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Don't let it split! November 14, 2013 17:30

Trying to fix your split shafts is very much like trying to affix a split nail: it won't happen! There is absolutely no way you can seal your split once the ends have frayed. So the only option to get them off your head is to run a scissor through it. However, if you have been trying to grow your hair long, snipping off your mane could be really heart breaking. So what do you do? Well, as they say, prevention is better than cure. If you can't go for a hair cut every six weeks, this is what you can do to minimize hair damage. Opt for alcohol free shampoos that are known to hydrate your hair unlike the harsh shampoos that will make your shaft drier. Also, always rinse your hair with cold water to avoid your mane from drying up and splitting. Never towel dry your hair. Rubbing it up against your towel can strip it off of its much needed moisture. Also, steer clear of blow dryers unless you have to. Air drying your hair is possibly the best way to minimize daily damage. Once the shaft splits, it's best to get a hair cut. Getting rid of dry, frayed hair will ensure that you sport lovely locks, top to end. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Buh-bye puffy eyes! November 13, 2013 16:43

Someone has rightly said that your eye is like a Facebook status update - it reveals everything. Whether you are rebounding from a long night or have been working long hours, we bring you expert tips on how to make your peepers look less of puffball and more awake and bright eyed! Sleeping longer can cause fluid around your eyes to pool up, resulting in swelling and rings. The quickest way to depuff is to apply a cold compress to your eyes. That way, you would look less like a blowfish and more of a beauty. If you have a few extra minutes to spare, you can dunk a cotton ball in  rose water and cucumber juice and dab it over your eyes gently for a quick perk-me-up. You can also use the reverse side of a cold spoon to flatten your eye bag. Trust us, it's effective. All tested and tried, ensure you guzzle gallons of water. That will minimize damage to the delicate skin around your eyes like nothing else. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Beauty bummers brides should avoid November 12, 2013 17:12

With the wedding season on, it's time for the brides to spruce themselves up for the big day in a big way. Agreed, it's the most important day of your life. And the real secret  to look really beautiful on your D-day is to relax and keep it simple - you want to look like yourself, only better!  Here we bring you some beauty bummers to avoid that will help you look and feel fabulous on your wedding day. Hair bang, bang While it's absolutely fine to go with a hairstyle with bangs and fringes that you think is timeless or head-turning, make sure it isn't the kind of a style that you later wish you could have given a skip. Hair on the face can make you look outright clumsy. So plan your hairdo with great care. When in doubt, ask your stylist for advice. Spur of the moment gaffe No matter what, never, ever drive yourself to a drastic, spur-of-the-moment measures, like changing your blouse or shoes. You might be following your gut that way, but switching at the last minute to something that's  way different from what you had originally planned could be asking for disaster. Ill-fitted ensemble If you wish your wedding trousseau to fit you to the T, do all the nip and tuck days ahead of the D-day to avoid any last minute goof up. After all, you wouldn't want your blouse to be gaping a bit in the bust. It would do you good to take photos of yourself at the second to last or last fitting and check how the ensemble looks from all angles and while you're moving in it. Tried-and-tested Never mind how many trials you have undergone, the hairstyling and make-up on the D-day won't be the  same as the trials. It will help to have pictures of your trials handy and communicate them to your stylists. However, you might end up making slight tweaks here and there. The idea is to avoid last-minute changes and settle with the tried-and-tested. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Color Correction Cream Available Now! November 11, 2013 17:47

BB creams are passe! It's time to go next-level lovely with CC creams, the new armor in every lady's beauty kit. If you have stampeded through the department and drugstores to get hold of that one magical cream that covers both your blemish and corrects your color in a snap, here it is! CC cream or complexion or color correction cream is the latest buzzword in the beautysphere, with brands like Chanel, Clinique and Olay releasing their own versions of this all-in-one makeup and skincare formula packed with SPF, moisturizer, and anti-aging properties. Not only does this feather-light and easily blendable cream offer a luminous coverage, but also fights free radicals like nothing else. Result, a younger looking, radiant skin. Not just that. This tone corrector cream comes heavily loaded with SPF  that keeps the much-unwanted UV rays at bay. And the best part, it's so fine that it blends into all skin colors, including the darker ones, without leaving that ashy-gray tint. This cream addresses the usual brown skin concerns-oily skin, hyperpigmentation, oversized pores, ashiness to the T. Such a bliss! The ultimate early morning pick-me-up, CC creams boots out raccoon like dark circles and sallowness in a snap, making you look smashing hot in an instant. Be camera ready, party ready, meeting ready or your best ready always with this new beauty evolution. Try it on! AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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French manicure goes floral October 28, 2013 17:50

Why settle for the boring old school French manicure when you could do so much with it. This festive season,  try something new. Give the old school style a contemporary twist with some floral bling. Not only will it make your talons stand out, but also attract envious glances. To create wonders, first paint your nails with French manicure shades. Next, using a thin tip paint brush, draw dots in the center, creating teardrops for the flowers. For added bling, you can stick a crystal in the dot.Now draw the edges with glitter polish for added effect. This is just one idea. You can experiment with flowers and paints anyway you like. If you love floral prints, then the bloom pattern might be the thing for you. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Find your pretty side, instantly October 17, 2013 18:02

There are days when you just cannot bring yourself to go through the entire grind of putting on makeup. Still, you do not want to step out of the house looking dull. For the busy bees who want to prettify their face instantly, here goes. To mask a tired looking face, dab on a little shimmer around the corners of the eyes and over the cheekbones. Sprinkle some more near the brow and temples. This gives and instant illusion of sparkling beauty. Keep at hand a reserve of under eye cream. Try for one of those roll on types that allow you to hide the under eye shadows on the go. Though this helps temporarily, getting that beauty sleep does wonders to your eyes and skin, not to mention your mind. There is another natural way to rejuvenate instantly. Breathing deeply and drinking lots of water brightens you up in ways you can both see and not see. You begin to feel fresh and upbeat when you draw in that precious oxygen deeply into your lungs. Of course, there is no need to emphasize the necessity of sufficient water. Moving on, keep a mascara in your purse at all times for those emergency moments. Applying a little mascara opens up the eyes, making them look pretty and alert. Another must have is a good lipstick. Prefer one with a moisturizer and sunscreen for the best effect. These long lasting lipsticks are your best friends exactly when you need them. Adding color to the world was never more fun. (AW: Sruthi)

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Don't stress, keep the tresses October 11, 2013 16:18

After experimenting with hundreds of tips to keep your hair firmly on the scalp, one would never guess the simpler remedies that can prevent hair stress. Yes, stress is the main culprit that provokes your hair to slide off your head and on to the floor. Less stress, more hair it's heard. Many scientifically proven methods agree to the adverse effects of stress on your hair. Hence, meditation is suggested to keep yourself from tearing your hair out in frustration. Hair scares can be avoided by refraining from over-thinking on trivial issues. Tricks have a way of giving us shortcuts to grow long and luscious hair. One more such trick is the way you apply hair oil. Rubbing oil on the hair is overrated unless it is done right. Firstly the oil, coconut oil or olive oil, should be warm while applying. Secondly, the application amounts to a few moments of massage and hence ought to be performed with attention. The first trick calms you down and the second improves circulation. Voila, there is your happy hair! So, to keep the hair (and yourself) healthy, take a breather and kick the stress out of your system. The root of all evil need not have a place among your lovely locks. (AW: Sruthi)

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Kiss the wintery blues goodbye October 04, 2013 19:22

With the arrival of winter, our lips face the heat. Chapped, dry, flaky, the cold is a villain that should be put in its place. To fight the wintery blues, check out these simple tricks. The first trick is a little cliched, but important nevertheless. Always keep a nourishing lip balm in your bag. Ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and Vitamin E nourish the lips and keep them in tip top condition. In case you're an outdoorsy person, keep a lip balm with sunscreen close at hand. To keep the dryness at bay, follow this second trick. Drive away those annoying cracks by taking sufficient Vitamin B2 in your diet. Mushrooms, Spinach, Yogourt, all these contain plenty of it. Omega 3 fatty acids from fish are also a great diet addition to prevent the appearance of cracks. Third trick is a little more straightforward. Do not, at any cost, lick your lips constantly. It does more harm than good. If you treasure your rosy lips, then keep them moisturized with tinted lip balms that add a splash of color. From red to gentle coral, the variety is a charm. If your lips are adamantly staying dry, then try this. Slowly exfoliate them using mixture of brown sugar and olive oil. Once the application sits, rub it in with your fingertips in a circular motion. You can then rinse with water and apply the balm. Armed with these tricks, kiss lip troubles goodbye. (AW: Sruthi)

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It's not paint, its foundation October 01, 2013 18:09

Make up is something that should bring out the goodness in your face. It definitely should not make you look unrecognizable at the cost of being called painted up. Hence, every girl needs to know the right way to apply foundation. Applied right, foundation creams give an even complexion to your face, hiding the scars and unsightly marks. A well selected foundation base will also moisturize your facial skin, making it appear supple and inviting. To get the best benefits out of a foundation cream, here are few tips to apply it. Before you begin to apply the cream, take a small cotton piece and remove excess cream or oiliness from around the eye creases and mouth. This will help fix the foundation for a longer lasting freshness. Next, apply concealer under the eyes to instantly get rid of the dark circles. Now, lightly apply a highlighter on the cheekbones and the tip of the nose. All this needs to be done before the foundation comes on. When you do this, a resultant glow will seem like it is coming from within and not created. To apply the foundation, refrain from using your fingers. Instead, invest in a good, soft brush. Good brushes ensure an even coverage over the skin. Take a little into your palm and apply little amounts all over. Blend it in. While doing this, don't forget your ears and neck for that perfect finish. Heeding the tried and tested methods of applying foundation will allow you to show off the beauty that you are. The trick is to keep it simple. Top up the glow with an eye popping lipstick and eyeshadow and you're good to go. (AW: Sruthi)

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Mirror mirror, which beauty secret is the best? September 24, 2013 17:01

In the eternal quest for ethereal beauty, we indulge in countless tips to do the trick. That magical aura of loveliness is the result of not thousands but only a few religiously followed rituals. To know which beauty secret is the best of them all, read on. One need not be a scientist to discover that the most striking beauties shine from within. How do they manage this? At the risk of sounding cliched, it's something that comes from the inside. In simpler words, when you keep healthy, you look healthy. Maintaining a healthy, stress free lifestyle makes for radiant skin and sparkling eyes. Breaking down the big theories into smaller pieces, beauty is not too hard to embrace when you keep the blood pumping. Simply put, exercising everyday keeps the circulation on top speed, contributing cheerfully to a rosy, bright complexion. Thirdly, hydrating yourself and your skin allows the body to take a break from dryness. A well-hydrated look is a lively look. Keep the moisturizers by your side at all times. Let's not forget the sunscreens. Even better, keep a moisturizer with SPF protection very close and drive away the blues. Above all, stay happy and feel good. Peppy songs, cheery conversations, laughter in the air, keep the healthy juices flowing. All these factors add up to the best beauty secrets among all. (AW: Sruthi)

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Keep drinking this beauty secret September 17, 2013 18:14

Drinking your way to a beautiful skin sounds very simple, we agree. But, there are some who find it very hard to have more than a liter of water a day. Check out these easy breezy methods to get more water into your system. Try to have more fruits. That way, you get to take in more liquid and more antioxidants too. Fruits are, as we know, one of nature's best gifts for a healthy glow. To feel the urge to have more water through the day, munch on spicy snacks that preferably have pepper or chilly powder. You will keep reaching for that glass of water with no difficulty. Water, as you know, cleanses the skin of toxins. Have an funny looking cup or bottle at your side at all times. For the regular traveler, its a practical but colorful bottle that will make you want to show it off. Looking at the interesting cup or bottle will surely remind you of what you must do immediately (no pun intended). For the party animals, maybe a little less alcohol and a little more water can do wonders for your health as well as skin. Makeup mishaps aside, more water in the body will help your skin heal itself of blemishes over time. Losing weight can improve your looks instantly. To achieve that, have a glass of water before meals and alternate drinks with a gulp of the magic liquid. This has only advantages and no disadvantages that carry any weight. (AW: Sruthi)

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Go bananas with homemade face masks September 12, 2013 16:56

Fruits are the kings as far as health and beauty are concerned. They contribute rich nutrients when eaten or even applied. Applying fruit masks for a beautiful, instant glow is fool proof and health friendly. To make the most out of household face packs, some fruits are better than others. They are not only economical but also time saving. Moreover, they are available easily round the calender. We're talking about bananas and lemons. Bananas are just there. You don't have to make any effort over them and that's why they make one of the best fruits. Easy to eat and easy to apply too, bananas act as an anti aging ingredient on the skin. When applied, they offer you a delightful range of vitamins, being abundant in vitamin A, B and E. Slathering your face with mashed banana does wonders to the skin. Not to forget, eating it helps too. As a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium, Bananas have to ability to ease menstrual cramps. Lemons are, again, at the tip of your fingers at all times. No effort there. Just cut up a lemon and rub the peel on your elbow. It has natural astringent and bleaching properties, therefore effective in lighting the skin tone or dark spots. A mixture of lemon and honey is also a natural bleach. Alternately, when you mix lemon and honey with warm water and have it on an empty stomach, the skin is cleansed of impurities. This puts the glow firmly back on your face. (AW: Sruthi)

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