On World’s Tattoo Day, let us all share our stories and experiences about why we got inked, what importance does a tattoo hold in our lives. Getting inked is a tradition, followed since centuries, it holds great importance, many tattooed their victories in war, some tried to hold on to their lost dear ones onto their skin, it may be a hip culture for a lot of people now, and for others tattoos are the stories they can’t narrate themselves.

There are three reasons to as why people get inked:

1) Memories

Have you ever lost a pet that you grew up with? Lost your parent or a best friend? If yes, you will understand the pain of the loss. The memories will always haunt us, you can’t escape it, you only have to accept it and move on and tattoos help people do that. Getting those same memories skin deep makes you feel like you’re carrying them onto your life ahead with you. It is more than preserving something for eternity.

2) Art

Art has many shapes and forms, it literally comes from anywhere and is shared through any medium. Some paint it on a canvas or a wall, dance on a stage or streets, cook for their families or in a restaurant, art is simply everywhere. Tattoos are a form of art. People share stories through their art of tattoos. It is as our bodies are a piece of blank canvas and we’re painting it full of colours and depicting our emotions.

3) Love/Passion

It basically summarizes why people with ink, get inked. Their love or passion makes them ink it deep in their souls onto their bodies. It can be a quote very dear to you, an old photograph, your parent’s name or even an important date, it can be anything that you’re absolutely passionate about!

Here, at TBD, many of our team members have got really special tattoos onto their souls. Each tells a different story, you can say it’s a peek through a curtain into their life.

1) The big boss of our team is a mysterious person of us all, but her tattoos speak for themselves. She is an old-school book lover (Bibliophile tattoo) but is also fascinated with all the mysterious theories of our world. She knows that in life you need to write your own story and hence the “Quote-Unquote: Life is unwritten make your own quotes”. She lost her grandfather whom she was very close to and chose to get his birth year and the year he died, to be inked on her skin forever, cherishing his memories.

2) Our next teammate is everyone’s favorite lil bundle of joy, she says, “I am a hardcore believer of karma. I think we should get a tattoo of something that we learn throughout our lives and want to take to the grave. It’s an endless knot of karma which means you cannot escape your karma unless you do it without expectations!”.

3) This next human is known for her baby face and an always excited nature. She got stars inked on her neck. She loves being random and tries new experiences. “An always up for an adventure” kinda gal, so when her girlies would get ear piercing, she got herself a bunch of stars inked.

4) Lastly, I got this tattooed for my mother (quite evident). It was six years ago when she fell sick terribly. It was a moment when doctors had told us to bid our goodbyes to her, but God smiled upon her and she survived. It was mother’s day when she came home post her discharge and wanted to tell her how much she means to me and thus got this inked on that very same day.

We encourage you to share your stories with the world, write to us at [email protected]

Putting your best face forward at work can be tricky. You have to strike a balance between being too fancy and just right for a work day. The lipstick that looks gorgeous at a party will certainly not be appropriate for a work day. That thin line is what you have to tread on. Let us have a look at an expert’s guide to office makeup:

Big meeting

If you have a big meeting coming up, try and keep the look polished. Stick to lipstick rather than lip gloss as it looks more professional. Try adding colour to the cheeks and a little mascara will do the trick.

Applying foundation

Ensure that your skin is perfectly primed and hydrated with a good moisturiser. It should be applied with a good foundation brush so that you can get the right finish unlike when you do it with your fingers. Start from the centre, where you tend to have maximum redness, if present. Slowly work your way outward into your jaw line and neckline. If you do this, lines will not be so visible. The final step is to set the foundation with pressed powder.

Office essentials

Always keep lip gloss, a blush and some eye shadows in your handbag or cabinet. You never know when an after office dinner or party may spring up and you may need them.

Day to evening transition

You may not always have the time to remove your makeup entirely. Try refreshing instead. Start by applying a few drops of night repair cream and slowly work it into your skin. This will bring a radiant glow.

It is essential that you never overdo your makeup, because at the end of the day you are at your work place.

That perfect look is what most of us strive for. But what really is that perfect look? Bollywood has a major influence on the youth today, but it isn’t that these Bollywood celebrities are blessed with amazing looks. With the kind of money that they earn and the nature of their job, it isn’t a surprise that Bollywood celebrities themselves have gone under the knife to achieve that perfect look. Here we take a look at some of them.

Shilpa Shetty

With an awe-inspiring figure which we all long for, this Bollywood diva was always obsessed with perfection. She went ahead and fixed her nose which she thought was too flat.

Mallika Sherawat

Well, Mallika Sherawat is synonymous with hot and sexy, and there is no prize for guessing which part of her body she has surgically enhanced.


This evergreen dame had pictures splashed all over the web to indicate what was rumoured to be a boob-job. However, one thing is for sure is that she has got a nose job done.

Poonam Pandey

Bold as she is, she went from being a nobody to a some-booty after her asset augmentation.

Sherlyn Chopra

Another diva who caught eyeballs with her voluptuous figure and surgically enhanced body is Sherlyn Chopra. She was rumoured to have silicone implants although it isn’t certain.

Koena Mitra

Here’s an example of why you shouldn’t think of plastic surgery. After surgically enhancing her face, things went from bad to worse as she had to go through several corrective surgeries following a bad first attempt.

Katrina Kaif

Kat flaunts plumper lips thanks to her doctor’s efforts. Well, Kat we loved you anyway.

Priyanka Chopra

Piggy Chops did not like the way her upper lip grazed her nose while smiling and hence went under the knife to correct it.

Anushka Sharma

After her recent appearance on ‘Koffee With Karan’, Anushka Sharma faced severe criticism for her lip job. The actress chose to blame the lip enhancing tool she was apparently using at that time for an upcoming film.

Kareena Kapoor

The chubby cheeked Kareena Kapoor went under the knife to lift her cheekbones and sport a chiselled jaw line. The difference is clearly visible!

Karisma Kapoor

Another Kapoor Khandaan actress who went under the knife was Karisma. First she got rid of her bushy eyebrows and the next in line was her lips.

Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. Around 90 percent of women suffer from it in their legs, buttocks or stomach. There are ways in which you can significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Let us look at some of them.

(Also read – How to burn fat without losing muscle)

Eat healthy

A healthy diet plays an important part in keeping cellulite at bay. Eat plenty of fibre and whole grain foods as well as fruits and vegetables, since they help to remove waste and toxins from the intestinal tract. Drink plenty of water as well. Water helps in shedding of fat and also in strengthening the collagen in your skin.


Cellulite is basically fat. Excess body fat shows itself through cellulite. Exercising regularly can reduce this excess fat and get rid of cellulite.

(Try reading – Main causes of belly fat)


There are many cellulite massage tools in the market

Massaging the area with certain tools available in the market will help in stimulating circulation and breaking up fluids beneath your skin, leaving a more even appearance.


Consuming gelatin helps in tightening loose skin and it also improves digestion. It is also rumoured to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. So, there’s nothing like trying.

(You may find this interesting – Fitness habits to establish in your 20’s)

Coffee scrub

Coffee scrubs can be beneficial in reducing cellulite as well. The caffeine in coffee helps in tightening the skin.

Kettlebell workouts

Kettlebell workouts are effective in reducing fat

Kettlebell workouts are a great way to increase blood flow and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Known to be one of the most effective ways to build muscle and burn fat, Kettlebell exercises are especially good for your thighs, hips, buttocks and stomach area.

(Also read – How to lose weight without hitting the gym)

Omega 3

Consuming Omega 3fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins will help reduce cellulite over time. Besides, they are also good for various other functions in your body!

Open pores gives you an appearance of premature aging. Usually, those with the oily skin type are largely affected by this problem. The most common cause of open pores is acne infection and picking on pimples. The pores may be most apparent on the nose, cheek and chin where the oil concentration is higher. However, if you are willing to take that extra effort to take care of your skin, you can conceal such open pores and make your skin healthier than it is.


Exfoliate your skin but not too often

Most people with open pores tend to think that scrubbing the skin excessively can cause the pores to appear closed. However, over-exfoliation can worsen the problem. Make sure you exfoliate only once or at the most twice a week without being too harsh on your skin.


Refrain from popping pimples

When you pop a pimple, your pores get damaged and this prevents it from returning to its original size. Rather, use some soothing remedy than touching a pimple, so that you can prevent scarring and open pores.


Sunscreen can prevent collagen degradation

Everyone seems to overlook the advantages of sunscreen and settle for a natural tan. However, sunscreen actually prevents damage from ultraviolet rays rather than just tanning. Collagen degradation can cause open pores as well, and if you use sunscreen effectively you can manage to keep your collagen levels optimal.

Home remedies

There are several home remedies for open pores

There are several home remedies to help with this problem. Lemon juice, aloe vera, curd, honey and vinegar and apricot are some ingredients that are usually used to prevent swollen open pores.


Microdermabrasion is a method used to reduce open pores

Another way to reduce the size of the pores is with microdermabrasion. This method is normally conducted by a healthcare specialist. In this technique, fine crystals are used to mechanically peel the skin that helps to reduce open pores.

Who wouldn’t want a flawless skin? Whether you are a teenager, a tweenager or nearing your late forties, age is just a number! A good skin care regimen can make you look years younger. If you don’t follow a skin care routine yet, it’s never too late to start. To get you started, find some beauty essentials listed below…


No skin care routine is complete without moisturizer. Always use a good moisturizer with SPF 15 before you step out of the house, as the sun can age your skin well before you do. Even before you go to bed, you must follow a CTM (cleansing-toning-moisturizing) code. The results will surprise you within a few weeks.

Skin serum: A good skin serum infused with vitamins B12, A, E can help in effectively combating wrinkles and fine lines. You can find the best anti-ageing serum at any good cosmetics outlet.

Anti-wrinkle day/night creams:

No, these anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle creams will not give you results within a day. Skin care goes a long way. If you want wrinkle-free skin at 40 then you must start taking proper care of it from the time you are in your late twenties. Use anti-wrinkle creams in the day as well as the night and keep yourself well hydrated.

Sunscreen: A good sunscreen is a must have for every girl irrespective of her age. The harmful UVA and UVB rays emitted from the sun cause tanning, dullness, and premature ageing. A sunscreen with SPF 20 or more should be regularly used for a flawless complexion.

Follow these tips and be assured of turning heads around!

Warts can be really embarrassing and frustrating, especially if yours is on the face; it can really disfigure it and be the ultimate cause of concern and lack of confidence. If you are a victim of common flat warts on your face, hand, foot or any other bodily area, you should probably try these home remedies to get rid of them. But you must be patient when it comes to treating warts, as it could be time consuming to remove it.

Warts can be really frustrating and painful

Here are a few ways that you could try to treat your wart with.

Ice pack:

Heal the wart with an ice pack

Apply an ice pack to your wart for 5 minutes and take a sterilized needle and poke it deep into the wart several times. The needle must penetrate every layer of skin under the wart. By introducing an alien to your body, you will stimulate the antibodies in your system and encourage them to fight the wart off. This method is quite effective if done with utter precaution. You can get rid of multiple warts by poking just one, as it will help your body discover the others too.

Also read: Skin care tips for open pores

Vitamin C or E:

Crush a vitamin C tablet and make a thick paste by adding a little bit of water. Apply it to the wart and cover it with tape or bandage. You can also apply some vitamin E oil on your wart and keep it covered. Do this every day for two weeks and watch your wart disappear.

Also read: Beauty essentials for brighter and younger looking skin

Hot water and pumice stone:

Scrape the wart away with a pumice stone

If you have a wart on your hands or feet, soak them in hot water with an antiseptic liquid until it softens. Now, scrape the wart away with a piece of exfoliating pumice stone till the whole wart is scrubbed off. Then, take some bleach on a cotton swab and apply it on the area where your wart was. The bleach may sting a bit. But the area must be washed well after bleaching.

Also read: Bad skin care habits

Tea tree oil and castor oil:

Dab a little tea tree oil on your wart and cover it with an adhesive bandage. Do this for two or three weeks. Alternatively you can try doing the same with castor oil. The acid in the castor oil irritates the wart and kills it.

Onion-garlic paste:

Garlic paste can effectively remove warts

Make a paste with a few pods of garlic and some onions and apply it to your wart. Then cover it with a piece of cloth. Do this every day for 2 or 3 weeks.

Also read: Stylish ways to wear a scarf

Salicylic acid:

Salicylic acid is the main ingredient used in most over-the-counter wart remover products. However, its effectiveness varies and it can take days or weeks for it to work. Soak the skin in warm water for some time, apply the salicylic acid on the wart and let it dry. Leave it on for a day. Peel off the acid along with the dead skin the following day.

If nothing works, take expert help. Don’t keep tugging at the wart all on your own. If you experience any kind of discomfort during these treatments, I would advise you to visit a doctor straight away.