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Blessed are those who did not have to go through a phase where everything seems to be falling apart, to be drifting away in front of their naked eyes, to be losing themselves but completely unable to do anything about it. Sometimes, people don’t even know what is happening with them because of very little or no awareness and they seem to fall into pieces silently inside themselves. As I am writing this, even I am finding it extremely hard to put the feelings into words. That, my friend, is Anxiety and what I have written here is probably 0.5% of what people actually have to go through in anxiety.

In 2017, I was going through anxiety and now that I am recalling the time, I know the reasons behind them. It is so essential to know what are the things that are making you anxious and face them and fight them with utmost confidence. Now, I did not need to write all these in this post because that would be completely irrelevant but whenever I am talking about my anxiety issues, I find myself obliged to let you know what I feel about it so that everyone out there feels that they are not lonely. Anyhoo, let’s continue with this post.

When I was going through anxiety, I found a few things that made me feel a little better. One of them was an introduction to Indie music. I was browsing aimlessly through YouTube and I found a video containing a playlist of aesthetic music. Being a sucker for everything aesthetic, I immediately played the video and the very first song I listened to was Sometimes by Goth Babe. That song was so soothing it left me with a sense of tranquility and contentment. Then my YT homepage was full of suggestions and recommendations of indie pops and I was consuming each one of them like crazy. I did not stop there and kept exploring lo-fi songs, reverbed songs, and whatnot. Basically, that was a time I was longing to drift away from the reality and thoughts that were weighing me down. Personally, I feel the above-mentioned types of music give you that freedom to achieve quietude. They give you a break from reality which in turn makes you feel at peace for the time being.

It’s been a year since I created a playlist on Spotify to calm down my restless days and sleepless nights. Exactly a year ago, I created my very first Spotify playlist and named it CALM. What else could be more appropriate! Today, I am going to share that with you, with people who are feeling stressed, burnt out, and/or anxious. The playlist includes songs that have a slow tempo and relaxing beats. Most of them are vintage and aesthetic that best suits my preference.

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As I mentioned earlier, my very first encounter with western Indie music was with the song that is listed on top of my Spotify playlist. Then it grew long and long. I still add songs that are appropriate for the list. So, this playlist is updated regularly. If I had to choose two bands I have been enjoying listening to, that would be Goth Babe and Cigarettes After Sex. I have started liking Prateek Kuhad’s songs as well. There are still so many songs to explore and add to my favouite playlist. I hope it heals you too like it did to me.

Have you listened to any of the songs from my Spotify Playlist? Let me know your thoughts when you do!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re doing well. Today, I am going to review an all-natural and organic scrub that I’ve been enjoying using during my self-care/ weekly pamper routine for the past couple of weeks. If you know me well, you’d know that I am a sucker for natural skincare and bath and body products. So, when I got to try a few products from Deyga I was very excited. Today’s product in focus is Deyga Rose Scrub that is completely natural and chemical-free.

The importance of exfoliation is no secret. Scrubbing your skin on a regular basis to get rid of dead cells, blackheads and other impurities is like regeneration of the skin. I make sure to exfoliate my skin thrice a week. I try to keep aside a day, mostly Saturdays or Sundays for pampering my skin with exquisite skincare products. For my weekly pamper routines, I like to use products that are rich in organic ingredients, safe on the skin, and most importantly have an exotic feel in them. Deyga Rose Scrub has all of that and more. Made with 100% pure, organic, real rose petals, this scrub works wonders without harming your skin.

About Deyga Rose Scrub

Exfoliating feels exquisite with this beautiful rose scrub made with real rose petals. It melts quickly on the skin and gently refines the pores while removing the dead cells to expose cleaner, fresher skin.

Benefits-

  • Cleanses the skin
  • Exfoliates it
  • Softens the skin
  • Provides a healthy glow

How to Use-

  • Wet your skin
  • Scrub over face/hands/legs/underarm or elsewhere
  • Leave it on the skin for 60 seconds to absorb
  • Rinse off

Ingredients-

Deya Rose Scrub is made up of all-natural ingredients like native rose, lotus petals, beetroot extract, semolina, aloe vera powder, and rice flour. While semolina and rice flour give the scrub a base and work as active physical exfoliants, beetroot happens to stop premature aging and reduces age spots and blemishes as it is rich in Vitamin C. Lotus petals and rose petals have skin-balancing properties which work best for controlling the sebum production of the skin. The fatty acids and proteins present in the lotus flower help keep the skin nourished. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose petals help fight the adverse effects of UV rays and it reduces the signs of aging.

Price- ₹570 for 100g (Buy from their website)

Packaging-

This scrub comes in a  transparent plastic tub with a black screw lid that closes tightly so there is no spillage. The packaging is travel-friendly because of its sturdiness. The minimalistic packaging has my heart.

Texture & Smell-

This is a DIY scrub. That means it comes in a powder form to which you have to add water, curd, or rose water according to your wish and need and make an even paste out of it. The powder is a little gritty to touch but is not abrasive on the skin. It has some woody rose notes to it which is very mild and lingers for a bit. For those who are allergic to strong smells, this would be a great fit for you as the fragrance is 100% natural.

My Experience with Deyga Rose Scrub-

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As I mentioned earlier, I have used this scrub for more than 3 months for my weekend pamper routines and I have to say it is one of my most favourite skincare products ever that too in a budget. Its au naturel ingredients, unique formulation, and minimalistic approach instantly made me fall for it. I am always up for skincare products that are rich in natural and non-toxic ingredients and are sustainable. Each and every product from Deyga’s wide range of skin and hair care products falls under the aforementioned criteria.

Coming back to Deyga Rose Scrub, I thoroughly enjoyed using this in my everyday skincare routine. The texture of the scrub is effective to scour away any impurities, blackheads, whiteheads, and dead cells from your skin without damaging or irritating the skin layer. It also effectively enhances the skin texture. I loved the fact that it did not feel harsh on the skin. It surely is a little time-consuming and creates a mess in your bathroom but it is definitely worth it. If you are also into natural and sustainable skincare products, you should definitely give this scrub a go.

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Feel free to ask me any questions regarding this post or the product. I’ll be more than happy to answer. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Parents should always take the lead in teaching basic courtesies and manners to their children. This is a must in order to ensure holistic development and growth of their little ones while also making sure that children learn how to speak, behave and respond in the outside world without ruffling unnecessary feathers in a manner of speaking! A well-behaved, cultured, and well-groomed child will always be a positive reflection on his/her parents, indicating the knowledge and grooming that he/she has received at home. At the same time, it is important to encourage children to develop a well-rounded personality and perspective. Encourage kids to make new friends and pick up social skills. They will find more friends through participation in fun activities for kids online. Yellow Class is the best place for these fun activities online where they can learn new skills, make new friends, and find an outlet for creative and imaginative expression. 

Parents should start young with their children in order to help them develop manners for a lifetime. Training can start as soon as the child starts talking and can assume more intensity with progress in age and more interaction and exposure to the outside world. Etiquette can be taught early on to children. Teach them to say thank you and please whenever they get something or ask for something respectively. When the child sits at the dining table for meals, then you can start by teaching him/her dining etiquette and manners. Children should be encouraged to go for family meals so that they understand how to behave from an early age. Teach children to be respectful and understanding at all times while being kind and patient with people as well. 

Here are some basic commandments- 

  • Etiquette or manners are always meant to show kindness or respect to others. 
  • Thank you, excuse me and please are must-haves in the etiquette dictionary. 
  • It is important to learn how to hold cutlery properly. 
  • Children should learn how to wipe their mouths properly with the help of a napkin. 
  • They should also learn to chew with their mouth closed. 
  • They should be able to introduce themselves respectfully to others and also introduce other people including their family members. 
  • They should learn how to invite people to something. 
  • They should learn to be aware of positive body language and showing the same. 
  • They should not interrupt adults while they are speaking to others. 
  • They should learn that it is bad manners to comment on anybody’s appearance. 
  • Learning how to pay compliments is also essential. 
  • Writing thank you letters is a good practice that parents may encourage. 
  • Children should learn the most important etiquette rule of all helping people who are in need. 
  • They should not call adults by their first names unless instructed by the adult in question. 
  • They should knock on doors before opening the same. 
  • They should politely answer phone calls. 
  • They should always make eye contact when speaking to someone else. 
  • They should refrain from staring or pointing in any scenario. 
  • They should cover their mouth while coughing or sneezing. 

These are some basics that children would do well to absorb and follow. 

Hi, guys! I hope you all are safe and healthy. Today’s post will be all about ethnic women suits that have made me consider going through a severe wardrobe refresh. Ethnic suits are something an Indian woman should always have in their closet, according to different seasons, occasions, and moods. Be it your anniversary, friends’ reunion or office party, ethnic pieces come in handy everywhere. They are the easiest to carry, style and accessorize. Today, in this post, I will share some of my favourite ethnic pieces, particularly Indian suits according to different occasions. 

1. Brunch with the Girl Gang

Rummaging through your wardrobe before leaving your house with a bunch of your girlfriends for brunch is unavoidable. But, unfortunately, every time we do that, we end up with ‘I don’t have anything to wear. Let me know in the comments if you agree. With this piece of a suit set, you’ll never have to worry about brunches or lunch dates or any informal day event.

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This green-coloured straight women suit set is perfect for brunch with your girls as it is 100% pure cotton and is comfortable to wear for a day full of activities. Just accessories it with black metal or oxidized jewellery and simple sandals to make it perfect.

2. Daytime Festivities

The Indian festive season is approaching, and you must decide on what to wear to each festival beforehand. One can never have enough festive wear in your closet. This peach-coloured suit set could be your choice to wear on any day during the Ganpati Utsav. You can also consider wearing this to a daytime wedding function too!

3. Stun Everyone at the Office Party

Let’s admit first; office parties are the hardest of occasions to find a dress for. It would be best if you look stylish yet sober, different but not over the top. I am sure not one piece in your wardrobe will seem to be the perfect option for an office party. So, here is something stylish, chic, modern and not too much. Consider wearing the best women suits for an occasion like this.

This elegant green silk suit with floral embroideries will make you unique and noticeable. Team it up with golden statement earrings, and you are good to go!

4. Summer Weddings

Weddings are an integral part of Indian culture. An Indian wardrobe is incomplete, with one or two shelves full of women suits suitable for weddings and related ceremonies. The best part is you can also repurpose those clothes at festivals. Weddings in summers are too hard to decide on what to wear. Indian summers are cruel; you will be sweaty and messy right after arriving at the venue. So, I would prefer to wear something comfortable and practical for humid days. 

This bright orange 3-piece suit set is made up of pure cotton, thus more accessible for your skin to breathe in the scorching heat. The multi-coloured dupatta makes it even more gorgeous and apt for a Haldi ceremony. Pair it up with gold jhumkas or any other statement earrings to amp up the overall look. 

5. Go Minimal CHIC at a Cocktail Party 

Cocktail parties are generally held in the evening, and most people prefer wearing western semi-formals. But what if you step in wearing a stunning blue chikankari suit set? You’ll bring in some fresh air to the party, and I can assure you each pair will be on you. 

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This is one of my favourite women suits, and thus it is today’s showstopper. This sleeveless chikankari suit set has a flared hemline and high side slits, making it extremely chic, modern, and classy. The powder blue colour is so unique to be a party colour, thus making you stand out in the crowd. There is chikankari work going on all over the front and back portion of the kameez while the dupatta and salwar pants are plain with some lacework in the hemline of the dupatta. 

The only thing you have to keep in mind is how you are styling a chikankari outfit. You can pair it up with dainty silver jewellery to match the overall look of the outfit. 

So, this was my list of five occasions we find very hard to decide on ethnic wear. Indian suit sets are undoubtedly the most versatile yet the most underrated clothing ever, and we should consider wearing more of those to different occasions. With the right accessories and unique styling, Indian ethnic wear is undeniably unmatched.  

Leave your valuable opinion in the comments section and let me know which of these suit sets will be your pick.

After months of exhausting summer and blazing sun, monsoon comes as a respite. However, for a lot of us, the onset of monsoon brings with it a sense of despair. If you feel so, don’t worry, it’s not just you. Many of us feel lethargic to work, go out, do our daily chores, and even eat.  In this condition, we need to cheer ourselves up, do what makes us the happiest, and enjoy the moments like they’re never going to come back. Makeup and dress-up are something that most women love and they make them cheerful. Bright, eye-popping colours can help you beat the gloomy monsoon with a feel of freshness. So, here is my list of 17 beautiful bright makeup ideas that will get you rid of the monsoon melancholy.

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This gorgeous eye makeup with eye-popping green, yellow and orange shades is the perfect daytime drama for you. All the colours bring out the brightness and keep away the monsoon blues. All you need is a matte bright eyeshadow palette to create this look.

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This look is personally my favourite. This subtle smoky eye makeup is wearable at the same time very attractive. This could a great choice for beginners as it takes very little effort to achieve this dreamy look.

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This one is again a wearable look that you can achieve even if you are a beginner. The inner corner pop of blue is noticeable in this look and it also kind of a statement trait. The use of subtle shimmery eyeshadows makes this a great choice for parties and clubbing.

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This eye makeup has a stunning burst of cool tones like pink and blue that surely complements the weather outside. It’s not just a statement look but also completely achievable. Make sure to finish the look with lots and lots of mascara so that your eyes pop a little more.

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This one again is a bewitching eye makeup with loads of reds, peaches and brown. This magical look can turn any dull day into a fairytale. It is required to keep your lips and face makeup subtle so that your eyes do all the talking!

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Who doesn’t like blue eye shadows? Not me, for sure! Blue eye makeup is like my go-to glam. Not only that, blues, turquoise, greens complement the heavy downpour and the lush greenery outside. It’s like a great contrast that instantly makes the mood. You can either use cream eyeshadow or a pigmented blue kajal to create the base and intensify the blue shade. You can follow this blue smoky eyes tutorial I uploaded long ago.

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Purples, lavenders and lilacs are in trend right now. Not only are they some of the most vibrant of colours but being cool tones they also complement the current atmosphere. The winged liner has made the eye look super chic.

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This eye makeup with a pop of bright pink shade is perfect if you like those Barbie doll eyes. The complementing sharp winged liner is a great add on to the look.

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This mustard and orange cut-crease look could be your choice if you love experimenting with your makeup. It surely is time-consuming but the end result is definitely a conversation starter. Don’t forget to finish the look with some voluminous and fluttery fake eyelashes.

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Another look with all shades cool-toned. From icy blue to matte lilac, this look has everything you need for a bright and colourful makeup look. Remember to blend your eyeshadows well to achieve the perfect finish.

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The vibrant blue reverse smoky eye is nothing but the definition of bright! This look is stunning AF if you carry it well. The razor-sharp winged eyeliner is doing great justice to the entire look. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bright makeup ideas of 2021.

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This stunning bright orange and minty green is a great combination of warm and cool. If you are eyeing something fancy, this look could be your go-to!

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A purple lover? This one is made for you! This is a nice cocktail of all shades purple. It definitely has the power to sweet out the gloominess outdoors.

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If you love to play with colours and you enjoy that little drama in your eye makeup, this is surely going to take your breath away.  I absolutely loved the mix of colours and those big bold eyelashes.

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The pop of parrot green eyeshadows in this look complements the lush greenery the monsoon has created outside. It has some sort of freshness and vividness that most of us fall for. This is also very easy to achieve and recreate.

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Again a beautiful bright fuchsia pink shade with a deep pink graphic liner that is enough to get you rid of your monsoon woes. With a lot of blending here and there and a hint of shimmer in the middle of your eyelids, makes it easy to recreate as well.

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This bold icy blue liner look is great for those who love it bolder and brighter. With multiple coats of black mascara, this look has the power to attract lots of curious glances.

Let me know which of these enticing colourful and bright makeup ideas will you be trying and why?

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The natural oil production underneath our skin is meant to make a protective layer on the skin surface. But when the production is excessive, you need to take care of that. This post could be a game-changer for you if your skincare routine has become a bit overwhelming lately. With a new product launch every week and reading about different active ingredients every alternate day, you might have already made your skincare routine complex. Trust me, you don’t need thousands of layers of skincare products every day.  Using too many skincare products may do more harm than good and it could make it even worse for you if you are using products that you have no idea about. Here comes the serious need to have a minimalist skincare routine for oily skin.

People with oily skin know how irritating it is to wake up in the morning with oil on your t-zone or slipping and sliding of your makeup during an important event or party due to the stubborn oil glands. Things get worse when it paves the way for breakouts or blackheads.  Before starting with this post, let us inspect the root cause of the skin concern i.e. oiliness.

What causes Oily skin?

Many of us have not transparent idea about the reasons behind oily skin. Without knowing the reasons we cannot combat it. We must learn the very root of the problem to get a targeted skincare routine for this specific skin condition.

There could be so many factors that cause that extra sebum on your skin. From genetics to hormonal imbalance, the reasons are quite surprising.  Here are a handful of the reasons that cause oily skin.

reason #1  Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance plays a major role in creating extra sebum. If you are a woman you know your hormones go haywires around your periods which leads to your sebaceous glands producing more oil than usual. It is known that testosterone causes overactive sebaceous glands. A higher level of testosterone can cause the overproduction of sebum. If you get occasional oiliness, there is a chance the reason is hormonal.

REASON #2  GENETICS

There is a high chance of you having oily skin if you have it in your genes. It mostly happens if one of your parents or both of them have oily skin.

Reason #3 Stress

This is as real as it is. Stress, with many other physical and mental hassles, also could be a possible reason that your skin is producing more sebum than required. Studies show that stress makes our body produce excess Cortisol, a stress hormone. A rise in the secretion of Cortisol results in breakouts and an oilier skin surface.

The problem with stress is that it becomes unmanageable even before we realize it. So, taking some time out for yourself to relax and unwind is necessary not only for our minds but also for our physical well-being. We must make it a ritual to de-stress once in a while. Here is how you can create a DIY at-home spa day for yourself.

REASON #4 Humidity

The weather plays an important role in making your skin more or less oily. Living in a humid and tropical climate can result in oily skin.

Apart from the internal reasons, there are also some external reasons for your skin to be oily or oilier. For instance-

REASON #5  Flawed Skincare Routine

Oily skin can happen if you are following one or more wrong skincare habits. The most common habits that cause overproduction of sebum are over-cleansing, under-cleansing, using alcohol-based toners, skipping moisturizers, and using wrong skincare products.

It is advised that you wash your face twice a day- in the morning and in the evening. You are also allowed to cleanse your skin after exercising to avoid extra oil build-up in the pores. Your skin naturally produces oil that is necessary to keep the skin hydrated and protected from environmental damage. If you wash or scrub your face too harshly, you might overstimulate your oil glands or irritate them which results in excessive oil production. You must use a gentle face wash, preferably soap-free, and a mild scrub to cleanse your skin. Over-cleansing or under-cleansing must lead to over-production of sebum.

Another mistake that causes oily skin is the lack of moisture in our skin. Most people with oily skin tend to skip on their moisturizer after washing their face. They believe it would make their skin oilier. But, this is far from reality. Products that are designed for oily skin strips away the natural oils from our skin. If we skip hydrating our skin, our skin actually sends signals to the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. We must moisturize our face regardless of the type of skin. One could use oil-free, water-based, and non-comedogenic moisturizers if they feel their skin is oily.

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Your oily skin can also be a result of using the wrong skincare products. Sometimes we are too busy to read through the ingredients lists while buying skincare or makeup products and end up picking products that are absolutely wrong for our skin type. An example would be products that are non-comedogenic, which means they are going to clog your pores. Clogged pores cause pimples or severe breakout which leads to heavier sebum production. So, every time you are purchasing skincare or makeup, make sure they are non-comedogenic.

We will discuss an effective yet minimalist skincare routine for oily skin towards the end of this post.

Reason #6 Imbalanced Diet

It is proven that intake of oily, fried food, or junk food makes the skin oilier. Intaking carbohydrates like white bread, sugar, and white rice in higher quantities may lead to high serum glucose levels and increased insulin levels. As a consequence, higher insulin levels elevate sebum production.

How to know you have oily skin?

The problem with many people is that they don’t understand which skin type they have. If one knows their skin type it is easier to build a skincare routine. The idea is to detect the problem first and then work on the solution. Here are a few signs that indicate you have oily skin.

  • Your facial skin will appear to be shiny.
  • You’ll experience greasy skin when you wake up in the morning and towards the end of the day.
  • No matter how much setting powder you apply, your foundation will not stick in place, especially on the t-zone.
  • You may have large pores on your chin, nose, and anywhere around your t-zone.
  • You might get occasional pimples or acne.

What does oily skin require to stay healthy?

Like any other skin type, oily skin also needs a regular CTM routine to be followed every day, am and pm. While it is essential to maintain a daily skincare routine, it is absolutely unnecessary to layer your skin up with everything available in the market. Any skin type requires basic care that is indispensable. Here is a simple yet effective minimalist skincare routine for oily skin that I have created with my own experience.

Minimalist Skincare Routine for Oily Skin You Need to Follow Right Now + Affordable product guide

S T E P  #1  C L E A N S I N G

In order to remove the extra sebum and grime accumulated on the surface of the skin and in the large pores, we must use an oil-free face wash that doesn’t clog the pores. As oily skin is often prone to acne, you must use a mild face wash (preferably, soap-free so it won’t strip off the natural oils). You can also consider using a product that has tea-tree oil as it works best for acne-prone skin.

Some of my favourites are-

S t e p  # 2  T o n i n g

A toner is used right after the cleanser. Sometimes, a cleanser alone is not enough to remove all the gunk from your skin. A toner helps pull the remainders out. It also takes care of your skin’s pH balance. When you use a cleanser, it unclogs your pores i.e. it opens the pores, a toner helps them close so that the oil production is controlled. A toner also helps hydrate the skin to some extent and it kind of prepares the skin for the next steps like the serum, acids or treatments, and moisturizer.

You must always remember that alcohol-based toners are a complete no-no! Alcohol, in the longer run, will dry out your skin and make it sensitive. We will be discussing toners and active ingredients more elaborately in another post.

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If you have oily skin, you must consider using a toner that has any of the following ingredients present in them-

  • Green Tea
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Witch Hazel
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Cucumber

Here are my favourite toners for oily skin-

S T E  P # 3  S E R U M S / A C I D S / a c t i v e s

This step is completely optional but will work great for oily, acne-prone skin if used on a regular basis. Serums are basically formulated to get absorbed into the skin more quickly and efficiently than moisturizers. People have a  misconception about using serums on oily skin. Serums could be hydrating but not greasy if you pick up the right one. Being a lightweight formula, it doesn’t sit on top of your skin or clog your pores. There are different types of serum that are meant for different skin conditions like add hydration, glow, fight the signs of aging, etc. You just have to choose one that solves your skin issues.

For people with oily/acne-prone skin, serums with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and salicylic acids are best. You can consider using apple cider vinegar too as they control sebum production and mildly exfoliates the skin.

It is best to use a serum/acid at night as it will be allowed to absorb deep into the skin well.

Hyaluronic Acid-

It is a great ingredient to include in a skincare routine for oily skin. Hyaluronic acid is a non-comedogenic substance that penetrates into the skin, without clogging the pores and hydrates the skin from within. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to retain moisture without leaving an oily residue on the surface of the skin making it a great choice for oily skin people.

Salicylic Acid-

Yet another great active ingredient for oily skin. This BHA helps remove any dark spot or pigmentation you have, be it blemishes or acne marks, and also prevents new acne and blackheads from appearing. If you are a beginner and want to start including acids into your skincare regime, you must give salicylic acid a shot as it is totally safe to use.

Niacinamide-

Another magic ingredient for oily skin is Niacinamide. It is a form of Vitamin B3 that helps regulate oil production, making it a great skincare choice for oily and combination skin types. Niacinamide also brightens up the complexion and improves the texture of the skin by minimizing your pores.

Here are my favourite serums for oily skin-

S T E  P # 4  M o i s t u r i z e r

People often make the mistake of believing that oily skin doesn’t require moisturizer. This is a popular myth that I want to bust today. Every skin type needs to moisturize their skin. Oily skin people just need to make a wiser choice while picking up a moisturizer. The best types of moisturizers for oily skin are the ones that are water-based, free from any oil, and lightweight in texture. Water and gel-based moisturizers could be a great option to go with.

Moisturizers are made to replenish and nourish your skin. Oily skin needs that treatment too. Skipping on the moisturizer can result in irritation, clogged pores, breakouts, and even an over-production of sebum. Ingredients like green tea, Vitamin E, C, and B5, Hyaluronic acid are great for oily skin, and products with petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and paraffin are to be avoided.

My favourite moisturizers for oily skin are-

S T E P  # 5  S U N S C R E E N

No daytime skincare is complete without a good sunscreen.  You stepping out in the sun without sunscreen is like you jumping into the ocean without a life jacket. Not only it will make your skin tanned but the sun and the UV rays can cause potential damage to your skin without warning. A skin without sunscreens can cause blemishes, sunspots, and/or dark spots. You must put on a good sunscreen whenever your step out of your house during the daytime no matter if the day is runny or gloomy.

Choosing the right sunscreen

When it comes to sunscreens, we all have that bitter experience where the sunscreen was either too oily for the skin, or it was so heavy that it sat on top of the skin for hours, or it made the skin dull and dark after a few hours. So, here is my guide to choosing the perfect sunscreen for oily skin-

1. Choose a sunscreen that is oil-free, water-based, and lightweight.

2. Your sunscreen must be non-comedogenic.

3. A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 35, UVA & UVB protection, and PA+++ should be your choice to avoid damaging your skin

Here are some of the sunscreens I can swear by-

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Apart from the daily skincare routine, every skin type needs a weekend pamper routine. A weekly detox, nurture for the skin results in a long-term benefit. You can treat your skin every weekend without going too crazy with the products. I would suggest using a mask and facial oils for that extra TLC for your oily skin. Here’s a guide-

  1. Face Mask for oily skin- Finding a perfect face mask for oily skin could be a hassle. Mud masks/clay masks are perfect for oily skin because they help balance the oil production and keep the skin matte while hydrating it. I would suggest you go for homemade masks rather than splurging on the trending chemical masks. You can use either Multani mitti, lemon, or yogurt in your masks.
  2. Facial Oils- We have a general notion that facial oils are for dry skin and they make the skin appear oilier. That is so untrue. I have a personal experience of using facial oils on my face during summer and it was absolutely suitable for my combination of oily skin. Facial oils are great for oily skin too if you choose the right oils. Oils like Jojoba, Squalane, Marula, Argan, Rosehip are great for your skin. They have smaller molecular sizes so they are light in texture and absorbs quickly into the skin without making it greasy. These oils are also non-comedogenic so that adds up to the benefits.

So, that was it for this post. I hope this helps you create your perfect minimalist skincare routine that is easy to follow on a daily basis. Let me know what is your daily skincare routine. If you have any queries, leave them in the comments. Will see you with a new post. Until then, take care and be safe!

Strapless dresses, halter tops, backless clothes, ultra mini-skirts, cut-outs, and other barely-there clothing pieces seem to take a considerable slice of the fashion pie these days. Whether it is fast fashion or a couture creation, you can expect to see a lot of skin-baring clothes that may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

If you’re a fan of modest fashion – long dresses, covered skin, and conservative cuts – you don’t need to fret. You can still express your individuality through unique creations, and this can be seen in African tribal clothing, funky streetwear, and other fashionable garments.

Avant-Modern Is Amazing

Being modest in your choice of clothes doesn’t mean you only wear boring designs or styles. Modesty is not equivalent to mediocrity when it comes to fashion. Whether your modest inclinations stem from cultural, religious, or personal preferences, there is a whole world of stylish options that you can choose from. Modest fashion should not limit you from expressing your personality.

Fortunately, some innovative designers create clothes that are fashion-forward yet retain a certain sophistication and grace. These are Avant-modern creations that allow you to show your true fashionista colors while staying within the boundaries of modesty.

If you are a fan of modest fashion but are running out of styling ideas for wearing long dresses, robes, or similar clothing styles, then here’s a treat for you. There is certainly a way to spice up a traditional abaya, burqa, or sari.

Read on and find out how you can wear them for almost any season or occasion. Whether you are going to a casual get-together with friends or off to enjoy a carefree time at the best theme parks in the world, there are modest creations with a twist that you can don. Here are some tips that will help your individuality shine through while you stay covered up:

1.         Accentuate with Accessories

Give some flavor to an otherwise bland ensemble by adding accessories to the mix. Add zest with a pair of gold, extra-large Fulani earrings or a bejeweled necklace to a plain dress. How about a stack of beaded bracelets on one arm or a statement ring on one (or more than one) finger?

Breathe some life into your modest wardrobe by choosing accessories that will highlight your best assets. Adding a belt to cinch your waist can already speak volumes when it is added to a white bisht, for example.

How to Rock Modest Frocks/ Modern Stylish Bisht/ Modern Stylish Islamic clothes How to Rock Modest Frocks/ Modern Stylish Bisht/ Modern Stylish Islamic clothes

You also can use cosmetics and make-up to add pizzazz to your outfit. Even your hairstyle can add to the overall look. Go for what is most comfortable for you while still evoking a magnetic charm that will match the vibe of your attire. Turbans, bandanas, wide-brimmed hats, or statement hairpieces can also help enhance your look. Just choose one or two pieces to make a statement to avoid looking like a walking accessory kiosk.

Another way is to jazz up your modest look is to add a cropped denim jacket with Afrocentric designs. For more formal occasions, a jacket with long, embroidered lace sleeves can add glamor to your get-up.

2.         Play with Colors, Patterns, and Textures

Cover up in style by playing with colors, patterns, and textures. These elements can seriously dial up the visual volume of any outfit, whether you are wearing it for a stroll on the boulevard or for outdoor cocktails.

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Splash some color onto your outfit by choosing a frock with tribal patterns or designs. There are abayas, bishts, and seqs that have embellishments on them which will surely make a fashion statement. Beads, embroidery, ribbons, and sequins are just some of the elements you can look at when curating an avant-modest wardrobe.

Combining textures can also add drama to your dress, such as denim and tulle. Lace cuffs or daintily embroidered hems paired with cotton, denim, or linen can also give an exciting twist to your outfit.

3. Experiment with Footwear

Another element that can elevate the look of a modest outfit is fabulous footwear. A pair of chunky gold wedges can turn heads when worn with a sequined denim bisht. If you are aiming for a comfy and carefree look, white sneakers pair well with light-colored or white dresses. Complete the look with a colorful Afro retro robe, and you are ready to wow the world.

Other footwear you can consider wearing with your ankle- or floor-length garments are laced-up sandals, strappy heels, ballet flats, or espadrilles.

Fun, Fierce, and Fabulous Fashion

Covering up should not need to mean that you also hide your individuality. You have choices in avant-modest fashions that can be seen in Afro-retro styles, tribal clothing, and other distinctively original designs that take your preferences for modesty in mind. From stylish seqs to beautiful bishts, there is a long list of options that you can wear.

Showing your fun, fierce, and fabulous side does not mean revealing a whole swathe of skin. Sometimes, it takes creative imagination and a healthy dose of confidence to sashay down the streets in modest yet magnificent style.


This is a guest post, written by Feiruza Mudessir.

AUTHOR BIO

Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age. This has become the trademark of her designs for Finchitua today. With her unique style standpoint, she served the VIP Color Forecast Panel 2017 for Al Jazeera Paints Company and VIP Color Forecast Panel 2019 for Asian Paints Berger. Ms. Mudessir is a shortlisted nominee for the prestigious Fashion Scout London 2018.

 

 

 

Ayurveda is an ancient science consisting of medicinal studies about the various healing benefits of natural ingredients. Experts have been using it for centuries. In today’s modern world, the scientific support provided by multiple researchers has just encouraged many more people to take an ayurvedic approach to treat health issues. As for the most used and well-known natural ingredients in the field, Yashtimadhu is a herb that is among the best ones. 

Yashtimadhu is a sweet-tasting herb more widely known as licorice. Its botanical name is Glycyrrhiza Glabra, and it is used all over the world for its many medicinal properties, especially when it comes to hair health. You can use Yashtimadhu in oil or powder form with honey, and regular consumption in the recommended amount of dosages can change your hair game forever. Ayurvedic experts have proved the multiple benefits of this herb regarding hair health, and if you’re someone who has many hair problems, Yashtimadhu just might be your key to healthier hair. Here are the different ways in which Yashtimadhu can benefit your hair-

Benefits Of Adding Yashtimadhu To Your Hair Care Routine

Soothes Scalp Infections:

Yashtimadhu is inherently full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties effective at soothing the scalp. It reduces harmful effects of dust particles and free radicals that can cause itchiness, scalp irritation, swelling, dandruff, etc.

Boosts Hair Regrowth:

This Ayurvedic herb increases the blood circulation in your body, in turn, increases the supply of fresh blood to the scalp. This provides a sufficient supply of nutrients to your scalp and helps in the regeneration of cells that help stronger, healthier hair regrows.

Improves Hair Quality:

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Yashtimadhu have soothing effects on your scalp. Deep nourishment and rejuvenation of hair follicles provided by this herb improve hair elasticity, reduce thinning of hair, get rid of problems like dull, lifeless hair, split ends, etc., to give you softer, stronger hair.

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Reduces Hair Fall:

The hair growth-enhancing properties of Yashtimadhu play a role in reducing hair fall. Since it helps strengthen hair strands from the root and provide better nourishment to the scalp, Yashtimadhu dramatically reduces hair fall with regular usage. It helps you have more robust, thicker hair with better roots that don’t break off easily.

Prevents Premature Balding and Greying of Hair:

Multiple reasons like genetics, stress and more are the reasons for premature balding and greying of hair in young people. Yashtimadhu has properties that can help you combat this. It encourages your hair follicles to offer more coverage and regrow over a larger space. It is also a widely used ingredient in hair dyes as it helps stop the spread of white hair. Yashtimadhu is full of flavonoids and phytoestrogens that increase pigment production and give your hair its natural black colour.

Using such herbs has proved helpful to countless people over the years, and you can take advantage of it as there are hardly any significant side effects involved. Learn more about the uses of Yashtimadhu from Traya, a one-stop-destination with helpful information for better health.

 

Time and again, I have shared in my blog that skincare is not just a routine for me, it is a therapy. When it comes to choosing the right product with the right ingredients, I never forget to research what I am using on my skin, and I believe it is very important we all do so.  Recently, the ingredients my skin has been loving are Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid and I made sure I use the best. ITC Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C range is what I have opted for recently and I am going to share my personal experience with the Vitamin C face wash, hand cream, and face serum.

Before starting off with the review, I wanted to let you all know that I have been using these products for a couple of weeks and only then I am able to tell you if these products have worked for me or not. It is completely up to you if you want to spend your money reading this review or you want to do more research before that. I always recommend you guys to do your research well before you invest in any product.

Coming back to the review, Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C Range has been launched recently by the brand and it consists of three products- Deep Radiance Face Wash, Deep Radiance Hand Cream & Deep Radiance Face Serum. This range is packed with three extremely potent ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Salicylic Acid. Together these products will make your skin radiant and youthful, hydrated, soft and supple to touch, and will revitalize the skin by removing signs of fatigue and dullness.

Now, let’s get into individual product reviews-

Charmis Deep Radiance Face Wash

Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C Face Wash review

Price- Rs 180 for 150ml

Formula & Efficacy- Formulated with Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid & Salicylic Acid, this face washes deeply cleanses the skin and removes extra oil and dirt from the skin. Vitamin C, an extremely potent antioxidant provides radiance to the skin making it look youthful & nourished. Hyaluronic acid provides great hydration to the skin and retains that moisture for a long period of time.  Salicylic acid does a great job of gently exfoliating your skin and at the same time keeps acne at bay. This facewash washes away 99.9% acne-causing bacteria. Despite the deep cleansing and high foaming, this does not strip away the natural oils from your skin. Rather, it keeps the skin hydrated even after the wash.

Texture, Colour & Smell- The texture of the deep radiance face wash is like a pinkish gel that foams up so much once you work it on to your face. One thing I like so much about this product is that a little of it goes a long way. Even the tiniest amount lathers well to cover your entire face and neck.  The fragrance of this is quite mild and refreshing and not at all overpowering.

Charmis Deep Radiance Face Serum

Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C Face Serum Review

Price- Rs 210 for 30ml

Formula & Efficacy- Applying a facial serum is a step that I have started loving recently. The deep radiance face serum is claimed to penetrate 15 layers deep into the skin and delivers the active ingredients directly into the skin. Regular use of this product helps remove dullness from the face, add a brightening effect, and hydrates the skin.  The non-sticky formula helps it get absorbed into the skin quickly and completely without making the skin greasy at all. Although it is suitable for all skin tones, I recommend dry skin people apply a moisturizer afterward and oily skin people leave it as it is.

Texture & Smell- The texture of this serum is quite runny, but it gets absorbed by the skin in no time. It is extremely lightweight so even if you use this in the morning, you don’t feel heaviness on the skin. This has a soothing aroma that lingers for quite some time post-application. The fragrance, like the others in this range, is not overpowering at all.

Charmis Deep Radiance Hand Cream

Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C Hand Cream Review

Price- Rs 180 for 150ml

Taking care of our hands has been a matter of great importance after the Covid-19 broke out. The use of hand sanitizers and hand washes have increased substantially which caused the occurrence of dehydration and roughness in the hands. This issue has also increased the sales of hand creams in the market. People are now aware of taking care of their hands also.

Packaging, Formula & Efficacy- Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C hand cream comes in a compact packaging that is easy to travel with and is completely spill-proof. This product does not only deeply nourish your hands but also protects them from 99.9% of bacteria that come in contact. This again is packed with the goodness of Vitamin C that fights the signs of aging, because as interesting as it might sound, our hands are one of the first body parts that show signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid holds in the hydration which is really important because our hands endure a lot during the day.

The formula is very lightweight and non-greasy without compromising on hydrating power. I really like this fact about this hand cream because I do not like the idea of moisturized hands that cannot hold a pen.

Texture & Smell- The texture of this deep radiance hand cream is soft and lightweight like how a hand cream should be. It is soft and easy to blend into the skin. It also gets absorbed well leaving no stickiness behind. The smell is a refreshing floral fragrance that is quite similar to that of the entire range.

Here are a few pointers that make the Charmis Deep Radiance range worth a try-

  • Chic pink and white packaging
  • Sturdy and safe to travel with
  • Easy availability
  • Reasonably priced
  • Loaded with the benefits of Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid
  • Shows effects after a couple of weeks of religious use.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Mild, refreshing fragrance that lingers for a decent amount of time without giving you headaches.
  • A trusted brand that is known for its quality and budget-friendliness
  • Suitable for all skin types

I would highly recommend the Charmis Deep Radiance Vitamin C Skincare range if you are looking for an affordable yet effective range of skincare products that will remove any dullness from your skin.

 

 

On one hand, you could spend a whole lifetime learning how to properly (and thoroughly) look after your hair. On the other hand, you could opt to listen to those who have spent their lives studying it and quickly benefit from their knowledge.

If the latter option sounds more optimal to you, read on for four essential tips that the hair experts want you to know.

1. Simplify your daily routine.

One of the easiest ways to simplify your daily hair care routine is by reducing the washing frequency and opting to use dry shampoo. At night, apply the dry shampoo from your roots to the ends of your hair and then sleep with it in a bun. When you wake up the following day, you will find yourself with bouncy, voluminous hair that lasts another whole day. Dry shampoo is also beneficial if you accidentally apply too much product to your hair, as it will soak it all up.

Alternatively, if you are looking to refresh yesterday’s curls, use your hairdryer on the cold setting and blow it from side to side. While you blow-dry, swing your hair with your fingers to restore the curls. Or, if you want to reactivate yesterday’s product, spritz your hair with a bit of water to avoid having to weigh your hair down with more products.

Weekly deep-conditioning treatments are effective at keeping hair vibrant and shiny, particularly if your hair is colored. Other hair products can significantly help you when you are styling your hair and if you need to protect it from heat.

2. Don’t wait too long for a trim.

Even if you are looking to grow your hair, you still want to be getting regular trims as you want to ensure you are vigilant when it comes to removing damage and split ends. Otherwise, split ends can end up affecting the entire length of your hair, leaving your strands incredibly weak.

Rather than spacing out your appointments and only going when you are getting a significant cut, it is best to go more frequently and only have a little bit cut each time. This is the most beneficial way to maintain your hairstyle and hair health. While every individual has different hair needs, a reasonable average time frame between cuts is three months. Even if you are growing out your hair, you should be looking to get a trim that’s between a quarter to half an inch every 12 weeks.

Essential Tips the Hair Experts Want You to Know

In between your cuts, keep your hair healthy by taking supplements (such as fish oil, Biotin or Viviscal) and using a hydrating, scalp-friendly shampoo.

3. Invest in Brazilian blowout treatments.

There is no better solution for those who have frizzy, damaged, or processed hair than a Brazilian blowout treatment. As the leading professional smoothing treatment, a Brazilian blowout will not only improve your hair’s health and overall shine but also maintain its natural texture. Also, this treatment is fantastic at smoothing hair strands, eliminating frizz, and reducing fly-aways.

 

When you get a Brazilian blowout, the product added seals your hair shafts with a super nutrient complex that locks out humidity. This, in turn, helps to keep your hair frizz-free, shiny, and easily manageable. It is generally suggested that you receive a Brazilian blowout every few months to ensure your hair maintains its health and strength.

No matter what hair type you have, you can benefit from a Brazilian blowout. For example, if you have wavy hair, then post-Brazilian blowout, you will have hair that looks naturally straight. Similarly, if you have frizz, then this treatment will eliminate the frizz and boost the shine. Alternatively, for those with curly hair, the treatment will eradicate any frizz while enhancing your hair’s natural wave or curl.

4. Utilize oil and serums in your routine.

One of the most common issues that individuals have when it comes to their hair is that the strands are so dry. There are many reasons why hair becomes too dry, whether because you have regular color treatments, use heat tools or have frequent exposure to the sun, chlorine, and saltwater. This is where oil and serums come in, as they can help you to ensure that your hair is well-nourished and suitably conditioned.

Hair serums add a protective layer over your hair strands, which increases their shine and smoothness while also stopping them from getting tangled. Serums are also able to provide necessary protection against moisture. When you find a suitable product for your hair type, you will find that it works on issues such as repairing hair damage and shielding your hair from pollutants.

On the other hand, hair oils are treatments that soak into your strands, lubricate and condition them and then nourish them with fatty acids to improve their health. Every hair type can benefit from using hair oil as these products work to treat various hair issues such as breakage, dryness, frizzing, and split ends.

For example, you can mix your hair oil with a texturizing spray to prevent the hair from becoming dull. All you have to do is place a couple of drops of hair oil in your palms and then comb it through your strands.

Final Thoughts

In addition to properly maintaining your hair and using the right products for your hair type, the most important thing you can do for your hair’s health is to work with hair experts at the best salons in Dubai (or wherever you reside).

Working with the best hair experts in your city is essential to maintaining your hair’s health, as they will be able to advise you on additional steps you may want to take and specific products or treatments that will benefit you. Having this type of personalized care is key to finding the style and routine that works for you and your hair type.

What are the best hair care tips you have ever received? Do you follow these listed here, or do you have other ones to add to the list? Let us know your thoughts and any hair-related plans you have this month in the comments below!

 

 

 

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