Monday, May 15, 2017

Oriflame The One Lip Sensation Vinyl Gel - Review




Oriflame recently launched their new The One Lip Sensation Vinyl Gel Lipsticks. I had been trying them on for a week now and here’s what I think about them. First up, when I first saw the colours, I thought they would not complement my skin tone. I was so wrong; each colour is so beautiful and goes well my dusky skin tone. I think the colours would complement Indian skin tones very well.

The product gives a smooth glossy finish and it looks stunning.  I skip the entire eye makeup as this product just gives me a great look. One product and I feel like my makeup is done for the day. The brush is also cleverly designed as it allows you to apply the gel lipstick properly and evenly.  It is flat on both sides allowing you to press it against your lips and apply the colour in one smooth sleek motion.

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It is super glossy but the gloss does wear off after sometime, however the colour does stay on your lips all day long! It still is a little sticky, but unless you press your lips together, you wouldn’t even feel the stickiness. The lipstick is moisturising and I have noticed that I haven’t used a lip balm whenever I use this, I don’t feel the need for a lip balm.

The colour will transfer but it still manages to stay on your lips all day long. After a while it may settle in your cracks, at such times, I just touch up the lipstick or use a little lipbalm to even the product out ( I use the lip balm, just to even the colour out so that the lip cracks don’t show. I do not require it for moisturising. The lipstick does that job.)

The have launched 7 shades and retail for INR 489/- for 5ml of product

You can buy the product from here:







Ingredients as mentioned on the website:
POLYBUTENE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOHEXADECANE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, POLYETHYLENE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, PARFUM, BHT, CI 77891, CI 45410, CI 15850, CI 45380, CI 42090




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ling’s Pavilion, Colaba - Review



After hearing about this place a couple of times, went there for a quick lunch with colleagues. This place might not look that great from outside, saying from experience, even after noticing this places for ages, I never really ventured in because it looked a little out of place. Glad that this one day I did walk in, it was like time travelling back to the 70s. You are greeted with a tree, a small little pond with a small little bridge over it and a lot of fishes in the pond. I loved the old world charm immediately. I went there again recently for dinner as well.

The food is yum. Unfortunately I completely forgot about taking food pictures.  They serve some nice old school Chinese food. Perfect comfort food it is. They also have tons of options, you get chicken, sea food, beef, pork, you name it and it is there.I love Chinese, and I am sure that every time I crave some good ol Chinese, I am sure I would end up here often.

The portions are enough for two. The staff is friendly.

They do not have valet parking and the lane is generally crowded, I would suggest you keep this in mind when visiting this place.


Ling's Pavilion Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Four Simple Ways To Save A Lot Of Money



We all deal with money issues, we are not poor but most of the time we are broke. I, being an impulsive buyer, face a lot of issues managing my money.
I am just listing down a few things that I do on a daily basis, to help save as much money possible. Hoping this would help you out as well.

Investing In Investment ItemsFashion keeps changing every season, and it is quite expensive to keep updating your wardrobe every season. It makes much more sense to identify your style and buy clothes that you can style all year long. To keep up with the latest trends, you can buy just one piece and style it in various ways.
You can also invest in the classics, which will cost you more but will last you for a long time and will never go out of style.
Never buy anything that you are not sure of, before buying anything, think of 3 ways you can wear it. Style them in your head and if you can manage three outfits then you can go ahead and buy it.
If you really like something but are sure that it is not your style. Don’t buy it. You may buy it thinking that if you own it, you’ll wear it; chances are that you will not wear it more than 5 times.

No To DrinksWhenever we go out, we tend to order a cocktail or a mocktail just to enjoy your meal. Avoid doing that, you don’t need a drink with every meal. Water is just fine.
In India, you end up paying a lot more than what the menu indicates. You have a number of taxes and there are two separate taxes for your meals and your drinks.
Try to limit your drinking to once or twice a week.
Think ahead, if you know that you have an event or a party or a social event coming your way, make that your cheat day and drink on that day.

Unsubscribe
Unsubscribe to all the offers, deals and sale alerts that you get. They make you want to shop even when you anyway weren’t planning to shop.

Want vs Need
Focus on spending on your wants needs and not wants. Before buying anything, ask yourself if this is your need or want. Being minimalistic is the key.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Can I Eat Please?




It is one of those days when she is stressed and tired. Or maybe, nothing has happened really. She is just craving some yum food.

She checks her bags and finds two apples in it. She knows that she should eat that but she really wants something yummy and nice and greasy and spicy and fattening! Oh no! Not fattening.

“I ate healthy yesterday, I can eat something now and then not eat any junk the entire day. I have almost finished 1.5 liters of water also today,” she thought to herself.

“It’s lunch time, if I eat something now, I am sure I’ll burn it off in the day. I am not really that fat you know. I am curvy, and curvy is nice,” she reasoned.

She knew she had recently put on 2kgs and now she was scared.

She gave in to the craving and had a proper lunch thali in the office cafeteria. The minute the plate was empty, she felt guilt creeping on to her.

Who has made these rules anyway?

Why are we told to watch out weight, figure, size etc. so much?

All she needed was a little encouragement and assurance that she is beautiful, sexy, pretty and hot just the way she is.


Guys, if you are reading this, please do let the women in your life know that she is amazing and beautiful and that you love her just the way she is. You have no idea how much we girls beat ourselves up.


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Oriflame SkinPro Cleansing System – Review




I started using Oriflame SkinPro Cleansing System around a month and a half back. I did to a first impressions on my Instagram (you can follow me there for more such videos. Id is @poojamahimkar). I wanted to give it proper time, use the product daily and then review it, thus such a delay.

I was contemplating buying a product like this for a while now, I was planning to get clearsonic but then I got to know that my trusted Oriflame also has a cleansing system, and thus chose to get one from Oriflame. I have been using Oriflame products for a while now and have never been disappointed.

Getting to the review, I have been loving what it does to my skin. I use it every night after removing my makeup. You can use it to remove your make up as well, but I noticed that the brush gets dirty with all the makeup. Also you cannot use this to remove your eye makeup, thus I prefer using it after removing my makeup so when I use this, it removes all the makeup that I couldn’t get out in the first go.

The brush is super soft! It is very gentle and still manages to give you a clean face. Trust me, I was worried that the bristles and the brush will be harsh on my skin, but it is far, very far from harsh.
This product is god sent! I am generally very lazy and tired to clean my face and get rid of all the makeup. This product makes sure that I go to bed with a clean, clear, makeup free face. Using it is also fun and thus it doesn’t feel like a big task and I have noticed that ever since I got this, I have been sticking to my night time routine.





How I use SkinPro
I use my make up remover and remove all the makeup
Wash my face with a mild face wash. Rinse thoroughly.
Apply a little facewash on the face, wet the brush head and use it. Rinse thoroughly.
The brush head rotates, and you are supposed to move it around in circular motion on your face and neck. The machine automatically stops after 1 minute.
After rinsing my face and patting it dry I apply my night cream and a dab coconut oil on my face.






There is no point in using good skincare products if your pores are clogged and the makeup has not come off right. A well cleansed skin helps better absorbs the products that you are applying, thus making sure your skin gets the most of everything you put on your skin. Even if you are not much into skincare products, a well cleansed skins, allows it to breath and throughout the night and thus gives you nice glowing skin in the morning.

This product removes makeup, dirt, dead skin cells and impurities from the pores. It also stimulates blood circulation giving you a beautiful radiant glow.

SkinPro has two speed settings; I use it on the fast mode.  The machine works on batteries; I have been using the product for a month and half now and didn’t have to change the batteries yet.

The product comes with a stand, a brush cap, two batteries and a travel pouch.

I have used the travel pouch and it is very convenient.

The product itself is very cute, it is a cute little blue thing. Really adorable! The design is also such that it very easy to hold.

I have noticed that my skin feels soft. It also enables blood circulation and thus after using it, I have noticed that my skin feels tight, I don’t know if I am using the right word here, but it makes the skin firm in a way that it feels like it is ensuring that my skin doesn’t sag or create wrinkles.

It has helped me curb my acne as well. I used to get acne and pimples at odd places, ever since I have started using this, it has curbed it a lot.  I now get one or two pimples around the time I get my periods, but other than that, my face more or less is clear. It has also helped me keep blackheads and whiteheads away.

You can use this twice a day, but I prefer to use it only once, at the end of the day.

You need to change the brush heads every few months, you can buy the brush head online.

I have loved the product and I think I am going to use it for a long time now.






Buy It From Here:


As on their website:
SkinPro Cleansing System is an effective 2-speed powered cleansing brush that deeply cleanses and gently massages the skin. Removing more dirt, makeup and oils than manual cleansing resulting in visibly smoother, more radiant skin with a more even skin tone**.








Sunday, April 23, 2017

Summer Hacks To Make Your Life Easy



Use that refrigerator
Put your night cream, moisturiser, eye cream in the fridge. It will keep it cool and will give you a cooling effect every night. It really is soothing and feels amazing on the skin.

If you suffer from sun burn, then chill some Aloe vera gel in the fridge and use it every night on the burnt area. Aloe has a natural soothing effect and with the chilling, it will provide you some extra cooling.

Keep a spray bottle filled with water in the fridge, just spray it on your face for a cooling effect. I have a spray bottle in my bag all the time, so if I have a long day, a quick spray is a good pick-me-up. You can add some rose water or green tea water in it as well.

The summer heat can melt your lipstick, just pop it in the fridge and it will get back in shape.

Deodorant Hack
Apply a little bit of deodorant on your neck, this will keep you sweat free, won’t mess up the hair around your neck area and will add some fragrance every time you move your hair.

I haven’t tried this one personally but have heard about this from a couple of friends, applying deodorant on your thighs will prevent them from chafing. If you try this, please do let me know if it works. You can comment below or tweet to me at @poojamahimkar or just click on www.twitter.com/poojamahimkar

Ice Ice Water!
Rub an ice cube on your face before applying makeup. It closes your pores, works as a primer and refreshes your skin and makes sure that you makeup stays on perfect for a longer time.

Apply a cold towel to ankles, behind the knees, wrists, inside elbows or temples, this can easily lower your body temperature. These pulse points are areas where the blood vessels are closest to your skin. So keeping them cool with a cold compress or pouring water on them will quickly lower your blood temperature and your entire body will cool off.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weekend Away at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug | Weekend Away Near Mumbai and Pune



Stone’s throw away from Mumbai, Alibaug is the ideal place to go to when you wish to get some beach time. It’s like a mini Goa right in your backyard. On my recent trip to Alibaug though, I gave beaches a miss and spent all my time pampering myself.
I went to Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug. I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend away and this was an ideal place. The place is around a three hour drive away from Mumbai and every aspect of the place speaks ‘Luxury’.
We had opted for a Lake View Villa, which had a gorgeous view of the lake, a spacious living area along and upstairs was the bedroom and the bathroom with a bathtub. The Villas are right opposite the pool so every morning you could just get out of the room and get into the pool. The pool is huge and dominates the resort. I noticed that there are rooms which are attached to the pool, so you don’t even have to get out of your room, you can just dive into the pool from your room itself!
Most of the other rooms have been designed in such a way that they all have their unique features and view. You won’t be disappointed with your room.
The place is calm and relaxing, I didn’t even think once of getting out of the resort, there was so much to do right there!
They have a gym, library, outdoor sports area, indoor sports area, discotheque, piano lounge etc.
We reached here on Saturday evening, after checking into our room and relaxing for a bit we headed out for a walk. I noticed that they have religious place of worship as well in the resort. After the walk, we headed for dinner. They have buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aparanta. The spread was nice and had a lot of options; my favorite of course was the dessert counter. They also have a Jain section. The dishes change every day so you have tons of options and variety each day.












We spent most of our day 2 in the pool, it can get a little hot in the afternoon and thus I scheduled a spa appointment at that time. I also tried my hand at Lawn Tennis but didn’t do very well at that. They provide you with all the supplies you need for the game so you don’t have to carry anything with you. They also rent you a bicycle if you are into biking.
For the spa, I opted for a full body orange and lemon scrub and a full body deep tissue massage. The massage rooms are spacious and calming. The minute you step into the massage zone, the calming music and the aroma will you at ease. The scrub and the massage, both, were relaxing and I didn’t want it to stop. The masseuse applied the right pressure to help me with my stiff back and knots.
For dinner, we decided to skip the buffet and head to Kokum and Spice.  The place specializes in sea food and serves only Malwani, Goan and Manglorean cuisine.
We opted for a Malwani Bombil starter and Goan Vindaloo with Manglorean Neer Dosa, a little bit from every cuisine you see. The food didn’t disappoint us.  The vibe of the restaurant is also very calm and quiet and will be perfect for a dinner date or if you are celebrating something special.
In the piano lounge, they play piano live every evening. You can choose to chill here with a few cocktails. Above the piano lounge is a cozy little discotheque.  Perfect isn’t it? Piano, cocktails and then dancing.


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We headed back to the room after that. The check-out time is 12.30 pm, giving you enough time to pack your bags, have a nice breakfast and then head home. Which is exactly what we did.
The stay here was perfect and I look forward to going here again. It can be perfect you want a few days away from work and the hectic city life. The fact that the resort itself has so much to offer helped as I didn’t get bored for a second, there was always something to look forward to.








Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekend Away at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Alibaug

After a long long weeks at work I was in a desperate need to a weekend away and Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug was the perfect destination, not too far from the city and still away so that I could relax and get some time for myself before getting back to the city life. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bohemian Brew, Khar - Review




Just next to Oh Calcutta in Khar is this new little place. Honestly, it didn’t look very appealing from the outside but once we got in the place looked lovely. We reached a little earlier than dinner time and thus found the place vacant. I loved that, it was like the place was open just for us.

It is a very well thought out place, they have indoor and outdoor seating area, a basement sort of a place, where you can unwind with the tea they brew for you – read a book, work for a while, have some ‘me’ time, organise a small get together, the place is great addition to the restaurant. The indoor seating area has a very bohemian vibe, of course they had to create this ambience owing to the name of the restaurant.

The outdoor area also continues the bohemian ambience with a lot of green thrown in. It was pleasing to the eye to see so many plants around. They also have a small indoor place for when you want to go out for meals with around 10 people. They allow hookah/sheesha there as well.




Now coming to the food and the teas.
They have tons of tea options and I am sure you’ll find something that you’ll love.

Watermelon and feta salad with Thai dressing was amazing.  I love watermelon and cheese both, this was the perfect combination of both, I could make a meal out of this.

Fermented Tea Leaf Salad was interesting, lots of leafs and healthy ingredients to make you feel like you ate a lot and still not put on any calories.

Spicy cheesy kuboos stayed true to its name and was cheesy and yum.  The dip that it came with was interesting, the perfect blend of flavour and spicy that you need.

Chicken meatballs in Gouda sauce again is my favourite. Served with bread, this can be filling so I suggest you share it with your friends if you are planning to eat other dishes too.

Prawn calamari with lemon butter ajillo sauce again, was very interesting. The prawn did feel a little tough and not as soft as I am used to having them. I am not sure if it is supposed to be that way or if they were just a little undercooked, they didn’t feel raw though. The gravy with it was yum and I suppose will go well with plain rice.

Roasted garlic and mascarpone risotto was yummy! It wasn’t super cheesy but just the right amount. Just the way I like it.

Cottage cheese steak with Ratatouille was something I had never tried before. It’s a lot of cottage cheese and again can tend to get a little heavy. But it is yum none the less.

Moroccan chicken Tagline with preserved lemon and apricots, THIS is the star dish for me. They serve it with a slice of pickled lemon and you are supposed to have a tinny bit of it with every bite. It completely changes the taste of the dish. Have a bite without the lemon and then taste it with the lemon, it’s like having two different dishes!

Cranberry ice tea is the only beverage I tried. Refreshing and just the right thing to have after this heavy meal.

I wonder why they don’t serve alcohol; it will be nice to have a cocktail with this delicious meal.

                                                                                                                                                            


















Bohemian Brew Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato