The one thing associated with Summer is all the refreshing and vibrant produce flocking fruit baskets, markets and picnic tables. And if our palate is getting the season’s freshest fruits, can our skin be far behind? Here are 6 fruit-infused products for a little summer in your vanity kit.
This one’s for all the minions out there (all you banana lovers listen up!). A thick and creamy banana-rich formula, this nourishing conditioner leaves your hair conditioned, soft and tangle-free with a fruity banana trail.
Pamper your palms with the goodness shea butter for softer hands. The cream protects and invigorates the skin, leaving behind a zesty and lasting lime essence.
Bid adieu to dry frizzy hair with Burt’ Bees mango-infused potion. The Super Shiny Mango Shampoo is enhanced with Mango Seed Oil, which leaves your hair looking shiny and feeling super soft and healthy.
Fortified with the hydrating and nourishing prowess of Jojoba, Orange, Rosemary and Bergamot oils, this 100% natural massage oil calms your body and senses, relieving it of all stress and pain.
A fragrant blend of ice pomegranate, refreshing Kerala lime and caramelized sugar crystals, this fragrant body lotion moisturizes the skin to leave it soft and supple. The formula is enhanced with kokum butter and organic beeswax, it provides natural hydration for smoother skin.
Get ride of dark spots, uneven complexion and patchy skin with Innisfree’s Vitamin C rich whitening mask. The super fine mask caresses your skin, imparting all its goodness over to give you nourished, clearer and brighter skin.
Believe it or not but khus a.k.a. Indian vetiver is soothing not just as a sherbet. The aromatic plant has a number of other benefits like healing, nourishing and cooling the skin. And god knows we need that right now! Here are 5 vetiver-rich products to smear on this season.
This fragrance for men is a breath of fresh summer air in a bottle. The concoction is infused with woody and sultry accords of vetiver enhanced by the oh-so sensual cedar wood and nutmeg.
Fortified with the natural goodness of vetiver, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, this natural khus soap is the perfect remedy for summer-stricken skin. The oils restore the skin’s pH balance while the khus keeps the skin supple and toned.
With a soothing blend of vetiver and aloe vera, this organic body wash keeps the skin soft and cool whilst letting it be well hydrated.
Spray on the cooling virtuousness of vetiver this summer. The potion, which is a fragrant blend of sandal wood and khus, softens and hydrates the skin, leaving behind a pleasant tranquil aroma.
Pamper yourself with the fusion of pure essential oils of Sandalwood, Rose and vetiver. The calming blend of oils, rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, nourishes your skin deeply while providing a sense of calm.
Now keep calm and trust vetiver.
I know what you must be thinking. “Why must I go through the DIY trouble when there is already a readymade paste for this in the market?” Well, the answer is that these tips and tricks don’t require you to spend thousand of bucks to perfect your smile. And most of these ingredients might just be sitting around in your house. So, why not?
Now, lets turn that ecru to a dazzling white, shall we?
Coconut oil ain’t just your knight in shining armor when it comes to removing make-up, moisturizing skin and stepping up your hair game. Turns out the it is also a great teeth whitener. Just swish around a spoonful in your mouth for 10-15 minutes. And if that’s a bit too much, simply dab it onto a cloth and wipe your teeth with it. Alternatively, you could even put a few drops on your brush before cleaning your teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This one’s for the caffeine and nicotine addicts. Of course, owing to its acidic nature, the vinegar can erode your teeth’s enamel but a few drops regularly can work wonders. Simply brush your teeth with a smidgen of apple cider vinegar before cleaning it out with regular toothpaste.
Lemon Juice & Baking Soda
Like mentioned earlier, kitchen basics. The Sodium Bicarbonates and lemon paste scrub off all surface stains and bleach your teeth to a few shades lighter. If the idea of rubbing lemon on your tooth gives you the shivers then you can simple mix the baking soda with water or your toothpaste and brush your teeth.
Baking Soda, Salt & Strawberry
This paste is as delicious as it is effective. Make a pulpy mix of mashed strawberries and add a pinch of sea salt and baking soda to it. Apply the paste on your (absolutely dry, use a paper towel if you must) teeth and let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing. While the salt and baking soda scrub away dirt, the berries are rich in Vitamin C, therefore breaking down the yellow plaque covering your pearly whites.
Orange or Lemon Peels
Again an excellent source of Vitamin C, orange and lemon peels ward off the murky layer of plaque. But since these are also high in acid content, they can deplete your tooth’s enamel so make sure you rinse off with part water and part hydrogen peroxide after rubbing the peels on your teeth.
In addition to these tricks, you should also refrain from eating dark foods like blueberries, soy sauce, et al. Instead binge on fibrous options like celery, carrots, apples and the likes.
It’s Wednesday all you lovely people, and this week’s #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY is all about your pretty feet! Because let’s face it, summers are just not sneaker-sock friendly at most time. So like it or not you have to pull out those strappy sandals, which demand pretty and almost squeaky-clean feet. Here are the top 5 products that we are dreaming, wishing, hoping and praying to lay our hands on this week!
Let’s take it from the top toe. This magical electronic nail care regime takes care of your toes to give it a flawless finish. It comes complete with a 3-step file, buff and shine mechanism to give you a salon-like pedicure at home.
The Body Shop’s Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub is made with wait-for-it volcanic rock for an explosive treatment. Regular application of the scrub scrapes away any and every trace of dirt and calluses, leaving you with baby-pink feet!
No one likes heels that look like drought-land peeping out of pretty shoes. Pamper your sole silly with this healing (no pun intended) treatment enriched with glycolic acid. The ointment is fortified with shea butter, which smoothens and hydrated your heels while the glycolic acid wards off dead and dry skin cells.
What’s a sock without some induced foot care goodness? This exfoliating foot mask (read, sock), enriched with the goodness of papaya extracts, snuggles up to your feet to scale off calluses for smooth and soft skin.
Douse your feet with the goodness of milk. How is milk good for the feet, you ask? Well the foot soak relaxes your feet with its milk solids and protein-rich formula. Simply dissolve some foot soak in water and soak in its goodness to reveal happier and healthier feet sans any roughness.
Now flip flop away!
How many times have you put away a particular product because someone told you it causes acne; emptied your wallet because expensive make up is obviously better than inexpensive ones? Or even guzzled down gallons thinking it’ll heal dry skin? Lost count, right?
Sorry (not really) to burst your bubble but more often than not, what you think is a beauty “tip” is really a myth. We’ve debunked 7 most common ones for you!
Oily Skin Needs Little Moisturizing
Nope, not rue. Oily skin needs proper hydration as well. In fact, oil and creams can actually result in the skin producing lesser oil in the long run. Also, if you leave your skin sans any moisturizer, it will overcompensate by producing more oil.
Make Up Causes Acne
Only if you cake your face with it and refuse to remove it properly before going to bed everyday. Foundations and concealers are formatted in a way so as to not clog your pores. That said, not taking it off at the end of the day using a proper cleanser or make up remover will cause acne.
Skin Gets Used To The Skin Care Products
… And they eventually stop working. Okay, that’s like saying, “your body will stop reacting to healthy diet and carrots will no longer give you a good eyesight”. Your skin does show more improvement to certain products initially because in the longer run it will already have improved, Einstein! Just like continued carrot consumption will not give you a 10/6 eyesight.
Though this does stand true in the case of shampoos. Your hair, unlike the skin, builds a resistance to the same concoction over time. So it is okay to switch your hair care product every once in six months.
Water Heals Dry Skin
Here’s the thing, beauty ain’t math. If skin minus hydration is dry skin then dry skin plus lots of water won’t make it healthy and plump. Dry skin means a damaged skin cells (or as the folks in lab coats call it – intercellular matrix). So a lot more than good ol’ H2O goes into restoring the moisture of your skin. Think creams, hydrating balms and the works.
Shaving Results In Thicker Hair
Seriously, who even started this? Half my life has been a bout of guilt post the shaving. Fact is, shaving has zero effect on hair thickness or growth. The prickly spokes that grow back are actually the thicker part of the hair shaft because the razor cuts the hair straight across the shaft which is why stubble feels harder.
And while we are at it, know this too: waxing more often will not reduce hair growth or make it thinner. There may be short-term thinning but in the long run the hairy nature of your limbs remain unimpeded.
Organic Beats Chemical
There is hardly a soul that isn’t harping about the pros of au naturale beauty regime. Hell, even I’m a sucker for all things organic and ayurvedic but that doesn’t make the products available in the market any less effective or good. For example, many antioxidants are naturally derived, but by the time they are extracted, purified and processed, they are far from their natural beginnings. So unless you completely trust the source of your organic paraphernalia, don’t dive into it.
Plucking Grey Hair Will Cause Two More To Grow In Its Place
Ladies, it’s a grey hair, not your enemy’s revenge. Irony is that the myth-starting grey hair is also associated with having wisdom. Anywho, getting rid of the silver strands will not result in two more sprouting in its place, but it also won’t stop your hair from greying. Because, genetics.
Also, Rachael Ray is not the “Becky with the good hair”. Just saying.
Hello beauties! As you all might know, The Label Life style editor, Bipasha Basu has handpicked this month’s Beauty Box. The Bong beauty cannot be doubted when it comes to beauty and wellness and that is exactly why we stand by her picks, no questions asked. The actress talks to us about her selection and tells us why the 5 products in the April Beauty Box must be in your vanity kit.
The hair care range by Rene Furterer Paris is just the tonic your tresses and scalp need this summer. Fortified with a careful selection of nourishing essential oils, the products will nourish all kinds of hair – from dry to oily – hair from the roots all the ways to the tips.
Bipasha Says: “The Rene Furterer hair care range gives my hair a quick refreshing fix when I am forever stuck on sets.”
The BBLUNT hair polish gives the dullest of strands a glossy salon-like finish instantly. The nourishing formula rich in silk ilk proteins, provitamin B5 and vitamin E gives your hair maximum shine on the outside with supreme care from inside.
Bipasha Says: “This BBLUNT Hair Polish helps me get an impeccably flawless finish.”
Fortified with real milk, the O3+ Milk Scrub exfoliates, cleanses and brightens your skin, while getting rid of white heads and black heads. Regular usage will leave your skin healthier, cleaner and lighter.
Bipasha Says: “(It) nourishes and exfoliates my skin without drying it out.”
A stimulating spring/summer fragrance, Paradiso Azzuro plays on the essence of the Mediterranean Coast. With a crisp breezy note followed by soft floral tones coupled with a woody base note of cypress and musk, the perfume is sultry hypnosis in a bottle.
Bipasha Says: “Just a dash of the Paradiso Azzuro by Roberto Cavalli leaves me with a sweet lingering fragrance.”
This revolutionary range of lip stains by Fran Wilson provides 12-hour coverage without so much as a smudge. The fade-proof, smear-proof and most importantly kiss-proof formula is enriched with vitamins keeps your pout colored and moisturized for hours.
Bipasha Says: “The MoodMatcher lipsticks in all their brightness are perfect for a candid selfie, and they are so long lasting, I never have to do a single touch up!”
Now go ahead, order your box now!
You may relate the root to an all-round throat relief, but ginger is way more than just that. It has a number of properties to qualify as a beauty agent as well. And the best part? The ingredient is one that is almost at all times sitting at the bottom of your vegetable basket. So no running around digging up plants for this one! Here are 5 reasons why you skin should be getting more of ginger.
Ginger is an effective antiseptic and rich in cleansing properties as well, which make it your knight in shining armor if your skin in acne-prone. Make a face mask using ginger, lemon and honey and use regularly for flawless unblemished skin.
The anti-oxidant rich plant root helps in increasing blood circulation and cutting down on toxins, in turn keeping dull skin and fine lines at bay. Mix together some ginger, glycerin and honey and apply over your face and neck. The pack not only keeps your skin younger but also moisturizes it for a fresher face.
The root’s antioxidant and toning properties can help give you a lighter and more radiant complexion. Apply the ginger, honey and lemon face mask for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with cool water to reveal softer and brighter skin.
A sliver of ginger is all you need to ward off hypo-pigmented scars, which occur when the skin loses its pigmentation. These scars are usually white or lighter than the actual skin color. Simply dab a sliver of ginger on the scar everyday to see visible results within a fortnight.
Soothes Burnt Skin
Ginger juice acts as an excellent soothing agent for burnt skin. Applying the extract eases the pain while healing burnt skin to its normal state in about 6-12 weeks. Even a fresh ginger slice can do the trick by simply rubbing it on the affected area 2-3 times daily.
Who’s your favorite Spice Girl now? 😛
Detox waters, also known as spa water or flavored water, are a real health trend. And for good reason. The healthy concoction not only makes the daily intake of water a yummier task but also cranks up the health quotient of the liquid. Here are 5 spa waters to take you through summer with a happy body and flawless skin.
Blueberry & Orange
A delicious and fruity combo, this flavored water is a great source of vitamin C. Just whirl in 2 mandarin oranges cut into wedges and a handful of blueberries in 6 cups f iced water and sip away.
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Cucumber, Mint & Lemon
This cool (literally) and refreshing spa water is your go-to summer relaxant. The classic antioxidant-rich combination of mint, lemon and cucumber cools and rehydrates the body while aiding digestion. Take 2 liters of water and add to it 1 medium sliced cucumber, 10-15 mint leaves and 1 sliced lemon. You could even put in a 2” piece of ginger for better digestion.
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Raspberry, Kiwi & Peach
As it is evident, the spa water tastes deliciously tropical. The mix is rich in antioxidants, fibers and vitamin C to keep you healthy inside and gorgeous outside. Throw in a handful of raspberries, a sliced peach and a kiwi into 1 liter of iced water and make your system happy and healthy.
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Blackberry & Mint
This combination of nutrient and antioxidant rich blackberries and mint make for excellent flavored water that not only cranks up your health, but also cools down your body. Mash a handful of blackberries into a lumpy texture and add it to 2 liters of iced water along with a handful of mint. Let the fruits infuse for a few hours or overnight for best results.
Lemon, Strawberry, Apple, Mint & Cinnamon
A rainbow of flavors, this detox water has a number of benefits. The lemon and mint aid digestion, strawberry fights carcinogens, apple plumps up skin and cinnamon improves blood circulation. Add of one sliced lemon, 5 sliced strawberries, 1 sliced apple, few mint leaves and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to around 1-2 liters of iced water for the perfect health cocktail.
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It’s Wednesday all you lovely people and this week’s #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY is a guide dedicated to the well being of your cuticles. Now, if you needed to ask Wikipedia for the meaning of cuticles, you really do need these 5 nail care products that we are dreaming, wishing, hoping and praying to lay our hands on this season!
Fortified with jojoba oil and vitamin E, the Solar Oil by CND heals and repairs the nail and cuticle, nourishing them with every use to give you better and stronger nails and healthy cuticles.
This cream by Barielle was concocted to condition the hooves of pedigree racehorses, which speaks volumes for its effectiveness. The salve supports the growth of nails that are stronger and resistant of any splits, peels or breakage.
The perfecting potion by Zoya is essentially a light matte nail lacquer rich in optical diffusers, keratin fillers, micronized reflective color pigments and micro thin film formers to create an ultra sheer veil that removes any nail imperfections, healing it in the process. The perfector comes in 6 different shades each with a different healing power.
Restore the natural health and hydration of your nail beds with this sleek and mess-free cuticle pen. Designed to avoid any spills or slicks, the pen imparts a non-greasy and fast-absorbing formula enriched with soybean oil, jojoba oil and Shea butter to soften and moisturize your cuticles.
It’s spa day everyday for your cuticles with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. The buttery balm is rich in cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil to heal the cuticles while the sunflower oil and vitamin E repair brittle and unhealthy nails.