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Barbie Doll vs Seductive Vampire for this Haloween

Posted by editor On October - 18 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Michelle Phan has always been my favorite inspiration for make-up, she’s just a naturally great artist. This haloween she shared two great make up ideas which I like so much one is for a cutie Barbie Doll look and the other is for the cool Seductive Vampire look, enjoy her make up tutorial to get the look.

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Wedding Band Design

Posted by editor On September - 27 - 20091 COMMENT

I found this really modern yet elegant design of wedding band which reminds me of some traditional classic oriental elements/patterns.

wedding-band

The wedding band design is custom made and designed for the groom and the bride.

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Thank you favor for guests – home entertaining

Posted by editor On September - 25 - 2009Comments Off on Thank you favor for guests – home entertaining

Recently I just held a house blessing at home and I did a lot of research for what I should give my guests when it’s time to say good-bye. I would like to give them a thank note but I think that’s quite simple so I decided to buy these martha stewart favor package from michael’s – it’s a pretty easy craft project (everything is pre-cut ready to fold I just need to add ribbon to make it a little prettier and for the filling I just need to toss couple of chocolate inside each of the daisy box) then voila I got my thank-you favor for my guests.

Another idea I found rather sweet is to use the real pink flower as a placecards:

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Analysis of World’s Happiest Countries From OECD and World Values Survey

Posted by editor On August - 20 - 2009Comments Off on Analysis of World’s Happiest Countries From OECD and World Values Survey

World’s Happiest Countries:

According to World Values Survey , the world’s happiest countries are:

1. Denmark

Population:
5,484,723
Life Expectancy: 78
GDP Per Capita: $37,400

The center of world happiness is neither an Alpine fantasy getaway nor a topaz Caribbean paradise. It’s a cold, windy, maritime nation on the North Sea that Vikings once called home and which was the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Danes proudly attribute their status as the world’s happiest country to a balance in managing a free and powerful economy, high standards in education, social safety nets, and wide acceptance of outsiders. Kate Vial, an American expat who has lived in Denmark for more than 30 years, says that the attitude among Danish people is summed up in one word—”hygge” (pronounced hooga). Difficult to translate and even harder to comprehend, hygge roughly describes a cozy, convivial sentiment that involves strong family bonds. “The gist of it is that you are not supposed to have anything to do except let go,” Vial says.

2. Puerto Rico

Population: 3,958,128
Life Expectancy: 79
GDP Per Capita: $19,600

With the U.S. rated at a disappointing 16th on the list of happiest countries, the World Values Survey saw fit to separate Puerto Rico, an American territory that’s culturally closer to its Latin American cousins. The result: The self-described “Island of Enchantment” ranked No. 2 in the world, despite having per capita income lower than Mississippi and receiving less than 15% of the Medicaid funding it would be allotted as a state. But Puerto Ricans, who enjoy permanent summer weather, a vibrant musical heritage, and idyllic emerald beaches, pay no federal income taxes.

3. Colombia

Population: 45,013,674
Life Expectancy: 73
GDP Per Capita: $6,700

Today it’s the world’s third happiest country, but “cocaine” and “cartel” are traditionally more easily associated with Colombia than “carefree” and “contented.” The change: Surging tourism and economic growth have accompanied the South American country’s efforts in recent years to reassert control over its decades-old rebel violence and lucrative drug operations. Even though per capita income is far lower than in the top 10 countries, Colombia’s literacy rate is 94%, well above the world average. And the ethnically tolerant country supports thriving coastal communities of Arabs, Jews, Italians, Germans, French, Portuguese, and Roma descendants.

4. Iceland

Population: 304,367
Life Expectancy: 81
GDP Per Capita: $38,800

It’s not as icy as its name suggests. No. 4-ranked Iceland, an island nation at the edge of the Arctic Circle, is home to a happy community of coastal residents who enjoy almost unparalleled economic and civic freedoms. Priding itself on egalitarian values, Iceland elected its first female head of state in 1980, and in 1996, Parliament passed legislation to create registered partnerships for same-sex couples, covering nearly all the rights and benefits of marriage. Additionally, with 99% fuel independence and no standing army, Icelanders appear confident about their future security.

5. Northern Ireland

Only 10 years ago, Northern Ireland was wracked by grisly religious violence known as “The Troubles” that killed thousands of Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Unionists. Now, thanks to peace, Northern Ireland—officially a “constituent country” of Britain—has emerged just ahead of Ireland to occupy fifth place among the world’s happiest countries. Since the start of ceasefires in the 1990s, millions of British pounds have been invested in the regeneration of Northern Ireland’s infrastructure, and a newfound pride and optimism is keeping young talent from emigrating. Like Ireland, the strengthening economy also is attracting foreign labor.

6. Ireland

Population: 4,156,119
Life Expectancy: 78
GDP Per Capita: $43,100

“Luck o’ the Irish” aptly summarizes the surprising optimism that pervades life in this sixth-ranked country, where the pub lies at the heart of cultural, social, and political life. Ireland’s starkly beautiful maritime scenery and captivating, lyrical language may explain some of its happiness, but economics likely play an even bigger role. Only a century ago, the Irish were fleeing famine and poverty by the millions. But since the 1990s, the “Celtic Tiger” has roared to life, turning Ireland into the second wealthiest country per capita in the world, behind only Japan. The change has brought hundreds of thousands of new workers from Eastern Europe and Asia to a place that now offers relative political stability and free education at all levels, as well as a focus on traditional values.

7. Switzerland

Population:
7,581,520
Life Expectancy:
81
GDP Per Capita:
$41,100

A stable government and a tradition of neutrality in the historical wars of its neighbors have helped make Switzerland a stronghold of banking and one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Its fairy-tale alpine setting offers breathtaking views at the top of the world. And its mixed population is an accepted facet of life: German, French, and Italian are all national languages, and two women have been elected president there since 1998. The Swiss also enjoy an unmatched degree of “direct democracy,” whereby citizens are able to directly petition the government to hold referenda that can topple laws passed by parliament.

8. Netherlands

Population:
16,654,313
Life Expectancy:
79
GDP Per Capita:
$38,500

Europe’s most densely populated country, the Netherlands’ famously liberal approach to recreational drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia make it the most socially tolerant society in the world—a factor that may contribute to its ranking as the eighth-happiest. Religion, on the other hand, plays little role: Fewer than 20% of people go to church in what has become a largely secular country. Unemployment is the lowest in Europe, and the U.N. Children’s Fund ranks the Netherlands first in the world for child well-being.

9. Canada

Population: 33,212,696
Life Expectancy: 81
GDP Per Capita: $38,400

Hard winters and a mind-numbingly vast expanse of land don’t get the world’s ninth-happiest people down. A member of the Group of Eight industrialized countries, Canada has enjoyed a rapidly growing economy since the early 1990s. Equalization payments are spread among richer and poorer provinces to maintain a balance in federal administration. Strong nationalism, ethnic and religious tolerance, and a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants and refugees also factor into Canada’s status as one of the world’s happiest countries.

10. Austria

Population: 8,205,533
Life Expectancy: 79
GDP Per Capita: $38,400

With a high standard of living, first-rate schools, and some of the best alpine real estate in Europe, this home of musical talents ranging from Mozart to the Von Trapp Family ranks happily at No. 10 in the world. Once the seat of the Hapsburg Empire, which reached as far east as Ukraine and Transylvania and as far south as Bosnia, Austria today supports a heterogeneous mix of people. Thousands of Hungarians and Croats live within its borders, as well as Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews, making Austria one of the most pluralistic nations in Western Europe.

According to Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the world’s happiest countries are:

1. Denmark

Satisfaction With Present Life: 90.1*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 92.3*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $68,362**

Unemployment Rate: 2%***
2. Finland

Satisfaction With Present Life: 85.9*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 88.0*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $55,344**

Unemployment Rate: 6.4%***

3. Netherlands

Satisfaction With Present Life: 85.1*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 88.2*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $55,453**

Unemployment Rate: 4.5%***
4. Sweden

Satisfaction With Present Life: 82.7*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 85.6*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $54,908**

Unemployment Rate: 6.4%***

5. Ireland

Satisfaction With Present Life: 81.1*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 91.4*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $63,788**

Unemployment Rate: 6.2%***
6. Canada

Satisfaction With Present Life: 78.0*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 87.3*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $46,799**

Unemployment Rate: 6.1%***
7.  Switzerland

Satisfaction With Present Life: 77.4*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 80.9*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $65,563**

Unemployment Rate: 3%***
8. New Zealand

Satisfaction With Present Life: 76.7*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 85.5*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $30,556**

Unemployment Rate: 4%***
9. Norway

Satisfaction With Present Life: 76.5*
Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life:
84.3*
2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita:
$98,822**
Unemployment Rate:
2.6%***

10. Belgium

Satisfaction With Present Life: 76.3
Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 75.5
2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $49,888
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

Absolute World’s Happiest Countries

So merging the two lists, the following countries are the “absolute world’s happiest countries” – these countries appears on both lists:
1. Denmark
2. Switzerland
3. Ireland
4. Netherlands
5. Canada

And the following countries appear on one list or the other list:

  • Puerto Rico
  • Colombia
  • Iceland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Belgium
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ShelfTrack™ Shelving: Quick and Inexpensive Way to Get Organize

Posted by editor On July - 29 - 2009Comments Off on ShelfTrack™ Shelving: Quick and Inexpensive Way to Get Organize

ShelfTrack™ Shelving system, obtainable from Lowel’s, amazon.com or other distributor, may help you get organized without the need to rip your pocket. It is quite easy to install making this a perfect Do It Yourself project. This ShelfTrack Shelving system originally designed for closet in mind, however its flexibility and functionality allow to serve for other spaces in home such as home office that may require storage and organizational solution.

Here are basic look of the wire shelftrack shelving system:

The component you will need most is the horizontal steel bar (A) and the vertical steel bar with holes puched on it (B). Once you have this installed with a correct measurement that you want then everything else as simple as putting the shelf support (C) and the shelving on top of it. You may even customize to have shelving, drawers, shoe-rack, book-shelf, etc.

Here are some of the finish look:

Another good thing about shelftrack shelving system is that it can come with wood finish on it’s edge, so for those who are uneasy about the the bare wire look may opt for this option.

available from closetmaid.com

Have fun trying to get organize.

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Gardasil HPV Vaccine

Posted by editor On July - 29 - 2009Comments Off on Gardasil HPV Vaccine

I don’t know how many women out there are being terrified by cervical cancer and urge to take the gardasil vaccine. I personally think the vaccine is still at its infancy and before you do anything to yourself, please do research.

I found out these videos from youtube is a must share, please take time to get yourself informed:

and I found this sad video of a young female whose life is ruined by gardasil vaccine:

source: YouTube, Naturalnews.com.

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How do you get that beautiful big eye look?

Posted by editor On July - 5 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Most of the time eyes are quite the essential part that make-up artist try to work the longest to define the look. Well when you have to go to a party and don’t have the time to do long make up for the eyes there is a simple and easy solution to get away from putting liners, mascara, but still look the best.

I just have to stick with this techniques now since I have a very sensitive skin especially around the eyes and a speck of dust can really irritate me… so I tried to not apply mascara and eye liner but thanks to this fake eye lash solution from shu uemura that can help me looking the best without the need of eye liner and mascara.

Try to use this “Soft Crosses” fake lashes from shu uemura that will render a very natural looking lashes AND LINER too:

here’s a picture of my fake lashes application without mascara and without eyeliner just simply putting the fake lash on top of natural lash using shu uemura glue:


I think this is very suitable for sensitive eyes, just very careful and light when applying the eye lashes glue. As of my case I apply very very thinly and let it sit for about 3 – 5 seconds before applying it to the top of the lashes. Good Luck!

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Before you buy any cosmetic or make-up products be sure to know its compositions & ingredients because some of its ingredients may be harmful to your body. I recently buy some cosmetic products from “make up forever, Paris” but after going home and research I found this article from Fitsugar.com and decide to return these products.

Toxic and harmful things inside cosmetic ingredients label that you might want to avoid:

1. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens: Used as a preservative to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life. Preliminary research found parabens in human breast cancer tumors.

2. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA): Foaming agents that can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, and dryness of the hair and skin. DEA and TEA are toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time, and are associated with cancer in lab animals.

3. Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea: Often used as preservatives, the American Academy of Dermatology has found these chemicals to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis (irritation caused by foreign substance). Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic.

4. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: This is a cheap, harsh detergent used in many shampoos for its ability to cleanse and foam. Often derived from petroleum, it causes eye irritation, dry scalp, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Be on the lookout for pseudo-natural products that list this ingredient with the phrase “comes from coconuts” – it’s still bad for you.

5. Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly, this is a mineral oil derivative that can clog your pores. This in turn disrupts your body’s natural ability to moisturize its own skin, leading to dryness and chapping. Manufacturers use it because it’s really inexpensive. Want to know what else you should avoid? Then read more

6. Propylene Glycol: Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural, but it’s usually made from synthetic chemicals. It has been known to cause hives and eczema. Beware of related chemicals labeled PEG and PPG.

7. PVP/VA Copolymer: A petroleum-derived chemical that’s used in hair styling products and some cosmetics. Considered toxic since if inhaled, it can damage the lungs.

8. Stearalkonium Chloride: This toxic chemical was designed by the fabric industry for use as a fabric softener. Companies use it in hair conditioners and lotions because it’s much cheaper than natural conditioning ingredients such as proteins.

9. Synthetic Colors: Labeled as FD&C or D&C and followed by a number, these make products look pretty but can be carcinogenic.

10. Synthetic Fragrances: Labeled simply as “fragrance,” there’s no way to tell what chemicals are actually in the product. People can get headaches, dizziness, rashes, and respiratory problems from them. People may also experience hyper-pigmentation, which means this chemical may cause brown spots to form on your skin.


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Albarracin in Spain

Posted by editor On June - 28 - 2009Comments Off on Albarracin in Spain

Albarracin in Spain is a small village in the northeastern part of Spain in the area called Aragon. The village is known for its beautiful structures built of carved wood and stone decorated with ornate iron fixtures produced in the local forges. A striking reddish color dominates the houses that are perched on narrow streets on the steep hillsides. The region, one of the least populated of Spain, is famous for its cured ham and Moorish influence.

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In Love with Zhang Ziyi’s Dress

Posted by editor On June - 24 - 2009ADD COMMENTS


I think Ziyi’s dress in Coco Chanel Igor Stravinsky Premiere 2009 suited her very well. She rendered a simple yet elegant image of a lady here. If you asked who designed this – too bad I don’t have any idea who is the designer of this gorgeous piece of pink silverish dress, but I would love to hear a comment if any of you know the designer of her dress and her purse. The purse might have been a Judith Leiber but not so sure…
And I really love the backless part of her dress, see it below:

I like the low cut back that seems to drape perfectly on her petit body, however I dislike is the rather horizontal lining of the dress’s texture especially on the under breast portion somehow it appear as to stretch out someone’s belly and doesn’t really help shaping the body (unlike versace dress in where women’s body’s part always seems to be enchance to be better, in my own oppinion).

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