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A zadro $150 mirror or a $400 simple human mirror? What to pick?

Even though a year or so ago, I bought a very good ZADRO mirror from bedbathandbeyond, (photo below) by going to a branch in another city, since my branch did not carry the mirror I wanted, I still keep an occasional look on other brand mirrors. No I don’t need more mirrors.

I have used simple human before and the mirror was nice, (see picture below) but it lit when I approached my face and turned off the moment I moved away from the mirror, just a tiny bit.. it made me dizzy.. and after 2 months it completely stopped working no matter whether I charged it or not. So that was the end of it with my simple human $200 mirror.. Continue reading “A zadro $150 mirror or a $400 simple human mirror? What to pick?”

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When our marines got together in Afghanistan, Ruckpack was born

Do you like a good action movie as much as I do? I enjoy military and action movies. In another life, past or future, I can see myself being or having been in the military but in this one, that train has come and gone.. At this current time in my life, I still need all my strength, my energy, my mental focus in my day to day activities.

In a day and age, where every single day something new happens, you need to remain calm in any unexpected situation, whether you are traveling on a mission or at home, in an office or outside shopping.. things happen every minute of every day and I want to stay sharp. I want to be of control not of others, but of me, of how I react in any situation. Keeping cool is mandatory. It is life saving at times. I want my mind clear and focused, sharp and alert at all times. How do I do that? What food should I consume? What type of drinks should I buy?

Continue reading “When our marines got together in Afghanistan, Ruckpack was born”

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Affordable Beauty: The clothing Challenge | By Ardith McCann

As I post here on Amy Miranda Makeup about affordable beauty and skincare topics, it seems appropriate to talk about another aspect of beauty and style, aka clothing.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been very budget-friendly wardrobe challenged. Quite honestly, I’ve been downright frustrated in my pursuit of summer clothing items to add to my capsule wardrobe (the one I so successfully created back in 2012).

Flailing at Windmills

I often feel like Don Quixote, flailing my digital-money sword against retail clothing windmills. I feel alone in my shopping constraints and experiences, especially when I compare myself to style bloggers I follow and their commenters. Doesn’t anyone else feel as I do?

Everywhere I turn, style bloggers are either talking about designer purchases or responsibly made items they have added to their minimalist, conscientious wardrobe. Designer clothes may as well exist in some parallel universe as far as my budget is concerned. Plus, for me the current styles are generally unattractive. As for responsible brands, they are still priced out-of-reach for me, and too often I find the styles plain, boxy, or both.

Continue reading “Affordable Beauty: The clothing Challenge | By Ardith McCann”

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Midnight chat | the glue keeping us together

A midnight chat.. discussing a few different topics…some quotes that you will find in this monologue..
every problem has a solution.. Makeup is the glue keeping us together..Together we are a big wall.


  • The very first YouTube video was uploaded on 23 April 2005.
  • The total number of people who use YouTube – 1,300,000,000.
  • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!
  • Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day.
  • YouTube gets over 30 million visitors per day
  • In an average month, 8 out of 10 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube.
  • By 2025, half of viewers under 32 will not subscribe to a pay-TV service.
  • 6 out of 10 people prefer online video platforms to live TV
  • The total number of hours of video watched on YouTube each month – 3.25 billion.
  • 10,113 Youtube videos generated over 1 billion views.
  • 80% of YouTube’s views are from outside of the U.S.
  • The average number of mobile YouTube video views per day is 1,000,000,000
  • The average mobile viewing session lasts more than 40 minutes
  • Female users are 38% and male users are 62%.
  • User Percentage by Age 18-24 – 11%, 25-34 – 23%, 35-44 – 26%, 45-54 – 16%, 50-64 – 8%, 65+ – 3%, unknown age – 14%.
  • Mobile Youtube users spent 40 minutes on average session, up more than 50% year-over-year
  • More than half of YouTube views come from mobile devices.
  • YouTube’s mobile revenue is up to 2x y/y
  • YouTube overall and even YouTube on mobile alone reaches more 18-34 and 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S.
  • The number of hours people spend watching videos (aka watch time) on YouTube is up 60% year-over-year, the fastest growth we’ve seen in 2 years.
  • You can navigate YouTube in a total of 76 different languages (covering 95% of the Internet population).
  • 9% of U.S small businesses use Youtube
  • Approximately 20% of the people who start your video will leave after the first 10 seconds. Create a damn good intro.


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My favorite face powder of all time!

The only concealer I carry with me

So expensive I will not buy again

An affordable eyelash curler

Drugstore: My everyday go to powder to use once a day

Maybelline concealer

Drugstore gloss: Very beautiful but comes with a light scent

One of my favorite drugstore foundations

Maybelline fit me foundation stick like tom Ford’s $80 stick

why pay $22 when you get this eyeliner for $6

Is anyone familiar with this product?

and this one by Smashbox?


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What is gratitude and why should you give grace

Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.”

“First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”

In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”

Emmons and other researchers see the social dimension as being especially important to gratitude. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ writes Emmons, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Because gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward), the sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.”

More on gratitude…

Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude. The research suggests these benefits are available to most anyone who practices gratitude, even in the midst of adversity, such as elderly people confronting death, women with breast cancer, and people coping with a chronic muscular disease. Here are some of the top research-based reasons for practicing gratitude.

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A new hair band that does not constrain the blood vessels in your temples


Don’t you wish you had a hair band that will not give you a headache? This is a new creation from a lady in Alabama who decided she did not like the ones on the market and that she wanted to keep her thick hair away from her face. She sent me two in the colors that I chose, one black and one white and in this video I reviewed them. Find out what I thought about these cute creations.

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