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Sexy hairstyles for the festival September 07, 2013 14:19

This festive season, ditch your boring ponytail and braid and be a stunner with super chic hairstyles!Turn all heads by wearing your tresses like a diva. We bring you a slew of easy-to-do, ultra chic hairdos that we truly covet and that will truly make you stand out in the crowd. Whether you desire fancy night-out locks or a simple get-that-hair-off-the-back-of-my-neck look, one of these hairstyle will certainly do wonders for you. Braids anyone? When you need to get gorgeous in a flash, just try plaiting your hair. From feminine cornrows to a fishtailed side-pony, braids are certainly a surefire way to looks glamorous anyday, anytime, anywhere. From the red carpet to the runways, braids have always been a rage among the fashionistas. Chic with Chignon Intimidated by the word chignon? Don't be! A French term for bun, chignons are possibly the easiest way to style your man, more so when you have a bad hair day. Plus, it barely takes any time. One of our recent faves, the easy-to-do elegant messy chignon is your take this festive season. Go Vintage If all else fails, pull all your hair together and work out a sexy updo. All you will need is a lot of bobby pins and some creativity to get this hairstyle set and straight. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Find out how facials are actually affecting you September 05, 2013 16:44

Facials can be a boon or bane, depending on your choice. Thought facials can only do good? Well, here's a reality check. They can be bad too. According to various skin experts, facials are good only when performed by a well trained person and provided the facial products suit you. If the salon personnel are not trained properly, they can end up inflicting more damage than repair. Excessive facials with an untrained person can be painful and create more marks and scars compared to before it all started. Similarly, products that do not suit your skin can damage it in the long term, acting opposite to what you wanted. Surprisingly, it was found that cucumber pieces on the face during a facial are not helpful to remove under eye circles. Done right, facials are a support to your usual skin care routine. Done wrong, they can damage the skin. On the right side, facials can effectively cleanse the skin, remove blackheads/whiteheads, nourish dry skin, smoothens wrinkles and improve skin tone. On the wrong side, facials cannot get rid of acne, cannot remove discoloration, cannot lift sagging skin and cannot eliminate puffy eyes, dark circles and skin toxins. Facials are also not an alternative to cosmetic procedures like Botox. To prevent yourself from falling prey to misinformation by over enthusiastic parlor personnel, take the advice of an expert on what suits best for your skin. Then, stick to your guns. Do not relent even if the girl in the pretty uniform pesters you to take that 'magical' service for a 'discount'. (AW: Sruthi)

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Take these hints from your nails September 04, 2013 13:29

At salons, nails are a big biz! Most of us don't mind frittering big cash on manicures and pedicures to keep our talons ship-shape. But then the big question is do pretty nails really indicate good health? No, says experts. Beneath all the paint and polish, your digits are the windows to your real health. The more transparent and pink, the better. “Many health conditions are very visible in the nails,” says John Knox, MD, of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. “They're a unique indicator because of their partial transparency. Nails can even tell you how long you've been ill, since fingernails need six months to grow, and toenails a full year.” Knox points out that even nail-biting is a strong indicator of mental anguish. “Patients who are more anxious or obsessive compulsive do tend to bite their nails more frequently," says Dr. Knox. A slew of diseases can be detected  just by observing the changing colors of your nails. Respiratory disorder and diabetes can cause yellow discoloration, while psoriasis can lead to fungus buildup. Bands, or lines in multiple finger nails are also indicators of ill health. It's important to pay heed to your nails. Most of the time they are the biggest giveaway of an underlying health condition. Knox also says that some nail issues have simple explanations: “Poor nutrition will cause brittle nails, but so will aging, excessive washing, and a variety of different things." (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Strange celebrity beauty tips dissected August 29, 2013 18:33

Celebrities are known to try some of the weirdest things to keep their youth and beauty. Here some of those strange tips that you probably should not try at home. Catherine Zeta-Jones has long, luscious and dark locks that add spice to her sexy face. Her secret is to massage the hair with beer to get that look. Beer has been proven as a good thing. For hair too, it appears that dipping the long locks in the beverage has beneficial effects as alcohol removes any unwanted buildup on its surface. Actress Miranda Kerr has innocent eyes that can melt many a heart. Apparently, she uses lip balm around her eyes to get a shimmery effect. Experts say that, as long as you use only natural products and don't mind the stickiness, this can work. Ex bond girl Denise Richards uses avocado to condition her hair. This is actually a good tip because the oil, when mixed with olive oil, is the perfect conditioner for the hair. However, there is risk that the hair and scalp may look too oily. Jennifer Love Hewitt uses toothpaste to treat the pimples on her face. This is not only strange but also not advisable as the ingredients in a toothpaste will irritate the skin. Applying toothpaste can dry up the zits but not cure it of the infection. For stubborn pimples, experts suggest you stick to the tried and tested methods. Rebellious singer Lady Gaga apparently uses tape to remove her makeup. Although the method is not harmful, it is important to know whether you have an allergy for the material. It is known that cloth tape can be used to remove particularly troublesome glitter makeup. Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher adds red wine to her bathing water to make her ski soft and supple. This is not advisable because, for the tartaric acid in the wine to work as an exfoliating agent, it takes many bottles of wine. Moreover, wine can irritate minor cuts and bruises on the skin. So, take what suits for you and leave the rest. (AW: Sruthi)

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Hair says, sun is no fun August 22, 2013 18:21

With sun above us and sea and sand at our feet (not to forget sangria in our hands), it's easy to get carried away. While all that fun in the sun and dip in the sea can be a ball, basking too long in the heat can leave your mane in splits, seriously. Tangles, burnt scalp, frizz are just some of the after-effects of too much lolling in the daylight. While the skin hazards of too much sun-exposure is clearly known to all, not many are aware of summer bummer on hair. But worry not! With an arsenal of  products, now you can bid adieu to frazzled summer hair for good. Haircare expert Philip Kingsley explains the science: “The sun breaks down the protein structure of the hair [disulphide bonds], and also draws moisture from the hair cells. The combination of these roughens the hair's cuticle [outer layer] and gives the impression of drier, coarser and frizzier hair.” The following tips should however get back some glory to your crown. Read on. 1. Indulge in hot oil massage! The idea of going out in the sun with greases on the mane may be very, very off-putting. But thanks to the treatment oils, now you can pamper your hair with these lightweight oil sans bothering about the grease and grime. A potent source of anti-oxidants and other nutrients, these oils will restore health back to your tresses and fortify them too. 2. Shun the hairdryer, straightening iron and curling wand! Fear stepping out of the house with ruffled mane. Try applying styling spritz instead to get the beachy waves or tame the frizz.  Electrical appliances and holiday humidity will leave your hair merely flustered and frizzy.  Just go au-natural for the windswept locks. 3. Pay heed to stylist Trevor Sorbie's advice: “On holiday, always use a UV protector on your hair before going out in the sun. There are lots of products on the market that are lightweight and easy to use, and will prevent the heat damaging your hair and prevent color fade.” (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Too serious about beauty? Chill! August 20, 2013 17:26

Take a chill pill all you serious people out there. You know stress affects your skin badly. Ok, so you have religiously stuck to your strict diet and exercise routine. But, there is another contributor to good health and beauty. Relaxation. To relax without disturbing your full schedules, here are a few pointers. When tiredness and monotony sets in, break the routine with laughter. Laugh out loud. Laughing until your stomach pains has the same effects as a mild exercise. That's a great trick huh!Laughing is also good for your heart and immune system. Even a few minutes of laughter improves the mood, which in turn improves body functions and overall look. Take a nice peaceful walk during the early morning or late evening. The purpose is to bond with nature while soaking up some all important Vitamin D. Yes! We do need the pesky vitamin from the Sun as our body does not produce it otherwise. Who needs supplements when we can get all warm and happy with a relaxing walk? Go, re-energize with nature. Exercise is known is slow down muscle ageing. Know what else does that? Dark Chocolate. Even chocolate haters cannot deny this. Dark chocolate contains epicatechin, which was found to stimulate muscles much like exercise. Of course, you surely know the benefits of antioxidants present in dark chocolate. Just make sure you don't binge on the stuff. Whether you are a human being, a plant or an animal, research has confirmed the benefits of music on our health. You understood right! Music lowers stress, improves health and encourages the body to release more antibodies that fight disease. Need more reasons? Listening to music relieves us from pain faster and speed up recovery from any illness. All you need to do is relax to get the glow in your face. (AW: Sruthi)

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Perfect colors for the perfect nails August 17, 2013 17:52

Having well manicured nails is easier said than one. Everyone wants pretty looking nails, adding that extra zing to a routine day. So, let us shift our attention to nail color. Nail art is fading away slowly. In its place, bright and deep nail colors are making a splash. Experts warn that dark colors should be used carefully on too-short nails. As deep shades are best on non-so-long nails, it is advisable to use those colors on nails that have just crossed the fingertip. Deep maroon, dark blue, earthy browns and shadowy purple are the 'in' shades this season. However, on a particularly gloomy day, experts insist on bright, sparkling shades of pink and yellow to brighten up the twilight. Metallic colors, on the other hand, are an evergreen trend. Metallics such as gold, silver and bronze match most dresses. But, new trends call for metallic lavender as a hot buy. Other nail polishes such as the glittery and matte types are left to personal preference and style. Bright matte finishes add more body to the nail, making it look very posh. Go ahead then, go crazy with colors! (AW: Sruthi)

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Throw the straighteners out August 12, 2013 19:24

How would your friends feel if they realized that you've been hiding behind straight hair, when in reality you have wavy hair. Hair straighteners have become an addiction to most modern women, who go to great lengths to get poker straight hair. Well, here's an eye opener. Your natural hair type would actually make you look younger and prettier. Curly hair is adorable and a wavy mess is preferred by many. Chucking out that hair straightener also eases up many risks and tensions associated with it. One, you don't have to carry it around unnecessarily. Two, there is no risk of burns on your forehead. Three, you can save a lot of electricity. Restrain from abusing your hair, as it's natural sheen is a lot more enviable that an artificial mask. Hair extensions are a craze these days and they too support the wavy hair type. Current trends point towards luscious, long hair that bounces. Ironed straight hair has become officially boring. (AW: Sruthi)

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Hair care in the rain August 08, 2013 18:19

With monsoon comes the rain and relief from the sweltering sun. But as they say, 'too much of a good thing ain't always great'. Monsoon is great for the mind, but it can wreck havoc on your mane. Have you notice how of late your tresses have turned limp and lifeless, frizzy and oh-so-not-fashionable! Blame it on the rain gods. To help you battle your monsoon-mane blues, we bring you a slew of expert tips by well know  hair care and beauty expert Bridgette Jones. Take note. - One of the best ways to keep your tresses trouble free is to wash them frequently. During monsoons, up the number of times you shampoo your hair. If you shampoo twice a week, increase it to three. - Never mind how much you enjoy getting drenched in the rain, make sure to hit the shower as soon as you reach home. That is because rain water contains several atmospheric impurities that can clog hair pores and frizz them out. - Carry a handtowel in your bag and dry off your mane as soon as it gets wet. Also, don't tie your hair before it's fully dry as tied wet hair tend to give off a foul damp stench. - Indulge in hair spa treatments more often. Go for hair masks and oil therapies. That will keep you mane lustrous and healthy. Apart from hair care, exercise everyday and avoid all kinds of unhealthy bingeing. Your hair will thank you for it. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Jewelery compliments the beautiful woman August 06, 2013 20:14

India International Jewelery Week (IIJW) kicked off to a glittering start with glitteratis and a cause. The face of D'damas - Sonakshi Sinha uncovered its new collection and trotted the ramp with Akshay Kumar. Miss India International 2011 Ankita Shorey took the ramp for Beti, an initiative for women empowerment by Anu Ranjan, supported by Gitanjali. Presented by the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the IIJW 2013 aw many a celebs take to the stage to support cause and even raise funds for Uttarakhand flood victims. The opening day of India International Jewelery Week 2013 saw a lot of interesting designs — traditional Indian 'karigiri' presented in a contemporary way that was the main limelight of the show. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Bring out those Raspberries to fight wrinkles August 02, 2013 19:02

The war against wrinkles require something as strong as Raspberries. Yes, Raspberries are proven to fight against wrinkles. These berries contain an antioxidant called Ellagic acid, which prevents destruction of collagen and inflammatory responses. Additionally, the component also offers protection against the skin-damaging UV rays from the sun. Tropical applications containing this component were proven in trails to protect skin and prevent wrinkles. Other berries such as strawberries and cranberries also carry Ellagic acid. Try for skin creams that contain the all important Raspberry magic to drive away those wrinkles. (AW: Sruthi)

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chocolate makes for pleasurable waxing July 31, 2013 16:31

If you are someone who cringe at the thought of painful waxing, here is something that you might actually like. Chocolate waxing, the new beauty discovery, is being hailed as a breakthrough attempt in realms of beauty treatment. Not only is it a painless process, but also deeply enriching for the skin. Chocolate wax opens up the skin pores wider, relaxing and enlargening them, thereby making the process of waxing easier, smoother and less agonizing. Another good part about chocolate waxing is that it's never applied hot on the skin, but warm. That saves the risk of of irritating your skin further. In fact, the whole gooey thing feels like a warm pack on the body, which is really invigorating. If you thought that the advantages of chocolate wax ended there, listen to this. The wax also prevents in-grown hair and also delays the process of hair re-growth considerably. Furthermore, it helps remove tan and patches and leaves behind no redness or rashes. Chocolate waxing may cost you a little more, but considering the multitude of benefits it has, it shouldn't pinch your pocket much. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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