Archive for February, 2012

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Look Younger Tips from Around the World

Feb

On the Today Show, February 23, 2012, celeb nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella shared her favourite Looking Younger Tips from around the world. While these tips come from exotic locales such as India, Brazil and France; many of these aging fighters could be found right in your own kitchen!  So here is a list of things that, at least according to old wives’ tales, may help you defy age.

Tip 1: Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an awesome moisturizer, full of fatty acids.  But it can also be used as a deep cleanser for skin. as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients which can clear up acne. The women in Belize have long used it to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and may even banish under-eye circles.

You can get unrefined, organic coconut oil from health food stores. Try Dr. Bronner’s Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil .

Tip 2: Noni juice

From Polynesia, the Polynesians use Noni Juice for its powerful anti-aging properties to help them feel younger and make skin glow. Because it is full of essential fatty acids, it can help plump the skin. Noni juice may also help lower inflammation throughout your body.

You can try Lakewood Pure Noni Juice in stores and online.

Tip 3: Ginger

Because of the anti-oxidant gingeral, it improves blood flow to the skin.  Its very popular throughout many Asian countries, and especially in India.  In India, many women often make a tea in the  morning by shredding a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey in hot water.

Most grocery stores will carry whole ginger roots you can grate yourself.

Tip 4: Guanábana

The Guanábana, also known as Soursop,  is a fruit native to the Caribbean and South America. It used to support health and well being in many countries and is known for its nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients that may help promote more beautiful skin; including vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.

Since the actual fruit may be hard to locate, if you’d like to give guanábana a try, you can buy Borba Slimming Chocolate Chews or Borba Smart and Sexy Omega 3 Bursts.  Cynthia says the chews “it tastes like a tootsie roll and it has fiber in it to curb your cravings.”

Tip 5: Black cumin seeds

Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are known as a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails. They may treat skin conditions like  acne and eczema. Cynthia says she munches on these seeds all the time.  She says You can cook with them, buy the oil or buy them in capsuls. She had tablets from Intelligent Nutrients called Intellimune. She states that ” eating four of these little tablets is equal to eating ten pounds of berries for anti-oxidants”. The seeds themselves contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an assortment of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Intellimune Tablets.

Tip 6: Grape-seed extract

French women are often known for their incredible, glowing skin.  Some attribute that to their consumption of wine.  French women regularly use grape-seed extract to keep their skin ageless and beautiful. Grape-seed extract contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol.  One would need to eat a pound and a half of grapes to get the same the antioxidant benefits you would get from a supplement.  She suggested:

Murad’s Youth Builder Dietary Supplement contains grape-seed extract.

Cynthia also recommended drinking water to flush out the toxins and plump up the skin.  Always good advice!

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VIVA GLAM new spokespeople Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin

Feb

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the newest spokespeople for the popular VIVA GLAM line from M.A.C Cosmetics.  VIVA GLAM consists of  lipsticks and glasses (and now a lip conditioner!). Every cent from the sale of the products go to the M.A.C AIDS Fund. Available in store or online at Mac Cosmetics.  Their ad is now appearing in magazines.  They were both on the February 15th episode of Live! with Kelly talking with Kelly Ripa.

Magazine Ad

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin in the Spring 2012 Viva Glam campaign

Nicki & Ricky

Nicki and Ricky on Live! with Kelly

Not permanent additions, this collection will only be available for a year.  A Bright Yellow Pink is Nicki’s lipstick, and a clear lip conditioner/balm for Ricky.  This is the first time they have been able to offer something everyone can wear, including guys!

Viva Glam

Viva Glam Lipstick and Lip Conditioner

Nicki and Ricky remind you to: Be Bold. Be Beautiful. Be Safe.

VIVA GLAM I was introduced in 1994, with a deep, glamorous red.  In 1997, VIVA GLAM II’s pinkish mauve was introduced.  Next came VIVA GLAM III, a brown plum. In 2002, VIVA GLAM IV’s rosy gold was added.  VIVA GLAM V introduced a lip glass at the same time as their neutral pink lipstick.  And finally, VIVA GLAM VI was introduced, a warm plum with a pearl finish.

Some of the celebrity endorses have included: Elton John, RuPaul, Shirley Manson, Mary J Blige, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson,Missy Elliott, Linda Evangelista, Chloë Sevigny and Eve.  The most popular spokesperson though has been Lady Gaga.   Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper’s campaign was the most successful ever.  Viva Glam donates the most money to AIDS research.

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Rachel Berry’s Evening Beauty Routine in Glee

Feb

On the recent Valentine’s Day themed episode of Glee “Heart”, Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele) described her evening beauty routine.

“My ritual is pretty elaborate:
First I shower.  I’m more thorough than during my morning bath.  The world is a very dirty place!  Brush Teeth. Eyebrows. Makeup remover. Moisturizer. Followed by an ice water face bath à la Joan Crawford in ‘Mommy Dearest’ (the height of glamour!).  Find something cute to wear. Text my dads to let them know I am almost ready for my evening tea.  But we’ll skip that tonight.  Then… condition and brush my hair”

Hmmm, not that elaborate.  But some things seem out of step. How I would change her schedule:
1. Makeup Remover first. (its best to remove makeup before cleansing)
2. Brush teeth next, tooth paste can be irritating to skin, so you want to wash it off!
3. Then take a shower, where you can cleanse skin; wash and condition hair; and prepare skin for:
4. Eyebrows, because the warm shower will make plucking easier.
5. Do the ice water bath and finally
6. Apply moisturizer to seal in the water from the ice bath.

Sounds better to me!

 

So is this similar to your evening beauty routine?

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