Baroque style

 Baroque touch becomes more desirable for the fall and winter trends


in baroque era women dressed in a rounder silhouette. The décolletage as deep
rounded neckline on short-waisted bodices with large full sleeves. Skirts were cut separately from the bodice 
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and were still very heavy and bulky but fell naturally or tucked up for a casual appearance. Sleeves were shortened to three-quarter length.

Baroque style 














Baroque with punk style





My sets for Baroque style






Now you can ask me !!



Workout Hygiene!


Gyms are supposed to be the places we go to get healthy, but for many people, it can be a place where they get sick! We have perhaps all heard stories of athletes getting serious, even fatal, staph infections, but those are just the extreme cases. Most often, people who pick up germs from the gym find themselves with athlete’s foot, a cold, or some sort of virus that does less damage, but messes up their routines nonetheless. That being said, paying attention to hygiene at the gym can save you a headache at least, and your life at worst! So if I haven’t scared you too much, let’s see what sorts of measures we can take.


Choose a Gym that’s Clean


Before you begin working out at any gym, you should ensure that it is a clean one. Most gym membership orientations are short and don’t offer much time to really survey the area. If you can, do a trial membership to really scope the place out. Ask about your gym’s sanitation standards and practices, and take notice of how well the staff meets those standards. Ensure that the staff is wiping down machines that members leave sweaty and using sanitizer spray as they do so.


Also, be sure to check the restrooms! A gym is only as clean as its restrooms. Most people don’t think about this, but gyms and kitchens are the worst places to have poor hygiene in the restrooms. If the floors are not clean and there is no soap in the dispenser, there’s a good chance that someone took their business out to the rack of dumbbells you just touched. I’m just saying. A messy bathroom ensures germs of the type that, due to the nature of a bathroom, can probably make you sick. So, look for clean restrooms and ensure that your gym is committed to cleanliness.


Finally, discover what your gym’s rule is about cuts/scrapes. Since gyms are places where people are sweaty, and have lots of contact with surfaces that are touched by others, staph infections are a real danger for those with open wounds. Find out what your gym’s policy is about covering wounds. A good gym will seek to care for its members.


Wipe Everything You Touch


If you expect the gym to be clean, then it is essential for you to be clean as well! Carry at least one sweat rag with you wherever you go (one for wiping machines and the other for wiping sweat from yourself), and it wouldn’t hurt to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer if your gym doesn’t have public hand sani stations (which most do nowadays). If your gym has paper towel dispensers and cleaner spray stations available then it would be ok to be less strict about carrying your own towel, only make sure that you are minimizing your contact between your face and hands. Remember, as I always say, “A gym can only be as clean as its most irresponsible member.”


Clean Yourself Before Going Home


The locker rooms in most gyms have showers that are there for a reason. Even if you live close by, consider showering at your gym to ensure that you leave at the gym anything you picked up there. Only, to avoid athlete’s foot keep some cheap flip-flops in your gym bag.


Wash Your Workout Clothes Daily


Ok, so I’ve been around gyms and locker rooms for most of my life, and I know there are a few of you out there who really think you can wear the same gym clothes for a week at a time without washing them since you know you are going to just get them dirty again. Gross. You should be ashamed. Unless your idea of a good time is sending a friend request to a staph infection then wash your gym clothes daily (or at least wear a new set of clean ones)! Staph and other types of bacteria love dark and damp places where they can start families and colonies and cultures, and when you choose not to wash your clothes, you become a cross-cultural missionary to everyone in your gym.


So, all in all, gyms are fun and safe places when you stay clean and hold your gym staff to a high standard. Most people never get sick at their gym, but sometimes a healthy reminder and mildly funny exhortations about staph can help us in our hygienic journey!

Author Bio: Kevin Wayne writes for Health Testing Centers, which has been offering direct access to health testing for 30 years.

Mental Wellness--What It Takes

Keeping a healthy mind should probably be the prime concern for everybody. After all, all other activities that we do in our everyday lives is controlled and facilitated by the mind. There’s always thinking involved in everything, from doing reports and analyses as part of professional duties, to studying and reviewing as part of the academic responsibilities of students. There’s also thinking involved even in the most basic routines in life, like eating and sleeping!

It goes without saying then that maintaining good mental health is key to having a successful and productive life. Just imagine what a mess it would be if you are nursing an unhealthy mind that last the entire day, let alone a week, a month or even a lifetime!

But what does having a healthy mind mean? What does it take to develop and maintain mental wellness?

Who is mentally healthy?

A person who has fit mental capacities is someone who is cheerful, optimistic, enthusiastic, and blissful. That person generally exudes a positive attitude which may reflect in his or her socialization, facial expressions, and speech. Basically, a mentally fit person is someone whose mood, attitude, thinking, and behavior are always on the positive note.

One who has a healthy mind is sociable. It is just so easy for that person to deal with different kinds of people because of the way the individual thinks--which is--everybody is a friend. And thanks to a positive mood and attitude toward people, this person belongs to a lot of social circles which in the long run provides positive support, meaningful connections, and a good source for favors. There's truth in the saying, “man is a social animal” after all.

An individual who practices mental wellness is good at handling problems and challenges. Of course, no one is spared from being confronted with life’s struggles, but the mentally fit person gets through all these easily and successfully. For this person, problems and trials are only a flick away.

Stress, anxiety and depressionare nonexistent in this person’s vocabulary. Well, yes, this person will also have a fair share of low moments, but is wise enough not to dwell too much on them, but rather gets on his or her foot, stands tall once again, cheerful and optimistic as always.

A mentally healthy person is goal-oriented. That person sets goals and objectives in life and strives hard to make them come into fruition. These goals are relevant, workable and worthy of every exerted effort. And when goals are met, the person develops a renewed sense of fulfillment and self-worth. Such a person doesn’t brag about it, but rather humbly shares it with close allies to inspire them and spread the culture of positivity and goodness, the very attitudes akin to possessing mental wellness.

How to achieve better mental health

Doing exercises and fitness activities is one of the effective ways to achieve mental wellness. These activities not only improve the body’s physical condition but also the mental condition as well. Exercise improves blood flow, thus facilitating the efficient delivery of blood in different parts of the body, especially the brain. The brain heavily relies on blood in order to function well. A well-functioning brain is vital to having improved mood, attitude and behavior.

Exercise also improves one’s sleeping habit, thanks to its other benefits like improved heart rate, blood circulation, and metabolism. Exercise reduces tension and stress in the body, which are essential to have a peaceful and sound sleep at night.

Diet is also a good way to achieve mental wellness. Yes, the foods we consume greatly affect the processes and functioning of our mind. Experts advise that we should consume healthy foods like complex carbohydrates, good sources of protein and fats in low-calorieselections to ensure good mental conditioning. Other vitamins, minerals, and supplements including the Omega 3 amino acids, are also helpful in boosting mental health. This specific amino acid can also be obtained from foods like fish, shellfish and other fish products.

Face shape

what is your face shape?

your face shape determines your hairstyles, eye wears, necklines, jewelry, and make-up technique.

as people first see your face, it is the most essential aspect of giving you the best and fabulous look.
also it save lots of time and money when going shopping, as it helps you to know what to buy.




the wrong styling technique, would make your face look out of proportion
the wrong styling also will accentuate parts you don't like, and it  
 can visually alter the shape of it or the shape and size of your facial features.




and here it is how to know what is your face shape?

compare the three areas 1- forehead 2- cheekbones 3- jawlines
which one is wider ?
and
4- how long is your face?


oval if the length of your face equals one and a half times the width.
round face if almost the wide and length are equal
if more length less width consider it oblong 
if your forehead equals your jawline so it is almost square face shape
if your jawline is wider than your forehead you may appear to have triangulate face
if your forehead is wider so you may have heart face shape
if you have killer cheek bones, you may have diamond face shape
it is very general and simple guide



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HOW TO FIND YOUR FACE SHAPE





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Natural Beauty Tips: Homemade Facials

With the economy the way it is today, many people are looking for shortcuts when it comes to their skin care routines. Homemade facials can definitely save you both time and money. One of the benefits of homemade facials is that they are naturally better for your skin than the chemical-filled facial preparations that are available in stores.

Making your own facial is easy to do - you'll just need to have some all-natural ingredients on hand. These ingredients are all easy to find and inexpensive to purchase at grocery stores. Facials are rejuvenating, so if you regularly have these ingredients in your home, then you may wish to give yourself a homemade facial once a week.

Before applying a homemade facial scrub, take off all of your jewelry including your earrings, because some natural substances do not react well with metal jewelry. Smooth all of your hair back from your face by using a headband. You may want to use an old bandanna if you're worried about a headband getting soiled from the facial scrub. Wash your face with your normal cleanser to remove all traces of makeup, and be sure that when applying your facial mask, you follow all of the instructions exactly. You may want to set a timer so that you know when to remove the facial scrub from your skin..

Here are some great facial recipes for you to try at home.

Milk and Cinnamon Facial: This facial consists of four ingredients that you may already have in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinet. In a bowl, mix one tablespoon of milk, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, one tablespoon of honey, and one teaspoon of vanilla. Spread the mixture onto your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse it off well with warm water.

Egg and Almond Oil facial: This facial is made with a combination of just two basic ingredients: one egg and one teaspoon of almond oil. Mix the two ingredients in a bowl, and apply the scrub to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off well with cold water.

Cucumber and Mint Facial: A cucumber and mint facial is just what your skin needs to be rejuvenated. You will need a blender and four simple ingredients for this mask. In the blender, combine one half of a cucumber, five mint leaves, one tablespoon of Greek yogurt, and one tablespoon of dry milk. Leave this mixture on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse your skin well with warm water.

Natural Beauty Tips: Preventing Hair Loss

Though all people naturally lose a certain number of hairs each day, excessive hair loss that leads to bald patches or receding hairlines can cause self-consciousness in young people. Some people find themselves dealing with hair loss due to hormonal imbalances, stress, or a lack of nutrients, and in these cases, the situation can often be remedied through natural means. If you suffer from this problem and want to find safe and organic ways to strengthen your hair follicles, then learn how ingesting foods and supplements that prevent hair shedding can help to restore your confidence in your appearance.

Eating a balanced diet that offers all of the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health is a good deterrent for premature or excessive hair loss. Some people do not realize that their daily diets are not providing them with enough nutrients, so if you are concerned about a poor diet leading to hair loss, then consult with a nutritionist. Making either small or major adjustments in regard to the foods that you consume is a natural way to be proactive about hair loss. You may also want to take a daily supplement in order to ensure that you're receiving the vitamins and minerals needed to keep your hair healthy.

Some people who wish to prevent hair loss through natural means rather than through prescribed medications have success with using Chinese herbs. One of these herbs, Reishi mushroom, is sometimes used in natural hair tonics to strengthen the hair follicles and reduce the likelihood of hair falling out. Another herb, Polygonum multiflorum, helps to not only prevent hair shedding but also to boost the strength and color of the hair. Gingko biloba, a commonly-used herb due to its antioxidant properties, is another option for people want to slow the hair loss process. All of these Chinese herbs, while natural in composition, may cause side effects and should be taken under the supervision of an alternative medicine practitioner.

Aromatherapy blends, made with plant-derived essential oils such as thyme, cedarwood, and rosemary, work to slow hair loss in some people when they are applied to the scalp as topical solutions. When mixed with a base oil and applied to the scalp on a daily basis, these essential oils can strengthen existing hair and promote additional growth by encouraging blood flow and circulation. If you are inexperienced with combining aromatherapy oils, then seek the advice of an expert or buy a pre-blended topical solution from a health store

Essential Natural Beauty Tips

Natural beauty tips are not only easy to follow but easy on the pocket as well. You have to look and feel great to achieve the level of beauty you always wanted. It is not always how beautiful you look that matters, as Self.com suggests, but who you are which goes into creating your persona that will make people notice you. So here are some tips that will help you in creating that persona:

Skincare

The first and foremost of all natural beauty tips is regarding cleaning your skin. Your face literally has to "face" the harsh environment around you. So use a water-based cleanser to clean your face at the end of the day or when you return from outside. Such a cleanser will not clog the pores and if they are devoid of detergents, moisturizer and artificial fragrances, those with even the most sensitive skin can use it. Then again, as NY Wellness Guide.com suggest, it is not always the price of the product that determines its usefulness; everyday items like cooked oatmeal, tomato paste, and garlic can be good facial mask for your skin, especially if it is oily. Two more things that will make such a skin beautiful are mayonnaise and smashed banana. Just keep them on your face for 20 minutes before washing off. For exfoliating you dead skin cells, try a mixture of 1 tablespoon of salt and quarter cup of ground coffee.

Eyebrows

To add a definition to your face, make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed as such a pair of eyebrow complements the facial features of a person. Trim at night so that no irritation is visible in the morning. Brush it to remove any loose hair. Here are some natural beauty tips regarding how to pluck your eyebrows:

Start your eyebrow at your tear duct and then expand to the outer portion of the iris. Stop just at the outer corner of your eye. Before plucking, apply an astringent to the area; use the tweezers at an angle of 45 degree to pluck the stray hairs. Pick from the root and in the direction of growth.

Lips

The last group of natural beauty tips is regarding your lips. Your lips also need exfoliation and for that use a mixture of sugar and olive oil in equal measure. Use a toothbrush to apply this mixture on your lips in a circular motion. For protecting and repairing your lips, especially during the harsh winters, use a lip balm. However, choosing the right lip balm is important, as Great Home Remedies suggests. Adults should pick up lip balms that contain ingredients like rosemary and beeswax.

Natural Beauty Tips

Let me mention first what you should follow first is fruits,
plenty of fruits and vegetables.They give you the right vitamins
and minerals for healthy looking skin that glows.
Here is a beauty tip for your face, that will make your face look radiant and take off the dead skin.

-About a dime size portion of "Miracle Whip" not mayonnaise.

-Make sure you don't apply too much. You just want a a nice
layer and don't forget your neck.

-Leave this on your face for 20 minutes.

-And then start with clean dry fingertips messaging in small
circles. Soon you will see little balls of dead skin coming
off. Keep rubbing until your face and neck are done.

-Wash with a mild cleanser, and moisturize as normal. I love
to do this. You won't believe how soft your skin feels and the
radiant glow that it will give you.

Apply eyeshadow with cotton swabs for an alternative of an
applicator. It's soft and makes your eyeshadow apply evenly.
And they are desposable too, so you toss them away.

Another way to remove your make-up on your eyes is vaseline.
It removes it very well and is a natural ingredient.

Another tip is, apply clear lipgloss under lipstick for soft &
shiny lips.

A soak for tired feet is always a treat. Soak them for an half
an hour in warm water and add slices of lemons.

If you're not pleased on how your teeth look here is a way where
you can brighten them up just by using baking soda and perioxide.
Baking soda has been healthy for teeth for many years. So you
know it's safe. All you need is 1 teaspoon of baking soda and
1 teaspoon of perioxide mix and brush with toothbrush. Rinse.
Be sure the perioxide is no greater than 3%. It says it on the label.
This is an inexpensive way to whiten and brighten your teeth.
And it's a healthy way to have whiter brighter teeth.

The loofah sponge has been another way to have healthy looking skin too. Plus fights nasty cellulite, that we don't want.
It was first used by women in many European countries for many
centuries for healthy skin. It really works! If you don't have
a loofah sponge yet, go buy one. They sell them in many supermarkets and department stores. You should apply body wash
on the loofah sponge and rub all over your entire body in your shower or bath. You will soon feel a tingling sensation and your
skin getting softer and smoother like a babies skin. The tingling sensation means it's working. And you will feel better using the loofah sponge because it has benefits for you and your
skin.

I hope you enjoyed these natural beauty tips I gave you.
So remember... be beautiful and stay that way!

Natural Beauty Tips - For a Naturally Beautiful You!

Why the average woman spends so much on crèmes and lotions beats logic. Millions of dollars will be spent worldwide on beauty products in an effort to stop the inevitable...the loss of beauty that comes with ageing. There are those who will go to extremes of cosmetic surgery, liposuctions and injections to stop looking aged.

Agreed, beauty is not just the whims of women, it has a lot to do with her self-esteem and confidence as well. But the above isn't required; women can take care of themselves far better incorporating some Natural Beauty Tips and ideas in her daily life.

5 Natural Beauty Tips for a Healthy Body:

Drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday helps flush out toxins from the body that damage skin and hair.

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables gives the body the necessary vitamins and minerals that help rejuvenate skin and hair. Carrots, oranges, apples and cucumbers are great for the hair, skin and nails.

A diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (fish) helps condition the body.

Regular exercise helps keep the body fit and the metabolism high which is great for the body. A regular 30-minute walk can work wonders for your health. Exercise makes you feel young and look young.

Regularity is important. Exercising twice a week, or drinking 10 glasses of water when you wish, is not going to help.

5 Natural Beauty Tips for a Beauty Regime

Got an oily skin? Wash the face with ice-cold water before and after rubbing a slice of tomato on your face.

Get rid of the artificial bleaches. Naturally bleach your face by rubbing a slice of lemon or potato on your face every alternate day. Avoid lemon if your skin type is dry.

For dry skin, use the cream of milk to rub on your face, hands, or legs. Cream acts as a natural moisturizer.

Wash your face regularly with gram flour. Gram flour removes dirt and acts as a natural scrub. For dry skin, use cream with white flour to rub of dirt. Finish with gram flour scrub.

Soapnut works as natural shampoo for your hair leaving it smooth and conditioned. Use drops of lemon or curd to get rid of dandruff; beer for shine.

Stress in personal and professional life, lack of sleep, proper diet and exercise are some of the reasons why the body may deteriorate before its time. Wearing make-up, as most women have realized today, is not enough to mask wrinkles, dark circles and worry lines on the face.

Natural Beauty Tips, like those mentioned above, help women lead a healthy lifestyle. When the body is healthy and the mind calm, it shows on the face. Women must understand that natural beauty does not come from a flawless complexion or perfect features. It comes from within; a happy soul and a smiling face filled with warmth and laughter.

In the end, ageing is a natural process. No amount of age-defying or anti-wrinkle crème or gels, injections or liposuction can stop the inevitable designed by Mother Nature. Women who accept this will live happier.

Everyday Natural Beauty Tips for Women

It is entirely true that real beauty shines from the inside out; which means that how you feel about yourself inside, truly reflects on your appearance. If you have low self-esteem and generally don't feel good about yourself, eventually that's how you will appear to the outside world. Don't let people take advantage of your insecurities. Here are a few ways to boost your self-esteem that will make all the difference in your overall presence.

Getting enough sleep is imperative to your beauty regimen. Sleep is when your body regenerates itself during different times of the night. Interrupting this process will not only decrease your overall health, but can take a negative toll on your physical appearance. You may notice that when you get less sleep, you are starting to see bags under your eyes or circles as well as a less youthful glow. Aim to get about 8 to 10 hours of continuous sleep each night and you can see your body regenerate and look beautiful before your eyes.

Drinking plenty of water is essential to your body's health. Soda, coffee and alcoholic beverages don't count; they only add more toxins to your overwhelmed body. Water is what helps keep your optimal health as it cleanses the toxins out of your body and fills your cells. It has been recommended that everyone should drink about 8 glasses of water each day, but if your work doesn't allow you to leave for constant bathroom breaks, drink as much water as you possibly can. Switch your unhealthy drinks and swap them for a glass of pure water.

You may have a gorgeous and curvy body, but if you don't wear clothes that accent your curves in a positive way, no one will ever be able to tell. Most women feel self-conscious about their bodies because they may have a little extra on the hips, stomach or the back, but remember, everything can be hidden with just the right clothes. Consider your current body and think of outfits that can work appropriately for your figure. Just because a celebrity or a mannequin is wearing something at the mall, it doesn't mean it's the right outfit for you.

Hairstyle has a lot to do with how people will perceive you. A lot of people have outdated hairstyles or a style that doesn't complement their facial features. Arranging your hair in an unflattering way or having a bad haircut can age you years! Go out to your favorite salon and get a new haircut. You will automatically notice how different you may look, but in a positive way.

Department stores sometimes offer free makeovers at the makeup counters. This is mostly a great way for them to advertise their products, but it also works for you because you get a free lesson in makeup. Most people have a makeup routine that they stick to everyday, but letting someone else have a go can enhance your beauty in a way you never saw it before. Always remember, less is more!

Your beauty really shines on a higher level when you are comfortable and happy being you. I sincerely hope the tips in this article have highlighted some great ways you can start feeling happy about a new you.

St. Ives, Worker of Miracles

Great news for cinephiles:  now there's time to catch up on all those movies you've been missing!  From http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk/reality-tv/towie-lydia-bright-takes-part-in-the-st-ives-seven-day-challenge/"
"According to St.Ives, the average UK woman will spend 91 hours every year applying make-up, the equivalent of three and half days a year – enough time to enjoy over 60 films, back to back."
This is not a makeup bashing post.  I love makeup!  Primarily I think it's fun and artistic, but I'm also grateful to have the option to create a dewy, blushing, pimple-free face, and, in some situations, have more control over the way I'll be perceived.  Nor is this a "natural beauty" bashing post.  I also love not wearing makeup (and hearing media messages about not wearing makeup) because sometimes there are other things I want to spend my time and money on, and also because no one should have to feel compelled to alter their appearance for someone else's benefit.  What I do NOT love is foolish misrepresentations of "natural beauty" as a new unattainable beauty standard.   This is also not meant as a post bashing Lydia Bright (the TV personality pictured below, whom I know essentially nothing about but whom I am sure is under great pressure related to her appearance and how she expresses herself), but the premise of these photos is preposterous.  Supposedly we are seeing the results of Lydia's having undertaken the "St. Ives 7-day challenge," whereby seven days of using facial scrub allowed her "to achieve fresher, more radiant looking skin, giving her the confidence to go without makeup at a makeup free shoot."



Who knew seven days of scrubbing was all it takes?  I have a suggestion, though, about the true secret to natural beauty.  No, no, it's not those aphorisms wrongly attributed to Audrey Hepburn about being a kind person...  In addition to St. Ives facial scrub for seven days, I'd suggest following this authentic ancient ritual for petitioning St. Ives, patron of "natural" beauty.

Prayer to St. Ives

O St. Ives, obtain for me these beauty favors I implore.  Grant me perfect symmetry. Save me from the tweezer and eyebrow pencil, and let my eyebrows grow in tidy orderly arcs.  Normalize my pigmentation:  let my coloration be free of any variation.  Plump my lips; lift my cheekbones; whittle my jaw; shape my eyes, nose, and lips into idealized typical Caucasian shapes.  Intercede on my behalf against dark circles under my eyes, against hair on my upper lip, and against wrinkles and sags. Imbue me with a youthful rosy glow, make me fashionably slim but not too slim, and make me impossibly blonde (except in the hair of my eyebrows and eyelashes which should still be dark enough to accentuate the shape of my uncommonly light blue eyes.)  Above all, St. Ives, take away my pores.  Though I am an adult, make my pores like unto those of a newborn babe.  Make the texture of my skin like unto that of a billiard ball.

Well, maybe it won't totally work...  According to a tweet from Lydia Bright:
JPEG of tweet taken from the Daily Mail, who captioned it "Honest: Lydia opened up about her insecurities to her Twitter followers"


Also, below her chin and a little off to the side I think there's a little freckle or mole or something.  Tsk, tsk!  But I guess it's okay if St. Ives can't truly make us "perfect," since revealing our flaws will help us, like Lydia, grow the maturity and wisdom of self-acceptance.


More photos:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2174803/TOWIEs-Lydia-Bright-leads-way-shows-face-make-free-promote-natural-beauty.html

Sailor style



when summer is here i can not resist the sailor style

while i am searching for the history of this style on the internet i came cross this fantastic,informative blog post by Charlotte

i will share some of her pictures and notes in this post

there is no meaning of the present if we do not study the past !!


based on Charlotte study, the sailor uniform first had been worn by prince Albert Edward when he was four years old. then this sailor uniform had been standarlised for the navy in the early part of the 19th century after the young prince the suit has remained for ever since and the style also is desirable for children wear.

here is the evolution of sailor style for adult women






 to modern style 

please refer to Charlotte's blog to source the pictures and further details

shop the style for summer

Natural Beauty Tips - 7 Easy (And Quick) Ways to Bring Out Your Natural Beauty

Do you want to look your best without looking "made up?" How about a skin care, hair and makeup routine that takes just minutes in the morning?

Here are seven natural beauty tips to help your bring out your natural beauty, without spending a lot of time or money.

1. The first step is to make sure your complexion looks its best. Doing so might take a visit to the dermatologist, or simply your nearest department store counter to find the skin care products that are just right for you. Ask your friends to find out what works for them, and get your hands on as many products as you can to try. Ask for samples at the cosmetics counter or get free beauty and skincare samples online and via free gift with purchase offers at your favorite online beauty stores.

2. Choose three or four cosmetics items you can't live without and try to achieve a daily cosmetics routine that involves these and only these. For me, it's concealer, lip gloss and mascara. Nine days out of 10, I'll use these and no other products at all. I keep them right in my medicine cabinet and then it's a quick application and a very natural look.

If you're accustomed to wearing more makeup, but you want to adopt a more natural look, start slowly. Reduce the amount of makeup you wear just a bit. Wait until you get used to the reflection that's staring back at you. Then reduce it a little more until you achieve the natural look you want.

3. If you wear foundation, take the time to find the formulation and shade that's exactly right. If cream or liquid foundation make you feel cakey and "made up," there are lots of other options for you to explore. Mineral powder makeup offers minimal, more natural-looking coverage (but you can achieve a heavier coverage if you apply it more liberally.) Mineral makeup doesn't feel heavy or wet on your skin and it can let the natural you shine through.

There are also some nice light powder foundations on the market right now that will give you the lightest coverage...just one step from the barefaced look. Another alternative is a tinted moisturizer.

Step up to your favorite cosmetics counter and ask them to help you find the perfect color. Know, too, that you'll need to adjust this color seasonally, especially if you aren't pretty disciplined about applying sunscreen.

4. Speaking of sunscreen, the best way to ensure your healthy, natural glow for years into the future is to wear sunscreen all the time, particularly on your face. And protect the delicate eye area from the harsh rays of the sun with some good sunglasses.

5. See a specialist for help with your eyebrows. Eyebrows have a really remarkable way of framing the face. The right eyebrow shape is an affordable, quick and natural way to look more polished. Pay a professional to help you find the right shape for your brows, and then do your maintenance (your weekly plucking) at home.

6. Get a good haircut. If you splurge and spend some money on a good haircut by a stylist who understands how to create a wash and wear hairstyle with your hair's length and texture, you'll save yourself hours each week. The right styling products can also help you achieve a natural look at home (fast), so make sure you ask for recommendations before you leave the salon.

7. Make your own natural beauty products at home. A quick Google search will turn up loads of recipes using simple, organic ingredients for everything from skin care masks to toners to lotions to exfoliating foot rubs. Chances are, you already have most of these ingredients in your home pantry.

Now that your natural beauty is shining through, help it to do in the future by making good lifestyle choices: sleep well, stay hydrated, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and exercise each day. Doing so will ensure that these natural beauty tips will work, both now and in the future.

Yoga and Natural Beauty - Seven Super Natural Beauty Tips For Face Care

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought how tired and weary your eyes look? Or how dry and hard your skin is? The beauty industry spends a lot of money projecting a certain image of beauty which causes you to feel inadequate if you do not match up to this ideal.

However from a yogic perspective, real beauty is inner beauty. The yogi sees their physical body as a temple which houses your soul. True beauty is the reflection of your inner self radiating and touching others. From a yogic view you foster your inner beauty through the natural care of your body.

The pace of life today takes its toll on your skin. It zaps your energy and leaves your skin tired, grey and haggard looking. If you are feeling stressed chances are you are over committed, have multiple tasks to complete at work and at home have to juggle your time between caring for your children and family.

You may even feel you do not deserve to take time out for yourself and spend your money on buying household items, paying bills, buying food and clothes for your children. Maybe after paying out for all these essentials you do not have any money left to have a manicure, facial or spend time at a day spa.
Finding time for yourself, to rest and pamper and nurture your inner being seems a luxury and indulgent activity.

This is a false economy. When you take the time to rest, your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and starts to slow down your heart rate and rebalance your internal organs. This leaves you feeling relaxed and energised. The more you give to yourself, the more energy you have to give to others and manage your day with minimum stress.

Give yourself a break and try out some of these simple natural face care tips. All the ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboard or easily purchased at your local supermarket.

Seven Super Natural Beauty Tips for Face Care

1. To rest and rejuvenate tired eyes, place a peeled slice of cucumber over each closed eye as you lay down and breathe slowly.

2. Smile - Close your eyes and smile slightly. Take your awareness into your body and send your loving smile to the parts of your body that feel tired, stiff or sore. With practice you can easily practice this inner smile which leaves you looking refreshed and rejuvenated.

3. Facial Steam - a facial steam releases stale oils from the pores and loosens debris sticking to the skin. Simply fill a small bowl with hot (not boiling) water. If you have any herbs or aromatherapy oils sprinkle in a few drops (for example, lavender and peppermint are stimulating, rosemary, eucalyptus and rose are cleansing, chamomile is soothing). If you don't have any, that's ok. Place a towel over your head and sit quietly with your head about 20 inches from the water, with the towel covering the bowl. Breathe deeply for about 5 minutes as you allow the steam to gently ease away cares and stress from your skin.

4. Mix together 1 tablespoon ripe avocado, mashed; 1 teaspoon honey and 3 drops of cider vinegar and sesame oil to work to a spreading paste. Apply this mixture to your face, avoiding your eyes. Lie down and close your eyes for 10 - 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

5. Apply fresh aloe vera gel, straight from the plant, or vitamin E oil to your face, avoiding your eyes. Rest for 10 - 20 minutes, with closed eyes. Gently wash and rinse your face with warm water.

6. Fill a small bowl with warm water. Sprinkle a few herbs (for example mint, bay leaf infusion, or a few slices of lemon) or aromatherapy oils into the bowl. Place a clean flannel in the bowl, swish it around and then wring it out, leaving it slightly damp. Place the warm flannel over your face. Lie down and rest for 5 - 15 minutes.

7. Mix together 2 tablespoons ripe avocado, 1 teaspoon clear honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon plain yoghurt, place the mashed mixture into a small bowl and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Spread over your face, avoiding your eyes and lie down for 10 - 15 minutes. Rinse and wipe with lukewarm water.

If your face feels tired, weary and in need of a lift, try any one of the above seven super natural beauty care tips. They will nourish and stimulate you and leave your skin vibrant, clean and glowing.

6 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Energy in the Afternoon

Everyone knows the afternoon is going to bring with it the dreaded Wall. This is when you have hit your first energy peak and are now crashing into the Wall Of No Energy. The rest of your day seems to drag along endlessly. However, there are six easy ways to jumpstart your energy in the afternoon. You just have to be willing to get up and do something about the afternoon crash.

The following tips are the best ways to recharge your energy levels.

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Tip #1 – Get up and Move

For those of you who work behind a desk or a cash register all day, it can be really easy to fall victim to the afternoon energy drain. Health and fitness experts recommend you get up and walk around your desk or the office. This will help to break the monotony of sitting and gets your circulation moving.

Tip #2 – Avoid High Sugar and Caffeine Drinks

Energy, coffee, tea and soft drinks are usually all loaded with sugar and caffeine. They may seem to help with your energy levels for the moment, but will lead you right into a big crash later. Your body does not actually have the energy, it is just being tricked by the substances you are putting in it.

Tip #3 – Choose Vitamin Drinks for Energy

For a true energy boost it is better to pick drinks that are providing your body with energy from vitamins instead of sugar and caffeine. Your body will digest and absorb the beneficial vitamin and convert it into lasting energy without the crash later.

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Tip #4 – Don’t Skip Breakfast

One sure way to hit the Wall is by skipping breakfast. Eating a well-balanced breakfast will keep your body running throughout the day. However, your breakfast should not be a doughnut and a cola drink. You should include whole grains, protein, fruit and vegetables. For example, a breakfast consisting of a vegetable egg white omelet and a small bowl of oatmeal with fresh blueberries should keep you going until lunch.

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Tip #5 – Snack Healthy

Another way to jumpstart your afternoon energy level is by choosing the proper snacks. Candy and chips will not cut it. They are only empty carbs and are only a temporary fix. Pick healthy options that are loaded with nutrients such as nuts, honey sweetened granola and even low fat cheese.

Tip #6 – Get Your Energy Rest

Many people like to call it, “Getting your beauty rest.” However, sleeping seven to eight hours at night will help to keep your body energized all day. Also, if you have a place to sneak it in, a five to ten minute power nap can make a huge difference as well.

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Natural Beauty Tips: Choosing Neutral Eyeshadow

Wearing neutral eyeshadow is a great option if you want an easy method for adapting your eye makeup according to the occasion. When selecting neutral eyeshadow, it is best to purchase a palette that contains several colors - this allows you to create a look that has character and depth while still remaining natural in appearance. You should also choose shades that compliment your skin tone. Even though you are using neutral eye colors, keep in mind that a specific neutral shade may be too dark or too light on one person while looking perfect on someone else. The best thing for you to do is to experiment with various neutral shadows that have different finishes such as shimmer, glitter, or matte.

Another reason to choose a palette with different shades of neutral eyeshadow is that doing your eyes with just one color may not be as effective as layering all of the light and dark neutral tone in the palette. Also, you can blend a few different neutral colors together in order to create a different, more appealing look than can be achieved with utilizing just one eyeshadow.

Palettes of neutral eyeshadow are typically packaged with a few different lid shades, highlight shades, and crease shades. A highlight shade is the lightest color (usually white or cream), a lid shade is the medium-toned color, and a crease shade is the darkest in color. In order to get the best look from your neutral eyeshadow palette, apply a highlight shade onto the area below your eyebrow and inside the corners of your eyes. The lid shade color needs to be applied onto your eyelids. The crease shade needs to be blended in the crease. Then, take a clean makeup brush and blend the colors together so that they are shaded on your eye rather than appearing as three distinct colors.

Neutral eyeshadow colors range from a very pale white to a rich brown. Some shades of black, peach, and beige are also considered to be neutral eyeshadow. For a night out on the town, you can add in a shimmery or glittery neutral shade. For a daytime look at the office, you may opt to just wear matte shadows.

The color Just This Once Jamie from The Balm is a popular example of neutral eyeshadow. This color is a blend of grayish brown and pinkish purple. Other neutral colors include Shale from MAC, an ashy gray color, and Beach Sand from Milani, a metallic gold shade.

Just 15 minutes walking per day extends life expectancy

How a 15 Minute Daily Walk Can Extend Your Life Expectancy If you are looking for an easy, drug-free way to extend your life expectancy while improving your overall health and wellness, a simple 15-minute daily walk can be your ticket to longevity. 



According to a recent report by researchers in Taiwan, study participants who walked about 15 minutes a day at a leisurely pace experienced a 14 percent reduction in their overall risk of mortality when compared to non-walkers. The study, published in the October 2011 issue of The Lancet  followed nearly half a million Taiwanese men and women between 1996 and 2008.


Researchers tracked the amount of self-reported exercise the participants engaged in, comparing exercise frequency and intensity with mortality rates, risk factors and life expectancy. Both men and women who reported walking for an average of 15 minutes daily enjoyed a life expectancy that was 3 years longer than study participants who did no exercise at all. 


The Swiss Stair Climbing Study


The life-extending benefit of low-intensity daily exercise was also shown by a Swiss study that asked participants to simply take the stairs rather than ride the elevator at work for a period of 12 weeks. During that time, study participants experienced a marked improvement in their overall fitness levels including reduced blood pressure levels, lowered body mass index readings and increased lung capacity. At the end of the 3 month study, participants had improved their overall fitness level to their point where their risk of a premature death was cut by 15 percent.


Other Benefits of Daily Exercise


While most doctors, physiologists and fitness professionals recommend at least 30-45 minutes of daily physical activity for optimal health and wellness, simply doing 15 minutes of low-impact, moderate exercise is clearly worthwhile. In addition to the extended life expectancy that the Taiwanese study attributed to short daily walks, low-volume, low-intensity activities like walking offers a host of physical and physiological benefits.


Exercise has been linked to a strong immune system, thanks to the increased circulation and white blood count that are the result of aerobic workouts. Daily exercise has also been proven to help reduce chronic stress, managing the way the body excretes stress hormones that can cause inflammation leading to cardiac disease, arthritis and weight retention. 


Finding Time For A 15 Minute Daily Walk 


For some people, taking a short walk after dinner has become a lifelong habit, while others head straight to the couch or their favorite lounge chair after a meal. While finding time to exercise can be challenging, with a little creative thinking, everyone can fit a 15 minute walk into their day. 


Look for opportunities to squeeze some moderate physical activity into your daily schedule. Simply parking at the furthest spot from a store entrance rather than jockeying for a spot next to the door will force you to take a few extra steps. Follow the example of the Swiss study by taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator, or walk to do short errands instead of driving. By adding just 15 minutes of exercise into your daily schedule you too can enjoy a longer, healthier life. 


About the Author:Warren Keith Nietes enjoys discovering and writing about new developments that greatly concern health and wellbeing, particularly those that are related to proper diet and exercise. During her free time, she helps in the blogging and administration activities of hostgator dedicated hosting site. Watch out for her next post for more new health discoveries.

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The Posture Benefits of Riding a Cruiser Bike

When it comes to body posture and biking, cruiser bikes for women are ideal for the female form and shape. If you practice cruise biking and commuting your comfort is of utmost importance. The last think you would want is an uncomfortable ride, especially if you will be making use of your bike on a daily basis.

Even though cruiser bikes aren't designed for exercise, you will still be burning calories by making use of this form of transport. Any form of exercise, no matter how subtle is good for your body. But if you are doing an exercise wrong, it might be damaging as well. This article will take a look at the body posture benefits of cruise bikes.

Body Benefits

Apart from posture benefits, cycling has numerous other aspects which are great for your body. Riding a bike will definitely help you with your strength training, cardiovascular fitness, endurance as well as balance and stamina. Biking as an exercise can be a full body workout, even if done just 20 minutes a day along the beach side, you will feel more energized and in form.

Back Pain

It is said that cycling can also help you ease the discomfort of back pain. People with severe back pain tend to take up cycling to minimize and decrease the pain. A lot of the time back pain can be a direct result of long term 'bad' body posture. Without realizing it you might be slouching at your desk or not sitting on a chair that gives your back enough support.

When you are cycling you are strengthening the muscles around your spinal cord which will help your body posture. If you sit and walk up straight your body looks better and you might even feel more confident.

Take it slow

Cruise bikes are particularly ideal for those suffering from bad posture or back pain, because it teaches you to take it slow. The idea is not to put your body under more strain than it already is. You won't be racing or speeding on a cruise bike, but you will be introducing your body to that upright position. It might feel strange at first, but as you get used to it you will feel your body asking you to sit upright even when you aren't biking.

Handlebars

The fact that the handlebars are shaped rather differently than that of spinning and mountain bikes forces the rider to sit in an upright position. The handlebars are far apart and level will the bike, with your arms further apart, your back will be forced to form a straight line. This positioning on the bike will assure that the back is rather straight and that you won't be leaning forward for or downwards. Because the handlebars are the height of your torso, this will lead to sitting upright maintaining a good body posture.

Movement

A lot of people got back injuries from sudden jolts or too many movements when riding a tractor/bike or even hurt their bodies in a car accident. Cruise bikes enable your body to move gently and in motion. There are no sudden jerks shakes on a regular basis, the cruising is thus good for the movement in your body. When recovering from an injury, this movement can be very important and beneficial for your posture.

Even it out

Cruiser bikes encourage you to sit up straight and thus evenly spread your body's weight where as a mountain bike can cause strain to the other parts of your body. If you have a mountain bike you will be positioned slightly forward causing strain on your arms, neck and joints. In order to maintain good posture you will have to do extra strength training in those parts of the body. Because the cruiser is designed for sitting upright, you won't be adding extra strain to your other body parts.

Even though cruiser bikes are very beneficial for body posture, it is still important to talk to a professional, and have them check the structure and settings on your bike before riding. If you do have back problems it would be advised to talk to your doctor before you start biking as a form of exercise. At the end of the day it's about looking after your body and the environment- and cruiser bikes help you to do both in one ride.

Article written by Anneke Steenkamp, a guest author for Cruiserbikes. Cruiserbikes is the best supplier for quality cheap beach cruisers!

Positive Effects of Meditation on The Mind and Body

The benefits of meditation have proved to be successful for so many people. Let’s take a look at the ways meditation can help your mind and body.


Concentration

Meditation positively benefits the mind by allowing us to concentrate and focus better. This has the same effect of a magnifying glass. It helps to bring problems closer and make them more profound allowing for clarity to help resolve them. With consistent meditation, you begin to learn how to control your mind from being interrupted by the motions and sounds going on around you if you are trying to focus on a project or task. You learn to shut out those motions and sounds, keeping your focus right where it needs to be.

Awareness

Meditation will allow the body and mind to be more aware of every moment of your life. You begin to focus more on what is happening and why, versus living your life as if you were a robot. Every day, minute, and second will seem longer and will feel more fulfilling.

Tolerance

Meditation allows you to raise your own tolerance levels. Things that you didn’t think you could handle or that you were not so tolerant of before will seem easier and more tolerable. Your level of patience will be much higher and your body and mind feel a sense of calmness and happiness.

Intelligence

Your intelligence increases as you meditate. When you begin meditating, the neural connections are formed in the mind and allow you to think better and more clearly.

Creativity and Spontaneity

When we think, we usually think about the future or the past. What that does is covers up our natural ability to think creatively and spontaneously. If we learn through meditation how to make our mind silent, we see that the potential to create comes back to us. Quieting the mind allows us to feel inspired and meditation can do just that.

Some of the greatest thinkers in the world and famous scientists made the most significant discoveries when they took the time to absorb themselves into nothing but their work. They exclude everything else but their focus on work and were able to come out with many masterful thoughts. Meditation can do that to us as well, helping us to unlock our own potentials.

Body Benefits

There are many benefits to the body as well through meditation. It has been proven that there is a reduced level of blood lactate when meditating which is what causes many feelings of depression and anxiousness. Blood pressure has been known to lower itself during and after meditation. Human growth hormones are increased which help maintain youthfulness and longevity of life. The hormones in our body that make us happier and feel better, serotonin and melatonin, are increased through the process of meditation.

Meditation is easy to do and once you get into a routine it won’t seem to be a bother to your schedule. So many people spend hours at the gym helping their bodies so why not try meditation for that as well? Keeping our mind in good working condition and feeling relaxed is just as important as keeping our bodies in shape.

Yolanda Tyler writes about health and fitness. She also recommends using health insurance for great rates for every budget.

American Hero, Roy A. Cui

In the embedded video, career image retoucher Roy A. Cui explains the moral imperative behind his decision to endanger his livelihood, and no longer accept jobs digitally altering images of female bodies in advertising and entertainment. Roy is a softspoken guy, and this is a relatively long video: if your head is in quick-clicking instant-gratification web browsing mode right now, come back and watch the video later when you have 9 minutes to dedicate to listening to this courageous and inspiring story.


 

(Or, if you're REALLY impatient, here's a transcript you can read: http://royacui.com/2012/06/28/i-dont-know-what-happens-next/).

Commentary: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-danielle-crumpton/authenticity_b_1641905.html

More info on the film that inspired this decision: http://www.missrepresentation.org/

Thank you Roy!