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DIY Mermaid Nails

I've been promising you guys a new makeup tutorial, and here it is - a beautiful DIY mermaid mani! It's so perfect for Summer, and I promise you, it's quite easy to do. I was so inspired by the samples I recently received from Nail Social Nail Brand. I have to say, when I first saw the colors, I knew they were a little bit out of my typical comfort zone. Honestly, I haven't worn sparkly blue nail polish since college, which was quite a while ago for me. For years I've stuck with pinks, reds, and purples; with the most adventurous of my manis being hot pink (and only when hot pink was very on-trend). None the less, I was ready to try this "24K Mermaid" polish. Objectively speaking, as blue sparkly nail polishes go, it was pretty after all.

It was beautiful on, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that under different lighting it went from a true blue to a sparkly greenish blue that looked even more...mermaid-ish if you ask me. When it came time to take i…

Go Green with Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

How many of you had the new year's resolution to go green this year? It was certainly a priority for me, though I admit I've slacked in that area. If you've failed to implement new eco-friendly practices into your routine, don't give up on your resolution. Just like with all resolutions, you can easily achieve your goals if you make a specific plan and take small steps to reach your goal.

Simply start with one or two practical changes, like giving up bottled water and buying a water filter or using reusable shopping bags. These are both easy and inexpensive ways to go green. In fact, you'll actually save money using filtered water.

You may feel that cost is holding you back from being eco-friendly, but in most cases it can save you money. Reducing your carbon footprint by cutting back on the amount of energy and resources you use is a great way to go green without having to make major changes in your life. One of the simplest ways is to change out all of your florescent light bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs. At LYCO you can choose from regular energy saving light bulbs, spiral halogen bulbs and LED bulbs in a lot of different sizes.

I know some of you who are into DIY and interior design may not want the spiral bulbs in open sockets like pocket lights, or you may be wondering if you can get energy-efficient bulbs to fit chandeliers. If you've been torn between wanting to use energy-efficient bulbs but not liking the spiral bulbs, you can get them in so many different sizes and shapes like Globe bulbs, traditional bulbs, candle bulbs and small led bulbs that work great with modern track lighting.

A lot of people shy away from energy-saving light bulbs when they realize how much more expensive they are than traditional bulbs, but energy saving bulbs ultimately save you money two different ways. They last up to fifteen times longer, and because they use up a lot less energy, you'll lower your carbon footprint and your electric bill. In fact, if you switch out fifteen bulbs in your home, you'll save about $50.00 a year.

It is so much more cost-effective and energy-efficient that the US and EU will soon be phasing out of traditional incandescent bulbs and exclusively selling energy saving bulbs. It is a change we'll all have to make eventually.

Just be sure to dispose of your bulbs properly when they do go out. CFL bulbs have mercury inside and are therefore subject to disposal guidelines depending on your area's rules. Halogen bulbs aren't recyclable so they simply need to be thrown away.

It's easy to get overwhelmed with a resolution like becoming more eco-friendly, but by breaking it down into small measurable tasks, it becomes a piece of cake. Once you make one easy change, like switching out your light bulbs, you'll start gaining confidence and will quickly be on your way to making more eco-friendly choices.

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  1. I rather prefer other shapes in energy efficient bulbs to the spiral bulbs...

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  2. I do use re-usable shopping bags, but many people don't know that you do need to wash them because bacteria can grow in them like in anything.

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