We live in a world where everything we see and read on the internet makes an impact on the way we perceive and go about our lives. Many-a-times we look at how a certain celebrity or known face, or even a friend uses a particular beauty product and wonder how it would suit us… You can’t deny it, we all mentally purchase the product just by looking at it. But the first thing you need to know is that not everyone is the same. Beauty 101—No one’s skin tone, texture or type is alike. So, what’s the use of putting spends into something that just won’t give you the desired results, right?
We’re here to make your lives a little easier by helping you first and foremost determine the kind of skin you have… Because only then can you know how to get the most of it!
Excess oil production can affect your skin leaving the pores congested and clogged. This usually means that your face becomes shiny all over, no matter how many times you wash or blot it.
Here’s what you need to do:
Cleanse your skin—morning and night.
Don’t avoid moisturising. You can use an oil-free moisturiser.
Use a gentle exfoliator.
If you have acne–Use an exfoliator that has anti-bacterial ingredients.
The first indication of dry skin is that you always notice flakiness on your face. And your skin usually feels tight throughout the day.
Here’s what you need to do:
Avoid long, hot showers.
Apply fragrance-free creams.
Stay away from perfumed soaps.
Moisturise regularly. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
If your T-zone is shiny while the rest of your face is pretty normal, you have combination skin. This happens when you have different pore sizes that result in a combination of dryness and oil.
Here’s what you need to do:
Use a moisturiser that isn’t very heavy. Moisturisers with gel-like texture work best.
Gentle, daily exfoliation is important to keep your T-zone balanced.
Use blotting paper to remove excess oil from your T-zone or other oily areas.
Andddd, that’s how you know your skin type. Ta-da!
Everyone says that a nude or a neutral lipstick is a must-have in anyone’s beauty kit. But we all know the struggle of finding the right shade. In reality, it is hard to pick just one colour that’s true to your skin. So, don’t be afraid to choose colours like peach, blush pink, light brown, etc. There is no hard and fast rule to have just one neutral lip stain with you. Malaika Arora‘s beauty looks are a perfect example for this and here are a few instances to prove that:
Switching to a new hair colour is a life-changing experience. So, to pick a colour that makes this huge difference can be an intimidating task. Even in the world of hair colouring, there are enough and more trends that’ll help you make the right decision. Just like the recent one that’s making rounds on the ‘gram. Gaining quick popularity on Instagram is a rich new look called Mulled Wine Hair.
We’re all in for anything inspired by our favourite drink, even if it’s hair. Inspired by the shades of the mulled wine and its characteristics, the hair colour makes for a rich dye. This bold hue promises deep undertones of berry-red and purple. We can’t stop staring at some of these pictures, the colour is kind of mesmerising. Scroll down to see if you agree:
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There’s nothing more satisfying than getting a manicure done over the weekend. Circa back to 2015 where I reached the point of ultimate sadness while leaving the nail salon to have a dent in my freshly painted tips while digging through my handbag for a hair tie. We’ve all been there, right ladies?
That’s when I made the best decision ever—Gel manicures! They’re cute, practical and the polish won’t chip off after a shampoo wash. In short, a gel mani is indestructible if the following steps are done the right way…
Like any treatment or new tool, a manicure needs to be maintained. Regular refill visits need to be scheduled. One also has to think about their lifestyle when getting the gel put on their original nail. If your daily routine entails a lot of hands-on work or lifting it might not be the best decision to get them done.
2. The UV light
While there have been claims that the radiation from the UV light can cause cancer, it’s also most likely to well, um, not as this is a necessary step in pretty much all gel manis across the world. Nevertheless, the lesser radiation of any kind on your body, the better. So just be careful to not cause too much damage or breakage to the nail so as to reduce the number of visits to the parlour. ‘Ya feel?
3. Gel care
Frequently getting your gel refills done can be drying on your cuticles at times. Which can cause skin to tear and become weak. In that case it’s important to use a cuticle oil or a lotion to keep the area hydrated and healthy.
This usually depends on your nail growth (may vary from person-to-person) but at least once a month one would need to go in the salon for a refill. Because ain’t nobody looks good with a half grown out mani.
5. The removal
While it’s not as permanent as a tattoo, similar rules apply for its removal. Once you decide to remove the gel be prepared to see your nails naked, raw and a little brittle. Although it’ll totally be fine within a month or two, it will still leave your nail bed feeling soft and sensitive.
Everyone says that a nude or a neutral lipstick is a must-have in anyone’s beauty kit. But we all know the struggle of finding the right shade. In reality, it is hard to pick just one colour that’s true to your skin. So, don’t afraid to choose colours like peach, blush pink, light brown, etc. There is no hard and fast rule to have just one neutral lip stain with you. Malaika Arora‘s beauty looks are a perfect example for this and here are a few instances to prove that:
You might not realise but your hair can set the mood for the rest of your day. Because what’s the point of a cute outfit if your hair doesn’t behave and sit perfectly, right? Most times we reach out for a hair iron or other heating tools as a remedy, only to get further disappointed once that frizz comes back later in the day. In actuality, it isn’t the type of tool that’s the issue, it’s your hair texture that’s need to be rejuvenated. Here are a couple of hair salons to visit that will treat your hair right so that styling it won’t ever be an issue!
Service: Kerastase Fusio Dose
What it’s about: A tailor-made solution that’s solely based on your hair issues and concerns. A consultation with an expert that includes a hair scan through a diagnostic camera which pinpoints the exact texture and hair problem. Next is a 2-ingredient fused with a 20-minute head massage customised for your specific hair needs. A blow-dry post that leaves your hair fresh and super soft.
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Services: SP Keratin Restore Treatment
What it’s about: A luxury oil-infused treatment that aims at restoring keratin within your hair. It first starts off with a high-frequency machine to revive blood circulation on your scalp. Post that, a hair wash followed by a head massage with a deep conditioner leaves you relaxed and pampered.
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Service: Moroccan Oil Head Massage
What it’s about: A nourishing treatment that softens and smoothes out frizz and dry ends. A thick mask enriched with omega-3 oils and essential anti-oxidants is applied from root to tip. After which there’s a 15-minute deep scalp head massage to really work in the product leaving you with a healthier texture.
Service: The Kérastase Anti-Pollution Scalp Care Ritual
What it’s about: A multi-product used treatment to add lustre and life to limp hair. First, a clay-based mask that aims to clarify and detox your hair. Then comes a hydrating mask to replenish the moisture. A blissful head massage that followed after. And finally, a fine mist that’s sprayed all over your scalp.
Service: Power Dose Colour Treatment
What it’s about: This 10-minute treatment is essential for coloured hair that’s become dry and lifeless over time. The Power Dose Colour Treatment helps in strengthening the hair without stripping the colour off.
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Service: Fiber Ceutic Treatment
What it’s about: A relaxing treatment that revives damaged and frizzed hair by reconstructing the strands from within by ‘fiber filling’. The treatment payoff is glossier and smoother hair for up to 10 washes.
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Service: Elixir Ultime 24 Carat Ritual
What it’s about: A hair care treatment that adds softness, shine and nutrition to your locks. The 90-minute luxury spa leaves the hair nourished and rejuvenated. It also adds a layer of protection to the hair that’s suitable for all hair types.
Which hair spa will you hit up first? Let us know in the comments below.
Toners are the hidden gems of skincare. Most people overlook them and think that they are unnecessary, but in reality these products are true workhorses. Here are 5 things you need to know about toners and why you should incorporate them into your regimen.
1. They Finish Off The Cleansing Step
The main function of a toner is to complete the cleansing of your skin. Not only do they dislodge any dirt and impurities, but also take off any residue that your cleanser has left behind.
2. They Balance Your Skin
As amazing as face washes are, they tend to be alkaline in nature. By using them, our skin’s naturally acidic pH goes slightly out of whack. Toners work to restore this balance and bring the pH of your skin to its optimal level.
The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner | Source: The Body Shop
3. They Increase The Efficacy Of Your Other Skincare Products
Since toners give your pores a good, deep cleanse, they prep the skin so that the subsequent products can penetrate better. That means you get more bang for your buck for every serum and cream your purchase!
4. Every Toner Is Not Equal
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to toners. Those with sensitive skin should look for one containing chamomile, whilst products with glycolic acid work wonders on dull and congested skin. Drier skin types can get the hydration they need with a hyaluronic-based toner.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner | Source: Mario Badescu
5. You Can DIY
If you don’t want to buy a toner, you can DIY! A mixture of apple cider vinegar and water is perfect for oily skin, whilst a blend of green tea and honey works magic on dry and normal skin.
Remember to use a toner immediately after you cleanse your face, both during the day and at night. You can either pat the product in directly or soak a cotton pad and swipe it across your face.
Want to learn about any more skincare products? Comment below to let us know.
The power of social media has brought us closer to our fave Bollywood personalities like never before. We have gone from drooling over their posters to getting a sneak-peek of all their daily activities. Now we have access to their BTS team too. Yup, we’re talking about the glam team that is behind their every look.
If celebrity beauty looks are something that you would love to double-tap, then here are some handles you should be following:
Foundation may literally be the base of your makeup routine, but it isn’t always easy to find the right one! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 7 things you need to know before heading to the store.
1. The Formula
Your skin type and lifestyle play a large part in your selection. If you are always on-the-go, stick foundations are the easiest to tote around. Those with drier complexions or ones who have some time to do up their face, can opt for cream or liquid formulas. For combination-to-oily skin, powders are the best bet.
2. The Finish
Now that you’ve figured out your skin type, consider which finish you want. Usually, normal-to-dry skinned people go for luminous foundations, whilst those with oily skin veer towards matte formulas.
Love the no-makeup look? Look for a sheer foundation or one that promises natural-looking skin. For those who require a little concealing, medium coverage products are the right ones for daily use. For special occasions, choose a fully coverage formula.
4. Your Undertones
It isn’t easy to determine your exact foundation match, but it is simple to find out your undertones! People with green veins usually are warm-toned, whilst blue and purple veins signify cooler tones. If your veins look blue-green, you probably have neutral undertones.
5. The Ingredients
Your foundation can do so much more than just cover up things! Formulas with moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid are ideal for dry skin. Those with acne can look for products containing salicylic acid. Or you can double up the sun protection by getting yourself a foundation with SPF.
Whilst the store assistants are great at helping you find the perfect shade, you should keep a few things in mind too. Swatch the foundation on your jawline to see how seamlessly it will blend into your skin. Check the colour in both, store lighting and natural sunlight, to gauge how it really looks.
7. The Return Policy
Sometimes, you go home and find out that a product just doesn’t work for you! Although it’s a major bummer, remember to ask the shop for their return policies. If they don’t allow you to give back the product, ask them for samples that you can try for a few days before making a purchase.
We hope this guide will help you make the right choice! Let us know if you have any queries by leaving a comment below.
We love our Bollywood movie stars and celebrities, amirite? At most times we wonder how they do it all—Shoots, travel, events, parties, meetings; you get the gist right? Although we can never really live the life of an A-list celebrity, we can definitely feel like we can through the magic of words (and this blog).
Take for example Kangana Ranaut. A fierce woman, a talented actress and a beauty inspiration—Have you see how she rocks her curls and blonde hair? We managed to catch up with the Queen superstar where she shared her daily routine, her go-to beauty products and what she really does to stay in shape in this busy, busy world that is Bollywood!
A Day in Kangana’s Life:
7:00 AM: I like to wake up early, very early. 7:30 AM: I like exercises that allow me to stretch a lot. I enjoy pilates and yoga the most. Sometimes I workout with my trainer Sidhart Singhor.The goal is to workout at least 3-5 days per week or else I get cranky. On Sundays, I don’t move a muscle and just rest. 9:00 AM: I’m opt for a vegetarian meal—Dosa, paratha, or sometimes idli and poha. 1:00 PM: For lunch it’s dal and steamed vegetables… I like to eat a lot of rice. 4:00 PM: I keep my snack time light. I opt for a veg sandwich, toast with honey. Or just an avocado depending on where I am and what I am doing at that time. 7:30 PM: For dinner I try to keep it very light. A chapatti and dal is usually what I’ll have. 10:00 PM: I’m off to sleep early. I try to aim for about 7 hours of sleep.
Now for the key questions…
Your biggest weakness when it comes to food? And how often do you indulge in it?
“I don’t really indulge. I eat what I want to eat. I turned vegetarian a few years ago and since then I’ve been sticking to Indian food because it has a lot of vegetarian options. I like homemade food and every day I decide what I want to eat; I like beans, different kinds of potato recipes with green vegetables and rice.”
Do you follow any diet or cleanse?
“I don’t diet at all. When I’m travelling I eat unhealthy all the time because that’s what is available. Then when I’m back home to my routine I try to eat veggies, homemade food cooked in organic spices. I also make sure that my food is cooked in desi ghee.”
What is your night-time skincare routine like?
“Before going to bed, if my skin is acting up or is really sensitive I apply a face pack. If my skin is chilled out then I just wash my face, use a toner and a dry cream like Boro Plus lotion before bed.”
Do you visit a dermatologist?
“I don’t really have a dermatologist. I have a doctor, Reshma from Bandra who I go to for acne treatments if I breakout sometimes. “
What makeup will you not leave home without?
“If I am on my own and not doing much I just apply a little bit of concealer and blush. I feel like that just makes a lot of difference.”
What is the one makeup product you cannot live without?
“Lip balm. You can use lip balm as it’s an antiseptic cream if you have chapped lips. I usually use Boro Plus.”
How do you pamper your hair? Do you use a hair product or treatment?
“If I am coming back from a long shoot schedule and if my hair is dry and damaged, then I go for a hair spa. But there’s isn’t any routine to it.”
Do you meditate? If so, for how long and when?
“Yes, I meditate a lot. It varies between 20-25 minutes and sometimes just 3 minutes. It’s hard to sit still depending on the stress level that you’re dealing with, like filming or rushing to go somewhere. So it really depends.”
What helps you to meditate?
“Yoga. I think the idea of yoga is to balance it all out. It helps you to sit still and be calm, center your energy and balance your thoughts. On an ideal day I would do yoga for 45 minutes and then meditate for 20 minutes.”