Sunday, May 30, 2010

How to make dull hair alive?

Hi Everyone
Now that I am back from my vacation, I apologize to bore you with a very monotonous facial exercise series.  But, I can assure you that if you have diligently followed it everyday and will continue to do the same for a month, you should definitely see changes in your face. Now, coming to today's post, I am publishing a trick  that has been submitted by a reader of this blog and the complete credit of this post goes to the reader (jason@kolkatta). The reason I am publishing the comment as a post is to enable more number of people to benefit by it.

Take an adequate amount of sugar in a bowl and dilute it with lime juice. Divide your hair in sections and apply the mixture on the strands of your hair section by section. Do not apply on the roots. Let it stay for 15 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. It makes your hair come alive. This is a very useful tip for people with dull hair.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

MISS PHILIPPINES AT MISS BIKINI INTERNATIONAL 2010

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PRINCESS ANGELA BAUTISTA ABELLA
MISS BIKINI PHILIPPINES 2010
SHOTS TAKEN DURING THE
MISS BIKINI INTERNATIONAL 2010

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MISS PHOTOGENIC AT MISS BIKINI INTERNATIONAL 2010

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25th May - Miss Bikini Photogenic
Winner: Bosnia, Aleksandra Kovacevic

MISS BIKINI INTERNATIONAL 2010 UPDATE: BIKINI CHARM AMBASSADOR

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25th May - Miss Bikini Charm Ambassador
Winner: Philippines, Princess Angela Bautista Abella
Age : 20
Height : 168

1st Runner-up: Ukraine, Ulia Struk
2nd Runner-up: Malaysia, Veronica Ling Hsih Lin

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MISS BIKINI INTERNATIONAL 2010 UPDATES

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24th May - Miss Bikini Best Figure
Winner: Thailand, Thanjira Prapahan

1st Runner-up: Kenya, Diana Nekoye Sifuna
2nd Runner-up: Tatarstan, Elena Iskakova

MISS SINGAPORE UNIVERSE 2010 IS CROWNED!


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TANIA LIM
MISS SINGAPORE UNIVERSE 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

MISS ICELAND BETS FOR 2010 ARE CHOSEN!



Íris Telma Jónsdóttir (age: 19 years old) from Reykjavík, Iceland (Miss Iceland Universe 2010) She was also elected "Lanza Girl".
Fanney Ingvarsdóttir; Age: 19 years old, Height: 5'9 (175 cm) from Garðabær, Iceland (Miss Iceland World 2010)

Íris Björk Jóhannesdóttir - 3RD PLACE

MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL 2010

MIRIAM ABREAU OF VENEZUELA
MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL 2010 WINNER

MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL FIRST SECOND RUNNER UP

KELLY MCGUIRE OF AUSTRALIA
MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL 2010 FIRST RUNNER UP

MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL 2010 SECOND RUNNER UP

AMY DIAZ, USA
MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL 2010 SECOND RUNNER UP

MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL 2010 WINNERS

FIRST RUNNER UP - KELLY MCGUIRE OF AUSTRALIA
MISS TOURISM INTERCONTINENTAL - MIRIAM ABREAU OF VENEZUELA
SECOND RUNNER UP - AMY DIAZ OF USA

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sleep more to lose weight

Are you hooked to chewing your food yet? Here comes the next habit. I have already discussed this in a way. But, this time I would discuss this in context with weight loss.

Today's Habit: Proper Sleep is essential for weight loss.

Sleep is a very complex activity. We all know that. So, how does it contribute to weight loss? Sleep stabilizes the body functioning by releasing certain hormones. It relaxes the body and makes it function properly. So, not sleeping properly leads to hormonal problems. 

There is a hormone which makes us feel hungry. It is Ghrelin. Studies show that people who have trouble getting proper sleep produce more of this hormone which in turn increases your cravings and you eat more than your body can handle. And, these cravings are more for the junk food. Did you ever feel that you want to eat junk food? I do, sometimes. Now, we know the reason.
Then, there is another hormone, Leptin, which sends signal to our brain when you should stop eating. When you do not sleep properly, these hormones are produced in less quantity and obviously, when you do not know when to stop eating, you would end up eating more. 

So, now that you know that sleep can cause bad hormonal imbalances which lead to obesity, you should start taking proper sleep. Regular exercises aid proper sleep. Make sure you go to bed early and take deep sleep according to your body requirements.

INDIA'S BETS ARE CROWNED!

Femina Miss India 2010

NEHA HINGE - MISS INDIA INTERNATIONAL 2010
MANASVI MAMGAI - MISS INDIA WORLD 2010
NICOLE FARIA - MISS INDIA EARTH 2010

MISS GLOBAL TEEN PUERTO RICO 2010

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MISS GLOBAL TEEN PUERTO RICO 2010

VENUS RAJ IN PHILIPPINE TERNO

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MISS PHILIPPINES UNIVERSE 2010

MISS SLOVAK REPUBLIC UNIVERSE 2010 IS CROWNED

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MISS SLOVAK REPUBLIC UNIVERSE 2010

MISS UNIVERSE 2009 CROWNING PIX

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STEFANIA FERNANDEZ
MISS UNIVERSE 2009

MISS UKRAINE UNIVERSE IS CROWNED

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ANNA POSLAVSKAYA, 22
MISS UKRAINE UNIVERSE 2010

MISS HAITI VS. MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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MISS HAITI UNIVERSE 2010 - SARODJ BERTIN
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MISS USA UNIVERSE 2010

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RIMA FAKIH
MISS MICHIGAN 2010
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MISS MALAYSIA UNIVERSE 2010

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MISS MALAYSIA UNIVERSE 2010
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HOPE FOR HAITI




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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wash your hair with Baking Soda

What to use to wash our hair? This is a great concern. No one definitely wants to put any kind of chemicals on hair but then, we are not sure that the herbal shampoos are actually herbal or just a marketing tactic. And, some do not want to give up on their favorite brands. In one of my earlier posts, I told you how to convert your regular shampoo into a herbal one. But, again its not a completely herbal shampoo. I have bee wanting to wash my hair with sole baking soda since a very long time. So, yesterday, I finally decided to put it into action.

Well, the results are fabulous. No frizz, no hair maintainence and management issues. Just soft and shiny hair. But, washing with baking soda is quite a challenging job. It takes time to get used to a non-foaming shampoo. (Even the herbal ones foam.) And, for the first time, it took more time for me to shampoo my hair. I took an approximate quantity of baking soda and mixed it with little water to make a paste. Do not add more water. It will turn into liquid and you might not be able to wash your hair properly. I divided my hair into sections especially on the scalp. Make sure your hair is wet through and through. Then, took a little of the paste and rubbed it on the scalp. Section by section, I covered my whole scalp. Then, applied the paste on the hair body and waited for around 10 minutes. Your hair would feel dry at that time as opposed to using shampoos because of the powdery texture of  baking soda. But, it does not make your hair dry. Handle your hair gently to prevent breakage. Stand under the shower and wash off all the baking soda from your hair. Massage your scalp well to make sure it is thoroughly clean. Your hair would take a little more time to dry too. Do not oil your hair too much before washing it. You will need a huge amount of baking soda to clean it and it would take lot of time.You need not follow with a conditioner. Baking soda acts as a conditioner too.

Your hair would be more shine, bouncy and healthy after washing it with baking soda. Regular usage of baking soda also helps prevent split ends. You might take little time getting adjusted to baking soda as it does not foam and you might not be sure of the exact amount to use for your hair. After two-three trials, you would find that using baking soda is way more rewarding and guess what, you are not using anything chemical on your hair. So, go ahead try it and share your experiences.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Get rid of Split Ends

Split ends are ugly and make our hair look unhealthy. More than that, they actually make our hair unhealthy by climbing up the hair shaft. The only way to get rid of split ends is by trimming your hair up to the level where you are sure all your damaged hair is gone. Next step is to take care of your hair properly so that there are no split ends in the future.
  • First is to handle your hair very gently. Do not rub with a towel or use a rough accessory on it. Do not be harsh with it while drying it. Just gently squeeze the excess water out of the hair and let it air dry.Keep your combs and brushes smooth. If they develop jagged edges or get broken at any point, change them. The jagged edges or sharp broken points can rip off the hair. 
  • Proper nutrition and regular exercise is necessary to maintain beautiful hair. Why? As our hair grows from the follicle, it gets old. The tips of our hair is years old actually and due to the lack of proper nutrients and exercise and loss of proper capillary action in the hair, it becomes difficult for the hair follicles to provide proper nutrition to the ends of the hair. This is one of the reasons for even the hair getting dry as it grows past a certain length. Due to the lack of nutrition, the cuticle wears off and the hair strand starts splitting.
  • Due to the very same reason, we need to provide the ends with extra nutrition on a regular basis. If your hair is extremely dry or is prone to lot of split ends, do a weekly pre-poo on your hair. Egg and honey is especially helpful. 
  • Excess usage of hair products can also bring this calamity to your hair. Use only the most required of the products and make sure they are of the highest quality. Use as minimum amount as possible of any product. 
  • Mix a tea spoon of castor oil with two tea spoons of pure coconut oil and massage in into your hair with special attention to the ends twice a week. Dip a towel into warm water and wrap your hair in it. You can even take a steam for your hair. You can leave it overnight or wait for an hour or two and wash off with a mild shampoo. Do not forget to dilute the shampoo. After washing your hair, apply a intensive hair conditioner to the ends of the hair and stay for 5-10 minutes. Wash off. You can follow with leave-in conditioner.

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Chew more to lose weight

    Cute one, don't you think????
    Last week, I talked about walking as a simple exercise to kick start your day and reduce your weight. Today, I am talking about a habit which is often overlooked. But, it is the key to enjoy food and derive all the vital nutrients from it. Developing this habit would need a more conscious effort than others but it is the one which pays out the maximum.

    Today's Habit: Chew every morsel of your meal 35 times before swallowing.

    More you chew the food, more you are diluting it and breaking it down. Obviously, by doing this, you are helping your body to extract nutrients from it and digest the leftover and pass out the waste from the system. Chewing your food more sends your brain signals when you are full and need not eat more. This is not possible when you are, literally, galloping your food down your oesophagus. And, not only that, chewing restricts the amount of food you intake putting a control on over-eating tendencies. Thus, you consume less calories, extract more nutrients and help your body ingest those nutrients easily. This also increases the body metabolism as it has less work to do. 

    Breaking down the food is a very huge process for the body which needs lot of energy and sometimes, the food is excreted out of the body as it is without the nutrients being extracted from it which means you just added fat to your body but no vitamins or minerals. When you chew the food, your taste buds derive more pleasure with all the tastes. So, if you ever meet a food critic, you would notice they chew more to analyze every bit of taste which is brought to their palette. Become a food critic and remain thin. 

    I know it is almost impossible to develop this habit. Even, I had to instruct my mouth consciously to chew every morsel I eat at least 35 times. But, it was worth the effort. So, next time you sit down for a meal, remember to count 35 every time you put something in your mouth. Some of the food gets dissolved before you chew it 35 times but some foods need more chewing like salads and rice. To break them down, continue chewing till they completely dissolve in your mouth after counting 35. The effects will show in a month of your developing this habit. You would feel more fuller with less intake and more healthy than ever before.

    So, how many times do you chew your food?? Pin It

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Get rid of Double Chin

    Last time, I shared with you a video on facial exercises for anti-aging skin care. That video was the first in the series. Today, I would be sharing with you the second video. Do these exercises to get rid of double chin. 

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    Do you wear low-rise jeans?

    This post is for people who have love handles (larger belly) and like to wear low-rise jeans. I would like to point out a very huge disadvantage of wearing low-rise and super low-rise jeans. If you are a skinny person or with a flat waist, these jeans will compliment your figure. But, if you are a person who has a lot of hanging fat around, they sure do not look good on you. But, more than that, they increase your belly fat too. 

    Many people love to fit into the clothes which are many sizes smaller than their own. But, this practice cab bring a hoard of problems. Our skin is molded according to the clothes we wear. That is the reason we are asked to wear a bra. That gives support to our breasts and prevents it from sagging in an early age. Similarly, if we chose to wear a low-rise jeans, the fat on the abdomen is pushed up and accumulates there making you look even more fat.  And, if you have big butts, you can look really unflattering. And, worse still, if you wear the jeans often enough, the fat at the belly increases by an obnoxious amount because the skin gets accumulated there and your body will take a very weird shape. The problems increase if they are actually too tight for your body to be comfortable. For men, wearing too tight jeans actually cause infertility and damage to the testicles. You can read other implications of tight jeans here.

    If next time you are going to buy a pair of jeans, look for those which are comfortable enough to just sit on your body and provide complete flexibility to the legs especially the thighs and buttocks. You can check the comfort level by bending over while trying the jeans. Do not ever buy a pair of jeans without trying. and do not try to fit in the clothes small for your size. You will end up harming your body. Choose a pair of jeans which comfort and flatter you instead of choosing one in which your movements are restricted. For people with big love handles, choose a straight fit jeans which will sit comfortably on your waist and make the belly look flatter than the usual. Choosing what clothes we wear is as much important to our medical concerns as much as to our looks.

     A special appeal to mothers: Please encourage comfort sense with clothes among your daughters rather than fashion sense.

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Mango - Health and Skin Benefits


    The season of "the king of fruits" has come. Have you started eating mango regularly? It is a rich source of vitamin A. And, it is extremely good for skin too. Mango is rich in all vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C), minerals, proteins, carbohydrates (including sugar) and fiber. So, why not squeeze a little mango pulp and apply it on your skin for a beautiful smooth feel and to take advantage of all the nutrients in the fruit. Mango is good at getting rid of the blemishes and scars. Since mango is especially rich in Vitamin C, mango pulp is useful to treat pimples and acne.

    You can make mango shake. It serves as a great drink which can satisfy your hunger too. It would save you many calories to skip on the sugar and substitute it with honey. You can use the drink as an anti-aging mask too as mango is rich in anti-oxidants. You can even make use of green mangoes (which are not ripe and really rich in Vitamin C) to make 'Panna', a traditional Indian drink, which provides enough nutrients for the body to fight sun strokes.
    Caution: Please do not think of rubbing the mango peel on your skin. Mango peel contains a toxin named 'Urushiol' which can cause allergic reaction in the sensitive skin.

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    Walking for Weight Loss

    In the Lose Weight with simple Habit series, last week we discussed how drinking adequate amount of water can help you to lose weight. Today, I would be talking about another very simple habit which will help your body improve its metabolism and consequently, help in burning the fat more efficiently.


    Today's Habit: Take a 20 minutes walk or stroll daily

    Walking is among the most effective form of exercises without over-straining you. And, it is also one of the most effective weight loss exercises you can do. A 20 minute walk daily provides enough of the physical exercise you need to keep your fat burning consistently. Walking improves your metabolism and the amount of oxygen you inhale daily. Oxygen is important for the proper functioning of the organs and more oxygen you inhale, the better would the results be. Improved metabolism helps burn fat more efficiently and helps with easy digestion of the food. If you have ever thought of an exercise which will take care of every part of your body, Walking is your answer. You can walk any time of the day with whatever speed you are comfortable with. You need not do 'running walk' to help your body. A peaceful walk at a normal pace is enough to give your body a boost and if you are consistent, you would realize that your pace of walking improves day by day. One thing to remember is to take care of your posture while walking. Keep your back straight and chest stiff. Do not slouch while walking.

    Walking in the early morning is a very good way to give your body the fresh oxygen available. The air in the morning is purer than that in the evening. A slow walk in the morning air will awaken all your senses and you will feel your body has rejuvenated. It will keep you energetic all day long and your quality of sleep will improve if you stick to the habit. Do not forget to have a glass or two of water before beginning your walk. If you get bored of walking (which is kind of difficult), try to change your surroundings everyday. Walk along different paths everyday. Ask a friend to accompany you, take a jukebox along with you or observe nature on your walk. You can even plan on your day or take a 'me time' during your walk. When you make walking a part of your daily routine with such involvements, it will not feel as work but rather become a habit without which you will not be able to live. So, go ahead and take a walk now and feel the difference. 

    A tip: A Walk on soft green grass (wet with dew) early in the morning with naked feet. It is an acupuncture therapy and is great for eye sight.

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    Spinach - Mint Hydrating facial mask

    Not only are fruits great for our skin but some vegetables are fabulous for our skin. So, today, I am going to talk about a new facial recipe which has spinach and mint. Preparing the recipe is very simple and you can use it daily too. Spinach is full of all nutrients and mint makes your skin fresh and dewy.
    • If you wan to get fabulous results, take some stems of very fresh spinach and mint. If you have a kitchen garden, you can pick them in the early morning while there is dew on the leaves. 
    • Mix some honey with the leaves and blend them for a through consistency. For dry skin, you can substitute honey with fresh milk cream. Add the milk cream after blending the leaves. For oily skin, you can use lemon juice or tomato juice.
    • The mask would be very watery so make sure apply in appropriate quantities and it will run down your face. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with cool water. 
    • Alternatively, you can pound (or blend) the leaves together and squeeze them to extract the spinach and mint juice. Use a cotton ball to apply the juice on your face or you can mix any clay (or any other) mask using this juice.
    • You can make this mask from the leftover spinach which are not usable for cooking purposes.
    • Do not store the mask or the juice. Make the mask or juice fresh every time you plan to use it.

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Fresh Summer Skin and Hair Care Masks


    Summer is on the high and wreaking havoc on the skin and hair even if you have not been venturing out. Give yourself some soothing time with homemade facial and hair masks and regain your supple skin and bouncy hair. These hair masks include the use of only the most natural ingredients like watermelon, berries, baking soda. So, check out the recipes here.
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