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Look Pretty Without Makeup – (5 Tips A Day).

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Do you spend hours every day in front of the mirror to look beautiful? While makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and enhancing your features, you don’t need to rely on it as a crutch to define your beauty.

A bare, natural look not only allows your authenticity to shine through but it’s also the best thing you can carry around.

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water: We can’t stress enough on the importance of H2O. Every system and function in our body relies on water. Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go and keep yourself hydrated through the day. Drinking a minimum of 8 or more glasses of water helps flush out toxins from your body, and hence your skin looks plumper and livelier. It also helps keep wrinkles at bay.
  2. Sleep In Peace: A good night’s sleep goes hand-in-hand with how you look and feel. It’s crucial because your body repairs itself while you sleep. Just like you need to charge your cell phone, your body needs to charge itself and to go through the day with your battery at 50 percent, only leads to added strain and inefficiency. 6-8 hours of quality sleep is vital for you to wake up feeling and looking great. By doing this, you will have a glowing complexion, less of those dreaded dark circles under your eyes and you’ll slow down your aging process.
  3. Be Ingredient Conscious: Ingredient-conscious beauty is a thing. Yes! Just like what you put inside your body affects your overall health, what you put on the surface does the same. Your skin absorbs 60 percent of the stuff you put on so make sure you do some research on the ingredients that are present in your skin care, hair care, and beauty products. Keep away from products that contain parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates that may cause irritation to your skin or make your hair dry and frizzy. It’s best to stick to products that contain natural ingredients.
  4. Working Out To Healthier Skin: Physical activity is so essential, both for your physical as well as mental health. Do something – whatever your jam is – be it hitting the gym, running, doing yoga or going swimming. Scientifically, it is proven that exercise benefits your skin and improves your mood. A minimum of three hours of physical activity per week will result in improving your health. It improves your blood circulation, helps get rid of toxins, increases the amount of oxygen delivered to your skin, provides a boost of endorphins that reduce stress and calm your entire body, including your skin!
  5. Stick To A Consistent Skin Care Routine: You need to know your skin type and find a skin care routine that works for you. The CTM routine that is cleansing, toning and moisturizing are imperative for healthy skin. The kind of products you use to follow this method wholly depends on your skin type. Follow a consistent morning and night routine, and we guarantee that you will see a drastic improvement in your skin’s appearance. Also, do not, under any circumstances, go to bed without adequately cleansing it out. You will only invite a whole bunch of problems for your skin.

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Checkout 7 Health Benefits Of Eating Cucumber.

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Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.

It's high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.

Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

This article takes a closer look at some of the top health benefits of eating cucumber.

  1. It's High in Nutrients
    Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals.

One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following (1):

Calories: 45
Total fat: 0 grams
Carbs: 11 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
Potassium: 13% of the RDI
Manganese: 12% of the RDI
Although, the typical serving size is about one-third of a cucumber, so eating a standard portion would provide about one-third of the nutrients above.

Additionally, cucumbers have a high water content. In fact, cucumbers are made up of about 96% water (2).

To maximize their nutrient content, cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled. Peeling them reduces the amount of fiber, as well as certain vitamins and minerals (3).

SUMMARY:
Cucumbers are low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients.

2. It Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that block oxidation, a chemical reaction that forms highly reactive atoms with unpaired electrons known as free radicals.

The accumulation of these harmful free radicals can lead to several types of chronic illness (4).

In fact, oxidative stress caused by free radicals has been associated with cancer and heart, lung and autoimmune disease (4).

Fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers, are especially rich in beneficial antioxidants that may reduce the risk of these conditions.

One study measured the antioxidant power of cucumber by supplementing 30 older adults with cucumber powder.

At the end of the 30-day study, cucumber powder caused a significant increase in several markers of antioxidant activity and improved antioxidant status (5).

However, it's important to note that the cucumber powder used in this study likely contained a greater dose of antioxidants than you would consume in a typical serving of cucumber.

Another test-tube study investigated the antioxidant properties of cucumbers and found that they contain flavonoids and tannins, which are two groups of compounds that are especially effective at blocking harmful free radicals (6).

SUMMARY:
Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

3. It Promotes Hydration
Water is crucial to your body's function, playing numerous important roles (7).

It is involved in processes like temperature regulation and the transportation of waste products and nutrients (7).

In fact, proper hydration can affect everything from physical performance to metabolism (8, 9).

While you meet the majority of your fluid needs by drinking water or other liquids, some people may get as much as 40% of their total water intake from food (2).

Fruits and vegetables, in particular, can be a good source of water in your diet.

In one study, hydration status was assessed and diet records were collected for 442 children. They found that increased fruit and vegetable intake was associated with improvements in hydration status (10).

Because cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, they are especially effective at promoting hydration and can help you meet your daily fluid needs (2).

SUMMARY:
Cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, which may increase hydration and help you meet your daily fluid needs.

4. It May Aid in Weight Loss
Cucumbers could potentially help you lose weight in a few different ways.

First of all, they are low in calories.

Each one-cup (104-gram) serving contains just 16 calories, while an entire 11-ounce (300-gram) cucumber contains only 45 calories (1).

This means that you can eat plenty of cucumbers without packing on the extra calories that lead to weight gain.

Cucumbers can add freshness and flavor to salads, sandwiches and side dishes and may also be used as a replacement for higher calorie alternatives.

Furthermore, the high water content of cucumbers could aid in weight loss as well.

One analysis looked at 13 studies including 3,628 people and found that eating foods with high water and low calorie contents was associated with a significant decrease in body weight (11).

SUMMARY:
Cucumbers are low in calories, high in water and can be used as a low-calorie topping for many dishes. All of these may aid in weight loss.

5. It May Lower Blood Sugar
Several animal and test-tube studies have found that cucumbers may help reduce blood sugar levels and prevent some complications of diabetes.

One animal study examined the effects of various plants on blood sugar. Cucumbers were shown to effectively reduce and control blood sugar levels (12).

Another animal study induced diabetes in mice and then supplemented them with cucumber peel extract. Cucumber peel reversed most of the diabetes-associated changes and caused a decrease in blood sugar (13).

In addition, one test-tube study found that cucumbers may be effective at reducing oxidative stress and preventing diabetes-related complications (14).

However, the current evidence is limited to test-tube and animal studies. Further research is needed to determine how cucumbers may affect blood sugar in humans.

SUMMARY:
Test-tube and animal studies show that cucumber may help lower blood sugar and prevent diabetes-related complications, although additional research is needed.

6. It Could Promote Regularity
Eating cucumbers may help support regular bowel movements.

Dehydration is a major risk factor for constipation, as it can alter your water balance and make the passage of stool difficult (15).

Cucumbers are high in water and promote hydration. Staying hydrated can improve stool consistency, prevent constipation and help maintain regularity (16).

Moreover, cucumbers contain fiber, which helps regulate bowel movements.

In particular, pectin, the type of soluble fiber found in cucumbers, can help increase bowel movement frequency.

One study had 80 participants supplement with pectin. It found that pectin sped up the movement of the intestinal muscles, all while feeding the beneficial bacteria in the gut that improve digestive health (17).

SUMMARY:
Cucumbers contain a good amount of fiber and water, both of which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.

7. Easy to Add to Your Diet
Mild with a distinctly crisp and refreshing flavor, cucumbers are commonly enjoyed fresh or pickled in everything from salads to sandwiches.

Cucumbers are also often eaten raw as a low-calorie snack or can be paired with hummus, olive oil, salt or salad dressing to add a bit more flavor.

With just a bit of creativity, cucumbers can be enjoyed in many ways.

Here are a few recipes to help incorporate cucumbers into your diet:

Baked Cucumber Chips
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
Thai Cucumber Salad
Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint-Infused Water
Cucumber and Mint Sorbet
Cucumber Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

SUMMARY:
Cucumbers can be eaten fresh or pickled. They can be enjoyed as a low-calorie snack or used to add flavor in a variety of dishes.
The Bottom Line
Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.

They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content.

Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.

Source: Healthline.com

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Chanel Fashion Designer, Karl Lagerfeld, Dead At 85.

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On Tuesday 19th of February, Chanel confirmed the news that the Hamburg-born visionary had died aged 85 after battling pancreatic cancer.

He’d been the creative director of Chanel since 1983. He was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi.

He was recognized for his signature white hair, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and high, starched detachable collars.

Many celebrities took to their social media pages to express their grievances and also to bid him farewell.

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Applying Cologne The Right Way.

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Most people think applying cologne is probably the easiest thing to do, but when applied way too heavily, it can actually end up being worse than foul odor itself.
Nonetheless, it’s an art that, when practiced and perfected, will help mark your final transition into manhood.

Once you’ve chosen the right smelly, applying it properly is, in its own way a form of chemistry. Luckily, there are strategies for how to apply cologne and how to know when you've gone overboard, so you won't have to worry about ending up smelly.

How To Apply Cologne

• Apply cologne after you get out of the shower to clean, dry skin. This is when your skin’s pores are opened the most. This will allow the skin to trap the most cologne possible, leading to less wastage.

• Don’t spray the cologne into the air and walk through it.

• Target pulse points, such as your inner wrists and neck. While most people go for the simple neck and wrists routine, your shoulders, inner elbows, and armpits are also very warm areas. If you have a high-quality scent and you’ve applied it right, 1 spray per area will do much better.

• Hold the bottle 3-6 inches away from your skin when spraying.

• Don’t use too much (2-4 squirts are ideal).

• Don’t rub the cologne into your skin after application.

• Reapply to your wrists when the fragrance wears off.

The better you are at this, the better sillage (the trail of scent left behind you) you’ll get, the more complex and layered your cologne will smell throughout the day, and ultimately, the more you’ll get out of every bottle.

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Lagos Fashion Week Announces – Fashion Focus Africa 2018/2019 Finalists

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Since Lagos Fashion Week’s inception in 2011, the platform has shown commitment to scouting talents and providing support for talents through the platform’s Fashion Focus programme (formerly known as Young Designer of The Year). As the talent-scouting arm of Lagos Fashion Week, Fashion Focus expanded its reach to designers beyond Nigeria as part of an ongoing vision to facilitate more opportunities for pan African collaboration to thrive within the ecosystem.

Following a successful call for application, a series of interviews with the applicants were conducted at Heineken Lagos Fashion Week 2018 by the Fashion Focus Africa 2018 Panel – Mazzi Odu (Fashion Editor and Writer), Liam Freeman (Conde Nast International), Nisha Kanabar (Industrie Africa), Rukky Ladoja (Grey Projects), and Londe Thompson (Fashion Focus). The top five finalists were selected based on an assessment criterion that focused on the applicants’ creative and commercial vision.

The 2019/20 Fashion Focus Africa finalists that were selected are:

Linda Mukangoga
Haute Baso,
Rwanda

Mohammed Jafaru Larry
Larry Jay
Ghana

Katungulu Mwendwa
Katungulu Mwendwa,
Kenya

Amali Curtis
ILI
Nigeria

Ilse-Naolila Teixeira
Naolila
Angola

The selected finalists will receive the following:

  • Business development support
  • Creative development support
  • Opportunity to apply for Fashion Focus Fund 2020 in collaboration with FETS Wallet
  • Showcasing opportunity at Heineken Lagos Fashion Week 2019 (Subject to approval by the Fashion Focus Committee)
  • Opportunity to develop your samples and produce a capsule collection at the NEPC Human Capital Development Centre

These five finalists join past programme beneficiaries, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Gozel Green, Iamisigo, Kenneth Ize, Maxivive, Meena, Orange Culture, Sisiano, Emmy Kasbit and more, as the 2018/2019 Fashion Focus Fund recipient.

Fashion Focus is a program that is dedicated to the growth and promotion of emerging talent in the fashion industry. Fashion Focus presents unique opportunities for emerging talents to harness their skills through business development workshops, creative workshops, and mentorships. This yearlong opportunity provides young designers with the tools they need to facilitate innovation, growth and commercial success.

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