Author: <span class="vcard">Ray McFarren</span>

Make-up on fleek? I’ll stop you there. This is not going to be a buzzword, ‘woke’ article about flawless make-up trends and contouring. We’re looking straight into the eyes here, and it’s all about the lashes.

The Jury’s Out on The Lash! Are Lash Extensions Really Worth It?

Mascara

Where else would we start? The handy old mascara has been an essential in every make-up bag for years. And it always will be. But let’s look at mascara in a little more depth. How about with a little more volume? Sorry. It’s true that the finishing touch to any stunning eye make-up has to be with the lashes, and there are plenty of mascaras to choose form that add length, boost volume and offer depth and texture to your overall look. But did you know that, by the litre, mascara is one of the most expensive liquids in the world? Are you really getting value? Some mascaras are great, but you pay for the quality, and it can burn quite a hole. The mascaras on the cheaper end of the scale are a good go-to when needed, but all too often they are clumpy, sticky and don’t stand the test of time.

The Crying Bride and the Honeymoon

Weddings. This is where many people will opt for lash extensions or LVL treatments. But why? Well the obvious pro to opting out of the whole mascara application is that weddings are emotional, and with lash extensions, you avoid the smearing mess of mascara tears and panda eyes. But weddings are only one of many events that could benefit from giving that extra bit of attention to your lashes. Any event where happy tears are inevitable is a box ticked, but holidays, festivals and parties are just as key. Mascara is obviously a quicker option, but does it really have that lasting look you’re going for? Especially on a beach get-away where diving in the pool on a hot day becomes a daily routine.

The Longevity

This is where lash treatments win the race. Yes, you’re going to invest a little more time and money when opting for the lash extensions but, where mascara lasts all but a day and has the evening ritual of eye make-up remover and cotton wool, eyelash treatments are in a different hassle-free league altogether. Eyelash extensions can last weeks and weeks, with no further application of make-up, and simple filler session at about the 3-4 weeks mark, if needed. Plus, mascara just doesn’t have the same glamorous effect when it comes to keeping volume and length in the way that treatments do. So, the jury was out on the lash, but it’s back – and it’s all in favour of the eyelash extensions. Sorry mascara, we still love you.… Read More

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Looking for info on why MRI scans are so important? Want to know how claustrophobic people handle an MRI scan? The diagnostic versatility of the MRI is widely underappreciated. Not only that, but the various types of scan aren’t well known either. The open MRI, for example, has opened up testing to multiple demographics.

Two Lesser Known Facts About MRI Scans

1. They don’t always involve stuffing you in a tube

You no longer necessarily have to live your claustrophobic nightmare when you need an MRI scan. Instead of the traditional tube scanner, you can get what is called an open MRI scan. If you’re the type of person or the parent of a child who cannot handle tight spaces without panicking or squirming, you can get an MRI without needing some sort of sedation. This opens up even the possibility of having an MRI for people who are too large to fit in the standard tiny tube. There are even ones where you can stand upright, though this third category does have the lowest detail.

2. They have a wide variety of applications

Your basic X-ray is not going to reveal anything but problems with your bones, and even then, it can miss something. MRI scans are for more than getting clearer detail on your bones. They can pick up fine details and inconsistencies in all of your soft tissues. This includes everything from your spinal cord to your internal organs, right down to your blood vessels. They can diagnose cancer, strokes, brain injuries, and so much more.

One major caution is that MRI scans use magnetic fields to get such fine detail. Anyone with medical hardware that hasn’t been modernized to allow for MRI scans isn’t able to get one. So if you’ve got a plate in your head or spine, or if you have a pacemaker, you’ll have to make sure it is safe. Always let your doctors know all your past medical history so they can use their expertise to give you the best possible care.… Read More

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Visiting a beauty salon is a relaxing experience for both the body and mind. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take some time out of your hectic life and give yourself a little TLC. You can enjoy some much needed me time, or perhaps have a day out catching up with your girlfriends. If visiting a beauty salon isn’t already part of your regular routine, perhaps it’s time to give it a try.

Pamper Your Body and Mind at a Beauty Salon

Treatments

These days, beauty salons offer a wide range of treatments. You can get your hair cut and coloured and leave with a fresh new look. You can choose to pamper yourself with manicures and pedicures, and professional nail art. Just about all salons offer a range of treatments to cleanse and revitalize your skin. You can also have waxing and eyebrow shaping. Many salons offer body treatments such as Indian head massage, aromatherapy massage, body wraps or hot stone massage. Visiting a beauty salon can be for a quick pick-me-up or for an all-over treatment.

Consultations

When you arrive at the salon, you’ll have the chance to consult with the beauty therapist before each treatment. Whether you’re looking for a new hair colour or a nourishing facial, beauty salon personal are knowledgeable and will give you advice on the right treatment for you. They’ll put you at your ease and ask a few questions. You can also get advice on the best beauty care for you, at the salon or at home.

For Your Comfort

A beauty salon is a relaxing space away from the bustle of everyday life. You can enjoy your treatments in friendly, professional surroundings that are designed to relax you. Many treatments take place in a comfortable chair or on a beauty bed, where you can relax and let the beauticians work their magic. Many salons offer gowns and slippers for your comfort, along with refreshments. If you want something extra special, you may be able to sign up for a spa day, where you can enjoy two or three full length treatments with light refreshments.

Relax and Enjoy

After your consultation, you can sit back in your chair or relax on the beauty bed and enjoy being pampered. Your beautician will explain your treatment to you, and then put her skills to work while you enjoy being pampered. After the treatment, she may offer you some hints and tips on caring for your new hair or keeping your skin nourished. Most salons also offer a variety of products to be used at home.

Look and Feel Great

A visit to a beauty salon is a treat for body and mind. Your body, hair or skin will benefit from the attention and treatments. You’ll feel relaxed and ready to face the world again after taking some time out to let someone else look after you. Whether you’ve got newly coloured nails or smoother than ever skin, you’ll feel brighter and more confident. After visiting a salon, you’ll be ready to face the world … Read More

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Everyone ages, but the rate at which we age is not fixed. A lot depends on the choices that we make throughout our lives. Of course, there’s no fountain of youth or magical pill to stop Father Time, but making some good choices can make you look and feel older or younger than we really are. If you want to look and feel younger than your peers, try these five simple tips.

Eat Sensibly and Feel Younger, It All Starts with a balanced diet

Well you have heard it a million times, “You are what you eat” and you have heard it for good reason, its true. A well balanced diet is crucial to a healthy body. If you want to look twice your age, try a diet of beer and potato chips. If you want like a model, get some spring water and vegetables. A poor diet accelerates the aging process and often results in age-inducing illnesses. If perpetual youth is your goal, eat green and red vegetables, fresh fruits, fish, garlic, ginger and plenty of berries. You’ll have more energy and you’ll look younger.

Drink Water–Hydrate with the natural stuff that your ancestors drank

Every single cell in our body requires water to function properly. Even mild dehydration produces stress on your body, affecting energy levels, cognitive skills, your muscles and skin. Want lots of wrinkles? Just avoid drinking water. Want good muscle tone and smooth sexy skin? A bottle of water is about as close as you’ll ever get to the fountain of youth. Water is probably the most important deterrent to the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles that make us look old and haggard.

Exercise–Muscle tone looks great

You don’t have to train like an Olympian, but moderate exercise is essential to good health and a youthful appearance. A consistent exercise routine will control your blood pressure, glucose levels, and weight. It will also boost your immune system. If you exercise outside in the sun, you’ll get the additional benefit of producing vitamin D from the sun.

Sleep–Make your zzz’s a priority

Your body needs sleep. Sleep may seem like a passive process, but it’s actually an active process that rejuvenates your body. Sleep allows your mind to reboot and process. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re far more likely to become a grumpy old-timer. Even if you want to appear young and energetic, without enough sleep, your thinking processes will slow down dramatically and your alertness will suffer immensely.

Attitude–Keep a positive outlook

Look on the bright side of life. You’ll feel happier and have a greater sense of well being. That will make you appear younger. Don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Worry will age you well beyond your years. If you want to feel young, think positively.

Looking and feeling younger is really a simple matter of taking care of your body and enjoying life.… Read More

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Healthy Weight Loss For Moms - More Reasons To Eat Broccoli
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I do not like broccoli, I have never liked broccoli and I do not believe that I ever will actually like broccoli. That does not stop me eating it; first my mother and now my wife have made sure that broccoli is included in my diet, at least occasionally. I have now learned some facts to back up why moms through the ages have insisted on our ‘eating up the greens’, especially broccoli.

I understand that there are many reasons why we should eat broccoli, along with other ‘cruciferous’ vegetables such as cabbage, kale, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Their part in healthy balanced weight loss diets has been accepted for many years. I have now found a very scientifically convincing argument, to persuade me to make the effort and eat more of some of these foods.

It would appear that among the many undesirable substances which are present in our environment, there is a group of chemicals which find their way into our food chain. They are known as xenoestrogens and they have been found to alter our hormone balances.

One of the effects of these changes, is to encourage your system to store fat. This fat is almost always stored where you would not want it to be, such as in the belly area. So how can broccoli help?

Well the cruciferous vegetables contain certain substances, called phytonutrients, which can fight against these xenoestrogens.

I see this as another great example of science backing up what mom and grandma have been telling us for years.

We are encouraged to eat our five portions of vegetables every day anyway, for all the other benefits to nutrition, so using the broccoli etc., you can score a double whammy in keeping up your healthy weight loss diet.

My wife will continue her search for recipes and cooking methods which will break down my resistance to eating broccoli, but in the meantime I will continue doing what I did as a child. When there is food on my plate which I really do not fancy, then I get it over with quickly and eat it first.

While planning and maintaining a healthy weight loss diet, try to be always on the lookout for ideas and suggestions which can help and support your efforts.… Read More

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