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Best Way Of Waxing Using Hard Wax Beans

When you use them in the right way, hard wax beans are usually effective and can be painless. That said, what is the best way of using them. Well, below is a step by step guide of how you are to go about waxing with hard wax beans. The steps will ensure that you get the best results.

  1. First step should be cleansing your skin followed by drying the skin in the specific are you are about to wax. You should ensure that the skin is clean and dry as well as grease free. This will allow the hard wax beans to stick better to the hairs. If you are willing you go the extra mile, you could try exfoliating about two days before you wax.
  2. Next, heat up the wax pellets until they are well melted. Generally, you are looking for the wax to be warm. You could use a microwave for this. The melted hard wax should have an even consistency.
  3. After the beads are melted and changed into a thick liquid, the next step is ensuring that you get the wax to a great working temperature. If you have a wax warmer, simply reduce the heat setting on the unit. On the other hand, if you warmed the beads using a microwave, you should allow them some time to cool down for several minutes. Test the temperature and see if it is right. You can apply a very small amount on your skin on the inside of the wrist. If you are comfortable with the temperature, proceed to apply a larger area.
  4. Before you start applying the wax, you should check on the direction of the hairs on the area you want to wax. This is important as you will need to apply the wax in that general direction. You should note that this step is not exclusive to hot wax beans only. The step is also important in other methods of waxing. While applying in any general direction will yield the required results, for best results, applying in the direction of hair growth is best.
  5. After determining the direction of hair growth, the next step is spreading the wax on the skin using an applicator stick. Be sure to leave the wax thicker on the edges as this will provide you with a better grip.
  6. Allow the wax some time to cool and harden. You can test out the hardness by tapping it from time to time. When it feels hard but still flexible, it is ready to rip off the skin.
  7. Grasp the edge of the wax patch firmly (use your fingers for this). Hold the skin taut with one hand and then using the other and in a smooth, firm and fluid motion, rip the wax patch from your skin. Make it quick. Slow peeling will only lead to more hurt.
  8. All work is done. Now take a moment and enjoy just how painless the process was. Admire your new hair free and smooth skin. If you do see some redness on the wax area, it is expected. Use some aloe vera gel and you will be good to go.
  9. If you do notice some hairs left behind, repeat the process until you are pleased with the results.

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3 Vietnamese Rice Dish Recipes

In Vietnam, rice is the soul of every meal. It is the one thing that defines their cuisines and one of the places that has a diverse number of recipes for rice dishes. No matter how delicious a meal is, it can never be good enough if rice does not part of that meal. While there possibly tens or even hundreds of ways that you can cook rice in Vietnam, here are three recipes that could help you get your rice cooker out of hiding and into action in the kitchen.

  1. Hoi An Chicken Rice

If you’re heading into Vietnam, one of the dishes that you will be asked to try out is the Hoi an Chicken rice. Natives are so proud of this dish and is highly regarded as one of the special meals in the region.


  • One whole chicken
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • ¼ cup uncooked sticky rice, one white onion that is thinly sliced and marinated with one teaspoon of sugar,1 tsp fish sauce and 1 tsp vinegar
  • One clove garlic minced
  • 3 thinly sliced tomatoes
  • 2 bunches of lettuce
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Vietnamese mint
  • Salt and pepper to start.

Start by washing, then boiling the chicken to cook and add turmeric to the broth then leave the chicken to dry.

Mix the white rice and the sticky rice under running water for about half a minute then placing it in the boiling chicken broth. Ensure that the level of water is higher than that of the rice. Lower the heat to simmer until cooked. You can tell if the rice is cooked if it has a glossy yellow color.

Chop the cooked chicken into pieces depending on what you would prefer. Add the Vietnamese mint and the onions and serve the rice in a dish and add the lettuce and the coating sauce and your meal is ready.

  1. Baby clam rice in Huế

This is yet another dish that is considered a specialty and very often enjoyed. It is simple yet intricate and elegant in every word and fuses together many flavors that include clams.


Some of the ingredients that are required include;

  • Clam
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Chilli
  • Star fruits
  • Local herbs
  • Local sauces
  • Clam broth

Each of these ingredients brings with it a taste of sourness, sweetness, saltiness and spiciness. It is everything your taste buds love in one meal.

  1. Broken rice in Ho Chi Minh

A native of southern Vietnam, this is one of the most popular dishes there is in Vietnam. It is considered one of the most traditional foods in the country and people eat at any time for any meal. It is usually served with sweet fish sauce and grilled pork and one of the reasons why you might find it to be a great addition to your rice recipes.


  • Grilled pork chops
  • Chilli
  • Sugar
  • Garlic
  • Vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Spring onion
  • Salt
  • Cucumber and tomatoes
  • Broken rice

It is best to start with making the grilled pork then the pork skin and then you can use the sticky rice that has to be cleaned first. For better aroma, and taste, you should soak the rice in water overnight.

If you’re looking to put your new rice cooker to work, these recipes would be a good place to start. They are delicious and easy to cook and would definitely be a good change for your family from their usual menu.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Steam Punk Fashion

In recent times, there is a genre that has popped up that is creating quite a stir. Steam Punk! The costuming, fantasy fiction and the entire aura of the 19th century inspired a way of dressing is quickly gaining traction. However, because of the lack of proper attire or funds to dress appropriately in steampunk communities, you might find yourself short-handed on your costumes. But, this little guide seeks to offer you some better alternatives that will get you the costume you have in mind without having to break the bank. After all, Steam Punk is supposed to be fun not expensive – unless you want it to.

What you will need

There are a couple of basic things that you will need to pull out the steampunk look. Each of these is just a basic and perfect when you’re starting out and don’t want to look out of place. As you get more adept with the new fashion and your taste grows, you should be able to grow out of the basics and be unique with your costume. Until then, here are some of the things you will need for your look.

Color scheme

There are many colors that are acceptable. However, pairing them the right way for the right look can be tough. The primary ones to use are the browns, gold, copper and some bit of black. Not too much. If you can’t find anything that entices you in this range, be sure to stick to the dark rich tones. But with the ones mentioned, you will hardly go wrong. Once you have established the color scheme that you want to go with, everything else will be relatively easy.


You steampunk look is never complete without a pair of steampunk goggles. All you have to do is find a creative pair and paint them to look like old brass. You can throw in a couple of gears and lenses. These make a third of your steampunk look. So you should take your time on this.


For women, corsets and waist cinchers are a must. For the men, it depends on the character that you’re trying to adopt and the look you have in mind.

Victorian Vest

This is also called a waistcoat. It is a must-have for the more dapper man, and they also tend to look lovely on a lady as well. Just make sure you pair it the right way.


Hats are a profound part of the steampunk fashion work. Bowlers, tiny hearts that have feathers, top hats, hats that have mesh flowing down on your face- the crazier the hat the better. It is one of the areas where you can get creative when it comes to this type of fashion.

Your waist down

So what do you wear from your waist down? You can have old fashioned skirts that have bustles and frills are perfect for the ladies. You can also have tight pants within the recommended colors, old-fashioned trousers, and overalls are all great outfits to wear on your lower half.


Your look is never complete without accessories. In this case, you have to go old fashioned again. Think about suspenders instead of a belt, you can also think futuristic. Having a test tube sticking out of your pocket might look crazy, but then that is what steampunk is all about.

The best way to avoid your fashion woes and have a great costume is first to create a character that you will be representing. Just like Halloween. You can decide to be a mad scientist, an inventor, engineer or even a doctor. All that is left is to then model your costume to look like your character did back in the day. If you can throw in some creativity, even better!


Steampunk accessories, the coolest fashion trend of the moment

Steampunk style is a subcategory of science fiction genre. Inspired by the technological progress produced in the Industrial Revolution, it unites the new and the old and creates a unique and interesting movement that spreads in all arias: literature, music, fashion and architecture.

Regarding fashion, steampunk style might be considered a great mix between the Victorian era, the style of Wild West and the surreal elements of the fantastic genre. The elegant hats, the corsets, oversized belts and vintage accessories are the main elements of this unique trend style. The elegant and textured coats, elegant shoes or dramatic skirts with unequal cuts are also a part of this trend.

Regarding accessories, there are an original mixture among technology, mechanics and design, transformed in a statement piece of art, that add value to any outfit. Especially made after the design of some mechanical parts, nuts and bolts, the earrings, bracelets, pendants and steampunk brooches will take you out of the crowd.


The pointers of the watches and other component parts of the greatest inventions from the Industrial Revolution period are always present in the accessories design, and the main colors are grey, black and brown. The metallic tones, hard and cold, represent some of the emblems that will help you identifying the steampunk elements. If our tips aren’t helpful enough think about this style in another manner: it is very much alike with the accessories of a Halloween suit, but with a lack of bad taste and plasticity.

Moreover, steampunk accessories might be adopted not only in your fashion outfits, but also in your home interior decorations. To make yourself an idea about this style, think about Sherlock Holmes movies: mixtures of ghotic-victorian homes, full of copper pipes, lamps and other elements from the 19th century. Copper, bronze, metal, leather and dark wood are usually used to create interior design in the style of steampunk. The leather seats and sofa fit with Victorian furniture pieces, while the library or a metal cabinet add an aesthetic industrial air to the steampunk style. The most used materials are the rusty metal, reused wood, cars details, pipes and clockworks. The interior of the houses might be accessorized with old maps. There might be used as mural pictures with an old and retro air. The industrial gadgets and lamps may enhance the steampunk style of your house. The elements of this style are considered to be cars and locomotive pieces, chains and wheels.
If in the bedroom is relatively difficult to implement, especially as this style is contrary to current trends, in bathrooms it is relatively simple. Water installations can be revealed (at least decorative, in order to eliminate any danger of burns) and sinks and sink media can be changed with some copper or any other metal.

Even if this style will forever remain in the underground of the interior design, we must recognize that Steampunk style has its. Maybe not as spectacular as other trends and styles, but definitely mustn’t be completely ignored. Steampunk fashion and accessories can be purchased here.…

Let There Be Light!

Most people always underestimate what lighting can do for their homes and the different rooms. You might not have much of a theme going on but by playing around with lighting, you could create a more diverse and deeper look. Any light will not do you any good. You have to know the tips and tricks that make the lighting work for you and what you have. To help you with this and ensure that you get the light shining for you, here are some great tips that you could use that will definitely get you a more dramatic, natural and alluring look.

Exploit natural lighting

There is no better lighting than natural lighting. However, even this has to be directed to the right rooms or you risk losing the touch that you would like to achieve. The goal here is to open up the rooms that are usually used during the day to natural light. It can have an inviting and adequate lighting. However, you should consider the passive source of light. However, before you go ahead and start ripping the walls up, be sure to check and see if the local building codes allow you to do this or whether you can add fenestration or other kinds of openings.  You wouldn’t want the extra light to come at such a huge expense.


Expose the right rooms

West, south and east facing windows in the northern hemisphere are the best for increasing natural light. They offer a unique hue at different times of the day. The north-facing windows might also be a great addition but typically, they might need plenty help from artificial sources. To let more natural light in, you should think of adding more windows to the southern face of the home. Remember that the positions require you to consider which face of your home receives light for the longest periods so that you can maximize on this.


Reflect natural light

Now here is a lighting tip that you might never have thought off other than getting larger panes of glass and moving the openings around the house. It is quite simple and straightforward you might smack yourself in the head for not having thought about it before.

Strategically placing windows around the house and use bright and natural colors will help you to get the best effect. The best thing about reflected natural light is that it has a nice and warm feel to it and one that you’re definitely going to love. Even better you should find it to have a nice shade that is not too bright. This trick will also save you from the trouble of having to rip out your walls. All you have to do is place mirrors across any available windows and they should do the trick for you.

This trick also works in areas that are hard to illuminate like the basement. The mirror bounces more light around allowing for more light into the room. Pretty clever right?


While using artificial light can be a great way of changing up the look of your living room, going natural usually has a better effect and offers more benefits to both you and your décor. Needless to mention, this is also a tact that offers a welcoming and warm feeling to your home.


George Nelson

Sorry guys been MIA for a while working on some design projects! Today I would like to talk to you about my favorite all-time mid century designer, George Nelson. He doesn’t get as much recognition as Charles & Ray Eames or Mies van der Rohe but it doesn’t mean he was any less brilliant.

George Nelson was multi-talented and excelled at everything he did. His diversity ranged from being an author and architect, to industrial designer and even a teacher. He was at the forefront of mid-century modernism and led the revolution in American modernism. His iconic Coconut Chair will never date and has a place in both an office setting and in the home. The Coconut Chair can be purchased through Herman Miller. Though very similar replicas of the coconut chair can be found online.


Nelson’s clean lines brought an angularity to functional furniture which identified the modernist trend perfectly. The sharpness of the angles was tempered by more flowing lines, so clearly represented by the Marshmallow Sofa. It is clear that this piece of furniture has never and will never date and has an enduring appeal for young and old. Although Nelson took credit for its design, it was actually another designer in his office, Irving Harper, who should have received the accolades.

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As with the other modernist designers, Nelson wasn’t afraid to use industrial materials in his design. Metal mesh and stainless steel didn’t escape his expert eye and were incorporated into a number of his designs. He married wood and leather with steel to produce comfortable yet functional furniture that could be married to existing décor elements.

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Nelson also found inspiration in traditional furniture and adapted it to the modernist trend.


Nelson was dismissive of the Office Cubicle but was right there to take advantage of the changing business needs, which was to wedge as many workers into the least amount of space. He designed furniture around this increasingly smaller workspace to optimise what little space there was. As with the Marshmallow Sofa, Nelson took full credit for this design and also won the Alcoa Award for its innovative design.

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Nelson’s design firm designed a number of items for the Herman Miller design company which marketed the items under their own name. Amongst those items were numerous wall clocks and the iconic Bubble Lamp.

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Ikea’s idea of furniture that could be shipped all over the world and which the buyer can assemble himself, didn’t pass Nelson by. He reimagined traditionally bulky items so that they could be easily transported and put together at home. The design from over fifty years ago is perfect for today’s requirements for functional home office desks and chairs. Running your business from home can still be done stylishly without having to revert to the usual mass-produced melamine monstrosities.


The bedroom didn’t escape Nelson’s attention either. Bed designs became cleaner to do away with any possibly of clutter that was so easily shoved under the bed. With this cleaner look, bed linen had to evolve from quilted bedcovers to crisply tucked-in linens.


A little Rant About Blinds

Blinds4You get many different kinds of window blinds that use a variety of control systems. Window blinds are generally made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of hard material, such as wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. Window blinds are adjusted by rotating them from an open position to a closed position either manually or by remote control which allows the slats to overlap and block out most light.


Roller blinds are a good choice for any window treatment. Sun shades filter harsh sunlight out while still maintaining the view. For adding an element of privacy to any room, roller shades are also a great option. You just pull them down and relax while still being able to enjoy the light from your windows. A roller blind is a wonderful addition to any home as the designs range from fancy and decorative, to sleek and elegant. Keep these tips in mind while shopping for your new modern window treatments.


Roller blinds allow you to adjust the length of the window you want to cover, thanks to a spring mechanism that hangs across the top of the window. The clean lines of the roller blind sets it in a league of its own and will contribute to the overall aesthetics of the room.


The fantastic thing about roller shades is that they come in a variety of fabric choices. If you are looking for blackout roller blinds, there is fabric that allows zero percent of the light to filter through. Any fabric allowing 3-20% of the light through will work for privacy purposes or to block out UV rays, and although you might be able to see out of the window when your roller blinds are down, someone standing outside will find it more difficult to look in.


The amount of vertical space you will need depends on whether you choose an inside or outside mount for the roller blinds. The window should be measured with great care, in other words, taking the measurement from the inside of the window frame from top to bottom and from left to right; as well as the depth for an inside mount blind. Though for an outside mount blind, the measurements should be from where the shade is being planned to hang (horizontal), as well as to where it would be dropped (vertical). The general rule of thumb for an overlap is about 1½ inches.


Inside mount and outside mount are the two different ways to hang your vertical blinds. Which one you choose willBlinds3 depend on your aesthetic preference. The inside mount style sits inside the recess of the window so the shades are flush with the wall, while the outside mounting covers the entire window area because it hangs outside of the window recess. If you are considering inside mount roller blinds, make sure that your window is recessed at least 3 inches so there is room for the mechanis…

The Slumber Alternative

Sleeper5There is a surprisingly long history with sleeper couches, or sofas. In Ancient Egypt palms were strapped together to create a daybed, and it is said that Thomas Jefferson used a pulley and rope system to tie up beds in an upright position into a compartment in his home. Guests that slept over at the George Washington Mount Vernon home, is said to have used a settee that could be changed into a bed.


In the slightly later days of sleeper couch designs, the mattresses were generally uncomfortable to sleep on and not a very popular choice for guests, as this is what Sleeper6these items of furniture would be used for. Today, however, the modern designs of sleeper couches has evolved to such an extent that it has become a sought-after addition to many homes. They are now available in an extremely wide range of comfort, size and creative styles.


Modern sleeper couches come in a range of fabrics and colors that will fit into any home without “standing out like a sore thumb”. A sitting room or lounge is easily furnished with an entire suite that is elegant and enhances the room, though contains the “discreet” bed. These suites are available in the standard 3, 2 and 1 settee suites, corner designs, love seats as well as the single couch chair. There are designers and manufacturers that create a “one of a kind”, custom-made set, be it contemporary or traditional. The fabrics used in these designs extend from luxurious genuine leather, wool, silk, and cotton, to jute, rayon, polyester – to name a few, depending on your affordability.


The majority of the sleeper designs are produced with the standard features which include a mattress and frame, and are normally the size of the mattress, that being the single and double bed mattresses.


Frames are constructed from either laminated hardwoods or solid wood which are usuallySleeper3 moisture-resistant. Features such a locking mechanism that enables the couch to be upright for seating or laid flat for the bed; an adjustable headrest that provides comfort for reading or watching television; elevated leg rests, and some have the option of storage space underneath the bed section.


A sleepover for the children may gladly be hosted as a sleeper added to the child’s bedroom, incorporating the existing décor, is a preferable option to mattresses on the floor. A futon-style sofa is a favored choice for a teenager’s room. The room that is used as a study or an exercise room may be transformed into a guest room with very little fuss. Even people living in the smaller type apartments where space is a challenge, are now able to furnish their homes with style, and at the same time, have a comfortable bed to lay their head down at the end of a long day.


A good night’s sleep is imperative for everyone to function in a healthy way, no matter what type of lifestyle that is led, and every home deserves style. Incorporate a sleeper couch where guests are welcome without the worry and stress of providing them with comfort.