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Nail red carpet look with glowing skin, de-puffed eyes




New Delhi, July 7 : Red carpet looks aren’t all about clothes and make-up. Getting the basics like glowing skin and de-puffed eyes are the key behind making the right statement, say experts.

Celebrity make-up artist Namrata Soni and dermatologist Rashmi Shetty have shared some tips:

* Make your skin glow: To ensure that your skin glows, go for an exfoliator that has both physical and chemical exfoliants. Apply a facial oil or cream and work upwards, starting at the neck, making sure you cover each section of your face while lifting the skin as you move up. Once your skin takes on a healthy pinkish colour, you can remove the oil with a damp wash cloth.

Many make the mistake of applying it after a shower which may tend to cause irritation as the skin absorbs things more quickly after being cleansed. Hence, apply a gel-based mask (which can be a peel-off or can be used as a scrub) before the shower and wash it after taking bath with a cold water so that the hot water doesn’t harm your skin. This gives your skin a lighter feel and flawless glow.

* De-puff and lift your eyes: When your skin is dry, it can allow for pesky fine lines and wrinkles to appear more pronounced. Around your delicate eye contour, these lines — known as crow’s feet — can put a damper on your skin’s appearance. A good mask and eye treatment should help to plump, rejuvenate and give your skin new life. Apply a hydrating mask in an even layer and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes to achieve those lit up eyes when you smile.

To get rid of dark circles quickly, use a cold tea bag or a cotton soaked in a cold rose water as it instantly diminishes puffiness and relieves tiredness. Additionally, closing your eyes tightly and opening them wide 10 times will drain the fluid and efficiently help to reduce the puffiness.

* Hydrate your body: For skin that looks healthy and radiant on camera, you would want to layer with hydrating products before you apply any make-up. Start with a hydrating mist to moisten the skin and allow your products to penetrate. Quench dehydrated skin by applying a light hydrating serum, followed by your favourite moisturiser. Use a rich eye cream around the eyes and moisturise your lips with a luxurious lip balm. One final spray of toner will give your skin a lovely sheen and dewy finish, leaving you with a perfect canvas for a flawless makeup application

* Flaunt the legs with style: If you’re going to show off your legs in a classic deep slit red carpet gown, you will need to make sure they are ready to be revealed. It’s best to stay away from harmful creams and painful waxing as they can damage your skin and cause rashes if you have a sensitive skin. Switch to shaving as it is the safest method of hair removal and is also recommended by dermatologists. Use a razor that has skin conditioning ingredients like Gillette Venus Breeze, which comes with in-built body butters and glycerin that will help keep your skin moisturised before and after the shave.

* Lips that are ready for flying kisses: The skin on your lips needs to be taken care of and protected just like any other part of your body. To pull off the celebrity-style air kissing, the pout is bound to need a little extra attention. For luscious lips like your favourite celebrity, lightly exfoliate them with a dry toothbrush, scrubbing in circular motions to get rid of any dry skin. After you exfoliate, lock in moisture and condition your lips with a nourishing lip balm.

* Beauty sleep for mental rejuvenation: Getting deep sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin before a big event. During your sleep cycle, your body repairs each of its systems, including your skin. Deep breathing and meditation is also a very important part of skin cleansing as watching your breath flow in and out helps you become aware of your skin and thus rejuvenates it.

* Also, if you have two to three days before the event, you can approach your dermatologist for a hyper-diluted botox injection, as it not only makes your skin glow but also super-tight, beautiful and shiny.



Choco lava cake hot favourite among lovebirds



Choco lava cake

New Delhi, Feb 19: Lovebirds indulged in some sugary goodness, including choco lava cake, on Valentine’s Day, reveals a survey.

According to findings derived from Swiggy’s order analysis for Valentine’s Day on February 14 and eight Wednesdays before that, love-struck Indians stuck to their favourites, the most shareable pizza and fries, as their order increased sharply by 55 per cent and 38 per cent respectively.

Choco lava cake saw an increase of 73 per cent. There were four times more donuts orders and red velvet items were also ordered 3.5 times more, read a statement.

The 2018 Valentine’s Day food trends are on the basis of Swiggy’s order analysis of the cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi/NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Jaipur.

“Despite the usual excitement around making Valentine’s Day special, an increasing number of urbanites made the choice to spend it at home with their loved ones.

“Deterred by urban challenges like long working hours, traffic, planning and reservation and parking, many couples opted to have their Valentine’s dates over great food, in the privacy of their homes,” said Srivats TS, Vice President, Marketing at Swiggy.


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Here’s how materialism may harm your married life



Couple fight

New York, Feb 16: Do you often end up having heated discussions with your spouse over money matters? Beware, your fondness for material possessions may affect your love life and push your marriage towards an unhappy ending, says a new study.

The study found that when materialism — the pursuit of money and possessions — gets prioritised over other dimensions of life, it harms conjugal bonding.

Materialism crowds out other life priorities and creates a scarcity of time for other priorities such as communication, conflict resolution and intimacy.

It thus decreases the importance and sense of satisfaction in a marriage.

“Marriage dissatisfaction occurs because those who highly value money and possessions are less likely to value their marriage and are thus likely to be less satisfied in their relationship,” said lead author Ashley LeBaron, Professor at the Brigham Young University (BYU) in Ohio.

Further, materialism may also be associated with a possession-oriented rather than a relationship-oriented approach to happiness.

In other words, materialistic spouses may be seeking happiness in possessions, rather than people, which means they end up putting less time and energy into making their marriage a success, the researchers noted, in a paper published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Despite the findings, the researchers believe that changes can be made by couples to solve this issue.

“Many people are not fully aware of their materialism or the degree to which the pursuit of money is becoming an unbalanced priority in their life,” explained Jason Carroll, Professor at BYU.

“It is helpful for spouses to evaluate and openly discuss the time patterns in their lives and make sure they are devoting enough time to prioritize and strengthen their marriage relationship,” Carroll suggested.

For the study, the researchers asked 1,310 married individuals to fill a questionnaire in order to measure their materialism, perception of marriage importance and marital satisfaction.


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Ditch flowers, perfumes; gift your Valentine something different



Valentines day date

New Delhi, Feb 14: Give chocolates, flowers and fragrances a miss, say experts who suggest a box-full of natural sanitary pads for your girlfriend and gift your man a coffee maker on Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14 every year.

Prem Dewan, Retail Head, OSL Luxury Collections Pvt Ltd at Corneliani; Ravi Saxena, Managing Director at Wonderchef; Tanvi Johri Co-founder at Carmesi and Yatin Hans, Co-founder at and Ute Pauline Wiemer, co-founder at Lovetreats, have listed a few quirky options:

* Cufflinks look small but do wonders to simple and boring outfits. There are number of designs and textures available that can bring instant fun to the look. Cufflinks with Aztec design works best for formal attires. Those imprinted in different motifs like skull, bear and bottles, can be gifted to someone who likes to keep it funky and hippie.

* Buy him/her a pair of footwear. A pair of white sneakers is not a desire but a need that will complement a casual styling.

* You could gift her diamonds or that gorgeous dress she mentioned a few days back, but you can also show that you care about her by getting her a chic black box that consists of natural sanitary pads. The top-layer of the pads is made with corn starch, the middle layer or the core is made of bamboo fiber, while the bottom is made with corn-based bioplastic.

The box has one-month pack of pads along with a tea box, a scented candle and essential oil. These will help make her hardest time of the month, a lot more bearable.

* If she loves her ice cream tub, get her a heart-shaped ice cream scoop and if she loves different glasses, how about getting her a heart-shaped glass in which she can sip her whiskey or hot chocolate.

* Your boyfriend/girlfriend loves coffee? Invest in a good duet coffee maker which can brew two cups of finely brewed coffee with one fill.

* For a special and intimate night on Valentine’s Day, be a bit more daring by gifting him or her a vibrating sex ring, pleasure sleeve for men, lucky ball masturbator or glow in the dark condoms.


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