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Katy Perry Gets Glam for GHD


ImageOct 2, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

Katy Perry ditched her rainbow strands for shiny long locks to pose in the new ad campaign forGHD hair products, out now. The black and white images show a sophisticated and sexy Perry in get-glam moments around the studio, like in the dressing room, on the directors chair, and at a makeup vanity. So glamorous! See more celebrities take their turn at modeling by clicking through the gallery.


8 Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite


ImageWhen you’re half naked on the beach, the last thing you want to worry about is cellulite. But don’t let dimply skin keep you from slipping on your swimsuit. Instead, stop cellulite—or at least camouflage it—with these tips and products.

First, Understand It

Cellulite sucks because, well, if your mom has it, chances are you do too (aka it’s genetic). Lumpy, bumpy skin is caused when fat presses up against the vertical connective tissue that surrounds fat cells in our thighs, for example. This creates a bulging of the cells, resulting in a dimpled effect (picture your skin pushing through fishnet stockings).

But even if it runs in your family, there are ways to minimize its appearance…

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet plays an important role in keeping the signs of cellulite at bay. Eat plenty of fiber and whole grain foods (such as bran and oat cereals), since they help to remove waste and toxins from the intestinal tract, as well as fruits and vegetables.

Also, drink plenty of agua. If you increase your daily intake of water, your body will begin to shed its excess fat, including the fat stored as cellulite. The water will also help strengthen the collagen in your skin, helping to reduce the lumpy look.

Exercise Regularly

Since cellulite is fat, excess weight can contribute to it. That’s why it’s important to engage in physical exercise like walking, jogging, swimming, yoga, etc., several times a week.

Massage Your Trouble Spot

This sudser has multiple nubs on it that allow you to massage cellulite, stimulating circulation and breaking up fluids beneath your skin, leaving a more even appearance. Bliss Fat Girl Soap, $18, sephora.com also exfoliates away dead cells and contains caffeine to help tighten skin.

Use an Exfoliator

If massage nubs aren’t quite your thing, spring for a caffeine-filled body scrub and pay special attention to your area of concern.

When used topically, a ground coffee exfoliant, like B3 Barista Bath and Body One Lump or Two Coffee, Sea Salt, and Tubinado Sugar Body Scrub, $28, b3products.com, promises to break up fatty deposits as you massage it into your skin. It also tightens it up with caffeine, and hydrates and plumps your skin with avocado oil

Smooth on a Serum

Blast cellulite with a serum, like Nivea Skin Firming Cellulite Serum with Q10, $10.20, amazon.com.

When used daily, this ultra-concentrated formula with L-Carnitine, lotus leaf extract, and Coenzyme Q10 helps reduce the signs of dimpling in as little at 10 days.

Wear Slimming
Workout Gear

Whether or not you’re wearing a swimsuit, form-fitting clothes—especially spandex—can highlight cellulite.

When you’re working out, minimize the look of dimpling with Proskins Slim Cycle Shorts, $95, amazon.com. Not only do they provide an instant slimming effect, they’re also infused with ingredients like retinol, vitamin E, and caffeine that help tighten and hydrate skin, leaving your legs looking less lumpy after you take them off

Use Self Tanner

Since there’s no cure for cellulite (you can just minimize its appearance with products that take time to work), the quickest fix to camouflage lumpy skin is self tanner. Slather on St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $38.50, amazon.com to disguise your dimples in a flash./cosmopolitan.com


Prada’s New Shoes Are Hot Rods for Feet


Shoes can propel any look from boring to bold, especially when they have flames shooting off of the back.

Prada‘s latest shoes are inspired from the American tail fin era of the 1950s, when bright colors and souped up cars were all the rage.

The flames, shooting out the back of the shoes, resemble the tailpipe of a Cadillac.  The bold design of the shoes mimics the chrome metal work of the car.  The shoes, which range in price from $900 to $1,500, are quickly selling out of stores.  For those hoping to snag a pair, they can find them online in most sizes.

SLIDESHOW:  Prada’s Hot Rod Shoes Collection

“Women and Cars” is the theme for Miuccia Prada‘s latest spring/summer 2012 collection featuring the shoes and other vintage-inspired clothing.  The campaign images were shot by Steven Meisel, featuring the models atop vintage cars set at a 50’s-style American gas station.Image by akshay


10 ways to maintain weight loss



You’ve worked hard to shed those extra kilos – sweating it out at the gym, denying yourself cheese and chocolates – but, it’s not over yet.

Most people once they have achieved their target weight fall back into old habits and pile on the kilos within months after losing them. This yo-yo approach to weight loss has its own drawbacks, for one it increases the risk of having a heart attack and secondly, it leads to loose and baggy skin. So, follow the ideas enumerated below to keep those kilos off for good!Image

Count your calories

It’s always a good idea to keep a food diary and record what, when and how much you eat. That way you can go back and learn from your mistakes. Don’t eat lots of high calorie food in one day, balance your meals. For example, if you’re going out for a big lunch, eat low calorie yet filling foods for breakfast and have a light dinner with the focus on soup and salad.Image

Try yoga

If you are tired of your regular exercise that you followed while on the weight loss plan, do something different to up your metabolic rate. Try joining a yoga class in the morning or even spinning or pilates. Do whatever interests you so that you won’t shy away from it.Image

Ditch those bad habits

Eating fried snacks or salted cashews at night, popping chocolates at any given hour, mindless munching while in front of the television will all reverse your hard work if done habitually. Stay away from the cookie jar and ask your spouse or family member to remind you of your goals if you head for some high calorie comfort food. Better still don’t keep it in the house.Image

Sip water

Whenever the urge to snack arises, sip a glass of water instead. We frequently confuse thirst with hunger. Also if you drink up before your dinner, you are more likely to eat less.Image

Keep yourself in a positive frame of mind

Most of us tend to binge when we’re upset with something or have had a tiff with our spouse. Make it a point to not eat when upset as you will definitely eat more than you intended.Image

Treat yourself occasionally

As a rule eat as much healthy food as you can, so that you can indulge yourself when you really have that craving for a chocolate cake. Follow the 80/20 rule. If you’re eating healthy about 80 per cent of the time, you can ease up for about 20 per cent of the remaining time.Image

Learn to tell portion size

When eating out, notice how big or small the portions are at a restaurant. Avoid going to places that serve large portions, frequent those serving medium sized ones to keep in good shape.Image

Watch the scale weekly

Keeping track of your weight about once a week gives you a clue to whether you’ve lost or gained weight before it goes out of control. If you have gained, you will likely make up by modifying your diet and cutting back on calories.Image

Eat five small meals instead of three large ones

You may have heard this one before but it is so important that we reiterate – eating every three to four hours prevents you from getting extremely hungry and then binging; it also maintains your blood sugar at a steady level so you don’t get hunger attacks!

So go ahead, tweak your habits and maintaining your optimum weight will be a piece of cake!



Things to check before you start driving a car.


Things to check before you start driving a car.

What: Things to check before you start driving a car.

Why: You don’t enjoy being late or being stuck due to vehicle breakdown – do you?

When: Every time you start the car – Or at least before the first start of the day.

Skill Level: All you need is a little observation and of course you need to remember this simple checklist.
The checklist:

From Outside:

– Start by checking whether the tyres are properly inflated – it is always better if you have a pressure gauge, but in any case just check if the pressure is visibly low in any of the tyres. It is also advisable to properly check tyres every fortnight and re-inflate them (including spare tyre) to their recommended pressures. You can also lightly kick a tyre or two – not only to make you feel a little better about the task, but also for the good luck charm!

– Thoroughly check under your car and in some case even on top, for stray dogs and cats. Why? Well, I don’t think we need an explanation for this one!

– If you are one of those souls who frequently park their car in the public parking spaces – which, by the way are almost non-existent these days – then you will know better about the unwanted ads and pamphlets that are forcefully stuck under your wiper blades / mirror housings / door-handles etc. Please check and thrown them away (in the bins people, keep thy city clean!) before getting inside the car. Needless to say it is very irritating to step out for this reason.

– You might as well want to check if it is your car and this bit is really simple – it will open and more importantly start with your key. No, believe us, we have come across people who end up unlocking someone else’s car and not realising it until they actually get inside!
On the Inside:

– Check and adjust your seat position and also adjust the rear view mirrors. Get an ergonomically comfortable driving position is of utmost importance.

– Before you turn-on the engine, check if A/C, headlights and other electronics are shut-off – your car will mostly start trouble free even with these on, but then they will certainly affect your car battery’s life and in most modern cars – it could ruin the vital electricals too.

– After you turn-on the ignition, wait for all warning lights in the instrument cluster to illuminate before starting the car. Once you start the car all the lights should disappear in a moment except handbrake warning light. (Hope you pull the handbrake, every time you park your car –of course, that is a different checklist – “things to do when you park your car”). In case any light remains on like Oil level indicator or battery, get you car checked from an authorised service centre.
– This might sound a little silly, but can be a lot of pain if ignored. Always do remember to check if there is enough fuel in the car to at least reach the nearest fuel station.

– Now the last thing to do is to ensure that all headlamp and indicator bulbs are working fine; and though we suggest that the usage of horn should be minimal, it is still important to check that it is working – as we still drive on the great Indian roads!