Winter is finally coming to an end and I couldn’t be more relieved. I know many of you will strongly disagree but somehow I love summers. You get to wear whatever you want,workout,write blogs and hang out with friends without feeling super lazy. As you can see I am already up with my second blog post in such a short span and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.
For the entire winters,I stayed indoors,wrapped up in a blanket and refused to take care of my hair or skin or health for that matter. So it was high time I started with my regime again. And guess what? I got the best start to the new year with this amazing combo!
The WOW Cosmetics brand was founded in 2005 with the primary aim of introducing quality cosmetics products at competitive prices. The best part about this brand is that the haircare products con’t contain parabens or mineral oils! Wohooooo ! So I’m going to tell you all about it right now. Give it a read and then decide for yourself whether you want to purchase it or not! The hair care includes four steps.
1.10 IN 1 MIRACLE HAIR OIL
The ingredients are:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil,Sweet Almond Oil,Moroccan Argan Oil,Jojoba Oil,Grapeseed Oil,Safflower Oil,Bhringraj Extract,Tocopherol Acetate,Rosemary Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil.
The 10 hair benefits are:
Reduced Split Ends
Improved Lipid Barrier
Less Moisture Loss
My views on the product:
The oil is non sticky and is majorly water based. It should be applied directly to the scalp and preferably kept overnight for desired results. I am in love with the oil as it doesn’t make my hair look greasy. I can apply it and go out as well and it doesn’t pose a problem. It is amazing and I would definitely repurchase it.
Cost: INR 599 for 200ml
2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SHAMPOO
The ingredients are:
Purified Water,Capryl Glucoside,Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Turate,Natural Apple Cider Vinegar,Argan Oil,Almond Oil,Sodium Benzoate,Fragrance and Color Sunset Yellow FCF 15985
The hair benefits are:
Gives smoothness to the tresses
My views on the product:
The shampoo doesn’t contain sulphates and parabens and I love that. They are easy on the tresses and really clean your scalp. For people like me who have super oily scalps,it keeps the oiliness away for 3-4 days after one wash. It has a mild sweet fragrance which I absolutely love. It doesn’t even make the hair rough! I love it and I would suggest you to use it too.
Intensive conditioning for thin,weak or damaged hair
Safe for color treated hair
My views on the product:
After the first wash itself, my hair felt super soft. The conditioner locked in the moisture for a really long time making my hair look healthy. It leaves your hair feeling nice and smooth,giving it a beautiful shine.
Cost: INR 495 for 300ml
4.10 IN 1 MIRACLE HAIR REVITALIZER
The ingredients are:
Purified Water,Safflower Extract,Sodium Benzoate,Tocopherol Acetate,Biotin,Potassium Sorbate Fragrance,Rosemary Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil.
The hair benefits are:
Root-to-tip Frizz Taming
Less split ends
Improved lipid barrier
Visible improved texture
Hair breakage protection
Hair fall control
My views of the product:
This fourth step is essential for hair growth. So after you are done conditioning, quickly spray your roots with this revitalizer. It is completely water based so leaves no residue or oils what so ever.
Cost: INR 599 for 200ml
Overall view :
I would like to give a big shoutout to the brand cause the products are really amazing ad very cheat. Biggest plus point is that there are no added mineral oils and parabens so it doesn’t harm your hair in any way. I am personally recommending it to everyone. Use it for a month and let me know.
So, 2018 has just arrived and I already went for a quick one day trip. I love travelling and I can literally give up everything just to do so. Anyway so there are so many places in India that are not given the right exposure. One such place is Taki!
Taki is a town and a municipality under Hasnabad police station of Basirhat subdivision in North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. There are two ways to reach the place. One is by car and the other by train. We opted for a long drive as the duration of the journey was around 2 hours.
We started our journey at around 10:30 in the morning. After a quick breakfast in the car which consisted of a cup cake, hot chips and a sweet from Banchharam I decided to let me eyes rest for a while. Before I knew it, we had reached our destination.
The guest house we stayed at was called Suhasini Guest House. It is overlooking the Ichamati river, across which you could see Bangladesh. It was a very different feeling being the the border of West Bengal and watching the country I have heard so much about,yet never visited.
After getting fresh we decided to go out for our sight seeing as it was going to be dark soon,thanks to short days during winters!
First up was the boat ride on the Ichamati river. We hired an entire boat for us and sailed away. As we moved forward we say the Bangladesh border from up close, we saw the BSF camps and a Machranga Island. Sitting at the edge of the boat with the cold wind rushing into my hair, I started listening to “Amar sonar bangla” by Rabindranath Tagore. The boat ride ended in 20 minutes and I left with a heavy heart, wanting some more.
Next in our list was the “Mini Sundarban”. Taking a Vano , we headed on our journey. It was a 40 minutes ride to the place. You can either opt for this or a toto. The Vano took us through the village roads. I felt like a kid once again. Here are there you would find these pots made of earth,left out to dry or people gathering the juices from the Date Palms. We got a foggy weather. So when you looked towards the river you would find a boat floating gently on the Ichamati covered in nothing but which dense fog.
The Mini Sundarban was really amazing. They have constructed a walkway between the forest and one can enjoy a nice walk amongst the canopy. We reached the end of the trail where we enjoyed a view of the Sun set between the two countries.
A quick cup of tea to warm us up and then we were on our way back. The temperature dropped really fast and darkness set in almost immediately.
We headed back to our guest house where we had a lovely snack of Onion fries, fried chicken and french fries along with some coffee. After this we headed for the market in search for “Makha Sandesh”. The shopkeeper was super kind and made us taste all the other sweet items too. We then ordered for our share of the dessert and he offered to send us a fresh batch of the sweet to our Guest House so that we could really enjoy it.
We came back to our stay and after a sumptuous dinner which consisted of Spicy Mutton curry and Roti and a little bit of the Makha sandesh, after which I decided to call it a night.
I was woken up next morning at 5:40 informing me that we had an impromptu plan to visit a very special place. I got super excited and left my bed immediately and got ready. We took a toto and headed into the village once again. This time our stop was someone’s abode. These people had leased 250 trees for these 4-5 months and collected juice from the date trees. After collecting the juice, they either sell the cold,fresh juice as a refreshment or made gur(jaggery) from it. The making of gur really interested me. So while I sipped on the cool drink, I heard the process from them.
They wake up every morning before dawn and take a bath. They consider Agni to be the ultimate god and the trees their ultimate provider. They worship both and start their day. The leaves and wood have to dried properly beforw lighting the Chula. The male members of the family collect the juice and bring it back home. The juice is then processed and boiled for a long time which turns the juice into syrup. After a definite time they emptied the syrup into a earthen vessel. Then they took a wooden stick and started rubbing the syrup. Slowly the colour changed from brown to cream and it thickened. After the entire mixture was turned, they made small moulds of it and placed it on a cloth, and left it to try. Some of the juice is turned to Patali Gur while the rest is kept as Jhola Gur which one can enjoy with roti or as a sweetener. We bought a generous amount for ourselves and left the place with an excellent memory.
This one day trip was a huge boost for me as I was back feeling exceptionally refreshed and energetic. In case you are looking for a quick trip head on to Taki for a beautiful experience. Let me know in the comment section below whether you enjoyed my travel blog. If you want me to review a particular place,do let me know as I would love to visit new places and let you guys know about it.
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So today I bring to you the products from Wild Earth which is a signature line of Shabia Walia. I got hold of the Peach Grapes and Cherry Blossom Body Butter and the Dark Chocolate Lip Balm from Glamrada and I’m so excited to share the reviews with you.
First up is the Peach Grapes and Cherry Blossom Body Butter. The ingredients in it are:
The product is a lovely orange colour which comes in a compact bottle. The body butter is extremely light and non greasy. Your skin soaks up the cream in less than 5 seconds of it’s application. It makes your skin hydrated without making is oily. The product comes in a travel friendly pack so that is super convenient. Your skin will feel fresh after the first usage itself. I am going to give it a thumbs up and suggest you all to go ahead and try it out!
Product Price: INR 550 for 50gms.
Next up is the Dark Chocolate Lip Balm. The ingredients in it are:
Cocoa Powder,Chocolate Aroma,Coffee Powder,Avocado Oil,Sesame Oil,Almond Oil,Carotseed Oil,Vitamin E Oil,Wheatgerm Oil,Beeswax,Cocoa Butter,Kokum Butter,Sheabutter,Glycerin,Fragrance and Colour.
The product comes in a 9g pack and is filled completely with amazing oils. Each of them are excellent for the lips and help to keep the chapped lips away. So to have a crack free lip this winter, scrub your lips and apply a generous quantity of the lip balm and say bye bye to boring lips. I love it and the cherry on top would obviously be the amazing smell. I keep applying whenever I feel like cause the product is amazing. A must buy.
Product Price: INR 199 for 9gms
I am attaching the link of the place from which you can purchase it. Buy it and let me know in the comment section below what you felt about it.
I wish you all a very happy new year. With 2017 being history now, we need to leave behind everything and start afresh. Tell me, how many of you went clubbing every night and hardly got time to rest and feel refreshed? Well I am the first one to top the list. With events and trips and parties lined up I hardly got time to rest and rejuvenate myself.
That is where the Himalaya Winter Care range came into play. My skin tends to dry up and develop cracks easily. With all the makeup being applied, my skin started loosing it’s glow and freshness. So I decided to try out the Himalaya Herbals Range. I thank god I did.
The Himalaya Herbals Winter care Range consists of the Nourishing Skin Cream, Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion and Strawberry Shine Lip Care. I am going to review all three of them for you guys.
I. Nourishing Skin Cream
The main ingredients of of the skin cream are Indian Kino Tree,Aloe Vera and Winter Cherry. The Indian Kino is famous for repairing damaged skin and leaves your skin healthy and full of life. Then comes the Aloe Vera. We are all familiar with it as most of us have inculcated it into our daily routine. It leaves the skin smooth and hydrated for a real long time. Winter cherry has medicinal value and thus using it as a part of our winter care routine sounds just right.
The consistency of the cream is really nice. It has a soft smell which is really pleasant. The creams is quite light and your skin will drink it up in no time. But don’t apply it on acne prone areas and it may cause you to break out just like any other winter care cream.
It sells for INR 220 for a 200ml tub.
I found the product to be amazing price wise as it is super cheap, my skin loves it, it is super hydrating and it is a large quantity which causes it to last for a really long time.
II. Cocoa Butter Intensive Lotion
The cocoa butter lotion is a personal favorite. The sheer smell of the lotion makes me want to go ahead and dab some more on my skin. The key ingredients in this one are Cocoa Butter, and Wheat Germ Oil. Cocoa butter repairs,intensely moisturizes and improve skin texture and wheat germ oil has natural vitamin e in it which boosts the elasticity of the skin.
The lotion is light and is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving your skin glowing and soft. The smell is amazing and lasts for a really long time.
The 200ml bottle sells for INR 140.
It smells amazing,it is super cheap and it nourishes the skin and locks in the moisture.
III. Strawberry Shine Lip Care
The last item on the list is the strawberry shine lip care. Did I tell you how much I love strawberries? They are amazing both for eating as well as for skincare. We all have super chapped lips now I can vouch for that and we need to keep multiple lip balms around the house and workplace to hydrate our lips all the time.
The main ingredient is strawberry which enhances lip colour, prevents moisture loss and boosts moisture retention capacity. It is free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and silicone. Yaaaaay!
It sells for INR 140 and has 4.5g in it.
It Protects your skin from environmental damage,hydrates your skin for a long time and gives your lips a lovely pink tint
You can purchase the products in these following places
I personally loved the winter care range and I love the fact that they have really upped their standards. The price range is worth a mention as they are super cheap. I would definitely repurchase the entire kit as I have fallen in love with it. Also, they have smaller packs too! If you guys love it, do let me know in the comment section below! Till then happy winters guys !
It’s been quite a while since I came up with a blog post but here I am, back with an amazing post. Winter is here and we know how much our lips, which were our best assets,becomes our worst asset. I have chapped lips throughout the year and however much chapstick I end up applying, I’ll end up picking the lose skin a tad bit later.
We all hate those skins sticking out from underneath our lipsticks and making our lips look super unhealthy. So during the http://nykaa.com Black Friday Sale I ended by purchasing the Juicy Chemistry’s Choco Mint Scrub. I was looking for an organic option and this was the best one available.
The scrub comes in a small pack with 10gm of the product neatly packed in it.
The Ingredient List is as follows :
2. Natural Vitamin E
3. Sweet Almond Oil
4. Shea Butter
5. Spearmint Essential Oil
6. Cocoa Powder
7. Organic White Sugar
The granules are super fine and easy to apply.
Steps to scrub your lips are :
1. Clean your lips with a cleanser or micellar water so that no makeup residue is left behind.
2. Take a small quantity of the scrub with clean fingers.
3. Gently rub it on your lips in circular motion.
4. If case you need a little more, you can always help yourself.
5. Once you are done clean the granules of sugar and apply a chapstick of your choice.
The scrub leaves a beautiful cooling sensation on your lips. It leaves the lips super smooth and it detans your lips to a great extent. Exfoliating your lips is very important as it removes the dead skins on a regular basis thus leaving your lips soft and supple.
1. Travel friendly.
2. Leaves a cooling sensation on your lips.
3. Detans your lips to a great extent.
4. Organic products are used so they do not harm your lips at all.
1. It comes in a tub form so it might become unhygienic.
2. It retails for INR 325 for 10g which might be a little expensive. But try and get these during the sale and you won’t be unhappy anymore.
I hope you all are doing well. Now with the festivals over, we finally have some free time for ourselves. I know most of you are super busy and hardly get time to take care of yourselves. But hey your skin and care needs the love and care. They will definitely thank you later.
Well today’s post will be about hair care. We might get a spa a month every now and then or oil our hair once a week but is it enough? After all the hair faces all the dust, heat and pollution throughout the day. Well this is where the new Himalaya Hair Care Range comes in.
The 4 Fabulous Hair Care Range is giving you four steps to follow with four amazing products which will give you super healthy,salon like hair everyday. Let me elaborate the steps for you and tell you all about the products.
Step 1 : Oiling
The very essential step for every hair care therapy is oiling. This Anti- Hair Fall Hair Oil from Himalaya Herbals has Bhringaraja and Amalaki as it’s main ingredients. As we know, Bhringaraja is an anti hair fall agent and Amalaki works as a conditioner. Take the right amount of hair oil according to your hair length, heat it a bit and massage it nicely from your scalp to your route. This is an extremely light oil which has a soft smell as compared to most hair oils which tend to have a strong smell which most of us cannot tolerate. Now massage the oik with your finger tips in a gentle,circular motion all over your scalp. It is very essential as it promotes blood citculation and hence promotes hair growth. Once done, make a braid and go off to a sweet slumber. Step 1 was pretty easy wasn’t it?
Step 2 : Shampoo
Now once you are up in the morning head off to the shower. Take a generous quantity in a cup and mix it nicely with some water. Now clean your hair thoroughly with it. All the oil and greasyness is going to go away after the first wash and leave the hair squeaky clean. Thw Himalaya Herbals Anti-Hair Fall Cream has Bhringaraja and Butea Frondosa. Butea Frandosa prevents hair thinning and reduces hair fall. Done with step 2 so quickly? Two more steps to go!
Step 3 : Conditioning.
Many of us tend to miss out on conditioning because we don’t have time or don’t consider it important enough. Well let me tell you conditioning helps retain the moisture content of the hair which will otherwise be lost. Now the Himalaya Herbals Anti-Hair Fall Conditioner has Bhringaraja and Palasha. Palasha is an essential agent in prevention of hair fall. It makes the hair thick and less fragile. Now what you do is, apply conditioner to your entire length except the scalp and wait for 5 minutes before you wash it off thoroughly. You’ll see that the hair has become so much soft. But wait! We are not done it!
Step 4: Protection
Now this is an absolutely new step added to your daily hair care routine. It is super quick and super effective. This is the Himalaya Herbals Anti Hair Fall Cream. It was Bhringaraja and Amla as it’s main ingredients. Take a generous quantity of this cream and apply it to your scalp as well as the entire hair. Massage it thoroughly and allow it to rest for sometime. Then wash it off under running water. Make sure your scalp is cleaned properly. Once done towel dry your hair and your regular hair serum. And you are done !
Doesn’t your hair feel amazing?
It is super soft, smells amazing and feels healthier already. And the cherry on the cake, it is budget friendly and easily available both online and offline. So now you won’t have rush to the salon every now and then. I’m attaching the link to the online sites where it is available and the prices of the products as well. Let me know if you tried them yet.
Maa Durga’s arrival every year is a much anticipated event. But Maa refuses to stay beyond those few days at her mother’s abode. The adrenaline rush increases as the days come near. But alas. As soon as Mahalaya starts, the days seem to rush past us and to our dismay the day arrives when Maa bids us adieu and leaves with her family. It is during this time that we Bengalis have a low mood and we tend to become upset. So, to get over this bad phase, me and my family decided to go on a quick trip to lift ourselves up and start with our mundane life afresh. After much research, we found a very small city tucked within our own state, Purulia. It is within Purulia that Baghmundi is situated.
With the population just a little above 1.3 lacs, this place is a very scarcely populated place with a picturesque landscape. The train we took was the Howrah- Chakradarpur which was an over night train. We boarded at 23:00 and reach the next day at around 7:30. The station where we got down was at Barabhum station. The Homestay where we had reservations had arranged for our cars and they met us at the station itself. From there we had to take a 30 minutes road trip to reach our stay.
We stayed at the Chhowburu Tourism Homestay. It is a nice cosy place with a beautiful view of the lush greenery and the hills nearby. We had a fooding and lodging package so all wd had to do was to pay up to money and all other arrangements were made by them. They have 2 sharing and 4 sharing rooms. Not all of the rooms have an attached washroom. However there is a common washroom outside at everyones disposal. This was our tour itinerary.
After we reached Chhowburu Homestay,we had our set breakfast which had puri, aloo sabzi, egg boiled and jalebi. Then after freshening up we sat outside in the verandah which had the hills right in front of us. With warm tea, we started with our adda session. We spent the entire first half resting. Then we were called for lunch. We were served rice, dal, aloo bhaji and chicken followed by chutney and papad. We immediately left for the tour which was scheduled in the second half. We went to the khairabera lake first. It is a beautiful lake covered on two sides by hills. The weather we beautiful and we had an amazing time there. The hills were so welcoming in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the city. The winds were in pur hair and the greenery was soothing to our mind and soul. This place also has a small structure from where the excess water of the damn runs off. The sound of the water hitting the rocks beneath acts as a mood booster. We stayed there the entire evening and after ample photo sessions decided to head on to the next destination on which was the Charida village.Now this place is famous for chhow masks. The old locals make these from their homes and sell it from there as well. Be careful of the prices. We went to the shop owned by a very old man. He was an extremely nice guy and lowered the price of every single item we bought. The durga and kathakali sculptures were made were utmost perfection and we all left with a smiling face that day. We returned to the Homestay where they served us with aloo pakora and some warm tea. We had a gala time singing and dancing and chatting away. Dinner is served by 9:30. They encourage an early dinner as they close the kitchen by 10:00 approximately. We had a nice meal of chicken, vegetable and rooti.
We had an entire day scheduled for us. We left at 8 after breakfast. Our first stop was the Bamni falls.
A beautiful waterfall tucked within the hills. The waterfall has several stops if one is interested to go down to the base. But the path that leads down is extremely dangerous. The trees and bushes cover both sides of the steep slope. It is slippery during monsoon. Not everyone takes the risk of going down the falls. 5 of us decided to complete the journey and we were successful in doing so. The view from the middle of the hills is that of a beautiful lake which has a natural green tinge.
It was a lovely sight. After successfully going till the base we were greated by the splashes of the waterfall as it hit the boulders. It was so calm and quite there with almost no one there other than us. We sat and chatted on the boulders and enjoyed the spray of the cool water from the falls. We spent around 1.5 hours there at the falls. Then the next stop was the Upper Dam which was a large lake surrounded by high fences.
We couldn’t stay long as the heat had become unbearable. Then we headed to the hill top which was the highest point of Ayoudhya hills. It wasn’t much of a sight but we found a government guest house there and we could take a washroom break. A major drawback here is the lack of basic amenities. There are no public restrooms here except for the washrooms in the homestay. This is a major drawback. We had to request the manager at the government guest house to allow all the women to use the restrooms. It was a shock indeed. Never knew a place like this existed in west bengal which lacked the most basic ametinity. Anyway from there we were taken to the Mayuri Hill which offered a view of the city.
Then moving on we went to the Durgabera dam. It used to be a mining spot which is now covered in water. The lake is beautiful and the carved mountains are indeed breathtaking.
The last stop was the Thurga Lake which was amazing and a place to relax after the hectic journey.
We returned to our Homestay for our lunch which was a mutton meal. We took a small break and continued with the rest of the trip in the evening. We left at 5 for the Banjara Camp which was also owned and managed by the same owner, Mr.Sujit of Chhowburu Tourism. The place is lovely. There was tents around the campus with camping activities arranged. There was a rope walk, a tire swing and hammocks. The weather was lovely with a light drizzle to set the mood.
They arranged for pakoras there and a bon fire too. The track that leads of the camping site is a amidst a dense forest. It was pitch dark and the experience was one of a kind. We returned to our abode where we had ordered some chicken pakoras separately which was outside the package. We had a dinner of tarka rooti and the end ended perfectly.
This was the last day of the trip. We were supposed to go sight seeing but we were was too tired and the weather made us super sleepy. So we quit on the sight seeing and spent the day there. We left for the station at 1:30. Our train was from Purulia at 3:00. We hated leaving the place as the scenic beauty would be missed too much. We promised to return soon as much of Baghmundi and Purulia is yet to be explored. These are hidden treasure and should be promoted and maintained by our government.
I’m attaching the list of all the places you can visit in case you are visiting. Monsoon is the best time to visit this place as the greenery is at it’s peak.
The places you can visit :
Forests of Ajodhya,Matha and Kuilapal , Waterfalls at Thurga,Bammi and Dauri khal, Tribal habitations of Ajodhya and baghmundi ,and dams of Panchet,Murguma, Keshto Bazaar and Koyrabera. There is Pakhi pahar for trekking and the joychandi pahar. There are picnic spots at duarsini, dolma and the dance of chhow and jhumur gaan shouldn’t be missed.
I have shared the contact details of Chhowburu tourism. Feel free to contact them. Visit the place, you won’t be dissapointed.
Bengalis around the world plan their entire year around one of the biggest festivals of the world which is Durga puja. Bengalis living around the world try to come back to their homeland during this time and be a part of the grandeur. While the entire city is dressing up and gearing for the most happening event, it is also true that we are not getting enough time to prepare ourselves for the pujo. While the shopping is mostly done and the plans made, are we ready to face such a big festival yet? Well the answer is probably no. If you are someone like me who keeps everything for the last moment, well now is the time to start. These are some of the basic things that you can tick off your check list and be a little more prepared this time. Happy reading !
ANTI TAN FACE PACKS :
Staying in Kolkata and working the entire week, be it in your office or school or college, you all have been severely affected by the sun. But with that uneven skintone, most of us wouldn’t feel confident enough to rock those amazing apparels.
The first totka is the best and most loved one. In a clean bowl, mix 2 spoon of besan and 1 spoon of turmeric followed by the juice of 1 entire lemon and half a spoon curd. Mix the paste real well and make sure there are no granules left. Now apply the paste carefully on your face. Leave the eye region as it tends to be the most sensitive area. After the pack dries up, slowly rub it in circular motion with some water and keep doing it until the entire thing comes off. I usually tend to wash it once again with a nice face wash as my skin has a tendency to retain the yellow stain of the turmeric. I usually complete the regime with an aloe vera gel or something which is light to the skin giving it space to breathe.
Sometimes it is a burden for us to gather the ingredients and make a paste out of it and use it. The sheer laziness of doing these tasks prevents us from doing it at all. So for them I would suggest the lotus Anti Tan scrub and face pack. This is a deadly combo. During my college days I had to do practicals out on the road for hours and without an umbrella. My skin got burnt on certain days. Then a local seller introduced me to this amazing products. I am going to review it in details later. For now let me tell you how to use it. First use the Anti scrub to clean the skin completely. Then in a bowl take a small amount of the pack and dilute it with a few drops of rose water. Apply the face thoroughly all over your face and leave it for 20 minutes or so, until it dries completely. Wash it away in circular motion. Do not use a face wash after using this. If you have severe tan, you may use it 2 times a day. Else once a day for a few days will give you amazing results.
Other than this avoid the sun completely, use an umbrella as well as a scarf to prevent the sun from affecting you directly.Use a suncreen such as Suncross which is super light weight and acts as a primer as well!
2. PREVENTIONS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE PUJO :
Drink loads of water. Since the heat is unbearable even now, we need to stay hydrated to prevent the skin from drying up. The worst thing that can happen now is your skin losing all the moisture.
Like I said earlier, use an umbrella and a scarf at all times. Use a sunscreen as well and try and avoid the sun as much as you can. Your skin will thank you later.
Avoid junk food at all cost before the main event starts. In case your stomach refuses to co operate with you at that time, you’ll be in for a loss. So eat clean now to enjoy those few days.
Try and avoid using too much make up now or trying out new products. You never know when your skin will react negatively and you’ll be in for a real shock. Stick to the old basic products you have been using all this while.
Make sure you follow the CTM routine extra carefully for these days. Happy skin=happy you.
3. A FEW HEALTH TIPS:
1. Most of us are still planning to start working out real soon. But alas we have no time. It is not really possible to lose much weight or significant inches from your body within such short time. But we can always try.
2. For starters, maintain your diet for a few days. That doesn’t mean you’ll start with the GM diets and all the diets which claim to make you lose 10 pounds in a week. They will probably end up making you sick by the time the day arrives. Avoid junk and start snacking on those amazing fruits available right now. In case motivation seems to have vanished, take out those amazing clothes you bought and think how much more appealing you’ll look in them. Eat well, eat in regular intervals and eat clean.
3. Detox ! You’ll get quite a few detox recipes online. Try them. Detoxing is an amazing way to clean up your body and helps it to lose weight faster. Try out the cucumber,lemon mint detox. It’s the easiest. Just soak each of these overnight in a 1 l of water and sip on it the entire of the next day. You’ll start feeling amazing. I have interacted with quite a few fitness freaks who have given me their own recipes for detoxing. One being, add a cube of ice everytime you drink water. It acts as an amazing detoxing agent and literally pulls out the harmful things that your body is storing up. The second being, take a tub of warm water and add a few spoons of Vicks or iodex in it. Soak your feet and enjoy the harmful elements leave the body.
4. Drink loads of water. Like seriously! Water is an amazing thing. It speeds up your metabolism, helps you digest and makes you look younger all for free ! If you hate drinking normal water, add some lemon to it and drink it up. Just make sure you intake alot of water in any way possible.
5. Try and do some basic free hand exercise. You can even jog or do a brisk morning/evening walk. Don’t involve in extremely difficult workout regimes. Instead do stuff that keeps you hooked on for a few days atleast. You can also try some aerobics or yoga too if you want. But make sure you do them under supervision or guidance or you may end up pulling a muscle and spending the rest of the month at home !
4. BAG ESSENTIALS FOR PANDAL HOPPING :
Now this is one of the most amazing topics that I had the opportunity to write on. We all keep wondering about all the things we should have kept in our purses but have missed out at the last moment. Well here I have a check list for you guys.
1. Carry an umbrella. Oh yes! With the current weather condition you won’t even know when it starts to drizzle or when the sun decides to fry us up!
2.Carry a bottle of water. If you think it is too heavy and is a burden,carry a small 250 ml bottle. For times when even a drop of water can be a blessing, this bottle will be a life saver.
3. Keep all your makeup essentials in a pouch. Keeping it organised will save up time while you do touch ups at those food joint halts. Carry the lipstick you are wearing, a bindi in case of ethnic wear, a small bottle of perfume, a compact, a kajal and a few tissues. The tissues come in real handy in case your makeup has smudged and you need to re apply your make up.
4. Carry a spare pair of slippers. I know it is not possible and you might think this is a horrible idea, but do it! I have been in too many shoe sticky situations for me to give you this advice. I am not talking about the real fancy heavy shoes. Just a casual slipper will help you out in case those heels are killing you or if your shoes decide to tear in the middle of the road.
5. Do you remember my review of peesafe and how important it is for us to carry it with us. Now is the time to use it! With all the public restrooms being exceptionally unhygienic , using the peesafe would be most wise for us.
6. Last but not the least carry some band aids and the most essential medicines with you. During an emergency you won’t have time to look for the medicine shops. So this will be super convenient.
5. PLANNING UP :
I Know you all are super excited for the pujo to begin and trust me so am I. But my advice to you is, make all your plans in advance. Don’t keep anything for the last moment. Plan your pandal hopping to avoid the rush. Dress up according the wear you are going. If you have an entire day lined up with walking and pandal hopping opt for a comfortable apparel. Decide your dress the night before to avoid last moment rush. Make sure you get enough sleep to start the next day with a fresh mind and energy.
To conclude, I would love to wish you all a very happy pujas. Have loads of fun, click amazing pictures, enjoy and be safe.
Oh and by the way, for us Bengalis , the kosha mangsho finds a special place in our hearts specially during the Navami lunch. Here is my friend and fellow blogger, Priyanka Bhattacharya at speakingaloud sharing her take on the all time favourite Kosha Mangsho. Please do check her recipe out at the link given below :
Going to review a lovely place for you all today. It’s Spice Kraft.
Went to this place today itself for a little wine and dine. I was invited by the owner of one of the biggest food communities Shahbaaz Zaman and I couldn’t say no the this lucrative offer.
So, as soon as you enter this place, you’ll get a beautiful vibe. Soft music and aroma of some delicious food will probably take over your senses. This gem of a place is hidden in south kolkata. We were greated by the owner himself and in a couple of minutes the food started coming in.
The items we had were:
1. Beer can tempura fish
2. Chicken Tandoori Sausage
3. Dajaj Carmoula
5. Green chilly chicken
6. Hunan fish
7. Lynwn Samak
8. Moon faan
9. Nasi goreng
10. Beyond fried ice cream
11. Classic Monte Carlo
The food was amazing. The starters were soft and juicy and will probably melt in your mouth. You cannot resist yourself after having just one. The fish here is a speciality and so are the dips. They are excellent and cooked to perfection. The dessert was equally pleasing to the eyes as well as to the taste buds.
The owner himself looked into every single item and made sure it was presented well. It was a beautiful experience. I’ll give it a 5/5 for ambience, food and price.
Do try it out and let me know what you think of it.