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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Madonna's highest grossing tour of 2012

Los Angeles - Madonna's MDNA Tour has been named the highest grossing of 2012.

The Material Girl singer's 72 shows in the year from 9 November 2011, to 13 November 2012 were all sell outs, making $228 406 085 according to Billboard magazine.

The world tour - which started in Israel in May and ends on Saturday in Argentina - has been seen by over 1.6 million people.

The MDNA tour has proved controversial, with Madonna baring her buttocks to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy at one date and writing a message of support for US President Barack Obama on her back at another.


Her decision to brandish imitation weapons has also been controversial, attracting criticism from anti-weapons campaigners, although she insists they were only used metaphorically.

She said: "It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors.

"I do not condone violence or the use of guns. Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging."

Behind Madonna on the highest grossing list was Bruce Springsteen, who grossed $199 371 791 from 72 shows, 54 of which were sold out. Third on the list was former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, who made $186 466 703 from 72 dates of his The Wall Live tour.

Madonna's arch rival, Lady Gaga, came in sixth with her Born This Way Ball grossing $124 879 545 from 65 sold out shows.

Billboard list of 20 highest grossing tours 2012:

1. Madonna ($228m )
2. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ($199m)
3. Roger Waters ($186m)
4. Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil ($147m)
5. Coldplay ($147m)
6. Lady Gaga ($124m)
7. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw ($96m)
8. Van Halen ($54m)
9. Jay-Z & Kanye West ($46m)
10. Andre Rieu ($46m)
11. Dave Matthews Band ($41m)
12. Barbra Streisand ($40m)
13. Jason Aldean ($39m)
14. Lady Antebellum ($38m)
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($33m)
16. Brad Paisley ($33m)
17. Nickelback ($33m)
18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($33m)
19. Elton John ($32m)
20. Justin Bieber ($30m)

Katie Holmes spends $30k on Xmas gifts

Los Angeles - Katie Holmes has spent £30 000 on Christmas presents for her daughter Suri Cruise.

The Mad Money star wants to try and make this holiday season the best ever for the six year old following her divorce from the tot's father Tom Cruise and has spared no expense fulfilling her letter to Santa Claus.

Katie has splashed out £15 000 on a Victorian playhouse, which has its own running water and electricity and will be erected in the garden of their New York home.

Suri will also awake on Christmas morning to find an iPad mini, a Ralph Lauren dress, a Chloe fur coat and a £6 000 mini kids Mercedes car underneath the tree, according to The Sun newspaper.

Best dressed celebrity child

Katie and Tom have always enjoyed treating their daughter to the finer things in life and Suri's wardrobe at one point was estimated to be worth $3m because of the amount of designer garments she owned.

Earlier this year, Suri was named the best dressed celebrity child beating the likes of David and Victoria Beckham's children Harper Seven and Brooklyn and Madonna's stylish teenage daughter Lourdes Leon to take the title.

Tom is expected to fly into New York to see his daughter over the festive season after spending the last several weeks in London shooting his new film All You Need Is Kill.

- BangShowBiz

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Could seaweed be more effective than your toothpaste?

Brushing may not be the only thing that you need to do in order to protect yourself from tooth decay,Nicholas Jakubovics of the university’s School of Dental Sciences said, better products offering more effective dental treatment can be made using the enzyme. A British study found, brushing teeth with an enzyme extracted from a bacteria, found in seaweed, could be more effective than toothpaste in the fight against tooth decay.

Scientists from Newcastle University used an enzyme isolated from marine bacterium Bacillus licheniformis, which they were originally researching for its use in cleaning ship hulls.The scientists say the enzyme can “cut through” plaque on teeth and clean hard-to-reach areas.”This enzyme can cut through the plaque or layer of bacteria and we want to harness this power into a paste, mouthwash or denture cleaning solution,” Jakubovics said.Plaque on your teeth is made up of bacteria which join together to colonise an area in a bid to push out any potential competitors. Traditional toothpastes work by scrubbing off the plaque containing the bacteria, but that’s not always effective, which is why people who religiously clean their teeth can still develop cavities.

When threatened, bacteria shield themselves in a slimy protective barrier known as a biofilm. It is made up of bacteria held together by a web of extracellular DNA which binds the bacteria to each other and to a solid surface, around the teeth and gums.The biofilm protects the bacteria from attack by brushing, chemicals or even antibiotics. The organism, Bacillus licheniformis, release an enzyme which breaks down the external DNA. That breaks up the biofilm and releases the bacteria from the web.

Monsoon skin care tips

After a hot and sweaty summer, the monsoon comes as a relief but the humid and damp weather takes a toll on the skin and eyes. Experts advise how small changes in the skin care routine during the season can keep the skin glowing and eyes fresh.

Monsoon brings humidity and it’s bad news for all type of skins:

Oily Skin: The skin type is mainly the result of genetically determined hormonal changes. To treat oily skin one needs to remove excess oil by cleansing it twice or thrice a day, but not more than that.

“Limit washing your face to two or three times a day as too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Scrub your face on a regular basis. This will help unclog the pores and remove the layer of dead cells from your skin,” cosmetic surgeon Anup Dhir told IANS.

It is advised to use warm water while washing face as it dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water. Other than that, one also uses mud-pack. Homemade pack made with “Chane ka atta and raw milk” can help in keeping skin refreshing and glowing.

Dry Skin

Dryness is a sign of dehydration and lack of skin repairing vitamins. During monsoon the problem worsens. One requires cream based cleanser, says Dr. Geetika Mittal, medical director of the International Skin and Anti-Aging Centre (ISAAC). ”A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moist look and it is always advised one with dry skin opt for alcohol free toner,” said Mittal. Also, apply glycerin and rose water mixture to keep skin soft.

Combination Skin

This type of skin is characterised with the T-portion as oily and the cheeks are usually normal or dry in condition. Since it combines both the oily and dry skin it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin, said Dhir. ”The dry area requires gentle cleansing and regular moisturizing. The oily part needs to be deeply cleansed and toned with regular scrubbing,” Dhir told IANS.

Monsoon also brings skin infections

Fungal and bacterial infections are common during rainy season. Moist and damp skin leads to these infections. Also, one can get rashes and ringworm and even skin gets discoloured.

Dhir advises keeping the body dry is the basic tip to tackle the infections.

“Switch to cotton clothes as they allow your body to breathe. Allow damp hair to dry before you tie them again. To circumvent allergies from mosquito bites, wear full-sleeved clothes and use a mosquito repellent cream and head for air-conditioned rooms. Bathe twice a day to keep the problems at bay,” he added.

Eye Infection

With rains come puddles of dirty water and eye infections soar. But, with a bit of prevention, you could stay safe, says Mahipal Sachdev, chairman and medical director, centre for Sight group of Eye Hospitals.

“Close your eyes when you decide to get soaked in the rain as it screens off atmospheric pollutants. While the rain water is reasonably clean, but you need to be wary of the rain water if you stand under a tree or a building, as it can be contaminated with pollutants, which could increase eye infections,” said Sachdev.

Emphasizing on hygienic practices, Sachdev advises how conjunctivitis and stye could be avoided.

"These infections are contagious and can be easily transmitted via towels, handkerchiefs, lenses, glasses and other articles handled during the course of daily activities. To avoid infection, you need to ensure that you do not share articles of personal use with anyone else," he said.

Eye infections result in redness of eyes and watery discharge. One should use an antibiotic eye drop to treat eye infections, but only after it has been prescribed by an ophthalmologist. Use of contact lenses should be avoided during any kind of infection in the eye.

Monday, May 21, 2012

How to Divorce Someone

Divorcing someone is never easy, but Taylor Law AZ is one office that you can trust to really help you get through these tough times. There are quite a few different divorce attorney lawyers within the great state of Arizona. Arizona itself is beautiful, and although not one of the most populated states, it's capital of Phoenix deserves a round of applause for the people that it puts up with. When searching for a new divorce attorney you must keep a few things in mind. First of all, what is your price range? Are you going to be able to afford this attorneys help? How close is the law office to you? Will you ex be able to make it there alright (not that you really care)? What about the people? Has the office received good reviews? There are a tons of questions to ponder before making that final decision to hire a specific divorce lawyer. One should always keep in mind whether they want a female or male. Although the attorneys try not to be biased, some are and it may work for or against you. Keep in mind if you yourself are biased, because this could cause issues for your case. If you are a male and think that [because of your ex] all women are evil, and end up having a woman divorce attorney, well you could be in for a pretty tough ride. Just realize that not all people are evil, not everyone cheats and lies, and to give people a chance. You were with one person out of the billions of people on this Earth, you cannot subject them all to the same judgement. Anyways, try to keep a relatively clear head when going in to talk with your attorney. Try and keep emotion out of the conversation as much as possible and you will be greatly rewarded by common sense. Make sure that all the paperwork is in order and concentrate on the most important aspects of the whole divorce, rather than just how much you hate your ex. Although at some point in the conversation that bit will probably still make it out, try to restrain yourself as much as possible. These people are trying to help you move on, not be your weekly therapist.

Friday, May 11, 2012

How to take care of your Oily Hair

How to take care of your Oily Hair

Oily hair is a common complaint among teenagers. Because of excess sebum production our hair is oily. This leaves the hair greasy and unattractive.

If you have oily hair, it is essential to wash your hair on a daily basis. This is for the reason that oily hair has a tendency to accumulate dirt as compared to other hair types.

For oily hair do not use conditioners use only shampoos, make sure while choosing a shampoo that it does not contain conditioner in it. Such kind of shampoo is available easily in the market and is cheap compared to shampoos with conditioners.

If you think that you need a conditioner, and then use a conditioner which is very mild. Apply the conditioner only at the tips and in the middle do not apply at the roots and scalp and take care that you rinse it completely. Do not select products, which have silicone, oils, or lanolin.

Massaging the hair is essential for oily hair. Instead of applying lotions or oils, you can use a toning lotion (which removes dead cells) to massage oily hair with regular brushing. This helps hair growth. A regular massage habit is necessary. Avoid applying oil to the hair as possible.

You can also try the following remedies:

Mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 cup water and apply to your hair for 15 min and rinse with warm water.

Mix 1/4 cup of cider vinegar with a basin of water and apply to your hair for 15 min and rinse with warm water.

Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and eat fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your self hydrated.

How to take care of your Dry Hair

How to take care of your Dry Hair

Hair on the whole has a moisture content of about 10%. If your hair's moisture content drops lower than this level the key is to raise the hair's capability of draw and retain moisture. This is accomplished by means of moisturizers.

Good ones include "humectants" that not simply restore lost moisture but actually catch the attention of moisture and keep hold of it in the cortex of the hair. Essential fatty aids (EFA's) are great moisturizers. One of the top and most cost effectual essential fatty acids is safflower oil. It is the type you can buy to cook with and it is very rich in EFA's. The scalp produces the top EFA's called sebum. The problems is once the hair grows past the neck line or does not have straight contact with the scalp the scalps natural oils can not be used right through the hair shaft.

You can manually restore the lost EFA's by:

* Placing 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and massage them together.
* There should only be enough to make your hands "shine" in the light.
* Cautiously take your hair (while dry) and "scrunch" the small amount of oil to the ENDS first and work toward the scalp.
* Leave this in your hair.
* 1-2 drops of safflower oil on dry hair is as a result small, you won't see it is there. 
By doing the above as often as essential will make sure your dry hair will have the proper amount of humectants to pull towards you and retain moisture. The key is to facilitate a small amount will go a long way. 

Beauty Tips For Teenage Girls

Beauty Tips For Teenage Girls

It's hard being a teenage girl. The most important things in your life right now are boys, clothes, make-up and boys. Below are basic beauty tips for teenage girls because navigating your way through millions of beauty products can be scary. Beauty tips for teenage girls on make-up: Foundation: The key to foundation is picking the perfect shade for your complexion and skin type. 

To find the best color, apply 2-3 shades to the jaw area and in natural light pick the one closest your skin. Don't forget choose the right one for your skin type whether dry, oily or combination. Lips: Soft, neutral colors are “in” for lip color. Choosing the best color depends on the whether you have cool or warm undertones. 

For most young girl, the best choose is simple lip gloss. Eyes: There are hundreds of eyeshadow colors available and many are inexpensive, so feel free to experiment. Black eyeliner is a poplar choose for most women but may be to harsh on teenagers. 

Creating the perfect line on upper lids require a steady hand and practice. Beauty tips for teenage girls on skin care: Face: If you wear make-up always, always wash your face a night to remove all cosmetics. Use a facial scrub every other day and a purifying mask weekly to clean pores. 

Don't forget the sunscreen even in the winter. Hands/Nails: Hand-washing is critical in keeping germ at bay, so keep hand lotion close. Dry hand can lead to cracked and bleeding cuticles. Also avoid nail-biting, there are too many cute colors available to sacrifice looking beautiful. Body: 

You don't have to be super skinny but eating properly and exercising is important. Remember the best beauty tips for teenage girls are drinking plenty of water and be confident in your own skin.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Stylish Hairstyles for Long Hair

The first condition of having feminine and sexual look is long gorgeous hair, that’s why women spend lot of money and time to have healthy and shiny hair. 2012 is the year of smashing hairstyles for real fashionistas and if you want to have trendy look, check out stylish long hairstyles ideas for coming season.
Before talking about stylish hairstyles, let’s talk about hair care tricks that will provide you with strong and glossy locks. The buzzword of coming season is natural look, so do not go overboard with styling products and tools that damage your hair. Get rid of split ends by trimming the edges regularly and do not forget to nourish your tresses in order to have smooth and silky hairstyle.

As I have already mentioned above, natural look is much more appreciated. If you have straight hair, you can wear loose straight hairstyle or create half up-do and complete your image with hair accessory. Furthermore, you can add twisted or braided strands to your simple up-do and transform it to more complicated and formal one.
Angelic and romantic curls are still trendy and hot and if you are blessed with natural curls, you will surely stand out in a crowd with your fabulous hairstyle. However, you should take care of your tresses in order to prevent them from frizzy and dull look.
Those who have straight hair can easily create curly and wavy hairstyle with the help of hot rollers or curling iron. In order to protect your hair from damage, apply heat protecting serum before the styling process.
Once you created curly or wavy hairstyle, you can wear your tresses loose, half up-do or classy up-do. Use your imagination and create different smashing styles for any occasion.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

6 Types of Herbal Tea & Benefits for the Body

Herbal teas have been used over thousands of years ago as a natural remedy to address a wide range of diseases and health conscious. Unfortunately, modern medicine has made many people forget terh herbal properties. As quoted from All Women Stalk, the following seven selection of herbal teas and health benefits.
1. Chamomile tea
If you often feel anxious, try to drink chamomile tea because it can make you feel calmer. Besides useful as antidepressants, chamomile tea is also beneficial for those who have insomnia problems.

Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory drugs (anti-inflammatory) are very strong, so you can get benefits by mouth, inhaled steam or soak the fabric is then placed on the sore area. Chamomile is also useful to treat menstrual cramps in women.

2. Peppermint
If you feel a full stomach with gas or bloating, you need to do is brew a cup of peppermint tea. This tea is also an ideal drug to relieve headache. Take 1-2 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves. Add hot water to the leaves, then close your cup and let stand for about 10 minutes. After that, strain the herb and you can enjoy homemade peppermint tea.

3. Juniper tea
Juniper (a type of berry fruits) can help the detoxification process is not only toxic but also remove excess fluid. It is very important for women, given the body tends to retain water in some periods of the menstrual cycle. In addition, this tea can also serve as an antiseptic to prevent inflammation of the bladder. In fact, some people also believe if one herbal tea can cure swine flu.

4. Green tea
There have been many people who know the benefits of this tea. Green tea is the most powerful source of antioxidants that can help improve body functions. In addition to increasing metabolism, green tea can also be lose weight. Therefore, this tea is often consumed by those who are dieting.

5. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea can be used when you experience motion sickness. Drinking ginger tea is far healthier than the nausea-relieving pills that are sold on the market. Ginger tea will give comfort to the nervous stomach and make you more bernergi.

6. Lemon Mint Tea
For those of you who want to gain weight, you should drink this refreshing herbal tea. Contrary to the benefits of green tea that helps lose weight, lemon mint tea is rich in these antioxidants can actually increase your appetite.

Drinks that Help Sleeping Beauty addition to milk

Quality sleep is essential to one's health. But not many people get quality sleep after a long day of work. People need to sleep between 7-9 hours every night but sometimes people can be difficult to sleep early.

Besides warm milk, it turns out there are some other useful types of drinks can make sleep soundly.

Here are five drinks such as quoted from thedailymeal, Friday (13/04/2012), among others:

1. Cherry juice

Drinking cherry juice twice a day, ie in the morning and two hours before bedtime to prevent insomnia.

The study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in June 2010 were examined again in September 2010 in the Journals of Gerontology and obtained similar results.

Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant known to help regulate our sleep cycle.

2. Green Tea Without Caffeine

Green tea contains an amino acid theanine, which is proven to help reduce stress and sleep well.

Choose green tea without caffeine, because of high levels of caffeine can keep you awake all night.

3. Pure Coconut Water

Although known as a drink of coconut water that increases energy, but coconut water can also help you sleep.

Coconut water is the source of potassium and magnesium are good and can help relax muscles. Coconut water also contains small amounts of vitamin B that can help reduce stress.

4. Banana smoothie

Blend a small banana with a tablespoon of butter and half cup of unsweetened soy milk to make a deep sleep. Bananas contain potassium and magnesium, two minerals that help muscles relax.

5. Wheat Cereal Beverage

Wheat is the main ingredient in beverages cereals are good sources of vitamin B, phosphorus, iron, zinc and magnesium.

High mineral content which can help relax the muscles and makes you sleep better.

Homemade Natural Face Mask

Although many ready-made masks are now offered on the market, you really can create your own mask with ease. In addition to cheap, nutritious, natural ingredients are used also does not have harmful effects to the skin. 
Homemade Natural Face Mask
Homemade Natural Face Mask
Here are some types of masks that you can make yourself can also be applied on all skin types.

Egg white mask
Mix two tablespoons of egg whites with two tablespoons of yogurt with no taste. Mix well, then apply to your face kutit. After five minutes, wash your face with a towel soaked in warm water.

The benefits of this mask is to add moisture and smoothness of the skin.

oatmeal mask
Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with a scoop of yogurt with no taste. Stir until evenly distributed. After it drops two to three drops of honey. Then mix again until evenly distributed. Apply the mask on your face before and let stand for 10 minutes. After that wash with a towel that has been soaked with warm water.

In addition to moisturize and smooth the skin, this mask also serves to replace the cells of dead skin cells with new ones, so your skin will look radiant.

masks sugar
These included sugar masks the simplest, because it only takes two tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of warm water. Combine the two ingredients until evenly distributed, then rub on the skin of the face mask, until the water level is low. After that wash your face with a towel soaked in warm water.

Like a scrub, a natural mask can help remove dead skin cells on the skin, and helps the skin peels have a more natural and safe. In addition, the mask is also able to cleanse the skin deep into the pores.

Fruits and Vegetables Prevent Baldness

The body needs protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to make hair grow strong and prevent hair loss. There are some fruits and vegetables that can help you avoid falls.

Inadequate nutrition, diet or illness can cause extreme hair loss. Eat a balanced diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, B and C, and iron will help your hair thick and prevents hair loss.

Here are some fruits and vegetables can prevent hair loss, as reported by Livestrong, Tuesday (24/04/2012):

1. Carrots:

Carrots are a source of vitamin A, which can keep the scalp healthy. Try eating carrots and hummus for a healthy dose of protein, monounsaturated fat and complex carbohydrates.

2. Orange
Citrus fruits contain inositol, a type of sugar related to glucose, which is also known as vitamin Bh. Not only lowers cholesterol and helps the body break down fats, inositol also stop thinning hair and can protect against hair loss.

 3. Green leafy vegetables

Old spinach, Swiss chard, collards and bok choy all contain vitamin A and C, which helps the body produce sebum. Sebum is an oily substance produced by hair follicles, acts as a natural konditioner for your hair.

Vegetables also contain calcium and iron, two minerals necessary for hair growth.

4. Red peppers
Red peppers contain more vitamin C than a cup of orange juice. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that improves circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth.

5. Avocado
Avocados are a source of vitamin E, which is important for healthy hair growth. Other sources of vitamin E include olive oil, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.

6. Cherry
Cherry juice is a rich source of iron. Anemia is often the cause of hair loss, so make sure your diet contains adequate amounts of iron to prevent anemia. Green leafy vegetables, dates, raisins and dried fruits are also high in iron.

7. Berries
Blueberries, raspberries and cranberries contain powerful antioxidants that promote hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp. Dark pigmentation in the fruit came from healthy bioflavonoids, rich in vitamin C.

Soy Protein Reduce Symptoms of Heart Disease

We have been familiar with soy as a source of healthy food. Recently found evidence that soy protein can reduce the symptoms of liver disease.

University of Illinois scientists report that the protein may reduce the accumulation of fat asses and trigeliserida in the liver that can lead to the emergence of liver disease, especially in people who are obese. This is because soy is able to restore some of the key functions of the organ signaling pathway.

"Nearly a third of American adults have fatty liver disease, and many of them without experiencing certain symptoms. Obesity is a key risk factor for this condition and this can lead to liver failure," said Hong Chen, assistant professor of food science and nutrition humans at the University of Illinois as reported from Health24, Wednesday (25/04/2012).

In general, fat is metabolized in the liver, but the people who are obese, fat transport to the tissues can be slowed down so adiposanya become dumping grounds for excess liver fat, he said.

"When fat accumulates in an organ that is not supposed to store fat, such as the liver, the function of vital organs can become dangerous," he added. But eating soy protein sources like tofu and soy yogurt seems to reduce some pressure on the liver fat, he said.

Chen compared the accumulation of fat in lean rats and rat liver obesity. The result, Chen did not find any effect of diet on rat liver thin profile. However, obese rats that were fed soy showed a reduction in triglycerides and fat accumulation by 20 percent so that Chen believed that soy protein can be used to reduce the symptoms of fatty liver disease.

Furthermore, researchers also found that soy protein partially restored the protein Wnt signaling pathway as a crucial player in lipid metabolism.

"In the obese, there is a traffic problem in the body. When there is more fat that can make a way out of the heart, pressure on the organs that could be reduced," he said.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Long hair styles : For Women

Nowadays not only does long hair allow you to generate good looks such as half up half down hairstyles and elegant updos, it's also the just right way to glass case luscious waves and cascading curls! You can also style your tresses in a braided updo. For a braided updo, divide your hair in two sections and braid. Once you have finished making the braids, coil them into a bun at the nape of the neck. This series features long hairstyles on round facial shapes. The key to good, long hairstyles on round facial shapes is to create a low-fat effect as well as possible softening features.

long hair styles
Long hair styles : For Women

long hair styles
Long hair styles : For Women

long hair styles
Long hair styles : For Women

long hair styles
Long hair styles : For Women

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

PNG city shaken by strong quake

Residents in Papua New Guinea's second biggest city say the ground shook strongly as a powerful earthquake struck off the country's north coast.

The magnitude 7.0 quake occurred just after 5:00pm (local time).

The US Geological Survey says its epicentre was in the Bismarck Sea, 140 kilometres north of Lae, PNG's second biggest city.

Lae hotel manager Jason Andersen says it felt like two short, sharp quakes.

"Furniture was moving, windows were shaking, doors were banging," he said.

"A few people came out of their rooms a little bit concerned, but apart from that there was no damage or anything like that."

On social media people said they felt the quake as far away as the capital Port Moresby, 300 kilometres south of Lae.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake did not generate a destructive tsunami.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nose Care - Nosey facts about Nose

The nose, the entrance of respiratory tract, is the significant organ to execute metabolism in the human body in addition to the 1st line of protection to avoid the viral assault into the human body. Therefore, it is significant to defend it.

Bathing the nose:

Bathe the nose with cold water and cold air. Persevering in bathing the nose can perk up the blood flow of the nasal mucosa efficiently, augment the nasal adaptive capability of weather changes and avert common cold and other diseases of respiratory tract.


This comprises 3 movements of rubbing the nose, scraping the nose and rubbing the summit of nose. Rub the center joints of the thumbs touching each other until they become warm. Then, rub the 2 sides of the bridge of nose with the lukewarm middle joints for 24 times. This is the 1st movement. Chafe the nose bridge from the higher part to the lower part for 10 times. This is the 2nd movement. Massage the zenith of nose for 12 times correspondingly with the fingers of the both hands. This is the 3rd movement. This work out promotes the confined blood circulation, makes the nose skin moist and glistening, moistens the lung and averts common cold.

Nose is one of the body parts which are effortlessly pretentious by the atmosphere. Its purpose and shape may be distorted if its multifaceted network of bone and cartilage has been dented by any type of contamination. In toting up to controlling humidity of the air you capture in, it also filters out superfluous substances. Dampness is prohibited by a damp tissue known as mucosal tissue contained by your nasal cavities. This is the identical type of tissue which lays the inner part of your mouth. The nose is superior at providing added moisture to dry air than it is at reducing the dampness in air that is too damp. So we ought to take care of nostrils to get a gorgeous look.

So it's extremely noteworthy to materialize after your nose. For counteractive nose from unrelated diseases we could do with to get a hold of commonly some important information. As bath for the nose with cold water and clean it habitually. Leave the appalling habits such as nose-picking, massage with hard hand (rubbing); sniffing, blowing the noses hard or stuffing things such as round rings, paper and tissues up to the nostril can accomplish a lot of destruction to your nose. Peripheral element of our nostril is sheltered by a stratum of skin.

Cold is a general crisis that affects one and all at any time .It is mostly caused by contagion and viral. The disease causes are dust, pollutions. The prime indications are gooey nose, nasal clogging and sneezing. The implication of cold diseases are on how brawny our immune system. There is refusal cure for those diseases commonly but there are some tips to get better from this problem the infected persons need to keep rest, consume a lot of water and some medicinal treatments. We will obtain more extras integrated vitamins C, Zinc. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Postpartum depression tied to domestic violence

Mothers with postpartum depression are more likely to be in a violent relationship than moms without depression, and new mothers in abusive relationships are more likely to suffer postpartum depression, according to a new survey of women with infants. 

"I think intuitively and clinically it's not surprising that there would be an overlap between depression and intimate partner violence," said Dr. Linda Chaudron, a psychiatry professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who was not involved in this study. 

The results provide clinicians with some guidance for screening women who show signs of postpartum depression or a violent relationship. 

"That is a big message that we want to send, that if pediatricians have started screening for maybe one of these two and they detect one, they should be screening for the other," said Dr. Barry Solomon, a pediatrics professor at John's Hopkins Children's Center, and the lead author of the study. 

Previous research on the overlap between postpartum depression and domestic violence has typically come from researchers that focus on the mothers' health. 

But in recent years, pediatricians have increasingly adopted the practice of screening mothers for postpartum depression and domestic violence. 
"It's come from growing evidence that mothers who are depressed or are in a relationship with violence, there are negative effects on children," Solomon told Reuters Health. 

1 in 14 in violent relationship 

Solomon and his colleagues took advantage of the frequent visits to the pediatrician that new moms make with their babies to explore how often violence in the home and depression co-occur. 

In February, 2008 they started screening mothers with children under six months old who came to their clinic for healthy baby checkups. 

Most of the women were African American and about one third of them were teenagers. 

From the surveys that the moms filled out, the research team found that one out of four of the mothers appeared to have postpartum depression and one out of 14 was in a violent relationship. 

The moms who screened positive for domestic violence were twice as likely to have postpartum depression. 

More than 50 percent of women in violent relationships also screened positive for depression, compared to 22 percent of mothers who were not in violent relationships. 

Similarly, women with postpartum depression were four times as likely to also screen positive for violence at home. 

Four percent of women without depression and 16 percent of women with depression were in violent relationships. 

Two-way street? 

The study did not determine whether one causes the other. Chaudron said it might go both ways. 

"If you're depressed you can't as easily get out of a violent situation, and if you're in a violent relationship you're walking on eggshells and can become depressed," she told Reuters Health. 

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, also found that mothers with postpartum depression were more likely to bring their children to the emergency department more frequently. 

It's not clear why, but Chaudron speculated that perhaps depressed mothers have more anxiety, which could bring them to the emergency department. 

Chaudron said she is pleased to know the pediatric community is making an effort to study and be proactive about issues centered on the mother. 

"I think that the focus is still on the health and development and well being of the child, but now we know that moms who are going through serious emotional difficulties and violence in the home affect the children. It affects the care we can give to them and their own emotional development," Solomon said. 

The challenge to getting more pediatricians to screen for postpartum depression and domestic violence is what to do if a mom needs help. 

Solomon said pediatricians need support from the adult psychiatric and social services communities so that they can offer resources if they suspect mothers are in need. 

His clinic has brought on full time social work staff to work with mothers on the spot, for instance. 

In practices that don't have such resources, they "have to reach out to their maternal health partners," he said. "We can't expect pediatricians to screen for intimate partner violence or postpartum depression without providing them resources and connections."

Exaggerating Risk

People with anxiety disorders worry. They worry about getting sick, running out of money, losing control, becoming embarrassed, making mistakes, getting hurt, hurting someone else, forgetting to do something, and on and on. Anxious worries rarely happen, but sometimes they do.
People do get sick, run out of money, embarrass themselves, make mistakes, get hurt, hurt others, forget stuff, and so on. 

The worries of those with anxiety are reality based. However, anxious people usually inflate the actual level of risk. For example, it is true that cold viruses often linger on surfaces after an infected person coughs, sneezes onto something. If you touch an infected surface and then rub your eyes or scratch your nose, it's quite possible that you can get sick. However, you probably have touched zillions of things in your life without getting sick. The overall risk is pretty low. 

When risk is exaggerated, people with anxiety worry and try to avoid activities that might involve what is feared. These strategies don't work. In fact, in the case of avoiding germs, constant stress and worry can lead to a compromised immune system which actually increases the risk of getting sick. 

A better way is to look at the evidence. Use logic and research to help reduce the stress of too much worry. If you find yourself sweating the small stuff ask yourself the following questions and check your answers by doing a bit of research.
  • Do I have direct evidence that confirms my fears?
  • Do I have any evidence that is contrary to my worries?
  • How many times in the past has what I am worried about happened to me?
  • Do other people in my situation have the same worries and fears?
After you have checked the evidence, take another look at what you are worried about. Re-calculate the risk. Be sure to take reasonable precautions and then live life. Embrace uncertainty. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Dark Circles under Eyes - Beauty Tips

Dark circles are marked as an unwanted under eye problem. It creates ugly features in your look. You might possess a fantastic skin texture. But a mark of dark circle damages the entire charm. You no longer appear so much gorgeous. The glowing appearance turns into dull and unattractive. You can maintain the brightness of the skin around your eyes. The area is so delicate. Therefore, while choosing any treatment option, you have to remain very much conscious. Different kinds of healing process are available in this modern world. But before, going through the treatment option, know about the causes of the condition well.
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Factors causing Dark Circles

  • Heredity
  • Stress
  • Medicines
  • Fluid retention
  • Sleep deficiency
  • Aging
  • Long sun exposure
  • Improper diet
  • Skin allergy

Different ways to treat Dark Circles

Drink lots of water: Water is important to treat dark circles. It hydrates the skin and adding more fluid. You must drink plenty of water. Take at least eight to nine glasses of water regularly. It will nourish the delicate and soft under eye portion.

Dark circles creams: Various cosmetic products are available for curing this condition. One of the popular option is dark circle cream. Buy the best quality cream and apply on the under eye area. While choosing the product, you must opt for the ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E, etc. Apart from offering the skin a moisturizer effect, it helps you to cope with dark circle condition.

More Sleep: Sleep is a main reason which causes dark circles. Deficiency of this vital activity brings dark circles. To fight with the condition take seven to eight hours of sleep regularly. It will soothe your skin and offer a wonderful appearance without any sign of dark circles.

Defeat stress: Tension, anxiety, these are the causes of dark circles. You may beat them concentrating on several healthy healing process. Do some yoga, meditation, etc and remove all these conditions. You will gradually notice the absence of dark circle on your skin.

Dark circle surgery: If all procedures are failure to heal dark circles, you have to go for surgery. In this process first discuss with your cosmetic surgeon and set intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). This is actually applicable if your doctor is sure about hyperpigmentation. Inform the surgeon about your health in detail. Knowing about the associate risk factors, go for further surgical steps.

Best Natural Homemade Remedies for Dark Circles

Home remedies are very effective in treating dark circles.
  • Almond powder and milk can be blended well. Use this paste under eye area. It will heal dark circle problem.

  • Rose water helps you to cope with the condition. Dip cotton ball into the rose water. Apply it on the dark circle. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash off the face. You will find that the dark circle has been reducing.

  • Mix lime juice and tomato well. In the morning use it on the affected skin. After sometimes wash the skin. It will treat the problem very well.

  • It is very important to cleanse your body, so even though you do not like to be nagged by somebody else to drink water, you actually need to intake at least 8-10 glasses of water to keep dark circles at bay.

  • Take cucumber slices, and place them on your eyes. Take care so that they touch the skin under the eyes. Remove the slices after 10-15 minutes. It lightens and soothes the skin.

  • You can also use tea bags to get rid of dark circles. Squeeze out the tea bags and place it on the eyes for 10 minutes. The puffiness and circles will improve to a great extent.

  • Use thin potato slices to cover the eyes; it will lighten the circles to a great extent.

  • Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as much as possible.

Caution: If you have skin allergy, consult a skin specialist before you use any of these remedies.

Bridal Makeup Looks - Beauty Tips

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  • If you find out that dreaded pimple on your wedding day do not squeeze it! Just use a drop of visene to get the red out address with concealer and use basis. This is not the time to be experimenting with new seems. Then follow till you have got the best make-up.
  • Eyebrows should be formed 5-7 times just before the wedding. You do not require extra make-up to make sure you the digicam – that is a myth.
  • Don’t get also much sun before your wedding ceremony. It is crucial that your makeup appear its complete very best for your marriage ceremony day.
  • To lengthen sporting time of your lipstick use a mild layer of powder over your lipstick then utilize yet another layer of lipstick
  • If you are performing your personal make-up see a beauty expert and obtain your make up at minimum 3 months in advance.
  • Make particular your wedding photographer is “not” utilizing grainy film since no issue how excellent your make-up is with grainy movie it will not look great
  • Make sure your wedding ceremony photographer is using high quality film so your photographs do your wedding ceremony makeup justice
  • For your makeup to appear great in your photos it must be completely matte and in neutral tones brides typically favor a tiny color. Be certain to examine that you don’t have lipstick on your tooth.
  • Choose a lipstick that lasts.
  • Don’t use white or black eye shadow
  • Olive complexions should not use grey shades
  • Pale complexions really
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    should not use vibrant colors. Regardless of whether you plan to marry on a beach at noon or at night beneath the stars by keep your make-up straightforward you will search and truly feel excellent. Use just prior to strolling down the isle. Consuming tons of drinking water will also flush out impurities from the pores and skin. Go easy on the lip liner.
  • Water-resistant mascara is a great idea just incase you get a little weepy. Be certain not to pluck on your marriage ceremony day simply because you could land up with unattractive red bumps that are challenging to cover. Pastels look soft and quite but steer clear of glitter shimmer and frosted eyeshadows.
  • Put on a button shirt when making use of your make-up so you never mess up your make-up.
To alleviate stress you can have a make-up artist do your marriage ceremony day make-up.
  • Line and fill mouth with a neutral pencil to make lipstick stay on lengthier.
  • A extremely gentle application of facial powder will set your makeup and decrease
  • Keep your powder mascara and lipstick in your purse so you can freshen up at a moments notice. If you take pleasure in carrying out your own makeup but require some much more ideas visit a makeup advisor. It’s your day! You are likely to search absolutely beautiful!
    . Right here are some tips to assist with you accomplish your pefect bridal makeup:
    • If you are having a facial done make certain it is at the very least two weeks prior to your marriage ceremony. You do not want to significantly nor as well small a natural appear is very important. You can line the higher and decrease lids (optional) with brown or grey shadow smudging the outer corners
    • If you need to make your eyes look broader or brighter use a white pencil to line the inside of of the reduced lids.
    • Shine is the #1 enemy for photos.
    • On your marriage ceremony day mix your make-up well and permit set. Sunburns peeling skin and tan lines can sabotage your unique day.
    • If your pores and skin is inclined to breakouts see your dermatologist 3 or 4 months just before your wedding
    • Remaining hydrated is important to keeping you looking refreshed. Your make-up really should enhance your elegance not cover it. When slipping into your gown place a towel over your experience so you do not get makeup on your wedding gown.
    • Avoid glittery or dewy seems – these are not very receptive for images and you could come out looking greasy
    • If your wedding ceremony is outdoors be certain to apply sunscreen initial
    • Drinking water based mostly basis appears most all-natural in photos
    • For eye contouring apply a darkish but neutral in the crease of the eye.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Health Tips and Benefits of Pomegranate Juice

Fights Breast Cancer
Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.

Lung Cancer Prevention
Studies show that pomegranate juice may reduce the development of lung cancer.

Slows Prostate Cancer
It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.

• Keeps PSA Levels Stable
In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for more treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.

Protects the Neonatal Brain
Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.

Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.

Protects the Arteries
It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.

Alzheimer's disease Prevention
It may prevent and slow Alzheimer's disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.

Lowers Cholesterol
It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).

Lowers Blood Pressure
One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.

Dental Protection
Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Does your hair fall a lot? Don't worry, you're not alone. Millions of people from all around the world suffer from dry, brittle and weak hair. Some of the possible reasons for falling hair are:

  • Tension
  • Too much work
  • Illness
  • Poor diet
  • Over-exposure to the sun
  • Perming
  • Amateur bleaching
  • Too frequent and inexpert use of tints, rinses or other colourants

Here is what you can do to prevent hair fall

  • Shampoo regularly. Remember, a CLEAN scalp is a HEALTHY SCALP.
  • Brahmi amla oil also promotes hair growth.
  • A high protein diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and dairy products is a must.
  • Drink 10-12 glass of water everyday.
  • Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. When you do, make sure you rinse out the conditioner thoroughly, otherwise residue build-up will cause your hair to look limp and dull.
  • Know your vitamins! IRON is important for healthy hair and brittle, limp hair indicates an iron deficiency. Spinach has a good iron content, so gulp it down!
  • ZINC helps prevent hair loss and greying. Eat adequate zinc rich foods. Overweight people tend to have zinc deficiency, which is inversely related to the body mass index. Thus if you are overweight and if your hair falls too much, you may want to increase your intake of zinc containing foods. Recipes containing stone ground, wholegrain flour are rich in zinc.
  • A shortfall in VITAMIN B may cause dandruff, falling hair, loss of colour and could encourage grey hair. So B group Vitamins are essential for gloss, colour and thickness.
  • VITAMIN C ensures the health of capillaries supplying blood to hair follicles. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
  • VITAMIN E encourages hair growth. Switch from refined flours to wholemeal and wheatgerm, eggs, vegetable oil.
  • COPPER stops hair from falling. Studies show that the copper content in the blood serum of people with falling hair is less than normal. Different types of alopecia (falling hair) are seen to have a deficiency of this important trace element. Include small quantities of nuts, especially cashews and peanuts, seeds, whole milk and beans in your diet as these contain minute but important amounts of copper.

Homemade remedies for preventing hair fall:

  1. Apply almond oil on scalp and massage.
  2. Grind fenugreek seeds in water and apply on your scalp. Wash off after 40 minutes. Do this every morning for a month ¡V if it suits you! Remember, different treatments suit different types of hair.
  3. Massage warm castor oil + almond oil into your scalp gently. Wrap a hot towel around your scalp so it gets absorbed into the hair. Do this twice a week for healthy, shiny hair.
  4. Add 2-3 drops of honey to a glass of water and use this as the last rinse after shampooing.
Quick Hair Care Conditioner

Mix 1 egg, 2 tbs castor oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine. Beat until frothy and massage lightly into your scalp. Wrap your head in a hot towel, steam, then wash off. This conditioner makes hair thicker, shiny, soft and manageable.

Honey Conditioner

Beat 1-2 eggs (depending on the length of the hair), 1 tsp honey and 2 tsp olive oil. Massage gently into the scalp. Steam, and shampoo after an hour.

Alcohol Conditioner

Beat 1-2 eggs with 2 tsp brandy. Massage into your scalp. Leave for 10-15 mins. Rinse well. The egg nourishes your hair and brandy stimulates hair growth.

Your hair is a vital beauty asset, requiring constant loving care. And with a little nurturing, lush, glossy hair will be yours.

All Beauty Tips

1. Easy & Quick Solution to Dandruff

Dissolve 2 aspirins in any dandruff shampoo and then wash your hair. Results are amazing dandruff.

2.  Make Your Own Herbal Hair Oil

(For dandruff & strong hair)

    Take a bunch of mehendi leaves along with amla pieces (either fresh or dried ones which have been soaked overnight).
    Grind these coarsely together.
    Now take about 150 ml of coconut oil in a cooking vessel (kadai) and add the paste to it.
    Simmer on low flame till all moisture evaporates.
    Cool and strain use regularly.
    Keeps dandruff away and also makes hair roots strong.

3. For a Glowing Face

Make a paste of 2 table spoons of cream (malai), 1½ table spoons of Ata (wheat flour ) and few drops of lime juice. Daily apply this paste on your face for 5 minutes, then remove it and wash.

[Note : For oily skin use besan (gram flour) instead of Ata.]

Try to think positive, take proper sleep and drink lots of water certainly no one can look more charming.

4. For Chicken Pox Marks

Kachha  doodh with chiraunji  (bheegi hui) mix it well and make a paste, apply it on chicken pox marks, they will disappear in few days.

5. For Best Hair

Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Take some petals of hibiscus and grind it in the mixer. Apply this paste to your hair and then rinse it. For better result you can boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter this oil and use it to control hair loss and thinning, you can also use Jaborandi oil which is again an extract of hibiscus flower.

6. Tomato Wrap

Make a puree of 4 tomatoes. Soak some rice for 30 minutes and grind it coarsely. Add this to the pureed tomatoes. Apply this mixture all over the body and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Bathe with warm water; this is a good scrub recipe for oily skin.

7. Hair Care

Problem: Excessive hair loss or getting early grey hairs.

Remedy: Soak some methi seeds in night and in the morning make the paste of the seeds and apply it to your scalp. After 1½ - 2 hrs rinse it with plane water. This will strengthen your hair and make them dark and shiny.

8. Skin care

Problem: If your face is dry and rough.
Remedy: Take equal amount each of Melon, Pumpkin, Cucumber and Watermelon and make a paste of these. Then blend it with milk cream and apply it on your. After 1 hr rinse your face with plane water.
Problem: Sunburn.
Remedy: Mix 1 teaspoon of Besan with 2 teaspoon of curd and apply it on your face. Let it remain on the face for ½ hrs. Rinse with plane water. Helps in curing sunburns.

9. Skin Tips

Improve your complexion
Mix equal amounts of Cucumber juice and Lime juice and apply them to your face before taking bath; wait for at least 10 mins.  Your complexion will improve.

10. Household Tips for your skins– Using Tomatoes

Tomatoes are Anti-Oxidant hence including tomatoes in your daily diet will make your skin Wrinkle Free. And using the paste of one day old curd with a tomato and applying it to your skin soft. Also, if you skin is oily then applying the its pulp on your face for 15 min. then rinse your face with warm water. This will absorb extra oil from your skin and improve your complexion.

11. Beauty Tips

a. After the Mehendi dries, remove it and apply some Vicks Rub on your hands, let it be there for 5-6 hours. The color of your Mehendi will darken.
b.      Remedy: Mix 1 teaspoon of Besan with 2 teaspoon of curd and apply it on your face. Let it remain on the face for ½ hrs. Rinse with plane water. Helps us during sunburns.
c.       After removing the skin of the Cucumber and making a paste of the cucumber with raw milk and applying it on your skin will improve your complexion.

Beauty Tips: Eye Care Tips

The below mentioned eye care tips helps you have an healthy and beautiful eyes free of eye wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes. 

1. Apply a thin coat of castor oil on the eyelashes and eyebrows every night. It strengthens eye lashes and cools the eyes.

2. To reduce puffiness of your eyes, Crush a cucumber and take the juice. Add a little rose water and apply around the eyes and wash it after 20 minutes.

3. Immerse wads of cotton in a cooled mixture of cucumber and potato juice. Keep this on your eyelids for 15 to 20 minutes and gently wash it off. Apply a little baby oil. Put sliced cucumber over your eyes to treat dark circles.

4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables like carrots, drumstick, spinach., papaya and mangoes. All these are rich in beta carotene which helps to have healthy eyes.

5. Take adequate rest. Rest will refresh the eyes and help them work more efficiently.

6. Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation. Only then your eyes are sure to receive enough oxygen for good performance.

7. Regularly apply oil mixed in glycerin to your eye lashes and eye brows to keep them dense and dark.

8. Always use sunglasses during the peak day time to protect your eyes from sunrays. Direct sunrays cause heavy damage to eyes.

9. Put a slice of potato or cucumber on both the eyes, after 10 minutes remove and wash the eyes. This helps to avoid under eye wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes.

10. To avoid any kind of puffiness in your eyes drink minimum 12 glass of water.Drinking lots of water helps to flush out waste from the body.

11. Do not rub your eyes for any reason but instead just blink your eyelids. Blinking is a good massage and exercise to the eyes.

12. Take A vitamin diet to make eyes brighter. (papaya, eggs, fish, milk, cilantro etc.,) Wash eyes with cold water to get sparkling eyes.

13. Soak amla overnight in water and use this water the next morning to wash the eyes.

14. Soak cotton in Luke warm milk and cover eyes with it for 15 min.

15. To soothe tired eyes, dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Now relax completely.

16. To completely relax the eyes and the surrounding muscles, close your eyes and think of something that is pleasant or soothing and at a distance. Now gently open your eyes and look into the distance. Next focus on an object at arm's length. Do this extremely relaxing exercise four or five times a day.

17. For Puffy Eyes: Grate a potato with its peel and apply on your closed eyelids for about 20 minutes and relax completely. You may even take a nap.

18. Wash your face before sleeping, and ensure that there is no make-up on your face before you sleep, because, make-up creams may spoil your face as it will be there for the whole night. It is better if no cream is applied. What I feel is, wash your face before sleeping and if at all you want to apply any cream, just apply night cream and none other than that.

109°F: Banks on new launches for faster growth

Thriving to be a leading player in women’s fashion, with a popular brand 109°F, Creative Lifestyles is now working hard on its launch an Indo-western brand ‘Fusion Beats’. As Rahul Mehta, Managing Director of Creative Lifestyles says, “We want to straddle the entire women’s wear segment in the long run including a possible entry in sleepwear and innerwear segment.” Their flagship brand 109°F is aimed at fashion conscious women between 22 to 35 years. Mehta says they are positioning 109°F as a brand whose wearer is a bold, assertive and self-confident woman. In fact, 109°F has created a niche for itself and has been felicitated by several awards so far which include: ‘Best Debutant Brand at Central’, ‘Special Jury Award for Retail Excellence by Asia Retail Congress’ and ‘Best Women’s Wear Store at Inorbit Mall, Vashi’.

 Mehta believes that the USP of the brand has helped them to grow at an impressive pace. “We are offering to the Indian consumer, perhaps for the first time, the latest European fashion with an Indian cut and keeping Indian sensibilities in mind. Our thrust is on shop-in-shops in the fast growing large format stores, combined with building a strong MBO network, and finally supported by our own EBOs.” As of now, they have 251 shop-in-shops, 165 MBOs, and 21 EBOs. The brand collection is also available in Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Kuwait and Nepal and through e-platforms like Fashion & You, and 99 

Mehta says their aim is now to continue to be the leader in their category and to widen the exposure of the brand and take it to the newer markets including domestic and overseas. He sees no threat to his brand with the government allowing 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail. “I see no threat to the local industry by encouraging FDI in single or multi brand retail,” says Mehta, elaborating further that growth of organized retail, as we have seen in the last decade, has helped the domestic industry tremendously. “If the growth of a Big Bazaar or a Shoppers Stop has helped the local industry, I see no reason why the growth of a J C Penney or a Wal-Mart will not. Ultimately, these large formats are the drivers of growth and such a growth will directly or indirectly help all sections, including the small and medium sectors. We have made a mistake by opposing FDI in multi brand retail,” he adds.

He foresees the apparel industry maturing into a highly fashion driven, consumption focused, and employment generating industry by 2020. “I see Tier II and III cities completely switching over to the ready to wear concepts; western wear being worn across a much wider strata of society; a return of pride in wearing ethnic clothing; and fashion playing a much larger role in ethnic wear,” Mehta opines.

'Timeless Beauty': Van Cleef & Arpels offering China an insight into its legacy

As high-end European labels increasingly aim to benefit from China's growing luxury market, Shanghai has become a popular destination for maisons to host exhibitions documenting their legacy, with Van Cleef & Arpels the latest brand to announce a retrospective exhibition.

While Italian luxury goods label Bvlgari's 125 Years of Italian Magnificence expo will run until April 17 at the Aurora Museum in Shanghai, Van Cleef & Arpels has announced the May launch of the Timeless Beauty expo at Shanghai's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Van Cleef & Arpels, which eight locations across China, first entered the country in 2005 with its Beijing store. The upcoming exhibit, focusing on the Van Cleef & Arpels legacy, will offer an informative guide to over 100 years of high-end jewels, showcasing 370 pieces of jewelry, watches and accessories. It will run from May 20 to July 15.

Other luxury houses to have recently exhibited in Shanghai, often dubbed the "Paris of the East," include Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, with Chanel holding numerous expos there including the "Paris-Shanghai" exhibition it took to the city back in 2010.

Suboo to introduce her RTW & swimwear range at MBFWA

Suboo will debut her first ready-to-wear (RTW) and swimwear range at this year’s Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week 2012. The event will take place from April 20 to May 4.

Originally launched as an umbrella brand in 2007, the success of this simple concept paved the way for an expansion into women’s beach and resort apparel and accessories. Suboo has translated into a multinational label designed for women that have moved beyond the surf labels of their teens in search of a more stylish label to love.

“As our brand continues to evolve and grow, we feel that it’s a natural progression for us to showcase Suboo’s beach and resort women’s designs on the catwalk. Australian Fashion Week is the perfect platform for us to unveil our new ready-to-wear and swimwear range and share our brand’s exciting developments. We have a loyal Australian and international following who have come to love and demand more from us so I’m excited for 2012 and the journey ahead”, Sue Di Chio, Designer and Owner for Suboo.

Staying true to Suboo’s design philosophy, the brand continues to play homage to its signature clean lines, original bright prints and understated wearable silhouettes. Suboo is worn by Australian celebrities Danni Minogue, Miranda Kerr, Delta Goodrem and Jesinta Campbell who have all embraced the brand.

Five years on, Suboo is stocked in over 200 international and Australian boutiques including David Jones department stores, Japan, Singapore (Barneys and Kistson), USA and UK. The brand is also showcasing at Miami Fashion Week with more global expansion plans on the horizon.
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