Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ask the Expert: about sun protection

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Q: What does SPF stand for and what does it mean?

A: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF value refers to a product's ability to block the sun's UVB rays. It is measured by the amount of solar energy necessary to cause a noticeable sunburn. This means that when you use products with a high SPF, more solar exposure is required to induce sunburn than when you use a product with a low SPF.

Q: What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

A: UVA and UVB rays are two types of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. UVA rays penetrate deeply into your skin and cause photodamage and skin aging. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and are a major cause of skin cancers.

Q: Do higher SPF values provide more protection?

A: Interestingly, SPF protection does not actually increase proportionately with a designated SPF number. For example, SPF 4 blocks 75 percent of sunburn damage; however, it may not provide broad-spectrum protection. An SPF 15 screens 93 percent of sunburn damage; and an SPF 30 screens 97 percent of sunburn damage. Most products with an SPF 15 or greater will provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVB and UVA damage, such as our Mary Kay® SPF 30 Sunscreen*. And remember, UVA radiation causes photodamage and skin aging. Higher SPF sunscreens should be used to avoid sunburn; however, they should not be used to prolong sun exposure.

Q: If I apply an SPF 15 product and follow that with another SPF 15 product, will that give me an SPF of 30?

A: No. SPF values are not additive. If you use two SPF 15 products together, you get an SPF of 15. Remember that all sunscreen products should be applied liberally to obtain the labeled SPF value.

Q: Is it true that regular use of sunscreens leads to decreased vitamin D levels causing osteoporosis and even cancer?

A: No. Adequate vitamin D levels are easily maintained with a normal diet and minimal sun exposure.

Q: What can I do to protect my skin from sun-induced damage?

A: The best way to protect your skin is to minimize your sun exposure. Practice sun-safe habits by applying a skin care product daily with an SPF of 15 or higher, wearing clothing with a tight weave, a hat with an extended brim to shade the face and neck, and sunglasses to protect the eyes. All of these steps can help reduce the potential for sun damage.

Q: What is the proper way to apply sunscreen?

A: Always follow the manufacturer's directions. Most recommend applying a generous amount of product to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outside to allow time for it to dry onto your skin. When applying it, pay particular attention to your face, ears, hands and arms, and generously coat the skin that is not covered by clothing. If you're wearing insect repellant or makeup, you should apply sunscreen before those products.

Be generous. You should use about one ounce or a "palmful" of sunscreen to cover your arms, legs, neck and face. For best results, most sunscreens must be reapplied at least every one to three hours and even more often if you are swimming or perspiring. Remember that some sunscreen can rub off when you dry yourself with a towel.

Dark Circles and Puffiness (Q&A)

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Q: What causes dark circles and puffiness around the eyes?

A: Environmental Exposure

Everyday environmental exposure to sun, smoke and other pollutants can cause the skin's network of collagen and elastin fibers to deteriorate. The delicate undereye area is often the first place you see signs of damage. Left untreated, skin beneath the eyes can slacken, becoming more vulnerable to puffiness.

UV Damage

Chronic environmental exposure to free-radical damage caused by UV rays can increase the size and number of the blood vessels underneath the eye. This proliferation can lead to visible dark circles.


As part of the natural aging process, the layer of support under the eye – an area known as the infraorbital fat pad, essential for maintaining a youthful look – begins to break down. The result can be a shadowy, sunken look in the undereye area.

External Irritants

A number of external irritants – among them allergens, dust and pollutants – can cause the undereye area to swell, resulting in puffiness. Rubbing only makes the problem worse and is even thought to contribute to the appearance of dark circles.

Excess Melanin

Often caused by hereditary factors, excess melanin in the skin can appear as dark circles.

Q: How does the TimeWise® Targeted-Action® Eye Revitalizer help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness?

TimeWise® Targeted-Action® Eye Revitalizer

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Power up your skin with SPF35/PA+++

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A Beautiful Defence Against the Sun

Mary Kay® Sun Protector SPF 35/PA+++ is formulated to protect your skin from uneven tone, age spots and other sun damage. It delivers broad-spectrum protection – PA+++ is the highest UVA protection rating – in a lightweight formula just for the face. It can be worn with or without foundation or other color products.

Make Mary Kay® Sun Protector SPF 35/PA+++ the last step in your skin care regimen to power up your protection and help maintain a flawless complexion.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mary Kay® Brow Gel

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This multitasking clear brow gel is flake-proof, dries quickly with a matte finish and conditions your brows to keep them looking healthy.

• Controls and hold brows in place
• Shapes and defines brows
• Flake-proof, quick-drying formula
• Clear, translucent gel that dries to a matte finish
• Conditions brows and gives them a thicker, fuller appearance.
• Locks in brow color

Mary Kay® Brush Collection

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Mary Kay® Brush Collection

– Professional-quality brushes

– For the perfect application

– Includes the must-have brushes for at-home makeup artistry:

Powder Brush – For dusting powder all over the face and décolleté.

Cheek Brush – Specially-designed brush for cheek color application.

Eye Definer Brush – Designed to apply the right amount of eye color.

Eye Crease Brush – Great for applying accent color to eyes and for blending.

Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush – Perfect for grooming and for applying mineral eye color as an eyeliner accent or brow powder.

Comes in the Mary Kay® Cosmetic Organizer Bag, which has room for your Mary Kay® Compact, lip gloss, mascara and other makeup applicators.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Better than John Maxwell

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(cited from Chapter 6 of "On People Management" by Mary Kay)

Criticism should be directed at what's wrong - not at who's wrong!

It must be done tactfully - otherwise your criticism will be destructive. I feel that a manager should be able to tell someone when something is wrong without bruising an ego in the process.

When someone enters my office, it is important that I create an atmosphere conducive to communication. And I find that this is most easily accomplished when I remove the physical barrier of an office desk. that desk represents authority. it tells the person sitting on the other side that I am in a position to tell him what he MUST do. I'd rather come across as a friend and co-worker - not a "the boss." And so we sit on a comfortable sofa and discuss our business in a more relaxed environment.

Be tender and tough
I believe that it's okay for a manager to develop a close relationship wit his or her employees. In fact, I dont think its natural for people who continually work together to always be "on ceremony" - always maintaining a formal employer-employee relationship. I dont think this kind of atmosphere is conducive to maximum productivity. For generations, it has been preached to us that "familiarity breeds contempt." The military is a good example, with its codes that prohibits officers from fraternizing with enlisted personnel. Such attitudes often spill over into workplace - and, frankly, I do not personally believe they're appropriate. Drawing a line between you and the other person inhibits good working relationships, particularly whenever it's necessary to have a heart-to-heart talk with him.

At the same time, managers must be strong and speak straightforwardly. if someone 's work is unsatisfactory, you cant skirt the issue - you must communicate your feelings. It calls for being simultaneously tender and tough. i.e. you've got to maintain your manger role, but you also must have empathy.

Never give criticism without praise
Never giving criticism without praise is a strict rule for me. No matter what you are criticizing, you must find something good to say - both BEFORE and AFTER. This is what's known as the "SANDWICH TECHNIQUE".

Criticize the act, not the person. And try to praise in the beginning and then again after discussing the problem. Also strive to end on a friendly note. By handling the problem this way, you dont subject people to harsh criticism or provoke anger.

I've seen some managers operate on the theory that when they're angry about something, they should criticize the person - and let him know exactly how they feel about his actions. this school of thought proposes that you should express your emotions - let the other person have it, no punches pulled. After the manger has had sufficient time to vent his anger, he's supposed to end it with a word of praise - and theoretically everything will be okay again. While some management consultants advocate this technique. I cannot condone it. A person who is treated in this manner will be so shaken by harsh criticism that he'll never hear the praise, which is so obviously thrown in as an afterthought. this kind of criticism is destructive - not constructive.

I believe that all of us have fragile egos and that we respond much better to praise than to criticism. A woman, for instance, can buy a new dress that she falls in love with, but let her hear one bit of criticism and she'll never wear it again.

Never give criticism in front of others
It's inexcusable for a manger to chastise someone in the presence of others. Yet I've seen managers who while addressing a group will single out one person for criticism. I cant imagine anything more demoralizing.

It's not only self-defeating to criticize someone in front of others, it's also downright cruel... A plant manager, for eg, shhould never berate a foreman in front of assembly-line workers.

Not only does such action create bitter resentment, but everyone present becomes embarrassed and insecure. A "will I be next?" atmosphere is created, everyone feels threatened, and productivity suffers. eg. workers may have begun to question the ability of their foreman, thereby reducing his effectiveness as a manager. Moreover, the foreman's self-esteem would have been badly bruised, making him unsure and hesitant... Rather than publicly attacking the foreman, the manager should have privately discussed the issue. I think this would have enhanced the probability of solving a legitimate production problem and it would have preserve the morale of both the foremen and his workers. All parties, including the company, would have then profited.

A good people manager will never put someone down; not only it is nonproductive - it's counterproductive.

When you approach problems, first by placing yourself in the other person's shoes, and then by working together to solve the problem - you dont come across as being a harsh critic. You become a helpful friend. The person feels he has an ally who's helping him solve his problem. When you identify this as your position, your new friend will not only be grateful; he will do his best not to let you down.

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Sight-read Chopin's Nocturnes (8 Feb 2011)

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No words can describe how beautifully Chopin’s nocturnes were written. Anyone who love music from the Romantic Period, cant miss playing the works composed by Frederic Chopin.

“Chopin’s nocturnes use a song-like melody in the right hand. The use of the melody as vocals bestowed a greater emotional depth to the piece. Along with the right-hand melody, Chopin continued the use of another nocturne “necessity,” that of playing broken chords on the left hand to act as the rhythm under his right-handed “vocal” melody. Chopin had more extensive use of the pedal. By using the pedal more, the music gains more emotional expression through sustained notes.

One of the greatest innovations made by Chopin was his use of a more freely flowing rhythm. He also further developed the structure of the nocturne, taking inspiration from the Italian and French opera arias, as well as the sonata form. A further innovation of Chopin’s was his use of counterpoint to create tension in the nocturnes. It was mainly through these themes of operatic influence, freer rhythms, and an expansion into more complex structures and melodic playing that Chopin made his mark on the nocturne.

While meters and keys vary, the nocturnes are generally set in ternary form (A-B-A), featuring a melancholy mood, and a clear melody floating over a left-hand accompaniment of arpeggios or broken chords. Repetitions of the main theme generally add increasingly ornate embellishments.” (cited, modified, from Wikipedia)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-In-1 Cleanser

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Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-In-1 Cleanser
(available in normal/dry or combination/oily)

This product was awarded by Her World Beauty Awards 2010 (featuring in Oct 2010 Issue).

This cleanser is one of the member of The TimeWise® Miracle Set.

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2. Age-Fighting Moisturizer
3. Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 25
4. Timewise Night Solution

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mary Kay® MelaCEP™ Whitening System Dark Spot Serum

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Her World Magazine
March 2010

Featuring: Mary Kay® MelaCEP™ Whitening System Dark Spot Serum

Function: Target visible dark spots with this unique serum. The rollerball packaging makes it easy to apply the translucent serum directly on dark spots, reducing their appearance over time. The highly effective, lightweight formula contains ascorbyl glucoside.

Ebenezer with God brothers - Crawling Competition

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(My mum told me this story as I was busy talking to the mum of my 3 Godsons at the dining area.)

Ebenzer (1.5 yrs old) and 3 of my Godsons, Nixon, Mason and Elson (10-7yrs) had crawling competition in the living room at my parents' hse on 1 Feb. They were to crawl from the starting point and return to the starting point to finish the competition.

Funny thing happens... the competition starts.... when my son crawled to the middle of the line and he saw the God brothers was crawling so fast to the other end and starting to crawl back to reach the finish line, he knew he will lose... guess what happen... Remember, Ebenezer was in the middle, He stand up, turned back, ran as fast as he can to the finish line, sit down and raise his hand, telling them that He is the winner. The maid said, "Wah! Ini Ah cai memang pandai ya." When my mum told me this I laughed. He is very smart. This was so funny. (But I hope it wont happen when he is older, what more if he is in competition during school sports' day...)

Too bad we didn't capture any picture, but this will be our memory.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

How do I get to know Mary Kay and started to join as beauty consultant?

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Last month, I have the opportunity to get to know Mary Kay products simply because I was looking for a sunblock. After using the sunblock, trying their products, read the products fact sheets, company philosophy and the history of the founder, I become interested in Mary Kay herself, the company and the business. I was very impressed by Mary Kay's testimony of how she started the company and crafted the company's philosophy following God value.

With her life savings of $5,000 and the help of her 20-year-old son, Mary Kay opened her first 500 sq. ft. store in Dallas in 1963. Mary Kay Inc. started with just nine independent beauty consultants. She based the company’s philosophy strongly on her Christian faith. She told her people to prioritize their life with God first, family second, and work third. With this as her guiding practice she has encouraged women and given them new opportunities for their own personal and financial success.

Mary Kay Ash said “I can say unequivocally that every decision we make at Mary Kay Cosmetics is based on the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

She was a proud Christian and believed that her faith in God was what kept her grounded. “God didn’t have time to create a nobody – just a somebody,” said Mary Kay. “I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition… Each person is unique and special.” It was thus on the basis of her Christian faith that Mary Kay created a corporate culture that embodied the Golden Rule.

After my husband looking at the company profile, he is also impressed and support me to do this. Thus, I joined Mary Kay on 12 Jan 2011.

Recognition and Awards:
Fortune magazine recognized Mary Kay Inc. with inclusion in “The 100 best companies to work for in America.” The company was also named one of the best 10 companies for women to work. Her most recent acknowledgements were the “Equal Justice Award” from Legal Services of North Texas in 2001, and “Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century” from Lifetime Television in 1999.

Favorite Quotes:
"Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember you can achieve."

"Do you know that within your power lies every step you ever dreamed of stepping and within your power lies every joy you ever dreamed of seeing? Within yourself lies everything you ever dreamed of being. Become everything that God wants you to be. It is within your reach. Dare to grow into your dreams and claim this as your motto: Let it be me."

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