Yes, wasabi, the potent plant, which is actually a member of the cabbage family and found next to your Sushi, has been shown to have an assortment of healing benefits: anything from reducing the growth of bacteria that causes cavities, and increasing circulation and promoting oxygenation of the cellular tissue when topically taken, to getting over a hangover, even acting as a pout plumper when applied to women’s lips, and an aphrodisiac when consumed by men!
Historically, the potent plant has been prided for its antimicrobial properties and used by Japanese natives to protect from food poisoning. It has also been proven as a natural antibacterial agent with a high concentration of potassium, calcium, vitamin C and photochemical, strengthening the body’s antioxidant defenses and aiding the skin against free radicals.
Its power transcends just ingesting, and has been shown as equally beneficial when applied topically to the skin. Which, naturally, made the skincare industry and its inexhaustible search for interesting beauty-making ingredients take note. Seduced by wasabi’s stimulating nature, its since been added into a slew of skin care products and included in facials and body treatments at spas across the country. Want to test out this stimulating face food for yourself? Here’s how:
Make Your Own:
Wasabi Massage Oil: Combine ¼ cup vegetable oil and ¼ cup light sesame oil in a small saucepan. Heat on low for 2 to 3 minutes or until warm but NOT boiling or smoking. Immediately remove from heat and stir in ½ tsp wasabi paste. Be sure to use a wooden spoon since plastic can leach out chemicals. Cover and let cool for at least 1 hour. Add 5 drops of vitamin E oil (you can pop a vitamin oil pill if you have one) and still until mixed in. Massage!
Buy ingredients to make Wasabi Massage Oil below:
vegetable oil $3.86 at Amazon.com
light sesame oil $3.55 at Amazon.com
wasabi paste $7.75 at Amazon.com
vitamin E oil $7.99 at Amazon.com
wooden spoon $5.99 at Amazon.com
small saucepan $10.13 at Amazon.com
The annual shopping event has been part of New York Fashion Week each September since 2009, when it was created in response to the recession. It was masterminded by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The event expanded to 500 U.S. cities and 30 cities globally. Celebrities mingled with shoppers, champagne was served and designers sang karaoke and played ping pong to drum up business for the important fall retail season.
CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said Wednesday that he was proud of what had been accomplished. However, there was grumbling from some stores and designers that it cost money they weren’t sure they saw back in sales.
Fashion’s Night Out will still be held in select international cities.
Last fall, some of the hottest trends to come out of the 2012 Fashion’s Night Out included leather and winter white.
What a great deal on a scarf – great for work or to dress up for a evening out on the town! Amazon has the Fashion Leopard Pattern Shawl Scarf Wrap for Women for $3.35.
The review look amazing on this one – it’s chiffon, and 100% new. Many reviews even state it looks even better in person.
ASOS 90’s Crop Top with Long Sleeve – $17
This cropped t-shirt by ASOS Collection has been crafted from super soft jersey fabric. The details include: a scoop neckline and long sleeves. The t-shirt has been cut with a slim, cropped fit. 95% Viscose, 5% Elastane. Gray marl : 62% polyester 33% viscose 5% elastane.
Tripp Nyc Leather Look Z Cut Skinnies – $111
These skinny jeans by Tripp NYC have been made from a stretch cotton denim. They come in a skinny fit with a regular rise. The details include: a panelled main with a leather-look front panel, a cut-out design through the legs, a concealed zip fly, a branded top button closure, classic five pocket styling, a logo tab to the coin pocket, skull shaped studs, a woven belt loop to the reverse, a straight yoke and applique detail to the back pockets. 97% Cotton, 3% Polyurethane.
74U Womens Concealed Platform Ladies 7 Inch Stiletto Heel Court Shoes – $43
Stiletto Heel Concealed Platform Court Shoes – Black. Stand above the rest with these gravity defying platforms. Add these with your favourite little black dress. The 7 inch stiletto heel compliments a 3 inch concealed platform. Finished with a gravity defying platform. Made from quality suede / leather / patent style material
GUESS Gold-Tone Pyramid-Stud Rhinestone Bracelet – $30
Go for an always-chic combo with this spiked and sparkling stretch bracelet. Team it with a colorful look for the ultimate style statement. Gold-tone bracelet with pyramid studs and champagne-colored rhinestones 2 ½” diameter 1” width Stretch fit.
10 Bells Thick Chain Classic Necklace – $21
Gold chain necklace. The 10 Bells Thick Chain Classic Necklace has a large link construction with a lobster clasp and extension chain. The simple, on trend piece has a short design and sits on the base of the neck. Neck Drop: 20cm. Extension Chain: 8cm.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick Rouge Jet Set – $12
New Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick
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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson chose this beautiful metallic sheer overlay long sleeve gown by Roberto Cavalli for the 2013 Oscars.
Jennifer Hudson also took the stage to sing the song from the film that won her an Oscar back in 2007. The 31-year-old entertainer belted out “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls for the musical tribute at the show, which also included numbers from Chicago and Les Miserables.
If you missed Jennifer Hudson performance you can see it below.
For the past two months, Naomi Watts has been working with Giorgio Armani on the design of her 2013 Oscars gown—and the result is stunning!
Naomi Watts has been nailing every red-carpet appearance all award season long, but tonight’s silver-sequined Armani Privé gown may take top honors. The standout number featured a perfectly placed cutout bodice against an already body-con silhouette. Simple diamond earrings, an elegant updo, and light makeup completed her glittery outfit. Are you feeling it?
Dress – Armani Prive
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Purse – Roger Vivier
Jewelry – Neil Lane
The beautiful Jennifer Garner chose a custom Gucci Première violet silk crepe strapless column gown and a Roger Vivier Clutch for the 2013 Oscars.
Nicole Kidman looks stunning on the red carpet she took the tank dress and kicked it up a notch in this sequined L’Wren Scott gown.
The 45-year-old actress, who is set to hit the stage to present during the show, was joined at the event by her husband Keith Urban.
Anne Hathaway wore a beautiful blush pink Prada halter gown on the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars. It was reported that she’d be walking the red carpet in a Valentino tulle gown, she actually stepped out in a Prada. Even Valentino was upset – they thought she was wearing the dress, as well! It seems likely we’ll see Anne in a few different looks tonight.
22-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence looked stunning as she arrived at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood.
To no surprise, Jennifer wore a Dior Haute Couture gown, Chopard jewels, a Roger Vivier clutch, and Brian Atwood shoes. (Just a couple of days ago, her new Miss Dior ads were debuted.)
Jennifer is nominated in the Best Actress in a Lead Role category for her role in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook.
Dior Haute Couture dress, a Chopard jewels, a Roger Vivier clutch, and Brian Atwood shoes.