Waterproof Phone Cases
Those who assume that the benefits of a waterproof phone case could only be for scuba divers, must not have children...
If you're headed somewhere sunny and sandy this summer, protect your gadget with one of these cases.
(Yes, they're a bit pricey, but a fraction of what it will cost to replace your phone after it goes for a swim!)
1- Lifeproof Waterproof Cases: They've got lots of fun color options for the iPhone 4/4S. ($79.99)
2- Griffin Waterproof Cases: The Survivor + Catalyst waterproof iPhone 5 case keeps your phone dry underwater, but you can also charge your iPhone while it's still in the case! ($79.99)
3- Incipio Atlas: This is the first waterproof case that actually comes with a device warranty! Right now, it's only for the Verizon iPhone 5, but hopefully more options will be available soon! ($79.99)
Read about other waterproof phone cases (Cool Mom Tech)
The A-Lister's Sisters
You know those beauty products that all the magazines SWEAR by...So you go to get them and you're like, "$120 for a HAIR BRUSH??? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....???"
Fortunately for us, this crafty little beauty blogger has done the research and found bargain stand-ins for their famous counterparts. These are her drugstore favorites:
1- Trade Moroccanoil ($40) for Got2be Oilicious ($6): Controls frizz and adds shine with out making your hair feel greasy.
2- Trade Nars Laguna & Orgasm Duo ($40) for Flower Blush Duo in Beachy Keen ($10): The flower version has lots more product, too.
3- Trade YSL Eclate ($40) for Maybelline Highlighting Concealer ($6) Use to highlight and cover under eyes. YSL has a better texture but less coverage so this may actually be better!
Read more "A-Lister's Sisters" (Allure)
10 Research-Based Ways To Be Happier
Having a happy life is something we all want, but sometimes finding true happiness takes a little proactivity on your own part. Luckily, scienctists have done the research and found that practicing these daily habits, will lead you to a great place of happiness!
1- Celebrate other's good news: People who worked to show genuine enthusiasm, support, and understanding of their partner’s good news, however small, became happier and less depressed.
2- Write down your hopes and dreams: The exercise of keeping a regular journal (even if for only 2 minutes a day) in which you write down your hopes and dreams, and visualize them coming true, makes people happier and even healthier.
3- Join a group: A study showed that Denmark is home to the happiest people in the world, and that particular studied pointed out that 92% of the Dutch belong to some sort of group (sports, cultural interests, etc.) To avoid loneliness, we must seek active social lives, maintain friendships, and enjoy stable relationships. Read the full list of 10 Research-Based Steps To A Happier Life (BUTWT)
4 Swimsuit Myths, Busted
Before you face the dreaded swimsuit section, and it's even more evil counter part...the 3-way dressing room mirror (cue the horror movie music), make sure you know the real swimsuit truths so that you can find the suit to best suit you!
1- Myth: Never wear a white bathing suit.
Fact: A white suit in a textured fabric with a thick nude lining will block any show-through.
2- Myth: The more coverage, the better.
Fact: Extra fabric can emphasize the thing you want to hide. Boy shorts, for example, can actually make thighs look bigger because of where they hit at the top of your thigh, where as a string bikini can adjust and pull the eye up!
3- Myth: Wear black to look slimmer.
Fact: Tiny prints and vertical and diagonal stripes are much more slimming that a solid black suit.
4- Myth: Buy the same size that you do in clothing.
Fact: Swimsuits are usually sized smaller because they are meant to fit snug. Don't worry if you need to go up a size or two. (Real Simple)