Thursday, December 31, 2015

Get Shopping at the Most Fashionable MAX Fashion Store in India | MAX Fashion DLF Mall of India Store Launch

Hey lovelies!
Hope you all had a great Christmas and geared up for New Year eve celebrations.

This post is sure to delight all the Noida shopaholics as one of my favorite brands MAX Fashion has launched its most ambitious store at the swanky and stylish DLF Mall of India.



Max, the leading International value fashion brand in the country is all set to amplify fashion on a digital mode by launching its ‘Most Fashionable Store’ In India. Completing a decade in the fashion business, MAX has come up with a store that is a reflection of its international standard of store design and shopping experience.


Max has always been my go-to store for international styles at affordable prices for all my apparel & accessories shopping.


And through their DLF Mall of India store, they have on offer more than 10,000 designs across different categories – apparel, footwear and accessories with dedicated sections for men, women and children.

Spread across 9265sq ft, the new Max store is a unique fusion of fashion and aesthetics, likely to make lasting impression on a customer’s mind. The store introduces various innovations with new age elements of store design, stylish interiors and visual merchandizing strategy.


Technology plays a pivotal role as it provides an interactive experience inside the store with Digital Focal Point. Taking inspiration from its international stores, MAX has invested in the most expensive and future ready hardware to enhance consumer experience.

Highlights of the store are its interesting signature pattern walls, open full height entrance and windows with slim columns, suspended Max glowing logo, back lit high point visuals frames highlighting department and look of the season, and many more exciting features that make this store stand out from the rest.



Sharing his views on the growth strategy of the brand, Mr. Ramanathan Hariharan, Group Director and Board Member Landmark Group said, “Max completes 10 glorious years in India. The plan, now, is to take the brand to the next level in a challenging retail environment. Being the pioneers of value fashion retail in the country, we aim to take our offering to customers across the nation. We currently have a presence of over 130 stores across 50 cities and plan to expand our retail footprint further.”

Mr. Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, Max Fashion India, said, “Max is a brand synonymous to the growing population of global Indians who are trendy & fashion conscious but at the same time, intelligent shoppers who not only seek value for money but a great shopping experience. With our new store in Noida, we provide a shopping space that is uncluttered and global in nature.”


To mark the occasion, Max also partnered with a leading NGO Charity Unwrapped and presented a fashion show by under privileged kids.

I already shopped from the amazing Autumn-Winter collection available at the store featuring quirky Capes, jackets and pullovers, and would be styling it soon for an OOTD post.

Couldn't resist a Selfie at the store
Till then, don't forget to check out this exciting new store and shop to your heart's content!

Love
Nitika
Get Shopping at the Most Fashionable MAX Fashion Store in India | MAX Fashion DLF Mall of India Store Launch
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Spawake Bloggers Meet Powered by FEMINA | Spawake BB Cream and Whitening Triple Care Serum Launch

Hey lovelies!
Are you in the Christmas mood already? Well if you haven't yet figured out what Christmas gifts to get for yourself or for your friends, I think this post would help solve your dilemma.

Last week I attended a Bloggers Meet organized by Spawake powered by Femina magazine at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Delhi.

Spawake, a skincare brand launched by KOSÉ Corporation in India a while back, launched their new products at the event : Moisture Fresh BB Cream and Whitening Triple Care Serum .

With the increasing popularity of BB Creams in India, it was about time that Spawake, which already made a strong entry in India with its skincare range, launched their own BB Cream for Indian makeup lovers.

Spawake Bloggers Meet powered by Femina
The event started on an interesting note with a healthy discussion about Skincare with the Skin Expert - Dr. Simal Soin from Aayna Clinic, who gave tips to keep our skin fresh and young by following some simple tips.


Next, the Spawake team introduced us to their new launches :


  • Moisture Fresh BB Cream : Available in 2 variants, this sea mineral BB Cream, is a multi-effect BB cream which moisturizes, protects, covers dark spots, gives an even skin tone and leaves the skin hydrated. It is also rich in SPF thus helps protect skin from the harmful UV rays. 
2 shades of the BB cream are : Perfect Glow (For Makeup Finish) and Natural Glow (For Daily Natural Look). It is available in 2 sizes: - 30g (Rs.249) and 15g (Rs.129).



  • Whitening Triple Care Serum : Formulated with Advanced Brightening Complex which includes vitamins and minerals using the advanced Japanese skin care technology, this serums helps make your skin feel soft and hydrated in a matter of seconds. It is available in 45ml pack (Rs.399).

Commenting on the launch of the new products, Mr. Takashi Nomura, Director & CEO, KOSE Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Spawake is an expression of KOSÉ’s commitment to bringing sea deep beauty to every Indian woman and we are delighted by the response we have received so far.

We are proud to bring to the Indian market the benefits of advanced skin care within such an affordable price range, this being a reflection of our dedication to cater to women’s everyday cosmetic needs.
Owing to the appreciation we have thus received, we are looking to expand beyond the capital to other major cities as well and aiming to launch new value added products in the Indian cosmetic industry every six months.”

Such an attentive bunch, aren't we? :D
If you haven't used SPAWAKE range before, I would introduce you to the 2 key ingredients in their products that make the range unique and beneficial for the skin :
  • Laminaria Japonica Extract- A highest quality extract drawn from Japanese Kelp, a type of sea weed, that is known for its hydrating effects.
  • Maris Sal (Sea Salt)  - SEA SALT is dry matter collected off the coast of the beautiful oceans in Brittany, France, as the seawater there is rich in minerals. The minerals specifically found in sea salt have anti-inflammatory effects
Find more info about Spawake here: http://www.spawake.in  
Shop for Spawake products here: www.spawake-shop.com

Well, I am a lover of BB creams as my combination skin doesn't accept multiple products, and Spawake BB cream sounds like the all-in-one product that I have always looked for. Stay tuned for my Review of the product on my other blog.

Love
Nitika
Spawake Bloggers Meet Powered by FEMINA | Spawake BB Cream and Whitening Triple Care Serum Launch
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review : Nivea Fresh Natural and Nivea Fresh Power Roll-On | Nivea Roll-Ons Review

Hey everyone!
Hope you all are geared up for the Holiday season and ready to welcome the New Year in style. I am also planning to visit my hometown soon to be with family & friends to start 2016.

 I am sharing a Review today of one of my favorite Beauty products that have been a part of my daily skincare routine since a long time. I am talking about the Nivea Roll-ons range.

While I have been using Nivea Deo for Sensitive skin since a few years, I recently got to try their Roll-Ons which are an alternative for people who don't like to use a deodorant spray.

I ended up trying 2 variants of the Nivea Roll-ons with Abhinav from my team that are : Nivea Fresh Natural and Nivea Men Fresh Power.





I would first be talking about the Fresh Natural Roll On :


What
NIVEA FRESH Natural Roll On with ocean extracts offers true confidence when it comes to battling body odour. The optimal combination of a 48 hour protection and NIVEA’s care provides a fresh feeling throughout the day.

Price
Rs 175 for 50ml

My Thoughts : 
Packaged beautifully in a clear glass bottle and a white cap, the roll-on can easily fit into any makeup pouch or purse. While the bottle is a little heavy, I don't mind carrying it around as it is quite portable and smaller than other deodorant sprays available in market.


The fragrance is really refreshing and is mild yet carries the fresh feel of ocean extracts. Being a lover of feminine, breezy scents, I instantly got a liking for this fragrance and have been using it regularly since last 2 weeks. I just apply it once a day before going for work, and even after coming back, the fragrance still lingers on with no body odour.

The texture of the roll-on is light, and takes a while (30-40 seconds) to dry fully. It doesn't leave behind a residue, therefore there was no issue of it living marks or stains on my clothes. To apply it evenly on my underarms, I roll it on 2-3 times and that's enough for the whole day.


With the current use, I think it will last me a good 2 months as you don't need a lot of amount to cover the underarms. Overall, I am glad that it makes my skin stay dry and "as fresh as a daisy" throughout the day and helps fight body odour effectively.

Now, coming to the NIVEA Men Fresh Power roll-on which was tried by Abhinav from our team, here is his experience :

What :
NIVEA MEN Fresh Power Roll On offers you a warm musk & oriental fragrance. The optimal combination of long lasting antiperspirant protection and NIVEA’s care keeps you feeling fresh all day long. 




Price : Rs 155 for 50 ml

My Thoughts : To begin with, isn't it surprising that the men's roll-on is cheaper than the women's, as usually it's the other way round! Haha.. Anyway, this roll-on is perfect for men who love their strong, masculine scents which last long. Having some key notes of Musk, it is a powerful scent which does not contain any alcohol, therefore works best for people like me who have a sensitive skin.

The fragrance is not overpowering and settles down well in few minutes and lasts for a good 8-10 hours with no odour at the end of the day. Also, post application, it gets dry really quick (within 20-30 seconds) as opposed to some roll-ons which end up spoiling my clothes.

The bottle might seem heavy to some but fits nicely in any backpack or office bag, therefore it should not be of much trouble.
If you love your bold and refreshing scents then you must try you should give this one a try as it is a really long-lasting roll-on that prevents body odor and doesn't irritate the skin at all.

You can shop for these Roll-Ons from any Cosmetics store or buy it online from any online shopping website as they are available very easily.
Hope you liked our review, looking forward to your valuable Comments!

XOXO
Team TSD


Review : Nivea Fresh Natural and Nivea Fresh Power Roll-On | Nivea Roll-Ons Review
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review : Oppo R7 Plus - Exquisite Metallic Smartphone | Price and Features

Hey lovelies!
Remember the time when I reviewed the uber chic Oppo N3 smartphone? Well, we all loved its rotating camera feature and trendy body, and Oppo has decided to take things ahead with its latest offering - Oppo R7 Plus.

Oppo R7 Plus is more of a phablet with a premium and unique large-screen Metal Unibody that makes it uber stylish and trendy. That's not all, it is loaded with other amazing features as well which I am going to talk about in this post.


In this post, I will be reviewing the phone on three major factors : Features, Camera and Battery Life.


Features :

Oppo R7 Plus has a 6 inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen that makes it quite a huge smartphone, but a blessing for those who love their smartphones - bold and big.
It has a 2.5D Arc Edge Screen with a concept of 'Free Curves' that gives it redefined curves and adds beauty to its design.

Featuring a large memory with 3GB RAM  and a quad-core Snapdragon 615 processor, it allows you to store numerous apps and use them smoothly.  One of the interesting features is its Fingerprint sensor which is in the form of a square sensor at the back, that can be pressed gently to activate the phone and unlock it.

Oppo R7 Plus allows you to use Dual sim or use one sim with an external Micro SD card. It already has a 32GB in-built memory which is more than enough for smartphone users like me who only like to store Songs, Pictures and selective apps.


Camera :
Oppo R7 Plus is loaded with a 13MP camera with Laser Autofocus and Sony IMX278 sensor, f/2.2 lens, and dual LED flash.

Its Ultra HD imaging mode helps take very crisp and sharp pictures, but I do think that the picture quality isn't quite very impressive even with the many features.

Here are a few unedited shots taken from the main camera while out for festive shopping :



The camera does help capture minute and major details of an object in depth, but I think it doesn't get the lighting of the photograph very accurately.


The 8MP front camera faired better as it helped take bright, beautiful shots. And its feature Beautify 3.0 helps customize the photograph with pre-set effects that instantly
beautify any pi ture.

Battery Life :
Coming to the battery life, the R7 Plus has an ultra-large battery capacity and features Flash Charging  that enables you to charge the smartphone faster and just 5 minutes of charging supports 2 hours of talk time.
Perfect for users like me who travel a lot and don't necessarily get a lot of time to fully charge the phone between continuous use of the phone to take pictures, browse internet or watching videos.

Especially in this wedding season, when you are out and about shopping or attending festivals, you really don't want to struggle with low battery while taking pictures or videos, that's where its Battery life proves that it can last long while you capture all your favorite memories.

Overall Views :
At a price tag of Rs 29,999 for its 32 GB model, Oppo R7 Plus is definitely an impressive smartphone/phablet with a stylish metallic body and classy looks. But it is a smartphone that might only attract people who love bigger phones, as it is slightly difficult to use with just one hand. 

Also, if you are a person who can't live without listening to FM all day long, you may want to re-consider as it lacks NFC or FM radio.

But if its all about Looks, high quality camera, amazing battery life and higher Internal memory, Oppo R7 Plus might just be the perfect pick for you.

Love
Nitika
Review : Oppo R7 Plus - Exquisite Metallic Smartphone | Price and Features
Friday, December 11, 2015

Soles Matter: Taking Care Of Your Campus Shoes | Love Them Shoes

Hey everyone!

So, you have found that perfect pair of campus shoes?
If you have been putting off wearing your new shoes because you are scared you might spoil them, then you are not alone. One of the best ways you can ensure that your shoes outlast their minimum durability is by caring for them.


Here’s how you can make sure that your new campus shoes look cool and fresh as long as possible-

Avoid Piling Them

Piling shoes on top of one another might leave dust marks and stains on your shoes. Organize your shoes by making space for them in your closet, room, or other places instead of just throwing them away in a corner.



Use a shoe box or bag to keep dust away. Opting for a shoe rack with wide spaces and independent units is also a great way to go ahead. You can also pack tissues or pieces of cardboard inside the shoe to maintain their shape. 
Keep silica based moisture absorbing agents inside each pair to prevent damage due to humidity. 

Brush Them

Knock the soles of the shoes together to dislodge the dust settled on them. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the dust on the surface for a quick clean. You can also spray cleaner on the shoe’s surface and use a wet shoe brush to gently scrub all over. 
Shoelaces can make or break the look of a shoe. So, make sure that you clean them as well when you brush your shoes. If you want, you can soak them in washing detergent solution for a while and rinse them.

Be Careful Where You Step

One of the easiest ways you can increase the life of your shoe is by avoiding stepping in dirt. Stay clear of muddy surfaces, water puddles, or wet grass as they can damage your shoe. Follow the safety instructions that come with the pair. 
Opt for shoes that are made from waterproof materials when out on adventure activities like trekking, hiking, or climbing.

Wear Them Right

When you wear a shoe that’s a size too small or too big for your feet, you increase its wear and tear. Wearing the correct size influences your shoe’s lifespan. If you tend to slip in and out of your shoe without untying laces then opt for a slip-on shoe. 



The right way to wear a shoe is by untying the laces, slipping in your feet till the end of the tip, pulling up the laces, and tying a knot. Get that perfect pair of campus shoes for you within the very comforts of your home by opting to shop at Rediff Online this season.

Opt For Waterproof And Anti-Sweat Solutions

If your shoe isn’t waterproof, you can spray its surface with waterproofing agents that are easily available in the market. They not only protect your shoes from unexpected changes in weather but also extend your shoe’s life. You should also go for anti-sweat solutions that would help reduce the odour of sweat. 



They can come in the form of a deodorizer or fragrance spray that can be sprayed on the insoles or the soles of the shoes before you take them out for a run. Wearing socks made from dry wicking materials would also help in reducing the stink of your shoes.

Keep these do’s and don’ts in mind for your campus shoes to make sure they remain your favorite pair for a while!

XOXO
Soles Matter: Taking Care Of Your Campus Shoes | Love Them Shoes
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Vivel Skin Love Bloggers Meet with Kareena Kapoor | Love & Nourish Range by Vivel

Hey lovelies!

A few days back I was invited over by Vivel India for a Bloggers meet at Sheraton, Saket with their brand ambassador and the leading Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan.

It was an interesting session where Vivel introduced their Love & Nourish range specialized for nourishing skin and Kareena Kapoor shared her beauty secrets with us.


Present at the occasion were, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Bollywood Diva and Vivel Brand Ambassador, Subash Balar, Category Head, ITC Personal Wash,  Vijayan Padmanabhan, Sr. Lead Scientist from ITC’s Life Sciences Technology Centre,  Priscilla Corner, renowned beauty expert and  Dr. Mahima Bakshi, celebrity Fitness and Beauty Consultant


Vivel, ITC’s leading personal care brand, understanding women's intrinsic need of deep moisturisation, unveiled this new range enriched with Vitamin E, a powerful skin moisturizer.

L to R : Vijayan Padmanabhan, Priscilla Corner, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Subash Balar


In a discussion with the bloggers and answering our queries, Kareena Kapoor, who looked as ravishing as ever, shared secrets behind her beautiful skin, her personal skincare tips and her diet.

She shared that she believes in the saying that - You are What You Eat - therefore one should always watch what they are eating, as it would directly affect the skin and the body. Well, we couldn't agree any less on this!

Kareena Kapoor Khan
Also, she gave the credits to Vivel and her genes for having blessed with a beautiful skin. She also swears by Aloe Vera when it comes to her skin care.


Coming to the new launch by Vivel, Vivel Love & Nourish celebrates the indulgent and lovable Vivel woman. Be it the exotic nourishing ingredients with a rich legacy of skin care or the innovation in creating the first ever flip-top mechanism in soap packaging, the assortment of soaps includes 4 variants that are ideal food for skin. :

  • Vivel with Green Tea and Vitamin E Vivel soap with Green Tea nourishes skin from deep inside and prevents accumulation of skin impurities.
  • Vivel Aloe Vera with Vitamin E deep nourishes to give satin soft skin. 
  • Vivel Mixed fruit + Cream is a double delight as it is a unique 2-in-1 soap enriched with mixed fruits – Pomegranate, Avocado and Papaya- Cream and Vitamin E. Not only it nourishes skin, but also endows it with a youthful glow.
‘Love & Nourish’ is an exquisitely crafted bathing range that is enriched with Almond Oil & Shea Butter and Avocado Oil & Olive Butter, and is crafted to pamper skin with an abundance of exotic butter and nourishing oil.

Can you spot ME? :D
Well, we were really excited to attend the Bloggers meet with lovely fellow bloggers and being introduced to the exciting new range by Vivel. Can't wait to try the new Bathing range and share the review with you all!
XOXO
Vivel Skin Love Bloggers Meet with Kareena Kapoor | Love & Nourish Range by Vivel
Friday, December 4, 2015

OOTD - Throw-On-And-Go Easy Romper | TSD Goa Diaries

Hey lovelies!
I am back with an Outfit post which backs to my Goa vacation last month. I don't wear Rompers or Playsuits much, but I do love how easy-to-style they are.

So when I recently saw this cute romper and jacket set on Stalk Buy Love, I knew I had to have it for my vacation. And damn, I was so right - it was one of the best outfits I could have for a day at the beach.

The fact that this trendy tribal print romper comes with a floor-length lace jacket, takes it to the next level of chic. As it was a casual day out to the beach, I styled the look with a shell-neckpiece (gifted to be my Park hotel Goa staff), flip-flops that I picked from a local store in Goa and a sleek watch (Yes! I wear my watch every time, even to the beach :D ).

And just to add glamour to my look, I wore my Baroque sunglasses from PRADA which I purchased recently from Dubai. To add a dash of color to the look, I carried my belongings in a subtle pink handbag by Waterlily LA (Amazon Must-have Handbags).

Have a look at the pictures clicked at Park Calangute, Goa (review of which is coming up next) :

Romper : Stalk Buy Love
Jacket : Stalk Buy Love
Sunglasses : PRADA
 Bag : Waterlily LA (Amazon.in)
Flip Flops : Local Goa store
Watch : Forever 21



I think we all should have atleast one or two well-fitting, trusty rompers to throw on and go at times when we don't feel like dressing up or have nothing else to pick from. 

Photography : Tina Pandher
Location c/o : The Park Calangute, Goa
Just pick a style that flatters your body type, go for silhouettes that will tone you down and surely a trendy romper will become your best friend you never knew you were missing, especially during beach vacations or summertime.

Love
Nitika
OOTD - Throw-On-And-Go Easy Romper | TSD Goa Diaries
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review : Alila Diwa Goa | Luxury Resort in Goa | TSD Goa Diaries

Hey lovely people!
Last month I had visited Goa for a short vacation and had shared many updates about the same on my social media accounts.
During my stay, I spent 2 nights at the luxurious property - Alila Diwa Goa which is a unique resort located in Majorda, just 20 minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport.


While planning this vacation, I was looking for resorts which not only offer luxury but also a comfortable and peaceful stay, as I wanted to take a relaxing break from the hectic Delhi life.

I am glad that I chose Alila Diwa Goa for my stay in Goa, read on to know my experience-

We had a late evening flight, and the last thing we wanted to do was to find the hotel with tiring faces in a new city. But gladly, the hotel staff arranged an Airport pick-up, which ensured a comfortable journey from the airport to the hotel.

Diwa Club Suite
We were welcomed by the hotel staff with a refreshing Welcome Drink and as soon as we were shown our room - we knew we were here for a great time.

Alila Diwa Goa boasts of 153 rooms and suites that offer havens of space, comfort and serenity. And we had the beautiful Diwa Club suite for our stay, which is a part of the exclusive Diwa Club - with a concept of a Resort within a Resort at Alila.


Our room had a private balcony, living room, a bar, a spacious dressing and shower bathroom with a separate bathub which was already prepared at our arrival with hot water, roses and scent.

This suite was one of the most spacious rooms I have come across in a Luxury resort so far, making the Diwa Club stand true to its name - a Diva in its own right.



While Club Diwa has its own private pool, an open air Jacuzzi and private all-day dining Bistro; the main area also has an infinity pool to accommodate the guests of the Alila Diwa.

What makes this property different from other resorts in Goa is that it is surrounded by lush green plantations, gardens, swaying palm grooves and sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea. It takes you away from the hustle & bustle of city life, so that you enjoy your stay feeling calm and serene.


For all your dining needs, Alila Diwa has two main restaurants to serve various tastes and needs:

For a relaxed meal at any time of the day, one can dine at VIVO which overlooks the resort pool and paddy fields, and features comfortable indoor and shaded open-air spaces for a delightful experience. One can enjoy their favorites dishes from the vast Oriental, Indian and Continental menu.

VIVO at Alila Diwa
The restaurant which actually made us awestruck was the Spice Studio which has a contemporary setup for a unique dining experience centered on Indian flavors, various techniques and cooking styles. Don't forget to try the Chef special Sea food while at the restaurant which has the local flavors that are totally mouthwatering.

For quick drinks by the pool, they have Edge Bar which overlooks the cool blue waters of the infinity pool and serves as a stylish venue for a drink after a swim or in the evening.


This resort has certainly been designed keeping in mind the needs of a luxury traveler, who often travels with family and friends.
Its facilities like Kids Club, Kids pool, private mini theater, Library, Fitness Center, salon and more really left us impressed.


One of the other attractions of the resort is its Alila Living boutique which is perfect for shoppers like me who wish to enjoy their vacation peacefully, while not wishing to travel far for their shopping needs like buying Souvenirs, gifts etc.

One can also buy their amazing range of Skincare products from the boutique which are exclusively made for Alila Diwa and used in their spas too.


I also experienced a Spa therapy at the Spa Alila which I will be covering separately in the next post.

Overall, if you are planning your next vacation in Goa and looking for a place which offers luxury yet world class services with best hospitality, Alila Diwa Goa is the perfect place for you, and I am sure you will also come back feeling awed of this beautiful property.

PS : For reservations and enquiries, please contact Alila Diwa Goa at +91 832 2746800 OR email: diwagoa@alilahotels.com

XOXO
Review : Alila Diwa Goa | Luxury Resort in Goa | TSD Goa Diaries

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