Month: January 2016

BAKING YOUR MAKE UP USING BABY POWDER

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Are you familiar with the term “baking” or “cooking” your make up . If you follow a lot of makeup artists on instagram or any other social medias, you might definitely be aware of what baking or cooking of make up really is. You might already be doing the baking of make up( may be every day). Or you might have tried baking your make up atleast once because baking of make up is a huge trend now. No wonder as Kim Kardashian’s make up artist informed us he use the technique on her. Since no one can beat them at the contour game, we must believe it.

As I am a mommy, my darling baby and her things always inflence me in one way or other. The idea of using baby powder for baking of make up struck me when I was writing my previous post 30 beauty hacks using baby products. But I didn’t want to write about it before trying it out. Now I have been using the baking technique using baby powder for a couple of times and I am extremely happy how it turned out to be. (more…)

ABEECO BEE VENOM MASK REVIEW

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How does applying bee venom on your face sound to you? To be frank, I thought it was insane! That’s the reason why I have never even thought of trying it out until now, despite all the popularity it has been gaining through the years. I decided to give the bee venom mask a try when I got this one in my december glam box. I was curious to know how effective it would be on my skin. I have to admit, I was scared too. But then I made up my mind and decided to use it.  And after using the abeeco bee venom mask for more than two weeks now I thought this product must be reviewed. If you are interested in knowing more about the abeeco bee venom mask and how it works please continue reading.

Thank God! no bees are harmed in the process. Otherwise I would have never opted for this one. (more…)

30 BEAUTY HACKS USING BABY PRODUCTS

 

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After having a baby, I have learned a lot of things. I also had to make some (read as complete) changes to my lifestyle. Changes both good and bad, like now when we go shopping our primary focus is on baby stuff as any other parents. You also get a lot of products during baby shower or later,which sometimes you don’t use at all. So I had to come up with these beauty hacks using the baby products.Okay, I admit, I am that beauty-obsessed  mother spare even her baby’s products! Thank God! my baby is not big enough to know it!

So my today’s post is about how you can use baby products in your beauty routines. (more…)

HOW TO DO A FACIAL AT HOME

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Our skin needs some pampering to remain beautiful. So it is important to show some love to your skin. The easiest way is definitely to go to a beauty salon and get a facial done. Just relax and enjoy! But did you know you can do the facial at home! All by yourself? You don’t have to spend a fortune for the facial and you don’t have to get out of your home too. (more…)

28 WAYS TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS

 

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We all know what black heads are. But since I have to give a small introduction to it, I am writing a few things about what are blackheads, but you are most welcome to skip the part and head on to the ways to get rid of blackheads. But if you are someone like me who likes to understand the culprit better before execution (Don’t worry I am speaking about blackheads ,just trying to be a little dramatic) then stay and read it completely. Trust me, its a very small one. Even if you skip the introduction part, don’t miss out the preventive measures section because prevention is definitely better than cure!

What are blackheads

Blackheads are small, black spots that appear on your skin, mainly on your nose and chin. These blackheads (also known as open comedones) are caused when the pores become blocked because of sebum and dead skin. These are primarily yellow in color but gets oxidized when exposed to the air and turns black. So basically whiteheads and blackheads are the same. The whiteheads (closed comedones) are the ones that do not come in contact with the air.

Common causes of black heads are stress, hormonal changes, cosmetics, no proper cleaning of the skin, smoking, caffeine and alcohol. Those genes also play a major role in causing blackheads.

Ways to get rid of blackheads

Blackheads spare no one. Everybody gets their share sometimes occasionally sometimes regularly. Below are various methods of removing blackheads, hope you will find a method which best suits your skin.

Natural methods to get rid of blackheads

1. Egg white mask

You need: 

  • 1 egg white
  • Facial tissue or toilet paper
  • A small bowl
  • A clean towel

Separate egg white from yolk, and place the egg white in a bowl. Whisk the egg white slightly. After cleansing your face apply a thin layer of egg white on your face. Place the facial tissue on top of it and apply the egg white again. Wait till the mask dries and once dry, apply a second layer on top of the first. Repeat this for 3-5 times. When your done, peel off the mask and wash your face.

Remember: Make sure each layer is dry before applying the next layer to get good results.

2. Cinnamon and honey mask

You need:

  • 1 part organic raw honey
  • 1 part cinnamon powder

Mix the two ingredients and heat it in a microwave for 5 seconds. Mix again and apply this mixture on the blackhead affected area when the mask is still warm. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and wash off. You can also place a clean cotton cloth on top of the mask to make honey-cinnamon pore strip. When it dries out peel it off and wash your face.

Remember: Before applying the mask make sure the mask is not very hot but just warm.

3. Honey and milk pore strips

You need:

  • 1 tbsp of organic raw honey
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • A clean strip of cotton

Mix honey and milk. Place it in the microwave and heat it for 5-10 seconds. Mix again after removing from the microwave to combine the ingredients. Next dip the cotton strip in the mixture and place it on your nose or any other blackhead affected area. After 10-15 minutes peel the strip off for blackhead free skin.

4. Coriander leaves and turmeric powder

 

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You need:

  • 1 tsp juice from coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Mix both the ingredients to form a paste. Apply this mask on your face ( preferably at night) and leave it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes wash it off with cold water.

Remember: To make coriander juice, take a handful of coriander leaves and crush it. Extract the juice by pressing it on a sieve.

5. Oatmeal and yogurt mask

You need:

  • 2 tbsp Oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Mix all the above mentioned ingredients till it forms a paste. Apply the mask on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes wash your face with warm water.

6. Green tea-mint soothing face mask

You need:

  • 3 tbsp green tea
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp honey

To know more about this mask check out my post HERE.

One other great method to remove blackheads using green tea is the green tea- cucumber scrub. You can find it HERE.

7. Lemon juice and cinnamon powder

You need:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Mix the two ingredients and apply this to the blackhead affected area. Leave this on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

Remember: For better results repeat this 2-3 times a day. And its good bye blackheads.

8. Lemon juice and ground nut oil

You need:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground nut oil

Mix the ingredients together and apply this on areas where you have blackheads leaving it for 15-20 minutes.

9. Sugar scrub

You need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp jojoba oil (or any oil of your choice)
  • Few drops essential oil (optional)

This is a very simple method to treat blackheads. Mix all the ingredients and slightly exfoliate your face with it, concentrating more on blackhead prone areas.

10. Aloe vera

You need:

Fresh aloe-vera from plant

Apply aloe-vera pulp all over your face and gently massage your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or leave it overnight. Wash off your face with lukewarm water.

11. Tomato mask

You need:

  • 1 tomato

Peel the tomato and mash it. Rub the blackhead affected area with the tomato pulp for 2 minutes. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.

Remember: If skin is on the drier side, then add few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

12. Mandarin-tomato face pack

 

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You need:

  • 2 tbsp tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Check out this post to know more.

13. Yogurt and orange peel

You need:

  • 1 tbsp of yogurt
  • 1 tbsp powdered orange peel

Massage your face using this mask for 5 minutes then leave it to dry for another 15 minutes. after 15 minutes wash your face and pat dry.

Remember: To make orange peel powder, the orange peels must be dried by keeping in the sun and then grind it to a powder.

14. Potato mask

This is one fun way to remove blackheads. Boil a potato until it becomes soft. Cut a pencil size piece from the boiled potato. Place this on the blackheads and cover with a bandage. Leave it overnight. In the morning peel off the bandage and the potato.

15. Yogurt and lemon juice

You need:

  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix the two ingredients and apply to your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash your face. This mask is great for skin lightening too in addition to removing blackheads.

16. Almond and gram flour

You need:

  • 2-3 almonds soaked in water or milk overnight
  • 1 tbsp gram flour
  • 1 tbsp milk

Soak almonds at night in milk or plain water. In the morning, grind it to form smooth paste. Add gram flour and enough milk to form a paste. Cleanse your face and exfoliate using this mixture. Wash your face with lukewarm water.

Remember: For better results, leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.

17. Pumpkin and egg mask

You need:

  • 2 small cubes of pumpkin
  • 1 egg white

Blend the pumpkin with the egg white. Apply this mask on your face concentrating more on the blackhead affected area. After 15 minutes remove the mask using a wet wash cloth. Then using milk, cleanse your face once again.

18. Rice scrub

You need:

  • Rice grains
  • Rose water

Take few grains of rice and grind it to a powder. Add a little rose water to make a paste. Now using this mask, scrub your face gently to remove blackheads.

Methods to get rid of blackheads using non-natural substances

The above mentioned methods to remove blackheads used natural substances that you already have at home. The following methods can also be done very easily at the comfort of your home, the only difference is that we use artificial substances, that you already have at home.

19. Gelatin pore strip

You need:

  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp gelatin

Mix milk and gelatin, stirring until the mixture is nice and smooth. Then place the mixture in the microwave and microwave it for about 30 seconds to heat it up. Apply the mixture liberally to your face using a makeup brush or your fingers. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then peel off the gelatin mask.

Remember: When heating the mixture in the microwave, do not bring it to a boil. Just heat it. Make sure the mixture is not too hot before applying on your face. Also don’t keep it long before applying or else the mixture will solidify. Also remember not to keep the pore strip on the affected area for too long, as it will hurt when peeling off.

20. Baking soda mask

You need:

  • 1 part baking soda
  • Fresh water

Take baking soda in a small bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Apply the mask to the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out and then wash it off with warm water. For better results scrub gently and then wash it off.

Remember: Do this only once a week, otherwise your skin will become really dry.

21. Toothpaste and salt

You need:

  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • Toothpaste

Make a mixture using the two ingredients. Apply the paste to your skin. Rub it for one minute and then wash your face with lukewarm water. This mask will show instant results on blackheads.

Remember: Moisturize your skin really well after using the mask as this will dry out your skin.

22. Toothbrush technique

 

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You need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

Take a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush (preferably white) then very gently scrub the blackhead affected areas with the head of the toothbrush. Later, wash your face with warm water.

Remember: Dedicate a toothbrush just for removing blackheads. Do not use the one you use for brushing your teeth (obviously). Also remember to be gentle while scrubbing, Just gentle circular motions. Use this method only once a week not more.

23. Bentonite clay mask

You need:

  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • Apple cider vinegar or fresh water

Add ACV or water to the clay and mix it to form a smooth paste. Apply this mask on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes.

24. Aspirin tablet

You need:

  • Aspirin tablets
  • water

Make a paste by crushing aspirin tablets and adding water. Apply to the blackhead area.

Other methods

25. Steaming

You need:

  • A bowl
  • water

Bring water to a boil. Drape a towel over your head and hold your face over the water. Then steam for 5-10 minutes. This will open your pores, hence, removing white and blackheads.

Remember: You can add any essential oils to the water if you prefer.

26. Toners

Applying a toner containing salicylic acid is very beneficial to your skin, not just in removing blackheads, but also removes excess oil, reduce acne and tighten pores. You can use natural ones too.

Check out one easy diy toner HERE.

27. Products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid

When choosing your facial cleansers and other products, try to find out products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as active ingredient to keep blackheads at bay.

28. Pore strips and other extracting tools

You need:

  • Pore strips or
  • Extracting tool

Steam your face first to open pores and loosen blackheads. Then if you are using pore strips place the strip on affected areas and keep it for 10-15 minutes and then peel it off. If you are using extracting tool, then remove blackheads by applying slight pressure. But remember whichever method you choose, do not squeeze. Since squeezing is required when using extracting tool, I recommend not using this method!

Preventive measures

  • DO NOT squeeze or pop blackheads, this will worsen the situation.
  • While exfoliating is a great method to remove blackheads, make sure to scrub gently.
  • Wash your face twice daily.
  • Always use clean pillow cases.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Remove your make up completely before going to bed.
  • Keep your face clean.
  • Avoid close clothing and cosmetics that block your skin.
  • Sweat it out, but not too much because too much sweating can also cause blackheads.

 

Hope you find out the best method to get rid of blackheads (which works best for you). Stay beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LACTATION SMOOTHIE RECIPE

The lactation smoothie is great for breast feeding mommies, but anybody can try it as an energy boosting smoothie…

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With mommies being made aware of the benefits of breast feeding more and more new mommies are keen in breastfeeding now. Which is great, but that is definitely your personal choice and what works for you and your baby. Some times even if you choose to breast feed, you might find it difficult because of not having enough supply to meet your baby’s needs. If that is your case, then continue reading because this post is about one great method to increase your milk supply. This post is about one fantastic lactation smoothie which helped me a lot. My baby is almost one year old (her birthday is on 22 Jan) and I still continue to feed her breast milk along with all other food. But at the beginning I had low milk and the lactation smoothie is one thing which helped me. The best thing about the lactation smoothie is that it is super easy to make and it really works.

The lactation smoothie

You need just few ingredients to experience the blissful feeling you get while feeding your baby that you might have not had due to low milk supply. So lets get to the ingredients that we need to make the amazing lactation smoothie.

You need

1 banana

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp brewers yeast

1 tbsp flax seed

1/2 tsp vanilla or chocolate extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crushed ice (optional)

Method of preparation

To prepare the lactation smoothie combine all the above mentioned ingredients in a blender and blend till the desired consistency. Transfer the smoothie to your favorite glass and enjoy. You have your on the go lactation smoothie.

Remember:  You can use full fat milk instead of almond milk if you like. Don’t use low fat or skimmed. You can use coconut milk also. I like the taste of coconut milk.

I have seen many cook the oats before adding to their lactation smoothies but I would say just toss it in, don’t cook.

I add honey as a sweetener, you can skip honey, it is your choice. But I think you will have to. I can’t think of drinking the lactation smoothie without any sweeteners. But its your smoothie, your choice.

We add vanilla or chocolate extract for flavor. Don’t skip that, I would say, because the brewers yeast has an awful taste. If you can bare with it, then cool.

If you want it chilled then add crushed ice as much as you like. You can also add frozen banana and milk. Trust me, the chilled version is yumm! But you don’t have to necessarily make the chilled version skip ice if you like it that way.

If you hate the taste of any particular ingredient, you can always skip that particular ingredient or just substitute it for any other ingredients of your choice. This is your lactation smoothie you can customize it as you like. The brewers yeast is the one I hate about  this recipe of lactation smoothie but I was ready to adjust. After all, this is for my baby. But you can skip if you don’t like.

Few other tips for increased lactation

  • Always remember to drink lots of water.
  •  Using Fenugreek seed is the most popular and effective way for increasing lactation. I have been given fenugreek tablets from my doctor, to boost supply. You can also drink fenugreek water or maybe include some fenugreek porridge in your diet. It works.
  • One important  point is to always remember is to remain happy and stress-free.
  • I know this might sound impossible with a baby around, but take plenty of rest. Rest is really important.
  • Oatmeal is one great ingredient to boost lactation, try to include oats more and more in your diet as porridge, smoothies, cookies, whatever.
  • Include more vegetables, fruits and green leaves in your diet.

If low milk production is stopping you from breastfeeding your baby, try the lactation smoothie and see the change. I have had good results so will you.

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TURMERIC FACE MASK FOR CLEAR SKIN

The good old turmeric can do wonders to your skin…

 

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Turmeric has been used in various parts of the world for beauty treatments from centuries. Turmeric has its origin in the South-Asia and is now used in almost everywhere in the world. Turmeric is widely used in many cuisines like Indian.Turmeric has many health and beauty benefits. Including turmeric in your diet can help in weight-loss, preventing cancer, boosts immunity, controls cholesterol and diabetes( to mention a few).

When it comes to skincare, turmeric is your life-saver. It has  many beauty benefits. So it is a great idea to include turmeric in your food. You can also apply it externally  as face masks, scrubs or any other form which works for you. One thing which I like the most about turmeric is that you can use it not only for your face but also for your entire body. In India, women apply turmeric to the entire body as a pre-marital beauty treatment and also after pregnancy to treat all the pregnancy related skin issues. It is believed that many Bollywood actresses also do the turmeric beauty treatments.

Turmeric face mask

There are many ways you can use turmeric. But in this post I am talking about one of my favorite ways of using turmeric. This is not just my favorite, the mask is so effective. So lets get into details about the turmeric face mask.

You need:

1 tbsp turmeric powder.

2 tbsp chick pea flour.

2 tbsp yogurt.

1 tbsp honey.

I normally grind my own turmeric powder from the dried out roots. In India, turmeric is widely available (both powder and roots, even the fresh ones). Some cultivate their own turmeric at home. If you can get your hands on the homely made ones, its superb. You have to dry it out in the sun to grind it to a fine powder. We also use the fresh ones in our skin care (not getting into details about it). If you can’t find it, no problem you can use the powder which can be easily found in any Indian grocery stores.

Remember: I have used 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, you can use a little bit more if you like, not more than that because turmeric can cause a burning sensation.

If you don’t have chick pea flour you can swap it for rice flour. 

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How to prepare turmeric face mask

Measure and take all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix it really well to form a smooth paste. The paste should not be too runny as well as too thick. It should be somewhere in between.

To apply:  After cleansing your face and neck, apply the mask using a brush or with your finger tips. Let it stay there for about 20 minutes or until the mask dries out and becomes stiff. After 20 minutes, moisten the mask once again using warm water and massage the face with the mask, to give your face a slight exfoliation. Then rinse off with cold water. You will see instant results. Now, do not forget to apply your daily moisturizer.

Remember: We know turmeric can give a yellow color to anything it comes in contact with. So do not wear light colors. Wear some old clothes which you don’t mind staining.

Normally after I wash off the mask there is no yellow residue or color on my face. Thanks to the chick pea flour we are adding. But if you are left out with slightly yellow face don’t panic. Cleanse your face using a mild cleanser and the yellow color is gone.

If you feel a slight burning sensation on your face, it is fine. But if the sensation is unbearable wash off the mask immediately using cold water followed by a cold milk rinse. Actually it is a very good idea to wipe off your face with cold milk for removing the yellow color too.

If you have dry skin you can use 1 tsp of olive or almond oil to the mask to make it moisturizing.

The best thing about the turmeric face mask is that it can also be applied underneath your eyes for treating dark circles. You can also use this on your entire body to treat stretch marks and pigmentation during pregnancy.

 

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Benefits of turmeric face mask on skin

  • The turmeric face mask is great for exfoliating, leaving behind soft and smooth skin.
  • This mask works as an anti-aging mask. The high amounts of anti-oxidants in turmeric slows down cell damage.
  • The mask is very effective in treating acne. It also helps in lightening acne marks and scars.
  • The turmeric face mask is great for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and also dry skin.
  • The turmeric face mask helps in reducing pigmentation and evens out the skin.
  • It is also effective in treating dark circles.

So what do you think about the mask? Such an amazing mask, this is. Try the turmeric face mask for clear, beautiful skin and share your experience with me.

 

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You may also like:

Green tea-mint soothing face mask

Avocado seed massage.

Natural skin care routine.