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Before and After Photos of Bollywood Celebs

Sun, 11/23/2014

Bollywood actors have not only worked hard to enhance their acting skills, but also their looks. Several celebrities have undergone cosmetic surgeries, including Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Rakhi Sawant among others.

Check out a few celebs whose changes were too evident on camera after they did cosmetic surgery.

Anushka Sharma

"PK" actress Anushka Sharma created a lot of buzz when she appeared on the fourth season of "Koffee With Karan". The actress reportedly underwent a lip enhancement surgery, which became the butt of jokes for a while. To calm down those jokes on social media, Sharma tweeted, saying that it was a temporary lip enhancement, which didn't go well.

Priyanka Chopra

PeeCee never admitted about her cosmetic surgery, but viewers are smart enough to find the difference. If you compare Chopra's past to present pictures, her nose job surgery is evident.

Kangana Ranaut

After her debut film "Gangster", Ranaut looked very different. The actress is said to have undergone a lip surgery and also resorted to silicone implants to enhance her appearance.

Gauahar Khan

Gauahar Khan, who used to feature in the reality show "Khan Sisters" had to cancel the shooting as she looked awful after a surgery. "Bigg Boss 7" contestant underwent lip augmentation listening to an ill-advice.

Koena Mitra

Koena Mitra became an example of a failed cosmetic surgery procedure when her rhinoplasty surgery went wrong. However, the actress had to follow up corrective surgeries later. Later, she even got a lip job too.

Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant has undergone several surgeries from lips to breasts. Her pictures show the difference quite evidently.

Apart from them, there are many other Bollywood celebs who were spotted with evident physical changes. Salman Khan, Bipasha Basu, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sridevi, Minisha Lamba, Sushmita Sen, Mallika Sherawat and several others resorted to cosmetic surgeries to enhance their looks.

3 EUROPEAN SKIN CARE BRANDS THAT YOU CAN GET IN THE GOOD OLD US OF A

Fri, 11/21/2014

You know you’re a beauty junkie when you feel like you’ve exhausted experimentation with most “local” beauty and skincare brands, and feel you need to take your search to an international level. After reading an article on French pharmacies and how they are chock-full of amazing products at affordable prices, I made it my personal mission to figure out how to get my hands on some of this stuff, and other similar products, without flying to Europe… although I wouldn’t have minded a field trip, obviously! Thus began my official foray into international skincare you can buy in the USA.

I was in desperate need of a new moisturizer, and heard about Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, also known as “24-Hour Miracle Cream.” Maybe I’m a sucker for good marketing, but anything that contains the word “miracle” is something I am going to be slathering my face in, thank you very much. The Embryolisse brand originated in Paris in 1950, and is still a best-seller all these years later. After trying it, I see why — it’s lightweight enough to wear as a primer underneath makeup, but still provides adequate moisture. (Tip: I use this at night, too, and mix a few drops of rosehip seed oil for extra hydration!)


Upon further investigation, I realized that my local Walgreen’s carries Boots products, which are straight off the shelves of UK drugstores. I was pretty amazed at the wide selection of skincare products in Boots’ line — it seemed like there was something for every skin type and concern. I picked up the Rosewater Toning Spritz, which is 100 percent organic and claims to “cleanse impurities” and refresh the skin. It definitely is a nice midday pick-me-up for my skin, and leaves me (and my makeup) feeling fresh and glowy. The rose scent is also lovely and calming, and I definitely think this is quickly becoming a staple in my beauty arsenal.

I’ve also developed a slight obsession with the site Peach and Lily, which specializes in Asian beauty products. I ordered a pore serum on a whim, not expecting anything drastic, and WHOA — I don’t think I want to ever be without this stuff! It makes my skin look incredibly smooth, and has been the most effective product I’ve tried thus far in reducing the appearance of my pores. Not surprisingly, this serum is sold out right now, but you better believe I submitted my email address to be notified when it’s back in stock!

What are your favorite international beauty products? Tweet me and let me know! 

11 Homemade Beauty Recipes For Dry Skin, Rough Heels, Cracked Cuticles & More

Fri, 11/21/2014

Our recipe rolodex is filling up fast thanks to all the homemade beauty treatments we've been testing out. Now that we've stocked our kitchen cupboards and refrigerator bins with fresh finds from the farmer's market, we'd like to get as much use out of our favorite fruits and vegetables. (And we can finally make use of that pricey cold press juicer we paid for.)

We've got 11 homemade recipes for all your fall beauty problems, from dry skin to clammy feet, with recipes, courtesy of holistic nutritionist and culinary consultant Peggy Kotsopoulos and esthetician and Orgo Beauty creator Rianna Loving.

itchy head

Dandruff

What you'll need: 4 tablespoons of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons of mashed bananas.

Recipe: Wisk ingredients in bowl and massage onto scalp for a minimum five minutes. (You can allow it to stay in hair for up to 15 minutes). And then wash out.

"The almond oil is rich in fats and vitamin E for deep conditioning, helping to moisturize and hydrate," says Kotsopoulos. "Plus, B vitamins help to nourish scalp, while the Greek yogurt contains lactic acids that cleanse and remove dirt, build-up and dead skin cells."

dull hair color

Lackluster hair

What you'll need: Lemon juice, white wine vinegar and olive oil.

Recipe: After shampooing, rinse hair with a combination of warm water and three tablespoons of lemon juice and vinegar. Follow with a conditioner.

Loving explains, "Lemon juice is a brightening citrus that gives life and shine to lackluster hair, while vinegar has healing properties that aid dead stands."

While hair is still damp, rub in a tiny bit of olive oil. "Olive oil is best when raw. It locks in moisture, especially during winter and on humid days," she adds. "It is full of calcium and vitamin E and K -- vitamins that you normally find in dark green vegetables."

frizzy hair

Static hair

What you'll need: Coconut oil

Recipe: Rub a small amount of coconut oil between the palm of your hand and lightly pat down the top of your head. "Just the tiny bit of moisture will tame flyaways and hydrate tresses without leaving hair greasy looking," says Kotsopoulos.

feet heels

Rough elbows and heels

What you'll need: Fresh figs, hardened coconut oil and sugar (optional if you choose to make a more aggressive scrub).

Recipe: Take ripe figs and mash or blend then in a bowl. Add coconut oil. This mixture will gently exfoliate, as the fig seeds will lightly clean and remove dead skin, according to Loving. "Coconut oil is highly nutritious and moisturizing. Make sure the coconut oil is not melted. Place in fridge if you have to solidify, because if you are like me and prefer more exfoliation, add some sugar to this and create a dry scrub. Once this touches your skin, the coconut oil and sugar will melt." Apply while you're in the bath tub or shower and be careful as it may cause a slippery surface.

itchy skin

Dry, scaly skin

What you'll need: A half cup of pumpkin purée, 1 banana, one quarter cup of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed butter.

Recipe: Blend all ingredients well and gently rub on face in a circular motion. Let sit for 20 minutes, then wash off. The pumpkin purée contains vitamin A, which protects against UV damage; vitamin C, which increases collagen production, preventing and reducing the appearance of wrinkles; and zinc, which adds brightness to face, soothes, and moisturizes. And the pumpkin seed butter is high in fats for moisture and in zinc to combat acne and to pump up the glow factor.

rosacea makeup

Rosacea/redness

What you'll need: One quarter cup of aloe (scooped from inside of plant) and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Optional: Add 1 teaspoon of sea buckthorn seed oil.

Recipe: Mix ingredients together and apply directly to affected area of skin. The sea buckthorn seed oil helps with a number of skin issues such as acne and rosacea.

Kotsopoulos explains, "Aloe is highly regarded for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It’s especially beneficial in the treatment of skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Lemon contains malic acids, which reduce symptoms of rosacea."

feet

Clammy feet

What you'll need: Baking soda and white wine vinegar
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Recipe: "

Baking soda is a well-known deodorizer, which also absorbs moisture so you can sprinkle some into sneakers or powder onto feet," says Loving. "Also cleanse feet daily as much as possible, don’t forget to dry between toes."

Three to four times a week, soak feet in water with white wine vinegar. White wine vinegar helps cleanse and balance oils within the skin.

woman under eye

Dry under-eye patches

What you'll need: Cold cucumbers and jojoba oil.

Recipe: Apply thinly sliced cold but not frozen cucumbers to eyes and leave on for 15 minutes. Cucumber is a natural inflammatory and hydrator with a variety of B vitamins that help your blood flow, according to Loving. Afterwards apply jojoba oil under the eyes and leave on over night. "Jojoba oils play the role of healing the skin. Oils are best used at night when you can leave them on without worrying about looking oily during the day, but also because that's when your body absorbs, formulates, and restores its natural balance," says Loving.

eyebrows

Flaky skin around eyebrows and nose

What you'll need: Apples, lemons and apricot oil.

Recipe: Juice an apple with the skin on. Add a tiny bit of freshly squeezed lemon and use a cotton pad to apply in an upward and outward direction. "Apples and lemon act as an exfoliant. Apples also help to tone and boost collagen production," says Kotsopoulos. Follow with apricot oil to help moisturize.

dry lips

Dry lips

What you'll need: Jojoba oil or shea butter.

Recipe: Apply jojoba oil onto lips before bed. Jojoba oil moisturizes skin with its high nutritional vitamin E and zinc properties. It is also rich with copper and iodine. Or you can use shea butter. Shea butter comes from the nut of a shea tree grown in West Africa. Its natural moisturizing components are considered to be one of the best remedies for dry, cracked skin.

cuticle

Cracked cuticles

What you'll need: Raw honey, aloe vera juice and olive oil.

Recipe: Mix raw honey, aloe vera juice and olive oil in bowl. Massage onto cuticles for five minutes. Be sure to repeat this treatment two to three times a week. Loving recommends aloe vera because it aids cracked skin, infections, scrapes and cuts.

Dina Manzo and Lexie got mother-daughter nose jobs

Fri, 11/21/2014

One of the secrets from tonight’s Real Housewives of New Jersey: Secrets Revealed PT 2 is that Dina Manzo and her daughter Lexie got nose jobs together. (The above photo is of the duo with their original noses.)

Dina has battled plastic surgery rumors before, but claimed that she’d had nothing done. Inthe clip she claims that she’s never even wanted to change her nose before now, but things have changed since she’s started getting older.

“Now we’re gonna be bonded by nose jobs,” Dina says. “If plastic surgery make you feel better, then I’m all for it.” She’s going to Kathy Wakile’s doctor because she can’t tell that Kathy’s had any work done.

Oddly enough, Dina says that Lexie doesn’t even want a nose job, but she “kind of needs one” because her nose is crooked. She broke her nose while playing ball one day, and now she says she can’t breathe out of one of her nostrils.

What Skin Problems? These Experts Reveal The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Healthy Skin

Fri, 11/21/2014

Woman taking a bubble bath

In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, we bring you healthy skin habits from top dermatologists and estheticians. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Dry, chapped, cracked: Winter is open season on a person’s skin. It’s no coincidence, then, the American Academy of Dermatology declared November National Healthy Skin Month. Per their website, “now is the time to prepare … for colder fall and winter weather that can affect their skin and aggravate certain conditions with drier air and chilly temperatures.”

Over the course of the month, the AAD hopes to inspire patients to learn how to care for their skin, hair, and nails, while also inspiring dermatologists to engage their patients in conversation about the many resources available for their beauty-related concerns. Skin, however, should be a top priority; it’s the body’s largest and fastest growing organ. It keeps germs out, and the blood and the muscles and other organs in.

The thing is, healthy skin is as important as it is overwhelming. There’s an abundance of tips and products out there — it’s hard to determine what works. So, we took it upon ourselves to make everything a whole lot easier. By easy, we mean we crowd-sourced dermatologists and estheticians for their single best tips for healthy skin. All those single pieces of advice added up to five major steps you can take this month, and every month after.

Start Early

“The best thing you can do for your skin is to start early, to take care of it by using the right products for your skin type,” Dr. Rebecca Kazin, of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology, told Medical Daily.

A person’s skin type can range from sensitive, to oily, to a combination of sorts. Products are made to treat certain types, and the sooner you figure out which type you are, the sooner you can narrow products down to what’s relevant for you.

Renee Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and skin care expert, would agree. “The one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to skin health. To get the best results, you need to take all of your skin’s needs into consideration,” she said. “Most skin care lines still cater to dry, normal, and oily. These categories simply look at how much or how little oil your skin produces. Most people have bigger issues than just their oil production! Sensitivity, redness, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, the occasional breakout, wrinkles — the list goes on and on. In order to get the best results for your skin, you must address multiple skin concerns and goals at once.”

Pass On Packaged Foods

You are what you eat — the "you" in this case refers to your skin. Without adequate greens and fresh produce, the skin will suffer, Lauren Talbot, certified clinical nutritionist and author of Clear Skin Detox Diet: A Revolutionary Plan to Heal Your Skin from the Inside Outtold Medical Daily. A diet consisting mostly of packaged products offers little substantial nourishment, and in order to nourish the skin, the body and cells need bio-available nutrients that offer a variety of minerals, proteins, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes for cell regeneration and youthful glowing skin. Specifically, the body needs these nutrients to regulate the digestive system — another key component for healthy skin.

“The skin is the body's largest eliminatory organ. When the ‘trash’ fails to leave the house, it accumulates and breaks down, decaying and putrefying,” Talbot said. “One of the body's simplest defense in removing toxic substances from within is through the pores. A healthy functioning digestive system means nutrients are more readily absorbed and waste is removed in desired routes.”

SPF — Or Bust

Without a doubt, the most popular piece of advice experts were eager to share concerned sun protection. “Some judicious exposure is necessary for vitamin D synthesis unless oral supplements are taken,” Dr. Janet H. Prystowsky, told Medical Daily, “[but reducing] sun exposure will prevent skin cancers and pre-mature aging of the skin.”

Dr. Whitney Bowe agrees with Prystowski, frequently telling her patients applying sunscreen is like eating healthy or brushing your teeth — it’s simply part of a healthy lifestyle. When dermatologists say sun protection, they mean applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 every single day, rain or shine, summer or winter, regardless of ethnicity.

“By protecting the skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays, you're not only safeguarding it from skin cancer, but also protecting it from wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, and other signs of aging,” Dr. Eric Schweiger of Schweiger Dermatology Group, told Medical Daily.

It’s not enough to apply it once either. Dr. Jeanine Downie, director of image Dermatology P.C., in Montclair, N.J., said sunblock needs to be reapplied every two hours. Her personal favorite is from Skin Medica Daily Physical Defense.

Moisturize

Did you know a majority of daily moisturizers are combined with SPF 30? Two birds, one healthy-looking stone. “I recommend my patients keep their combo-moisturizer right next to the toothpaste, so they’re reminded to apply it every day,” Dr. Joe Merola, a dermatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told Medical Daily. “The moisturizer’s ingredients and SPF really compliment each other; it’s synergistic.”

When it comes to SPF, Dr. Merola is a fan of physical blocking sunscreen, which means the formula is made with non-chemical ingredients, like zinc oxide. Ultimately, it’ll come down to a patient's preference.

Ease Up On Exfoliation

Fact: Removing dry, dead skin cells can help your skin better absorb your moisturizer, maximizing its benefits. However, exfoliating too much can be problematic. “Everyone thinks their skin needs to be scrubbed clean or the barrier needs to be removed for ‘healthy skin.’ This is simply not true,” Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, toldMedical Daily. “The barrier of your skin protects you from environmental pollutants and the sun while holding in moisture better than any moisturizer on the market.”

There may be five total tips here, but the underlying solution for healthy skin is simply to care. Taking the time to figure out your skin type eliminates irrelevant products, and proper sun protection and diet benefits your overall health. Healthy, glowing skin is a mere bonus.

Dina Manzo and Lexie got mother-daughter nose jobs

Fri, 11/21/2014

One of the secrets from tonight’s Real Housewives of New Jersey: Secrets Revealed PT 2 is that Dina Manzo and her daughter Lexie got nose jobs together. (The above photo is of the duo with their original noses.)

Dina has battled plastic surgery rumors before, but claimed that she’d had nothing done. Inthe clip she claims that she’s never even wanted to change her nose before now, but things have changed since she’s started getting older.

“Now we’re gonna be bonded by nose jobs,” Dina says. “If plastic surgery make you feel better, then I’m all for it.” She’s going to Kathy Wakile’s doctor because she can’t tell that Kathy’s had any work done.

Oddly enough, Dina says that Lexie doesn’t even want a nose job, but she “kind of needs one” because her nose is crooked. She broke her nose while playing ball one day, and now she says she can’t breathe out of one of her nostrils.

How To Replace Your Makeup With Skin Care

Fri, 11/21/2014

If this season's no-makeup makeup obsession is any indication, then bare, yet clear faces are not just desirable — they're downright trendy. But, what if you (like most of us) don't have the skin to get in on the whole fresh-and-flawless thing? 



Sure, you could hone your foundation skills and learn how to cover up on the sly. But, in the long run, it's more beneficial to go straight to super effective skin care. And, technologies have become so advanced that you can replace your base with lotions and potions to fake a flawless visage — while improving your skin. 



To find out how to pull this off, we talked to Fionagh Cush, a film and TV makeup artist. "Now, more than ever, the movie industry is looking for no-makeup looks," she explains. Fashion, is, too: Just think of the bare faces at marquee runway shows like Marc Jacobs. But, she adds, this may not work for us mere mortals: "They got away with that because the models had such heavy bangs." Don't have fringe? Cush says you should play up your brows and lashes — and even suggests getting your arches tinted so you don't have to worry about them every day. (We're clearly fans of this option.)



So, if you're game to wear nothing but mascara, read on for products that blur, brighten, and tighten — while letting your skin shine through.

'Tis the Season for Cosmetic Surgery: When To Book Plastic Surgery & Why Winter Is The Best Time of Year To Do It

Fri, 11/21/2014

While summertime - with its beaches and barely-there bikinis - might get you in the mood for that tummy tuck you've always wanted, it turns out it isn't the best time for cosmetic surgery.

If the last few months have you craving a fresher look, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Greg Wiener says there's no better time than winter.

"Most people want to take the plunge into plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures during the spring and summer because they're focused on looking their best in a bathing suit," explained Dr. Wiener.

"But the summer months aren't the time to do that. Not only does exposure to the sun slow recovery, nobody wants to be cooped up with bandages in July."

Check out the reasons why in our Q&A with the plastic surgery pro:

So Dr. Wiener, is there ever a real way to conceal that you have had work done? Is it possible?

The best way to conceal redness or bruising immediately after a procedure is to diligently follow all after care instructions, such as cold compresses on your face for the first 48 hours.

Make-up designed to cover post-surgical work is also an option, as well as ''Jackie-O" sunglasses, scarves and hats to help draw attention away from the treated areas on your face.

Why is winter the ideal time to have a procedure done?

Winter is the perfect time for a procedure because it's easier to avoid the sun and the temptations of summer. Big, bulky sweaters are comforting, and will conceal areas of your body you wish to hide during recovery.

It's also an acceptable time of the year to just stay home and hibernate for a few days. If you are able to do that, I would highly recommend a laser resurfacing procedure to refresh and rejuvenate the skin on your face and neck.

Why would summer be a bad choice for booking a plastic surgery?

It's not necessarily a bad choice, but it's more difficult to avoid the sun and spend time indoors recovering - especially if you enjoy your weekends at the beach.  Laser procedures are always best to schedule during the winter months to protect the skin from the sun's UV rays. 

More tips on when is the ideal time to book an appointment on Monday!



Read more: http://www.beautyworldnews.com/articles/14898/20141121/tis-the-season-for-cosmetic-surgery-when-to-book-a-plastic-surgery-why-winter-is-the-best-time-of-year-laser-botox-injections-augmentation-nose-breasts-rhinoplasty-silicone-saline-filler-wrinkles-face.htm#ixzz3JiI03XqH

Dina Manzo and Lexie got mother-daughter nose jobs

Fri, 11/21/2014

One of the secrets from tonight’s Real Housewives of New Jersey: Secrets Revealed PT 2 is that Dina Manzo and her daughter Lexie got nose jobs together. (The above photo is of the duo with their original noses.)

Dina has battled plastic surgery rumors before, but claimed that she’d had nothing done. Inthe clip she claims that she’s never even wanted to change her nose before now, but things have changed since she’s started getting older.

“Now we’re gonna be bonded by nose jobs,” Dina says. “If plastic surgery make you feel better, then I’m all for it.” She’s going to Kathy Wakile’s doctor because she can’t tell that Kathy’s had any work done.

Oddly enough, Dina says that Lexie doesn’t even want a nose job, but she “kind of needs one” because her nose is crooked. She broke her nose while playing ball one day, and now she says she can’t breathe out of one of her nostrils.

How To Replace Your Makeup With Skin Care

Fri, 11/21/2014

If this season's no-makeup makeup obsession is any indication, then bare, yet clear faces are not just desirable — they're downright trendy. But, what if you (like most of us) don't have the skin to get in on the whole fresh-and-flawless thing? 



Sure, you could hone your foundation skills and learn how to cover up on the sly. But, in the long run, it's more beneficial to go straight to super effective skin care. And, technologies have become so advanced that you can replace your base with lotions and potions to fake a flawless visage — while improving your skin. 



To find out how to pull this off, we talked to Fionagh Cush, a film and TV makeup artist. "Now, more than ever, the movie industry is looking for no-makeup looks," she explains. Fashion, is, too: Just think of the bare faces at marquee runway shows like Marc Jacobs. But, she adds, this may not work for us mere mortals: "They got away with that because the models had such heavy bangs." Don't have fringe? Cush says you should play up your brows and lashes — and even suggests getting your arches tinted so you don't have to worry about them every day. (We're clearly fans of this option.)



So, if you're game to wear nothing but mascara, read on for products that blur, brighten, and tighten — while letting your skin shine through.

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