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Winter must-haves! January 17, 2014 18:19

Don't let the winter pass by without you putting your best foot forward! We tell you how to look fabulous this chill. Read on for cues. Footwear: Your wardrobe is incomplete without high heeled, high calf boots. Colors: Ditch the boring black and white and shine in navy blue, tones of purple, orange, hot pink — anything that is pretty colorful and rich. Skirts: Why just pants. Go for long, flared skirts in metallic colors or winter florals for a refreshing trend. Pants: The androgynous look with long, slouchy pants and tailored jackets look fab on both men and women. Go retro with it. Lips: Bloody  reds, moody berries and rich, heady wine colors are shades of this season. Just wear it dark. Eyes: Smoky eyes or frosty look are great for winter. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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DIY skin firming facial January 16, 2014 16:51

If snail facial or vampire facial doesn't sounds remotely interesting to you, we don't blame you. Apart from the horrifying thought of vampire blood or slimy snail paste swathed across your skin, these treatment comes with a price tag (approx. $1500) and you'd have to fly to Tokyo and shell out $250 for the snail procedure. While these facials may be trending, thanks to the hotties involved, there's little evidence that any of these have lasting benefits. To keep your skin firm and tight and fend off the wrinkles for as long as possible, we bring you a DIY homemade facial that your skin will love. Try it. Ingredients 1 egg white 3 or 4 large strawberries, hulled 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon fine cornmeal Method Whizz egg white in a glass bowl until frothy. Blend in strawberries and honey followed by cornmeal and mix. Apply to wet, clean face and leave on for twenty minutes. Rinse off with room-temperature water. This mask will help fight breakouts-you can use it anywhere you're zit-prone. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Replace your shampoo with these homemade hair rinses January 10, 2014 17:51

Like your facial skin, even your scalp needs winter TLC. Slathering conditioner post rinse and loading up on leave-in conditioner and serums aren't just enough. Care has to start from the root and from the very beginning of the process. Oiling is good and so is conditioning. But what about your shampoo? Most store-bought shampoos are high on chemicals that not only dry up your flaking scalp, but also steal shine, softness and luster from the hair. That's why we bring to you a slew of natural hair wash that will clean up your mane without taking away anything. Your hair will thank you for that! Egg yolk rinse: The perfect pamper potion for dull, damaged, dry hair, egg yolk when mixed with olive oil and applied on wet scalp not only cleanses your mane, but leaves it healed too. However,if you are averse to the stench of eggs,ensure to rinse your hair well and follow it up with a sweet smelling conditioner. Beer rinse: Beer rinse not only adds vitality to hair,but also makes it more voluminous. Lemon hair rinse: Lemon rinse will not just wash off the dandruff and grease from your hair,  but also leave it smelling great. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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DIY avocado mask for dry skin January 09, 2014 17:33

This winter, forgo all pricey facials to treat your flaking, cracking skin and rather turn to the goodness of Mother Nature to pull you out of the plight. Besides, most of the store-bought creams and face packs only boast of the goodness of natural ingredients, when in actuality, they are nothing but a chemical paste. Stash away the synthetic skincare goodies and indulge into the richness of fresh avocados. We tell you how to mix up a quick avocado mask at home and supple up your dry skin in no time. Read on. 1. Mix half a ripe avocado with 1 tablespoon of yogurt and honey each. 2. Massage onto clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. 3. Rinse. Lactic acid in the yogurt exfoliates your skin, while the avocado and honey hydrates and heals your dry skin. (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Flaunt luscious red lips January 08, 2014 17:38

What do Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani, and Taylor Swift have in common? Their signature red pout. Gloss, colored chapsticks and nude lipsticks are so passe! It's seriously the time to go foxy with full-strength red on your mouth. Daring, luscious red lips are making a statement on fashion runways and streets alike. We tell you how to wear this trend. Pick your shade If you are looking for that perfect shade of crimson to swipe over your pout, fair skinned people can opt for candy-apple red whereas those with wheatish or dark complexion can opt for ones that comes with maroon or purple accent. Pick the right kind Depending on whether you want your lipstick to last long or stand out, go for matte or gloss kinds.However, if you do not wish to go for a matte or a glossy lipstick, use a tinted one that will protect your lips as well as also add color. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Love your nails! January 07, 2014 17:27

Which girl doesn't secretly covet a set of perfectly pretty nails. But not many are lucky enough to have pretty pink talons. Dry cuticles, yellow stains, chipped nails - there is simply no end to the list of nail woes. Today, we bring you some expert tips that will keep your nails ship-shape always. Read on. - In a bowl, take some olive oil and douse your nails for 10 minutes. Wipe off excess oil with cotton wool and see your talons shine with life. Easy! - Every time you wash your hands, don't forget to apply a hand cream to prevent your hand skin from drying up. Remember,  the drier the nails, the more brittle they are. - Always opt for acetone-free nail polish removers as they won't dry your nail or leave a white mark. - Pamper your nails with a milk cream massage. - Use the end of a nail buffer to boost blood circulation in the nail bed. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Treat your skin to sugar and oil January 06, 2014 17:19

This winter, give your skin something extra! Stash away all jars and tubes of store-bought face packs and pamper your skin to the goodness of sugar and oil. As simple as they may sound, both sugar and olive oil are numero uno skin care products  that are readily available in most kitchen shelves and doesn't even cost a bomb. Spare  sometime out of your busy schedule and give your skin tender, love and care. Here is how. Just mix together two spoons of sugar and two spoons on olive oil/canola oil. You could also add a few drops of essential oil to give it a sweet scent. Take this mixture in your hand and gently massage it on your face and neck and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse you face with warm water and flaunt a never before kind of a glow. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Make your dark circles disappear in 7 days January 02, 2014 17:30

If you've been up after hours tuning in to the latest episode of your favorite TV show or staying up until dawn texting your special friend, your dark circles are probably laying testament to it. Lucky for you, there are tried-and-tested cures to your raccoon like eyes. While loading up on nutritious food like lentils, beans, fresh fruits, yogurts and unprocessed cereals will help keep those dark circles at bay, there are other quick-fixes that will remedy your woe in just no time. Read on to know. Cucumber Juice: What better than cooling astringent properties of fresh cucumber juice to battle your dark eyes. Just mix equal portions of cucumber juice with freshly squeezed lime juice, mix and apply. Keep on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Your dark circles will disappear in no time. Cooled Tea bags: Just when you need a super-fast solution to primp up your tired looking peepers, just get some frozen tea bags, rest them on your eyes for 10 minutes and wake up to sparkling fresh vision. Tomato Juice: Another great way to brush aside your dark circles is tomato juice. It contains bleaching poperties that whitens the skin around your eyes, thereby, diminishing dark circles. Just dab some around the eyes, keep on for 20 minutes and rinse off. Daily application will completely cure your dark circles. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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The beautiful wonders of honey December 27, 2013 18:23

One of the best beauty products to come out of  nature's basket - honey is wonder cure for all skin woes. Besides being a natural cleanser, honey is known to exfoliate skin and leave one with a radiant, glowing complexion. With the winters here, it's time to stock up on this sticky sweet goodness and pamper your skin to its rich benefits once in a while. Here is how: -Rinse your face with honey twice a week to keep your skin soft and blemish free. -Make a paste of honey and tomatoes  and apply this mixture on your skinfor 15-20 minutes. Wash it off and moisturize for a clear skin. -Honey is known to clear scars. -Apply plain honey for five to 10 minutes on your face and wash it off later with warm water for deep moisturizing. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Bring Glow To Your Face December 26, 2013 17:09

Face is the main part of the body that is seen, recognized and continuously looked at in the interaction by the others. That is how it is called facing. As face is more exposed than other parts of the body one likes to keep it clean, beautiful and glowing to give a pleasing ambience. But due to ageing the skin gets pale, wrinkled and lose glow. There are some tips to keep it glowing and making it more than acceptable. A simple massage makes it glow.  It is one thing you have to do it yourself.  Using your soft pads of finger tips gently rub from cheek bones to nose and back and go upwards to the temple and eyebrows.  Then take moisteriser of your choice to massage again gently from neck upwards to jaws and outer corners of your mouth with lips pursed.  A rush of oxygen will glow your skin. Sleeping face up straight will reduce the pace of ageing of the facial skin to sag and form wrinkles.  And before sleeping massage the skin on your face regularly to stimulate your skin’s fibroblasts.  It releases collagen that restores lost elasticity of the skin.  Just five minutes regular massaging will do wonders to your face. Apart from the external maintenance of the skin on your face, you can also allow your physical body system do it by equipping it with the right doses of intakes of red wine and fish.  Grapes contain resveratrol which is a powerful anti ageing antioxidant which goes into the wine made of grapes.  Take a glass of red wine every alternative day and restrict its consumption to it.  Consume oily fish once or twice a week that gives useful fat to your skin. Do it for one month to get the results.  Apart from the above another thing that helps to keep the face wrinkle free and keep it glow is going easy.  Deep feelings expressed or felt in private makes the skin sag faster than it is supposed to.  Healthy thoughts keep the face also illuminate. There of course another thing that makes the face emits illumination with knowledge that is seen in wise people and sages.  If you feel that the last two paragraphs are hard to take, ignore them and limit your facial treatment to massaging and intake as explained above which are physical in nature.   -SriJa

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Go red this Christmas! December 23, 2013 17:33

Yes, it's that time of the year again - time to party hard and paint the town red, including your mouth and nails! Red is the color of the season. So if you are yet undecided on which color dress to wear to your X-Mas party and  what color nail paint and lip color to put on, we have got you covered. With just a day to go for the Christmas eve celebrations, we bring you a slew of make-up ideas to look red-hot this Christmas. Pick your cues: Face:  Brush on some primer that is suited to the color of your skintone. Create a sheer base to avoid cakey look. If you are going for a day party, ensure to slather some sunscreen. Cheeks:  Go for colors like strawberry or plum for your cheekbones. Eyes: Too much of red can make you look over the top. To balance things, brush in white or pearl white colors above your lids. You can apply vanilla or pearl white eye shadow. Lips: Strawberry color is best  bet for your pout. Nail art: Why just paint a star and Santa Claus  when you can paint so many other things like candies and bells on your nail. If you are the adventurous kind who is always game for new trends, piercing your nails and hanging stars or candies or gifts or bells would make you really a show-stopper! (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Tartan print is in fashion this season December 20, 2013 18:26

Winter 2013-14 is all about colors, prints and patterns. Because of its schoolgirl connotation, many shun tartan print. However, if worn right, it can be both stylish and elegant without being tacky or childlike. So move over the drab denims and leather and add some spunk to your winter wardrobe with tartan prints. How to wear a Tartan Print Check your bottoms! Choose a simple pattern with not more than two colors and team it up with a simple top or shirt in the same tone. Loosen up! Oversized sweaters, long blazers, loose blouses; the fashionable antidote for the season is loose, almost mannish couture. Not only do coats keep the winter chill at bay, they go surprisingly well with both pants and skirts. Top to toe! Inspired plaids to chic couture checks, team a tartan scarf with a tartan print pant or a tartan skirt with high boots and you’re bound to score on the fashion meter. Tartan bags are also having quite a moment right now.Tartan overcoats paired with a knee-length dress look quite classy as well. Ideas from idiva (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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