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Aug

Top Natural-Looking Blushes to Use

When it comes to our complexion, we do have a few requirements that should be met: Our skin should be flawless, our highlight should always be on point and we should have the most natural-looking possible blush there is. However, looking for the blush that’ll give you that pleasant flush can sometimes be a difficult challenge – but not until now. Here, we’ve rounded up five of the top natural-looking blushes that’ll surely give you the rosy cheeks that you want.

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  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Glisten. Because its golden-toned pink flatters almost every skin tone, Tarte Amazonian Blush has been one of the cult favourites. It’s simply the best way to achieve that natural, summertime flush that you want without going overboard. What’s even better is that the blush provides a slightly shiny finish, so you no longer need to brush some highlighter over your cheeks.

 

  1. NARS Reckless Blush. If you have a rather fair skin and want to splash some natural-looking colour on your cheeks, then we suggest that you try out Reckless. Applying this light pink blush over the apples of your cheeks will surely give you a hint of shine and colour that’ll enhance your natural pallor.

 

  1. Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude. Tired of looking for blushes that fit your olive skin tone? Then try out Maybelline’s Fit Me Blush. Not only is this blush buildable and lightweight, it also has the perfect shade that adds a subtle colour to your cheeks without making it look green.

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  1. Lancôme Blush Subtil in Aplum. Even if you’re blessed with dark skin tone, it’s still possible for you to get naturally flushed cheeks. The trick to it is finding a shade warm and rich enough to enhance your skin, instead of applying light shades over it. Aplum is one of the rich and sheer rosy shades that you should try. Other than its pearlescent finish, it’s oil-free and lightweight formula will also suite your skincare game.

 

  1. Clinique Cheek Pop Blush. Want a natural, bright blush that’ll leave you looking like a character in a novel of Jane Austen? Then Clinique’s Pink Pop Blush is for you. Although it provides a sheer and bright pink colour, its high-impact shade still manages to flatter almost every skin tone while still looking natural.

Finding a blush that perfectly fits your skin tone is really challenging. But by looking through these five products, you’ll surely find the perfect, natural-looking blush that’ll give you the pleasant flush that you’ve always wanted.

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Aug

5 Hair Products Every Fine-Haired Girl Needs

We know the trick to get longer, fuller hair: Eat protein-rich foods, take essential vitamins and practise good hair habits. But sometimes, we just don’t have the luxury of time to do so, and this is when we turn to these five hair products to get a gratifying look for our extremely fine hair.

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  1. Volumizing Spray. When styling with a blow-dryer, a volumizing product is essential for creating body and bounce on damp hair. Gels and creams that promise to enhance hair volume tend to go awry quickly – pomades and creams tend to weigh hair down, while gels make hair crunchy and sticky. This is the very reason why we tout volumizing sprays as the best method to infuse volume in hair sans any adverse effect.

 

  1. Mousse. If your last encounter with hair mousse was in the 1980’s, then you’re not alone. The good thing is the mousses of today no longer present the same issues that their predecessors had. In fact, they can already give you the volume that you need without making your hair feel brittle or crunchy. The polymers and proteins in a good mousse are actually ideal for making your hair look and feel plentiful than it really is.

 

  1. Texturizing Spray. Want to give a sexy, tousled texture to your fine hair? Then stock up some good texturizing spray. Just use them as a finishing touch for your styling routine in place of your favourite hairspray to give your locks a better hold and texture throughout the day. Lightly mist your texturizing spray all over your hair, then use your hands to tousle and add more definition.

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  1. Lightweight Conditioner. Even fine hair still needs to be conditioned to get rid of split ends and dryness. But instead of using heavy formulas, opt for lightweight conditioners to soften, detangle and nourish your hair without using tons of moisturizing ingredients. Just remember to avoid your roots entirely, and only condition the lengths and ends of your hair.

 

  1. Clarifying Shampoo. Oil and grime build-up in the roots is what weighs fine hair down big time, which is why it’s in your best interest to keep your hair and scalp clean to help volumizing products do their job. Look for shampoos set in clear formulas instead of the white pearly ones, as they tend to contain lots of moisturizing ingredients that fine and oil-prone hair doesn’t need.

Styling and giving life to fine hair doesn’t need to be that difficult. Just stock up on the following products and practise good hair habits, and you’ll be able to style your fine strands any way you want.

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Aug

4 Ways to Tame Your Thick Mane

Although it allows you to try out different styles, dealing with thick hair can be frustrating. You own a lot of broken combs, elastics, and headbands just to keep them in place, and still your tresses choose to run wild. Luckily, you no longer need to feel totally bummed out, as there are several ways you can do to have better hair days with your lush locks.

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  1. Work in Sections. Tackling thick hair in one big lump is something impossible to do. It might even be the biggest mistake you’d make, especially when applying hair products. Instead of slathering leave-on conditioner in one swoop all over your hair, section it to ensure that every part gets complete coverage. Decide on the number of sections you want to make, depending on the thickness of your hair, and patiently work on each section.
  1. Apply an Ample Amount of Product. Naturally, thick hair requires more product to fully coat it. Evenly apply your hair products to each hair section, and gradually add more if needed as you go along. Work from the roots to the ends of your hair, and comb it gently to ensure even product application.

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  1. Use the Right Accessories and Tools. When it comes to managing thick tresses, you’ll need to arm yourself with heavy-duty accessories and tools. Opt for sturdy wide-toothed combs, thick elastics, and hair sticks that are specially designed for thick hair. For headbands, ditch the cheap plastic ones, and use your favourite scarf instead.
  1. Detangle Up to the Roots. While it’s easier to just run your comb from the middle of your hair to the end, leaving your roots untangled only work against you. Skipping full detangling will only make the process more painful on your part. Unless your hair is set in protective styles like braids, detangling is a step that you need to perform every day.

Managing thick hair can be a day-to-day challenge, especially if you’re running late for work or your date. But with these tips kept in mind, taming your thick tresses will surely become a lot easier.

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Aug

Best Bloat-Busting Tricks to Remember

Bloating happens even to the best of us, and it becomes more unpleasant when you’re trying to squeeze into your favourite jeans. Exercising regularly, drinking water and sipping some seltzer are some of the proven ways to beat a bloated tummy, but these lesser-known fixes will surely help you deal with the gassy feeling that you’re experiencing.

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  1. Leave Out Artificial Sweeteners. Consuming artificial sweeteners naturally results to bloating, as your digestive tract isn’t capable of properly absorbing these ingredients. So start ditching sugar-free sodas and candies, particularly sugar-free gum, because other than the bloat-causing sugar alternatives, you’re also swallowing air every time you chew, leading to a double whammy effect.
  1. Cook Your Veggies. Because most produce is full of fibre, your body might have a hard time breaking down uncooked vegetables. This is why experts suggest cooking your veggies first to soften its fibres, and reduce the amount of gas produced by your digestive system in the process.
  1. Drink Tea. Fennel, ginger and peppermint tea are some of the great tea choices when it comes to controlling bloating. Drink them any time you want, whether before or after your meals, or when you’re already experiencing digestion problems. Peppermint tea gives a calming effect on the stomach, thereby improving its function, while the antispasmodic properties of the fennel tea aids in relieving stomach cramps that often occurs if you have a bloated stomach.

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  1. Incorporate Probiotics in Your Meals. Bloating is often caused by bacterial imbalance in your intestines, and since probiotics is capable of restoring that balance, getting a regular does of it can be helpful in soothing both your digestive tract and boat. Opt for yogurt brands that contain live and active cultures, or probiotic supplements sold at health food stores.
  1. Increase Your Magnesium Intake. Since magnesium is rich in acid-neutralizing properties, magnesium can help in alleviating a number of stomach issues, from a bloating to chronic indigestion. You can increase your magnesium intake by consuming whole grains, green leafy veggies and fish, or taking supplements.
  1. Perform Digestive Yoga. Other than relieving stress, yoga can now also be used to beat bloating. Just check out some YouTube videos for some quick and easy poses that even a non-yoga practitioner like you can pull off.

Other than the popular ways to beat bloating, you should also try out these easy and simple tricks that’ll surely beat your bloat and ease your stomach pain.

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Jul

4 Essential Oils for Younger Looking Skin

Thinking about replacing some of your skin care products, perhaps because it’s breaking you out or it’s just not working for you at all? If you want guaranteed effective facial and skin care products, it is important to know what key ingredients to find. Mostly, these ingredients are natural oils mixed together with a couple of more beauty essences to achieve best results that you can get from the essential oil shop in Singapore for affordable and good quality oils. For a soft and luminous skin, look for these essential oils in any skin care product you will come across with.

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1. Rose Oil

Rose is definitely one of those most prized beauty oils for dry and sensitive skin. Apart from its exceptional emollient properties, it also moisturizes dry skin and offers astringent and antiseptic properties to treat redness, inflammation, and acne. It also helps refine the texture of the skin for flawless look and combats skin diseases, like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Rosa centifola and rosa damascena are the most used rose species in skin care products.

However, products with rose oil can be very expensive as thousands of plants have to be used to be able to extract an ounce of this essential oil. The good news, though, is that because it’s so concentrated, it only requires a few drops of rose oil to reap its benefits.

2. Lavender Oil

Because of its antibacterial properties, Singapore aroma therapists and dermatologists say that lavender oil is one of those natural oils best for treating acne and other skin problems caused by bacterial infection. Its powers do wonders to both oily/sensitive and dry/aging skin types. Also, this versatile essential oil smells very soothing and relaxing, the very reason why fragrant household products like candles and air fresheners are lavender-scented. Look for this natural ingredient in your next beauty product, and you’re sure to get a sweet-smelling, blemish-free skin.

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3. Chamomile

There are actually two types of chamomile: the Roman chamomile and the German chamomile. Both of these types have superior calming properties and can solve a plethora of skin problems, not to mention the captivating smell it emits in every drop of this oil.

There’s a major difference, however, in the intensity and value of each essential oil. Roman chamomile is more common and available almost everywhere in Singapore, and can treat more basic skin problems, as well as safe for the babies. On the contrary, the potent German chamomile is so intense that it is a medicinal solution for more serious skin issues, like hives and eczema. Generally, chamomile is a popular ingredient for cosmetics and skin care because of its properties that help diminish inflammations, redness, scarring, and uneven skin tone.

4. Almond Oil

Almond oil contains generous amounts of vitamins E and K, which are essential for regeneration and maintenance of skin elasticity. Moreover, almond oil is a natural UV blocker, making it an ideal skincare product for people who usually spend more time under the sun.

Also, if you’re one of those people who do not enjoy the smell of botanical oils, or whose employers don’t allow the wearing of strong scented oils in the office, almond oil offers the added benefit of being odourless. The essential oil ifrom Singapore sn’t as oily in consistency and sinks into the skin relatively quickly.

Skin care can be challenging especially in particular times of the year. In summertime, the skin can be too greasy and thus accumulation of bacteria can be very easy, causing pimples, acnes, and blackheads. During the cold or rainy season, the skin tends to get really dry and patchy, which could then cause wrinkles and fine lines to appear earlier than expected. To combat these problems and keep the skin looking vibrant and healthy at all times, seek for products with these essential oils the next time you drop by your favourite beauty shop.

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Jun

From Australia to Singapore with Love  

 

Australia is famous not only for its beauty but also for its wildlife. The country is particularly known for their exceptional koalas. Australians value koalas and this time,  they want to share the joy of having them. In an effort to strengthen the diplomatic relations of Australia and Singapore, Australia will loan their four koalas for a specific period of time.

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Singaporeans are happy of this news because now they can see koalas live without going outside of the country. The koalas are also part of the celebrations of SG50. So, here are details that we should know about koalas:

  • Unveiling: The four koalas are in fact here. The unveiling took place on May 20, 2015 following their quarantine period.

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  • Habitat: The koalas will live at Singapore Zoo for six months before returning to their natural habitat.
  • Food: Koalas do not just eat any grassy things. They will only survive on a eucalyptus leaves diet. We do not have any eucalyptus leaves here so the only solution is for Qantas to fly food for them twice a week.
  • Fun facts: Other people think that koalas are bears. Koalas are not bears and in fact, they are marsupials. Marsupials are born immature and they develop in their mother’s pouch. Koalas are nocturnal animals – they are awake at night and sleep during the day. A young koala is called joey and it stays in their mother’s pouch for six to seven months. Joeys also ride on their mother’s abdomen or back and leaves their home when they reach one to three years old.

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Jun

What is an “Apparent Life-Threatening Event”?  

 

We do not hear about Apparent Life-Threatening Event (ALTE) often but this happens oh so sudden without giving us time to prepare. With this, it is important that we know what this means so we can understand it and apparently share it to other people to prevent this from happening.

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ALTE refers to abrupt occurrence of alarming symptoms like no breathing (also called apnea), coughing, change in color and gagging of children below one year old. As parents, our ultimate goal is to see our kids grow happy and healthy so the least that we can do is be cautious and keep ALTE at bay. ALTE is not a specific ailment. As mentioned earlier, ALTE involves group of symptoms that happen abruptly in infants and even young children.

We have to know that ALTE is not related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome no matter the similarity. There are many cases of ALTE here in Singapore so it is crucial that we are oriented. Here are some truths about ALTE:

  • Causes: The most common cause of ALTE is gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other common causes include nervous system disorders (the ones that lead to brain tumors and seizures) and infections (like meningitis). There are also less common causes like partial or complete blockage of the child’s airways, heart disease and metabolic disorders. However, according to experts, almost fifty per cent of the cases of ALTE are undetermined.

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  • Symptoms: In most cases, parents and caregivers are alarmed because of the unexpected change in the breathing of infants. When this happens, it is important that we keep calm so it will not cloud our judgement. Parents or caregivers should act immediately when they notice the infant not breathing for more than twenty seconds. If the infant’s color is changing to red, pale or blue, it is an indicator that the infant is suffering ALTE. Other symptoms include gagging and choking.
  • Diagnosis: Doctors are the only people here that can diagnose ALTE. When we bring our infants in hospitals or clinics, they will usually ask key questions. We have to answer the questions truthfully so they will know. After that, the doctors will conduct physical examination for defects and abnormalities. The physical examination is then followed by laboratory tests like liver function, spinal fluid, stool, urine, imaging tests and many more.
  • Treatment: If the cause is identified, treatment is possible. For infants who have serious problems (especially those who undergo CPR), they need to be hospitalized for monitoring. Parents or caregivers need to be trained in CPR for their infant’s safety.

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Jun

5 Simple Steps to a Safer and More Effective Workout Routine

Working out can be very beneficial especially if you’re doing it to build your muscles and strength. However, it’s also important to remember that taking shortcuts in exercising won’t get you better and faster results. Instead, follow these easy and simple steps to help you maintain your A-game in working out.

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  1. Eat All the Right Foods. Eating the right foods is one of the most important factors in making your workout routine more effective. Without the right pre- and post-workout meal, you won’t be able to exercise properly and getting the results that you want may become difficult for you. So before you start working out, fuel your body with carbohydrates-rich foods like a banana or a whole wheat toast. For your post-workout meal, opt for lean poultries like chicken to get iron and zinc, and some baked potatoes to replenish the electrolytes you’ve lost while working out.

 

  1. Stay Hydrated. Other than eating the right kind of foods, staying hydrated is also important in nourishing your body before working out. As much as possible, drink about eight ounces of water an hour before you start exercising to keep you hydrated while working out. If you can’t stand the bland taste of water, you can infuse it with vegetables and fruits like watermelon and blueberries for an added zing of flavour.

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  1. Practise the Correct Exercise Form. A good way to avoid injuries while working out is to exercise using the correct form. When doing squats, make sure that you look straight ahead to avoid hurting your lower back. If you’re doing hip raises, place a cushion between your legs to strengthen your inner-thigh muscles and keep your knees from falling outward. For push-ups, use some hexagonal-shaped dumbbells to relieve pressure on your wrists and hands.

 

  1. Do Some Stretching. Stretching is one of those extra steps that are quite easy to forget when working out. So take that yoga mat out of your storage, and start performing some stretches to increase your flexibility, help you recover faster and to improve your overall health. Other than that, stretching is also a great way to ease muscle tension and soreness from a hard workout.

 

  1. Listen to Your Body. Trying out new workout techniques to boost your current routine is good, but remember to take things slow first and listen to how your body reacts to the new technique. Although pushing your body helps in getting better results, it’s also important to pay attention to some warning signs like fatigue, dizziness and unnatural pain, as this can be your body’s way of telling you to take a break in exercising even for a bit.

While it’s important to keep your body fit and healthy, it’s also important that you perform your workout routines safely. Remember, getting a fit body is useless if you’ll get a permanent injury in return.

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Jun

Marriage Myths You Should Stop Believing

 

We are often told that getting married will make us happy. That we get to live happily ever after with the man of our dreams, when oftentimes, it is not the case. Believing in many marriage myths is what causes us to create unrealistic expectations, which later leads to disappointments. A good way to avoid such feeling is to stop believing in unhealthy marriage myths and here are some of those myths that are definitely worth leaving behind.

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  1. Love is all that matters and all you’ll need in marriage. While love is a prerequisite in marriage, it won’t really get you farther than the altar. Other than love, there are other factors that you’ll need to work on to make your marriage work, and these factors include commitment, kindness, realistic expectations, tolerance, shared values and more importantly, communication. So stop believing that love is all that’s necessary in having a good marriage.
  1. You complete each other’s shortcomings. Complementing each other can be very helpful in establishing a good relationship, but thinking and expecting that your partner will make up for your shortcomings and complete you is one of those unrealistic expectations in marriage. Yes, you can ask your partner to help you in your shortcomings, but never think that he or she can complete you.

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  1. You share anything and everything. Although sharing means caring, sharing almost everything is quite unrealistic too. You should never feel obliged to share everything with your partner and the same thing goes for him or her as well. Also, don’t expect that your partner will share everything with you, when you yourself isn’t into the idea of sharing everything with him or her.
  1. Having babies will bring you closer. Other than marriage, babies are what makes a couple forever entwined. However, some studies showed that even the birth of the first child pushes people apart as one parent starts to focus more on the child, leaving her partner alone most of the time.
  1. Everything falls into place when you’re with Mr. or Mrs. Right. Believing in Mr. and Mrs. Right isn’t entirely wrong. What’s wrong is believing that everything will fall perfectly into place when you’re with them, because in reality, there will still be times when things will get rough whether or not you’re with your Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Both time and effort are necessary for marriage to work. So instead of believing in these marriage myths, you should just spend your time nurturing yourself and your relationship with your partner to ensure that your marriage become a lifetime bond.

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May

The Return of WWE

 

The World Wrestling Entertainment is an American entertainment company that features professional wrestling. The company also produces film and music. As of 2014, WWE is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world holding at least three hundred twenty televised and non-televised events every year. There are about thirty six million viewers in more than one hundred fifty territories. WWE is available in thirty five languages.

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The founders are Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon. It is headquartered in 1241 East Main Street, Stamford, Connecticut with satellite offices in London, Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo, Munich, Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and here. Not all people think that the contents of WWE are family-friendly but the programs are only committed to give family entertainment.

Now we know a bit about WWE, it is time to announce the good news – WWE Live superstars came from their headquarters to spend some time here in Singapore. Here are some things that we should keep in mind:

  • When and Where: WWE Live superstars will be coming on July 2, 2015. The event will be at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at Sports Hub.
  • Tickets: The tickets will be available starting March 26, 2015 (Thursday) from 9am. We can get tickets at their website or at the Sports Hub Tix Box Office. We can also call Sports Hub Tix’s hotline at 3158-7888. If we want, we can try Sports Hub Tix Outlet at SingPost locations. Ticket prices range from S$488 to S$48.

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  • Who are coming: WWE Live fans will have an opportunity to see WWE Live superstars in person like John Cena, Rusev (the United States Champion), Daniel Bryan, Bad News Barrett (the Intercontinental Champion), Kane and Dolph Ziggler. Chris Marsh, the Vice President and General Manager of WWE Asia Pacific told the news that the superstars are excited to come here and that the fans should expect a “larger-than-life entertainment event”. The line-up is still subject for changes.
  • WWE Programming: We have to know that there are different WWE programming for different audiences. It is useful if we identify twelve programming. The programming are Monday Night Raw, Main Event, SmackDown, Nxt, Vintage, WWE Superstars, AfterBurn, Bottomline, This Week, WWE Experience and Total Divas. These programs are seen on StarHub. It does not end there because WWE also features original series including documentaries and classic matches.

See you there! This entertainment should not be missed. Meanwhile, we can subscribe to WWE’s massive videos which are available here. All are excited come July.

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May

Pros and Cons of Leaving Our Comfort Zone  

 

If we want to be successful here in Singapore, we have to take risks. If it doesn’t work out, we have nothing but experience to carry around. Taking risks means leaving our comfort zone. Comfort zone refers to the psychological state which a person feels familiar, in control and at ease. The person within his/her comfort zone feels low anxiety and low sense of risks.

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Many people say that the magic happens outside our comfort zone. This doesn’t mean that we have to go outside Singapore to take risks. This means that we have to try things that we fear and stop playing safe if we want a difference. If we are thinking about leaving our comfort zone, we have to know the pros and cons. Here are the pros and cons of leaving our comfort zone:

  • Pros: When we leave outside our comfort zone, we will understand more about ourselves or others. There is no doubt that our zone will expand. It does not end there because when we step outside, we will surely improve our self-confidence. Notice that when we see other people outside their comfort zones, they look happier and more satisfied; these people are called extrovert because they know a lot of people and they experience lots of things. Without a question, if we are outside the comfort zone, we learn how much we are actually capable of. More importantly, stepping outside can bring us knowledge and wisdom. Need we say more?

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  • Cons: There is always something that can hold us back. Thinking about the cons is natural because we fear the unknown. Yes, stepping outside our comfort zone is frightening. We do not know if something bad might happen and it is scaring us. That is understandable since we are in a new territory and we still need to explore it. If we go outside the comfort zone, there is a tendency that people will judge us. Some people disregard stepping outside because they think that everything is fine how it is. We often hear that what we do not know will not hurt us, this is also applicable for staying inside the comfort zone – we think that ignorance is bliss. We might also miss what we left and more importantly, we are afraid that we won’t be able to cope if things do not work out.

Now we know the pros and cons of leaving our comfort zone. It is time that we weigh things and make it happen. We are not forced to leave everything but this is worth the thought. Let us ponder on this.

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May

5 Home Remedies for Stinky Feet  

 

Constant heat can make our feet sweat and afterwards smell horrendously stinky. With Singapore’s humid weather, smelly feet are a common problem for many. How are you going to eliminate the funky smell? Keep reading for six simple cures you can do at home to get rid of odour-causing bacteria on your feet.

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  1. Soak Your Feet in Tea Mixture

The acid found in teas closes the pores, therefore limiting the amount of sweat produced by the skin. Also, the tea acts as an antibiotic, killing odour-causing bacteria on the feet. To make a tea mixture, add two bags of black tea to one pint of tap water and let it boil for about 15 minutes. In a large basin, combine the boiling tea mixture with 1.5 litres of tap water. Soak your feet for half an hour, and make sure to religiously do this every day for an entire week.

  1. Dry the Feet With Saltwater

Salt can naturally strip the moisture out of the skin, reducing the chances of bacteria from building up in the area. In a large basin of warm water, dissolve half a cup of kosher salt. Then, immerse your feet in the mixture and let it stay there for 20 to 30 minutes once a day for two weeks.

  1. Spray Shoes With Disinfectant

Does your favourite pair of kicks stink? Don’t trash them yet. A disinfectant spray can salvage even the smelliest shoes. Because of ethanol and its sanitizing contents, disinfectant sprays can kill all the bacteria lingering inside your shoes.  To effectively disinfect, spray first the insides of the shoes. Then, spray a clean pair socks before placing them inside the shoes. The socks allow more disinfectant to sanitize the shoes.

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  1. Get the Right Socks

Socks made with nylon traps moisture around the feet. Cotton, on the other hand, lets the skin breathe. If you sweat more than an average person, always bring an extra pair of socks and change halfway through the day.

  1. Use Powder

No need to purchase fancy deodorizing sprays or powders; standard baby powders—or even baking soda—are just as good. Just sprinkle some powder on each foot before putting on your socks. The powder absorbs the extra moisture and makes sure that your soles are dry before they’re enclosed in a tight and humid environment.

Just always remember that the key to odour-free footsies is a drier habitat. Keep your feet and your shoes free from moisture to eliminate bacteria from thriving and creating that embarrassingly foul odour.

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May

6 Nutrition Tips for a Cover Guy Physique  

 

Ever wished to own that six-pack abs you always see on the covers of fitness magazines? If so, start your journey to achieving that cover guy physique with these nutrition tips.

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  1. Take Probiotic Supplement

A healthy digestive system is the window to better physical health. One way to ensure healthy system is to boost the good bacteria and keep your internal running smoothly, which can be achieved by taking probiotics.

  1. Eat Melons

Watery fruits, such as melons, are low in fat and more in water. The water helps transport nutrients faster directly to the muscles, and helps clean the system and the kidney to process protein.

  1. Have Protein Shake and Coffee

According to Physiotherapist Jan Schumacher, consuming a glass of protein shake two hours before hitting the gym and coffee 30 minutes just before you start working out provides the muscles with needed nutrients and wakes up the metabolism. This helps a lot in keeping the body in condition even after a strenuous routine.

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  1. Go Slow With Beer

Restrict beer—or any alcohol—intake as liquor tend to slow down the production of muscle-building enzymes. So if you want to get tighter and bigger, avoid chugging down too much beer when hitting the bar.

  1. Aim for the Right Amount of Protein

Aim for about 150g of protein a day. Eggs, milk, tuna, beef, turkey, and cheese are good sources of protein. Plan your daily meal with these protein-rich foods to reach 150g mark. The right amount of protein is important in building muscles and keeping your blood sugar normal, reducing cravings.

  1. Consume More Fibre

Fibre is a key element of any diet. A diet high in fibre will keep the body running smoothly all the time. Apart from managing weight loss, it regulates digestion, moderates any inflammation, cuts your risk for diabetes, reduces blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol levels.

Achieving a modelesque physique can be really challenging. Getting that well-carved abs requires discipline and (lots of) hard work. But if you’re really eager to look like a gorgeous beast, these things should be a lot easier for you.

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May

Beneficial Uses of Alkaline Ionized Water

More people are now aware of the alkaline level—or pH level—of alkaline ionized water, but not too many yet know about its many uses. Aside from being a clean and healthy drink, alkaline water is used by some Singapore hotels and residential homes as a cleaner and disinfectant. It is also used along with dental care products, laundry detergents, hair and skin care products, and pet care products in various eco-friendly solutions.

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The incredible savings from not having to buy expensive and potentially harmful products, along with savings you’ll get when you stop buying bottled water, makes purchasing an alkaline ionizing water filter a good investment. You can get more alkaline water ionizer info in Singapore from various health websites before making your decision. Here are other beneficial uses of alkaline water, according to pH level.

Strong Alkaline Ionized Water (pH 10+)

• Pain Reliever

For a natural remedy that provides temporary solution to pain, soak a towel in strong alkaline ionized water and apply it directly to the area of pain. The water works by neutralizing the inflammation and reducing oxidation. Through this, you’ll find temporary relief from back ache, headache, arthritic pain, and sprains.

• Grease and Stain Remover

You can also use highly ionized water to remove stains and grease on clothes, carpets, floors, dishes, in the shower, and inside the oven. It can even get rid of hard-to-remove stains, like red wine, oil, and coffee. Bleach can also be used but unlike bleach, ionized water won’t damage the fabric and does not have that strong, offensive odour, so you’re sure your clothes come out clean, smelling fresh and still in tip-top condition after washing it.

Alkaline Water (pH 8.5 to 9.5+)

• Hangover Cure (pH 9.5+)

More and more people in Singapore find cure for their hangover by drinking ionized water as it contains superior hydration properties. You may also reduce the risk of getting a hangover the next day by drinking a glass of alkaline water after every glass of alcohol, using ice cubes made from ionized water, or diluting your alcohol with the water. It also recommended to drink a glass or two of ionized water before going to bed and upon waking up the next day to replenish the water in your body that has been lost due to alcohol intake.

• Anti-Oxidant (pH 9.5+)

Water fresh from the ionizing water filter contains the highest level of antioxidant. Due to its negative ionic charge, it helps fight free radicals, which are the number one destroyer of cells and cause of cancer. Free radicals speed up our aging process, so neutralizing them with ionized water will help delay signs of aging, such as saggy skin and appearance of lines and wrinkles.

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• Cooking and Food Preparation (pH 9.0)

Alkaline water naturally enhances food flavours; therefore you won’t have to use so much seasonings and artificial flavouring, making the food much healthier. Before cooking, soak your fish or meat in ionized water to tenderize it and kill any bacteria in it. Also, you may use the water to make coffee, tea, fruit juices, and alcoholic mixtures to offset the usual acidity of these drinks.

• Plants and Produce (pH 8.5)

While growing plants benefit more from ionized acid water, cut flowers (e.g. table centrepieces and altar flowers) need ionized alkaline water to extend their lives. The same thing goes with fresh fruits and vegetables. Tap water must not be used to wash produce as the chlorine in the water is easily seeped into fruits and vegetables. An ideal way is to soak them in ionized water for ten minutes to wash away pesticides and protective wax and to help prolong shelf life.

Neutral Water (pH 7.0)

• Infant Formula

This water pH level is considered neutral – neither alkaline nor acid. This is the safest pH level for making infant drinks and food and taking medication. Paediatricians recommends that children only take this pH level until they age three to five years old as infants have more natural alkaline in their body.

• For Medications

A higher pH level is beneficial in most cases, but water with a pH level higher than 7.0 shouldn’t be drank along with medications because the clustering of molecules in ionized water can cause time-release tablets to be activated sooner than they are supposed to. Take medications with water from standard water filter—without ionizer—to make sure your medication works the way you and your doctor expects it to be.

With these benefits we showed you—and a myriad of other more, you now know the wonderful benefits of having your own alkaline water ionizer at home. Integrating usage of ionized water into your day-to-day routine won’t only save you from chronic diseases but make your life and well-being so much better as well.

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Apr

Pack Light, Pack Right

6 Smart Packing Tips for Female Travellers

Do you ever get accused of bringing your entire closet every time you travel? Most busy Singapore women really find it hard to fit all of their essentials in just a single bag, which is why they end up with a luggage bag, a hand-carry bag, and a purse. But female travellers don’t need to worry anymore. Here are some useful tips that any female wanderer can do to quickly and efficiently pack their essentials into a single luggage.

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  1. Go on layers and wear convertible clothes

Wearing uncomfortable clothes is one of the things that you should avoid when travelling. Instead of packing your favourite college hobo sweatpants, pack some of your most comfortable clothing pieces for your long flights and long travel days. Go for cotton shirts, pants and skirts, as well as layering pieces like cardigans, which you can re-wear over and over again, and a good pair of thick black leggings. Leave your fancy outfits at home, unless you’re attending a wedding or a conference.

  1. Use a backpack with a small canvas tote as your carry on

Travelling with a backpack is lot easier than dragging a suitcase around. This can be a good travelling hack especially if you’re going to travel outside Singapore, and encounter airlines that have a strict policy when it comes to weight limits. You can use the small canvas tote as an extra bag to hold the things you’ll be using during your flight, such as food, your tab, or laptop.

  1. Pack extra clothes in your hand-carry bag

You’ll never know when your luggage might get lost and if you’ve been travelling for about 24 hours already, not being able to change into clean clothes might become your breaking point. Avoid such situation by packing extra set of clothes in your hand-carry bag. Just pack one light cotton dress, your undergarments, or socks, depending on the climate of your destination.

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  1. Just bring three pairs of shoes

Shoes are heavy, and takes a lot of space and weight in the luggage. Instead of bringing all pairs of shoes that you own, just stick to three pairs. If your destination has a warm climate, bring your flats and flip-flops. It would also be wise if you’ll wear your boots on the plane if it’s the peak of winter season on the place you’re headed to. For a rainy weather, pack a pair of waterproof shoes.

  1. Keep some extra money in your suitcase

Being mugged or pickpocketed is one of the worst things that could happen while you’re travelling. A good way to avoid or cope up with such situation is to divide your money, and keep some of it in your suitcase, away from wallet.

  1. Bring portable batteries or a USB charger

If you keep all your important details in your gadgets, such as flight details, maps or directions to hotels, then your portable USB charger isn’t something that you should miss out on your packing list. Keep these items in a separate Ziploc bag, so that you’ll avoid rushing to charging outlets when your battery drains out.

For women, packing for a flight is a stressful task. But following the aforementioned packing tips will definitely make a big difference in your packing, and even save some space on your hand-carry bags.

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