Friday, January 13, 2017

Vegan Chips: Terra Real Vegetable chips in Original, Blues and Mediterranean

Chips make fine snacks, especially with dips. I am not really fond of plain potato chips with excess salt and oil. I did try Bittergourd & Sweet potato chips, but the taste was below par, forget the nutrition. Terrachips is the creation of Alex Dzieduszycki and Dana Sinkler. The determination was to present flavourful appetizers to accompany drinks at bars. According to Terrachips, every vegetable is selected and prepared in small batches and then packed into bags to retain flavours and crispness.

Terrachips Original, Mediterranean, Blues Root Vegetable chips

Terrachips make great appetizers to be served with dips and salsa and flavourful even on their own. The flavours sent to me are Original, Blues and Mediterranean; out of these the Original and Blues are vegan-friendly and Mediterranean is vegetarian-friendly.

 Terrachips Original Root Vegetable Chips

Terrachips Original is a celebration of colours and flavours.
Exotic Vegetables in Original Terrachips are:
Batata, a Cuban sweet potato also known as Boniato.
Parsnip, a member of carrot family
Sweet Potato, often called as Yam
Taro, a root vegetable with purple lines & Yuca, a pale white-yellow root vegetable.
The ingredients list includes Root Vegetable, Safflower or Sunflower or Canola Oil & Seasalt.

Terrachips Blues Root Vegetable Chips

Terra Blues as mentioned before has a melt in the mouth crunch. These are produced from selected naturally blue potatoes which a bluish-purple in colour and have a distinct nutty flavour.
The ingredients list includes Naturally Blue Potatoes, Safflower/Sunflower/Canola Oil & Seasalt.

 Healthy snacks, Root vegetable chips

Terra Mediterranean leaves quite a zest of herbs, as an aftertaste. The aroma of the herbs is strong and fresh. A tangy kick just reminds of the lemon as mentioned on the bag.
The root vegetable that are included in Terra Mediterranean are Batata, Parsnip, Yuca, Taro, Ruby dipped Vegetables and Sweet Potato.
The Ingredients list is precise: A seasonal mix of root vegetables including sweet potato, batata, parsnip, taro, yuca, seasoning (whey {milk}, spices, garlic powder, safflower or canola or sunflower oil, sea salt, vinegar powder [maltodextrin, distilled vinegar solids], onion powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, oil of safflower, evaporated cane juice, lemon oil, toasted sesame oil), beet extract concentrate (for color), natural olive flavor.

 Vegetable chips in India, Vegan Chips in India

Terra Mediterranean contains Whey from milk which makes it suitable for only vegetarians. These are Gluten-free, Non Gmo and MSG free vegetable chips available in India. Terrachips are definitely an exotic and healthy snacking option available for Vegans and Vegetarians.
Out of these, Terrachips Original is crunchiest and crispiest of the chips I’ve ever tried. While the Blues is melt in the mouth crunch. These chips retain their natural sweet flavours, and have a slight caramelized crunch on the surface; resembles sweet & salty crackers.

Terrachips has indeed revolutionized snacking with these exotic vegetable chips.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wella Professionals Elements Range in India: Bloggers Event, Pictures & Product Details

I was taken with wonderment with a sight of a Peace lily pleasingly potted in a kettle. Check the image here.
A warm laud for the organisers for this thoughtful invite. The lily has comforted itself on the entrance table.

Wella Professionals Elements Range Launch Event was held at House of Tales, Kalaghoda. The Guest Panel had Dr.Kerstin Meyer - Lipp and Brand Ambassador, Nimrat Kaur.

Wella Professionals Elements Range is Free of Sulphates, Artificial Colorants and Parabens. And the fragrance has an impression of the green woods of Amazon forest.

Wella Professionals Elements Range includes:

Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo 250ml for 975 INR
Wella Elements Renewing Daily Conditioner
Wella Elements Renewing Mask 150ml for 1075 INR

Wella Elements Range is inspired by the Beauty and Strength of Trees. The Range claims to provide more vitality & strength against breakage. The Range is Sulphate free, artificial colourants free, and Paraben free. The exclusivity about this range is NuTREE Complex developed by the R & D experts at Wella. NuTREE Complex, a natural tree essence enriched with antioxidants which help in the reduction of free radical damage. It also acts as anti-irritant and helps balance the scalp. Panthenol or ProVitB5 penetrates into deeper shafts to reconstruct the Keratin structure and binds in moisture. Healthy, smooth and nourished hair are no longer a dream.

To further simplify, Wella Elements Range reconstructs and protects the Keratin from degeneration,  breaks the hair life cycle by prolonging or renewing your hair strands.

Apart from the fundamental details about the Elements Range, Dr Kerstin Lipp, conferred her glimpse on Sulphate & Paraben Free Products that it is a growing trend and more and more people are looking for natural products without or few chemicals.

With discussion, Actress & Wella Brand Ambassador, Nimrat Kaur turned vocal about her experience on using Organic or Sulphate free products. She mentioned she prefers Organic, Paraben free and Natural products with her lifestyle where she needs to travel to different places with different temperatures. And heat styling her hair often that leads to breakage and brittleness. She further specified that the Elements Range resulted in shiny, smooth and amazing smelling hair.

Wella Elements Range can be purchased from Jean Claude Biguine, Affinity,  Bodycraft, Toni & Guy , Bodycraft, Strands, Tresslounge and Headturners.

* I have already switched to no-shampoo method, and it has been more than two years now. A research into the depth of ingredients, foaming agents and results will follow soon.
I am excited to try these products as soon as I empty my current products.

Whisper Out Loud Bloggers Hangout #OwnThose5Days

Recently, I was invited to attend a plausible event; progressive and ultra in its nethermost core. I wonder why ‘Whisper’ is named whisper.  Unquestionable, since we never say menstruation out loud. Do we?

But most ultraist bloggers were called to be a part of something revolutionary. Get a glimpse of the affair on my twitter & instagram. And here’s an episode for the readers.

The event had two aims to consider, launching the new Whisper Ultra Clean and breaking the taboos and traditions associated with menstruation.  The event was held around 11.15 am at St. Regis in Lower Parel. There was transparency of the guests so there was no surprise there. The Guest panel had the well known Bollywood Actress- Kalki Koechlin, Stand-up comedian and writer- Aditi Mittal, Gynaecologist- Nandita Palshetkar and Whisper R&D expert- Chetan Kotyalkar.
 The event began around 12.30 with Aditi Mittal making an appearance on stage with her energetic joyfulness. Her account of Menstruation euphemisms, Period rescue incidents, Airport episodes of women bonding in need of sanitary napkins had everyone rolling in the aisles. After a wave of comic drama, the audience was stroked with mocking remarks of how periods are generally looked upon in India.

After ebb of applause, Kalki Koechlin made her appearance on stage. Aditi Mittal & Kalki Koechlin also made aware of the previous campaigns Whisper served with an aim of blasting the myths and Period taboos. Women, even today practice a handful of irrelevant practices like avoiding white, refraining from shampooing during periods, staying indoors during the periods and most important, not exercising during periods. Later with other Whisper Campaigns like #Touchthepickle.
The Period conversation was succeeded with Aditi & Kalki sharing their personal experiences and opinions.  The conversation concluded with an undisputed idea of needing a superior Sanitary Napkin for the lifestyle in contemporary age.

Nandita Palshetkar advocated working out or exercising during periods and providing us bloggers with some tips to overcome the cramps.
1) To avoid Caffeine.
2) To follow a wholesome & healthy diet.
3) To hydrate well and exercise.
She further explained Caffeine aggravates the cramps during periods. She maintained a statement throughout to check with your gynaecologist if periods are late or missed for more than 40 days.

The Whisper R&D Expert highlighted the unique features of the New Whisper Ultra Clean. This revolutionary Sanitary Napkin has over 1000 suction holes and three different layers to stop leakage and contains some whimsical magic gel crystals that transform liquid into gel. The distinct feature about the New Whisper is it has light floral fragrance which controls odour.
Here are 5 unique features of the New Whisper Ultra Clean:
Offers 5 times more protection than ordinary pads
1000 suction holes for

1) More absorption for long hours

2) Better dryness for clean feeling

3) Faster absorption for sudden heavy flows

4) Better comfort with soft top sheet

5)  Odour lock

During the tryout session, Mr Kotyalkar gave us a demonstration on how this research was what exactly a woman needs during those 5 days.

The conversation concluded into pledging in spirit of being Unstoppable even during those 5 days with #OwnThose5Days. Aditi & Kalki started the challenge and everybody took their chance to overcome their hurdles during their periods. On personal note, I would like to Thanks Whisper for making me a part of revolution that is changing the frame of mind of not just us women bloggers rather every other woman in India.
You can try the New Whisper Ultra Clean Sample here

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Great Gift Ideas for Men this Holiday Season

As Holiday Season approaches; I am compiling a list of unique ideas. For someone who could be clueless when it comes to Gifts for men. Be it gifting your father, brother or the special man in your life, these ideas come handy while looking for the perfect gifts for perfect occasions.

Credit: Liveinstyle.com

Gadgets are still cool.
Men and Gadgets have a connection. The first gift that crossed my mind was nothing but a Gadget.
Be it an Ipad, Xbox or Bass boosting headphones. They’re going to love it!

Sports Merchandise.
If your Man is into Football or F1, you have a great way to his heart. You can personalise his favourites or even look out for unique gifts preferring their liking.

Gifts for him: A DSLR & a Book would make a perfect gift.
If your Man is an Artist or with an artist vision, A camera would be a perfect option to channel his creativity. And if by any means he loves reading, Coffee table books or Influential Autobiographies are great options.

I wonder how unique this idea would be but as long as I know, many of them like receiving them.
But there is one thing about gifting perfumes, you should be in depth-aware of their aromatic liking.
I wouldn’t gift a woody base note to a Man who loves his an aqua. Never.
And it is always advisable to choose something to go with their personalities.

Credit: Liveinstyle.com
Scotch as a Gift.

This is the most unique gifting idea among the list mentioned here. Women love having their ‘me’ times pampering themselves at spas. But Men would love some equivalent pampering too.
For Men, this would be the best gesture to convey warmth & love this Holiday Season.

Coming from the pickiest, I hope there is something for every personality in this list. So what will you be gifting this holiday season?

Disclaimer: This article is intended for an audience above 25 years.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My New Camera: Bokeh Photography, Literary Love-Letters and the rest

My New Camera Canon 70D for Beauty Blogging: Bokeh Photography, Literary Love-Letters and the rest.

Bucket List: A Wall full of Pictures. [Probably in the living room]
Someday, I will have a wall full of pictures and stories behind each that would have the privilege of being on it. 
A Wall of fables, fantasies and tales... I would call it.

My mind was overwhelmed with Bokeh Photography for more than twenty-two months. I put the lights over my bed’s headboard for added ambiance  and it would always show up unfocussed in the pictures. Bokeh. was all I wanted. And then I toppled in this phantasmagorical world of photography.

When I bought a compact camera, I did not plan, walked into the store and purchased the first camera I noticed. A baseless rather unconcerned behavior I would call it.

Much later after winding up the academics, I experimented with photography again. This time I tried Bokeh Photography with the Canon Ixus 510 hs. And the results were admirable. Here are few pictures:

Bokeh Photography with Compact cameras Canon ixus 510hsBokeh Photography with Compact cameras Canon ixus 510hs

When I was deciding on a Digital SLR, I did not wanted to start out with the beginner ones. I am inquisitive and I don't do things halfheartedly. I had both my eyes on the Canon EOS 70D. And I would have waited till eternity...
After a lot of contemplation I finally bought Canon 70D! 

Natural light bokeh with Canon EOS 70D DSLR
view from my window
Bioderma in India buy online,  Bokeh with Canon EOS 70D DSLR Photography

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty YSL Rouge Volupte

Infinity Bokeh with Canon EOS 70D DSLR PhotographyNatural light bokeh with Canon EOS 70D DSLR
Natural light bokeh with Canon EOS 70D DSLR

I am smitten! Can't you tell?

 Bokeh with Canon EOS 70D DSLR Photography

An ode to his eyes... [INCOMPLETE]

Portrait Photography would be the next after mastering the art of Bokeh. I cannot yet explain the fancy and mind boggling words like Aperture, Field of depth and gah gah. And the best part about 70D is I can click my own pictures with a remote, tripod and the highly adjustable screen.

I am thinking of Poesies in images next...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Asus Diva Meet in Mumbai ~ Launch of Five Asus ZenFones along with Asus ZenFone Selfie.


Few days ago, I got a chance to attend the Asus Diva meet at The Grand ITC, Mumbai. The meet essentially was held for the launch of FIVE Asus Phones with Asus ZenFone Selfie garnering monumental consideration.

The event started around 7 in the evening, followed with an official launch of Asus ZenFone Phones by Asus Managing Director Mr Peter Chang and with deeper insights about the functions and specification by Mr Charles. But the crème de la crème of the sprightly evening was VJ Anusha Dandekar’s tips on Selfie Makeup. Anusha profusely shared all her precise secrets of taking perfect selfies. Before I list down Anusha Dandekar’s ‘Perfect Selfie’ secrets. Here are the Asus ZenFone Phones that were launched that evening.

Asus MD Mr Peter Chang
Zenny in the drive

ZenFone 2 Deluxe: See the crystal miracle
ZenFone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML) delivers powerful all-round performance and beauty in abundance, with a gorgeous new multifaceted polygonal finish accentuating the signature ZenFone 2 Ergonomic Arc design. ZenFone 2 Deluxe features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13MP/5MP PixelMaster cameras, 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel® Atom™ processor with 4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity. ZenFone 2 Deluxe also features ASUS BoostMaster fast-charge technology for 60% capacity in just 39 minutes. As with all other ZenFone 2 models, ZenFone 2 Deluxe includes the latest ASUS ZenUI — the world’s first fully-customizable mobile interface — and Trend Micro™ security software for safe web browsing.

ZenFone 2 Laser: See at the speed of light
ZenFone 2 Laser models all benefit from a powerful 13MP PixelMaster camera with an f/2.0 wide-aperture lens to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag — augmented by laser auto-focus technology that empowers users to capture perfect clarity in just 0.3 seconds. Available in 5-inch (ZE500KL), 5.5-inch (ZE550KL) and 6.0-inch (ZE601KL) versions with up to 1920 x 1080-pixel Full HD resolution, ZenFone 2 Laser also incorporates the latest and toughest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It boasts an up to octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with up to 3GB of fast memory for unwavering performance.

ZenFone Selfie: See the perfect you
ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) is a trailblazing fusion of fashion, technology and craftsmanship that lets users see their perfect selves, with dual 13MP PixelMaster cameras, dual-color, dual-LED Real Tone flash both front and rear, plus laser auto-focus for ultra-fast shots with complete clarity.
ZenFone Selfie’s Ergonomic Arc design and intuitive rear key makes capturing selfies easier than ever, with live digital cosmetics to apply some magical glamor — all enjoyed instantly on the stunning 5.5-in Full HD display.
ZenFone Selfie’s exceptional front-facing PixelMaster camera has a huge 13MP resolution and an f/2.2-aperture, 88-degree wide-angle lens to capture more of every smile. The unique Selfie Panorama mode enables selfies with an outlook of up to 140 degrees, so everything and everyone becomes part of the shot.
ZenFone Selfie’s rear camera is just as advanced, with a large f/2.0 aperture lens for superior low-light shots. Both cameras are engineered with five-prism Largan lenses and top-quality Toshiba sensors, and include dual-LED Real Tone flash technology for perfect illumination in any lighting conditions. ZenFone Selfie also delivers superb macro photography that works on subjects as close as 6cm, plus rear laser auto-focus to compose shots in the blink of an eye.

ZenFone Max: See for longer
The highlight of the new ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) is its incredibly-long-lasting high-capacity 5000mAh lithium-polymer battery that gives users an unprecedented amount of mobile freedom.
ZenFone Max has a bright and clear 5.5-inch IPS display with wide viewing angles, protected by the latest Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 for unrivalled scratch-resistance, strength and everyday durability. At the heart of ZenFone Max is a powerful yet power-efficient 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with up to 2GB of RAM. ZenFone Max features a 13MP/5MP PixelMaster cameras with a wide f/2.0 aperture, and the rear camera also boasts laser auto-focus for sharp, near-instant shots.

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370) and 8.0 (Z380)
ASUS ZenPad features clean lines, embossed-leather patterning, and premium styling influenced by fashion accessories such as clutch bags and wallets for a luxurious appearance unique among mobile devices. Ergonomic rounded edges make ZenPad comfortable to hold and carry, and its polished metallic frame adds a bold visual accent.
ZenPad is the world's first tablet to feature an innovative interchangeable cover design that lets users easily customize their tablet with functional back covers. These can provide extra features and additional color options, while perfectly matching ZenPad’s looks. Zen Clutch is a sophisticated carrying and protection solution for ZenPad; Zen Case lets users outfit ZenPad in their choice of five sleek or vivid colors and features a fine leather texture; and Audio Cover brings immersive 5.1-channel surround sound to a tablet for the first time. Power Case extends ZenPad’s battery life, giving users up to 16 hours of usage to easily get them through their day or even the longest international flights.
ASUS ZenPad features the exclusive ASUS VisualMaster suite of visual enhancement technologies — including ASUS Tru2Life and ASUS TruVivid — that brings advanced image-processing found on high-end TVs to a tablet for the first time and provides comprehensive visual optimization. ASUS Tru2Life analyzes each pixel in an image before it is displayed and performs an intelligent contrast and sharpness adjustments to boost dynamic range, revealing even the smallest details to ensure an incredibly realistic viewing experience. ASUS TruVivid improves screen clarity, brightness, and touch responsiveness by transforming the conventional six-layer display design into a two-layer, fully-laminated design that eliminates the air gap, resulting in higher optical transparency for brilliant color and improved brightness.
ZenPad is the world's first tablet to integrate DTS-HD Premium Sound, delivering the ultimate sound experience. DTS-HD Premium Sound transforms stereo audio into virtual surround sound so users can enjoy incredible, theater-quality audio right on ZenPad.
ZenPad is available with LTE/3G connectivity and phone functionality or as a Wi-Fi-only model.

Asus 'Mascot' ZENNY
The Phones at display

I checked out all the Phones but I was taken with the clarity and artistry of the Asus ZenFone Selfie Phone. The colours available are ideally feminine with Pink and Tiffany Blue and ofcourse Black.

Anusha Dandekar’s Perfect Selfie Makeup Secrets.
I wouldn’t get into much of her exclusive liking about makeup. But here is how she advocates keeping it natural and stylish.

1) MAC Studio Fix or Powder Foundation to even out skin.

2) MAC Soft and Gentle or any other Highlighter/Bronzer to accent the Cheekbones.

3) Oodles of Voluminous Mascara Coats.

4) Lip gloss [Dab, rest on the eye lids]

And voila! You are fixed for some breathtaking Selfies.
Anusha also approached the Selfie Angles, counseling some of the Divas take unbelievable Selfies with the Asus Zenfone Selfie.
Here are pictures of some of the fun group selfie activities:

Panaroma Selfie Time

The winning was accomplished with Zenny Pendrives and Lolly flashs. The event was sprightly illuminated with Asus Zenfones, Selfies and Angles.

ZENNY Pendrives

You can check more about Asus: https://www.asus.com/in/
ASUS Global Press Room: http://press.asus.com
ASUS Global Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asus
ASUS Global Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/asus

You can preorder you ASUS Phones on Flipkart!
*These picture are provided by Asus, few of them are clicked by me for no watermarks. =)

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Airtel 4G Sim just a Tweet away: Get your AIRTEL 4G sim by tweeting #GetAirtel4G

In the world of Technology and a social lifestyle that requires virtual connections, one cannot be slow paced. Because Life is fast paced like an action movie, a slow connection equals being dead.
I multitask a lot more than required being a lifestyle and beauty blogger. But I dislike wasting time for waiting to load the website and videos. My Wi-Fi connection is a waste which never connects when I have to work. But when I am out, my 3G connection doesn’t work well with my patience.
Imagine you are Youtube-ing something and the amount of time, it streams losing patience and interest at once.
Frustrating isn’t it?

I relieved a sigh when I read Airtel is launching 4G in India covering 296 towns. I am a user myself, so I am waiting to switch to 4G as soon as I can.

So How do you get your own AIRTEL 4G Connection?
So if you already own a 4G handset, here is greatest news of all. Airtel now offers a unique 4G SIM delivery service. All you have to do is: Tweet #GetAirtel4G and you get your 4G SIM delivered to your home free of cost. Isn’t this praiseworthy of Airtel for being so consumer-friendly?

How and where do you Tweet?
Tweet #GetAirtel4G to @AirtelIndia.
Then @AirtelIndia would reply you a link directing to you to fill in your address or personal details with regards of 4G SIM delivery.
That’s all you have to do to get your Airtel 4G SIM. So if you already have a 4G handset, go ahead to get your 4G SIM delivered at your doorsteps.

Yesterday I insisted one of my friends to switch to Airtel 4G and asked him to follow the steps I mentioned above. And to our surprise his Airtel 4G SIM arrived at his doorsteps in less than 4 hours!
AirtelIndia’s 4G SIM delivery seems just like their 4G service: speedy and rapid.
Go Tweet and Get your rapid Airtel 4G SIM in a jiffy.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Everyday Work Wear Makeup Tutorial Ft Fair and Lovely BB cream ~ Fair and Lovely BB Cream Review and Details

I’m reviewing Fair & Lovely BB Cream and creating a unique look with it. The product is sent by the brand for consideration.

Fair & Lovely BB cream Review, swatches and FOTD

Fair & Lovely, the brand is synonymous with Fairness. It didn’t come to me as shock when the cosmetic industry was caught in a whirlwind of ‘BB creams’ and all the added alphabets.

Let me start with a note expressing that lets just look at Fair & Lovely entirely as a BB cream keeping aside all the else claims. I have been using Fair & Lovely BB cream for a week now, in the morning after cleansing. I did wear it in the sun and I got a blemish on my nose. So the first thing I did was check the ingredients list. The third ingredient on the list is Stearic Acid which is comedogenic and even found in sunblocks and lotions.

About Fair & Lovely:
Since 1975, Fair & Lovely has been a pioneer in safe and efficacious skin lightening – democratizing face care for millions of Indian women, and becoming the one of the largest selling face brands in India/countries that it operates. 

About New Fair & Lovely BB Cream
Fairness Cream with a Make-Up Finish
~ The revolutionary Fair & Lovely BB Cream combines benefit of fairness cream and make up foundation ~
Fair & Lovely, the pioneer of skin lightening creams and face care expert, launched the New Fair & Lovely BB cream, a revolutionary Fairness Cream that gives a Make-Up Finish. It’s an expert product that combines the benefits of foundation and multivitamin fairness cream - giving consumers access to the instant transformative power of make-up with the goodness of fairness cream.

Why BB cream?
Young Indian women want to look perfect all the time, and do aspire for the instant transformation that make-up/foundation can give, however they refrain from using make-up every day given the harm it may cause to their skin. With the new Fair & Lovely BB Cream make up like transformation is permissible every day, Apart from covering dark spots and blemishes instantly to give make up like flawless looking skin.

Fair & Lovely’s introduces first BB Cream
Enriched with multivitamins and SPF 15 PA++, Fair & Lovely BB Cream also nourishes the skin and protects it from harsh sunlight. Fair & Lovely BB cream mix has been meticulously crafted to now democratize make-up finish for millions of Indian women who want to get impeccable make up like texture to the skin, without worrying about any harm to the skin. It is Fair & Lovely’s first BB product with a vanishing sensory that delivers a matte, non-oily feel, a product tailored to local hot and humid climate. Its unique colour tone inspired by rose gold,blends naturally with Indian skin tones to give that gorgeous looking skin without application of any make up.
Fair & Lovely BB cream is the answer to a girl’s beauty needs, as it cuts down time consuming make up rituals to few minutes. Inspired by the trend of rose-gold, its premium white and rose-gold packaging strikes a beautiful balance – bringing together Fair & Lovely’s fairness expertise and the world of make-up.
So be it the first day in office, or college, or just a fun outing with friends this summer, make Fair & Lovely BB Cream part of the daily skin regime.

Here is a summed up review on the Fair and Lovely BB cream.

My initial thought on using Fair & Lovely BB cream was: The coverage could have been better.
The BB creams I have tried till date gave me a radiant dewy finish, Fair & Lovely for a change gave me a mattified satin/velvet finish.
The deviant thing that I have noticed while using Fair and Lovely BB cream is that if I were to use this on a hot summer’s day out in the sun/open air, after few hours my skin turns sticky. It could be because of high humidity, and I am not a touch up person (unless it is needed). So it becomes cumbersome to wear this on a hot summer’s day. I am looking forward to using this when the weather is clear.

New Fair and Lovely BB cream Review

What I liked about Fair and Lovely BB cream
~ The Rose Gold Packaging
~ Velvety Texture post application
~ Mattified effect that lasts upto 2-3 hours
~ Blends easily [If applied instead of moisturizer]
~ A great option for Oily skinned girls
~ It certainly does brighten up the complexion but on darker skin tones it would approximate a whitish cast.
~ Complexion looks nicer in person than in pictures
~ SPF 15 & PA++
~ Affordable and easily available

What I  didn’t like about Fair and Lovely BB cream
~ Universal shade that will not suit darker skin tones
~ It does accentuates dry patches on my combination skin
~ Fragrances in my face products sort of puts me off
~ No Coverage, concealer is quintessential.
~ Comedogenic Ingredient: Stearic Acid?
~ I did not notice any Fairness as per the claims

Fair and Lovely Makeup Finish BB cream Review, Everyday Work Wear Makeup Tutorial
Everyday Work Wear Makeup ft Fair and Lovely BB cream:
I was challenged to blog about an Everyday Work Wear Makeup look that one could achieve even with their hectic schedule. So I decided I would do a Subtle Everyday Work Wear Makeup that will go with Western as well as Indian formals, and in Five minutes.

Fair and Lovely BB cream review Work Makeup Tutorial

Step to Five Minutes Every day Work Wear Makeup Tutorial
~ Moisturize and apply Fair and Lovely BB cream. Blend fast or it becomes difficult to blend.
~ Powder your T zone and apply a Soft Pink blush.
~Use Fair and lovely as an eyeshadow primer and apply flesh toned eyeshadow all over the lid.
  Blend Cool toned Brown colour into the crease. Apply Eyeliner and finish off with a Mascara
~ Apply Coral Pink Lipstick. Top it with a moisturizing lip balm.
~Apply Highlighter on the highest points of your face.

Everyday Work Makeup Tutorial and Hair style, Pony tail for Work

Hair: Pulled back into a simple Pony tail and secured my bangs with bobby pins.

Fair and Lovely BB cream works great as an eye shadow primer. If you have oily lids, do give it a try.

Recommendation: If you are looking for a mattifying BB cream for Oily- Normal skin.
And an Eye shadow primer ;-)

Available in: 9g, 18g, 40g for 49, 79, 169 INR respectively.

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nioxin in India: Scalp Facial ft. Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment & Nioxin Hair System Kit

The Bloggers before Scalp Facial.
The temperature is going through the roof with 33 degrees in Mumbai. Ever wondered how much gunk our hair follicles must accumulate with excess sebum, humidity and sweat?
We have Facial scrubs for the grime on facial skin. What about our scalp?
I always wondered why we don't get Scalp Scrubs since I suffer from scalp flakes in winter. So as home remedies, I would use various concoctions and rinses that would help remove the build up.
Currently, Scalp Facials or Scalp Micro-dermabrasion Treatments are frantic just like the sun.

Nioxin Now in India, Nalini and Yasmin Salon, Bandra. What are scalp facials?
So I picked up the opportunity to get myself a Scalp Facial and Try the Nioxin Hair System Kit. The venue was Nalini and Yasmin Salon in Bandra. We were quickly introduced to the brand, Nioxin with an in depth explanation of How Nioxin works and Why it is necessary to undergo Scalp Facial before using the Nioxin Hair System Kit.
Natasha Naegamvala and Harsh attended all our doubts and queries patiently. I'm revealing more details on Scalp Facial and my experience below.

What are Scalp Facials and what does they exactly do?
Hair grows and falls within a certain cycle that varies from person to the lifestyle they follow. Hairfall is normal when you loose 50-100 strands of hair a day. When a stand of hair completes it cycle, the Dermal papilla or the spot from where the hair bulb grows out turns vacant. This spot then accumulates sebum, dust, pollution, sweat and other foreign bodies restricting new hair growth or poor hair growth.
Scalp Facial or Scalp Microdermabrasion helps vacant or unclog (is a better word) these spots which helps a better growth cycle as well as gets rid of scalp flakes. It is equivalent to deep cleansing pores on facial skin.

So why can't we steam our scalp or massage scalp for a better Blood circulation?
Scalp massages are great, said Natasha. But they stimulate the hair follicles but they don't unclog the Dermal Papilla. From what I have read and experienced, Steam open up the pores on the scalp for better absorption of the product say Oil or Scalp conditioner better.
The AHA~ Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid) is a natural exfoliant derived from Fruits, Vegetables and Botanicals. These AHA gently exfoliates the scalp unclogging the follicles and Dermal papillae.

Nioxin Cleanser & Revitaliser, Nioxin Intensive Treatment (Deep Repair) and Nioxin Scalp Renew (Serum). Nioxin in India
Left to Right ~ Nioxin Cleanser & Revitaliser, Nioxin Intensive Treatment (Deep Repair) and Nioxin Scalp Renew (Serum)

The whole story to be taken into consideration before going for Nioxin Hair System Treatment (Kit):

~ The System regime contains Nioxin Cleanser, Nioxin Scalp Revitaliser (Scalp & Hair Conditioner) and Nioxin Scalp Treatment (Scalp Leave-In) is ought to be used Daily or on alternate days at most.
Nioxin Hair System Kit costs roughly around 2300 INR.

~ Treating Hair to Oil or Oil massages should be avoided.

~ Avoid using any other products. Blow drying is allowed.

~ Treating your scalp to Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment is quintessential if you choose switch to the System.
Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment costs around 3000 INR for each session which should be followed up after 30-45 days.

~ Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment is Salon only Treatment. So book yourself an appointment with Natasha or any other salon that provides Nioxin.

~ Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment can be done even when you don't face thinning issues.

After the discussion, We all underwent consultation and Scalp diagnosis. We were asked about our concerns, lifestyle and health issues. After the session we were recommended System number accordingly.
My concerns: Crown Hair Thinning and Lack of volume.
Since my hair aren't chemically treated and are naturally thin, I was recommended Nioxin Hair System Kit #1: Normal to Thin-Looking Hair.
We were quickly treated to Scalp Facial or Scalp Microdermabrasion Treatment one by one. I was attended by Harsh. The treatment is applied by parting your hair in sections and only on scalp. It is then left on for about 10 minutes and followed with the System Kit.

Scalp Facial Nioxin in India, Experience at Nalini and Yasmin, Nioxin Scalp Dermabrasion Treatment
Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment peppermint oil, white tea extracts and other botanicals which felt soothing and pleasant in this scorching heat.

The system of Cleansing, Revitalising and Scalp Treatment and blow dry was carried out by Nikita on me.

And the results!

My Hair felt a little weighed down and my scalp felt squeaky clean. I certainly felt my hair roots/Scalp if touched, smooth and refreshed. And they did feel thicker to touch, like every strand had it's own individual definition.

I have already started using the Nioxin Hair System Kit #1 every single day!
Check back after 20 days for my conclusive brainwork about the Nioxin Hair System Kit#1.

And here are more pictures from the Blogadda Event.

With Unconventionally Beautiful: Natasha Naegamvala

L to R ~ Oindrila, Renu, Stuti, Michelle, Me, Khushboo, Priyanka (I guess), Jhilmil & Aayesha
The BlogAdda Team
You can try and experience #NioxinNowIndia at your nearest salon. This activity is in association with BlogAdda.com

~ For any details on Nioxin or any queries, leave comments or drop me a line! =)