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3 Myths About Waxing You Need To Stop Believing

The idea of applying wax on your skin and then yanking it out to get rid of unwanted hair might sound daunting and even painful, but it’s actually no big deal. Let us help you get the facts right, allay any fears you may have and send you on the road to silky smooth skin (because it’s going to be worth it)!

Myth: It pulls the skin and causes wrinkles
Fact:
 When wax is pulled off, your skin should be firmly held taut for effective hair removal, and not involve any pulling or stretching. Beeswax treatments glides smoothly onto your skin and shrink-wraps around the hair as it cools down, further minimising any tugging on the skin and quickening the process.

waxing_0Myth: I can’t wax if I have sensitive skin
Fact:
 You can wax, but choose a treatment suitable for sensitive skin, such as one that uses beeswax as its key component. Beeswax is popular as a skin-conditioning agent with moisturising properties, so you will walk out with silky smooth skin after!

Myth: It’s excruciatingly painful
Fact:
 We’re not going to lie; yes, it can be painful especially if you’re a first-timer or getting hair removed above the lip and at the bikini line. However, some women feel that it is more comfortable than tweezing or threading. Give arm or leg waxing a go if it’s your first time.

Get Rid of Toxins to Reduce Risk of Stroke

This information has been provided by Al Sears, MD and Doctor’s House Call. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription, visit alsearsmd.com.

Effects of Toxins

I’ve been warning you about the toxins in our environment for years.

They cause inflammation

They make you gain weight…

They cause you to feel fatigued…

Our exposure to them starts before we’re even born.

One study found 287 chemicals and toxins in the blood of newborn babies.1 It’s shocking.

What is in the air we breathe?

We breathe in toxins and air pollutants every day. Carbon dioxide, lead, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter (PM).

Causes of Stroke

Now, a new study reveals that air pollution is responsible for as many as one-third of all strokes.2 That’s because it contributes to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, which can lead to stroke.

hypertension

Another study looked at the effects of air pollution on heart disease. Six hundred thousand people were exposed to higher levels of PM for three months. Doctors then looked at blood samples from them. They found the people had increased blood sugar, triglyceride levels, and other factors that raise heart disease risk.3

They also had lower levels of HDL cholesterol. And HDL is important for protecting your heart.

Seems to me like air pollution is creating a booming business for Big Pharma and mainstream medicine.

Once you have symptoms of heart disease or if you’ve had a stroke, they have a pill for you!

stroke-symptoms

For stroke victims, your doctor might put you on a blood-thinning drug like warfarin. But studies prove that warfarin actually increases your risk of stroke.

brain-stroke

And if you have heart disease, your doctor has a lot of different kinds of drugs to choose from. Beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, statins…

Effects of Prescription Drugs

But look at what these drugs actually do…

  • Beta-blockers decrease your cardiac output by blocking hormones that allow your heart to beat faster and harder
  • ACE inhibitors make you tired, weak and short of breath
  • Statins deplete your heart’s cellular energy and steal its power to pump

Naturally Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

There are a lot of safe, natural ways to reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke. You can do this through proper nutrition, exercise and supplements that support a healthy heart.

How to Rid Your Body of Toxins

But if you want to get rid of the dangerous toxins in your body, your best bet is chelation therapy.

I recommend both IV chelation and oral chelation for my patients.

Chelation is the best way to detoxify your body.

chelation-therapy

What is chelation?

Chelation therapy is a treatment used to remove heavy metals from the blood.

The word “chelate” comes from the Greek word that means “claw.” And that’s what chelation does. The toxins are “clawed” painlessly out of your body.

How does chelation work?

At my clinic, I use calcium disodium EDTA for IV chelation. EDTA is a synthetic amino acid used to reverse heavy metal poisoning. The EDTA grabs hold of toxins while they’re in your bloodstream and carries them out through your kidneys.

You can also do oral chelation at home with an agent called DMSA. It comes in pill form.

First, you’ll be tested to see what heavy metals are in your system. Then you’ll be given a prescription for DMSA. Your exact dosage will be based on your weight, and will usually be administered over the course of several months.

Detox Your Body With Herbs

Call the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine at 561-784-7852 to schedule IV chelation or to arrange to do oral chelation at home — no matter where you live.

No matter which form of chelation you choose to do, here are some herbs that are natural detoxifiers. A few I recommend to my patients undergoing chelation are:

  1. Barley leaf. The leaf of the barley plant (not the grain) has amino acids that bind to toxins like chemicals and heavy metals. They then pull them out of your body. I suggest mixing 1-2 teaspoons of barley grass powder into your favorite juice or your morning smoothie.

barley-leaf

  1. Blue-green algae. A blue-green algae called spirulina helps detoxify the blood and maintain energy levels. It also helps improve circulation and maintain healthy blood pressure. Spirulina is usually sold as 500 mg tablets. I recommend 4-6 tablets spread throughout the day.

blue-green-algae

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Al Sears, MD, CNS


1. “Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns,” The Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005
2. The Lancet. “For the first time, air pollution emerges as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 June 2016
3. Sade M.Y., Kloog I., Liberty I.F., Schwartz J., Novack, F. “The Association Between Air Pollution Exposure and Glucose and Lipids Levels,” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2016; jc.2016-1378

Why is the butterfly pea flower effective?

This information has been provided by Al Sears, MD and Doctor’s House Call. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription, visit alsearsmd.com.

 

If you have been following my story, you know I love traveling. One reason is I love to explore.

bali

Another reason?

I love to eat!

One of the great things about traveling the world is getting to sample the local cuisine. When I was living with the Guarani tribe in Peru, I drank beer made of yucca root that the native women spit into the ground and let ferment. I ate raw worms and grubs.

I’ve eaten the “Food of the Gods” in the Amazon. An incredible fruit called cupuaçu that tastes like a heavenly blend of chocolate and vanilla.

I’ve sampled so many unusual foods that it’s hard to surprise me. But that’s exactly what happened in Bali when I was served “blue rice” topped with coconut for dessert.

jasmine-rice-butterfly-pea

It was so bright and vivid I thought it had to be food coloring. And it was.

Sort of.

The brilliant blue color came from the butterfly pea plant. The flowers of the butterfly pea are the most spectacular of all the flowers in Bali. And that’s no small feat!

butterfly-pea-flower

My friend Lelir, a “Balian” known as a local healer on the island of Bali, grows her favorite flower in her own garden.

But as I learned from my friends Westi and Lelir, the butterfly pea plant is beloved in Bali for much more than its beauty.

The Balinese call it “Bunga telang.” It comes from the Indonesian words meaning having clear vision. Traditional herbalists on Bali use the roots to cure eye ailments and the flowers to cure eye infections like conjunctivitis, or “pink eye.”

conjunctivitis

But that’s just the beginning. Bunga telang is a medicinal mainstay in Balinese culture. I was amazed when Lelir told me about all the different ways the Balinese use it. So I decided to do some research of my own.

And what I found only added to my amazement. I included the butterfly pea in my book Healing Herbs of Bali, but the truth is I could have written an entire book just on this one plant!

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Why is the butterfly pea effective?

Butterfly pea is one of the few plants that has cyclotides in it. These are peptides that have antitumor properties and cause cancer cell death because they can penetrate the cancer cell membrane.

A recent study in China found butterfly pea to be very effective against certain lung cancer cell lines.1 Other studies have shown that a powder made from the ground-up leaves of the butterfly pea can enhance memory and brain power. 2

enhance-memory-brain-power

A team of researchers in India found that butterfly pea increases the levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.3 Acetylcholine is important for communication in your brain. And it’s one of the brain chemicals that decreases the most as you age.

acetylcholine-pathway

How does the butterfly pea improve your thinking?

The less of it you have, the slower the messages will travel in your brain. They might even break down and stop traveling altogether.

Low acetylcholine levels can cause loss of memory and coordination as you get older. Butterfly pea improves your thinking and balance naturally because it reverses this process.

Effects of butterfly pea

Here are just a few of the other healing properties of the butterfly pea plant:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-asthmatic
  • Pain relieving

It’s like a full-stop natural drugstore in one gorgeous little plant.

Growing the butterfly pea

Butterfly pea can grow year-round in the warmer parts of the U.S., like where I live in South Florida. But because it’s such a fast grower, many people in colder climates plant it as an annual in the warm summer months. It makes a nice, quick covering for a lattice, trellis or chain-link fence.

If you grow butterfly pea in your garden, you can dry the flowers yourself and store them for future use. You can also order dried butterfly pea flowers online.

How to use butterfly pea flower

There are so many ways to get the healing power of the butterfly pea plant. You can add the petals to a salad or brew a beautiful blue tea. Here’s how I do it:

butterfly-pea-tea

How to make butterfly pea flower tea

  1. Steep about a dozen butterfly pea flowers in hot water until the flowers turn pale. About 10 minutes. The water will turn a bright blue.
  2. Strain the liquid and discard the flowers.
  3. Add honey to taste.

It’s great served warm, but I like it best over ice.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Al Sears, MD, CNS


1. Sen Z, Zhan X, Jing J, Yi Z, Wanqi Z. “Chemosensitizing activities of cyclotides from Clitoria ternatea in paclitaxel-resistant lung cancer cells.” Oncol Lett. 2013;5(2):641-644.
2. Jain N, Ohal C, Shroff S, Bhutada R, Somani R, Kasture V, Kasture S. “Clitoria ternatea and the CNS.” Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2003;75(3):529-36.
3. Rai K, Murthy K, Karanth K, Nalini K, Rao M, Srinivasan K. “Clitoria ternatea root extract enhances acetylcholine content in rat hippocampus.” Fitoterapia. 2002;73(7-8):685-9.

Building Your Dream Body

This information has been provided by Al Sears, MD and Doctor’s House Call. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription, visit alsearsmd.com.

 

Health Alert 18

Today is the first in a series of letters designed to teach you what I know about transforming your body into a healthier and more attractive shape.

You probably have a certain image of yourself you would like to attain. You would like to transform your physique. Perhaps it’s a masculine chest and arms, perhaps shapely hips. If you’re like most of my patients, you would like a trimmer waist. It’s what gives men that V-taper we associate with manly health and vitality. And it gives women the ultimate in sexy figures, that hourglass shape.

We all know we look better when we have a lean waist but don’t let anyone tell you that leanness is an issue of vanity. Quite to the contrary, it is probably the biggest single predictor of good health I can assess in my patients.

And that’s exactly what I do. We measure the leanness of all new patients. It’s non-invasive, fast and inexpensive. The information is very valuable. I really don’t understand why physicians don’t do it. But you can do it yourself.

All science starts with measurement. If we want to be scientific about changing your body, we have to accurately measure what we are striving to change.

* What You Should Measure *

There are several ways you can measure your leanness. The best is by measuring your body composition. The easiest way to do this is with skin calipers. You can get them at exercise equipment stores or you can order them online at (www.bodytrends.com). They come with simple instruction manuals. They really are quite easy to use.

Another method is to measure your waist and hip girths. Simply wrap a tape measure around your waist at your navel and record the number in inches. Next measure the circumference around your hips at their widest point.

Another even easier way is to grab your skin between your finger and thumb just to the side of your navel and measure the thickness of the skin fold.

* What You Should Do with Your Measurement *

Now that you have your measurement, you need to know what it means. Here is a general overview for each technique.

Body composition for men should be 10-20 % fat and for women 15-25% fat.

Waist girth should be less than your hip girth for both men and women. Even better is a waist girth 1 inch or more smaller than hips for men and 3 inches or more for women.

Lastly, when you pinch your skin beside your navel it should measure less than 1 inch in both men and women.

If you passed the test for leanness, congratulations! If you didn’t, record the measurements with today’s date and commit to changing it. With the right tools, it may be easier than you think.

Next time, we will talk about the second step toward building your dream body.

Al Sears, MD

Who’s Health Is It?

This information has been provided by Al Sears, MD and Doctor’s House Call. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription, visit alsearsmd.com.

 

No one cares about your health and the health of your loved ones more than you do. We at the Wellness Research Foundation believe that the best way to ensure quality in healthcare is to allow you to be in control. We believe you have an inherent right to decide on quality, expertise, respect and alternative treatments for your own health.

Unfortunately, the modern medical system all too often robs you of this natural right. Drug company marketing incentives directly conflict with your need for honest information. Hospitals and insurance companies make decisions concerning your health care options without your consent. Your own doctor has seen his authority eroded, and worse, has become increasingly dependent on medical information biased by economic influences beyond his control.

John Stewart Mill said, “A man’s (or woman’s) autonomy over his (or her) own body is absolute.” We are committed to joining you in reclaiming this right as we proclaim the following principles.

Your Health Emancipation Proclamation

1) You should be free to choose, according to your own standards.

2) You must have absolute “veto power” over any medical treatment option.

3) You should have access to medical research done by independent companies who will not benefit financially from the results.

4) You should be informed of potential side effects of any treatment option proposed.

5) You should have public education programs focused on wellness.

6) You should have equal and uncensored access to natural alternatives to conventional medical procedures and treatments.

To support you as a partner in these collaborate efforts, the WELLNESS RESEARCH FOUNDATION proclaims our commitment to provide research, education, publishing and an unbiased wellness information forum.

The Wellness Research Foundation Promises To:

Conduct new research to determine the effectiveness of more natural treatments.

  • Collate neglected international research data for a broader base of options.
  • Develop and support not-for-profit wellness programs.
  • Hold public seminars to disseminate health improvement strategies.
  • Cooperate with public institutions to share wellness findings.
  • Publish original, primary research articles.
  • Publish not-for-profit books, pamphlets, and reports on wellness and disease.
  • Provide a monthly wellness letter.
  • Discuss representative health concerns of all ages and groups.
  • Provide a medium for the developing, expressing and interacting of diverse views.

Proclaimed by the Board of Directors of the WELLNESS RESEARCH FOUNDATION.

Holiday Beauty and Grooming Gift For him


Your man should have an established daily hygiene routine that keeps his skin fresh, his beard in style and his body smelling good. Treat him with a practical gift with a personal and pampering touch that he’ll enjoy for the everyday and extraordinary!

Rev him up to face every day with this collection of classic Kiehl’s formulas for men featuring limited-edition packaging by designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.

kiehls Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling SetKiehl’s Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling Set($59, kiehls.com)

The perfect gift for any man, The Jack Pack set contains a bounty of Jack Black customer favorites to leave skin healthy, hydrated and protected so you look and feel your best.

Jack Black The Jack Pack Set Limited EditionJack Black The Jack Pack Set Limited Edition, ($49,nordstrom.com)

A limited-edition set featuring a LUNA™ for Men, a gel cleanser, and Proraso shaving and grooming products to provide a luxurious skincare and grooming experience.

Foreo LUNA™ for Men Ultimate Grooming Collection with PRORASOForeo LUNA™ for Men Ultimate Grooming Collection with PRORASO, ($199, sephora.com)

The Full Size Kit includes all four elements of The Perfect Shave®, Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, a Shaving Brush, and our After-Shave Balm. The combination of these quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories, and expert shaving technique provides optimal closeness while helping ward against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts, while leaving behind a soft and smooth face.

theartofshavingThe Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ – Unscented Full Size, ($120, theartofshaving.com)

The pure, clean floral woodiness of Lacoste’s White Edition wraps the skin in a clean, crisp, fresh scent that makes you feel elegantly audacious, light, and cool. The bottle echoes the timeless simplicity and understated sophistication of the Lacoste polo shirt itself—and the elegant audaciousness of the fragrance inside.

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White Gift SetLacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White Gift Set, ($75, sephora.com)

Designed specifically for men’s skin, MAX LS by Lab Series Skincare for Men is a premium anti-aging skincare regimen. The products help maximize skin’s performance with advanced technology that promotes natural cellular repair and delivers both immediate and long-term benefits, for younger-looking skin.

Lab Series Skincare for Men 'MAX LS' Deluxe SetLab Series Skincare for Men ‘MAX LS’ Deluxe Set, ($120, nordstrom.com)

Wake up winter showers and deeply cleanse your skin with this limited-edition set for him by MOLTON BROWN London. Dynamic, hearty and invigorating.

MOLTON BROWN LondonMOLTON BROWN London ‘Signature Washes for Him’ Set, (£45.00,johnlewis.com)

Customised formulas meet the daily needs of his skin. It’s the science behind smooth, comfortable, revitalized skin.

Clinique-For-Men-Essentials-KitClinique For Men Essentials Kit, (£30.00, boots.com)

This Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Pure Badger and Shaving Cream Bowl Set is the perfect package for the discerning gentleman. Formulated without any parabens making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this set contains a handmade pure badger shaving brush, which helps to produce a really creamy lather that lifts the hairs from the face, and a bowl of luxury shaving cream from the Jermyn Street range.

Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Badger Shaving Brush SetTaylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Badger Shaving Brush Set, ($55, mankind.co.uk)

A seductive fragrance for men, Armani Code is a sexy blend of fresh lemon and bergamot softened with hints of orange tree blossom and warmed with soothing guaiac wood and tonka bean.

3614271202000_Code-Men-Gift-Set_01Giorgio Armani Armani Code Gift Set($84, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)



Fragrance Gifts For Her


A recent survey from the consumer market research shows that fragrance ranks in the top 5 on holiday shopping lists. Perfume is a highly individualised gift. Choosing one to give someone as a gift can be tough. There are few things to take into consideration when choosing the right fragrance for our beloved.

Consider the Purpose – When will it be worn? Lighter scents are usually worn during daytime, while more intense ones are used for the evening.
Consider Personality Style – Women who love floral perfumes are quite “girly” in their tastes. According to the stereotypes, they are sweet, shy and very feminine. Give a floral perfume to this kind of girl and she’ll love it for sure.On the other hand, fruity scents are perhaps a little “wilder” or young-at-heart. This target is often a sporty, outgoing person. They are good fun and have a sense of humor.
Consider the Perfume’s Image – Fragance should match the image to that individual.

dior miss diorDior Miss Dior Gift Set($112)
Notes: Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli Essence.
Style: Pure. Precious. Elegant.

Michael KorsMichael Kors Glam Jasmine Gift Set, ($112)
Notes: Cassis, Jasmine, Sandalwood.
Style: Feminine. Floral. Head-turning.

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Set, ($120)
Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
Style: Oriental. Gourmand. Floral.

Versace

Versace Eros Pour Femme Gift Set, ($92)
Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Calabrian Bergamot, Pomegranate, Lemon Flower, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine infusion, Peony, Sandlewood, Ambrox, Musks, Sensual Wood.
Style: Vibrant. Feminine. Enchanting.

Prada Candy

PRADA Candy Eau de Parfum Deluxe Gift Set($120)
Notes: Caramel, Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin.
Style: Carefree. Sophisticated. Sensual.

Chloé

Chloé Chloé Love Story Set, ($120)
Notes: Orange Blossom Oil, Stephanotis Jasmine, Physalis, Cedarwood.
Style: Feminine. Sophisticated. Sensual.

Cartier La Panthere Gift Set

Cartier La Panthere Gift Set, ($115)
Notes: Gardenia, Musk.
Style: Captivating. Sensual. Feline.

giorgo si

Giorgio Armani Si Parfum Set, ($80)
Notes: Chypre, Blackcurrant Nectar, Airy Florals, Musky Blond Wood.
Style: Graceful. Modern. Unconventional.

 

BURBERRY My Burberry Gift Set

BURBERRY My Burberry Gift Set, ($132)
Notes: Sweet Pea, Bergamot, Geranium, Golden Quince, Freesia, Patchouli, Rain-Tipped Damask and Centifolia Roses.
Style: Effortless. Personal. Timeless.

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Gift SetMarc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Gift Set, ($110)
Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.
Style: Bright. Alluring. Eternal.

GucciGucci Gorgeous Gardenia Gift Set, ($80)
Notes: Red Berries, Pear, White Gardenia, Frangipani Flower, Patchouli, Brown Sugar Accord.
Style: Charming. Romantic. Optimistic.

 

If you’re hitting the fragrance counter, hope these steps can help you to sniffing out the right scent for your loved ones.

Beauty Gifts Below $35


Still stuck on gift ideas? There are plenty of beauty gift ideas that feel luxe, and you can afford on even a shoestring budget. This holiday gift guide will help you find the best gifts for her.

Benefit Pucker Up and Party Limited Edition Cheek Stain and BalmBenefit Pucker Up and Party Limited Edition Cheek Stain and Balm, ($34)
Clarins Perfect Lips Christmas SetClarins Perfect Lips Christmas Set, ($32)
Victoria's Secret Body Care Travel SetVictoria’s Secret Body Care Travel Set, ($35)

Buckingham Palace Royal Collection Hand CreamBuckingham Palace Royal Collection Hand Cream, ($21)
BENEFIT Fine One 1Benefit Fine One One, ($30)
Orofluido Overnight Beauty Ritual PackOrofluido Overnight Beauty Ritual Pack, ($29.95)
Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind kitBite Beauty Rewind Lip Crayon Set, ($25)
Tarte Shine Bright Statement Lash EssentialsTarte Shine Bright Statement Lash Essentials, ($20)
philosophy Christmas Cookbook SetPhilophy Christmas Cookbook Set, ($28)         
CaudalieCaudalie Vine Body Luxury Set, ($34)

Enjoy your chirstmas shopping.

Tricks To Apply Cream Blushes And Stick Blushes


Like most makeup, blush looks best when applied sparingly and with a light touch. Blush is available in several formulations: cream, powder, and stick. Generally, powder formulations are the easiest to apply and blend. And today we will be talking more about cream blusher and stick blush.

Gel blushes can look really translucent and sheer, so they give a natural, flushed look. But gel blushes usually dry quickly, so you have to work fast. It’s best to use your fingers and blend into the cheeks. With stick blushes, you can use your fingers or a brush. An easy way to know where you are applying the blush is to smile and apply blush to the round apples of your smile. The trick is not to go too far below the apple and don’t streak the product or it won’t look natural. You can apply directly from the stick and then blend out with your fingers or a brush. The warmth of your fingertip tends to help keep the blush movable. Or your other option is to work off the stick and then apply to the cheeks with your fingers.

  MAC Cosmetics Cremeblend Blush MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush, ($26)
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD BlushMAC Cosmetics Cremeblend Blush, ($26)
Butter London Cheeky Cream BlushButter London Cheeky Cream Blush, ($20)
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream BlushLa Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush, ($70)

Blusher sticks are the new make-up-bag staple. They snuck in there, slipped in between the kohl and the concealer, and have stayed due to the fact that they’re simple (no brush required, easy to blend, and easy to apply on public transport) and clean, in their little snap-shut casings. Having a stick formulation is great because of the convenience factor –- you can easily use it on your eyes and lips, too! But you can’t get the same variety and choice of colours that you would find in powder blushes, and if too much is applied it can tend to look greasy, so be wary of how much you apply. Twist up the blusher stick and and make sure the tip appears slightly above the container level. It will be easier for you to apply. Place the tip at the center of your cheekbone and stroke it lightly upward and outward toward your ear. Blend the blushing cream upward and outward with your fingertips to achieve a subtle effect.

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick  Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick, ($22)
NARS The MultipleNARS The Multiple, (£30)
BENEFIT Fine One OneBENEFIT Fine One One, (£24)
Maybelline MasterGlaze Blush StickMaybelline MasterGlaze Blush Stick, ($10)
Dior blush Cheek StickDior blush Cheek Stick, ($34)

Birthstone And Its Meaning

Traditionally, a birthstone is associated with each month of the year. Every month is represented by a beautiful birthstone. For example, the seductive ruby for a sizzling July, while lucky babies born in April get a diamond as their birthstone. 

The popularity of birthstones dates back to ancient times when civilizations believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as luck, health and prosperity. Whether you’re treating yourself or someone special, birthstones can be incorporated into many beautiful jewellery pieces, making them an exceptional and very personal choice of gift. Gifts of gemstone jewelry with a loved one’s birthstone are very popular because of the desire to wear beautiful color as well as something which has personal significance.

Garnet Birthstone for January
Wearers may see an increase in their self-image, will power and energy levels, and nervous people may feel calmer. Faith, love and constancy are its attributes.

Amethyst Birthstone for February
Amethyst is a symbol of protection and has the power to overcome difficulty. It encourages self control and strengthens the bond in a love relationship. Amethyst is also believed to help to steady a restless mind and bring mental and emotional well-being.

Aquamarine Birthstone for March
It has long been a symbol of youth, good health, love and hope. Wearing this gem may reawaken married love, build your courage and increase your happiness.

Diamond Birthstone for April
Birthstones meaning for diamonds is eternal and true love, strength and romance. It was once believed that they could also ward off insanity.

Emerald Birthstone for May
It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. They are thought to aid in recovery after infectious illness, improved eyesight.

Pearl Birthstone for June
Pearls suggest chastity, modesty and stable marriage relationships. They have long been a symbol of purity.It is believed that people who wear pearl can succeed in creative work and it is also linked with a successful married life.

Ruby Birthstone for July
The ruby is associated with harmony, protection, enthusiasm, contentment, success, integrity and strength. It was believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner.

Peridot Birthstone for August
Peridot is believed to instill power and influence as well as bring the wearer magical powers and properties that protect against nightmares.

Sapphire Birthstone for September
In the Middle Ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, purity and wisdom..

Opal Birthstone for October
Represent hope, creativity and innocence. They also protect the wearer from envious, bad people.

Topaz Birthstone for November
These so-called apocalyptic stones are intended to serve in protection against enemies and as a symbol of beauty and splendour. Topaz is also linked with wisdom, strength, courage and serenity. It soothes physical pain, promotes peace and calms emotions. Topaz also promotes forgiveness and discourages negative emotions.

Tanzanite Birthstone for December
Represent a happy life that is filled with good fortune. Headaches may be relieved or prevented. Ancient practitioners believed that turquoise would actually change color when the wearer was ill or in danger.Birthstones



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