Thursday, 23 April 2015

Find perfect jeans for your body shape

Find perfect jeans for your body shape

Jeans have long been a wardrobe essential, but we all struggle to find the perfect shape to fit our figure. Getting your hands on the right pair of jeans can be a nightmare. So, before you hit the high street, check out what style is best for your shape.

Skinny fit If you're blessed with long slim legs, show them off in a pair of skinnies. And even if you've got big thighs, you can team them up with a long shirt or jumper to keep your curves under wraps.
Bright and prints: Coloured and patterned jeans are set to be a big trend this season. Bright shades look great on slim legs. Curvy girls should pick darker shades, which will give you a slimmer appearance. Wear with a must-have oversized sweatshirt for an off-duty look.

High waisted: If you have a round tummy, these are great for holding everything in and will stop muffin tops from spilling over the sides. Team with a blouse or even a loose-fitting jumper to disguise lumps and bumps.

Boyfriend: This style is great for disguising a big bum and thighs. For a fuller figure, wear with a cropped jacket to create a slim silhouette. Stay clear of baggy tops as these will only make you appear bigger.

Flares: These are all over the catwalk at the moment. Which is great news as they're perfect for pear shapes. The wider leg balances out hips while darker denim is more flattering on curves. Add heels to elongate your legs even more.

beauty tips

Benefits of aloe vera for your face

Benefits of aloe vera for your face

Aloe vera apart from clearing blemishes off your face, takes care of other skin problems too. Here are a few to mention...

Aloe vera is probably one of the best skin care ingredients that not only helps heal blemish

marks but also makes your skin super soft and smooth. It is known to be one of the healthiest skin care ingredients that hydrates your skin from within.
Heals wrinkles and fine lines
Aloe vera is known to heal wrinkles and fine lines off your skin. Regular application of aloe vera will soften the lines and eventually help it disappear.

Repairs cracked feet
During the colder months, you are bound to develop cracked heels. To treat this problem, apply a few drops of aloe vera on your heels and massage it gently. Remember not to rub it in too hard.

Heals chapped lips
Constant exposure to pollution eventually makes your lips look chapped. Before you go off to bed at night, apply a generous amount of aloe vera on your lips to make it soft and smoot 

Head-to-toe wedding prep up guide

Head-to-toe wedding prep up guide

  • If you want to look like a million bucks on your big day, you need to go beyond your make-up routine and trousseau. Follow this simple beauty and grooming tips a few weeks in advance. 
    For the bride 
    Face Instead of experimenting with cosmetic treatments, it is always advisable to opt for natural therapies, when it comes to facials, as these are safer. Homemade packs are the best options. With fruits oils and other herbs, one can get rid of problems like acne, spots, uneven skin tones, dark circles, pimple marks etc. You can use ingredients like turmeric, sandalwood, honey, besan, curd, multani mitti, tomato, cucumber, papaya etc. for your skin. Cleanse your face with a cleanser every morning before taking a bath. Apply moisturiser to keep your skin moist. If you have oily skin, use a water-based moisturiser. This will help you reduce black heads and white heads and keep your skin baby soft. 

    Hair Cut your hair two weeks in advance, so it won't look too blunt. Have a colour touch-up around this time as to give it time to settle in. Go traditional. Soak reetha (soap nuts) and amla (gooseberry) overnight. Mash them properly, apply that paste on your hair the next morning and wash; you will get a silky smooth mane. Twice a week, indulge in hot oil treatment, preferably using coconut or almond oil to improve the quality of your hair. Whenever you apply this treatment, don't forget to cover your head with a hot towel. This will allow the hair and scalp to absorb the oil properly. If your hair is too fine and your want to give it volume, use a curd and egg mask weekly. 

    For a homemade hair mask, take 2 tbsp curd, honey and olive oil and add a few drops of almond oil and a mashed ripe banana. Mix them properly and leave it on your hair for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. 

    Warning Do a trial of the cosmetics and makeup that you are going to use on the big day in advance, to rule out any reaction or skin allergy. Avoid trying new products. These may have worked for your friend, but can have a bad reaction on your skin. Don't overdo skin treatments at the local parlour. Discuss with your doctor in detail what your priorities and preferences are and what can be done in the available time. 

    Body Go for body polishing for a golden glow on skin. An aromatic deep massage will smoothen your skin and also help you relax. Waxing will not just get rid of body hair but will also remove dead skin. Full body bleach will lighten your skin. Opt for this procedure twice a month. For soft feet, rub your soles with a good quality pumice stone. 

    For shiny nails Many people face the problem of dryness and dullness of nails. To prevent this, immerse nails in lukewarm castor oil for some time every day. You can also apply glycerin, lemon juice or almond oil for strong and shiny nails. 

    For the groom 

    While the groom doesn't have to upstage the bride on their wedding day, it's essential that he too must look presentable. 

    Facial hair trim A little sculpting and tweaking can do wonders in framing your face. Take control of wild eyebrows and nose hair. If you have a unibrow, don't forget to get it plucked. 

    Go for regular facials Whether it's last-minute planning stress or sleep deprivation, your skin will lose it's glow. Facials are great for improving the overall look of skin before an important event. They will help remove grease, grime and polish the skin so it looks smoother and younger. 

    Don't ignore the hands Weeks before the wedding, prep your hands by regularly applying a hand lotion. Apart from this, use a pumice several times a week to remove calluses. Soaking the hands in warm, soapy water before using the pumice will soften them. Finish off with a rich, nourishing oil-free hand cream. 

    Get a Haircut But don't experiment with a new cut too close to the wedding day. A haircut one week before is ideal. It will allow the hair to settle. 

    Brighten those pearls For a sparkling white smile, cut down on caffeine and tea a few weeks before the wedding and try using an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. You can also consider professional bleaching by a dentist. 

    Saturday, 28 March 2015

    किचन में है स्किन मैजिक.....

    अगर आपकी आंखों के नीचे काले घेरे हैं तो कच्चे आलू के टुकड़ों को प्रभावित स्थान पर रगड़ें। आप चाहें तो आलू को कुचलकर इसका गूदा भी प्रभावित जगह पर लगा सकती हैं। आलू के प्रयोग से काले घेरों से छुटकारा मिलेगा।
    इसमें मौजूद पोषक तत्व जैसे आयरन और विटामिन ए त्वचा के लिए बहुत फायदेमंद है। इसका जूस निकालकर या इसे उबालकर त्वचा पर मलने से सौंदर्य में निखार आता है।
    अगर आपके चेहरे पर असमय झुर्रियां पड़ गई हैं तो बंदगोभी के पत्तों का रस निकालकर इसमें एक टीस्पून शहद मिलाकर चेहरे पर लगाने से लाभ मिलेगा।
    गाजर का रस निकालकर त्वचा पर लगाकर कुछ समय के लिए छोड़ दें। तत्पश्चात साफ पानी से धो लें।
    टमाटर का सेवन करने से एक ओर जहां स्वास्थ्य सही रहता है। वहीं इसका उपयोग सौंदर्य निखारने में भी किया जा सकता है। टमाटर का रस निकालकर नींबू के रस की कुछ बूंदें मिलाकर चेहरे पर लगाने से स्किन मुलायम होती है और उसमें निखार आता है।
    संतरे का रस निकालकर इसे रुई के फाहे से या साफ हाथों से चेहरे पर लगाने से त्वचा मुलायम होती है। यही नहीं संतरे के छिलकों को गुलाबजल एवं बेसन में मिलाकर लगाने से मुहांसों से राहत मिलती है। साथ ही त्वचा में निखार भी आता है।

    How to maintain luscious healthy lips

    How to maintain luscious healthy lips
    - Choose a lip balm with a base of beeswax, petroleum jelly or paraffin - as they help in sealing the moisture.

    - Avoid smoking and excessive intake of alcohol and caffeine, as they cause darkening of lips.

    Printed pants for spring and summer

    Printed pants for spring and summer

    Prints are always in vogue. They come in various colours and range from animal prints to pretty floral ones. Prints draw attention to your legs so it is easy to sport them wrong, but when paired right, you are sure to look your trendiest best. Here are our tips to sporting them...

    Opt for a plain top: You don't want to go out looking like a table cloth, so when wearing printed pants, play it down with the top and choose one that is in the same colour as that of the prints. Pick stylish tops rather than simple ones for a sophisticated look. But always avoid figure hugging tops.

    Team it up with accessories: Since your top will be plain, a pretty neckpiece works wonders to your outfit. But again, don't overdo it. Bracelets or watches are options for a casual look. Pair these withcolourful, but plain, handbags and wallets.

    Neutral footwear: A pair of chic footwear in a nude colour looks best with printed pants -be it loafers, bellies or pumps. If your printed pants are of a neutral colour, such as black or white prints, choose footwear in hot colours and contrasts.

    Go classy: Printed pants have even made their way into offices, so you can attempt to look formal by pairing it with a plain and light jacket at day and a darker one looks great for the night.

    Makeup and hair: Dark shades of makeup are a big no. Ensure your makeup is neat, but your hair messy .A loose braid, side pony or hair let down works best. Tying up your hair gives you a serious look.

    Thursday, 26 March 2015

    How to make hair removal wax at home

    Step 1Take a saucepan and heat some sugar in it. Keep stirring until it starts melting. Let the sugar caramelise.Step 2Mix in a few drops of honey and lemon into the mixture. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes really hot.
    While stirring, you need to make sure that the wax has good consistency .
    Step 3
    If you think that the mixture is too thick, add a little water to it and keep mixing.
    Step 4
    Once the mixture is ready , take it off the stove and keep it at room temperature for about an hour and allow it to cool down.
    Step 5
    Once the wax has been cooled, take a tin container and refrigerate it.
    Benefits of using homemade wax
    - Compared to the ones that are available in the market, a homemade wax has several benefits. Here are a few.
    - Since the wax is made using natural ingredients, it makes your skin soft and glow.
    - You are not likely to develop any skin rash or infections by using homemade wax.
    - It will remove the hair as well as will also moisturise your skin.
    - Homemade wax lessens the production of hair, so the next time you wax, you will realise that the hair growth has considerably reduced.
    - It will exfoliate your skin and also open the pores of your skin to allow the dirt to get out.
    How to take care of your skin after waxing
    - Always apply a moisturiser after you are done waxing.
    - You can also wet the skin us ing a damp cloth so that it stays nourished and does not dry out immediately .
    - Avoid going out in the sun too much after waxing. In case you have to, always wear a sunscreen.
    - Avoid taking warm or hot wa ter showers after you've waxed. This will strip you off the essential oils.
    - Before you go to bed at night, apply a nourishing lotion on the area so that your skin stays moisturised.
    - If the area starts itching or turns red, apply talcum pow der to reduce it.
    - You can also try applying a cube of ice on the affected area to reduce the redness.
    There are times when you can't find the time to visit the salon to get your waxing done. When that happens, it's better to get waxed at home instead of shaving.

    Homemade fruit masks.....

    Homemade fruit masks

    Fruit masks are now the in thing. With the vitamins and minerals present in fruits it immediately gives a boost to your skin. So this summer eat lots of fruits and now even apply them. 

    Banana: You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste. Gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
    Tomato: This helps a lot in clearing the scarring and pimples also. Rub a thin slice of tomato on your face. Let it dry then wash with cold water or you can also squeeze a tomato and apply on your skin. The seeds give a scrubbing action while you wash it off.

    Grape pulp: You can apply it to get rid of blemishes and minor acne. Mash the grapes to obtain the pulp of the fruit. Apply onto your face and leave on till it dries. Then wash it off.

    Papaya pulp: This natural face mask is wonderful for tanned skin. It rejuvenates skin and makes it glow. Take a ripe papaya, and scoop out the pulp. Massage on to damp skin for 15-20 minutes and wash it away.

    Sunday, 8 March 2015

    Turkey's fashion brand Koton arrives in India

    Indian men can now jazz up their wardrobe with Turkish brand KotonA's spring-summer collection. 

    Ecommerce site FashionAndYou has tied up with the Turkish brand Koton to unveil its spring-summer collection of apparel. 

    Designed to blend the latest trend with the classic shades of white, blue and grey, the brand has a range of shirts and t-shirts for men. 
    The brand, known to combine unique creations with the seasonA's latest trends, is available with a discount of 60 percent off on all its offering. 

    A"We are extremely delighted to partner with Koton, the globally-renowned brand for stylish cotton clothing, soothing fragrances, snazzy accessories and stands for everything that defines fashion,A" Utsav Malhotra, FashionAndYou general manager (Sales), said in a statement. 

    Get that floral print look right

    Floral prints can be worn by women of all shapes, but if you are on the heavier side, opt for smaller prints. It is advisable to stay away from bigger prints if you're petite too.

    Wednesday, 4 February 2015

    Heard of the eyebrow mascara?

     Why is it used? 
    If you've been in love with supermodel Delevingne's thick eyebrows, the eyebrow mascara is your best bet. They not only control unruly eyebrows but also make them look attractive. 

    Clear or tinted? 
    Eyebrow mascaras are two types - clear and tinted. Clear ones are good for those who have naturally lush eyebrows while tinted ones work better for women who want to enhance their light brows. 

    How to use it? 
    First cleanse and tone your face and go onto applying your regular makeup like a foundation or a BB cream. Then use the wand to apply the mascara directly on to the brows combing in an upward motion. Fill the empty spaces but don't overdo as you don't want to make it look unnatural.

    Homemade face packs for tan removal

    Homemade face packs for tan removal

    Sure you have waited for long to go for that vacation and enjoy a little tanning session. But then when you come back home you realise that the little tan sessions went too ahead leaving you with tanned hands, face and practically the whole you. So here are certain home remedies which will help you to get rid of tanned skin

    1. Cucumber, Rose Water and Lemon Juice: While lemon acts as natural bleach, cucumber and rose water acts as cooling agents. In a small bowl take a table spoon each of cucumber juice, lemon juice and rose water and mix in well. Apply the mix with cotton on tanned areas and keep it for about 10 minutes. Then wash it off with cold water. Apply this pack every day after you get back home from the sun.

    2. Gram flour and turmeric mix: Mix two tablespoons of gram flour with a pinch of turmeric, a tablespoon of milk and a table spoon of crushed orange peel in a bowl with cold rose water. Apply the mix on clean face and let it dry for about 15-20 minutes. Once the pack dries, slowly remove the pack by scrubbing gently in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction; the exfoliation effect will help in removing the tan.

    3. Oat Meal and Butter Milk: While butter milk is an excellent source for soothing skin and healing blisters and oatmeal is a great natural scrub. In a bowl mix two tablespoon of oatmeal with three-four tablespoons of butter milk and apply on tanned areas. Gently massage in circular motion; let it stay for 15-20 minutes and cleanse with water.

    4. Milk and strawberry: Not only is this combination a healthy one, it also helps in improving skin complexion and reduction of dark spots, freckles and even pigmentation. Take four-five crushed strawberries and mix it with two tablespoons of milk cream and apply it on face. Let it stay for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse it with fresh water.