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Use roses to hydrate skin, treat acne and de-stress

Roses have a lot of uses apart from its de-stressing fragrance. From being an ace hydrator to being a healer, experts have rated the rose and its petals high for their uses. Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, and Sonia Mathur, Be…

What are my summer school options

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-uk) Whoop, whoop – school’s out for summer! As much as every parent breathes a sigh of relief after being put through the wringer during the dreaded annual examinations, the euphoria soon turn…

Here’s how you can prepare yourself for wedding season in right way

(Photo:sexy evening dresses) Wedding planning is a hectic activity when one has to pick not only the right date but also the outfit. Looking radiant and picture-perfect on your big day requires prepping well in advance, and this includes o…

Eliza jumps for joy after top 10 finish in national beauty pageant

legged Avoca Beach stunner Eliza Gray is still jumping with joy after dancing her way into the top 10 of Australia’s longest running beauty pageant. The 22-year-old brunette was one of five NSW contestants to make the finals of the Miss Wo…

Vancouver brick-and-mortar clothes retailer weathering latest online storm

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/prom-dresses-uk) One of the biggest shopping days in recent years took place Tuesday: Amazon’s Prime Day sale. In its three years, millions of online deal-hunters have imbued the day with a holiday shoppin…

How To Tackle The Wedding Plus-One Dilemma

Ah the delight that is the guest list - the gift that keeps on giving... headache, after headache. From those who casually ‘forgot’ to RSVP to the dreaded issue of who gets a plus one and who well, doesn’t. The opportunities to cause upset…

SAINT LAURENT IS LAUNCHING A COUTURE TRAINING PROGRAM

As Heidi Klum once said: "In fashion, one day you're in — the next you're out." In the past few years, that maxim has proven itself true again and again, as the game of designer musical chairs plays out in the elite tier of luxury fashion …

‘Event thieves’ invade public functions

(Photo:occasion dresses) Event thieves’ seem to be having a field day at public functions by robbing innocent guests of their precious items. They mainly target high profile weddings, engagements, awards nights and big churches around the …

Nigerian Female Celebs

With the increasing number of male celebrities who have their brands in Nigeria, it would seem that the female celebs also have no plans of being left out as they too make their mark through their own brands. A lot of people mistake a cele…

Models forced to parade in nightclubs

Modelling Association of Zimbabwe regulations stipulate that modelling agencies should not use nightclubs for pageants as that would make models prone to abuse. Models who spoke to NewsDay during the auditions held from Thursday to Saturda…

A.F. Vandevorst

Of all the special materials displayed in A.F. Vandevorst’s show as a guest member on this season’s haute couture schedule, the recurrence of reworked garbage bags seemed particularly noteworthy. But lest anyone detect a disrespectful prov…

Surf brand creates fashion with an environmental benefit

(Photo:graduation gowns) A BYRON Bay surfwear brand's use of a 'wonder' material is ticking "all the boxes". Salt Gypsy Founder Danielle Clayton said her brand has adopted quality surf wear with a minimal environmental impact. "My ideal wo…

‘Key’ed in, for a chic vibe!

(Photo:celebrity dresses) For the past few seasons, cutouts, crop tops and off-the-shoulder silhouettes have reigned supreme as the details du jour. But for some, that’s a lot of skin to show. A different way to flash a little flesh withou…

Powerful boost for bad skin days

(Photo:cocktail dresses) Aivee (IV) Drips are safe, injectable treatments that restore the skin’s energy, vitality and glow fast because they go directly into the vein. The rains are a welcome respite, even as the wet season still feels ho…

Scarf and style

It is a simple, small piece of cloth, but a scarf lends style, fashion and comfort to the wearer. It also has spiritual significance. A scarf worn around the neck, drape around the shoulder or tied around the waist or head makes the wearer…

Prada takes inspiration from graphic novels for Milan show

(Photo:black prom dresses) A fresh breeze buffeted Italy’s fashion capital during the second day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, both literally, bringing relief from the June heat, and figuratively, as young designers took the spotlight. …

Eco-friendly weaves on designs

Raw Mango, Sanjay Garg’s first label, began in 2008 and focused on the Chanderi weave and non-stitched garments. The label ‘Sanjay Garg’ took shape in 2014 and focused on stitched garments. His work honours Indian craftsmanship and his aes…

How To Know If Your Skin Is The Mysterious Sixth Skin Type

We are all acquainted with the skin types oily, dry, sensitive, combination, and normal. But, what if we told you there is a sixth skin type that people rarely talk about? What is it called? Known as dehydrated skin, this skin type is char…

Annabelle Wallis Is Your New Red-Carpet Crush

(Photo:pink prom dresses) British actress Annabelle Wallis appears to be the definition of regal, refined elegance. So when people meet her for the first time, she doesn’t blame them for being, well, a bit thrown off. “I grew up following …

A misty-eyed tribute to the Carnival Queens

(Photo:formal dresses uk) Remember the good old days when Carnival Queens didn’t have to wear a two-piece to bag their crowns? Them were the days, my friend. Years later, the mechanics of beauty pageants have changed considerably and becom…

Confidence is the best accessory

(Photo:one shoulder prom dresses) Priyanka Chopra insists that confidence is the key to rocking any outfit. The actress and former Miss World winner is one of the hottest Hollywood newcomers, landing roles in the ABC thriller Quantico and …

How Acne Helped My Career as a Beauty Editor

Pimples. Acne. Zits. Breakouts. Blemishes. There sure are a lot of synonyms for the same pervasive, irksome thing. And it doesn’t matter how bright your lipstick is or how sharp your winged liner is; when you’ve got a big ol’ zit on your f…

Should you stay or should you go

Having pre-wedding jitters and nerves is normal, but for some people engaged to tie the knot, those doubts are a lot stronger. And yet, many people - for various reasons - decide to marry someone even if they have a niggling feeling that t…

2017 Cannes Film Festival

Flowing down the gardens of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc for the 24th edition of amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS gala on Thursday, the night’s glittering procession of guests including Jessica Chastain, Hailee Baldwin, Bella Hadid, David B…

In Dallas With One of Fashion’s Most Innovative Designers

“I think a lot of people, when they look at my work, they see the future, but what I find interesting is that it is actually all present,” said the 32-year-old Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, who is known for her innovative designs…

Little women stand tall at Dubai fashion show

(Photo:graduation gowns) Like all working mums, Colleen Theriault has her hands full with her 4-year-old son and a full-time career as head baker at a patisserie in the US state of North Carolina. But the 24-year-old is also an advocate fo…

Caitlin and Darren

When this Kiwi and American met as part of the same tour group in Beijing, sparks flew. Both from farming families, the stars most certainly aligned. Darren and Caitlin tied the knot in a timelessly beautiful ceremony at Huka Falls Resort …

Eat your way to perfect skin

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/red-carpet-dresses) The rush of daily life, work-related stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, sun and pollution are the worst enemies of today's humans. When these elements join forces with the incorrect usage …

The Clothes from My Marriage Helped Me Through My Divorce

It was spring when my husband left. Before, as pink cherry blossoms fell brazenly from the trees; I floated around the city in cotton dresses and bright blazers. After, shell-shocked and living in a new reality, I continued to wear those s…

5 Tips For Planning The Ultimate Engagement Party

Congratulations! You’ve found the love of your life and you’ve agreed to spend the rest of your lives together. You’ve most likely announced your engagement to your friends and family and have been inundated with congratulations from your …

Over-sized Clothing Trend

Have you ever seen someone wear oversized clothing? It has become quite a trend over this past year and has hit some students at West Potomac High School. Some students may look at this trend and see it as being bizarre but other see it as…

Remember ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’

LAST December, a simple yet moving documentary that featured the lives of our overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong made it to the Metro Manila Film Festival. The film entitled, “Sunday Beauty Queen,” had a difficult time getting enough t…

Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor style each other in ethereal Sabyasachi creations

Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor are the future reigning queens of Bollywood. Both have inherent charm, star quality and the chutzpah needed to make it big in the industry. There is one more thing common between the two: Both are being ment…

Bhutanese Women Launch Beauty Businesses

(Photo:mermaid prom dresses) When Doma Thapa arrived in Vermont in 2012, she had a high school diploma in hand but wasn't sure she'd find a job. A year later, she told her distant relative Chandra Pokhrel, "Uncle, I want to open my own sto…

The Story Behind Nicki Minaj’s Bold Met Gala Gown

Few stars are as capable of causing a fashion commotion as Nicki Minaj. Whether she goes unapologetically sexy or pares things back, the rap queen knows how to get people talking—and nowhere is that more clear than at the Met Gala. As a re…

Manhattan Beach's Due Menti offers handmade jewelry and headbands

(Photo:prom dress shops) Ashley Rose and Sarah Beran are South Bay residents, business partners, moms, and jewelry designers. Together they created Due Menti – which means two minds in Italian, and have recently begun Maddie & B by Due Men…

Solange's sweat-proof Coachella makeup secrets revealed

(Photo:plus size prom dresses) Singer Solange avoided a makeup meltdown during her sizzling performances at the Coachella festival over the weekend (21-23Apr17) by shunning foundation. The Cranes in the Sky hitmaker's makeup artist Dana De…

Funding the dream

(Photo:short prom dresses uk) Studies have shown that people born in the late 80s and early 90s are different from the rest of us. The all-pervasive Internet, with its constant stream of information has left the millennials exposed to medi…

Fashionista has designs on you

(Photo:red prom dress) Dressed to the nines, Bhavna Pandey is a regular at most film premieres and social soirees in the city. Thanks to her husband Chunky Pandey, she has a loyal clout of B’townies on her friend list — something she hadn’…

The classic bride

(Photo:short prom dresses uk) Are you a bride-to-be? Read on as You! brings the latest bridal trends straight from the fashion runway... Trends are getting bigger and better than ever before. Some are totally over the top and others are ju…

This Model Wore Ryan McGinley’s Suit to Her City Hall Wedding

In the world of weddings, few styles are as chic or elusive as the hard-to-pull-off pantsuit. But most brides, no matter how edgy or avant-garde, play it safe when it comes to strolling down the aisle in trousers. Even Solange Knowles, who…

This Sex Columnist’s Beauty Routine Will Make You Better at Flirting

Writer, documentary-maker, and sex columnist Karley Sciortino’s beauty look is far from dolled-up, caked-on, or high-maintenance. Instead, it’s low-key girl next door with a hint of bombshell allure. “Overall, I would say my beauty-makeup …

London youth bloggers take in Coromandel Peninsula sights

(Photo:one shoulder prom dresses) Three international youth bloggers took in the scenic beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula recently. Cosmo Online digital editor Claire Hodgson, ElenSham.com lifestyle photographer Elena Shamis and Glamour.c…

Cultural Expression at Multicultural Fair

(Photo:cheap prom dresses) Rahima Morshed- Freshman “I have brought an awareness of the joy and color celebrated in the Punjab region this Multi-Fair. This form of celebration is also categorized as a dance form called Bhangra. Bhangra, th…

Africa Miranda’s Brazilian elixir works magic for brown girls

Having an obsession isn’t always a bad thing. It’s what has led Africa Miranda to finding and investing in her passion. The beauty, tech and travel maven has created her own brand of beauty products aptly named Beauty by Africa Miranda. Th…

Beauty hopeful wants to help

(Photo:cocktail dresses uk) A young lady from Khayelitsha is hoping that her dream of becoming a beauty queen will come true. This is despite being eliminated in the late stages of the Miss Commonwealth Teen recently. Makhaya’s Ziyanda Leb…

Skin Tips from an Esthetician

(Photo:red prom dress) The room in the Bethesda office where Susette Lapina gives facials and chemical peels includes spa touches such as soothing music and hot towels. But sun damage and acne, not relaxation, are the top reasons people sc…

Covenant Care 12th annual Art of Fashion

(Photo:short prom dresses uk) Covenant Care’s Art of Fashion Spring Preview Fashion Show is now in its 12th year and “has grown tremendously in size and also in the amount of money raised for Covenant Care’s hospice patients. It’s evolved …

In Soviet Russia, clothes dress you

When it comes to fashion, it seems like the only reliable trend is revival. Fashion today largely borrows from other eras, with only slight updates to differentiate it from its historic counterparts — just look at all the chokers, Brittney…

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Baker

Long time locals Annette and Geoff Cochrane were delighted to celebrate the wedding of their eldest daughter, Jessica, to John Baker. After an 18-month romance, the couple were wed by local celebrant Zaneta Fitzgerald at 4pm, Saturday Febr…