Friday 9 October 2015

Navratri Celebrations Call For Getting Gorgeous And Looking Your Stylish Best!

Bring out your lehangas and book your salon appointments, it’s that time of the year again. The time where all you lovely ladies put your best foot forward to look your Lakme Absolut23283best, 9 nights in a row! Lakmé Salon experts Shailesh Moolya, National Creative Director, Hair and Sushma Khan, National Creative Director, Makeup at Lakmé Salon suggest hair and makeup styles to get you the trendiest looks this Dandiya season!

Sushma Khan, National Creative Director, Makeup at Lakmé Salon suggests -
Opt for bright colored eye liners in aqua blue and sea green with voluminous mascaraed lashes. High-Impact lips in candy colours and bright shades will complement your outfit too. The lip of the season is rich, supersaturated, and soft in shades of pink, coral bright fuchsia, apricot and the all-time favorite – red! The trend this festive season, is to enhance one feature; either the eyes or the lips on a very natural, nude luminous base.

Shailesh Moolya, National Creative Director, Hair at Lakmé Salon suggests -
Braids and variations of the braid are a hot trend for this Navratri season - for a more traditional look and for girls with lovely long locks, the classic braid worn to one side does the trick. However for a more contemporary spin, the waterfall braid, fishtail braid or rope braids can also be worn. A messy bun with an invisible maang tikka is the perfect pick if you are going for a slightly more traditional look. Stay away from open hair as October can be humid and the hair and flyaways can get frizzy and in your face. A top knot bun is also a very practical yet high-fashion option that also adds height for those of you who want to be able to dance the night away in flats!

So ladies, wait no more! Get the trendiest and most dazzling Navratri looks at a Lakmé Salon near you!       

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Thursday 8 October 2015

Soukya Essentials - A Review!

So today, let me tell you a little story. I recently walked out of a long term commitment with acne. Now acne is just the ex that drops by and says 'Hi! Hope you are doing good. I have missed you and I still miss you. But I also know we parted ways for a reason, what with you turning 22 and having real world problems like work and deadlines. So anyway, take care". Well what I mean is, acne is just now a pimple or two. The story of the dermatological treatment that went fifty shades of wrong is for another post. 

So my skin care is now the simplest I have ever had. I use baby soap for cleansing. And after that is where, these products here come into picture. 

PS: This is not a sponsored post. I am writing this review because the products worked for me, personally. They have also worked well for my sister and mother. So eh, read along :)

First off, if you are new to the concept of essential oils, here's a brief. 

Essential oils are the very basics of nature. Derived from plant parts like leaves, wood, buds etc., essential oils are known to have a therapeutic effect. They are used in skin care, hair care, Ayurvedic medicines, aromatherapy and more. I shall concentrate on usage for skin and hair here. 

For usage on face, add 2-3 drops of essential oil blends to 1 table spoon of carrier oil during the time of application or massage. 
For application on hair, add 2-5 drops of essential oils to your favorite herbal shampoo/hair conditioner at the time of application. I usually mix a few drops of the essential oil with a carrier oil and apply the mixture, let it sit for a couple hours and wash away like I normally do. 

Now that I have stated the few basics, let me move on the brand.

Soukya - Aromas of Earth deals with essential oils, fragrances and natural products.  They offer essential oils, carrier oils, aroma therapy diffusers and oils. They also offer air car products and natural soaps. The products are 100% natural certified oils. 

There are several kinds of essential oils and carrier oils available. The packaging is simple and travel friendly. For someone as clumsy as me, I sure have dropped it a few times and it has survived pretty well I must say! Also, when I buy them, they come in super classy wooden packaging. The containers themselves are to die for. I must admit I am now addicted to collecting those! :D

PS: So I other day I was chatting up with Mr. Chetan, the brain behind the initiative and guess what? The containers are home bred :) They source them from Channapattana, Karnataka. By doing this, they sure are promoting #desi and are reducing the usage of plastic and paper for packaging. Soukya is in fact, the only brand that does wooden packaging for essential oils and related products. Amaze!

Here are some pictures of the products. I shall next make a post dedicated to my personal skin and hair care using these essential oils I am loving currently. 

You can walk in to Meditation Center, A- block, Bengaluru Santhe, Swami Vivekananda Metro Station, New Baiyappana Halli, 560038 here in Bangalore to have a look at the products and buy some for yourself! The staff is courteous and they give you complete information about the usage and requirements. 

You can also call them on +91-9686253813. Shoot a quick mail to Their website is getting built and will be live in a week's time, but you can connect with them on Facebook page. 

So that's about it. I am planning to host a contest/giveaway in a while, I am in talks with the brand. Since this is the brand that I have been personally loving, I would love for you guys to use it all too! :D 

Let me know what you think! :)

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Wednesday 30 September 2015

Off Key.

7 PM. I am perching on the corner of the bed. You are on the bed, lost in the huge screen of your phone. I am lost too, in the glare of another huge screen in my hand.

"Awh fuck man!', you mutter. I peep into the screen. I catch random words. Sports. Chelsea. FC. 

Eh whatever. 

8 30 PM. 

"What's for dinner?", you ask. And before I answer, you are next to me. "I know", you say before I answer. "You", you grin. I am crimson. Even after 6 years, even after countless such 'dinner' conversations, I am crimson. I turn around and plant a kiss on your cheek. "So cute you are!". "I know", you say. Your hands effortlessly find their way around my waist and your mouth is on mine. I still remember the supremely awkward first kiss. 

Mid kiss I remember that we haven't placed order for pizza yet. "Listen", I pull away. "Yes?", you pull me back all over again. "Pizza tonight?" "Really? Are you gonna prepare pizza?", you are shocked. "Balls!". You are hilarious. We break into laughter and you lean back reaching for your phone. I use that time to shoo you off the bed to make it all over again. 

"Hello?.........yes......double cheese....yes....chicken...yes. Oh and extra cheese please. Thank you." 

You never forget the extra cheese. You know me. 

Just when I am just about done, you are back. I am on bed with a magazine in hand, you fall next to me. You are lost in the screen again. Absentmindedly, my fingers run through your hair. Your soft breath is comforting. The rise and fall of your chest is unintentionally getting registered from the corner of my eye. You are comforting. 

9 14 PM. The pizza guy is here. 

We eat. There's cheese on the corner of my lip. You lick it away. Without fail, like always. 

10 PM. We are back in bed. I am back with my magazine, you with your screen. Except, now your head is in my lap. My hand rests on your chest. More minutes pass by. 

11 15 PM.

You yawn. "Love, connect this to charger", you hand over the screen. You yawn, again. I do as you say. You pull me down and lift your head up just enough to kiss me goodnight. You flip to your side and nuzzle into my tummy. A hand finds its way around my waist again. My hand rests on your back. I pass an inappropriate comment about your butt. You laugh just a little and kiss my tummy. Within minutes, you are fast asleep. 

And I sit there. All mushy and gooey. Smiling like an idiot. Contentment filling my whole being. Every time you shift just a little and nuzzle a little deeper, you evoke something warm within me.

See that is why I love you. I am not the girls that love selflessly. I love you because loving you is crucial for my existence. Because every time you smile, a thousand suns warm my heart. Every time you sing off key, you put the rhythm of my life in order. Every time you plant a mindless kiss on my cheek, or on the spot just under my ear, I realize why I am alive. To love you. To be loved by you. The warmth of your touch, the urgency of your grip, the longing in your eyes after a long day. The ease with which you fit into my life and made it yours. Ours. The way you are always there, through best and the worst. Of how beautifully you simplify my overtly complicated life. Of how, weirdly enough, you are the solution to any puzzle in my life. Of how, you are the answer to my thousand prayers. 

So I sit back and hold you closer. "Aren't you sleeping yet?", you are groggy. "In a bit", I say. And mouth "I love you". "I know", you are off to sleep again. "I love you more". 



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PS: Fiction.
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Saturday 26 September 2015

Celebrate Dhanteras with

In many Indian homes, the Diwali arrangements start on the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras. This Indian festival marks wealth and in many families, the festival is followed with a Laxmi Pooja or the worship of Goddess Laxmi who is known to be the benefactor of wealth.  As a custom, on Dhanteras, people bring new things to home. Some people also bring home sweets, metals and other ornaments on this day. And if you want to follow the customs in a different and even better way then following are the best accessories for you to bring home this Dhanteras:
  • While it is quite traditional to buy new kitchen accessories on Dhanteras, there are many newer styles and designs according to changing utilities are available to you on online shopping portals. Juicer-mixer grinders, air-tight containers, spoon sets etc. are good things for you to invest in on Dhanteras.

  • Investing in the beautification of your home is also a nice idea for this festival. You can buy decorative vases made of bronze, silver or other a lucky metals and decorate them in your living room or any other area of your home.

  • Bringing things of both utility and beautification is a good thing to do. You can buy good looking plant hangers for this purpose.

  • Beautification of your house on Dhanteras will look complete with gorgeous metallic candle stands that give a very elegant feel to the overall decoration of your home.

So this Dhanteras, welcome wealth with beautiful home décor.          

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