Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How to do Holiday eye makeup in Five minutes: A Tutorial

Glit it to Bling it!!!

Hi Beautiful!!!
Wishing all of you a joyful holiday season. Many of you out there might be like me who love to dress up, make up but has very little time to do that! The reason could be various, for me obviously it's my 2 and half year old. It is not that I'm always very busy with her; it's just because I can not keep my makeup in my reach anymore! She can reach wherever it is convenient for me to keep them for using at the right time!

Anyway, I knew, it's reality now! Therefore figured out this five minutes eye makeup mostly using my ring-finger, because my makeup brushes are her second most favorite toy to play after nail-polishes. 

And, when you are in hurry, let gold and glitter do it for you. Let it sparkle, let it be your day! Not to mention, this could be the perfect eye makeup for your holiday party!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Must know Basics about Sunscreen

Hi loves!

It is now summer full on, so like many of you, we have been going to places, mostly for day tours! And Yes! I have something to share with all of you - I have experienced the benefits of summer skin care that I have read and researched about from many reliable literature.

Anyway, I have a long list of topics to do! I am trying to finish and upload them ASAP.

That brings us to today's topic! Many of my friends and followers of my blog asked me on several occasions questions related to summer skin care and the use of sunscreen. I have been telling them facts regarding sun protection and now I think this is high time to discuss and share the topic here! Hope this post will be of help and will motivate you to wear sunscreen if you are not convinced yet!

What is it?

We all know what it is very well. Still let us start with the basic. If you type "Sunscreen" on google search, the definition from wikipedia will pop up first. The definition is fairly easy to understand, so copying right under here:

Sunscreen (also commonly known as sunblock, sun screen, sunburn cream, sun cream or block out and sometimes unhelpfully called suntan lotion) is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against sunburn.

Why and When should use it?
These are interesting questions. Even just before auripra's birth, I used to apply it only during hot summer days and only used to apply once a day! I was so wrong! After I brunt myself during our Cancun tour, from face to toe (even i had blisters on places), i got really scared and did some research myself. I came to know some interesting facts:

We use it to resist bad effects of Ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) from sun on our skin health. So, it is important to check whether it is a broad spectrum (aka protects skin from both UV rays) when buying. Also, if you are in a humid area, like India, it is better to use a water resistant type. 

We do not use it to protect us from getting tanned. More often we get an even tanning when using a sunscreen, as sometimes they do carry tanning powder. As in India, we do not want to get tanned, we must check and skip the ones which has tanning powder in it.

Even if you are going out in the sun for as little as 20 minutes, you must apply it.

Even on a cloudy day 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds. So, you must apply it on a cloudy day. Water, sand and snow are even worse! They reflect UV rays, so if you are going into water, or around sand of snow, you must apply it and every 1.5-2 hours reapply it. See the reapplication time of particular sunscreen you are using. 

Harmful Ultraviolet rays can not only cause cancer, it also helps pre-mature aging! So use sunscreen to protect yourself from pre-mature aging too.

Lips get sunburned too, so apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

Apply 30 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Pay particular attention to your face, ears, hands and arm especially those areas you would wear your highlighter because those are the places normally hit by sunlight more often. Use a spray sunscreen for an even application thought out your body, especially for those tough to reach places.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF): is higher number really better?

There is not much if at all, difference between working abilities of, say for example, SPF 35 and SPF 200. According to American Melanoma (the prevalent type of skin cancer) Foundation, "SPF protection does not increase proportionally with an increased SPF number. While an SPF of 2 will absorb 50% of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93% and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97%." Therefore, I would say, as long as you are using something in between SPF30+ to SPF50+ and applying and reapplying it regularly, You are GOOD!

Why sometimes you feel burning sensation/ irritation after applying sunscreen?

Some of my friends avoid using sunscreen altogether, because they always feel burning sensation or irritation or worse rash. If you are one of them, i would say read through the following.

Yes, there are some active-ingredients (read chemicals)l present in sunscreen that can cause possible skin irritation or allergy, hormone disruption and skin damage that occurs when sunlight acts on sunscreen chemicals. Look for these words: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate etc. Avoid one that contain these. May be only one chemical is causing sensitivity with your skin! I am afraid to say, but, testing out different products is the only way to go! Also, avoid Sunscreen that contain Vitamin A or it's derivative called Retinyl palmitate, this may speed skin cancer.

Believe me, The irritation after using sunscreen is far better than suffering from sunburn! You don't wanna know how sunburn feels and you are listening it from a first-hand experienced person.

How do I apply it?

I personally use and love Aveeno face sunscreen (click here) or auripra's Baby Sunscreen from Neutrogena (click here) for face. And, for full body, I use CVS kids sunscreen (click here).

I normally, after washing my face with cleanser, moisturize it and wait good 15-20 minutes to help it absorb totally into my skin! Next, I apply sunscreen. Yes, I apply comparatively more on my T-zone of my face!

Applying sunscreen on Auripra is a daily fight! Please do share your tips, if you have any!

Hope you enjoy reading this (Looong) post as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you wanna see a post on any particular aspect of summer skin care, please let me know. You can leave a comment here or on thedocndiva facebook page.

If you like this post and find it helpful, please feel free to share it with your friends and family.

Thank you for your visit!

Image Source: Google Images***

Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to do a Glam Lilac Nail-Art: A Step by Step Tutorial

Hello to all my divas!!!

If you follow the docndiva on facebook, you already know the great news. Michellephan.com has featured one of the spring nail-arts from thedocndiva. Can not thank Michelle enough for this absolute honor. Click here to see the post. While, posting this yesterday I realized, I have not done a nail-art tutorial for a while now. Therefore, today it is going to be another very gorgeous, glam, perfect for prom or any evening event type of nail-art tutorial.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Top 5 Tips to Deal with Toddler Tantrum Inside a Movie Theatre

Hello Beauties!!!

It is a mommy time today. Staying away from family with your kid(s) is a real tough job. I am sure most of you (with experience) will agree with me, it is even tougher to keep their calm when they are out of their usual routine or surroundings. Last week, during a get together with friends, Auripra probably cried the most in a day, in her lifetime. It was very embarrassing. She is normally a happy kid; however, you never know when it goes against them and they start creating scene.

It was literally more than 2.5 years since we went to watch a movie in a theatre. I remember, I was around 7 month pregnant when we last watched a movie on big screen. Ever since, Auripra was born, 
we have been thinking about different strategies regarding managing her inside the dark room but were never be able to bold enough taking the risk. Finally last week, even after seeing the extreme outburst only few days ago, we said "enough is enough, we have to try something new." 

We did everything according to whatever we were thinking for last two years and it was a SUCCESS.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Stacking Jewelry, Fashion Trends 2013: How to Wear it

Hello my Beautiful Buddies!

Happy Month of June!!! Can't believe it's already half-way through 2013! In another couple of weeks we will be done with spring! Today I am going to light up another very popular fashion trend in summer 2013: Stacking Jewelry.

When it comes to stack jewelry, we indian do always rock it with our traditional attire. Be it a salwar or a kurti for day-to-day fashion or a super gorgeous saree or a dazzling lehenga choli for our wedding day! We just love to mix-n-match multiple necklaces, bangles, rings, earrings (though wearing 'more than one earrings' is much popular in western world too). Anyway, this year the trend in discussion is very hot all over the globe. I am going to share few pictures on "how to incorporate jewelry staking in day-to-day fashion". Hope these pictures will inspire all of us and we will be able to mix-n-match our old jewelries to give them a total new look!!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Chevron and Neutrals: Spring Outfit for Lunch with Friends

So! We were going out for a lunch with friend and family. 'The friend' was very close buddy of the 'doc' during his med school days; however, after they left med school, never had a chance to meet again. Our plan was to go for a Chinese dim sum and after eating directly to Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia for kids. She also has a two year old, his name is Aryan (isn't that a very cute name?). Yes! Auripra made a new friend.

Although, we all were going to the museum, doc had to go to hospital for something. I needed to keep that in mind while dressing for this outing. I knew, I would be running after Auripra all afternoon at the museum. I dressed myself in a very comfy outfit, also wanted to keep it trendy. Therefore, the white Bermuda shorts and chevron prints. Bermuda shorts and chevron prints are totally in trend this season. Actually, the earrings I wore also had chevron patterns on them. Products I used for makeup were sunscreen, mascara, lip-balm. I actually used sunscreen (a must during day time all year) on all over exposed skin.

Click here to know what are the other styles that are in trend this spring/summer. Click here to see how I wore this same top as a fall outfit. Isn’t it great to re-wear a top totally different ways again and again? And, Don't worry about my wedge, I surely changed back into a sneaker before entering the museum!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Floral Print Skirt: Wearing Same Skirt Two ways

Floral print is always hit for spring and summer! You can wear it as a dress, as a blazer, as skinny trouser, as a scarf or as i am wearing as a skirt. I bought this skirt two years ago when Auripra was only a few months old. Could not wear it in 2011 summer though, because I had my preggy fat all over summer that year. First time, I wore the skirt last summer and went to Longwood Gardens for a day out with my mother before she went back to India on 29th April, 2012. Again last weekend I wore this for a casual family out with Auripra and her dad to Penn's Landing. Yes! It has been a year before I wear it again.

                              Spring, 2012                                                                Spring, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

5 Coolest and Cheapest DIY Jewelry Organizing Ideas: Do It Yourself

Happy Monday Beauties!

As you have already guessed today's topic from it's name; Yes! I am going to talk about 5 DIY jewelry organization ideas that I came across in Pinterest. Pinterest is my latest craze! You can 'pin' there about everything on and beyond our world. So, it's really cool and you must check it out during your leisure if you have not started pinning yet.

Anyway, coming back to our topic again. DIY Jewelry organizing ideas are all over pinterest. I am going to share top 5 on my list here.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What to Wear on your Prom: Prom Outfit and Makeup Ideas

Hello Beautiful!!!

Can you believe this is already May? It is still kind of cold in Philadelphia, so that is very frustrating! Anyway, in USA and many other countries, during April and May 'Spring' is not only something to be excited about! There are more to it! Yes! I am talking about "Prom"!!! It is probably one of the most memorable event of a High School senior year student. 

Therefore, today's post is for all of you who is going to experience that special day of your life soon. I am going to share the whole look from hair to dress to shoes to makeup to nails! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nail-Art for Prom: A Step by Step Tutorial

So, today is another nail-art tutorial time! You already saw the picture of this nail-art last week here. Yes! The black-golden and red one. Even when I was doing the nail-art, I did not realized that it could perfect for any formal event, such as Prom etc, if you are wearing something black/golden. 
Alright then...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Limited-Edition 1922 Collection: From Warby Parker

Hi All,

I am back again. Today's post is gonna be a different one. It's my pleasure to announce the launch of limited-edition, vintage-inspired 1922 collection from Warby Parker. They have launched the collection today. Last week, I was contacted by their Online Media Manager and he wanted me to do this post for my readers with all the inside scoops of this season's collections. 

To start with, I was not sure! as because I've never done such a post before; However, after seeing the collection and knowing the fact that every pair they sell, they will give one to someone in need (Buy a Pair, Give a Pair), I decided to do the post. Lastly, I must disclose that this is NOT a sponsored post.

Monday, April 22, 2013

How to Style a Black Saree: Saree as Outfit of the Day

Hello All,
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had another Indian get together this weekend and again wore a saree for the occasion. It was a black Jamdani saree. Please stay tuned to see how I styled it.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Saree as Outfit of the Day: Traditional Bengali Look

Subha Poila Baishakh (Happy New Year) !!!

Day before yesterday (Monday), it was Bengali new year's day.  We had a party to celebrate "Poila (1st) Baishakh (first month of bengali calender)" last Saturday. I dressed up as a traditional bengali lady. Not to mention, I wore a saree and traditional gold jewelries to complement the look. Enjoy the photo-shoot below.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

JewelMint Shopping Review: Online Costume Jewelry store

Hi! Loves,

Today, I am going to share my online shopping experience with JewelMint, a runway and celebrity inspired online costume jewelry store. I actually love most of those jewelmint's creations. When you first register with them, you have to make your style profile by answering few questions and based on your style profile they will make your own personalized jewelry collection to choose from each month.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Top 5 Eye Makeup Trends of Spring/Summer 2013

Good Day my Beauties!

Last week, when I posted one outfit of the day and wrote that 'I am wearing two of the makeup trends from 2013 spring/summer', many of you might have thought what else are there we call trendy this year! I have also been thinking about doing this post for a while now. Could never have a chance. I am determined, I will start the discussion today. Thank god, finally we are enjoying warm weather in Philly. Therefore, we must not delay more writing about makeup trends of spring/summer 2013. So ladies, stay tuned to know what are in for eye makeup these coming seasons.

In case you want to check, top 16 fashion trends of spring/summer 2013, please click here. You can also check one of my outfit of the day, in which I incorporated 4 fashion and makeup trends here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Inspired nail-art: A step by step tutorial

Spring Inspired # 2

Ok! No beating around the bush, let's jump directly into the topic. Yes! we are gonna be discussing the steps of the summery floral nail that I did last week. Although it is a little bit time consuming, this is quiet easy to do. It took me around an hour to do both the hands. Not to mention, being right handed it is always more difficult and more time consuming to do the right hand by the left one.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Compilation of Colorful Nail-arts

My Nail-book

Hello beauties! Did I tell you that I am an amateur watercolor painter? However, with Auripra now and before her as I was in school, I could barely paint in last few years. Therefore, I am kinda making my soul satisfied with this new hobby of mine, and of-course that is nail-art. I have so many ideas, I wish I could do all of them. Alas! we have only 24 hours in a day.

Here, I compiled the nail-arts I did in last months for your eye-candy. 

Click on individual pictures for tutorials


Tutorial Coming soon :)

Have a great weekend! 

Love, Oeendree

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Best Homemade Hair Remedy for summer: Egg Yogurt Olive-Oil

Although, It still sometimes feels like 30F (-1°C) in Philadelphia, we know for sure now, summer is around the corner. We, in winter dominating areas, long for summer; whereas, in India, it is actually scary when we think about summer! People in tropical region actually wait for winter so dearly! Obviously, I used to do the same when I was in India.

Whether you long for summer or not, everywhere, summer means dehydration, sun-burn, more sweat,  heat rash etc. Therefore, we need to take even more care of our health, our skin and of course, our hair during this season. That is why, I am doing this post today. This is my favorite home-made hair-pack for summer. 

It is an Egg-yogurt and olive oil pack. Egg can moisturize and strengthen our hair. Yogurt can condition and cleanse our hair. Olive oil also works as moisturizer and conditioner. Well, yes, if you want, yon can use this during winter as well! But, I normally use this more often during summer.

Monday, April 1, 2013

4 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends: In One Outfit of the day

Spring Fashion 2013 # 1

Hello Beauties! I am sure you guys are looking forward to April aka spring as much as I am. Last weekend, we went to a friend's place. Here, I am going to share my outfit of this get-together with all of you guys. Of course, it was a very casual going out, so I kept everything very minimal except the colorful eyes. I incorporated 4 Spring/Summer 2013 fashion/makeup trends into this OOTD. Fashion trends I used here are: Black/White and Shine. Makeup trend I wore: popping eyes with soft teal eyeshadow, and pale nails for my makeup. I brought the whole look together with natural peachy lip and leopard print pump and purse. I hope you will like it.

Friday, March 29, 2013

How to: Nail-art for Easter and Holi Festivities

Happy Belated Holi and Happy Easter Everyone

When you think about spring, what exactly do you think about? I think about colors, flowers and colorful festivals. In India, we celebrate Holi, the festival of color during spring. Here in USA, Easter is celebrated around the same time. The tradition for Easter is making cute-colorful eggs, whereas Holi is all about bright-vibrant color!

This year, these festivals happened to be only three days apart! Holi was on last Wednesday, March 27th and Easter is on coming Sunday, March 31st. Therefore, I did my nails inspired by colors, vibrance, patterns, dots, festivals. And, of course, I am going to share how to do it here...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

7 Best ways to Lose your Pregnancy Weight

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! 

Friends! today is a very special day of our life. It is Auripra's second birthday! It seems these (almost) three years, from the day we got our pregnancy test result positive till today, flew super fast! New baby, for the first time parent, is always a challenge! Especially, when they are staying far away from family. Hence, it was tough for us with her, at least for first six weeks, before my mom arrived to rescue us. 

After my mom came, I started eating so much that instead of losing pregnancy weight I started gaining more... I still remember when Auripra was around 8 weeks old, somebody asked me whether I was pregnant at the point! It was embarrassing, however, it was kind of okay when I said I have a two month old.

I am always petite in stature. My pre-pregnancy weight was 108Lb and just before Auripra was born I was 135Lb. Of course, I lost some after she was born! After my mom came, I was again around 130Lb or so. I should mention here Auripra was exclusively on breast-feeding until she was 6 months old and after that she used to have one solid feeding everyday, otherwise, I was still breast-feeding her until she was 9 months, that is when I stopped breast-feeding her altogether. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Inspired Nail-Art: Step by Step Tutorial

So, today is the first official day of Spring! This is a beautiful but, somewhat cloudy day in Philadelphia. I am feeling like going out, playing with Auripra... (By the way, she is going to be 2 year old in less than a week time. Can't believe!), though it's not quite as warm as we are expecting. Still, it is finally spring and we are super-duper excited!

Therefore, I am going to share my first spring inspired nail-art tutorial with my beautiful friends here today. This nail-art illustrates first blossom of the season. So stay tuned. Smooches.

Continue reading for step by step tutorial

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10 Best Ways to Renew Wardrobe without spending fortune

Hello loves!!!

Two weeks ago, I posted about top 16 spring/summer trends in 2013. Many of you might have thought, Oh! new season, new fashion means only some more pocket cut. Though, you have so much to wear, you just can't wear them only because they are out of trend. Believe me, I used to think the same way before I realized these magic tricks to renew my wardrobe continuously and not to mention, without spending a lot of money.

Continue reading to know those tricks and tips...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

10 Lady Diana Dresses: Up for Auction

Hello everyone! I am going to tell you one of my childhood obsessions that I am still obsessed with and She is none other than The Princess of Wales, Lady Diana. I love her; I love her timeless beauty, her style, her modishness,  and of course her dresses and jewelries. I don't know whether you are aware, but there is a section in amazon.com where you can buy costume jewelries those are look-alike of lady Di's original one. Click here for her wedding ring.

Anyway, today I am telling you all these because 10 of the Princess' evening dresses were on Kerry Taylor Auction today in UK including famous black dress that she wore in White House Ball in 1985 and danced with John Travolta. The money raised in the auction will go for charity.

Click here and Enjoy!!!

How to: Wearable Green eyeliner and Green eyeshadow Look

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!

St. Patrick's day is on this sunday March 17th. The tradition is to wear everything 'Green' for the occasion. Emerald green is a color totally in trend in this coming spring and summer. If you are edgy, I am sure you would love to try green eyeliner this season because wearing colored eyeliner, especially green and blue and every color in between, is another hot makeup trend this year. Wanna go little further, emerald green eye-shadow to go. Above pictures are what I came up with green eyeliner and shadow look. Don't you think they are very much wearable? 

Click here for the Step by Step Tutorial

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Liebster Blog Award Nomination

First Blogging Award

It's my immense pleasure to be nominated for Liebster Blog Award by my friend, the Gorgeous Aditi of So-Saree last month. 'Better late than never', so here I am doing the post. Thank you so very much Aditi once again. This award is for aspiring bloggers who have less than 300 followers.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top 16 Fashion Trends of Spring/Summer 2013

Thanks God!!! This is March and not to mention, we are so ready for Spring/Summer. Lately, I have been googling a lot about what is trending, color wise, fashion wise, style wise in coming spring and summer. Evidently, Fashion Weeks in different big cities (such as New York, Paris, Milan and London) are the trend setters. I went to NYFW website and browsed through different designers' Spring/Summer, 2013 collections and also went to some experts websites like Elle, Herpersbazar etc. Click Here for another post from one of my blogger buddies, Estilo Hedónico, she did a post on NWFW: Spring/Summer 2013, too and that helped me too. The following is the result of my Googlearch (Google+Research)! Funny? Or, not so much!

Enjoy pictures from NYFW: Spring, 2013 with 16 Hottest Fashion trends of 2013...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oscars 2013: Dresses, Jewelries & Makeup

"and, the Oscar goes to... Dresses and Jewelries and ..."

Oh Yes!!! It is finally time to explore dresses and designers and jewelries and makeup and hair and every other glam about celebrities on Oscars 2013. Well, I am not going to talk about All of them; but I am going to mention all of them whom I thought, stood out in the crowd. So, enjoy...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Healthy Recipe: Oatmeal with Fried Vegetable

 Just another heartful way to start our day...

Hello Beauties!!! Last week, I blogged about 10 best foods for our heart. Of course, oatmeal is one of them. Right now, I will be sharing a very quick, tasty but different oatmeal recipe that sometime I prepare for our breakfast. So, let's jump direct into this recipe.

Click here for more 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

10 Best Heart Healthy Foods to Include in our Daily Diet

Coloring our world Red: With Hearty food

So, let's talk Healthy Today!!!
While everyone is looking for love on the "love day" and numerous promotional article features February as the "heart month" (I think quite appropriately!), this is our opportunity friends to find out 10 best heart-healthy food to keep our heart as well as our loved ones heart in shape! Not all of them might work for all of us - granted, but if we can pick few of them from the list below and incorporate them in our kitchen as regular eatables, I think the benefits are going to be very rewarding! We are not getting younger everyday, after all!
Click here to read more

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