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Dec
09

MAKE UP FOR EVER Halloween Make Up Tricks & Treats

Halloween is almost upon us pretties! I love Halloween and all of the makeup, don’t you? I will have the honor of turning three teenagers into the Kardashian sisters – think smokey eyes, sculpted cheeks and glossy nude lips; while I will be using some makeup to add camouflage to my sons face for his soldier costume, and use a lot of white and gray cream makeup to make up my other son into a Zombie.  I’ll be getting up before the crack of dawn on Friday so they can all go to school in costume, and then again on Sunday for actual Trick-or-Treating. But, I am not complaining because it is just so much fun.

If you need a bit of help in the makeup department when it comes to Halloween for the weekend, one easy way to get everything you need in one simple kit is with MAKE UP FOR EVER. MAKE UP FOR EVER’S Make Up Tricks & Treats boxed set includes four must-have products to create the perfect Genie, Kitten and Fairy.  Get the look application steps and face charts are included on the back of each box to help you create the Halloween look of your choice like a pro.

What’s Included:

Highlight your eyes and cheeks with Aqua Cream, a highly pigmented, waterproof cream color. Formulated with mother-of-pearl particles, it gives rich color with a luminous finish in just one application. Define your look with Aqua Eyes, an award winning, long lasting eye liner. Its waterproof, smudge-proof and fade-proof formula stays put. Apply it as a defined line, smudge it for a smoky look or create a character specific design. Add multi-dimensional sparkle with Glitter, and complete your look with added drama using Faux Lashes.  Use all four products together or separately to enhance your Halloween look.

Dec
09

Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE AMP MD System

I am all for anti-aging treatments. I try them all. This one with NEEDLES intrigued me probably more than any other – or at least lately. Needles, I say “yes”. This is one of those tools that are normally used only in Doctors’ offices, so this is a first for at home treatment. Groundbreaking!

The Doctors behind the famous Proactive line of products. Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, have another winner on their hands with this ANTI-AGE AMP MD System.

With their years of combined work, they realize that one of the greatest roadblocks to transforming skin through topical products is the limited penetration of ingredients through the skin’s outermost protective layer. Getting deeper into the layers of skin has not been possible at home, until now. ANTI-AGE AMP MD is the solution, as it is a micro-channeling tool based on medical-grade rollers used by dermatologists. The AMP MD roller is a non-abrasive instrument with embedded surgical-grade, acupuncture-type, stainless steel micro needles which painlessly create precise micro-channels in the uppermost skin layers.  This allows a deeper, more uniform and effective delivery of ingredients in the Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Regimen.

The ANTI-AGE Regimen is a four-product, daily system that layers potent doses of dermatology-proven active cosmetics to combat skin aging from various angles. It is meant to be used at night and followed by ANTI-AGE Overnight Restorative Cream to close and fortify skin’s barrier while you sleep.  In the morning complexion is smooth, supple and resilient.  By combining the AMP MD System with the ANTI-AGE Regimen, lines and wrinkles are reduced, pore size is less noticeable, and collagen production is increased so that elasticity and firmness is greatly enhanced.

Looking at the tool, I was hesitant, but only for a second as I rolled it over my hand and felt nothing as the superfine needles ran over my skin. I studied the instructions and learned the patterns in which to use the tool, and started using this every night on my face. It only added an extra minute to my routine, but a minute well worth it as I started seeing my skin looking more firm and smooth within a few weeks.  Overall, my skin feels softer and I swear my brown patches that I have been working on for months now, have faded more quickly after I started using the tool as well.

As this tool is medical grade and is made with needles, it needs to be cared for properly. The initial kit comes with everything necessary to properly keep it clean, and this is all described in the instructions which I recommend reading carefully.

ANTI-AGE AMP MD System is available right now at the Rodan & Fields website, where you can learn more in-depth information on it as well. It sells for $200, but I bet we will soon see infomercials with special offers and pricing, so keep a look out.

Dec
09

What are Tonsil Stones?

When many people think of “stones” in the body, the first reaction is to think of kidney or gall bladder stones.  Tonsil stones, or to be more medically accurate they are known as  tonsilloliths, are deposits of calcium and other minerals that form on or inside of the tonsils.  “Calculus of the tonsils” is another phrase that is often associated with tonsil stones.  These calcium-rich deposits are often white or yellow in color and develop over the course of days and weeks.  Tonsilloliths often contain more than just calcium.  These other ingredients include small food particles, cells that have died, bacteria, and fungus.  If left untreated these hardened calcium formations can and will often continue to grow with each day.

Tonsil stones are often directly responsible for causing halitosis, or more commonly known as bad breath.  They very rarely cause any more serious medical issue unless the stone is left untreated and grows larger.  A large enough tonsil stone can cause difficulty in swallowing and inflammation of the tonsils.  The larger they are allowed to grow, the more difficult the tonsil stones are to treat and remove.  A better option for tonsil stones is to prevent them from forming.

Common Signs and Symptoms

Visible signs of tonsil stones are easy to recognize once the calcified formations on the tonsils grow larger.  The formations are easily visible on the tonsils and may look like white spots on the tonsils in the infant stages of growth.

Symptoms can include a range of issues, but some of the most common include:

Halitosis – As mentioned above, halitosis is just a medical term for bad breath.  This symptom usually becomes worse as the tonsil stones grow in size.  While not a medical emergency, this is an embarrassing symptom and can be difficult to overcome.  Usual remedies like brushing teeth, using mouthwash, and chewing gum might slightly help improve the bad breath for a short time

Problems Swallowing –as tonsil stones grow in size, they can become large enough to obstruct the pathway of food from being swallowed into the throat.

Ear Pains and Itching of the Ear – Another less common observable sign of tonsils stones is itching of your ears or constant earaches. This is directly related because tonsil stones can cause inflammations at the back of your throat, which is physiologically connected to the inner parts of your ears.

Other less noticeable symptoms of tonsil stones might include coughing (sometimes coughing up small debris), pain in the neck, and issues related to swallowing that might include feelings of choking.  These symptoms will become more noticeable and prominent as the calcium deposits grow and become more visible in the back of the throat.

If you have struggled with calcium stones in the past or currently experiencing these symptoms, preventing further outbreaks is the key to fighting this disease.

Dec
08

La Mer SPF 18 Fluid Tint

I thought that the new SPF 30 Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer from Stila was going to be my tinted moisturizer for this Summer, but I may be wrong. I am currently obsessed with the new one from La Mer. It is La Mer The SPF18 Fluid Tint.

Combining it’s almost miraculous skincare formula with a must wear sunscreen and a subtle tint, not only does this tint give your skin a bit of a very natural sun-kissed glow, but it is moisturizing and protecting from the sun.

Fluid Tint absorbs instantly into the skin leaving, while gliding over effortlessly. The color is real and natural, available in three shades: Light, Medium, and Dark. I was using the light shade, but now with a bit of a faux tan, the medium shade blends well with my skin tone.

Like all of the La Mer products, this is far from ordinary.  The company’s infamous formula, gemstones absorb light energy transforming it into beneficial “green light” to boost it’s anti-oxidant properties.  It also contains photonic spheres that redirect and diffuse light, while light-reactive seaweeds impart natural humectant properties to keep skin moisturized, thus preventing dehydration.

A 1.7 oz. of the SPF18 Fluid Tint is $65, available at La Mer counters  in Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and online at lamer.com.

Nov
22

How to: Cayenne pepper and Lemon diet

The Cayenne pepper and Lemon diet is a cleansing regimen that would help detoxify your digestive system and at the same time help you lose weight.

The Cayenne pepper and Lemon diet which you’d have to drink for at least 10 days would consist of The Cayenne pepper and Lemon diet is a cleansing regimen that would help detoxify your digestive system and at the same time help you lose weight.

The Cayenne pepper and Lemon diet which you’d have to drink for at least 10 days would consist of the following:

– 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
– 2 tablespoons of grade-b organic maple syrup
– 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
– 1 cup of distilled water

If you have diabetes, the creator of this diet Mr. Stanley Burroughs recommends that you use molasses in lieu of the maple syrup during the first few days of the diet. Remember to consult your physician first before going through the cleanse because if you have some already existing ailments, undergoing the diet might worsen your health.

Okay, back to the diet. You would have to drink at least 6-12 glasses of the lemonade solution everyday. You cannot take any food or food supplements while you are doing the diet. If you feel hungry just drink another glass of the lemonade solution. What you’re basically doing is juice fasting. If you need to lose weight use lesser amounts of maple syrup but if you want to gain weight then use as much as you want. You also shouldn’t vary the amount of juice in every glass you take keep it at a consistent amount. Do not drink any other liquids beside the Cayenne pepper diet juices and water.

During the whole period while you are doing the Cayenne pepper and Lemon diet remember to also drink herbal laxative tea each and every morning. But do not drink it more than twice a day. You should also need to do a salt water flush, every morning. To do this, you need to ass 2 teaspoons of sea salt to about 1 quart of water. Don’t use table salt. Mix the solution and drink the entire thing – make sure to do this as soon as you get up. The taste is nasty so drink it as quickly as you can. Drinking this would stimulate bowel movement within an hour or so, so do this at home or at least somewhere with a toilet.

So what do you do after the fast? This part is also crucial. Doing it the wrong way can have some serious repercussions. Slowly introduce solid foods back into your everyday diet. You should start with broths and soups and then add raw fruits and vegetables later on. Don’t start gorging on food immediately after the fast as that could cause some problems. You can start having salads the second day after you finished. But continue in drinking the cayenne pepper and lemonade drink during the morning. Do not eat meat or milk immediately; wait for a few days before you do.

The Cayenne pepper and lemon diet might be a little difficult to cope with so it’s not recommended for everyone. People who have busy schedules might find it harder than the average person. But if you really want to do it, for your health’s sake, don’t forget to consult your physician first. This is to help ensure that you are in the right condition to do.

Apr
20

That Can’t Happen to Me

Search the Internet for information on hospital billing or medical billing advocacy, and you’ll come up with sites telling many of the same stories again and again. You’ll find tales of outrageous equipment costs like the teddy-bear pillow charged as a “cough-support device” (nearly sixty dollars) and the costly “mucus recovery system” that turned out to be a box of tissues and, of course, the Thousand Dollar Toothbrush™. You’ll learn of ludicrous procedural charges like the woman whose bill for the delivery of her baby girl included the price of a circumcision and the man whose heart surgery included a charge for 200 artificial valves.

All these tales are colorful and fantastic and horrifying. Despite being repeated as often as urban legends, they’re even believable. But really, they didn’t concern me. Those were just those unfortunate people you see on the news. I’m not a news story. I’m just a regular guy. Besides, I’d talked to my surgeon and discussed my bills with hospital billing staff. They’re all reasonable, professional, caring people. They weren’t going to do anything like that to me.

I still can’t believe I was so wrong.

How wrong? Would you believe the very first item on my itemized bill was a $1,000 error? Or that the first two pages of my bills contained over $5,000 in double-billed charges?

Honestly, when I first looked, I didn’t know what I was seeing. Each entry included unfamiliar terms like arthrodesis, obscure abbreviations like TLSO and DOS, and incomplete descriptions like Posterior non-segmental instrume. Then there were all the insurance terms clouding who paid what: conveyance, adjustment, payment, payment on account. Finally, what was with the column labeled Code? The bill wasn’t entirely gibberish, but it may as well have been. I consider myself an intelligent individual. I have a Masters degree in English, have studied several languages, have worked in numerous technical fields, and I’m comfortable speaking with just about anyone on any topic. In these medical bills, I was lost. Completely lost.

One key, I eventually discovered, was those Code columns. As if matters weren’t already complicated enough, the codes in my bills turned out to be of four different types. In the doctor’s bills, procedures and services are coded using the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. Hospitals, on the other hand, may code their procedures using the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). Others might use the National Drug Code (NDC) for medication. Both types of bills use part of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS—called “Hick-Picks”) to code prosthetics and ambulance services.

It’s enough to make you believe they’re trying to hide something.

Possibly, but in truth, the main goal of these code systems is to simplify billing and clarify terms. Many surgical procedures, for example, differ in subtle ways. Those procedures might have dramatically different requirements in terms of time and equipment. The only way to be sure which procedure is which, is to describe them in quite a bit of detail. So, for a procedure that a doctor might describe as

Endovascular repair of descending thoracic aorta not involving coverage of left subclavian artery origin, initial endoprosthesis plus descending thoracic aortic extensions, if required, to level of celiac artery origin

a coder will instead assign the much simpler (if you have the code books) CPT code 33881.

Great, so the codes simplify everything for the billing people. They certainly complicate matters for the rest of us. At least, that was my initial response. Then I found that all four types of codes have look­-up sites available online.

Mar
21

You Are Not Alone With COPD

Suffering with COPD can feel a lot like living a nightmare that never seems to end. Although you may try to keep your spirits up with the hope that something will change, every morning you wake up to find that the same circumstances that faced you the day before are back again. On a bad day you may even find that there are more challenges in front of you then there were the night before.

There are two types “pink puffer” and “blue bloater” in COPD,With this fact in mind, it should come as no surprise that depression and feelings of hopelessness are very common among those that suffer from chronic ailments. Of course, these emotions are only increased by the fact that most chronic ailments carry with them their own symptoms that can make you feel less human and embarrassed by your own body.

For instance, some of the most common symptoms include finding yourself wheelchair bound, forced to carry oxygen, or forced to ask for aid when using a restroom. These types of symptoms can start to dehumanize a person making them feel less like a person and more like someone that is just ‘making it’ until they reach the end of their life.

However, as horrible as these situations may all sound, living with a COPD does not have to mean giving up on your will to live. In fact, many people have found ways to turn their ailments into positive challenges that inspire them to live their life with a little more zeal.

While it may be hard to believe this fact if you belong to the former group, it is a bit easier to believe if you read about ways that you can start to get your own sense of self back and feel like the person you use to be.

The first step is acceptance, acceptance of the fact that physically you will never be the person that you used to be. However, this does not have to mean that you will never be the same person, because while COPD can limit your physical abilities, it does not fundamentally change who you are, what you like, and how you feel. These attributes you still have full control over and it is up to you to decide how to best manage them. After all, the disease has already stripped some of your physical functions, so it is important not to let it strip away your emotional and mental functions if you want to come out on top.

While you most likely feel alone, there are millions of people out there who have the same experiences that you do and are willing to lend a shoulder to lean on or share advice about how they deal with their symptoms and emotions. In turn, you likely have your own coping mechanisms and tips that could help many others in the same position as you.

Instead of turning inside and abandoning your life, why not look for online forums and use the world wide web to connect you with others in your shoes who can offer unique insight and true comprehension of what you feel and what you are going through.

Even for those that are home-bound, it’s only a click away.

Dec
25

The Tobacco Industry

  • The Council for Tobacco Research finances $20 million in research per year, making it one of the largest scientific grant-giving organizations in the United States. The group funds scientific research and “special projects” recommended by tobacco company lawyers.
    (Testimony, Dr. James F. Glenn, chairman of the Council for Tobacco Research, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, May 26; Washington Post, May 27)
  • The six largest producers of American cigarettes are: Philip Morris Cos. ($50.6 billion in annual sales; employs 160,000 worldwide); RJR Nabisco Holdings ($15.1 billion in sales; 76,500 employees); American Brands Inc. ($8.2 billion; 43,000 employees); Loews Corp. ($13.6 billion; 28,000 employees) B.A.T. Industries ($28 billion; 200,000 employees); Brooke Group ($720 million; 1,450 employees).
    (Source: Miami Herald, April 26)
  • Political campaign contributions from the tobacco industry in Washington state totaled more than $100,000 in 1992. Philip Morris, which gave $51,000, was the biggest donor.
    (Source: Seattle Times, May 1)
  • TOBACCO CEO’S RAKE IT IN — The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports that the salary for Philip Morris CEO Geoffrey Bible was $875,000 last year, with a bonus of $1 million. In addition, Bible received other long-term compensation totaling $5.972 million for total direct compensation of $7.847 million.
    Charles Harper, the chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, received a $600,000 salary last year with a $2.4 million bonus, for total direct compensation of $3 million.
    Source: “Executive Pay,” WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 12, 1995, p. R15. (sdb 4/12/95)
  • U.S. CIGARETTE PRODUCTION UP 10 PERCENT — The WASHINGTON POST reports that U.S. cigarette production increased by 10 percent last year, to 726 billion — the second-highest level ever. The rise is due to increased overseas demand, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Source: “Digest,” WASHINGTON POST, April 6, 1996, p. C15.
  • TOP TOBACCO INSTITUTE OFFICIAL MAKES $392,098 — The president of the Tobacco Institute, Samuel D. Chilcote, is paid $392,098 per year. He receives an additional $113,688 in benefits and allowances. Jeffery L. Schlagenhauf, president of the Smokeless Tobacco Council, makes $265,145 a year and an undisclosed amount in benefits and allowances.
    (National Journal, Dec. 17, 1994)
  • The tobacco industry was rated by USA TODAY as one of the top grossing industries in the Fortune 500, with an annual revenue per employee of $229,372.
    Source: Cliff Vancura, “Top Industries in FORTUNE 500,” USA TODAY, August 12, 1994, p. B1. (sdb 8/12/94)
  • LAW FIRMS MOST USED BY RJR NABISCO AND PM — The WALL STREET JOURNAL provides a listing of law firms used most often by the top 250 companies in the U.S. RJR Nabisco uses Davis Polk & Wardwell the most, and Philip Morris uses Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
    Source: “Companies’ Favorites,” WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 10, 1995, p. B3. (sdb 7/10/95)
  • NEW TOBACCO PRODUCTS INCREASE IN 1995 — BRANDWEEK reports that the number of new tobacco products in 1995 has increased by 104 percent from 1994. Five new tobacco products were introduced in August of 1995, bringing the year-to-date total to 49.
    Source: Sam Bradley, “New Campaigns,” BRANDWEEK, September 11, 1995, p. 40.

 

Sep
24

Why You Should Take Tax Preparation Courses.

Yearly filing of taxes often convinces droves of people to flock to Tax Preparation Centers to get help. Most of the Tax Preparers are people that can tell you that they were just like the people looking for help just like you. Most of them instead took Tax Preparation Courses.

Why is a tax preparation course necessary? There are two main reasons. A great way is preparing your own taxes comprehensively, especially if you operate your own business, this helps you become ready for the yearly preparation and filing. Second is that you can make a career by helping people prepare their taxes properly.

If your own taxes sometimes seem to perplex you that consumes too much effort which can be spent on more important things, taking a Tax Preparation course is the best answer. When you start applying to your taxes things you learned, this opens up a lot of possibilities that you can utilize. If you are operating on your own, learning the in and outs of the subject can prepare you with handling a lot of complex tax as it applies to you and your business as a whole.

Aside from readying you to handle tax preparation well, you can also take what you have learned and apply it to a career. The complexity of the tax code is an opportunity even in hard times, so there will be unlimited chances for a person looking for a career change. As you hone your tax preparation skill from basic and simple personal tax preparation to more challenging situations, doors would be opening to specialize in areas with niche businesses and take your career higher.

There are a several Tax preparation courses that you study to make your yearly tax filing less of a burden. It’s possible to take Tax Preparation courses at a local Tax Preparation Center or School or with accredited online schools or services. You don’t have to be a CPA or need prior experience in order to learn from Tax Preparation courses. All you need is a love of a good puzzle and a willingness to help people with numbers. This alone is a rewarding experience.

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Sep
23

What are Data Entry Typing Jobs?

A lot of people desire data entry typing jobs and work at the comforts of their homes. These typing jobs are one of the most rewarding and simple data entry positions. The tasks needed are not as complicated and does not demand much expertise but only basic typing skills and proofreading abilities for avoiding errors.

There are different structures of data entry typing jobs. A person working from home can get orders from companies that need important data encoding. Converting to PDF and word processing formats are also necessary to some companies who needs their hard copies of documents into a digital form. Accuracy is crucial when it comes to data entry typing jobs because you have to make sure that the contents of your output must be precise and in accordance to the guidelines of your clients.

Publishing companies are also looking for the services of home based typists. They hire home-based employees because the rates are fairly cheaper than having an in-house employee.

Being a traditional typist, your only job is to type and encode data like forms, contracts, and data bases at a 60 to 65 wpm typing speed. It is very important to accurately encode the transcripts or data. Actually, there are thousands of companies and businesses that requires people with excellent and dependable typing skills.

Data entry typing jobs like answering surveys also need precise typing skills. All you have to do is answer and complete surveys. It may look like an easy job but you have to pose as a consumer who is giving a positive review about a brand, product or company you are working for. The reason behind this is they want to become one of the few on top lists in different consumer surveys.

Lastly, freelance writing is also a great example of data entry typing jobs. If you have heard of ghostwriting positions, this is an in demand home-based job. The concept of this data entry typing jobs is to write articles and sell them to companies, businesses, or individuals who will take it as their own and use it to different marketing materials, advertising and other important activities.

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