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Style that statement jewelry like a pro

They say ‘Jewerly is the sculpture for the body’ and there is no such thing as dressing  ‘age appropriately’ when it comes to jewelry. The next edition of Designer Jewelry Box – DHORA speaks volumes when it comes to statement jewelry. Dhora, conceptualised in Milan by designer Aavriti R Jain, integrates classically Indian designs with contemporary silhouettes, for an aesthetic that is modern, yet rooted in tradition. Here’s what you can expect from Dhora edition and how you can style these statement pieces.

Jhumki :

Price : INR 3500/-

Inspired by the traditional jewelry of India which we have all grown up seeing. Dhora has given it their own little twist and made it cleaner and minimal, handcrafted and finished with gold. So now you no longer have to wait for a big wedding or occasion to put on a pair!

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Amber Pendant :

Price : INR 3000/-

Continuing to celebrate the state of Rajasthan, Dhora releases its Amber pendant dedicated to city of Jaipur. This pendant draws its inspiration from the Amber Fort built in 1726 and its ‘jharokas’. Made in entirely by hand in Jaipur, this piece is finished with gold.

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Style your Jewelry 

Wear it like you mean business! Pair your summer dress with the statement neckpiece around the collar and match the earrings with the top knot bun hairstyle for that chic look.

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A little shimmer is the perfect way to add a sophisticated dimension to your swimwear. A delicate pendant & gold earrings are preferred because they inspire thoughts of the golden sun. Earrings with a little bit of movement and flexibility will look great when you turn your head or walk along the beach.

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To rock that Little Black Dress,  pick a necklace that adds a bit of sophisticated spark on your chest and as earrings go, make sure they highlight your facial feature & flatter your skin tone.

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For someone who likes to keep it traditional yet want to give their outfit a modern edge, just simply don the statement pendant & jhumkis with an Anarkali and complete the look with a side braid hairstyle for that royal feel.

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Hop over to My Envy Box to order your Jewelry Box now and get jewelry worth INR 6,500 just for INR 2,450.

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 Tips For Summer-Proof Make Up

Summer. The word brings so many good feelings to you – tank tops, flip flops, sundresses, crop tops, et al. But when it comes to pulling off some make up, the same word ignites nightmarish thoughts – bleeding liners, dehydrated lips, patchy foundation. *Shudders* So unless you’re planning to move to the Tundra region, stick to these quick make up tips this summer.

 

  1. Clay Masks

Summer means a lot of sweat and more oil produced by your skin. To reduce this, indulge in a good clay mask therapy once in a week. Find some great clay masks here.clay mask

 

  1. Waterproof

Well. Duh-uh, if your skin is going to step up the sweat and oil production, the best option is to turn to waterproof. Water-resistant mascaras also do the job just fine; it’s advisable to do a quick shower test though.waterproof

 

  1. Pop!

Another way to tackle summer is not by beating the heat but taking it in your stride. Embrace the sunny days with vibrant colors. Here’s how you can work some pop into your make-up.7-ways-to-Rock-that-COLOR-EYELINER-without-looking-GAUDY-cover

 

  1. Or Not.

On the other hand, if you’re not one for the fuchsias, blues and all that brightness on yourself, going au naturale too is a great way to tackle the season. Highlight the high points of your face with a bit of bronzer for some added glow in the Sun. Here are some products for going (almost) nude.nude makeup

 

  1. Sheer Relief

Ditch the creamy and heavy formulas and opt for lighter or sheer versions of the same. Not only do these feel lighter, but they also look great. For example, pick a nude or “invisible” lip-liner; and stick to lip stain or lip tint instead of a gloss or lipstick.sheer

 

Now go beat the heat, pretties!

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.

How To Work Pop Into Your Make-Up This Season

Unless you are Nicki Minaj or someone with the confidence like Lady Gaga, the mere though of a bright pink lip or turquoise eye lids generate an image in your mind that looks like this:

While this is a great look to pull off at a spectrum-themed party, it’s not your everyday look. But if we can work with shimmer and shine can pop be far behind? Here are 5 techniques to add a dash of pop into your makeup palette and not look like a rainbow.

 

  1. Tomatina

The safest bet when it comes to turning up the saturation is bright lips. And the safest of safe bets is a tomato red lip. It’s a blend of crimson and orange, so if you can’t find the right bright, just do some mixing to come up with your own tomatina shade according to your skin tone.TomatoMAC

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  1. Cornered

Caking your eyelids with a bright tiny is a trend right out of the 80s so let’s crank up the classy and turn down the retro. Opt for a vibrant shade like pop pink, lilac, lemon yellow and the likes, and highlight either the inner or outer corner of your eyes. This way your face gets just the right amount of pop sans the Cyndi Lauper effect.

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  1. Line Up

Not too sure about an electric, pop or hot anything on you face? Simply turn down the quantity. For starters, begin with a colored liner and gradually experiment with brighter shades and, wing lengths, thickness, et al. It’s a good idea to pair your colored liner with a slightly tinted (contrasting or a different shade of the same color) eye shadow.7-ways-to-Rock-that-COLOR-EYELINER-without-looking-GAUDY-cover

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  1. Peachy Cheeky

This one’s a great trick to brighten up your face with just a few brush strokes. Let the rest of your make up be as f, just swap your blush for a shade that is more on the peach or rose side. Pink cheeks not only make one look fresher but are also an excellent way of highlighting the cheekbones.20131205-153624

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  1. Mascara(de)

If all else fails for some reason, this one trick will be your knight in shining armor. Just pick up a mascara tint that is far far away from black. Like an electric blue or violet and dab it onto your lower and upper lashes. Skip the liner and go for bold brows for max effect.color-mascaras-00c

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Pop on!

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!

10 Tips To Clean & Protect Your Jewelry

If diamonds are a girl’s BFF, then the rest of the pieces can easily qualify as close kin too. Therefore it is only fair to protect these fancy folks of yours with utmost care. Follow these 10 tips to keep your jewelry squeaky clean and protect them against damage.

 

  1. First and foremost, whether fake, real or semi-precious jewelry, every single piece of jewelry deserves a dry place devoid of humidity for storage. Lets not oxidize things on our own.JewelryStorageCabinet.jpg

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  1. Avoid taking your jewelry for swims, spas, sports, showers or any other activities that involve direct contact with rough surfaces, water, soap or chemicals.Cleaning-Your-Jewelry

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  1. When getting ready, make sure to put on jewelry after your make up is done. Your foundation looks best only on your skin. Also, refrain from getting perfume on your ornaments to avoid tarnishing.backstage-beauty-tips-stylelist-canada-6

 

  1. Always use warm water to clean your jewelry and try not a clutter-free storage system for minimum abrasion.storage

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  1. Gold doesn’t tarnish but it does get dull overtime owing to lotion, dirt or your body’s natural oils. The best way to restore the sheen is by dipping the piece in a mix of water and a very (VERY) mild detergent for a few minutes and then gently scrubbing it with a very soft – ideally baby – toothbrush. Rinse and wipe with a polishing cloth.gold

 

  1. Gold-plated items are exposed to wearing away of the coating so store them smartly. Either keep them in a velvet-lined box or wrap in a soft cloth before keeping. To clean up, gently wipe your jewelry with a damp cotton cloth. This will eliminate any dirt or dust on the surface. Alternatively, a non-abrasive polishing cloth too can help restore the shine.diamond-cleaning.png

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  1. Silver – if not oxidized – is a delicate and soft metal and unless you’re aiming for a grunge look, you’ll want it scratch-free and shiny. Use either proper silver cleaning cloth or 100% cotton to wipe it up gently. Other materials like polyester, paper or coarse fabrics often contain wood fibers or synthetics that can cause tiny scratches in the surface of your fine sterling silver jewelry.silver

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  1. Store stone-encrusted pieces, diamonds or gemstones separately. For example, before putting away stone earrings in a box, seal them both in different pouches to avoid scratches from rubbing together. Quick Tip: Never hold on to the stone while taking off diamond or stone encrusted pieces as this may cause the gem stone wriggle free.take-off-engagement-ring-0.jpg

 

  1. Diamonds – the BFF – require regular cleaning. soak the diamond in an ammonia-based household cleaner (such as window cleaner) overnight, once or twice weekly. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Make sure you clean the back of the diamond well as this is the area that gathers most of the oil and dirt.Safely-Clean-Diamond-Ring-Step-3-Version-2

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  1. Your pearls are extra sensitive so refrain from storing them with other articles. It is best to keep them in satin-lined boxes to keep scratches and nicks at bay. Cleaning up pearls is a delicate job and therefore make sure your cleaner is marked safe for the same and additionally, use a drop of olive oil to wipe your pearl pieces to retain the luster.pearl

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Time to care for your bling things!

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!