Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Expert Tips to Get Coloured Smokey Eyes in 5 Minutes

You say a lot by just one look, and that is why guys love to look into your eyes. It is their way of not just expressing their love, but also grasping your thoughts. So, won’t it be great if you could disarm your man with just one look, and make him a captivate him forever? And, what can be better than smokey eyes to hold him captive forever? We know that many of you are at a loss when we talk about smokey eyes, for some it might be too messy to get into while for others it might be done-to-death.
Well, no matter which category you belong to, let us unravel the enigma of this eternal beauty trend called the "smokey eyes" look, and tell you how you can pull off the look effortlessly and with a twist too.

Besides the standard charcoal smokey eyes, today there are the bronzy, burgundy, shimmery gold variations that look equally stunning and super sensuous. This colourful transformation has widened the world of this look further. Now, it can be carried for both night and day outings.

Whether you are going for a day date or an evening soiree, smokey eyes are perfect to give you a diva makeover in minutes. Here are the steps that will make this so easy for you that you will fall in love with it.

1. Blend well 

Start with gently sweeping the eyelids with copper, silver, grey, blue or green eyeshadow. Now, with the help of an eyeshadow brush, apply black eyeshadow on the outer crease of the eyes, and smudge well with a smudge brush. Blend well for a smokey finish, which is long-lasting.

2. Black is bold

Run a deep black eyeliner over your lash line. A gel liner works perfect for this look as it smudges easily and beautifully, giving you the desired look.

3. Go intense

Open up your eyes with two generous coats of mascara. Whether you a pick soft or bold smokey eyes look, mascara is an indispensable part of this look. It not just makes your lashes look thick and smouldering, but also gives them a sensuous feel.

4. High definition

One thing that flatters the Indian eyes most gracefully is kohl. The sultry smokey eyes are incomplete without a sharp and defining line of kohl on your lower lash line. It makes them look big and beautiful, in no time.

Hot Tip: To make small eyes look larger, apply a white eye pencil along the inner rim of your lash line.

Now, this is not too complicated or boring, is it? So, use this very simple, do-it-yourself (at home) smokey eyes trick, as you get ready for that special outing this weekend. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Besan Face Packs for All Skin Types

A multitasking ingredient, besan (gram flour) can not only satisfy your taste buds through yummy pakoras, but can also keep all your skin problems at bay. From treating pimples and removing tan to lightening complexion, besan has the ability to do it all. And, the best part about this natural product is that it is suitable for all skin types. But, make sure that you use freshly prepared gram flour as a stale one can cause rashes. So, say goodbye to your parlour facials and make your own besan face packs to get a beautiful and glowing skin.
For oily skin

A besan pack is very effective for oily skin as it absorbs all the excess oil from the skin, making it soft and supple. All you have to do is simply mix a few drops of rose water with besan and apply it on the face and neck. Once the pack dries, wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also make a pack by adding curd or milk to it.

For dry skin

Not only for oily skin, besan works wonders for dry skin as well. For this, add malai/milk, honey and pinch of turmeric in besan to form a paste. Apply this pack on the face and keep it for at least 15 minutes. Wash it off once dry.This pack is ideal for people with dry skin. It cleans the skin thoroughly and helps in maintaining the moisture level of the skin. 
For acne prone skin

Pimples and acne tend to leave marks on the skin. Such a skin type becomes a little sensitive, and thus requires special care. So, to tackle acne problems, mix besan with honey and apply it on the face. Ensure you apply this pack on a regular basis, as the antimicrobial properties of honey will curb all your pimple problems. Alternatively, you can blend sandalwood powder, turmeric, rose water in it to form another concoction.

For a skin with blemishes and open pores

Blemishes give an uneven tone to the skin, while open pores attract dirt and dust leading to pimple formation. Hence, it is important to treat them to get a flawless complexion. For this, apply a paste of besan and cucumber juice on your face and leave it for few minutes till it dries. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Use this pack regularly, as it will help in removing blemishes. It will also help in tightening of the pores.

For a tanned skin

This is one pack which can be used on all skin types. Just blend besan, lime juice and turmeric with rose water to make a paste. Apply the pack, and wash it off after it dries. A regular application of it will not only give a lighter complexion, but will also make your skin smooth and glowing.

Natural products can treat your skin in the best possible way. But, do not expect any overnight miracles. Only a regular usage can give your skin a youthful glow.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

8 Amazing Reasons to Add Honey to Your Beauty Kit

Though usually associated with Winnie the Pooh and weight loss, raw honey is a very good treatment for skin. Considered to be safe even for sensitive skin, honey is the perfect natural remedy for every bride's complete skincare. When the D-day looms nearer, most brides are faced with anxiety that reflects on their faces. With the use of honey, any girl can look her best with the glowing and radiant skin normally associated with brides.
1. Radiant skin

It is necessary that a newlywed bride does not develop freckles or sunburn just before the wedding day. Applying a mixutre of of honey and rose water can have instant brightening effect on the skin. Wash this off with cold water to see a fairer glow on your face. You can also prepare a face mask by mixing honey with multani mitti and lemon juice. Apply this on your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. The antioxidant property of honey makes it a wonderful natural sunscreen.

2. Skin nourishment

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, applying honey can bring lustre to even the most dull and lifeless skin. This is why, it is exactly what a bride needs to add to her skin care regime. Honey also helps to keep your skin smooth and supple. Just add a few drops of honey to your regular face mask to benefit from its goodness.

3. Anti-ageing remedy

Talking about keeping the skin soft and supple brings us to the anti-ageing properties of this wonderful natural ingredient. Being rich in amazing antioxidants, honey helps to keep signs of ageing at bay, and it also boosts the production of collagen that makes skin look younger.

4. Natural moisturiser

Another property of honey, to act as a humectant, makes it draw moisture to the skin, keeping it hydrated for a longer time. The bride can look fresh even after a tiring day, if her skin is properly hydrated. If you want to naturally moisturise your skin instantly, rub generous amount of honey for 5 minutes on your face, before gently rinsing it off with warm water. To experience its brightening effect, mix it with milk cream, and massage it on your face for some time.

5. Natural cleanser

Brides can have instant glowing and soft skin, sans blemishes, by using honey as a face wash, twice a week. Applying a paste of honey and tomatoes can yield clear skin, as both have astringent and antioxidant properties. Honey also helps to exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells. Mixing honey with lemon juice and sugar will give you a great skin exfoliator, which can work wonders for your skin.

6. Fight acne and scars

Apart from cleansing the skin, honey is a great remedy for acne marks and scars. The antimicrobial property of honey makes it ideal as a natural solution for brides with a tendency for skin breakouts, or who have scars on their face. An overnight honey face mask can de-stress the skin. Applying honey directly to the affected area can help to lighten blemishes and scars.

7. Body bath

During the winters, harsh weather can leave your skin dry and dehydrated. A 15-minute soak in a honey bath, made up of two cups honey and one cup baking soda added to the bath water, can exfoliate the dead skin. This warm bath will not only pamper your skin, but also bless it with moisture, nourishment, and a natural glow.

8. Lip care

Honey can also help you take care of dry and chapped lips. Prepare a natural lip scrub by mixing honey with equal quantity of brown sugar, and rub that on your lips for five minutes before rinsing it off. You can also apply honey regularly on your lips to get pink and kissable lips.

Now that you know all the amazing beauty benefits of honey, add this to your beauty kit.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8 Amazing Reasons to Add Avocados in Your Bridal Beauty Kit

Daily beauty treatments for hair and skin are of utmost importance for all brides. But, resorting to salon visits and over-the-counter products will not only burn a hole in your pocket, but might also adversely affect your looks. Well, here we have for you a solution that is natural, cheaper, and much more easily available than the parlour routines.
Avocado is one fruit that can go a long way in helping you look your best. Read further to know about the exciting beauty benefits of avocados. This would also tell you why you should add it to your beauty regime.

Glowing and Healthy Skin

Dear to-be brides, now you can ensure that your skin remains glowing and healthy by simply drinking avocado juice. Being rich in vitamin A and E, this drink will leave you with a naturally radiant skin. Also, the antioxidants in this fruit protect your skin against the damage caused by sun and pollution.

Natural Skin Cleanser

Avocados are natural skin cleansers that help to remove dead skin cells, as they is rich in vitamin A. The amino acids present in avocados also protect and cleanse your skin against harsh environmental conditions. All you need to do is add this amazing fruit to your daily diet.

Protection Against Wrinkles

The fight against wrinkles is best started early to prevent premature skin ageing, as the antioxidants present in them fight harmful free radicals. You can either add this to your diet, or apply it as a facial mask. To make a mask, mash an avocado into a pulp, and apply it on your face. Leave it on for at least 15 minute, before rinsing it off.

Skin Nourishment

The pressures of daily life can often take a toll on your skin; and avocado oil, which is easily absorbable, can easily seep into your skin pores leaving your skin nourished, healthy, and stress free. It also makes your skin smooth and supple. Avocado oil helps to replenish the lost nutrients of the skin, and improves blood circulation.

Natural Moisturiser (for dry skin)

Avocado oil is a natural skin moisturiser that can help to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated through any kind of weather. It is essentially a blessing for those who have dry skin. Just mash two avocados and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in it. Now, keep this on your skin for 20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

Natural Sunscreen

The routine of a newlywed bride can often be hectic, whether it is shopping or overlooking wedding preparations, thus leaving her skin exposed for long hours to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Avocado oil also acts as a natural and effective sunscreen. Not only this, it is also a great way to treat sunburns.

Rejuvenates Scalp

Using avocado oil for daily hair treatments can help rejuvenate the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Massage avocado oil on your hair to rejuvenate dull and damaged hair. Being a rich source of proteins, healthy fats, etc., avocado helps to promote hair growth. To prepare an avocado hair pack- mix one mashed avocado with olive oil, yoghurt, and an egg yolk. Apply this on your scalp, and rinse it off after 20 minutes.

Eye Care

Endless hours of stress, planning woes, shopping trips, and all night talks with your would-be, can leave your eyes dry and dehydrated, leading to irritation. Avocado is great for your eyes too. You can either consume it, or apply it as an eye cream. To make an eye cream- just mash a ripe avocado and add some aloe vera gel in it.

Apart from these beauty benefits, avocados are loaded with numerous health benefits as well. So do explore the goodness of this amazing fruit for yourself, and add it to your grocery list, right now!

Monday, August 25, 2014

7 ways coconut oil is the perfect beauty multi-tasker

Use this mix in the shower as a gentle scrub the sugar/salt exfoliates, while lauric acid acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. "Swishing a mouthful of cold-pressed organic coconut oil absorbs toxins from your mouth, teeth and gums. It promotes overall heath because of its intense antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties," explains Dr KP Sreekumari Amma, a practising Thiruvananthapuram-based Ayurvedic, who calls the practice by its Ayurvedic name, Gandusha. The oil's low molecular weight allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, while the fatty acids bind the protein in the hair, protecting it.
    
Exfoliator

Mix brown sugar and sea salt with coconut oil till it forms a thick paste. Use this mix in the shower as a gentle scrub -- the sugar/salt exfoliates, while lauric acid acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Add used coffee grounds to this mix to combat cellulite.

Oil pulling

"Swishing a mouthful of cold-pressed organic coconut oil absorbs toxins from your mouth, teeth and gums. It promotes overall heath because of its intense antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties," explains Dr KP Sreekumari Amma, a practising Thiruvananthapuram-based Ayurvedic, who calls the practice by its Ayurvedic name, Gandusha. Oil pulling takes some getting used to, and beginners might not be able to swish for 20 minutes. Build the time up by a few minutes every day. Do this in the morning and on an empty stomach. Just don't swallow the oil.

Hair nourisher

The oil's low molecular weight allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, while the fatty acids bind the protein in the hair, protecting it. Try this: beat two eggs with a quarter cup of warm coconut oil and massage into your scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water. The oil's lauric acid, Vitamin E and capric nourish the hair, while the eggs' protein strengthens it.

Epilator

Swap your shaving cream for coconut oil, which supports the skin's pH balance and reduces inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Using coconut oil in the place of a foaming cream results in a silky shave sans the razor burns or bumps. Plus, the fatty acids eliminate that dry sensation you get post-shave, leaving your skin feeling luxurious.

Cleanser

The high levels of Vitamin E in the coconut oil protect the skin from free radicals and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Arnett recommends using it to cleanse and remove make-up. "Use coconut oil to gently loosen make-up and it will slide right off," adds Arnett. The high levels (92 per cent) of fatty acids in it break down the make-up so it slips right off, while antioxidants protect, nourish and allay signs of ageing.

Nutrition

Once perceived as unhealthy fat, new studies prove that it's really good for you. "Coconut oil is a good source of MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), a fat that require less energy and enzymes to be digested," says Kerry Bajaj, health coach at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center founded by Dr Frank Lipman, an integrative and functional medicine expert. "Unlike other dietary fats, MCTs don't get stored as fat in the body; they get burned for energy, leading to an increase in metabolism," she says. Cook with it or add to your diet -- in your smoothie or salad.

Moisturiser

Coconut oil's tiny molecules allow it to melt into your skin and high levels of Vitamin E nourish from within. Simran Lal, CEO, Goodearth, suggests applying after a shower to create a moisture-locking seal. Kristen Arnett, an eco and sustainable beauty believer, is also a fan. "Most commercial moisturisers have a mineral oil or petroleum base, which can block pores and cause breakouts. Coconut oil has none of these side-effects." To avoid smelling like a Bounty bar, apply it after dry brushing and pre-shower.

Vogue tip

Choose the organic cold-pressed variety. Lal explains, "Regular coconut oil is extracted from dried coconut (copra) and chemically processed, resulting in a loss of vitamins and minerals. Virgin coconut oil is naturally extracted from fresh coconut. It retains a light aroma of coconut and its vital nutrients." We love the ones by Forest Essentials and Amritam (Goodearth).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

7 Best Natural Makeup Removers You can Find in Your Kitchen

Just came back home from a wedding function or a dinner date with your fiancé or a party with your friends, what is the first thing you want to do? We are sure most of you would say, change and hit the bed. But, here is what you should be doing- remove the makeup from your face, before you go off to sleep. All dermatologists and beauty experts often send out this piece of advice to the girls.
Well, gone are the days when you have to spend time rubbing that stubborn mascara off your eyes, or buying a separate remover for normal makeup and eye makeup. Forget the red puffy eyes due to the harsh chemicals in the remover, or rashes on your cheeks caused by a certain chemical in some XYZ remover. Let us ease the process towards flawless and clear skin, and tell you about a few amazing homemade makeup removers. These are effective, cheap as well as very safe. So, go ahead and try these out!

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one ingredient that serves as remover, moisturiser, lip balm, and much more. You can apply it directly as a natural cleansing oil, but just remember to wash your face once after you are done removing the makeup. Now, apply on the eyes or face to remove makeup quickly and effectively. This magical ingredient can take care of even the most resistant waterproof makeups, like mascara, quite easily.

2. Olive Oil

Technically it is two ingredient recipe, since it includes mixing 2 portions of olive oil with some water. Mix them well. Using it is very easy and safe too. But it is still better to do a skin patch test, before trying it. You can also simply soak a cotton ball in the oil, and massage that on your face to remove the makeup and dirt, but make sure that you use a tissue or a clean towel to get rid of the excess oil before going to bed. Olive oil will not only handle tough makeup products with ease, but will also calm down your irritated skin. Plus, this ingredient has anti-ageing properties in it.

3. Cucumbers

Yes, this healthy fruit can be a great makeup remover too. Just mash one cucumber into a paste, and use that to cleanse your face. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, cucumbers are well known to soothe irritated and acne-prone skin. If the makeup is tough then you can add some milk or olive oil to it.

4. Yoghurt

Another ingredient that you will find in almost every kitchen is yoghurt. It moisturises your skin and cleanses it as well. Just dip a clean cotton ball in some plain yoghurt and rub that on your face in circular motions. After that, rinse it off with some cold water.Recommended Read: Top 6 Weight Loss Exercises to Do at Home

5. Jojoba and Vitamin E oil

The jojoba oil is very similar to sebum produced by human body, while vitamin E has antioxidants necessary for protecting the skin from cosmetic damage. Both these ingredients provide a soothing and moisturising effect on the skin. Mix one capsule of vitamin E with 60ml of jojoba oil. Store this mix in a dark glass bottle, and use when required. It works best on those stubborn waterproof mascaras, liquid eyeliners, and blushes.

6. Almond Oil and Whole Milk

Milk is an amazing ingredient for your skin. It not only hydrates and moisturises your skin, but also replenishes the essential nutrients required by it. So, to a tablespoon of milk, add a few drops of almond oil, and dab onto your face with cotton balls. Remove it off with fresh cotton balls; making sure that no traces of milk is left. This is a quick remover recipe that can be assembled in short time. It will also leave you face refreshed.

7. Coconut/ Olive Oil and Baby Shampoo

One of the most effective makeup removers that can remove the toughest waterproof makeup, just needs- one cup of water with an eighth teaspoon of olive/coconut oil and one and a half tablespoon of baby shampoo (tear-free). Mix them and shake them well, and use as required.

So, leave behind those expensive makeup removers, and go for these natural ones for the sake of your skin, to get everlasting beauty!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life changing beauty tips

A small to-do or product can work miracles for your skin and hair. Mohini Mehrotra gets 10 experts to share their tried and tested beauty tips for a new, revamped you
Indulge Yourself

There are several quick cosmecutical treatments today to give your skin instant glow, hydration and plumpness. My tried-tested favourite is the Infusion Treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines and blemishes, and hydrates and brightens the skin instantly. It does not require any injections or fillers but is a salon-like budget treatment, that takes only 45 minutes. This treatment is done using special products - which are made with a synergistic combination of oxygen under pressure ( Topical Hyperbaric Oxygen), hydration factors ( Hyaluronic Acid), and ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants and amino peptides, which show visible changes in your skin after just one treatment. However, if short on time, here's a quick homemade remedy that can help remove tan and brighten up your skin in minutes: Mix yogurt with lemon juice and honey. Apply it all over your face and body. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then shower off with warm water.

Drink Up

A recently acquired beauty trick I swear by - warm herbal juice. First thing in the morning, I drink a concoction of aloevera, wheat grass and amla juice mixed in warm water. It cleanses the system and makes me look and feel good all day long. I top this up with lots of laughter and physical activity.

Tress Talk

Shine On: Product buildup can leave your hair looking dull and lifeless. Quick fix for this is the "beer treatment"; alcohol removes products that accumulate on the cuticles and hair shaft. Here's how you can do it: Shampoo your hair. Gently towel dry it. Apply a cupful of beer to the strands. Cover with a shower cap for five minutes and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Your hair will immediately look shiny. This works especially well in the summer months. 

Exotic Deep Conditioning: Mix avocado (available at gourmet food stores) with 1tbsp of a quality hair serum. Post-shampooing, smooth it onto hair from mid-length to the end of the strands, like a conditioner (applying it on the roots can leave a hard-to-clean oily residue; also tends to make hair look limp). Rinse off with water. It's guaranteed to give you lustrous hair. 

Natural Highlights: Squeeze out the juice of a whole lemon into a shallow dish. Get a new nail polish brush, dip it in the juice, and "comb" through your hair. Sit in the sun for 10 minutes. Then wash off. Do this once a week for salon-like natural highlights.

Double Impact

When it's hot and humid, sunscreen can double up as a moisturiser and a sun protector; one with a silicone base could also act as a primer for your makeup.

Organic & Real

Don't cover your skin with heavy makeup. Enhance your natural skin tone by applying a light-tinted moisturiser. Add a soft blush and nude lip colour for the perfect summer look.

Creative Use

a) Petroleum jelly works well as an eye makeup remover. It gets rid of every bit of mascara without burning the eyes.
b) I apply coconut oil on my lips every night. It makes my lips soft and smooth, and over time, removes dark patches, if any.
c) If your lips are extra-dry, apply a lip balm just before putting on the lipstick. Dab off with tissue paper, then apply the lip colour.

Age, Just A Number

A great anti-ageing solution is a supplement known as Glorious. It's a Japanese product with a natural ingredient called glucosamine, which beautifies the skin. Take one capsule orally every day. Besides this, apply a vitamin C-based serum during the daytime and a retino-based cream at bedtime. This makes for a complete anti-ageing routine.

Go Bold

When it comes to making a statement, nothing beats a red lipstick. It represents femininity and power; makeup must-have for all seasons.

Back to the roots

I believe in everything natural. A trusted tool for those looking for beautiful skin is the ancient Ayurvedic treatment - ubtan. It helps slough off dead skin, leaving it soft and radiant. Here's my must-try homemade recipe:

Ingredients

Chickpea flour (kabuli chana powder), turmeric (haldi), milk, rosewater, a few drops almond oil, pinch of saffron (kesar) and a few mint leaves.

 Method

l. Make a paste of the chickpea flour, turmeric and milk. Put aside for 10 minutes, then mix in rose water and saffron. 
2. Apply the paste in circular motions on moist skin (all over the body). 
3. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. 
4. Scrub off with lukewarm water. 
5. Apply a nourishing moisturiser immediately after drying up. 
6. Do this at least once in 15 days for skin that's firm, soft and fresh-looking all-year-round

Know Your Skin

Every one has a unique skin type, so take time to understand it and buy products that suit you, and not what someone else is using. Look for ingredients such as vitamins C and E, as they help reduce spots, even out the skin tone, and also brighten it up.