How to find the Right Foundation for your Skin Type?

Simply follow these tips to find the foundation that works best for your particular skin type. .

1. Recognize your skin type

Your skin is normal if your complexion is even, is neither too oily nor too dry, and is supple with few lines, creases and wrinkles.

Your skin is oily if your face shines all over, pores are large and/or open, suffers from blackheads and/or whiteheads and has minimal lines and wrinkles.

Your skin is combination if the T-zone (forehead and nose forming a T-shape) is oily, the cheeks is normal to dry, suffers from breakouts on chin, nose, cheeks or forehead and pores on the chin and cheeks are enlarged.

Your skin is dry if the pores are not visible, face looks and feels dry and tight, cheeks and/or chin are flaky and dry, and has lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.

2. Choosing the formulation

There are the following textures of foundation. Depending on your skin type, you need to choose your foundation.

  1. Cream Foundation is ideal for Normal, combination and dry skin. It gives heavy coverage. It covers and conceals discolorations and imperfections on the skin providing a flawless finish. Use a make up sponge or a foundation brush
  2. Liquid Foundation is ideal for all skin types. It gives a dewy, satin or matte depending finish and evens out the skin tone by smoothing out any unevenness by adding moisture to the skin. Use a make up sponge or a foundation brush
  3. Pressed powder foundation is ideal for oily skin. It gives a Matte finish and evens out the skin tone, hides imperfections and absorbs excess oil. Use a powder brush with denser bristles
  4. Tinted Moisturizer is ideal for normal and dry skin. It is especially well suited for those who need extra hydration and just a touch of color to pull everything together. It lightly evens out the skin tone, while giving a true “no make up” look. Use a foundation brush.

If you have acne prone skin, there are oil-free foundations available that also contain salicylic acid. These can help combat acne.

Pick the one that works best for you and walk off with a glowing skin and confidence! Remember, it all starts with the right foundation.

Vegetable Gardening in Winter

Gardening as such is a difficult job in any season and it can get even tougher in winter. At the same time, it is very important to keep your garden maintained and its soil fertile throughout the year.

Thinking positively, winter gardening has the additional advantage that you can still get vegetables for your kitchen without going to a grocer and that too at a lower cost. In addition, you can keep your gardening skills and passion alive without any seasonal break.

Winter Vegetables

Vegetables to grow in winter should be ideally early maturing crops or mid-season crops. In addition, they should be undemanding type of plants that do not grow too tall.

The following are the typical winter crops.

  • Winter lettuce
  • Onions, shallots and spring onions
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Cabbages and turnips
  • A wide variety of peas

Timing and planting

In winter, timing is the most important parameter in order to make sure that your crops are ready just before the FIRST peak frost. This typically falls in late October or early November depending on your region. Then you have to backward calculate, and plant your seeds or saplings discounting the time for maturity.

Timing and knowing your weather are the main success factors in winter gardening

For example, if lettuce matures in 45 days, you can plant it as late as in mid-September. However, mid-season crops such as carrots would need early planting so that it is harvested before the first bad frost of the year. Please note that winter may not be the best time to grow lettuce, but you could grow it as late as in October for our winter gardening sake.

Early start in fall helps with the easy preparation and plowing of your garden.

Sourcing tips

You can source your garlic or onions for planting even from a grocer and don’t need to necessarily go to a garden center or seed supplier. However, if you source it from a grocer, you have to make sure that they are organic garlic or onion and not sprayed with any growth-prevention sprays. Sometimes, you might even get free garlic for planting – something that has already started sprouting and hence cannot be sold by the grocer may come free if you are in good rapport with your local grocer. Planting seeds, definitely needs you to buy it from authorized suppliers.

Protecting your plants

Covering your garden – most importantly to protect the fertility of the soil and its consistency – is another important thing to do. Seasoned gardeners will use anything available varying from straws and leaves to garden protection covers or cloches. In the case of an unexpected early frost arrival, you may have to be prepared yourself with cold frames to protect the plants at night and removed early morning every day.

If you are one of those lucky ones, you may already have a greenhouse with you in which case you have no reason to worry.

Protecting your plants for winter, in fact, starts from how you prepare your land. Plants are more protected in a prepared raised bed of soil than flat surfaces. This can also help with easy harvesting.

Winter vegetable gardening is all about knowing the weather in your geographic location and a little bit of calculation for timing it right.

How do you know if a Guy Likes You?

Well, this is a common question that many women keep asking themselves during their daily interactions with guys – at school or work place, during a dinner or at party, or even while interacting at social network websites such as Facebook. There are a number of ways to read the body language for the signs that a guy likes you.

Just observe a little more next time for the following hints that tells you that he definitely likes you.

  • Body language: He rarely turns his back to you and most of the time he tends to lean towards you and also looks at you a lot
  • Eye contact: He may say or do something funny and everyone around laughs, while his eyes will flicker to see quickly if you laughed too. He will try to establish eye contact with you or make faces if he is a bold and confident guy pitching for your love. Please note that shy guys will make occasional eye contacts with quick look away after each short contacts
  • Male ego plays: Guys feel the need to prove themselves if you talk about another guy in front of them. So, he’ll probably start talking about himself a lot and that is a sign of he’s ready to raise for you
  • Touching: He might put his hand on your arm when he laughs and won’t move his legs if it touches yours accidentally
  • Flirting to grab your attention: Some guys flirt with other girls to get your attention as this gives them a chance to see your reaction, and helps them know if you really do like them or not
  • Impression tactics: Watch for him showing interest in things you like and do either to get into your good books or he truly loves what you say and do
  • Nervousness: Check for signs of nervousness like nervous laughter, deep breaths, fidgeting or looking away quickly when you notice
  • His friends circle: Watch his friends to know if he’s interested in you. They might tease him when you’re around, or even try to find out if you like him. Look out for their reactions when you are around. They may smile and turn to him
  • Teasing: If the guy teases you a lot then he likes you especially if he doesn’t tease any other girl. Please note that flirting with other girls (as mentioned above) has a different meaning
  • Playful behavior: If he touches you by punching playfully, this means he likes you. This usually happens in the advance phase of his liking towards you
  • Compliments: Watch if he comments when you change your hair style or makeup one day. Any hint of appreciation with sparkling or wide eyes is a great sign that he likes you
  • Social network or online behavior: If he chats with you often on a social networking site like facebook or IM and put a :X on the end of everything he says to you, it means he likes you
  • Wherever you go… He may follow you in a sneaky manner and it may not be a co-incidence if you find him in most places you visit. He definitely like you

I am sure these tips will help to find out the true intentions of the guy in question.

How to Get Water out of Your Ear?

Water stuck in your ear after a shower or swimming session can be really frustrating due to the humming effect or semi-deaf feeling it causes. At times it can be very painful too even before it causes ear infection. You may follow these simple tips to get the water out of your ear.

(Please note that if the problem persists or pain doesn’t come down, you have to consult a doctor)

How to Get Water out of Your Ear?

  1. Tilt your head sideways so that the affected ear is facing down. Jump up and down for a couple of times, with your head in that tilted position, till you can feel the water draining out. This works well most of the time when there is sufficient water to flow out of the ear on its own
  2. If the above method do not work, use a dropper or spoon to add 4-5 drops of water into the troublesome ear with it facing up. Hold it for two-three seconds and tilt your head sideways so that the affected ear now faces the ground. The added water along with the stuck water should now flow out giving you instant relief. If you are in a pool or shower, do not wait to get hold of a dropper but use your own hands to pour a few drops of water
  3. If it still doesn’t go out, you may lie down in the bed on your side with the affected ear facing down. The water may flow out gradually on its own after a few minutes

Additional tips

Always use fresh water if you are following method 2 explained above. Bad water getting into the ears can cause ear infection.

If the above methods didn’t work and if the ear is still painful, consult a doctor without any further delay.

Things to avoid

While tilting your head fast, take extra care not to sprain your neck.

Avoid using ear buds, hair dryer or blower, surgical spirit or other liquids in your ear. I have heard of people using Hydrogen Peroxide in their ears to clean them up. A lot of other people use a vinegar and spirit mixture to dry out the ear instantly. We do not recommend any of these methods as nobody can guarantee the concentration of these liquids available at your home and hence how dangerous they can be.

Some people use tricks like plugging the affected ear tight with one finger and suddenly pulling it out. In fact, sudden pressure changes can cause damage to your ear drums and hence avoid the same.

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How to Boil an Egg?

Boiling eggs to perfection is no rocket science. You simply have to follow the steps below if at all you do not know yet how to boil an egg.

Hard boil an egg

For hard boiling you have to choose eggs that are 4-5 days old. Fresh from farm eggs are not suitable for hard boiling.

  1. Wash eggs thoroughly to remove any stain or spots. If it was in the fridge, let it come to room temperature before boiling starts
  2. Pour water into a sauce pan to a couple of inches in depth and boil it in high heat
  3. Add a couple of pinches of salt into the boiling water
  4. Lower the flame and gently place eggs into the water in a single layer. You should not stack eggs while boiling. Let it boil in low flame
  5. Remove the sauce pan from the flame after 12-14 minutes based on the size of the eggs
  6. Let it cool in room temperature for 10-15 minutes before you can peel them

Your hard boiled eggs are ready! Do not overcook eggs beyond 15 minutes nor cook in high heat. The egg white can become really rubbery if you do so. Adding a pinch of salt while boiling helps to peel eggs easily and perfectly.

How to boil an egg – The Soft boil way?

A lot of people prefer soft boiled eggs due to the taste factor. For soft boiling fresh eggs are the best.

  1. Wash eggs thoroughly to remove any stain or spots
  2. Pour water into a sauce and simmer it for 2-3 minutes. The water needn’t boil
  3. Gently place cleaned eggs into the water after turning off the flame
  4. Let the eggs remain in hot water for 3-5 minutes and then take them out

Your soft boiled eggs are ready! Serve them lukewarm.

How long to boil an egg?

Hard boiling eggs take 12 to 15 minutes for medium to large eggs. If the eggs are extra large, give it 17-18 minutes of cooking time.

Soft boiling takes 3 minutes for medium sized eggs and up to 5 minutes for larger ones.

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How to Cite a Website?

What exactly is Website citation and How to Cite a Website?

Whenever you use information from other websites on your own site, blog or publications, you have to give credit to the original author and website. Giving credit where it belongs can arrest plagiarism, get you clean image and save you from potential legal proceedings.

You may use the following simple steps to cite a website:

Explanation on How to Cite a Website

  1. Author: Find out the author’s name from the website. This can be found out from the article header, the about page or using the contact page of the website. If you do not get the actual author, you may want to use the site owners name. The name should be used in Last name, First name initial format (e.g Clinton, B)
  2. Year of publication: This is usually found below the article title on most websites or somewhere within the news body on news sites. For citing, you have to enclose the year of publication in parentheses and placed immediately after the author’s name
  3. Article title: Use of the news or article title with its first letter capitalized and it should end with a period. This information will follow the year of publication
  4. Date of accessing the information: Precede the date with the word “Retrieved” and succeed it with “from” (e.g Retrieved, December 23, 2010 from)
  5. Website name and URL: Get the website name as appeared on your web browser while browsing that site and the URL from the address box of the browser while browsing the article being cited. You may now complete the citation by including these information as the last part with the words “web site” following the website name

The completed website citation would look like the following example if you were to cite this particular website and the article that you are reading right now.

Lewis, B (2010) How to cite a website. Retrieved, December 23, 2010 from Daily Tips for Your Life web site

The above citation would work for printed material as well. When you are using online citation, you may shorten it further by actually linking the URL within the citation content.

What you just read is an example of APA style citation.

Now do yo still wonder how to cite a website?