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Make-up during pregnancy to cover up acne
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Nice as it sounds, we’ve all heard of the tale that pregnant women glow but sadly, that’s not true at all! Not all pregnant women are lucky enough to attain that all-natural glow. Quite a number of soon to be mums suffer from pregnancy breakouts. Here are some quick-tips on how to cover up your acne during your pregnancy.

Camouflage Ahoy!

Many women experience acne during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and increased oil production. While it might be difficult to avoid acne during pregnancy completely, there are natural ways to treat pimples and prevent future breakouts. (picture of Jessica Alba taken from here.)

A clean slate - Keep your skin clean. Wash with a mild, oil-free cleanser twice a day. After cleansing, gently pat your face dry with a towel and follow with an oil-free moisturizer if needed. Be sure to remove all make-up before going to bed. During the day, blot your skin with oil-absorbing sheets or paper to remove any excess oil.

Do not under any circumstance take prescription drugs like accutane, retin-a and tetracycline. According to the Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS), approximately 25-35% of infants born to women exposed to Accutane during the first trimester of pregnancy showed a pattern of birth defects. This pattern includes craniofacial defects, heart defects, and central nervous system defects. There also is an increased risk of miscarriage and infant death associated with use of Accutane during pregnancy.

A light hand – If you wear make-up, use products that are labelled non-comedogenic and water based instead of oil based. These sort of products won’t clog your pores. Also, apply sparingly. Remember, less is more. You don’t want to make your blemishes more obvious by layering on gunks of make-up!

The best thing to do is to enhance your best features. Line your eyes for a striking and dramatic approach, or go for a bold lipstick colour.

A fresh start - Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Also, including a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet can help with acne during pregnancy.


Beauty is only skin deep?
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Beauty some claim is only skin-deep. What rubbish! As we frown upon ridiculous ERP charges and whine about rising cost of rice, we have no qualms about shelling out hard earned money on beauty products (just because some drop-dead gorgeous actress lends her face to it!)

It’s true, in the current state of society, beauty goes as deep as the money in your Louis Vuitton wallet takes you. Let’s face it, not everyone has Brad Pitt’s for fathers or Angelina Jolie’s for mothers. Dismayed with what you see in the mirror? Splash the cash and wake up looking like a goddess – with 18kg of plastic and 2kg of silicon under your skin! Plastic surgery is here to stay.

Beauty, once exclusively associated with women has now found a huge following in the opposite sex as well. Straight or not-so-straight men are making waves in the beauty industry. Once considered un-macho to use a separate facial wash, men now refuse to wash without lathering moisturisers and lavishing toners onto their faces. The cause? Mr David Beckham – metrosexual extraordinaire. This hugely popular term has now caught on with many fathers. Once considered un-fathomable, some fathers are spending more time pampering themselves with beauty products than mothers. Are you able to handle the fact that your husband’s knowledge of beauty products may put yours to shame?

Love it or loathe it, the 20th century new age sensitive guy you ladies craved for has morphed into the 21st century metrosexual man. Welcome to his world!

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Megan Fox is pregnant!!!!
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Sexy Megan Fox, whom most men swoon over is pregnant for the first time. Rumours were spreading back in end March that has one in the oven but now it has been confirmed.
The 25-year-old Transformers star (for the first two installments) has revealed her excitement to be expecting to E! 38-year-old daddy Brian Austin Green must be ecstatic too. An insider said in an interview: “Megan has become a great stepmom, and Brian knows she’ll be wonderful with the baby.”

Mummy Megan has said in an older interview: “I’d love to have kids, I mean, it’s going to happen when it’s going to happen, but it’s not something that I’ve planned against or for. I’m just leaving it out there for the universe. I just feel like kids are so much more important that any movie about robots or … you know.” At least we know she has that innate desire to be a mother, hopefully a nurturing one.

The lovely couple said “I do” in an intimate ceremony back in June 2010. Guess the one-on-the-way will be a lovely addition to the family, Brian already has a 10-year-old son with ex Vanessa Marcil.

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Herbs for better skin
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I started using birth controls (Gynera)  around 3 years ago, and since then I have been breaking out. Some months I have pretty clean skin and others I look like a prepubescent teen (I'm close to 30 btw).  I've tried antibiotics and topical acne solutions - it improves while I am on the meds but my skin flares up the moment I stop. 

I switched pills a while ago (diane 35) and now I am completely off any pills. My skin is starting to look better again, but I do have the occasional zits and quite a bit of scarring from my most recent acne attack. I'm fed up of using western medicine to help my skin woes, so I have gone on a shopping spree on iHerb.com. My package has not arrived yet, but I will be sure to update once I do get it!

This is what I ordered:



I read a book that advised using Australian Tea Tree Oil twice a day on fresh pimples and on my scars. The oil is derived from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca Alternafolia tree. It has powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral qualities.



The book also recommended creating a mask using Green clay powder mixed with mineral water and Lemon renewing essential oil.  French green clay has long been used as a skin treatment due to its detoxifying properties. 



After using the mask I am supposed to spritz my face with a Lavender mist. Some key benefits of lavender include helping to reduce stress and tension; promoting restful sleep; uplifting moods and it serves as a healing agent for the skin


I also bought the lavender oil to help me sleep better at night and the softgels were offered for free!


I hope my natural home treatment works! Will update my progress in the coming weeks!






Another death at Bedok Reservoir????!!!!
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This is simply ridiculous! Yahoo news has reported that another person has died at Bedok Reservoir - making it that 10th death in slightly over 6 months. Some of the deaths have been attributed to suicide - others have been linked to gambling/casino debt.

Why is this happening? Whatever the reason - the govt has to do something - maybe install barricades around the reservoirs ala MRT platforms?

Sigh....

"A male body was found in Bedok Reservoir at 5.20pm on Saturday. The police received a call from a member of the public at 1pm, with the caller stating that someone was entering the waters of Bedok Reservoir" - http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_760339.html

Tips to give you more energy during the day
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1. In order for you to start your mornings right, you’d have to end your evenings well. You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that, right? Well, know that what you consume for dinner will in fact affect how well you sleep. Quit late night dinners or suppers—if you don’t want your body to go into overtime digestion that will make it difficult for you to fall asleep. Bloating and indigestion will cause you to toss and turn or go to the bathroom in the wee hours of morning. So it is imperative that you keep the last meal of the day light.

2. A regular sleep schedule is not only reserved for kids, we need them to. Loss of sufficient shut-eye will definitely affect the way we function the next day. We can train our bodies to adopt a certain habit of going to sleep and waking up at the same time. Routine helps.

3. We also advise that you sleep in a dark dark place, for being exposed to the light when you’re attempting to drift into slumber land can affect your internal cycles. This means kill all light sources—may it be the LED light from your air-cond or the slight luminosity from your digital clock. No light. Period.

4. Drink like a fish—wait…do fish really drink? OK, never mind that. What we’re trying to convey here is that you should keep yourself hydrated during the day; especially when you wake up in the morning. Try to gulp down at least two glasses of water because when you get up, you’d have gone quite a few hours without H2O and dehydration has set in. Drinking water when you wake up will promote circulation, which will in turn energize you.

5. Did you mom tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, now that you are a mom, don’t you think you should heed that advise? For those who don’t do breakfast, here’s why you should reconsider…The first meal in the morning will help you stabilize blood sugar levels, supply glucose to the brain and rev up your energy levels to help you get perky for the day. Do a healthy breakfast and give the same to your kid. They’ll thank you for it.

6. Bask in the sunshine—get outside and soak in the sun for at least 15 to 30 minutes. You’ll become more alert and awake when your melatonin levels fall and this happens when the pineal gland in your brain detects sunlight, which in turn causes melatonin production to be reduced.

7. Serenity is achieved through meditation. A little peace at the start of your day can mean that you’ll have that zen follow you as you go about your hectic day. Meditation can activate your brain by getting blood flowing through the brain. All you need is 15 minutes, and here’s an idea—sit near a window and feel the sunlight hitting your face and body and you’ll achieve tip number six.

8. “You got to move it move it!” It does not take a genius to know that activity gets your blood pumping, which would lead to energy, right? Don’t exert yourself; take it easy, you don’t have to run a marathon. A simple activity will do—it can be as simple as walking your pet, yoga, gardening, tai chi or any thing that will get you off your butt.

9. Watch out for the amount of caffeine that you consume in a day. Yes, that morning cup of coffee is compulsory to give you that kick you need but too much of caffeine can lead to your downfall. Caffeine increases adrenaline production and since it is a diuretic, it can also cause mild dehydration—depending on how sensitive you are to caffeine. Stop caffeine intake at least 6 hours before bedtime.

10. Don’t be fooled that energy drinks will give you energy—so don’t get carried away. You will get a surge of feel good energy but most of these liquids contain too many stimulating substances that are not exactly healthy for you. Some experts say that these drinks can even cause reactive low blood sugar and eventually make you experience fatigue— meaning that when you overstimulate your nervous system, it can lead to adrenal exhaustion and you might just suffer from round the clock exhaustion.

Look like you've logged a full eight hours of sleep with these make up tips
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You've had logged in a full day's work and had just put the kids to bed, now you have 20 minutes to freshen up and get dressed for the last party of the year.  You stare at the mirror in horror!!  You have dark circles and puffy eyes.  How in the world are you going to hide it?

We understand your juggling acts and the different hats you put on throughout the year.  Have no fear.  Here are some simple tips to magically transform you from Ogre to Princess Fiona in seconds.

Besides using concealer, you can look like you've logged a full eight hours of beauty sleep with these easy make up tips.

1) Add Some Light

Use a light colored shimmery eyeshadow or cream to brighten eyes and make you look more alert. Think white, ivory, or light beige.

2) All About the Brows

Dab a shimmery white lip gloss under the arches of your eyebrows and rub in. The bright color beneath the arch instantly draws the eye upward, causing onlookers to focus on the line of your eyebrow, not the tired eyes below.

3) Curl your Lashes

Nothing makes freshly concealed eyes look better than a well-curled lash . For the best effect, shoot warm air from your blow dryer on the mascara curler for 3-5 seconds to warm it up before curling lashes.

Got any other tips? Share it with us below!

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How to hide stretchmarks and dark eye circles
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Here are some quick-tips on how to look good and cover up your flaws during your pregnancy.

Flaw: “I have stretch marks on my arms and belly area and I’m too embarrassed to wear tank tops. I also have really dark circles under my eyes.” – Juanita, 29

Hetty, 27, mother of two, shared with us the one essential beauty product she could not live without during her pregnancy and how she dealt with her pregnancy flaws:

“The one beauty product I couldn’t live without during pregnancy was stretch mark cream for my expanding waistline. I applied my stretch mark cream daily after showers to keep my skin supple and prevent stretch marks.

I also had eye bags and tired-looking eyes whenever I was worn out. As I am working full-time, it was impossible to rest by napping in the day. I made sure I got lots of rest and went to bed early every night.”

Tan your hide – You can also use over the counter self-tanning spray to hide your stretch marks. Some self-tanners, which are available over the counter or at commercial spray-tanning booths, may be considered by women who desire tan skin while pregnant. Since UV exposure during pregnancy can result in chloasma, or dark patches on the face, self-tanners may be the best option for bronze skin.

Self tanning lotions generally are considered safe during pregnancy. The active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone, does not enter into the bloodstream. 



I want a bald beautiful barbie!
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The conventional idea of beauty, as viewed through the inaccurate media lens, should be re-looked at once in a while. Sometimes it takes an inspirational group of people to inject a dose of two of reality. Beauty isn’t always about being skinny, leggy, blonde and blue-eyed.

baldbarbie  Bald and beautiful Barbie

Almost every little gal’s idea of beauty, regardless of whether she is Black, White or Asian seems to be the classic hot, leggy blonde with blue eyes as represented by most Barbie dolls in the market. Seeing a bald Barbie might come as a shocker to most children.

However, we do believe that children should be educated and exposed to different ideas and perspectives of what beauty is all about. There is no better way to start it than the new Facebook campaign suggesting that Mattel should manufacture a Barbie with no hair.

The story behind bald Barbie

Obviously there is an inspirational story behind this movement. The Facebook group, ‘Beautiful and Bald Barbie’, already has 121,993 likes to date. It was first inspired by Genesis Reyes, a four-year-old girl from Long Island who lost her hair after a cancer treatment.

The young girl stated that she no longer felt like a princess without her locks and when another parent who was at the hospital heard this. The parent decided to go to the CEO of Mattel (who was a personal friend) to create a one-off Genesis doll. Now, the Facebook group hopes that Mattel can produce more of these dolls commercially to help young girls deal with hair-loss after medical treatments like: chemo, aloepcia or trichotillomania.

It’s a very emotional toll on the child to lose hair or have a loved one lose locks due tomedical treatments. The group also suggests that the “Bald Barbie” should come with scarves, hats, bandanas and accessories—it can be an invaluable coping mechanism.

Do you think that Mattel should mass manufacture a Bald Barbie?



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