Easy at Home Nail Art 12 – Snowcapped in Gold

March 31, 2013 Setu 7 Comments

Do you know a little trick I use to jazz up my nails? I throw in some golden and it never fails :P. Refer my Royal Red nail art which was very easy and simple yet gave no compromise sexy look :P. For this nail art I literally took my words seriously and threw in some golden rather than perfectly polishing golden. But who cares about working hard even when your rough work is equally admired?? I sent the pictures of my nail art to Niesha and she liked it :D. All the compliments give us joy but a compliment for an easy work which you just did during a lazy experiment brings sheer pleasure. And I thank Niesha for that. It motivates me to be lazy which I am at my best :P. Anyways, this nail art is also important because I learnt two lessons out of it which I will share at the end. I did this as a Guest Post for her blog, so click here to read the complete tutorial.

Snow capped in Gold Nail Art

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15 Benefits of Green Tea that No One Should Ignore

March 29, 2013 Setu 11 Comments

Few months back, I felt like Green tea is more like a fashion or a in-thing these days. And due to the bad or good curiosity genes in me, I rather challenge a belief than joining the pack. So, I did decent amount of study on Green Tea and I was convinced by its countless benefits. It’s a boon :D. I have been consuming green tea every day twice since then. And it’s like five months of green tea consumption and the heap of benefits I enjoyed; I thought blowing the trumpet and sharing with the lovely people out there :)

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I will also be covering the uses of green tea as DIY beauty, in the coming posts. But for now, I thought you should be first introduced to this wonder tea, so here I am sharing brief info I gathered from articles I studied.

What is Green Tea: Although the origin of the Green Tea and the black tea is the same (Camellia Sinensis), the processing is what which makes them different. Green tea has its origin in China but it has gained great popularity lately and is being consumed worldwide now.It has a long list of never ending benefits. As opposed to other tea (black tea etc), green tea is harvested and preserved quickly to cut the oxidation process so is subject to minimum oxidation retaining most of the goodness. Being least processed it presrves maximum nutrients and health benefits.

Green-Tea

Having said a “Hello” to the Green tea, let’s proceed to the innumerable benefits of it. Initially I had planned to cover only the beauty benefits of Green Tea but the article never seemed complete without including the amazing health benefits as well. So followinga are the 15 benefits of this magic leaf (this is not an exagerrration, belive me it does wonders) :D

Benefits of Green Tea

  1. Lowers Blood Pressure : Regular intake of green tea is known to lower the risk of blood pressure.

  2. Weight Loss: Green tea is said to increase metabolism rate and oxidation of fat leading to possible weight reduction.

  3. Reduces the risk of Heart Attack: It improves the health of body cells, relaxes the lining of the blood vessels allowing it to withstand changes in the blood pressure.

  4. Controls Diabetes: Green Tea regulates the glucose level in blood, controlling the risk of diabetes.

  5.  Regulates Cholesterol: It decreases the amount of bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol.

  6. Increases your Immunity: The Polyphenols and Flavonoids boost your immunity making your body stronger.

  7. Anti Allergy: The EGCG (polyphenol antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate) found in green tea helps to relieve one from allergies. It has helped me big time with my sneezing allergy :).

  8. Anti Aging: Due to free radicals present in green tea, it promotes longevity and slows down premature aging.

  9. Protects from harmful UV Rays: Both the researches on animals as well as humans have proved that green tea reduces sun damage due to the free radicals present it.

  10. Great for Skin: Having a very high content of anti-oxidants and free radical it is an amazing food for our skin. Being easily available is like a cherry on the top.

  11. Controls Acne: There is twofold reason why this works. Firstly, due to amino acids present in them, green tea brings down your stress level and anxiety which is one of the common causes of acne. Secondly, on topical application green tea skin is nourished with anti-oxidant and free radicals.

  12. Fights Tooth Decay: They kill bacteria causing tooth decay and control bad breathe as well.

  13. Revitalizes your skin: Just a splash of green tea (of course not the boiling hot but cold :P) helps to refresh the skin and soothes tired skin. It gets rid of toxins from your skin making it happy. Due to anti-septic properties it also known to treat minor rashes or cuts on skin.

  14. Soothes strained and puffy eyes: This no secret I guess, used cold green tea bag is known and experienced to relax eyes. They reduce swelling and puffiness from eyes.

  15. Combats Hair loss and dandruff: Green Tea is known to lower hair fall to high level of anti-oxidant EGCG. It reduces dandruff as well by soothing skin and reducing inflammation.


These are really few of the many benefits of green tea. To begin with just replace your milk tea with green tea and see the wonders. It may not taste great on your taste buds but your body will thank you for it :). It refreshes you and awakens your senses without the residual heaviness that normal milk tea gives us. They can be used in multiple ways, as toners, as tea, as hair rinse, as face pack, as cold compress for eyes and many more. I will try to cover alternate usage methods of green tea as much as possible in my coming posts. I can literally vouch for this magic leaf and it is just as amazing used in any form and way.

I hope you you experience and enjoy its greatness soon. Do let me know your experiences and variations in methods of consumption/usage. Let me know if you liked this posts and would want more on such wonderful things around in future.

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Easy at Home Nail Art 11 – Zebra Nail Art for Foot

March 26, 2013 Setu 36 Comments

Hi everyone! I am happy to share this nail art not because it is close to my heart or something but because it is super duper easy. This is my first encounter with Zebra Nail Art and I am happy as a beginner. I had read a lot about ladies going gaga over this nail art. At the same time I also read that it is super easy. Bingo! That’s what I wanted for my readers. That is what my focus is currently with the ‘Easy At Home Nail Art’ series.

Easy Zebra Stripes Nail Art

I had been trying to work with brushes for long but was unsure on the finishing part. so never touched them at all :( . But this nail art is perfect for people who are under confident with brushes to begin with. It doesn't require much of precision and is random so symmetry issue is also solved. More often we do nail art for hands; so this time I thought to target my foot for some pampering  :P. There is another motive behind this also :D. Since this is the first time I am doing Zebra stripes and using brush, foot is a safe option to practice. The flaws will be barely noticeable :) .

After endorsing this nail art enough lets quickly go back to the tutorial.

Easy Zebra Stripes Nail Art Items Needed Blog

Items Needed:

  • Base Coat

  • Top Coat

  • Blue Nail Paint – I used Colorbar

  • Black nail paint/ Acrylic Paint

  • Nail Art Brush/Normal Camlin Brush which is fairly thin ( Check the picture, it costed me like a Rs 10 or less)


How to tame the Zebra:

  1. Do the usual cutting, filing and washing of nails. Apply the base coat and allow it to dry.

  2. Cover your foot nails with this lovely blue.

  3. Now, dip the brush in black nail paint/acrylic paint and start drawing patterns. Remember, the nail art may look like it has random stripes but it is drawn in a pattern to avoid mess. Choose any pattern like a Z, >, <, /, / etc. Make your first pattern at the centre and then follow similar patterns to fill in the space. Do not try to copy the exact pattern, just do a rough draw. I used the > pattern. Please size your pattern as per the size of your nail bed.

  4. Finish with top coat and voila, you tamed the Zebra!.


Easy Zebra Stripes Nail Art Toe Blog

Additional Info:

  • I have chosen a blue color over white (which is the original base color for actual zebra) because any flaws on white will be more evident. As a beginner avoid working with white as base a lot.

  • Do not restrict your mind for using only white or grey shades for zebra nail art. I have seen amazing Zebra nail arts in fluorescent pink as well. So don’t fall short of choices for base color.

  • If you are not interested in covering the entire nail just cover half the nail with zebra prints. The half can be divided horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

  • This is an amazing nail art for short nails as well. They look cute on short nails, so deprive short nails from the privilege of nail art.


Important Note: It just took me under three minutes to draw the zebra stripes :P. After Don’t Phunk with my Heart Nail Art, this is another nail art which took this less a time. So that adds to the extra excitement :). With this nail art fresh in my mind, I am planning to divide nail art into three sections. It is for readers to get the kind of nail art they are looking for easily. The categories are :

  • DIY Nail Art without Tools

  • DIY Nail Art with simple Nail Art Tools

  • DIY Nail Art which take under 3 minutes


What do you think guys, is this a good idea? After all I am writing this blog for readers so it’s best if I ask your opinion. Please share your thoughts on this proposal helping me decide. Also let me know how you found this nail art :) .

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Easy at Home Nail Art 10 – Chained in Pink

March 23, 2013 Setu 33 Comments

Hi Friends, for more than a month now, I have been maintaining a ‘long time no see’ relation with Pink. How could I? Girls have a life-long crush on these colors but it just slipped out my normal nail art routine. The title to the nail art holds so true in every possible sense, depicting a girl’s loyalty towards pink :D

Anyways, I happened to visit my sister’s place and found a lovely pink color nail paint. I had to do something with it but I didn’t have any nail art tools. Although I want to carry them around with me since they are my priciest possession (not monetary but high emotional value), I can’t carry them to pretend being normal. So I was back to where I what I had started with, no nail art tools :(. Read the tutorial to know what came as bail out (It’s not a suspense though).

Chained In Pink Nail Art

Chained In Pink Nail Art

Items Needed:

  • Pretty Pink color

  • White Nail paint/ White Acrylic Paint

  • Tooth pick ( I know you had guessed it)

  • Base Coat

  • Glitter Top Coat


Chained In Pink Nail Art

How to Chain your nails in Pink

  1. Repeat the same old story of cutting filing and cleaning your nails. Do the top coat and allow it to dry.

  2. Now, paint half of your nail with pink. I did this free hand, however you may use a cello tape. Read my tutorial Chevron is On to see correct way to use cello tape/scotch tape.

  3. Outline the border of pink and nude nails with white polka dots using blunt side of toothpick. Read Retro with Polka Dots nail art to see how to use dotting tool/toothpick to create dots. The dots will be placed closely next to each other.

  4. After you have done laying the boundary wall between the pink and the nude neighbors, pick up the toothpick with the pointed side up. It’s time to give the chained look effect. Dip the pointed side into white nail paint/acrylic paint and place dots at the centre of the pink dot.

  5. Repeat this for all your nails and finish with the glitter top coat if you want to remain chained to the pink for long :). The glitter top coat will add bling to your nail art and hide flaws if any. It gives a fancier look.


Chained In Pink Both Hands

Additional Info:

  • You could reverse the nail art for your ring finger or middle finger to give a complicated look. That is color the diagonal with white instead of pink, make boundary with pink and small dots on pink boundary with white. Simply put, just swap the colors.

  • You could also reverse halves of nail colored. Instead of coloring the top end pink, you could try coloring the lower half pink and leave top end nude.

  • If you feel your pink is already jazzy & glossy or you want to keep a low profile, just use glitter top coat for the nude part. It will give a simpler look to your nail art. But cover the pink part with transparent top coat without fail.


I hope I have chained my reader’s sufficiently in pink with this tutorial :P. Do share your thoughts and feedbacks about this nail art.

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Maybelline Lasting Drama Swirl Gel Liner (Silver and Black) Review

March 22, 2013 Setu 5 Comments

Hi Beautiful People,

I did a guest post reviewing one of my favourites Maybelline Lasting Drama Swirl Gel Liner (Silver and Black)  for Luchessa at Beauty expression by Luchessa . She was sweet enough to publish my article and introduce me to her readers.

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Since ages, Woman (especially Indians) has been fascinated by kohls and liners. First came the kohl (kajal), then came the liquid liners and now there is a generation of gel liners; which is more like a hybrid of kohl and liquid liner. I simply love (love is an underestimation, actually I am obsessed with: P) kohls and my tryst with them can be read in my article Finding the perfect one! I have been using the amazing piece of Maybelline Lasting Drama Blackest Black for a couple of months now. I am impressed by its performance so decided to grab the other variant (black & grey) too without even finishing one fourth of my previous one .

Please click here to read the complete review of this amazing piece which has made me fall in love with it :)

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Patanjali Alovera Gel Review

March 20, 2013 Setu 8 Comments

This purchase was made by me a couple of months back when I was in all “Herbal and Natural” products phase. I still prefer basic household skin care routine, things which are easy to understand, easy on pocket and easily available. Now tell me something, why should I use a product which has a small extract of Aloevera gel to enjoy the goodness of aloe when I can use the pure aloe gel instead? :P. Also you don’t know what all chemicals will be loaded to the poor aloe by the time they reach us. I really don’t believe it when the product claims “extract of this herb” or “with the goodness of that oil”. I prefer hunting for the herb instead and making my way around it. And aloe gel is super easy to find and affordable also. Now the best thing may be to use the leaf to get the fresh gel but I don’t have an aloe plant at my place so settled for this with 90% W/V aloe vera gel. Read the benefits and uses of Aloe Vera gel here.

Patanjali Aloe Vera Gel

Product Claims and What it contains

Patanjali Aloe Vera Gel

What it contains:

Price: Rs 75

Quantity: 150ml

My Experience with PRODUCT

I was not sure of how I wanted to use the product, so I was experimenting with it. The consistency is that of a gel. It claims to be good for marks, so the first day I used it only over marks. It was very light, didn’t feel like I applied anything on skin, so the next day I thought I will apply like a pack on face after cleaning and wipe off in an hour or so. But it was again so light and my skin felt natural that I didn’t wipe it off and slept with it. Now, I have read that it may make skin dry if left overnight for some people, so I was cautious. But it was absolutely fine for me. So I zeroed to this method of usage. And quite frankly I was undergoing a breakout phase so wasn’t using a night cream at all, with the fear of breakouts. So, this one easily slipped into my daily night care regime. I did not feel any need for any cream or moisturizer after applying this. My skin felt very relaxed, light and refreshed. It gave my skin a natural cool as if I washed my face with some enriched water, just that this water like thing stays on my face and doesn’t drip down. Even when I woke up in morning the skin didn’t feel irritated or dry out.

Aloe Vera gel Blob

It did not much work on my acne scars, just a bit lighter may be. Not much work on the pigmentation part as well. But still I am happy with the natural moisturizer part.

Pros:

  • Affordable

  • Good quantity and goes a long way

  • Flip Flop packing is good and travel friendly

  • Very light on skin, your skin will feel really hydrated

  • Natural moisturizer

  • Did not dry my skin or irritated it

  • Has a cooling effect which relaxes your skin

  • Soothes tired skin

  • Non sticky

  • Blends very well with skin


Cons:

  • Did not reduce my spots much

  • Why to add fragrance to a natural product?


Will I re-purchase again? Yes. Apart from skin moisturizer, it’s a multipurpose product.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes. Even if you don’t use daily, it is advised to have this stocked. Aloe gel is multipurpose.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Availability: I have read people complain about availability but I have a Patanjali outlet 10 steps from my home :P. The store is well stocked with products and stays open till 10:30pm :) For all my readers who find it difficult to locate an outlet, here is a list of online stores which sell Patanjali Products.

http://www.zopnow.com/patanjali-b.php

http://satvikshop.com/

http://www.vedicgiftshop.com/

http://healthservices.divyayoga.com/

Have you tried Patanjali Alovera Gel?

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DIY : Cucumber Toner for Glowing Skin

March 15, 2013 Setu 28 Comments

Hi friends, summer is round the corner. In this cruel weather we all rack our brains to retain the fresh feeing. Personally, as soon as I think of ‘summer’ I naturally connect it to mangoes, ice creams, citrus fruits and chilled cucumber :D. The last time I thought of this something constructive and amazing happened :P. I came up with an excellent DIY Cucumber toner. It’s not like I invented it or something, there are people around already using it but summers reminded me of this.

DIY Cucumber Toner for Glowing Skin

I have used lot of cucumber face packs a couple years back. Just before my wedding my skin was looking all dull and gloomy. It was in the month of May and the heat also had taken toll on my skin. But cucumber didn’t disappoint me at all. I literally didn’t believe in it much when others said but I had to bow down in front of this as I saw the results. Anyways, knowing cucumber suited my skin and it is super cheap and easily available, I decided to plunge into this toner :D. To know the benefit of toners read this.

Before we get into this, let us first do a quick recap of the benefits of Cucumber for our skin

  • Helps a great deal to whiten and brighten your skin if you use it regularly.

  • A boon to the sun burnt skin. It sooths, calms and revitalizes sun-damaged skin.

  • Helps you to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles.

  • Very beneficial to keep acne at bay and remove post acne scars as well.

  • Hydrates your skin and nourishes it.

  • Closes the pores and reduces oiliness

  • It is natural coolant to your skin.


Believe me you can simply Google and 100 other benefits of cucumber but I am stopping here :P

DIY Cucumber Toner for Glowing Skin

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber – 1 in number

  • Lemon – 1 or 2 (optional) - Lemon is suggested for oily skin. Lemon juice mixed with cucumber juice helps to lighten scars of the face.

  • Honey – a teaspoon (optional) - Honey is a disinfectant and natural bleach. It acts as a natural moisturizer and its antiseptic properties help to prevent skin problems.


Method:

  1. Peel the cucumber and cut into rough pieces.

  2. Grind it in your mixer to make a paste out of it. Run this paste through a strainer or a sieve or an old but clean handkerchief (I scarified my husband’s hanky for this :P).

  3. Collect the liquid in a container. There are lots of fancy spray bottles available in market these days. Try to use one of them. It will be easier to pump twice to get it out without wasting the toner. Opening the bottle and pouring down toner to your cotton every day can result into lot wastage and incontinence.

  4. Now, add lemon or honey or both depending on the skin type and what your skin loves. The toner should be refrigerated and is good to be used for a week. So you could also experiment the recipe and ingredients with each batch.


My Cucumber Toner for Glowing Skin

My Experience:

As I write this post I have already been using this toner for 10 days as an after face wash ritual. My last batch did go bad after like 7 daysL. So please make only as much as you require. I cannot sufficiently describe the freshness my skin feels as soon as I apply this toner. Refrigerating the toner increases its life and makes it all the more cooling to my skin. You cannot imagine how refreshing the cold cucumber toner is to my skin. It is like saying ‘Good Morning’ to my skin and waking it up to look pretty. You can definitely check the pores closing and shrinking after you apply this. Just check your face before and after this fro proof. Heat opens up the pores and cold closes it, so that explains it. I have a sensitive skin which is acne prone. I didn’t break out with this; in fact I find my skin better with a glow :)

Additional Info:

  • You could use the cucumber pulp left on the sieve as face pack or as an eye mask. I even hate the thought of flushing this wonderful thing down the sink. You can refrigerate it and use for a couple of days.

  • If you have miscalculated and made some extra toner, don’t worry. Use this magic liquid to replace water for lubricating any face pack. It will definitely enhance the effectiveness of your beauty mask and add to its inherent goodness also.

  • You can also use as a face spray or dab your skin with it whenever your skin feels tired.

  • I have many more optional ingredients in my mind to add to the benefit and goodness of this dear toner. But I would like to experiment first and based on the success I will share with all my readers out here.


Well, I do not see any reason why one would not try it. It is effective, easy and very cheap. Share your experience with this toner. Also, share recipe of any homemade toner that you tried and was a hit. Tell me if you would like more of similar DIY posts. Let us all get beautiful together :P.

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Why should we use Facial Toners? I will give you 8 Simple Reasons.

March 14, 2013 Setu 4 Comments

CTM is the bible of skin care and it’s a crime to go wrong here. C is Cleansing, T is Toning and M is for Moisturizing. But have you ever wondered, what is the use of the T sandwiched between C and M? Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know because even I didn’t know much till now. But I was using it on and off. Only when I got the bug to dig deep into the skin care and beauty regime I reached here. Doing healthy research really helps and this is a tried and tested formula from the experience of my victory over hair loss.

Why should we use Facial Toners

To begin with toner is kind of a generic term . It is sold in market under various fancy names like astringents, tonics, balancers, skin purifiers, clarifying lotion, cleansing water, skin fresheners and so on.

Why should we use Facial Toners

Benfits of Facial Toners

  1. It reduces or shrinks the size of skin pores. When we cleanse our skin, our pores get opened up as a result. So a toner does the job well of shrinking these pores.



  1. It removes traces of dirt or grime that may be missed by our face wash. It’s like double check to ensure a clean skin :)



  1. It helps us to get rid of the stubborn makeup traces that remain on our skin even after cleansing. And I have seen this happen even with best of the face washes.



  1. Toners also help remove traces of the face wash/soap left behind after cleaning. And believe me there are a lot of chemicals in the face wash/soaps as well, so you wouldn’t want them rest on your skin for day long.



  1. It balances the pH of the skin. Most of the facial cleansers are alkaline in nature so the toners help restoring the normal pH of the skin which is around 5-6.



  1. It gives a fresh feeling and rejuvenates our tired skin.


7.    Depending on the content of the toner, some toners also add mild moisture back to the skin.

  1. Toner is particularly beneficial for people with oily and sensitive skin. Oils and pores help the dirt to settle. Toners regulate amount of oil produced and hence prevents acne.


Apart from the various benefits of toners, the best thing I like is about toners is that they can be very easily made at home to begin with. They are super simple and super cheap, the only thing you have to be sure is what you want in your toner. I have thoroughly enjoyed making and using the Cucumber Toner for Glowing Skin for over a month now. I am in love with homemade toners these days and would equally love to share them with you. I have also been using a homemade DIY Green Tea Toner, which I will be sharing in a few days :)

Even if you are not sure with toners now or not comfortable with investing much here till you are confident, you could just start with a rose water in form of a face spray or toner. It can never go wrong. Try procuring the purest form of rose water and let it do its job. And a rose water can never go waste even if you may later not much like it as a toner. It could be used instead of water in each face pack :)

Why should we use Facial Toners

I hope all you should be off your chairs by the end of this article looking for toners :)

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How did I combat Heavy Hair Fall with Simple Measures? My Success Story

March 09, 2013 Setu 39 Comments

A few months back I was at my all time low. To begin with I was suffering from bad hair fall and terrible white heads on my face which made me hate my skin every time I touched it. There were other hidden pain areas as well. But they were latent and I never realized them till I dug deep into them.

Hair Loss Image

My Hair Loss Story: I can’t tell you how much pleasure it is today to write about this in past tense. To begin with, there was hair loss each time I brushed my hair, each time I oiled my hair, each time I washed my hair, in short I was like losing a hair with every breath I took :(.This continued for more than a year after my marriage. I got crazy trying out various options. I never had hair fall problem, in fact me and my sister are blessed with such great hair that we never needed to use conditioner even to ensure a shampoo like shine every day. I only started using conditioner at the age of 23 maybe and that also on special occasions. I do not remember when these occasions became my daily life and I started using conditioner with every wash (I wash hair twice a week). I never paid attention to hair packs or serums because they would be the last thing on my mind. I would just skip over pages stating hair care or hair packs because my tresses were good on their own.

But the last couple of years will be written in dark letters in the history of my hair. I literally tried all the shampoos and conditioner that were possibly launched in the ‘Hair fall rescue’ category. Each one failed me in their own sweet way.

When my hair got utterly disobedient and stopped responding to the extent of bringing tears to my eyes, I started finding out ways to tame the bad boy.  I started reading about hair care, the to-do and not-to-do list for hair, food that is good for hair, reasons leading to hair fall, how to prevent hair fall etc. I can conveniently sum up by saying that I read almost everything that came in the search result of ‘hair fall’ in our friend, philosopher and guide- ‘Google’. I was like in a ‘get-set-go’ mood to eradicate the hair fall from roots. So I was doing a basic study about what a shampoo does, what a conditioner does, why do we oil our hair and so on. During this period, I looked at the back side of my hair products to study the ingredient list for the first time maybe. I even googled about few ingredients. I then came across this ‘SLS’ which is an essential basic ingredient in almost all the shampoos and conditioners sold today. Not only shampoo, conditioner, but soap, hand wash, toothpaste, face wash and what not. I dug up so deep that I ended up writing up an article on it which I would recommend as a must read for everyone to go through even if you don’t have hair fall problem (Read here).

After all the huge bank of information I collected I decided one thing:

I would not depend on the ruthless money making companies or brands to provide me solution of my hair fall. I had thrown away enough money trusting them. Now I am going to trust me and my instincts. I am going to believe the knowledge more than the commercials.

Victory over Hair Loss Image

So here is my success story and what I did:

  • I shunned using conditioners. Really? I got thinking, since when did conditioners start making hair healthy or make them grow or protect our hair? They are just an option to add shine or de-tangle our hair or make hair manageable or smoothen them for the time being. But it is never a lasting solution. It’s like using a concealer to hide your dark spots but do they go? Nooo, it’s just a temporary fix which may also aggravate the situation due to the chemicals in it but never make them better.

  • I started focusing on long term health of my hair and not short term fixes. The short term measures will be easy but I pledged not to be tempted.

  • I tried avoiding chemicals like SLS and its cousin. I planned switching to herbal products rather than chemically loaded stuff. We use more chemicals on our body in daily life than one would find in a chemistry lab. Yes, it’s not possible to run away from chemicals totally but at least we can avoid them. We could replace them with healthier and purer substitutes for lesser cost. I came across Patanjali products accidently right when had a huge appetite for herbal products. To add it, I also discovered Patanjali store 5 minutes from my house open till 10:30pm. And the rest isn't difficult to guess. I bought Patanjali Pure coconut oil (read review here), Patanjali Kesh Kanti Anti Dandruff Hair Cleanser (read review here), Patanjali Aloe Vera gel and much more.

  • I laid my hands on various homemade hair packs and oils. I would share the recipes in my coming post with all the lovely readers.


Victory at Last Image

The Results: My hair fall reduced by 70% or more. Even my maid said that now she finds lesser hair on floors while booming or in bathroom while cleaning:D. I have been successfully able to shun conditioners without compromising the quality of my hair. I switched to deep condition instead. I used few simple tricks with oils and other ingredients and I am proud of the way my hair accepted them with open arms. I will share this in my coming posts. In the initial days my hair missed it but within few washes my hair settled. I started with washing it every alternate day to make hair manageable but then resumed back to my normal twice a week as my hair got used to the no-conditioner oath of mine :P.

Personally, it gave a huge boost to my confidence. And I am never looking back to those chemicals available in the market with the fake face of anti dandruff, anti breakage, anti hair fall, anti split ends, anti gray hair etc.

I am not at rest,there may be other issues and problems and challenges waiting round the corner. Like I never had hair fall issues but it still rocked my world for 2 years; so what’s next Dandruff? Gray Hair? Hair thinning? Lice (Yukk!)?. Whatever it is, I am going to take control and solve it, rather than believing the ‘too good to be true advertisements’; I am going to believe in ME. I am quite sure that this is not the end; I guess this is the beginning. The beginning of being aware and making informed choices rather than a flashy poster or TV jingle making choices for us.

PS : I dug deep into my skin care regime as well and voila, I was able to get rid of white heads which was my shadow for more than 12 years. These white heads had not left my side for a day also. Even after getting a facial or exfoliation done. I could feel them coming back in 10-12 hours. I will share the success story for this as well in the coming posts. Till then all the best with your battle to skin and hair problems, the aware way. :)

Do you have a success  story of victory over some skin, hair or nail problem? Do write about it.

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Patanjali Kesh Kanti Anti Dandruff Hair Cleanser Review

March 09, 2013 Setu 10 Comments

The Patanjali shampoo was a part of the haul I did from Patanjali a couple of month back. For long I wasn't even aware that this brand existed. It’s only after the major noise it made in the blogosphere due its effectiveness and low pricing, I came to know about. The reviews were very positive about numerous Patanjali products. The price is a motivating factor as well, since you can try out various products from here without pinching your pocket. Also, the timing when patanjali got introduced to my life, I was in all herbal and natural phase. So, there were no second thoughts to try this.

Patanjali Anti Dandruff Cleanser Image

Product Claims: Prevents hair fall, removes dandruff, dirt from hair and scalp.

Usage Instruction: Apply 2-3 ml of shampoo in wet hair and massage gently, leave for 1-2 minutes and rinse off.  For best results use daily.

Herbal composition may result in change of color of product over a period of time. This does not change the effectiveness of the product.

What it contains: Rosemary oil, Honey, Neem oil, Tea tree oil, Nilgiri oil, Amla ext., Gurhal ext., Shikakai ext., Methi ext., Tulsi extract

Patanjali Anti Dandruff Cleanser Ingredients Image

Price: Rs 110

Quantity: 200 ml

My Experience with PRODUCT

The packaging wasn't very attractive but you can’t expect the world from a low profile, low cost, non glamorous herbal product. So it’s absolutely fine the way it is. The product says it is with a natural conditioner, what a relief. I was anyways making up my mind to quit conditioners which are loaded with chemicals and SLS to provide shine and smoothness to hair. Anyways, I started using the shampoo along with the Patanjali Pure coconut oil. Also, I shunned using conditioner from the day I started using it. My hair missed conditioner the first time I used it. It wasn't bad though, like frizzy or something but not very shiny also. The shampoo cleaned the hair well and made it soft too. I felt it while I ran fingers through my hair. With continued usage my hair got used to it and started responding. My hair didn't miss conditioner after few washes. It is silky smooth as it was with the conditioner earlier. I wash my hair twice a week. Initially, I had to increase it to thrice a week to make my hair manageable. But, you can blame the pseudo winters in Mumbai for the frizzy non friendly hair that I got for a while. Since I had chucked my conditioner so I had to accept my undisciplined hair with a pinch of salt. As the so called Mumbai winter bid us goodbye, my hair again said welcome to this shampoo and I am again back to washing twice a week. The hair doesn't scream for a conditioner now. I don’t feel the need. Maybe the ‘the natural conditioner’ within came to rescue. The best thing is it reduced my hair fall. Now maybe I can’t give the entire credit to this shampoo and take the lime light away for the Patanjali Pure coconut oil (read review here). I think both worked together.

Also, read my post on ‘How did I combat heavy hair fall with simple steps here.

Patanjali Anti Dandruff Cleanser Blob Image

Pros:

  • Very inexpensive

  • Amazing list of ingredients

  • Has tea tree oil which is famous for its anti bacterial properties (I am tea tree oil fan)

  • Did not find any SLS listed on the ingredient list.

  • Has natural conditioner so you won’t need an additional conditioner to help you hair

  • Cleanses the hair well

  • Makes them soft

  • Reduces hair fall to great extent

  • Smells of herbs giving me peace


Cons:

  • I wish the conditioner content was a bit more to make hair more silky and shiny


Will I re-purchase again? Yes. I have already poured down 2 bottles my hair up till now.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes. It’s a good bargain

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Availability: Patanjali outlets and may be few online stores

Have you tried Patanjali Kesh Kanti Anti Dandruff Hair Cleanser?

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Patanjali Tejas Pure Coconut Oil Review

March 09, 2013 Setu 10 Comments

I was suffering from terrible hair loss for more than an year and I was running pillar to post in order to find out a solution. I finished bottles of Sesa Oil on everyone’s recommendation but it didn't help me much. Now there are people who still swear by Sesa oil but it didn't do any wonder for me. One day while browsing online through various beauty blogs I came across Patanjali products and the reviews were real good. I verified the reviews against multiple blogs .Finally, I located a patanjali outlet near my house and purchased this oil.

atanjali Coconut oil bottle full Image

Product Claims: 'Made from the mature & fresh coconuts, Patanjali Double Filtered Coconut Oil is a premium cooking and consumer oil that is pure and non-RBD. Patanjali double filtered coconut oil is pure and without any preservatives offering you the great taste, aroma and goodness of Natural Coconut Oil.

Usage Instruction: Not written anywhere.

What it contains:

Patanjali Coconut oil Pakage Image

Price: Rs 42

Quantity: 210 ml

Patanjali Coconut oil Ingredients Image

My Experience with PRODUCT

The Patanjali Coconut oil is of edible quality and the label says “100% Edible”. This claim ensured the purity of the oil which was appeasing to me. The packaging is OK with a flip flop lock. But the size isn't travel friendly. They have changed the packaging now to a tub which is still travel unfriendly but at least good for winters. The new packaging launched by them is in form of a tub and even more unfriendly as there is wide mouth of the tub which will spill oil if you tilt it. :(

As soon as you flip open the bottle, there is this fragrance is of rich coconut. I am not fond of the coconut smell except for the first time I fell in love with it in Palmolive crushed coconut thermal spa (Read review here). The consistency isn’t very sticky or thick. In other words it is just right enough to nourish your hair and not stain your pillow. I applied it after warming it for 30 second in microwave and left it overnight. I washed it the next morning. The hair felt nourished and moisturized. The oil went off easily with two washes as any other oil. I continued oiling my hair every 3 days with this oil for about 2-3 months. My hair fall reduced after 20-25 days of usage. I have been using it for over 3 months now and have got another bottle last week.

I would like to say that this oil is definitely worth trying. It contributed big time in reducing my hair fall. The price is Rs 42 for 210 ml of pure coconut oil, which is loot. I used this oil coupled with Patanjali Kesh Kanti Anti Dandruff Hair Cleanser (Read review here). However, my story of victory over hair fall will tell you other factors contributing to the success. Read about winning this battle here.

Pros:

  • Very affordable which makes it a definite ‘try’

  • Edible quality coconut oil which ensures the quality

  • Free from harmful chemicals

  • Not heavy or sticky

  • Not difficult to get off from hair in two washes

  • Can be put to multiple uses like body oil, makeup removal, lip hydration etc

  • Leaves hair nourished

  • Reduces hair fall


Cons:

  • Packaging

  • Hmm , Hmm, Hmm…Not any :P


Will I re-purchase again? Yes, I am on my 2nd bottle and many more to come: P

Would I recommend it to others? Yes, it should be on your definite try list. It comes very cheap and in case if you don’t like it as hair oil you can use it as body oil and makeup remover too.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Availability: Yes. This is the catch. I find it extremely easy as it is very near to my place and the outlet is very well stacked and closes at 10:30PM. You can check the online option, but I am not sure. I have heard people complaining about availability if this magic potion.

Have you tried Patanjali Tejas Pure Coconut Oil?

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The Omnipresent SLS in Beauty Products - A Friend or an Enemy?

March 06, 2013 Setu 11 Comments

What are SLS, SLES and ALES?

SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. They are commonly present in almost everything that produces lather and foam. Yes, they are omnipresent in almost everything around us. In fact, we invite them in every possible form to our life. They are in our shampoos, soap, conditioner, hand wash, body wash, tooth paste, washing powder, industry cleaners, dish washing liquid and so on.

SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and ALES (Ammonium Laureth Sulfate) are the cousins of SLS. However, SLES is not as harmful as SLS. All of them are used for the same reason. They are all surfactants; they are used to produce foam required for cleansing.This also contributes to an important experience of product usage for many since people mostly associate more lather to more cleansing. We all have this misconception and there is nothing wrong in it till we do the genesis of this lather.

SLS in Shampoo

Why Now?

The last couple of years will be written in dark letters in the history of my hair. When my hair was at all time low, I started reading about hair care, hair products and peoples experience them. Then I came across this SLS which is an essential ingredient in almost all the shampoos sold today. I read about many people complaining and sharing experience with SLS and how it changed their hair structure for bad.

What did they do to earn the bad name?

To begin with facts, various health studies and researches including Environmental Working Group and FDA have mentioned it to be of ‘moderate hazard’ and ‘irritant’. There are over 16,000 researches on this and all say the same thing. It can lead to one or all of the following:

  • Irritation to eyes on contact

  • Irritation to skin (SLS gets easily absorbed by skin)

  • Causes hair fall

  • Hair breakage

  • Drying of scalp leading to irritation and dandruff

  • It strips off oil and moisture from skin

  • Drop in male fertility

  • Menopausal symptoms


The health report (the report can be viewed here )states the following

Studies on SLS have shown that: (Judi Vance, Beauty To Die For, Promotion Publishing, 1998)

  1. “Shampoos with SLS could retard healing and keep children’s eyes from developing properly. Children under six years old are especially vulnerable to improper eye development. (Summary of Report of Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. conference.”

  2. “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate can cause cataracts in adults and delays the healing of wounds in the surface of the cornea.”

  3. “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate has a low molecular weight and so is easily absorbed by the body. It builds up in the heart, liver and brain and can cause major problems in these areas.”

  4. “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate causes skin to flake and to separate and causes roughness on the skin.”

  5. “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate causes dysfunction of the biological systems of the skin.”

  6. “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is such a caustic cleanser that it actually corrodes the hair follicle and impairs the ability to grow hair.”

  7. “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is routinely used in clinical studies deliberately to irritate the skin so that the effects of other substances can be tested.” (Study cited by the Wall St Journal, 1st November 1998)”


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Why are they still used?

If a lay man like me can do a ‘Google’ and browse through few reports for merely hours to understand this, do you think the so called ‘skin care, body care, dental care, fabric care and I don’t care’ wings of these conglomerates have skipped this vital piece of information? The answer is ‘NO’. These are still used widely because they are very cheap and can be easily produced chemically. The natural source of these vicious cousins is coconut but the chemical process is what makes it dreadful. I can quote few websites but I don’t want to start a chemistry class here :P. You could do a simple Google search to find thousands of reports and researches on this.

Shampoo

What I am trying to SAY.

It is often thought that our skin has some kind of immunity to all kinds of chemicals while our stomach doesn't  For the same reason we pay much more attention to what we consume internally than externally. But maybe we are wrong. I will quote few things from a website (click here to go to the site) Putting chemicals on your scalp may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs.

Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down.

There are literally thousands of chemicals used in personal care products, and the U. S. government does not require any mandatory testing for these products before they are sold.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) estimates that one out of five cosmetics might be contaminated with a cancer-causing agent. This nonprofit public-interest research group is known for making connections between chemical exposure and adverse health conditions.

So, primarily what I am trying to say or shout out here is KNOW what you are using and KNOW about the products that touch your life every day. Do not be complacent thinking I am using an expensive brand or a renowned brand so the onus to make it safe for use lies on the company. Please read through the ingredient list of all products you use. If they say it’s a fairness product, please read about the ingredient which is the basis of such a tall claim. Read about what is in the product which will make you fair. Does the ingredient list have anything to do with fairness at all, are you sure they do not have side effects, something you are allergic to? DO NOT trust the company for doing the research, trust no one but you. No one will care about you more than you do. A little homework doesn’t hurt and there are no free lunches or no low hanging fruits which are sweet. What I am trying to reinforce here is be AWARE and then make choices. Even after reading through and studying all the ingredients of your products you may decide not to change them. You may still choose the SLS packed shampoo or face wash but this would be an ‘Informed Decision’ and not a ‘Blind One’. It will be a ‘choice’ that you will have made not blinded by the glitter of these expensive brands. Each time you buy a product without being aware or informed of it, the company succeeds in fooling you.

What I am not trying to Say.

I am not saying that SLS kills or endorsing the so called herbal or nature friendly products here. Let me play the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ here and say direct sunlight makes a lot of people sneeze (a close friend of mine sneezes the moment she makes an eye contact with sun) but that doesn’t mean we all are going to sneeze when encountered with bright sunlight. A lot of people have peanut butter allergy while rest of the world enjoys it. So, the point is SLS is bad and harmful, no wonder it is. But it may not harm each and everyone. My mother always got red itching eyes after shampoo for ages and now I can totally understand why. I, my sister and my mother have stopped using SLS shampoos to begin with. You can read my coming post on my story with hair fall to see what happened. But you may not take the same route which is fine. Also, the amount of SLS or SLES used is important. A very little amount of SLES in shampoo for people who don’t wash hair daily may still not hurt much. The ‘Hurtometer’ will differ from person to person obviously.

After doing justice to both sides of story and leaving the choice to you, I would like to sign off saying ‘Not knowing the products you buy is like you are paying your enemy to attack on you’ or ‘ keeping your house doors open to help a thief steal’.

Do let me know how you feel about this article and if it was of any use to you. Do leave comments even if you disagree to what I said. STAY AWAKE, STAY INFORMED.

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Easy at home Nail Art 9 - The Acid Wash

March 06, 2013 Setu 12 Comments

For all those who are not aware of this form of nail art, let me assure you it has nothing to with acid. In fact, the name may seem unfriendly, but believe me this is one of the friendliest nail art.

Why I say this is easy? Remember, it is difficult to create and easy to destroy. It is difficult to take care while easy to spoil. So, this is bit of a destruction nail art where you get the pleasure of spoiling for good. You don’t have to rack your brain of any ideas or experiments; all you need to decide is two colors of your choice

To add on, I feel the end result is somewhat similar to the ‘Crackle Nail Paint’ which is everywhere around these days. So, it is good bargain for girls who like the effect of crackle nail paint but are not sure about buying it.

Acid Wash Nail Art

Items Needed

  • Two different color nail paints of your choice

  • Base coat

  • Top coat

  • Ear bud

  • Nail paint remover


Acid Wash Nail Art

Acid Wash Nail Art Tutorail

  1. Wash your hands and pat them dry. Apply the base coat and let it dry.


 

  1. Apply a coat of the yellow color on your nails and allow it to dry.


 

  1. Apply a coat of the light teal color on top of the yellow nail paint. Allow it to dry.


          acid wash

  1. Now, comes the real thing. Take the cotton bud and dip it in nail paint remover. It should be just enough to wet the cotton bud and remover shouldn't be dripping out of the bud.


 

  1. Use the nail paint remover soaked ear bud tip to wipe of the light teal color from random places. As the top color will fade, the yellow color will be revealed. Do not rub vigorously, or you will wipe off the yellow color also giving a sneak peek to your bare nailsL.


 

  1. Apply the top coat and you have the acid washed nails :P


 

Additional Information

  • Apply one coat each of the nail paints; the sum total will anyways be two. Remember, a  thicker coat peels quicker.

  • It is a good idea to get an idea of the pressure and time required to get off the top color before hand. Don’t worry you don’t have to waste nail paint to experiment. Just try this on nail paint you already have plans for removing. But instead of using a cotton ball to remove it try using a cotton bud to get the hang of it.

  • Depending on your comfort you can also use three colors for a more colorful acid wash effect.

  • I would suggest not opening up the entire bottle of remover or pouring it down in a bowl to dip cotton bud. The cotton bud will soak excessive remover dripping over and spoiling your paint. Just touch the bud on the hole of the remover and tilt the bottle for the remover to touch (a bit more than just touch actually) the liquid.

  • Feel like its too bright for office, mellow down the tone by using grey and pink combo or white and beige combo etc.



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Easy at Home Nail Art 8 - The Dotty Lacy Purple

March 02, 2013 Setu 2 Comments

I am not sure but there is something with these dots, laces and hearts that soothe a girl’s eye. We are naturally attracted to them. And I am a victim of its charm: P. So I have for you a lacy effect nail art using dots. My tom boy sister suddenly asked for one (I swear she was the one who asked me and it was not the other way round like always). I did this for my sister and she is very happy with it (I wish I had a sister who could do nail art for me :P). I hope you this makes you happy too :D

The dotty lace on Purple

Items Needed

  • Base Coat

  • Purple Nail paint

  • White nail paint/Acrylic paint (Read on using acrylic paint for nail art here)

  • Tooth Pick/Dotting Tool

  • Top Coat


The dotty lace on Purple

How to ‘Lay’ those laces on your nails

  1. Cut, file and clean your nails. Apply a base coat so that your nails aren't stained purple.

  2. Once your base coat is dry, apply the purple paint.

  3. Simply put, there are three rows of dots used. The medium sized dot row is sandwiched between the two small dots row. Make the medium sized dots first. You can figure out the placement of small dots around them. But it cannot be the other way round. Pick up the white color on the blunt end of your toothpick. Want a bigger dot? Use a blunt pencil point (steal the pencil from your kid for a while!). Place the large dots in such a way that there is space for putting small dots on either side.

  4. Repeat this for all nails. Then make use of the sharp end of the toothpick or just sharpen the pencil for finer effect. Place each small dot between two medium sized dots and continue doing that till you reach the end of your nail.

  5. Do this for both sides the medium dots line and let the lace not leave you. So do the top coat.


The most important instruction: After you have done this, don’t forget to wear that ‘smile’ and lighten your darling face and pat your back. You just did a wonderful job. You just guaranteed a second look in the crowd. You just made the girl sitting next to you jealous!!!! But most important of all, you just enjoyed devoting some time to “You” so enjoy the art because I bet your nails are also looking awesome. :)

The dotty lace on Purple

Additional Info:

  • Now, you don’t think the lace best suits the end of your nails, so throw away the image of my nail art out of the window. You decide how you want to lay these laces. Should it be horizontal, vertical or diagonal? Not sure? It can be all on different nails :)

  • Yes, I am an Indian so I am writing this additional point because we use a lot of turmeric everywhere which stains our manicures :P. If this is your apprehension, feel free to shift your dot above to middle part, which will be of lesser reach to turmeric. But if you are using acrylic paints don’t worry, as far as my experience goes, they are stain proof for turmeric.


This is a simple and pretty nail art. So pour in your thoughts and comments and let me know if you enjoyed reading them.

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Polish me Bad, But Finish me Correct - The Art of giving Perfect Finishing to your Nail Paint

March 02, 2013 Setu 11 Comments

As is correctly said ‘A perfect story is the one which has a perfect ending’, the same theory applies for the application of nail paints also.

Perfect finishing to your polish

  •  Always apply nail paint to your working hand first, that is to begin polishing your right hand using your left hand first. This gives better results as your hand will shake less.



  • Always use a table to rest your hand while painting it. I use my folding laptop table and the results are definitely better than when don’t use them. I swear; Pinky promise!



  • Move your fingernails rather than the brush while painting, esp. while painting with your non working hand (left hand generally). It’s quicker this way. It majorly helps stabilizing your hands while applying nail paint so that the shaking of hands can be avoided. The hand applying nail paint is set well this way.



  • Never ever apply polish with fans on or in a breezy place. Your nail paint will dry out faster (partially on the brush itself) and turn goopy in consistency leaving ugly bumpy patches on nails.



  • Always ‘Wrap your nails’ or ‘Seal your nails’ with polish. What I mean is that in no case forget to cover the ends of your nails. They are most susceptible to wear & tear; your polish starts receding from here. It’s very important to properly cover the edges and tips of your nails. For this put your nail paint brush at 90 degree to the tips and give them a brushing. Also, tips are exposed to breaking, cracking and chipping, a little polish guarding these ends will prevent this. Do not ignore this little tip beauties.



  • Pastel shades or matt finish shades are the ones most difficult to apply. They highlight every patch and every flaw. But pastel shades are in this season so don’t avoid them, just pay more attention while using one. The rest will fall in place with practice.



  • Shiny shades or glossy shades hide the minor flaws and patches due to their shimmer and texture. So they are easy to work with. If you are not very sure, go for glossy shades to begin with. Just try clicking a picture of a glossy paint and a pastel paint on your nail and you will know what I am talking about.



  • Now, if you have used a pastel shade and you messed up with perfection, or you did a nail art which doesn't have very sharp finishing; do not worry. Here is the thing, instead of using a transparent top coat use a glittery top coat. The ones which are transparent but have silver shimmer particles floating in it. I use Maybelline silver glittery nail paint for the damage control. The tiny sparkles take away ones attention from the patches and misses solving the purpose :P. It also adds ‘bling’ factor to your nails giving them a jeweled look. (What do you think of my nail art ‘Chevron is On’? A confession : It was a disaster but the glittery top coat saved my life)



  • ‘Dark Polishes’ are to be dealt with great care especially if they are pastel. But in case of any damage to finishing of your polish use the method explained above and you are saved from the embarrassment.



  • Be careful while applying nail paint but do not panic or try to correct the nail paint if a little one seeps down the boundary of your nails. Just run the sharp side of toothpick on the borders of your nails and the little one will be taken care of.



  • Now, the little one isn't ‘as little’ but a bit more; still do not panic or rush to a cotton and nail polish remover to correct it. Wait a bit for a polish to dry. Take a cotton bud (orange stick/tooth pick tightly wrapped with little cotton on top will also do), dip it in nail polish remover and run it through the corners of your nails and you are good. If you attempt using a cotton ball instead, I bet you will end up spoiling your fresh nail paint since the remover soaked cotton will keep touching the fingernails holding them along with the nails around which you are cleaning. I have been a victim for endless number of times till I discovered this :P



  • Another alternative is to dip your hand in some soapy water for few minutes and then gently rub your fingers with an old cloth or bath sponge. But too much exposure to water goes against the longevity of nail polish so I try to avoid this if I have option.



  • If you are in hurry and want to dry your wet paint, dip your hands in cold water. Personally, I prefer drying it the natural way, but this method comes handy for rescue at times. Alternatively, you could put your hands near to the fan to use the air to dry or you could also use hair dryer to dry them up. (This will dry up your hands also, so moisturize them after the drying operation :) ).



  • Most importantly, take your time and be careful. Never apply nail paint in hurry. If you are falling short of time do not paint at all. I have messed up here a lot of times and then I end up blaming myself every time I see those nails with patchy and lumpy nail paint.


I sincerely hope that this article should bring about some change to the finishing aspect of nail paint application :D. Please share your feedback and comments on the articles. Let me know if you want to know more.

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Color Me Bad, But Polish Me Correct - The Art of Polishing your Nails Perfectly

March 02, 2013 Setu 9 Comments

In the world of beauty everything is an art. Be it application of kajal, foundation, lipstick, hair styling, dressing up or painting nails. As much it is important to do correct things, so is to do things correctly. No shortcuts here. Now the only choices we have is to work hard and smart.

We all have been tempted at some or the other time to skip the manicure routine or leave your nails bare for a day ritual or nourish your nails in between change of polish rule and just hopped onto an irresistible polish to add glam quotient to our hands. Although this is a violation of the Nail Care Law (I wish there actually was one and it could punish all the hard chemicals, detergents for adding misery to our nails, all the hard surfaces to which our nails bump and succumb to breakage :P); we have been convicted of it at some point of time. I have yet attempted to make a nail care law do's and don't for your nails in my earlier posts.

Now since the after effects of nail paint application is so glorifying, it is important that we begin correctly so that it ends up correctly. :)

Color Me Bad, But polish me Correct

Road map to the Perfect Polishing –Step by Step

  • Always get rid off all traces of last polish using nail polish remover. Even if the nails were not polished previously, this will help to get rid of oiliness or grease on your nails. Oils/grease does not allow your favorite nail polish to stick to your nail – How Rude! :evil: 

  • Save your nails with a base coat. It not only prevents color stains on your nails but also allows nail polish to spread easily and evenly. Use a good quality base coat. If I may suggest, it should be of a better quality than your nail paint.

  • Only after your base coat is dry, proceed to color your nails.

  • Do not shake the bottle as it will result in formation of bubbles in the nail paint capable of being transferred to your nails. Gently roll the nail paint bottle between your palms to mix the color and warm them.

  •  Now, open the nail paint bottle and pull out the brush with the brilliant nail color on it. Wipe the ends of the brush from both sides on the inner rim of the bottle so that the brush has just enough polish.

  • This is the critical part and there are primarily two ways to play this game (many more actually but two are commonest and gives best result to me).


Method 1:  Touch the brush to the middle of your cuticle and pull it to the end of the nail tip coloring the middle streak of your nails. Similarly, touch the brush (with enough paint on it) on the left and pull it to the tip covering the left strip. Do this for the right side as well. Repeat this for all your nails.

Color Me Bad, But polish me Correct  - Application Technique

 

Method 2: The image is self explanatory.

Color Me Bad, But polish me Correct : Application Technique

Both the above method lead to perfectly polished nails, the difference only is what we are comfortable with. I personally practice the first method, otherwise I always miscalculate the quantity of nail paint blob I drop on nails for the second method. However, there are people who swear by the second method. At the end it’s a matter of choice and comfort.

  • Only after the first coat dries, touch the bottle again to give a second coat. Now, it is better to apply two thin coats rather than applying one thick coat. Thick coats peel off faster.

  • Seal it with a top coat after the paint dries off completely. There is no use of drooling over a cool color if you can’t have it long enough on your nails. So, ladies ‘Top Coat’ is a norm.


I hope this would be helpful to all the lovely readers to fine tune their polishing habit. Do leave a comment if you feel this helped you.

Need to know more on the nitty gritty of polishes? I read your mind :P Go through my post ‘Polish me Bad, but Finish me Correct’ to discover tips and tricks to perfect finishing

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