Get Ready For Work With These Easy Beauty Looks Get ready for work with these easy beauty looks by Sanjana Salunkhe Getting the right beauty look for work can be a challenging task. We’re always wondering if it’s appropriate, or just too OTT. We list down easy beauty looks to get you office-ready in a jiffy.
Thursday, October 26 2017
When personal banker Suhasini Krishna* broke up with her college sweetheart at age 24, she found herself single after a long time. “I waited a few months, and then started dating Siddharth*, a colleague, who was really caring. It took me a year to realise though that I didn’t love him and was more attracted to the idea of being in a relationship. There was nothing to look forward to other than the feeling that I was romantically involved with someone. It was painful, but I decided to end it before things got more serious.”Krishna isn’t alone. Many of us in our 20s and 30s are desperate to fulfil the fantasy we see played out in countless movies, books and social media posts by friends who seem to have near-perfect lives! In a psychological environment like this, you’d be trapped into thinking that having someone in your life is better than having no one at all. But you don’t need us to tell you that a relationship built on such shaky grounds won’t stand for long. To save you the time and heartache, we’ve asked mental health experts to identify the signs that betray you’re infatuated with a feeling, not a person. He’s perfect—only on paper Most of us have a checklist for an ideal love that ranks potentials on appearance, interests, attitudes etc, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem arises when you place all that above the actual person. How well the two of you get along is often more important than a checklist. Psychologist Manjula MK says, “In India especially, there is so much pressure to ‘settle down’ with the right kind of guy on paper. So women often look for family background and financial stability—which is not unimportant—but there’s more to a happy relationship than just that. Despite his meeting requirements, he may not share your temperament, or live up to your emotional needs and expectations.” You’re trying to make this work You’re not completely happy in this relationship, but denial keeps you from examining your own feelings honestly. You’d rather be somewhat-happy than be single and believe that things will get better eventually. Shwetha Parekh, a 34-year-old graphic designer, says, “Ever since I touched 30, my parents have been paranoid that I’ll be single forever and all the ‘good guys will be gone’. So I looked around, and started dating a friend of a friend, a nice-enough person who was potential marriage material. It was nice at first because we were getting to know each other, but within weeks, the magic wore off. He was boring, and we didn’t really get along that well. It became an effort to date him. I kept thinking it was just a phase—after all, he was perfect in every other way, and my friends and family loved him. Then again, it was my life and I wasn’t happy, so we broke up, but not before prolonging the agony for two years.” He makes you feel better about yourself Sometimes, you may just want to feel worthy of being loved, and that could stem from a deep-rooted problem. Relationship counsellor Karpagam Madhivanan says, “Often, childhood problems like neglect or being cheated on by a former partner can make you feel unworthy. This can take its toll on your self-esteem and make all relationship decisions based on your need for feeling loved.” Your sense of self-worth should always come from within, and relying on a relationship for this is a bad idea. You don’t miss the person, you miss the perks There are definite perks to being in a relationship. RK Narendran, a psychologist and psychology professor at a private women's college in Chennai, says, “Over time, we get used to having someone to accompany us on outings or shopping expeditions, to call and talk to when we have a bad day at work, to remember our birthdays and buy us thoughtful things, and to generally make us feel loved and appreciated every day. Once a person gets used to these, it’s almost terrifying to navigate these waters alone, without a significant other. You’re also faced with the prospect of finding another person, and the idea of starting over might seem daunting.” Manjula MK, says, “People who are used to being in a relationship don’t like being single, and usually start dating someone new the minute they find someone halfway decent. Not only does this dull the pain of your previous relationship disintegrating, it allows you to continue feeling secure.”It’s natural to crave security, but it’s healthier to seek this comfort from within yourself than from a partner. You worry someone better may come along. If you view your significant other as someone who is just fulfilling a stop-gap role in your life, chances are you’ll constantly worry about missing out on someone who can do this job better. If that’s what is going on in your mind, then you’re obviously not in love with him—you’re just in love with the idea of love. Moving on If you’ve realised that you’re not in love with your significant other, but like the idea of being in love, it’s a good idea to gently disentangle from this relationship. Here’s how to minimise the pain for both of you:Tell him in person. Don’t just disappear or break up over text because you can’t deal with the consequences. Give him concrete reasons, tell him why it isn’t working out, and be firm even in the face of drama.Be honest, but not brutal. Let him down gently. Remember, he didn’t drag the relationship — you did. Don’t blame him. Keep it dignified and non-committal. After the breakup, if he tries to call you, but you are firm in your resolve, don’t answer his calls or respond to messages in a moment of loneliness or weakness. Ignore guilt pangs, or if he sends you on a guilt trip, don’t respond. Spend quality time with your family, your girlfriends, or take a short vacation on your own.
Friday, October 27 2017
Carrot seed oil prevents wrinkles. Passion fruit oil has quercetin. Sea buckthorn oil is a treasure trove of antioxidants and omega 7. Coconut oil is everyone’s darling. Traditional, natural beauty oils have been around for a thousand years but they have become all the rage in the last ten. Even sceptics convinced that oils were “oily” and would cause break outs have come around to believing they are good for the skin. Hair oils that were ditched for hair spa treatments have now started reappearing in interesting mixes and blends. It proves that traditional wisdom, if packaged right for contemporary needs, can be good for everyone. Country of origin Every country or continent has it stars. And due the digital world we live in, they are all going global. Argan oil from Morocco has swept the world and is a rich source of vitamin E. Marula oil from Namibia is super hydrating. Immoretelle from Madagascar and Corsica has a loyal following for its anti-ageing properties. Neem and moringa oil are known for their strong anti-bacterial properties in India. Himachali gutti ka tel or apricot kernel oil traditionally used by the people up north is now sold by artisanal brands like Pahadi Local. Frankinsence oil from Oman is a favourite in aromatherapy. Jojoba oil from Mexico is known for its hair and skin benefits. Baobab oil from the African baobab tree is a light oil, full of nourishing vitamins A and E. Camellia oil, popular in China and Japan, is both fatty and dry. Wherever you travel, ask locals about their traditional beauty rituals. A natural oil is sure to pop up. Why have oils always worked? Oils mimic the skin’s natural lipid layer—coconut oil, for example is supposed to come closest to the skin’s natural composition. Because of this they are easily absorbed and add another moisturising layer to skin without irritating it. For best results, use a few drops on damp skin and feel it glide on. Surprisingly, people in hot and humid countries like India and the African continent have always used oils and plant butters. Oils are natural cleansers, and can be used for makeup removal or mixed with a little sea salt or brown sugar to make a quick scrub. The problem arises when you use too much—only a few drops are needed for the face. Don’t treat oil, however light, like a lotion. Many commercial oils are blended with mineral oil, silicone or artificial extracts that may cause irritation. It isn’t the oil itself, but the additives that may give it a bad name. So look for natural oils with natural additives as far as possible. Oils should be massaged when used so they get absorbed and don’t leave skin sticky. If you have an oily or acne-prone skin, massage in the oil, then tissue off excess or splash with water and wipe. An oil blend suited to your skin is the perfect match. Virgin, cold pressed, distillate Natural oils can come from seeds, nuts, plants and flowers. Coconut, sweet almond, sesame, borage seed, rose, jasmine, geranium, hibiscus, lotus seed and grapeseed are just some of the many oils used in beauty. Seed and nut oils are best cold pressed to ensure none of their natural goodness breaks down, and the first press yields the richest or virgin oil. Subsequent presses yield lighter oils. Flowers are too delicate for presses, and floral oils are steam distilled or extracted, yielding a very small quantity of essential oils. Essential oils are very concentrated—just a few drops in a diffuser can scent an entire home. Hydrosols, which are floral waters, a byproduct of steam distillation, are often used in face mists and spritzes. You can keep a collection of essential oils and add them to a small bowl of coconut oil or a lighter oil like grapeseed to create your own mix, depending on your skin state and mood. Indian ayurvedic oils For a fan of beauty oils, India is a wonderland. Besides all the nut, seed and floral oils that are available, Ayurveda has oil-based decoctions that can be used for the face, for the body, in the bath, for massages, for hair, for post pregnancy fitness, and for therapeutic purposes. These medicinal oil blends are a mix of herbs, carrier oils, flowers, tree barks, roots and milks. It is not surprising to see lists of all-natural ingredients on the backs of packs, sometimes listing more than 20 natural ingredients. Nalpamaradi oil for example, is made from four tree barks, blended with saffron, turmeric, sandalwood and sesame oil. This oil supposed to be safe enough for babies, is excellent for de-tanning and soothing sunburnt skin and sensitive skin with dermatitis. Kumkumadi tailam (oil) is made with the magical dashmool or ten roots of ten trees. Dashmool powder is used in many ayurvedic medicines. In Kumkumadi, it is added to sesame oil, goat’s milk, sandalwood, Indian madder and liquorice to balance the soothing cooling elements into a nourishing blend for a glowing face. Neelibhringadi oil is a mix of indigo, three milks and coconut oil for thick, glossy hair. Kunthalakanthi oil made with bhringraj and brahmi herbs, and Indian amla or gooseberry, is known to prevent hair loss and delay the onset of greying. While these are traditional generic oils available at Ayurveda centres and dispensaries, lighter branded versions are easily available at beauty counters or online.
Wednesday, October 4 2017
सामग्री1 टेबलस्पून ऑलिव ऑयल 1 बड़ा प्याज़, कटा हुआ 3 कलियां लहसुन की, बारीक़ कटी हुई1 टेबलस्पून अदरक, बारीक़ कटा हुआ 3 बड़े लाल चुकंदर, छिले और चौकोर टुकड़ों में कटे 5 कप वेजेटेबल स्टॉक 200 मिली लो फ़ैट कोकोनट मिल् क1/2 टीस्पून नमक 1/4 टीस्पून दरदरी पिसी काली मिर्च 1 टीस्पून पार्स्ले,
विधि1. एक बड़े बर्तन में ऑलिव ऑयल को मध्यम आंच पर गर्म करें. इसमें प्याज़ डालें और पांच मिनट तक भूनें. 2. अदरक व लहसुन डालें. पांच मिनट तक और भूनें. 3. इसमें चुकंदर व चार कप वेजेटेबल स्टॉक डालें और उबलने दें. इसे तब तक उबालें, जब तक कि चुकंदर के टुकड़े नर्म न हो जाएं (लगभग 20 मिनट). 4. अब बचा हुआ स्टॉक डालें और इस मिश्रण को एकसार होने तक ब्लेंड कर लें. 5. कोकनट मिल्क, नमक व काली मिर्च डालें. पार्स्ले से सजाएं और सर्व करें.
Saturday, October 28 2017
Through the Shiv Nadar Foundation and VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, Roshni Nadar Malhotra has been working on affecting empowerment through education I am seated in a plush conference room, sipping on a frothy cappuccino, when Roshni Nadar Malhotra arrives. She wears a warm smile and goes straight to pull the blinds in the room. “Let’s get some light in,” she says. The natural light, almost immediately, transforms the room, bringing in radiance and energy, just like her name Roshni, which means ‘light’. Executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise, trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation and chairperson of VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, 35-year-old Malhotra is juggling a packed schedule when we meet at the HCL headquarters in Noida. “I just finished attending the mother-toddler programme at Jahaan’s school (her younger son) and then there’s Armaan’s (her older son) after-school schedule,” she says. It’s evident that her life revolves around her family. But even between all the juggling, her life is the perfect balance of work and play, between concrete jungles and wildlife reserves. Her family holidays take her to national parks in Africa and India (next is Bandhavgarh and Pench). “Exposing children to nature, especially at an early age,” she says, “keeps them grounded.” Being grounded is a vital ingredient of how she and her husband, Shikhar Malhotra, choose to live, work and raise their kids. The foundation, which was the brainchild of her father Shiv Nadar, chairman of HCL, a US$ 7 billion leading global enterprise, started in 1994 with the vision of creating an equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through education. To that purpose, they have established institutions and programmes related to rural and urban education and art all over the country. The father-daughter duo, along with the other members, are dynamically growing the foundation, ensuring its full potential. Her own journey in philanthropy through the Shiv Nadar Foundation began when she returned to India in 2008 from the US to spearhead VidyaGyan, a residential academy for meritorious and underprivileged students from Uttar Pradesh. “The idea,” Malhotra says, “was to develop future leaders who can act as catalysts of change for their communities, villages and the nation at large.” There’s already a series of success stories—a daily-wage earner’s daughter is now studying at Wellesley College on full scholarship and another girl from a village in UP is now at the University of Massachusetts. They now have two branches, in Bulandshahr and Sitapur. “We have the right team and mentors. We might run a non-profit enterprise but we ensure that our teachers’ salaries are on par with the best private institutions in India,” she says. Clearly, her role as a philanthropist is natural progression. Nadar agrees that it is something that was instilled in her from an early age. “My mother and father are exceptionally proud Indians. They always wanted to contribute, to give back philanthropically, especially in the field of education,” Malhotra says. A former news producer at Sky News UK, Nadar has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, majoring in communication with a focus on radio, TV and films. She later earned an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a focus on social enterprise, management and strategy. Working with companies outside of HCL, according to Malhotra, fine-tuned her skills, made her more confident, sharpened her decision making abilities and shaped her as an individual. Eventually, however, it was philanthropy that allowed her to “discover” her own identity. The Nadar family’s philanthropic vision, she strongly believes, got a fillip because they were willing to take risks and think out of the box. “Think large and then you can start drawing boundaries to define it. If you put the boundaries from before, you won’t push yourself,” she says. On her part, Malhotra believes that they are the “custodians” of these dynamic institutions, which will outlive all of them and bring a positive difference to the lives of many people in the country for generations to come.
Thursday, October 5 2017
With your wedding coming up, your beauty regime must be moving full steam ahead. But is the fluctuating weather leading to dry skin that is taking away from the intended glow? With the weather going from hot and dry to cool and dry, your skin is getting all its moisture taken away, which you need to avoid at all cost. Here are some easy tips to retain that moisture and make your skin soft, supple and aglow to look your bridal best. Apply moisturiser daily. Wash your face with a face cleanser to remove any impurities. Pat dry our face leaving it a little moist. Apply appropriate moisturiser that suits your skin. Don’t let the makeup stay overnight. The chemicals in it dry the skin further. Remove all your makeup thoroughly. Avoid using hot water and use lukewarm to warm water instead. Drink lots of water daily and keep yourself hydrated inside out. Milk – Its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties help get rid of dry and itchy skin. The lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Honey – It is a natural moisturisers loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. It helps retain the moisture, and also has many essential vitamins and minerals that help improve your skin’s health. Egg yolk – This is made up mostly of fats and water making it a water-binding agent that locks moisture into your skin cells. Coconut Oil – The fatty acids found in coconut oil aid in making up for any moisture loss, and help retain the natural moisture. Yoghurt – Yogurt has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe dry and itchy skin. As an excellent skin-hydrating agent, it works wonders for the dry skin.• Ghee – This helps in activating sebum condition, which helps overcome the dryness of the skin. Olive Oil – This has many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that benefit the skin. It soothes and conditions dry skin. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, four tablespoons of fine brown sugar, and one tablespoon of honey. Rub this homemade scrub on your dry skin using light, circular motions for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer. Rose water Add a few drops of rose water to four tablespoons of cold milk. Soak a cloth in it and wrap it around yourself, especially the parts where dry skin is predominant. Keep for five to seven minutes before gently washing it off. Mix one-half cup of yogurt and three tablespoons of mashed or blended papaya. Stir in a few drops each of honey and lemon juice. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this once a week. Add ¼ cup plain yogurt to 3 tsp honey, and stir till they are combined. Add 3 tbsp granulated sugar to it. Apply the scrub all over your face, and massage in gentle circular motions for a few minutes. Keep the scrub on for five minutes, and then rinse it with cold water. Take an egg and separate the egg yolk. Mix the egg yolk with 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp fresh orange juice, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp fresh lime juice and 1 tsp rosewater. Apply and keep for 10 minutes before washing off.
Friday, October 27 2017
On Saturday, models and celebrities will gather in New York for the fourth Fabulous Fund Fair, organised by Natalia Vodianova with artistic direction from Jeff Koons. Ahead of the festivities, the model and Naked Heart Foundation founder shares her tips for hosting a Halloween bash to remember. When it comes to throwing a fabulous Halloween party, Natalia Vodianova’s advice is simple: “Create as many social media and Instagrammable moments as possible.” Plan entertainment in advance. “Don’t let your guests hide in the corners, encourage them to move around the space with games and activities,” she counsels. As for the playlist, “it needs to be a mix of kitsch and cool, but not too cool—after all, the most important thing is to get everyone moving.” Vodianova recommends Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’. On Saturday, Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation and amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, will transform the Skylight Clarkson North in Manhattan into a classic fun fair with stalls, games and attractions. But this being Vodianova’s universe, the stalls will be manned by celebrities, and the prizes have been donated by brands such as Givenchy, Chopard and Dior. Balmain will host the pin-the-tail, and Louis Vuitton is supplying the bumper cars. The concept is just about as far removed from a formal charity dinner as you can get. “I love it when the stallholders really get into the spirit,” says Vodianova. “Kristin Scott Thomas was the most amazing clairvoyant! And Suzy Menkes makes the best donkey derby pundit. I really hope we can get her to New York.” This time around, Doutzen Kroes, Helena Christensen and Anja Rubik are among the bold-faced names who will man the stalls. Nas and Charli XCX are slated to perform. All proceeds from the fair will benefit amfAR and the Naked Heart Foundation. The latter, founded by Vodianova in 2004, funds a variety of efforts aiding children living in Russia, including support to families raising children with disabilities. It is a cause closely tied to Vodianova’s own well-documented experience growing up below the poverty line in western Russia. Before starting her career as a model aged 17, she helped her mother sell fruit on the street to support her family, including a half-sister with cerebral palsy. To celebrate her partnership with Koons, Vodianova will go dressed as one of Koons’ most famous sculptures, the Balloon Venus. “I’m definitely going for goofy rather than sexy this year,” she says. And what will the immaculately tailored Koons wear to the party? “I don’t know!” says Vodianova. “He can wear a suit, but let’s hope there’s some fake blood on the shirt.” The Fabulous Fund Fair will take place on October 28 at Skylight Clarkson North in New York City. Tickets are available at Nakedheart.org
Saturday, October 28 2017
SMART Nina Tandon likes to start her day with some ‘me’ time. She’s quite serious about her yoga practice, and even on over-scheduled mornings she powers through her app-based seven-minute workout. Meditation is also non-negotiable in her AM routine; whether it’s the silent or guided variety depends on her mood. Pretty standard stuff, till she blurts out, “But sometimes I meditate with an app that reads my brainwaves.” Say what now? Tandon pulls up the Muse app on her phone to show me how it connects via Bluetooth to a headband that measures brain signals, similar to a heart-rate monitor. It provides feedback in real time, so users can meditate more effectively. “I geek out on this stuff. My PhD was on electrical signals, so I want to know what my brain is talking about,” she says. Conversation with the 37-year-old is peppered with the coolest kind of nerdy references, anecdotes and statistics. Case in point: she got married last year in a custom-made silk sari adorned with a digital print of human connective tissue, fitting symbolism for a wedding! Human tissue is her stock in trade; as the CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, a company that uses a patient’s own stem cells to grow live human bones for skeletal reconstruction, Tandon is obsessed with the connection between technology, the human body and creating solutions that are “so high-tech, they’re almost organic.” GROW-IT-YOURSELF EpiBone’s space in Brooklyn, New York, has the sizzle-crackle-pop of a start-up peacefully coexisting with the clinical precision of a laboratory. That quintessential decor element of start-up culture the humble beanbag is well represented, and the firm’s 17 employees have an ongoing poll to guess which Game of Thrones characters will meet their demise in Season 7 (a white board bearing names of their doomed favourites is on dis- play). In other rooms, there are 3D printers, -80°C freezers, and incubators where tiny bits of bone are gestating. Bone, Tandon says, is the most transplanted tissue after blood; grafts are required in millions of procedures, ranging from cancer to trauma, dental surgeries and congenital defects. Growing bones in a lab might have a Frankenstein-ish quality but this technological breakthrough is preferable to the alternatives. Currently, doctors transplant pieces of bone from another part of the patient’s body or use cadaver bones; the latter method runs the risk of the body rejecting the donor implant. In contrast, EpiBone only needs a few of the patient’s fat cells (stem cells are extracted from those and grown into bone) and a detailed CT scan of the area to be healed. “The shape is dictated by the shape of the defect derived from the scan, and it takes about three weeks to engineer those cells into a piece of living bone tissue that’s ready for implantation,” says Tandon. “We’re just mimicking a natural process, using the cells that grow the bones every day in our body to do it [outside]. Being able to use your own cells means you’re empowered to heal yourself as well.” EpiBone is emblematic of a growing trend in biomedical engineering that harnesses the healing power of the human body, using stem cells and similar technologies in everything from cardiac care to cancer. It might be close to a decade until these lab-grown bones can be used routinely in patients, but Tandon is confident their implants will be quickly adopted by the medical fraternity. CURRENT AFFAIRS Tandon’s fascination with science and the human body started young. She and her three siblings were encouraged to try all sorts of science experiments as kids, and her interest in electrical currents was first sparked when she discovered her siblings suffered from eye conditions like night and colour blindness. “I was very interested in all these electrical currents that underlie the nervous system and I started learning how those currents are also involved in almost every process in the body, from embryonic development to wound healing, and that is what I wanted to follow.” Tandon started taking college-level calculus classes at 14. “I remember my dad telling me that I was good at math and science and if I didn’t study them it would be a disservice to women, because everything in society is telling girls not to.” Tandon, like most young people, had interests that ranged from fashion design to poetry. But science won when she headed down the STEM path and never looked back, acquiring a Bachelor’s in electrical engineering, a Master’s in bioelectrical engineering, and a PhD in biomedical engineering, with an MBA thrown in for good measure. While working on her doctoral studies, she met EpiBone’s co-founder and CSO Sarindr Bhumiratana in the lab next door she was growing cardiac tissue while he was working on bone. A supervisor asked Tandon to leverage her business smarts to help him create a business plan, and Bhumiratana’s PhD work and Tandon’s entrepreneurial education merged to form EpiBone in 2012. Tandon’s immediate focus is on starting human trials at EpiBone but her mind is already zooming ahead. “I’m looking forward to a time when we can really extend our longevity and vitality, as opposed to just extending our lives. We will learn more and more about the intelligence that lives throughout our body, not just in the brain but also with the awareness and intelligence of the cells that make up our body and connecting with them to make up new technologies. I think we’ll appreciate our lives and bodies better when we learn what power we have to heal.” When she puts it that way, a mind-reading meditation app suddenly seems like a great idea.
Friday, October 27 2017
Designer Nimish Shah best known for his line of women’s wear has now launched maiden menswear collection ‘Mr Shift’. The line that features recycled fabrics and mix and match designs. The capsule collection includes high-waist pants, travel jackets made from recycled materials and khadi work shirts the kind of easy-breezy clothing you could wear to work and a gig after stopping over at an art exhibition. Shah’s menswear works as the ultimate modular wardrobe: outfits can be built using all the components to create dozens of varying looks. Everything works together, even if at first glance you wouldn’t necessarily pair them that way yourself. More formal items are also included in the collection such as a mustard yellow velvet swing jacket and the overall feel of the collection is at once relaxed and discerning. Shah has a successful women’s wear line that is available on e-commerce sites such as Pernia’s Pop Up shop and it is known for its elegant simplicity. Venturing into menswear, he has carried over that same classic and utilitarian style into these new designs. Shah’s debut menswear collection will be available at both Good Earth multi-brand stores across India and at Nappa Dori lifestyle stores.
Friday, October 27 2017
Numero Unom, one of India’s indigenously manufactured denim labels has entered the active wear segment with N1 Active. Its designed for men and women and offers T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, jackets, joggers and jeggings. Raglan sleeves for free movement, earplug concealing eyelets, utility trims for higher flexibility and adjustment are the key attractions of the collection. Numero Uno has used specialised performance fabric like thermolite, breathable and drift knits with no or low luster, sheen, insulated fleece, fabrics with high stretch and good recovery to give a full-bodied look to the wearer. Numero Uno, one of India’s first indigenously manufactured denim labels, was incorporated in 1987. Today, it is one of the few power brands that fuse international trends, innovative fabrics, washes, treatments and accessible pricing. Apart from its existing domestic operations, the brand is looking at licensing arrangements in international markets. With Numero Uno’s Zero Gravity jeans, one can effortlessly move from the day to night look. Made with a fabric that is smooth and lightweight, these denim jeans are woven in a loop structure that offers flexibility and is lightweight. The range comes in indigo structures, twills and checks across seven options.
Friday, October 27 2017
There are many way to attain nirvana in your daily life. One, meditation apps for the win. Two, a good swim in the pool at regular intervals, and three, of course, a good skincare regime that’s beneficial to your overall well-being. Because, you see, not just your body, your skin too needs its favourite foods to maintain and repair itself—especially post 30-skin that needs constant care. We found five super ingredients your skin needs regularly in order to stay in tip-top shape. Hyaluronic acid What makes it the star ingredient for the 30s? Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that is known to regulate cell renewal and maintains skin’s hydration. Fun fact: one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water. As skin ages, its ability to hold on to moisture is reduced, making this ingredient a necessary part of your routine post your 20s. It also tackles fine lines and wrinkles along the way. Retinol Retinol is an active form of the vitamin A molecule and a powerful exfoliant, which means, younger and plumper skin all year long. It increases cell turnover, is helpful in dealing with hyperpigmentation and dark spots, and treats acne too, making it a must-have in your beauty kit. With retinol though, you need to be careful—use it on alternate nights and maybe twice a week and build it to daily nights. And always use sunscreen while using any product with this ingredient, as it makes your skin prone to sun damage. Ceramides Ceramides are a naturally occurring fat in your skin, known to hold the top layer of the skin together. It protects your skin, retains moisture and plumps the skin to radiance. These lipid (fat) molecules are found in high concentrations within the cells of your skin, but as you cross your 30s, their level drops. Adding skincare products with ceramides helps in restoring the skin’s natural lipid levels and aiding the anti-ageing process. Vitamin C This one has gained popularity recently, with most brands now featuring it as a major player in at least one of their skincare lines. Also known as L-ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps curb damage caused by free radicals in your body and also builds connective tissue. Again, this promotes glow and radiance, evens out skin discolouration and dark circles, aids collagen production and keeps sun damage at bay. Peptides These are active proteins that work with the skin to reduce sagging, prevent wrinkling and help increase elastin production, and are especially potent because they can penetrate into the deep layers of your dermis.
Friday, October 27 2017
You know what they say, relationships usually last longer and are stronger if you are best friends first and a couple second. Believe it or not, dating your best friend actually makes some sense. Think about it, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series, Jenna and Matt from 13 Going On 30, Rosie and Alex from Love, Rosie and Monica and Chandler from Friends, what did they all have in common? They were best friends before they started dating! So, if you’re harbouring some feelings for your friend but are too scared to act on them, maybe these reasons will convince you otherwise. You have a lot in common, get along just fine and always have something or the other to talk about. They already know the things about you that you are too scared to tell anyone else, so you can be sure there won’t be any awkward conversations where you are too scared to open up. Femina You don’t have to spend hours trying to figure out he wants, and vice versa. Since you two have already been friends, chances are you can read each other like an open book. You understand each other’s priorities well, so it’s never a choice between him or your career, family or friends. Everyone knows one of the most nerve-wracking part of a relationship is introducing your boyfriend to your friends and family. But with your best friend, you can totally breeze through this step since everyone already knows about him! He’s aware about your quirks and accepts you the way you are so you don’t have to wait for the part where you can drop the act and show your true self. Fights between the two of you will rarely last long since you’ve seen each other angry and know how to handle the other’s temper. You know each other’s relationship history so there’s rarely a chance for a surprise or blast from the past you had no idea about. He’s seen you in your PJs and oversized tee and still made you feel as good as when you are dressed in that smokin’ LBD. Yay for not having to constantly worry about dressing to impress! Career crisis, quarter life breakdown, family drama or mood swings, you’ve already seen each other at your worst and still stuck it out together, so it’s safe to say, this ship is not going to sink!