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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Posted On September 19, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Last year as we started organising things to ring in #PrincessHeer's 6th birthday, she dropped a bomb on us. She didn’t want a birthday party, she wanted a birthday holiday. With less than a weeks to go, it seemed like an impossible task to pull off. As I tied to coax her, DH was making silent plans to take his little mermaid off on a beach holiday. I was miffed when I got to know that instead of a domestic destination, we were heading to Thailand, one of the few countries that offer a Visa-on-Arrival for Indian Passport holders. I began calculating our finances when DH mentioned that I need not worry and if required we could get a quick personal loan to cover the trip expenses that would not change our set investment plans.

However even though I was a bit apprehensive because of the reputation Thailand enjoys, I couldn't do anything except throw caution to the wind, pack our bags and head out. I was pleasantly surprised as DH chalked out the travel plans, there are so many things for children to enjoy and experience in Thailand apart from beautiful and scenic beaches. Here is a low down of some of the major attractions that could keep the children engrossed while parents can relax alongside or revisit their childhoods.

Can Thailand Be A Fun Trip For Little Kids? 3-Day Itinerary For Thailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the largest and most popular floating markets in Bangkok. Sellers arrive at dawn in boats laden with tropical fruits, flowers and other fresh produce, artefacts and souvenirs; creating a colourful inviting scene. The best time to experience the market is early morning when it is the busiest, in a long-tail boat to sight-see and shop. It is a blessing that sellers accept both cash and credit cards.

Can Thailand Be A Fun Trip For Little Kids? 3-Day Itinerary For Thailand
Ripleys Believe It or Not, Pattaya
Ripley's, the world-famous walk-through museum, offers visitors seven attractions to choose from. It houses more than 300 unique artefacts creating a balanced spectacle between strange, shocking, and beautiful. Visitors can get a fright at two haunted attractions, or meet their favorite stars at the waxwork museum or struggle to find their way out of the mirror maze, and escape the laser challenge to get a unique cinema experience all under one roof.

Can Thailand Be A Fun Trip For Little Kids? 3-Day Itinerary For Thailand
Teddy Bear Museum, Pattaya
The Teddy Bear Museum is the first and only museum that has over 2000 teddy bears in various shapes and sizes to hold and hug. Divided into twelve concept zones that enable children to unwind and relax, the temperature, light and sound within each zone make it a different world to experience with special shows on the weekends.

Can Thailand Be A Fun Trip For Little Kids? 3-Day Itinerary For Thailand
Phi Phi Island, Krabi
The Phi Phi group of islands consist of four islands that remain a ‘must-see’ in Krabi. Touted as ‘the jewels of the Andaman Sea’, the Phi Islands is a day trip in standard speedboats. The islands are worth visiting for the incredible shifting landscapes, myriad hues of the water and the pristine white sand.

Can Thailand Be A Fun Trip For Little Kids? 3-Day Itinerary For Thailand
Chang Chui Plane Night Market, Bangkok
The Chang Chui Plane Night Market is taking the Bangkok night markets to new heights with the huge shell of an Airbus at the center of it. Visitors will find the best of shopping and dining, and for those who are a little more into experimentation, there is a huge ground around where one can explore sculptures and urban art pieces. 

#PrincessHeer did enjoy all of this and much more. And she has decided she wants a birthday holiday every year, instead of a party. What about you? Any of your kids ever made unreasonable demands that made some wonderful memories?

Let me know in the comments below.
~ Heena

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Posted On September 11, 2018 by Team iCynosure.


As a mom, I put in a lot of thought and research into everything I use for my kids. But earlier that wasn’t the case, and over a period of time, I started carefully looking at the product ingredient list. I was appalled at the number of harmful chemicals used in various products we consume daily, including baby products. Parenting means putting a little one’s needs before your own. It also is realising that an infant is way more delicate and sensitive than an adult and thus as parents, it is our responsibility to use products that are natural and organic without any side effects or in the least alcohol and parabens free and dermatologically tested.

One of the products that have become increasingly popular as an everyday item is baby wipes. And since wipes are used extensively each day, it is imperative to ensure that they are safe for human health and consumption. Many associations check the quality of baby products to ensure they are made as per the specifications that are laid down for production. As I’ve become a vigilant and aware consumer I want to know if every component used in the manufacturing of baby wipes does pass the set quality.

You would argue with me about the results of laboratory testing and the absence of advanced technology and equipment available to us as housewives to ascertain the quality. But fear not, there are a few simple things that I do to check the quality of the product I’m using for my precious ones. I've learnt to test baby wipes using the Patch Test and the Flame Test that provide insights about the product.


Flame Test
The Flame Test is a reliable method to check the quality of the material used for a baby wipe. During a laboratory test, a wipe is passed through numerous reactive tests to check the ingredients used in production. At home what I do is air dry a wipe and then hold it against the flame of a burning candle and the evaluate the wipe on the basis of smell and the effect. If the wipe burns into ash and there is no black hard lumping around the burnt corner, and no burnt plastic smell, then the wipe is made of natural organic products and safe to use for my little one. 

Human Patch Test
The Human Patch Test is a reliable method to check the mildness and sensitivity of a baby wipe. During a laboratory test the ingredients are applied to the inner forearm of a volunteer and then the area is evaluated by a dermatologist after a specific time. At home what I do is apply a wipe on the inside of my wrist for a length of time and then evaluate the area to check for any allergens, rash, redness or reaction that is out of the ordinary. I repeat this test for at least 3-4 days before finally giving it my nod to be used for my little one.


I’ve conducted both these tests on five popular brands and was disappointed with the cheap polyester used in manufacturing three of them. While one of the brands gave me a mild rash within 2 days of the patch test, only one brand, Mother Sparsh came good during the tests. This truly makes it as good as cotton and water baby wipes available and that's what I'm going to be using for my precious ones. What about you, do you test products that you use for your kids? Is so, let me know in the comments below how do you ascertain their quality.

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Monday, September 10, 2018

Posted On September 10, 2018 by Team iCynosure.


Flu on the outside seems just like the common cold, but it's not; it knocks you flat, gives you the chills, brings in the worst headache and muscle aches and fatigues you off with vomiting spells and diarrhoea. I know this because for the longest time I've suffered from bouts of flu, from mild to high, and at one time even developed a rather serious complication. That's when I got my first flu shot as a preventive measure as I was expecting Heer.

The flu is not an out-of-the-box condition, that will not touch the common man as India recorded over 10 million cases this year. A highly contagious respiratory illness, the flu spreads due to the most common actions like coughing or sneezing or touching infected surfaces. As a mother, my mantra to parenting is 'Forewarned is Forearmed' and with that aim, I headed to an interaction with two of the country's most renowned healthcare practitioners to understand how influenza affects two high-risk groups; children under the age of 5 and pregnant women. 

At the Influenza Awareness seminar, Dr. Mukesh Gupta, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and Dr. Uday Pai, Paediatrician along with celebrated actor and mother Genelia Deshmukh, busted numerous myths surrounding influenza and clarified many important points to arm all mothers against the silent health deteriorator, the flu.

One of the strongest points that were brought forward during the #MomVsFlu campaign was the importance of Samuhik Vaccination. Dr. Gupta emphasised the fact that since the flu is a highly contagious condition, it becomes imperative that not only the child but also every person who regularly comes in contact with a child should be vaccinated, including family members, caretakers and others. Another crucial point that was reiterated was the importance of being vaccinated pre-pregnancy period, when it is being planned and avoid complications arising from flu, to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. In case of pre-conception, the vaccine is missed, pregnant women can take the vaccine later during the pregnancy, after consulting with the doctor. 

Dr.Pai brought out a very valid point that sometimes mothers are not willing to accept; that you can give your child the flu. The answer is Yes when you yourself carry it and so it is most important for mothers to be vaccinated regularly as well. For more information on influenza click here


Genelia made some very valid arguments as a mother of two young boys. She cheered mothers to shift from being worriers to become warriors to fight all issues related to flu by understanding the condition, being aware of the precautions and last but not the least give due importance to vaccination. A step to a healthier child, she says is prevention, which is definitely better than medication later, and I couldn't agree more. 

So as Moms, let us pledge to create a healthier environment for our children and encourage other mothers to become more aware of what is right for our little ones. For more information about the vaccination and reliable practitioners, go to find a doctor in your locality. 

Do we have a reason now to let the flu virus win over us, let us be #MomsVsFlu. 

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Disclaimer: I attended a discussion on influenza awareness facilitated by Abbott IndiaLimited. Any opinion expressed in this blog is my personal opinion and not the opinion ofAbbott India Limited. Abbott India Limited does not assume any liability for the content of theblog. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medicalrecommendation or prescription of treatment for babies having Influenza. Any reader of this blog or their family members suffering from Influenza should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.

Posted On September 10, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

A Man On A Mission, In Conversation With Abhijeet Satam

No matter what path you choose, destiny has its own plans. Technology and Entertainment are as different as chalk and cheese and yet Abhijeet Satam dared to strike a balance between the two, working closely in two diverse fields of computers and cinema.

He began his journey in the entertainment industry with a play in an intercollegiate festival, which won him the best play and best actor awards. Following the success of his maiden venture, he began a theatre production company with his college buddies and tasted commercial and professional success. The highly successful film ‘Tyre Ki Hawa’ that he directed created waves in both national and international film festivals.

With numerous highs in the entertainment field, he also attained great heights in technology by co-founding an IT firm Comcomm, where they built programming platforms for consumer markets both retail and government.

Playing a perfect juggler in real life between his creative aspirations and his professional achievements, Abhijeet is going strong with a movie lead role in the pipeline. He is looking forward to take a higher leap into the creative field while cruising through technologically. We at iCynosure got an opportunity to speak to him, here is an excerpt from our conversation.

ICynosure: From computer software to television and films, did you ever visualise this journey?
Abhijeet: Officially, I was a student of MD college and unofficially of IIT Mumbai. I used to always hang out with my techie friends to get a deeper understanding of software and tech. The love for entertainment runs in the family with my father being a popular actor. That’s the reason I think, I work closely in both the fields. While I am active on the entertainment front, I am closely working with my company teams on tech ventures, one of them being Ticketees.com which we cofounded few years back in the year 2013.

ICynosure: How did your family react to your decision to simultaneously take both your interests forward?
Abhijeet: Well, they were quite okay with it as they know that I am someone who works with a calm mind. I am not afraid of taking decisions. Also, I work with a good team, who are pretty supportive with me multitasking in both fields.

ICynosure: How did you take the first step towards your cinematic journey?
Abhijeet: It all started in the final year of college. Along with some friends who had similar interests as me, we started a theatre production company. We produced several award winning plays like Mukkam Post Bombilwadi, Sangeet Lagna Kallol, Makeup, Sakhya etc. In spite of being the youngest producers we consistently ranked at the top in terms of Maharashtra theatre circuit. Our got us few prestigious awards also. Some of the recent plays which we produced are Mr and Mrs, Strawberry, Ek Shoonya Teen and Bye bye bayko. Simultaneously, I was working as an actor and director for shorts, documentaries and feature films. One of the shorts which I directed and produced ‘Tyre Ki Hawa..’ got selected at coveted international film festivals and won awards in National level short films competitions. This was seen by several known personalities from advertising fraternity and that opened doors for me to the advertising world, and I started working as a freelance director and producer for various reputed advertising companies and brands. I also co-produced and directed the Marathi feature film Haapus, which went on to become one of the biggest box office grosser of that year. So that’s how it is.

ICynosure: Which has been the most difficult role you played and why was it tough?
Abhijeet: I guess my role in my friend’s upcoming movie Lagi Toh Chaggi was quite challenging since I was facing the camera after a 4 year break from acting. So, portraying the role of Aalap Sahastrabudhe, a simpleton from Pune was pretty challenging and fun at the same time.

ICynosure: Are you a method actor or someone who is more spontaneous?
Abhijeet: I guess a bit of both, sometimes a particular role demands spontaneity and some roles demand a more methodical way. I feel am a director’s actor so I believe in following the director’s game plan.

ICynosure: Which are three roles across the film industries that you would have loved to play?
Abhijeet: Am a total sci-fi films and video games fan so all three are from the sci-fi world. Captain Spock from Star Wars, Tony Stark and the third am thinking would be Mario from the Mario bros video game.

ICynosure: If and when the opportunity arises, would you like to venture into mainstream Bollywood?
Abhijeet: Yes, would love to do.

ICynosure: Script-Writing, Direction, Acting, you have done it all. What do you enjoy the most?
Abhijeet: I have enjoyed wearing all these hats equally.

ICynosure: What can your fans expect from you in the future?
Abhijeet: Well along with the just released Lagi Toh Chaggi, there is another film which is scheduled to release soon with Mr. Mahesh Manjrekar and another one which have just given a nod for and won’t be able to disclose details. Completely different genres and again pretty fun stuff. There would a new theatre productions, yet untitled and in pre production phases, which would be announced as things fall in the right place. On the tech front, there is lot of interesting tech stuff which we are developing, there are direct consumer platforms and also something for the government.

ICynosure: So what according to you should be the next level of tech in the field of entertainment?
Abhijeet: Tech always has been at the core of entertainment, like right from electricity to cameras to computers to internet to smart phones etc. Let’s take a small piece from the big world of entertainment; web content platforms like Netflix or Prime have as just taken off and I see bigger things are on the way like we feel virtual experiences will impact the way we binge on such content, yes lot of augmented and virtual reality stuff on its way you see.

ICynosure: Also you being a techie, are you working on somewhat same grounds?
Abhijeet: Yes kind of similar can say. We are working on few platforms which would empower digital producers and digital audiences both. Would surely talk more about this as it’s ready.

So we leave you with the trailer/stills of Abhijeet’s upcoming movie. Enjoy!


Until next time,
~ Heena

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Posted On September 06, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Our parents kept reiterating how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet we kept skipping this meal without realising what it does for our wellbeing. Now a decade or two later, armed with first-hand experience of kids and breakfast, as a mother I have adopted a completely different stance towards breakfast. Instead of explaining how important a healthy breakfast is to my little one, I keep explaining what a heathy breakfast does to our body. Each day I highlight an aspect of breakfast that helps her understand how skipping breakfast may impact her general health in both a short and a long run.

Some of the benefit points of breakfast I highlight for her are (of course, they are simplified with examples she will understand, but here’s the gist): 
* It refuels your body, gives it an energy boost to start the day
* It reduces the feeling of hunger and may decrease situations of overeating
* It improves focus, attention, concentration and memory
* It aids metabolism and helps maintain a healthy weight
* It supports brain function 


As I continuously advocate healthy breakfast, my little one has one important question to ask me …. What really is a healthy breakfast? 

These days most brands mention the product details on their food labels specifying the ingredients in the product, making it easier for new-age mums to make informed choices. I do feel cereals like Kellogg’s make the best breakfast option as they are naturally cholesterol free and also help integrating milk and fruits in the diet enabling a balanced approach to breakfast. A nourishing ready-to-eat cereal, Kellogg’s range is made in few simple steps along with the addition of vitamins and minerals like thiamine, riboflavin, iron, and folic acid through fortification.’

As a mom of a hyperactive six year-old, I try to get Heer to have breakfast regularly. A quick tasty option would be bowl of Kellogg’s cornflakes with milk and fruits that would give her long lasting energy to kick start her day. Cornflakes also enable me to make breakfast more colourful and interesting by adding a variety of fruits, nuts and honey. And to top it a bowl of cornflakes take less than five minutes to prepare my little one for a new day on a POSITIVE note.

A bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes along with a glass of milk is not just a convenient breakfast option but also a highly nutritious one. The milk consumed can fulfil up to 51% of our daily Calcium RDA and the whole dish has become a family favourite. Not only that, being a fortified breakfast dish, the cereals are packed with essential minerals and nutrients such as B group Vitamins, Folic Acid, Fibre, Iron and more. 

So as moms let’s inculcate the healthy breakfast habit in our children and start them off on the right track for a healthier and tastier lifestyle. This national nutritional month, share this blog with your loved ones who skip breakfast and ask them to #BreakTheHabit with a quick and healthy bowl of Kellogg’s cereals.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Posted On September 05, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Zika Virus was initially discovered by scientists studying yellow fever in Africa during early 1950, while the pandemic has grown exponentially only much recently. In the first half of 2015 doctors identified the zika virus as the cause of an outbreak in Brazil, affecting as many as one and a half million people. The virus is said to breed in waterlogged areas and with the monsoons in full swing, as a mother and homemaker it becomes important to know about the condition and identify the symptoms, follow the course of treatment and inculcate the preventive measures when possible.
Disease
The virus does not have any health implications and is overcome in 2-7 days with proper medication. However, in very rare cases, the virus increases the risk of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome, an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks the myelin lining of nerve cells, resulting in widespread weakness and paralysis. Another condition caused by the virus is microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby’s brain fails to grow to its normal size.

Causes
The virus is a mosquito-borne infection that is transmitted to people mainly through an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The virus can also be sexually transmitted from a person to his or her partner. It is also documented that the virus is spread from pregnant mothers to their unborn babies. 

Symptoms
The virus does not produce symptoms in all those who are affected. While some people may have no symptoms at all, some may suffer from a rash while others may have a fever and headache along with joint and muscle pain and occasionally pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Symptoms usually last for several days to a week.

Diagnosis
When any of the symptoms of the virus are observed, especially if someone has travelled to an affected area, it is advisable to get a blood or urine test done to ascertain if the virus is present in the body. Sometimes symptoms cannot be reliably and hence a test is important for diagnosis and managing the disease.

Treatment
As per the World Health Organisation there is no specific vaccine or medication for the virus, most healthcare providers suggest to get plenty of rest and to consume lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. Medication to bring down the fever and reduce the joint and muscle pain is recommended. Also, it is advised not to take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; and mention to your healthcare provider if any other medicine is being taken.

Preventive Measures
The most important step to safeguard the family against the virus is to keep mosquitoes away as mosquito bites are the primary cause of the disease. To keep mosquitoes away spray living spaces with Goodknight indoor mosquito repellants, use outdoor mosquito repellents especially fabric roll-ons for children and use mosquito netting to cover infants in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites.

Staying true to the proverb 'Prevention is better than Cure', we must all stay vigilant to any cases that may breed mosquitoes and take action at the first sign of any symptoms of mosquito borne diseases to ensure the health and wellness of our family and friends.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Disclaimer
I have shared information as per my knowledge of the infection, and I do not assume any liability. The blog post is not meant to be a replacement for a doctor consultation, nor is it a medical recommendation or prescription of treatment. Any reader of this blog should specifically consult his/her doctor for the same and follow the suggested course of treatment.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Posted On August 27, 2018 by Team iCynosure.


Women don’t need any reason to shop; however, we tend to go overboard especially during the festive seasons of Navratri, Diwali and New Year. The time of the year that is synonymous with lights, music, sweets and dressing up, gives us a valid excuse to shop till we drop. However, after numerous goof-ups, I’ve realised that shopping right is way more important than shopping. This mantra is true when buying things that are used rarely, especially festive wear that is repeated only a few times.

Indian festive wear like sarees, lehenga cholis, anarkalis, etc. pose a threat of being outdated really soon and given the price at which they come, it is very crucial to pick up timeless pieces. So in an attempt to shed light on some of the most relevant trends in festive wear, we bring to our readers a few rules that are universally applicable while shopping for festive wear, which will take you from 2018 to 2028 easily.

Play with pastels
Leave the reds and greens for the older generations and opt for subtle shades like ivory and nude. If you like a bit of flair rose quartz, blush pink and powder blue are colours that tell a story. 

Skin toned blouses
Drop the matchy-contrast blouse options for a more bolder look with skin-toned blouses. The gorgeous yet outrageous choice can be achieved with sheer panels or net segments to create a nude illusion. 

Flow with a cape
Capes are the new style accessory that instantly jazzes up any outfit and it has had a great run with festive wear too. Replace your choli with a full-length cape and see the transformation.

Tip off the sharara
Leave the palazzos, churidar and salwar behind and spice up your kurtas and anarkalis with some shararas. Layered or flared shararas give the regular outfit a fashionable spin.

Add drama with ruffles
Ruffles are making an inroad into the festive wear scene by way of sleeves and skirts. Adding ruffles to a lehenga skirt personifies the phrase 'east meets west'. Shop here for some of the latest trends. 

Drape that dupatta
A dressy dupatta is most essential to bring out the beauty of a skin toned blouse. Revamp an old outfit with a new modern dupatta to create visual delight and hands-free comfort.

Floral all the way
Florals have been making inroads into the festive scene over the last couple of years and it sure is fast becoming the hottest ethnic staple for every wardrobe for it demure yet vibrant look. 

Of course, you can still go wrong even if you follow these amazing trends for your festive wear if you do not accessorise your look right. So here are a few quick fixes that ensure you do not go wrong with your festive wear. 
* Complement your traditional attire with appropriate footwear like mojris
* Keep your jewellery complimentary to your outfit and not overpowering
* Carry a bag that speaks tradition like a potli or batwa
* Go easy on the make-up but don't forget a bindi and kajal

Follow these simple style tips to shine the coming festive season. 
~ Heena

Posted On August 27, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Amazon India has recently launched an e-commerce store for handlooms in India in order to promote Handloom Mark products and India Handloom Brand on its marketplace. Amazon in this way has provided a new lease of life to khadi and handloom by directly engaging with weavers and artisans across the country to source products and retail them.

Amazon India is playing a crucial role in its retail journey by providing a recognition to handspun Khadi which is a symbol of India’s independence movement, popularised by Mahatma Gandhi, that has got a makeover and becomes a style statement, with designers giving it a modern touch. 

Amazon to Join Hands with Weavers; Popularize Khadi

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The Director and GM of Amazon India, Gopal Pillai said that this initiative has been taken to support the surge in demand for Khadi products over the last few years and they have recently partnered with the Uttar Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board. He further accounted that to aim success in their new digital journey the company is offering artisans "the most comprehensive suite of seller services and all the requisite tools".

The company said that khadi and handloom have turned out to be an even more important focus segment along with the textiles and apparel sector contributing both indirect and direct employment to almost 50 and 35 million Indians respectively. The increasing demand for biodegradable and organic products and the fascination for natural and eco-friendly products is that what is aiding the trend. To achieve heights in this initiative and to breathe new life in these textiles, Amazon India has collaborated with multiple State and Central government departments such as the Telangana government, UP Khadi and the Gujarat Tribal Development Department to promote handlooms and handicrafts. Amazon has already launched handicrafts and handlooms in most of the states across India, such as Boyanika and Resham Shilpi (handloom) in Orissa, APCO (handloom) and Lepakshi (handicraft) in Telangana, Priyadarshini, Cauvery Handlooms and Loomworld (handloom) in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

To enable rural Khadi artisans and to directly sell their products on the platform, Amazon India teamed up with Uttar Pradesh’s Khadi and Village Industries Board in February. Last October, to educate Khadi Societies and Village Industries across Kanpur, Varanasi, Ghaziabad and Lucknow, as part of a pilot project, Amazon India started conducting workshops in collaboration with the Khadi Board.

Amazon India is running a programme called 'Kala Haat' in its handloom category and around 1.50 lakh weavers and artisans across 15 States are using its marketplace to sell their products. To bring the rich heritage of handicrafts and handloom, Amazon has teamed up with over 1400 weavers, co-operatives, artisans and apparel export promotion bodies. Now, the e-commerce major showcases 40,000 genuine handloom and handicraft products sourced from over 20 states.

Posted On August 27, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Grab top deals on Schwarzkopf Palette only on Souq

Thinking Of Getting Your Hair Coloured?

Love colouring your hair and want to turn into a diva? If yes, then you can grab fantastic deals on Schwarzkopf Palette only on Souq. With Schwarzkopf hair colour palette you will be able to change your hair colour permanently and also this seems perfect for you if you want to try a new look. Now, forget about grey or dull hair, just use these colour palettes and be a style statement. The Schwarzkopf Palette is exceptionally good and provides customers with a mind-blowing experience. You can avail more discounts using Souq deals of the day. Read here to know more about top offers available on Schwarzkopf Palette.


Palette offers customers a complete range of intensive, long lasting, sensuous or gentle caring natural colours which are in accordance to the latest trends and are specially made to help the customers in reviving their looks. So, if you want to look different and want to try something new then just visit Souq website and give these wonderful Schwarzkopf colour palettes a chance.

Souq offers huge discounts on Schwarzkopf Palette. So, if you are looking forward to refreshing your hairstyle, you must grab the top deals present on these colour palettes. Some of the top deals available on Schwarzkopf Palette are provided below.

Schwarzkopf Palette Deluxe Hair Dye for Women 
This mid brown hair dye comes with 7 oils serum which gently nourishes your hair. After its application, your hair will become smoother than ever and also become shinier. This Schwarzkopf hair dye is available for just 23.39 AED after a discount of 15.61 AED.

Schwarzkopf Palette Intense Hair Dye for Women – 5 – 68 – Medium Chestnut 
This intense hair colour gives you a long-lasting effect and perfectly covers grey hair. This dye is designed in such a way such that it goes deep in the hair, adding highly intensive colour which provides perfect radiance to your hair. You can get this beautiful hair colour at just 18.99 AED after a discount’.

Schwarzkopf Palette Deluxe Hair Dye for Women (Golden Gloss Cinnamon) 
This intense oil care colour comes with 7 oils which provide your hair with the best ever nourishment. You can choose this hair colour for long and shimmering shine or glossy hair. This golden gloss cinnamon Schwarzkopf Palette is available just for 39.00 AED. There is no discount on this colour as it is already available at the best buy price.

Schwarzkopf Palette Deluxe Golden Caramel Hair Colour 
This golden caramel hair colour is a bit costly but is worth buying. A 50 ml colour bottle is available for 149.00 AED. This creamy mixture with highly effective colour pigments colours every part of your hair from the root to the tip. This hair colour is pretty easy to apply i.e. you just need to apply the colour precisely in the roots and the creamy texture lets the mixture to settle down in the hairs which basically avoids any spilling.

There are plenty of options available in Schwarzkopf hair colour. You can purchase any of the colour as per your choice. Souq also offers free shipping and also ensures fast delivery to its customers. Before purchasing any of the Schwarzkopf Palettes, you can also read the customer’s reviews as it will provide you with a better idea of the colour. So, if you want to look different and are looking forward to trying something new, then don’t think and just visit Souq and purchase any of the unique and beautiful palettes.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Posted On August 24, 2018 by Team iCynosure.


The saree, India’s national outfit has been a closet favourite for centuries. The big-bright ethnic must-have finds room in every wardrobe, whatever be the personality of the woman. I’ve had my share of the saree and pallu days, which unfortunately, I gave up after the birth of my little princess, because how does a woman manage a baby and a bodice? Apart from the fact that with a little one in my arms, one of the reasons the saree took a backseat for me was the numerous changes my body went through after childbirth and wearing a saree no longer made me feel as confident about myself as before.

However, with the festive season around the corner, and loads of family weddings to attend, I so wanted to bring out sarees from my wedding trousseau and flaunt them. But how do I make it look great and perfectly draped? A quick chat with my mom and I was brimming with numerous tips on how I can make the beautiful garment work for me.

Pick the Right Lingerie
Irrespective of the fabric of the saree, the lingerie you wear underneath will have a great impact on the overall look. It is most important to select the right undergarments; preferably in nude, white and black tones that will compliment the colour of your saree. It is equally important to pick a colour coordinated petticoat either in satin or cotton that will further enhance the look. 

Wear a Tailored Blouse
Nothing spells class as a beautifully tailored blouse that is perfectly fitted, hiding all your concern areas. It makes style sense to keep the pallu loose, especially if the saree is made of lighter fabrics to show the structured shape and design of the blouse. Hook in the bra-straps keeps the look neat and finished. Choose blouse designs that will compliment your body type.

Select the Correct Footwear
Ditch the high heels and stilettos, opt for traditional footwear that will compliment your ethnic wear. It is a universally known fact that kitten heels and mojris add charm to your saree. Pick subtle colours that would merge with the entire look rather than bold and feisty colours that would create contrast and stand out.

Accessorise in Appropriate Proportions
The best way to accentuate the look would be to add appropriate accessories, however, keep them simple and chic with one piece that is arresting in nature. To up the ante, carry a glamorous clutch or potli bag, or if you are the more adventurous types, show off your personal style with a minaudiere.

Though there are very few things to avoid where sarees are concerned, I would definitely suggest to shy away from wearing black or white tones, especially for auspicious functions like poojas and ceremonies. Also, I'd personally keep away from a low cut or revealing blouses that would draw unnecessary attention. Having said that a saree is an intrinsic affair, it is a timeless and mysterious drape that hugs every curve of a feminine body. So don't look for an occasion to drape them, create occasions to flaunt them. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Posted On August 24, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

With the increasing traffic, it is not easy to drive a big car with manual transmission through the city. In order to make your daily commute easier so that you don’t have to keep your hand on the gearstick regularly automatic transmission cars are a good choice. Now, you might be wondering what these cars with an automatic transmission will cost you a fortune. In that case, you definitely need to know about Datsun Redi-go. So, if you are looking for an affordable car that will be a perfect fit for your daily commuting needs then use the automobiles offers. Also read along to find out why Redi-go might be the best option.
5 Reasons Why Datsun Redi-Go Is India's Best AMT Hatchback
#1 Fuel Efficient
The Datsun Redi-go comes with a 1.0l engine along with a 5-speed automatic transmission system. This combination provides the car, one of the best mileage in the category. By going 23Km/l the Redi-go is more efficient in the case of fuel when compared to some of the best manual transmission hatchbacks.
This along with the brand name of Datsun, the customers receive the ownership without any hassle and the driving experience is extremely pleasant.

#2 Buttery Driving Expiring
The automatic transmission of the Redi-go provides a smooth gear shifting experience. When it comes to automatic transmission one thinks of the head nods, which are minor jerks that are experienced while shifting the gears. The Redi-go tries to overcome this hitch with the help of its state-of-the-art gearbox. This selects the appropriate gears accurately and optimises the performance while providing a smooth ride and keeping the fuel consumption low. Driving on the busy city streets or cruising on a highway, both will be a pleasurable experience.

#3 Innovative Rush Mode
The automatic drive of Redi-go comes with the “Rush-mode” feature. Generally, this feature is present in the expensive cars. What it does is while in the “drive” mode, the car will move forward at a rate of 5-6 Km/h after you release the brakes. This makes it the perfect option to use in bumper-to-bumper movement in the rush hour. The manual drive requires you to constantly use the accelerator and the brake to move forward in this situation. Whereas, in the Redi-go all you need is the brake.

#4 Dual Driving Mode
One of the best things about Redi-go is the dual driving mode which lets you use the vehicle in manual transmission mode. This lets the driver shift up or shift down the gears using the gear stick. If you want to be in control while using the peppy 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine of the Redi-go then this is a perfect choice for you.

#5 Great Features for the Price
With a great ground clearance of 185mm and a large cabin space, the Redi-go is one of the most practical automatic vehicles that you can get. With the driver-side airbag and the LED DRLs of the S variant along with the power windows and central locking feature with the remote key makes it the perfect choice if you are looking for an affordable automatic transmission car.

Conclusion
With a price tag ranging from ₹2.5 lakhs to ₹4 lakh, the car is not only one of the most affordable vehicles in the hatchback category but it is a perfect fit for city usage thanks to the automatic transmission and the “Rush-hour” mode. With the tag of Datsun, one of the popular Japanese automobile manufacturer it is going to be one of the most amazing deals that you can get.