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A new year is almost upon us, and although we’re not quite ready let go of this one, there’s not much we can do other than reminiscing about it. 2018 has been an interesting year, full of ups and downs, groundbreaking achievements and innovation. It’s only fair that we celebrate the end of this year by scribbling down a recap in its honor.

Pakistan was included in Forbes list of 10 coolest places to go in 2019.

In 2018, Pakistan witnessed a changing of the guard. One democratically elected government transitioned into another via the general elections.

Imran Khan was elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, while PTI formed a majority and took hold of the federal government. This ushered a change in the political climate of Pakistan labelled “Naya Pakistan”

What will people say, an enigmatic and groundbreaking film by Pakistani-Norwegian director Irum Haq was extremely well recieved and met with applause all around the world.

PMLN was successful in adding 12000 MW of electricity within the system, dampening the energy crisis that had been looming over our heads for quite some time.

Awareness about workplace sexual harassment was raised when Meesha Shafi contributed her story in regards to the MeToo movement. This helped shed a light on how women are treated in an allegedly safe environment.

A groundbreaking verdict was given out in the Asia Bibi blasphemy case, the previous high court verdict was overturned and she was released due to insufficient evidence.

The Government managed to secure aid from both Saudia Arabia and the UAE in order to lessen their dependance upon the IMF. Talks are underway with China for more financial support.

The Kartarpur corridor was opened for Sikh pilgrims, a mature and humanitarian step taken by Pakistan to mend bilateral ties with India.

A bill was passed in order to ensure that the rights of transgender people within Pakistan are protected, and to help save them from any form of discrimination.

A successful initiative taken by PTI was the billion tree tsunami, afforestation in many affected areas was done, lush and greenery brought back to the country.

Chief Justice Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of many afflictions that the poor people of Pakistan suffer from, in addition to that, a fund was also created to raise money for building a dam.

Important politicians such as Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were the subject of trials in regards to financial corruption and misuse of authority.

A wave of extremism overtook Pakistan as TLP protested the Asia Bibi verdict, damages worth Rs.260 million were incurred during this time period.

Pakistan was included by the FATF in its grey list due to allegations of terror financing.

The nation was shocked to its core by an atrocious act in January; the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari, and although the gaping wound left behind by her demise has not yet healed, the one who did wrong by her has been brought to justice.

Pakistan in 2018 lost many important people and leaders such as Siraj Raisani, Haroon Bilour, Ali Raza Abidi; they kept on championing for democracy, and lost their lives in the process.

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Prize winner and activist visited Pakistan for the first time in 6 years, she called it the happiest day of her life.

After a decade of inactivity, British Airways are to resume flights in Pakistan, Qatar too opened a visa facilitation center in Islamabad for swift processing of visas, along with a promise of 100,000 jobs for Pakistani workers.

2018 proved to be a golden year for Pakistani cinema, as many of its films went to to receive critical acclaim and managed to bring in big box office numbers; Cake and 3 Bahadur were well received by Pakistani audiences and people abroad, with the former’s director winning an award at the UK Asian Film Festival.

We’ve had our fair share of U-turns, delays and mishaps this year, but we’ve also enjoyed much, this year showed us that Pakistan can persevere through anything with the grace of Allah, it is important to cling on to hope, it is integral to try and find a silver lining in every cloud. Let’s hope the forthcoming year is a prosperous and fulfilling one, bringing all of us joy and solace.

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10 Beauty Tips For This Winter



You may notice that along with rosy cheeks, winter also results in dry, cracked or chapped skin. Winter air is drier and humidity is lower.This weather change, coupled with dry indoor temperatures from heaters, zaps our skin’s moisture. Here are a few tips to retain some of that moisture:

1. Moisturize Daily

Cold weather and cool winds aggravate dry skin condition. Moisturizers and cold creams are a must during winters. Tone and moisture after each cleansing to preserve and replenish the moisture in your skin. Use a moisturizing night cream every evening. Apply a daytime moisturizer around your eyes and on dry areas EACH morning!

2. Lip Balm

Keep lips covered with a good balm applied several times during the day. Lip balms are now commonly available with an SPF factor. Make sure the lip balm contains SPF 15 or 20. Other ingredients to look out for while buying a lip balm or chap stick are vitamin E and shea butter. Avoid licking your lips and don’t bite the skin on the surface of your lips.

3. Apply Sunscreen

On bright winter days, the sun’s rays increases your risk of exposure. And don’t be fooled by darker, dreary days in winter, either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

4. Lemon and Water

Squeeze fresh lemon into a mug full of hot water and drink when you wake up. This helps flush out and purify the body internally, potentially reducing toxins and bacteria in the small intestine that can lead to acne. You know how your diet can sometimes make you break out? This is like the reverse of that.

5. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is easily available and comes very cheap. It can be used on dry skin, dry lips, and cracked heels – the remnants of winter on our body. Petroleum jelly is an emollient and has skin moisturizing properties. It helps to get rid of the above-mentioned dry skin conditions. But if your skin is prone to breakouts, do not use this remedy.

6. Olive Oil And Egg Yolk Face Mask

Add 3-4 drops of olive oil to 2 egg yolks and whip them to get a stable mixture. Apply it on your face and keep it on for 20 minutes. Wash off with water. Olive oil is rich in natural antioxidants and vitamins E and K. Egg yolk contains vitamin A and lecithins that nourish the skin and treat dryness effectively.

7. Milk Cream And Honey

Milk cream or malai is one of the best natural moisturizing creams that you can apply on your skin to make it supple and soft. Trust honey to clear your skin off the bacteria that are responsible for the growth of pimples and acne on your face. All you need to do is to take a tablespoon each of milk cream and honey in a bowl and mix them well. Apply the mixture on your face and skin and leave it for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Pat dry your skin and see the result; your skin will feel moisturized like never before.

8. Avocado And Honey Face Mask

Mash the avocado and add the honey to it. Apply the mixture on your face and neck. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with water. Avocado and honey are both humectants and help cure dry skin problems during winter. Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamins E and C, and carotenoids. They protect the skin from free radical damage and keep it hydrated.

9. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil makes the skins softer and provides moisture to the skin naturally. It is rich in fatty acids and prevents moisture loss. During the winter months, apply coconut oil at night before going to bed.

10. Banana Mask

Mash 1/2 banana and add 1 teaspoon honey. Mash the banana well so that no big lumps remain. Apply this on your face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with water. Banana moisturizes and nourishes the skin with its vitamin C, B6, and A content. These help in retaining water in the skin and keeping it hydrated. An additional benefit of using this face mask is that banana also possesses anti-aging properties and will smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

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Beyond Beautiful is ready and set to bring a change in the beauty industry of Pakistan with its movement, “Beyond Beautiful” . The purpose of this movement is to enforce that beauty isn’t dependent on age, skin tone, body shape and the other stereotypical standards set by the society. Expected to be held from 26 to 27, Beyond Beautiful will break just these barriers and will open new doors for the health and wellness industry.

Bringing aboard geniuses from the sector, Beyond Beautiful will be hosting a Master class that will introduce new ways of grooming and styling one’s self. From skin training to skin care routine and from styling to grooming, this Master class will be covering multiple areas in the field.

The event will feature Master classes from multiple maestros of the sector, including, Zeena Feygina, who is the creative director and Makeup trainer. Feygina is best known for enhancing the natural beauty and bringing out the best in people’s true selves. She will be educating everyone on how to improve their makeup skills or to polish the ones they already have. Not only Feygina, but the bests of the bests from the industry will also be taking part in the Beyond Beautiful Master classes. Saba Ansari from The Sabs Salon will also be creating multiple makeup looks depending on different features and skin tones. Her skill lies in her hands, she crafts perfection and this is why her focus will mainly be on telling everyone how to use makeup to enhance your natural features and not to undermine them. Another name in the Beyond Beautiful Master class list is none other than Nabila. She knows no introduction, as her experience and contribution in the field cannot be summarized in few words. It is enough to tell that even the best in the makeup industry want to learn from her and how she creates magic that transforms everyone for good.

“Beyond Beautiful is not just an event; it is a movement to celebrate and enhance beauty. I’m very excited to introduce the first of its kind beauty experience. I have always enjoyed my role as a pioneer in the fashion industry and I think this annual event will bring great brands and their capabilities to the forefront as well as introduce the latest beauty trends in the global market for the consumer as well as connect all these businesses on one platform.” Catwalk Event Management & Productions is hosting Beyond Beautiful Awards & Expo under its initiative Catwalk Cares, which aims to empower beauty and education by sharing the life-changing techniques and giving out self-grooming sessions and scholarships to those who deserve.

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Nailed it: shockingly easy manicure trends for 2019



If you think that nails are something that can be ignored in your overall look, you are wrong.

Well done nails are the little details that can add or take away value from the way you look. A good manicure can go a long way and makes you look polished, neat and clean. But we all have busy schedules and manicures can take a lot of time.

Thank goodness for these new trends that can be done at home and barely take more than five minutes. Try some of these latest trends for this year and thank us later.

1- Minimal
Just a few lines with black and white. This manicure will match every dress.

2- Glitter Cuticles
A little sparkle never hurt anybody.

3-Coloured Dots
Use any colours you like and you’re good to go.

4- Half & Half
Unique and fun! Save time and save your nail polish.

5- Pastel Tips
We love pastels but you can go bold if you prefer.

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