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MAINTAINING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

A few weeks ago I asked for topic suggestions for the weekly email.  Relationships was a topic that was suggested.  I am by far not a person who should be giving relationship advice.  A person who is single and has had too many relationships blow up in their face should not be giving advice.  A person who has had too many bad experiences and holds someone who is trying hard to be understanding at arms length should not be giving advice.  Below are bits and pieces of things I have been told over the years.  I hope you find it helpful.

No relationship is impeccable constantly. Be that as it may, in a solid relationship, the two individuals like the relationship more often than not. An incredible relationship takes more than fascination — it takes work, and both of you must be eager to place in the exertion. Here are a few hints for building a sound relationship: 

• Love yourself: Being OK with what your identity is implies you’ll be a more joyful accomplice. 

• Communicate: Converse with your accomplice about your emotions. 

• Be genuine: Be honest with one another about what you do, think, and feel. Genuineness makes trust. Not many things hurt a relationship more than lies. 

• Give each other some space: Couple’s time is extraordinary, however hanging out isn’t. It’s beneficial to have your own companions and interests outside of the relationship. 

Agree to oppose the idea: You’re not continually going to agree, and that is alright. The significant thing is to regard each other’s suppositions and thoughts. 

Forgive and request absolution: Everyone commits errors. Be eager to apologize for yours — and acknowledge your accomplice’s expressions of remorse. 

Support one another: At the point when your accomplice accomplishes something incredible, let them know! Your accomplice ought to do likewise for you. 

Talk about sex… transparently and sincerely: Mentioning to your accomplice what feels better and what you like and don’t care for causes you have better sex. Never pressure your accomplice into accomplishing something they would prefer not to do, or let your accomplice pressure you — assent is an absolute necessity. 

Take care of your sexual wellbeing: Converse with your accomplice about how you will ensure each other against sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy.
 
How to know if the relationship is sound

It’s great to check in with yourself every now and then to perceive how you’re feeling about your relationship. The inquiries underneath center around sentimental and sexual connections, however they can apply to different sorts of connections, as well. After you’ve asked yourself these inquiries, it could be useful to answer them again from your accomplice’s point of view. 

1. Does your accomplice tune in to and regard your thoughts? 

2. Does your accomplice give you space to invest energy with your loved ones? 

3. Do you have some good times getting to know one another?

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Simple Treasures for Sale New Years Resolutions

As I am sure you are doing this time a year I am doing some planning for the new year.   I have come up with the following New Years Business Resolutions that I am going to do my best to see through.

1.  Work on lowering shipping prices
I understand that no one likes to pay shipping.  I myself find it difficult to pay shipping on things I order online.I pledge to do my best to lower my cost on the shipping I pay so that I can pass the savings onto you.  Hopefully in the end I would like to offer free shipping to everyone and still keep the prices low on the products.

2.  Work on quality of photos for website
I am most certainly not  a professional photographer.   I have learned a little and hopefully will expand on what I have learned to improve the quality of the photos on the website.

3.  Work on expanding makeup lines
I would like to expand on the items I sell in the makeup section of the website.  From time to time I may be asking for everyone’s input in order to keep the options fresh and so that there is something for everyone.

4.  Work on expanding products for men
While working with Bradley University it was pointed out several times that the website doesn’t offer enough items for men.   I plan on working towards expanding that section of the website as well.   From time to time I may be asking for everyone’s input on different ideas of what everyone would like to see.

I am always open to anyone’s input so if there is something you would like to see let me know and I will see what I can do to accommodate you.

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Year End Reflection

As I am sure everyone has noticed 2019 has been a very busy and active year for Simple Treasures.   We have done our best to but our best foot forward and stay true to our core values.

  1. A commitment to integrity, fairness and responsibility
  2. Delivering our very best in all we do, holding ourselves accountable for results.

In 2019 we implemented several new ways of communication.  Not all have come easily for us and we have had some bumps along the way.  Some examples are listed below.
 

  1. Weekly newsletter
  2.  Instagram Stories
  3.  Facebook Stories
  4. Posted new products on twitter
  5. Text message advertising
  6. Google My Business
  7. Holiday Flash Sales
  8. Facebook Messenger New Product Alerts
  9. Billboards

We have tried to send some interesting information in our weekly emails instead of constantly pushing for sales.  Not sure if we have succeeded with this but it was never our goal to be pushy.   We have only wanted to interact with our customers.

Along with our trying to provide information in a fun and informative way we have also tried to gather input from our current customers on what they wanted to see on the website.   We have set out to accomplish this 2 different ways.

        1.  Survey Monday Email
        2.  Bradley University Case Study

The information we received back has been invaluable and we can’t express enough our thanks to those who completed the survey.   We also want to thank the students at Bradley University for the case study they completed.   We hope to make several more improvements in 2020 as a result from that case study.

In the end we are very thankful for the opportunities that 2019 has brought to us and look forward to see what new things to come in 2020.

Makeup

How to pick the right lipstick

Lipstick is the first thing that comes to mind when we think about makeup. Adding color to the lips can make a huge difference to the features of your face. A poorly chosen shade of lipstick can easily destroy your whole look. That’s why it’s important to choose a color that suits you.

We at Bright Side are excited to share these 7 tips with you to help you choose the right lipstick shade.

1. Determine your skin tone

The very first step in choosing the right lipstick color is determining what skin tone you have. There are 5 main types of skin complexion: fair, light, medium, tan, and deep.

FAIR OR LIGHT

The lipstick shades that usually look great with fair or light skin are light pink, coral, peach, nude, and dusty red colors.

MEDIUM

Rose, berry, cherry red, and mauve lipstick colors look gorgeous on girls with a medium skin tone.

TAN

Girls with a tan skin tone can totally rock coral, deep pink, bright red, and most other colors except for brown and purple shades.

DEEP

Lipstick shades that suit a deep skin tone best are brown and purple shades like plum, caramel, wine, and blue-based reds.

2. Determine your skin undertone

Knowledge of you skin undertone will definitely help guide you. Basically, there are 3 types of undertones: cool, warm, and neutral.

Cool undertones: fair or light skin — soft mocha or nude; medium skin — pink or cranberry shades; tan or deep skin — ruby or wine shades.

Warm undertones: fair or light skin — pale pink or peachy nudes; medium, tan or deep skin — copper or bronze shades.

Neutral: wide spectrum of colors, both cool and warm tones.

3. Shape of your lips

Top heavy lips: bright lipstick on the bottom of the lips and a slightly darker shade of the same color on the upper lip.

Bottom heavy lips: any color that suits your undertone + a little bit of light nude color right in the center of the upper lip.

Asymmetrical lips: use a lip pencil in a shade similar to the lipstick color to outline the lips.

4. Size of the lips

Thin lips: avoid dark and flashy lipstick colors, they will only make your lips look even thinner. Try applying glosses and creamy lipsticks.

Plump lips: avoid lipstick shades that are too light and glossy, glittery textures.

5. Hair color

Dark hair, fair and light skin: bright pink, scarlet, cherry, and plum colors. Blond hair, fair and light skin: dusty pink, purely pink, light pink, and scarlet colors. Dark hair, tan and deep skin: golden beige, ochre, terracotta, and bronze colors. Blond hair, tan and deep skin: caramel, ochre, warm pinks, and “salmon” pink. Brown hair, medium skin: beige, “salmon” pink, corals, and deep dusty pinks.

Red hair, fair skin: “salmon” pink, corals, terracotta, and burnt sienna.

6. Eye color

Brown eyes: bright reds, browns, and light pinks. Blue eyes: different shades of cherry or scarlet colors.

Green eyes: terracotta, pinks. Grey eyes: nudes and plum colors.

7. Teeth color

White teeth: Congratulations! You can choose whatever color you like.

Yellow teeth: rose, slightly orange, light red colors. Avoid purples, browns, and bright scarlet, red shades.

Makeup

How to match your makeup to your skin color

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1. DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE

First things first, you can’t pick the right products for your skin tone (the natural color of your complexion) unless you know what your skin tone actually is.

• If you have a fair skin tone – you’ve probably been described as having porcelain skin a time or two in your life.

• If you have a light skin tone – you’re still pale—just not quite as much as your fair friends.

• If you have a medium skin tone – you’re caught in the middle! Your skin tone isn’t super-dark or super-light but somewhere in between.

• If you have a deep skin tone – your complexion is dark.

2: DETERMINE YOUR UNDERTONE

When it comes to finding makeup that matches your skin, it may come as a surprise that your skin tone isn’t all that matters. Yes, it’s important, but your undertone (the colors that come through your skin and affect its overall hue) play a part in which products will work with your coloring too. Here’s how to assess your undertone:

3: FIND YOUR FOUNDATION MATCH

Now, you’re ready to find a foundation that matches your skin tone and undertone. How easy of an experience that is depends on the products you’re picking from. The L’Oréal Paris True MatchTM Super Blendable Makeup keeps things simple because it’s available in a wide range of shades (33 to be exact) in all three undertones—a.k.a. there’s a color match for just about everyone.

4: CHOOSE A COORDINATING CONCEALER

Despite what you may have heard, your concealer should be as close of a match to your skin as possible—not slightly lighter or darker. To make things easier, stick with a concealer from the same line as your foundation. The L’Oréal Paris True MatchTM Super Blendable Multi-Use Concealer is offered in a range of 14 shades that covers all skin tones and undertones.

5: OPT FOR COLORLESS POWDER

Don’t want to struggle to find another product that matches your skin tone? You don’t have to! Instead of searching for a powder that coordinates with the color of your foundation and concealer, you can use a translucent powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder. The invisible powder can be used to set makeup of any shade!

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When to use Hand Sanitizer

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Our parents have always told us to wash our hands. For most of us growing up, that meant going to a sink and using soap and water. In the past few decades, hand sanitizers have become a part of everyday life. They’re everywhere. People often wonder if hand sanitizers work as well, or maybe even better, than old-fashioned hand washing. What’s the story here?

The short answer: Soap-and-water hand washing should be your first choice, but hand sanitizers are a good backup.

Why is traditional hand washing the best option? It cleans your hands better than hand sanitizer. Washing your hands with soap and water physically removes the germs; they bond with and wash down the drain with soapy lather.

Traditional hand washing more effectively eliminates some viruses and bacteria, specifically nor virus and a bacterium called c. difficult. C. difficult can cause severe diarrhoea, while nor virus causes vomiting and diarrhoea. If you are in danger of being exposed to either, insist on soap-and-water hand washing.

Hand sanitizers, however, will do just fine most of the time. They are especially useful when soap and water hand washing is not available or practical.

How hand sanitizers work

Hand sanitizers are usually an alcohol-based gel. The alcohol kills germs. Some hand sanitizers come in the form of a foam; Triclosan is the active ingredient in these. Foam hand sanitizers are more effective than gels, but they can also be more expensive. The dispensers are not as practical or portable as gels. In most cases, gel sanitizers will do the job.

To use hand sanitizer effectively, apply some to the palm of one hand, then rub it all over your hands until they are dry. Hit every surface, including under your nails.

Hand sanitizer does not remove things from your hands, such as pesticides, lead paint, grease, or dirt. You may see hand sanitizers at gas stations near the pumps. Don’t be fooled: They will not remove gasoline from your hands.

Another important note: Hand sanitizer is poisonous, so you should never swallow it.

How to wash your hands with soap and water

Get your hands wet with warm water. Warm water removes germs better than cold water. Remember, you are physically removing the germs. Apply soap to the palm of one hand and rub your hands together, making a lather that covers all surfaces of the hand, including the nails. It’s the rubbing that removes the germs. Do this for about 20 seconds, then rinse away the lather? If you did a good job, the germs will wash away with the soapy water.

When to wash vs. use sanitizer

You should wash your hands with soap and water:

• When exposed to viruses and bacteria that cause stomach trouble, such as nor virus and c. difficult.

• Before and after preparing food, especially raw meats, fish, poultry, or eggs.

• After going to the bathroom, changing diapers, or cleaning up animal waste.

• Before and after caring for someone who is sick.

• After handling garbage.

• Before treating a wound.

• After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose — especially if you are sick.

• When your hands are greasy or have visible dirt.

• To remove substances from your hands, like powders and paints.

• After handling animals, including pets.

You can use hand sanitizers:

• Before meals.

• Throughout the day.

• When soap and water are not available

Makeup

TOP 10 MAKE UP MISTAKES

Here are the top 10 make up mistakes women frequently make when applying their make up in order to look beautiful whenever they appear in the general public.

1. WAXING GONE WRONG

Most of the times when you wax or pluck your eyebrows, you don’t want to over pluck. It will create an impression when people see you that you are hairier than you really are and that you need to wax constantly.

2. NOT CURLING YOUR EYELASHES

Most people feel this isn’t important. Nothing is really important. But if you actually intend to use mascara for the original purpose and way it was intended to, then buy a lash curler, and curly your eyelashes.

3. BLOTCHY MAKE UP ON A BARE FACE

Another reason why your make up can look blotchy is because human skin is made up of natural oils. Failure to apply blush without applying foundation or powder underneath, don’t expect it to last for more than a few hours.

4. APPLYING MATTLE LIPSTICK WRONGLY

An attempt to apply a mattle lipstick on your lips without moistening your lips first is wrong. It looks bad. Don’t do it.

5. SMOKING

Make up always look better when applied to a healthy face. Smoking while you have makeup on your face tends to dry off faster than coffee, sun or wind.

6. WRONG FOUNDATION

There are so many brands of foundation nowadays all claiming to do amazing things and the end results are very bad.

7. NOT ADAPTING TO YOUR EYE

You not expected to wear the same type of make up when you were 16 years and now that you are 60.

8. ABUSE OF BRIGHT COLOR

Bright colors are always amazing during summer and spring. Always remember that bright colors attract attention.

9. NOT BLENDING

Just as human cells are the blocks and foundation of human life, blending is also the base and foundation of makeup. Ensure you blend your concealer, blush, foundation, eye shadow and setting powders.

10. NOT BLOTTING LIPSTICKS

Failure to blot the center of your lips, either by rubbing off excess with your finger, or gentling biting down on a tissue, then you run the risk of having the lipstick stain your teeth every time you smile wide or attempt to eat something.

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