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By Mona Gill

For those of us who love putting on make up on our face, our skin can get damaged by the many products we use. It is important that we exercise certain routines so that our skin is always in tip top condition – this will make us less guilty on the make up we apply on our skin! Let me share with you the steps I take when applying my make up, to ensure I don’t damage my skin so much!

Skincare

The foundation (no pun intended) to good looking skin is always a good skin care routine. If you do not have a good routine that works for your skin, no amount of make up will help! So find a routine that works for you that includes exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising.

Hydration

Hydration is key whether you have oily or dry skin. Prior to hydration, I recommend using a good skin care base serum and one of my recommendations is Astarism from Astavita. It helps create a smooth, toned base before applying anything hydrating onto your skin.

Base

Firstly, use a primer. A primer gives your make up staying power so it locks in whatever powders or cream based make up you use helping your make up last longer. To keep your day look for the office light and easy, skip the foundation and use a beauty balm(BB) cream that gives you light to medium coverage. I recommend a water based product as it will feel light on your skin and not clog your pores especially if you have oily skin. Set it with a translucent or neutral powder for a polished look.

From here onwards.. You can apply your make up!

Eyes

When it comes to your eyes, stick with light neutral shades for a day time look and skip the eyeliner. Always use a layer of mascara as it will help open up your eyes making it look brighter.

Concealer

Apply concealer on areas where you need it e.g.; under eyes, on blemishes, corners of mouth and spots. Use a light dusting of powder over it. Add on some powder or cream blush and I would recommend something in the peachy tone as it usually works for all skin tones as it give the right amount of flush and color needed for a natural look. And if you are using a cream blush, simply use your fingertips and dab on some color for efficiency.

To take your eyes up a notch, add an eyeliner to your lower lash line or add the same color used on your lids to your lower lash line. You can use a liquid liner on your upper lid if you wish.

Here’s the bonus tip: Your liquid liner can also double up on the mascara.

Lips

You’re almost there, now on to the lips.  Super easy tip with lips to remember is: If your eyes are bolder, go with a lighter or nude lip shade. If you want to go with a bold lip, keep your eye make up subtle😊.

Enjoy!

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

10 minutes or less?? No problems!

Here is how to fix your face in 10 minutes if you are pressed for time, especially for us working moms!

1) Always cleanse and moisturise.

2) Use a skincare serum for a smooth base. My preferred serum Astarism is available online at www.astavita.sg.

3) Use a light foundation or bb cushion for some coverage and to even out the skin tone.

4) Never skip this step which is to conceal, especially your under eyes. It immediately brightens up your face .

5) Fill your brows lightly.

6) Skip the eyeshadow but definitely DO NOT skip the mascara. Layer a coat or 2 onto those lashes.

7) Blush away with a coral or pink hue to add some colour and warmth.

8) Finally a lip gloss or lip tint for a a natural pucker.

To save time , skip the brushes and use your fingers for application. It also gives a more natural polished finish.

Till next time!

Beauty guru

Mona Gill

http://monaartistry.com

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

Are you foraging the magazines for the latest makeup trends from bronzer as blush, to red lipstick with minimal makeup? Today I’m going to share what I found really works for me and the reasons why. Perhaps it may work for you too!

Monochromatic

My favourite method is using one shade to paint my whole face from eyes to cheeks to lips. My favourite shade is usually a nude or for a pop of colour, I use a pretty coral. It’s super easy and it saves time. It’s a no-brainer!

Straight brows

I’m not into the super shaped kind of brows and always prefer to go minimal with my brow look. So, I usually prefer to fill with a brown pencil or grey brow powder instead of contouring.

Skin

Been obsessed with skin care lately! Especially this summer, my skin has been so moody  – to be honest!  Hence, I’ve been diligently using my trusty Astarism from Astavita to keep my skin health in check.  As it has been so hot and humid I have been using less makeup. So instead of contouring, I’ve been going for more natural looks that require less makeup on my skin with maybe just a pop of colour on my lips or eyes. Finding a suitable moisturiser has been a bit tricky but I do recommend to never stick with the same skin care routine:  Always change it up! This is because as seasons change, our skin and bodies go through different changes from climate to hormones. Thus, it’s good to see what your skincare needs are and work with it rather than stick to the same routine or product rigidly.

Lip gloss

I love a matte lip but will never say no to lip glosses. Why? Because lip glosses are fun and refreshing and give your lips a fuller pout. Besides, who wouldn’t want to look a few years younger!

There you have it, my very own current makeup trends which work so well for me, in fact, I’m obsessed with them! Till the next post, live well, look good, be happy!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

As a beauty, makeup influencer and makeup artist, I get this question a lot. To be honest, how many of you guys actually think about cleaning your brushes? As a makeup artist I do it more often than the average joe. You should be cleaning your brushes at least once a week for powder products and for creams every time you use them.

Here is how I do it and hopefully you will find my tips useful.

You will need coconut oil, baby shampoo or wash and lukewarm water.

You can use a makeup brush cleaner too, but I like using products that are natural and I always have them lying around the house. It’s important to clean your makeup brushes regularly to prevent skin issues like acne-causing bacteria especially if you have sensitive skin or prone to skin irritations.

For lightly soiled brushes, use warm water.

1) Fill a cup with a squirt of baby shampoo or wash and water.

2) Dip the brush without getting the metal part wet into the mixture and swirl it around before rinsing the brush in lukewarm water till water runs clear.

3) Pat the bristles dry, reshape them and lay flat to dry hanging off a counter. Do not put them on a towel as that would cause mild dew.

4) When the brushes are dry fluff them up.

If your makeup brushes are heavily soiled with creams and foundations like mine are most of the time, please clean them after every use. You will need to loosen the creams and foundations first with some oil and I use coconut but you can use whatever you have. Put some on a paper towel and gently clean the bristles to break up the product before washing it in the lukewarm water and baby shampoo mixture. Rinse till water runs clear. And follow the previous steps I mentioned above on reshaping, laying flat to dry and fluffing the bristles when dry.

Always remember to dry your brushes in a well-ventilated area and never on a towel as it could cause mild dew.

Hope this breakdown on how I clean my brushes helps and if you have any questions feel free to shoot them my way via Astavita.sg or insta dm me @mkglife.

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

How to keep your makeup from melting? Especially here in beautiful hot and humid Singapore. Here are my tips and tricks on how I keep it looking fresh all-day long.

Less is more.

Skip the heavy foundations and opt for an oil-free product that won’t be heavy on your skin and clog your pores.

Use a primer.

Primers work wonders in helping to keep makeup on a little longer and helps reduce shine throughout the day. For more of my personal favourite makeups and primers, follow mkglife on Instagram.

Avoid heavy eye shadows

The tip is to stay away from dark colours. As far as possible, use light colours, especially for eye shadows. Even if your eye shadow smudges under the heat, light colours will be less noticeable.

Lip gloss

Make lip gloss your new best friend instead of lipsticks. Lip gloss are wonderful in helping to keep your look light and fresh throughout the day.

Facial mist

I carry a small facial spray/mist and use it whenever I want to refresh my makeup. To give the skin a nice glow, sometimes you can use a dewy setting spray as well.

Waterproof mascara

Use mascara and always use a waterproof mascara. So that you’ll not run the risk of smudges when you perspire.

Choose cream products over powders

Go with a cream product instead of powders. Powders tend to get cakey and will make line and wrinkles more visible in the heat. So therefore, use a cream instead and apply with your fingers for a more diffused and natural look.

Astarism

Proper skin care is crucial in the heat. Astarism facial serum skin care base is my daily must have routine. Just 2 drops of Astarism prior to makeup to prep your skin followed by a light moisturiser and your usual sunscreen and you’ll be all set to last the whole day!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

by Mona Gill

Healthy lifestyle = good nutrition = overall health wellness.

Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to various diseases like heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and even linked to cancer as well as high blood pressure or hypertension. We may not always be able to control the onset of diseases but we can certainly control what we consume by making smart and healthy food choices.

Your health is your wealth! Taking the steps to eat healthy, eat clean and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine is important to maintaining good health.  Physical activity like cardio, HIIT workouts, or even yoga could be helpful in body detox, rebuilding and re-energizing – basically anything that gets your heart rate up for at least 30 mins, 3 to 5 days a week will reduce your risk of diseases. Even mental health like depression can be influenced by our diet according to recent evidence. Overall feelings of wellness and balanced moods can be protected if our diet contain the adequate amounts of nutrients – especially foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Of course, on top of proper nutrition, medication prescribed by a doctor is essential. Medication for mental disorders does at times cause patients to gain weight, thus leading to low self-esteem. Here is where paying attention to nutrition, diet and physical activity all play a part in helping with weight management. Take baby steps when it comes to making changes. Simple changes like reducing intake of fatty food, sugary drinks, as well as eating smaller meals more often. Variety of Orange color fruits and vegetables which are a good source of beta-carotene. Overall, you’ll do well by paying attention to healthy choices.

Nutrition is critical to overall well-being and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you look good, you feel good as it does also affect our brain function. Imagine not eating properly and being cranky and “Hangry” (a combination of hungry and angry). Hence, pay attention to what you eat as what you eat, you become. We are our own mirrors so eat a variety of wholesome foods in order to support a healthy lifestyle.
About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Mona Gill

I started way back in 2006 in Calgary, Canada. I was looking for a different type of workout and was getting tired of the gym workouts. A couple of friends introduced me to hot yoga and let’s just say I was “hooked” after. It started off as something I added to my usual workouts, then it was me practicing 5 days a week and soon enough it became my lifestyle not just an exercise routine. I never need to force myself to yoga, I just do it like it’s second nature to me. So how has yoga helped in my life so far, read on and you’ll know:

1. Yoga helps pushes me to my limits.

I’m not the most flexible of person but yoga teaches me self-acceptance. Not only that, practicing yoga takes me from self-acceptance to stretching my limits. One of the limits was I never thought I can do a headstand because I always thought my lower body was too heavy. However, through constant practice and learning the technique of engaging my core to help stabilise my body, it was achievable. This reminds me that I do not have to feel limited by my physical self, instead it challenges me to stretch beyond my own mental limitations. Once you realise it, it’s all in the mind. You need to be focused and “in the moment” and envision it happening even if you fall over and over. It builds confidence and self-esteem.

2. Another reason why I practise yoga is that yoga helps me in coping with situations better.

Practicing yoga keeps me from making unhealthy decisions whether it’s to do with food or other areas of my life. It helps me keep my mind healthy especially during times of crisis or stress. We do not have control over all situations but it we can choose how we react and cope. When I feel the need to shut the negative voices in my head, I meditate silently while I practice or even just sitting still and closing my eyes and it gets better.

3. Yoga has enabled me to connect with others.

I find that I am better able to share my knowledge and experiences, especially after taking teacher training courses with Yoga works Canada, Universal Yoga with Andre Lappa and Copper Crow in Singapore. One thing to note though is that you do not have to be a yogi to practice, you just have to find what works for you and your body. Some people prefer yin yoga, some like hatha. Personally my practice has been about inversions as it helps build strength in my core muscles and strengthen my spine for overall stability. Occasionally I like vinyasa for some intense cardio depending on the level of the class.

Bottom line, it is important to also realise that yoga is not about being just physical, it teaches us the quieting of the mind, getting connected mind body soul and being aware of what you need at that point of time in that moment. Till the next post, keep practising!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 By Mona Gill

As you may know yoga is a big part of my life and I’m a yoga instructor myself. People practice yoga for many reasons, some for health, others for keeping with the trends. However, today I would like to share the five pillars of yoga developed by the Sivananda school of yoga. Embracing these pillars are fundamental to our yoga practice and helps us maintain an overall balanced and healthy lifestyle.

 1. Right movement

Right movement is very useful for beginners and helps our joints maintain healthy conditions. Yoga provides movement therefore constant practice combined with other exercise helps maintain these healthy conditions based on our body type, age and state of health.

2. Right breathing

It is important to know when to breathe in and out during your practice.  Having the right technique improves mood, lowers anxiety and stress. Therefore, learning the prayanama breath is useful in yoga practice.

3. Right relaxation

Relaxation means the ability to balance activity in your life. Take proper rest when required. This includes resting your emotional and mental state, besides your physical body.

 

4. Right nutrition

You need to eat right to support your yoga practice. Eating is also a form of practice in which you seek balance and not over indulge. Always striving to attain balance therefore mindful eating can support your practice.

5. Right intention

Right intention refers to cultivating a positive attitude. Equally important is the ability to quieten the unnecessary noise in your head during a practice or even when not practicing yoga but in everyday life even it’s just for a few minutes makes a huge difference.

There you have it, the 5 pillars of yoga. Embrace them and you’ll find that yoga embraces you back with much more. Till my next post, keep practicing.

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

 

 

 

 

astaxanthin, cookie, healthy eating

If you love coffee and cookies in the morning, why not make it better with Astaxanthin cookies? Besides being delicious and nutritious, low in calories and ideal for healthy eating, they’re providing you your much needed antioxidants for good health.

Here’s the recipe, originally from laurainthekitchen.com but we’ve adapted it to include our favourite Astaxanthin and  also reduced the sugar for a healthier taste.

For those of you who prefer some real life action, you may watch the video here:

Ingredients

4 capsules of Astaxanthin Healthy living Antixodiants

1 2/3 cup of All Purpose Flour

¾ cup of Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature

1 Tbsp of Vegetable shortening, softened at room temperature

½ cup of Brown Sugar

¼ cup of Granulated sugar

1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

1 Egg

¼ tsp of Salt

½ tsp of Baking Soda

1 tsp of Baking Powder

1 cup of Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preparation

    1. 1)  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, line a few baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
    1. 2) In the mixing bowl, cream together butter, shortening, both kinds of sugar, egg, vanilla and mix until combined.
    1. 3) In a small bow, mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda, then add it to the butter mixture, mix together until combined.
    1. 4) Add the chocolate chips and mix them in until evenly distributed.
    1. 5) Using a small ice cream scoop (1 Tbsp measure) scoop out the cookie dough onto baking sheets.
    1. 6) Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until the edges are a lovely light golden color, allow to cool completely.

 

There you have it, eating healthy is not that difficult. And it’s not that difficult at all to incorporate some Astaxanthin into your daily diet.

Till the next recipe or blog post: Live well | Look Good | Be Happy!

By Mona Gill

We all need to “detox” our mind and body from time to time. It is essential to clear out the body of toxins and clear our minds to recharge and refocus. Many a times we think that we need to take a long break or trip to some secluded island. In this post I am going to share a few tips and tricks that I find useful, so that you can ‘detox your mind and body even in the city.

1) Process of elimination.

It could be anything that you have consumed too much of during the last few months from caffeine, alcohol, sugar or salt. So instead of going on a “diet”, I recommend eliminating one thing that you consume daily for a few days or a week and notice how you are feeling and notice the improved energy and overall health.

2) Declutter your house or work space environment.

It helps to declutter and not be a hoarder. This process creates space in your mind. Do not hold on to things that you no longer need. Being in a clutter-free and neat environment helps you focus and perform better. Many a times, we hold on to things which we haven’t used in a long time, thinking ‘What if I need it again’. However, you need to be determined to let go of things you don’t need, because chances are if you haven’t used it in over a year, you are probably not going to used it again ever! Recently I got rid of a bunch of clothes that I haven’t worn in ages and tried not to hold on to the thought of “what if I need them in future”. Because I knew that if I haven’t worn those clothes in the past year, there’s really very little chances of me wearing those clothes ever again.

3) Do some yoga!

Practicing Yoga can help in detoxing and healing. Take a detox flow class that helps wring out your digestive organs while in the twist and encourage fresh blood flow and fluid to these organs. This is great for promoting digestion, eliminating and promoting the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system. It helps to release trapped gas and connect mind and body, making you more aware of your body and mind.

4) Take a tech break!

I like having a day or two where I go away for a couple of days with the family and disconnect from my phone and internet. With Social Media being so popular nowadays, it can become quite addictive scrolling through Instagram and Facebook.  To take a break, you may want to practice mindfulness by doing something different to disconnect – it could be something as simple as reading a book, cooking and baking, a weekend trip or even just taking a walk phone free!

Many times, it just takes a little effort to ‘unplug’ ourselves from our present state of clutter, clear our mind then reconnect and notice the difference even if it’s only for a few days. Your body and mind are your temple so nurture and be kind them!

 

 

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