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Monday, September 29, 2008

Grooming Tips For Men

Grooming Tips For Men
By Beverly Smith

We live in a time when it pays to look younger, whether it�s in the workplace or in the dating world. One of the keys to success is good grooming, experts say.

An increasing number of men are making grooming a priority because they want to maintain a youthful appearance and a winning edge. Statistics show that men in the United States are spending more than $4 billion a year on grooming products, such as haircolor and facial scrubs, driven by their desire to look and feel their best. The growth in grooming products is being fueled in part by baby boomers entering middle age.

Top Grooming Tips for Men

Get Rid the Gray Hair
The fastest way to take years off of your look is to get rid of gray hair. It�s less noticeable and more natural to begin coloring your hair when you first begin to go gray. An easy-to-use product formulated specifically for men, such as Just For Men Haircolor, can be used at home to cover gray hair with natural looking results.

If your beard and mustache turns gray first, the makers of Just For Men Haircolor have a brush-in gel in a no-drip formula that�s perfect for covering facial hair.

Go Short if You�re Balding
Balding is another common problem among men. Opting for a comb-over just dates your look. Get comfortable with your changing look and opt for a modern short haircut.

When men begin to lose the hair on their heads, they may begin to notice unwanted hair in other places, like their nose, ears or back. Be sure to trim or wax unwanted hair for a clean, contemporary look.

Protect and Pamper Your Skin
The best way to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer is to protect your skin from sun damage by using a daily moisturizer with sunscreen.

A good daily skin care routine includes cleansing, followed by a gentle facial exfoliant scrub, which also enhances shaving ease and comfort. Follow with a moisturizer containing sunscreen for day and at night a moisturizer with AHAs to encourage skin regeneration.

Pay Attention to Hands and Feet
Don�t forget to include your hands and feet in your grooming routine. Well-manicured nails and toes contribute to good hygiene and grooming habits. Make time to clip and file your nails at home.

Foot odor is a common problem among many men, and is relatively easy to treat. Scrub your feet daily and dry them completely. Insert a pair of Odor-Eaters Insoles into your shoes, which will absorb wetness and odor.

Quick Grooming Tips

  • If you don't iron your clothes, remove them immediately from the dryer so wrinkles don't set.
  • In hot weather, wear light-colored, cotton clothing and socks. This will absorb less heat and "sweat stains" will be less visible.
  • Consider trimming your arm pit hairs in warm weather. Less hairs, less bacteria, less smell. Think about it.
  • Don't be reluctant to trim or tweeze any stray eyebrow hairs.
  • Good dental hygiene means a dazzling smile.
  • Open your eyes. If hair is the frame for your face, the eyes are the windows. Use eye drops to whiten the whites of your eyes for a fresher, younger look.

Extend the Life of Your Razor Blades
All you need is a bottle of mineral oil and some rubbing alcohol.
After shaving, thoroughly clean and dry your razor blades and then completely immerse the razor head in a shallow dish filled with mineral oil. Use the rubbing alcohol to wash away the oil next time you need to use the razor.

By immersing the blades in oil, you stop the oxidization process that dulls their sharp edges. A daily mineral oil soak can double or even triple the life of your cartridges.

Friday, September 26, 2008

How To French Kiss

An introduction to the seductive art of French Kissing.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: N/A

Here's How:

  1. Set the scene. Make sure that the mood and time are right.
  2. Relax! Take a deep breath and let go of any tension in your neck and shoulders.
  3. Put your arms around the person you want to kiss.
  4. Start off with a normal kiss, not too firm, not too aggressive. Closing your eyes is optional.
  5. In mid kiss, gently open your mouth and softly nudge the other persons mouth open using your tongue.
  6. Again, not too aggressively, move your tongue inside the other persons mouth and playfully touch their tounge.
  7. Read the other persons body language, if they seem tense or start to pull away, stop what you are doing.
  8. If they open their mouth more or otherwise indicate they like the kiss, keep on doing what you have been only with a little more passion.
  9. As the kissing gets going saliva build up can be a problem, don't forget to swallow.
  10. Make sure you keep your tongues relaxed but your lips tight (saliva again), you don't want the kiss to turn messy.


  1. Don't forget to breathe.
  2. Since French Kissing is "wetter" than other kinds of kissing it is a good idea to start with dry lips, don't lick them first.
  3. If one of you have braces you can still French Kiss, you just have to be more careful and not as forceful when things get passionate.
  4. If both of you wear braces you can still French Kiss, you just have to be very gentle and avoid touching teeth.
  5. French Kissing takes practice, but at least it is fun to practice this one!
- by Mike Hardcastle

Magician Blaine back on his feet after

Magician David Blaine completed his 60-hour upside-down ordeal in New York on Wednesday, but some complained the illusionist's bid to emulate Batman was itself an illusion.

Blaine (35) ended his latest stunt by appearing to vanish from the structure where he had spent nearly three days -- most of it hanging head down.

Having completed the promised 60-hour period, he leapt from the metal frame holding his cable, then was hoisted back into the dark sky, giving the impression of disappearing.

Some in the crowd attending the finish grumbled that Blaine exaggerated his feat, because he wasn't actually inverted the whole time.

During much of the period he stopped for regular breaks on his feet -- as often as once an hour -- to drink liquids, urinate and undergo medical checks.

"I am totally unimpressed," Joshua Yoselowitz, a 31-year-old banker, said. "I'd rather be at home. If his name hadn't been David Blaine I would never have come."

Undoubtedly the hanging stunt was a physical and mental test.

The daredevil magician has previously spent 72 hours encased in ice, 44 days in a Plexiglas box, a week under water, and been buried alive. But he said at the start of the challenge on Monday that he'd faced nothing harder.

Blaine apparently did not sleep for two nights and he spent nearly the whole period suspended the wrong way from a wire attached to a body harness and special boot clips.
His doctors had described a very real danger of blindness and swelling of the brain.

Several hundred fans cheered at the climax, which was broadcast live on ABC television.

But Blaine did not stick to what many assumed would be the strict format.

Instead of permanently hanging upside down, Blaine took numerous rest breaks on a platform brought to him by a hydraulic boom.

During one such moment, a few hours before the finale, he spent 20 minutes on his feet.

First he could be seen drinking an orange liquid, then he urinated behind a sheet held up by an assistant, and then he underwent an eye and heart check by a medical attendant.

An hour later he took another, briefer time-out.

Howls of derision
The pauses brought howls of derision from some in the crowd.

"Oh, so this is where the magic comes in," said one heckler.

"Come on, do a trick!" shouted another.

New York tabloid the Daily News passed its own verdict, saying: "Some folks are already saying the achievement should be marked with an asterisk."

ABC, the US network that owned the live TV rights, brushed aside the issue in its two-hour live coverage of the ending to the stunt, dubbed the "Dive of Death."

When Blaine was brought to stand on the platform for his final dive, the ABC presenter inaccurately announced: "You can see David turned upright for the first time in 60 hours."

Yet fans inspired by Blaine's eye-popping card tricks and powers of illusion said complaints were mean-spirited.

"I think he's awesome. He's giving to his fans, he's showing he can do whatever he believes he can and we're here to support him," said David Mercado, a 39-year-old construction worker. "Give the guy a chance!"

Maria Romedo (58) agreed. "You can do it David!" she shouted.

Blaine says his hero is Harry Houdini, the legendary escapologist of the late 19th and early 20th century, who amazed New York crowds by hanging upside down from skyscrapers and cranes in a straightjacket.

Other than the publicity-grabbing stunts, Blaine is known for pulling off illusions, including transforming a homeless man's cup of coffee into one overflowing with coins, and appearing to have magically removed a distraught-looking woman's front teeth.

Monday, September 22, 2008

How to study effectively?

11 Free Tips
Improve Studying Results

11 free study tips from Sound Feelings enhance learning how to learn, memorization, and studying speed. Our free information reveals simple secrets, solutions and strategies to improve study habits, study methods, study tips, study skills, and help with test preparation and learning skills. These educational psychology learning aids and techniques become tools or guides for self-improvement and better grades which will help with homework, better grades, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and end frustration.

1 Study in Short, Frequent Sessions.
It has been proven that short bursts of concentration repeated frequently are much more effective than one long session. So, even if you only have 10 minutes, DO IT. Take a break. Then study another 10 minutes. This “distributed learning” approach is highly efficient because it honors the way the brain likes to work. The brain needs recovery and recharging time for “protein synthesis.” The rest periods are when your brain assimilates your effort. They are a powerful tool which many teachers do not acknowledge. To sit and study for hours and hours is not only boring, it creates fatigue, stress, and distraction. You cannot learn if you are fatigued, stressed, and distracted!

2 Take Guilt-Free Days of Rest.
This follows the same principle as above, but on a longer, daily time cycle. The reason for resting is to refresh oneself. However, if you feel guilty (“I really should be studying”) then your precious rest period has been used to create more stress. The brain will not absorb new data if it is stressed. On days off from studying, really enjoy yourself and do not feel bad about not studying.

3 Honor Your Emotional State.
Do not study if you are tired, angry, distracted, or in a hurry. When the brain is relaxed, it is like a sponge and it naturally absorbs data without effort. If you are emotionally stressed, your brain literally repels data. Forcing yourself to sit and study when your mind is on other things is a complete waste of time!

4 Review the Same Day.
When you learn something new, try to go over the points the same day. If you wait a few days and then make efforts to review the material, it will seem much less familiar. However, a quick review later in the day will tend to cement the information into your brain so that the next “official” study session, you will recognize it and it will seem easy.

5 Observe the Natural Learning Sequence.
Think of the activities you did when you were in nursery school. Using your whole arm, you probably performed the song that goes: “Put your right hand in, Put your right hand out.” Then, in kindergarten, using your hand, you might have been asked to draw lines or circles with crayons. Later, in first grade, now holding the pencil with your fingers, you drew smaller lines and circles to create letters. Believe it or not, this natural learning sequence, moving from large to small, coarse to fine, still remains effective even though we are now older. When you study, if you try first to grasp the big picture and then fill in the details, you often have a more likely chance of success.

6 Use Exaggeration.
Why does a baseball batter warm up by swinging two or three bats? Why do runners sometimes strap lead weights to their legs? In both cases, exaggeration during practice makes the final result seem easy. This concept can be applied to studying anything. For example, if you are studying spelling, exaggerate the sound of the letters to help to remember them. So for studying purposes, “naive” would be pronounced “NAY-IVY.” By getting used to this exaggerated pronunciation, the correct spelling seems obvious.

7 Prepare Your Study Environment.
If you require certain elements in your environment to help you study, try to always make these a priority. For example, do you need special lighting, silence, music, privacy, available snacks, etc.? Pay attention to what works for you and repeat it each time you study for best success.

8 Respect “Brain Fade.”
It is normal for the brain to have an attrition rate and to forget things. This does not mean that you are stupid! Instead of getting mad about this fact, you should expect it and deal with it accordingly. See your brain as depositing layers of knowledge. As you place more information on top, the lower levels become older and less available to your immediate recall. The trick here is simply to review. Since we can anticipate the eventual fading of our memory, creating a review aspect to our study session will solve the problem. Once every two or three study sessions, simply review older material that you will be still needing to remember. Often, a quick overview is sufficient. Sometimes, a complete detailed study session of the older material is required. “Brain fade” is completely normal. (Unless you are gifted with a photographic memory, which is extremely rare.)

9 Create a Study Routine.
Generally, if you schedule certain times of the day to study, you will get into a routine and accomplish more. If you just “fit it in” during your day, chances are that there will never be any time. An effective way to do this is to literally mark it down in your datebook calendar as if you have an appointment, like going to the doctor. For example: “Tuesday 3-4:30 P.M. — Study.”

10 Set Reasonable Goals.
One of the main reasons people do not reach their goals is because they set them too high. If you set goals that are manageable, even if they seem too simple, you get in the habit of accomplishing them and gradually you can set higher goals. Also, recognize the difference between long-term and short-term goals. Set your vision on the long-term dream, but your day-to-day activity should be focused exclusively on the short-term, enabling steps.

11 Avoid the Frustration Enemy.
Ironically, the quicker the person’s nervous system, the faster they learn. Yet, this fast nervous system also works overtime in being self-critical. So they are the ones who always think they aren’t going fast enough! In contrast, the “Type B,” less intense person who learns slower yet is more self-accepting, ends up ultimately learning the material in a shorter period of time. This is because he/she doesn’t waste energy blocking, getting upset, and thinking that they’re not good enough — they simply keep moving forward at a slower (but un-blocked) pace.

These tips were prepared by Howard Richman and are offered for free as a courtesy.

Hair Loss Treatments for Men

Facts and Fiction About Male Hair Loss Treatments

Hair loss is something most men secretly 'fear' but hope it may never actually occur. After all, thinning hair and baldness is something that kids use to identify the elderly, despite the fact that the process can begin before 20 years of age! A good head of hair is associated with youth, virility and attractiveness, so when hair loss occurs it can come as something of a shock.

Since records began, men have documented their attempts to reverse the process of hair loss and cure baldness. The bible tells the story of how when Samson's hair was cut he lost his strength and power. The unspoken agenda for men is that to be hairless, or for the hair to be depleted, equates with a loss of power and virility, something that is clearly not the case.

Some creative but ultimately fruitless concoctions have been devised in an attempt to get the thatch back. Cleopatra used a mixture of horse teeth, bear grease, burnt mice and deer marrow in her attempt to cure Julius Caesar's baldness (it didn't work). Hedgehog urine was also thought to be beneficial. The smell in the heat of the Egyptian sun must have been something very special!

Facts About Cures for Baldness
There is currently no cure for baldness. There are some lotions that can help slow down the process but there is no cure for male pattern baldness. There are, however, a number of things that you should consider.

Life Coach Suggestions for Male Hair Loss

  • Emphasize your other facial features. Lots of men are using products to improve their looks. There are many products in the department and drug stores that improve your skin. If you have great eyes think about getting your eyelashes dyed. Seek advice from a beautician, health expert or friend.
  • Update your clothes style. Good clothes and attention to your appearance can make you look much younger and more attractive. Make the most of what hair you do have. One of the most effective is to get a good hair cut. Short, cropped and styled. Consider having a light perm, it can add volume. Shaving it off completely looks great.
  • Get a hair piece. Covering up a bald area can be the answer. Hair pieces now look very realistic. Good ones can be very expensive but last a long time when cared for properly.
  • Wear a hat. There are great hats around - from cool to just plain stylish.
  • Medications for male hair loss
    There are two drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are shown to have a positive effect on balding, Finasteride and Minoxidil (Rogaine).

    Finasteride is a 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitor, that is, it works by blocking 5-Alpha reductase and so prevents the enzyme from converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is DHT that causes male pattern baldness. There are two drugs that contain Finasteride, Propecia and Proscar. Originally prescribed by doctors for benign prostate hyperplasia (prostate problems), the drug has been shown to stop hair loss and in some cases reverse the balding process. Finasteride takes about three months to show results and hair loss occurs a year after the drug is stopped. Side effects are unusual but can include impotence, reduced libido, ejaculation disorders, breast tenderness and enlargement, hypersensitivity reactions such as rashes and lip swelling. Women of child bearing potential should not touch the drug and condoms should be used as the drug is excreted in semen as there is a risk of birth defects.

    Minoxidil (Regaine) is found to be effective in about 25% of men with baldness on the crown. Applied twice a day in a cream the hair growth only occurs as long as it is used. Minoxidil was originally approved to treat high blood pressure. Side effects are unusual but Regaine should not be used by people with a history of heart problems, sudden weight gain, chest pains, fainting, or rapid heartbeat.

    Surgical Intervention for male hair loss
    In the case of hair transplants very small plugs of hair are taken from the side or back of the scalp and transplanted onto the bald patches. The procedure has improved over the years but it still takes a number of months to give a good effect.

    Tissue expansion for male hair loss Tiny balloons are inserted under the scalp between the areas of dense hair and gradually inflated over a number of months. This makes the area up to one third larger and it is this area that is surgically removed and the sides are pulled up to the top of the head.

    Scalp reduction for male hair loss Loose skin on the scalp is surgically removed pulling the hair on the sides of the head up. As the skin on the forehead is also sometimes slightly lifted it lessens wrinkles. Continue here...


    Here's How:
    1. Good skin care is easy. Soap or lotion and moisturising are the two main ways you can improve the look of your skin. Pick a moisturiser with sun protection because sun damage is the main factor that ages skin. Vitamin E thelps to revitalize your skin. Skin products that include retinol help minimize fine lines and help prevent wrinkles to a degree.
    2. Acne. There are now lots of creams, soaps, cleansers, and medications to treat spots and acne treatments for men. Try a medicated soap, a cream to apply to the spots and a concealer. Change products if they are not working.
      Don't put up with bad acne. Go to your family doctor if that does not work. He or she will probably treat you or refer you to a specialist in dermatologist. Antibiotics and specialised creams will help to get rid of them. Your confidence will improve 100%.
    3. Body odor. A bit of body smell can be a turn on, huge amounts of acrid stench are a definite no-no. Wash and shower as often as necessary. Anti perspirants and deodorants help regulate odor and sweat.
    4. Get a good hair cut. Spend out; often the more expensive salons tend to keep up to date with fashion trends and products and can offer hair care that makes the most of what you have. Use a shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type and makes your hair look good.

      If you want to change your hair color the best way is to get it done professionally. Badly done color changes can say many negative things about you as a person, unless of course bizarre is good for your ‘alternative’ image.

    5. Hair styles often need products for the best results. Waxes, gels, sprays, mousses and volumizers can help keep hair styles to stay looking good.

      Balding hair looks best short, very short. No combing long hair over the top of a balding head.

    6. A balanced diet containing fresh vegetables and fruit is good. It keeps you healthy and improves skin and hair. Try limiting your fast food intake. Dietary food supplements and vitamins can help when a normal healthy diet is not possible or if you become deficient in some way.
    7. Get enough exercise. Use everyday opportunities to avoid a sedentary life. Walk rather than take the elevator. Avoid using your car for very short journeys. Joining a gym or sports club will encourage you to exercise. It can be very good for the social life too, a good way to meet new people.
    8. Clothing. Keep it clean, smart and trendy!
      Oral hygeine: Keep teeth clean, visit the dentist, use a mouth wash.
      Nails: keep them trimmed, clean and don't bite them.
      Socks and underwear- change at least daily. Courtesy of MensHealth

    Sunday, September 21, 2008


    Beat the winter Blahs with these easy ideas....

    Q: Why, on some days, do I wake up feeling like I look like the Bride of Frankenstein?

    A. We 've all been there. Some days we wake up wanting to hide our heads in a bag even though we know our looks haven't drastically changed overnight. These type of scenarios make it clear that feeling pretty is a state of mind, not a state of face. These 15 tips will help you cop a whole new beauty 'tude!

    1. Remember that your outer beauty is a reflection of your inner beauty, so start feeling prettier by making an effort to like your looks. When you start caring about your appearance, you begin to take care of your whole being.

    2. Instead of focusing on your flaws, get stoked about your plus points. Whatever your good features are (and everyone has them!)--your big brown eyes, your cute nose or your full lips--take time to appreciate them. It'll go a long way toward bolstering your beauty confidence.

    3. Find your fave photo. Get out your scrapbook and search for that picture that shows you at your best. Take a good'll wonder why you were so down on yourself in the first place.

    4. Even though it's winter, soak up some rays. Sunshine's known to be a major mood-booster. In fact, in some Northern European countries where the sun rarely shines during winter, people go for light therapy to fight depression. (But sun damage is even more depressing than sun deprivation--be sure to wear sunscreen.)

    5. Give your skin some extra special care. When you pamper yourself, it shows. So commit to better daily skincare and give yourself at-home facial for skin-smoothing results.

    6. Treat yourself to the latest beauty products. Trying something new can help you put a stop to your beauty-bashing. Check out all the new goodies that can play up your looks and let 'em go to work for you.

    7. Color your mood happy. When you're feeling down about what you see in the mirror, don't grab for that gray coat that seems to match your mood perfectly. Put on a bright color to kick you back into gear. For example, try red, the most energetic color in the spectrum.

    8. If it's a bad hair day that's causing you grief, hide your hair scare under a hat and get involved in an energetic activity--anything--that'll get your mind off trashing your tresses.

    9. Go for a free makeover. Make your way to the makeup counter of your local department store and ask for some assistance trying new colors. If you always wear shades of plum, tell the sales associate to break out the peach tones for a completely new look. You'll go home with a fab new take on your face.

    10. Feel pretty all the way down to your feet with an at-home pedicure. Go as wild as you want! Wear a toe ring or two. Paint each nail a different color, use glitter or sample a shade that you're not quite ready to wear on your hands.

    11. Grab a girlfriend and have a glamorfest. You'll be sure to perk up once you see how gorgeous you can really be. Have fun getting dressed (and pull out all the stops with false eyelashes, screen star 'dos and glitzy duds!), then go out somewhere to flaunt your finery. 12. Grab a few winks. There's nothing that puts your looks into a slump like losing out on your zzzzzzs. What's more, sleep deprivation does a number on your entire outlook. Wake up your perky personality--and give yourself a beauty treat--by catching up on some needed sack time. If you can't get in eight to nine hours a night, try fitting in a short nap.

    13. Laugh. You really can't help but feel a lift after a good laugh, and a smile is one of your best beauty accessories. Find your funniest friend or rent a comedy video and watch your spirits rise.

    14. Get outta your hairstyle rut. Sometimes you feel less than your best simply because you've stuck with one style way too long. Try a change of part, or if y ou've always wanted to see how you would look with highlights, now's the time to go for it.

    15. Get toned. You're sure to like your looks better when you feel fit and your muscles are defined. So find a fitness regimen that suits your level and get movin. Visit TeenMag

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