Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Safety and precautions while using organic ingredients for home-made cosmetics

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

Before we get started, I would like to give you a word of caution. Not all the organic ingredient are safe for the skin. Many fruits, vegetables, and berries are natural skin irritants and should not be used. What may be good for your friend may not be good for you. We know that commercial preservatives irritate skin and may cause allergic reactions. That may be true with organic ingredients as well, especially for a person with very sensitive skin, or skin prone to breakouts. Also preservatives make commercial cosmetics safe as they kill or inhibit bacteria, mold, and viruses. Organic cosmetics we make have no preservatives, so we have to be very careful to use only fresh ingredients and clean utensils. Use a clean spoon, cotton swab, or a spatula to scoop a product out of a container. Never use your fingers to prevent introducing germs into a product. Freeze or refrigerate final products away from raw meats, using clean containers. Do not store them in room temperature as light and heat may cause decomposition. Thaw the product only when you are going to use it. Discard anything that looks spoiled or even suspicious or make only small amounts at a time so nothing goes into waste. If the homemade cosmetics are mishandled they can get contaminated and cause skin irritation which would defy the whole purpose of making them.

Ingredients we need to make home-made cosmetics

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.
We will need these organic ingredients to make home-made cosmetics:




Coffee grounds

Cacao powder

Oils (either one of these: olive, sunflower, castor, or any light vegetable oil like canola oil; also coconut and tea tree oils)



Salt (sea or table)

Baking soda



Essential oils

Herbs (fresh or dried)


Sour cream





Aloe vera


Castile soap



Herbal teas and regular black tea



Alcohol (any of this will do: vodka, gin, rum, witch hazel).

So long!

You noticed that these are affordable and easily found ingredients. I shop in regular food stores (while shopping for groceries) or local natural food stores. Again, you may already have many of them in your fridge and kitchen cabinets. Small amounts will take you far in homemade cosmetics. Always use fresh ingredients. Store final products in the fridge.

Equipment we need to make home-made cosmetics

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

You will need the following equipment:
measuring cups and spoons,
stirring spoons or rods, blender (or food processor),
whisk (either electric or manual),
coffee grinder,
coffee filters,
paper towels,
glass and ceramic bowls for mixing,
assorted jars, bottles, storage containers, spray bottles.
As you can see you probably already have either all the equipment or almost all of it in your kitchen. Personally I use the same equipment for cooking as I use for cosmetics making, except for storage containers. Some people have a separate set of equipment they store away from the main kitchen utensils. It’s your choice. Make sure your storage containers are clearly marked or have a different color (shape, place in the fridge, etc.) from your food-storing containers, so your family members do not confuse your cosmetics for food and do not accidentally eat or throw them away.
So long! Svetlana

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Beauty suggestions from famous Soviet movie stars

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.
Both my mother and my grandmother also were avid movie lovers. After the World War II, when the Soviet Union was recovering from the devastation, and poverty was rampant, but the hopes were high, the soviet people used movie theatres as great outlet to unwind. Hugely popular during that time, movies, both foreign and domestic, became a sort of a universal remedy, providing affordable entertainment, giving hopes and aspirations, fueling ambitions and dreams. There were many beloved movie stars of the Soviet postwar era, and I remember many of them from the old movies I used to watch with my parents. Several of the Soviet actresses were so legendary and so adored they were almost lifted in the rank of superheroes. These drop-dead gorgeous ladies, many of whom worked in the movie and theater industry for decades never had any plastic surgeries or cosmetic enhancements. They just put a lot of everyday work into their looks, relying mostly on homemade cosmetics and natural remedies, as well as regular exercises (including face exercises) and food portion control to stay in shape.

My mother's beauty tips

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.
My mom is a huge natural beauty enthusiast. She is a real pro when it comes to achieving  great looking skin and body with virtually no money! Here are some of her beauty tips.

1. Face towel should be soft. Never rub the face harshly with a towel but rather touch it lightly to absorb excess water.

2. A little bit of moisture left on the face after washing is good because when you apply a moisturizer you can use much smaller amounts to distribute it all over your face and neck. It also would help to prevent skin dryness.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Hi there!
It's me, Svetlana.
Less is more for mature skin says beauty expert Kay Montano.

The other week I had the pleasure of working with David Bailey on a shoot for Vanity Fair, with Sixties model icons Twiggy, Penelope Tree and Veruschka.

As they caught up and discussed old times, I became aware of how inspirational these women were, what extraordinary lives they've had and how ageless they seemed.
While swopping make-up tips with Veruschka (she showed me how she used to apply her iconic eye make-up, and I showed her how far foundation and powder had come) Penelope joked that David Bailey called them 'the new old'.
This is a perfect description, because despite Penelope being 59, Twiggy 61 and Veruschka 71, their simple make-up look, which didn't try to disguise wrinkles but enhanced their natural radiance, gave them a contemporary, youthful look.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wrinkle creams: Your guide to younger looking skin

Many wrinkle creams and lotions sold in department stores, in drugstores and on the Internet promise to reduce wrinkles and prevent or reverse damage caused by the sun.

Do they work? Research suggests that some wrinkle creams contain ingredients that may improve wrinkles. But many of these ingredients haven't undergone scientific research to prove this benefit.

If you're looking for a face-lift in a bottle, you probably won't find it in over-the-counter (nonprescription) wrinkle creams. But they may slightly improve the appearance of your skin, depending on how long you use the product and the amount and type of the active ingredient in the wrinkle cream.

How Not to Overeat

Written By New Life Ministries (copied from the Internet)

CBN.com – Consider the following suggestions to help you cope with the strong urges to overeat.

1. Give definition to your mealtime. Have regularly scheduled meals with healthy varied menus. Set an eating schedule that suits your needs (such as 3 main meals per day at set times). Have a special place to eat along with a table setting so that your meal has a clear beginning and ending.

2. Give yourself positive statements while you examine your struggle to overeat such as: “This urge is strong now, but I know it often goes away in a few minutes. Hunger signals come and go and increase over time. I’ll rate the intensity now and again when it returns.” “I’ll trust myself. I’m confusing my emotions with my urge to overeat. I’ve already eaten enough regular normal meals. ”What am I thinking and feeling? What do I need to do with these emotions now, other than overeat?

10-Minute Fat-Burning Exercises

Quick, easy exercises that will help you get in shape.

By Joanne Chen, Marie Claire
Your doc has said it all along: 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity improves health and cardio fitness. But what if you barely have time to call your parents or squeeze in six hours of sleep? Here's what trainers—and sports-medicine experts—have realized: You don't have to do all 30 minutes in one stretch. In fact, you can do 20 or just 10 minutes a day to reap some of the benefits, from losing weight to toning to reducing stress and clearing your mind. The secret? In the case of weight loss, you've got to move fast and hard and circuit-train; in the case of building strength, you've got to do those moves slowly, precisely, and consistently every other day. Here, high-intensity 10-minute workouts that make the most of the time you've got. Do at least one each day, or if you’ve got time to spare, rotate up to four for maximum benefits.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ladies' secrets: how to sculpt beautiful legs (for my russian speaking audience)

This great atricle was adopted fot kp.ru on line published 2 August 2010)

Женские секреты: сделай свои ноги красивыми!
Хоть и в шутку говорят, что "лицо женщины - красивые ноги", но подавляющее большинство лиц обоих полов абсолютны согласны с этим утверждениeм.

Длинноногая дама быстрее привлечет мужское внимание, без зависти смотрит на подружек, ей идет большая часть нарядов, а летом на пляже она чувствует себя королевой. Что самое интересное, среди мужчин есть ценители женских ножек не только на практике, но и так сказать, в теории. Несколько сугубо научных работ написано на тему зависимости женского характера от походки, формы и длины ног, есть труды, в котором красота женских ног пересчитана в сухие цифры.

6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

I Adopted this articale "6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin" from David Zinczenko's online article that I found in Yahoo Health  on Aug 16, 2010.  From nowon let me just quote him with minimal interruptions, because he presented it all perfectly well and I have to agree: I eat these of similar foods very often, and my glowing, youthful skin speaks for itself. So he can consider me as some sort of live add, if you will.

"Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, and Lindsay Lohan: What do these women have in common? They’ve all been embroiled in tabloid-worthy scandals. But what else? They all look good, even when the press isn’t. That’s because they have what so many of us strive for: Perfect skin.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Exercise in short bursts during your work day to get all the benefits of a sustained once per day workout

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.
Ron posted a comment on the previous article I poseted. It is about no-brain exercises you can incorporate into the everyday life to rip the full benefit. Ron said he started doing.the "backyard bootcamp" routine and alredy can see benefits.

This reminded me that I discovered something even better: one can exercise without leaving the workplace!

The greatest care-free exercise strategy I discovered over years is exercises in short "bursts" or sessions throughout the day. One can even do it at work. You are entitled to a 30 min lunch break and several 5 min breaks thoughout the day, right? Let's turn them into the calorie-burning, strength-gaining short routines! Do you want to know what I do?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

10-Minute Fat-Burning Exercises by By Joanne Chen, Marie Claire

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.
Here you can learn how to burn fat without exrcising 30 minutes or longer in one stretch and getting the same exact benefits! This is important fo us, super busy ladies who want to stay in super shape without spending too much time (or money).
These are examples of fat burning blasters each lasting 10 minutes. Yes, e can do THAT! Yes, I can find 10 min here and there throughout the day.
The key to this exercises is th rapid sequence of strenth and aerobic exercises.
Read away!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Create Perfect Eyebrows At Home

Hi there! It's me Svetlana!

Bushy, thick, wild eyebrows (Sorry, Leonid Brezhnev!).

One-hair thin, desperately painted overthin or even non-existent eyebrows (sorry, Leonardo!).

Or an infamous "unibrow" of Frieda Kahlo!

Didn't we all have more than one nightmare about horrible eybrows screaming from our faces loudly: "Fix us!!!!!!!!!!!"

This tutorial I found on Youtube will help us dealing with eyebrows and to create perfect eyebrows at home, saving tons of time and monew in a long run. Just like these.

Enjoy the tutorial below:


Good luck!!


Treat Youself For a Perfect Pedicure At Home

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.
Summer is here and all of us are dying to look our prefect. Professional pedicure is one of the must-to-have in this season, so we can wear those gorgeous sandals we bought just recently. Who does not want their feet look like these???

However, just as with manicure, lack of time and money may throw us off. Don't let it happen! This is why you are reading the "Home Beuty School On a Budget"! I have a perfect tutorial for at-home pedicure. Click the link below.

With right tools it takes only 30 minutes.

Give Yourself a Perfect Manicure At Home

Hi again! It's me Svetlana.
Do you like me want perfect hands and incredibly looking nails but don't have enough time and don't want to pay salon prices all the time! Then we are in goo hands. Here I found you a perfect tutorial for at-home manicure.

Please find a Perfect At Home Manicure Tutorial by clicking this link (high quality, professional YouTube video with step-by-step precise instrucions).



How To Do a Perfect Glycolic Peel At Home

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.
Want to get rid of dull winter skin? Need a glycolic peel! It exfoliates upper skin level and brings out radiance and glow.

Follow stapt shown in this video to achieve perfect results with at home glycolic peel.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fight Fad Diets With Intuitive Nutrition Concept!

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.
Have you noticed the latest Hollywood diet craze? Jennifer Aniston, Reece Witherspoon, some of the Desperate Housewives, Tracy Anderson... Hollywood's newest weight loss diet comes in tiny little jars.
Over the course of the day they are allowed up to 14 jars of these... and nothing else...

From now I am going to quote Valerie Orsoni who is a Lifestyle Coach and Founder of e-Fitness Sensation LeBootCamp. Posted In the Internet Newspaper Huffington on May 28, 2010 12:00 PM

"Let's look at the positives: The Baby Food Diet consists of lots of veggies, lean meat and lots of water to flush it out, so it is healthy in that regard. But, where's the catch?

First, how long can one live like this?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Russian blogs about health and beauty! For my Russian-speaking readers.

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.

I was just browsing the Blog catalog site and found these blogs. They are in Russian and talk about health and beauty.

http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/httpfigura-onlineru (health, beauty)

http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/viva-1.html (health, beauty)

http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/25-1 (weight loss)

So long!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Face Building: Face exercises to delay skin sagging and wrinkles

Hi there!

It'sme Svetlana.

Today is am going to revisit a long-forgotten topic: face execrises. Believe it or not, our mothers and grandmothers knew all about it. The reason? There were no modern technologies of face lift, Botox, fillers injections, etc, so they had to rely on the natural ways to keep face looking young. They are still hugely popular in Russia and Eastern Europe. My mother does them every day.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Turning Your Workday Into Weight Loss

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

This article by Alan Mozes (HealthDay Reporter - Thu Apr 1, 2010) can be very helpful if we extract a main message from it: move more during the day if you are doing a desk job! Do something, even if something is standing or tapping your foot on the floor.

"For decades, the office has been seen as the sedentary, do-nothing enemy of fitness -- a place to sit eight hours a day and slowly pile on weight.

But what if it were a big part of the solution?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Atkins diet — a protein overload?

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

If despite all my discussions about the benefits of Intuitive Nutrition you are still opting for low-carbs and high protein Atkins diet, read this article.

A steak may satisfy, but it's not a weight-loss secret weapon

By Elisa Zied, R.D.
msnbc.com contributor
updated 9:20 a.m. ET, Fri., March. 12, 2010

Who wouldn’t want to lose up to 15 pounds in two weeks?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Up to a third of breast cancers could be avoided by staying slim and physically active (new research data presented at a European breast cancer conference in Barcelona, Spain in March 2010).

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana again.

Ladies, please read this article. This data may be life saving for some of us.

"By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng, Ap Medical Writer – Thu Mar 25, 6:12 pm ET

BARCELONA, Spain – Up to a third of breast cancer cases in Western countries could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers at a conference said Thursday, renewing a sensitive debate about how lifestyle factors affect the disease.

Better treatments, early diagnosis and mammogram screenings have dramatically slowed breast cancer, but experts said the focus should now shift to changing behaviors like diet and physical activity.

3 Unique Slow Exercises to Shape Up for Spring (slow and deliberate movements may be better for your body!).

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

You aready know that I always advocate exercises that are not too harsh on the body, and don't leave you in pain. Exercise routine has to be easy enough and enjoyable in order to stick to it for years. Some people love pain, but especially as we grow older, gentle approach to exercise is important. If we are used to work out really hard at younger age, the body may be worn out to some degree and not be able to cope with the same stress on joints, muscles, and bones anymore, and we may quit because of the repetitive injuries.

The key is to remain physically active FOR LIFE, and preferrably, for a very LONG LIFE. Thus take it easy, respect your body, and your body will serve you for many years to come.

Что выдает наш возраст? (What gives away our age?- for my Russian speaking readers).

Hi there! Privet!

It's me Svetlana.

Определить только по лицу, сколько лет даме, зачастую невозможно - спасибо чудесам косметологии! Но есть части тела - предатели, которые все-таки выдают годы. Как можно убрать и там признаки старения, разбираемся с экспертами

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Russians prefer easy and affordable daily exercises with friends.

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.
I am back from Hawaii all fresh and recharged!

For a long time I have been planning to tell you how people stay physically active in Russia. Not that they don't have well equipped gyms there. Now they have everything. However, many years ago, when Russia was still a communist country and going to a gym or jogging in a park would be considered "pro-western", the Russians reserved to easy and affordable daily exercises to stay in shape that often included other people too.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Control your appetite

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

January-February is the best time to start losing "holiday weight" and getting in shape for the spring and summer.

Eating less is just as important as getting back on exercise routine. Portion control and smart eating strategies are the key. I keep motivating myself to eat less by reading and re-reading motivational quotes and tip form "Thinspirations" (please see the corresponding blog post).

I also found that consuming fiber tablets during the day ("like Benefiber") keeps me feeling fuller and eat less throughtout the day. I keep them at home and at work and pop in a couple when feel like it.
The other thing we often forget about it this: the less we eat, the smaller the stomach becomes (it literally shrinks to a smaller size!), so in a long run we will be satisfied with much smaller portions. Isn't this wonderful? The problem is that not many people have discipline to stick with this strategy. But if you do, this is the simplest way to exercise portion control: after a while you just can not pig out, or it will make you physically sick!

I found this is the article (by Jennifer R. Scott on About.com) that can help us with improving eating strategies and keeping appetite at bay.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Beauty in Russia and Ukraine: cultural differences.

Hi there!

As Russian women, we love.....

1. We LOVE to dress up, even to go to a grocery store across the street.

2. We believe that a woman MUST stay in good physical shape. There is no alternative.

2. We LOVE to follow fashion.

3.We LOVE to look seductive.

3. We LOVE to get a good education.

5. We LOVE new information about health and beauty, new health practices and experimenting with our bodies (new exercise ideas, new diets, new cosmetics, new meditation techniques, etc).

6.We LOVE natural healing, medicinal herbs, meditation, and alternative medicine.

we like to feel like women, even though the world around us is not perfect...

So long!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Your dog might be your best workout buddy

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

As a proud new owner of a Yorkie puppy I am constantly seeking ways of including my dog in my exercise routine. Yes, he is still very little, 16 weeks old and weights only 2 lbs and 2 oz. So for now I can play indoor games with him, chase him around and then let him chase me around. I take him on my walks in a front pouch carrier, and he seems to enjoy it a lot. I do my back (and stretch) exercises many times per day just by bending over and picking him up from the floor or putting him back on the floor. Of course, running up and down the stairs to relocate him from the first floor to the bedrooms takes energy, as well as does cleaning, picking up toys, bathing, etc.