Skincare regime that lets me get away with no makeup feat. Lemon & Beaker Product Review

The closer I’m getting to my 30s, the more I’m interested (read obsessed) in skincare and I’ve been so excited reading about ingredients behind any skincare product that I buy or come across.

At the beginning of this year, I volunteered to try out the products from a newly launched NZ skincare brand called Lemon & Beaker (Well! Isn’t that what a beauty blogger’s job is!!!). I was excited to try out a new skincare brand not only because it was all natural, but because it was also cruelty-free, vegan and packaged in glass which means recyclable! When I signed up for this, I had no idea what the products looked like, not even the packaging, or how good (or bad) it might perform on my skin, but having had a pleasant experience with other NZ-made brands, I had quite high hopes for this one. The other impressive point was the fact that the products were developed by a lady who had a Bachelors in Chemistry and knew what really worked etc.20190411_214823-01IMG_20190204_222044_482

After using each of these products for a good amount of time, I have noticed I can get away with no makeup at all most days because my skin is much clearer and brighter, plus the pores around my nose and cheeks have significantly reduced. Although I love putting on makeup, I prefer to not use it all the times because I get super lazy taking it off at the end of the day and I also feel daily use of makeup has never done anyone’s skin much good.

So after a lot of trial and testing of each of these products from Lemon & Beaker, here’s my review on them:

  • Foaming Deep Cleanser with Lemon Essential Oil- $36NZD:20190204_195113-01.jpeg

I absolutely love the fact that the product comes in a bottle with a pump which means that I can control the amount I need to use each time. The product has a gel-like consistency but becomes foamy when you apply it on wet skin. The fragrance is very citrusy and gives an ultimate pick-me-up feel. I feel that my skin feels very clean and bright every time I use it and this is the first step in my skincare routine both morning and night. I use one pump in the morning and two pumps at night to make sure my face is squeaky clean after a long day of being out in the sun, dirt and air-con. This is definitely my favourite product from the brand.

  • Hydrating Toner with Rose Essential Oil- $39NZD:20190204_195258-01

It has taken me quite a good amount of time to understand the importance of toner in a skincare routine, and now it’s a must for me both morning & night. This toner has rose essential oil in it and you need to shake well before putting it on a cotton pad and gently pat onto your skin. Sometimes I also just pour a small amount into my hand and pat it gently on to my skin with my hands if I don’t have cotton pads with me. I do quite like the product but I would have loved it even more if it came in a spray bottle that I could use to evenly spray it on to my face. Unlike many rose-based products, this toner smells like fresh roses which is a big win for me as I hate the smell of artificial rose fragrance.

  • Vitamin C Serum with Lemon Essential Oil- $46NZD:20190404_202016-01

So this has to be my second favourite product and I give a lot of it to how beautiful it looks in the packaging with lemon peel crystals in it. I use this serum in my morning routine and after toner, I take a small pump of this serum and apply it on to my face and neck. The product is instantly absorbed into my skin and has no sticky or oily feel to it. This is a great option for someone who’s got oily skin but is also very good for dry and combination skin types. Ever since I’ve been using this serum along with the other two that I’ll be talking about, I’ve seen a huge difference in some of my pigmentation around my mouth and how my skin naturally glows.

  • Dual-Blend Repairing Serum with Rose Essential Oil- $46NZD:20190404_201614-01-01

I use this serum in my night time routine only because it made my skin a bit oily due to the essential oil. But over the next few weeks, I’m going to start adding this in my morning skincare routine as it would be a great addition for that extra hydration in the colder and drier months coming our way in NZ. This serum is great to fight free radicals that causes sun damage and pigmentation on the skin. I would suggest this serum to those who have dry skin or someone who likes that natural glow on their face as it definitely isn’t suitable for someone who’s already got oily skin. You need to shake the bottle quickly first before using. I used this in the mornings when it was hot and humid here and I broke out a bit as I started to sweat and the oil and sweat together didn’t go that well. Trying this in summer when it’s so humid, this was probably my least favourite in the range but that is only because my face doesn’t deal with sweat that well.

  • Ageless Serum with Jasmine Essential Oil- $48NZD:IMG_20190404_210741_496

Again, I am a big fan of the beautiful packaging this serum has. Lavender is one of my favourite colours and the bottle just looks so pretty on my vanity. Like the name suggests, this serum fights signs of ageing thus reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improves elasticity of the skin. Like I mentioned earlier, in a couple of years I’ll be turning 30 and I realised this is a good time for me to start with anti-ageing skincare products and this is definitely going to stay in my skincare routine for a long time. The serum has a very mild jasmine smell which is great for someone like me who can’t deal with very strong fragrances. The serum is suitable for all skin types and I apply this along with the dual-blend serum in the night. Of course I can’t tell you if I have less fine lines now or not, but I can definitely say that my skin looks a lot healthier and I don’t know how much of that is because of these serums.

  • Brightening Cream with Rose Essential Oil- $42NZD:

The brightening cream is part of my day and night time skincare routine and I apply this a few seconds after the serum is completely absorbed in my skin.  The brightening cream I am now using and sold everywhere, is different to the first formula I received from Lemon & Beaker initially.  The brightening cream caters to all skin types but doesn’t feel as heavy and thick as the first one I used but equally moisturises the skin. One of the ingredients is Vitamin B3 which is great source for cell regeneration; in short it keeps your skin feeling youthful and fresh.

For the first brightening cream they sent me, I wasn’t initially the biggest fan of it during the day because I felt it to be too thick for me and and it made me sweat around my mouth (any thick cream would do the same thing to me). I blame this on the very hot humid days in NZ. But I noticed it worked wonders when I used it in the night because in the morning I woke up with the best skin ever (this was before I was sent the 3 serums). I did give the feedback to the brand and gladly they were already working on it and changed the formula. Since using the newly formulated brightening cream I have no complaints anymore.20190303_183750

So that was my review on the entire range of Lemon & Beaker skincare products that I’ve been using for a few months now. Using a single brand skincare routine for this entire time definitely helped to make a thorough decision about what I think and how it faired on my skin and I’m so glad I put my hand up to be one of the first to try out this newly launched brand.

If you’re looking for a natural skincare brand, I would highly recommend checking out Lemon & Beaker because it really does work! You can find these products on their website as well as Life Pharmacy and Unichem. I’ve never reviewed a whole lot of skincare products from just a single brand, but there is always a first time. If you find this kind of review useful, do let me know and I’ll do this more often

Do you have a one brand skincare or have you ever thought of trying one?

Disclaimer- Products were sent to me for trial. Like always, my reviews are honest & genuine

 

6 Kurta Styles that all women should know about!

Hello everyone,

Kurtas are such a staple piece in most of our wardrobes, be it a college-goer or the corporates, there is a style for each one of us. When I was in college, I was obsessed with wearing a new mufti everyday and tried not to repeat them again in the week and again when I started working, this obsession grew even more. There are so many varieties and styles of Kurtas available in the market as well as online and the best part is, there are some brands that want to bring these styles to us at a pocket-friendly price too.

One such brand is RANGRITI, that offers a range of bright and colourful Kurtas online for every woman out there. ‘Rang’- meaning colour and ‘Riti’- meaning fashion or trend; Rangriti brings out a line that is a fine blend of feminine cuts and beautiful shades in sync with the latest fashion trends. After going through their vast collection of Kurtas online, here are some of the styles I feel that every woman should have in her closet. I have   also talked about how to style kurtas in different ways in this previous post HERE.

Straight Fit Kurtas:

These kind of Kurtas are amazing to create an illusion of a taller body. You can dress them up or down as per the occasion and the place and pair them up with leggings or distressed jeans for a more indo-western look. Add a piece of chunky jewellery and you are good to go. monsoon-collection-by-rangriti-3-min

Asymmetrical Kurtas:

These kurtas are great for office wear and you can even alter the look by pairing them with straight fit silk pants or palazzos instead of leggings. Try adding some basic jewellery to go for a more Indian look.celebrate-the-spirit-of-mothers-day-with-an-exclusive-collection-of-rangriti-420x300

Anarkali style Kurtas:

For me, these are one of the most elegant Kurta styles and suits every body type. They are available in either different lengths, knee-length or ankle length and can be paired with pretty kolhapuri chappals on a casual day and high-heels for weddings and other special occasions. Accessorize the outfit with a pair of pom-pom earrings and see how you are going to be the talk of the town.

Denim-style Kurta:

Ok, so this is a style that’s quite new to me and with the whole trend of denim and chambray going on everywhere, why not flaunt this fabric with your Kurtas! I found some amazing collection of denim-styled Kurtas on Rangriti’s online website. Here’s my favourite pick.screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-9-34-56-pm

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Maxi style kurtas:

So these are just like anarkalis, but with lesser flares, that makes them look just like as if you are wearing a cotton maxi dress. You can wear them with regular leggings or wear them as maxi dresses with a waistcoat or a cropped denim jacket and add a jhola to your shoulder, and you have the perfect college look. You can get some inspiration from these pictures too.
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Double-layered kurtas:

These kurtas are just what they sound like. They give an illusion of two different layers of fabric and some of them are even detachable and can be worn as single pieces too. These are relatively newer styles, but are extremely flattering and trendy.mothers-day-collection-by-rangriti-3

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Other than these 6 styles, there are also the basic princess cut kurtas that most of us were introduced to at the beginning of our kurta journeys. They can be worn with leggings or even skinny jeans and are the most comfortable for the college-goers or those who have no time to dress up to office everyday.

You would definitely love the Rangriti collections and just for all the BIBA lovers, Rangriti is their sister brand. The brand has made sure to bring all the high-end fashion to their consumers at a very affordable and attractive price , which makes it easier for the women to be fashionable everyday. They have a wide range of pretty kurtas, kurtis,  pallazzos, skirts and dupattas in beautiful, bright prints and colours  bringing freshness, variety & style to every woman’s closet. Make sure to checkout the Rangriti online website for their latest collections.

Till then stay awesome 😀

Bee Choo Origin Hair Spa Experience at Hairbitat, Vittal Mallya Road

Hello lovely people,

Hairfall is such a common problem these days for not just women but equally for men. Most of us have such hectic schedules, that we forget about the torture that our hair goes through every single day, from getting exposed to harsh UV rays to pollution to even those super tight hair ties and helmets we wear while riding bikes. Adding to all this agony, are all the chemical hair treatments we go through, in the hope of making them smoother, straighter and what not!

Recently, our newer member of Team ThatTripeUrbanLife, Arpitha (Know more about her HERE) went for a hair spa at Hairbitat in their newly opened branch at Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore. When we say hair spa, don’t just think it’s any other expensive hair spa we find in salons. This was quite different, as it was completely natural and all the products were from the well-known Singapore brand Bee Choo Origins.

Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat

About Bee Choo Origin:

Bee Choo Origin group promotes 100% chemical/preservative/additives free herbal paste that can promote hair growth was conceptualized after Bee Choo, the founder of the Bee Choo Origin Group, met a Hong Kong physician who told her about Chinese herbs that can aid in solving hair loss problems.  With the Hong Kong physician’s encouragement and guidance, Bee Choo started to experiment on various herbal concoctions until she came up with what is known today as the Bee Choo Origin Herbal Paste. Their aim is to solve customer’s hair problems through Chinese traditional herbs and professional service with love.

You can find the Bee Choo Origin treatments in India only at HAIRBITAT, where the only focus is only on hair treatments. Hairbitat has it’s branches in Jayanagar, HSR Layout and the one we visited was above the Raymond’s Showroom in Vittal Mallya Road.

Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
  • How was the staff?

I was welcomed with a warm and smiling staff who offered me a cup of piping hot herbal tea and on asking, they told me that it had chrysanthemum in it which helps you relax. After examining the scalp, we proceeded with the treatment.

Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat- The Chrysanthemum Tea
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat- The Chrysanthemum Tea
  • What did the process include?
  1. A ginger tonic was applied to open up the pores to prepare the skin for the herbal treatment.
  2. The Bee Choo herbal paste, which is the main ingredient of the treatment, was applied onto the scalp and hair and wrapped with a head wrap to avoid any dripping.

    Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
    Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
  3. I headed for the steaming where a fixed temperature will be set for the first 40 minutes and then a lower temperature for the next 5 minutes for the paste to do its magic. This was the most relaxing time during the entire process.

    Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
    Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
  4. After the steaming, the scalp is allowed to cool and then the paste was washed with the help of a cooling menthol shampoo and conditioner. The therapist gave an amazing massage during the shampooing which felt like heaven to me.
  5. A vitamin essence was sprayed onto the hair along with another tonic to help prevent damaged hair.
  • Overall experience?

My hair felt really soft and covered all the greys which was quite astonishing. The herbal paste had a nice aroma to it and looked a bit like henna. The therapist told me it had 21 herbal ingredients and no chemical whatsoever is added to this special herbal paste. My scalp was also cleaned up and I could see a big difference to my hair. I was also told to get this treatment a few more times in order to see permanent fix to all the greys and other hair issues.

Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
  • Cost of the treatment?

The treatment will range from 2000 INR to 3000 INR with taxes included.

Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
  • Do you recommend this treatment?

Yes. For the price you are paying, this is by far the best treatment I have come across which gives real results and that lasts longer even after washing your hair a few times. They recommend you to use their shampoos and conditioners and I can understand why. Most of the hair products that we use contains some or the other kind of chemicals and since Bee Choo Origin treatment has all 100% natural ingredients, they want you to use chemical free shampoos and conditioners too.

Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat-Before
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat-Before
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat- After
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat- After
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat
Bee Choo Origin at Hairbitat

The treatment is definitely worth a try, infect more than just one try. As Arpitha mentioned, the Bee Choo Origin treatment has definitely shown results on her hair and infact has been raved quite a lot by Krupa from IshtyleAwhile. I’m definitely going to try this treatment pretty soon myself after hearing such great reviews from Arpitha. What do you think of this treatment? Have you been to any of the stores of Hairbitat India for this treatment? Let me know your views on this.

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

PS: The services were provided by the brand for honest reviews. Content partially contributed by Arpitha from Team Thattripeurbanlife for the post.

 

Athleisure Life-2| How to Style Men’s Joggers| Tips and Tricks

Hello everyone,

How’s the week treating you all? I have one final submission to go for this semester and will have a long vacation ahead! Yay!!! As promised, here’s the second edition to ‘Athleisure Life’ series, where we will be talking about styling ideas for men’s joggers and some tips and tricks. You can read the previous posts Here and Here

Even though, some of you might not like the idea of wearing your lounge pants to work or to a social event, but trust me, it’s not as weird as you think. From high-end brands to your local stores, joggers are creating a revolution in men’s fashion industry. It has definitely evolved from the baggy, loose-fitted pants to more tapered and structured to fit your body and go along with various combinations.

  • Try it with a T-shirt or a casual plaid shirt:

T-shirts are the easiest for any guy to pick from his wardrobe and pairing them with denim joggers is the simplest way to look comfortably stylish. If you own joggers that are of chino-material or even corduroy fabric, I would suggest you to go for a casual shirt and avoid fancy T-shirts.

We picked up this denim jogger and the full-sleeved T-shirt from Bewakoof.com. They have some great collection of joggers for men and we were quite drawn towards this particular combo. It’s best to keep the look simple and casual when you are going for joggers because in the end, they were originally made for casual or lounging right! Go for monotone colours and wear them with a simple pair or trainers or sneakers to keep the look laid back and understated.

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How to style men’s joggers
How to style men's joggers
How to style men’s joggers
How to style men's joggers
How to style men’s joggers

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you are going for a smart-casual look, try looking for a pair of joggers that are fitted or more tailored and structured pair. But make sure to get the right one! You don’t want to look like you are wearing your girlfriend’s leggings right! The joggers should be loose fitted at the thighs and the crotch area.
  • If you want to experiment with colours, go for varied colours in joggers. But be careful to keep the rest of the look simple and not loud.
  • Try a light coloured Polo shirt with a dark shade joggers and to keep the look casual, accessorize it with a cap and some trainers.
  • Of course, outer wears will add more to your look. There are options from denim jackets to bomber jackets to even biker jackets. For a more work appropriate attire, go for a semi-formal blazer with your joggers.
  • The best pair of footwear to team up with your joggers are trainers. You can even go for some converse or plimsolls too.

So there are a lot of ways you can style your joggers and for men, the options are a lot. All you need before buying your pair of joggers is to understand your body type and what fabric suits you the best. And the most essential, not to follow the trend blindly. Only if you think, the style suits you, go for it because you always have the good looking chinos and jeans in your wardrobe! 😀

How to style men's joggers
How to style men’s joggers
How to style men's joggers
How to style men’s joggers

Outfit Details:

Joggers: Bewakoof.com

T-shirt: Bewakoof.com

Sweatshirt: Reebok

Trainers: Koovs

Sunglasses: Nautica

We were quite excited to shop from Bewakoof, but unfortunately after just one wash, the T-shirt shrunk to almost 2 sizes down which was such a disappointment. But this was also because we didn’t pay attention the washing instructions for the fabric. So when you are shopping on their website, make sure to check the fabric and follow the wash instructions to avoid any mishaps like we did!

Make sure to comment below your favourite way to style joggers and we can have an interesting chat here..

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

 

Athleisure Life| How to style Joggers for Women| Tips and Tricks

Hello lovely people,

Do you remember how I told you “Athleisure” is all in trend these days in one of my previous posts? If you don’t recall reading the post, you can click HERE. The age is all about comfortable clothes that helps you breathe through your clothes but also make you look stylish. Joggers are one of the most comfiest as well as trendy looking piece of outfit and currently trending everywhere. Try searching on Pinterest and you will find so many jogger looks and you have one suiting every person’s style. Regardless of whether you are going to the gym or to meet your friends or to even to work, you can style your joggers in so many different styles appropriate to the occasion.

When Bewakoof.com sent us some of their awesome joggers and graphic tees, we knew we would have fun working on this shoot. Though it took quite a long time for us to put up this shoot due to many unforeseen factors, but here is the Part 1 of the “How to style Joggers” post where we would be focussing only on styling joggers for women.

Since Joggers are meant to be a casual outfit, the best way to style them is pairing up with a graphic tee and some sneakers (I would say white goes the best with all colours). I am not a fan of boxy tees but when I saw this Captain America crop boxy tee on Bewakoof.com, I thought to myself, “Well! Why not experiment!” and picked these up. I already own basic coloured joggers and hence wanted to try out a different colour. This pastel coloured joggers with “Tres Chic” printed on it looked pretty and my type and knew would go well with all the tees and shirts I own.

  • Look 1:
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How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
  • Look 2:

The second look is for a cooler or a windy day, where all you can do is just put on a flannel shirt over your tee or tank top and you are good to go. This is a perfect outfit for your school or college where you would look presentable and stylish but in a lot more comfortable way. Though these are just my regular glasses, but adding a pair of glasses would definitely give you the stylish nerdy look :D. Scroll down for all the outfit details and some tips and tricks to flaunt that pair of joggers in your wardrobe.

  • How to style Joggers

      How to style Joggers
    How to style Joggers

How to style Joggers

How to style Joggers
How to style Joggers
  • How to style Joggers

      How to style Joggers

    How to style Joggers

      How to style Joggers

    Outfit Details:

Look 1: Joggers: Bewakoof.com

Cropped Boxy tee: Bewakoof.com

White loafers: Kmart

Black studded backpack: Sammydress.com

Look 2: Striped Flannel: Sammydress.com

Joggers: Bewakoof.com

Cropped Boxy tee: Bewakoof.com

White loafers: Kmart

On my lips: Nyx soft matte lip cream (Addis Ababa)

Tips and Tricks:

  • Start with basic colours like black or grey if you are trying out joggers for the first time.
  • Look for the right fit- fitted at the waist and ankle and a bit looser at the thigh section.
  • Dress them down with graphic tees and tank tops along with sneakers and dress them up with feminine blouses, bustiers with some sexy heels.
  • Strappy sandals with joggers- a complete No-No!
  • For cooler days, pair a denim jacket or a leather jacket with a tank top or a blouse inside for a more ‘work-appropriate’ look.
  • Try accessoring with some statement pieces or a cute bag for a more dressy look for night outs and parties.

Bewakoof.com is definitely your place to shop joggers from denims to playful ones. And not to forget, their shirt dresses and graphic and fun tees are Oh So Awesome! Stay tuned for the Part 2 of this post where we will be talking about styling men’s joggers. And don’t forget to checkout our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, twitter) to get updated about all things nice and fun!

Till then stay awesome 😀

Sareez.com- A one stop solution to all your ethnic wear shopping problems!

Hola,

I love dressing up in Indian ethnic wear and I can any day say that I prefer a saree over anarkalis or lehengas because of the fact that it makes every woman look classy and sexy in them. The fact that there’s so much variation to sarees in terms of fabric, design and even the way you style them, makes it even more awesome to flaunt them. I like my sarees to be simpler in designs or usually prefer light-weight fabrics like Chiffon, Georgette or Cotton.

When Sareez.com contacted me to try out their sarees, I was ecstatic, one because I’d seen so many great reviews about them on YouTube and two, because I had so many weddings to attend and they just made my life a lot easier.

About Sareez:

“Sareez is one of the largest and the most recognized online stores for Indian ethnic wears. Founded in 2009, Sareez, today, has emerged to be a globally loved and preferred provider of a variety of Indian ethnic attires including Sarees, Salwar Kameez, Lehengas, Sherwani, Kaftans and more. We are based out of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. We at Sareez boast of our team of designers and craftsmen, who works together to make our dream of defining Indian ethnicity come alive.”

I had been delaying this post from quite sometime because the pictures weren’t that great and didn’t come out as I’d planned thanks to the horrible horrible weather in Chennai. Within minutes, my makeup was just melting like a crazy monkey and it all showed up in the pictures. Nonetheless, I still wanted to put them up for the simple fact that the sarees still looked super gorgeous and makeup or my face really shouldn’t be a topic of botheration right. I think we all are friends enough to give me a Hall Pass for this 😀

So I picked up 3 beautiful sarees, two for me and one for my mommy. Before I left Chennai, we had a mini family photoshoot (you’ll see my awesome family in the pictures below) and I wore this pretty green saree with a beautiful hint of yellow, golden and pink to it. The moment I saw this saree on the website, I knew I had to get this. It was so simple, yet there was something so beautiful in the colour and how it looked. Mommy dear wore this pretty purple Banarasi saree which according to her is definitely not for summers. It’s kind of makes you feel super hot but otherwise, the saree is amazingly made and has a great finnish to it. The best part about sareez.com is that they even have the option of getting the blouse and the petticoat pre-stitched while ordering from their website, which is a pretty good and saves you time and trips to the tailor. But make sure to give the right measurements or it can be a big pain and definitely a waste of money.

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Sareez.com Review
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Sareez.com Review
Sareez.com Review
Sareez.com Review

The second saree I got  from Sareez.com was this beautiful beautiful browny-yellow georgette saree which is super light-weighted and is comfortable to wear too. I think this is one saree that I won’t mind wearing the entire day without worrying about tripping over it. The floral design makes it all the more fun to wear it and also  received a beautiful boat neck blouse in a contrasting red colour which goes so well with the saree. The fabric feels really soft and is perfect for  office wear especially if you live in cities that are humid and hot. Mind you guys, I haven’t put any makeup on because my skin was acting crazy and I didn’t want it to become worse by putting makeup on. So if you plan to give any hate comments, please stay away from the blog!!!

Sareez.com review
Sareez.com review
Sareez.com review
Sareez.com review
Sareez.com review
Sareez.com review

The shipping did take some time for one of the sarees but the other two came pretty quickly. They have quite an amazing collection of sarees, suits and lehengas and are decently priced too. Apart from that they also have a LIVE CHAT option which according to me is quite good as any query can be clarified quickly without going through the hassles of sending them emails and waiting for a reply for ages. I highly recommend Sareez.com to all those who are looking for a variety in ethnic Indian wear and also want a good value for their money.

Which is your favorite saree among the three? Do you love wearing sarees? Make sure to let me know in the comments section below as I would love to know your thoughts on it.

Till then stay awesome 😀

What It’s Really Like to Have Eyelash Extensions!Things to know before you go for them

Hola,

Yesterday I had posted about my experience at Warren Tricomi Salon and how I got my first ever eyelash extensions from NovaLash. Though, fluttery and long eyelashes look charming and beautiful , it also comes with a lot of post care and high maintenance and for ladies who are impatient and always in a hurry, this can be a little bit difficult to manage. But fret not, considering myself as one of the most laziest girls in this universe(LOL),

Source: google images
Source: google images

I am going to give you a few tips before getting eyelash extensions done….

  1. Do your research:  If you go on the internet, you will find tons of bad experience stories about eyelash extensions, hence doing a good research about salons that have trained technicians to do the procedure. Visit the salon directly and ask the technicians questions about their experience and expertise before booking an appointment. Warren Tricomi has certified NovaLash technicians and that’s where i had got my lash extensions from.
  2. Take care of the glue used: Many of us have sensitive eyes and hence will be more prone to redness and irritation with the glue used. Hence, ask the technician to use the special glue made especially for the sensitive eyes.
  3. Make sure to have enough time in hand: The procedure is time taking and tedious and you need to be very patient to lie down still for atleast 2 hours straight and hence, booking appointment during an off day would be the best option to avoid a hurried up work. Because trust me, the results will be only clumped up and untidy eyelashes.
  4. Be practical: Do not go for a Kim Kardashian look! Just because she looks sexy in those long luscious lashes doesn’t mean it will look flattering on you as well. Be practical and go for lashes according to your lash length and natural density. Also if you wear glasses, it’s advisable to not go for very lengthy extensions as they will keep touching your glasses and make them dirty.
    Source:www.novalashindia.in
    Source:www.novalashindia.in

    No that we have discussed what you need to do before and during the procedure, let’s discuss about the after care and some do’s and dont’s:

  1. Do not rub the eyes: When the technician asks you not to rub your eyes, they mean it. Since the extensions are glued minutely close to your natural lashes, there 99% chances of you losing your natural lashes too while rubbing your eyes along with the extensions. And by the end of a month or so, you’ll notice that you have hardly any natural lashes left. Not a good idea eh!
  2. No mascara and oil based makeup remover: really, you won’t be needing mascara with these babies on. It is advised to use only a water based mascara if it is really necessary and stay away from oil-based makeup removers and even eyeliners as they can melt the glue faster, making the extensions more prone to falling off faster.
  3. Comb them regularly: Everytime you wash your face, make sure to comb the lashes gently with a mascara wand that you can easily find online. This would avoid any kind of clumping once it is dried and also makes them look naturally blended.
    NovaLash extensions- Before
    NovaLash extensions- Before

    NovaLash extensions- After
    NovaLash extensions- After

If taken proper care, eyelash extensions can stay for atleast 20-30 days without touch ups. This procedure is a tad bit heavier on the pocket, but is a great alternative on saving time from applying and reapplying mascara all the time. A procedure that has been quite a rave in foreign countries, it is picking up quite well in India now and have got a good response too. There are very few salons at the moment in India that does this procedure and make sure to read proper reviews and do your bit of research to go for it. Checkout this video to know how the procedure is done-

My experience with NovaLash was indeed a good one and the lashes are still going strong. I do have a few fallouts daily but they still don’t look ugly in anyway. You can visit Warren Tricomi Salon or the NovaLash website and checkout their work and learn more about eyelash extensions too. Make sure to comment below and tell me your opinion about eyelash extensions and if you think this is a good alternative for time saving.

Till then stay awesome 😀

Disclaimer: The services was offered by Warren Tricomi for my honest reviews.

Outfit of the day featuring Wills Lifestyle|Signature collection

Hola,

I’m so happy to be back on track with blogging regularly. It feels super good to post everyday  and today i’m back with an outfit post for you all. Few months back when I was invited for the launch of the “Signature collection” at Wills Lifestyle, I found such amazing varieties of silhouettes, that are perfect for the summers and exclusively designed by the well known designers of our country. There were a couple of pieces that really caught my attention and one such beautiful outfit was a Lime green coloured Kaftan styled Tunic which had a pretty “Bandhni” work on it. The fabric was light and soft to touch and I knew I had to pick it up for myself and style this for you all.

Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers

Since the colour looked so soothing to the eyes, I paired it up with a white pair of trousers that i’d recently bought from Unlimited Stores and wanted to go for an easy breezy college/shopping look, so wore my flip flops from Myntra and my fringe bag from New Look. I wanted to go for all summery shades and hence avoided any kind of dark colours for the look. The whole idea of sporting this look was keeping in mind a perfect shopping day with your girlfriends with no hassle of clothes sticking to your body or any such discomfort, yet look stylish and put together.

Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers

The hair was tied in a loose pony tail and the makeup was kept minimal in this look with only some compact powder, a nice shade of Chambor liquid lipstick and some eyeshadow. Summers are all about wearing comfy loose but not shabby clothes. You need to know how to dress well even in the most loose fitted clothes without looking like you just got out of the bed. If you own loose T-shirts or tunics, you can always cinch your wait with a belt and look presentable instead of looking way too casual. I own loads of oversized clothes and I usually tie them at the sides or use a belt to kind of make it look my size and it really does the trick.

Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers
Outfit of the day for summers

I am absolutely in love with this colour and fabric and I would really recommend you all to checkout the Wills Lifestyle store for their new Signature collection. I have another post coming up which is all about dressing up for a party in comfortable clothes. So stay tuned for that and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat@aishwaryamohan7 to know all about the upcoming posts, mini reviews and lots of randomness.

Pictures by The Slingshots Company

Till then stay awesome 😀

Men’s Casual Summer look |Chambray trend| Face of the Month June 2016

Hello everyone,

I’ve been suffering from a very bad cold since the past week and that’s why I have not been active on my social media or even posting blogs. But finally I decided to get up from the bed and post this look that was supposed to go live a long back.

Nothing will give you that immediate rockstar feel like a chambray shirt because it defines “understated cool”. The chambray shirt is one of those statement pieces that can never go wrong and has made sure it is here to stay. Pick white chinos or joggers for bottoms that look like summer and you are set to look effortlessly fashionable. Colours always incite a certain kind of feeling and perhaps blues remind us of the summer days. Or maybe it’s because it’s the easiest colour to match! Whatever it is, blue has been ubiquitous in spring/summer menswear collections.

So here is a look that i have put up for our Face of the Month for June on the blog, Hitesh who happens to be the blog’s official photographer too. He is the man behind for all the beautiful pictures on the blog and one of the reasons for making me look pretty for you all through his pictures. Hehehe

Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend
Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend

Since, he’s too camera shy, it was kind of difficult for me to convince him to do this shoot for me and a lot more difficult for me to make this tall boy pose for the pictures. But I think we did quite a good job and have come up with this simple casual look using a Chambray Shirt from Wills Lifestyle. We have paired the shirt with denim joggers which according to me is one of the best pieces that any guy can own in his wardrobe. Since it’s a summer look, we went for flip flops instead of shoes, but if you like wearing shoes, go for a nice pair of white sneakers or kicks and you can make this look even more stylish.

Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend
Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend

If you are not comfortable experimenting with joggers, you can always go for your good old pair of jeans or even white or beige chinos. You can convert this look into a party look by simply pairing them up with chinos and some brogues. Hitesh likes simple and effortless looks, hence he wanted to stick to this minimal look and he thinks this is something the college-goers can definitely try.

Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend
Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend

I saw this polka dotted chambray shirt at Wills Lifestyle and instantly picked it up for this shoot. They have an amazing Indigo collection and I think you guys should definitely check out their new collection. I have talked about their SS16 collection in my previous post HERE and how their men’s collection truly impressed me.

Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend
Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend
Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend
Summer casual look for men|Chambray trend

Chambray has such a cult status because of its off-duty cool vibe, so keep it simple and cool.  Do not try and think too hard about how to style this trend. However you decide to wear it, as long as you keep your look simple you will have that rockstar feel, trust me. Chambray is not just about the shirt. Recently, because of its popularity and versatility, it has expanded into the world of suits. The best part is, it’s a versatile item; By investing in some quality pieces, like a heavy feel shirt and a lighter weight one, you will be covered for every season.  Wear it under a coat for an extra layer, or wear it open as a coat itself.

If you own a chambray shirt or would want to own one, how would you style yours? Comment below and let me know and tell me what you think of this month’s face of the month? Would you like to get featured next month? Send me an email at thattripeurbanlife@gmail.com and I will definitely like to get back to you. And don’t forget to check out our social media on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and Snapchat(@aishwaryamohan7) because I post mini hauls and reviews there 🙂

 

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une 2016

Unveiling the Wills Lifestyle Spring-Summer 2016 Collection

Hola,

Hope none of you are having trouble dealing with the Monday Blues today. I have been having super hectic and troublesome days but somehow trying to stay positive and getting through them. Back to the post for today, a few weeks back, I was invited by Wills Lifestyle for their SS16′ launch in Chennai. This was the first time I ever went for an event at Wills Lifestyle, but was in awe after seeing the beautiful collection they have come up with this year.

Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016- Men's Polo and shorts collection
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016- Men’s Polo and shorts collection
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016- Beautiful maxi dresses from Signature collection
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016- Beautiful maxi dresses from Signature collection
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016

For me, Wills Lifestyle was always a place to buy my formal wears from, but with the spring summer collection this year, they have upped their game for sure. They have collaborated with some amazing and renowned designers from the industry and I got to style 4 models in my favorites from the collection. I wanted to create looks that were appropriate as casual brunch wear as well as those that can be worn to work but something apart from the boring basic colors.

Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016

I styled the male model in a striped pink Polo T-shirt along with black denims which went really well with his white kicks. To match with the casual look, I asked the female model to go for the assymetrical blue dress from Ritu Kumar and a white handbag from the collection. This look was created keeping in mind the scorching summers that we all are facing these days. The silhouettes were amazing and the fabrics used in this collection is super comfortable and wearable even during the day time

Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016

The next two models were styled for more of an office appropriate look or something that can be worn to official parties and events. When it comes to work wear, most of go for basic colors, but i think we can play with colors if styled in a subtle way. I love Nehru jackets and I feel men look so presentable when they wear a jacket like this on top of their shirts. So i gave the model this off-white Nehru jacket to pair it up with the blue formal shirt. I styled the female model in a pretty orange shift dress which I absolutely loved and accessorised it with a white clutch. You can even top it up with a summer blazer to give it a more professional look.

Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Signature collection 2016

The 2016 Spring Summer collection is all about breezy fabrics and summery shades. You will find outfits that are so comfortable once put on. The men’s collection impressed me in every aspect. From the indigo/denim range to their formals, everything was stylish yet comfortable.

Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016
Wills Lifestyle Spring/Summer collection 2016

I have three lookbooks coming up soon this week, where i have created looks for both men and women with the signature collection as well as their denim collection. So stay tuned to this space and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay updated with all the exciting news about latest posts, events and giveaways. And I do mini hauls, behind the scenes from events and launch and reviews on my Snapchat @aishwaryamohan7.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀