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5 Tips For Longer & Thicker Lashes

Longer-Eyelashes-Ever heard the term ‘batting your lashes’ and wondered, “what on earth is there to bat”? If yes, then girl you need these tips more than another pair of fake lashes or volumizing mascara. Read on!

 

  1. Castor Oil

This one’s probably the most common and effective remedy ever. Castor oil is a powerful follicle-simulator, a.k.a., growth simulant. Mix castor oil and a drop of Vitamin E oil and dab it over your lashes with a Q-tip. Leave it overnight and rinse with warm water the morning after.product_castor_oil

 

  1. Green Tea

Mix some warm water and green tea leaves (a tea bag will also work just fine) and gently apply on to your lashes using a cotton ball. The green tea stimulates the growth of longer and healthier lashes.green tea

 

  1. Lemon Peels

Orange peels may not exactly be your eyes’ BFF but lemon peels surely are. At least for your lashes. The peels are loaded with nutrients like folic acid, vitamins B and A. Soak some dried lemon peels in olive or castor oil for a couple of weeks. Use a Q-tip or clean mascara wand to apply the concoction on your lashes before going to bed. Wash off with warm water in the morning.lemon

 

  1. Aloe Vera

The natural beauty imparting prowess of aloe vera are many, and giving you gorgeous lashes is one of them. The gel not only supports the growth of thick and lashes lashes, but also keeps them moisturized. Just apply some aloe vera gel on your lashes and wash off with warm water after keeping it on over night.Aloe Vera

 

  1. Olive Oil

Olive Oyl may not have had lashes (like, none!) but olive oil definitely can give you a healthy bunch. Rich in Vitamin E and oleic acid, it keeps your lashes dark and voluminous. Using a clean mascara brush put slightly warm olive oil on you lashes. Leave overnight and wash it in the morning with warm water.olive oil

 

Now get ready to bat away!

5 Ways To Jazz Up Your Ponytail

As a 6-year-old when I mastered the art of a neat stray-strand-free ponytail, I truly believed I’d learnt it all. Only to be shaken awake by the tens of fancy ponies I saw a few years later. Here are 5 pony hacks to turn up the swank of your everyday hair-do.

 

  1. Pull Thru

The pull-thru ponytail is a great way to make you pony look full while adding to it all the glam in the world!

Take it a notch higher by pulling through all the way.

 

 

  1. Ladder Braided

Braid meets ponytail in this super sassy hair do. The style works wonders with medium to long hair and a few flowers down the ladder will work magical wonders.

 

  1. Knotted

Just throw 5 extra minutes into your ponytail regime to tie up this head-turning of a hair do.

 

  1. Twisted

This one needs a little bit of patience, untangled locks and some upper arm strength (kidding!). The twisted ponytail is a gorgeous do to go with your summer wardrobe.

 

  1. Basket Weave

It may be a tad time-consuming and tedious but lets just take a moment to acknowledge how breathtakingly satisfying the final look is!

 

And that’s how you step up your pony game.

5 Hacks For Flawless White Teeth

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?

 

  1. Coconut Oil

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.Coconut oil 2

 

  1. 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.img-acvjug1

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.OrangeAndLemonPeels660

 

 

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.

5 Benefits Of Feeding Your Skin Some Ginger

gingerYou 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.

 

  1. Clears Acne

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.ACNE-ROSACEA

 

  1. Anti-Ageing

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.worried-about-wrinkles

 

  1. Tones Skin

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.skin-brightening-face-packs

 

  1. Treats Scars

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.ginger-hypopigmented-scars-1

 

  1. 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.ginger_zps023496d1

 

Who’s your favorite Spice Girl now? 😛

5 Detox Waters For A Healthy Body & Beautiful Skin

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.

 

  1. 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.blueberry prange

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  1. 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.cucumber lemon mint

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  1. 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.detox7

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  1. 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.blackberry mint

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  1. 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.lemon straw apple mint cinnamon

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Drink up!

5 DIY Jewelry Organizer Ideas

You enter this gorgeously well-lit accessory shop selling all kinds of tear-inducingly beautiful trinkets. You walk over to one of the stands daintily holding up a necklace and you’re like “Hmm, this doesn’t look like something I’d wear more than once but look how gorgeous it is. Hell, I must purchase this!”

Yes, that happens to all of us. But what happens a month later? The poor little necklace will be lying around in one of your purses or drawers. Because jewelry box? What’s that? Refer to these 5 tutorials to give your jewelry better lodging space.

 

  1. Ring Box

About time you stopped collecting your rings in bowls and cans and what nots. This tutorial tells you how to put together an amazingly organized ring box to store and flaunt your finger accessories.

 

  1. Traveler’s Kit

Accommodating a full-fledged jewelry box in your bag or suitcase may not be all that easy. And God forbid, what if the clasp comes undone and you have to go all metal detector on your clothes? *Shudders* This ultra smart roll up jewelry box puts an end to your vanity travel woes. The Velcro closure is strong AF and the box will snugly fit between your clothes!

 

  1. Multi Level Box

Now keep your earring, anklets and bracelets all in one place and make it look pretty. Follow this simple tutorial and custom-make for yourself as many sections, drawers and compartments. Adios, clutter!

 

  1. See Through Jewelry Box

It’s nice to sometimes just gaze over your trinket collection. Moreover, it saves you the time and energy for opening each box to look what’s inside. This super neat jewelry box with the see through lid allows you to do just that. All you need is some foam board and an old photo frame!

 

  1. Chain Organizer

Is it just I or do you all think there’s someone sitting inside the drawer waiting for me to put my chains in so that they can tangle it up real nice? Anywho, that “someone” might as start looking for something else to tangle (my earphone, for example) because this utterly adorable and super efficient mountable jewelry organizer is a the answer to all your prayers.

 

Not only will a jewelry box organize your dressing table and drawer, but once in a while you might just find whatever you’re looking for!

5 Ways To Make The Best Of Lemon

diy envy box lemonLemons are the most common food in every household. But did you know that this yellow ball of citrus is as good a beauty ingredient as any? Turns out there is more to it than just being vodka shot redeemer. Here are 5 ways in which you can up your beauty game with lemons.

 

  1. Anti-Aging Mask

Lemon mixed with green tea and a dash of turmeric powder can turn back your skin’s clock. The lime juice tightens large pores, fights free radicals that cause premature aging and boosts cell regeneration. Green tea on the other hand is rich in antioxidants and keeps wrinkles at bay while the turmeric protects the skin from inflammation and aging.

 

  1. Lemon Water

Enriched with ample amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidants and antibacterial properties, lemon makes for a great body cleanser and immunity booster. Guzzling down lemon infused water not only keeps your insides healthy but also reflects on the outside.

 

  1. Deodorant

Remember that floating slice of lemon in your finger bowl? Yeah, there’s a reason for it. The antibacterial properties of the fruit drives away foul odor and is also a great natural way to brighten your underarms.

 

  1. Tan Removal

Mix together one tablespoon each of fresh lemon juice and tomato juice and a teaspoon of honey (organic honey gives best results). Apply the mask for 20 minutes before washing off with cold water. On regular usage the concoction rids your skin of sun tan, black head and unwanted acne scars.

 

  1. Hair Repair

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin B, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Calcium and a whole list of other names from the periodic table that make it ideal for hair care and repair. Applying a mix of lime juice and water to your roots before shower can fight dandruff while simply applying lime juice can rid your hair of excess oils. Other benefits of this wondrous fruit include longer and thicker hair, healing split ends, soothing an itchy scalp and reducing hair loss.lemon

 

Now you know what to do when life gives you lemons!

5 Ways To Scrub Off Stubborn Holi Colors

Holi can be extremely enjoyable, until you realize that you have to turn up for work, school or office looking like a character from Avatar.

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Although taking all precautionary measures before the festival is all-good, there are certain colors that manage to penetrate their way even through all that oil and petroleum jelly. Resort to these 5 tricks to rid your skin of all those dogged tints.

 

  1. Curd & Gram Flour

Make a paste of cold curd and some gram flour and apply on your face and body. Leave on for about 2 minutes and wash off using cold water. Refrain from using warm water, as it isn’t half as effective.

 

  1. Egg

Whip up a mixture of egg and apply as a mask on your hair and scalp before hitting the shower. Leave on for about 30 minutes (and bury your nose in some attar) and wash off with regular shampoo. This regime helps washing away the ink and blues from your hair and scalp without sucking out all the natural oil.eggs

 

  1. Honey & Tomato

Mix together honey, mashed tomato (or papaya) to make a scrub. This au naturale scrub is e great way of ridding your body of all the harsh colors.

 

  1. Multani Mitti

Not only is a pack made of multani mitti and rosewater excellent for your skin, it also helps cleansing away the “vibrant marks” from your face. Apply a layer over your face and neck and wash off with cold water after 10-15 minutes.multani mitti

 

  1. Banana, Milk & Honey

Mash together some banana and honey and mix it with cold milk to make a semi-liquid paste. Apply evenly over your scalp and hair and allow it to dry. Wash off with cold water and shampoo.

 

Remember to moisturize your skin well after this “mission” and refrain from washing your face repeatedly as it will make it rough and dry.

 

Bring it on!

7 Organic Hacks To Get Rid Of That Stubborn Acne

ACNE FEATUREWhat’s your first reaction when you see a sore red spot on your face that holds the potential to take all of people’s attention away from the rest of you? Pop it, right? Here’s a fact, that’s the worst option. Quick but horrible. Not only is it utterly painful and messy, it can ruin your skin in the long run.

So instead of popping try out these few simply tricks to shoo away that pimple and keep acne at bay.

 

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera shoots down three problems with just one fire. The plant gel in addition to reducing redness and inflammation also cools down your skin and reduces oiliness. Look for a good gel in the market or simply scrape some off a plant, mix it with a little water and apply.Aloe Vera

 

  1. Honey & Cinnamon

A tad sticky, yes but it works wonders. Infact the stickiness comes in handy as it takes away with all the oil and dirt from your skin. Apply a mask made of two tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

 

  1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it ideal for acne removal and treatment. Just apply the oil over the affected area using a Q-tip or wool ball.tea tree

 

  1. Basil

Grab some fresh basil leaves – even a bottle of dried basil will do – and soak it in 2-3 tablespoons of warm water. Apply the paste on your face for about 10 minutes, 4-5 times a week and you’ll see a marked difference!basil

 

  1. Lemon & Honey

Lemon and honey are the Batman & Robin of acne treatment. Stir in a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of lemon juice and apply on affected area and over acne marks. Do this for 5-6 times a week and there will be visible reduction in your acne woes. Although be careful and refrain from applying over aggravated pimples as it may result in a burning sensation.

 

  1. Cucumber & Lemon

Cool as a cucumber is for a reason such a famous metaphor. The vegetable turns down the redness and heals cools the inflamed area. Make a paste of grated cucumber and three teaspoons of lemon juice. Apply it to your skin and rinse off with cool water after 10-15 minutes.

 

  1. Mint

Goes without saying that mint is an excellent cooling agent. The leaves not only calm down the skin but also work as an astringent. A paste made of overnight soaked mint leaves will combat the angry redness of the pimple and reduce its size as well. If used regularly, this ayurvedic treatment rids your skin of stubborn acne marks as well.mint

Other natural treatments include easily accessible ingredients like garlic, cloves, raw papaya, neem, nutmeg and lots more. There’s nothing Mama Nature cannot solve! 🙂

 

 

5 Super Easy DIY Neem Treatments

You may have had an encounter this leafy wonder if you’ve ever had measles or pox or even acne prone skin. Neem is an excellent natural source of numerous medicinal benefits and although it’s a bit harsh on the palate, it is the best. Here are 5 neem concoctions you can brew at home.neem

 

  1. Face Pack

Neem leaves battle away acne, skin pigmentation, dry skin, acne, black heads and other skin infection. Regular usage of a good neem pack keeps your skin clear, healthy and glowing.

 

  1. Oil

The leaves are a great way of getting rid of scalp issues like dandruff, lice and also boosts hair growth. Massaging this potion into your roots regularly will leave you with long healthy locks to flaunt.

 

  1. Hair Rinse

An easy to make hair rinse, this one too treats all hair issues for thicker, longer and shinier hair like never before. P.s.! Be careful to not let it anywhere near your mouth.

 

  1. Soap

This neem soap is a great way of relieving your body of impurities. Neem also acts as a natural skin toner and its anti-bacterial properties make it a your skin’s natural doctor.

 

  1. Mosquito Repellant

It’s summer and the mosquitoes know it! Stir up this super economical and effective neem mosquito repellant in your own kitchen. Not only is it absolutely chemical free and gentle on the skin but also super-economical.

 

Get up and make friends with that neighbor with the neem tree in their garden!