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Secrets To Looking Young

Friday, March 7th, 2008
by Ann

younger look

Want to look young, gorgeous and glowing? Well, prepare to get carded! Our Following stay-young secrets will put time on your side. Goodbye wrinkles! Begin With A Girlish Grin

  • Swear off foods that stain — anything with a dark pigment, such as red wine, soy sauce or steak will make your teeth not so pearly white. Instead, chomp on apples, carrots and cucumbers;
  • the cellulose in their skins and their slightly acidic compositions actually cleanse teeth.
  • Pick whitening toothpaste with fluoride to help prevent decay. Can’t brush after a big meal? Chew sugarless gum with a whitener for 20 minutes. Recent studies suggest it reduces plaque by 20 percent.
  • Have your sun fun, but get defensive with a daily SPF on any exposed skin — even in the dead of winter.
  • Get glowing with top-to-toe exfoliation three times a week and use a heavy night cream all over
  • Go fishing. Saltwater varieties (salmon, tuna, cod and halibut) are highest in omega-3 fatty acids, which help regulate skin’s glow, luster and shine.
  • Green tea time! The soothing beverage helps boost the quality of skin’s elastic tissue.
  • Stock up on antioxidants. Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene found in foods like tomatoes, squash and carrots protect cells from the ugly effect of oxidation (think the weathered-leather look).
  • Pass the olive oil. It’s loaded with natural chemicals that may help prevent age spots.
  • To beat the bulge that creeps up with age go on with a minimum of four 20-minute sessions of cardiovascular exercise weekly.
  • Pump iron to build bone density, increase muscle mass and fight osteoporosis. Lift a weight you can do manageably for 10 to 12 reps. If it’s not challenging enough, increase the weight.
  • Restore your locks’ youthful luster. Hair dehydrates with age. To get make your mane beautiful again, use a hot-oil treatment weekly, and massage a deep conditioner into your scalp to replenish the moisture.
  • Find a happy medium. Super long or super short hair adds years to your face
  • Give skin a moist, dewy finish instantly with a brightening product which can be worn under or over foundation.
  • Lids a little droopy? Slightly tilt eyeliner at the outside corners of the eyes and add a wash of highlighter along the brow bone. Use an eyelash curler and volumizing mascara for a bonus
  • boost.
  • After 25, lips begin to thin. Plump up your pout using a neutral pencil to line, and fill them once you’ve prepped with a balm. Polish ‘em off with a moisturizing lipstick that contains an SPF.
  • Prominent pores a problem? Hormonal changes in the 20s and 30s cause them to enlarge, making the complexion appear rough and uneven. Use oil-blotting papers and toners with ingredients like chamomile and witch hazel to temporarily swell the skin around the pores, which makes them seem smaller.
  • Laugh lines making you frown? Forehead creases giving you a headache? Talk to your doctor about injectables like Botox, Restylane or collagen.
  • Treat wrinkles, brown spots and stretch marks with a doctor-recommended dream cream.

Tips For Interior Decoration

Friday, March 7th, 2008
by Sck

interior decoration

  • For filling space use warm colours like reds, yellows and oranges. They tend to grab the eye and fill space. They are soothing and warm.
  • Cool colors are blues, greens and violets. They tend to give the illusion of open space.
  • Decide on a focal point and decorate around it. Your focal point could be a piece of furniture, a fireplace, etc.
  • Pale pinks are serene and comforting. The closer pink gets to red, the more energetic it becomes.
  • Light colored walls and ceilings will make the room appear larger. The opposite for dark colors.
  • When selecting a solid carpet color, choose a shade of your upholstery or drapery fabric to add interest. Don’t choose the exact color, it will be too rigid.
  • When arranging flowers in a vase with a wide mouth, use tape to create a grid across the top of the vase. Flowers will remain upright and be evenly spaced.
  • A border will add interest to a room. Use sponges, stencils or wallpaper borders.
  • Put an aspirin in a vase full of water and it will make your flower bouquets last days longer- also trim the stems every other day will preserve the life of a flower arrangement.
  • Use vertical stripes on walls for an illusion of height.
  • Natural shades of carpeting tend to hide soil and lint.
  • Painting the walls, ceiling, woodwork or all will add a fresh, new look.
  • Hang pictures at eye level, not too high.
  • To add depth to a small room, add mirrors.
  • If you are redecorating an entire room, choose your paint last.
  • Arrange furniture in conversational groups.
  • If your tablecloth is a little bit large for your table, pull the corners of the tablecloth up and using a beautiful wide ribbon, tie the ribbon around the corner of the tablecloth. This is also a quick way to dress-up your table very fast.
  • When painting, use a plastic shower cap on your head to protect your hair from the paint.
  • Use unusual items to hold flowers in your kitchen, such as old coffee pots, egg cups, teapots, etc.
  • Buy an inexpensive, clear glass jar lamp and fill it with all kinds of collectibles. You can use marbles, spools of thread, gumballs, hair ribbons or anything you like. Use your imagination and work with the theme of the room.
  • To remove wallpaper, use equal parts of vinegar and hot water. Roll or sponge the solution on the paper and wet thoroughly. The paper should peel off in sheets after two applications of the solution.
  • When you begin decorating, start with one room and finish it. Remove all the furniture from the room, if possible. If you can’t move all the furniture out, move it to the middle of the room and cover with cloths.
  • Place your everyday dishes in a wooden rack on the kitchen counter.
  • For a kitchen without a window, paint a scene on a wall and hang curtains. Add a frame and you have the look of a window.
  • When you have a room that you may need to have dark during the day, use shades instead of mini blinds. The shades will block more light than the blinds.
  • Light colors will give rooms a larger overall appearance. Whether you want to make a small room seem larger or make a large room feel even larger.
  • A mirror gives the illusion of space and depth. Use a nice frame on the mirror and position it to reflect something pleasing.
  • When choosing new carpet, consider the room that it will be used in. For example, a high traffic area will need a durable carpet.
  • To make a room appear more spacious, add a tall green plant. Fill empty spaces with attractive floor plants.
  • To update the look of a sofa or chair, you can use decorative pillows.
  • Do you want to change the look of your furniture in a hurry? Use slipcovers on sofas and chairs. Change the look whenever you feel like it.

Top 5 Summer Essentials

Friday, March 7th, 2008

a-line skirtSummer is here and its time to get ready for the scorching sun and heat. You need to have a few must have’s in your summer wardrobe that is not only stylish and trendy but will also help you combat the warm temperature.

  • A-line skirt

The A-line skirt is a classic, and is probably one of the best items a curvy gal can own. It’s fitted at the waist and flairs out. It doesn’t hug in unflattering spots, and is usually knee length.

  • Capris

CaprisCapris are a really cool way to dress down this summer. Get a pair of denim or khaki ones, and pair them with either plain or fun printed shirts. If you’re going to go with capris that have a pattern, stay away from anything too large. The bigger the print, the bigger you’ll look.

  • Sarong

Sarong’s are awesome for summer, and really help add sophistication to what otherwise could be a fairly boring swimsuit. They’re flirty and light, and can be worn so many ways: short, long, tied in the front or on the side. Definitely a must-have.

  • Built in bra tops

Go in for tanks, halter and tube tops that have built in bras, they are the in-thing. You don’t need to worry about bra straps or not having the support you need.

  • Shorts

Shorts are the perfect summer wear. Exactly how short you go is all up to you. And keep in mind that attitude is crucial for pulling off certain lengths. Another factor is balance. Skimpy tops and little bottoms just don’t work, no matter how hot the weather is. Selecting the perfect pair depends a lot on your height, your assets and any problem areas you wish to downplay.

Summer Hair Care Tips

Friday, March 7th, 2008
by Sck

summer hair careWe all know that the sun rays in summer cause damage to the skin that can speed up aging and possibly trigger cancer. But it is essential that you protect your hair from the scorching sun rays as well. Sun damage to the hair can manifest as faded hair color, brittle and dry hair. The UV-rays can cause permanent damage to the outside covering of the hair which is the cuticle and it can penetrate into the center of the hair, which is the cortex and do all sorts of damage. Hence you need to take special care of your hair during this season.

  • Use sun protection filters that will protect the hair from UV-rays damage. Hanging out in the sun without protection for your hair and scalp is the worst thing you can do. Use leave-in hair products with SPF protection.
  • Prevent static electricity in your hair when washing by applying a conditioner that adds moisture and shine to your hair. Alternatively, apply a “leave-in” conditioner after towel drying hair. Leave in hair conditioners are designed to penetrate or settle down into the layer of the cuticle thus protecting your hair from any damage.
  • If you normally blow dry and use hot curling tools every day, try and give your hair a break during the summer months. Consider letting your hair air dry or take time out from curling. Hair braided when wet will air dry into beautiful waves.
  • When the summer heat is hottest, wear your hair up in a knot, bun or braids. Wash your hair with a deep-cleansing shampoo and dab conditioner on the ends and frizziest parts of your hair. Pin it up or wrap it in plastic and sleep on it. Using this method will restore absent moisture to the ends your hair.
  • Be religious about your trims. Make sure you have the ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks during the summer months. When your ends are fizzy, it’s a sure sign that they are either damaged, split, or both.
  • For summer months, be careful to use hair products that are as all-natural as possible. Avoid any products that contain alcohol or formaldehyde since they can be excessively drying to the hair. Read the labels properly before buying any product.
  • Leave-in heat protection spray and conditioner has Octyl Methyoxycinnamate listed in the contents. This is a known sunscreen ingredient. If you are serious about sun protection for your hair, make sure the products you use list an actual SPF.

Vastu Tips For Gardens

Thursday, March 6th, 2008
by Sck

vastu tips for gardens

  • A Basil plant is a very positive influence within the limits of a house.
  • Plants of Palm, Paraspeepal, Pakar, Sirish, Neem and Bilva, if planted in proper direction, that is the North or the West, bring favor.
  • Bilva, Madhuka and Peepal are very favourable on the West of the house limit.
  • Udumbara (Goolar) and Panas are favourable towards the South of the house limits.
  • Kanakchampa,in the North brings virtues and wealth.
  • Coconut and Banana plants within house limits are very favourable, with respect to mental peace and health.
  • A water pond in a favourable direction, with Lotus, is very favourable.
  • The entertaining unit for the children is recommended towards the North-West of the garden. As far as possible plantation should be avoided in the East, North, South-East, South-West, North-West corners should be plant free. Gardens in the South-East and South-West cause tensions.In particular, large or tall plants should never be planted towards the East or North.
  • No large plant should be planted exactly in the centre of a site.
  • There must not be any Palash, Kanchana, Sleshmataka, Arjun and Karanj plants within the house limits. If they are already present, then balance them by planting Ashok,Nirgundi and Sudarshan plants in the appropriate directions.
  • Thorny succulent plants must not be grown within the house limits. Cacti are considered very dangerous and harmful for a residential unit. They purport to bring tensions and create fractious relationships. If you keep them, it is preferable to keep it separately, and out of house limits.
  • The Ber plant should not be cultivated within the house limits. It increases enemity. Plants of Bamboo,should never be grown within the house limits.
  • Climbers within the house limits should be grown vertically, climbing or horizontally,trailing. Indoor climbers should also follow this condition.
  • If a garden is present in the centre of the house limit, it must not have any fountain in the centre.
  • A swimming pool in the centre,towards the South, South-East or South-West and even the North-West created undue events. It brings negativity in the health of the residents. A swimming pool is favourable in the East, North or even in the West.
  • The fountains or water ponds within a house limit should not be built in the centre and should follow the same principles as the placement of swimming pools. Placed wrongly, they cause problems with respect to mental peace and health.
  • Fountains or ponds are very favourable towards the North-East.This is also applicable to artificial springs.
  • Huge, heavy statues or other exhibits are favourable towards the South-West,South or the West.

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