Jan
15
2015

The Truth About Your Acne Problem

Like a good many people I have been the victim of acne vulgaris (what an appropriate name for such a vulgar disease) the medical term for pimples.  My acne problem has made me aggravated, made me cry, and made me angry. Thousands of people each year are afflicted by an acne problem, and their acne problem makes recluses out of way too many teenagers and even adults.  Your acne problem is caused when your pores get clogged and the fatty material made by the sebaceous gland accumulates, and a "bump" appears under the skin-or perhaps a whitehead or a blackhead (a comedone).  Blackheads are not caused by dirt but by the discoloring effect of air on the fatty material in the clogged pore. If this substance becomes infected a pimple results.  That is the medical explanation for pimples but what people really want to know is "How do I get RID of my acne problem!?"  As anyone can tell you the worst thing to do is to push or "pop" a pimple. Because this will not only cause your acne problem to worsen, but can result in life long scars.  No matter what you see on TV or in movies and no matter what anyone in your family or what any friend tells you, DON'T pop that pimple.  I speak from personal experience, my acne problem was so bad I couldn't stand it so I popped pimples trying to be proactive in getting rid of them.  That is the wrong method to get involved in doing something to rid yourself of your acne problem. I am still paying for doing it by the scars that remain on my face. The right way is a simple trick I learned that lessons acne dramatically: Steam your face at night over a warm bowl of water for 20 minutes before retiring to bed (this should be after washing your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser like Olay's or Neutragena's facial cloths) And then massage one half a teaspoon of castor oil onto your face for about 1 minute, until your face is just lightly shiny. This will help keep your pores open and prevent new pimples from forming (the steaming opens pores and helps get rid of old pimples). In the morning you should wash your face again immediately after waking and steam face again for 20 more minutes. After steaming your face in the morning splash your face with cold water and dry off. Do this consistently every night and morning for optimal results in clearing up your acne problem.  Now that you are armed with this information put it to use tonight and watch the improvement as your acne problem fades and your skin begins to glow after just a short period of time. 
Dec
31
2014

Diamond Alternative Engagement Rings

For diamond alternative engagement rings, moissanite is an excellent choice. You get a dazzling brilliance, which draws attention to your ring at a much more affordable price that a real diamond. When you choose platinum as the metal of the ring, you have exquisite diamond alternative engagement rings that any woman would be thrilled to wear.  Platinum moissanite engagement rings are very popular. Although platinum is more expensive than gold or silver in rings, it has a durability that the other metals do not have. This choice in diamond alternative engagement rings provides you with choices in rings that you can wear on all occasions. If you work in an environment that does not lend itself to wearing gold or silver because it might get scratched or tarnished, then platinum is the perfect alternative.  Rather than use cubic Zirconia in engagement rings, many couples are looking at moissanite as the stone of choice in diamond alternative engagement rings. This is because moissanite is a lab-created imitation diamond. It naturally occurs in nature and its scientific name is silicon carbide, but it occurs in very small quantities. It is only slightly less than the diamond on the Mohs scale of hardness, being 9.4 as compared to the diamond at 10.  For the ultimate diamond alternative engagement rings, look at what the platinum moissanite engagement rings have to offer. The hardness and durability of the moissanite stone, combined with the durability of platinum offers an impressive combination. The silver color of the platinum gives the appearance of white gold and goes well with any attire. With these rings, you also save money that you will need later on to plan your wedding or to buy a new home.  Having a moissanite engagement ring also means that you can have a much larger stone in your ring than if you opted for the traditional diamond. In diamond alternative engagement rings, moissanite also looks divine when you have several stones in a channel setting. Moissanite actually outperforms diamonds when it comes to brilliance, although it does not have the same clarity.  Jewelers have to struggle to tell the difference between diamonds and moissanite. They need to have a high-powered microscope in order to tell the difference. This makes it a perfect choice for diamond alternative engagement rings. If you choose this stone for the engagement ring, you do need to tell your fianc that it is a diamond alternative engagement ring, just in case she decides to take it to a jeweler to have it appraised.  
Dec
26
2014

Custom Titanium Rings: A World of Options

Titanium rings is that they have a great potential for customization. Since the market for titanium rings is smaller than that for gold or silver rings, manufacturers don't usually mass-produce titanium rings and often make them to order specifically for the buyer. Customers not only get the ring in their size, they may even get a completely unique product, the only ring with that design in existence.  Custom titanium rings can have unique gem settings, individual inlays, one-of-a-kind engravings, and unique patterns and shapes. Many sellers of custom titanium rings are small metal shops that make rings individually to the customer's specifications, so the possibilities are endless. There are an infinite number of gem settings available for custom titanium rings. Many different stones can be used, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, or any other precious stone. Different types of settings can be used to fasten the gem to the ring. The most popular style now is the tension setting, where the stone is held by pressure provided by the surrounding titanium.  Inlays can add unique character to custom titanium rings. Some popular inlays are silver, platinum, or yellow or white gold. Any pattern could be used for the inlay, from a simple stripe, to an elaborate design.  One of the best ways to customize a titanium ring is with an inscription. Words or symbols can be engraved on a custom titanium ring that has meaning to the wearer. This is a great gift idea for a loved one or a friend.  A countless number of patterns and ring shapes are also available. Rings can be a simple flat band, or be covered in a complicated pattern or unique texture. The only limit is the buyer's imagination.  Adventurous shoppers can find custom titanium rings at a number of online retailers. Many skilled metal smiths make their living crafting individual custom titanium rings. A custom titanium ring can be a one-of-a-kind gift of a lifetime. 
Nov
22
2014

Your Winter Wedding

Winter is such a beautiful time of year, and is a perfect time for a wedding! Even if you live in a part of the world where there is no snow, a winder wedding can be filled with magic and electricity. The crisp chill in the air and a horse drawn carriage can seem like something off of a Christmas card, and you will be surprised at just how romantic the atmosphere can be. Before you make a definite decision on a winter wedding, you should be sure that it is the right season for you and your groom. If you hate the snow, you might want to think about a wedding in the fall, or perhaps the spring when the weather is a bit more agreeable. In the same respect, if you're hoping for an outdoor wedding, winter is not the best choice.  It's possible to have an outdoor wedding in the winter, but the cost of heating your guests, flowers, food, even yourself is exorbitant. If a winter wedding is what you've got your heart set on, keep an indoor venue in mind. A wedding around the time of a major holiday can be stressful, not only for the bride and groom, but for the family and guests. People already buy many gifts at Christmas. Having a wedding in the same week may seem like an added expense rather than a blessed occasion. If you're still focusing on the winder wedding, there are some beautiful themes you can use to make your wedding one to remember. Obviously, a Christmas theme is on the minds of a lot of people. If you happen to celebrate the holiday, decorate your venue with evergreen garlands, twinkling lights, red bows, and large blooming poinsettias. A nighttime wedding typically requires more formal dress, so if you're planning to have it at night, note this on the invitation. A winter wonderland wedding makes for a beautiful theme. Decorate with plenty of white lace, crystal accessories, and an ice sculpture or two and you have an exquisite land of ice and snow. During this snow-touched occasion, making your entrance via horse and carriage will definitely stand out. Though most don't think of it in this way, Valentine's Day is also in winter. A wedding venue decorated with hearts, roses, and Victorian accents can speak love without saying a single word. A winter wedding can be incredible, and with the right theme, you can have the winter wedding of your dreams. 
Oct
20
2014

Say it with roses

Many women and even several men know the value of sending flowers for special occasions. More than any other flower, roses are seen as the ultimate symbol of love and affection. But what many people don't seem to know is the symbolism behind the roses themselves - they just buy what looks pretty. The colors, types, and display of roses have their own significant meanings, which should be taken into account when purchasing roses for that special someone. If your relationship is strictly friendly, stick with pale-colored roses, as in general, they signify friendship. Pale pink and peach colors signify admiration, sweetness, and gratitude, which make these roses the perfect choices for floral gifts of friendship. Yellow roses, though a symbol of friendship, also signifies jealousy, so be careful when choosing yellow roses in a bouquet. However, to signify your happy feelings for your friend, a bouquet of red and yellow roses together is the ideal choice. Romantic relationships in their early stages should be signified with white roses which symbolize innocent love. They say "I'm worthy of you," and are just simply beautiful. Light and dark pink roses symbolize joy and thankfulness, and would make a beautiful way to say how happy you are to have that special someone in your life. If yours was a "love at first sight" encounter, choose lavender roses or thornless roses. Orange roses signify fascination, which also work lovely for blooming relationships, but if you're not sure where you want the relationship to go, steer clear of putting yellow and orange roses in the same bouquet, as together, they represent passionate intentions. If you're planning to confess your love, the fascinating moss rose symbolizes that intention. While the rose, in and of itself, represents love, it is only the red rose that actually proclaims "I love you." It represents true love and desire. A dozen red roses is considered to be the ultimate declaration of love. If you're planning to propose, consider winding two red roses together, as this is a symbol of engagement. A rosebud with leaves, but no thorns (preferably in a red shade) tells your loved one that you no longer fear, you hope for things to come. If you want your engagement to be secret for a while, consider an offer of full-blooming rose over two rosebuds, which signifies secrecy. According to tradition, touching the flower to the lips implies a "yes" answer, while a "no" is given by pinching off a petal and casting it away. If your beloved is very fond of roses and wants to include them in her wedding bouquet, a bouquet of white and red roses together makes the perfect choice, as the colors, when joined, signify unity. Just as roses symbolize a blossoming love, they can also signify the end of a relationship. As stated before, yellow roses signify jealousy, but they also symbolize a decreasing affection and even infidelity! A rosebud without thorns or leaves means "there is nothing more to hope or fear," which in some ways can be both a blessing and a curse. A withered white rose represents despair, a withered red rose means "our love is over," and the York and Lancaster damask rose, though quite pretty, symbolizes conflict. As one might expect, a black rose, which typically represents death, is also the ultimate symbol of "goodbye." Whether you believe in the traditional meaning of rose colors or not, you should always keep them in mind when giving or receiving flowers. Your special someone might believe in them strongly, or someone you know just might be trying to tell you something that they can't quite put into words! Color talks, and you might be speaking louder than you realize! 
Oct
4
2014

Bridal Shower Decorations

Your bridal shower decorations can be simple or elaborate depending on the atmosphere you are trying to create. So, picture what you would like the room to look like. Are you having a small intimate party, or a large fun-filled one? Giving some thought to your wedding shower decorations will help you achieve the perfect look. If you are having a theme, decorate with that in mind. Choose appropiate props and colors. Party stores have a wide variety of items. Take a look ahead of time, to help with your plans. If you're not a having a theme, choose a color scheme. These may be the bridal colors, or the brides favorite colors. Choosing three shades of the same color creates a very unified look. Look again, to the mood you're trying to create. Soft colors will convey a peaceful, romantic look, while bright colors are more dramatic. In most cases, you'll want to have three types of decorations: wall and/or ceiling, floor, and table. Let's take a look at some ideas for each: • Wall and/or ceiling will give an overall effect. Streamers, banners, draped fabric or tulle, swagged silk flowers, and balloons are just some of the items you can use. • Floor items spread throughout the room are used for visual effect and color. Plants, large baskets, balloons, and theme props are some suggestions. • Table decorations are your centerpiece, and place settings. Flowers in season, candles, and balloons are often good choices. If you're having a buffet table, you may want to add some touches of color around the food. This could be single flowers, or colored confetti. Have fun with your bridal shower decorations. Keep to what you think the bride-to-be would like, and you can't go wrong. 
Sep
4
2014

How to Choose Your Diamond Wedding Ring

A favorite activity of everyone getting married is the incredible fun of going through a wedding ring selection process. But there are so many things to consider - and sometimes it can turn into a nightmare. I've got to be honest here, everybody secretly wants a monster stone in the most beautiful setting possible. Do most women get it? No, not really. A perfect, flawless 3K diamond (or bigger) isn't realistic for most. Getting married involves a lot more than a flash ring which is going to have to be paid for and, of course, the bigger it is, the longer it's going to take to pay for it. Like most young girls, you may have spent a lot of time dreaming of the perfect diamond wedding ring. Hopefully, you and your fiancé decided to shop for rings together, or you have informed him of what you like. You will wear the wedding ring for a significant amount of time and it only makes sense that it's something that you like. If your knowledge of diamond wedding rings is limited to size, it's a good idea that you obtain more information before you make your wedding ring selection. Consider some alternatives like "Loose or Set". When most people think of a diamond wedding ring, they often think of a stone that is already set or mounted. You can actually buy a diamond only and choose a setting later. Why would you do this? The cost. When you shop for loose diamonds you will notice that diamonds are available in various sizes and shapes, including oval, round, and marquise. Now let's say you are pretty much indifferent to the shape, but you might want to consider your hands. Certain styles complement certain types of hands. A good guide is to match the shape of the diamond to the hand. Do you have long, narrow fingers? Then an oval-shaped diamond or similar elongated style diamond for your wedding ring would probably work for you. Round diamonds usually are considered a good choice for most hands. Now, what about the setting. You really need to carefully consider the setting when shopping for a wedding ring. Should you choose platinum or yellow or white gold? Yellow gold is the setting that most people choose for their wedding ring. It is typically less expensive than platinum or white gold. But if you do choose a yellow gold wedding ring, be careful that you don't choose a higher quality just because you think it is better. As the quality of yellow gold goes up, the softer the metal becomes. A wedding ring set in 24k gold will be less resilient to scratches and more malleable than a ring that is set in 14k gold. Platinum is by far the most expensive and most durable of the trio. White gold is a good choice for a wedding ring setting if versatility is important to you. White gold tends to go with everything. White diamonds are by far the most popular. Did you know that you could buy a pink diamond? Diamonds are available in other colors, but these are typically more expensive. Second to the classic white diamond is the yellow diamond. When shopping for your wedding ring you will actually find more of these than any other color of diamond. OK, now the big one - consider the cost. Your budget probably carries the most weight in your wedding ring selection. A wedding ring featuring a diamond can cost as little as $100 and as much as $1,000,000. In general, the amount of money you can expect to pay for a diamond wedding ring will vary according to the type of stone and the setting. The more carats (that is the bigger the single diamond or the more smaller diamonds there are in total) a wedding ring has the more it will cost. Diamonds set in platinum will cost you the most. You can, however, spend much less on a wedding ring set in 14-carat gold. You can balance the cost by buying a wedding ring with a high number of carats and set in a less expensive setting. Ultimately, you have to carefully consider your budget and your future. There is no single answer that will suit everyone. Some have the enviable pleasure of being able to buy whatever combination they most desire. For most of us, however, we need to begin our married life by using smart and careful selection to make sure our diamond ring not only suits and satisfies us, but also doesn't stress our finances.  
Aug
30
2014

Bridal Shower Favors

Bridal shower favors are keepsakes from a special day. Though not necessary, they are always well received. Most people keep items like this forever. So, give your bridal shower favor some extra thought. Looking to your theme is a great place to start. If you brainstorm with others, you'll be surprised at some of the creative ideas you'll achieve. Of course, there are plenty of choices both online and in stores, to choose from. If you haven't looked at bridal shower favors before, you'll be amazed at the selection. Here are some bridal shower favor ideas: • Candles: votive, jar or floating candles come in a variety of colors and scents. These are both economical and well liked. • Personalized: anything you can put a label on, can be personalized. You may even know how to do this on your computer. Some of the items used are mint tins, individual coffee packs, and single serving cookies. • Magnets are a great idea. Use a picture of the couple, the simply the bridal shower info, or a theme-related saying • Personalized candy bars: Who doesn't like chocolate? Wrapers are made with a theme related picture, and the date. • Fancy guests soaps • Lotion or perfume • A small potted plant  Choose your bridal shower favors carefully. They will probably be kept for years to come. 
Aug
4
2014

Signature Fragrance For Men

Yes, fragrance in this modern era is no longer seen as purely a women's domain. Modern men also want to experience the sensuality of their own signature fragrance whether it be simply an aftershave, cologne or other fragranced body products. And, when the combination of products of the same fragrance, eg the "layering effect" is used , the characteristic fragrance that becomes individual to each wearer is enhanced and prolonged.. How? Well the multitude of ingredients that make up each fragrance reacts with each individual's body chemistry causing it to smell differently on each individual. That's why its important to know a person's preference when buying fragranced products as a gift. Your favorite may smell fantastic on you or someone you know, but be totally wrong for someone else. So before buying gifts of fragrance products, get to know the person and the fragrance family that best suits their body type. As a rule of thumb, most men prefer musky or sporty scents. Those with a more olive complexion react better to the heavier, exotic scents, while those with a lighter skin often go for the more sporty, lighter fragrance. Then the season of the year and the time of day affect the choice as well. Is it a romantic occasion, calling for a headier, musky , masculine scent? Or is it a cologne for business and office occasions? Winter tends to suggest heavier scents, while Summer is for the light, active sporty fragrances. Whatever scent is used, be sure it suits the wearer. Match the soap, deodorant, aftershave, shower gel and cologne for that sense of pure magic and masculinity. Create that aura of irresistibility.  
Jul
30
2014

Don't Let Bad Posture Ruin Your Wedding Day

There is nothing more disappointing than seeing a bride, a groom or any member of the wedding party, dolled up and gorgeous but for their slumped shoulders and a heavy tramp across the reception hall. We invest so much time, care and effort - not to mention money - in order to present our absolute best but too often the importance of body language isn't considered on the Wedding Day.  Don't be a victim of bad posture on your Wedding Day! Pay attention to your stance, stride and posture. The essential finishing touch to the perfect wedding dress or tux, makeup, hair, shoes and other nuptial details is tall, elegant posture and a confident walk.  Etiquette has relaxed dramatically over the years and we now enjoy the benefits of more casual society. We dress up less often and are less conscious of our presentation and how we express ourselves through that presentation. We've done away with Finishing School and much of the rigid training once common to a child's upbringing.  But your Wedding Day is NOT a normal day; it's one of THE most special days of your life. Now is the time to consider the value of classic Wedding Traditions. Instead of opening and shining outwards, bad posture will close off your energy and spoil the effects of your wedding attire.  Adjusting your posture is something that must be practiced prior to Wedding Day. Without conditioning you're sure to revert to bad posture habits and spoil the effect of your wedding gown or tux. To improve your posture: 1. Hold your head high, feel the length of your neck, extend from the base of your spine to a point on top of your head that stretches to the ceiling. 2. Roll your shoulder blades towards each other and feel proud! 3. Use your abdominal muscles to lift your rib cage which will help to tuck in your tummy while expressing the confidence that you deserve to feel. Just as important as posture is your Walk. If you're going to dress the dress you'd better also be prepared to walk the walk. Prior to the wedding, plan to practice walking in your Wedding Shoes every day for at least 2 weeks. Walking is not only about moving from point A to point B. It's an opportunity for elegance and grace. Don't leave yourself any room to falter. Practice and care does make perfect. Try your advance not only in small spaces but also across longer stretches of floor. On Wedding Day all eyes will be on you and you'll feel the consciousness of performing and being on display. The Wedding Reception is like a stage where the bride and groom are the leading performers. It's essential to be rehearsed and prepared right down to the heel toe of your stride.  On Wedding Day, walking is a kind of parade, an elegant promenade that should be light and elegant, giving you a chance to display and enjoy the flow of your dress and the fairy tale grace of a special day.  It's understandable that on their Wedding day the bride and groom can be full of nerves. Spare yourself any awkward moments so that you can look and feel your absolute best. By rehearsing your walk and conditioning your posture you'll be able to relax and enjoy share the magic of your special day.  

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