Saturday, 16 June 2018

DIY Lip Balm

Caring and nourishing your lips with a lip balm, softens as well as adds shine. Applying a lip balm should invariably an everyday routine. Lip balm’s can well be made at home. Let’s have a look at what to start with;
  • A small tin
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 15 drops of cinnamon essential oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon of raw honey

Once you have everything together, here’s how you make the lip balm:

Start with mixing together the coconut oil, beeswax pellets, and almond oil. Next, microwave or heat the mixture on the gas for about 1-2 minutes.

Once the mixture is heated up, remove it from the gas and immediately add 15-20 drops of your essential oil. Now pour the mixture in the container tin. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, until solid. We like to let ours cool for at least 45minutes to be on the safe side.

Once it’s solid, it is all pretty and ready to use. You can experiment with a variety of lip balms.


Let us know if you have ever tried making a lip balm at home before or any other cool DIY’s ideas in the comments below.

Love,
Divo Diaries

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Save your Hair from Tangling

Hair texture, frequency of brushing, as well as the healthiness of the hair can all contribute to the reasons why your hair is tangling a lot. People with dry and damaged, curly hair or sleeping with your hair open, are prone to tangling a lot more.

However, there is some good news! You can follow certain routines to minimize tangling and the damage that comes from detangling it. Here are our favourite tips on how you can do that.

Routine 1: Oil your hair
One of the favourite natural hair treatments is Pure Coconut Oil. Leave it in for 30 minutes before your shower or overnight, wash it out with shampoo and enjoy gloriously smooth and silky, hydrated hair sans any tangling.


Routine 2: Condition your hair

Never, ever skip on conditioner. Conditioning the hair after shampooing will restore help moisture back into it, leaving it smoother and less likely to tangle. Wash your hair with normal tap water than using hot water.


Routine 3: Use a wide tooth comb

Using a wide tooth comb will not only remove the tangles more efficiently, but you will also protect your hair from being torn and damaged. Patiently, start at the bottom of the knot, work your way up until it is combed out completely.



Routine 4: Brush Daily

Brush your hair 2-3 times a day using a soft bristle brush, especially before a shower and before sleeping. This could avoid tangling!


Routine 5: Care while Sleeping
We recommend you to tie your hair up in a loose bun to avoid the friction against the pillow when you toss and turn, tangling and damaging the loose hair.

Let us know if these help you! 

Love,
DIVO Diaries 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

3 “Get me Gorgeous” food to eat or apply for Glowing Skin and Shiny Hair

You are what you eat!

The food that we eat matters and eating right will keep us living, feeling, and yes, looking good!

It’s the subtle difference between shiny, healthy hair and hair that is dry and dull, or between skin with a natural glow, and skin that is pale. Sometimes it’s just a feeling you get when you look at someone and they look beautiful, because they look healthy.

While everyone is different, fortunately there are a few basic guidelines to follow when it comes to picking the right food to eat or apply for your hair and skin. Read on as we pick 3 food for achieving clear, soft, supple, glowing skin and give you the ins and outs of exactly why we picked them.

Almonds
Almonds are packed with essential fatty acids, fibres and protein. They are rich in Vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals such as zinc and potassium. It has pro-biotic properties that help maintain a healthy digestive system. It improves your haemoglobin and promotes blood circulation. Snack on a handful of almonds daily.

Almond oil when applied warm is helpful in treating dandruff and hair loss. It is often applied to dried and washed hair to add a significant sheen plus a protective layer to it, making your hair more manageable and tangle free.

Soak almonds for 6-8 hours in water or milk then crush it into a fine paste. Scrub this paste on the skin for 5-10 minutes gently. This will remove dead skin and dirt off your face leaving a radiant and glowing skin.


Avocados

Ever seen shampoos or facial masks using avocados? There’s a reason for that. Avocados contain good amounts of vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids ‘one of the building blocks of healthy skin ‘ which is highly concentrated in the oil not only helps lower bad cholesterol levels, but also reduce the appearance of aging in skin. Avocados also contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate. All of these nutrients help to even out skin tone over time when added to your diet regularly. Avocados are the most definitely on the priority “get gorgeous” food list.



Walnuts

Walnuts are a good source of potassium, omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. Regular application of walnut oil keeps the scalp moisturized and hydrated, thus keeping medical conditions such as dermatitis at bay. They also protect your hair from sun damage and keep it lustrous. All these ingredients strengthen the hair follicles leaving it healthier with glowing hair.

Walnut benefits in fighting the free radical induced due to stress. Walnuts are good for the skin as they are packed with vitamin B. Vitamin B is an excellent stress and mood manager. The presence of the vitamin B together with Vitamin E, act as a natural antioxidant. Oil extracted from the walnuts is known to ease puffiness and relax eyes, retaining its glow and colour. The regular application of warm walnut oil is known to lighten the dark circles.


These are our top three ingredients for glowing skin and healthy hair. Let us know if these work for you or if you follow something else.

Love,
DIVO Diaries

Friday, 25 May 2018

3 Shades of Kangana at Cannes 2018

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is sparkling with glamour and the dazzle of celebs. And like every year, our Bollywood celebrities have been gracing the red carpet in their haute couture dresses. The French Riviera has witnessed the entire spectrum of glitz and stylish dames that have made a super lasting impression at Cannes.

This year we were in love with Kangana’s on point style quotient. She totally rocked her debut at Cannes with a don't care attitude. She pulled off three completely different hairstyles which we are a fan off.

Shade 1: Kangana started this year’s event in a black sequined saree by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She donned a retro-styled hair and makeup with a sparkling choker necklace with embedded diamonds, emeralds and pearls from the designer’s collection, she looked drop dead gorgeous. 



Shade 2: The second look of Kangana we were head over heels was her chic menswear-inspired jacket, bra and trousers from Trussardi with a messy side swept hair and those dark lips, added to the sassiness she carries effortlessly.


Shade3: This is indeed our favourite, Kangana adorned an embroidered catsuit Nedo By Nedret Taciroglu to the Cannes red carpet. Her slender frame, smoky eyes and messy curly hair completed her ensemble. A perfect mix of sensuality with the drama of the design, she was a certain game changer at the red carpet and an eye candy to fashion lovers world over.


We at Divo Diaries, loved these 3 shaded of Kangana. Let us know who you loved the most this year.

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DivoDiaries!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

3 Trendy Hairstyles Inspired by Deepika Padukone

Bollywood divas are known for their inspiring hair dos. We pick our favourite Deepika Padukone who over the last decade has continued charming the fashionista circle with her minimalistic yet eye catchy hair trends.

Chic Side Braid:
The side braid can easily be donned by plaiting all of your hair together to form one large loose braid. Deepika looks super-chick and nails the look.

Divo loves the idea of dressing up side braid hairstyle with a pretty ribbon rather than simple hair elastic. It’s a great and subtle way to give your plait a girly touch.


The Elegant Bun:
A head turner on the red carpet and among the fashion brigade, Deepika nails the looks. The hairstyle is elegant and gives her a charming look.

If you are attending a traditional ceremony or attending a formal invite, you can certainly be inspired by this stunning look of Deepika.


Centre parted Straight hair:
Deepika rocked the straight hairdo for the airport look. An excellent hair style for most women; helps frame the face neatly and show off your long locks, without allowing it to get too heavy.

We at Divo suggest by taking weight off the top layer, your hair is more likely to maintain volume instead of falling flat on your face thereby easy to carry off the look anytime, anywhere.



The above are our top 3 picks. Let us know in comments which Deepika Padukone hairstyle got your heart?


Love
Divo Diaries

Friday, 11 May 2018

Hair Essentials for Vacations

As we hit the vacation season, most people plan their trip. Planning and packing for vacation can be really stressful. There’s always that one thing you miss! I’m sure we all agree to this. Summers are anyway a bit harsh to your hair so here are a few things you must carry on your trip to care for your hair.

Hair Pins & elastics

I know this is extremely basic but most of us forget carrying this as we take it for granted. Always carry extra pins and elastics as you’re bound to misplace one. You can have a lot of varieties with hair pins and elastics. You can experiment with different hairstyles and get some amazing pictures for your Instagram. We have to admit that your vacation will give you at least 3 months content for your Instagram :P

From a ponytail to side swept hair with bobby pins you can pull of any hairstyles with these.

PS - Try to keep your hair pins and elastic in a small pouch or zip lock bag to be able to find them easily.



A Comb and Hairbrush 

It’s always better to carry both a comb and hairbrush. Generally we tend to carry either or. You will need the brush to make up-dos and ponytail and a comb to detangle knots post swimming or washing your hair. We tend to carry hair dryers and straighteners which are bulky and occupy space. Let your hair also be on vacation and give it a break from the heat. Instead of dryers and straighteners we suggest you carry a comb and a hairbrush.



Shampoo & Conditioner

Along with other toiletries always carry your own shampoo and conditioner and avoid using the hotel products. Carry what suits your hair the best. The last thing you want on your trip is your hair looking frizzy or dull. Always carry your own products be it your leave in conditioner or gel. This will help to maintain your hair texture. You needn’t carry big bottles, you get travel bottles easily available in the market which you can purchase and carry it along without any difficulty.


Shower Cap

Shower cap will come very handy when you plan a mini vacation and don’t wish to wash your hair. It's small and compact and will fit in anywhere very easily. Also, when you’re hair is done and you just want a quick splash on your face the shower cap will be extremely useful. This is something we generally forget and don’t value, but trust us, this will be very handy at the trip.


Travel light and have fun! Just carry these essentials and you will be sorted :)

Let us in the comments below if you have any travel tip to share.


Love,
DIVO Diaries

Monday, 30 April 2018

Home Remedies to get Rid of Yellow Nails

Your first thoughts on dull and lifeless nails is to just colouring them away. However, n​ails are not just about fancy and vibrant nail colours. Have you ever considered the natural way to make your nails appear cleaner, healthier, shinier and more attractive?

Dull or yellow nails are not a permanent condition and could possibly suggest some health issues in certain cases, we recommend you to see your doctor. However, in most cases a little extra care and maintenance using home remedies can positively improve the health of your nails.


Below are the two easy home remedies we recommend to bring some natural glitter to your nails:

1) Lemon Juice and Baking Soda:

Lemon juice is loaded with vitamins and minerals that replenish your skin and nails. It is also a natural bleaching agent that helps lighten the yellow staining.

Mix well to form a thick paste of 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of banking soda and ½ teaspoon of olive oil to exfoliate, lighten and moisturize your nails.


Apply the mixture on your nails and give it a light rub. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow it with your regular hand wash. This remedy should give you visible results after the very first use. You can use it 2 or 3 times a month to keep your nails white.

2) White Toothpaste
Toothpaste can also be used to get rid of yellow nails. It contains mild abrasives that scrub your nails the same way they do your teeth. Keeping your nails white is just one of the numerous applications of toothpaste.



DIVO Nail Brush

Squeeze out some toothpaste onto a soft and clean nail brush. Apply the paste on your nails and scrub it around in small, circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes. Leave the toothpaste on your nails for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, rinse off the toothpaste with lukewarm water. Apply some vaseline on your nails and hands afterwards. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a week to get rid of yellow nails. They should be noticeably lighter after 1 week, you can continue for 1 month if needed.

Divo wishes to create a community of hair & beauty lovers and shall continue to bring such DIY. Please share what you think of the above home remedies and if something else did the trick for you!

Love
Divo Diaries

P.S - More often than not, certain bacteria or fungi may call your nails home and lead to infection and discoloration. We alternatively suggest seeing a doctor as well.