lipstick. Look online video tutorials and follow the instructions. You will be impressed with the results.

21. Long Lashes

Get used to curling your lashes before and after you apply mascara. Just remember not to press to hard with your curler.

22. Don’t Pop Your Pimples

Never pop your zit! You can make the blemish worse which might leave a scar.If you want to diminish your chances of blemishes, remember, to leave it alone!

23. Stop Your Hair Colour From Fading Away Too Fast

If you have just coloured your hair, the last thing you want if for the colour to fade away quick. One sure way to prevent this from happening is to use a deep conditioning treatment once a month.This will lock in the colour and will nourish dry and damaged hair.

24. Use A Flat Iron To Create Natural Waves

Flat irons, can be a multi purpose tool. Use it not only to straighten your hair but also to create wavy curls.

25. Exfoliate Your Lips

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Remember to exfoliate your lips. Apply a lip balm to your lips, then with a toothbrush or clean mascara brush, scrub your lips, not too rough. Use a tissue to remove the remains and your lips will be smooth as silk.

26. Microwave Lotion Into Spa Treatment

Going to the spa, is extremely pampering and beneficial, but who cant afford it daily? Here is a cheap trick that might give you a spa feeling. Take your body lotion and put it in the microwave, for about 10 seconds, not too hot. Apply it to your skin and relax.

27. Exfoliate Daily

Exfoliation is an important factor for beautiful skin and removing dead cells. Use a light exfoliator and bring your face its natural glow.

28. Know Your Shade

When buying a foundation, test the colour on the skin close to your jawline,and as much as possible do it in a natural light. It’s the best way to help you choose the shade closest to your skin.

29. Uses For Old Mascara Wands

If your mascara is finishes, don’t trow away the wand, you can still use it. Wash it, and use it as a brow brush.

30. Tweezing Tips

Before you pluck your eyebrows, soften your skin by dabbing the area with a cotton pad soaked in warn water.When you start plucking, do it in the growth direction of your hair.

31. Tip On How To Camouflage Grey Hair

If you need to hide white hair strands, use some mascara if you have dark hair, and bronzing powder if you are blonde or your are a redhead.

32. Delay The Need Of A Pedicure

Theres no need to go to the saloon for a pedicure. Scrub you feet with a pumice stone, every morning when taking a shower.Once you dry off, apply some moisturising lotion on your feet.Doing this daily, will increase the time you can stay without a new pedicure and will keep your toes healthy.

33. Don’t Pump Your Mascara In The Tube

Lets admit it, all of us are doing this, moving the mascara wand in the tube really fast to get more product. But this only allows air to get stuck in the tube which leads the mascara dry faster.

34. Use Oil On Your Skin.. Even If Your Face is Already Oily

It might sound crazy but it works wonders. Using an oil based product as a make up remover might improve your skin. When over cleaning the skin, it stimulates the sebum glands, which leads the skin to producing more oil. Oil based products will give an opposite effect.

35. Avoid Chipped Nails

There are only two  ways you can wear your nails: with nail polish or without. Never wear you nails with chipped nails polish, there is nothing more unattractive than chipped red nail polish. Even if you think no one will notice, they always do!

36. Moisturise Correctly

Don’t attack your face with large quantities of moisturise as it will take more than 10 minutes to absorb it properly, before your face is ready for make up. The best way to apply moisturiser is to take a dime size amount and blend it to your cheeks, chin,nose and forehead.

37. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Clean your make up brushes every two weeks, to avoid bacteria build up. Use a shampoo and conditioner and clean them as you would wash your hair.

38. Towel Dry Your Hair The Right Way

Don’t rub your hair with the towel, as you might create frizziness and thin the hair. Before coming out of the shower, squeeze the excess water from your hair, wrap it in a towel and let it absorb the moisture.

39. Remove Nail Polish Without Remover

You want to do your nails but you ran out of nail polish remover. Apply a clear top coat to your nails and remove it with a cotton pad.

40. A Top Coat Is Necessary

Always add a top coat to your fresh painted nails, and another one after they are dry. This way, the nail polish will last longer and won’t chip.

41. Detoxify Your Hair

Try using a clarifying shampoo once a week, it will remove all the impurities out of your hair, and even dandruff.

42. Smile with every change you get

The most important beauty trick out of all, is to smile, as its a woman best accessory.
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