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The Christmas Gift Guide

Are you still wondering what to gift this Christmas season to your loved ones?or is it time to play secret Santa with your colleagues.Whatever be your reason to buy gifts this season, here is your Christmas Gift Guide:

1.Beauty Products

You can either buy a readymade gift set available in the market or if you wish to make the gift more special customise & create a gift hamper.The Body Shop has some luxurious Christmas gift hampers to choose from.

A tip here is, in case the person you are gifting is obsessed with any particular type of product, you can gift them an assorted box of the products they love, like I got myself this assorted box of different types of soaps from the brand Khadi for Diwali (here is a picture of the same)

2. Confectioneries

In case the person you are gifting is a foodie like me 😛 then the best thing to gift is a delectable gift hamper full of cupcakes, cookies and yes do not forget the Gingerbread Man!!

3. Stationery Kit

If you have to gift a friend who is always busy with college & studies then the best thing to give them is a cute colourful stationery kit
You will find a variety of them on Romwe and Miniso

4. Accessories

In case you don’t know much about the choices of the person you are gifting stick to basics like giving accessories like a bag, earrings etc

Since it’s party season with Christmas followed by New Year’s Eve, look for party wear accessories.

5. Pullovers

A warm pullover with some Christmassy print would be an ideal gift option (This one is something that I am personally looking forward to….. I hope you heard that Santa 😇 )

6. Books

As simple as it may sound but for the person you are gifting, this could be a prized possession.

Look for books like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or Silent Night: The story of the WWI Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub.

Whatever gift you choose to give the trick is to make it Christmassy. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post, also let me know if there are some more ideas you can think of to make this Christmas gift truly special

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Swiss Tempelle – Deep Purifying Face wash Review

With so much pollution around, our skin gets easily covered with grime and all we need is something that helps to make our skin clean & supple.

Today I am going to review Swiss Tempelle – Deep Purifying Face wash.This was a random purchase that I made when I suddenly remembered at the payment counter that I had to buy a face wash. You can find this in any of the outlets of the Future Group (BigBazar, EasyDay).I bought it from EasyDay.

So let’s get started,

Name: Swiss Tempelle – Deep Purifying Face wash

Price: Rs. 125 for 100ml

Here is the list of the ingredients mentioned on the face wash, in case you wish to know

  • The face wash has a nice herbal fragrance
  • The texture & consistency is similar to that of a liquid transparent gel
  • Even if you use more quantity of the face wash, it doesn’t lather much to create foam
  • It does make the skin a bit dry but that is only for a few minutes after which the skin feels normal
  • It made my skin feel fresh & rejuvenated everytime I use it

To sum up the Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Removes dirt & grime really well
  • Gives a cooling effect to the face
  • Packaging is sturdy and so it’s travel friendly
  • Lasts quite long and therefore it’s worth the money
  • Suitable for sensitive & oily skin
  • Available in different quantities, so if you wish try you can opt for the 50ml bottle as well

CONS

  • Not suitable for people with dry skin, as it tends to make the skin a bit dry
  • I have seen this face wash only at the Future Group outlets like Bigbazar & Easyday, so availability could be a problem
  • Though the face wash pack states that it helps prevent pimples, I don’t think it helped me in anyway to prevent pimples on my skin

My ratings: I would give it a 7.5/10

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Disclaimer:The opinion is solely of my own and what may work for me may not work for you, so it is advisable to enquire well & do a patch test if possible before you use any services & products mentioned in the review
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A Lovely Morning Breakfast ! My wish

It’s not every day that we get to start our day sitting in a cafe sipping some hot beverage along with a lip-smacking breakfast meal and yes chatting with our friends too!

Recently I decided to fulfil my wish to start off the day with breakfast at a cafe nearby and that is none other than Starbucks!

This post is not from the point of view of reviewing the cafe or the food, it is about spending some time; to slow down the fast-paced life we have and relax for sometime. To start with I decided to order a Chilli Cheese Toast and seeing this the health freak angel in me told me to balance it off with a cup of Green Tea instead of Hot Chocolate 😛 so here comes the Green Tea with my Chilly Cheese Toast!

(I generally eat early breakfast but today had a late one)

Since it was morning time, it wasn’t crowded at all and this made it even better for me to sit back & continue the gabfest with my friends.

I would like to end this post by saying that, it may not be possible for us to plan a vacation very often considering the busy schedule we all have and in order to compensate for this it’s nice to catch up with your family & friends and relax !! Oh yes and start to fulfil small wishes from your wishlist!

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How to style with a pair of Earrings !!

Be it a wedding, formal event or a casual brunch with friends; you can style your outfit with just a pair of earrings! So let’s get started

  • Simple studs

    These are the best for styling your office wear and for other formal events. You can wear these crystal studs or go for simple black studs

    • Colourful & Statement Studs

      You don’t always need a dress to make that style statement. You can rely on your colourful & statement studs to do the job for you

      • Hoop earrings

      Sometimes you need to be loud & clear to express yourself, hoop earrings are great to help you express your style statement better

      • Hanging earrings

      Hanging earrings give a strong feminine touch to your entire look. For those who do not like wearing heavy hanging earrings you can opt for the light weight versions of these earrings

      • Pearl earrings

      Pearls are a symbol of elegance and can make you look absolutely chic with any outfit. You can wear pearls in the form of studs or hanging earrings and make yourself feel like a princess

      • Jhumka style earrings

      If you cannot find the right colour of earrings to wear with your Indian outfits opt for oxidised jhumkas. These are a perfect match for any Indian outfit and you can never go wrong with it

      I hope you enjoyed reading this post & let me know which one would you like to try ?

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      Nectar – Pineapple & Valencia Orange juice Review

      The biggest obstacle for anyone trying to get fit is being on a healthy diet. Often we sideline our health and realise its importance only when we end up at the doctor’s clinic. In my mission to stay fit, I came across Nectar – that serves cold pressed juices with no water, sugar & preservatives. Before I start with the review, let me tell you what is exactly a cold pressed juice?

      What is a cold pressed juice?

      The juice is extracted from fruits & vegetables using hydraulic press (method of applying extreme pressure using certain equipments to extract the juice). Cold pressed juices are considered to be expensive compared to other juices available in the market as they are made of 100% fruits & vegetables.

      Benefits of Pineapples & Valencia Oranges

      • Pineapples help in supporting your immune system, for stronger bones & aids digestion
      • Valencia Oranges helps in lowering cholesterol levels, blood pressure and reduces risks of certain types of cancer

        Now that you know what is a cold pressed juice and the benefits of the fruits in the juice that I am going to review, so let’s get started !!

        Name : Nectar – Wellness Treasure

        Type of Juice : Pineapple & Valencia Orange cold pressed juice

        Price : Rs. 80/- for 200 ml

        For those who wish to know the nutritional content, here are the details :

        • The juice is delivered in a glass bottle which is a more eco-friendly option than a plastic one
        • The taste is truly nectarous, the sweet & sour taste of the oranges blend really well with the sweetness of the pineapples
        • Unlike a regular fruit juice which you can gulp down in a second the consistency of this juice is a bit more thick which I really like as it allows me to relish every sip of it, this is probably due to the pineapples which gives it, it’s lovely consistency
        • Nectar is true to its words as the taste of the juice is fresh with no water, no sugar or preservatives and tastes exactly how it would be, if we prepared it at home
        • Though you can store the juice for 72 hours but it is suggested to consume it within 48 hours since there are no preservatives in it. Generally I refrigerate the juice and keep it out for 15-20 minutes before consuming it

        To sum up the Pros & Cons

        Pros

        • Smart option for those who cannot make healthy fruit juices at home
        • Affordable
        • Home Delivery – they also have monthly subscription plans
        • Variety of juices depending on your requirements
        • Truly fresh with no sugar, preservatives or water

        Cons

        • Availability could be a problem, since it is available as of now only in Navi Mumbai
        • Since the bottle is made of glass it could be tampered unlike plastic bottles or tetra packs where it can be easily identified if the bottle has been tampered with

        My Ratings : I will give it a score of 8.5/10

        Below is their menu if you wish to order:

        You can visit their Insta & Fb page as well – Nectar_labs

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        Disclaimer:The opinion is solely of my own and what may work for me may not work for you, so it is advisable to enquire well & do a patch test where possible before you use any services & products mentioned in the blog
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        Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick shade 16 – Review

        Some of us feel lipsticks are only for special occasions & parties but if you are like me, who loves lipsticks and would like to use it more frequently without looking loud then, continue reading this post.

        Today I am going to review ‘Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick’. I came across this range of lipsticks from Marie Claire in one of the beauty stores in Vashi,Navi Mumbai and I thought it would be worth trying. So let’s get started !!

        Name: Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick

        Shade No: 16

        Price: Rs.380/- (you may get it at a lesser price online)

        Here is the list of ingredients, if you wish to know

        • This lipstick is in a shade of brownish to nude. It is one of those you can wear to office or use for a natural look as well

        • The lipstick tends to make my lips a bit dry after I apply it, so I use it with my lip balm that gives it a lovely glossy effect
        • What I really liked is that it is smudge free which makes it excellent to use as a part of your everyday makeup
        • This lipstick lasts longer than expected and saves me from the trouble of reapplying it every now & then

        So let’s sum up the Pros & Cons of the Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick

        Pros

        • Perfect lipstick for everyday & office look
        • Affordable
        • Smudge free
        • Sturdy packaging makes it travel friendly
        • Reasonably long lasting
        • The colour will suit most skin types
        • It’s nice to see that they have mentioned the list of ingredients used to make this lipstick. I have never come across any other makeup brand that does this for a lipstick

        Cons

        • It could be a bit drying so you will have to use it along with a lip balm
        • Availability could be a problem as I haven’t seen this in any of the malls nearby and got this from a beauty store in Vashi

        My ratings: I will give it a score of 8/10

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        Disclaimer:The opinion is solely of my own and what may work for me may not work for you, so it is advisable to enquire well & do a patch test if possible before you use any services & products mentioned in the review