Beauty

Satliva – Nature Nurtures Skincare Range

February 13, 2018
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Adapting an organic way of lifestyle has become quite a trend in today’s times! And now that being Ayurvedic and Organic is not just limited to the Indian territory, local and international brands have started exploring herbal products ranging from foods to skincare on a large scale as well. Based out of Bangalore, SATLIVA, is beyond being just a herbal skincare brand. Promoting the importance of Hemp Oil for the skin, their products are well researched on and come infused with the goodness of various herbal ingredients that are available across the country. To fight the bitter winter weather of Shimla, Satliva got on board as my skincare partners and I boy was I write about my decision! Generally, the winter season on the hills is not just about the cold, but about getting super dehydrated skin as well. And when I say super dehydrated, then I mean no amount of face moisturiser can do good to hydrate the skin; forget bringing back the shine and suppleness.  I had requested Namrata and Harshaavardhan, the couple behind NHCO, to suggest me products that will help maintain hydration in my skin and won’t be a hassle to use during harsh Shimla winters as well! The products that they sent across were not just a life savior, but definitely a blessing as I literally ended up relying on them to keep my skin from dehydrating for worse. And I kid you not, my girlfriends too ended up ditching their skincare cosmetic products to borrowing my Satliva kit to hydrate back their skin as well! The first thing that I liked about the products they sent across was their travel friendly packaging. Although the soap bars came in hardbound boxes, the creams and butters came in small tins which were leak proof, light and break-proof. Sharing …

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Himalaya Youth Eternity Range – Review

January 9, 2018
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Himalaya Youth Eternity Range is much more than just an anti-ageing cream.The primary ingredient of this range being the Edelweiss flower, found only on the mountain slopes of the Alps in Europe, has the power of regeneration which allows the skin-cells to heal and regenerate for a youthful looking skin always. Having been launched recently in the market, the Himalaya Youth Eternity Range has already become the talk of the town, with beauty experts recommending it for all skin types. The range consists of three products – Himalaya Youth Eternity Day Cream, Himalaya Youth Eternity Night Cream and Himalaya Youth Eternity Under Eye Cream. As dermatologists recommend, using all the products of the same range delivers results what a single product is not able to. Keeping up with the advice, I tired the Himalaya Youth Eternity range for 3 weeks before fairly concluding.   MY EXPERIENCE My Experience trying and testing this range was pretty smooth. Just like most of the Himalaya skincare products, this range too is quote mild on the skin, with no visible acne breakouts or oil secretion throughout the day. The day cream suggests application lasts an entire day, but due to the severe Delhi winters, I ended up applying the cream twice a day. The night cream smells floral which works for me, as I love floral fragrances. The application is easy and I only require one pump worthy cream for the face. My face feels a little oily in the morning, but a lukewarm face wash cleanses out it all. The best part, no acne breakouts, which is quite a scenario overtime I apply something new to my face. Although I don’t have dark circles, the Under Eye application has definitely provided ample hydration to my eye area, reducing fine lines. HOW IT WORKS? …

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VLCC Zodiac Facial – Review

December 21, 2017
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India is a country where Astrological faith is taken quite seriously. And India is also a country which is always adapting various forms of beautifying self, be it naturally or scientifically. Amalgamating these two major elements and bringing together a concept, VLCC has anted up the beauty game manifolds. Have you ever heard of VLCC Zodiac Facial? Well, it’s not just a term, but the procedure is indeed backed by an astrological concept which has been studied on for centuries. VLCC Zodia Facial is basically a facial procedure, which is performed using products designed based on one’s zodiac stone. Like I being an Arian was given a VLCC Zodiac Facial – Diamond, as my zodiac stone is diamond. All the zodiacs are dominated by their individual signs, like – Fire, Earth, Air & Water. According to Ayurveda, when our skin cells are stimulated with the help of zodiac stones, this helps to increase skin cell turnover to speed up repair processes and help to reveal smooth and radiant skin. The zodiac-based facials are infused with the ‘bhasm’ of the birthstones relevant to your sun sign. The activated ‘bhasm’ works on the skin to give it the much-needed energy boost and glow The products used in Zodiac Facial (Cleanser/Serum/Pack) are charged with precious Gemstone and have an efficacy of the particular stone effect on an individual. While your sign can shed light on your life, it can also be useful when interpreting what ingredients to use on your skin. The birth stones that we have for you are:  Emerald, Pearl, Ruby, Aquamarine, Opal, Diamond, Peridot, Sapphire, Topaz, Turquoise, Garnet, and Amethyst. My Experience : VLCC being an expert in making you feel pampered and taking their service protocols quite seriously don’t believe in just giving their customers a facial, but making …

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Amatrra Spa Delhi NCR – For Body And Skin

October 9, 2017
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Since time immemorial to this date ladies have been taking care of their skin, hair and body in interesting ways. While Cleopatra bathed in donkey’s milk and Noor Jehan in rose oil water to rejuvenate their skin and prevent ageing, Victoria Bekham eats Salmon daily to last that glowing skin. In the present time, given the high levels of pollution, changing lifestyles and high paced routine, it is very difficult for common people to regularly follow strict beauty regimes. Therefore, sometimes it is advisable to take help from skin professionals. This ensures less mess and quicker results by using scientific as well as tried and tested methods. Contrary to prevalent assumption that cosmetic treatment only means going under the knife and it has many side effects, Amatrra Spa offers practical and non-surgical solutions too for many skin, hair and body related problems. These range from pigmentation, stretch marks, discoloration, moles, scars, dull skin and wrinkles. All these issues are primarily caused by our daily routine. Although we feel confident just the way we are because of our capability, yet there is no denying that getting rid of such dermatological issues can go a long way in boosting our confidence in public sphere. Since we cannot take care of ourselves on a daily basis, it is okay to have these snags fixed with the help of safe treatment by Amatrra Spa. Apart from this, there is a godsend surprise for all those who are battling with excess weight. A painless slimming process is really hard to imagine. But Amatrra Spa has come up with wondrous pain-free and scientifically proven ways to instantly lose up to 3 inches. Their professional health experts customize the diet and nutrition plan after considering one’s bone structure and body type to cater to our specific needs. …

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Oral Care With Himalaya Mouthwash

April 7, 2017
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We spend a lot of time taking care of our skin and overall health. We spend a lot in buying skincare products, learning about the products and following various routines just to ward off unhealthy or ageing skin problems. But how often do we participate in taking care of our gums and teeth? No, just brushing your teeth once and twice (in a blue moon) doesn’t ensure total oral care. In fact, given the food intake we process on a daily basis and all the caffeinated drinks we savour on regular intervals actually lead to a lot of oral problems that we don’t consider till the red alert! I got into a conversation with two of my Dental expert friends and this is what they have to say about Oral Hygiene : While flossing ensures clean inner lining of teeth, mouthwashes ensure removal of any foreign particles, germs, infection or odour in total. Most of the mouthwashes contain a great percentage of alcohol in them, ethanol to be precise, which leads to a burning sensation and dryness in the mouth. Regular usage of alcoholic infused mouthwashes can also result in taste sensitivity. These are the major reasons why dentists recommend alcohol free mouthwashes for daily usage. Keeping up with body friendly products, Himalaya Mouthwashes are 100% alcohol free, guaranteeing 100% oral care for even sensitive oral conditions. People with oral irritation, xerostomia (dehydrated mouth), low saliva flow and people taking radiation therapies or suffer from diabetes can use Himalaya Mouthwash with 0% alcohol without any problems. Providing variety and making the process less mundane, Himalaya has launched three varieties of mouthwashes. Depending on the oral care priorities of individuals, one can pick the Himalaya Herbals Mouthwash that best works for their needs. Himalaya Herbals Sparkling White Mouthwash Flavour – Papaya & Pineapple Claims …

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip And Cheek Colour

February 13, 2017
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For those who are drifting into the amour world of Valentine’s Day, hear this! Lakmé introduces 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek Colour which is absolutely everything you need right now. Right from giving your lips a La Vie En Rose full coverage to offering a natural blush to sculpted cheek-bones, Lakmé 9 to 6 Matte Mousse is all you need this Valentines Day. I have been trying the tint for an all day look to wearing it up on a Delhi-Mumbai travel spree and not even once have I felt the need to re-apply the tint or wipe the smudge off over a quick meal express. The application is swift, texture- smooth and credibility – flawless. The great part about this Lip and Cheek Colour? The texture is matte yet weightless on application. Which means, your lips look fuller without the feel of overdoing the usage. The mousse comes in a compact travel friendly container, with a swap applicator making the application process hassle-free.   Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek colour comes in 10 intense shades ranging between hues of reds, browns and pinks; with a light-powdery finish. The 10 shades are Blush Velvet, Rose Touch, Burgundy Lush, Tangerine Fluff, Cocoa Soft, Fuchsia Suede, Crimson Silk, Coffee Lite, Plum Feather and Pink Plush. All shades go well with the Indian skintone and are apt to be worn at all seasons. The application is smooth, blends well with the skin and leaves behind dry yet highly pigmented lips and blush-cheeks, post application. Priced at Rs. 575/- the range lasts a good 1.5 – 2 months on regular application.  

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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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U Spa – The Umrao Luxury Hotel Experience

January 11, 2017
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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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Himalaya Herbals Winter Care Range Review

December 21, 2016
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Winter Skincare is definitely a challenge, especially when you reside in dry regions like Delhi where your skin tends to dry out and chap with just one breeze. Himalaya Herbals believes in the power of deep nourishment be it for any season. And to celebrate this cold season, the brand sent across a hamper of Winter Care Range my way. I definitely feel pampered and spoilt for choice. It’s been approximately 2 weeks since I have started using Himalaya Herbals Winter Care Range and I have absolutely no complaints till now! To begin with, Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Lotions range is a must have product in your winter care kit. Depending on the severity of the dryness, Himalaya Herbals offers 3 varieties of Body Lotions for the winter season. For those who care about the aromatherapy benefits of lotion application, Himalaya Herbals Soothing Body Lotion is the product. It consists of Grape Seed and Almond Oil to provide moisturisation and leaves a mild soothing fragrance that lingers on for an hour or so. If someone is looking for pure nourishment, then Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Body Lotion is the go to product. With the goodness of Aloe Vera Gel and Winter Cherry, this one is apt for people suffering from mild dryness. And for people belonging to dry regions and are in need of some sever moisturisation treatment, then Himalaya Herbals Cocoa Butter Intensive Body is the product to swear by. I have used Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion last year as well and it surely stands out for its chocolatey fragrance and the moisturising goodness upon application. The price tag is quite pocket friendly and the lotions are a great option for daily usage in comparison to the thick body butters that cost a bomb and their utility is limited and greasy …

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#BeautyExperts – Tantrums Makeup Studio

December 13, 2016
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Every time the thought of getting a makeover done from a salon or studio pops up in my head, all I can think of is how the artist will ruin my natural instinct and make me look like Cruella-de-vil. It takes a great deal and luck to find professionals who know the requirement of your skin, your appearance and your personal style. Picking up a makeup brush and simply buffing through an array of NYX or Sephora hauls is an easy-peasy, but it takes a great deal towards brushing off the right colour tone and touches that will make you look like a million bucks! Tantrums Makeup Studio is a venture by Ratika Vaish and Mayank who deliver their passion for beauty across many platforms and among a rich clientele overseas. Based out of East Patel Nagar, their venture is growing immensely and they are now opening up branches across Delhi to expand their wings. For the recently concluded season of Amazon India Fashion Week, I collaborated with this lovely team who drove down all the way from Patel Nagar to my residence to transform me into a ‘Desi Diva’ for Day 3 of AIFWSS17. When it comes to makeup, Ratika treats the requirements of her clients with great zeal. She patiently listened to my perspective and vision of the makeup I’d like to go for. Ratika interacted with me, providing her inputs on the latest makeup trends and helped me decode the makeup that will compliment my Saree-Jacket amalgamation for the fashion week. My initial instinct was to go for smoky eyes, but she suggested that I go for more subtle and shimmerier eye makeup to compliment my Kantha embroidered saree. Her ideology comes from her experience working with A-list clients nationally and internationally. Although her setup is in …

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