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Thursday Treat

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Acne fighting food

Breakouts are always annoying!!  To prevent it, we have to take care of our skin inside and out.  Here are some foods that you can eat to help minimize your acne.

  1. Almonds (Brazil nuts as well) – its rich in antioxidant named selenium which helps protects skin’s elasticity and also reduce inflammation.
  2. Spinach – high in vitamin A, K and iron which prevent breakouts and also protects against future spots!
  3. Green Tea, Cherries or Blueberries – are great source of antioxidants which helps protect skin against free radicals therefore preventing breakouts.
  4. Eggs – rich in vitamin E which protects skin from scarring.
  5. Oranges, Melons, Strawberries and Tomatoes – all are great source of Vitamin C like eggs help protect skin from scarring and also heal irritated skin.
  6. Salmon, Walnuts and Flax Seeds – all great source of omega-3 fatty acid which works to help reduce inflammation from the inside of your skin and also outside.
  7. Oatmeal – magnesium found in oatmeal is known to balance hormone.  Imbalance in hormone is known for breakouts.
  8. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene which helps the body absorb selenium to reduce inflammation or that huge red one on your skin.

I am sure you guys know this already, but please try to avoid eating foods that are oily, have refined sugar, processed or high levels of sodium.  They are known to cause major breakouts and bloating!!

Drinking water also helps reduce the amount breakout because it flushes out all the impurities from your system and it makes your skin glow.  My favorite acne fighting foods are almonds, oranges, blueberries, salmon and spinach.

Info: vancouversun.com
Photos: twincommodities.com, naturally-healthy-eating.com, blogs.edweek.org, thedailygreen.com, aquabounty.com, fatburningfurnace.com, thedailygreen.com, exercise4weightloss.com

What-To-Do Wednesday: Ponytails

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While my hubby and I both like my long hair, I don’t like to leave it down often.  I usually have it in a bun or pony but the same old ponytail everyday gets so boring.  So, I use some fun twist occasionally to keep my style fresh and thought I share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Trendy

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The ‘it’ color for fall for sure is OXBLOOD!!  Though to me the name sounds a little grotesque (cause of the word blood it in, reminds of those slasher/horror flicks where blood is everywhere), the actual color is pretty fantastic.  The deep red (almost plumy) color is ideal for those who loves colors and also for those who are generally afraid to wear bright; easily switch black or navy to oxblood.  I normally wear this color as polish but I am thinking of getting a purse or boots this color.   Below are some of my fav celebs rocking the color and I also put some retailers where you can get your fix for oxblood.

Shoes

Bag

Nail Polish

Necklace (technically not oxblood but wine, you can still get away with it, lol) -

Dress

photos: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk, cocoperez.com, glamour.com

Monday Madness

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Mad About Urban Decay Glide-On Shadow Pencil!

In my quest to make my everyday or morning make-up routine a little faster, I decided to try the Urban’s shadow pencil because of the creamy texture and pencil shape, easy to put on and blend with fingers. The colors are great, pigmented and have shimmer, they blend well and lasts all day. I use Sin for daytime because it matches with my skin so all you see are hints of shimmer and Delinquent for night time, perfect one step smokey eye.

Urban Decay Glide-On set

Thursday Treat

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Last week, we delved into the healthy benefits of Salmon and its Omega-3 goodness. This week, I want to talk about another member of the food fad we see nowadays being touted from the skyscrapers. We all hear that “whole grain does this” and “whole grain does that”, but how much do you have to eat to reap the benefits? The Whole Grains Council (http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/) suggests eating 3-6 servings of whole grain at 16g of whole grain per serving for everyone 9 years and up. Who’s got the time or appetite to eat 3-6 bowls of Cheerios every day? Variety anyone?

Enter Quinoa. Quinoa is a tiny, ancient Peruvian seed, which has a mild, nutty flavor, is related to leafy green vegetables and is often used like a grain. Quinoa is as versatile as rice but it has a protein content that is superior to that of most grains, because it contains all the essential amino acids. In particular, quinoa is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. It’s also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and it has a high iron content. Let’s not forget that quinoa also contains many varieties of Vitamin E, which neutralizes the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, quinoa keeps you fuller vs rice because of the fiber content, which means you would eat less quinoa than rice. Less eating = less calories and coupled wit the high protein content, eating quinoa is a surefire combination for losing weight.

There are 3 common colors of quinoa, white, red and black. White quinoa has a mild flavor and is a great substitute for rice, and also great for breakfast. Red quinoa has a little nuttier flavor and is crunchier, which means it can be put in salads without getting all mushy. Black quinoa has an earthy flavor and is as crunchy as red quinoa. You can also get a tricolor mix at some stores, which combines all of these great flavors.

Here are some of my favorite quinoa dishes for you to try and knock the rice habit!

Cinnamon-Scented Breakfast Quinoa

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Cinnamon-Scented-Breakfast-Quinoa-366130#ixzz253RWwoNl

Quinoa Stir-Fry with Vegetables and Chicken

 

Nutrition data from the Whole Grains Council,  Recipes courtesy of epicurious.com, photo:peanutbutterandjulie.typepad.com

 

 

 

Tuesday Trendy

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 High-Top Wedge Sneakers

I am not much of a sneakers girl; I only wear it when I absolutely have to so suffice to say I don’t pay much attention to sneaker trends.  But recently I have been seeing these wedge heeled sneakers everywhere which caught my attention.  I don’t really like it; to me the definition of sneakers is where it everywhere – rain, shine, gym, hikes – and these heeled ones doesn’t scream all purpose.  Most importantly, I don’t think they look that stylish on.  This is a trend I am not trying.  Below are celebs wearing the high-top wedges.  What are your thoughts – love it or leave it?

Photos: omg.yahoo.com, fashionbombdaily.com, etceterablogmagazine.blogspot.com, oohlalablog.com, gooutfitters.blogspot.com, infinityshoes.com

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