Sunday, November 12, 2017

Posted On November 12, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

Mumbai, with its terrible weather, incommutable infrastructure, increasing pollution and unhealthy food habits takes a toll on my overall wellbeing. Club with these factors, a full time job and unaccountable responsibilities at home, it becomes impossible to find time for myself; and thus ‘me’ takes a backseat. The lack of time affects two most important aspect of skincare and haircare. Over the last few years I’ve taken these for granted and am paying a price for my negligence. 

When I realized that haircare is a long haul process, I did the next best thing I could think of…. hair treatments. However the affects remained temporary and my hair continued to deteriorate and the last option was to go back to the old-age formulae of hair oiling and massaging. Unfortunately even with the benefits that oiling brought in, what I absolutely loathed it for the constant tugging at the roots along with the sticky after effect of the product; and thus the application was restricted to weekends or worst only when utmost necessary. 

As Pantene announced its new product Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement, I was very excited to try a solution to end the hassle of oiling with a a rich and creamy product, that can be used on both damp and dry hair. The product claims to be loaded with the goodness of oils that gives 2X stronger hair.

My expectations from the product was the goodness of oil with the benefits of a leave-in-conditioner. With the amount of treatments that I put my hair through in the recent times, it became most essential that I take steps to ensure its strength, moisture, softness and shine. After about a moth of use, my experience with Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement has been multi-dimensional with effects such as reduced frizziness, increased strength, and decreased breakage along with a protective layer all along the hair shaft. Apart from the oblivious benefits, the creamy form of the product ensured absorption into the hair while ensuring a non-greasy, non-sticky look and feel. Additionally the massaging technique helped stimulate the blood circulation which I believe nourishes the hair and smoothens the scalp whilst being a stress buster. 

Since I’ve started using Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement, my hair has got a new lease of life; with its perfect modern day blanket solution for lifeless hair, damaged ends to even as a stress reliever. I would most definitely advocate the use of Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement as opposed to regular oil as it enables styling without having to wash or rinse off the product; and I’m all set to say #TelKoTelLagao.

Here’s how you make the most of Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement:
§ Rub a small amount of the product between the palms.
§ Apply the product on the hair starting from the top, along the length. 
§ Style hair as usual. 
§ For best results use on wet hair.  

Have you used Pantene haircare products? Let me know your haircare routine in the comments below.Follow Pantene on Facebook to stay updated on the products and offers.

Until next time,
- Heena

Friday, November 03, 2017

Posted On November 03, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

One of the most common types of cancer among men - “Prostate cancer”, begins in the prostate gland. Though its progress is slow, prostate cancer cells may spread up to other areas of the body leading to various other complications. 
If the detection of prostate cancer happens at an early stage, then it can be easily cured by different treatments recommended by doctors. However, prostate cancer, show no symptoms at the initial stage. It is after some stages that patients start suffering from symptoms like: 

·        § Difficulty in urination
·        § Pain in the pelvis
·        § Blood in urine 

After the diagnosis, doctors decide whether a treatment is necessary for prostate cancer in old people as it grows slowly among them. Treatment of aggressive cancers can vary from surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy among others. Over the years, laparoscopic surgery has emerged as a popular treatment for prostate cancer. If you or a loved one are going through the trouble of deciding whether to get this treatment or not, it is better that you take the advice of a skilled surgeon. However, to give you a brief about this type of surgery, we have chalked out an outline of the procedure and its benefits. Read further to get a better understanding.
What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Also known as keyhole surgery, laparoscopic surgery has a reduced incision size as compared to traditional surgery. The surgeon inserts a long flexible tube with a video camera, which is called laparoscope, through a small incision in the abdominal wall. With the help of the video camera, the surgeon then reaches the affected area and performs the surgery using specialized instruments. After surgery, the incisions are easily but carefully covered with small band-aids. Here are some of the reasons why laparoscopic surgery is best for prostate cancer. Read ahead and make the best decision.

·        Short Stay at Hospital
After the surgery, the patient need not stay at the hospital for an extended period of time of time. Instead, he can get discharged in a day or two, as the healing rate is faster in laparoscopic surgery.

·        Less Bleeding
As the surgeon performs the laparoscopic surgery through a small incision, the amount of blood loss is significantly less. This, in turn, reduces the need for transfusion of blood after the operation.

·        Scarcely Need Painkillers
Another benefit of laparoscopic surgery is that the patient barely needs painkillers after the surgery. This is because of the small size of the incision made during the operation. The small incision not only reduces the risk of bleeding but also reduces the pain post-surgery.

·        Fast Recovery
Co-connected to the above-discussed benefits, quick recovery also comes as one of the primary reasons why laparoscopic surgery is best for prostate cancer. The small surgical wound heals faster enabling the patient to return to his normal routine earlier as compared to the open surgery procedure.

·        Reduced Infection Rate
The smaller incision also decreases the risk of infection in the patient. Its size does not expose the internal organs to external contaminants which reduce the infection rate. 

Thanks to all these advantages, Laparoscopic surgery has become one of the most preferred methods for performing many general procedures. If you or anyone close to you is looking forward to laparoscopic surgery, then it is advised that you must choose a renowned cancer hospital like Max Healthcare to get the best treatment and specialised care. Surgeons at such hospitals have the expertise and exceptional knowledge that can help patients in leading a healthy life ahead.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Posted On October 28, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

It’s the departure of the monsoons in India, and instead of the winters setting in, the October heat is absolutely killing. And living in a city like Mumbai means I need to deal not only with the heat and humidity but also combat dust and pollution every single day. As if that isn’t enough, I need to travel almost 3 hours each day to and from work using public transport. All this put together, my skin becomes a playground for all things worst. 

But as most sensible people do, I too believe in the ‘Precaution is better than Cure’ mantra; and so, I’ve upped my skincare game to welcome in the winters. Since last year I’ve included a facial cleansing brush in my skincare routine and its helped maintain my skin beautifully. After trying a couple of brands, I zeroed in on the Oriflame Sweden SkinPro Cleansing System. 

The SkinPro Cleansing System is an effective 2-speed powered cleansing brush that deeply cleanses and gently massages the skin; removing dirt, makeup and oil residual, dead skin cells and deep seeded impurities from the pores resulting in visibly smoother-radiant skin with an even skin tone. The product consists of the cleansing device, a normal or sensitive brush head with cover, a table stand, a travel pouch and batteries.
I absolutely love the ergonomic design of the product which makes it convenient to grip and operate. With two speed levels and an automatic one minute setting, I prefer to alternate between the speeds every day. When I first started using the product, I experienced breakout but I’m glad I didn’t stop at that. Since my skin wasn’t used to the deep cleansing, it reacted differently, but soon settled into a routine. So, my suggestion is don’t stop using the product unless the skin feels damaged and visibly affected. 

Since using the Oriflame SkinPro Cleansing System I’ve noticed how the skin structure has strengthened thereby improving the blood circulation. Slowly I noticed the steady peeling off, of the uppermost layer of dead skin cells allowing cell rejuvenation via the exfoliation resulting in softer and smoother skin. I’ve even noticed that the deep cleansing has enabled skincare and make-up products be absorbed better giving a visibly more effective look.

Here’s how you can make the most of the Oriflame SkinPro Cleansing System:
§  Moisten the brush head with water.
§  Apply a small amount of cleansing gel to the brush or face.
§  Cleanse by moving the brush head gently around the face.
Rinse face with water and moisturise.
Are you ready to say hello to luminous skin? Here’s your chance to win a SkinPro Cleansing Brush. 

1. Follow iCynosure on Instagram 
2. Like and tag three friends on the giveaway post
3. Follow iCynosure on Facebook 
4. Like and tag three friends on the giveaway post.
5. In the comments below, let me know 'Why do you need a Cleansing Brush?'

Giveaway Ends: November 3rd, 2017
Winners: 2 Winners
Rules: Ensure to complete all of the 5 steps

To know more about the range, you can check the complete range of products on Facebook.

Until next time,
- Heena

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Posted On October 07, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

Lets put the fun in the festive season 
Enjoy the day out doing exciting things
Forget who you are to be a little one!

Wondering how to keep the kids engaged this festive season! Don’t look any further, head straight to the Krazy Kids Karnival that promises a lot of fun, entertainment and shopping. 

Spread over 2 acres of open spaces in the heart of Mumbai city, the carnival boasts of interactive learning workshops, amazing live shows, dramatic amusements and adventure camps for the kids, while parents can indulge in pop up shops, lip-snaking food and desserts and above all an array of shopping experiences. Aimed at children between the age group of 0-12 years, the carnival promises a range of fun things including rides and activities with their favourite characters Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Gajju Bhai, Chacha Bhatija, Guru Aur Bhole and their gangs. 

The carnival of non-stop excitement will definitely put a smile on the little ones faces, especially those less fortunate, who will enjoy free pick up and drop, admission, rides, F&B and entertainment on the 16th. This initiative is for specially invited children from various NGO’s across Mumbai.

So plan your days already for some down time with your little ones.

Dates: November 4th - 5th, 2017
Venue: City Park, BKC, Bandra East
Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Entry Fee: INR 200/- (Children below 3 years go free)
Ticket Booking: BookMyShow

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Posted On October 01, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

The facets of life are varied and the way each one of us looks at them are different; from work priorities to health benefits, from social skills to personality development. Most individuals put together different dimensions of life to complete a picture, however as a mother, I ensure that a complete picture includes physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and spiritual aspects. And to attain this, I diligently keep abreast with the nutritional needs of the body. 

My mother used to always tell me that no single food item is healthy or unhealthy, what is unhealthy is the lack of moderation. A balanced diet, is an epitome of not only the prerequisite nutrients but also macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fat along with micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. The manner in which one can ensure health and wellness is to ensure a balanced nutritional intake that helps to maintain healthy weight, retains necessary body fat, provides optimum energy, and promotes sound sleep. A diet that provides the daily requirement of calories from carbohydrates (50-60%), proteins (10-15%) and fat (20-30%); is considered a balanced diet.

However off late there has been so much talk about ‘fat’ in a negative way, which not many people realise is both essential and healthy for a balanced outlook. Fat not only provides energy for proper functioning but also assists in processing vitamins and synthesizing hormonal balance. Fats, both polyunsaturated such as walnuts, flax seeds, etc; monounsaturated such as olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil, etc help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood which can lower your risk of numerable diseases and illnesses. 

According to ICMR recommendations the Dietary Guidelines specify that the total fat in an Indian diet should be able to provide about 20-30% of total calories. The total fat intake in diets could go up to 50g per person per day based on the level of physical activity and physiological status. To maintain this balance is a huge challenge for mothers like me as kids these days dictate what food items are served on the dining table. 

I prefer the trial and error method, where my little princess is concerned. However the trials are only when I’m sure about the quality of the product. One of the staple items on the dining table remains MAGGI Noodles. Most mothers I know will repeal in horror, but did you really know that MAGGI Noodles strikes a fine balance between Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat similar to the recommendations made by Indian Council of Medical Research. This reinforces my belief in the newly launched MAGGI Oat Noodles that provide the goodness of oats, happiness of heath and oodles of fun. 
Contrary to popular belief, one serving of MAGGI Noodles has a lower fat content than hugely perceived healthy food options such as a vegetable cheese sandwich or veg biryani or a dosa or an aloo parantha. Even the manner in which a cake of MAGGI Noodles goes through a stringent process of cooking prior to packaging, ensures quality of the product until consumption,

As a mother who is vigilant about the food habits of the family, especially a young child; I’ve given my approval to MAGGI Noodles and I suggest you too, do not believe invalidated information, do your own research and say YES to health. 

Until next time,
- Heena

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Posted On September 26, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

This post is originally from IHG's Guide to EverBank

EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the top tailgating stadiums in the country. The mild Florida weather means fans can cook out and cool off throughout the football season while other parts of the country are snowed in. EverBank Stadium is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars and can seat almost 70,000. Along with the Jaguars NFL team, EverBank Field hosts college games throughout the year - like the UGA-UF rivalry game - and events and concerts for Jacksonville residents.

Things to Do at EverBank Field
The designers at EverBank Field made sure there were plenty of opportunities for excitement throughout the stadium. Guests at this stadium can grab a quick drink in the Bud Light Party Zone or spend the whole game relaxing in one of the high-end cabanas. In FanDuelVille located in the north end zone, fans can enjoy live music or dance to guest DJs who bring the party and get fans riled up for the game. Kids can play in the Jaguars Cub Club or Junior Jags, which cater to kids up until they turn 12. 

Florida can get hot - especially in the summer - so visitors can also stop by the Sea Best Cool Zones with fans, air conditioning, and mist to escape the sun before returning to watch their team score a touchdown.

Hotels Near EverBank Field
There are multiple hotels for visitors to choose from for a stay in Jacksonville. The Holiday Inn Express: Jacksonville East offers a family-friendly getaway if you’re enjoying a quick vacation while watching the Jags play. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, The Hotel Indigo: Jacksonville-Deerwood Park offers a boutique experience for couples who want to escape the noise of the city and enjoy some quiet time away.

Where to Stay in Jacksonville
If you're planning a trip to Jacksonville to watch a Jaguars game, consider staying just outside of Jacksonville when you visit. Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach are all close by (typically a 30-minute drive), which means you can stick your toes in the sand and catch some waves before cheering your team to victory!

If you want to stay closer to EverBank field, there are plenty of hotels in Jacksonville to choose from along the St. Johns River that provide easy access to the stadium and surrounding cultural sites.

How to Get to EverBank Field
Most visitors fly into Jacksonville through Jacksonville International Airport, drive down I-95, or drive across Florida on I-10. These two highways both take drivers close to EverBank Field, and there is plenty of parking for all visitors. Traffic conditions can change due to construction, so the Jaguars head office encourages visitors to check traffic beforehand and before leaving the game to see if there are alternative routes outside of the city.

Whether you're cheering on your favorite football team or catching a concert, there are plenty of activities around EverBank Field. Getting to the stadium and finding accommodation is fairly easy, which means you will have more time to enjoy the game or event during your stay.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Posted On September 20, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

My first brush with Paris was when I was an impressionable teenager, utterly enchanted by the romance of Paris. After watching "Before Sunset" a zillion times, Paris had become my dream destination. During my first visit, it didn't disappoint me in the least.

While doing all the touristy things, I starred in my own imaginary feature film. I walked down the Champs-Élysées, met someone special by the Arc de Triomphe, sailed into the sunset with him over River Seine, and finally locked lips by the illuminated Eiffel Tower. It was perfect.

As my fascination for travel grew over the years, however, I began to explore parts of Paris that I didn't know existed. I discovered a haven for art lovers, a sanctuary for historians, and a magical land for children. In every corner of the city, I've found a scrumptious café, a creative art class, a great sculpting studio, a designer boutique, and much more. It's this contrast of old-world charm and contemporary magnetism that makes Paris the place to visit. Whether you have just a day or a lifetime to live like a Parisian, you must capture the spirit of Paris. Here's how to enjoy your visit to the fullest.

Moving Around
Image via Flickr by Luc Mercelis

To experience the beauty of the city, travelers must explore it on foot or by metro. City walks with local guides give visitors a first-hand opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, scents, flavors, and feel of the city.

Staying Put
To feel the energy of the city, travelers must find accommodations in a location that offers true Parisian atmosphere. Though there are abundant hotel options, travelers could opt for a serviced apartment or a homestay to offer them the comfort of home.

Feasting Locally
To savor the flavors of the land, travelers should dine at friendly corner bistros that serve simple meals in an authentic way, in addition to relishing a variety of sweet treats. It's a gastronomic delight to alternate among Michelin-starred dinners, street stands crêpes, raw cheeses, and artisanal baguettes, savoring everything as a proud Parisian does.

Shopping Regionally
To flaunt the latest styles, travelers must browse through the emerging neighborhood markets, where they will find unique, chic, and affordable fashions. Quirky independent shops line the sidewalks and offer an interesting blend of items, making for a perfect place to unwind while unearthing souvenirs ideal for a range of budgets.

Exploring Sites
To get to know Paris, travelers must curtail the pressure to see it all and instead spend quality time at a few selected locations. Skip the touristy places that are swamped with visitors and look for more intimate places such as the Musée d'Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens, and Le Marais. There is no way you will be able to do it all, so plan accordingly and save the rest for return trips.

So walk along, shop till you drop, and gorge until your belly hurts. Do the same thing the next day, as the City of Light shines brightly.

Until next time,

Friday, September 15, 2017

Posted On September 15, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

The summer has ended and I’m starting to discover all these amazing sales on some of the best online stores, and I just can’t resist picking some of the season’s best products from clothes to accessories, bags to shoes, swim wear to active wear. One of my most preferred online stores, Zaful sent me a surprise code and I got cracking. 

Even though fall is about to set in, I’ve picked a few key pieces to turn summer staples into fall's must-haves with a twist.
Floral Revolution
A floral dress is perfect for the end-of-summer, welcoming winter party that will transform into a winter special with a gorgeous cardigan and ankle length boots.

Velvet Uprising
A spark from a piece of velvet blouse will take you for day to evening instantly and up the glamour factor within seconds without having to try much.

Pleat Rebellion
A pleated skirt is an all year-round wear toned down with a layered tee or white sleeveless blouse or dressed up with a racy halter or a bright tank.

Serene Chaos
An autumn coloured top and cropped pants paired with or without a jacket takes straight through any season; add a metal clutch to complete the look.

Want to look stylish no matter what the season? Want to be the more fancy in this summer? Just do it with Zaful's newest summer arrivals. And use the discount code ZFEN for bagging some great offers.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Posted On September 10, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

In the most rampant digital age, creating memories through a thousand pictures a day is an easy task, however it is much easier to forget about them in the uncountable digital albums we have. I’ve always loved to flick through family albums that transports me back in time. 

I still remember the summer holidays at my grandpa’s that were no short of crazy adventures and during one such day out, grandpa went click-click with a polaroid camera and amazed us with the instant pictures. Since then I’ve always associated a Polaroid camera with vintage luxury. Over the years, numerous manufacturers have launched and discontinued their instant camera and films. But for me the memeries associated with an instant camera is very precious and it has been an incredibly difficult addiction to give up. 

Instant photography still makes me feel great and when I learnt about Fujifilm launching their Instax line I couldn’t contain myself. As the brand launched the Instax Mini 8, I decided to bite the bullet and get myself one of the lovely candy coloured pieces. However being a blogger has its perks, Fujifilm India invited me to the launch event in Mumbai and gave me my very own Instax Mini 8 Joy Box. 

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Joy Box came with the camera (of course) along with a carry bag, film rolls, a permanent marker to make notes on the photos and the most important accessory, a selfie lens and mirror to check my reflection before clicking the best selfies ever with an instant camera. Since then the Mini 8 has become my style statement for its ease of use, quality and the fun it brings to my outings.

The company recently launched its latest upgrade to the Mini 8, the Instax Mini 9. The brand has built on the success of its most popular product and upgraded the Instax Mini 8, to the Mini 9 with a few minor changes. The most important feature that the Mini 9 is being differentiated by is the High Key picture mode that will allow brighter and sharper images. The add-on accessories include a selfie mirror and a clip-on close-up lens that will allow for shooting at a close range. Similar to the Mini 8, the Mini 9 uses the Instax Mini film cartridges that produces credit-card-sized prints within moments of capture. Both the color and monochrome variants of the film packs will be compatible with the new Mini 9.

The brand once again sent me their brand new offering, and it’s the perfect conversation starter that will need no introduction. In terms of pricing, the Mini 9 will be priced at INR 5,999 when it starts retailing. The price is more or less similar to the price of the Mini 8 which was priced at INR 6,490 when it was launched in India. The camera joins Fujifilm’s existing range of instant cameras which include the Mini 25, Mini 70, Mini 90 and Wide 300. To learn more about the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 or any other of their amazing products visit the official Fujifilm website, here.

Here are some images taken within moments of each other with the Mini 8 and Mini 9.

In the times of several editing tools we use for that perfect picture, I absolutely love the natural pictures that may show my imperfections. Today is the day I’m going to click some pictures with my little one, get #instaxicated and put the pictures on the fairy lights in her bedroom. I may share that perfect picture with you soon.

Until next time,
- Heena

Monday, September 04, 2017

Posted On September 04, 2017 by Team iCynosure.

Homeopathy is not just a way of treatment, it a way of healthy living. Over the time, it has played a breakthrough role in the medicinal world by treating various diseases with powerful remedies leaving LESS side effects on the patients. Its natural and holistic approach towards health problems worksat the root level ensuring the total eradication of the illness. 

Today, this ancient medical science has gained immense popularity owing to its amazing benefits that treat common health problems with the skin, joints, muscles and other areas of the body. Homeopathy follows the principle of natural healing in the human body. Its popularity has gone many folds that now you can find almost any homeopathic medicine available online that offer specialised treatment for different illness or ailments.

If you wish to discover why homeopathy had gained such fame, read the top 5 benefits of homeopathic medicine. 

Natural Approach
Homeopathic medicines use a natural approach to treat illness. If you take a regular and continuous dosage of homeopathic medicine, then it will boost your immunity. This will help you in preventing severe diseases and chronic illness like cancer, heart diseases and dementia as well. Homeopathic medicines use the preventive method and can ward off future illnesses too. You can easily add some of the homeopathic ingredients to your diet and for a hale and hearty life.
Few Side Effects
One of the main benefits of the homeopathic medicine is the fact that it has a reduced risk of harmful side effects on the body. Prepared by using plant-extracts and homeopathic therapies, homeopathic medicines result in fewer complications and adverse outcomes. As they have no toxicity, homeopathic medicines are safe and ideal for all life stages including pregnant and lactating women. However, it is necessary that you should consult a physician before taking any homeopathic medication along with other medicines.
Economical Treatment
Homeopathic medicines are not very expensive and hence prove to be an economical treatment. Hence, it not only treats the illness effectively but also reduces the financial burden of the person seeking a cost-effective treatment. Interestingly, some common homeopathic medicines like turmeric and cinnamon are easily found in any home.

Powerful Treatments for Different Ailments
Another significant benefit of homeopathic medicines is that you can use them for treating a number of ailments related to skin, heart, muscles and joints. For instance, you can use Tea tree oil for acne and inflammation, Ginger for arthritis, Garlic for high blood pressure and Chamomile for stress relief. There are over 6000 homeopathic medicines that treat a wide number of health issues without causing harmful side effects. If you are looking forward to switching to homeopathy, then you can easily buy homeopathic medicine on online sites such as 1mg that offer homeopathic products of famous brands at affordable prices.

Effective Stress Relief
Homeopathic medicines are also widely known for reducing stress and anxiety. Many people use Chamomile, lavender and green tea to get relief from stress. Apart from the medicines, homeopathy also offers other techniques such as acupuncture and a hot bath with essential oils to eliminate stress and gives comfort at home.

Apart from the above-listed benefits, homeopathic medicines have other essential advantages as well. They are non-invasive, more efficient and can be stored for longer period. Their easy accessibility is also one of the reasons why they are used extensively. 

Homeopathy is not just a way of treatment; it is a way of healthy living. Its medicines, remedies, techniques all are dedicated to ensuring a proper well-being of the human body helping in a salubrious and happy life ahead.