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The Epitome of Happiness - Photography Challenge 2

Hello shutterbugs! We are now accepting entries and we are excited to see your amazing photographs and the skills you have applied to make them extraordinary and beyond compare. Don't be the last to know and don't be the last to submit! Limited slots are available. Please click the link below for more details. https://www.uniworldspace.com/connect SEE YOU! For any suggestions and concerns, please feel to contact us!

The Epitome of Happiness - Amateur Photography Challenge 2

It is a tradition for most of us to celebrate our birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, and other special occasions in our lives. And at the end of each year, we also celebrate this grandeur event we called Christmas. For most of us especially the children, Yuletide season is the happiest time of the year. This year, the world has turned upside down due to the pandemic. COVID-19 has become a memorable event in everyone's life. Everybody is affected and this has stopped the people from doing the normal day-to-day routines. Many have lost their lives, many have lost their jobs, many have suffered and feel depressed. But for as long as the sun still shines, there is hope. And for as long as it brightens up the world, there is no reason for us not to see the wonders of the Earth and His creations. My Personal Space Gallery will hold its 2nd photography exhibit this year with the theme, The Epitome of Happiness. This project aims to strengthen one's faith during these challenging moments, and to help spread the positive and joyful vibe all through the humanity. For more details about this fun photography challenge, please open this link: https://www.uniworldspace.com/connect For additional information about photography basics and judging criteria, please click this link: https://www.uniworldspace.com/post/photography-basics We appreciate your comments, suggestions, and views. For any concern regarding our site, please feel free to contact us or you may drop your message in the comment section below.

Photography Basics

When you have the passion and you drive it with enthusiasm the result is success! Photography is a form of art that requires the use of photographic films or electronic device in creating durable images. It is a process or application of creating photographs by recording light or electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by the use of a photographic film. wiki.com Photography is a good means of relaxation, a diversion, a hobby, a passion, and a profession. Depending on your level of interest, you can develop it by way of applying your skills or by taking some special courses on photography. Digital Photography In the advent of technology, a great opportunity has come along with this mobile phones' built-in digital cameras. Not many people can afford to own the latest versions of high definition, high dynamic range, larger sensors, good quality camera firmware, and so on. Although for most shutterbugs, these qualities and features of a camera are necessary to not just capture images but to play with its available functions and special mechanisms to improve the results of their subject matter. But as a beginner, a mobile device installed with camera is the most accessible means of getting into your goals. Either ways, these devices capture photographs that are digitized and stored as a computer file ready for digital processing, viewing, publishing, or printing. Moreover, with the integrated specs enhancers installed by the manufacturer in your device, editing becomes more easy, or you can download more photo enhancer applications from other developers when they are compatible with your phone's OS or software. Becoming a photographer You have to understand that photography is not all about the camera, it is an integration of your interest and skills driven by your instinct. Imagine photography as your main course and the following are the important ingredients... The eyes. The eyes are the windows of your souls. Having a keen eye on your surroundings is an advantage towards the development of your skills. This means that you are detail-oriented and this characteristic is beneficial and vital in creating good photographs. Having a keen eye is seeing things in its depth perspective. The brain. Your perception towards an object is manipulated by your thoughts. When an object catches your attention, it ignites your brain, it ponders and transmits information to your senses. The brain process the information as perceived by your eyes and go through the details of the object in focus and from there, a story is made. The heart. Your emotion is fueled by your thoughts and the second it happens, your heart will feel the desire of getting that image into your camera. The captured image exudes your feelings. Your zeal is definitely driven by your heart or your emotion. The Hands. As soon as your mind and heart has collaborated, it gives a signal to your hands to capture the image right before your eyes. Your hand or your shutter finger works and synchronize with your brain and heart. At this stage, you need to be more focused to the information and emotion transpired from your senses. The skills. Having all these four aspects at work comes next is the application of your personal abilities, or acquired knowledge through special courses. This includes the calculation of distance, adjustment of brightness, the use of flash, taking the right angle, and so on, and so forth, using your cameras. Photography is all about you, your sense of depth on your captured images, and of course, your camera. The fundamental criteria of photography to the viewers' perspective Image Quality Image quality can refer to the level of accuracy in which different imaging systems capture, process, store, compress, transmit and display the signals that form an image. Another definition refers to image quality as "the weighted combination of all of the visually significant attributes of an image". wiki.com Image quality or IQ is necessary to consider as this characteristic measures the perceived degradation of an image. Photos with high quality are instantly pleasing to the eye of the viewers. The factors that affect the quality includes but not limited to clarity, vividness, sharpness, definition, brightness, saturation, contrast, shadows, resolution, and so on. To achieve the best quality depends on your device, correct use of exposure, lighting techniques, and the processing techniques that also require some skills. In most common occasion, viewers would gaze more on high definition images rather than on blurry or low resolution photographs. Uniqueness This implies to originality and rarity of the image but this could also mean capturing a unique moment in a special or meaningful way. A good photograph can convey the message to the viewers the way it is captured and processed. Creativity This criteria requires the application of skills or talents in recording an image using the best angle and appropriate distance, with or without the use of an additional object. However, creative photographic effects can be used to better deliver the message the photographer is trying to convey. Among these effects are long exposures, reflections, silhouettes, and use of items such as spray bottles, prism, sparklers, and fog machine that are considered practical effects without the Photoshop. The creativity of the photographer is shown in the image and this characteristic always gain admiration from the viewers. Charisma This is a head-turning characteristic of an image that catches the viewers' attention. It possess a captivating quality that invites a person to look into the details of the photograph. It is the result of having a combination of either a good IQ, uniqueness, creativity, or all of these features in one image. Humor Another characteristic that attracts the attention of the viewers is the entertainment quality of the image. Humor in photography is actually a combination of candid moments and early planned concepts, but humor can also be inserted in your photos to convey positive thoughts, good vibes, and to deliver happiness to the viewers. Story Every image has a story or a complex of stories to tell. "A picture is worth a thousand words" is a proverb which means that there are multiple ideas or words that can be derived from a single still photograph. This is also called as "Photo Essay" where the image is divulging the story as perceived by the photographer and was processed for the viewers to comprehend similarly with that of the photographer, or in another way, depending on the viewers' perspectives and imagination. To wind up, these are just few of the characteristics and fundamental elements of photography that an aspirant should consider when planning to take this hobby or interest to the next level. There are various courses offered to help and assist you on your study, and plenty of materials online are available for your references. For the individual photograph's information, please visit our gallery page at this link... https://www.uniworldspace.com/connecting-to-nature-official-page We appreciate your comments, suggestions, and views. For any concern regarding our site, please feel free to contact us or you may drop your message in the comment section below.

ESSENTIAL TIPS ON SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR BEGINNERS

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It’s three main functions are protection, regulation, and sensation. Although it covers our body from head to toe, the delicateness of the various parts varies primarily on its thickness that is why it is important to take good care of it even if some areas need more special attention than the rests. The difference between facial care and body care must be understood, and the precise application of various skincare products should be considered. The face down to the neck are the most delicate part of the skin in the upper body regions. Some people are investing in a skincare regimen in order to get rid of acne, scars, dark spots or pigmentation, rosacea, discoloration, and dry and dull skin. Based on a study, 90% of the world’s population have these issues at some point in their lives regardless of whether they are in their period of adolescence or in their adulthood. Unfortunately, washing the face with soap and water is not enough. Visiting a dermatologist to have a one-time or short-term treatment is not a guaranty to resolve skin problems. The facial conditions mentioned above need long-term and stable handling to support the doctor's prescriptions. It is most necessary to look after your skins' health even if you are not suffering from any of these common skin problems or imperfections. As the person is getting older, the skin gradually loses its nutrients, thus, it requires more attention and care to rebuild collagen and get back its elasticity. Remedies are available nowadays everywhere in the market and to cope up with the times, one of the best solutions to achieve healthy glowing skin using the appropriate products is by having your own skincare routine. BEST WAY TO START Buying products from the market without proper consultation from the skin experts can be done, but in a 50-50 case, this may just cause your issues to worsen. Based on personal experience, it is better to visit your dermatologist to have your skin checked prior to any product application. You may find this step quite a bit expensive because of consultation fees and some required procedures not to mention the prescriptions and the recommended products from their own shelf. Trust me, calculating all these expenses versus buying and trying out several products from the market without proper skin examination will be more costly than the latter. Why? You might be following some beauty endorsers, watching vlogs of beauty influencers, reading articles from several bloggers but most of their reviews are based on their personal experience which may only be applicable to their respective skin types. Though they may be helpful, there is no way you can just rely on them. Basically, you need to get to know your skin and discover what is best for you and what your skin type needs, rather than buying products deriving from opinions with limited knowledge of the subject matter. This could save you from second-rate damage,  time, and a huge dent from your wallet in the future. If you have product preferences, you may seek your dermatologist's advice and opinion to know whether it suits you or not. You can also consult about the product contents and ingredients that should be considered especially if you are having a sensitive type of skin. Take the given advice into consideration and you may also get additional information via online research. ONLINE PRODUCT REVIEWS Reviews coming from these beauty and lifestyle gurus are also the trendy sources of information with receipts to support their claims. They became the beauty, body, and skin advisors next to dermatologists and beauty experts. Part of their job is to experience the products themselves and share their personal opinion about it. They may recommend certain products that have given them good results after the actual testing, or barely because they tend to endorse and promote a particular brand and get paid by the manufacturer or supplier. When a product is attracting attention, these vloggers and bloggers tend to flock in it to investigate if it is really worth the hype and your money’s value. And from this, you can compare their reactions and gather more information since they vary on skin types, thus, it appears as a helpful comparison. CONDUCT FURTHER RESEARCH In choosing products and as mentioned before, identifying the skin type is relevant. That is why in building your own skincare routine, having further research is needed to make sure that you can give the best care that your skin needs. Be educated about them. Another way of researching is by reading the product reviews posted from their brand sites or other online shopping platforms. They are golden and can be helpful in your decision-making or in weighing your options on which items you need to buy or include in your routine in the future. In addition, having knowledge of the ingredients present in your chosen products is an advantage for proper storing especially when they get easily spoiled (e.g. vitamin C based products) to avoid early expiration than their suggested date. THE MOMENT TO REVITALIZE YOUR SKIN, AND CHECKING YOUR BUDGET! Now is the time to start building your own routine. We know that there are plenty of great choices out in the market but to be honest, most of these skincare products are costing a great deal and can give you a heart attack. Pun intended. In choosing what to buy, you may go all-out luxury, drugstore, or both. Just remember that your beauty buys don’t have to be fancy nor conservative, what is important is it works and fits your budget. Make sure to only get what you need. Don’t go overboard in spending even if you have an unlimited budget. Remember to always practice smart spending without sacrificing the ultimate purpose of buying the right product for you. Start your routine at your own convenience. You may follow this simple principle and include these basics to your list such as cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen, or any sun protectant cream for the morning and the same set of items for the evening except for any SPF-containing products. If you are planning to consider buying clay masks or sleeping masks but you are running out of budget, you may purchase optional products such as Korean or Japanese sheet masks. These products are cheaper but the result is still good. In leveling up your skincare, you can add face oils, serums, eye creams, and exfoliants. Cautiously apply them in a gradual manner until your skin gets comfortable. Remember to be gentle in applying new products and avoid using them directly without doing a patch test on your skin as this may cause bad reactions and breakouts. …AND IT’S A WRAP For some, keeping a skincare routine as a habit may be tiring, but when you get used to it, you won’t be able to stop. Just remember that achieving your ultimate goal to have that desired healthy glowing skin is not an overnight process and may take some time.  You may have a few trials and errors along the way but you will notice the changes little by little. Be patient and you will definitely get there. Do not just rely on the products. Make sure to include these healthy activities as part of your routine... 1. Drink lots of water in order to stay hydrated 2. Get enough sleep for at least 7-8 hours per day 3. Have a balanced diet 4. Stay active e.g. exercise; and 5. Do not sleep with your make-up on. Wash it all off. To wrap up, always remember to take good care of not just your face, but also your body. You may receive better results if you do it holistically. If you already have good skin, maintain it. Otherwise, just enjoy the process. We appreciate your opinions, comments, and suggestions. Please feel free to email us or simply write it down in the comment section provided below.

What's next for AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY challenge?

Nature photography has always been a relaxing diversion for most people who admire the display of natural beauty outdoors. It allows other people to see things that they may not notice and encourages them to care and preserve these elements of nature. It also helps to foster the conservation of the natural world in its own small way. Photography is not for everyone but it can be learned by taking special courses on how to apply the skills and get the best angle of the object in focus. However, for some people it is a hobby that they can develop using their own talents and skills and for some others, it is a passion. My Personal Space is a personal blog site that has a special place for photography and it plans to host and organize a seasonal challenge for amateurs to help boost their confidence and enhance their abilities towards mastering photography to the next level. This project is intended not only to showcase and acknowledge talents and skills, but to also create fancy entertainment for the viewers. My Personal Space Gallery has successfully launched its first season of photography exhibit. Twenty nine participants from different countries have shared their talents and skills, and sixty nine entries were accepted for the challenge. This project aims to encourage individuals to look at the positive side of life, and to take them to the outside world and appreciate the beauty of nature while coping up with the lock down situation as the world is experiencing the pandemic. In line with the mechanics, the entries were personally captured by the said participants from the beginning of the year. The concept for this season's challenge is about connecting to nature. It is a free-style photography, and no predetermined criteria nor restrictions has been imposed. The judging is predominantly based on the personal perceptions of the viewers and based on social sharing although one of the three categories follow a special judging procedure. This is to allow nature-lovers and photography enthusiasts in the amateur level to start sharing their masterpiece and gain confidence in this field of arts. These amazing and impressive photographs on exhibit has received positive reactions from the viewers and great appreciation from those who have enjoyed the scenes on their screens. It is overwhelming to have over 3,000 viewers from different nations around the globe who visited the gallery in just one week. Up Next... Be a shutterbug! The next season's challenge is more fun and exciting. Prepare your cameras and enlighten the whole world with your abilities to combine 2 objects in 1 shot. And hey! do not overthink, it is just around the corner and all you need to do is play with your camera and surprise the viewers with your skills. Keep updated and don't be the last to know!

Connecting to Nature - Amateur Photography Challenge

Hey guys! UniworldSpace is launching its first ever photography challenge for individuals who are at the beginner’s level. This is to boost the confidence in you to share your artistic skills to the public, and stay focused on the positive, brighter, and colorful side of life especially at this time of the year. Let not the pandemic stop you from moving forward and let no distraction cause you from joining this great opportunity. Tune in your selves to the world of photography. Moreover, believing in yourself is the key to your success. UniworldSpace will not be taking any penny from you. All you need to do is comply with the simple requirements and meet the criteria, use your phone as your tool, and there is no need for you to travel far. The concept for this season is "connecting to nature" which is infinitely and readily available around you. For details, you may email the organizer at the following email addresses: contact.le@uniworldspace.com luciaeden.f@gmail.com Acceptance of entries is extended until 5th of June 2020 or until further advise.

Baked Lemon Pudding from Days Old Bread

Don't you like to eat your days old bread? Don't throw them away. Here's a quick and easy recipe to turn your old bread into a delectable snack. Breads are always on its best when freshly baked but when it stays in your pantry for days or even before it stales, the quality and taste will gradually degrade. The time span of a bread depends on it quality and how it was made. Bakery breads usually has a shorter lifespan over those that were home made. Normally, bread are placed in the refrigerator to prevent it from spoiling early ahead of its expiration day. Some would even put it on a freezer while fresh to prolong its lifespan up to 3 months provided it is wrap with foil or freezer paper, or even plastic wrap properly. Freezing bread halts the staling process but likely loss its freshness or even taste when defrost. Apparently, frozen bread does not retain its quality but only extend its best by date. Here's one good option to consider if you are bored with your plain loaf breads. All you need are some ingredients that may be found in your kitchen. It is guaranteed easy to prepare and baking time is so much less than using flour. Ingredients and Procedure Pudding: 3/4 loaf bread 1 cup milk (fresh or evaporated) 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust according to your sweetness tolerance) 3 large egg yolks 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp grated lemon zest 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract Frosting and topping: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tsp corn flour 1/4 cup water 1 tsp vanilla extract crushed pistachio nuts (peanuts, almond,or any kind of nuts will do) Preheat the oven to 320°F or 160°C. Slice bread to tidbits and place in a bowl, add sugar, baking powder, and sprinkle with salt. Soak it with milk and set aside. On a separate bowl, combine butter, egg yolks, lemon juice and vanilla extract and beat until the mixture is completely blended. Fold in bread mixture in 2 parts, mix and sprinkle with grated lemon zest and blend well. Using a 12 x 9 inch baking dish, spray all sides with non-stick oil and place a paper liner at the bottom to prevent batter from sticking. Pour down the batter, about an inch thick and spread evenly all through the dish. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Test by inserting a toothpick in the center and if the toothpick comes out clean, the pudding is completely cooked. Frosting preparation: Over a low heat, combine sugar with water in a saucepan to dissolve. When it starts to get thick, add butter and stir well. Add in vanilla extract and corn flour and continue to stir gently until it becomes thick enough to hold onto the ladle. Do not overcook. Let it cool for 10 minutes and spread on top of the pudding. Sprinkle with crushed pistachio nuts. Serving: Makes 48 bite size pudding. For comments and suggestions, please contact us! Thank you for visiting our site.

Blueberry Lemon Cake

There is nothing best than what tastes extraordinary delicious! Your taste bud defines the flavor of the food you eat. Your taste preference could be sweet, sour, bitter, sharp, or salty but once you tried this recipe, you’ll never think twice to take the next full bites! The blueberry lemon cake is a “must-try” recipe that you will indulge. The distinctive sourness of blueberries and lemon when mixed together in a cake recipe will challenge your taste perceptions with great relish. Topping it up with the finest icing sugar will balance the sour-sweet taste not to mention the tempting aroma of the lemon zest. It is an easy recipe to prepare with less ingredients. Ingredients & Procedure 2 eggs 1 cup white sugar ¾ cup butter 1 cup yogurt 1 lemon to make 2 tsp of lemon juice and grated zest (set aside your extras) 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/3 tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla 250 g blueberries (frozen or fresh) Preheat your oven to 350°F or 176°C. With the use of an electric mixer, combine the eggs with sugar and whip them to the desired level of consistency. You will notice the change in color of the egg and sugar mixture from bright to pale yellow. Add the butter, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract one at a time while beating continuously. On a separate bowl, sift flour, add the baking powder and salt. Divide the dry ingredients into 3 parts and fold in to the liquid mixture one at a time and continue to whip until the dry ingredients are well blended and you reach the required consistency. Divide the batter into two parts. Prepare a 9-inch spring-form pan using liner in the bottom and brush the sides with an oil. Pour down the first part of the batter and level evenly using spatula. Add half of the blueberries and spread all over the batter. Pour down the second part of the batter, level off, and top up with the remaining blueberries evenly. Press the berries half-way down the batter and bake for about 55-60 minutes using a portable electric oven. The time and temperature may also vary on the type of oven used. Insert a toothpick in the center to check if it the cake is cooked. If the toothpick comes out clean, it’s done. Set aside and let it cool for 15-20 minutes before moving out of the pan. Sprinkle the top with a generous amount of icing sugar to balance with the sour taste of berries and lemon. This cake becomes tastier if consumed after a day without placing it in the refrigerator. Serving suggestion: 4-8 persons For comments and suggestions, please contact us. Thank you for visiting our site!

10 BEST THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Not all people love to stay home. For extroverts, it is quite difficult to survive a day without seeing the sun. Staying home is boring for those who are used to their day to day routines like going to work, doing business outside, attending school, and other outdoor activities. While other people consider it as an opportunity to spend quality time with their families and loved ones, some would see it as a new adventure to explore. But, is it really boring to stay at home? Let's get off the boredom in you. Here are some productive tips and ideas for you that may fit your condition and level of interest. 1. Home gardening. You may start to create a front or backyard garden, or even in-house planting depending on your space. You can have vegetables that are easy to grow like tomatoes, chilies, eggplant, cucumbers, or even herbs. You may use the seeds from your over-ripened or nearly rotten tomatoes and other veggies in your kitchen to start up with. Empty plastic bottles or any containers in your rubbish bin can be used as your improvised pots. Planting requires effort and patience but this could result to a bountiful harvest of the next food in your table. Growing your own food is better than buying them from the market. There are plenty of ideas, guides, and tips available online for you. Check it out! 2. Room make-over. It’s time for you to use your creative mind. Re-arrange your home decor and furniture in your bedroom or even in your whole house and make it look brighter. You don't need to buy new items to make it look good. The ambiance of our room affects our mindset according to some studies. The brighter it looks, the clearer our minds, the more relaxing it could be. 3. Declutter your home. Start checking your stuff and remove unnecessary items from your cabinets. This is the best time for you to sort unwanted things from your wardrobe cabinets, or even in your storage room. You can put them on a garage sale when time permits, or you may be kind and generous enough to donate that unwanted stuff to the needy. 4. Clean up your room and organize your stuff. You may be working for ages and no time to clean your room for the best look and quality it deserves. Remove all the rubbish and dispose of them properly. Having a clean room and atmosphere is a factor to your health. You have to remember that cleanliness is next to godliness. Stay clean and healthy all the time. 5. Explore in your kitchen. Not knowing how to cook anything is not an excuse. There are plenty of cooking guides online and even on the recipe books. An incomplete ingredient is not a problem. Try to experiment by leveling up your interest in learning. Just use your available ingredients and spices and see what you can do out of it. The best way to do this is when you are hungry as this could boost your cooking potentials. 6. Learn how to bake or make your own snack. Again, look at your books you may have and some online guides and procedures. When you are craving for something, it will fuel up your instinct and will give you a good result. This could be the best time to learn and improve your baking skills and making different kind of snacks which you can consider as an option if you are planning for a business or if not, just benefit yourself. 7. Recreate fashion from your old clothes. Bring out your old shirts or dress and re-design them to the latest trend. All you need are scissors, thread, and needle which are certainly available in your home. Discover yourself, who knows you are a fashion guru? Post your creations on social media. Someone might see your ideas and offer you a brighter future ahead. Otherwise, you can always follow the trend without spending money on new clothes. 8. Wash and inspect your car. Maybe this time you can save money from sending your cars for a wash. This is the best opportunity to think about inspecting the exteriors and interiors of your cars and make it tidy with your personal care. The money that you save can be used for your other necessities. 9. Search for jobs online. Browse and scroll, and start looking for online jobs. Virtual jobs are a good source of income. A wide range of available jobs is waiting for you. You can be a tutor, product influencer, writer, blogger, or a site contributor. This is applicable for those who are searching for jobs. 10. Maximize your mobile phone and personal computer's potentials. Learn the capacity of your gadgets and look for applications that suits your needs or interests. You will never know what these gadgets could give you out on their highest potentials unless you start browsing, learn to adapt new things, and incline yourself to digital technology. People enjoy the perks of working online. Aside from getting time constraint-free activities, the decision only relies on you. There are plenty of golden ideas to make your stay at home worthwhile. Learning is always a benefit to your different prospective in life. Get away of your boredom and enjoy the in-house perks of life. Do you have any other ideas to share? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

GEL vs. ACRYLIC - Which one is good for you?

In the early 1980s, gel nail polish was introduced to the market as an alternative to acrylic nail polish. Here is some collected information that will help you decide which is the better option for you. Gel nails have two types. These are the hard gel that is used for nail extension, and the soft gel which is used for gel-overlay services and the popular gel polish manicures. Acrylic nails, on the other hand, are more common forms of artificial nails that are also available in liquid or powder form that has been in the market for decades. Gel nail products are created with some form of gels while acrylic nails are created using a liquid monomer and polymer powder. Both products are offered in a wide variety of colors. Points of comparison · Quality – Gel polish manicures are gentle to the natural nails and stays intact for weeks without peeling, cracking, or chipping but begins to contract after the first week. Acrylic nail polish could cause cracking and chipping on brittle nails and will start peeling after a few days. At some point, the quality also depends on the brand of the polish. · Color – Gel polish remains vibrant and shiny for weeks while acrylic polish stays rich and shiny for a couple of days. Both gel and acrylic offer a wide variety of colors to choose from. · Design – Various designs can be created and are available for both products. Ready-made extensions are also available in nail shops. · Thickness – Gel is applied in 4-5 layers or coatings while acrylic is applied mostly in 2 layers before the topcoat or the final polish. · Curing process – This is actually the drying procedure which is carried out differently. Gel polish goes under a UV (ultraviolet) light by a nail dryer machine or which could either be a conventional bulb or a led lamp. The process of application is done alternately with one hand under the dryer while the other hand is applied with the next coating. The curing process ends up with the application of cuticle oil on all fingers to bring back the nourishment after the strong alcohol application. On the other hand, acrylic polish requires air drying rather than using UV light as it does not contain polymer and would not dry any quicker when putting under a lamp. · Costs – Gel polish manicures are offered from 6.50–15.00 $ and gel extensions are much higher at 40.00 - 50.00 $. Acrylic polish manicures can be acquired starting from 3.00 – 5.00 $ and acrylic ready-made extensions can be purchased from 3.50 – 30.00 $ depending on the quality and brand. The price also matters depending on the type of service and the popularity and brand of the nail salon. · Removal process - When removing a gel nail polish, there are few options possible. It could either be removed by the aid of an electric steam off UV gel nail removal machine, an electric nail pile tool, or by soaking nails into the gel polish acetone. Nail shops charge the removal service at 3.00 $ or offered free for members or returning customers. For acrylic nail polish, the use of an ordinary acetone is the simple way to remove the nail color. Photo credits to Bellisima Academy. Visit their Facebook page @Bellisima Beauty Spa All rights reserved.©

Wear the Right Mask

There are plenty of face masks sold in the market these days. Are you buying the right mask? Here are some facts you may need to know about masks composition ratings. In the beginning of this year, some nations have faced different phenomena such as smog-choking pollution, volcano eruption, and the recent coronavirus outbreak. News has been broadcasted in the different TV stations all over the world. Among the most affected countries are China, where the novel coronavirus has originated, Philippines for the unpredicted Taal volcano eruption, the undying air pollution causing smog and hazy environment in Thailand, and the mountain blaze or bushfire in some part of Australia that have caused millions of animals’ death. These phenomena turned to be the talk of the town in the current times and all these circumstances have one thing in common – they are harmful to the inhabitants. According to health experts, wearing of protective mask is a good way to avoid the contamination of virus and inhaling sulfuric gases from volcano or any other air pollutants. Face mask production Amidst the trepidation and the rapid growth of infection on this wide-spreading virus and air pollution comes an upsurge demand on face masks. Pharmacies and suppliers have run out of stock whilst the manufacturers struggle to keep pace with the high demand in their production line. They opted to cancel their holidays and preferably extend hours to be able to cope up with the shortage on supply. There are different kinds of masks sold in the market, some are made of ordinary cloth which is mostly in cotton fabric while respirator and medical mask filters are composed of mats of non-woven fibrous materials such as wool felt, fiberglass paper, or polypropylene. TheNationalAcademiesPress Face mask composition Face masks are available in different configurations, it could be a flat or pleated shield that has ear loops or a molded cup shape held in place by an elastic cord around the head. These masks are also called as air filter, medical, surgical, or protective half-face masks. Face mask protect against airborne particles present in the form of powders and dust as well as aqueous mists. These disposable masks come in P1, P2, and P3 ratings and are used in agriculture, pharmaceutical and construction sites. RespiratorShop P1 is generally a mild dust and mist mask. It is recommended for environment with low levels of dust, like places where hand sanding, cutting, and drilling is done. These masks are able to protect the users from liquid and solid aerosols. The OEL* and APF* of P1 masks are 4x which means that they can protect against dust in 4x limit concentration. P2 mask have a higher protection than P1. This type of mask is ideal for environment or workplaces
with moderate level of dust and mist concentration. Both P1 and P2 can protect against liquid and solid aerosols. The OEL* of P2 masks is 12x while the APF* is 10x. P3 mask offers higher protection than the P2 and P1 masks and is used in surroundings with a higher concentration level of dust. Their OEL* is 50x and APF* is 20x. In addition, P3 mask is mostly used in pharmaceutical industry. It has the highest filtration effectiveness and has the maximum protection against dust, smoke, and mist. ProtectiveMasksDirect When choosing the right mask to use for any of these health and environmental hazards, it is recommended to purchase the mask with the best protection effectiveness in accordance to the condition of the environment. It is also necessary to select the one that is convenient to wear and comfortable to use. *OEL - Occupational Exposure Limit is the allowable concentration of hazardous substance in the environment. *APF - Assigned protection Factor means the environment level of respiratory protection that a class of respirator is expected to provide.

Coronavirus Awareness

Is it something to be panicked about or is it something to be concerned of? Let's know some facts from the different studies, news, and statements gathered online. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, and upper respiratory disease in chickens. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections, which are often mild, but in rare cases are potentially lethal. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment. It has been said that the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus started in China wet markets sometime in December 2019 and has reported to have infected almost 900 and have killed around 26 people in the said city all through the beginning of the year 2020. businessinsider.com The disease has now been detected in Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, France and the United States. nytimes.com Symptoms According to studies, the most common symptoms are as follows; dry cough sore throat runny nose difficulty breathing diarrhea body aches general feeling of being unwell Symptoms in severe cases include pneumonia, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults. cdc.gov Diagnosis and analysis Nearly 75% of those who are infected were people over the age of 40 and that cases who died. Many had significant underlying conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But there were also cases of infection in otherwise healthy and young individuals. World Health Organization. Chinese authorities have confirmed that there is human-to-human transmission. However, it is not yet established whether it is sustained, which would make the outbreak more difficult to control. chatham.house Based on current evidence, Wuhan novel coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions. gov.uk Precautionary Measures In UK, there are leaflets distributed to passengers encouraging them to report if they had been ill. Flights from Wuhan, China are directed to land in an isolated area as a preventive measure. Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to Wuhan have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation. gov.uk In some other countries like Thailand, the government have issued a list of preventive measures to address specific concerns on meal preparation, aircraft disinfection, employees and ground personnel precautionary measures, in-flight service measures, including cargo and commercial mail transportation and have imposed a strict compliance over these matters. Employees are directed to wear protective mask and gloves and be attentive to passenger symptoms while on board. kaohoon.com The Wuhan novel coronavirus is the latest virus outbreak that is not to be panicked about but to be concerned of. It is always better to take the precautionary measures like avoiding crowded places, wearing protective mask, eating food that are in the open while the virus continues to spread and there is a high risk of infection. Other than these, eating clean and healthy food, good diet, proper sleep, and personal hygiene is more important to boost the immune system.

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