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By Mona Gill

Hi everyone!

If you have been following me on Instagram stories you’ll know that I moved apartments after New Year and am still in the process of unboxing and setting up, on top of being a busy mommy to my almost 4-year-old daughter. During the moving process, I packed all my makeup and sealed the box shut. Believe it or not I still have not gotten to it yet! So with the busy rushed mornings and scheduling meetings in between and teaching yoga, I had to come up with a look that did not require too much hassle and searching for products in the mornings, at least till I have fully settled in.

I came up with a look using just a blush and a highlight palette that I had been sitting out. Super easy to do and looks fresh.  Here are the steps as to how I achieve this overall look in minutes!

1) Prep skin using my favourite skin care base serum Astarism available at www.astavita.sg

2) Moisturise skin and apply sunscreen to protect the skin

3) Light foundation or BB cream. My skin has been a little dry of late so I am currently using a BB cream from Sephora to keep my skin dewy.

4) Conceal where needed.

5) Fill your brows in lightly.

6) Dab on a blush of your choice onto your cheeks and eyelids, then add some on your nose to give it some dimension.

7) Add some highlight to your nose and inner corner of your eyes. My current favorite is a no-brand name drug store product or if you want to go high end, Becca cosmetics Champagne pop is my number one favourite!

8) A touch of gloss on your lips.

9) Finish off your look with some mascara!

This look has been my “go to” literally every day and if I need switch it up for the evening I add a darker lip hue to it! Less is definitely more.

Follow me on instagram @mkglife and check out my website @monaartistry.com for more makeup inspiration.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

(as featured on SHAPE magazine)

 

What does a typical day look like?

I’m typically  up between 5.30 am or 6 am, and I’ll start my morning with coffee , supplements and a quick 20-minute workout. I’m currently taking the Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants ($61), a supplement that has a high concentration of astaxanthin. It gives me an energy boost and strengthens my immunity as it is one of the most powerful antioxidants there is. It’s 800 times stronger than coenzyme Q10 and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C! Astavita products contain extracts of high-quality concentrated natural astaxanthin from a sustainable Swedish algae (Haematococcus pluvialis). After my morning routine, I’ll send my daughter to school before heading to the yoga studio to teach. This is followed by a quick lunch and meetings. As a makeup artist, I usually have clients booked for makeovers or workshops. In the evening, I’ll pick up my daughter and have dinner. Once I’ve put her to bed, I’m back to working on projects and scheduling my week.

How do you manage your appointments?

I have a “let’s do it and get it done” mindset. My daughter is my biggest motivation and I want to be the best version of my self so i can be a better mother for her. So time management for me is important but i do take care of myself in the process . Hence proper nutrition and physical activity.

What are your other secrets to looking gorgeous?

Never go to bed before removing your makeup. I’ve also never leave home without applying moisturiser, sunscreen and the Astarism Facial Serum ($53). It helps to renew my skin and  gives my complexion a healthy glow.

How has your experience as a beauty pageant contestant and Miss Universe Singapore judge impacted your life?

The experience honed my self-confidence. As a parent, it’s important that I cultivate these traits in my daughter. I want her to know that she can be  whatever she wants to be. When it comes to career and work, I’ve learnt that those who believe in themselves will gain the confidence of others.

 

(Content extracted from SHAPE Singapore May issue)

36, a single mom, beauty influencer, makeup artist, fitness freak, yogi, educator and wellness/holistic nutrition coach. As busy as I can be, feeling good & being healthy has always been important to me and as it starts from within, beauty is henceforth inside out.

Working with people to help them achieve a healthy and balanced life while looking good is truly my passion. I hold a professional certification from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, a certified RHN. In addition, I also hold 2 certificates with Yoga from Yoga Works Canada & Universal Yoga Andre Lappa Singapore. My biggest platform/breakthrough in the industry came through when I came in runner up in Mrs Singapore 2015. That title has given me the opportunity to be at the audition judging of Miss Universe Singapore 2015/2016 – as well as their grooming coach in skincare and makeup.

Because of my love for makeup, I do conduct workshops as well in Makeup Application. My signature look is “Makeup under 10 mins” which focuses on looking polished under 10 mins for those who have a busy lifestyle such as myself. Skin care is also one of my main areas of concern as it sets your base for your makeup and so, having good skin starts from within so nutrition plays a huge part…. As what goes in does show on the surface eventually! Hence, skincare workshops for teenagers are one of my most requested.  I have worked with the United Nations, American Women’s Association, Scandinavian Women’s Association, Phantom Models & Piaget for various fashion events and expat fairs.

Being a very busy single mom to a two and a half year old, it has pushed me to take care of myself and educate others through my real life experiences, knowledge of nutrition and also my passion for yoga and fitness. My goal is to educate, support and empower everyone I work with. Motivation and inspiration is all I need to create a wellness plan that suits you for your lifestyle.
Last but not least, I live by my motto, “Let’s Get Real” which means everything I preach about is doable. So live a little. Start taking care of you. Do what you need to. My inspiration is my little girl Arya Layla who keeps me on my toes and definitely makes me appreciate the little things in life and also forces me to be still when I need to be as well as knowing when to breathe, smile and getting back into it!

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There are times where we love to bask in the sun to enjoy the outdoor activities or just to get that nice tan for our skin. However, do not neglect protection for our skin from UV damage! Excessive sun exposure creates more harm than good to our skin. We’ve heard that sun exposure increases the danger of skin cancer.

But do you know that excessive exposure to UV also accelerates skin-aging? Yes! It is one of the biggest cause of visible aging to the skin! Despite these increasingly well-known problems of sun exposure, many of us are guilty of being lazy when it comes to protecting our skin.

It is surprisingly easy to prepare yourself for a good time out in the sun! Just do these!

  • Wear a sunscreen – there are many kinds of sunscreen available in the market nowadays. So, if you are avoiding traditional sunscreen because it leaves your skin feeling sticky, you can opt for sunscreen sprays for a lighter touch.
  • Wear a hat or cap
  • Wear sunglasses with UV ray protection to prevent damage to your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes
  • Wear some light clothing (e.g. beach cover-ups, shawls) to cover yourself from the sun
  • Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of water!

Do you know that antioxidants also work to protect your skin? Antioxidants limits the production of free-radicals, which causes damage to your skin cells. Choosing skin care products with a fair amount of antioxidants in the formulation, gives significant mileage to the health and appearance of your skin, including reduction of the signs of aging. Feeding your skin with antioxidants is extremely important especially after sun exposure, as it helps to repair the damage caused to your skin cells. Amongst the common known antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Coenzyme-Q10 (CoQ10), which are great for your skin, natural astaxanthin, is proven to be a better alternative for the same function. Astaxanthin is proven to be 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C, and 800 times stronger than CoQ10 as an antioxidant.

astarism-in-comparison-with-vit-ce-and-coq10

Clinical studies have proven that natural astaxanthin extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis produces visible cosmetic benefits in all layers of the skin in as short as 4 weeks. It helps to provide protection to your skin in all skin layers.

astarism-on-different-skin-layers

So stay protected, and enjoy yourself!

Astavita’s Astarism facial serum is packed with natural astaxanthin extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis. It is also paraben-free and non-GMO. Find out more at www.astavita.sg/astarism

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