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How to avoid the flu when your partner or roommate gets sick: 9 simple tips

How to avoid the flu when your partner or roommate gets sick: 9 simple tips

  • Just because your spouse has the flu doesn’t mean you’ll inevitably get sick.
  • It’s hard to contain germs if you’re sharing an enclosed space, but wearing a mask or staying at least six feet away from your sick loved one for a few days can help.
  • To keep yourself healthy, manage your stress, keep everything clean, and get lots of rest.

When the flu hits home and your partner or roommate becomes a flu-shedding germ-bag, many people resign themselves to getting sick.

Although flu viruses are extremely contagious and tough to contain, there are a few simple ways you can reduce your risk of getting hit – even while caring for an ill friend or loved one. We’ve rounded up some of the easiest things you can do to prevent yourself from catching a case of the flu at home.

Here are nine ways to minimize your risk.

If you’ve gotten your shot, you’ll be in better flu-fighting shape.

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The flu vaccine may not be as effective as usual this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth getting.

In addition to preventing more than one in three cases of the flu, it can also boost your immunity and make your case of the flu a milder one if you do get it.

Flu season can last into May, so if you haven’t gotten your shot yet, and you don’t feel sick right now, it’s not too late.

Be especially cautious for the first two to three days, and stay six feet away from the germy person during that time.


People are much more likely to get infected with the flu from being around other sick people than they are from touching virus-laden surfaces.

Person-to-person transmission of the flu can happen when an infected person is talking, coughing, sneezing, or even just breathing near someone else. The virus can be transmitted through the air to anyone within six feet, so the easiest way to avoid getting sick is to keep your distance.

A 2008 study in Hong Kong found that most “viral shedding” – when you’re really passing the germs around – happens in the first two or three days after a person gets sick with the flu. Day 2 tends to be the worst, but that can vary.

Once a person has been fever-free without the help of drugs for a full 24 hours, that’s an indicator that they’re ready to re-enter the world, and won’t share their flu with you, either.

Consider wearing some protection.


If you live in a crowded household, it’s best to assign a single person to care for the sicko and keep everyone else far away.

The care-giver may want to wear a mask and disposable gloves when they visit their “patient” to avoid breathing in or picking up any flu particles.

The virus lasts for about 15 minutes inside of a tissue, and on hard surfaces for a full day.

Disinfect surfaces often.

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When the flu is around, soap and water will wipe away some germs and lower their numbers, but that’s not enough.

To annihilate and kill the germs, you’ll need a good disinfectant. If you don’t have a household product that’s up to the task, you can make your own solution by mixing 1/4 cup of household bleach and a gallon of water.

Avoid touching your face with your hands.

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“If you handle things the germs land on and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, the flu virus can easily enter your body,” the New York State Health Department points out.

That’s why it’s especially important to practice good hand washing. If you don’t have regular access to a germ-free sink with warm water and soap, then alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be a good backup defense to keep your hands clean.

Don’t share towels with a sick person.


Remember to wash your hands after touching the sick person’s laundry, dishes, or devices.

But when you’re drying those hands, don’t use the same towel that the sick person in your house has been touching.

You might even want to use more disposable paper towels than you normally would to avoid swapping germs.

Give the sick person their own quarantined “stash” of stuff.


A sick person can shed germs onto anything they touch, including computer keyboards, phones, remote controls, pens, and pencils.

Have them stick to separate dishes and glasses, and try to quarantine their space as much as possible. That way, you’ll be less likely to come in contact with the virus.

Keep your own immune system humming along by getting plenty of rest and enjoying your usual activities.


Getting enough sleep is always important, but it’s especially crucial to aim for eight hours of quality shut-eye each night when someone at home is sick.

Experts at the Mayo Clinic point out that when we sleep, our immune system releases illness-busting cytokine proteins, which help fight infection and inflammation.

Try to avoid get stressed or angry.


Stress – even when it’s about the possibility of getting sick or the challenge of caring for a sick partner – can really do a number on the immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to illness.

Stress can also impact your sleep, which is necessary for a strong immune response.

Accept that some of your risk is simply out of your control.

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Your immune response to a flu virus stems from a combination of the viruses you’ve caught in the past, the house you grew up in, and your genes. A 2016 study in the journal Nature Immunology found that our immune systems are largely shaped by our age and the environments we’ve lived in. Because of that, some people won’t be susceptible their partner’s flu at all, and others will. You can’t change your past.

It’s also worth remembering that if your partner, child, parent, or roommate is already showing some common symptoms of the flu – like fever, chills, congestion, fatigue, or cough – it may be too late to protect yourself. Scientists say influenza can incubate in the body for one to four days before a person shows any signs of harboring the virus.

That means your partner can be contagious and not know they’re spreading the illness yet, as the CDC points out.

The best thing to do is keep exercising, sleeping, seeing your friends, and eating healthy food, which are all activities that will help your immune system stay strong.

Hopefully your “other half” will be able to join you in those activities again soon, in good health. The flu typically lasts about five to seven days.

A study comparing low-fat and low-carb diets may have revealed the real best diet for your body and brain

A study comparing low-fat and low-carb diets may have revealed the real best diet for your body and brain

  • A large study published this week suggested that neither a low-fat or a low-carb diet was superior for weight loss – either plan worked.
  • But neither diet was strict when it came to fat or carbohydrates.
  • More importantly, participants in both the low-carb and low-fat groups were instructed to eat lots of vegetables and protein while limiting their intake of added sugar and refined carbs.

A large, robust study published this week pitted two popular diets against each other and came away with a surprising finding: neither a low-fat diet or a low-carb diet was superior for weight loss.

People randomly assigned to either plan in the study lost weight at roughly the same pace and kept it off for roughly the same amount of time. At first glance, that finding seems to fly in the face of recent scientific wisdom on diet and health, which has begun to recommend welcoming fatty foods like butter and eggs back into our diets and curbing our intake of sugar and carbohydrates like rice and bread.

But not so fast.

In reality, the study did not compare a truly low-carb diet against a low-fat one. The people in the low-carb group were actually eating relatively high amounts of carbs -they were nowhere near the next-to-nothing carb counts that people on regimens like the keto diet achieve.

More importantly, all of the participants in the year-long study – regardless of which group they were in – were put on a healthy eating plan that diverges dramatically from what most Americans eat.

All of the participants were told to ramp up their intake of vegetables and slash their consumption of added sugars and refined grains – two nuggets of nutritional wisdom that the vast majority of Americans have yet to incorporate into their daily lives.

People on both diets lost the same amount of weight, but neither was truly ‘low-fat’ or ‘low-carb’

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The recent study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers randomly assigned 609 non-diabetic, overweight adults aged 18 to 50 to the low-fat or low-carb diet.

At the end of the study, people in both groups were found to have lost roughly the same amount of weight – about 65 pounds, 22 of which they gained back within a few weeks after the study ended.

But precise rules regulating the quantities off carbs or fat the participants ate were only put in place for the first two weeks of the study, making it hard to measure actual quantities of carbs or fat consumed.

Plus, the participants were given other guidance on what to eat that could have played a large role in the outcomes the researchers observed.

Avoiding refined carbs and sugar may be key for overall health

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All of the participants in the study were given two additional instructions on how to eat. First, they were told to “maximize vegetable intake” by eating lot more foods like bell peppers, kale, and collard greens – all of which have been linked to positive outcomes like weight loss and a reduced risk of disease.

Second, they were instructed to curb their intake of added sugars and refined flours – ingredients that studies have increasingly tied to a range of negative health outcomes including weight gain and diabetes. These ingredients also make up the vast majority of carbs in American diets. Beyond obvious carb-heavy items like bagels and rice, sugar and carbs lurk in a range of seemingly healthy foods like salad dressings, yogurt, sauces, and supposedly “light” ice creams.

A growing body of evidence suggests that eating fewer refined carbs and more vegetables is helpful not just for losing weight and keeping it off, but also for reducing your risk of several major diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

“Added sugars and refined grains are consistently singled out by health professionals from across all sectors, and by proponents of every diet type I can think of as being the lowest quality contributors to the human diet, and the first place to go when eliminating calories from daily intake,” Christopher Gardner, a professor of Medicine at Stanford University and the lead author on the latest paper, told Business Insider via email.

Importantly, participants in both studies also ended up eating roughly the same amounts of protein each day. That’s not surprising, given that protein-rich foods like eggs, fish, avocados, and beans fill us up and keep us full, making us less likely to over-indulge on such items.

The bigger takeaway from the study, then, seems to be that any eating program that curbs your intake of refined carbs and added sugars while prioritizing vegetables, proteins, and whole grains can help you lose weight.

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Review

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Review

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Skin Tone: Medium fair, warm undertones
Skin Type: Combination, sensitive and acne prone

Hi everyone,

Today, I am reviewing Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Read on for more details on this product.

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Product Description:
Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes product description

Price and Quantity:
99 PHP or 150 INR approximately for 30 Towelettes.

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ingredients

My Experience with Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes:

Any skin care product that has “charcoal” in its ingredients attracts me to it 😛 So, when I spotted these makeup remover wipes from Purederm, I was so keen to try them out. So, I picked them up immediately. Now, let’s see how far this product has lived upto my expectations.

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes open

Beginning with the packaging of the product. The cleansing towelettes come in a charcoal grey colored, re-sealable plastic packet. The packet has a peel-off opening on the top. All product-related information like product description, ingredients, etc. The packet contains 30 towelettes, which is good and travel friendly. The re-sealable plastic leaf sticks nicely and prevents the wipes from drying. Overall, the packaging of the product is nice and great for travel purposes.

The fragrance in these wipes is really annoying. Though, it is mild, it has an annoying sulphur kind of a smell that usually you can feel when you around burning fireworks. This is such a huge disappointment because most of us like fresh-smelling wet wipes, but these wipes smell really weird and unpleasant.

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes in hand

Talking about individual wipes, each one is a black-colored, soft and non-textured cloth. The cloth feels smooth and non-abrasive on the skin. It gently glides on the skin without causing any skin irritation. Each wipe is sufficiently moist and efficiently clean  dirt and grime from my face. It leaves my skin squeaky clean, but these wipes are not that effective in removing makeup. It is capable of removing light makeup, but not heavy makeup. You would require  multiple swipes to remove non-waterproof makeup.

Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes experiment

Taking off waterproof eye makeup and liquid lipsticks is quite tedious with these wipes. It does not rob off moisture from my skin, so it is quite okay for regular cleansing of skin, but overall, these wipes do not fulfil the purpose of makeup removal. The smell is also a huge con of these wipes.

Pros of Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes:

  • Good packaging.
  • Soft cloth towelettes.
  • Non-abrasive wipes.
  • Wipes are sufficiently moist.
  • Removes oil, dirt and grease perfectly.
  • Does not dry out the skin.
  • Leaves skin squeaky clean.
  • Removes light makeup.

Cons of Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes:

  • Unpleasant fragrance.
  • Not capable of removing waterproof makeup.
  • Removing eye makeup is difficult.
  • Requires too many swipes to wipe off normal makeup completely.

IMBB Rating:
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Purederm Charcoal Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes?

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NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream Review

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream Review

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Hey gorgeous gals,

Switching gears today! Today’s review will be on a drugstore lipstick, from a much-loved brand – “NYX.” I have reviewed some shades from this line earlier – Bonnie and Clyde; Razzle and Dazzle; Hollywood and Wine. I loved the concept and the formulation. So, I went ahead and got a couple more shades from this line.

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream

Product Description:
Dress your pout in two-toned style with our Ombré Lip Duos, the new 2-in-1 lip colors inspired by the ombré trend. Each lip duo features two coordinating shades of lip liner and satiny matte lipstick to create the perfect ombré pout.
$12/INR 1200

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream shade label

My Experience with NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream:

Packaging: The ombre duo lipstick comes in a twist-up stick form with the darker shade as a thin lip pencil and the brighter shade as a thicker, chubby stick. The tube comes packaged in an outer cardboard box which has a sticker seal. It’s not quite tamper proof but I still appreciate the thought which went into it. The lipstick tube has the colour gradient on it – which makes it easy for one to identify which side is the pencil and which is the lipstick. Also, if you have more than one of these (like I do), the packaging makes it easy for you to identify the shade you want.

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream outer packaging

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream shade name

Shades: When I picked up the earlier shades from this range, I refrained from getting this one as one of the shades seemed too pale – almost yellow in the pics that I saw online. While it seemed like a cool colour to experiment with, I wasn’t sure if it made sense to buy it considering the price point here, but finally, I gave in. The lip liner side is a medium, beautiful, bright, orange tinted coral shade while the chubby stick side looks like a light to medium pale pastel orange. The lip liner shade is such a pretty coral color. Not only does it work beautifully as part of this duo, it also works beautifully on its own. It is just so stunning! On the other hand, the pastel version of orange – not my thing. Yes, it works well in the lip duo by providing the lip gradation and the ombre effect. But, it isn’t really a colour which would work on its own – pretty much for any skin tone.

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream liner side

For creating the look in the FOTD, I used the lip liner in the outer corners of my lip and to outline the lip. Rest of the potion was filled-in with the lighter chubby stick shade.

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream on lips

Texture: The texture is quite consistent across the shades that I have tried earlier – lightweight and creamy – glides on smoothly. It does not tug or pull on the lips and applies evenly. Post application, it sets into a semi-matte finish, which is not at all drying. I have mentioned this in my earlier posts as well (of products from this range), texture is key to a product like this. You need the product to be creamy enough to be able to blend the two shades together. And yet, you wouldn’t want it to be so creamy that it transfers too easily and the two shades mesh together to create a third one or become undecipherable from each other. You want them to retain their individuality. I feel that NYX did a fantastic job with getting the texture right. The semi-matte texture lets you create “ombre lips” perfectly and then it sets – so that the two shades remain as is and the look remains intact.

NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream swatches

A point to remember, the lip pencil side – which has the darker shade – has the same texture as the more chubby lipstick. So, it will line the lips, give definition, but being creamy, it will not give as much longevity as a lip liner is required to do. Also, it is easy to break. So, you have to be careful with the liner.

Pigmentation: Pigmentation is excellent. It goes on evenly and covers all lip pigmentation well. The burst of colour is bang on – super pigmented and opaque. The pigment does not sink into the fine lines of the lips.

Lasting Power:  Even though it applies creamy, it quickly sets into a comfortable matte finish. This gives the lipstick excellent longevity. It lasts almost the whole day and does not transfer much – unless you have subjected your lips to an oily meal during the course of the day. So, you do get good 7-8 hours wear.

Fragrance: There is no discernible fragrance.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream:

  • Interesting shade – create the ombre effect properly.
  • Two shades in one product.
  • Lightweight, creamy texture.
  • Excellent pigmentation – opaque in a single swipe.
  • Comfortable, matte finish.
  • Easy to work with from the tube.
  • The lipsticks apply smoothly – no tug or pull.
  • Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
  • No feathering or bleeding.
  • Neat packaging with color-coded sides.
  • Very comfortable to wear – no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
  • Easy to apply and get clean lines.
  • Effective packaging.
  • Good wear time.

Cons of NYX Ombre Lip Duo Peaches and Cream:

  • The lip liner can break easily, so handle with care.
  • The lip liner starts drying out fairly quickly in the tube – I’d say about 9 months max,  post opening the product. So, ensure you finish it up soon.

IMBB Rating:

I really enjoy these lip duos! They have a nice texture, good pigmentation, interesting shades and the best part – they are so much fun to create a lip look with!! Totally recommend.

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Makeup Artist To Watch: Thomas de Kluyver

Makeup Artist To Watch: Thomas de Kluyver

New York Fashion Week, much like New York itself, is a place you can meet anyone. Truly—hang out on the street for a bit and suddenly you’re with Karlie Kloss, or Grace Coddington, or Fabien Baron. I’ve snuck in, waited outside, walked around NYFW since I moved to the city for this reason. Five years in and, still, every season there’s at least one specific person I’m tracking down. This year it was makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver. Not sure it would be fair to call him up-and-coming—he’s been around for at least a few years. But in such a congested industry, it seems like maybe he’s been hiding in plain sight. Regardless, his work is mesmerizing, and I was in love the moment I stumbled across it. It’s dreamy, it’s wild, it’s colorful… The way he presents it himself is pretty damn nice too—his Instagram is full of close-up faces shot on his phone, sometimes with the harsh little flash, all kind of in a trance. Maybe it’s the new way to shoot beauty. I’m fixated! Anyway, I did manage to find him. And at the Sies Marjan show, no less; he was the hand behind that wild, colorful eye. We talked about the look, but then we delved into much more. He’s definitely someone to watch. Take notes!

“When I first started doing makeup I was putting it on myself with my fingers using different colors. That’s how I started. It was my teenage fantasy. I basically was going to rave parties in the early 2000s in Australia, and I used to do makeup on myself with neon paints. I used to do makeup on my friends, too. Very haphazard—not makeup in the traditional sense. Just bits of paint, pencil. Then I met this dude who worked at the MAC counter, and I ended up getting a job there. I moved to London in 2007. At the time, there was a club called Boombox. People going there wore a lot of makeup. I was working at the door of this club, and I’d go wearing all this makeup and my high-heeled boots. People thought my makeup was cool. They were like, can you do that for a shoot? And I was like, oh yeah, sure… [Laughs] So I started getting booked for things. They were my first shoots ever in London. I guess it’s progressed from there. I’ve been working with Harley Weir [Editor’s note: Definitely one of our favorite, most interesting beauty photographers out there right now] for about two years. We did a shoot for French Vogue with Raquel Zimmerman, and I put all these white polka dots on her face. Sadly the picture never ended up being used in the magazine, but Harley really liked the makeup. She thought it was really unique, and now we work together all the time.

I wish my ideas just came out, but I actually have sketchbooks and I’ll plan them out. I’m constantly on the road, and I sit on planes and trains, and I just draw faces of makeup. I also keep notes in my phone. If I think of something, I’ll write it down and then draw it in my sketchbook. That way I have these sketchbooks full of looks, that are ready whenever I need them. And it changes too. It grows and shifts. When I’m working with designers, I meet and speak with them before the show, so I can really do something special and unique with the makeup. I think my style is really playful. It connects with people’s emotions, rather than being makeup in the traditional sense. I love when people say, ‘Oh, your makeup made me feel so happy.” I love colors in unique, playful kind of way. For some reason people like it. [Laughs]”

—as told to Tom Newton

Photos via Thomas’ Instagram.

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