Wednesday, October 26, 2011

just having a nail art moment

some nail art that i adore, these aren't my work but i dont remember where from. apologizes.

12 of the worst things you can do to your hair

Not getting regular hair cuts - YOu will end up with quite bad spilt ends which you'll end up needing to cut off anyway and your hair will start to look obviously overgrown and thats not a look you wanna go for.

Washing your hair everday - It can be good for your hair to get a break from daily washing, drying and styling. Skipping the shampoo on occasion will help colour stay richer. Try every other day washing and if your hair looks oily on day 2 use a tad a dry shampoo or hair powder on the roots.

Using too much conditioner - If you use too much product on your hair, it will build up and cause the hair to look dull and lifeless. Only apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair

Overheating your hair - You may be literally burning your hair, to protect your hair use a something to specific protect from the heat

Fighting your hair's natural texture - There's wrong with trying to straighten or curl your hair, but if its humid outside you may just want to leave it at it natural state because the second you walk outside it will turn back to it.

Choosing the wrong styling products for your hair type - You need to select the right hair products so that your hair will look its best just like you choose products for your skin type.

Thinking that more is better - Even if you're using the right product, using too much can still ruin your look and it can actually make your hair harder to style. Start with as little as possible and add more as you go.

Pulling your hair back with any elastic - Ensure that its covered without any metal showing as one thats not (including an elastic band from your draw) will snag in your hair causing breakage and possibly even pulling hair out from the root.
Getting stuck in a style rut - Take a look at photos from 10 years ago and then look in the mirror, if your hair looks the same, your in need of a change. it doesnt mean that you have to make a major change either

Brushing your hair too much - The old advice about giving your hair one hundred stokes a night is not a recipe for healthy hair. It leaves hair more vunlnerable to breakage and brush wet hair is never a good idea. Though just a quick brush once or twice a hair is healthy for the scalp and using a wide tooth comb after you get out of the shower.

Ignoring the health of your scalp - If the folllicles aren't keep clean and healthy, then you won't produce healthy strong hair. Treating it well can simply include giving it a little extra massage everytime you wash your hair to stimulate it and making sure you wash off all residue as it could clog the follicles.

Pulling out your grey hairs - Pulling it out will make it grow back wiry and because it will be short, it will stick up straight. so your better off going for a rich colour hair dye to cover up the greys.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

quick age defying hair tips

As you get older, your hair starts to dry out and get dull. Begin to pay more attention than you would have in the past and you may not have to cut off your locks. Get short layers instead of keeping it the one length and invest in a good conditioner and get regularly trims. Apply a leave in conditioner on a regular basis and avoid products with alcohols that dry and damage your hair.

When you are dying your hair at home, focus on the roots and leave the dye on this section for the full length of time. Then run the rest of the dye through the rest of the hair for the last 5 to 10 minutes.
Dont choose the wrong colour for your skin tone, women often go too dark for their skin tone and it draws attention to wrinkles, looks severe and can make the skin more sallow. Golden colours make hair and facial features softer and younger.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Habits that Skinny People live by.

How do those people that have lost the weight stay thin? Well they live by these habits to help them keep the weight off and you can start when you’re trying to loose weight.

Eat an early dinner - stop eating at least 3 yrs before bed and your body is better primed to burn fat instead of creating more.

Weigh yourself daily - It is believed that those who get on the scales daily lost twice as much weight as someone whp weighed themselves less often.

Eat a boring diet - the novelty of new foods drives us to consume more, so by removing the novelty, we feel fuller faster.

Reward yourself - once you have established a healthy routine, you need to establish a reward sysem. A great way to stick to a low-calorie diet is to reward yourself with a small dessert everyday that is less than 200 calories, but remember its only if you deserve it.

Read diet and exercise tips - being exposed to nutrition and exercise advice led people to make smarter diet and lifestyle choices for themselves. To ensure you stay focused, read information on these sorts of things daily if you can.

Eat breakfast - it's not called the most important meal of the day for nothing - eating a nutritious morning meal jumpstarts your metabolism and prevents you from overindulging throughout the day.

Take snack breaks - snacking somethings get a bad rep, but planning nutritious snacks throughout the day can actually keep you skinny. Consuming low-sugar, high-protein snacks promotes weight loss. The reason: healthy snacking keeps your blood-sugar from spiking, prevents hungers pangs, craving and body fat storage.

Drink water - In a study of women who added 1 litre of water to their diet daily lost five extra pounds over the year. Replace half of what you drink with water and you'll save 23 pounds per year!

Order one item - Resist the temptation of ordering a 'value' meal and only order the one thing, you'll save cash and calories

Choose whole grains - Those who add whole grains to their diet loose more belly fat than those who don't. The healthy dose of fibre helps slow digestion: keeping you fuller for longer.

Eat spicy food - A chemical compound called capsaicin, found in chili peppers, acts as an appetite suppressant. Capsaicin has also been shown to boost metabolism and fight inflammation. The take away: Routinely adding spicy ingredients like cayenne or red pepper to your meals is an easy, flavorful way to stay slim.

Sleep for 6 to 8 hours each night - lack of sleep is known to increased appetite, lower willpower, and bolster cravings for high-calorie foods

Manage stress - Deal with work, money and relationship related stress can lead to weight gain. When you stress, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that promotes abdominal fat storage. If you find yourself overwhelmed in your work or personal life, try incorporating stress-reducing activities into your day. Join a yoga class or go for a jog, and when you start to feel stress coming on, pause and take deep breaths.

Take the stairs - Simple choices like taking the stairs can be just as important as formal exercise if you want to stay trim

Chew throughly - chewing more and eating slowly causes people to ingest fewer calories.

Dont eat on the go as it can lead you to quickly inhale a ton of calories before your body has time to let you know it's full.

Walk after meals - take a walk after dinner as light post-meal exercise can lower your blood sugar and prevent your body from storing fat.

Keep healthy food on hand - Surround yourself with healthy options, store nuts or fresh fruit, pre-cut vegies and leave in the fridge to snack on.

Learn to take a joke - laughing for 15 minutes each day can help you burn 10 to 40 calories, depending on your body size and the intensity of your laughter.

Eat protein - those that increase their protein intake to 30 percent of their overall diet ate roughly 450 fewer calories throughout the day and lost about 11 pounds of he course of 12 week.

Avoid dinner distractions - With laptops, smartphones, and iPods aplenty, we've become accustomed to round-the-clock entertainment. But your mealtime may be one time of day we should fight our addiction to amusement. With these distractions, its found that they consume more unhealthy snack foods later.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

odd notes to remember

just over reading a fair few different blogs, ive gather up a bunch of random information that may be of use to you, so have a lookie.

Bath in milk or red wine to hydrate your skin from top to toe.
Use peppermint oil to plump lips
Pour cranberry juice over hair to boost the colour.
Olive oil can be used for smooth hands and cuticles or in a bath for silky skin or as a conditioner. run through your hair, put your hair up in a towel in 20 mins and shampoo off.
Water and milk into a facial spray to keep skin hydrated.
Rub strawberries over teeth to get rid of surface's stains and whiten them
Use a conditioner as shaving cream if you're run out of the normal stuff.
Vaseline can be used as lipglouss, lip balm, make up remover, under eye moisturiser, foot and hand cream, mix it wif left over lipstick and turn to lipgloss.

Hopefully they are helpful. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

healthier hair..

Want healither hair? Here's a few simple tips to help you get there.

Remove product build up and hard water depoists that makes hair look dull. Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy. Mix one part vinegar and five parts water into a spray bottle and apply it to your scalp. RUb it in until it gets fizzy then rinse clean with cool water. Follow with a light conditioner and your hair will feel soft and look shiny.

Hydrate hair after sun exposure and the best way to do this is with a hair mask. Crush a little bit of rosemary, sage and fenugreek seeds and put into a cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth and steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Next warm the olive oil on the stovetop, add herbs and blend well. Once it has cooled, apply to scalp and massage in. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave for 20 to 30 minutes, then shampoo out.

If you've got dry, dull, and colour-faded hair, try a lemongrass oil mask. Lemongrass oil does wonders for hair as it goes into the cortex of the follicle, filling the shaft and leaving your hair silky and shiny.

If your hair isn't looking any better after that, it may be time for for a hair cut. Only cut off a cm if you dont want to shorten your length, and try to get it done regularly.

make up update

recent make up looks ive done..

and some old favourites.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

bad acne habits

Have you got acne, are there things that your doing that makes it worse than what it could be? These things could be stopping you from clearing up your acne?

Squeezing your pussy pimples/blackheads - doing this can spread bacterica from underneath your fingernails as well as the bacteria from the pimple. It can also leave scarring on the face.

Using make up with ingredients that cause irritation - Avoid these offends: artifical colour, look for FD&C in the ingredients list which means this product has artifical colours. These can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Lanolin which is basically sheep sebum, it can be good for dry skin but not for oily skin. Mineral oil leaves a film on your skin trapping dead skin cells and bacteria and can also give you milia. Petroleum is oil as you may have guesse and you don't reall need to be be putting more oil onto your skin. Isoproyl myristate which can actually make your skin feel less greasy but it also clog pores and irritates the skin. Artificial fragrance irritates the skin and causes breakouts.

Over-drying your face - Drying out your skin will actually cause your glands to produce more oil. The skin naturally tries to correct itself, therefore if it feels dry it will try to balance the situation by producing more oil. Be gentle with your skin and keep it hydrated.

Pressure (literally) - also known as pressure induced acne which is acne caused by physical pressure on your face, be it from your mobile you are constantly on, an instrument or simply your hand resting on your face. This pressure not only exposes you to bacteria, it forces the bacteria against your face

Stress - You are aware that stress gets your heart racing, stomach churning and causes wrinkles, it also increases the hormones that can cause acne. So try to find ways to help yourself chill out.

Your laundry schedule - Think about it for a second, your face lies on a pillow case for hours each night and if its not clean, you're bascially rolling around on dead skin cells and bacteria. And that towel of yours? If its not fresh from the dryer, you could be wiping germs all over your newly cleansed skin. Suggestions are that you change your pillow case one or two times a week and using a fresh towel daily.

Using dirty make up applicators - You need to think about your actual brushes that you are using on your skin. remember to only use a make up sponge once and clean your brushes once a week with a brush cleaner or shampoo.

Your diet - its not exactly true when they say chocolate and hot chips give you acne, its an overall unhealthy diet that effects your skin. Frequently eating foods that are known to spike your blood sugar levels will mess with your body and cause acne.

Wearing the wrong clothes - fibres in your cupboard such as polyester and lycra can trap dead skin cells and sweat against the body. Try to choose clothes with natural fibres and that your skin can breathe in.

Smoking - There is evidence to suggest that smoking causes acne. It has been identified that non-inflammatory acne to be common among frequent smokers. They also found that smokers who had experienced acne in their teen years were four times more likely to have acne as an adult than non-smokers who also had acne in their teens.

Spraying perfume - The perfume you use can irritate your skin aswell. Make sure to avoid your face when applying, an easy way to do this is spray onto your wrist and dab it onto your neck.
Being lazy with your routine - When you skip cleansing your skin and moisturising, it can undo all that you've done for your skin. It is also not good to get frustrated with a current acne treatment routine as it takes about a month to see improvement.

Tanning - Even though the sun dries out your skin, baking in the sun is not a way to clear up acne. Over-drying your skin will cause it to produce more oil, and tanning also increases cell production which means more dead skin cells.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

skin sins

There are things that we are doing every day (nearly) that are not only affect our skin, but our health as well. Learn about what these bad habits are and avoid them for healthier skin and a healthier you.

Not having a home care routine, I see several clients weekly that come into the collage clinic saying that don’t do anything at home or they only just rinse their face. They may have really good skin (which they must be damn luckier, cause I can’t explain it just yet) or they don’t have good skin: they’ve found that it ages too quickly, they are still having pimples pop up. A basic routine includes cleansing once in the morning and twice at night if you’ve been wearing make-up, following up by applying eye cream and moistuiser. Ensure you exfoliate twice a week and use a mask once a week.

Basic aging habits are also part of these skin sins that include not using sunscreen daily, not drinking enough water, consuming too much alcohol, smoking, too much junk food and caffeine, too little exercise and too little sleep.

Not using oil on your face - Most people would freak at the idea of putting oil on their face, especially if you have oily skin. But using oil can actually decrease your oil production. Sounds crazy, i know. Overcleansing the skin is known to stimulate the sebum glands which promotes more oil production whereas applying oil to your face can have the opposite effect and actually slow oil production and make you less shiny. Essentials oils that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal are good at killing bacteria that causes breakouts. Apply this oil at night when you don't mind looking a little bit greasy.

Eating diary and other inflammatory foods - The hormones in cow's milk have androgenic affects that can cause acne in women. They can worsen acne issues and accelerate aging. So it is best to find calicum in other forms such as leafy greens and tofu.

Using too much cortisone - They tend to be in your first aid kit at home and are used for bug bites, rashes, etc. But we tend to forget that cortisone is a steriod and long term use can lead to tachyphylaxis which is when the skin gets so used to having cortisone around to control any inflammation, it reacts if you suddenly stop using it and becoming 'angrier' and itchier than ever. Overuse of cortisone also causes collagen to break down, which leads to thinning of the skin and worst case - stretch marks. So remember to use this product safely - only using a small amount, not using it for more than two weeks and only when you need it.

Not airing out your makeup brushes - While we know that we should wash our brushes, once a week, there is the common mistake of not airing them out after washing them. So remember after you washed, leave them out till they are bone dry and see your doctor if you develop a rash.

Using recreational drugs - while there are obvious health reasons to avoid recreational drugs, now there's another consequence that can result if you just say yes. You could find crusty, purplish areas of dead skin on your body that have a good chance of getting infected.

Taking supplements without a doctor's approval - Certain supplements can interfere with prescribed medications. Even if your not on any meds, mixing supplements can be hazardous to your health

Drinking your water instead of eating it - We all know the 8 glasses a day rule, but it turns out that your body doesn't retain a lot of that water, since it goes right through you during your bathroom breaks. The secret to retaining water is by eating it. Suggested are food with large quantities of H2O such as watermelon and zucchini. As a general rule, starting eating more fruits and vegetables, which have higher percentages of water than processed foods.

Getting refills of prescription pills without seeing your doctor - Some medications for your skin need to be monitored closely as they can affect your liver, blood pressure, etc. So its best to check with your doctor before getting your next refill.

sassy sexy sarah

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Monday, October 3, 2011


some of my nails that ive done, most of them are not nail art.. and im not that good. but i honestly just love a good polish of the nails.

i do know of some good nail artist, swatch and learn, daily polish and the nail pro

core exercises to trim your waistline

Some tips before you begin working on your waistline, you need to keep your body in a neutral position when doing these exercises to protect your muscles and joints. Go slowly and carefully for maxiumum effect and cutting fatty foods from your diet can help zap tummy fat as well as walking.

Basic Crunch - Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpeted surface with feet planted firmly on the ground. Cross your arms over your chest and using the strength of your abdominal muscles, lift your upper torso off the floor toward your thighs. This movement should be very short. Don't attempt to touch your thighs, as this can overstress your lower back. Keep constant tension on your abdominal muscles throughout the exercise and with a controlled motion, return to the starting position.
Do 10-12 reps per set; work up to two sets.

Oblique Crunches - Lie on your left side on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Bend your knees and curl slightly at the hips. Clasp your hands behind your head. Raise yourself up slightly by lifting your upper torso off the floor, contracting your waist. Return to the starting position. Keep your core engaged throughout the entire exercise.
Do 10-12 reps per set; work up to two sets. Repeat the exercise on the other side of your body.

Bicycle Maneuver - Lie on your left side on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Bend your knees and curl slightly at the hips. Clasp your hands behind your head. Raise yourself up slightly by lifting your upper torso off the floor, contracting your waist. Return to the starting position. Keep your core engaged throughout the entire exercise.
Do 10-12 reps per set; work up to two sets. Repeat the exercise on the other side of your body.

Captain’s Chair - Sit up straight on a sturdy, armless chair or weight bench and grip the sides to stabilize your upper body. Slowly draw your knees up toward your chest. Hold for a moment, then lower slowly.
Keep the motion of raising and lowering your legs very controlled. Concentrate on using the strength of your abdominal muscles to push through the exercise, or else you could place too much stress on your lower back.
Repeat 10-12 times; rest briefly and repeat.

Vertical Leg Crunches - Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Extend both legs straight up in the air so that they are perpendicular to the floor. Place your hands lightly behind your neck. Keep your core tight and engaged. Slowly raise your head, shoulders, and upper back off the floor--no more than 3 to 5 inches. To protect your neck, be careful to not use your arms to pull your neck up. Hold for a moment, then return to the starting position.
Repeat 10 to 12 times per set; work up to two sets.

Half Roll-Ups - Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpeted surface with your legs stretched out and your arms at your sides, palms facing down. Press your ab muscles into the floor, flattening your arch.
Lift your shoulders and upper torso off the floor, forming a "C" shape--about half way up. Your head should come up last. Slowly return to the starting position, following the same path, with your head touching the floor last.
Do the rollup 10-12 times per set; work up to two sets.

Plank - Lie face down on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Rest on your forearms with your palms flat on the floor. Keep your spine in the neutral position. Push off the floor so that your body is parallel to the floor and raise up on your toes. Rest on your elbows. Keep your back flat and your body in neutral alignment from your head to your heels. Think of your body as a table being supported by two sets of "legs" (your arms and feet). Hold this position for as long as you can, up to 60 seconds. Work up to repeating three to four times per session.

Side Plank - Lie on your side on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Raise your body off the ground and balance yourself with your forearm and the side of your bottom foot. Rest your other arm at your side. Make sure your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Contract your abdominals.
Hold this position as long as you can, up to 60 seconds.
Work up to repeating 3 to 4 times per session. Repeat on the other side.

Back Extensions - Lie on your stomach on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Rest your arms at your sides. Gently contract your lower back muscles and lift your chest 3 to 5 inches off the floor. Don't strain; just raise your chest as much as you can. Hold for a moment, then slowly lower.
Repeat the move 10 to 12 times per set; work up to two sets.

Hip Extensions - Kneel on an exercise mat or carpeted surface and place your hands on the mat, under your shoulders, about shoulder-width apart. Keep your spine in neutral alignment. Slowly lift an opposite arm and leg up together. Pause, then return to the starting position. Repeat with the other arm and leg.
Alternate in this fashion 10 to 12 times per set; work up to two sets.

Wood Chops - Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a light dumbbell or medicine ball with both hands. Bend at your waist and hold the weight at your right side. Keeping your hips forward, sweep your arms up and across your body in a diagonal until your arms are over the left side of your body.
As you perform this move, make sure you're lifting from your core to produce the rotational movement.
Repeat this movement 10 to 12 times for one set; work up to doing two sets. Then repeat the move the other way.

trying out my medusa make up

i used some on my new make up, on a few different occassions. trying it out on my boyfriend's niece. and the rest on me. and im really loving, the different colour mascaras.