Its been awhile

Hello everyone,

Its been awhile since I posted something. I have been busy with work and other stuffs. And without forgetting, my laptop crushed 😣
Anyway I have downloaded wordpress on my phone, to give it a try untill I get back my laptop.
Have a Nice weekend y’all. 

5 Timeless Makeup Tricks Every Woman Should Master

It’s often in our rush and habitual formation of beauty rituals that we skip the very steps we need most, deeming them non-essential to our final face. However, there are certain tricks I believe every woman should know for creating refined, precise and lasting results built to stand the test of countless hours of wear and time. Without them, touch-ups may become more frequent, a less balanced look is achieved, and you are not placing your best face forward — bottom line.

Fads come and go, but there are some bankable beauty secrets every woman should master. Take your beauty regimen to a whole new level of refinement and precision with my timeless beauty checklist:

Brush Those Batting Beauties
Mascara evolves with new and different formulas. As you find your favorite brand, make sure your batting beauties are always clump-free. Even with the most technologically advanced wands and top tier formulas, there is room for perfection, so take charge on your end. Enlist a small clean mascara wand and comb through your lashes just before they dry. This will not alter the desired effect from your brand, but will help de-clump so you can flaunt full, luscious lashes. Others will beg to ask, “Are those lashes yours?” and you can coyly reply, “Well, of course!”

Compliments of Coral
This is the color that complements us all. My beautiful grandmother always used to sport her favorite coral shade and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite shades too. It is a warm, happy color that can enliven and brighten any complexion instantly. Coral is truly timeless, and it’s a color with a variety of shades that can transition for the more natural makeup-wearers to the more glamorous beauty seekers. Whether choosing a blush, lipstick, gloss or nail color, you can never go wrong with coral. It’s flexible too, offering fool-proof perfection for lips and nails.

My Lips Are Sealed
We all tend to have a slight redness that might creep around the corners of our mouth. When applying a natural lip balm or lipstick, as a last step, try defining the corners of your mouth with your matching shade of concealer. This helps to tackle any redness, as well as define the corners. It also creates a barrier to eliminate the color from traveling.

Frame Your Face
Eyes are the window to the soul, but I like refer to brows as the frame to your beauty. Nothing can awaken a face faster and even lift a tired eye than a manicured brow. Whether using a powder or eyebrow pencil, take notice of any areas that are slightly sparse or less evenly filled than other areas. I like to begin about 1/3 of the way in from your inner brow and gently fill while easing towards a taper, just beyond the arch. Select wisps of color can be added to augment your shape, creating a defined and groomed brow. I like to combine colors for a more natural fill that always creates an immaculately groomed brow. Try choosing a complimenting shade, as well as one that is slightly lighter than your natural brow color for the perfect fill. An optional — but great — last step is to apply a clear mascara to seal in your shape for lasting definition.

Perfectly Prime
The days of multi-step and multi-product beauty are long gone, but the tip to prime remains just as essential. Although now, it is executed with much more ease, especially with the introduction of CC creams. You can moisturize, protect, combat, diffuse, prime correct and cover — all with one product. Primer is essential for use before makeup application, and depending on its varying attributes, it allows for seamless application, it minimizes pores, and it prevents what I like to refer to as “the crease settle.”

Timeless beauty is not necessarily about the big things, but small steps that are the essential keys to perfection.

 

How to: Perfect Foundation Routine for Dry Skin

Tied of flakey, irritated skin? Change up your coverage routine and start having dewy skin every day!

If you have dry skin, you know how it is – foundation can glide over flakey patches and cover red, irritated skin. It can also settle into fine lines and make you look like a peeling statue. It all depends on your skin care routine and what type of products you use.

Dry skin isn’t something that you need to just live with forever. If you treat it properly, it will get better. Start a new routine now and see a transformation within the next few weeks.

#1: Prep your skin

Before you start sloshing on product, you need to prepare your skin. Use a gentle cleanser in the morning. After you wash your face, apply a moisturizer. Wait at least five minutes before you apply your foundation.

It is important to give the moisturizer some time to dry so that you aren’t just wiping it around your face. Let it sink into your skin for a few minutes before you do anything.

If you skin tends to get flakey midday, you probably have a buildup of dead skin. Try using an exfoliating scrub at least once a week. It’s important to clear away the dead layers of skin then moisturize the active skin daily.

#2: Start with primer

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If your skin is flakey, primer is incredible useful. It will create a strong protective barrier to help keep the moisture in and protect your skin from environmental stressors. There are a few foundations and BB creams that have primer mixed in but they won’t do the job as well.

The combo formulas can be great for everyday use but if you are dealing with a flakey patch, you will need a separate primer. There are primers specifically designed for dry skin so do a bit of searching to find the right one for you.

#3: Be careful with powder

Liquid foundation will work for dry skin much better than powder. It will glide over dry spots rather than settle into them like a powder can do. The one time that you can use a powder on dry skin is to set the foundation.

Give the liquid foundation a few minutes to dry then gently brush on a thin layer of translucent powder.

Be sure to use a good quality brush. Sponges and the small brushes that typically come with powder won’t give you even coverage.

#4: Use a foundation brush

Applying liquid foundation with your fingertips can cause more flaking so stick with a brush. Use a very gentle touch and go in a downward motion as you put it on.

If your skin is irritated and dry, the last thing that you want to do is irritate it more. When you are applying it, remember that less is definitely more when it comes to cream. If you apply too much, it will start to get cakey and settle into patches.

#5: Choose foundation wisely

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High definition foundations can a godsend for every skin type, especially people who are dealing with dry patches. It isn’t just marketing hype. There is a real difference between your standard foundations and those that are true high definition.

By adding micro beads of silicone and mica, high definition foundations cause light to bounce off of your skin. The diffusion of light is going to cover up any kind of skin imperfection from dryness to wrinkles to redness.

Avoid oil-free foundation. Don’t worry about breakouts that can be caused by oil. You are actually more likely to breakout if your skin is overly dry. It is fine to use the oil-free formulas on days when your skin is feeling hydrated but avoid it when your skin has dry batches.

Combination skin can definitely be tricky. Rather than trying to find something that works for every bit of your face, use multiple foundations.

If you are prone to dry spots in particular areas, treat them differently. Use extra moisturizer in these places and hydrating foundation then stick with oil-free products on the rest of your face.

#6: Highlight you assets

Fake a dewy glow with highlighter. After you get a thin layer of foundation on and let it dry, add a highlighter. Dab it on over your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and across your forehead. Only use a tiny bit on then blend well.

Carry a small bottle of hydrating toner with you throughout the day. A quick mist will be energizing and give your skin a glowing boost.

Thai Food Recipes: 10 Mouth-Watering Foods to Try

Thai food is not just about the wonderful blend of fragrances, spices and fresh ingredients. Check out these 10 delicious thai food recipes.

Thai food is a very unique cuisine that is not comparable with others. It can be spicy, chilli-hot, or acidic. Each dish carries its signature flavour.
The Thai pride themselves for having a cuisine that harmoniously combines both old Eastern and Western influences. Long ago, Thai food mainly used aquatic animals, plants, and herbs as ingredients, and the traditional cooking methods were stewing and baking.
When the Chinese started migrating to Thailand, stir-frying and deep-frying methods were adopted. Later, in the 17th century, Thai food evolved as it was slowly influenced by cooking styles brought in by the influx of traders or migrants from Portugal, Holland, Japan and France.
Believe it or not, chilli was not a traditional ingredient. It was only in the 1600s that it was first introduced by the Portuguese missionaries, who acquired a taste for it in Latin America and brought it with them to South East Asia.
So, what makes it so healthy? Many of the spices and herbs in Thai ingredients have medicinal values. Here are 10 mouth-watering and healthy Thai food recipes and foods you should try:

#1 Spicy Papaya Salad

Spicy Papaya Salad
Also known as “som tam,” this is one of my favorite appetizers. It’s a salad made with unripe papayas and chopped chillis dressed with lime juice and fish sauce. Some versions include roasted peanuts and dried shrimp, both of which complement this salad very well. This dish originated from the north-eastern countryside of Thailand, but it is now easily in found in restaurants around the country.
Green papaya is packed with vitamins and enzymes. The enzymes work as a replacement for stomach acid, which is vital to the digestive process. As a result, as an appetizer, this salad helps to prepare your stomach to digest the dishes that follow.
If you want to try making it, here is a simple recipe that serves 4. You will need:
  • 1 small, green/unripe papaya
  • ½ cup of roasted peanuts (or cashews)
  • 1 red chilli, sliced with the seeds removed
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tsp of liquid honey
Optional ingredients:
  • 1 cup baby shrimp, cooked
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
  • 1 cup tofu, cubed and fried
Peel the papaya, slice it in half, and spoon out the seeds until clean. Next, grate the green papaya (not too fine) and place the grated papaya into a salad bowl. For the dressing, mix the olive oil, fish sauce, lime juice, and liquid honey together. Pour the dressing over the grated papaya and toss well. Add the sliced red chilli and fresh basil and toss again. Sprinkle the roasted peanuts/cashews on top before serving.

#2 Versatile Red Curry Paste

This paste is not for the faint-hearted. It is not just the chillis that sound threatening, but the myriad of flavour-filled herbs and spices that go into it. Also called “prik gaeng ped,” this curry paste is used as a basic ingredient for many Thai dishes. It can be used in soups, curries, and stir-fries.
I like to make mine based on Mark Wiens’s recipe as the amount of spices and herbs that he uses are perfectly suited to my taste buds. Here are the ingredients for his recipe:
  • 8 dry red spur chillis
  • 3 tsp of white pepper corns
  • ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • ½ tsp of coriander powder
  • 10-15 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander roots
  • 1 tbsp of lemongrass, sliced
  • 3-5 shallots
  • 1 tbsp of galangal, sliced
  • rinds of ½ kaffir lime
  • ½ tsp of shrimp paste
  • ½ tsp of salt
#3 Chicken Fried with Red Curry Paste
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The Thai call this “gai pad prik.” It’s a dish that is considered to be street food. This dish is definitely not as mild as the salad, as it is prepared using the red curry paste listed above. Be warned: On a scale of 1 – 10, this would be an 8 or 9.
Here is Mark Wiens’s step-by-step video to show you how to prepare this mouth-watering dish.

#4 Tom Yam

Ahh, just the thought of this makes my mouth water. The English call this “sour Thai soup.” Tom yam kung, or tom yam goong, is the version that contains prawns and straw mushroom. This soup is so appetizing that you just can’t stop eating it despite your eyes tearing and your nose running.
The basic ingredients of this soup are similar to those of the red curry paste. The taste is mostly derived from a combination of the flavors from lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, and fish sauce. This soup is very healthy because it does not involve any frying. The ingredients are boiled in the soup, so all their healthy goodness is absorbed into the soup.
Some people have it as a starter to kick-start an awesome Thai meal. In my country, this is served as a main dish with fragrant steamed white rice as a side dish.
I have read that this soup can help to reduce the risk of cancer. Studies have shown that the Thai seem to suffer less from digestive tract cancers compared to other nationalities. Researchers believe that this is due to the ingredients used in tom yam, which inhibit cancerous tumor growth more effectively than other foods.

#5 Pad Thai

I’m sure that this dish does not need any introduction. I’ve never come across a Thai restaurant that does not serve this.
A one-dish-meal, pad thai’s main ingredient, the flat-noodles, are made from rice, which contains lower carbs than flour-based noodles. Other typical ingredients are onions, green onions, bean sprouts, and fried tofu seasoned with fish sauce during the stir-frying process. Some versions might be on the sweeter side as the chef might add sugar. Crushed peanuts are used to garnish the dish before serving.
I like to squeeze some lime juice over it, and then mix it well before digging in. The tangy taste works very well with it.

#6 Laap or Larp

Thai Laap
This is a refreshing meat salad that has Laotian origins. The Thai in the northern regions usually use either pork or chicken, which is seasoned with spices like cumin, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and ground dried chillis. Apparently, this dish can be eaten raw, but I have never tried this version.

#7 Green Curry

Another one of my favorite dishes, this herbal yet spicy hot curry is like no other curry. This is due to the combination of herbs used in the green curry paste, balanced with the taste of fresh coconut milk.
In most Thai restaurants, chicken is the meat ingredient of the green curry dish. However, I find that fish or seafood work very well with green curry, too.
In the video link below, Greg cooks up a green curry dish with beef. His recipe is very easy to follow, which is why I’d like to share it with you.
Tip: For an extra refreshing flavor, you might want to add fresh Thai basil leaves as a garnish before serving.

#8 Water Morning Glory

We’re not talking about the purple flower. This is a leafy plant with hollow green stems and delicate leaves that is semi-aquatic and can be found all across South-East Asia. It is called “pak boong” in Thai, and is sometimes referred to as water spinach.
This vegetable is usually stir-fried with garlic, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, or red chilli paste. It’s easy to eat, and some studies have found that it can help in lowering blood sugar levels.

#9 Thai Fried Rice or Khao Phat

Khao Phat
This unpretentious rice dish is typically eaten as a one-dish lunch. It consists of Thai rice fried with eggs, onions, and some herbs. Some fancy restaurants might add crab meat or prawns.
Some people like to have this dish as a side dish with other Thai curry dishes. Personally, I like it served with the stir-fried water morning glory with chilli and shrimp paste.

#10 Mango Rice Pudding

Last but not least, I must mention this heavenly Thai dessert. The rice pudding is made of glutinous (sticky) rice cooked with sweetened coconut milk. It is then served at room temperature or chilled with ripe mango.
So, has your mouth started watering yet?
I hope you enjoy this list of introductory Thai food recipes – especially if you’re new to this cuisine. If it gets too spicy hot, a good tip is to have a glass of cold milk handy as this will neutralize the burn of the spices. Good luck and enjoy.

Happy New Month Everyone

As this new month of November 2015 begins, here are our wishes for you: May this month bring you satisfaction, peace and joy. May all the desires of your heart be granted. May this be the beginning of new things in your life. Stay strong, be positive and fulfill your dreams Happy new month friends!

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