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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Springfield and Women'Secret are back again!

12/26/2017 4 Comments
Hi peeps!

Do you guys remember my visit to Sprinfield and Women'Secret a few months ago? You can refresh your memory here. For those of you though Phoenix Marketcity was too far, then I have some great news for you. For all you South Bangaloreans out there, Vega City in JP Nagar now has Springfield and Women'Secret! Exciting much? I was at the launch event last week and I had a blast! Scroll down for all the scoop!

This time I had way more fun than the last launch event because of all my blogger buds who made the event more memorable. We tried on some of the merch and took crazy pics. The collection is very wearable and girl-next-door-ish. I tried on a knit top and a jacket and it looked amazing! Springfield also has a great range of belts, bags and shoes that one could kill for! Do check out their store for more.












We also headed over to the Women'Secret store and it was an absolute treat for our eyes to be there. The lingerie was pretty as always, but the accessories were drool-worthy. A lot of their stuff is Snoopy inspired or dog themed which was adorable. They have some exciting offers going on as well. Hurry!




Me and my ladies had a bonanza! We picked up some interesting stuff as well. Springfield and Women'Secret might be a bit pricey though. But if you wanna splurge on some unique and fresh clothing and accessories, then why not? Go nuts this holiday season!

Love,
Hand On The Hip

Period 101 feat Wonder Wings

12/26/2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

That time of the month? Wondering how to get through the next four days without staining your clothes? Isn't that something we all go through every 28 days? As a kid I have always wished that I never had to go through this horrible phenomenon called menstruation. But now I know how important it is and biologically how much it contributes to a woman's role as a mother. We go through so many problems during these pain stricken days but we need to realize the importance of it in the long run. And just to make your lives a wee bit easier, I thought I should give you guys some tips that might be useful.

  • When the pain strikes, DISTRACT YOURSELF! I usually tend to keep myself as busy as possible on these days so that I don't focus all my energy on the excruciating pain that comes as a plus one with the period monster.
  • Try not to increase your body heat too much. For instance, don't drink too much or smoke during these days. That is only going to make it worse for you!
  • Keep your private areas clean and change your sanitary napkin at least thrice a day in order to avoid rashes.
  • Invest in good sanitary napkins that give you full coverage and prevent staining of clothes.
  • Wear tight undies! Yes, that helps keep the pad in place!
  • Shower twice a day if you can. Hot showers have always helped me.
  • Try to keep yourself happy and cheerful. I know that's too much to ask when you feel like your whole world down there is going nuts, but just try!
  • If nothing works and the pain is unbearable and the flow is crazy, consult a gynecologist. 

We have been using so many different brands of sanitary napkins and we all know what works best for us. But are you one of those people who are still on the hunt for something even more comfy than the options we already have? Wonder Wings has a wide variety of sanitary napkins that would suit every woman's needs. I received a few boxes of the Wonder Wings Ultra Silky Touch XL Pads and I thought I should give you guys a quick review.


Pros:

  • The packaging says it all! The ones I got came in a nicely packed carton and the icing on the cake were the pretty wrappers. Cute, isn't it?
  • The fragrance of these pads were pretty pleasant.
  • The website Wonder Wings has a whole bunch of cool stuff that would benefit any girl. So do check it out!
  • As the caption rightly says "Goodbye Rashes", I agree with it and felt that these pads don't cause any rashes.

Cons:

  • It costs 110 INR for 10 pads and I thought it was quite pricey for a brand that's so new.
  • Although it says XL, I believe these pads aren't massive enough to be called so.
  • These pads can't hold too much liquid and on days my flow was rather heavy, I had to constantly keep changing my pads. 


Overall I would rate this brand a 3/5. Although I am not completely pleased with the quality of these pads, I would still use them on days I don't have to worry about heavy flows staining my clothes. On that note, I am going to sign off by asking all you ladies to take a chill pill and not let the red monster ruin your day!

Be a wonder girl!

Love,
Hand On The Hip

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Have a GlamEgo Christmas!

12/20/2017 3 Comments
Ho ho ho!

With Christmas 'round the corner, it's time to buy prezzies for your loved ones! For all those make-up and beauty product lovers out there, I have some exciting news for you this month. You already must know about make-up and beauty subscription boxes that have suddenly taken over the glam market. For those of you who have no idea what kind of make-up and beauty products you need to invest in, you're in luck. Wait, there's more! What if I told you that this month you can get winter appropriate products for less than half the price?

Glamego is one such service that lets you get yourself a subscription box for throwaway prices. They analyze your requirements in 4 steps and curate a box specially for you. You start off by taking a beauty quiz and voila, a box of at least 4 products picked for you is delivered to your doorstep in no time! They have a variety of plans you can find on their website as per your budget and needs. The box I received stole my heart away the instant I saw Santa's face on the box.


It came with 4 products and a product catalog explaining the prices of each product. Although I had not heard of most of the products mentioned here, it was definitely worth trying! Sometimes most of the luxury brands don't really reach the masses. I think companies like Glamego are making sure that these brands are made available to us.



Product 1: Bio Bloom Foot Cream

If you are one of those people with excessively dry feet and cracks creeping up every now and then, a foot cream is a must. Now I have sweaty feet and a foot cream would do no good to me, hence I gifted this one away to my friend. She absolutely loved it! The cream is not greasy and has a strong minty fragrance. She also told me that it's quite soothing.


Product 2: Natural Bath & Body Sea Clay Face Mask

I am a huge fan of face masks. Sea Clay is one of my newest faves! One tiny tube can probably be used twice. I love how my skin felt after I used it. This product is not one of those masks that dries off into a thick, hard coat of mud, but quite moisturizing and a mask that can be used during winter. It's easy to apply and wash off. I'd buy this even outside of the box since it's very reasonably priced.


Product 3: Manna Glo Illuminator

If you are one of those people who constantly does her own make-up, this is the cherry on top! One can never have too many highlighters and this cream based illuminator is the perfect blend of shine and glow. It's not too greasy and stays for a few hours. The moisture content in the product actually helps drive away the winter dry skin. I have already used this a couple of times and love it!

Product 4: Mond'sub Gold Eye Mask

I have already tried the face mask from this brand and it wasn't very satisfactory. However, I had heard so much about the eye mask that I was super excited to receive this. I often suffer with dark circles and puffy eyes and as soothing as this mask actually is, it's also quite effective. It felt like the mask helped me moisturize my under eye area. This mask gets a plus one from me!


You still have time to order the December box. Don't miss the chance while you still have it! Merry Christmas in advance :)

Love,
Hand On The Hip

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

5 products that did not work for me

12/13/2017 3 Comments
Hi peeps!

Of late I have been buying and experimenting with a lot of make-up products. This has given me a whole new perspective to the world of glitz and glam. I have realized that there is a strong need to do my research before I splurge on any product. After a lot of contemplation, I have finally made a list of some products that absolutely did not work for me! I want you guys to understand that because they did not work for me does not mean it won't work for anyone else and that I am only sharing my thoughts and experiences here. Also, these are products that I picked up on my own and were not sponsored.


1. Colorbar Radiant Glow Face Illuminator

I purchased this product from Myntra and was really excited to try it. I have previously never owned any highlighter, so the excitement was real! The packaging was really cute. The highlighting pen is of great quality and the liquid inside is also quite shimmery and a great highlighter for weddings and other functions. But here's what I did not like about this product -
  • The pen is extremely difficult to use. You need to press and hold the bottom till the liquid flows out.
  • The liquid is rigid and less in quantity making it hard for it to flow out.
  • The brush at the end of the pen is tiny and hard and makes it difficult to apply the product.
This product is a strict NO for me. Although I do feel that I received a faulty product, I still don't think I'm going to ever put in so much effort for a highlighter.

2. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick

Since I had heard so much about Colorbar, I decided to pick up another product. Since I am a huge lipstick hoarder, I had to own a lipstick from this range. The packaging was on point! I loved the shade I had picked as well. But here's what did not work for me -
  • The lipstick is too hard and not smooth enough to be applied on my lips.
  • After application, my lips get severely chapped.
  • The pigmentation is really poor.
I probably would have second thoughts before I buy any Colorbar product from now on.


3. Products from wish.com

I had heard so much about wish.com that I could not stop myself from buying a couple of things. But little did I know that the quality would be so poor that they'd end up just rotting in my shelf. I bought a lipstick by Miss Rose, a 15 color concealer palette by New Professional and a nail polish that was a fake version of OPI Nail Lacquer. Here's what went wrong -

  • The lipstick is basically a crayon and not suitable for one's skin. The quality is inferior and it leaves your lips completely chapped.
  • The concealer is tiny, cakey and has low quality packaging.
  • The nail paint has a toxic smell and lumps of the paint sticks to your nails but never dries fully. 
wish.com, I wish I had never spent any money on you!


4. YLG Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera has a gazillion benefits for one's skin and this cute and compact tube at Health N Glow during one of my most recent shopping expeditions caught my attention. It wasn't very expensive and hence I am not all that upset. But here's what the product is like -
  • The gel is too sticky for my taste.
  • The smell is unbearable and disgusting.
  • I haven't experienced any benefits since I started using this.
YLG, I expected better from you!


5. Lets Shave Face Razors

Shaving your face sounds scary, right? But since derma blading is actually a thing these days and it has helped people with their skin problems, I decided to buy these razors for my face. Although, it did not harm my face, it actually didn't help much.
  • The razors are not sturdy enough to shave off all of the baby hair on one's face.
  • Regular razor handles are easier to use.
  • The blades seemed old and blunt.
I think I am done trying to shave my face on my own!


Well, we have all had bad experiences with a lot of products. Experimenting is the key! Otherwise you'll never know what works and what doesn't.

Love,
Hand On The Hip

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Beauty comes in all sizes

11/22/2017 0 Comments
Hi everyone!

Are you usually the butt of all weight related jokes? Do you feel let down at all times because of the way you look? Since I have a narrow frame, I have often been greeted with "OMG, you are so thin, you are so lucky" or hear things like "You won't understand, you never have to worry about putting on weight" and through this post of mine, I thought I should share with all of you, a thing or two on how I "never" have to worry about putting on weight.




I have always been a healthy child and never had to worry about gaining too much weight since I was pretty active all through my childhood. The instant computers and cellular phones took over, my activities were restricted to walking to the kitchen and making myself a snack. At the age of 16, I suddenly felt the need to lose some weight and hence, I started crash dieting. I read somewhere that Kareena Kapoor survived on oranges to lose weight for the movie Tashan and started starving myself. Within a few weeks, I could see the difference it made to my body. I wanted and longed to become a Size 0 and was down to an XS, but the glow on my face had disappeared. I had lost interest in food. There was a boy in my class who even passed filthy, derogatory comments about my size. I was unhappy, I was sad, I was almost anorexic. My metabolism was messed up. But I still had no desire to eat healthy and put on some weight.



Once I turned 17, I decided to turn my life around. I started eating home food, walking back home from school and got back all the weight I had lost and also lost it the healthy way. I felt good. I was happier. I made more friends. I realized that my body had the capability to gain and lose weight quite instantly based on my diet and exercise. And that's when my doctor mommy diagnosed me with PCOD. Ever since the day I got my ovaries scanned, I was advised by my mother to ensure that I am exercising at all times. Even a little extra food and lack of exercise could build a stairway to obesity. I tried my hand at aerobics, swimming, cycling, walking and what not, but I never enjoyed it and my weight would always fluctuate. But somehow, sub-consciously, I was always aware of what I ate and never ate too much. I guess that really helped.



For the next few years, I was doing alright when it came to my weight. But in 2015, I happened to join a start-up that required me to work 16 hours a day. My eating habits became quite erratic and had no time to even go for a walk. In a span of 3 months, I literally gained 10 kgs! I had to buy jeans 2-4 sizes bigger than my usual ones. On my 26th birthday, I realized that it was about time I took my health and fitness seriously. I found out that my body fat percentage was over 40%! With a lot of motivation from my boyfriend and my friends (and the fact that I had spent 30K for a nearby gym :D), I was able to hit the gym regularly and brought down my body fat percentage by at least 5-7%. Had I not done anything about it, I'd have been obese by now. I was introduced to Zumba and boy, I fell in love with it. Since then, I haven't been able to stop! And now, it's more of an addiction than anything else - I get to improve my dancing skills, I get to be fit and most importantly, I love my body! I do believe that I still have a long way to go and know for a fact that there's nothing that can come in the way of my fitness.



I had not uploaded these series because they were taken during the time I was quite unfit, but beauty comes in all sizes, right? I rented this body hugging dress from LibeRent and if you want to wear a dress like this and look fabulous, work towards it! Find the one thing that you love and will keep you fit. Please, please understand that working out is for everyone. It doesn't matter what size you are! You need to feel good about yourself and that's all that matters!




Eat right, sweat it out and trust me, you don't have to spend a day worrying about your weight.

Love,
Hand On The Hip

Friday, 17 November 2017

How to be bridelicious 101

11/17/2017 2 Comments
Dedicated to Pooja, Harshita, Rakshita, Sneha, Taani, Meghna.. and the list goes on and on! These are the names of some of my really close friends who are getting married around the same time that I am. It's a contagious disease! Hehe! But congratulations, you guys! This one's for y'all!

Hello everyone!

From flashy Jet Wings on my flight back from Mangalore to Bangalore last week to pre-bridal packages in salons all around me to "tag your bestie who is getting married this year" posts being circulated on social media, for the past few weeks I have only been noticing everything that has the word "bridal" in it. As strange as it may seem, have you ever noticed that the instant the word "bridal" is prefixed to any service, one could end up making a ton of money out of it? Well, guys, with so much money being spent or carelessly thrown on weddings, as a bride-to-be let me tell you all that the pressure is real!

It's exciting and annoying when the whole world is constantly reminding you that you're "next". With literally 10 days left for the wedding functions to begin, here I am with another one of my posts about bridal tips. These are tips that I have followed/intend to follow and learnt the hard way, but I wish there was a crash course on how to look fabulous on your wedding day without caring about what "others" are gonna say, be stress free and attain pre-bridal nirvana. I think I am actually gonna look for it! Pahaha! In the meanwhile, let me share my experiences with you.


Eat clean, train dirty

I have been asked time and again if I have been "dieting" for the wedding and if I have started going to the gym because of the wedding. And surprisingly, most people actually do start taking diet and fitness seriously just a few months before they get married. After all, it's all about looking good for the photos, right? But if that's how it's perceived, then I guess I have been dieting all my life! I have been sweating my soul out at Zumba classes for over 2 years now and have tried several other fitness activities all my life. My food intake is always limited to hardly a bowl of rice with some veggies and I never binge eat (except for chocolates :D). I like to stay fit and have the option of being able to wear just about any outfit and rock it! It has got nothing to do with the wedding. But for those of you who haven't as much as even seen the door of a gym or felt the need to cut down on those carbs, here are a couple of last minute pointers.


  • For those of you who want to start focusing on your fitness 3-6 months before the wedding, I think you should start working out immediately so that you don't have to starve yourself or lift extra weights later. And God forbid, if you end up breaking something you don't want your arm to be in a cast during the wedding, do you? 
  • For the rest of you, it's not too late! You just gotta eat right, not be lethargic for the rest of the week and stay healthy. Eat a lot of fruits, drink a lot of green tea and other things that will help you improve your metabolism. Try squeezing in some light exercises, ab crunches or even long walks in nearby parks.
Options: 
For fitness - Zumba classes in CultFit in Bangalore, any group class in Apple Fitness and Kaizen Fitness in Bangalore
For diet - All kinds of fruits and veggies available, fruit juices from Raw Pressery, coconut water 

Love is in the hair

It's an impossible task for me to grow my hair long enough for a thick, long braid. My hair grows real slow and shabby! After putting a lot of thought into it, I decided to not go with the traditional, heavy South Indian bridal braid adorned with a kilogram of flowers and just stick to a cute lil bun instead. Sometimes it's better to stick to things you know will suit you best than try and get into something new at this point of time.


  • Always ensure that your hair is washed and blow dried for all wedding functions and keep your scalp clean and dandruff-free before the big day.
  • Do not try a new haircut just before your wedding! Do keep a gap of at least 2-3 weeks if you decide to get a haircut. 
  • Spend a good amount of time researching different hairstyles on the internet and explain to your stylist well in advance as to what you're looking for. 
  • Pamper yourself with a session of hair spa a couple of weeks before the wedding.
  • If nothing works, just get a nice blow out and you'll look fabulous!
Options: 
For hair stylist - Hair spa and hair cut at Veera's Beauty Parlor in Mangalore, Olaplex treatment at Jean Claude Biguine, hair treatment at Hairbitat in Bangalore
For hair care - Regular usage of Argan Oil and Pantene anti-dandruff shampoo

But first, skin care

When it comes to skin care, I am an absolute dud. But over the past few years I have learnt the importance of CTM, removal of make-up before going to bed (or even just make-up :p) and also how it is absolutely necessary to use primers before applying any product on to my skin. It doesn't make sense to go to skin clinics when you're a few days away from tying the knot, invest a bomb in derma peeling and what not and then deal with crazy side effects. Don't try anything crazy just before the wedding!


  • If you have sensitive skin, now is not the time to experiment with new products. Stick to the ones that have always worked for you.
  • Do make sure you keep yourself hydrated and your skin clean, healthy and happy. 
  • Get yourself a basic fruit or glow facial that will help clean your skin a few days before the wedding.
  • Every once in a while, apply a sandalwood or multani mitti face pack. 
  • If you have the tendency of getting tanned instantly, then do not forget your sunscreen every time you step out. 
  • Prep your skin well in advance in order to handle those crazy layers of make-up on the big day!
Options: 
For skin care - Fruit facial, Banjaras Multani Mitti, Ryaal USA Black Mess, Glamisha Skin Lightening Cream, Satliva's Face Butter

Too glam to give a damn

Planning your outfits for the wedding months before your day is one of the most quintessential things for a bride-to-be. If you have more than one stakeholder in the wedding trousseau department, then you should be prepared to calmly take everybody's opinion and try to meet them halfway. Since I am not a big fan of unwanted criticism, I actually haven't shared any of the pictures of my bridal outfits with anyone other than my family! For those of you who still haven't figured out your outfits or make-up, here are some tips.


  • Set aside a budget for your clothes and make-up and find them accordingly. If you believe that there is no need to empty your pockets for a designer lehenga, then try designing one on your own. Pick up pieces of fabric and put together a look!
  • A tailor plays a very important role in your wedding. Make sure to give him at least 3 trial products to work on. Also, always start with the tailor chores at least 3-4  months prior to the d-day so that if anything goes wrong (like it did with me), you have enough time to fix it.
  • Make-up trials are supremely important! I could have handled make-up on my own, but eye shadow is a bit of a challenge for me. So finding someone with great eye make-up skills was key for me. Figure out what part of make-up is of utmost importance to you and find that person who can do it for you.
  • Watch wedding make-up tutorials on YouTube whenever you can so that you know how to guide your beautician if needed.
Options: 
For clothing - Soch, Commercial Street in Bangalore, Mysore Saree Udyog in Bangalore, Mehek in Mangalore, Saree Palace in Mangalore 

I dream in jewellery

Gold shopping is an important part of Hindu weddings. Being born in a traditional South Indian brahmin family, it was kind of impossible to get out of this. Once again, there was no point trying to find something ecstatic or unique because it would mean more effort and time. I stuck to traditional temple jewellery and some elegant pieces here and there.


  • Gold shopping is inevitable. Once you're done buying your Kanchipuram sarees and designer lehengas, find jewellery that will complement your outfits. I mean, if you wear temple jewellery with your pastel, silver sequined lehenga, it's going to look like a complete disaster. So, choose appropriately.
  • If you don't want to spend too much on actual gold, then you can always mix and match with 1 gm gold that probably has more variety and is cheaper.
  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT forget to buy bangles in all colors possible.
Options: 
For gold and diamonds - Bhima's, Tanishq, Jos Alukkas
For 1gm gold - Hampankatta in Mangalore or Commercial Street in Bangalore

Shoes speak louder than words

Although 90% of the focus is on your outfit, jewellery and make-up, we usually tend to take the footwear part of it for granted. When it comes to Indian wedding footwear, there's only one rule. And that's COMFORT! I am usually very comfortable in wedges and that's what I picked up to complete my wedding look book.


  • Buy a pair of golden heels for sure. They practically go with everything!
  • Comfort comes first. Try to avoid stilettos or anything that's not going to be helpful while you spend long hours standing.
  • Get frequent foot massages and manicures to make them feet sparkle!
Options: 
For footwear - Catwalk, Steve Madden, Aldo, your bhabhi's/sister's shoe closet :D

What else?

Do not leave anything for the last minute. Always have a list of things you need to achieve by at least 3-4 days before the wedding so that you're not panicking at the last moment!
  • Get a big suitcase or a duffel bag and dump it with all the things that you might need for your wedding day so that everything is in one place.
  • Make an actual list of everything you would need and ensure that you have it all in place.
  • Make another list for things you need to do a day or night before the wedding, like purchase flowers, wash your hair, getting your eyebrows done etc.
  • Keep plenty of safety pins around for your disposal.
  • Bindis of all colors, sizes and shapes are a mandatory addition to your kit.
  • Practice smiling and smile hard :D
Overall, I think it's good to be pro-active about everything so that you have a stress-free wedding. If you are the kind of person who isn't all that conscious about your looks, trust me, you will eventually start caring! A little bit of planning won't hurt anyone, right? Good luck to you all!

Love,
Hand On The Hip