Jan 24, 2014

Homemade facial mask : Avocado, Honey & Oatmeal 

Avocado is not only good for your inside. It does wonder on your face as a mask.  You can make a homemade facial mask with it. Avocado based face wash will not only hydrate and calm dry or sensitive skin it also gently exfoliate your skin. Blend 1 ripe avocado with 2-tablespoons of raw, organic honey and 1/4-cup uncooked oatmeal flakes. Apply a  layer to your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. The avocado and honey will both work to moisturize dry skin while the oatmeal balances and calms reactive, red and sensitive skin. To exfoliate away dry, dull skin, use gentle circular motions to scrub your face.

Aug 21, 2011

The lifesaving numbers you need to know

Dr. Oz reveals the 5 numbers every person needs to know, imparting critical medical insights that can help you save your own life.

1. Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can cause different medical problems including cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and stroke.

  • Your blood pressure can be tested in several places like your doctor’s office or at a pharmacy. Learn to test your own blood pressure and invest in a device you can use at home.
  • Get in the habit of testing your blood pressure once a month. Make sure each time to test it at the same point in the day, when you’re most relaxed. For accuracy, take 3 readings and figure out the average number between them.
  • Pay attention to the top number – the systolic pressure, which indicates the pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood – the best lifelong measurement for hypertension. A systolic reading above 140 is considered too high and warrants seeing your doctor.
 2. Waist Size

If you’re sporting a large waistline, your risk of dying prematurely is nearly double. The reason is because belly fat, often fondly referred to as a spare tire or a beer gut – sends out a toxic stream of chemicals impacting the whole body.

  • Take your waist size once each month with a measuring tape.
  • Measure at your natural waistline, which is above your hipbone and below the ribcage – not where your belt lies or around your hips. Be mindful of your posture and suck in your stomach since the fat you’re measuring is deep inside the belly.
  • A waist size over 35 inches in women and over 40 inches in men greatly increases the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and more.
  • The ideal waist size for women is 32 ½ inches and 35 inches for men.
 3. Weight

Stepping on a scale and finding out your body weight is one of the easiest numbers to calculate and an excellent indicator of your overall health. Over weight can cause a numbers of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, hypertension, high blood pressure and cancer.

  • The average woman of approximately 5’4” tall should weight less than 175 pounds.
  • The average man of about 5’9” tall should weigh less than 196.
  • Taller folks can add 5 pounds per inch; if you’re shorter, subtract 5 pounds per inch.
  • Write your weight down monthly. Studies show that by tracking this number, you’ll do a better job keeping it down.
4. Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

  • To test your cholesterol levels, you need to see a doctor or someone in the health care field who can administer a simple blood test.
  • You don’t need to memorize your total cholesterol number, which can be misleading. Instead, memorize the 2 forms it’s carried in: HDL and LDL. Your HDL, the healthy cholesterol, needs to be 50 or better; your LDL, the unhealthy cholesterol, should be under 100. If your numbers do not fall in this range, discuss strategies for lowering your LDL and increasing your HDL with a health care professional.
5. Fasting Blood Sugar

Fasting blood sugar (FBS) measures your risk for diabetes, a chronic disease that can lead to blindness, cardiac disease, kidney failure, nerve problems and an impaired immune system.

  • Your fasting blood sugar number must be measured after an 8-hour fast. Fasting is a key since ingesting food—say, a banana an hour beforehand—would raise blood sugar levels and could create a false pre-diabetic or diabetic reading. Your FBS can be determined with a simple blood test or a finger stick test.
  • A fasting blood sugar number above 100 is considered pre-diabetic; treatment measures should be discussed with a physician.

Apr 29, 2011

Beautiful bride : Kate Middleton

Mar 2, 2011

How to Get Natalie Portman's Oscars Makeup Look

Oscar winner Natalie Portman already benefits from that pregnancy glow, and makeup artist Eileen Kastner-Delago amplified it even more with a cosmetics palette featuring luminescent, purple shades. Natalie, the face of Miss Dior Chérie (get a first peek at her commercial here, wore Dior Beaute products to complement her purple gown. Find out here how to get the complete look


Natalie's Dior artist Eileen Kastner-Delago says she wanted to make her look blend smoothly with her Rodarte gown: "I was inspired by her dress so I went with more purple tones."

1) Eileen began by priming her skin with Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Foundation. She touched up any imperfections with Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer.

2) For Natalie's eyes, Eileen mixed different shades of shadow -- gold, purple, and pink -- to achieve that her sultry look (Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in #546 Gold Touch, Dior 2-Colour Eyeshadow in Purple Look #885, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Extase Pinks #804). Two different mascaras thickened and lengthened her lashes, Diorshow Waterproof Mascara -- anticipating a win and any potential tears of joy -- and Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue for a hint of reflective color.

3) Her cheeks were done with DiorBlush in Peechy Keen to give her a rosy tint.

4) Her lips were perfect, in a combination of Dior Addict Lipstick in Infamous Pink -- with just a touch of Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Apricot Cloche for extra shine!


Now, about that perfect 'do! Frederic Fekkai's Didier Malige, who styled Natalie, gave us all the details on how to get her glamorous bohemian style, that really romantic and feminine look!

1) Apply an anti-frizz product and volumizer before blow-drying the hair smooth using a round brush.
2) Then curl the hair using a 1” curling iron to create soft and feminine waves.
3) Next, create a foundation for the style by backcombing the bottom layers.
4) Sweep the hair to the left side of her face, securing with bobby pins.
5) For a finishing touch, Didier used one of Natalie’s earrings as a shimmery accent piece.
6) Secure the look with a sheer hairspray.

Feb 28, 2011

Oscar 2011- Best Dresses

Halle Berry was looking super gorgeous at 2011 Oscars wearing a nude and crystal encrusted corset Marchesa gown with organza and silk tulle ruffles. She paired her gown with exquisite silver jewelry and nude makeup.

Natalie Portman was seen wearing a violet off shouldered gown with a v-neck and Swarovski crystal detailing by Rodarte. She wore great satin sandals by Jimmy Choo and Tiffany jewelry pieces.

Mila Kunis, the beautiful lady chose a light lavender lace gown from Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture collection. She went for Neil Lane jewelry and carried a clutch by Bottega Veneta.
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Feb 13, 2011

Romantic Valentine's look

Feb 7, 2011

Fiber controls Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Foods high in fiber such as oatmeal, oat bran, legumes, whole grain, fruits and vegetables help control high blood pressure. Studies shows if you get 20 percent of your daily calories from whole-grain, high-fiber foods instead of refined "white" carbs, it could drop your systolic BP 4 to 8 points and your diastolic BP another 6 to 8 points.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol frequently occur together. They both put you at risk for cardiovascular disease. If you have borderline high cholesterol (200-239 mg/dL) and prehypertension (120-139/80-89 mm Hg), it's time to take action.

Both soluble and insoluble fiber were shown to lower blood pressure in middle-aged people with high cholesterol and prehypertension.

Nov 29, 2010

5 Inexpensive foods that boost up your health

These 5 inexpensive foods you should eat everyday for optimum health:

Swiss chard
 1. Leafy greens

Leafy greens like Swiss chard, kale and spinach are high in nutrients like folate and vitamins A and C that can lower your risk of cancer. Just one cup of dark, leafy greens a day could also prevent diabetes and high blood pressure.

2. Nuts

Nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts are high in natural fiber. Fiber slows your digestive process, keeping hunger and unhealthy mid-afternoon snacks at bay.

3. Onions

Studies show that consuming onions on a regular basis may reduce symptoms of asthma and the risk of developing stomach cancer. Add them to soups and stir-fry, and just remember -- the stronger the onion, the greater the health benefit.

4. Whole grains

Refined grains, like white rice and pasta, have lost 90% of their nutritional value through the refining process. So choose whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and whole oats. A recent study showed that a diet rich in whole grains help flatten your belly by reducing fat storage in your lower abdominal region.

5. Yogurt

Making yogurt part of your daily eating routine can improve your digestion -- if you're buying the right stuff. Check that the label lists "active cultures" to make sure you're getting healthy probiotics, and pick a yogurt rich in vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis.

Sep 29, 2010

Choosing the right foundation

Choosing the right foundation can be very tricky. Here are some tips for choosing the right one :

- Always choose your foundation in daylight.

- Look for the shade that most closely matches your own skin.

- Test a small amount on your face, near the jaw-line, and never on your hand. If you hold your hand up to your face you will find that they are not the same colour.

- Remember to stand in a doorway or outside to see if the color matches

- A foundation with sunscreen is a safe bet, but you will still need to wear sunscreen under your foundation.