Just Jhoom, Bollywood inspired fitness workout
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|warmer, more yellow used|
I studied colour theory back in the day when I studied art and design, fashion & textiles then colour consultancy, and finally colour therapy. This blog is a mix of theory, therapy and meaning as you will see. When I mention 'cooler' or 'warmer', I know some of you get it and others look baffled, but it's ok...the images to the left explain it.
We've all heard the saying, "He's got the blues or she's red hot". This is where the hidden meaning of the colours come into place. So let's start with how colour can help you and then move onto the meaning of each colour.
Presentations: Effective speaking can be helped along by wearing something turquoise near your throat area. Why? Because the throat chakra is governed by this colour and can clear any blockages.
Depression: It is said that the colour 'orange' can help lift the way you're feeling. So carry a colour swatch of orange in your pocket and look at it when you need to. I'm not saying that this will conquer all your problems, but it sure will help lift your spirits.
RED: Indicates a go getter who doesn't mind taking a risk or two. Someone who may find it difficult to curb their anger from time to time, but is also a passionate person. Targets/goals don't phase them, but by adding a little blue, they can learn not to burn so much energy but instead to relax and unwind. Linked to Mars, the God of war.
GREY: If you find yourself liking grey, it's not a bad thing, ahem. Well, it just means that you're a 'middle of the road' kinda person, one that doesn't like to attract attention and can be somewhat boring. Okay, I'll stop there before I ruffle your feathers. On the upside, you prefer a secure balanced existence, erm, yes... Let's hope your secondary colour helps you out of this one.
Secondary colours / shades are your second choice. I love red as my first colour and I love black...my secondary choice helps to balance, add or subtract the good and the bad from my primary choice of colour.
2) Itchy, dry skin on your face, body or hands can sometimes be caused by intense heat along with the bitter cold weather. This can be helped by using an intensive moisturiser, however there are also other ways to combat it. One is by having a holistic facial where skin is being renewed and plumped using a carrier oil and a blend of essential oils. You can try a paraffin manicure to help soften your hands and finally you could even pop a piece of wet clothing, perhaps a towel on a hot radiator, this would act as a dehumidifier and leave the air moist instead of dry.
4) When going all out for festive or celebratory dinner, remember how hard you have worked to shift the pounds during your personal training/work out sessions and Zumba fitness classes too. Instead of piling the carbs on your plate, opt for more vegetables. You'll feel so much better for it, then have a little treat afterwards.
6) Make a list of all of your achievements this year and your aims for next year. You'll be surprised by how much you've accomplished and the ideas you come up with for next year.
7) When was the last time you spent a little bit of cash on YOU? Whether it's £1 or more, buy something to thank yourself for being such a wonderful 'YOU'.
8) What you give out is what you receive. Some of us already know and have learnt loads about the 'Law of Attraction'. So now it's your turn to tell the universe what you want and not what you need. The more you worry about something, the more you will 'vibrate it' and therefore 'attract it'. So let go of your woes and love everything you have, including YOU.
10) Laugh away! Watching a good ole comedy or comedian will tickle you pink and there's nothing better than that now is there?
We ask ourselves, 'how can we look younger without the use of chemicals and cosmetic surgery?' There are quite a few ways to look after our skin, which are commonly overlooked but should play a key part in our daily routine.
So let's take a look at some of the ones which WORK!
1) Holistic facial.
What is it? Well, 'holistic' means 'whole' so we're looking at your whole face. I, as your 'holistic' therapist would first cleanse and tone your face, then apply an oil blend using a 'carrier' oil such as jojoba which is closest to the skin's natural sebum and add a carefully selected amount of essential oils. With my hands, I would use movements on your face to encourage cell renewal, rejuvenation and circulation.
The oil will then absorb into the skin, magically 'plumping' and brightening it over the course of the treatment You will feel gorgeous when everyone is complimenting you the next day and you will also see the difference too. Once every two weeks, or once a month is sufficient for this treatment. However, some of you may love it so much that you may want it more often.
2) Cleanse, mask, tone and moisturise.
Yes, plain and simple and very easy to do. I can understand that some of you are full time mums or dads and that in itself is a job and a half. However a couple of minutes a day will make your skin look even more scrumptious and feel fantastic. A mask once a week, is a true joy and can help your skin look brighter and add nourishment and vital vitamins to give it a boost too. Remember, this is also good for all of you guys, and finding out what your skin type is will make all the difference.
The best time to start is in your early twenties, but it doesn't mean that you can't start now. It may just take a little longer for your skin to accept your new and fabulous routine before you gain great results.
3) Create a 'happy heart' by doing something crazy (within reason), share a wonderful joke and have a laugh with your friends. I've done it for most of my life and it does work, just remember not to screw your eyes up!
4) Your diet and exercise. You know the saying, 'you are what you eat' well need I say no more! This will be covered in Anita's blog next week, so I won't give too much away. Do drink plenty of water to flush out toxins. Running can also reduce the collagen in your skin too, however, I'm not telling you to ban the activity if this is what you enjoy.
If you would like anymore information or wish to ask us questions in relation to health, beauty, fitness or make-up, do get in touch! Contact us via our facebook page and if you haven't already clicked 'Like', please do as we would love to meet you.
Crimson Catz are always looking further afield for new technologies which can make products help you look and feel great. This Summer, we have ideal solutions to your little problems, and perhaps these can be carried through all year round!
- Protects from harmful UV sun rays
- Contains natural ingredients: cherry extract, Alga Lite, bearberry and vitamins C & E
- Evens skin tone
- Diminishes pigmentation (refer to our blog on hyperpigmentation).
- Anti-ageing benefits
Are you feeling the heat without even being in the kitchen? Do you wanna cool down on those hot days and 'clammy' nights? Well, here's the perfect solution which again has been tried and tested of course!
'CHILLICIOUS' is a lightweight revolutionary formula which chills instantly and reduces your body temperature over a long period. It's ingredients consist of dandelion, menthol and a blend of fresh essential oils. Think of it as 'air conditioning' in a bottle and Check out what it can do for you!
- Instant and gradual cooling
- Alleviates 'hot sweats'
- Cools hot and clammy skin
- Lightweight, non stinging and non irritating
- Paraben free
- Refreshing, uplifting fragrance to restore confidence
- Handy, travel size
- Soothes aches & pains
We all wanna get 'hot bodies' for the Summer hols and we all know that it just ain't right to be smelling of 'work out sweat', YUK, how disgusting is that! But what happens if you just don't have the time to shower straight afterwards, perhaps forget your towel or there simply isn't a shower available? If you suffer from 'clammy hands' this is the product for you!!
TAKE A GRIP, is a shower in a bottle! This is what it's all about, take a look here and below.
- Sanitises the skin
- Removes sweat and stickiness
- Revives and refreshes
- Substitutes a shower
- Helps you focus and concentrate
- Clears the head
- Dries to a unique talc-like finish
- Confidence boosting fragrance
- A great post-shave lotion
- Cools the skin - wonderful in a hot climate
- Advanced airless pump bottle - hygienic and no waste
Now you see why we wanted to get your attention! These Temple Spa products are so worth it, because YOU are!
What harm, if any, can parabens do?
Parabens interfere with the body's natural production of hormones and are known as endocrine disruptors. They also act like the hormone 'oestrogen' (that's 'estrogen' to our American friends) and it has been said that parabens cause, contribute or increase the risk of cancer, yet this is still in debate in the world of science. Past research showed that the chemicals were safe, taking into account that the chemicals would be absorbed quickly, metabolised and excreted as waste.
Since then, science has shown that over time chemicals build up in the body tissue and increase toxic build up and the chance that they can interfere with normal hormonal functions increases. We need to look after our skin sensibly, it is the largest organ after all and thankfully there are companies who create products which are paraben FREE!
Brands such as Temple Spa prefer to use natural oils, such as grape seed, vitamins or extracts which protect the skin's health, preserves the quality of the product, finds and depletes toxins and also provides moisture. Naturally, the products will cost a little more, but they are also 'concentrated' so a little goes a long way. Whereas with the paraben based products, they are 'cheap as chips' and you will need more product to cover the skin's surface. Therefore toxic build up is inevitable over time.
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Most of the time, guys have the idea of their most wanted gift in their head, but never mention it until they get hit with another pair of socks, just like last year, and the year before that. Their little sulky face tells another story when they say 'they're not bothered about it'.
We know that deep down inside they wanted something to play with, like a keyring that makes a million silly noises, or a very expensive dream car which they can zoom on the chicane with.
When they're taking a little while longer in the bathroom, it's because they're actually checking out your 'lotions and potions'.
Distant unsure words of 'I'll be there in a minute' echo while he checks out your new 'eye cream' or tries to find something useful to help his morning shave.
Times have turned around somewhat, as we ladies no longer use 'his' razor but instead 'him indoors' wants to try to find something that will aid his appearance in many ways.
So there is help on the horizon, and even if you...the wife, girlfriend or whatever you happen to be, don't get him it, then he will always treat himself, but hide it away in an obvious place! (Sadly for you guys, women know where everything is kept - it's built in I'm afraid).
Let the head man become 'Head boy for a change, he'll feel like all his Christmas's have come at once! There's nothing to say that you can't use a little something of his, once in a while...let yourself go 'wild', we know you want to!
If you really have no ideas, have a chat with us via our email firstname.lastname@example.org, on twitter @CrimsonCatz or even on our facebook fan page and hey, why not join us? It would be lovely to meet you!
Oh, and one final thing, enjoy Father's Day! (June 19th, 2011).
When we're on our travels or even in our home salon, we always get asked questions especially about the skin we're in, so we're going to concentrate on one of them in today's blog.
Some of you may notice that some areas of your skin have darker patches. This can be located anywhere on the body, but most commonly found on the face, arms and hands.
This is called 'hyperpigmentation', it's harmless and means that there is more melanin content in the noticeably darker area. There are many causes for this to occur, including Melasma, this is the more common name for it when the large darkened patches occur during hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and taking the 'pill'. Freckles and age spots darken when in the sun, because the melanin absorbs the suns harmful UV rays in order to protect the skin from harmful exposure. Therefore, wearing sunscreen is a must to save the damage the sun can do.
Other causers of dark spots can be 'acne' and skin diseases, where the darker spots are found after the condition clears.
We also get asked "How can we get rid of freckles?" and our answer is "You can't, as they are hereditary, but instead you can use sunscreen to reduce their appearance".
Sometimes the answer simply isn't enough to bring a smile to the face.
However, there are other some interesting answers, such as: some people confide in laser treatments or prescribed creams containing hydroquinone which, as the active ingredient slows the melanin production down. There are harsher creams which contain twice the amount of hydroquinone and cause sensitivity. There is also Lumixyl peptide which I came across. This is more advanced and worth reading about.
Remember, you can also use camouflage make-up, in this case, please contact us to book a one to one consultation where we can go through the application/products which will help you without the use of laser, chemicals etc.
Should you be looking to use any creams or treatments for skin lightening or equivalent, do contact the company to book in for your consultation or seek advice from your doctor. The information we have provided is to inform you of what hyperpigmentation is and what is available to you. The choices you make are your own.
If there are any other areas you would like us to look into or if you have any questions, then please feel free to contact us via our facebook page, or via our website.
Let us know your thoughts, we would love to hear from YOU!
Sunita Johal (CC2) & Anita Cormier (CC1)
You too can own 'Moisture Matte', simply by clicking here or calling me on 07786088126 or Anita on 07887937070.
If you would like any more info on make-up application, make-up courses or have any 'beauty' queries, please do contact me via our facebook fan page or email email@example.com.
Speak soon, Sunita Johal - MFHT, MICHT, MIFHB, BSYA(col).
The basic make-up course consists of one day intensive training and you will learn about make-up application/techniques for use on you, your friends and family. We will cover various areas including colour matching, safe beauty, face shapes and you will gain a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of this course.
The next course date for basic make-up is the 27th April 2011 and for the advanced level, the course will run from the 3rd - 6th May 2011.
MFHB, MICHT MIFHB - BSYA(col)
It has always been said that your health would benefit from at least 30 minutes worth of daily exercise. Why not try the following to keep you active through the coming months?
* Work out your Christmas shopping budget, this will help reduce stress as you will know clearly how much you can spend.
* Go shopping - all that brisk walking will get your heart rate elevated.
* Everyone likes to have a tipple or two at Christmas, just ensure you don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Eat some complex carbs; such as a salad sandwich, at least this will line the stomach and soak up the alcohol. Drink plenty of water in between to avoid getting completely dehydrated. Instead of an English fry up opt for some porridge, a small amount will make you feel full and keep you snug for a few hours.
* Getting the housework done at home will definitely get your heart rate elevated.
It’s very easy to have that moment of weakness due to it being the festive season, but is it really worth throwing all that time spent making yourself look good during the summer months than to let it go in the winter?
* Check yourself out in the mirror everyday and ask yourself why you worked so hard to achieve the body composition you have. Picture yourself bigger than normal. That would definitely make you think twice about eating unhealthily!
*If you’re struggling to put in time for exercise; park your car a good walking distance from your workplace and using the stairs rather than the lift, this will help with gaining some form of daily exercise.
*If you love cycling - then why not cycle to work if feasible, or around the area or to the local store rather than taking the car?
Carrying these out these exercises on a regular basis will improve your stamina, endurance and good body composition. Of course this would also keep your heart healthy as long as you are also maintaining good food management.
Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for the festive season.
Anita Cormier AICHT, AHFST
For us, the product has to work, and we go behind the scenes, delving into the scientific aspect of the product, the reviews, whether it is effective, convenient, cost effective and so forth! We always ensure that most of the products we source are unisex, can be used by pregnant women, and that it is infused with natural ingredients rather than chemicals.
After much time researching and testing we believe that we have finally found what you will absolutely love to use time after time. We all know that a simple cucumber out of the fridge can be popped onto your eyes for a period of time, but the science behind this showed that the humble cucumber caused an allergic reaction to some people.
Instead, the makers use Aloe Ferox from South Africa to give it's calm, soothing and restorative properties.
We welcome you to the multi award winning Eye Slices® which was founded by Kerryne Krause-Neufeldt, the CEO and took 7 years to develop into what it is today.
How do eye slices help?
eye slices is a global first in cryogel polymer technology, a dermal delivery system that helps to reduce the appearance of the following listed below within 5 minutes of use!
Puffiness – from sinus and stress
Tired eyes – from late nights and computer work
Dark circles – from diet and sleepless nights
Redness – from allergies and fatigue
Irritation – from dust, pollen and change of season
Signs of ageing – fine lines and wrinkles
Who is it suitable for:
Men and women
Mums to be and new mums
Brides to be, especially on the morning of the wedding
Models on the go, jet setters needing those few minutes to sparkle
When used on hereditary dark circles, the appearance can be reduced when used frequently.
Anyone with an up and down shift pattern, the list is endless.
Well I just don't have time for this!
That's what you think, eye slices takes only 5 minutes of your time and if you don't have five minutes, then you can pop one on at a time and continue doing whatever it is you're doing. They are made to sit on the eye area with ease.
A few key facts
eye slices are NOT tested on animals.
You don't need to be sitting or lying down to use them.
The eye slice case is so small, you can pop it into your hand/man bag.
You can use the same eye slices 10 times, then they are safe to dispose naturally.
Refills are readily available from Crimson Catz for top ups.
This is a bacteria free product with life expectancy of 2 years prior to opening.
Do not share with anyone, well why would you want to it's yours?
If you have an eye infection at the time and wish to use it, you will have to dispose of the eye slice afterwards so not to spread infection, otherwise don't use it for the time being.
The product is natural and non toxic.
You don't need to put it in the fridge unless you want to, it's already chilled.
Do not put it in the freezer, it doesn't need it.
The eye slices® product has been tested and approved as a non-irritant, however should irritation occur as with anything, discontinue use.
Do enjoy your purchase, eye slices is now an addition to our Crimson Catz beauty specialist facials, professional wedding makeup and even some massage treatments.
If you would like to RELAX, RESTORE and REVIVE yourself or a friend, why not purchase a pair which comes in a neat, curvy and very sexy box, or book in for a treatment and let the eye slice work it's magic on you.
Simply call us on 07786088126 or 07887937070 or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info including costs, info will soon be added to crimsoncatz.com.
Crimson Love, Sunita (CC2) & Anita (CC1) xx