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A Complete Guide to a Winning Interview Outfit

Job Interview Attire Basics

A job interview is your first step into the real world. We know you already have a lot of doubts and apprehensions. On top of this, you must have been told by your friends and family that in an interview, “first impression is the best impression.”

Before your anxiety hits the roof, let us tell you that looking your best in an interview is not as hard as you think it is. All you need is a little bit of preparation and lots of confidence.

To increase your interview success rate, we compiled here a list of rules and outfit ideas to nail that first interview. Let’s take a look at them:

Basic tips for a winning interview outfit/attire:

Winning Interview Outfit Tip #1: Choose your tone based on the company

  • Your look must be optimized based on the type of post and the company you are aiming for. Every company has a voice and work culture.
  • If your target company is conservative, stick to a classic, dark, two-piece suit in black or navy blue. You can complement a dark suit with a soft-hued blouse and matching accessories.
  • If it is a more casual tech company/ start-up, you can walk in a little more casually, without looking unkempt.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#2: Stay organized

  • You can carry a leather purse or briefcase to keep all your files and other necessities sorted and accessible. You wouldn’t want to fumble in your file when asked to produce a document. So, stay organized.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#3: Don’t overdo your makeup

  • Though you want to look your best, wearing too much makeup is an instant turn-off. Make sure that you keep your makeup minimal. Choose tones closest to your natural skin color. Don’t use bold red or maroon lip color. Using water-proof eye makeup is a good idea, to avoid smudging.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#4: Check your nails

  • Manicure your nails and use a neutral polish. Using bright shades like blue or orange can prove to be too loud and distracting.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#5: Do your hair

  • Stick to a simple hair style and neatly pin your tresses so that they don’t fall over your face. Your interviewer might find it annoying if you have to keep pushing your hair off your eyes.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#6: Wear clean and polished shoes

  • Pick a pair of shoes based on your level of comfort with heels. You wouldn’t want to struggle with stilettos just because they are stylish.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#7: Keep the bling minimal

  • Hanging earrings and shiny bracelets are an absolute no-no. Too much bling can distract your interviewer from what you have to say, and we know you don’t want this. A conservative watch with simple link or leather band is a good option.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#8: Be prepared

  • Carry a black or neutral colored trench coat, to stay prepared for inclement weather.

Winning Interview Outfit Tip#9: Don’t choose the wrong size

  • Don’t choose extremely form fitting garments. They are both uncomfortable, and unpleasant to look at.

How to select your interview outfit based on the job?

Like we mentioned above, the tone of your outfit must be based on the culture and tone of your target company and the role you are applying for. The idea is to look stylish without making too loud a statement. The outfit you choose must be reflective of your personality. So, be yourself. Let’s take a look at a few guidelines and outfit ideas to help you do the same:

  • For a start-up/ tech company: If you are aiming for a trendy and casual software/tech start-up, chances are your two-piece suit will make you look over-dressed. A start-up environment is likely to be more laid-back. So, the trick is to choose an outfit that is not too sloppy, but still casual. A set of trim trousers, a semi-formal blouse or sweater top, and closed-toed flat shoes luxe backpack make a winner!
  • For the role an executive: For the role of a personal assistant or an executive, you need to look like you mean business without being too loud. You can wear a pair of culottes or other loose-fitting trousers, a silk blouse, and an embellished jacket. A pair of platform heels blends perfectly with this look.
  • For the role of a teacher: Though you don’t have to wear a complete suit, this role calls for a level of sophistication. You can wear a knee-length pleated or pencil skirt, a matching blouse, cardigan/ blazer, and a pair of flats. A classic timepiece perfectly complements this look.
  • For the role of a fashion designer: This is the time that calls for all your sense for fashion. You would want a look that perfectly conveys your sense of style, but is still not too loud. Go for a sleek suit and pair it with suave accessories. You can also carry a statement tote bag, and stylish stilettos.
  • For the role of a manager: The role of a manager calls for an outfit that shows people you are in control. You can choose a pretty patterned blouse, a skirt or trim, form-fitting trousers, and a pair of stilettos. Now’s the time to go for that sleek steel watch. A briefcase perfectly complements this look.
  • For a creative role: A creative role such as that of a graphic designer or copywriter calls for a look that perfectly resonates with your personality. You can try something funky but not too unusual like a flowy tunic and wide-legged trousers. Pair this look with a pair of platform heels and you have a winner. Get original with your accessories here.
  • For the corporate role: Let people know you are in full control by donning a classic tailored-to-fit suit, a pair of peep toes or kitten heels and a top-handle bag. You make this unique by pairing the suit with a sleek, patterned shirt and a neat timepiece. The idea is to stand out from the group and still blend in.

Final thoughts before winding up:

  • Ideal color palette: Select shades from the pastel or earthy color palettes. These are eye-pleasing as they are not too bright. They’ll give you a look of sophistication and will help you stand out from the crowd without drawing too much attention.
  • If you are unsure about the work culture and norms in your target company, play it safe by sticking to a classic, well-tailored suit.
  • Make sure that your clothes are properly pressed to ensure crisp cuffs, collar, and plackets.
  • The bag and other accessories you choose have to be neat, sleek and sophisticated. A leather briefcase/ top handle bag in brown or black is a good choice. Select your belt to match with your leather bag for a more coordinated look.
  • Patterns to choose: Choose simple, eye-pleasing patterns that best complement your outfit. If you are wearing a business suit, selecting a patterned shirt with large polka dots is a ready turn-off. So choose a pattern that matches your style and is still not too loud. Close pinstripes go well with your formal suit.

You can experiment with neat and simple floral patterns if you are applying for a creative position. Make sure that your style represents who you are.

There you go! You now know everything there is to know about nailing your interview outfit. Remember that you are aiming at looking your best self. Your attire may not land you that first job/internship, but it sure is going to speak volumes about your style and personality.

Whatever you choose to wear, without a generous dusting of confidence, it’s likely to get you nowhere.  So broaden your shoulders and walk a few inches taller than normal. It’s your day, and we know you will make the most out of it. Break a leg!

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Everything You Need to Know About Color Correction

Everything You Need to Know About Color Correction

We all want beautiful, flawless skin, but we also don’t want to look like we put on a lot of makeup. If you too are looking for a way to cut down on the foundation and still look stunning, you might want to learn about this new trend of color correction.

What is color correction?

It is a method of concealing flaws in the skin tone, such as sores, redness, acne, puffiness, under eye circles, etc., by using a primer of a contrasting/neutralizing tone. This is basically a method of camouflaging flaws in the skin and giving it a smooth and even look.

Who should use Color Correction?

You should use color correction if you have any skin imperfections like acne, sallowness, redness, breakage, or dark circles. Color correction can help you fake a flawless skin without the need of a lot of foundation. This gives you a more natural-looking, flawless skin. The color corrector is used as a primer, without affecting the rest of your makeup.

The key to color correction is identifying what you are trying to neutralize. For example, if you have dark circles, you can use a peach concealer to remove the blue/purplish areas. Yellow can be used to add warmth to your complexion. Blue shades give you a cooler skin tone. Pink is a great option for hyper-pigmentation. Shades like purple and lavender can be used to cancel dullness and to give you a brighter look. Green is used to conceal acne.

How does it work?

Though using unusual shades like green might seem counter-intuitive, you must understand that the idea is to cancel out flaws in the skin using contrasting pigments. Green lies opposite to red in the color chart, and therefore effectively cancels out the redness of your skin.

Remember that you are using color correcting primers to neutralize underlying skin shades, but not to conceal your imperfections. So, you need to dab rather than blend. You can use a concealer on top, if you have to.

The Colour chart

Makeup Color Chart

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Did ever hear anyone say that makeup is an art form?

Well, it essential is. Except, the canvas here is your own body. You must be just as imaginative and inventive with your makeup as you are with your paints and brushes, for good results.

If you remember your art lessons from school, you will recollect a basic color wheel that has contrasting colors in opposite places. These colors can cancel each other out. For example, yellow lies opposite violet/purple and green lies opposite red. These color can therefore, cancel out the effects of one another.

A good picture of the color wheel is all you need to understand which color concealer to pick for which skin condition. To better help you master the color correction art, let’s take a close look at which colored primers to use when.

The colors

  1. Green Concealers: As we learnt earlier, the green concealer is used to neutralize red color. This range of concealers have the following uses:
  • Green concealers are a great choice to get rid of any redness on your face.
  • If you have acne spots or other red blemishes like zits and scars, use a green concealer to remove the redness.
  • In case of more widespread redness, as in case of a sunburn, use a green color correcting primer to significantly reduce the redness. This can later be topped with a layer of foundation to get a flawless, even skin tone.
Green Concealers

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  1. Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers: Purple is directly opposite to yellow on the color wheel. So the primers of this color are best suited to eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones of your skin. They have the below uses:
  • To remove pasty, dull, yellow complexion and to give your skin an ethereal glow.
  • To remove yellow undertones from your face, you can use a purple color-correcting primer.
  • A purple/lavender spot concealer can be used to hide yellow spots on your face.
  • Sallowness and hyper-pigmentation spots can be concealed using a lavender spot concealer.

Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers Clinique

  1. Pink Concealers: Peach or salmon coloured concealers fall in this group. The shades in this group (red, orange, and yellow) are opposite to blue, green, or purple hues. They have the following uses:
  • To conceal under-eye dark circles.
  • To mask the signs of fatigue.
  • They act as brightening agents and can be used to conceal sallowness of skin and any greenish/olive undertones.
  1. Yellow concealers: Yellow lies opposite to purple in the color wheel. The concealers of this shade have the following uses:
  • To remove purple or blue bruises, and under eye circle.
  • They are commonly used to even out the skin and to form a bright foundation.
  • If you are already light skinned, they can also be used to deepen your skin tone.
  • If you are looking for a handy alternative to eye primer, use a yellow concealer as your eye shadow base.
  1. Orange Concealers: Orange concealers are a good option if you have a darker skin tone. They can be used to conceal blemishes and spots on the skin. Under eye circles can also be removed using orange shades. Your orange concealer also doubles up as a liquid bronzer in face contouring.
  1. White Concealers: Using white concealers can be tricky, as their over use can give your skin an over-done, powdery, or pale appearance. When used in moderation, they have the following uses:
  • As highlighting as contouring tools, to highlight areas of your face.
  • White concealers can be used on the inner and outer corner of your eyes to appear more awake.
  • They can also be used under the brow bone to highlight your brow.
  • You can use it on your cupid bow and along the middle of your nose, to get a perfectly contoured appearance.
  • You can also use it while highlighting your cheek bones, on your upper cheek bones.    
  1. Neutral concealers: These shades are a good option for those of you without too many skin problems or blemishes. Choose a shade closest to your skin tone to hide any occasional spots or pimples. You can also use it as a primer to make your lipstick last for a longer time.

Which concealers can be used?

For those of you unsure of which brand of concealers to use, the following list is a good place to start:

  • Make Up For-ever Camouflage cream: It comes as a palette of five shades, which allows you to custom blend. It has a smooth cream-like consistency which is perfect for concealing blemishes. Just dab a little bit of the concealer on the blemish you wish to conceal.
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector: This is peach colored with gel-like consistency. It is best for concealing under eye dark circles as it glides easily and does not form cakes. If you do not have a habit of using foundation, select a color closest to your natural skin tone.
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer: This is similar to Bobbi brown concealer in consistency, but is slightly more pigmented. So, it serves well to conceal under eye darkness or blueness.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This is liquid in consistency and comes in a tube with a wand for application. It’s easy to use and smoothly blends into the skin. It is available in six shades and is best for concealing spots or under eye dark circles. Choose a shade based on your requirement.
  • Mac Studio Finish Concealer: This is also a blemish concealer which comes in a thick, creamy consistency. The best part is that it comes in little easy-to-carry pots, ideal for traveling.

There! You now know everything there is to know about color correction. Replace your mono-chrome foundations with colored concealers, based on your need and skin tone. You will never have to be afraid of that nasty pimple again!

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Everything You Need to Pack for Your Beach Trip

Beach Vacation Packing Checklist

Excited about that exotic beach trip you have been dreaming about?

Spectacular sun sets, warm sun baths and lots of fun, we know you are fully prepared for all this. But are you prepared to look your best?

Let us save you from the frenzy of last minute packing with this thorough beach packing checklist. Just remember to pack everything you need at least a day in advance and you are good to go!

Quick Beach Vacation Packing Checklist:

  • Swim suits
  • A printed blue chiffon maxi dress
  • 2/3 pairs of shorts. You can show a variety here by choosing denims and crochets
  • 3 T-shirts
  • A pair of white denims
  • Denim jackets- beige and blue
  • A pair of periwinkle blue pants
  • White cotton shirts
  • 2 tank tops
  • A light sweater (this depends on the weather in your destination)
  • Tunics/sundresses that serve as cover ups by day and as going out dresses by night
  • Sunglasses
  • A pair of flip-flops
  • A pair of wedges
  • Trendy necklaces that are classy and fun
  • Gold hoop earrings
  • Other accessories to complement your outfits
  • Hair ties
  • Scarves- light silk, pashmina and cotton. Fun floral pattern and vibrant colors add more fun to your look. You can pair them with light colored cotton shirts and tunics.
  • A foldable hat
  • A clutch for the evening. This can be a sparkly addition to your evening dress.

Lets go and check the detailed checklist with some Fashion Tips and Tricks for the Beach.

Beach Vacation Packing Checklist #1: Clothes

The thumb rule to packing your clothes is ‘don’t pack anything you won’t wear’. It is easy to get carried away while packing, but packing light makes your trip a lot smoother and mess-free. Remember to pack the following to make a perfect style statement:

  • Select clothes of light or neutral shades. Fun, vibrant shades like oranges, yellows and blues go perfectly with the beach scene. Don’t opt for dull, sober shades.
  • If you don’t want to look flashy, you can choose neutral shades that are eye-pleasing like turquoise, peach, and cream. Remember that beach is a great place to don your floral patterns.
  • Another thumb rule to remember is to ‘pack based on occasion’. What you pack changes based on who you are going with and what you plan on doing. If you are going out on a fun trip with your friends, your style would be a lot different from when you are going on a business trip to the beach.
  • Make sure that you pack comfortable clothes if you are planning to go surfing or motor biking.
  • Don’t carry clothes that are tough to maintain. They spoil the fun.
  • To make your job easier, we put together the following beach looks to guide you:
    1. Pair a printed chiffon maxi dress in blue and white with a pair of blue wedges and a matching handbag. To make sure that your dress keeps the beachy essence intact, select thin fabrics like chiffon and a fun print. Tell us if you don’t turn some heads with your beautiful maxi dancing in the wind!
    2. A periwinkle blue pant paired with a white cotton shirt. To give the look a fun twist, you can pair it with some sparkly accessories.

      Blue Beach Pants

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    3. A bright neon tank top with pink short. This look is funky and makes a perfect choice if you are going out with your girlfriends. right neon tank top with pink short
    4. A white denim paired with a casual yellow tee. This look can be give an extra edge by pairing it with a denim jacket. A pair of leopard-printed shoes perfectly complement this outfit.Blue jeans and Denim jacket
    5. Crochet shorts with a matching tee. You can pair this look with a beige denim jacket and pair of flats.Crochet shorts with a matching tee

Beach Vacation Packing Checklist #2: Beach makeup essentials

  • It goes without saying that you need a good quality sunscreen lotion. Spending time directly in the sun can lead to tanning and other skin problems.
  • To give your skin a bronzer-like finish, use a water-proof liquid foundation which is a few shades darker than your skin tone.
  • Use a blush that is close to your skin tone. You can use peach or tan shades.
  • Use a lipstick color closest to the natural color of your lips.
  • Use a lip balm with sun protection (SPF 15).
  • Make sure that the mascara you carry is water proof.
  • You can smudge your eyeliner around the edges to get a smoky hot effect.

Beach Vacation Packing Checklist #3: Beach Footwear

While packing your shoes for the trip, remember that you need to keep your bag light. Don’t pack everything you see just because you want to match your outfits with your footwear. The trick is to keep it minimal and complete.

Another important thing to remember here is that you are going to walk around on a new terrain on the beach. You want to keep yourself comfortable without having to compromise with your look. Here are a bunch of things to choose from:

·         Flat Sandals and Thong Flats: Flat sandals and thong flats come in cheerful colours and sparkly design. They are comfortable and stylish additions to your shorts, breezy maxis, summer dresses and tunics that wear on top of your swim suits.

·         Gladiator Sandals: Gladiator sandals are another stylish and comfortable footwear option ideal for a beach look. You can wear them with floor-length maxi dresses and skirts, as well as mini ones and shorts.

·         Flip Flops: Flip flops are closely associated with beach look. They come in a variety of colours and funky prints. They look relaxed and classy both while walking on the sandy beach and off the shore. They are especially a good option, when you quite often lack time and have to put on something hurriedly before going out to the beach. They are ideal to make a carefree, no nonsense statement.

·         Ballerina Flats, Moccasins, Sneakers and Other Lightweight Flat Summer Shoes: Moccasins, ballerina flats, sneakers or other flat shoes will look amazing with Capri pants, shorts, casual skirts and summer dresses that you wear to the beach. You can experiment with the colours and styles of the shoes to get a glamorous makeover for a fun beach party or a classy yacht ride.

Beach Vacation Packing Checklist #4: Other stuff:

In addition to your clothes, accessories, and footwear, you’ll need the following:

  • A nice tote bag that complements your beach look
  • Travel size toiletries: Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, hair gel, hair dryer, deodorant and everything else you need.
  • Stain remover wipes
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Medicines
  • Your prescription: You might have to refill your stock if you stay longer than planned. So it is a good idea to carry this in your tote.
  • A good beach book
  • Your gadgets. Don’t forget your charging equipment.

Remember that when it comes to the packing, you are the expert. You know your needs best, so follow this guide to pack in everything you think you will absolutely need. The trick is to carry as little as possible while managing to look and feel your best. Make the most of your lovely beach holiday with a fully equipped tote bag.

Beat some heat!

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11 Trendy Ways to Wear a Scarf

11 Trendy Ways to Wear a Scarf

Are you looking for a fun and trendy way to shield yourself from the wrath of the angry summer sun?

Need a cosy and stylish accessory to perfectly complement your new winter outfit?

Searching for a suave add-on to go with your brand new spring outfit?

Whatever be your fashion qualm, scarves can solve it hands down. This humble piece of clothing has been a reliable companion for women and men alike, in the bid to find fashionable protection from the ever-changing weather.

When worn the right way, a scarf is all you need to give your boring, old outfits an exciting new twist.  However, finding your perfect new scarf and learning the many ways to wear it may prove to be quite an adventure. Worry not.

Here’s our quick scarf-o-pedia to guide you through your adventure:

Is there more than one type of scarf?

The answer, obviously, is yes. But do you know how many different types of scarves there are? Let us help you with that one.

You can sort your neck-wraps based on their shape and the material they are made of.

Types of scarves based on shape:

Scarves come in three basic shapes: square, rectangle/oblong, and triangle. No, that’s not all. The many stacks of scarves that you see in shops are variations of these basic shapes. Here’s how you identify each:

Bandana Scarf: This is generally triangular in shape, but a square scarf folded to form a triangle is also used as a bandana. It is made either of cotton or silk and is worn around one’s head, neck or as a ponytail wrap.

bandana scarf

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Infinity Scarf: This is a type of scarf worn around the neck, which wraps around it with neither a beginning nor an end. It’s made of cotton, acrylic, cashmere and a variety of other fabrics.

Infinity Scarf

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Head Scarf: This is the one you observe most often and is worn by women around their heads. It can be made out of light fabric for summers, or wool for winters.

Shemagh Scarf: Also known as Keffiyeh scarf, it is a square shaped, cotton scarf traditionally worn by Arabs. It is normally worn around the neck or over the head as protection from the sun and dust.

Types of scarves based on material:

Based on the texture and lightness of the material used to weave a scarf, the scarf is used either during cold or hot weather. The following are some examples:

  • Cotton Scarves: This light and porous fabric is ideal as summer companion and can be worn as a mask to ward off pollution and sun.
cotton scarfs

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  • Silk Scarves: Smooth, shiny, and elegant, silk scarves are a great choice to pair with your stylish new outfit.
silk scarfs

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  • Pashmina Scarves: Known for its softness, warmth and sheen, Pashmina is a type of wool collected from the Pashmina goat of Kashmir. Choose this to keep yourself warm in winter.
Pashmina Scarves

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  • Linen Scarves: Made from fibres of flax plant, linen is light, breathable and an ideal summer choice.
Linen Scarves

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  • Cashmere Scarves: Collected from the cashmere goats of Kashmir, Cashmere woollen scarves are soft, light and durable. Pair it with your old sweater or cardigan, to give it a stunning new look.
cashmere_knitted_scarf

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  • Alpaca Scarves: Alpaca is a type of wool collected from the camelids of South America. Alpaca scarves are soft, warm, and ideal winter companions.
Alpaca Scarves

Source: Google 

Here are the Trendy ways to wear a scarf in a unique way?

The way you wear your scarf can dramatically glam up your look. Now that you have the basic information needed to choose the scarf that best suits your needs, let us explore the different methods of wearing it. Based on your outfit, you can choose the style that works best for you.

1.      French knot

French scarf knot

Source: Google

You’ll need:

An oblong scarf preferably made of a light material.

Method:

  • Take a long scarf and fold it lengthwise, in half.
  • Loop it around your neck.
  • Take one of the loose ends and go over the loop and then back under.
  • Take the other loose end and go under the loop and back over.
  • Adjust the length and there you have it.

2.      The chain

chain scarf knot

Source: Google

You’ll need:

A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

Method:

  • Drape the scarf around your neck evenly.
  • Tie the ends around your neck leaving some space between your neck and the knot.
  • Repeat it a few more times to form a chain.

3.      The double twist

double twist scarf knot

Source: Google

You’ll need:

A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

Method:

  • Drape the scarf around your neck evenly.
  • Loosely twist the two ends around each other near your neck.
  • Put the ends of the scarf to either side of your neck.
  • Knot the ends at the back.
  • Tighten and adjust.

4.      The bow

bow scarf knot

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You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice. Silk is a great choice in this case, for a sleek and shiny look.

Method:

  • Drape the scarf around your neck. Make one side of the scarf longer than the other.
  • Using the longer side, make a loop hiding the loose end.
  • Now hold the loop in the middle to form a bow.
  • Take the shorter side of the scarf and wrap it around the bow.
  • Bring the end of the shorter side around the bow and through the middle. Tighten the knot by pulling it on the other side.
  • Adjust the bow till you are happy with it. 

5.      The rope twist

rope twist scarf

Source: Google

You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

Method:

  • Drape the scarf evenly around your neck.
  • Twist it into a long rope.
  • Wrap one side around the neck to create a single loop.
  • Tie the ends together to make a second loop.
  • Adjust the length of the loops as desired.
  • Fluff it up and wear centred or to one side.

6.      The side knot

side knot scarf

Source: Google

You’ll need: A long, rectangular/square scarf made of a light material of your choice.

Method:

  • Drape the scarf around your neck with one side longer.
  • Bring the longer side up to meet the shorter side and tie a loose double knot.
  • Adjust the placement of the knot as desired.

7.      The braided knot

braided knot scarf

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You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a material of your choice.

Method:

  • Fold the scarf in half and drape around the neck.
  • Pull the long ends through the loop.
  • Take the loop and twist it locking the first end and creating a second loop.
  • Pull the ends through the new loop.
  • Tighten or adjust the braided knots as desired.

8.      The Rose

rose knot scarf

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You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

        Method:

  • Drape the scarf around your neck evenly.
  • Twist the two ends together along the entire length.
  • Wrap the twist into a bun on one side of the neck.
  • Tuck ends in and fan out the material to give a floral appearance.

9.      The Derby

Derby knot scarf

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You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

       Method:

  • Drape the scarf around your neck with one end longer than the other.
  • Form a loose knot on the shorter side.
  • Pleat the longer side of the scarf from the bottom, until it is even with the knot.
  • Hold the pleats of the longer end together and pull the pleated end through the knot.
  • Adjust as required.

10. The Parisienne

You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

       Method:

  • Fold the scarf into a square.
  • Wrap the folded corners around your neck and once over the back.
  • Knot the folded corners on top.

11. The choker

choker knot scarf

Source: Google

You’ll need: A long, rectangular scarf made of a light material of your choice.

Method:

  • Place the scarf evenly around your neck such that the ends are at the back.
  • Cross the ends once at the base of your neck.
  • Bring ends to the back of your neck again.
  • Knot the two ends, behind your neck to finish.

 That brings us to the end of our little adventure in the world of scarves. But, yours has just begun. Find the scarf that matches your personality and play your way with it, to explore other trendy ways of wearing it.

Let us know if your style grabs more eyeballs. Ciao!

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Quick Fixes for Dark Roots in Blonde Hair

Quick Fixes for Dark Roots in Blonde Hair

Blonde hair looks sexy. When contrasted against wheatish to fair skin, it makes you look younger, more radiant, and spunky. Unfortunately maintaining blonde hair (if they aren’t naturally blonde) is quite a task. Reason? Dark roots in Blonde hair start to show and most of us are too busy or have a stretched out budget and cannot afford to go to a salon for a color touch up.

But something has to be done about it, right?

Fret not. We have a few tips for you to help disguise the unsightly roots till you can afford to see your colorist.

But before we give you that, here are a few tips to maintain our gorgeous golden locks so that they retain their color without turning brassy or grey:

  • Always use a UV protection spray on your hair before stepping out of your house. Harmful UV rays, penetrate your hair shafts, making them brittle and dull. UV rays are also notorious of drying out hair and blonde hair are best left shiny and soft. So, swear by a good UV spray if you want to keep golden tresses for the long haul.
  • Use purple shampoo. Sounds bizarre? It isn’t. Purple shampoo can work wonders to prevent your shiny tresses from turning brassy. Shampoos that aren’t specifically formulated for blonde hair should be avoided like the plague.
  • Layers of bleach have been probably applied to your hair to turn it blonde. This must have stripped your hair of its natural moisture. Dry, dull blonde hair look much like straws. If you don’t want yours to look like that, deep condition your hair often.
  • Keep your hair super clean. Preferably use a dry shampoo to clean your hair to keep the color vibrant for longer.
  • If you ever get touch ups done, get your stylist to only touch up the roots with the bleach and not the tips (the tips are already bleached once). This will prevent hair ‘melting’ and keep your hair healthier.
  • Trust only a reputed stylist to do the job. If possible see if you can get your colorist to use powder bleach instead of liquid bleach (because powder bleach is way less harsh than it’s liquid counterpart).
  • If you ever go swimming with your blonde hair, soak your hair with bottled water before dipping into the pool. That way you can prevent your hair from soaking in the chlorine in the water. Chlorine when absorbed by blonde hair, can turn them green.
  • Every once in a while, mix freshly squeezed lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and coat hair. Sit out in the sun for an hour after you are done coating. This will lighten, brighten, and beautify your blonde hair temporarily.
  • Ideally if you have dark brunette hair, you shouldn’t aim for blonde, straight away. Gradually getting lighter hair over a period of few months is the best way to ensure the color stays on your hair better.
  • Use heat tools on blonde hair with extra precaution. Blonde hair is generally more dried out to begin with. Using heat can take a toll on it that may be irreversible. Be wise. Use a heat protective spray when you use heat tools and use tools only when you absolutely must use them.
  • Get your hair trimmed regularly. The more the hair is bleached, the more prone it becomes to breakage. If the dead ends are nipped regularly, your hair will look and feel better.
  • Do yourself a favor and get a shine spray. Use it to finish off styled hair and it will be your pocket friend forever. Shine spray will make the hair color appear vibrant for a longer time.
  • Make sure there is no copper present in your water supply. Copper, much like chlorine, can turn your golden locks greenish. If there is copper in all the water you’ve got, you can combat this problem by giving you hair an acidic rinse (rinse hair with aspirin dissolved in water) after shampoo.

There you go. Follow these tips to the T so that maintaining those gorgeous tresses proves less hard work than you imagined it to be.

Now for the tips to hide the Dark roots in Blonde hair:

Here goes the tips are which can prevent from ruining the look of your golden locks::

  1. Use dry shampoo for Blonde Hair.

    It is your perfect go to. Spray evenly throughout your hair and use a large paddle brush to brush your hair through. It beautifully hides your roots without making your hair all powdery at the top (the paddle brush does the trick). Some good dry shampoos that you can use are the Batiste Dry Shampoo and the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry shampoo.

Quick tip: You can make dry shampoo at home too! Mix corn-starch or arrowroot powder with your favorite essential oil and you are done. Mix one drop of essential oil for every one tablespoon of powder you use.

  1. Change your parting or just flip your hair to one side and it will wonderfully camouflage the roots.

    Use this trick when you are short of time and you just absolutely have to step out of your home. If you are feeling adventurous, you can take a (point blah) comb and create a zigzag parting on your hair while pulling the layers in different directions to mask the root.  No will know your stylish look contains a secret.

  1. Conceal with makeup.

    You can use anything from a concealer, and foundation to an eye shadow or golden mascara to ‘makeup’ your roots. Use wax based makeup that is longer and waterproof or you might risk it running down your face when it’s raining or you are working out. Just swipe on some makeup to your roots. Wait for it to set and layer it with another coat. Your hair will look as good as newly colored. Make sure you pick a color as close to your hair color as possible. There are a few root concealers too that are available in the market which apparently contains natural pigments and resin to adhere to the hair. These concealers are spray-ons and are perfect to both conceal roots as well as create an illusion of thickness and depth.

  2. Use volume to the fullest.

    Volumnizing hair makes the dark roots less obvious. Make sure you use tricks such as blow-drying hair upside down, brushing hair upwards, teasing hair and using sprays to make your hair look voluminous. It will make your hair look bouncy and healthy too besides hiding those nasty dark roots.

  3. Keep hair fresh and clean.

    When hair roots are oily, dirty, or wet, they appear more prominent. Clean and shiny hair can minimize the appearance of dark roots. So, take all measures to keep your hair squeaky clean at all times.

  4. Pull your hair into braids, ponytails or knots.

    It is a sure-fire way to hide the roots, especially if you are out for a long time. Use wax, gel, or pomade on your hair and then tie it into a side ponytail and see how magically it does the trick. Alternatively you can wear a messy slick (especially if you have a harsh growth). Braids and top knots work well too. The idea is to keep the roots well rested to not show up.

  5. Don’t slick your hair down very tightly.

    Whatever hairstyle you choose to wear, make sure you avoid styles that make your hair stick to your head as it will show off your roots and make your hair look greasy( you don’t want that). Tightly pulled ponytails and dead straight hair is what you must run far off from.

  6. Use wonderful hair accessories.

    If you choose, big, flashy, or super attractive ones, it will draw attention distracting the onlooker away from your roots. A tortoise shell clip, a grosgrain headband or even a nice chunky piece of Swarovski broach can do the trick.

  7. Wear bandana or hat.

    The summers are here and you have the perfect excuse to wear one. These are so many styles of hats out there such as fedoras, large brimmed, straw hats etc. Choose one depending on your face and style and no will ever know you haven’t seen your colorist in a while.

There you go! Armed with these tips, you can go for quite long without seeing your hair colorist. Go flaunt your golden hair with just a little care.

Here’s to gorgeous tresses.

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All you need to know about Treating Hair Fall

All you need to know about treating hair fall

Our hair is our crowning glory. Healthy, beautiful and lustrous hair enhances beauty and sex appeal. No one wants thinning hair and balding patches right at the threshold of thirties which now has become very common by the way.  Modern age and the stress that it has brought with it have contributed majorly to hair dilemmas.

A woman goes through a lot of change physically and mentally during her lifetime and these changes can cause unusual hair fall.

What are the common causes of hair fall?

  • Use of heat tools such as straighteners and curlers and harsh chemical rich colors, sprays and gels that can potentially damage the hair shaft, making it brittle.
  • Using wrong combs, having fixed partings and frequently tying hair in tight ponytails.
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome wherein there is an over production of male hormones (androgens) in the body that can cause hair growth on the body and hair loss from the scalp.
  • Inadequate folic acid, iron, or hemoglobin in the body resulting in weak hair follicles.
  • Post pregnancy hormone restoration. During pregnancy, oestrogens peak in the body. Hence end of pregnancy results in hair falling out in locks.
  • Inadequate consumption of protein. When our body does not receive enough protein, it starts depleting from our body making hair brittle and weak hair falls prematurely.
  • Birth control pills and other hormonal pills and therapies when stopped abruptly, can also lead to excessive hair fall.
  • Crash dieting in the bid to lose weight can cause sudden weight changes and adversely affect hair growth.
  • Other medical conditions such as improper functioning of the thyroid gland, autoimmune disease, and scalp psoriasis.

Remember, shedding 50-100 strands of hair a day is normal, but anything beyond that for a period of time can cause hair loss and hence should be treated promptly. If you have a medical condition, consult a doctor immediately and start treatment before it’s too late for your hair. If not, here are a few tips to prevent hair fall:

  • Always use a wide toothed comb to detangle hair before using a fine toothed one to style hair. This will reduce hair breakage while combing.
  • Avoid combing hair while it’s still wet. Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage and damage.
  • Avoid rubbing hair vigorously with towel after shower. Just soak out moisture and let it air-dry to prevent hair breakage and splits.
  • Maintain proper hair hygiene. Use clean combs and disinfected towels only. A dirty scalp is a clogged scalp and a clogged scalp means more hair fall.
  • Massage your scalp every day. Use conditioning oils such as those of almond, coconut, and olive, and massage scalp. Massaging improves blood circulation in the scalp that arrests hair fall and promotes new hair growth. Also oils will provide deep nourishment to hair making it  strong and less prone to damage.
  • Avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain sulphates, silicone, and parabens. Harsh chemicals damage hair and are a sure shot way to hair loss.
  • Maintain a nutritionally well balanced diet to have stronger and more resilient hair. Include zinc, protein, Omega- 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E in your daily diet.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water through the day to promote growth of healthier hair.

Once you have started following the tips, you can use a little help from simple homemade masks that will restore your hair’s strength and arrest hair fall effectively.

Here are a few fool-proof natural remedies for Treating hair fall:

  1. Green tea and egg mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need an egg yolk (preferably from free range hen) and 2-3 tbsps. of freshly prepared green tea.
  • Whisk the egg yolk in a bowl while slowly adding the green tea till it turns frothy and creamy in consistency.
  • Part your hair and apply this mask to your scalp.
  • Keep parting and applying till the entire scalp area is covered.
  • Put on a shower cap and let the mask sit on your scalp for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
  • Use this hair mask at least twice daily to put an end to your hair fall woes.

Egg yolks are packed with proteins and essential vitamins and hence strengthen the existing hair while the antioxidant rich green tea helps boost new growth.

  1. Oil treatment for treating Hair fall:

  • You will need 50 ml each of almond oil, coconut oil, and castor oil along with 5ml of Aroma magic stimulate oil and 3 Vitamin- E capsules.
  • Combine all the oils together in a bowl.
  • Next, cut open and squeeze the Vitamin E capsules into the mixture.
  • Store the mixture in a glass container with an airtight lid.
  • Massage the oil potion into your scalp once every alternate day for 10 minutes.
  • Leave it overnight and wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo.

You will notice a marked difference within few days of using this treatment.

  1. Coconut milk nourishment mask for treating hair loss:

You will need one fresh coconut.

  • Grate the coconut and squeeze out its milk.
  • Apply the fresh milk to the scalp and hair and cover it with a shower cap.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the cap and wash hair with bearably cold water.
  • Do this treatment once a week.

Coconut milk, rich in Vitamin E, deeply conditions hair shafts. It also contains potassium, that aids hair growth, and anti-bacterial properties that prevent scalp infections and resultant hair fall.

  1. Indian gooseberry mask for Treating hair fall:

  • You will need 5 gooseberries and 1 cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Start off by drying out the gooseberries in the sun.
  • Next, combine the dry goose berries and the oil in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Continue boiling till the gooseberries turn black.
  • Leave the mixture to cool before applying it to your scalp and hair.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
  • Follow this method once every fortnight and you will be surprised with the results.

Indian gooseberries are rich in Vitamin C which is a vital nutrient for hair growth. Vitamin C not only helps build collagen that strengthens hair, but also helps absorb iron that helps keep your locks healthy.

  1. Greek yoghurt and honey mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 2-3 tbsps. of fresh, thick Greek yoghurt, 1 tbsp. of honey and the juice of one lemon.
  • Mix all ingredients in a container till they form a smooth paste.
  • Use a hair dye brush to apply the paste to the scalp and hair roots.
  • Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Use this pack once a week if you have normal to oily hair and twice if you have dry hair.

Greek yoghurt is a natural hair conditioner containing Vitamin B5 and protein, both of which promote healthier hair. Honey, a humectant keeps the scalp hydrated while protecting it from infections.

  1. Chinese hibiscus mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 10-12 Chinese hibiscus flowers and 2 cups of organic cold pressed coconut oil.
  • Heat the coconut oil and add the flowers to it.
  • Boil the oil till the flowers are charred, and then strain the mixture.
  • Use this oil every night on your scalp before going to bed and wash off the following morning to bid goodbye to hair fall.

Chinese hibiscus is a rich source of Vitamin C, phosphorous, and riboflavin, all of which promote the health of hair. This flower also has potent toxin-removing properties which help eliminate dandruff and infections and enhance hair growth.

  1. Potato and honey mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need 1 large potato, 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. water.
  • Peel and blend the potato first.
  • Next, strain the fresh potato puree in a muslin cloth to extract the juice.
  • Combine the juice with honey and water and apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Repeat this treatment once a week to have healthy, strong locks that are less prone to breakage and falling.
  1. Lemon juice mask for treating hair fall:

  • You will need the juice of 3 lemons and 1 cup of warm water.
  • Use this treatment immediately after you’ve washed your hair.
  • Combine the water and the lemon juice and pour the warm mixture on your head.
  • Gently massage your scalp for 3 minutes.
  • Leave the mixture on the hair for another 5 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.
  • Do this twice a week and notice drastically reduced hair fall.

Lemons, being excellent astringents, tighten pores and hence control hair fall. Also its alpha- hydroxy acid content helps exfoliate dead skin cells from the scalp, thereby unclogging the scalp and promoting new growth.

There you go!

Use these effective remedies to help regain your hair’s lost glory. Also remember, that your scalp and hair are much like a garden. How  plants grow has  as much to do with what goes about ‘underground’ as above the ground.

So eat well, exercise, and reduce the amount of stress you take.

Here’s to healthy and happy hair.

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12 Mascara Mistakes that you Need to Fix

12 Mascara Mistakes that you Need to Fix

Mascara is a Savior! It helps you instantly open up and brighten your eyes, and makes your lashes fluttery and beautiful. Even on days when you aren’t in the mood for makeup, just a swipe of mascara will make you look good to go. Are you making the following mascara mistakes? Read on.

mascara mistakes and tips

Here are a few tips for beginners on applying mascara the correct way:

  1. Reverse the process. Start with your bottom lashes. That way your top lashes won’t smudge when you look down to apply on your bottom lashes and leave annoying dots all over.
  2. When applying mascara to your bottom lashes, tilt your head forward slightly to avoid getting mascara on your cheeks.
  3. You can even use a business card or a small piece of tissue paper just below your lower lash line to help avoid bleed.
  4. When applying mascara to your top lashes, look straight ahead and place the mascara wand right at the base of the lashes. Use a zigzag motion as you move the wand up your lashes. This will not only give your lashes an accentuated curve, but also make them appear thicker.
  5. For best results, apply at least 2-3 coats of mascara to ensure every strand of hair is volumized well.

Unfortunately, every makeup product comes with its own set of challenges. Mascara is no exception. Fortunately, we have got it all sorted.

Here are some common mascara mistakes and its quick fixes:

  1. Is your mascara drying out fast, causing clumping or flaking?

Don’t pump the wand too much. Pumping the wand leads to air being pushed in the tube causing the dryness and flakiness. Instead, just twist the wand gently, back and forth, in circular motions to pick the desired amount of tint. Also have a lash separator or an old mascara wand handy to separate your lashes and break up clumps.

Also, when you remove the brush form the tub, do not pick up a whole lot of product. Gently let the brush go over the tube and let the excess mascara out. You want lengthened and thicker lashes. Not a spidery mess.

If your mascara has dried out in the tube, re-hydrate it by adding a couple of alcohol based eye makeup remover to the tube and shaking it up. Your mascara will be as good as new in a jiffy.

If you still find your mascara clumping despite taking all measures to restore new life into it, you probably are not waiting long enough between coats. Ideally you should allow each coat to dry completely (it takes anywhere between 30 seconds to a full minute) before applying the next coat.

  1. Do you develop itching or burning after applying the mascara?

Check the expiration date. Typically a mascara is only good for 3-6 months. Anything that is since beyond that time should be replaced. If you notice it clumps, has lost a bit of its color, or has become less smooth to apply, toss it out ASAP.

  1. Do you find your lashes inadequately curled after applying the mascara?

Use an eyelash curler! This genius tool is so helpful in achieving fluttery curls and opening your eyes, you will regret not using it all this while. A lash curler goes hand in hand with a mascara and one without another is truly incomplete. Place the curler at the root of your lashes being extremely careful about not getting any skin in the curler. Now gently but firmly press the clamps together and hold for about 10 seconds. Next, place the curler nearer to the end of the lashes and repeat. Lo and behold! Your eyes will instantly look perked up.

Afraid of using a curler or don’t have one?

Here’s a quick tip: Use a spoon! Yes, a metal spoon will do a curler’s job perfectly. Just place the spoon close to your lash root and then gently press the lashes against the edge of the spoon as you keep moving upward. You’re welcome.

  1. Your mascara doesn’t look perfectly suited to your eyes?

Customize your look.

Applying mascara is certainly not a one size fits all thing. If your eyes are further apart from each other than usual, consider wearing two coats of mascara on the inner portion of your eyes. However, if your eyes are set close to each other, you must focus on the outer edges of your eyes.

Also, different techniques should be employed to achieve different looks. So decide if you want fuller lashes, curlier lashes, or the classic clump free ones before you embark on applying.

  1. You are unable to take off your mascara?

If you use a long stay water proof mascara, chances are you have a hard time getting it off before going to bed. Use a product that is specially made for eye makeup removal such as Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads or the likes.

Do not, in any condition, rub away your mascara. You don’t want red, painful under eye skin.

If your skin is dry, prefer an oil based makeup remover over an alcohol based one. It will remove every trace of your mascara without drying out your eye skin.

  1. You have accidentally smudged your mascara and don’t wish to ruin the rest of your makeup trying to remove the stain?

Go for a waterproof mascara that is ‘seriously’ long wear.

Products such as Make up forever Aqua Smoky Lash are truly waterproof and so don’t smudge even if you go diving in the ocean. However, if you haven’t applied a waterproof mascara and (obviously) your mascara has smudged, fret not. Take a small concealer brush and dip it in soft micellar water. Gently go over the smudge and you will have removed it without spoiling the rest of your makeup. This is a pro approved trick and will not fail you.

Alternatively, you can use a little foundation on a Q-tip and go over the stain to cover it up perfectly.

  1. You always have mascara ‘falling’ on your cheeks?

If your mascara hasn’t gone dry, chances are that your ‘type’ of mascara is the culprit.

Mascaras that contain micro fibers or lengthening tubes are especially prone to shedding. Switch the formula you are currently using and see if that does the trick.

If not, try this: Prep your lashes with a lash primer first before proceeding to apply the mascara. Products such as Clinique Lash Building Primer help the mascara adhere better to your lashes and reduce the risk of black specks all over.

  1. Do your lashes stick to each other after a coat of mascara?

Use a lash comb. As simple as it sounds. A lash comb can help you revolutionize your mascara application. As soon as you finish applying a coat, carefully comb out your mascara from the roots to the tip.

This will help separate out each lash but also helps remove excess mascara fiving you feathery, natural looking lashes.

  1. Do your lower lashes look over-dramatic?

Nothing wrong with a little drama, but when there is too much happening on your lower lashes, your eye makeup might end up looking imbalanced.

The silliest mistake we make is that we expect a single mascara to do two contradictory things – add volume to the top lashes and not add it to your lower lashes. So ideally you should be using a volumnizing mascara to your upper lashes and then use a thinner formula with a shorter wand on your lower lashes. Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara could be your best bet to make your lower lashes look subtle and natural.

However, if you do not have two mascaras handy, use the mascara wand your upper lashes first, and then without going in for more product, cover your lower lashes. This way majority of the product will be deposited on your upper lashes and a lighter coat will be reserved for your lower lashes.

  1. Do your lashes feel excessively dry after you apply mascara?

Use a lash conditioner. Yes! Such a thing exists.

Certain waxes present in a few type of mascaras can dry out your precious lashes and make them brittle. Lash conditioners act like night cream for your lashes. You just have to massage it into your lashes before going to bed and your eyelashes will feel silky soft all day. Lash conditioners are colorless.

So, even a coat of it before wearing your mascara can give it additional hydration.

  1. Does mascara make your eyes red and watery?

You probably have very sensitive eyes. If the sensitivity is serious, consult an ophthalmologist to know if wearing mascara is okay. If the sensitivity is limited to a little discomfort, you can use mascaras that are specially formulated for sensitive skin and don’t contain harsh chemicals. RMS Beauty’s mascara makes for a wonderful choice.

  1. Do you have a hard time applying mascara to your bottom lashes?

If you have sparse hair on your lower lashes, or your under eye skin is not deeply set, you might have a problem getting the mascara on your lower lashes without risking looking like a racoon.

Don’t worry, you can take a little product in a container, dip your lip brush in it and paint on the mascara. Voila!

There you go! Armed with these tips, you can wear you mascara with confidence and without troubles.

Go flutter flutter.