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5 Drugstore Matte Lipsticks Everybody Loves

Matte lipsticks can be tricky to work with. They tend to dry out the lips, leaving your with rough, patchy and flaky pout. Not cute! And while glossy lips can make you look charming, there’s something about matte lips that make you feel bold and edgy. Pair a matte lip with smoky eye or barely-there make-up look, it will still bring an extra oomph to the look that glossy lips can’t mimic.

But is it really worth the patchy, dry lips? Luckily, you no longer have to choose. We have listed down our top five favorite drugstore matte lippies that aren’t drying and are affordable, so you can rock a matte lip sans the flaking.

  1. Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color

If you are like most of us who feel the need to own a million shades of lippies, this Megalast Lip Color line is right up your alley. Retailing for no more than S$7, these ultra pigmented, matte lip colors are a definite steal. Try the crowd favorite Bare It All shade, a universally flattering nude color.

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Not technically a ‘lipstick’ though, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream are among the newest innovation in the lip product department. A combination of the rich pigmentation of a lipstick and the hydration of a lipgloss, these lip creams come in a range of 22 shades, pricing at less than S$10 a piece.

  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

In addition to their most sought-after Color Sensational line, Maybelline’s Creamy Matte Lip Colors rewards you with rich color pay-off and unparalleled hydration. Enriched with Sesame Seed Oil and Beeswax in every tube, these lip products will lock in moisture in your lips, while giving you that bold matte finish. All these gorgeousness for  S$8 (or less) a tube.

  • L.A. Girl Luxury Crème Lip Color

Infused with aloe, vitamin E and shea butter, this line of matte lipsticks from L.A. Girl promise to leave your pout soft and hydrated while giving off vivid pigment. Comes in 24 different shades, you can choose from barely-there nudes to fiery reds and vampy plums for S$7 each.

  • Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick

What could be worse than not having a cup of morning coffee? Drinking your coffee and seeing your lipstick staining your cup and smearing all over. Good thing Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks don’t do this. The smudge-proof lip product comes in eight different shades, which come at S$10 a piece.

Lipstick is a make-up collection staple. You may have a hundred of tubes of lipsticks and lip creams, but make sure they make you all look beautiful when wearing them.

5 Real-Life Wedding Dress Dilemmas, Solved!

Are you having wedding dress meltdown? Fear no more! Here are expert recommended solutions to some of the most common wedding dress dilemmas.

  1. “Getting married in church, but don’t want to be overly covered up.”

If you are not a fan of turtlenecks and long sleeves, then boleros and lace cover-ups are a stylish way to keeping your wedding dress looking conservative for the religious ceremony. Once you get to the reception, you can easily remove these pieces to get comfortable as you party the night away.

  • “My wedding is in two months and I still don’t have a dress.”

No need to panic! While it usually takes around six months for a custom wedding dress to be made, there are many other dress options for brides in a time crunch. There are so many bridal boutique in Singapore that accept rush orders that can get you a dress in a month—or even in a few weeks. Alternatively, try checking out off-the-rack dresses. This is a more practical option for brides on a budget.

  • “Did I get the right dress? What if it doesn’t suit me?”

Firstly, feeling of ‘dress regret’ is normal, especially if you’re not done yet mentally shopping for dresses. What you can do is to stop looking at wedding gowns. This means stop searching for them in the internet, unfollowing instagram bridal accounts and skipping dress sections of magazines.

  • “I’m not a fan of white dress, but my family is quite traditional.”

Although there are many shades of white to choose from, it’s totally understandable that not all brides are a fan of this color. But if you’re worried that you might disappoint the traditional culture of your family, need not fear. Wedding dress designers have embraces more pastel shades for their bridal collections. Champagne and blush pink are stunning options if you don’t want a big white dress. The color is very subtle that your family won’t even notice it.

  • “I’m a plus-size, so what dress style should I get?”

Go for an A-line dress; it’s universally flattering. The elegant, clean lines and the flare from the hips of an A-line dress give an illusion of narrower and linger torso. If you are quite curvy, highlight your curves with a drop waist dress style to bring the attention to your small waist and gorgeous bustline.

Wedding dress shopping is the most exciting part of wedding planning. However, it can also be stressful when you have so many things to consider before buying one. If you ever encounter any of these wedding dress dilemmas, know that there’s always a solution for that, and that nothing can stop you from looking beautiful on this very special day of your life.

How to Help Someone Having an Epileptic Seizure

Most people would not know what to do the first time they see someone having an epileptic seizure, even if it is not uncommon among children and the elderly. The person experiencing the seizure will have no control over their body and will be dependent on how the others will react, that is why it is essential that you know what do in case it happens to a friend or relative.

Be familiar with the type of seizure

There are three types of seizures you should know, but you need to be able to tell the difference between a focal seizure and a generalized or convulsive seizure. Focal or partial seizures are not as dramatic as portrayed in movies. The person is not aware of the surroundings but will have unusual and repetitive movements that may look like they are aware of their actions.

Generalized seizures on the other hand will begin with the person going stiff and unconscious before the convulsions happen. They will most likely lose control of their bowels or bladder, bite their tongue, and have irregular breathing. You have only a few seconds to recognize these symptoms because you need to act right away.

Focal seizures

Some people might still be standing upright or walk around while having a seizure, so guide them to a safer place away from danger. They might hurt themselves if you don’t stay with them, but do not restrain them forcefully. Attempt to make them stay conscious by reassuring them someone is there to assist them by talking calmly.

Once they are recovered, fill them in on what happened then try to give them food and water. Consider it an emergency and call for help immediately if the seizure has been going on for more than 5 minutes or if it is the first time you recall seeing that person having a seizure.

Generalized seizures

Do not let the person’s head hit the ground or an object. Cushion the head and wait they have recovered. If possible, make them lie on their side to aid in the breathing, but do not try to restrain their movements by holding down their arms and legs. To avoid them biting their tongue, place an object in their mouth they can bite into, but do not try to move them unless they have difficulty breathing. Do not attempt to “wake” them up but wait until they have fully recovered.

Do not attempt to make them eat or drink while they are having convulsions because they could choke. Don’t do a CPR if you see they can’t breathe, because they will eb able to breathe after the seizure. Make sure to time how long the seizure is because you will need to call emergency if it lasts for more than 5 minutes. If they suffer another seizure and have not yet recovered from the first, call for help.

Tips on Caring for Succulent Plants

Succulents are quite popular these days because they not only make beautiful ornamental house plants, but they are easy to grow and care for. However, these hardy plants also need expert love and care to grow healthy and vibrant.

Here are tips for those who want to care for succulents in their small apartment.

  • Always use containers with drainage. The best material for a pot to grow succulents is terra cotta, but you can use ceramics or plastic as long as there is a hole at the bottom of the pot. This will allow excess water to drain from the soil.
  • Do not keep the succulents in their original pots. Sometimes the sellers are not aware of the specific soil types that are best for the plants, especially if you bought them at a supermarket. Transfer the plants into terra cotta pots with absorbent planting soil.
  • Consider the size of the pot when transferring the plant. Remember that the smaller the pot, the less chance for the plant to grow, similar to how bonsai are grown. Plants take the shape and size of the container they are planted in.
  • Water the soil, not spray the plants. Spraying will not deliver the needed water to the soil, so use a watering tool that can deliver the water directly.
  • Use only the type of plant soil that has quarter-inch particles. The finer the particles in the soil, the better the drainage. One common mistake in growing succulents is soaking the soil in too much water. When you buy a potting soil at a flower shop in Singapore, look specifically for succulent-friendly type.
  • If you can only find gardening soil, you can modify it for succulents by mixing perlite or pumice. Alternatively, you can also make a mixture of crushed granite, pine bark fines, and turface to the gardening soil.
  • Succulents need a minimum of six hours of sunlight daily. This means your small garden should get plenty of sunlight daily, preferably in the mornings. If you do not have a yard or a balcony facing the sunlight, place the succulents on windowsills where it can get sunlight.
  • Watering should only be done when the soil looks dry. Never ever water a succulent if the soil is still moist or damp. Ideally, wait for five days after you water the plants before you can water them again. Five days is the average for succulents, but it also depends on the volume of the pot and how fast the water drains from it.
  • Extreme weather conditions are bad for succulents. But you don’t have to worry about them dying in a Singapore climate. They can stay healthy with plenty of sunshine outdoors and occasional watering. If the weather is going to be too hot, however, you can move the plants inside your home to provide a bit of shade.

4 Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting You Need to Know

While losing weight without having any restrictions on your diet may sound too good to be true, you won’t always get the benefits you want from it or even decide to follow through with it after a few weeks.

In the case of intermittent fasting, there are a few setbacks that come with not eating at all for a specific time period every day, and this may or may not work for you depending on different factors, such as your current lifestyle and dietary choices.

Be sure to watch out for these five side effects that may come with intermittent fasting:

  1. Overeating

If you choose to go on intermittent fasting just because you can lose weight while eating anything you want, keep in mind that there’s a little more to fasting than that.

This is because it’s not only really difficult to trick yourself into not eating, but your body is also really good at conserving calories and “making up for lost calories” when it can – especially when you’ve just gone through a long period of fasting.          

  • Intense food cravings

During the start of your fasting, it’s harder to keep your mind off of food when you’re hungry, and if you’re on intermittent fasting, it makes you crave certain sugary and fatty foods even more.

This is arguably the worst part about intermittent fasting, but there are a number of ways to get around that, such as drinking more water or even adding more protein to your diet.

  • Lowered energy

During the first few weeks of intermittent fasting, your body is not yet adjust to not having as much fuel as it used to. Aside from feeling lethargic throughout most of the day, this also means you’re more likely to tire easily.

However, you can still try to burn more calories even with only light physical activities, as well as give you a quick energy boost to get over your lethargic state in the early morning.

The good news is that this is that even though you feel slightly more tired at the start, it doesn’t always last. Your energy will eventually return as your body adjusts gradually to having more limited fuel.

  • Mood swings

Starting on intermittent fasting can cause serious hunger pangs, which can result in mood swings during your usual meal times. This is because of the hormone “ghrelin” secreted by the brain, which is responsible for making you feel hungry.

You’re also most likely to encounter this spike in the morning if you have to push your breakfast back, since your stomach is not yet used to running empty at this time.

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