Monday, October 29, 2012

A Classic Bride

Here is one of our beautiful brides. We did hair and makeup for this bride, her mother and her bridal party at her home. She wanted a classic bridal look. Her hair was done in a classic french twist and a beautiful long veil was attached.
classic bridal makeup
makeup by Jill,  hair by Cathy

I did her eyes in soft peaches and shades of brown. Strip lashes added to her classic look. Her cheeks were rosy and luminous. Her lips, a mocha rose. She looked absolutely magnificent!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Banana Peel Tooth Whitener!

As I was browsing through my news feed on facebook, I spotted a post about whitening your teeth by rubbing then with a banana peel. Does this work? I don't know! I did run out and buy some bananas to try it, though. Here is what you do: 

Use a ripe banana.

Use the inside of the banana peel to rub on your teeth for 2 minutes. 

The minerals in the peel, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, are said to absorb into the teeth whiten them! 

Do this twice a day.

I did it once so far. Didn't see much difference after the one time. I'm going try the twice a day and see what happens!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Does Vitamin E cause cancer?

Like soy, there is a bit of controversy about another nutritional item, vitamin E. I always thought E was a beneficial cancer fighting antioxidant vitamin but, studies have shown vitamin E  that it both promotes and prevents cancer. According to researchers at Rudgers, natural sources of vitamin E are beneficial cancer fighters not the synthetic vitamin form. The supplements actually compete with the natural E and cancel out the benefit increasing cancer risk. Ditch the pills and eat lots of vitamin E food sources.

Foods High in Vitamin E

Nuts: Almonds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Pine Nuts and Nut Butters

Seeds: Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Flaxseeds

Vegetable Oils: Soybean, Sunflower, Safflower, Olive, Cottonseed and Corn (Cooking the oils destroys some of the E)

Vegetables: Avocado, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Asparagus, Leafy Greens including Spinach, Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens and Kale, Green Olives and Taro Root

Fruits: Kiwi, Mango, Papaya, Dried Apricots and Tomatoes

Herbs and Spices: (I didn't know!) Paprika, Red Chili Powder, Parsley, Basil and Oregano

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Friday, October 19, 2012

What is Toasted-skin Syndrome?

Be careful how you use your laptop. You could get "toasted-skin syndrome"! People who place their laptops directly on the lap have developed a brown, mottled rash on their thighs. The heat from the computer actually causes an injury to the skin. Use a pillow or laptop case between the computer and your lap. The skin damage is temporary and will heal as long as the exposure is stopped.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Soy Protein Isolate: Processed Soy

I have always heard mixed things about soy. That it can prevent cancer or that it can increase the risk of cancer due to it's estrogen like plant chemicals. Being a vegetarian, I prefer to use soy milk instead of milk. I eat edamame and tofu. According to the American Cancer Society  "In laboratory studies, animal studies, and research looking at groups of people and what they eat, certain chemical components of soy have been linked to a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer. Randomized clinical trials are needed to understand how these findings apply to cancer prevention in humans. Most studies that have shown benefit have used whole soy protein rather than soy components and extracts."

This brings me to an interesting tidbit I read in Good Houskeeping's October issue regarding soy protein bars.  I know a lot of people eat them for the protein benefits . The soy in them is usually in the form of soy protein isolates. This is processed soy. It is a dry powder protein ingredient that has been separated from the other components of the soybean. This processed soy and has been shown to increase breast cancer growth in lab studies. The effect on humans is not known yet. Check the ingredient list on your protein bar for soy protein isolates. You may want to eat a bar that does not contain this ingredient to be on the safe side.