While it’s known that getting clothes that properly fit you will solve almost all of your problems with style, jeans haven’t been looked at as much compared to shirts or jackets.

Because not all jeans are one-size-fits-all, it’s important to look at the different styles and cuts that denim and khaki jeans come in as well as the waist sizes and the types of rise.

Here are a few guidelines you can follow when it comes to choosing jeans that properly fit:

Fit and Cut
Ideally, your jeans should be slim in the thigh, and tapered downwards from the knee, and should fit the waist without you having to wear a belt. Going with a small taper in the leg will keep you from having to put up with a bell-bottom look.

As much as possible, avoid the boot-cut – your best go-to option is either straight-leg or slimmer. You want a good pair that hugs your legs and seat but doesn’t keep you from sitting down or standing up comfortably.

Waist
Casual pants should fasten easily and without any difficulty at all, while at the same time tight enough that it doesn’t simply fall off your hips.

Keep in mind that your size may not always be your true size. Depending on the brand you’re buying, the size of the pants you’re wearing may either be a little too tight or too loose. The best way to know your true size is by measuring your waist with a tailor’s tape.

Length and Leg Opening
The length and break of your jeans depends on your preference – whether you want your jeans a little shorter or long enough that you don’t want other people to see your socks is up to you.

When it comes to the leg opening, the style will usually determine it. “Straight fit” casual jeans will often have one width measurement from the knee down, while tapered fit jeans will have pant legs that taper from the knee down.

You can have your pants tailored to slim the legs down to your size, but doing so might be more expensive for you than buying a new pair.

Rise
The rise is essentially the measurement starting from the seam of the crotch to the top of the waistband and is often the biggest factor that determines how comfortable your pants are when you put them on. Keep in mind that the front rise is different from the back rise.

While body shapes differ from person to person, there are three general types of rise: low-rise, which sits a few inches below your belly button, mid-rise, which has a front-rise measurement of about eight to twelve inches, and high-rise, which hits your belly button or simply covers it completely.

Leukemia is one of the most common childhood cancers that causes production of abnormal white blood cells. There are various types of leukemia, however, and they are not only limited to children.

Leukemia Basics
Leukemia is essentially a type of cancer that affects the blood or blood cells. Unfortunately, there is no known cause of leukemia, although researchers point out factors that will increase the risk of developing the illness such as genes and exposure to chemicals or radiation. Leukemia affects either the myelocytes or the lymphocytes in the blood, and can occur suddenly or develop slowly over time. There is no way to prevent leukemia and the chance or recovery will depend on the type, the severity of the illness, and the age of the person.

Some symptoms of leukemia may include swollen lymph nodes, bone and joint pain, night sweats, fever, fatigue, weight loss, bruising, bleeding, frequent infections, abdominal swelling and pain (because of an enlarged liver or spleen), red spots on the skin, and purple patches on the skin.

There are various types of leukemia based on the development of the illness and the types of blood cells that are affected.

Types of Leukemia
There are four categories of leukemia to date, such as the following:

The lymphoblastic types of leukemia primarily affect the immature white blood cells or lymphoblasts, while the word myelocyte refers to the bone marrow cells such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and megakaryocytes. Myelocytic leukemia therefore begins in the bone marrow where the new blood cells are formed.

Acute leukemia is characterized by the presence of immature blood cells that grow and divide fast, while chronic leukemia affects mature but abnormal cells. These cells cannot fight off infections and the person will not feel the effects for a long time.

Childhood Leukemia
Although not all leukemia cases are hereditary, a child will most likely develop it if he/she has an inherited disorder, immune system disorder or suppression, and has been exposed to high levels of chemicals or radiation.

Some of the symptoms include fatigue, frequent infections and fever, bleeding, bruising, shortness of breath, joint or bone pain, swollen parts of the body specifically the collarbone, weight loss, gum problems, headaches, seizures, and vision problems.

Before any treatment can be given, a proper diagnosis must determine the type of leukemia a child has. Some test may include blood tests, biopsy or aspiration of the bone marrow, and spinal tap.

Treatments for Leukemia
To treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the following may be recommended: chemotherapy, corticosteroids, stem cell transplant, radiation therapy, and tyrosine kinase inhibitor.

For acute myelogenous leukemia, the following are recommended: chemotherapy, stem cells transplant, and other medications.

For chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the following may be advised: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, antibiotics, and medication for infections or complications.

For chronic myelogenous leukemia, the following are recommended: stem cell transplant, targeted therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and tyrosine kinase inhibitor.

For those of you who do not know who David Lachepelle is, he is one of the best modern artists today. Modern art focuses a lot on imagination and creativity as it seems like we’ve seen it all. Well, maybe once you’ve seen David Lachapelle’s art, you might think otherwise.

Abstract surrealism is the best way to describe his art as he is not only one of the best artist out there, he is one of the most creative! With a play on colors like no other taking you into a world where everything seems real. Convincing you that life is more than just the colors you see around. David Lachapelle will definitely bring you into the world of his art and build around a memory of beauty which will stay in the back of your mind for eternity.

Artists nowadays have been springing up from every corner of the world and unlike most of the artists from America, David Lachapelle has a very unique and captivating style. His art has been conceived with great influence from both surrealism and pop culture.

Art is not just for the old in age, in fact, David Lachapelle’s art is a perfect blend of pop culture and classical magic. Get to experience his new photographic series “New World” in person as he is bringing it to Singapore himself!

Make yourself available on Dec 29,30, and 31 and head over to the Pearl Lam Galleries to witness the magic of art in with David Lachapelle in the flesh! The best part about this event is that it is for free! You heard us, it is for free! Starting at 11am onwards, make sure to drop by Pearl Lam Galleries and witness something that will change your life forever.

There have been quite many artists going to Singapore and let’s end the year with another amazing artist. His artwork works up inspiration and imagination which is a perfect way to end the year. What’s life without imagination? What’s life without beauty?

Admittedly, we all have different preferences when it comes to art. David Lachapelle’s art tackles a more modern and sophisticated approach as it also caters to the young eyes and minds as the play throughout his artwork is easy to digest by the modern generation of youth and wondrous eyes.

Art speaks for itself. Art builds and art distorts. At the end of the day, art is a part of everything we see and although art is not something we can eat or something that tackles to our basic needs, art feeds our soul. What better way to start 2018 than with a glimpse of wonder and beauty?

Music has been a part of our lives generation after generation. Music has been evolving throughout the years with artists building on the basics until the basics become more complicated and now, music just seems a bit too complicated to compose. Not for DJs like Mark Sixma!

Although others might not agree to this, EDM is starting to define the current generation’s taste in music. With types of sound which nobody has heard before played at a beat very close to our heart rate, trance is one of the EDM genres we enjoy.

Sadly, a lot of people say that trance is repetitive but they just don’t get the point. Trance is suppose to be repetitive. Trance is suppose to put you in a trance with the beat going on and on and on while you are having the time of your life together with people with different stories, backgrounds, and experiences coming together with one thing in common, the love for trance music.

DJ Mark Sixma is no new name to the game as he has been spinning with and his mixes played by big names like Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren and many more to mention. DJ Mark Sixma is not new to the game either as he has been able to perform internationally around the world.

Now it’s time for Singapore to welcome one of the best DJs of our generation! DJ Mark Sixma is said to play at the Capital Zouk on December 30 and the entrance fee is about $40-$50 which is a small price to pay for a DJ like Mark Sixma.

Get ready for the party of your life as the date closes in! See DJ Mark Sixma in person and experience a night you will never forgget.

Parties are great ways for you to enjoy your time as a youth or even if you are not young, it is still great to have fun every once in a while. Parties turn into great memories with your friend or it could even be the event that changed your life. You might even meet someone who would have a great impact in your life at a party.

Do not pass on the opportunity to party with music from DJ Mark Sixma going all the way to Singapore to perform. Enjoy the night with great trance music and step into another world of beautiful smiles and wonderful music. There is so much more to the night than just music. Experience the beauty DJ Mark Sixma is bringing to Singapore at your very own Capital Zouk on December 30. Don’t miss this opportunity, it’ll only come once.

Is there a right way to instill love, kindness and compassion for humans and other living creatures in a child?

Be an example. Children do what their parents do because you’re their role model. If they see you treat all the people around you kindly, they will also nurture a loving relationship with their peers as they grow up. If they see how you care for your pets, they will also be kind to animals. Show your child how good it feels to help out neighbors, for example, and how you can gain more friends by genuinely caring for everyone.

Say the right words. Show your child that there’s nothing to be ashamed of when expressing how much you love and care for another person. Don’t be afraid to say “I love you” before bedtime, or say “thank you” to people who make our lives easier. Practice saying “thank you” to the waiter or waitress when he/she serves the food, for example. Show your kid that it’s good to express your gratitude even when the person is being paid to do their jobs.

Use kind words. Whenever you talk to other people, always use polite and kind words even if you disagree. Hurtful words can ruin good relationships, and you wouldn’t want your child to grow up being shunned by his/her peers because they think he/she is an unpleasant company. Even when you’re talking to your child, he/she should be the receiving end of your compassion and understanding because it will make a bigger impact than anything else.

Help them raise a pet. If your family has the means to care for a pet, it’s also a good method to teach your child how to care for another living creature. The experience will teach the child a lot of things he/she won’t learn at school or when dealing with other people. Raising pets will teach the child unconditional love, responsibility, compassion and empathy for all things.

Point out rudeness. Being compassionate and understanding towards your child also has boundaries. Some children need to be told that they need to correct rude behavior. Teach your child that he/she has to respect everyone including family members and parents, and that there is no excuse to be rude just because the person loves him/her. Unacceptable behavior such as hitting another person, shouting, and name-calling should never be tolerated, no matter the circumstances.

Make it a habit. Good manners, willingness to help, and the use of kind and helpful words should be practiced by everyone in the family, not just you and the child. When it becomes a normal part of the child’s life, he/she will take the experience into adulthood. When a child exhibits kindness even when no one told him/her to, praise the actions to let him/her know that you value the thought.

Opportunistic infections are illnesses caused by pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi that take advantage of a person’s weakened immune system. The inability to fight off invaders gives these infections an opportunity to enter the body, an opening rarely possible if only the person has a healthy body.

Causes of Weak Immune System
A weak immune system is caused by several factors and conditions such as pregnancy, ageing, ongoing medical procedures, and ongoing antibiotic treatment. Normally, opportunistic infections will not affect a healthy person, but if you have any of the following illnesses, you are at risk: recurring infections, HIV/AIDS, skin damage, leukopenia, and malnutrition. For people with HIV/AIDS, the most common opportunistic infections are the following: candidiasis, cervical cancer, herpes simplex virus, lymphoma, tuberculosis, pneumonia, Salmonella septicemia, wasting syndrome, and many more.

Testing for Opportunistic Infections
There are ways to be tested if you think you are infected with opportunistic infections or OI through blood tests. Patients with HIV/AIDS, for example, are at risk of getting infected and must be tested regularly. One type of blood test is to look for the antigens and/or antibodies. The antigens are traces of the germs that caused the opportunistic infection, while the antibodies are the proteins produced by the human body to fight off the infection. For people with HIV/AIDS, the CD4 cell count should be monitored, because it will determine how weak the immune system has become. The CD4 cells or T-cells are white blood cells that are responsible for suppressing and killing the cells infected by the virus.

HIV/AIDS and CD4 Cells
If the person has a very low CD4 cell count, it means that he/she is more likely to get sick or infected and will have a difficult time recovering. The human immunodeficiency virus often infects the CD4 cells and become part of the normal cells. As they destroy the person’s healthy cells, the HIV also multiplies, making it harder for the remaining white blood cells to fight off the infection. A CD4 test is taken by using a blood sample from the patient and then determining the count of several types of cells still present. Although the CD4 count is not exact, the laboratory technician can give a good proportion of CD4 cells by calculating the total white blood cells in the sample. A normal CD4 count should be between 500 and 1,600. A CD4 cell count below 200 will indicate that the person’s immune system has been severely damaged and is diagnosed with autoimmune deficiency syndrome or AIDS, the final stage of HIV.

Prevention of Opportunistic Infections
If you have HIV/AIDS, you should avoid getting infections through treatments such as antiretroviral therapy, taking prescribed medication (prophylaxis), getting vaccinations, practicing healthy eating habits, limiting your exposure to germs, drinking clean water only, and monitoring your CD4 cell count every 6 to 12 months.

If we’re talking about the hottest items in the make-up industry, BB and CC creams are guaranteed to be included on that list. The two ‘miracle’ products have sparked a buzz in the Asian beauty market, which soon spanned to a worldwide scale. It is not a surprise how they are revered to as an all-in-one product, as they are famous for offering myriad benefits to the skin which can only be achieved through applying various products.

However, a number of people still remain clueless and confused as to how these two products differ from each other. While both the BB cream and CC cream function similarly when applied on the face, there are actually differences in terms of their texture, coverage, and benefits.

• Meaning: BB cream stands for Beauty/Blemish Balm cream, while CC cream stands for Complex/Color Correcting cream.

• Texture: The BB cream has a thick and heavy texture, but the CC cream has an airy and light texture. The former has a thicker pigmentation, while the latter is perfect for acne-prone skin types which only require light touch-up.

• Coverage: BB cream has a light and medium coverage. This makes it perfect to use as a make-up base. CC cream, however, has a notably full and medium coverage considering its color-correcting benefits on the skin. It is also used to conceal light scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone for hours.

• Benefits: The BB cream acts as a primer and moisturizer. It brightens your face and smoothens out your skin. Meanwhile, the CC cream primarily conceals imperfections and corrects the uneven color of your skin.

Which is best for you?
If you are blessed with a clear skin, using a BB cream is ideal for everyday wear. It can be a good pick-me-up product as it provides a natural-looking finish.

CC cream is best suited for sensitive skin. This includes acne-prone, oily, and problematic skin types. It is also perfect for skin which suffers frequent discoloration such as redness.

If you’re looking for a practical buy, a BB cream not only saves your time but it also saves your money. It is considered a jack-of-all-trades in a single product with all the benefits of a serum, primer, foundation, and moisturizer.

Achieving that youthful glow doesn’t have to be difficult. With added skin care benefits, CC cream is your ticket to regaining the natural vigor of your skin.

The SPF in CC cream is also relatively higher, thus it protects the skin better especially if you’re planning to spend long hours basked under the summer sun.

Commercial branded products often vary in terms of their properties, so it’s still best to conduct your own research. Take into account your personal skin condition in order to buy the product which is the best fit for your skin.

One dash of lipstick can already complete your look for the day. For instance, most beauty junkies only feel their look is complete after a coat of lipstick since it adds glamour onto the face. This classic beauty product comes in a wide range of colors, from deep velvet to shocking pink. They also come in variants such as your traditional, matte, semi-gloss, or liquid lipstick.

But while we rely on lipsticks for our cosmetic needs, most of them do not last long as much as we need them to. When we choose to eat something with light grease or have a drink, some pigment fade away from your lips. The traditional lipstick is not meant to last the whole day in general. The good news is: there are a few easy and efficient tips into making your lipstick last long.

1. Exfoliate your lips
When your lips are hydrated and soft, the pigment on lipsticks is likely to stay more evenly onto its surface. Thus when you apply lipstick on properly exfoliated lips, not only does it look better but it also feels better.
You can opt to make your lip scrub at home by combining honey, lemon, and sugar. Apply the scrub onto your lips thoroughly yet gently, effectively exfoliating dead skin cells through the use of a soft-bristled tooth brush.

2. Moisturize
Aside from exfoliating, you might as well moisturize your lips in order to prevent it from drying. Matte lipsticks, for one, are notorious for leaving your lips dry after a long day’s coverage. Chemicals in lipstick have poor adherence on dry lips, thus you are better off moisturizing them regularly. Apply your favorite lip balm or petroleum jelly such as Vaseline before you apply a coat of lipstick.

3. Apply foundation
While foundation is a staple make-up base on the face, a little trick is that it prolongs the coverage of lipstick when applied on the lips. Take a small amount of foundation or dab an amount of concealer on your lips before you apply your lipstick. The product will make your lipstick stick much better, hence it is likely to last longer than usual.

4. Use a lip liner
Every beauty guru knows applying lip liner as base coat will help prevent your lipstick from sliding off. Not only that, it also boosts the color of your lips. Gently fill the entire surface with liner, from the center of your lips before you work your way outwards. Apply a lipstick of the same shade afterwards!

5. Practice layering
Sometimes, one coat of lipstick just isn’t enough. Layering it up twice will make your lipstick last longer. A second layer of lipstick is guaranteed to withstand activities such as eating or drinking, especially if its pigmentation is designed for long coverage.

Maybe it’s not too late to save up for these awesome once in a lifetime concerts! Having international artists go all the way to Singapore is a great way for you to see them and experience their concerts without having to leave the country and follow them around the world! 2018 has a lot to offer the people of Singapore as it brings artists we love and we would definitely want to see live!

Sometimes listening to their music or watching their videos isn’t enough, to fully experience an artist or artists, you must definitely see them perform live! Back in the day, you would have to travel all the way to where the artist was for you to be able to perform but nowadays, all you have to do is save up, buy a ticket, and wait!

Now, here’s a list of the upcoming concerts:

1. Clean Bandit
When you see them perform, there’s no place you’d rather be! Clean bandit is finally going to Singapore! They are going to be playing at the Hall 601-604, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre on Jan 22, 2018, 7pm! The tickets cost about $108 dollars. Hurry! Before the slots are gone.

2. Incubus
Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there! Now Incubus is definitely a band you should watch out for! Playing at the Zepp@Bigbox Singapore on Feb 9, 7:30pm for the ticket price of $108, you’ll definitely get one massive show!

3. The Script
As the famous song Breakeven goes, what am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you? Well, get your hearts ready to sing out with all emotion the songs of this amazing band as they play on the 12th of April 2018, 8pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the ticket price of $98. Now, it’s time to save up!

4. Fall Out Boy
You will remember me for centuries! One of the biggest rock bands of today is going to Singapore! Not only is this a once in a lifetime experience, this may be once in a whole century for a band this massive to go to Singapore! They will be playing at the Zepp@Bigbox Singapore on the 30th of April 2018, 8pm with tickets at the price of $148! Save up for this once in a century experience!

5. Bruno Mars
Now, that’s what I like! Yes sir! The biggest pop icon today is flying all the way to Singapore to give us the coolest show we’ve ever experienced! Be part of the Bruno Mars 24K magic World Tour 2018! Bruno Mars is going to be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the 6th and 7th of May 2018 starting at 7pm and 8pm respectively! Tickets are at $168 but hey, this is a once in a lifetime experience to see the legendary Bruno Mars in person!

As we all know, hawker centers are part of our culture. Every time you walk into a hawker center, you are greeted with the amazing aroma of the different dishes that have been around for the longest time ever. These dishes have cemented Singapore’s taste in the culinary world.

Proprietors are Getting Old
The problem with hawker centers is that the people behind the pot are usually getting older and sadly, the next generation has not yet found the interested to put up and run new hawker stalls. For the younger generation, it just doesn’t seem all that appealing. This has been a struggle for quite a while now and Singapore itself is trying to find ways to make sure that the hawker industry stays alive. One idea was to set up certain “schools” where people could learn how to cook and master the different hawker meals we all know and love.

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Although “training” young people to be lead the new hawker centers is a great idea, it hasn’t found a big following yet.. Luckily for us, there are people like 25-year-old Derwin Chan who has just set up his own hawker stand called Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice located at Thompson Road (open from 11AM to 9:30PM). There are only a few young people who have put their heart and soul into the hawker business just like Derwin. The thing about hawkers is the struggle for authenticity despite the innovations that make everything easier.

Old Dishes, New Ways of Cooking
Derwin has an unorthodox method of cooking his chicken, he uses a metal pipe that is inserted from the bottom of the chicken and can be hooked from the top of the chicken. Now this is something truly amazing because not only does it make it easier for the chicken to cook, the heat from the metal pipe allows it to be evenly cooked on the inside! Derwin also experiments with the rice itself as he tries to add no MSG which although makes the rice less fragrant, it makes the rice healthier!

Keeping Hawker Centers Alive
Derwin is just one of the young hawker entrepreneurs we would look out for as there are still dozens of other things we can learn from our young ones. The future of the hawker industry relies entirely on people like Derwin and if there aren’t any more passionate young people like Derwin, the hawker industry could die out in a couple of decades. Let’s hope for more youth to be interested in starting their own hawker center. Not only will this be a great way to provide them with financial stability, it is also a great way to preserve Singapore’s culture.

As much as possible, you have to stick with natural remedies when it comes to any discomfort. Severe reliance to commercial drugs can have lasting negative effects on your health at the end of the day. It is always better to choose the natural way of healing or treating illnesses. Are you familiar with home remedies? You will be surprised of the power of your cupboards.

With this, you have to learn few home remedies to help you treat or ease discomfort specifically affecting the ears. If the earwax is accumulated, it can lead to pain, hearing loss and dizziness. It is a common practice here in Singapore to use cotton swabs every day to remove ear wax. You simply want to look clean but you have to know that it can damage the ears.

Cleaning the ears should be done using rubbing alcohol and vinegar solution. Here are some guidelines:

1. Look for the items to be used: The basic thing that you have to do is to look for the items to be used. In this solution you will use rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, bowl, cotton balls, cotton swabs and cloth.

2. Combine: After securing the items, you are now ready to mix the solution. Combine equal parts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Mix it in a bowl. Make sure not to pour many.

3. Lean: Lean on one side of your head. This is in preparation for the mixture to be dropped inside the ear. Use cotton balls to dip and pour three or four drops into the ears. Do not overdo it because it will flood the ear.

4. Leave it: As much as possible, avoid moving and wait for at least five minutes before draining it. When draining it, put a clean cloth on the other side and lean.

5. Remove: The ear wax should come any second and that is the time when you use cotton swabs or ear buds. Remember not to do this every day as it can cause irritation to your eyes and possibly damage. You can do this every other day if it makes you comfortable but never every day.

If you do not have these things, you can also try saline solution. This is just salt water with the same procedure as you would when cleaning ears with rubbing alcohol and vinegar solution. It is important to steer away from cotton swabs, hair pins, car keys and other harmful objects which can affect the ears.

Everything has a purpose and you will be amazed how hugging can help you and the people around you. In this case, hugging is not at all useless and nonsense. Not all Singaporeans love hugging. To them, hugging is more like invading personal space but to those who appreciate it, life is not the same without it.

You have to know that hugging can benefit your overall well-being. Hugging often can indeed change your life and to those you touch. It is time that you know the amazing physiological benefits of hugging:

• Increase bonding: There is no doubt that hugging can increase bonding. When you hug, there is a hormone that is released from the brain called oxytocin. The release of such hormones can in fact increase the feelings of intimacy and commitment.

• Relax the body: Notice that when you hug someone, it appeases you and thereby relaxing the body. It is more like letting someone help you carry whatever weight you are enduring.

• Ease pain: When hugging, endorphins will be released. This hormone can help with the relieving or easing of the pain. It can actually block the pain pathways thereby soothing the aches and increasing the soft tissue circulation.

• Relieve depression: Your brain can also increase its production of dopamine through hugging. Hugging is seen to set depression low as well as other neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson. So, if you see someone down, it won’t hurt to give a little something of yourself through hugging.

• Improve heart health: There is a study commissioned by University of North Carolina. The study found out that partners who get regular hugs have decreased heart rate. You have to know that a decreased heart rate can also decrease blood pressure as well as other cardiac illnesses.

• Boost the immune system: Hugging can actually help improve or boost the immune system. There is a study conducted by Dr. Shelden Cohen. The study proved that people who have constant hug and support did not exhibit symptoms of an infection despite their exposure.

Surely a simple thing as hugging can go a long way. The lesson here is that hug as often as you can because it feels good and it can have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing. To those who are not used to it, give yourself time and then try it. You will be surprised of how it actually feels.

It seems that the last thing you can do when you’re a hot mess with unbearable cough and sore throat is putting on a full-glam look, but there are some techniques that require very little effort to look good—perfect for when it takes a lot of effort just to bring yourself to the mirror. Here are some ways to look fresh and presentable the next time the unpredictable weather takes its toll on you.

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1. Try Caffeinated Face Scrub

When you wake up feeling sick, taking a shower may not be on your priority list, but at least wash your face. An energizing caffeine-powered face scrub is just the thing to wake your senses and make you feel refreshed. Any caffeinated beauty product brightens and tightens the skin and leaves you with that delightful tingling sensation, perfect to start the day when you’re not feeling your best.

2. Moisturize Your Skin

One of the easiest ways to look healthy when you’re sick is to keep your skin hydrated. Just because you’re not feeling well doesn’t mean you can forego skin care. Facial moisturizer instantly gives your face the glow it desperately needs—and also protects the skin against constant friction from all the tissue you will be using on your nose. For more skin moisturizing effect, use a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation as your base.

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3. Sculpt the Brows

You’d be surprised how well-groomed and sculpted brows bring life to the face. Not only does tamed brows make you look put-together, a nice arch also lifts the face in a snap. So, whether you have naturally full brows or a sparse pair, a tinted brow gel is the quickest way to colour and shape your arches.

4. Put Some Colour On your Skin

It’s normal to look pale when you’re sick. To bring back the colour, put on some cream bronzer and blush. Apply bronzer on the perimeters of the face and blush on the apples of the cheeks. The right amount of bronzer and blush will add the much-needed healthy colour on the skin.

5. Swipe Some Gloss

Cracked lips are obvious signs that you are terribly sick, but a swipe of lip gloss can easily bring those puckers back to life. Pick a sheer lip gloss with a light pink hue that’s close to your natural lip colour. As much as possible, avoid nude shades as they only wash you out even more.

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Being sick can make you feel down, but sometimes you just need to bring yourself up and face the world. These simple ways to look good are worth the extra effort, because after all, when you look good, you feel good.

Social media is a great platform to share your thoughts and gather new ideas. For some professionals, these platforms can boost their career; while for others, it could mean the end of their profession. Do not be one of those in the latter group. Make sure to avoid these four social media mistakes to maintain a healthy environment for your professional growth.

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1. Talking Trash About Your Work or Boss

Putting out your rants for the public to see is never the best way to deal with your frustrations, especially if it has something to do with your job. Even if your post is hidden from your boss, an officemate might see and forward it to him. And even though that one post or comment does not hurt your current job, it could come haunting you later on. A future prospect employer might see the post and think that you’re not healthy for his company as you have the tendency to badmouth your employer when something doesn’t go your way.

2. Badmouthing Your Clients

Like the first one, complaining about your customers can have equally damaging effects to your reputation. Numerous social media stories involving waiters who took photos of poor tips and posted them online got fired for doing such action. Complaining about customers puts the company in a bad position. Most employers in Singapore do not tolerate that, so avoid posting such complaints on your social media accounts.

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3. Posting Party Photos with Alcohol

You have probably heard stories that someone lost a job because of posting photos on social media with tequila on hand, or more like engaging in wild parties. Sometimes, people even post photos of themselves in company uniform, lewdly dancing and making offensive hand gestures. Some photos are best kept private. Before posting something online, consider if you would want your employer or colleague to see it.

4. Writing Something About Your Political Views

Working for a company also means representing them wherever you go and in whatever you do. As such, whatever you write and post online will now be reflected on the company you’re working with. Before posting any of your political views, think about this every time. Typically, political contents that swing extremely right or left are flagged as inappropriate by companies. The best thing you can do is to keep your posts wholesome or simply keep your political views to yourself.

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On way to boost your professional image is by being mindful of your social media activities. As long as you keep these tips in mind, you will keep your job and your professional reputation intact.

 
As much as possible you want your environment to shine with flashy lights especially at night. You do this to fend off whatever is lurking in the dark. Now this sounds harmless but you have to be aware that if you continue overdoing the lights, you are contributing to light pollution. Perhaps you are not familiar about it or you just choose to ignore but regardless, this is the time that you have to know everything about it.

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Light pollution is the extensive use of artificial light. It is undeniable that Singapore has this extensive use of artificial light and so does New York or Paris. Actually, light pollution is the negative effect of urbanization. When you hear pollution, regardless of the kind, it compromises health of the people as well as upsetting the ecosystems and destroying the aesthetic environment. No matter how you see it, it can have a lasting effect.

Types of light pollution

You have to know that light pollution is broad. It can refer to different problems that are stimulated by excessive use of artificial light. Types include light trespass, over-illumination, glare, light clutter and skyglow. Light trespass refers to the unwanted light that entered another’s property. Over-illumination on the other hand is the extreme use of light. Glare can be categorized differently but in general it refers to a shine with harsh and uncomfortable brilliant light. Light clutter means the extensive light grouping that can distract and confuse people. Lastly, skyglow is the diffused glow of light.

Light pollution’s impact on energy

Light uses energy without a doubt but excessive lighting also means excessive and unnecessary use of energy. How can people deal with this? Energy conservation is the key to address this issue. Advocates are raising awareness so people can change their habits so light is used efficiently. It is therefore crucial for every government to provide its citizens of information about light pollution, the potential problems that will arise from it and how to reduce its effect on energy use.

Consequences

You have learned that in this world, too much of something is bad and it entails consequences. The first consequence that you have to face is energy waste. You have to know that lighting is accountable for almost ¼ of all electricity consumption in the world. It was mentioned earlier that it can also compromise the health on both human and animal. In the world of astronomy, light pollution destroys the night sky. With light pollution, the skies have become blurry and stars less sparkly.

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It is not every day that you are educated about pollution but it is something that you have to keep in mind for the remainder of your life – if you want to live longer. Pollution, regardless of the kind, can have a negative effect on your health and the ecosystem. There are many kinds of pollution but not all see the gravity of light pollution.

Light pollution is everywhere even here in Singapore. In a world filled with darkness at night, one can understand the person’s desire to give or shine light. But you have to be aware of how far you can give or show light. Light pollution means the excessive and unnecessary use of artificial lights. All can be blamed of this phenomenon. It is actually one of the negative effects of modernization.

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Light pollution is a serious problem that should be addressed. Do not ignore it because you feel it is harmless. Lights can never harm anyone after all. But that is where you are wrong. You have to act now before it is too late for your children and the future. Start by raising awareness. To help to raise awareness, it is imperative that you know the types of light pollution.

Here are the types of light pollution:

    • Light trespass: When you hear trespass, it means invading another’s property. Light trespass happens when unwanted strong light shines on another’s property. This is serious because if the strong light goes through the window, it can lead to problems like sleep deprivation. The good thing is that governments determined a standard outdoor lighting to protect the rights of everyone.

    • Over-illumination: Over-illumination is a common problem. When you use lights too much, you also use barrels of oil every day and that is energy wasted. The common perpetrators are commercial buildings where they consume so much energy every day. The good news is that this problem can be easily corrected using inexpensive technology. The company just needs to consider it.

    • Glare: Glare is another type of light pollution that gives distress because of the brilliant light. It has three subcategories – blinding glare, disability glare and discomfort glare. The glare is especially a public health hazard and it worsens as you grow old.

    • Skyglow: Skyglow refers to diffused glow that is usually seen in populated areas. This is the cause of decreased visibility of stars at night. Astronomers particularly dislike this kind of light pollution because it interferes with their studies. It can be reduced with the help of the right lighting fixture.

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Perhaps, there’s no such person who wouldn’t like to be happy. In the midst of the demands of life and work or school, happiness is often pushed aside to make room for worry, stress and anxiety. It doesn’t have to be this way all the time. Here are 10 simple things you can do that can help improve your level of happiness.

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  1. Have some dark chocolate. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can trigger production of oxytocin—the ‘feel good’ hormones—and help relax blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure.

 

  1. Get a massage. Who wouldn’t be pleasured with a massage? Whether it’s done by a professional or by your spouse, gentle touches are relieving and make anyone feel good.

 

  1. Listen to music. It should be a part of your everyday routine. Playing upbeat songs will make you feel positive and energized, while slow and calming songs at the end of the day will help you feel relaxed and rested.

 

  1. Take a relaxing bath. Make this a habit before going to bed. Prepare a warm, relaxing bath with essential oils and rose petals (if you like). Giving your body a much needed relaxation at the end of the day will give you the peace of mind to sleep well during the night.

 

  1. Go shopping. Women love this! But it can be equally satisfying for men, too. Shop not just for clothes, but anything you want—shoes, bags, sports gear, etc. It’s always nice to buy yourself something, isn’t it?

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  1. Whip yourself some good food. This is a lot better when done with your significant other. Cooking together will make the both of you feel happier. Plus, nothing beats good food when it comes to instantly lift your mood.

 

  1. Prioritize yourself. Whenever you feel exhausted or bummed out, take a break and do whatever relaxes you. Even if it means 15 minutes of break to savour a cup of joe or take an afternoon nap, prioritizing yourself in the middle of a busy day is always worth it if it gives yourself a chance to relax.

 

  1. Go on a picnic. Go out with your family, friends or with your partner. Prepare something to bring with your for an afternoon picnic at the park. Spend some time outdoors, savouring the beauty of nature, breathing fresh air and just having fun.

 

  1. Live a healthy lifestyle. Bad habits have the tendency to pull negative vibes into your life. It’s not just smoking or taking drugs, it may be spending too much time on TV, laziness, etc. As simple as when you’re not making the right choices in your life, you’re far from being happy.

 

  1. Love may hurt, but it also gives us absolute joy. If you love and you are loved in return, you feel the happiest, don’t you?

Remember, happiness is a choice. It’s all up to you how to make it happen.

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Working out on weekends is pretty easy, since you don’t have other things to do. You can start your Saturday by hitting the gym or spend an hour or two of leisurely bike ride in the in the afternoon.

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Here comes Monday; just the thought of finding time for a run can be overwhelming. Morning meetings and after-work happy hours make it even harder to find time to go to the gym. But, regular exercise throughout the week is important as it helps manage stress and sleep better at night. Here’s how you can make weekday workouts happen.

  1. Get Your Gym Gear Ready

Get your workout gear all set, so you won’t have an excuse not to go to the gym. Do your laundry on weekends to make sure all your gym clothes are clean and sorted out before the week starts. Have a set of gym apparel ready at all times in your car, so you can go to the gym right away when the time allows.

  1. Schedule Your Week

Workweek can get really busy. That’s why it’s important to make a schedule in advance. On Sundays, figure out the most convenient times for you to workout. Most gyms and fitness studios nowadays have online sites where they post their monthly classes. Check your gym’s website to see which classes you can attend during the week that will fit your work schedule.

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  1. Gather a Squad

Gym buddies make working out a lot easier. They don’t only keep you accountable for showing up, but they generally make working out fun. Ask around to see if anyone in your office wants to do yoga or try HIIT after work, or if someone lives near your neighbourhood for an early morning jog.

  1. Keep It Interesting

Choosing an exercise you know you’ll love will make it easier for you to start and maintain a workout schedule. But don’t limit yourself to the same exercise. Every once in a while, switch things up. Though there’s nothing wrong with getting into a routine, it’s more exciting to work out when you know you’re going to try a new type of exercise you have never tried before.

Hit the gym or just be a couch potato? Do not make the wrong choice, no matter how busy you are. While it’s a tough decision to make after a stressful day at work, remember that even Mark Zuckerberg finds time to jog several times a week. If you aren’t as busy as a business CEO, there’s no excuse for not working out on weekdays.

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It is okay to retake photos especially if you are just new with taking selfies but as you go along, you will learn to perfect it, score tons likes and be the popular person in your community. If you want to hasten the process of taking amazing selfies, you can consider the following easy tricks:

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  • Tilt your head: Tilting the head at an angle is a simple trick that you should master. Tilting the head at an angle is very effective in highlighting your cheekbones plus it can make your eyes look wider. This will surely yield off adorable vibes.

 

  • Look for good lights: The secret to a perfect selfie is good lights. With the right light, it will spark your skin thereby making you look amazing. Thin of the hair too! It will be shiny. So next time you take a selfie, go outside and take advantage of the light.

 

  • Find your pose: You should have a signature pose. This is like packaging your best features in the picture for show. If you feel good about your pose, your picture will say the same too. No matter the situation, always strike that pose.

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  • Consider editing apps: Editing is okay as long as you do not go far from reality. Editing is actually better than filter. There are different applications here in Singapore either free or at minimal cost. Editing your photos a little can surely land you many likes.

 

  • Use fan: The oldest trick of photographers is fanning. Many magazines love this. If you have a fan around, use it. The glamorous movement of your hair can be the thing that you are waiting for. It should be few feet away from you so the pictures will look like natural.

 

  • Hold it above: When taking selfie, the easiest thing that you can do is to hold the camera slightly above your head. This will give your selfies a stronger feel. If you want to showcase your outfit of the day, you have to consider this.

 

  • Enjoy the process: Your followers may enjoy candid photos instead of scripted ones. You don’t have to take serious pictures all the time. Sometimes “wacky” is all you need to be vibrant. You will surely garner more followers if they saw that you are having a great time with the photos.

Hopefully these tricks are enough to make an amazing selfie. Always trust in the power of your smartphone, skills and your good looks. If you are still not taking good selfies, just patiently practice and you will surely master it in time.

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You are given a chance to travel for business. That makes you feel really special. If you are sent to somewhere to conduct business in behalf of the company, it is imperative that you bring along different items to stay connected. You should bring your laptop. The good news is that there are lightweight laptops available here in Singapore now. These lightweight laptops can make your business trip trouble-free.

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The only challenge that you will encounter is choosing which tech brands offer the thinnest or lightest. Who would want lugging bulky computers when traveling? You can actually choose tablets but it is not practical especially if you are used to a full-size keyboard. Laptops should be carried when for any business trip. Here is a list of lightweight laptops available in the market now perfect for any business trips:

  1. HP Spectre: HP Spectre boasts of .40 inch thick design plus 2.45 pounds weight. It is surely lightweight but developers spared some designs like its two-tone black and gold finish plus rounded piston hinges. Speakers are Bang & Olufsen. It costs about $1,425.

 

  1. MacBook Air: MacBook air brags of 13.3-inch widescreen display. Though it is not light as other MacBook at 2.96 pounds. It is idea for business trips where sockets are not readily available because of its up to 12 hours battery life. It costs about $999.

 

  1. Macbook: If you want lighter and thinner Mac than the previous one, this is the perfect choice. It has 12-inch retina display and weighs about 2.03 pounds. Its battery life is up to 10 hours. The good news is that you can choose many finishes from metallic gray to rose gold. It costs about $1,299.

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  1. Dell XPS 13: Thin laptops tend to compromise other features in an effort to slim down. But not the Dell XPS 13. It boasts of an Intel Core i7 processor plus one terabyte storage not to mention 6 ports. It weighs 2.7 pounds. It costs about $1,422.

 

  1. Vaio Z: If you do not look closely, Vaio Z can be mistaken as a Macbook Pro. It weighs 2.58 pounds with 0.59 to 0.66 inch thickness. Vaio made it from aluminium, mica stone and carbon. It costs $1,799.

There is nothing wrong if you mix business with pleasure. After working hard, you can finally explore the corners of whatever place you are in. Do not forget to have fun in the process. You can buy these laptops around do not worry.

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