Wednesday, 7 March 2012

How to dress slimmer:
All women want to create that illusion of having that lean silhouette. Here are some tips to dress slimmer. Remember to be true to your own fashion sense for best results. Accessories, if paired well can add  the wow factor to a simple outfit .

1) Understand your body type:
Knowing what body type you are is very essential to dressing good. Find out what body type you are hour glass, pear, tube or apple figure and look at celebrities with the same body type to get a hint as to what is appropriate for your body type.

2) Don't go too loose:
Everyone knows that clothing that is too tight ain't flattering, same applies to clothing that is way too loose. Loose clothes camouflage your figure altogether and you end up looking like a box, now we wouldn't want that. It is very important for you to buy clothes that fit you well not too tight not too loose.

3) Maintain a waist:
No matter what your body type is, you should always accent your waist. Like go with a chunky belt and flat fronted trousers for that slimming effect. Choose dresses that cinch at your natural waist line for that slimming effect.

4) Wrap & Ruche:
If your uncomfortable about your stomach, you are not alone. Many women are insecure about there abdomen area. Easily camouflage your trouble areas with ruched tops. Wrap tops and dresses can also help accentuating your waist while hiding your stomach.

5) Go straight not skinny:
Yes skinny jeans have been the rage for the past few years. Though they look lovely on a tube body type the barely flatter other body types. Choose straight fit jeans over skinny, that taper to your ankle creating a lovely triangle silhouette without clinging to your tummy and thigh's.

6) Wedge it up :
Creating the illusion of length is the key to appear slimmer. Wedge shoes not only shape your calf but also elongate your legs. Wedges are generally comfortable and available in all styles suitable for all events.

7) Go dark:
One of the perennial fashion tips to dress slimmer is to wear dark clothes. Though the seem delicate and airy, avoid whites ad pastels. Black, navy blue and dark green make excellent choices. These dark colors are great for slimming down. Mix stripes and prints with solids for the best results. You don't have to go dark all over, just the areas you wish to hide.

Dressing up to slim down is simple. Remember that understanding your own body type is the first step in creating a gorgeous, lean silhouette. Embrace your body and true beauty will follow.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Fix those damaged hair at home:
All the styling pretty much does it for your hair and then the chemical treatments that we get done at the saloons to make it better just ruins it more. So here are some hair masks that will fix that for you without any side effects. Keep this regular and you'll always have shiny bouncy hair.

Mask for all hair problems and types:
you'll need :
1) Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
2) Honey - 1 tsp
3) Black tea extract - 1 tbsp
4) Castor oil - 1 tbsp
5) Thyme oil - 1/2 tbsp

- Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight or boil them for half hour changing the water in 15 mins.
- Blend the fenugreek seeds with the rest of the ingredients to make a paste
- Massage this paste on scalp and hair and leave it for 20-30 mins
- Wash it off with a mild shampoo

Hair mask for split ends:
you'll need :
1) Olive oil - 2 tbsp
2) Liquid lecithin - 1 tsp ( you can use egg yolk too instead)
3) Honey - 1 tsp

- Mix everything together and warm it.
- Apply it on your scalp and ends properly
- Wrap your head with a shower cap for 30 minutes
- Wash

Hair mask for dry hair :
You'll need :
1) Yogurt(full cream) - 1 cup
2) Egg yolk - 1
3) Jojoba oil - 1 tbsp
4) Beeswax pellets - tsp

- Microwave the beeswax and jojoba oil till it melts.
- Mix this mixture with egg yolk and yogurt.
- Apply this mixture generously to your hair and leave for about 30 mins
- Rinse with shampoo and condition.

Mask for getting shiny hair :
You'll need :
1) Eggs - 2
2) Milk(full cream) - 1 tbsp
3) Honey - tsp

- Beat the ingredients and apply on your hair.
- Rinse after about 10 mins and you'll get instant shine to your hair.

Mask for thin hair :
You'll need :
1) Oat flakes - 1 tbsp
2) Castor oil - 1 tbsp
3) Milk(full cream) - tbsp

- Mix the ingredients and apply to hair thoroughly 
- Leave for 4 hours , rinse .

Mask to prevent hair fall :
You'll need :
1) Potato - 1
2) Aloe vera gel - 2 tbsp
3) Honey - 1 tbsp
4) Vitamin A&E - 1 capsule

- Peel the potato and blend it with water to take out its juice.
- Mix 2 tbsp of potato juice with rest of the ingredients.
- Apply to the roots and massage the scalp.
- Cover your hair with shower cap or towel.
- After 2 hours rinse
- Do this twice a weak.

Conditioning hair mask :
You'll need :
1) Banana - 1/2
2) Avocado - 1/4
3) Wheat germ oil - 1 tbsp
4) Yogurt - 1 tbsp
5) Mayonnaise - 1 tbsp
6) Vitamin E capsule - 1

- Blend all the ingredients.
- Squeeze the contents of the capsule in the mixture
- Apply and leave for half hour
- Rinse with mild shampoo

Hair mask to prevent dandruff :
You'll need :
1) Thyme oil - 1/2 tsp
2) Sweet almond oil - 2 tbsp

- Pour the mixture on clean damp hair
- Massage into scalp and leave for 20 mins
- Rinse using mild shampoo

Mask for softening dry hair :
you'll need :
1) Chamomile flower - 1 tbsp
2) Comfrey root - 1 tsp
3) Nettle - 1 tsp
4) Elder flower - 1 tsp
5) Apple cider vinegar - 1 tsp
6) Water - as required

-Boil the herbs in water enough to wash your hair repeatedly.
- Let it stand for 30 minutes
- Add vinegar to the filtrate of the herbs and mix
- After shampooing, pour this mixture 4 - 5 times on your hair

A Bracelet DIY:
You'll need
1) Scissors
2) Cotton rope
3) Thread
4) Beads of your choice

Cut the rope so that it goes twice around your hand then fold it in half, place the bead in between and sow it in the place as shown

     Keep sowing in the beads in the same fashion till you reach almost the end and your bracelet is done.

 You can use any type of beads and can even make it twice as long to wrap around.

Hope you like them
Make you're own Kohl :
Back in those day's when there were no fancy cosmetic names this is how my grandma got her kohl! In my venture of going all natural, I just had to try this. I know it's a little difficult but this is way more healthy and also if you are like me this wont itch your eyes. 

You'll need:
1) Cotton
2) 1 nutmeg
3) 2 almond's
4) 1 clove
5) Clarified Butter
6) Brass Plate
7) Muslin

To begin :
1) Put the nutmeg, almonds and clove in the blender with a few drops of water so that it has paste like texture.
2) Take a flat piece of cotton 
3) Put the mixture on the cotton 
4) Roll the cotton in a wick
5) Dip this wick in the clarified butter. It should be drenched completely.
6) Hold it by a tweezer or put it in a steel bowl(small one) and light it up
7) Hold the brass plate above the wick, pretty close and collect the soot.
8) After the whole wick has burnt put a drop of clarified butter on the soot collected, and scrape it out.
9) Make a little ball out of it and tie it in the muslin cloth.
10.) Boil water and put this muslin cloth in it . This will get rid of excessive oil and you'll be left with your natural kohl.

I hope you'll try this out. I am sorry I did not put any pictures but ill soon . Do try it out.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

10 One ingredient DIY face masks:
Here are one of those many secrets my grandma sits on.. that still gives her a flawless skin.. she claims.. shes never ever suffered acne of any sort (gasp) So anyway's here are some one ingredient face masks to give you that glow without much work

1) HONEY : Use a  cloth damp with warm water and pat it on your skin. This opens up the pores. Smear honey on your skin and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse of with warm water and pat your skin dry .

2) RAW EGG YOLK : Spread on face and neck. Leave for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

3) RAW EGG WHITE : Beat egg white till frothy and apply on face. Wait till it dries and wash it off with warm water.

4) GRAPES : Cut one grape in half and rub it slightly all over your face. Do this for around 5-10 minutes.

5) BANANA : Mash one overripe banana and apply on face. Wash it after 20-30 minutes with warm water.

6) PLAIN YOGURT : Apply it all over your face ( preferably when cold) . Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it with cold water.

7) AVOCADO :  Mash avocado and leave it on your skin for 20 minutes. Rinse it.

8) MILK : Swab on face with a cotton ball. Leave on till your face seems tight and then rinse it of with cold water.

9) CUCUMBER : Mash the cucumber .. don't completely drain of its water. Apply on face. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.

10) PAPAYA : Mash a papaya. Apply it all over your face and neck. Leave it for around 15-20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

So here are the 10 one ingredient DIY facemasks
Hope you liked them

Delish Fusion:
This is the most easiest chicken recipe ever! and it still tastes a million bucks... 
All you need is:
1)Chicken breast cut pieces(boneless) - 1kg
2)Desi ghee(clarified butter) - tbsp
3)4-5 lemons
4)Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
5)Garam masala - 1 tbsp ( for those who don't know what is garam masala refer to

6) 3 - black cardamom
7)Whole Black Pepper seeds (pounded) - 1/2 tsp
8) Salt to taste

Take a pressure cooker and add the clarified butter to it.. Once hot add garam masala and black pepper and sauté.

Then add the ginger garlic paste and sauté again for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the chicken and lemon juice and seal the pressure cooker. No need to add water.

Cook for about 8 - 10 mins and your chicken is ready to serve.. as easy as it can get

Bon Appétit 


Get shiny bouncy hair :
Like everyone else I have my own hair woes.. and also like everyone else I have tried whatever I could from hair spas to hair packs to what not.. and then my grandma came to my rescue.. back in those saloon deprived days they did this thing every other fortnight and they still have lush hair.. best of all you'll find all these ingredients in your kitchen.. 

You'll need:
1) bowl( make sure its the one you don't use enough)
2) a spoon
3) olive oil
4) 1 egg white
5) 1 spoon curd
6) 1 table spoon honey
7) 2 table spoon lemon juice
8) brush you use to apply hair color..or anything else like that
9) a towel

Heat the olive oil to luke warm and massage your scalp with it.. tie it in a braid .
After about two hours take your bowl mix the egg white the curd ,honey and lemon juice in it.. mix it well..
Put the towel across your shoulders and start applying this mixture on your scalp.. once you've covered your scalp apply it to the hair.
Once done applying tie it up in a bun 
Now you have to wait till it dries and wash it off..
You will be left with beautiful shiny hair.. not only does this avoid split ends and dryness it also gets rid of dandruff..
Hope you like it
Love Oshin