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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 queen Jacqueline Fernandez first hit the Indian glamour scene after winning Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006. She has since entered Bollywood as a film actress. Jacqueline spoke with Cosmopolitan India about her favorite beauty secrets and tips for skin care and hair care.

What’s the secret of your translucent skin?

Jacqueline: Believe me, as a teen I was plagued with acne! What cosmetics couldn’t do, my diet did. Slowly, I became more conscious about my nutrition and stopped eating junk. More of fish, veggies, fruits, nuts and a diet low on carbs and sugar soon made my skin glow!

Your beauty and skincare routine is…

Jacqueline: Oh, it’s no secret! I am very particular about cleansing, I stare hard at every cotton ball I use till the time I’m sure there’s no makeup on the cotton itself! Then there’s the regular toning and moisturising. I love Dermalogica products, they work well on me.

Do you diet? And exercise?

Jacqueline: I take care of my diet. A lot of grilled fish, steamed veggies, some fruits, nuts to snack on. I go low on carbs and totally avoid sugar, sticking to green tea rather than coffee or tea. I’m not big on exercising, but of course I do yoga. If I can’t make a class, then I do some weight training and cardio to break into a good sweat (which is good for your body and skin!)

Such gorgeous hair! You bathe them in milk or beer?

Jacqueline: I am as careful about caring for my hair as I am about cleansing my skin. With all those shoots, there is so much product in my hair that going to bed without shampooing is criminal. I feel that the basic step to taking care of your tresses is choosing the right shampoo and conditioner. The second step would be to update your product type, according to the change in quality of your hair.

A brand I can vouch for is Kérastase, they’ve got some fabulous solutions for hair problems. It is slightly high-end but hey, if it gives me good results, I think it’s worth it. I also use their hair mask once a week and I just adore a good head massage with hot oil! But these are still secondary solutions. I really believe in the saying, ‘You are what you eat’. Clichéd, I know, but since I eat a lot of fish and snack on nuts, I think the Omega-3 keeps my hair healthy!

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As promised, our much-anticipated Jolie Asie exclusive beauty interview with Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra‘s very own personal hair stylist, Priyanka Borkar! I had a great time interviewing Priyanka, and am eager to head out to the stores to try out her favorite products!

Meg: What are your favorite hair products for getting celebrity-quality tresses? What products do you use on Priyanka’s beautiful hair?

Priyanka: A great shampoo and conditioner is the base to all beautiful hair. My personal favourite for one and all is ‘L’Oreal Absolut Repair‘. For a straight look go with ‘Wella [High Hair] Sleek Wonder‘ and for a beachy messy look go with ‘Tigi Curls Rock‘ spray.

PC is one of the lucky few to have great quality and thickness of hair. For PC I use a variety of products depending on the look. The basic one for every look is a product called ‘Moroccan Oil‘ which acts like a serum to give it that added shine and softness. Couple of other great ones are ‘L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray‘, ‘L’Oreal Hydra Repair‘ and ‘Wella Gloss Spray‘ for extra shine to name a few.

Lots of girls want to be just like you! What is your training and experience, and how did you get your job as Priyanka Chopra’s hairstylist?

Priyanka: I worked for over 5 years in a well-known salon called Kromakay in Mumbai, where I got my training and experience. The salon has a range of loyal celebrity clients and that’s where I met Priyanka Chopra for the first time. It began with a simple blow dry at the salon, moved on to a personal appearance and then a full-fledged movie, to put it in a nutshell. And rest how they say is history!

But let me just add that however glam it may seem to all the girls out there it is a very tough job, from having days standing on the sets for 18 hours at a stretch to not being able to seeing your family for months. You gotta love what you’re doing!!!

What was your favorite hair look you created for a Priyanka Chopra movie?

Priyanka: One of my personal faves is her look in the movie ‘Pyaar Impossible’ where she carried off a short graduated bob with uber ease.

Like so many girls, I’m uncoordinated and can’t hold a hair dryer and styling brush at the same time. How can I still get glamorous hair?

Priyanka: That only can be achieved with a lot of experience. But if you really wanna do it yourself the go with hot rollers for a glam look, it works the best! And for a straight look go with a straightening iron.

How can curly-haired girls make their hair look chic?

Priyanka: There are a range of products you could choose from- hair mousse, hair cream and serum are a few essential ones to go for. And like I mentioned before ‘Tigi Curls Rock‘ works the best!

What is it like working as Priyanka Chopra’s personal hairstylist?

Priyanka: Considering her busy schedule one may think it is very difficult to manage her daily hair rituals but her vibrant spirit and professionalism make it a breeze. She is easy to work with, and not afraid to try new things. She gets a lot of inputs from different people so sometimes it gets difficult to choose one particular hairstyle but she is very open to critique and comments. She is a fun person and takes good care of her entire team.

Do you have any fun beauty-related stories about working with PC you can share?

Priyanka: Backstage moments are the most fun! One of my fave memories was at a show where she had to sport 5 different looks in 6 minutes. It was sheer madness but way too much fun!

Styling hair can lead to heat and color damage. What can we do to prevent this?

Priyanka: To avoid damage to the hair, you must always use heat protecting products which are easily available with all leading brands.

What are the biggest hair mistakes style-conscious Indian women make, and how can they fix them?

Priyanka: Always let the professionals handle it! A lot of women do not follow up or take the recommendations given to them by their personal hairstylist. That’s the biggest mistake they make. There are a million products in the market nowadays for hair. The fact that a certain product suits your friends does not mean that the same will work for you too, so do consult your hairstylist for the same.

What’s your number one hair/beauty secret?

Priyanka: Washing your hair regularly, keeping your scalp clean and brushing your hair through the day.

How should older women style hair that is thinning? Do you have any advice, styles or treatments to achieve fullness and volume?

Priyanka: I recommend  to get a shorter do – it’s easier to maintain and adds volume instantly. Also, there are shampoos, conditioners and products for thinning hair which one can go for, for instance ‘L’Oreal Volume Extreme‘.

Thanks, Priyanka!

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My jaw pretty much fell off after seeing pictures of Sonam Kapoor‘s luscious, beautiful, extra-long, healthy hair at the recent Femina magazine cover launch.

Check out that silky, glorious mane!

Yes, in the beauty and fashion world, it seems Sonam Kapoor can do no wrong! I covered her hair tips in our How to Look Like Sonam Kapoor Guide, but I wanted more! Luckily, she spoke to Filmfare extensively about her hair care regimen. Here’s what Sonam has to say:

  • “Eat healthy, have multivitamin and cod liver oil capsules and use L’Oreal. It is the best hair treatment.”
  • “Almond hair oil is the best to use. Use Elvive shampoo and conditioner by L’Oreal according to your hair type. Comb only after drying.”
  • “Protect hair with sun block and if one has dry hair, then apply leave-in conditioner to the ends.”
  • “Keep in mind your face cut, thickness of hair, height and build, and of course, your style quotient while going for a haircut/hairstyle change.”
  • “Colouring/ straightening/ perming hair permanently is completely possible with the right products and hair care.”
  • “Accessorise your hair with hair bands, jewels, combs, braids or beads.”
  • “My secret: I always plait my hair before sleeping. That’s the best way to avoid breaking the hair.”
Remember, Sonam is a brand ambassador for L’Oreal, so she will only plug their products. But that’s okay! L’Oreal is a high-quality, affordable brand, and I do believe she would use their hair styling products for gloss, shine, and protection!

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Vacationing on the beach with Jaya Ajji

My great aunt, whom I call Jaya Ajji, visited recently and shared her most loved Ayurvedic beauty recipes for you all to use.

Ayurveda is the world’s most ancient form of medicine, originating in India thousands of years ago. It was a highly complex science for its time- Ayurvedic physicians even performed eye surgeries!

The below recipes are for an Ayurvedic hair pack and face mask.

This hair pack is excellent for encouraging hair growth and preventing hair loss. It is also effective for maintaining color in the hair: since she began using it, Jaya Ajji says she went from coloring her hair every 3 weeks to coloring it only once every 2 months or so! She says she has also stopped losing hair, when before it shed copiously when brushed or washed.

Ayurvedic Hair Pack

  • 1 teaspoon henna powder*
  • 1 teaspoon amla powder*
  • 1 tsp aritha powder*
  • 1 tsp shikakai powder*
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh aloe vera gel

Mix the ingredients together thoroughly and apply to dry hair for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Wash off in the shower and shampoo as usual. Do this regularly- once or twice a week- to experience amazing hair protective results!

Jaya Ajji’s Ayurvedic face mask is brilliant for moisturizing and for developing an even skintone. The fresh turmeric and sesame seeds will give you a healthy glow, while the banana and ghee will provide a generous dose of moisture to parched skin.

Ayurvedic Face Mask

  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter)*

Blend the ingredients together into a fine paste. Apply the face mask for 10 to 20 minutes to clean skin, then wash off. Enjoy your radiant skin!

* = These ingredients can be found at your local Indian grocery store.

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Since time immemorial, Indian women have been massaging their scalps and hair with nourishing oils. These oils are filled with healthful vitamins and minerals and help to soften the hair and encourage it to grow in strong and shiny. Today, countless Bollywood actresses use this beauty secret to pamper their hair, including Kareena Kapoor (pictured here), Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Hema Malini.

Massage your dry scalp and hair with a mixture of almond, castor, coconut, and olive oils. For better penetration into the hair strands, gently heat the oil mixture before applying until warm (not too hot!). Leave on for a few hours or overnight, keeping hair away from clothes to prevent staining. Wash thoroughly with shampoo (Fun fact: celebrities indulge in the Kerastase hair product line for their tresses). A hot oil hair massage can be done up to twice a week or just once a month for your hair to reap the benefits.

Care for your hair today!

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Anglo-Kashmiri beauty Katrina Kaif has arguably the best hair and makeup among India’s celebs. To keep her color- and heat-damaged hair silky and soft, she uses Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak. This product is a deeply moisturizing hair conditioner made with avocado oil, olive fruit oil, and lemon extract.

After shampoo-ing, massage the conditioner into your hair, making sure to cover your ends thoroughly. Gently tie your hair up in a bun and let sit for a few minutes until you’ve nearly finished your shower, then rinse out. My tub of Kiehl’s hair pak lasted for months and months and always delivered great results.

Check it out!

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