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.

CONTEST

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

16 April 2017

Cheer up your unhappy skin with Oriflame Ecobeauty Toner

“Refreshing, gorgeously scented toner cheers up unhappy skin with organic rosewater and chamomile water. Infused with anti-oxidant rich ingredients, this toner helps soothe & softer skin, so it feels supple, exhilarated & happy again. Perfect to use after cleansing milk, the Oriflame Toner is free of Paraben and is certified Organic.”

Few days back, I did a little tweet series talking about how to take care of your skin & health during summer. Of course you have to eat healthy to be beautiful from inside. But, what’s the plus point?

Oriflame Ecobeauty - the new offering from Oriflame that caters to basic skincare concerns and extends a perfect organic regime. The whole range consists of: Ecobeauty Cleansing Milk, Ecobeauty Toner, Ecobeauty Serum, Ecobeauty Eye Cream and Ecobeauty Face Cream. 





Ingredients: Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Anthemis nobilis flower water, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Polyglyceryl – 10 Laurate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lactic Acid, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Citronellol, Citric Acid and Potassium Sorbate


Infused with Organic rosewater and Chamomile Water, the Ecobeauty toner instantly lifts me up. A spray of this mist makes my skin feel fresh. It not only feels moisturised but supple. Use it daily after bath and keep it real. 

How to use:
  1. Spray it on cotton pad and dab it on your skin
  2. Spread and wipe it off with cotton
  3. Apply it twice a day, once after getting up in the morning and second before sleeping

The toner is priced at 899/- INR and is easily available at your nearby beauty store.

Do let me know in the comments section below if you try this product or have tried before :)

Until we e-meet next,
Lots of love,

07 April 2017

#WorldHealthDay Depression, Personal Hygiene and more!

Keeping clean and healthy on the road isn't always easy. The more I wander to different places, the more I realise how important it is to keep personal hygiene closest to you. Clean water or a clean environment isn't available everywhere and hence keeping clean is often questionable. 

Recently, I had a hard time getting rid of a skin infection and believe me, it was a nightmare. Consulting a doctor is important in such cases. Changing weather, stress, pollution, etc. can creating havoc with your health and one of the first and foremost step to good health is good personal hygiene.

Another important discussion which is lately gaining everybody's attention is - Depression. My close friends who have a drama group recently put together a street play called - Gadbad Hai on the occasion of World Mental Health Day. 

While talking to I Say Organic it suggests the consumers to lead a healthy life by opting for healthy diets. Food plays a vital role in determining mood and helps in balancing hormones in the body. Mood disorders are a serious and pervasive health problem, and is one of the reasons that can cause depression. Hormones affect mood, sleep cycles, metabolism the reproductive cycle, sexual arousal, hunger and cravings. Through diet and powerful food choices, looking after our emotional health and well-being we can take charge of how things affect us. We can actually do this in the most natural way possible by changing our diet and opting for organic food.

Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of I Say Organic believes that there are some foods that have a big impact on how we feel. And this can be more serious than just getting grouchy from overdoing it – there's a wealth of research that suggests that certain types of food actually contain essential components for good mental health, with deficiencies potentially even worsening diagnosable mental disorders such as depression.

I Say Organic recommends some of the food items that you can include in your daily diet that can help beat depression:
  • Leafy Greens 
  • Avocado 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Onions 
  • Apple 
  • Citrus fruits 
  • Omega 3 fatty acids rich food like (nuts, Flax seeds etc)


Diet and lifestyle changes are not a cure-all for depression. But certain foods can affect your mood, so when it comes to what you eat, choose wisely.  Mood can become so stifling that it disrupts a person's quality of life and may result in substance abuse and poor work performance. Treatment for depression can be a complicated process involving both therapy and medication. But one often-overlooked factor is nutrition -you are what you eat, and you need to eat organic food that will help you be happy.



Rear view of young woman with open arms in the meadow Free Photo
Source: Freepik
Moving on to one major topic - Women and Personal Hygiene, here are few healthy habits and answers to common queries by most of us by the good folks from HealthSignz Specialists for women to take care of that beautiful body.


1. What are the top 3 habits/tips to follow for personal hygiene?

Reduce use of external cleansers

Believe it or not, natural vaginal discharge and oils act as natural cleansers against infection in women genitals. Women’s vagina is gifted with a self-cleaning process which helps maintain its symbiosis. Using external soaps, cleansers and wet tissues in excess may disturb the cycle, leading to dry and itchy vagina. Never attempt to clean inside vagina. 

Wash your hands before using the toilet

Keeping our hands germ-free is a basic advice passed from all. While washing hands after toilet is a must, women must be cautious of washing hands before using the toilet and wiping. It will help avoid transferring of bacteria from your hand to your genital region. 

There’s a right way to wipe

The correct way to wipe your external genitals is front to back. Although, it may sound as a very basic rule, it’s a crucial one for your genital health. If you don’t know yet, note that wiping in the opposite direction may cause bacteria travel from your butt to your vaginal region, increasing the risk of Urinary Tract Infection.

Change frequently

Dampness around your genitals may lead to irritations, therefore, women should keep the vaginal area clean (use plain water only) and change inner garments on a regular basis. Additionally, to avoid infections due to sweat and moisture, clothes should be changed after office, exercises and swimming.


Menstrual Care

Many women feel unclean during and post menstrual cycle, and often end up using external fluids to clean the inside, unaware of the fact that, it leads to more health issues. Excess washing of vagina may force bacteria and debris up into the reproductive tract, leading to painful condition called pelvic inflammatory disease. Thus, at most times, you should let your natural vaginal phenomenon to cleanse the reproductive tract post menstrual cycle.


2. One poor habit women should let go off to keep personal hygiene at best?

Not drinking enough water is one poor habit that women should let go off. Water is a natural cleanser, and brings multiple benefits to human body.

One of the most common bladder infection among women is UTI that causes Harmful bacteria to grow uncontrollably. Water does wonders. In addition to multiple benefits of water, one is its bacteria - flushing tendency. Drinking water regularly, helps flush out the bacteria in your bladder and reduces the risk of infection. However, if symptoms go worse, a visit to a doctor is suggested.

Girl drinking water with blurred background Free Photo
Source: Freepik

3. What is Jock Itch and how prevalent it is among women?

Jock Itch also called as intertrigo is a fungal infection which looks like a red rash, which is itchy with raised papules, occurs in the groins and can spread to buttock. It usually occurs due to moisture or sweat that gets trapped in skin folds allowing fungus to grow. A woman could acquire the same from their partner, with skin-to-skin contact. So keep yourself clean and dry at all times.


4. How to tackle itches and keep sweat at bay during the hot summer season?

An itch needs to be treated early as it develops into a heat rash, which if induced with sweat may lead to an infection. Once an infection is developed, soap should be avoided and the area needs to be kept dry.


Some habits that must be acquired:
  • Change underwear frequently and sanitary pads after every 4 hours
  • Don’t sit at one place for long, it traps the moisture which results in rashes
  • Avoid tight garments and prefer cotton over other fabrics
  • Avoid sharing your personal items like towels
  • Avoid touching the itchy area
I hope on this World Health Day, my little write-up would help you all to take a step ahead for the betterment of your health and personal hygiene.

Lots of Love,

28 March 2017

How to get a good night's sleep?

Hi Guys! Hope you had an amazing holiday :) For those who celebrated Gudi Padwa today, best wishes from my side! I am currently on a trip and exploring the Southern Nawabi City of India - Hyderabad! I have just reached the city in the afternoon and it is boiling hot. Phew! How's the weather your side?

I have precisely spent the day lazing around and now, on my bed writing this down after eating my share of a LOT of food at cousin's beautiful house. Every time I hit the bed after a long day, I realise how stressful our lives have become in the recent times. We are always running, working, trying to create something good out of our world. Where's the escape? 

A moment of spending time with yourself, dancing or any workout, good nutrition food, happy time and nice sleep is all one need apart from travelling to a new place (that gives me immense happiness!)

My dad has always given utmost importance to a good night's sleep for a good health. And like me, many of us would agree to the fact that nothing can replace the comfort of your own bed. 



But, what if I tell you that your bed is also one of the primary factor leading to good or bad health? Lack of good sleep can not only lead to lack of concentration but also will make you feel lethargic all day.

What plays a key role is a good night's sleep is your mattress. The right mattress needs to be firm and should provide good alignment for your posture. That means a mattress should not only speak comfort but also support.


According to Foam Home these are the top 3 points one needs to follow while picking up a mattress:

1. Getting the specifics of the mattress

Always remember that the best mattress brands never hesitate to give full information to their customers. When you are in a mattress store, make sure they are able to tell you the specifics of the mattresses you test. Take the feel of the mattresses and try to analyse whether you like springy, firmer or cushy mattress. Do not hesitate to lay on mattresses for 5 to 10 minutes to see if you sink in enough in all positions, especially when you sleep sideways. You need to pick the mattress that creates least pressure points when you sleep in different positions.


2. Checking for comfort

This is the point when you need to check if your mattress provides proper support and alignment to your spine. Here, you would need some help from your partner. Make sure your spine is straight and follows its S curve naturally when sleep on your stomach. If any of your body part sinks in too much or too little, it can be a matter of concern, as it leads to discomfort and can give you back, neck or shoulder ache. A yardstick can be used as a reference point to check the alignment.

3. Shortlist the best ones

This is the simplest and the most straight-forward step. You can relax a bit here, as most of the hard work is already done. If you have had researched properly, you would know that which mattress layer is more comforting and durable at the same time. Quality always matters. 


4. Pick the best mattress

Now this is the final and probably the most difficult step, as here you finally have to pick the mattress based on the combination of different features and specifications. Some mattresses will even have temperature regulation features such as foam mattresses and some offer natural fire barrier.





"FOAM HOME houses the largest range of scientifically engineered mattresses in India. It is also the only Indian brand which offers sleep technology from around the world to India. To top it all, it displays its range in the Iconic brand outlet where people can comfortable try these mattresses like in the comforts of their own home."


Now that you know what a good Mattress requires, don't miss out on having a good sleep every night :)

Have a great week ahead!

05 February 2017

Outfit Post: A little love this Valentine's

To find a nice flowy dress which fits almost perfect is not difficult to find when you have umpteen options to choose from. I bought this dress from Stalk Buy Love last year and can't help but fall in love with it every time I wear it.


I recently wore this dress at the Oriflame Event and here's how I styled it. 




Paired with my very favorite pom pom earrings & heart scarf, the dress is simple yet elegant, perfect for brunch and even an evening out with your friends too. Well, you can even pick this or some other dress from the online store for a dinner date with your loved one this Valentine's :)


Since I had an ankle strain, preferred to wear my oxford shoes from Street Style Store here. They go with every single clothing and I simply love it. You know that kind of feeling when you feel like you have put the best forward? that's exactly the kind of feeling I have every time I wear these shoes.

Do you have such a clothing which you swear by? Do tell me in the comments section below. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead, folks! :)

I will be back with another post, super soon.

All my pictures are clicked by: Me and My Suitcase/Stuti

Love,