Friday, 9 October 2020

SELF-CARE

The world around you pushes you hard each day, it is you living your struggles, your gains and losses. In this age of media, exposure, ads and what not, it is easier for you to think that you are not doing enough to make each day count. My friends let me tell you this that YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I on my Instagram as well as Blog always try to exuberate positivity, importance of positive surroundings, barricading yourself from the malice but how much are we able to achieve by the end of the day?

How to care for self?

This is where Self-Care plays a vital role. Some of you out there might be thinking that this is a rich lads business, going to a good salon, pampering yourself with some goodies, spending some quality time alone and some might be too pressurised by the idea of leaving the ones depending on you behind, whole day unattended. You might also think it is selfish but let me assure you my friend it is a necessity to keep yourself sane amidst the chaos.

Inner Care:

Your mind and body is what makes you. Attain the state both in mind and body which makes you happy. If it a muscular body, go work hard for it, take an hour out each day to work on yourself. If it is not a great shaped body you wish for or you are just jealous of the ones having it then surround yourself with more of the images which promote body positivity and quotes which make you feel comfortable within your skin. You mind provides depth to you, try to create a mental environment which is mostly positive. Try to meditate, concentrate on the good of the day that will give you strength to fight with the bad.

Pamper Yourself:

There should be no guilt in pampering yourself. I totally relate to the middle class or even the over dedicated thought where you your time is not even yours. Even if you wish to do a thing or two for yourself you have to keep thousand perspectives in mind. A small visit to a salon will be filled with the thought if you have left a stove on at home. Please Oh! Friend …NO! Don’t do that, give yourself a much needed break, pause your life for a minute, live in the moment and then hit play again. Give yourself some nourishment, a foot rub, much thought hair-cut. You got one body, one life and a single soul to look after all of it. If you are someone’s partner and reading this…give your partner a boost to pursue all that they think for. Take care of things behind them.

Start Or End Your Day With A Happy Quote:

The start of your morning defines the whole day. Start your day on a happy note, read a good quote to yourself and your family. Boost it with a good thought for a minute or two. What this quote will do, it will stimulate positive approach towards your day. Same applies to the night, ending of the day should always be on a happy note. Whatever hardships you have faced through the day should be left behind. Kiss your family a good night and count the good things that have happened that day..

Indulge In Some Hobby:

Hobbies are your potion, indulge yourself in one. It transcends you to the different world, involve in something which makes you happy by the end of it. You can be totally tired but happy and content as an end result. While pursuing your hobbies,  be it gardening, macramé, arts, reading, exercise… you are boosting yourself with positive happy energy which in turn will leave you with a happy mind.

Do A Good Deed:

We all are no Gods but if we are healthy enough to help someone else then we surely should not refrain from it. If you do a single good deed like rescuing a cat or a dog, feeding the needy, helping someone get out of their shell…the list is continuous and there will never be scarcity of things you could help someone with and the perks for you is that good tingly feeling in your heart and a peaceful mind. A positive stimulus for your brain is an essential part of your self-care. Only a happy, content mind can take you to places, achieve any vision successfully.

Surround Yourself With Care And Love:

Every living being needs nourishment and love to grow so do you. Surround yourself with all that is pure and beautiful, which enhances your growth and makes you the better version of yourself. Don’t allow the people who are toxic towards you in your inner circle, I know it gets hard sometimes but trust me the other side is much more amazing if you just attain a little bit of courage and block the negativity out.

Try these out and you will come out a stronger, much sorted human being. If these tips help you then do SHARE and COMMENT.

Friday, 2 October 2020

NYX v/s Sugar Liquid Lipstick- Honest Review

I am not the one to write about makeup on my blog but this one is tried and tested so why not.


Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick(Drop Dead Red Color) on the lips
Sugar Smudge Me Not (Drop Dead Red)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Monte Carlo) Liquid Lip color on the lips
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Monte Carlo)

Before going into the detail, I will tell you my favourite would be NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. Though I am not sure what all to mention in details but I will write down my experience with both. Lets start analysing:

Packaging:

·         The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream comes without any outer packaging except the plastic wrapped around its neck as a seal in a cute fully colour coded tube. The ingredients are written on a tube itself but with dark shades it gets really difficult to read.

·         The Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick comes in a rectangular tube inside a paper box packaging with ingredients written on the outer packing itself with the shade and brand name. The packaging looks really sophisticated for Sugar cosmetics.

The shade for both the lipsticks is mentioned at the bottom and for Sugar ones on the carton too.

Texture:

·         The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has a real nice texture, glides on the lips perfectly without settling into the crease. It gives your lips a fuller matte look on drying. Doesn’t dries the lip out at least for me even after a long hour application.

·         The Sugar Smudge Me Not, the texture is smooth but on drying, the lips feel little tight though it doesn’t dries the lip out but you can definitely feel the weight of the lipstick unlike the NYX ones.

Staying Power:

The staying power of both the lipsticks is top-notch. For long I wanted to switch from bullet lipsticks as I am not the one to wear lipsticks at home and only outside. With hot humid climate of India to find a lipstick with perfect staying power is truly a bliss. I am sure I am gonna get to bottom of both the tubes.

Both stay for more than 6-7 hours without the re-touch.

·         To remove NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream from your lips is easy, plain rub with some lip balm does the trick (but mostly I go for water with some mild face wash to take it off along with my face cream).

·         To remove Sugar Smudge Me Not from your lips is difficult. You have to go little rough on your lips to remove it.

Formulation:

I am no expert to comment on this section but to my understanding that as NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has creamy texture so the application is smooth and so is the removal with the added benefit that it doesn’t dries the lip out and your lips do not need much of after care. On the other hand Sugar Smudge Me Not is a compete matte formula hence your lips feel bit dried out and need that extra care after wards.

Price:

While I bought both the products on Sale, the current price of

·         NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream-600/-    (Sale Price-Rs. 399/-)

·         Sugar Smudge Me Not-Rs. 549/-    (Sale Price- Rs. 474/-)

By the above given list one thing becomes evident that why am I bit biased towards NYX one, though I am putting my SUGAR ones equally(no partiality there).

I am currently living in a small city so buy cosmetics from online vendors only (as my local shops are filled with duplicates), for makeup my go to is Nykaa delivering all these goodies at my doorstep.

 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Comparing Big & Small City Life

City Life


This can be discussed by a person who has lived in both big and small cities aka Me.

Almost every day I am bombarded with a question that why have I shifted since I moved back to my hometown (which is more than a year now and mine is a small town...Yeah!). I can’t say anything as the reasons are my own but this gave me a post idea.  


 I can make a comparison. 


This is no HATE blog to either, two things have always been clear in my head that I never wish to leave INDIA though I wish to travel the whole wide world and second that I am open to go wherever life takes me but plan to settle down will be in a calmer place. 


I have hustled with the big city life and have seen people getting up at 6 A.M. (tried to keep up alongside) and moving round the clock to make the ends meet. The life gets so busy for some that there is no difference between personal life and professional. You start hanging out with your workmates to bust off some steam, hardly can find time with your family (not for all though). Opportunities seem higher if you are from a small city but it takes a lot from you too. Though if you are not in a right metro city or locality at the right time then the life isn’t that different from any other small town either. Your pay checks may be higher than the spending and you have to be really good at what you do to survive and grow continuously as the option to replace you might be living in the next room to you. 


In small cities the life is calmer (this is no unknown fact).  One has more opportunities for smaller businesses to flourish; scope to tap a new market is there. This is the selling point for any small town but then again it has its own challenges. One needs resources to start something new which is difficult to get in smaller cities. The capital required to start something is bit higher (that’s a lesser known fact). You always have to be ready with plan B. Plan A might not always be a success as a city might not be ready for it. People are more closely knitted in small towns and the biggest perk is cleaner air to breathe in. Minus point is that your job pay checks are not very high in small city. 


Hustle to survive is equally hard as if you are the one to sustain by yourself you gotta work immensely hard.


The thought of change can be overwhelming but YOU DO YOU. It takes courage to try something new, stick to your choice. Make your DREAM happen wherever big or small city you are at.


 

 

 


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Declutter Or Clean|Empty Spaces Create Void


Trend of minimalism and decluttering can create emptiness



Even if you are totally fantasised with the idea of MINIMALISM and wish to make a start somewhere in your life, don’t go around following the trend of de-cluttering, selling, emptying your spaces right away. Build on it slowly.


Am I a minimalism pro…. NO


I am learning.


Learning that falling for the trends instantly may not always lead you to the desired output. 


Learn through the trends and if that idea fits your criteria then only go for it. People whom you are following like crazy have learnt through the span of time and hence they give you the advice (catering to their needs). You only hear their journey, they have lived it and that is why they make it look so easy.


 In my opinion, sudden change always has a shelf life. If you are not totally swept away by the results of it, there are chances that you will fall back to your older pattern. 


If you are trying to simplify your space, go room by room, item by item…and not all at once because that will only  annoy and devoid you. Don’t follow the set pattern of someone but make your own FORMULA. The formula based on your wants and needs as no two human souls are exact alike but do take inspiration for simplification.


If you will de-clutter all the not worn clothes, not all required items, not much used décor pieces at once, there may seem the need to buy more. You might think that now you will buy according to what you are gonna use more often and the saga begins.  


Just sit back, relax and remove items from your life one at a time to create the positive ambience for yourself.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Celebrate Your Colour

Celebrate Your Colour

Being an Indian, I am always surrounded by multi-colours. From my wardrobe to my functions all are jazzy, bright and colourful (You all know what I mean 😉). With time if I look into my style, I do not find myself loving the browns or whites as much as I love the splash of colours. 


This blog is inspired by Reading My Tea Leaves’ blog which is mostly about finding your colour and Mr. Kate’s rendition of any minimalist style where former has neutral colours in her kitty and later has tons of colours even if it is minimalist style. 


At one place I love the wise words of former, I will like to add my own insight to it. When I enter the room, my eye starts finding pop of colours be it the minimal tone of pink, blue, magenta any. Hence, when I go for styling any area…


I would always love to incorporate colours in it. 


My idea is not to shy away from your choice but to celebrate it in all honesty.


I will not succumb to the minimalist idea of mostly browns and neutral. I wish to keep my style simple and minimal but I can never let go of my other colours.


I lean more towards the pop of blues, pinks and oranges whereas my base is mostly neutral and earthy. Like if my wall colour is pastel pink, then my furniture will be white, dark or earthy brown but there will be a huge bold blue painting framed in black on the wall, a pop pink or magenta flower vase on the mantle and a multi tone pot with some greenery. 


I like to differentiate between the neutrals and brights… and giving them there perfect spot. I would never shy away with the use of pop pink if I feel there is a need but for me the overdose kills. I guess the love of texture and colour for me comes from variety India has in terms of clothes and culture. 


The key is to celebrate your choice and not fall the victim of trends. These days there is so much content floating that when you come to narrow it down, it becomes really difficult to pin point that one star colour which you need to work on or it becomes difficult to assess your style. 


My suggestion is to arrange various clothes, colours and textures of your choice and narrow it to form your pallete. Before creating your oasis, you need to create the mess. Don’t shy away from using the colour you love, just because it is not someone else’s choice.


Celebrate your colour whatever your style is.

Friday, 4 September 2020

50 % OFF: Sale

Do I dare?


In this age and time of digital access to almost anything and everything it’s hard for us to resist buying. When you see something shiny on social media, you are instantly attracted to add it to your buying cart and to make the buying process quicker SALES are the biggest monsters. For my perception, I am already trying to simplify my choices, my wardrobe, my buys and space. I am nowhere near being a minimalist I agree but it takes no science to tell me that I need not to be allured by the biggest events of all times-THE SALES that is like the daily deal for the E-Coms or stores (but MAN the PRESENTATION makes you weak in the knees).

 

If you wish less in your life than you have to look past it because sure it is a gala time for one and all when the SALE sign appears but is it always so GALA?

 

Sales are gimmick:

They are the biggest gimmick by any company or website as they make the prices look smaller. Are they really though? Even when you don’t have to buy a thing, they create that urgency in your mind. They seem to fill the void of currency or the sense of security to your wallet. Choose between what you actually require and what you feel there is a requirement for. Rs.50 more or less on any product which you had an eye on for long will not stop you from buying it. I have been praising longevity over price all days now.


Sales are monsters


Your sweet spot:

Find that perfect balance between what you see and what you require. This sweet spot is where your needs actually meet your buys. Hold back in time and try to analyse the cost, worth, quality and other factors of the products. Not everything on sale has lifespan of gold so check your trademark before your buys.

Fighting Sales


It’s easy to fall prey:

As businesses are out there to catch the hand of your wallets, hence everything is presented as it is all what you require at this moment… but is it so?

NO

It’s easier to fall prey of the visuals which are shoved each day on the digital platform towards you. We love all LUX, PRETTY, COLORFUL, SHINY things we see on social media (we because I myself am guilty) and what shows in the SALES is much more lucrative. My observation is the more I am buying I have become more refined with my choices and trust me I have been buying a lot in last year or two.

Did I need all of it - No.

Do I use all of it - No.

Did I become more aware with every purchase – YES!

Less always doesn’t mean more:

There always seems a void of things if your income is less and your spends are way beyond your wallet limit. This is for my friends who wish to have it all but their wallet don’t allow so they rely on the sale period more. Guys! The phenomenon is simple go for the options which have long life, better quality than the low price tag or slashed prices. Revive your older items, don’t rush, DIY, refurbish …little tweaks here and there will allow you to get a better product than any slashed tag price.



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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Gain from this Social distancing + Stay at home Casual Look

It’s a time of great emergency and we all have been facing this Pandemic for quite some time now. This time at home reviewing the human behaviour, I planned to write something on the same. What kinda humans are we and what world have we created for our mental health. All time working in office or our particular fields, we only craved for some extra time for ourselves or our family but now when we are getting it, we are fighting equally hard for this time to get over. 


Chikan kari design kurti simple and elegant
Many of us are in a good place financially and blessed to help others in need too. If you are finding it hard to stay at home, get out helping one or two but with necessary precautions. This is the time to reflect upon our doings, our approach, not to do the big talk just for now but to stick by it when this all gets over.  As one thing is evident, we are capable of doing what we fix our minds on.
It not has to be a rule but for a bigger cause.
Aren’t we staying home for our own health. Similarly, once Corona leaves, our practice to indulge in daily home chores, hobbies, taking some time for yourself should not stop.
You can only make your big dreams come true if only it is not eating you alive. 
binge in isolation chikan work kurti with capri pants


We are the built of nature- soil, water, air and everything around, preserve nature… preserve yourself.
In India, amidst this chaos we blew SHANKH for the positive reinforcement, we lit the DIYAS for ensuring that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Similarly, with this post I am ready to believe that we all will come out as a better self of us too after this.

How to dress up Chikan Work Kurti, simple, elegant look, pretty, minimal
Keeping it SIMPLE-

With all this being said, how can I not post something related to what is usually on this blog. Here are few deets of what I am upto these days, keeping my style minimal like most days. I am actually following what I preach in terms of mental health. Keeping my fuss to the bare minimum, hope this look inspires you too.

keep it simple, minimal, lookbook, chikan work
 
Chikan Work Kurti


Chikan work kurti peach colored simple elegant

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

DIY Watercolour Holiday, Christmas and New Year Cards | Youtube Tutorial

Here is What Happened when I played with colors😅. So, did I update that I am teaching these days and for  the holidays I planned to give my students a reminder to enjoy to the fullest (though they do not need any). These are few DIY cards made on a glossy sheet with some vibrant watercolors and paintbrush.

Hope you find some last minute inspirations for your loved ones from these. I sneaked in few for my beloveds too. For more help there is YOUTUBE TUTORIAL by the end of the blog.

Supplies:-
  • Glossy Sheets
  • Black Gel Pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Water Colors
  • Sparkle











































Enjoy the HOLIDAYS and a NEW YEAR with your loved ones. Spread Love and Warmth with these beauties. Subscribe to the blog for more ideas like these and why keep this goodness to yourself, spread the word by sharing the content with your friends.




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