Friday, April 18, 2014

Beauty Secret: Gorgeous Hair on a Run (Hint: Award Winning Dry Shampoo)

No comments:


I have been harboring this beauty secret for a while now - about eight months to be precise.

Back in the day, when I rocked bangs and 1960s layers, I would frequently (read: daily) shampoo the front patch of my hair as it would get oil and lanky. It was during those donkey years that I first discovered dry shampoos. Unfortunately, I didn't have that experimental bone to research and find the one for me, so I conveniently put it behind me and got by with Baby Johnson's Powder*

When I relocated to Dubai, my hair chose to rebel and went berserk. From hair fall to embarrassing dandruff and uncalled for oiliness, you name it and I had it.

Check out the shampoo that helped me stop hair fall

Anyway. So when my cousin was visiting from Canada, I asked another cousin of mine (who happens to be a hair expert) for a recommendation. Well, being the generous soul that she is, she sent her recommendations along my cousin.

She sent two bottles of Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle Extract.

For all my excitement, I was a little hesitant to use it in the beginning and quite unsure as well (despite explicitly written instruction). But once I got used to it, it had certainly made it to one of my all time favorite beauty products that can save a day! And if it helps, it has won Elle Beauty Award a couple of times - here's the universal validation we need.

What I love about Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle Extract:
  • Incredibly effective. Oil and dirt literally disappears after a minute of spraying the product
  • Very light, no smell/fragrances and leaves no powdery residue
  • Extremely easy to use - spray, hold, brush and you are done
  • It adds beautiful volume and bounce to my hair
  • Wear it after a blow dry and it can increase the longevity 
  • It's my go to product if I am unable to wash my hair or have an important meeting where I want everything perfect (especially my hair)
On the flip side, the effect for my hair lasts up to 8 hours. And in case I delay washing my hair for too long (say 12 hours) after using Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle Extract, I usually get a bad case of dandruff and the oil resurfaces shamelessly.

I have personally used this product and love it. When I run out of it, I will definitely repurchase (and I don't repurchase much besides my shampoo).

If you have tried any dry shampoos, or have a story to share, please know we are all ears :D

* Baby Johnson's Powder used to be my alternative to dry shampoo at some point in time. Just drizzle some on your oily roots, brush and blow away the remains. The effect isn't even close to what Klorane does but well, better than nothing!

Monday, April 14, 2014

#FFWD Love: Ezra AW '14

No comments:

It was magical. Haute couture, snow flakes and overwhelming beauty took audience's breath away. Ezra's show on the first day of Fashion Forward Season 3 was definitely an experience worth living, over again and again.

The collection presented had hints of tribal funk and edgy accents to spice up couture. The gowns had exquisite, hand embroidered details, mostly on luxe, delicate silk.

Broadening his horizon, Ezra also included a few pieces for a woman who would rather be without frills and flora; impeccably tailored evening wear, with structured shoulders and understated cutouts. However one thing was common in all the ensembles - you have got to be a femme fatale to do justice to the incredible collection by Ezra.

My favorite: The color palette. From royal blue to sunshine yellow and pearly white - I loved it all!

Check out some of my personal favorite looks from Ezra's runway at Fashion Forward Season 3:











Invitation: Bloggers Bootcamp!

No comments:

Bloggers Bootcamp at Cherry Cross

I am trying to be healthy (and that's a BIG trying), and move as much as possible. So when I got to know about a Bloggers Bootcamp, being organized by Jam the Glam and B2B Fitness Dubai, I jumped at the opportunity.

So, start the coming weekend with some serious fun and ass kicking workouts, under the professional supervision of Andrew from B2BFitness. As an added advantage, meet some really cool bloggers like Jam the Glam, Sarah in Dubai, Global Gazette and yours truly :)

The event will be held at Safa Part (Gate 2) at 10:00 AM on April 18th 2014. For more details and RSVP, check out http://www.meetup.com/Dubai-Bloggers/events/176867632/

Looking forward to seeing you soon! xoxo

(P.S. If you are a beginner and are not sure if this is for you - don't fret! This is as much for you as for anyone else. I haven't done anything more strenuous than treadmill in a very long time, but I know it will be alright. So don't worry, and let's give it a shot together!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Married for a YEAR!!

1 comment:


I can’t believe it – the time literally flew by! It seems like a few weeks ago when I was running like a headless chicken, prepping for my wedding, totally lost in the frantic frenzy around. And now, a year later, I stand here, in complete awe, of how soon these 12 months had gone by.

Sometimes I feel like this day is even more significant that my birth day – for this is the day that I was reborn, to be someone most of you know now.

A lot has changed since April 13th 2013. Wanna know what and what? Here's the tip of my iceberg for you:
  • My marital status changed – I had to update all my accounts and profiles, and leart to tick ‘married’ instead of ‘single’
  • I share my room now – with a MAN #tryingtobenotorious
  • I have two families – both amazing in their own ways
  • I learnt to cook, and can now serve a decent meal (most of the times)
  • We relocated – that was a MAJOR change. It meant a new home, a new city,  different people, new friends, new job…and a whole new life of sorts!
  • I am not a workaholic anymore – I guess I have been de-axactianized!
  • I am finally working in the fashion industry – and closer to my dream of being part of an editorial team at a fashion and lifestyle magazine
  • I made some new friends, and lost some very significant ones as well. I don’t know why it happened, but it did.

And above all, I learnt to love, respect and trust another person with all of my being. And guess what? I have no regrets, only beautiful memories to cherish forever!

You may now wish me a Happy Anniversary!

xoxo

Best Time to Get in Shape?? NOW - And Here's How!!

No comments:


Many of us would have already started planning for the summer holidays, making air ticket bookings to exciting destinations and scouting for the best hotel deals. How about giving a new dimension to these preparations by committing to get fit before the summer break?  

Right Bite, a pioneer in customised healthy meal deliveries, has introduced its ‘Renew You’ program that is perfectly suited to help you shed those extra kilos ahead of the summer. Whether you want to improve your health, or simply maintain a healthy diet, this package can be tailored to meet your requirements and fit into your lifestyle. Right Bite’s team of dietitians and chefs can create delicious, yet healthy, meals using the freshest natural ingredients that will help keep you mentally alert, physically charged and full of energy, which will stand you in good stead in the harsh summer months of the UAE.    

Nathalie Haddad, Founder and Managing Director, The Right Bite Nutrition and Catering Services L.L.C., “These months leading up to peak summer is the perfect time to lose weight and get back into shape. In fact, plenty of sunshine may help weight loss through the neurotransmitter serotonin.  Setting aside the sun’s less desirable reputation due to UV rays and skin cancers, the sun can actually be helpful in prepping our serotonin levels to suppress cravings, especially for carbohydrates.”

Serotonin is a type of brain chemical that influences a variety of psychological and body functions, including cravings, appetite and digestion. It is commonly referred to as a “happy hormone” because its production increases when we are exposed to natural sunlight. “Increased levels of serotonin reduce some people's need to eat, especially if the cravings are for comfort foods. Moreover, many people tend to eat less in hot temperatures,” explained Nathalie.

“As a general health tip, we suggest people should add considerable quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables to their meals and snacks. They are low in calories, high in nutrients, and they push low-fiber, higher-calorie foods out of your diet,” pointed out Nathalie.   

Right Bite, the experts in food and nutrition, is on a mission to strengthen its efforts of promoting a healthy lifestyle that revolves around a well-balanced diet, through its tailored programs such as Renew You, Lunchbox Gourmet, Fuel Up and Selective Plus. 

I am starting my program from tomorrow!! *Super Excited*

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Highlights of Fashion Forward Season 3 - Day 1

No comments:


Another season of Fashion Forward opened its doors today at Madinat Jumeirah, and saw hordes of fashion enthusiasts, bloggers, press, socialites and who’s who in attendance. Besides Jean Louis Sabaji’s fantasticshow, here’s the low down on day 1 of Fashion Forward Season 3:

Clean, Crisp Cuts

The boys at The Emperor 1688 are known for clean, crisp cuts and neutral color palette. This year was no different. The collection, to me, took its inspiration from a picturesque sub-urban town in England. They remained loyal to plaid, and added accents of fur, metal and leather. Before you write them off as predictable, they surprise you with impeccably tailored dress in sheer, luxe chiffon.





Dramatic Dark Lips & Big Hair

I LOVED the dark lips and big hair on the runway for Kage at Fashion Forward Season 3, No matter what color your skin is, the right shade of dark lipstick can make you look like a glamorous rock chic effortless. My person favorite, go-to for dark lipcolors would be Mac and Yves Saint Lauren. And the big, messy hair are timeless!



Cold, Frosty Eyes

This particular look could be translated in many ways but to me, it was definitely romantic. Using aqua shades, models for Asudari’s show carried frosted eyelids, with blue eye shadows and dramatically long white eyelashes. Pale lips and cheeks, and silver blond bob accentuated the eyes, and made it to our list of highlights.

#FFWD Love: Jean Louis Sabaji

No comments:


Now that's what I call a sartorial indulgence, which presents a complete story, yet leaves you wanting more. OH SO MUCH MORE!

From the six shows presented on day 1 of Fashion Forward Season 3, Jean Louis Sabaji was definitely one of my favorites. Following his graduation from the Lebanese American University in 2009, Jean Louis’ motivation and creativity led him to Domus Academy in Milan where he got the opportunity to share his creations with famous Italian designers.

In 2011, Jean Louis’ allegiance to his father’s studio evolved to the responsibility of carving the new paths ahead. The family’s practice initially seeded his interests and prompted him to dive into the world of Couture, with a strong focus on great and intricate production value.

This collection involves tense material work and vibrant colors. A total of 44 outfits will be showcased—you’ll witness a walking garden - that is what the designer told the attendees to expect from his show.  The runway delivered this, and more. From startling dose of ‘bugs’ to bold floral designs and futuristic silhouettes, it was a collection you got to keep a look out for!

Here are some of my favorite looks from Jean Louis Sabaji’s collection presented at Fashion Forward Season 3:













P.S. I think, besides an incredible designer, he's also quite an eye candy *blush*

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Winners of Limited Edition Gwyneth Paltrow Gift Bags by MaxFactor

No comments:


Hola Cherries,

How are you all doing? I have been MIA lately - What can I say, it's a phase. But don't worry, it too shall pass *oh-so-philosophical*

So, what brought me back? Ammm, the announcement for winners of Gwyneth Paltrow Gift Bags from Max Factor!!

So here we go cherries:

The Gold Bag goes to….
*crazy drum rolls*
MARIA KHAZANCHI
For you are the dreamer, the creative and the subtle chic.

And the black pouch for the go-getter, urban chic goes to
*some electro guitar strings*
RREEMA BHATIA

Enjoy your gifts ladies – And to collect them, please email me your deets at rajan.shaheen@gmail.com


Alas, HAPPY WEEKEND!!