Sep 30, 2009

Pluck your own eyebrow

If threading your eyebrows is not your cup of tea like me, you can use this tutorial to pluck them up.

How to thread your own eyebrows

Sep 29, 2009

Shaping your eyebrow

I am going to share the basics of eyebrow shaping.

Examine your eyebrows in the mirror. Brush them up and over. Grab two sticks. Hold one stick against the flare of your nostril, and line it up with the inside corner of your eye. Make sure that stick is long enough to reach a little past your brow. You should have no eyebrows extending any further towards the center of your face than that stick. If you do, please pluck them, wax them or thread them, whatever – just get them out of there. Keep the other stick by your nose and line it up with the outside corner of your eye. Any eyebrow extending past that point needs to be gone.

If your brows are bushy, pluck or thread them from the bottom, creating a bit of an arch somewhere between the center of your pupils and the outer rim of the iris of your eye.

Sep 27, 2009

Facts about Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a type of fat, found both in the body and in certain foods. It is a vital substance, found in the blood and in every cell of the body. Too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke by building up plaque on artery walls. Eventually, the plaque can narrow the arteries (atherosclerosis), reducing blood flow.

It is very important to ensure that you have the right balance of cholesterol in the blood. There is only one way to find out if your cholesterol is too high, and that is to be tested. It is important to test your cholesterol level regularly.

Finding out if you are at risk for heart disease and stroke will give you the opportunity to make important diet and lifestyle changes – changes that can significantly reduce your risks. And the sooner you find out, and begin making changes, the better. Your reward will not only include lower cholesterol, but better health, and increased energy, vitality and longevity.

There are two main types of cholesterol:

1. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) deliver cholesterol to the body. This type is often called “bad” cholesterol because too much LDL cholesterol can build up on artery walls.

2. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) remove cholesterol from the body. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol because it helps carry LDL cholesterol away from artery walls.

Cholesterol levels are closely linked to intake of dietary fat. The foods that raise your LDL blood cholesterol the most are saturated fat and trans fat. These fats are found in foods such as fatty meats, shrimp, egg yolks, full-fat milk products, butter, lard, coconut, palm and palm kernel oil, fast foods, snack foods, many prepared foods and those made with hydrogenated vegetable oil. These fats not only raise LDL cholesterol but also lower HDL cholesterol.

On the other side, there are a number of foods that lower LDL cholesterol, such as soluble fibre (found in foods such as oatmeal, kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, psyllium, barley and prunes); polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in foods such as walnuts and almonds); omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish – especially mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon – flaxseed, canola and soybean oil); and plant sterols.

Cholesterol can also be lowered by following a healthy lifestyle. For example:

1. eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, about five or more servings per day
2. eat a variety of whole grain products each day, such as bread, pasta and cereal
3. choose fat-free and low-fat milk and dairy products
4. choose lean meats and poultry without skin
5. enjoy fatty fish, about two servings per week
6. include beans, peas, nuts and seeds in your diet
7. snack wisely: choose dried fruit, carrot sticks, whole grain crackers and fruit
8. use lower-fat cooking methods, such as baking, broiling or steaming
9. practice portion control
10. limit excess alcohol intake and quit smoking
11. Watch your weight
12. get adequate exercise
13. reduce stress

Sep 26, 2009

Make-up magic

It's interesting to see how make-up changes the way you look:

Sep 25, 2009

Back to school makeup

Makeup Room + Collection

Sep 24, 2009

Foods to fuel your brain

Spinach: It Contains vitamins A & C, calcium and iron. A study showed 3 servings a day have contributed to a sharper mind.

EGG: Eggs are full of protein, lutein and choline. Choline helps brain power and helps with memory and nerve transmission.

Salmon: Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fats. Omega-3 contains DHA that helps boost brain development and improve overall function. Salmon is low in mercury.

Fresh Berries: Fresh berries are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants contain on berries help improve short term memory.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal has whole grains and healthy carbs. Breakfast in the morning is very important to make your brain going for the day. Carbohydrate is a brain primary energy source. No carb means no brain power.

Broccoli: Broccoli is full of fiber and vitamin C & E. Slower mental decline as people age. Keep the brain sharper the longer


Sep 23, 2009

Make up tutorial: Angelina Jolie's look

Sep 22, 2009

Make up tutorial: Penelope Cruz's look

Sep 17, 2009

Smokey eye makeup

Sep 15, 2009

Stop ignoring these 7 foods

Beets: They are one of the best sources of betaine and folate, two nutrients that reduce heart-disease risk.

Tip: Wash and peel one fresh beet, then shred it on the widest blade of a grater. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.

Cabbage: Cabbage makes you gassier than the Goodyear blimp, but each 22-calorie cup is loaded with sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body's production of the enzymes that disarm cell-damaging, cancer-causing free radicals.

Tip: Top off a burger with crunchy cabbage instead of soggy lettuce leaves.

Dried plums: These fruits contain high amounts of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, antioxidants that are effective at protecting against cancer growth.

Tip: Wrap a slice of prosciutto around a dried plum, secure with a toothpick, and bake in a 400°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Goji berries: The natural sugars in these gems help boost the immune system and have been found to reduce insulin resistance (which may help offset diabetes) in rats, according to one study.

Tip: Mix berries with a cup of plain yogurt or sprinkle some on oatmeal or cold cereal.

Guava: The deliciously sweet yellow and pink guava has a higher concentration of the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene than tomatoes and watermelon, often considered to be the best sources of the protective red pigment.

Tip: You can use the entire fruit, from the rind to the seeds.

Purslane: Pronounced ''perslen,'' this common garden weed happens to have the most heart-healthy omega-3 fats of any edible plant. One nibble and you'll discover that its stems and leaves are crisp and succulent, with a mild, lemony flavor.

Tip: Top a bed of purslane with grilled chicken and lemon vinaigrette.

Swiss chard: Like spinach? You're gonna lurve chard. A half-cup cooked delivers 10 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that help guard against retinal damage caused by aging, say researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University.

Tip: Saute chard with a little olive oil and garlic for a super-simple side.


Sep 14, 2009

Foods that make your skin beautiful

SWEET POTATOES, TOMATOES, CANTALOUPE: They refill antioxidant levels in your skin and help prevent wrinkles.

ORANGES, LEMONS, LIMES, GRAPEFRUIT: They are the main source of vitamin C and provides the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging.

GREEN TEA: Gives your skin a healthy dose of EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), EGCG is a type of potent antioxidant that does all kind of good things for skin. It also helps prevent skin cancer.

SPINACH, TURNIP GREENS, BROCCOLI: These are the great source of vitamin A, which supports skin cell turnover and prevent drying.

FISH (SALMON, TROUT): It is the main source of protein and omega-3. Omega-3 helps protect skin against sunburn. Protein is required to build and repair skin cells and to make enzymes and hormones that help keep your skin glowing and beautiful.


Curl your hair

Simple everyday look

Sep 12, 2009

French Manicure

Give Yourself A Manicure

Sep 9, 2009

The trim tummy meal plan

By Sarah Lambert, R.D.

No matter what your size or shape, we all like the idea of having a flat tummy. While it’s not everyone’s natural physique, there are ways to work towards a flat stomach. Regular sit-ups or curls, or other ways to work your core like pilates can certainly help. But there are also things to think about when eating. Certain fibrous foods, while healthy, can cause gas that leads to bloating. Consuming lots of water, spacing out your fibre intake and focusing on fibres from whole grains and fruits and vegetables versus legumes can help reduce the likelihood of unwanted effects of good fibre intake. Moderating your daily food intake to avoid overeating can also help your maintain a flatter abdomen. Check out this meal plan to see how you can do so!

Use the calendar below to get your daily menu.


2 rice cakes
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 cup orange juice
1 cup milk or fortified soy milk
1 banana
1 cup yogourt or soy-based yogourt
1 egg-salad pita wrap
1 whole wheat pita bread
1 cup baby spinach
1 hardboiled egg, sliced
½ cup red pepper, sliced
½ cup mushrooms, sliced
10 baby carrots
1 cup milk or soymilk
Chicken with Smoky Peppers
1 cup basmati rice (cooked)
Shredded zucchini
1 zucchini (per serving), shredded
1 tsp olive oil
1 garlic clove

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Crush garlic clove and mix in shredded zucchini. Cook until tender, 3-5 minutes.

1734 kcal


1 cup puffed rice cereal
½ cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup milk or fortified soy milk
½ bagel
2 Tbsp peanut butter
Leftover Chicken with Smoky Peppers
1 cup basmati rice
1 orange
¼ cup almonds
Curried burgers with peach salsa
whole grain hamburger bun
1 cob of corn, steamed or barbecued

1711 kcal


1 simple smoothie
1 cup milk or fortified soymilk
1 banana
Blend together until smooth.
Cheese and crackers
4 whole grain crackers
2 oz. cheddar cheese
Leftover curried burger with peach salsa
1 whole grain hamburger bun
1 apple
1 cup yogourt or soy-based yogourt
Italian fish bake
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup steamed spinach

1810 kcal


1 toasted waffle
1 cup orange juice
1 cup yogourt
¼ cup roasted almonds
Sliced turkey sandwich
2 pieces of rye bread
2 oz. lean sliced turkey
1 tsp mustard
½ cup cut carrots
½ cup cut celery stalks
1 peach
4 ginger snap cookies
Short-cut chicken biryani
1 cup vanilla frozen yogourt

1993 kcal


1 cup whole grain cereal
½ cup skim milk or fortified soy milk
½ cup blueberries
1 cup yogourt or soy-based yogourt
½ cup cherries
Leftover Short-cut chicken biryani
1 cup skim milk or fortified soy milk
1 orange
4 chocolate animal cookies
Sesame meatball stir-fry
1 cup cooked linguine or fettucine pasta
1 cup watermelon chunks

1977 kcal


3 pancakes
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 banana, sliced
1 cup skim milk or fortified soy milk
1 cup red grapes
1 cup
Roasted red pepper and corn chowder
1 pita
3 Tbsp hummus
10 baby carrots
Sizzlin’ fajita style supper
2 tortillas
1 Tbsp sour cream
2 chocolate chip cookies

Approximately 1503 kcal


1 cup puffed rice cereal
½ cup blueberries
½ cup milk or fortified soy milk
1 apple
1 cup leftover Sizzlin’ fajita style supper
Serve over 1 cup brown rice
Top with 1/2 avocado, sliced
1 granola bar
1 cup milk or fortified soy milk
Greek scramble
Spinach salad
1 cup spinach leaves
½ cup mushrooms, sliced
½ pear, sliced
1/8 cup walnuts, toasted
1 cup red grapes

1885 kcal


Sep 4, 2009

Eye Make-up