How to protect your hair during monsoon
Aug05

How to protect your hair during monsoon

The monsoons are here! It’s lovely and raining outside! But you are gloomy inside. Because your hair is frizzy. Your hair is falling.. like rain? Your hair is getting damaged in every which way. Dandruff rules and the itch in your scalp just cannot be scratched. What do you do and not do to protect your hair during the monsoon? Some very simple things. Make sure your hair is never too wet Whether it be a drizzle that you were caught in or a downpour you stepped into to enjoy, make sure that as soon as you get back indoors, to wash your hair and then gently and carefully dry it. Rainwater is not only dirty but also has a high content of acid. This is not good for your hair. So indulge in it only if you have to or want to, but not for longer than that. Stay hydrated While keeping your hair dry, keep yourself well hydrated. Nothing stands out better than hair in all its health when you are properly hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Imbibe fluids instead of wetting your hair in them. Try and keep your hair loose if not open Don’t let the moisture in the air nor the actual raindrops stay and settle in your hair. Otherwise, your hair will appear limp and frizzy. Which is NOT a nice combination! If you have to tie your hair, go for loose buns or ponytails so the air can dry out any moisture trapped within. When you step out in the rain carry an umbrella or a hoodie raincoat. Or at least a scarf to wrap your tresses in. Oil your hair regularly champi style Our parents and grandparents have had remedies for almost every problematic thing. Go by their advice and give your hair a good oil massage at least twice a week during the monsoons especially. Boost the necessary moisture in your hair and deep condition it at the same time. This will not only protect your hair during the rainy season but help it grow faster too. Shampoo your hair with the correct shampoo Twice a week, use a mild deep cleansing shampoo to not only nourish your hair but also to remove any dirt and dust your moist hair attracts. and harmful chemicals left in your hair because of the rains. as well as possibilities of any bacterial or fungal infections. Make sure you are shampooing in the correct direction, from the root towards the tip. Condition your hair properly Do not use too much conditioner thinking that it will be even better for your hair....

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Nail art kit essentials
Jul26

Nail art kit essentials

Only a few things can be more frustrating than wanting to go creative with your nails, but not having the tools to be so. Especially when the tools needed are very simple things. While there are no upper limits to the number of things you could use to do nail art, here are a few basic ones that should comprise your nail art kit, which will help you experiment reasonably well. They are not in any order, because nail art is about mixing and matching products and processes to get the results you have in mind.   Stickers You will find a variety of nail art stickers in the market. Stock up on as many as you can so you can work on your nails unhindered. Do make sure they come with strong adhesives though. You wouldn’t want your carefully done nail art to come apart easily.   Stones, studs, glitter Make sure your nail art kit has enough rhinestones, tiny dome pearls, beads, sprinkles and glitter to add glamour and bling to your nail art. Go creative on choosing items for this particular collection.   Striping tapes These act like reverse stencils when you use them to do particular kinds of nail art. They help keep design borders crisp and clean. Get yourself a set, and go creative about how you can use them.   Dotting tools Complex nail art can easily be messed up while trying to draw tiny dots of fixed sizes using any other tool than a dotting one. Add a set of these, of different sizes, to your nail art kit so you are in control of how clean those dots will look.   Stamping set The stamping set is made of scrapers, stamps, and templates. Just a little practice with small designs will soon make you a pro at making stamps for full nail designs. A quick but beautiful way to get great nail art.   Basecoat and topcoat Apply a basecoat before doing nail art on your nails in order to protect them. Keep a clear topcoat as well as a matte topcoat to hold the nail art in place looking the way you want it to.   Scissors and tweezers Remember you are working with very tiny items that are way smaller than even your nail. Using a tweezer will help you work with them better. Keeping a scissor handy is a good idea to cut away extra embellishments which are sticking out of the nails.   Toothpicks This simple tool is a must-have in your nail art kit. It helps you to do a lot of intricate work like picking...

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Love blush? Try these looks now!
Jul08

Love blush? Try these looks now!

While till now the blush has only been used as a small part of the makeup routine, the trend now is to use it as one of the main defining components in the final look. Experimenting with the blush has not only opened up new styles but completely new uses apart from the traditional way of using it. For example, you can use a blush as an eyeshadow and there is nothing to stop you. Blush can be used in contouring to highlight your cheekbones. Blush can be used as a lipstick by mixing it with vaseline or a lip gloss. And what do you know, the blush can be used as nail polish by mixing with a transparent polish! While the possibilities are endless, here are some popular looks that are taking over the world of blush makeup. The peach cheeks blush makeup When achieving this look don’t think of blush as just something you apply on the apples of your cheeks. Take a peach-hued blush and use it on your lips and eyes too. This is how you go about doing that. After applying your foundation and concealer, use a brush and apply the peach blush on the apples of your cheeks first. Next, use the brush to apply the blush as eye shadow by making a swipe across them and then blending it outwards. Finally, apply lip gloss on your lips and then brush on the blush for a complete look. The draping blush makeup Contouring using blush is known as draping and is all the rage these days. This new way of wearing a blush involves applying your brush the way you would a contour shade. Using a softer shade of blush to accentuate your cheeks and then fan out to slightly deeper browns. This is how you go about doing that. After applying foundation and concealer, brush on the blush using bouncing motions using the same tools you would for contouring. Preferably go for a liquid blush under your cheekbones the way you would to contour. Highlight the apples of your cheeks using a lighter shade of blush. Finally, if you want, add a touch of the same blush as eyeshadow to complete the look. The mellow yellow blush makeup Not for the faint hearted this blush effect is taking the makeup world by storm though. By the radical and generous use of yellow blush. Literally a wash of it. To be tried on the days you are feeling extra bright and peppy. This is how go about doing that. After applying foundation and concealer, brush on the yellow blush onto your face and...

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7 tips to get the best results from your lipstick
Jun28

7 tips to get the best results from your lipstick

There’s the last bit of lipstick application after your makeup is done. And then there’s preparing your lips for lipstick any time, and applying lipstick correctly. The difference in results is huge. The lipstick needs to stay on. Your lips shouldn’t get chapped under the lipstick. Your lips should speak. Not strain to just be a colour. Here are some of the things which will take very little time but will help you get the most out of lipstick application. Need to keep your lips exfoliated Peeling lips are bad enough. Peeling lips with lipstick on them are something one doesn’t even want to imagine, let alone see. A simple daily routine of exfoliation takes care of that. Choose your method of exfoliation, whether it be a lip scrub, sugar, or a soft toothbrush, but do it every day and do it gently. Don’t forget to moisturise your lips later with a good lip balm. 2. You need to keep your lips hydrated To do this you need to find the right lip balm that suits the skin of your lips and lasts long. It should not be too sticky as sticky balms do not moisturise enough, resulting in pinched lips. Nor should it be too runny as the lipstick applied on it will slide right off. Once you have fixed on the right lip balm for you, use it before you do any other makeup. This will give it time to seep in properly. Apply the lipstick towards the end. Your lipstick will slide on smoothly, with even colouring, and your lips will look fresh and moist. 3. You need to choose the right lipsticks It’s not just about choosing the right shades for your makeup, but also about the right quality and texture of your lipstick that matters. Choose long formulation ones which do the special task of staying on longer. While the exfoliation and the balm will make your lipstick application easier and more pretty to look at, the lipstick itself will decide for you how long it will stay that way. Ideally, the product should promise at least a 12-hour stay. After which another small application should be enough. 4. You need a lip brush and a lip liner To make your lipstick application better and more in tune with the look you want, a lip brush and a lip liner are musts. While we tend to just swipe our lips straight from the stick, that is not a good way to get a perfect application. You will tend to leave out small parts that might be invisible at first glance, but make a whole...

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What should your nails look like in 2019?
Jun21

What should your nails look like in 2019?

Are you keeping up with the nail art trends? While the pressure applied by society to keep up with it is not always a good feeling, keeping up with how to look as good as others around you is definitely something you can invest time and think on. While aligning your behaviour and opinions to what others subscribe to is not always the wise thing to do, keeping track of changing fashion trends is fun, engaging and healthy. Trying them out and being appreciated even more so! So take the plain shades out of your nails and dig them into what’s trending in nail art this year. Here are some curated nail art trends to start off with. Fisthtail Nails This trending nail art looks like you spent a lot of time on it. It looks like you used tapes and masks and a lot of drying time in between. Not so. All you have to do is decide on a base coat, apply it, and dry it. Now three more shades, imagine you are making a simple plait, and make the strokes on each nail accordingly and in order. Voila. Intricate and colourful nail art. Simply done. CD nails This trending nail art design mimics the holographic look that is characteristic of CDs. In a way this is retro. And it also is ultramodern in its application. In order to achieve this, apply a transparent base coat on your nails. Then paint the crescent tips of each nail a deep blue. Once it all dries, apply longitudinal streaks of a mix of light blue and white to mimic the shine. Finish off with a transparent top coat. Jelly nails This trending nail art makes your nails look like jelly and are promising to be the rage this year. To add to the trendiest jelly handbags, jelly shoes and jelly scrunchies. Achieving them is again fairly simple. First, enhance your nails by sculpting tips onto them in your desired shape with a nail gel. Make sure it is hard enough after drying. Then simply add a translucent coloured nail polish over it all. So the part on your fingers look opaque but the extended part looks like wobbly jelly. Rose quartz marble nails This trending nail art makes your nails look mesmerizing in their naturally veined marble effect. To achieve this striking look, choose a pale, ideally pale pink, nail polish with a jelly finish. Before it dries, paint on thin streaks of white nail polish where you want the veins to go. Top off with a clear top coat. Voila. You have marble fingers. Subtle glitter nails This...

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16 simple things to make your waxing painless
Jun12

16 simple things to make your waxing painless

Should good things only come at a cost? Why is it that waxing makes you look so good, but feel so terrible during the process? That’s because you didn’t know what precautions to take. Yes, painless waxing is possible. If only you remember a few things the next time you head for a session. Try and follow them and see how much more painless your waxing can get. 1. Go at the right time If the length of your unwanted hair is too short, it will slip out of the waxing strip’s grip and not get removed. The result will be pain with nothing to show for it. If your hair is too long, the waxing strip will just tear the follicles from the middle instead of from the roots. The result is more painful than normal. Ideally, you should go when the hair is a quarter of an inch long for the most painless waxing session possible. 2. Go right after taking a yoga class Doing yoga will make your limbs flexible. This will cut down on the positional pain caused by waxing. It will also cut down the ripping pain because with your limbs turning the way the beautician wants it, the time taken to wax will be much less. 3. Take a warm shower right before waxing A warm water shower not only helps soften your hair but also opens your pores. This makes waxing much much more painless as the hair follicles come right off. 4. Use an exfoliate scrub before waxing While in the warm shower, use an exfoliating scrub. This will remove your dead skin and release any untrapped hairs. This will make pulling out of these hairs much more painless. 5. Find a good numbing cream There are numbing creams available at the chemists which are effective enough to see you through a waxing session. Go for a good brand, and use it half an hour before waxing. You will wonder when the waxing happened! 6. Take a mild pain killer Find a mild pain reliever that is available over the counter and have this half an hour before waxing in case you don’t want to go for numbing cream. 7. Distract yourself while waxing If at home, keep your favourite movie on. If in the salon, chat with your beautician. This will keep your mind off any pain. After all, everything can be controlled by the mind. 8. Start waxing small areas If you are waxing your leg, instead of starting with the whole length of your leg, start with your ankles and work slowly up. Same for your arms. Start...

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