Hi, I am Beautydiva and I love all things beauty :) I also love reading and writing.... And my blog's an outcome of a combination of my 'Love Interests'. Here I am going to share with you beauty related info, be it skincare, body-care, haircare, nail-care/art, makeup looks and tricks and lotssssss more... Hope you babes enjoy it all :)
Besides accentuating the flavor of your favorite foods, spices can spice up your life by boosting immune function. Garlic has been shown to prevent heart disease, cancer and has anti-biotic properties. For best results use fresh garlic cloves and mash, and add it to dishes just prior to serving. Cinnamon, cumin, clove, black pepper, mustard, hot pepper and chilli powders can act as anti-oxidants, anti-cancer elements and can actually raise the metabolism of the body and aid in fat burning, even in small doses!
Studies advocate an anti-oxidant supplement consisting of beta-carotene, Vitamins C and E, as 'nutritional insurance' against cardiovascular diseases, cancer and aging. Although such pills are not to be mistaken for substitutes to a well-balanced menu, pills containing 6 to 15 mg. of beta carotene, 250 to 500 mg. of Vitamin C and 133 to 533 mg. of Vitamin E are advisable on a daily basis, particularly if you are on a low fat diet. The latter is found in cereals, almonds, hazelnuts, wheat germ, sunflower oil and corn puffs and retards aging. Selenium found in wheat, rice, oats, corn, garlic, onions, turkeys and fish and alpha-lipoic acid found in potatoes and red meats are new and powerful anti-oxidants. The latter has even been shown to slow down the progression of HIV infection to clinical AIDS.
The fact is all of us want to stay healthy and increase our chances of living longer. So make it a point to pick up these anti-ageing foods on your next trip to the supermarket. Chances are, what you choose will determine how long you live and how young you stay along the way.
Unfortunately, the standard grain choices for most families are white, bleached wheat flour and polished white rice. These are devoid of nutrients, which are found in fresh, baked foods enriched with barley, brown rice, corn, millet, oats, rye or whole wheat. Fresh baked breads and rolls, pastas and tortillas, low-fat/non-fat muffins and low-fat biscuits, chips, crackers and cookies offer unique tastes, textures and nutrient profiles. So look for such foods in the packaging of foods you buy or inquire in the bakery that you frequently visit.
Legumes are inexpensive nutrient rich food sources, virtually free of cholesterol, low in fat and a great source of complex carbohydrates and proteins. They are especially beneficial for diabetics. Soy (a legume) in the form of soya beans, soy milk and soy protein have unique anti-cancer properties. In addition, rajmah, chanas, cholas, moong, peas, lentils and all dried and canned beans are rich in a variety of nutrients including soflavones- these reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
Nuts can delay the aging process too. Cashews, almonds, peanuts and walnuts must be eaten in moderation owing to their high calorie and fat content. But since these foods are high in poly and mono-unsaturated fats (good fats), they have a beneficial effect on the heart. Remember that a gram of fat provides nine calories to the body, regardless of its nature i.e. saturated or unsaturated. The latter, however is essential to good health.
Omega-3:- Even a single weekly consumption of omega-3 rich fish salmon, mackerel, sardines, spirulina (a seaweed, high in protein) can reduce blood triglyceride levels and provide modest yet significant protection against heart disease and lower blood cancer. Other sources include green leafy veggies, fruits, dry beans, soy protein and walnuts.
Yogurt:- Yogurts are easy to digest even by those who are lactose intolerant. Yogurt acts by preventing several forms of cancer, besides providing a rich source of calcium. Use low fat milk for optimum benefits.
If we follow a low fat, vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet, we can slow down the aging process. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, complex carbohydrates and a newly discovered range of anti-aging, anti-disease chemicals called phytochemicals, can reverse the process of aging.
Fresh fruits are great for youth. Berries, such as blue berries, strawberries, currents, jamuns, etc., and apples contain ellagic acid, which contain anti-cancer properties. Apples, in particular, contain ferrulic acid (anti-cancer) and octacosanol (anti-Parkinson-ism element). Hence an apple a day really does keep the doctor away!
Apricots contain six carotenoids, with anti-aging properties.
Bananas contain catechols, which aid immune function.
Berries also contain anthocyanosides which may help prevent heart disease.
Papayas, mango, pineapple and watermelon have anti-cancer properties.
Citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, lime and grapefruits contain flavonones to fight cancer, besides being rich source of Vitamin C and fiber.
Vitamin C in oranges, papayas, guavas, tomato soups and citrus drink concentrates is associated with lower mortality.
To keep age at bay, vegetables are the best bet. Tomatoes contain an estimated 10,000 phytochemicals, including lycopene, p-coumaric acid and chlorgenic acid, all of which are anti-cancer substances, and also GABA, which may aid in the prevention of high blood pressure. It's time to get saucy!
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, turnips and radishes aid in the prevention of breast cancer. Potatoes benefit immune function and carrots are a rich source of beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A and the maintenance of visual function. Celery has a possible role in the prevention of skin ailments and the prevention of lymphoma. Onions help lower blood cholesterol levels.
Beta Carotene found in sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrot soup, red or orange veggies, fruits with colored skins and green leafy veggies, is associated with a lower risk towards heart attack, strokes and death.
This time when I saw the Avon Brochure, I immediately knew what to order for. I got my productsa couple of days back, so here is my small little summer haul.
The best thing I got is my favorite body lotion, Skin So Soft- Soft & White- Protect & Enhance- Whitening Hand & Body Lotion which costs Rs 225 but I got it for Rs 169
Since I wanted a Sunscreen with high SPF, I ordered the Sunblock Lotion SPF 40 PA+++, which costs Rs 249 but I got it for Rs 169
My arms and legs are dry in winters and the skin turns normal in the summers. But I prefer using a lotion at night even during the hot days because I like my skin soft and silky in the mornings. Naturals Lightening Papaya & Soymilk Hand & Body Lotion which costs Rs 149 but I got it for Rs 119
I am crazy about nail polishes and none of my hauls are ever complete without it. This time it was Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel in Ballerina which costs Rs 119 but I got it for Rs 89
Now a very special product which does not feature in the Avon Brochure. The Avon Representative saw my love for nail art and suggested I order the French Manicure Kit in French White which costs Rs 285, no discount here :(
Hope you all like my small summer haul. I will be reviewing the products soon. Thank you all :)
Hello everyone, here is a quick post/notd of my present favorite nail polish, Avon Speed dry+ Nail Enamel in Ballerina. This is a nude pink color and I just love it. Its a must have for the summers, so girls just check it out.
If you think you have no need for seeds think again. That's where life comes from and also the nurturing that is required much later. Seeds perform big deeds =D Agricultural scientists and Unani practitioners say that almost all seeds have some medicinal qualities. But few of them have very powerful healing properties in them.
Watermelon Seeds:- Watermelon seeds are excellent vigour boosters for men and women. They cleanse the kidneys and help in kidney related problems. They also strengthen the organ. Sipping a concoction of watermelon seeds regularly induces sleep in insomniacs. The liquid also helps people suffering from a thickening of walls of lungs and severe stomachaches. The Arabs most probably owe their robust health to this fruit. They not only eat watermelon but also eat its seeds.
Cucumber Seeds:- If you are suffering from PMS, don't worry help is at hand. A concoction of cucumber seeds taken on a regular basis proves useful for women with irregular periods. The seeds regulate menses. Cucumber Seeds act as a good medicine for urinary infection too. They are also wonderful for controlling high fever, high blood pressure, dry cough and acidity related problems. The concoction is said to solve blocked urine problems, which occur due to infection. On the whole, cucumber seeds cool down your body.
Raisin Seeds:- Indigestion problems vanish with raisin seed potions. There are cases of persons suffering from chronic loose motions. Such people need raisin seed powder. They should take 1/4th spoon raisin seed powder with honey regularly. The loose motions come to a stop and the intestine is strengthened.
Mango Seeds:- Mango seeds taken from the dried nut is an excellent medicine for girls who suffer from painful menstruation with excessive bleeding. If you want to break the circle of overflow, take 1/4th spoon of mango seed powder with honey. Follow it up with a glass of warm water.
Pomegranate Seeds:- Pomegranate seeds and skin are full of medicinal values. A concoction made out of this fruit's seeds is remarkably effective against bouts of diarrhea and vomiting with dangerous traces of blood in them. It smoothens the irritable bowel.
Bottle-Gourd (Lauki) Seeds:- Children suffering from memory loss and excessive tiredness should be given a concoction of dhoodi seeds. This liquid is also known as Dhukmay kadi by Unani practitioners. The cooling properties of these seeds will help reduce exam tension by cooling down the body. Applying the oil of the seed induces sound sleep. This soothing concoction helps reduce the unhealthy, sometimes smelly, white discharge in women. It strengthens the brain cells, reduces swelling in the lungs, reduces hypertension, acidity and urinary infection.
Fenugreek Seeds:- Try methi seeds with curd or water when severe stomach pains hit you. Daily consumption assures you of glossy. silky, shiny, lustrous hair. Be cautious if you suffer from asthma. Because of its cooling properties, it may not suit you. Consult a doctor before starting the treatment.
Preparing a Concoction:-
Take a teaspoonful of the seed and boil it in a glass of water till the water reduces to half. Strain the seeds and grind them in a mixie. Add the boiled water and again strain through a clean, white muslin cloth. Simple and eminently soothing. Try it.
Last Sunday when I colored my hair and had to sit for 40 mins, I planned to try my hand at water marbling. Well this is the second time I have tried this technique of nail art. I never posted the pics of my first try as I didn't like it much.
First I applied my base coat and then I applied a coat of white nail color. Then in a small plastic bowl I took some water and dropped a little white nail color. It dries fast so you need to work fast. Then I added some blue and pink nail color in drops. Next I dipped my nails in the colored water upside down. Ohh also do apply some Vaseline to the skin around your nails to make cleaning off nail color easy. Next time I do it, I will post pics of the process. Hope you like it and thanks for bearing with me =)
Hi Girls, Now add a breath of fresh air to dull, tired skin by making this luxurious skin polisher a part of your skin care regime!
If you are looking for a gentler way to scrub your skin and get that youthful appearance, look no further! Lotus Herbals has introduced Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher that ensures smooth, flawless and younger skin. This innovative skin polisher protects from pollution, dust and exposure to the harsh rays of the sun and helps in restoring the natural glow of the skin.
Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is enriched with active ingredients such as pomegranate, which has skin renewal properties that help increase collagen and plum that infuses powerful anti oxidants into the skin, making it soft and supple. It contains ultra fine granules that are non-abrasive and gently rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells. This skin polisher therapeutically exfoliates and cleanses the skin of toxins and other impurities while protecting against environmental pollutants. Suitable for all skin types, its deep detoxification re-energizes the skin, reduces fine lines and offers wrinkle protection. Now regenerate your skin to a new level of vitality for a more youthful, healthy and radiant appearance, all day long.
Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is attractively priced at Rs 155 for 50gms and Rs 245 for 100 gms and is available at leading beauty and departmental stores across the country.
Wella Kolestint Colour Creme- 5/5 Medium Mahagony Brown
1 pack for INR 519
Available in 12 stunning shades:-
Medium Golden Brown
Light Golden Brown
Medium Mahagony Brown
Wella suggests that you read the instruction properly before starting the coloring procedure. The leaflet contains * Safety Instructions * Skin Allergy Test Instruction * Special Cautions * Strand Test
Looks like this after mixing
My Opinion:- I love to color my hair with deep rich colors to brighten it. So when Wella sent me 2 packs I was a happy girl. I chose Medium Mahagony Brown today and applied as instructed. I hate the smell of most hair colors but this color didnt smell yuck after mixing and after applying it was nearly fragrance-free and to sit with the color on for 40 mins was a good experience. I had done the allergy test just before I previewed Kolestint and I came out without any reactions :D So I moved on to doing the Strand Test and my hair strand took around about 40 mins to show up the color I had fancied. It came out a rich mahagony so I proceeded to color my full head. The first step as suggested by the company, I applied the Pre-Coloration Treatment and waited for a couple of mins for it to work on my hair. Then I applied the color creme (mixture of equal quantities of color creme and developer) which was a funny orange, all over my hair and comb through a couple of times.
It is very creamy and didnt drip and spoil my clothes or stain my skin. It wasnt wet but creamy like when I use a creamy hair mask on my hair, I liked this quality very much. When my time came for rinsing, my hair lathered well when I added a little water to my hair. Then I rinse untill the water came clean and trust me it didnt take a lot of time. I used the Intensive Shine Treatment which is a rich conditioner with a very sweet floral fragrance, waited for 2-3 mins so that the conditioner gets to work on my hair. A little more rinsing and I was done :) Now I was scared that my scalp will itch, which happens whenever I color my hair. But there isn't any kind of itching till now. My hair is behaving well without a serum and is soft and silky to the touch. The best part is that not even a single hair fell while applying as well as during washing. I color is intense and rich and you can see the results on my hair.
With Color on
Pros:- no hairfall, no itching, no overwhelming smell, affordable and showed good results
Cons:- none as of now but I will update after 15 days again.
I will rate this product after 15 days when I update you about the condition of my hair. But I definitely suggest you girls to go check it out as there are 12 shades available in this range. And yes, as of now my hair is behaving well without a serum for the first time :D