Your essential guide to cartridge wax
Apr22

Your essential guide to cartridge wax

The traditional hot pot waxing system is passé. And the cartridge wax is in. For those of you who have still not made the change in what is an essential routine for most, there are many compelling reasons why you should. For those who are new to the concept, let us first explain what cartridge waxing is all about. What is cartridge waxing? Cartridge waxing is the process of using one-time-use wax that comes in mostly disposable cartridges that are electrically warmed to the desired temperature. The wax is then applied like a roll on onto the area that needs waxing, following which the unwanted hair is pulled off with a disposable waxing strip. There are many benefits this way of waxing has over the traditional hot pot waxing. How to do cartridge waxing? The wax cartridge is first set to a predesignated temperature and the power is switched on. Once it heats up, a bit is rolled on to your skin to see which temperature you are comfortable with. The temperature mark is reset to this temperature. Once ready to use, the cartridge is taken out from the charger and rolled on to the area that needs to be waxed. No spatula is needed for application as the cartridge itself is the applicator. Then disposable waxing strips are used to remove the unwanted hair. The cartridge cannot be reused if it is a disposable one. It has to be thrown away. Refillable cartridges are available too, which need to be refilled only after complete cleaning and disinfecting. Why is cartridge waxing better than the hot pot? No fear of cross contamination or infection In the traditional waxing process, the same hot pot is used on a person after person by heating and reheating the same wax. The same spatula is used to layer on the wax. This leads to cross-contamination of not only hair but also bacteria which breed prolifically in the hot damp environment and take rides on the spatula from one person to another. Cartridge waxing, on the other hand, allows the use of only one set of cartridges for one person. So there is no fear of contamination. As for the spatula, it is simply not needed. Takes less time and is cheaper Given the long-winded process of heating the hot pot, testing it at each stage for overheating, laying on the wax correctly on the skin using an unwieldy spatula, the cartridge wax is a much better option to go for. The light indicator tells you when the temperature has reached your designated mark. Applying it is a simple process of rolling it on...

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Summer skincare essentials for healthy and beautiful skin
Apr12

Summer skincare essentials for healthy and beautiful skin

Summer is upon us and the first thing we notice after the heat is the way this season ravages our skin. We have to look after it with added effort in order for us to have healthy beautiful complexions like always. Let us see what happens to our skin, and what summer skincare essential routines consist of. What exactly happens to our skin in Summer Our skin becomes dry and irritated This is because while the outside is hot and humid, the insides are air conditioned and crisp. Also we jump from showers to the heat to swimming pools and back out again. This leads to dryness and irritable skin even though you might be sweating buckets. We are prone to acne breakouts This is because the sweat mixes with your natural oils and bacteria, and this mixture clogs your pores all the time. This invariably leads to unseemly breakouts and folliculitis. Our feet and hands are prone to infections The damp sweat-filled environment that our body is shrouded under in the summers leads to warm humid spots between our fingers and toes. These breed infection causing bacteria. We are prone to prickly heat Heat rash is caused by blocked sweat glands, which are plentiful given the summer conditions. The prickly sensation is caused by the sweat-filled bumps burst. We are prone to hives Also known as sun allergy, you can get the hives from being exposed to the summer sun. How do salon treatments help keep summer damage at bay? There are certain beauty treatments that go beyond just being a beauty treatment in the summer months. For example the facial, the manicure or the pedicure. Apart from making you look good, they stop skin damage from the harsh summer environment. What matters is what kind of facials or cures you go for. For example, in summer you would want to go for facials that work on repair and protection instead of glow and softness. Choose a facial that protects against sunburn. Choose one that is antiseptic in nature. Go for one that infuses your skin with antioxidants. While choosing manicures and pedicures avoid the ones that moisturise. Choose ones which are antiseptic and light. Go for those that exfoliate away old skin with environmental dust. The options are there. Choose them right. As is evident from above, there are a whole range of facials, manicures and pedicures to choose from to tackle summer-damaged skin. And others to prevent further sun damage. It is about understanding what each does, and mixing and matching them according to your own skin type. Armed with the advice of a good beautician,...

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Expert tips for Party Makeup
Apr09

Expert tips for Party Makeup

Every day make up is very different from party makeup. Because the need for the day (or the night) is different. While one needs to take into account the brightness of the sun, the other needs to cater to low lights. While one needs to take into account normal wear and tear of the day, the other needs to cater to the more active onslaught of the good time. Both need to be sophisticated, but in one there is more scope to add glamour than the other. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind when putting on your party makeup. Party makeup for your skin Primer tips Your makeup is about to take a beating directly proportional to the amount you have fun partying. It will have to stand up to things like dancing all night, staying up till dawn, having fun without thinking about your makeup being in place. Choosing and using the right primer is the trick to achieve that. Choose a lightweight (so you can layer the makeup on more) waterproof (so you can sweat it out on the dance floor) mattifying (so the shine you add to your makeup comes from only the glitter) primer. Set the canvas for the night by laying the base to your makeup. Foundation and concealer tips To make your makeup go that extra mile for you, make sure not to skip this routine. With the blemishes and skin imperfections taken care of, making your party makeup look flawless will be that much easier. So don’t be in a rush to get to the lipstick. Prepare your face first. Use it wisely, including areas of your neckline that will be exposed and blend them into your hairline. So you can carry off not just your face but that lovely plunging top off with elan. Bronzer, blusher and highlighter tips The artificial lighting in a typical party environment may make your foundation and concealer work look too flat and artificial. So give your complexion the relief it needs with the judicious use of the bronzer, the blusher and the highlighter. Use more than you would during the day time because you need that much of extra drama in your party look. Compact powder tips Nowhere is the compact powder needed more than on makeup you applied for a night party. You don’t want your makeup caking up and letting go, just when you have decided to let go and have pure fun. Choose a sebum-absorbing compact to keep the shine away and the makeup falling apart. Party makeup for your eyes Brow tips While we think about only...

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How to get the best out of cartridge waxing
Mar29

How to get the best out of cartridge waxing

Cartridge waxing is a good way of waxing large areas, like arms, legs, back and chest, and is a good alternative for the traditional strip waxing done using hot wax. It is faster, so it gets you out of the salon quicker, and the results are great. The whole premise of cartridge waxing is the use of cartridges of premixed wax which heats on a charger to a designated temperature, and all the beautician has to do is roll it over your skin when ready. After which he or she will apply the cloth strips and pull off unwanted hair. It is economical, and it is also less time consuming as the beautician will not spend extra time laying on the wax using the spatula and checking if it was laid on right. But to get the best out of cartridge waxing, there are some dos and don’ts which you should see is being followed. Make sure the cartridge head is correctly oriented The cartridge head should be perfectly oriented and not be off centre in any way. If you find a cartridge that is not sitting right, either return it or dispose of it. This will ensure there are no side effects which the manufacturers never foresaw and also that your end result is smooth and problem free. Test the heat needed before setting the temperature mark After setting the heat to the recommended temperature test it on your skin by rolling on a bit on your skin. This is because not everyone’s skin has the same sensitivity. So what might be comfortable for you will not be so for another and might scald yet another one. Once you have determined your level of comfort, the charger can be calibrated to that mark. This will ensure that not only do all the hair follicles come out, but also no burns on your skin. Ideally the temperature mark should not exceed 4.5. Don’t keep changing the temperature Once you have fixed on the temperature that is comfortable for you, that also melts the wax, stick to it. This will ensure your skin will not rebel against the sudden changes of temperature and go red and blue at will. Make sure the cartridges are not reheated Cartridges used for cartride wax are designed in a way so it needs to be heated once to designated temperature, and then used or discarded. If it is reheated for reuse it shall entirely be at your own risk. Make sure cartridges are heated only once per cartridge. This will ensure there are no side effects which the manufacturers never foresaw. Make sure the...

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Step-by-step makeup for beginners
Mar15

Step-by-step makeup for beginners

There’s always a first time to everything Whenever we think of makeup, and women, we invariably assume they were born with the knowledge about how to go about getting it  right from the time they were born. But there has been a first time with all the ladies with fabulous makeup today, and there will be a first time with the young girls who can’t wait to get out of school to forget the uniform and start paying attention to their appearance. Often, these young girls are shy to ask because it is assumed that they are supposed to know these things already. So here’s a little handy step by step guide to do makeup for beginners. After which once you get into the flow, you will learn and improvise on your own, and gradually add more makeup components beyond the basic. First get your skin ready for your make up following these simple steps 1. Clean your skin Remember, makeup must never be applied on skin that is not squeaky clean. Otherwise your makeup will not have the desired effect, and it will lead to skin infections, complications and breakouts which you would definitely want to avoid. Clean your skin of all impurities by using a gentle cleanser followed up by a mild toner. Start using the mildest varieties available in the market and experiment later to find which one suits your skin the best. 2. Moisturise your skin If you do not moisturise your skin, your skin will produce extra oil through the day to make up for it. This will lead to not just your makeup smudging but also pimples and acne. Use a mild oil based moisturiser if your skin is dry. Use a gel or water based moisturiser if you skin is oily. Let your skin absorb the moisturiser for at least five minutes before moving on to the next step. 3. Apply foundation Foundation not only covers up fine lines and wrinkles that could hinder the smooth application of your makeup, but also protects your skin from damage from free radicals, the sun and atmospheric pollution. Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone for a natural look. Otherwise your face will stand out like a separate entity from your body and will give you an undesirable artificial look. Put a few dabs of foundation on your cheeks, nose, forehead and skin, and then blend it in by spreading it with your fingers or a foundation brush. 4. Use a concealer While a foundation covers lines and wrinkles, a concealer hides dark circles and blemishes. Put a tiny dot of concealer under each...

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#womensdayeveryday
Mar07

#womensdayeveryday

It’s Women’s Day today. And it will be so tomorrow. Has been so yesterday. Can we really pinpoint a single date to celebrate Women’s Day? Any day is Women’s Day where she is being celebrated. Whether it be in thoughts, actions or words. And if she is not being celebrated so often, she should be. Because she does not pick and choose days in which to bloom in all her glory, sense of responsibility, multitasking abilities, and in making the world livable to say the least. #womensdayeveryday Let us take a typical day Somewhere a doctors rushes to hospital after an early morning call. To aid a woman delivering a baby. A baby who one day could change the world, or just make someone happy. Kudos! Somewhere else a woman brings someone his or her morning tea with a special ingredient of her own. Her smile. Makes that simple cup of tea more tasty to the other person. Kudos! Yet elsewhere a woman delicately places her hand on her partner’s hand to calm a fight brewing between friends, and an evening ends in good will. Kudos! But knowing is not enough Just acknowledging to yourself that women make a difference is almost meaningless. It has to be expressed and celebrated. It is the least a woman can expect in return for her being herself and holding pieces together. We should give her at least that much if not more. Celebration can be a smile, a hug, a special gift for no reason. Or, celebration can be telling her how great it is the way she is managing work and home. It can be a simple or big way of making her feel good in return, for Women’s Day – every day. Celebration can also be recognising the woman in YOURSELF Celebrate other women by all means. But we at Enrich, who believe in ‘Love Begins With You’, feel that you should start by celebrating yourself. You are the woman of today. You not only know your worth but are also not afraid to show that you know. This is not about being arrogant. This is about being proud. No one, other than you, knows what you mean to each different being in your life put together. You owe it to yourself. With no apologies. Celebrate #womensdayeveryday by… How does one go about celebrating oneself? Simple. By giving yourself the importance and individual recognition you give others. Smile into the mirror Go ahead. Do it. With anyone present there or not, interact with your mirror. Smile at yourself. Proudly, happily, and in appreciation. You will feel the good hormones rushing...

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