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Archive for July, 2016

30
Jul

Skincare Mistakes You Might be Doing Everyday

 

You might think that you know what’s really best for your skin, but we bet that you’re still committing some of these harmful skincare mistakes every day without even realizing it. To enlighten you, we’ve listed down some of the skincare mistakes that you might be making – and should get rid of to achieve a flawless complexion.

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  1. Washing Your Face Too Fast

While it’s great that you’re washing your face daily, failing to wash it long enough might be causing more harm than good. If you just rub your cleanser over your face for 30 seconds, then you’re not giving the product much time to work and get deep into your pores. You’re only washing the top layer of the oil and dirt on your face when what you really need to do is cleanse deep in your pores.

  1. Failing to Completely Rinse Off Your Face

After washing your face, do you just splash a bit of water and immediately dry your face off? While doing this may make it seem like your face is clean, leaving traces of dirty facial cleanser on your face for hours will surely cause dryness and acne to occur. So next time, make sure that you take as much time to thoroughly rinse your face when you’re done washing it.

  1. Using the Same Towel for Your Body and Face

We all made this mistake, but it’s never too late to correct it now. The problem with this is that the moisture left on the towel attracts bacteria and allows it to grow there. While this may be used to wipe off your body, you’d certainly never want to get bacteria all over your face after washing it, right?

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  1. Showering With Water That’s Too Hot

Although showering with a scalding hot water helps you relax after a long tiring day, doing it daily might dry out your skin and cause all sorts of acne to erupt. A simple way to avoid this is to just wash your face with lukewarm water.

  1. Ditching the Moisturizer

Regardless of how moisturizing your facial wash claims to be, if it’s meant to remove oil and dirt, then it’ll be drying for your skin. Ditching your moisturizer will only make you skin susceptible to dryness, causing whiteheads, blackheads and wrinkles to appear.

  1. Exfoliating Everyday

Exfoliating cleansers might make your skin feel soft and flawless, but using them daily actually makes your skin worse. Most women believe that the more they get rid of those dead skin cells, the better their skin will look. Sure, exfoliating may be the key to a glowing and healthy complexion, but over-exfoliation leave your skin exposed to harmful bacteria.

Don’t feel bad if you’re feeling guilty of any of these skincare mistakes. A lot of women also commit these mistakes. Just remember that it’s never too late to fix it and allow your skin to become beautiful, healthy and glowing.

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27
Jul

Getting a Taste of the Real World

5 Career Tips for Fresh Grad Job Seekers

Your early 20s were easy: You’re finally done with school and all that’s left is to find a good-paying job! Sounds easy, right? Well, not quite. After all, you’re not the only one who’s trying to get themselves into the workforce. The real world can get pretty brutal, especially if you’re aimlessly sending dozens of generic job applications. Fret not though, since we’re here to help you up your job seeking game using the following tips:

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  1. Submit a Good Quality Résumé

Recruiters sift through hundreds of cover letters and CVs throughout the day. So how will you be able to make your résumé stand out? First is to ensure that your CV isn’t only full of filler words. Use keywords from the job description of position you’re applying for to make yourself seem like exactly what their company needs. Also keep the information in your résumé clean and organized by using bullet points.

  1. Focus on Your Soft Skills

Since you’re just starting out and don’t have much professional experience to boot, emphasizing your soft skills on your résumé might work to your advantage. These skills are those that you may use at any job: communication skills, leadership skills, organizational skills, personality type and so on. Just remember to back up these skills with stories and examples by the time you get interviewed.

  1. Set a Timeline

During an interview, don’t hesitate to ask about the application process. Find out when you should expect to hear back from them. Knowing how long it’ll take for them to decide will allow you to set some time to be interviewed by other companies. That said, there will be hiring managers who’ll never contact you again, regardless of how well your interview went. Yes it’s annoying, but that’s how job hunting works.

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  1. Show Why You Deserved the Position

Now that you’re hired, it’s time to show your boss and colleagues as to why you deserve that position. A good way to do this is to show up early. Avoid showing up late at all cost as it’ll only make you look unprepared and unprofessional. Arriving early also allows you to get all the menial tasks done early and gives you enough time to mentally prepare yourself for the workday ahead.

  1. Update Your Résumé Regularly

Even if you’re still starting with your first job, make sure that you always keep your résumé up-to-date. When the time comes that you want to make some professional changes, you won’t need to go through everything that you’ve done for the last couple of years – and your future self will surely thank you for that.

Landing a job can be really challenging for fresh graduates. But by putting these tips to work and being true to yourself, you’ll definitely be able to take your first step into the workforce.

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22
Jul

Maintaining a New Car

In Singapore, buying a new car is a major accomplishment. It is a milestone showing that your financial independence and career is going well. The luxurious feel of the new leather seats, the comfort of high-powered air-conditioning system, and the satisfying roaring sound of the new engine can be overwhelming for many.

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However, this mighty jaguar needs to be taken care of to maintain it in its best condition. You want to get the most out of it and want it to last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to keep its shiny wheels and powerful engine from breaking down.

The Key Elements

These are the major elements that have to be checked out regularly, according to your car manufacturer’s recommendation.

Engine Oil

For a car in good condition, check the engine oil monthly. But if you notice oil leakage or find that you need to add oil more often, have it checked more often. When checking for your car’s engine oil, park your car on a level ground so you’ll get a clear dipstick reading. If there’s a leak, bring your vehicle to a car repair shop and have it fixed right away.

Tire Pressure

At least once every month and before any long road trips, check the inflation of you tires, including the spare ones. Follow the inflation pressure as recommended by your car’s manufacturer, not the pressure that’s embossed on your tire’s sidewall. If you ask a fast car repair workshop in Singapore like Merlin Motors, the pressure recommendation placard is usually found in the compartment, on the front doorjamb, or in the user’s manual. Also, inspect the tires for cuts, uneven wear, and any sidewall bulges.

Regular Car Wash

Wash your car at least once a week. Wash the entire body and, if necessary, do this including the fender wells and also the undercarriage in order to remove dirt. If water bead marks become larger, it’s time for your car to wax it finish.

Other Checks Every Oil Change

For normal drives around Singapore, many car maintenance companies recommend changing the engine oil every six months. For ‘severe’ driving—meaning short trips, frequent cold starts, and dusty conditions—the interval should be every three months. And for cars with special engines, such as turbo-charged engines, oil changes should be every three to four months.

Air filter

When you bring your vehicle to a car maintenance shop, make sure to also examine the air filter. This may be a small component of your car, but can cause contamination to the car’s fluids, which over time will affect the engine’s performance. Refer to the user’s manual how frequent you should replace your air filter with a new one.

Brake Systems

This is one of the most important components of a car, therefore only the experts should handle the checking and servicing for this. Any worn out pads and linings should be replaced, as well as badly damaged rotors and drums. The brakes should be regularly checked at least twice a year, or more frequent if you often do long drives.

Exhaust System

Unless you’re willing to perform under-car inspections on your own, have your exhaust systems checked by a car repair professional to see if there are parts that need to be replaced. When driving, be extra mindful of unusual exhaust noise. It is usually advisable to have your entire exhaust system replaced altogether instead of doing repairs in sections at different times.

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Fluid Levels

On newer car models, automatic transmissions are sealed. On cars where it’s not sealed, you should check the transmission dipstick while the engine is warmed up. Also, don’t forget checking the power steering fluid and the brake fluid by simply using a dipstick. If any fluid runs low, top it up and have your car checked for possible leakages.

CV Boots

On front-wheel-drive vehicles, check the rubber bellows, or also known as constant velocity (CV) boots, on the drive axles. If you see any cracks, cut, or leakage have it replaced right away. Even if the CV boots are contaminated with dirt, it can quickly escalate into a more expensive repair.

Battery

Examine your battery’s cables and terminals to ensure they are all securely attached. If the battery lost any of its caps, check the fluid level frequently—especially during warmer season.

Maintenance Works Every Few Years

There are other maintenance jobs that are executed less frequently than others. However, they are still required to be done on time to ensure your car’s optimum performance.

Automatic-Transmission Fluid

Many car models need fluid and filter replacement every 35,000 miles—or sooner if the normally pink fluid gets a hint of brownish colour. With older vehicles, the fluid and filter can go 100,000 miles or more. With some newer car models, transmission fluid never requires to be replaced. Read your car’s manual for this information.

Timing Belts

If your car uses a belt instead of a chain, follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on the frequency of replacement, which is usually every 70,000 miles. Read the manual or consult a car servicing company. Failure to regularly change the timing belts can cause expensive engine repair if the belt breaks.

Cooling System

Draining and flushing of cooling system must be done every two years. For safety disposal of antifreeze, leave this maintenance work to a car servicing company.

Drive Belts and Hoses

Replace your car’s drive belts and hoses every three years, even if they don’t show signs of damage. If your belts are newly replaced but you can hear unusual noises, simply have it adjusted.

These essential tips let you enjoy your new car as long as possible. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition provides optimal satisfaction in your day-to-day life or when on vacations. Keep your car regularly maintained and you will have a smooth and hassle-free ride every single time.

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