"From frightening facelifts, shockingly bad boob and hideous nose jobs, to devastating tummy tucks and lopsided butt lifts" -- that's from the description of a new show ordered by E! called Botched.
Debuting next year, Botched focuses on efforts to correct bad plastic surgery ... with more plastic surgery! This is definitely one of those concepts where you're probably either totally enthusiastic for this pitch or completely turned-off.
Now there's a new way to wear Missoni's signature zigzag print—on your nails! For the holidays, Missoni is gifting its online customers with chic and fun "Nailpatch artMissoni" nail wraps to share the festive spirit. Available in three different designs all featuring the brand's iconic patterns, the ZigZagScratch nail patches will bring Missoni's unique prints to your manicure. We love how the brand’s amazing patterns are mirrored perfectly on each set of decals.
Flaming June is a painting by Sir Frederic Leighton, produced in 1895. Painted with oil paints on a 47″ x 47″ square canvas, it is widely considered to be Leighton’s magnum opus, showing his classicist nature. It is thought that the woman portrayed alludes to the figures of sleeping nymphs and naiads the Greekspre-r often sculpted. The (toxic) Oleander branch in the top right, symbolises the fragile link between sleep and death.
Flaming June was auctioned in the 1960s, during a period of time known to be difficult for selling Victorian era paintings, where it failed to sell for its low reserve price of US$140 (the equivalent of $840 in contemporary prices). Afterward, it was promptly purchased by the Ponce Museum of Art in Ponce, Puerto Rico where it currently resides.
|Hyssopus officinalis L.|
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Sweet, rich herbaceous, camphoraceous
Largest Producing Countries: Spain, Hungary, and France
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis – Labiatae)
The name comes from the Greek, hyssopus, itself derived from the Hebrew ezob, meaning good scented herb. A hardy green bushy plant with narrow dark leaves similar to those of lavender and rosemary, it grows to around 30 – 60 cm (1-2 ft) in height. It originated in southern Europe and was introduced to Britain by the Romans (and then to America by early settlers). It grows wild in France in rocky soil and on old ruins; in Britain it is often found in garden borders or hedges, mixed with rosemary, catmint and lavender. Its beautiful flower tops are usually royal blue, but can be white or pink. The flowers are highly aromatic and attractive to bees and butterflies.
Hyssop, both flowers and leaves, has been highly valued since ancient times for its therapeutic properties, and was one of the bitter herbs mentioned in the Old Testament (used in the Passover ritual). Hippocrates, Galen and Dioscorides favoured its bechic and pectoral properties. In pagan religious ceremonies, hyssop was sprayed on worshippers to purify them. The Romans used it medicinally and culinarily, the latter both for protection against plague and for its aphrodisiac effect in conjunction with ginger,thyme and pepper. Thomas Tusser in 500 Points of Good Husbandry (1573) recommended hyssop as a strewing herb, and by the time of the great herbals of the Middle Ages, the herb was so well known that their writers felt no need to go into too much detail about it.
Hyssop is pectoral, an expectorant, decongestant, stimulant, sudorific and is carminative. It is recommended for coughs, colds, ‘flu, bronchitis, asthma and chronic catarrh. The plant also includes the chemicals thujone and phenol, which give it antiseptic properties. Hyssop can also be used externally, and one of the recurring recommendations is as a poultice of young bruised leaves on a bruise, cut or wound. It has been also used in the formulation of eye drops and mouthwash. Herb hyssop has also been observed to stimulate the gastrointestinal system.
Hyssop is one of the ingredients of some eau de colognes, and it is also used in the making of absinthe and vermouth. It can be infused in the rinsing water for linen.
The plant is commonly used by beekeepers to produce a rich and aromatic honey.
Herb hyssop leaves are used as an aromatic condiment. The leaves have a lightly bitter taste due to its tannins, and an intense minty aroma. Due to its intensity, it is used moderately in cooking. The herb is also used to flavor liqueur, and is part of the official formulation of Chartreuse.
Benefits: Bruises, colds, cough, fatigue, fevers, flatulence, indigestion, inflammation, loss of appetite, nervous tension, sore throat, stress related conditions, wounds.
Blends Well With: Bay, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrtle, orange, rosemary, sage
Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of Hyssop essential oil to the carrier oil.
If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment,or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended! Hyssop should be avoided if you are epileptic or have a seizure disorder! Never take an essential oil orally without consulting a medical professional.
While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.
While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances. These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
Exfoliating Brightening Pumpkin Mask
2 TBSP raw pumpkin or butternut squash finely grated or pureed
add 1 egg white, 1 TSP lemon or lime or tomato juice, & 1 1/2 TSP honey
Mix together and apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Mix 1/4 cup coarse brown sugar with olive, grapeseed, or almond oil (just enough oil to make a paste)
Apply to the paste in a gentle scrubbing motion to your body, excluding the face for 1 minute. Rinse off and towel dry.
Oily Skin Cranberry Mask
2 TBSP pureed fresh cranberries
1 TBSP honey
1 TBSP cranberry juice, no sugar added or apple cider vinegar
Mix together and apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.
While I’ve attempted to use
credible sources for information,
this is not intended to be a
substitute for professional
medical advice or treatment.
If there is a disparity between
the information presented
within this blog and the advice
given by your medical professional,
please follow the medical professional’s
advice as he/she will know you
and your medical circumstances.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in these recipes, don’t make them.
Yue Sai, the first global Chinese brand of products designed specifically for Asian women. She’s become so renowned in China People magazine dubbed her “the most famous woman in China.” Eventually selling products in more than 800 outlets through 23 regional companies in China’s major markets.
With stiff competition as U.S.-based Estee Lauder, Japan’s Shiseido, and Maybelline in China; Yue Sai launched in 1992 (http://www.yuesaiactivity.com/) cosmetics and skincare stand apart! By 2003, the company was generating annual revenues of nearly 50 million US Dollars and Forbes magazine reported that Yue-Sai “is changing the face of the Middle Kingdom, one lipstick at a time”. The company was sold to L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company, in May 2004, with Kan staying on as Honorary Vice Chairman of L’Oréal China. More than 90% of the Chinese population today recognizes the brand. She is even immortalized on a stamp.
In 2008 Yue-Sai created a new East-meets-West lifestyle retail brand, the House of Yue-Sai, to bring style, elegance and inspiration to Chinese consumers, selling a variety of fine home furnishings, bedding, tableware, lighting, decorative accessories and unique gifts, and jewelry. Yue-Sai has also designed and produced a line of Asian female dolls, known as the Yue-Sai WaWa (“doll” in Chinese). Seeing as all dolls in China had blue eyes and blonde hair, Yue-Sai created dolls, each with distinctive Asian features, accessories and educational facts, to help Asian children develop confidence, knowledge and pride in their heritage as well as educate children of all heritages about Asian cultures.
Yue-Sai Kan is a former 1980′s Emmy Award Winning Chinese-American lifestyle host on China Central Television and PBS. She used her celebrity status and sense of fashion and beauty to build a beauty empire.
Kan was born in Guilin (桂林), in China’s southern province of Guangxi (广西), before the founding of the People’s Republic of China and grew up in Hong Kong. She is the oldest of four sisters, and her father Kan Wing-Lin was a revered traditional Chinese painter and calligrapher. She moved to Hawaii where she studied for a degree in music at Brigham Young University in Hawaii. While studying as a piano major, Yue-Sai entered the Narcissus Flower Beauty Pageant sponsored by the local Chinese Chamber of Commerce, became the second runner-up, and as part of her duties traveled around the World. The life-changing experience marked the beginning of her career in fashion and beauty. She joined her sister in New York in 1972, becoming involved in public relations and television production work.
You can read her popular Chinese micro blog at www.weibo.com/jinyuxi.
Her Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yuesaikan