Month: August 2015

Chocolate Won’t Make You Put on Weight. And Other Chocolate Facts You Didn’t Know

I always find people with self control the most fascinating. Like you put a bar of Lindt chocolate in front of them and they will have one piece and stop. You put of bar of Lindt in front of me, well, first of all you never put a whole bar of Lindt in front of me unless you never want to see it again. But you put it in front of me (you generous soul, you) and I eat one piece initially trying to be decent. Then I abandon any attempt at being civil and attack it like the cookie monster. So when the people at Adfactors invited me for a Chocolate Appreciation session at Godrej Nature’s Basket, I was like, what? Who can’t appreciate chocolate? But obviously the lure of good chocolate got the better of me and I decided to go. And in the session conducted by L Nitin Chordia who is a professional chocolate taster, I learned many, many interesting things about chocolate. Which was followed by a chocolate tasting session. As …

Weekly Roundup: The news in the world of beauty, wellness, Mumbai and more…

Launches: In your Faces Faces Canada launched ‘IT Kits’ that come with makeup and jewellery for Rs.2500 each. You can read the review here. Get pretty Hyderabad Warren Tricomi is now in Hyderabad. Remember when I wanted to review them but ended up at Wynn Salon instead? Yeah, well. Peeps in Hyderabad, these guys are pretty fab, so head over when you can. Catch up these interesting reads: If you thought people’s hair in commercials looked like that, well, they don’t . Here’s how they do it. http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a15674/hair-campaign-stylist-tricks/ Before you step in to get your feet all prettified, here’s what your pedicurist wants you to know. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/self/the-one-thing-pedicurists_b_8038766.html?ir=India&adsSiteOverride=in Also did this,  Went to The Hive for Book On Toast. Where they sold books. You could as many books as you could stuff into one bag for Rs.300. The place desperately needs ventilation though. My nostrils were assaulted. Had lunch at Salt Water Cafe in Bandra, Found the experience quite underwhelming. The food lacked seasoning and our waiter was panicky. This is from the same people who are behind …

Beauty Haul and Products Review: Faces ‘IT Kit’ in Pop Princess

Faces Canada is an interesting brand. Interesting because I assume they started off making only stuff for faces like eyeshadows, foundation and the like. But now they have nail polish and shower gels and what not. So you end up putting Faces products on your hands and feet, which sounds kind of wrong. Anyway. I was invited to the launch of the ‘Faces IT Kit’ at their store in Infinity Mall, Malad. So I booked a flight and went over. Kidding, but it’s really far, okay? I was pleasantly surprised to see Faces Canada do something with their brand because they have been fairly quiet. You don’t see ads, posters, any traction in media at all. Also, they have a super nail polish collection, so I have been keeping an eye on the brand. To see them finally shrug off the cobwebs and get moving is a good sign. So, what is the ‘IT Kit’? Yeah, it’s not where you get a modem, a mouse and a wifi router but I can imagine why you …

Beauty Haul and Products Review: Oriflame ‘Love Nature’

Being a beauty blogger is fun. For the most part. Also, it requires you to have a lot of storage space. Because you keep getting sent samples of products you should try out and review. And because you never really end up using the whole sample, you end up stuffing drawers and cupboards with half used face washes, lotions and potions. Anyhoo, let’s forget my room which is a dumping ground for the time being. Oriflame invited a lot of beauty bloggers for an event at Blue Frog in Lower Parel. The occasion? The launch of their Love Nature range. The event was hosted by Rashmi Nigam who flaunted a questionable accent and some very sub-par hosting abilities. She kept looking into her flash cards for inspiration, repeated lines incessantly and lost track of what she was saying in the middle of her sentence. They had a band perform some songs and then the new line ‘Love Nature’ was introduced. The best part of the event was this corner where they were giving people foot …

Book Review: Simple, Plane Love

There are some writers that can inspire you to become writers. And some that kind of make you think, hey, I could have done better than that. I was invited to the launch of Simple Plane Love. Which is, as the title suggests (perhaps, not knowingly) about loving planes. Yes, you get a lot of plane loving in this book. And not much else. The book is written by Priyanka Luthra, who is probably a wonderful pilot. However, as a writer, she tried but simply doesn’t make the cut. The book is about Meera Khanna who flies to exotic destinations and lives in a fancy apartment in Manila. I do believe this part of the story has been greatly inspired by the author’s life. Unfortunately, the author fails to translate the vibrancy of her life into the book. The prose is staid and lifeless, the characterization a complete letdown and nothing happens in the book. Priyanka often uses to the line, ‘The moon/the waves/the sand/random object was a silent observer to something’ in an attempt …

7 Tips to Wake up with a Flatter Tummy

That woman in the picture with the flat stomach? Yeah, that’s not going to happen in one day. But you knew that. We all have this ‘one’ problem area that we want to lose weight from. It could be the hips, or the waist , or I don’t know nails. But if you want to lose your tummy because you have a wedding to attend or a date to impress or because you simply want to see your toes because, well, it would be nice to see them, you should read this. I am not saying you are going to lose the pot around the middle completely; it’s just going to be tinier to tide you through an event. With a flatter middle, the sari will look better and you will look less like an uncle at the birthday party. So here are 7 quick fix ways to wake up with a flatter tummy. Listen, you know this but it’s going to take much longer and much more from you to have a flat tummy forever. Carbs …

Weekly Roundup: The news in the world of beauty, wellness, Mumbai and more…

Launches: JCB gets Pali with us JCB launched their new Pali Naka salon with much aplomb. They had men channeling their inner Elvis Presley’s walking the ramp in a collection they called Homme Vintage. Have a look at some of the pictures from the event. Looked fab huh? Images courtesy: Sanket Mhatre Oriflame goes green Oriflame launched a new range of products called Love Nature. The products are supposed to have the goodness of Neem and be paraben-free. We bloggers were invited to the launch where Sonali Bendre Behl was also present looking pretty and making all of us feel inadequate. Her top had pearls which were kind of falling out. As usual, I give you information you need and don’t. The funny thing about virginity Romedy Now has a new show called Jane the Virgin. We were invited to a screening of the show and it definitely looked promising. The programming director said the series would work in India because of our special love for virginity. Okay, she may have not said that. The …