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A Journey Down Fragrance Lane



Glamour is synonymous with Hollywood movie stars, but they’re newcomers to the world of perfume, which goes way back. Perfume is thousands of years old.

The use of herbs and flowers to perfume the air was how a love for fragrance began. It was common for people to wear a garland of flowers, to hang fragrant plants indoors, and add aromatic plants to sweet-smelling rushes spread on a floor.
One of the oldest uses of perfumes comes form the burning of incense and aromatic herbs used in religious services, often the aromatic gums, frankincense and myrrh, gathered from trees. And the word “perfume” comes from the Latin per fume, meaning “through smoke”.

The Egyptians were the first to incorporate perfume into their culture followed by the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans. The Egyptians invented glass, and perfume bottles were one of the first common uses for glass. The earliest use of perfume bottles is Egyptian, dating to around 1000 BC. That’s right, people have been dabbing their earlobes for more than 3000 years.

From the 9th century, high volume trade between Byzantium and Venice brought perfumes into Europe. There was much trade within Arabia, bringing perfumes from Baghdad to Muslim Spain.

Arabian perfume was a highly developed art. With ancient formulas from the Persians, they used ingredients from China, India and Africa, producing perfumes on a large scale. They had been using distillation since before the 9th century.

“Al-Hawi,” a book by Rhazes, who lived back in the 9th or early 10th century, contained a chapter on cosmetics. It was translated into Latin in France in the late 12th century.

That was about the time, 1000 years ago, that musk and floral perfumes were brought to northwest Europe from Arabia, through trade with the Islamic world and with the returning Crusaders. The trading for perfume was also involved in trade for spices and dyes.

So, there’s a lot more than “Ooo la la” to that next whiff of French fragrance! The exotic factor goes back thousands of years, and Hollywood is buying it.

For 240 years, the Anglo-French House of CREED has been the choice of celebrities, royals and connoisseurs of finesse worldwide. It still employs techniques largely abandoned in the perfume industry, and manufactures its own infusions from the finest botanicals and most precious essences the world has to offer.

The new creation from CREED, Love in White, debuted in 2005. It was the first to be released in the US, and among the first to receive a bottle was actress ANGELINA JOLIE because she and the new scent share a link to the United Nations. Sales of CREED’s Love In White in part support the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It’s also the first time a CREED fragrance has ever supported a charity, and actress Angelina Jolie is a UN goodwill ambassador working on refugee issues.

CREED Jasmal was supposedly created just for NATALIE WOOD, and was a preferred scent of lovely Hollywood classic star. Natalie’s warmth and mystery seem to be a match with the fragrance’s notes of Italian and Moroccan Jasmine.

CREED Fleurissimo is a floral fairy tale of tuberose, rose, violets and iris. A thoughtful groom once presented his bride with the beautiful bouquet in an elegant glass bottle. The bride was GRACE KELLY, and late Prince Rainier of Monaco commissioned Creed to develop a fragrance especially for his princess.

The fragrance was also a treasured favorite of art and culture-loving JACEQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS.

In 1954, Hollywood associated with CHANEL quite by accident. Screen goddess MARILYN MONROE was asked what she wore to bed at night and gave the breathy reply, “Just a few drops of No 5.” As an icon of seduction, she popularized the fragrance,
inspiring Chanel’s then advertising director to begin choosing the world’s most stunning actors to keep Chanel No 5 alive in people’s imaginations. ALI MACGRAW and CATHERIN DENEUVE and most recently NICOLE KIDMAN are among beauties chosen.

Today, MADONNA, JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and GOLDIE HAWN are among pop world icons who also savor the roots of tradition, all sharing a love for the scent Tuberose Indiana by CREED.

In January 1957, GIVENCHY created the fragrance L’Interdit especially for the charming screen star AUDREY HEPBURN, and allowed Hepburn to wear it exclusively for a year before it was released to the public the next December. It was, after all, Hepburn who, at the peak of her fame, convinced producers of the film Sabrina to let her wear the creations of up-and-coming young designer Hubert de Givenchy.

The tradition of Hollywood beauties associated with perfumes continues but, unlike Hepburn, actors of today are generally not the inspiration for the fragrances they endorse, but are chosen for the way they embody the spirit of the scents.

Today, Lord of the Rings fairy princess LIV TYLER is the face of the new Givenchy fragrance, Very Irresistible.

One of the latest to be the face of Calvin Klein’s fresh, new fragrance Eternity Moment, is fresh starlet SCARLETT JOHANSSON.

But do those faces really wear the fragrances they endorse? Ignited by the spontaneous innocence of Marilyn Monroe, successful marketing campaigns have launched a million bottles.

One would guess, yes, the scents have been worn as advertised at least once. But there are fragrances for every season, for day and for night, and today’s celebrities are launching their own.

So what do they wear behind the billboards? Here are some boudoir moments of who ihas worn what.

As they movie stars walk down the red carpet looking gorgeous, they smell gorgeous, too, and it makes common Zents!

In preparation for Oscar night. CHARLIZE THERON, ANGELINA JOLIE, JADA PINKETTT-SMITH, SHARON STONE, and KATIE HOLMES picked out one of the newest on the scene, ZENTS. The fragrances are created completely by hand in the same tradition as in Paris back at the turn of the century.

UMA THURMAN was the first person ever to receive the “Fresh” Zents scent upon its creation.

LAURA DERN loves Fresh. The delicate simplicity of heliotrope, linden blossom, cucumber and green apple are innocent and pure, contrasting with Dern’s other choice from the line, Fig, which is a warm and spicy blend of Himalayan cedarwood, vetiver, balsam, cinnamon, pimento berry — warm, invigorating and sensuous.

Some other fans of the line include JULIA ROBERTS who loves Ore, a deep, spicy and alluring blend of iris, bay laurel, coriander, jasmine, and patchouli. The style is described as sexy, fiery and euphoric.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA uses the Zents Concreta solid balm in her hair, which is the fragrance line in the form of a pomade.

Every year, perfume designers release new creations, and they compete for the attention of the public and the stars that intrigue the world. Some are passing favorites, and some classics still reign.

The tuberose enchantment of Fracas Parfum by Robert Piguet was cherished in the 40s by legendary diva MARLENE DIETRICH, and is cherished today by MADONNA and KIM BASINGER.

CHARLIZE THERON and KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS are both said to love the magnolia, rose, cinnamon, peachy blend that lifts out of the vanilla and sandalwood bottom notes of DOLCE VITA, created by Christian Dior 1996.

And who can dispute some of these choices reflect the qualities of those who waft them?


GWEN STEFANI, OPRAH and CAMERON DIAZ are among celebrity clients who go for the exotic florals, including gardenia, in Monyette Paris. The scent is created using only the purest perfume oils with no alcohol or cologne base, so it’s long lasting and adapts to the wearer. The insouciant CAMERON is also said to like HAPPY by Clinique.

FRESH, FRUITY and CALM! “Pass the perfume, honey!”

SARAH JESSICA PARKER and MATTHEW BRODERICK is a celebrity couple that has both worn BRANDY Parfums. The unisex appeal of this fragrance is fresh and elegant with top notes of apple and peach, and herbaceous heart notes that help reduce stress. Other celebrity wearers of this scent for every season are NATALIE PORTMAN, JUDI DENCH, GOLDIE HAWN and TOBY MCGUIRE.


Today’s Hollywood divas KATE HUDSON and RENEE ZELLWEGER love ANGEL perfume, designed by THIERRY MUGLER in 1993. Pop star BRANDY and poetic princess VANNA BONTA also reportedly are known to wear this winged journey of a perfume that explores essences of honey, chocolate, and caramel and is blended with notes of vanilla, patchouli, and sandalwood. Sounds like these fragrances give perfect wings to these beauties of page and screen.

Much talked-about Hollywood writer VANNA BONTA is faithful to poetic fragrances from France of ANNICK GOUTAL, who came to perfume making after a career as a prize-winning pianist. A Bonta favorite is the aerial Eau du Ciel, a subtle interpretation of innocence in rosewood, violet, Florentine iris and lime blossom. Goutal’s description is “delicate as the shiver of an angel’s wing.”

BONTA indulges her terrestrial favorite signature blossom, the pure white gardenia, with Goutal’s Gardenia Passion, a fragrance famous for its natural and faithful reconstitution of this untamed flower.

NICOLE KIDMAN is also a fan of ANNICK GOUTAL’s Eau du Sud, an invigorating unisex blend of blend of orange, mint, and basil.


Fragrances are, after all, created to meet the demand of moods, rain, sun, day, night, cold, warm, and every occasion.

Sultry amber and incense blends are perfect for winter, warming cold months. VANNA BONTA is a client of the famous Santa Maria Novella apothecary, run by monks, in Florence, Italy, and the Profumi di Firenze. Both lines use fragrance recipes that are hundreds of years old, some originals unchanged since the Renaissance Medici family commissioned them in the 1300s.

Summer brings out the citrus and vanilla-tropics attacks, and COMPTOIR SUD PACIFIQUE is a favorite of many celebrities for its Vanille variations in pineapple, apricot, lime and milk. A refreshing pineapple favorite is ARTISAN Annanas Fizz.

MICHELLE PFEIFFER loves Acqua di Gio, and the fresh marine notes with seaside floral scent reflect the crisp, refreshing charisma of this beautiful star.

Fans of singing diva WHITNEY HOUSTON and Friend’s famous LISA KUDROW are both fans of BULGARI pour Femme.

MIRA SORVINO and THORA BIRCH love Coco by Chanel, and CALISTA FLOCKHART flounces prettily in So de la Renta.


The new Pilar & Lucy fragrance, Tiptoing Through Chambers of the Moon, was a hit with some stars this year, as was The Exact Friction of Stars, not surprisingly a VANNA BONTA pick if only for the name. Reportedly a big vanilla fan, Bonta was a client of the cosmic friction of vanilla, coconut, and orange weaved with the warmth of clove.

And the dirt on SHARON STONE, always on the forefront of invention, is that she loves DEMETER Fragrances, especially Dirt, which is also a supposed favorite of KATE MOSS. In fact, Dirt is one of their most popular, a fresh and clean potting soil scent with the citrus smell of fresh grass. The Demeter library of food, beverage, and nature scents catalogue comfortingly familiar and less oblivious scents of pleasures, such as Russian Leather, Play-Doh, Laundromat, Grass, Thunderstorm, Ocean, Cotton Candy… Ahhh. We could go on.

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Bare Minerals Makeup Review – Does it Really Work




Does BareMinerals Actually Work?

BareMinerals is a revolutionary foundation that is created purely with natural ingredients. Providing excellent coverage and long lasting results, it has quickly become one of the biggest selling foundations throughout the world. So what exactly is it and how does it work?

Understanding BareMinerals Make-Up

BareMinerals foundation is created using minerals that are taken straight from the earth. They are crushed down to create a powder, which when applied, provides excellent coverage. It looks natural yet it still hides most imperfections and blemishes.

The main advantage to the product is that it is completely natural. This means that it contains no preservatives, fragrances, oil, or talc. There has been a lot of focus on the chemicals contained within make-up over the past few years and many women are realizing that the make-up they wear is not good for their skin. If you have found that you are suffering from bad skin problems on your face, it could be your make-up. So try switching to the BareMinerals range and see if the problems subside.

As well as providing a natural appearance, BareMinerals is also really light. So you do not realize that you are even wearing make-up. It will not clog the pores so that reduces the likelihood of you developing pimples. It is just a pleasure to wear and it fits perfectly with the current make-up trend that tends to lean more towards the natural look.

An interesting fact about the BareMinerals foundation is that it may look like a powder and be applied like a powder, but it isn’t one. As you apply it, you will feel that the foundation is actually quite silky and creamy. This is what provides the long lasting results and the best thing is – it is suitable for all skin types.

Finally, another advantage of the make-up is that you control the amount of coverage that you have. It comes with different shades to allow you to apply either a natural, thin layer of make-up. Or you can apply as much as you like to build up different levels of coverage. The more you apply, the more coverage your skin will have. It also contains SFP15 so it will protect the skin against potential sun damage.

What Others Say

If you search online, you will find that the general opinion of the product is that it lasts all day. Even people who suffer from oily skin have stated that the foundation stays on all day when usually other brands would come off within two to three hours.

There are many people who have been concerned about whether the foundation will cover acne and other scars. Typically, as you can apply as much or as little as you like, it is possible to cover acne scarring and other skin blemishes. However, there are some people who still recommend using a separate concealer under the foundation to cover severe scarring.

BareMinerals is considered to be one of the best foundations around. Thousands of women swear by it and when you look at its advantages it really isn’t difficult to see why.

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Resorts in Chiang Mai – Plenty of Options to Enjoy a Holiday in the Mountains




Chiang Mai with its long, tree-lined boulevards is a fascinating tourist destination in the northern part of Thailand. The city presents an attractive alternative to the Thai capital of Bangkok as the cultural capital of the country. It is a must-visit place for nature lovers. In fact, many tourists visit the city every year.

There are quite a few things to do and see in Chiang Mai and you would do well to plan them in advance. Several resorts offer you different options to enjoy your holidays in the mountains. Here is a quick look:

Yoga facilities: Some of the resorts in Chiang Mai offer yoga facilities. You will get to learn new relaxing yoga poses under the guidance of capable yoga instructors. They will help you learn the yoga techniques in the right way. You will learn about the way to breathe in and breathe out during your practice, as you move from one posture to the next within the same asana. You will be practicing yoga twice a day and by the time your holiday ends, will have learnt some of the best yoga poses to last you a lifetime.

Spa treatment: There are plenty of remarkable spa resorts in and around the city. Opting for one will help you to avail their exclusive spa offers. The resorts help a person feel completely relaxed and recharged after the retreat. Many spa resorts also offer detoxification programs as an additional feature or within their spa treatments (a bit more on that below). The healthy and balanced meals provided in these resorts also help you get started on your health and wellness journey.

Detox services: If you are planning to adopt a healthier lifestyle, resorts in Chiang Mai give you the perfect opportunity to get started. The resorts offer various detox programs. The programs comprise of a range of services that help remove any toxins in your body and help you feel better. It also promotes weight loss in addition to relieving the symptoms of various health issues that may be slowly creeping up due to toxin build-up in the system. The tranquil surroundings and relaxed pace of things at the resort will help you relax and let go of mental and physical stress.

Sightseeing: Apart from, these wellness programs, Chiang Mai resorts offer various sightseeing activities. You can use a cab ride or a scooter ride to explore the extraordinary sights in this city. A short bike ride or scooter ride also takes you to dense rain forest countryside that is interspersed with waterfalls. The resorts offer day trips and longer treks to these areas for you to enjoy the beauty of the countryside at leisure. A visit to the Elephant Nature Park, an elephant conservation project, is a must for any traveler.

Dining: The city has numerous places to dine out for those looking for authentic and delicious Thai food. In addition, you can try your hand at cooking Thai food. You can also try the traditional Khantoke meal, which was originally an elaborate dinner or lunch for celebrations.

If you are in Thailand or planning a trip to the country and want to enjoy its calm and serene environment and beautiful landscapes instead of traffic-choked urban sprawl, then Chiang Mai is the place for you. All you need to do is to book a resort for yourself and enjoy your vacation in this beautiful Thai city.

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A Real Wellness Perspective on the Satanic Temple




The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Civilization


I saw a movie in the S.F. Bay area recently entitled, Hail Satan?


As a youth in Catholic schools, at a time when parochial schools were virtual penal colonies for juveniles just waiting for opportunities to go astray, uttering the words Hail Satan would have brought tribulation and woe.

I was so indoctrinated into an Old Testament vision of a punitive god that being turned into a pillar of salt, like Lot’s wife, would have been too good for me. After all, that poor woman’s offense was but to look back to view the commotion, to catch a glance of her home being wrecked or perhaps to assess whether there was time to go back to save the family pet. But no, God was throwing a temper tantrum, raining destruction and death on an entire city because, well, every man, woman and child, even babies, I suppose, were behaving like Sodom and Gomorrahites, which evidently wasn’t pretty. Lot and his wife were fleeing because two characters, dressed as angels, had scared the bejabbers out them, urging the one virtuous couple to flee for their lives and, for some unknown reason, not to look back. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife could not resist a backward glance. Who among us would not have sneaked a peek? Lady Lot got the pillar of salt treatment for disobeying angels.

At the time, I would have expected a gruesome penance for saying the words Hail Satan, let alone attending a movie by that name. Come to think of it, it seems likely I would have expected spontaneous combustion, on the spot, not a second chance to repent and shape up. Fathers LaRue, Doyle and McGovern would no doubt have ceremoniously sprinkled holy water on my smoking ashes; Sisters DeChantell, Lucy and George would have marched their classes to the charred spot where I had been cooked in fiery flames. This daily field trip would surely impress my classmates to eschew blasphemous smart aleck salutes. There was no place for Little Satanists at St. Barnabas.

Despite my experience of a dramatically intense educational environment during twelve years of Roman Catholic schooling, I recently viewed Hail Satan?, 63 years since my last day of attendance at an institution run by the one true church, the one founded by St. Peter on a rock where I was immersed in the only religion that would render me eligible to appear one day in the dock at the high court of Heavenly Gates. Eligibility was one thing, admittance something else altogether. There were no guarantees that I or anyone else, even the pope, would be found not guilty of one or more transgressions (e.g., missing Sunday Mass, eating meat on Friday, touching oneself impurely, etc.) that would trigger a guilty verdict, after which I’d be unceremoniously dropped into a huge pit of fire to commence an eternity of suffering.

The merciful god of the Catholic Church had a mean streak.

Despite these educational advantages, I attended a production about an organization that did not believe in any gods or devils, including Satan, but which hailed him anyway for its own purposes.

I loved it but I had lots of company – the audience was enthusiastic (a standing ovation as the credits rolled) and it got a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes)

I recommend you discover for yourself how the Satanic Temple goes about hailing Satan for the purpose of promoting church/state separation. The bottom line about the Temple is that it artfully, satirically and often hilariously employs the boogeyman or, if you prefer, the apparition/evil spirit/phantasm/specter/spook or bugaboo of a devil figurehead, to promote an irreligious form of humanism. Or, in the areas of reason, exuberance and liberty, REAL wellness.

Despite years of religious dogma, supernatural rituals and threats of eternal punishment, I believe the brief Tenets of the Satanic Temple are superior to the voluminous teachings of the Catholic Church, Christianity and other religions with which I’m somewhat familiar. The Satanic Temple has no angry or other gods, no hellfires, no superstitions – just a set of beliefs that encourage an embrace of critical thinking and science, personal responsibility, individual and societal freedoms and a passion for justice, kindness, love, good works and other secular values needed today more than ever.

Consider the seven tenets of the Satanic Temple:

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.

2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

3. One¹s body is inviolable, subject to one¹s own will alone.

4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.

5. Beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world.

6. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one’s beliefs.

7. People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one’s best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.

The authors of these Tenets believe that each is a guiding principle that might inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

The Tenets do not square much with the kind of Satan the priests and nuns of my childhood described. Since watching the movie, I’ve not had a single nightmare. I can’t say the same about dreams endured as a child, concerned as I was about what Satan had in store for transgressors young and old in the scary afterlife.

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Natural Hair Products – Advantages and Disadvantages For the Average Consumer




For many years, shoppers could only find natural hair products at health food stores and natural food markets. However, the consumer has become more aware of chemicals, synthetics, and products that are safe, not only for the environment, but for the hair follicles and the body.

One of the advantages of using a natural hair product is its availability at grocery stores, pharmacies, supercenters, and almost any place that sells hair products. Most herbal products are safe for the environment, are not tested on animals, and are better for your skin and hair.

The safest and best natural hair products, however, have a low sudsing factor, which for the average consumer may appear to be a disadvantage, because tons of frothy soap does not accompany the application onto wet hair. However, looking at a label of a natural hair product, you’ll notice that the harmful ingredients used by many commercial hair product companies are not utilized in natural hair products.

Another advantage is that they do not cost as much money and they are even less expensive when you mix the ingredients at home or when you buy natural hair products in bulk. Regardless of which type of hair you have, you can be sure to find a natural product for everyday use.

What can a natural product do for you? By using a natural herbal shampoo, you will not be putting chemicals onto your scalp or on your hair, and the natural ingredients are pure, which insures that your hair will go through a deep cleansing. There will be no filmy residue left on the hair either. In addition, your hair will look shinier and will retain its natural moisture.

Some people are under the misconception that baby shampoo is gentle for any person or for any type of hair. This is a false belief. Baby shampoo is one of the harshest shampoos for anyone’s hair. Why? Because although it is appealing to the consumer to have a product that will not cause a baby or child to cry, the consumer does not know or understand that the ingredients in the product contain a very harsh chemical that basically numbs the eyelids and the tear ducts. Yes, it’s great that babies don’t cry when the soap gets into their eyes. However, have you ever considered what that numbing agent does to a child’s eyes? So, be careful and be aware when a manufacturer or advertiser says that a product is gentle; that doesn’t mean that the product is made from natural and gentle ingredients.

There are a lot of people who are allergic to certain ingredients in a standard non-herbal product that contains chemicals, and some people are prone to losing their hair or having a similar reaction to hair products that are not pure and natural.

If you care about yourself, your body, your hair, and your environment, then environmentally friendly products such as natural hair products are definitely designed for you. In addition, remember that natural products are generally less expensive, and they will provide better results than synthetic and harsh shampoos that contain detergents.

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Common Types of Drywall Screws




When it comes to hanging drywall, there are certain tools you must use to get the job done right. The same rule applies for even the tiniest detail, like drywall screws. There are several options for drywall fasteners, but not all of them are good choices. The most effective nails and screws are the ones that provide a sturdy, long-lasting hold, while at the same time allowing for the proper amount of countersinking. Continue reading to learn about a few of the most common and effective drywall screws, and how they are applied in drywall installation.

Choose the Right Screw for the Right Job

Drywall screws are a little more expensive, but they do provide a stronger hold. There are many drywall fasteners that come in the form of a Philips head, but they are not all the same in terms of performance and value. The screw you choose will largely depend in the drywall application you have in store, but also on the quality of screw you are looking for. Here are four of the most common drywall screws used to hang gypsum:

  1. Self-Drilling – Also used as pan head screws, these are effective for metal stud framing.
  2. Course – These have course threads that securely fasten drywall to its studs.
  3. Fine – These screws have smaller heads and finer threads that work well to secure gypsum board.
  4. Trim-Head – Use these screws to attach wood trim over drywall.

You May Also Need Drywall Nails

There are also several types of drywall nails that are effective for fastening smaller parts to a larger base. In fact, there are 3 specific type of drywall nails that are commonly used in drywall installation. These common gypsum board nails include:

  1. Drywall Nails – These are standard nails used to attach drywall to wood frames. They are designed with a large head and a barbed shank, giving them a stronger holding capacity. Some are even sterilized to protect against oil and dirt.
  2. Cupped-Head Nails – These have rounded heads that allow for easier countersinking and a smooth, flat finish. They are commonly used to secure drywall to wood framing. They require to use of joint compound to cover the exposed head.
  3. Cement-Coated Nails – These nails have a resin-coated shank that is smooth. This allows for stronger holding power. Their common application is to secure drywall to wooden framing.

Professional Drywall Installation

It is highly recommended to hire a licensed contractor for drywall installation and repair. They have the proper training, experience, and resources to provide professional drywall service in a convenient time frame. You don’t want to make the mistake of injuring yourself or damaging your property if you have never hung drywall before!

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Camouflage or Simply Camo




Camouflage is another trend this fall. And not just camouflage, but color!


As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for fall weather. This week, we’re welcoming Candace of Live Love & Read to share the five best ways to style camouflage – the trendiest print of fall 2017.

With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) behind us and summer making its official exit, I think it’s safe to say that we can officially focus on all things FALL. After all, for the budget-conscious fashionista, it is important to wait and see which trends get the most love from the NYFW street style scene, so you know which ones you need to invest in for your autumn wardrobe.

From the boldest of reds to couch print florals to velvet, there’s a lot of good stuff happening in the fashion department this fall. You may or may not be ready for this, but one of the most notable trends of the season is CAMO. The renaissance of this pattern started making its way down the fashion pipelines last fall and made an impressionable impact, which explains how and why camo is an IT trend for 2017.

I know, living on the “wild” side and wearing bold prints (like camo) can be scary. The good news is there are a variety of ways you can approach styling this trend without looking too “avant-garde.” Also, for my classic-natural gals who are currently thinking, “I would never wear camo,” I’m happy to report that this is your PERFECT print, as it combines all those great natural colors you love!

OK, enough shop talk, let’s get some visual inspiration. Here are 5 ways you can rock camo for fall 2017.


As a stylist, one of the complaints I’ve often heard about camo is that it feels too masculine. Trust me, I get it – it’s hard to disassociate camo print from military toughness. But here are two things to remind yourself:

1. Incorporating masculine-esque pieces is totally okay. In fact, it’s encouraged to create some contrast in your look.

2. You can also add ultra-feminine pieces to soften a look or trend.

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Can You Get Skin Tags On Your Face?




Can you get skin tags on your face, is a simple question to which there is a simple answer. Yes!

But if you find one that is quite long, or that one is starting to develop, should you be worried? No. Relax!

The answer is almost always, no! Only very rarely indeed is there a deeper problem. Skin tags are tiny growths of skin normally found on the face, hands or feet. The tags generally hang off the skin by a thin connecting stalk. You no doubt dislike having that thing, but skin tags are not normally a threat to your health. Read on to find out more.

Facial tags may be annoying, and more so on the face as they are likely to be seen by those that you meet, but there is no need to panic. The direct cause of facial them is a growth of flesh, which is also known as a “benign tumor”.

However, most people are not aware of this problem and hence do not think of the underlying causes with the result that they don’t look after themselves as they should. Most dermatologists say that keeping yourself healthy through a balanced diet is the best way to avoid them.

Removing Skin Tags Including from Your Face

If you want to remove a skin tag at home, follow these simple guidelines. The process is simple and safe.

Here Is How to Remove a Facial Skin Tag Without Harm

A “tag” on the face is basically harmless. They are only formed when the skin folds and the growth is outwards. The worst thing about them though is of course that they can so easily be seen on the face. Very few people will see them when, as they often do, they appear on underarms, armpits, your back, or your chest, let alone on the groin area!

However, you cannot just pick up your tag and remove it without the assistance of an expert. If the face skin tag becomes infected then you may have to go for surgery. The decision to remove a skin tag should not be taken in a hurry. If you remove it in haste, you may cause permanent scarring. Also, you really must wash your hands properly before you ever attempt to remove a tag.

More on How to Remove a Skin Tag on Your Face

There are many ways to remove a tag. The first way, and the most common way, is to use a thread around the base of it. We do recommend that in that way you remove it by cutting off its blood supply. A thread is pulled around the skin tag till it comes out of the skin. Once the supply of blood stops, it falls off almost immediately.

You should not use any sharp object to pull the thread. If you do so, there is a high chance of causing infection to the skin tag.

The second way is to make use of an aloe vera plant. Just take the leaf from the plant and tie it to the tag with a thread. Make sure that you do not leave any extra thread. When you tighten the thread, the aloe vera is known to go into the blood stream in it and reduce the tag. This method is said to be as effective as the first method in terms of effectiveness.

You should remember too that you should not use any sharp object to remove a facial tag. Nor should you grasp it with your finger nail. Some say that they carefully pull the skin tag with a fingernail to remove it, or use a pair of cutters or clippers. Using is not advisable, as a pair of cutters or clippers is too violent an action. We say that especially for a facial tag, it may tear off leaving a small scar when it heals.

They say that there is no need to worry about the pain as it is quite mild. But, that’s not the point. We have no doubt that the wound will usually heal in the due course of time all by itself. Maybe on some parts of the body a tiny scar would not concern you. But, for us, we would not risk it on our face. A dermatologist is the best expert to help you remove them.

It is also advised that you take good care of your facial skin tags or they may bleed if they rub against clothing etc. You should try to make sure that they don’t touch your clothes. Letting clothes rub them may make them bleed and you may create a bigger problem.

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MAC Makeup – Things You May Not Know About MAC Makeup and Cosmetics




The best makeup on earth is MAC makeup, hands down. Created in 1985 by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo, MAC cosmetics were designed to hold up to the most grueling conditions. Ordinary drug store makeup doesn’t look good under bright lights, and most of it sweats off or wears off under normal circumstances anyway. The chemists who created MAC cosmetics, however, designed it to hold up to just about any challenge you can throw at it. It’s good for all ages, all races and all sexes, which later became the company’s motto.

MAC makeup is also a socially conscious brand. There are four social initiative problems that the company currently has in place: MAC Cruelty-Free Beauty, Back to MAC Recycling, MAC Kids Helping Kids and the MAC AIDS Fund. Even though MAC cosmetics was bought out by the Estee Lauder Companies in 1994 and the original founder Frank Angelo died in 1997, the MAC AIDS Fund has been continued by the new owners. The coolest thing about it is that every penny of the sale of the eight products under the Viva Glam name get donated to the charity. This has raised more than $86 million for the charity since 1994.

If you’re a makeup artist, you can get 40 percent off of the price of MAC makeup. Other beauty professionals can get a 30 percent discount. The brand is also extremely socially diverse. Spokespeople in the past have included everyone from RuPaul to Linda Evangelista. MAC Beauty Icons have included Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Raquel Welch and Catherine Deneuve. All in all, MAC makeup has done a lot for the industry as well as the community. They perfected makeup and are a great role model for other American companies. It can be said that part of their success is due to their acceptance of all things beautiful, and that’s something we can all stand behind.

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Foods to Avoid Causing Your Teeth Turmoil




Many people don’t know that a lot of the foods we eat on a daily basis can actually cause our teeth a lot of unnecessary turmoil. While it isn’t exactly necessary to completely avoid these foods, it would at least be a good idea to know what they are, to cut them down in your daily diet.

There are several different types of food that can damage and discolor our beautiful teeth. You may not even be aware that these foods are harming your teeth every time you eat, unless you’ve already had some experience with the pain that this damage can cause. Of course you can still go on and eat these foods, but with moderation and with proper care for your teeth. You’ll want to have an idea of the foods you’ll need to watch out for, and ensure that in addition to cutting them down or out of your diet, you also practice proper oral and dental hygiene each and every time you consume them. Here are the two main things you’ll need to look out for, as they can have the most damaging effect on your pearly whites.

Foods that are Loaded with Sugar

Drinking sodas or eating sweets once in a while is not actually a problem, as long as it is only once in a while. The problem occurs when you start taking these sweets regularly, as the regular consumption of these sugary treats can affect not only your overall health, but that of your smile as well. Obviously, sweet foods are rich in sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners, which are terrific energy sources to the bacteria that is always present in our mouths. These sugars can actually increase the activity of those bacteria, causing more plaque to form upon our teeth and gums. This plaque can cause greater issues with your teeth to occur, not the least of which being cavities and discoloration. Soda and acidic fruit juice, with or without sugar added, are the greatest culprits in tooth decay and discoloration.

Sugary drinks and foods every so often is often a wonderful treat, and there’s no need to cut them out of the foods you eat completely. It’s merely important that, if you’re one of those people who ‘indulges’ in several of these sweets per day, you begin to reduce the number drastically. Also, following a few simple steps can help to prevent teeth turmoil; brushing your teeth thoroughly after eating or drinking something with excessive sugar, flossing and rinsing your out your mouth will keep your teeth from taking the brunt of the damage these sugars can cause.

Foods that Dry Out Your Mouth

You may not know that maintaining a well hydrated mouth is essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but it’s true. A dry mouth is more susceptible to damage and decay. In order to prevent these conditions, you’ll need to ensure that you don’t have a dry, under-hydrated mouth.

Chewing gum and drinking alcohol can make your mouth dry, as can smoking cigarettes. There are also certain medications that can make the mouth dehydrated, which is of course bad for your teeth. What you can do here is to regularly rinse your mouth to keep it extra hydrated. You may also rinse it with fluoridated liquids for keeping your mouth hydrated and healthy. You should also see to it that you drink plenty of water throughout the day because, in addition to just being an overall healthy beverage, water helps to keep your mouth hydrated.

These are some of the foods that you should definitely avoid, or at the very least reduce your intake of, to prevent teeth turmoil. Keeping your teeth healthy will keep your smile happy. It will also help you save a substantial amount of money from getting treatments from the dentists, which will also keep your smile happy. But don’t forget that regular check-ups and a steady, thorough brushing, flossing and rinsing routine are irreplaceable in the fight to keep your teeth white and strong.

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Vogue Resort And Spa – Photographic Services




Vogue Resort And Spa is based in Ao Nang, Krabi. This beautiful resort is known for its natural beauty, extraordinary spa services, and comfortable accommodation rooms. The resort has recently inaugurated their photographic studio. This article throws light on the photographic services that the studio offers. The photographic services are offered not only in Krabi but across the country for all occasions. However, they specialize in event photography.

The studio offers photographic services at all occasions and events; these include wedding parties, birthdays, corporate events, commercial events and all social and private functions. The studio is becoming known for its excellence in event photography, wedding photography, and portrait photography. All the photographic sessions are offered for both on-location photography and studio photography, depending on the ease of the customers.

Their staff includes professional photographers. They are all trained and highly qualified professional photographers with years of experience in their hands. These professional photographers are using latest style cameras and other required equipment to shoot photographs, in order to create beautiful memories in form of crystal clear images. The photographs are edited and treated before they are developed on the papers. The images can be presented either in CDs or as paper photographs in albums.

For wedding photography, party photographers hold pre-wedding meetings and discussions. In these discussions, the photographers try to understand the requirements of the couple. At the wedding day, the party photographers do not only try to take formal photos but also informal and casual photos to capture the real essence of the special day. The album at the end is presented to the couple, this wedding album is well decorated and given as a complimentary gift Vogue Studios. Event photography is available for all events and functions of private and even social and commercial nature.

Portrait photography is available for children, family, individuals, couples, siblings, and new born babies. These portrait photography sessions can take place anywhere outside or inside the studio; the photographers will be happy to travel with you at the beach side or gardens.

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