Category: beauty

How To Take Care of Your Hair

Everyone has had a bad hair day. When I have a bad hair day I usually resort to styling my hair as a bun. Shabby but chic!

I’ve come across so many women with amazing hair. Whether it was straight, wavy or curly, they had a gorgeous head of hair. What were these women doing different or more, maybe? Nothing actually.

They knew their hair type and how to take care of it accordingly. Hair can be divided into 4 types mainly. This is different from the words used to describe the texture or condition of the hair like, frizzy, oily, dry and normal.


Straight Hair



Straight hair is probably one of the most sought after hair type. Straight hair usually has fine and thin strands of hair. One of the issues of straight hair is volume. Straight hair tends to hang limp with no body whatsoever.

A few tips for straight hair

- Opt for a gentle shampoo and mild conditioner.

- When brushing your hair start from the tips to the roots. Make sure you brush carefully otherwise you can damage your hair.

- When washing your hair, use warm water, not hot water. Hot water weakens hair.


Curly Hair


Curly hair is more prone to frizzing and becoming dry as well as coarse. This is due to curly hair being more fragile. Curly hair needs more looking after. If it isn’t moisturised regularly it can create a lot of damage.

A few tips for curly hair.

- Washing your hair everyday makes it dehydrated making it frizzy, opt for washing your hair every few days.

- If you ever use a comb, go for a wide toothed comb. Excessive brushing makes it frizzy and unmanageable. Use you fingers to lightly comb through your hair.

- For drying your hair after a shower don’t rub a towel. Squeeze the excess water onto it and apply a styling cream or anti frizz serum while your hair is damp.


Wavy hair


Wavy hair is usually coarse and thick. Two major problems faced by people with wavy hair are frizziness and lack of volume.

A few tips for Wavy hair

- Opt for a volumising shampoo.

- To prevent frizz apply a light leave in condtioner.

- While drying your hair, don’t rub the towel against your hair. Pat it dry. This helps in keeping the frizziness at bay.


Processed Hair


If you’re hair is bleached, dyed, relaxed or chemically straightened your hair falls in this category.

When washing your hair, it’s better to opt for a conditioning shampoo (preferably one meant for coloured hair) since your hair is likely to be damaged by the all the chemicals. Once you’re done rinsing your hair, apply a rich conditioner to the hair tips and length.

Since processed hair is porous, it will absorb anything you apply on it, which means you have to throughly rinse your hair once you apply shampoo or conditioner.


A few tips for processed hair.

- Make sure you wash every few days to prevent it from drying out further.

- Make sure you trim regularly to prevent split ends.

- Use a conditioner or hot oil for the ends of your hair to prevent dryness and split ends.


Watch out for Part 2 next week, where I’ll be covering natural remedies to treat frizzy, oily and dry hair.


- Neha Prasad

Korean Beauty Secrets

My best friend is obsessed with K pop and practically everything related to Koreans. So naturally she pulled me into it. While I can’t sit through a single episode of Korean dramas (way too lovey dovey for my taste), I listen to their music sometimes and I love the movie called 200 Pound Beauty!

Koreans have certain beauty standards that might be considered different to western culture. While its all the rage to be tanned in America, Koreans prefer snow white skin.

Koreans are really obsessed with beauty. Other than being one of the places where plastic surgery ads are commonly seen on the streets, they also have beauty secrets. The one I’ll talking about is the 10 step skincare rountine


The 10 Step Skincare Routine

Because your usual cleanse, tone and moisturise isn’t enough. “Skincare is a culture in Korea”, so it’s obvious that these women would definitely have a lengthier skincare regime.

Step 1 – Remove the day’s makeup with a moist towelette. Next use a gentle oil cleanser to remove any sebum or any impurities that might be found on your skin.

Step 2 – Wash your face with a mild cleanser or face wash.

Step 3 – Exfoliate problem areas. If you have visible pores or blackheads, concentrate on those parts of the face.

Step 4 – Pat your face dry and apply toner on your face. Opt for toners that are hydrating.

Step 5 – Apply Essence. It’s a nourishing liquid that is concentrated and helps improve elasticity, firmness and brightness.

Step 6 – Apply Ampoule. It’s a more condensed version of essence and is packed with vitamins. A few drops is enough.

Step 7 – It’s Mask time. Do this only 2 or 3 times a week. You can opt for facial sheet masks or you can choose an eye patches that boost collagen or a lip mask that hydrates your lips.

Step 8 – Eye cream. While applying eye cream make sure you don’t tug at the skin or pull it. Be as gentle as you can.

Step 9 – Emulsify. Basically apply a moisturiser on your face and neck

Step 10 – Cream mask. Apply a layer of night cream. This helps keep your skin hydrated throughout the night.


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- Neha Prasad

How To: Beach Hair

I love the way my hair looks after a trip to the beach. Soaking in the sun and the salty air seems to make my hair look better. For those who love beach hair but can’t go to the beach everyday, here’s three easy ways you can get those beachy waves.





Hands down, the easiest way to recreate beach hair. It adds texture and volume. An important tip, when applying salt spray, less is more. After you spray it onto your hair, just scrunch up the ends of your hair and voila, instant beach hair! You can buy salt sprays or you can make it yourself at home. Check out this DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray.





If you don’t mind heat styling and want something more defined, curling irons are your best option. An important tip, make sure you use heat protectant. This will minimise the damage to your hair. If you want loose waves, opt for bigger barrels. For tighter waves, smaller barrels work better.

You can also use your hair straighter if you don’t have a 3 Barrel Curling Iron. Just take 1 inch sections of your hair, roll it, from tip to root, around your finger. Remove your finger and hold the rolled hair and apply heat.





The way this usually works is after a shower, air dry your hair and tie it into a bun. After a couple hours you open up the bun and shake your hair loose. For best results, take a shower before you sleep and tie up your hair. You’ll wake up to a head full of curls! This gives you a more softer look since it’s not that defined and works well for people who have thick hair.

- Neha Prasad

7 Must Haves For The Summer

There’s three ways to be sure that summer in Dubai has begun. One, your makeup melts off within five minutes of stepping out. Two, the temperature reaches 30 degrees before the clock hits 9am. Three, the roads are surprisingly empty because everyone’s on a vacay.


If you aren’t travelling anywhere this summer, here’s a list of things you need to survive summer in Dubai.


1. The Trio: A pair of shades, sunscreen and a floppy hat. (For those brave souls who go to the beach in this weather, may you never get sunburnt)

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2. Triangl swimsuits (For those late night pool parties)

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3. Moisturiser with a high SPF. (Nobody wants to look older than they actually are)

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4. Sandals. (Anything that doesn’t completely cover your foot and make it sweat, like sneakers)

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5. Pedicure. (Your feet need to be at their best since you’ll be wearing open toe shoes)



6. Maxi dresses. (Pants? In this weather? Nope)

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7. Skater dresses (For chic evenings out)

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- Neha Prasad

4 Steps For An Easy Smokey Eye

A couple months ago, I wrote about some tips to get the perfect smokey eye. This time it’s going to be a quick tutorial on how to actually do smokey eyes.

Some things you need, 2 eyeshadows, one dark and one light (you can opt for any colour you want), an eyeliner, eyeshadow brush, blending brush and an eyeliner brush.

Smokey eyes are known for being dark and smouldering, but you can also keep it light if you want to. Also opt for colours that compliment your eye colour.


STEP 1: Apply

Apply a dark eyeshadow to your crease. Start with your upper lash line and work your way up to the crease.

Apply a lighter shade below your eyebrow until it reaches the crease.



STEP 2: Blend

Make sure you blend both colours properly so that there are no lines.


STEP 3: Line Away

Apply an eyeliner to your lower lashes and smudge. The eyeliner can be metallic colours or softer colours like brown or grey.

Now using a black kohl eyeliner, draw a line on the top lash line. Smudge this as well.

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STEP 4: Mascara

Make sure you curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Two coats of mascara should be enough.



How To Treat Sunburns

Living in Dubai, I have lost count of how many times I got sunburnt. The summer is amazing for those who love to go to the beach and tan but sometimes the heat gets out of control and you get burnt. Or you fall asleep on the beach and get burnt. Well that’s how it usually happens to me.

Prevention is better than any cure. Make sure that you apply adequate amounts of sunscreen. It helps not only in preventing sunburns, it is also known for preventing ageing due to sun exposure.

Here’s a few remedies than help in treating sunburnt skin


Baking Soda

Mix a couple tablespoons of baking soda with cool bath water and have a soak. Make sure that you don’t soak for more than 15 minutes as it can excessively dry out your skin. Once you get out, air dry yourself without using a towel. Don’t wipe off the baking soda on your skin.



Aloe Vera

Using fresh aloe vera leaves is the best for sunburns. Cut open the leaves in half and apply the gel like liquid onto sunburnt areas of your skin. Apply as often as 5 times a day until the sunburn is gone.




Cut into cubes and add them to the blender. blend until they are in a semi liquid form. Apply the potatoes directly on the skin where it is burnt. Once the potatoes dry up on your skin, go ahead and take a cool shower to wash them off.


- Make sure you drink lots of water as it speeds up the healing process.

- Moisturise. Your skin is dehydrated from all that time in the sun.

- Avoid using soaps, loofahs or anything that can irritate your sunburnt skin. You can use mild soaps and wash cloths.


- Neha Prasad

Get Gorgeous Skin Using Honey

Sometimes the things you find in the kitchen tend to be better than the goo you get in bottles. If it isn’t already obvious, I’m pro natural remedies as opposed to slapping something on my skin that has so many ingredients, most I have no clue what they really are.

One major benefit of using natural ingredients is that there is no side effects (unless you are allergic to it) but natural remedies take a long time for visible results to be seen. However, the results are long lasting.


“Raw, unheated, organic honey has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds, including acne. It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin”.

It also helps with :-

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Some of my favourite recipes are

Honey Almond Scrub - Mix equal parts of ground almonds and honey. This helps in removing all the dead cells and softening your skin.

Honey Exfoliator – Mix two parts honey and one part baking soda. This helps in gently exfoliating your face and body.

Honey Facial Cleanser – Mix honey with either coconut or jojoba oil. This helps in removing make up and unclogging your pores.


- Neha

Style Crush! Blake Lively

Blake Lively is probably one of many, flawless women that both guys and girls love. Blonde locks, a lithe figure and an arm candy husband, what’s not to love? To be honest, I think I love her and feel a tiny bit envious at the same time. But hey, she’s definitely worth the envy!

Jumping straight to fashion, It’s Blake’s year. All of her red carpet outfits were fabulous (Most of them were Gucci, so obviously fabulosity is guaranteed!). Here are some of my all time favourite looks on her!


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- Neha Prasad

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t love makeup? I feel absolutely naked leaving home without applying my mascara or lip tint! On other days, I’ve got to do a full makeup look, if I’m going out for an event. Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve found useful!




- Before applying foundation, It’s important that you apply primer. It helps by making your makeup last longer.

- Apply your foundation before your concealer. If there are blemishes or spots still visible after you apply the foundation, cover them up with concealer.

- It is very important that your foundation matches your skin tone. Your concealer should be a shade lighter.

- Use a stippling brush to apply foundation on your face. This ensures that you don’t have any streaks on your face.




- To avoid your eyeshadow from creasing, it’s essential that you apply an eye primer. The eye primer prevents the eyeshadow from creasing.

- The eyeshadow needs to complement your eye colour. If you have brown eyes, you can pull off almost any colour, but the best colours would be blue and purple. If you have green eyes, then it’s deep plum or colours with red undertones. If you have blue eyes then peach or colours with an orange undertone.

- Make sure you curl your eyelashes before applying mascara.

- If you have small eyes, it’s better to avoid lining inside your lower lash line. Your eyes would look bigger with a cat eye.




- Eyebrows frame your face. Your eyebrows should be well groomed. It’s essential that you do your eyebrows since it’s one of the major features of your face.

- Your brows should start from the inner corner of your eye and should end at the outer corner of your eye.

- The arch of your eyebrow should be a diagonal line going through your pupil and ending at the tip of your nose.

- To fill in your brows, opt for brown or dark brown brow pencil, it’s more natural than black.




- To make your lips soft, use a scrub made of granulated sugar and olive oil to remove the dead cells.

- If you are wearing lipstick, apply a lip liner, to the edges of your lips and then colouring them in, it will make the lipstick last longer.

- If you’re planning on applying a red lipstick or other dark colours, keep your eye makeup simple so that it balances out.

- The best shade of lipstick is a colour that’s two shades darker than your natural lip colour.



- Neha Prasad


How To: The Natural Makeup Look

With the heat soaring higher every day, It isn’t advisable to be putting a lot of makeup (Unless you stay indoors) as most of it would melt away as soon as you start sweating under the sun.

A natural makeup look is a good choice for summer and if you actually don’t like putting a lot of makeup on. Here’s a quick checklist for you to get that natural “no makeup” makeup look!




One of the must haves for the natural make up look to work is good skin. Concentrate on perfecting your skin. Before you apply any makeup, you need to cleanse your face and apply a light moisturiser if your skin is dry.


Even Out Skin Tone

Even out your skin tone by using a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream. It is lighter than foundation. And you don’t have to worry about matching the colour to your skin tone, as the tinted moisturiser or BB cream is sheer.




Conceal Spots and Blemishes

Use a concealer to cover up any blemishes or spots you may have, as well as dark undereyes. It is essential for the concealer to match your skin as close as possible.


Powder and Blush

If your skin tends to get shiny, you can apply powder to help absorb the excess oil. Add a bit of colour to your cheeks. Opt for a cream blush than powder blush as it gives your skin a more dewy look.





The key is too be light handed. For eyes, opt for a shade of brown a bit darker than your skin tone and apply it to the crease and lower lash line. Blend it well. If you prefer lining your eyes than eye shadow, go for a dark brown eyeliner than black. To finish off, use mascara.



Opt for a tinted lip balm  that matches your lips and apply lightly and blend if required.




- Neha Prasad