Monday, October 31, 2016


Tookes was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She has a younger sister, who is 19 years her junior. She did gymnastics for ten years and was also active in volleyball and softball before she became a model at about the age of 15. Her mother is a celebrity fashion stylist. Tookes was discovered at one of her mother's showroom appointments.

As a child, she was inspired by Tyra Banks. Tookes is of mixed ancestry. African, Brazilian, and West Indian. She is in a relationship with Danish model Tobias Sorensen.

Tookes' first commercial ad campaigns were in 2010 for ugg boots and Gap. Before breaking out on the international scene, she booked a Spring 2011 DKNY campaign and a layout in Vogue Italia. 

when Oprah Winfrey saw Tookes perform on the catwalk in October 2011 at the "Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren", Winfrey extolled Tookes' buttery soft skin and requested that Tookes "Rub your face against mine." named Tookes as one of the top 10 new models in a September 27, 2011 fashion week post.

Tookes was selected by Style as its top new model in November 2011 based on her work for the Spring Fashion Shows. She was one of eleven new models for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2012. 

The 2012 show was taped in November and broadcast on the CBS network on December 4.The night before the airing of the fashion show, Tookes and fellow Victoria's Secret models Behati Prinsloo and Jacquelyn Jablonski guest starred on the December 3 "Ha'awe Make Loa" episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0. French Vogue named her as one of its 10 New faces from fall/winter 2012-2013 Fashion Week.

Tookes has appeared in editorials for Italian, American, French, German, and Spanish VogueHarper's BazaarNuméroW, and V.

She has walked the runways for Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Carolina Herrera, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Shiatzy Chen, Herve Leger, Ermanno Scervino, Giorgio Armani, Philipp Plein, Missoni, Jason Wu, Alberta Ferretti, Emilio Pucci, Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Trussardi, Marchesa, Tory Burch, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Paco Rabanne, Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, DSquared2, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Prada, Jill Stuart, rag+bone, Miu Miu and Versace.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Jimmy Choo, Calvin Klein, Lancôme, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Gap, Ugg, and Victoria's Secret

In 2015, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel. Tookes was selected to be spotlighed with the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Fantasy Bra (worth $3 million in 2016) at the 2016 show.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Clear oils and dirt from skin
Wash your face twice a day to remove the dust and oils from your skin. Lemon is one of the best natural remedy with bleaching properties that help in clearing the dirt from skin and making it non sticky and beautiful. 

Citric acid in lemon cleans skin naturally and vitamin C helps in reducing the darkness and dark spots by increasing the cell renewal process. After the lemon treatment place cucumber slices on skin. Water content in cucumber helps to skin making it soft and moisturized.

Steaming is helpful for unlocking the skin pores and washing out the oils from it. Add hot water to a bowl and allow steam to pass to your skin. This will help in clearing impurities making skin soft. Exfoliate your skin by making a paste of natural ingredients. Mix drops of lemon to gram flour plus 1 spoon of honey and aloe gel and little water. Mix them well and apply it to your face. Let it remain for 20 minutes and then rinse your face with warm water. This is an excellent remedy for to get clear skin.

Remove dark spots to get clear skin
Dark spots and scars are the result of improper skin care during acne. Lack of proper care during pimples leaves behind dark scars. These tips will erase dark spots and scars from skin making it clear. Increase the vitamin C content in your diet to clear the scars and spots from skin. Vitamin C produces collagen that quickly repairs skin making it beautiful.

Rub lemon or orange juice to lighten your dark spots.
Apply aloe vera face mask to provide anti-oxidants to skin treating scars and making skin look young. Aloe gel provides moisture and contains cleansing agents that help in cleaning skin. Rub potato slices to your face for lightening the pimple scars and black spots. Catecholase in potato is a skin lightening enzyme that helps in clearing skin and making it fair. You can exfoliate skin with egg and turmeric mixture. Egg has acids that help in clearing and removing wrinkles and dark spots from skin while turmeric is an anti-septic skin lightening agent making skin clear and glowing.

Clear acne from skin
Neem is one of the best anti-bacterial natural product for killing the bacteria from skin and reducing acne. Wash some neem leaves and make a paste os it. Apply it to your pimples daily for 10 minutes for clearing your acne problem. Again aloe-vera gel is one of the most suitable product for removing acne from skin. Since its gel is anti-septic it has powers to kill germs from skin making it healthy. Turmeric paste is also a good anti-septic and skin lightening agent that helps in clearing acne leaving behind no scars.

Clear dry skin
Moisturizing is the best way to get rid of dry skin. Apply honey to your skin and let it dry. Water content in honey deeply moisturizes skin making it soft. It also helps in removing dry skin flakes and helping you to get rid of dry rough skin. Almond, nuts, spinach, avocado are some vitamin E rich foods that help to hydrate skin from inside. Olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil contains anti-oxidants and vitamin E that helps to clear dry skin from face and hands making skin soft and moisturised. Apply olive oil to your dry skin for 15 minutes daily and then rinse it off with water. Use moisturizing soaps to stay away from dry skin problem. Low quality soaps tend to remove moisture from skin making it dry. Make a paste of avocado and use it as a skin moisturizing mask. Avocado has vitamin E and moisturizing extracts that helps to clear dry skin. Avocado extracts are widely used in skin moisturizing products.

Clear stretch marks from skin
Stretch marks are caused when skin stretches over its flexible limit. Aloe Vera , olive oil are some natural remedies to clear stretch marks from skin. Massage aloe gel to your skin for lightening your marks. Anti-oxidants and moisture in aloe gel helps to fix skin problem quickly. Natural oils like olive oil, almonds oil are also very effective in clearing marks from skin. Apply these oils to skin before bed and wash it in morning. Apply milk cream to the affected area for 20 minutes daily. Mix lemon juice to apple and cucumber paste and apply it to your skin for lightening the stretch marks and getting clear skin.

Remove wrinkles from skin
Anti-oxidant rich foods like tomato, strawberries, Raspberry, blueberry, plums, apples etc are some great foods that help in keeping skin young. Also aloe vera gel, olive oil are good source of anti-oxidants.You can prepare facial masks out of them to clear the lines from face.

 Tomato is one of the most available product in kitchens. Make a paste of two toatoes plus aloe gel and apply it to your skin. Anti-oxidants in tomato will eliminate wrinkles making your skin young and glowing. Also apples work great in reducing the lines from skin. Apply apple honey mixture pack to your face for 20 minutes and make your skin clear and beautiful. Strawberry facial packs work great in eliminating old looking skin and giving you a flawless look.

Food for nice and clear skin
Vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants in fruits, vegetables have proved to be very helpful for improving the condition of skin. Fruits like banana, papaya, apple, oranges, berries and vegetables like tomato, cucumber, lemon contain good source of skin cleansing agents. Antioxidants in these foods help to slow down the ageing process that keep skin clear from wrinkles while moisture makes skin soft and smooth.

Other home remedies for clear skin
 Rub ice cubes to improve the circulation of blood to skin for making it clear and glowing.Wash your face twice or thrice a day to remove the dirt from skin. This precaution will prevent acne breakouts and blackheads on skin. Keep your skin always moisturized to prevent it from drying and becoming oily.


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Monday, August 1, 2016


Trying to lose WEIGHT????, Make sure that any prescription medication you’re taking isn’t standing in your way. Talk to your doctor and explore alternative treatments.
Here are some of the common drugs that make you gain weight, from antidepressants and diabetes drugs to steroids, hormones and other medication that could be keeping you from achieving your weight loss goal.
Mood Stabilizers
Drugs used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can also cause weight gain, and mood stabilizers and anticonvulsants for epilepsy have the same effect. Valproic acid (Depakote) is particularly linked to weight gain in women, and lithium is another drug that could have a similar effect. They aren’t drugs that you can easily replace, so it’s important to pay close attention to your diet while you’re in treatment.

Cancer-Fighting Medication

When you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, you’ll probably be prescribed one of the drugs that make you gain weight. Methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, tamoxifen, 5-fluorouracil, and aromatase inhibitors can all have that effect.


Oral corticosteroids are also among the drugs that make you gain weight. Prednisone (Deltasone) can halt your weight loss efforts and make you pack on the pounds when you’re taking higher doses, for inflammatory bowel disease or asthma, but even smaller doses for rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to weight gain. Metformin (Glucophage) might be able to help, but you should make sure you exercise regularly to stay in shape and stick to a healthy diet.

Diabetes Medication

When you need to regulate your insulin, your appetite might also be affected. Both sulfonylurea drugs, like Insulase and Diabinese, and non-sulfonylurea drugs, like nateglinide and repaglinide can make you gain weight. If you’re taking type 2 diabetes medication and getting heavier, ask your doctor about treatments with a lower risk of weight gain, including Levemir, Januvia, Metformin and Byetta.


Antidepressants can often have antihistamine activity, but even on on their own, they’re some of the most common drugs that make you gain weight. The problem is that histamine blocking can mess with your brain’s ability to regulate food consumption, so the chronic use of everything from fexofenadine and loratadine to diphenhydramine and cyproheptadine can impact your weight. If you’re taking Zyrtec, Allegra or other brand name antihistamines, you’ll have trouble losing weight or even maintaining your current one.


While most forms of oral birth control only cause water retention, medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera) is one of the drugs that make you gain weight. Progestin-only birth control has been linked to long term weight gain, and any etonogestrel implant is likely to do the same.

Migraine Medications

Gabapentin (Neurontin) is one of the drugs that make you gain weight, but any type of prescription for migraines that includes SSRIs, TCAs, and valproic acid (Depakote) is also likely to contribute to the problem.

Beta Blockers

Used to treat cardiac conditions, beta blockers are among the most commonly prescribed drugs for high blood pressure, and they’re also likely to contribute to weight gain. Propranolol (Inderal), metoprolol (Lopressor) and atenolol (Tenormin) are older drugs that are more likely to block your weight loss progress as well.


While most SSRIs don’t mess with your weight, paroxetine (Paxil) can have unwanted side-effects when it comes to weight gain. Fluoxetine (Prozac) and citalopram (Celexa) can also contribute to weight gain in the long run. Other antidepressants that will mess with your dieting efforts include TCAs like mirtazapine (Remeron), and amitriptyline (Elavil).

Calcium Channel Blockers

When you’re prescribed this type of medication, it’s important to keep your weight monitored closely. Flunarizine and verapamil can cause rapid weight gain, and if it’s happening to you, it’s important to talk to your doctor right away.


The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks of Africa. It is featured in many documentaries and so stunningly beautiful, it is declared a Unesco World Heritage site.

 It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. All the major safari animals occur in great numbers. Cheetahs and four of the Big 5 are easily seen, but rhino sightings are rare and only black rhinos are present. 

The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania's best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of elandtopi,kongoniimpala and Grant's gazelle are resident at any time of the year.

 All three big cats are easily seen. Lions are everywhere and are often found on a kill.

Cheetahs are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopards can often be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.

Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arranged with hotels/tour operators.  Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge is located in the central part of Serengeti National Park 
with an exceptional service and comfortable surrounding enhanced by the beauty of Serengeti.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


People of any age can have problems with blackheads on their skin, but most often it is an issue during the teenage and adolescent years. Blackheads are small yellow or black bumps that form when a clog develops in the opening of hair follicles due to a combination of excess sebum and build-up of dirt and dead skin cells.

Common and annoying, blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. The difference between a black head and a white head is simply whether or not the pore is open or closed. If the pore is open, the plug of sebum/skin cells oxidizes as it is in contact with the oxygen in the air, which turns it black. Blackheads are not caused by dirt. 

Let’s make that clear from the beginning. Scrubbing your face obsessively is not a good way to get rid of your blackheads, and is only going to make it worse as you’ll just end up drying out your skin, which will cause more oil to be created to make up for everything you stripped away, and…well it’s a vicious cycle. For this reason, don’t use some of these remedies more than 2-3 times a week, such as the sugar scrub and pore strips. I know it can be hard to resist, but your skin will be better off this way.
Baking Soda & Water
A little baking soda goes a long way for blackheads, but don’t overdo it, as it can seriously dry out your skin thanks to its saltiness. While pH may or may not have a role to play in blackheads, the biggest reason baking soda helps is because of it’s small, fine, granules that can work as a natural and inexpensive way to occasionally exfoliate and remove anything clogging your pores (and therefore causing blackheads.). You will need 1 part baking soda-Fresh water, 1 tablespoon (roughly). 

Mix water with enough baking soda to form a thick, but spreadable, paste. Using a gentle circular motion, massage the paste into your skin. Rinse thoroughly with plain water, pat your face dry, and then make sure you moisturize.
Bentonite clay
Bentonite clay is a mineral rich healing substance that has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments, chiefly skin related. Because of its molecules “electrical charge” when wet, it does an amazing job of drawing out oils or other impurities locked in your pores. When you apply the mask your skin gets to drink in all the minerals, while the clay simultaneously draws out the blackhead. 

It also helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. You can mix the clay with water or apple cider vinegar, maybe sticking to the former if you have dry or sensitive skin. Experiment! This mask will make you feel like your face is tightening as it dries. Whether or not you let it dry entirely is up to your preference-I tend to let it dry most of the way and then just moisturize afterwards, but other people find that dries their skin out and irritates them.

 Mix in enough water or ACV to form a paste that is thick but still applicable. Using clean fingertips cover your face with a thinner layer of paste and let it sit for 10-25 minutes, depending on how long you are letting it dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and moisturize as usual.
H2O Daily Blackhead Treatment
While pore strips and face masks work wonders, they can only be used several times a week to avoid drying your skin out to much. If you want to do something daily to prevent your blackheads, a gentle rinsing with water 1-2 times a day is the way to go. 

This keeps things that can make your pores appear larger-such as excess sebum and dead skin-flushed away and your pores clear. Be sure to use a light moisturizer when you are done to prevent your skin from trying to produce excess sebum to accommodate for dryness. 

Twice a day splash your face with clean, fresh water. Pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer as usual. I suggest doing this early afternoon (so you wash away anything that has built up in the first part of the day) and evening, but morning and evening works as well.
Honey and Milk Pore Strips
Milk and honey both have properties that are good for skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, and the lactic acid in milk is said to help keep skin soft and supple. The main purpose here though is, when mixed together, to act as an adhesive. 

Mix 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey with 1 teaspoon of milk. Heat it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave, and then mix again to blend thoroughly. When it’s a comfortable temperature, apply a thin layer over blackheads, and then gently but firmly pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton onto it. Let dry (to play it safe, wait at least 20 minutes) and carefully peel the strip away. Rinse with cold water and moisturize as usual.

Egg White Mask
Egg whites form an easy mask that can be used to temporarily tighten pores, thus reducing chances of future blackheads, and will also remove current blackheads. Egg whites are also rich in nutrients for your skin, and are a little less drying than some other home remedies for blackheads.Separate the yolk from the white and rinse your face. Pat your face dry and then apply a thin layer of egg white over your skin. There are two ways to go from here: 

Place a strip of facial tissue or toilet paper over the wet egg white, being sure to press it onto your face gently. Allow the first layer to dry. Carefully apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue (try dipping your fingers in it and dabbing it on so the tissue doesn’t slide around a bunch. Let this layer dry as well before applying a third (optional.) When the mask is dry, your face may feel tight-this is supposed to happen. Peel the tissue off, and then gently wash your face to remove any residue. Pat dry and moisturize as usual. 

Alternatively, you can leave out the tissue and simply apply 3-5 layers of egg white, being sure to let each layer dry in between applications. If you do not let the layers dry, this will not work!

Cinnamon & Honey Strips
It sounds like a delicious candy, but cinnamon and honey make a wonderful combination for getting rid of blackheads. Again, the anti-bacterial agents in the honey can help keep away bacteria that are causing acne (not necessarily blackheads, but still a bonus) as well as act as the adhesive to pull out anything clogging your pores. Cinnamon improves circulation, and this increased blood flow gives your skin a smooth, healthy, glow. Mix the honey and the cinnamon together until you have enough paste to cover the affected area. Apply in a thin layer over the blackheads and then press a strip of clean cotton over it. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before removing and rinsing your face. Don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer!

Sweat It Out
Although sweat glands and hair follicle pores aren’t the same thing, sweating can still help minimize blackheads. When you work up enough of a sweat, the liquid naturally flows over and softens/flushes anything clogging your pores. It is absolutely vital, however, that you wash your face immediately before and immediately afterwards, otherwise the affect can be detrimental. If you leave on make up or anything before this the sweat can carry it into your pores, and if you don’t wash afterwards not only is all that stuff still in there but now there’s dried sweat blocking up your pores as well. So on one hand sweat can cleanse pores, on the other; it could also clog them. Be sure to do it right from the start! Rinse your face, than work up a good sweat. Rinse your face with water, than pat dry with a clean fluffy towel. Moisturize as usual.

Toner for Tighter Pores
Since blackheads are caused by open, clogged, pores reacting to oxygen, it only makes sense that “shrinking” your pores down will help. Lemon juice is just the astringent substance needed to get the job done, however, it can lighten skin temporarily and it does make you sensitive to the sun, so load up on sunscreen if you plan on using this method in the summertime. If you have sensitive skin, try diluting the lemon juice with water first. Rinse your face and pat dry. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bottle and then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply to affected areas 3-4 times a week, at bedtime. When you wake up, rinse your face with luke-warm water and apply moisturizer as usual. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be aware-the juice can sting sometimes!