Thursday, September 22, 2016

FACES Ultime Pro Crème Lip Crayon Review

FACES Cosmetics recently launched a brand new range of lip colors called the Ultime Pro Crème Lip Crayon. These retractable Crème Lip Crayons come in 10 statement shades that are rich, creamy and moisturizing. These Lip Crayons come in gorgeous reds, pinks and nudes so whether your're going to work, party, or run some errands, there's a shade for everyone. I got three of their gorgeous colors and am very happy with this product! 


I always favored matte lip colors before but the problem with them is that in spite of the good staying power, they're kinda drying. These creamy crayons were a refreshing change for me as they are moisturizing and don't dry my lips out at all. Their velvety crème finish is super soft and comfortable on my lips. The product is really easy to apply as it glides on smoothly and what's even better is that they are well pigmented so they give really good coverage in a swipe or two. I love the fact that they are very hydrating so they feel super-nourishing and creamy yet light on the lips. They have a decent staying power of a few hours but keep in mind that I smoke quite a bit so my cigarettes always steal my lip color (which is the main reason I prefer matte lipsticks) They're really great for daily wear as they are moisturizing on the lips and have a great color pay off.

 Here are the swatches of what I got - 

Confession - A beautiful pale pink with a hint of peach. This color is perfect for the day time and daily wear. 


Fantasy - A brighter and pinker version of the above shade. This one has deeper hints of pink and peach blended with nude. Great for evening wear when you don't want very loud lips. 


Sunset Kiss - A nice warm orange which is perfect for night when you want to make a statement with your lip color! I'm attending a bunch of wedding later this year so am definitely gonna be rocking this shade at that time. This color will also look really nice with ethnic fashion!


Price: Rs. 749

I love this product and totally recommend you to try it out! Its available at all Faces stores and you can buy it online from here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Restaurant Review - Hoppipola

Hoppipola is one of my favorite places for dinner and drinks in Pune! This all day dining Resto Bar is is perfect for you and your friends to enjoy good food and pocket friendly drinks along with fun games and good music. It has a lovely Mediterranean themed decor and the outside section is really cute with lots of greenery. I went there recently with my friend Niki and we had a great time over some really unique and delicious food and equally good drinks!



We started our meal with Hot Chick, an Indo Chinese dish which tastes somewhat close to Chilly Chicken. This is perfect for all you lovers of Indian Chinese food out there.

This was followed by Chicken Trilogy which consisted of tender strips of chicken grilled in 3 different types of marinades. All three were really good but the white one stole the show! Absolutely heavenly!


They have a really great range of some very unique cocktails which you cant find anywhere else and we tried a bunch of them. I love how they've used dry ice and have a lot of smoky drinks. This is the Auckland Ice Freeze which is a Malibu and Kiwi LIT and is just so delicious and has the perfect amount of sweetness for my taste buds! They serve it with dry ice and this is what it looks like -


We also tried a cocktail called the Bird Cage which is a unique cocktail made of white rum, orange liquer, hazelnut, kiwi and pomegranate. This was nice and strong! We also had the Kiss of Love, a gin based cocktail blended with orange liqueur, raspberry, passion fruit, basil and black pepper. I just loved how basil changes the complete flavor of this drink. You must try it!!


After washing those drinks down, we moved on to the Peppery Crustaceans - prawns tossed in garlic butter pepper sauce. This was really good too!


One of my favorite dishes there is the Chicken Sanskari Tacos. Besides the hilarious name, the funnest part about these is that the filling tastes like Bhel Puri flavored chicken. And come on, who doesn't love Bhel?? I wish the tacos were a little thinner though!


To wash these down, we had the Desi Martini, which is nice and spicy thanks to its mix of vodka, pomegranate, coriander and red chili. Since I love spicy drinks, this one gets five stars from me. We also had the Hot Passion Martini which was made of vodka, chili vermoth, pineapple and passion fruit. I loved it because of the touch of chili and because I don't really like sweet drinks much.



Many of there drinks are served separately with smoke to add a smoky flavor to it. Here's me making one of them -


Finally for main courses, we tried the Peri Peri Chicken Biryani which is a bestseller here. This fun biryani has an off beat taste due to the use of peri peri spices! It was pretty good and unique compared to ordinary biryani.



Besides food and drinks Hoppipola has a lot of other fun stuff. There is a wall full of clocks and they give you two chances to open any one of the little doors. If you find a shot glass, then you get a free shot! Check me out trying my luck below - 


Both me and Niki got lucky and managed to find one shot glass each so here we are with our prizes!



Overall, we had a really great time at Hoppipola! The food, drinks, music, ambience and service were all superb and I'm definitely going back real soon! I totally recommend you to try this place out! I went to the outlet in Amanora Mall so you know where to go the next time you want to spend a fun evening out with friends over good food and great drinks!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Outfit - Irredsistible

Though I steer clear from bright colors, I still have a weakness for red. This beautiful X neckline top instantly caught my eye when I saw it on Fashionmia.com, a great online store where I got my bikinis for my Bali trip last year. I love the fit and quality and I think it's so perfect for a date night! FashionMia has a really nice collection of clothing and accessories and I totally recommend you to check it out!


Top - Fashionmia
Leggings - Bershka
Shoes - Forever 21

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top 10 Must Have Jewellery Pieces from CaratLane

The woman of today needs no occasion to pamper herself. She is free, beaming and liberatedand deserves only the best. The exquisite treasures from CaratLane are crafted to match her glittering aura. Whether it's jazzy diamond danglers or an elegant antique silver neckpiece, CaratLane is the place to be. This one stop shop destination is an answer to the jewellery needs of a free spirited woman. 

1. Rhapsody Collection: A Mix of Class And Simplicity



As the name suggests, this designer collection of gold bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings weave magic with their delicate patterns. These designs are inspired by the nature and its glory. Traditional yellow gold and the contemporary white gold are blended together with diamonds and gemstones to make it a must have for high teas and casual evenings. 

2. Charmed Collection: Curate the flora radiance 

More power to flower, more power to the feminine charm. The Charmed collection from CaratLane.com is crafted to match the luster of the modern women.  Exquisite floral jewellery designs do justice to her radiant persona.  You can choose from a wide array of rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets to suit your style and dazzle at any social do. 

 3. Sway Collection: Make The World Swing To Your Charm



Celebrate life with contemporary tassel jewellery from CaratLane’s Sway Collection. Featuring an exotic range of pendants and earrings, the pretty designs will steal your heart. Opt for this unique collection handcrafted with diamonds and precious stones to channel your inner radiance. 

4. Filigree Collection:  Enchant With Priceless Wonders
The eternal charm of Filigree designs make the collection a hot favorite of jewellery aficionados.  The variants of gold with a dash of color add a twist to the regular fare. The royal and classy designs make an elegant statement. Team up the contemporary pendants, rings, earrings, bangles and necklaces with your favorite outfit to make heads turn. 


5. Starfire Collection: Sparklers To Light Up Your Spirits

Experience the power of solitaires with edgy and extraordinary cuts. Featuring rings, earrings and pendants, every piece is an elegant statement in itself. So choose from this luxurious range because, after all big girls need big diamonds! 

6. Diorama Collection: The Dazzling Darlings 

Inspired by the French Milgrain technique, this unique collection is an exquisite work of art. Featuring rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets, each piece from the Diorama collection promises exclusivity and holds an old world charm.

 7. Paisley Collection : Opulent Wonders From The Persian Treasure


This stylish collection is inspired by the Persian culture. With a wide range of gold rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces to pick from, this jewellery is a complete head turner! So grab your desired piece and cherish it forever.

 8. Jharokha Collection: Get Enticed By The Mughal & Rajputana Treasures


Inspired by the culture and heritage of Rajputs and the Mughals, the house of CaratLane presents the magnificent  Jharokha collection. The gold pendants, earrings and necklaces are embellished with colorful gemstones reflecting the avant garde craftsmanship. 


9. After 8 Collection:  Crafted For Charming Evenings 



Created for the modern woman, these jewellery designs set the mood for a star studded night. Black Onyx and Mother-of-Pearl are embellished with golden swirl motifs. The diamonds further accentuate the effect. This piece is a perfect choice for night outs and evening high teas.

10. Meenakari Collection: Treasure The Lotus Luster  

Meenakari jewellery from CaratLane revives the traditional Indian Gulabi Meenakari designs. Inspired by the Lotus flower, fresh and vibrant pieces celebrate the pink hues. Adorn the beautiful pieces to celebrate the Indian diva in you.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Resort 2016 Trend - Jumpsuits

When worn right, the jumpsuit (or romper) is an effortless route to chic, whether you're heading to a seaside soiree or taking in the city skyline from a rooftop party. Among the biggest Resort trends of 2016 is the jumpsuit trend. It is a versatile piece that you can take from day to night and wear for a variety of occasions. Here are some basic jumpsuit styles that you should add to your wardrobe - 

The LWJ (little white jumpsuit) is the new go-to for any occasion that calls for chic. It looks sophisticated and put together. Add gold accessories to take it up a notch. 


Monochrome is best kept for formal occasions and can be seamlessly incorporated to your work wardrobe too. Just throw on a blazer to complete the corporate chic look. 


For those with a flair for drama, a crimson jumpsuit is an easy way to knock 'em dead. This look is classy and formal and great for a dinner or formal party.


For a night out, let your imagination go wild, experiment with colors, necklines and sleeve styles.  


When the temperatures rise, so do the hemlines. So for a pool party, beach or any young and casual event, a romper works best. 


So that was how I like my jumpsuits. As you can see, I steer clear from bright colors or girly prints, but that's a personal choice! For more fabulous and classy options, check out these jumpsuits!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Travel With Bingo!

Travelling alone to a place or waiting for a friend is no more a monotonous one if you indulge into the fun world of online bingo games on your well internet connected device. Yes, the sites have officially gone mobile to offer you exciting variety of games, incredible offers and bonus deals- even on the move!


With the sites introducing the mobile bingo live feature, games are available at your finger tips for 24/7. You can now enjoy your favorite games of bingo right at any place and any time.

Online bingo has already been popular among bingo lovers due to its obvious fun and easy-to-play factor. The mobile version has made the game achieve a new level of success altogether.

The mobile focused sites ensure your gaming needs are satisfied in the same way no matter from which device you choose to log in. I'm hooked to online gaming and am playing no matter where I am! These mobile optimized sites have apps that are up-to-standard to provide you a complete hassle-free bingo experience. Moreover, such an exclusive facet hardly lets you miss getting information about any of the latest promotions or events. 

So, come and join the well recognized site GameVillage Bingo to experience mobile version of bingo games at their best! Check this site here at www.gamevillage.com from your Android or Apple devices to try your luck on the premium range of games. Play, win and enjoy- Good luck!

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Happy Home = Freedom from Dampness

Now that the rainy season is in full bloom in India, water leakage is quite a common problem, especially in case you live in an old construction. What may not bother us for the rest of the year becomes quite a nuisance during this time. I still remember going to a now gazillionaire friend's house in Bombay a few years ago, where she had to place buckets all over her room for the water dripping down because of seepage. That's not all, the worst part is that besides dripping water and seepage, the monsoons also cause mold to grow over walls and cupboards, which is not only a health hazard but also has this godawful smell. I was on holiday in a beachy town called Gokarna last week and though we stayed at a really nice resort with spacious clean rooms and a nice big swimming pool, their beach side restaurant was in shambles and didn't even look like it was a part of the property. Since its monsoon and the rain can get erratic yet extremely heavy on the coast, there were two instances when it started raining cats and dogs while I was having a meal there. At that point of time, I could see water leaking everywhere from the roof and in about 5 minutes most of the floor around me was wet and I was forced to get up and find a drier location to sit in. So I can fairly say that I've seen my share of water seepage, leakage and dampness related issues.


Besides being annoying and unpleasant to look at, dampness also comes with a lot of health hazards which often go unnoticed.  A home with improper humidity levels can become a breeding ground for dust mites, allergens, pathogens, and harmful chemicals that are known to be more abundant in humid conditions. Unaddressed dampness can lead to chronic headaches, allergies, asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing. Another alarming factor is that pests flourish in damp environments. So damp areas are a party spot for cockroaches (eeek) and giant rats. I bet you didn't know that rat wastes are a known trigger for causing asthma!

It’s no secret that for good health, your environment needs to be clean, hygienic and healthy. For this, one of the factors that you must address is to ensure that your home is free from dampness and leakage. Waterproofing your home can significantly reduce the growth of mold and fungi, and ensure that a healthy environment is created. Look for any signs of moisture on the walls, ceiling or floor and if present, tackle it immediately to arrest the problem and to resolve it effectively. Similarly, broken tiles and plumbing issues can lead to water seepage and cause health issues. All you need to do is conduct a regular check of your walls, ceiling and floor and look for damp patches, dark grey, green and white spots and other indications of mold. Make sure you inspect all areas which are exposed to the weather elements, as these are more likely to have seepage. Also, inspect the structure with the help of an expert to ensure its strength, and the roof, bathroom, and exterior and interior walls – as these are more prone to seepage issues and can allow dampness to seep in.


Thankfully, back home in Pune, I've never faced a situation like that because we got our monsoon leakage issues sorted by a company called Dr.Fixit. This super company sends a team of dedicated technical experts for site inspection of your property and they compile a timely solution for your issue along with recommendation reports. Dr.Fixit also has trained applicators who are the ambassadors for good waterproofing workmanship. The continuous efforts taken by Dr.Fixit aim for a leakage free India. When I moved to my house about two and half years ago, I had a major water leakage issue in my room during heavy rains. It was annoying because the water would seep through the windowsill and make a nice puddle on the floor right next to my bed. So imagine waking up, getting out of bed and stepping in a pool of water. Yup, that happened to me. Thankfully, my dad consulted the good folks at Dr.Fixit and their team of experts sorted the issue out in no time. So now I can sit in bed and enjoy the view and not worry about a free wading pool by my bedside the next day. 

So whether it's damp walls, ceilings, rising dampness, cracks or leakages, Dr Fixit can sort it out for you! Why suffer unnecessarily when the solution is simple, readily available and effective? Check out their latest TVC which informs viewers about the advantages of waterproofing our home -


Let's take a pledge to get FREEDOM FROM DAMPNESS and ensure good health of our home and our happy family.

Be a responsible citizen and spread the message by having a healthy ad Happy Home.
Do check out The Happy Homes Blog for some informative suggestions for Home Renovation, Home Décor Tips and Home Building ideas.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mens Formalwear Style Guide

I seldom write about men's fashion but have often received requests to write more posts on menswear so this post for all you guys out here. This guide is all about formal dressing and how you can look more stylish and put together when dressing in formal wear. 


Shirts

A white shirt is my personal favorite (on both men and women) and builds a foundation for any tailored look. Find those which fit you perfectly and invest in a few to build an effortlessly stylish wardrobe. Less formal occasions allow you to experiment with colors. For the day, softer colors like light blue, beige or yellow can look great and for the night you can go for darker hues like black, gray and dark blue. Also feel free to explore traditional patterns like stripes or subtle checks. Choose colors that flatter your skin tone and avoid bright colors and vivid prints.

Get the right fit: look for a style that skims the body – you want ease of movement without too much excess fabric on the sleeves or chest. Check out Arrow for some great formal shirts. When choosing a tie, remember that shirt and tie combinations are always best kept simple.  The proportions of the shirt collar, tie width and suit jacket lapel should all work together.


Suits, Jackets & Trousers

The classic two-button, single-breasted jacket with back vents is a great investment purchase. You can style it for a variety of occasions and dress codes, from weddings to office settings. Nail the basics by choosing a simple style in black, navy or grey and make sure to fasten the top button of the jacket for style. You can then add personality with accessories and shirting.

Flat-fronted trousers provide a clean and streamlined look. The hem of your trousers should sit at the top of your shoe, just brushing the top of the heel at the back. Blackberrys has a good range of fitted trousers. 

When you’re looking for the right suit, start with the color and then the fit. Choose one that is versatile and can be worn for many occasions.
Shoes, Socks & Belts

Shoes can make or break an outfit. Invest in the right pair to finish off your formal outfit. Black suits demand a black shoe, while brown shoes work well with navy or grey suits. Brogues or Oxfords are a safe bet.

Great socks are a must for a formal outfit; choose a color that harmonizes with your shoes and doesn't stand out. Always match your belt to your shoes as belts break up the color block of a suit and add visual definition when you take the jacket off.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches add finesse to your outfit - a great watch really sets off a suit while cuff linkslet you inject a bit of individuality into your look. You can also add personality to your formal look with a pocket square. Keep it subtle with white or a light shade; add a pop of pattern or color to make the look stand out.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Spa Review - Sukho Thai Foot Spa | Phoenix MarketCity


I've been to a lot of spas around the city but had never visited Sukho Thai though I had heard of it for many years from my Bombay days. So last weekend, after a night of wining, dining and lots of dancing, I decided to treat my feet to some TLC at Sukho Thai Foot Spa at Phoenix MarketCity Pune and was transported to foot heaven. For those of you who don't know about it, Sukho Thai is the first international foot massage spa chain in India which started in Mumbai 6 years ago and now has a presence in Pune and Goa too

As I entered the spa, I noticed the sharp contrast from the bright and bustling mall to the dimly lit and tranquil environment of the Spa. The spa is done up in a tasteful manner and makes you feel calm and relaxed from the moment you enter it with soothing music playing in the background and the fragrance of aromatherapy oils. The therapy here is different from traditional spas, so you don't need to undress and they don't slather oil all over your body. Besides the leg and foot part, the rest of the body is treated with a dry massage and the whole therapy takes place on a reclining chair. You can even get a treatment done with a friend or your beau so you can both enjoy the experience side by side!

I went for the foot massage with back, shoulders and head. To start with, the therapist brought a vessel of hot water and petals using which she cleansed and sanitized my feet. After this, I had to soak my feet in the water and she washed them with liquid soap to cleanse them. This was followed by a gentle massage to open up the joints and relax them. The next step consisted of an oil massage from knees to my feet in firm strokes with a focus on all the right pressure points to relax the body. She paid great attention to detail and spent a lot of time on each leg and foot, ensuring that every pressure point was emphasized upon. Using different Thai moves, she hit all the right points to un-knot all my muscle points. She also used a small stick to put pressure on certain points on my sole and the effect was immediate and so relaxing. In the end of the foot massage, she used some aromatic powder on my legs and feet which I'm guessing was to absorb all the oil and cream from my skin.  My legs were then wrapped with a dry towel followed by a dry massage to my full legs, back, shoulder and head. After the foot massage, she started with stretching my legs, shoulders and back along with a detailed massage on each area. Your limbs will be pulled, stretched and kneaded till you feel like you’ve been through a workout session, not a spa but it's so super relaxing!

I walked out fully relaxed and energized and absolutely loved the experience and am definitely going back to Sukho Thai real soon! If you have never gone for a foot massage before, I recommend you to try it. It's so relaxing and blissful because the therapists are trained to work wonders on your feet, massaging the right pressure points, alleviating knots allowing for complete detoxification of the mind, body and soul. The best part right now is that SukhoThai is celebrating it's 6th Anniversary on 5th Sept 2016 and till then, they are giving a buy one get one free offer on all therapies above 90 minutes! So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and avail this offer and take yourself to foot heaven!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Outfit - Slay in Gray

I rarely wear clubwear styles (even when I go partying) but sometimes you find that special something that makes you go - Damn, this looks hot! And that was exactly my reaction when I saw this outfit! I got it from Lovelywholesale.com, a fantastic site which a humongous variety of  amazing and unique clothing and accessories at insane prices. Their quality is good and shipping is really fast too! I totally recommend you to check out this site if you're looking to add some unique pieces to your wardrobe!








Top and Skirt Set - Lovelywholesale
Bag - Accessorize
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar 

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