Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Mumbai: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi has expressed her disapproval over the Cannes Film Festival's practice of only allowing women in heels at the gala. The 64-year-old actress, who has attended the festival in the past and also served as a jury member, said she was shocked to read reports that women in flats were denied entry at the festival.

"Shocking report that Cannes bans flats on red carpet! Director of 'Amy', Asif Kapadia says his wife was given rough time too. Unacceptable surely," Azmi posted on twitter. Earlier Hollywood actress Emily Blunt had also criticised the Festival's reported practice though festival director Thierry Frémaux had denied that there was any such rule.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Mumbai(IANS): Gurgaon girl Aditi Arya was crowned Femina Miss India 2015 at the 52nd edition of the beauty pageant here at Yash Raj Studio.
Reigning Miss India Koyal Rana, on Saturday, enthroned her successor Aditi with the crown made by PC Jewellers. The first and second runners-up were Aafreen Rachel Vaz and Vartika Singh respectively.

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The trio was selected from the top five finalists of the fbb Femina Miss India 2015 that also included Tanya Hope and Deeksha Kaushal.
This year, 21 contestants from across the country participated in the beauty contest.

The coronation night saw contestants walking the ramp for the final time. Out of the 21 contestants, only five made it to the final question and answer round. The top five finalists were selected on the basis of judges’ score.

As a result of securing the top three spots, Aditi would represent India at Miss World 2015, Aafreen would participate at Miss International 2015, while Vartika would take part at the Miss Grand International beauty pageants.

Delhi girl Aditi Arya wins Miss India 2015 crown

Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Shahid Kapoor performed at the grand finale. Along with them, “Balam pichkari” hitmaker Shalmali Kholgade and Meet Bros Anjjan also performed live.

“Welcome Back” team, including Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and producer Firoz A Nadiadwala, were on the judging panel for the finale. The film’s director, Anees Bazmee also attended the coronation night along with stars Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal and Shruti Haasan.
The beauty pageant, which will be telecast on April 5, also saw the attendance of actresses Shilpa Shetty, Manisha Koirala, Neha Dhupia, Sonali Bendre, dancer Shiamak Davar and designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosala.

The event, which took place in Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai saw celebrities like John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Abu Jani and Sandip Khosla, Shilpa Shetty and Sonali Bendres judging the contestants. There were also some grand performances by Jacqueline Fernandez, Shahid Kapoor and Meet brothers.

Aditi, who hails from Delhi and works as a research analyst in a firm, will now represent India in the Miss World pageant.

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Mumbai(web team): Recently concluded research says that home made beauty therapy becomes more popular than other form of beauty care ness. University of VKC journal says.

Homemade Cucumber mask for dry skin:
4 tablespoons of mashed cucumbers mix with 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Apply the mixture to the clean face and leave on for 20 minutes.
Cucumber masks for oily skin:
mix 1 grated cucumber with the same amount of grated apple. Apply to the face and rinse off in 30 minutes. If you use this mask twice a week, your skin will look fresh and glowing.
2 tablespoons of cucumber juice mix with one egg white. Apply to your face and leave on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
Homemade Cucumber masks for acne:
grate 1 cucumber and apply to the face. Leave on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off. Regular usage of this mask will help you get rid of acne.
Cucumber masks to reduce wrinkles

mix 1 grated cucumber with 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply to the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. This mask will also help to reduce the paleness of your skin.
mix 1 grated potato with 1 grated cucumber. Apply to the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Homemade Cucumber mask for brightening your skin

Put a cucumber round in 1 cup of lemon juice. Take out the cucumber in 2 hours and wipe your face with it. Do not rinse off the mask for at least 20 minutes.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Knowing what kind of facial works best for your skin type can be just as important as building your entire skin care routine around your skin type. While you can trust a licensed cosmetologist at a spa, it’s always good to know what your skin needs before scheduling a facial.

Find out how to choose the best spa treatments for your skin type and make the most out of your spa experience. From the main skin types to a few other issues, including acne and tired skin, here are the options that can lead to the best results for your complexion.
1. Spa Treatments for Normal Skin

When you’re not having big issues with either dry patched or oily areas, you can always go for a classic facial, that includes steaming and exfoliation. You won’t have to worry about the best spa treatments for your skin type, since your complexion is the easiest to work with. If you see good results after your first facial, consider making it a monthly habit, in order to make sure your skin is always looking its best.
2. Spa Treatments for Dry Skin

If your main concern is dry skin, you can have issues with exfoliation, and it’s always better to choose a facial that chemically exfoliates your skin. Your top choice should be a fruit enzyme exfoliant treatment, that provides excellent results without drying out your skin even more. Oxygen facials are another excellent option, since they help improve circulation and also keep your skin moisturized. You can also opt for hardening facial masks, layered over a good facial serum to increase the absorption rate.
3. Spa Treatments for Oily Skin

In order to fight the main issues of oily skin, the best spa treatments for your skin type include a chemical exfoliant, but something more powerful than fruit enzymes. Salicilyc acid or glycolic are the best choices to make when it comes to exfoliation, and blackhead extraction is probably also useful. If you want to skip the extraction, clay masks, microdermabrasion and laser therapy can deliver great results in reducing blackheads, and galvanic treatments are also very effective.

5. Spa Treatments for Combination Skin

When you’re looking to improve the look of combination skin, you’ll need a spa specialist that treats the problem areas separately. Chemical peels can be a good way to refresh your skin, while LED light therapy can help if you’re dealing with enlarged pores. Microdermabrasion is also recommended, and you shouldn’t leave the spa before also getting a hydrating mask.

6. Spa Treatments for Sensitive Skin

The best spa treatments for your skin type take into consideration that fragrances should be kept at a minimum, and avoid any known irritants. When it comes to exfoliation, you should stick to fruit enzymes, since they’re the most delicate, and a calming mask that reduces redness is also important. Ask for creamy and calming facial masks, like those that include arnica extract.
7. Spa Treatments for Acne-Prone Skin

Deep cleansing is a must when you’re dealing with acne-prone skin, and clay masks can help draw impurities out of the skin. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can also help, but the most effective options for dealing with acne include blue light therapy, along with pulsed light and heat energy (LHE) therapy.
8. Spa Treatments for Uneven Skin Tone

When your main issue is your skin tone that looks uneven, the best spa treatments for your skin type include intense pulse light (IPL) therapy, but if you’d rather go for a more traditional approach, mix a strong chemical peel with a soothing mask with plenty of antioxidants.
9. Spa Treatments for Tired Skin

Enzyme resurfacing treatments can help your skin texture improve, and facial massage is really important for the lymphatic system. Hot and cold stone facials are also useful in de-puffing your skin and stimulating circulation.

10. Spa Treatments for Mature Skin

Facials that increase circulation are also among the best spa treatments for your skin type. Ask for treatments that include concentrated serums of antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals, and consider getting gentle peel to improve your skin texture. -becomegorgeous
Do you want to follow fashion or retain your dignity? Do you feel as if dressing classically will make you look old fashioned or more trendy? The modern trends are not made for each of us nor can any one of us well handle that. Sort out your wardrobe so you can dress fashionably, without losing your class and style.

It’s not about how expensive accessories you wear or which brand you wear, it’s about how you carry yourself and how physical up to the minute you are regarding your personality.

So follow these simple steps to look classically beautiful:
1. Avoid Trendy Clothes:

Classic women never wear trendy clothes what they go for are the classic pieces. Simple bright dresses in shades of blue and black look great when wear with striking accessory, aviator glasses, a colorful scarf. Moreover, a classy set of pearls can add personalized touch to your persona. Think of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s famous over-sized sunglasses and timeless suits. A women known for her classiness, sophistication and grace, you don’t have to go back to1950s, but increase your wardrobe when probable, and gather the best to make your own style fashion statement.
2. Keep make-up to a minimum:

Bring out the “real” you, wearing less make up can bring out your natural beauty. All need to do is a bit of enhancement of your features. It will give rise to a healthier skin and boosts more confidence when you see people accepting you for the real you. Avoid A little foundation, lip gloss and mascara can go a very long way.
3. Respect your Hair’s Natural Texture:

Always aim for a shiny and healthy style. Gone are the days when a lot of experimentation has to be done to your hair to make them look the best. You can create your own hair style statement provided it suits you. A suggestion from your hairdresser is a good option to figure out what style will suit your face. Many of us have made the choice to embrace our gorgeous, natural curls; some of us have decided to continue to chemically alter our hair. The best way is to respect the natural hair community.
4. Have Good Personal Hygiene:

Keep nails and toenails looking prim and proper, a simple French manicure is always elegant. Personal Hygiene habits such as washing your hands and brushing and flossing your teeth will help keep bacteria, viruses, and illnesses at bay. Trey to practicing a good body hygiene because it will helps you feel good about yourself, which is important for your mental health as well as physical health.
5. Be positive and Happy:

A positive outlook is always beautiful. If something is really bothering you, it’s okay to show it. But a Classic Beauty is known for being reserved, calm and always in control.
6. Know what you’re talking about:

Intelligence is key. Brush up on as many subjects as possible. Think before you speak and whatever you speak should be of some significance.
7. Plain Black is Boring:

Color-blocking black separated by a bold striking color is one easy way to get the clean-cut effect. To look classy, make the classic color pairing all the more interesting with bold patterns and prints. The unexpected patterns, monochromic designs and abstract lines will make your wardrobe pop. Black is something classic beauties always wear, but try to accentuate the simplicity of it with accessories of a single other color such as red, white, or green.
Even if you didn’t experience dryness and other skin issues during winter, you need to make some important changes in order to get the most gorgeous glow for spring, starting with your moisturizer and foundation.

Try the best ways to transition skin care from winter to spring, in order to make sure that you’ll look your best once the weather warms up. From cleaning out your makeup kit to cutting back on some products, here’s what you need to know.

1. Start with Spring Cleaning

Throwing out any products that are past their expiration date is a must in order to freshen up your look for spring. You should also get rid of makeup and skin care products that have changed in consistency, smell or color. You should also clean your makeup brushes thoroughly, since the bacteria build-up can cause breakouts if you ignore them. Also, remember that products with SPF lose their effectiveness, and if they’re older than one year, they should also be replaced.
2. Change Your Moisturizer

When you’re adjusting skin care from winter to spring, the most important step is making sure that change your moisturizer with a lighter version. Once the weather is getting warm, heavy moisturizers that work wonders in dry, winter air should go. If you continue to use them, you won’t be able to balance your skin’s natural oil production and you might end up with clogged pores.
3. Exfoliate More Often

Getting rid of dead skin cells can help you transition to spring and make your skin glow. Use a gentle exfoliator more often than during the winter months in order to keep your skin looking best. Whether you prefer scrubs or peels, make sure that you’re increasing your exfoliation once winter is over.
4. Switch Your Foundation

The consistency of your foundation is one of the most important changes you should make when you’re trying to transition makeup and skin care from winter to spring. Go for lighter foundations, and leave the full coverage cream ones behind. You might even make the switch to a tinted moisturizer if you’re having an unusually warm spring.

5. Reconsider Your SPF

Even if you’ve been using the right SPF all winter, you should consider either changing it for a stronger one or applying it more often. Don’t rely on makeup products with SPF, since they’re usually not potent enough to really protect your skin from UVA/UVB radiation. Amp up your SPF level in order to make sure that your skin will look great this spring.
6. Forget Glycolic Acids and Retinoids in the Morning

When days are shorter and darker, you can use topical retinoids in the morning and glycolic acids before going out. But changing your skin care from winter to spring means that you should drop these ingredients which can increase sun sensitivity from your morning skin care routine.
7. Double Check Your Medication

Both oral and topical medications can increase sun sensitivity so your should be prepared to either use more SPF or using them in the evening. Some of the biggest culprits include tetracycline, doxycycline and isotretinoin (Accutate). Double check with your doctor if you’re using strong medication for acne and rosacea.

8. Book the Right Spa Treatments

One of most effective ways to transition your skin care from winter to spring is to get a good start with either microdermabrasion or a natural enzyme peel. You should also consider laser hair removal now, since it’s not recommended in the summer, when it’s harder to stay out of the sun after the procedure.
9. Adjust Your Lipstick

Creamy lipsticks that keep your lips hydrated during winter need to go. Even if you won’t make the jump to gloss for spring, make sure that your lipsticks have lighter textures, that still keep your lips looking great, but add a little freshness.
10. Try an Antioxidant Serum

Since you’ll be spending more time outdoors after you switch your skin care from winter to spring, you should also considering adding a good serum to your routine. Look for antioxidant rich serums, with or without vitamin C, that can help protect your skin better from free radical damage in the warmer months of the year.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Whether you’re looking for a dramatic look or a subtle enhancement, eyelash extensions can take your look to the next level. However, it’s important to know how to make the most out of them and avoid any problems.

Check out the most important eyelash extensions dos and don’ts, that will help you create the perfect look with their help. Always make sure that you’re getting an experienced professional to put them in, and follow these simple tips to keep them looking perfect.

1. Choose the Right Type of Lash Extensions

While you can definitely try to apply the eyelashes extensions at home, it’s better to get the help of a licensed aesthetician or cosmetologist, at least for the first time around. They’ll help you decide which type works best for you, synthetic, silk or mink, and they’ll also advise you on the right length. Go for lighter extensions and avoid really curly ones if you have naturally straight eyelashes, since they’ll fall off quicker. You should also make sure that the adhesive used is completely formaldehyde-free.
2. Keep Them Dry for Up to 48 Hours

One of the biggest eyelash extensions don’ts is getting them wet in the first day or two after application. That means that you should protect them while showering, and you should also avoid swimming and activities that will cause you to sweat a lot, from intense workouts to going to saunas.
3. Be Very Careful When You Remove Your Makeup

Cotton pads are a big no-no when it comes to removing your makeup in the eye area after you’ve had the extensions applied. They can make lashes fall out sooner and leave behind ugly cotton fibers. Avoid any waterproof liner or eyeshadow and use cleansing wipes to remove your makeup more gently.

4. Choose the Right Mascara

Using mascara is not really one of the eyelash extensions dos, but it’s not forbidden either. If you want even more volume, then the trick is to find the right mascara. Stick to water-based mascaras only. Oil-based ones can mess with the adhesive that keeps the extensions in their place and waterproof mascara can also have a similar effect and it can be very difficult to remove.
5. Don’t Ruin Your Lashes with Moisturizers and Creams

Keeping your lashes protected from heavy eye creams and moisturizers is a must. Any product that’s moisturizing should be used carefully, since it can loosen the bonds between the extensions and your lashes, causing them to fall off.
6. Protect Them from Chlorine

After the adhesive has had two days to fond strong bonds between the extensions and your natural lashes, you can go take a swim anytime you want, but you should be careful when it comes to chlorinated water in pools. In order to prevent the chlorine residue from affecting them, one of the biggest eyelash extensions don’ts, always rinse them with bottled water afterwards.

7. Don’t Forget About Your Natural Lashes

Having eyelash extensions applied can take a toll on your natural lashes, so you need to give them a little TLC. A growth serum is always a good idea, and you should also consider using an eyelash conditioner. If you prefer a more natural option, castor oil can improve their look and stimulate growth. Apply it before you go to bed.
8. Reshape After Showering

If you do get your eyelash extensions wet while you shower, then you should be prepared to dry them the right way. Comb them carefully, then use a blow dryer only on a cool setting to get them back in shape. Using heat is one of the major eyelash extensions don’ts, since it can affect the adhesive.

9. Avoid Oil-Based Cosmetics

While mascara has the worst effect on eyelash extensions if it’s not water-based, there are plenty of other oil-based cosmetics that should be avoided, from heavy eye creams to shampoo and conditioner. If you can’t keep them off while you shower, then you should definitely think of using swimming goggles to keep them safe.
10. Sleep On Your Back

One of the big eyelash extensions dos is protecting them in your sleep as well. Sleeping on your back or sides can shorten their lifespan, so try to sleep on your back to keep looking gorgeous for longer.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

If you are in love and ready to be with each other for the rest of eternity, what could be a better occasion to get married than the Valentine’s Day? Many celebrity couples have also begun their journey down the path of matrimony on this very special day. Yes, this day of love is special for many Bollywood and Hollywood jodis as well. Take a look here at some lovely celebrity couples from around the world who got hitched on V-Day.

Gautami Gadgil-Ram Kapoor

One the most romantic and ideal couples of small-screen, Ram and Gautami, met while working on the TV show, Ghar-Ek Mandir. They got married after years of togetherness on February 14, 2003. The couple still looks very much in love every time they make an appearance together.

Ruslaan Mumtaz-Nirali Mehta

The Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara star, Ruslaan Mumtaz met the love of his life, Nirali Mehta at Shiamak Davar's dance academy. After a long-time relationship, the two first had court marriage on February 14, 2014. After the court marriage, they had a comeltely traditional wedding in Gujarati style, on March 2, 2014.

Also Read: 6 Defining Moments in an Indian Arranged Marriage

Arshad Warsi-Maria Goretti

They met in 1991 and after eight years of courtship, they finally got hitched on February 14, 1999. Arshad was a judge at a college dance festival where Maria was a contestant, and that was when cupid striked them. This inter-faith couple had two ceremonies, a church wedding and a nikaah. The couple is been blessed with two lovely kids.

Rhea Pillai-Sanjay Dutt

The handsome hunk of B-town Sanjay Dutt, married his long-time sweetheart, Rhea Pillai at a Mumbai temple in a secret wedding on the Valentine’s Day in 1998. However, they got separated after a few years. While Sanjay married Manyata, Rhea found bliss in the arms of tennis ace Leander Paes. This was Sanjay's second marriage.

Also Read: 5 Bollywood Celebrities who got Married Thrice

Mandira Bedi-Raj Kaushal

If you have started to feel a little disillusioned witnessing Valentine's Day marriage with so many break-ups, here is a couple with much more hope. TV actor and Cricket presenter, Mandira Bedi and Bollywood Director, Raj Kaushal tied the knot on February 14, 1999. They are happily married for the last 13 years with a son and, of course, their undying love for each other.

Salma Hayek-Francois Henry Pinnault

The voluptuous latina got married to her billionaire French beau on Valentine's Day in 2009. Although the main event that was held in Paris was kept low-profile, it was soon followed by a grand reception with the who’s who of Hollywood bedecking the guest list. Such is the couple’s obsession with the day that they have even named their daughter Valentina.

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Sir Elton John-Renate Blauel

Before the legendary singer-songwriter Sir Elton John accepted his real sexual orientation, he was hitched to a German music engineer, Renate Ruth Margot. Sir Elton John and Renate Ruth got married on the Valentine’s Day in 1984. But, when he could no longer deny his sexual orientation, the couple got their marriage dissolved in 1988. In 2005, Sir Elton John got married to partner David Furnish.

Meg Ryan-Dennis Quaid

The gorgeous Meg Ryan exchanged vows with her co-star and beau Dennis Quaid on February 14, 1991. Although their marriage might have lasted for only a decade, it was considered to be the 'Wedding of the Decade'. The superstar couple also have a son together.

Take a Look: 10 Most Romantic Dialogues of Bollywood

Liam Gallagher-Nicole Appleton

The lead vocalist Oasis, Liam Gallagher married Canadian singer and actress, Nicole Appleton on February 14, 2008. It was a hush-hush affair, as the two exchanged their vows at a small ceremony at the Westminster Register Office in London. But, earlier last year trouble started brewing in this lovebird’s paradise when Liam confessed of falling for his former assistant Debbie Gwyther to his wife. And, the couple is now living separately from each other.

Sharon Stone-Phil Bronstein

The stunningly sensuous Basic Instinct star, Sharon Stone, got married to reputed journalist Phil Bronstein, on February 14, 1998. It was an extravagant and ostentatious wedding ceremony organised at the actress’s plush home. However, they got divorced six years later. They share the custody of their adopted child.

Also Read: 10 Best Reasons to Have a Small Wedding

Adriana Lima-Marko Jeric

The suave supermodel, who created oomph with her Victoria’s Secret enigma eloped with basketball player Marko Jeric on the V-Day and had a clandestine exchanging of the marital vows at Wyoming in 2009. Of course, true to celebrity style, they organised an exuberant gala later on.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Women in today’s society are bombarded with the media’s interpretation of what constitutes beauty. It’s been said that, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” However, if every female celebrity our eyes “behold,” is ravishingly attractive, it can be difficult to comprehend that many of the most famous women are, in fact, unattractive in real life. If you are wondering how the rich and famous can be so amazingly flawless and seemingly perfect, read on. The following article will reveal 10 of Hollywood’s leading ladies that are actually unattractive in real life.
Oprah Winfrey

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1. Oprah Winfrey: Rags to Riches…then back to Rags?

Oprah is well known for being one of America’s wealthiest women of all time. She often reminisces about her humble beginnings and the hard work and persistence it took to get her where she is today. With all that money flying around, she is very fortunate to have access to the best: agents, personal chefs and trainers, makeup artists, and beauty products, money can buy.
What a large segment of the population doesn’t realize, is that if Oprah was walking around amongst us is our own town, we might not recognize her for being anyone famous. That may very well be why she had trouble with an employee at a Swiss Boutique, when asking to see a 38K bag. One blogger made mention that without makeup, Oprah looks similar to the way she did when she played Sofia in the Color Purple. Her face looks older and more fatigued; her eyes have dark circles underneath (bags included,) and her hair is very nappy. She does own a huge collection of wigs, which covers that issue; and her money, fame, and notoriety, covers the rest.

2. Lady Gaga-Stephani Joanne Angeline Germanotta: Goddess or Average in Disguise?

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If anyone has seen Lady Gaga perform, they will know that she is a provocative singer/songwriter, whose shows are more like watching a story unfold. With dynamic costumes, and a flare for the wild-side, this Lady is a force to be reckoned with. She is an outspoken activist for the LGBT community; and she also formed the, “Born This Way” foundation; which is named after one of her songs, and supports anti-bullying. It’s obvious that there is more to Lady Gaga than sitting on a throne commanding praise and attention.
When the costumes, glitter, false eyelashes, and bling come off, what’s behind the mask is very different than what we are used to seeing. We go Ga Ga for her sharp and exotic features; but without her glamorous get ups, this gay icon and pop sensation, is very gaunt and masculine looking. What’s great about her personality though, is that she just doesn’t really care. She brags about never having had plastic surgery; and her bold confidence definitely put her, “On the Edge of Glory,” even while lounging around the house.

3. Cameron Diaz: Real Life Fiona?

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Cameron Diaz has become one of America’s sweethearts. Starring in heartwarming dramas, and slapstick comedies, she really draws her audience to fall in love with her. She is probably one of the most endearing actresses of her time. What many may not be aware of, is that she began her celebrity journey at the tender age of 16, as a fashion model.
When spotted at the gym on numerous occasions, she appears very washed out. Some of her most unique features on screen, become a little less appealing when she is all natural. Her light complexion causes her cute dimples to fade, her wide spread eyes to look drab, and overall, her face becomes very featureless. For being in her 40’s, her body is in top shape; and working out is not easy to do in red carpet garb. When it comes to Cameron Diaz, we love her for who she is; with or without makeup.

4. Khloe Kardashian: Reality Show Diva, or Guest on Jerry Springer?

Khloe Kardashian

Khloe, along with her sisters; Kourtney, and Kim, have really got it going on. The whole family is the water cooler talk sensation of the last several years. Her lavish lifestyle, and seemingly perfect looks, are the envy of thousands of women.
An internet search of Khloe Kardashian in real life, unveils a picture of her in sweat pants, a ponytail, and no makeup. The fact that she is so completely unrecognizable compared to what the public is used to seeing, is almost shocking. It will definitely cause a person to really study the “before and after” shots to make sure someone isn’t pulling a fast one. It’s unlikely that the Kardashian magic is going to disappear anytime soon; and neither will her fan’s loyalty.

5. Fergie-Stacy Ann Ferguson: Why so Glum Chum?


This singer/songwriter is not only a female vocalist for the Black Eyed Peas, but she is also a solo artist. Fergie is a powerful singer with a strong message to send. Years ago, she struggled with a meth addiction that left her determined to pursue life with an even higher level of vigor.
This confident and highly talented pop star, doesn’t twinkle quite as bright in every day life. She shows up on many web pages as being a star that is not as attractive in real life. When all dolled up, she uses a lot of concealer on her jawline to hide her jowls and minimize lines; without it, she looks much more aged, and her face seems to have a pouty scowl. She does indeed have a great voice though, and her singing has carried her past any physical imperfections she may have.

6. Nicole Richie-Nicole Camille Escoredo: Ever Heard of a Good Home Cooked Meal?

nicole richie

Nicole Richey became famous while appearing on a “Simple Life” with her friend Paris Hilton. As an American fashion designer, author, singer, and TV personality, this gal is highly versatile. She has proved to America that it really is possible to follow your dreams and become anything you want to be.
Several photos of her without her designer clothing and perfectly blended makeup, showcase a Nicole that looks anything but extraordinaire. At first glance, one might think they are viewing a photo of an anorexic junkie. Her eyes seem too huge for her tiny face, and her head, too huge for her skeletal body. Her complexion is sallow, and all of her features seem to fade and blend in to nothingness. She need not fear though, with her motivation and drive, she will be a sure success; regardless of how she appears in real life.

7. Tyra Banks: Beam Me Up Scotty

Tyra Banks

Who hasn’t heard of this famous Super Model? Tyra Banks has made her mark in society; and is well known not only nationally, but worldwide as well. Tyra was the first African American woman to grace the pages of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. In 1997, she was awarded VH1’s Super Model of the Year, and from there, progressed to a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1997-2007. Most recently, she is known for being a judge on America’s Next Top Model. It’s a good thing no one is judging her off camera though.
Tyra will be the first to admit that she was unfortunately blessed with a “five head.” Without makeup, her forehead is prominent, her complexion much paler; resulting in an alien type look. It doesn’t seem to matter though, Tyra has proven that with the right attitude, not to mention; body, style, and the right makeup; it is possible to achieve greatness.

8. Queen Latifa – Dana Elaine Owens: Graceful Gangsta’?

Queen Latifa

Queen Latifa is another example of someone who has spread her wings in several areas of stardom and fame. In her beginning years, she quickly became a well known singer and hip hop pioneer feminist. From there, she moved on to acting in several well known movies, alongside other famous singers and actors. All that didn’t slow her down, as she now hosts her own daytime talk show.
Off camera though, the Queen seems to have been transplanted straight off New York’s famous Queens Street. She has a look that gives off a vibe that says; “Don’t you dare run into me in a dark alley!” Good thing this multi-talented celebrity has a cosmetic line of her own for women of color named, Covergirl Queen Latifa Collection.

9. Madonna: Material Girl, or Matured Woman

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It’s amazing that someone in their mid-fifties could still look and sound so hot on stage. Madonna is truly a legend of her time, and will be famous for generations to come. She also branched out in her career to not only sing, but to act, and speak out for various causes.
One statement that seems to be standard when describing Madonna in real life though, is, “barely recognizable.” She seems to carry a look of contempt on her face, and also that of someone who has led a very hard life. For someone who isn’t too far off from qualifying for senior benefits and programs though, you have to admit; she definitely ain’t all that shabby!

10. Penelope Cruz: Plain Jane?

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Livin’ La Vida Loca seems to be Penelope’s style. While very slim and sophisticated, she also gives us a glimpse of her sassy side. in 2007, she ranked #58 of the hot 100, in Maxim Magazine. She starred in many well known movie blockbusters; and her Latina “girl next door” persona, is a hit with both male and female fans. The gals love her sweet, yet confident beauty; while the guys drool over her saucy Latina sexiness.
Like other celebrities, Penelope Cruz has also become the poster child for famous cosmetic lines. In 2007, she was a spokes-model for L’Oreal Paris Natural Match hair dye and mascara. Having this to fall back on is good for her because Penelope tends to look a little “Plain Jane” without a little cosmetic altering. Undoubtedly, many of her followers seem to be drawn to her natural look; but for the most part, she would definitely not stand out in a crowd.

On the flip side; Megan Fox, Beyonce, Heidi Klum, and Demi Lovato, seem to shine both on camera and off. Some celebrities are hard to identify without makeup and glam, simply because we are so used to seeing them in full glory. This especially seems to be the case when they use a lot of bronzer and eye makeup; both of these tend to sculpt their faces into a different bone structure. It’s almost as if we are viewing an optical illusion of that person. The fact is, most of us look a little better with some assistance from the fashion and cosmetic industry; however, the more people see us in our natural state, the more likely they are to become familiar with, and appreciate, our natural beauty.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

When you’re experimenting with bolder shades of lipstick for the first few times, don’t go for the high pigmented colors right away. A better way to get used to bold lipstick is to start with sheer coverage and slowly build up more color with a gloss.

If you’re ready for a more dramatic look, find out how to wear bold lipstick, from selecting the right shade to making sure that it stays put throughout the day without the need for constant reapplying.

1. Find the Right Shade for Your Skin Tone

Making the perfect choice for your skin tone is the most important step. For fair or very light skin, pinks are excellent, while a bright orange lip might be less suited to your complexion. For light skin, you can experiment with many shades, just like with dark skin, so don’t be afraid to experiment with bold pinks and reds. Tan skin or medium skin works best with orange shades, but pinks should be avoided.
2. Bold for Thin Lips

If you have thin or asymmetrical lips, the right answer to the question of how to wear bold lipstick is… with a lot of care. The darker you go, the thinner your lips will look. A matte finish will also have the same effect. So to make bold shades for you, choose lighter colors and always finish with a gloss.

3. Coordinate Your Colors

When you choose a bold lip color, it becomes very important to make sure that you’re coordinating it with the colors of your clothes and accessories. You should also try a couple of shades before deciding which one works best with your look. Start out with testing your bold lipstick colors, one on the top lip and one on the bottom to figure out which works best with your look.
4. Prep Your Lips Carefully

Going for a bold color means your lips will be the focal point of your look, so they have to look perfect. Exfoliate and moisturize your lips properly before applying any high pigment color. When you’re wondering how to wear bold lipstick, start with a good base, and pick the right finish for the season. Go for glossy in the winter and for a more matte look for summer.
5. Don’t Skip the Lip Liner

Bold shades have a lot of pigment, and that means any change in their look will definitely register. If you don’t want to check your lips every hour, it’s important to start with a liner. Choose a liner shade that matches your lips, not the color you’ve chosen. You can also use a little concealer around the edges of your lips for good definition.

6. Go with a Lip Stain

The right way to wear bold lipstick for a long lasting effect is to start with a lip stain in a matching shade. After you apply it all over your lips, set with translucent powder before adding lipstick. You can also create a more dramatic effect by choosing a lipstick one shade lighter or darker than the stain to complete a look with extra depth.
7. Skip the Lip Brush

While a lip brush can help you increase your precision for the application, going for a high pigment finish is easier without it. For a bold shade that gives you a dramatic effect, you should apply color directly with a pencil or from the lipstick tube.
8. Set with Blotting Papers

Blotting papers are usually a good idea, but they’re a must when you’re going to wear bold lipstick. Using the blotting sheets draws out emollients from the color, leaving behind the pigment that stays put. Try them for a longer lasting effect even if you already use powder between two layers of colors.

9. Don’t Ignore the Maintenance

When you’re wearing a bold lip, you’ll definitely need to more touch ups than for a sheer color. You should also have some concealer in your purse in order to correct any smudges. The easiest way to do that is to have a lip brush that’s already been dipped in a little concealer ready to use.
10. Keep Your Makeup Balanced

Wondering how to wear bold lipstick without going too far? Keep your eyes minimal, and pay attention to your foundation and concealer. Getting your complexion even is very important, and if you’re worried that the rest of your makeup is too minimal, focus on your eyelashes. Curl them for a more sophisticated look with a bold lip.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Mumbai: With government support dwindling and the private sector reluctant to loosen its purse strings, funding for cultural events, be it art, cinema or literature, has become a major challenge. Gargi Gupta surveys the bleak moneyscape

The second edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) finally opened in Kerala's picturesque seaside town on Friday. It had been touch and go with organisers, artists Riaz Komu and Bose Krishnamachri, struggling to gather funds for the 108-day event featuring artworks by 94 artists from 30 countries displayed across the twin towns of Kochi and Ernakulam.
Until even a month ago, the organisers were Rs.15 crore short of the Rs.26 crore budget. But, in a last minute fund-raising drive, they mobilised the art community outside and the business community within Kochi, which had benefited immensely from the spike in visitors and tourists at the 2012 Biennale. The result was a series of large donations. Some corporate sponsors like the Zee Group and T.V. Narayanan Kutty, a Malayali-origin businessman from West Asia who pledged Rs 1 crore a year, also came forward.
Even so, "we are in a financial crisis", says Komu. The main reason for this is the Kerala government backing out of its promise to fund the Biennale.
The Kochi event is not the only one facing funding problems. Be it in the field of art or literature or even cinema, there has been dwindling interest from not just the government but even the private sector, leaving organisers scrambling for funds.

Not just art
Mita Kapur, producer of the Crime Writers Festival, the first edition of which is to take place in Delhi in mid-January 2015, faces similar worries. Though she has found a title sponsor, funding remains a challenge. "Despite being held in the capital and about a genre that is popular, we're still in deficit. We are managing because embassies and publishers have come forward to sponsor the travel expenses of writers, or host a dinner or a lunch. But the response from corporate houses has been very poor."

In August this year, the Mumbai Film Festival, organised by MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image), was in a similar plight after its principal sponsor Reliance Entertainment pulled out. With no way to raise its Rs.5 crore budget, the festival would have had a no-show this year had it not been for a Twitter campaign that pulled in deep-pocketed Bollywood wallahs, industrialists and film-crazy locals to raise Rs.3.5 crore in just two weeks.
Cultural organisations, especially independent, non-profit ventures, have never had it easy in India. Take the case of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai's, and India's, premier multi-cultural centre. Initially set up with funds from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, NCPA has been running on what it makes from ticketed events, interest from a corpus fund and membership fees.

According to K.N. Suntook, its chairman, the NCPA urgently needs funds to meet its annual running costs of Rs.30 crore. It got Rs.40 crore from the auction of its founder Jamshed Bhabha's art and antiquities collection, but barring Citi Bank and Mastercard, which sponsor the Symphony Orchestra of India, few companies - not even the Tatas - have come forward to back it, he says. NCPA desperately needs to upgrade its studios, engage consultants and step up outreach programmes, and has its hopes pinned on Rs.372 crore from the sale of the Bhabha bungalow in Malabar Hill. But that money is stuck at the charity commissioner's office and is yet to come in, says Suntook.

The global example
Until the 1980s, the arts sector in India was largely government funded, with institutions like the ICCR, Lalit Kala Akademi and National Gallery of Modern Art giving out scholarships, buying artworks and putting up shows.
In the US, the National Endowment for the Arts gets funds from the federal and local governments, and various state agencies. But foundations set up by philanthropic individual, community forums and corporates - the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Walton Family, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - also contribute significantly. It is the same in the UK, where Arts Council England, a semi-autonomous body funded by the government, and the National Lottery support art and artists.
In China, on the other hand, the government is mandated by the constitution to support the arts. But since 2006 it has been steadily cutting funding while also pushing the state-owned arts institutions to become more efficient and look at ways to become self-sufficient financially.
On a recent visit, Suntook was amazed to see the infrastructure for Western classical music. "In 1972, Western classical music had been banned and yet today it has the most amazing conservatories, players and halls. At any performance of the Berlin Philharmonic, you will be sure to find one or two Chinese or Japanese players. At the China NCPA, its director told me that he had 25 fundraisers. I attended a performance of the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and was stunned to find that they were sponsored by companies like UBS, Nestle and Cadbury. Why don't they do it here?"

The India story
In India, the story is sadly different. Since the 1990s, government support has receded for a variety of causes– dwindling coffers, the free market ethos, and inefficiency and corruption. Thus, the sarkari India Triennale, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi since 1968, has not been held since 2005.
"You can't really blame the government," says Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie's. "There are far more pressing demands for funds in India than the arts."Besides, the state is a capricious source of funds."
Alyque Padamsee, a doyen of English theatre in India, disagrees. "Remember what Nehru said about first filling their stomachs and then filling their minds? Education in itself is not enough; culture - classical music, dance, good films - gives sustenance to the soul. What would Rome or Greece be without its amphitheatres or England without its museums? Culture, unfortunately, is seen as something elite, effete. It is not. Did you know that there are as many as 40 English theatre groups in Mumbai alone?" Padamsee, who recently revived his blockbuster production, Jesus Christ Superstar, first mounted 40 years ago, collected Rs.1 crore in sponsorships from private companies but says "it was an uphill task".
There are other issues with getting government funds. "There is, for one, the elaborate manner in which you have to apply. Then come the auditors, people who have just no idea about the arts. How do explain why you had to get Zakir Hussain and not some local tabla player," says Suntook. The NCPA has received around Rs.4 crore from the government for expansion of its theatres.
With the state pulling back, much of the private sector is also not generous about espousing cultural causes. "Arts comes way down the list of priorities of CSR funding," says K. Sunil, a founding trustee of the Kochi biennale and executive creative director at advertising film W+K, which handles the accounts of biggies like Indigo and Bharti Airtel with large marketing budgets.

His colleague Komu is hopeful that there will more support from the corporate sector for the arts with cultural institutions brought under the ambit of CSR in the Companies Act this year. "The initiative is still new. From next year onward we will make private companies a greater focus for our fund-raising efforts."

The National Culture Fund (NCF), set up by the government as a PPP funding mechanism, has not had more than a handful of donors from the private sector. It is largely public sector giants like BHEL that have contributed.
"Unlike in the West where companies consider it a matter of pride to sponsor initiatives in public museums and libraries such as the Metropolitan Museum, in India the private sector tends to look down on public arts institutions," explains Jaffer of Christie's. However, there are exceptions – like the Anish Kapoor show in 2010 held simultaneously at the NGMA in Delhi and Mehboob Studios in Mumbai, jointly sponsored by the Tatas, Louis Vuitton and the ministry of culture.
Besides, corporate sponsors have their own agenda. As Kapur, who was associated with the Jaipur Literary Festival in its initial years and organises the Mountain Echoes literary festival in Bhutan, says, "Every sponsor will take his pound of flesh."
Suntook too is wary of approaching corporates. "There are always strings attached. Give us 50 seats in the front row, one sponsor demanded."

New models
And when it comes to experimental ventures, funds are generally scarce - unless the artists themselves have come forward to collect funds. Take, for instance, the Khoj International Artists' Association, an "open-ended, experimental space" for young artists. Many of India's top artists like Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher and Manisha Parekh are co-founders. But for all its success, Khoj has also not had an easy time getting funds.
For the first decade of its existence, Khoj got institutional funders such as the Ford Foundation, Hivos and India Foundation for the Arts. But it had to look elsewhere for funds as the spread and quantum of its activities increased. Of late, European cultural bodies such as British Council and Pro Helvetia, collectors like Lalit Narula and Nitin Bhayana as well as companies like Camlin have given funds.
Another funding route that a number of independent arts organisations are taking these days is crowd-funding. The Kochi Biennale is trying it out and late last month Art Basel, the organisation that runs the world's biggest international art fair, announced that it was partnering with Kickstarter to gather $1 billion to support for selected art projects.

Leveraging social media to bring together an amorphous community united by their interest in art, will crowd-funding emerge as a viable source of funds for the arts – one that frees them from dependence on shrinking government funds and a capricious corporate or individual charity?

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