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Longer lasting candles

If you want to get the most out of your candles and not watch your money go up in smoke (literally), here is an important tip to follow. One of the best things that you can do for your candles is to keep the wick trimmed to ¼ of an inch. Wicks that are allowed to get larger than ¼ of an inch tend to burn faster and smoke. If you are noticing black soot accumulating on your container candles, the wick is too long. Nail clippers are great tools for trimming wicks that can't be reached with scissors.



This renowned boutique of Dhaka has already made a niche among fashionistas for their attires that reflect the mindset of the city's fashion conscience men and women. Beginning 28 January, 2011 Chondon will showcase their latest collection Yo Chan for men. This range of designs has been the brainchild of Jewel Hasan, who has worked in New York for many years, and is heavily influenced by Oriental styles, reflected primarily on the neck designs and the use of buttons. The product line of the Yo Chan range includes jackets, fatuas, kurtas, vests, pants, scarves etc. The price ranges from Tk2000-12000.

The Yo Chan range will be on display at the Chondon Showroom, House 9, Road 103, Gulshan-2, between 11 am to 8 pm from 28 January 2011.

Contact: 9891173, 01552379735

-LS Desk


Kaya Skin Clinic turns one!

19 January, 2011 marked a special occasion for the team at Kaya Skin Clinic in Bangladesh. An elaborate and joyous anniversary party was held at their Dhanmondi outlet to celebrate one year of rapid growth and style.

Kaya Skin Clinic (Kaya Ltd) is a Marico owned subsidiary with the single-minded objective of delivering flawless skin and using the latest technology available around India and the Middle East. It started its journey one year ago in Bangladesh with two outlets in Dhanmondi and Gulshan.

“We are delighted to celebrate Kaya's first anniversary in Bangladesh and are pleased with the response we have gotten from our clients. We will continue to offer highly efficacious beauty and wellness solutions to our clients in Bangladesh,” Rohit Jaiswal, Managing Director, Marico Bangladesh said.

Speaking on the occasion Rituparna, the talented actress, said, “Kaya is a symbol of beauty. I've personally taken services from Kaya Skin Clinic, Kolkata. I've worked here in local films and Bangladesh is one of my favourite countries. My forefathers belong to this land. I'm very excited and proud to be here.

“Women sometimes suffer from different complexes. Kaya tries to overcome that complex by providing lots of packages. When a woman crosses 30, she suffers from many mental and physical problems. Kaya has a wide range of anti-ageing products and by using these one can feel confident and look younger. They cater to individual treatments for every skin type. I wish to see more outlets in Dhaka during the next year when I hope to come again.”

Kaya provides laser treatment for scar reduction and they have also introduced botox. People now need not visit India or any other countries for botox solutions. They can shape your lips and eyebrows right here in Bangladesh.

“We do different treatments here, like Kaya Advanced Facial Treatment, other treatments for eyes, backsides, and permanent hair reduction by laser treatment under the observation of doctors. We also provide full body laser treatment” said Dr. Sharmili of Kaya Skin Clinic.

As part of their anniversary celebration Kaya is offering a variety of special offers, discounts and services to honour their customers. So if you were looking for solutions to your skin problems, check Kaya's extensive offers.

By Farizaa Sabreen


Interview with Rituparna

Gorgeous Indian actress Rituparna Sengupta is famous for her flawless skin and lustrous hair. In conversation with Star Lifestyle, she talked about her beauty regimen, lifestyle and the difficulties of balancing a film career and personal life.

“We have to be conscious about ourselves. Whether you are married or unmarried, don't ignore yourselves. The most important thing to look great is to hydrate, cleanse and moisturise regularly. Always use sunscreen. You have to use water, be it for drinking or cleaning. Water and fluids detoxify your skin,” explains Rituparna.

“We have to accept our life as it is. Accept your age, but age gracefully. Demands of our profession take tolls on our lives. Unless we are self conscious, it shows. Everybody has a unique lifestyle and in order to maintain a beauty regimen there must be discipline in our lives.

“As actors we are compelled to use heavy makeup, work late hours and attend parties. Our skin goes through a lot. But with a little awareness, we can maintain healthy skin.”

Rituparna believes that balance comes from one's inner self. “We have to prioritise our responsibilities. You know what is good for you and try to live in that way. Everyone should fix his or her aim in life. Seek advice from an experienced friend if you don't understand what to do with your problems. I believe in maintaining a composed life and being optimistic.”

When asked what helps her maintain an attractive physique, she said, “I don't like going to gyms. I am not at all a gym person. But I do yoga regularly. It is a rejuvenating exercise.” The talented actress is coming to Bangladesh soon for the shooting of “Ek Cup Cha” in which her two close friends -- Ferdaus and Moushumi -- are also working. Two of her films -- Bedeni and Dil to Bachcha Hai Ji were just released and she is now busy working in two reality shows on Ruposhi Bangla Channel.

By Farizaa Sabreen


Bibi in Bogota

Bibi Russell, former model, activist and world-renowned Bangladeshi fashion designer, was in Colombia to participate in workshops and conversations with local artisans and small businesses, organised by the District Department of Economic Development in Bogota.

Russell is known worldwide because of her initiative, Fashion for Development, a project created in 1996 to support the work of the artisans of Bangladesh through a sustainable business model. The initiative has proved so successful that in recent years it has been replicated in other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, bnefitting more than 35,000 people.

Russell, who was named artist of the UNESCO in 2001, ended her visit to the capital with a parade in which she showcased her designs in Artisan Square.

-LS Desk


Our city

Dhaka is an old city but whether it is 400 or 401 years old should not be a debatable issue. Or if there is any reason to celebrate these happening decades of Dhaka as an important city is certainly not something to raise a storm in a teacup about either.

Dhaka with its narrow dilapidated lanes or its modern flyovers is a city that is steeped in history and culture; a tradition that is totally one's own. The fact remains that you all love this decaying city.

There is an almost hypnotic charm about Dhaka that keeps tugging at your heart.

You curse the city fathers, the marauding city lawmakers, the naïve -- almost rustic -- citizens for failing the city at every step, but at the same time you love this place with a zealous, undying passion.

Many will vehemently beg to differ, but deep down in that tangled subconscious mind of yours you know you love the call of the muezzin at the crack of dawn, the crowing of crows, the sound of the rickshaw bells, the non-stop honking, the hot sweet chai at the roadside tea stall, the morning paper which is full of violence and disappointments. You just love Dhaka in spite of it failing to live up to your expectations.

If not, then why, right after you cross that yellow immigration line and you turn back to see the robotic immigration officer stamping others' papers nonchalantly, do you always make those quick prayers to return home safely? Why do you want to kiss the soil upon return? No matter where you go or how much of a globetrotter you are or even if you become a citizen of the world, Dhaka will always be home for you.

It is where you will slurp your piping hot lentil soup in a bowl of steamed rice with chillies on the side. It is where you can drive through red lights and not bother to stop when the traffic sergeant blows his whistle. It is where you get your 'khadi panjabi', your 'reshmi churis', your red 'bindi' on the footpaths of Gawsia.

It is where you feel the throbbing vibe of the rowdy crowd and hopscotch through dug up roads and crave that street-side tangy 'fuchka'; most importantly, get stuck for three hours in traffic jams because someone decided to hold a procession in the middle of a thoroughfare.

Though at times you dismiss this affection as utter nonsense and would rather ignore it and adopt the stance that Dhaka is not worth looking back at or coming back to, almost with a vengeance, yet with all its qualms and idiosyncrasies this is your Dhaka; love it, leave it or deny it.

Star Lifestyle's celebration of Dhaka's rich past ends here with a toast to the last 40 years as the capital of independent Bangladesh. Though Bangladesh has just entered its midlife years, but we know for sure that Dhaka is old enough and wise enough to steer away from any midlife crisis.

Raffat Binte Rashid





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