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Now available on Satellite TV Pay Per View Cinema, the same day its released on DVD, is the teen comedy 17 Again, starring heartthrob Zac Efron.

In the movie, Efron plays Mike O’Donell, a high school basketball star who seems to have everything a college scholarship, popularity, and a beautiful girlfriend. But all of that changes when his girlfriend Scarlett reveals that shes pregnant. Suddenly all of Mikes aspirations are dashed and we fast forward twenty years later. Mike (now played by Matthew Perry) and Scarlett (Leslie Mann) are separated, and Mike is living with his software genius nerd best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon). We also learn that Mikes relationship with his own teenaged children is nonexistent, and his job is at a standstill. Praying for a change after he is passed up for a promotion, Mike meets a mysterious janitor who transforms him back to his glory days and suddenly Mike is 17 (and played by Zac Efron) again.

Posing as a new student named Mark, Mike infiltrates his childrens school and learns things about them that he never knew. He also visits an unsuspecting Scarlett and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. Of course it should come as little surprise to anyone who watches movies that Mike will eventually learn some things about himself that will make him a better husband, a better father, and appreciate life as he never did before.

I saw this movie initially when it was released to theaters in April and I remember thinking Cute, but I could have waited for DVD. Its chock-full of the stereotypes that weve come to expect in these teen comedies (the jock bully, the trio of cheerleader temptresses, the final showdown at the basketball game with that one chance to make the winning basket), but it still works, mostly due to Efrons charms. Now that he is stepping outside of the Disney mold, Efron is proving himself to be much more than just a pretty face. He shows some surprising dramatic chops here (most notably during the speech he gives to a judge in a courtroom at the end) and I think he has a long career ahead of him as an actor in more serious roles. Leslie Mann is somewhat underused, but she is still good here, and I always appreciate seeing her in comedies (she also appeared in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and this summer’s Funny People.)

I think Efron fans will be tempted to give this five stars before they even see it, but if other people give it a chance they will see there is a little more than meets the eye in Efrons talent. 17 Again had heart and it wasnt crass, and I think its a movie the whole family can enjoy. Sometimes a little sugary sweetness is actually kind of endearing.

By: Frank Bilotta

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Skin Treatments – Then And Now

November 30th, 2016 / / categories: Beauty & Cosmetic /
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Skin treatment when you are younger is different when you get older. So if you are experiencing all those skin complaints from back in the days, you cannot just simply do your remedies before as your skin has probably changed over time and will also require a new remedial approach. Here are some of the most common remedies you might have done before, and what you should do now.

Back then, you might have scoured your face every chance you get. Now, you must not cleanse more than twice a day. Over washing dries your skin and it washes away natural oils that your face needs. The best thing to do is to look for a cleanser with salicylic acid to break up pore clogging caused by sebum, and glycerin which acts as skin softener. If you have a sensitive or extra dry skin, try searching for a milder product.

Back then, you might have used to apply degreaser to mask up or soak oil. Now, you must exfoliate your skin, not to degrease. Skin cell turnover slows down when you grow older. Chances are your pores will get clogged with dead cells. Instead of degreasing, use facial scrub once or twice a month to exfoliate your skin. Also, if the oiliness has cause regular break out, use a product with 10% glycolic acid. If it is just an occasional pimple appearance, use lactic acid for a gentler choice.

Back then, you might have slathered 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. Now, you must opt to use those which contain 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide only as higher concentration might irritate and leave your skin dry. If your breakout is seasonal, start your pimple treatment two weeks prior the start of your pimple appearances.

Back then, you might have sworn off all moisturizers. Now, you must use oil-free lotions to smooth out your skin. During morning, use sunscreen over your Benzoyl Peroxide and at night, use retinol treatment.

Skin remedies that you used to do when you are younger might have different effects if you use it now, especially if your skin has aged well. Use only the best products for your skin by following our personal beauty blog for application tips and ideas. If your treatment for skin complaints did not work effectively, make it a habit to consult your doctor.

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Our skin is always exposed to heat, cold and other environmental changes, so it is very important to take care of it. In this article we have included various natural skin tonics for you that are homemade but are very useful to nourish your skin.

Skin tonics have two effects on your skin after cleansing.

They remove the last trace of cleansing milk or cream.
They help to restore the skins natural proactive mantle.

However oily your skin is, I would not recommend you to use skin tonic containing alcohol (often called astringent). I find these strips away the skins natural protective barrier and with prolonged use can sensitize the skin or cause irritation.

There are lots of commercially available skin tonics but below I have given some ideas for homemade skin tonics using beneficial aromatherapy oils. By the way rose water and orange flower water can be bought at most good chemists.

As with the cleansers the ratio is two drops of aromatherapy oil to fl oz (100 ml) of toner, either used singly or in combination.

For normal skin – Add lavender, rose or neroli to rosewater or orange flower water.

For oily skin – Add lemon, lavender, bergamot, juniper or ylang-ylang to which hazel.

For acne/ pimples – Add rose, ylang-ylang, geranium or camomile to rosewater.

For hyper-sensitive skin – Add camomile, neroli, jasmine or rose to orange flower water.

As with cleansers all skin toners are kindest when applied to your skin with damp cotton wool. Gently wipe all over the face and neck, paying careful attention to the creases around your chin. If necessary, repeat once more.

Have a gorgeous and glowing skin naturally with homemade skin tonics!

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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A Guide To Home Cinema Perfection

November 27th, 2016 / / categories: Movie & Cinemax /
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Peter Simpson writes guides to computing gadgets and new technology. Ask Peter about watching films on an hd projector, hd tv or lcd tv and remember that you can always watch films on your ipod touch too.

While it is ideal to have a spacious room for your home cinema, you can still enjoy the best home cinema from a smaller room in a quaint home. The trick is to use the features of your room to blend with the home cinema; the electronics should fit in comfortably with the rest of the settings.

Here are some suggestions on how to enjoy the best home cinema in a room that does not look like a spacious lounge.

The Dimensions Of The Room

Do use a rectangular room, and don’t use a square room. The room should be longer than it is wider for a home cinema not to completely dominate the room.

And just as you don’t want the room to be a square, you don’t want it to be a cube either, so ceiling height is also something to consider. The height of the room, from floor to ceiling, should not match the length of the room.

Reduce or Eliminate Unpleasant Bouncing Sounds

Do use a rug or carpet, and don’t use a bare floor, even if it is nicely laminated or has beautiful floorboards. This time the reason is not aesthetics, but functionality. Bare floors will bounce the sound, while rugs or carpets will absorb sound comfortably and you will not hear a strange humming sound as you watch a movie.

Similarly, add thick curtains to the windows. Again for the same reason. You don’t want the windows to reverberate when watching your show. Thick curtains that block out the light will add another dimension to your viewing pleasure.

Finally, if you can, change the door. By choosing a fire proof door, you will eliminate audio problems created by a vibrating door.

Be Selective About Your Technological Choices

While a 7.1 system is more impressive than a 5.1, and dynamic mode creates bright and compelling images, these choices in home cinema will have an overpowering effect on the total ambiance of the room. In other words, you are overdoing the electronic stimulation. Just as you want the physical home cinema to blend in with the size of the room, so, too, you want the cinematic effects to be pleasant, not jarring.

Bigger Is Not Always Better

Sound is important to pull you into the movie, but big speakers are not necessary at all. You can get the same sound effects with five small satellite speakers and a subwoofer.

Don’t keep your TV more than 15 degrees from eye height; for example, if you have a flat screen, you should not put it on a mantle piece. Having the screen too high will eventually cause a crick in your neck.

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Blue Light Therapy for Fighting Acne

November 25th, 2016 / / categories: Healthy & Therapy /
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Blue light therapy is a modern discovery in the fight against acne. Unlike other acne treatment solutions such as medicated creams and expensive dermatological procedures, blue light therapy for acne is more effective, affordable, convenient and free from side effects.

Acne light therapy has typically only been available in a clinical setting, such as a spa or dermatologists office, but a recent up rise in at home treatment systems is making blue light therapy available to the masses. Tabletop lamp like devices such as the “Blue Acne Light” from BlueAcneLight.com use a powerful multi-led bulb that emits light in various spectrums that have been proven to destroy acne and heal skin. The same light spectrums used in the spa and dermatologists machines are offered in a more compact, convenient and more affordable format. Most at home blue light therapy solutions range between $200 and $500. If you compare that to the cost of a spa or dermatologists treatment, which can be anywhere from $40 to $150 per treatment, over a course of 6-8 recommended treatment, these devices easily pay for themselves during the first treatment campaign and can be used if breakouts occur in the future.

Unlike many so called “acne treatment solutions”, blue light therapy is clinically proven effective by independent testing done by the British Journal of Dermatology and has been approved as an effective form of acne treatment by the FDA. It has long been known, and you have likely experienced that when you expose your skin to the sun for a moderate period of time, whether it is naturally or via a tanning bed, acne seems to improve or clear up. This is because of the natural blue light spectrum that the sun provides, even though you don’t see it as blue. The disadvantage to sun exposure and tanning is of course the artificial aging of your skin, not to mention the risk of skin cancer. Blue light therapy focuses specifically on the spectrums outside of the UV range that kill acne bacteria.

It has been proven that blue light in the 405nm-420nm spectrum actually kills Propionibacterium Acnes (P. acnes) bacteria. P. acnes bacteria create tiny molecules called porphryins. When porphyrins are exposed to blue light they produce free radicals that kill the bacteria that cause inflammatory acne. It sounds quite complex, but it’s a wonderfully simple solution.

Much like blue light, red light also has natural healing properties. Red light effectively speeds up the skins natural healing process and prevents scaring. The root of red lights healing properties is that when red light is absorbed into the skin it increases blood and oxygen flow. This increased blood and oxygen flow allow scars and blemishes to disappear much quicker than normal. The higher end home treatment Blue Light Therapy solutions on the market combine the acne fighting powers blue light with the healing powers of the red light, and effectively become a “destroy and heal” solution, exactly what it takes to clear up problematic acne.

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Sports massage therapy is offered by professional therapeutic massage spas along with reflexology massage therapy, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy and even pregnancy massage therapy. Like pregnancy massage therapy, however, sports massage therapy also has its own guidelines and contraindications. If you are a resident of Washington County, Clackamas, Keizer, Lake Oswego, Portland, Tualatin, Sherwood or Vancouver WA, make sure you take note of all these guidelines before availing of sports massage therapy at your therapeutic massage spa in Beaverton.

Sports massage therapy should be avoided by people with thrombosis or a blood clot in the vein, implanted artificial blood vessels, hemophilia and tumors because it can cause life threatening complications. Sports massage therapy can also spread bacterial, viral or fungal infections of the skin and soft tissue; and can worsen broken bones; contusions; burns of chilblains; periostitis, or the inflammation of sheath around the bone; gout; rheumatoid arthritis; and bursitis.

People with open wounds, lacerations, muscle ruptures, tendon ruptures, cuts and grazes have to wait until they are completely healed from these conditions before undergoing sports massage therapy.

To be safe, anyone should undergo medical examination and clearance before going for sports massage therapy. After all, only a doctor can correctly identify the existence of some of these conditions in a patient. There are many cases where a patient is totally clueless about having diseases that have not yet shown any symptoms.

It is important to know the guidelines and contraindications of sports massage therapy before availing of it from the same therapeutic massage spas that also provide reflexology massage therapy, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy and pregnancy massage therapy in Beaverton, Washington County, Clackamas, Keizer, Lake Oswego, Portland, Tualatin, Sherwood or Vancouver WA. It is also very important to ensure that only a highly trained and qualified professional massage therapist gives the sports massage therapy.

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Ideas For Beauty Pageant Prizes

November 24th, 2016 / / categories: Beauty & Cosmetic /
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Each year hundreds of girls and young women enter beauty pageants. The allure of competing in pageants includes meeting new people, the competition itself, and the opportunity to win great prizes. In fact, prizes can be the deal breaker when someone is contemplating whether or not to enter a particular pageant. Try to put together a remarkable prize package when organizing your next beauty pageant.

Provide regalia for your queen. Of course, at the top of the list for a pageant prize package should be regalia. Common items include a crown or tiara, crown pin, sash, scepter and flowers.

Provide keepsakes for each of the contestants. Even if a contestant does not win the crown, she may want a small token to remember her pageant experience. Ideas for keepsakes include participation trophies, plaques, and certificates.

Offer scholarship money. Scholarships are a great incentive for someone to enter a pageant. This is especially true for girls and women who may be ambivalent about participating in this type of event. Contact universities about offering a scholarship to a qualified contestant in exchange for publicity. Small private universities may be more interested in this type of sponsorship than larger schools. Other institutions that may be interested in a similar arrangement include modeling schools, beauty schools and fashion academies.

Offer discounts to a future beauty pageant. If your pageant is an official preliminary to a larger event, one of the top prizes should be paid entry to that event. If your budget allows, consider offering to pay for hotel accommodations or providing an allowance to help reduce the travel expenses of the winner. If your event is not a preliminary, offer each contestant a discount towards competing in your pageant the following year.

Include gift cards as a part of the prize package. Contact local businesses for sponsorship. Ask for donations of gift cards or gift certificates in exchange for mentions during the pageant, online and in the pageant program book. Also, contact online retailers related to the beauty pageant industry for similar donations. Create sponsorship packages based on the value of the gift cards donated.

Put together gift bags. There are many items that can be included in a gift bag. Among them are perfume, makeup, small mirrors, gadgets, books, magazines, slippers, pens and gold plated silver jewelry. Tailor gift bags for the winner, runners up and as consolation prizes for the contestants that do not place.

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One of the most important decisions you will ever make is deciding among the many cosmetic surgeons in your area. You want to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible with your final choice so that you can be confident you’ll be happy with the results. Here are some considerations to keep in mind before you choose.

It is critical that you do an extensive amount of research, not only regarding the type of procedure that you want but also the doctor who will perform it. You need to look at his or her training, education, experience, and competence. Also, it is important that you find out whether or not the doctor you are considering has had any sort of claims filed against him or her by patients who have undergone the same procedure that you will have. Look closely at any available before-and-after pictures of previous patients and make sure you are comfortable with the doctor’s previous results. Speak to those patients if you can.

The Types of Doctors Who Become Cosmetic Surgeons
There has been a substantial rise in the number of people who have chosen to have plastic surgery performed in recent years. As a result, there are more cosmetic surgeons in the field. There is a very competitive pool of available doctors, so you want to make sure that you make your choice based on professionalism and ability, not any sort of hard sales tactics you may experience.

How to Evaluate Cosmetic Surgeons
If one of the doctors you are considering practices in a well-established hospital with a strong reputation, that is obviously a plus. These types of facilities evaluate doctors based on the competence, training, experience, and education just like you should. If a doctor is allowed to practice in that hospital, that is a good sign that he or she has met the criteria that you should be looking for.

However, there are still many, many questions that you should ask before choosing a doctor, even if he or she practices in a facility that has a sterling reputation. Find out how long the doctor has performed the specific procedure that you will have, and ask where he or she received training in that procedure. Make sure you know what type of continuing education the doctor has pursued and how much experience he or she possesses.

You’ll also want to know how many patients have had to return for corrections or revisions, and get detailed information regarding the risks and possible complications of the procedure you are having. All of the doctors you are considering should have an ample number of before-and-after pictures for you to see. The more pictures available, the more experience that doctor will have.

It may seem like a lot of effort is required to make your best possible choice among cosmetic surgeons, but the work you put in now can help you enjoy long-term benefits.

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Have you ever had a bad day when your friends laughed at you for wearing a distasteful pair of shoes? It is time to build your credibility and invest in trendy brogue shoes that are sure to mesmerize all around you. Famous with men and women all over Europe, these shoes make a special addition to your personality. Brogues have their origins in Ireland and Scotland and are characterized by their multi-piece construction. These shoes traditionally feature low heels that are typically made from superior leather, but are also available in rubber sole.

Brogue shoes traditionally belonged to a sophisticated section of society and are fast catching up with the modern day fashion trends. You can see them worn by teenagers, men in 20s, middle-aged men and also by octogenarians. One of the most attractive parts of these shoes is their toe caps that are strikingly distinct in appearance. These are typified by elegant decorative perforations that add beauty to these shoes. Their serrated edges make them stand apart in a heap of shoes. Brogue shoes are widely becoming popular with men around the world. Even famous designers and shoe brands are giving a lot of attention in bringing out stylish and unique designs in brogues to take advantage of their increasing popularity and demand.

Modern men do not make any compromises when it comes to style. Even the colour of the brogue shoes that they wear must coordinate with their clothes. Most men do ensure to have shoes in black and brown in their closet. This is because black is an evergreen colour and the most ideal colour option in case of men’s footwear. Brown has also become very versatile as it gels with every colour in men’s clothing. This can be further categorized in classic brown and tan brown that huge hits with men. Brogues in contrast colour combinations are also in demand. The popular combinations in brogues are black and white, black and brown, and classic brown and tan brown.

High quality full grain or suede is widely used to manufacture brogue shoes. Branded shoes also have a full-length footbed covered in leather inside the shoe. This makes it slip-resistant ensuring complete safety to the wearer. These are traditionally lace-up shoes that make an ideal wear with a business suit. This, however, does not mean that you cannot wear them with jeans. Many celebrities also complement their blue jeans with a pair of full, semi- or quarter brogue shoes.

Make sure that the pair you buy fits you properly. An unfit pair will only lead to fashion faux pas that will linger as a bad moment in your memory for years to come. Go to the right online store that features a number of sizes of shoes so that you can make an easy choice without spending hours on searching a suitable pair of brogue shoes.

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For the most part, the world of automotive careers remains dominated by men, but there are plenty of opportunities for women as well as reasons why the automotive field is a good place for women to be. Some sectors of the field are majority women, but even outside this range, cars could simply use more females in the garage, the saleroom floor and behind the wheel.

Dispatcher jobs are one of the few places currently dominated by women. Perhaps because switchboard and telephone operators have historically been women or because of a tendency for women to be pushed into social, customer service or people-focused jobs, its not uncommon for dispatcher courses to be full of women.

If women can dispatch vehicles, they can certainly drive them. There is no reason for truck driving or even sitting behind the wheel of a limo to be a male dominated field other than custom. Critics of females in roles like taxi driver point to the risks inherent in working at all hours with strangers, but women already do that in a plethora of jobs from healthcare to food service. Additionally, for women who worry about safety, a female cab driver may even be seen as a positive thing.

On the other hand, cars have increasingly, at least from an owners side, stopped being a male world. The majority of car owners are now women by a small margin, mostly necessitated by the fact that women as well as men work and require transportation. For many purposes male and female car needs are equivalent, though female car buyers favour smaller and more fuel efficient models.

One of the challenges faced by female car buyers is the occasionally accurate perception that they are not taken as seriously and with car prices being partially negotiable, face higher car prices than men. For women looking for an auto career this presents an easy opportunity to go into sales. Since the field is currently male dominated, female auto sales college grads can sell themselves as the more women friendly option to what will be over fifty percent of their client base.

Additionally, garages are starting to open up to women. Long labeled the bastion of he-man misogyny, no professional garage resembled the chauvinistic stereotype anymore. As with the sales floor, female car owners still need to get their cars serviced and sometimes feel like theyre not sure if they can trust their technician. Automotive mechanic training it open to anyone any you may even be able to get special grants for females in trades to help fund your education.

Regardless of what you pick, if youre a woman, theres never been a better time than now to enter the field.