Fashion: satinshimmers

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Pleasure at no expense
Online shopping, enjoying the intriguing pleasures at no expense. There is no fierce crowds or sales assistants; there is no noise pollution – think all the music blasting from different stores, think bugis street! The perfect place to shop is probably from home, online. Being one who abhors crowds & noises, online shopping is a huge relief.
Online Fraud
However, to shop online, it also means we are more proned to frauds, especially since we are unable to see/touch what we are buying, unable to see even the seller.
Buy only from the known
Hence, always exercise caution when making online purchases. Buy only from people you know whom exist, such as an acquantaince or even friend’s friend’s friend. Alternatively, there is always livejournal communities to help. But beware, not all communities are stringent with who post what, plus communities do not endorse any of their members. Hence, the bottomline is always to buy only if you know the seller, either in person, through friends, or through the feedback that the particular seller has.
satinshimmers
And today, I recommend satinshimmers, whose owner is a friend of mine. Have a look at all those classic, timeless pieces! Quote HAPPYHOTCAKES for a 10% discount.

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Home Remedy: Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask with Aloe Vera

Great Skin Treat

Mud from the Dead Sea, which is located in Israel, has a high salt and mineral content. Dead Sea mud also has a high sulfur content, which cleanses and purifies the skin.

Dead Sea mud serves well as both an exfoliator and a cleanser. It is said to:

  1. Detoxify and purge impurities from the skin
  2. Tighten and tone
  3. Improve blood circulation
  4. Eliminate stiffness and pain when heated
  5. Hydrate skin
  6. Aid in skin regeneration

Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask with Aloe Vera

Because of inflamed skin, I decided to enhance the healing properties of the mud with Aloe Vera.

Add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel to 1 teaspoon of Dead Sea mud. Mix well. Apply on skin and wash off once it dries.

Try this soothing mask for that deeply cleansed, yet hydrated sensation!

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Health: Blood Group Diet

Exams have finally ended for me, which grants me time for more research and blogging here!

 

Blood type does influence your health

Now, how often has blood type been linked to your health and even personality? Did you even know that diets can be planned in accordance to your blood type so as to minimise effort and to maximise results? And no, diet does not refer to eating less. In this context, it means eating the right food in the right way.

 

Predisposed to Stomach Troubles, Ulcers and Thyroid Disorders

I started researching on the link between blood group and health because of my prolonged vulnerability to stomach upsets. The research has turned up this particular article, of which I can relate to. Findings have revealed that people with blood type O has a higher level of stomach acid than any other blood types. This is also the cause of overly frequent stomach troubles such as stomach upsets and ulcers. In addition, this little excerpt is taken from the site:

Type O’s tend to have low levels of thyroid hormone and often exhibit insufficient levels of iodine, a chemical element whose sole purpose is thyroid hormone regulation. This causes many side effects such as weight gain, fluid retention and fatigue.

Type A’s carry a risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Type AB’s has a sensitive digestive tract. Among all the blood types, those with type B are the ones who are considered the healthiest and fittest! You can also read about other blood types here.

 

Blood Type determines Personality

Much like how the Westerners read on horoscopes, in Japan, they read on blood groups. All the articles I read stereotyped the 4 main blood groups, with blood type O as the outgoing and energtic ones. Type A’s are mildly tempered and intellectual; type B’s are empathetic; type AB’s are unconventional!

People with blood type O people are outgoing, energetic and social. They are the most flexible of the blood types. They easily start up projects but often have trouble following through because they give up easily. They are flighty and not too dependable. O types always say what’s on their mind. They value the opinion of others and like to be the center of attention. Also, people with O blood are extremely self-confident.

Read the excerpt and more at here and here.

 

Type O’s are Meat Eaters

This is so apt that even friends who know my eating habits got a shock! I’m mostly a meat eater, hardly touching any greens. I hate them. But very unfortunately, the diet plan suggests low carbohydrate for me (how sad, I love my potatoes).

Here the prescribed diet is low-carbohydrate, high in proteins (such as meat and fish), and low in dairy products. They should limit the intake of wheat germ, whole wheat products and corn. The author suggests specific foods to avoid; such as avocados, brazil nuts and oranges. Type O are commonly affected with hypothyroidism, high stomach acid (leading to ulcers), and thinner blood with greater resistance to blood clotting.

Generally, the blood groups are classified as:  Type A being Vegetarians, Type B being Omnivores and Type AB being Mixed diet eaters.

Type A should avoid red meat, eat plenty of fish and vegetables, with a low dairy intake. Type B should consume a balanced diet and avoid chicken and bacon, eat plenty of meat and dairy, some fish, and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Type AB has a sensitive digestive tract and should consume a vegetarian diet, avoiding chicken, beef, and pork but enjoy seafood, tofu and dairy produce.

More can be read at here

Now that I’ve finally determined what’s lacking in my system, my next step is definitely to get the appropriate supplements and eating the right food!

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For all skin types: Neroli Hydrosol

More than just Calming

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, as I’ve been down with intestinal infection, very sadly. While recuperating, I discovered a few properties of the Neroli hydrosol that I had, which makes it so wonderful!

Most people know this hydrosol only as one with pleasant scent and with a calming nature. But guess what? There are more to it than you know!

Regulates and Hydrates

It is great for oily skin as it regulates oiliness. Neroli hydrosol can be mixed with other hydrosols for different effects: with Rose hydrosol for dry and mature skin; with Witch Hazel to clear acne and blemished skin, especially if the skin lacks moisture. In fact, Neroli hydrosol can reduce the appearance of fragile or broken capillaries and varicose veins as well with regular usage.

Powerful Astringent

Enlarged pores are often results of overactive oil glands. While regulating the sebum production, the hydrosol effectively minimises pores, making skin look smoother. This property of the Neroli hydrosol is heightened when Witch Hazel hydrosol – another strong astringent – is added.

Carminative

Because of the intestinal infection that I was down with, symptoms such as flatulence and nausea were easily eased with this wonder hydrosol. I massaged the hydrosol on the tummy to relieve flatulence; as well as from the neck all the way down to the chest, in order to ease the nausea I was suffering from.

Eases Muscle Aches

Another use that I had for Neroli hydrosol was for the aches I get in the thighs, especially after shopping trips.

Multi purposes

Intrigued by the many usages of this hydrosol, I did a quick search and found all these amazing properties of it! More of the uses can found here.

  • Antidepressant – alleviates depression
  • Antiseptic – destroys microbes and prevents their development
  • Antispasmodic – prevents or relieves spasms, convulsions
  • Antitoxic – helps counteract effects of bacterial toxins
  • Aphrodisiac – an agent which is used to increase sexual desire
  • Carminative – relieves flatulence, eases abdominal bloating
  • Cicatrisant – helps wounds to heal
  • Deodorant – to inhibit the growth of bacteria which cause odors
  • Febrifuge – combats fever
  • Sedative – reduces nervous tension, stress and anxiety
  • Stomachic – good for the stomach, gastric tonic, digestive aid
  • Tonic – invigorates, refreshes and restores body functions

Scent needs getting used to

I must admit that while all sites claim that the scent of the Neroli hydrosol is uplifting, it does not seem so to me. In fact, it has the musky smell that takes me some getting used to.

Conclusion

I will definitely repurchase this! You may get this from Yours Essentially or from Whoopeekiddies.

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Home Remedy: Clove Powder for Acne

Clove is used to treat skin conditions because of its antibacterial properties. Both clove and its powder contain salicylic acid, which gently exfoliates skin to unclog pores.

Ingredients

  1. 2 teaspoon of clove powder
  2. 1 teaspoon of  honey

Remedy:

  1. Mix the 2 ingredients together to achieve a paste-like consistency. The end result should not be too fluid as it may drip.
  2. Apply the paste on blemishes immediately.
  3. For better results, store the paste in the fridge overnight and apply the next day.
  4. Paste can be used on the blemishes twice daily. Leave paste on the blemish for at least 30 minutes each time, or until paste dries.
  5. Paste does not sting due to the honey present. After washing off the paste, skin will feel a slight tingling, refreshing sensation.
  6. Add 2-3 drops of mint juice (and add more clove powder as required to make a thick paste) to minimise redness.

Personally, I observe better results after the paste has been stored in the fridge overnight. The new acne disappears in a couple of days, while the old ones flatten, but retain their redness. I have yet to try the mint juice version, because I have not found it.

Credits to Leon for the recipe.

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Review: Lavera Neutral Range

The Neutral range by Lavera is the most expensive amongst all the others. Neutral is specially formulated for sensitive skin. Being a very gentle and unscented range, it’s suitable for individuals for allergies and even eczema.

 

Certified Natural, Environmentally Friendly and Cruelty Free

Lavera adheres to the strict guidelines for the Certified Natural Cosmetics set by BDIH in Germany, which is the toughest certification process for natural and organic products. In addition, Lavera was ranked #1 in 2008, in a study on safe cosmetics conducted by an influential magazine in Germany. Read more about Lavera here.

 

Neutral Cleansing Gel

Features: All-natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals, free from parabens and the harmful SLS.

Packaging: Tube with flick-open cap.

Texture: A very light gel, does not foam.

Smell: Unscented.

Effects: Leaves skin feeling clean and not tight.

Recommendations: For all skin types, from dry to oily, from normal to sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water, Grain Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate

Please take note that Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is a safe, skin-friendly cleansing agent derived from coconut and palm oils.

Other comments:

This cleanser is mild and does not irritate my already-blemished skin. However, because this is in the form of a very light gel, the cleanser cannot remove make-up completely.

In fact, prior to using the cleansing gel, I had already removed most of the make-up (ie, BB cream only) using an awesome cleansing water (Mandom Cleansing Express Lotion). Yet the cleansing gel was still unable to remove the residual.

On the contrary, this product is perfectly gentle enough as a daily day cleanser, or for days when no make-up is put on.

Only slightly more than a pea-sized amount is needed to clean my face each time, but any squeeze of the tube will dispense an amount greater than needed. Perhaps I need more practice to squeeze out the right amount and avoid wastage.

 

Neutral Facial Fluid

Features: 

  1. Organic Evening Primrose, Sweet Almond Oil & Sea Buckthorn, which are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), provide anti-inflammatory soothing action.
  2. Jojoba seed oil heals and calms dry, irritated skin.
  3. Shorea Butter restores elasticity to dry, stressed skin.
  4. Licorice Root extract is highly anti-inflammatory. At the same time, it lends brightening and clarifying benefits to tender tissues.

Packaging: Tube with screw-top cap.

Texture: Light, lotion-like, non-greasy.

Smell: Unpleasant, but bearable. Dissipates very fast upon application.

Effects: Hydrates well as a day cream.

Recommendations: For normal to sensitive skin types and for combination to oily skin types.

Ingredients: Water, Olive Oil*, Grain Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Tricaprylin, Squalane, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sweet Almond Oil*, Shorea Butter, Jojoba Oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Vitamin E Acetate, Shea Butter, Xanthan Gum, Irish Moss, Lysolecithin, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Licorice Root Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E, Rapeseed Sterols, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin C

* ingredients are from certified organic agriculture

Other Comments:

The fluid moisturises well enough as a day cream, but when used alone as a night cream, I woke up to an oily T-zone. The Neutral range has a Face Cream to be used for this purpose, but as I’ve not found it in local shops, I’m unable to try it.

Easily absorbed because of the light texture, it’s ideal for combination to oily skin as it hydrates without clogging pores. However, the texture may be too light for those with dry skin.

Like the cleansing gel, only a pea-sized amount is needed to moisturise the whole face. Unfortunately, wastage is hard to avoid as product is always dispensed more than required, due to the screw-top cap design.

 

Overall

The Neutral range has left no adverse effects and the Cleansing gel is my current HG cleanser. At $7 each, I’d say go for it! But, when the price goes back to the usual range of $30 – $48 each, I just might not repurchase.

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Save at: Watsons, Guardian, Phyto Organics

What a deal, what a steal

Now’s the best time to shop for those toiletries and even to stock up, because of the many promotions available.

  1. Watsons (26 feb – 25 march) – 30% off and many more; for those interested in organic skincare, there’s more than 50% off!
  2. Guardian  – 30% off.
  3. Phyto Organics (ends on 21 March) – 20% off on Mukti (Certified Organic Skincare range); Lavera & Yes to Carrots items are going for $7 each, with a minimum purchase of any 3 items!

 

Phyto Organics

It’s located at Raffles City Shopping Centre, B1-74. You can find it next to The Soup Spoon.

My friend chanced upon this shop and discovered that Lavera was going at 3 for $21, instead of 2 for $21 (which happens to be the promotion at Watsons). She informed me, of course. I rushed over the day after my exams had ended.

Lavera

Yes to Carrots

I bought many goodies from Lavera and Yes to Carrots, worth more than $200, but which I’ve only paid $70 for, all thanks to this very worthwhile promotion! Items from Lavera and Yes to Carrots ranges can be mixed and matched to get 3 items.

The friendly SA there (the one who served me was Jolin) even gave me a few samples to try out.

 

Updated buys as on 11th March

 

From Yes to Carrots:

  1. Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
  2. Hair & Scalp Moisturising Mud Mask
  3. Deliciously Rich Body Butter
  4. Pampering Hair Mud Conditioner x 2
  5. Pampering Carrot Juice Shampoo x 2

From Lavera:

  1. Neutral Cleansing Gel
  2. Neutral Facial Fluid x 2
  3. Faces Wild Rose Cleansing Milk x 2 (Read Leon’s review here!)
  4. Faces Wild Rose Toner
  5. Faces Wild Rose Moisturising Cream
  6. Faces Wild Rose Liposome Intensive Cream
  7. Lips Repair + Vitamin E Lip Balm
  8. Young Faces Blemish Stick
  9. BodySPA Wild Rose Body Lotion (Read Sesame’s review here!)

 

Wide selection

 Lavera has many ranges for different skin types available. Wild Rose is for dry and matured skin; Neutral is for sensitive skin. There are others, such as Aloe Vera for combination skin and Young for acne-proned skin. For guys, they have the Men’s range too! Check them out.

Yes to Carrots caters mostly for dry to sensitive skin for face, skin and even hair.

I’m thinking of going back to get more!

Have you gone shopping yet?

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