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Should You Or Shouldn’t You? Lemon Juice Can Be Used To Help Whiten Teeth

25 Oct W

There are many different ways to whiten your teeth at home without having to pay the high prices of professional tooth whitening systems. Lemon juice is an acid, and it causes your teeth to lose calcium, which is why it makes your teeth whiter.

 

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

* Toothbrush

* Baking soda

* Lemon juice

* Fluoride toothpaste

How to Whiten Your Teeth Using Lemon Juice

* 1

Brush and floss your teeth like you would usually.

* 2

Put baking soda and one drop of lemon juice onto your toothbrush.

* 3

Brush your teeth a second time with the lemon juice and baking soda mixture.

* 4

Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

* 5

Brush your teeth for the final time with fluoride toothpaste.

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Beauty Tips: How To Wear Your Make Up For A Job Interview

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When you are getting yourself ready for a job interview, everything matters, even the way you choose to put on your makeup. You don’t want to doll yourself up like you’re going out for a night on the town, but you also don’t want to risk looking unpolished by showing up at the interview with a bare face. For best results, find a middle ground — somewhere in between nothing and heavily made up.

 

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Dab on concealer to cover up any dark areas on your face. Follow up with a application of foundation that matches your skin tone. Dust your whole face with transparent face powder to set the stage for the rest of the makeup.

 

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Select eyeliner, blush, eye shadow, mascara and lipstick in low-key, neutral shades that match with your hair, skin tone and eyes to keep things conservative. Don’t try to match your makeup to your outfit.

 

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Swipe on neutral eye shadow, using light colors to highlight under the brow area and on the lid, and darker colors in the crease. Apply eyeliner with a light touch. Avoid thick, heavy lines or liquid liner, which can come off as harsh. Stick with mascara on the top lashes only, with extra attention to the lashes at the outer corner of your eyelid to give them an uplifted look.

 

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Pop a smile and color the area directly underneath the apples of your cheeks with a few strokes of blush. Again, make sure it blends well with your coloring. Apply a neutral lipstick. Nix the deep reds or hot pinks — not an interview look.

 

Tips & Tricks

 

 

The same goes for your fingernails. If you like a little color on your nails, keep it conservative for the interview.

 

When it comes to eye makeup, lipstick and blush, go for products with descriptors such as “cream,” “matte” and “translucent” to nail the most natural look.

 

Investigate your eyebrows. Calm unruly brows with eyebrow gel. Fill them in with a colored pencil if they’re too light or too sparse.

 

Frosted, iridescent, overly bright or heavily lined — don’t do it. None of it looks good for a job interview.

 

Don’t refresh your lipstick or powder your nose during the interview. Do it before and live with it.

 

Forgo globby, thick mascara. Less really is better.

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Update Your Daily Beauty Routine For Spring And Summer Months

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Now that the last traces of winter are gone for good, you can pack away your cold-weather beauty regimen too (well, at least for the next six months!). Warmer temps and the changes in climate call for a few tweaks to your daily routine. Here, advice from the pros for updating your skin, hair and makeup to welcome the season.

Hydrate Strands

Rescue your winter-parched hair from months of bouncing back and forth between icy outdoor air and drying indoor heat, says Matrix artistic director Nick Stenson, owner of Chicago’s Caviar Salon. A conditioning mask can rejuvenate dry hair by restoring shine and vitality, says Stenson. Try Oscar Blandi Trattamento di Jasmine Smoothing Hair Treatment ($26; OscarBlandi.com). It repairs damaged hair by delivering intense moisture, resulting in a silky-soft and shiny mane.
Trim Your Tresses

Even if you’re not ready for a whole new ’do, a good trim can bring your hairstyle back to life, says Stenson. “On average, hair grows at a rate of about a half-inch per month. That winter outgrowth has been subjected to regular wear and tear as well as the ravages of wind and changing weather,” he says. Getting rid of that last inch or so will make your mane look healthier and fuller. Use a product like MATRIX Sleek.look Sealing Serum ($15; Matrix.com for salon locations) to protect against future damage without weighing hair down.

Brighten Up Your Locks

After months of gray days, “mimic what the sun does naturally by adding dimensional highlights to your hair,” says Stenson. “Even a few well-placed foils around the face will brighten up your complexion and accentuate eyes and cheekbones,” he says. If you’re a bit shy about color, ask your stylist to try a demi-permanent color, which is ammonia-free and gentler on your hair, to add subtle tones. Or try an at-home highlighting kit, like L’Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights ($12.99; Drugstore.com). It comes with a small fine-tooth plastic brush that fits right on your fingertip, so you can easily control where you put the highlighting mixture.

Give Your Hair a Chance to Breathe

Stop fighting the weather and let your hair dry naturally, says stylist and curl expert Ouidad. “When you let your hair air-dry, the scalp’s natural oils have a chance to penetrate strands to help nourish any damage caused by hot tools,” she says. But when it gets warmer, there’s more humidity in the air, which means more frizz. The best way to control curly or coarse hair that dries au naturel is to use a product that repels humidity, like Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($19.80; Ouidad.com). The formula blocks out excess humidity that creates frizz and flyaways by protecting the hair shaft and preventing strands from expanding.

Create a Lighter Canvas

Just as you change your wardrobe for warmer weather, your skin needs a lighter coating of makeup too, says celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez, whose clients include Beyoncé and Marisa Miller. Instead of sticking with foundation, which is great for winter months but too heavy for springtime, add a tinted moisturizer to your daily routine. “These formulas are sheer but still hydrating enough to provide your skin with an even tone and fresh look,” says Gomez. “They balance your complexion and make you look dewy rather than cakey or greasy,” she says. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($14.99; Drugstore.com). It’s made with light diffusers that brighten and smooth your skin tone.

Get a Creamy Flush

Cream blushes tend to last longer than powder formulas when your skin gets warmer, says Gomez. A brighter color, like a pop of pink or peach on the apples of your cheeks, “will make you look more fresh and youthful,” she says. Try Laura Geller Air Whipped Mousse Cheek Color ($26; QVC.com). It’s sheer, lightweight, loaded with vitamins A, C and E, and all you need to do is swipe it on your cheeks with your fingertips.

Go for Gilded Shades

Bronze and gold hues in eyeshadow, lipgloss and bronzer are flattering on every skin tone, says Gomez. The beauty of these shades is that they evoke the look of a tan without your having to step out in the sun. Nervous about the shimmery shades? Gold shadow doesn’t have to be bold. If you wear a subtle swipe across the lid, it can be sophisticated enough for the office. Try Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush and Eyeshadow in Vegas Strip ($11.99; Drugstore.com). It has everything you need for a pretty look in one compact.

Slough Away Dead Skin

Spring is the perfect time to get rid of dull winter skin and increase cell turnover to make way for a fresh, radiant complexion, says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, director of Ethnic Skin Care at the University of Miami. Gently exfoliate the skin with a product that’s not too harsh or irritating. Try Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths ($6.99; SpecificBeauty.com). They contain aloe, green tea and vitamin E, and have textured beads on one side to gingerly exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.

Forgo Heavy Face Cream

Switch from a heavy winter face cream to a lighter lotion so you don’t clog pores in warmer weather, says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. Since the temperature is more humid, you won’t have to worry about your complexion getting as dry. Try Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex ($14; Neutrogena.com). This lightweight daily moisturizer is noncomedogenic, so it won’t cause breakouts, and it provides a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays.

Clean Your Skin More Thoroughly

As the mercury rises, your skin naturally produces more oil. This means you’ll need to cleanse away sweat and grime more deeply than you would in the winter, says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. Skin can handle a more penetrating cleaning in spring and summer because there’s more humidity in the air, so your complexion is less likely to dry out. Try Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Foaming Acne Wash ($6.49; Drugstore.com). Ingredients like salicylic acid help prevent future breakouts while a special complex dissolves surface oil.

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Beauty: How To Care For Your Nails And Get Them Looking Their Best

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Nail Tips and Care Questions

How do I avoid getting polish on my cuticles?

Instead of painting right from the cuticle, place the brush on the nail bed about 1/8″ away from the cuticle and push backwards toward it, stopping just before the skin.

That’s too much work…how do remove polish from my cuticles?

Plan ahead. Paint your nails about an hour before bedtime, leaving the messy polish on. When taking a shower the next morning, the polish will soften and peel off. Any stubborn polish still left on the skin can easily be removed by rubbing it with a soft towel. Polish not dry yet? In a rush? Use a cotton swab and nail polish remover to do a quick removal.

How do I keep my polish from peeling near the skin?

Lightly buff the top of your nail near your cuticle with a fine-grained file. This will take away the top oily enamel and allow better adhesion.

My polish doesn’t peel near the skin, it peels at the tips, what am I doing wrong?

It’s usually one of these two things…

•You’ve used two or more coats of ridge-filler and followed with a couple coats of polish. To avoid peeling, stick to only one coat of ridge-filler, and wait until it’s completely dry to apply the regular polish.

•You’ve painted a couple thick coats instead of a few thin ones. Always use thin coats, it gives better coverage, dries faster and lasts longer.

I can’t apply thin coats, my nail polish is just thick to begin with. What should I do?

If you really want your nail polish to keep well in the bottle, keep it in the refrigerator, this will extend its shelf-life.

I keep getting those darn bubbles!

Two things can cut down significantly on bubbles:

ROLL the bottle between your palms, instead of shaking it. Shaking just whips bubbles into the polish. Also, use only thin coats.

Why does my polish keep cracking?

Try applying a thin clear coat of polish every other night to avoid this.

My nails keep splitting in layers at the top, will eating gelatin and drinking milk help strengthen them?

No and no. These are just myths. Your fingernails are made of keratin, the same protein as hair. Have you ever seen conditioner brag that it has calcium in it? Probably not. What WILL help strengthen your nails is to avoid filing them as much as possible, and when you have to, file in one direction only. You know what happens if you keep bending a wire back and forth? The same thing happens to nails, just on a different level. Other tips… use gloves when washing dishes and doing other household chores. Keep exposure to harsh chemicals at a minimum, especially bleach.

People say that you need different moisturizers for your nails than for your hands…why?

Well, back to the protein thing again. Would you use hand cream on your hair? Unlikely. The fact is that your fingernails absorb water 100 times faster than your skin does…and they lose the moisture just as fast as they absorb it. So considering how much hand cream you need in the wintertime, think how thirsty your nails are, and recognize that they need just as must tenderness (if not more) than your hands do.

I work with food, so my hands are constantly in water. What can I do to keep my manicure nice?

I only see two choices really.

•Keep nails well-trimmed, and don’t wear polish to work (not even clear, it’ll just crack and peel).

•Get thee to a nail salon! In my opinion, acrylic is to fingernails what Godiva is to chocolate. Only nail enhancements will stand up to the beating your hands will take.

Why won’t nails grow?

Unless you have some type of medical condition that prevents it, your nails are growing. On average, your nails grow about 1/8 of an inch per month. The reason why most people’s nails don’t seem to grow is because they break before they see results. Many people bite their nails, rip them off, others tend to shed or peel. They best way to see results is to start a healthy nail program with your nail technician.

Will artificial nails keep my nails from growing crooked?

If your nails have always grown a certain way, they will continue to grow that way until you die or something changes your nail matrix (the “brain” of the nail). Nail enhancements can only “cover” your natural nail appearance, not change it.

What can you do about ridges in nails?

Actually, nothing. If you’ve always had them, you always will. If you never had them before and just started to notice them, one reason could be stress or simply the fact that you’re getting older. As we get older the nails on our hands & toes become ridged. In order to get a

smooth polish application just GENTLY buff the nail surface with a white block buffer, remove the dust, apply a ridgefiller base coat, two coats of polish, and finally a topcoat.

How can I help my dry skin and cuticles?

Moisturize, Rehydrate, Oil, Lotion… any chance you get! Keep a good quality hand cream with you always. Whenever you wash your hands, apply it. Also, use a good quality cuticle oil and gently rub into your cuticles twice a day. For really chapped hands & feet I recommend a nice dip in paraffin wax.

Should cuticles and calluses be cut?

NO!! Never cut your cuticles or cut your calluses. These are your bodies armor. The cuticle protects the nails from infection, and the calluses give you shock absorbers . When you cut them, they will

grow back thicker and harder, and possibly create an infection. The best way to care for your cuticles is to apply a good quality cuticle oil and gently push them back with a orangewood stick. You may carefully trim any hangnails or for best results, schedule a manicure with your nail technician.

What causes finger nail damage?

The nail can be damaged by nail-biting, scratching the nail folds, bad manicuring , or trauma such as slamming a finger in a car door. Damaged nails may appear ridged or cracked and broken. If they do not appear “normal” after about one year, then most likely the nail matrix has been damaged and the nail will never be normal again.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a hereditary disorder which most commonly affects the skin on the elbows, knees, face, and even the scalp with a rash like appearance. In the finger nails, psoriasis may appear as pits in the nail plate, or as the nail plate separating from the nail bed (onycholysis). Other symptoms include the nail loosing its normal luster, appearing discolored, or grossly thickening.

What is Paronychia?

Paronychia is an inflammation of the nail folds commonly caused by constant exposure to moisture. Exposure to bacteria or fungus can often cause a secondary infection accompanied by painful swelling of the nail fold. If the infection goes untreated for an extended period of time, the nail plate can become deformed. Paronychia can be treated by draining the infected nail fold, taking oral antibiotics, or using a topical antifungal or antiseptic lotion. If you have paronychia it’s best to avoid prolonged exposure to water (eg. washing dishes), or try wearing gloves.

What do Nails reveal about your health?

Take a look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy-looking? Or do you see ridges, or areas of unusual color or shape? The condition of your nails may offer clues to your general health. Illness

can cause changes in your nails that your doctor can use to develop a diagnose.

Here are a few nail disorders that may be linked with illnesses:

Beau’s lines — Indentations that run across your nail. This can appear when growth at the matrix (nail root) is disturbed by severe illness such as a heart attack, measles, or pneumonia.

Clubbing — Your fingertips widen and become round while the nails curve around your fingertips. Caused by enlargement in connective tissue as compensation for a chronic lack of oxygen. Lung disease is present in 80 percent of people who have clubbed fingers.

Half-and-Half (Lindsay’s nails) Look for an arc of brownish discoloration. May appear in a small percentage of people who have a kidney disorder.

Onycholysis (ON-i-ko-LY-sis) — The nail separates from the nail bed. Most of the time, this problem is associated with physical injury (trauma), psoriasis, drug reactions, fungal disease or contact dermatitis from using nail hardeners. Sometimes onycholysis can be related related to an over- or under-active thyroid gland, iron deficiency, or syphilis.

Spoon nails — Soft nails that look scooped out. Depression is usually large enough to hold a drop of liquid. This condition often indicates iron deficiency.

Terry’s nails — The nail looks opaque and white, but the nail tip has a dark pink to brown band. This can be a symptom of cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, adult-onset diabetes, cancer, or aging.

*Remember that the nail conditions described above are in no way deffinitive proof of a bigger health problem. Please consult with a medical professional for a realiable diagnosis.

Open Talk: Turn Your Hobbies Into Profits

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Do you get pleasure from sewing, designing, or creating craft items at home? Perhaps you have gained a traditional skill like painting or carpentry, or maybe you like doing electrical repairs. All over the world, millions of people make use of the power of internet to guide them on turning their hobbies into businesses. Using a bit of organization, you could begin making additional household income simply by doing the things you enjoy and love.

Beginning a home-based business may appear to require a lot of time and investment, however you will find that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. The things you generate for personal usage at home may appear very common to you, yet other people will be grateful for your good workmanship. In our globe where most of the products we purchase are instant, disposable and mass-produced—people truly recognize the extra attention which goes into home-made goods.

To some who have found it difficult to squeeze hobby and recreation into their lifestyle are missing out in areas where they could be gaining. Consider the many benefits you would gain from engaging into hobbies: READ MORE…….

Written By: Glenn Silvestre
Source: Open Talk Magazine  17/02/2011

Have You Put Friends, Relationships, Kids Over Your Happiness?

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Whether you realize it or not, loss of identity occurs to many stay-at-home moms. Their entire lives are centered around taking care of everyone’s needs, sometimes twenty-four hours a day because time clocks do not exist in this job.

I share with you my personal experience of how one can lose themselves. As well as share with you how to gain that power back into your life that existed before kids, and marriage. By taking the blinder’s off. You can see the truth of your life. How it’s unfolded.

Losing yourself to make others happy is true falseness with oneself. Stop being controlling and coming up with the excuses no one does it better then you. The more you take control the more out of control your life becomes. The more overwhelmed you begin to get as time goes on living this way.

Learn to gain power back over your life. So that you can live the life that you truly dream t of as a kid as well as have a life of complete fulfillment.

You deserve to be happy like everyone else! Ask yourself the question are you happy!?

If your exhausted from being the best cheerleader for everyone in your life. Nothing to yourself. You need to get the control back into your life. So that you can be happy again and have the fulfillment we all desire in life.

So please watch my video. I share with you my brief life experience of how everyone has been more important to me. I am everything to everyone else and was nothing to myself.

I of course no longer feel this way. I learned to take control and spread my time more reasonably. I know no matter what I am a good person. That alone is enough for me.

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