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  1. Needless to say, a capsule wardrobe is the call of the times. The more timeless pieces you own the better you can style your everyday looks. Building a capsule wardrobe is all about finding the right balance between your staples and your statement. A waterfall cardigan is the perfect example of that. It is the ultimate basic piece that will not only outlast seasons of trends but is also super easy to style! Here is how: __ECOMLOOKS__139__ __ECOMLOOKS__140__ __ECOMLOOKS__141__ __ECOMLOOKS__142__ __ECOMLOOKS__143__ View the full article
  2. Alcohol breath can be annoying. While we enjoy sipping it and groove till everything turns hazy, it also has certain disadvantages and one of them is bad breath. To begin with, eating right with booze and steering clear of certain items helps you in going alcohol breath-free. But there's more to it and if you are looking at quick and easy ways to avoid the alcohol breath so your parents won't get mad, here's how you can fake you are sober and pretend as if nothing happened. 1. Eat Before Or When You Drink © iStock Eating always helps and it can also reduce bad alcohol breath. Food usually absorbs alcohol and stimulates the production of saliva. This also decreases dehydration which usually increases during the drinking sesh. Always grab some snacks like peanuts or other complimentary good so you don't get sick from drinking. 2. Try Highly Aromatic Food © iStock Onions and garlic can usually leave a bad stench but when you are drinking, these highly aromatic food items reduce the smell of alcohol. You can order food items that are infused with these ingredients. Onion slices and garlic cloves are great remedies to eliminate alcohol breath. This smell is acceptable and your safe bet to easily off-put bad breath. Try it out. 3. Chew Gum © iStock Gums are your best mate and they can be tagged along anywhere you go, even in the small pocket of your pants. They are strong and can instantly cover up the smell. Try flavoured gums or rather go for minted ones as they are powerful and can easily hide the bad breath without having to do much. Care for a bonus? The smell of cigarettes will disappear too! 4. Use Mouth wash © iStock Using a mouth wash is another quick way to get rid of alcohol breath. Gargle well and then rinse your mouth with a good, strong mouth wash. The formulation helps eliminate it completely and covers up the breath stat. Use it as recommended on the packaging and once you are done gargling, rinse it off with water. 5. Drink Coffee & Water © iStock Coffee and water both have several advantages. Water helps regain the lost hydration which usually comes down due to alcohol whereas a cup of coffee with its overpowering smell can cover up the smell of booze. However, coffee is the best solution once you wake up the next day. Instead of adding milk, go for black coffee for quicker results. View the full article
  3. Barbers are trained to give the best haircuts and it's good to see that sometimes they are able to gauge what we want even while we are only blabbering. But more often than not, chances are, that your haircut can completely be ruined, not because the barber is new but because your research and guidance were not complete. A barber's priority is to make you happy with the haircut you want but they certainly can't decipher everything from your basic knowledge. So what do you do? There are some simple ways to talk to your new barber so he understands your desires. We have you covered so you are able to communicate better and upscale your skills from here. 1. Words Are Never Enough © Instagram/Hakim Aalim Did you know that visuals work better than words, any day? Try to show him a picture of your earlier hair cuts or a new one that you desire to get instead of giving directions. Have some images ready when you walk in. Your hair cut can be as basic as you want but leave it up to your barber at the end to bring all the elements together. So, you see how all the time you spent on Pinterest or Instagram was not a waste after all? 2. Learn About Your Hair © Instagram/Salonjaffal Not just colour wise, but every hair type is different, starting from thickness to moisture level. Learning what your hair type is will help you understand the sort of haircut you want. It will save you the headache for hunting tons of pictures and finally going back to your favourite buzz cut. When you do this, let it be your barber's last call to let you know if the style is the right fit for you or not. Try this out. 3. During The Mid-Cut © Instagram/Salonjaffal When the process has begun and if you feel that your barber is going too short, you can ask him to stop very politely. This will help him know the exact length you want. Remember, that two barbers cannot give you the same haircut. It's a matter of technique and if you think the haircut was misunderstood, you can explain again. A skilled barber will learn better from you and appreciate your comment but being harsh will only lead to more issues, probably a bad haircut. 4. Know What Is Style & A Cut © Instagram/Hakim Aalim If you are getting a haircut to achieve a particular hairstyle, you should ask yourself a few questions, for example, are you willing to do everything to maintain it? Will you use hair wax every day? What about hair styling tools? All these things are important for your barber because unless you are willing to, a good haircut is not possible. Take all the factors into consideration and then go for it. 5. Ask Questions Before © Instagram/Hakim Aalim When you ask relevant questions, it will help you understand the new barber. Make sure you understand maintenance tips, hair care, and styling products, etc. If your barber is giving vague answers, he probably only knows buzzcut and flat-tops and is not the right one for you. Be wise here! View the full article
  4. None of us can claim to have never tasted defeat. Though I wonât deny that it might secretly be every winnerâs most earnest desire to keep up the winning streak, but as we know, life isnât a cakewalk, and knows of the most definite ways of maintaining equilibrium. Which basically means, you and I have tasted our shares of failures and perhaps also fallen short of making it to the top by a decimal point. And unfortunately for us, nobody ever really cares to look past the winnerâs gold medal and into the eyes of the runner-up - that would be you and me. Amen to that. However, when I happened to stumble upon the trailer of Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, something, no, strike that, everything about this film hit me right in the feels. If you have ever known what itâs like to stand at the runner-upâs spot, or have been introduced as âjust a friendâ by a potential crush, you know the feeling and thatâs reason enough for you to read this. 1. Overshadowed By Glamour So you made that stellar PPT for the team presentation but the âbest employeeâ took the trophy when it came to presenting it? You went out of your way by âbeing thereâ for that girl-friend you hoped to make your girlfriend until she called you her best friend instead? © Red-Chillies Well, going by the Kaamyaab trailer, the same goes for the âsecond most popularâ thing that makes Hindi films such successes - the sidekicks and promising character actors who never get their dues despite their great work when it comes to name, fame and money. 2. Adding Colour To The Bigger Picture I mean, letâs face it. Where would these winners be without the likes of us? It is because we are there to charge them and push them to do better that they even make it to the top just ahead of us. If there isnât anyone to take up the second spot, who even is a winner? *Sour Grapes Alert* © Red-Chillies Such is the case of yesteryear âsuperstarâ sidekick Sudheer, who added so much flavour and dimension to the films he acted in, and yet leads a life of obscurity with little recognition from that one (out the 499) film that got him a âmemorableâ dialogue. Because of course, who remembers a sidekick despite how he helped make that movie a success? 3. The Official Face Of Bigger & Better You know, people should give us more credit for never really losing our heart and giving up. I mean, of course it sucks, missing the top spot and all the âstarry eyesâ that follows it, but really have you ever seen a runner-up giving up the fight? Right, you havenât because thatâs not how weâre wired. © Red-Chillies We love a good fight, and whether we make it to the top or not, we always believe in improving our game, and breaking our personal records. Though just like Sudheer, we keep secretly hoping someday people will notice our achievements and contributions too. 4. The Badshah Of Dashed Hopes However, all that said, more often than not, people seem to look right through us. As if that decimal point is a difference of hundreds, the presentation didnât mean as much as the speaker or the best friend is all but a caretaker, a cushion. © Red-Chillies In Sudheerâs quest to star in the 500th film, create a personal record and gain a sense of achievement, he has a lot more to lose than just his hopes. 5. Making Peace With Our Share Despite what weâd rather believe instead, we are pretty practical and know how the society works and what it prioritises. So we do what we have to do, and end up making peace with the ways of the world. © Red-Chillies Though it would be a lie to say that we donât continue to look for ways to challenge peopleâs stunted worldview, because we do and shall continue to do it till the end of time, or until runner-ups get the love and respect they deserve. View the full article
  5. No pressure, but just FYI Valentine's day is right around the corner. Your partner might be expecting something off-beat for this big day. Not just that, deciding an outfit is another challenge for the day. The good news is, you don't have to rack your brains around this subject as we have done the groundwork for you. It's going to be easier than ever to go from desk to dinner with these fashionable items to put together looks that you can pull off at work and split for the dinner in no time. Thank us later! __ECOMLOOKS__121__ __ECOMLOOKS__122__ __ECOMLOOKS__123__ __ECOMLOOKS__124__ __ECOMLOOKS__125__ View the full article
  6. Let's be honest, men are looking for ways to care for their skin. Due to so many hazardous environmental factors, it gets difficult to pay heed to skin issues. However, there exists one remedy that's available right in your kitchen that can treat pretty much every skin condition. © Istock Turmeric is not just a condiment that but if you try to use it for your skin, believe us, it has more to offer than you can even imagine. This humble spice shows some impeccable ways to tackle issues like uneven skin tone or even acne for that matter. Here are some unusual yet effective ways in which turmeric can improve your skin texture: 1. It Reduces Scars & Wounds © Istock Just like a skincare product would show its effect on your skin, turmeric with its anti-inflammatory properties can work quite magically. Turmeric reduces scarring and it can cover up your wounds faster. All you need to do is add a pinch of turmeric with gram flour. Use it on the affected areas. Leave it on for a while and then wash it off with lukewarm water. 2. No More Breakouts © Istock It's not just a spice that adds flavour to your food but it is a powerhouse that revives your skin as well. Turmeric is effective even on acne and it helps reduce the chances of breakouts. It helps get rid of excess oil from your skin. Mix turmeric with sandalwood powder and make a paste. Use it on your face and check how your acne shrinks down. 3. Goodbye Dry Skin © Istock Turmeric is a natural exfoliator as it helps in getting rid of dead skin cells faster than you can expect. When you mix one spoon of oatmeal and rose water in it, this exfoliating scrub will leave your skin looking healthy. 4. A Great Cure For Dark Circles © Istock So what happens when you have late night parties or a busy work schedule? Lack of rest can lead to dark circles and if you have faced its ugly wrath, delve in the goodness of turmeric. Mix it with honey and yoghurt and apply it under your eyes. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. View the full article
  7. If you have planned on shelling out on some extra money on grooming products, you might as well get the right one that suits your skin type. When it comes to buying these products, men usually skip this bit and end up getting random drugstore products that can do long-term damage to the skin. The manufacturers of various brands promise some astounding results. Now, when the product doesn't work, it can be downright infuriating. If this is an issue that you have been facing for the longest time, here's you can invest in the right one and compare your options for better-looking skin. 1. Beware Of Artificial Scents © istock The very first thing that you might want to consider before buying a product is to take a good look at its ingredients. The main issue is that a lot of items have scents or fillers in them that can irritate your skin. Many of them can also end up causing allergic reactions. So opt for products that have organic ingredients like essential oils as they are best suited for any skin type, 2. Harsh Detergents © istock The best of face washes can also end up ruining your skin's texture and strip you away of all the natural oil. One of the top reasons for the same is harsh detergents that are infused in these products. Stick to mild cleansers instead that are made with olive oil, activated charcoal or have a coconut oil base. Also, opt for products that have zero sulfates and are paraben-free. 3. Say No To Products With Alcohol © istock Alcohol and menthol are two evil skin irritating ingredients that you do not want in your routine. The aftershave you use is a common example of the same. Instead of using that, you can use a moisturiser to soothe your skin. Better yet, use aloe vera gel. It is handy as well as anti-septic that works well on sensitive skin. 4. Be Consistent © istock A skincare routine is like a test and you need to follow it regularly to understand if it's working or not. Some products like a face wash or sunscreen have to be used every day while exfoliants can be used twice a week. Besides a regular routine, you also need to know the right order in which you have to use all your grooming products. Once you have mastered the art, these skin problems will hardly exist. View the full article
  8. It's a freezing winter day, and while there's nothing you want more than to tuck into bed and stuff your face while Netflix and chilling with bae, your FOMO is thankfully stopping you from being a lazy bum all day. And, the one thing that's always perked us up a tad and saved us from being cooped up inside for days, is being able to look super stylish without worrying about those extra pounds. We've found you 12 super-stylish sweatshirts and jackets that will help motivate you to step outside and live a little on the gloomiest of days. __ECOMLOOKS__102__ __ECOMLOOKS__103__ __ECOMLOOKS__104__ __ECOMLOOKS__105__ View the full article
  9. The modern-day groom knows what he wants, and planning that dream wedding has become more of a shared endeavour instead of just the bride-to-be turning into bridezilla. And, what's more important than looking like a million bucks on the one day you hope to cherish for life, right? Well, with our guide to everything cool and trending when it comes to winter weddings, we promise you, you'll dazzle just as much as the bride-to-be. __ECOMLOOKS__99__ __ECOMLOOKS__100__ __ECOMLOOKS__101__ Yes, we know weddings are about so much more than just how you look, but in the day and age of Instagram, you want to put your best foot forward sartorially so you could look back on this day fondly even years down the line. EXPLORE MORE: View the full article
  10. Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux parted ways due to her 'annoying' eating habits? Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux shocked Hollywood when they parted ways from each other in February 2018, but the reason behind their split remains a mystery. From what it seems, there were a couple of things that caused a rift between Jennifer and Justin, one of them being her ‘annoying’ eating habits. The actress who is keen on the way she looks, puts a lot of efforts into her health and fitness and ever since she became a hit with Friends, she follows a strict diet regime. Radar Online quoted a source as saying that, "Jen is banning all kinds of food from the house, and even though she's barely spending any time in New York these days, she won't let Justin have them at the apartment either. Right now, she won't touch anything with soy or dairy in it and freaks out if she so much as sees them in the fridge." The insider further went on to claim that the actress’s attitude went beyond just looking out for her own figure, "It's just Jen's latest way of controlling him." Jennifer has also talked about Justin’s eating habits having an influence on her. “Pasta has been brought back into my life because of him so I don't know whether I should thank him or hate him for that,” she told The Telegraph.
  11. The Golden Globes 2020 red carpet in a way followed 2018's all-black dress code (which was in solidarity with the Me Too movement) in terms of serving us with looks that were all (mostly) black. Even though there was no planned dress code this year, it looked like coincidentally people had worn similar-looking outfits. Most men were seen in Tuxedos. But obviously, all these tuxedos were styled in different ways, so it did not look like they were wearing a uniform. But these tuxedo-looks do present themselves to us as a guide on styling this formal silhouette. So here goes, different ways in which you could style your tuxedo, so it doesn't look like you're repeating outfits courtesy the Golden Globes. 1. Jason Momoa © Getty Images Jason Momoa has always kept it casual. He's someone who can even make the tuxedo look chilled out, as he does in this look wherein he completes the look with chunky jewellery, a brooch and loose hair. 2. Adam Driver © Getty Images Adam Driver, post the Marriage Story success, has kept it classic by going old school in the way of styling his tux with a simple black bow-tie. In the midst of trying out new combinations when styling your clothes, sometimes going back to the basics can really work out well. 3. Kieran Culkin © Getty Images Another interesting way to style the tuxedo is to just add a white bow tie instead of a conventional black one and et voila! This not only breaks the monotony of the outfit but also adds a unique twist to the regular tux. 4. Billy Porter © Getty Images Now, save this one for a bachelor's party or a party whose theme suggests that you can afford to go all out with your outfit. Billy Porter here has added a removable angle wing to his tux to stand out. Think of all the possibilities that you could work with when styling your tux for a theme like this. 5. Nick Jonas © Getty Images Nick Jonas, here, has chosen a rather unconventional tie to go with his tux. He chose the Prada Bolo Tie that is literally just strings and locket with Prada insignia. There are plenty of unconventional options out there of bizarre ties and animated cuff links that can instantly quirk up your tuxedo. View the full article
  12. Multi-tasking oils are elixirs that can get a lot done when it comes to your skin in just a few drops. And here's the thing, oils aren't just for dry skin, they work well for any skin type as long as you know which oil will work best for you. 1. Give Your Skin A Natural Glow © Instagram/Kartik Aaryan Essential oil is good for you even if your skin comes under oily or combination skin type. Mix an essential oil like Bio-Oil with regular moisturiser to get a concoction that'll give you a natural sheen. 2. Nourish Your Lips © Disney Winter season has the tendency of drying up your lips, and also make your lips flaky and chapped. An easy solution is to add essential oil to your skin routine and apply it on your lips. Try jojoba oil, almond oil or apricot kernel oil. 3. Tame The Frizz © Gettyimages Hair gets frizzy no matter the season for different reasons. But what tames the frizz is binding oil that won't let your strands get affected by the humidity in the air. You could try jasmine-scented Argan oil or lemon and Ylang Ylang oil. 4. Get Rid Of Acne Scars © Gettyimages If you're someone with acne scars that refuse to leave your skin, adding an essential oil that has properties to fix skin discolouration will help get rid of your acne scars with consistent use. View the full article
  13. 2020 should be the year of firsts. I mean, it's the actual end of a decade and the beginning of a brand new one, so if you add things you've never accomplished before, to the 2020 list, there is a possibility of absolute success. Well TBH, I am not sure about that but there's no harm in being thoroughly optimistic, is there? © Thinkstock In the same vein, if you've been searching for love and haven't found it yet, there's a good chance that you can find it in the new year. Letting go of old dating patterns and finding new ones is the best thing to do, to shed some negativity where love is concerned and you can only do that, if you truly believe you will find it. We can help you a little more in recognising and knowing what you need to do to find brand new live in 2020, or fall in love for the first time in an absolutely new decade. Here are 3 ways you can find love in 2020! (1) Make Sure You're Ready To Date While heartbreaks are synonymous with bringing in the new year, you have to know for certain if you're ready and willing to date someone new. If you're not, that's alright too, take your time. Sometimes a bad break up or the fact that you're still stuck in the single's haze can make you realise you're not ready to move on with anyone at all. So, weigh your feelings and if you're ready to date, put yourself out in the market. © MENSXP (2) Get Off The Apps Sure you can still use apps to find that significant other. That's the only way to find someone these days, TBH. But if you want to explore this a little further, maybe finding someone organically can be better. Be more social in your endeavours, head out more and meet people. Not just at bars, but at social gatherings, festivals, events and things that happen around the city. Chances are you might meet someone with similar interests. © Youtube (3) Declutter Your Surroundings Since it's the new year and possibly the new you, start by decluttering everything around you. Things you don't need, things that are lying around gathering dust. This is an important exercise to make space not just in your immediate surrounding but also your mind and the emotional space, inside. If you have to welcome someone new into your life, it's best to declutter the past or any other emotional baggage you've been holding onto. Cleaning your immediate surrounding and decluttering your space can help a great deal with this. © Thinkstock While 2020 comes with a lot of promises, it's also a challenging decade. Finding love should be one such challenge because honestly, it's time we go back to finding love organically, in a more old-school way, only because it lasts longer. So, here's conjuring a boatload of luck for you to find the love you need in the year 2020. View the full article
  14. Most dating or hookup apps, Tinder and the likes, function on how you present yourself. Invariably then, having an A+ selfie game and knowing how to pose in front of the camera becomes important. © iStock Believe it or not, having a dope hairstyle is one of the easiest ways to amp up your style, and by extension, the appeal of your selfies. And of all the things that you can try, a man bun is guaranteed to work far better than what most men can muster up. © Viral Bhayani Now, having a man bun may seem arduous and an endeavour that takes a lot of time and effort. However, that simply isn't true - a simple hair care routine is more than enough to get that jaw-dropping man-bun. © Instagram/ranveersingh 1. Regular Coconut Oil Massages © iStock Isn't it obvious? You would want to make things easy for your hair as well as yourself. Warm coconut oil massages act as the base on which the health of your hair and your scalp depends. Try to get one every week, at the very least. Coconut oil has a lot of nutrients that make the roots of your hair stronger, as well as the strands itself. Plus, it locks just the right amount of moisture in your scalp which makes it even healthier. 2. Don't Skip Shampooing © iStock When you start growing your hair out, it is imperative that you keep your hair as clean as possible, otherwise, no matter how exquisite your hair care routine is, it is effort down the drain. Use a shampoo that suits your hair type, as well as your skin type. Also, try to go for products that are free of sulfates, alcohol and other harmful chemicals. The same goes for your conditioner. And no matter what, if you are shampooing, always, follow it up with a good conditioner. 3. Use A Hair Brush Instead Of A Comb © iStock A hairbrush is far better for your scalp and hair than a comb. Combs tend to cause far more hair breakage and are not able to massage the scalp when you style your hair. Furthermore, using a comb puts some stress on your roots, especially if you use a fine-toothed comb. A hairbrush, especially the ones with thin, densely packed bristles is actually softer on your hair. Plus, they deal with more hair in every stroke, which gives it a nice texture and fill. 4. Use Dry Shampoos and Leave-In Conditioners © iStock Shampooing every day is not feasible, at least for us men. Therefore, the next best alternative is going for dry shampoos and leave-in conditioners. Although there's no wrong way to use a dry shampoo and a leave-in conditioner, it's best if you use little of these products, right after you take a shower, or right before tying up your hair. 5. Visit The Barber To Get Things In Shape © iStock Finally, visit your barber regularly. Just because you are growing your hair out, you will completely let go of grooming it. It still needs a basic hair trim every now and then, otherwise, your hair will end up looking like a caveman. Also, try to fix one hairstylist or a barber as 'your guy', who knows what you want, what your plans are, and your hair, in and out. That way, he will be able to suggest hair products and other services which will actually do you good. View the full article
  15. Growing a long beard takes a lot of time and when that finally happens, comes the phase where other issues arise. One of the most challenging problems is beard dandruff and it can end up killing the whole vibe. If you have been facing this condition, you are not alone. Beard dandruff is a common phenomenon and it does impact a lot of men. It requires constant maintenance and to finally fend it off, here are super simple ways to conquer it and get your glorious beard back. But. first, let's discuss what causes beard dandruff: Beard dandruff is a result of dry skin and it can cause fungal infection which further leads to dandruff. Regular usage of harsh, chemical products can worsen the issue. Dry skin can happen especially in winters and the longer your beard gets, the more places dandruff will start accumulating. Going clean-shaven can resolve it but we don't believe that you would like to get rid of such a great asset! This is what you do to steer clear of the itchy beard: 1. Use a Medicated Shampoo We aren't talking about beard shampoos here. Medicated shampoos with organic ingredients can prove beneficial for your facial hair. The active ingredients present in this shampoo can fight the bacteria and treat the issue. Don't forget to use a moisturiser or oil as this shampoo can also dry out your skin. © Istock 2. Brush Your Beard Brushing your beard will not only enhance your growth but also help in exfoliating your skin underneath the beard. Dandruff that's stuck to the surface comes out. Don't stop there and post this method, wash your beard so the unwanted flakes are gone completely. Make sure you use a beard brush to get banish the flaky skin. © Istock 3. Use A Beard Balm Beard balm is an excellent way to battle dandruff. Not just that, but this balm has other benefits as well. It is made with ingredients that have natural sebum. This grants good hydration for your skin. It works like a leave-in conditioner and it's one of the best ways to style it. © Istock 4. Use A Lactic-Acid Cleanser It's a natural acid derived from natural ingredients and is available in many skincare products. It is an exfoliating agent that helps you get rid of dead skin cells from your skin. It may sound harsh but it's soothing and it irritates your skin less than any other ingredient. So get ready to lather up your skin with its benefits so the unwanted flakes fend off, instantly. © Istock View the full article
  16. If your 9-5 job is not really an 8-hour shift but extends to at least 12 hours on a good day, you know your skin will bear its brunt in the form of under-eye pits, among other things. Not getting enough sleep is one of the main factors behind this. It also results in eye darkness and puffiness and here are seven affordable ways to get rid of dark circles. 1. Use Retinoids With consistent use, retinol-enriched products can stimulate the production of collagen, an essential protein. They are also responsible for skin volume and support, so they're definitely good for you. © Getty Images You can try Clinique Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily, as this product has active retinol which will help in boosting collagen. © Clinique 2. Sleep On Your Back If dark circles are something you experience more in the mornings, one solution could be to sleep on your back and use an extra pillow so the fluid doesn't pool overnight. © Getty Images 3. Use Under-Eye Lightening Products In Case Of Pigmentation Increased pigmentation can also be a major factor behind dark under-eye pits. Look for products with ingredients like topical lightening agents such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and licorice extract. You could try Mamaearth Under Eye Cream. © Mamaearth 4. Take An Antihistamine Sometimes, people have darkness under the eyes due to an underlying allergy without realizing it. An antihistamine helps clear that up instantly. 5. Tea Bags A quick solution would be to try tea bags for the dark circles. This is because tea bags contain natural tannins which is a mild diuretic. Soak two eye bags in warm water and refrigerate them for a while. Place them under your eyes for a minimum of five minutes for it to work. © Getty Images 6. Get More Sleep With a standardized sleep schedule and a minimum of seven to eight hours in your routine, your dark circles will reduce considerably. 7. Use Almond Oil Essential oils like almond oil have soothing and healing properties that help lighten dark circles. © Getty Images View the full article
  17. We know what you're thinking. It's cheesy with an extra dollop on top to take Christmas seriously enough to stick to the traditional green, red and white. But come on guys, it's the season to be jolly, and which other time of the year brings you presents galore apart from your birthday, and makes your spirit soar that high? So, be a sport, and sprinkle on some Christmas cheer, and dress the part, but still look good. With our fun guide, you'll be looking your festive best, we assure you. __ECOMLOOKS__89__ __ECOMLOOKS__90__ __ECOMLOOKS__91__ View the full article
  18. Open pores and saggy-looking skin are the first signs of ageing that only go on to become more visible if left untreated. Other than ageing, exposure to the sun, atmospheric pollutants, chemicals in skincare products, and an unhealthy diet can directly affect the health of your skin. You'll also notice dryness, sagging, wrinkles and fine lines and they are usually accompanied by dullness. If you start to notice them, you should actively work on fixing the problem from the root. 1. A Good Moisturising Cream © Getty Images Open pores signal that your skin is dry. This means that you've to moisturise it regularly. This not only makes your skin visibly better looking but also works towards reducing your pores. So get a good moisturiser that suits your skin type. Set a routine to apply the emollient regularly. 2. A Skin Tightening Mask © Getty Images Weekly, one should make it a point to wear a skin tightening mask. The key to skin tightening masks is that you've to let them be on for at least fifteen minutes and not talk or eat while you have the mask on because that can be counterintuitive. A skin-tightening mask is going to work on reducing the visibly loose pores as well. A good ingredient that you should look out for when you scout for products is sandalwood which has soothing properties that work wonders in skin-tightening. 3. Look For Retinol In Your Face Creams © Getty Images You need to moisturise more than once a day if you're focused on getting rid of saggy skin and open pores. Retinol is an ingredient that can really turn around your skin on regular application. 4. Primers © Getty Images If you want to take care of the open pores temporarily for say a dinner night or date night, a primer is great at concealing pores making them less visible. Just use a blender for better application. View the full article
  19. Travelling for work is often exhausting. And when the constant travelling and business meetings start killing the wanderlust in you, you know it's time to pack up the mental bagagge and think out of the box. Turn these mundane business trips into leisure stays to relax your body, mind and soul. And how do you do that? It's simple. Start with the basics. Book The Best Property Hyatt Stay at Hyatt's upscale hotel brand, Hyatt Place, in Pune, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Hampi and Rameswaram. They offer 24/7 conveniences, thoughtful service, and flexible spaces to seamlessly take you from work to play, from frenzied to relaxed. And that's not all, the open spaces and well-organized interiors boost your productivity and help you relax on the go. Work With A View Hyatt While booking your room at Hyatt Place, make sure you go for a room with a scenic city view or pool view. A picturesque view outside your room window can instantly pump up your mood and energize you. The comfy Cozy Corner sectional sofa is the perfect relaxing spot for you. If you don't want to step out for a work meeting, set it up at the restaurant where you can sip on your daily dose of caffeine over some breakfast and take those head-strong business decisions. Enjoy The Perks Hyatt Work whenever and wherever you want with workspaces designed around you. Go from your room's spacious desk to the Business Centre to the inspiring lobby. Add to that there's free Wi-Fi, a Fitness Centre, and an outdoor pool. If you want a break from the long work hours, go for a quick dive in the pool and come out relaxed and energized. 24/7 Dining Hyatt Business trips can really ruin your appetite with all the constant moving around. If you are staying at Hyatt Place, don't think twice and indulge in some scrumptious meals at any time of the day. The restaurant at Hyatt Place is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day, the Bar serves your a.m. caffeine fix and p.m. craft cocktails. If you are on the go? Head to the Market for pre-packaged salads, snacks, and desserts. To turn your next business trip into a staycation, head here to make your bookings at Hyatt Place. View the full article
  20. As soon as winter arrives, the first problem that men usually start facing is dry and itchy skin. There are certain home remedies that are a fix to this issue but there are certain that are already a part of your daily routine that you have been missing out on. No matter what the season is, it is important to keep your skin hydrated all the time. Here's your quick survival guide for the months ahead: 1. Be Mindful When You Are Showering Everyone loves to have hot showers in winter but if you didn't know this already, hot showers can actually ruin your skin and are the biggest culprits of this season. The best way to deal with it is to avoid using soap and take showers with lukewarm water. Choose a mild cleanser and skip the stuff that has added fragrance to them. © iStock 2. Moisturising Is Very Important As the weather changes, your skincare routine should change too. A moisturiser that's oil-based creates a protective layer for your skin and has enough moisture to keep your skin itch-free, all day long. Make sure the cream doesn't clog your pores and has the goodness of natural oils in it. Apply a dab on your face before you head out. A body lotion that's enriched with almond or coconut oil can combat dryness and reduce the redness as well. © iStock 3. Avoid Wearing Wool You might not know or realise this, but wearing wool leads to dryness and this winter fabric, hence, is just a big no-no for you. If your skin is sensitive, it will instantly react with the fabric and the itch factor will become a serious problem. Stick to cotton or dress in layers to stay cosy in winter. © iStock 4. Take Care Of The Chap Not just your face, but your lips will be dry too in this season. Adding a shield for your skin is as important as any other grooming habits. Start with a good lip balm that also has SPF and can help you eliminate chapping. This method bolsters defence and is your saviour this season. © iStock View the full article
  21. Apple's AirPods Pro is the company's biggest upgrade in the wireless earbud portfolio ever since the regular AirPods were launched alongside the iPhone 7. The AirPods Pro comes with one important and necessary feature: active noise cancellation (ANC). While most earbuds face the issue of blocking out ambient noise around you, only a handful of wireless earbuds can achieve ANC and AirPods Pro are the only ones available to buy in India right now. We reviewed the AirPods Pro with a brief background on how the feature works but there are different ways to turn on or control the feature. The AirPods Pro uses a set of two microphones to block ambient sound. This comes handy when you are around noisy people, on an aeroplane or at taking the metro to work. The feature works the moment you plug your AirPods Pro in your ears, however you do much more. Here are the different ways you can control the ANC feature on the AirPods Pro and make the experience even better. But before we get started, you must do the ear tips test from the Bluetooth settings to find the best ear tip fit and seal for your ear canal. The process doesn't take too long and it uses a short snippet of music to determine the right seal for you. After you've done that, you're ready to start using the AirPods Pro and these are some ways you can control the feature: Use The Force Touch Sensor © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Using the sensor on the stem of the AirPods Pro is the most convenient way to fire up the Noise Cancellation feature. There's a slight grooved flat surface which you can hold to cycle through the three different modes i.e. noise cancellation, transparency mode and off. If you hear a chime when holding the stem, it means the Noise Cancellation mode has been turned off. You can do it on either of the stems. However, if you wish to customise one of them you can do so in the Bluetooth Settings by tapping “i” next to the listing for your AirPods Pro. Use Siri The other convenient way to turn on noise cancellation is by simply asking Siri. Since the AirPods Pro come with the H1 Chip, you can simply call for Siri to switch on or off the mode. You can say, “Hey Siri, turn on/off noise cancellation" or "Hey Siri, turn on/off transparency” to use the feature. Using Control Center © Apple The third best way to control the noise cancellation settings is using the Control Centre on your iPhone. After opening the Control Center, look for the AirPods Pro icon and tap to get into the settings, At the bottom, you can toggle between the three modes according to your liking. The Long Method © Apple This is by far the longest and most inconvenient method to toggle between the three different settings. You need to go into the Bluetooth Settings and then tap on “i” next to the listing for your AirPods Pro. There will be a “Noise Control” menu where you can choose one of the three modes you want to pick. This is not the most convenient way to do it, but it is one of the methods to use. View the full article
  22. If you grew up in a small town during the '90s, chances are you will be familiar with the good old 'fitkari'. Most people raise an eyebrow and ask 'the what?' as soon as fitkari is mentioned around them, for no fault of their own, as it has pretty much been ignored and forgotten, thanks to new age grooming products. Fitkari or Alum (also called potassium alum, potash alum, or potassium aluminium sulfate) is a colourless compound which is a hydrated double sulphate of aluminium and potassium. Though it almost has become obsolete when it comes to our modern grooming arsenals, having some handy in your bathroom cabinet can prove to be extremely beneficial for your morning grooming routine. In fact, it can cut down your grooming products by half, because of its multifaceted uses. Here are 7 ways in which fitkari can simplify your daily grooming routine: 1. As an aftershave © iStock Rub a piece of alum all over your face and neck post shave. It is one of the best natural aftershaves out there. 2. As an anti-spot and anti-wrinkle solution © iStock Rubbing alum on your face gently for a while, and then washing it off with normal water will help decrease wrinkles and spots from pimples etc. 3. As a mouthwash Using a solution of alum powder and warm water makes for a great mouthwash, that will keep bad breath away for a long time. It also helps in case of bleeding gums. 4. To keep body odour away © Instagram/tigerjackieshroff Using some fitkari powder in your bathwater will get rid of body odour effortlessly. It can be an effective measure for people who don't want to use/are allergic to deodorants. 5. For relief from mouth ulcers and canker sores Put some fitkari powder on top of the sore/ulcer, and wash off after about 40 seconds. You will see a difference soon. 6. As a hair cleanser and anti-lice treatment © iStock Soak alum in a bucket of water overnight, and use it to wash your head. It's great as a hair/scalp cleanser, and will also get rid of lice if you're suffering from that. 7. As an effective astringent Using fitkari along with rose water on your face will help in skin tightening, thereby making it as amazing natural astringent. Start using fitkari/alum, and watch your grooming routine go through an amazing transformation. View the full article
  23. A denim jacket is a true warrior in every man's sartorial arsenal. A heavy-duty style that can be teamed with trainers to tailoring or a hoodie, this outerwear adds an instant oomph factor to any look. But, aren't you a tad bit tired of wearing it over your white tee and blue jeans? Casually striding in it is a good thing but there are versatile ways you can experiment with just with one denim jacket. In order to help you avoid looking like you have repeated your jacket for the 100th time, here's a super-quick crash course on how to wear a denim jacket in five versatile ways. 1. Layer It Over A Printed Shirt Scoring extra brownie points while wearing your denim jacket is quite easy. To do so, make the best use of a printed shirt to go under your denim jacket. A pair of black pants will be your safe bet here as a combination. Wear your jacket and bring out your sassy sunglasses and beat the chills in style. View this post on Instagram Cloudy with a chance of Sunshine. . . @ayushmannk dressed for interviews: Oversized Longline Shirt: @kanikagoyallabel Trucker: @levis_in Dad Jeans: @tommyhilfiger Sneakers: @adidasoriginals EQT Gazelle Shades: Prada Linea Rossa @luxottica . . Styling @ishabhansali Assisted by @marziatyeby #sunshine #floral #adidasoriginals #tommyhilfiger #levis #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurrana A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Jul 9, 2019 at 8:53am PDT 2. Say Yes To Chinos Who said only tapered pants look good with denim jackets? You have been living under a rock if you haven't experimented with chinos just as yet. They are a smart wear option that work well to take up your casual style a notch higher. For a classic pairing, wear a basic tee or a shirt underneath your jacket and couple it with neutral coloured chinos. Super easy, right? © iStock 3. Denim With Tailored Trousers Contrary to the popular belief that a denim jacket can only look good for casual wear, pairing it with trousers can make a huge difference. Give a new meaning to smart casuals and work it with dark denim jackets. Layer it over a jumper or a black t-shirt, and pair it with charcoal trousers. Lastly, slip on your Derby shoes and get ready to make a statement. View this post on Instagram ðµLove myself Better than you I know it's wrong So what should I do?ðµ . Jacket - @JWAnderson Tee - @R13Denim Jeans - @Selected_Official Shoes - @LanvinOfficial Assisted by @shradhapamnani @priyanka2.0 @ananyarao Hair - @milankepchaki Makeup - @vickysalvi22 #SushantSinghRajput #SonChiriya #JWAnderson #R13 #Selected #Lanvin #KurtCobain #Nirvana #OnAPlain A post shared by Priyanka & Kazim (@the.vainglorious) on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:01am PST 4. Rock It With A Roll Neck Yes, wearing your denim number with a shirt or t-shirt is super easy, but what about a roll neck? Well, all you need to do is consider the shade of your denim jacket and you can stand out even in a roll neck. Opt for a dark-hued denim number for the added bonus of looking like a street-style aficionado. View this post on Instagram Something exciting in the works! Turtleneck - @TomFord Shoes - @Marsell_Official Assisted by @shradhapamnani @priyanka2.0 @ananyarao . ð¸ - @AviGowariker #TigerShroff #TOMFORD #Marsèll #Marsell A post shared by Priyanka & Kazim (@the.vainglorious) on Jun 4, 2019 at 2:26am PDT 5. Denim & Joggers For a look that's relaxed and appropriate for the weekend, arm your repertoire with a pair of joggers. Next, pull out your striped tee and throw on your jacket over it. This combination is uber cool, low-key and definitely a weekend companion that you will love sporting every now and then. View this post on Instagram Sui Dhaaga is in cinemas now, go watch it!! . Outfit - @Diesel Shoes - @Balenciaga Assisted by @shradhapamnani @priyanka2.0 #VarunDhawan #SuiDhaaga #Diesel #Balenciaga #DieselHateCouture #DieselNotCoolAnymore A post shared by Priyanka & Kazim (@the.vainglorious) on Sep 27, 2018 at 10:53pm PDT View the full article
  24. Environmentally speaking, fashion has consistently been considered to be one of the most polluting and ecologically devastating industries. This may come as a surprise to many, considering we still have internal combustion engines and cars, but when you break down the numbers, it becomes clear why. © iStock In a recent article, Aditya Singhal, founder and CEO of IML Jeans Company, a Gurugram-based bespoke denimwear maker wrote that it takes about 10-50 litres of water, just to get the wash of a denim. And the lighter the wash, the more water the pair uses. However, if we were to consider the process in its entirety, right from the irrigation of cotton, each pair of jeans that you own took about 5000 litres of water to make. That's the cost we have to pay when we invest in fast fashion. Although sustainability is turning out to be a fad more than anything else, there are a few ways to mitigate the cost. Atiya Rakyan of Raw Pressery, a beverage company that started a sustainable campaign titled RawCycled, wherein they take plastic PET bottles, and recycle them into t-shirts, says, “You'll find that most manufacturers have some sort of recycling programmes, and most major fast-fashion chains, like Zara plan to use 100 per cent sustainable fabrics by 2025.” © Reuters However, that is not nearly enough. Atiya continues, “It takes us about 7 bottles of good plastic, to make one of our shirts. That still is a drop in the ocean, when it comes to what all needs to be done. But we believe that it is a drop in the right step." © iStock That makes us wonder, what, as consumers, can we do? How do we as end-users ensure that sustainable clothing is not just a fancy term that is thrown around as jargon by marketers and advertisers? Aditya, it seems, has the answer. Wear More/Different Invest in a decent number of clothes, especially jeans. Instead of just rotating that three or four pairs throughout the year, get like 8-9. That way, not only will you be able to make all of them last longer, but can also spread out the washes. Also, try and aim to double the number of times you wear a particular piece. Wash less © iStock This, again is especially true for denim. You can actually go 9-10 weeks without washing your jeans. Just make sure that you put them out in the sun and stick them in the refrigerator every now and then to keep the odour at bay. Get Them Repaired Properly One reason why denims don't last long is because people don't bother to get them repaired. And even if they do, they get it done in a very frugal manner. Try getting your denims to one of those boutique stores that stitch denim garments and ask them to help you out. You'll be surprised at the difference when you get your pieces repaired professionally Other than these three steps, you could also: Avoid Dirt Cheap Clothes © iStock There's a reason why dirt-cheap clothes are dirt cheap. Their makers certainly do not have quality in mind, and neither are they concerned if a pair of denim jacket or jeans last you through a year. Avoid buying such clothes. You may not realise it, but you are annually sending a good number of pieces to the landfill. Not to mention the underpaid labour that made it. Look out for labels that actually practise sustainability Here's where you need to be a little vigilant. Opt for manufacturers that actually have sustainability practices. See how they are with their repair services, if at all they have one in place. Also, lookout for labels that buy back not just old pieces, but any, generic pieces, and recycle them or donate them after refurbishing them. There really isn't any concrete reason as to why we cannot switch to sustainable fabrics. Take plastic for example. “The process of converting them into fabric is actually not that complicated,” says Atiya. “The used plastic bottles are first washed and chopped into flakes, which are then melted and formed into chips. They are then extruded into yarn. The yarn is woven into fabric and then dyed using eco-friendly processes to make the final fabric." Maybe the day isn't that far away when all of us will be wearing some or the other piece that is made of plastic. View the full article
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