Saturday, 20 October 2018

Embrace Grace in Sarees This Festive Season

Savouring delicious sweets, dancing to the beats of dhol and dressing up right for the occasion- this is what makes any festival a memorable day of the year. I really love to wear ethnic outfits on such special occasions that depict rich culture of our country. While most women are fascinated by the magnificence of the ethnic outfits like me, it's a task to find a dress which is a perfect blend of grace, trendiness, craftsmanship, comfort, and affordability.
In the present times, most people prefer ordering Indian ethnic wear from online stores and I'm undoubtedly one of them. It's been years that I shopped from physical, offline stores and over the years I've developed a good understanding of examining various factors that should have been taken care of before placing an online order. Many of my friends, colleagues and relatives seek my suggestions all the time for buying ethnic outfits especially sarees. When a colleague of mine asked me today for helping her find a festive saree for herself, I recommended her to explore Triveni Ethnics and that's when came along the thought of formally sharing with all my readers what all types of sarees you may find at this portal.
One of the online stores that has satisfied me with its diverse clothing collection, product quality and pricing most of the times is Triveni Ethnics. You may begin by finding sarees by Ocassion, by Fabric or by Style. Once done, your search process may further be extended to filter items based on Pricing, Color, Type of Work etc. Being pressed on time mostly, I do not spend time viewing everything listed on the site when I have certain specific pattern in my mind that I want to shop for. For the first visitors, I suggest to explore complete collection as there are chances to get lured by something that you didn't expect to see ;) My recent purchase from Triveni Ethnics was this gray saree with heavy patchwork that I'm planning to wear on Diwali.
You may find here different kinds of sarees from different regions across the country. I'm sharing a few major options that you may ponder over -

For this ongoing festive season, you may go for resplendent Pure Silk Sarees that look quite superior. The aesthetically dyed and woven silk sarees are believed to be the most loved among women for a traditional appeal. There is certainly a feel of grandeur when a woman adorns such royal fabric. Pure Silk sarees require extra care to keep them stain-free and are on higher side of budget. So it's advised to pay attention for it's proper upkeep.
Art Silk Sarees that are relatively less expensive substitute for pure silk sarees, but has rich look as silk fabric. Most art silk sarees are lightweight, breathable and don't compromise in trendiness. These are ideal pick for women who love variety and wanna keep a check on their budget too.
If comfort is your priority over everything else, Cotton Sarees is something that exudes a lot of elegance and is sure to earn you a lot of compliments. You may play around soothing pastel colours or bold hues depending on your liking. The airy cotton fabric keeps the body temperature low and lets you enjoy the festivities without feeling uncomfortable the whole day.
The sheer feel of grainy texture of Georgette Sarees perfectly goes with the Indian climate and the lifestyle of an Indian homemaker. A stylishly draped georgette saree takes your glamour quotient a notch higher while you perform your social duties with easy movement. Mostly available in pretty prints, these sarees redfine femininity and lend a sassy appeal to the wearer.
The wardrobe of an Indian woman is incomplete without a sheer Chiffon Saree. The elegance of chiffon sarees is almost distinctive. The versatality of the fabric makes it apt for draping on any social gatherings. You may find plain, printed, embellished sarres in this flowy fabric to accentuate your body type beautifully.
Net Sarees are all the rage among young women. The transparent weave of these sarees are making waves among women who love flaunting their curves with dignity and look stylish at the same time. The cost of these sarees depends on the material as there is lot of variation in the fabric and type of work done on these. Being light-weight, net and super net sarees are ideal choice for women who love wearing heavily-embellished ethnics during celebration without feeling tired due to weight of the fabric.
With all the major types of sarees listed on Triveni Ethnics being shown here, I must mention that the website caters to beautiful kurtis, salwaar kameez, lehanga cholis, party gowns as well. So the women who find it difficult to wear and manage sarees also have got a reason to consider Triveni Ethnics' collection while buying a classy outfit for themselves for upcoming Karwa Chauth, Diwali or Chhath Puja.

Remember not to follow the trends blindly, but to make a perfect choice that compliments your personality, because 
"Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them."

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Diaper Rash, Baby Wipes And A Quick Solution

Arrival of a baby in the family is like getting to join the most difficult course for new mommy, trying and testing her knowledge to sort out everyday issues to the best of her capabilities and still failing at many instances. When it comes to baby's health, the early few months or may be few years are so challenging and many a times vulnerable for the mommy. 
I remember how anxious I used to feel for every task I would do for my baby for the next few months of his birth. My heart would explode with fear that something is terribly wrong as and when my baby faced even common health issues like eczema, diarrhoea, diaper rash or mild fever. I always made a point to detoxify my home every day for my baby's good health, but some issues were practically unavoidable, diaper rash being one of them. At the age of 6 months or so, my son developed a bacterial infection in her diaper region. The baby's sore, red, scaly skin didn't clear up despite changing his diaper often enough for next few days. Deep inside my heart, I was petrified and questioned my own parenting abilities. On the learning curve of motherhood, I realized that the problem was not with his diapering ritual, but with the ordinary disposable wipes that I had been using to wipe his bottoms with after every poop. The lesson I learnt was to switch to gentler baby wipes that do not burn baby's delicate skin.
In present times, the challenge to find an appropriate baby wipe brand is tougher as all brands claim to be 'child safe' and the parents need to be really watchful of what all has gone into making of certain product. 
For mommies, who are in search for a non-irrtant baby wipes brand, I recommend you to try Mother Sparsh baby wipes for your babies. Let me share why Mother Sparsh Baby Wipes should make space in your baby closet -
Mother Sparsh is India’s 1st water based baby wipes brand which is made of 98% water content. It cleans the baby's bottom as you wash with pure water. The material used is 100% plant fabric which makes the wipes not only cottony soft but non-allergic on skin. The ingredients list of Mother Sprash baby wipes is worth a look that mentions use of flower extracts so as to give these wipes a moisturizing effect. This is why when you pat your baby's skin gently with one of these wipes, it feels like a soft cloth and causes no dryness.
Most inexpensive baby wipes are loaded with chemicals that may lead to infections or rashes due to frequent use. Even some preservatives that are commonly found in ordinary wipes act as severe irritants and reasult in baby-wipe dermatitis. To provide the parents a solution to such wipes, Mother Sparsh has avoided use of any artificial preservatives in the formula and offered best solution by crafting skin-friendly baby wipes.   
Being a mother myself, I would suggest all mommies to buy these water wipes for their little ones as a preventive measure especially for allergy-prone kids, becuase it's better to be safe than sorry.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Optimals EvenOut LumiLight Creams For Festive Glow

Many of us have a tendency to go for instant beauty treatments that could lend you that radiant skin during festive season. For me, it's one of the rarest parctice to visit the salons for such treatements (seriously), rather I stock up some effective everyday skincare essentials using which I may ensure flawless complexion throughout the festive season. For the last one month or so, I've been using Optimals Even Out creams from Oriflame, so here is my experience with the products -

The scientists at Oriflame have selected some of the most effective botanical ingredients known in Sweden to create tailored skin care ranges with natural Swedish ingredient blends. I have tested Lumilight Complex Day and Night Creams from the range..
Optimals Even Out Day Cream SPF 20
Optimals Even Out Preventing Day Cream SPF 20 is a hydrating day cream that reveals naturally radiant, even skin. Effectively reduces the appearance of dark spots and helps reduce hyper pigmentation. Contains SPF 20 to protect against sun damage and premature ageing. Formulated with a Swedish natural ingredient blend, LumiLight Complex and Anti-pollution Active. Dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types.

Key ingredients include:
  • A Swedish natural ingredient blend featuring Meadowsweet, Gooseberry and Cranberry Seed Oil. Optimised to help you reduce dark spots and achieve a more even complexion.
  • LumiLight Complex – works to minimise the appearance of existing dark spots and prevent future discolourations from forming.
  • Anti-pollution Active – acts as a protective shield over the skin to combat environmental aggressors like pollution, for hydrated, radiantly beautiful skin.
The day cream comes in a heavy glass jar which might not be that convenient during travel. The wide mouth of the jar makes it easy to take out the product using fingers or a spatula. The texture of the day cream is similar to whipped cream. It spreads and sinks in the skin easily leaving no cast behind. The skin feels instanly moisturised, but does not look greasy. So not only Normal and Dry skinned people would find it suitable, but oily skinned won't mind it too. It has floral fragrance that is not overwhelming, but can not be considered mild. The creams with SPF are really good choices when it comes to picking dual-purpose day creams. SPF 20 in EvenOut day cream gets a plus for that.   
Optimals Even Out Night Cream
Optimals Even Out Replenishing Night Cream is a rich, nourishing night cream that reduces the appearance of dark spots, helps prevent future dark spots and promotes a more radiant and even complexion. Formulated with a Swedish natural ingredient blend and LumiLight Complex. Dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types.

Key ingredients include:
A Swedish natural ingredient blend featuring Meadowsweet, Gooseberry and Rosehip Seed Oil. Optimised to help you reduce dark spots and achieve a more even complexion.
LumiLight Complex – works to minimise the appearance of existing dark spots and prevent future discolourations from forming.
The LumiLight Night Cream is similar to its counterpart day cream in packaging except for the colour of label. The texture and viscosity of the night cream is also similar to day cream. It's very light on the skin and need no extra effort to get absorbed. Applying it on cleansed skin before going to bed everyday has given visible result for me and I feel really comfortable in my skin everytime its on my skin.
The LumiLight creams combo is a good investment for giving your skin the touch of extra care for a healthier look not only during celebration but forever. You need not shell out a bomb on your skincare treatments, if you're regular with quality products. And not to forget the importance of daily consumption of fruits, fresh veggies and sufficient amount of water that certainly contributes to brighter skin.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Achieve Real Anti Ageing With Permanent Makeup

Looking good gives you confidence. Because when you look good, you feel happy. Those who are born beautiful have an edge over others in societal status, but not everybody can look equally beautiful or handsome. Though physical appearance has nothing to do with what you really are on the inside, it definitely makes you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

In today's time, we are under too much pressure to look 'picture perfect' and look for a magic wand that could transform our flaws into appealing features. GMHRC is all set to revolutionalize the healthcare space in India with its new venture 'Smart Metabolic Anti-Aging Centre' based in Saket, Delhi that is ready to dramatically enhance your looks.
About Smart Metabolic Anti-Aging Centre
The Smart Metabolic Anti-Aging Centre, an entity of The Gujarmal Modi Hospital & Research Centre (GMHRC) has introduced a first of its kind Metabolic & Functional wellness clinic in India that focuses on reversing metabolic damage caused by aging. The centre’s integrative approach combines the best of Proactive Healthcare developed by some of the world’s leading doctors qualified from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Smart Metabolic works their magic on you with state of the art Micropigmentation and Microblading techniques that can be customised to suit your skin type and preferences. Permanent Makeup is the perfect solution for women (and men!) who want to enhance their features.
A Glimpse of the Permanent Makeup Treatments
Permanent makeup treatments at Smart Metabolic Centre can enhance, reshape, modify or even camouflage facial features like scanty or asymmetrical eye brows, darkly pigmented and un-shapely lips or even tired looking eyes to give your features an au-naturel lift. The scalp treatments can make hair growth appear fuller and evenly spread across your entire scalp. You may get a permanent eyeliner done on yourself from a range of in-vogue fashion choices and can get a beauty spot creation.

The Most Popular Facial Treatments

Permanent Designer Eyebrows:
We all want those perfectly arched eyebrows. You may get them redesigned through microblading treatment to lend a new, polished look to frame your face. The microblading treatment is stronger than tattooing and is minimally invasive so it has little to no impact on the inner layers of your skin. Any scar in the eyebrow or thinned brow can be sorted with semi- permanent makeup that stays for good 1-2 years. You can gym, swim and dance in the rains without requiring any touch-ups. They do microblading that gives a perfect hair-to-hair stroke which looks natural along with the shading of the eyebrow to make it look thicker and fuller.

Permanent Pink Lips:
Many men and women are concerned about their darker lips. If you want to enhance your lips with a light tinge of pink, you can try the PMU for lips that give you an ombre yet natural look. With the tinted micropigmentation treatment, you may achieve rosy pink lips complementing your skin tone and it will add a unique distinction to your face.
This treatment is a must-try for people suffering from smoker’s lips or whose lips have become dark and pale. One can choose from a variety of colours available that can be tattooed on to the epidermis of your lips to give you a natural looking colour. The procedure can take up to a couple of hours in a sitting, with minimal downtime. The swelling arising due to the treatment recedes within 48 hours revealing the colour chosen.
This procedure requires the client to visit the doctor for a follow-up consultation after a month. In case you do not like the colour or the tint is uneven, it can be changed in the second visit at no additional cost!

While what matters is the real beauty at heart, the facial beauty is an added bonus for anyone and everyone. Smart Metabolic Centre in Saket is a fully integrated health hub for our all age-related and lifestyle diseases that are commonplace today. I'm sure this health centre will accomplish its mantra of 'helping people being Happy, Healthy and Wealthy beyond a 100.'

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Best Perfumes to Wear At Work from Oriflame ECLAT Range

It was a surprise for me when I got to know that there are workplaces that have policies for perfume ban due to workers' severe sensitivity towards fragrances. At some places, the employees are not permitted to apply scented version of any beauty products. In my opinion, one should not drench himself/herself in the smelly stuff that bothers co-workers, rather he /she should wisely hand-pick the kind of fragrance to wear at work. Because for many people wearing perfume is an essential part of getting dressed as a 'good fragrance' is a noticeable 'accessory'.

Today I've got a quick recommendation of gentle fragrances from Oriflame ECLAT for both men and women. The ECLAT range has many sophisticated fragrances. Previously my husband used and reviewed ECLAT Homme and now I've come up two of it's newer variants i.e. Mademoiselle EDT and Lui EDT.
Oriflame ECLAT Mademoiselle EDT
Experience a scent that exudes a delicate, exotic and sublime femininity. White Hibiscus is the hero, with its floral expression and subtle watery notes. The flower embodies classic, romantic sophistication. The perfect accompaniment for the young Parisian woman. Eclat Mademoiselle by Oriflame is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women launched in 2017. It's composition is -
Top notes - pear, freesia and apple;
Middle notes - jasmine, rose and hibiscus;
Base notes - palisander rosewood, amber and musk.

Oriflame ECLAT Lui EDT
Eclat Lui combines masculine elegance and vitality – an ideal mix for a young and dynamic generation. With Cordovan leather as the hero, its powerful and sophisticated edge creates a timeless allure with a hint of modernity – the perfect scent for a man who respects tradition but lives dynamically in the present. The fragrance features grapefruit, lavender, leather.

To begin with, both the perfumes Mademoiselle EDT and Lui EDT have light and refreshing fragrance that screams elegance and is appropriate for work. None of the fragrances is overpowering and simply stays close to the skin of the wearer. So worry not that it might drift over your office cabin wall. The utterly classy perfumes do not catch unwanted attention as you pass by someone at office, but let you feel fresh n confident for hours. On me, the longevity of Mademoiselle EDT is 3-4 hours which may vary depending on warmth of body. The fresh aroma lingers on afterwards, but doesn't overpower. Lui EDT is subtle yet a clear way of sharper expression of a gentleman's personality. 
In a nutshell, now finding a mild and refreshing fragrance that doesn't feels heavy is not a challenge anymore. Spritz the soft and alive 'work-friendly' fragrance on your pulse point every day compatible with everything office wear, stay positive and get good work-vibes. :)

Friday, 7 September 2018

Intelligent Flame Test & Quality Assurance of Mother Sparsh Baby Wipes

"Blessed with a baby boy", the message flashed on my phone screen while I was busy curating content for my article on my laptop. One of my friends who is as dear as a sister to me, had delivered a baby boy and I was so excited to meet and snuggle the little one the very moment. But then I decided of giving her space for a few days, as the first couple of weeks with a newborn can be overwhelming for a new mom. I just replied back to her with a congratulatory message and promised to drop in at her place in next few days.

Before I could visit the cuddlesome baby and his mom, I thought of finding some meaningful, baby-focused gifts for the little one and the nursing mom that will stand the test of time. I got a beautifully decorated basket and filled it up with snacks like nuts, healthy snack bars, lactation beverages, bath n body products, massage oils, refillable water bottle and some parenting magazines for my friend. Now selecting gifts for the newborn was a task for me, but at least I was sure to give a break to the same old baby sets. I opted for practical items needed for the baby on daily basis i.e. cloth diapers, swaddling clothes, baby wipes, funky onesies, soft socks, bonnets and some toys.

After taking a consent of my friend after a few days whether she is ready for a long-stay visitor, I finally got the opportunity to meet my friend with an intention to take a little stress off her during this crazy, emotion-filled time. The lady felt so emotional as she picked and loved each of the thoughtful gifts I had carried along. But holding one of the packs in her hand, she surprisingly acclaimed "Should I use these baby wipes for my new born? I mean how can you go wrong picking these harmful wipes for a baby's delicate skin. See, using disposable baby wipes has already caused blistery skin on my baby's face, hands and bumps..."

In the impulse of the moment, I decided to settle on a plan of action to clarify her doubt by sharing what had worked in my experience when the similar inhibition had arouse in my mind during my early motherhood days. To begin with, I calmly showed her the pack of Mother Sparsh Baby Wipes which legibly mentions that these wipes are as good as cotton and water since these are made of natural fabric and are based on water. To further prove my point, I demonstrated the authenticity of my explanation through a simple Flame Test. 
Taking one of the wipes out of the pack, I burnt one of its corners over the flame of a candle which I took from her kitchen. While the wipe was being burnt, we noticed that the odour emitted from wipes smelt like a burnt paper or piece of cloth; rather than of burnt plastic. This proved that the Mother Sparsh baby wipes are made up of plant-based natural fabric without polyester content in them.
Also the burnt wipe left behind greyish powdered residue (that we commonly call as 'ash') instead of hard lump. This was again an evidence that these wipes are sans plastic content unlike ordinary baby wipes available at relatively cheaper price in the markets.
The outcome of this simple home test not only convinced my beloved friend of finding a skin-friendly product for her baby, but also reassured her trust that 'goodness' comes in all sizes and all forms ;)
For all the mommies out there, who are keen to try Mother Sparsh 98% water based baby wipes, you may shop online at the comfort of your home while you're busy juggling with your new responsibilities.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Oriflame Essentials Coconut Water Face Scrub and Multipurpose Cream Review

Coconut water is incredibly hydrating when consumed and when applied topically on skin. Apart from the health benefits, it is also packed with many beauty benefits for our skin. While raw coconut water can offer beauty benefits like deep cleansing, reducing skin tanning, minimising blemished etc; its not always possible for everyone to get access to whole coconut fruit all the times. And I personally love using coconut in different forms right from eating its meat, drinking coconut water or using coconut oil for cooking.
My love for Coconut insisted me to try Oriflame Essentials Coconut Water range that includes a Face Scrub and a Multipurpose Cream each.
Oriflame Essentials Coconut Water Face Scrub 
Give your skin a refreshing burst of nutritious skin-quenching moisture. Exfoliating scrub and moisturiser with replenishing natural coconut water leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, supple and refreshed. So simple and so essential. 
This scrub comes in a travel-friendly, tube packaging which is definitely a preferred one for me for the ease of usage and assurance of hygiene when other family members share the same pack. This scrub is not oil based. Just take out sufficient quantity to massage it gently in circular motion onto your damp skin avoiding the eye areas. You may even massage it on dry skin, just make sure to wet your hands before rubbing. The fine granules do the job of exfoliation excellently. I'm seriously fallen in love for the invigorating scent of fresh coconut coming from the scrub that appeals my senses so well. The mild formula and smooth texture make the scrub usable every alternate day. I feel it will suit all skin types. Priced at Rs. 299
Oriflame Essentials Multi-Purpose Cream Coconut Water
A light, non-greasy all-purpose moisturising cream with replenishing natural coconut water and a blend of humectants and emollients. Can be used on the face, hands and body. Absorbs quickly to help leave skin feeling soft, smooth, supple and delightfully refreshed with a delicate summery coconut fragrance. Suitable for all skin types. Dermatologically tested.
It's probably the first time that I used a cream that's main ingredient is coconut water. It comes in a wide-mouthed plastic jar. There is no inner lid, so can be messy carrying it along during travel. The cream is of moderate consistency and silky texture. Quite easy to absorb offering intense moisturization with exotic scent. Since it's a multi-purpose cream, sometimes I use it as a makeup remover that lets tough waterproof makeup dissolve easily without drying up my skin. It doesn't leave greasy feel behind. It's a good choice to revitalize dry cuticles, cracked heels or rough elbows too. For those who love dewy finish to their makeup, apply this cream on your face, wash off and pat dry before applying makeup on a smooth canvas. I would recommend it as a perfect daily skincare essential. Priced at Rs. 479
Oriflame Essentials Coconut Water product combo is easy on pocket with expected result. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Relation Between The 3 Bs – Body, Brain and Breakfast

"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." - Meister Eckhart
The beginning is the most important part of any work. Because the way something begins greatly influences how it will further proceed and conclude. Waking up in the morning, charged up with effusive energy, marks any day that will bring productivity and accomplishments.

To be honest, I've never been a morning person. "Just a few minutes please... mommy!", these standard words would start most of my days and I would always dream of buying a little extra time to extend my sleep before I had to get up for school (or college or even for work). And then I would exhaust myself and skip my breakfast in an attempt to be on-time. The effects of being a regular breakfast-skipper were evident on my body after some time. I learnt the importance of a balanced morning meal the hard way after falling prey to certain physical issues which luckily came under-control because I realized it on time. Of course, in the bargain of those few minutes of morning sleep, I completely changed my lifestyle towards a healthier beginning of the day afterwards and my body adapted to this change in a positive manner.

My life got a complete makeover due to changes in place, climate, age, family responsibilities, job profile etc. after my marriage and attaining motherhood. But at every juncture, I remained mindful to my commitment to a hearty breakfast all these years. In fact, as a homemaker, one of my primary concerns has been to awaken a desire in the heart of my family members for home-cooked food. However, in the busy lifestyle that we live today, the scenario of a breakfast eaten peacefully is often a far-fetched idea.

As a homemaker, wife & a mother, I know it’s my responsibility to make sure my family is living a healthy life. So I tailored morning rituals suited to the needs of my family. My goal in healthy living is not just to lengthen our lives, but rather be able to be more active and productive.

Despite being a full-time working mom who is pressed for time, I try to cook as much as possible from scratch. Yes, it takes some thought and planning but at the end of the day, it doesn't hurt our health and wallet. ;) Mostly, the meals that I serve to my family comprises of most key nutrients from dietary point of view including vegetables, fruits, milk, grains, poultry and dairy items. But there had been instances, when my son gave up on 'ideal food habits' culture in the family and wanted a change. I agreed that the morning meal doesn't have to be all about traditional breakfast items. So I thought of adding some tasty mixes to our existing platter that could meet the essential requirements without any compromise.

During one of my visits to departmental store, I spotted an array of Kellogg’s products stacked on display rack and it immediately attracted me.
Well! This was a breakfast game-changer.
Since that day, Kellogg’s 'Anaj Ka Nashta' became a staple breakfast for all of us. Eating cereals fortified with nutrients and that too in a convenient, time-saving format has actually relieved the plight of a busy homemaker struggling to make both ends meet.

Now no one in the family is guilty of skipping breakfast, rather they look forward to what's coming every day. I personally have realised that my morning time has become more relaxed and productive. I may harness my morning 'power time' to achieve my target of the day. Watching my son tastefully finishing his breakfast without any compelling gives me such a content feeling. Because I believe children who regularly fuel themselves up with breakfast before heading to the school certainly gain benefits like improved memory performance, attention, ability in problem solving and better comprehension during reading and listening.

To sum up, I would assert what we eat not only affects us physically but has an impact on our mental and emotional well-being too. Remember, nutrients skipped at breakfast do not get compensated during the rest of the day,

This national nutrition month, let’s make breakfast a priority! Share this post with your loved ones who tend to always skips breakfast and ask them to #Breakthehabit