Beginner’s Guide to Applying Make-Up in Proper Order

For many women, make-up is a fun part of their everyday routine. Although it is not necessary to feel good about yourself, it can bring positive effect on how confident you feel with your look. So, if you are someone wanting to explore more on make-up, here’s a quick guide on the proper order of applying face products.

Hydration

For a make-up to look flawless, the application should start by prepping the skin. Never put on make-up without smothering on some moisturizer first. It is important to avoid having dry spots and getting those dry patches once the foundation has set. If you’re going out and about most of the time, look for lightweight moisturizer in serum or gel formula. If you intend to be in an air-conditioned room most of the day, pick a thicker moisturizing cream to lock in moisture all day long.

Base

Now that your skin is prepped, it’s time to pull out the make-up. Start with a thin layer of foundation. Then, apply concealer in areas where you have blemishes or want to hide something, such as pimple marks and dark undereye circle. Avoid concealers with yellow undertone, because they are too neutral to counteract redness and unevenness on your complexion. To help brighten the undereyes, opt for concealers with pink or peach undertones to hide bluish hue of undereye circles.

Eyes

After you’ve smooth out the base, it’s time to start painting some colors. The eyeshadow look you want to achieve depends on your personal preferences, but generally you can get away by enhancing the natural shadows of your eyelids. A wash of brown, matte eyeshadow over the lids will give your eyes a little depth and emphasis. Complete it with a simple winged liner and a coat of mascara on your lashes, and you’re good to go.

Sculpt and Define

Now, it’s time to shape the face. Since you just smooth your skin out and cancelled out your face’s natural color, bring back the warmth by applying some bronzer around the perimeters of the face. Apply bronzer from the sides of your cheeks (nearest the ear) and work your way up to the temples and forehead. Next, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks, blending it up towards the temples as well. Finally, put on some highlight with a small brush on the highest point of your cheekbones for a subtle glow.

Lips

The last step is adding a pop of color to your entire look by putting on lipstick. But before that, make sure to exfoliate your lips to remove roughness and any peeling. Apply a layer of lip liner all over your lips and then top it off with your choice of lipstick or lip gloss.

Voila! You can now do your make-up just like how the pros would. The important thing here is that you know the proper order to ensure your make-up won’t look sloppy and will last for hours.

What Are Milia and How to Remove Them

Have you seen small white bumps on your skin that do not look like pimples or warts? These might be milia, which are yellowish or white harmless cysts that are common in a lot of people. Most of those who have milia do not notice them because there are no alarming symptoms, however, they can become inflamed and might change someone’s appearance.

Causes and Types of Milia

Milia is formed when the dead skin cells are trapped under the upper layer of the skin. The dead skin cells are also called keratin, which is a protein naturally found in our skin and hair. These trapped debris can turn into cysts which appear as raised bumps that look like a small pimple.

Milia is also known by the names oil seed or milk spot, and often occur in clusters on the face. There are arguments that connect the formation of milia to sun damage or complications due to illness, which is why milia can be classified into six types depending on the age of the person and its probable cause.

Primary milia is characterized by the appearance of the cysts on the forehead, eyelids, cheeks, and genitals among children and adults. Even without treatment, this type of milia will eventually disappear. However, their cause is still unknown similar to neonatal milia.

Neonatal milia are common in infants. They disappear after a while even without treatment, but you should have your baby’s skin checked to rule out other conditions like baby acne.

Juvenile milia is classified as an inherited condition and may even begin as neonatal milia. In others, the cysts do not show up until the child is a bit older. This type of milia will disappear and reappear even without treatment.

Secondary milia is the result of damage to the skin, unlike primary milia which can appear for no reason. The cysts will appear usually after the skin has healed from a previous condition. Secondary milia can also come as a result of exposure to cosmetics.

Multiple eruptive milia appears as a cluster of cysts and are usually itchy. They can be mistaken for acne or other skin conditions because of their appearance, but you should be careful when using ointments or creams that might make the condition worse.

Milia en plaque is the rarest form of milia that appear on the eyelid, behind the ear, jaw, and cheeks of middle-aged women. It is not clear what causes this type of milia, but they do not usually lead to life-threatening issues.

Removal and Treatment of Milia

As long as the milia is not inflamed or infected, it is no cause for alarm. It can go away after a while but that does not guarantee they will reappear after a few months. However, if the milia becomes bothersome or has altered your appearance, you can have them removed by a dermatologist or an ophthalmologist (if they are found near the eyes).

There are many ways to do this safely including heat therapy, cryotherapy, chemical peels, and laser ablation. However, if the milia are found in sensitive areas like near the eyes, it is best to have them removed with a lancet or sterilized needle.

3 White Wine Recipes You Need to Try

You might have seen some professional chefs on television prepare food using white wine, but you don’t need to be a Michelin-star chef to pull off these three easy mouth-watering recipes.

Roasted Pacific Cod

Ingredients: 2 pounds Pacific cod (or halibut), ¾ cup dry white wine, lemon zest, ½ cup mixed olives, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, and kosher salt and pepper

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a pan, place the fish then add the wine, olives, and lemon zest. Drizzle with oil, peppers, and seasoning. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Chicken, Ham, and Leek Pie

Ingredients: 350 grams flour and 200 grams butter for pastry, 450 mL chicken stock, 3 skinned chicken breasts, 75 grams butter, 2 trimmed leeks, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 50 grams flour, 200 mL milk, 2 tablespoons white wine, 150 mL double cream, 150 grams carved ham, and sea salt flakes and black pepper

Preparation: Heat chicken pan then later add the chicken breast and simmer. Cover for 10 minutes then remove the meat and place the liquor in a separate container. Next, melt the butter then add leeks and garlic before stirring in the flour. Cook for 30 seconds before slowly pouring milk, stock, and white wine. Simmer for 3 minutes before seasoning. Remove from heat then stir in cream, cover the bowl and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 180°C and place baking tray. To create the pastry, place the flour and butter in a food processor. Pour in beaten egg and water to form a ball. Roll pastry on flour surface then place one half on the pie dish, then place the chicken breasts in the sauce along with the leeks and ham before pouring this mixture on the pie dish. Roll the other half on top before baking for 35 to 40 minutes.

Cream of Fennel Soup

Ingredients: 2 star anise, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ¼ cup canola oil, 1 clove, 4 bulbs trimmed and chopped fennel, 1 chopped leek, 2 cardamom pods, 1 cup dry white wine, 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock, ½ cup heavy cream, ¼ cup Pernod, kosher salt and white pepper

Preparation: In a saucepan, heat cardamom, star anise, coriander, and cloves for 3 minutes. Then place the spices in a cheesecloth. In a pan, add fennel, onion, and leek and cook for about 25 minutes before adding wine. Wait until half the wine has evaporated before adding the stock and spice package.

Boil the mixture before stirring in the vegetables. Cook for another 10 minutes before discarding the spices and pureeing the soup in a blender. In a saucepan, pour the soup, cream, Pernod, salt and white pepper to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Ways to Manage and Control Anger

All of us have something to get mad about and getting angry is clearly a natural emotion. But problems may arise if we don’t learn to control our anger. Losing to your feelings of anger can affect your relationship with others. Here, then, are ways to control your temper:

Know your triggers

Recognizing what things make you angry can help you learn to avoid them or confront them calmly. Try to think about the things that make you lose your temper. Once you’re able to do this, you can now try to avoid getting into these situations. Of course, you can’t really eliminate your anger completely. But you can make changes to your routine so that you won’t have to face the things that make you mad anymore.

Take a break

If you notice that you’re starting to lose your temper easily, it might be the result of too much pressure and stress. That is why it is important to take a break every once in a while. Any nature park in Singapore can be a good place to start, believe it or not. This is simply because they are, by nature, calm and serene places. You are allowed to breathe deeply and relax without worrying too much. This can also be helpful in instances where you’re beginning to lose your temper again. Instead of lashing out, try to imagine yourself in the nature park once again. Breathe deeply and relax.

Think happy thoughts

Because of negative thoughts, our problems can snowball into bigger ones that can also make us angrier. It is important to change the way you think about yourself or the people around you if the only things that come through your mind are negative thoughts.  For example, if you did something wrong for a big project, don’t say “It’s all over. This is your fault!” Instead say to yourself, “I made a mistake but surely there are ways to get over this.”

Engage in physical exercise

Doing physical exercise can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Exercise can help reduce blood pressure and can also help with breathing and cardiovascular health. All of these ties into reducing anger because you have a way to release pent-up stress. Boxing can be a great form of physical exercise when trying to manage anger because you have a channel for release (punching). Even a brisk walk for a few minutes can help you release some stress and tension.

Learn ways to cool down

Once you find yourself in the brink of lashing out, try your best to take a step back and calm yourself down. One good way to stop yourself is to count from one to ten really slowly. This is to allow your mind to catch up with your emotions. Another way is to take longer and deeper breaths. This is because when you get angry, you’re breathing tends to get faster. So slowing down your breathing can counteract the tension.

Improving Yourself by Improving the Company You Keep

Getting with the wrong kinds of friends is a tough situation for everybody. No matter how much we may enjoy and care about those people, they still have a negative influence on us. The thing is, everybody influences everyone they are around. We can’t help it. That’s just what we do. Influence is something we cannot stop once it is right there, the best way to stop influence is to stray away from it.

Control Yourself by Controlling Your Surrounding

It is definitely impossible not to be influenced by your surroundings. Your surroundings shape what you think, how you feel, and who you are. Although it is your choice how you react to certain situations, let’s all remember that there wouldn’t be those kinds of situations if you didn’t put yourself in that kind of environment in the first place. Prevention is better than cure.

There have been a lot of debates as to which is better and most people have answered prevention. We won’t enforce this perspective onto you, instead, we’ll let you think for yourself. The thing is, when someone you know has already experienced something and you know is bad, why would you have to experience it for yourself too? Why not learn from their experience? You don’t always have to commit the same mistakes as others do.

Your Friends Influence the Kind of Person You Are

Now, it may be hard to pinpoint which of your friends aren’t good for your wellbeing, but also keep in mind that you should put aside the emotional attachment for a bit. Think deeply on who is an actual good friend and who are those friends you should stay away from or minimize contact with. There are a lot of people who you may think are good friends but are the total opposite. Determine which friends are essential to your growth and spend more time with them.

After all, there’s a saying that goes “tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are”. Wait a minute! Does this mean we have to cut ties with those people who are still our friends but aren’t very good for us? Well, not necessarily. You’d just have to limit the influence they can have on you. If you are used to hanging around those people every single day, cut it down a bit and spend more time with healthy people.

Your Wellbeing is More Important Than Your Friends

No matter how much your friends may mean to you, at the end of the day, you also have to look after yourself. This may seem sad but think of the future with your family and kids. Life will revolve around your family and you have to make sure you are within the best circle of influence for them too.

4 Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Parents

No time to prepare fresh meals for dinner? Make your life easier with these make-ahead meals that can be stored in the fridge and will last for a few days.

Shakshuka

Ingredients: 6 eggs, 1 tablespoon oil, ½ cup onions, 1 cup red bell peppers, 3 cloves garlic, 5 chopped tomatoes, 1 teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon sea salt; ½ teaspoon each of dried oregano, thyme, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes; ¼ teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and onion powder, and 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400°F. on a skillet, heat oil, onions, bell peppers, and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes. Then add tomatoes and the spices. Simmer then stir for 6 minutes until the mixture thickens. Create six holes and crack eggs in each. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro then serve or store.

Fresh Spring Rolls

Ingredients: 20 pieces shrimp, ¼ cup fish sauce, 5 lettuce leaves, 1 cup uncooked vermicelli, 10 pieces round rice papers, and 1 cup each of Thai basil leaves, mint leaves, julienned carrots, and seeded julienned cucumber

Preparation: Boil shrimp for 3 minutes, then run under the cold water and pat-dry before removing the shells and tails. Place the lettuce on a plate while boiling water in a pot. Remove water from heat, add noodles, and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain and place noodles in a separate bowl. Place all the other ingredients in separate plates or bowls.

Dip a rice sheet into water, place on a plate, then add basil leaves, mint leaves, carrots and cucumber, noodles, lettuce, and shrimp. Fold and roll up. Do this for the other rice sheets, then serve with fish sauce.

Chicken and Potatoes with Mustard

Ingredients: 1 pound potatoes, 4 cups skinless chicken from rotisserie, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ bunch stemmed watercress, 2 tablespoons drained capers, and 6 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation: Boil potatoes in a saucepan with water and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes, drain, then set aside. In a bowl, whisk vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk away the oil until mixture becomes a vinaigrette. Cut the potatoes in half and combine with the chicken. Add vinaigrette and capes then toss before folding in the watercress.

Potato and Sausage Pockets

Ingredients: ½ pound sliced potatoes, ½ pound sliced mushrooms, 6 ounces cooked and sliced chicken sausages, 10 ounces chopped spinach, 4 ounces cheddar cheese, 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, 2 tablespoons olive oil, flour, black pepper and kosher salt

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss mushrooms, sausages, potatoes, oil, salt and pepper in a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Cool before transferring to a bowl and folding in the spinach and cheese. Divide the pizza dough into 6 pieces on a floured surface, then spoon the mixture in the dough. Fold to form a semicircle then seal. Place the dough in a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.