Get Moving!

Monday is the perfect day to kick your week off on a fit and healthy note. In light of summer and all the fun things that come with it, such as trips to the beach and pool parties, I wanted to share a great motivational tip for you guys to keep in mind throughout the week:
get moving quote
I love this quote because it inspires me to get moving! Even the simplest of exercises and moves, such as walking or jogging, can make us happy. Our mood becomes more positive because natural chemicals in the body, called endorphins, are released during exercise. These chemicals interact with our brain, reducing stress, warding off anxiety, boosting self-esteem, and improving sleep. Oh yeah, and exercise is great for getting a fit, fab bod too!
Not only is exercise a positive influence on your body, as well as essential for your health, but it can also be a lot of fun! Single song workouts  and simple moves for different areas of your body are fun ways to keep moving. Each day I try to do something from my 3 Moves Series. I do moves for my arms, my booty, my abs, and my legs! And all of these routines take less than 15 minutes. So why not get your workout on and boost your mood at the same time?

What exercises are you going to do to get moving this Monday?

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Benefits Of Yoga

yoga image 1 3649Hey Beauties! Today I wanted to share some quick benefits of doing yoga with you guys. Yoga is really helpful with A LOT of things, see for yourself!

Physical: The movements of yoga will carve out a long, lean, strong, and confident body.

Mental: All those deep breaths reset your mind back to its natural state: calm, focused, and sharp.

Psychological: All the focusing inward illuminates our behaviors and tendencies. The same habits we have on our mat are the ones we have in our lives. We see this, and we gain the freedom of choice. Who do I want to be? We get to create or re- create ourselves each day. Regular practice gives you a clear mind and the inspiration and courage to be constantly expanding and improving your life.

Neurological: When your brain is “on yoga” your neurological system is brought back into balance and is conditioned to steer you naturally toward a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are constantly rewired to make whatever we practice get easier. When we practice healthy, balanced living we get more healthy, balanced living.

Intuitive: When there is tension in the body and mind, your intuition gets buried and your body switches to survival mode. Your yoga practice makes space in your body physically, releases tension, and calms your mind, making room for your intuition to float to the surface and guide you.

Creative: Creative juices start to flow when your body and mind begin to release mental blocks. Creativity doesn’t like to come out when there are stressors, whether from physical tension or mental cloudiness. When the stress melts away, creativity can come out to play.

Connected: Yoga is the practice of getting connected. However you choose to view your spirituality, when you practice yoga, you remember that we all are connected, here to help each other, and that we have so much potential when we are kind to others.

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Humaira

Exploring Manuka Honey Benefits

By RubyBeautyOrganics

Honey, that wondrous miracle product of nature and nature’s little helper, the bees. Its numerous uses and benefits are well-known throughout the decades. An ancient Greek physician dubbed honey as “good for all rotten and hollow ulcers.” Today we still use it for its healing properties. So what makes the recently popular Manuka honey special when there are numerous benefits already that can be obtained from any ordinary honey? What sets Manuka honey apart?

Honey, that wondrous miracle product of nature and nature’s little helper, the bees. Its numerous uses and benefits are well-known throughout the decades. An ancient Greek physician dubbed honey as “good for all rotten and hollow ulcers.” Today we still use it for its healing properties. So what makes the recently popular Manuka honey special when there are numerous benefits already that can be obtained from any ordinary honey? What sets Manuka honey apart?

Taking a quick look at the background of Manuka honey will probably already set it apart from the rest. It is not just any ordinary honey, but a special honey that is made from the nectars obtained from Manuka bushes in New Zealand. Manuka bushes are uncultured and are known to have antibacterial effects.All honeys have antibacterial effects because they discharge hydrogen peroxide that can eliminate bacteria. But the manuka honey aside from releasing hydrogen peroxide also releases more antibacterial compounds that are non-peroxide.

Manuka honey, because of its antimicrobial properties can help treat a wide array of diseases. It is well-known for curing stomach ulcers. This is done by inhibiting the growth of helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers and dyspepsia. Other ordinary honeys do not exhibit the same result in fighting against H. pylori.Taking a teaspoon one hour before meals and one at bedtime will provide beneficial results. Another bacteria that can be eliminated using Manuka honey is the bacteria that causes sore throat. It shows that propolis or the antibiotic substance in honey is the substance that is most effective against bacteria. .

There are several Manuka honey benefits for various skin disorders like ulcers, boils, cracked skin and wounds. Its antimicrobial properties can diffuse into the skin which in effect kills even germs buried deep within.  It is effective in cleaning wounds which makes healing faster. It also lessens scarring because it aids in the cell formation that will ultimately avoids scar to appear. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities that will prevent swelling.

There are however various grades of Manuka honey to test its effectiveness against ailments. TradeNZ and Honey Research Unit established a classification of antibacterial qualities of honey. UMF or Unique Manuka Factor is created to rate the antibacterial activity. UMF registered trademarks are the ones considered to have therapeutic benefits. UMF strength of 10 or more is the grade ideal for healing.

Taking a quick look at the background of Manuka honey will probably already set it apart from the rest. It is not just any ordinary honey, but a special honey that is made from the nectars obtained from Manuka bushes in New Zealand. Manuka bushes are uncultured and are known to have antibacterial effects.All honeys have antibacterial effects because they discharge hydrogen peroxide that can eliminate bacteria. But the manuka honey aside from releasing hydrogen peroxide also releases more antibacterial compounds that are non-peroxide.

Manuka honey, because of its antimicrobial properties can help treat a wide array of diseases. It is well-known for curing stomach ulcers. This is done by inhibiting the growth of helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers and dyspepsia. Other ordinary honeys do not exhibit the same result in fighting against H. pylori.Taking a teaspoon one hour before meals and one at bedtime will provide beneficial results. Another bacteria that can be eliminated using Manuka honey is the bacteria that causes sore throat. It shows that propolis or the antibiotic substance in honey is the substance that is most effective against bacteria. .

There are several Manuka honey benefits for various skin disorders like ulcers, boils, cracked skin and wounds. Its antimicrobial properties can diffuse into the skin which in effect kills even germs buried deep within.  It is effective in cleaning wounds which makes healing faster. It also lessens scarring because it aids in the cell formation that will ultimately avoids scar to appear. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities that will prevent swelling.

There are however various grades of Manuka honey to test its effectiveness against ailments. TradeNZ and Honey Research Unit established a classification of antibacterial qualities of honey. UMF or Unique Manuka Factor is created to rate the antibacterial activity. UMF registered trademarks are the ones considered to have therapeutic benefits. UMF strength of 10 or more is the grade ideal for healing.

Beauty Secrets From Bollywood

By RubyBeautyOrganics

They are extremely hip at the same time radiating the ancient beauty ideals. Actresses from Bollywood follow a well-defined beauty regime providing the necessary treatment for their hair and complexion. You’ll have the chance to follow their rituals and learn how to care of your body and look just as dazzling as them. Devote some extra-minutes to a small journey in the world of Oriental beauty. Let’s see the chief beauty secrets from Bollywood.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

The ultra-popular actress drinks huge amounts of water to hydrate her body. 8 glasses per day is the minimum intake she defines for herself. Besides this organic treatment she also uses the traditional and ancient secrets of plants. However her greatest secret is yet to come.

Cucumber as a well-known ingredient in skin care is used to both soothe and protect her skin. As a fan of green beauty care, she seems to find the perfect remedy to prevent the appearance of any skin problems with this cucumber.

The morning skin care ritual is extremely important. That’s why she prepares a special detox mixture of honey, lemon and hot water, every single morning. The conditioning effect of the honey, the refreshing quality of the lemon combined into a simple lotion will offer the perfect protection for the skin all throughout the day.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty swears on the miraculous effect of baby and coconut oil. This solution moisturizes and nourishes her skin. She’s against using soap on her face, this might dehydrate and make her face prone to further damages. Eliminating the harmful toxins from the skin should be a central part in our skin care routine. The Bollywood sweetheart actress follows the organic methods of skin care.
Cleansing her face from the daily load of makeup is also one of her chief secrets. The fabulous mixture mentioned above proves to be the best conditioning.
She does yoga & gym workout daily. She drinks Aloe Vera juice first thing in the morning as she believes its good for her immune system & skin.

Celina Jaitley

Celina Jaitley as one of Bollywood’s top favorite actresses spends her precious time on maintaining her by doing mainly

Yoga exercises. She claims that this workout plays a vital role in keeping her face healthy and glowing. Besides releasing her muscles from the tension it will also play an essential role both in eliminating the stress as well as to improve the breathing techniques.Hydration is also a basic factor in firming and cleansing Celina’s skin. Washing her face more times a day with pure water is one of her secrets. This is in fact a key trick in order to maintain our skin healthy. However we should not cross the limits and damage our skin with over-cleansing. Pure water will guarantee a spotless complexion.

Bipasha Basu
The Bollywood starlet emphasizes the essence of a healthy body and soul. As a loyal adept of workout, she advises us to exercise at least 4 times a week. She claims that this keeps both her body and skin healthy. A three time per week workout plan will prove to be more than favorable to our health.Bipasha also believes that applying a sunscreen every time she leaves the house is the secret to her beautiful complexion. Again, the water intake is on the first place. The socialite recommends drinking at least 10 glasses of it per day. The sunscreen and hydration combo is the best combination in order to avoid any skin problems and have Bipasha’s worth-admiring complexion.

Kareena Kapoor

She’s a vegetarian, her daily intake of lots of fresh fruits & vegetables has helped her a lot to have a healthy and glowing skin. She uses oils on her hair once a month with a concoction of almond, castor, coconut & olive oils to keep her hair healthy, shiny and strong. She is also a big fan of all kinds of foods from vegetables to chickens because she believes that every food should be part of our diet.
As for the achievement of her size zero figure, she gives the merit to her daily practice of Ashtanga & Power Yoga.
Another part of her daily routine is meditation which she explains brings peace and inner comfort in her inner body and this helps her to work hard and stay focused during the day.

Sonam Kapoor

This gorgeous diva is said to have an impeccable skin attributing to her healthy lifestyle as well as her frequent use of cucumber pulp on her face.

At least 8 glasses of water and lots of fruits and veges are part of her diet. She also practices Yoga and dancing.

She mentions plaiting her hair before sleeping as the secret to her long  & healthy mane. She also acknowledges her daily almond oil massage to help her maintain the strength of her hair.

Katrina Kaif

Katrina has a daily intake of acai berry tablets to keep her skin healthy. She loves going for spas. It relaxes her body & mind, ultimately giving her a glowing skin.

She uses Kiehl’s products on her hair namely Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairation Hair Pack and Kiehl’s Leave-In Hair Conditioner. In case of a hasty remedy, she is said to use Kerastase product on her hair. As to the secret of Kat’s curvaceous yet fit body is her devotion to various forms of exercise including swimming.

What are some of your beauty secrets? Let me know in the comments below! It would mean so much to me if you follow me on my blog. Heart you all ❤

Tips For Whiter Teeth

Hey Everyone! Alright let’s admit it that once in your life time you have thought about how do your favorite stars get those pretty-white smiles? Here are my tips on how to keep your teeth white, clean and pretty:

  • Follow a good dental care routine.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily!
  • No skipping on the flossing! Brushing alone is not enough.
  • After meals, swish water around in your mouth for 30 seconds to help prevent stain from foods. ( Better yet, carry around a mini-bottle of mouthwash).
  • When hungering for a snack, chew on raw fruits and vegetables that help produce saliva. By stimulating saliva flow, they act as a natural detergent and remove bacteria and whiten teeth. Choose from apples, pears, strawberries, celery or carrots. Gum also works. Speaking of strawberries, these contain natural whitening agents so you can make your own natural whitening paste from strawberries and baking soda.
  • For the illusion of whiter teeth, choose lipsticks with blue undertones such as red, plum and burgundy. Two for one bonus: these shades look great with Latina skin tones anyway. Avoid orangey undertones; these make teeth look yellow and dull.

You still have to visit your dentist regularly. You may not get a balloon like when you were a kid, but you’ll get a healthy and kissable mouth for your troubles, so flash those pearly whites!”

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Five New Habits For a Better Life

Hi my beautiful friends! How are you all doing today? Today’s post is a personal challenge and I am going to talk about five new habits that I am going to install in myself for the next 21 days, and the reason it is 21 days is that they say that if you do something consistently for 21 days it becomes a habit. So, I am hoping that I grow into making this habit more of a character for myself. And I invite each and every one of you to join me in this challenge J

Habit #1 – Give Compliments – Now the most important part about giving compliments is that you have to be sincere; you cannot just go around throwing compliments because people will sense it, people will feel it. We are all intuitive creatures that we can feel when somebody is being ‘real’ or when somebody is being ‘not real’. So, as you go through your day I want you to be really aware of your thoughts. Let’s pretend you are in a grocery store and a cashier is checking you out and you see she has done a really pretty makeup and you think to yourself mhhmm she has pretty makeup……Usually we think about these things, these positive things about others and we actually just think about them and never really say it. Some of you guys might already say it which is great! I try to say these things when I find something pretty, attractive or interesting about anyone that I see through the day, I already kinda do this one but I want to do it all the way 100%. The bottom idea is anytime you feel, you think a good thing about anyone it could be their makeup, their hair, it could be their smile, or it could be their attitude. It could be anything YOU don’t actually think it, you tell them. By doing this you are going to make somebody’s day. You are going to feel great because you gave someone a genuine compliment and maybe you are going to make their life, you never know what people go through and some actually never get any compliments. So, I challenge you to give compliments not only to your family but definitely to strangers that you get to meet throughout the day in school, at work , in a grocery store wherever you go through your day.

Habit #2 – Spend time with your family – It’s probably one of the most important habits to develop and a lot of us go through life, will live with the family so we spend a lot of time with them because we live in the same house but everyone is in their own world and in most cases I would be in my room on my computer and my sister would be in her room doing something. You really aren’t spending time with each other unless you are doing dinner together or something like that. So, you are not really getting to know each and every family member that you are so fortunate to have. There are people in this life that has never had any family. If you are fortunate enough to have family in your life, I urge you to spend time with them. So make a date with every person in your family, you are going to have 21 days. Like make a date with your sister to go shopping, you are going to have enough time. You actually get to spend quality time with them; you get to talk with them and get to know them better you know. Try to make it different try not to talk too much, let them be. You are going to find it quite magical. I used to do this before and I want to start it again. And the stuff that came up was just wow, we never talk about this. It is a beautiful thing because it is going to connect you better, you are going to feel better and it is going to just connect you to your own family. I think that if you can give that gift to yourself, you can give that gift to your family members you should definitely give it a try. So, for the next 21 days get to know your family; make dates with your family and try to spend really good quality time with each member of your family.

Habit #3 – Validate others – Validate your family members or your friends or strangers you get to meet through the day. Validation is very different from giving compliments. Validation is telling the person, you know your bus driver, your teacher, or your friend that you know what, I know that you work so hard and I really appreciate everything you do. So, if it’s your mom, you can say mom I know how hard you work, you cook for us and you clean the house and you do all these things, like I really appreciate it, you know I really love you. Here’s a movie to get you guys some ideas about validation (Watch the Validation video, it’s amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao). I am really excited about this one! Being open to everyone is going to make a huge difference for every one of us if we try this.

Habit #4 – Give more of you – Giving more of you but doing it unconditionally. They say real joy comes from giving and I totally, totally agree with that. Do I always give? I wouldn’t say so. I don’t know why?? It’s kind of a thing that it’s hard to give when you can. So, my challenge to myself and my challenge to you is give more of yourself to others. And giving more of yourself can really be anything you can either help your friend with homework, or your sister or brother is in a little stress you know you can tell them, I will help you clean the house today. You can give flowers to your mom; you know you can do anything. Challenge yourself to give something whether it’s time, a gift, you can even cook for someone, anything, anything goes. I will be consistently giving more of myself and I challenge you to give more of yourself.

Habit #5 – Learn how to ask for help – Now personally, I don’t think I have a problem to do that. Whenever I need help whether it’s looking for something or life challenges I am either going to go to my sister, my mom or to one of my friends and I am like what would you do in a situation…have you ever felt this way?? I believe that I usually do that but during previous months I have went through some problems and I just shut down. You know it’s not good to shut down; it’s really hard to open up to people around you. It is so much important to just talk to people around us and whether you are experiencing an emotional challenge you can ask for help, you can talk to people and ask them what helped for them…If there are any books that they can recommend or maybe sometimes you just want to talk and let it out and that’s all help you need just somebody to listen, maybe you just want to cry and you are feeling emotional you just need a shoulder to put your head on. It could be anything maybe you need help with starting a new business. Honestly, it could be anything. You cannot always do something on your own, if you can that’s amazing but don’t let your ego come in the way, when you can succeed and all you need to do is ask for a little help a little guide, do it. You are not demanding you are genuinely asking for help in a direction, if you need that or maybe emotional, anything. The idea is learn to ask for help because it will really help you in the big picture, it’s going to make a big difference, it’s going to help you out and there is no need to pretend and be strong you know, I should be able to handle this by myself, no.. I think that we are in this world together because we are here to help each other in any way that we can. I believe that learning how to ask for help is a really positive habit we can all make.

I really hope you join me in this challenge, and tell me in the comments below if this challenge has changed your life or has it changed anything at all?? It can be any difference in your life and it can bring you to a new experience. Tell me everything you do for this challenge, your experience of this 21 day challenge.

I know it’s not easy but we need to gather ourselves and get out of our comfort zones. Thank you so much for reading this post. I now it’s kinda long but thank you for reading through with it and I am so excited for this challenge because it’s starting tomorrow. Here’s my twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/HumairaBeauty) let me know how you are doing in your challenge. Tweet me how everything is going…Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow!

Are you up for the challenge?

Green Goddess Juice!


Nothing is sweeter than clear skin and bright eyes. This juice recipe is meant to do just that!
Don’t be alarmed it’s sweeter than you think!
All of our produce is organic, of course.
You’ll need a juicer for this recipe…perhaps the time is now to get one!
2 apples
3 stalks of celery
1/2 bulb of fennel
1 cucumber
1 handful of spinach
 Ginger
*add half a lemon (optional)

 *Makes 24 oz.-approximately 2 servings

Enjoy!!! And don’t forget to follow me on my blog!

Nurture My Body – Exfoliating Cleanser Review and Giveaway!! – **Closed**

Hey Everyone! Lately I switched between my exfoliating cleanser and I tried the Nurture My Body Exfoliating Cleanser ($27.91). Their products are made with certified organic ingredients, with no chemical preservatives, and no animal testing. And yes, the packaging is eco-friendly and really really cute! I have fairly sensitive skin and this worked very well. It gets a thumbs-up from me. It is perfect for all skin types and I definitely recommend everyone to give it a try. It has sort of a milky consistency with little orange jojoba beads, they are not harsh at all on your skin. A lot of exfoliators are so abrasive, but this one is so gentle, I feel I can even use this product on a daily basis, achieving the radiant look I want. It smells quite nice too! I am so satisfied with the feel and the result of the products. And will be buying it again!

Directions:

  • Use it 2-3 times a week.
  • Apply the cleanser evenly over the face in circular motions.
  • Rinse face thoroughly.
  • And voila! You are left with soft and refreshed skin! (It sloughed away the layer of my dry skin and softened the skin quite a bit).

The really kind part of their sponsorship is a giveaway for you guys. So, one lucky winner will be receiving a full size exfoliating cleanser, beautifully packaged.

The Rules to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Follow me on my blog
  2. Like this post
  3. Comment below saying enter me. Example: “Enter me”.
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  5. The giveaway will run until July 1st 2012 till midnight.
  6. If you are under the age of 18 please do get your parent’s permission.
  7. This giveaway is for my U.S. readers only!!
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I will be having a grand giveaway which will be international and which will include more makeup, cosmetics and more girly stuff so, stay tuned!!

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Eating Cleaner (Tips)

What better time than the present to assess your diet and start making some healthy changes? Choosing to eat a cleaner diet can give you more energy, strengthen your immune system, and even help shed those pesky holiday pounds. Here are a handful of ways to get your diet back on track with a clean makeover.

  1. Check the sodium (aka salt)! You can check the nutrition facts on most foods to see what the daily percentage of sodium is per serving.
  2. Opt for organic! Eating organic is a great way to help out Mother Earth since organic foods have less of an environmental impact (no pesticides or toxins are used by organic farmers) and animals that are raised for food enjoy a nicer life-style compared to non-organically raised animals. Since organic products can be more expensive, prioritize your organic purchases by focusing on fruits, vegetables and meats. And don’t forget to stock up on lots of fresh fruits and veggies as it’s super important to incorporate them into every meal!
  3. Stay away from junk food! Junk foods (chips, cookies, baked goodies, candy or anything seemingly “unhealthy”) are full of refined sugars and hydrogenated and trans-fats, all of which are really bad for you. At first, it’s hard to give up junk foods, but once you start eating healthier foods, you will crave unhealthy foods less.

Do you have any healthy snack foods that help you curb your junk food cravings? Let me know in the comments below! & don’t forget to follow up!

Sleep on Satin!

Sometimes a good old tip is so good because it’s old! Behold: the satin (or silk) pillowcase. This beauty trick has truly withstood the test of time. And for good reason! It may feel a bit fancy at first, but satin pillowcases do wonders for your hair and skin (and who doesn’t like to feel like a princess, anyway?). Unlike cotton, satin doesn’t absorb moisture so hair and skin are left hydrated. Another plush pillow plus—the smooth silky texture of a will satin pillowcase reduce the likelihood of hair breakage and matting. Some say, that sleeping on a satin pillowcase will even reduce the possibility of wrinkles…

So swap out your cotton cases for a cheap yet effective good ol’ fashioned beauty trick & dream away on a silky pillow!