Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Summer Shopping Haul - 1 | H&M, Vero Moda, MANGO, KAZO, ZARA

Hey everyone!
I know I haven't done a Shopping haul post since a long time, and those who follow me on Instagram (@theshopaholicdiaries) and Snapchat (@nitika_bh) know that I still shop a lott.

So, after a few requests from readers to see my latest shopping hauls, I clicked pictures of shopping sprees that I have done in the last month.
While earlier I used to shop a lot online, I have taken to shopping in the malls again as many of my favorite brands like ZARA and H&M are not available online.

My good old favorite website does help me get my fashion dose of Vero Moda, MANGO and more, but ZARA is one brand that always drives me to the mall every weekend.

So, without more blabbering, here I am sharing the first part of my summer shopping spree :

Shirt : H&M
Top : H&M
My most recent pick was this simple striped shirt from H&M which is really soft and comfortable. It's perfect for the days when I don't feel like dressing up and want to just wear a comfy top with my favorite jeans.
I have been loving off-shoulder or I should say cold-shoulder tops this season and have bought many from brands like H&M, Forever 21 and KAZO; but this H&M cold shoulder top is my favorite as it has such boho vibe and cute puffed sleeves.

Shift Dress : Vero Moda
Top : Vero Moda
So, I picked this lovely print from Vero Moda both in a top and a dress, as the fabric is really classy and figure-flattering. While one is a shift dress and comes with a fabric felt, the top is short and has a similar silhouette.

Tee : UCB
Trust UCB to make the best t-shirts out there. I have around 10 tees in my wardrobe and they all happen to be from UCB as their prints are quite trendy and the sizes very flattering. Therefore, when I spotted this #print tee at Myntra, being the social media buff that I am, I knew I had to have it in my wardrobe.

Crop Top : ZARA
Tee : ZARA
Tee : ZARA
So, the TRF section of ZARA has these printed T-shirts which are really affordable (only Rs 690 each) and come in various colors and cute prints. And I happen to buy all the available prints whenever I visit ZARA as they are perfect for casual wear.
I also purchased this off-shoulder checkered crop top from ZARA which looks perfect with palazzos and pencil skirts.

Top : KAZO
Top : KAZO
I went shopping at KAZO recently and picked a lot of tops. This season they have a really pretty collection of tops and dresses in vibrant colors and playful prints that are affordable yet trendy.
I picked a mustard colored long top with long slit at the back and a candy pink cold-shoulder top in a sheer fabric. 

Well, I do have a lot more pictures to share from my recent shopping hauls, which I will do in the next post. Do let me know your favorites from this haul in the Comments below!
My Summer Shopping Haul - 1 | H&M, Vero Moda, MANGO, KAZO, ZARA
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Summer Skincare Essentials | Spawake Summer Skincare Products | Summer Must-Haves

Hey everyone!

The summer is on its peak and days are hotter even than the last year. That's why I am taking extra care of my skin this season as I have a combination skin which is prone to acne in summers.

Recently, Spawake - a leading skincare brand offering the most sensuous range of skincare products, developed from the sea-sourced natural Sea Weeds and active ingredients under advanced Japanese technologies - has brought to India three major products that are an absolute essential for complete skincare this summer.

I had a chance to try upon the new Spawake summer skincare range of products including Spawake UV Cut Silky Milk, Spawake UV Protect Gel and Spawake Whitening Clear Toner and I am truly impressed with the results.

Read on to know my experience :

Spawake UV Cut Silky Milk : 
A sunscreen milk that glides on easily and envelopes skin in an invisible veil, leaving it feeling as smooth as silk. Protects skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays that cause skin darkening and dark spots.

Price : Rs 449 for 40ml. 

Experience :
Spawake's UV Cut Silky Milk is a water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 50+ PA++++ UVA/UVB protection and a unique Shake-It feature. The sunscreen has a milky consistency which is lighter than a lotion. It is absorbed in the skin within seconds and is easy to apply.

Spawake UV Cut Silky Milk
The best part about the Spawake Silky Milk is that it does not leave behind a white residue unlike many other sunscreens. It is also water and sweat resistant, so perfect for people who sweat a lot or swimmers.

The formula and texture is really smooth and suitable for all skin as it hydrates the skin really well.

Spawake UV Protect Aqua Gel :

A sunscreen with aqua enriched formula that glides on smoothly and envelopes skin in a sheer veil, leaving it feeling fresh and comfortable. Protects skin from harmful UVA/ UVB rays that cause skin darkening and dark spots.

Price : Rs 349 for 40gms.

Finally a sunscreen which really suits my skin perfectly and is perfect for daily wear. Spawake UV Protect Aqua Gel is a gel-based sunscreen with SPF 30 PA++ UVA/ UVB protection and features a non-sticky formula that is perfect for all skin types.

The product is really light-weight and can be used as a primer to apply as a base for your makeup. It also leaves skin hydrated and smooth after application, and on days I prefer to leave home just with the Spawake Aqua Gel on my face.

The packaging is really light and travel-friendly that can fit in any makeup pouch easily. Therefore, this has become my go-to sunscreen this season.

Spawake Whitening Clear Toner :

A refreshing non sticky whitening toner that gently sweeps away the last trace of impurities from your skin and pores while providing a pleasant & cool sensation. It is formulated with Vitamin C & B3 to reduce melanin production & to promote a clear complexion.

Price : Rs 249 for 200ml.

Experience :
I have made Toners a part of my daily summer skincare routine as they help keep the excess oil and sweat off the skin, and make the pores clean. And, Spawake Whitening Clear Toner helps remove any residue or impurities on the skin surface, leaving a fresh feeling to the skin.

It also helps refresh my skin and leaves a cooling sensation that really pleases the skin in this hot weather. The sea extracts in the toner leave skin clean, fresh and hydrated.

If you have been looking to update your Summer Skincare routine, I really recommend that you try out the Spawake summer skincare range which is pocket-friendly, rich in amazing sea extracts that help you get a flawless, radiant and fresh skin this season.

Spawake products are available across 1000 stores in Delhi-NCR and Punjab and at major E-commerce websites for all India distribution.


My Summer Skincare Essentials | Spawake Summer Skincare Products | Summer Must-Haves
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Do's And Dont's of Hair Coloring | Hair Coloring Tips

Hey everyone!
Hope you all read my latest review for Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour. While writing the review and reading the feedback, I realized that many of us are still hesitant when it comes to hair colouring and its effects, benefits etc.

So, in this post I am going to cover the major Do's and Don't of Colouring Your Hair :

The Do's 
  • Do a Skin Hypersensitivity Test atleast 48 hours before colouring your hair by following the instructions provided on the back.
  • If it's the first time you are colouring your hair or considering to try a new colour, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when picking your shade. Here is a quick read that will help you choose the right colour - . Visit your hair stylist or a professional salon to know what shades would look best on your skin tone. 
  • If you are not sure about how long you would like to keep the hair colour on, go for a temporary hair colour that will add shine, tone, and enhance your look.
  • Choose Ammonia-free hair colours that save your hair from any kind of damage like Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour is ammonia-free and also hair aloe and milk proteins that gives your hair beautiful colour and dekhbhaal. Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour nourishes your hair without causing any damage and gives it the Dekhbhaal it needs.
  • To preserve your hair colour, try to protect them from direct sunlight by using hats, scarves and UV-protection sprays.
  • Go for a hair colour that includes nourishing ingredients like Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour which is rich in goodness of aloe vera and milk protein that conditions the hair.
  • Always mix the colourant and developer in equal proportions to achieve best results. Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour sachets make hair colouring easy as Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour comes with pre-measured sachets which helps you get the perfect proportion without any confusion. 
They also have a Multi- Application pack that comes with a Colourant (Tube) & Developer (Bottle), and 2 Conditioner sachets. So you can colour your hair multiple times and also do root touch ups with just a single pack.

  • Post colouring your hair, go for shampoos and conditioners that are specifically meant for coloured-hair and will add longevity to the colour. Preferably, choose organic products that would strengthen the hair and reduce the chemical damage that colouring may cause.

The Don'ts 
  • Post the first application, avoid washing your hair for next 48 hours to protect the hair colour.
  • A colour that looks good on another person may or may not suit you. Also, remember that every shade looks different on every hair type and skin colour. So choose your hair colour wisely.The Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour comes in Five gorgeous shades - Natural Black (1.00), Black Brown (3.00), Dark Brown (4.06), Natural Brown (4.00), & Burgundy (4.16)
  • Wait for atleast 2 months if your hair has been coloured with henna or hair colour containing metallic salts.
Hope these simple tips will help you make a wise decision while you decide to go for your next hair colour application. If you would like to add on to these Do's and Dont's, leave your tips below.

Do's And Dont's of Hair Coloring | Hair Coloring Tips
Sunday, May 1, 2016

OOTD - From The Disguised Folder | Feeling Blue

Hey lovelies!
What do you do when while browsing your bestie's laptop on a lazy Sunday, you come across a disguised folder having pictures that you thought were accidentally deleted?
Well, firstly, try to kill her. And secondly, upload them on the blog - ASAP!

That's what happened today as I was just enjoying the Sunday with my bestie who also happens to be my photographer. This outfit dates back to a few months, and we both were under an impression that the pictures were accidentally deleted from her laptop.

But as luck would have it, I found them today while browsing (read : stalking
) her laptop. :D
And here I am, styling a trendy blue mesh dress from with my chic River Island wedges, at the terrace of another bestie's house.

The striped blue dress is very figure-flattering and is perfect for a girls' day out or a lunch date. I styled it with my Forever 21 sunglasses, FOSSIL watch and a heart and wing necklace from Forever 21. I carried my Accessorize sling bag that perfectly compliments the dress.

Have a look at the now-discovered pictures :

Dress :
Bag : Accessorize
Wedges : River Island
Sunglasses : Forever 21
Watch : FOSSIL
Necklace : Forever 21

Photography by : Tina Pandher
Well, while writing this post I realized how less frequently I have been blogging these days. But I have started a new job recently and was also busy with my brother's wedding which was fixed and held last month.

So, I have a loads of pictures to share of my outfits for the wedding as well which I will publish shortly. Do let me know your views on this outfit in the Comments below!

OOTD - From The Disguised Folder | Feeling Blue