Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Fashion Accessories: Clutches

Accessories can make or break your outfit that’s why it is really important to choose the right accessories for a perfect look. 
Clutches are the hottest fashion accessories in the fashion world. Nowadays bright, compact, rectangular shaped clutches are in vogue; go for shimmery or rhinestone studded clutches. This little piece of accessory can do wonders to a woman’s look! Clutches in flashy colors like orange, hot pink and green are huge hit. Be it a western dress, traditional saree or a long flowing Anarkali suit, clutches add that zing to your outfit.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Bollywood Celebrities – “who went from fat to fit”

1. Kareena Kapoor Khan: 
Kareena (The poster face for size zero), Critics lashed out at her figure when she did “yeh mera dil pyar ka deewana” in remake of "Don". But she set the screen on fire by flaunting her sexy and ultra slim body in "Tashan". Her incredibly shrinking figure became a national obsession.

2.    Katrina Kaif:
Well our darling Kartrina Kaif, was never fat but was not fit either. Watch her first movie “Boom” (Ofcourse! At your own risk) and notice the difference in her between then and now. That sharp and symmetrical jawline and sexy figure was definitely missing in her initial Bollywood days.

3.    Esha Deol:
Remember, this actress who flaunted her figure in a bikini? Yes we are talking about Dharamendra and Hema Malini’s daughter –Esha, who was shunned by the film industry because of her baby fat in her debut film- “Koi mere dil se Pooche”.

4.    Sonam Kapoor:

Miss style icon Sonam Kapoor, who is well known for her clothes rather than her acting skills weighted 86 kgs before signing her very first movie “Saawariya”. She shattered 30 kgs from her body to get this sexy and stylish look.

5.    Sonakshi Sinha:
Girl with “Mast Mast Nain” yes we are talking about our very own Sonakshi Sinha (Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter). She had oodles of fat on her body but she reduced 30 Kgs to become Salman’s “Rajjo” in the movie” Dabangg”.

6.    Zarine Khan:
Zarine Khan fought intense media scrutiny and was almost written off for her larger than screen frame presence by critics after her debut film “Veer”. However the actress worked extremely hard on her fitness to shed off extra kilos from her body (she took on-from 100 kgs to 55 kgs).

7.    Arjun Kapoor:
Just like these bollywood ladies some of our heroes are also struggling with weight problems. Arjun Kapoor (Son of producer Boney Kapoor) who flaunted his six pack abs in “Chokra Jawan” song in his debut movie “Ishaqzaade” weight 130 kilograms before being signed by Aditya Chopra.

8.    Adhyayan Suman:
Adhyayan Suman (ex–boyfriend of Kangna Ranaut) who made a quite big debut as a teenager with the movie “Raaz- The mystery continues”, lost 45 kgs in 5 months to get his perfect physique. Well we assume this would not have been a big problem for Adhyayan with an inspiring daddy Shekhar Suman for motivation.

9.    Adnan Sami:
Singer, Adnan Sami used to travel with a customized wheel chair because of his weight (he weighed 206 kgs) shocked the world with his drastic weight loss (over 130 kgs) in just one year.

10.   Parineeti Chopra:
Parineeti Chopra, current heartthrob of almost every man in the nation (we are still figuring out the reasons!). Parineeti has herself admitted in the media that before joining films she was not just chubby but was very fat.
Hmm… Didi Priyanka must have given her secret fitness tips to her.

11.    Jackky Bhagnani:
Jackky Bhagnani who can now confidently pose for shirtless pictures, had to under go a grueling exercise regime and strict diet plan for two years to lose 60 kgs as he weighted 130 kgs before his debut movie- “Kal Kisne Dekha”.

12.    Alia Bhatt:
A newbie-Alia Bhatt who made her debut with “Student of the year” was not always as gorgeous as she looks now. Daddy Mahesh Bhatt made this debutante follow a strict diet under his own supervision for 3 months.
Result? Alia looked gorgeous and 16 Kgs lighter on screen.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Color of the year 2013: “Emerald”

This year don’t just go green….go Emerald!
Lively, Radiant and Lush green Emerald has been crowned the "official color of the year 2013" and Celebrities world wide are following the trend. Have a look:

Bipasha Basu looked amazingly hot in an Emerald green Binal Shah studded dress at CCL Red carpet.

Newbie Yami Gautam dazzled in an Emrald Carmen Marc Volvo gown.

Huma Qureshi (another newbie) seen in the elegant Emerald.

An Emerald Armani Prive was the pick for the gorgeous actress Priyanka Chopra for the Filmfare 2013.

The duchess of Cambridge looked fabulous in Mulberry Emerald dress.

Hollywood star Scarlet Johansson flaunted the peplum dress in Emerald green.

Model Carol Gracious spotted in an asymmetrical Emerald green dress. 

Teen star Selena Gomez posing in an Emerald green dress.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Upcoming Bollywood stars in 2013:

 1.     Tamannah Bhatia:

Tamannaah (one of the leading south Indian actress), who has done several Kannada and Tamil movies will be seen in Sajid Khan’s remake of “Himmatwala” (starring Jitendra-Sridevi in 1983) with Ajay Devgan. Earlier, the film was being considered as the actress’s bollywood debut but her first hindi film was “Chand sa roshan chehra” (2005) produced by Salim Akhtar.
2.     Tiger Shroff:

Jackie Shroff made his debut in bollywood with Subhash Ghai’s “Hero” in 1982. Now three decades later, his son Tiger Shroff is about to set his foot into the Hindi film industry with “Heropanti” produced by Sajid Nadiawala. The film’s title has been derived from Tiger’s own character (one who plays the game by his own rules). Earlier Athiya Shetty (Suniel Shetty’s daughter) then Tamannah Bhatia was considered for the role opposite Tiger but the leading actress has not been finalized yet.

3.     Tapsee Pannu:
Tapsee Pannu- Software professional turned model turned actress (in tamil and telugu films) will now step into Bollywood with Sai Paranjpye’s remake of “Chashme baddoor” (1981). Actress maintains that her role is different from the role in the original flick (played by Deepti Naval). She is going to share screen space with Ali Zafar, Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma (three are playing the role of university students).

4.     Vaani Kapoor:
Vaani Kapoor walked into Aditya Chopra’s office with her portfolio and directly asked for a film. Aditya Chopra was so amazed and impressed by her direct approach that he casted her in Maneesh Sharma’s upcoming movie (untitled yet). She has endorsed for several national and international brands and the boys will love to watch this lissome beauty on screen.

5.     Ram Charan Teja:
Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja is gearing up for his first bollywood movie Apporva Lakhia’s remake of “Zanjeer” (1973).As Amitabh Bachchan has played an unforgettable role of inspector Vijaya, Teja has a tough challenge ahead. Last year (2012) he tied the wed knot with Upasna Kamineni (Pratap Reddy’s granddaughter). It was one of the high-profile weddings in Hyderabad attended by various Telugu film stars and Bollywood stars.

6.     Priya Anand:
Priya Anand (another south sensation) made her debut in Hindi film industry with Gauri Shinde’s –“English Vinglish” in which she played Shridevi’s bubbly niece. Priya’s upcoming movies are Pridarshan’s “Rangrezz” opposite Jackky Bhagnani and Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s “Fukrey” opposite Pulkit Samrat.

7.     Sushant Singh Rajput:
Television sensation Sushant ( best known as Manav from the T.V serial Pavitra Rishta is all set to sizzle the silver screen with Abhishek Kapoor’s “Kai Po Che” (based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel 3 mistakes of my life). Later the actor will be seen in Raj Kumar Hirani’s “Peekay” and then Maneesh Sharma’s untitled movie.
8.     Sasha Agha:
Singer- Actress Salma Agha’s daughter Zara Agha who has been rechristened Sasha is going to step into Bollywood with the movie “Aurangzeb” opposite Arjun Kapoor directed by Atul Sabharwal. The actress is playing a glamorous role in the movie. A party bee, Sasha’s name was linked with struggling actor Ruslaan Mumtaaz.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Home remedies for blemishes:

Facial blemishes are the dark patches or marks on the face due to pimples, boils, blackheads, whiteheads or other such conditions that tend to clog the skin pores.

Blemishes are the common skin ailment but can be easily cured at home with the help of natural home remedies for blemishes.

1.     Lemon juice:
Lemon juice is an excellent remedy for facial blemishes removal. However it is recommended to mix rosewater, honey or turmeric powder with it to tone town its acidic properties as it could be too harsh on the skin.

2.     Potato juice:

Potato juice works great in discoloring skin blemishes and spots. Apply potato juice on your face or rub thin shredded slices of potato on blemish prone skin.

3.     Honey:

Antibacterial properties of honey make it a great ingredient in remedies for acne prone skin as it decimates all the microbes on the skin along with preventing skin pigmentation. Apply fresh honey on your face to get rid of blemishes.

4.     Tea Tree oil:

Tea tree oil is a very common ingredient in blemish/acne clearing cosmetics. It is a natural antimicrobial agent that combats blemishes and prevents the skin from forming new ones. It is advised to dilute it with water or mix it with other ingredients as direct application could leave a burning sensation on your skin.

To get encouraging results religiously follow these home remedies for 2 weeks.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

How to apply eyeliner:

Step1: Rest the elbow of your dominant arm on a hard surface and your wrist on your face.

Step 2: Slightly tilt your head back and keep your eyes half open:
This creates a good angle for application at the same time allowing you to see what you are doing.

Step 3: With your left index finger (in case you are right handed) or right index finger (in case you are left handed) gently pull your eyelid to the side and slightly up, toward the end of your eyebrow.
This step is optional as stretching the eye may encourage wrinkling that’s the reason some people prefer to line relaxed eye.

Step 4: Draw a line across your upper lid (as close to the lash line as possible).
Note:  In case you are using liquid liner allow it to dry before opening your eyes (else the color may transfer into the crease of your eye).

Step 5: Gently smudge the line with your brush, a cotton swab or your finger (to soften the look).

Step 6: Line the lower lid:
Moving from the outside edge inward draw a line (close to the lower lash) slightly thicker at outside corner and becoming thinner as it moves in toward your nose.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Homemade Lemon-Egg shampoo-Do It Yourself

  • 2 Eggs
  • Shampoo (2 tablespoons)
  • ½ Lemon
  • Essential oil (5-6 drops)


Step 1:
Take eggs in a bowl.

Step 2:
Add shampoo in it.

Step 3:
Squeeze lemon into the bowl (without the seeds of course).

Step 4:
Now add your favorite essential oil into it, blend all the ingredients well and use the mixture like a normal shampoo.

Cleansing properties of lemon keeps your scalp clean and healthy. Egg is an excellent moisturizer which nourishes and protects your hair. 

Adding these ingredients in your usual shampoo reduces the harmful effects of chemicals present in your shampoo.

Friday, 18 January 2013

How to make facial bleach at home-Do It Yourself

Bleach has chemicals that merge into the skin and lighten facial hair, making them considerably less noticeable on your skin. Bleaches available in the market are unkind on the skin but you can prepare natural bleach at home that too in an easy way.

Milk powder (1 tablespoon)
Hydrogen peroxide (1/2 tablespoon)

Mix milk powder and hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste and your homemade bleach is ready to use. This is the least harmful kind of bleach as the milk powder in the mixture moisturizes your skin while bleaching, preventing skin burns and other reactions.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Natural skin care tips for winters:

1.     Oil massage:

Massage your body with Luke warm oil before taking bath. Oil massage promotes blood circulation, nourishes your body and prevents dryness making your skin soft, supple and healthy. You can use coconut oil or any other oil of your choice.

2.     Choose your soap carefully:

Soaps tend to disturb pH balance of skin leading to its dryness. Choose moisturizing and cream based soaps/body washes. After taking bath nourish your body with daily moisturizer or aloe-Vera gel to keep your body moist and soft.

3.     Avoid use of hot water:

Hot water bath (although irresistible during winters) should be avoided. It stripes your skin off its natural oils that’s why you must go for Luke warm water.

4.     Gorge on the greens:

Vegetables with high water content are essential during winter. They help in improving digestion. Include salads, green vegetables, carrots, cucumber and lemon in your diet.

5.     Stay hydrated:

Regular intake of liquids is really important in winter to prevent dryness. Drink plenty of water, juices, and soups to keep your body hydrated.

Monday, 14 January 2013

How to get rid of blackheads:

Blackheads are tiny bumps (a kind of acne), effortlessly visible on your skin making it look nasty. Squeezing blackheads is not a good idea to get rid of them as this may infect your skin just follow these home remedies to get rid of blackheads:

Home remedies for blackheads:

1.     Potato juice:
Apply potato juice on the affected area for 15 minutes and rinse off to get rid of blackheads.

2.     Fenugreek leaves:
Soak fenugreek leaves (methi) in water overnight and turn it into a fine paste the following morning. Apply this paste on your face to remove blackheads.

3.     Almonds and gram flour:
Make a homemade scrub using almonds and gram flour; rub gently on your face, nose and cheeks in a circular motion for few minutes and wash it away.

4.     Lemon juice and sugar:
Take 1 spoon sugar and add few drops of lemon juice in it, rub it gently on your face to get rid of blackheads.

5.     Oatmeal and rosewater:
Combine oatmeal with rosewater and apply the mixture on your face for 20 minutes to remove blackheads.

6.     Orange peel:
Take powder of orange peel; add some water to turn it into a thick paste. Gently scrub your face for 15 minutes using this paste.

7.     Aloe-Vera:
Apply aloe-Vera to the blackheads affected area to remove blackheads and get soothing skin.

8.     Honey and almonds:
Mix honey with crushed almonds and apply the connotation on your face to draw out dirt, impurities and blackheads.

9.     Baking soda:
Mix baking soda with water and apply the paste on your paste for 25 minutes and rinse it off using Luke warm water.

10.  Tomato:
Turn a tomato into puree and apply it over blackheads on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse it off.

11.     Lemon:
Apply lemon juice on your face to remove excess oil, dirt and blackheads.

12.   Facial sauna:
Steam your face once a week to open clogged pores, clean dirt and remove blackheads.

A valuable suggestion:
The basic reason behind the occurrence of Blackheads is the accumulation of excess oil and dirt on the face and nose. Exfoliate your skin regularly (twice a week) using a facial scrub to remove dead skin, dirt and excess oil to keep your skin clean and stay clear off blackheads.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

How to get rid of dark underarms:

Dark armpits can be detrimental to one’s self confidence (especially in public). Woman with dark underarms face crisis as they can’t wear sexy sleeveless blouse or cocktail dress. Discolored underarms should not be a hindrance to wear your favorite outfit as they can be naturally treated at home.

The best way to treat underarms is to eliminate the causes that result in this condition, various causes of dark armpits are- wearing tight clothes (that constantly abrade your armpits), excessive sweating, removing hair using blunt shaver, and use of alcohol based deodorants.

Home remedies to treat dark armpits:

1.     Baking soda:
Rub baking soda on the affected area after taking shower as this works as a natural whitening agent and controls body odor.

2.     Coconut oil:
Coconut oil is great in treating dark armpits just apply some coconut oil on the affected area.

3.     Potato juice:
Apply potato juice on your armpits for 10 minutes and rinse it off. Regular use of potato juice would gradually create whitening effects.

4.     Honey and lemon:
Take 1 tablespoon honey; add 5-6 drops lemon juice in it. Apply this mixture on your armpits for the fairer underarms.

5.     Lemon juice, turmeric powder and cucumber juice:
Apply a mixture of lemon juice, turmeric powder and cucumber juice on your dark armpits for 20 minutes to whiten your dark armpits.

A valuable suggestion:
Don’t shave your underarms as it darkens them. The best way to remove hair is waxing your underarms.