January 2017

5 Magical Winter Skincare Rules

January 31, 2017
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The most challenging time of the year when our skin needs extra-extra care is the dry winter season. Most of my time goes in reapplying moisturiser on my skin to keep it at least moistened, if not hydrated. The challenge is to find a moisturiser which lasts longer on your skin, keeping your skin hydrated at all times. And that’s when, while passing through aisles of body lotions, I came across the bottle of Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion. I won’t lie, but ever since then, I have been using this Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion extensively to moisturize my skin on a daily basis. The lotion spreads smoothly on my skin and just 2-3 squeezes are enough to moisturize my hands and feet entirely. The Hydra-Nutri balance and the goodness of Cocoa Butter and Wheat Germ ensure deep hydration for extra dry skin. I use the lotion twice daily, so we are looking at a window of at least 12 hours hydration benefits. The fragrance is that of chocolate which makes me feel divine. The fragrance diminishes to a minimal note in an hour, and I absolutely love smelling of cocoa strongly in the initial stage of application. Moisturizing your skin regularly goes a long way in keeping your skin healthy and hydrated throughout the cold season, but there are some other factors too that helps in maintaining the peace of healthy looking skin permanently. BATHE ON A TIMER Who doesn’t love having a long hot bath during the winter season? At least I look up to a calming hot shower daily to unwind from the clutter of woolen layering throughout the day. Do not stay under the hot shower or inside a bathtub for more than 4-5 minutes as a longer bath strips the skin of …

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Taksim, Ansal Plaza

January 27, 2017
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You’ve got to visit Taksim at the re-launched Ansal Plaza (Khel Gaon, Delhi) to believe that this recently opened restaurant is going by reservations due to its excessive demand. Be it a cosy weekend hangout or an ice-cold weekday evening meetup, Taksim is getting sold out on table reservations as we speak. The credit goes to the restaurant’s location, impeccable menu plan and the earthy-meets-eclectic ambience with live music & dj nights to keep the spirits high. Taking orders left, right and centre, the staff of Taksim is doing a tremendous job in keeping up with the demands of its customers, serving 2 floors,a mezzanine and a sprawling open-air patio setup; on a daily basis. Speaking about the ambience, the 4200 sq ft. place is well-lit, with wooden infrastructure, cutlery inspired modernistic art decor and comfortable seating arrangements. With a fully equipped live bar, Taksim offers an array of imported and domestic hard drinks, along with some signature cocktails on demand. My favourite has to be the Summer Cyclist which has an interesting combination of Orange and Litchi juice. If you like spice, then opt for Amrud Masala which has a base of Guava juice and a concoction of green chillies and Tabasco blend. No bar experience is complete if not for a dense list of nibblers and starters to munch on. Be it Lebanese platters, Mexican Salsa spread, American Diner Chips or Desi Fries; Taksim offers world cuisines on its menu. We tried Thai Grilled Chili Basil, Bombay Chicken which is basically mince chicken cutlet served Bombay Pav style, Feta Stuffed Sweet Potato Patty, Palak Patta Ki Milly Filly Chat, Dahi Ke Sholey which was thick spiced yogurt wrapped in crispy fried bread, Cottage Cheese Shawarma Quesadilla and many other sliders to try out. What is worth appreciating is the well …

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Victoria’s Secret VERY SEXY NOW Fragrance

January 27, 2017
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A Brume Parfumée by Victoria’s Secret That Reminds You of The Beach. Literally!  As the title quite suffices what this article reviews, I indeed am talking about an iconic Fragrance range introduced by the Perfume leader, Victoria’s Secret in 2016, which is everything the beach experience is all about. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Now Range which is available in both EDT and Fragrance Mist consistency is a mix of sand, coconut, fruits and florals. Everything that transforms beach into a romantic rendezvous with mother nature. So for those who miss beach-vibes or cannot get over their scores of Piña Coladas, then this fragrance range is for you! Call it a part of my ‘Thailand Haul’, having limited scope of spotting VC fragrances in the Indian market, I had to invest in at least 1 body mist to curb my fetish of collecting perfumes. I already own three mists from Victoria’s Secret traditional ranges and this one adds on as a more eclectic perfume with an ode to a natural entity.  Speaking about the perfume, following are the basic details to make you understand what Very Sexy Now is all about :  Launch Year – 2016 Top Notes – Coconut Nectar and Fruits Middle note – Pink Lotus Base Notes – White Musk, Sand and Vanilla  The strong essence of Coconut in this concoction reminds you of beach getaways, is quite summery and I can say a very romantic fragrance (#ValentinesDay2017) at that. The longevity of the fragrance on body is approximately 8-10 hours, while it lingers on the clothing for a good 3-4 days. Bought this from Pattaya for around 550 Baht which is equivalent to Rs.1,100/- in the Indian market. I think the price is value for money since these fragrance mists last at least 2-3 years for me, upon …

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Why Vivo V5 Plus Is For The Women Of Power?

January 23, 2017

No matter taking selfies is tagged as the millennial disorder SELFITIS or cause of many debates worldwide, people just can’t get enough of stretching their ‘selfie sticks’ and getting self captured against the glory of a fancy backdrop (or crowd). The obsession has caught up like the highlight of tech world which is why every other upcoming mobile handset in the market is taking into account advanced modification to make our selfies look crisp and appealing in any given point of time and occasion. With the Bajirao of Bollywood, Ranveer Singh, winning the XX Chromosome crowd’s attention anyway, Vivo takes a step ahead with the launch of Vivo V5 Plus, which is classier and much more in the photography section for the ardent selfie takers of today! We are talking about 20MP DUAL Front Camera. No, really! Keeping up with the specifications of the new mobile camera sensation in the market, here are 5 defined points why Vivo V5 Plus is the ideal mobile phone for women on the go! 1. Ditch DSLR, Take Moonlight Selfies This feature has been extensively promoted with Vivo V5 as well, but their are certain add-ons that make Vivo V5 Plus stand out as a match for a DSLR, worthy of taking photographs in moonlight as well. If the front Moonlight Glow Flash wasn’t enough, the 20MP DUAL Camera comes with a 8 Megapixel Sensor which results in bokeh effect with depth -of-field information as well. So for the women who love taking selfies or creating photo journals of their travelogues, this one comes aboard as a quite reliable gadget for capturing detailed imagery on the go. Also, Moonlight Front Flash for glowing photographs. Why not? #Kawai 2. Rose Gold Colour, The Pantone of Tech World Not too much of gold, nor too much of pink either. …

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Reason why Fairmont Jaipur is The King Of Royal Luxury!

January 19, 2017
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Rajasthan’s Hospitality is all about extravaganza and royalty. I can go on and on talking about why I am in absolute awe of this property, but it speaks for itself at great lengths anyway. The architecture has been inspired by the Royal Rajputs and Mughal Dynasty. Each part of the decor has a story to tell and the addition of carefully curated artefacts enhances the realism of Fairmont Jaipur. Just like any other Fairmont property all across the globe, it too has closely worked with the traditions of Rajasthan and what royal lifestyle was all about, centuries back. And to speak about the artistic beauty of this hotel, it will be unfair if I try to just put it in words. As they say that a picture speaks a thousand words, scroll down as I have handpicked 20 odd photographs from a bulk of 2GB data, to summarise what a beautiful architectural marvel Fairmont is all about. You can also check out the Accommodation Review to learn more about their services.   Learn more about this enchanting property and a book a stay for a luxurious experience  http://www.fairmont.com/jaipur/

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U Spa – The Umrao Luxury Hotel Experience

January 11, 2017

We recently shared our love for The Umrao Luxury Hotel by sharing a glimpse of this luxurious property on the busy NH8 zone. Now, we talk about its unwinding facility known as U Spa! Just like any other luxury hospitality group, The Umrao too has a corner on the property for guests and members to relax by the pool, get some fitness training at their fitness centre and take beautifying or rejuvenating treatments at U Spa. U Spa in itself is a detailed spa facility which offers therapies like Head Massage, Classical Swedish Massage, Foot Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage and Aromatherapy. Our team took the Deep Tissue Massage and the Foot Reflexology Massage and both turned out to be equally relaxing. The massage rooms are super spacious with a tea lounge, if you’d like to pamper yourself before or after the therapy. The light setting is calm, the fragrance soothing and the music relaxing to setup the mood right. Both the Deep Tissue Massage and Foot Reflexology lasted an hour with dedicated massage therapists making sure your nerves are soothed and muscles relaxed to perfection. The staff, although limited, knows through and through of therapies, guiding the customers through Spa protocols, maintains a hygienic environment and puts utmost care in maintaining your privacy. Once you are done with the therapy, you can take a pampering bubble bath at their super spacious and relaxing bathtub setup. If you have time constraints or would prefer to sweat naturally, then U Spa also offers fully functional Sauna and Steam rooms. U Spa connects with a fitness centre, wherein residences and members can take up cardio and strength training under the surveillance of expert fitness trainers. In case you’d like to be a regular member of the fitness centre, then they do offer membership packages as …

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January 7, 2017

The country has been under the chaos of Demonetization – with limited access to cash and never-ending ATM lines. While at the moment every Indian hates the very idea of visiting an ATM and standing in line for the clock, KFC did something really fun recently – they introduced an ATM that dispensed ‘currency that you’d love to stand in line for’. Bringing the Nashville flavours of fried chicken to India, KFC has recently introduced their newest food trend from America – The KFC Nashville Chicken! It is smoky, extra crispy, intensely flavoured and topped with a generous portion of tangy American pickles. KFC Nashville Chicken is another level of being crispy (and finger lickin’) and can be had on a bun, with rice bowlz, as strips or even in 5-in-1 Meal boxes. And to introduce this American Food Trend to the foodies in India, KFC had installed an ATM machine (for a day) at the popular Cyber Hub in Gurgaon that dispensed Nashville Dollars – giving chicken lovers a chance to redeem these for the crunchiest KFC Nashville Chicken. Talking about this unique initiative, Lluis Ruiz Ribot, CMO, KFC India said: “In the past few months, everyone has seen that good things are worth the wait – whether at ATMs, or in life.  We just decided to make the waiting a little more fun and rewarding! The Nashville chicken has a cult-like following across the USA and KFC is the first QSR, to bring this USA original recipe to India. We wanted to make the launch as legendary as the product and therefore chose a format that is topical, strategically connects with consumers and induces trials.” Now who says luck only strikes once? KFC India has collaborated with me to giveaway 2 of my lucky readers a chance to …

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The Umrao – Luxury Hotel

January 5, 2017

If you happen to be from or be in Delhi travelling towards the Airport or Gurgaon on NH-8, you might have definitely come across the luxurious glimpses of a boutique hotel ‘The Umrao’ which is famous for A-list weddings in the city. With its expansive borderline and an architecture appealing to the expensive strength, The Umrao stands out as a resort hotel perfect for a private getaway or a Destination Wedding appeal; among its pears. Having won the award Luxury New Hotel title at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016, The Umrao definitely assures a luxurious experience on their property; be it for dining, wedding function or stay services. I too got a chance to stay at this lovely property for 2 nights and 3 days, experiencing the best that their restaurants have to offer and unwinding by their pool side spa and comfortable accomodation facilities. The Umrao is situated on National Highway-8, which is nearby the Indira Gandhi International Airport and is a drive away from the Gurgaon City Hub. If we talk about its architecture, then the hotel has been designed utilising the grand 15-acre land to its full potential. With beautifully manicured lawns, green patches all throughout, calming water bodies in terms of fountains and pool; the hotel does make you feel relaxed and closer to nature while being settled in the contemporary architecture of its main concrete buildings. As you enter the property, green covered driveway leading you to the main reception dome transports you to a world away from the hustle bustle of the busy city life. Taking advantage of the space, The Umrao’s lobby has been designed in the most contemporary style, with middle-eastern decor elements, a see-through dome that leads you to the reception area, right next to the Waffle Tea Lounge/Pastry Shop. While you …

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