Health and Beauty http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4803/all en-US The 5 Best Linen Sprays http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-linen-sprays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-linen-sprays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_bed_sleep_000019614664.jpg" alt="Woman using best linen sprays for fresh linen scents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Linen spray can completely refresh a room. It can make any room, linen, and clothing smell great, and some sprays can even help lull you to sleep. It&rsquo;s perfect to spray on towels and linens before guests arrive and can leave any room smelling clean and fresh for hours.</p> <h2>What Is Linen Spray?</h2> <p>Linen spray is a product generally made of water and essential oils. Spritzing a fine mist of linen spray over bedding, linens, carpet, and clothes will give them a refresh between washings and will keep them smelling great all day. Linen spray can also be used in your car or as an air freshener by simply spritzing it into the air. A little goes a long way, so you can get a great value out of every bottle.</p> <h2>Top 5 Linen Sprays</h2> <h3>Caldrea Linen and Room Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007XRLIT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007XRLIT0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=E65TU5SKV5X32SSE" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/caldrea.jpg" width="75" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Caldrea Linen and Room Spray</a> is the linen spray that all others are compared to. It can be misted on linen and laundry, or used as an ironing spray to keep your linen refreshed and less wrinkled. It can also refresh hard-to-wash items, like comforters and pillows, between washings. It is ideal for any room and can even be sprayed in your car. The fresh, clean scent is made with natural lemon and neroli essential oils and plant-derived ingredients. There is no artificial color or harmful ingredients, so you can feel good about spraying it throughout your home.</p> <p>There are a range of scents available, but Sea Salt Neroli tends to be the commonly preferred choice. In fact, a number of reviewers found the scent to be identical to the rooms in the Four Seasons hotels. Some also compared it to the famed Williams Sonoma scent. It is one of the most popular linen sprays and is backed by outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007XRLIT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007XRLIT0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=E65TU5SKV5X32SSE"><em>Currently $7.91 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Egyptian Cotton Linen Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007G0G8M6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007G0G8M6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IDR6ZOKTZM4NEX6K" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/egyptian.jpg" width="64" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Egyptian Cotton Linen Spray</a> has the clean scent of fresh linen and can refresh any room. It can be sprayed in the air, on bedding and towels, and on clothing. It can also be sprayed on freshly ironed items to refresh them and leave behind a clean scent all day.</p> <p>There are several scents available, but most people choose the bestselling Egyptian Cotton scent. Reviewers tend to agree that it is an intoxicating scent that is addicting after the first spritz. The bestseller is recommended by xoJane and is backed by outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007G0G8M6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007G0G8M6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IDR6ZOKTZM4NEX6K"><em>Currently $7.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bath &amp; Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Pillow Mist</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075PW2HW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0075PW2HW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ODHE3HLM2IPI2TMM" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bath%20and%20body_0.jpg" width="80" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Bath &amp; Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla Sleep Pillow Mist</a> is infused with lavender essential oil and vanilla absolute, which can induce relaxation and help you fall asleep more quickly. The gentle lavender vanilla scent can also help calm stress. Simply spritz it on your linen and pillows for an enjoyable aromatherapy experience. By breathing deeply, you&rsquo;ll intensify the experience. The light, clean scent doesn&rsquo;t stain clothing, so you can also spray it on your pajamas before heading to bed.</p> <p>It is recommended by Total Beauty and is backed by outstanding online reviews. Many reviewers swear by its sleep-inducing properties and some even found that it can help lull fretful children to sleep. If you have been under stress lately, consider the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075PWK06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0075PWK06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IUT4VSU64QGRVR7R">Bath &amp; Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Stress Relief Pillow Mist</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075PW2HW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0075PW2HW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=ODHE3HLM2IPI2TMM"><em>Currently $7.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>The Body Shop Room &amp; Linen Spritz</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UYP3ZK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003UYP3ZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BNE325EATJOT5XU3" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/body%20shop_0.jpg" width="54" height="245" align="right" alt="" />The Body Shop Green Tea &amp; Lemon Body Room &amp; Linen Spritz</a> is a multipurpose spritz that can be sprayed just about anywhere: in the air, on linen, and even on the body. If you become addicted to the scent, rest assured, you can use it as a perfume, to fragrance your car, or to refresh your linen. The crisp, refreshing scent works well in any room and will last for hours. It is ethically made with natural essential oils. The scent starts off with lemon and green tea notes and finishes with notes of lily of the valley, jasmine, orchid, and precious woods.</p> <p>The spritz is available in a range of scents, although the refreshing combination of green tea and lemon tends to be a favorite with most people. The bestseller is recommended by a number of independent review sites and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UYP3ZK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003UYP3ZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BNE325EATJOT5XU3"><em>Currently $12.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedding Refresher</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D2NUPS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00D2NUPS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RJMYJGBHFA46TZTU"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/febreze_0.jpg" width="104" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Spritz the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D2NUPS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00D2NUPS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RJMYJGBHFA46TZTU">Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedding Refresher and Fabric Refresher</a> in the air and it will leave your room smelling great and feeling serene so you can drift off into a peaceful, restful sleep. It can also be sprayed on hard-to-wash items, like your comforter, furniture, carpets, and pillows, to give them a refresh anytime. The scent of lavender, sweet vanilla, and rich sandalwood is described as a retreat for the senses.</p> <p>The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study of six countries and found the same thing in nearly all countries: less than 50% of people are getting a good night&rsquo;s sleep. Getting a good night&rsquo;s sleep will leave you feeling more refreshed and productive the next day, so it&rsquo;s important to do all that you can to get the right amount of sleep every night. If you need a little help sleeping, something as simple as this linen spray can really work. Some reviewers found that it can even help difficult children sleep through the night.</p> <p>It is also recommended by About.com and a number of independent review sites. The Sleep Serenity line is also available in Quiet Jasmine and Warm Milk &amp; Honey scents, in case you aren&rsquo;t a fan of the Moonlit Lavender. For something milder that can also be used in the day, consider the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SBJ3MG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001SBJ3MG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2KQ2ZAHMJ7M5PZDB">Febreze Fabric Refresher in Linen and Sky</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D2NUPS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00D2NUPS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RJMYJGBHFA46TZTU"><em>Currently $5.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best linen sprays. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-linen-sprays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Best of all, they are affordable, portable, and disposable, so they can be used anytime, anywhere to remove excess oil and shine. They are effective in any season and can be used during, after, and in between makeup applications. They have been a long-standing makeup artist secret, but are now sacred must-haves for beauty mavens everywhere.</p> <h2>What Is an Oil Absorbing Sheet?</h2> <p>Oil absorbing sheets, or blotting papers, are thin, silky sheets that can be dabbed on any oily area of the face to instantly remove shine without smudging your makeup. They are easy to use and very portable, so you can stash them in your pocket, purse, desk, car, and travel bag. While they can be used on the entire face, they are most effective on oily areas, like around the nose, forehead, cheeks, and T-zone. They will mattify your face without leaving any powdery substance behind. They offer noticeable results instantly, and can be used whenever you need them throughout the day.</p> <p>The affordable papers can help make your makeup last longer, saving you money over the long run. In fact, many women are actually able to substitute their normal powder for blotting papers, and many men have found this is the answer to their occasionally oily skin. They also won&rsquo;t remove any of your makeup or natural skin moisture. Blotting papers can also be used for lipstick blotting, makeup setting, as a dry shampoo, or even to degrease your phone screen.</p> <h2>Top 5 Oil Absorbing Sheets</h2> <h3>Clean &amp; Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005AVC7/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00005AVC7&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RC5XZNTZDELWQH7E"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cleanclear.jpg" width="162" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005AVC7/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00005AVC7&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RC5XZNTZDELWQH7E">Clean &amp; Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets</a> are a cult classic for a reason. These are the blotting papers that all others are compared to, and are some of the first of its kind. The silky blue sheets are softer than paper and can remove excess oil and shine with a quick dab. The 50 oil-free papers won&rsquo;t leave any powder behind, and will never smudge your makeup.</p> <p>The Clean &amp; Clear line of products have been proven effective for anyone with oily, acne-prone skin and these blotting papers are no exception. After an exhaustive test of all the most popular blotting papers on the market, New York Magazine selected the Clean &amp; Clear ones as the all-around winner. Many reviewers across the board tend to agree with the NY Mag findings. These oil absorbing sheets are also an Allure Best of Beauty Winner, Allure Editors&rsquo; Pick, and recommended by PopSugar, InStyle, AllWomenStalk, and StyleCraze.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005AVC7/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00005AVC7&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RC5XZNTZDELWQH7E"><em>Currently $6.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tatcha Original Aburatorigami</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D79TEA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003D79TEA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6TFFT34S3E7CWRG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tatcha.jpg" width="198" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The wildly popular <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D79TEA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003D79TEA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6TFFT34S3E7CWRG">Tatcha Original Aburatorigami</a> sheets have an impressive following and are the common choice among professional makeup artists because they leave the skin camera-ready. The traditional Japanese-style sheets are soft, absorbent, and made of natural Abaca leaf. The powder-free, fragrance-free, pulp-free sheets will leave your skin with a glowing, matte finish, perfect for taking photos. The 30 elegant blotting papers contain 23 karat gold flecks, so they are a step above the average oil absorbing sheets. The all-natural, gold-flecked sheets are handmade and housed in a beautiful Japanese booklet.</p> <p>These are an Amazon best seller, a PopSugar Must Have item, and recommended by Vogue, InStyle, AllWomenStalk, StyleCraze, Into the Gloss, and New York Magazine. They also have stellar reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D79TEA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003D79TEA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=F6TFFT34S3E7CWRG"><em>Currently $12.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UXX2D4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000UXX2D4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RTHQULKWN3EITIAC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/boscia.jpg" width="240" height="152" align="right" alt="" /></a>The all-natural <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UXX2D4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000UXX2D4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RTHQULKWN3EITIAC">Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens</a> are made of 100% natural Abaca leaf fiber and infused with one of nature&rsquo;s most powerful antioxidants, green tea. The finely-woven linen sheets can absorb excess oil, while soothing and protecting your skin. The speckled green sheets resemble wax paper and have a light green tea scent. The 100-count set of oil absorbing sheets are housed in a slim package that you can easily fit anywhere.</p> <p>These are an Amazon best seller and some of the bestselling blotting papers on the market. After an exhaustive test, xoVain found that Boscia blotting papers beat all of the most popular ones on the market. They are also recommended by Allure, PopSugar, Vogue, InStyle, AllWomenStalk, StyleCraze, and New York Magazine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UXX2D4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000UXX2D4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=RTHQULKWN3EITIAC"><em>Currently $16.55 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>NYX Matte Blotting Paper</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JRT7A8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005JRT7A8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PVFV54PKCJC7PGP7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nyx_0.jpg" width="240" height="164" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JRT7A8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005JRT7A8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PVFV54PKCJC7PGP7">NYX Matte Blotting Papers</a> can eliminate excess oil, minimize pores, and even help prevent future breakouts and shine. The matte blotting papers are made of 100% pure pulse paper. They can refresh the skin and even help fight humidity to keep your skin dry and matte all day. The 50 sheets have a five-year shelf life, so they will last in your purse or beauty bag.</p> <p>There are a variety of bestselling NYX blotting paper options, such as the tea tree, fresh face, and green tea varieties. You can&rsquo;t go wrong with NYX. They offer products that work as well, or better, than the most expensive brands on the market, all at a price that will fit nearly any budget. These oil absorbing sheets are no exception. They are also an Amazon best seller and some of the bestselling blotting papers on the market. They are also recommended by PopSugar, Vogue, InStyle, AllWomenStalk, and StyleCraze.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JRT7A8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005JRT7A8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PVFV54PKCJC7PGP7"><em>Currently $4.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>LiveFresh Oil Absorbing Sheets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O9FLMSQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00O9FLMSQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UITMFJLOWZ7LZFHQ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/livefresh.jpg" width="240" height="178" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in makeup blotting paper, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O9FLMSQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00O9FLMSQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UITMFJLOWZ7LZFHQ">LiveFresh Natural Oil Absorbing Sheets</a> offer a great value and noticeable results without breaking the bank. The eco-friendly organic sheets are made of 100% natural Abaca leaf fiber and one of nature&rsquo;s most powerful antioxidants, green tea. The super absorbing sheets are large enough to blot the entire face and remove excess oil and shine with just one dab. They will soothe, freshen, and protect the skin from further damage. The soft, gentle, finely-woven linen sheets are odor-less, powder-free, and won&rsquo;t irritate even the most sensitive skin. The 100 premium quality sheets are housed in a slim fit package that will fit anywhere.</p> <p>These offer a great value and also come with a bonus e-book, 27 Natural Skin Care Secrets, which will be emailed to you after purchase. They are backed by outstanding online reviews and a 100% 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee, so you are bound to be happy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O9FLMSQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00O9FLMSQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UITMFJLOWZ7LZFHQ"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best oil absorbing sheets. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-oil-absorbing-sheets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-lotions">The 5 Best Body Lotions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-facial-cleansing-wipes">The 5 Best Facial Cleansing Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-night-creams">The 5 Best Night Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products blotting sheet makeup remover oil absorbing sheet product reviews skin care Wed, 04 May 2016 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1691721 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Cheap Food http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000040083502_Large.jpg" alt="cheap food has shockingly high costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Compared to most Americans, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">I spend a lot of money on food</a>, almost $100 per month just for fresh produce. But even my grocery bill pales in comparison to what the rest of the world spends on basic nutrition.</p> <p>Americans spend <em>less </em>money as a percentage of income on food than people of any other country in the world. On average, only <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/ag-and-food-statistics-charting-the-essentials/food-prices-and-spending.aspx">6% of our household budget</a> goes to pay for food, compared to the French, who eat through 14% of their income, or the Kenyans, who spend 45% of each paycheck on groceries.</p> <p>But even though it seems like we may be saving money on food compared to the rest of the world, what is the real cost of cheap eats? Let's find out.</p> <h2>It Costs Tax Payers 20 Billion Dollars Per Year</h2> <p>Although fresh produce is out of the budget range of many Americans, the sick irony is that food, especially packaged food, is cheaper in the United States than pretty much anywhere else in the world. This is because the cost of crops like corn is kept artificially low by the government.</p> <p>Food in the United States wasn't always this cheap, though. In 1960 our <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/02/389578089/your-grandparents-spent-more-of-their-money-on-food-than-you-do">grandparents were spending about 17.5%</a> of their income on food. Then, in the 1970s, Earl Butz, Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture, re-engineered New Deal farm programs that were meant to stabilize the food supply, into a support system for the factory farming of corn and soy.</p> <p>Starting in 1971, crops like corn, soy, and wheat started getting heavily subsidized &mdash; to the tune of 20 billion dollars a year. What this means is that corn farmers can make more money from their government subsidy than they do by actually selling corn. Of course, since farmers have such a wonderful incentive to grow corn, they grow lots and lots of it.</p> <h2>We Pay for Cheap Food Twice</h2> <p>So how do farmers dispose of their artificially cheap product, paid for, in part, by taxpayer dollars? By selling it to food manufacturers as filler, preservatives, and binding agents. Surprise! All those mystery ingredients listed on food packages like citric acid, fructose, sorbitol, dextrose, lactic acid, MSG, malt, and diglycerides are all corn byproducts. And, each of these non-food ingredients contains calories.</p> <h2>We End Up Spending More Money on Health Care</h2> <p>Documentary films like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017JLWVPY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B017JLWVPY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SRYAPRKLX6ILCMPD">Super Size Me</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VRZEYM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VRZEYM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ILATPAZ6BC255M5L">Food Inc.</a> have spotlighted the health consequences of cheap food, especially on America's poor. But obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not the only health problems linked to fast food. A Harvard Medical School study also found that <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/think-fast-when-kids-want-fast-food-201301315846">children who eat fast food</a> three times a week had increased risks of asthma and eczema.</p> <p>U.S. farmers actually produce the equivalent of <a href="http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2.htm">3,800 calories per person</a> per day. This is at least <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usda_food_patterns/EstimatedCalorieNeedsPerDayTable.pdf">1,000 calories more per day</a> than is recommended for people who are moderately active. So is it any wonder that Americans are fat?</p> <h2>It Causes Poverty and Hunger</h2> <p>As a result of NAFTA, Mexico has been flooded with cheap, government subsidized corn from the United States. Mexico, which is the birthplace of corn, now imports a third of its corn from America.</p> <p>There are some huge problems with other nations becoming dependent on subsidized American crops. First, Mexican corn farmers who were unable to compete against the artificially low cost of imported U.S. corn were forced out of business. Obviously, when farmers lose their farms, they don't grow food to eat, they don't grow food to sell, and without work, they have no money to buy food. Millions of Mexican farmers lost their jobs due to cheap, imported food. Also, when poor countries become dependent on cheap imported foods, they risk a food crisis when there is a price spike on staple foods. This can lead to widespread hunger, which is what happened in Mexico with corn in 2007 and in the Philippines with rice in 2008.</p> <h2>The Environmental Cost Is Staggering</h2> <p>To quote FDR, &quot;A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.&quot; Farming is difficult and expensive, so many farmers are forced to max out production or go out of business. This 'go big or go broke' behavior is not financially or environmentally sustainable. Monoculture farming, although extremely efficient, burns through resources like water and topsoil. Commercial agriculture is currently <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2015/07/ogallala-aquifer-depletion/">draining groundwater</a> in the Midwest about eight times faster than rain is putting it back in. This could lead to a second Dust Bowl.</p> <h2>Animals Pay the Price</h2> <p>If you forced a dog to live in a small box for its entire life, you could be arrested for animal cruelty and your neighbors would treat you like a pariah. What most people don't want to think about is that this kind of torture is the typical experience of <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/belly-beast-meat-factory-farms-animal-activists">factory-farmed chickens, pigs, and cows</a>. Some animals will only see daylight on the day that they are slaughtered. Animal cruelty is the price of cheap meat.</p> <h2>The Working Conditions Are Terrible</h2> <p>Animals aren't the only ones that subsidize low food prices with their bodies. Last year an investigation by The Guardian revealed that much of the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour">shrimp that the U.S. imports from Thailand</a> was the work product of slaves. But slave labor doesn't just happen in the Third World. Thousands of farm workers in the United States work in very poor conditions. More than 1,200 people have been rescued from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/26/139972669/the-unsavory-story-of-industrially-grown-tomatoes">agricultural slavery rings in Florida</a> alone.</p> <h2>You Risk Sickness</h2> <p>While Chipotle is blaming its multistate <a href="http://www.eater.com/2016/2/5/10922434/chipotle-e-coli-beef-australia">E. Coli outbreak on Australian beef</a>, it's frankly shocking that this type of mass food poisoning doesn't happen more often.</p> <p>For starters, it is common practice in the United States to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/we-feed-cows-chicken-poop">feed cows chicken poop</a>. Also, in order to cut costs, some slaughterhouses have managed to speed up their kill lines by 50%. Not only does this massive increase in volume result in more <a href="http://foodsafety.news21.com/2011/safety/inspection/feces/">food contamination from fecal matter</a>, but also more animal abuse and human rights violations. Stool run-off from factory farming, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in agribusiness parlance, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1817674/">pollute the water table</a> and create <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803978.html?sid=ST2010030100323">dead zones</a> in oceans and rivers.</p> <h2>We're Funding the Zombie Apocalypse</h2> <p>One of modern life's existential horrors is the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria caused by antibiotic overuse. So, while parents are becoming more selective about dosing their kids for minor illnesses, these same moms and dads are unaware that livestock in the United States &mdash; because the animals are constantly sick from a diet of garbage and from standing in their own waste &mdash; is pumped full of antibiotics. In fact, the FDA has confirmed that <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/02/fda-confirms-80-percent-of-antibiotics-used-in-animal-ag/#.Vx-nJqMrKRt">animal agriculture consumes 80% of all antibiotics</a> used in America. While meat producers argue that they are not breeding superbugs along with their livestock, a team of researchers from the <a href="http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/14/cid.cir181.full.pdf">Translational Genomics Research Institute</a> discovered that one in four packages of meat and poultry in the United States contains multidrug resistant staph bacteria.</p> <h2>What Can One Person Do?</h2> <p>Ugh. All of this is terrible. Is it actually possible to eat responsibly without going broke or supporting human trafficking? Here are some things to consider.</p> <h3>1. Don't Waste Food</h3> <p>When food goes to waste, you not only waste money, you waste all the water, fertilizer, and labor that went into growing the food and transporting it to your plate. So, even if you don't know if your food is ethically produced, you don't have to be the weakest link.</p> <h3>2. Eat Healthy on a Budget</h3> <p>Eating a really <a href="http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/12/e004277.full?sid=820d6e1a-280e-47a6-b8c5-498bfa4657e3">healthy diet costs $1.50 more per day</a> than eating an unhealthy diet. And $550 per year is a steep cost for many people, but compared to diet-related health costs, this is chump change. Every effort to eat healthy is a reward to your body, so just do as much as you can afford.</p> <p>Luckily, even people on food assistance can eat healthy. Leanne Brown created <a href="https://8b862ca0073972f0472b704e2c0c21d0480f50d3.googledrive.com/host/0Bxd6wdCBD_2tdUdtM0d4WTJmclU/good-and-cheap.pdf">Good and Cheap</a>, a free online cookbook for people living on the SNAP budget of $4 per day for food. The book is beautifully photographed and the recipes are delicious. Brown's recipes encourage flexibility &mdash; because staying on budget means cooking with what's on sale and available. She has made it easy to substitute ingredients and still prepare yummy meals.</p> <h3>3. Eat Less Meat</h3> <p>Livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gases. So one simple thing that everyone can do to slow down global warming is to eat less meat. Personally, my husband and I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">save a ton of money</a> by eating lower on the food chain. We are &quot;domestic vegetarians,&quot; who eat meatless, homemade meals during the week.</p> <h3>4. Drink Less Sugar</h3> <p>A recent study of school children in my neighborhood revealed that 40% of their calorie intake came from sugary beverages. (It should come as no surprise that childhood obesity is at epidemic levels in my area.) When this fact was brought to light, a number of families were able to make one healthy dietary change that also saves them hundreds of dollars every year: they started drinking tap water instead of soda.</p> <h3>5. Shop Seasonally</h3> <p>Buy in-season produce. If you see peaches at the grocery store in December, you can pretty much assume that fruit was grown outside of the country. You will pay extra for the shipping costs of your food, and the planet will pay the cost of the transport in the form of more pollution.</p> <p>Also, from a straight-up foodie standpoint, produce that must be transported is bred for shipping, not for flavor, which is why store-bought tomatoes are tasteless. In-season produce, which has been allowed to ripen on the plant or in the field, not only taste better than produce that was picked green, but is more nutritious.</p> <h3>6. Shop Locally</h3> <p>Support your local growers. It costs a lot of money to grow high quality food, sustainably. Even if you cannot afford to buy all your food locally, every little purchase counts, and all that money goes back to your own community. Also, it pays to ask around. I literally get tons of free backyard fruit donated to me every year by neighbors who can't eat through all their backyard produce and don't want it to go to waste. There are ways to find low cost food with a low carbon footprint pretty much everywhere. Just do what you can.</p> <p><em>Are you concerned about the impact of cheap food on the planet? What do you do to eat more responsibly?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-there-be-a-fat-tax-on-junk-food">Should There Be a &quot;Fat Tax&quot; on Junk Food?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-be-healthy">Why is it so expensive to be healthy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-fast-food-items-say-fast-food-employees">“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty budget meals Cheap Food dollar menus Fast Food food budget Health junk food Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Max Wong 1698447 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Body Scrubs http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-body-scrubs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_body_scrub_000077483063.jpg" alt="Woman using best body scrubs for clear skin" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Using a body scrub in the shower will leave your skin soft and smooth before you ever apply lotion. A salt scrub is one of the most popular body treatments at the spa, but you don&rsquo;t need to spend extra money at a spa to get those intense results. With the right body scrub, you can reveal your most beautiful skin from home.</p> <h2>What Is Body Scrub?</h2> <p>Body scrub is a skin care item that can cleanse and exfoliate the body. It can also stimulate circulation in the skin, remove dead skin cells, and provide a refreshing massage first thing in the morning. The scrubs typically contain a combination of sugar or salt to gently scrub the skin and remove the outer dead layer of skin to reveal a new layer of softer, brighter skin underneath. With continued use, a quality scrub can provide you with smoother, firmer skin and a range of other beauty and health benefits.</p> <p>Body scrub can be applied directly to the skin, or it can be applied with a loofah or washcloth. After your shower, slather on a quality moisturizer or body butter and your skin will feel silky smooth all day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-butters?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Body Butters</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Body Scrubs</h2> <h3>Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BLHYD3G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BLHYD3G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4JGPQ3JAVZ5OUQXR"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/treehut.jpg" width="184" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BLHYD3G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BLHYD3G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4JGPQ3JAVZ5OUQXR">Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub</a> uses whole sugar grains to provide an effective, yet gentle, exfoliation and remove dead skin cells. It contains Shea Nut Oil, certified organic Shea Butter products, Amazon Pequi extract, and other beneficial natural extracts to repair and moisturize your skin. It is also enriched with Safflower Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Orange Oil, and vitamins A, C, and E to keep your skin looking youthful and feeling soft. It has a thick texture and unlike many other body scrubs, this one will not separate into two parts (the scrub and the oil), so you won&rsquo;t have to worry about mixing it up before using it.</p> <p>Most reviewers have noticeable results from the very first use, and some even experienced great results on acne and dark spots. It can also help promote elasticity, provide anti-aging benefits, improve complexion, support collagen formation, detoxify and rejuvenate the skin, reduce sun damage, and provide your skin with a natural sheen. It also has an exotic tropical scent that most reviewers can&rsquo;t seem to get enough of.</p> <p>The paraben-free scrub is really affordable, but can stand up to the more expensive sugar scrubs. Available in a number of tempting scents, you are sure to find one that brightens your mornings and awakens your skin. This is a TotalBeauty &ldquo;Best of&rdquo; top-rated beauty product and has outstanding reviews online from both men and women, including on Amazon and Ulta.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BLHYD3G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BLHYD3G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4JGPQ3JAVZ5OUQXR"><em>Currently $9.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Neutrogena Body Clear Scrub</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UOLBEAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00UOLBEAA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4QTFA5EJVN465MTJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/neutrogena_3.jpg" width="87" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UOLBEAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00UOLBEAA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4QTFA5EJVN465MTJ">Neutrogena Body Clear Scrub</a> is a cult classic for a reason. You won&rsquo;t find a better selection for acne-prone skin. It has a light, clean scent and contains sandy scrubbing beads that won&rsquo;t tear up your skin or cause any irritation. It works quickly so you can expect real results, real fast, even on stubborn acne. It uses salicylic acid and gentle exfoliators to cleanse your skin, fight acne breakouts, and even prevent future breakouts from forming. It was the first of its kind to contain salicylic acid, and is a must-have for anyone suffering from body acne. It is oil-free and will buff away dead skin cells to leave your skin soft and smooth after every use. It is also non-comedogenic, so it won&rsquo;t clog your pores or lead to further breakouts.</p> <p>The dermatologist-recommended scrub is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It can be used on the entire body, or only on acne-prone areas. It is an Allure Readers&rsquo; Choice Winner and has outstanding reviews from acne sufferers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UOLBEAA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00UOLBEAA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4QTFA5EJVN465MTJ"><em>Currently $5.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bath &amp; Body Works AROMATHERAPY Stress Relief Sugar Scrub</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LZUP36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LZUP36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKYZA2DHJOIBRPKN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bath%20and%20body.jpg" width="200" height="164" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LZUP36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LZUP36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKYZA2DHJOIBRPKN">Bath &amp; Body Works AROMATHERAPY Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Sugar Scrub</a> contains eucalyptus oil and tea to help soothe your mind before you deal with the stresses of the day. The sugar scrub is gritty, but gentle, and contains quite a bit of oil, which allows the scrub to glide over the skin. Once you wash away the scrub, it will leave your skin shimmery from the oil, and glowing from the scrub. The scent will remind you of an upscale salon, so you&rsquo;ll feel like you&rsquo;re spending a day at the spa every time you shower.</p> <p>Bath &amp; Body Works body scrubs top the charts for the most beloved scrubs on the market. You can choose from endless scents to find the one that best suits your personal style. This eucalyptus spearmint scent offers stress relief benefits and is the perfect way to start or end your day. To intensify the effects, breathe deeply to promote stress relief. It is a TotalBeauty &ldquo;Best of&rdquo; top-rated beauty product and has outstanding online reviews from both men and women. In fact, many reviewers said this is their daily beauty must-have.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LZUP36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005LZUP36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DKYZA2DHJOIBRPKN"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Aveeno Positively Nourishing Aveeno Smoothing Body Wash</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ZN3JF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002ZN3JF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5WLI7LZDPQ3XSGZV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aveeno_1.jpg" width="71" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ZN3JF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002ZN3JF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5WLI7LZDPQ3XSGZV">Aveeno Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash</a> uses the power of rice beads, walnut shells, and natural exfoliants to remove dry, dull skin. This results in a scrub that is grainy, but not scratchy. Your skin will feel softer and look radiantly bright after every use. It is lightly scented with pomegranate, and contains nourishing oils that work with the steam of your shower. Reviewers tend to agree that this has a very pleasant scent that isn&rsquo;t strong, so it shouldn&rsquo;t interfere with your perfume or cologne.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t go wrong with anything from the Aveeno brand. After all, if it&rsquo;s good enough for Jennifer Aniston&rsquo;s flawless skin, it&rsquo;s worth a shot. The Aveeno brand has also been recommended by dermatologists for more than 60 years. This scrub is also the 2015 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner and has outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ZN3JF8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002ZN3JF8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5WLI7LZDPQ3XSGZV"><em>Currently $10.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0169PFLFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0169PFLFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IXOTONA6WBUZBFDO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/arabica.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Most people agree that a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0169PFLFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0169PFLFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IXOTONA6WBUZBFDO">Natural Arabica coffee scrub</a> will work wonders on your skin, and there are a number of highly rated coffee scrubs available for you to choose from, but none are as highly rated as the 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub with Organic Coffee, Coconut, and Shea Butter. It can help you fight acne, whiteheads, blackheads, cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, dark spots, scarring, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, age spots, dry skin, and wrinkles, all at once. It accomplishes so much, all while hydrating, detoxifying, tightening, and beautifying the skin. The caffeine can also serve as a vascular restrictor, meaning that it will reduce the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins by shrinking the blood vessels. It is completely natural and safe enough to use on any area of the body or face, even around the sensitive eye area.</p> <p>It offers gentle, yet effective, exfoliation with beneficial ingredients like coffee, Organic Shea Butter, Dead Sea Salt, Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Grape Seed Oil, and Cacao Extract. It is also loaded with antioxidants, which can nourish and protect your skin from further damage. The all-natural scrub will leave your skin soft, smooth, moisturized, and glowing. It can also restore elasticity, stimulate blood flow and circulation, boost cell turnover, repair sun damage, even skin tone, and reduce fine lines, swelling, and inflammation. While it doesn&rsquo;t have a strong scent, some reviewers detected a faint smell of coffee after getting out of the shower.</p> <p>This offers a great deal and can save you time in the morning because the same product can be used on both the face and the body. It is an Amazon best seller, one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you are bound to be happy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0169PFLFI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0169PFLFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=IXOTONA6WBUZBFDO"><em>Currently $14.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best body scrubs. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-highlighters">The 5 Best Highlighters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-night-creams">The 5 Best Night Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-serums">The 5 Best Hair Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-conditioners">The 5 Best Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty beauty products body scrubs product reviews shopping skin scrub skincare Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1691720 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_exercise_plank_000083103031.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to get fit for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting in shape can seem like an uphill battle, especially if it costs big bucks to do so. You shouldn't need to spend all of your hard-earned money to become your healthiest self. There are so many ways to exercise on the cheap, or even for free. You don't need a pricey gym membership and a closet full of designer yoga pants. Really, all you need are some comfy clothes, space to move, and determination to keep pushing even when you get tired.</p> <p>Here are our 95 best fitness hacks for getting in great shape without spending any money.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/family-460428563.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk?ref=fbf">10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk</a> &mdash; Don't underestimate the power of a short walk. Choosing to get outside and move &mdash; no matter how fast or slow &mdash; is an excellent way to promote overall health. So get outdoors and start walking!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks?ref=FBF">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a> &mdash; Not only can you get your sweat on for free, but you can also do it while you watch your favorite shows. It doesn't get much easier than that, right?</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman-exercise-living-room-Dollarphotoclub_63851547.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out?ref=fbf">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out</a> &mdash; The only time winter isn't coming is when it's already winter, so you should have an indoor workout routine already established by the time the snow starts to fall. These are all fun and effective!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room?ref=fbf">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a> &mdash; It turns out you don't even need much space or exercise equipment to get in shape. Just use the contents of your pantry, furniture, and your own body weight to add resistance to your sweat sesh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside?ref=fbf">5 Ways to Work Out When It's Hot Outside</a> &mdash; Sweating when you're already covered in sweat from the heat isn't fun for anyone. But rather than heading outside for your workout, stay indoors and get fit during the warmer months.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/exercise-479677521.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=fbf">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a> &mdash; You don't need to be a gym rat to look like one. Here are several sweat-inducing moves you can make at home, all while spending zero dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-exercises-to-do-at-work-that-dont-make-you-look-silly?ref=fbf">10 Exercises to Do at Work That Don't Make You Look Silly</a> &mdash; Kill two birds with one stone and work out while you're at work. That way, when your work day is over, your workout work is also done.</p> <p><em>How do you get fit for free? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Health and Beauty budget fbf fitness hacks flashback friday free fitness frugal fitness Health saving money Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1695510 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059795628_Large.jpg" alt="travel is good for your health" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People have always said that travel is food for the soul, and that it broadens the mind, but what does it do for one's health? Recent studies have shown that taking annual vacations and spending more time on the road can reduce heart disease, increase libido, and even lengthen lifespans, in some cases. Here are five ways that travel can be beneficial for your health, with the scientific studies to back them up.</p> <h2>1. It Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's</h2> <p>The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the U.S. Travel Association, and the Global Commission on Aging conducted a study in late 2015 and their findings were staggering. A poll revealed that travel can significantly <a href="http://www.transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/travel-survey/tcrs2013_sr_travel_and_aging.pdf">reduce the risk of dementia</a> and Alzheimer's Disease, especially in retirees.</p> <p>Travel helps the brain by forcing it to deal with new environments, smells, scents, and sounds. By shocking your brain with new experiences on a regular basis, you can effectively build new synapses. One of the best cerebral exercises is culture shock. By traveling more frequently, you're essentially giving your brain a workout and helping it to build these vital connections on a daily basis.</p> <p>Alzheimer's is known to destroy synapses, but if you have a healthy brain with strong cellular formations and a thick cortex (such as one built by frequent culture shock), the effects of the disease can be minimized or even halted, in some cases.</p> <h2>2. It Can Save Your Heart</h2> <p>According to the results of the same study mentioned above, men who don't take annual vacations are at a 20% greater risk of death from any cause and a 30% higher risk of dying from heart disease. Women were also tested and the outcome showed that women who travel less than once every six years are at a substantially higher risk of heart attack when compared to those who travel twice a year.</p> <p>A second study, known as the Framingham Heart Study, tested women between the ages of 45-64 and asked them how often they traveled. And 20 years later, they followed up with the same women and they found that those who had said they traveled more often were less likely to have heart problems. They also found that <a href="https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/">travel helped with blood pressure</a> and overall health.</p> <h2>3. It Spurs Your Creativity</h2> <p>Now that we understand how travel can build new synapses in the brain to help reduce the risk of mental disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia, it's no surprise that exercising your brain can also increase your overall mental health, and even help your creativity.</p> <p>Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School and the author of numerous studies on the connection between creativity and travel, says that &quot;Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.&quot; In other wards, travel helps us recognize connections between things we normally wouldn't connect.</p> <p>His most recent study, conducted in February of 2015, showed that the more countries people have lived and traveled in, the more creative their minds tend to be. Galinsky claims that the effects are not so cut and dry, however.</p> <p>He states that the key to <a href="http://amj.aom.org/content/58/1/195.abstract">mental stimulation through travel</a> is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. A person who lives in another country and actively engages in the culture will likely enjoy a stronger creative boost than someone who simply travels to lay on a beach.</p> <p>He says: &quot;Going to Cancun for spring break probably won't make a person any more creative, but going to Cancun and living with local fishermen might.&quot;</p> <h2>4. It Helps You Be More Productive</h2> <p>You may think that working through your holidays is actually helping you to get ahead, but studies have shown that the exact opposite is true. People who take less than three holiday days per year, are far less likely to complete their annual goals.</p> <p>According to a study conducted on 971 employees by the U.S. Travel Association in October 2013, Americans who haven't taken all of their holidays tend to have lower productivity, poorer morale, and decreased health.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the same study showed that 34% of employees said that their employer didn't encourage them to take time off and 17% of managers surveyed considered their employees &quot;less dedicated&quot; if they chose to take vacations.</p> <p>This national disconnect is a large part of the reason why hardworking North Americans consider Europeans to be &quot;lazy,&quot; when in fact, their extended holidays probably make them more productive at work.</p> <h2>5. It Reduces Stress and Increases Happiness</h2> <p>We all know that a stressful life can lead to all sorts of health complications. By taking annual vacations, you are more likely to relieve the stress and tension of your day-to-day life, making you feel more rejuvenated after returning to work.</p> <p>The same study conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association, showed that nine out of 10 people showed signs of significant stress reduction within just a day or two of being on vacation.</p> <p>Nearly 90% of those people tested also showed signs of having a more positive outlook on life and on the world.</p> <p>Another study conducted by the San Francisco State University revealed that <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/sfsu-cte032814.php">people are actually happier</a> when they spend their money on travel, rather than material possessions. One study showed that even though people thought that a purchase would bring them happiness, most respondents reported that spending money on life experiences actually ended up making them happier than material purchases and was &quot;the better value.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to be happy and healthy? Travel is the cure to many ailments, not the least of which are naivety and intolerance. By traveling more, you will broaden your mind and open your heart, but you can potentially extend your life and prevent deadly disease, as well. So get out there and explore... It's good for you.</p> <p><em>How has travel improved your life? Share with us in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-this-holiday-season-without-getting-sick">How to Travel This Holiday Season Without Getting Sick</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel disease prevention good for you Health healthy living science travel perks wanderlust Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:01:03 +0000 Nick Wharton 1694625 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Smart Sources for Wedding Essentials http://www.wisebread.com/9-smart-sources-for-wedding-essentials <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-smart-sources-for-wedding-essentials" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000089382683_Large.jpg" alt="they found cheap wedding buys in unexpected places" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting married in the near future? Chances are that your planning is already in high gear. According to a recent CNN report, the average couple spends&nbsp;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/12/pf/planning-for-wedding-costs/">around a jaw-dropping $30,000</a> on the big day. That's a lot of cash. Save yourself some money by looking for decor and other must-have items in these unexpected places.</p> <h2>1. Dollar Store</h2> <p>You'll find a bunch of treasures on the cheap at your local dollar store. Many carry everything from votive candles to favor boxes at just a dollar a pop (or package). The Dollar Tree, for example, even stocks wedding-specific items like plastic champagne flutes, silver-toned frames (great for labeling tables!), mini bubble containers, fabric rose petals, centerpiece vases, and more.</p> <h2>2. Thrift Store</h2> <p>If you're supplying your own table settings, try something different by heading to your local thrift shop. I love this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fyeahgayweddings.com/diy-painted-wedding-cutlery.html">DIY painted wedding cutlery</a> project. You just need to collect a good number of forks, knives, and spoons in a variety of styles. They'll mix and match beautifully and may cost mere pennies each. Clean them up, spritz on some metal primer, paint with gloss enamel, and let dry.</p> <h2>3. Pet Store</h2> <p>Decorative glass stones too pricey? Head to your pet supply store and check out the aquarium section for&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1SlM0s2">similar stones</a> on the cheap. You may even want to pick up a few&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1WjsZg7">basic fish bowls</a> to use for your centerpieces.</p> <h2>4. Roadside</h2> <p>Or maybe you're looking for that unique personal accent to find its way to you. Check around to see when your town's spring cleanup weekend is and browse while you drive around. We've come across wooden pallets this way &mdash; which are good for a number of decor projects, like this&nbsp;<a href="https://cdn1.blovcdn.com/bloglovin/aHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy4xMDBsYXllcmNha2UuY29tJTJGYmxvZyUyRndwLWNvbnRlbnQlMkZ1cGxvYWRzJTJGMjAxNSUyRjA0JTJGQ29sb3JmdWwtUnVzdGljLUJhcm4tV2VkZGluZy0xNS5qcGc=?checksum=46a140047ea7c6ca672c064fb6d5a4976d2ec9d1&amp;format=j">clever schedule sign</a>. Who knows what treasures you'll stumble upon! I recently spied a worn wooden bench waiting for trash pickup on a neighbor's lawn. With a little paint, it would have made a nice photo prop for the big day.</p> <h2>5. Your Attic</h2> <p>We've all heard the whole &quot;something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue&quot; superstition. What better place to find sentimental items (for free) than in your parents' or grandparents' attic? Get permission to go hunting around, of course. You may discover anything from funky chairs to set up at the head table, to old beloved jewelry that would look amazing with your wedding dress. And you thought all that old junk was only good collecting dust.</p> <h2>6. Nature</h2> <p>Step outdoors to get some nature-inspired decor for your wedding &mdash; for free. One of my friends had a small wedding and picked a bunch of wildflowers the morning of on her family's farm. They made colorfully frugal centerpieces. Another friend chose to do a sand unity ceremony using sand from her favorite beach that she had collected on a recent vacation. Gather pine cones to dress up your rustic tablescape or even freshly fallen leaves for a festive fall garland.</p> <h2>7. Grocery Store</h2> <p>Or forget flowers entirely! You can pick up some super cool centerpiece items in the produce section of your neighborhood grocery store. Arrange&nbsp;<a href="http://www.angelaproffitt.com/weddings/gallery/fall#22">citrus fruits in tall vases</a>, fill with water, and top with a floating tea candle for a no-fuss arrangement. Or scoop out&nbsp;<a href="http://littlegreennotebook.com/2015/10/fall-dinner-party.html/">the tops of apples</a> for crunchy decor your guests won't soon forget. A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2013/10/rosemary-sprig-place-cards/">sprig of rosemary</a> makes a wonderful addition to place cards as well.</p> <h2>8. Home Improvement Store</h2> <p>Stores like Home Depot stock&nbsp;<a href="http://www.homedepot.com/b/Outdoors-Garden-Center-Arbors-Trellises/N-5yc1vZc6nx/Ntk-Extended/Ntt-arbor?Ntx=mode+matchpartialmax&amp;NCNI-5">arbors</a> that would make the perfect backdrop while reciting your vows &mdash; and later transition to your garden. They also carry a number of supplies for DIY projects, like spray paint, staples, galvanized planters (centerpieces), etc. One of my favorite finds? The canvas paint drop cloths! They make awesomely inexpensive tablecloths that are neutral enough to go with many shades of wedding decor.</p> <h2>9. Craigslist, eBay, etc.</h2> <p>Few people know this, but I actually bought my wedding dress (new with tags) on eBay from a woman who had changed her dream dress at the last minute. It was hundreds under the price I had seen at the store only a week or so earlier.</p> <p>Before I logged onto eBay, I had combed Craigslist and found a variety of dresses I seriously considered. You end up getting it altered anyway, right? Stalk your local yard sale groups and other sales forums to find all sorts of deals on last-minute wedding supplies. If you have a specific need, try writing an &quot;ISO&quot; (in search of) posting for faster results. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress?ref=seealso">7 Smart Ways to Save on a Wedding Dress</a>)</p> <p><em>What are some other unexpected places to find frugal wedding buys? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-smart-sources-for-wedding-essentials">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-removal-creams">The 5 Best Hair Removal Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-supplements">The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-men">The 5 Best Hair Growth Products for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-women">The 5 Best Hair Growth Products for Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping bridal beauty bride getting married wedding wedding accessories wedding decor wedding dress wedding veil Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1688987 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Makeup Brush Sets http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-sets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-makeup-brush-sets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_makeup_brush_000072848447.jpg" alt="Woman holding best makeup brush sets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to spend a bundle on makeup brushes.&nbsp;On the other hand, sturdy brushes can last for years, if they are high quality and you take care of them properly. The right set of brushes will make it much easier for you to achieve a professional makeup application, in less time. They will also make your makeup last longer and will allow you to use less product and still achieve your optimal results, which will end up saving you money in the end.</p> <h2>What Is a Makeup Brush?</h2> <p>A makeup brush is specially designed to professionally apply cosmetics. There are a variety of makeup brushes available, with each one suited for a different area of the face or eyes. Some makeup brushes are very precise, while others focus more on offering soft bristles that feel gentle against the skin. In order to keep your makeup brushes in optimal condition for years to come, make sure to keep them clean with a good makeup brush cleaner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-cleaners">The 5 Best Makeup Brush Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Makeup Brush Sets</h2> <h3>Real Techniques Core Collection Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TSFBNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004TSFBNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4RS3U7VVFZXIJJIG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/real%20techniques.jpg" width="124" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TSFBNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004TSFBNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4RS3U7VVFZXIJJIG">Real Techniques Core Collection Set</a> includes a contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush, and buffing brush &mdash; ideal for everything from powders and mineral makeup to creams and liquids. The brushes were created by celebrity makeup artist, Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo. The brushes are high quality and feature a unique design and style, but are affordable enough to fit any budget. The ultra-plush synthetic bristles are non-porous, so they won&rsquo;t trap or absorb product, are less prone to breakage or damage, and can offer high-definition results. Each brush head is hand-cut to achieve the perfect shape, which allows for precise, and even, streak-free makeup application.</p> <p>The uniquely shaped and color-coded cruelty-free brushes offer extended aluminum ferrules, with each handle displaying the brush name, making it perfect for beginners and experts alike. The brushes are easy to use and clean. They also feature self-standing bases, so you can easily display them on your countertop. The handles are lightweight, so they are easy to use and you always have good control over them. They also feature ultra-soft bristles that many reviewers said felt like &ldquo;heaven.&rdquo; The set includes a 2-in-1 panoramic brush case, which is both a carrier and stand &mdash; ideal for travel or display.</p> <p>Real Techniques also offers different brush sets and individual brushes, so you can buy exactly what you need for your makeup kit. This set is an Amazon bestseller and has more than 1,600 five-star reviews on Amazon. Many reviewers compared these brushes to the much more expensive MAC and Sigma Beauty brushes, and found that these brushes came out on top. The brushes are also frequently chosen by professional makeup artists and beauty vloggers, so you may have seen them in a number of online tutorials. They are also an Allure &ldquo;Best of Beauty&rdquo; Award Winner and recommended by Total Beauty, Style Caster, and Into the Gloss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TSFBNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004TSFBNK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=4RS3U7VVFZXIJJIG"><em>Currently $12.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>e.l.f. Cosmetics 12-Piece Brush Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HKR6WM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001HKR6WM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CBEK2XXSH33HIJJC"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/elf%20brush.jpg" width="180" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HKR6WM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001HKR6WM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CBEK2XXSH33HIJJC">e.l.f. Cosmetics 12-Piece Brush Set</a> includes some of their most popular synthetic, cruelty-free brushes. The set includes a concealer brush, blush/bronzer brush, foundation brush, blending eye brush, smudge eye sponge, eyeliner brush, total face brush, defining eye brush, eyelash and brow wand, lip defining brush, brow comb, and brush eyeshadow brush. The brushes are ideal for the face and eyes, so you should be able to find the perfect brush for any makeup look. Each brush is individually wrapped and has the type of brush marked on the wand, so you can quickly grab the right brush for the job. The brushes feature white handles and ultra soft bristles. The set also includes detailed instructions to help even beginners achieve a professional makeup application.</p> <p>e.l.f. is famous for providing professional quality cosmetic items at affordable prices. This set is backed by outstanding online reviews, including nearly 600 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also recommended by Total Beauty, InStyle, Into the Gloss, and Refinery29.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HKR6WM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001HKR6WM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=CBEK2XXSH33HIJJC"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sigma Beauty Travel Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FJG69E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006FJG69E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UW4YP336MGPFFOIM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/signa.jpg" width="216" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FJG69E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006FJG69E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UW4YP336MGPFFOIM">Sigma Beauty Travel Kit</a> includes seven bestselling travel-sized brushes in a sleek travel case. The set includes a large powder brush, large angled contour brush, foundation brush, eye pencil brush, eye shading brush, small angle brush, and tapered blending brush. The travel brushes are full brushes with shorter handles, so you can easily take them with you on the go. Many reviewers found that they prefer the travel size to the original size because the smaller brushes are easier to handle and use. The brush handles are made from a lightweight, sustainable source of wood and covered in eight coats of paint, so you won&rsquo;t need to worry about scratches. The patented three-ring brush ferrule also uses high performance SigmaAlloy for unwavering durability. The travel case turns into two brush holders so that you can stay organized at home and on-the-go.</p> <p>The brushes feature both natural and synthetic fibers, which makes them soft, but sturdy enough to work with creams, powders, and more. They feature antibacterial, hypoallergenic Sigmax HD fibers, which guarantees perfect product placement and high definition effects without absorbing product into the bristles or leaving you to worry about hair fallout. The Travel kit is available in a range of colors and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I8T1IU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006I8T1IU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OCKIKTQANVCXTBHD">vegan options</a>.</p> <p>Sigma brushes may be expensive, but you won&rsquo;t find better. These are the brushes that most beauty vloggers showcase in their videos, so you&rsquo;ve likely seen them in online tutorials. Sigma offers travel kits, eye brush sets, individual brushes, and so much more to meet your needs. However, purchasing a set of brushes, rather than individual ones, will save you more money in the end. These brushes are also designed to last for years, so they should hold up very well over time. Sigma Beauty brushes are recommended by celebrity makeup artists, makeup vloggers, and publications like Elle, Style Caster, and Refinery29.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FJG69E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006FJG69E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=UW4YP336MGPFFOIM"><em>Currently $86.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>SHANY Professional 12-Piece Vegan Cosmetics Bamboo Brush Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGN1JJI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JGN1JJI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76Z64HI53554EWW7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shany.jpg" width="220" height="181" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGN1JJI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JGN1JJI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76Z64HI53554EWW7">SHANY Professional 12-Piece Vegan Cosmetics Bamboo Brush Set</a> includes everything you&rsquo;ll need to professionally apply makeup. The set includes a powder brush, foundation brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, concealer brush, lip brush, mascara brush, dual eyeshadow brush, and a spoolie. The brushes feature a ferrule base and high quality synthetic and natural hair bristles, which are soft yet sturdy enough for any type of makeup application. They have a sleek appearance and are carefully shipped in stylish packaging. The handmade natural bamboo brushes come in a vegan microfiber rollup organizer pouch, which is ideal for traveling. The set also includes illustrative instructions, so you can apply makeup like a pro. The traditional set is available in a range of colors, while the vegan set is also available in pink.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever tried Eco Tools brushes, you&rsquo;ll find similar results with these affordable brushes that won&rsquo;t irritate your skin. This set is globally known and backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon. SHANY brushes are frequently recommended online and by professional makeup artists because they offer professional results at an affordable price. In fact, many reviewers compared this set to the much more expensive Sigma Beauty and MAC brushes and found that the SHANY brushes came out on top.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGN1JJI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JGN1JJI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76Z64HI53554EWW7"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BS-MALL Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3VHKVK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00I3VHKVK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PK2IPFLW7JVFCJ2Z"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bsmall.jpg" width="245" height="181" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3VHKVK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00I3VHKVK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PK2IPFLW7JVFCJ2Z">BS-MALL(TM) Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set</a> is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in makeup products for a reason. There are a number of affordable brush sets on Amazon, but this is the best one you&rsquo;ll find. Many reviewers found that these are the best brushes they&rsquo;ve ever used and a number of independent review sites selected these as the best affordable brushes available. The premium synthetic brushes offer amazing quality at a low cost.</p> <p>This 10-piece set includes a foundation brush, powder brush, blush and bronzer brush, concealer brush, flat-angled brush, stipple brush, eyeshadow brush, angled contouring brush, tapered contouring brush, and flat angled concealer brush, so you&rsquo;ll have everything you need for any makeup look. The brushes feature ultra-soft luxurious synthetic bristles that are sturdy enough to work with powder, cream, liquid, and mousse products. The no-shed brush heads have white tips, which will allow you to see how much product you have picked up and will allow for easier cleaning. The golden aluminum ferrule and ergonomic wooden handles are easy to hold and use, so you can have maximum control at all times.</p> <p>This set is available in a range of colors to best suit your personal preferences. The set also includes a manual and picture guide to help you achieve picture-perfect makeup application every time. This brush set is frequently featured by makeup vloggers and professional beauty publications. Many reviewers also compared it to Sephora, Real Techniques, Sigma Beauty, and Morphe makeup brushes and found that these affordable synthetic brushes came out on top. This is also one of Amazon&rsquo;s &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items, the #1 best seller in beauty gift sets, and backed by outstanding online reviews &mdash; including more than 2,600 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3VHKVK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00I3VHKVK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PK2IPFLW7JVFCJ2Z"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best makeup brush sets. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-sets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cc-creams">The 5 Best CC Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-liners">The 5 Best Lip Liners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-eyelash-curlers">The 5 Best Eyelash Curlers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products makeup makeup brushes makeup products product reviews Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1652420 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Look Younger With These Lifestyle Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-younger-with-these-lifestyle-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-look-younger-with-these-lifestyle-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sunny_face_000061337906.jpg" alt="Woman looking younger with lifestyle tips " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on lifestyle tips that can make you look younger, money myths about millennials, and productivity tools for work and life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://savvyscot.com/10-lifestyle-tips-that-can-make-you-look-younger/">10 Lifestyle Tips That Can Make You Look Younger</a> &mdash; Protect your skin with sunscreen! Many skin products have SPF built in, so there's no excuse. [The Savvy Scot]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0404/Five-money-myths-about-millennials">Five money myths about millennials</a> &mdash; Millennials are entitled, irresponsible, and they don't plan for the future&hellip;right? Well, no, not necessarily. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.desktime.com/2016/04/04/top-productivity-tools-and-gadgets/">8 Productivity Tools for Work and Life</a> &mdash; Amazon Prime members can use the Dash Button to order household essentials with just a click. [DeskTime]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Highest-Paying-Jobs-US-40487730">The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs in America</a> &mdash; According to <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/25-highest-paying-jobs-america-2016/">Glassdoor</a>, the highest paying job in America is Physician, with a median base salary of $180,000. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/should-you-always-buy-a-new-car/">Two-Sided Coin: Should You Always Buy a Used Car?</a> &mdash; Here are two arguments for and against buying a used car. Which side of this debate do you fall on? [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/17251/cheap-weekend-getaway.html">How to Plan a Fun Cheap Weekend Getaway</a> &mdash; When visiting a new place, go where the locals go. You may need to trek further out, but you'll have a better experience at lower prices. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontmesswithtaxes.com/2016/04/april-2016-tax-moves.html">Tax moves to make on April 18 and beyond</a> &mdash; If you haven't filed your taxes yet, this guide will help you put the finishing touches on Form 1040. [Don't Mess With Taxes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/04/19-ways-get-motivated-exercise.html">19 ways to get motivated to exercise</a> &mdash; Incorporating little bursts of activity into your day will get your mind geared towards fitness. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2016/04/05/how-to-read-faster-and-remember-more/">How to Read Faster and Remember More - 5 Strategies</a> &mdash; When you need to read quickly, scan for the important words &mdash; nouns and some adjectives. Your brain can fill in the gaps. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/avoid-these-9-bedtime-mistakes-at-all-costs">Avoid These 9 Bedtime Mistakes at All Costs</a> &mdash; Not all kids enjoy brushing their teeth, but allowing your kids to skip this step &mdash; even once! &mdash; sets a bad precedent. More importantly, it could lead to cavities and other dental problems. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-look-younger-with-these-lifestyle-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle best money tips look younger Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1685570 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Highlighters http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-highlighters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-highlighters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_skin_000022213026.jpg" alt="Woman wearing best highlighters to make skin glow" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Highlighter can instantly illuminate the face, giving you a youthful, luminous glow. It should be applied over foundation and concealer, to the areas of the face that you want to bring attention to. Makeup artists recommend lightly applying highlighter to the top of the cheekbones, over the eyebrows, on the brow bone, in the inner corners of the eyes, on the chin, above the center of the lip (on the cupid&rsquo;s bow), at the center of the forehead, and down the bridge of the nose.</p> <h2>What Is Highlighter?</h2> <p>Highlighter is a cosmetic item that can diffuse light and bring emphasis to certain features of the face. It is most often available in a powder, cream, or liquid form. We have found some of the best highlighters available so that you can achieve a youthful glow, without an overload of shimmer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Highlighters</h2> <h3>theBalm Manizer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0065I8MC4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0065I8MC4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HPXYBHMOVR26SWRO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/the%20balm1.jpg" width="209" height="220" align="right" alt="" />theBalm Manizer</a> is a cult classic for a reason. The champagne gold powder is a highlighter, eye shadow, and all-over shimmer powder in one, making it the perfect travel item. Along with imparting a soft glow to the skin, the light-reflecting silica particles will also conceal blemishes and fine lines. It is versatile enough for any occasion and will complement your skin under any lighting. Your skin will appear softer, more youthful, and have a beautiful, subtle glow.</p> <p>TotalBeauty voted this one of the best highlighters because it will stay put all day. It is also a favorite among professional makeup artists, beauty vloggers, and beauty mavens alike because of the high color payoff and flawless results. It is also very highly rated online, including nearly 3,000 five-star reviews on Birchbox. If you don&rsquo;t have a brush to apply highlighter with, then consider the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EU6NK66/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EU6NK66&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=SZ4VSZN242ZYJ3FW">Manizer and Twinbeauty Brush Set</a> for less than $8 more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0065I8MC4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0065I8MC4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=HPXYBHMOVR26SWRO"><em>Currently $21.60 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Radiant Touch Concealer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009HJBPE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009HJBPE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2JFKIGQ5Y3FZGZC3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/radiant%20touch.jpg" width="65" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Even though <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009HJBPE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009HJBPE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2JFKIGQ5Y3FZGZC3">Radiant Touch Concealer</a> is technically a concealer, but is most often recommended as a highlighter because it will give you luminous skin without being shimmery. In fact, famed makeup artist, Wayne Goss, stated that it is one of the most commonly misused cosmetics. It is one of the most popular concealers around the world, but according to YSL, it should be used as an instant touch up highlighter pen. The award-winning pen can brighten the complexion, making you look more youthful and awake. Some reviewers are able to use this on its own, while others find it best to layer this over their regular under eye concealer for the best results.</p> <p>The matte highlighter is a favorite among professional makeup artists, beauty vloggers, and publications like Into the Gloss because it can last for up to eight hours. Daily Makeover also voted this the best under eye highlighter because the light-reflective luminosity will make under eye circles disappear. It is also very highly rated online, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Sephora. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer is suitable for all skin types and available in 12 shades, so you can find just the right color for your skin tone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009HJBPE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009HJBPE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2JFKIGQ5Y3FZGZC3"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLEFPTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FLEFPTG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XKDM56WBMRGK7PJW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/benefit_1.jpg" width="131" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLEFPTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FLEFPTG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XKDM56WBMRGK7PJW">Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!</a> offers a subtle, yet noticeable glow, so you don&rsquo;t have to worry about too much shimmer or pink hues. The creamy highlighter is available in a champagne color that works on most skin tones. It will glide on the skin effortlessly and you can easily apply it exactly where you like with the stick applicator. While it applies like a cream, it dries to a powdery finish and can be blended easily.</p> <p>TotalBeauty selected this as one of the best highlighters because it can help you achieve a natural glow that isn&rsquo;t too dramatic. It is a top recommended highlighter by makeup artists and makeup vloggers because it offers instant, noticeable results. It also has nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Birchbox and stellar reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLEFPTG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FLEFPTG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XKDM56WBMRGK7PJW"><em>Currently $18.96 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EL1HZ34/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EL1HZ34&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C5FYXJQ3VTYOWWD7"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/elf_0.jpg" width="193" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EL1HZ34/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EL1HZ34&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C5FYXJQ3VTYOWWD7">e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter</a> is more than just pretty to look at; it&rsquo;s actually good for your skin. Infused with Vitamin E, Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot, and Grape, your skin will actually be healthier and more hydrated after every use. The baked highlighter will illuminate the skin and impart a radiant glow. The long lasting powder can be applied wet or dry, depending on your desired look.</p> <p>The bestselling highlighter is available in three shades to best suit your skin tone. Awarded the OK! Beauty Award, it is a favorite among makeup artists and beauty mavens due to its affordable price point and great color payoff. It is also commonly compared to MAC highlighters because it offers similar results at a fraction of the cost. Most reviewers agree that this is effortless to apply and a great choice for beginners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EL1HZ34/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00EL1HZ34&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=C5FYXJQ3VTYOWWD7"><em>Currently $7.16 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Benefit Cosmetics High Beam</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FBNYRU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FBNYRU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DBZPGD5ZMIDWMVUK"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/high%20beam.jpg" width="193" height="220" align="right" alt="" />Benefit Cosmetics High Beam</a> is commonly recommended by celebrity makeup artists and publications like Into the Gloss because it can offer ultra-shimmery results. It is much more noticeable compared to other highlighters, like the Benefit Cosmetics Watt&rsquo;s Up! According to Benefit, it is a &ldquo;supermodel in a bottle,&rdquo; which you can use as a spot highlighter, a soft blush, or all over the face to give your makeup a shimmery, radiant base.</p> <p>The liquid highlighter is considered a complexion enhancer because it will make your face look more youthful and give you a glow-from-within. There are other highly rated Benefit highlighters as well, so if this one isn&rsquo;t right for you, there is likely one in the line that is.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FBNYRU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000FBNYRU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DBZPGD5ZMIDWMVUK"><em>Currently $23.44 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best highlighters. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-highlighters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">The 5 Best Body Scrubs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-liners">The 5 Best Lip Liners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-eyelash-curlers">The 5 Best Eyelash Curlers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cc-creams">The 5 Best CC Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products face highlighters highlighters makeup product reviews shopping skincare Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1652341 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Smartest Ways to Save at Sephora http://www.wisebread.com/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000072613569_Large.jpg" alt="saving money at sephora" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sephora is the mecca of all things beauty. And while it may be the best place to find all of your beauty essentials, it can also be the easiest way to overspend and break your budget. Fortunately, we've found a number of ways for you to save money and get more from every Sephora trip.</p> <h2>1. Join the Beauty Insider Program</h2> <p>Once you join the free <a href="http://www.sephora.com/about-beauty-insider">Beauty Insider Program</a>, you'll start building points towards rewards. You'll get one point per dollar you spend, and once you hit 100 points, you can trade them in for a free product. They also offer a free birthday gift and other freebies throughout the year for Beauty Insiders. If you let your points accumulate, you'll be able to get a bigger, better prize. Don't worry, your points will never expire. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it?ref=seealso">9 Store Loyalty Programs That Are Worth It</a>)</p> <p>If you spend $350 in a year, you'll enter the VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) Program for even more perks and insider events. If you spend $1,000 in a year, you'll enter the VIB Rouge Program for perks like free shipping and unlimited free makeovers, so you can take advantage of the talented Sephora makeup artists whenever you need.</p> <h2>2. Get Free Samples</h2> <p>Ask for free samples of anything you want to try. You can get up to three free samples from each of the three departments: makeup, skincare, and fragrance. All you have to do is ask and they will give you a free sample of the foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, perfume, shampoo, lotion, or any cosmetic item you want to try out at home.</p> <p>You should also inquire about free samples at checkout. And you can expect three free samples with any Sephora online order. For even more free samples with your online order, take a look at the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/promotions-weekly-specials">Weekly Specials</a> for freebies with a discount code.</p> <h2>3. Get a Free Makeover</h2> <p>You can get a free 15-minute makeover or mini facial at your local store. You can choose from mini-makeovers like false eyelash application, eyebrow application, or focusing on a specific area of the face.</p> <h2>4. Take Free Classes</h2> <p>Do you want to learn to apply makeup like a pro? Sephora's got you covered. They offer free makeup application assistance and two-hour <a href="http://www.sephora.com/store-locations-events?tab=classes">beauty classes</a> so you can improve your skills and keep up with the latest makeup trends.</p> <h2>5. Follow Sephora on Social Media</h2> <p>Follow Sephora on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sephora/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sephora/">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/Sephora">Twitter</a>. They commonly offer discounts, promos, and giveaways for their social media fans.</p> <h2>6. Ignore Store Temptations</h2> <p>Sephora places items that they think will tempt you most by the cash register &mdash; which aren't usually the best deals). Try ignoring those cute, but costly, temptations.</p> <h2>7. Look Beyond Eye Level</h2> <p>Sephora, like many retailers, commonly places the most expensive products at eye level. Look above and below eye level for the best deals. To save even more, start shopping the perimeters of the store, where the sales and deals are usually hiding.</p> <h2>8. Avoid Travel Products<strong> </strong></h2> <p>In most cases, travel items aren't a good deal. They are more expensive, per unit, compared to larger products. If you really need travel products for your next trip, ask for free samples instead.</p> <h2>9. Get Free Shipping</h2> <p>If you're planning on making a lot of online purchases, consider joining the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/sephora-flash-subscription-P379518">Sephora Flash Subscription Program</a>, which will get you unlimited free two-day shipping for $10 per year. When you consider that two-day shipping can cost $10.95 each time, you'll see that this is a great deal. The program is free to join for VIB Rouge members.</p> <p>If there is an item you need that Sephora doesn't have in stock at your local store, they will ship it to you for free. You can also get free shipping online at any time with a $50 purchase.</p> <h2>10. Purchase Value Sets, Palettes, or Sampler Kits<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Value sets, sampler kits, and palettes offer more product for less money, so you'll get a better deal. In fact, you can save up to 70% off and have more fun with a value set. Some sets will even advertise on the front of the packaging how much you'll save.</p> <p>The Sephora perfume samplers are another great deal. You'll get to try samples of some of the most popular fragrances for men and women. Best of all, the set includes a certificate for a free full-size bottle of your favorite perfume or cologne from the sampler.</p> <h2>11. Check the Beauty Steals Bins</h2> <p>You'll find Beauty Steals bins throughout the store, which are usually located on the aisle ends. They feature some of the best deals in the store, so make sure to regularly give them a scan.</p> <h2>12. Shop the Semi-Annual Sales<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Sephora has semi-annual sales in April and November. You can stock up on all your beauty must-haves at that time for 10%-15% off.</p> <h2>13. Take Advantage of Sales Within Two Weeks</h2> <p>We've all made a purchase only to find it on sale the following week. Fortunately, Sephora will offer price adjustments if you find it on sale within two weeks of your purchase.</p> <h2>14. Shop Online</h2> <p>When you shop online, keep in mind that you'll get free samples. And make sure to visit the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/beauty-deals">Beauty Deals page</a> and <a href="http://www.sephora.com/search/saleResults.jsp">Sales page</a> for the best discounts and freebies. Use Ibotta, Ebates, or Raise.com whenever you shop &mdash; in store or online &mdash; along with promos and discount codes, for the best savings.</p> <h2>15. Return Anything That Doesn't Work for You</h2> <p>Don't waste money on products you're never going to use. Sephora has a great hassle-free <a href="http://www.sephora.com/returns-exchanges">return and exchange policy</a>, so if something doesn't work for you, simply return it within 60 days. If you don't have your receipt, they can look up your purchases using your ID, Beauty Insider account, or the card you used to make the purchase. You can also return anything you purchased online for free using the prepaid return label.</p> <p><em>Do you have other tips for saving big at Sephora? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-contour-powders">The 5 Best Contour Powders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-stains">The 5 Best Lip Stains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-cleaners">The 5 Best Makeup Brush Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-face-washes">The 5 Best Face Washes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty makeup makeup buys saving hacks sephora ways to save Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1682909 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_yoga_mat_000085758495.jpg" alt="Woman learning fitness hacks for busy people" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;I don't have enough time to work out.&quot; This is an excuse that most of us use to skip a scheduled sweat sesh. While it's true that there just aren't enough hours of the day to accomplish all of our tasks, it is still possible to make time to exercise regularly without shirking other responsibilities. All you need to do is find the right workout &mdash; something that you don't hate doing &mdash; that can also be done in tiny time increments. So instead of trying to set aside an hour each day to get in shape, you can almost certainly justify a handful of five or 10-minute workouts to do throughout the day.</p> <p>Here are our best 119 fitness hacks that require minimal time, and can fit into your normal schedule seamlessly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/running-in-city-177433722-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-toned-with-as-little-effort-as-humanly-possible?ref=FBF">4 Ways to Get Toned With as Little Effort as Humanly Possible</a> &mdash; Busy bees know that effort takes time, and time is money. These tips make it easy to get cut without cutting any of your daily tasks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging?ref=FBF">8 Personal Finance Moves You Can Make While Jogging</a> &mdash; Multitasking is the key to masterfully managing a hectic schedule. So while you're going for a run, make these important money moves and you'll have less boxes to check on your to-do list!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk?ref=FBF">10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk</a> &mdash; Don't shrug off the value of a quick stroll around the block. If that's all you have time for, remember that it'll be time well spent.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/family_exercising_000027499027.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks?ref=FBF">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a> &mdash; Your end-of-day TV time is sacred to you, as it should be. This is how you unwind after a crazy day. But there's no reason you can't unwind while also working out! Here are nine quick workouts to do during the commercials.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-burning-more-calories?ref=FBF">7 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself Into Burning More Calories</a> &mdash; Sometimes you need to trick yourself into doing things you're never in the mood to do. And for most of us, that includes exercising. And these tricks are brilliant, because it's like you're not even working out at all, while still burning calories.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-back-exercises-that-will-help-eliminate-pain?ref=FBF">10 Easy Back Exercises That Will Help Eliminate Pain</a> &mdash; Nobody has time to be sidelined by back pain! These easy moves will combat tightness or soreness in your back, and keep you in tip top form to continue crushing it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fitness_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise?ref=FBF">Fitness For People Who Hate Exercise</a> &mdash; Working out sucks, but it's gotta be done if you want to maintain your overall health and live to a ripe old age. So instead of making time for a fitness activity you abhor, give these a try and you'll always find the time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day?ref=FBF">10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day</a> &mdash; When it comes to losing weight and becoming your best physical self, working out is only half the battle. These nutrition hacks will help you cut the excess calories, which will ultimately improve your energy and make exercise more fun! Speaking of more fun&hellip;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-make-exercise-more-fun?ref=FBF">50 Ways to Make Exercise More Fun</a> &mdash; You will never find the time &mdash; not even 5-10 minutes &mdash; to workout if you hate your method of fitness. Here's how to make your sweat sesh way more enjoyable.</p> <p><em>What other ways can you get fit on a busy schedule? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty Lifestyle exercise fbf fitness fitness goals flashback friday frugal fitness Health workouts yoga Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1678944 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Daily Habits That Help You Look Younger http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-daily-habits-that-help-you-look-younger <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-daily-habits-that-help-you-look-younger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_pretty_face_000086079307.jpg" alt="Woman doing daily habits to help her look younger" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on daily habits that help you look younger, products that can save you money over time, and tips for building a capsule wardrobe.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://funhappyhome.com/2016/03/daily-habits-to-help-fight-signs-of-aging/">Daily Habits to Help Fight Signs of Aging</a> &mdash; What goes inside your body will affect how the outside of your body looks. Eating good fats from foods like avocados or salmon will give you shiny hair and strong nails, while the micro-nutrients from leafy greens and colorful fruits will keep you skin looking youthful. [Fun Happy Home]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/5-cool-products-that-can-save-you-money-over-time/">5 Cool Products That Can Save You Money Over Time</a> &mdash; A filtered water bottle ensures you have clean water to drink pretty much anywhere you go. You'll save on bottled water and keep the empty plastic bottles out of the landfill. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/03/21/how-to-build-a-capsule-wardrobe.html">How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe</a> &mdash; A capsule wardrobe will go a long way in savings &mdash; and style &mdash; if you stock it the right way. Go higher quality on basics like jeans, neutral camisoles, and your go-to dresses, making sure that they fit well and will last a long while. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.personalfinancegenius.com/personal-finance-tips/8-reasons-youre-still-broke">8 Reasons You&rsquo;re Still Broke</a> &mdash; If you don't have a multiple income, you're losing out on cash and financial security. [Personal Finance Genius]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Should-I-Send-Work-Email-Late-Night-16738190">6 Reasons Not to Send Professional Emails After Dark</a> &mdash; The worst typos come out when we're tired. Save that email for the next day when you feel refreshed &mdash; and are less prone to making mistakes. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/how-to/how-to-be-mindful-with-your-money-031816/">How To Be Mindful With Your Money</a> &mdash; Track your expenses manually as you make them instead of skimming over your statements at the end of the month. [Mint Life]</p> <p><a href="http://flippingincome.com/post/141343826975/3-things-that-fetch-an-insane-price-on-etsy#_=_">3 Things That Fetch an Insane Price on Etsy</a> &mdash; Did you know that vintage glass mugs, especially emblazoned or pop culture mugs, can sell for a premium on Etsy? [Flipping Income]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/want-to-be-healthier-spend-less-time-working/">Want to be Healthier? Spend Less Time Working</a> &mdash; A recent study found that the more hours per week you work, the more likely you are to have health problems related to your cardiovascular system. [Due.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/03/7-foods-can-improve-eyesight.html">7 Foods that can Improve your Eyesight</a> &mdash; Bell peppers are high in vitamin C and carotenoids, which can help decrease the risk of many eye diseases. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-smart-home-tech-can-keep-your-kids-safe">5 Ways Smart Home Tech Can Keep Your Kids Safe</a> &mdash; Smart locks not only have the obvious security benefits, they're great for helping you keep track of who's at home, too. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-daily-habits-that-help-you-look-younger">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-good-eating-habits-that-are-keeping-us-fat">6 &quot;Good&quot; Eating Habits That Are Keeping Us Fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-bad-habits-that-are-actually-good-for-you">13 &quot;Bad&quot; Habits That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sex-drugs-rock-n-roll-and-other-surprisingly-healthy-activities">Sex, Drugs, Rock &#039;n Roll — And Other Surprisingly Healthy Activities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-to-save-money-during-your-pregnancy">5 Surprising Ways to Save Money During Your Pregnancy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips habits look younger Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1678288 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Morning Mantras That’ll Help Keep Your Finances on Track http://www.wisebread.com/8-morning-mantras-that-ll-help-keep-your-finances-on-track <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-morning-mantras-that-ll-help-keep-your-finances-on-track" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000076199465_Large.jpg" alt="these morning mantras help her with money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mantras are one piece of a traditional meditation practice, and they're an important piece. Using mantras seems to make your <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/10/02/your-brain-on-om-the-science-of-mantra">physical nervous system function better</a>. They are also part of the alternative therapies offered to patients with <a href="http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/61/6/1360">chronic high blood pressure</a>, to help them achieve optimum health.</p> <p>Mantras make our bodies function better because of the effect they have on our minds. And if they are changing how our minds work for the better, why not use them to our advantage when it comes to our finances, too?</p> <p>Don't worry! I'm not asking you to stand in front of your mirror chanting &quot;Ommmm,&quot; every morning. But here are some phrases you can repeat to yourself when you wake up &mdash; and all day long! &mdash; to help you manage your money better. Pick one of these, find a quiet place, and repeat the mantra to yourself for a minute or two. Then let me know if your financial life changes.</p> <h2>1. &quot;I don't need things to make me happy. I choose my own happiness.&quot;</h2> <p>Happiness is something we choose, regardless of our circumstances. Often, we think that buying something new will make us happy. After the purchase, though, we find ourselves still unhappy, and now we have the worry of an added expense on top of it. If this is a problem you face, give this mantra a try.</p> <h2>2. &quot;I will [insert goal here].&quot;</h2> <p>Are you saving for something specific? Repeat that goal to yourself as a mantra. If you like to travel, this could be the name of a destination, but it could also be something like &quot;my own home,&quot; or &quot;that Coach purse.&quot; You will find yourself more motivated to save for something when you think of it throughout the day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have?ref=seealso">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a>)</p> <h2>3. &quot;I have enough. I am enough.&quot;</h2> <p>Most of us spend a lot of money on things that we want. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, but when we're using those things to make ourselves feel better about life, it can help to remember that what we own adds nothing to our inherent, human value. We are valuable because of who and what we are, not because of the tangible things we possess.</p> <h2>4. &quot;I am blessed.&quot;</h2> <p>No matter how bad things get, there is always something good. It can be as simple as the sun outside, a job that pays the bills (even if you don't like it), a healthy child, or the fact that spring is here. This mantra will help you remember that you don't have to spend more money to have good things.</p> <h2>5. &quot;I can make my own.&quot;</h2> <p>Whether you feel like you're spending too much money on coffee, lunch, snacks, or something else you can whip up in your own kitchen, this mantra can empower you to do the work at home so you don't have to spend the money when you're out. It's easy to feel like we are at the mercy of people who want our money in exchange for simple things like food and drink, but remembering that we have the power to make our own can change that and help us save.</p> <h2>6. &quot;I am on my own good path.&quot;</h2> <p>It's easy to compare ourselves to others, feel like we aren't where we &quot;should&quot; be, and comfort ourselves by spending money. This mantra helps each of us remember that we do not have to walk anyone else's path, and that the one we're already on is, most likely, leading us somewhere good.</p> <h2>7. &quot;I am strong.&quot;</h2> <p>In a world where we manage and are managed, it's easy to lose track of our own personal power. When this happens, we often lose the willpower that helps us resist purchasing things that we don't need or put money into savings rather than just spending it. This mantra, though, can help us remember that we are powerful, that we can choose where our money goes, even when we don't necessarily feel that way throughout the day.</p> <h2>8. &quot;A nicer [item] doesn't change who I am.&quot;</h2> <p>When we feel small, poor, weary, depressed, anxious, and generally anything negative, we can begin to think that a new, nice <em>something</em> will change things. These tend to be big purchases, like a new car or a new house. This mantra reminds us that no item changes us, and can point us toward doing the internal work necessary to make a real change, rather than just spending money to change things on the outside.</p> <p><em>Have you ever used mantras to help your life improve? How did that work for you? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-morning-mantras-that-ll-help-keep-your-finances-on-track">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-letting-fomo-ruin-your-finances">Are You Letting FOMO Ruin Your Finances?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-hack-gift-calendars">Budgeting Hack: Gift Calendars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-s-your-budget-personality">What’s Your Budget Personality?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/too-broke-to-be-frugal">Too broke to be frugal?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Life Hacks Health and Beauty budgeting finances morning mantras zen Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:30:23 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1677122 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Manicure Kits http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-manicure-kits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_manicure_nails_000063422637.jpg" alt="Woman using best manicure kit to paint her nails" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you tired of wasting money at the salon? Well, you&rsquo;re in luck, because a quality manicure kit can help you achieve salon-worthy results from home, at only a fraction of the cost. You&rsquo;ll want to look for a kit that offers professional grade nail tools that will last over time. The right manicure kit will depend on which tools you need, the condition of your nails, and your budget and personal preferences. Fortunately, we&rsquo;ve found some of the best manicure kits available to help get you started.</p> <h2>What Is a Manicure Kit?</h2> <p>A manicure kit contains everything you need to shape and maintain your nails, trim the cuticles, clear away hang nails and rough spots on your hands, and perfect the skin surrounding your nails. The kit may include nail clippers, nail scissors, emery boards, cuticle nippers or pushers, tweezers, ear scissors, and other nail and beauty tools.</p> <p>With the right manicure set, your hands and feet can always look their best without having to spend extra time or money at the salon. You'll be able to achieve your favorite nail designs from home, on your own time. A manicure kit is the perfect addition to any bathroom, and can serve as a great gift for any man or woman in your life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Manicure Kits</h2> <h3>Stainless Steel Manicure Pedicure Set</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NQKKMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009NQKKMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5QHJ5ZVV6PTOMWYW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/stainless%20mani.jpg" width="189" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>This high-quality <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NQKKMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009NQKKMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5QHJ5ZVV6PTOMWYW">Stainless Steel Manicure Pedicure Ear pick Nail-Clippers Set</a> includes 10 professional manicure essentials, including two nail clippers, cuticle trimmer, tweezers, beauty scissors, nail file, single-edged double-sided push stick, V-shaped push stick, and ear pick. The affordable kit is safely housed in a delicate leather case, making this 10-in-1 manicure set perfect for home use or on-the-go.</p> <p>Available in four colors, you can find the perfect kit for yourself or as a gift. While it is the most affordable option on our list, the set contains high-quality items that have increased cutting force and special polishing technology to ensure you can achieve the perfect manicure every time. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers in manicure and pedicure kits, it has outstanding reviews online and is commonly recommended as the best manicure kit for your investment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NQKKMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B009NQKKMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=5QHJ5ZVV6PTOMWYW"><em>Currently $6.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seki Edge Craftsman 6-piece Grooming Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC49HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC49HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WRDAAERNIZ5VF72R"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/seki.jpg" width="220" height="185" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re tired of having to replace your manicure kit, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC49HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC49HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WRDAAERNIZ5VF72R">Seki Edge Craftsman 6-piece Grooming Kit</a> is perfect for you. That&rsquo;s because it's the last set you will ever need to buy, thanks to its unrivaled quality and dependability. The Seki Edge Craftsman Grooming Kit has everything you need for a manicure, including deluxe stainless steel toenail clippers with nail file, Seki Edge satin straight fingernail clippers, nostril scissors, stainless steel nail nippers, nail file, and the Seki Edge extra grip slant tweezers.</p> <p>Housed in a soft and supple black genuine leather case, you can rest assured that your high-quality grooming tools will be well protected when they aren&rsquo;t in use. Manufactured by Greenbell, a world-class Japanese manufacturer, you won't need to worry about anything in this kit rusting, breaking, or letting you down. Each item is made with quality materials and workmanship, so it is designed to last for years to come.</p> <p>This complete professional kit is the most expensive option on our list, but reviewers tend to agree that the difference in quality is worth the additional cost. The nail clippers alone are life-changing. Each heavyweight tool has precise cutting edges and a sleek design, so you can achieve the perfect manicure in only a few minutes. In fact, many reviewers noted that you can keep the kit for life or hand it down to your grandchildren. If this set isn&rsquo;t exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for, Seki Edge also offers a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC2E68/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC2E68&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=P7257FE3WBJRQGYW">two-piece grooming kit</a>, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC1IU6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC1IU6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EEZK4HPQSEIG6RKX">nine-piece grooming kit</a>, and a range of other grooming kits to better suit your personal needs and preferences. Frequently referred to online as &ldquo;the best manicure kit for men,&rdquo; this set is backed by outstanding online reviews on Amazon and independent review sites.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SC49HA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000SC49HA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WRDAAERNIZ5VF72R"><em>Currently $84.34 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Conair True Glow All-In-One Nail Care System</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCZ5OF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCZ5OF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLMFWMED3WTSY57O"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/conair_1.jpg" width="194" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re looking for a complete system that closely resembles what you would find at the salon, then the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCZ5OF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCZ5OF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLMFWMED3WTSY57O">Conair True Glow All-In-One Nail Care System</a> is right for you. The unique all-in-one design offers professional results from home. This attractive nail care system can help create the perfect manicure and pedicure in just four easy steps. You can quickly shape, smooth, and polish natural or acrylic nails using the 12 attachments, including a cuticle shaper, metal smoothing plate, metal shaping plate, buffing plate, smoothing plate, medium stone cone, large sapphire cone, medium sapphire cone, small sapphire cone, smoothing disc, shaping disc, and buffing disc.</p> <p>The rechargeable nail tool has variable speed control and light to help you achieve flawless results. The manicure bowl will help soften nails and cuticles, while the built-in nail dryer can speed up drying time so your nails look picture-perfect in no time. The bonus travel pouch will allow you to easily transport your nail care system. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s top rated items in manicure and pedicure kits, this all-in-one system is backed by outstanding reviews online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCZ5OF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCZ5OF2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=XLMFWMED3WTSY57O"><em>Currently $45.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>3 SWORDS GERMANY 8-Piece Manicure &amp; Pedicure Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CZ81NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003CZ81NI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WE2LYQYFRMKM4LII"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/3%20sword.jpg" width="220" height="171" align="right" alt="" /></a>The complete <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CZ81NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003CZ81NI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WE2LYQYFRMKM4LII">3 SWORDS GERMANY 8-Piece Manicure &amp; Pedicure Kit</a> includes eight quality manicure and pedicure tools, including nail scissors, cuticle scissors, small nail clippers, large nail clippers, tweezers, hoof stick, sapphire nail file, and a nail pusher. The set is enclosed in a high quality artificial black leather case, so it is perfect for home or travel use. The kit is delivered in an attractive gift box, which makes it the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for any man or woman in your life. 3 Swords Germany also offers an award-winning 10-piece set, 16-piece set, and 18-piece set to best meet your needs and preferences.</p> <p>Made in Germany since 1927, each tool is intricately crafted with superior workmanship and materials. Frequently referred to online as &ldquo;the best manicure kit for men,&rdquo; this set is affordable, without sacrificing quality or quantity. As one of Amazon&rsquo;s top rated items in manicure and pedicure kits, it is sturdy, well made, and provides an incredible value for the money.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CZ81NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003CZ81NI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=WE2LYQYFRMKM4LII"><em>Currently $25.80 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>VOGUE PROFESSIONAL Powerful Plug-in Slim Lightweight Pro Nail Art Drill Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZAPMT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006ZAPMT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6A7AVIWEEZHAW6VG"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vogue.jpg" width="180" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Whether you have real or acrylic nails, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZAPMT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006ZAPMT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6A7AVIWEEZHAW6VG">VOGUE PROFESSIONAL Powerful Plug-in Slim Lightweight Pro Nail Art Drill</a> is right for you. This powerful professional drill is ideal for both home and salon use, and can even be used by beginners. The portable slim drill can be used on acrylics, UV gel, or natural nails. It can file, buff, and shape the nails, remove calluses, insert nail charms, and more. It includes seven specialty bits designed especially for your fingernails. The salon-quality hand drill has a convenient speed adjustment and includes chrome-plated attachments. The switch is on the unit itself, rather than on a foot pedal, which allows for easier, more convenient usage. The exclusive pro attachments can also be easily changed out without tools.</p> <p>While the lightweight drill has been used by many nail techs for nearly 30 years, it is also ideal for keeping your natural and artificial nails perfectly manicured from home. It is easy to use and comes with instructions, so you can master it in no time. This has been a top-selling drill among beauty stores since 1985 and is backed by a 12-month warranty and outstanding online reviews. The company also prides itself on customer service and has a nail technician available to answer any of your questions via email.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZAPMT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006ZAPMT8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=6A7AVIWEEZHAW6VG"><em>Currently $23.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best manicure kits. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-night-creams">The 5 Best Night Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-conditioners">The 5 Best Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Style beauty beauty products mani pedi manicure kit nail art product reviews Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1639602 at http://www.wisebread.com