Say hello to good health with the Five Second Rule!

Getting in shape has never been easy. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed ‘fitness freak’ or just plain lazy, it takes massive convincing to get yourself going. Pulling off the covers and dragging yourself to the gym or simply waking up early for a refreshing round of meditation can be a chore.

First things first, quit waiting to feel like getting in shape. It’s never going to happen. No amount of feeling or knowing that you need to get healthy will help you, unless you start moving.

This is where the five-second rule comes into play. I firmly believe, it takes just 5 seconds to achieve great health. Now, before you roll your eyes at me, let me explain! I’m not referring to the 5-second rule where it’s perfectly all right to eat food you dropped on the floor, provided you pick it up within 5 seconds. I’m talking about the effective one.

The simplistic rule is all about taking action within the first five seconds of an idea popping into your head. From the moment a thought crosses your mind, you have just five seconds to act – before your brain scraps the idea.

I’ve listed only a few our many assertions with respect to our existing (or imaginary) fitness regimes:

  • I will make use of my six-month gym membership
  • I must start eating healthy
  • I should wake up early and practice yoga
  • I’ll meditate today
  • I will try putting on some weight to deal with my health problems

All the ‘I wills’ and ‘I shoulds’ fail because we don’t act in time. The human brain tends to panic and reject an intimidating idea. Yours will try to talk you out of all those positive affirmations. So, how do you capitalise on those precious, fleeting seconds?

  • Speak – speak your idea out loud. Tell someone you’re taking Zumba lessons. More likely than not, you will end up making it to class because now someone knows. It becomes more difficult to back out with someone keeping an eye on you!
  • Walk – as I’ve already mentioned, get moving – literally. Walk into the gym after work and get that membership. Once you start walking towards the gym, there’s little chance you’ll stop midway.
  • Write – make a note; from post-its to phone memos and alarms, reminders come in many forms. Write down ‘NO vada pao’ or ‘go jogging in the evening’. It acts like a reaffirmation.

Your health & fitness schedule comprises an endless list but the rule is simple. Just push yourself to take even the smallest step, within the first five seconds of getting the idea & watch miracles happen! It has worked for me, it will for you too.

Using the five second rule is MY way of being healthy: 1 rule & 5 seconds’ time is all it takes! Uncannily similar to Saffola’s motto of #ApneTareekeSeHealthy, isn’t it? So, how will you ‘push for health, your way’?

I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with BlogAdda.

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The Little Shopper – One Stop Shop for Every Parenting Need!

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A child’s laughter is the sweetest sound! As a parent, you’d go to any extent to keep your children smiling, wouldn’t you? Then why not start at the beginning, with authentic advice regarding pregnancy and parenting, from the experts themselves? Be perfect parents from the word go!

How, you ask? The newest kid in the online marketplace, The Little Shopper, is here for you! From maternity wear to accessories by reputed brands like House Of Napius, Mama Couture, Inner Sense and Farlin, all your needs have been taken care of. After all, the mother-to-be must focus all her attention on the soon-to-arrive little one and leave the worries for someone else to handle!

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It is a well thought-out website, with a carefully curated collection. Instead of browsing regular e-commerce websites for hours – let alone stepping into a store – you can simply take your pick on The Little Shopper. Save time and breathe easy!

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Cradle your baby in a bedding set, replete with pillows and dress them in the cutest apparels by top brands like Tiny Toddler, Liz Jacob, The Blue Bus Store and more! The website has it all – from feeding accessories to diapers – so you don’t have to step out to buy baby essentials!

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Navigating the site is extremely comfortable. Every tab clearly labels what to expect with each click. With best of what a parent needs to own and know, The Little Shopper offers everything from a pin to a plane under one roof! Toys for the boys and hair accessories for the pretty girls, down to tiny footwear for those tiny, happy feet – the list is exhaustive! Shopping has never been this fun before!

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Come summer, your fashionable tiny tot will raise a fuss for a great new wardrobe. To comply with these most adorable demands, The Little Shopper also has a special Summer Collection for the kids! It’s something you won’t want to miss!

Speaking of special, mothers are precious, aren’t they? To honor these strong, beautiful women, The Little Shopper is celebrating Mother’s Day with an amazing offer this May. Everyone who signs up will receive a free cash voucher of Rs. 3,000!

With their handpicked collection of the choicest Indian & international baby, kids and maternity brands, along with credible parenting information vetted by experts, you wouldn’t need to look elsewhere! So, the next time you require anything for your children, you know where to look!

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The Allure of Indian Ethnic Wear

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Indian ethnic apparels possess a charm of a different sort. If you’re one who thinks there’s no comfort like a pair of jeans, you’ve clearly never paired a salwaar or a patiala with a well-fitted kurta. Besides feeling heavenly, they look gorgeous – much unlike basic, boring denims.

I belong to a business family, who’s dealt in ladies’ ethnic garments for decades. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to traditional wear but there’s no denying the truth in the fact that ethnic wear highlights an Indian woman’s beauty!

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No one looks as exquisite as a bride on her wedding day, because of the glow on her face and tint on her cheeks, accentuated by the six yards of absolute elegance that she dons. A Bengali woman draped in a crisp white saree with a red border is Grace personified and a simple Punjabi girl wearing a Patiala suit, with pretty bangles tinkling on her wrists is sheer loveliness.

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Indian garments will always hold a special place in a woman’s heart: Whether she’s a little girl sashaying in her mother’s apparel, a woman of 50 looking for the perfect kurti, or a woman of 25 trying on dresses for her brother’s wedding and a pile of lehenga-cholis for her BFF’s Sangeet ceremony.

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Let’s not forget to speak about their versatility! An unassuming suit may come in any number of styles – An Anarkali if you’re craving a regal look or a simple straight cut salwar suit. While, the humble saree may be draped in numerous fashions: the Gujarati, Marathi, butterfly, mermaid style and so many more! There’s really no end to the possibilities!

Speaking of ethnic wear, I’ve been doing my fair share of research before I buy an outfit for my best friend’s wedding. So, during one of my many sessions on Google, I chanced upon an online store that currently stocks a wide (and the best) collection of Indian bridal wear and other traditional attire! I’m seriously contemplating giving it a go and would love some suggestions from you! You can check out the store right here.  I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

 

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There’s No Denying It: Jewelry is a Woman’s Best Friend!

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There’s no denying the fact that jewelry is a woman’s best friend. It has been around since time immemorial and shall remain forever. There’s something about an Indian woman sporting an ethnic outfit with statement jewellery. The charm is indescribable. Add to it a dash of lipstick, a hint of kajal and you’re good to go!

From parties to weddings and festivals to even the smallest occasion, us women need but the slightest reason to don our saree with chandbalis or jhumkas, a necklace and bangles of course!

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Women these days don’t shy away from wearing traditional jewelry designs. It, on the contrary is a rage, especially with the younger generation. Donning an ethnic necklace set with fusion garments to college events or proudly wearing her mangalsutra with a pair of jeans and a plain tee to work: today’s Indian woman is on a trend-setting spree!

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Diamonds are our best friends – whether in the form of a solitaire or an uncut diamond (polki) that forms the focal point of heirloom jewellery. Kundan and polki jadau embellished gold, gives off the most regal aura. Jadau work has been in practice since the Mughal era and is typical to the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Even today, it’s a preferred form of jewellery in weddings.

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Young women have taken to traditional jewelry like kamar-bandhs, nose-pins, anklets and maang tikkas with a vengeance and love flaunting them at weddings and pujas! Oh and rings! How can you forget rings! The quirkier the design, the better!

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Speaking of weddings and pujas, one can’t help but crave going for some jewellery shopping! Oh, but wait! Wouldn’t you rather sit home and click at few buttons on your keyboard to get the most sophisticated jewelry for your loved ones, instead of having to go all the way to the store? Yes? Then look no further than Craftsvilla! The collection is fabulous and spells classy with a capital ‘C’!

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Yaar Mod Do – Guru Randhawa, Millind Gaba

This heart-warming song sung and penned by the young mellifluous duo of the Punjabi Music Industry, Guru Randhawa and Millind Gaba, is the newest ode to Friendship. I happened to hear it while flipping through my favourite Punjabi channels and honestly, paused because of Guru Randhawa. His songs like Khat, Outfit and Patola are a rage (Patola, being a personal favourite). I’m glad I stopped to listen because there hasn’t been such a soulful number on friendship in a long time. The instant you think Friendship Song, you think Yaar Anmulle (Sherry Mann) or Yaariyan (Babbal Rai) but now we have another and I don’t hear anyone complaining!

The sincerity in their words travels through their beautiful voices and into your bloodstream like tiny shock-waves, leaving you covered in goosebumps. No matter who you are – a college student who meets his gang everyday but hasn’t realised how valuable they really are or a professional perpetually short on time who can’t recall the last time he caught up with his pals – this track will compel you to stop, reflect and act. It plucks at the heart-strings and will make you pick that phone to make the long-overdue call to your BFF.

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The song is intensely nostalgia-evoking with the melody in perfect tandem. You may catch yourself day-dreaming and smiling as you’re reminded of your gang. Passing the bill on and pretending you’re out of cash, happy-highs with the squad, demanding a treat like it’s your birth-right, leg-pulling and endless laughter. The video, however, is heartrending. Seems like an anomaly when observed separately but if you’re not the baal-ki-khaal nikaalne waala person, you’ll appreciate how the picturisation and vocals manage to blend beautifully all the same. The song takes your mind on an emotional journey, replete with smiles and tears.

Do note the tick-tick-tick of a clock that plays throughout the song. It starts the instant the boys are informed about their friends’ critical condition (at 1:23 in the video), to when they see them after a successful, life-saving operation (at 4:46) There’s a moment where we see a clock’s hands move and the beats drop down to a mere tick-tock (2:38). Though fleeting, it adds a metaphorical touch, almost signifying the ephemeral nature of our being.

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Lai lo paisa te lai lo pyaar, mainu mere yaar mod do… Take money and take love away but please return my friends to me. Less literally, the lead vocalists recount memories with their buddies and offer to give up everything they possess, in exchange of those lost friends. Phone de wallpaper te ne jo chaar, ohi chaar yaar mod do… Words that hit home and make you realise how friendship takes a blow in this mad rush called life.

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Special mention to Millind Gaba for his touching performance. He’s the man behind the music that does justice to the sublime lyrics. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well he can act too. In a particular scene where he is seen reminiscing their Shanivaar drinking-in-the-car scenes (3:16), the seamless change in expressions, from smiling to being reduced to tears, reveals his acting prowess!

It’s been around 2 weeks to the release and the song’s been playing on-loop ever since. Yaar Mod Do is after my heart for more reasons than one. Maybe that’s why I felt compelled to write and let the world know about its sheer brilliance on all counts; right from the spell-binding lyrics to the vocals, the video to its execution. This isn’t a review by any means, it’s pure appreciation. Kudos and major respect to everyone behind this master piece! Thank you for giving us the latest Friendship Anthem.

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Assam 1860, Tea As It Should Be – Review

 

Tea is the elixir of life; like love in a cup; a best friend that will never judge you. It’s liquid magic. No beverage, mark my words (not even coffee), comes close to being a miracle worker like tea! Precisely why I believe Assam 1860 and I have forged a bond that is sure to last a long, long time.

If there’s any Indian brand that has the most courteous and co-operative ‘tea’m, it’s Assam 1860. I’ve been a loyalist since I stumbled upon their website and social media accounts. Their Twitter and Instagram profiles are flooded with the most impressive set of puns that revolve around, well, tea! This punny fever is infectious and has quite evidently rubbed off on me.

With over 150 years of experience and expertise, Assam 1860 is India’s highest quality gourmet black tea brand. The leaves are plucked, processed and packaged in the estate itself that gives an assurance of quality. Assam 1860 celebrates tea.
(Now that’s one par’tea’ I’d love to be invited to!)

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Fresh, young leaves at the Thowra Estate

Tea bags as well as loose CTC tea is available, that is un-blended and brought to you 6 months fresher than other brands. (CTC refers to the Crush-Tear-Curl method of processing tea). Truly garden fresh! I tried out a cuppa chai recently and haven’t stopped since. I’m officially a fan.

It’s got a robust flavour that’s strong but not over-bearing. It’s fragrant and revitalizing. You can brew the tea with milk (doodh cha in Bengali lingo), take your shot of black liquor, a cup brimming with masala chai or even turn it into a glass of delicious, energizing lemon ice tea!

What comes across is that the distinct flavour that’s typical of Assam tea and that’s honestly what I absolutely love. Clearly very different from the brand I’ve been consuming for years now. The change, like the tea, is refreshing and welcome. One sip and you are transported from your home to the James Warren Tea Estate of Thowra, Assam. For me, it was love at first sip, indeed.

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The cute li’l cuppa says “Brace yourself, it’s s’tea‘my time!”

Its packaging is noteworthy too. The tea bags come in plastic pouches, neatly arranged in a green cardboard box. The little bags themselves are made of cloth mesh unlike other brands that use flimsy, paper-like material. This prevents the bag from tearing and leaves from spilling out if dipped in very hot liquid. A lot of thought has gone into taking care of a customer’s needs and it’s these little things that really win over our hearts!

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Oh, while we’re on it, if you live in Kolkata or are currently visiting, do visit Park Street (but of course). While you’re there, drop in to the Assam 1860 stall. Only yesterday, I was walking down Park Street soaking in the sights and sounds of Christmas when I noticed the Assam 1860 stall. I was pleasantly surprised and naturally couldn’t contain my enthusiasm, so I went ahead to meet the team; a group of well-educated, well-spoken graduates who are as passionate about tea as me. Yay. I stand by my words and repeat, Assam 1860 has the friendliest representatives.

 

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In conversation!

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The wheel of for’tea‘une

Now go get your pack of Assam 1860! What’re you waiting for? Christmas? 😉 Teas the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la…

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Roger that!

 

(All pictures have either been clicked by me or borrowed from the official social media accounts of Assam 1860)

 

 

Wow! Momo, Kolkata : Review

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If food could be called cute, momo would win the title hands down. I’ve been a fan of these heavenly little cushions right from the word go. Sauntering down Hazra Road one evening, I nearly stopped dead in my tracks when I noticed a brand new outlet of Wow! Momo. Imagine my delight! I’m a foodie whose love for momo is sacrosanct. Wow! Momo has several outlets in Kolkata. You can imagine my joy when I discovered yet another one. Here’s an honest review, from a momo-loyalist.

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This is near the Ballygunge Phari petrol pump. The joint is slightly crammed with 3 tables for two. It seats about 8 people at the maximum and the delectable food more than makes up for the lack of room. The walls have framed images and add charm to the space. It’s air-conditioned, which automatically makes the place comfortable.

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Momo Time, Party Time!

Right from the traditional steamed and fried momos to the Wow! Momo specials, including fish, mushroom, cheese and chocolate stuffed momos, this place has it all! The Chicken Pan Fried Momo in Schezwan Sauce comprises crispy fried momos laden with a spicy-sweet sauce. If you’re someone who likes a little kick of chilli, you’ll surely love it. (I do!) The momos come with a red chilli paste and green chutney.

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Chicken Pan Fried Momo in Schezwan Sauce

Heard of the MoBurg? No? Well, it’s a momo-burger! It’s quite an innovation and an extremely interesting combination. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive but it was de-li-cious! Two pieces of chicken fried momos, sandwiched between burger bread along with a yummy green chutney, red chilli sauce and mayo. Mmmmm, so gooood!

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Presenting… The MoBurg!

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Messy goodness. Yumm!

The Mushroom Fried Momo was a slight let-down. If you’re the kind who loves mushroom to the extent that you get into a tussle with your siblings over the last bite, you’re in for disappointment. I didn’t expect Paneer (cottage cheese) in the stuffing along with the mushroom. Yes, it tasted great but you’ll probably enjoy it better if you’re a fan of paneer.

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Mushroom Fried Momo

Overall, it’s a pocket-pinch because Kolkata has momo stalls and restaurants at every nukkad. However, it’s totally worth it, considering the hygiene level they maintain. Their open kitchen is one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen. Absolutely spic and span! Super impressive and genuinely commendable!

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The Combo, with Pepsi. Eat, drink, be merry!

The Wow! Combo is a boon. Imagine saving some bucks AND have the treat of your life. What more can a perennially broke student like me ask for?! Talk about having your momo and eating it too!

I’ve tried out (and loved – but naturally) the delicacies served at the New Market (near New Empire Cinema) outlet; the one inside South City Mall (in Spencers), is my favourite haunt; not to forget, the Big Bazaar outlet in Jadavpur (Baghajatin). The Harza outlet tops the list though, simply due to convenience.

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Here you go! The menu.

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Only one teenie-weenie complaint. No Malai Tandoori Momos?! [Wow! Momo, why you do this? 😦 ] I religiously follow their Instagram profile (Username: wowmomos). Oh.my.God. what hunger-inducing pictures! *drools* Please introduce the Malai Tandoori Momos, A.S.A.P! I’ve got the Chicken Thukpa and Chocolate Momo on my agenda too. See you again, Wow! Momo. Soon. Very soon.

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte Lip Tint – Raving Red – Review

 

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Kajal has been the only makeup item I’ve owned for a very long time but I decided to break the monotony the instant I saw Kareena Kapoor sporting two vibrant shades in Lakme’s recent Absolute Lip Pout advert. So, I went ahead and got myself a Raving Red; after virtually trying it out on the Lakme Makeup Pro app to amazing results! The range comes in 6 gorgeous matte colours, which mostly comprises pinks and reds. I was super excited to try it out as matte is more ‘my thing’ than gloss.

Launched during the Lakme Fashion Week 2015, each stick is priced at Rs. 650 for 3.5 grams. Last season it was all about gloss but this time, matte’s taken centre stage with these 6 exciting shades:

  • Magenta Magic
  • Pink Fantasy
  • Raving Red
  • Starlet Red
  • Tangerine Touch
  • Victorian Rose

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Let’s start with the playfully coloured packaging. The chubby crayons come with a body that has the same matte colour it contains inside, along with a silver cap. They’re retractable and don’t need to be sharpened. The thought of sharpening any product breaks my heart because of the amount of wastage, so this is a definite plus for me.

I like the fragrance, though that’s completely subjective. It lasts for about 3-4 hours after which the colour starts to fade and leaves a little tint which means you have to re-apply. By personal experience, it isn’t very easy to apply and doesn’t quite glide on like a dream. It isn’t as smooth as I’d imagined and those with dry lips definitely need to exfoliate and moisturize before application. It is matte and therefore has a drying effect. You may need to dab on a little bit of lip balm before applying, if you have very dry lips.

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I wasn’t as pleased with the swatches as after applying to the lips. The colour turns out really well! It’s fairly well pigmented and leaves a lovely tint (as the name suggests) in one swipe. It does require a reasonable number of swipes though if you want a deeper shade. Speaking about the colour I have, Raving Red is a subtle shade of red; if you’re not one who likes the bright blood-red kind, this one’s for you. It gives a certain amount of brightness to my face and adds a pop of colour to my usually understated sense of style. It also transfers a bit.

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All in all, it delivers on most of its promises. The colour is vibrant, it has a matte finish, the colour pay off is really good, it doesn’t require sharpening. In my opinion, the application was not as quick, easy or comfortable as claimed. Seems the product isn’t quite meant for people with dry lips. There’s a little scope of improvement there so as to not let a portion of Lakme loyalists feel left out. I, for one, am completely loving it, woohoo! Kudos to Lakme; matte fans will love this and others may even convert 😉

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Lakme Makeup Pro App – Review

 

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In an episode of MTV’s very first season of India’s Next Top Model, the contestants were seen tip-tapping on a tablet, testing the remarkable features of the Lakme Makeup Pro app by Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (a widely trusted company whose brands Indians swear by). I was enamoured. I mean you apply makeup… but you don’t. Get what I mean? No? Wait, I’ll be glad to elucidate.

For starters, the app is free on Android. So yesterday I nicked my mom’s phone to download it. Isn’t available on iOS yet, so couldn’t get it on mine. Why you do this Lakme? *cries* It opens up in front-camera mode where your camera becomes a mirror. You can then virtually try out Lakme’s latest looks without having to drag your lazy feet to the store. You may:

  • Work on your face in real time
  • Or, simply click a picture then and there
  • Orrr, if you’re not camera-ready, you could also select a nice full-face selfie from your gadget gallery instead!

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Time to bash some misconceptions! To all those negative review(er)s –

I’ve read a lot of complaints in the Review section of the app, about certain features ‘not working’ or facial features not getting detected. Well, indeed, some eye makeup features don’t seem to work in real time mode. Try clicking a picture instead. They work fine there! Also there’s an ‘adjust’ option to make life easier. Please take some time and have a little patience. In all fairness, I did have some difficulty too. It does need slight improvement! (Psst, hey, Lakme are you listening?) However, it’s technology, something many don’t understand. It’s best left to the experts. Let’s give Lakme a break and cut them some slack, no? The app is an innovative creation after all! *applauds*

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The Pro Stylist Looks option – You have a variety of pre-set looks which can be sort by:

  • Occasion – Day time, Night out, Minimal Ethnic & Ornate traditional
  • Outfit Colour

There is also a DIY selection of makeup options to choose from:

  • Skin – To de-tan, add gloss, make it radiant
  • Face – To apply a range of blush, compact, mousse, concealer
  • Eyes – From mascara to eyeliner, kohl to kajal, eye shadow et al
  • Lips – My ‘app’solute favourite, the matte range (I’ve tried it on my pictures, which you can see below), sculpt and gloss

My favourite is the intensity adjusting option. I’m a little averse to dressing OTT and couldn’t agree more with Shahrukh Khan who says it’s better to be under-dressed than over-dressed.

You can save/share your final look and view all Lakme products you’ve used. Select your favourite ones to buy directly from their e-commerce partner. Talk about major convenience! Phew!

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I strongly recommend giving it a shot! It’s a must try!

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Raving Red (*random thought* It makes my teeth look whiter!)

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Pink Fantasy (Which happens to be my favourite)

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Starlet Red

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Tangerine Touch (Yes, the lip colour matches the curtains behind. Oopsie!)

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Victorian Rose

 

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Lakme Absolute Lip Pout Matte – Magenta Magic

The reason I instantly took to this App was mainly due to the ease of use. Honestly, I’ve always been comfortable with my no-makeup look but have been trying to ‘learn’ the basics since some time now. The Lakme Makeup Pro App was probably just the push I needed. Thanks for making the experience so wonderful!

Lakme’s sure managed to convert me. Kudos Lakme, I see what you did there 😉

eKavach Parental Control App

This blog is written for participation in the blogging contest by eKavach Parental Control App – https://goo.gl/i7ust7 . I am writing about being a #eSuperMom or #eSuperDad! You can also submit your entry here https://goo.gl/bgZB4w and stand a chance to win Gold/Diamond jewelry and exciting shopping vouchers.

Our neighbours are rich. Hardworking too (which is probably why they are affluent in the first place). Uncle and aunty leave for their office early every morning and return late. The business is a family affair that demands contribution from all the elder family members. They have two young children, one boy of 14 and a girl of 8 years of age. Spoilt silly and addicted to the internet like butterflies to nectar, they get whatever they want even before they realise. Placed under the care of a nanny and with no parent around to supervise, it isn’t impossible that the children go astray. Yet, their parents are tension-free. ‘Why’, you ask? Well, because they have eKAVACH Parental Control App!

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There’s no other like it in India that provides online safety for children. Available on Android, this free application allows parents to monitor and control content, screen time and apps on their kid’s mobile devices, without the need of being physically present. This app is the one to be installed on the parents’ device. There is also another one which must be installed simultaneously on the children’s device to make the check possible.

Some key parental controls that protect kids from online dangers, like a shield (or Kavach, as the name suggests) are:

  • Safe browsing, web content filtering and safe search for major browsers. (Safe search needs to be enabled in Google by the parents)
  • Control internet usage and set time limit
  • Manage apps
  • Real time alerts in case of breach. If the parent cannot access internet, he’s sent an SMS. This allows swift action and measures to be taken to alleviate the issue
  • Kids can send SOS message, with geo location, to the parent from their device in case of emergency

eKAVACH App provides protection and guards children from various threats such as internet addiction, cyber bullying, cyber stalking and more.

My neighbours are, in my opinion, the #eSuperMom & #eSuperDad of the cyber era! Besides using the eKAVACH App, they take whatever little time they have from their hectic schedule to school their kids on online safety. Make sure you too speak to your children about healthy online activities so as to keep them aware. Also, download the eKAVACH app now and allow it to be an active participant in safeguarding your child!

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