THE POWERS OF ALOE VERA

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Aloe Vera is a powerful cactus plant that grows like a weed all around the meditarrenean region, in parts of Africa and India.  The tender leaves are full of a versatile gel that can be used internally and externally as a  drink or on the skin. It helps  digestion  (in reasonable dosage) heals wounds, soothes the skin relieves from sun burns,  treats hair and scalp problems and is generally used  in cosmetics for its anti aging effects. Aloe vera can be potted, the gel has to be scooped out of the  leaf fresh or else it loses its benefits.

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Aloe Vera can be used in more than one way, the benefits are significant to one’s health.

The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

Here are 7 benefits of using aloe vera gel:

1. It treats sunburn.

Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.

2. It acts as a moisturizer.

Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel it prevents skin from drying.

For men: Aloe vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

3. It treats acne.

Aloe vera gel  provides wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.

Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly.
4. It fights aging.

As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

5. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.

6. It’s nutrient rich for good health.

This solid material contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.

7. It aids in digestion.

The internal benefits of aloe vera are supposed to be just as amazing. The plant is said to improve the digestion and to relieve ulcers.

 

. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly can help get rid of all the junk your body no longer needs which in turn prevents various digestive problems such as indigestion.

Some recipes for aloe vera juice:

Here is one recipe

Ingredients:

1 Apple

1 Carott

1 Lemon
2 tbsp Aloe vera pulp

Method:
1. Blend the apple and the carott
2. Add the lemon juice
3. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out 2 tbsp of the pulp and add it to the mixture

 

OUR REPORTER EMILY GIVES US FEED BACK ON SUMMER 2015 MAKE-UP TRENDS

                                 PARIS FASHION WEEK

                                            BEAUTY TREND

                                             SUMMER 2015

 

                               

It’s a fresh start as we are back to work or back to school, holidays are over and  the shows are on.

We can still feel the summer breeze  floating through the catwalks, tinting the models cheeks of pink as if the sunset was illuminating their faces staring  into  the horizon

Here are a few show descriptions to catch a glimpse of Spring summer 2015 beauty

 

 

                                                 COPERNI

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Fresh / Natural

Underlined Eyebrow

Brownish, glossy eye shadow

no lips

     
                                   LEONARD

 

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Intense eye brows

Orange/ pink lips

Pink cheeks

Summer sunset glow

 

                                    ISABEL MARANT

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Fresh / Neat / Clean

Summer breeze

Pink fresh cheeks

Brushed, scruffy, natural eyebrows

Pinkish lips

 

 

                                 VIONNET

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Natural

Pearl skin

Powdered and airy look

Eye glow, glossy eye

                                                                                     ROCHAS
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New Geisha
Doll eye lashes
Dot under the eye
Pale skin
Pale lips, and heart shape
Lilac, pale blue eye shadow

EMMANUELLE BERCOT PALME D OR MEILLEURE ACTRICE

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C’est l’année d’Emmanuelle Bercot ! Après être venue présenter son film «La Tête Haute» diffusé pour l’ouverture du Festival de Cannes, l’actrice-réalisatrice française a monté dimanche une dernière fois les marches de la Croisette pour venir recevoir le Prix d’interprétatoin féminine.

Elle a été récompensée pour sa prestation dans «Mon Roi» de Maïwen. Elle participe ainsi au joli palmarès français lors ce 68e Festival de Cannes.

C’est dans une belle robe noire, avec un maquillage lumineux et naturel qu’Emmanuelle Bercot est venue recevoir son prix des mains de Tahar Rahim. «Ce prix, je veux dire à Maïwenn qu’il récompense son audace, son sens aigu de la liberté, son anticonformisme. Après «Polisse», elle pouvait viser les plus hautes sphères, avoir les plus grandes actrices. Et non, elle a choisi une inconnue de 46 ans pour être son actrice», a-t-elle déclaré, émue.

Depuis les premières marches cannoises jusqu’à la cérémonie de clôture l’actrice a pu sublimer les tapis rouge avec l’aide de Guerlain. A 47 ans, l’actrice illuminait la scène avec une mise en beauté signé Coral Clark pour la marque parisienne.

Base :
Le nouveau soin Météorites Oxygène

Le teint :
Precious light, enlumineur rajeunissant, teinte 01
Lingerie de Peau, fond de teint fluide, 03 Beige Naturel
Terracotta Joli Teint Poudre Duo Bonne Mine, 02 Naturel Blondes
Rose aux Joues, 01 Peach Boy

Les lèvres :
Le Stylo Lèvres, 44 Bois de Santal
KissKiss, 363 Fabulous Rose

Les yeux :
Khôl Me Kajal, noir
Ecrin 6 Couleurs, 68 Champs-Elysées
Le Crayon Sourcils, 01 Brun Idéal
Mascara noir Cils d’Enfer So Volume

MAKE UP GUERLAIN BY CORAL CLARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR FACIAL AT “Lamaisondocteurhauschka”


Pushing through the door of this beauty temple and stepping in to LamaisonDrHaushka is a lifting experience… once inside, you are wrapped in a blanket of well being.  The smells, the colours, the sound of spring water running like a cascade,  on the floor through a glass panel you can see  water flowing, giving the  feeling  of having travelled through a mountain and  finally penetrating through the wonders of this forest of beauty.

The rich and natural elements such as the tree trunks aligned againts the wall,  rose petals spread out here and there and gorgeous mat colours  harmoniously painted on the walls, the shelves spred with pebbles, this heaven  embarks us on a journey in nature where gorgeous beauty products preside in this lushes scenery. The delicate sents reach out to the subconcience and gently carry you to a planet of delight.   In the back there is  a small sitting area where one can enjoy  a wonderful purifying heabal tea. The facial starts after lying down  in the room,  on a massage table under a silk sheet in  dim light . This wonderful ritual, begins by cleaning the  skin with the clarifying toner, exfoliating with the Dr Huashcka cleanser  and  then by a lymphatic massage to drain all the toxins finishing by firming mask to pump my skin up.  These little moments are important we must not forget to treat ourselves …I walked out glowing….;

FREE YOUR BODY AND MIND BY WALKING AND FASTING

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Yes, it is possible to go for a week with no food….

For your first fasting experience it is best to do it in a specialised group with experienced practitioners for support. I went to a centre called Jeune et randonnée in la Drome France. When I enrolled I was told to prepare my body a week in advance by cutting out coffee, sugar and slowly reducing meals to vegetable. After a long drive I reached a windy dirt track off a main road dug into rock cliffs which eventually led to a dead end where there was a house tucked at the foot of an impressive mountain. This was where I was going to stay a week. While driving 6 hours through the Alps I had mentally prepared myself for this experience.

I was a little nervous since my up bringing had always been paced with recommendation such as: “Finish your plate”, “What are we having for lunch, when are we doing the shopping etc… Whether these were post war fears, during which there had been rations I don’t know but food takes up a huge part of our time, shopping, cooking, cleaning and organising each meal, and especially in France….we love our food…

When I arrived a group of people all ages and gender was gathered outside in the garden, we were all there for the same purpose so our introduction was easy and we instinctively knew that we would need to support one another, some were on their second week of fasting, others had a yearly routine of fasting and like me some were experiencing this for the first time.

That evening we were given some sodium chloride (taste disgusting) that was very efficient to clear our intestines over night. We were also allowed some herbal tea.

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The next morning after a few warm up exercises we marched off with our coach and guide into the mountain having only had half of a small glass of organic apple juice. He gave us information as we started off about how much water we should drink, to walk at our own pace and that we would be returning at least 6 hours later to the house. Surprisingly enough I was not hungry on the first day, we drank a lot, rested under a tree at midday walked slowly passing our steps around the mountain paths where not a sound was heard, we were so far from civilisation, not a car, or machines only the sound of our breaths, birds, insects flying, the wind, or footsteps trading the moist grass, and at times the intense, vast sound of silence. The mechanical movement of the walk freed us from thinking about our usual routine and kept us active enough not to think about food. And so the day went by, we got back, showered, rested, read our books and gathered around the table to discuss our experience with warm teas. Because of the altitude, the clean air, the silence, the exercise, we all slept well. And so the days went by, time was suspended, no cooking, no shopping, no cleaning, no washing up, no trash, no schedule, my mind was freed of all these things that monitored my every day life.

Our coach explained how our bodies depending on our weight could keep going for days without food only taking in water, he calculated that I would be able to survive for 100 days by just drinking water. This was reassuring, there would be no more food panics over empty fridges.

As 2 days went by, day 3 was the most difficult and after 4 hours climbing I felt a little weak my coach then brought out a miniscule spoon and a pot of honey and filled in a quarter and gave it to me for energy. I was suspicious, how could such a small quantity have an effect on my body?

A few seconds later I was back in the group on track speeding up the hill. Such a small amount of sugar had given me enough energy. We eat way too much; our body needs very little food to keep going. Our energy is therefore spent absorbing digesting processing all this food. So much of our time is spent preparing meals we only need small portions of healthy non processed foods…

This was our first meal after 6 days of fasting, organic freshly picked vegetables.
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I came back feeling clean and pure like a baby, my skin looked fresh and toned, I had so much more energy…The key is to then fast one day a week or monodiet by eating one same food in 24 hours, to keep that same energy going. Fasting should be done in a specialised centre with experienced practitioners, consult your doctor before you go…

http://www.jeune-et-randonnee.com

 

Aleppo soap

This is a reminder of lives their history and their culture culture,The Aleppo soap is the first hard, authentic soap to be created in the world. It is famous for its remarkable qualities and historical background. The production methods used to create this soap have been preserved to this day by Aleppian master soap makers. Since the 8th century families have been producing Aleppo soap in small scale and using the same techniques which has maintained this 13 century old tradition.

Aleppo soap is considered one of the purest soaps ever made, created exclusively with the most natural ingredients. It is made of olive oil, laurel bay oil, sodium hydroxide and water. In some cases some other natural ingredients are added such as honey, pure essential oils, red clay, dead sea salts and argon oil.

Aleppo soap is boiled with olive oil and laurel oil. The quantity of both oils used may vary from one soap bar to the other. Usually olive oil is between 60-98% while laurel is between 2-40%. The soap which has the most amount of laurel oil in it is considered to be the most valuable and it has the most costly production. Aleppo soap doesn’t contain any artificial colorings (its color is due to the proportion of laurel oil), no artificial fragrances and flavors, parabens, foam establishers, perfumes and no animal fats. This makes the soap the ultimate natural product, with properties that are extremely good for the skin.

Over two thousand years the town of Aleppo in ex-Mesopotamia has preserved this ancient processing method which is the soap’s main secret. The large blocks of soap are made by hand using traditional method, these soaps are cut into blocks and stamped with the mark of the manufacturer. After, the soaps are set out to dry for a period of 6 to 9 months on racks in well aerated arches. During this drying process, the soap gets both hard and its color changes from olive green to a beautiful deep gold. The color the soap acquires depends mostly on the amount of laurel oil the bar has. Color ranges from a pale yellow (small concentration of laurel oil) to a deep brown or golden color (large concentration of laurel oil).

Aleppo soap is so mild, gentle, moisturizing and natural that it can be used on adults, babies, small children and even pets. It will not dry your skin out and once wet it has a luxurious, smooth and creamy feel. After each use your skin will feel refreshed. It is most popular because of its stronger disinfectant, regenerative, purifying properties which help sooth sensitive skin. Anyone who finds themselves suffering from skin allergies, irritated skin or conditions such as general dermatitis like eczema, psoriasis, bacterial dermatitis, acne, herpes, rosacea, it also helps prevent hair loss and it aids in the recovery of skin diseases. It’s recommended for all skin types. Olive lo is very rich in vitamin E and polyphenole, which is a useful anti-oxidant that can help delay the effects of aging while the bay tree oil has antiseptic properties. It tones, stimulates and brightens skin complexion. It is an excellent product that can be used against spots and pimples. It softens and nourishes the skin without causing dryness and irritation.

This product is said to last for months due to its high density and it is also cost effectiveness it can replace shampoo, conditioner, face soap, body soap and shaving cream.There are several types of Aleppo soap products on the market, including solid soaps (in bars, cubes), liquid Aleppo soaps, clay masks, soap flakes (for washing clothing) and sachets for linen.. Normally all of them are imported from Syria. Aleppo soap is slightly pricey compared to regular bars of soap. In the United States prices range form $7.80 to $11.40 approximately. In the U.K. prices may range from $6.00 to $10.45 approximately. Most of these products are found online, so you also need to consider shipping and handling together with the soap’s price.

Manufacturers claim that the advantages linked to the usage of Aleppo soap are endless.When used on the face and body, the soap will clean the skin deeply while it eliminates the peeled cornea layer, the sebum and sweat (which is the main cause of a tarnished complexion), dust and other micro-bodies of the environment. It can also be used as an excellent make-up remover. using Aleppo soap will aid in preventing infection. Also, the la of artificial coloring or other chemical additives is the reliable guarantee from allergies or other attacks that may harm the skin if rubbed by an industrial soap.

Some Dermatologists advise to use Aleppo soap to eliminate the hydro lipid, sebum, excess from the skin. In the case of people with sensitive skin, it is recommended to use Aleppo Soap Flakes to wash linens, baby clothes even lingerie; any garment that may come in contact with the skin.Aleppo soap has a forgotten quality in the Western world, but known in the Eastern world, which is an effective way to eliminate clothes moths in the closet.

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SHEA BUTTER

thThe benefits of shea butter, something that  Africans have known for thousands of years.

Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, and stretch marks.

It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation.

Shea butter also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

Shea butter protects the skin from both environmental and free-radical damage. It contains vitamins A and E,

Dilutehttp://www.freshstartbycoralclark.com/2018/05/05/shea-butter/ it with a natural oil like sesame or avocado and blend it in to the skin.

 

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MONICA SHAKA and her yoga practice

DSC_0442Monica a yoga teacher, singer, mother,

Having been to a few other yoga classes, I can say that what is special about your class is that you get us to do a lot of hand stands and postures with our feet up against the wall, could you explain the benefits of this posture?
Inversions have a wide range of benefits, from the obvious strengthening of the arms and upper body, to boosting ones confidence. We reverse the effects of gravity on our circulatory, digestive and lymphatic systems whilst changing perspective for a moment ! As children we love doing handstands and hanging upside down. Its fun and it feels good. Doing inversions keeps us young in all ways. It also gives one immense satisfaction, especially if there is an initial fear. Ideally one should do an inversion 10 minutes a day.

For some positions you talk about massaging inner organs this I really felt after your class. Could you tell us more about this.
Our organs are like our motor. If the motor is kept clean, it can function well and for a longer distance. Regular fasting is recommended in order to keep our system clean. Many diseases start in the intestine and stagnation in this area can cause sluggishness, prevent good absorption of nutrients and be a breeding ground for illness. By doing postural twists, we ring out our vital organs. As we release, fresh blood comes rushing through to reoxygenate and nourish the organs hence preventing stagnation.

Could you tell us how and why you became a yoga teacher?
I have been practicing yoga since I was 24 years old, 23 years ago. I initially started yoga for my double scoliosis that was giving me a lot of pain. With the modeling, long days and high heels we had to wear, I would often end the days in excruciating pain and unable to stand. As my practice progressed, I realised the multiple benefits of this discipline and knew that one day, it would be my path. At 42 years old, and after having finally settled with my children in France, I felt ready to pass on the knowledge. I got my certificate and stepped into my path.

After years of teaching what is noticeably different about your life, as a yoga practitioner and as a teacher?
The discipline and constancy that teaching yoga has given me is remarkable. It was hard for me to find the time and discipline to practice every day. Teaching was the only way for me to incorporate this rhythm into my life. Not only would I be passing on the knowledge, but also making my life better. My everyday life has improved drastically, in all areas. The mental strength and clarity yoga gives me is indescribable, let alone the physical benefits. My conscious choices and behaviour have made me a much happier person overall. The strength overcomes the fears, the hesitance, the doubts….most of the time! The progress is continuous.

How would you say that yoga can help with confidence?
Yoga postures have direct benefits on the body and mind. A simple inversion boosts your confidence, and there are many inversions to choose from. Meditation and pranayama help calm the mind, get rid of the clutter and see things more clearly. Lack of confidence comes from negative mind patterns. These can be changed.

Is confidence part of inner beauty? And, if so why?
Definitely. Someone who shines from the inside out is very attractive. Confidence, not to be confused with ego, is inspiring and allows other people to shine as well. When you are connected to your strength, the pure strength and radiance of the Universe (what they call ‘Purusha’), we become channels. We are born with this energy, a baby radiates this beauty and confidence. The problem is that most of us lose it along the way with all the issues that can cover up the ‘Purusha’ inside of us.

Is a strong body, a strong mind?
Absolutely. My sister used to joke with me when I was younger and acted at times very hesitant or unclear. She would say I was acting ‘scoliotic’ ! The spine is our backbone, it leads to and supports our brain. I can personally testify that a strong body is a stronger mind.

Would you say that any body could experience inner radiance through yoga practice?
Yes. If the right intention is there.

You have experienced being a model? Is a bone structure, colouring enough to be beautiful
For certain jobs, like editorial, a good bone structure and colouring might be enough. I mainly did catwalk. I felt that a certain presence was required and appreciated. 

Does inner energy have a role to play in what we project?

Definitely.

Has the experience of modeling helped you in your yoga vocation? If so, how?
I never liked being in the limelight. Modeling definitely helps you get used to that. More than the modeling, I would say that my 20 years working on my singing, taking numerous workshops, courses and giving concerts has helped me learn to take the space I need to take when in front of an audience. This I can apply when teaching yoga. However, I feel as a teacher, I am just channeling the knowledge. It’s as if I enter a different space where I, Monica, doesn’t exist anymore.

I have often heard girls, whom are not in the modeling industry, are made to feel uncomfortable about their physique, I would like them to understand that there is more to it than meets the eye. Is there anything that you could tell them?
I started modeling rather late, when I was 21 years old. I was lucky never to have been aiming to be a model as I had other interests, like singing, so physical beauty was not my main concern. But castings can be rough, and having gorgeous girls around you as well. I would recommend having other main interests to keep the focus away from just your physical aspect. Cultivating your inner self with hobbies and curiosity for all the wonderful things around us. Also, surrounding yourself with real friends to keep you grounded and to have fun. Seeing the bigger picture. It is easy, but extremely unhealthy, to zoom into ourselves, and the industry will want to push you into that very lonely place. Zoom out ! And realise that you are much more than just your physical body.

Email: monicashaka@gmail.com