STYLECRAZE http://www.stylecraze.com India's Largest Beauty Network Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:43:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 Glutathione For Skin Whitening: Does It Really Work? http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/glutathione-for-skin-whitening-does-it-really-work/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/glutathione-for-skin-whitening-does-it-really-work/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:31:29 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=314460 Do you want fair and bright skin? Have you tried numerous fairness creams but got no result? If you have nodded along to these questions, then you finally have a solution. It is glutathione we are talking about. Wondering what it is and how it can help you get fair skin? Read this post to [...]

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Do you want fair and bright skin? Have you tried numerous fairness creams but got no result? If you have nodded along to these questions, then you finally have a solution. It is glutathione we are talking about.

Wondering what it is and how it can help you get fair skin? Read this post to know more!

What Is Glutathione?

Even though glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants of all time, it is still unknown to a large number of people. It is best known for helping in whitening your skin and reducing the levels of melanin too. Doctors and dermatologists from all over the globe have often used glutathione during skin treatments and therapies. Most of the time it is used while manufacturing creams or skin whitening tablets for consumption. You can get hold of them from the nearest dispensary or simply place your order online.

How Does It Work?

Glutathione contains amino acids in abundance. The best part about this antioxidant is that it is very safe and doesn’t have any free radicals or toxins that could ruin your skin. In fact, it helps in cleansing your skin and removing all impurities and allows you to achieve a brighter complexion. With this, you can expect your hyperpigmentation levels to reduce. It helps in the activation of enzymes that play an important role in the removal of toxins.

Although there is a large number of products that help whiten your skin permanently, it is best to go natural! As already discussed, glutathione contains amino acids that reduce side effects and keep your skin healthy and safe in the long run.

How Does Glutathione Help In Whitening Your Skin?

Here is a couple of points in brief that will help you understand how glutathione helps in whitening your skin. Additional points have been mentioned to help you understand better.

  1. Glutathione is basically an antioxidant and is made of 3 amino acids namely cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid.
  2. It protects your body from diseases and prevents toxins too. It also fights free radicals that cause skin pigmentation, blemishes, and dark spots.
  3. People usually take glutathione in the form of pills to lighten their skin. They are found in pharmacy and beauty shops. 4 to 6 months of regular use will show good results.
  4. Glutathione is not just available in the form of pills, but also as injections and beauty soaps. In fact, they have become quite popular in the market. It is loaded with vitamins, soya oil, proteins, and minerals that help in nourishing your skin.
  5. Taking glutathione isn’t enough to achieve a fairer and whiter complexion; you must eat healthy too. Some fruits and veggies that you must include in your diet include asparagus, oranges, tomatoes, and avocados. These edibles will help in the maintenance of glutathione in your body.

Glutathione is not just known for lightening your skin, but also for fighting freckles, age spots, acne, and scars.

How Can You Use Glutathione To Whiten Your Skin?

You can take glutathione skin whitening supplements given by your doctor or dermatologist.

Moisturize your skin with the help of I-glutathione pills that will prevent the flaking of skin.

Interesting Fact:

Glutathione is usually taken in the form of a pill that has become highly successful in Asian countries, especially in countries where people would like to have fairer skin. Even though it is pretty expensive, glutathione injections are quite effective and will hit the bloodstream directly. Therefore, it is best to choose injections instead of pills.

The Dilemma That Comes With Glutathione:

The only dilemma that comes with glutathione and treatments associated with it is its cost. It is highly expensive, and not everyone can afford it. Lotions and creams are still cheaper.

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6 Simple Ways To Make Soy Face Cleanser At Home http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-ways-to-make-soy-face-cleanser-at-home/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-ways-to-make-soy-face-cleanser-at-home/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:14:09 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=314340 Do you look into the mirror only to be disappointed? Yes, wrinkles and rough looking skin can be any damsel’s biggest nightmare. With a dozen products in the market, finding a product that actually works on your skin can be a herculean task. But worry not! Here we talk about how you can prepare your [...]

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Do you look into the mirror only to be disappointed? Yes, wrinkles and rough looking skin can be any damsel’s biggest nightmare. With a dozen products in the market, finding a product that actually works on your skin can be a herculean task.

But worry not! Here we talk about how you can prepare your own soy face cleanser, which can enhance your facial skin health like magic! To know more, keep reading!

1. Soy Oats Cleanser:

The amount of pollution in the air causes blemishes and pigmentation on our face. Soy milk contains certain proteins that inhibit excess pigmentation. Adding oats to this cleanser helps in scrubbing away dead skin cells that make your face dull. To make this cleanser, you need to blend the following ingredients together:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom essential oil

Once blended, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for two weeks. Clean your face with this cleanser every day to get wonderful results within a week.

2. Lavender And Lemon Essential Oils:

Essential oils in the cleanser help in soothing the skin and make it soft from the inside. This facial cleanser uses soap, which means you can simply use it as a cleansing face wash. To make it, mix the following ingredients one by one, stirring well after each addition.

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 3 tablespoons Castile soap

The oil and butter in the cleanser make your skin extra soft and supple. Those with dry skin are suggested to use this face cleanser.

3. Soy Yogurt Cleanser:

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which balances the pH levels of your skin and also acts as a mild exfoliator. We also use honey in this cleanser that is the ultimate ingredient in any beauty treatment. To make this cleanser, add these ingredients in the blender and make a thick paste:

  • ½ cup soy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil

You can add a few drops of essential oil too.

4. Cocoa And Soy:

This is a very good cleanser that also moisturizes your skin. You need to melt 1 ounce of cocoa butter over a bain marie on your stove top. To the melted butter, add soyabean oil with one tablespoon of glycerine. To add fragrance, you can add a few drops of geranium rose oil. To cleanse your face with this body butter, apply it on your face. Leave it for a minute, and then, with a wet sponge, wipe away the butter with the dirt and oil.

5. Soy Exfoliator:

After a long day of hectic work and staying out in the dirt and sun, simply cleansing your face is not enough. You have to exfoliate dead cells and the dirt and grime too. So, mix the following ingredients with a wooden spoon:

  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 4 tablespoons ground nutmeg

Massage your face and exfoliate with this thick paste. Wash with cold water.

Benefits Of Soy Face Cleanser:

Soy milk has the following benefits for your face:

1. Natural Moisturizer:

It moisturizes your skin gently, replenishing its lost gleam. You can use the cleanser daily without the fear of drying out your skin. It also gets rid of flaky, dead cells, and thus is an exfoliator too.

2. Depigmentation:

With age, no matter how hard you try, you are bound to be tormented with spots and pigmentation that are often stubborn. If you have tried a dozen products to no avail, it is time you try soy milk. Age spots, pigmentation, and even wrinkles can be kept at bay with the use of a soy milk cleanser.

3. Skin Regeneration:

So, your box of Olay just got empty! Before you step out and bring another tube of regenerative cream, try soy milk. You will be amazed at how it can make you feel younger in no time. Soy milk contains vitamin E, which makes your skin look radiant and dewy. The simplest cleanser made by crushed, moistened soybeans can help regenerate your skin cells.

4. Supple And Glowing Skin:

Soy milk contains essential fatty acids, which strengthen the collagen under your skin. Collagen, like you already may know, provides the strength the skin needs. Thus, the supple elasticity of your face is retained. This means your skin will not look your age anymore. Soft and supple skin is now possible any time of the year with soy milk!

If you want to pump up the plumps of your skin and smoothen out those wrinkles, bring home a few cartons of soy milk. You can simply wash your face with soy milk, or make a magical concoction at home.

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10 Easy Ideas That Will Make Your Shave Last Longer http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/easy-ideas-that-will-make-your-shave-last-longer/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/easy-ideas-that-will-make-your-shave-last-longer/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:53:12 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=314271 Polls say that hairy women are a big turn-off for men. Well, if you just pointed at yourself and said, “that’s me!”, you are not alone. It’s not your fault you were born hairy. And being hairy is definitely not the end of the world. Amidst the many hair removal options (waxing, IPL, threading, tweezing), [...]

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Polls say that hairy women are a big turn-off for men. Well, if you just pointed at yourself and said, “that’s me!”, you are not alone. It’s not your fault you were born hairy. And being hairy is definitely not the end of the world.

Amidst the many hair removal options (waxing, IPL, threading, tweezing), shaving seems to be the fastest and the most painless one. Of course, a few experts don’t recommend shaving, but when you are pressed for time and on the go, what must be done, must be done.

So here goes a list of 10 things you should do to make your shave last longer:

1. Scrub Away The Dead Skin:

This is the most important pre-shave ritual that you absolutely must follow. EXFOLIATE! Giving your arms and legs a good scrub before you shave will help you get rid of the dead skin, and will also bring that ingrown hair to the surface. This is great because not only will you have the entire hair ready to be shaved-off, but you will also be left with smooth, silky skin post the shave.

2. Pick The Best Razor:

Imagine this – you are caught off guard one evening when it’s an absolute must to sport that little black dress, but oops! The hair! It is tempting to reach out and use your boyfriend’s razor. But hey, it’s always good to use a woman’s razor to shave. It is definitely customized and made specifically for your skin and hair. And if the razor you’ve picked has a moisturizer strip, that’s the best thing you can do to give yourself that close, lasting shave.

3. Always Move Upwards:

Always Move Upwards

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Shaving upwards has three advantages. First, it helps in removing all the dead skin that the exfoliating missed. Second, it removes even those tiny, stubborn bits of sprouted hair. And third (the best one), it lessens hair growth. YOU MUST TRY THIS!!

4. Moisturizing Is The Key:

Moisturizing Is The Key

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Moisturizing is the best thing you can do for yourself whether you shave or don’t. But, it is very important to hydrate your skin after you shave. It smoothens the skin, which magically helps your shave last longer.

5. Soak It Up:

Soaking your arms and legs in soap water for about ten minutes before you shave softens the hair follicles. When you shave, the hair will come off very easily. This also reduces hair growth considerably, and you are left feeling relaxed and HAIRLESS!

Sounds more like a ‘hair removal spa’ treatment, doesn’t it?

6. Choose The Right Soap:

Soaps are in plenty out there! But once you have shaved, it’s very important to ensure your skin remains supple. The usual soaps make your skin dull and dry. A cream-based soap is highly recommended.

7. Gel Makes It Better:

And if you could go a notch higher and use a shower gel instead of soap, that will work wonders for your shaved skin. The gel will retain all the moisture, and leave the essential oils that your follicles need.

8. Show Some Aloe Love:

Aloe Vera is the best medicine for all your skin problems. Dr. Aloe, in any form (soap, gel cream), will lessen hair growth and boost your skin health. We would say it’s worth giving a try.

9. A Secret Tip:

You probably haven’t already heard of this one! To splurge a little on your shave, rub on some sandalwood paste on your skin post the shave. It has some wonderful properties that will again help lessen hair growth, improve skin tone, and heal those razor nicks.

10. Aftershave Magic:

Well, if you thought aftershave only smelt really good, it has some benefits too. A splash of aftershave will act like an astringent to cool your skin down and prevent the eruption of boils and pimples. It will, of course, reduce hair growth too!

Now that you know how to do it, going hairless will be more fun for sure!

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6 Amazing Benefits Of Mineral Oil http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-mineral-oil/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-mineral-oil/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:31:13 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=314172 Have you ever tried using mineral oil as a laxative? Do you know that it is one of the most preferred natural ways of treating a variety of internal as well as external ailments? Surprisingly, very few people are aware of the multiple effects of this oil. This post talks about the top benefits of [...]

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Have you ever tried using mineral oil as a laxative? Do you know that it is one of the most preferred natural ways of treating a variety of internal as well as external ailments? Surprisingly, very few people are aware of the multiple effects of this oil.

This post talks about the top benefits of mineral oil. Would you like to know what they are? Read on!

1. Treats Constipation:

Mineral oil works as an excellent laxative, and hence is widely used for treating regular and chronic constipation. The oil is introduced into the body either orally or through the rectal route. Mineral oil acts as a lubricant. Research says that when you take mineral oil orally, it forms a coating of waterproof film over the stool and bowel, which retains the moisture in the stool, making the evacuation of stools easier. Even when introduced through the rectal route, mineral oil works in the same way. However, the rectal enema is preferred by many as they find it difficult to swallow the liquid.

2. Scalp Conditioner:

Mineral oil works excellently to treat scalp problems such as cradle cap, scalp psoriasis, and dandruff. It is extremely beneficial in treating various scalp issues related to dry skin. To treat problems such as dandruff, flakiness or psoriasis, apply mineral oil on the scalp and leave it overnight. Usually, repeating this treatment twice or thrice is enough to cure the problem. Mineral oil loosens the dry scales and helps to reduce inflammation.

3. Nourishes Dry Skin:

Dry skin can be a great problem as it can lead to several medical conditions such as dry patches, scaly skin, and psoriasis. Mineral oil works well to treat such dry skin problems as it has an inherent ability to hydrate and moisturize the skin and help it heal quickly. The treatment is more effective when done after a shower when the skin pores are open and ready to absorb and lock the moisture.

4. Works As An Emollient:

Mineral oil works as an emollient and makes the skin soft and supple. Its main feature is that it stays on your skin for a longer period due to which it is able to protect the skin from external harsh climatic conditions. The moisture is locked inside the skin cells and the upper layer of the skin, the epidermis, remains healthy and hydrated even when your skin is exposed to dry and cold winter air.

5. Decreases Fine Lines:

According to dermatologists, long-term use of mineral oil thickens the outermost layer of the skin, thereby reducing fine lines and increasing softness. Applying mineral oil on the face and neck ensures a decrease in the signs of aging such as fine lines and dark patches.

6. Cures Nappy Rashes:

Mineral oil is safe for babies, and hence most of the baby oils include mineral oil as one of their ingredients. Nappy rashes are common among babies. To reduce the redness and irritation caused by nappy rashes, apply few drops of mineral oil on the affected areas. Regular use will decrease the redness and itchiness, and in a few days, the rashes will be completely gone.

Consuming more than 100 grams of mineral oil can be harmful to health. Hence, when you take it orally, make sure that you do not cross the recommended limits. Also, mineral oil is photosensitive, and hence you should avoid applying it prior to going under the sun.

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6 Amazing Makeup Tips When You’re Wearing A Blue Dress http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/makeup-tips-when-youre-wearing-a-blue-dress/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/makeup-tips-when-youre-wearing-a-blue-dress/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:18:51 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=313910 Do you want to put on your favorite navy or turquoise dress this prom, but don’t know how to do your makeup? Well, you may wonder that your basic, go-to makeup is sufficient to wear with any dress. But why stick to a plain old look that you have worn to every party and night-out [...]

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Do you want to put on your favorite navy or turquoise dress this prom, but don’t know how to do your makeup? Well, you may wonder that your basic, go-to makeup is sufficient to wear with any dress. But why stick to a plain old look that you have worn to every party and night-out when you can create a striking and elegant look to complement your blue dress?

There are a number of ideas that you can implement to make your features pop and exude class through makeup and dress. Some of them are described below. Go ahead, have fun with makeup and create your personalized blue dress look based on these ideas!

1. Play With Colors:

First thing you need to know while trying new makeup is the color chart. Complementary colors help in bringing each other out. So, when you wear blue, you can wear its counterpart in the color wheel. The reds and oranges in the color wheel are complementary to blues. So you can pair colors of this range like coral, orange, peach, brown with blues. This is where you can play with colors and look for colors that look best on your face and your complexion. Another trick is to bring one color in focus in various elements of your dress. For example, if your dress is not entirely blue, but has blue elements interspersed throughout, you can introduce blue in your makeup as well. The presence of other colors makes your look interesting even while you play up the blue theme.

2. Base:

The base, or the makeup on your bare face, depends on the type of look you are going for. Start with a good scrub and moisturizer to maintain a fresh, dewy look throughout the day. With cooler shades of blue, you can pair up warm colors like deep red or orange, and thereby create a warm look. Cool shades of blue have more green in them while warm shades of blue lean more towards purple. For a warm look, start with a standard concealer stick and cover all your blemishes, zits, and dark circles. Now pick a foundation one shade darker than your original shade. This gives your skin a healthy warm glow and does not wash out in photographs. If you are naturally tanned, you can skip the foundation and try on a tinted body butter or moisturizer. Seal the base with a mineral powder.

3. Cheek:

Your cheeks should not be the focus of your look, but they are just as important. You can color co-ordinate cheeks and lip color to take the color play to another level. Blue is generally a cool color. So, for a blue dress, a warm blush would work well as it prevents washing out and an unhealthy pallor. Pink toned blush would make your cheeks look rosy like that of a baby. If you desire a warmer look, try a plum colored blush. To work with the blush, apply three tiny dots of the powder blush in the middle of the apple of your cheeks. Using a large, round brush, blend it with the skin in a circular motion. You can also try bronzer with a blue dress. Draw two tiny streaks under your cheekbones with the bronzing powder. Using the brush, blend it with straight strokes upward and towards the ear. It adds a pearly glow while highlighting your facial structure.

4. Eye:

Your eye should speak volumes with an alluring blue dress. You must remember that feminine eyes work really well with a powerful and gender-neutral color like blue. Metallic, smokey eyes with wing tips or cat eyes are some examples of classic eye makeup that works up a magic in tandem with your blue dress. If you are already wearing a hard blue like navy, the metallic component in your eyes could be gold or champagne. However, if you are going to make your eye a focal point, try to play down your cheeks and base to avoid the costume look. If you are wearing cool blue, try to add green or blue in your eyes. Similarly, warm blue dress calls for purple or teal. Although of the same family, the colors shouldn’t be exactly the same shade.

Apply light colored eye paint over your entire eyelid. Now take a shade darker shadow and with an angled, stiff brush, apply it on the outer edge of the eye in a V-shape to start off the cat eye shape. Blend the shadow towards the crease and also apply on the inner corners. The middle should be of the lightest shade. To jazz up your look, apply warm golden glitter (if you’re using a pink or brown shadow) or silver glitter (if using blue shadow) on the center of the eyelids. Coat the water lines of both the upper and lower lids with kohl. With colored or black eyeliner, trace a line over your upper eyelid, finishing in a wingtip. Give your eyelashes two coats of mascara.

If you intend to play up your lip and make that your focal point, avoid dramatic eye makeup. Use a light brown or peach colored eyeshadow over your eyes and finish by tight lining your lashes with kohl.

5. Lips:

If you have created a dramatic eye look, a nude lip color is perfect. After you have scrubbed your lip, apply lip balm and line with a nude lip liner. Cover your lips with a peach, pink or any other nude shaded lipstick. If you intend to make your lips the focal point of your look, go for a red lip color. After lining your lip, fill your lip with the liner that gives the lipstick more staying power. Now cover your lip with a striking red lipstick. Warm pink or coral is also good for pairing with blue.

6. Finishing Up:

To complete your look, apply a spritz of makeup sealer. This will keep your look fresh for long. If you have a mineral powder sealer, you can apply that on your face to get a shimmery effect.

Who said you cannot get makeup right for a blue dress? With these simple makeup tips, you are sure to be the stunner at your most awaited party! Whether you are the host or the guest, you are sure to leave people in awe!

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5 Simple Makeup Tips To Cover Melasma http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/makeup-tips-to-cover-melasma/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/makeup-tips-to-cover-melasma/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:13:41 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=313785 Are you tired of the melasma blemishes on your face? You are not the only one. There are millions of women across the world who suffer from this skin condition, and they too need tips to help them get the right makeup to cover melasma. This post tells you how you can use makeup to [...]

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Are you tired of the melasma blemishes on your face? You are not the only one. There are millions of women across the world who suffer from this skin condition, and they too need tips to help them get the right makeup to cover melasma.

This post tells you how you can use makeup to cover melasma. Would you like to know more? Just keep reading!

How To Cover Melasma:

To cover melasma effectively, you need more than your run-of-the-mill concealer and foundation. The OTC products that you find in the stores are not formulated for the purpose of concealing the signs of this skin condition. In many cases, skin specialists prescribe hydroquinone bleaches to help lighten areas that are affected. The effects of these creams and lotions are not permanent, and when they are used for a long period, they can cause redness because of irritation and chemical burning. It is best to use makeup instead of these bleaches.

You will be glad to know that there are specialized products in the market that are formulated to cover up melasma. Camouflage and liquid, and cover makeup are now available for hiding skin discoloration.

  • These products bring back an even, natural tone to your skin, making it look spotless.
  • They can be used with sunscreens and moisturizers for added benefits to your skin.
  • They can also be used with other formulas such as prescription creams so that the condition gets treated while your skin gets the necessary coverage.

The brands that have created makeup for melasma realize the need for a more concentrated formula to effectively cover any signs of this skin disorder, and they have delivered. Although they are more concentrated than OTC concealers and foundations, they give a natural look that makes your skin look radiant.

Tips For Using Makeup For Melasma:

It is important to know how to use makeup to conceal the signs of melasma. Here are a few tips to help you get the perfect coverage:

1. Find The Correct Shade:

The most important thing to do to get great results is to choose the right shade to match your skin tone. If you do not find the correct shade, you may need to mix a couple of shades together to get a perfect match.

2. Mix With Moisturizer For A Sheer Look:

Makeup for melasma is quite heavy, and if you want to get a sheer coverage, you should mix it with moisturizer. This will also prevent it from looking overly matte or dry. Remember that some moisturizers may not go well with these products, so you may have to do a little searching before you find the right one.

3. Use Undiluted Makeup For Maximum Coverage:

Some areas on your face affected by melasma need more coverage than others. What you can do is dilute and apply the makeup all over your face. Give it a few minutes to set. Once it has, use the makeup without diluting it on the discolored areas for maximum coverage. This technique will give you an even skin tone all over your face.

4. Use Fingers Or Makeup Brush:

For the best results, you should apply makeup for melasma with your fingers or a great makeup brush. Brushes are excellent as they allow you to apply the product with precision and prevent excessive thickness. Makeup sponges are best if avoided as the makeup tends to get soaked up. If you need to blend makeup with moisturizer or mix two shades together, use a camouflage brush.

5. Always Use Setting Powder:

To get fantastic coverage from melasma blemishes, make sure that you always use a finishing or setting powder after applying coverage makeup. This will prevent smudging and transfer. Take a generous amount of the powder and apply it on your face using a brush. Allow it to set for a few minutes and then remove the excess by gently brushing it off.

By using the right coverage makeup and making sure that you apply it properly, you can conceal the brown blotches that are brought on by melasma. By using makeup, you can have beautiful skin that is free from any melasma blemishes.

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4 Hottest Makeup Trends You Can Try This Summer http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/hottest-makeup-trends-you-can-try-this-summer/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/hottest-makeup-trends-you-can-try-this-summer/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:07:17 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=313780 Do you like to stay ahead of the crowd and present yourself to the world only in tune with the latest fashion trends? While you may not be able to buy the top of the line, just-hit-the-shelf clothing, you can keep up with the makeup trends. This summer is about contradictory makeup trends. You can [...]

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Do you like to stay ahead of the crowd and present yourself to the world only in tune with the latest fashion trends? While you may not be able to buy the top of the line, just-hit-the-shelf clothing, you can keep up with the makeup trends. This summer is about contradictory makeup trends. You can stylize your look like a glamor queen or adopt the girl next door look, and it all falls into the trendy category of this summer’s looks. So find your look and run with it this summer. It lasts only so long!

1. Eye:

The eye is a pivotal part of makeup. Naturally, a number of eye makeup trends have emerged this summer and they accommodate all styles and types of dresses.

Liquid Liner:

The liquid eyeliner and its bold stroke are in rage this year, both on the runway and off. The most striking look that has been noted in celebrities and fashion shows is the wing-tipped, precisely done cat eye. It requires a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it will transform any look in no time.

Splash Of Colors:

Color on the eye is another emerging and reigning trend this summer. You can incorporate color in the liner on upper lash line or both lash lines or even in the eyeshadow. If you ever wanted to put a dash of green or yellow or red on your eyelids, now is the time to do it in style.

Purple Shadow:

Purple shadow, or ‘purple haze’ as the trend is being called, has been endorsed by many models on the runways. You can apply it on your upper eyelid to be safe yet trendy. Or if you want to go all out, apply it below your lashes. It may look like a bad case of sleepless dark circles, but at least it is keeping up with the trends.

No-Makeup Makeup:

The girl next door look, or the deliberate plain look may not be your cup of tea, but it is very practical for the summer weather. The eye component of this look consists of a dab of concealer followed by a light coat of light brown or barely-there pink on these lids. Use eyeliner to trace a tight line on the lashes or simply apply kohl on your lash lines.

Smokey Browns:

Smokey eyes will always be trendy. For an evening party, you cannot pair your little black dress or your gorgeous red dress with a plain, kohl lined eye. Go all out with metallic, smokey eyes. You can also wear a toned down version of smokey eyes during the day to get a ‘partied all night’ look.

2. Lips:

Lips make a statement. Let your lips make one that is trendy and comfortable for the summer weather. You can simply skip the lipstick this summer and opt for lip butter or a tinted lip balm for the casual, no-makeup look. To make your lipstick stay longer, try covering your lips with liner before applying lipstick.

Color Me Red:

Red lipstick is another timeless classic that you just cannot do away with. Buy a shade of red that complements your skin. You can wear a warm red or a more pinkish red, depending on your dress or time of the day. You can also wear sheer red lipstick during the day.

Light Blue:

With the barely-there makeup trend, the light blue lipstick is quite popular. To enhance the blue, try to add a touch of blue shadow on your eyes or nails. Similarly, lilac is another cool color this summer.

Rose:

A shimmery rose colored lipstick is perfect for minimal makeup. It does not overwhelm, but does add a bit of shine to the otherwise plain look. Rose is a loose term, and you can choose as dark or as light a color you want. You can pair a doe-eyed look with a light pink shaded lipstick

Peach:

Want to enhance your tanned looks? Peach is the color for this purpose. Also, it is such an unobtrusive color that you can literally wear it on your lips, nails and eyelids and look great.

3. Cheeks:

With various makeup trends making a difference in the way people look, cheek makeup cannot be forgotten. If you do not pay attention to your cheeks, you may end up looking washed out or too plain.

Bronze:

Bronzer is a great way to enhance your facial structure. It also adds a warm glow to your skin. If you haven’t managed to acquire a gorgeous tan, bronzer is the quick sure-fire way to ensure you look summer appropriate. Also, if you are working the no-makeup look, a touch of bronzer is necessary. With the plain eyes, nude lips, you may end up looking quite plain unless you brush a bit of bronzer or rosy blush on your cheeks.

Rise And Shine:

Complete your look with a shine or mineral makeup sealer. This not only keeps your makeup in place and prevents smudging, but also adds a dewiness to your whole look. However, be subtle with it. You don’t want to look like you have glitter on your face.

4. Nails:

Nail colors are not exactly part of the makeup, but they enhance your look. Besides, there is no bigger eyesore than nail colors that clash with your makeup.

Metallic Nail Colors:

Metallic colors are in trend this summer. This means you can wear gold or silver nail polish. But these are more suitable for dressy occasions where the rest of your makeup is quite elaborate. During the day, you can wear muted nail colors with pearly shimmer in them.

Nude:

For any other occasion, try nude colors. You can match your nail color with peach, rose or baby blue lipstick.

Apart from that, feminine hairstyles are also in trend. You can try a messy bun or a vintage barrel roll with your no-makeup look. For evening wear, try a chignon with delicate flowers or tasteful hair accessories.

With these cool summer makeup tips, you too can step out looking confident and in control, while you leave onlookers spellbound!

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10 Ingenious Cooking Hacks You Can’t Afford To Miss http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/ingenious-cooking-hacks-you-cant-miss/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/ingenious-cooking-hacks-you-cant-miss/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:22:07 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=314023 We are capable of happily accepting the usual, and managing with what we have. The little crystallizing of ice cream or the un-buttered ends of the popcorn tub is always ok! But hey, not anymore! These simple cooking hacks will solve a lot of your “Oh! It’s ok”, or, “Oh! That’s the only way I [...]

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We are capable of happily accepting the usual, and managing with what we have. The little crystallizing of ice cream or the un-buttered ends of the popcorn tub is always ok! But hey, not anymore! These simple cooking hacks will solve a lot of your “Oh! It’s ok”, or, “Oh! That’s the only way I know it” problems.

Why only manage when you can make the best of what you have? Here are 10 fun cooking hacks that will add a little zing to the usual.

1. Ice Cream Softener:

It’s always a pleasure to have a tub of ice cream sitting in the freezer. But ice cream gets hard and forms crystals and gets totally unappetizing in your freezer. Well, we have a solution. Put the box of ice cream in a zip lock bag and freeze. You will have your favorite dessert remain soft and creamy for days to come.

2. Cutting The Softies Never Got Easier:

Whether it’s an exotic soft cheese or that freshly baked cake, cutting slices is like walking on a thin rope – a little pressure, and the whole thing crumbles. Next time you need to slice something soft, use unscented dental floss. Not only will you get perfect slices, but the rest of the chunk will remain intact too.

3. A Cheesy Delight:

Got some leftover French loaf? This brilliant cooking hack will have you run to the super market right away! Make incisions on the bread, ensuring you don’t cut all the way through. You will now have squares on your loaf. Slather some butter on the insides, and grate generous amounts of cheese such that all the slots are covered. You could add some fresh herbs or other seasonings to it. Toss it into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. We can almost hear you drool!

4. Eggs Of Gold:

Try something a little different from your usual mundane breakfast! Next time you hard boil eggs, do this – give your eggs a good shake before you put them into boiling water. Once the inside is nicely mixed, it will boil into a nice golden globe, giving you an exotic start to the day!

5. Movie Munchies:

It’s always fun to cuddle into the bed and watch your favorite flick a million times over. And what can be more enjoyable than getting theatre-quality popcorn at the comfort of your home! Once you’ve popped that fresh batch of salted popcorn, drizzle some butter over it, and then use a straw to send the butter all the way to the bottom of the bag. Yummy and uniformly buttered popcorn, ready for the chomp!

6. Something Fishy:

Fish is one of the healthier proteins, but its delicate flesh makes grilling a messy task. The next time you want to grill some fish, slice up a few lemons, and line them on the grill. Now place your fillet over it. Not only will the lemons protect the fish from sticking and tearing, but they will also add that citrus punch as it cooks. Grilling fish never got easier!

7. Fancy Drinks:

Hosting a bash is more of a mental exercise. Don’t you always want to try something different to absolutely woo your guests? Easy-peasy! Instead of adding whipped cream or marshmallows or even plain cubes of ice to those cocktails/mocktails, use cookie cutters or ice moulds to pre-freeze your toppings. And viola – café exotica at home!

8. Ch(K)iller Idea:

When you are ready for a party or have some friends over and the drinks are not cold enough, it’s always a spoiler. But worry you not! Just wrap those bottles in some wet paper napkins, and toss them into your freezer. The water in the towels will quickly evaporate pulling away all the heat, thereby chilling the bottles quicker than usual.

9. Of Separates:

Separating the yolks from the whites is always a clumsy process. A messy one too! Of course, this one will need a little bit of practice – but practice makes perfect! Use a bottle and create suction; this will pull away the yolk leaving the white behind. Try it!

10. Chill Pill:

Pitchers are economical, but not fun! They tend to warm up quickly, leaving the drinks drab. Chill a pitcher using this very simple hack. Add some ice into a paper cup, and plonk it into the pitcher. Your drinks are cool and safe from dilution. Now, why didn’t we think of that before?

Happy Hacking…err…oops…Happy Cooking!! :D

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11 ‘Serious’ Problems You Will Understand Only If You Hate Doing Your Hair And Makeup http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/serious-problems-you-will-understand-if-you-hate-doing-your-hair-and-makeup/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/serious-problems-you-will-understand-if-you-hate-doing-your-hair-and-makeup/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:02:22 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=313927 This lovely little planet has over 7 billion people living on it at this very moment, of which 3.418 billion are women! It’s just a number, and we probably can’t even begin to imagine just how big that is. So let’s try and segregate – of these there are women who love fake lashes, or [...]

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This lovely little planet has over 7 billion people living on it at this very moment, of which 3.418 billion are women! It’s just a number, and we probably can’t even begin to imagine just how big that is. So let’s try and segregate – of these there are women who love fake lashes, or then the hot yet stern nerdy glasses and red lipstick women, the petite and pretty girls in pink, or the short bob gung ho kinds, women with long-straight hair or lovely curly tresses, or then lipstick vs. kohl kinds.

The list goes on and on and on, and then when you reach the very bottom of the scroll, there are these women who absolutely hate to do their hair and makeup. They are the naturalists, the makeup shamers, the women who are always defeated in the battle of the eyeliner. They are those who probably think that winged liner is a new air cargo company.

So here’s a list of 11 things that only women who hate doing their own hair and makeup will understand:

1. Makeup? Hairstyles? I’d Rather Hit The Gym:

Rather Hit The Gym

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You would rather trade in that half an hour in the morning to catch up on some extra sleep or work on toning those abs. Why waste it on coloring your already pretty face? Right?

2. Eyeliner Makes You Cry:

Eyeliner Makes You Cry

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Taking a tetanus shot is an easier task than drawing on your waterline, right? However stunning that Kohl might look, when it comes to you, you only cry it all off!

3. Greek & Latin Seem Easier Than Makeup Tutorials:

Latin Seem Easier Than Makeup Tutorials

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Blending in, crease line, highlighting, contouring – all these seem to go right over your head. Anyway, what difference does all of this make?

4. DIY??????

DIY

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And even if you do understand a little bit of what’s going on in those tutorials, you still try it yourself and end up looking like a complete disaster!

5. You Hate Your Makeup Face:

Hate Your Makeup Face

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Not being able to do your own makeup is one thing, but when someone else dresses you up, it’s disastrous too! The shiny eyelids, the thick brows, and even the blow dry seem just too dramatic to handle!

6. You Hate Going To A Makeup Store:

Hate Going To A Makeup Store

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Forget about going to one, do you even know where it is? And on a fateful day, when you just can’t avoid going there, you don’t understand the difference between foundation and concealer. It’s not your fault! The bottles are of the same color!

7. You Always Scuffle Your Hair Out After A Haircut:

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Haircuts? Lazy! And even when you have managed one after years, that absolutely perfect looking hair after the blow dry is an absolute spoiler!

8. That Awkward Moment In The Loo:

Awkward Moment In The Loo

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You are done with your job and washing up, when a bunch of hoity-toities come in just to do up their hair and touch up their makeup, and you just stand there going Errrrr….

9. Go Green:

Go Green

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This one’s not a positive. Looking at all those women walking into work every morning with their faces perfectly made up or their hair neatly done just makes you go green with envy. If only you could get it right!

10. That’s All You Know:

All You Know

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When it comes to hair and makeup, may be there’s just that one thing you know how to do.

11. Natural Is The Way To Go:

Natural Is The Way To Go

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You always canvas going Natural or banning makeup. Well, not like there’s an option. That’s the only thing there is to do when you can’t do up your hair or d(r)ab some makeup on!

If you relate to all the 11 points listed above, worry not! You are not alone! Remember we said there were about 3.418 billion women in the world? There’s definitely someone, somewhere, screaming “Hey! Soul Sister”, and maybe here is where you’ll find her! :D

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Makeup Products The Top 5 Bollywood Beauty Queens Swear By http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/makeup-products-of-bollywood-beauties/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/makeup-products-of-bollywood-beauties/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:53:41 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=313901 Every girl secretly wants to be that absolute glam diva, and their muse? Of course, Bollywood! Be it those steamy dark eyes or skin-like peaches and cream, those pink rosy lips, or those perfect curves, with every swoosh of that magazine page, the stars do turn our eyes green with envy. Well, we might not [...]

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Every girl secretly wants to be that absolute glam diva, and their muse? Of course, Bollywood! Be it those steamy dark eyes or skin-like peaches and cream, those pink rosy lips, or those perfect curves, with every swoosh of that magazine page, the stars do turn our eyes green with envy. Well, we might not look like them, but we do have a little snippet of their favorite products, and a few bites on their fitness regime. You never know, when you aim for the stars, you do reach the sky!

1. Sonam Kapoor:

Sonam Kapoor

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A true fashionista, looking up to this one is absolutely worth it! Her flawless skin owes to natural homemade beauty solutions, and she swears by cucumber juice for her skin. No matter what the forecast is, she never ever leaves home without sunscreen, and uses Neutrogena sunscreen of SPF 30. Her makeup and beauty staples consist of a MAC lip balm, MAC and Chanel’s cheek tinits, multi-vitamins, and La Mer’s Crème de la Mer face cream. Her tip for instant glam is to sport some spunky red lipstick.

Hair-wise, Sonam oils her hair twice a month using a mix of coconut and almond oil, with a dash of shikakai. A moisturizing mask that gives her hair that silky, smooth glow follows this.

A fitness freak, Pilates and swimming are her favorites. She does at least 30 minutes of cardio everyday. Bharat Thakur’s yoga and Ashley Lobo’s dance exercises are a part of her weekly workout regimes.

She starts her day with warm water with lime and honey, and sips coconut water and buttermilk throughout the day. Sonam Kapoor has six small meals everyday!

2. Alia Bhatt:

Alia Bhatt

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This young dame loves to go natural. She drinks a lot of water to keep her skin and body cleansed and hydrated. For her hair, nails and overall well-being, she too uses the multi-vitamins. The 22 year old never misses her full body scrubs and massages at the Myrah Day Spa in Mumbai. She loves to take hair treatments.

You will always find a kajal (Kohl), a lip balm, Clinique moisturizer, her fragrance by Prada, her hairbrush, and not to mention, a CHEWING GUM in her bag.

Her diet is rich in protein and she loves to have vegetable juices. She is sure to grab a bite once every two hours. Ms. Bhatt makes it a point to work out 5 times a week, and apart from the usual cardio and weight training, she tries to include yoga in her fitness program.

3. Katrina Kaif:

Katrina Kaif

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An absolute bombshell, Ms. Kaif really doesn’t need makeup to glam herself up. The naturally blessed beauty keeps it minimal and uses a good lip balm and Stila Lip Glaze in an Apricot shade. She uses Georgio Armanis sheer blush for her cheeks. For the day, she loves the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curved Brush Mascara. In contrast to that, for the evening, Katrina uses Yves Saint Laurent Mascara and Mac’s Kohl for the eyes. She gets that perfect base, thanks to Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat. Concealer-wise, she uses Makeup Forever’s Camouflage Cream Palette No.3. A quick tip from the diva would be to rub ice on your face with a muslin cloth before you apply your makeup.

For that gorgeously glowing skin, she takes Acai Berry supplements. Her beauty regime consists of CTM and she uses the Lancome cleansing milk, Mene & Moy face wash and the La Prairie night cream. Thanks to Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pack and the Kiehl’s leave-in conditioner for her lovely tresses.

Lots of water, green tea and fruits every two hours along with a sound workout plan give her that figure to die for!

4. Kareena Kapoor:

Kareena Kapoor

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This is one woman who sported size zero as well as she carried off those voluptuous curves. Thanks to a great dietitian and yoga, she always looks well maintained. A vegetarian by choice, Kareena believes that you are what you eat, and she says that our stomachs are not graveyards. She drinks about ten glasses of water everyday.

She uses the Lancome face wash for her lovely skin. That bold black line on her waterline truly makes an empowering difference, and she rightly can’t do without a good kohl pencil. MAC’s Cheris for her lips and the MAC’s Improper Copper blush add that perfect punch of color to her flawless fair skin. Apart form this, her favorites include the Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick, Lorac Eyeshadow in moonstone, and Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow. She usually wears the Jean Paul Gaultier perfume, but for that extra oomph, she chooses the UnJardin en Mediterranee by Hermes.

5. Priyanka Chopra:

Priyanka Chopra

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Just like wine, this woman only seems to be getting better with age! Her mantra – cleansing-toning-moisturizing! She loves her MAC makeup. Let’s start with the eyes; she uses the teddy eyeliner, and a bronzy brown kohl pencil, which are both MAC products. She conceals her dark circles with a concealer from Bobbi Brown. Love those lashes? You’ve got Armanis Eyes to Kill mascara to thank. She uses the NC 43 powder by MAC to tone her skin out. For the lips, she uses the Spice lip pencil from MAC and a lip stain from Laura Mercier in the shade of Mulberry.

She loves her fragrances, and her collection includes Ralph Lauren’s Romance, The One by Dolce & Gabbana, Jo Malones Lime Basil & Mandarin, and Vintage Gardenia by Jo Malone as well.

Fitness wise, like the others, Priyanka drinks a lot of water and religiously takes her multi-vitamins. She says, “You eat right, you feel right”. So, playing by that, she avoids heavy food and sticks to baked, grilled or stewed meals. She makes sure she hits the gym at least 4 times a week.

Well, that’s a lot of tips for you to look like an absolute DIVA yourself! Always remember that lots of water, good food, exercise and that little touch of glam is more than enough to make you look like a million bucks! Stay Healthy! Stay Beautiful!

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