Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Strappy Sandal Summer time is near!
Lush Volcano Foot Mask: A power-packed list of ingredients including cinnamon leaf-oil, clay, potatoes, tomatoes and papaya make an all-natural treat for your tired feet. After just ten minutes your feet will feel softer, smell sweeter and seem cooler, all without the spa-sized price tag. For feet which emit toxic gases! This thick effective mask has clays to draw out deep-down-dirt, fresh papaya and lemon for cleansing, deodorizing tomatoes, astringent herbal decoctions and anti-fungal essential oils. $20.95, www.lushusa.com
Ms Manicure- The Smooth Groovy : 2-in-1 Foot Brush & Pumice bristles deliver the best clean in town, while the pumice sloughs away dry skin and calluses to uncover softer skin. Plus, an easy-to-hold handle gives you a sure grip. $2.99, walgreens.com
Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme: natural foot cream combines coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There’s also a hint of natural rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired soles. $9, burtsbees.com
Olay Body Thermal Pedicure : Self-heating, exfoliating scrub for soft, smooth, and soothed feet 16.99, amazon.com (This product is currently being discontinued but you can still buy it online at Amazon! This is my all time favorite foot scrub!)
An inadequate diet is the most common cause of brittle chipped nails. Adding more protein and calcium to your diet will help to strengthen undernourished nails and Nail beds.
Biotin (a.k.a. vitamin H) can improve weakened nails. Foods to Try: Bananas, beans, cauliflower, eggs, lentils, peanuts and salmon.
Protein intake is important for many reasons, notably when it comes to nails. Nails are made of structural proteins known as keratin, so adequate dietary protein is important.Lean meats are the easiest way to pack protein into your diet. Foods to Try: Chicken, eggs, lean red meats, lowfat dairy, nuts, seafood, soybeans and whole grains
Zinc is another nutrient active in helping the immune system function properly, and DiBona also notes that it plays an important role in the formation of your connective tissues. Zinc is a component of hundreds of enzymes in the body, some of which regulate the body’s ability to make new proteins that will become building blocks of healthy nails. Foods to Try: Cashews, green beans, lean beef, lobster, oysters and soybeans.
Tippy Toe Tips
- Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corner this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board.
- Alternate your shoes each day. Since the feet have sweat glands, your shoes will absorb moisture from your feet, so it is important to allow your shoes to dry out completely.
- Where 100% Cotton Sox’s,They’re best for absorbing dampness, thus preventing fungal infections.
- Make your nails as strong as a horse’s hooves, and take 300 micrograms of the B vitamin biotin four to six times a day. Long ago, veterinarians discovered that biotin strengthened horses’ hooves, which are made from keratin, the same substance in human nails. Swiss researchers found that people who took 2.5 milligrams of biotin a day for 5.5 months had firmer, harder nails. In a U.S. study, 63 percent of people taking biotin for brittle nails experienced an improvement.
- Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc, they’ll do wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake.
- Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nails buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow, says Galvez.
- Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. It protects your nails. If you prefer color, use a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a top coat. Color should last at least seven days but should be removed after 10 days.
- Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails. Use acetate-based removers instead.
haut,” means “nails” in German
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Pump up the Volume, Pump up the Shaft…
give your Crown of Glory Body& Soul
Carol’s Daughter, Tui Jojoba and Shea Butter Hair Sheen: A moisturizing hair oil and finishing aid infused with natural botanicals that restore healthy-looking shine and reduce frizz, while nourishing hair. apple a day keeps spots away! This product delivers a faceful of the apple’s awesome ingredients. A natural antioxidant, it increases skin’s radiance while a dose of salicylic acid assists in preventing future breakouts. Skin appears smooth, bright, and clear. $17, CarolsDaughter.com
Ojon,Intensive Volumizing 2-Minute Hair Mask: aromatic herbal-scented body-building hair mask for two minutes and this glossy, body-building soufflé will pump up fine, weak hair. Fortified with nine natural boosters selected for their high content of essential lipids including Ojon oil, Peruvian Amaranth, Brazilian Melscreen Coffee, Meadowflower, and sesame seed oil, this mask boosts the condition of thin, lifeless hair without harsh silicones. $29.50, Ojon.com
Ojon, Volume Advance Volumizing Conditioner: it’s like a protein shake for fine, limp hair. This daily volumizing conditioner fortified with nature’s hair-repairing golden elixir plus Peruvian Amaranth, Lemongrass Extract, Soy and Wheat Protein helps hydrate hair from inside the hair shaft out to increase volume. Special micro-boosters help support and firm fine hair’s structure so it can hold voluminous styles all day. Flat, deflated, pin-head hair poufs up and looks full of itself. Hair is full, soft, and shiny. $23.50, Ojon.com
Foods rich in vitamins E,C,B6, B5 and A are essential in promotion hair growth. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that not only makes your skin glow but improves your scalp circulation, stimulating hair growth.
Vitamin C, also an antioxidant, helps in maintaining the overall health of your hair. Vitamin B6 has a part in the creation of melanin, which is responsible for giving your hair its vibrant color. Vitamin B5 helps prevent premature graying of your hair. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is like vitamin E because it also helps in improving the blood circulation at your scalp. Vitamin A assists in the production of natural oils to prevent your scalp from drying and becoming flaky scalp. Vitamin E is found green vegetables and raw nuts. My personal favorite way to receive vitamin E is eating brocolli with blue cheese dressing or having a Naked Juice in Green Machine. Vitamin C can be found in citrus and juicy fruits such as oranges, lemon and berries. You can get your share of vitamin B6 from cereals, eggs, and beans. Vitamin B5 can also be found in most sources of vitamin B6. Vitamin B3, on the other hand, can be obtained from fish and white meat such as chicken and turkey. Vitamin A, of course, is known to come from carrots, but peaches and apricots are excellent sources, too.
In addition to making lifestyle changes, taking the following supplements every day can boost hair growth for many people:
- Vitamin B-complex – 50 mg. of the major B-vitamins (including folate, biotin and inositol)
- Vitamin B-6 – 50 mg. of vitamin B-6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E – 400 to 800 IU daily
- Beta-Carotene – 10,000 to 15,000
- One recommended daily dose of magnesium, sulfur, zinc
- Silica (horsetail) – 300 mg. daily
- Flaxseed oil - one tbsp daily or one tablet
- Beta-Carotene – 10,000 to 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily
Hair Growing Tips:
- Eliminate or cut back on smoking, caffeine and carbonated sodas which weaken the body and block maximum hair growing potential.
- Eat a healthy diet. Avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat.
- Treat your hair like a piece of fine old lace. Treat it carefully avoiding any unnecessary brushing, combing or handling.
- Avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers or other hair care tools that may stress the hair.
- Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles.
- Do a series of ongoing hot oil treatments to protect the hair’s shaft.
- Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.
FYI: Sleep in a Silk Sleep Bonnet to prevent spit-ends and to retain moisture to the hair .
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
As you can see, some brands are not affected by the economic slowdown. To put it all in perspective, here are a few more numbers for you guys: Apple is the No. 1 technology brand with a value of $153.3 billion, Nike is No. 1 apparel brand valued at $13.9 billion and Toyota is the No. 1 car brand with a value of $24.2 billion.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Take a look and judge for yourself.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Alexander McQueen was a rare breed of designer, one that used fashion to instill ideas into society and push the boundaries of what was deemed acceptable. His love for art history, design and the arts really stood out in his amazing works that were created with such detail and expertise that they are all works of art in themselves.
The Metropolitan Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty does a beautiful job of showing his genius by taking us into his mind and exhibiting not only his clothing but bringing the visitor into the at
mospheres and performances he created in his runway shows and presentations. Where as much of his work is very dark and battles ideas of good vs. evil and heaven vs. hell, the show successfully illustrates the more romantic side of McQueen’s personality. The designer, who left us in a very dark and dramatic way last year, was probably a very sweet and romantic person, the type of person that we don’t always associate with the themes he discussed in his work.
With Alexandre Mcqueen: Savage Beauty Andrew Bolton gives us a powerful view inside the mind of the designer. Where as I have sometimes thought that exhibits at the Costume Institute fell a little short of what they should be, with this one they do a terrific job of showing us the art of fashion and the the brilliance of this true Créateur. I have never met McQueen but I’m sure he was an incredibly loving person. His passing left us with a legacy that will be remembered as being that of one of the great geniuses in the history of fashion.
For a taste of the exhibition see the below video:
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty runs through July 31 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For more information visit theexhibition website.
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