Eye Shadow – Top 12 Tips On How To Apply It Perfectly

Your makeup is as important to your finished look as the clothing you wear, in fact, it can actually be more important. We’ve all spotted women who didn’t have a clue how to apply their eye shadow. But we’ve also saw women who know how to apply it properly and they look put together and beautiful. Don’t you want to be one of those women? Of course – and we are going to give you some top tips so you can do just that.

Great news – putting your eye shadow on correctly really isn’t difficult at all. It really is just a matter of finding the right technique and look for you and your personal style. Don’t worry if it takes a few tries to get it right. Check out these tips:

Always apply a base coat on your eyes just as you do to the rest of your face. Loose power works or you can apply your foundation to the eye area. It gives a nice even palette to work with.

Blend, blend, and then blend some more. I can’t stress this enough. Try an experiment. Blend one eye and then just use a brush and apply the other eye. You’ll instantly know what I’m talking about and you’ll never forget to blend again.

If you want dramatic eyes, take your eye shadow brush, dip it into water, and then into the shadow, then apply. It will give you a much deeper, dramatic color.

If you have blue eyes, wear purple, violet, taupe, gray, deep blue, and black. Funky colors include fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.

If you have green eyes, wear purple, plum, forest green, brown, and khaki. Funky colors include light green, gold, and bright purple.

If you have brown eyes, wear champagne, copper, brown, apricot, khaki, and beige. Funky colors include royal blue, tangerine, hand hot pink.

Everyone can wear navy, powder blue, and charcoal. Fun colors include silver.

Apply a lighter shadow in the inner corner of the eye to reflect and make your eyes look younger.

If you want your eyes to appear larger, use a light color on the inner corner, and a darker shade in the middle of the eye area.

Practice until you get the application of your eye shadow down to a science. When you get good, your make up will look more natural and more polished.

Apply your dark shadow only to the eyelids from the lash line to the crease in the eyelid. Apply your medium shadow from just below the eyelid crease to the brow bone.

Highlight along the brow bone. Doing it this way will make your features stand out naturally and beautifully.

So there you have it. With these top tips you now know how to apply your eye shadow so you will look your best.

Remember that while you’re practicing all these steps, that you should take notice of what works best for you. Practice by yourself, or practice with a friend if you find it easier to ask someone else’s opinion.

And one more thing. If you make your face more youthful looking with wrinkle creams that gives results, then any make up that you have will be so much more effective.

So go for it and get gorgeous right away!

Exercises For Sciatica – How Do They Get You Pain Relief?

Exercises for Sciatica – how are they supposed to help you? We all know the fact that sciatica comes with a lot of pain. In many instances it would be quite difficult to stand up, sit down or even to put weight on your legs. Sometimes you are just stuck flat on your back during an acute flare-up. Pain like this can make your daily life miserable. Consequently you will want to know what your options are to get some pain relief. Are you stuck with surgery or pharmaceutical aid? With the economy being what it is these days, is there anything you can do yourself, such as exercises for sciatica and home remedies for pain relief?

As a matter of fact there are quite a few measures you can take to help yourself. Take exercises for sciatica for instance. Here is a great exercise for sciatica to help with acute pain and get you relief right away.

First of all, spread a blanket on the floor and lie on it with your knees pulled up at a forty-five degree angle. Place the ankle of the affected leg on the knee of your other leg. Reach around the knee of the unaffected leg with both hands folded and pull it toward you slowly and carefully. Try to stretch as far as you can, so you feel the stretch, but not pain. Using this kind of exercises for sciatica, you can definitely stretch the muscles in the region of your lower back, buttocks and upper thigh. You will feel pain relief right away, as a result of the over-tightened muscles in that region loosening up.

Apart from performing various exercises for sciatica you need to make sure that you understand the underlying causes for the condition in your particular case. By giving the weaker muscles in your body a regular workout you can help to prevent future sciatica flare-ups. It is better to completely examine the causes for your sciatica so that you know which measures to take to treat the symptoms correctly. It is necessary to talk to your physician to determine the exact cause before you go ahead with sciatica treatment options.

One of the great advantages of exercises for sciatica is that you can perform them whenever you’re free. The exercise for sciatica explained here is a great pain relief measure, but in the long run you should follow it up with strengthening exercises for your core muscles, to help your spine’s health. The stronger your core, the less pressure on your disks, ligaments and sciatica nerve; ergo – the less sciatica pain.

This is the reason why even experts recommend exercises for sciatica instead of pharmaceutical medication. If you combine these exercises for sciatica with some home remedies for further pain relief, you might be able to avoid a lot of costly medical treatments for sciatica, surgical or pharmaceutical. In some extreme cases surgery can’t be avoided, but for the great majority of sciatica cases, you can learn to manage your pain and the condition through adopting a few lifestyle changes, which will enable you to live a next to normal life in the near future, without risking surgery on your spine.

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Healthy?

Okay so I just saw the Dr. OZ video on gluten, the gluten diet and what he described as the myths surrounding the gluten diet. I think the purpose of the segment was to discuss the fad of a gluten-free diet as a way to lose weight and whether this is a healthy way to lose weight. The segment was a bit confusing regarding the real point he was trying to make so I thought I would discuss some points regarding a gluten-free diet, why it may be the healthiest thing for you, why people lose weight on a gluten-free diet, why a gluten-free diet may not be healthy for you, and what a gluten-free diet should not be.

First thing we should probably discuss is what is gluten?

Gluten in simple terms is a protein found in grains. The most problematic seem to be in wheat, barley, rye, and malt. But any of the grain foods can be problematic for someone for a number of reasons. I will cover more of these in a later article.

The real question is should you be on a gluten-free diet?

And the answer is may be. If you are sensitive or intolerant to gluten or its breakdown components or have Celiac Disease the answer is yes. If you are not gluten intolerant/sensitive or do not have Celiac Disease the answer is maybe. The maybe, is because we now know through research that gluten can cause cross-reactions with other food sensitivities and although you are not sensitive to gluten, eating it may make your other food sensitivities worse.

So how do you find out if you are gluten sensitive?

Well, Dr. OZ and his guest Dr. Hyman suggest you go totally gluten-free for two weeks, then add gluten back and see how you feel. While this sounds like an easy way to do it and some people notice improvement, others do this and feel no change and assume they therefore don’t have a problem with gluten. There are multiple reasons a person may not notice any change:

1. Too short of a time period. I have many patients that don’t notice changes until they have been off of gluten for longer periods of time.

2. They may be off gluten, but they are eating foods that can be cross-reactive like coffee, milk protein (casein), etc. These foods look similar enough to your immune system for some people that when they eat them, your body thinks its gluten and you get a response just like eating gluten. So this may not work for everyone.

3. You may have what is called “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. Leaky Gut Syndrome simply means that your intestinal track has become too porous and is letting things like undigested food, bacterial toxins, etc. get into the blood stream. These undigested foods like rice protein or egg protein may continue an immune reaction even though you are off gluten and no change is noticed.

I, and others recommend an Auto-Immune or Anti-inflammatory diet if you are going to try to see if your food is making you not feel well. This diet consists of lean meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, high fiber fruits (stone fruits), nuts, olive or coconut oil and water to drink. It doesn’t sound exciting but it eliminates most of the common food sensitivities and cross-reactors. If you want more information on the diet email me or send me a message.

So you may feel better, you may notice no change for the reasons I explained above or a third outcome that can happen and I see this happen frequently is a person may feel worse. That’s right you remove gluten and you feel worse. Now you’re thinking not only am I not gluten sensitive, I actually need it to feel better. I get the logic of this thinking, but it is only because someone hasn’t explained that there is a portion of gluten called Gluteomorphin, that for some people, can create a withdraw response when removed like a junkie coming off drugs or a heavy coffee drinker quitting cold turkey. Sometimes the symptoms are mild and sometimes quite severe.

What I suggest for everyone is if you are healthy and feel great, have no chronic health challenges why bother, keep doing what you’re doing. If you have chronic health problems, then getting tested for gluten intolerance may be the best investment you can make. But here is where more problems occur.

What test do you run?

Most doctors are unaware that a Celiac panel like the one mentioned on Dr. OZ is just not sensitive enough to pick up many cases of gluten intolerance. If you have full blown Celiac Disease this test is may be fine. But if you don’t have Celiac Disease (I will talk about the difference later) but do have gluten intolerance you may not get a positive finding.

A new lab opened up in the last year called Cyrex Labs. Cyrex’s Chief Scientific Consultant is Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MT and is one of the premier immunologists in the world. He has designed tests, called Arrays, that are now the go to tests to identify not just gluten intolerance but a bucket load of other things that make identifying the cause of many of our chronic health care problems a reality.

Cyrex Lab currently offers two unique tests that can be used to identify gluten sensitivity. The first is their Array 1. Array 1 / Mucosal Gluten Reactivity Screen, is a saliva test that is easy to perform, can be done at home, and is the most cost effective (in my opinion) for the average person who is looking to see if they are reacting to gluten. The drawback to this test is that it only tests one aspect of gluten, alpha gliadin. There are many other components of gluten that someone can be sensitive to. So if this test is negative and a person appears reactive to gluten or has chronic health problems, the more comprehensive Array 3 (Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity) should be performed.

But if Array 1 is positive, game over, no more gluten. Array 3 is much more complex and too much to explain now, but as a doctor I love the test. As much as I love it, I don’t run it as often as the Array 1 because the Array 3 requires a blood draw and that can be a bit more of an effort for some people. Currently these tests are not covered by insurance but they are by far, now the best tests to identify gluten intolerance and the impact that gluten intolerance is having on the body.

So who should get tested for gluten?

I suggest that anyone with chronic health care problems like allergies, sinus problems, headaches, migraines, digestive problems, and chronic pain should consider getting tested if they are looking for the cause of those symptoms and tired of treating the symptoms. If you have any sort of chronic disease or auto-immune condition like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, MS, Raynaud’s, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid disorders, vertigo, depression, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc. I highly recommend you get tested. If you are one of those people who feel lousy all the time and no one seems to know what is wrong, you are the “undiagnosed”, and you are looking for a possible answer, get tested for gluten.

Now is gluten the answer to the world’s health problems?

No, by far there are plenty of other things in our lives that make us unhealthy. However, it is not a bad place to start if you are looking for a reason/cause of your health problems.

Will going gluten-free if you’re intolerant or have Celiac Disease be enough?

Maybe. Some people will feel much better on just a gluten-free “healthy” diet. But others won’t, because as I said earlier gluten may only part of the problem. If you don’t address all the problems like other food sensitivities, intestinal permeability, gut infections, blood sugar problems, etc. than going gluten-free may not be enough.

If you find out you are gluten intolerant it might stimulate questions like; what damage has been done to the body as a results, how do I find out what damage has been done, and lastly what can be done to repair the damage. Those are the questions that will have to be addressed by someone like myself on an individual basis. These are the things I deal with on a daily basis in my practice with my patients.

Dr. OZ and his guests did mention that a gluten-free diet can be worse than a gluten-full diet. To a degree they were right, but what they should have said was that any diet high in processed foods is not as healthy as a diet consisting of whole organic, non-processed foods. If you think that you can be healthy just because your ice cream, cookies, cakes, and crackers are gluten-free, roll back over because you’re dreaming!

The basic principles of eating healthy do not change. The focus should be on eating lean meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, high fiber fruits, raw nuts, healthy oils and plenty of non-caffeinated, no sugar / sugar substituted fluids. If you are not gluten sensitive, eat whole grains. If you are gluten sensitive be careful, and seek guidance on the appropriate grains for you. To be healthy you need to also manage stress, get appropriate sleep, and be active.

Why Diabetes Can Cause Hair Loss

Diabetes can cause many multiple problems throughout the body. And it is not surprising to hear of how it causes hair loss as well. In fact, this could be one of the symptoms you first experience not knowing you have diabetes.People normally lose a certain amount of hair daily, but only in small amounts. But those people with a hormonal imbalance have a greater chance of losing a lot of hair daily. If you are having a lot of hair loss recently along with symptoms such as:

1. Always very thirsty and having a dry mouth
2. Tiredness
3. Frequent Urination
4. Weight loss in Type 1 Diabetes
5. Visual problems all of a sudden

then, you need to see your doctor and get your blood sugar tested which is very easy to do. If you are found to have diabetes, then your doctor will treat you promptly, and get you on the right care regime.

So how does the hair loss connect with diabetes? Well, first of all, diabetes is all related to hormone factors since it is a hormonal type of disease. Since diabetes of both types 1 and 2 cause various types of skin problems, this is where the hair loss problem comes in. It takes good blood circulation to have normal growth of hair and even healthy hair. Since many diabetic people have blood circulation problems such as neuropathy for instance, this can cause problems with hair growth in the first place.

Diseases like diabetes cause a person a lot of stress.Dealing with medications and insulin injections, watching your diet, monitoring your blood sugars often, and getting proper amount of exercise is hard for anyone on a day to day basis. When under stress, hormones can also become unbalanced, thus causing even more loss of hair.

Other reasons that diabetes commonly causes a great hair loss is due to the build-up of blood sugar in the body when it is not controlled. With glucose at too high of levels, you have nutrients, and oxygen that cannot reach the follicles of your hair. As this happens with high glucose levels, hair falls out until glucose is brought under control.

What other things can you do in order to help your hair re-growth? The most important thing you can do is control your blood sugar levels so that they are in control.  Doctors should always aggressively treat diabetes since it is such a damaging disease to the body in so many ways.

Stay away from all stresses possible. Have your diabetes care regime all mapped out so that it is easy to follow. You need to also make certain that you understand your medications, insulins, and diet so you know what to follow. This will help you to put everything into perspective, eliminating stress right there. Meditation, reading a book, walking, and taking a bubble bath are also great stress relievers.

Use shampoos that help hair growth. There are some good ones out there to try such as Rogaine. Ask your hair stylist which is best to use.

Your diet is very important and can help your hair health. Fruits and vegetables as I’ve discussed many times before, have many vitamins that can help your hair follicles rejuvenate. One such vitamin is Vitamin E. Broccoli, asparagus, bananas, and many other vegetables have Vitamin E in a one cup serving.

By getting a handle on your diabetes and implementing some of these steps I have suggested, it should help you to overcome your hair loss and keep your diabetes in control at the same time. And in the end, will pay off.