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Nothing makes a woman feel more sexy and confident than wearing the right undergarment. Victoria’s secret has gone from just a lingerie fashion house into a major retailer of  women’s wear and beauty products. I love their lingerie collection, in fact, I love wearing VS undies!

Recently, I have paid a visit to their online store and bought myself a couple of undies as a gift for myself this Christmas.. Ratty, old granny panties is a thing of the past. Lingerie fashion has became more fashion forward, taking into account that the women who wear them are empowered by making them feel more self-secure, regardless the size tag. :)  By the way, get 20% off your total online purchase nov.29 til dec.3. Besides this offer, they also have Special sale on selected items..

Here are  some pics of my purchase…

  Intissimmi Brazilian cut Panty

Sexy little thing, Cheeky panty

Sexy little thing, cheeky panty

Like most Asian, I am not gifted with long and curled eyelashes. The dream of wide, seductive and sexy eyes are dauntingly 10,000 steps away from reality because, let’s face it, not all women can master this. Anyway, a great artist needs the correct tools to create his art. Shu uemura’s eyelash curler has been a favorite of many make up artists and they recommend that it’s beauty must-have tool because it precisely delivers the perfect curl.

The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is priced US$ 19.00 (779php). If you happen to look for it at ebay.ph, the starting price is between 720 to 850php as against to other local brands that’s priced between 100-350php. If you don’t want to splurge, an alternative for the Shu Uemura is the Eyelash curler from Fanny Serrano (FS). Shu Uemura is shu uemura, however, FS eyelash curler is almost… i stress the word ALMOST… comparable to shu in giving you that perfect eyelash curl. Only 175php.. yeah i know… let’s all say it together.. 1, 2, 3… IT’S SOOOOO CHEAP!!!! Add on some mascara, you’re good to go!

I have read from a forum that Apple cider vinegar can actually make you lose weight! Now that i have gained few pounds from vacation, I’m a sucker to anything and everything related to dieting– safely! hehe I read somewhere that organic ACV works better than those sold in the supermarket. Healthy options sells organic ACV that’s why I’m gonna pay them a visit anytime soon. However, you can also look for Braggs ACV at local supermarkets, which is as effective as the organic ACV. This brand has not been put through the purification process and still contains the enzymes and minerals that other ACV may not contain due to over processing, filtration and overheating. 

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a health aid for weight loss and circulatory health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. There are no known side effects resulting from using it. It is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for the body.

Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in minerals, vitamins and other substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. ACV also a lot of beneficial minerals like manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine and fluorine.

ACV provides enzymes, amino acids, aldehydes, potash, alcoholic acids, propionic acid, and apple pectin. Apple pectin is a dietary fiber that is an essential component of a healthy diet. With more than ninety substances and a great deal of minerals and vitamins, apple cider vinegar can be one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.

Blood pressure:

The potassium in ACV along with other substances makes the blood thinner and is helpful in controlling blood pressure.

Cholesterol control:

Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.

Diabetes:

The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood.

Arthritic pains:

Many suffer from this disease in the west and it is caused by the gathering of metabolic toxic waste in the tissues. In this context, ACV speeds up metabolism and excretes the toxic wastes from the tissues.

Strong Bones:

Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger.

Yeast Infections:

ACV is also useful for yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of ACV in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.

Chest congestion:

Apple cider vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying ACV with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.

Sore Throat:

If you have a sore throat, gargle with ACV mixed with water.

Digestion:

In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning. ACV has ability to enhance their functionality and help prevent food poisoning.

Nasal Congestions:

Apple cider vinegar is sometimes helpful in nasal congestion.

 

Apple cider vinegar and weight loss


It helps to detoxify the liver which plays an important role in weight loss. There are historical facts that Egyptians took apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Some claim ACV speeds up the metabolism while some claim it burns the calories to reduce appetite. To lose weight just take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed in water, before every meal.

ACV is also available in tablets and capsules. According to some nutritionists the combination of apple cider with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin is much more effective for weight loss than ACV alone.

 

Have you heard about Oil cleansing method or OCM? An addition to my organic, go natural campaign and save mother earth campaign. Read on:

The Oil Cleansing Method or “OCM” is a natural way to create radiantly clear skin using only hot water, a washcloth, unprocessed castor oil and extra virgin olive oil.

“Oil dissolves oil” has become a mantra to fans of the oil cleansing method or “OCM.” For many people, the simplest way to clear up acne, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, blemishes, rashes or outbreaks on your face is simple: Stop using soap and other caustic synthetic cleansers, scrubs and moisturizers, and turn instead to the most natural, time-honored facial trick of all: cleaning your skin with oils.

Almost every facial soap sold in drug stores contains synthetic chemicals and artificial ingredients, despite the number of brands that claim to be “organic” or “natural.” These soaps can be toxic to your liver and other organs with long-term use - and, even in the short term, they can do real damage to your skin.

Harsh cleansers contribute to acne and outbreaks by adding potentially dangerous chemicals to your face and by cleaning away not only dirt and bacteria, but the oils that your skin needs. When skin’s natural oils have been removed, the body’s reaction is to compensate by producing more oil - causing oily patches and outbreaks and creating a vicious cycle of purchasing yet more products that work against your body’s actual needs.
Escape the Vicious Cycle - and save money and your face by doing so

First, stop washing your face with soap. For some people, the switch to washing their face with water alone is enough to dramatically alter the appearance and health of their skin. We’ve been fed a beauty myth that we need to do dramatic upkeep on our face with expensive skin care products in order to keep skin healthy, and it simply isn’t so.

For some, washing with only water is enough. For most people, however, the effects of years of stress and exposure make a natural skin treatment like oil cleansing indispensable.
What is the Oil Cleansing Method?

All that’s required to try the oil cleansing method is the right oils, a soft washcloth, and hot running water.

1. Mix up a blend of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil - or any other natural, unprocessed oils that you prefer - see a partial list here.
2. Massage a small amount of the oils gently into your face. Spend a few minutes rubbing the oils into your cheeks, nose, forehead, neck, and chin, allowing the oils to penetrate into the skin and pull out wastes, bacteria, dead cells and other dirt.
3. Wring out a facecloth or washcloth in hot water, and drape it over your face to steam - it’s just like giving yourself a mini facial!
4. After a minute or so, wipe away the oil, along with any dirt, using the washcloth. Your skin should feel clean, soft, and moist with just a little of the OCM oil remaining on your face. If skin feels dry and tight, you can moisturize it using just a touch of the olive oil/castor oil blend.

Personalizing the Oil Cleanse for your skin type

You may want to try combining olive oil and castor in a different ratio, or trying the oil cleanse with only one of the two, or different oils altogether, depending on your skin’s need. Some people substitute jojoba for olive oil, or add essential oils to the oil mixture for the aroma and their skin-healing properties.

Castor oil is known to be an excellent skin cleansing agent, but it is too drying for some skin. Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants and is an excellent moisturizer. Olive oil renews the skin, but it can be too fatty for oily skin types. You can experiment by altering the ratios to suit your needs, based on these properties.

Adding Vitamin E to your olive oil will aid in preventing rancidity by acting as a preservative. Vitamin E is specifically beneficial for the skin, also. It is not itself aromatic, so add essential oils, in addition. Using pure vitamin E from capsules, squeeze the contents (clean hands!) of two 400 IU caps into 4 ounces of olive oil. (Convert proportionately if using different potency capsules.) Vitamin E in oil (bottled) form is normally in a carrier oil so is not 100% vitamin E, hence the reason for using the pure supplement (capsule) form.

I do this once or twice a week and I like the effects because it removes all those excess oils and dirts from my sunblock and lotion and it keeps my skin moisturized. And to top that, olive oil is staple and cheap. A bottle costs 100- 200 php and you can use this for 3-4 months. I use Extra virgin Olive oil (from my younger brother’s pile of unused oils for cooking) and add up vitamin E (I extract it from the vit E capsules available on local drugstores).

You can visit http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/oil_cleansing_method_reviews.html

Ever since I tried Ilog Maria, I can’t get enough of organic and all natural products! After years of searching for a perfect beauty regimen, I can say that I have found my HG (holy grail). My skin has a mind of its own, it’s crazy! One day it’s dry, then oily then one day breakout galore with red blotches all over, etc… I never thought that my skin was sensitive until I read about mineral make ups that don’t contain preservatives or harsh chemicals. So after trying them out myself, I had been a mineral make up convert and swore not to go back to conventional make ups. Let’s just say I am now more conscious on what to put on and inside my body and the results have been very dramatic. So triggered by this MMU addiction, I have soon looked for products which share the same concept with the MMU and that’s when Ilog Maria caught my attention. Yet, I have recently made another discovery of organic soaps that even show how many percent natural a bar is! Amazing, right?

By Nature Handmade Soaps contain NO chemical preservatives, hardeners or additives. They are made with food-grade vegetable oils such as coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil and are lovingly made using the cold-process method. With this soapmaking method, BY NATURE Handmade Soaps (BNHS) are made completely from scratch. No short-cuts or pre-manufactured bases and you get all the goodness of naturally-formed glycerin, too!” You can also read reviews from those who have used BNHS and all they have are praises and wows!

One exciting thing about these soaps is their variety of scents! Of course, don’t get me wrong, I still love and am loyal to Ilog Maria, but what’s the hurt in trying them out and having 2 or more different bars for bathing? One scent per day! hahaha I have already convinced 3 of my girlfriends to try out organic products of Ilog Maria and now another product line is put into test! I’ll post soon reviews about BNHS hahaha I wanna try Icy choco, Milkenhoney, Baby blue, Fair Geranium, Strawberry Milkshake and Utter Bliss! ( Ok, there’s gonna be a hole in my pocket again!) Soaps are categorized to Regular, Special and Premium and each bar costs 85php to 115php to 145php, respectively. They only differ in the ingredients used but they are all reasonably priced, IMO.For Metro Manila sanriobloggers, Girls, they will be at Souk on April 6, 2008. It will be held at the Power Plant Mall’s Plaza Drive (in front of Starbucks, Cibo, Crustacia, Dencios). The Souk will be open from 7:00am-3:00pm and entrance is FREE!  (and I have already booked my BF to accompany me there! That’s why I need to save up and do one heck of soap hoarding!) hahahaha See you there!

When I found this out, I immediately headed straight to the bathroom and tried if the claims were true… to my surprise, it really did work! This a cheaper alternative and a natural way to pamper your hair, saving you money from your monthly or weekly visits to hair salons and spas. Ohh.. I love the internet!

Healthy hair with egg and vinegar

We’ll give you the strangest recipe first. Beer, egg and mayonnaise are an old favourite for luscious locks. Massaging two raw eggs into your hair is cheap as hell and worth it. It feels gloopy, but if you rinse with (eck) white wine vinegar afterwards then dry your hair you will find the egg has made your hair gloriously soft, shiny and supple. You will get compliments aplenty.

I tried this on a camping trip (in fact, wash with eggs, rinse with beer) as did my other companions, and we looked super-great. Try it, especially if your hair is unhealthy, and tell us the results…

Natural hair conditioners: Apple cider vinegar


In place of white wine vinegar, you can also try rinsing your hair in apple cider vinegar once a week. Use approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar diluted with half a cup of water. Shampoo and rinse first, then pour on the vinegar - let it sit about a minute and then rinse out the vinegar and then shampoo again and rinse very well so there is no odor of vinegar. Beauticians swear by it. The vinegar also removes all the old shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc. build-up in the hair - this create hard minerals which stick to your hair, and apple cider vinegar will clean them from your hair completely.

Tips: Don’t let it get in your eyes (it stings) and watch out in the shower because it makes the floor slippery.

from www.mookychick.co.uk

I just wanna share this. I am lately fond of using stuff you can find at home to use as part your beauty regimen. I’ll look for more and post them up soon. :)

- from Cosmopolitan, beauty on a budget article, Philippines

Rock Red-Hot Lips

One of the cheapest—and easiest—looks: a bold lip on an otherwise bare face. “Bright red lips are all you need to look instantly put together—and you won’t have makeup sliding off your face,” says NYC celeb makeup artist Brian Duprey. We like Avon Color Rich Lipstick in President’s Red, Php379 (US$9.50). Apply sheer powder foundation so your skin becomes a flawless backdrop to your sultry smacker. A great buy: Fasio Fit & Stay Foundation SPF28, Php545 (US$14).

Brew a Refreshinging Body Mist

To create a fresh-smelling skin treat, pull off the petals from about four roses, steep in hot water for 10 minutes, and pour the strained liquid into a spray bottle, says Tara Oolie, owner of Just Calm Down Spa in NYC. Then spritz all over.

Banish Blemishes With A New Formula

If you’re prone to frequent zits and blemishes, review your current skin care stash: You might need an extra clearing boost from pimple-busting products that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

Mimic Surfer-Girl Strands

Here’s a shortcut to perfectly textured tresses: Combine two cups of warm water with two tablespoons of sea salt in a spray bottle, then shake it up so the salt dissolves, says Jet Rhys, a hairstylist based in California. Mist all over damp locks for a tousled effect. Don’t scrunch—the key to frizz-free results is not to touch your hair at all while it dries, says Rhys.

Whip Up a Glow-Giving Face Mask

Try this easy DIY treatment. Chop up a slice papaya and combine with a quartercup of plain yogurt. Apply to your face, then rinse off after 20 minutes. The papaya enzymes and lactic acid from the yogurt will lightly exfoliate your skin.

Fix a Self-Tanner Snafu

If your fake-bake body looks streaky, orangey, or too dark, go for a swim in a pool, says Ryan Crabbe, spa director of the Ritz-Carlton Spa in Miami. “The chlorine will dissolve the self-tanner a bit so the mistakes aren’t as obvious.”

Get Ultrasmooth Skin

Brew a pot of coffee, then use the leftover warm grounds in the shower as an exfoliator. They’ll slough your skin, making it smooth, plus caffeine has a temporary, mild firming effect.

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