Homemade Mask To Treat Hair loss and Hair Thinning

Hair loss has been a common problem among a lot of people out there. Be it men or women, we all love our crown – Our hair. Hair loss is like a nightmare that haunts us..!

Today I am going to share a hair mask that you can try at home to reduce or to stop hair loss. This mask also helps in regrow the of hair..! Sounds like a saviour. Isn’t it?

Mask I am going to share is easy to make, its budget friendly (like most of the times), effective. Only downside is that it might make you cry, when it’s on your hair…!!

I am talking about onion juice.

What you need?

  • Onion
  • Grater

How to?

  • Peel off outer layer of onion.
  • Grate it.
  • Squeeze out onion juice.
  • Apply the juice using cotton ball.
  • Let it work for minimum 15 minutes.
  • Wash hair as usual.
  • You can mix it with other nourishing ingredients or oils too.

Why Onion Juice?

  • It helps hair growth.
  • Helps nourish hair follicles.
  • Minimise hair thinning and breakage.
  • Antioxidants help reverse premature graying and delay graying.
  • Keeps scalp healthy and free of infection.
  • When scalp is healthy, no dandruff.
  • Stimulates scalp and improves blood circulation.

Should I apply it only on scalp?

As it solves most of scalp issues, target area is scalp. No harm in using it along hair length. But best used on scalp.

Can I use it daily?

Yes you can. But, I personally don’t recommend it for daily usage. Let me tell you why. Onion juice has strong smell. You need to wash it thoroughly using shampoo. Using shampoo on hair, daily, is not something I recommend. So I personally like using the mask once or twice a week.

Can I leave it overnight?

Yes. But make sure you cover your hair properly or else you will end up making your bed and blankets smell of onion.

 

All You Need to Know About Facial Gua Sha Tool

What is a Gua Sha tool?
It’s a traditional Chinese medicine tool used to scrape body skin. Facial gua sha is a modified version of it.

How does it works?
It is targeting a stagnant energy in the body, that is the cause for inflammation. Rubbing the tool against the skin helps in breaking this energy, reduce inflammation and thus promotes healing. It also helps in blood circulation.
It was also believed that it helps in getting rid of body heat and negative energy.

What are they made of?
Authentic Gua sha are made of natural materials like, gem stones, animal bone, animal horn etc. Mostly used Gua sha are made of jade or rose quartz or mineral rich stone and shaped in order to fit the contours of face.

However, unlike Jade roller, Gua sha is not about the contact of the stone with skin. It’s about right scraping techniques.

What do you need to use this technique?
Firstly, a gua sha tool. Your favourite skin care product. Be it mist, serum or cream.
Apply the product before using the tool.

How to use it?
With gentle strokes, massage your face with the tool, while applying light to medium pressure. Use the flat surface more than the edge.

Order of massage would be:
1. Neck
2. Jaw line
3. Under eye are
4. Nose bridge
5. Brow bone
6. Forehead

Can we use it daily?
Professionals recommend three times a week for around 15 minutes.

Benefits:
1. Upward strokes helps in lifting and firming the skin.
2. Increased blood flow.
3. Removes stagnant lymph from tissue. This helps in reducing puffiness.
4. With regular use, reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Reduces tension in face, neck and shoulder.
6. Helps in better absorption of the products.

Special Tips:
1. Always apply a cream or oil before using Gua sha. Using the tool on dry surface causes more friction and thus cause more damage to skin.
2. If you have inflammation or pimples or open wound, do not use the tool on them. Use it round them.
3. If you have sunburn, do not use the tool.
4. If you use retinol or any chemical exfoliation, you should be extra cautious while using the tool.
5. Make sure you apply little pressure. If you apply more pressure than needed, this can result in skin breakage.
6. Be careful with the edges. If the tool has any damage and has sharp edge, please get rid of the tool immediately.

 

What’s Inside My Office Bag

Hello,

 

People who know me personally always see me with a bag. Especially people and female friends at office wonder what I carry in my huge bag. Some have even asked me multiple times..

 

So, here I have revealed what I carry in my bag to office..!!

 

Let me know which are the things you too carry, which you will carry after watching my bag and which things you think I should stop carrying..!! 🙂

How to Contour and Highlight Face

Contouring and highlighting are quite a trend in the world of beauty.

Highlight, word itself explains everything. It’s the technique that highlights certain part of the face. Contouring is the technique to add depth and structure to the facial structure..!

If you imagine yourself standing in front of a source of light, the facial area where light falls are the areas we highlight. Areas where shadow falls, we apply contouring product.

Contouring product comes in different forms – Powder, stick etc. If you have a foundation that is darker than your skin tone, that can also be used to do contouring.!

When I say Highlight, I am not using shiny product. i am using product that is lighter than skin tone. It can be as simple as concealer that’s lighter in shade.

Let’s start with the techniques step by step.

Facial areas where we apply highlighter:

  • Under eyes
  • In the middle of forehead
  • Nose bridge
  • Cupidbow
  • Chin

 

Facial areas to contour:

  • On cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Either sides of nose
  • Jaw line

Blend:
You can use brush or beauty blender to blend in.

For highlighter it’s a normal dab blending. But for contouring the strokes differ for different area of your face.
On cheeks – Towards upper side of the line.
Forehead – Upwards
Nose – dab
Jaw line – Downwards

Once the blending is done, seal it with compact.

Here is the quick video to demonstrate the techniques.

Bobbie Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Review Swatches of Black Ink and Black Mauve Shimmer

Eyeliners are like essentials. I can’t step out without a stroke of eyeliner on my eyelids. Do you feel that???

Let me tell you, I have super oily eyelids. Eyeliners usually fade/ smudge very easily on eyelids. Finding a good long lasting eyeliner was something I was on to for a very long time. I think now that I have found my ‘The’ eyeliner, let me share yo more details with you guys.

Brand :
Bobbie Brown.

Name :
Long-wear gel eyeliner.

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Price:
1600 INR. for 3g

Shades Available:

Shelf Life :
2 years

Ingredients:

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What does company claims:
What it is : A true original. This award-winning long-wearing eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula-all with 12 hours of waterproof and sweat- and humidity-resistant wear.
Who it’s for : Women who want the look of a liquid liner with long-lasting wear.
Why it’s different : Highly pigmented, this gel formula delivers subtle to dramatic looks that are easy to apply, long-wearing, and won’t smudge or fade.

Packing:
Outer packing look like this.

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Classic Bobbie Brown packing with black and white combination. The pack has all details like – name, shade, ingredients, expiry etc.

Product comes in the glass pot with black plastic lid. Glass looks sturdy but it’s not. I dropped it accidentally and it broke..!! I am glad it did not break in the middle and spill the product. Phew.

Please note that the product does not comes with applicator brush. I know many eyeliners which comes with ne, but this one doesn’t.

Consistency :
Gel consistency. Glides smoothly.
But one thing I did not like is the fact that the gel eyeliners usually gets hard after certain period of time (may be an year or so). This eyeliner too gets hard, making it little difficult to apply.

 

 

Pigmentation:
Pigmentation is quite nice. Single stroke gives good pigment.

Shades for review :
Black Ink :
Color – It’s deep black shade.
Finish – Matte finish.

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Black Mauve Simmer Ink :
Color – It’s kind of a brown shade with very small shimmer particles.
Finish – Slightly glossy finish.

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Lasting Power:
I usually wear it for office. It lasts for around 8-9 hours without smudging.

Waterproof?
Definitely yes. It’s hard to clean without makeup remover.

Pros:

  • Nice pigmentation.
  • Lasts really long on oily eyelids as well.
  • Smudge proof.
  • Water proof.
  • Little goes long way so the pot is going to lasts long.
  • Glides smoothly.
  • Did not irritate my eyes.

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Cons:

  • Does not comes with applicator brush. You ill have to spend little extra on a brush.
  • Glass packing needs extra care as it might break if it falls.
  • Gel turns hard after certain months.
  • Most of the shades are either out of stock/ discontinued/ not available in India. dah..!!!

Repurchase/ Recommendation:
Once I finish the pots completely, yes I am going to buy. I have finally found eye liners for my oily eyelids. Yeahhh..!!!

If you too have oily eyelids and looking for long lasting eyeliner – this is the one. As little goes long way, the pot lasts longer and it’s definitely worth the price.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 4.75 /5 (Deducting 0.25 with heavy heart for no brush and not so sturdy glass packing. )

 

TONYMOLY Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch Review

Skin covering lips is thin and needs more hydration. Lip balms are good way to do so but once in a while they need deep hydration just like our facial skin.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper Review

Hello,

Thanks to Kardashians and Jenners, plump lips is one of the crazy things in the world of glam.

While there are a lot of products claiming that they give you plump lips, I have come across multiple medium to good reviews of this one lip plumping product called – lip injection.

Na, I am not saying injections/ needles. It’s the product’s name.

Have you heard about the brand ‘Too faced’? They have this lip product called ‘Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper’. The brand wasn’t available in India until last week. Nykaa has now launched this brand and the products are now available online and at Nykaa stores.

Needless to say, I was quite curious to try this out. I said curious but I knew it will not be any magical portion to give any drastic results. So, I bought a smaller sized product this week. Let me tell you how it worked or not worked for me.

Brand : Too Faced

Product Name : Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper

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Sizes Available and Price :
1.5 gm – 1050 INR
4 gm – 2000 INR

Shelf Life:

3 Years.

12 Months once opened.

What Does Product Claims :

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Shopping Links :

Packing:
The outer cartoon looks like this.

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It has all details about the product. Ingredients, shelf life, how to use, what to expect etc.

Product comes in a transparent tube packing, just like a lip-gloss packing. The golden cap with the design makes it look interesting. The transparency of the tube makes it easier to keep an eye on quantity of the product inside.

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The applicator is quite soft and it is typical doe foot applicator. Makes it easy to apply the product.

Fragrance:
It has very fresh fruity smell. Reminds of boomer chewing gums.

Color:
It is transparent with glossy finish.

My Experience:
It says apply it on perimeter of your lips. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes for it to work.
Instead of going with the instructions, I applied it all over my lips.

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I had seen bunch of videos/ reviews. Where the YouTubers used to say that after few seconds of applying it starts working. It feels like multiple needles on lips, it stings. Some even said it feels like your lips are burning.

In my case, hell no..! I did feel little tingling within few seconds of application. But that’s it. Nothing more than that. Tingling lasted for a minute max. I was expecting little more (thanks to the tons of reviews I had watched before) but it did not do anything much..!

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Here are the before and after pictures of my lips. After picture was taken after 7 minutes of application. I can see very minute change, nothing ‘extreme’ in terms of plumping.

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Let’s talk about hydration. I must say, it did add good hydration to my lips. I have dry lips. Regular application of lip balm, every hour at least, is a must. But this did add enough hydration. I did not feel any dryness for 3 to 4 hours. It’s a satisfying amount of time considering the fact that I have dry lips and I sit in air conditned environment.

Things I Liked:

  • Travel friendly packing.
  • Transparent bottle makes it easier to keep track of the quantity left inside.
  • Smells nice.
  • Adds hydration to your lips.
  • You can use it above lipstick to add shine and hydration.
  • Applicator makes the application easy.
  • Non sticky consistency slides easily.

 

Thing I Did not Like:

  • Main purpose of the product is not really served. Plumping wasn’t much in my case at least.
  • Pricey.

Repurchase:
Umm I don’t think I will repurchase. In fact I am glad that I went for smaller version instead of the bigger one. I loved the hydration part. But I have bunch of good lip balms which add hydration, with price way less than this one. Plus, plumping did not really worked for me. So I don’t think I will buy again.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 3/5.

This is Why I Do Not Use Facial Wipes

Recently, Kylie Jenner was slammed for advertising  makeup wipes for all right reasons.

For those who are not aware, Kylie has cosmetics as well as skin care range on her name. One of the products in her skin care is the makeup wipes.

She claims that the wipes remove waterproof makeup, matte lipsticks

In the promotion video she is seen advertising the product but we cannot see her using them on her skin. She just removes swatch of lipstick from her hand..! She can be seen blindly recommending the products to her followers.

While watching one of such promotional videos of her skincare range, what caught my mind was her sentence “I have used some yummy products to make these”…

a. If they were really yummy, these would be edible.

b. If they were that real yummy, why don’t Kylie use them on her skin to demonstrate.??

Forget about Kylie, let’s talk about makeup wipes. There are ‘n’ number of brands that have released makeup wipes in the market. Are they really good??

Just to give a brief background, makeup wipes/ cleansing wipes/ facial wipes, as name suggests they are used to wipe away makeup products.

How to use?

You need to rub the wipes against your facial skin.

It is said that the wipes have ingredients that melt down the makeup products.

 

Are they reusable?

No..! They are for one time use.

 

Does they really efficient?

Answer is NO.

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Some facts:

  • Makeup wipes are not at all ultimate cleanse. You have to wash or cleanse with other product after using makeup wipes.
  • Makeup wipes do not melt all sort of makeup products. So 100% not efficient in cleaning the face.
  • Rubbing the wipes against skin is not at all recommendable. The friction causes damage in the wrong run. Girls with sensitive skin, please stay away.!
  • You need to put good amount of pressure while rubbing the wipes. It is said that this pressure applied can push the makeup products inside facial pores instead of cleaning it. If not cleansed again with other cleansing product, this will result in breakouts.
  • As I said, makeup wipes have certain ingredients in them that are meant to melt makeup. But, there is good chance that those ingredients are not meant for your skin..!

 

Makeup Wipes are not good for environment.

Makeup wipes may look like they are made of clothes. But in reality they have plastic content in them. You already know, plastic is not biodegradable. Hence, if you don’t want to contribute to the already increasing global environmental changes, please stop using wipes.

 

Now you know why Kylie is being slammed for her marketing gimmick. She is smart enough to know these facts about wipes and that’s why she did not use them on her skin. Not even to advertise..!! She just used some ‘yummy’ words to sell them.

So, to keep your skin and our planet clean and happy, please stop using makeup wipes..!!

If you are using makeup wipes and do alternative, go for a good cleanser. If you have dry skin, go for oil based cleanser. Water based cleanser is good for oily skinned beauties. Normal skin girls are blessed ones..!! They have plenty of choices to choose from..! 🙂 For this change, your skin and mother earth will thank you.. 😊

Post for Guys : How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Within Budget

Valentine’s day..!! Day to celebrate love.. Umm this sentence sounds odd. Know? Love should be celebrated every single day.. Every single moment..! Anyway, let me put it this way, day which is specific to celebrate romantic love and appriciate your partner.

Girls must be already ready with their gifts wrapped. But I am sure guys must be still ‘consulting’ their single male / female friends about ‘what to gift to his girl?’. Well, this post is for those confused guys plus, who are broke and need ‘plans’ within budget..!!

Movie Marathon with Bucket of Popcorn:

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Get those popcorn packets which you can cook at home. Prepare them (Oh you don’t need any chef skills to prepare them. ‘How to cook’ is mentioned on the pack and we loveeee popcorn). Watch movies with your bae in a cozy setup. Romantic + budget friendly.

Cook Together:

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Studies say that couple who cook together stay together (Ok, ok, I cooked that up). But it’s fun to bond over cooking food. Isn’t it??
Your Own Theatre:

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You need a projector and a white cloth to work it as a screen. Umm a clean blank wall would also do for that matter. Borrow a projector and play her favorite movies (which you can also watch) to make her smile.

Switch off Your Phone:

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Girls hate when they don’t get enough attention. Especially when her guy is right in front of her and he seems to be more interested in his phone rather than in her. So please put your phone in silent mode on the ‘V Day’ to make some beautiful memories.

Handmade:

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Bhool jao (Forget it) most of the male population is not good at it..! So let’s strikeout this.

Take her Out for A Long Drive/ Ride:

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All you need is a vehicle and fuel. Take her out. All girls love this. Plus make sure you play some nice romantic music. If you are taking for a ride, play songs on your mobile..!!

Love letter:

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Oh please don’t start with I am not good at it. Let me tell you who can help you with that skill – Google. Google some best love letters. Pick lines here and there and make your one letter. I know you must be thinking why can’t I copy entire letter. No you can’t. Be an original copier yaar.

PS : Don’t forget to change the names..!!!

Food:

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I know, going out for dinner is burning your pocket. Waiting line is different problem. Instead order online. You have so many food delivering apps which will provide so many coupons. Order them and feed your girl her favorite food. Score some brownie points.
Go for A Walk Together:

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Walk, hand in hand. Her brain will be busy thinking that you are being super romantic and never bothers to think about the fact that you are being economic. Umm may be a walk near a mountain? It’s romantic anddd it’s away from shopping malls.

Turn On the Music and Dance:

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Pubs are expensive, dance floors will be full. Instead, turn on the music at home and start dancing along with the love of your life. I am pretty sure you guys will have gala time. If you are good at dancing, she will appreciate you for that. If not, she will have good laughter and appreciate you for your efforts.

Ok so these were the things I could think of. Which did not involve shopping/ travelling/ dining at a posh restaurant. Basically very budget friendly one. Hope you find it useful to celebrate V day.

No matter how you celebrate, don’t forget to love and appriciate your partner for all the things they do. Express what they mean to you. I am sure that will definietly brighten up her face and your day.

Pimple Mapping : Why We Break Out in Certain Areas and Tips to Avoid Pimples

Pimples Arggg uninvited guests..!! 😏

We all go through this annoying skin issue of dealing with pimples some or the other time. Some face severe ones and some are just do din k mehman (guests for couple of days).

While some pimples are caused due to hormonal changes, some are caused due to lack of hygiene. Some are caused due to stress and some are indications of health issues. So if home remedies doesn’t work, I would suggest to consult a good dermatologist.!

You might have heard that ‘prevention is better than cure’. How about finding the exact root cause of pimples we get and address them, in order to avoid pimples??

In this post I am going to list out major causes of pimples, based on the facial area where we get them. Let’s call this pimple map. 😜

Brow Line:

  • Access/ left over brow products.
  • Waxing eyebrows
  • Hormonal especially during puberty

Forehead:

  • Hair products
  • Digestive system issues
  • Dehydration
  • Over consumption of processed food
  • Anxiety
  • Poor sleep

In between brows:

  • It’s the T zone area, where oil secretion is more. This in tern might cause breakouts.
  • Hormonal
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Dehydration

Temples:

  • Clogged pores
  • Blackheads and whiteheads

Cheeks:

  • Dirty cellphones
  • Dirty pillowcases
  • Dirty makeup applicators
  • Smoking
  • Bronchitis issues

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Undereye:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Less water intake
  • Rubbing your eyes with dirty hands
  • Left over makeup products

Nose:

  • Poor circulation
  • Indigestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart related issues
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Unhygienic makeup applicators
  • Eating spicy food

Jawline:

  • Lack of certain vitamins
  • Overeating
  • Liver related issues
  • More sugar intake
  • Excess dairy and caffeine intake

Chin:

  • Indigestion issues
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Caffeine intake
  • Dehydration

Neck:

  • Liver related issues
  • High progesterone levels
  • Can also be caused by using dirty pillows

 

Now that you know the causes let me give you bunch of tips to avoid them. (You might have already figured this out but as a beauty blogger it’s my duty to consolidate and list the tip. know? ) 🤓

Hygiene: 

This is very important.

  • Clean your cellphones as they contain a lot of germs. When dirty screen comes in contact with skin, it causes breakouts.
  • Change pillow cases regularly. Transferred facial products, drool make them dirty and help germs grow. I know it sounds gross. So we need to change the cases regularly.
  • If you use applicator like makeup sponges, brushes make sure you clean them regularly and dry them properly. You don’t want to apply germs to your faces. Do you? 😁😁

Water:

If you browse through skin care videos online, everyone repeats the same thing that you need to drink a lot of water. Drinking water not keeps you hydrated, but also helps in flushing out toxins.

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Junk Food:

I can’t say to sacrifice junk food completely. Because I am a junk food addict. But everything should be in moderation.
No bad habits please:🤫

Smoking kills. I know it sounds like a typical ad. But it’s the fact. It kills you and kills your skin. So please stop polluting air and your own self. pretty please..!!

Alcohol. This causes dehydration. Dehydration causes a lot of skin issues in return.

Go vegan:

By avoiding dairy products not just your skin will be thankful but also the innocent cow and her calf too.🐮

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Stress:

Breath, breath and breath till the time you flush out stress through your nostrils. Stress is the root cause for n number of health issues. Like, seriously.

Products allergies:

I have seen girls trying products blindly. (Include me also in the list of ‘girls’). But not all product works for all types of skin. If you find the product breaking your skin, stop using it immediately. No matter how expensive the product is.

Hormonal:

This is where you need to consult a good dermatologist, to get good guidance to cure this skin issue.

Hope this helps you to shoo away those little enemies..!!🙅🏻‍♀️

Kindly Read This Before Getting/ Gifting A Pet

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. People who are in relationships are already planning to celebrate the day of love. They might have already planned the gifts for their partner. You might be wondering how this post is relevant with valentine’s day. It is. Let me tell you how.

I have come across lot of cases where boy has gifted a pet (mostly puppies) to his girl. Who was very happy to accept as puppies are the cutest. But somehow failed to realize that she is accepting a living being and it is a new life time commitment she is opting for. Somehow she fails to take care of the puppy and puppy ends up being in some adoption center. In fact this is also fine because the puppy still has a chance to get a forever home. Some ‘gifts’ end up in roads, some succumb to death because of the negligence.

I am NOT saying gifting a pet is a bad idea. But kindly go through some of the points below to decide whether it a wise choice for you and the one whom you are gifting to.

By the way, if you are not aware, I am a mother of 2 four legged kids. This is absolutely out of my own experience. These are the main points I could think of right now. Read on.

They are Babies, like literally:

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You know human babies yet times cry in the middle of the night due to any discomfort or if they are hungry. So does pets. They whine when they feel hungry or they are missing their biological mamma. Yes they do. You need to be patient, loving and caring enough to wake up and feed them, comfort them. Even if it is in the middle of the night or early morning. I was a lazy girl who used to watch sunrise once in a blue moon. But now, my kids make sure I wake up early (read it as when they want me to wake up). #touchwood.

You need to be patient:

You need to be patient if they pee on your expensive sofa/ cloth. You need to be patient when they chew your favorite footwear. Do not beat them when they make noise in the middle of the night and wake you up from your deep sleep. That’s their way of communicating. Just try and understand.

They Eat:

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They look cute and also they need food at regular intervals. Some breed or some pets need particular diet to sustain. Make sure you follow that.

They Poop:

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Yes they do. Like any living being who eats, poops. Pets do too. Make sure you are ready to clean it. Especially if are planning to get guinea pig because they look cute as button, be ready to clean tons of poop and gallons of pee. #Experienced. Also after a while you get so used to it that for example, my nose has stopped sensing the smell of their poop or pee.

PS : If you thinking fishes are of low maintenance. Let me tell you, you need to regularly change the water else you know the consequence. 😦

They feel cold/ hot too:

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I see some people keeping their pets tied up outside home with no roof on top, no bed to sleep on. I wish I could punch those monsters and rescue those pets. It is very simple. They have skin, they are living beings (please don’t mind me using this word n times. Because most of the people out there don’t behave like they know this fact that pets are living beings.) they feel the climatic changes, just like we do. Do you know, dog’s nose becomes dry just like our skin during winter??? They need warmth, they need cooler when they are hot. I bought cooler for my kids. I know I am a good mom. Thanks to my mom who thought me these values. #touchwood.

They fall sick:

eeYes they do fall sick yet times. You need to be extra loving to comfort them so that they recover quickly. Plus, do not forget the cleanings you have to do. Oh come on, don’t make faces. It is common across all living beings.

They need regular vaccinations:

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Yes you need to spend money on vaccinations on regular basis. Theses vaccinations are essentials and should be timely enough to protect your kid from diseases.

They need grooming:

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Some breeds of dogs, cats need grooming on regular basis. You need to spend money and time on it in order to keep them look neat and healthy.

They need love:

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Pets do not ask for your bank statement, your money, job, vacation, shopping any materialistic things. Alllll they need is your time, love and care. Some pets, especially dogs go into depression if you neglect them.

They Need Attention:

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Especially if you are getting a dog, make sure there is someone at home all the time. Because most of the dogs get depressed and cry if they are left alone. This might annoy some of the people near you live.

Need a backup when you are not around:

tttttttYou need to make sure there is someone to look after your kids while you are out of station. After all they are not soft toys to lock in the cupboard while going out. Know?

You must be thinking, is it really worth ‘investing’ so much??? Answer is Absofuckinglutely YES.

I have seen a lot of people through my life. But I never found true and selfless love as an animal. They have absolutely no expectations in return. All they need is you, your time, love. At the end of the day, they don’t question about how your day was. All they do is your day better by their love. It is a nice feeling to know that there is someone who is waiting for you back home and is literally happy to see you again. Especially a dog, their jumping, screaming when you reach home is absolutely precious. They make you feel loved, special.

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No matter how you look, what your skin color is, what your religion is, what your economic status is, whether you are single, divorced, handicapped anything… In the eyes of your pets, you are perfect. You are nothing less than angel (especially a dog. For cats, the attitude is slightly different. I remembered the joke I had read the other day. Check it out below)

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Animals are blessings to the mankind. In the fast-pace of life where people re drawn towards materialistic world, pets are the reminder of what true love and life are.But remember pets are part of life for you. But for them, their master is their ONLY life. Make sure it is a good one.

If you are ok with these for the rest of the life, get a pet. It’s a commitment. If you leave your partner, I am sure he will move on and get a new partner. If you leave your pet, it’s really hard for them to move on. There are many cases where they die because of heart break. So think before you get a pet because it’s a silent commitment.

If you are not Ok with even a single point mentioned above, then please please do not get one. Be happy with a soft toy, because they don’t need any of these care, plus they are cute too.!! 🙂

 

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Tried and Tested Tips to Avoid Chapped Lips

Dos, Don’ts and Special bonus tips to keep your lips soft and plump this winter.

Hello My Dear Beautiful Reader,

Winter is here. It’s too chilly here at Pune since a week. While I enjoy taking long cozy naps, my skin is screaming for more and more moisture day by day..!!

Skin covering lips is the thinnest layer of skin. Which makes it more prone to climatic changes and it requires more care. Today, I am going to share some tried and tested tricks and tips to take care of your lips so that you avoid cracked or chapped lips.

  • Firstly moisturization. Add a good moisturizing lip balm in your beauty routine. Apply, reapply whenever needed. I would recommend this lip balm
  • Use lip balm with SPF before you step out. This avoids sun damage while keeping your lips moisturized.
  • Scrubbing is a must. You can use some homemade scrubs or a good scrub from market to scrub away the dead skin cells from your lips. You can use scrub daily or 2-3 times a week. Scrubbing lips also promotes blood circulation and make lips look plump. I love these two scrubs the most – Forest Essential Lip Scrub and MAC Lip Scrub. If you are looking for DIY lip scrub recipes, here you go. 
  • Drink loads of water. Water not only flushes out toxins from body but also keeps skin hydrated from within.

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  • Lip mask are best friends in winter. Just like sheet masks for face, we do get masks for lips. All you need to do is place them over your lips to add deep moisture. There are lot of brands which have introduced some good lip masks to the market. If you are someone who love home remedies over chemicals, check this post of mine for DIY Lip Mask
  • While lips are dry, we tend to lick our lips. Let’s admit that it does give temporary relief from the dry lips. But the saliva evaporates quickly and it leaves lips even more dry. That’s the reason we should avoid licking lips and instead use lip balm when you feel the dryness.  
  • Avoid matte finish lipsticks. As the formula is quite drying, they enhance the cracks on lips and can make them more dry. Instead go for moisturizing lip tints/ lip glosses to add tint, shine + moisture.
  • When I was a kid I had this weird habit of peeling off flaky skin from my lips. Ouch… Not only it hurts, it also does no good to lips. So please don’t be baby me and do not peel pick flaky skin. Instead use lip scrub as mentioned above.

 

Bonus Tips:

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  • If you are too lazy to prepare a lip scrub/ get one, use toothbrush to scrub your lips. Yup it’s that simple. Wet the lips and use toothbrush to brush off the dry skin. Be gentle. Once done, don’t forget to apply lip balm..! You are welcome. 😉
  • If your lips are super dry and you haven’t found your ‘the lip balm’ (you know what I mean), then I have coupe of kitchen ingredients which I love. Honey and ghee. You can mix them or can use separately. Just apply a layer of it on your lips and let it work overnight. You will wake up with much much softer lips in the morning. 

Enjoy winter..!!!

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XOXO,

Pallavi

Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

Hello,

Well, well, it’s the first day of the new year 2020..!!

When we hear new year, resolutions is the word that usually comes with it. Many of us, every year, without fail make some resolutions. Things which we would like to follow or accomplish in the new year. It’s an open secret that very few end up keeping up those resolutions. I am personally so bad at keeping ‘new year’s resolutions’ that, I have just stopped that custom..!!

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Just for fun, I thought of listing out very common/ universal resolutions most of us usually make every year.

PS : Thanks to me, my friends and colleagues for the inputs. 😝

Here we go,

  • Lose Weight
  • Eat Clean
  • Exercise Daily
  • Travel
  • Stay Happy/ Mental Peace Over Anything & Everything
  • Living Life To The Fullest
  • Less Time With Phone
  • More Time With Family
  • Shop Less. (This isn’t a secret. This is my own resolution. Well, ‘was’. Because I will never be able to accomplish this one. To my other shopaholic friends out there – let’s keep trying..!)
  • Maintain A Journal/ Dairy
  • Get Organized
  • Me Time
  • Start A New Hobby
  • Save/ make more Money
  • Change Jobs
  • Wake Up Early
  • Quit Smoking
  • Quit Drinking
  • Read More
  • Drink More Water

These are some of the most common resolutions I came across.

Add if you know one.

Wish my lovely reader a very happy new year..!! Irrespective of your resolutions, may you make more memories and may you fall in love with your life all over again in the coming days..!!

Loads of love,

Mygirlypedia (Pallavi)

MCaffeine Naked & Raw Coffee Body Scrub : Review and Swatch

Scrubbing is a step in skin care, where with a scrub we remove the dead skin cells. This in turn helps in unclogging the pores and helps in improvising health of skin. Just like scrubbing the facial skin, we need to use scrub to remove dead cells from our body as well.

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Note: Facial skin is thinner as compared to skin covering our body. So the scrub which is meant for scrubbing body should not be used on face. The granules in the body scrub can be harsh for the face. Like wise, facial scrub may or may not be beneficial when used on body.

I have always loved the ones from beauty co. Made detailed review video as well. You can watch the video here.

Just to try something new in body scrub, I bought and tried this coffee scrub from the brand . Let’s see the details.

Brand : MCaffeine

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Product : Body scrub

 

Variants:
Coffee. There is only one variant in the range as of now.

Price : 449 INR for 100g (Bought from Nykaa during a sale. Got it with good discounted price.)

Shelf Life :

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Ingredients :

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Packing :
The outer cartoon looks something like this. All the details have been printed on it.

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The product comes in a glass jar. It is quite sturdy and heavy. I like glass packing. They look classy. Let me tell you I have tested the sturdiness of the jar by dropping it (accidentally, of course).

I have mentioned this in my earlier review posts, I like the packing with the details on the container, not just the outer packing. Because we hardly keep the outer packing. It comes handy to keep track of the details (especially expiry date) if it is printed on the container containing the product.

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Fragrance:
Are you a coffee person??? or at least loveeee coffee fragrance??? This is definitely going to steal your heart. This has a very nice fragrance of coffee (filter coffee to be precise.)

Texture:
It is dry powder.

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How to use??

My Experience:

Before starting with it, let me tell you I have almost finished this first bottle of mine…!! So I can confidently say have fully tested this product.

To begin with, always use scrub on wet skin. Else the friction when rubbed might cause more harm than good to your skin..!!!

So on wet skin I applied the scrub. Scrub is dry in texture so you might find the need to add a little bit of water to it to make a paste like consistency. I did.

The granules are of right size to scrub the body. They are quite gentle. That’s the thing I liked the most. Plus, it smells heavenly. Coffee lovers are going to love this product for sure.

Post scrubbing, skin usually feels dry. But this didn’t make my dry skin scream for moisture. I can’t say it totally added moisture to my skin, but it didn’t make it worst either.

In short, it left my skin soft and didn’t dry it.

Pros:

  • Smells heavenly.
  • Granules are perfect to scrub away the dead skin cells from body.
  • Sturdy packing.
  • Little goes long way. So a single bottle lasts for good amount of time.
  • Cruelty free product.
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Cons:

  • None for me.

Will I Repurchase??
I have a stock of body scrubs from this brand. Once it’s over I will repurchase this one for sure.

Will I Recommend??
Yes. It worked for my dry skin and it smells so yummy.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 5/5. 

Dearpacker Royal Black – Black Tea & Black Rose Mask : Review and Swatch

I am a sucker for skin care products. Especially Korean skin care products are something I really love. Reason being, Koreans are amazing when it comes to skin care. They are quite famous for their amazing, spotless skin and the way they take care of it.

The face shop is a Korean skin care brand that has made it’s place in Indian skin care industry. With their amazing, yet affordable skin care range, it has succeeded in stealing all skin care enthusiasts’ hearts. Recently, The face shop had limited edition offer of it’s colloboration with Dearpacker. They had a combo of one product of each brand, with amazing discount prices. Needless to say, I added one to my cart and hit ‘buy’ button.

Lets know more about the combo and of course my experience with it.

They had 5 combos targeting different skin needs.

 

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I went for black tea and black rose mask combo.

It came in a transparent, sturdy pouch. This zipper pouch is sure making space in my travel bag. ! The combo has a cleanser from The Face Shop and the mask from Dearpacker.

I will save a separate review post for the cleanser.

Brand: Dearpacker

Category: Face Mask

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Price: 3390 INR for the 100 ml mask. But in the combo offer – 1499 INR (cleanser of worth 999 INR + the mask).

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Online Link to Purchase:

Shelf Life: 3 Years

Ingredients:

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It has avocado oil and glycerine which are moisturizing.
Fruit extracts, fruit and flower oils which are good for skin.
Has alcohol..!!!

Added fragrances too..!!!

***And I have no clue why they have mentioned it as sheet mask, whereas it is clearly a face pack with cream consistency.!!! ***

Packing:
Outer cartoon looks royal with the black and golden combo. It has kettle, royal crown and saucer prints. Reminds me of Disney..!!

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Directions to use, warnings, ingredients and other details of the product has been mentioned on the cartoon. ‘Directions’ mentioned on the pack is quite confusing. It describes the steps to use a sheet mask instead of a face mask..!!!

Inside of the outer cartoon has all the details printed in Korean language (I am totally assuming it as Korean because this product is made in Korea. I am not able to read it 😛 )

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Product comes in this sturdy plastic jar. The cap of the jar has the same design as that of the outer cartoon. A spatula is also provided with the mask. So that you don’t have to dip fingers to take out the product.

Fragrance:
This has a very strong fragrance. It smells like Ayurveda medicine. Strong smell of green tea and hint of citrus note. I really didn’t like this smell. It is so strong that my eyes were watery. It lasts for some time and slowly fades away. If you have sensitive nose, I would say just try the tester once before buying it.

Color: It is light brown in color. You can see dried petals in the mask.

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Consistency: It has gel like consistency. Neither thick nor runny.

My Experience:
My eyes were all teary at first when I opened the jar and tried applying.
Also it gave me tingling effect to my skin. I was really scared that it would damage my skin. It has that strong smell.!
But the smell started fading and it was quite mild in sometime. I left it on for 10 minutes or so and washed with water.

Pros:
1. Travel friendly packing.
2. It didn’t cause any breakouts.

Cons:
1. Falls on the pricier side. Since I got it in an offer, I am not complaining.
2. It has a very strong smell. Sensitive nose ladies, stay away.
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Will I Repurchase?
No. I don’t like strong fragrance products. So it’s a no.

Will I Recommend?
It didn’t do any magic on my skin. Since it also falls on pricier side, I am not recommending this to you.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2/5

My Detox Water Recipe

Detox water..!

You might have read about this magical water in Mygirlypedia before. If not give it a read here, to know why I call this magical.

We can mix different ingredients and sip this drink to get most of it. Here is the post where I will be sharing the list of ingredients I use to make detox water and benefits of each of them.

What You Need?

  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Mint Leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Glass Bottle
  • Water (Obvio) 😋

 

Fenugreek Seeds:

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5 Fenugreek seeds.

Fenugreek/ Methi seeds have lot of health benefits. To name some:

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces cholesterol level
  • Protects heart health
  • Helps in reducing the body heat
  • Boosts immune system
  • Prevents cancer
  • Helps in dissolving kidney stones
  • Relief from stomach disorder
  • Controls Blood Sugar level

 

Mint Leaves:

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5 to 6 should be enough.

Health Benefits:

  • Keeps body cool
  • Improves dental health
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Relieves muscle pain
  • Improves eye health
  • Helps to lose weight
  • Boosts immune system

 

Cucumber:

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I use half cucumber.

Health Benefits:

  • Helps to reduce body heat
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Hydrates body
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Lower blood sugar level
  • Regulate bowel movements
  • Protects your brain
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Supports heart health
  • Improves joints health

 

Lemon:

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Half slice should be enough.

Benefits:

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves heart health
  • Promotes hydration
  • Rich in vitamin C, which is required to slow down ageing
  • Freshens breath
  • Helps to prevent kidney stones
  • It has antibacterial properties as well

 

Water:

Fresh water. A Liter should be more than sufficient.

Glass Bottle:

Why glass bottle? Glass because it is not only good for our planet but also for us. Glass bottles repel food odours and residual flavours. They also significantly extend the flavour and quality of food stored in them. Plus, unlike plastic these glass bottles won’t release any chemicals.

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How to prepare?

It’s pretty simple. Chop and put first four ingredients into the glass bottle. Add water. Place the bottle inside fridge overnight.

Overnight – because time is required for the water to get the flavours/ for the ingredients to work.

Fridge – because drinking cold water helps in improving metabolism and helps in weight loss. Body has to work harder for the cold water to reach the normal body temperature. Thus more calories are burnt.

Consume it on an empty stomach for better results.

I can say the recipe I have is mostly for the weight loss. What’s more better than losing weight by consuming something..!!! #LazyGirlsDream

If you are also on the journey of losing weight, do add this detox water in your routine. This tastes good (thanks to lemon and mint) and you will feel fresh after consuming.

Do you have any detox water recipe that you have tried??? Please share with us in the comments. Love to try something new.

Essentials to Carry in Your Gym Bag

Hey Beautiful,

As much as I ask my readers to love themselves the way they are, I also always suggest to try and discover their best version. When I say best version, it’s definitely both mentally and physically.!
To look and feel good, if you are one of those who are regular at gym, this post is going to help you.
Since I also love sweating out in gym, I have some tips to share, with respect to the gym bag I carry. Let me tell you the essentials inside the bag which will help you organise your gym bag for your next gym session.
  • Gym clothes:

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I used to wear normal track pants to the gym. One of my dear friends suggested me to replace them with gym wear and see the difference.  I did and to my surprise, it not only makes me look good while giving me the comfort, but also has made me more regular to the gym. I don’t know the exact psychological reason behind this but gym clothes bring more discipline. They are like uniforms to the gym haha.
  • Deodorant/ Perfume:

I like to use a good perfume before hitting the gym as well as post the gym session, once I am all freshen up. Nobody wants to kill their gym buddies with bad body odour. So using a good perfume will help.
  • Water bottle:

Some like to take short breaks in between the exercises, have some water to keep themselves hydrated. Whereas some like to drink protein shake post working out, a bottle surves these purposes.
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  • Face wash:

Washing your face before the gym session is suggested. Especially if you have makeup on, you need to let your facial pores breath by removing makeup. This lets skin sweat without clogging pores.
Not everyone is comfortable or have a facility to take shower post workout. In that case, please make sure you at least wash your face. The sweat and accumulated dirt (if you have habit of touching your face frequently, you are transferring all germs from gym equipment to your face. ) can cause breakouts.
  • Hand towel:

I have seen people who leave the gym equipment all covered in their sweat. Ewww. We need to keep our sweat from dripping/ to keep the equipment clean enough to be used by someone after us, we got to carry a small towel to the gym.
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  • Pair of shoes:

A good pair of shoes is a must for the gym. Especially if you are using the cardio machines. They give you good grip and enough motivation to look good and workout well in the gym..!
  • Hair accessory:

Ahh if you have long hair you know the pain. We need to keep extra rubber bands/ clips to keep the hair away from sweaty face.
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  • Bath Essentials:

If you are going to take bath immediately after working out, always carry your own shampoo/ soap. I have seen people borrowing their friends shampoos and soaps. Shampoos, I can be still ok with, but soaps??? Nooo..!!!! #Unhygienic
  • Makeup bag:

Ahmmm when I say makeup bag I am not asking you to carry those makeup palette of yours..! Just the essentials. A good day cream, kajal may be. In case you are going out somewhere or going to gym in between office hours (if you are thinking who does that..!! Spoiler alert..!!! Me..! ) a small bag with essentials would help. Umm did I forget to mention lipstick???! Carry one please.
  • Earphones:

What’s more better than listening to some catchy music to get that extra boost to workout..!!! Carry your earphones, turn on the playlist and workout honey… 😉
I could think of these things as of now, while I am writing this I mean typing this down.
Hope this post helps you sort your gym bag.
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OOTD | How to Style A Black Crop Top In 5 Different Ways

Hi Girlies,

Dressing up or looking all dolled up makes me feel good. It makes me happy. That is why dress up game is my favourite. Yours?

So, I have made this post to show you a glimpse of dress up game I played today. ☺️

I styled this full sleeves crop top in five different ways. Colour of the top? You know how much I love the colour black. If you hadn’t, well, you know now. 😉

I bought this crop top from Myntra.  Some bottoms are bought from online store and some offline. Hehe.

Let’s get started with the looks.!

  •  Boy friend jeans:

These are oversized jeans. I must say, they are too comfortable. I love wearing them especially on those days when I am feeling lazy to dress up but still want to look good. Haha we all have such days once in a while. True?

I usually keep accessories minimal or no accessory for such looks.

 

  • Palazzo:

I know I talk about this piece of cloth in most of my outfit posts. I just can’t help it. They are so comfortable and stylish that I love them a lot.

I had created a similar look with the same palazzo but a long top. Do you remember that post? 

Well, this is a look inspired by that one. But crop top looks more cooler. Know?

I wore these big white earrings to add more girly touch. 😌

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I know this palazzo looks like a long skirt. Here is a pose to prove that it’s not a skirt. 😁

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  • Monochrome:

Styling with single coloured outfit makes it a monochrome look.

Paired the same top with my favourite pair of black, stretchable, high waisted jeans.

Wore hoop earrings and kept the neck minimal. I personally like skipping neck accessory whenever I am wearing boat neck tops. Minimal the better for such pattern.

Also, included this silver, multilayered waist chain to add a pinch of spark to this monochrome look.

 

  • Skirt:

A favourite and comfortable piece of fabric loved by many – skirt.

Wore this striped pencil skirt along with the black crop top.

Chick look, perfect for brunch dates.

 

  • A touch of ethnicity:

Tried something new. Styled the same top with palazzo and twist to the look is the dupatta.!!

Draped the dupatta around to get a look of half sari. Added nice silver earrings and finger ring to increase ethnic look score. Plus, the bindi 😛

Tried with two different dupattas. I like the red one more. What about you? 😀

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Red one:

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So, these are the looks I created with keeping the top as a common piece of fabric across all looks.

I hope you enjoyed the looks as much as I did creating them. 🤗

Paragliding at Solang Valley | When I Flew Like A Bird, Feeling Light and Free

You travel not to get lost, but to find yourself..!!!

When I was young, I had heard this phrase which said – Either you read a book or roam the world. Even though I love reading books, I love travelling even more.

When I say travel, most of the population want to visit a foreign location. Well, someday even I want to. Specifically Paris. Oh come on someone who love beauty and fashion, of course it’s the Disney land for us..!! (Ahmmm well, Disney land too is in my bucket list. Thanks to the inner kid in me who refuses to grow up. We are never too old for Disney. Are we?? Naa.!!).

But I think I belong to that category of population, who wants to explore own country first. I mean India is incredible. #IncredibleIndia. We have 29 states, 7 union territories. N number of culture, language. Immense variety of food, flora, fauna…!! Most of the tourists from all over the world has India in their bucket list. How lucky are we to get a chance to live in such a country with so many bio diversities.! I have been to 10 states so far. Many more to go..!!!

This year, 2019 June, I had been to Himachal Pradesh, with my BFF (read it as sister) and bunch of dear friends. We had amazing experience. (Check my Instagram for more pictures.)

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Major adventurous thing we did in this trip is paragliding at Solang Valley Manali.

One of our dear friend had this in her bucket list. She wanted to experience this,  by jumping off the cliff in Manali (of course with all safety). I love adventures like this. I have done paragliding (comparatively very smaller heights, parasailing, rappelling etc)  But jumping from the height of 3200+ meters, was not an easy thing. Still the adventure bug in me made sure that I did this adventure..!!!

We went to the ticket centre to get the tickets for the paragliding. Honestly, I was afraid. I felt like those three musketeers of the Bollywood movie Zindagi na Milegi Doobara (one of my favourites.) I made use of every brain cells to  encourage me to do this.

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Buying tickets, making mind was just the starters. When the ticket centre person asked us to sign the forms, phew that is where my hands started shaking. haha. It said they are not responsible if anything happens. We got to sign it as a token of agreement. They also take our personal details like name, address etc. In case, you know.!

My biggest encouragement was my sister. She said she will also do it.!! Even though she was terrified, she was comforted with the fact that her sister, me, will be with her. (See this is the best part of having siblings. We don’t let our sibling do any adventure alone.!).

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We both were trembling but we were laughing looking at each other’s face. (Another benefit of having your sibling as your crime partner. We make each other laugh in the worst situations too.)

We paid the money  for our rides and they showed us the way to the peek from where we were supposed to jump..! They took us to the peek by ropeway ( 3200 meters height, so obvious). We were accompanied by two paragliding rider/ pilots who had all the equipment with them.

Just to break the ice, I spoke to one of them about their experience with paragliding. Since how long they have been doing this. (Honestly not just to break the ice, to make sure we are in safe hands.!) They said 8-10 years. They have done trainings and have certificates too. (They could read the fear in my face. Of course. haha).

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We reached the cliff. There were already people who were waiting for their turn to fly. Some were already flying.

They have different spots on the mountain cliff. Depending on your body weight, they classify the different levels of starting point. Well, they considered my sister and me as ‘underweight’. If it would be a boy he might have been offended. But girls are indirectly proportional to the ‘weight related compliments’. We become ‘more happy’ when someone say we have ‘less weight’. Vice versa. We were very happy. We had already made a note of food we are going to have, without guilt, if we reach home safely..! haha. I said this weight point specifically because they were planning to take both of us in a single paraglide due to weight factor. Less the weight, more difficult it is to control the paraglide. But those pilots had some words with each other and decided to take us separately.

My sister and I were hugging each other. People over there had gala time laughing at us. Bothering about them was the least thing in our list that time.

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So when it comes to paragliding in most of the cases, especially if the height from where we are starting is more, we will always be accompanied by a pilot. They tie the harness and pilot and we will be sitting on that harness. Harness suspends below a fabric wing. You will be sitting in front and you get to enjoy the ride thoroughly. Pilot on the other hand, sits behind us and controls the paraglider. Paraglider is light weight and the wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside. I must say pilot need a lot of arm strength to control the paraglider.

Being a responsible sister, I was more worried for my sister. How will she manage and stuff.! I had a word with her pilot. By this time you might have guessed what I might have asked him. You are right, about his years of experience. 😁 She went to fly first as her pilot was ready. The mountain was sloppy. Too tough to walk without falling. She flew and I could hear her scream. I was nervous for her. Her paraglider went smoothly in the air. Smooth like a butter she glided in the air and she went quite far where I couldn’t hear her scream any more.

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Between my brain cells were worried about my sister, my pilot asked me to come and wear the safety gears. Pheww… I wore it and made sure they checked it well. The people over there, the paragliding team people, they were having fun looking at me panicking. But the pilot was a very nice person. He had a small chat with me and made me feel that I am in safe hands. As I had given instructions that I need to run through the sloppy mountain for few seconds and pull my legs up in the air, I just took a long breath and said “This is it”.

I just kept a foot forward, a man fell down His leg was tangled to my paraglider’s strings. I told to myself “Good start Pallavi.!”.

There comes the moment. I started running through sloppy mountain for a while and pulled my legs up and guess what, within some seconds I was in the air…!!!!!!

See I had got my first sign when that guy fell down, that it is going to be more adventurous for me. That is exactly what happened with me.

Wind started blowing in full speed. I mean the weather changed in no time. As soon as I was in air, air was thrilled I guess. Haha. The pilot  had tough time controlling the balloon. If you are the first timer, jumping from such heights, you tend to get scared a bit. I was scared for fraction of second because we were swinging in full speed. From south to north. (Watch the video to know what exactly I am talking about). Total 180 degree swing. I could see all tiny people and vehicles down there. I could see my legs hanging in air and no floor beneath. Screaming at the top of my lungs helped me a bit. But then I was like “It’s ok na. In the worst case I won’t make it but Fu*k it. Let me enjoy the view”. That’s when I started noticing and enjoying smallest things.

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The fresh cool breeze was magical. The snow covered mountain peaks surrounding me, were  surreal. People were looking so tiny down there. That made me realise how small are we in this huge universe. That moment made me realise, we can’t take control of all the situations. We can do two things, either panic and waste more energy and time. Or just be in the moment, look at positive side and enjoy to make the most of the present. I did choose to enjoy.

The pilot was kind. He struggled a lot to control the paraglider. He was worried when I had magically stopped screaming and was totally silent. haha. He was constantly checking whether I was ok.

At some point of time, I thought we are going to hit a tree. I was so in careless mode that time, I was laughing at the situation. I thought it would be like in those cartoon movies. Where cartoon characters hit long, pointy trees and get stuck there..!! haha. You can find this ‘almost hitting a tree moment’ in the video.

While coming down it was hilarious too. It was a crowded area. I thought I will kick someone on their face. Because we are supposed to keep our leg up while landing and chances were high that in the crowd some absent minded fellow ending up on my feet. 😅

Jokes apart,  I must say, those two minutes while I was in the air, was magical.

Usual or normal paragliding is smooth. They jump and glide in the air. They cover huge area and enjoy nature’s view.

But mine..!! Haha it was a rollercoaster ride.

when I landed, people over there (by the way there are people to capture your paragliding moments. You can pay them and get your pieces of memories in the form of photos/ videos they have captured.)  who had observed me paragliding, said, “you had the perfect paragliding experience. This is the exact thrill people seek in this sport.”. I was surprised and that made me even more happy. That was like a compliment people usually give you when you come out of a sh*t situation with flying colours…!!!

While my sister had fun and happily enjoyed her paragliding, I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot in those few moments of mine, in the air. Flying like a bird made me feel free and lighter from inside…!!!

In order to see the view of world and life from far, you too should try this sport at least once.

Do check the video to have a glimpse of my paragliding experience.

 

Beauty Co Glow Mask Peel Off Mask Review and Swatch

Skin care people are always always drawn towards new skin care products. I have been trying out different face masks lately.

This glow mask which I am reviewing today, is something I wanted to try from quite long time. Just because of it’s ‘fanciness’. It has stars and glitters in it guys…!!! Does that not sound fancy enough???

Let’s see whether this fancy product is worth being a skin care junkie’s fantasy…!!!

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Brand : Beauty Co.

Category : Skin care >> Face Mask >> Peel off mask.

Variants:
There are 4 variants available. Click on the picture to shop.

    • Charcoal Glitter Glow Mask

    • Green Tea and Aloe vera Glitter Glow Mask

    • Lavender and Chamomile Glitter Glow Mask

  • Mix Berries Glitter Glow Mask

I bought the last one – the berries one.

Price: 850 INR for 100 g. (Each variant has been priced differently. ) I bought it in a sale. there was 50% off and bought it at 450 INR.

Online Link to Purchase:

Shelf Life: 2 Years

What Company Claims, Ingredients, Direction to use, Caution:

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Even though it contains glycerine which is moisturizing + berries extracts which are rich in antioxidants, it does contains added fragrance. Certain artificial fragrance can irritate the skin/ eyes.

Cruelty Free:
Yesssss

Packing:
Each variant comes in different colored packing. Berries one comes in a pink pack. The outer pink cartoon has the details mentioned in golden font. Pack looks quite girly.

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Product comes in tub packing. Again the tub color depends on the product inside. It has the lid inside for double protection. The outer lid or the cap is tight enough to carry this tiny box while travelling, without fear of spillage.

All the details like ingredients, shelf life, how to use, caution etc have been mentioned on the outer as well as the inner pack. I personally like the tub or the container which has all details mentioned over it because we hardly save the outer cartoon for long. If the details are mentioned over the container that helps in long run.

This also comes with a spatula to take out product and to apply. This avoids your hands from getting messy while applying.

Color:
This is red mask with pink undertone, which does reminds you of berries.

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Fragrance:
If you have tried those fellero chocolates, especially strawberry flavour, this smells like that. But kind of artificial one.
But the fragrance is quite strong. Once applied it takes some time to fade away. But  that time is enough for your eyes to start watering especially if you have sensitive nose.  My eyes start tingling and watering whenever I have used this mask.

Consistency:
This is neither runny nor thick. Gel like consistency. The glow mask has shining or glittery particles. Stars and glitters. They are technically doing nothing for the skin. They are just making the mask fancier.

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My Experience:
As I mentioned, as soon as I start applying the mask, my eyes start tingling. Within few minutes they start watering. But thankfully the fragrance gets faded away within five minutes.

The mask takes minimum 20 minutes to solidify or to work completely.

Peeling off the mask was slightly painful. Rest of the points I will categorise in terms of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Travel friendly packing.
  • The glitter particles are not harming your skin. I was slightly sceptical about it. They are chunky small particle with sharp edges, especially the stars. But they didn’t harm the skin when applied or when peeled off.
  • Skin was left super clean.
  • After peeling off the mask skin wasn’t left dry. Which most of the peel off masks do.
  • Glycerine is moisturizing.
  • Berries have antioxidant properties.

Cons:

  • Peeling off mask was slightly painful. Can’t complain much as I have used the worst ones.
  • Strong smell irritates my eyes. If you also have sensitive nose, please consider this point.
  • Contains added fragrance.
  • Has preservatives.
  • Has Color pigments (CI 12490).
  • This mask takes lot of time to dry.
  • Washing off left over mask needs extra care. The glitter particles might scratch your skin if you rub your face while washing.

Does this works the way what it claims?
IT works on wrinkles – I don’t think there is any mask as such exists that works on wrinkles. Wrinkles appear as and when skin ages. This claim is something I can’t buy.
Working on scars – I have used this mask thrice so far. May be too soon to say but it has not made any changes to the scars as such.

Will I Repurchase?
Since my eyes start watering due to the fragrance, I won’t be buying the same flavour. But I would like to try other variant. May be charcoal one.

Will I Recommend?
If you have sensitive nose then it would be a no.
This is a decent buy. It does leaves skin clean and doesn’t dry your skin. If you want to try fancy glitter mask which is not doing any harm to your skin, go for it.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2.5/5

You can watch the demo here 😉

Coconut Water Rubber Mask from Sephora India | Review and Swatch

I have been obsessed with shopping at Sephora lately. I have been in love with their sheet masks for quite a sometime. Will review some soon. Also I have had heard about their rubber mask. Since I am quite new or rather I had never used one, thought of giving it a try.

They have 4 different variants available:

  • Kiwi
  • Goji
  • Charcoal
  • Coconut Water

As my skin is quite dry, I opted for the variant – coconut water. Which claims to add deep moisture. Let’s see how this works.

Price: 580 INR

Packing:

This comes in a recyclable plastic box. The box resembles a small bucket. Different variants have different coloured boxes. All the details about the product including the required quantity of water to be mixed is also been mentioned on the box.

If it is a fresh piece, it is good to be carried around while you travel. But if you open the pack, the lid is not tight enough to carry it around without worrying about spillage.

Oh yes, it also comes with a spatula to mix water and the powder.

Colour:

The mask is light cream colour.

Fragrance:

It has a very very mild fruity smell. It’s a fresh aroma.

Consistency:

The store assistant told me that after mixing water and stirring it will turn into rubber like consistency and then we need to apply on face. But that was a miscommunication/ confusion. Because once you mix water, this turns out to be a paste like consistency. After letting it work for 5 minutes (as mentioned on the packing), it will turn into rubber like consistency. That is when we will be peeling off the mask.

My Experience:

Since this was my first ever encounter with rubber mask, I didn’t know exactly how it works and what quantity I will be needing. So, I blindly followed the instructions by adding the same quantity of water mentioned on the package. Stirred the mask with the spatula that comes with it.

But then I realised how actually the mask works. I.e. from paste to rubber consistency. Also I realised that I could have used the mask multiple times as the quantity was quite more for one time use.!

Even though the water added to the mask was exactly as instructed on the package, the mask was quite thin and dripping all over the place.

Good thing is that, as claimed by the company it works within 5 minutes. After 5 minutes of application, the mask had turned quite thick like a rubber.

Usually peeling masks hurt while peeling them off. But this mask was not. It was quite easy to peel it off.

About hydration – Usually peel off masks dry my skin. Post peeling them off I need a moisturizer. But post using this mask, my skin didn’t feel any dry. So I can easily say that skin was hydrated. But I can not say that the mask has deeply hydrated my skin, like a magic. It has done a very decent job.

Pros:

  • Peeling off the mask was easy.
  • It did not dry my skin like any other peel off mask would do.
  • It added hydration to my skin.
  • Packing is quite reusable.Quantity is more for single use. You can use it multiple times if you take adequate quantity out and mix water to make the mask.
  • Does not contain harmful chemicals.
  • Plastic used for packing is recyclable. So they are doing a bit for the environment.

Cons:

  • Quantity of water mentioned on the pack is misleading. If you go with the quantity mentioned on the package, you are going to end up wasting the product like I did.
  • It didn’t add any extra or deep hydration to my skin. It has done a very decent job.
  • Falls on pricier side for a mask + the job it is doing.
  • Package once opened, can’t be carried around without worrying about spillage. As the lid is not tight enough.

Is this on my repurchase list?

No. It is a descent product. But I had more expectations for the money I paid.

Will I recommend?

It is good enough for normal skin, provided they use it multiple times by the way I have suggested above. But if you have dry skin and searching for deep hydration, go for sheet masks instead of this one.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2/5.

Check Out This Video of Mine Where I Have Demonstrated My First Ever Rubber Masking Experience. 😄

While Fitting In The Classifications and Divisions of The World

While browsing through the Instagram feed I came across this beautiful video of two kids hugging each other. If you are thinking what’s so special about this video, do have a look at this video.

Isn’t it beautiful. This made me so happy and also think what we were when we were of that age.! I felt that we all were once a clean slate. Which is not so clean anymore..!!

Just think about it; when we were born, we have no tags attached, not even a name. With few minutes of our presence on this planet, we are given so many tags and norms to follow.

Firstly we were divided in terms of gender. If you are a boy you are expected to do certain things and if you are a girl you must obey and follow certain things. Each gender has do’s and don’ts to be ‘strictly’ followed to be on the good books of those 4 people (char log/ society).

Then we are given a name, that is not an interesting part. The interesting part here is the surname. Surname comes as a part of religion or the cast you belong to. It’s kind of an indicator of your whole family, religion etc. Needless to say, we were then divided based on religion. Umm that is not the end, it’s just a beginning. With every religion comes a number of castes. These castes are further divided into sub castes. Phew. You are supposed to follow certain customs and traditions that are attached with them.

There also a classification based on our skin colour. Some find fair skin beautiful. Some find Dusky skin gorgeous. There are people in the world who treats you based on your skin colour. Which is really unfortunate.

During the education we were divided into different categories. On a lighter note. like first bencher last bencher. Scholar, failure. We were also divided based on the stream we chose – science commerce arts etc.

Then comes the degree part. Where we decide what we want to be, in order to impress the society and parents. Also to make sure that our purpose of taking birth is fulfilled. Society divides us or we divide ourselves into the categories like engineers, doctors, architect, butcher, driver, house maker etc.

How can we forget money. I mean this is one thing that is driving us and the world crazy. This is something we all fight for and run the rat race for. Isn’t it. The amount of money one have can get him respect in the society. Even if you don’t agree with me right now deep down you know that’s true. If one has money he can escape all the crimes made and still be treated well out there.

Ahh I forgot one thing we are widely and popularly divided into – countries. Let’s not talk about the problems we have inside the country. Like the problems states of same country, have within each other. But, in the name of country we are forgetting one major thing that is humanity. We are fighting over countries. Killing innocent people and animals. This classification is really the worst of all.

Take a minute think about what you were and what have you become now. Weren’t we all happy kid, just like these kids in the video. Agree or no, the very reason this video went popular because the kids have different skin colour. Irrespective of that, they are so happy with each other’s company.! As you can see they are unaware of all the ‘classifications/ categories’ of the world. They are very happy to see each other and their just enjoying their lives, every moment.

Do you ever feel that life would be so simpler if we were as same as we were when we were born. Happy, innocent, curious and most importantly pure hearted. No negativity, no cruelty. Just happy and content.

I know people say that the world is cruel outside and you need to face the world you need to change and shape yourself in such a way that you to survive in this world. But tell me one thing, who is world? we are the world. We the human being, who are the most dominant creature on this earth are the significant part of the world. If we were kind to ourselves, to all the people out there, I don’t think there will be much negativity and cruelty left. I know it’s impossible to achieve but I really wish if we had a heart like a baby then our lives and most importantly this planet earth would be so much happier and safer place to live.

With amount of cruelty and bloodshed that is happening all over the world, love and kindness are what this world needs the most.

let’s be kind to ourselves to the world let’s stop criticizing or treating people based on their religion, caste, education qualification, occupation, economical status Let’s just accept people for their nature and good deeds. I hope we stop shedding blood in the name of religion, caste, country, instead we work towards welfare of our one common home – mother earth.


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This is Why I Replaced White Rice With Brown Rice

‘Rice’ is not just a food, it’s a feeling for us, south Indians. I can eat rice all day long…!!! Never ever get tired of rice. If you are also a rice lover like me then, high five…!!!

As you might be aware, there are different types of rice – white, brown, red, wild, black etc. Depending upon the weather, people at different regions prefer different type of rice.

People from my native place consume white rice the most. Recently when I joined the madness of ‘diet conscious’ squad, I was made to think about the food I consume the most – Rice.!!

That’s why I gave a thought about choosing a better rice for me. (Trust me it hurts to leave love of your life – white rice. 😝 It’s not like end of relationship. White rice and I are ‘on a break’ I can say.)

So with heavy heart, I have replaced my white rice with brown rice. Even though the taste and the completeness white rice gives is nothing compared to any other rice for me, I have started liking the taste of brown rice. All thanks to the voice inside my head which reminds me the advantages brown rice has over white one.

PS : I have not even thought about choosing red rice, because it takes a lottt of time to cook. Phew

Let’s see what are the good qualities brown rice has:

Advantages:

  • Brown rice has less calories. Thus keeps check on body weight.

  • Fibre content is more in brown rice. Fibre helps in keeping digestive system clean and healthy. Also make sure there is no stomach issues happening.

  • Brown rice has less carbs. Carbs increase the blood sugar level. Thus brown rice helps to keep your blood sugar level to minimum.

  • Brown rice in not refined. Thus all the nutrients and goodness is in intact. Unlike brown rice, white rice is polished, contains gluten and additives. Even though many manufactures add nutrients to white rice to make it healthier, real nutrients are always better than the additives. Isn’t it?

  • Brown rice is richer in vitamin B, magnesium and selenium.

Disadvantages:

  • Brown rice takes lot more time than white rice. For white rice you got to let cooker whistle for 3 to 4 times max. It will be cooked, all soft and ready to consume. But for brown rice, you need to let the cooker whistle for minimum 10 times to cook it to make it softer.

Similarity Between White Rice and Brown Rice:

  • They both have equal portion of fat and protein in them.

So, these were the points that convinced me to replace my white rice with brown one. Hope this post has helped you to start ‘ clean diet ‘. 😝

 

Everything You Need to Know About Piercing

Piercing, my second favourite body art. First being, tattoos..!!

Well, I have always loved accessories. Getting my ears pierced to flaunt some nice pieces of jewellery was in my list and I did get pierced. Let me share my experience and things I learnt through it.

  • Types:

There are two types of procedures to get pierced.
a. With piercing gun
b. With needle

Let me tell you more about them.

a. Piercing gun:
Here, they use this tool to puncture your ears. The earring with sharp end is placed on the gun. Keeping ear in between, the tool is pressed just the way a gun is trrigered.

Pros:

  • It’s very quick.
  • Doesn’t hurt.

Cons:

  • Compared to needle piercing, this method is quick and thus it damages skin cells more.
  • Gun needs to be properly sterilized to maintain good hygiene.

b. Needle:
This is oldmethod. A needle is used to puncture the body part to pierce the ornament.

Pros:

  • It’s slow and thus very less damage to skin cells.

Cons:

  • Compared to gun, it’s a bit time consuming.
  • It’s slightly painful than the gun one. But totally bearable.

My first piercing was done using piercing gun. (Which costed me 400 INR for both the ears.)

Second is done using needle. (Total cost was 1200 INR for both the ears. You will know why it was expensive in next points. )

Now that I have experienced both the types, let me share my experience with you.

  • Hygiene:

Make sure you get your piercing done from a good place. Hygiene being the primary point to take care, make sure the gun or the needle used are thoroughly sterilized.
During the first one, I was so excited that I didn’t do my homework about the piercing and care etc. By the word of mouth I just knew that the gun piercing is quick and painless. When I look back, I remember the person at the studio hadn’t even sterilized the gun..!!!
Second one as I said was done by needle. The needle was a new one, removed from sealed packing in front of me. The one who did my piercing had wore fresh pair of gloves. The earrings which were used post piercing were also sterilized. Once the piercing is done, the fresh piercing was cleaned using sterilizing solution.

  • Jewellery/ Ornament:

Ornament they put post piercing is something they give you. It’s included in the total charges they charge you for the piercing. Because the ornament should have a specific thickness. The choice of ornament will be totally yours. But make sure the studio/ shop has good number of choices to make. For the first piercing, I had been offered studs. For the second, I wore theses half rings. Theses half rings are easier as compared to the studs. Because studs hurt or poke while you sleep on them. But theses rings won’t. Also moving rings is easier as compared to studs. Studs usually have press locks. Which usually tend to become loose. Only con I can think about half rings is that the hair strands tend to stuck in them. If you happen to pull hair up to tie the bun, heavy chances are that you will be pulling your earrings along with them. Thanks to hair that gets tangled in half rings.

Bonus Tip:

The ornament or the earring in my case, should not be removed for a month. Reason being, the piercing ultimately which is a wound, can heal real quick and the hole might gets closed faster while it’s not healed completely. One of my friends had removed the earring in the night while the wound was just a week old. She couldn’t put it back in the morning because the hole or the wound was almost covered.

  • Post Piercing Care:

Post piercing care should be taken seriously. You got to wash the pierced area with warm salt water twice a day. This will make sure there is no bacterial infection.
Bonus point – Please wipe the salt water. If it gets accumulated, it will leave dark mark. If there is moisture, there is good chance you might get minor infection.

  • Healing Process:

You got to move the pierced ornament while the wound is healing. This will make sure the ornament doesn’t get stuck in the wound and helps in healing too. Bonus tip here is – make sure you have applied oil while you move the ornament. While it’s dry and if you try to move it, it is going to hurt more as it gets stuck when it’s dry.

Bonus Tip:

In the process of applying oil and moving the ornament, the earring/ the ornament might get lose. Especially the one with pressed lock. In this case, chances are high that the ornament just fall off. Take care of that..!!! I had experienced this in the middle of a night, while the wound was couple of weeks old. I gathered the courage and put it back even though it was hurting so much. I am so glad I did because if I had thought of putting it back in the morning, the hole might have covered up.! Then I had to get new piercing done at the same place all over again.

  • It hurts:

Every time when the ornament is pulled or gets stuck (in my earrings’ case, they get stuck with hair/ cloth), hurts. Till the time it heals, we will have to bare this inconvenience.
When I had the piercing done with the gun, it had hurt me real bad. Trust me, there were nights when I had though I will just remove it. I had also developed infection during the first piercing/ gun one.
My second one has been a good one. No much pain, no infection as such. #touchwood.

But I must say one thing, no matter what the final look or the vibe theses piercings give, makes it all worth the pain and care we take. It’s not only a symbol of fashion, but also an identity. To shop, wear, mix and match earrings and studs is something I have fallen in love with.

Hope this helps you to choose right method of piercing and all the care you need to take for that one month, while it heals.

Here is a chatty video where I have shared my experiences. Also, flaunted my piercings. Wanna see my piercings I spoke about??? Watch them here.

Every Man Needs A Mother, A Wife, A Sister Then Why Not A Daughter???

This morning, while I was reading the newspaper a small column caught my eyes. It’s news about Uttarakhand state.A part of the state consisting of 312 villages, has the data or stats saying that there are 312 male babies born in last three months. Interesting part here is, there is not even a single girl child born in that duration..!!
Before you go into the loop of thinking about any curse or something, let me tell you it’s one of those incidents where a girl child is treated as a curse.! It is not a coincident that every mother gave birth to a boy in last three months. This seems like many girl children have been murdered while they were inside their mothers’ womb. Which is said to be one of the most safest and most comfortable place for a kid. Unfortunately those girls couldn’t even make it to the world.

Why does Indians pray for a male child??? That to in front of Devi/ goddess, who is a female. During the days of kings, they longed for a male child as they needed a ruler to protect their kingdoms and people. One who could continue the name of their family. This makes a little sense as most of those rulers or dynasties were worth mentioning in the pages of history. What about now??? Do all individuals who are opting to kill their girl child has any dynasty to take care of???In some cases they go to the extra heights to get the male or the husband a ‘new’ wife with the hope (read it as guarantee) that she will give him a male child which his previous wife couldn’t. They seldom know that the gender of the baby is determined by the chromosome shared by the father, not the mother. Changing the wife is not the solution…!! Changing the attitude is.

I don’t have a brother of my own. But I have a sister who loves me more than a brother would have loved me.
She is always emotionally available for me. She understands and takes care of me more than any male creature would ever do. Because the level of understanding and love you share with your sister is no where comparable to that of with a brother. Back in those days, since I don’t have a brother, we were judged, questioned a lot many times. As a child and now as an adult I was, am and will always be glad that I have a sister and not a brother. Sisters are for life. Brothers, ummm they are not really good at maintaining all the relationships at a time. It’s too much for them to juggle between mother and wife. Forget about sisters. (It’s out of my own experience with my cousin brothers. If you have a brother who loves and takes care of you even after his marriage, you should appreciate your brother more. ) But I had this doubt why people insist a couple to have a baby boy, why not a baby girl???

I did asked this question to some ‘elderly’ people who asked such questions to me or to my family. The answers were –

  • You will not be with your parents when they grow old, because you will have to move to your husband’s home and take care of your in laws. But a son will always be there.
  • Son can protect his parents physically and economically.
  • Son will carry on the name of the family, unlike girls who need to adopt her husband’s surname.
  • When parents die, son is the one who’ll lit the sacred fire in order to give his parents eternal peace. The list continued.

Back in those days I didn’t really bother to give answers to those questions. But now I guess I have some.

  • First of all, what is the guarantee that the son will always be there for you? Instead, i guarantee that daughters love and take care of parents way more better than a son would ever try to. Because we girls have this super power called love and care. They are like our ‘default settings’. You don’t have to configure those in us. But in guys, I can’t guarantee that you can even configure that in each boy. While adopting the new family, we still can be ourselves with our own family – parents and siblings.
  • Son can protect you physically. What??? Is a super man or something??? About economic support, hello, we do earn and support family just like any son. sometimes, trust me we earn more than your loved son does.
  • The trend of changing surname to that of husband’s is long gone. A girl has the right to keep her paternal surname with her name forever. If she wants, she can add her husband’s surname as a suffix. Thanks to actress Aishwarya Rai Bachhan who started this trend.
  • About sacred fire to attain peace. Firstly, we girls are high on emotions. WE can’t even and don’t want to discuss such emotional stuffs. But one query – Is there any proof that only if a son does this ritual, God will grant peace??? As far as I remember Gods are not gender biased. Are they???

Evil in me is glad today that some of the ladies who used to ask questions about ‘ONLY’ girl children to my parents, are tasting their own karma. Some of their sons have left them, some are not earning, some are not married because girls think that they are not a good candidates to get married…!!! Ahem ahem. I am not claiming that all the sons are careless or all daughters are responsible. I know few boys who are great sons. But if you compare, the emotional support a parent gets from daughter is way more than a son. The number of responsible daughters is higher than responsible sons.Girls are talkative, so free entertainment in the house. haha. Caring enough to switch roles yet times when parents behave like a child. We are good listeners. We know to love beyond limit and care without giving up. We are good at academics (I am not saying this, every year the exam result stats say this), we aim to earn and be independent plus aim to support parents when they are in need. No matter where we go, we will always feel loved to be called as our parents’ daughters. Girls are no more restricted to kitchen or home making, we are in every field now. Right from agriculture to space science, from dance to athletics, we are reaching new heights every single day.I just want to tell one thing to those who pray and wish to have male child – No matter how good your son gets, you will NEED a girl to get married to him to ‘carry on’ your family name…!!!Even though female feticide or abortion is illegal, it’s horrifying that people still opt to do it. It is dishartening to see so many girl children losing their lives before opening their eyes, for no fault of theirs. Even though concerned officials have started the investigation in the Uttarakhand case, unless and until we, as a citizen don’t wake up, such incidents are not going to end. Because improving a nation or society is not just the responsibility of government or one individual.Let’s not let a girl child who can become a loving daughter, caring sister, charming wife, adorable daughter in law, amazing mother, close her eyes permanently before even opening them…!!

Causes and Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

When the skin covering our underarm area is few shades darker than our skin tone, that is what we call dark underarms. Yet times, dark underarms can lower the fun and confidence while we are in sleeveless outfits. We tend to hesitate to throw our hands in the air and be free, if we have darker underarms. This post is going to help you with that.

What Causes Dark Underarms:

They say prevention is better than cure. In order to prevent further darkening, let’s see what are the things that are causing dark underarms.

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  • Dead skin:
    Like facial skin, skin covering our body also needs exfoliation. Reason being the accumulation of dark skin cells. As the dead skin accumulate, they make skin look dull and dark.
  • Shaving:
    Shaving cuts the hair, it doesn’t remove the hair from roots. Once we shave, the hair follicles are still there. They make the skin look slightly darker.
  • Deodorant:
    I agree that a deodorant is a must to smell good, but I always prefer and suggest to use perfume over a deodorant. Using perfume over the outfit is much better than using it straight on skin. Chemicals in the deodorants can cause skin darkening, if used for longer period of time.
  • Hyper-pigmentation:
    It is a skin condition where the production of melanin (responsible for skin tone) is slightly higher at certain part as compared to the other parts of the body. In this case the extra amount of melanin produced, makes skin look darker. Which we usually call dark patches.
  • Tight Clothes:
    This might come as a surprise. But skin covering under arm area is slightly thin. The friction caused by the tight clothes can irritate the are underarms and result in discoloration.
  • Bacterial Infection:
    Due to lack of hygiene, there might be infection caused by bacteria.
  • Smoker’s Melanosis:
    Smoking kills. It also ruins the skin condition. Smoker’s Melanosis is a condition caused by tobacco where the underarms gets darker.
  • Sun exposure:
    Not only the underarms, if we get exposed to direct sunlight for longer period, we might end up with sun burns or tanning on the exposed area.
  • Hormonal Issues:
    If you are under any medications or there is fluctuation in hormones, there is a chance that the skin gets these dark patches.
  • Skin Disorders:
    There are certain skin disorders which result in dark patches.

How to Cure Dark Underarms:

Now that you know most of the causes for nasty patches, you are half way there. You now know what not to do and what to do to get brighter, healthy underarm skin.!

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  • Waxing Over Shaving. When we wax, the hair strands are removed from their roots. So the skin won’t look dark.
  • As mentioned above, use perfumes on your outfits rather than using it on your skin. But please make sure the perfume won’t leave any stains on your outfit. You need to consider this point especially when it is oil based one.
  • Try to avoid wearing tight clothes. Not just because of the dark patches, but also sometimes it causes irritation to small blood veins. Which might also end up causing further more skin issues. Choose free, loose clothes. Let your skin breath.
  • Maintaining a good hygiene is the key. Shave the hair on the underarm area frequently. Use talcum powder to keep the area dry and free from bacteria.
  • Apply sunscreen on to your underarms if you are going out in sun wearing sleeveless outfits, where the area is going to be exposed directly to sun.
  • Scrubbing away the dead cells can make the skin look fresh and bright, it includes the skin covering underarms too. Regular scrubbing the underarm area can give you good results.
  • Try some homemade masks using brightening agents like curd or lemon. Apply curd on to the area in need and wash with water after 10 minutes. Lemon juice is slightly acidic and if you have dry or any wounds on the area, lemon juice might cause slight burning sensation. But with regular use, you can get rid of dark patches.
  • If the condition didn’t improve despite of following these remedies, please see a good dermatologist. Because if the issue is inside the body (like hormones or skin disorder), a good doctor’s help would surely help.

Hope you find this post useful.

L’Oreal Paris Superliner Black Lacquer : Review and Video

Hello Darlings,

I am feeling fresh and happy as I had been to a much needed vacation to Himachal Pradesh. The snow covered mountains, cool breeze, the great company cleansed my soul.

In this post, I am going to review a product which I used during my holiday. That’s one of the products I can’t just live without – eyeliner.

This eyeliner is a free gift with a magazine I had subscribed for. Let’s see how this eyeliner worked/not worked for me.

Brand :
L’Oreal Paris

Product name :
L’Oreal Paris Superliner Black Lacquer

Price :
600 INR for 6 ml

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Shelf life :
2 years. 6 months, once opened

Colour :

Black

What Company has to Say About the Product:

L’Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer Liquid Eye Liner has a special sponge tipped pen for the creation of fine lines or thick, sultry flicks. Colour is applied with precision and ease and dries without smudging. Ophthalmologically tested.
Benefits:
Precision Waterproof Eyeliner route.
Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Pen accuracy: Net and fast track ultra.

Packing:
It comes in a sturdy plastic tube packing. Golden fonts on a jet black tube makes it slightly attractive. Tube is quite thin so makes it perfect to carry it around. Also the cap is quite tight that makes not to worry about any spillage.

Applicator:
As the company says, it is a sponge tipped pen applicator. It is thin enough to draw fine lines.

Colour:
It is a deep black colour.

Fragrance:
Yep this liquid eyeliner has a pungent smell. But it fades away very quickly.

Finish:
It gives a glossy finish when applied. But once settles, t’s more of matte finish.

Drying Time:
Unlike many other liquid eyeliner I have used, this one dries off really quick when applied.

How Does it Feel On Eyelids?
One thing that made upset about this liner is that it is too sticky. Once it settles, it becomes so sticky and makes eyelids stiff. I had hard time opening my eyes completely. It was like something was pulling my eyelids.

Does this smudge?
Yes it did..!! Usually the liquid eyeliners don’t smudge, they get flaky and fall off. But somehow this one smudged. Trust me I had hard time to fix it.

PS : I had applied this eyeliner on a hot day where I was in hot sun for most of the time. So I am assuming that it melted and created unwanted panda look..!!!

Waterproof?
No..! It can be easily removed with just water.

Things I Liked:

  • Travel friendly packing.
  • Applicator is nice and good to draw fine lines.
  • Deep black colour looks nice.
  • Dries really quick.

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • It feels very sticky on lids. This makes it very uncomfortable to wear.
  • Not waterproof
  • It smudged.
  • Ingredient list is not mentioned.
  • Some might find it pricey.

Is This On My Repurchase List?
No.

Will I recommend?
I have tried and loved different eyeliners from L’Oreal Paris. But for the fact that I was not comfortable wearing this particular eyeliner, I don’t think I will recommend this to anyone.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 1/5

Here is the demo 😁 Where I have tested the product for smudge proof and waterproof claims.

Beauty Benefits of Mango

Summer has a special place in my heart. I’m sure it does in most of your hearts too. Even though the heat might make us go crazy sometimes, it brings so much joy of its own. One major thing I remember is, the summer holidays. I as a kid used to look forward to enjoy summer breaks. Where my mom used to get us ice creams, Rasna (a famous drinks among kids those days) on her own. We didn’t even had to beg much. haha. Also, talking about summer, how can we forget that it’s the season of yummy mangoes.

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Who doesn’t like mangoes??? We all do..!!! So many dishes we can prepare, be it sweets, spicy pickle what not…!!! Every dish made out of mangoes will win our hearts.

We all have heard that eating more mangoes is not good. It will increase body weight and body heat. But let me tell you, too much of anything is bad. Isn’t it? In fact, nutritionist recommend seasonal fruits. With weather, our body changes internally. Eating seasonal fruits would help our body for sure.

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Apart from helping our body, mangoes also help us in improving our skin and hair. How? Let’s see the list of benefits we can get from mangoes to get beautiful skin.

  • Vitamin A and C are more important when it comes to maintain good skin and hair. Mangoes have both these vitamins in them. Applying mango pulp to hair adds moisture and shine.

How to prepare mango hair mask:

All you need to do is take the pulp and squeeze. Apply the juice and pulp to your hair. Keep it for 15-20 minutes before washing it.

  • Similarly, if you are worried about dry skin, apply mashed mango pulp to your face to add moisture.
  • Vitamin C is required to maintain collagen level. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and avoiding wrinkles. By consuming a cup of mango everyday helps in improving skin’s texture.
  • Maintain health of facial pores is what is important to maintain good facial skin. Clogged pores are the biggest culprit to cause breakouts. Applying mango pulp to face helps in unclogging pores and thus keeping pimples at bay.
  • Not just the pulp, even the seed can be helpful in order to improve the health of our hair. Mango seed oil can help with reducing hair fall and greying of hair.

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How to prepare mango seed oil at home:

Remove the pulp and dip the mango seed in any oil of your choice, like for example coconut/ sesame oil. Place this container under sunlight for some days. Using this concoction regularly, can help you get healthy hair.

  • Vitamin A in the mango helps in adding shine to hair, plus it helps in reducing dandruff when applied.
  • Mango also has vitamin E in it. When we apply mango pulp on to our scalp, this vitamin helps in the scalp circulation thus boosting hair growth.
  • If you have blemishes or dark spots on your face, all you need to do is to apply mango pulp on the effected area. With regular use, it is proved that mango can reduce the appearance of dark spots or blemishes.

These are some of the quick tips to make the most of this season’s fruit – Mango. 😉 So the next time while you enjoy eating one, don’t forget to apply on your skin and hair to get glowing skin and hair.  (In short, be like Katrina Kaif in ads of a soft drinks you see in the television. haha. You know what I mean, If not, check the glimpse below..!!! )

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Vidya Balan’s Teary Video On Body-Shaming is Going Viral for The Right Reason

While scrolling through the infinite Instagram feed, I came across this video featuring one of the best performers of our time – Vidya Balan.

Vidya has given us some amazing movies. Apart from being well known for her great performances, she has been in news for her weight. Yep, weight. I have even seen some of the clips where some reporters ask her about her ‘extra’ weight. Even though all most all the actresses are body shamed at some point, Vidya has been body shamed a lot more than any of the actresses. She has confessed in one of her interviews that she had been constantly reminded about her body type by people, even before she joined Bollywood.

Vidya has once again made us feel proud by the way she expressed her views and experience, about most talked topic – Body-shaming.

In this short video Vidya is seen singing some of iconic Hindi songs with new lyrics. Lyrics which describe the pain of a woman who is judged for her appearance. The pain of not respecting her identity is evident.

Lyrics is something like this:

Sometimes you call me fat,
sometimes you call me short,
Sometimes you call me dark.
By these words of yours,
My heart aches.
You knowingly/ unknowingly becomes this ignorant.

You forget my name,
instead, calls me by different ‘nick names’.
I have my own identity too.

Man is trapped between black and white.
How silly of him to judge each and everyone around.

The message she gives is so true:
Making fun of someone by their weight, body part, colour is something you should be ashamed of. By such things you are hampering self-confidence of someone. It hurts them real bad. Every individual is different and that’s what makes him/ her special…!!!

We easily judge people. Pass comments. Healthy teasing between friends is something different. But sometimes, when we cross a limit and that one comment can cause lot of damage. You never know the woman whom you said fat might be having health issues which is making her gain weight. She might have had sleepless nights crying about it, she might be starving herself to lose those weight you are worried about (read it as making her worry about). By calling someone by their skin colour, you are adding up to their self-doubts.

If you think only people with more curves are body shamed, you are wrong. People who are under weight or have no curves, have their set of painful stories to share. If you think people with white skin are blessed and are safe from such bullies, na you are not right. We also have some creepy names given by some creeps.

For every body type, there are bunch of people who can come up with creative names. Moti/ fatty, patli/ flat, chotu/ shorty, gori/ fairness cream ki dukhaan, kaali blah blah blah. They fail to see a person beyond weight, height, skin colour…!!! If you judge a book by its cover, you might miss a lot of good things the book might add to your value.

Lord Ganesha is the first one we pray to when we start any ritual. Lord Krishna is the one who has though us the gem – Bhagavad Gita, whom we love and worship. When we worship all Gods irrespective of their body type or skin colour, why can’t we celebrate goodness of a human irrespective of their body or skin type?

So the next time before commenting or laughing at someone, let’s spend a little more time and give work to our brains to see the person beyond the size/ colour. It is definitely not acceptable to harm someone’s self confidence.

If you are body shamed and if it is bothering you, I just want to ask you one question – whose views matter to you the most, some bunch of unwanted people or someone who knows and loves you?? No matter how perfect you try to be, people will always have their ‘free comments’ to offer.If we keep giving importance to those comments, which are doing harm and absolutely no good to you, you are wasting this precious life. Instead of letting your energy flow into that direction, utilise it to love yourself. To be happy and comfortable in your own skin. Life is too short to waste it on people who doesn’t matter. Isn’t it???

This is Why We Should Appreciate This Mom Who Appreciated Her Son, For Scoring 60% In Board Exams

We live in a society where most of the things have some standards already set. Nobody knows who did it, but most of us blindly just follow. As simple as a birth of a baby. “Raja beta hona chahiye” (It should be a darling prince). Be it beauty – where skin colour is the primary factor to be judged by, education – of course the marks decide whether you are ‘smart’ or dumb etc etc. This never ending list goes on. People who live for the society (read it as live to impress the society) try their best to fit in to these standards. May be because of this, these standards still exists. I am glad it is slowly getting changed. But we are a long way to go, to completely set new generation free from these standards.

Society never spares anyone. Even for parents they have some set of standards to meet when it comes to their kids. Kids should be well behaved, should score good marks since from preschool to graduation. Get a good job blah and blah. Parents struggle a lot to make these happen. They make sure their kids get good education and provide everything s/he needs. But unfortunately not all the parents see the world through their kids’ eyes.

‘Studies’ – definitely not a cake walk for everyone. Most of the kids struggle and put in their efforts to learn and score good marks to make their parents proud. Some are blessed with good intellect and some are not. Some love mathematics, some get fever before maths exam. Every kid is different. A kid might not be good at everything but every kid is good at something. Instead of recognising and supporting the skills he is good at, most of the parents end up making him fit in to the puzzle where he doesn’t belong.

At the end of the day, all parents want their child to live a secure life when s/he grows up. A secure job will definitely bring financial security but can’t assure the mental peace, satisfaction and happiness which one needs along the journey of life.

Every year during exam result announcements, especially for 10th and 12th boards, we always read or hear the sad news of students committing suicides for not getting good marks. Why do you think so??? What might have made the kid to feel ending life is more easier than continuing the life.

Like every year, this year as well I saw tweets, Facebook posts about people boasting about the percentages their kids scored (which are mostly 90 and above), I came across this post on Instagram which warmed my heart.

This post is by a mom who appreciated her son on social media (with both heart and brain), for scoring well in 10 CBSE. Nowadays children score 100/100 in most of the subjects. When I say children, there are literally bunch of students who score so well. Before I set your expectation high, let me tell you the mom I am talking about, her son for whom she is so proud of didn’t actually meet ‘good score’ as per the ‘education standards’. Yes, he has scored 60%.

Here is her post:

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I can somehow listen to the judgemental aunties yelling “Is this a thing to appreciate your kid for?”.

Well Yes. Definitely Yes.

The thing I loved about this post or the thing made me happy for that kid is the fact that he has his supper supportive mom by his side. She saw him struggle. She saw him not giving up. Most importantly she appreciated him for that. She appreciated the efforts he put in. She understood that her kid is indeed like a fish who is meant to swim in the ocean. Asking him to climb a tree is not something fair for him. Isn’t it a beautiful feeling for getting appreciated for your efforts. Especially by your mom and dad???

A parent should support the hard work the child puts in. Look at the efforts more than the results. Because once you are out in the real world and you look back, you wonder where you are going to apply the algebra formulas, for which you had almost broke your head…!!!

This post by Vandana Sufia Katoch has went viral for all the right reasons. People like her are indeed pillars of progressive India. Let’s appreciate her for setting such a nice example of good parenting. We want more parents like this lady who loves her children more than society. Who is more keen to support her kid to pave his own path rather than making him to take part in the rat race. We want more parents like her who appreciate the good virtues in kid rather than the numbers they score on their score cards.

Instead of making kids run in the race, let them fly freely. Be the wind beneath their wings.