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  1. Beards are amazing, when you know what to do with them. Styled and maintained right, a beard will reward you in ways you probably would have never imagined. One of them is, it makes you more desirable (at least in the popular narrative). However, there are some terrible style mistakes that do the exact opposite, and then your beard goes against you. The result? Your selfie game goes for a toss, and getting right swipes on Tinder becomes a nightmare. © Instagram/Ranveer Singh Here are seven beard style mistakes you need to stop making ASAP! 1. Let it grow into whatever shape it wants to Yes, we have always reiterated that one should be patient while growing a beard and not trim it all the time for optimum growth, but finding that balance is crucial. Not giving a shape to your beard from time to time makes it look scraggly, malnourished, and overall just ugly. Trim it and comb it into submission. 2. Weird trimming angles Sometimes, we ask our salon wale bhaiya to embrace his inner artist, and go ham with his creativity when it comes to trimming the beard line near our cheeks. Please avoid zig zag lines and weird angular aesthetics. Just don't. © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 3. Ditch the French beard and the Goatee They have had their run, and it's time to say goodbye. Really, they just make you look unnecessarily ominous, and sometimes creepy. © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 4. Don't dye your beard Please don't. No one can carry it off. If it's greying, just go with it. Natural salt-n-pepper is classy, and it's in. 5. Don't shave your cheeks too deep down This just makes your face look weird, and doesn't do justice to your beard. Who wants a beard that barely is the extension of a chinstrap? © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 6. Beard without a moustache If Hugh Jackman couldn't carry it off without looking like a werewolf, neither can you. © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 7. Beard accessories Are you a hip Santa in a holiday calendar? No? Then don't even think about it. View the full article
  2. Ria and Raghav find out that Ria missed her period. Or maybe she didn't? Let's see how they deal with this situation. View the full article
  3. When I was younger, I would love to spend time with my grandfather, while he would regale me with his "war tales". I would be absolutely mesmerised to say the least, and imagine him bravely fight our enemies, in wars that are only studied in history books now. The brave sons of our soils have fought horrifying wars and when we hear their tragic yet heroic stories, we can't help but have immense pride for our soldiers who risk their lives everyday just so we can sleep soundly. © Twitter On Army Day today, I would love to pay an ode to all the martyred, brave soldiers who have led some daring missions to protect Indian borders, rescue people and fight terrorists and keep us all safe. Here are some outstanding military operations carried out by the Indian Army in the past decade. (1) Operation Surya Hope (2013) Operation Surya Hope was the Indian Army's Central Command response to the June 2013, North Indian floods in Uttrakhand. If you remember the floods that happened in Uttrakhand in 2013, they were devastating, and affected millions. The floods left over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists stranded and killed thousands of people. The operation was commanded by Lieutenant General Anil Chait, the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC in C) of Central Command. He was succeeded by General Rajan Bakshi, on July 1, 2013, who said the army would continue with the relief operations. The Indian Army managed to rescue a number of civilians caught in the dreaded floods. © Twitter (2) Operation Maitri (2015) Operation Maitri was a rescue and relief operation in Nepal by the Indian armed forces and the Government of India, in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. India responded to disaster relief within 15 minutes of the earthquake occurring. The armed forces helped rescue a number of people stuck under debris and also assisted them with medical aid. Over 43,000 Indians and 785 foreigners were successfully evacuated. © Twitter (3) India Counter-Insurgency Operation In Myanmar (2015) In June 2015, India announced that it had conducted a cross-border operation against insurgents belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCS-K). The operation took place in Myanmar and it took place in response to the ambush of the Indian Army convoy of 6 Dogra regiment in Manipur. India destroyed insurgent camps and a large number of insurgents were killed during the cross border operation in Myanmar, according to India. © Twitter (4) Indian Line Of Control Strike (2016) In September 2016, India announced that it conducted 'surgical strikes' against Pakistan-based militants, across the Line of Control in Pakistan administered Kashmir. The surgical strike was successful as the terrorist bases were neutralised. A documented partial footage of the strike was released for the Indian media, in June 2018, as proof for the strike conducted. © Twitter (5) Operation Calm Down (2016) Operation Calm down was started by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, in the wake of the death of Burhan Wani in July 2016, which led to unrest in Kashnir because of which more than 90 civilians and two security personnel were killed and many got injured. The operation was started in September 2016 and it was initiated to bring the region back in order, while using minimal force. Connectivity was lost over some regions and schools and shops were shut down for three months and the Army aimed to undo the unrest and try and bring back normalcy in the region. © Twitter (6) Operation Sahyog (2018) Indian Army launched operation Sahyog to rescue people in flood-hit Kerala in 2018. The Army deployed its men and machinery into disaster relief and rescue operations at Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idduki after incessant rain and landslides hit various northern districts of the state. The Army was deployed to rescue people stranded in heavy rain and water. They constructed temporary bridges for the evacuation of the stranded people from the isolated villages. © Twitter Mostly this decade, the Indian Army has focused on a lot of rescue and relief operations in flood hit areas in India and Nepal and maintaining peace in certain areas experiencing unrest in the country. Our Army has shown absolute determination and extreme dedication towards serving the country with their bravery and tenacity, so we can get a good night's rest. These stories and missions mentioned above should be written, spoken and regaled as often as possible to uphold the honour these soldiers truly deserve. View the full article
  4. Sometimes words fail to express what the hearts wants to say and that is where the magical power of music sets in. If you also believe that songs can express what our hearts cannot better than we can fathom, then here are 10 songs to send to a special someone who is upset with you: 1. Yaaram The movie might be called Ek Thi Daayan but this song is perfect to woo that special someone who is taking a lot of time to accept your love. 2. Tujhe Kitna Chahe Aur Hum Break up woes or just a misunderstanding, a good reminder that you already love them as it is legit possible for you. 3. Tumhi Aana Missing your special someone in this Winter bliss? Let them know that their memories have a home inside your heart but this time you wish they come back to you. 4. Daryaa Crying pools of tears is not what we advise but send this song to let them know how your daryaa of sorrow is full. 5. Tu Jaane Na When they claim you don't love them anymore or a rift is setting two hearts apart, trust Atif's magical voice to let them know what they don't already! 6. Aaogey Jab Tum A beautiful song which expresses everything your loved one needs to know. 7. Aahatein When you have everything except for their sweet presence. 8. Yahin Hoon Main In case you are too far away from them and you need to let them know that in your heart, they are extremely close to you. 9. Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi A song unlike any other song. Sometimes when two people stop being together, it doesn't mean you stop being in love as well. This song is a reminder that you don't have to be upset with each other even if you aren't together now. 10. Kahin To Hogi Woh We all have tripped on the feels that this number gives us and hence if you need to tell someone that you are waiting for a life where you are with them in a parallel universe, then this is the song. View the full article
  5. 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
  6. All the Samsung fanboys out there are probably waiting for the big announcement to see the next phone in the highly anticipated Galaxy S series. The company has been updating this line up for 10 years now, so let's just say it's something that we all are looking forward to. But it looks like Samsung has some different plans this year. The company appears to be re-branding the series and the new name is said to be Galaxy S20. The same has been confirmed through a series of leaked images showing the phone. The images were obtained by the folks over at XDA Developers. Here, take a look at it yourself - S20+ 5G looks absolutely insane pic.twitter.com/0vppZ65wys — Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020 As you can see, the phone's startup screen confirms the name. Why did they change the name? Well, nobody knows that for now. Perhaps they are naming by year now? Anyway, we can also see a punch hole on the front for the selfie camera, which is similar to the Galaxy Note 10. The phone seen in the image is a Galaxy S20+ 5G, so it's the larger variant. If XDA's source is something to go by, then it looks like we'll be getting more than a few variants this year. Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G — Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 12, 2020 On the back, we can see the large camera array that's rumored to include a regular wide angle lens, an ultra-wide angle lens, portrait, and even a macro lens. It's funny how the sticker at the back specifically says "Do Not Leak Info". For those of you who are interested, Samsung will be unveiling all the phone at its Unpacked event on February 11. We'll definitely be bringing you all the updates from the event, so stay tuned. Source: XDA Developers View the full article
  7. The US is watching, says President Trump to IranWASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday warned the "leaders of Iran" against killing their protesters, as protests against the Iranian leadership intensified across the country after Tehran admitted it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner. Read more: Iran says it unintentionally shot down Ukrainian plane amid soaring tensions after missile strike As protests continued in different cities across the country, Trump took to Twitter to warn Tehran that "the world is watching" and "more importantly, the US is watching." "To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!" he tweeted. Thousands took to the streets in Tehran to protest against the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner on Wednesday when tensions soared between the US and Iran. Iran retaliated to a US drone strike ordered by Trump that killed Al Quds commander Qassem Soleimani, by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that housed American troops. Hours after the attack and as the Iranians braced for a possible US onslaught, the Ukrainian airliner crashed outside Tehran. Iran initially denied it had shot down the Ukrainian airliner. However, as the US and Canada urged Iran to come clean about the cause of the crash, a statement from the Iranian military accepted that the plane had been shot down by mistake. Officials said that the plane had flown close to a "sensitive military centre" and was mistaken for a "hostile target". The statement added that the military was at its "highest state of readiness" amid the US tensions. Scores of people took to the streets in Iran's major cities to chant slogans and protest against the regime, demanding the resignation of the supreme leader and President Rouhani. Clashes have broken out in various cities across the country as riot police sprung into action to quell the unrest. Internet access was reportedly cut off in multiple Iranian provinces ahead of memorials planned a month after the protests. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has demanded that Iran provide "full clarity" on the downing of the plane. Ottawa says the dead included 57 Canadians. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also offered his condolences and ordered the armed forces to address "shortcomings" so that such a disaster does not happen again.
  8. We sometimes find many relationship habits unhealthy and try to quit it, though some habits just make our lives and relationships easier. Being in a toxic relationship is not a good idea but falsely accusing your relationship as being toxic is also a dumb thing to do. We are not asking you to stay in a relationship if you're unhappy but at times we need to find the thin line between toxic and 'tolerable'. So, here is a list of five habits in a relationship that we think are toxic but will actually help your relationship go a long way- 1. Letting Go Of Conflicts At Times © Dharma Productions People focus on resolving every argument when in a relationship but at times it's healthier to let go of some fights. Some conflicts are un-resolvable and fighting upon them are only going to make things worse. So, just keep in mind that some battles are not worth fighting for and save your relationship by avoiding conflicts. 2. Feeling Attracted To Other People © Dharma Productions We want to be attracted to our partner all the time but that's biologically not possible. You need to accept that you might feel attracted to other people and that's okay. It doesn't mean that you're falling out of love with your partner but just admire someone else apart from them for their qualities. Acting upon our attraction or liking is in our hand and our actions are responsible for making or breaking a relationship, as attractions are mostly temporary and love is real. 3. Spending Time Apart © Dharma Productions It's always better to do what you want to do rather than focusing on your partner all the time. Valuing your relationship is important but moving ahead in your life and fulfilling your dreams is equally important. It's important to give space in a relationship as it only makes the bond stronger. Spending time apart also makes you regain the lost spark in a relationship. 4. Accepting Each Other's Flaws © Dharma Productions No one is perfect and as soon as we accept each other's flaws the better the relationship is going to be. You need to like and accept each other for who they are then decide for yourself if you really want to be with them. Somewhere or the other we have to settle as no human being is perfect. 5. Unintentionally Hurting Each Other © Dharma Productions When in a relationship, we do things at times that the other person might not like or get hurt due to it. Sometimes they get hurt and sometimes we get hurt. The bottomline is to not pretend that you're happy and express if you're hurt as it is okay to be hurt. Your honest opinion is only going to make things easier for both of you. View the full article
  9. One of the healthiest aspects of a successful relationship is the fact that two people have a difference in opinion. Sharing different beliefs is what makes a relationship more interesting and long lasting because you have an array of things to talk and debate about compared to people whose views are too similar in nature. The dread with that is you may get bored too soon if you agree on everything simultaneously. That's why, if you find someone who can share a reversibly interesting perspective to yours, you're sure to have thriving conversations with them, which will inevitably teach you a lot too. © Thinkstock But most times the opposing views you hold, to that of your partner, can cause little or more friction if they're sensitive in nature and that something you have to recognise if you're with someone. You have to know that if you do have difference in opinions then what is the threshold of your partner's sensitivity towards their opinion and this mostly plays out a little unguarded when two people who're together have different political views. Now political view is not just the current political climate of your country or the government you've elected to govern you. Someone's politics can be their world view. It's whether they think certain humans deserve rights, it's how someone thinks the world should be, it's also someone's view on how the world can change or how they can change the world. To a lot of people their political views are sacrosanct and they'll do anything to defend them, since their views are actually a collation of what they understand of the world around it and how they want it to change for the better. © Thinkstock Currently the political scenario in this country has changed the narrative of how people think, act and react. Due to the current situation, the people who do not agree with the government policies are out on the streets protesting them and those who do, are making sure they protest the rightist realm and keep it intact. Well, I can't cite examples for any other intense political scenarios except the one India is facing right now and if you and your partner have opposing views about this, it can get a little stifling and infuriating, apart from the fact that you share diverse opinions on a lot of things in general. So, in case your discussion are leading to fights, screaming matches, a rollercoaster of emotions, anxiety and dilemma or making you question companionship with the concerned person in general, there are things you can do to pacify this situation and meet each other halfway. "Even people who deeply love each other are falling victim to the 'politics of personal destruction' where it's not enough to disagree with someone but you have to destroy them and everything they stand for in the process," says a popular marriage and family therapist, Gary Brown, Ph.D. So, here's what you can do, to lighten the argument a bit and make the other person see your point of view, and meet you halfway in what you believe too, while you do the same with them. (1) Listen & Acknowledge Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, authors of the book, Couple Talk advise couples to encourage each other to keep talking, rather than tuning out. Tuning out or leaving a conversation is rude and unethical and can make the other person feel like you don't respect their opinion. Rather than walking away or tuning out, thinking it'll save you an argument, reason with them their philosophy behind their thought. Hear them out and acknowledge what they're saying, while you share your opinion and ask them to do the same. Make sure you let them know that you are listening and acknowledging and agreeing with their point of view, but you have a different opinion of the same! © UTV Motion pictures (2) You Can 'Agree To Disagree' "Be non judgmental and accepting of yourself and your friends n partner... understanding that ur bond is based on connection n love... even though you are different people from different backgrounds. Also unless you're willing to participate in political changes.. no points getting touchy or having a heated argument just for the sake of discussion" says clinical psychologist and life coach, Preeti Sethi. While you and your partner may have opposing viewpoints, it's always easier to agree to disagree, which means you can tolerate your partners viewpoints without accepting the opposing position. You both can respect each other opinion but you necessarily don't have to agree with everything your partner puts forth. Knowing your partner doesn't agree with you yet respects your views as a person is a good step towards resolution. © Fox Star Studios (3) Understand & Empathise "Seek to learn why your partner thinks differently than you do. This is a skill you'll need in many areas if you are to create lasting relationships," says Tina B. Tessina, a psychotherapist. Understanding the truest nature of your partner to resolve this particular dilemma is important. You have to understand what drives her, where she gets her view from, what experiences she had, what she's been through to know the fundamental crux of her debate with you. Once you understand these things, learn to empathise with them. Well, it'll be easier to empathise with someone you love than with someone you barely know, so it shouldn't be difficult to put yourself in her shoes, every once in a while. One you do that you will see the genesis of her thought process and learn to accept her and her ideology, which is her identity and who she really is. Make her do the same for you. © UTV motion Pictures (4) How Does Your Partner's Political Affiliation Affect The Relationship? "I would say politics is personal, but yes , if it impacts your gender roles etc, then you need to look at not only the political inclination but also other things One may support a political party for various reasons - money, business, connections, social pressure etc but one needs to look beyond the vote and question how it seeps into the relationship. How does it affect your mobility, child care, marital status - the legalities of it all?" - Says Prachi Gangwani, a Relationship Writer. Knowing if the effects of your partners political affiliation are negative or positive is very important. If the government she supports is doing more harm than good then it's important to make her see another perspective to her approach on all this. Without being pompous, and condescending, try and make her see why her ideology is not suited for the family and that she needs to see the larger picture. There are many people who take this approach, especially in India's current political scenario, a lot of people are educating others on what the right thing to think and do is and you can take a similar step. If you're the one thinking regressively, on the other hand, allow her to do the same for you. © Instagram (5) You Both Can Learn A Lot Even though you may have opposing views, you both can learn so much from each other and help each other grow ideologically. If you share the history of the current government, which you are well versed with, with your partner, she may learn a great deal and do a bit more research to know if she wants to continue supporting the current regime or not. It could work both ways. She can educate you about something you're unaware about and change your political stance on something too. You should be grateful and not take it upon yourself to have an ego war with your significant other. "I've been in a relationship with someone who has opposing political views we but don't dismiss each other's points of views. I have learnt a lot from her political affiliations and beliefs and I can so has she from mine. Currently we both are on opposing sides of the spectrum, where India's politics is concerned and we spend a quality amount of time trying to make the other see what's important and we've realised that we've been learning and growing simultaneously and also respect each other's points of view. Yes, there are arguments, but which relationship doesn't have any?" says Amit Sinha, a Chartered Accountant by profession. © Zee Studios Even our celebrity couple's share different points of views and educate and influence people about what is right and what's wrong and I believe that is very important for people to take a direction and read up more on what's happening. Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar, for example are one such couple who openly practice their political beliefs. While Twinkle opposes the current government, Akshay, who was seen holding the ABVP flag, stands with the government. But even so, they're an epitome on how to not hold each other accountable for holding different views and opinions, politically. India,where cows seem to receive more protection than students, is also a country that now refuses to be cowed down. You can't oppress people with violence-there will be more protests,more strikes,more people on the street. This headline says it all. pic.twitter.com/yIiTYUjxKR — Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 6, 2020 So, if you are in a relationship with someone who disagrees with your political views and ideologies, accept them regardless and follow the steps above to reach a neutral consensus and a lasting relationship! View the full article
  10. Whether your beard gets unruly or you cut yourself while shaving, every grooming step can be time-consuming. No one likes to spend unnecessary time prepping every morning and hence, following a quick routine is just what you need. We have compiled five grooming hacks that are about to make your life easier than ever. Check it out: 1. Use Olive Oil For Dry Scalp © istock Dealing with dry scalp can be daunting but not when there's a home remedy that lets you scrape off the issue completely. Using olive oil is a cure and all you need to do is apply a dab of it on your scalp. Try it for a week and notice the results! 2. Swap Shaving Cream With Conditioner © istock Shaving cream can strip off your skin's natural oils. A quick hack? Use a hair conditioner instead of shaving cream. It helps hydrate your face and moisturises it. Not just that, it puts a full stop to the burning sensation as well. 3. Use Hand Cream For Hair © istock No, we don't mean you start lathering your hair with hand cream. But you can use it to style your hair when it starts looking unkempt. Carry a small bottle with you at all places and rub a little amount, first on your hands and then run it on your hair. This is a great remedy on windy days when your hair is all over the place and is extremely frizzy. Switch up your routine right away! 4. Use Activated Charcoal For Your Teeth © istock If you are looking to whiten your teeth, activated charcoal is your answer. It helps to get rid of stains and whitens your teeth in a jiffy. All you have to do is put it on your toothbrush and scrub it on your teeth. Well, it won't look pretty but once you rinse your mouth, you will instantly reap the rewards. 5. Use Lip Balm For Cuts © istock If alum blocks or styptic pencils haven't helped, there are other home remedies that can cover your shaving wounds. Next time, when your face is filled with blood due to razor cuts, smack it with a lip balm. Apply it directly on the wound. It works wonders as the waxy texture seals it instantly. Now, you won't have to hold a tissue paper while you are rushing to work! View the full article
  11. This is the time of the year when foodies from all around the city gather at one place to satiate their palate with an amalgamation of savoury and sweet morsels. Yes, Karachi Eat 2020 is here and we can’t wait to try out all it has to offer. Here’s a breakdown of dessert stalls for those who wish to indulge their sweet tooth. Also read: The quick and easy guide for Karachi Eat 2020 Meethos (stall 09)A relatively new player in the field, the dessert place specialises in conventional sweets such as cupcakes and ice creams. Photo: Meetho's Facebook pageSweet Escape (stall 30)The eatery as the name depicts, is offering its own collection of items. This year as well, the stall will be offering its most delectable collection of flavoured cotton candy. Photo: Karachi Eat FacebookBingsu (stall number 63)The star eatery will weave its magic through its delicious range of Korean shaved ice creams. This isn’t your average Gola Ganda! Photo: Bingsu FacebookYelo (stall number 48)The stall is offering a fresh take on the traditional rabri milk. Not only that, fans of hardcore Pakistani sweets will also find kulfi here. MSA Bakeaway (stall number 97)A newbie in the festival, Bakeaway by Mahwish and Maria is offering Oreo bombs and cornflake-crusted fried Snickers bars. Fried snickers -- Photo: MSA BakeawayD’oh (stall 07)This year, the eatery will continue to attract foodies similar to the previous years. Also, it seems quite hard to resist the idea of crepe sushi. Photo: D'oh Facebook pageDelina icecream (stall number 14) The stall will offer its usual range of ice cream flavours with pleasant toppings. Delina Facebook The Brownie Wizard (stall number 11)As the name is pretty self-explanatory, The Brownie Wizard is offering a scrumptious range of brownies. Photo: The Brownie Wizard Facebook
  12. Geo.tv/FilesResearchers have discovered that consuming green tea at least three times a week is an assurance to a longer and healthier life. "Habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death," the study's first author, Xinyan Wang of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, said. Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the study included 1,00,902 participants of the China-PAR project with no history of heart attack, stroke or cancer. Participants were classified into two groups: habitual tea drinkers (three or more times a week) and non-habitual tea drinkers (less than three times a week) and followed up for a median of 7.3 years. Compared to non-habitual tea drinkers, habitual tea consumers had a 20 percent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 22 percent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 15 percent decreased risk of all-cause death. Habitual tea drinkers who maintained their habit had a 39 percent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 56 percent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 29 percent decreased risk of all-cause death as opposed to consistent non-habitual tea drinkers. "The protective effects of tea were most pronounced among the consistent habitual tea drinking group. Mechanism studies have suggested that the main bioactive compounds in tea, namely polyphenols, are not stored in the body long-term," said study senior author Dongfeng Gu. "Thus, frequent tea intake over an extended period may be necessary for the cardio-protective effect," Gu added. In a sub-analysis by type of tea, drinking green tea was linked with approximately 25 percent lower risks for incident heart disease and stroke, fatal heart disease and stroke, and all-cause death. However, no significant associations were observed for black tea, the study said. According to the researchers, two factors may be at play. First, green tea is a rich source of polyphenols that protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, including high blood pressure and dyslipidemia. Black tea is fully fermented; during this process, polyphenols are oxidised into pigments and may lose their antioxidant effects. Second, black tea is often served with milk, which previous research has shown may counteract the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function, the study said.
  13. The trailer for Jawani Jaaneman just dropped and boy, are we already looking forward to the movie! Starring Saif Ali Khan, newcomer Alaya F and Tabu in lead roles, the trailer looks like old wine packaged in a new bottle but still something that you'd want to try for sure. Here are our 3 reasons why we feel this movie will be a wholesome entertainer: 1. Appropriate Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan looks like a glass of fresh lemonade on a hot summer day. Newcomer Alaya F seems promising and Tabu is simply amazing in her role as well. The movie has characters which are flawed and real, nothing looks plastic which is actually refreshing. View this post on Instagram #JawaaniJaanemantrailer is FANTASTIC. #Saif is back in form with this one, doing which he does the best.. Tabu is phenomenal as always. Film should do well at the BO if marketed well.. #JawaaniJaaneman A post shared by Sumit Kadel (@sumitkadelofficial) on Jan 9, 2020 at 12:37am PST 2. Fresh Perspective On A Clichéd Story: The trailer may give you major déjà vu when you watch it. However, this looks like one of those movies which you will probably watch anyway, given the fresh perspective. 3. Saif's Moves To Ole Ole: C'mon, if you are a Bollywood fan and this is not enough reason for you to watch the movie, then what is? Watching the good-looking Nawab flaunt his dad bod and giving our millennial generation a fresh version of his iconic Ole Ole is everything! The movie releases on 31st January so, make sure you catch it. View the full article
  14. If there were to exist a guide book titled 'The Ultimate Trick To Be The Best Employee', an age-old, unsaid directive to be found sporadically in the book would be to work overtime and therefore 'get noticed' for working long and hard (regardless of how inaccurately that might describe what you do 'after hours' at work). For years, something along the lines has been drilled into our heads that working long hours at work automatically translates into working more, and therefore earns you extra points for that promotion you're eyeing. © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment But guess what? A recent study conducted by a Canadian research company claims that working late will earn you a lot more than a good appraisal and early promotion. It will only escalate your chances of falling prey to hypertension aka high blood pressure. Well, that's quite a hefty price to pay to get into the good books of your manager, won't you say? Reports have shown that hypertension is one of the leading causes of more than 82,000 deaths every year in America alone. Even the findings of the study reiterate the fact that working hours do affect an individual's health. Compared to those who worked less than 35 hours a week, the study found that working 49 or more hours makes the latter bunch susceptible to high blood pressure by 70 per cent! © Excel Entertainment Now, given that you can recall what basic biology lessons taught us, high blood pressure means that a person is more vulnerable to suffer a stroke, get a heart attack or even a heart failure for that matter besides losing their vision, or suffering from a kidney or sexual dysfunction! Now, these surely are matters of great concern and shouldn't be taken lightly. Akshat, who is currently working with an Australian MNC in Gurgaon, has been putting in extra hours at work for a long time, and though he says he hasn't got much to lose, he did have some health concerns on more than a few occasions. © Yash Raj Films Why is it then that we continue to push ourselves, and bring our body to the edge by working long hours? Current trends across the corporate sector shows that performance and results have taken precedence over staying back at work to clock extra hours. Instead of doing any good, nowadays it is often seen as inefficiency to stay back after working hours to finish the job. Since time is of the essence nowadays, it is expected that employees will perform to their full potential within the allotted time, so as to not only save the company's resources but also get things done in time. © Yash Raj Films Even the mindset of team managers has already undergone necessary changes to further this work culture within their teams. Many managers now evaluate their team members' true worth based not only on their extra hours at work, but instead the performance and result they yield in the long run. So, perhaps it's time that we revisit and revise our future strategies to get that promotion and/or appraisal without putting our health (and life) on the line. Because no matter what others tell you, nothing is truer than the fact that 'jaan hai to jahan hai'. View the full article
  15. 2020's Golden Globe Awards kicked off the year with several memorable moments - with my personal favourite being Joaquin Phoenix's incredible 'Best Actor' speech. Spearheaded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the awards themselves have turned 77 years old - just 15 years younger than the Oscars. Despite the age gap, however, it seems that both awards are closely linked - not only do they feature quite early in the year, but recent data suggests that if you're looking to gamble, the Golden Globes are a decent Oscar predictor. © Statista Using the 'Best Picture' category as an example, 66 per cent of all Oscar-winning movies since 1950 had won a Golden Globe before, most frequently (49% of the time) in the “Best Drama” category. That would make Sam Mendes' 1917 the favourites for this year's main prize at the Oscars. If you're a Mendes fan, however, hold your horses. A recent trend seems to have tilted the status quo, and not in your favour. While a Golden Globe winner also won at the Oscars 12 out of 15 times between 1990 and 2004, 9 of the 15 “Best Picture” winners since 2005 were previously snubbed at the Golden Globes. Speaking of snubbing - despite winning 34 nominations, Netflix only won two awards, not including any of the night's biggest prizes. Those went to 1917, which won 'Best Motion Picture – Drama' and 'Best Director – Motion Picture' and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was crowned 'Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy'. Netflix had high hopes going into award season this year, with The Irishman, Marriage Story and The Two Popes all considered serious Oscar contenders. Not all is lost for the world's largest streaming service, however, because being snubbed at the Golden Globes doesn't necessarily spell doom for the Oscars, which will be awarded on the 10th of February. View the full article
  16. It can be horrifying to spot your very first grey hair strand. The grey strand is synonymous to the ravages of time that you're no exception to either. The good news is, none of us are. However, if you're someone who wants to hide the greys, (that's completely normal too) you should probably read ahead: 1. Don't Pluck It Plucking the grey is damaging to the follicle in the long run. It's best to dye it so the dye only gets to the shaft of the hair. Damaging the hair follicle might lead to hair fall. Alternatively, you can cut them shorter if you just want to remove them from sight. 2. Focus On Getting Strong Hair © Getty Images Switch your shampoo and conditioner with a formula that has hair brightening qualities. That will ensure that any grey hair strands you do have, get acclimated to the change, and visually it doesn't project a stark difference to others looking at you. 3. If You Plan To Dye It, Being Subtle Is Key It's always best to go to a professional colourist whose job is to make your dyed hair look all-natural. But, if you have just a few spots and small patches to fill, you can spot-colour by matching your tone with the various drugstore options. 4. Use A Hair Oil © Getty Images Generous use of hair oil softens and relaxes the hair which is good for hair growth in the long run. Hair oil will also give your hair a healthy sheen that prevents the greys from looking dull and brittle. View the full article
  17. 2019's been a year of truly stellar performances, both homegrown and international for Indian stages across the subcontinent. World-class venues and massive-scale festivals have worked across the last decade or so to make India a serious pitstop for music enthusiasts - and there's nothing quite like the end-of-year (and this time, decade) spectacle of the Magnetic Fields festival. Held in mid-December, Fields is perhaps the closest thing to a 'Burning Man' that India has - infused with heady doses of Rajasthani culture and the most eclectic lineup of artists you can expect to find in one place. We caught up with three of them during this fateful weekend at Budweiser's BudX Stage, each with their own unique stories to tell. Ross From Friends/Felix Weatherall - Colchester, United Kingdom © Abhishek Shukla; The 25 year old has a fistful of releases under his belt, the distillation of myriad influences from hip-hop cut 'n' paste culture, 80s Eurobeat, Hi-NRG and Italo into lithe, irresistible, raw dance floor trax. It's been around a year-and-half since Brainfeeder got you on-board and Family Portrait came out. What's different for you, comparing then and now? How have you changed? I feel like now I'm probably more willing and able to try new things with my music. I think there's a tendency for artists that once they get known for one type of sound, they stick to it because they know it works and it's comfortable. Since releasing on Brainfeeder, I'm not saying I've started making mad left-field jungle stuff, but I've got the confidence now to know that if I ever do want to go in that sort of direction, and I do it with integrity, that it'll work. Magnetic Fields is a pretty unique festival in a wildly different venue for most Indian artists - let alone European acts. What's going through your mind as the festival draws near? What are you looking forward to the most? It's really exciting to have been invited to play here. It's such a unique festival. I'm really looking forward to catching some of the other acts, especially some of the Indian artists that I'm not so familiar with. As for what's going through my mind, I'm just prepping for this gig as I do for any gig, hoping we can rise to the occasion! © Avirat Sundra One of my favourite parts of your music are your awesome choices when it comes to sampling. How does the process go, and where do you think your taste comes from? The sampling is a really important part of it for me, actually. It's not something I can rush. I try to build up a really bulky sample library before I even think about making proper music with it, so in that sense I don't go looking for samples to fit a beat I've made or anything like that. I spend hours trawling through the dark corners of YouTube trying to find a good little snippet of dialogue, or a cool instrumental. For that, my taste is really wide-ranging, it can come from anywhere, to be honest. I'll then build a track around what I've managed to find. There are multiple stories I've heard behind your stage name. Do you think 'Ross From Friends' would be friends with Ross Geller himself? No probably not. Everyone knows Ross is the worst. Of anyone, I'd probably be more mates with Chandler. We share more of the same humour I think. Ross is too straight-laced for me! Fieldlines/Andi Teichmann - Regensburg, Germany © RC Photography; Bridging the gap between eastern and western, this week-long project brought together Berlin's and Rajasthan's musical talents - a unique fusion of old and new, analogue and digital. Naturally, the Fieldlines project is, in many ways, representative of MagFields as a whole. What's been the biggest challenge in combining traditional folk music through modern production techniques? We see ourselves more as electronic musicians than as producers, in the sense that we want to perform music together in real time. We've been working on various interdisciplinary projects, from contemporary music to traditional music from Nigeria or central Asia. The task is to open and create common grounds and spaces to interact in a musical way. The local folk music is rooted in a traditional context with complex rules and social meanings. The challenge is to include both traditions, from the electronic contemporary music and the local folk music, on an equal level in that musical space. The aim is to create a musical language that goes beyond companying or illustrating each other's music. I'm sure that the entire process has been a cultural education of sorts for both sides. What's something that you've imbibed from the experience? For us it is fascinating to see how music works as a communication tool. For a verbal dialogue we need two translators: from the local dialect to Hindi, from Hindi to English and the other way round. The musical dialogue works directly in real time. Once we reached a point where we understood each other's expressions and techniques better, we could just go together on a musical journey and explore unknown territories. It's also amazing to see how music and musicians play an important and respected role in society and how knowledge has been transferred through generations. Ustad Hakim Khan - the kamaicha player, plays an instrument that has been handed from father to son for over 300 years. © Avirat Sundra As the festival takes place, I'm excited to take a look at the interactive sessions planned ahead. Could you shed some light as to what the experience promises? The first few days were spent trying to find common grounds, it was a lot about rhythms and techniques, the various types of Indian folk and classical music, the context of the ragas. On the third day we had an intimate performance, in front of a small audience at our studio. At that point a 'switch' turned on, everyone left the songs and ideas, we've been practicing, behind and entered a total free and improvised space. After we finished, there was a big smile on everyone's face. That is the journey we want to present and share with the audience. It's not just a fusion of styles, but a fusion of ages as well - with legendary artists such as septuagenarian Ustad Hakeem Khan playing alongside musicians in their teens. Could you share some thoughts on this? To play together with diverse generations and without gender boundaries is a very normal and important approach in our collaborative practice. Nevertheless, we've been told that in the local context, it is a quite revolutionary breaking with traditions to have this mixed group: Having Sumitra Devi a female singer and harmonium player, Firoz Khan, who is 16-years-old and Ustad Hakim Khan, who is almost 80 years. Three Oscillators/Brij Dalvi - Mumbai, India © Ayush Jajoria; Formed in 2015, Three Oscillators is a project consisting of Brij Dalvi and Avit Rane. Their sound falls under the realm of glitch, sci-fi influences and futurism - all while seamlessly blending various shades of emotion and electronica. It's your first time performing at a festival of this scale - what do you feel about the audience at Magnetic Fields? The crowd here is intense, man. I've only ever heard stories - for three years, MagFields was just an enigma for me. I never thought I'd come here and check all of this out. Everyone here is very receptive and just really into it. This sort of intimacy hasn't happened yet - in Bombay, most people just stand by the bar, it's really different here. It's been a transformative journey over the last few years - do you think often about the old days, before you decided to go serious with producing music? Yeah, I mean… honestly, there was no specific point from where I wanted to commit to making music. It was a gradual process. Things just kept happening, and I kept listening to more music. I don't look back, honestly - things happened, and now I'm here. *laughs* What are you looking to catch while at MagFields? Ross From Friends. That's the only act I'm familiar with *laughs*, but honestly, this festival is all about discovery. There's a lot of stuff out here to see and hear - a lot of DJ sets, a lot of selectors… it's crazy. Now I know why people rave about this festival so much, it really is that good. View the full article
  18. 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
  19. A natural progression of time in our lives translates into the way our bodies change over the years. This also means spotting whites in your hair before the expected age. You might start to spot the white strands in your teens or even your thirties for that matter. The question although, is what do you choose to do about them? If they're just a few strands interspersed here and there, then you can choose to ignore them (they're not perpetually visible anyway), however, if they are more than a few strands that can be seen by anyone who looks at your face and not just on your head but also in your beard (that is if you keep one), then you'll have two options. Either you can dye them on a monthly basis or you can let them stay as is. Now, you can either choose to dye both your beard and your hair or only dye your hair and let the beard be. One thing that you should know, is the fact that many celebrities have embraced the salt and pepper look in recent times. These include people like Virat Kohli, Jim Sarbh and Idris Elba. These men aren't afraid of letting the maturity of their age reflect on their faces, in fact, they wear it like a badge of experience (in a way that says that "I have seen and done things in my time and I know better") which makes it even more attractive. So, How Can You Embrace The Salt And Pepper Beard Look? 1. Let The Greys Be If you're starting to see more of the grey strands now in a cluster, chances are that you've been seeing them for a while now. Nix the habit of weeding out the whites in the attempts of a fuller, black flawless beard. Let them grow out. Now, that you've decided to let them be, it'll take a while for the greys to balance out across the beard to get the desired look. © Getty Images 2. You Also Need Professional Help A beard stylist is going to make sure that the grey strands are not growing out in an odd manner but blend out with the rest of the beard seamlessly. This can't be done at home with the precision a professional would have. © Instagram/Manav Manglani 3. You'll Require Significantly Less Maintenance Now that you have a salt and pepper beard, you could reap the benefits of not having to maintain your beard as often as you would have to when you were dyeing it regularly. The beard requires a trim once in a while, but that's about it. © Getty Images View the full article
  20. It's always a little disappointing to find out that the skincare that you've been investing in, so far, has little to no effect on your face. Especially, if you want to get rid of pimples, scarring, skin discolouration, among other problems, as soon as possible. But one should know that there is a way of applying these products on your skin that can, in fact, maximise the benefits on your face. These steps include: 1. Are You Consistent With Your Skincare? If you're not, it's hardly practical to expect visible results. To see results that are visible you need to be consistent with your skincare. So, if the product demands you to apply skincare every single day then you should do that. 2. Wash Your Face Before Applying Any Product The primary reason behind cleansing your skin is the fact that applying any decent skincare product on top of clogged pores causes breakouts. So, then without cleansing, applying these products is going to be counter-intuitive. © MensXP 3. Add A Mask To Your Skincare Routine Adding a mask to your routine is going to give your skin the additional benefits that will also make your skin porous so that it can absorb the goodness from the products. Essentially, the mask acts as a catalyst for the products just to enable maximum results in less time. © Getty Images 4. Balance The pH Of The Skin In order to balance the pH levels of the skin, you need a toner that'll balance the pH levels. You can either use witch hazel or a toner, either way, it helps against environmental stressors like pollution and bacteria. Try Thayer's Original Witch Hazel. © Getty Images 5. Apply Facial Oil In The Night Not everyone uses facial oil with their skincare routine but they should, as the essential oil acts as a barrier against outside elements that might harm your skin. © Getty Images View the full article
  21. Growing a beard and then giving it an impeccable shape can be a task but not if you are able to observe and master the trick. When you don't have enough time on the clock, trimming your beard by yourself will come in handy. It helps save time and money as well. It's a tricky business but once you learn to do the job right, you can do it like an expert at the comfort of your home. No more draining your wallet at the salon as we have got you covered with our indispensable guide. 1. Eliminate Unruly Growth One of the major issues that men face after growing a full beard is unruly hair. The hair follicles get tangled and appear thin and unkempt. The best course of action would be to get rid of them and even them out. Begin by combing your beard and only cut a minimal amount. Wherever you see split ends, cut them off. This step is quite helpful and your beard will feel fresh. © iStock 2. Keep It Soft & Clean If your beard is not clean, it will hinder in the process of trimming. Keep it clean by washing it with a beard shampoo and do it with cold water. Beard shampoo is designed for your facial hair and it's best to have it in your grooming kit. Post this step, condition it, as it will soften your beard and let you have a smooth trimming experience. © iStock 3. Brush Your Beard Once your beard is dry, use a comb and do it against the grain. This will make it easier for you trim your beard and you will be able to chop any inconsistency that you will notice in your beard. © iStock 4. Trimming When you start trimming your beard, maintain a preferred length with the help of clippers. The technique requires you to have a little long hair on the chin and shorter on the sides of your face. Keep in mind that you need to have number 3 setting for the temples and 4 to 5 near the goatee area. Remember that your moustache will be denser and hence it should be kept short as compared to your temples and cheeks. © iStock 5. Moustache Tricks Once you have trimmed down your beard, try running the clippers across your face and check if any hair follicle is getting stuck near your nostrils. If yes, a pair of beard or moustache scissors will be a great option for that. Chop the edgy areas and take a judgement call on how short you want your moustache to be. © iStock 6. Finish It With Oil Just like your scalp needs oiling, so does your beard. It needs moisture and you can finish off the whole process of trimming with it. Apply beard oil as it keeps your beard hydrated and will make it look healthy. Then, brush it up as it will distribute the oil evenly on your beard. This will also help you get rid of strays that get stuck in your beard during the process. Try it out. © iStock View the full article
  22. It's not just the end of another fantastic (I suppose) year, but the end of an entire decade and while we deliberate over how to function differently in an entirely new decade, we should also get rid of old patterns and adapt or adopt newer ones. By patterns I mean something that has been detrimental to your existence for a whole decade. Something you thought that worked for you but really hasn't, and it's quite obvious with the decisions you've made the past decade. © AA Films But changing a pattern isn't easy, it requires a conscious effort. But consciously trying to change something for one's own betterment is not that difficult either. It just needs a lot of discipline, acceptance and hard work. So, in order to change patterns and step into a brand new year, with a brand new persona, you can try doing things you've probably never done before! And by things I mean activities. This will give you courage and a reason to believe that old habits can be thrown out of the window and new ones can be welcomed through the front door! Here are 5 new things you can try in 2020, to redefine who you really are! (1) Plan A Solo Trip This one should definitely be on the cards. And by planning a solo trip I don't mean going to a nearby destination and chilling for a weekend. I mean a proper solo trip where you travel to another country perhaps, or plan an excursion within India, discovering cultures and sights and sounds, you haven't in the past. Solo travelling is very important to connect with oneself. It breaks a lot of unnecessary patterns and also encourages to have a positive, more outward opinion on life, along with making you more independent, self reliant and self assuring. © UTV Motion Pictures (2) Get Yourself A Pet If you've always been someone who thinks getting a pet is added responsibility and that you'll be tied down, well, take a chance! It might be extra responsibility and you might leave the house lesser but you are doing something you've never done before! You are taking care of another life and that's quite a leap of faith! Besides, pets are highly therapeutic and will help you heal in time as well! © Instagram virat kolhi (3) Approach Women Differently Maybe try a different way to reach out to the women you like? Try going back to making it more organic and simple instead of online dating. Hit more bars and make more conversations. It's the best way to build your self esteem and meet women you can actually have a one-on-one conversation with, personally and not through a screen! © UTV Motion Pictures (4) Try A Brand New Diet This may sound clichéd but changing dietary pattern is also a big change and one must do it from time to time. If you're used to binging on food or going out often and eating then maybe change that pattern to have something more suitable for the body. For instance, a vegetarian diet has its own benefits. But you will never know until you try it, so maybe find a good suitable diet and change your immediate one. © Instagram (5) Find A New Tribe People are also responsible for how happy you are in life and what patterns you live by. Sometimes the influence is far greater than you can imagine. Sometimes you're surrounded by people who're posing as a deterrent for your personal growth and hence you need to maybe find yourself a new tribe or in simpler words, make new friends! It isn't difficult TBH. All you need to do is start meeting more like minded people through apps or just generally going out and initiating the need to be friends with them! © UTV Motion Pictures These are activities you can start with for the coming year to get rid of the old toxic patterns. Even if you imbibe half of the above, you will feel different and new and probably look towards more positive changes in the future. View the full article
  23. If you don't already have listened to his music and are in love with him, I am guessing you probably have at least heard about him, because in today's day and age of great music, the name Prateek Kuhad is mostly always trending on social media. Prateek is a famous Indian songwriter and singer who is going places as his wonderful voice serves as a balm for the heart. In fact, his song 'Cold/Mess' made it to Barack Obama's recommended songs list for 2019 as well. Here are 10 songs from this gem which obviously need to be on your list: 1. Cold/Mess Has to be on top of the list and as the name suggests, it is for everyone whose heart is a mess currently. 2. Tune Kaha An ode to what your lover didn't say but you heard it anyway. A lot of Ed Sheeran vibes with this one! 3. You Are Mine Thinking of a proposal song that is not westernised? Let this gorgeous Indian voice serenade your loved one. 4. Raat Raazi After all, everything and everyone is a mystery, right? 5. Kho Gaye Hum Kahan This duet with Jasleen Royal is for the keeps. The beautiful song was a part of the Katrina-Sidharth starrer Baar Baar Dekho and won hearts instantly. 6. Dil Beparvah Ankur Tewari and Prateek sing exactly what the heart wants to say in a way in which only they can. 7. Voh A road trip, some guitars stringing and a voice which speaks to your emotions, this is that song for you. 8. Held You Tight In case you need a song tonight to thank your babe for everything she has done, this shall help. 9. 100 words This track basically expresses the confusion one endures when you don't know if they truly want you or it's what you think. How can someone put this into music you ask? This does. 10. Chahe Ya Na Chahe Life goes on, you want it or you don't. In case you need a reminder, this song is for that. View the full article
  24. With the year and a decade coming to an end, we all have good enough reasons to party hard. Not that we've ever needed one to go all out as if there's no tomorrow. However, as much as we love to lose all inhibitions and drink like fish while ringing in the new year, nobody likes to deal with that nasty hangover that follows. © iStock Though, we bet, hangover is the least of your worries, considering the atrocity that your skin goes through. A hangover will heal within a day or two, even if you just lie in your bed, cursing the apes who discovered alcohol, and make a shallow new year's resolution that you'll never touch alcohol again. The havoc that those n number of tequila shots, and those endless cocktails wreak on your skin, though - well, that's a different story. © iStock Luckily, there are a few easy hacks that not only work well as quick and easy ways to deal with a hangover, they also double up as the best skincare routine, after a hard night of partying. Drink Loads Of Water © iStock This is a no brainer - alcohol, because of some witchcraft, dehydrates your body from within. Naturally, apart from a shot up liver, you also end up with unbelievably dry skin. The situation is even worse if your skin type is dry or combination skin. As soon as you wake up, drink as much water as you can. It also helps if you have been drinking water throughout the previous evening. Ideally, for every two drinks that you have, you should have had a glass of water. Throughout out the day after, you should try to finish off at least two litres of water. Water is the best way to go for a quick detox of the body. Load Up On Grease & Carbs © iStock If you wake up with a hangover, you are bound to feel nauseated and feel like puking your guts out. Just fight that urge, and load up on carbs. Also, it goes a long way if you have something greasy to eat. Get a plate full of biryani, or something fried. The greasier the better. This not only helps your body to process the alcohol faster, it also slows down the alcohol mixing in your bloodstream. In a way, it speeds up the process of curing the hangover. Moisturise Before & After © iStock Now, this has very little to do with curing a hangover, but trust us, your skin will be forever grateful if you moisturise properly. Try to do it before you hit the scene of the party as that is a great way to prepare your skin for the upcoming onslaught. Also, for the morning after the party, apply a healthy dose of moisturiser, especially under your eyes. If you have a moisturiser that is light and is refreshing, not only will it rejuvenate your skin faster, you'll also feel a lot better. Shower © iStock Once you get your senses back, don't just head for the bed. Take a hot shower first, as that helps you to clean off the external effects of alcohol a little quicker. Also, a hot shower after a hard night is anyway a cathartic experience, so the principle should work well here as well. In case you cannot afford to hit the sack and need to visit your parents in the morning, or worse, have to go to work, just stand under a cold shower for about 10 seconds. The cold shower will jolt up your system, and help you get through the day. Hit The Sack © iStock Finally, get a night of good, long sleep, for at least seven to eight hours. Your body anyway needs that rest on a regular day, but because of the adventures and revelling that you had been up to all night, it definitely needs more. It does help if you sleep on fresh sheets and a fresh set of clothes. Just ensure that you are all moisturised and hydrated before you hit the sack. That way, your internal systems will get plenty of time to work their magic as you sleep. View the full article
  25. Whatever shape your beard has at the moment, beard neckline cannot be ignored. Having hair on the neckline can look a tad bit unkempt. It is important to give it a shape and for that, you need trimming advice to do it just the right way. Finding your beard neckline can be tricky and if you have been confused for a while about where to begin and how to give it a shape, we are here to tell you that it is super easy! 1. Method 1 Locate your Adam's apple and keep your two fingers above. The top point of your fingers is approximately where the neckline will be. © Istock 2. Method 2 Here's an easier method. Just tilt your head down. The crease where your jaw meets the neck, keep your fingers there. Now, straighten your head. This is the second method to find your neckline. Now that you have finally found a good neckline, you will need the right tools and technique to do the job right. © Istock 1. Using A Beard Trimmer Trimmers are easy to hold and the blades work just fine for beard neckline. You don't need to put a lot of pressure on it and it does its job quite easily. The only thing you need to remember is that you shouldn't trim high. It can make your face look big and won't match well with your beard. Keep your chin high and use the identifying method. Stretch the skin that's under your chin and then start trimming. Don't let your skin bunch up or you could end up hurting yourself. © Istock 2. Setting The Length Remember that you should keep the length of your neckline, shorter than your beard. Make sure you set the trimmer's settings accordingly and then start putting pressure gently with your trimmer. © Istock 3. Following Your Beard Neckline Once you have identified your neckline, you can follow another technique where you will need to visualise. The slightly curved line that goes from your ear lobes to under your jawline will give a good definition. This imaginary line will be near the top of your Adam's apple and it will form a U shape. The trick is to trim everything below this imaginary line. Try it out. © Istock 4. Beard Shaper A beard shaper is a tool that helps in trimming your neckline. This one ensures that the shaving lines are symmetrical. Furthermore, it helps in defining your neckline. All you need to do is use it with the contour of your neck and keep it on the curved side. Hold it along with your neckline, Now, shave the areas above or below this tool. © Istock 5. After Care Once you have trimmed your neckline, it is ideal to take care of your beard's health. The pores will be open once you have trimmed. In such cases, first, wash your face with cold water and then use an alcohol-free aftershave. Make sure you also clean your beard with a beard wash or shampoo. Don't forget to moisturise it with a beard oil as this step will hydrate the beard and the skin below it. © Istock View the full article
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