Beauty Tips to Look Great This Summer

You can look your best even in summer by following some simple beauty treatments. You can spend lot of time outdoors without having to worry about sun tan and blemishes. For a good sun streaked look for your hair, you can just dab on some lemon juice on your hair which is easy on your purse too. You have to condition your hair regularly to prevent the dull, brittle look. This is especially a must if you swim regularly.

If you are the type who likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, be sure to use a sunscreen with minimum SPF 15. This will prevent premature ageing and wrinkled skin. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday helps in staying hydrated. A good way to smoothen burnt skin is to apply lotions or creams containing aloe-vera. You can also use creams containing zinc which will cure burnt skin faster.

As far as make up tips are concerned, the less make up the better during summer. You should also settle for a powder foundation than a heavy foundation. You can use a matte foundation for the face and highlight the cheekbones and eyelid areas using a shimmer powder. You can use a lip gloss for your lips to avoid cracking. For eyes you can opt for waterproof mascara during summer. You should also carry a eye make up remover if you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors to avoid dark circles beneath eyes later.

Also eating a lot of fresh cool fruits and vegetables like watermelons, cucumbers etc will bring the natural glow to your skin. Drinking tender coconut water will help you to remain hydrated the natural way. Also you can splash water on your face or wash it frequently to remove dirt and grime that will result in a radiant you in summer and forever.

The Making of Paul Simon’s “So Beautiful Or So What”

Few albums in recent years have been more masterful than Paul Simon’s “So Beautiful Or So What”. The elderly Simon is back at the height of his powers as an artist. Simon is not one for exaggeration so when he says, “It’s the best work I’ve done in 20 years” that’s saying a lot.

Behind the scenes of the recording were the following fascinating anecdotes:

1) “Getting Ready For Christmas Day”is about an uncle concerned about his nephew, who is on tour in Iraq. Interspersed with the music are multiple snippets of the last sermon by pre-war American Christian preacher and gospel singer, Reverend J.M. Gates, recorded in 1941 prior to our entry into World War II. This song is musically bold, having percussion in the background, but no bass. Sample lyric: “With the luck of a beginner he’ll be eating turkey dinner on some mountain top in Pakistan.”

2) “Rewrite”. Listen to this song carefully. In an interview with Mojo magazine Simon explained why: “In that song ‘Rewrite,’ the ‘doom’ sound on the end of the ‘doodle-e-doom’ part throughout the track is a wildebeest we recorded on a family holiday. In the studio it was all ‘More wildebeest!’ ‘Too much wildebeest!'” OK, show of hands. How many rock songs have wildebeests in them? Sample lyric: “Everybody says the old guy working at the car wash hasn’t got a brain cell left since Vietnam.”

3) “So Beautiful Or So What”. The title track says it all. That’s life, folks. It’s either too beautiful for words or you end up like Ecclesiastes, saying over and over again, “All is vanity and a striving after wind.”, or as Simon put it in the same interview with Mojo Magazine, “‘So beautiful or so what’ is a valid question when you’re facing the enormity of the infinite. Or pure Love.” This song almost became a first time duet between Simon and Bob Dylan. Simon had recorded songs with others before (and I’m not referring to Art Garfunkel) but this is the first time he had raised the possibility of a Simon/Dylan combination. It wasn’t meant to be, however. Again, from Mojo Magazine, “I’d written the title track ‘So Beautiful Or So What,’ and there were two verses that I thought would be good for Bob… I sent a message via our mutual manager asking if Bob would like to sing on the song. The first word I got back was that he liked it and he wanted to do it, but then I never heard anything more. I had a deadline and I needed to get the album finished… It was no big deal.” Maybe not to you, sir, but to the rest of us, well… Sample lyric: “I’m just a raindrop in a bucket, a coin dropped in a slot.”