Do "The Double Purple" - Makeup and Beauty Blog

I’m 100% on board for coffee and gunmetal eyeliners (they’re workhorses, for sure), but sometimes you want — no, you NEED! — to wear something besides the usual, and that’s when something I like to call “The Double Purple” comes into play.

By adding a gorgeous violet gradient to your lower lash lines, you can incorporate a colorful complexity in your eye makeup while exerting minimal effort.

This tip is great for smaller lids and hooded eye shapes, as the focus is on the lower lash lines.

Here’s what you’ll need

Grab two of your favorite purple pencil liners — one lighter, one darker.

They should be close enough in color that when you see them side by side on your skin, you like how they look. That is to say, they should be harmonious to you.

The darker shade should be one you can wear on your waterline without it smearing off, but it should also be creamy enough to blend. The lighter shade should also be creamy enough to smudge.

Here’s what you do

A few tips

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 595 - Makeup and Beauty Blog

So…what is the Monday Poll?

Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start.

1. Liquid or cream eyeshadow?

Cream eyeshadow, please!

2. Your greatest beauty achievement?

Figuring out how to do a smoky eye on my slightly hooded lids. MAN, that was challenging!

3. What’s your current makeup philosophy?

Don’t worry so much.

4. Would you rather wear a perfume that smells like pizza, like hamburgers or like clam chowder?

A margherita pizza…with fresh tomato and basil.

5. Mascara on your lower lashes? Yay or nay?

Lately, it’s been a nay. I’ve been trying to wear less underneath my eyes because it seems like the less I wear in that area, the less tired I look.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Question time! Here they are to copy/paste with your answers in a comment. Talk to ya soon!

1. Liquid or cream eyeshadow? 2. Your greatest beauty achievement? 3. What’s your current makeup philosophy? 4. Would you rather wear a perfume that smells like pizza, like hamburgers or like clam chowder? 5. Mascara on your lower lashes? Yay or nay?

P.P.S. I hope your spirit feels light this morning and your foundation feels strong. Sending you positive vibes for a fantastic week. ?

Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before

By Steven Reinberg

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women have long been told to cut out drinking if they are pregnant or think they might become pregnant.

But a new study suggests that men hoping to become fathers should also stay away from alcohol for at least six months before trying to conceive.

If would-be moms and dads drink in the three months before pregnancy, and if mom drinks during the first trimester, they run the risk of having a baby with congenital heart disease. Men's drinking boosts the risk 44%, and women's, 16%.

Binge drinking -- that's five or more drinks at one time -- raises men's risk by 52%, and women's, 16%.

"Binge drinking by would-be parents is a high risk and dangerous behavior that not only may increase the chance of their baby being born with a heart defect, but also greatly damages their own health," said study author Dr. Jiabi Qin, a researcher in the school of public health Central South University in Changsha, China.

The study doesn't prove that drinking causes heart defects, only that the two appear related.

For the new study, the researchers analyzed 55 published studies, which included nearly 42,000 infants with congenital heart disease and nearly 298,000 without.

"We observed a gradually rising risk of congenital heart diseases as parental alcohol consumption increased. The relationship was not statistically significant at the lower quantities," Qin said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology.

Compared with not drinking, maternal alcohol use was also linked to a 20% higher risk of a baby born with a combination of four structural heart abnormalities known as Tetralogy of Fallot.

More than one million babies a year are born with heart defects. These conditions are the main cause of infant death and increase the likelihood of future heart disease.

"Although our analysis has limitations -- for example, the type of alcohol was not recorded -- it does indicate that men and women planning a family should give up alcohol," Qin said.

The report was published online Oct. 2 in the .

Amazing Post Workout Meal Ideas - Eat Healthy Be Fit Experience Happiness

Rigorous workout regimes can be tiring.  To regain your energy and to replenish the calories burned, it is very important to include nutritious meal post your workout. It is important to understand that physical exercises and post workout meal are a package and one cannot be effective without the other.

Here we list you the things you need to consider and incorporate it after your workout session.  [1]

Timing matters

Staying consistent regarding food timings is important for a healthier lifestyle and post workout meal is no exception. After any rigorous exercise, the body’s ability to rebuild glycogen and protein is enhanced. Hence, it is generally recommended to consume carbohydrates and proteins after workouts. 

Although there is no set timing, it is better to have a post workout meal within forty-five minutes of the exercise. Similarly, if you have taken a pre workout meal, it is also going to benefit your body after the workout.

Foods to eat before a workout

Before starting your workout, it is good to eat a small amount of nutritious food to energize the body and avoid fatigue. Below are some of the recommended foods that can be considered:

  • Overnight soaked oats
  • Home-made energy/protein bars
  • Bananas
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Dates
  • Whole grain bread
  • Foods to eat after a workout

    Since glycogen and protein surge after a workout, the following are some of the most recommended foods to be eaten after a workout: [2]

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Grilled paneer
  • Egg whites
  • Milk/ Soy milk
  • Nuts
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sprouts with coconut water
  • Meals to eat after a workout

    Some of the ideal post-workout and healthy meals include:


  • Oats porridge with fruits and nuts
  • Bread toast with egg white omelette
  • Yoghurt-Fruit smoothie with chia seeds
  • Lunch

  • Mixed dal khichdi with vegetable raita
  • Chapatis with paneer curry, curd and salad
  • Paneer peas pulao with yogurt-vegetable salad
  • Mix grain Chapatis with palak paneer and cucumber-tomato salad
  • Dinner

  • Scrambled tofu with sautéed vegetables
  • Chicken soup with salad and whole-grain toast
  • Brown rice with rajma, onion-tomato salad
  • Broken-wheat Paneer Upma with bhindi sabzi and fruit shrikhand
  • The meals above are some of the most recommended post workout meal. Apart from that, there are others such as cereal with skim milk, Greek yogurt, berries, and granola, to name a few.

    Drink plenty of water

    Drinking at least three to four litres of water a day is very good for overall health and people indulging in exercises should drink even more. 

    While working out, the body sweats losing its water and electrolytes. As a result, it is important to hydrate your body by replenishing it with fluids.

    However, it is better to drink only water for hydration and not the likes of fruit juice. For a healthier body, it is wise to eat fruits whole. Wholesome fruits control hunger pangs and prevent unhealthy snacking between meals. 

    Other popular post-workout meals 

    1. Protein Popcorns

    Low fat or fat-free popcorn is a popular post workout meal these days. Popcorn is the richest source of glycogen storage while a spoonful of chocolate whey protein powder can nourish the muscles after exercises.

    2. Apple with Almond Butter

    This is a widely popular post-workout meal these days. A plate of apple with almond butter is recommended by many fitness experts. The combination of apple and almond replenishes the weary muscles to a considerable degree.

    3. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

    As the name suggests, this is one of the most interesting and quirky post-workout meals. Packed with protein, banana and peanut butter ensures a good deal of long-lasting energy. Add a pinch of cinnamon to make the smoothie flavoursome. Apart from that, fitness experts also recommend including useful additions to the drink like kale.

    4. Sun-butter and Dates

    Another rich and wholesome post workout meal is a combination of sun-butter and dates. 

    Since dates are packed with potassium, it is considered a great post-workout food. Dates are also known for flushing out excess sodium and water content out of the body. [3]

    Additionally, sun-butter is an important source of proteins. Since sun-butter is extracted from sunflower seeds, people with nut-allergies can consume it without any worry.

    5. Turmeric and Sardine fish

    After an intense exercise, it is natural for the muscles to inflame since it stores lactic acid. Including turmeric in a post-workout meal is essential since it has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties

    Sardine fish is another great post-workout food.  Sardines are loaded with omega 3 and calcium apart from scores of other essential nutrients. Therefore, they are considered as great post-workout meals.

    It is important to understand the fact that both post and pre-workout meals are essential for the rejuvenation of the body. However, pre-workout meals determine the consumption of a post-workout meal. If you have had sufficient food before exercise, it is generally recommended to limit your food intake post-exercise.

    Texas Girl Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba

    Sept. 17, 2019 -- A 10-year-old Texas girl has died due to Naegleria fowleri, also known as brain-eating amoeba, 8 days after getting a headache and fever.

    Lily Mae Avant started feeling ill Sunday, Sept. 8. Her doctors thought it was just a virus, but when she became confused and unresponsive, her family whisked her to an emergency room. She was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where a spinal tap, a test that takes a sample of fluid around the spinal cord, determined that she’d been infected by the amoeba, according to a Facebook page started by her family. She died there Monday.

    Although it’s uncertain where Lily contracted the amoeba, KCEN-TV reported that she had gone swimming Labor Day weekend in the Brazos River near her home outside Waco.

    Naegleria fowleri can be found in warm freshwater -- lakes, rivers, and hot springs -- as well as soil. While the amoeba is common, infections are rare. Between 2009 and 2018, only 34 cases were reported in the U.S., most in Southern states. Nearly all came from recreational water, but a few people were infected after using contaminated tap water for nasal irrigation. One person’s infection came after playing on a backyard slip-and-slide with contaminated tap water.

    Infections happen only when water containing the amoeba gets into the body through the nose. The amoeba can travel from the nose up to the brain, where it destroys tissue. Drinking contaminated water won’t cause an infection, and it can’t be passed from one person to another.

    When infections do happen, they’re very deadly: Since 1962, just four people have survived. “Since it’s so rare, we don’t know why a few people get sick while millions who swim in natural bodies of water don't,” Chris Van Deusen, of the Texas Department of State Health Services, says in a statement. “Because the organism is common in lakes and rivers, we don't recommend people specifically avoid bodies of water where someone has contracted the illness.”

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    The Winners Of Our HUGE Life Liner Giveaway Revealed

    Hey my loves! As you guys can probably tell from my snaps, I am soooooo excited about our latest launch; the first EVER Huda Beauty eyeliner: Life Liner! My team and I spent two years creating the perfect formula and I’m in love with the final product; it’s the blackest, mattest, most intense liner I’ve ever used!

    So to celebrate I didn’t want to do a regular giveaway, instead, we gave five winners a year’s supply of Life Liner, as well as the Makeup Remover Balm, and Hoodie Lash. Plus, a brand new Louis Vuitton Makeup bag to stash all of your new goodies in! As always, we were blown away by your love and support, thank you so much to everyone who entered!

    If you’re one of the five winners, congratulations! We’ll be contacting you via direct message on Instagram.


    Thank you for entering, and make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date with all our giveaways. Oh and don’t forget to signup to our newsletter, for all the latest beauty tea!

    Happy Dussehra 2019 Everyone :) |

    Here’s wishing all IMBB readers and Rati Beauty subscribers a very Happy Dussehra and festive season. Have a prosperous and joyous day.

    Home-Cooked Meals Linked to Lower PFAS in the Body

    Oct. 9, 2019 -- People who eat more home-cooked meals had lower levels of hormone-disrupting PFAS chemicals in their blood compared to others, according to a new study.

    People who reported eating popcorn, mostly the kind that’s pre-packaged for cooking the microwave, had significantly higher PFAS blood levels.

    The study -- which drew its data from the government’s long-running National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey -- compared blood levels of certain kinds of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances to the foods people said they remembered eating on dietary questionnaires between 2003 and 2014.

    The most important finding of the new study is that it showed people who tended to eat more fresh food and food prepared at home had slightly lower levels of five “long-chain” PFAS chemicals in their blood, compared to those who ate more of their meals at fast-food and other types of restaurants. The study was observational, which means it can’t show cause and effect.

    PFAS blood levels tested in the study have been dropping over past 2 decades, as chemical manufacturers have voluntarily phased out the production of some kinds -- the “long-chain” ones. In 2016, the FDA revoked regulations that allow long-chain PFAS chemicals in food packaging.

    But shorter-chain PFAS chemicals have replaced them in many products, and researchers say not enough is known about whether these compounds are any better for the environmental or our health. The CDC calls the chemicals a “public health concern” and says more research is needed to better understand the health effects of PFAS exposure.

    Experts who were not involved in the study say it is useful because it shows that food choices can impact the chemical loads we carry in our bodies.

    “Making food at home minimizes contact with food packaging and exposure to chemicals that affect the developing thyroid gland and are associated with a host of health consequences,” says Leonardo Trasande, MD, a professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at New York University’s Langone Health. He’s also wrote a book called Sicker, Fatter, Poorer, about how hormone-disrupting chemicals affect your health.

    More Hot Flashes Could Mean Higher Odds for Heart Trouble

    By Kayla McKiski

    TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women, if you're bothered by frequent hot flashes, it may be more than a mere annoyance.

    New research offers evidence that frequent or persistent hot flashes are linked to higher odds of heart attack and stroke. The finding stems from a 20-year study of about 3,300 women during menopause.

    Of those women, 231 had a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.

    Women who had frequent hot flashes had twice the risk of heart trouble during the study, researchers found. And those who had persistent hot flashes had an 80% higher risk over 20 years.

    "The [heart events] were not explained by things like blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, exercise or smoking, which are our usual suspects," said lead author Rebecca Thurston, director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Much more remains to be learned, Thurston said.

    Next up: Understanding the underlying mechanisms that link hot flashes to heart disease risk. Researchers also want to find out whether treating hot flashes has any impact on women's heart health as they age.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    About 75% of women report experiencing hot flashes (intense warmth, bouts of sweating) as their monthly periods become infrequent and finally stop, according to the North American Menopause Society.

    "We don't know the exact cause of hot flashes, but it relates to a part of the brain that regulates temperature," said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, the society's medical director. "The range of temperatures where women feel comfortable is narrowed compared to what it was before hot flashes started. Think of it like a broken thermostat."

    Not all women who experience hot flashes will develop heart disease, nor are hot flashes a cause of heart disease, experts said.

    But menopausal women are still at a greater risk of other preventable chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

    "Women should understand their individual risks by knowing their numbers [blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose] and by taking action to maintain health," Faubion said.


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