August Faves…

Hello Everyone and welcome back to another Favourites Blog. I have a long list of things I have been enjoying for the last few months and as September has creeped up on us I thought it’s time to put everything together. So this is like a 3 in combo for the months of June,July & August (so grab a drink before you start maybe 🙂 ) and let’s begin!

Brush with Bamboo: Starting with a very unique product that I have been using for about 2 months now. I wasn’t aware that something like this even existed few months back, when a friend of mine introduced me to this and I instantly fell in love with the idea. We are always consciously trying to eliminate plastic from our lives but there are things that are so deeply entangled in our everyday routines that we sometime just totally forget about it like a simple toothbrush. You would be surprised to know that over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide. Now that’s some change motivation right there. Everything from the handle, bristles to the packaging of this brush is either biodegradable or compostable or can be recycled. You can check out their website for more details.

https://www.brushwithbamboo.com/

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Activated Charcoal: I have talked about the benefits of Activated Charcoal in one of my previous blogs( Activated Charcoal: 5 easy uses at home! ) Today I want to specifically reiterate the use of Charcoal in toothpaste. When I was doing my bit of research on Brush with Bamboo, I landed on many vlogs and blogs who talked about Charcoal brushing for healthier, whiter teeth. You can try using the Charcoal powder as is or mix it with the toothpaste or toothpowder of your choice. There are toothpaste available in the market that have charcoal that would definitely be less messy (as compared to using powder) but I am not sure how effective they would be.

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Oriflame Shampoo & Conditioner: Next up are these very cute bottles of Oriflame Milk & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner. I love these for 3 reasons, first off the packaging and the size of these bottles is perfect to carry while traveling(and that’s majorly how I have used these, during my travels). And second, they are very mild and no damage on the hair, sometimes when you are traveling to new places the environment change does damage the hair texture and body and I just hate it. This one though keeps them tamed, healthy, without adding to the damage. Since it’s pretty mild, I won’t recommend this for oily hair (might need something a bit more strong for that).

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Victoria’s Secret Bombshells in Bloom: Apart from the fact that the packaging is really pretty, girly and travel-friendly, I totally love this VS body lotion because it’s light and smells absolutely delicious! It’s non-sticky and absorbs in the skin instantly. The fragrance is described as a blend of passion fruit, Shangri-la peony and vanilla orchid, it’s subtle & light but still might not be your thing if you don’t like fruity scents. Since it’s very light, it might not suitable for dry skin or during winters, will maybe put it to test around the time.

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Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction: I got introduced to the mist concept this year itself when I picked up 2 from The Body Shop (absolutely amazing scent). And that’s when somehow I accumulated multiple of these from different brands. One of the mist I love in my collection is this Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction. I am generally not very fond of fruity scents but this one is very subtle red plum and freesia. The mist comes in a simple, durable, neat, convenient-to-use plastic spray bottle(point being travel friendly 😛 ) so you won’t be bothered about its breakage. And the scent lingers on for a very long time so that definitely a plus.

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Lauren Conrad Earrings: So the perks of having friends who work in US is that you get these unexpected gifts. And if your friends know you well you get exactly what you like 😀 . I got this beautiful earring set from one such very dear friend and I have been repeating these for office ever since. They are so perfect for everyday office wear, classy, simple and elegant. The gold ones go with almost every outfit, simple pearls for when you wanna take it up a notch and the blue and gold anchors for a lil more casual vibe. I feel every girl should have some such goto pieces with her.

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Moving on TV & Movie Fun and of-course starting off with GOT!!

Game of Thrones: This is one series that I just can’t miss. Every episode has to be watched Monday morning first thing or else the day just can’t start. Plus the fun part this time was the leaked episodes in the middle of the weeks. Oh My God! the excitement to watch it, stay away from spoilers and Whatsapp groups and friends was the real shit to deal with. But nonetheless as always, GOT was full of fun and excitement (sad that have to wait for 2 years for the next one).

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The Good Wife: This one was recommended by a friend to fill the void after GOT as always. I wasn’t very sure that I would like it at first honestly, cause it’s kind of on similar lines as SUITS ( and I am sold for it, though last 2 season feel lil slow and repetitive). But this was a very refreshing change, Alicia Florrick (played by Julianna Margulies) does an amazing job as the lead along with other characters. The series is a legal, political drama and doesn’t feel boring or repetitive or lacking the punch at any point. Enjoying it so far.

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Hindi Medium: This one was a refreshing change after a long time from the boring, stupid Hindi Cinema. A couple from Chandni Chowk aspires to give their daughter the best education and goes through some really twisted ups and downs in the process. The actors did an amazing work and oh yes the song Suit Suit was I guess the highlight before and even after the movie release. Great flick after a long time!

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Wonder Woman: Not a very big fan of the Action, Adventure, Fantasy genre, I went half heartedly for this movie just cause my friends wanted to go for it and I was sold in the first half an hour. OH MY GOD Gal Gadot is freaking, smoking hot in there. I am pretty sure not the guys but even the girls who watch this will be drooling over sexy, serious demeanour. And Petty Jenkins did some impressive levels of Badass Direction. Must must watch.

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So that’s it for the Favourites of the month guys. Also I have realised as much as I love certain products while I try them, there are times when I really don’t like a few cause they just don’t seem to be doing anything at all or they aren’t worth the hype or the price tag. So I am planning to do a blog on that soon, cause as much as I like sharing the good stuff with you I feel obliged to warn you about the not so good stuff as well. On that note, signing off to see you soon and have a great September!

XOXO!!
SoulStrokes…

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February Beauty Faves..

Hello Everybody, I hope you all  had a great start to the month and also a very happy and colourful Holi. So am back this month with some amazing beauty products that I got to try out last month, which for once I have a lot. As many of you would know, last month was a lot of travel to different places, weddings, parties etc. So all these products have been through extreme tests in different weather conditions and they did all and more I expected them too. So, I hope you will like them as well.
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January Favorites!!!

Hello beautiful people, so it’s time again for a favorites video and the first one of 2017. I am going to try and do favorites every month this year cause you guys love them and I love them too. I think it’s really fun to curate favorite items with the history of what you liked and why you liked it. I have a few products to show you guys, shows to talk about and loads more so let’s get started with the series & movies on the list.

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The Trip : This Bindass series is about four friends who meet up to go on a bachelorette trip, during which they rekindle their friendship, and discover things about themselves that change their lives forever. The cast is amazing Lisa Hayden, Swetha Tripathi, Sapna Pabbi & Mallika Dua. And this gives you serious Girl Trip goals ( NO KIDDING!!).

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Sherlock : OMG, Let me get this out of the way first : “Looove Benedict Cumberbatch”. Every season, every episode of this amazing series is so very gripping and powerful. The 4th series premiered on 1st Jan and I really adore that all their series are just 3 or 4 episodes so you can like, sit on a Sunday on your couch and binge watch the whole series in a day. (If anyone has seen Elementary, do let me know if its worth a watch).

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Blind Date : This one is a 2015 French RomCom that I watched on Netflix (with subtitles ofcourse). The movie is about a shy girl who moves into a new apartment in Paris and falls in love with the neighbour. The catch is, although the two live side-by-side they never meet each other till the climax of the movie. All they do is talk to each other across the hollow wall separating their apartments, through which any noise made in either place can be heard ( Creepy right? ).

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The Kicks : There are so many of these subscriptions coming up in India now. You have Netflix, Hotstar, Voot, Amazon Prime; I basically feel at times that I am spoilt for choices and spending too much time on net, fixated on my Laptop (anyways, I just rolled on to a whole other tangent). Coming to faves I subscribed to Amazon Prime in Jan and watched this series. It is a typical light teenage drama that I watched to lighten up my mood. Devin Bruke moves cross-country to California and tries to adjust with her new friends while working on her dreams of playing Soccer. Its an easy flowing, happy series.

 

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Supervek Wallet : I got this wallet from a stall in NH7 Weeekender, just cause I loved the black marble print on it and couldn’t resist. I didn’t know at the point that I would fall in love with this. I have been using this wallet ever since, it’s so effortless, super lightweight, made from recycled material and its water-proof. You can choose from a huge variety of amazing designs on their website Supervek.

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Laptop skin from iDOO : I bought this MacBook Air on my birthday in November, loved the laptop but got very irritated by the fact that it gets dirty pretty easy. Also since I travel so much, I wanted it to stay protected and scratch free, so I got this slim matte rubber coated plastic hard case from iDOO and by now you know my fascination with the marble print 😛 (totally obsessing over this). And since I am on my laptop, I would also mention my NikonD5100 officially as my favorite. Love the cam, its a bit heavy but easy to use (and the only DSLR I own so has to be mentioned 😛 ).

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Oriflame Milk & Honey Body Cream: As you can make out from the pic the tub is almost empty, that’s how much I loved it and used it this past month. It comes in a cute round see-through plastic jar with a golden brown screw-on lid. It has a very mild honey fragrances that blends well and absorbs easily. The milk and honey range from Oriflame has many more products which I am keen to try after this one.

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Oriflame Swedish Spa Scrub : This scrub is part of their 3 step Swedish Spa Facial. The scrub has fine gritty particles that are supposed to do the magic trick but it stings real bad on the skin and feels very harsh too. To me it isn’t meant for the face but works really well as body scrub.

 

 

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Innisfree Aloe Sheet Mask : Sheet Masks have taken the skincare world by the storm. All you need to do is take out the sheet and apply it on a clean dry face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes so your skin absorbs all the moisture. It did not irritate my skin and was extremely hydrating but the effects aren’t very long lasting. So if you are looking for an instant pick me up hydrating mask for the skin before going to an event, this will definitely solve your troubles.

So guys those are my favorites for January and I hope you enjoy this stuff as much as I did. If you have any new favorites leave them down in the comments below as I love to try out your recommendations. Have a good day ahead.

XOXO!!
SoulStrokes…

Feb Photo Challenge (I did it!)

Finally, I finished my Feb Photo Challenge. For those of you who don’t know about it, I started a Photo Challenge on 1st Feb where I had to upload one pic everyday on my Instagram account around the theme picked for the day. The aim was simple, to have 29 memories to cherish by the end of Feb and also hope that the persistent work becomes a habit over a period of 29 days and I am able to consistently follow it for the year ahead (as I am lazy bum at diligently following my plans and ideas)!!

The first half of the month was a little difficult, I had to take out time especially for this. But when I posted the mid-month update blog, I realized that I can go through with this all the way. And by 20th it just came automatically to me, and kind of became part of my daily chores.

I am so happy to finally share the updates of second half .. 🙂

Day 16 : Can’t Step out of home without__
My all time essentials : Phone, Shades, Glasses, Watch, Perfume Oil (FabIndia : cypress) & Loreal (Maple Mocha Lipstick)

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Day 17 : #wcw (Women Crush Wednesdays)
Big time fan of Claire Marshall

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Day 18 : Sweet Memory
My beautiful trip to Kutch

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Day 19 : Shoutout
The Label Life, my new favorite..

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Day 20 : Stranger
Had a superb time clicking him and more..

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Day 21 : Friendship

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Day 22 : My Happy Place
This lovely corner of my room where I can sit for hours..

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Day 23 : Inside my junk drawer
I promise myself to clean it up over and over again but, now I think I won’t be able to locate my things if they aren’t lying around like this..

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Day 24 : Dream work space
Love white decor with flush of colors here and there..

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Day 25 : Always in my bag
Oriflame Amber Elixir Night Perfume

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Day 26 : Travel Goal
Travel to Bhutan 🙂 🙂

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Day 27 : Selfie

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Day 28 : Favorite Outfit
Classic Jeans & Top rocks everyday..

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Day 29 : Black and white

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See you soon!!

XOXO
Soul Strokes…