Contest Winnings: 3rd Week of February

Welcome dumplings to another edition of my contest craze! Thumbs up if you are a contest freak too. LOL. Let's see what I, fiancee and aunt won for that week! Yeah you read that right. I will include their prizes here too!





DHC Vitamin C Essence - At last, won something at http://365.newbeauty.com/. I have been entering ever since and I'm so glad to finally win one and hoping for more! That's right folks, you can enter everyday! So what are you waiting for? Register and bookmark this wonderful site. :D







INPINK $40 gift card - This giveaway was a wonderful blog giveaway by http://beautyandthebudget.onsugar.com sponsored by INPINK. I looooove their accessories sets, can't to own them (check them out)! Thank you BB for this wonderful giveaway! :D




Jane Iredale Truly Pure Shampoo and Conditioner & Botanical Brush Cleaner Jane Iredale ran a mini giveaway which I accidentally run into. I never knew I would win because the brushes that I posted were too dirty and with diff. brand names. Its my first to win some love for my worn out makeup brushes. Thank you JI!





Moi Mineral Sample Set by Beauty By Misty - Now I proved that I am good with guessing numbers. LOL jk. I almost didnt get my prize on this one for I wasn't reading any posts. So glad to finally respond before the deadline. Can't wait to try Moi Minerals. :D




StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum two-week sample - I have been participating in their Freebie Friday samples and unfortunately, I just don't win! LOL. This time around I was one of the thousand winners who got the opportunity to get this amazing two week sample! :)
Thank you so much StriVectin




Enjoy Professional Haircare Prize pack - Another blog giveaway and this time I won two products for my looooooooooooong hair! I am determined to enter contests concerning my very fine and limp hair TBH! Thank you Enjoy. I will really enjoy my prize!


Now for my loved ones prizeeeeesss :D


3LAB Perfect Lips - My amazing aunt won the 3LAB Perfect Lips! And since I am the one who entered her, I consider it as a gift from her. LOL! :D







Tony Horton Personal Blender - The boyfriend won another blender to put into our kitchen. YAY! :) Thank you OpenSky

Valentine's Giveaway: WIN 5 Fabulous Products


Win fabulous products hosted by Beauty and Grooming Tips!


ENDS 3/4/2012

$50 Too Faced Giveaway!


Eugenia is giving away a $50 Too Faced gift card to celebrate!

Hurry and enter here.

High Fiber Foods - 20 Best!!!

High-fiber foods

By Anne Harding
Fiber can lower blood sugar, cut cholesterol, and may even prevent colon cancer and help you avoid hemorrhoids. If it were a drug, the world would be clamoring for it.

But few people are getting enough.

Women should get about 25 grams a day and men at least 35 to 40, but the average person gets just 15 grams a day. Eating fiber-rich whole foods—not foods that tout "added fiber"—is the best way to increase your fiber intake, says Carolyn Brown, RD, a nutritionist at Foodtrainers, in New York City.

Here is a list of high-fiber foods—and tasty recipes that contain them.

Corn

We're most familiar with the sunny, yellow version, but corn comes in a rainbow of colors—from pink to blue to black—each with its own special combination of antioxidant nutrients.

A single ear of corn, which is about a half cup of corn kernels, contains 2 grams of fiber. Popcorn is also a terrific—and low-calorie—fiber source, with about 3.5 grams of fiber per three-cup serving.

White beans

In addition to being rich in fiber, protein, and iron, white beans are one of the best nutritional sources of potassium—1 cup will cover 25% of your daily requirement for this hypertension-fighting nutrient.

Beans get a bad rap when it comes to gas, but the key is to amp up your fiber intake gradually, Brown says. "If you only eat (low-fiber) foods right now, don't suddenly switch to eating 40 grams of fiber a day, because that will cause a lot of stress to the digestive system."

Black beans

Black beans contain 15 grams of fiber per cup, and about 15 grams of protein. Their dark, rich color signals a high content of flavonoids, plant pigments that are powerful antioxidants. As you add beans and other high-fiber foods to your diet, be sure to drink more water, too, Brown says.

Kidney beans

The key ingredient in red beans and rice, kidney beans are popular in northern India as well as New Orleans. Like their cousins—pretty much all of the beans we eat share the Latin name Phaseolus vulgaris, or "common bean"—they're rich in fiber, protein, and iron.

Garbanzo beans

Also known as chickpeas, these versatile legumes come in two varieties: the light-colored "Kabuli" type, most common in the United States, and the darker "Desi" variety, which are richer in fiber and antioxidants. Garbanzos were first domesticated in the Middle East, where they remain an important staple ingredient in dishes such as hummus and falafel. They're also widely used in India, the world's biggest producer of chickpeas.

Avocado

The creamy flesh of the avocado is a great fiber source; a two-tablespoon serving of avocado has about 2 grams of fiber and an entire fruit contains around 10 grams. Avocados are also an excellent source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats—the "good" kind that can help lower cholesterol and reduce heart-disease risk.

Whole-wheat pasta

Swapping out traditional pasta for the whole-wheat kind is a great way to introduce more fiber to your diet. "Really small changes will make a difference," Brown says.

But whole-wheat pasta can be an acquired taste for those who are used to the white version. Grocery stores are likely to have whole-wheat pasta in several brands and shapes; you may want to try a few types to find the one with the taste and texture combination you like best.

Brown rice

If you've been strictly a white-rice eater, the chewier texture and nuttier taste of brown rice can take some getting used to—but it's worth the effort. Every cup contains 3.5 grams of fiber.

Harvard researchers recently found that although eating five or more servings of white rice a week increased type 2 diabetes risk by 17%, adding a couple servings of brown rice per week decreased risk by 11%.

Edamame

Long popular in East Asian cuisine, edamame are immature soybeans boiled in the pod. You can pop them out of the pod into your mouth, or mix them into a tasty dip. A half-cup serving of edamame can contain up to 11 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber, depending on the brand.

Whole-wheat bread

White bread and other refined grains are milled, meaning the outer coating of the grain (bran) has been removed, along with the germ, a tiny part of the kernel that serves as the seed's 'embryo.' Whole wheat retains these nutrient- and fiber-rich elements, so switching from white to whole wheat is a smart nutritional move.

"Making it your go-to will make a big difference in terms of the number of grams of fiber you're getting," says Brown.

Lentils

This tiny member of the legume family is super-rich in fiber, with 15.6 grams per cup. Cultivated since Neolithic times, lentils are also a great source of protein, B vitamins, iron, and other minerals.

Pear

As with most fruits with edible skins, pears are most nutritious and fiber-rich when their skins are left intact. "Keeping the skin on is really important for fiber," Brown says. A medium-size unpeeled pear contains about 5.5 grams of fiber.

Artichoke

A single boiled artichoke contains a whopping 10.3 grams of fiber, and you'll get 7.2 grams of fiber from a half cup of artichoke hearts. Artichokes also are rich in silymarin, an antioxidant that may improve liver health.

Oatmeal

Oats contain beta-glucan, a special type of fiber that has particularly powerful cholesterol-lowering effects, and may also boost immune-system function.

Oats also feature a good mix of soluble fiber (the type that lowers blood cholesterol) and insoluble fiber (which helps keep your digestion running smoothly).

Raspberries

Whether they're ruby-red or blue-black, raspberries are nutrition superstars. In addition to being extra-rich in fiber, one cup will give you about a third of your daily fiber needs—they're also chock-full of powerful antioxidants.

When raspberries aren't in season, buying them frozen is easier on your wallet.

Peas

The humble pea, eaten straight out of the pod, bought frozen or cooked, or dried and made into split-pea soup, is a tasty, versatile, and inexpensive fiber source. One cup of split peas boasts 16.3 grams of fiber, and a cup of frozen peas contains a not-too-shabby 8.8 grams after cooking.

Broccoli

By now we all know that broccoli is very good for you. A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, known for its cancer-preventing properties, this veggie also contains a respectable amount of fiber: You'll get about 5.1 grams in a cup of boiled broccoli.

Apples

When you're talking about apples, the skin's the thing—you've got to leave it on or you'll be missing out on fiber and a host of beneficial phytochemicals.

"Once you take the skin off, you take off a lot of the good stuff that's in there," Brown says. A single regular-size apple contains about 4.4 grams of fiber.

Almonds

Almonds—and pretty much every other edible nut and seed you can think of—are good sources of fiber, packed with healthy fats and protein.

But all that goodness comes with a high calorie count, so keep your eye on serving size. A quarter-cup handful makes a good balance, with about 3 grams of fiber and around 170 calories.

Barley

It may be best known as a raw ingredient in beer and whisky, but barley is a whole grain, too, and a good source of heart-healthy beta glucan.

A recent study found that healthy people who ate barley with their breakfast felt less hungry before lunch than study participants who ate wheat or refined rice.

Affordable Haul + Review: Jan. 2012


I swear by the moon and stars that these are super affordable! I don't like purchasing items these days esp. when I'm jobless and just waiting for my man to take me away! Also, I like to experiment with local brands before I move out and blog about how I feel about them. Sounds good? Alright!

So here's the product breakdown and a little speech about each and one of them!

1. L.A. Colors EYES set - This was a win-win for me because I spent like only 149.75 and I got an eyeshadow trio, eyeliner and a sharpener. How cute is that? Further review and swatches will follow.

2. Sophie Paris Perfect Skin Peel-Off Mask - My business minded sister forced me to support her so I decided to purchase this one since its only P130. I find it a-okay and it works just like any other peel I used, making my skin feels much more smoother. No kidding! It contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil and aloe vera. I rarely have breakouts and I think every products work for me so I can't really say! :P

3. Klik Dotting Tool set & Klik Oh My Golly Nail Polish (Banana Boat & Mojito) - Klik prolly is my favorite local brand of everything nail art! Their dotting tool might seem common with other brands but they are the only brand that carries it in Landmark (my favorite place to shop) and I'm too lazy to search for other ones. Tee-hee! For the polishes, the OMG edition features very pigmented almost jelly-like colors. I picked up Banana Boat and Mojito and I'm loving their solid colors. They are 17.50 each and the quantity will last you up to months. :D

4. L.A. Colors Black Art Deco Nail Art - Been using this bad boy on little sis and the only thing that I don't like is that it was quick dry and so I had difficulty doing art for more than seconds and I had to dip it so and so. Other than that, I love how pigmented it is. :D 

5. Careline Classic Mini Polishes - Its my first time to purchase from Careline. All I can say is, apply them sheer. Its slow drying, no-no for water marbling and awful smell. Oh well, I was just experimenting and they retail for P10 each! At leas the price is good but you really have to be patient with this stuff.

6. Sweet Cherry Polish (Appealing Red, Magic Black & Neon Blue) - Sweet Cherry polishes are perfect for my every other day nail arts. I can't seem to get satisfied with having just one design for a whole week. So what better way to fulfill my arty needs is to purchase cheap bottles with quality formula, enter in Sweet Cherry that retails for only P15.75. Plus I don't feel any regrets for I can buy another bottle or two without the guilt. Try them!

7. Sassy Colors Nail Polish (Frosted Gold Glitter & Clear) - I rate B for the Clear polish! It doesn't help with the drying, it just makes it worse. For the glitter, theyre okay just like that. Of course every glitter is stubborn in removing so be used to those things. (--,) They are 18.00 each.

8. 24K Frosted Gold Rush - I'm gonna say I love their formula! For P20.00 each, I have no complaints except that it was too small compared to Klik's OMG. I wish their sizes are equal but alas, we can't have everything all at once! :P


XOXO
Godbless
- Gift Princess

NOTD: Valentine's 2012


Yay for my newly manicured nails! Here is my Valentine 2012 nails-of-the-day. A sheer lilac is what I have gone for since the boyfriend is very far from here to even see my nails. And I don't feel like doing nail art that day. Polish is from Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Lilac Forever. :D 

Thanks to Paragon Salon for their excellent service. BTW, its my first time to have pedi. Since birth, pinky swear! :P





Rawr...

XOXO
Godbless
- Gift Princess

Gift's Interior Craze: Pink Damask

I have a weakness for Damask patterns. It captured my heart and mind like crazy that everything I do whether crafting or designing, I had to add damask patterns almost everywhere. As you can see here in my blog its teeming with pink damasks. From background to pictures to this.

Here are some images I have googled. I swear my future house will be filled with wonderful pink damasks. Can't resist!

















What's your interior pleasure?
XOXO
Godbless
- Gift Princess

"Falling Stars" Nail Art Tutorial

Hello guys, this tutorial is for a one tone glitter gold gradient I came up with. Usually, gradients have light backgrounds or bases so I kinda deviated a bit by doing a black background. I like the contrast with the gold making it classic and elegant. 

Gradient nail arts are one of my favorite nail arts around simply because they don't chip easily and will last you a weeks, very artsy and attractive and it beats the usual ordinary nail tips we do (i.e. French tips). 

I call this art as "Falling Stars" because they give you the illusion of showering stars against the blackest black evening. This is the nighttime version and I posted a daylight version below. 

All of the products used are very affordable (drugstore) so feel free to use any of your polishes in the same color.



LET'S BEGIN!!!



1. Paint your nails black. Glossy or matte works fine but I suggest glossy because it will be the top coat too and it covers the glitters very well later on.

Sweet Cherry Magic Black nail polish (P15.75) available at SM Cubao dept. store



2. Apply a rough doesn't-need-to-be perfect gold french tip. You can go thin unlike what I did. It depends on you. I wanted a thick one because I love the gold color and I want to emphasize gold rather than the black. This is a great technique for gradients, this is the origin of the strongest color making the 1/3 part subtle with minimal glitters. And that's the gradient effect! In this case, I just used one type of glitter (fine) so you can use any available glitters you have, you can even add more if you want sparkly nails. 

24K Frosted Gold Rush (20.00) available at any Watsons store



3. Glob on you glitter polish on the french tip line and blend the line out. I basically just pat my nails with the brush so that the glitters will pack and I drag it to the tip. I used 3 coats of the same glitter. Remember you can use many glitters you want (hexagonal, rectangular, stars, hehe any shape you want!) but in my case I used only one for this is just a one-tone one-glitter easy life gradient. Add a topcoat to add shine and protect your cuticles and your done!

Sassy Colors Frosted Gold Glitter (18.00) available at any Watsons store



I also made a daylight version on my RIGHT hand. I used yellow and the same method. If you go for more subtle and bright then use bright colors. :) Sky is the limit and I am looking forward to do more crazy gradients!

Used below: Klik OMG Banana Boat (17.00) available at Landmark Trinoma








XOXO
Godbless
- Gift Princess

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