Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What to Expect....

I’m a true blue Bengali and like all Bengali women, I’m busy shopping for Durga Puja which is exactly 2 months away.
Apart from buying clothes, I have also been buying a few cosmetics for myself. So here’s what to expect in the forthcoming posts.

1. A post on what sarees and jewellery I have bought for Durga Puja
2. My mini-haul from Medplus beauty that consists of:
         a. Brihans Cucumber Gel
         b. Maybelline Watershine Liquid Diamonds Lip gloss
         c. Himalaya Fairness Face Pack
3. Another mini-haul of two Elle 18 nail pops
4. Yet another haul of Patanjali products such as Soundarya Face Wash and Aloe Vera Gel


On the wishlist are a couple of items that I would like to try for myself.
1. Aloe Veda Vanilla and Chocolate Shower Gel
2. A shower mist from The Body Shop or Bath and Body Works
3. Fab India products such as tea tree face wash
4. An under eye gel from Khadi /Fab India
5. Himalaya Night Cream
6. Himalaya Neem Face Pack

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sunshine Blogger Award

Well, it’s award time once again for me! Shilpa of Our External World has graciously bestowed this award on me. And thank you so much for awarding me and I cannot thank you enough for this.

So now, I have to answer the questions, as part of the rules for this award and then pass the award to 10- 12 fellow bloggers.

My Answers:

1. What do you feel your purpose is in life? – To become a genuinely good person from the inside
2. What is your favorite book? – All Sherlock Holmes novels
3. Who or what inspires you most in life? – A genuinely good person who helps others selflessly
4. Would you rather donate time or money? – Time
5. What are your best qualities? – Honesty and ingenuity
6. If you were an organ in the body which would you be and why? – The Heart because a heart of gold is very rare nowadays
7. Why do you blog? – To express myself
8. What is your greatest accomplishment? – I still have to accomplish many things, so no comments
9. Who is your role model/ hero and why? – Swami Vivekananda(role model) and my hero would be my Dad
10. If you could be anything or anyone in the world, what would it be and why? –  I would not like to change anything about myself but I wish to become the most influential person in the world, someone who would be able to bring about a radical change.

 And I pass this award to:

 I have updated the Awards page with the image. Please check.

Friday, August 24, 2012

One Month Old!

Gosh! How time flies!

Amidst the numerous occurrences at work, I had completely forgotten that my blog turned one month old yesterday.

 And I really cannot believe that I actually forgot such a milestone. Anyways, here’s wishing a very happy 1st month Happy Birthday to my blog.

Wish you luck, love and prosperity always! J

Friday, August 17, 2012

In The Spotlight

Well, I agree that I have been MIA (missing in action) of late, but not for long! And here I’m with a post on a bubbly young girl who is a Software Engineer and a beauty blogger as well. J

Ladies, today’s post is all about Apoorva and so let’s hear from her about herself, and her likes in general.
So over to you Apoorva!

About Me: Hi People! I am Apoorva  and friends fondly call me Appu. I love making friends and hope to meet new and like-minded people. Oh, by the way let me tell you that I am a miniature makeup freak. I am really excited about my blog as this is my first attempt to put my thoughts into writing.
Speciality of my blog: My blog is about us. We girls. J And my profile name suggests what I write… My thoughts, my views and my perception about this world. 
Though I have, just started working on my blog actively these days, you’ll find a lot of beauty and health related topics cooking in my blog.
There will be makeup. There will be fashion. There will be DIYs. There will be articles on being healthy in organic way and Lot more. So, do check my blog for updates.
What I most love about Beauty in general: I love being beautiful in a healthy way. For me, Beauty isn't just skin deep. It is the inner soul which makes you utmost beautiful. Living a healthy life style, making people around you smile.  And yes, always remember proper application of beauty products always makes you gorgeous.

And here are a few tips (Tried and Proven) that Apoorva would like to share with all you pretty women out there.
Tip No.1:

For Dry Hair:
If your hair is too dry and frizzy, try applying a hair pack made of curd and lemon juice with a half a spoon of oil(read any, I suggest olive oil). Keep it for an hour then wash it off. I bet your hair will become as beautiful as ever.

Tip no.2:
To Reduce the size of pimple immediately:

Rub ice over the pimple for a minute and it compress the pimple size. It works when the pimple just started and you cant go out with that red thing on your face.

Tip no.3:

Quick fix to avoid greasy face:
Apply a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice to your face before you put on make up. Keep it for 10mins and wash off.This tip works the best for the evenging parties.

Caution: never apply lemon juice if  you are going out. The sun rays and lemon juice react and gives your skin instant tan,pigmentation.                                            
You can also rub ice on your face before puttong on make up. It tightens the pores which in turn results in less oily skin.

Tip no.4:
Instant lift to your sleepy eyes:

Apply a concealor first and then dust it with some transluent powder. Now the trick, Apply a white eye shadow or pencil on the starting on the eyes.Apply kajal on the above and below waterline of eyes. Take a brown eye pencil(irrespective of your skin tone) draw a thin line below the eye and smudge a little. It will give you an angelic look :D

Tip no.5:
Drinking a glass of water mixed with honey and lime juice makes you stay slim. Untill you drink this daily in the early morning I guarantee that you will never put on weight ! (I swear I'll follow this one.)

Tip no.6:
If you feel conscious about your body, try wearing a single colour all over. Like a black leggings and a black kurta etc.And if your tummy is a problem area of your body, then go for a A line kurti J (It more or less resembels to an umbrella cut kurti or simply a short length anarkali J ) 

Hope you guys support me and enjoy my writings

Please do visit my blog here.



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Monday, August 13, 2012

Thank You Post....

Continuing from the previous Award Post…
 Yes ladies, this is a Thank You post to acknowledge the awards given to me by Swati of , and Smita of and Sammannita Modak of
Thank you so much girls for awarding me. Hope pur bonds become stronger and our blogs become more colourful and lively. J


Now I pass this award to:

Supriya of        

Budget Belleza

Addicted to Nailpaints

The Indian Beauty Blog  

The Purple Notebook


Yahoo! My First Blog Award....

Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo!
And ya, I’m feeling like Shammi Kapoor right now. Why? It’s because I just got to know about my first blog award, courtesy my friend and ex-colleague (yes, in that orderJ) Dolon of  fame. Thanks a ton Dolon for awarding me and for bringing me into the Hall of Fame. And I hope this is just the beginning andthere are miles to go and more and more awards to get (J).

Boy! What a Monday this has been! Let’s get down to the rules now.
So as per the rules, I need to:                              
·         Post 11 things about myself

·         Answer the tagger's questions                        

·         Tag and pass the awards to 11 other bloggers

·         Create 11 questions for the bloggers to answer

·         Go to the bloggers page and inform them about the awards

 11 things about Me:
·         I’m a true blue Gemini at heart — I love to live Life with zest and try to be happy always, no matter what.

·         I’m an English Honours graduate, with a PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication.

·         I’m an Instructional Designer by profession, and I work for an eLearning company.

·         I love to write, cook, laugh and giggle with friends, walk in the rain, and sing.

·         I’m a true Bengali at heart who loves to eat fish, and is born with a sweet tooth.

·         I am a shopaholic and my trips to Kolkata are mostly spent doing that.

·         I ‘m ready to go to Goa, at the drop of a hat.

·         My favorite pastime is browsing through Women’s magazines.

·         My current favorites are Elle 18 Nail pops (violet colour) and sparklers, and a new Kerala Cotton Saree (kasavu) I bought recently.

·         I love to speak my mind, be honest and impartial as much as possible.

·         I love my mom the most for she is my inspiration and my dad is my best friend and guide.

Answers to Dolon's questions:

1. What is your nickname? Koel
2. What was your favorite toy as a kid? A Barbie Doll
3. Choose a movie title for the story of your life Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
4. What was the worst punishment you received at school? Me and my friend were asked to stand up on the bench and hold each other’s ears in front of the whole class
5. Who is your favorite celebrity? Kajol, Sushmita Sen and Penelope Cruz
6. What's your favorite place to eat? Barbeque Nation and Oh! Calcutta
7. What was the last makeup product you bought? Lip gloss
8. What is the one item in your closet that you really should throw away, but probably never will? Old kurtas gifted by my dad and grandfather to me. I’ll keep them forever and ever.
9. You’ve been given access to a time machine. When and where would you travel to? To my childhood spent with my paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather in Kolkata.
10. If you had to give up a favorite food, which would be the most difficult to give up? Hilsa (Ilish) fish and payesh (rice pudding)
11. What is your favorite lipstick shade? Nude pink and berry or plum shades

Answers to Prachi's questions:

  1. Who inspired you for writing blog? IMBB and Dolon's wonderful blog
  2. The name of your favorite nail paint and lipstick/lip gloss : Nailpaints: Berry Maroon by Lakme and Lavender by Elle 18 Nail Pops | Lipgloss: Nivea Fruity Shine Pomegranate shade
  3. The name of your favorite brand (in cosmetics/outfits/or anything) :
  4. What is the most important session for you in parlor : facial, haircut/hair coloring or mani & pedi? Facial and Pedi
  5. Your favorite type of footwear : heels, shoes or it? Heels anyday
  6. Best prank which you played on anyone?
  7. Your favorite celebrity? Sushmita Sen and Kajol
  8. The most memorable, romantic movie of all times according to you is : DDLJ
  9. What would you prefer the most : eye makeup or lip color? Eye makeup
  10. What is your secret nick name which your parents call and you never disclosed it to anyone about it? Let that remain a secret only pls :)
  11. What would you love to have : a cat or a dog? A pug or a spaniel dog

 My questions for my readers and fellow bloggers:
·   What is that one moment of your life that you’ll cherish always?
·   Your favourite colour is……
·  A woman from your family or acquaintance, apart from your mother, whom you adore and admire.
·  What is that one thing you look for, when you make friends for the first time?
·  What is your dream travel destination?
·  Which female celebrity do you think is a real Indian woman, whom we all can relate to?
·  Suppose, you can buy only 1 item from these items— a fabulous LBD, a Revlon lipstick of your favourite shade and a designer leather bag. Which one would you choose?
·   Which place would you like to re-visit, given a choice?
·   Name three things you rely upon to give yourself an instant makeover on the days you don’t look your best.
·   Which female celebrity according to you needs a styling change and why?
·  A trend or a fad of yesteryears you are still in love with and may try out.  

Check out my next post for the people whom I've passed this award to.



Thursday, August 09, 2012

Rose Water and It’s Wonders

Rose Water Sprinkler

Rose water has been used as a perfume, and to add a distinctive flavor in cuisine in some parts of the world. It has a huge significance in ceremonies such as a marriage among the Muslims and Zoroastrians. Aeons ago, rose water was generously used in Hindu weddings as well, when room fresheners and deodorants were completely unknown.
However, apart from its socio-religious significance, rose water has numerous other uses too. Today I’ll tell you about the ways you can use rose water for your regular beauty care regime.  
Rose water works like magic on your skin as it is loaded with Vitamin A and C, and antioxidants that rejuvenates the skin and imparts a glow. It is a natural astringent and acts as an excellent anti-inflammatory product.

Here’s how you can use it:

·         Treat dry or oily skin: Rose water balances the pH level of your skin. So you can use it if your skin is too dry or oily. Wipe your face twice a day with cold rose water to see the results.

·         Make – Up Remover: Dampen a cotton ball with some rose water and wipe your face clean. It’s gentle around the eye areas and hence is very effective.

·       Acne & Black Heads: If you have acne and black heads prone skin, then your magic potion is right here!

·      The anti-bacterial properties of rose water help you to fight acne and black heads easily. If you have dry skin with some pimples, use only rose water. Oily skinned women can add lemon juice to cold rose water and apply this on the pimples daily for best results. Store this mixture in the fridge.

·      Facial Cleanser: Rose water cleanses the skin gently and leaves behind a wonderful fragrance too!  You can either dip a cotton ball in rose water to clean your face. Alternately, you can add rose water, 2 teaspoons of glycerin and 10 drops of rose essential oil and use this mixture to clean your face.

·      Toner & Anti-Inflammatory Agent: Rose water is a natural astringent and tones your skin, leaving it smooth as butter. Store a bottle of rose water in the fridge. Dip a cotton ball in the cold rose water and use this to clean your face. You can use rose water cubes for an instant glow.

·       Also, you can use rose water ice cubes after you eyebrow or upper lips have been threaded. It will heal the skin and prevent the damage due to the pull and strain.

·       Anti-Wrinkle Agent: Age leaves its impression on our faces as early as the age of 30. Wipe your face with rose water twice a day to tighten pores and prevent wrinkles. Rose water prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face and also adds a glow, leaving your skin squeaky clean.

·      For your eyes only: Makeup and prolonged exposure to TV or computer leaves your eyes dry. This can lead to irrigation redness and inflammation of the eye as well. Apply 2-3 drops of rose water to your eyes to combat these problems.

·      Itchy Scalp & Induce Hair Growth: For dry and itchy scalp, use rosewater mixed in water as a last rinse. It also nourishes the hair and induces hair growth by increasing the blood flow and leaves a wonderful fragrance too.

·      Headaches: Apply rose water around the eye area and on the temples to soothe your nagging headache.
So do you find these tips useful and have you ever used rose water for your skin care etc.? Do let me know in the comments section below.

Keep glowing like a rose always. J



PS: Images have been sourced from Google.