Thursday, December 31, 2009

Natural Homemade Beauty Care Tips

Natural Homemade Beauty Care Tips

Avocado Rich Facial

Best for: dry skin types
Benefit: adds intense moisture

1 tbsp ripe avocado, mashed
1 tsp honey
3 drops cider vinegar
A little sesame oil

Mix the first three ingredients and add enough sesame oil to create a spreadable consistency. Smear on with clean hands, leave on for five to 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry. If desired, finish off with a light application of rosewater (spritz it on and gently pat it in or apply it with a cotton pad) to tone, then apply moisturizer.

Green Tea Toner

Best for: all skin types
Benefits: decreases puffiness, tightens pores

4 tsp loose green tea leaf (Tip: Cut open 2 tea bags if you don't have loose leaves)
1 cup boiling mineral water

Boil the water and steep tea bags for at least 10 minutes to make concentrated tea. Wait for the tea to cool, then pour it into a small spritzer bottle and refrigerate. Spray toner directly on clean, just-washed skin and pat it in (or apply it with a clean cotton ball). Follow with moisturizer. (Tip: To soothe acne on normal to oily skin types, add 1/2 cup of witch hazel and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.)

Tropical Eye Cream

Best for: dry skin types
Benefits: soothes and conditions skin
2 tbsp grated cocoa butter
3 tbsp coconut oil

Mix ingredients together in an oven proof container. Heat gently in microwave or in a water bath. Pour the melted mixture into a small clean container and allow it to cool completely. To use, apply nightly under your eyes. Makes 3 oz.

Cucumber Honey Tonner

Best for: combo skin types
Benefit: reduces puffiness, hydrates skin

1 medium cucumber
2 tsp honey

Peel and cut up cucumber, then puree the pieces in a blender. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set the sieve over a glass bowl or measuring cup. Pour the cucumber puree through the sieve and let it stand for 15 minutes for the juices to drip into the bowl. Pour the clear juice into a clean bottle and add honey.

To use, shake the bottle and saturate a cotton pad with the lotion. Sweep over face, neck and chest morning and night, and let it air dry (about 3 to 4 minutes). Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Olive Oli Moisturizer

Best for: all skin types

Benefit: adds all-over moisture

1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup distilled water
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp avocado oil
1/2 tsp wheat germ oil
1 tsp liquid lecithin
1 tbsp grated beeswax

Dissolve baking soda in the water in a glass measuring cup and set aside. Mix together oils, lecithin and beeswax in another glass measuring cup. Place the oil mixture in a glass cup in a pan of water (about one to two inches of water), making a water bath. Heat the oil mixture in the water bath over medium heat until the beeswax is melted, about eight to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When wax is melted, bring the soda-water mixture almost to boiling. (Alternative to stove-top cooking: Put the glass cup with the mixture in the microwave on high for one minute.)

Remove the oil mixture from the water bath. Slowly add the oil mixture to the water solution, stirring briskly. (You can also use a blender.) Pour the lotion in a clean jar with a lid. Wait for the lotion to cool completely (it will thicken), then massage all over body or use as a face moisturizer or eye cream.

Skin firming clay mask

Best for: all skin types
Benefits: refines pores, calms and protects skin

1 tbsp filtered water, prepared green tea (for anti-aging benefits) or milk (for sensitive/dry skin)
2 tbsp fine clay powder

Add water, green tea, or milk to a small bowl. Gradually add fine clay powder to the liquid, stirring to prevent clumps, until you get a smooth paste. (If it's too thick, add a few more drops of liquid. Too thin? Add a little more clay.) Using your fingers or a clean, one-inch paintbrush, apply a thick layer of the paste to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eyes and lips. Relax and be still for 10 to 12 minutes while the mask dries (so the clay doesn't crack and fall off). Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with a natural toner and a light moisturizer to soften and nourish skin throughout the day.

Lavender Bath

Best for: sensitive skin types
Benefits: calms and hydrates skin

1 cup dried lavender flowers
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup baking soda

Place the ingredients inside a food processor or blender. Grind to a smooth, fine powder. The powder should have the consistency of whole-grain flour. Pour into a clean, airtight container or resealable plastic bag. To use, pour 1/2 cup into your bath as you fill the tub for a soothing end-of–the-day treat. (Makes 31/2 cups, enough for seven baths.)

Hand and Foot Sugar Scrub

Best for: all skin types
Benefits: smoothes rough skin

2 tbsp light olive oil (not extra-virgin, which can get sticky) or grapeseed oil
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Rub this emollient mixture into hands and feet, focusing on any hardened, calloused areas. Rinse under warm running water and pat dry. Voila! Fabulously silky-smooth skin.

Pineapple Sage Facial Mask

Best for: all skin types
Benefits: calms and hydrates skin, removes dead cells

1/2 cup boiling water
1 tbsp fresh pineapple sage leaves (or any type of sage)
3 tbsp oatmeal
2 tbsp honey
1 egg white

Pour the water over the sage leaves and allow to cool completely. Strain and add the sage liquid to the oatmeal, honey, and egg white. Mix until smooth and creamy. Spread the mixture on clean skin and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Honey Lip Scrub

Best for: dry, flaky lips
Benefit: smoothes lips

1 tsp of olive oil
1 tsp of honey
2 tsp of white granulated sugar
A dash of lemon juice

Mix these ingredients together to make a sugary paste. Then use your finger or a toothbrush to gently sweep the mixture back and forth on your lips.

Chamomile and Oatmeal Facial Scrub

Best for: normal to oily skin types
Benefits: calms skin, exfoliates for deep cleansing

1/4 cup chamomile tea (brewed and cooled to room temp)
1/4 cup oatmeal (lightly ground)
2 tbsp honey
2 drops of almond oil

Combine the ingredients. Rub over face and neck gently but still with enough pressure to exfoliate the skin. For deep cleansing, leave the scrub on to create a mask, or simply wash off with warm water and pat dry. Moisturize if desired.

Aloe Vera facial cleanser

Best for: dry skin types
Benefits: cleanses and moisturizes

30ml (1 fl. oz.) aloe vera gel
50ml (1/5 cup) olive oil
30ml (1 fl. oz.) rosewater
4 drops rose essential oil
2 drops grapefruit seed extract

Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor and decant into a small bottle. Ideally, keep in the fridge. Shake before use, as the ingredients may separate. Massage into your face and remove with either a muslin cloth or water.

Season’s coolest coats

The season’s coolest coats come in a variety of bold prints—from Jason Wu’s rose-covered evening coat to Marc by Marc Jacobs’ leopard trench.

Left: Belted coat, Marc Jacobs, $3,175 Right: Zip-up coat, Bernard Willhelm, $1,176
Left: Faux fur coat, Fred Flare, $99. Right: Rabbit fur coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $2,500.

Left: Classic trench, Burberry, $1,095. Right: Animal-print trench, Marc by Marc Jacobs, $500.

Left: Silk frayed petal coat, Jason Wu, $5,980. Right: Pleated pea coat, Juicy Couture, $569.

Left: V-neck coat, Zero + Maria Cornejo, $1,171. Right: Reversible coat, Tsumori Chisato, $1,785.

January 2010 Magazine Covers

January 2010 Magazine Covers

Natalie Portman covers Marie Claire Magazine

Lady Gaga covers Elle Magazine

Jennifer Garner covers W Magazine

Rachel McAdamas covers Vogue Magazine

SJP - Sarah Jessica Parker Glamour Magazine
Olivia Wilde covers Lucky Magazine

Kareena Kapoor GQ Magazine

Kareena Kapoor GQ Magazine Jan 2010 Edition

Winged Eyeliner !!!! Simple Smokey Eyes looks lovely and adds defination to the kareena's face.
The red dress is another click for the holiday season,and bonus Shot hair....which is all over the town these days, how could kareena not have that hair style !!!!!! overall i like everything about the picture :D

Kangna Ranaut Verve Magazine January 2010

There is something strange about this picture......i like the hair the dress...and overall look, but still..
this not my kina picture, may be its the pale face.

Happy New Year_2010

Happy New Year 2010
Best Wishes
and lots of Love

Happy Holidays :D

Save the last shoot

Here there are my last photoshoot in 2009. I hope in 2010 this blog more more better than this year. Good nite all. Sayonara 2009 and welcome 2010.


black glasses // brother red scarve // thrifted black sweater
// green pant // Everlast shoes// studded bracelet

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


image from here

Is that true if u make a wish when u see meteor fall , ur wishes become true?
That happen with me right now. Will see next year.
And don't forget to see my last photoshoot in this year tommorow.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

China During the Times of Marco Polo

The Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) was established by the Mongol leader, Kublai Khan, who was the grandson of Genghis Khan—founder of the largest and most contiguous empire in recorded history.

Kublai Khan rose to legendary fame in Europe, since he was the emperor who entertained Marco Polo (photo above)!

The clothing of the Mongols was simple, owing to a less-developed culture and economy. Instead of influencing the Han, therefore, the Mongols benefited greatly from their lifestyle.

The predominant garment during this period for Han men was the robe, which was a bit looser than the previous dynasty.

Besides the prominence of the dragon and phoenix on clothing, colors expanded into numerous shades. Brown totaled 20 in all with descriptive names like “onion white brown.” At times, a gold thread was woven through the colors.

The Mongols wore long robes with tight sleeves and a pleated, flared section from the waist down. They donned a very wide, corrugated belt at the waist, which was sown to the garment.

As for headgear, the Han men wore the fu tou, which, fashioned out of lacquered gauze, contained two tails that fell behind the head.

The Mongols parted their hair into the form of a cross, shaving the head in the back and trimming the front into various shapes. They wore rattan hats, which were either round or square.

Photo Public Domain at Wikipedia.
Photo by smartneddy, GNU Free Documentation License at Wiki Commons.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Hair Ideas for 2010

Time for a change? Nothing updates your look faster than a new hairstyle. Check out these ideas for the New Year.

Give Yourself a Smooth Blowout

Using a blow-dryer rather than an iron to straighten hair creates a softer, more natural look. First, blot excess water with a microfiber towel. Then remove the dryer's nozzle and sweep damp hair from side to side with your fingers while blasting it; do this until hair is almost dry. Reattach the nozzle and, working in three-inch sections, pull each one out to the side using a paddle brush—keep your thumb on top of the bristles to help tightly pull the hair smooth all the way through to the ends. Run the dryer up and down each section until dry.

Wear Hair Halfway Back

To make this style more grown-up, take the top section of your hair from temple to temple and lightly tease the underside with a paddle brush. Skim the brush over the surface of hair to smooth it, then secure at the back of the crown with a simple metal or tortoiseshell barrette.

Get Big, Bouncy Curls

Nothing says "bombshell" like a flowing heap of curls. (See style on the left.) Apply mousse throughout damp hair, followed by a little serum on the ends, then blow-dry without a brush. Use a one-inch curling iron to roll hair sections up, from the ends to the scalp, and hold each there for a second. After sliding out the iron, pin the curls to the head. When they've cooled, release the curls and fluff them with a brush.

Tie on a Colorful Scarf

It's the fastest solution to a bad hair day. Choose a square, printed scarf (solid colors tend to look like a bandage) and fold it in half diagonally to make a triangle. Tie it over the top of your hair and knot it in back. The front should rest no more than an inch down over your hairline (any lower, and you risk Axl Rose comparisons).

Create a Rounded Blowout

Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. With a slinky dress, this is still a seductive look for shoulder-length hair. Blow-dry hair straight with a round brush, then make a deep side part. Wind the ends around large hot rollers and leave them in until they've cooled. After taking out the curlers, gently brush through the ends, then rub a drop or two of shine serum between your palms and smooth them over your hair.

Do the Wave

The key to faking supermodel waves is to make the hair look as thick as possible and to keep the ends straight, which gives a more natural-looking finish. Spread mousse throughout damp hair to bulk it up, then blow-dry with a round brush. Next, roll large sections of hair up in a one-inch curling iron, but leave the ends out. When finished, break up the curls with your fingers—not a brush—to keep the volume intact.

Come Undone

A little dishevelment in the front keeps an updo from looking rigid. Gently tease your hair with a paddle brush before wrapping it up into a bun or twist. Then, use the pointed side of a rattail comb to loosen the front—slide it vertically into the side of the hair, then gently tug the hair away from the scalp ever so slightly. Use the point to lift out a few pieces at your hairline so they softly drape around your face.

Rise Up

A high ponytail never goes out of style. But to ensure that frizz and flyaways aren't part of the picture, work a pea-size drop of smoothing lotion into your roots and hairline before blow-drying. Brush the hair back and secure it just below your crown. To make the tail gleam, rub a drop of shine serum between your palms, them run them over the tail from base to ends.

Brighten Up

Part hair on the side, then slide a colorful bobby pin in on the opposite side at the spot that lines up above the end of your eyebrow. Then, slide another pin of a different color right above the first one.

Create Major Volume

Body building is a cinch with these steps:

1. Apply a volumizing mousse throughout damp hair.

2. Remove the nozzle from your dryer. Flip your head upside down, and blow-dry while running a vent brush through hair.

3. When hair is almost dry, flip your head up and finish drying with a medium-size round brush.

4. Working in small sections, lift your hair off your scalp with your fingers as you aim the dryer, set on cool, at your roots—this roughs up the cuticle to add volume. Do this all around your head, then lightly smooth hair with a brush.

Bad Skin Habits: Picking the Wrong Products

Bad Skin Habits: Picking the Wrong Products

Using stuff that's wrong for your skin type is a hugely common mistake, says Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution (Bantam). Here's what you should know:

OILY SKIN: Choose a cleanser with salicylic acid, such as Bioré Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser. Fight shine with an oil-free lotion, such as Vichy Laboratoires NormaDerm Pro Mat Oil-Free Lotion SPF 15, followed by a mattifying serum that contains aluminum silica, such as Smashbox Anti-Shine Anti-Brilliance. Rub on a chemical exfoliant such as glycolic acid once a week. Try Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel.

SENSITIVE SKIN: Wash with a milky cleanser such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Use a fragrance-free, nonirritating sunscreen such as Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion SPF 15 Sensitive Skin. Look for anti-aging creams with added hydrators such as hyaluronic acid and shea butter, like Replenix Serum CF and Estée Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Creme SPF 15.

COMBINATION SKIN: Choose a foaming cleanser for oily skin. Use a lightweight moisturizer, like H20+ Face Oasis Plus Hydrating Fluid SPF 15, but dab a thicker one, like Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Cream, on dry spots.

DRY SKIN: Nonsoap creamy cleansers, like Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, don't strip away protective oils. A moisturizer with trehalose, such as Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection SPF 15 or Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer SPF 25 for Dry/ Combination Skin, will prevent tightness. Apply an anti-aging treatment with retinol every other day (daily use could aggravate dryness). Or switch to a cream with kinetin or the Matrixyl—they're less drying than retinoids.


Heartbreaker Spring 2010 Collection : Smashbox

Fun &Flirty

A fun and flirty collection to send his pulse racing. Lips and cheeks tempt with bold, juicy hues, while eyes charm with playful pops of color. With looks this luscious, you’ll be sure to turn heads and break a few hearts.