Tuesday, September 27, 2016

TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo + Conditioner Review

It's been a while since I wrote about hair products and boy am I glad to be writing this post! Today I'm reviewing the TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection range which has helped me restore my damaged and dull hair to what you see today. TIGI needs no introduction because of its cult products for hair styling and hair care which have been around for more than a decade in the international market. With fun bright packaging and cheeky instructions on the labels, TIGI products are just as ah-mazing as they look!

So getting back to the drill, my luscious locks have a fair share of issues and I chemically torture them so that adds to my woes. I have a lot of grays so I need to color regularly and since they're weirdly wavy, I get them chemically straightened once a year. Bet ya didn't know that my hair isn't actually straight!  It's also pretty long and somehow that affects its texture from neck down. Thanks to this combination, my ponytail feels kinda rough and I found a savior in TIGI Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo and Conditioner. This combination is made for weak and brittle hair than needs to be resurrected from this state and it does the job pretty well.

The shampoo is created with 25% more moisture boosting ingredients and cleanses hair well while moisturizing it at the same time. It infuses hair with hydration and makes it hair smooth and shiny. Not only does my hair feel healthy and shiny but it also feels stronger. Thanks to its anti-color fade ingredients, it also helps keep my color vibrant. In spite of being moisturizing, it cleanses well without drying the hair. I hate shampoos which are too creamy or moisturizing as my scalp doesn't feel clean but I don't face that problem with this one. It has a pleasant Goji Berry & Papaya fragrance which makes it a pleasure to use. The squeeze tube packaging is sturdy, convenient and hygienic. You might think the pricing is a bit steep at Rs 800, but it's worth as it lasts quite long and a little bit of the product goes a long way. I wash my hair about three times a week and this still lasts for 3 months. 

 The Conditioner is a restoring formulation that is ideal for weak and brittle hair. It's quite lightweight and has the same fruity fragrance as the shampoo. It targets the areas that are most in need of repair and works to strengthen and restore the integrity of the hair cuticle. Since my hair is quite dry from the straightening and coloring, it helps ease out the dryness. I use both in conjunction and they definitely make my hair soft, smooth and manageable. The conditioner is priced at Rs 900.

Overall, I absolutely LOVE this range and totally recommend you to try it out if you have damaged, dry or brittle hair. I swear by it and am sure you will love it too!

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!

Hoppipola Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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!

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