Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fashion Beauty and Style


Here, at Beauty Chat, we definitely do not want to exclude our fellow male readers from satisfying their fashion fix. After all, fellas, you want that object, or for some – object(s), of affection to mimic the wise words of Paris Hilton: “That’s Hot” as opposed to “Huh?”
Whether you’re a man who inadvertently delves into sartorial pitfalls or is a self-proclaimed style pioneer who regards
Esquire Magazine as the Holy Grail of men’s fashion, beauty tips should never go unwarranted; especially when they are being dictated by the magazine’s style gurus themselves.
The following are just samples of Esquire’s 50 new laws of fashion. While some are undeniably true, others are sadly true because you know at least one other male culprit, aside from yourself of course, who has committed the crime. Men, you know who you are:
No. 17: “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar WildeNo. 25: Short socks are for Englishmen and Italian bus drivers. You are neither.No. 35: Never buy anything yellow. How to break it: Unless it’s a Lamborghini.No. 45: Nothing says “Jackass” quite as well as a cell phone on a belt clip.No. 47: Sunglasses should be worn only as sunglasses. And never at night.
Although Esquire accurately conjures up 50 great style laws that every man should “commit to memory,” I could not help but notice several fashion rules of thumb that did not make the list. Bear in mind, these overlooked laws of fashion admittedly stem from personal pet peeves; however, I have little doubt
Queer Eye’s “Fab Five” would beg to differ

White socks with black dress shoes.
Your name does not begin with Michael and does not end in Jackson, so please leave this fashion faux pa time-locked in the “Beat It” era.

Be sure to have a pack of mints handy at all times.
There are few things more disappointing than a well-dressed man with bad breath.

Groomed feet are the window to good hygiene.
How to break it: Ladies, you too should listen to this whisper from the wise.

less is more. Please do not compete with the office’s airborne Febreeze.

Trimming your brows will not subject your sexuality to social cross-examination.

However, do not take Joey Lawrence’s word for it. Rather, visit a professional threading studio.
Whether you’re a repeated fashion offender or have found a style that complements you almost flawlessly, there are limitless ways to create a look that exudes your unique, inner masculinity. As in the words of ex-Gucci connoisseur Tom Ford, “Know yourself and know what you like. That’ll be your signature.”
Be the judge for yourself and see all of
Esquire’s 50 laws of fashion!
~ Mellori

Filed under Beauty & Style, Beauty Tips, Eye Care, Makeup
No matter how well groomed a woman might be otherwise, if her eyebrows are not equally well groomed, she will not have a fully well groomed appearance. Well defined eyebrows give a woman a polished look that shows how much she values her appearance. There are many ways of achieving nicely groomed eyebrows but we will discuss three of the most popular options here. Which you choose depends on your preference, hair type and skin sensitivity. These three methods of eyebrow shaping and grooming are threading, plucking and waxing. (Check out this cool video Eyebrow Shaping & Grooming )

Eyebrow Threading
Though Western women have fairly recently caught on to eyebrow threading, it is actually a centuries old practice that has its origins in India. It has been very popular among Middle Eastern women for a long time. Eyebrow threading was offered in salons and spas for Middle Eastern women for a long time before Western women developed an interest in it. Now it is becoming a more popular and preferred method of eyebrow grooming.
Eyebrow threading is accomplished by using a double strand of thread (usually cotton), twisting it to catch a line of hair in the selected area. Many women like the fact that it is faster than most other methods and more cleanly removes line of hair, often without causing the redness and irritation that plucking or waxing can cause.
It has also been found to be more precise than the other methods, too, when done by an experienced aesthetician. Be sure you do go to one who is very experienced, though, or you could have problems with hair breakage, uneven eyebrows, pain and ingrown hairs. It works better for fine hair than it does for coarse hair.

Plucking Eyebrows
This is perhaps the one method that most women have used at one time or another. It involves removing one hair at a time by grasping it with a pair of tweezers. Though it is an easy method, it can be time consuming. You can do it yourself, though and that makes it one of the most preferred methods. You will need good light and a mirror (a magnifying mirror is often preferred) that allows a good view of your eyebrows. I thoroughly recommend and wouldn’t be without it Tweezerman Mirror and Tweezer Kit. If you are bothered too much by the pain of the plucking, you can use ice to numb the area first. Then brush the eyebrow hair straight up with an eyebrow brush.
This makes it easy to see the hairs you want to remove. It is best to start at the point nearest your nose and work toward the temple, taking your time. So there is less pain and the hairs stay smooth, always pluck the hairs in the same direction as their growth.

Eyebrow Waxing
Waxing is a fairly quick method of removing unwanted hair from the eyebrows but can be rather painful. If your skin is very sensitive, this may not be a good method for you. Though it is better to have a professional do the waxing, you can do it yourself. If you do want to try it yourself, be sure you buy professional quality supplies to get the best results. You will first want to determine where the wax is to be applied. Brush your eyebrows into the defined shape you want so you can see the hair to be removed.
After warming the wax to the temperature recommended in the instructions, apply the wax in a thin layer to the unwanted hair with the applicator from the waxing kit. Be sure to apply it in the same direction the hair grows. Then place a small piece of muslin on the wax and carefully smooth it.
Use one hand to hold the skin taut and pull the muslin off with your other hand. It is best to work on small areas at a time to avoid taking too much hair off. Which ever method you choose, keeping your eyebrows well groomed is well worth the effort. You will not only look more polished but feel more confident in your appearance.

10 Easy Skin Care TipsFiled under Beauty & Style, Skin Care

1) Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
2) Cut some beet root into small pieces and grind them. Squeeze juice from beet root and massage to your face for 5 minutes. Shower after 10 minutes with mild soap or gram flour.
3) Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and add 4 to 5 drops of milk in it and apply on to your face and body. Shower after 15 minutes with warm water.
4) Mix honey in water and drink daily in the morning to keep your skin shiny and smooth.
5) Warm honey and mix with lemon juice and apply on to face. Wash after it dry.
6) Take food which contains more A and C vitamin.
7) Mix turmeric and cream on the top of milk, massage that mixture to body.
8 ) Take equal quantities of cucumber juice and tomato juice and apply on to skin. Wash after 10 minutes.
9) Use humidifiers and keep room temperature moderate to keep your skin away from dryness.
10) Hot water blushes your skin and you don’t feel fresh unless you have bath with little cold water. If you have shower for a longtime, dead skin will be automatically be removed. Do not rub with towel, be gentle on your skin.

Am I the only one who gets major anxiety before Valentine's Day? When you're a single gal, you're either nervous about finding a date or just depressed that your only dates are Ben & Jerry. When you're a coupled lady, you're worried about all the expectations and hype of the most romantic day of the year. Why does this night have to be so special? You look down at your abs - what used to be a six-pack looks more like a keg after a week full of Valentine's Day chocolates. Not to fret - here are a few tips to get you looking in tip-top shape for that sexy lingerie you just purchased - no sit-ups required! Start with an all-over body scrub to get rid of any dry rough patches. Then use one of Christy Turlington's favorites, Nude Smoothing Body Refiner with coffee and ginkgo on your legs and bum. The caffeine will temporarily reduce unsightly lumps and bumps and lift your legs to supermodel shape. Fake flat abs and toned legs with an all over airbrush tanner. Dust shimmer powder on the sides of your shinbones and down the center of your stomach for a toning effect. And one more thing you can't forget to pep up before V-Day is your bust! It Cosmetics makes a Beautiful Breasts Shadow Palette with contour cremes that can help you fake a more ample cleavage. Who needs the gym when a little trickery can go a long way? Check out the slideshow for more instant body boosting products!

The occurrence of the words "festive" and "beauty" in the same sentence may stir up a few painful memories of that time you went to school on St. Patrick's Day in head-to-toe green, complete with clover-colored eyeshadow and lipstick (it's okay - you sooo did not look like a leprechaun). And yeah, that time you showed up at a Halloween bash with a full-on clown face (only to find out the hard way that it wasn't a costume party) wasn't too hot either. But seriously, no matter what bad experiences you've endured and beauty faux pas you've committed in the past with occasion-coordinated makeup shades, a festive face doesn't have to be obnoxious, nightmarish, or costume-y! With the right products and tints (and the correct doses of them!) you can look great for your Valentine's Day date without resembling a page off the calendar. For one, it's vital to remember subtlety - with Philosophy's candy heart-inspired lip gloss and Sephora Valentine's chocolate-scented bath scrub and body butter, the whole world may not be able to read all your V-Day enthusiasm like a sign on your forehead, but you and the one you'll be cuddling up to will get to enjoy the celebratory scents! Also, while bright red lips and harsh fuchsia blush may set off a warning alarm in your brain, don't shy away from the right shades of pink! With the Laura Mercier First Blush Palette, you'll be surprised at how far a gentle rosy glow can go in creating a softly feminine and flirty look. For the perfect pucker-upper, take a look at Clinique's Kissable Six set of lip plumping glosses, complete with six different pink, plummy, and nude shades, so you won't have to spend hours in the store trying to pick the perfect tint! And, if you're feeling just a tad bit bold, try for a more season-suitable smokey eye in a plum-pink shade like Make Up For Ever's Plum 39 (just make sure to go nude on the lips for balance!). As long as you don't try to use all eight festively fabulous products at once, these candy-colored goods are bound to help you look cuter than Cupid... and way sexier too, I hope. Check out the slideshow for the rest of the Valentine's Day-influenced beauty sets and shades!

Your friends may make fun of you for your perhaps age-inappropriate Hello Kitty collection of pens, mugs, linens, guitars, jewelry, cutlery, furniture, and what-have-you, but who are they kidding? Despite her sweet and youthful appearance, Hello Kitty isn't just for kids, and quite frankly, with upscale Sanrio-loving designers like Tarina Tarantino and Kimora Lee Simmons for Zales, she's much more popular with the adults these days than she ever was with the youngsters! And now, with the help of MAC Cosmetics, she just got a whole lot more grown-up! The much-anticipated Hello Kitty makeup collection is finally available for purchase today in MAC stores and MAC-carrying department stores (yes, you can actually buy it and take it home -- it's not just on display for pre-orders or to tease us anymore)! The collection contains three different "lines" -- Hello Kitty Mild, Hello Kitty Wild, and Hello Kitty Accessories -- with coordinating shades in each that range from pretty girlie pinks to bold modish blues and neon hues. While the sweet inspired products include a variety of makeup zip-cases, feline-like lashes, and loads of character-influenced glosses, glitters, and pigments, I have to say I much prefer the products that they've emblazoned with the Hello Kitty logo over the plain pots of "inspired" shades that they've also thrown in the collection (I don't really see the point unless you're truly indulging in your obsession). Overall, MAC's spin on our favorite cartoon cat is so dark and funky that she looks more like "Goodbye Kitty" than her usual jolly self, but I have to say, I'm kind of diggin' this gritty new side to the classic Kitty! Check out the slideshow for some of the products inspired by the fancy feline!

Over the years fashion, beauty and styles have changed considerably in the UK. Today multicultural Britain boasts of colourful fusion of Shalwar Kameez, Kurta’s and Jutis. From chips to currys and now skirts to sari’s East is really meeting West.
To help you learn more about South Asian fashion, beauty and style ASA has compiled a list of the most popular items in the UK today.
Click here to download the Glossary
ASA is the UK’s first and exclusive portal where you the consumer can learn more about South Asian fashion, beauty and style related products and services.
The UK South Asian fashion and beauty industries have remained over the years largely unregulated and misunderstood. However, our new star rating system will now highlight the quality service providers of South Asian related fashion, beauty and style-such as Wedding mandaps, Asian jewellers etc, in the UK. To find out if your local provider has met with our standards click on members directory to learn more.
Have you been invited to a South Asian wedding and often wondered what to wear or how to wear it? Well then click on our Beauty, Fashion and Style pages and you will be sure to find your answers.
Also look out for our most unique and exciting ASA awards ceremony in 2008. We will need your help to choose the best from the fashion and beauty industry, so keep logging into our awards page for updates. Watch this space!!!

Summer Fashion, Makeup and Beauty Tips
Look Beautiful this Summer!
Despite all the beauty and fashion challenges that Summer brings for us, Women still love summer and love to enjoy it without sacrificing on looks.
And looking good despite the heat has never been easier than this. Dot Com Women brings you a plethora of tips and trends to look your best this summer.
Neat hairstyles, great-looking dresses, swimwear, good skin and hair care, long staying makeup and the right summer products for you and voila! You are ready to step out in the sun!

Your guide to the latest trends and to choosing the best Swimwear for the season.
The top trends and our favorite pieces for this season.
Fashion trends and favorite picks for this summer.
The hottest summer hairstyles for you to try and look cool.
Dress suggestions for every hour of the long summer days!
for your skin tone, skin type and the effect you're trying to achieve.
There's plenty you can do to keep your hair healthy and beautiful this summer
Tips protecting your skin from the sun
One pair just doesn’t cut it in today’s fashion-savvy world

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