Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Do They All Cry In The Loo?

She sneaked into the loo, checked the time on her phone and made a mental note that she has ten minutes. If she stays there for more than ten minutes then people might notice that is missing from her desk.

Lowered the toilet seat cover, removed her spectacles and started crying. As silently as she could.
The last two weeks had been rough on her, she was asked to work on projects that she didn’t enjoy. Her partner seemed to not understand her any more, the office gossip and cribbing was getting on to her.

She tried to be happy. Every morning she would make sure that she greats everyone with a joyous good morning only to receive a grumpy ‘hello’ in response.

She tried to cheer herself up by planning her boyfriend’s birthday, but he seemed to be not interested in any part of it. All she did was look up things online that she could possibly gift him, this was her favourite pastime every time she felt upset.

They had been arguing for three days straight and right now as she sat in the loo crying from 11.11am to 11.21am she wondered if today would be any better.

Her friend is getting married soon, and he is stealing her ideas which she had planned for her wedding. The family is expecting too much out of her and she is forced to deliver to their demands because if she doesn’t do that, she becomes the bitch.

She is just tired, drained, exhausted and needs some love. A warm tight hug which would say that things are going to be fine, no, a warm tight hug which says that this ARE fine.

She checked the phone again, it was 11.20am.

She wiped her tears and fixed her face and came out of the loo with a big bright smile wondering how many other people in the office might be having a bad day and how many of them must be crying silently in the loo. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oriflame Giordani Gold Products

Oriflame recently threw a post launch party and I was invited for the same. They recently launched the Giordani Gold range, this is a luxurious range which is inspired by the elegance of Italian lifestyle.

They have launched a CC Cream, Bronzing Pearls, Lipsticks and Eye Shadow Palette. I started using them all and am loving them so far.

The CC Cream is lightweight and has a medium coverage. It also has anti ageing technology which helps improve skin quality.  

I have two of their eye shadow palette and they are amazing. The first one is Smokey Grey and the other one is Radian Plum. I wanted a palette that would help me get a nice smokey eye and I think I have found the one. Now all I need to do is to learn how to do a smokey eye.

I again have two of their Bronzing Pearls. It helps me get a perfect sun kissed glow and a slight shimmer. As I am not a big fan of using highlighters every day, this is a perfect substitute.

Their lipsticks are perfect for winters. As we enter winter, we would have to say good bye to all our matte lipsticks. I have been using matte lipsticks all summer but I am sure that winter will chap my lips and I would need something moisturising and hydrating. Their lipsticks moisturises and hydrates making it the perfect option for winter. They also have deep shades which is just perfect. The only negative point being that they are not super long lasting, they would wear off every 3-4 hours, so you’ll have keep reapplying.

The shades that I have are, Fuchsia Divine, Muted Plum, Cherry Love and Red Fatal. I actually have two of Red Fatal and I am giving away one along with a lot of other things on my YouTube Channel so don’t forget to check that out.

If you want me to review any of these products then please let me know in the comments. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

How Narendra Modi's Demonetisation Is A Farce

I had just withdrawn 2000 rupees and returned home. I had just entered the house when my WhatsApp started buzzing about the demonetisation. It was basically confusion with people coming up with their own interpretation. I switched on the TV and educated myself with what was happening, quickly realising that the money that I just withdrew was not going to help me.

Although I had my reservations about the whole idea, I mean, we are talking about stopping 86% of currency in a matter of four hours. It was obviously going to affect the stocks and the economy would be shaky. What I don't understand is why we are not getting a clear image from the government about what is exactly being done with the money and the move.

Everything is just so hazy and no one has a for sure answer to everything. It's close to 3 weeks now and we are still basing everything on our interpretations. Transparency is crucial to avoid panic.

Just like Biswa said on his Facebook post, people are ready to stand in the line and face difficulties if it even shows a glimmer of hope that this would indeed help towards building a better society, government and living standards.

When I was promised that day that the economy and flow of money would be normal within a week, I expect it to be normal within a week. The fact that I still have to worry about change and 100 rupee notes is kind of causing me anxiety that maybe something is off.

Corporate Silence
I honestly expected a bigger roar from the corporates and the big fishes in the market who we know sure have black money, they being so silent about the whole thing honestly does make me suspicious. Did they already know about the move? Did they already do away with their money?
I remember everyone being surprised by the money pumped in by reliance Jio. Can there be a connection?

Governor connect 
The current governor has been in office for 2 months and the publication of the notes also began around Aug-Sept. so was the new governor appointed just to sign the notes? And if the printing of the notes started in August then how come the new governor has signed on them? In the initial phases, there were rumours that the printing began six months ago, if this is to be believed then Mr. Patels signature on the 2000 rupee notes creates more controversy.

Makes no sense
The whole point of demonetization was to make sure that the higher denominations are rules out because that’s how most of the black money is stored. If that was the point then why introduce a much higher denomination anyway? To help save the black money even more easily?
The higher the denomination the lower the economy
The higher denomination is an indication of a weakening economy and this scares me. Zimbabwe has a 100 trillion dollar while the highest denomination in USA is 100 dollars.

Sims India
It honestly feels like Modi is playing a nationwide game of Sims, where every day he comes up with a new rule. We are talking about a nation’s economy, I expect that as a prime minister he will plan out everything in advance and take care of every minute issue and problem that could occur.
He should have laid down all the terms and conditions and rules when he announced the demonetisation. Announcing an update everyday reflects very poorly on him and makes it look like this was not well thoughtout.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Adlabs Imagica | Fun Getaways Near Mumbai and Pune

I recently made my way to Adlabs Imagica, they have come up with a Snow World and thus they invited me to check the place out.

We left from Dadar at 8.30am and reached Imagica by 10am. Mind you, we didn’t take any breaks in between.

The place is close from both Mumbai and Pune and I suggest you go by road. They do have bus service available so I would suggest that you check their website before you plan your trip.

We went on a Saturday and it was crowded! We had the express passes so the crowd didn’t bother us much.

We first went to the Snow Park and it was amazing! They have snow, igloos, snow slide and hurdles.
They do provide you a jacket, shoes and gloves. Remember to carry your own socks or you will have to buy it from there. Every 20 minutes there is a snowfall and dance party. It all is really cool and I didn’t want to get out of that place but I had to because I started freezing.

We next went to I for India which was the highlight of the day for me. They have shot at all the iconic places in India from a helicopter and they project the same on a huge screen while you are suspended midair. I actually asked the person sitting next to me if the seats were moving, they were not. The entire experience was new and there were moments when I felt like I was in a real helicopter.
We then proceeded for lunch; we opted for a buffet lunch at one of the restaurants. They had a lavish spread and I filled my plate with chicken, gulab jamun and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.
The rest of the day was filled with adventure and rides, I wouldn’t tell you much about all the rides as I might ruin the experience for you but following are the must try rides:

Wrath Of Gods
Deep Space
Scream Machine

We waited to witness the parade which was fun and the laser show that followed. We left from the place around 8pm and I reached home by 10.30pm.

Things to remember:
  • Carry your own socks if you are planning to go to the Snow World
  • Do not carry Selfie Sticks, Eatables or any Beverages. They are not allowed inside the theme park
  • A few rides involve water so be prepared for that
  • In Deep Space you cannot wear any metallic things including bobby pins in your hair, so I suggest you carry a hair band
  • Do not eat a lot before the rides, it is advisable to take a break after lunch and indulge in rides that are a little less on the thrill quotient.

They have a Multi-park 3 day combo ticket that you would check out. Link: http://www.adlabsimagica.com/multi-park/
Ghar Se Ghar Tak offer. Link: http://www.adlabsimagica.com/ghar-se-ghar-tak/
They also have a contest going on, where you click a picture in the theme park and upload it using the #Imagica , if you manage to get 150 likes, you stand a chance to win. You can get in touch with the staff there for more information.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Maybelline Magnum Barbie Mascara Review

This chic pink mascara caught my eye and I knew I wanted to try it out. Who doesn’t want those flawless Barbie like eyelashes?

The mascara comes in a regular tube bottle with a shiny pink cap making it a perfect little thing that a girl would carry.

The mascara claims to give you long Barbie like lashes. I tried it a couple of times and I have a love hate relationship with this one. It does give me long lashes but it also causes crumps and flakes a lot. So at times when I know I am going to have a super hectic day when I cannot risk being bothered by flakes in my eye, I skip this one. The mascara can tend to make your eyelash stiff so make sure you don’t apply a lot of coats, I personally, apply just one coat but that is what I prefer. It does have tiny fibres which makes you lashes look fuller, thicker and longer. It also is super light on my lashes, it doesn’t feel like I have anything on my lashes.

It is waterproof mascara and it can be a task to remove it. You need to use a good makeup remover, I use coconut oil.

The wand is curvy and kind of reminds me of the Hypercurl mascara.

It retails for INR 399/-

With and Without Mascara

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Häagen-Dazs Fondue – Review

I wanted to try something new for my birthday; it of course had to involve chocolate so I finally settled on trying out Häagen-Dazs’s Chocolate Ice-cream Fondue. They have two types of Fondue, Classic and European. Since I knew I was going to splurge, I thought I might as well just splurge a little bit more and get the European Fondue.

The European Fondue has macaroons, cakes, waffle pieces, crepe slices assortment of mini scoops of Belgian, cookie and cream, Vanilla and Strawberry ice-cream with Dark Chocolate and Caramel sauce.

The Classic Fondue, incase you are interested, include, mini scoops of Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry ice-cream with an assortment of fruits and brownies.

Coming back to the review, the ice-cream, waffle, fruits everything was fresh and yum. The chocolate sauce was also super yummy. The only drawback being the cost and the quantity. I found it to be really less for the amount we were paying. It was just the two of us and thus we were full and in a chocolate coma by the end of it but if you go in a group, I am sure it won’t be enough for all.

The day we went, the place was pretty empty, thanks to the festive season. We kind of had the entire place to ourselves which was nice. The staff was courteous and friendly.

Although I wouldn’t say that it is worth the money but if you want to splurge once in a while or if it is a special occasion then this could be justifiable.

The damage was around INR 2300/- The fondue is for INR 1845/- but with taxes it goes up to 2k

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