Monday, 10 December 2018

Men's Skincare Journal ft. NovAge Men by Oriflame

NOVAGE. Powered by Science. Empowering you to be your Best. 
NovAge offers a series of scientifically-advanced skin care ranges designed to correct and slow the signs of ageing. Every range is powered by innovative technologies and plant stem cell extracts, and customised to meet your skin's changing needs through life with clinically proven results. From the very first signs of ageing to those experienced in more mature skin, with NovAge you can enjoy youthful, healthy-looking skin at any age.

The NovAge Men Set is engineered specifically for male skin to fight signs of ageing and tiredness. Skin is left feeling energised, fresher, smoother and younger looking. Designed to use as a simple, but powerful routine that takes less than 2 minutes to perform every morning and evening but gives results. When used as a routine, the range delivers a clinically proven Anti-Fatigue Effect by wrinkle reduction, skin smoothness improvement, improvement in skin hydration, improvement in skin flexibility, improvement in skin tonicity.
The set comes in a decent brown cardboard box consisting of 4 products -  
Purifying & Exfoliating Cleanser: Male skin produces more sebum and oil and has larger pores than women’s skin, so it attracts and traps more daily grime. That's the reason why gentlemen also need to rejuvenate their facial skin by exfoliation to diminish dirt and dead skin cells. Apply this lovely-looking grey coloured NovAge cleanser to the face and neck, gently massaging with fingertips to wash away sebum and excess oil with its invigorating grains consisting of natural Japanese Charcoal particles. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and get that instant skin boost and refreshing aromatic feel. The smoother exfoliated skin makes it easy to absorb anything you put on it afterwards like serums, moisturizers etc. more deeply. I personally feel that a good exfoliator like NovAge also leads to lessen ingrown facial hair thereby preparing the skin for a comfortable shave. So my mantra is to cleanse and exfoliate my face before shaving. It's priced at INR 1000 for 125 ml tube.
Eye Rescue Gel: Most men have stressful work schedule due to which their eyes are prone to get puffy and have eyebags. Eye skin is fragile, so often it is the first area to reveal signs of ageing and tiredness. The eyebags might be caused by fluid retention, lack of sleep, any allergies or heredity. The trick is to find an easy-to-use eye roll-on. NovAge Eye Rescue Gel has to be gently rolled on cleansed skin below each eye every morning and evening. The texture of this product makes it easy to absorb. One of the most effective ingredients for eye care products i.e. Caffeine helps to enhance blood micro-circulation to de-puff under-eye bags and helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles to leave eyes looking well rested. Gingko helps to soothe skin, increases moisturising efficacy and stimulates collagen synthesis. The massaging effect of the roller ball make tired eyes look and feel energised, revitalised and hydrated. Priced at INR 1200 for 15ml tube.
Energising & Hydrating Booster:  It's a gel-like translucent fluid that optimises skin's water balance immediately. Massage it into cleansed skin morning and evening avoiding the eye area. Quick in absorption and nicely fragrant. Skin is left revived with improved tone, better flexibility and reduced tiredness, once the product is religiously applied on daily basis. To prevent loss of radiance from men's skin and to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Coffea Bengalensis plant stem cell extract has been included in NovAge Men which encourages healthier functioning skin cells and a boosted antioxidant capacity that can help to protect the skin. Available at INR 2100 for 50 ml bottle.
Intense Anti-ageing Face Gel Lotion: Being in my early 40s, I've resorted to high-quality anti-ageing products which can be used without visiting the professional salons. The NovAge anti-ageing lotion is a lightly consistent, white-coloured lotion that repairs skin of critical ageing issues. Simply massage it into cleansed skin twice a day avoiding the eye area. The Baobab Anti-ageing technology used in the range is specifically developed to work on men’s skin and targets issues directly. Though one can feel the suppleness of skin instantly, but needs patience to notice improvement in skin's texture in a span of few months. Priced at INR 1700 for 50ml bottle.
The NovAge Men Set is clinically evaluated on male skin and a big lot of people have agreed to it's results. The complete set is priced at Rs. 6000 but is available at Rs. 4500 on Oriflame website. Ladies! It makes a perfect gift for the men in your family. And Gentlemen! don't shy away ordering this wonderful grooming kit for yourself. 
Reviewed by: Amit

Monday, 26 November 2018

My Indescribable First Time Mommyhood Feelings

"You never understand life until it grows inside of you."
Beautiful thought...isn't it? I bet most women who have given birth would relate to it. Pregnancy is the time when a woman is at her happiest yet most anxious self. As I came across this touching video, I couldn't help recalling the transitional time of my life...

It was the morning of January 13th of that blessed year when I was standing in the washroom holding that home-pregnancy test kit in my hand with 'positive' indication. Finding out that I'm pregnant had been exhilarating and frightening at the same time. A whole spectrum of feelings from sheer joy to outright terror ran into my heart in that one moment. While stepping out of the washroom made me feel like I'm stepping into a different world of emotions. With a bit of panic in my voice, when I shared the news with my husband and saw his joyous reaction, that’s when I knew it was the time for us to step into the next chapter of our lives 'together'. 

Right after the announcement of pregnancy, all kinds of anxieties kicked in. Women around me who were already moms would share their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth so vividly with me; but none of the advices seem adequate to subside my fear. As a few weeks passed by, I started feeling how incredibly thankful I was to God for the blessing of carrying a child. Unlike many first time moms, I was happy with the change that my body was showing to accommodate my growing baby. I believed that being pregnant is carrying a blessing in my belly. The next few months were totally devoted to indulge in self-care to allow the baby grow inside my body. It gave me a sense of pride, a holy feeling that I've a 'new life' all tucked up safely inside me. Infact, despite all those crazy hormonal changes, I had been much tougher than I sometimes gave myself credit for.

My significant other managed to do all preparations in-time as the due date was approaching to avoid forgetting anything important at the moment. We were so eager to meet the little guy who has been kicking me inside and moving around for months. ;) 

Finally the moment arrived when hearing the little one’s heartbeat was a huge relief for the expecting family. I broke into tears when I cradled the little creature in my arms for the first time. Believe me, the profound feeling of giving birth is unparallelled to anything in whole universe. It was like being rewarded by Heavens with something so pure and virtuous for all your good deeds. 
Since my baby was a preemie, I was advised by my gynaecologist to use only chemical-free, skin friendly products for my little one as he was more prone to infections than full-term babies. Since we stayed at the hospital for two weeks and the baby was not supposed to be bathed everyday, we were recommended extra-soft baby wipes from India’s #FirstWaterWipes brand Mother Sparsh to clean my baby's hands, feet, face and bottom whenever required.

These parabens and alcohol free baby wipes with neither disturbed pH balance of baby's delicate skin nor caused him skin allergies because these are made of 98% water and plant based fabric. For a #FirstTimeMom, it was no less than a gift to find such a thoughtful product that could meet newborn's needs. Since then, it was a staple item in my baby's diaper kit. For the new mommies, I would recommend to avoid ordinary baby wipes loaded with allergens and use Mother Sparsh water based wipes to offer goodness of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to your new born. Now it's available to purchase online as well. 

Wishing all moms and moms-to-be a happy motherhood journey ahead!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Polishes To Pine For - The One Long Wear Spring 18 Nail Polishes

Satisfy your fashion cravings by matching this season’s trendiest look with a palette of pastels for your nails. From Macha Green to Electric Lilac, THE ONE Long Wear Nail Polish’s new shades will give a soft electric touch to a sophisticated manicure or an elegant ombre. With these vibrant pastels, your nails will add soft radiance to your appeal.
Whether you get your nails done at home or at a beauty salon, nicely painted nails play their role to beautify your hands (and feet too). I usually paint my nails at home and so look for different nailpolish shades.

For the last one month and so, I've been applying very pretty shades of The One Long Wear Spring 18 NailPolishes from Oriflame. I was delighted to receive a total of 16 gorgeous shades that included some gorgeous pastel shades too. I remember myself mentioning in every nailpaint review that I am missing some 'unique' mix of shades in a collection and my wish has been fulfilled with The One Long Wear collection.

These nailpolish bottles are taller than usual. The applicator brush is wide enough to cover your nails in two strokes perfectly. It's comfortable to hold and grip. The cap shuts with a click sound when you twist it.

The shades in the collection are-

As you can see, the pastel palette added to this collection is so cool and different that I want to wear those forever. The colour payoff of most polishes is amazing. A few shades give complete opaque manicure in one coat and other require atleast two, but applying double coats makes it long stay and shinier. The shades are true to what you see in the bottle and dries up quick.
Other than the pastel hues, we've got access to some all-time favourite shades of Reds, Pinks also that complete the palette. So there are shades for every woman to fall in love with.
The price of these nailpolishes (Rs. 309) might be steep for many, but I bet you're great quality product. The result of the product truly outlasts product price. Even without a top coat, the nailpaint stays same for more than a week with minimal chipping.

To sum, the Spring 18 collection is a pefect mix of classic staples and must-haves-for-the-moment. I recommend all pretty ladies out there to grab their fav shades for this festive season and complete their festive makeup look.

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."

Friday, 19 October 2018

The One Kohl Eye Pencil and Gel Eye Liner Pencil Review

Some girls simply cannot step out of the house without lining their eyes as it enhances their face value. Everyday eye makeup for most girls involves the use of either kohl or eyeliner or probably both of these. For those who are looking for buying eye cosmetic, you may consider The One Kohl Eye Pencil and Gel Eye Liner Pencil from Oriflame for non-messy application. 
The One Kohl Eye Pencil is a small-sized regular pencil that one has to sharpen. Use your ring finger to gently pull down your lower eyelid while looking up and start drawing from the inner corner of your eye's water line. The kohl pencil glides extremely easy and gives beautifully pigmented dark black eyes. It stays put for more than 5-6 hours and doesn't smudge. Even the watery, sensitive eyes like mine didn't feel any stingy feel post application. Those who love smudge eye effect should quickly blend the kohl with finger across the lower lash line before it settles in a minute of application. I usually use a drop or two of moisturizer on a makeup remover pad to remove kohl from my eyes so that it doesn't require much effort or cause me irritation.
Price: INR 329
Many females use the kohl as an eyeliner as well. For those who prefer using a different product, check out The One Gel Eye Liner Pencil. A gel eye liner pencil sounds unusal because we've been using pot packaging for gel eyeliners.
The One Gel Eye Liner Pencil is a retractable pencil that can be rotated from back side to take out the product. The eyeliner has a tiny sharpner at its rear end that helps to shape the pencil tip whenever required.

    You can slowly run the liner pencil in a smooth straight line along the upper lash line from inner to outer corner of the eye. I really liked it for easy manoeuvrability. It's velvety to glide on eyelids and gives intense black colour with a lovely shine. The performance of the product is simply marvellous. It's truly a long stay, non-smudge and water-prood product that you just need to apply and forget. 
    Price: INR 529
    Both the kohl and eye-liner are easy to carry around even in your slimmest clutch, perform as promised, create well-defined eyes and are perfect to dramatically change your look in seconds.

    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.'