5 Most Pampering Mother’s Day Gifts For BFF Moms

“My Mom is my Best Friend” might once again serve as the staple social media status among kids this Mother’s Day. But no matter how cliché the statement sounds, we just can’t deny that possibility. Motherhood may be a natural instinct to a mother but she is also powered by a strong best friend instinct. If your mom is one of your cherished BFFs, take an opportunity this Mother’s Day to thoroughly pamper her.

 

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So Much For A ‘Perfect Life’- The Story Of Essena O’Neill

So Much For A ‘Perfect Life’- The Story Of Essena O’Neill

Social Media is addictive. It has the potential to take over your life completely, leaving you panting after it. This means whatever you do next, you do it for the many likes, shares and comments you are going to get. Don’t believe us? Ask any teenager or young adult person who is active on social media and they will tell you their story…

In fact, so overwhelming is social media that it can make you miserable…

Recently, Essena O’Neill, the 18-year old Instagram star, created waves across the globe after she quit social media (deleted her instagram account) calling users a ‘brainwashed generation.’

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Essena is a ‘regular’ girl from the sunshine coast of Australia and according to most people, especially her followers and friends, she had the perfect life – great body, pretty face, perfect hair and an envious closet. Little did we know that this little miss perfect was actually miserable when the virtual world did not respond as she wanted.

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“Yeah 16-year-old Essena would have been like ‘WTF girl you have the dream life,’” she wrote. “So why did I feel so lost, lonely and miserable?”

She, single-handedly built herself an army of people who looked upto her and felt inspired. She grew bigger and bigger in her social circle and soon made enough to sponsor her own self and be self sufficient. But amidst all these ‘too-good-to-be-true’ moments, Essena lost her own essence. She failed to recognize with her public self.

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“I was addicted to what others thought of me, simply because it was so readily available,” she wrote. “I was severely addicted. I believed how many likes and followers I had correlated to how many people liked me. I didn’t even see it happening, but social media had become my sole identity. I didn’t even know what I was without it.”

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It was only a matter of time that Essena understood the true meaning of things. She might have learnt the hard way but she made a bold move and did the unthinkable. She announced to her endless list of followers that she’d be quitting social media and edited the caption of her flawless pictures to actually unmask the bitter reality.

Turns out her ‘candid’ shots were not so candid. “…Stomach sucked in, strategic pose, pushed up boobs,” O’Neill wrote on one of her photos. “I just want younger girls to know this isn’t candid life, or cool or inspirational. It’s contrived perfection made to get attention.”

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She later released a video on her YouTube channel to reach out to her fans and show them the real her.

Let us stand in her support for coming out as such a strong and fearless young woman. It takes courage to stand up to a world where people are shallow and judge you almost every day. Essena showed us how to be our own hero. Bravo girl…way to go!

The 7-Minute Beauty Routine For Busy Women

The 7-Minute Beauty Routine For Busy Women

Meetings, presentations, deadlines – the days of the week just fly by. When we come closer to the weekend, we promise ourselves that we will enjoy some ‘me-time’, relax, rejuvenate and deplete the sleep debt piled on in the week. Alas, the weekend too is gone in a blink and miss!

Frustrating, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the weekend doesn’t offer us much respite and we can barely catch up on the beauty routine we so resolutely promise ourselves in the week! We are definitely not doing enough for ourselves and it shows… But now it is time to reveal the magical routine, one that will transform you in mere seven minutes. Yes, you heard that right – only SEVEN minutes.

 

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And the best part is, this isn’t restricted to working women or new moms, it works for everyone. So let’s get started:

Session of dry shampoo

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Running late and no time for a hair wash? Dab on some dry shampoo onto your oily scalp. The dry shampoo with absorb the greasiness in an instant, making you look clean and dry almost immediately. One word of caution, remember to brush through evenly. You don’t want sections of your hair looking white than your normal hair color!

The Magic of two coats of mascara

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Eyes are a mirror to our personality. To give them an instant makeover, lash out two coats of your regular mascara. We promise you will look refreshed and awake in minutes!

Calculated moisturisation

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Rather than getting into the hassle of applying a serum, foundation and a moisturizer, opt for a good quality deep hydrating serum and an excellent moisturizer for your skin. Ensure that you choose a moisturizer that has SPF. Cheers to the skin that is full of life and baby soft smoothness!

Passionately red

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Not many are a fan of bright red lip color. But trust me when I say, a blood red lipstick has the ability to accentuate the shape of your lips to new heights. Wear the shade with confidence – let the world know that you mean business and know exactly what you want. Flaunt one to work today; you will be amazed by all the attention that gets showered on you!

If it’s one of those lucky days and you still have some time at hand, then complete the routine with one more last step

Playing the concealing game

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Pick up a concealer in the pen form, the one that comes with a brightening agent. Apply some from the inner corner of your eyes to the other side of the eyelids. Repeat the same for the under-eye area too. Let’s give your face a new leash of life and freshness!

So what are you waiting for? It’s the age to have everything in an instant. Join the ‘instant bandwagon’ by adopting this miraculous routine and look presentable and graceful always.

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal!

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal!

Dread getting a wax but will do it anyway to keep up the appearances? Most women, including you and I, make a beeline for the parlor or salon every two weeks for the painful, sticky and time-consuming sessions, but this doesn’t stop the hair from growing back super soon, does it? Afraid not!

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Life is unfair when it comes body hair. But there is another way out – Laser Hair Removal Treatment! So before you ‘poo-poo’ the idea, you must read below to bust the top 5 myths of laser hair removal…

MYTH #1

ENOUGH WITH THE ‘OUCH!’

If you weigh the pain you feel while getting waxed to that when you’re getting treated, the laser clearly wins with a lower level of pain. Yes, the sensitive areas of your skin would sting a little but the rest is a smooth ride.

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MYTH #2

IT’S TIME-CONSUMING

No, one sitting will take about 5-7 minutes for a small patch of hair like your upper lip. Though multiple sittings take place due to the sleeping cycle of your hair but that’s still better than anticipating your next visit to the salon under the spell of the dreadful thread.

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MYTH #3

HEAVY ON THE POCKETS

A lot of us think that getting treated under the laser is a costly endeavour. It takes around 2k for a small area and the prices rise accordingly. Irrespective of this, it still turns out to be less than what you’d pay in a year for getting waxed and threaded regularly.

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MYTH #4

IT’LL TAMPER THE SKIN

Sensitive skin needs to be taken care of but if your skin is a fighter, you have nothing to worry about. Yes, the sessions might cause some redness around the treated area but that’ll last only a couple of hours.

There are certain rules to follow, though. One mustn’t get out in the sun for too long, one mustn’t swim, no scrubbing or sauna for a few weeks either. But apart from this, all is well!

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MYTH #5

IT’S NEITHER 100% SAFE NOR 100% PERMANENT

We Indians are blessed as laser hair removal works the best on dark hair due to higher melanin content in them. For best results, one mustn’t treat their hair with any kind of waxing of threading two weeks prior to the sitting. Also, looking at many experts talk, every skin reacts to the treatment differently. Some take a lesser number of sittings to be done and some are too stubborn to stick around even for a 10th sitting. Therefore, the key to this is patience.

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Date Ready with LimeRoad

Date Ready with LimeRoad

Hello all you lovely ladies, love is in the air and I know your date reservations are set. Are you are still figuring out what to wear? Dressing up well can make a lot of difference. I have some feisty ideas that would help you dress your best this Valentine’s Day, be it a romantic evening with someone special or a cozy hangout with your besties. Read on to find out what would suit you the best.

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Shop this look!

This little baby pink dress is perfect if you have planned your date during noon. Add eccentric sheer to your outfit with this turquoise neck piece. A sling clutch can be your handy buddy for this special occasion.

Love Prints

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Shop this look!

Keep your conventional polkas aside and add some love prints to your wardrobe! This little maroon dress with exquisite hearts is best if you know your date’s going to go really hot. White goes really well with this comfortable cottony dress; this is why I have chosen stable white wedges and a sleek white purse to go with it. A well defined neck piece with little white rectangles will help you complete this look.

Hard Rock Chic

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Shop this look!

Who said you can’t sport your rugged denims, solid boots and leather jacket on your date? Ditch the conventional fashion geeks and follow the unpredictable style jacks. Say it with your best fit denims, playful leather jacket and sturdy boots. Add zing to your look with rocker bracelets.

Drama Empress

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Show your true colors with this solid blue dress. Red and grey stripes on the dress define your dramatic mood for the date. Carry a red leather sling purse to store your essentials. Oomph it up with red pumps with snake skin details. I have added a feminine touch to this look with a delicate neck piece having red and silver butterflies on it. I am sure you are going to feel flirty, sexy and awesome with these dressing ideas I just shared with you. I will be waiting to get a quick crisp scoop of your love tales!

Winter Skincare for the Beautiful You

Winter Skincare for the Beautiful You

By Abhinaya

It’s time to say hello to winter – the season of cold weather, cozy sweaters, scarves, hot chocolate, Christmas, snow, bonfire and Dry Skin!! Young or old, women or men, dry skin is one problem that cuts across all age groups, genders and skin types during winter. Skin care in winter is imperative to even people who don’t have a skin condition. It is necessary to go that extra mile to keep your skin from getting dry, itchy and flaky.The skin demands attention and it is important you give its due.

Here are some useful tips for skin care in winter that will help in keeping that dryness in check:

  • Moisturizer is your best friend. To keep winter air from drying out your skin, make sure you apply a moisturizer daily. An oil-based moisturizer will help in retaining the moisture better, than a water-based moisturizer. The best time to apply it is after bathing, while the skin is slightly damp, so that it will lock moisture into the skin. Winter sun may prove to be just as damaging as the summer sun. If you are getting exposed to sun, apply a sunscreen moisturizer with SPF 30 or above, to the exposed areas.

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  • Avoid hot showers and baths. A hot water shower may be very inviting after a day out in chilly weather but it may actually be very bad for your skin as it can strip the skin off natural oils. To prevent this, use lukewarm water and avoid long showers. Keep away from antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps and deodorant soaps. Instead, use a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturizing body wash.
  • Dress up. Dress yourself up to protect the skin from getting exposed to the cold dry air, harsh winds and dipping temperatures. Those cozy woolen sweaters may be your favorite but it can cause irritation when it rubs against your skin. So make sure you use it over a layer of cotton or silk shirt. Use a hat and a scarf when you head outdoors. Also, grabbing your sunglasses is not a bad idea to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.

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  • ‘C’ the vitamin in your diet. Skin care in winter not only involves external application but also some internal care. Watch your vitamin intake. Vitamin-C helps in boosting the body’s production of Collagen – a structural protein part of the connective tissue that maintains the skin and helps in renewal of skin cells. So, make sure you load up on Vitamin-C rich food like  citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, broccoli, dark leafy greens  and papayas to name a few.

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Follow these simple yet significant tips for your skin care in winter. We are sure it will take the dry days away and make your skin flaunt-worthy!!

Ways to look slimmer

Ways to look slimmer

By- Niyati

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No matter how many people tell you that you look pretty as you are, that you have a perfect body, that you should love yourself no matter what; you don’t listen. Do you? How do I know, you ask? Because I am that woman. No reassurances, motivational quotes or tender loving from my loved ones ever banished those ridiculous (yes subconsciously I know) thoughts of imperfection and of not being able to meet some hypothetical standard of physical ‘beauty’.
But no need to be weighed down by your weighing scales anymore, there are easier (and frankly, less traumatizing) ways to look slimmer. I know, how you are waiting for the next Monday to finally start your diet, the gym or yoga- it’s THE Monday that never comes. Trust me, been there done that. Wouldn’t it be better to love and celebrate yourself the way you are; try to look perfect as you were made and not aspire to be some popular imitation of women who, by the way, can afford to spend millions on their body to look beautiful?
Girls, here’s the thing. You don’t need the ideal body measurements to look stellar, you just need the smarts. And I am here to dish you out just those.
1.)    Balancing act

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Chunky neckpieces divert focus from bottom heavy silhouettes

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You must have heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. True that. Give your beholder a balanced and a relatively symmetrical view of yourself when you dress up and voila! You are close to that ever evasive ideal of beauty.
Discover yourself-your proportions, angles, curves and all. Once you have studied the key aspects i.e. your neck length, shoulder and hip width along with your other assets, you are equipped to put your sexy on and shed weight without breaking a sweat.
For instance, if you are bottom heavy, you need to bring the eye to your top. Read chunky neckpieces, a dipping neckline or bright coloured tops. The underlining idea is to move the eye away from the areas you are uncomfortable with.

2.)    Colour Theory

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Dark colours trim you down!

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Here’ the oldest trick in the book. If you are vying for a slimmer-appearing countenance then go for solid colours. Using one colour enhances the illusion of slenderness and creates a long vertical line that enables the eye to move your length, without pausing on trouble (dramatic sigh) areas. Dark colours, especially black is the perfect answer to this behest, but contrary to popular belief, you need not confine yourself to, or rather, should I say, stuff your wardrobe with black. Play around with this theory and scout the ones which you are happiest with.

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3.)    Stellar shoes

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High heels elongate legs and give a slimmer look

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“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.”  Let’s just say there’s no better way to add a delicious trim to your body than wearing some killer mile-highs. The obvious reasons being they give that never-ending quality to your legs, lifts your body in posture and most importantly, make you feel confident and beautiful.  They have a delightful quality of lifting you physically and emotionally. So go grab those lovely pumps with pointy toes and thin heels and make them your best friends. My advice would be to approach chunky heels and thick ankle-straps with caution as they have a tendency to make your legs seem stockier.
I am cheering for you from the sidelines lady, as you sashay your beautiful self in those stellar stilettos. And, no worries, I have kept those Epsom salts ready for you to soak in after your painful sway through your day in those literally ‘killer’ heels.

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4.)    Vamp Alert

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Low vamps to make your legs look slimmer

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No, I am not talking about the bitchy cheerleader you loathe, and the one who looks perfect all the time. This vamp, contrary to its eponymous, can be your best confidante when you are looking to shed those extra calories from your long legs, or giving the illusion of having a slimmer figure. In the shoe dictionary, the vamp is the portion of the shoe that cuts across the front of the foot. If you want to wear short-skirts, dresses or shorts, you should opt to wear a low-cut vamp shoe that will instantly elongate your leg and give it a leaner look.

So, my dear Miss Good looking, you have my permission to get off that trainer-instructed ‘anorexic special’ diet that you were going to start next Monday (Ha!) to achieve that so-called perfection and instead invest some money and brains in your ‘special’ somethings! I am signing off with the hope for some pleasant fashionable surprises in your future.

Cheat Codes to attain a Slimmer You

Cheat Codes to attain a Slimmer You

By Prerna Bhatia

“Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the slimmest of them all.

Do you like me better when I’m dressed in black, or should I pick up something else from the rack?

Should I wear this over-sized belt and cover up my waist, not so svelte.”

Aaargghhh! Does this sound familiar to you? Don’t we have these random conversations with our mirror all the time?

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Ever since the 16th Century, the fairer sex has been obsessed with being slim and our male counterparts have been fantasizing about declining waistlines. Corset trainings, treadmill laps, ab crunches and all that jazz has been programmed into our brains and we have been made to believe that slim is synonymous to beauty.

Amidst the usual hullabaloo women get stressed, gorge of chocolates and desserts and don’t realize when the waist accumulates layers of waste and the figure goes out of proportion.

Are you depressed? Don’t be because we bring you these miraculous formulas that would help you transform into a taller, slimmer and more confident you.

1. Go monochrome- Wear the same colour head to toe! It would create an illusion of a longer vertical line and since there is no contrast nothing specific would catch attention. So you can smile and draw all the attention off your problem areas and towards your face.

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 2. Back to school, gorgeous geometry-

Wear outfits that draw attention towards your neckline and shoulder. Highlighted shoulders would automatically make the waist look smaller. A boat neck or power shoulders for instance, will make your shoulders look broader and with respect to that, the waist would automatically look petite.

3. Triangulate-

A short top and pants that go narrow at the bottom would automatically make your hips appear wider. Consider your hips as the base line of the triangle, as much as you balance your outfit towards the ankle with respect to your hipline, the smaller it will look. That’s the reason flared skirts are such a hit.

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4. Posture perfect-

We all remember how our mothers use to fry our brains when they went on and on about maintaining the right posture. Guess what, they were right. While we stand and sit up straight, we appear to be taller. A straight back makes the shoulders look broader and gives a thinner illusion.

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5.  The bright catches sight-

All things light, bright, shiny will make you appear bigger; whereas dark or matte works the opposite way. That’s the reason statement neck pieces and scarves are such a hit over matte finish dresses.

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6. COLOUR Games-

Colours can be very tricky, and while we truly believe that black is always beautiful, other hues will work just as well! Darker shades of your favourite colours, colour block styles, ditsy prints and vertical stripes will always do the trick!

7. Shape Wear Magic

We love you just the way you are, but for that extra bit of magic, don’t be afraid of investing in some quality shape-wear. It will fine tune your curves, tighten your figure and give your body a slimmer finish. You won’t regret it, we promise. (http://www.limeroad.com/nude-extra-butt-shapewear-b-witch-p24846)

8. Sky High HEELS

This one is definitely a no brainer! Nothing works better than a pair of delicious, sky-high heels. They check your body language, add height and most importantly, make YOU feel like a super star. Stilettos are your best bet, but wedges, block heels and platform sandals can save you if you’re out of practice!

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High heels

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