My Hair story, hair analysis & Happy Hair Challenge featuring Garnier Fructis

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Many of you have asked me about my hair and what I do to care for it! So, in this post I will be doing a little analysis of my hair and also answering some of your frequently asked questions.

My Hair Story

As a child I’ve always had straight hair, but over the years my hair started to become wavier by the day and I am not too sure why! I was always really fond of straight hair and hence made the choice to get it re-bonded once and smoothened twice. Luckily though, unlike most cases, my hair didn’t face any damage and even after these three treatments, it still remained more or less the same in the health department. However, what did change was the fact that my hair turned from being straight as a child to completely curly! Each time the effect of smoothening or straightening wore off, my hair become curlier than what it was originally. This hair re-bonding/smoothening phase of mine ended by the time I graduated school and entered college (thankfully).

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It was then that I decided to really take care of my hair and so I began a proper hair care routine. I won’t go into too much detail of every single product I used but will simply share with you the steps of my hair care routine.

My Hair Routine

1. Hair Oiling: I make sure I oil my hair once a week. Since I can remember, I having been using the hair oil and hair tonic by this lady in Delhi called Kamini Jha, or popularly known as Kamini Aunty! Kamini Aunty’s hai products are magical and that’s the best way I can put it. The reason I didn’t end up damaging my hair inspite of all the chemicals I attacked it with was all thanks to her products. All the products that she makes are purely organic and have no chemicals in them! Infact, one doesn’t even know the ingredients (other than the ones you can smell and tell that they’re present in the bottle). I highly recommend going to her if you’re in a serious hair crisis!

2. Hair Masks: It is really no surprise that I am obsessed with hair masks made at home. I have written a very detailed posts on some of my favorite hair masks. I use any one hair mask once a week too. I usually oil my hair on Sundays and use a hair mask mid week!ingridients3. Shampoo, Conditioner: I make sure I keep changing my shampoo and conditioner every few weeks since having done a lot of research, it has been proven that one must not use the same shampoo every single day forever! It’s always good to give your hair a change. I shampoo and condition my hair every alternate day! The day I oil my hair or use a hair mask, that day, I don’t need to use a conditioner.

4. Hair Serum and Heat Protectant: Whenever I wash my hair, I make sure I do use a drop of hair serum and a Heat Protectant spray since I do usually blow dry my hair. I try my best to let it naturally dry atleast 80% of the way but I do use the hair drier for the remaining 20%.

My Current Hair Analysis and your questions answered

The pictures that you see on Instagram is what my hair looks like after I have a bath and simply blow dry or air dry my hair. By blow dry, I do not mean style it like how it’s done in parlours, but simply dry it so that it’s not damp. My current texture is wavy but, if I after washing and drying my hair I keep it in a plat for even 10 minutes, I get loose curls as seen in every single picture. I do have frizzy hair and during the monsoon season my hair can be absolutely unmanageable. Unlike most people, I do have to wash my hair every alternate day and sometimes everyday too since it gets oily really easily! Though it doesn’t really look like it, I do get a slight hair fall problem once in a while where my hair looses its strength and it starts falling untill I get it under control! I am constantly on the look out for new shampoos and conditioners that aren’t too harsh on the hair and that I can use often without worrying!

The Garnier Fructis Happy Hair Challenge

I was sent two Garnier Fructis products a couple of days ago to try and take part in their Happy Hair Challenge. These products go by the name: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Shampoo and Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Conditioner.

With bright yellow happy packaging, these bottles remind me of summer as soon as I saw them! The shampoo is claimed to have the benefits of three of my favorite oils: Almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil and as soon as you open the bottle, you can smell the scent of the shampoo and I love it! It’s very similar to other Garnier products but has a more creamy coconut-y smell and I LOVE that.

I will be using this shampoo and conditioner duo till the 14th of March and will give you and update of my hair then! I really hope this shampoo helps in strengthening my hair and reducing the frizz now that summer is right around the corner. One cannot possibly go wrong with this triple oil combination and I am so, so excited to try these out!

Don’t forget to check out my updated hair analysis on the 15th of March where I will do a detailed review of the products after having used them for these two weeks!

 

 

How I organize my makeup

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Hey guys!

Let me begin by thanking you on so much love you have given me on my last few posts! I am so glad that the website is back in action after the haitus! Since so many of you found my previous makeup post helpful, I couldnt stop my self from writing one more immediately.  In this super quick post, I want to share with you how I store my makeup. Though I am not that new beauty products and did own some in the past, I never really used them and stored them away in multiple pouches that were picked up only for weddings, functions or parties. Recently, I have started wearing makeup more often and hence the makeup bags were just not working for me. I am not the most responsible person and hence magically I would lose something or the other from these pouches which became a pain.

I then decided that I need some sort of storage where I can see all the products that I own infront of me rather than being tucked away in bags. What further led me to this decision was the fact that I had started forgetting about products that I owned cause I never saw them infront of me. As you can see in the picture below, I have numerous nude lipsticks of a similar shade not because I need all, instead, I wasn’t too sure I owned that shade since it would be hidden somewhere in some pouch in some bag in some cupboard. I was aware of the fact that if I have these products displayed infront of me on my dressing table, the chances are that I will actually use them regularly without feeling the need to buy more and more.

I then decided to search for acrylic makeup holders after looking at tons of youtube videos and talking to Shirin! I decided to try my luck on AMAZON INDIA  and boy did I get lucky! 😀 I found a lipstick stand with 24 slots for Rs. 689 . There were some other holders to going all the way till Rs.3000 so this felt like an absolute steal. Then, I got two more holders with multiiple slots of different shapes where one I use for products related to the eyes  and another for face/base products. 

LIPSTICKS:

I wasn’t too sure whether to arrange the lipsticks according to color or brand and decided to go with the brand! There wasn’t any particular reason for doing this since most of the shades I own are pinks and nudes.lipsEYES & BRUSHES: 

Though this makeup organizer has a mix of products, I tried my best to keep the vertical stand for my brushes, liners, mascaras and kajals. On the right, I have an eye lid primer, a blush and my setting powder which fit perfectly in that slot.  If you have more brushes, I highly recommend a different holder all together so that things aren’t too crowded! Those are available on Amazon India too! I would love to get more creative and DIY one though. It can make for a fun weekend project 😉

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FACE & BASE: 

This organizer is amazing too since it holds all the little tubes of BB creams, concealers and a couple of my lip glosses too. In the bigger flat compartment, I have all my blush and contouring palettes. Since I love blushes and highlighters, I can see my self buying one more of these so that the palettes are placed easily without piling them all on top of each other.

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SETS & THE REST: 

I have a couple of palettes that I love and have been using for a while. I store these along with my foundation, powder brush and bronzing powder in this spacious makeup bag from forever 21 india (online). The bag is water proof was works perfectly for travel too 🙂

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GIVEAWAY!!! 

I am giving one 24 slot Lipstick Holder &  One Brushes + Eye tools organize to one lucky winner! The contest will be held on Instagram. If you’re not on Instagram, follow all the steps on FACEBOOK instead.

1. Follow @melangeofmusings on Instagram

2. Upload a picture of your favorite makeup item. Please dont tag me in a previously uploaded photograph.

3. MENTION (not tag) atleast 3 friends in the caption of the picture along with #makeupXmm

4. Tag me in the entry! (@melangeofmusings)

5. The contest will end on 26th Jan 2015 at 6 pm. The winner will be announced on 27th of Jan.

{THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. I have bought brand new makeup holders for the giveaway with my own money}

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NOTE: In no way is the post to brag or show off my makeup. I found these amazing organizers and really wanted to share them with you! I do honestly believe that it will help all those who are new to makeup but not sure as to how store your new products. If you have been a makeup lover for a while, then this post should give you a little bit information on the current deals on amazon (hopefully! 🙂 )

Makeup 101: Winter Makeup Routine {Full face}

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Hey guys,

Today I want to share with you a list of products along with a full face makeup routine for winter. I recently got into using makeup and find it so much fun exprimenting with products and creating new looks. In this post I have mentioned at least one product for each part of your face. Please do note that this is NOT my everyday makeup routine and infact I don’t even wear makeup daily in the first place. This step by step product list + routine is a full proof guide for all those who want some ideas for an event, winter brunch, wedding or a day out where you’d want to dress up. This post should also help you if you’re absolutely new to makeup and want to go on a makeup spree but are not sure as to what products to buy. You can keep this list in mind and eliminate/add the products as you like 🙂 I have not explained the exact technique as to how to apply each product and I would love to do that in multiple posts in the future. I will also talk about makeup tools and non-makeup beauty products that are a must have in future posts! Please do let me know if you’re interested.

For some really smart and easy makeup tricks, go ahead and check out Shirin Rai Gupta’s blog post – Confessions of a Makeup Junkie. I learnt so much from it too! She talks about makeup tools, makeup removals, quick tips for eye shadows , her favorite makeup vloggers and lots more!

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1. PRIMER:

I must be honest and admit that I started used a primer fairly recently. Initially I wasn’t sure of what purpose it served but once I got my hands on Maybelline’s Pore eraser, there is no going back. Primers basically create a canvas on your face erasing or diminishing all pores that make sure your makeup stays on all day. Just take a pump and apply on your face (like moisturiser, especially focusing on the parts that have pores).

Products I love: Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore eraser

Benefit’s Porefessional

NYX Studio Perfect Primer

2. BB CREAM/CC CREAM/FOUNDATION:

Having created a base for the makeup, next go ahead and apply foundation, BB cream or CC cream evenly all across the face. You can use a damp makeup sponge, a buffing brush or even your clean fingers. I’m personally okay with using my fingers to apply BB cream, so long as one takes enough time to blend it in the skin. The good part about the BB cream I use is that it gives a decent amount of coverage and can be built up for full coverage. In case of the the Rimmel BB cream, one doesn’t need a concealer too since the BB cream does the job well.

Products I love: Rimmel’s BB cream (Matte)

Maybelline’s Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

3. CONCEALER

Though the BB cream does the job, and equalizes the skin tone across the face, if you must, use the concealer to brighten up the under eye area prone to dark circles or conceal any zits that my skin may have. For this, both the concealers do an amazing job! Just make sure that you don’t tugg on the under eye area and use your clean ring finger to apply the concealer. You can also add the concealer/highlighter on the fore head and the side of the nose to brighten up these areas.(see image below)

Products I love: Rimmel’s Wake me up Concealer

Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Concealer

4. SETTING POWDER:

Maybelline’s Dream Matt Powder works as a dream to set the foundation and concealer in itself place. Use a powder brush to apply this powder, focusing on the T-zone area. This powder ensures that your skin remains matt throughout the day and the foundation doesnt budge from its place

5. CONTOUR,  HIGHLIGHT & BLUSH :

The main purpose of contouring and highlighting is to bring in shadows and highlights on to your face, where the light would naturally fall. For those all you need is a bronzer or try improvising by using a matt eye shadow color that is a little darker than your skin colour.Use a contour brush for this or any brush that will give you a certain amount of precision. Apply the darker colour as shown in the image below. The darkest brown shade is the bronzer, lightest shade is the concealer, the pinkish shade is the blush and the glitter as shown in the image is an illuminator or the highlighter. For highlighting, you can use a highlighter or simply a lighter eye shadow that can pass of as on- something neutral ofcourse. Apply it right above your cheek bones, on the forehead and upper the lip as shown in the picture Apply the Blush on the apples cheeks on an upward motion as shown in the picture.

Products I love: Blush: Rimmel’s Lasting Finish soft colour mono blush

Revlon’s Photo ready cream blush 

Bronzer: Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer 

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

Highlighter: Revlon Photoready Skinlights

NYX Illuminator

 

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Eyes 

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 1. EYESHADOW:

EYE LID: To create a neutral yet fun look, I used the MUA  romantic efflorescence palette and the Revlon  Colour Stay 16 hour Eye Shadow quad.  On the light, apply shade 1 (as shown in the image). What i love about this shade is that though it;’s glittery, it stays on for the whole day and doesn’t budge at all. CREASE: In the crease of your eye, apply shade 2 to darken the look. Make sure you blend it extremely well so that no harsh lines show. EYE BROW HIGHLIGHT and NNER CORNER HIGHLIGHT: Apply shade 3 (Revlon’s Quad) to highlight the inner corner of your eyes and the eyebrow. If you don’t want to invest in eyeshadhow paltettes curently, I highly recommend Maybelline’s  24 hour Colour Tattoo. These single eye shadows are absolutely AMAZING. You simply need to apply this one shade on your entire eyelid and that’s all you need.

2.EYE LINER: Apply a winged eyeliner (Ill be happy to do a turtorial on the same). I use the Loreal Super Liner.

3. WATER LINE: I cannot go out without applying Kohl. I apply Kajal on the water line focusing it on the outer half of the waterline and not in the inner corner. Focusing it on the inner corner will  make your eyes look smaller.

4.  EYE BROWS:  #Thebrowgame is so, so important. Make sure you fill in your brows either with an eye shadow that matches your brow shade or use an eyebrow pencil. Rimmel’s Brow pencil is so inexpensive and does a brilliant job. I also swear by Benefit’s Brow Voluminizing Fiber Gel.

5. MASCARA: Apply atleast two coats of Mascara to add volume and lengthen your eyelashes. I swear by Maybelline’s The Falsies. It’s handsown the best drugstore Mascara available. You can also check on Benefit’s They’re Real which is known to do wonders.FullSizeRender (7)

 

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I love a good pink lip and using two shades works wonders to create the perfect tone. I use the Rimmel Chubby stick  (Lasting Finissh Colour Rush)  all over the lip followed my Maybelline’s Colorsensational lipstick in light pink focused on the centre of the lips.

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That completes a full face makeup routine! If you have any queries when it comes to the products (exact shades and specifications), their availability, techniques, tools  etc, you can email me on sarasuri@gmail.com or comment on Instagram and I will surely answer your questions. Im so sorry for not being able to go in depth with how each product needs to be applied as this post would never end! I really hope this post gave you some basic information on the products I love using. 99% of the products here are drug store products and hence are extrmely reasonable. There’s no need to spend too much money on makeup especially when you’re a beginner. Most of the products can be used for multiple purposes as I talked about it earlier throughout the post 🙂

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His-Her featuring Radhika Agrawal


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Hey guys,

This is my favorite time of the year! I absolutely love the holiday season for the amazing food, winter fashion and of course, CHRISTMAS! Since I am pursuing my Masters Degree, I do get “winter holidays” and trust me, I cherish them each and every year! This is the time of the year I really get to express my style and the outfit I have styled here speaks it out easily. As I have mentioned in every single fashion post of mine, comfort for me is the most important aspect when I style my outfits. The boyfriend jeans and boyfriend blazer helped me achieve that. To add a feminine touch to the outfit I wore a  stunning statement necklace and ring by Radhika Agrawal. As soon as I put this jewellwery on the outfit completely transformed itself to a perfect balance of androgynous- chic.The jewellery is now the core of the outfit rather than just accessory. You can buy them here !

Outfit Details: Blazer, Booties, Jeans- Forever 21, White Sweater- Zara

Hope you like this outfit! Theres a giveaway too so make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post 🙂

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You can win this stunning Radhika Agrawal necklace this Christmas! Here’s what you have to do:

1. Follow @melangeofmusings (me) & @radhikasagrawal
2.Post a picture of an outfit showing us how you would style this necklace. You could do any of the following:

A) A picture of you wearing the outfit
B) An outfit created on Polyvrore (www.polyvore.com)
C) Garments from your closet styling an outfit around this necklace
3. It has to be a new picture. If you already have an outfit uploaded on Instagram, please re-uplaod the picture and follow the other rules.

4. USE THE HASHTAG #ChristmasMMxRA
5. Mention @melangeofmusings and @radhikasagrawal in each entry

6. You can enter as many times as you like. Each new outfit you post will be counted as a new entry

7. Contest is open all across India

8. Contest ends on 21.12.2014 , 9 pm. Winner will be announced on 22.12.2014

[CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED]

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DIY Winter Skincare: Face Masks, Body Scrubs and Hair Masks

Hello everyone!

As many of you may know that I have my exams going on so getting out of the house has drastically reduced. Since I spend most of my time at home studying or procrastinating, I feel the need to ‘invest’ time in pampering my self once in a while. Now that winter has finally set in, for the majority of us our skin is dry and lathering ourselves in body butters sounds like the best option (not the cheapest though). Today, I am sharing with you super quick and easy winter skin DIY’s for which majority of the ingredients you would have in your kitchen pantry! There are a few basic ingredients like yogurt, honey, oats, coconut oil which are used multiple times across the recipes so do make sure you’re stalked up 🙂

There are all the ingredients you need for ALL the recipes 🙂 [Specific quantities are mentioned in each DIY recipe]

1. Oats – It contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal is also great for acne-prone skin because it absorbs oil from the skin’s surface.

2. Egg – Brilliant for skin tightening, removing white-heads and oil blotting.

3. Honey – Natural cleanser, brightener and scar remover, moisturizer and is packed with anti-oxidants

4. Cocoa Powder- High antioxidant content, increased blood flow, has many vitamins such as A, B, B COMPLEX. Make sure, the darker the chocolate- more benefits.

5. Yogurt- It contains lactic acid which helps in exfloitating the skin, reducing wrinkles, clear blemishes and discoloration.

6. Banana – Gets rid of dark spots, hydrates and moisturizes the skin, diminishes appearance of wrinkles and evens out the skin.

7. Papaya- Containing Vitamin A and Papain enzyme, papaya helps remove dead skin cells and inactive proteins, thus rejuvenating your skin. It also reduces blemishes, heals sore or cracked heels. Finally, it can also be used in a hair mask for controlling dandruff

8. Coffee – It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production.

9. Normal Sugar and Brown Sugar- Natural exfoliants. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid, that fights bacteria. It is a natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from your environment and deposits it into your skin.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar  Balances hair and scalp pH, removes product buildup, and treats dandruff and hair loss.

11. Mayonnaise –  Has L-cysteine–an amino acid and powerful antioxidant found in eggs that can give your hair strength, shine and structure. It also has oil which is a really good conditioner

12. Coconut Oil

13. Almond Oil or Almonds

14. Olive Oil

15. Vanilla Extract and/or Cinnamon (Optional)

Note: All the photographs are for reference and are NOT the exact measurements. Please look at the instructions that I’ve written for each DIY! 

Face masks

1) Classic Oatmeal Face Mask

1 cup Raw oatmeal flakes,

1 egg

1 tablespoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply on your skin for 15-20 mins. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry

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2) Chocolate Face Mask

-1/3 cup cocoa powder

-1/4 cup honey

-2 Tbsp plain yogurt

-3 tsp oats

Place all iingredientsinto a blender, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a blender/mixi , just mix it by hand untill it reaches a nice smooth consistency). Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry. [In this picture I have used regular unsweetened cocoa powder, but try your self to get your hands on the purest form possible , ie absolutely unsweetened with a very high percentage of cocoa].

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3) Papaya, banana and yogurt Face Mask

1 mashed Banana

Half a bowl of mashed Papaya

3 tablepsoons of Yogurt

Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.

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Body scrub

1) Coffee Body Scrub

2 cups coffee grounds

1/2 cup raw sugur

¼ cup coconut oil

Combine them in a small bowl (You can also add brown sugar, cinnamon, or vanilla extract for making it smell yummy). Apply to wet skin in a circular motion and wash it off like you would normally, in a bath.

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2) Sweet Almond Body Scrub

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup almond oil OR just take almonds and grind them in a bowl.

2 tsp honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 up coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Massage the scrub into your skin in circular motions,  concentrating on rough or dry areas of the skin. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry [If you’re using almonds then use 1 small cup coconut oil. If you’re using almond oil, then use half a cup coconut oil]

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Hair Masks

 

1) The  Cleanser Mask

2 tablespoons of Honey

1 cup of Olive Oil (depending on the length of your hair)

1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix them in a bowl and apply it on your hair for atleast 1 hour. You can also take a hot towel (Simply immerse a hotel in extremely hot water and rinse of the excess water) and wrap it around your head for the time you have the mask on. Wash off normally with a mild shampoo.

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2) The Conditioner Mask

1.5 cups of Mayonnaise

2 tablespoons of Honey

1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil – Though Mayonnaise has oil, I do like using coconut oil for that extra nourishment.

Mix these  ingredients in a bowl and apply the mask on to your hair- focusing on the body of the hair and not the roots. Keep the mask on for about 30 minutes and wash it off normally.

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For the love of Old School

Hey guys,

If you know me by now, there’s one thing that I absolutely cannot forego and thats comfort. By comfort  I dont simply mean comfortable clothing, but also the little things that keep us in a happy place. Ever since I was a kid, I would go to the Delhi Gymkhana Club and Delhi Golf Club with my parents every weekend and sometimes more often. There’s something about these clubs that lets me eat my cup of tea, yummy chicken sandwiches or even the endless array of sumptuous food {Sunday buffets YUM} without feeling guilty. Both these clubs being a century or less old are quaint and magnificient at the same time. Whether it may be the formal winter lunches, the simple relaxed tea hour or the crazy thursday/saturday nights, I can see my self spending hours there and not keeping any track of time {#truegrannyatheart}

Recently, Madhavi and I decided to visit the Delhi Gymkhana Club {a good place to go when the pocket is a little light}. Though we couldn’t make it for the lunch hour, we decided to sit down in the lawns have some tea with ‘snacks’ {Ofcourse!}. We ordered two cups of tea, my favorite- chicken sandwiches and one portion of cheese balls. Now, we cant go wrong with the former too, but if you’ve had the cheese balls then you know they exemplify addiction+weirdness in a whole. Though they taste strange, you can’t just more than one. Maybe its only me, but I have always felt that way since I can remember.

On an ideal situation , especially if it was a Thursday, we would have stayed on and moved to the bar by 7 pm, but since time wasn’t really in our favour, we decided to stick to tea and conversations. However, we did manage to go to the bakery (within the club) and pack some bread! {granny moment again} Trust me when I tell you that it’s some of the yummiest bread, ever!

Moving on to the outfit, I kept it as classic as possible with a white midi dress and moccasins. What I loved about this look is it’s versatility.  With a couple of accessories and a bright lip, one could easily transform this look from day-to-night. Now that its getting a little chilly, I can also imagine my self adding a leather jacket {to make it a  little edgier} or adding a blazer to keep it formal! A midi dress such as this should definitely be on the list of top 10 must haves. The moccasins on the other hand need no introduction. Yet another classic pair, you just cannot go wrong with them. Though these particular pair arent everyone’s cup of tea cause of their androgynous element, I just cannot get enough of them.

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Details: Dress and Shoes- Zara, Rings- Forever 21, Bag- Found in mom’s closet.

Yellow feat Blue Print Coleccion

Hey guys,

Let me begin by saying that I am so sorry for not uploading a post on the blog for a while! Though I have a really fun Instagram contest featuring India Circus running right now  {YOU MUST ENTER!}, I really miss blogging, taking photographs and sharing my experiences with you all! Now that this haitus is over, I am finally back and here’s what I wore on Diwali!

Diwali at my house isn’t a large formal affair and as usual, I love being as comfortable as possible. Recently, I received this gorgeous yellow jacket from Blue Print Coleccion by Divya and Navya Niranjan   and as soon as I saw it, I knew my outfit has to be styled around this beauty. What I love about this piece is how versatile it is. I can see my self wearing it to college with a pair of ripped jeans and high tops and completely change the look! Blue Print Coleccion also has tons of other indo-western pieces that are perfect if you want to take a break from the overdone Anarkali.

Further, the next element of my outfit that I just had to wear were my floral print pants [Oh, so comfy]. Now that I had these two vibrant pieces, to balance them I chose this perfect off white Kurta that toned down things perfectly. I really this outfit gives your some inspiration to experiment a bit this season! By changing the cotton Kurta to a gorgeous silk one and adding heels, this outfit would be perfect for a casual Sangeet too.

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What I am wearing: Kurta – Suvasa, Jacket- Blue Print Coleccion, Pants- Zara (last season), Earings- Thrifted, On my lips- Sweet pink by Nyx

Review: Kronokare Caribbean Ginger Travel Kit

Hey guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a photograph that I uploaded of my new Kronokare Carribean Ginger Travel Kit, a while ago! I wanted to review these products as soon as I tested them but realized that a true review would only be possible once I use all these products for a prolonged period of time. It would then help me give a better understanding of these goodies along with seeing their long(ish) term effects! Now that all the bottles are empty (other than the body lotion which is larger and I alternate with my Soap & Glory body lotion), it seemed like the perfect time to upload this review 🙂IMG_6188The basic detailsThe products I received from Kronokare were – A shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, glycerine soap and Body Lotion, all part of the Kronokare Caribbean Ginger Travel Kit (As seen in the photograph) priced at Rs. 595.

The Packaging: I’m a sucker for fun quirky packaging and Kronokare products fit the bill. All the products have eye catching names which is another plus point. The conditioner, for example is named Detox on the Rocks whereas the Body Lotion is called Fabulous Fix! Though the bottles aren’t extremely luxurious looking/made out of glass, I really feel these cute little bottle are definitely more practical. As the name implies, they are perfectly sized to take with you when you’re travelling. In fact, one wouldn’t be worried about the bottle breaking either.

The product: If you love warm scents, you’ll really love the Caribbean Ginger range. Though Ginger is the predominant ingredient, I do sense a hint of citrus which adds to the freshness of the products.  I have previously written a post on DIY Hair Masks and Ginger was one of the shining heroes so when I received this product range, I knew that one just couldn’t go wrong.  Ginger works to increase scalp circulation. When blood flows to the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicles and encourages growth. The fatty acids in the root are great for thin hair. Ginger also has antiseptic properties that work to get rid of dandruff.

Another thing that works for these products is that they are Paraben and SLS free!{Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives and found in many toiletries products and make-up.  They are added to kill bacteria, prevent the growth of mould and prolong the shelf-life of products. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), on the other hand is a foaming agent and exactly the same product is used to degrease our car engines. In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate also dissolves oils on your skin.} We all know that products put on the skin should be as pure, natural and fresh as possible, after all they do find their way into our blood stream so it really makes sense to ensure you always use the most natural available. These products precisely do that since they contain all natural extracts of Ginger and lime. Most importantly, these products are CRUELTY FREE!

Usage: The products are really easy to use and don’t require any special instructions.. I have naturally wavy hair and after using any of the hair products, I did realize that the texture of hair didn’t change (PLUS POINT!). The shampoo is pretty mild and I used it every alternate day  (though no instructions are given as to its maximum usage).  There have been times when after using certain shampoos my hair gets curlier than normal! The ‘in bath’ products work really well and even though they all are a part of the same range, in some way or the other they do have a distinct scent. I did have to use a bit more conditioner than I would normally have to but that depends on personal usage since I’m the kind of person to deep condition my hair pretty often.  The body lotion has to be my favourite product from the entire range and hence Im really trying to savour it! I don’t use it on a daily basis and save it for those long tiring days when all I can think of is a long hot shower! This lotion seriously reminds me of sheer luxury at a really good price.  It’s for the perfect consistency and though it’s really humid outside, it doesn’t make my skin sticky at all. The Gylcerine soap was the surprise element of the entire pack for me! I don’t see my self using soap too often and usually gravitate towards liquid soaps. This one though was really lovely! My skin was left moisturized after each wash and I can definitely see my self using this product again!

Overall: I really enjoyed using these products! The travel pack is definitely worth the buy for the number of things it includes in one pack. It also makes for a lovely gift since these products are pretty mild and work with most hair and skin types. If you’re the type who needs slightly stronger hair products, I recommend you using the shampoo and conditioner in combination with a hair mask 🙂

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Travel with me feat BrownBoy

Hey everyone!

Today, I have something extremely exciting for you! If you have been following me on Facebook, you would have seen me talk about a contest that I would be posting on my blog: It’s finally here! {All the details would be at the end of the post }

I am constantly on the look out for comfortable yet chic outfits and recently, tshirts have been a big YES for me. I love wearing printed T-shirts which are perfect for summer since I can dress them up if I want to or simply lounge in them all day.

A while back I came across the website BrownBoy while online shopping (proven guilty). I instantly fell in love with every single item but what stood out the most for me was their New York Tshirt. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to have it in my closet.

brownboyfeatureThough I haven’t spent too much time in New York, there’s something about that city that makes me so happy each time I visit. This year (till now) has been extremely dull for me on the travel front but nonetheless, the wanderlust bug wouldn’t let go and all I can think about is planning my next trip. Whether it may be while I’m traveling or otherwise, the key element of all my outfits has to be comfort. For me personally, I don’t think I can enjoy my self doing whatever it is if I don’t feel comfortable in my skin.

The outfit that I have worn here defines my perfect ‘Travel in a city’ outfit. This is exactly what I would wear while exploring town all day. The t-shirt is really casual but I absolutely love the font and of course the text itself. On the other hand, the skirt adds the glam element on the outfit. Initially I wasn’t too confident about the length of this skirt, however, it falls beautifully and even though it’s sheer, the slip attached is of the perfect length. I usually never wear heels but these flatforms are perfect to add some height in spite of being as comfortable as wearing fat sandals.

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Outfit details: New York T-shirt – BrownBoy , Flatforms – Clarks, Sheer Skirt – Sher Singh (Myntra.com), Belt- From mom’s closet, attached midi rings – Forever21, Watch- Michael Kors Rose Gold Runway Edition, Specs- Thrifted from new york! (By Madhavi Singh!)

I really hope you liked this post! All the credit goes to Madhavi Singh from conceptualizing to photography! She’s brilliant, isn’t she? 🙂

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THE GIVEAWAY

Now coming to the fun bit! BrownBoy and Melange of Musings has come together to bring to you a super fun contest!

Since this New York Tshirt reminds me of my favorite city (New York!) and brings a smile to my face each time I put it on, we want YOU to take a photograph one something/someone that reminds you of your favorite city! Whether it may be a picture of bhel puri reminding you of Bombay or Fish and Chips reminding you of London!

Upload the picture on INSTAGRAM and simply do the following:

1. FOLLOW @melangeofmusings and @brownonyou

2. TAG @melangeofmusings @brownonyou in the photograph you upload

3. TAG ATLEAST 2 friends on the same photo you upload

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH TO UPLOAD, DONT WORRY! YOU CAN USE A PHOTOGRAPH THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN UPLOADED ON INSTAGRAM! If you think that’s appropriate and reminds you of your favorite city, simply go ahead and tag 2 friends, tag us and follow us! 🙂

This contest is open till Next Monday (28th of July, 5 pm)

The prize: The NEW YORK TSHIRT! {that I’m wearing in this post}

{Open all across India}

What are you waiting for? Let the fun begin!

DermatConnect Initiative : Ask the experts! {Skin & Hair care}

Hey everyone!

Having posted the DIY: Hair Masks and DIY: Summer Glow posts, I got tons of readers asking me specific skin and hair care questions! Since, I am no expert at all, I thought it would make more sense to get you all in touch with experienced dermatologists. I know that taking appointments with the best dermatologists can be extremely tough and sometimes may pinch the pocket too, so here’s the perfect solution.  MyDermacy is an online community where people can come and ask our expert panel of dermatologists any questions they have around skin or hair care. The panel currently includes dermatologists from Delhi and Mumbai but it is continuously growing. What I like about MyDermacy is that  it’s own personal skin care expert where the doctors give unbiased opinions for all skin and hair types. It’s extremely important that we don’t mindlessly follow all ‘beauty’ trends and instead make informed choices that guide us towards a healthy  and happy lifestyle.

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I must admit that even though I try to make use of my DIY treatments to keep my skin and hair healthy, just like anyone else, I have been facing a couple of issues over time and decided to send my questions across to MyDermacy. I got a really prompt reply so I thought I’d share the answers with you all! I’m sure it will help all those facing similar problems.

1. Even though I don’t get acne too often, I do breakout right before I get my period. What’s the best way to handle these breakouts which seem uncontrollable?

Premenstrual acne occurs under the influence of hormones called androgens (especially testosterone).

In case, your PMS acne is severe or is associated with any of the following features – irregular periods, excessive hair on face, hair fall etc. get your hormonal profile checked ( DHEAS, testosterone, LH, FSH etc. ) and an abdominal Ultrasound done to rule out polycystic ovarian syndrome.

If your hormonal profile shows any irregularity, you need to consult your dermatologist about taking hormonal treatments (antiandrogen medicines, oral contraceptives etc.). In case, it’s regular acne, treatment in the form of antibiotics and retinoids would suffice to help you get rid of the problem. (benzoyl peroxide cream in morning and tretinoin at night).

 2. What percentage of SPF should I use in my sunscreen lotion once college resumes and I’m back to the grind in the Delhi heat?

SPF (sun protection factor) 30 gives 97% protection from UV rays whereas SPF 50 gives 99% protection. So choose either SPF 30 or 50 (above this it’s nothing but marketing gimmick) depending on how much time you spend in sun. It is more important to use it liberally and regularly for it to give you adequate sun protection. Apply the sunscreen at least 20 minutes before moving out in sun since it takes 20 minutes for the sunscreen to get absorbed into the skin and start working. One needs to reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours for any sunscreen as it works for 2 to 3 hours only. It’s better to club it with other sun protective measures like an umbrella (one with silver coating inside gives adequate sun protection), sunglasses, etc. to get adequate sun protection.

 3. The crown of my scalp is oily as compared to the rest of my hair which is normal/towards the dry side. If I use a cream based shampoo rather than a clear shampoo, the crown gets even more oily than before. Is there any solution to this? 

The basic texture of your scalp and hair cannot be changed. At the most, you can just use the products which compensate for the problematic textures. Say for instance, if your hair gets drier at the lower end, make it a habit to use a conditioner every time you was your hair. Detergent in the hair strips it of moisture leaving it dry. The moisture can be replenished by the conditioner making your hair soft again. (Squeeze out the water from your hair ends, apply conditioner, leave it for ten minutes and wash it off. Don’t apply conditioner on hair dripping with water or the conditioner won’t get absorbed). You can also use leave on serums at the hair ends after washing your hair (Tango hair serum, Lo’real hair serums)

Oiliness of the crown should not be a much of a problem. But in case the oil production is so much that it makes your hair sticky, stop using a cream based shampoo which further aggravates the problem. Use a clearing shampoo instead. You can also try using curd, which not only controls excess oil production from your scalp but makes your hair smooth and silky as well.

 4. What exactly are black heads? I have some scattered on my nose and what to know the safest way (of course the least painful one) to get rid of them. 

Oil glands deep in the skin produce oil which is secreted to the skin surface through the connecting channels opening at the skin surface. When the opening of these channels get blocked at the surface either due to excess dirt, sweat or dead skin cell accumulation one gets black heads.

Use a salicylic acid based face wash (Speelac face wash) twice a day. Use Tretinoin cream at night over the nose (apply only a peanut sized amount of cream, not more than that). You can also opt for a few sessions of salicylic acid based peels done fortnightly at any good aesthetic clinic. In case the blackheads are large enough to be squeezed out with a comedone extractor, your dermatologist can do that in the same session too. It just takes ten minutes per session. Walnuts scrubs used at home at weekly intervals would help too. Don’t worry, none of them hurt.

THE CAMPAIGN

Now that you have read the answers provided by the experts themselves, here’s where it gets fun!  MyDermacy is offering a week long session for all of you wherein their  panel of dermatologists will be available to answer any skin related questions you may have. You can post all your questions in the comments below and the dermatologists will reply to your query as soon as possible. You can also send in your questions on the Melange of Musings Instagram Page (comment on the DermatConnect Initiative picture) / on the Melange of Musings Facebook Page (comment on the DermatConnect Initiative picture) or simply tweet your questions!

mydermacy-banner2Some simple rules to follow

1. Make sure you are follow  Mydermacy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2. Follow Melange of Musings on Facebook, Instagram and  Twitter

3. Post your queries in the comments below. You can post as many questions as you like.

4..You can post your queries on the campaign picture posted on Instagram and Facebook or tweet me your questions! I will pass them on to the doctors.

5. Ask specific questions and include any enough details to prescribe personalized solutions.

6. If the question is too personal, feel free to message me on Facebook, and I will reply back with the answer maintaining  your anonymity!

7. If you are not on any form of social media, don’t worry! You can still leave in your question and the doctors as soon as possible.

8. The doctors will be available the 3rd of July, so make sure you let all your friends know!

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Disclaimer: All anonymous posts are authentic. The readers have sent in their queries via email/Facebook message/text message since they are not comfortable with posting their information online. If you have a query too, go ahead and message me!