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How to make your own herbal care for beautiful skin

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As the humid monsoon weather persists, there’s need to take extra care of your skin, as humidity can clog up the pores and cause dirt and grime to tick on the skin, leading to skin problems such as blackheads, acne and pimples.

Learn to make your own herbal skin care products and use them regularly for smooth, radiant skin. The ingredients are affordable and effective. Follow the tips given below.

Sandalwood and fuller’s earth paste: With this pack, get rid of pimples, acne, blemishes, dark spots, dark circles, pigmentation and other skin flaws. This pack is packed with anti-ageing properties, giving a healthy glow and shine to the skin.

Tips: Take one tsp pure sandalwood powder. Add two tsp fuller’s earth. Add five to six tsp rose water. Make a fine paste. Apply on face and neck. Wash off after half an hour.

Aloe Vera: The water filled tissues in the leaves work wonders to moisturise the skin, prevent wrinkles, reduce acne and inflammation, lighten the blemishes and revitalise the skin.

Tips: Cut one leaf. Wash it. Split it. Extract the pulp. Rub it on the face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes. It’s that simple and easy to do

Potato and tomato juice: Get glowing and soft skin with this combination. It soothes sun burns, attacks premature wrinkles, removes dark circles, diminishes blemishes, shrinks the open pores and finishes off with a good moisturiser.

Tips: Take one tbsp cold potato juice. Mix it with one tbsp tomato juice. Apply on face and neck. Keep it for half an hour before rinsing off.

Cucumber and lemon juice: The fresh juice of these two vegetables brightens the skin. With regular use, glow and fairness will take over dullness and darkness. Embracing these natural ingredients, dark under eye circles will fade away quickly.

Tips: Take one table spoon lemon juice. Add one tbsp. cucumber juice. Apply on face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes.

Raw milk and honey: Tone your skin with this face mask. It will gently scour off dead cells, dirt and pollution from deep inside your skin pores.

Tips: Mix one tsp of raw milk with one tsp of pure honey together: Coat a thin layer on your face and neck. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water if the skin is oily and normal tap water if the skin is dry.

Besides these herbal treatments, keep your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.Read more

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Teens’ wearable art creations an extravagant fashion statement

The Southern Vales Christian College students spent about six months “building” their tea bag and garden gowns as part of their Year 12 art studies.

Their hard work paid off, with the pair placing first and second at the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards state finals last week in the society and environment wearable arts category.

Emerald says stories of young Indian girls being taken from their homes and forced to work in dire conditions at tea plantations inspired her dress.

She wondered if these girls dreamt of being a princess, just like she did as a young girl.

Her Edwardian-style garment is made of tea-stained calico and recycled fabric adorned with layers of used tea bags to create a lace effect.

A China setting on a wooden shelf is hidden under the material.

“I did a few different designs,” Emerald, 17 who is based at the college’s Aldinga campus, says.

“Originally I was going to do the dress short but that didn’t really fit with the Victorian style.”

Elizabeth took a different approach, instead trying to make the audience consider the disappearance of backyards as a result of urbanisation.

Her gown has a fitted bodice with a tiered geometric wooden frame covered in grass mesh, curtain material and synthetic moss.

But it is the plants resting on the wooden frame, many of which are placed in cups filled with wet foam to keep them hydrated, that give the dress a special touch.

“It’s mostly made up of real plants,” Elizabeth, 18 who is based at the school’s Morphett Vale campus, says.

“We source them from the school gardens — there’s such a variety here.

“It started off with a lot of research and idea generation to see if anybody had done anything similar — there was lots of problem solving.

“The first probably month was just trialling to see how we were going to pull this off.”

The girls will travel to WA to compete in the national finals on October 21.

They are glad they are going together — mostly because they can help each other “shimmy” into the dresses, which they say are difficult to walk in because of their wooden shelves.

“I’m excited but quite nervous,” Emerald says.

“The competition was so good in Adelaide, I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like in WA.”Read more at:formal evening dresses | cocktail dress australia

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A Change of Pace

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Something strange has been happening to me lately. For the first time in my life I have an active lifestyle, doing yoga each morning, cycling at night and learning to surf at the weekends. I’ve been making an effort to be mindful, to rest and practice self-care. I suddenly am really watching what I eat, giving up caffeine and soda, and maintaining a low-carb and low-sugar diet. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for nearly a month now, eating only for eight hours from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and fasting the rest of the time. I’ve been setting intentions, did a moon ritual during Tuesday’s solar eclipse, cleansing my home and myself with sage.

And so far I really, really feel good.

That said, it’s so weird to feel a change happening to yourself. I’m shopping for rashguards and bra tops and sports sunblock instead of Vivienne Westwood and lipstick. I’m booking trips based on where the waves are good and choose weekend beach trips that leave at 4 a.m. over staying out in Time or 20:20 until 4 a.m. It’s strange to set my alarm each morning to get to a hot yoga class on time, when I usually would start my day at noon. It’s bizarre to no longer eat every two hours, and just have that self control to stop all food consumption when the clock strikes eight. Its odd to make sure to have a yoga mat, blocks and trainer fits in my suitcase, more than a few extra outfits.

My friends are beginning to take the piss, calling me Sports Mich and laughing at my antics. At Surfcuit, the intensive surfing training course I’ve been doing weekly with Paolo Soler’s Philippine Surfing Academy, my pals who I dragged to do the course with me took instagram stories of me doing yoga before classes because they just thought it was hilarious. My friend Cecile looked at me in shock when I said I wanted to buy a Go Pro the other day, saying “You’re so weird now!! Who are you and when did this happen??”

Oddly enough, I think, just like my move to become more active with my feminism, this whole attitude of mindfulness and self-care was a result of my pre-egg freezing anxiety. I wasn’t allowed to have caffeine, sugar and alcohol. I had to manage my anxiety in ways that didn’t involve partying or bingeing, plus my being solo meant that I had to find ways to deal with my emotions on my own. I learned to do yoga and meditate. I had to stop working myself to exhaustion each day, and even skipped a season at Fashion Week because I was advised to avoid anything stressful — and as a workaholic that thrived on being busy, that was definitely the hardest part. I took time to rest and slept properly.

Post-egg freezing, I went back to my old habits. I was back to having a few cups of coffee a day and indulging in sugary treats, slacking off with yoga and exercise, going out late and not sleeping well to stay up and work. Oddly enough, while it felt good to be back to being my old liberated self for a while, I had noticed that I was far more energetic and less sleepy when I didn’t drink coffee. While I was mindful of health pre-egg freezing, my normally sickly self didn’t even get a cold. I felt so much better when I did yoga daily than when I slept in all morning. So I made a conscious effort to go back to these habits I formed pre-freezing and stick to it.

I had expected it to be difficult, but it’s funny how feeling the change and feeling good in your own skin is such a powerful motivator. I know it’s early on, but I actually love going to yoga and am addicted to it, doing everything from hot, to flow, to my new favorite, yin. I love being active, something I had never thought I could be since I was in college and dancing. I love seeing the effect of my fast on my body (I’ve lost six pounds since I started three weeks ago) and the way my body is changing and how I don’t even feel hungry during the fast hours is really motivating me to keep going. I like having this newfound confidence in trying new things that I thought I never had the stamina or balance to do. I love actually having a work-life balance — taking time for myself and for rest and realizing that being busy and overworking myself at the risk of my well-being isn’t something I should consider a badge of honor.

I’m not trying to be preachy, but somehow, I, who never cared much about working out, mindfulness or self-care, suddenly find myself in this unfamiliar yet extremely great place of adapting to it. So if I, who never thought I could stay silent and sit still for 20 minutes, can change the pace of my life to take breaks and make time for my well-being, then I think that it’s a possibility for everyone, no matter how stressed, busy or tired you are.Read more at:long evening dresses australia

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