Archive for February 6, 2010

Homemade Facial Scrubs and Masks

Posted in Health and Fitness, Tips with tags , , on February 6, 2010 by annepotz

Why settle for expensive treatments and exfoliating products when you can make your own facial scrubs at home? Save your money. Here are some beauty recipes that I recently discovered, cheaper than the commercialized beauty products in the market. Try and see the results, it’s all natural.

  • Oatmeal Smoother
    1/2 cup ground oatmeal.(easy to do, just put non-instant oatmeal in a blender or food processor and process until ground)
    1/2 cup powdered milk

-Mix this dry mixture together.

-Store in zip bag, jar or tin. Can be used daily.

TO USE: Mix 2 tsp of dry mix with 2 tsp water to make a paste. Stir until smooth paste is formed. Massage onto face and throat. Rinse. If you want to exfoliate, add some coarse salt or ground almonds to the mixture.

  • Sugar (that’s it, plain old Sugar!)

Sugar works great, but  if you’re prone to acne or fungus because it can cause bacteria or fungus to grow if it’s not washed off completely, great results.

  • Baking Soda + Water

Good for everyday use. To loosen blackheads, combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

  • Banana Scrub

-2 teaspoons mashed banana

-2 teaspoons rolled oats

-1 teaspoon milk

-1 teaspoon honey

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste-like  substance. Apply to face and leave it for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes massage it in your face. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. This scrub works as a peel. The dead skin cells adhere to the slightly dried paste and are removed by the friction created when you gently massage it over your face.

  • Papaya Facial Scrub

Mash a piece of ripe papaya, then add 1/2 tsp brown sugar and rub your face with it. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse well. Your skin will be fresh and glowing. Feel the difference!

  • Tomato Scrub

First, choose a ripe and good tomato. Pound it and then take the juice. And then apply it on your clean face. Let it stay for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, wash your face again with warm water. You will find a spectacular result. Your face will feel very smooth and soft.

  • Egg White Scrub

For oily skin, you can have this kind of mask to take away the oil away from your skin. Get the white part of an egg, squeeze some lemon drops into it. Stir it for a bit and then apply it onto your clean face. Let it stay for 20 minutes. When you feel it hardened you can wash your face with warm water. You will feel no more oil on your face, and it can keep your face clean. It can actually get rid of the oil for about two days. Isn’t it amazing?

  • Milk and Potato Mask

Get half of a potato, boil it. Pound the boiled potato after. Pour milk onto it, mix and apply to your face. Let the mixture stay on your face for about 30 minutes until the milk gets dry. Then you can wash your face with warm water to open pores.


Blogging Again…

Posted in Own Story on February 6, 2010 by annepotz

Another blogging moment. I missed blogging a lot. It was 2006 when I had my own blog site. That was when blogging’s free at powered by Globe Telecom. I am not so articulate when it comes to writing though, but I love it when I can express my ideas freely.

I remember someone who really inspired me to blog again after years of being idle. One day I was surfing the net and came across a blog site. I got so impressed with the way the blog owner expressed his ideas. I liked reading the site. The beautiful words were written articulately, ‘twas so captivating that you want to read all its entries. Then I saw the blog owner’s YM id there in that site, I buzzed him up and luckily, he was online then. Surprisingly, as we chatted, he mentioned to have read a post of mine in, well it was a fictional love story that I’ve written.

And then he gave me this advice: Write not to please, but write because you want to express your ideas.

To Mr. Ryan Ericson Canlas ( well I want to say that you are such a good writer, kudos! I am a frustrated writer , I hope I can write as beautifully as you. Thank you so much for inspiring me.

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Posted in Love, Tips with tags , on February 6, 2010 by annepotz

Valentine’s Day is on February 14th. It is a special day to express our love to the special person in our lives. You can do this by sending your love a Valentine gift.

a. Valentine Gift Basket: Valentine baskets are great gifts for your sweetheart. A popular basket comes with a beautiful arrangement of delicacies for an evening of romance and dining, accented with roses and completed with massage oil and votive candles. Inside the wicker basket are chocolate covered cherries, shortbread cookies, Mia Amore pasta, sun dried roasted tomatoes, chocolates, cheese, and a hard cover book of romance. This romantic gift is ideal for sharing with your special someone, and will create Valentine memories you two will always hold dear.

b. Valentine Gift Pail: Alternatively, you can send a message of love with an unique red gift pail, wrapped around by the long arms of a charming bear couple. The teddy bears are embroidered with the saying “I love you this much!” They are stuffed with hugs and good wishes and surrounded by sweet treats of chocolate covered cookies, Ghirardelli squares, old fashioned fudge, chocolate hearts, and Jelly Belly beans. Thia gift pail can be sent to your boyfriend or girl friend.

c. Valentine Gift Tower: A popular gift tower consists of a soft and cuddly plush bear with a three-piece tower of sweets, including milk chocolate pretzels, white frosted pretzels and milk chocolate Ghirardelli squares. This is a wonderful gift to express your love to friends, family and special loved ones.

d. Valentines Gifts For Him: For your boyfriend or husband, you can send him a gift basket with a love message envelope. He can open the envelope and enjoy the romantic treats. He will find an adorable teddy bear holding a heart filled with his favorite truffles and a lovely Champagne candle, and many other sweet treats, … and a love coupon book. This would be a great basket for your Valentine.

e. Romantic Gift Basket – Valentines Gifts For Her: You can win over your lover’s heart by sending her a romantic gift basket. A popular basket consists of a beautiful gold chest filled with romantic candle gift set, frosted glass votive candle holder, sensual chocolate body paint, assorted chocolate, almond body butter massage lotion, and a Love and Romance book from the heart. She will be impressed with your elegant taste when you send her this romantic gift basket.

f. Romantic Massage Gift Basket: A romantic massage will be treasured by your valentine. She will long remember the special treats in this lovely basket: massage oil, an acrylic massager, a massage booklet. chocolates, cookies, and a chocolate fondue kit to say I love you in good taste.

g. Spa Gift Baskets: Spa gifts are designed especially for women. Rejuvenate someone special with a gift hamper full of relaxing spa products, including body butter, an enchanted CD of soft piano and string music, cucumber moisturing body lotion, moisturizing body gel, terry cloth makeup and shower headband, vanilla herbal lemon tea, and terry cloth bath slippers to make her feel special. When the bath and body products are gone, she can use the handy hamper with lid for storage. Treat your sweetheart with this revitalizing gift.

h. Chocolate Bouquet: This chocolate bouquet consists of 6 full size milk chocolate bars that create a “vase” while 20 fun size chocolates of assorted varieties make up a bouquet. This unique gift can be sent to chocolate lovers of all ages.

i. Valentines Gift Basket For Kids: This children’s basket is filled with fun activities and treats to eat. Your little valentine will find a teddy bear with heart patches, coloring book, candy filled potion bottle with mini message, bubbles, candy bracelet, 3 marshmallow cream heart, checkers game set, marshmallow heart peep, gummy treats, Hershey Kisses exchange bag, and candies.

j. Red Roses: Fresh, stunning and fragrant red roses will sure delight your sweetheart. Send these roses by themselves or send them to accompany other gifts. In summary, express your love to someone special with a Valentine gift. You can choose from Valentine gift basket, Valentine gift pail, gift tower, romantic gift basket, romantic massage gift basket, spa gift baskets, red roses, and Valentines basket for kids. Send Valentines day gift to your love, and show him or her how much you care this Valentines Day.