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Bring Glow To Your Face December 26, 2013 17:09

Face is the main part of the body that is seen, recognized and continuously looked at in the interaction by the others. That is how it is called facing. As face is more exposed than other parts of the body one likes to keep it clean, beautiful and glowing to give a pleasing ambience. But due to ageing the skin gets pale, wrinkled and lose glow. There are some tips to keep it glowing and making it more than acceptable. A simple massage makes it glow.  It is one thing you have to do it yourself.  Using your soft pads of finger tips gently rub from cheek bones to nose and back and go upwards to the temple and eyebrows.  Then take moisteriser of your choice to massage again gently from neck upwards to jaws and outer corners of your mouth with lips pursed.  A rush of oxygen will glow your skin. Sleeping face up straight will reduce the pace of ageing of the facial skin to sag and form wrinkles.  And before sleeping massage the skin on your face regularly to stimulate your skin’s fibroblasts.  It releases collagen that restores lost elasticity of the skin.  Just five minutes regular massaging will do wonders to your face. Apart from the external maintenance of the skin on your face, you can also allow your physical body system do it by equipping it with the right doses of intakes of red wine and fish.  Grapes contain resveratrol which is a powerful anti ageing antioxidant which goes into the wine made of grapes.  Take a glass of red wine every alternative day and restrict its consumption to it.  Consume oily fish once or twice a week that gives useful fat to your skin. Do it for one month to get the results.  Apart from the above another thing that helps to keep the face wrinkle free and keep it glow is going easy.  Deep feelings expressed or felt in private makes the skin sag faster than it is supposed to.  Healthy thoughts keep the face also illuminate. There of course another thing that makes the face emits illumination with knowledge that is seen in wise people and sages.  If you feel that the last two paragraphs are hard to take, ignore them and limit your facial treatment to massaging and intake as explained above which are physical in nature.   -SriJa

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Go red this Christmas! December 23, 2013 17:33

Yes, it's that time of the year again - time to party hard and paint the town red, including your mouth and nails! Red is the color of the season. So if you are yet undecided on which color dress to wear to your X-Mas party and  what color nail paint and lip color to put on, we have got you covered. With just a day to go for the Christmas eve celebrations, we bring you a slew of make-up ideas to look red-hot this Christmas. Pick your cues: Face:  Brush on some primer that is suited to the color of your skintone. Create a sheer base to avoid cakey look. If you are going for a day party, ensure to slather some sunscreen. Cheeks:  Go for colors like strawberry or plum for your cheekbones. Eyes: Too much of red can make you look over the top. To balance things, brush in white or pearl white colors above your lids. You can apply vanilla or pearl white eye shadow. Lips: Strawberry color is best  bet for your pout. Nail art: Why just paint a star and Santa Claus  when you can paint so many other things like candies and bells on your nail. If you are the adventurous kind who is always game for new trends, piercing your nails and hanging stars or candies or gifts or bells would make you really a show-stopper! (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Tartan print is in fashion this season December 20, 2013 18:26

Winter 2013-14 is all about colors, prints and patterns. Because of its schoolgirl connotation, many shun tartan print. However, if worn right, it can be both stylish and elegant without being tacky or childlike. So move over the drab denims and leather and add some spunk to your winter wardrobe with tartan prints. How to wear a Tartan Print Check your bottoms! Choose a simple pattern with not more than two colors and team it up with a simple top or shirt in the same tone. Loosen up! Oversized sweaters, long blazers, loose blouses; the fashionable antidote for the season is loose, almost mannish couture. Not only do coats keep the winter chill at bay, they go surprisingly well with both pants and skirts. Top to toe! Inspired plaids to chic couture checks, team a tartan scarf with a tartan print pant or a tartan skirt with high boots and you’re bound to score on the fashion meter. Tartan bags are also having quite a moment right now.Tartan overcoats paired with a knee-length dress look quite classy as well. Ideas from idiva (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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How to exfoliate skin in winter December 19, 2013 18:45

With the winter season is upon us, it is important to  change your skincare regime to suit the season. Dermatologist Dr. Chiranjiv Chhabra says, “Dry skin looks dull because it is caused by dead skin cells, and both need to be taken care of by exfoliating on a weekly basis.” Beauty expert Shahnaz Hussain suggests making a scrub combining honey and brown sugar into a paste to use as a scrub to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Skin specialist Dr Rashmi Shetty says that rather than going for harsh scrubs that could abraze skin, one should go for natural product like lemon juice . Apply and keep it on for five minutes before washing off. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Care for your hands December 17, 2013 18:25

Someone has rightly said, "Hands are the biggest giveaways." No matter how much you slather your face and feet with dollops of expensive skin creams and oils, if you ignore your hands, they will wrinkle and line and reveal your real age. That is why it's important to care for them. Just nail painting and filing isn't enough. Your hand, just like your skin needs enough tender, love and care to stay young and beautiful. So care for them. Here's how. Sunscreen: Slathering sunscreen on your face isn't enough. You need to apply some to your hands and arms before you step out as well. Doing so won;t just stall wrinkles and discolorations, but also keep them supple all through. Antioxidants: When applying some antioxidant cream on your face, slather some cream or serum on your hands too protect your skin from the harmful effects of the environment. Moisturise: Keep a hand lotion handy and use it regularly to keep your hands moisturized. Protect your hands: Just massaging creams and lotions ain't enough. You need to protect them during household chores like dishwashing, gardening, scrubbing etc. Sock up gloves while doing work, so that you don't just protect the skin on your hands but also save your finger nails from developing infections. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Do you need a haircut now? December 16, 2013 17:56

Whether you have got split ends or shedding hair like a dog or or your hair is just under the weather, a quick, stylish snip could solve all your mane woes in a snap. If you have been putting off a haircut until now, these below mentioned cues will help you reach a decision faster. Out of place A perfect haircut is one that complements your face, adds volume to your hair and highlights the best features. If your current hairstyle is not doing any of these, it's time for a snip. You can request your stylist for a haircut for a quick hair revamp with a cut that suits your face and style. Out of ideas Do you often find yourself going for a pony or a plait everyday. If yes, it's time to get a haircut. That way, you will be able to style your hair better, look better. No compliments? Has  the compliments stopped coming in? Or has all focus shifted to your clothes, bags shoes now? If yes, then you possible need to do something about your looks and hair. Get in touch with a professional  and opt for a hairstyle that you think will suit you best. Once you've got a great cut, color and style. The feel-good compliments will start pouring in again. Dejected? Had a breakup? Go for a haircut now! Nothing will feel more liberating and make you more happy than a new found look and new found confidence. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Pamper your pout naturally December 13, 2013 18:39

Don't let the nip in the air chap your lips! And no, you don't really need those chapsticks or greasy tinted lip balms to pamper your pout. Not only do they dry the skin further, but also strip them off their natural health and color. Trust the natural stuff hoarded in your kitchen shelves to bail you out of this beauty blue. Read on and get making your own DIY beauty balm at home. Moisturize your lips with shea butter every night before bedtime. After brushing your teeth, gently brush your lips as well. This will exfoliate them and get rid of chapping, and will also plump up your lips temporarily. A dab of honey on your lips will act as a humectant and draw moisture from the air into your skin, thereby keeping your lips soft, plump and kissable. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Never oil hair in dandruff December 12, 2013 18:30

For us Indians, hair oil seems to be the ultimate remedy for all hair woes. But mind you, oiling your hair when suffering from dandruff can only aggravate the itch and flake. Don't trust us? Read on. Dr. Vijay Singal, a renowned Indian dermatologist at Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute reveals that though hair oil is known to moisturize hair, applying oil on your shaft when suffering from dandruff can prevent moisture from entering into the scalp, leading to formation of more flakes due to choked pores. Makes sense! Oiling hair when already infected with dandruff will only intensify the itch and hair fall. Rather opt for other natural remedies like lemon juice, aloe vera or yoghurt to soothe and cure dandruff from the roots. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Vacuum your face for glowing skin November 28, 2013 18:36

From blood facials to vacuum cleaners, when it comes to beauty, celebrity Kim Kardashian definitely leaves no stone unturned. So if you too dream of a flawless complexion like hers, make sure to vacuum you face for that extra glow. And no, we ain't joking! Vacuum treatment is a beauty process where in a vacuum tube or cup is put on the face and gently moved over the lymph nodes, draining out the impurities, cutting cellulite and boosting circulation. "Circulation not only nourishes the skin by improving oxygen supply, it also helps remove metabolic waste products, breaks up fat adhesions (cellulite), opens blocked lymphatics and plumps up under-developed or hollow parts of the body,” says Dr Apratim Goel, a noted cosmetic dermatologist and laser surgeon. “Also, this stimulates fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen), which firm the skin. It is also known to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth. However, the reverse treatment, high-pressure jet spray, is also in vogue and is a buzzword in the cosmetic industry today," he adds. If you are looking to rejuvenate your skin, remove your blackheads or just look your radiant best, your vacuum cleaner could be really handy. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Keep skin happy during long flights November 23, 2013 17:23

Frequent and even long flights can zap off moisture and beauty from your skin, leaving it high and dry. Next time you are flying, pay heed to a few things. Your skin will thank you for it. Before a flight, don't forget to guzzle enough water to stay hydrated all through. Also, steer clear of caffeine and alcohol during that time. This will prevent your skin from getting unnecessarily dehydrated. Low humidity levels up in the air can also leave your peepers dry and itchy. Get hold of dry eye drops to keep your eyes well-moistened. In case, your condition is severe, check with your doctor for a prescription drop. Also, never wear contact lenses while flying. Opt for glasses always. Men must avoid shaving before flight as it can irritate the skin and cause dryness. If you must do, don't forget to apply after shave oil later. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Handle your feet with care! November 22, 2013 17:09

Extensive walking, moving around barefoot, wearing the wrong shoe and not covering up enough often leaves your feet freckled and frayed. Just like your facial skin, even your feet skin require daily pampering. If ignored, your peds could end up cracking, drying and flaking - an embarrassing beauty problem indeed. Give your peds a much needed care this winter with daily care. Start by slathering enough moisturizer on your feet when damp. That way, you skin will soak up more moisture. Also, make it a daily routine to douse your feet in a tub of lukewarm water and scrub it well with oatmeal or gramflour and pumice stone. Follow it up with a rinse and a moisturizer. Slip into a pair of socks and let your feet enjoy a night long rest. It's equally important to choose the right kind of a footwear as a wrong one can crack and blister your feet. So tread with caution and enjoy happy feet. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Beauty on a budget tips for you November 21, 2013 18:29

With the winter almost here, you are probably planning to horde up your shelves with creams, balms and lots more. Good news: while you have to get this winter must-haves into your closet, you don't really need to break a bank to indulge in this season's beauty offerings. We bring you a slew of affordable beauty tips that will help you shine in winter without burning a hole in your pocket. Instead of loading up different creams for whitening, hydrating, concealing and sun protection, invest in one single BB or CC cream. These all-in-one creams offer all the benefits in a single tube. So go for one! Rather than investing in a bronzer, foundation and shimmer compacts, go for a tinted moisturizer that not only comes cheaper than the other three, but also offers SPF too. Sounds good! Why fritter a fortune on beauty stores when you can shop for your favorite beauty and skincare products online? Most online retail stores not only leave you spoilt for choice, but dole out exciting discounts too and that too all around the year. So grab your deal! AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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