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Beauty Interview: Ruby

Hi all! Here’s a special beauty interview with my ultra-glamorous friend Ruby! I have known Ruby since we were young girls, and I am thrilled to share her get-gorgeous tips with you. Without further ado:

Meg: Tell us a little about your skincare routine. What are your favorite products?
Ruby: Honestly, as much of disappointment this may be, I just use Dial soap as of right now or whatever soap is lying around at home when it comes to washing my face daily. But when the weekend comes around, when I have more time, I use this mixture of haldi (turmeric powder) and rice powder. I have this tub/jar sitting in my bathroom that consists of a cup of haldi and two cups of rice powder mixed together. I grab about a pinch full and put it in the palm of my hands and then add a little water until it forms a thick paste. I rub that all over my face to scrub off all the dead skin (rice powder) and keep my face glowing (haldi). I just rub it on my face and keep it on for a minute or two and I just wash it off and then if there seems to be some color remaining from the yellow haldi, I’ll just rinse of top with basic soap! I love this process because after it all, I feel so so fresh and my skin literally has this nice glow to it!

Afterwards I put my Aveeno moisturizer with SPF 15 on and my face and my skin care routine is complete! I always make sure to put moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated and feeling fresh.

What are the three most important products in your makeup bag and why?
One of the the three most important products in my makeup bag is definitely my concealer. I need concealer to feel complete about my look! I had really bad acne when I was younger and I have some darks spots remaining that are slowly fading away but not as fast as I wish they would, so concealer really helps cover those spots and give my face a solid consistency.

The second most important product is my eyeliner. Eyeliner gives me the look of being awake. I feel like without it I look tired and with it I get a nice pop! I use liquid eyeliner or gel eyeliner, and honestly the cheaper brands seem to work best when it comes to lasting a long time on my eyes! The way I put it on, I try to get that classic old Bollywood look like Sharmila Tagore had done.

Lastly, bronzer is my final essential. Bronzer allows me to contour the shape of my face and it gives me that look of being sunkissed. I know being “brown” most people would think not to use bronzer, but I use just enough to emphasize certain parts of my face and make my face have a certain glow appeal.

How do you treat and care for your hair?
I really do not do much for my hair. I use basic shampoo and my conditioner is Healthy Sexy Hair, from the product line, Big Sexy Hair. I keep my conditioner in for at least 3 minutes and rinse it out. After, I just simply use a towel to get my hair from soaking wet to just damp. From there, I always put Moroccan Oil (a quarter size amount) in my hair and let my hair air dry. I avoid using the blow dryer to prevent my hair from being damaged.

Where/how did you learn about styling your hair and applying makeup?
Styling my hair and applying makeup… hmm… I have no idea. From experimenting? I know I never learned it from anyone or any tutorials. I just experiment and have fun with it! I tend to get inspired by certain celebrities and then I will try it on my own, but basically it has been all trial and error.

What is your advice for girls who want to make their hair look shiny and full of volume without straight-ironing?
I know the Moroccan Oil has helped me tremendously with shine. Volume is a hard one, since my hair is SO full of volume already (I even have to get my hair thinned, that’s how full it is)! I know from working at a salon that people LOVE dry shampoo (Rockaholic Dry Shampoo). It gives you height and volume and also lets you get away with not washing your hair for an extra day or so!

Have you tried any special beauty treatments like facials, hair coloring, etc.? What did you think?
The only thing I’ve really tried is hair coloring. I went through a crazy phase in high school. I tried to get my hair to be a really nice chocolate brown… I used box coloring… and I soon learned that I should leave hair coloring to the professionals – when it comes to wanting a different color! But otherwise, I do use hair coloring when it comes to getting my hair to a darker color or giving my hair a certain tint to it. And of course my haldi and rice powder concoction lol!

What are your top fashion tips for young Indian women?
Top fashion tips for young Indian women… I honestly think with our skin color, everything, literally everything, looks amazing on us (color wise). Also, I don’t know why this bothers me, but Indian girls… you don’t need to put colored contacts in to look a certain way… being natural is SO beautiful and having dark eyes is such a beautiful thing. Don’t feel like you need to be more westernized with having lighter eyes. Being Indian is such a wonderful thing and it’s something to embrace.

What are the biggest fashion mistakes college-aged girls make, and how can they correct them?
The biggest fashion mistakes college-aged girls make is simply trying too hard. I go to a school where literally the girls get ready everyday as if it’s a fashion show! Keep it simple! You don’t need to wear platform heels going from class to class. Cute knee high boots, leggings, loose top, and some accessories can look amazing and go a long way!

If you could go back in time and give beauty tips to yourself when you were 14 years old, what would you say?
Oh my god! I would tell myself not to glob on all that concealer and BLEND!! I remember this was a crime for every 14 year old!! All the girls would have their concealer only up to their jaw line and you could see the color difference from their neck compared to their face!! Blending is key and I WISH I knew that back then so I didn’t look like a multicolored chick!

What are your tips for Indian women who are interested in hair removal? Do you recommend waxing, threading, depilatory creams, or something else?
From experience, LASER HAIR REMOVAL! Yes, it’s painful and it might take a year or so, but it is SO worth it. You have to go to the right people though because some of them only specialize in lighter hair or lighter skin and might not tell you that… so find someone that really knows about Indian hair and Indian skin tones to receive the best results. All the other stuff like waxing, creams and all are temporary. With laser, you are hair free FOREVER, and that is the dream of any Indian girl!

Thanks, Ruby!

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Beauty is Fun: Eyelash Perming!

One of my favorite things about all things beauty is that there’s always something new to learn about or give a try!  Recently my friend Irene (shown below and interviewed here) went to a Browhaus in Shanghai where I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time and she got her eye lashes permed for the first time.

The whole process took around 30 minutes and was completely pain-free.  And now she has perfectly curled lashes all the time!  On most days she doesn’t use mascara and her lashes still look long and gorgeous.  Last saturday she put on a bit of mascara to go out and the results were dramatic and beautiful.

The perm will last about 4-6 weeks.  I think it’s perfect for girls who want a more natural lash look for day time and don’t like to wear much mascara.

On a related note, I really enjoyed my experience at Browhaus.  It’s a comfortable and well kept salon with skilled associates and very reasonable pricing.  I thought they did a great job threading my eye brows and, most importantly, they were very professional and hygienic about both mine and Irene’s procedures.  Check out there website to see if they have a location near you!  (They have many locations in Asia.)

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Ombre Hair: Love it or Hate it?

Ombre hair is the new “it” hair amongst hollywood starlets and fashion industry darlings.  When the trend first started, my first instinct was “ew”, but, as with many trends, the more I see it the more I’m coming to like it.  I also think that it’s being done a bit better now, many celebrities are trying more subtle ombre effects.

(Rumi Neely courtesy of Fashion Toast)

My favorite Ombre hair girls are Rumi Neely, founder of the super popular style blog Fashion Toast (show above), and Maggie Q’s ultra-subtle Ombre (shown below).

This hair trend is showing no signs of slowing down, especially with fashionable celebrities like Kate Bosworth and Lauren Conrad debuting Ombre hair with colored tips.

While Kate is one of my favorite celebrities, I can’t get behind her strange punk-y turquoise hair.  But I find myself looking contemplatively at Maggie Q’s Ombre do.

What do you guys think?  Would you try Ombre hair?


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Over the weekend I bookmarked at least 4 Li Bing Bing images that I wanted to post about.  She’s really been making her presence known for her new movie Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  We’ll kick off my unofficial Li Bing Bing party with these images from her photoshoot with Chinese In Style.

I don’t know how I feel about these images.  I think her eye makeup looks amazing and her skin, as always, looks flawless, but I am completely distracted by her hair.  It’s much better in the last image where her hair is down, but the messy, braided bun really isn’t working for me.  I don’t think that hairstyle suits the pretty cocktail dresses that she’s wearing.

What do you guys think?

To get her look check out Meg’s winged eyeshadow post and follow LBB’s lead by choosing a MLBB (“my lips but better”) lip color over a nude lip!

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Protein treatments are very popular in haircare to strengthen the hairstrands and prevent breakage of brittle, thin hair. Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut gives the following advice for treating hair: “One should stick more to things that are in your kitchen. You can apply… egg white on your hair for a nice protein treatment. Natural beauty always lasts longer.” (Beauty India). Egg whites are also popularly used as a natural shampoo, leaving oily hair feeling clean and refreshed.

Split a few eggs in half and carefully separate the egg whites from the yolks. Beat the egg whites, and if desired, add a little fresh lemon juice and/or olive oil to the mixture for added benefits. Massage the egg whites into damp hair from the scalp down to the tips. Leave on for a maximum of twenty minutes, and wash out thoroughly.

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Navigating the world of vitamins and supplements can be confusing. Here’s my advice for the vitamins you should be including in your daily routine for healthier, softer, and smoother skin and hair!

If you are not already including vitamins in your health regimen, I strongly advise you start. While eating a healthy diet can provide much of the nutrients you need for the day, we are not always able to get our necessary servings of fruits, vegetables and proteins in on an exacting basis. A daily multivitamin can help fill in the gaps. I recommend One A Day Women’s Multivitamins. It’s specially formulated for women to include the needed amounts of calcium and Vitamin D; it also includes Vitamins A, C, copper, and iron, among other nutrients, to support healthy skin. I take my One A Day at night after dinner. Because it has iron, do not take it on an empty stomach!

For added benefits, I include a Vitamin B-Complex with Vitamin C supplement in the morning. The B vitamins are very important for reducing inflammation, acne, and other skin disorders. It is also great for metabolism and an incredible energy booster. It is so effective at providing energy, in fact, that if I take it later in the day (afternoon or evening), I’ll be up at night, wide awake as an owl!

The added Vitamin C is wonderful for immune support; its anti-oxidant powers are crucial for glowing, bright skin. Vitamin C is also important for building and supporting collagen.

Perhaps the most significant member of my medicine cabinet is fish oil. Since I started taking fish oil- one capsule in the morning, another at night- my skin and hair have improved wonderfully.

My hair, once coarse and prone to split-ends despite copious conditioning and care, is now soft, completely frizz-free, and super healthy! I often don’t even need to use conditioner, it’s that smooth! My skin, which would suffer from the cold and harsh winters from incredibly dryness, now is completely moisturized from within. Even moisturizer is barely necessary for me. I would recommend fish oil for absolutely anyone who has dry skin or dry hair to transform themselves to radiant goodness!

Fish oil is also a popular supplement for acne-sufferers; it can regulate the production of oil in the skin to achieve a healthy balance, clearing up pore blockage and regulating combination skin.

Do you take vitamins and supplements? Let us know your results!

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Supermodel and TV host Padma Lakshmi has been quizzed by America’s leading beauty magazines on the secrets to her long and lustrous raven-black hair. Here’s what she has to say!

“When she wants ’70s-style Farrah Fawcett waves, she plugs in her BaByliss hot curlers. Her trick: First, spritz sections of hair with Pantene volumizer, then roll them up (not under). “I use narrower ones underneath for volume and larger ones on top to create loose, fuller waves,” she says.

When blow-drying, “I use a boar-bristle Mason Pearson brush and put my head upside down,” says Lakshmi. “Anyone with long hair will tell you that her arms get tired otherwise.” Also, “I hold the dryer by the nozzle for more control.”

When the inverted-head blow-dry yields an occasional imperfection, “I fix it with a straightening iron,” she says.” (InStyle)

Padma told Marie Claire that she likes to use Desert Essence JoJoba Oil: “To fight flakes, I microwave a cup of this and massage it into my scalp. My grandmother used to do it on the stove.”

Her last and most surprising beauty tip? Padma admitted to Cosmopolitan that she doesn’t use conditioner! “I have fine hair, but it has a lot of body,” said Padma. “And if I use conditioner, it looks greasy. All I do is shampoo it. And for that I am not particular. I take whatever is on sale, as long as it smells good.”

Love that she is smart enough to tailor her beauty regimen to her own personal needs, instead of following trends.

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