Friday, November 30, 2012

Hairstyles for Sarees

Sarees come in a variety of shades and designs.

Although women wear sarees for different occasions, in countries like Sri Lanka and India it’s not uncommon to find women donning the saree throughout the day and going about with their household chores.


Hairstyles are one of the important features which help to bring out the beauty of the saree and its wearer.

Women with long hair who don the saree during the day will have their hair tied in a bun similar to the chignon hairstyle or have it in a single braid. This allows them to do their work more efficiently without having to worry about hair strands falling on their face hence making it difficult to do work.

For evening wear the hairstyle is usually let loose and allowed to flow naturally onto the shoulders.

Tips When Choosing A Hairstyle

When choosing a hairstyle it’s important to consider the shape of your face.

Women with round faces should opt for long hair with soft layers since it reduces the roundness of the face.

If you have a square face choose a short or medium length hairstyle which have bangs over on one side.

A short, long, layered or bobbed hairstyle is recommended for women with oval shaped faces.

World’s Most Expensive Saree

Women in countries where saree is the traditional female dress spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year to purchase a saree.

In the year of 2008  the Guinness Book of World Records revealed the most expensive saree made of silk cost £50,679.

The saree was named ‘Vivah Patu‘ and weighs 8 kilos plus was designed on silk and embroidered with gold and silver plus platinum and decorated with precious stones such as:
  • Diamond
  • Emerald
  • Ruby
  • Yellow sapphire
  • Sapphire
  • Topaz
  • Pearl
  • Cat’s eye
  • Coral

Most Expensive Hairstylists

According to the Guinness Book of World Records the most expenive haircut costs £20,000 and is provided by British stylist Stuart Phillips. Stuart Phillips runs the salon Covent Garden in London.

So what’s included in this £20,000 hairstyle?

The salon gets closed for the day to accommodate only the client and those who accompany her so they have privacy and the whole salon including stylist Stuart Philip’s complete attention.

The client is pampered to a body or a shiatsu acupressure head massage.

A personal chef is provided plus the client can choose to have a lunch of tea and scones or a champagne lunch and will also be served cocktails and canapés thought the time she spends in the salon.

Philips is also noted for the stunning hairstyle he did for the famous pro tennis player Serena Williams using diamonds costing around a million dollars.

Listed below are a few popular hairstyles that go well with sarees.

 Short Hairstyles for Sarees

Nadeesha Hemamali

Nadeesha Hemamali

Chignon Hairstyles for Sarees

Piumie Shanika Botheju

Aishwarya Rai

Long Hairstyles for Sarees

Anarkali Akarsha

Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez

Thanuja Dilhani

Jacqueline Fernandez

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to Care for Newly Pierced Ears

Ear Piercing Tips

It can take between 6 to 9 weeks for your ears to heal once you get them pierced. During this time you have to take special care of your ears. If not it can get infected.

When getting your ears pierced make sure to get it done by a professional to prevent complications later.

Pierce the ears with hypoallergenic studs since these are the ideal types of earrings to be used when piercing ears. Continue to wear earrings that are hypoallergenic for at least 6 months before using the non-hypoallergenic types to prevent any allergic reactions. You should also avoid wearing dangling earrings until 6 to 12 months has passed.

How To Care For Newly Pierced Ears

Your newly pierced ears are easily susceptible to germs and it’s vital you clean them at least twice a day (morning and evening) with a suitable antiseptic prescribed to you from the place you got the ears pierced.

Hydrogen peroxide has been used for some years to clean newly pierced ears. Take a cotton ball and put some hydrogen peroxide in it and gently clean around the piercing on both sides: front and back of the ear.

When cleaning each piercing make sure to turn each earring from side to side. This ensures the antiseptic reaches the pierced opening and prevents germs from getting into it.

You should also make it a point to place your thumb at the back of the ear stud and gently push it forward. Then push the front of the ear stud backwards.  This should be done 2 to 3 times a day to prevent any skin formation on the earrings. There have been cases when skin has grown over the earrings of those with newly pierced ears.

In the event your ears become extremely sore and red and get infected with pus go to the doctor immediately and get it treated. 

Ear Piercing Beliefs

In ancient times certain cultures believed by piercing the ears it would prevent demons from possessing their body.

If you've wondered why sailors in the by gone days had one ear pierced well they believed the metal in the earrings had the power to improve or heal their eyesight.

Best Earrings For Sensitive Ears

Earrings made without cobalt and nickel is a good choice for those with sensitive ears as these two metals are noted for causing allergic reactions. Surgical stainless steel earrings plus those made with 14K gold and platinum and titanium are safe to wear.

How to Apply Eye Shadow

History Of Eye Shadow

In ancient times eye shadow was used extensively in EgyptGreece and Rome to enhance the beauty of the eyes.

Today it’s one of the main products manufactured by a wide range of cosmetic companies with L’Oreal, Revlon, Lancôme and Constance Carroll to name a few.

Ancient Egypt was the first civilization to have used kohl to enhance the beauty of their eyes. Kohl as many of you know is the ingredient used today in producing the most sought after pencil eyeliner.

It was only in the 20th century that the eye shadow we use today was first created.

How To Choose Eye Shadow

Two things to keep in mind prior to applying eye shadow is choosing the correct type of eye shadow primer to apply on the eyelids and also the three eye shadow colors which will blend together perfectly.

An eye shadow primer acts as a base to keep the eye shadow on the eye lids for a longer period of time. Always choose a light cream colored primer as there will be a less chance of it clashing with the colors of the eye shadow you apply on the eyelid.

When choosing your eye shadow colors pick colors that are light, medium and dark and make sure the colors co-ordinate with each other. Once you’ve chosen the colors you are ready to apply the eye shadow onto your eye lids.

How To Apply Eye Shadow

First apply the eye shadow primer on to your eye lids with the help of a make up sponge. Dust some translucent powder over the eye shadow primer to prevent it from going down the eye lid.

Then with the help of an eye shadow brush apply the lightest eye shadow color to the entire eye lid including the brow bone.

Next apply the medium eye shadow color along the lower lid of the eye and working all the way to the end of the corner of the eyelid.

Finally apply the darkest color and this should be to the crease of the eye lid.

Once you've applied the eye shadow apply eyeliner and mascara.

The Best Eye Shadow For Your eyes
  • Brown Eyes – terracotta, reddish-brown or golden shades are recommended.
  • Blue Eyes – gray tones
  • Hazel Eyes – Green and brown shades are ideal.
  • Green Eyes – Plum shade or purple shadow
Best Eye Shadow Brand For Brown Eyes

L'Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow in Taupe. This eye shadow gives a reddish golden-brown shade.

How to Apply Eye Liner

History Of The Eye Liner

Many say that using eye liner was first practiced in Ancient Egypt where it was customary for those who were royalty and the common man to use it to decorate their eyes. Another royal person  would always use eyeliner to enhance the beauty of her eyes was Cleopatra the stunning Queen of Egypt.

After the demise of ancient Egypt the eyeliner again gained popularity in the fashion world during the 1920’s and then again in the 1960’s and finally in the 1970’s.

Difference Between Pencil Eyeliner and Liquid Eye Liner

Some women tend to prefer the eye liner pencil over the liquid liner to beautify their eyes.

The eye liner pencil is much easier to spread around the eyes since it can be applied in one stroke but the liquid liner on the other hand requires a steady hand and has to be applied carefully in short strokes.

Pencil eyeliner can be smudged to give an uneven look or a professional look whereas liquid liner can’t although it gives a bolder look than pencil eyeliner.

Liquid liner is ideal for those who wear their makeup for long periods of time since it’s difficult to remove liquid liner unlike pencil eyeliner.

How To Choose An Eyeliner

The right eye liner should enhance the color of your eyes.

Copper, gold, champagne, navy and terracotta colored eyeliners are perfect for those with blue eyes.

If you have dark eyes choose dark shades like black. If you have light colored eyes you can try plums, gold, brown and bronze shades.

Best Eyeliner Brands

Always choose a good brand of eyeliner as this ensures it’s of quality and lowers the risk of allergies and infections. Listed below are a few such eyeliners which are also reasonable priced.

Pencil Eyeliner
  • Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner
  • L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliners
  • Maybelline Unstoppable ONYX Eyeliner
  • MAC Chromagraphic Pencil
  • MAC Eye Kohl Eyeliner
  • Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner

Liquid Eyeliner
  • Almay Liquid Eyeliner
  • Jordana Cosmetics INCOLOR Fabuliner Liquid Liner
  • L'Oréal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
  • L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner
  • Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Duo Glossy Liquid Liner
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner

Gel Eyeliner
  • Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
  • L'Oréal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner 24 Hour
  • L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Color Truth Cream Eyeliner
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Gel Eyeliner
  • Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Longwear Cream Eyeliner

Monday, November 26, 2012

How to Apply Lipstick

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Before applying lipstick you should first lightly dab the lips and lip line with some foundation. Then use a lip pencil or lip liner and outline the lips. Applying a foundation and lip liner on the lips prior to putting on the lipstick ensures the lipstick will last longer.

How To Choose Lipstick

When choosing the color of the lip liner/pencil make sure to choose a shade which matches the color of your lipstick. You can also use a nude lip liner.

Choose a lipstick which goes with your skin color. Fair skinned women will look good in light shades (beige tones, light corals and light pinks) while dark shades (plums, chocolates, reds, pastels and oranges) are ideal for ladies with a dark skin tone.

For day wear choose lipsticks with a matte and cream finish. For nighttime a lipstick with a high-gloss finish.

How To Get Plump Luscious Lips

If you want plump luscious lips first dab a little lip balm on the lips and exfoliate the lips using a baby toothbrush. Wipe the lips using a soft cloth soaked in cold water. Pat dry.

Next apply a light shaded lipstick with a high-gloss finish. Dark shades with a glossy finish will make lips look smaller.

When putting on lipstick use a lip brush to apply the lipstick on the lips as this will give a more professional look.

How to Get Rosy Lips

Lips just like the eyes enhance the beauty of a person’s face by making it brighter and prettier. But when lips lose its natural pink color and becomes dark chapped and flaky it makes us look older and unattractive.

Smokers and those who use low quality lipstick are at a higher risk of getting dark colored and flaky dry lips than others.

If you no longer have the soft rosy lips you once did then its time you gently exfoliated the skin and moisturized it. You can do this the following way:

Mix ¼ teaspoon of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Gently massage on lips. Leave for a minute and wipe with a soft wet warm washcloth. Do this treatment every night before going to bed.

The brown sugar helps to remove dead dry skin and the olive oil keeps the lips moist and soft.

Best Lipstick Brands
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Shiseido
  • Burberry Beauty
  • Lancôme
  • Max Factor
  • NARS Cosmetics
  • Mac Cosmetics
  • Aveda
  • Topshop Makeup


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Choosing the Right Heels

Women wear heels to make their legs, calves and ankles look more slender and help them look elegant and sophisticated as they walk. But it’s important to know how to choose the correct heels. If not you could end up with blisters and corns and suffer from back pain.

What is the Emma's Heel Height Test 
Source: Emma's Heel Height Test

The Emma's Heel Height Test is a method used by some women to check for their correct heel height.

This is done by sitting straight on a chair barefooted. 

Then raise one leg in front of you and measure the difference in foot placement as shown in the photo on the right. 

For those of you who are not interested in doing Emma's Heel Height Test before venturing out to buy heels follow the suggestions listed below.  

How To Buy Heels

If you’re legs and calves are on the heavy size choose heels which will balance your body and legs such as platform heels and avoid the stilettos types. 

Stilettos heels are ideal for those with slim legs and calves but it should not be worn for long periods of time. 

Thin heels tend to put more strain on the leg muscles when worn for a long time.

If you plan to be walking throughout the day wear 2 inch heels. Place a pair of sole pads inside each heel to cushion your feet. The pads will reduce pain and the formation of blisters associated with wearing heels for prolonged periods of time.

Word’s Most Expensive Stilettos

How would you like to wear a stiletto beautified with sierra satin and decorated with diamonds sapphires and rubies? Well you can do so if you’re willing to spend $3,000,000. This pair of stunning open toed heels was designed by Stuart Weitzman and is called the “Rita Hayworth” heels after the Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth who wore it in the movie Shawshank Redemption. The heels are now owned by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan who happens to be Rita Hayworth’s daughter.

How To Fix A Damaged Stiletto Heel Tip

Some claim a broken heel tip can be easily fixed with super glue.

Others will use a set of pliers to hold the heel tip and move it left and right and then pull it out. Once the damaged heel is removed insert the new heel tip by gently hammering it using a tack hammer.

Foot Care Tips

Make sure to get a pedicure and a foot massage once a week as this will ensure your feet gets the treatment it needs to stay healthy and also keep the foot and calf muscles in good physical shape.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Bindi Designs

The Bindi is a popular ancient forehead decoration worn by women and girls in Sri LankaNepal and India

Meaning of Bindi

Bindi comes from the Sanskrit word ‘bindu’ meaning a 'dot.'

A bindi is also known as a pottu, 'tika', 'sindoor', 'tilak', 'tilakam', 'bindiya’ and 'kumkum.’

The Bindi was initially a red color dot placed in the center of the eyebrows but eventually new designs were introduced which were made from jewelry or displayed a sign.

Bindis were traditionally applied using tikka powder, kum kum or vermilion powder. But today sticker-bindis made of velvet with glue on one side can be bought in various shapes and sizes.

What does the Bindi signify?

The red colored bindi symbolized honor, love and prosperity. It was a custom for married women who were Hindus to wear a red colored bindi during her married life but once her husband departed she could no longer do so for she was considered a widow. Instead she wears a black colored bindi with a white sari which is the standard attire worn by widows. Unmarried girls would also wear a black bindi.

Bindi and Hindu Caste System

In a number of villages in India people are known to would wear different color bindis to identify to which caste system they belonged to.

For example the Brahmin who are considered the highest caste would wear bindis prepared from white sandal wood to signify purity.

The Khatriya caste who belonged to the group considered as Kings and Warriors plus Administrators would wear red color bindis.

Those who belonged to the Vaishyas caste who were made up of business men wore a bindi in the color yellow which meant prosperity.

The Sudras who are considered as the lowest caste adorned their head with the black color bindi since they were considered those who did labor work.

Bindi Facts

The bindi is placed between the eyebrows for this is an area connected to the sixth chakra, the area of wisdom and concentration. The sixth chakra is known as the 'agna' meaning 'command'

Some mothers will place a black circular shaped bindi on the forehead of their baby. Such mothers believe by doing this their babies will be protected from evil spirits.

Those who were followers of god Vishnu would wear a red color V shaped bindi with white inside.

People who worship god Shiva would wear a bindi with three horizontal lines made from ash powder.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Women’s Handbag and Purse

The Chatelaine bag

A unique antique belt purse which many a woman would wear in the 19th century in certain parts of the world was the chatelaine bag.

What is a chatelaine?

The chatelaine was a clasp or hook that could be fitted to the waist of the dress/ garment a woman wears. The chatelaine would have a chain/chains or a chord/chords attached to it which could be connected to a bag/pouch. Some women would use a chatelaine to hold their household keys while others attached their watch, household seal, thimble or scissors plus a variety of other small items that they frequently used.

The Reticule Handbag

The reticule was another interesting looking small purse designed similar to a pouch with a drawstring made from fabric like silk and rayon which a number of women carried during the 18th century and well into the 19th century.

Some describe the reticule handbag as a purse that was shaped like a pineapple.

The popular handbags used by women this day and age are the:
  • Tote
  • Satchel
  • Hobo
  • Pouch
  • Bucket Bag

Saddle shape handbag

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Bucket Bag

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The clutch purse is another accessory women use especially when attending functions and parties during the evening since it gives an elegant look to their evening wear.

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Handbag Rules

When sitting at a table with others one should never set their handbag or purse on the table. This is considered rude.

Always lay your handbag or purse on an empty chair which is next to you, on your lap or on the ground next to your feet (leftside).

Only hang your handbag on the chair if your back is facing the wall.

How to care for your handbag

When you first purchase you bag or purse inquire from the saleslady/man who sold you the bag if it’s okay to spray scotch guard on the bag. Some people spray scotch guard when they first buy their handbag or purse as its believed to give a protective coating to the bag thus minimizing the damage done to the bag in the future from moisture and heat.

Store the handbag or purse in a pillow slip or dust cover.

A leather handbag and purse should not be exposed to rain and sun. The leather will peel and crack when it comes into contact with moisture and heat. Use a leather conditioning cream to clean the bag at least once a week. Never apply the cream directly onto the leather but instead apply it first to a cloth before rubbing it on the leather.

The Chiffon Saree

Source: Priyanka Chopra Saree
Chiffon sarees are a popular choice for saree wearers as these sarees are comfortable to wear because of its soft, translucent and lightweight fabric. 

The saree's light fabric has made it a favorite dress among saree wearers living in tropical climates to wear on days when the temperature is high.

Chiffon sarees are created in numerous designs which make it ideal to be worn on different occasions.

Popular designs on chiffon sarees are the:
  • Bandhini prints
  • Gold metallic embroidery
  • Resham designs
  • Zardosi appliqués

What Is Chiffon

Chiffon is made of the following fibers: nylon, silk, cotton, rayon and polyester and since it’s a delicate fabric should be hand washed and not machine washed.

How to Wash a Chiffon Saree

A chiffon saree should be hand washed since this reduces the chances of it being ruined during washing. 

Take a large basin of water and fill it ¾ full with lukewarm water. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baby laundry soap and ½ teaspoon of fabric softener in the water. Soak the saree in it for 2 minutes.

Place another basin under the tap and begin filling it water. Transfer the wet saree into the basin and wash the saree in the water. Gently squeeze out the water and hang to dry on a clothesline.

How To Iron a Chiffon Saree

When ironing a chiffon saree the iron should not be pressed hard on the fabric but done with gentle delicate strokes to prevent the fabric from stretching or tearing plus getting burnt.

It’s recommended a chiffon saree be dry ironed and not with steam since steam ironing can stain the saree.

After ironing your saree always place it on a padded hanger to keep it free from wrinkles.

Where To Buy Chiffon Sarees Online

It can be difficult to find a good website to buy sarees online since you’re unable to see the design of the fabric except from pictures online plus buying a saree online prevents you from getting a feel of the fabric and confirm whether it’s made of quality material or not.

Famous brands of sarees worth checking out are:
  • Satya Paul
  • Moh Manthan
  • Lalit Khatri
  • Fabdeal
  • Chhabra 555

When choosing a website selling sarees make sure it’s a reputed one and is a licensed saree store based in a country plus has been in business for sometime.

A few best places for saree shopping in India are:

In Delhi India - Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh, two popular markets that sell sarees at an affordable price.