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Using Rice in Skin Care Products


Rice has long been a food staple in many cultures.

Using rice is not limited to just eating it. Rice and rice products have long been used in skin care products in Asia.

In Asia rice starch has been traditionally added to skin care products to soothe and brighten skin. It is said that Japanese geishas have washed their faces with rice water for centuries in order to brighten and even out their skin tone.

DIY Skin Care Recipes with Rice

Though you can certainly buy products that contain rice bran, rice bran oil, or sake in them you can also create quite a few products for yourself at home in the comfort of your kitchen:

If you happen to enjoy drinking sake and have it around your house you can use it as a spot treatment on dark facial spots. You could also take a bath in sake if you want.

You can easily make your own rice water for skin cleansing or to use on your hair. Boil rice that has been covered by at least one inch of water. Strain the rice when done cooking and save the water. Allow the water to cool. You can actually splash your face with the rice water or apply to your face as a toner with a cotton pad.

Rice cleanser for your face:

    ¼ c brown rice flour (or rice bran flour)
    2–3 Tbsp unsweetened organic rice milk

MIX the brown rice flour with rice milk to form a smooth paste.

MASSAGE the mixture onto the skin in a slow, circular motion. Rinse with tepid water and follow with toner and moisturizer.

Make Your Own Rice Water Beauty Elixir:

    1/2 cup uncooked rice (brown, white long grain, white short grain, jasmine, or what ever you have)
    2 cups water

To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.

Then, place 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around and lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.

You can store your rice water in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few up to a week.

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Nature Inspired: Products Shine at Beauty Press Spotlight Day


Atop the light-filled Midtown Lofts event space in NYC, Beauty Press International PR Network hosted a Spotlight Day Press Event on September 8, featuring a dozen beauty product exhibitors.

From men’s grooming supplies, to make-up, skincare and perfume – brands introduced their latest offerings to New York-based journalists and bloggers.

Dalal Moussa, CEO of Texas-based Obliphica Professional, was on-hand to passionately discuss her company’s line of Sea Berry hair products.


Ms. Moussa acquired the company in 2013 after a bad dye job had left her hair damaged.

“My hair was so dry and these products were the only thing that bought it back to life,” she says as I rub the Sea Berry Serum (retail $38) into my own dry, colored hair.

“And the best thing about these products is they work right away and just touch my hair now,” she tells me, “it’s clean I swear,” she jokes as she guides my hand, “feel how soft and it’s the scalp too, great hair starts at the scalp.”

Dalal Moussa - Obliphica Professional

And Moussa wasn’t exaggerating. After just one use my bleached hair looked shinier and smoother than it has after many of the other serums I’ve used without looking greasy or weighed-down.

Another stand out product of the event was Pencil Me In Cosmetic’s line of all-natural eyeliner pencils (retail $6.99 each). They go on soft and smooth, stay put all-day, and even have tiny sharpeners built in to their caps.


As for skincare, CherylLeeMD Sensitive Skin Care, maker of the popular Boo-Boo & Bum Balm lotion, had their full TrueLipids line out for sampling.

The TrueLips Lip Balm (retail $19.99) feels wonderful and hydrating even hours after application.

VisaoMD - Skin Care Cocktail

The Skin Care Cocktail Menu at VisaoMD’s booth also caught my attention. Their line of customizable anti-aging and perfecting creams seems like a smart solution to fit the individual needs of each person’s skin.


How To Remove Makeup Stains


Removing make-up stains from fabric can be tricky business!

Something as small as a makeup stain can put a big dent in your day – and ruin your wardrobe!

If you use makeup on a regular basis, then you’ve probably accidentally spilled your makeup on something. Here’s some stain-fighting techniques that will save you money!

Foundation On Your Collar
Solution: To remove oil-based foundations (sticks or creams), treat the spot with liquit dish detergent. For oil-free makeup, use shaving cream.

Nail Polish On Your Jeans
Solution: Dab the stain from the reverse side with a cloth soaked in acetone.

Loose Powder Fallout All Over Your Shirt
Solution: Shake off the excess powder. Don’t saturate the stain; water will cause it to soak in deeper. Rub with a stain remover wipe or makeup remover wipe.


Face Oil On Your Blouse
Solution: Sprinkle the spot with cornstarch, and let sit for 10-15 minutes to draw out the oil. Treat the stain with liquid dish soap and laudner.

Deodorant Marks On Your Black Top
Solution: Use the spongy foam from a dry cleaning hanger to rub away antiperspirant residue. It really works!

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Get the Look: Kim Kardashian’s Posterior


Are you a fan of Kim Kardashian‘s rather large butt?

As you’ve most likely seen on television and in magazines, the paparazzi is constantly taking pictures of Kim Kardashian’s body. Known for her curves and butt, Kim loves the attention she gets.

Kardashian says, “I’m really proud of my curves, and I hope all you curvy girls out there are embracing yours too! It’s important to workout and be the best version of yourself that you can be, but never feel like you have to be the skinniest girl in the room to be the prettiest. Be confident in yourself and you’ll shine.”

How can you get a bigger butt?

The Brazilian Butt Lift

In case you have never picked up an US Weekly, let me fill you in: the Kardashian butts have grown so large over the past years that Kim went on national TV to prove hers was real. She did this by submitting to an ultrasound test, which was meant to prove that there was no silicone in her backside. In the TV clip, she did not turn over and let the wand move over her fabulous fake breasts, but still, the news alerts went out: NO SILICONE DETECTED IN KIM KARDASHIAN’S BUTTOCKS.

Why was there no silicone? Because she very likely had a Brazilian butt lift. This is a method where, for tens of thousands of dollars, you can have the fat sucked out of your thighs and stomach and other unhappily fatty areas and then shot back into your butt.

Cost: $40,000

Squats, Lunges… Then More Squats

Not all butt lifts must come so unnaturally.

First, stand in front of a chair. Stick your butt out and do a deep knee bend touching the chair with your bottom, then stand up. Repeat 100 times a day until you have a great butt. Personal trainers will tell you lunges work well, too.

Cost: Free


Butt Panties

For those of us who are both not rich and very lazy, there’s always butt panties. Turns out you can go on down to the lingerie department of your local Macys or Nordstroms and buy granny-style panties (they are “in” these days, you know) with built-in padded butts. Or you can buy them online.

Cost: Around $40


Manicure Quick Fixes!


We’ve all had it happen at one time or another, but luckily there are a few ways to fix chipped nail polish.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s experienced a nail polish disaster or two. Before you start getting out your nail polisher remover, try these quick fixes!

Grab a matchbook.
If you didn’t pack a nail file, use the striking strip of a matchbook to fix a small chip. Lightly move it in one direction (away from your nail) until you don’t see the chip.

Do some resurfacing.
Smooth the chip by gently filing it or by tapping a little nail-polish remover, like Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover 3-in-1 Formula, over just the crack in your polish. It flattens the surface enough that you can paint over it without making the polish look lumpy.

Go easy on the touch-up.
Painting the entire nail with a fresh coat of polish looks sloppy. Instead, wipe off the brush on the inner rim of the bottle and just dab a little color over the chip. Give it a minute to dry and then paint the entire nail with topcoat to hide any bumps.

Go French.
Hide chips with a colorful French manicure, using a polish that’s in the same color family as the one you’re wearing (pink and coral, indigo and teal). Or cover the top half of each nail for a color-blocked design.

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Removing Facial Hair


Many people have unwanted hair. It’s common on the upper lip, chin, cheeks, back, legs, fingers, feet, and toes.

Since Cleopatra shaved her legs with the edge of a shell, women have searched for a better and more lasting way to remove unwanted hair.

The process of the removal of unwanted hair is an ongoing one. While there are various options to get rid of unwanted hair, here’s some pros and cons which will help you choose the right option for you.


Pros: Hair is removed at the root so the results last longer and the hair grows back softer. And many women swear that the more you wax, the fewer hairs grow in.

Cons: The downside to waxing is you have to let hair grow out to wax again. It’s painful and you run the risk of the hot wax burning your face.


Sugaring, like waxing, pulls the hair from the root. The huge benefit is it’s less painful than waxing. You can buy sugaring kits to use at home or pay a pro to do it.


Pros: Quick and painless.

Cons: The creams have a strong, chemical smell, which may turn off some people. The creams don’t always work on thick, coarse hair and if you have sensitive skin, avoid this method or run the risk of chemical burns. I recommend doing a spot check on your leg or arm first to make sure your skin won’t react. Because hair is removed at the surface, it will grow back faster than with methods that pull it from the root.


An aesthetician uses a doubled-up strand of cotton thread to twist around individual hairs. She then pulls the hair out from the roots. The procedure is used mainly on the eyebrows and upper lip and the huge benefit is the hair is removed from your face by the root so it grows back much slower than it does by shaving.


If you only have a few hairs to remove, tweezing is a great option. Be sure to invest in decent slant-edged tweezers.


Pros: Hair removal is permanent.

Cons: It’s pricey. It’s also somewhat painful (you get zapped). And you have to go many times for permanent results.


Laser hair removal is an option for women with light skin and dark facial hair. The lasers don’t work as well on light hair.


Shaving is not a good option for the face. It’s a myth that your shaved facial hair will grow back thicker but it will feel as if it grew in thicker. Why? Virgin, never shaved hairs have fine, soft ends. Shaved ends are coarser. This is why the hair that grows back after you wax seems to be “softer.” Save your razor for your legs and your bikini line.



Turmeric And Milk: Turmeric powder has often been used for manufacturing beauty products. It cleanses your skin, beautifies it and ensures you are glowing all the time. Milk is also beneficial for your appearance. The combination of these two is surely going to help you remove upper lip hair naturally. This is how you should go about it!

1. Take one tablespoon of turmeric and milk and mix them in a bowl.
2. Once the mixture is prepared, apply it gently to your upper lip using your fingers.
3. Wait till it dries after which you can rub it off your skin.
4. Wash off with cold water.

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Bath Bombs You Can Make Yourself!

DIY Bath Bomb

Why spend $6 or more on a store-bought bath bomb when you make them for much less?

To soak away a stressful day, all you have to do is toss a bath bomb into your tub. Some of my favorite pampering products are the bath bombs from LUSH, but they are on the pricey side.

The hardest part of making bath bombs is finding citric acid. I bought some online from The Chemistry Store ( because it came highly recommended, but you might be able to find it at your local pharmacy.


1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 tsp. water
2 tsp. essential oil (lavender, eucalytus, rose are all popular for the bath)
2 tsp. oil (jojoba, sweet almond, coconut olive or even baby oil. Canola oil won’t compete with your essential oil fragrance)

STEPS: 1) mix baking soda, citric acid, and scented oil in a bowl. 2) Spray water onto the mixture while mixing it with your hands until it clumps–DON’T add too much water 3) Add the coloring if you wish (WARNING: it can stain your skin if you use too much!) 4) Add the confetti/sprinkles/glitter of your choice into the bottom of the mold if you wish 5) Press the mixture into the molds and let dry over night 6) Use when dry and enjoy!


If you love bath bombs but can’t justify the price of fancy store-bought bath fizzies, then quench your skin-moisturizing thirst by making your own bath bombs at home!

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Soften Those Elephant Elbows!


Elbows are knobby and generally awkward-looking, so as long as they do their job properly, we rarely think about them.

Even those of us who spend considerable time and effort to groom and clean the rest of our skin can be guilty of overlooking this spot.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for neglect and bad habits to give way to thick, uncomfortable buildup. Though some of that buildup is necessary for protection, there’s no need to settle for elephant-like extremities.

Elbows Off the Table

The first step to shedding the calluses and buildup coating your elbows is to become conscious of the bad habit that causes it. If you’re constantly leaning on them (which, if you have a desk job, could be hours every day), you’re causing a lot of friction that results in dry buildup.

Keep Them Clean

When your arms are straight, your elbow skin has no choice but to bunch up, and it’s easy for dust and germs to collect, which can be dangerous. Make sure you clean them often to prevent buildup and infection. Avoid skin care products containing alcohol and harsh acids, which can make dryness worse.


Regular exfoliation is a great treatment for keratosis pilaris, which is a harmless yet bothersome condition that’s responsible for the “chicken skin” texture of your upper arms and elbows. For a yummy-smelling combination that will seriously soften your skin, mix two parts brown sugar with one part olive oil, and add a bit of ground ginger. Gently massage into your elbows and wash off with a wet cloth.


Despite folds and creases galore, elbows are woefully lacking in the glands that keep the rest of your skin lubricated, so it’s up to you to pick up the slack.

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