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December 11, 2018

Under $100: Ashley Tisdale’s OTK Boots!

Ashley Tisdale was photographed wearing Chinese Laundry while at Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden. The singer looked holiday chic wearing the Benita Velvet Lace Up Over The Knee Boots in blue ($90, www.chineselaundry.com).

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December 11, 2018

The Myths About Tallness & Improving Stature Review

 

A significant number of people won’t mind adding a few inches to their height. Many of them don’t like their current height, and that makes them vulnerable to misinformation.

Short stature people are more likely to take the available information at face value. They are eager to strike it gold by finding one factor that may finally make them tall.

In a highly consumerist culture, there’s almost a product for every need. And that includes growing tall. So, which claims is wheat and which are chaff? We debunk some of the myths below.

Weightlifting is not good for your height

One of the most popular arguments has been that weightlifting is not good for young growing bones. Typically, the cartilage on young lads is significantly weaker than the bones on mature adults. The growth plates are even more fragile and prone to fractures.

Much debate has centered on the compression of the spine that supposedly inhibits height growth. However, research shows that the effect of weight lifting is nothing but a myth. Therefore, there’s no need for avoiding weight-training entirely.

It is safe, but a certain level of supervision may be necessary, especially for young boys and girls. The blame on most of the injuries that are as a result of weight training is lack of supervision.

You cannot grow farther after hitting puberty

Adolescent years are when most of the growth spurts happen. The stage is characterized by a high endocrine activity. It is the time when the growth hormone and other hormones are produced at optimal levels. In most cases, you reach your optimal height at the end of this period.

The argument is that growth plates close at the end of this stage. However, that is not always the case. Some people may still experience growth even after puberty. And it is not a miracle.

You see, there are various growth plates in your body, and they do not all close at the same time.  The spine is the most critical body part that supports your entire body structure. It is also responsible for most of your height growth. Luckily, it is the last to close, and it may not necessarily be after the puberty.

Drinking milk is critical to height growth

Most blogs and parents do not stop insisting on the importance of drinking milk. Most people believe that milk is at the center of height growth. It is true that milk contains a significant amount of vitamin d and calcium. The two nutrients are vital to growth.

However, other foods contain the two nutrients. There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that can serve as a suitable replacement for the food. That is especially true if you are allergic to milk. One of the blogs we found helpful is the Height Growth Club, they have practical advice on growing taller.

Stretching exercises are helpful

The main idea behind stretching is to decompress the spine. There is some truth in that, but the effect is temporary. You may gain some height by stretching, but you will soon go back to your original stature.

Stretching exercises are quite helpful to your overall health. They help enhance blood flow to all parts of the body by removing any tension. Unfortunately, there is no direct link between your stature and stretching exercises. There’s also no conclusive research that indicates stretching helps you gain a permanent height.

Stretching exercises have the same effect as having a good night sleep. Resting your spine while you sleep helps decompress, and you may notice that you are taller in the morning. However, you become shorter in the evening. And the cycle continues.

Your genes are the only factor that affects your height

There’s no denying that the genetic makeup determines your final height. However, it is not the only factor. Research shows that a good diet can impact your final height by up to 4 inches.

For example, countries with higher GDP have a better average height than the developing countries. Wealthy countries can afford a well-balanced diet, and that helps in growing tall.

Other factors include medical conditions and exercises. Damage to the pituitary gland can inhibit proper production of the growth hormone. Also, a sedentary lifestyle causes unhealthy weight and the eventual decompression of the spine.

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December 11, 2018

CBD Oil Side Effects for Pets – Cannabidiol Review

Most of you may have heard that CBD oil is extremely useful and beneficial for dogs and cats. However, what it exactly is and how can it can help your pet, is something that very few of you probably know. CBD or Cannabidiol is an extract from the marijuana or cannabis plant. Although extracted from marijuana plant, it does not have any psychoactive effects on the user after consumption. This simply means that you will not feel “high” after having CBD oil. This makes it absolutely safe for pets and CBD is also non-toxic.

CBD oil is available in various forms in the market. It is available in the form of liquid tincture and also in the form of CBD infused pet food products. The dosage for your dog is dependent upon the size of your pet. You can easily mix a few drops of the tincture in your pet’s food and it will fail to know the difference in taste or smell. However, if your pet is one of those dogs that simply refuses to have any medicine, you can also opt for CBD infused food products for your dog.

CBD Benefits for Your Dog

CBD has been tested and studied by many scientists and it has been concluded that it contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. CBD has also been proved to have anti-anxiety properties. Thus, it makes it one of the best natural options when it comes to a number of health ailments in dogs such as allergies, cancer and tumors, arthritis, anxiety related problems, seizures, hip dysplasia, loss of appetite, mobility problems, pancreatitis, inflammation, and epilepsy, to name a few.

CBD Side Effects

Although studies have identified the various health benefits of CBD oil, there have also been tests that reveal the possible side effects CBD might have on pets. Some of these side effects are discussed below.

  • Dry Mouth: It may so happen that your pet may experience dry mouth due to CBD. According to tests, CBD tends to alter the productivity of saliva in your pet’s mouth. The best way to counter this problem is to give plenty of water to your pet if you give CBD to the dog.
  • Drowsiness: As discussed above, CBD has anti-anxiety effects on pets. It is highly beneficial to treat any anxiety related problems and panic attacks in dogs. Thus, the compound tends to make your pet feel drowsy due to its calming effect. The higher the dosage of the CBD oil, the greater will be the drowsiness.
  • Lowers the Blood Pressure Level: Higher doses of CBD oil has a possibility of lowering the blood pressure level in your pet. Although this drop in the blood pressure level is quite small, it may still make your dog feel light-headed.

Inhibition of Drug Metabolism: If you give greater doses of CBD oil to your pet, it may increase the chances of inhibiting the liver enzymes of your dog. As a result of this, your pet’s metabolism of some specific drugs would get interfered.

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December 11, 2018

End of the Year News from YouCam Makeup

As 2018 comes to a close, Sharing amazing end of the year updates from award-winning interactive augmented reality beauty app, YouCam Makeup. YouCam Makeup, provides users the opportunity to digitally try on different looks and trends, becoming an integral part of the consumer beauty journey. (What’s better than trying on makeup from your phone? MUCH cleaner than swatching!) This year, the app has garnered over 6 billion global look try-ons – a 16% increase from 2017!

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December 8, 2018

Stay Fab with Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks

You know what they say: you can never have enough lipsticks. Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick is bound to be an essential addition to your collection. In addition to their wide array of eye-catching shades, these velvety, 12-hour wear liquid lippies will top of any look imaginable all while staying put all day long.
PRICE: $4.99
WHERE TO BUY: Target, Walmart, and Walgreens
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December 8, 2018

When Beauty Becomes Business

 

 

A true entrepreneur will see a business opportunity in almost every situation that they face. This holds true even if the conditions are not really ideal. If you recall, the founders of now real estate giant Airbnb did not have a lot of money in the bank nor did they have huge lands at their disposal. All they had were just brilliant ideas that the online world just happened to be very ready to support.

People’s obsession with beauty is a phenomenon that has yielded and will still continue to bring out a lot of business opportunities. If you happen to be someone who has an eye for beauty, knowing these opportunities might prove helpful for you.

Online personal training is a trend, so ride on!

Several years of studies have shown that when it comes to exercise, the real driving force is the actual person’s commitment to his or her fitness goal. No matter how great the trainer is, if the client is not driven to reach their fitness goals, the whole program will collapse quite easily. It is truly because of this that online personal training has become a legitimate pursuit. In this setup, the trainer comes up with effective exercise programs and diet plans for their clients. Because the people that usually seek the help of online trainers are highly motivated, it’s totally fair to expect them to implement such programs on their own.

Offer personal styling online

Just like personal training, styling someone is something that you can very well do online. The popularity of online shops has made this service very easy to deliver. You can now easily search for fashionable pieces, compare prices, and even get commissions from resellers in just a few clicks. To build and keep your good name, you just have to make sure that the online entities that you partner and deal with are legitimate and truly trustworthy. One way to do this is to transact only through reliable and well-protected online platforms.

Be a makeup artist who does tutorials on Youtube

Makeup is still very much intertwined with beauty and vanity, and it’s not going to change anytime soon. The big change now is that people who know how to do makeup don’t need to be artists who work on actual people. Because of the advancements in technology, they can now just record videos while applying cosmetics on themselves and upload the content on Youtube and other social media platforms. This way, people who are hungry for ideas and inspiration get to view the content. When a high enough number of views is achieved, the content creator then gets paid by the online platform.

Of course, good old property rental still works

The previous points dwell pretty much on the Internet and the opportunities that it brings to those who advocate for what’s beautiful. Does this mean that the traditional ways of doing business with beauty are already dead? Not really. A commercial property investment is still going to pay off, especially since there are still hairstylists, skincare experts, and other beauty professionals who need actual space where they can deliver their prized services.

 

 

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December 7, 2018

7 Ways to Boost Energy This Holiday Season Without an Energy Drink

By Dr. Niket Sonpal NYC Internist and Gastroenterologist

https://tourocom.touro.edu/academics/faculty/harlem/niket-sonpal.php

After seeing the news about a research study out of the University of Texas Health Center in Houston, which found the diameter of blood vessels to become “dramatically smaller” 90 minutes after consuming a 24-ounce energy drink, I decided to offer some ways to boost energy without an energy drink.

While the 24-ounces used in the study of 44 healthy, non-smokers in their 20’s, is 3 times the size of a typical 8-ounce energy drink, there is plenty of research out there that shows chugging energy drinks is not the best way to get more energized.

When we look at the levels of sugar and caffeine in these energy drinks and the habitual nature in which they are consumed, we see issues such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, thickening of the blood, gastrointestinal irritation plus anxiety, sleep disruption and restlessness.

Here’s what I suggest consuming for a more sustainable and healthy way to energize.

1. Hydrate with water. The idea is to follow the 8×8 rule. Eight ounces of water 8 times per day which adds up to a half gallon. Most people are not getting anywhere near this water intake opting for coffee, juices, sodas or energy drinks instead. I challenge my patients to try the 8×8 rule and even declare going “H20 Only.” By the third day, they notice they’re feeling more energized.

2. Exercise 30 minutes per day.

Something as simple as going for a fast-paced walk elevates heart rate and healthy blood flow. This improves stamina and gets energy flowing throughout our bodies. A lot of people claim they don’t have time to exercise which calls for creative ways to get exercise in. I had a client add dancing for 30 minutes upon her arrival from work with her 4-year-old daughter. This provided a way for both mom and daughter to get moving in a fun easy way right at home.

3. Sprinkle in chia seeds.

These low carb seeds have an energy packing blend of protein, fats, and fiber. Chia seeds regulate blood sugar, so you won’t have these spikes then drops. They deliver big time nutrients with very low calories. Loaded with antioxidants, chia seeds were a highly valuable energy staple for Mayan and Aztec warriors in ancient Mexico who consumed them knowing they would be sustained, not hungry and energized for hours and hours.

4. Eat foods rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Omega 3’s are big-time energy enhancers. Eating salmon, sea bass, tuna, oysters, shrimp, seaweed salad, walnuts, edamame, and cauliflower are just a few Omega 3 rich staples to add to the shopping list.

5. Get good quality sleep.

Many of my patients who see me for gastrointestinal issues often benefit from getting disciplined with setting a bedtime, wake time and enhancing the quality of their sleep. This could be simple things such as pre-sleep meditation with an app, removing the television from the bedroom, buying curtains that block light, setting the temperature to suit your body best, buying new sheets and even a new mattress.

Making the bedroom a comfortable haven for quality deep sleep is incredibly important. Sleep is our time to recharge and when it is disturbed, we will feel sluggish during the day.

6. Get more magnesium.

Magnesium activates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which can be thought of like the “magic button” of energy within our cells. According to studies, about half of the people in the USA and Europe aren’t getting the recommended amount of magnesium (300 milligrams for women and 350 for men).

Interestingly, most Americans and Europeans complain of energy drains and sluggishness and typically attribute their lack of energy to busier, more demanding lifestyles. However, the problem, most commonly, is a lack of magnesium which helps us convert food into energy, create proteins from amino acids, and helps regulate our nervous system.

7. Get more B12.

Known as the “energy vitamin” it’s important to note that the only time B12 will give you energy is if you’re deficient in B12. It’s wise to get complete blood work done to see if you are in fact deficient in B12 in addition to other key vitamins and minerals.B12 is found in beef, fish, and dairy and these days more and more people are cutting red meat and dairy out of their diets.

B12 helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen, so when there’s a dip in red blood cell production we’re being deprived oxygen which leads to feeling run down, the first tell-tale sign of B12 deficiency. Body weakness, shortness of breath brain fog, forgetfulness and lack of focus are also symptoms. Yogurt, Swizz cheese, fortified cereals, Shiitake mushrooms, and clams are other great sources of B12.

About Dr. Niket Sonpal:

Dr. Niket Sonpal is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn who specializes in Gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the Medical University of Silesia – Hope Medical Institute in Poland. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was selected to be the 2013‐2014 Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital–Northshore LIJ Health System. Dr. Sonpal has completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Lenox Hill Hospital and continues his work in the field of medical student and resident test preparation. He now serves as the associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brookdale University medical center.

He is the co‐author for the best-selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK, Master the Boards Step 3, And Master the Boards: Internal Medicine. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Medquest Test Prep, Director of Medical Education for Picmonic Test Prep, and a recognized expert on medical test prep.

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December 7, 2018

Gorgeous Nails Can Be Yours Celebrity Manicurist Tells Us How

Gorgeous Nails? Everyone wants to have gorgeous, natural long nails – but most people have a difficult time growing them out. Right when you’ve finally made some progress, a nail breaks, and you have to start the process over again!
Photo - As U Wish Nail Spa

Photo – As U Wish Nail Spa

Celebrity Manicurist and Owner of As U Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley, is dishing out her expert advice on making your nails as long, strong, and healthy as possible.
1. Maintain Regular Cuticle Care
Cuticles are more important than most people might believe. Think of them as a barrier and a seal – locking in hydration, and locking out bacteria and nasty infections. Be sure to maintain proper cuticle care – even in-between manicures – and always moisturize with a hydrating hand cream.
Sally Hansen HARD as NAILS Hardener

Sally Hansen “HARD as NAILS” Hardener

2. Nail Growth Serum
Soft, exposed nails are most vulnerable to breakage, so invest in a nail hardener such as Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. Use it as a weekly treatment and your nails will grow longer, stronger and be less likely to chip or crack. You could also use a nail growth serum, like the Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle which nourishes even the most brittle nails.
3. Bulk Up on Biotin
Biotin is an absolute superhero when it comes to nail growth. Shop around and compare different supplements, and determine which one is right for you. Some are specific to nails, but most are going to promote hair and nail growth, and a healthy, vibrant complexion. Talk about a triple threat!
4. Eat a Balanced Diet
No, you probably wouldn’t think about how your eating habits affect your nails, but upping your daily intake of protein, zinc, iron, and of course, biotin, could promote faster growth and add some natural strength to your nails.
5. File With Caution
You wouldn’t carelessly pluck your eyebrows, would you? Of course not! Most of us have been taught to file our nails flat and not even think twice about it. But, doing so can actually make your nails weak and brittle. Use a high-quality nail file and start on the outside edge, pulling toward the center and filing across the nail in one direction, repeating the motion until it is your desired shape.
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December 6, 2018

How to Brighten the Skin Naturally

These years, more and more people are gaining new interest not only in revitalizing the appearance of their skin, but also in improving its overall health. This is, of course, a good thing, since the skin is not only an asset to one’s looks, but also a window to one’s wellbeing. After all, our skin serves vital physiological functions like protecting us from toxins and pathogens, regulating the body’s temperature, providing us with sensory information, and many others.

As such, achieving moisturized skin with a bright and healthy glow shouldn’t be thought of just as an act of personal vanity. Rather, we should see good skincare as something everybody should practice on a daily basis.

No matter what your skin type, complexion, or cosmetics preferences may be, brightening up your skin should be part of your daily skincare routine. That said, here are our tips to brighten your skin naturally and combat the unpleasant alternative of dry, dull, and oily skin—all without breaking the bank or overtly depending on pricey, chemical-laden solutions.

Invest in quality products and treatments for exfoliating your skin

Exfoliation is the process of removing dry, dead, and flaky cells from the surface of your skin. This process helps smoothen out any uneven spots, and returns the innate glow to the skin’s top layer. People typically turn to either of these two exfoliation methods: physical exfoliation, which involves removing the dead skin cells with the use of small grains (such as in scrubs), brushes, exfoliating fabrics, or scalpels (such as in dermaplaning); and chemical exfoliation, which uses chemical exfoliants like water-soluble alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and oil-soluble beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) to break down the substance that holds layers of dead skin cells together.

We suggest beefing up your skin-brightening routine by including a little bit of both. For physical exfoliants, shop for scrubs whose grains are made out of natural sugars and salts. For leave-on exfoliants, we’d recommend additions to your skincare routine that are even milder than traditional chemical peels, just like the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask contains anti-inflammatory white willow bark extract, antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract, and Vitamin C-rich beet root extract—all of which will exfoliate your skin without putting too much chemical strain on it, and treat it to an instant, brightening glow.

Make the most of your visits to the dermatologist

Another practical way to play it safe is to consult your dermatologist every so often. You might benefit from a more thorough, professionally executed method of treating your skin, such as microdermabrasion. Don’t worry because it’s minimally abrasive, and it can help minimize the appearance of dark spots, stretch marks, and sun damage on your skin. After a treatment like this one, don’t forget to cash in on your dermatologist’s “pro tips” on taking care of your skin.

Get creative with some time-tested home skincare remedies

At home, you can also supplement store-bought skin products and skin treatments with some good, old-fashioned, all-natural home skincare treatments. Some recipes out there can do as much good for us as they did for our mothers and grandmothers back in the day.

Some popular kitchen remedies that can boost and brighten the skin are honey, plain yogurt, oatmeal and tomato juice paste, and orange juice and turmeric paste. If anything, these natural home remedies are a breeze to make, wash off, and clean up after.

Pre-emptively combat the stress that causes skin imperfections

Not surprisingly, skin imperfections like acne are linked to stress via hormones. When you’re stressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which in turn may cause the glands under your skin to produce excessive oil. The oil, in turn, may be the culprit behind acne, blackheads, dark spots, and other demoralizing blemishes on the skin.

The best way to deal with these imperfections is to pre-empt the aggravating stressors—and that means staying hydrated, always getting a good night’s sleep, and taking a little time during the day to breathe or meditate. Trust us, this holistic approach will do wonders for brightening up your skin.

Follow a diet that’s as good for your skin and your overall health

We emphasize that you shouldn’t be thinking of your skin as one isolated part of your body. The things that will allow your whole body to heal and function naturally will also fortify your skin. Diet is one of the most important components here, and a skin-healthy diet is one that replaces excessive alcohol, processed dairy, grease, and caffeine with fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.

Quality skin treatment need not be expensive or over-the-top; brightening your skin shouldn’t mean pampering it all the time at the spa or piling layers of strongly formulated skin products on it. Instead, consider looking into nature when you need inspiration in restoring your skin’s natural health, glow, and functionality!

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December 6, 2018

Things To Do On A Ladies’ Night That Don’t Involve Hitting The Bar and Getting Drunk.

It’s probably been a long while since the last time you went out with your girlfriends. You’re excited to meet them again and to have another night out with your closest friends. Then a realization suddenly dawns upon you—Oh no. Not another night out, drinking alcohol in a bar.

The thought of “just another night of drunken bliss” seems to lack the appeal that it once had. And that’s understandable. Things get pretty old pretty quickly after all. So, no, you aren’t going to cancel your night out, not at all. But you’re also unsure what else there is to do. A dreary cycle of bars and drunkenness is bound to get boring really fast.

Well, we’ve got you. These are some fun alternatives that should not only keep your night fun and lively, but also provide a lot of opportunities to deepen your bond with one another:

Host a Wine Tasting Party

Well, sure, you’ve got alcohol involved. But you aren’t in a bar. So, this technically makes the list by way of omission. It’s still a great way to spend time with your lady friends and wines will always be classier than bar drinks. Buy a slew of different bottles and ages and you’re bound to get a taste for the finer things.

Go Old School With a Classic Sleepover

Remember when you were teenage girls and you’d spend sleepless, yet, fun nights at each other’s house? Well, relive the nostalgia of a time when life was much simpler and when the boys were… well, boys. You’ve got privacy, good company, good food, and lots of pillows. Who doesn’t want a PJ party after all?

Concoct a Group Recipe

Hunker down in your kitchen and concoct whatever baked, cooked, or what-other-cooking-process-have-you, treats. You’d have to be horrendously unskilled at cooking to mess this up. And well, even if you were, your friends would be there to guide you. Nothing strengthens a sisterly bond like a little treat-hatchery does.

Watch an All-Male Revue

But, if you really want to go out and have some fun, well, an all-male performance ought to get you a good time. That, of course, was a euphemism. Men with Greek God bodies, chiseled chins, and the enthusiasm that lives in every performer’s heart. What more could you ask for? One good example of such a show would be the Hunks the Show Male Revue which is one of the most well-received shows on tour. Because well. Hunks forevs. <3

Fake Bachelorette Party

Now, if you really must insist on going to the bar and getting drunk, well, do it differently. Go to your local variety shop, get some penis toys, a fake veil, and a bottle of wine and hit the bar like it’s your last night as a single lady. The fun part? You’d take turns being the lady of the night.

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