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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

        I hope you enjoyed reading this post

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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

        I hope you enjoyed reading this post

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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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        Let’s Clean Up !!

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        Are you broke or don’t have enough pocket money this month to visit a beauty salon ? Or haven’t really found a good salon yet? Or You are simply lazy to go to a salon to get your clean up done? Whatever be your reason, don’t worry; today I am going to explain to you how to do a clean up at home in few easy steps.

        So let’s get started !!

        Things you will need

        • Cleanser
        • Scrub
        • Steamer
        • Mask
        • Face towels/Sponge
        • Water
        • Moisturiser
        • Alternatively, you can buy clean up kits that are available in the market which are economical & follow the steps using the kit

        Step 1: Cleansing

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        Every beauty treatment should start with cleansing. Depending on your skin type select the cleansing lotion:

        For oily/combination skin – Gel based cleansing lotion

        For dry skin – Cream based cleansing lotion

        For sensitive skin – Non fragrant cleansing lotion

        Apply the cleanser all over your face & neck and wipe off well using a muslin cloth or cotton pad.

        Step 2: Exfoliate

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        Use a scrub based on your skin type,

        For acne prone /sensitive skin – mild scrub

        For normal skin – mild to strong scrub can be used

        Gently scrub all over your face & neck; focus on your nose, chin, forehead & jaw line.Wipe off the scrub using a wet face towel/sponge. Need ideas for home made scrubs? See the link given below:

        https://wp.me/p9WGTs-1h

        Step 3: Steam

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        Now that your face is clean and free from grime & dead skin; it is time to take some steam.You can either use a vessel or a face steamer. Continue taking steam for about 5 minutes. Steam helps to open up the pores of your skin preparing it for the next step.

        (Caution: Since you are dealing with hot water be extra careful and make sure to close the lid of the steamer well).

        Step 4: Mask

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        Since the steam has opened up the pores, it is time to feed some nutrients to your skin. Select the face mask that suits your skin type and apply it all over your face & neck. Wash off the mask when it is almost dry using a wet face towel or sponge.

        You can see my blog post for ideas to make face masks at home,here is the link to it :

        https://wp.me/p9WGTs-1h

        Step 5 : Moisturise

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        Use your regular moisturiser to moisturise your skin and if you plan to step out of the house after the clean up during the day follow it up with a sunscreen as well.

        This clean up will make your skin feel squeaky clean & rejuvenated. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Please follow+ the blog, let me know your comments below & don’t forget to give me stars !!

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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 above
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        What can possibly irritate your Sensitive Skin ?

        Many of us claim that we have sensitive skin but in reality what is sensitive skin? Does breaking out means you have sensitive skin? No, excess oil production in the skin causes pimples; this does not directly indicate that you have sensitive skin. In case of sensitive skin, the layers of the skin get irritated due to a number of internal & external factors causing redness, itching, bumps, pimples & dry patches, etc.

        It was hard for me to accept that I have sensitive skin because with sensitive skin one has limited options to try. I cannot try all the latest products that are available in the market and even some of the best brands don’t work on my skin. Every time I try a new product on my skin, it is more like a science lab experiment anything can happen; maybe a miracle or a disaster!

        Today I am going to tell you some trigger points that can irritate your sensitive skin

        Sun Damage

        Being exposed to the harmful rays of the sun causes itching, dry skin patches, redness on the exposed areas of the body & face.

        Beauty Products

        I always loved trying new products but slowly I realised that I had to stop this. Certain ingredients in the beauty products can provoke sensitive skin making it aggressive and red !I have to be careful in experimenting with new products.

        Pollution

        Pollution leads to a lot of skin problems for all skin types but for those with sensitive skin, extra care needs to be taken to control the sensitivity of the skin.

        Stress

        Stress is the root cause for most of our problems in life and it can play havoc on your sensitive skin.

        Lack of Sleep

        Our skin repairs itself while we sleep; skin cells get renewed during sleep and thus beauty sleep is a must to soothe sensitive skin.

        Less Water Intake

        Water helps to flush out the toxins from the body and relieves sensitive skin. Less water intake causes serious damage, aggravating sensitive skin.

        Food intake

        Eating a lot of junk, processed & sugary food causes inflammation inside the body and this acts a trigger point in provoking sensitive skin.

        Hormonal Imbalance

        Any imbalance in the hormonal levels can be a nightmare for people with sensitive skin, making your skin angry & bumpy.

        Unhygienic habits

        Not keeping your hair & body clean and wearing unclean clothes can trouble your skin making it itchy, red with bumps all over.

        Temperature fluctuations & Weather conditions

        Sudden temperature change like using hot water for bathing can cause irritation for people with sensitive skin. Change in the weather leads to change in the temperature which again leads to trouble for sensitive skin.

        Active Ingredients

        Active Ingredients helps to improve the condition of the skin but too many active ingredients being used together does more of a harm than doing good.

        I hope you enjoyed reading this post and it will help you keep a track of the activities that can irritate your sensitive skin.

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