Beauty and Hygiene Quick Tips

Beauty:Hygiene

BODY

  • Use an unscented pH balanced bar soap (ie. Dove or Aveeno) to prevent any harsh chemicals from damaging your skin or causing dryness or acne. This is especially important when washing your underarms, pubic region and any other sensitive areas.
  • Liquid body wash can clog pores more than a bar of soap, so if you have body acne, try cleansing with bar soap instead.
  • The best way to get rid of body acne is to use a spray with salicylic acid after drying your skin post-shower. If you have long hair, try to keep it off your back/shoulders, especially when wet and after applying product.
  • If you have Keratosis Pilaris, also known as KP (google for images), the best way to get rid of it is to exfoliate with either a sugar scrub or a gentle exfoliator in the shower, then moisturize immediately after you dry off. It’s generally a result of dry skin, so if you maintain cleanliness and moisturize you could get rid of it.
  • If you shave, buy men’s razors. You get a much closer and smoother shave since they’re made for faces instead of legs. i know they’re not cute or colorful, but you can get more razors as well as more/better blades for less money.
  • Moisturize when you get out of the shower after drying off to retain moisture and soften skin, since water and soap dry it out. It is not recommended to use baby oil or any moisturizer with artificial fragrances or dyes.
  • Please shower after you work out or sweat a lot. This will prevent body acne, bacteria buildup, yeast infections, smelling horrendous, and even staph infection (particularly if you go to the gym). You don’t have to wash your hair every time unless you’re drenched in sweat but please shower.
  • Underarms are sensitive. Try to find deodorant without aluminum or any weird preservatives to prevent rashes.
  • If you have really dry, cracking feet, try putting vaseline or a thick lotion (i use burt’s bees coconut foot creme) on your feet, put on socks, and keep them on overnight. it will feel a little weird and squishy at first, but after a few days you will definitely find it worth it!

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FACE

  • I cannot stress enough how amazing coconut oil is. Use it as a makeup remover (especially wonderful for eye makeup!!), a moisturizer, or even as an acne treatment.
  • If you have one of those god-awful huge, painful blemishes, mix coconut oil with a dash 100% tea tree oil (dilute the tea tree oil like this or you WILL get a rash) and use it as a spot treatment. The coconut oil balances the oil on your skin, while the tea tree oil kills bacteria.
  • Be gentle when dealing with your skin, especially with pulling and tugging around your eyes.
  • Incorporate sun protection into your daily routine. Get a moisturizer with spf in it to protect your skin and use it in the mornings. This will prevent wrinkles and, more importantly, skin cancer.
  • Wash your face first thing in the morning to get rid of all the nasty excess oil you produce in your sleep.
  • Wash your face before you go to bed (after removing makeup) too.
  • After washing your face, apply a toner a treatment containing salicylic acid (if you have acne).
  • Moisturize. When you apply acidic products or wash your face without moisturizing it, your skin gets stripped of natural oils/moisture and then panics by creating an excess of oil, meaning you get greasy skin and acne. Get a moisturizer that works with your skin type.
  • If you wear makeup and want to go for a quick/easy/natural/no-makeup look, just cover up any acne with concealer, put on some blush and mascara, and then leave everything else alone. Blush is magical and will instantly make you look fresh and young and alive and pretty.
  • Don’t touch your acne. The more you touch it, the worse it gets. If you have to pop it, wash your hands first and disinfect/put acne treatment on it directly afterward. STOP trying to do anything if you see blood or if it gets too painful.
  • Clean your phone screen and glasses frames with an alcohol swab every few days to keep your face clean.
  • Please do not put lemon juice or baking soda on your face. It is extremely corrosive.
  • Please do not use sugar scrubs or exfoliators meant for your body on your face as it’s way more delicate than your body’s skin.
  • Wash/change your sheets and pillowcase(s) every two weeks MAXIMUM. Imagine how much nastiness gets on your pillowcase from hair products, oil, dead skin.
  • Drink lots of water every day. your skin needs it.
  • Above all, love your skin. be gentle to it. treat it well. it will love you back if you do.

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HAIR

  • Try to keep shampoo to your roots and away from the ends. Shampoo pulls the natural oils and moisture out of your hair and when exposed to your tips, can cause your hair to dry out and look frizzy even after conditioner.
  • Do not condition your scalp. Conditioner on your scalp will create product/oil build up, making your hair greasy and flat. Do use conditioner on your ends; start at the nape of your neck and work toward the tips. Let the conditioner sit for a minute or two after applying, then rinse.
  • Reduce frizz by wrapping your delicate wet hair in t-shirt material instead of your towel.
  • When brushing wet hair, start at the ends and work your way up. If you put product on before you brush it, use a different brush at the scalp to reduce any product buildup/greasiness/flatness.
  • Do not go to bed with wet hair. Not only can you develop mold/bacteria in your hair if it stays wet too long, but wet hair is a lot more prone to breakage (meaning the more you toss and turn, the frizzier your hair will be).
  • Brush your hair out at the end of the day to distribute the natural oils in your scalp. This is good for creating shine, decreasing oiliness in second- or third-day roots, and growing out your hair.
  • Use heat protectants before drying/heat styling your hair!
  • Evenly distribute any products you put in by brushing them through.
  • If you have dandruff, try apple cider vinegar.
  • Do not use scalding hot water when showering, ESPECIALLY if you have colored hair. It strips color from your hair and it’s bad for your hair texture and health. Try to use warm to cool water.
  • If your hair lacks body, especially near the scalp, it could be the result of product buildup. Try using a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar once every week or two depending on your hair’s thickness.
  • if your hair is still flat, try changing your part! it instantly changes your look and can immediately add volume.
  • Try to get your hair trimmed every 6 months, at the least.
  • Sea salt spray creates instant body and texture on most hair types, but is especially great if you have wavy to curly hair or short hair.
  • Coconut oil is a amazing! Use it as a hair mask, an after-shower detangler or a product in place of smoothing creme. Make sure it’s organic or else you’re not helping your hair much.

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The Benefits of Meditation

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For positive reinforcement I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of the benefits of meditation. Please share with us if you’ve had personal experience with any of these benefits or experienced any other benefits.

EMOTIONAL

  • Boosts positivity
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness
  • Helps with depression
  • Reduces stress

HEALTH

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Lowers your oxygen consumption
  • Minimizes pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces your cortisol levels

PRODUCTIVITY

  • Boosts your creativity
  • Improves multitasking
  • Improves your memory
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Lengthens your attention span
  • Makes you more attentive

SOCIAL

  • Builds on your compassion for others
  • Helps regulate your emotions
  • Increases social connection
  • Lowers anxiety

Marvel Cinematic Universe List

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. Cameron and I like to re-watch the released films and from time to time, especially before a new title is released, and we’d love to start watching some of the shows. To get us started, I’ve put together a list of all of the films and shows that currently exist and those that are planned for release in the near future.

FILMS

TELEVISION

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Robin Williams

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.” – Obama

Robin Williams’ films defined much of my childhood. It is hard to imagine that someone who could bring so much joy and laughter to the hearts of so many could be struggling with depression and it broke my heart that he felt the need to leave this world so soon. I can’t believe it’s now been 2 years since he’s passed on and my husband and I have just brought ourselves back to watching his movies.

I omitted his Television work (except for Mork & Mindy) and some of the movies where he was given a smaller role he wasn’t credited for, but you can find it all here on his IMDB page.

Disney Live-Action Movie List (2000s – 2010s)

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2000s

2000    The Kid
2000    Remember the Titans
2000    102 Dalmatians
2001    The Princess Diaries
2001    Max Keeble’s Big Move
2002    Snow Dogs
2002    The Rookie
2002    The Country Bears
2002    Tuck Everlasting
2002    The Santa Clause 2
2003    Holes
2003    The Lizzie McGuire Movie
2003    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003    Freaky Friday
2003    The Haunted Mansion
2003    The Young Black Stallion
2004    Miracle
2004    Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
2004    Around the World in 80 Days
2004    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
2004    National Treasure
2005    The Pacifier
2005    Ice Princess
2005    Herbie: Fully Loaded
2005    Sky High
2005    The Greatest Game Ever Played
2005    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2006    Glory Road
2006    Eight Below
2006    The Shaggy Dog
2006    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2006    Invincible
2006    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
2007    Bridge to Terabithia
2007    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
2007    Underdog
2007    The Game Plan
2007    National Treasure: Book of Secrets
2008    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
2008    Beverly Hills Chihuahua
2008    High School Musical 3: Senior Year
2008    Bedtime Stories
2009    Race to Witch Mountain
2009    Hannah Montana: The Movie
2009    Old Dogs


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2010s

2010    Alice in Wonderland
2010    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2010    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
2010    Secretariat
2010    Tron: Legacy
2011    Prom
2011    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
2011    The Muppets
2012    John Carter
2012    The Odd Life of Timothy Green
2013    Oz the Great and Powerful
2013    Saving Mr. Banks
2014    Muppets Most Wanted
2014    Million Dollar Arm
2014    Maleficent
2014    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
2014    McFarland
2014    Into the Woods
2015    Cinderella
2015    Tommorowland
2015    Star Wars: Episode VII
2016    The Finest Hours
2016    The Jungle Book
2016    Alice Through the Looking Glass
2016    The BFG
2016    Pete’s Dragon
2016    Queen of Katwe
2017    Beauty and the Beast
2017    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Disney Live-Action Movie List (1970s – 1990s)

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1970s

1970    King of the Grizzlies
1970    The Boatniks
1970    The Wild Country
1971    The Barefoot Executive
1971    Scandalous John
1971    The Million Dollar Duck
1971    Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Hybrid)
1972    The Biscuit Eater
1972    Now you See Him, Now you Don’t
1972    Napoleon and Samantha
1972    Run, Cougar, Run
1972    Chandar, the Black Leopard of Ceylon
1972    Snowball Express
1973    World’s Greatest Athlete
1973    Charley and the Angel
1973    One Little Indian
1973    Mustang
1974    Superdad
1974    Herbie Rides Again
1975    The Bears and I
1974    The Castaway Cowboy
1974    The Island at the Top of the World
1975    The Strongest Man in the World
1975    Escape to Witch Mountain
1975    The Apple Dumpling Gang
1975    One of our Dinosaurs is Missing
1975    The Boy who Talked to Badgers
1976    Ride a Wild Pony
1976    No Deposit, No Return
1976    Treasure of Matecumbe
1976    Gus
1976    The Shaggy D.A.
1977    Freaky Friday
1976    The Littlest Horse Thieves
1977    A Tale of Two Critters
1977    Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
1977    Pete’s Dragon (Hybrid)
1978    Candleshoe
1978    Return from Witch Mountain
1978    The Cat from Outer Space
1978    Hot Lead and Cold Feet
1979    Take Down
1979    The North Avenue Irregulars
1979    The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
1979    Unidentified Flying Oddball
1979    The Black Hole


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1980s

1980    Midnight Madness
1980    The Watcher in the Woods
1980    Herbie Goes Bananas
1980    The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark
1980    Popeye
1981    The Devil and Max Devlin
1981    Dragonslayer
1981    Condorman
1982    Night Crossing
1982    Tron (Hybrid)
1982    Tex
1983    Trenchcoat
1983    Something Wicked This Way Comes
1983    Never Cry Wolf
1985    Return to Oz
1985    The Journey of Natty Gann
1985    One Magic Christmas
1987    Flight of the Navigator
1987    Benji the Hunted
1988    Return to Snowy River
1989    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
1989    Cheetah


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1990s

1990    Shipwrecked
1991    White Fang
1991    Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
1991    The Rocketeer
1992    Newsies
1992    Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
1992    The Mighty Ducks
1992    The Muppet Christmas Carol
1993    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
1993    A Far Off Place
1993    The Adventures of Huck Finn
1993    Hocus Pocus
1993    Cool Runnings
1993    The Three Musketeers
1994    Iron Will
1994    Blank Check
1994    D2: The Might Ducks
1994    White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf
1994    Angels in the Outfield
1994    Squanto: A Warriors Tale
1994    The Santa Clause
1994    Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book
1995    Heavy Weights
1995    Man of the House
1995    Tall Tale
1995    Operation Dumbo Drop
1995    A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
1995    The Big Green
1995    Tom and Huck
1996    Muppet Treasure Island
1996    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
1996    James and the Giant Peach (Hybrid)
1996    First Kid
1996    D3: The Mighty Ducks
1996    101 Dalmatians
1997    That Darn Cat
1997    Jungle 2 Jungle
1997    George of the Jungle
1996    Rocketman
1997    Flubber
1997    Mr. Magoo
1998    Meet the Deedles
1998    The Parent Trap
1998    I’ll Be Home for Christmas
1998    Mighty Joe Young
1999    My Favorite Martian
1999    Endurance
1999    Inspector Gadget
1999    The Straight Story

Disney Live-Action Movie List (1940s – 1960s)

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1940s

1941    The Reluctant Dragon (Hybrid)
1943    Saludos Amigos (Hybrid)
1943    Victory Through Air Power (Hybrid)
1945    The Three Caballeros (Hybrid)
1946    Song of the South (Hybrid)
1947    Fun and Fancy Free (Hybrid)
1948    Melody Time (Hybrid)
1949    So Dear To My Heart (Hybrid)


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1950s

1950    Treasure Island
1952    The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
1953    The Sword and the Rose
1954    Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
1954    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1955    Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
1955    The Littlest Outlaw
1956    The Great Locomotive Chase
1956    Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
1956    Westward Ho, the Wagons!
1957    Johnny Tremain
1957    Old Yeller
1958    The Light in the Forest
1958    Tonka
1959    The Shaggy Dog
1959    Darby O’Gill and the Little People
1959    Third Man on the Mountain


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1960s

1960    Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with the Circus
1960    Kidnapped
1960    Pollyana
1960    The Sign of Zorro
1960    Ten Who Dared
1960    Swiss Family Robinson
1961    The Absent-Minded Professor
1961    The Parent Trap
1961    Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
1961    Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
1961    Babes in Toyland
1962    Moon Pilot
1962    Bon Voyage!
1962    Big Red
1962    Almost Angels
1962    The Legend of Lobo
1962    In Search of the Castaways
1963    Son of Flubber
1963    Miracle of the White Stallions
1963    Savage Sam
1963    Summer Magic
1963    The Incredible Journey
1964    A Tiger Walks
1964    The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
1964    The Three Lives of Thomasina
1964    The Moon-Spinners
1964    Mary Poppins (Hybrid)
1964    Emil and the Detectives (Hybrid)
1965    Those Calloways
1965    The Monkey’s Uncle
1965    That Darn Cat!
1966    The Ugly Dachshund
1966    Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
1966    The Fighting Prince of Donegal
1966    Follow Me, Boys!
1967    Monkeys, Go Home!
1967    The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
1967    The Gnome-Mobile
1967    Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar
1967    The Happiest Millionaire
1968    Blackbeard’s Ghost
1968    The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
1968    Never a Dull Moment
1968    The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
1969    The Love Bug
1969    Smith!
1969    Rascal
1969    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes