Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Posted On 8/23/2016 by Team iCynosure.

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After reading about Canada, I’m starting to love the place. In fact, I don't think there could be any reason not to want to visit. Canada is a little world in itself with so much to offer every traveller, from mountains to glaciers, from lakes to forests, from cities to towns. Add to that list the amazing food options, the wildlife, and the hospitable people, and you'll want to pack your bags and visit the land of the Maple Leaf.

Every traveller will surely have a must-do list while travelling to an exotic location such as Canada, so I'm not going to speak about the places you must visit or experiences you must have during your trip. Instead, I'm going to talk to you about some of the places you must stay in Montreal and Vancouver. 

View Montreal from the Marriott Chateau Champlain
Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, a province that's French at heart and American in appearance. Known for its unique blend of traditions and influences, the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain is also famous for its French cuisine. In addition, the hotel boasts stunning panoramic views of historic statues and nearby parks.

Swim on the Rooftop of the Hotel Bonaventure 
Montreal boasts of some of the most breathtaking hidden swimming spots, one of which is the Hotel Bonaventure Montrealan urban oasis offering a rooftop sanctuary. The stunning rooftop pool is one of the many facilities that travellers can enjoy, along with a full bar and a complete dining menu. The hotel allows night swims, where guests can have a magical experience soaking in the pool and gazing at the gorgeous night sky. 

Sight Cruise Ships at the Pan Pacific
When visiting the bustling West Coast seaport of Vancouver, the Pan Pacific Vancouver s an ideal place to stay. Situated at Canada Place, the hotel is in the middle of all the action and the cruise ship hustle and bustle. Travellers who enjoy spotting cruise ships can even get lucky, with three berths full of ships docking at Vancouver's ports. 

Relive the Roaring Twenties at the Rosewood Hotel
Travelling back in time to the 1920s is possible at the Rosewood Hotel GeorgiaThis five-star hotel has been meticulously restored to reflect the grandeur of the Roaring Twenties, and it transports vacationers back in time. The hotel also boasts live musical entertainment that create an intimate, sophisticated ambiance reminiscent of the era's speakeasies.

Experience Europe at the Sutton Place
The oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver is set against the majestic backdrop of mountains and seas. There, the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver brings a taste of Europe to travellers. The hotel is also on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel and Leisure’s Top 500 List, making it one of the best places to stay in Canada.

I want to stay at all these places. Where would you want to stay? 
- Heena

Monday, August 22, 2016

Posted On 8/22/2016 by Team iCynosure.

I keep reiterating about how important skincare is for me, however I’m going to let you in on a #DirtySecret. I am super lazy about skincare even though I know it is the only thing that’s going to keep my skin healthy and beautiful. I am at times even guilty of stepping out into the harsh Indian Summers without any sunscreen. Yes I do that too. 

However, I have seen the effects my laziness has on my skin in the long run; my skin looks jaded, listless and completely oozing with skin issues. And that’s when I realised that a few precious minutes every day of skincare could save me from long term damage. And thus I began a religious effort of my skincare routine that begins with a face scrub and ends with face pack and what can be better than Himalaya Wellness products that are natural and herbal; perfect for all skin types. With Himalaya Herbal, my skincare routine has found the perfect companions to work with; you can check their complete range of skincare products here

Especially since my skin is a combination skin type, I need to ensure that the products I use give me the right balance of purifying and energising features. Ever since I’ve started using the Himalaya Herbal Purifying Neem Pack twice a week, I’ve started to see a visible difference in my skin texture. The Neem Pack brings together the goodness of Neem, Fuller's Earth  (Multani Mitti) and Turmeric, which are great antibacterial and purifying ingredients which work together to regulate excess oil secretion, clean clogged pores and prevent the recurrence of pimples. I also regularly use the purifying Neem Scrub to cleanse my skin. 

Here’s how you make the most of Himalaya Herbal’s Purifying Neem Pack: 

§ Apply Neem Pack evenly over clean face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth. 
§ Let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a wet sponge or towel. 
§ Rinse with cool water. 
§ Use along with Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Scrub. 

Have you used Himalaya Herbal products? Do let me know your skincare routine in the comments below. 
Follow Himalaya Herbal across on Facebook to stay updated on the products and offers. 

- Heena

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Posted On 8/20/2016 by Team iCynosure.

One of the most importance steps in my skincare routine is using a face scrub followed by a face pack. Hence, picking a product that is just right for me is a really crucial step, as it will either make or break what I’m trying to achieve. Over the years I have tried quite a few products, but none of them have given me satisfactory results as per my expectations. Thus I resorted to the next best option of making my own scrub to ensure it would suit my combination skin-type whilst exfoliating it to give it the freshness and glow my skin deserved. 

I continued my routine until very recently I chanced upon Himalaya Wellness, a range of products that promise to infuse the natural goodness of herbal ingredients into skincare routines, you can check their complete range of skincare products here. The last few months with the Indian Summer scorching down my back I’ve completely depended upon Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Scrub to keep my skin clean, hydrated and nourished. 

Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Scrub removes impurities and dead skin cells while cleansing excess oil from the skin's surface, reducing the occurrence of acne and blackheads. The scrub is blended with the goodness of Neem; that has purifying and antibacterial properties, Apricot; that has hydrating properties and Turmeric; that has regulating properties to control the production of sebum the oily substance produced by skin glands. The scrub is specially formulated to give clear, problem-free skin by not only scrubbing away the blackheads, dead skin cells and embedded impurities but also nourish and moisturise the skin to make it soft, fresh and radiant. 

Since the time I’ve started to use the scrub regularly I’ve noticed an improvement in the overall health of my skin as well as reduced occurrence of pimples and blemishes. I use the Neem Pack along with the Neem Scrub that gives me an added benefit of regulating excess oil secretion and cleaning clogged pores. To add to my happiness, I’ve been complimented on the natural glow of my skin and even skin tone.

Here’s how you make the most of Himalaya Herbal’s Purifying Neem Scrub: 

§ Apply Purifying Neem Scrub in a circular motion on the face and neck. 
§ Massage it gently into the skin for a couple of minutes, rinse with water and pat dry. 
§ Use at least once a week for clear, acne-free skin.
§ Seal with Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Face Pack once a week. 

Have you used Himalaya Herbal products? Do let me know your skincare routine in the comments below. 
Follow Himalaya Herbal across on Facebook to stay updated on the products and offers. 

- Heena

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Posted On 8/11/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Streetwear Color Rich Smoothies Lip Balm Review

Streetwear from the house of Modi-Revlon launched a new range of Color-Rich lip-balms that are formulated to offer dual benefits of nourishment and sheer color. In four trendy shades the balms claim to turn chapped and flaky lips into smooth, shiny and add color. Being high on shine and a soft gloss, they are perfect for everyday application. Launched in the hues of pink, peach, plum and coral the hoarder in me picked the newest shade of plum to review. 

Streetwear Color Rich Smoothies Lip Balm Review

The first thing that delighted me was the gorgeous color that the lippie came in, but it just doesn’t show as much on application. I did however try to apply a couple of times but then it starts to bleed and spread beyond the lip line. I like the texture that is pretty smooth and creamy and gives a gorgeous shine to the lips, giving an overall nude gloss effect. 

Streetwear Color Rich Smoothies Lip Balm Review

The balm does the job of cooling and moisturising but nothing to hydrate the lips. All in all it is a decent product, but due to the fact that even the staying power is not as much re-purchase is not on the cards. Given the price point of INR 150 it is an average buy. The best way to use it would be to layer it with a lipstick, like I did with the Sugar Cosmetics in a similar shade.

After using and reviewing so many lip balms as my lipcare routine I do have a favorite one, which brand is your must-have for lip care? 
- Heena

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Posted On 8/10/2016 by Team iCynosure.

We all know that even though we fight with our siblings like real enemies but we are still the best of friends when life hits us hard. Your sister has always loved you and will never threaten to leave you. She has seen the worst and the best of you which makes her a wonderful person to have your side. Siblings are always the one who genuinely understands the kind of person you are and the special connection that you share with her is simply inexplicable. Even though, you might not share constant chats with her but you always know that she is there with you. 

She is the one who knows your likes and dislikes. Remember the times that you were glued to the TV screen watching Chhota Bheem, Doraemon and even Captain America and she shopped for Chhota Bheem rakhi from the rakhi for kids section, just to make sure that you are happy. You can get multiple range of gift options to make your choice from and you can shop for other interesting rakhi gifts for kids and get them delivered to your home. 

She is the one who mostly pulled you out of trouble in school. Actually, most of the time it was because of your sister that you got landed up in trouble and maybe that is the reason why your parents never got to know about it.

If you have a crush on the boy that sits next to you, then it is your sister who will first come to know about it. Just by a mere glance at your face, she would know that you have a crush on somebody. She is the one who will encourage you and push you to achieve all your desires and goals. No matter whether it is the weirdest dream that you, she is the first person to rise up and support you.

Your sister has seen you going throw every phase of life be it the phase of your shy boy to being the macho man. She knows every bit of you and how you are really as a person. All the good, bad and ugly is laid out on the table since your childhood because of which your sister has always loved you the way you are. You have done some weird things together which quite often led to people staring at you.

She very well knows you inner strength and weakness. And the moment when you sell yourself short, she knows it very well how to boost your motivation to make sure that you achieve higher goals. She knows it very well where you hide your videogame which has been a real treasure for you. Although she might steal it to annoy you or make you angry.

About the Author Reena Rawat: 
She is not one of the finest writer since slice bread but words sound melodious to her than any other jargons. She is a perfect movie buff with a seat reserved in cinema hall every weekend which makes storytelling more of an art and less of a rocket science for her.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Posted On 8/08/2016 by Team iCynosure.

California--just its name makes one dream big. California captures the heart and soul of every traveler who ventures into the most populous western U.S. state. Oozing with a dramatic terrain, cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland, and the arid Mojave Desert encircle California. The main cities include the sprawling Los Angeles (home to the Hollywood entertainment industry), San Diego with its outdoor Zoo Safari Park, Furnace Creek in Death Valley, and San Francisco--the road to the Golden Gate Bridge.

With so much on offer to "Fuel Your Dreams," the state has some outstanding travel-friendly stay options to pick from. After scanning loads of hotels and resorts, here are five boutique hotels that make my list:

Image Credit: Caliente Tropics Hotel

Caliente Tropics Hotel 
A Tiki and Polynesian-style tropical hotel built in 1964, the Caliente Tropics Hotel has recently undergone a contemporary and modern makeover to suit the new-age traveler. Through the remodelling, the hotel has managed to keep its retro feel intact to offer the best location, recreation activities, and atmosphere in Palm Springs.

Image Credit: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
The unimaginable design of a new Fender Stratocaster infused with the laid-back attitude of a reggae band, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs delights the music sensibilities in every traveler. A one-of-its-kind music program, "Sound of Your Stay," enables guests to produce a personalized soundtrack of their stay in the hotel.

Image Credit: V Palm Springs

V Palm Springs
The desert inspired theme of V Palm Springs emulates the natural, soulful spirit of the open-air hotel. The mountainous backdrop offers breath-taking views to travellers who can even opt for the hotel’s ‘Strip Down Promotion’ that encourages travelers to embrace the tantalizing desert playground while staying undressed and getting a room.

Image Credit: Pismo Lighthouse Suites

Pismo Lighthouse Suites
The Pismo Lighthouse Suites is the only all-suite hotel in Pismo Beach that has a beautiful oceanfront view whether travelers opt for suites with either a private patio or a private balcony. With easy access to the Pismo Beach as well as multiple activities, the hotel is perfect for all guests. A life-size game of chess is the highlight of the outdoor activities the hotel offers, which people of all ages enjoy.

Image Credit: The Cliffs

The Cliffs
The Cliffs is all about "living in luxury," whether a guest prefers sweeping mountain vistas or an idyllic lakefront home. The full-service resort with amazing views and world-class amenities boasts amazing golf courses and wine trails along with exceptional guest experiences. With a perfect mix of seclusion when travellers want peace and entertainment when travellers want fun, the Cliffs has the best of both amenities.

So while you check out these amazing stay options don't forget to make a check list of all you want to do. One of the easiest ways to make sure you don't miss anything important is to take the celebrated, cost-hugging drive that begins in San Diego, at the southern end of the state, and ends in the San Francisco.

Get travelling.
- Heena

Posted On 8/08/2016 by Team iCynosure.

New Orleans, the largest city in Louisiana, is a great attraction to travellers thanks to its rich culture, history and the outdoors. With a tagline of ‘Pick Your Passion,’ the city invites travellers to indulge in their interests ranging from food to fashion, adventure to entertainment, and much more. The best way to get to know Louisiana is to see it like a tourist, taste it like a local and experience it like a traveller. 

Just as there are endless options to help travellers experience Louisiana, there are numerous hotel options where you can unwind and relax. Hotels and lodgings ranging from glorious casinos and full service resorts to scenic park cabins provide diverse options New Orleans. 

Image Credit: Hilton Garden Inn, Airport

Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
One of the most economical hotels in Kenner, the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport, is just a few minutes from the airport.  With the Pontchartrain Center and downtown New Orleans just walking distance from the hotel, it is perfect for both business travellers as well as holiday-makers for being conveniently located. Apart from its location, the hotel has great amenities including every room fitted with Garden Sleep System that adjust the bed to gently cradle the body, ensuring pressure-free sleep while maintaining comfortable body temperature. 

Image Credit: Sheraton Metairie 

Sheraton Metairie 
Nestled between the French Quarter and the New Orleans Airport, the Sheraton Metairie - New Orleans Hotel is located in the heart of the business district. The convenient location along with its upscale design, comfortable rooms and Cajun-American dining options make the Sheraton Metairie a great place for stay. The highlight is the Social Hour organised at the hotel that offers patrons a chance to compare wines from the Sheraton Selects menu.

Image Credit: Hilton Garden Inn, Convention Center

Hilton Garden Inn, Convention Centre
The Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center, at a walkable distance from the New Orleans Convention Center, is a home away from home. Contemporary décor with separate living areas, pull-out sofas, outdoor patio and a convenience store, the hotel is equipped with multiple facilities, making it every traveller’s delight. Similar to the other group hotels, the rooms are fitted with Garden Sleep System beds that ensure pressure-free sleep whilst maintaining comfortable body temperature. 

Image Credit: Hyatt French Quarter

Hyatt French Quarter
The Hyatt French Quarter is a beautifulyl modern, fully restored and completely renovated luxury hotel with historical references that is located in the heart of the French Quarter. In spite of its central location, the hotel offers affordable rates and wonderful amenities. The hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions on the French Quarter including Bourbon Street, Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, Jackson Square, House of Blues, clubs and galleries, the Riverwalk and the French Market.  

Image Credit: Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a classic hotel overlooking the French Quarter. It's just few minutes away from the Jackson Square Park if you're traveling on foot. The hotel maintains its historic relevance through the décor while offering modern amenities for comfort. With its beautiful balconies, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is much in-demand especially during Mardi Gras, when travellers want to be in the middle of all the action. 

If you’re in Louisiana, do check these hotels for your stay.
- Heena

Posted On 8/08/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Suicide; is such a powerful word, even the sound of it resonates courage. But is this courage positive? I'm not so sure. 

When I first head about ‘the Story of a Suicide’ I wanted to overlook it as if I had heard nothing. Isn’t that exactly what happens when one looks away, even when they know someone is vulnerable and needs that special attention. Why does one shy away from being that single ray of hope that could make the difference between life and death. Thats when it hit me; I had to read about Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani….. four unconnected people whose lives got interconnected in a web of love, passion, revenge and deceit leading to one of the main characters intentionally causing his own death.
An online novel, ‘the Story of a Suicide’ broken down into 31 crisp chapters; touch every topic that is taboo to progress the story further interweaving the paths of the main characters. Though the characters are very well defined, they are difficult to relate to or understand due to the complexities of the situations they find themselves in. With twists and turns akeen a feature film, the plot thickens and takes new directions every few minutes to unfold an unlikely episode that becomes the crux of the story. The author has beautifully narrated how a single opinion, a few harsh words from a loved one become a tipping point that takes a human being from hope, aspirations and dreams to despair, shame and suicide. What I felt was missing, was a positive light that would naturally guide a person and free him from the negativity. However reassessing the plot made me realise that most youngsters today are easy yet self-absorbed, independent yet unsure, fearless yet oblivious. The only thing that I could relate to were the feelings expressed.... from Charu's friendly concern to Sam's lust, Alex's casualness to Mani's ambition and Hari's fear. 

The Story of a Suicide is a relatively dark novel that will leave the readers with numerous questions that will remain unanswered, that will stay with them long after the last chapter is read.

Over the years I've read about things that drive a sane logical person to take his own life. 

The point to think is how does a person full of dreams give up on life so easily? Trust me, I've seen a person from such close quarters that I know thoughts about suicide are not easy or random. 

Suicidal thoughts are like fungus; they grow from a single cell into a self-feeding monster that eats away at the person's soul and cripples them mentally. As time goes by, this fungus grows into a humungous form that leaves no room for breathing, choking the person into submission with only a ray of hope in the distance. 

Most people will argue that it would have been so easy for the victim to have reached out for help and confessed about their predicament. 

However how many people actually sit back and think, 'how could I have helped avert the situation'? Trust me, none.

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean help isn't needed. Most people who want to commit suicide don't want to die they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention is equally the onus of people around the victim as much the victim himself. As family and friends suicide prevention begins with recognising the warning signs, talking about the feelings openly and getting professional help. 

Don't turn your back, be that ray of hope.
- Heena

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Posted On 8/03/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Every girl should own a few cocktail dresses and make them her go-to-style for any occasion. From wedding celebrations to office parties, from brunches to private dinners, cocktail dresses can be worn everywhere; which is why they are a wardrobe staple.
So rummage your wardrobe and if you cannot find that one beautiful dress in your closet; now is the time to invest in one. A cocktail dress UK is an investment because you need to do your homework before opting for the right style that suits you the best as well as one that remains timeless.

Personally I prefer a classic design that can be worn numerous times irrespective of the occasion. A classic silhouette can also be easy to accessories depending on whether one wants to dress up or dress down for a particular event. However you can choose the style that connects with you the most.

Since there are far too many options when it comes to choosing a perfect cocktail dress design, the first time that you must keep in mind is the right fit for your body shape. If you are unsure of what style and fall will suit you, the best option is to go for an A-line dress that hugs the upper half of your body and flares out at the waist, giving it a more feminine look. 

So whether you are shopping for a cocktail dress or a wedding dress on sale make sure you try a few before finally picking a piece. 

Tell me which is your favourite dress to impress?

Monday, August 01, 2016

Posted On 8/01/2016 by Team iCynosure.

The natural progression of the sun’s shadow was how humans first learnt to tell time. However as the human evolution has been at a rapid pace, time telling too has travelled a long way. From the sun’s shadow to watches today, time telling has got easier and more convenient. Watches today are much beyond the practicality and purpose of use; they are all about a sense of status, a fashion statement and conversation starters.

Nothing much has changed in terms of a wristwatch’s functionality since the early ages. The 16th century portable clocks to the 17th century pocket watch to the 18th century modern-day wristwatch and the 20th century smartwatch; they all are primarily for time-telling.  Although today in the lap of luxury; watches have seen a tremendous visual transformation also ensuring added features. 

With the development of hi-tech watches over the last few years, there has been an equal rise in the demand for vintage pieces too. Although youngsters today look for a lot of digitalisation even in the wristwatch department, the rich history of a vintage brand is never overshadowed. However when a brand brings together the rich history of Titan along with the digital enhancements of Fastrack, it is sure to create a stir and emerge a winner. Today the Indian wristwatch market is estimated at around INR 5000 crores of which Titan commands a market share of 60-65 percent. 25% of this market share is due to the continuously growing youth segment as well as a well catered to women audience.

One thing that the humble accessory has managed to do is to maintain its importance in the course of time. Even today in the age of smartphones watches have their own sparkle and still appeal to a huge section of the masses. Both men and women watches have stood the test of time, and are still considered a symbol of class and individuality.  

Personally I own six timepieces and am always looking to add to the tally. With timely offers that I receive from my favourite online portal I’m planning to add not only a Bluetooth enabled piece but also a chronograph to my collection. 

So what are you flaunting on your wrist? 
- Heena

Monday, July 25, 2016

Posted On 7/25/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Houston, first founded at the banks of the Buffalo Bayou has grown exponentially over the last century to become America’s fourth-largest city today. With rich historic sites to natural escapes, sports and recreational facilities, art and entertainment; there is plenty to explore in Houston. But just as me, you wouldn’t know where to start. So here’s what I would do to figure out this exciting city.

Waterwall Park by the Hilton Houston Post Oak
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Image Credit: Hilton Houston - Post Oak

Inarguably the most photographed, the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall situated at Post Oak Boulevard is at walking distance from the Hilton Houston - Post Oak. After soaking in the beauty of the 64-foot semi-circular architectural marvel head back to the hotel by their free shuttle service available for the 3-mile radius. Gaze at the hotel’s striking glass chandelier or retire to the spacious guest room and unwind at the private balcony.

Downtown Aquarium by Hotel ICON Autograph Collection
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Image Credit: Hotel ICON Autograph Collection

A perfect amalgamation of an aquatic wonderland, the Downtown Aquarium is a conservation centre and a tourist amusement park that houses over 200 diverse species of marine creatures. Get the kids packing to enjoy the aquatic and geographic exhibits and the park’s conservation efforts for the White Tigers while you get romantic at the Hotel ICON Autograph Collection. Register for the hotel’s romantic Kiss and Tell Package for an unforgettable day, indulging in chilled champagne and chocolate covered strawberries amidst long-stem roses. 

Museum District by the Omni Houston Hotel
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Image Credit: Omni Houston Hotel

Explore the Houston Museum District dedicated to promoting art and culture through museums and galleries which is less than 15 minutes away from the Omni Houston HotelDiscover exclusive works of art throughout the day and once back into the hotel head straight to the Mokara Spa to rejuvenate and invigorate the senses. Spend some time being pampered at the spa, and then lounge by the hotel's Mineral Pool while sipping wine.  

George Ranch Park by Hotel Derek Houston Galleria 
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Image Credit: Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

Visit the historical site that lets you experience the Texan history and heritage, a journey of 100 years through four generations of a family. Once you’ve had enough of the traditional life head straight into the contemporary Hotel Derek Houston Galleria that offers modern accommodations with bold unusual designs. Opt from the super luxurious Penthouse Suite to the Sky Deluxe and indulge in the world-class comfort and amenities.

The Galleria by the St. Regis Houston
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Image Credit: St. Regis Houston

Shop till you drop at the Galleria Houston, an international mecca for luxury shopping and world-class entertainment. After running around with your shopping bags head back to the St. Regis Houston and call in for the butler service. The hotel provides personal flawless attention to the guests right from packing/unpacking to assistance for all your dietary needs and day-to-day requirements. Once at the St. Regis leave all the arrangement to them and sit back to indulge in all the comforts available. 

Such gorgeousness makes me want to travel today. And you? 
- Heena

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Posted On 7/24/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Stories date back in time, much before the written word was documented story telling through memory was the way of life. Story telling has shaped generations and was considered one of the most creative forms of expressions. However since the last few decades storytelling is lost to the world and has been replaced by television and the online media channels exploring digital creativity. The timeless tradition is slowing gaining ground once again with the persistent efforts of children centric brands that look to help parents create curiosity in children. 

Colgate, India's favourite toothpaste brand has brought back to the fore a fun way of storytelling that needs no elders but just little children. The innovative packaging hides a treasure within that intimates children to unlock their imagination. Hidden in the Colgate product packaging is the Magical Sea World perfect to ignite the story-telling in the kids. Available in 4 unique sets; namely Pirate Hunt, Treasure Hunt, Pirate Ship and Coral Reef, all that is needed to to done is cut-out the characters, image the fascinating life of creatures that live under the sea while crafting the life of an exotic mermaid or the sea pirate. Weave stories around the characters like the cute Pirate, cuddly Shark, killer Whale, stingy Ray, adorable Dolphins and others.#ColgateMagicalStories

I sat down with #PrincessHeer and she surprised me with her amazing story-telling skills that ran wild with imagination...With the characters spread across on the dining table, my little one began her exploration of Magical Sea World with her #colgatemagicalstories .....

Long long ago, deep into the sea lived a sea king  with his pretty little princess just like me. She was a gorgeous little girl who treated everyone with a lot of love and affection. She grew up with the creatures of the sea and she explored the sea with all her friends. One day the dolphin, the whale, the octopus and the sea-horse came to her and told her about a shipwreck on the other side of her palace. 

All of the friends went to explore the shipwreck, however as soon as they entered the area some of the creatures got caught into the net speed across and were trapped. They started panicking and moved around in quick succession in order to free themselves from the unexpected captivity. Just as they tried harder they felt a tug and realised that the net was being lifted by a force from above. Th mermaid quickly swam atop to see that pirates were pulling the net onto their ship. Terrified she swam back to her friends to tell them what was happening. 

She asked them to be calm and went to find their friend the shark to come help them. As soon as the shark came, she pulled hard at the net and it torn off, releasing all their friends. However as they were about towhead back home, they saw a private dive into the sea and swim after their precious little fired the sea-horse. The tiny little creature was really scared and swam towards his friends shouting out for help. Thats when the little starfish came to their rescue, the little one extended one of her arms and whacked and smacked the pirate away. 

After the chaos the friends hugged each other and promised to be by each other's sides for ever.

Interesting isn't it,
- Heena

Posted On 7/24/2016 by Team iCynosure.

No other film franchise has gone so far from being born on television to hitting the big screens with the ultimate vengeance. The television series that aired from 1966 upto 1969 took viewers through imaginary fiction that they lapped up with glee. over a period the television series gave way to the novels and comics and finally big budget films. Nearly half a decade since its debut on television and after 12 films the most recently release Star Trek Beyond is making the right noises with its new technology. Shot exclusively in digital instead of analog film, Star Trek Beyond is already creating a buzz in filmdom. 

Star Trek Beyond Review
Image Credit: Star Trek Beyond, The Film

For those who have woken up late to the Star Trek craze, there is a clear distinction of films in 2 groups; one those featuring the main character and stars from the television series to those featuring new stars playing the same characters as in the Original Series. Here is an list of ‘Star-Trek’ films in simple infographic that will outline all you need to know.

Star Trek Beyond Review
Image Credit: Karl Tate at SPACE.com

With so much happening over the last 12 films which would you think is the best film from the franchise? 

For me it has to be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; did you have any doubts? The Warth of Khan is the only film that stands alone as a classic and can be followed without having to be the series follower. What I love is the on-point characterisation, the intelligent plot, the moral dilemma, the unexpected twists and above all the greatest villain in the history of the film franchise. However the greatest impact of the film remains the emotional turbulence one feels long after the film is over. 

Star Trek Beyond Review
Image Credit: Star Trek Beyond, The Film

Star Trek Beyond; the Justin Lin  film has a lot to look forward to. With the experience as producer and director of the Fast and Furious franchise, Justin Lin has added a lot of exquisite sequences to the storyline. As the film progresses the USS Enterprise Crew explores uncharted furthermost space, encountering a new ruthless enemy, who tests the Federation and everything the enterprise stands for. #StarTrekInIndia has opened to rave critic reviews and the buzz created through the innovative marketing strategy is making it an unmissable film.  

So are you headed to space this weekend? 
- Heena