Thursday, April 22, 2010

Prevent premature aging now

Sun damage can cause premature aging such as pigmentation and lines. Research shows 90 percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun's UVA light and sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging in women and men.




Why are UVA rays so bad? Even at low-level exposures, UVA light breaks down collagen, which causes wrinkles. Even worse, scientists have found that UVA is the main culprit for many melanomas because it reaches deep into the underlying support structure of the skin. It causes pigmentation spots such as freckles.


Isn't it scary to look like 35 when in fact you are only 25?


Let's see what goes in a bottle of sunblock/ sunscreen.


What is SPF?


SPF- sun protection factor


The higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B (the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn).


What does PA+++ mean?




Apart from SPF, some sunscreen labels also list a "PA" ranking. While SPF indicates how much the product can protect you from UVB, PA on the other hand refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers against UVA rays, Dr Nussra notes. You will see PA+, PA++ and PA+++. More plus symbols mean more protection from UVA.


UVA exposure also is known to lead to signs of premature aging of the skin such as wrinkling and age spots. The UVB rays are the sun's burning rays (which are blocked by window glass) and are the primary cause of sunburn. Excessive exposure to both forms of UV rays can lead to the development of skin cancer. So prevention is better than cure. Do apply sunblock always.



Here's a review of a sunscreen which i bought recently.


Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ PA+++


























Superior UV block with long-lasting protection against harmful UVA & UVB sunrays.


Formulated with sebum absorbing powder, prevents skin from becoming sticky and oily and is effective as a make-up base.


Does not clog pores, and its light texture spreads smoothly on the face.


My review:


Protection factor: High- SPF 50+, PA+++
Texture: liquid. very easy to apply and non sticky feeling
Smell: pleasant
 
After using it, my face feels smoother, brighter and pores are refined. Skin is also less oily. What's more, it can be used as a makeup base! Isn't it great?
 
How to use:
 
 
 
1.Start with a clean face.
 
It should be cleansed, toned and moisturized.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Put a suitable amount of sunscreen/ sunblock on the back of your hand
 
3. Apply and spread evenly on face
 
 
 
 
 
4. Done. Face is instantly brighter.


Continue with makeup if desired.


This is my nude face btw.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Keeping the spark alive!

How to do little things to keep that spark alive

It is definitely important to keep the romance going in relationships no matter how long it has been. Otherwise, it'll just die off. We often forget lessons learnt and like to take things for granted. Perhaps it is just plain laziness to make effort to do something for each other. It can be something very simple. Maybe like helping to wash the dishes after eating. If your partner can painstakingly prepare everything by themselves, why can't you help to do a little something? A thank you would be deeply appreciated too.

I once read from a book that a husband put his wife on his 'to do' list everyday. Because he wanted to make the relationship last. Not like the previous marriage where he took everything for granted. If we truly care for that person, we got to show it. What is a few minutes of our time for something so important in our lives ?

Below are some ways to keep the flame going:

1. Be grateful.


Remembering to thank your partner seems simple, but gratitude may provide the everyday dose of spackle that keeps you glued together over the long haul. Gratitude helps remind us of the good qualities in our partners.Gratitude creates positive emotion into the relationship.

2. Bring on good news.


We expect our partners to provide us with a shoulder to cry on when times are tough—but how couples behave during good times might be even more important. Partners who respond enthusiastically to each other's successes—asking questions, paying compliments, and cheering each other on. It is very nice to share with each other your accomplishment. Happiness is doubled when shared.

3. Notice what's new about your partner.


Letting your partner surprise you is vital to sustaining excitement in your relationship. But in order to be surprised, you first have to pay attention.The problem is that most of us get so familiar with our partners, we stop really noticing them. "But the fact that you stopped looking doesn't mean they've stopped changing," says Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer. But personally i feel the reason is we've become too comfortable that we can't be bothered.

4. Work it

The best way to keep your relationship strong is to work at it. You can’t be a lazy partner! You have to give as much as you take. Show him that you still care after months…or years…of being together by noticing the little things.


5. Be willing to try something new. It may be trying out a new sport together.

6. Give yourselves permission to be spontaneous and playful.


7. Recognize when your spouse is having a tough day and give him/her time alone. However do provide support when needed.

8. Commit to love each other for a lifetime and practice forgiveness as often as necessary.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Flirtatious

How to Flirt: Flirting Tips Help You Show Interest

Okay. So you've taken a fancy at the hottie. What do you do? Basically you need to show that you are interested and gauge if you guys can take things further. Flirting is fun, it signals that we're interested in someone. Flirting means giving someone your full attention; it can be a simple smile or an 'accidental' brush against the other person. However, do remember to keep it subtle. You wouldn't want to scare him/ her off, do you?

Easy flirting tips:

*Put a smile on your face. This is the most important thing you can do when flirting as it shows you are friendly, comfortable and enjoying yourself.

*While flirting make regular direct eye contact and hold their gaze slightly longer than usual but don't force it and don't stare. Try to make it look natural.

*Give sincere compliments to the person you are flirting with, people love to be flattered.

*Be a Mimic

 People mirror each other's body language when they are attracted with similar gestures, voice volume,  etc.Try subtly mimicking your flirting target's behaviour. If she leans forward, you lean forward.If you are mirroring someone's behaviour, they'll begin to feel as though the two of you are connected and "in tune."

*Show your genuine interest:

Make him/her feel special as you exemplify your interest in him/her. Be attentive and reciprocative whilst you converse with him/her to show your genuine concern for him/her. This is a great flitting tip which will surely impress your Mr. /Miss Right.


**Remember, when flirting, use all the above in moderation, if you over do it, it will seem fake and forced.

Good luck. Have a flirty flirting weekend!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Top 10 dating tips

The way to smarter dating

Instead of talking about dating mistakes which does not help at all, i'm gonna talk about.................................
DATING TIPS! Yes, it can be helpful especially for those who are single and do not know a clue about it.

1. Be open about it. If you really want to succeed in the dating game, be ready to commit to dating.
Put in some effort but don't have to overdo it.

2.Be punctual on dates otherwise you may give the impression you aren't interested in your date

3. Choose those you have a good chance of dating. Be realistic. Eg. Don't aim for a model when you are a super shortie.

4. Join clubs, societies, events, groups --something of your interest or anything that might help you meet like-minded potential partners. You will not meet people by staying indoors and cooping yourself at home.

5. Enjoy dating for what it is, dating. It is meeting people and socializing .The fact is, most people have something interesting to offer. If it doesn't work then you just have one more friend. That's all.

6. Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places- have you ever wondered why things suddenly turn differently?
Perhaps,  you were in the wrong place. I feel that night spots are not a good place to pick up a date unless you just want to wake up in the morning and think: "Who the hell is this?!?!"

7. You must be prepared for letdown but most importantly you must try not to take dating too seriously.


8.It is important that you are prepared for letdowns. It is possible that not every person you ask out will accept. You need to look at it from another point of view, would you go on a date with every single person that asks you out? You are not THAT desperate are you?

9. It helps some people to think about dating aims. Are you looking for fun, dating, marriage, sex, long-term or short-term relationships? It may help to have a timescale in your head. You may wish to date people for a while then a year down the line look for a more serious relationship. If you are looking for a serious relationship but you choose to date someone who only wants a casual fun relationship, then you are putting yourself at risk of getting hurt.

10. Never make yourself too available. People like mystery and enigma and the thrill of the chase when dating.

That's all. Hope it'll help a little. Good luck!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Something for him too

Want your man to smell good?

Bvlgari Aqva pour homme is something which smells masculine yet not over empowering which will cause you to sneeze non stop.

Bvlgari Aqva pour homme 100ml for men (tester set)
Aquatic, noble and masculine, AQVA pour Homme Eau de Toilette is inspired by the power and beauty of the sea. AQVA pour Homme is structured upon a new interpretation of Posidonia, an oxygen-exuding aquatic plant found in the sea's depths. Its natural and fresh marine signature is provocative and masculine. AQVA Pour Homme is an aromatic aquatic Eau de Toilette.
























Olfactive family: Aromatic Aquatic woody

Olfactive notes:

TOP: Mandarin, petit grain
BRIGHT: Ultimate freshness, vibrant
HEART: Santolina, posidonia
BASE: Mineral amber, clary sage

Comes in a brown box (not original box) as well as a base stand.
Retail price at $130! I'm selling at only $80.

Email me at sweetdb@live.com to buy now!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Want to have big, beautiful eyes instantly?

Well now you can. Always envy those who have mesmerizing pretty eyes? Most of us are not born with big eyes like Ayumi Hamasaki. But fret not. We can use makeup to enhance our looks. With the correct products and makeup techniques, you can be sure to look pretty too.

Be the centre of attention!

I personally prefer the easy way out. I am lazy and want something fast but can still produce results. This mini glitter eyeliner is one product which i absolutely adore! It has a smooth glide, easy to apply and gives a wide eye dolly look.

Basically u just have to draw top eyeliner and apply mascara. For a more dramatic effect, simply draw on the bottom as well. I used this eyeliner for my tutorial in the previous post.

Effect: Subtle smoky wide eye look.

This pencil creates a long lasting black glittering effect that enhances your eyes to look the best!


Brand New : Imported From Taiwan
Ruby La Eau 3D Black Glitter Mini Pencil Eyeliner (3D effect)
Colour : Black Glitter

Price: $4.90










 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Email me at sweetdb@live.com to purchase.

How to look from plain to fabulous

Easy glam up for dinner/ clubbing

I'm very lazy and seldom put on heavy makeup. I prefer fast and easy ways to glam my look. There are no ugly women. Only lazy ones. How true this is. Proper techniques will surely help to beautify us even more.
Makeup can transform and empower!

Before putting on makeup, of course we need to do the basics first.

Cleanse-using a cleanser suitable for your skin and your needs
Tone-to remove dead skin cells
Moisturize-to provide sufficient moisture for your skin
Protect- sunscreen to provide SPF.

Myth: Oily skin does not need moisturizer.

WRONG

Moisturizing is important as it provides the necessary moisture for your skin.  If u skip moisturizer, the skin may produce even MORE sebum( oil secretion) to protect the skin against dryness. Those with oily skin can choose a water based moisturizer. Personally i just use aloe vera as i hate products with alcohol and oil.

Sunscreen is extremely important because we face so much uv rays daily. Uv rays can cause pigmentation such as freckles, etc. By the time those spots appear, it'll be difficult for them to go. The damage has been done. Whitening will not be very effective by then. Haven't you heard that prevention is better than cure?

Ok. Now for the simple makeup steps!

My nude face:

Shallow skin
tired eyes
lifeless complexion














I'm using BB cream. All you need is just a small amount. BB creams usually provide light-medium coverage.









Spread the BB cream all over your face.

Areas to cover:

Forehead, Cheeks, Nose, Chin



Use foundation sponge/ wedge to apply evenly onto your face.
Take note of areas such as sides of nose, sides of mouth, undereye area. Blend well into skin and spreading it in an outward direction.






I felt that i needed more coverage for the eye bags.
So i dabbed a little concealer on the undereye area
.
You can choose to blend it with your fingers/ brush.
Fingers: Use your ring finger and lightly pat to spread.
Then use an upward, outward motion to blend.

*Remember to blend well and choose the correct shade.
Otherwise, a white patch will show in photos.









Set with loose powder.
















Apply eyeshadow on your eyelids.

For me, i used a white eyeshaow with shimmer.

Do not OD(overdo) on eyeshadow, esp those which are highly pigmented or contains glitter. You wouldn't want to look wayang or like a geisha










Draw black eyeliner on the top.

You can choose pencil, gel or liquid.

Pencil is the easiest to use.

You can slowly build on the intensity and thickness of the line.












A clean look.

For a more dramatic look, continue to next step.












Draw black eyeliner on the bottom outer corner about 1/3-1/2 of the lashline. Draw white eyeliner on the remaining inner portion.
White helps to open the eyes.

Apply mascara, blusher and lipgloss.










Tadah!

You are done and all ready to partyy! :)

















Sweet dancing ballerina cube space

Sweetdancingballerina cube space

I've rented a cube space at shaw tower. So those who are interested can have a look there.

Location: Shaw tower, beach road (near bugis & suntec city)
Shop name: The magic cube & novelties #01-18 (beside florist)

Shop located next to office tower elevator (28 floors), steps away from Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant, Cinema, Starbucks and Subway

My cube space is between the door and counter around eye level. It has a gold chiffon cloth so it's easy to see.

Here are some of the pictures of the stuff.