Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mila Kunis Eye Makeup

It's not hard to make Mila Kunis' eyes look amazing. She maybe has the most gorgeous peepers on the entire planet. But there's a trick she uses upon occasion to make them look a little bigger and more sultry at the same time.

Her eyeshadow is winged out and up past her eyes. This is an old-school trick that opens your eyes and makes them look like they extend a bit farther. And because it's done with dark shadow, it also adds a touch of smokiness that's pretty hot. A one-two punch, really.

All you do to pull this off is load up a tapered-tip eyeshadow brush (or a Q-Tip, if you don't have one) with some shadow and brush up as if you were following the line of your lower lid up toward your temples. Easy enough, right?

Source: Glamour

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Carbs That Boost Fat-Making

Carobhydrates provide essential blood sugar - glucose - which is the fuel used for energy production in the brain and every cell of the body. Glucose also helps maintain body temperature, digestion, movement, breathing, tissue repaire and immune system functions - so it's one of the most important compounds coursing through your body.

There are three basic types of carbohydrates, labeled according to the complexity of their molecular structure: monosaccharides (simplest), disaccharides and polysaccharides (most complex). Polysaccharides consist of many sugar units, bonded together by nature to form complex carbohydrates (starches).

Starches either may be left unrefined or may be refined, as happens when we process them to make certain foods. Unrefined complex carbohydrates come associated with lots of fiber, vitamines, minerals and other nutrients. Most of us need to eat more foods like whole-wheat bread and brown rice in order to get enough of these unrefined complex carbs in our diets.

By contrast, foods like white bread and white rice are both less filling and less nutritious because they have refined carbs. In the process of refining, such as the milling of wheat to make white flour, the fiber and many vitamins and minerals are lost. In general, unrefined complex carbs are gisted slowly and efficiently, providing a steady source of energy without the biochemical roller-coaster effect of concentrated sugars. Eating foods with complex carbs helps stabilize your sugar levels.

Refined white sugar - sucrose - tops the list of "empty calories", alone with its counterparts corn syrup, brown sugar, dextrose, maltose and cane syrup. High intake of refined sugar has been linked to a variety of health problems, including elevated levels of cholesterol and other blood fats, a deficiency in chromium, a trace mineral associated with heart disease and diabetes, and development of breast cancer. The simple sugar molecules in sucrose require very little digestion, entering the bloodstream and quickly raising blood sugar levels far above normal. In response, the body's insulin secretion mechanism is activated to remove the excess glucose from the blood, causing a downswing in sugar levels.

Even "natural sugar alternatives" such as maple syrup, honey and fruit juice are no panacea. The fact is, no sweetener used excessively is healthful.

Source: Low-Fat Living by Robert K. Cooper

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beauty Questions

Q: I have oily skin. Should I moisturize my face?

A: Yes. Drying out oily skin sends a signal to your body to produce even more oil. Plus, most people are oily only in certain spots like the T-zone, so you risk drying out areas like your cheeks and chin if you pass on moisturizing. Look for an oil-free product and apply a dime-sized amount all over your face. You'll get a healthy dose of hydration without making you skin look slick.

Source: Health Magazine

Saturday, November 23, 2013

No-Tech Teeth Whitening

If you'd rather pass on the peroxide, check out these other options to whiten your smile.

Baking Soda - The refrigerator deodorizer also removes discoloration on your teeth. The abrasive particles polish the surface while a chemical reaction between baking soda and water lightens stains. You can damage your enamel with the scrubbing, so don't do it more than once a week. Just dip your toothbrush in the soda, or switch to a toothpaste that contains baking soda like Arm & Hammer.

Feel the Crunch - Foods that are high in cellulose, a strong starchlike compound found in celery, carrots and apples, act as natural abrasives, cleansing teeth and removing surface stains naturally. Greens such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce contain mineral compounds that form a film over the teeth so pigments from other foods can't stain.

Source: Men's Health

Friday, November 22, 2013

Save The Earth, Simply

Lower Your Water Heater from 140F to 120F - It will save 6-10% on your energy costs, and trim emissions of heat-trapping pollutants by as much as 10%.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Taylor Lautner: Don't Overwork Your Abs

Don't Overwork Your Abs
"A lot of guys hit their abs every time they hit the gym," says Yuam. "That's why so few of them have six-packs." Your abs are like any other muscle group, and the same rule of muscle building applies: Don't overwork them. Lautner targets his abs only 3 days a week and does a combination of exercises to work his entire core. "The result is a balanced, more detailed musculature," Yuam says. One of his favorite combinations is the hanging leg raise to reverse crunch, holding for 7 to 10 seconds. That works your whole core, preventing a muffin top.

Source: Men's Health

Monday, November 11, 2013

Is Your Hair Thinning?

Thinning Hair - Blame dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that in excess, lengthens the resting phase of your hair's growth cycles and eventually causes it to jump ship. In the a.m., apply a 5 percent minoxidil solution. Minoxidil is still the only over-the-counter product FDA-approved to help stop shedding and grow new hair. At night, spray on a product called FNS (Follicle Nutrient Serum). While it's not yet FDA approved, a study showing that the spray stopped hair loss in men after 3 weeks has prompted researchers to suggest giving it a try (It's $60, It contains a natural insulin substitute that allows nutrients to get into the cells of the follicles and stimulate hair growth.

Source: Men's Health

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