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Let’s face it, no matter how much you love life and live it with gusto, all of us at times need to take a break from it all and just slow down. When you’re overloaded with family, work and other obligations and responsibilities, a little at home “me” time is exactly what you need to revitalize your weary, stressed out bones.

So what do you do to pass the time over a weekend when you’ve chosen to stay indoors? Through either rain or shine, pampering yourself, challenging yourself and/or simply shutting down can work wonders to recharge your batteries: mind, body and spirit. Be it through good food and wine, and yes, even going on a house cleaning frenzy, here are 10 stay at home ways to relax and unwind from the daily grind.

Ramp Up Your Yoga and Exercise Routine: Physical exercise not only passes the time, but makes you feel good, healthy and confident with yourself both during and after your workout. Yoga is a great way to lower your stress, meditate more, and bring your anxiety and frustration level down to zero.

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Read a Great Book: Much like watching an excellent movie or TV sitcom, reading a juicy or entertaining novel can take you into an enchanted world that erases every form of your own stress and anxiety away. You are transformed into the story and time passes by quickly. Think spicy romance novels!

Treat Yourself to a Mobile Styles Beauty Makeover: Experimenting and playing with makeup is fun, even if you aren’t a girly girl. Cosmetics and makeup allows you to define your features, add depth and dimension to your face and build your confidence. Everyone looks pleasing and pretty with a great makeup job. Better yet, contact Mobile Styles and let a trained beauty professional come directly to you, in the privacy of your own home. Invite some friends, relax with a glass of wine, and let Mobile Styles professional stylists make your faces glisten and shine! Download the Mobile Styles app or visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com Get your makeup glam on!

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Either Binge on Social Media or Disconnect From Social Media: If you are on overload and you need a break from all things social media, shut down your phone and take a breather from your favorite social media sites. If you need some “me” time but still want to see what’s going on in the world, sometimes surfing the internet and other social media sites is both fun and mindless pleasure. If this is how you feel, then by all means, lose yourself in social media and play away.

Order Delicious Take Out Food and Feed Your Inner Foodie: Yes, even healthy eaters need to splurge once in awhile. Treat yourself to a yummy meal of fast food or vegan or whatever your preference. Top the meal off with a sinful dessert that’s out of this world and don’t count calories. An occasional to-die-for meal and scrumptious dessert once in awhile won’t hurt you. In fact, it might do your body and mind good!

Paint and Decorate Your Nails: We all love a great manicure! Nail art is playful, youthful, fun and decorative. Either cater to yourself with a do it yourself, at home manicure or download the Mobile Styles app and book a professional nail artist to come to your home and take your hands to gorgeous, “hand model” levels!

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Tackle a Difficult Jigsaw Puzzle: Putting together a jigsaw puzzle provides you with the same benefits as coloring: you relax, your mind blocks out all negative thoughts as you concentrate on your project and when you finish, you are proud of your accomplishments. A final creative masterpiece!

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Clean Closets or the House: Okay, I know some of you are saying wait, I need a relaxing weekend, not a dreaded weekend. Believe it or not, cleaning can make you feel useful, productive and happy. A good cleaning provides you exercise, an obtainable goal and a happy ending: organized closets and a clean house. Removing dirt, clutter and unwanted items will make you feel lighter and satisfied, not to mention you’ll see the results of your accomplishments immediately!

Treat Yourself to a Fabulous Facial: We all adore soft, blemish free, beautiful skin. Whether you are male or female, everyone cares about the skin they are in. Take care of your skin with a do it yourself or a Mobile Styles fabulous, fantastic facial.

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Movie Night/Game Night: Invite your closest friends, people that are upbeat and fun to be around. Binge watch your favorite movies and/or television shows, or play games all night long. Party until the wee hours of the morning, and sleep the following day, all day long! This will revive you to feeling mentally and physically alert and strong. An equal amount of play and rest will bring you back to your emotional best!

Wahlah. Your weekend at home has ended and it’s back to the daily grind. You have nothing to fear. Your exhaustion has disappeared! You feel refreshed, ready to tackle the world and simply divine!

Treat yourself to a stay at home weekend doing whatever you desire! A surefire way to ignite your inner fire!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

When it comes to eyebrows, the knack is in the shape. Whether the shape of your face is round, long, oval, heart or diamond, the appeal of your face can be contoured and enhanced by the color, length and width of your eyebrows.
The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges. Eyebrows come in many shapes and sizes: some people have thick and bushy eyebrows, whereas others have thinner, more pointed eyebrows. Some people prefer to wear their brows full, while others either pluck or shave their brows, preferring to draw on a thin eyebrow.
Your face, your preference, your fashion choice!
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: The eyebrows’ main function is to prevent sweat, water and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important to human communication and facial expression.
Eyebrow Fun Fact: Eyebrows have an important function in communication, strengthening expressions, such as surprise, anger or sexiness. Many makeup artists view eyebrows as a major feature in defining the face. Eyebrows not only shape the face, but give definition to one’s eyes and forehead.
As with all human features, people modify their eyebrows by means of hair addition, hair removal and makeup.
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How to Shape Your Eyebrows:

  1. Imagine a straight line from the outside of your nose to the inside corner of your eye. This is where your brow should begin.
  2. Imagine a straight line from the center of the upper lip, along the outer edge of the nose, up to the outer corner of the eye. This is where your brow should end.
  3. Imagine a straight line from the tip of the nose through the middle of the eye pupil. This is where your eyebrow arch should be.

Follow the above steps for exquisite eyebrows as beautiful as can be.
Would you like thinner eyebrows? This can be accomplished through tweezing, waxing and threading.
Would you like thicker eyebrows? You can fill the brows in with eyebrow pencils and gels, which create an outline for the brows or mimick hairs in sparse areas.
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: To create a fuller look, eyebrows can be cloned in an eyebrow transplant. Individual strands of the eyebrow are mimicked to create natural looking eyebrows of the desire shape. Too much for you? Why not try eyebrow tinting? Permanent hair dye, similar to hair color, is used on the eyebrow to darken or lighten them.
Another procedure that can be used to shape the eyebrows is an eyebrow lift. This is cosmetic surgery to raise the eyebrow, usually to create a more feminine or youthful appearance. Also, doctors can inject patients’ eyebrows with botox or similar toxins to temporarily raise the eyebrow.
Sometimes it’s resorting to ouch, ouch, ouch to get the perfect arch, arch, arch!
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Eyebrow Threading: Eyebrow threading is a popular method of hair removal originating in Asia. In more recent times, eyebrow threading has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with cosmetic application. Threading is a method for removing and shaping eyebrows.
In eyebrow threading, a thin cotton or polyester thread is doubled, then twisted. The thread is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair in one swipe.
Methods of threading include the hand method, mouth method and neck. It has been noted that the mouth holding method is the fastest and most precise.
The benefits of threading? This process allows for a more defined and precise shape to the eyebrows and can create better eyebrow definition. Threading can also be used as a method of removing unwanted hair from the entire face and upper lip.
 
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: In a study published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where subjects were asked to identify celebrities with either their eyes or their eyebrows digitally edited out, the subjects were able to recognize the celebrity 46% of the time with their eyebrows edited out, compared to 56% of the time with their eyes edited out. This finding indicates the true importance of eyebrows in providing clues to an individual’s identity.
Having an eye for great looking eyebrows!
Eye, eye, eye, Captain. Make no bones about it! The eyebrows have it!
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: Eyebrows serve a purpose besides adding depth and beauty to the face. The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the side) and the direction in which the eyebrow hairs are pointed, make sure that moisture has a tendency to flow sideways around the eyes, along the side of the head and along the nose.
Eyebrows: So many functional purposes; so many ways to doll them up or down to add character and a signature flair to your fabulous face!
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Get going on the eyebrow shaping race…fantastic good taste for the face!
“The high arch of your eyebrows indicate that you are surprised to see me.”
“No, actually I shaped them this way to add perfect definition and to please me.”
“Your brows do look lovely, so thick and full. They accent your eyes.”
“Yes, a full, lengthy eyebrow makes for a beautiful face and is just the right size.”
“When it comes to eyebrow know how you seem quite wise.”
“You are correct. And for that reason, my dear, you should not be surprised.”
“So I am not to be fooled by your dazzling exterior?”
“If you knew the knowledge stored behind my brows in my brain you may feel inferior!”
The perfect eyebrow for the perfect look for the perfect face! Let your eyebrows complement your face like leather to lace!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846