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Is Your Beauty Routine Causing Long-Term Health Damage?

by on Oct.21, 2009, under Beauty

“Did you know that putting chemicals on your skin can be far worse than ingesting them?

This is in large part because when you eat something the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break it down and flush it out of your body.

When the chemical cocktail is delivered into your blood stream via your skin, however, it bypasses this built-in protective filtration process, so you have decreased protection against the toxins.

There are literally thousands of chemicals used in personal care products, and only a tiny fraction of them have ever been tested for safety.”

Read more on “Is Your Beauty Routine Causing Long-Term Health Damage?” by Dr. Mercola.

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FDA Warns About Eyelash Thickener Claims

by on Oct.08, 2009, under Beauty

“The U.S. FDA has warned Allergan Inc. that the Web site for its eyelash thickener Latisse is misleading. The site downplays or fails to mention risks associated with the product.

The Latisse site either doesn’t mention potential side effects including bacterial eye infections, allergic reactions, excess hair growth outside the intended treatment area, and permanent changes in iris and eyelid pigmentation, or presents them in very small text.”

Read more on this and how to get a beautiful look naturally on “FDA Warns About Eyelash Thickener Claims” by Dr. Mercola.

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Temperature and Weight and AC in the summer

by on Jul.02, 2009, under Keep In Shape

We all know that taking a hot bath can help lose some weight. In fact, heat does help people lose weight or keep in shape. People who live in a hot weather tend to weight less than people who live in a cold weather.

I think the availability of air conditioning in the summer may play a role in keeping people from losing weight in the summer. That may be another reason for people in the developed world to be more likely to be overweight.

Air conditioning may keep us more awake and energetic. But it also makes us eat more to keep ourselves warm. So if you are serious in trying to lose weight, do not turn on the air conditioner in the summer. Just let yourself sweat and you will lose some weight.

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Weight Gain and Loss with Noodles and Potatoes

by on Jul.02, 2009, under Keep In Shape

I am not sure anyone else has experienced weight gain and weight loss with eating noodles and potatoes. My experience is that when I eat noodles or pasta regularly, I gain weight and grow a little pop belly. And when I eat potatoes regularly, I lose weight and my belly goes flat.

If you are interested in finding ways to keep in shape, you may want to find out by yourself what kind of food makes you gain weight and what kind of food makes you lose weight.

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Synertek Colostrum Skin Cream

by on Feb.16, 2009, under Skin Care

Why do I want to recommend Synertek Colostrum products? I have been using them for years. And every time I used one of the Synertek Colostrum products, I found it to be so helpful.

For skin care, Synertek Colostrum Skin Cream is the best. After using it for a few months, my face looks a lot more smooth and shiny, giving me a good look that I have never had since my face was severely damaged by a heavily polluted environment when I was still a teenager. Fourteen years of damage by the environment since my teenage years and another thirteen years later, at age 41, my facial skin could still be restored by Synertek Colostrum Skin Cream. What a product!

Other benefits of Synertek Colostrum products that I have experienced include instant healing after small surgeries, thus stopping pains from surgeries, stopping the development of hemorrhoids, and stopping colds (getting rid of the colds before they start bothering you).

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Hillary’s Poor Choice of Wardrobe

by on Jan.21, 2008, under News & Commentary

The word “vulgar” came to my mind when I saw this. Beauty to me always goes hand in hand with decency.

It is enough of a mistake to have allowed this scene to appear on the Senate floor. It will be a much bigger mistake to allow this Senator to become the president of the United States of America.

Many candidates can say they stand with us on the issues. So what we need is not just someone who stands with us on the issues. We need someone who can be a role model for us and can represent us as well.

We may want a female president, but not just anyone who first comes close to become one. We don’t want to make it difficult for other female politicians to win their elections by electing a female president that presents a negative image of female politicians.

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Miss Vietnam Free World – Evening Gown Competition

by on Dec.03, 2007, under Pageants

Evening gown competition among Vietnamese young ladies living in the free world.

1. Contestant No. 13, Florence Hoa Mi Dominic, 18, from Oster, Sweden. She probably only has one Vietnamese parent because she does not have any Vietnamese feature. But she is one of the best with her confidence, naturally happy smiles, and her beautiful gown – the most beautiful gown in this competition, and also one of the most beautiful gowns that I have ever seen.

2. Contestant No. 26, Huyen Sanh Thuyen, 21, from Paris, France. She is my favorite. She has a beautiful face, sexy smiles – smiles that show her confidence of her attractiveness, curvy body, and best of all, sexy postures. The only draw back is her seemingly lack of enthusiasm.

3. Contestant No. 3, Van Thao Nguyen Patris, 20, from Portland, Oregon. This is the worse dress for a young woman because it made her body look completely flat. Even if her body was really completely flat, a better designed dress would not have made her look like that.

4. Contestant No. 29, Nguyen Pham Chuc Van, 21, from Portland, Oregon. I am not sure if a pant dress like this will ever help anyone win an evening gown competition. But this one is quite well designed. And it serves her well because of her beautiful legs.

5. Contestant No. 7, Tang Le Nhung Carmen, 22, from London, England. This is an elegant dress. But the contestant is not good enough for the dress. She did not seem to have got any kind of training in pageant.

6. Contestant No. 32, Ngo Tinh, 17, from Houston, Texas. This dress does not look formal enough because of its length. And she was walking in the same way people walk on the street. Many contestants in this contest made this mistake.

7. Contestant No. 31, Le Ngoc Thuy Vi, 20, from Houston, Texas. I have no comment on this one.

8. Contestant No. 24, Bui Thi Thuc Oanh Tracy, 20, from Rotterdam, Holland. She is good, though not unforgettable.

9. Contestant No. 22, Cu Thao Vi Dao, 23, from Cologne, Germany. Her dress is one of the best. And she has the best body type and the best postures to fit this kind of dresses. I love this dress on her.

10. Contestant No. 11, Nguyen Chau Kelly, 19, from Charleston, Tennessee. This dress is beautiful. But it does not accentuate body curves. So I would not recommend it.

11. Contestant No. 6, Truong Yen Phuong Diana, 18, from Sacramento, California. This dress is sexy. And she has the body for it.

12. Contestant No. 14, Nguyen Quynh Huong, 22, from Arlington, Texas. This dress is also one of the best. I love everything about this dress: V neck, beautiful beadings and double traps in the front, low back, asymmetrical and slightly A-line long skirt.

13. Contestant No. 25, Tran My Le Phuong, 27, from Huntsville, Texas. I like her face. It has the kindness that gives me a sense of peace and security. But her dress is made of fabric that is so stiff that it looks like the dress is just wrapping around her body.

14. Contestant No. 18, Mai Thi Kim Do, 17, from Orlando, Florida. I like the halter neck of her dress. It goes very well with her beautiful face. But her chest seems to look unnaturally high.

15. Contestant No. 12, Nguyen Vi Kim Chau, 20, from Nevada, California. This dress is also nice. But it looks like it was difficult for her to walk in such a tight dress.

16. Contestant No. 30, Lai Thi Thu Xuong, 23, from Denmark. What do you think about this dress?

17. Contestant No. 17, Luong Yen Mimi, 22, from Englewood, Colorado. I like this halter dress also. I think maybe halter dresses are in general good for pageants.

18. Contestant No. 2, Le Huong Ellie, 20, from Harvey, Louisiana. This dress is great too, even though the fabric is a little stiff. It may be difficult to present well in a dress with stiff fabric. By the way, the contestant looks genuinely happy.

19. Contestant No. 21, Nguyen Tram Vi Linda, 19, from Seattle, Washington. This dress is also one of the best. I like the beadings and the small straps and the very low back. And I love the flowing A-line skirt with a small train. It looks so nice when she walks. By the way, she was the one that impressed me the most in this competition because of her facial expression. It was unforgettable from the first time I watched this video. She seemed to be making an emotional connection with the judges. I have found out from the Internet that she has won the first Miss Vietnam Global title a few years later.

20. Contestant No. 8, Pham Lan Kathy, 17, from Newberg, Oregon. This one is the worst. She is not the type at all.

21. Contestant No. 28, Nguyen Thi Trang, 21, from Switzerland. This dress is great, especially for her. The front side slit on the skirt revealed her sexy leg as she walked. The dress probably showed her sexiness to the fullest extend. In the mean time, she probably also made the most out of the dress.

22. Contestant No. 20, Pham My Trinh, 17, from Riverside, California.

23. Contestant No. 23, Nguyen Thu Thuy, 20, from Houston, Texas. I think the tube top is not good for her.

24. Contestant No. 16, Vo Kim Sa , 20, from Harvey, Louisiana. This dress is good, especially for her. I like the train, which she played with very well.

25. Contestant No. 19, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy Lina, 27, from Worcester, Massachusetts. It looks like she had had a nose job. By the way, her dress is good for her body type.

26. Contestant No. 4, Pham Thi Bich Lien, 19, from Drammen, Norway. She looks like a Jewish girl with her white skin and black hair. Her dress is nice, but not particularly sexy. I like her passion for the contest, but she looked like a kid having fun, not like a woman in a pageant.

27. Contestant No. 9, Vu Loan Kristin, 22, from Westminster, California. This dress must have cost a lot with the beadings on the body, the special cut of the skirt, the ruffles on the skirt, and the big flowers on the chest and the hair, which enhance the girl in the dress a great deal.

28. Contestant No. 15, Kim Le Than, 21, from Brentwood, Tennessee. She looked like having been pissed off before the contest or something. And the dress does not look expensive. Sometimes, a piece of garment made of expensive fabric can look very cheap while one made of cheap fabric can look very expensive. The cut and workmanship can make a big difference. One that looks expensive tends to give the person who wears it a higher status.

29. Contestant No. 5, Nguyen Bich Cham, 20, from Houston, Texas. She was probably the reason why I felt compelled to comment on the contestants. It seems like she had put something in her mouth to make sure that it will never close. By the way, her dress is nice.

30. Contestant No. 1, Le Loan Anh, 20, from Sugar Land, Texas. I like this girl as a person. She seemed to be relaxed and polite. However, although she had a slim body which went well with the beautiful dress she had on, her polite postures might not help in a pageant like this one.

This evening gown competition is only part of the Miss Vietnam Free World Pageant held in 2003. I do not know the final results of this contest.

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Sex, Weight, Health, and Beauty

by on Nov.19, 2007, under Keep In Shape

This is an old topic. But I would like to give my opinion on it because I think my point of view has never been made by anyone else.

I believe health is the basis for real beauty. To be attractive, one does not just need to look attractive, but also needs to have passion and desire, which only exist in a healthy person.

Being overweight is not healthy. Being too slim is not healthy either.

Can you eat enough to stay healthy but not too much to get overweight? I guess so. Most of us know that keeping a healthy diet and exercising will help.

But here is my trick, keep yourself busy with work so that you won’t be looking for food to eat all the time. Some people can really get so busy and worried that they do not have time to eat or do not have the desire to eat. Just make sure that you do eat when you get hungry. Otherwise, you will fall into the unhealthy category opposite to being overweight.

When you do need to eat, always pick the kind of food that need more preparation. This is because the more time you spend on preparing your food, the less time and desire you have to eat it. Also, pick the kind of food that need more chewing. Chewing is what we really want when we feel like eating. Chewing gums are not recommended all the time though. Most chewing gums have sugar and some other ingredients that are not good for health. Eat fruits, including dried fruits (preferably without preservatives), and vegetables instead.

Another important trick is to refrain from sex, especially when you are still young. The more sex you have, the more difficult it is to control your weight, or more specifically, your waistline. Some women, especially young American women, seem to think that if they get a guy to have sex with them, they are better than other women. So they look for sex wherever they can. That kind of women are more likely to gain weight, and then feel bad about their inability to control their weight, and then look harder for guys to have sex with to prove that they are still attractive and to feel good about themselves, thus getting into a vicious cycle.

Another issue is, do you need to be tall and thin? Like the twin towers, things that are tall and thin look more attractive. So models need to be tall and thin to help promote fashion designers’ products, and men who need to prove their wealth or success or attractiveness need to date tall and thin women, and women who need to prove their attractiveness need to be tall and thin. Other than that, there is not much need for women to be tall and thin. Enjoy your life, and don’t let others control your perception of your worthiness.

Anyway, if you still want to be tall, here is one suggestion I would like to make an attempt to make. If you can have the same good life in the north as in the south, growing up in the north, that is, farther away from the equator, may help you grow a little taller than growing up in the south, that is, closer to the equator. The farther away from the equator, the bigger a living creature, be it a plant or an animal, can grow.

By the way, I prefer cheer leaders and marching band girls over fashion models.

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Bras and Breast Cancer

by on Sep.05, 2007, under Opinions

I just found many articles that suggest that bras are linked to breast cancer. Just Google “Bras and Breast Cancer” and you will find them.

In fact, I think the problem is not the bras but the fabric we use to make bras. Bras made of 100% natural fibers such as cotton should be OK. If you know of any research on this topic, please discuss it here.

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The 6+ Synthetic Fabrics You Most Want to Avoid, and Why

by on Sep.05, 2007, under Opinions

by www.SixWise.com

“Fabric may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about living a healthier lifestyle, but it definitely should be considered. Even many “health nuts” don’t realize that synthetic fabrics are teeming with chemicals and dyes that cannot be washed out, making them a potential health hazard.”

Please read the full article here: The 6+ Synthetic Fabrics You Most Want to Avoid, and Why.

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