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PF Chang’s meets Lahore

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PF Chang’s is a Pan Asian restaurant chain that many Pakistanis are fond of because of the chain having multiple branches in UAE, a place where so much of the population is Pakistani. So naturally, when the restaurant finally opened in Lahore, we went crazy for it. I being one of the Pakistani’s who has been to the Dubai branch countless times decided to go and check it out and see whether it meets my expectations and the international standards in comparison to the Dubai branch.

My first attempt at finding a table was unsuccessful thanks to the long line that spread out to MM Alam Road. My second attempt a few days later was successful. For a day (November 1st) when everyone was scared to leave their houses and most of the roads were blocked, I did not expect such a big turnout. Nonetheless, I got a table in a few seconds, something that takes about 20 minutes in Dubai or any restaurant in Lahore for that matter. The huge building and seating capacity can be thanked for that.

The décor was perfect but the lighting was a lot brighter than a typical PF Chang’s which has a dark vibe to the environment and the atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent apart from the typical aunties screaming , “Ye PF Chang kya cheez hai,” “ye halal hai ke nai?,” The service was remarkably good and when I say this, I’m comparing it to Dubai, where you can’t get your food in under 30 minutes at least. Despite the place being busy, I was served my order in under 10 minutes.

PF Chang’s is famous for two things: the horses installed in the main entrance and the divine Dynamite Shrimp. For starters, I ordered the Chang’s Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl and Dynamite Shrimp. The soup was delicious and fulfilling and exactly like the one I have been having in Dubai for years now. A mishap occurred when the soup was spilled by one of my companions. The staff was super nice and friendly about it and offered us a replacement.

The Shrimp although nearly as good as the one in Dubai, did not have the same quality of shrimp. The quantity was less than what I was expecting which resulted in me ordering two more servings for us. In some PF Chang’s in other places in the world they offer larger servings. What seemed a bit weird to me was that the next two servings were larger in quantity than the first one and had the exact same taste and quality as the Dubai ones.

For my main course, I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken with white rice which again was excellent apart from the quality of the meat which in my opinion was the only downside.

I also ordered 8 pieces of California Rolls as a sushi main course which I have no complaints against. The taste was great and the fish was of amazing quality.

For dessert, I ordered something I had never had before: The Great Wall of Chocolate or in another word ‘heaven’.
Six rich layers of frosted chocolate cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips is just what everyone needs in life.

Overall the food was great, the atmosphere, the décor, the staff everything is up to standard. But on a side note, there was a certain hygiene issue involving one of the drinking glasses smelling of egg and one of my knives being dirty.

On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 4 star rating.

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Top 5 Best Mascaras available locally

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Mascara is a must-have makeup product for women. Mascara always gives a glamorous look to the eyes. It opens them up, makes them look bigger and dramatic. Eye makeup is not even complete without a mascara. It is used to add volume, shine and colour to your lashes. There are so many famous brands providing mascaras. Here is the list of Top 5 best mascaras in Pakistan.

1. CoverGirl Lashblast Luxe Mascara:

Cover Girl lashblast luxe mascara gives your eye lashes a cluster look. Its glossy effect gives your lashes a shimmery effect.

Pros:

Lengthen and Volumize Lashes.
Easy removal.
No smudging or Flaking.
Long Lasting For 12 Hours.
Shimmery look.
Available in four shades.

Cons:

Original Lashblast Luxe Is Better than this product.
Price: Rs 899.

2.  Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara:

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara is famous due to its fine and thin texture. It is light-weighted and gives an incredible look to eye lashes.

Pros:

Gives Instant Longer and Lusher Look.
Long Lasting For 12 Hours.
No Smudging or Flaking.

Cons:

No Volumize Lashes.
Price: Rs 499.

3. Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Mascara:

Maybelline Le Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara gives a polished look to your lashes. This mascara makes your eyes look covered and fluttery. It’s thick and dramatic look make the eyes fuller.

Pros:

Gives 9X Volume.
Light-weight.
Extra Black Color.
Dramatic Pigmentation.

Cons:

Wet.
Thick Texture.
Price: Rs 500.

4. L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara:

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara is the most popular L’Oreal product. This mascara gives your lashes a more dramatic look. It is very safe for eyes and will not give any side effects to your lashes.

Pros:

Volumize and Curl Lashes.
No Flaking or smudging.
Creamy Formula.
Easily Removable.

Cons:

Doesn’t Provide Much Length.
Strong Chemical Smell.
Not Waterproof.
Price: Rs 1200.

5. Diorshow New Look Mascara:

Diorshow New Look Mascara is the most demanding mascara in Pakistan. It always crafts the eye lashes to look attractive and glamorous. It makes the lashes fuller and thick.

Pros:

Gives Infinite Volume.
Multiplying Effect.
Doesn’t Clump.
Gives Volume to Every Single Lash.
Thin Texture.
Light-weight.
Gives Fuller Lash Look.

Cons:

Hard To Remove.
Price: Rs 1800.

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Oats Skin Packs- homemade solutions to a flawless skin

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Oats help moisturize and exfoliate face naturally. It is a great ingredient for facial scrubs and packs to reduce a host of skin problems. Oats not only have nutritional value but also offer skincare benefits. They possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which is why they help exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize the skin well.

For dry skin

Oats contain vitamin E and polysaccharides which soothe the skin and form a soft layer that protects it. This helps keep the skin soft and supple. Oats, when used with milk and honey, seep in the right amount of moisture and clear out dead skin cells, as well.

You will need two tablespoons each of oats and raw milk, with a tablespoon of honey. Ensure the oats used are finely powdered. Blend all the three ingredients well and apply all over the face and neck, leaving the eyes and lips. Wash it off once dry, or you could mix some crushed oats powder with warm water and apply in areas with itchy skin. After 15-10 minutes, wash this off well with water.

For skin lightening

Oats work on evening out skin tone along with lemon juice and milk which possesses skin lightning effects. It scrubs out all the impurities and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Lemons are natural astringents and bleaching agents which makes them effective in lightening your skin tone while milk controls pigmentation due to the lactic acid present in it, hence giving a clear complexion.

Boil two tablespoons of oats and let it cool. Then, mix it with two tablespoons of milk and four tablespoons of lemon juice. Blend these well and apply all over the affected area. Leave the paste on for at least 20-25 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water.

To moisturize skin

Oats make for a great moisturizing face pack with naturally beneficial ingredients, like rosewater and honey. Rosewater is used as a natural astringent along with honey which keeps the skin well-hydrated and fresh. Take two tablespoons each of oats and a tablespoon of honey and rosewater, each, and mix well. Apply this all over your face and neck, and leave it for not more than 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

To clear acne and open pores

Cooked oats are an easy and natural remedy to relieve the skin from acne. It also cleanses clogged pores efficiently. The anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and antioxidants in oats act as an ideal acne cleanser. Cook some oats and leave to cool till it can be applied on your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes after application and rinse once dry.

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My Brutal Lord

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A chilling tale of an injustice meted out to many women even in this day and age!

The gate opens, a car enters and stops in the garage. A man gets out of the car and walks into the house. This entire activity takes no more than three minutes, but these are the most crucial three minutes in Naheed’s life. If she manages to put the warm food on the table, get her girls to sit there and is herself also comfortably sitting waiting for her husband, then the rest of the evening will be spent in peace but if any one of these things is out of place before Amir her husband walks through that front door, all hell will break lose.

Amir is a self-made man. His is a typical rags to riches story and he proudly tells whoever cares to listen about the hardships he had to endure. His immediate family that is the wife, Naheed and two beautiful daughters, Anum and Sidra know every story by heart but are still subjected from time to time to a rerun.

Naheed’s parents were well off and she was a pampered child. That is why when she met Amir in University she fell in love with his fighter spirit. She forced her parents to agree to the match, even when they did not see it fit, and now 15 years later she wonders if that was a good idea.

Amir is an honest, sincere and straight forward man but he is a hard core disciplinarian. His philosophy of life is simple: if you want to achieve something in life you have to discipline yourself. His family did not have it easy in life.

The first time Naheed was subjected to punishment for lack of discipline came very early in their marriage. She was getting ready for an evening out with her newly wedded husband. The plan was to watch a movie and have dinner afterwards at Naheed’s favourite restaurant. She wanted to look her best and when Amir came to pick her up after office at the scheduled time of 7 pm, she was still putting on her makeup. She heard the horn of the car, but continued to apply the final touches to her face. She heard the horn thrice and smiled to herself thinking that her husband is impatient to see her. It took her 10 extra minutes to satisfy her vanity but as she reached the door, she saw her husband coming out of the car. She ran towards him apologizing but he pushed her and entered the house. She followed him and kept saying, “Let’s go we will be late!”, but he said nothing. When he opened his mouth his anger scared Naheed out of her skin. He said that they were late already and tore the tickets. He said that he could not stand people who were not punctual and wasted money and time. He did not talk to Naheed that night. He went to sleep without food in his study.

Naheed was shocked at her husband’s behaviour. She felt hurt and humiliated and wondered the whole night if she had made the right choice.

This continued for a few days, during which Amir didn’t speak to Naheed and frequently yelled at servants for their little mistakes. On the fourth day when Naheed’s parents had invited them for dinner she approached Amir, apologized for wasting time and requested him to accompany her to dinner. Amir reluctantly agreed.

Naheed was ashamed to admit to her parents that she was wrong and they were right all along in assessing Amir and rejecting him as a suitable match for their daughter.

The discipline related incidents became a routine and Naheed was seriously contemplating divorce when she found out that she was pregnant. Amir was there at every step of the way with her during her pregnancy and childbirth. Naheed’s stance softened and also Amir was very conscientious about his economic responsibilities towards his family and the house. Naheed would listen to her friends complaining about their husbands not supporting them, not paying attention to them, flirting with other women, some were sick and tired of interfering in-laws, whereas Naheed had none of these problems. Everyone around her, thought she was blessed and luckiest of all.

This made it harder for her to think about parting ways with Amir whose obsession with discipline was making her a nervous wreck. Everything had to be done on time, whether it was a minor detail like having lunch dinner or tea or a slightly more complicated adventure like taking a trip. Naheed could not enjoy any outings because she was afraid all the time that she will make a mistake and Amir will humiliate her in public.

She had another daughter two years later. Her children were her only source of joy but when they reached school going age they too were subjected to the same discipline standards which apparently was the reason behind Amir’s success in life.

Naheed’s life became even harder because she was always trying to protect her little girls from Amir’s bursts of anger and in the process she would often accept blame for their little mistakes, which she in her mind did not merit scolding or punishment.

Naheed has spent ten years of her life making sure Amir gets what he wants from her and his children and she will spend many more years doing the same. She can never relax because her mind is always trying to figure out if there is anything that will cause Amir to lose his temper. It is like she has to tip toe through life making sure another human being gets all he wants. But what about her? Is she not entitled to living her life the way she wants to? Is her life less valuable than her husband’s? She has already wasted her youth trying to measure up to Amir’s standards but what options does she have in our society?

There are many people like Amir who make their wives’ lives a living hell; some use discipline as a weapon, others have a cleanliness obsession, and many more such futile pursuits. They never try to find out what kind of a life will their wives like to have and what is important to them because they believe that wives are born to serve their husbands. Their opinions, likes and dislikes do not matter. Is it enough for a man to ensure that he has met all his family’s material needs? Is it enough that he does not cheat on the wife, works hard and provides for them economically? What about the hell such men create for that family, from which they can never break free because in our society such are the men who are supposed to be the best a woman can hope for?

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Dark Sexual Pleasures

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Game of Thrones’ (GOT) didn’t just shock us by its flight of imagination in the form of the White Knight, Army of the dead, dragons and mother of dragons but also by its attempt at exploring topics like incest. Ever since the serial came on air, Jaime and Cersei Lannister, brother and sister, twins for that matter, have been involved in an ongoing sexual and romantic affair. Their relations result in the birth of three children Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen. It is mentioned for the audience that certain old powerful families mated amongst immediate family members to keep the bloodline pure but it is nonetheless quite obvious that such a relationship is culturally and religiously a taboo even in the seven kingdoms. We still continue to see this relationship flourish on our screens year after year. The characters go through a lot and mature with time but their passion for each other remains unchanged. Incest is a taboo topic in our society and hardly ever discussed but ‘Game of Thrones’ is the most favourite subject under discussion ever since its beginning and while discussing GOT the incestuous relations between the twins cannot be ignored.

Jamie and Cersei’s sexual relationship is strongly condemned by all, the more delicate ones feel that the serial would have been better without this evil, monstrous and abhorring angle. Brides & You avails this opportunity of talking about incest by revealing some facts about it.

Incest is the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with one’s direct family member (siblings, parents, children). Although psychologically speaking consensual sex between any two adults is not considered a disorder but many personality disorders lead to engaging in an act that is strongly condemned by religion and society.

Incest is more common in our society then we dare to acknowledge. Talk to any Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Psycho Therapist and you realise how many have gone through the worst form of incest in childhood. Any sexual relation with a minor is morally wrong and a criminal offence against society. In closed societies where all things and information related to sex are a taboo, criminal offences like incest against minors flourish and go undetected because the victims never speak out.

The most horrifying fact about violence is that it begets violence. The victim of sexual abuse, in most cases, becomes the abuser when he/she is in a powerful position.

The large portion of sexual activity is linked to pleasure and not procreation as we are made to believe. The concept of pleasure is complicated. For some people it originates from a certain smell, organ, thought or fantasy and this correlation is formed at a young age. The victims of sexual abuse get trapped into deriving pleasure from the forbidden and then the normal way lacks charm for them. These victims suffer many other complexes which are usually the result of a heavy sense of guilt.

In cases where incest occurs between a minor and an adult, the minor ends up linking approval and acceptance with allowances for inappropriate sexual actions. These actions win the minor a special status with the adult most often in a very powerful position compared to the minor. The special status although coming at a high price is unique and a source of pleasure, so without realizing it, the minor develops a dependence on inappropriate sexual actions for pleasure. Such children face many issues in establishing healthy sexual relations hence any positive or meaningful adult relations.

Stockholm Syndrome is a term in psychology that explains the dependency of the victim on his or her captor. A hostage’s development of positive feelings towards their captor is commonly observed in many cases. A captor maintains great power over the hostage and the only means of survival for the hostage is the captor’s mercy which he/she is willing to obtain at any cost. Once that cost is established the hostage feels a balance in their power relationship and the mind constructs it as a good thing.

In other cases two minors can explore sexual pleasure at a young age and develop association with a particular partner like Jamie and Cercei. These children can only derive pleasure from each other’s company and cannot form healthy sexual relations with a different person. Such adventures become a handicap particularly for males as they feel impotent in the company of a stranger. Their dependency on their sibling for sexual pleasure often forces them to continue with their inappropriate relations during their adult lives as well.

These are just a few generalized examples of the form of incest that are common in any society. The only protection from such events is an open environment where a child can feel safe to relate his/her experiences and is knowledgeable about his/her rights. If the act is taking place between two consenting adults the issue is of morality and requires a society that manages to achieve high moral standards.

In cases where children are abused or molested by their close relations at a young age they can develop many personality disorders. We have already discussed the Stockholm Syndrome a few others include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Multiple Personality Disorder.

PTSD is a disorder that develops after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, which may also be sexual assault. Disassociate Identity Disorder (Also called multiple personality disorder) is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities are present in one person. This is due to the mind’s advance defense mechanism. When the natural behaviour is mostly in contradiction with the acceptable behaviour, some people develop a multiple personality disorder. They can be completely normal one moment behaving as one is expected to behave and observing all proper protocols and the next moment they can switch off and become a completely different person.

All personality disorders are deeply rooted in our early age experiences and with professional help we can first recognise and identify them and then slowly come to terms with them to develop a balanced personality that is capable of maintaining healthy meaningful relations with other human beings.

Parents must be very well aware about their children to ensure none of them are being forced into a sexual relationship by any close family member. If you find out such a case, get them proper professional help instead of shoving things under the carpet, which could have serious repercussions for the child at a later stage in life.

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How to choose the right hair colour for your skin tone

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We often see hair colour disasters on women where the streaks or the full colour of the dyed hair looks very unflattering with a certain complexion.

We do believe that every woman is free to choose and go as wild as she wants in her choice of hair colour but isn’t the ultimate goal to improve upon the looks? For this you need to determine your skin tone and then pick a shade that will work best for you.

With the large variety of shades to pick from, it can be a daunting task. But if you get it right, then you can be sure to bag multiple compliments. We highly recommend a consultation with your salon expert but if you don’t want to go those lengths, then follow the simple advice below:

Knowing your skin tone

The first step is to know what really is your skin colour and tone. To be sure follow these steps:

–          Wash and cleanse your face thoroughly to get all makeup off.

–          Find a well lit place which has a large window with plenty of natural light flowing in.

–          Do a colour test by holding a blue shirt against your skin and then a red one. If your face looks better in blue you have a cool tone, if it looks better in red you have a warm skin tone. If you are unsure get two of your friends to take a poll on what suits you better.

Finding the right hair colour:

Now here’s the enjoyable part- finding the right colour:

For warm skin tones:

If you have determined that you have a warm skin tone, you will need to choose a colour in a cool tone. Yes it may be surprising but this will compliment your skin. The cool colour shades have words such as ‘cool’ and ‘ash’ in them. They have a definite platinum silvery tone.

But if you like more traditional and closer to your south-Asian hair colour tone, go for a darker colour. Think fawn, really dark brownish-black, dark red, chestnut, amber or auburn. If you want to go for highlights, then go for a cooler colour to make sure it doesn’t look brassy against your face.

If you have a dark complexion, but you have figured out that it is a warm tone, then go for a shade which is definitely lighter than your complexion or much darker. It is very important to make sure that your hair doesn’t look almost the same as your skin colour because that will be a disaster!

For cool skin tones:

Your biggest priority should be that you don’t want to look washed out. Choose a warm colour to make you look alive. This is true for dark or fair skins both.

If you are a cool tone, then you must figure out how to balance it out. Look for shades that contain words in them such as ‘warm’ or ‘honey’. Think of a rich chocolaty shade.

If your heart desires blondeness and yet you know you have a cool skin tone, then go for blonde by avoiding the blonde shades which have too much silvery platinum in them. If you are a woman who likes to be funky and wants to experiment with fun colours you can do it not with blue but with pink. Just remember the trick is not to go for a cool shade and opt for a warmer one.

Whether you have a cool or a warm skin tone, also keep your complexion in mind. Fairer skin can carry lighter colours well. If you have a darker complexion, a blonde colour even if you pick the right blonde shade according to you skin tone, might not look flattering. The darker you are, the more rich and dark shades are the ones you can carry and will compliment you. Images: Shuuterstock.

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Secrets to winning the Battle against Acne

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Acne has a tendency to show up at the worst time. Find out all you should know about its treatment in easy ways.

Do you have whiteheads?
When you are not exfoliating and scrubbing off dead skin this happens- they pile up on the skin’s surface and block pores, which leads to a buildup of oil and hence the whiteheads.

Do you have reddish pimples?
These breakouts are caused by hormonal imbalance when you are stressed and you have excessive oil. They can also be linked to your menstrual cycle.

Over-the-counter treatments
Mild, non-hormonal breakouts can easily be managed. Apply a treatment with two percent salicylic acid, which exfoliates. You can also switch to a daily cleanser with at least 0.5 percent salicylic acid.

See a dermatologist
If your zits last more than eight weeks, consult with a dermatologist. Scarring can be avoided if you treat acne early.

Stronger topical products
In addition to starting you on a benzoyl peroxide cleanser regimen, you may be given a combination of other treatments. Ask your doctor to ensure that it does not make you more sun-sensitive or dries your skin. If skin is irritated stop immediately.

High tech remedies
Dermatologists may offer high-tech remedies such as the ones which use suction to deep-cleanse pores. A light pulse is used to kill the bacteria that causes acne and redness. You can find out about them at your local dermatologist or skin treatment clinics.

Hormones regulation
If your acne is the hormonal type no product that you apply on the skin will make any difference. Many women are given birth-control pills that can help clear up skin. Estrogen and progestin help suppress testosterone and prevent breakouts.

Eat healthy
If you love pizza with extra cheese, then you are not going to like this! Studies prove that cutting back on dairy can improve acne. It includes all milk products as well as sugary delights!

Don’t pick your zits
Trying to burst your pimple is a major skin crime. It can spread bacteria, cause additional breakouts and lead to scarring. But if you absolutely must then here’s how to cope: Dab the area with any good sterile solution to disinfect it, then apply an antibiotic cream or ointment which will fight bacteria and help the spot heal.

Get rid of blackheads
If you have acne, chances are pretty good that you also tend to get blackheads. They are caused by oil and debris that has darkened within clogged pores. Start exfoliating with two percent or less salicylic acid or glycolic and lactic acids every morning. Let it sit for about a minute on damp skin in order to give the acid time to do its thing, then rinse. Don’t use your fingers to get a blackhead out. After you shower, hold a cotton swab on either side of the blackhead, then gently press down. Don’t force anything… if it doesn’t budge, abort mission and apply a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment.

How to cover it
When all efforts fail and you have a pimple learn how to cover it like a pro. Press it with a cotton swab soaked in witch hazel (or any sterile solution), then with another swab soaked in eye drops as they contain anti-inflammatory agents which reduce redness. Dab a medicated concealer on it. If a pimple is huge, it will cast a shadow, so try a different method: Brush on a mattifying primer, before applying foundation. Then pat on an opaque, full-coverage concealer. Acne scars can be covered with an eyeliner brush. Run the brush over a stick concealer and coat the inside of the scar. This hides the shadows that make these scars appear more recessed. Then apply a mattifying liquid foundation. And just like that you get full coverage and you are good to go to that party with confidence!

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Make Your Make-Up Last All Day Long

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1. Polish those pores

Exfoliation is key to prepping your skin for cosmetic application – the smoother the surface, the more even products can be applied and therefore, the longer they last. Twice a week polish away dead surface cells with a good exfoliator. Invest in a good, trust-worthy exfoliator to be a part of your routine.

2. Use a clever moisturizer

Ever noticed that your make-up starts to collect into fine lines and creases come mid-morning? Hydration levels and sebum production fluctuate through the day causing your skin to look more uneven, but there are moisturizers that respond to ‘over-day ageing’ to aid this. Use one that makes your skin smooth and firm while you wear it.

3. It’s all about primer

Primer seals in your moisturizer and provides a smooth, even surface for make-up. Not only this, it keeps your make-up from being absorbed, giving it greater staying power. If you have oily skin and feel like your make-up slips off, try an oil-free formula for an all-day matte finish, however, if you feel your make-up fails to wear well because you’re battling dry patches, try something that seals in moisture for hours. Using a different primer for delicate eyelids intensifies your make-up, ensuring it doesn’t crease, slip or shift.

4. Care for long-wear

Long-wear make-up is called this for a reason; good one boasts budge-free formulas without looking heavy. A reliable product will cover everything from gel eyeliner to mascara and is great for dry and dehydrated skin. One which contains shine absorbers is perfect for oily skin types, as well.

5. Set with powder

For longevity, always seal your make-up with powder to help it stay put. While people remember to set foundation on the t-zone, concealer is often neglected, but a gentle sweep your under-eye make-up will keep bags at bay longer.

6. Layer it

Building up your make-up products in light layers will make it last way longer than applying one heavy layer, and it always looks more natural, too. This rule applies to your base, eye make-up and lipstick.

7. Learn to lip-map

The secret for long-lasting lipstick is sandwiching in the color. First, frame your lips with a lip liner, mapping out your cupid bow and the corners, which will give structure and grip for your lipstick. Then apply your lip color with a brush, building it in fine layers and finish with another coat of pencil to set it.

8. Blot, don’t reapply

While it’s tempting to top-up your make-up throughout the day, go easy, as too much powder can look cakey and leave a heavy finish. Build-up can also increase your pore size and surface dehydration in the long run, so focus on preventing that.

9. Stop touching

We’re all guilty of touching our faces without realizing that we are spreading germs, viruses and allergens around – and while we’re at it, we’re ruining our make-up, as well. You can spend gold on high performance products but if you’re habitually picking your spots and rubbing your eyes, you might as well not bother. Consciously find another activity to replace it with, like interlocking your hands or clenching your fist.

10. Make setting spray a must

Make-up setting sprays are specifically designed to prevent make-up meltdown, so you hardly have to touch it up day to night. Like a hairspray for the face, using this mist should be the last step before you leave the house. Find the perfect one for your face after reviewing few of the best.

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Add Coconut Water to Your Beauty Regime

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The health benefits of coconut water are plenty! Safe, healthy and natural; this natural drink has very little sugar and is full of antioxidants that will boost the supply of electrolytes in your body and keep you hydrated. This wonder drink has many benefits for skin and hair, too.

·         Controls ageing

Coconut water helps in controlling the signs of ageing. It contains lauric acid and cytokines which help in balancing the growth of cells and their regulation.

·         Moisturizes skin

The consistency of this drink and properties, such as Vitamin C and potassium, help in providing coverage and protection to the body. Coconut water can be applied all over the skin and air dried for a few minutes. Doing this daily would show great results.

·         Protects from sun tan

Mix fullers earth or multani mitti with a few drops of coconut water, apply on the face at least three times a week to see quick changes. It will leave the skin soft, radiant and smooth. This face pack is completely natural and doesn’t contain any chemicals, or leave you with side effects.

·         Reduces acne

The antioxidant-rich coconut water can help fight free radicals and prevent acne. You could also wet some cotton with coconut water and dab all over the areas that have been affected. Let it stay overnight. Wash off with cold water the next morning.

·         Fights frizzy hair

Coconut water is not just idyllic for your skin but also your hair. Massage your hair using coconut water thrice a week, and it will make your hair soft, smooth and silky, as it contains excellent moisturizing properties which fight with unruly hair the natural way and promote strength, radiance and shine.

·         Reduces dark circles

Coconut water can also help in fighting dark circles. Simply mix coconut water with cucumber juice and dab it around eyes using cotton. Use this beauty tip daily to see a quick reduction in your under eye dark circles.

·         Conditions hair naturally

Another wonderful thing about coconut water is its ability to condition locks of hair. Mix cocoa butter and coconut water together, and let it stay overnight. Apply it all over your hair and scalp after shampooing and wash it off with cold water after 20 minutes, you are bound to see good results.

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The results of these homemade masks will simply thrill you

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As we all know new year’s is around the corner and the winters are at their peak. What suffer most during this time of the year is our skin and hair; which tend to dry out, becoming dull and lifeless. What you need is deep nourishment, something that will hydrate your skin and help it retain its moisture from within, safe from the ravages of the winter dry air.

Face packs to get you through winter

Winter face packs are here to rescue you, and no, you won’t have to visit a salon every week, either because there is nothing easier and better for your skin than homemade recipes. With a few everyday ingredients from your kitchen, you can rustle up amazing packs for glowing and moisturized skin. Even though all these recipes use natural ingredients, do a small patch test before you apply anything on your face.

1.      Banana & Milk

Banana is not only a delicious fruit but has excellent nutritious power to take care of your skin. It can work splendidly as a moisturizer in winters. Mix a spoon of mashed banana with milk powder (you can replace milk powder with rose water if you have oily skin) and add a few drops of honey. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use this face packs twice-a-week and show-off envious skin throughout the season.

2.      Rosewater & Strawberry

Winter markets are filled with luscious strawberries whose vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids are immensely good for your skin. Apply the mix of two tablespoons of mashed strawberry and a tablespoon of rose water on your face. Wash off after 20 minutes and give yourself a lovely complexion. You will learn that this face pack gives your skin an amazing glow. You can even try out Multani mitti with rose water to get glowing skin.

3.      Aloe Vera & Almond oil

This is a super fix for all your deadly winter skin worries. Whether you use it on for 20 minutes or the entire night, this pack works from the roots to give your skin adequate moisture. Blend together eight drops of almond oil and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel perfectly between your palms. Rub in circular motions for 15 minutes and leave it on for whole night or at least 30 minutes.

4.      Yogurt & Honey

Yogurt works well to remove pigmentation and cleanses the skin from deep within. Combining it with honey gives the mask a strong hydrating power. Mix two teaspoons each of honey and yogurt in a bowl and apply this paste all over your face. Let it dry for 15 minutes then rinse.

5.      Carrot & Honey

Once you start using this, it will become your favorite pack, as it is apt for every season to keep your skin super hydrated and glowing. Grated carrots have little fiber that, when smoothly rubbed on to the skin, helps new skin to surface, peeling off the old while keeping the skin supple and soft. Mix together two tablespoons of carrot juice and a teaspoon of honey and apply this mask on the face, smoothly rubbing for 15 minutes. Let it dry for 10 minutes and rinse.