Project 10 Pan

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PROJECT 10 PANNot buying ANY beauty products until you've used up/hit pan on 10 products. Products may include body products, perfumes, hair products as well. Let's do this together my fellow beauty addicts/shopaholics!!! :)

List of items (not in order): 
Lancome Bienfait UV Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen
MAC MSF Medium Plus
Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF32PA+++
Innisfree Mineral Skin Pact SPF25PA++
Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner SPF15
TonyMoly Crystal Eye Decoration (shimmer pencil)
CLIO Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner
Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer Light/Medium
blinc mascara black
MAC Fix+ Spray

Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer
I already hit pan!! 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Medium Plus 
I'm gonna hit pan soon!!! 

I've been on vacation after vacation since May
 and is it just me or do you all want to buy makeup when you're traveling?
I always bring my travel size goodies with me but I always
want to buy more when I'm traveling! hahaha
This is what you call an addiction!! :P

Okay, so pick out your products and let's do this together!!!

Feel free to post a picture of your 10 items on my Facebook 
or post a comment here on my blog.

I'm curious to see your items!! :)

Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Friday, July 15, 2011

Recently I read that ginger tea can help with weight loss as it promotes better blood circulation and keeps the body warm, especially in the stomach area for women.  An author from a book that I just read studied that for those who are heavier in the lower half of the body (pear shaped ladies?) should drink ginger tea to help circulation and aid in the process of burning fat when working out. I guess this is great for all of you ladies who have desk jobs. It's difficult to keep your bum tight and in shape when you're sitting in a chair for at least 7-8 hours a day right? I never had a desk job before but I noticed that my bum was getting pudgier when I was in school. I had to sit in a hard chair for hours at a time and then come home to sit in my chair again to study! I had to force myself to go on the stairmaster at the gym to "lift" my bum and then do a hundred squats. hahaha. I wish I knew about the benefits of ginger tea sooner so it could help burn my fat in all the right areas more quickly!

Before I can go on and on about how beneficial ginger tea is for our health and why you need to start drinking it NOW, let me just list the benefits for you below.
In a nutshell, ginger tea:
  • Helps digestive processes
  • Combats inflammation
  • Combats motion sickness as well as morning sickness for y'all who are preggers
  • Eases the pain of muscle aches (and soreness) for those who work out a lot ;)
  • Helps prevent colon and ovarian cancer
  • Relieves heartburn
  • Relieves menstrual cramps, gas, and bloating!! (In Chinese medicine, ginger tea + brown sugar is used to help relieve menstrual cramps)
  • Relieves headaches and nausea
  • Increases circulation: wakes you up (good for those who have to do all-nighters!!) and gets vitamins to all parts of your body
  • Lowers harmful (LDL) cholesterol
  • Refreshes your mouth and can be used against bad breath
  • Has natural anti-stress qualities
  • Helps fight colds and flues (loosens up phlegm and expands your lungs so you can recover quickly from difficulty in breathing)
  • Strengthens your immune system with all the antioxidants
  • Helps regulate glucose levels for those who have diabetes (drink it first thing in the morning)

After doing all this massive research about ginger tea, I bought all the ingredients to make my own. As you can see, I am totally into making my own organic homemade teas these days. 

Ingredients you'll need:
1. 1 lb. of ginger (should cost you less than $2)
2. Organic Brown Sugar 
(no white sugar, it defeats the purpose so throw that junk out please)
3. Jar

2 hours later. Voila~!

Directions for Drinking Ginger Tea:
1. Boil hot water
2. Place the lovely ginger mix into a cup
3. Pour hot water in

1. I like to add my ginger mix into my black tea (english breakfast tea)
to diminish the strong taste and scent of ginger. 
Sometimes I like to add a tiny bit of soy milk in it to make it my own
English breakfast tea/ginger Latte!! :) Delicious!! 

2. If you want to be hardcore, you can try boiling ginger and dates in hot water. Don't add anything.
Let it cool a bit and drink up! (About 2 cups a day is ideal, any more than that…you might burn a hole in your stomach! hahaha jk).

If you are pregnant, have stomach problems or are on medication, please advise your doctor before you start drinking ginger tea. Side effects could include heartburn or upset stomach or diarrhea when taken in large amounts. Note that these side effects are only due to overconsumption. 
Ginger is pretty strong yo!!! Take it in moderation. :) 

Other than that, enjoy!!!

Homemade Honey Lemon Tea~

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hi All,

Today I got stuck in jury duty. I wish I had tried harder to wiggle my way out of it, but the only thing I didn't like about wasting my day at the court house was that I got the sniffles! They were blasting the air conditioner and the air was so dry that the other female jurors were digging in their purses for cough drops and candy to prevent their throats from drying. The lady behind me had a cold, I believe, and I think she was contagious because now I have the sniffles! Ugh… so now I'm here sippin' on my honey lemon tea that I made last week. You all know that lemons are FULL of Vitamin C right? :)

Look at this HUGE lemon from my backyard!!

When you cut fresh lemon and put it into your tea, it's soooo sour that you end up putting more honey than you actually want or need. So do what I did:

1. Wash your lemon and cut it into thin round slices
or peel the skin and cut up the lemon into chunky pieces
2. Put it into some kind of tupperware
3. Drizzle some honey on it
4. Let it sit overnight and then you can enjoy 
fresh honey lemon tea the next day!

I'm so happy I have a lemon tree in my backyard because I wouldn't want to pay for all these lemons at the grocery store! :P