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Make up For Brown Skin

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Make up for Brown SkinThe best makeup for brown skins would be colours from pale beige to rich brown. Dark colours need shades that will complement their skin tones.

Foundation and Powder Compact use foundations and powder compacts according to your colour. If the exact shade you would like is not available then select a shade that is closest to your neck colour and add a little distilled water to make it more translucent.

Dark circles: On dark circles apply Foundation colour which is one shade lighter than the shade applied on the face. This will make dark circles around the eyes look lighter.

Mascara: Brown mascara looks beautiful on dark colour. A black eye pencil rimming the eyes can give a stunning impression.

Eye shadow: Soft eye shadow in brown giving the winged doe-eyed look would be excellent, this should blend into the upper brow bone, from a soft brown to soft brick brown. Soft brown eye shadow used on the lower lashes would complete the entire effect

Lipsticks: Shades of maroon or brown will look good on dark skin.

Blusher: Shades in Maroon and brown will go well

Winter Wedding Ideas and Tips

Monday, December 31st, 2007
by Ann

winter wedding tips

In the movies, everyone seems to get married in June. But a winter wedding can be terribly glamorous, cinematic and magical. With the right elements, your winter wedding will be a wonderland.

  • Attire for Your Winter Wedding

Think about you and your sweetie in the elegant look of old Hollywood; the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with “ice” –diamond or diamond-like jewelry. 90% of wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless, but that’s not so practical for a bride who wants to take pictures outside, or needs to walk any distance. Look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats. I’ve always loved the look of a bride in a white dress and a large red shawl, huddled against her groom who has a red boutonnière.

And don’t forget your bridesmaids! An attractive wrap to wear on the day of your wedding and beyond makes a great bridesmaid present.

  • Where to Have a Winter Wedding

Look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Unless you’re getting married in a state that will have guaranteed snow during your wedding date, avoid a room that has a large picture window. You may imagine drifts of beautiful snow, and end up with a grey rainy day. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use – you’ll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months; old churches can be especially drafty.

  • Planning the Menu

You can have all of your favorite food but add some winter touches like a squash dish, or warm pumpkin soup. Consider serving eggnog, spiced wine, or hot chocolate (alcoholic or non-) as special treats. Look for an all-white cake, decorated with snowflake patterns, silver embellishments, or sugar sculptures. Ask your caterer about using a decorative snow globe as a cake topper

  • Winter Wedding Flowers

Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you’re looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices. (Talk to your florist, as your region may have different availability)

  • The Décor for Your Winter Wedding

Decorate your tables with simple and inexpensive white poinsettias, or fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches At the after-Christmas sales, stock up on strands of small white lights, then string them decoratively around doorways, over tables and on archways. Bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece. Look at this article for other simple holiday centerpieces.. Or, decorate a pre-made gingerbread house for each table, and center it on a bed of greenery with candles around it.

  • Favors

If you and most of your guests celebrate Christmas, an ornament makes a perfect favor. An inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty tin of spiced hot chocolate mix or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Also consider a snow globe, with a bride and groom inside, or a holiday cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and “truly cut out for each other”.

Healthy Relationship Tips

Monday, December 31st, 2007

healthy relationshipRelationships are like flowers. You have to nurture them so that they get to grow and spring out healthy and vibrant blossoms. Just because you have already established ties with your friend, does not mean you can leave merely leave it at that. Like flowers, friendships could wilt and die if not properly taken cared of.

In looking after flowers, you make sure that they get enough rays of sunlight, sufficient showers of water and for some people a few short kind words can actually cause buds to open up and bloom. But how do you nurture relationships? By relationships, we do not only mean the one that you have with your spouse, or your lover but it encompasses the ones you have with your parents, your siblings, your children, your neighbor, your pets and even your work.

The secret to any relationship or perchance to any endeavor is happiness and contentment. However, it is important for one to know and to understand that your happiness is your responsibility, yours alone. A lot of relationships fail because one pins his or her happiness on the other person. One rationalizes that he is happy because of the other person or for the reason that he got the job he wanted.

This line of thinking is a great stumbling block because it is not only the relations that are damaged when the relationship fails but the dependent person could very well find himself in a great deal of depression and loss of faith and confidence. It is thus fundamental that you find your own happiness first - love yourself first and strengthen your self-belief. That way you maintain your poise and self-assurance even if your relations should not go as smoothly as you would have wanted it. This would also allow you to heal and move on much easier after a break up or a loss.

Communication is the key in all relationships. Many relationships go on the brink because people are not open to their partners or to their friends. We know all too well that each one of us is unique in his or her ways. This means a different way of thinking, of acting or of responding to emotions and situations. As close as you may be to your best friend or to your lover to the extent that you can finish each others’ sentences, it does not necessarily follow that he can read everything on your mind and understand all your moods without you saying something. Talk. And when you do, try to be honest at all times. Ask any friend and they will tell you that your relationship still exists because they trust that you will tell them the naked truth however unfortunate it may be. Trust is a basic ingredient in relationships and it is one of main causes why relationships last as long as they should. Breaking trust through lies will likely equate to broken relationships.

It is common that you will have a number of arguments and conflicts at some stage in your relationships. But quarrels and fights are not reasons to end your relationships. They can always be mended. Learn to forgive, make up and start over. Disputes keep relationships healthy as you get to learn something new from your partner after each one. Another thing, the experience will get you to accept and understand his or her imperfections and compromise to make the relationship stronger and deeper.

Winter Cake Recipe

Monday, December 31st, 2007

winter cake


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package Pillsbury moist supreme white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 (16 ounce) can creamy supreme vanilla frosting
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme

Hill and Pond

  • pretzel sticks
  • 1 (3 ounce) package berry blue gelatin mix
  • hot water
  • ice cubes


  • Decorating Ideas: Trees made from Bugle (horn shaped corn snacks) and pretzel trunks Marshmallow snowmen sporting gumdrop hats and noses and fruit by the foot chewy fruit snack roll scarves Teddy Grahams with chewing gum skates, gummy ring innertubes or gum stick toboggans Ice Teddy Grahams with Mittens, Scarves, and Earmuffs.
  • Bake cake as directed on package in 2, 9 inch round pans, using water, oil, and eggs.
  • Cool 15 Minutes.
  • Remove from pans; cool 20 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • Freeze one layer for at least 20 minutes.
  • In medium bowl, combine frosting and marshmallow creme, beating until smooth.
  • Place room temperature cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate.
  • Frost top of cake.
  • Place frozen cake later, rounded side up, on cutting board.
  • To make pound in cake layer, use small sharp knife to cut out an irregular 6 x 4 oval shaped hole, no closer than 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the cake.
  • Remove oval piece from cake.
  • Place frozen cake layer, rounded side up, on top of frosted cake layer.
  • Frost side and top of cake.
  • Thickly frost inside of the pond being sure to seal completely.
  • Cut oval piece in half lengthwise.
  • Place 1 half on top of cake close to the pond for sliding hill.
  • Secure by inserting pretzels into the hill.
  • Frost hill.
  • Use other half to feed anxiously watching child Prepare jello as directed for speed set using the hot water and ice cubes.
  • Carefully spoon slightly thicked gelatin into the pond to within 1/4 inch of the top of cake.
  • Decorate as you desire, using ideas mentioned.

Bedroom Decorating Tips

Monday, December 31st, 2007

bedroom decorating

  • Choosing the right bedding for your style is very important because it partly portrays your own individuality. Luxury bedding personifies a successful and confident individual whereas Asian bedding will highlight a gentle or subtle personality!
  • Complementing the bed with a canopy will wonder! But make sure you select the right one. For that you need to prioritize your needs e.g. if you are looking for romance in your bed, a semi-transparent canopy will give you privacy without making you feel constricted.
  • Size of the bed is equally important. If you have a large bed room you can put in some luxury bedding along with embellishments and fixtures. But if you are a little down on space, you can still make your bed room look gorgeous by going for simple vintage style bedding, Asian bedding etc.
  • Creativity can take you a long way when it comes to decorating your bed room. Look for discarded things like glassware or metalwork can be very handy when it comes to adding a personal touch to your décor.
  • Paintings, framed family portraits, wall hangings etc. can add a new dimension to bed room and make the, seemingly inanimate, walls come to life. You could also use souvenirs from your travels to decorate the walls. I’ve even seen bed rooms decorated with turtle shells and believe me, they look good!
  • Don’t let the prospects of creating a larger-than-life bed room distract you from the primary aim. The bed room is a place for you to chill out. So make the atmosphere calm and serene. Use smooth textures and cool colours to help you do that.
  • Storage space is as important as anything else that you can think of! So use a dresser or armoire to help you organize. But make sure that this piece of furniture gels in well with the rest of the furniture and the general scheme of the bed room décor.
  • Did you know that you could actually make your bedroom look bigger! Well, it’s possible to give an illusion of depth to your room by using white or blue lights. These lights also have a smoothening effect. So it’s a must have if you want your room to be a real stress buster!
  • A full mirror placed directly opposite a light source can reflect the lights back to give a very vibrant illumination. The best layout would be to have the window directly opposite to the door and a light source on one the adjacent walls and a mirror on the other. You could place the bed against the wall having the light source and you dresser along side the full mirror. Use the rest of the space available on the wall having the door and window to mount your embellishments!
  • Accents - they are the best way to customize your personal space. Pick out drapes, pillow covers, bed sheets, carpets etc that supplement you attitude and use them to add the finer touches to you bed room. Even architectural accents like wall cabinets or fire place mantel can help you get that elegant look.

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