03 August 2017

Take that break!

I am writing this from the desk of the job that I have recently quit. Quit, to make amends to my health. Quit, to make amends to my heart. Quit, to make amends to Family and friends. Quit, for peace.

How often have you found yourself looking at the screen of your laptop, doing nothing, just gazing into it, with plethora of thoughts running in your head making no sense at all?

From the past few months, I have lived such a moment more than many times. Reason? Unknown. May be it is the stress of commuting in this commotion of Mumbai Local and its crowd or was it the work stress? Or sheer dreams of moving out of a full time work to doing things which will give me peace?

Months went by, the idea of resigning was always at the back of my mind. Sooner or later I knew I had to, but didn’t know when. You know this idea of a regular salary coming into your account is like a plague. De-stressing from no angle whatsoever. I don’t have to pay home bills or grocery as I live with my parents. Money isn’t the issue, it is more like, being at peace, more happy, away from the hustle bustle of the regular life. Wanting to lose the unhealthy fat and live the age old dream of writing, working on-the-go, while I get to see the world at my own pace.

The idea of moving into a freelance job struck me a few months back and there, it was decided that I will move on. Mental and Physical health, adequate amount of sleep, adequate amount of time with Family and friends – that’s all I could see. 

While I was scrolling through Twitter the other day, several tweets made me realise how I am not alone. There are many souls looking for freedom from their current lifestyle. Some have faced mental breakdown, some on the verge of it, some passed through it. It is okay to be low, friends. But it is all the more okay to realise that it is time you move onto something which is better; be it a job, a relationship, a city; anything.

Take that break.

Talk to your boss, friends, colleagues and family. Nothing is worth mental peace.

Move out of your cubicle. Move your head out of that laptop. Move out of the plethora of notifications which barge your life almost every second.
*ABC liked your Photo*
*123 tagged you in a meme*
*Your tweet has been Retweeted 12 times*
mute that non-stop buzzing whatsapp group. 

Take that break!

Pay attention to your family asking for some time with them, pay attention to your brother who probably wants to discuss how his day was at school today, pay attention to your sister who might be wanting to go out on a dinner date with you, pay attention to your best friend who is always there to listen to your rants, pay attention to things which don't need a notification.

You won’t get this time again :)
Stay tuned to my chronicles of life post no-desk job ...

25 June 2017

Garnier Fructis – Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I woke up to incessant rains this morning and let me tell you, I was really happy to welcome it. Considering the bad weather we have been living in since the past few months, when it rained a minute and left hours of treacherous heat and sun behind. It is not only our skin and inner health that requires attention but also our hair. Pollution has gone up as well and so has the unhygienic conditions around us. How do you take care of yourself midst all this?

My hair has been on a downhill since quite some time. Apart from my regular Oriflame Shampoo, I also use Garnier Fructis which kicks in my hair and moisturises it quite well.

What the product claims
Fructis Triple Nutrition's triple restoring action formula, infused with 3 oils: Avocado, Olive, Almond, intensely transforms dry to very dry hair with 3X nourishing moisture* for stronger, smoother, shinier hair. No weigh down. No greasy feel. 

The product comes with a flip cap. Bottle is easy to hold and carry. The fragrance is like other Fructis shampoos. In this weather, when all the sweat builds up in the hair, this shampoo works really well in removing the oil and dirt off my scalp.

Since I shampoo only once or max twice a week, needing a shampoo which fairs quick is only fair.

  • Controls frizzy hair
  • Conditions
  • Good fragrance which stays for 2 days sometimes
  • Hair feels softer
  • Runny texture
Do tell me if you pick this one off the shelf. Don't forget to take care of your mane this Monsoon :)


01 June 2017

Hearing Disorders and what’s Cochlear?

Clear speech and expression are an important trait of communication. And to speak well, one needs to hear well. According to Cochlear, over 90% of hearing impaired children are born to hearing parents and nearly one out of every 3 people over 65 years are affected by hearing loss globally. Shocking statistics?

They surely are to me.

Last weekend, I got a chance to be a part of Cochlear India’s ‘Cochlear Celebration’ event. The event not only gave me the opportunity to know about hearing loss but I also explored how technology has evolved through innovation in the field of health and medicine which is bringing sound in the lives of many.


  • 32 million children live with disabling hearing loss. 
  • 60% of child hood hearing loss is preventable. 
At Cochlear India, the team believes that one day everyone deserves to be able to hear and enjoy sounds like they are meant to be enjoyed through CochlearTM Implants.

What is a Cochlear
TM implant?

A Cochlear
TM implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of a damaged inner ear. A CochlearTM implant is not a hearing aid which makes external sounds louder but a device that is surgically placed inside, carrying sound signal to your brain.

Getting a CochlearTM implant is the BEST decision 
  • B - Bilateral implantation - Hearing is more natural when you can hear from both the ears. 
  • E - Early intervention - Earlier the better! One can get the implant even at a tender age of 12 months. 
  • S - Smart hearing partner - This is where CochlearTM plays its role 
  • T – Therapy - Speech and language

Cochlear’s latest innovation is their newest and an advanced sound processor KANSOTM. It works by detecting sounds which are then turned into electrical signals by the receiver-stimulator. These are then sent to the brain by the electrodes placed in the inner ear (cochlea). Here’s a video to explain more about Kanso:

Doctors and Professionals not only help to diagnose the hearing loss, possible causes and treatment but also aid parents with the decision of surgery, on importance of extra care and counselling.

At the Cochlear Celebration event, we learnt that these Professionals spend quality time with families to reflect on what has happened. Therapists and Audiologists help to acknowledge the situation and aid with timely speech and language therapy for the child’s complete growth.

To get a CochlearTM implant for your child or you, you can send your queries and messages at
cincostumerservice@cochlear.comwww.cochlear.com or ihearfdn@gmail.comwww.ihearfoundation.org

You can also call at 022 6112 1140 at any time between 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday.

Meet your doctor today and don’t get afraid to get a CochlearTM implant to Hear now, and always :)

31 May 2017

A lipstick which is definite head-turner!

Oriflame has recently launched luscious and beautiful lipsticks under 'The One's' range. When Oriflame India sent me the entire range, I couldn't wait to share it with you all.

What the product claims:

Super-light liquid lipstick goes on like a gel, with an ultra-smooth plexigloss finish in 8 intense shades. Non-sticky, extreme colour coverage. Glides on easily for super-slick lips with perfect colour clarity. Conditioning formula keeps lips feeling soft. A definite head-turner.

I love lipsticks and keep buying various shades for myself. Good pigmentation, colour and long-lasting are three features which are most important for me in a lipstick.

The texture of these lipsticks is very creamy and thick. It is very easy to apply and is hydrating. If you have chapped lips, these lipsticks are for you. 
Here's a small swatch preview:

The lipstick's coverage is well and gives a great colour with just one swipe. There are 7 shades in total to suit every face and outfit.

Magnetic Magenta - deeper version of hot flamingo

Tangerine Tango - Looks quite natural and will suit all fair tones. It is a peach pastel shade.

Purple Rumba - it totally reminds of Aishwarya Rai's Cannes look last year. Remember?

Pink Mambo - darker version of Malibu Blush

Malibu Blush - Raspberry pink, great for office, party and even daily wear.

Hot Flamingo - best for summer! (70% of the months in Mumbai)

Sunset Burst - Flattering and for all skin tones, this shade is best for your outfits on a date.

Though I wish the wear time was longer, the lip colour is sure to be picked off the shelf by many for it's glorious shades. A sweet fruity fragrance with a good packaging, the Oriflame Vinyl Gel Lipstick is a must try!

The lipstick is priced at 699/- INR and easily available online plus at a store near you!

Will you try it? Do tell me in the comments section below.


10 May 2017

Smytten by YOU!

Hello readers, how is the week coming along? Is it just me or this year is equally fast paced as was 2016? Most of my time is spent in commuting from home-office-home, at work, Sundays with family and Saturdays with friends, evenings and night catching up on social media, blogging, news, trend alerts, etc. etc. How do you like to give yourself some time midst of all? I usually blog OR spend time with my family OR do artsy-craft work OR help my mother with blogging (I told you she started her own food blog, didn't I?)

Some of my friends love to spend their time online scrolling through Instagram. Recently, one of the sundays when I was doing some online window shopping, an Instagram ad took me to an application called - Smytten! Catchy name, isn't it? While I downloaded the app and explored it, the product trial option caught my attention. 

What is Smytten?
Discover the best of premium brands, enjoy free trials and own them if you are smytten! Request for your exclusive invite on the website.
Be it male grooming, eyewear, fragrances, beauty and personal care, food and beverages, spa salons and more - everything is there on Smytten!

I decided to call for a few sample products for trial before buying the full size and to get a hang of the application. The brand doesn't pay for the shipping (which isn't too much on your pocket - 70 INR). The samples were delivered within a week's time and were nicely packaged. Take a look.

I ordered:
  1. Ma Earth Botanical Rose Toner
  2. Spruce Shave Club Tea Tree Oil & Aloe Vera Shave Gel (for dad!) and
  3. All Good Scents Perfume - Jasmine
As of now, I have started using the Toner and my dad helped me review the Shave gel, here's a quick overview about the products for you :)

1. Ma Earth Botanical Rose Toner
Well we all know what Toners are for. I have previously used that of Dr. Batra's and recently started using Eco Beauty Toner by the Oriflame which I had reviewed few days back. This Toner from Smytten is an amazing experience and great buy! 

The toner will help you hydrate, tighten pores and remove impurities off your skin without leaving the skin feel dry later. It is alcohol free (win!) and the moment you open its bottle, a fresh rose scent is going to greet you :)

2. Spruce Shave Club Tea Tree Oil & Aloe Vera Shave Gel 
This one's fragrance is heavenly I must say The product is a herbal offering for a natural shave. Let the razor glide over your skin and leave a smooth result behind. 

Even a small pinch of the gel is enough to make good lather which doesn't smell too overwhelming. The Anti-fungal qualities of tea tree oil and medicinal properties of Aloe Vera will definitely help your skin refresh and rejuvenate! 

3. The All Good Scents Perfume in Jasmine - Heavenly! I have recently started to use and shall review it shortly here, do keep an eye.

Will I be going back to the App? Yes! They even have an amazing Mother's Day offer going on in case you want to do indulge in some pampering for your mom :)

I shall be back with more of such stories, soon.

Until we e-meet next,
Lots of love,

Note: This is not a sponsored post

07 May 2017

Smoke it up with Colorbar!

Guest blog by Shikha Malwe 

How do you define Indulgence? While for some it might be engaging themselves with their hobbies or travelling the world to rejuvenate their mind and soul, for me it’s totally different! Any guesses what it could be?

Well, there are times when indulgence seems to be the very reason I wait for the weekends eagerly. And shopping, (shopping cosmetics) makes me the happiest person. Now, being a cosmetics and make-up lover what else could be more exciting for me than attending a make-up workshop on a weekend?

It was the Smoke em’ up workshop by Colorbar I was invited for recently. Though I always love to try new make-up trends, somehow I could never really learn the smokey eyes make-up the right way. Perfect timing!

I reached the venue i.e. Colorbar outlet in Amanora Mall Hadapsar, Pune and the sight of their dazzling new entrant on the shelf caught my attention. It was the new range of color palettes for eye shadows.

Their make-up artist, who was decked-up in a perfect smokey eye make-up, offered to teach me the complete face make-up. Interesting, isn’t it? And the best part of this workshop was even more exciting! Their make-up tutorial was designed to teach the make-up style that best suits “your” skin tone. 

So let me quickly take you through the make-up I learnt. Have a look at the video shared above or simply follow the steps below to learn this simple yet trendy smokey eye make-up.

  • Step 1: Apply a hydrating eye cream to smoothen the area around the eyes.
  • Step 2: Take a concealer that complements your skin tone and apply it around the eyes with a flat brush. 
Key Takeaway – Dab, dab and Dab! First dab the concealer nicely around the eyes and then blend it gently. Do not sweep it with the brush, as it will not allow the product to settle in one place evenly.
  • Step 3. To get an even tone, apply foundation with the same flat brush on the rest of your face and blend it with the concealer around the eyes.
Key Takeaway – Always apply foundation in downward stroke to match the growth pattern of your facial hair.
  • Step 4: Apply some loose powder with the help of thick round brush evenly on your face covering the area around the eyes. This keeps your skin from appearing greasy.
Key Takeaway: Before any eye make-up make sure your eye-lids are well-powdered to prevent the powder eye shadow from creasing in your eyelid.
  • Step 5: For the smokey eye make-up, take dark brown/grey eye shadow on a brush, pat off the access and pack on to the outer corner and into the crease.
  • Step 6: Shape out the eye shadow with a clean brush to blend the harsh lines.
  • Step 7: Now take a basic neutral color on a flat brush and start placing it on the centre of the eyelid using downward strokes. Then blend it from the inner corner using outward strokes.
  • Step 8: Take a tinge of black eye shadow and apply it on the outer corner to deepen the smokey eye effect.
  • Step 9: Apply pencil liner under the eyes and smudge it out from centre to the outer corner to create the smokey effect.
  • Step 10: And all you are now left with is, a finishing touch! Apply some mascara and you’re good to go!

Smokey eyes is a classic make-up to wear every time you step out for late night parties at clubs.


Here's your chance to win a palette from Colorbar India, all for yourself or for your gf or anyone you would want to gift it :)

All you have to do is:
1. Leave a comment after reading this blog, 'I want to win this Smokey Eyeshadown Color Palette for <Name your friend> because____________'. 
2. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram
3. Like my Facebook Page
4. Share it wherever you want to using the hashtag #LoveColorbar.
5. Follow Colorbar Cosmetics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

That's it.

I will pick one winner by 5th June 2017.

Good luck :)
For queries, email me at: shrimali.megha24@gmail.com