#Beauty #hacks for #winter #wedding

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-4-12-07-pmAmongst all the bridal make-up tips, getting your skin to look healthy and glowing on the wedding day is very important. Simply taking care of it a week before the day is not enough. Your skin needs time to take in nourishment and treatments, says an expert.

Kalpana Sharma, make-up artist from The Body Shop, has listed some tips on bridal make-up in winter.

– Overdoing the treatments may lead to further damage. Make time for yourself and indulge in the treatments at least six weeks prior to the ceremony to give your skin time to work. In winters, the face has a tendency to look darker and duller due to dryness in the atmosphere. So, you should use and apply the right foundation to look flawless and patch less.

– Indian brides love to use bold and bright colours for their marriage ceremonies. In order to obtain a long-lasting look, you should start by cleansing your face well. Prime up your skin two minutes post moisturising and blend it well. This helps to keep your concealer and foundation in place, and keeps the make-up intact for long hours.

Moisture foundation would be a good option for smooth and even coverage than a matte finish.

– Use a highlighter instead of shimmer or glitter. The main attempt should be to make the skin appear glowing and not shimmery. Highlight the bridge of the nose, the chin, the forehead and the higher planes of the face.

– Indian brides love gold eye make-up since it goes well with their red, fuchsia, or green lehengas, ghagras, or heavy saris. So, if you want to play it safe, this is the colour to go with. You can also use golden eyeshadow instead of silver for the brow bones.

– If you have the ceremonies during the day, then keep the make-up minimal and opt for a more natural look. If you are going for a night time wedding, keep the make-up heavy and add more colours. If you have a morning wedding, choose pastel shades for the eye make-up.

– Use a lip balm each time you feel your lips are dry. Do not lick or bite your lips. This will dry the lips and cause them to become chapped and flaky.

10 myths about #mental #illnesses you must #debunk

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-2-42-54-pmDespite the escalating numbers of patients suffering from mental health illnesses in urban India, this topic is more or less taboo and discussed only in hush-hush tones. Statistics state that around seven per cent of Indians suffer from mental health issues and it is an issue that cannot be ignored. The unwarranted social stigma related to this is one of the reasons that led to such myths. There are too many myths surrounding mental illnesses. We spoke to psychiatrists and clinical psychologists to get a low-down on this…

1 Myth: Only very few people suffer from mental health problems

Fact: Psychiatrists and psychologists say that cases of mental illnesses have only increased in the last few years. It does affect many people. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Kersi Chavda says, “Disorders like depression occur in as much as 20 per cent of certain populations.” Clinical psychologist Seema Hingoranny states, “Since the past three years, there has been a 30 to 35 per cent increase in my patients. Where earlier I was getting around three to four clients a day, I now have around ten almost.”

2 Myth: Once a psychiatric patient, always a psychiatric patient

Fact: Dr Kersi says, “More than 70 per cent mentally ill people make very good recoveries and can lead normal lives.” A lot of research is being done in the field of psychology and there are various kinds of treatments for all the different kinds of mental illnesses. And also, there have been numerous cases of people recovering completely and leading a normal life, thanks to the sophisticated treatments.

3 Myth: Kids don’t do through mental health problems

Fact: Children do have mental health problems. Seema says, “Some of my young patients have a genetic predisposition to depression. There are some who suffer from attention deficit disorders, while others whose response to the environment is highly sensitive. These children do need treatment and they respond quite well to it as well. In fact, they are more accepting about therapy than those who are in their 40s and 50s.”

4 Myth: Blame the parents if the child has a mental health issue

Fact: Mental disorders could be caused due to many reasons – environmental factors, genetic predispositions, biological factors, chemical imbalances, prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs, stressful events. Abusive treatment or neglect by parents could lead to problems but that is not the only cause, say experts.

5 Myth: People can ‘snap out’ of depression and other disorders

Fact: Mental health professionals state that mental disorders are serious issues that have to be treated by professional doctors and therapists. And depression is a very serious mental disorder that needs treatment urgently. Dr Kersi says, “Depression should be treated only by medication and counselling.” Seema explains, “Depression has nothing to do with the character of a person – it is definitely not a character flaw. And people who are actually suffering from it cannot just ‘snap out’ of it. This disorder needs thorough treatment – just like a dental problem needs a dentist or a heart problem needs a cardiologist. Depression needs therapy, yoga mediation and medicines – it differs from case to case.”

6 Myth: Addiction is a lifestyle choice and shows a lack of willpower

Fact: There are a lot of factors that affect a person and make him an addict. It could be like underlying psychological or psychiatric conditions that have made him pick up the bad habit and it is not easy for that person to give up addiction unless the causal factors are not treated. They cannot give it up easily without medicines and regular therapy.

7 Myth: Therapy is a waste of time. Pills work best

Fact: Though there are many people who believe in this, most do not realise that this is far from the truth. Seema says, “Emotions cannot get better with pills. These can only be used to illnesses with treat hormonal and genetic predispositions. Trauma cannot get cured without therapy. ”

8 Myth: Mental disorders are caused by black magic, evil nazar or past life karma

Fact: Dr Kersi says, “Mental disorders have a basis on biochemical, structural and genetic bases.”

9. Myth: Medication continues for life.

Fact: Dr Kersi says, “First episodes of mental disorders usually need medication for around a year. Recurrent, inappropriate medicine intake might require it for longer time periods. And most medication work towards making you function better than before.”

10. Getting married treats mental issues

Fact: That is certainly not true state experts. “The stress associated with a new relationship may actually aggravate mental health problems,” states Dr Kersi.

Types of #students you meet at #college #fests

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-2-32-44-pmStudents look forward to this time of the year — the period between Diwali and Christmas vacations — as it completely belongs to them with the spurt of college festivals around this time. While some are a part of the organising committee, others gear up to perform, and then there are those who watch. With so much happening during college festivals, one comes across all kinds of personalities — from college loyalists to social butterflies. A look at a few of them…

  • The ‘I’m in my last year’ nostalgics

Since it’s the last year in college, they are high on the college spirit. You can recognise them from this expression, ‘Man, I’m going to miss this.’ They are constantly getting nostalgic about their good ‘ol days and get sentimental about how they will miss being a part of the core committee. These nostalgics encourage their juniors to live up to their name and hand out gyaan on consequential (and inconsequential matters). They are harmless, so bear with them.

  • The hoity-toity lot

Dressed to the hilt, manicured nails, make-up on spot and flanked by few friends (um, sidekicks?) — they are the cynosure of all eyes wherever they go. Any road they take ends up becoming their ramp. Loud at times, they have a touch-me-not vibe around them.

  • Aspiring Photogs
They may not be the official photographers for the fest, but are armed with their DSLRs. They think it is their responsibility to document the fest. In turn, they end up building up their portfolio. Often, many ‘candid’ profile pictures, ‘moments’ or ‘happiness is’ posts on their friends’ social media pages are all thanks to them!
  • Floating Spectre

They are not really participating in any event whatsoever, but you will see them floating at all events. They are either looking down at the people around them or rating performances and participants.

  • The social networkers

You can see their kind in various avatars — as volunteers in a loose tee at the venue, as participants at a workshop and the ones, who walk up to their friends dramatically as they sing. They make the most of everything — be it in the event or in making contacts. ‘Neath that social and affable nature personality is a person who wants to make the right connection.

  • The energisers
Their face reads, ‘I’m here to support my team’. You can recognise them from their competitive demeanour and running around. They at times don the role of contingent leaders, who bang the registration desk for one more OTSE (on the spot entry) or as slogan masters who shout out stuff like, ek, do, teen chaar, jeetenge hamaare yaar… At the end of the fest, you find them nursing sore throats — the result of cold drinks or all the screaming and cheering.

#Game to throw an #Xmas #house #party?

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-2-15-32-pmDecember is here and in another few weeks it will be Christmas. Of course, with the season comes parties. If you are planning to throw an Xmas house party, then it’s time you start making plans. Here are a few suggestions to ensure that you host a perfect Xmas party for your friends and dear ones.

Fix the date: That’s the first thing that needs to be done. With so many events happening around the time of Xmas, it’s usually a busy time for most people. So, quickly make your guest list, create a chat group and ask them for preferred dates. Of course, you may not be able to please everyone, but go with the date majority of them choose.

Shopping: Yes, the most important thing is shopping for all the stuff you need for the party. You’ve got to decide everything from the decor to the games, to the menu before you dash to the supermarket. Make a list of things you need to buy. Check the local markets for Christmas stuff. You will get things cheap. In Chennai, check out places like Parry’s, Ethiraj Salai and T Nagar.

And the menu: You cannot afford to go wrong with this one. Check the preferences of your guests. However, choose easy recipes that can be prepared early, and served cold, or simply just reheated. Welcome the guests with a drink, then festive classics like cookies and cakes, and some savouries before serving them the main course.

Dress up: Of course, it should be an Xmas-themed-party. So, nothing better than all the guests coming in Xmas colours like red, green and gold. However, if you are the host you must remember that you wear something that you’re comfortable with, while sticking to the colour code because you will have to do a lot of running around to get those last-minute things done.

Make some noise: That’s the whole idea of throwing a party. Get the playlist ready. Ensure that you have a mix of classic Xmas tunes and a few modern ones. Or the best would be to get someone to play the guitar live, so that even the guests can sing their hearts out if they want to. Organise some games. And why not have a movie marathon if you are organising the party on a weekend? Keep a few Xmas movies ready. No doubt, a few like Home Alone, Love Actually and Elf will make you feel nostalgic.