Winter Care

SKIN CARE FOR WINTERS

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Arrival of winters means change in your skin routine or you have to face dry and dull skin. Fret not. Here are some things you can do for healthy, smooth and glowing skin this winter and many more winters to come!

  • Apply humectants like glycerin, almond oil or coconut oil on skin.
  • Cover skin after applying a moisturizer.
  • Never use hot water to bathe in.
  • Add a few drops of almond oil or glycerin to your last rinse just before toweling.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Eat fruits with high water content such as apples, pomegranates and oranges.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.
  • Flaxseeds moisturize body from inside. Include them in your diet.
  • Use aqueous or oil based bath gels.
  • Take 15 drops each of avocado oil and apricot oil and mix with 10 drops of glycerin. Massage with fingers for 15 minutes, then lightly clean face with a warm cloth.
  • Warm pads on eyes will reduce puffiness.
  • Rub fresh tomato puree or juice on your face and wash.
  • A five minute massage with almond and vitamin E oil or cream alleviates redness and leaves the skin soft.

GET LUSCIOUS HAIR IN WINTERS

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Want silky, soft and shiny hair even in winters? Then read on!

  • Ensure a protein rich diet with nutrients like zinc, magnesium, iron and vitamin B.
  • Eat walnuts and almonds.
  • Lightly massage the scalp at least twice a week with castor, olive or coconut oil. The oil should be kept on scalp for 3=4 hours or overnight.
  • Use shampoo that contains vitamin E and natural ingredients.
  • Use an intense hydrating conditioner.
  • Use lukewarm water to wash your hair.
  • Avoid too much color or heat.
  • Shield your hair with a hat, cap or a scarf.
  • Massage the scalp with coconut oil. Leave it on for half an hour beneath a hot towel and then wash it with a mild shampoo to reduce dandruff.
  • Avoid washing your hair more often than needed.

LIP CARE FOR WINTERS

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Goodbye dry, chapped lips.

  • Moisturize your lips on a regular basis to keep them soft and smooth.
  • Use good quality lip oil and apply it at regular intervals.
  • Also, eat a good diet to keep your lips healthy.
  • Always remove lipstick before sleeping.
  • Use olive oil or almond oil as they nourish the lips effectively.
  • Never bite dry skin off the surface of your lips. Instead try to soften them up by using up butter.
  • It is always good to exfoliate your lips with honey and sugar mixed together.
  • A good intake of vitamin B will nourish your lips and prevent cracking. Vitamin B can be found in foods such as green vegetables, eggs, cheese, brown rice etc.

FOOT CARE FOR WINTERS

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  • To cure cracked heels, common in winters, apply a foot care cream with natural ingredients like honey and turmeric.
  • It is important to trim your toe nails.
  • To exfoliate your feet, add a few drops of shower gel in warm water and soak your feet in it. Next, scrub off the dead skin with a soft pumice stone. Pat your feet dry.
  • DIY pedicure: lather up warm water with shampoo and soak your feet. Rub with a pumice stone. Add rose water or aromatic oils to fresh water, wash and moisturize.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize.
  • Use a mixture of glycerin, lemon juice and rose water at night to wake up with soft feet.

With love ❤

Shalu.

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DO YOU FEEL LOST OR ALONE??

Screenshot_2016-01-26-14-58-47-1Have you ever felt lost or alone? Why do people have to feel this way? What’s the point of this all? Millions of people in this world craving  for connections or for specific experiences, yet isolating themselves from everything. Some of us fighting with the exact circumstances. No mattter how pathetic you feel about the situation, you are not alone in that situation. It is your mind telling you lies that you are alone but many people can relate to you.

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The seemingly useless happening adds to something. The evening you spent enjoying with your friend,the nights you spent reading novels or magazines or thinking whether you are good or not.
Honestly, life is too short to spend at war with yourself. The biggest disappointments in life are the unnecessary expectations we make . Letting go to these needless expectations is a step to happiness. All of us do feel lonely at some point of time in life but it doesn’t mean that we are alone struggling  with it.

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You cannot find peace by avoidng life. You have to accept the changes or challenges to grow which either end up giving you what you want or teach you what the next step is. So don’t feel you are lonely because you are not alone,  have faith and accept the changes.

Till then try to stay happy because HAPPINESS IS YOU😊

With love,

Pallavi❤

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You are ENOUGH

Does it not hurt when someone calls you ugly or says that you are not good enough? Even though these are just words but they are rather painful.

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Whether you are in school, college, working or a mother of two, you can find such people everywhere who think that it’s their responsibility to constantly bring you down. They will do everything in their power to make you feel bad about yourself. You will try to ignore them and put a brave face forward. But, when you hear it enough times, there comes a weak moment and in this moment of weakness you actually start believing all of those hurtful and mean things. You begin to question yourself, “what if it’s true?”  “Maybe it’s me.” “I think I’m not good enough.”

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Well, you are not good enough and you will never be for certain people. They will always manage to find flaws in you.

You are either too dark or too pale. You are too fat or too skinny. You get asked to eat a salad or offered a sandwich accordingly. You are a tomboy or too girly. You are a flirt or too shy. You are a slut or a prude. You are too nice or you are a bitch. What is a girl supposed to do then? What is she supposed to be? Lock herself in a box and just die there when time comes? Believe me, people will criticize that too cause they are never satisfied with whatever you do or whoever you try to be.

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Then what?

You have two choices. Believe what people say about you or believe in yourself. Haven’t you heard that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder? You are beautiful and if anyone says otherwise then the problem lies within their eyes.

 

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Yes, you are beautiful and yes, you are enough. Set up alarms if you have to or make flyers and stick them everywhere in your house. If this is what it’s going to take then so be it.

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When you doubt yourself it gives others a chance to doubt you. You are already hurting deep inside and when someone else having nothing else to do points out your so called flaws, it hurts even more. And we don’t want that. YOU don’t want that.

This is not just about being strong. This is about believing in yourself because when you do, no one can bring you down no matter how hard they try.

Don’t feed lies to yourself. You are beautiful and you are enough. Period.

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So the next time when someone says otherwise, then keep your head high, look that person in the eye and smile. Now this smile will be really powerful because it will be full of belief- a belief in yourself that you are enough.

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With love ❤

Shalu.

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Say goodbye to belly fat

No one likes having that extra flab around their midsection. It is easy to build unwanted fat around your waistline. But you can shed it easily by doing some simple exercises for just 15 minutes daily.

CRUNCHES

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Crunches are very effective in reducing that extra fat from your belly and making it slimmer.

BICYCLE CRUNCHES

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A variation of simple crunches, bicycle crunches help in reducing belly fat from lower abdomen.

CYCLING

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Cycling is also very effective in reducing not just fat from your belly but your entire body.

WALKING

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A brisk walk acts as a good warm up and is the best way of reducing fat from your entire body.

Do 10 sets each of crunches and bicycle crunches. You can also add running along with your brisk walk for added benefits.

You’ll be able to shed that extra fat from your belly but it’ll take time. So don’t lose hope and don’t give up just after a few workouts.

Good luck and stay happy cos’ HAPPINESS IS YOU!

With love ❤

Pallavi.

DISCLAIMER: All of the images used in this post are taken from google. None of these are owned by us.

Things i wish i could tell my younger self

I turned 21 this month and believe me when I say I already feel old.  I’m changing and growing up with each passing moment and maybe that’s the reason I feel full of wisdom as compared to my older self. So while basking in this “I’m-all-grown-up-now” glory, I decided to share a few words of wisdom with my 13-year old self. Only if there was a time machine!

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  1. Growing up ain’t fun.

Believe me when I say this. Enjoy being a kid as much as you can. It’s completely fine if adults don’t take you seriously or you have to do homework. At least you don’t have to worry about bills, mortgage or getting a job.

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  1. Being cool does not mean being a jerk.

You want to roll with the cool kids. I totally get it. But being mean and rude isn’t cool. And please don’t play dumb and don’t fail on purpose to be ‘like’ them. Not cool.

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  1. Be proud of who you’re.

You should embrace your true self with all the qualities and all the flaws. ‘You’ matter and not somebody’s  opinion of you.

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  1. You’re beautiful.

Kids in school can be real mean. They call you names but don’t you listen to them. They are a bunch of foul mouthed little punks. Don’t believe what those bullies say. You’re beautiful and you have an amazing heart. If those kids can’t see it, it’s their loss. Huge loss.

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  1. No, it’s not love.

Your body is changing. You are feeling what  you never felt before. Hold your horses. That jerk who treats you like dirt isn’t ‘the one’. He is definitely not your true love. It’s the hormones talking. Relax!

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  1. It’s okay if you don’t have many friends or any friends.

You’ll make friends one day. Don’t worry. Nothing’s wrong with you. You just have not met the right kind of people.

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  1. Don’t change for the world.

Because when you act or pretend to be someone you’re not, you lose your true identity somewhere in between.  Don’t you ever change to please someone as you’re amazing just the way you are.

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With love ❤

Shalu.

DISCLAIMER: The images and gifs used in this post are not owned by us.

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Stress can be managed and we tell you how

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Amidst beauty, skincare, fashion and health, there’s one thing that we often forget – stress. Healthy living is incomplete if you don’t have a healthy mind.

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Stress affects:

  • Sleep
  • Metabolism
  • Skin quality and elasticity
  • Digestion
  • Where your body stores fat and how much
  • Performance and recovery while exercising
  • Energy levels
  • Immune system
  • Mental/emotional health

Since, we have your attention now, let’s talk about stress management. Yes,  stress can be managed and we tell you how.

  • Know your stress to manage it.

Yes, stress has types. Mainly two. One, the type of stress you can control like the quality of food you eat and the amount of exercise you do. Two, the type of stress you cannot control like where you live, weather, having to work and earn money. You have to focus on the stress you can control.

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  • Find your biggest stressor.

Sit back and focus. What is that one thing that bothers you the most? What is your biggest stressor?  Once you have found the culprit, we can easily move towards our next step.

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  • Pick your activity.

Since you have identified your stress, it’s time to beat it. Pick any of the stress management activity of your choice and get going.

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We have a few suggestions for you:

  • Drawing, coloring, painting
  • Learning a new language
  • Playing an instrument
  • Walking/hiking
  • Sitting in the park
  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Light yoga

So, go on and beat the hell out of stress and stay happy cos HAPPINESS IS YOU.

With love ❤

Shalu.

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#LifeHacks Thoughts you need to say Goodbye to

For significant self improvement, you need to say goodbye to these thoughts.

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When you talk to yourself,  what do you say? Do you motivate yourself with kind, empowering words like you do when you speak to your loved ones, or are they more negative? Many people attack themselves on a daily basis in their own minds, which can ruin their self confidence. Check out these thoughts that you need to say goodbye to so that you can focus on self improvement.

  • “It’s too late to do anything about it now .”

Whether you are 16 or 60, you can always change and improve. Often inner peace and strength are gained through a lifetime of learning,  and these skills can completely change your outlook on life. Remember that you are a work in progress.

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  • “None of this is my fault, it’s their fault. “

It is very easy to blame others for everything,  because you don’t have to do anything yourself. If you don’t change or improve, so more than anything,  you won’t grow. Accept responsibility for your mistakes so that you can improve your life and find happiness.

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  • ” I wish today was over”.

Sometimes you will do something that feels like a waste of time, but later turns out to be one of the best decisions you ever made . Do not wish your days away- you never know when the next amazing thing will happen. So throw yourself into experiencing  and enjoying every day.

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  • “I want to be comfortable- being uncomfortable is scary”.

Outside of the comfort zone is where great things happen. Say goodbye to this thought by taking risks and putting yourself out there will help you reach your full potential and to grow as a person.

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  • “I have lost too much to continue”.

One perspective; I have lost everything and it is awful.  Another perspective;  now I have nothing, I am truly free to try anything without the chance of losing everything.  Life is all about mind set. If you choose to be fearful your choices will be limited. Say goodbye to this thought by choosing to be strong and brave,opening up endless possibilities.

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Good luck!!

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With love ❤

Pallavi.

 

DISCLAIMER: All the images used in this post are taken from pinterest. Gifs are taken from tumblr, giphy. None of these are owned by us.

 

The Lovely Blogger Award

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Thanks to the beautiful and lovely Kelsey Dawn for nominating us for THE LOVELY BLOGGER Award. We’re beyond happy. Thank you for showing us this much support and love.

The rules for award acceptance are: 

Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them (including a link to their blog). They must list the rules and post the blog award badge in the post.

They must add 7 facts about themselves.

They must nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated.

7 facts about us:

  1. This blog is the brainchild of two best friends – Shalu and Pallavi and is run by both of them.
  2. We went to college together.
  3. We have dedicated this blog entirely to girls and we hope that soon with love and support from our sisters  HAPPINESS IS YOU will become a community, a support system.
  4. We’ve never run a blog before.
  5. We both are somewhat good at art.
  6. We love shopping.
  7. Sometimes we try our hand at photography too.

And we nominate:

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The View from the Porch

Maelle Leona

georgina rose

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that canadian girl

RV Travel

Th Glamorous Teacher

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Riya Hearts

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Style on Board

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We’re humbled to be nominated. Our best wishes to all of you. Don’t forget to check out Kelsey Dawn’s wonderful blog.

With love, ❤

Shalu and Pallavi.

 

It’s the year of the BOB

2015 was ruled by the BOB. The short hair fever gripped one celebrity at a time and it’s still going on strong. We bring to you different kinds of bob to help you up your hair game. So, are you ready?

FAUX BOB

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CLASSIC BLUNT BOB

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LONG BOB

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WAVY BOB

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ASYMMETRIC BOB

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Go cut your mane short!

With love ❤

Shalu.

DISCLAIMER: All of the images used in this post are taken from pinterest. None of these are owned by us.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.

Friedrich Schiller

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from fulfillment to intense joy.

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 Happy he who learns to bear what cannot change is not merely a quote but a reality. When you accept the reality and start moving ahead in your life with that reality, you can become happy and mentally content with your own actions.

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 In life there are many things that might sadden you but it does not mean that you end up living a depressed life.

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Here are a few tips that will help you overcome your sadness.

  • Whenever you feel sad or depressed, try to do things that you like. it can be sleeping, reading a book, going out, listening to music, watching your favorite show on netflix or any other thing you like to do.

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  • After a period of time when you feel relaxed, accept that particular life experience which according to you was not that good. Assess your situation and start taking steps to overcome it.

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  • You had a bad experience. Try to find the good in it. Ask yourself what went wrong and most importantly what did you learn?

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  • When you start taking things in a positive way, you start feeling happy.

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So take things in a positive way, make yourself happy cos’ HAPPINESS IS YOU!

With love ,3

Pallavi.

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