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Sexy Summer Arms

ARM WORKOUT | EXERCISE
By Huda Heidi Kattan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqtPHn1MnYQ

Besides his slightly annoying voice, this guys is seriously good, and with summer time around the corner, exercises like this are a must! With only a few minutes a day, you can dramatically change your arms. I have been doing daily 2-5 minute exercises and I cannot express enough how my body has improved! Does it seem to simple? Well, you will have to try to find out! What are losing? You have a couple minutes to spare! After all, it’s the little things that count!

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Homemade Lip Plumper!

BEAUTY TIPS | NATURAL REMEDY
By Huda Heidi Kattan


Are you one of those girls who spend way too much money on lip plumper? I know I am! And after believing time and time again, that spending over 180 AED ($50) on a lip gloss will make my lips nice and plump, I came to the realization that I was being ripped off, badly.

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Beat Dark Circles at Home!

Looking tired lately or want to rid those dark circles? Try these at home remedies that work, remember these remedies are natural and gentle, so give it at least a couple of weeks before you see results.

Almond Oil

Massage gently under your eyes every night. Make sure to wash the formula off in the morning.

Lemon and Tomato Juice

In a bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of tomato juice, lemon juice and flour. Beat the mixture with a fork until smooth paste. Apply the paste under your eyes and leave for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the paste before it dries by rubbing very softly. Try doing this once a day, this remedy should show results after just a few days!

Cucumber Juice

Shred one cucumber in food processor then use strainer to squeeze juice out. Place in refrigerator for approximately one hour. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and mix. Saturate Cotton ball with mixture and place on each eye for 15 minutes, wash thoroughly and apply almond oil to area for moisture. Repeat once daily.

Grated Potato

Grate a fresh potato and squeeze the juice out with a strainer. Dip your cotton ball in the juice and place on both eyes for 10 minutes. Wash the area thoroughly and moisturize with almond oil. Repeat 3 times a week. Note, potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase found often in cosmetic skin lighteners.

information gathered by Alya Kattan, edited by H.Kattan

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The At Home Brazilian Butt Lift

With bootylicious now in Webster’s dictionary, there is more reason than ever to be envious of Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian’s signature assets. Here is a quick way that is sure to give height to your derriere.

This might sound a bit weird and possibly far-fetched, but I have been doing this for years, and let me tell you, this works like a charm! My friends who’ve tried it (literally every single one) told me they saw results they loved and continue doing this simple at home exercise!

Classic kick backs:

While on your hands and knees, place one leg in the air with your knees bent 90 degrees. Thrust the leg upward with your foot parallel to the ceiling and contract your glut, then lower your leg back down. Repeat for 50 counts on the right leg, then 50 counts on the left leg. I do this every night before I sleep, it literally takes 5 minutes. Try it!

 

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Say Cheese! Tips for a Brighter Smile!

Anyone have this issue? Their teeth have lost their luster and are looking a tad on the yellow side? After moving overseas, I started to appreciate American dental practices. Okay, appreciate is the wrong word, I became obsessed with having a brighter smile. Let’s face it, it’s inevitable that our teeth will naturally stain as we age due to food, drinks and lifestyle choices. Nevertheless, it is possible to acquire and maintain a bright smile–these are some common practices that have worked for me.

Teeth Whitening

I have tried several methods including Zoom whitening at the dentist, whitening kits, whitening toothpastes and mouthwash. I have found the most effective for me was actually the kits. I like the Crest Whitening Strips. Not only are they affordable and effective, but if used properly, they were the most gentle. Zoom caused so much pain for me at times my teeth became sensitive to air! Not fun! Furthermore, you can control how bright you want to go with the kit. I noticed a difference after three days with Crest Whitening Strips and I could barely tell the difference in the before-and-after photos with the Zoom whitening.

Only downfall of the strips: They don’t cover you entire mouth (only your dentist will notice) and they can be a bit time consuming.

If you’re a bit old fashioned and prefer the baking-soda-with-your-toothpaste-routine, then here are some foods that also add light to your smile:

  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots

Remember to rinse your mouth with water after eating dark foods and beverages! This will tremendously help reduce stains and easy to do!

Photo courtesy of confiwhite.com
H.Kattan


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Beauty Secret Revealed: Baby-Soft Feet!

When it comes to footwear, it’s no question as to what is hot these days: The higher the heel, the better. And as much as we love our Louboutin’s, they may not love our feet.

Here is an old trick to get the perfect at-home pedi:

When soaking your feet, make sure the water is warm, add half a cup of olive oil and half cup dishwasher powder (Ariel works fine as a substitute), soak for at least 15 minutes then scrub with a body scrub like Cuccio Milk and Honey Sea Salt (available at Select Sasha’s salon or online at cuccio.com). Scrub in circular motions starting from your heels and moving toward your toes. Rinse with warm water. Follow with a pumice stone and foot lotion (Aveda Foot Relief, or Cuccio Milk and Honey Butter Blend) and voila! Buttery-soft-beautiful feet! For best results, try doing this once a week.

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Deflate Puffy Eyes!

PUFFY EYES | BEAUTY TIP

I admit, as much as I preach about beauty, one of the downfalls of a crazy schedule is lack of sleep!  Without sleep, your skin will lose its luster and your eyes can puff out to the size of a small country.  For those of you who can’t always afford the time to relax, here are some quick tips to deflating those puffy eyes!

  1. Soak two cotton balls in witch hazel and place each one over eyes for 15 minutes.
  2. Place two black tea bags in warm water and place over eyes for 10 minutes.
  3. Use an eye mask like my favorite, Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer (available at Harvey Nichols for 36 AED), and place in fridge, then wear for 20 minutes.

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A Little Massage Goes a Long Way



Desperate for longer hair fast? About a year ago, I cut some bangs that I was bored of by the second month. The problem? My hair was just NOT growing! So I remembered hearing that massaging your scalp is good for hair growth–boy is it! My bangs grew more in two months than it had in over 4 months!

What I did? It was simple! You can increase your growth by simply massaging for a few minutes a night. If your hair is dull and not growing at the rate you are looking for, a thorough massage will help improve blood flow and increase nourishment to the hair follicles, resulting in more lustrous locks and rapid hair growth.Massaging your scalp helps spread the natural oils throughout the hair and makes it look more shiny and radiant. No need for fancy expensive products! You already have what you need! Now all you need is a little massage! Feel free to indulge and enjoy!

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Foods for a More Beautiful You

It’s no secret that antioxidants are incredibly beautifying and super healthy–not only do they prevent oxidation of molecules including collagen (slowing down the aging process), but they also protect against heart disease, cancer, and reduce blood pressure. We love antioxidants so much we had to make a list of foods that have the highest amounts of these miracle molecules:

BERRIES

Deliciously provocative, berries are full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins that delay the onset of age-related loss of cognitive function. Who knew–berries keep you sharp!

Healthy Tips: Add berries into vanilla yogurt with honey and granola for a healthy snack.

TOMATOES

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene that help prevent lung, colon and breast cancers. Bring on the salads!

Healthy Tip: Add Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and olive oil with pasta.

BROCCOLI

Broccoli is known for it’s compound indole-3-carbinol, an antioxidant that breaks down estrogen and reduces the risk of breast cancer. The beta-carotene found in broccoli also helps protect against cancer and heart disease. Broccoli and cheese anyone?

Healthy Tip: Steam broccoli and season with olive oil. Add chopped black olives and dash with red pepper flakes.

RED GRAPES

Resveratrol and quercetin are anitoxidants in red grapes that help veins stay open and flexible. Resveratrol also protects against gastric ulcers, cancer, stroke and even osteoporosis.

Healthy Tip: Freeze grapes for a summer treat that is as sweet as it is healthy.

 

TEA

Studies prove, that tea significantly reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Although green tea has been said to have more antioxidants as black tea, recent observations suggest that both are equally beneficial. You may want to make your next coffee date, a tea date!

Healthy Tips: Try using green tea to boil soba noodles in. Season to taste, voila!

Information courtesy of crumcreek

-H.Kattan
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