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Buying safe cosmetic products will benefit your health

Posted by editor On July - 5 - 2009

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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Make Up Tips for Girls with Glasses

Posted by Smurfette On March - 5 - 2009

I stumble upon this great video about make up for girls with glasses from MichellePhan on youtube. I think she did a very good job. Who says that girls with glasses can’t look good? I have a friend who wears glasses and always looks beautiful with it. I guess the trick is to know how to work it. Enjoy!

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MAC Makeup Brushes

Posted by Smurfette On February - 26 - 2009


I am always a fan of make up, even though my mom did not really teach me how to do it. I learn mostly from books (before youtube). As I’m getting better doing it, I learn that make up brushes are very important in achieving flawless make up. It does not matter if you use a hundred dollar foundation if your brush is not good, you will end up with uneven face. I evolved from using finger for my foundation to cosmetic sponge to flat foundation brush and finally to stippling brush.

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Expensive lip balm that works well

Posted by editor On June - 4 - 2008

My favorite hunt at the beauty counter has always been lip balms, cuz they’re a necessity for me. I have been trying lots of lip-balms and two of the best and my favorites so far are the “By Terry” Baume De Rose SPF 15 ($55) and “LA MER” Mint lip balm ($55)

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“By Terry” Rose Lip Balm

Our lips have some of the thinnest cover on our entire body. They are super sensitive to the environment since they don’t produce any moisture on their own. Therefore, as soon as we feel a crack, or a patch of dryness, our lips become extra sensitive.

Not only does rose smell feminine, sweet and light, but it contains essential oils necessary in healing dry, chapped and cracked lips.

by Terry Rose Balm Gloss, $50, has just created a new crystal case for their best selling rose lip balm! This lip balm contains a high concentration of lipid (fat) building rose wax which hydrates and nourishes the lips. It helps to repair, rejuvenate, strengthen, and fight early signs of aging in your lips. Plus, it smells great too. This gloss/balm plumps up your puckers ever so slightly and leaves them glowing and kissable.

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“LA MER” Mint Lip Balm

The Lip Balm infuses a potent concentration of the original Miracle Broth™ with marine extracts, botanicals and vitamins to regenerate the delicate lip skin.

This luxurious emulsion works on contact to soften roughness, relieve dryness and flaking and help heal seriously dry lips. A patented Lip Lipid Complex is the first line of defense. It delivers moisture, strengthening the lips’ minimal moisture barrier and helping to prevent further damage. An essential protein found in the arctic helps insulate vulnerable lip skin from extreme conditions of heat and cold. Mint comforts the lips and enhances the balm with a cool, refreshing flavor. Like Crème de la Mer, the results are immediate – lips look and feel smoother, softer, plumper – yet long lasting.

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Laser Hair Removal Consequences – Brazilian Waxing

Posted by editor On May - 18 - 2008
All women acknowledge good things when it come to “hairless fashion trend” that become more popular these days in our society, especially when spring/summer arrives. Brazilian wax is quite a regular, at least for me and among my female friends, but when you have to do it every so often sometimes kinda wonder of that laser option that promise to have it permanently remove (so don’t have to bother with regular waxing). As I researched more with the topic I came across this article (that really makes me stick with the regular waxing icon smile option):

Popularized in an episode of Sex in the City, it involves removing all body hair.

At Spa Radiance, the hairless look is growing in popularity. Angelina Umansky, owner, Spa Radiance: “This year has been the biggest year for Brazilian waxing ever at the Spa.”

Twenty-year-old Stella Chung is a regular client. Stella Chung, hair waxing client: “I want to make sure it’s clean there, and for hygiene issues, too.

” What about the pain? Angelina Umansky, owner, Spa Radiance: “We don’t use a lot of numbing creams because they take awhile to kick in. But we do small patches.”

Stella Chung, hair waxing client: “Initially, when I first got it done, of course it hurt. It’s more like a stinging feeling. But it’s really fast and quick. But when you get it done everything, three weeks or not, you get used to it.” And Stella says her partners prefer it, too.

Stella Chung, hair waxing client: “Usually, the partners that I’m with, they prefer the bare because I think it’s a whole trend thing.”

In fact, for an entire generation, hairless is becoming the new standard of beauty. For almost any female between 15 and 25, the message seems to be bare is better.

Male, name withheld: “It shows they just try to take care of their bodies. You know, like it portrays them more like femininity when it’s not so, when it’s hairy.”

Male, name withheld: “I’m just not attracted to hair, I guess. I don’t know. It’s not something that is appealing.”

Female, name withheld: “I know a lot of guys prefer it, and I know a lot of guys joke about women not being hairless in certain areas, and it is kind of weird. So I think there are social pressures to conform to being more hairless these days, for sure.Even in high school – that’s where it started, and it’s just getting to the point where most women are.”

There are real concerns here. First, this body hair has lots of functions, including providing protection and lubrication for tender tissues. And while shaving or waxing all your body hair is one thing, many women are turning to lasers for hair removal. But with any laser, there is the potential for burns and serious infections, like triggering a herpes outbreak.

For Berkeley physician Christine Brozowski, the demand for total laser hair removal is skyrocketing.

Christine Brozowski, M.D., physician and laser specialist: “It’s just a very popular thing.” She cautions in untrained hands, patients could be harmed.

Christine Brozowski, M.D., physician and laser specialist: “I think that laser procedures in general are very safe. However, when used not in the proper hands there is a greater chance of having a complication such as hyper, hypo pigmentation (those are changes in the skin color), or infection, or burning.”

She routinely pre-treats a lot of patients with an antiviral medication to prevent a herpes outbreak. Laser hair removal requires several treatments, six weeks apart to destroy the hair follicles during their growth cycle.

That leads to one more caution: Christine Brozowski, M.D., physician and laser specialist: “Your hair is not going to grow back. So you need to know that. It’s not a six-week thing. It’s that your hair is not going to grow back.”

Even more than tattoos or piercing, this is one fashion trend you may be stuck with for life.

Further complicating the problem is that many teens and young adults are getting treated at spas or salons – not at dermatologist’s office. So the risk of infection and burns is far greater.

Link : ABC news by Dr. Dean Edell

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Wine Country Perfect Escape

Posted by editor On May - 15 - 2008

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Napa Valley in California has long been known for its wine among travelers. These days Napa Valley is quite a popular destination especially among newly-weds, honeymooners, couples as well as food lovers, families, and freinds. Not long ago I discover this Kenwood inn & spa in sonoma county through a friend of mine. I tried staying there on the weekend, oh my it’s just so beautiful, like staying in the Tuscan country side. This place is really romantic, I’m just in love with its setting, architectures, more over they have pretty good gourmet breakfast cook to suit your need and excellent service.

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Eyelid Tapes

Posted by editor On May - 15 - 2008

eyelid tapeEver wonder how to get those creases going right on you? Well I found out about eyelid tapes, usually these are use for people with single eyelids (no crease above the lashes) so that they can make a crease, but people with double lids can use this too, to make their eyes appear bigger by putting eyelid tapes above their original creases. In States, eyelid tapes are quite a rare find, however I discovered that some nerve doctors use eyelid tapes for their patients who has weak eyelids (due to somekind of a nerve problem) which require support. To see the transformation of beautifying and enchancing those particular eyes’ looks you desire try to see what eyelid tapes can do right here.

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Deceiving Beauty

Posted by editor On May - 12 - 2008

curse of the golden flowerI always wonder how to get that full breast look especially for tube dress. I went on for a deep shopping search just before my wedding, asking everyone I know just as easy as “Do you know how to get that full breast look like those women in The Curse of The Golden Flower?” haha it does sounds a little weird, no? But actually it doesn’t at that time though. Anyhow I finally find something called underbust corset, I was so happy that I found it I told my mom about it being the secret of getting the look of women in “Golden Flower” and interestingly she even bought one herself =D.

Anyone wanting that full-breast look, especially brides-to-be (gonna be great under a tube or strapless wedding gown) perhaps it’s good to try owning some of these from absolutecorsets or lauren silva

Related post: corset push-up

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Celebrity’s Beauty Secrets – weight management

Posted by editor On May - 12 - 2008

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celery juiceAny weight complaints at all? maybe should try some of these celeb tips. I actually did try the tea suggestion, and I didn’t figure out how it actually work till I heard that you actually need to drink at least a glass of tea before and after meal, not just as you like it. It really does work on that slimming process, cuz tea actually prevent absorption of food if you do take it before meal, and help faster digestion (throw out all those oil excess from food) if you take it after meal. Hope this’ll help. Opss ya about that Donna Karan’s blend, I do heard that celery can make you slim because the body takes more calories to process the digestion of celeries compare to the calories the celeries bring for the body, hmm confusing but it’s the truth =p (give it a try snacking those celeries for getting rid of those extra pounds, lol)

“Daisy Fuentes has a quick weight lose trick of drinking one liter of chamomile tea and one liter of water daily– the combination accelerates fat burning!Diana Ross stays in shape by doing her own housework! “Cleaning is a tremendous stress reliever and keeps my body taut, ” says Miss Ross.

Supermodel Giselle Bundchen stays shapely by pouring hot stuff on her food for a natural thermogenic burn.

Donna Karan does a quick slim down by blending cabbage, apple, parsley, carrots, and celery in a juicer and drinking it for a day or two.

Susan Lucci observes a Portuguese diet staple– she snacks on sardines because their omega-3 fatty acids are essential for smooth skin.”

Thanks to peertrainer for the info.

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Natural Pimple Ointment

Posted by editor On May - 10 - 2008

tea baggreen teaNo one really know exactly on how to really get those pimples off the skin on faces. I’ve run to so many pimple medications and face care products, some are quite abrasive on skin and some mild with no effect at all. Till one day someone told me to use a tea bag on pimple, preferably the one from green tea. It doesn’t take a day to remove it though, but it works, at least for me. It’s the natural way to get rid of the pimple, so it’s more on the low-risk side than those chemical-made products. And if it doesn’t help just yet, try to take some zinc (from your vitamin tablets or food) I heard zinc can help get rid of pimple faster. Hope this’ll help.

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