Saturday, September 26, 2015

#SubscribeToSmooth with Gillette Venus | Week 2 Update | Shaving Myths and Facts

Hey lovelies!

I am back with the Week 2 update of my #SubscribeToSmooth challenge with Gillette Venus.
So its been two weeks since I started using the amazing Gillette Venus razor and so far I have used it twice to shave off the hair from my legs.

In today's post, I will not only be sharing my experience and how my skin feels- post two weeks of starting Shaving, but will also try to bust few myths related to Shaving.


So I usually wait for atleast 15-20 days to shave off the hair but I could see a little growth after 10 days of using Gillette Venus and I had to wear a knee-length dress for a party, which made me go for using the razor for the 2nd time.
This time as well the shaving experience was really smooth and pain-free, and the razor also removed small hairs as my hair growth is quite slow. I didn't experience any ingrown hairs or dry skin post hair removal.

Did my experience break some common Myths related to Shaving? Read on :

  • Shaving regularly causes Hair to grow darker and faster - 
Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker, darker or faster. Research shows that hair growth, colour and texture is constant for an individual and depends on genetic factors.

  • Shaving makes skin Dry - 
Shaving hasn't made my skin dry or flaky. Infact, it makes skin feel smooth by exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells.

  • Pushing hard will give a closer Shave - 

Putting too much pressure on your razor can actually cause nicks and cuts. Use a light touch to get a relaxing, smooth and close shave.

  • There's no need to use a Shaving cream - 
It is advised to use a specialized shaving cream or gel like like Satin Care lubricate to help provide a layer of protection against nicks and cuts keeping skin well hydrated. It also helps you keep track of where you've shaved to help you avoid missing any spots.

  • Shaving over the same area repeatedly will give better results - 

Shaving one spot over and over will irritate skin. If you're having trouble with rough spots or stubble, it may be time to change your blade.

Do you also know of more common myths that you have heard about Shaving? Let me know in the Comments below so that I can let you know in the next post if its a Myth or Fact.

XOXO
#SubscribeToSmooth with Gillette Venus | Week 2 Update | Shaving Myths and Facts
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dubai Diaries - My Dubai Shopping Haul - Part 2 | TSD Travels

Hey lovelies!

So here's the 2nd part of my Dubai Shopping Haul. As I didn't get much time to visit the local markets, I did 90% of my shopping from the famous Dubai Mall, and trust me - I still think I would need another trip to shop to my heart's content from this amazing mall.

Without blabbering much, here are the pictures of rest of my purchases :

Lipsticks : Flormar
I remember picking a Fuschia lipstick from a Flormar kiosk in Select CITYWALK 2 year back, but I never saw the brand again in India. So, when I came across their huge store in Dubai Mall, I couldn't help picking not 1, but 3 lipsticks for my mother and friend as I really love the texture of their lipsticks. These were priced at around 30 Dirham each.


Crop Tops : ZARA
Okay I know you all must be thinking, why I even visited ZARA when it is available here in Delhi? But I was really curious to see what collection they have in Delhi, and come on, no one can  miss shopping from ZARA, no matter which part of the world they are in.
So, I ended up picking these 2 crop tops for 25 Dirhams each and I really loved the collection in the Dubai Mall store as the designs were far far better from the ones available in stores here.

Noodle Strap top : H&M
You all must be aware that H&M is having its Grand opening in Delhi on 2nd October, but still I couldn't resist visiting the H&M store there. But as it was my last stop in the Dubai Mall, I ended up picking just one top which has a really sexy fit and was actually a steal as I picked it for around 20 Dirham only.

Purse : SUITE BLANCO
 I bought this chic animal print clutch purse from a brand known as SUITE BLANCO for 40 Dirham only. I had never heard of this brand, but they had pretty floral dresses and trendy bags which were priced quite reasonably.

Suit Dress : MANGO
Well, I didn't buy this dress from Dubai but actually from the MANGO store at Delhi Duty Free.
It is a suit style dress with a wrap-around style and comes along with a belt. It has a very formal yet sexy vibes, and I will be styling it on the blog soon. (Purchased it for Rs 2290).

Maxi Dress : Pull & Bear
This dress is one of the most pretty maxi dresses I have. The color, the pleats and the frills at the neckline are simply beautiful, and it is from a brand Pull & Bear which is from the Inditex group that also has Zara. It was priced at 100 Dirham after discount,

Ohh and finally, the big Reveal - my first ever PRADA purchase - their iconic Baroque sunglasses.


Featuring a sophisticated design in a round shape with the lavish baroque accents, I purchased these trendy glasses for around 1000 Dirham.

Sunglasses : PRADA
I am so in love with these sunglasses and just can't wait to style them up in my upcoming shoots.

So what's your favorite pick from my Dubai Shopping haul? Let me know in the Comments below!
Love
Nitika
Dubai Diaries - My Dubai Shopping Haul - Part 2 | TSD Travels
Monday, September 21, 2015

Review and Favorite Festive Season Picks from StyleBuys | Fashion Finder Website India

Hey lovely readers!

As the festive season has just started with Ganesh Chaturthi, I am sure you all would have started making a Wishlist of the outfits and accessories you will be picking for the coming festivities.

I also decided to find some trendy, fashionable items for this season, but with so many websites out there, Online Shopping has also become a difficult task. But this amazing Fashion Finder website made my task much simpler.

I am talking about StyleBuys.com which features all my favorite Online Shopping websites and their collections under one site.

About StyleBuys.com  :

Stylebuys.com is a search engine for Fashion. We aggregate fashion websites in India and offer our users the convenience of shopping at a website where they can browse a large variety of products. We are a subsidiary of www.stilgiyin.com, the Fashion search engine of Turkey.

Here are some amazing features of the website and how it helps make Online Shopping easy for all Fashion - lovers :

  • Through StyleBuys, one can search across multiple stores, browse categories and enjoy a huge variety of products without visiting each store separately.
  • They have categorized the items into Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewellery, Men and Kids section to make browsing for what you are looking for easy.
  • You can further choose filters like types of Ethnic wear, Size etc. to see goods that match your criteria and needs.

  • They have items listed from major Online Shopping portals like Jabong, Amazon, Flipkart etc. 
  • One of the major advantages that distinguish StyleBuys from its competitors is that it has an alert tool allowing its users to set email alerts for specific brands or products, or to be notified if something goes on sale.
While browsing through StyleBuys.com, I made a wishlist for the coming Festive Season and have picked out my Favorites as below :

Heels - Steve Madden - Koovs.com
A stunning pair of sequinned or glitter heels like this pair of peep-toes from Steve Madden can help glam up any outfit this festive season.
Monochrome Necklace - Faballey
A statement neckpiece like this monochrome number from Faballey is a must-have in one's wardrobe to give a stunning look to your outfit without having to do much efforts.


Dressy Blazer - Flipkart.com
Men certainly look dapper in dressy blazers, and this pick from Flipkart is what would take your Style quotient a notch higher at a cocktail party or Cards party during Diwali.

Printed Maxi Dress - SOUP - Jabong.com
Planning to go for a Fusion look this Diwali? Pick an elegant maxi dress like this printed one from SOUP which not only gives you an elegant look but would also make you stand out of the crowd.


Lehenga Choli - Amazon
If you still plan to go Ethnic this season, this trendy blue Lehenga Choli that I found through Stylebuys is a perfect pick without having to go OTT.

Did you like my picks from StyleBuys? Do check out StyleBuys.com now and get ready for an amazing shopping experience.

Love 
Review and Favorite Festive Season Picks from StyleBuys | Fashion Finder Website India
Friday, September 18, 2015

Are You Smart Enough to Win Wrogn Auditions? | Play Wrogn Auditions with Virat Kohli | Win a Hangover to Vegas

Hey everyone!

Hope you all have had a great start of this weekend! Have you ever wondered what a weekend would be like, with your three best pals, hungover in a sexy city, far away from India?
And what if that city was Vegas? Exciting, right?

If you have been following me on Twitter, you must have seen my tweets about the Stay Wrogn Auditions by Virat Kohli, where he also challenged Sachin Tendulkar, asking him - if he has what it takes to play!

Do you think you have all it takes to win over the Wrogn auditions? If yes, then you could be the lucky one who would win a Hangover trip to Vegas with your best pals.


Fashion brand Wrogn, co-owned by Universal Sportsbiz and Virat Kohli, has introduced a new campaign this September with an aim to establish itself as a youth brand among its TG. Created by Fisheye Creative Solutions, the campaign is called 'Wrogn Auditions' and invites you all to participate in an online quiz, the prize of which is a 'hangover weekend in Vegas'.


All you got to do to win this amazing campaign is to head over- http://auditions.wrogn.in/play/ or the Android/iOS app to answer 10 questions in the shortest time and wait for the chance to win the Lucky Ticket to Vegas.
And there you could have all the fun with your friends and do all the Wrogn things you like, because as they say - What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!


I have already played the game, and it took me 4 attempts to get the answers Wrogn, ohh I mean right, the Wrogn way ;) . Want to know more? Check out the Video below and get to ready to play the game!


XOXO
Are You Smart Enough to Win Wrogn Auditions? | Play Wrogn Auditions with Virat Kohli | Win a Hangover to Vegas
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

#SubscribeToSmooth with Gillette Venus | Week 1 Update | Do's and Don'ts of Shaving

Hey everyone!

Hope you remember my last post on the Gillette Venus event and #SubscribeToSmooth challenge? I am back with my first week update on the same and also I am going to cover some precautions that one must take during shaving process.

As I already mentioned that I have undergone Laser Hair Removal for upper-lips and under-arms, I decided to go ahead with Shaving off hair from my legs first to see the results.


Before talking about the features of Gillette Venus razor and my experience with the same, here are few Do's and Dont's that you must keep in mind before Shaving -

Dos and Don’ts of Shaving

Do stretch and shave - The underarm skin and behind your knees is supple and flexible to allow movement at these jointed areas, which can make it harder to shave as the skin moves with the razor. To keep these areas as taut as possible for a cleaner shave, stretch your arm up and reach your hand behind your shoulder, and pull your leg straight

Don’t soak in the bath for too long before shaving - The skin will over-hydrate and swell slightly as it begins to absorb water. This will compromise the smoothness of the shave. The optimum time for a pre-shave soak is approximately one to two minutes

Don’t apply too much pressure on your razor - A precision made female razor like Gillette Venus is designed to glide with minimum effort over the skin’s surface. Forcing the razor can end up leaving you with nicks



Don’t worry about direction – Modern razors are so effective that you can shave in any direction that feels comfortable to you. However the hairs on our underarm area grow in random directions so for a truly clean shaven feeling you need to work in a variety of directions also

Do leave fiddly bits until last - Ankles, back of knees and thighs are best dealt with as you get into the flow of a shave and are most in control of the razor

Do store your razor correctly - Store your razor in an upright position and somewhere dry. Do not leave it on the bath side in pools of water as this is a breeding ground for bacteria

Don’t rub your razor to try to clean it with brushes or towels, simple rinsing should do the job - You could blunt the blade and damage the coatings - these blades are incredibly fine and you need that coating.

So, these are some basic tips that one must keep in mind for a smooth Shaving experience.

Moving on to the new Gillette Venus razor, it has the following advanced features which make it unique and better than other razors out in the market :


  • It features 3 curve-hugging blades that allow a flawless finish with virtually no missed hair.
  • It has protective cushions that glide over skin very gently.
  • Gillette Venus features a contoured non-slip handle that is designed  to fit perfectly in your hands, providing great control while using it in the shower.
  • Its one of the unique features is that it's inbuilt with natural ingredients like Aloe and Vitamin E that leave the skin soft and smooth.
So far, I have used it just once over my legs along with the Gillette Satin Care Shave gel which is rich in Aloe Vera and helps prep up skin for a smooth, pain-free shaving experience. It helped the razor glide through very smoothly, without causing any irritation or rashes - which is one of the Pros of shaving as Waxing used to leave many rashes and redness on my skin.

I haven't faced any dryness (YES, No Dryness!), and after a week I can see a little growth (I have a very slow hair growth naturally) which I plan to shave off now. That's why so far I am very happy with the results of the first Week but then I would share more details in the coming posts.

 You can purchase Gillette Venus razor online from Amazon Here
The Gillette Venus razor is priced at Rs.199; the cartridges (pack of 4) is for Rs.449 and the complete gift pack costs Rs.849.


XOXO
#SubscribeToSmooth with Gillette Venus | Week 1 Update | Do's and Don'ts of Shaving
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dubai Diaries | OOTD : Day 1 in Dubai | How to Style a Faux Leather Skirt

Hey lovely readers!
I am back with the second post from my Dubai Diaries and one of the Outfits that I wore during my vacation.

So, during my vacation, I had stayed at the Fortune Grand Hotel in Deira - which is a decent 4star hotel located near major city attractions like City Center Deira, Dubai Mall and much more.

On the 1st day of my trip, I checked-in at the hotel around 2pm Dubai time and decided to go out for a visit to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa in the evening after some rest.

Around 6pm, we left for Dubai Mall by metro as the hotel staff told us that the metro station was nearby - but well - we did have to walk around 1.5 kms looking for the same. The best part of reaching Dubai Mall by metro is that the metro station (Dubai Mall) is connected with the mall with a fully air-conditioned, elevated foot-bridge.

Post a brief shopping spree at the mall, we headed to the Burj Khalifa which is also connected to the mall and we visited the observation desk at the 124th floor of the world's tallest building - which is also known as At The Top. It was indeed an amazing experience, as the view from the top was breathtaking as we could see the entire city lit up in bright lights.


As I had to spend time shopping and roaming around the mall, I decided to dress up casual for the day and wore a Faux Leather skirt by ZARA on the 1st day. I paired with a blue crop top from ONLY which features sequins on the sleeves, giving it a dressy look.

To keep my luggage light, I had survived the vacation only on 2 pairs of shoes and a TOMMY HILFIGER bag which I also carried to the mall. As usual, I kept the accessories minimal with just an ALDO watch adorning my wrist and a sleek neckpiece from MADAME.

Have a look at the pictures of my outfit :

Top : ONLY
Skirt : ZARA
Shoes : ALDO
Bag : Tommy Hilfiger
Watch : ALDO
Necklace : MADAME




Have you been to Burj Khalifa before? Isn't the view just amazing from the top?
Let me know your views on my outfit in the Comments below!
Love
Nitika
Dubai Diaries | OOTD : Day 1 in Dubai | How to Style a Faux Leather Skirt
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dubai Diaries - My Dubai Shopping Haul - Part 1 | TSD Travels

Hey lovely people!

A few weeks back I had visited Dubai for a vacation and I had shared many updates on my Instagram page. Finally, I am back into my regular routine and decided to share all about my trip to Dubai with my Shopping Spree.

As there were a lot of images to publish, I decided to post this in 2 parts. And here's the first part of my Dubai Shopping Haul :
I did most of my shopping from the Dubai Mall and Dubai Duty Free as I really didn't get much time to explore the local markets.

RIVER ISLAND
My first stop in Dubai Mall was the RIVER ISLAND store. I have always checked the collections available at ASOS and most recently Jabong and I really love the edgy stuff they have to offer.

So, I ended up purchasing a hot pink Skater Dress which was priced at around 150 Dirham after discount. They have really an amazing collection of dresses and skirts which I fell in love with, but with my wardrobe already overflowing with so many apparels, I thought of just purchasing this Skater dress as it fit me beautifully.


I also purchased a pair of beige Wedges and a color-block Handbag from RIVER ISLAND which were both priced around 150 Dirham each.
Girls, RIVER ISLAND is one brand which can give really tough competition to ZARA and Forever21 in terms of designs and pricing. I wish they open a store in India soon!


Splash Fashion
Next, I visited SPLASH stores to purchase a few T-shirts for my brothers and cousins as they offer a wide range of Tees and Shirts in exciting prints. I purchased 4 of these T-shirts for 25 Dirham each (couldn't photograph the rest 2 as my younger brother took them as soon as I was back from Dubai).

Victoria's Secret
I am so glad I visited Victoria's Secret as the store at Delhi Duty Free didn't have the Lingerie collection and a very limited collection of Beauty products.
I explored Victoria's Secret on the last day of my Dubai vacation and I am so glad I did as it was like visiting a mall in itself.

I purchased 2 multi-way, Strapless bras ( 2 for 250 dirham) which had a snug and comfort fit. I also purchased 2 lip glosses and Lip Colors from their Beauty section (priced at 55 Dirham each), and also purchased their Body Ultimate Moisture Shea kit which serves as



Chocolates and Candies from Dubai Duty Free
As a ritual of anyone visiting a foreign country and bringing home Chocolates, I also purchased Tiffany candies, Hershey's chocolates and mini-Marshmallow candies for my friends and cousins as I knew they will ask for these - the first thing when I come back home.

I will be posting rest of the things I purchased in the second part which will also feature my first PRADA purchase. Exciting, right? Stay tuned for the next post then!

Let me know if you wish to know anything more about my Dubai trip and shopping in the Comments below.
Love
Nitika




Dubai Diaries - My Dubai Shopping Haul - Part 1 | TSD Travels
Thursday, September 3, 2015

#SubscribeToSmooth with Gillette Venus | Event and 30 Days Challenge

Hey lovelies!

Hope you all are doing well. A couple of weeks back I attended a Bloggers Meet organized by Gillette where they introduced us to the Gillette Venus razors range and organized an interactive panel discussion with the stunning actress Kriti Sanon along with renowned aesthetic physician Dr. Rashmi Shetty and make-up artist Namrata Soni to educate and bust myths around shaving.

During the panel discussion, the techniques of shaving were discussed and the panel vouched for shaving being one of the most hassle free and painless methods of female hair removal.



Sharing her knowledge, Dr. Rashmi Shetty said, “I am pleased to be part of this educative session, where I can interact with the audience and break the age old myths around shaving for women. Many of whom I have interacted with believe that shaving will make their skin become darker or that their hair would grow faster and thicker which is why they refrain from it.


However, in reality hair growth is determined by one’s genetic and hormonal makeup. I am confident that from platforms like these we will be able to bust such myths and impart knowledge about how shaving doesn’t cause any harm to the skin.”

About Gillette Venus
A revolutionary product, Gillette Venus gives an ultra-close shave for a smoother skin with its three curve hugging blades feature. Its contour non-slip handle is designed especially for women for great grip and control even in wet and soapy environments.


Venus razors also have an indicator lubricator strip with Aloe and Vitamin E which fade when you are no longer getting the optimal Venus experience. Satin Care shave gel when used along with Gillette Venus helps women look fantastic for important occasions and make them feel confident.


I have always preferred waxing over shaving, and have recently also undergone Laser Hair Removal for my under arms and upper lips area. But after the panel shared the various benefits of Shaving, I have decided to take the #SubscribeToSmooth - 1month challenge with Gillette Venus and would now be using it for a month to see and feel the difference.

Watch this space for my first week update and Experience with Gillette Venus razor, and a detailed most on Myths and Facts of Shaving.

Love
#SubscribeToSmooth with Gillette Venus | Event and 30 Days Challenge
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review - Shopping from Comfort of Your Home with HomeShop18 TV | HomeShop18 Shopping Experience

Hey everyone!

The festive season is just round the corner and I am sure you all would have started shopping or at least creating a wish list of what all you would be purchasing for yourself and your loved ones.

While online shopping in the recent years has become the favourite shopping medium of the people, the fact still remains that TV Shopping Channels introduced people to virtual shopping. It is in fact one of the first unique shopping modes and is still going strong as one of the preferred one because of the visual appeal. Television shopping offers a holistic view of the various avatars of a product before purchase.

And one of the very popular home shopping channels in India is HomeShop18, which is India’s first television shopping channel, selling credible brands to customers nationally, operating in a multimedia environment including Internet, TV and via mobile. 


HomeShop18 has undoubtedly changed the way Indians shop by launching India's first 24 hour Home Shopping TV channel in 2008. And by the introduction of its E-commerce site and mobile shopping, HomeShop18 became easily accessible to customers from anywhere and everywhere. It provides products across multiple categories and a logistical reach of over 3000 locations across India.

A few days back, one of my relatives told me about her shopping experience with HomeShop18 TV channel. She told me how she was looking at purchasing a trendy neckpiece for herself when she switched on the channel and found an exciting deal in which she got 5 beautiful pieces of jewellery in just Rs 1599, and I was really intrigued to see what more they have to offer.

I have been hooked to the channel since then, especially their Jewellery Special and TSO (Today’s Special Offer) sections.



If you are also a jewellery lover and just are hooked to accessorizing your outfits, you must check out their Jewellery Special show which telecasts from Monday to Friday 1-2pm and is hosted by Divya Sabhlok and Neha Bandooni, Jewellery Experts for contemporary and traditional jewellery respectively.





The expert anchors beautifully take you through the insights of featured designs, styling tips and information on the idea of the designs.


Whether you are looking for a pendant suitable for office wear or a stunning neckpiece for a wedding function, HomeShop18 Jewellery special show serves a one-stop shop for all of your jewellery shopping needs.

Sounds fun, right? And if you are a sucker for great deals, the Today’s Special offer (TSO) featured at 11am-12pm Mon-Sun will also catch your fancy. This is a daily property that represents an assortment of unique products offered at a great price just for a single day.

Making the most of the special offer of the day at an exclusive price would really make you wait for this show, each day. The featured products are available on HomeShop18.com as well as at the mobile app for people on the go. HomeShop18 also offers live streaming of the TV channel to get a better understanding of the product before its purchase. 



I have also placed an order for a set of 3 kurtas from Peehoo collection which is priced just at Rs 999 and are totally suitable for casual as well as work wear. The set is really carefully selected as it featured 3 different yet versatile designs which would look good on every body type. 



While I am waiting for my order to reach me , I couldn't wait to share my experience so far with the HomeShop18 TV shopping channel, and I must say you should check out their exclusive shows to find amazing products at best prices.

Love
Nitika

Review - Shopping from Comfort of Your Home with HomeShop18 TV | HomeShop18 Shopping Experience

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