Mangoes are amazing!!

Mangoes

As the temperature rises, one thing that I that I think of is Mangoes. I love this summer fruit. Apart from being sweet this fruit comes with loads of benefits. Mangoes are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I guess that’s why it’s is called “King of fruits”.

Rich with Antioxidants – Antioxidants help cell rejuvenation and cell repair. It helps fight cancer, detoxify skin and also prevent acne. These antioxidants help delay skin aging and pigmentation.

Rich in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene – being rich is vitamin A; which is a very important vitamin for eyes; it helps protect eyesight. Both these vitamins help the skin tremendously. It reduces dark spots, blemishes, rejuvenates, revives the skin and brings the glow back to the skin. Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for maintaining a healthy skin and complexion as well as the integrity of mucous membranes.

High amount of Fiber and Vitamin C: it helps control cholesterol level by eliminating the Low Density Lipoprotein. Vitamin C is very good for skin. Helps heal any blemishes and provides a clear and glowing complexion. Fibers help in good bowel movement and this in turn helps increase metabolic rate.

 

Some more benefits of Mangoes and how you can put mango as a part of beauty routine:

–          Mango skin is a great de-tanning agent. You can rub your face and hands with the skin of a ripe or raw mango and apply some milk cream on it. Wash off with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes. Doing this at least twice or thrice a week will reduce tanning drastically. Regular consumption of mangoes provides you with a fair and smooth skin.

–          Mango skin is also beneficial in reducing dark spots. For this purpose, you can make a powder from the sun dried mango skin and mix it with a teaspoon of yoghurt. Using this as face pack will reduce dark spots, blemishes and add a golden glow to your complexion.

–          This might appear a bit surprising but mangoes can be used to remove blackheads. For this purpose, prepare a scrub by mixing a teaspoon of mango pulp, half a teaspoon of milk or milk powder and honey. Rub it all over your face in circular motion. This will help in removing dead skin and blackheads, thus adding a glow to your face.

–          Raw mango juice is an excellent astringent that can remove acne. You can boil a slice of a baby mango or raw mango in water and use this water on your face as an acne remover.

–          To cleanse your skin, take a teaspoon of wheat flour and add mango pulp to it. This acts as a perfect cleanser by reaching your pores and cleaning them from deep within.

–          You can prepare an exfoliating mask by blending ¼ of a peeled mango, 2 spoons of whole milk, powdered almonds and crushed oats in a blender. Apply this on your face and neck for 20 minutes and rinse in lukewarm water.

Now that you all know so much about mangoes, go get some and gain as you enjoy this amazing fruit!

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Colorbar Cheek Illusion Blush-Pink Pinch Review

Colorbar Cheek Illusion Blush-Pink Pinch

I was looking at a not so expensive blush which doesn’t have a lot of shimmer and since I have never tried any products from Colorbar till now, I gave it a go.

I looked at a lot of blushes in the Colorbar counter and then settled on the Colorbar Cheek Illusion Blush-Pink Pinch blush.

Colorbar Cheek Illusion Blush-Pink Pinch

Quantity: 4 gms

Ingredients:

Talc,mica,dimethicone,octyldodecyl,steraolystearte,fluorphologopite,isostearyl,neopentanoate,zinc stearate,ascorbyl,palmitate,caprylyl glycol, citric acid,glyceryl, oleatae,glycerly stearate,hexylene,glycol,isopropyl,isostearate,lecithin, phenoxyethanol,polybutene,tinoxide,tocopherol

Colorbar Cheek Illusion Blush-Pink Pinch

Color – the color is nice muted rosy pink. It’s not too pale and neither too bright. The color is such that it will look good on all Indian skin tones. The blush has a matte finish and can be used daily. It’s highly pigmented and small amount on the brush goes a long way. You have to use a very light hand while applying the blush or it looks really dark and unnatural.

The texture is smooth, light and silky. It’s velvety, blends really well.

Staying power of the blush is around 5 hrs., after which it just vanishes.

Colorbar Cheek Illusion Blush-Pink Pinch

Packaging is good. It comes in a plastic case with a transparent cover. It’s nice for travelling. It looks really sleek and trendy

I liked the blush for an everyday wear. I’m not sure if I will repurchase this product. Overall I will give it a rating of 4/5.

Chewing gum has benefits!!!

Chewing gum! Chewing gum

 

I’m someone who chews gum all the time! It helps me manage stress and keep me awake (especially during a boring meeting or training). I never knew that chewing gum has benefits. The only benefit that I knew was that it’s a good workout for the facial muscles. I thought it will be a good idea to share the list of benefits with all of you!!

Chewing gum helps improve oral health –

Research shows that chewing gum improves oral health and teeth specifically. Chewing gum increases saliva, which important component of oral health and powerful protector of the oral cavity. Stimulated saliva corrects a potentially harmful environment using its high concentration of buffers, minerals and antibacterial components. That helps to flush sugars, food debris and decay-causing acids out of the mouth.

Chewing sugar free gum brings about a lot of dental benefits. Sugar free chewing gum doesn’t cause tooth decay. It demineralizes tooth enamel and has an antimicrobial effect. Those who chewed sugar free gum after eating had fewer cavities than those who did not.

Chewing gum helps freshens breath, whitens teeth by reducing stains and preventing stains from accumulating and reduces plaque.

Chewing gum improves digestion –

Chewing gum helps to improve intestinal motility, also helps to increase saliva flow which promotes more frequent swallowing. This helps to prevent reflux of acid from the stomach back into the throat.

Chewing gum improves memory –

Researchers say, the chewing gum can help in improving memory and enhance cognitive powers. It seems that chewing gum is actually good for brain.

The Japanese research published in the journal Brain and Cognition suggests as many as eight areas of the brain are affected by the simple act of chewing.

The act of continuous chewing or moving of our jaw actually improves our memory. The activity in the area of our brain that is important for memory (the hippocampus) increases while people chew. Some research shows that insulin receptors in the hippocampus may be involved in memory. Chewing gum increases the glucose level which is body-and-mind fuel.

They found that people who chewed throughout tests produced significantly better scores than people who did not. There are a number of potential explanations for that.

One theory to explain the greater performance is that chewing increases arousal and leads to temporary improvements in blood flow to the brain.

Chewing gum helping to manage weight –

According to some studies the adults who chewed the gum ate 36 calories less of the snack than adults who did not chew gum. Both regular and sugar free chewing gum helped the adults to eat less.

The physical act of gum chewing may help to reduce your cravings for high calorie snacks. According to a group of scientists chewing gum can burn about 11 calories per hour.

Chewing gum reduces symptoms of stress –

Psychiatrists and psychologists believe that chewing gum reduce tension and help to release nervous energy. Chewing gum may provide an outlet for frustration and irritation.

Recent research has shown that the rhythmic motion of chewing gum has a stress-reducing effect because relaxed and satisfied feelings

Sunday pampering – Swedish body massage

Swedish Massage

 

I’m not someone who indulges in a body massage very often; maybe twice at the maximum per year. This Sunday I decided to get a massage done as my upper back has been in a bad shape for the past few weeks. A friend suggested that the Swedish body massage is the best to relieve aches and pains.

What is Swedish body massage and why is this technique called Swedish massage?

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839)at the University of Stockholm.

In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage.

Duration – generally it’s for 75 to 90 minutes, this duration gives the therapist time to work on the muscle and achieve desired results.

What Happens During a Swedish massage?

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist should ask you about any injuries or other conditions that he or she should know about. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

I would recommend this to anyone who has pains in a specific area. It did wonders for my upper back pain and tension in my neck.

I went to the O2 spa at Novatel in Hyderabad. I was given an amazing experience. I would recommend the O2 spa for an amazing experience. The therapists are highly skilled and make you feel very comfortable.

 

Reference: http://spas.about.com/od/swedishmassage/a/Swedish.htm

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Relentlessly Red Review

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I got a phone call from MAC store sometime back when the Viva Glam Rihanna was launched and I rushed to the store to buy one lipstick but then something magical happened, I saw the a color that I just could not stop staring: what I saw was Relentlessly Red lipstick. I tried it and something happened. I just could not stop looking at myself and slowly I realized that there were two other girls who were looking at me or maybe the lipstick. So like any other lipstick lover, I bought it!

Relentlessly Red

Relentlessly Red is a bight coral pink shade. The color is amazing and looks great on all Indian skin tones, for someone who is fair to medium it looks like a coral pink shade but someone who is a little dark it looks redder. It instantly brightens up the face. The color is highly pigmented. Single swipe gives a very opaque coverage.

Relentlessly Red

Every time I wear this lipstick I just wear a thick coat of mascara and little bit of coral blush. The lipstick is such a nice color that it just makes all the difference.

Retro matt finish they say is very drying, but I did not find it so drying on my lips. The finish is rather comfortable. The lipstick as such is a little dry, so a little pressure is required to apply the color.

The staying power is amazing, the color stays for almost 7 hours, even when it wears off it leaves a pink stain. It does look a little flaky after a long day. Removing it is a challenge. I have to use olive oil or baby oil to remove it.

You must exfoliate and moisturize your lips before you apply this lipstick.

I think this is a must have color by all Indian girls. I rate it 4.9/5. I’m very happy I bought it!

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