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Glow Girl, Glow… Top Esthetician Secrets!

Glow Girl, Glow… Top Esthetician Secrets!

Get pink-cheeked pretty with these high-performance specialized facials that treat skin conditions too.

Gone are the days when facials were just a cleansing-massaging-pampering experience. Today, they are full-blown science-backed skincare regimens that resolve those niggling problems. Often these treatments are accompanied by a skin analysis by a dermatologist, followed by an appointment with the in-house doc at a medispa or a skin clinic. And whatever your needs, the treatments are custom-made for you. Your neighborhood parlor, though, is not going to be able to carry them out. Get the low down on some skin savers and zero down on the one most suited for you.

Pampered Skin - After an Ultrasonic Facial Peel

Pampered Skin – After an Ultrasonic Facial Peel

 

Ultrasonic Facial

This facial removes the outer layer of the skin for complete renewal. The treatment uses a probe-like device emanating low-frequency sound waves (like in that of an ultrasound) to activate the skin’s metabolism, preparing it for deep penetration of topical treatments and skincare products.

Who needs it: This facial improves blood circulation, lightens blemishes, acne scars, hyper pigmentation, and also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Good for all skin conditions, it is especially effective for those with sensitive skin, thin skin, acne, rosacea, burn marks, blackheads and whiteheads.

 

Derma Facial

Derma Facial

 

Polishing Peel Facial

This technique uses refined crystals that move in high velocity on the surface of the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells, blemishes and large pores. Called microdermabrasion, it smoothens and revitalizes complexion. A popular treatment in this genre is diamond polishing: the skin is polished with a diamond tip. Youth Fill therapy that includes microdermabrasion, micro-circulatory massage with argan oil and seaweed mask is an anti-ageing polishing facial for women above 30.

Who needs it: Diamond polishing removes acne scars, uneven skin tone and dark circles. It is great for normal to oily skin but is not meant for dry skin. Try it at a leading medispa or top skin clinics.

 

AHA Facial

Done with creams formulated with alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or fresh fruit pulps, this facial rejuvenates skin by shedding old, sun-damaged surface skin cells. Banana is used for dry skin and orange for oily skin. AHAs present in fruits or products loosen glue-like substances that hold the surface skin cells to each other, therefore removing dead skin cells.

Who needs it: AHA acids are known for their potent anti-ageing effects. It unclogs pores leading to clear skin and is recommended for those prone to mild or hyper pigmentation and premature wrinkling. Other advantages include Continue reading “Glow Girl, Glow… Top Esthetician Secrets!” »

Bitter Wicked Panache !

Bitter Wicked Panache !

Love Affair with Chanel

He is one of the most influential not to say outspoken leaders in the fashion world credited with re-inventing the famous Chanel brand. Karl Lagerfeld has taken one of Coco Chanel’s most iconic garments and immortalized it in a rather idiosyncratic way. Coco Chanel’s little black jacket is versatile, timeless and some would say iconic. And now its revamped in a series of photographs taken by Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
The Fashion designer has persuaded his celebrity friends Yoko Ono, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lilly Allen amonst others to pose in the jacket first created in 1916 for the london runway.

Lilly Allen

Lilly Allen & Kate Moss in Chanel

 

The son of a hamburg industrilaist when he is not taking photos, lagerfeld is one of the fashion worlds most influential designers. As well as his Chanel job he also runs two other fashion houses designing for Fendi and Chloe.
You do recognize his style from miles and miles away. What I love is that its the simplest things you have such an alure. A very very private man who has perfected being an extraordinary public.

The one and only Coco Chanel

The one and only Coco Chanel

Fendi Fashion show in Great Wall - Beijing

Fendi Fashion show in Great Wall – Beijing

He produces 8 collections every year for Chanel and 4 for Fendi. (2- pre-fall, 2 -fall)
What we know is that is a tremendous amount of work and this is makes him a force to reckon with.  He staged the first fashion show ever on the Great wall in Beijing for Fendi. It was an incredible spectacle but you can only imagine the hideous logistical details that would have to go into something like that. He’s been the realm of Chanel now for more than Continue reading “Bitter Wicked Panache !” »

Revamp your beauty with Gel-based Make-up!!!

Revamp your beauty with Gel-based Make-up!!!

Forget your trusty, old loot and restock your vanity case with this new beauty booty. Revamp your beauty bag with power products, invest in bright make-up colors, slick up sexy oils and hit the fragrance counter for new floral scents.

Matte Nail-Polish

This year sees a definite shift in nails with drugstore and high-end brands bringing out matte enamels.

Why it works: The reason for this is because a lot of bright make-up is au courant; a matte finish on nails prevents the look from going over the top. You can use the matte texture on the entire nail and a shiny polish in the same hue just on the tips, for a reverse French manicure.

Matte nail shades

Matte nail shades

Liquid Lipstick

Liquid lipstick has been around for a while but has been shelved into the gloss category because of it’s in between textures. Today’s products move way ahead with vivid color and soft, long-lasting wear.

Why it works: You can use them because they provide bright color and a variety texture, and unlike traditional matte lipsticks, they feel supremely hydrating.

blood red liquid lipstick

blood red liquid lipstick

Long-Lasting Gloss

For years women have worn and enjoyed gloss with a single gripe: it doesn’t last. Of late, all that is changing with Continue reading “Revamp your beauty with Gel-based Make-up!!!” »

10 simple and super effective ways to live healthy ever after.

10 simple and super effective ways to live healthy ever after.

Your partner’s weight – not his sparkling eyes or sense of humor – may have been what drew you to him, finds research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Couples tend to share similar body fat levels when they meet – and are likely to stay that way over the years. Similarly other research shows that if one partner improves his/her habits, the other may follow suit. Here are 13 lifestyle tips to be healthy together.

Workout together!

Workout together!

Motivate and reward

Be it the extra inches around the waist or a belly, it’s important to not shame your partner over his body. Start by talking about fitness and adding that both of you need to dedicate some time to exercise everyday for a long and healthy life together. Set small goals like scheduling a run three times a week or losing 2 kilos, and reward each other for the hard work with a thoughtful gift. A reward system works well to stay on track. Also track your progress on your smart phone or tablet with apps like Nike+ Running, My fitness Pal or Calorie Counter. You could even start a Continue reading “10 simple and super effective ways to live healthy ever after.” »

Skin Care for Evening Time !

Skin Care for Evening Time !

PM ROUTINE

The night routine for your skin care is necessarily different from the morning routine.

Cleansing

The first step of cleansing remains the same but the second step I recommend is exfoliation for all skin types, except sensitive skin.

beauty is skin deep

beauty is skin deep

Exfoliating

This literally means ‘skin stripping’. It is an important step in skin renewal and gives you visibly glowing skin after about a month of usage. Chemical exfoliation is different from using physical scrubs like the walnut or apricot scrubs which are available in the market. Chemical exfoliating agents work at a Continue reading “Skin Care for Evening Time !” »

Skin Care for Morning Time

Skin Care for Morning Time

There is no escaping the fact that skin is an external organ, what we physically put or don’t put on it also contributes to the way our skin looks and feels. If you look around you, you will find that every person’s skin looks very different in appearance and texture. We also know that there are different skin types which account for differences in oiliness, dryness and other skin attributes.

We are all busy with our daily lives and a common complaint I hear is that ‘I don’t have so much time to spend on my skin’. But your skin care routine should not into your busy schedule or be so enormously time-consuming that only a dedicated few can devote time towards it. All it requires is 20 minutes of your time, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 in the evening. If you are really pushed for time you can even reduce it to 5 minutes in the morning and 15 at bedtime. This is what I call the AM PM plan for beautiful, naturally glowing skin.

skin care - cleansing

skin care – cleansing

AM ROUTINE

Begin your skin cleansing routine every morning by cleansing your skin well.

Cleansing

Cleansing is necessary for skin of every type. What really differs, if at all, could be the kind of cleanser you use. As a general rule, soaps are best avoided for cleansing facial skin. A soap-free face wash is ideal for this purpose.

If you have oily to normal skin, it is best to use a mild, non-perfumed, medicated cleanser like Cetaphil cleanser, Neutrogena deep cleanser, etc. There is no particular advantage to Continue reading “Skin Care for Morning Time” »

Top Trends for 2014

Top Trends for 2014

Welcome back to my new year fashion. What better way to start than with the top trends for the year 2014. All these collections have been featured in the spring collection of runway fashion

2014 spring colors

2014 spring colors

1) Boxy Crop Tops

We’re kicking off with a familair concept. Crop Tops!!! They took over our closets in 2013 but they aren’t going anywhere just yet. However you can expect a boxier silhouette as shown on the runways by Derek Lam, BCBG and Zimmermann. The main component to this trend is the sleeve length that hits just at the elbow but in a very loose boxy manner. A seamless trend with a fitted pencil skirt gives every woman her shape. It also includes a coated texture which is currently trending. So far i havent seen much of this style in the stores but checkout Zara which has a ray of colors and patterns. (Fedoras can be worn on bad hair days and are women’s new BFF :))

boxy top with pencil skirt

boxy top with pencil skirt

2) Lets Get Physical

Another trend a design that is all ready to let go of just yet is the athletic or sporty thing. This was shown by Marc by Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. And then Gucci and Robin burn pitched in with a heavy focus on Continue reading “Top Trends for 2014” »

Holy Basil in Exotic Flavors!

Holy Basil in Exotic Flavors!

Organic India

Tulsi (Holy Basil) green tea is not just healthy but is a well known secret to prevent ageing. Getting back in shape the healthy way is super easy with Tulsi Green Tea. The double benefits of Tulsi and Green Tea give you a faster metabolism that makes weight management easy. Their rich antioxidants help prevent ageing, letting you look good and feel healthy.

Holy Basil - Tulsi plant is worshipped in Hindu Religion

Holy Basil – Tulsi plant is worshipped in Hindu Religion

Each one of us needs an individual diet plan depending on our body type and need. While there is no “ideal diet plan”, you should thrive for losing weight with a balanced diet. There is no right food or wrong food; eating in moderation is the key to healthy weight management. It is best to consult your dietician or nutritionist on what works the best for you. Here are some useful tips.

Basil Leaves

Basil Leaves

– Begin your day with honey and lemon squeezed into lukewarm water. Followed by a Continue reading “Holy Basil in Exotic Flavors!” »

Vibes of Venice !!!

Vibes of Venice !!!

Venice has quite the reputation  – one steeped in gorgeous gondoliers, carnivals and a whole lot of money. Let’s explore its must sees and secrets, all with a happy face and an empty stomach.

When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore, Dean Martin croons in my head. There’s just something about this romantic city of 118 islets (though some may say it’s 121) that brings out the sap in me, and the good-looking gondolier giving me the once-over isn’t hurting matters at all. Don’ worry it’ll probably have the same effect on you, and you’ll discover along the way that this city isn’t only about the canals (or the gondoliers manning them).

Venice and its paradise

Venice and its paradise

Perhaps its the sprinkling of moonlight on the canals, perhaps it’s the devastatingly handsome Italian men who will unabashedly profess their love for you and make and make you swoon, or Continue reading “Vibes of Venice !!!” »

Stories of Silk

Stories of Silk

A tiny village, just outside the Murshidabad district in West Bengal, is keeping the tradition of weaving alive!

Life takes a sudden hectic turn at Tantipara, a textile village on the outskirts of Murshidabad. Skeins of silk literally spill onto the streets as looms clatter rhythmically under the labors of skilled weavers. Men, young and old, dexterously separate strands stretching down the entire length of the lane. Watching the super long threads bounce and quiver together is quite a sight.

silk weaving

silk weaving

It takes around four days for a single weaver to make one simple sari and much longer to craft a Baluchari, the renowned Bengali sari adorned with large mythological motifs in gold and silver zari, worn by women of upper-class and zamindari families.

Baluchari sari - heavy work

Baluchari sari – heavy work

A heavy Baluchari fetches around $200.00 and urban demand is only rising. Saris have broad borders, adorned by brocaded gold patterns. And so, unlike the tranquil riverside villages, time races ahead here and tradition flourishes with untiring speed. In the artisans determination to stay relevant echoes the unsung song of Murshidabad.

indian motifs

indian motifs

DIVINE DHARMAVARAM

Silk is not just confined to Murshidabad but has its presence in several parts in India. Dharmavaram silks have been popular Anantapur district in the state of  Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its cotton and silk weaving industries. Dharmavaram saris comprise heavy ‘pallus‘ with exclusive designs. Their broad solid colored borders with contrast ‘pallus‘ are desired by every woman.

Dharmavaram silks

Dharmavaram silks