Saturday, 26 October 2013

This Festive Season Bring Mother Nature Home

Diwali is still almost a week away but lets face it, India has already started celebrating. Not necessarily by bursting patakas but by lighting up the house, buying new clothes, dusting up the house, calling friends and family over for the yearly reunion and so on. The streets in my colony are filled with vendors selling diyas of different shapes, sizes and colours. More than the festival itself, its the "getting-ready" phase of a festival that invokes a very exciting feeling in me :D.
But this year, the monsoons have decided to stay till october and this pro-longed guest is the cause for a very damp house that smells stale. Atleast mine does :/ . So I took up my mom's advice and planted some in-house plants. She gave me names of a list of plants of which I am gonna share some with you here.
Lets get ready for a fresh Diwali !! ;)
We all have heard about the benefits of Aloevera. There are many ayurvedic company even selling its juice. But aloe vera plant not only helps with skin burns and issues but also with filtering various gas emission from dangerously toxic materials and it claims to possess tons of medicinal properties as well.
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No one can ignore the beauty of Marginata, a plant that has glossy thin leaves with red edges. It is a slow-growing flowering houseplant with very few growing requirements. It also not only removes formaldehyde(found in cigarettes, wooden furnishings,  and benzene(found in glue, paints, plastics, etc) from the air, but some other toxins present as well. But the plant can be poisonous to dogs so do place is carefully.
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The Gerber daisy, a bright flowering plant, is effective at removing trichloroethylene(comes from dry-cleaning) and benzene. Place it in your laundry room or bedroom but make sure it gets a lot of light.
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The colourful Chrysanthemums have always fascinated me, especially after I read a very touching short story revolving around this flower. Its colourful flowers protect you from benzene and also brightens up your homes. Place it in a place where it will get ample sunlight.
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Last but not the least - the Lucky Bamboo! The best part about this plant is that it can be placed even in your cars. Its small in size, needs indirect sunlight, can grow only in water and does not need soil, and then, its supposedly lucky! Need anymore reasons? Just change the water (soft or filtered water) every 2 weeks to keep it glowing green always.
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And for those very lazy ones (like me), freshen up your homes with the new godrej aer series.
Try the new festive range of Godrej Aer Home and Car fragrances to headstart your celebration with all things fragrant. Also, do let me know which fragrance you like best.

Love N Luck
P.S. - This post is a part of Godrej Aer promotion campaign

Sunday, 14 April 2013

How I met the Sun

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This event wasn't just another one. It was GRAND, at the JW Marriott, Juhu on 7th of April with lots of fun, games, gossip, food, umbrellas and yellow-ness!
The meet was conducted by Indiblogger and Neutrogena India. Now these brand needs no introduction, does it? 

The Venue - JW MARRIOTT, Juhu
The event was smartly planned wherein they started off with fun games in the first half and the real "gyaan" was kept for the second half. Words would not do justice to the fun we had so I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

All these activities were bound to leave us starving so they arranged for snacks, which pretty much looked like an array of lunch and dinner dishes combined(it still makes me drool :P ).

We were in for a pretty surprise after the sumptuous meal. On the guest list was Tara Sharma-an avid blogger herself. 

She explained, how she turned her blog about motherhood into a talk show - The TaraSharma Show. She also spoke a few lines about Neutrogena before fumbling and struggling hard to pronounce the word "dermatologist" :D. But respect the lady for her work!

Oh! I forgot to mention a very interesting fact about this meet. The blogger's ranged from 13 years to 60 years of age.

Then was the gyaan session. We all know everything comes for a cost so now time for some gyaan. Entered the real dermatologist, Dr. Pareek, with some equipment that apparently radiates UV rays equivalent to that of the sun.

An on-the-spot experiment was done to show us the amount of damage even 15 seconds of exposure to the direct sun can do to our skin and also demonstrated how Neutrogena ultra sheer sunblock can protect us from such impacts.

A unique technology has been used in manufacturing Neutrogena products - Helioplex. Scratching your head? My reaction too was the same. I did my bit of research on this and this is what I got to know.

Helioplex is a type of sun protection that provides broad spectrum protection for the skin. It is the first sun protection technology to effectively combine the ingredients avobenzone and oxybenzone for maximum ultraviolet light protection. The technology guards the skin from both ultraviolet A(UVA)and ultraviolet B(UVB) sun rays.

Neutrogena developed the Helioplex technology in 2005. It was first introduced in the company’s line of Ultra Sheer Sunblocks with SPF 55. Helioplex was engineered to provide stabilization to the sunscreen ingredients in order to prevent the sun from breaking down their effectiveness.

But they dint let us out yawning and drowsy after all that gyaan. It ended with some crazy Harlem Shake and the goodies. YES, you read it right The Neutrogena Harlem Shake !!!

I used the product the very next day to college so that I could give an instant feedback. Comes in a handy tube package with a pleasant mild smell, the only drawback I found in this product was its thickness and thus it refuses to blend easily. But once it seeps into your skin, it gives you a clean feeling unlike most other sunscreens. It takes some time to dry though. Although I mix it with my daily moisturizer and use it normally, for those with oily skin like mine, I would suggest you apply the product just after a shower or wash, when the skin is soft and damp.

I will be soon giving my feedback on the other two products which was also in the goodie bag. Till then keep tweeting using  #fragrantsummers and send in your entries for the summer giveaway going on.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Bloggers meet - and Soulflower

A really really long time since I have posted anything!
Sincere apologies for being so inactive :P
Over this month, a lot happened.
I met some of the most pleasing and beautiful bloggers in Mumbai and elsewhere, and made some good blogger friends too.

My first blogger meet was the Samsung Party Bloggers. After that, it was the fabulous meet conducted by and soulflower on 17th March '13, Inorbit Mall, Mumbai. officially launched their very new and interesting concept, salon finder, at this meet. This feature allows you to search for nearby salons in your area, making it much more easier to choose where you would head to get pampered! Not just that, you also get to review your experience and give your own recommendations.

So its just not restaurants but also your beauty salons which are now just a click away with Purplle!

 We entered Spaghetti kitchen, not to be welcomed by the smell of freshly baked bread and cheese, but the fresh aroma of all things natural! Yes! Soulflower products. Amazingly fresh and notoriously playful ;)

They have a hoard loads of products (check here) under the brand but what grabbed my attention were these tiny aromatherapy roll-ons fused with nourishing vitamins and oils. Yes you heard it right!!! "AROMATHERAPY"- use of essential oils from plants for healing conditions like anxiety, stress and depression.

I have never come across something so wonderful. In love with all the variants. But I will be reviewing just the 2 scents I have in my goodie bag. (blame the human memory for forgetting the other smells)

Energy Boost  
It surpasses the strength its name holds. To me, its energy blast! Wore it to college the next day and I was good all day. Even my late lunch of "dal-chawal" din't make me drowsy!! :D
Its strong peppermint aroma truly revitalises your senses and uplifts your mood. 

Feel Sexy 
A very woody yet sweet and floral smell that lingers all day. Passionate and sensuous, it lives up to its name ;) 

I give it bonus points for its compact packaging (8ml), making it "wallet"-friendly. Priced at INR 100, I recommend it to everyone!

After a sumptuous lunch, Natasha Tuli, co-founder of Soulflower, demonstrated us how to make skin-friendly and delicious smelling strawberry and cream soap in barely half an hour! I swear I could eat that :D


Last but not the least, this is what I wore to the event - the theme being summer in shades of pink or purple

I thoroughly enjoyed my first official bloggers meet and would be really glad if you could give me feedback in form of comments below.


Monday, 18 February 2013

Valentines Day Contest

Finally the "first" winner of our "first" contest giveaway is announced!

Congratulations Prerana Ranjan!!

Her idea of a perfect date is, " I think love is what that matters the most, love for your partner can make each and every moment a perfect date worth memorable :) for me perfect date would be at our home only, with a little wine, soft music and me in his arms :* <3 "

This is what the lady gets to take away!
We bet you will leave him speechless donned in this pretty thing :)

Thank you all for the response and support.Many more giveaways will be coming soon! 


Friday, 1 February 2013

January Birthday Feature


Birthdays are always special. And when its your own friend, it becomes all the more special!!!
We were out shopping for her birthday gift, and that's when we thought of having a special "Birthday Feature" every month on the blog. All you need to do is click a picture of yourself in your birthday dress and send it to us along with your birth date. We choose the best of the lot and you get featured on the blog, the complete details of which will be up on our facebook page  shortly so do not miss it! The catch?? - GlamShutter gives you a special gift! 

Featured this month is Vasavi Nair, whose fabulous birthday bash we celebrated on 31 Jan! 

This is what our lady wore. Simple and stylish!

And this is what we gifted her!! 

 statement neckpiece from #Add-ons.

floral earrings from #Ginger Accessories 

So gear up boys(yes! boys too) and girls! And get featured here cuz we promise to make your birthday a stylishly memorable one!!

Reeneta and Abhilash