Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Envy Box - July 2014

Since July is almost over, I thought its about time I posted about the July Envy Box! I'm really impatient and my box usually arrives a week after the rest of the country gets it so I've started googling the box just to see what's in store for me! The rainy season has now hit India so its really great that this month's box had a lot of hair care products, because as we know, the rain and humidity really wreck up your hair. Like last month, this month's box was lavender too. 

The perfume addict in me was a bit disappointed with no fragrance sample this time, however, I was really happy that once again, they had given us a really generous sized sample of a product, the H2O Sea Moss Body Lotion in this case. 

How cute are all these colors against my pink bedcover? Super sorbet! 

The Avene Sun Protection Cream was included in one of the earlier boxes too so I was a tad disappointed to see a repeat product. However, its a great product so no complaints.  The little post is the Mridul soap free facial cleanser by Kama Ayurveda. Its a gentle daily cleanser and exfoliator in a powdered form which you need to mix with water. I've used it once, and it left my face velvety smooth. 

There's another product by Kama Ayurveda, their Brigandi Intensive Hair Treatment which is prescribed in Ayurveda for lush hair growth and prevents hair loss, dandruff and premature graying while conditioning hair. I am yet to try this out and am glad they've provided us with three little bottles so that we can judge the product better. 

The L'Occitane Control Styling Prep Cream is a leave-in-cream that claims to control and manage and repair dry, frizzy, hard-to-manage hair. I don't really style my hair at all so I haven't given it a shot yet. Its been a very rainy day today so I'd rather not experiment with products because I just shampooed it. 

Last and definitely not the least is the H2O Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion, a product I'm definitely going to love and of course, its awesome that they gave us such a decently sized sample. It smells divine but I'm saving it for a vacation!

 I'm not going to explain much about the concept of My Envy Box as I've been doing so for a while in each post now, and most of my regular readers definitely know what a beauty box is :) For first timers and Indian readers, this is a box with surprise products every month and costs a very reasonable Rs 850  per month, so visit My Envy Box now and give it a shot! I can assure you that you won't be disappointed! 

How did you like the contents of my box? Have you used any of these products? Let me know!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Move Over #Selfie

I'm sick of the term Selfie. According to the Oxford Dictionary, it was the word of the year in 2013 but unfortunately even though we halfway past 2014, the word selfie is everywhere. Now, to be honest, we were taking selfies for years (at least I was) and the over use of this terminology makes it sound like its some newly discovered groundbreaking patented phenomena. However, what did impress me is when I discovered mirror selfies of a girl called Helene Meldahl, who is a doodler from Norway and makes amazing digital art from her mirror selifes. Take a look! How cool are these?


Amazing right? You can check out more on her instagram 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Featured - The Golden Sparrow

I was featured in today's issue of the Golden Sparrow, a weekly newspaper that is circulated in Pune. Check it out below. You can also read it on their official site here. Just click on the fullscreen symbol (shaped like two arrows pointing in opposite directions) in the bottom right corner and click on the page and you can choose to magnify it to your preference so that you can read it :) 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How To Add Image Gadget Without A Title in Blogger

If you use blogger and frequently change or add images as gadgets on your blog, you may have noticed that you no longer can insert an image without a title. So, thanks to this, if you are displaying a banner or any random picture on your sidebar, you still need to give it a text title which is visible on your blog. I'm sure you've gone through this -


You can use any one of these three handy codes at the title and nothing will be displayed -

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You're welcome. Now remove all the names of your sponsors or other ads you display on your sidebar!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Princess Mimi Sesame Grey Circle Lens Review |

After experimenting with a whole lot of brown circle lenses earlier this year, I decided to switch to grey and I love the results! I have naturally very dark brown eyes so I love the effect of these Geo Princess Mimi Sesame Grey lenses which I got from Now for those of you who are new to circle lenses, Geo Medical is the leading brand of circle lenses in the market today as it is the safest and most reliable international circle lens brand. It has been certified and approved by the ISO (International Standard Organisation), CE (ConformitĂ© EuropĂ©enne - Europe), KFDA (Korean Food & Drugs Administration) and MHLW (Japan Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare). 

Here's how they look on my really really dark brown eyes -


Item Name: Princess Mimi Sesame Grey
Diameter: 15.0 mm
Base Curve: 8.7
Water Content: 40±2%
Life Span: 1 year
Price: $23.50 USD
Approved by : KFDA

Geo Coloured Lenses has a simple mission to promote the Geo brand and its circle lenses. They have a wide range of design patterns and colors to meet the needs of global customers. The best part about this brand is that each lens vial comes with a sticker with a hidden unique serial code and customers can verify its authenticity on the GEO Anti-fake website. Most of their circle contact lenses are available with prescription and they offer FREE international shipping and a FREE lens case for each pair of circle contact lenses purchased. If you love colored lenses and are looking for some great options, make sure to check out the site. How do you like these lenses on me? Have you ever tried colored lenses?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Restaurant Review - Scrumptious Sizzlers At Salsa

After a delightful gastronomic experience at their Kabab & Biryani festival a few months ago, I was recently invited to Salsa - the multicuisine restaurant at the Corinthians Resort and Boutique Hotel, to try out their impressive range of sizzlers, which are perfect for the pleasant weather in Pune, now that we've finally bid adieu to one helluva long and scorching summer.  

Now I don't know how popular sizzlers are around the world, but in India, they are a very popular choice of restaurant goers. A sizzler is basically an assortment of veggies or meats served on a sizzling hot iron plate placed over a wooden platter, served with veggies and french fries or rice/noodles. They are usually made in Continental, Chinese and Indian styles to suit the palates of people here. The sizzler menu at Salsa has a variety of options for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. 

As I've mentioned before, I'm a total carnivore so my friend and I chose to have two different non vegetarian sizzlers. The food took a bit long to arrive, but the wait was worth it. For an appetizer we ordered the Sizzling assorted non-veg kebabs, which was way more generous than its menu description and consisted of Chicken Tikka, Lamb Sheekh Kebab, Chicken Sheekh Kebab, Fish Amritsari, Chicken Malai Kebab and Chicken Haryali Kebab and they were little bits of heaven, I swear :) I don't really prefer Indian food but when I appreciate it, that means it was REALLY good! 

Okay so to explain what is what, the Chicken Tikka is on the extreme left of the photo above and consists of spicy chunks of marinated chicken which are baked in a clay oven, it's also a popular dish in the UK. Hariyali means green, those are the green kebabs marinaded in a mix of coriander, mint and spinach. Above and below the Hairyali kebabs are the Chicken and Lamb Sheekh kebabs which are made of minced meat and spices and grilled on skew. On their right are the Chicken Malai Kebabs - tender chunks of chicken marinaded in yogurt and mild spices. Even though I love spicy food, these were my favorites as they literally melted in my mouth and were bland and yet full of flavor. Last, but on the least on the extreme right is the Amritsari Fish, which consists of deep fried fish fingers coated in spices. 

These delicious kebabs were served on a sizzling platter, as you can see from the smoke in the picture above, along with an assortment of Makhni (the same gravy used for the sweet and spicy popular North Indian dish called Butter Chicken) and Pepper sauce. The bright orange gravy in the bowl is the Makhni. And the green sauce in the bowl is known as Chutney, which is a mix of minced coriander, mint leaves and green chillies and goes perfectly with North Indian Kebabs. 

I wasn't kidding when I said the food was delicious. This is what was left of our platter in about five minutes -

For main course we decided to have the Captain's Mixed Grill Sizzler, a medley of fish, chicken steak and tournedos in pepper sauce, topped with a fried egg and served with french fries and vegetables. The steak was nice and tender and so was the fish. This dish could have been better if they were a bit more generous with the pepper sauce. However, the fries were perfectly crunchy and salty and the sauteed veggies were delicious too.

Overall, I had a great experience at Salsa once again, and really enjoyed their sizzlers. Their staff is polite and courteous and the ambiance is nice and relaxed. I look forward to going back there soon. Oh, and did I mention the best part? Its just a five minute drive from my house :) 

 Have you ever had a sizzler? If not, what's your favorite food? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Perfume Review - Lady Gaga Fame

As I've mentioned before, I am a huge lover of perfumes and love owning at least 2 bottles at a time. Of course, I wouldn't mind more! However, celebrity fragrances never appealed to me and I'm not a major fan of Lady Gaga. Fame was never launched in India either so I never got a chance to smell it. How did I end up buying this perfume? Read on...

From the day I read that Fame would be a black perfume that sprays clear and becomes invisible once airborne, I was very fascinated by the concept. It is the first perfume ever to utilize such a technology. The packaging lists the perfume's notes as "tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops". Instead of the pyramidal structure used in most perfumes, Lady Gaga Fame uses a "push-pull technology", where the ingredients demonstrate aspects of each note without precedence. Rather than utilizing top, middle, and base notes, the perfume is based on three accords – "dark" (containing the Belladonna notes), "sensual" (containing the honey, saffron, and apricot notes), and "light" (containing the Tiger Orchid notes) which come together to produce a floral, fruity scent. 

The perfume references the allure of fame and fortune with its sweet scent and gold crown, while the inclusion of the poisonous belladonna, along with the black liquid, represent the dark or destructive side of fame. The packaging says the perfume is "black, like the soul of fame". Great metaphor. Well designed and put together I must say. 

I'm noctural so the 6-8am slot is pretty much my bed time (its 7am right now and I haven't slept yet) and at a time like this about a month ago, I came across a blog post reviewing Fame. After reading lots of good reviews, I was intrigued by the perfume's description. Of course, I read up about it in detail on Fragrantica to see if I would like it, as the site shows you suggestions of perfumes similar to the one you're checking out.  When I checked out an online store in India, I was delighted to find the perfume at a highly discounted price. I had never bought perfumes online and was very skeptical about whether it would be fake, but thankfully a few days later, as the package arrived and I opened it, I was relieved to see that it was a genuine product.  

Housed in an egg shaped glass bottle with a gold claw lid, this inky black perfume looks really gothic, totally like something  Nancy from The Craft would wear. Did I ever mentioned that I love goth fashion and of course, that movie? Surprisingly, the black liquid doesn't stain your clothes. Getting to the main part now, the fragrance. Unlike most reviews I read, I don't really find it sweet. There's nothing overpowering about it that makes it unwearable or overwhelming. To me, it's more like a slightly spicy floral blend with a lot of incense.  There’s a richness to it that makes it a great night time fragrance. The sad part? It doesn't work with my body chemistry and doesn't last for very long on my skin. However, do I regret the purchase? Not at all, I got a great deal, a cool looking perfume and though it may not last on skin very long, its great on clothes and hair!

Have you smelled this perfume? Have you used any other celebrity fragrances? Let me know in your comments below.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Swap Your Style With SwapZaar

When I was younger and was into wearing tiny bodycon dresses (we all have that phase, don't we?) and was bored of them, this is what my thought process was -

Not saying that I ever dressed like a 90s slut (it was more like strapless and one shouldered dresses and tops) but I did have a lot of club wear in great condition that I was bored of and didn't want anymore.  The tradition in India is to either pass on your “fashionable” clothes to younger siblings or to the “maid's daughter” depending on their price. But what to do if you are just bored of high fashion items that are in perfect shape and practically useless for giving away? 

As fashion lovers and shopping addicts, we've all got clothing and accessories we've never worn or not worn for ages, just sitting in our closets because they're to precious too donate. I'm sure you'll agree with me that we all have ended up buying things on an impulse only to wear them once before stashing them to the back of our closets, never to wear them again. In the US and Europe, one can find vintage and thrift stores along with flea markets along with swapping and swishing parties. However, we never had anything in India of this sort. That is, until now!
Presenting, SwapZaar - India’'s first FREE online fashion swap site where one can trade fashion and lifestyle items using virtual currency. Swapzaar a dedicated fashion re-commerce website in India, which operates almost entirely using store-credits, which means you can put up your gently used pre-owned fashion items for sale and monetize your closet earning credits which can be saved and later encashed. You can also buy stuff using the same credits. Moreover, if you are the creative sorts and a DIY enthusiast, you can also showcase your cool and kitschy stuff through their site. 
Swapping is awesome because its a win-win situation for both parties. It’s like shopping without the spending. One just needs to sign up using their email id or facebook account. The site is easy to navigate with the SwapZone button which takes you to the list of items on sale listed by category and subcategory. Selling your own items is very simple, all you need to do is add a photograph and fill in item details. 
I've already uploaded lots of items from my wardrobe that are as good as new, but are lying unworn and can't wait to see products I can swap them with. The site has just been launched and is growing at a fast rate so there will be lots of amazing pre-owned goodies for us in store.

 How do you declutter your closet? Do you have something like this in your country?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Party Outfits - BFF Edition

Forget Sunshine, Liebster or (insert name here) award, I'm all about the Lindsay Lohan award. I'm the laziest fashion blogger on the planet because I have a lot of amazing clothes but never end up posting them because I always dress up at night when the weather is cooler. However, there have been times where I've been snapped up while I was partying with my BFFs. They all influence the way I dress in some way or another. So here they are -

This is my best friend Prerana, my legal advisor, partner in crime and all time love. I have endless memories of shopping with her since we were 16. She moved to a different city a few years ago so I don't get to meet her much, but we always have our telepathic connection :) 

This is me and my close friend Saloni. We were also in school together and have been friends since 2004, yup, that makes it ten years so we've pretty much grown up together. We share a common love for day drinking and the color black! She loves experimenting with different types of tights and leggings. She has a really cool alternative, emo-goth style!

Here's me and Natasha, a close friend of mine who's also a fashion blogger and has a fabulous sense of style and an amazing blog! She shuttles between India and Brazil and is a major inspiration for me to dress up and to work out! She's a huge fitness freak!

This is Parul, corporate by day, fashionista by night. She loves shopping and has a very chic, elegant and sophisticated style. So whenever I meet her, I like to dress in ladylike posh dresses :) 

That's me with Gail, one of my dearest friends who I've known for donkey years and share a very close bond with. She's a dj and even plays the bass guitar and lives in the wonderful state of Goa. She's pretty much like my older sister! Love her! 

No post is complete without a mention of my little mutt Ozzy, who's a fashionista in her own right. She loves her Aztec print sunglasses, as you can see below. 

I wish I had better photos to show you but with the weather slowly getting better, I plan to do more outfit posts! Which look do you prefer out of all of these? 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Picking The Perfect Homecoming Dress

Homecoming is a huge event in any high school, second only to prom. However, while prom is about long trains and elegant gowns, homecoming gives teens a chance to bring out the sequined, satin, knee-length frocks and dance the night away worry-free! But how do you find that elusive perfect dress, and what should you consider when selecting it?

Ideally, a homecoming dress should fall at or just above the knee. Full-length gowns, while appropriate for prom, are a classic homecoming faux pas. Homecoming dresses tend towards tighter, sleek silhouettes and cuts that allow comfortable dancing and movement. However, a bit of tulle or ruffle is perfectly permissible too. 

Homecoming season is just around the corner, so your hunt the perfect homecoming dress should start now. Finding the perfect dress for homecoming is one of the most exciting events of the year! An early start means that more dresses will be in stock, the stores will be less crowded, and if a store doesn't have your size in stock they can ship it in time for homecoming. Now the downside of shopping from a store is that many homecoming dresses look very similar, so chances are, there will be another girl at homecoming with an unfortunately similar dress.

However, for such an occasion, the best thing to do is find a dress online well in advance. Whether you're looking for lace, sequin, high low hem, strapless, one shoulder, ruffled or classics like the little black dresses, make sure you get a homecoming dress that fits your personality and style! 

Here are some cute homecoming dresses that caught my eye -

Did you have a Homecoming ceremony in your school? What did you wear? Which one of these dresses would you wear?

Sunday, July 06, 2014

June 2014 Envy Box!

After white, orange and pink boxes in the past, June's Envy Box was a gorgeous shade of lavender! The June Box is pretty great because it had one full sized product, two generous sized samples and a cosmetic product finally!

This month's box had a generous sample of Skinyoga Coconut Sea Salt Foot Scrub which I've read rave reviews about and am yet to use. My feet often feel like they belong to a beggar (Indian beggars NEVER wear shoes) so this should work for me.  

Next up is the Provencial Lavender Smooth(ening) Operator Body Lotion by Kronokare which I've used, and is really nice. I like how the product's been named, in a style that feels like a mix of a Benefit and L'Occitane. This sized sample is perfect to carry around in your handbag. I've already loved Thalgo's products from my previous boxes and have finished all of them so I'm looking forward to use this freshness exfoliator by them. 

I am a huge fan of Nina Ricci perfumes as I mentioned in a previous post, so I was more than happy to see this sample of La Tentation De Nina in the box. I haven't used it yet because I know I will fall in love with it!

Last, and definitely not the least is a full sized bottle of Innisfree eco nail color pro. Its a lovely pale pink color with a bold and opaque finish.

I loved the June box and am definitely looking forward to what the Envy Box has in store for us in the future. With many generous sized samples and surprise full sized products, it's getting better and better each month!

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