Tag Archive | India

6 #beauty sites to follow

Which beauty sites do you follow on a regular basis?   Here are 6 of mine:

1. Sparkled Beauty, http://sparkledbeauty.blogspot.com/

Sparkled Beauty, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

Sparkled Beauty, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

“Halifax” is a beauty blogger based in Canada – Nova Scotia, of course!   Highlights of her blog include NOTD, weekly flyer deals, and her effort to create a comprehensive list of Canadian beauty brands (I volunteered a few names).  She adds a light-hearted personal touch with news about Halifax city and her 10-year-old daughter “Squirt.”

2. British Beauty Blogger, http://www.britishbeautyblogger.com/

British Beauty Blogger, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

British Beauty Blogger, thumbnail generated 2013-05-23

British Beauty Blogger posts several times a day; I subscribe to the daily digest.  She presents sneak peeks of the latest launches.  I follow her for updates on UK beauty brands, including Seventeen, or 17, from Boots and B. from Superdrug.

3. We ♥ Sundays from the Urban Retreat Boutique, http://www.urbanretreat.co.uk/beautique/learn/We_Love_Sundays.aspx

The Urban Retreat Beautique is a UK-based online beauty retailer that specializes in luxury beauty brands. Every Sunday, I look forward to its We ♥ Sundays feature that presents interviews with movers and shakers in the beauty industry.  Fun questions that  We ♥ Sundays asks include:

  • Favorite brunch spot
  • Favorite day of week
  • Most recent purchases on bankcard
  • Favorite Tipple (drink)
  • Saturday Night – Dancing till dawn or takeaway and a movie? and of course,
  • Favorite products from The Urban Retreat Beautique

I enjoy reading the responses, which provide insight about the interviewee.

What are the 3 other beauty sites that I follow on a regular basis? Go past the jump to find out:

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My husband and I play groom and bride

Greetings!  I came back recently from our nephew’s wedding in India.   Here my husband (and friend!) of 18 years and I are trying on headpieces for the groom and bride, just for fun:

My husband and I try on headpieces worn by an Indian bride and groom

My husband and I try on headpieces worn by an Indian bride and groom

This is the closest that I will come to an Indian wedding of my own.

6 Super Easy Face Care Tips for Healthy Skin

The Style Page is excited to present our first ever guest blogger.  She is Chetana of StyleCraze, which describes itself as “India’s Largest Beauty Network.”

According to the StyleCraze website,

StyleCraze is your guide for everything related to Beauty. Get your daily dose of Beauty tips, Stay up to date on the Latest trends and get solutions for all your beauty queries.

Chetana writes:

Due to lack of time, stress, pollution and other factors, we often do not take care of our skin. As a result, a number of skin problems start showing up. To counter these, I am sharing a few easy face care tips to get healthy skin.

Skin care tips

Skin care tips

1. Smile Often
Smiling is a natural drug for face care! It releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin. As a result of smiling, we feel good and appear younger for a longer time compared to those who sulk.

2. Cleansing:
Make sure you cleanse your face at least twice a day with a gentle face wash/cleanser that suits your skin.

We need to maintain a thorough skin cleansing routine every day to remove all the impurities and grime build up from the facial skin and pores. A gentle daily face wash can be used or you can opt for the one that has gentle exfoliating beads to scrub away accumulated dirt on a daily basis. Never scrub your face too harshly. Try to make a habit of cleansing at least twice, in your daily routine. Remove makeup thoroughly before hitting the sack to prevent skin ageing, breakouts, blotchy and unhealthy skin.

3. Using a toner is a must after cleansing:
Toning is the next important step after cleansing. If you are in a hurry, try taking few drops of Rose Water (a lot of good brands are available including Patanjali, FabIndia, Lotus, Khadi, Dabur etc) and pat on your face. This is the best toner that suits almost every skin type and instantly makes your skin feel refreshed.

4. Moisturizing after toning:
This is the last step of the CTM (Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing) routine that we simply cannot afford to skip. Moisturizing does not necessarily have to be with greasy skin creams. A lot of products are available which can act as a savior for your skin.

For oily skin, opt for a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer that won’t clog the skin pores. A water-based gel or moisturizer can work very well. Brands like Neutrogena and Sebamed have products specifically designed for this skin type.

For combination skin, an oil-free, non greasy, skin-balancing moisturizer should be used. Again, there are drugstore brands specifically developed for such skin type.

If you have sensitive skin, look for a hypoallergenic and fragrance-free moisturizer.

For dry-skinned beauties, moisturizers containing glycerin, lanolin, Shea butter, almond oil, petrolatum etc help to lock in and retain the moisture. If you going out during daytime, always use a moisturizer with a sunscreen or apply a sunscreen after applying your moisturizer once your skin completely absorbs the moisturizer.

5. Sunscreen is a must for spotless skin:
The harmful UV rays of the sun can cause significant skin damage and skin cancer too. So, wear a sunscreen (minimum of SPF 30) during the day no matter which season of the year you are in.

6. Dietary habits:
Water itself is a great natural hydrant, so drink plenty of it throughout the day to detoxify and get naturally glowing skin. Sip water, green tea or a homemade fruit juice instead of tea, coffee or aerated drinks. Eat at least one fruit daily, preferably those with high-water content or citrus fruits. Adding green, leafy veggies, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, almonds, Salmon and tuna fish to your diet will bring noticeable improvement in skin texture.

Last but not the least getting the best beauty sleep for 7-8 hours every night will give you a wonderful skin.

Visit  StyleCraze for more skin care tips!

The Bahu of Bengal and the rivers of #India

The Style Page is also The Bahu of Bengal!   Bengal is a state in eastern India, and “Bahu” means daughter-in-law.  It’s a tribute to my in-laws, who reside in Bengal.

Today, I’ve been fiddling with creating a map of the rivers of India on the Bahu of Bengal blog.   Now you’ll understand why I haven’t been blogging about beauty.

Rivers of India

Rivers of India

You might enjoying browsing the Bahu of Bengal blog for other maps of India.