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  • Dita Von Teese: Five things I know about vintage make-up

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Dita's looks have caught my eye throughout the years because she knows how to use vintage with a flair. Lips, hair, makeup and clothes shout that she has given careful thought to her best face forward. No tanning, powdered nose and red lipstick composes her signature look.


    Striking red lipsticks, flawless skin and retro glamour were all over the fashion week catwalks.

    Here, pin-up Dita Von Teese, who's just launched her own make-up collection, ArtDeco Dita's Classics at Debenhams, tells you how to get the look...

    Flawless Dita Von Teese has just launched her own make-up collection and knows just how to achieve the vintage look


    1. Alabaster skin is the perfect base for a vintage look. I'd never dream of getting a tan — I always wear sunscreen and put on a hat when I'm out in the sun.

    2. Classic red lipstick is the most chic beauty statement a women can make. Matte lips are like luscious rose petals. Add just a touch of gloss to the centre.

    3. In the Thirties and Forties, leaving the half-moon at the bottom of your nail was the epitome of elegance. It has now become modern and chic again. Try using ArtDeco Dita's Classics nail lacquer, available in four shades at £10.24 each, from Debenhams.

    4. For a dramatic look, I start with a neutral lid, define a line of black shadow in the crease. Finish with a sparkling white on your brow bone and eyelid.

    5. I always powder my nose using pressed powder in an exquisite, jewelled compact. They are hard to find, but try eBay.

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  • An end to snoring? The stitch in your tongue to silence snores for good

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Snoring can wreak havoc with sleep and if only a stitch is required to stop the racket that interrupts sleep and causes rifts between couples then, offending snorer, get yourself to the doc to see if this natural remedy will work for you. This permanent anchor can make CPAP machines obsolete; the procedure works in 70% to 80% of the patients which is a pretty good success rate.


    Sleep apnoea is linked to daytime sleepiness, hypertension, depression, coronary artery disease and stroke

    Surgeons are using a special type of surgical thread developed for facelifts to tackle snoring.

    The thread encourages tissue growth, anchoring the tongue to the base of the mouth to prevent it falling back and triggering snoring.

    The technique has been developed to treat obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition that affects an estimated one in 15 adults.

    Sleep apnoea occurs when the muscles that would normally hold the airways open relax during sleep — as a result, the base of the tongue and other soft tissue collapse.

    It's the vibration of this tissue as air passes over it that causes the characteristic sound of snoring.

    In some cases the airways can close completely — the patient then stops breathing for several seconds before the brain steps in to get things working again.

    However, this can lead to a patient briefly waking up to 100 times a night.

    If left untreated, sleep apnoea is linked to daytime sleepiness, hypertension, depression, coronary artery disease and stroke.

    Current treatments range from lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol and losing excess weight, to surgery.

    The most common treatment for moderate to severe cases is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.

    This is a mask worn over the mouth and nose that gently blows air into the throat to keep the airways open while the patient sleeps.

    However, a number of patients find the device difficult to use.

    Another option is surgery.

    Surgeons move a section of the lower jaw forward, which pulls the muscle attached to the tongue and prevents it from flopping back.

    Potential complications include jaw bone fracture or broken teeth.

    The new approach, on trial at Westside Ear Nose and Throat Clinic in New York, involves 'tying' the tongue to the base of the mouth so that it cannot fall back.

    A tiny hole is drilled into the lower jaw bone at the base of the chin — a very thin needle is then threaded through into the back of the tongue.

    The needle contains a special type of surgical tape that has a number of tiny plastic cones threaded along it, like beads on a string.

    The new approach involves 'tying' the tongue to the base of the mouth so that it cannot fall back

    Not only do these cones anchor the thread in the tissue, but they trigger tissue to grow in and around them.

    The cones slowly dissolve over a period of three months, but this new tissue helps provide permanent anchor points for the tongue, preventing it moving out of place.

    Once it's been stitched in place, the thread is gently pulled to anchor the back of the tongue to the base of the mouth.

    Because this is deep in the tissue, it won't interfere with talking or chewing.

    However, the anchoring is still strong enough to prevent the tongue from flopping back at night and blocking the airway.

    Early results on five people showed significant success rates, and the doctors leading the trial say they expect a 70 to 80 per cent success rate.

    'The purpose of surgery is to eliminate the need for a continuous positive airway pressure device,' say the researchers.

    'People who undergo this procedure will have a significant drop in the rate of breathing pauses at night.

    'By lowering the apnoea rate, most patients wake up much more refreshed and have more energy during the day.

    'It will also lower your risk factors for heart disease in the future.'

    Commenting on the new procedure, Andrew McCombe, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, said: 'It should work, but as ever it is very important that patients are thoroughly and carefully assessed to make sure it is the right people who get the treatment because it won't work for everyone.

    'This is going to work best for those where a big tongue, or specifically tongue base, is the cause of the problem.

    'A full and thorough upper airway assessment is required to identify the exact nature of the problem so as to make sure the right treatment is provided.

    'People whose snoring or apnoea is caused, for example, by nasal obstruction, large tonsils or laryngeal tumours may not benefit from the surgery.'

    In another development, the vibration technology found in mobile phones is being used to combat sleep apnoea and chronic snoring.

    Scientists have devised a small ring-shaped device, about the size of a 10p piece, that is attached to the back of the neck and vibrates whenever the wearer turns onto their back.

    The device contains a pressure sensor that triggers the alarm ten seconds after a person lies on their back. It vibrates with gradually increasing strength until the wearer changes position.

    In a clinical trial at St Lucas Andreas University Hospital, Amsterdam, 30 patients wore the device for a year.

    Results show that within two weeks, the number of sleep apnoea episodes suffered had more than halved.

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  • Do the Five Tibetans for a Long Life

    Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012

    Longevity means that you take the time to do the little things that make a difference to your long term good health and exercise is the #1 suggestion because many, many health providers know that exercise is truly the fountain of youth. These Tibetan rituals hardly take any time at all to complete and almost immediately your body will respond with better balance and clarity of thought. You won't have to leave your home or buy expensive machines...vitality and superior health can be yours.

    (NaturalNews) The five Tibetans are a unique sequence of yoga poses reputed to be the key to longevity. According to legend, the sequence was created by Tibetan monks in a Himalayan monastery and then brought into the world by British Army Colonel Bradford. The colonel was amazed by the monks' vitality and superior health. They credited their religious observances, simple diet and the five Tibetans.

    1. Whirling Dervish

    The first of the five Tibetans is a standing exercise. To perform this exercise, stand up straight with your arms held out to your sides at shoulder height. Spin to the right and keep looking forward. Let your vision blur as you spin. Breathe deeply into your abdomen. Slowly work up to 21 spins.

    2. Tibetan leg lifts

    The second of the five Tibetans is similar to an abdominal exercise called leg lifts. To begin, lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms at your sides. Touch your legs together. Inhale as you lift your legs until they are perpendicular with the floor. Raise your head off the floor at the same time, bringing your chin toward your chest. Exhale as you lower your head and legs back to the floor. Work up to 21 leg raises.

    3. Moving through camel pose

    The third of the five Tibetans promotes flexibility of the spine and gently stretches the back, chest, abdomen and neck. The exercise is similar to camel pose used in other styles of yoga but is a less extreme back bend.

    To perform the exercise, kneel on the floor and relax your arms against your sides. Your back is straight with your hips, shoulders and knees in line. First, exhale and bend your chin toward your chest. Then, inhale as you bend your head back to look up and you gently arch your lower back. Slide your hands up to your lower back as you bend backwards. Repeat up to 21 times.

    4. Staff to upward plank pose

    The fourth exercise combines two popular yoga postures, the staff pose and a variation of upward plank pose. The exercise strengthens the wrists, arms, core and legs.

    To begin, sit with your legs together and straight in front of you. Place your hands on the floor next to your buttocks with your fingers pointing forward and flex your feet toward your shins. This is staff pose. Inhale as you bend your knees and raise your hips off the floor. Lift up until your spine is parallel to the floor and your knees are in line with your ankles. Look at the ceiling. Exhale as you lower back into staff pose. Perform up to 21 repetitions.

    5. Down dog to cobra pose

    The fifth exercise moves from downward-facing dog pose to cobra. The Tibetan exercise strengthens the arms, shoulders and chest while also stretching the abdomen, shoulders and legs.

    To begin, assume push-up position with your hands shoulder-width apart. Inhale and press your hips up toward the ceiling. Your arms and legs are straight. Push your heels down and align your neck with your spine. This is down dog. Exhale as you lower your hips and arch your back. Lift your chest to face forward as you tilt your head to look up. Your hips are inches from the floor and your arms are straight. Perform up to 21 reps.

    Starting off the day with the five Tibetans provides energy and increases alertness. The sequence can also provide a burst of energy in the afternoon or evening, when many people's energy levels drop.


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    Sarka-Jonae Miller is a former personal trainer and massage therapist. Get more health and wellness tips on Sarka's blog,

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  • Zerran All-Natural Hair Care With Cindy Van Steelandt

    Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012


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    Cindy Van Steelandt – is the marketing director of Zerran International. Their RealLisse Hair Smoothing Treatment is the world's first hair smoothing system to pass dermatological testing with zero adverse results. Using the human repeat insult patch test (HRIPT), an independent FDA registered and California certified lab tested the RealLisse Catalyst on 50 subjects wearing no gloves, with no negative skin reaction on any subject. This patent protected product is formulated without keratin or other animal products and contains absolutely no formaldehyde, aldehydes, thioglycolates, sodium hydroxide, guanidine hydroxide, methylene glycol, formol, formalin, ethers, or any other substance that produces formaldehyde gas upon heating with a flatiron.

    Cindy's Three Hair Care Tips:  

    1. Hair can prematurely age your looks  – feed your body the best possible nutrition (a highly varied diet of fruit, vegetables and especially protein) to help reverse the signs of aging hair. Another element that can prematurely age hair is UV exposure – it can damage the protein in your hair.

    2. It's important to moisturize your hair , especially if you have curly or wavy hair.  Also, moisture is NOT the same thing as oil. Look for products that are water-based, which is considered moisturizing.

    3. Watch your texture  – gray hair will grow out differently in texture compared to the hair color that you were born with. Even if you dye those pesky gray hairs, the texture of those gray strands will still have a different texture.

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  • The dried fruit that can treat everyday ailments

    Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Dried fruit is like medicine for the body but remember, you can take too much medicine and you can eat too much dried fruit so take it easy when you're determining your portion control. Imagine all the wonderful, sweet-tasting fruit healing your body...what could be better!


    Easy to eat on the run, dried fruit can be good for your health too. Here's what to choose for your body:


    Raisins are one of the richest sources of boron, a mineral documented to reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women. Sprinkle a handful into calcium-rich yoghurt for optimum bone-benefits and add pecans, another food rich in boron.

    Average boron intake is 1-2mg a day, but a minimum of 3mg (and maximum of 10mg daily) is probably healthier.

    Dried fruits: Can help treat everything from bladder infections to gout

    FATIGUE: Dates

    Feeling exhausted can make you crave sugary snacks. Dates are a great alternative as they have a relatively low glycaemic index (GI), which means they release their sugars slowly and keep energy levels steady, despite their intense sweetness.

    Eat with protein — a handful of walnuts, for example — to keep you feeling full.

    GOUT: Dried cherries

    The anthoycyanins in cherries, particularly the sour, or tart, type that are found in most health stores, may be beneficial for a range of inflammatory-related conditions, including arthritis, gout and post-exercise muscle soreness.

    A recent study by University of Michigan researchers revealed a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 per cent. An effective 'dose' for humans seems to be half a cup of dried cherries twice a day.

    HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Dried apricots

    Dried apricots weigh in with more than three times the potassium content of bananas and contain only a trace of salt.

    That's good for keeping down blood pressure — potassium counters the water-retaining properties of sodium, keeping blood volume lower. Recent research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta showed that consuming more potassium than sodium is protective against high blood pressure and heart disease.

    Eating apricots dried means you're likely to eat more, so will take in more nutrients.

    Dried apricots have a much higher potassium content than bananas

    BLADDER INFECTIONS: Dried cranberries

    If you're prone to bladder infections — and 20 per cent of women suffer recurrent problems — snack on dried cranberries.

    In a U.S. study, two handfuls (42.5g) reduced the 'stickiness' of E.coli bacteria in infected women's urine samples.

    This means fewer urinary infections because the bacteria cannot attach to the bladder wall.

    Proanthocyanidins are the active ingredient in cranberries that provide this anti-adherence effect.


    Your mother was right — six prunes (50g) twice daily proved better at easing constipation than the laxative ispaghula (the active ingredient in Fybogel), according to a recent study. Prunes are rich in sorbitol, which draws water into the stool, making it easier to pass.

    ANAEMIA: Figs

    Vegetarian? Four dried figs supply a quarter of the recommended daily allowance of anaemia-protective iron. To get the full advantage, eat as part of an orange juice-steeped compote — vitamin C helps improve the iron your body absorbs from plant sources.

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  • Mystery Karaoke Singer Floors Entire Grocery Store! [VIDEO]

    Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Now this young woman deserves a shot on American Idol! She is wonderful and hopefully will have a very bright future ahead of her.

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