Saturday, November 25, 2017

Our skin-care routine in winters

We are back with another post... And it is about skin care! 

Since winters have started and with that, will start skin's problems - dryness, which if not taken care of can lead to major problems like fine lines, wrinkles, and appearance of dry scaly patches

In winters, dry air takes away the thin layer of oil that traps moisture in the skin leading to flaring, itchy and painful conditions for the skin.

Anyway, so today in this post, I will mention few steps that I follow to take care of my skin (even in summers!). I also started taking these steps, as my skin has recently been facing a lot acne problems - especially on the forehead which can be due to dandruff or any cosmetic product I used. 

And these steps that I am talking about are used and tested by me... So, relax and do not hesitate to try the below mentioned methods:

1. So, first and foremost, I STOPPED using soaps and facewashes! I know you would be going like 'whattttttt' but yeah, that's true I have stopped washing my skin with all these harsh cosmetics. And, instead, I use a mix of below mentioned few powders - 
  1. Besan (Gram Flour)
  2. Sandalwood powder
  3. Cinnamon powder
  4. Powdered Oatmeal
  5. Multani Mitti (Fuller's Clay)
  6. Orange Peel Powder
Just mix all these powders and keep them in an airtight jar. All you have to do is take a spoon of it in your palm, pour few drops of water, mix it well and apply it on your skin. Let it settle down for 2 minutes and then, wash it off. Its that simple!

2. I have also stopped using all kind of creams and serums on my skin! All I use is a mix of neem water and rose water. 





3. At night, before sleeping, I apply Aloe Vera gel all over my face, neck and hands




4. For eyes, I use either Castor oil or coconut oil. Just take few drops of any of these oils on your fingertips and massage your eyes gently. Leave it overnight for better results.

5. I, at times also use raw milk on my skin. You can use cotton for the same. 

6. I never used to use any makeup though. But recently, gave up the BB creams that I used to use once in a while. So, now when I got out, all I use is a bit of moisturizer from The Bodyshop, Kajal, eyeliner, and lipstick.



7. Sunscreen is the only thing I am still using. I can't live without it. Make sure, you wear sunscreen everytime you step out in the sun!

8. Eat right! Make sure, you eat at least 2 fruits in a day and lots of green. I every day, either take vegetable juice or soup.

9. I start my day with half apple, a mug full of green tea with lemon and honey and 4 glasses of water

10. Exercise... Anything - Run, Walk, Dance, do Yoga - just for 15 minutes a day!

So, these are few things that I have added/ changed in my lifestyle. Its just been 2 weeks I have started them and I am loving it. Do try them and do let us know your feedback. 

Enjoy!

P.S: Be patient. These methods will be curing your body and skin from inside and this process may take time - sometimes, 2-3 months for visible results. 

x

Monday, August 21, 2017

Make your home bright and colorful

And we are back with another post and yes, after ages! We try so hard to be regular, but then my job and Shalini's involvement with so many movies take away most of our time :(

Anyway, today's post is really different, its not about style, cloths, accessories or fashion. Its about designing your home... Yes! I recently revamped my house and just loving it, so thought to share some ideas and stuff with you all...

So, this time I filled my house with loads and loads colors - cushions, books, coffee mugs, grass, plants, candles, paintings, Buddha statues, Vases etc. I made it so bright and colorful that it only reflects happiness and positivity...

So, let me share some pictures first:


I have a huge living room, which is kind of rectangle in shape. Now, my taste is really funky, I loveeee colors and brightness. I divided my drawing room into two parts - 1. very colourful and bright and 2. sober and classy one

The above picture is the long shot of the colourful and bright part of my house. Here is a  closer look:





This is my reading area!


Bought this mirror from krafted with happiness


Most of the stuff in this picture is from Chumbak


The candle stand in the above pic is from lifestyle and the kettle is from Flipkart


I have also made a small garden in my home - with load of miniature house, pond, trees, boats, ducks etc and some succulents - they are so easy to maintain and look so amazing!

Have a look at some pictures and yes, not to miss my favourite Buddha fountain!











 I hope this post gave you some ideas on how to design your home - if your taste matches mine

Feel free to comment in case of any questions, queries or just to say hi :)

Enjoy!

- Shivani







Monday, June 19, 2017

Wardrobe woes and how to overcome them!

Why is my wardrobe so cluttered and full but I always seem to have nothing to wear?


We all seem to have this very important question popping up every time we look at our closets. We ponder over it and decide that the answer lies in buying more clothes. The already stuffed closet is now bursting and the cycle continues...
I decided to get to the bottom of this one step at a time and started with decluttering and organising! Mind you, this is no easy task and not even a quick one. You have to put some time aside but it is eventually worth it!
1. I first took out every single item from my closet and placed it in a pile.
2. I went through everything I had and put aside outfits that needed fixing or discarding.
3. sorted the rest in a few main categories:
tops - subcategorised into workwear, outing, party, blacks and white(I own a ton of these) and of course workout wear
Camisoles/ tanks
Bottoms - subcategorised into jeans, trousers, skirts, shorts, palazzos, jumpsuits etc
Dresses - short, long
Club/party wear
Ethnic - all kurtas and bottoms sorted separately, sarees, lehengas, blouses
Stoles/scarves/shrugs
Jackets / sweaters
Of course lingerie/shapewear( I keep them categorised too! You can include swimwear to this category or if you are a hoarder like me have a separate box for swimwear!
You can create whatever categories that work for you.
4. Fold and put them back neatly categorywise.










..... and voila .... I could see most of what I had and I knew where to find what I wanted without having to uproot the whole closet!


Some tips to keep it organised:


1. Always put back outfits in their respective places. This hardly takes a few extra seconds and saves you pain in the long run.
2. Try to plan your outfit for the next day the previous night. Keeps you from rushing and pulling out everything last minute.
3. Find an extra hanging space outside for outfits that you plan on wearing more than once.
4. Keep a small Fix-it box that contains any garment that needs fixing/alteration which can be completed at a later time.
5. Anything that you do not use on a daily basis like resort/vacation wear, swimwear, winter wear, heavy sarees and party wear etc can be boxed up and stored away if you are short on closet space.
6. Always, always, always
Happy wardrobe organising !
PS: next up, will do a peice on organising and caring for footwear 😊 the easy way!
Ask us any related questions or let us know what you think in the comments below.





Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hair care in summers



Over the years I have slowly switched to paraban free sulphate free shampoo to avoid stripping my hair of its natural oils. I do not blow dry unless absolutely necessary like maybe 2 - 3 times year , if I do then it is usually in cold setting. I also do not use hair products or setting sprays . Over the years I have figured natural ways of curling my hair by scrunching or over conditioning if I want it straight.                        



I swear by coconut oil (virgin). It does wonders for your hair and skin. I use Schwarzkopf moisture kick spray to keep it moisturised during those hot summer days when hair tends to dry out in the sun.


For those who gym and feel the need to wash your hair often , give your hair plain water baths and limit shampooing to twice a week.

Organic argan oil which is readily available in the US , is my split end and dry end saviour (apart from regular split end trimming). Just a few drops applied to hair ends regularly. It is not too oily so u can go out with it.

I also use the occasional curd and lime mixture on my hair which keeps dandruff at bay.

For those who use a lot of hair products I advise the use of clarifying shampoo once a month to break down the chemical build up on hair.

Last thing is stimulating hair massages  - love em.

The only chemical abuse my hair goes through is hair colour once a year - but I also try to follow it up with good hair care which includes weekly conditioning at home and weekly oil massages at the salon...

Try these tips and i am sure you will notice a remarkable difference in the quality of your hair :)

- Shalini

Friday, April 7, 2017

Taking care of your skin in summers



I had always been very careless regarding my skin. I mean very very careless.

I used to buy all sort of creams and cosmetics and never shied away from experimenting them on my skin. Until last summers, when I suffered from horrible acne!

And trust me, that is when I got to know why girls call it a nightmare. I was unable to relax, sleep or even be happy. It just takes away all the positivity and happiness from your life. I am NOT exaggerating and that is when I started doing some very basic things for my skin and it helped.

First, let me answer the question that would be popping up in your mind: how did I get rid of it? I tried every damn thing under the sun, which had even a bit of mention that it would be helpful in curing acne... But nothing helped. So, the first tip: do not search on internet and go for those stupid ideas to get rid of acne: oats, lemons, Cetaphil, essential oils, toothpastes, ice, garlic, steam, aspirin masks, honey, baking soda and including all the medicines and creams. They are just a waste of money.

I can vouch for it because I have suffered from it and have tried all of those.


When nothing worked, I went to a dermatologist and tada! In 3 months, my acne was gone. So, all I would suggest is to meet a dermatologist whenever you face the issue of acne. Because there could be many reasons including the medical ones for it, especially hormonal imbalance which is very common in us: women.

And as I mentioned above, creams, cosmetics they promise a lot of things but till date I have not seen any cream that does wonders to your skin, atleast the way they show in ads. So, please do not trust these creams and stop blowing your hard earned money on them.

In fact, I was a compulsive shopper but never a reckless one. I used to read a lot of reviews on internet before buying any cosmetics, specially the expensive ones. But all in vain! I got to know later, many of them were paid reviews! What is the use of reviews, if you can't trust them? So, I just stopped reading all these reviews on net

And, finally started relying on home remedies. Now, my skin care regime is:

Pack: Multani mitti (Fuller's earth) and sometimes, egg masks
Cream: I have recently started using Patanjali's aloe vera gel and anti-wrinkle cream and I wouldn't say there were any miracles but they are good, much better than those expensive creams which do nothing! Absolutely nothing...
Face wash: Clean and clear
And for eyes, I use a little vaseline or castor oil under the eyes before sleeping and trust me, its just mind-blowing. I have been using these since last one year...And I am very happy with the results
Sunscreen: Lotus SPF 50 (What so ever I never ever go out without a sunscreen!)

I try drinking a lot of water and green tea, eat a little amount of salad (recipes I will share in my next post) and at least 2 fruits every single day to make sure that I get all the required nutrients.

And that's it! You really do not have to pester yourself for taking that 'extra' care of your skin. You and your pocket both can smile and be happy!

P.S. The money I used to blow on cosmetics every month, amounts to adding up 3 extra dresses in my wardrobe! You thought I save it? Really!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Detox Yourself


We are sure you would have heard about this word called 'Detox'. Actually, if you just google it, you will find millions of articles on the same... 

And today, we are here to talk about the same so-talked topic called Detoxification.

First question, what is detox? Now, we are not going to give you any bookish language. We will tell you what it means to us, and what it does to us.

Detox is basically a process that cleanses your system. Period. It cleans and clears up all the toxins from your body. 

Actually, I even read somewhere that a detox only works if a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. We don't think so. There is no need to change your habits or anything. Just introduce a bottle of detox water in your regime every single day and it will make sure to flush out all the toxins and bad things from your body.

And it works! Trust us....
 The benefits? Well, there are just many, we will list down the ones we felt:


A Renewed ability to cope with stress 
You will feel extremely light

I am not getting my regular headaches
Increased energy throughout the day
Controlling cravings
Giving your body the micronutrients it needs (most important ones!)

And the best one, it makes your skin look so fresh and good... Try it out guys.

I am listing down the basic detox water that I make at home and I take this instead of plain water the whole day:
Fill a 1 litre bottle with water. Now, just put in the following things in it:

Water melon/pineapple
Cucumber
One small piece of Orange
Lemon (a small piece)
Few mint pieces
A very small piece of ginger

And thats it! Just place the bottle in the refrigerator for a night and have this water the next day.

And please do not increase the quantity, I did that once and the water tasted aweful! 

I prepare some 3 bottles every night :)

And I am seeing the results and just loving them! 

You can also go for a complete body detox, which is a step-by-step process that focuses on each organ involved in ridding the body of toxins. 

A complete body detox is a long and committed process but can be rewarding. 

If you’ve never performed a detox, then we would recommend to first try the above mentioned detox at home and then, gradually you can go for the complete detox

I have tried one from cleansehigh.com

They have various packages which are listed below. So, they provides you various detox juices and teas for every single day and you are not supposed to eat anything for those days. Yes, nothing you can eat!

1 day - which wont work
3 days - this is the one I tried and It’s a total body detox that will help you eliminate toxin accumulation and feels great. But the only side-effects are a bad headache and sweat! 
7 days - Havent tried this one, but I am sure if 3 days one is so awesome, this has to be pretty good. But then fasting for 7 days is little too much. 

Hope this piece on detox helped you... Do let us know your feedback :)



  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Day 1 of Fitness: Tips




The road to fitness begins today with morning yoga. 

Start small... start slow.

Baby steps!

I also plan to workout at the gym this evening for 45 minutes - alternatively you can go for a walk if gym is not your thing.

Follow it up with a good breakfast to kickstart your day.

Did you know that Idly is considered to be one of the most nutritious breakfast in the world? What are you waiting for?

The rest of today will be a light lunch with 1 roti/small cup of rice and more of curry and dal and a glass of buttermilk.

Evening snack - 1 toast without butter and a cup of tea without sugar.

Dinner is fruits and oats. 

Tip of the Day: Avoid anything with sugar just for the week and feel the difference. You can indulge your sweet tooth on sunday as a reward for being good the whole week! 



- Shalini  

P.S Shivani is lazily busy being a sloth and still thinking about her fitness regime. And yes, sorry to forget she is also busy in cribbing about having no added sugars, which means no tea, no coffee, no brownies, no desserts...


April - We made it our fitness month!


Sooooo….we are back and this time with an April fitness challenge! You can follow us for a daily update on our progress and alternatively we would like you to take up this challenge along with us. We encourage you to at least try some of this for 2 weeks if not for an entire month and share your experiences with us. 

Watch this space for interesting tips on nutrition, skin and haircare for summer. 




P.S We will reveal our before and after weights after our one month. Lets hope for the best! 

Join us in the challenge

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Story of a crop top!

I am an impulsive shopper! Period...

I see things, I like them and I just buy them, without any second thought and I end up regretting it most of the times! :(

And the top I am wearing in the below pics is one of those impulsive hauls. Yep! I did not wear it for around an year, but then a fine day I just thought to use it somehow! And tried it with a Saree and Voila! beautiful it looked... Something so chic, so modern, extremely quirky!

Check it out :)

Do let me know your thoughts...










Wardrobe:
Top: Craftsvilla
Saree: Amazon
Earrings: The Hypeshop

P.S. A confession: neither me nor Shalini is into makeup :( 
P.P.S Our makeup kit have: Kajal, Eyeliner and Lipstick! Yep, I am serious...

The Yellow Valentine

... And finally my partner in crime: Shalini is free, the one I mentioned about in my very first post.

And this is our very first post together. Though we were not 'that' ready for the same, but then these moments had to be captured and had to be shared on the blog.

We met in an extremely beautiful cafe called Velvet Patisserie which is situated in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Hows the place? Well, its very pretty and cozy. And the desserts there... are heavenly delicious! Well, check it out yourself in the pictures below:)























Work mode on!









Isn't the place so beautiful! What are you waiting for? Go, visit and enjoy :)

Shivani's look:
Dress - Stalkbuylove.com
Neckpiece: 20dresses
Stilettos: Myntra
Eyewear: Jabong

Shalini's look:
Skirt: Bossini
Shoes: Bought in Italy
Top: Zara


P.S. BTW, Shalini just styled Shruti Haasan for her upcoming movie...