Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cruciferous Vegs Contain Phytonutrients to Fight Belly Fat

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(Photo by FoodieBaoBao)

We all know vegetables are natural foods high in dietary fiber. But you might not know there is actually a specific class of vegetables that contain very specific phytonutrients that actually help to fight against stubborn belly fat.

Something you may have never heard about is that certain chemicals in our food supply and our environment, such as pesticides, herbicides, and certain petrochemicals from air and water pollution, household cleaners, cosmetics, etc can react with your body and make your body store excess abdominal fat. These chemicals that force your body to hold onto belly fat are known as xenoestrogens.

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that you are exposed to (and are hard to avoid in the modern world) that have an estrogenic effect in your body. Excess exposure to these can cause hormone balance disruptions for both men and women. So these can wreak havoc in the body for both guys and gals. These estrogenic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis can stimulate your body to store belly fat, along with many other problems (including cancer risks in the long term).

So here's where this specific class of vegetables comes in handy... The use of cruciferous vegetables to help fight against stomach fat.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, etc. contain very specific and unique phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight against these estrogenic compounds... And by fighting against these belly fat stimulating estrogenic chemicals, this is just one more step in helping you to win the battle against abdominal fat!

So there you go... just another excuse to do what mom always told you and eat more broccoli and brussells sprouts... Melt a little grass-fed cheese on them and some garlic and they're great! Japanese miso soup with broccoli and wakame is another healthy choice.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Log On and Lose Weight

Are you on a diet? Or trying to lose some weight? Here's one trick to get you started.

Type any little bite into your favourite organising tool, be it your iPhone or Google calendar. Dieters who logged their meals and exercise sessions every day lost twice as much as those who didn't, notes a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Journaling curbs mindless munching and, when the scale won't budge, you can use it to find weak spots in your regular eating habits.

iTunes store has over 800 free and commercial diet- and health-related iPhone apps. From a tool that tracks your calorie intake to a GPS-powered app that maps your cycling route, you’re sure to find something here to help you achieve a fitter, healthier you. Below are 3 of the most popular iPhone apps.

Recently honored with a Mobie Award for best app in the Healthcare and Fitness category, iBody allows you to record and keep on top of the most important health factors for your body: weight, blood pressure, pulse rate and BMI. Use it to track your weight loss or maintain a healthy blood pressure level to ensure you stay in the best shape possible. $9.99; Apple.com/iTunes

Lose It!
Set your daily calorie goal and stick to it with this helpful program that allows you to track your caloric intake and burn rate. Using the searchable database, you can log the foods you eat throughout the day and subtract calories burned during exercise. Users love that they can tally and save nutritional info for recipes they make most often. Free; Apple.com/iTunes

There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in an unfamiliar location and not knowing where to score good grub that’s also good for you. This app takes all the guesswork out of it by recommending nearby healthy food options based on your current location, which is tracked via GPS. We think this one would come especially in handy during road trips or on those late nights when you’re unsure which restaurants are still open. Free; Apple.com/iTunes

Reference: Woman's Day, SELF

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Anti-Aging Benefits of Relaxing Piano Music

Kimi Wo Nosete ~ relaxing piano version ~

Stress is one of the top aging accelerants in our modern times, and amino acids and antioxidants are known for their role in slowing down aging process, giving rise to the popularity of green tea and high antioxidants foods like berries and sunflower seeds. But other research has shown that music can alleviate stress, improve athletic performance, and even boost milk production in cattle.

The benefits that music brings to our lives are beyond measure. Relaxing, soothing music lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, calms the mind and soothes the soul. Music has powerful anti-aging qualities that can improve overall health and wellness, as well as quality of life.

Whenever you need to destress or simply relax, or just before bedtime, listen to Relaxing Piano Music (like the one above, which is a relaxing piano version of a song in Hayao Miyazaki's animated movie Castle in the Sky). The music is soft and low, which helps to put your brain into a state of relaxation. Or you can use this type of music while practicing yoga or doing progressive relaxation because it is so helpful when it comes to aiding the body and mind with total relaxation. If you're stressed, your skin looks dull and lifeless. Living a stress-free life is one of the key to a younger looking skin.

Insomnia patients often find that relaxing piano helps them to sleep, which is yet another benefit. Because the music relaxes the body and mind, many people are able to drift off to sleep while listening to this type of music. Some believe the music actually affects the brain waves, helping them to slow down enough so people are able to fall asleep and enjoy a good night of rest after listening to piano music that is soft and relaxing.

If you're looking for Relaxing Piano Music, tranquil, melodic and uplifting Solo Piano is the perfect accompaniment to some of life's special moments - relaxation, reading, meditation, quiet evenings, candle-lit dinners and even tranquil sleep.

Warning: If you are starting to see signs of aging, don't get stressed out orelse you'll age even faster!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Exercise is More Fun and Easy with Free CardioTrainer Android App

(Photo by Free High-Tech)

An ex-colleague of mine posted on facebook the distance she walked and ran via an application called CardioTrainer. Sound interesting to me, I googled "CardioTrainer" and found this page by WorkSmartLabs. Here's what CardioTrainer is all about.

CardioTrainer is a free application for Android smartphones that lets you track and record all of your fitness activities. A virtual workout buddy packed with many fun and exciting features for a more enjoyable exercise regime.

GPS Tracking 
- Track your workout activity and see your route on a map.
- Count the number of steps you've taken.
World High Scores 
- Compare yourself to other CardioTrainer users around the world and see your stats.
- Automatically pauses theworkout when you stop moving at stoplights, etc.
Record Any Workout 
- Track and record all of your workouts, everything from walking to yoga to running.
Music Integration 
- Listen to your favorite workout mix and control playback with CardioTrainer.
Voice Notifications 
- Get real-time voice feedback about your distance, time, pace and calories burned.
Facebook Integration 
- Share your exercise activity with your friends and family.
Move Your Bot (Learn more!
- The fitness game you play with your friends! Exercise with CardioTrainer to improve your Android's fitness level.
Weight Loss Trainer ($2.99 Premium Feature)
- Set up and follow a weight loss plan without counting calories.

Get your FREE CardioTrainer now!
Open the Market app on your Android phone and search for "CardioTrainer".
Select CardioTrainer, click Install, and then click OK to download CardioTrainer."

CardioTrainer sounds so fun and easy, I feel like stretching my muscles right away! Gonna download it once I own an android-powered smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S - my friend has one and its Super AMOLED screen totally wowwed me with its unmatched luminescence and vivid eye-catching colours :D

Thursday, August 26, 2010

87% off Slimming and Detox Treatments @ Body Contours

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$48 for $380 worth of Definitive slim plus & Luxurious seaweed detox wrap

Detoxify and dispel those excess adipose (fat) tissue with the dual Body Contours spa treatment. 

Help your body to naturally break down and dispel excess adipose (fat) tissue, improve the body's detoxification abilities, boost a sluggish metabolic rate and alleviate the appearance of unsightly cellulite. Those concerned about water retention and bloating symptoms will appreciate the visible benefits from Body Contours spa cocoon therapies. Advanced slimming and body sculpting technologies such as RF Thermal Sculpt and Ultrasono Slim are also available.

The treatment consists of the cutting edge Definitive Slim Plus Technology and the traditional seaweed detox wrap. Two treatments that combine technology and tradition, the best of both worlds.

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Integrating the latest technology and slimming techniques, this treatment melts away excess fats, reduces water retention and increases metabolism. For a shapely and smooth silhouette. 

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A slim fit therapy that uses sea mineral for detoxification and is one of the best healing processes for the skin. The rich nutrients of deep seaweed also helps to promote skin metabolism.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beauty and the Bees

(Photo by Amazon)

Honey, besides being a good bowel mover for me, is actually packed with natural goodness for a beautiful skin. Below is an article I read on the benefits of honey.

"For centuries, honey has been prized for its health-enhancing and beautifying properties; besides soothing skin and helping it to repair itself, honey helps to retains moisture in the driest of skins. Now, cosmetics companies are making use of the golden liquid in creams, lotions, cleansers and scrubs, all of which you can use for a DIY honey spa treatment.

Pick a quiet Sunday and start with a drink - a glass of warm water mixed with a generous spoonful of Manuka Honey. For a sweet treat that's healthy too, mix a dollop of premium Nuzeabee Manuka Honey in hot tea, spread it on bread or drizzle over wholegrain cereal. Then zoom in on the spa: Gently exfoliate your body with L'Occitane's Honey & Lemon Sweet Sugar Scrub. Follow up with Radox Smoothie Body Wash in Natural Balance, with yogurt, almond meal and honey to moisturise and smooth skin.

Tame frizzy hair with Phyto's Phytobrush with Acacia Honey - it makes blow-drying easier and helps to strengthen hair at the same time. Can't seem to get rid of a stubborn acne problem? Try Singapore's own Soyo Advance Acne Formula, which contains honey suckle to alleviate skin irritations. For a more even complexion, use Nuxe's Reve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Face Cream, the ultimate moisturiser for dry and sensitive complexions, with honey to repair, stimulate and regenerate damaged skin.

To treat cracked heels and dry skin on elbows and knees, apply Apicare's Very Hardworkers Handcreme. For a do-good skin dessert, dab on L'Occitane's Honey & Lemon Lip Gloss, which is hydrating and nourishing and creates a queen bee pout."

Article from The Singapore Women's Weekly by Tan Lili

Refreshing Auction Style @ SOLD.SG!

(Photo from TheBudgetFashionista)

SOLD.SG is a new and exciting auction where you can buy popular items like PCs, HPs and other electronics and even designer brands at great discounts. Simple to use... just bid for the items you want. At sold.sg, popular items can be sold at the max of 99% off retail price.

Once you register, try "free auction" where you can bid even without tokens. When you get yourself familiar, try buying tokens to bid for popular items and win!

Plus you will receive 10 FREE tokens upon registration!
Below are the auctions going on right now!

Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7" now bidding at S$0.35!
Apple iPod Touch - 8GB now bidding at S$1.05!
Samsung LCD TV Series 4 32inch (LA32C450) now bidding at S$1.35!
Apple TV with 160GB now bidding at S$0.00!
Nintendo Wii (Black) now bidding at S$1.20!
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Open Heart Necklace (Small) now bidding at S$0.60!

Monday, August 23, 2010

3W Clinic Translucent Loose Make-up Powder (former Palgantong) @ S$8.50 Only!

(Photo by Gmarket)

DoDo Palgantong Make-Up Theatrical Powder - A popular product among Korean artistes and #1 loose powder in Japan - was the first Korean beauty product I bought, years back at Tokyo Japan after reading all the raves about it. And it was really worth my yen. This powder has a light, velvety finish and diffuses imperfection. Good coverage and lasting even in hot humid weather. Controls oil really well. Didn't cause acne breakout on my acne-prone skin. And the price is affordable.

Now this brand is renamed as 3W Clinic Translucent Loose Make-up Powder, and only selling as low as under S$10 online: S$8.50 on Gmarket Singapore (+S$1 shipping); S$9.90 on eBay Singapore (free shipping)

79% off Detox Ginger Spa @ Mary Chia / Urban Homme

(Photo from Deal Guru)

79% off Detox Ginger Spa @ Mary Chia (for ladies) and Urban Homme (for men) at S$38 (worth S$185) !

The beneficial spa remedy harnesses the therapeutic properties of ginger to improve blood circulation, relieve rheumatism and body ache whilst also enhancing your body's overall detoxification abilities. The treatment includes a full body ginger spa polish, followed by a spa wrap and hot blanket application. It's also a great way to relieve water retention.

  • 79% off Detox Ginger Spa at Mary Chia for females, Urban Homme for males at $38 (worth $185)
  • Enjoy a luxurious treatment at a renown body and skin specialist for 45 minutes
  • Several outlets islandwide, centrally located
  • Non-refundable
  • Voucher valid for 3 months from date of purchase
  • For first time customers only, above 21 years of age
  • One redemption per customer; bring along Identity card & voucher for verification and redemption
  • Prior appointment required
  • Mary Chia for female customers, Urban Homme for male customers
Additional Info

Mary Chia is established in Singapore for 28 years, well-known for its innovative beauty & slimming treatments. More than just a Beauty & Slimming Centre, they combine excellence and innovation in everything they do. Managed by Mary Chia, the pioneer in beauty and slimming services, URBAN HOMME is the first face and body studio for men in Singapore that addresses some of men's most pressing skin and weight problems.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Air Bra Pad Instantly Boosts Up Your Cleavage

(Photo from BestBuy-World.com)

Now there's a safe and effective way to boost your bust to perfection - Air Bra Pad! No operations, injectionsor drugs needed to upgrade your cup.

You simply press down on the pads to inflate them. Then adjust by pumping or releasing air to your desired size and position anywhere in your bra cup - set aside for deep cleavage; set below to volume up. Enhancement is doubled more than normal pads.

It's free size and suitable for any size of bra and even swimsuit. It's made of soft and comfortable materials and washable (hand wash only).

For girls who want a little extra lift where it counts, these pads can be inserted into most bras for some eye-popping effects!

Buy air bra pad on Amazon and get FREE Two-Day Shipping for one year with a free Amazon Prime membership ($79 value), as well as exclusive offers via e-mail. This Amazon Student Program is for college students only.

Mandom Cleansing Express Lotion (Makeup Remover)

Japanese brand Mandom's innovative water-based makeup remover series Cleansing Express Lotion has received raves and positive reviews on the internet. I've tried the Cleansing Express Moist before, finished the whole big bottle, but still decided to switch back to my DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (with olive extract).

I agree this water-like makeup remover can remove all traces of makeup thoroughly, and my face does feel soft and clean after cleansing without greasiness, but my face feels tight and kinda dry (even though no alcohol is added) after a short while, leaving my oily-inside-dry-outside skin thirsty for more water. Follow-up with your usual facial cleanser after Cleansing Express Moist is a must or recommended to avoid acne breakout the next morning, like what happened to me several times.

Due to its fluid nature, I need to wet at least 3 cotton pads to wipe off all makeup, including the stubborn stains. One trick is to wet 3 pads (stacked together) at one go to save the excess.

Compared to DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Mandom Cleansing Express Moist is a more economical alternative but much less moisturising, i.e. cause more drying of the skin. Since both contains no alcohol and fragrance, they're relatively gentle on the skin. The only thing I like about Mandom Cleansing Express Series is that it can be used on dry on wet skin, unlike DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, which must be used on dry skin.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ladies Shoes Selling @ Only S$9.90!

Lovely ladies flip flops, sandals, pumps, heels, peek toe slip on footwear selling at only S$9.90!
Now available on Gmarket by MagazineApparel.com

I esp. love those with ribbons and straps up the leg. So pretty!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cute Yukata Set for Kids

So cute! Saw this kid's Yukata set by Marumiya World while surfing Japan's shopping site Rakuten Ichiba.
Now they're having a summer sale. Shoppers can receive 50% off this yukata set (by ampersands) at a lower price of 1,950 yen.

Go here to purchase the yukata set and watch a video on how to dress your kids up!

89% off 2 hour Spa Treatment @ Spa Infinity (Orchard Road)

(Photo by VegNews.com)

Pamper yourself with 89% off a 2 hour Spa Treatment @ Spa Infinity (Orchard Road). $39 instead of up to $360. Grab your vouchers now on Deal! Only 2 hours left!

Side Deal: 50% off Laquered Nails @ The Central. Express Manicure & Pedicure for only $16.50 instead of $33. Today on Deal.com.sg!


Choice of one of 4 spa treatments

• Therapeutic Body Massage (60 mins)
• Customized Rejuvenating Spa Facial (60 mins)
• NEW TREATMENT! TCM Zangfu Meridian Slimming Treatment (60 mins)
• Chiropractic Treatment

Upon redemption of spa treatment, FREE unlimited usage of Jacuzzi/hydrotherapy facilities! 


  • Non-refundable and non-exchangeable
  • Voucher valid for 3 months from date of purchase
  • Valid for male and female customers above 21 years old, Singaporeans or PRs, who are first-time customers at Spa Infinity
  • Voucher is non-stackable and strictly limited to one-time redemption per voucher per customer only, no multiple redemptions allowed
  • Please quote 'Deal' promotion when making an appointment, subject to availability
Please arrive 45 – 60 minutes before your treatment time to enjoy the facilities. Kindly allocate 120 minutes to fully enjoy your spa experience

10 Tips to Choose the Right Bra

Japanese Style Sweet Pink Bra Set

It is tricky sometimes to choose the bra that is right for a woman. Does it have the comfort? Does it have the sexy look? Does it upsize the breasts? Is it actually the right size? Are the wires absolutely necessary? Below are 10 tips to choose the right bra for you.

1. Comfort is everything in choosing a bra. Of course function and look are as important, but without comfort a bra's life easily ends after a couple of times wearing it. So always bear in mind to put comfort on the top of the list when you choose your bra to make sure it lasts.

2. Choose the right bra size. 80% of women choose the wrong-sized bras. While you may get some input from other people about your bra size, it is useful to measure it on your own.

3. Always make sure that your bra is made of the finest, softest material that is guaranteed to absorb perspiration.

4. If you need a help on the look of your breasts underneath your clothes, don't be hesitant to put bra pads.

5. When you do have to wear pads, it is wise to choose the ones that have perforations inside. These help bring more air circulation and you can stay dry much longer.

6. Although underwires are essential to improve the look of your bust, it may be sensible to choose a bra that does not have them. Those can get very uncomfortable for the wearer at times and they reduce air circulation and perspiration drainage.

7. Make sure the straps of your bra are adjustable. It does not feel nice if they keep falling over your shoulders.

8. Have at least one demi-bra in your wardrobe collection. It is to wear when you want to put on a low-cut outfit on top of it. Besides, a slight reveal on your cleavage goes a long way.

9. If one of your cups is significantly bigger than the other, choose a bra that fits your larger breast and put a pad on the other one.

10. Don't wear a normal bra to the gym. Use a sports bra instead. It is firmer than normal bras so it lessens the breasts movement. It is also designed to reduce discomfort, pain and possible injury on the chest ligament. It is called a sports bra for a reason.

Good luck with finding your own right bra!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Carla_Ardian

Natural Healing - Bees and Manuka Honey

(Photo by World Harvest Foods)

Jewel Akens sings about the birds and the bees, but were you aware that bees are remarkably becoming a great natural healing source of the 21st Century? Manuka honey comes from the manuka bush (also known as the "Tea Tree"), which is indigenous to New Zealand and Australia - but what makes it so special?

"There are many different types of honey; the difference has to do with the floral source," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of HoneyMark (premiere manufacturer of manuka honey products), "All honey has some medicinal value primarily because of natural hydrogen peroxide (found in most honeys)." Buonanotte explained the antibacterial value of manuka's natural healing properties and what sets this honey apart from others, "(Manuka honey) is formed from the flowers that procure the nectar that has more healing properties than traditional honey. A special molecule known as the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is what some scientists believe are synergistic in treating certain health symptoms."

Buonanotte detailed why this natural healing agent is so effective at fighting infections like MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), "The reason why bacteria has not become resistant to Manuka honey is (because) it has the ability to draw water out of the bacterial material by process of osmosis." This, he says is what makes bacteria like MRSA impossible to survive.

With no known side effects, natural healing therapies like Manuka honey may prove to be an essential health and smart nutrition product for today's natural healing and wellness seekers. Buonanotte said that manuka honey has been used internally, "Documented evidence shows that (Manuka honey) is effective in treating stomach ulcers, gum disease, sore throat and a variety of other health conditions."

Laboratory studies have found that this natural healing honey contains a wide assortment of naturally healthy ingredients. "In addition to antibacterial properties," says Buonanotte, "(Manuka honey) has antiviral, antioxidant (i.e. anti-aging), anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal properties."

Currently, natural healing manuka honey is imported from New Zealand (and Australia), where it is can be used as a nutritional food source; or facilitated in creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, liquid hand soap, as well as antiseptic sprays, and sterile wound dressings.

In these exciting times, natural healing manuka honey is also gaining positive reaction. Buonanotte added, "I have read that hospitals in England are starting to catch on; and have a growing interest in Manuka honey and are beginning to use it."

Does manuka honey hold the natural healing secret to unlocking cures to common staph infections, and other health problems? Research* has shown that manuka honey's superior antimicrobial properties have proven efficacy on wound healing, and suggest that its natural healing therapeutic role could advance the treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease, among others.

Today's natural healing therapies continue to inspire and amaze both patients and conventional medical doctors - and the more we learn about manuka honey and other natural healing substances, chances are that we may one day live in a healthier, more natural world.

If you would like to learn more about manuka honey or manuka honey products, feel free to discover the value of this natural healing substance at http://www.honeymarkproducts.com

Interested in learning more about these or other natural healing treatments? Let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore natural healing courses near you.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gatsby Facial Wash Series - Made in Japan, For Singaporean Men

Kimura Takuya's recent endorsement of Gatsby Facial Wash Series - Triple Scrub, Oil Control, Anti-Tightness and Ice Cooling Gel - has amused many TV audiences but only few knows it is actually designed specially for Singaporean guys! after intensive research done on Singaporean men's skin.

Due to the hot and humid tropical climate in Singapore, Singaporean men's skin is generally of a more oily, acne-prone nature. This series is designed to cleanse pores, removing oil and dirt thoroughly to prevent typical male skin problems. Singaporean men can now have clean and fresh skin all day long. :)

I've seen a few pretty high ratings on review sites. But remember, don't over cleanse/scrub your skin as this will over dry your skin and promote the glands to produce more sebum. Should your skin feel overtight, cut the amount of cleanser/scrub or just switch to a different product.

7 Perfume Tips That Make a Difference

Vera Wang Princess Fragrance

1. To help your fragrance last longer, layer it! Invest in the bath products and lotions that belong to the same fragrance line and use them as scent boosters. While showering, apply a thin layer of the bath gel. After you shower, towel off so that your skin is still slightly damp. Generously apply the fragrance lotion before getting dressed. At this point, spritz your perfume or cologne as usual, making sure to get all your pulse points. Continue the layering process by turning your shirt inside out and spritzing it as well. This will leave you smelling great all day without fear of overdoing it.

2. It's a fact that oily skin holds fragrances longer than dry skin. Rub a small layer of petroleum jelly on the area before spraying on your perfume. This will help hold the scent longer.

3. Want a long-lasting scent without having to reapply throughout the day? Ladies, here is a simple trick: Spray a cotton ball with your fragrance and wear it in your bra. Voila!

4. Nothing is better than a warm towel right out of the dryer... except a warm towel that smells great! Lightly spray a washcloth with your favorite perfume and throw it in the dryer with sheets and towels.

5. By applying your fragrance to your body's pulse points, you are helping to trigger oil secretion, which will carry your scent longer. Make it a habit to spritz these areas every time you put on your fragrance: behind the knees, the ankles, the bend in your elbow, behind the ears.

6. This may be something you don't often think about as your spraying on your scent while you rush out the door, but the oil or alcohol in some perfumes can stain your clothing. It's not a good idea to apply it directly to your clothes. If you get perfume on your outfit and you don't have time to change, simply dab the area with warm water. If you have cheesecloth handy, gently use it to try to capture the alcohol. As always, use a stain remover to pre-treat the stain before washing.

7. What to do if you overdo? Fear you've sprayed on too much perfume, but don't have time to take another shower? Experts say to create a paste using baking soda and water, rub it on the over-concentrated area and rinse. Wet wipes, alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer are also life-savers (for you and the people around you)!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Liz Lisa ♥ Tralala ♥ Summer Sale+Free Delivery

Official Online Store for Japanese Famous Kawaii Fashion brands Tralala, Liz Lisa, Liz Lisa Chambre a Coucher and Liz Lisa Doll is having SUMMER SALE with FREE DELIVERY!

♥♥♥ Visit the Store Now ♥ ♥ ♥

Best Hair Styles for Various Facial Shapes at a Tampa Beauty and Hair Salon

Salt Actress Angelina Jolie looking best in
side-swept bangs and long soft curls

When going for a haircut at one of the Tampa beauty and hair salons, you should ask for a style that camouflages your facial flaws while enhancing your best features. There are specific hair styles that are recommended for each facial shape. A good hair stylist can then customize the hair style for you, updating it to reflect current trends. You may also ask to have your haircut enhanced with hair color, highlights, hair extensions or a keratin hair treatment. For guaranteed satisfaction, you can not go wrong at Salon Monaco in Tampa.

A round face looks wide horizontally, often with full cheeks. You can create the illusion of length to slim down your face. Your hair should, therefore, be long, definitely beyond chin length. The ideal proportion is to measure the length of your face and have that much hair hanging from your chin down. Layers at the sides of your face will create angularity. Parting your hair off center will distract from your facial roundness. Long asymmetrical side swept bangs will further camouflage wideness. Add volume and height at your crown for a more lengthening illusion.
A long face is often also narrow and has a high forehead. To diminish the length of the face, choose a medium length hair style that has layered volume at the sides to create the illusion of wideness. Your hair should reach midway between your jaw and your shoulders. Your crown should be smooth, with soft bangs to disguise your forehead. There is a misconception that short bobs and short bangs can balance out a long face but while they widen a round face they also ironically highlight the length of a long facial shape.

A heart shaped face is wide at the hairline but tapers to a pointy chin. You can balance your facial shape with a chin length bob that has fullness or layers at the sides of your chin. Although you need to slim down the top half of your face, avoid adding height at your crown because that will emphasize your pointy chin. Instead, ask for side swept bangs that fall softly to narrow down your hairline.

A square face has a strong angular jaw line. The width of the face is the same from the hairline to the jaw. To slim down the face create the illusion of length with long layered hair that is way past the chin. Volume and height at the crown also add to the lengthening illusion. Soft wispy bangs and layers at the sides of the face will soften your facial angularity. Adding waves or curls will add a softly rounded look. Avoid geometric cuts, long single length hair, chin length hair and a center part.

An oval face is considered the most ideal facial shape because of its balance and proportion. The center of the face is its widest point, often enhanced with prominent cheekbones. The hairline is rounded with the forehead just slightly wider than the chin. Almost any hair style can be worn if you have an oval face but you must still avoid creating the illusion of a long face which high volume hair styles often do. Your best hair style has one length. You can have wispy or blunt bangs.

You can always use a new haircut to look your very best. This is why a trip to one of the Tampa beauty and hair salons is something to look forward to. If you want a fail safe haircut as well as the best hair color, highlights, hair extensions and keratin hair treatments, make sure you go to Salon Monaco in Tampa.
Source: Chris Lontok
Photo by Shockya.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lose Weight with Japanese Morning Banana Diet?

Not just banana. You gotta drink more water, eat less junk foods and sleep well :)
There's also grape diet too.  Rich in energy giving nutrients, grapes are also handy and easy to eat. And tasty too. I like grapes. :)

Only $10 for 1 Week Yoga Pass with Unlimited Access!

(Photo by Shuttlestock)

It's time to stretch and exercise for slimmer silhouette and weight loss!
Deal.com.sg is offering 90% off one week Yoga pass at Real Yoga @ Centre Point, with unlimited access to their rich array of yoga sessions. $10 instead of up to $120!

Hurry up! Offer's valid only within the next 32 hours!

  • 1 week unlimited access to Yoga studio
  • You can attend as many sessions as you want within 1 week
  • Usual price $35 per session
  • Conveniently located at Centre Point
  • Shower system included
  • Not exchangeable for cash, not refundable
  • Not valid with other promotions
  • Valid for 4 months from the date of purchase
  • Valid for first time customers
  • Prior booking of appointment is required

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to Prevent Constipation

(Photo: Woman's Day)

Constipation may not be a serious or life threatening disease in general, but it may cause several disorders even skin problems like acne breakouts. To have the healthy clear skin you desire, relieving constipation and detoxifying your body may be the solution:

1. Drink plenty of water, at least 8 glasses of water a day. Drink 1 big glass in the morning before you eat anything.
2. Avoid too much starchy such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes. Eat just enough to meet your daily nutritional requirement.
3.Eat foods with dietary fibers such as prunes, figs, cereals, fruits and nuts.
4. Eat an apple daily with its skin.
5. Drink a glass of warm water with lemon and honey in the morning.
6. Guava when eaten with seeds provides roughage to diet can give relief from constipation.
7. Eat at least 350 g of grapes daily. It tones up the stomach and intestines and relieves the most chronic constipation. Raisins soaked in water can be used too. Diabetic people should not use grape therapy.
8. Reduce intake of foods with sugar and white breads and foods prepared with white flour (maida).
9. Do more exercise to alleviate irregular bowel movement.
10. Engage in an active lifestyle.

Monday, August 9, 2010

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Sweet Slimming Plan - Honey

(Photo: Fiddler's Green Farm)

Honey is one of the foods that speed up metabolism naturally. If you are trying to lose weight, honey can be of great help to you. Here's why:

1. Honey is a natural sweetener. You would have the 22 amino acids that it has and variety of other essential minerals that would make you lose weight effectively and fast. These minerals prevent obesity.

2. If you add little honey to lemon juice and take it as your breakfast or the first thing in the morning, you would spot weight loss in the shortest time. The effect that works here is referred to as the anti cellulite treatment that also increases your metabolism resulting in easy weight loss.

3. Alternatively, you can take little honey and mix with cinnamon powder and add to a cup full of boiling water and take. It will also help you lose weight fast. The combined effect of cinnamon and honey can prove you a little weight loss miracle.

4. Honey promotes better digestion. Poor digestion contributes to excess weight but you can bring all this to an end. Honey is good because the natural sugars that constitute it are easily digested.

5. When you take honey, you would be fueling your liver. This is best done at night so that when you get down to sleep you have sound sleep. Sound sleep allows for speedy fat burning and increased metabolism = easy weight loss. You would also ease your stress hormones.

Many people stop eating food to reduce their weight. Beware of such practices. If you don't eat sufficient food (which involves calories, vitamin, minerals, fibers) your immune system will become weak. Your weight loss program should focus on reducing the intake of calories and not stopping the intake of calories. Further, you should also increase the daily expense of calories by regular exercise.

Now you don't have to go on empty stomach to lose weight. Just eat honey!

I recommend Really Raw Honey, because it contains No Pesticides, is Totally Unheated and Unstrained, contains Propolis, Honeycomb and Live Enzymes, and is Straight from the hive to the jar. It tastes good too! :D

(Source: http://healthy-weight-loss-plan.info/easy_weight_loss/)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Basics of Japanese Eye Makeup

(Ayumi the Queen of Japanese Eye Makeup!)
  1. Apply Concealer
    with a concealer brush that has smooth, synthetic bristles that are made for cream (not powder) formulas. Dab directly onto the spot and then wait at least 15 seconds before you blend. Don’t brush the middle of the spot; fan out the edges of the concealer to make it blend seamlessly.
  2. Apply Liquid Foundation
    with a wet sponge. Your face will look fresh and silky.
  3. Lightly Draw Your Brows
    upwards and downwards. To create a bigger eye effect, choose a lighter shade.
  4. Apply a Light Beige Eye Color
    gently over your entire eyelids. Don't forget your lower lids!
  5. Apply a Taupe Shade Eye Color
    on your eyelids and the rear part of your lower lids.
  6. Use a Liquid Liner
    draw thin strokes on your eyelids, thickening towards the outer corner and thinning towards the inner corner. Line your lower lid all the way into the tear duct. At the outer corner of the eye, connect both the upper and lower eye lines. Note: It’s very important that the line near the tear duct is very thin so the eye doesn’t look round…
  7. Curl Your Eyelashes
    with an eyelash curler.
  8. Prime and Coat Your Lashes
    several times for thicker and longer lashes. Coat your lower lashes for eye-opening effect!
  9. Heat Up the Curler
    on the upper part - flame away from the rubber. Check the heat with your fingers first to avoid burning your lashes off. This process will fixate your lashes in their upwards direction.
  10. Use an Eyeliner Brush
    to fill in the gaps with a black eyeshadow.
  11. Use a White Eyeliner
    to rim your waterline.
  12. Use a Metallic Eye Shadow
    to hightlight the T-zone and under-eye area and use a brush to blend it in.
  13. Create a More 3D Effect
    by contouring along the nose and between your brows and eyes for an exaggerated shade.
  14. Using a Baby Pink Blush
    blush on the sides of your face, not the apple of your cheeks.
  15. Choose Pale Pink
    for your lip color.
  16. This look goes best with curls and/or dyed hair!

Tips for Creating Doll-Like Lashes

    (Photo: Majolica Majorca)
  • Curl Your Eyelashes
    Use a metal eyelash curler - better than plastic ones. Curler works best on clean lashes. Open the curler, clamp lashes near the roots. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Never curl lashes after you apply mascara -- as the mascara dries, lashes can stick to the curler & be torn from the roots. Don't bother curling bottom lashes.
  • Apply Mascara Base
    Use mascara base before any mascara to enhance lashes and help improve mascara's holding power... and of course, its curl!
  • Choose a Volumnising Mascara
    I recommend Majolica Majorca's Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On. It creates ultra thick lashes that are irresistibly doll-like. The advanced formula contains Volume Up Powder to create thick and lustrous lashes. The Jet Black Fiber strengthens Asian women's lashes effectively, while maintaining curl for hours on end.
  • Gradual Application Technique
    Do not apply too many coats at one go to avoid an overmade look. Instead, apply one coat at a time. For more dramatic effect, apply a second and third coat gradually. The finish will be absolutely stunning.
  • Heat Up the Eyelash Curler
    On the upper part - flame away from the rubber. Check the heat with your fingers first to avoid burning your lashes off. Or use a hairdryer, but heat no longer than 5 seconds. The heated curler will fixate your lashes in their upwards direction.
  • Attach Fake Eyelashes
    for fuller thicker lashes if desired!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Superfood #3: Starfruit

Move over apples and oranges! The new star of fruits is here and it happens to be Malaysia's humble home-grown starfruit! Scientifically known as Averrhoa Carambola, starfruit is the king of fruits in terms of vitamin content. There is a whopping 25.8mg of vitamin C in 100g of fruit; enough vitamin C to keep colds at bay and complexions glowing. It is also considered a "super fruit" as it is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids which are good for the immune system. Only 30 calories per fruit, it is high in potassium and fiber, low in sugar, and naturally sodium and cholesterol free. Absolutely a perfect ingredient for a healthy diet!

Several tips on how to choose a delicious starfruit is to look for a fresh starfruit that is firm, shiny skinned with a fairly bright yellow colour and light tinges of green. It is normal for the ridges of the fruit to have slight brown colour to them. It is possible to buy unripe, green fruit and ripen it at home. Simply wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or until it turns yellow with a light shade of green. Unwashed, ripe starfruits can be refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to 1 week.

Starfruits are best consumed when ripe. They are great to eat out of hand as these tropical delights do not need to be peeled or seeded before eating. It is recommended, however, to trim each rib and remove the brown edges which can be bitter. Then simply wash and slice it crosswise into attractive star-shapes, and eat!

In Malaysia, starfruits are prepared in various ways. They are processed into pickles, sauces, cordials, jams and preserves; dehydrated as dried fruit, used not only in fruit and vegetable salads but also in poultry, meat and seafood dishes. With its sweet-sour and refreshing taste, starfruit makes a great marinade and salad dressing. They are also used in chutney and salsa and added in stews. They are blended to make a starfruit smoothie or we simply enjoy its fantastically refreshing juice all on its own.

Starfruit is also appreciated by the locals for its healing properties. They use it as a traditional medicine to relieve insomnia and constipation, reduce blood sugar level and prevent high blood pressure by boiling several starfruits in water, reducing it to about one cup and drinking it warm every morning and evening - a great way to detoxify and eliminate toxins and wastes from inside your body!

Next time you do your grocery shopping at your local supermart, remember to buy some! Add its goodness to enhance your yogurt and cereal or blend with avocado to make a tangy dip. For a texture and flavour balance, combine with sweet soft fruits like bananas and mangoes to make a delicious smoothie. Roast or grill them and serve alongside poultry or seafood dishes. Use them in pies, tarts and cakes. Soon enough you will realize that not only is it a sight to behold but is also highly nutritious and truly a super fruit!

Enjoy the goodness of starfruit as part of your heathy daily diet today!
Superfood #2: Strawberries