Saturday, July 31, 2010

Oat meal face pack

A very Happy Friendship's Day to you all!!
Today, I would be sharing with you a simple face mask recipe made from oats. The oats which we eat are equally good for our skin. They provide smoothness and suppleness to the skin. 
  • Mix a handful of oats in honey and use it to cleanse your skin. 
  • Indulge in oat bath. Put a handful of oats in a muslin or cheesecloth and tie it. Put the cloth under running water in the bath tub. The water would turn milky in texture. After filling your tub, you can use the cheesecloth as a sponge to cleanse your body. 
  • Prepare a face mask of oats by grounding them and mixing them with milk. 
Voila! Your skin would turn soft as a baby's bottom. Go on and enjoy these face masks.

Who Will be the Next Stefania Fernandez?











Friday, July 30, 2010

Why is good posture important?

I have already talked about the effect of sleeping posture on our height and exercises for better posture. Now, after speaking about those things, I want to talk about why maintaining a good posture is actually important. There are definitely some obvious reasons like improving self-confidence and your appearance.

The first and foremost benefit is that you do not ever get back aches. Spinal Cord is the first thing which gets affected due to a bad posture and over the years, it loses its strength. Maintaining a good posture makes sure that you spinal cord has strength. Do not strain your spine. And, a proper posture helps in increasing your height as I have already pointed out in my earlier posts. 

Then, there comes benefits of decreased risk of injuries, proper airflow in the body and increased energy levels. Oh, and before I forget, let me point out that a poor posture enhances your body fat and flab. Also, you seem lethargic and convey vibes of sluggishness.

Now, how to improve your posture?
  • Walk with your shoulders forcibly held back and head should be held parallel to the ground. This will put stress on your shoulder blades but that is fine. It will be there until you get used to it. 
  • Always walk with foot facing forward instead of an outward open position. This will help prevent any knee pains in the future.
  • Sit in an upright position in a high backrest chair. Make sure that you provide support to the small of your back too. Otherwise, you will end up with back problems.
  • Do not let your spine remain curved at any time of the day.
  • Hold your neck in a relaxed and upright position. You do not have to stretch the neck forward or high like a camel. Just be comfortable and always hold it in such a way that your face is parallel to the ground.
These are some of the ways in which you can improve your posture and look better. 

Miss World Curacao 2010 is Crowned!

Angenie Anamaria Simon (24, 1.73m, Willemstad) is the new Miss World Curaçao 2010. She will represent Curaçao at Miss World 2010 in Sanya, People's Republic of China
on October 30th.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why not to get a laser surgery done?

Eye Sight has increasingly and alarmingly become a very common ailment of the recent times thanks to the evolving technology which keeps us addicted to it. But, eye sight also depends on various other factors like your genes, reading habits and nutritional deficiencies.And, now, again thanks to technology, we have various innovative ways to avoid looking geek with huge glasses on our faces. Though, I would say some people look much better in specs than without. You just need to choose the right one for yourself. Contact lenses and Laser surgery have become much in demand these days. Both of the methods have their pros and cons.

I wanted to share with you an article which I came across. The article lists down various reasons for not getting a laser surgery done. Some of them are correct but some are just precautions. But, the most important point is the manipulation of the cornea done during the surgery. To speak in a layman language, cornea is a thin transparent covering over the black of the eyes. It increases or decreases in its thickness according to the eye sight. If you have negative vision, cornea gets thicker and viceversa. So, during the lasik surgery, the thickness of the cornea is manipulated according to the needs to restore the eye sight correctly. In this process, the cornea flap has lot of chances of getting damaged. And, moreover, there is a very high chance of getting back into the specs sooner or later after the operation. So, in case you are considering getting a lasik done, I would suggest you to go through this article and and then decide.

A request: Would welcome all your suggestions and comments whether they support or refute the article. And, in case, I have made a mistake, please feel free to guide me to the right knowledge. 

Miss Venezuela is Miss World Next Top Model 2010

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A picture made available on 28 July shows Huneidy Ramos from Venezuela (C) after being crowned as Miss World Next Top Model 2010 contest, in Casino du Liban Northern Beirut, Lebanon, late 27 July 2010.
Huneidy Ramos is flanked by First Runner Amanda Alwan from Lebanon (2-R), Second Runner Adriana Pena from Costa Rica (2-L), Third Runner Rugile Musauskaite from Latvia (L) and Fourth runner lona Opopritenko from Denmark.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Exercises for better posture

I was talking about relation between sleeping posture and height yesterday. So, continuing on the same lines, I would also like to bring to your attention that posture is something intrinsic to the way we carry ourselves and the older we grow, we slacken our postures and cause harm to our bodies. So, today, I would share with you some exercises for better posture. Read about the exercises here. 
And, let me remind you that better posture not only makes you look more beautiful, it improves your self-confidence, helps with self-esteem issues you might have and causes your body to lose unnecessary weight and makes you look even more attractive. So, start practicing these exercises for better postures from today.

Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004

Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005



National Costume: Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2010

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MISS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
CARNIVAL QUEEN
'Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is the most significant event on the islands' cultural and tourism calendar. It is said that if the islanders are not celebrating it, then they are preparing for it, while reminiscing about the past year's festival'

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National Costume: MissPuerto Rico Universe 2010

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MISS PUERTO RICO
EL YUNQUE NATIONAL FOREST
'Located on the island of Puerto Rico the lightning storms that occur there were to the Spaniards the sound of a giant hammer hitting an anvil (yunque in Spanish). El Yunque reflecting the cultural and historical feelings of the Puerto Rican people as islanders' national pride and is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System'

National Costume: Miss Nicaragua Universe 2010

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MISS NICARAGUA
DIABLESA DEL XOLOTLÁN - CAPITAL CITY MANAGUA'S NATIONAL PRIDE
'It is the largest city in Nicaragua in terms of population and geographic size. The costume represent the most important symbols of the city: the feathered snake legend, footprints of Acahualinca and the former cathedral of Managua. Fantasy and colours representing the country characteristics'

National Costume: Miss Mexico Universe 2010

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MISS MEXICO
DIOSA DE LA MADRE TIERRA - EL CASTILLO: KUKULKÁN PYRAMID IN CHICHÉN ITZÁ
'El Castillo (Spanish for castle) is the common and familiar name given to a Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the Mexican Yucatán. Built by the pre-Columbian Maya sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries AD, El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkan'
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National Costume: Miss Malaysia Universe 2010

MISS MALAYSIA
KELANTANESE QUEEN SITI WAN KEMBANG
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'A legendary queen who ruled over the region on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula towards the end of the 14th century. She was famous for her beauty and wisdom. Legend has it that her never died but instead "disappeared" into the mystical world, and reappears from time to time'

National Costume: Miss Honduras Universe 2010

MISS HONDURAS
NATIVE MAYAN
'A Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. It was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world'

National Costume: Miss Costa Rica Universe 2010

MISS COSTA RICA
PEAFOWL NATIVE CARNIVAL QUEEN

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'A country in Central America ranked 3rd in the world, and 1st among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index. Around 25% of the country's land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world. This costume represent the nature and the happines of the Costa Rican people'

National Costume: Miss Colombia Universe 2010

MISS COLOMBIA
INDIA CATALINA
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'An indigenous woman who accompanied Pedro de Heredia and played a role in the Spanish conquest of Colombia, acting as interpreter and intermediary. In Colombia today, India Catalina remains as an icon of the extermination of the Precolumbian inhabitants'
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National Costume: Miss Belgium Universe 2010

MISS BELGIUM
BELGIAN TENNIS PLAYERS NATIONAL PRIDE

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Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are two of the most successful female Belgian tennis players ever. Tennis is in Belgium the king of sports and everyone there
dream to be like his favorite tennis stars.
Clijsters and Henin are a clear example of personal superation
and determination for women in Belgium.

National Costume: Miss Australia Universe 2010

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'This costume represent the contemporary Australian women young and fresh.
A mix between modern and traditional costume concepts.
"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" here we go! Australian mode rocks'

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Miss Philippines Meets Manny Pacquaio

Just like the successes of Manny Pacquiao at the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Venus Raj said she wants to bring home the crown from the same venue when she competes in the Miss Universe Pageant on August 24.

Before flying to the United States, Raj paid a courtesy call on Pacquiao, the 7-division world champion and Sarangani province congressman, on Tuesday.

Raj was evidently excited to meet the “Fighter of the Decade” for the first time. She had some boxing gloves signed and even asked Pacquiao for advice on how to win in Las Vegas.

“Basta kailangan confident ka. Isipin mo lang nasa Pilipinas ka lang. Marami naman mga kababayan natin doon na susuporta sa iyo,” Pacquiao told Raj. “Tatawagan natin mga kaibigan doon para matulungan ka.”

Raj, who is set to go to US on Sunday, was very thankful for the encouragement that Pacquiao gave her.

“Ang saya-saya ko talaga… Thank you talaga,” Raj said. “Gusto ko manalo tulad ni Manny.”

No. 1 in Miss Universe poll

Raj is aware of the stiff competition in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant, that is why she is doing everything she can to return the crown to the Philippines.

The last time a Filipino was named Miss Universe was in 1973 when Margie Moran won in Athens, Greece. In 1969, Gloria Diaz became the first Miss Philippines to win as Miss Universe in the pageant held in Florida.

Meanwhile, Raj expressed happiness over her No. 1 ranking in the online rating of fans in the Miss Universe website.

“Thank you talaga sa lahat na nagsuporta, alam ko hindi lang mga Pilipino iyon,” she said.

As of posting time, Raj is trailed by Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson at No. 2, Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete at No. 3, Miss Colombia Natalia Navarro at No. 4, Miss Indonesia Qory Sandioriva at No. 5, and Miss USA Rima Fakih at No. 6.

The 2010 Miss Universe Coronation Night will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center on August 23, Monday.

The pageant will be aired live on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on August 24, Tuesday. –With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sleeping posture decides height

It does sound strange, right!! I am not sure actually if it a verified scientific belief but I am sharing this with you because I feel it might be true to a certain extent. But, not necessarily for all. Sleeping is one of the most important activities in our life. If you know, we sleep for more than 1/3rd of our lives! I know that its a lot. So, definitely the way we sleep would have some or the other effect on our body.

There are a lot of ways people sleep and the most common way is to get curled up and sleep on the side or stomach. This might be a great way to get deep sleep but definitely not good for your height. Because, it severely restricts your spine from getting relaxed and comfortable. And, if your spine is not straight, you would look almost 2 - 3 inches shorter than your actual height. You know that when you get up in the morning, you are an inch or two taller than your normal height and when you go to bed at night, you lose those inches. This is because of the gravitational pull on your spine. Now, as to the number of inches you lose, it also depends greatly on you.

So, if you want to increase your height and look taller, the best way is to sleep flat on your back. Or, no matter how you sleep, just make sure that your spine is straight. You can tuck a pillow in between your knees if you sleep on the side or under your knees if you sleep straight to prevent exerting pressure on your spine. I have noticed that if I sleep on my back, I tuck one of my legs under the other and if I sleep on my side, I tuck my hands in between the knees. This is probably just an instinct of the body to avoid strain on the spine. Not using a pillow is also a good thing for your spine but many people are used to using a pillow so use a small pillow instead of a high one. It will give relief to your neck and avoid uncomfortable postures which you might develop while using high pillows. And, regrading the mattress, use one which is not too soft and not too hard. Rather, choose one which is a bit towards harder side instead. It is good for the health of your spine. And, believe me, you do not want to get back problems ever in your life. I am sure all people suffering from back problems will agree with me. If you never encountered one, you are lucky and strive to remain that way. And, console yourself that it sure makes you look taller too.

Monday, July 26, 2010

How to avoid wrinkles during sleep?

Don't we all love to sleep like Garfield????

A wrong sleeping posture has been attributed to the increasing premature wrinkles on our faces. This is for people who do not sleep flat on their backs. And, if I am not wrong, many of us actually fall under this category. Many people do not feel comfortable and get deep sleep if they sleep flat on their backs and since childhood, we get used to sleeping on our sides and on our stomachs. Personally, I feel there is nothing wrong with that but it is certainly true that sleeping in those postures creates folds on the skin which on a prolonged time develop into fine lines and then deep crevices in the skin. So, if you want to avoid that happening to your face, you should practice sleeping straight on your back. Or, you can find various other home remedies to get rid of wrinkles here.

Well, I am not very sure I would ever be able to follow this advice. So, I started searching out for alternatives. The simplest answer which I thought was to apply a little on oil around the eye area to prevent the skin from wrinkling. Yes, it is as simple as that. You can take a drop or two of coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil or vitamin E oil straight from the capsule and massage it gently into the skin around the eyes and also on your lashes. Take care not to let the oil enter your eyes. This way, you skin remains moisturized around the eyes and does not get wrinkles. And, applying the oils like coconut, castor, vitamin E and almond also makes sure that the already fine lines go away. And, the added benefit of massaging the eyelashes with oils is that it ensures better growth of eyelashes. Just remember to wash your hands properly before applying the oil. You can substitute the oils with any natural body butter you have. Shea or Cocoa butter will also do a good job. And, you can also go for milk cream or white butter which is the perfect home remedy for removing the tan and darkening around the eyes due to exposure to sun. But, sleeping on your back still remains the best way to keep the wrinkles at bay.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Always have a bottle of calamine lotion {Product Review}

Lactocalamine Skinsurance Classic for oily skin
Just a small advise from my side for everyone irrespective of their skin type is to always have a bottle of calamine lotion at home. Sudden and unexpected outbreaks are no irregular in the lives we lead even for the driest of the skins and in the unlikeliest of the weathers. These outbreaks are all thanks to our lifestyle and the pollution around us and not to forget the amount of chemicals we are slathering.

So, always keep a bottle of calamine lotion or a clay mask. And, when ever you have an outbreak, you can use either of them. A topical (on spot) application is fine with the lotion where as a clay mask should be done for the complete face. And, if I am not wrong, I should say a weekly or monthly application of a clay mask is actually not a bad idea for any skin type because it absorbs all the dirt from the skin and balances the oil production.  

You can read this post to know why clay masks are necessary for skin. So, go and get yourself a calamine lotion today if you do not have one and you would not be bothered with pimples and acne and other outbreaks. Calamine lotion works well for short notices and temporary fixes and acts as a great foundation for your make up without making your face oily. And, it also holds make up for long.

Miss Korea World 2010 is Crowned!

Sora Jung is 2nd runner up
in the Miss Seoul.
She will represent Korea in
Miss World 2010 and Miss Universe 2011.
She is 19 and stands 5'7.

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Miss Maryland is Miss Teen USA 2010

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Miss TEEN USA 2010 - MARYLAND - Kamie Crawford
1st Runner-Up - ILLINOIS- Lexi Atkins
2nd Runner-Up - CALIFORNIA - Emma Baker
3rd Runner-Up - UTAH - Angelia Layton
4th Runner-Up - MISSISSIPPI - Haley Sowers

THE TOP 15 FINALISTS
- ALABAMA - Ashlyn Alongi
- ARKANSAS- Megan Burgess
- FLORIDA - Alyssa Rivera
- KENTUCKY - Taylor Hubbard
- NEW YORK - Thatiana Diaz
- OKLAHOMA - Kandis Holt
- TENNESSEE - Kristen Rose
- VIRGINIA - Jacqueline Carroll
- WASHINGTON - Camilla Cyr
- WYOMING - Caroline Scott

SPECIAL AWARDS CONGENIALITY
IDAHO - Hosanna Kabakoro
PHOTOGENIC - TEXAS - Chelsea Morgensen

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