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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Does your hair fall a lot? Don't worry, you're not alone. Millions of people from all around the world suffer from dry, brittle and weak hair. Some of the possible reasons for falling hair are:

  • Tension
  • Too much work
  • Illness
  • Poor diet
  • Over-exposure to the sun
  • Perming
  • Amateur bleaching
  • Too frequent and inexpert use of tints, rinses or other colourants

Here is what you can do to prevent hair fall

  • Shampoo regularly. Remember, a CLEAN scalp is a HEALTHY SCALP.
  • Brahmi amla oil also promotes hair growth.
  • A high protein diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and dairy products is a must.
  • Drink 10-12 glass of water everyday.
  • Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. When you do, make sure you rinse out the conditioner thoroughly, otherwise residue build-up will cause your hair to look limp and dull.
  • Know your vitamins! IRON is important for healthy hair and brittle, limp hair indicates an iron deficiency. Spinach has a good iron content, so gulp it down!
  • ZINC helps prevent hair loss and greying. Eat adequate zinc rich foods. Overweight people tend to have zinc deficiency, which is inversely related to the body mass index. Thus if you are overweight and if your hair falls too much, you may want to increase your intake of zinc containing foods. Recipes containing stone ground, wholegrain flour are rich in zinc.
  • A shortfall in VITAMIN B may cause dandruff, falling hair, loss of colour and could encourage grey hair. So B group Vitamins are essential for gloss, colour and thickness.
  • VITAMIN C ensures the health of capillaries supplying blood to hair follicles. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
  • VITAMIN E encourages hair growth. Switch from refined flours to wholemeal and wheatgerm, eggs, vegetable oil.
  • COPPER stops hair from falling. Studies show that the copper content in the blood serum of people with falling hair is less than normal. Different types of alopecia (falling hair) are seen to have a deficiency of this important trace element. Include small quantities of nuts, especially cashews and peanuts, seeds, whole milk and beans in your diet as these contain minute but important amounts of copper.

Homemade remedies for preventing hair fall:

  1. Apply almond oil on scalp and massage.
  2. Grind fenugreek seeds in water and apply on your scalp. Wash off after 40 minutes. Do this every morning for a month ¡V if it suits you! Remember, different treatments suit different types of hair.
  3. Massage warm castor oil + almond oil into your scalp gently. Wrap a hot towel around your scalp so it gets absorbed into the hair. Do this twice a week for healthy, shiny hair.
  4. Add 2-3 drops of honey to a glass of water and use this as the last rinse after shampooing.
Quick Hair Care Conditioner

Mix 1 egg, 2 tbs castor oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine. Beat until frothy and massage lightly into your scalp. Wrap your head in a hot towel, steam, then wash off. This conditioner makes hair thicker, shiny, soft and manageable.

Honey Conditioner

Beat 1-2 eggs (depending on the length of the hair), 1 tsp honey and 2 tsp olive oil. Massage gently into the scalp. Steam, and shampoo after an hour.

Alcohol Conditioner

Beat 1-2 eggs with 2 tsp brandy. Massage into your scalp. Leave for 10-15 mins. Rinse well. The egg nourishes your hair and brandy stimulates hair growth.

Your hair is a vital beauty asset, requiring constant loving care. And with a little nurturing, lush, glossy hair will be yours.

All Beauty Tips

1. Easy & Quick Solution to Dandruff

Dissolve 2 aspirins in any dandruff shampoo and then wash your hair. Results are amazing dandruff.

2.  Make Your Own Herbal Hair Oil

(For dandruff & strong hair)

    Take a bunch of mehendi leaves along with amla pieces (either fresh or dried ones which have been soaked overnight).
    Grind these coarsely together.
    Now take about 150 ml of coconut oil in a cooking vessel (kadai) and add the paste to it.
    Simmer on low flame till all moisture evaporates.
    Cool and strain use regularly.
    Keeps dandruff away and also makes hair roots strong.

3. For a Glowing Face

Make a paste of 2 table spoons of cream (malai), 1½ table spoons of Ata (wheat flour ) and few drops of lime juice. Daily apply this paste on your face for 5 minutes, then remove it and wash.

[Note : For oily skin use besan (gram flour) instead of Ata.]

Try to think positive, take proper sleep and drink lots of water certainly no one can look more charming.

4. For Chicken Pox Marks

Kachha  doodh with chiraunji  (bheegi hui) mix it well and make a paste, apply it on chicken pox marks, they will disappear in few days.

5. For Best Hair

Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Take some petals of hibiscus and grind it in the mixer. Apply this paste to your hair and then rinse it. For better result you can boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter this oil and use it to control hair loss and thinning, you can also use Jaborandi oil which is again an extract of hibiscus flower.

6. Tomato Wrap

Make a puree of 4 tomatoes. Soak some rice for 30 minutes and grind it coarsely. Add this to the pureed tomatoes. Apply this mixture all over the body and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Bathe with warm water; this is a good scrub recipe for oily skin.

7. Hair Care

Problem: Excessive hair loss or getting early grey hairs.

Remedy: Soak some methi seeds in night and in the morning make the paste of the seeds and apply it to your scalp. After 1½ - 2 hrs rinse it with plane water. This will strengthen your hair and make them dark and shiny.

8. Skin care

Problem: If your face is dry and rough.
Remedy: Take equal amount each of Melon, Pumpkin, Cucumber and Watermelon and make a paste of these. Then blend it with milk cream and apply it on your. After 1 hr rinse your face with plane water.
Problem: Sunburn.
Remedy: Mix 1 teaspoon of Besan with 2 teaspoon of curd and apply it on your face. Let it remain on the face for ½ hrs. Rinse with plane water. Helps in curing sunburns.

9. Skin Tips

Improve your complexion
Mix equal amounts of Cucumber juice and Lime juice and apply them to your face before taking bath; wait for at least 10 mins.  Your complexion will improve.

10. Household Tips for your skins– Using Tomatoes

Tomatoes are Anti-Oxidant hence including tomatoes in your daily diet will make your skin Wrinkle Free. And using the paste of one day old curd with a tomato and applying it to your skin soft. Also, if you skin is oily then applying the its pulp on your face for 15 min. then rinse your face with warm water. This will absorb extra oil from your skin and improve your complexion.

11. Beauty Tips

a. After the Mehendi dries, remove it and apply some Vicks Rub on your hands, let it be there for 5-6 hours. The color of your Mehendi will darken.
b.      Remedy: Mix 1 teaspoon of Besan with 2 teaspoon of curd and apply it on your face. Let it remain on the face for ½ hrs. Rinse with plane water. Helps us during sunburns.
c.       After removing the skin of the Cucumber and making a paste of the cucumber with raw milk and applying it on your skin will improve your complexion.

Beauty Tips: Eye Care Tips

The below mentioned eye care tips helps you have an healthy and beautiful eyes free of eye wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes. 

1. Apply a thin coat of castor oil on the eyelashes and eyebrows every night. It strengthens eye lashes and cools the eyes.

2. To reduce puffiness of your eyes, Crush a cucumber and take the juice. Add a little rose water and apply around the eyes and wash it after 20 minutes.

3. Immerse wads of cotton in a cooled mixture of cucumber and potato juice. Keep this on your eyelids for 15 to 20 minutes and gently wash it off. Apply a little baby oil. Put sliced cucumber over your eyes to treat dark circles.

4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables like carrots, drumstick, spinach., papaya and mangoes. All these are rich in beta carotene which helps to have healthy eyes.

5. Take adequate rest. Rest will refresh the eyes and help them work more efficiently.

6. Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation. Only then your eyes are sure to receive enough oxygen for good performance.

7. Regularly apply oil mixed in glycerin to your eye lashes and eye brows to keep them dense and dark.

8. Always use sunglasses during the peak day time to protect your eyes from sunrays. Direct sunrays cause heavy damage to eyes.

9. Put a slice of potato or cucumber on both the eyes, after 10 minutes remove and wash the eyes. This helps to avoid under eye wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes.

10. To avoid any kind of puffiness in your eyes drink minimum 12 glass of water.Drinking lots of water helps to flush out waste from the body.

11. Do not rub your eyes for any reason but instead just blink your eyelids. Blinking is a good massage and exercise to the eyes.

12. Take A vitamin diet to make eyes brighter. (papaya, eggs, fish, milk, cilantro etc.,) Wash eyes with cold water to get sparkling eyes.

13. Soak amla overnight in water and use this water the next morning to wash the eyes.

14. Soak cotton in Luke warm milk and cover eyes with it for 15 min.

15. To soothe tired eyes, dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Now relax completely.

16. To completely relax the eyes and the surrounding muscles, close your eyes and think of something that is pleasant or soothing and at a distance. Now gently open your eyes and look into the distance. Next focus on an object at arm's length. Do this extremely relaxing exercise four or five times a day.

17. For Puffy Eyes: Grate a potato with its peel and apply on your closed eyelids for about 20 minutes and relax completely. You may even take a nap.

18. Wash your face before sleeping, and ensure that there is no make-up on your face before you sleep, because, make-up creams may spoil your face as it will be there for the whole night. It is better if no cream is applied. What I feel is, wash your face before sleeping and if at all you want to apply any cream, just apply night cream and none other than that.

109°F: Banks on new launches for faster growth

Thriving to be a leading player in women’s fashion, with a popular brand 109°F, Creative Lifestyles is now working hard on its launch an Indo-western brand ‘Fusion Beats’. As Rahul Mehta, Managing Director of Creative Lifestyles says, “We want to straddle the entire women’s wear segment in the long run including a possible entry in sleepwear and innerwear segment.” Their flagship brand 109°F is aimed at fashion conscious women between 22 to 35 years. Mehta says they are positioning 109°F as a brand whose wearer is a bold, assertive and self-confident woman. In fact, 109°F has created a niche for itself and has been felicitated by several awards so far which include: ‘Best Debutant Brand at Central’, ‘Special Jury Award for Retail Excellence by Asia Retail Congress’ and ‘Best Women’s Wear Store at Inorbit Mall, Vashi’.

 Mehta believes that the USP of the brand has helped them to grow at an impressive pace. “We are offering to the Indian consumer, perhaps for the first time, the latest European fashion with an Indian cut and keeping Indian sensibilities in mind. Our thrust is on shop-in-shops in the fast growing large format stores, combined with building a strong MBO network, and finally supported by our own EBOs.” As of now, they have 251 shop-in-shops, 165 MBOs, and 21 EBOs. The brand collection is also available in Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Kuwait and Nepal and through e-platforms like Fashion & You, and 99 

Mehta says their aim is now to continue to be the leader in their category and to widen the exposure of the brand and take it to the newer markets including domestic and overseas. He sees no threat to his brand with the government allowing 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail. “I see no threat to the local industry by encouraging FDI in single or multi brand retail,” says Mehta, elaborating further that growth of organized retail, as we have seen in the last decade, has helped the domestic industry tremendously. “If the growth of a Big Bazaar or a Shoppers Stop has helped the local industry, I see no reason why the growth of a J C Penney or a Wal-Mart will not. Ultimately, these large formats are the drivers of growth and such a growth will directly or indirectly help all sections, including the small and medium sectors. We have made a mistake by opposing FDI in multi brand retail,” he adds.

He foresees the apparel industry maturing into a highly fashion driven, consumption focused, and employment generating industry by 2020. “I see Tier II and III cities completely switching over to the ready to wear concepts; western wear being worn across a much wider strata of society; a return of pride in wearing ethnic clothing; and fashion playing a much larger role in ethnic wear,” Mehta opines.

'Timeless Beauty': Van Cleef & Arpels offering China an insight into its legacy

As high-end European labels increasingly aim to benefit from China's growing luxury market, Shanghai has become a popular destination for maisons to host exhibitions documenting their legacy, with Van Cleef & Arpels the latest brand to announce a retrospective exhibition.

While Italian luxury goods label Bvlgari's 125 Years of Italian Magnificence expo will run until April 17 at the Aurora Museum in Shanghai, Van Cleef & Arpels has announced the May launch of the Timeless Beauty expo at Shanghai's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Van Cleef & Arpels, which eight locations across China, first entered the country in 2005 with its Beijing store. The upcoming exhibit, focusing on the Van Cleef & Arpels legacy, will offer an informative guide to over 100 years of high-end jewels, showcasing 370 pieces of jewelry, watches and accessories. It will run from May 20 to July 15.

Other luxury houses to have recently exhibited in Shanghai, often dubbed the "Paris of the East," include Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, with Chanel holding numerous expos there including the "Paris-Shanghai" exhibition it took to the city back in 2010.

Suboo to introduce her RTW & swimwear range at MBFWA

Suboo will debut her first ready-to-wear (RTW) and swimwear range at this year’s Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week 2012. The event will take place from April 20 to May 4.

Originally launched as an umbrella brand in 2007, the success of this simple concept paved the way for an expansion into women’s beach and resort apparel and accessories. Suboo has translated into a multinational label designed for women that have moved beyond the surf labels of their teens in search of a more stylish label to love.

“As our brand continues to evolve and grow, we feel that it’s a natural progression for us to showcase Suboo’s beach and resort women’s designs on the catwalk. Australian Fashion Week is the perfect platform for us to unveil our new ready-to-wear and swimwear range and share our brand’s exciting developments. We have a loyal Australian and international following who have come to love and demand more from us so I’m excited for 2012 and the journey ahead”, Sue Di Chio, Designer and Owner for Suboo.

Staying true to Suboo’s design philosophy, the brand continues to play homage to its signature clean lines, original bright prints and understated wearable silhouettes. Suboo is worn by Australian celebrities Danni Minogue, Miranda Kerr, Delta Goodrem and Jesinta Campbell who have all embraced the brand.

Five years on, Suboo is stocked in over 200 international and Australian boutiques including David Jones department stores, Japan, Singapore (Barneys and Kistson), USA and UK. The brand is also showcasing at Miami Fashion Week with more global expansion plans on the horizon.
Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

London 2012: Worldwide fashion hits city for Olympics

More than 80 designers were showcasing their work in London 
Imagine grabbing your passport and heading to see collections from the hottest fashion designers in the world.
Exhibitions launched during Fashion Week give you the chance to do that, without leaving London's doorstep.
More than 80 international designers displayed their work in 19 embassies and institutes for the International Fashion Showcase.

The British Council and British Fashion Council have joined together to celebrate the Olympic year.
The showcase has been developed to honour its values of international respect, excellence, equality and friendship as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

"This is London's Olympic year," Vicky Richardson, director of architecture and design at the British Council said.

"We've been working across an extensive programme of Olympic events in a range of sectors - music, drama, sport and education to internationalise the Games. We were really keen that fashion should be part of that.

"It made sense to look at Olympic values in this year and connect fashion with a broader range of cultural events."

The British Council, which is the UK's international cultural relations body, has had a fashion programme around the world for some time but never had the chance to work with fashion in this country.

"We worked with the London embassies in 2010 on an architecture showcase and it was very successful," Ms Richardson said.

"We thought it would be great to try this with fashion and approached the British Fashion Council to work with us, to bring international fashion talent to London."

Including people And it is during London 2012 that they decided to gear the exhibition towards the values associated with the Games.
"There is something quite inspiring about the Olympics in terms of the ideals and higher values. Being able to travel the world in one city through this event is very exciting. You can immerse yourself in it," Ms Richardson added.

"For example, there is a young hat designer who talks about edo-warriors and their headgear and how it has influenced his collection. Something like the Olympics can make that possible and it focuses the world in one place.

"One of the things that makes London exciting is how international the culture is here. If you look at London Fashion Week you find people who have come to the city or the UK quite recently. They have studied, stayed and set up their studios.

"That's the capacity to include people and be open to outside ideas and influences. It is a real strength and we have to hold on to that, keep the doors open if you like, and keep culture open to those influences.
"Most countries share the aim of supporting emerging talent and there is a huge range of different scales of economy and political context.

"We felt everyone could unite in the idea of supporting emerging talent and especially bringing young designers to London. It's hard to get young talent to the city so it's a huge addition to London Fashion Week.
"It's provided a platform that didn't exist before so it's a really good thing and hopefully in future years we can go a lot further than that.

"Fashion is an increasingly important industry, not just in production but in the creative industries."
Passport guide

It does not stop at 2012. For when Rio takes over the baton for the 2016 Olympics, the British Council will have a programme which starts when the London Games finish - increasing the links between the two countries.

Meanwhile visitors to the London 2012 exhibitions were given a passport guide to the show and encouraged to get it stamped at all the stands they visited - around 19 different venues in London.

And while events were taking place when most of the world's supermodels were descending on catwalks, Anna Orsini from the British Fashion Council explained how they discouraged designers from putting on shows.

"We encouraged them to have opening events instead as we couldn't put them on the catwalk scheme," she said.

"They could share this audience which comes to London to look for emerging talent."
She also said they would not have had the attention of the international fashion press if it was not for the showcase.

"It was very exciting to be part of it. As part of Fashion 2012 we are aware of the importance and interest in London - where designers could receive the support of the authorities for a budget to create a showcase."

During London Fashion Week, Korea was given the award of Best Emerging Fashion Talent after showcasing eight British-educated designers who have developed high-profile collaborations with artists such as Lady Gaga.

"It chose designers who were educated in England and that creates the global link to schools and confirms it in a global market," Miss Orsini said.

"To see 'British designers' at home in the year of the Olympics made it the right time to bring international talent to London.

"It's a project close to my heart and I'm delighted that so many embassies took to it."

She said that while the collections were not themed on the Olympics, the showcase was designed with the Games in mind.

"The idea is one of fraternity - when the international attention is on London, invite your emerging talent to share this audience.

"Fashion is a competitive industry so to offer the same platform is in the spirit of respect, friendship and equality.

"That is the spirit of the Olympics."

UK obesity: Is diet or surgery the best cure?

With one in 30 of the UK population now classed as morbidly obese, the NHS is spending increasing amounts on weight-loss stomach surgery.

Figures released by the NHS Information Centre last week showed there had been a 30-fold increase in bariatric surgeries in a decade - up from 261 in 2000-01 to 8,087 in 2010-11.

While some NHS trusts continue to fund such surgeries for people with life-threatening obesity, others prefer to take a different approach.

In Leeds, teenager Emma Jane Money has recently undergone a gastric bypass operation.
She lost more than two stone in weight in the two weeks after the NHS paid for her to have the surgery at the private Thornbury hospital in Sheffield.

'Potentially dangerous' The 16-year-old, who weighed more than 21st (133kg) before the operation, said she had tried to diet and exercise more but had been unable to lose weight on her own.

She told the BBC's Inside Out programme: "With constant images of ribcages and bones and bony elbows and things like that it is hard and people do get this idea in their head that this is what every person is meant to be.

"It's really hard when someone then looks at me and thinks 'they're not right, that's not normal'."

Emma said she was "excited" about losing weight.

"I will get to wear all the new fashion trends with my friends. I will get to go anywhere and I don't have to worry about people saying things or judging me."

About 1% of patients die after weight-loss operations but consultant surgeon Roger Ackroyd, who operated on Emma, said the benefits of the surgery far outweighed the risks.

"It's extreme, it's potentially dangerous but it really does work," he said.

"People come to me and say... you are spending hard-earned taxpayers' money treating people who basically all they need to do is eat less and exercise more. That's a very valid argument.

"The only thing I would say is these people such as Emma would in time go on to need a hip replacement, knee replacement, she'll go on diabetic medication, she'll go on blood pressure medication and cancer is much more common in overweight people.

"If we can invest in this type of surgery now then it saves the NHS money in the long term."

In the East Riding of Yorkshire, people with a body mass index of more than 45 are being referred to a programme where they are given a personal trainer and nutrition advice.

Mandy Bennett, from Driffield, is one of nearly 50 patients signed up to the Live Well scheme and has lost three stone.

She said: "I have been maintaining my weight for three or four months now which is a big part of it. Learning to maintain your weight is as big an issue as losing the weight."

She said that without the help of her personal trainer she would "still be sat in front of the TV eating the wrong things, getting bigger, getting more unhealthy and probably not anywhere near as happy as I am".

Dr Tim Allison, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire's director of public health, said: "We have seen the number of surgical operations drastically go down by about 80%.

"The levels of bariatric surgery had been increasing quite considerably and we didn't have the services in place to give people the opportunity to have that dedicated six to nine months of intensive diet and physical activity.
"We felt it would be far better if we could put that in place rather than simply have people go forward to surgery.

"People shouldn't be desperate to have bariatric surgery, they should be desperate to change their life around and to work to lose weight."

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


A lot of populace does not actually pay much concentration to their hands. Most are aware about their hair care , features or skin, but only a little are actually interested in taking superior care of their hands. But approach to think of it, the limbs, chiefly the hands, are significant in going about one's every day tasks. A person with no shakers would certainly find it easier said than done to execute even the simplest activities such as eating, brushing the teeth, taking a bath and dressing up. So if you have not been captivating care of your hands recently, you better examine on and be taught the tips on how you be supposed to take good care of them.

Keep spotless At All Times

Your hands are transporters of bacterial, viral and even fungal infections so it is very important that you rinse them every time you make use of the bathroom, previous to and after eating whatever thing, after sneezing or blowing your nose and prior to touching your face. You can defend your family members and yourself from being paid sick if only you integrate this habit in your existence.

Be cautious of what you handle

Handrails on the stairs to subway stations, doorknobs to public reassure rooms; railings on the park and even your 20-dollar bill are so full of microorganisms, fecal substance, spit and other repulsive things that you don't desire to know about. If you desire to prevent your hands from catching fungal infections and your body from ingesting detrimental viruses and bacteria, then you ought to take defensive measures in managing things in public areas.

Continuously hydrate your hand

The clandestine to having good-looking hands is maintaining it moisturized and hydrated at all times. You should swallow plenty of water to make certain that your skin is moisturized from inside. You should also purchase a hand cream or cream which you can hold at all times so that you can relate lotion or cream on your hands anytime. Most hand wash soaps enclose acidic ingredients, such as triclosan and other bacteria-fighting rudiments that can make your hands and nails dehydrated and blistering.

Suit your hand care to the climate change

You require understanding that your hands also necessitate some additional care during summer and winter seasons. If you are captivating additional precaution to shield your features and neck during tremendous weather conditions, you require to appreciate that your hands also necessitate the same care.

During summer seasons, particularly when you are away from home on the beach, put on a sunscreen with an elevated SPF not only on your face and neck, but in addition on your hands. Give individual attention to and be relevant and use more sunscreen on the back of your hands.

In winter, you require to keep your hands and arms temperate at all times, particularly when you are departing out. Always be dressed in gloves when you are out-of-doors or mittens when you are indoors at your home. Arthritic pain can repeatedly flare up for the duration of the cold weather, so be certain to enfold your hands with a mop up or coverlet when you go to slumber at night to reduce pain, if you have arthritis.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Have a Sexy Look

Monday, March 19, 2012

Walk the streets with safety

World-wide our city streets are roamed by criminals. This article is about the opportunistic street criminal. They are those who take advantage of people on the streets who unwittingly or foolishly offer themselves as targets for this type of street criminal.

  Next time you are on the streets observe your fellow pedestrians how they make it obvious that there is a bulging wallet in the back pocket, or carry their handbags with the zippers or flaps open or the same handbags nonchalantly thrown loosely over their shoulders. Remember, there are career criminals whose job it is to see this could-not-care attitude of pedestrians and then capitalize on it. But it is the same could-not-care people who will cry foul when mugged or robbed or pick-pocketed – then they will blame the authorities for not ensuring sufficient police on the streets.

It is also our responsibility to look after our own safety. Be like the street criminals – always observant and aware of everything that is going on around us and keeping the following tips in mind:

1. When your wallet, handbag or anything else is grabbed, do not resist. The odds are that you can be injured, even seriously, or that your assailant will become more violent through anger, when he is challenged.

2. Do not advertise that you have a large amount of money on you when drawing cash at an ATM or when paying for goods at a shop.  The best is to pay by means of debit cards.

3. Try not to walk alone. Go with a companion and always stay away from deserted places, deserted bus stops, empty parking lots and unlit areas.

4. Be aware of your surroundings and always anticipate the worst. Do not get into an elevator if you do not like the look of a single occupant in the elevator. The same principle applies when you are in the elevator and a suspicious looking person enters on a floor. Without making a scene, get out as if it were your designated floor. When threatened in a moving elevator, do not press the emergency stop. You will be stuck between two floors with a potential attacker – best is to run your hand over the button panel and try to press as many buttons as allowed!

5. Be mentally alert. Visualise yourself in various situations and how you would react and practise this often.

6. Walk against the traffic flow. Should you perceive a threat from an approaching car you can run past it and it will not be possible for the car to speed after you.

7. In today's world it will be wise to invest in a self-defence course.

In conclusion, it takes a thief to catch a thief. Therefore, become as streetwise as the opportunistic street criminal just waiting for you to open your defences!

Are You Depressed?

If you experience five or more of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, or they’re severe enough to interfere with your daily routine, seek professional help:
  • A persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless, or worthless
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
Remember, stress management is important in fighting depression. 

How to Discover Your Personality

Appearance is a very important thing in our modern world. Our world is constantly being influenced by the celebrities that usually embody physical beauty at its finest. However, many people overlook the fact that there is more to beauty than simply having the “right look”.

Personality is one aspect of beauty that is much overlooked these days. Focusing one’s attention on improving your personality is a healthy and lasting way to improve your attractiveness. A study revealed that many men are willing to overlook the physical appearance of a woman if she’s honest and friendly. This means that women who may not necessarily measure up to the modern day standards of physical attractiveness may be considered beautiful and attractive.

Personality need not compete with physical appearance: they should go hand in hand with each other to optimize one’s features inside and out.

Discover your personality

Knowing your own personality is a key step toward using it for the betterment of your appearance. One should take time to recognize the kind of personality he/she has. There are many books and instructional materials available about how to identify the type of personality you have. Many support groups and tests in the Internet are available to assist you in this endeavour.

All personalities are unique

Anyone’s personality type can be viewed by others as a flawed one. People who are overly aggressive or extremely quiet can be seen by others as weird, but almost every one is weird relative to the views of another person. There are many ways of using your personality toward the betterment of yourself.

Managing one’s traits

There are always areas for improvement in any kind of personality. You should be able to identify them and be able correct any bad traits.

Highlighting one’s good traits

Putting your positive traits in the spot light is the true essence of using personality as a tool to appear more attractive. Everyone possesses certain characteristics that are positive and unique.

Each person has his/her own personality. Personality improvement is just one of the ways to fully optimize the inherent beauty that you possess. Personality and physical appearance should always go hand in hand with each other. Personality is the reflection of inner beauty that transcends into the physical world. People should realize that beauty is more than the physical appearance.

By Azura Austen Azeez

Beauty Tips for Legs

Beautiful legs add an extra charisma to your look. Thus, you must be acquainted with some of the effective beauty tips for your legs. With other body parts your legs are no less important for you and need a special care. Besides going to the beauty salon once a month for a pedicure treatment, you also need a day to day care to make them healthy and problem free. A number of brands have included various heel and leg massaging creams and other feet related beauty products to make your feet beautiful. You can have them at your local stores; however before going for a product, little bit research is necessary as you should buy the right product for you. You can also go for home pedicure. Several pedicure kits are available in the market which you can easily buy. They also provide the user guide. Lets’ peep into some of the essential leg beauty tips.

Leg Care Tips

You must follow a regular leg care regime. After returning home, wash the legs properly with an herbal or a mild soap. Apply an herbal moisturizing lotion right after that. You can also go for an oil massage three days a week to get a glowing skin.

Always use herbal oils for massage. Moreover footbath is a must for your legs health. Take a bucket of lukewarm water and pour shampoo and two or three drop of oil. Now soak your half of legs for at least half an hour. After that, clean it with the help of a scrubber or a pumice stone. You should do it once a month. 

You can keep your nails healthy and problem free by going for a pedicure treatment. Let’s have a look on the procedure.

Pedicure for your nails

Are you a busy corporate person and don’t have so much time to have a pedicure treatments in a parlour? Here you can have an easy pedicure method which can be done at home. Buy a pedicure kits or the following tools and try it at home. It is an easy affair.

Tools for pedicure:

   -  Small cotton balls
  -   Cuticle pusher and cream
  -   Herbal moisturizing lotion or cream
  -   Nail file and clippers
  -   Orangewood sticks
   -  Acetone
Pedicure method:

   -  First of all you have to take some tepid water in a bucket.
  -   Pour your hair shampoo and oil on the bucket full of water.
  -   Soak your feet. Leave the feet for at least fifteen minutes.
   -  Now take out all the dead skins with a pumice stone.
  -  Take nail clippers and shape your nails. Do it with proper care.
    - Take cuticle cream and massage your nails with a gentle hand. DO it for some times.
    - Now soak your feet in lukewarm water. Wait for some times.

Now the whole process has been completed. Apply a base coat on your nails. When it dries you can colour it with nail colours of your own choice.

Essential Beauty Tips for legs

    - Apply mild soap or body shampoo on your legs. Never use any cheap product.
   -  If you want to go for a waxing at your home, then learn the proper method. Otherwise go to any reputed salon.
   -  Try to maintain a healthy diet. It is not only good for your health but also good for your overall health and skin.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Have a Sexy Look

Sometimes you do not have to spend a fortune on beauty products in order to look sexy. All you need is some positive attitude, self-confidence and a giving attention to daily chores.

Here is how:

Always take good care of your teeth. Keep them extra white and shiny ensure that your teeth are healthy.

Just use your favorite jewelry when trying to look sexy; there is no need to buy expensive jewelry.

Nothing does the job better than a red lipstick. Younger women should also use some lip-gloss to sweeten their lips and have that shiny attractive look. Older women should avoid lip-gloss and choose a red lipstick that matches their skin type.

Quitting bad habits like alcohol or smoke will have a tremendous impact on the way you feel and look.

A pair of sunglasses of your choice will give you a mysterious and cute look.

Wear clothes made out of elegant fabrics like silk or cashmere. These fabrics feel good and will boost you self-confidence.

Keep in mind that outer beauty is not all you need. Also, attend to that beautiful inner you. Have the right kind of mindset to look sexy. Feel good about yourself. Remember, what is inside is reflected on the outside. You always have to take good care of your inside and feel good about it in order to achieve an astonishing and sexy look. 

Tried and Trusted Tips to Care for Hands and Nails

Nail care

Every day the hands of a person are at work. The hands are in constant use, often exposed without protection to extremes of weather or immersed in all kinds of liquids and chemicals harmful to the hands and nails.

Housework and gardening damage delicate skin and makes nails brittle, while stress also affects the way hands look. They are a true mirror of a person’s age because there is actually little that can be done to repair the ravages of time if the hands were not cared for on a continuous basis.
Regular grooming and care is essential to keep hands looking youthful and smooth and nails healthy and strong.

Beautiful Hands

For dry hands: Once a week bathe dry, chapped hands in lukewarm olive oil or sunflower oil for 5 minutes at least. Gently massage the oil into the cuticles.

For cracked hands: Rub petroleum jelly into cracked hands. A mixture of equal parts lemon juice, honey and glycerine is also very effective.

For hand massage: Mix one teaspoon of vodka with five teaspoons of lemon juice. Pour the liquid into a cupped palm and massage it over damp hands. Repeat regularly.

For nicotine stains:  Remove nicotine stains from fingers by rubbing the skin with lemon juice. Rinse off after a minute.

For smelly hands: If hands smell of fish, onion or garlic, dip them in milk or rub them with coffee grounds or moist salt.

For chopping vegetables: Before chopping vegetables, rub olive oil into the hands to prevent them from absorbing the smell.

Washing hands: After washing hands, apply massage oil or hand cream. Knead the fingers separately from the tip down, working over the palm and up over the knuckles. Put each hand on a flat surface and repeatedly stroke the back, from the fingertips to the wrist.

Perfect Nails

For brittle nails: Brittle nails and torn cuticles will benefit from a soak in lukewarm almond oil.

For splitting nails: Use oak bark tea to strengthen brittle, splitting nails. Make it by simmering 20g chopped oak bark in 250ml water for 30 minutes. Bathe the nails in the tea. Alternatively, blend ground almonds with lukewarm water to make a finger bathe.

For nail massage: Avocado oil is a rich base oil that can be used on its own as a vitamin-rich massage oil or blended with other oils or creams. Use regularly to coat the nails and massage into the nail beds.
A person’s touch when first shaking hands or just when touching hands is very telling. Hands that are taken care of feel soft and look well-groomed.

Nurture hands and nails; then it can be displayed with pride.

The condition of hands and nails reflect the value people place on caring for themselves. Turn to tried and trusted tips to create a soft skin, strong nails and healthy cuticles.