New Trend- HAIRPINS

Hair accessories like hairpins, claw clips, big pearl accented, different textured clips and many varieties of almost jewelry-like hairpins are one of the eye-catching hair trends this summer. You can find them almost every store and online sites. I have found some really pretty hair accessories on Amazon.

You can add this big, glittery, sparkly hairpins to your ponytails, braids, or just pin it one side of your hair behind the ears, you can even wear a different mix of hairpins, stack them or clipped through it a cascade of loose hair.

 

 

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A Clean Summer Face

Healthy skin should always feel smooth, soft, supple and properly moisturized. Even in the summer days, with all the heat, dust and tons of sunblock cremes can make our skin dull, tired and clogged the pores very easily. And especially in the summer, when we have so many outdoor activities, we have to stay outside for a longer time, we need to protect the skin in a more sensitive way.  Sunscreen is meant to be a barrier for the skin against the UV rays, but at the same time, sunscreens should not be the first and only skincare in our summer skincare routine. On the contrary, it should come last or just before applying the makeup. Sometimes, sunscreen can be applied as a daytime primer for face also. So, what should we include in our summer skincare that would make our skin well hydrated and also help to protect against the heat and UV rays?

Cleanser-

We need a gentle but effective cleanser in summer, which will make our skin clean and de-clogging the pores from makeup and stubborn sunscreens, while not making the skin super dry. We have several cleansing options, the gel cleanser, the foam cleanser, the creme cleanser, acne cleanser, makeup cleanser and all in one cleanser. I prefer the gel cleanser on a daily basis, and when I apply makeup I like to do double cleansing. At first, I use the makeup remover to get rid of all the makeup and then a gentle cleanser. Sometimes, I use a simple moisturized beauty bar to keep the cleansing routine simple. And when I feel my skin need some extra cleaning, I use the detoxifying cleanser like Indian mud cleanser or active charcoal cleanser.

Toner-

During warm weather months, a skin toner can come in handy to combat breakouts caused from sweat, sunblock, and dirt clogging our pores or a combo of all three. Our skin also tends to be more oily during sticky summer days, so toner is a step in the cleansing process that removes all the stuff left behind on your skin after washing, such as makeup, excess oils, impurities, dead skin cells, or even residue left from your cleanser. By wiping away all these pore-cloggers, you reduce acne and prevent future breakouts. Choosing the right toner for your skin is a vital step and the wrong toner will affect the ph balance of our skin. Toner for dry and combination skins are totally different from the toners for oily skin. So, we have to choose our toner according to our skin’s needs.

Exfoliating-

Exfoliation in the summer is a very needed skincare step. Whether it’s a scrub, clay mask or the chemical exfoliants, it’s very important to exfoliate our face at least twice a week. It will clean the clogged pores, it will remove the dead skins, it will help the blemish-prone skin and also works great to minimize the appearances of wrinkles.

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), also considered as a chemical exfoliant. AHAs are acids derived from foods, and, as it turns out a type of acid that’s safe to apply to our skin. Regular and proper use of Lactic Acid serums can help your skin to reduce the appearance of aging, and they can be an especially good remedy against fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging from sun damage.

Peel-off Masks-

Though I am not a big fan of peel-off masks, in these hot and humid days I really can’t overlook all the benefits of these masks. Firstly, these masks are a type of physical exfoliant, which means they remove the top layer of skin to slough away dead skin cells. This makes skin feel smooth and looks glowy. Regular use of these masks actually helps to reduce the pore size and revealing firmer skin. Plus, by making peel-offs a part of your weekly routine, you may also begin to notice a reduced appearance of fine line and wrinkles.

Antioxidants-

Use of antioxidants helps our skin against the sun damage. Its anti-inflammatory results help to calm the skin and it also beneficial in skin firming and scars treating. Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin-E are some of the most popular and commonly used antioxidants in our skincare products.

Vitamin C-

A favorite among dermatologists, vitamin C is one of the most studied antioxidants available on the market. It has many skin benefits, it helps to boost collagen production of the skin, and make our skin brighter. It also helps to fade dark spots and therefore works as a tone corrector. I use vitamin C serum in my daily skincare, it is the first thing I apply after clean my face.

Eye creme-

Eye cremes should be used all year round, it is a basic skincare step that is needed to follow no matter what is the weather. It nurtures the most delicate part of our face, it prevents the fine lines around our eyes and also fades the visible appearance of dark circles.

Moisturizer-

Yes, we need a moisturizer even in the summer. A light and hydrating moisturizer is a must requirement in the summer skincare steps.

Nowadays, facial mists or hydrating sprays are very popular to keep the skin moist. Carry them in purses, and a spray a little when your skin feels a little dull, you will get the instant glowy skin.

Sunscreens-

I can’t give enough emphasis on sunscreens. We should use sunscreens even we are staying inside for most of the day.  It not only helps our skin from tanning but also helps the skin from the UV rays. SPF -30 is the minimum requirements for every day uses in the summer. And for the water activities, High SPF and water-resistant sunscreens are safe to use.

Other than this skincare regimen, we have to drink plenty of water in summer days. Exercising, cutting off the caffeine, adding melons and greens in our diet will also help our skin to be healthy from inside. In summary, proper cleansing, toning, weekly exfoliating, regular moisturizing and daily uses of sunscreen should be the key steps of skincare, and with that, we also need a little self-love.

Be Summer ready

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My favourite Orange Lipsticks for summer

Enough of berry, pink, neutrals and red lipsticks, now is the time for some bold orange hues. Orange is such a fun color for summer, it can be completed with a bold look or it can be given a perfect naturally sunkissed blushy look. And the most important part is it can suit every skin tone and you can apply everywhere, all the day long, around this summertime.

Here are some of my favorite orange lipsticks that can go with every skin tone. Usually, I choose a soft orange tone for my everyday look and select a bold one for my favorite occasions. From a perfect Sunday brunch look or summer party look to the vacay look, anytime orange lipstick can give you a shiny fresh face in this warmer days.


Maybelline Electric Orange lipsticks in satin are formulated with rich honey nectar that gives a smooth feel to your lip and the color is so pigmented that one swipe of this bright lipstick is enough to make a perfect orangy pout.

NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Juan, this liquid lipstick is a budget-friendly one, $6.50 from Amazon. It has a creamy formula with a matte finish, and it is perfect for vacation.

COVERGIRL Colorlicious Rich Color Lipstick Sweet Tangerine is infused with shea butter for a creamy feel. This lip color is perfect for a softer makeup look.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick, Orange Dream. Another bold color and this one is highly pigmented, once you apply, it can stay all day long, no need to retouch. But this can be little dry, so apply lip balm before the lipstick can help your lip to retain the moisture.

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MAC Cremesheen lipstick in the shade Crosswires. It is pinkish orange tone, complement the light breezy beach outfits.

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Revlon super lustrous lip gloss, Solar Coral 243. Again this is soft and silky gloss with a glamorous color shine. Appropriate for every day.

STAY HAPPY AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL IN THIS SUMMER.

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Natural Homemade Skin Exfoliation by Priyanka Chopra

A few months back the famous Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra shared her skin home remedies on Vogue. I watched it on YouTube, the video got viral since it has been published. In this video, Priyanka shared her traditional homemade DIY body exfoliate pack, lip scrub, and scalp treatment remedies. The ingredients she used are all natural and quite staple in the Indian households and the body pack is also very popular across generations. If you have the time and the right ingredients at hand, then once a week of this pack will definitely take care of your skin in this hot summer days. I tried to follow Priyanka’s instructions and made this pack at home and then applied it to my skin. ( But before you use it on your skin, just make sure to do the allergy test by putting it on back of your palm, don’t use it if your skin got irritated). It can use as a great anti-tan mask for your face. This mask has all the natural ingredients which are very safe for any type of skin, it can use as a hydrating mask also. I will demonstrate the difference before and after using this pack in my hand. But first, the steps, how to make this amazing pack:

(All the ingredients are easily available in any Indian grocery store.) Here I took little less than 1/3 rd cup of chickpea flour(Besan), 1/4th cup of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoon milk, 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder(exotic ingredient from India), a little bit of lemon juice and 1/4th teaspoon turmeric powder. Then I mixed all the ingredients until it looked like a smooth mask. I apply it on my skin and let it dry for 10-12 minutes, then I rubbed it nicely and you can see it works as a great exploitation while massaging with your fingers and then use a wet cotton cloth to clean it and voila you can see the instant difference.

The skin will look smoother and more hydrated and because of the turmeric, your skin will look fresher than before. But excessive use of turmeric can make your skin a bit yellowish, so be careful about the quantity. Hope you will try it and let me know how you feel about this mask.

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Prism Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills- Product Review

I recently bought this wonderful eyeshadow palette from Sephora, Prism by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is my second palette from ABH, the first one is Renaissance. I am really impressed by ABH’s shadow quality, they are highly pigmented, longlasting(with the eye primer) and lots of color variety. When I saw Prism’s nice mix of vibrant colors, I couldn’t resist myself. This palette contains 14 colors, there are 7 matte eyeshadow and 7 glittery pigments. What I really like about this palette is the selection of colors, there are some bold colors and there are some soft colors also. This palette can help you to create a glamorous party look, you can create a soft daytime look, or you can achieve a fiery summer party look also.

Let’s go through the colors, on the top line, there are 4 matte shadows, Eden is the soft matte orangy shadow, it’s a good transition color, though I have to reapply it a couple of time to get the desired color intensity. Unity is another nice transition color for the overall lid or to highlight your browbone. Now, my most favorite color in this pallet is Sphere, it’s a perfect color for this time of year, even if it looks bright neon yellow in the picture, its actually a very soothing color once applied on the lid. Obsidian is a dark shade, perfect for the smoky eye look or you can use it on the waterline also. Lucid, Sphinx and Osiris are the highly glittery pigments, a little fall down will be noticed, but great shades, especially Sphinx, a beautiful bronze shadow, perfect for evening.

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On the bottom line of this palette, we have 4 glittery pigments and 3 matte shadows.  Dimension is a beautiful color, it will give you a metallic look, very trendy yet graceful. The parallel is a warm brown shadow, I always like to have a nice brown shadow in my palette, brown is a versatile eyeshadow, can be used with any makeup look. Another fabulous color from this pallet is Saturn, it is a beautiful salmon red color, it’s bold but not too harsh, you can create a beautiful sunset look with this one, perfect for daytime. The pyramid is gold glittery pigment. The Throne is another metallic color from this palette, it is a dark greenish glitter, little different and fun to use. The Lure is a matte soft pink shade, perfect for everyday look. And then we have Eternal, it is a beige glittery one, perfect for a glamorous look.

To create this sunset look, I used Eden as my transition color, then I used Saturn on top of  Eden. I used Parallel to cut the crease and then blend the shades nicely. Then I used Sphere for the entire lid and top with Sphinx for the center of the lid. And I used Unity for my browbone and Lucid for the eye corners. Hope you like my Sunset look. Share your ideas and thoughts with me.

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10 Must Have Clinique Products In 2018

We all like to pamper our skin and a healthy skin surely looks flawless and glows even without makeup. Clinique is one of the famous company which has established their expertise in makeup and skincare with years of remarkable results. Clinique’s dermatologists are continuing their work of inventing and researching products in beautifying our skin and looks. Along with their three steps skincare range, other products like lipsticks, foundation, chubby sticks, makeup remover and perfumes are also getting a fair share of popularity. Clinique’s men products are also quite effective, my husband is a regular user of Clinique sunscreens. Here I have ranked some of my favorite Clinique products.

10. Travel size trio– This set is great for travel, I don’t need to pack a lot for the short trips and I can easily carry it in my weekender bags.Cleansing, toning and moisturizing, skin care will not be neglected with this set.

9. Clinique clarifying lotion– I have a dry-combination skin type, so, harsh toner makes my skin drier. My skin just loves this toner, great for all seasons.  I like to apply it in the night after cleansing my face. Sometimes I use it in the morning and before applying makeup. It helps to open up the pores and give me a fresh feel.

8. Correcting Foundation with SPF– This is a great foundation for the summer.This is a light to medium coverage foundation. Not the best product for concealing, it’s on the lighter side.Especially in the summer, before going to the beach I used it, Just to get a little color on my face.It blends really well and gives a smooth skin finish.


7. Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturisers– This is a great product for hydration supplement to the skin.This is a gel based product and gives a lot of moisture.This is one of my favorite summer moisturizers.

6.Clinique Matte Pressed Powder-This helps me to get that oil-free yet flawless look in the summer.It gives a natural finish to my skin.

5. Clinique lash Power Mascara-This gives my lashes a natural yet definite finish.I like to use the Black Onyx shade.It’s not a bold one though but definitely, brighten my eyes.

4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion– This is my all time favorite moisturizer.I use it every day after cleansing and every night with my night serum. Currently, I am on my fifth bottle. It very delicately soothes my sensitive skin.

3. Clinique Take The Day Off,Makeup Remover-I am really picky one when to choose a makeup remover.There are so many makeups removing products are available in the market, it’s sometimes getting hard to choose which one will be the best for me. I don’t like the greasiness some of the makeup removers has, and some of them even dry out my skin.Then I came across with this Clinique product, it’s a bit pricey one for a makeup remover, but surely it does the job done and left no residue afterward.A big thumbs up for this one.

2.Clinique Chubby StickThis is an amazing product from Clinique, you can use it as a lip balm or as a lip tint which will moisturize your pout also. Great for daytime and office hours.

1.Clinique Happy Perfume-My recent top products from Clinique,the Happy perfume. This fragrance is a must-have for spring-summer time.It gives me a fresh feel all day along. I got a lot of compliments wearing this one.

Let me know about your favourite beauty products of 2018.

Feel prety and be gorgeous.