Easy 5 DIY Face Masks for that natural glow this season! :)

Hello everyone!

Here are some DIY face masks I swear by for a healthy glowing face!

1. Gram Flour Mask.

This mask is best for oily or combination skin. Mix 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tbsp gram flour. Add a dash o to the mixture for preparing a paste. Make sure that the consistency of the paste is not drippy. Wash your face and apply an even layer of this paste on your neck and face. Let it dry completely. Use cold water to remove it. This mask should be used every day by those who have oily skin. It prevents acne and forms a protective layer on the skin and leaves your face with a nice glow!

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2. Clay Mask.

Mix 1 tbsp fuller’s earth with 1 tbsp rose-water and add a dash of honey to get a medium consistency paste. Apply the mask on your neck and face. Keep it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. It is the best mask for normal skin. Fuller’s Earth cleanses the skin by removing impurities. Honey locks in the moisture, keeping the skin hydrated. Works wonders for people having acne problems.

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3. Papaya Mask.

Mix half a cup of papaya pieces with 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of yogurt. Blend it into a thick paste and then apply on well cleansed skin. Wait for ten minutes and wash off. Papaya contains ‘Papain’ which instantly brightens up your skin by removing tan and dark patches to an extent. Yogurt makes your dull skin look lighter. This one is a good skin brightening mask.

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4. Coffee Mask.

Mix 1 tbsp of coffee with 1 tbsp of honey. Gently exfoliate on a clean face for 5 minutes and wash with cold water. Coffee has the added advantage of being rich in antioxidants. This is an excellent mask cum scrub as the coffee grains exfoliate skin while the honey provides moisture.

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5. Tomato Mask

Mix 2 tsp of yogurt and 1 tsp of tomato paste and apply it on face. Wait for fifteen minutes. Rinse with cool water. This pack makes your skin radiant by removing dead cells, doing away with minor blemishes and absorbing toxins.  This will help brighten uneven skin tone and gently minimize the look of old acne scars and discolorations from the sun.

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And BTW am currently crushing on, Dior Lip Sugar Scrub: This is an exfoliating and nurturing balm stick that has tiny grains of sugar. The concept is really different from anything I’ve tried before. I’m usually not a fan of lip scrubs because I find them messy. With this one, once you apply the particles melt away making the lips incredibly soft. It gives a natural glossy look and gave a — colour to my lips. It has a light minty scent. The sugar scrub is very gentle and not harsh on the lips. Very interesting product and a must have! You can get your hands on it here.

Let me know how those masks work for you! Happy Weekend Guys 🙂

Day Trip To Shopping Paradise: Bicester Village!

Bicester Shopping Village is a fantastic day trip destination. Some pronounce it “Bichester” others “By-sester”. It is actually pronounced “Bister”.

There´s no denying that, everybody loves a good bargain. Especially when its good quality and designer scoops. So when Sunny suggested a shopping trip to Bicester Village, the designer outlet destination – I was there in a blink quite literally. The day was party sunny partly cloudy and it just took us an hour to reach our destination by train!

The village houses a range of the most stylish brands including ultra chic designer labels Gucci, Prada, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Versace and lots more. It is a shoppers dream with 130 boutiques each offering 60% discount all year round.

We ended up spending about more than 4 hours there walking around the shops and shopping as everything there is much cheaper than the market price. We also saw a lot of tourists buses and I also think it is often included in part of the schedule of guided tours when tourists visit England.

There were some amazing deals at Kate Spade, Fossil, Swarovski, Calvin Klein, etc. and specially Pandora where you will find charms of previous seasons in case if you have missed and which are not available currently. You will surely be surprised with their pricing.

The shops are really well laid out, scattered with plenty of eateries like – Pret A Manger, ITSU, Farmshop, some small café’s, Ice-cream stands and more. I had a free range egg, cheese & mushroom crepe at Crêperie Angélie, freshly made to order in front of our eyes. Yummm… it was deliciously amazing, and with lots of butter & cheese it was quite filling. While Sunny had a vegetable gyoza at ITSU which was not bad. We packed up some classic french macaroons at L’Orchidée. They had mouth-watering flavors like exotic fruits, crème brûlée, coconut, salted caramel, pistachio and lots. And they turned out to be the best macaroons I ever had. Also, I tried the Popcorn flavored ice cream at Snowflake Luxury Gelato, It was good!


We ended up shopping a lot than we had planned and thought. And of course, the factor being, the price is great compared to the retail price and I was very happy with the purchases we made.


At the end of the trip, we collected free cold pressed juices from The Farmshop Café (which we got after showing the bar-code received on registering on their official website, Make sure you do that before you plan your visit, for some treats and rewards!). We needed to refuel ourselves after a hard day of shopping & my day was totally the picture below at Bicester Village! 🛍😎

My Idea Of Spring Fashion 2017

While it’s still wintry here, being covered up in layers all times when I go out makes me wait for summers even more. So why not get fashion ready by the time?
Here’s a list of spring inspired fashion trends I liked and would add to my wardrobe:

1) Bell – sleeves: Opt for the dramatic or classic bell sleeves & off shoulders with bell sleeves both are sure to rock this spring. Lace up flats/heels go perfect with the look.


2) Embroidered denim wear! 


3) Rose tinted glasses: That pop of spring colour!

4) Flared pants: Printed, plains and all sorts!

5) Slogan tees!

6) Stripe statements: Bold stripes that will make a statement!

 

(Source of the pictures: Pinterest)

So which trend would you like to rock? Let me know your style and what you think about fashion this spring 🙂

Hope you all liked this post!

A Day Well Spent In Oxford!

On a Friday noon after lunch when I was just listing out the grocery shopping to do over the weekend, I got a text from Sunny (my husband) saying ‘Lets go to Oxford tomorrow’ while he was in the office. Felt excited with the thought of traveling to a new place and immediately started googling onto places to visit & things to do in Oxford.

If anywhere in Britain embodies our “Here Lived History” theme, it is impossible not to think of Oxford. And being a day trip, we jotted down some of the places we would like to visit first as it would not be possible to cover all the attractions. We reached at Oxford at 10:30 AM, the weather being winters was partly cloudy, cold and windy.

We visited The Ashmolean Museum, first ever public university museum, starting as a small 17th century collection of curiosities and portraits and now containing a wide collection of historical treasures include Egyptian mummies, Islamic art, Indian textiles, ancient documents, rare porcelain, tapestries, silverware, priceless musical instruments, extensive displays of European art housed in a beautiful old building.

Then we went to the Oxford museum of natural history, the neo-gothic building almost looked like it belonged to the harry potter world. It was splendid, a selection of dinosaurs and animal skeletons, the Dodo, stuffed animals and collection of minerals to mesmerize the little ones but plenty to absorb the older ones too.

We had lunch at Gee’s, a very pretty winter garden restaurant with excellent food which was at a walking distance from the museum. The Pumpkin soup and Pizetta is a must try!

Had a quick visit to the Queen’s College and Radcliffe Camera. Here many popular Bollywood movies like Salaam-E-Ishq, Desi Boys, Mohabattein etc. have been shot. From there we went to see the Christ Church Meadow. But unfortunately we couldn’t get inside as there was a long queue and less time in our hands to visit other places.

And then we found the Botanical Gardens and got a chance to escape the windy rain and totally fall in love with the glasshouses.  Each glasshouses had plants dripping from the walls and ceiling.  In one large glasshouse, there was a raised pond, filled with flowering lilies and small fish. There were scented exotic plants flowering in vibrant colors almost artificial looking. The last glasshouse that we went to turned out to be my favorite with a variety of Cactus plants. 🌵

Went to one of the oldest pubs in Oxford called The Bear Inn dating back to 1242! A distinctive feature of that place is a collection of over 4,500 snippets of club ties displayed in glass-fronted cases on the walls and even the (low) ceiling. It was very crowded but luckily we got a table to sit.

On our way back to the station around 6:30 PM we had a stop off at the Covered Market, there was a range of stalls from local producers selling souvenirs, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery, some branded shops as well as café’s and sandwich bars where you can eat in or grab something. I tried my first bubble – tea at Coba there. The Caramel bubble tea with tapioca pearls was really yummy and has become one of my favorite drinks now. Cant wait to try more new flavors in future.

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Didn’t manage to go to all places listed down but it was an awesome & memorable trip! Will surely visit Oxford again 😊

Dior Spring 2017 Nail Colour – ‘Early’ Review

I’m so in love with the Dior Spring 2017 nail colours from the Colour Gradation collection and without a doubt it is one of the most alluring this season. The colours are lively and authentic, contrary to all the typical nudes and reds. Wearing these colours on your nails will make you foretaste spring with its shining bright sun, clear blue skies and fresh blossoms.

The Dior Spring 2017 nail polish collection has diverse shades with 4 limited edition colours:

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Sudden 873 – Rich Pink

Maybe 340 – Vibrant Peach

Early 505 – Bright Lemony

Now 800 – Emerald Teal

These nail polishes contain fine silver pearly shimmer for that extra glossy finish and diamond like shine.They are limited edition so I’d advise picking one up if you like the look. They are £19.50 each. Available now at all Dior counters and stores. Shop online here.

I got my hands on the Early 505 nail colour. The shade of bright yellow with pearly shine is one of its kind. I love bright nail polishes and this one goes very well with my light skin tone and compliments with anything that I wear. Seriously! It has already been seen on several runways and identified as one of the primary spring 2017 Pantone color trends. Perfect for the Spring ready look. The formulation is really good and perfectly opaque. It dries fast and the brush makes it so easy to apply. Dior is never a disappointment when it comes to nail colours and is flawless as always!

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Cant wait to get other shades as well!! 💅