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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Posted On December 06, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Oriflame The One Colour Obsession Lipsticks Swatches & Review

A woman’s obsession with beauty never ends, however slowly but surely women have started appreciating the diversity of beauty, rather than being confined to the beauty standards set by the fashion industry and society at large. This positive change has helped brands experiment and launch products that cater to the diverse customer base without inhibition. Today brands are being bold and launching a range of varying shade options for colour cosmetics so that every woman can find a perfect match for herself.

Colour cosmetics like foundations, concealers and pressed powders are easy to match, however lipsticks can be pretty tricky. Lipsticks tend to look very different on different women due to the undertone of the skin, and the guesswork of whether or not a shade will suit a particular skin tone or not, makes it a gamble. This makes picking the best shade for your skintone extremely difficult. However, the One Colour Obsession lipsticks from Oriflame resolves this issue with the launch of it’s PopShock tones infused with ChromaLoad Technology to give colour intensity that looks appealing on every skin. The lightweight formula provides a weightless gel-crème finish that melts on contact and gives a luminous look and locks-in an eight-hour moisture. The colours available in the range are:

35155 - Nude Appeal 
35156 - Peach Passion
35157 - Pink Possession
35158 - Magenta Mania
35159 - Coral Craze
35160 - Tempting Orange
35161 - Red Rage 
35162 - Red Fever
35163 - Purple Power
35164 - Cherry Crave

Oriflame The One Colour Obsession Lipsticks Swatches & ReviewThe one makeup product that I wear almost every day is the lipstick and I love to experiment with various shades, but my go-to remain peach and nude. Many a times I pick up lip shades that end up looking different on my lips vis-a-vis the packaging or digital images, and I am so disappointed. So when I was sent the new range by Oriflame, I assumed that a shade or two would actually work for me, but to my greatest surprise the Colour Obsession lipsticks have upped my lip game. All the ten shades are a win, for their amazingly bold colours that convey intensity and confidence.

I loved the way all of the shades felt and looked on my lips with its super velvety formula and strong the colour intensity. I fell in love with Peach Passion right off the bat as it smoothly glided on my lips instantly moisturising them while adding the amazing colour. I wore it on a hectic day and I pretty much sailed through the day without a reapplication. I had a friend borrow the shade and it looked a bit different on her, but still absolutely gorgeous. The formula does seem to have a perfect mix of under layers that actually look great on warm, cool and neutral skin tones. Nude Appeal is my dream nude shade, the shade is a notch lighter than my natural lip colour, but better, and Red Rage is definitely the most flattering classic red I've worn in a long time.

Whatever your favourite shade is, you must try the Colour Obsession range for a great look and a much greater feel. So go break the colour rules, pick the Purple Power or the Tempting Orange,  because makeup is ultimately all about feeling beautiful and empowered. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Posted On December 05, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A Mother’s Guide To A Soy Protein Enriched Diet

Children today are living in a very different world compared to what we grew up in. The changes in the family, community and personal dynamics have taken a toll on their physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious, intellectual strength and social compatibility. Children around you no longer face just the evil of nutritional deficiency but also suffer from the problem of excess, especially where food is concerned with larger intake portions and lower activity patterns. The solution to this problem is pretty simple, yet difficult to implement as people are unaware of how to make healthy food choices, control portion size and indulge in mental and physical activities. 

In a recent workshop organised by DuPont Nutrition & Health, I was brought abreast with the benefits of soy and how it is an effective dietary protein that can easily be incorporated into children's diets. The Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) that ranks protein on the basis of essential amino acid profile and digestibility; ranks soy Protein as 1.0 which is the highest score attainable similar to that of dairy and meat. According to a study conducted by the Soy Foods Association of North America, apart from being a tasty alternative in children’s meals, soy provides essential nutrients like calcium, zinc, iron and folate for growth and development, fibre which boosts absorption and digestion and enables a higher protein intake with decreased saturated fats for overall wellbeing.

Since soy is an exceptional 'complete protein' which is extremely good for growing children, the next imperative question to all mothers is 'Are you incorporating soy in your children’s diets?', If not, here are a few simple ways of consuming soy, whether supplement for a child or an adult. 

The simplest form to introduce soy protein in a diet is through soymilk, the best alternative to dairy milk. A cup of soymilk contains about 100 calories and 300 milligrams of calcium. Soymilk can not only be consumes as is but also can be added to milkshakes and coffee, or set as curd. 

Soybean curd or more popularly known as tofu, is similar to cheese in texture and paneer in taste.Yet another excellent source of protein and calcium, tofu can be stir-fried, baked, grilled and used as an ingredient in numerous recipes, both in an appetiser or main meal. 

Unmatured green pods of soybean can be boiled in salt water to make Edamame. The pods can be then garnished with flavours and served as an appetiser. The beans can also be removed from pods to be added to salads and other food dishes. Matured soybeans can also be roasted and served as a snack.

Soy can be cooked, slightly fermented and made into Tempeh that can be added to grains and legumes to be baked into cakes or set as energy bars. Tempeh has a firm texture and an earthy flavour, which becomes more pronounced as it ages. It also has a higher content of protein, iron, dietary fiber and vitamins. 

Isolate is dry soybean powder that is separated from the other components of soybean, making it rich in protein, carbohydrate and fat-free. Isolate can be found in many ready-to-eat food items such as protein powders, bottled fruit drinks, energy bars, breakfast cereals and more. 

#ProteinHealth #SoyIsGood #SoyBetterForYou

There are numerous products with isolate brands available in the market, however, DuPont Nutrition & Health is a world leader in developing innovative soy-based ingredients that enable nutritious and great-tasting food and beverage products. The rigorous quality standards for raw materials, advanced technologies, manufacturing and inventory control ensure that the soy protein products deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and consistency. So when you pick products especially for soy protein, look at the label for the DuPont edge. 

So will you take the leap and introduce soy food and soy protein in your children’s diets? If so how, let me know in the comments below. 

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Posted On November 27, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

It comes as no surprise that the number of overweight people is growing by the minute in most developed countries around the world. Sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices have contributed to this statistic. However, as people become heavier than before, they will need to make some changes in their regular lives. For example, a normal mattress might seem to sag faster than usual, the chairs in the dining room break easily and so on. This is why top mattress manufacturing companies like Wakefit have come up with mattresses that suit people who are considerably heavier.

Although mattresses for heavy people tend to have almost the same features as those for thinner people, there is a slight difference in the functionality and design. This helps people to have an optimal sleeping experience regardless of how much they weigh.
Tips For Picking Out The Perfect Mattress For A Heavy Person

Tips To Remember While Buying A Mattress For A Heavy Person
If you are on the heavier side, the following tips will come in handy when it is time to go mattress shopping:

  • A heavy person in the mattress industry is considered to be anyone who is weighing over 200 pounds. This criterion will help you decide whether you belong to this category or not.
  • A heavy person will benefit from a double bed mattress that is at least 12 inches thick, as it will not sag easily. The thicker the mattress, the better compression support your body gets.
  • While deciding the firmness of your new mattress, you need to consider what kind of sleeper you are. Experts in the industry recommend choosing a queen size mattress that is around 4 to 7 on the firmness scale for heavy sleepers. However, it also depends on exactly how heavy you are. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, a mattress that rates 8 on the firmness scale will also work quite well.
  • Although you sleep in the middle of the bed during the night, you will probably use the edge of the mattress for support during the day for different purposes. It is essential to pick a mattress that offers good edge support, as it can play an important role in amorous activities as well.
Some Of The Popular Mattress Options For Heavy People
Innerspring Mattresses: These mattresses come with different reinforcement to make sure that the mattress is durable as well as comfortable. If you pick one with a higher number of coils, it will last for a long time if you are on the heavier side. It also helps ease pressure points. You can easily buy mattress online today and enjoy a good night’s sleep without a worry.

Hybrid Mattress: These mattresses have been popping up in the market a lot in recent times. They are often constructed using different layers to offer durability, flexibility and comfort to the customer like a latex mattress. Heavy people will benefit from picking out a hybrid mattress that has a firm layer so that their body gets enough support while they sleep. It is also a good idea to check for good edge support if you tend to sit on the edge for different reasons like tying your shoelaces, putting on your makeup and so on.

Memory Foam Mattress: These mattresses tend to contour to the shape of your body, regardless of its shape. In fact, foam mattress price is also budget-friendly, making it a perfect choice regardless of how much you weigh. So it does not really matter how heavy or light you are. But it is a good idea to invest in a memory foam mattress that has higher density foam as it will not sag as quickly and will last for at least the next eight years. So pick out a king size mattress and enjoy a good night’s sleep for a long time to come.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Posted On November 12, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Wellness is a boon, however, it does take immense effort to keep all aspects of wellness in perfectly proper shape. Wellness is a complete integration of physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious, intellectual strength, social compatibility, environmental awareness and occupational affinity. Each of these aspects work towards creating a wholesome individual who aces at his own quality of life. However, we must understand that a few of these life-aspects are beyond an individual’s control and hence he must be on top of the aspects that are directly affected by his own actions.

Our regular tendency is to reach out for medicines whenever we have a small ailment. I think this has to stop as I have seen in my personal capacity that medicines could have side effects. I would rather go for health supplements like the ones Setu makes. 

Physical health, mental stability, spiritual conscious and intellectual strength all come from a dedicated lifestyle regime and those who go for quick fixes only end up with prescription slips. I think #MedsCanWait, as I follow a stringent yet simple routine to boost my overall health and still be true to myself. However, I say this with personal experience that extensive life-changing activities are especially difficult to implement and even harder to sustain, but small changes that you resonate with, can be adopted and maintained to make a difference in a long run. 

It's wonderful to know that Health Supplements brand Setu is spearheading the #MedsCanWait movement which encourages people to try health supplements rather than take medicines to improve your overall wellbeing. To read more about this, check out their blog:

5 Unbelievably Easy Lifestyle Hacks To Keep Medicines At Bay

Talking about my personal experiences, one of the most simple yet most negated daily activity of mine is that I forget to drink plenty of water which has an immense number of benefits. Then I wonder why I don’t lose weight! Water promotes weight loss, boosts immunity, increases brain power and flushes out toxins. However, when the necessary quota of water isn’t maintained in the body, it causes dehydration causing toxin build-up which hinders organ function especially liver function. An overworked and unhealthy liver does a sub-optimal job that could be life-threatening. Personally I have found that a daily dose of Setu Liver Lift supplement is a healthier way to repair my liver rather than go for medicines.

How Your Life Can Be Improved By Setu Health Supplements
I have also been neglecting my exercises! I need to understand the incredible benefits of being active; which can be achieved with simple activities like brisk walking or skipping or simply taking the stairs. I’m guilty myself of not keeping up with these routines, as I have too many things playing on my mind like my two children and their well being! But slowly I have come to realise that very little activity makes me the perfect candidate for obesity and puts me at risk for a number of health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases. As I don’t have much time to hit the gymnasium with a vengeance to keep that heart pulsing essential lifeblood through my veins, I go for the next best alternative which is Setu Beat It which are multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. These have really made a big difference in me keeping out medicines and still being healthy in this hectic life!

How Your Life Can Be Improved By Setu Health Supplements
Do you think you can make the small changes in your lifestyle like I made, to better your overall health? If you are committed to improve yourself, then Setu Health Supplements can help you in this endeavours!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Posted On November 09, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

If you are wondering if laser hair removal is for you, the answer is maybe. It is not the ideal choice for everyone, but it often yields positive results for many patients. Still, it can be an expensive process, and there are reasons you may not qualify for it. So, before you schedule your first hair removal appointment at your local laser procedure clinic, you need to understand a few key things about the process and your potential candidacy for it.

The Basic Benefit of the Laser Hair Removal
The basic purpose of laser hair removal is to weaken hairs to cause them to fall out, but they do not do so instantaneously. They are not immediately zapped off. Instead, they will fall out after treatment, often when you have left the clinic. Sometimes the hairs will not fall out until you have had several treatments. The reason to have laser treatment is simple. Each entire hair is affected by the treatment. Since the entire hair eventually weakens and falls out, regrowth takes a long time. At-home techniques like shaving often only remove portions of each hair, allow remaining portions to lurk right under the top layer of skin. Then one or two days is all it takes for hair to regrow. That is why the efficiency of laser machines for hair removal is so desirable. It presents a possibility of long-term results. In fact, some hairs may never regrow once they are gone.

The Process of Laser Hair Removal
The process of laser hair removal typically requires you to go to your local skincare clinic four to six times. The appointments are spread several weeks apart. Each appointment generally lasts less than one hour. During the procedure, a technician points the laser at the offending hairs. As each hair is hit by the laser, the dark pigment, called melanin, is damaged and the hairs are weakened. It can be slightly uncomfortable, but your clinician will help you manage your discomfort during the procedure. You can also take a mild over-the-counter pain medication just before your appointment.

Laser Hair Removal Results Vary Between Patients
Before you have a laser hair removal treatment, you must understand your results will be somewhat unpredictable. Some patients experience permanent hair removal. Others have regrowth. If your hair does grow back, the length of time it takes to do so is also unpredictable. It may be as short as a few weeks or as long as years. Typically, hair stays away longer after you complete multiple laser hair removal treatments.

How to Know if You Are Able to Have Laser Hair Removal
Most standard lasers are designed to remove dark hair on light-skinned people best. That is because the lasers can disrupt pigment patterns, causing blotches of discoloured skin, if your skin is dark. Also, some lasers use the darkness of the hair against the lighter background of skin to help them target the hairs accurately.

Even though laser treatment is commonly recommended for light-skinned people with dark hair, there are newer lasers that can treat you, if your skin is dark. However, their effectiveness varies, especially in regards to the locations of the hairs. Facial hairs are often the most difficult to treat when your hair is quite light or your skin is quite dark. So, you must talk to your clinician before booking an appointment to see if the equipment at the clinic can treat you effectively.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Posted On November 01, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A few weeks ago I wrote about how #ProteinDeficiency in our diets affect our overall health and how protein can be supplemented via #SoyProtein especially for those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets. However, to derive the maximum benefits of protein, it needs to be completely absorbed into the system and for that good bacteria in the gut are essential. With today’s hap-hazard lifestyle there is an imbalance between good and bad in the human body, and thus to bridge the deficit, #Probiotics are to be consumed. 

But, what are #Probiotics?

Basically in simple layman terms, Probiotics (Pro = Promoting and Biotics = Life) mean #PromotingLife. However, in more complex scientific terms, Probiotics are live microorganisms ie good bacteria which are either the same or similar to the bacteria present in the human body, that when ingested or applied locally in sufficient numbers, balance the good and bad bacteria in the digestive system. Introducing Probiotics in your diet is a natural way to enhance the gut flora which in turn gives incredible health and wellness benefits. Discussing all possible benefits of Probiotics would be impossible, however, some of the important ones, in a nutshell, are as below:

~ Improves Gut Health

~ Aids Digestion
~ Enhances Immune Function

~ Lowers Inflammation

~ Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
~ Helps Weight Loss

~ Protects Bone Health

~ Regulates Hormone Levels

The most common, household source of probiotics is curd, however, now probiotics are also available in consumables like beverages, bars, confectionery, dairy, dietary supplements, frozen desserts, and more. Last but not least, taking a quality probiotic supplement is a great way to improve the gut microflora, however, you must check the some specifics prior to consuming a product.

Strain Diversity: It is important to check and identify cultures or formulas present in the product, and whether or not they are able to make it to the gut and are able to colonise.

Prebiotic Ingredients: It is crucial that a probiotic contains prebiotic and complimentary ingredients such as hemp seeds, flax seeds, turmeric, etc for the good bacteria to grow.

Active Cultures: It is best to pick products that have ‘live and active cultures’ rather than ‘made with active cultures’ for them to show any effect.

With so much at stake, only a few companies can boast of significant scientific research and studies done around strains of friendly bacteria that enhances several physiological functions, particularly that of the body’s natural defence system and intestinal well-being. DuPont™ Danisco’s range of probiotics, popularly known as  HOWARU® Premium Probiotic strains are clinically proven health-enhancing bacteria that are widely used in food and beverage products and dietary supplements. HOWARU®’s range of premium Probiotics are built on a strong foundation of clinical trials and with a key focus on safety and quality. 

However to be sure you are purchasing the right product, check the product label for:

~ species and strain designation for each probiotic 

~ minimum viable numbers of probiotic at the end of the shelflife

~ suggested dose for the related health benefits

So if a product is made using HOWARU premium Probiotics, the same will be mentioned on the packaging. HOWARU® Premium Probiotics are are available as ready-to-market products or in concentrate form. They are also optimised to meet specific consumer needs to help maintain natural immune defenses and includes: HOWARU® Protect Earlylife, HOWARU® Protect Kids, HOWARU® Protect Adult, HOWARU® Protect Senior and HOWARU® Protect Sport, HOWARU® Shape, HOWARU® Balance, HOWARU® Restore, HOWARU® Transit or HOWARU® Dophilus.

DuPont has the most diverse portfolio of Probiotics that are backed by technology, research and consumer insights. With growing awareness of the relationship between diet and health, consumers are demanding food products and dietary supplements that enhance health as well as provide basic nutrition. I'm one of those demanding consumers, I’m probioting, are you?

Until next time,

~ Heena

Friday, October 26, 2018

Posted On October 26, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway

I am a stylist by passion and that puts me in the centre of many fashion discussions. One of the most prominent questions I get from friends is about accessorising to stand out in a crowd, and my response to that is, ‘Pick a single accessory that will speak for you’. Even as a woman I keep my accessories to a minimum and absolutely vouch for a stunning timepiece. For me, nothing is more stylish and more timeless than a unique watch. Watches are my go-to accessory for all occasions to uplift my mood and my outfit.

Every time I get a new timepiece, my husband rolls his eye. But truth be told, even the tiniest pieces can make a bold statement and become the cynosure of all eyes with the right atmosphere set around it. Over the years I’ve formed a keen interest in hand-crafted pieces, with a personal touch that helps me define my style, and recently I found JORD Watches that do just that. 

JORD Watches are what I would call the elegance for a modern lifestyle that emphasises sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. The pieces aren’t for people who have to be somewhere, but for those who have somewhere to go. Behind every JORD is a group of artists, designers, marketers, and minders, who spend days creating perfect timepieces while arguing, and finally agreeing on all aspects of a finished product. By combining natural materials with reliable movement along with the JORD craftsmanship, a JORD is super luxurious and yet affordable.

As I received a Koa & Black timepiece from JORD’s Dover series today, I knew it had a perfect story to tell. I resized the strap for my husband who finally understood that the value of a watch doesn't lie in being able to tell the time, but lies in being aware of making that time count, making moments much bigger than the minutes on the face of the watch. I am one of those people who like to create uniqueness in everything, with small details that are captivating. So when I found out about JORD Watches, and especially the option of customised engraving, I absolutely had to get one for my man. The message I got engraved on the watch, ‘Time Will Explain’ is what we as a couple resonate with.

ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway
ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway
ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway
ND rocks his JORD Watch and a Giveaway

And since we loved our JORD, we’ve partnered with the brand to offer our readers a chance to own their very own timepiece from JORD. The contest is open until November 18, 2018. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Disclosure: I was given the option of choosing a watch that resonates with me by JORD Watches. The piece is a gift from the brand, however, all opinions and images in the post are my own.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Posted On October 24, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

When I embraced motherhood for the first time with #PrincessHeer, I was so misinformed about all things related to kids and took everything I heard or read at face value. However now with my second brush with being a mommy, I rely on my personal experience rather than any information floating around. One of the biggest debates new moms have is about diapers, especially disposable versus reusable diapers. I for one had to overcome some members of my extended family critique me for using diapers in the first place. 

With little to actually no knowledge about diapers, elders advise us against using diapers for various reasons. Some of them actually very absurd, myths that are only hearsay, some of which I’m going to break in my article here. 

Nappies better than Diapers
It is an age-old myth that cloth nappies are better than diapers but it's a proven fact that diapers are more efficient in absorbing liquid and keeping a baby’s skin dry and clean. The constant innovation in baby products have been phenomenal and diapers are using innovative techniques like lining with baby lotion and extra absorbents that keep a baby’s skin moisturised and healthy. 

Diapers cause Rashes
The biggest myth to discourage the use of diapers is rashes. However, truth is that diapers are better at preventing rashes than nappies if used correctly. However, if you use diapers 24x7 or use wipes with alcohol or fragrances, then chances of rashes are much higher. The most hygienic way to use diapers to prevent rashes is to change within 5 hours and use India’s first water-based wipes brand Mother Sparsh

Diapers require Powder
Initially, it was promoted by doctors and consultants to sprinkle baby powder whenever you change a baby’s diaper. However now with improvements and innovation in diaper technology, there is no need to powder a baby’s bottom each time you change him. Use wet wipes or baby wipes to clean the area and then put on a fresh diaper. 

So now that I've put the most frequent diaper myths to rest, here are a few suggestions to make your little one’s diaper journey a joyful one: 

~ Pick the diapers size on the basis weight and not age
~ Always clean your baby with baby wipes when changing diapers
~ Ensure you give your precious little one a couple of diaper free hours
~ Use products those are dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved
~ Use prescribed diaper rash cream at the first sign of redness, spots, blisters or scales
~ Never use any over the counter ailment, lotions, antiseptic cream on rashes, spots or scales
~ Incase rashes, spots, blisters or scales don’t clear in a few days, do consult your baby’s doctor

There are no rules to parenting, follow the leads your little one gives you, and don't let the  myths deter you from giving your little one the comfort he needs. As a mom, I have cleaned and diapered a lot, so I hope this article will answer questions and debunk myths about diapering that will help to keep your baby healthy and happy.

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Posted On October 21, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A few days ago I read an article in a national daily about the epidemic of Protein Deficiency that's gripping Indians, especially those who follow vegetarian diets. The Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) claims that almost 85% vegetarians are protein deficient, and only about one-third of those people actually know about the lack of protein in their diets. And this is true for both adults as well as children. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recently started educating doctors about the importance of protein in terms of quality and quantity in the daily food intake.

As I read the article a chord stuck and I realised how unaware I was about the ideal protein requirement and the role of protein in the development of young children and adults. And hence I started to research all about a balanced diet, more so about protein and I'm glad to share some crucial aspects of it with you. 

There are three macronutrients essential for the human body to sustain life namely protein, fats and carbohydrates. Protein is one powerful nutrient that is present in every living cell of the body. 

Role of Protein
Protein plays a major role in many bodily functions, including building bones, muscles, cartilage and skin;  producing blood, enzymes and hormones and repairing body tissue. 20 amino acids make up protein that is needed by the body, of which only 11 are produced within the body while 9 must be supplemented by food. However, the additional protein that is required cannot be stored within the body and hence it is to be consumed on a daily basis. 

Amount of Protein 
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein content for an individual is one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight to meet the basic nutritional requirements. You can use an online calculator to calculate the recommended daily intake as per your age, body type and lifestyle. Experts also emphasise that protein requirement in infants and children are usually higher than normal. 

Effects of Protein Deficiency
Protein Deficiency is the state when your protein intake is unable to meet your body's requirements. Protein deficiency over a long period of time causes numerous side effects for individuals, especially children. Insufficient protein reduces body mass, thereby affecting muscle strength and function causing weakness and cramping. It also adversely affects the immune system, making it difficult to fight infections and prolongs the healing process. 

Sources of Protein
The best sources of high-quality protein are meats, fish, eggs and dairy products, which have all the essential amino acids that the body needs. Some vegetables and fruits also punch in a fairly high level of protein while dairy products provide the necessary amount of protein. 

However as a vegetarian, I find it very challenging to supplement the daily requirement of dietary protein for my children and so while looking for alternative sources of protein I came across a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, which pegged soy protein as a rich source of plant-based protein that has health benefits similar to protein from meat, fish, eggs and cow milk. Soy is regarded as a rich protein source on the basis of its Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score, making it a well-digested source with all the essential amino acids present to support growth and development. The importance of protein cannot be overstated and as a mother, with young children, I have to ensure that I provide a balanced nutritious diet for my little ones to aid their healthy and progressive growth journey, and for that, I’m trusting Soy Protein to do wonders for my cherubs. 

What about you? Let me know in the comments how you ensure a balanced diet for your precious ones.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Friday, October 19, 2018

Posted On October 19, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Dressing up for the festive season becomes a chore when you can't decide what to wear. Sometimes putting together an Indian outfit that helps you stand out takes no effort at all if you know what to pick. Of course for the uninitiated, it could be a tedious task but I rely on my salwar suits to help me sail through the numerous festive celebrations. Though there is a wide variety of salwar suit styles to pick from, the trick is to pick the styles that work best for your body type.

Anarkali Suits
The latest trend that has reemerged after decades is the Anarkali style that practically works for everyone and is easy to style. The long flowing silhouette is a flattering style that hugs the upper body while the flare accentuates the lower body. Alter the length as per your body type and pick dark shades and flowy fabrics for maximum effect.

Straight Suits
A closet staple, a classic long straight kameez and slender churidar can never look wrong on any woman. However, it is important to pick a fit that is comfortable and hugs the right curves while accentuating your body. Straight suits work best for tall women, however, due to the length and sharp straight cut, it looks smart and sassy on a short woman too.

Patiala Suits
A fun suit made popular by the cinema, a Patiala suit is perfect for every body type. The short kameez allows the gorgeous silhouette of the Patiala to shine through and add character to the overall look. Patiala suits look best in flowy fabrics, dark colours and printed bottoms, that add a Punjabi tadka to your style.

Palazzo Suits
Again a trend that has come back in a good way to offer a wonderful option to those who love the salwar suits but are bored of the routine styles. The broad pant style bottom offers a vivid flare and design that can spruce up a straight line kurti. Palazzo suits work best for medium built women with broad shoulders and decent height.

Dhoti Suits
The dhoti style adds a fun element to the contemporary salwar and transforms a regular suit into a fashion-forward outfit. The multiple pleats that are typical to the dhoti style will be complementary to women who are small built and leaner in shape. Dhoti suits like Patialas should be paired with shorter kurtis to add an edge to the ensemble.
Slit Suits
The best way to add some sassiness to a salwar suit is to opt for a front centre or front side tall slits. This style is borrowed from the western long dress that allows a woman to show her gorgeous legs. Slit suits look best in stiff fabrics that without a doubt portrays a fashionable approach to ethnic wear. 

Owning a salwar suit is much like owning a pair of denim, and the more you wear different styles you will want to experiment with them. Numerous online stores to offer amazing designs and styles to choose from depending upon the occasion and budget. So do not let any excuse hold your fashion choices this season, get creative and flaunt styles that you may not have worn before. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Posted On October 17, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

In India, entertainment means only two things - Cricket and Cinema. Indian cinema dates all the way back to 1913 with the silent film Raja Harishchandra, the first-ever Indian feature film produced by Dadasaheb Phalke. Over the past hundred years, numerous facets of Indian cinema have evolved and how. The largest and most evident transformation in films have been that for the heroine, the lead actress has gone from feeble to fabulous and fearless. In early cinema, the heroine was restricted to being a perfect woman, who never looked beyond her family especially her husband and was restricted to the home and kitchen. However, today the leading actresses are playing complex challenging roles to reflect the woman of today. 

One such actress who is taking risks with her roles is Kareena Kapoor Khan who entered the industry when she was just 20 years old. She made her debut in 2000 with Refugee and played Nazneen Ahmed with a beautiful mix of confidence and innocence to instantly become India’s sweetheart and win a Filmfare Award for the Most Sensational Debut. 18 years on, she is still considered one of the most prolific and charismatic actresses of our times with a career that has a beautiful mix of roles. Here’s looking at some of her most sensational and path-breaking roles:

Veere Di Wedding (2018)
Synopsis: Four girls on their way to find true love discover that friendship this strong has its consequences.
As Kalindi in Veere Di Wedding, Kareena plays a woman from a broken home who is in two minds about tying the knot with her boyfriend. She convincingly plays the woman who follows her heart, regardless of the consequences of her decisions and backs herself with grace. Audiences will remember this role of a badass woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to voice her decisions. She effortlessly anchors the entire movie beautifully. 

Ki & Ka (2016)
Synopsis: A young, married couple whose relationship challenges the gender roles placed upon women and men in Indian society.
Only Kareena could have pulled off the role of Kia. She represented the character of every ambitious woman who works hard to survive the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. Also to play a love interest to a younger man is a challenge she took up and executed very well. She is very convincing in her role as a woman of today who wants a career and a personal life but wants to keep motherhood at bay, which a lot of actresses would shield away from. 

Jab We Met (2007)
Synopsis: A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman.
As Geet in Jab We Met, Kareena wins hearts while portraying the transition of a bubbly, fearless, madly in love girl to a jilted in love, lonely girl with amazing clarity and elan. The film belongs to Kareena who pitches in the most memorable performance of her career and gives an entirely new meaning and treatment to the boy-meets-girl story. Audiences will remember her spunk and her fun-loving attitude in the film for which she bagged the maximum Best Actress Awards that year.

Omkara (2006)
Synopsis: A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'.
As Dolly in Omkara, Kareena went de-glam with a no-makeup look that put the spotlight on her brilliant performance. A simple village girl who was rebellious in love, and went to the extreme to be with the man she loved, portrayed her vulnerability and innocence beautifully. The wedding night scene is still etched in the minds of the audiences and the sheer surprise reflected in her eyes in that scene is still remembered. 

Chameli (2004)
Synopsis: On a rainy night, when an investment banker's car breaks down in the red light district, he takes shelter where he meets and later befriends a prostitute.
In Chameli, there is no trace of Kareena. There is only Chameli - a prostitute with her gaudy makeup, tacky clothes and vulgar language. Kareena stepped out of her comfort zone to play a low-class street hooker waiting in the shadows to entice lonely men with aplomb. The film offered audiences a glimpse of what Kareena was capable of as an actress, earning her a special award at the 2004 Filmfare awards. 

If you have any more suggestions to add to this list, do mention those in the comments.

Until next time, 
~ Heena