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{November 16, 2010}   Shopping Tips

Shopping is a woman’s best friend. Some women are spendthrifts and love spending on shopping; some others shop when they’reShopping tips happy and some others when they’re depressed. Surprisingly, many women consider shopping the perfect stress buster. The reasons may be plenty, but shopping is an integral part of a woman’s life.

Window shopping is also a fun activity which many women indulge in. It’s not just the women, but men too have joined the party. Window shopping is a great way to kill time and have fun especially when you’re in a group.

We shop for various items. But women largely expend on apparel and shoes. There are women who boast of large collections of shoes, which sometimes touch 100 pairs. Then again, there are clothes. Jeans, capris, T’s, jackets, blouses, and scarves- women are crazy about them.

Brands are an important factor which women bear in mind while shopping. Some women are very particular about the brand they patronize and regularly purchase only that brand, and others experiment and keep switching brands. Generally, women are not known to be brand freaks and buy good quality stuff irrespective of the brand. But when it comes to shoes and some other accessories like sunglasses or bags, some women are very choosy and stick to only some brands, some of which are designers.

Since women shop quite regularly, it becomes important to keep a few tips in mind to shop better and spend effectively and on the right product.

1. Arrive early and get a good parking spot. If parking is a problem, take a cab or the bus/train.
2. Do not carry too many items with you already. Your shopping baggage is in itself a lot to carry.
3. Make sure to carry sufficient cash with you but do not overspend.
4. Before you leave, eat well because shopping can be quite tiresome. You can also pick up something on the way.
5. Wear a button dress so that it’ll be convenient for you to change.
6. Make a list of items that you need especially if you’re going grocery shopping.
7. Most stores start their weekend sales on Thursday or Friday morning. If you wish to avoid the maddening weekend rush, you could go on these days instead.
8. Don’t stick to just one store. Always try out a few options before zeroing in on one.
9. If you’re purchasing clothes, make sure they fit you well and are not too loose or tight. While buying denims, pay particular attention to the fitting.
10. Before purchasing, check the condition of the clothes.
11. If you’re buying shoes, buy them in the late afternoon. Walk around in your shoes and only if you feel comfortable buy them.
12. If you’re buying cosmetics, ensure that they have no side effects. If it’s a lipstick that you’re purchasing, pick a color you like and try it out first.
13. While purchasing a bag, choose a color which is neutral and looks good with all kinds of clothes. Buy a fancy one if you need to use it for outings, ditto with jewelry.

Always remember, whatever we buy, we spend our hard-earned money, so spend it wisely.

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{November 9, 2010}   Hair Straightening

By- Sadhana Chathurvedi

Hair Straightening

Hair Straightening


Straight, silky hair has always been coveted by women around the world. And not only is it beauty enhancing and aesthetically pleasing, but straight hair needs less maintenance than curly or wavy hair and also saves a lot of time. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with killer-hair genes, so we have modern technology in the form of hair straighteners and hair straightening techniques to our rescue, straightening even the curliest of manes!
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, they say.

But now, it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that they’ve been replaced by hair straighteners or flat irons as they are sometimes called. They are extremely versatile tools and it doesn’t matter what type of hair one has-curly, wavy, damaged, thick, fine, or even naturally straight – one will be able to benefit from this amazing hair tool. Most hair straighteners come with either metal, glass, ceramic, titanium and a combination of ceramic and titanium. The prices of hair straighteners strongly reflect what type of plate it has. Metal plates are generall used in the low range products and it is not without reason as these are the most damaging to hair.

Titanium plates or a new type with Tourmaline in them cause the least damage and Tourmaline even adds shine to hair. The frizzy nature of curly hairveryhas people everywhere using flat irons on a daily basis to straighten their locks and add some shine. That’s a lot of time invested. So, naturally, the notion of permanently straight hair (well, until it grows out) holds appeal. The question is, does chemical hair straightening live up to the ideal? Unfortunately, many times the answer is “No!” Once this procedure is done, there is no going back and one should think very carefully about this. It’s not over once you get your hair chemically straightened. To maintain the straight look, you must touch-up any new hair growth anywhere from every six weeks to three months. If you choose to get your hair relaxed professionally, this can become quite costly.

Certain chemical reactions with certain chemicals (such as hair dye and chlorine from pools) can cause more damage to delicate, chemically straightened hair. Sometimes, in the quest to achieve that perfect hair and look, we tend to go overboard and as the famous quote goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The same applies in the case of hair straightening too. While it may seem the answer to all your hair problems and bad hair days, excessive usage could lead to even more hair problems and bad hair days too. The application of heat and chemicals can cause the hair to become dry since moisture is taken out of your hair by them. Dry, brittle hair is more likely to break causing split ends. The unfortunate result can be damaged or even burnt hair. The likelihood for these negative effects to occur is greater for permed, bleached or other chemically processed hair since this places an added stress on it. So, like all other things, hair straightening, when done in moderation and with proper care can be a very good thing, but caution must be exercised to see that it is, and that it does not overly damage hair.

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{November 9, 2010}   Tattoos

by- Nidarshana Sharma




Celebrities flaunt it. It thrills youngsters. Some derive a masochistic pleasure out of it. Whatever may be the reason, a tattoo, today is the biggest fashion statement. Right from Aums, angels, butterflies and slokas to dragons, bulls and tigers, tattoos are the major rage.


According to Wikipedia, a tattoo is a marking made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Interestingly, tattoos have been around for centuries. Tattooing was widespread among Polynesian peoples and among certain tribal groups in the Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Mentawai Islands, Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and Micronesia. Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

Essentially, the skin’s dermis is injected with pigment. This dermis is the layer of dermal  tissue underlying the epidermis. Subsequently, this pigment is dispersed throughout a damaged layer through the epidermis and upper dermis. The immune system, due to the presence of foreign particles, produces phagocytes which engulf the pigment particles. As healing proceeds, the damaged epidermis flakes away and deep down in the skin collagen growth converts granulation tissue into connective tissue. The upper dermis thus gets mended, where pigment remains trapped within fibroplasts, ultimately concentrating in a layer just below the dermis/epidermis boundary. It usually stays stable but over the years the pigment tends to sink in deeper which lead degradation in its detailing.

The electric tattoo machine is the most-preferred method of tattooing in modern times. It inserts ink into the skin through a group of needles that is soldered onto a bar, which is attached to an oscillating unit. The needles are rapidly and repeatedly driven in and out of the skin, about 80 to 150 times a second. The tattoo artist must wash not only his or her hands, but must also wash the area that will be tattooed. Gloves must be worn at all times and the wound must be wiped frequently with a wet disposable towel of some kind.

The prices of tattoos vary depending upon their size, complexity, the tattoo artist etc.

Although some concerns are expressed about the safety of tattoos, they are primarily considered safe. The needles used are single-use ones and the equipment is also sterilized after each use. The tattoo artists in some countries are also required to have blood borne pathogen training. However, if needles are not disposed of properly and are repeatedly used, the person being tattooed may run the risk of developing skin infections, tetanus, fungal infections, some forms of hepatitis, tuberculosis and even HIV.

A simple alternative is the temporary tattoo which is popular among children. It usually comes in a sticker format and can last anytime between a few weeks to a little more than a month. Some temporary tattoos use vegetable dyes which have a quality similar to adhesive and last for almost three weeks.

Whatever maybe the reason or the procedure, tattoos have redefined fashion and have become immensely popular among fashion-conscious circles around the world.


by Chloe Hill; Image:  Lady Gaga featured her meat dress in Vogue, the VMAs, and, most recently on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Lady Gaga Neat DressBy now most have seen Lady Gaga’s infamous raw meat bikini on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan and her similar meat dress at MTV’s 2010 Video Music Awards this past Sunday, but even more scandalous is the backlash from Vegan and animal rights advocate Ellen DeGeneres.

Gaga wore the notorious dress—complete with meat-covered platform boots and a slab of raw flesh atop her head like a beret—to her appearance on DeGeneres’ daytime television show, which aired on Monday.

Reportedly, Gaga’s fleshy attire shocked and disturbed DeGeneres, a presenter at the VMA’s. DeGeneres released an explanation to the media stating, “I love Lady Gaga, but as someone who also loves animals, it was really difficult for me to sit next to Lady Gaga when she was wearing that outfit.”

On Tuesday, in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, DeGeneres recounted her reaction to the news that Gaga would wear the dress on her show: “I was like, ‘Can she please change because this is going to be very awkward and this is a daytime show.’ It’s not the VMAs. She’s gonna show up doing this and then it’s gonna air tomorrow during daytime and then she’s sitting, ya know, on my show in a meat dress and it’s gonna be weird for her.”

Gaga’s explanation for the ensemble? During her appearance on DeGeneres’s show Gaga said, “Well, it’s certainly no disrespect to anyone who is Vegan or Vegetarian and as you know, I’m the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, originally, it has many interpretations but for me this evening, if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones.”

Despite DeGeneres’ distaste for the dress, she reacted lightheartedly on her show by giving Gaga an organic kale bikini to wear for the 2011 Video Music Awards. Gaga responded graciously. She also expressed great support for the gay community and her delight for the House of Representative’s recent overturning of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. DeGeneres closed the interview by once again congratulating Gaga on her recent success at the awards show.

Gaga turned heads at the Video Music Awards with all of her outrageous, high fashion outfits. One was a royalty-inspired Alexander McQueen gown, which paid homage to the recent death of the designer. She also wore a futuristic black leather number by Armani and, of course, her notorious meat dress, which Franc Fernandez designed.

Although Gaga is perhaps equally famous for her outrageous antics as she is for her music, she was the big winner of the 2010 Video Music Awards. Gaga had 13 nominations and took home 8 awards, including Video of the Year for her song “Bad Romance.”

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{October 27, 2010}   All About (Bieber’s) Hair

By Rachel Allen
20 May 2010

– by Rachel Allen, Staff Writer

What is it about pop sensation Justin Bieber that makes the tweens go wild? He does not in any way resemble a vampire, nor does his angelic smile and Michael Jackson-esque voice fit into the Cullen fanworld that seems to have captivated the youths of today.  Neither can his charm be attributed to his awkward dancing or short stature.  Only one thing remains as the key to Bieber’s sensational persona: his hair.

“The Bieber,” as it has been dubbed, is a look that anyone who has ever been in middle school will recognize: long-ish (as if mom forgot to cut it last week), with “the flip” – the mass of hair swoops out at the ends, mainly going in one direction as if the kid has been in a wind tunnel.  The eponymous hairstyle is already proving to be taking its place in hair history by force, and will probably be placed beside the Rachel, the Farrah, and the Robert (Pattinson, that is – these tweens sure know how to popularize a haircut) in the hairstyle hall of fame.

It seems like it has been a while since Americans have, as a whole, been rushing to salons, all eagerly obsessing over one style, and Bieber has filled that void.

This isn’t merely speculation – not only Bieber himself, but his hair, have been on the receiving end of multiple news stories (even the New York Times deemed Bieber’s enchanting locks important enough to cover).

According to a report on Fox News 5, New York City parents are shelling out over $150 at high-fashion salons to get their children Bieber-ready. This is a statement that says almost as much about city parents as it does about their offspring, but the fact is that now, more than ever, the power of the industry is shifting from the adult, to the young-adult.  From pint-sized fashion blogger Tavi getting front-row seats at fashion week, to one of the most universally common tween boy hairstyles becoming suddenly infamous because of one hair flip from a pop-singing 16 year-old Twitter fanatic, the kids are taking over.

The good thing is that the styles and trends of the up-and-coming generation go as quickly as they come – just recently Bieber fell out of Twitter’s trending topics (the first time since his meteoric rise to fame), and who knows what will happen if he falls out of vogue. Kids these days could be pounding down salon doors asking for the “Grayson” (the newest Bieber incarnation, instantly famous online for performing a Lady Gaga song at his 6th grade talent show).

Unless a new person or fad can truly challenge Bieber’s ability to make thirteen year-olds everywhere riot in the streets, Bieber will reign supreme – at least until he gets his next haircut.

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