Basic skincare routines to keep your skin healthy
Aug09

Basic skincare routines to keep your skin healthy

The basic skincare routine for any type of skin No amount of make up will cover up for skin that is not healthy. In fact, it will make it even worse and your skin even more unhealthy. Whereas healthy skin, with or without make up, shows. Not only in just your face but your confidence in yourself. So how does one go about having healthy skin, apart of course from eating a balanced diet and drinking enough fluids? Some very basic skincare day routines that we have listed down for you to refer to and follow easily. This is the basic skincare routine to follow, with differences in product types as per your skin type which we will come to later.   Remove your make up if it is the last thing you do The first step starts as the last thing you do before going to bed. Remove all your make up. Completely. Choose a make up remover wisely as many do not do the job completely. Carefully and gently wipe your face with cotton soaked in the remover till it has been removed completely. Use specialized make up removers to remove harder to erase make up like around your eyes and mouth.   Use a cleanser twice a day Choose a cleanser that suits you and wash your face once in the morning before applying any make up, and again last thing at night after removing your make up. If you do not use make up, cleanse your face twice a day any way. You can add another cleansing in between in case you get too grimy and sweaty in the course of the day. To use a cleanser right, splash your face with warm but not hot water. Massage the cleanser into your face with circular upward motions. Remove it by splashing with warm water again. Pat dry.   Use a toner after every cleansing session Take a toner that is preferably free of alchohol and wet a cotton ball with it. After you have patted dry your face once your cleansing routine is complete, wipe your face with this toner soaked cotton while avoiding the eyes. Keep it on without rinsing it off and let it dry naturally.   Moisturise your skin Once your toner has dried completely, massage in a suitable moisturiser in circular upward motions. If you feel your skin is getting massaged too much, you can also pat on the moisturiser gently. Consider getting specialized creams for use under and around your eyes.   Exfoliate your skin at least once a week Do this at least once, if not twice. But not...

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Nail Art trends in 2018 – Expert Opinions
Aug03

Nail Art trends in 2018 – Expert Opinions

This collection of the latest nail art trends needs a hand. Yours. Whether you are in the beauty industry and need fresh ideas to wow your clients with, or whether you are simply a lady, who as the phrase goes… is known by her hands… it’s time to put the traditional nail polish to better use by refurbishing it with these latest international nail art trends. What’s great is, each is simple to do, and there is always room for improvisation.   Peek-a-Boo Nail Art This incredibly stylish nail art style is also incredibly simple to do. First of all, file and clean your nails while removing all cuticles. Then apply a base coat of nail polish to make your nail art more permanent and less prone to discolouration. Now play around with colours of your choice and apply them side by side along the length of your nails. Let it dry completely. Next apply nail strips over only the parts which you want to peep through. Apply two coats of a single colour nail polish of your choice over this. Let it dry again completely. Remove the nail strips carefully and you are done!   Chrome Nail Art This nail art is again very simple to do but needs one special ingredient – Chrome powder. The effect is that of little brilliant mirrors on your fingers. First of all, file and clean your nails while removing all cuticles. Next, apply a double coat of gel polish, ideally black, or any other of your choice. Cure your nails under UV light for about twenty seconds. Next, apply a top coat of clear gel polish and cure this again under UV light. Using an eye shadow brush, dab the chrome powder onto your nails generously. Do it with enough firmness so the chrome powder spreads and begins to look like foil. Brush off the excess chrome powder from around your nails. Now add another layer of clear top coat of gel polish. This time cure your nails under the UV light for half a minute. Now time to polish your silver jewellery to match those reflective nails!   Ensemble Nail Art This nail art is the most open to innovation and imagination. Here you go wild with different colours on different nails with different designs, sparkles or glitter on each. An useful tip that creates balance to the eye is that of keeping the same shade for the thumb and the ring finger. No more rules.   Naked Nail Art This nail art is extremely minimalistic and completely modern. First of all, file and clean your nails while removing all...

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8 ways to make hair colour last longer
Jul27

8 ways to make hair colour last longer

Is your latest hair colour doing a Cinderella number on you?   There is hardly anyone amongst us who has not given in to the temptation of colouring their hair at least once in their life. And we have all, unless having been better informed, faced the same ordeal. We have come out of the salon with colour, dyes, highlights, lowlights, streaks and what have you, looking like a million bucks… but the party ends at midnight! Ok, in a few weeks or a month at most. After which the hair colour starts to fade and you start looking like a mop that needs to be replaced. Considering the expense involved in hair colour, and the inevitable chemicals that are used in the process, you cannot afford to keep doing this every time to your wallet or your hair. So what is the solution? Find out below what makes hair colour fade, and what you can do to slow the process down.   1. Keep away from shampoo immediately after colouring your hair The process of hair colour involves opening the cuticle layer so the chemicals can penetrate deep into each shaft of the hair. The cuticle layer then takes some time to close again. If you shampoo your hair before that happens, you will simply wash off the colour you spent so much time and money on. To be on the safe side, do not wash or shampoo your hair for at least three days after colouring it. If you really really have to wash, just take a quick shower in cold water with a gently rub on your scalp using nothing but your fingers. But that too only if you just have to.   2. Choose the right kind of shampoo Shampooing too much or using the wrong kind of shampoo is not a good idea as it washes off the natural oils of your hair that keep it naturally healthy. As for coloured hair, a little bit gets washed away every time you shampoo. Hence, you need to shampoo less frequently, and with the right product. The shampoo should be free of sulfate. Sulfate just adds to the foam, and foam strips your hair of its colour even faster. Better still, try switching to a dry shampoo. Choose the colour safe variety. It will not only clean your hair without the need for a wash, but will also protect the hair colour while keeping your hair healthy. Colour tinted dry shampoos are another option that help in actually fortifying your existing colour! Same with your conditioner. Adding a matching dye to your conditioner will help fortify...

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What’s the perfect haircut for your face shape? Expert tips for women
Jul23

What’s the perfect haircut for your face shape? Expert tips for women

Mirror mirror on the wall, will this style suit me at all? While scouring international hair styles trending this year, there are a million new options to choose from and experiment with. How do you select which of the hair styles to go for? Here are a few tips based on the shape of your face that will help you narrow your search and help you make a more informed choice. Not all hair styles suit every body, because we all have different face shapes. So first of all, find out roughly what your face shape is.   How to know the shape of your face (women) Take a measuring tape or ruler and measure the distances between your brows, between your cheekbone and jawline, and between your forehead and chin. Mark them as A, B and C. If A and B are almost equal, you have an oval face. A is greater than B then you have a heart shaped face. If B and C are almost equal you have a square face. But if B and C are almost equal but your jaw and forehead curve at the corners, you have a round face. If you are still confused, ask a salon hair expert to tell you your face shape.   For the exact hair styles, here are the tips to follow matched with the existing length of your hair!   If you have a round face and short hair Consider a chop with spiky layers around the top of your head. This works because a pixie like hair cut takes away from the roundness of your face, which a face hugging style would have only made even more round. It also adds to the height and hence length of your face and gives the illusion of a face longer than it actually is. While this works for more or less straight hair, it does not if you have really curly hair.   If you have a round face with shoulder length hair Consider a bob cut with choppy layers. This works because while the length of your hair already takes away from the roundness of your face and the choppy layers create an illusion of long slices that seem to slice away from the roundness. A side parting may help by creating asymmetry in your existing perfect round symmetry. If you do opt for a side parting, a bang right on your eye might look good.   If you have a round face with long hair Consider keeping your hair as long as possible with a hint of layers that start only at your jaws. The...

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5 manly hairstyles for men with thick coarse manes
Jul13

5 manly hairstyles for men with thick coarse manes

If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Long before they should, men are facing increasing trends of thinning and balding. If you feel disadvantaged because you have thick coarse hair, be thankful that you’re lucky enough to retain your locks! We’re here to put your hair to your advantage. Here are some bold and handsome hairstyles for men you could try out depending on your hair and you or your lady’s taste!   The Textured Cut If the length of your hair is moderately long, you can experiment with this to pull off a fashionably messy toss of the head. This is among the more modern hairstyles for men. To achieve this style, your stylist will keep the strands on the top of the head as well as the front longer than on the sides. Your face shape will determine how long and short it should be. A mix of point cutting and the use of the razor is usually used to get the desired effect. But do make sure no thinning scissors are allowed anywhere near the top of your head or you will end up with a dense base and wispy ends. Maintaining this hairstyle is very easy as the whole idea is to look messy and not too groomed. So just rub in some clay, putty or texture enhancer and you are ready to roar!   The Pompadour If you are a lover of everything classic, this hairstyle is for you. The Pompadour was created by none other than the great fashion icon, Madame Pompadour, lover of King Louis the Fifteenth of France! This hairstyle is about gathering the mass of your hair on the top of your head. It matches the shape of your face, whatever it may be. In order to go for this style make sure your hair is at least three inches long. Your stylist will then carefully cut his way around it to a natural graduation to the top of your head. The length of your hair at the back will be short, and the length in front long. In order to maintain this hairstyle, you will need to use a hair dryer along with some salt spray or mousse to give it a majestic swoop. To do this, keep pulling your hair upwards as you dry it and then push it backwards to give it life. Some putty on the sides and the back followed by a touch of hair spray, and you will truly be standing majestic and tall!   The Quiff One of the classic hairstyles for men that is in vogue even today is The Quiff. This hairstyle...

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