Honey – the magic gold liquid

Honey. It is really liquid gold! It comes so many health and beauty benefits that you will be surprised! Don’t believe us? Keep reading:

  1. It gives your complexion a natural boost. With regular use your skin will glow and become smoother
  2. It slows down aging
  3. It opens up and unclogs pores
  4. It is full of anti-oxidants
  5. It keeps acne at bay.

Now that we have your attention, here is a DIY honey mask you will love.

You only need raw honey for this mask! Wet your face slightly and apply raw honey in a thin layer. Apply it in a circular motion and leave it on for at least half an hour. Rinse with warm water.

You will notice an immediate glow!

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How to choose and apply a fragrance for best results

Like Christian Dior says, “Perfume is the indispensable compliment to the personality of women, the finishing touch on a dress”

A beautiful fragrance on a woman amplifies her sexiness like nothing else can. For the fragrance to seem like it was created just for you, you have to choose one with a lot of thought and also wear it right.

Here’s our guide to help you get it right:

  • If a scent works well on your friend, it doesn’t mean it will work for you too. Perfumes act differently on different skins. It is always good to go to a perfumery and narrow down on a few scents that suit you best. Look for these notes in the perfumes you choose thereafter.
  • Achieve a balance when spraying. Don’t douse yourself in perfume or you might give people a migraine. Don’t spray too little either or the purpose behind wearing one will be lost.
  • Ideally perfume is best spritzed on the pulse points of your body where the scent diffuses faster without getting overwhelming. Inside your elbows, nape, and wrist and behind your knees is where your scent should go for lasting effect.
  • Don’t apply a perfume over an SPF because it might make it less effective. Hair is another place your perfume shouldn’t be going. It damages and dries out your hair. Use serums if you want your hair to smell good. Perfume is for the skin.

Now go smell beautiful!

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How to bid adieu to under eye puffiness

Under eye bags look awful. No matter how radiant your skin is, how much you spent on your channel dress, or how elaborate your hair style is. If you have puffy eyes, you will look tired and haggard, and that will ruin your whole look.

If you too very often, get up in the morning and look like a tarsier, here’s what you should do:

  • Do not rub your eyes. Puffy eyes can sometimes be itchy, but resist the urge. Excessive rubbing can aggravate eye redness and puffiness. The best thing you can do to relieve the itch, is to use saline drops.
  • Pop a pill. If your eye puffiness is not a regular thing, chances are it’s because of an allergic reaction. Taking an over the counter antihistamine will help ease the allergy and eventually the puffiness.
  • Use a caffeine induced eye cream. Caffeine is known to reduce water retention, and helps flat out the puffiness in a matter of minutes.
  • Another instant cure for tired, puffy eyes is cold tea bag. Pop a few used tea bags in the fridge. When they are cold, place them on the eyes and relax for a few minutes. Wash your face with cold water, and see your eyes liven up.

There! With a cheer in your gait and a twinkle in your eyes, take on the world.

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How to keep Dry skin at bay

When your skin is unable to retain enough moisture, it leads to dry skin. This can happen due to various reasons including age, use of harsh soaps or winter. Dry skin looks dull and feels stretchy.

Here’s how you can battle this issue and get soft and bouncy skin:

  • Always use a humidifier in the cold harsh winters. They help to replenish the top layer of your skin preventing flakiness.
  • Do not spend long hours in the shower. Cut your time spent bathing by half. Staying in water for too long can strip your skin off its essential oils
  • Largely minimize the use of soap. Use a soap free cleanser instead. Soaps have harsh chemicals and perfumes that strip the skin’s natural oils and can worsen dry skin.
  • Stay away from scrub brushes, and washcloths. If you cannot survive without using them, at least ensure you use it in light strokes.
  • Don’t rub the skin with a towel to dry it. Just gently pat the skin and remove excess moisture.
  • Apply a good moisturizer on a regular basis. It is a better idea to use a moisturizer just immediately after bathing. Damp skin absorbs moisture faster. And better.
  • Use fragrance-free products when it comes to your skin. They are mild and void of many harmful chemicals.

Like the say your skin reflects your health. These tips will help you better your dry skin but follow them alongside a healthy diet that is rich in minerals and omega3, and it will work wonders in keeping dry skin off for good.

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6 Things To Do To Look Good After The Hangover

Hung over from last night? Oh, we know just how difficult it can be for you to so much as get up, let alone look good and stylish! However, if it is a Monday and you have a job, you have no other option. Thankfully, there are hacks that will keep your style and looks in tact despite the overdose of fun you had.

  1. Drink lots of water: Alcohol is dehydrating. It strips you off all the water and that is a major reason why you have such a serious headache. Get rehydrated. Drink water! You could squeeze a lemon in your water to get back all the electrolytes and minerals you lost as well.
  2. No coffee: No matter how much you are tempted, you mustn’t drink coffee. No, it isn’t impossible! In fact, if you drink coffee, you will be even more dehydrated. Try green tea instead.
  3. Depuff your eyes: While drinking green tea, take 2 bags and slap them over (gently) on your eyes to depuff them. You will look like a panda otherwise.
  4. No foundation: While applying makeup, you should forget about the foundation and use only blush and a highlighter. Foundation can make you look dull.
  5. Use mascara: Open your eyes up with mascara after curling your lashes.
  6. Use lipstick: Use a warm colored lipstick so that your lips are plump and full of life.

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Body Scrub With Sugar and Spice

Sugar and spices make excellent dishes but they are more functional than just that! They also have the ability to make your skin shine like never before! Sugar and spice can exfoliate your skin, getting rid of dead skin cells, and debris. Let’s learn how to make our own sugar and spice scrub:

You will need:

  1. Brown sugar: 1 cup
  2. White sugar: 1 cup (granulated)
  3. Almond oil: ¾ cup
  4. Ground ginger: 2 tsp.
  5. Ground cinnamon: 2 tsp.
  6. Vanilla extract: 1 tsp.

Method:

  1. Take a large bowl to mix all dry ingredients in one place. Once they are mixed you may add the wet ingredients and mix all of them together.
  2. Transfer this mixture to a large container and secure the lid.
  3. Take it with you when you shower. Wet your body and then apply it. Scrub in circular motion.
  4. Bathe!

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4 Ways to Stay Fresh All Day

You have work, you have to travel, and you have to stress yourself about various things each day. How do you stay fresh through the ordeal?

By the time you get back home each day, you are exhausted. You are probably also annoyed and just want to go to sleep. You are hassled and you look beyond your age because all the work shows on your face. Enough. It is time to change that.

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Take a shower in the morning. Morning showers will wake you up immediately, putting all the lethargy at bay. Use a good soap with a sweet scent for a better effect.

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As soon as you take a bath, apply lotion. Use a moisturizing lotion so that it seals the moisture and ensures that your skin is supple.

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Carry a water bottle with you each day. It is very important to be hydrated regardless of where you may be. It will keep you fresh and awake all day long.

Last tip? Be positive and SMILE!

5 Lipstick Colors You Must Have

Lipstick lovers, we have some tips for you!

We all love making our lips look attractive mainly because they determine our overall beauty. A badly chosen color or badly applied lipstick can turn off an onlooker within seconds. The market has many different shades for you to pick but there are a few that all of you must definitely have:

  1. Nude: Nude is again of different types: pink nude, peach nude, and brown nude. The right shade for you will depend on your skin tone. If your lips are subdued your eyes must be smoky hot for balance!
  2. Coral: Coral lipstick is ideal for those with warmer skin tone. To go with this shade, you may choose soft purple or charcoal eye shadows.
  3. Orange red: With this color you may choose black eyeliner or you can go with matt eye shadows. You might also want to accentuate your eyelashes to perfection. All your makeup should blend neatly. That’s the trick.
  4. Hot pink: If you are using this lipstick you should be sure to own it. It could be slight difficult but balancing your eye makeup with this color will definitely make you stand out. Don’t wear very bold eye shadow.
  5. Brown: For dark skin tones, brown is the best. Brown has many different shades for lighter skin also. You just need to ensure that yours suits you perfectly! Try out a few options before making a purchase.

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DIY Almond and Lemon Cleanser

We all know almonds are healthy. Health experts have always recommended addition of almonds in diet because they are full to the brim with nutrients.

Almonds don’t just provide diet benefits but also skin benefits, which is why their extracts are used in beauty products. You could use almonds at home to create your own beauty pack in order to give your skin some rejuvenation. Add lemon to almonds and you will get an amazing cleanser that you can use to make your skin glow. Read on for the recipe:

You will need:

  1. Ground almonds: 1/8 cup (You can grind them in a coffee grinder)
  2. Milk: 2 tbsp. (you can also use cream)
  3. Lemon juice: 1 tsp.
  4. Measuring bowl, cup, and spoon for exact measurements

Method:

  1. In the bowl, add all the ingredients and combine them very well.
  2. Use your fingertips to take only a little of this mixture and then cleanse your skin with it very gently. Work it in small circles so that your skin is properly cleansed.
  3. Wash your face gently with warm water.

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5 Reasons To Use Lip Balms

Lip balms!

We are so caught up with fancy makeup items that we usually forget the most basic of them all – the lip balm. This single balm has so many different benefits that you will be surprised. Not sure you want to start using one? Well, we have compiled a list of benefits a balm can offer to you so that you make an informed decision about this:

  1. Moisturizing: Whenever your lips are dry, simply apply the balm. It will spin its magic immediately. Carry one with you for touchups as and when needed. You can choose from a variety of colors and scents to look nice as well. Also, make sure you apply balm at night before going to bed.
  2. Softening: Soft lips are extremely appealing, aren’t they? Lip balms will give you the desired softness with ease!
  3. Not sticky: Gloss and lipsticks are sticky but lip balms aren’t. Thus, when you apply balm you won’t have to worry about goop or excessive build up. Balms cause no side effects either.
  4. No fuss: Apply whenever you need to in seconds! No fuss, no time waste.
  5. Bonus! If you buy a balm with minimum SPF 15, chances are it will reduce signs of aging. This is especially recommended for people who spend a lot of time in the sun.

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