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make-up maintenance

The hot, humid climate of Bangladesh isn't very hospitable to make-up or moisturisers. If they're not drying up, they're playing host to a variety of moulds and fungi. However, a little maintenance can help you get the maximum mileage out of your make-up.

If you are planning to buy in bulk, then stash them in a cool place like the fridge or an air-conditioned room to make them last for a longer time. It's still best to buy in smaller quantities and use them over a short period of time. Long-term use runs the risk of the products losing their hypo-allergenic properties; discolouration could occur, powder may cake, nail varnish dry out, and so on. Once opened they should be used up quickly.

Foundation is good for two years. Keep water-based foundation in a cupboard where the temperature is controlled heat and cold may spoil the colour. Oil-based foundations need to be mixed well so the oil and colour don't separate, causing the oil to squirt out first and the colour to dry out.

Concealer is usable for one to two years. These are normally oil-based. A product with a sponge-tip or brush applicator that's dipped into the concealer will have a shorter life (up to a year) than one that is squeezed out of a tube and isn't exposed to air (up to two years). Especially as concealer is sometimes used on spots, it's important to not double-dip the applicator, allowing the germs to spread to the rest of the concealer and breed. It's best not to let others use the sponge you are using; instead give them cotton to apply and prevent skin diseases.

Loose powder will stay fresh for two years, although it's normally used up before then. Compact powder has a shorter lifespan of around eight months to a year, as it's applied with a sponge applicator that comes into contact with your skin (and compact powder is normally used by women with oily skin). These skin oils will cake the product over a few months, and spread skin bacteria if you have a breakout, so remember to keep your sponges clean.

Lipstick is good for six months to a year, and even this period varies widely as there are so many different formulas, so check the packaging. Waxy lipsticks can easily melt if left in a hot car, so keep them in cool places so that they last.

A lip-gloss in a pot that's applied with your finger can last up to six months. To keep it clean and hygienic, wipe your lip-gloss or Vaseline pots with a tissue every now and then to scrape off the top layer, and dip your lipsticks in pure alcohol every so often. Its best to them buy in a few colours and finish it off as soon as possible rather than storing them.

Eye shadow can be kept up to a year or two. Don't use a wet brush on powder-based eye shadow (unless it's specifically designed for wet or dry application) as moisture may change the colour and cause it to cake. It's very important to keep your brushes clean and keep it from others as the eye area is the most delicate and eye infections can easily occur.

Pencil eyeliners and lip liners can be up kept up to two to three years. They are normally of a waxy substance, which doesn't really allow germs to breed so they're rather safe. (But remember to check the packaging.)The best way to maintain them is by keeping them in the deep freeze to reduce breakage.

Mascara and liquid eye liner have shelf-lives of at least six months. These are the most sensitive of all make-up products, as the gel is the ideal breeding ground for germs. Best not to keep mascara if you've used up all the gel or if it's been open for more than two months. If you've used it while having an eye infection or even the slightest inflammation, chuck it. To keep things hygienic, don't pump your mascara wand into the container this only allows air to be trapped inside, introducing germs and causing the mascara to dry and cake. Mascaras and liquid liners tend to last for a shorter time because they evaporate more than any other products.

Nail polish can lasts for a year. Always ensure the inside top is clean when you close the bottle; otherwise it hardens and prevents the bottle from closing properly, causing the varnish to dry and discolour. It also evaporates fast.

Creams can last two years on average if kept in a cool place like the fridge or air-conditioned rooms as heat makes the oil separate at times. Always check the packaging for an indication, as these vary widely depending on the formula used.

A little savvy, a little care can help you get the most out of your paints and potions.

By Tashmia Zaman
Special thanks to Nilofar Khandakar, Cosmetologist, Nilo's Parlour, House 12/b, Road 55, Gulshan-2, Dhaka
Photo: Munem Wasif


Great Singapore sale

If you're looking for a hot spot to visit this summer, then Singapore is probably just the place for you. You can beat the heat with fabulous summer shopping in Singapore- shopping till you drop at the exhilarating Summer Shopping Season from May 25, 2007 to July 22, 2007 at major stores and malls on Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Bugis Street and even in the suburbs where shopping hours have been extended till 12 midnight and beyond on selected weekends. Singapore offers families the complete holiday treats and families can enjoy the myriad of family-friendly attractions such as the Sentosa, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and much more. This year's Summer Sale in Singapore promises additional privileges and promotions specially created for visitors, explained Kenneth Lim, Area Director, Northern & Eastern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, Singapore Tourism Board. To entice Bangladeshis to visit Singapore during this upcoming school vacation, the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Airlines have launched a three days and two nights travel package in Bangladesh. This package is priced only at Taka 29,400. For more info please contact the advertising agency Benchmark- 8813648, 0152 307812.

-LS Desk

On The Cover

We're enjoying an early rainy spell this season. Come, fall under the spell of the elements as we take you through some rainy remembrances on centrefold

Photo: Zahedul I Khan
Model: Subhi Shama Reehu


Locks of love
There's a lot of mystery, innuendo, experiments and theories about hair and hair care. From homemade potions to lab-tested chemical concoctions, there is no end to the things people put on their hair. Hair is an integral feature of our bodies, one that is prone to breakage and fall. So instead of experimenting with your hair and reducing it to tatters, it's best to do your research first and then take it for a ride.

What's your type?
Determining what type of hair you have can save you a lot of heartache. A good way to determine if you have oily, dry, normal or combination hair is to take note of the state of your hair when it is unwashed. If it seems brittle and rough, chances are it is dry. If it feels greasy when left unwashed, then it is probably oily. If the hair feels rough but the scalp is oily, chances are you have combination hair. Once you determine what type of hair you have, it is a lot easier to shop for hair products.

What do you use?
If you are constantly putting products in your hair besides, shampoo and conditioner, chances are your hair will grow weak. Hair sprays, mousse, gels, and hair dyes tend to weaken hair. But if you are keen on using them nonetheless, make sure that you use shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair to make up for the loss.

Frequency counts
How often you use shampoo, conditioner and other products also attributes to the health of your hair. Too much or too little use is wrong. As for the former, you don't want to weaken your hair, but as for the latter you don't want to make it appear dirty. Determine how often your hair needs to be cleaned and wash accordingly.

Hair care can be very easy or very difficult depending on how you approach the matter. But knowing your hair and how it acts makes the job a lot less tedious.

By Tahiat-e-Mahboob



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