Have you ever wondered why we dress the way we do? There is a psychological reason for that

Every person wants to inspire others with their wardrobe choices and now the fashion psychology has gone beyond the sense of clothes. Nobody among us truly understands the psychology of how people think or interpret about our fashion choices but nowadays fashion also includes lavish homes, car styling and even the food we eat. People boost about their wealth indirectly via social media postings. But I personally think that; All that glitters is not gold.

The question arises, what is the real social psychology behind fashion? Why do we want to impress others by continually updating our fashion with something new and unique? Is it because you become tired of old things or is it because of the people or society you live with?

I bet you will never post your picture on Facebook or Instagram in the same dress again, But why? The answer here is that our fashion is now more or less adopted solely for signalling social position and not for its usefulness. We always feel a sense of excitement when we work on self-reinvention; it might include changing the furniture of our homes or adding a trendy item in our wardrobe. This adds an extra pressure on our peers to remain current and updated despite of any financial condition.

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“Trends chasing is often motivated from a desire to fit in, feel current, and masks insecurities” By Jill Marinelli

Besides social pressure, the other thing that impacts fashion is the use of sophisticated technology. The 3D or digital technology has revolutionised the patterns of our dresses and even our homes. I would obviously try to adopt a better fashion than my peers and would love to get praised from my friends about my choices.

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So, it is evident that social psychology behind fashion is not entirely dependent on our personal choices rather it depends on signalling our social position. But on the other hand, there are some exceptions behind our fashion choices like religion, culture and moralities. The impact of these will be covered in our upcoming posts!

 

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Must have wardrobe staples every girl should have

“Buy Less, Choose well, Make it last” Well quoted

Have you ever wondered what makes a girl fashionable? Is it an endlessly stocked wardrobe? Or is it the excess of money? But I believe both things doesn’t matter at all, one need to understand the tactics to wear them rightly. Girls with incredible styling employ a few hacks on daily basis to completely change their outlook.

Here I am sharing some affordable pieces that would simply enhance your appearance in no time!

Oversized Turtleneck Sweaters:

Looking for a chic way to upgrade your cold-weather style? Then it’s the best idea to buy an oversized turtleneck sweater. Get an instant style & comfort in just one go!

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Turtle neck sweaters are also commonly known as roll necks or polo neck sweaters. This modern style is easily blended with jackets to cope up with the cold weather.

Grab Tuxedo Trousers:

Tuxedo trousers are an ever green fashion, so the perfect time to grab them is the Christmas Festive. The vast color palette can really make a statement while peeping out over knitted tops. Tuxedo trousers are always a part of my glamorous and flirtatious pieces but you can’t pair with heels in such cold weather. You can go for long leather boots to cover up your legs.

Go For Ankle Boots:

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Ankle boots are the ultimate destination for style-minded girls and the versatility in these boots are endless.  These boots goes with almost every type of closets like jeans, maxis or even shorts. Ankle boots comes in wedge-styles, heels, laced and buckled. One of my favorite looks is when I pair jeans with half cuff booties.  This effortless style contributes in giving girls a perfect stylish weekend look.

Stay tuned for our next blog posts to learn more about girls styling!

 

DIY Ideas To Make Activated Charcoal Beauty Products

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon that is repeatedly used in various beauty products these days. The carbon is heated in two different ways to increase its power of absorption. There comes a vast variety of charcoaled beauty products like facial masks, scrubs, toothpaste, soaps & many more.

But the question arises..

Why Activated Charcoal Beauty Products stand out than others?

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People have been trying various home remedies to get rid of their skin related problems but the most amazing achievement came when they included activated charcoal in their remedies. I remember when my grandmother used to wash metallic dishes with charcoal to increase its lust & I laughed at her craziness. But, I now realized that as a matter of fact, activated charcoal is not less than a gem for our daily lives. It is capable of eliminating dirt particles & harmful bacteria from one’s skin hence enhancing one’s complexion.

Here I am going to share some DIY ideas for making charcoaled beauty products at home:

Pore minimizer Facial Mask:

Coping up with open pores wasn’t as easy as it is now. Try this simple home remedy & observe the results within a short period of time.

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  • Take 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal; you can buy charcoal capsules or can make it at home (making activated charcoal at home is a bit technical).
  • Then take 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay powder & 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Mix them in a bowl & add a small amount of water to soothe its texture
  • After cleansing your face, apply the paste for about 20 minutes (or until it becomes dry).
  • Rinse your face & repeat the procedure three times in a week.

You will surely feel the difference with a much tighter & healthy skin.

Teeth Whitening Homemade Charcoal Toothpaste:

This toothpaste is worth-trying:

  • Take a capsule of charcoal, empty it in a small bowl.
  • Then take a very small amount of toothpaste & mix it well.
  • First, rinse your mouth with coconut oil & then apply DIY charcoal toothpaste.
  • Repeat the procedure twice a day for effective results.

The list of activated charcoal beauty products goes on & on. Do watch the video for a quick recap and stay tuned for more DIY ideas in our upcoming posts!

 

 

Top Home Remedies for luxurious long hair

 

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Everyone desires healthy and shiny hair, but unfortunately only a few achieve this dream. If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably one of the unfortunate people (like me) who wants long hair but can’t get. But don’t worry! This article has got you covered. Let’s talk about inexpensive and easy home remedies which will pave your path to luxurious hair!

  1. Biotin for hair growth

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If you’re suffering from hair loss, then you might be deficient in Biotin, a water-soluble vitamin B which is commonly found in vegetables. This home remedy will help to renew your hair follicles leading to fuller and healthy hair.

What you need:

2-3 tablets of Biotin

Olive oil or coconut oil

Or just use the fast absorbing liquid which is available on Amazon and is easier to use than tablets:

How:

-Crush the biotin tablets and mix it well into the chosen oil.

-Apply the paste in your hair and leave it overnight.

-Wash hair as you would normally do in the morning.

 

When:

Twice every week.

 

  1. Argon oil

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Argon oil, also known as “liquid gold”, is a revolutionary product of nature which does wonders on thinning hair. Not only does it moisturizes your hair follicles, but it also repairs the damaged hair.

 

What you need:

Argon oil

You can buy organic Argon Oil on Amazon: 

How:

-Warm the oil in a water bath to a lukewarm temperature. This will help absorb the oil more quickly into the scalp.

-Massage the oil well into the scalp.

-Put a hot towel on your hair to steam them. This will open the follicles and hence the oil will seep deep into them.

-Keep it overnight and wash your hair, as usual, the next morning.

When:

Do it twice or thrice a week.

 

  1. Onion juice for hair growth

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Onions are known to be the most effective home remedy for hair growth. They are rich in Sulphur which boosts collagen production in tissues and boosts hair growth.

 

What you need:

Onions

Cotton balls

Oil-optional

 

How:

Slice up the onions and blend them.

Squeeze the juice from the blended mixture and collect in a ball.

You can now either apply directly in your hair roots with a cotton ball, or you could add any oil of your choice and whisk the oil and juice until they are properly fused together. Then massage this mixture into the scalp. This will not only help in regrowth, but it will also help in nourishing your hair.

Keep it for 30-45 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo.

 

When:

Once or twice a week for optimal results.

 

The above mentioned are the top home remedies which are 100% effective if done right. Now, since they are natural remedies free of any chemicals, you should keep in mind the fact that they will take a few weeks in order for you to notice the results. Patience is the key! Let me know how these went and if you want to see more home remedies!

Top Spring/summer Street Styles

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” Rachel Zoe

With the dawn of spring equinox, everybody is looking for some fresher looks to bloom like flowers but what makes them redefined is only with their confident looks.

Here I am going to share some top new street styles for this season that will transform your looks with trendy punch of vibrant colors:

  1.  Palazzo Pants:

Want to look trendy with comfort? Then, palazzo pants are your rescue!

Palazzo pants come in various forms such as straight cuts flared & layered styles & even culottes. So, you have a vast variety to choose from. The legging styles are becoming stale now & you will find palazzo pants everywhere whether it’s on streets or fashion weeks.

Here are some ideas to make a perfect combination with palazzo pants:

  • A straight cut palazzo pant mostly goes with short T-shirts & often with long shirts.
  • The palazzo trousers best suits with formal shirts, Georgette or silhouettes tops & even satin or chiffon shirts.
  • For palazzo formals, it’s important to keep the colors soft & lighter.

Palazzo’s gives a perfect flowy look that is ideal for figure-conscious people.

  1.  Pinstripe Shirts:

Pinstripe shirts are evergreen, so the time is perfect to introduce it in your street styles. Pinstripe shirts are not only associated with authority but most people opt it for giving a chic look. Pinstripe looks fabulous with bright color tones but if preferred in pale hues such a Pale Dogwood (a delicate tone of pink) is ideal for sophisticated & elegant look.

 

  1. Mix & Match Trend:

Majority of the designers are now following mix & match trend. Styles from all decades come forth in courageous combinations to create something new, a fascinating alliance of style and colors. New meets old trend is next to be followed. Mix & Match are designed specifically for free spirits. So, take out your old stock, follow the color palette with a combination of bejeweled accessories & look trendy.

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Mixing prints isn’t an easy task, one wrong move can destroy your looks to a great extent but once you mastered the skill, you can be the boss!

 

So, forget all the worries of your life & boost your personality with these simpler looks!

 

Best Beauty Trends in 2017

As 2017 has just ended, beauty geeks around the world are reflecting on all the trends that rocked our world this year. 2017 wasn’t the trendiest year when it comes to makeup and fashion that’s for sure. But there were a couple of them that deserve some recognition.

For desi people like you and I, we couldn’t really get into all of the fashion trends like buzz cuts and bleach blonds. But there were others that were seriously popular here probably more than anywhere else.

1. Adidas Superstar Sneakers
The plain white pair of sneakers were literally everywhere this year! At first I was surprised how everyone could afford high-end brand sneakers so easily. Well, not all the superstar sneakers you see people wearing around you are original Adidas. Tons of online shops and Facebook pages started offering these white sneakers at less than half the price!

2. Face Masks
I can’t be the only one who saw a friend on Snapchat wearing a charcoal mask at least once a week. These face masks were super popular this year especially the charcoal one. With all the hype around it, I don’t see the trend ending next year either!

3. Glitter Lipstick
Honestly, the glitter lipstick trend wasn’t that crazily followed by Pakistanis. It did, however, set new lip makeup standards across the globe. But with the glitter health controversy that sparked this year, this trend might see its demise as fast as choker necklaces did.

4. Poppin’ Highlighter
Highlighters were always a part of a complete makeup routine for many people but the obsession over aggressive highlighters has only just begun. With the Fenty Beauty line and Huda Beauty highlighters getting better and better, the shine on our cheekbones might get blinder and blinder.

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5. K-Beauty
Korean Beauty, just like Korean Pop, was undeniably a showstopper this year. K-beauty completely revolutionized skincare and it keeps growing. I’m not complaining though – these products actually work like a miracle!

 

* The beautiful picture used in this post has been provided by the lovely Zainab Taha. She is a self taught, home based Makeup artist in Karachi. You can contact her via her Facebook group.

How to Get rid of Acne Using Cheap and Low Cost Every Day Products Home Remedies

Acne is a very uncomfortable skin problem that ruins your social life. You may indulge in a complex or even lose your confidence while interacting with people. It will surely undermine your health due to stress & embarrassment. There are numerous factors that contribute to the development of acne but the most common factors are hormonal changes, infections, genetics, stress or nutrition.

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But don’t panic! I am here to give you a quick tutorial for some effective home remedies for acne free skin that are even backed by science. So, stop admiring about those expensive conventional acne treatments that often results in many side effects like irritation, allergies or dryness.

1. HONEY & CINNAMON MASK

Honey & cinnamon acts as antioxidant that is highly beneficial for acne-prone skin. It will greatly help to fight against bacteria & inflammation hence you will get a tighter and a much glowing skin.

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How to use?
• Rinse your face with warm water & make it dirt-free.
• Mix 3 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon & mix them perfectly.
• Apply this magical mask on your face & leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water & then with cold water to close all the pores.
• Continue the procedure for one week to get the desired results.

2. TURMERIC FACIAL MASK
This mask is most widely used in Asian countries before wedding ceremonies. Turmeric facial mask is a proven acne remedy for all types of skins. Moreover, it rejuvenates your skin hence helping to clear all sorts of acne.

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How to use?
• Mix together half cup of chickpeas flour, sandalwood powder, almond oil & 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder.
• Add a small quantity of water to make a fine paste.
• Apply it on your acne-prone skin for about 15 minutes.
• Rub with both palms to remove the mask.

3. ALOE VERA MOSTURIZER
Aloe vera is a tropical plant that is used by dermatologists all over the globe. Its gel is added to creams, ointments & other supplements to treat complicated skin conditions. It contains salicylic acid & sulfur that are proven ingredients to treat severe acne conditions.

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How to use?
• Take the gel out from aloe vera plant & apply directly on your skin.
• Moisturize your skin thoroughly for the desired results.
• Repeat the process daily for quick results.

Last but not the least, home remedies are always worth trying for getting an acne-free skin rather than opting expensive conventional treatments!