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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Things Which Are A Must In Your Handbags

Hello girls,

Some of you had asked me for a quick list of ‘handbag essentials’. So here are the things which I think are essential for our day.

Purse/Wallet:

Ahh world runs by money at the end of the day. It’s nearly impossible to survive without a wallet. So, yes, the cute little pursw or wallet comes first.

Makeup Pouch:

In order to be ready for last minute plans, for regular touch ups, here we have this tiny little guy called makeup pouch. I usually have my foundation and eye makeup basics like kajal, eyeliner and mascara. Needless to say, being lipstick lover, I always always carry minimum 2 shades of lipsticks. One for office wear and one for party types. You know, those sudden dinner plans…!!!

Hair accessory:

Especially, if you are long haired gal, you definitely can’t survive windy day with your hair left open. Even on bad hair days, tying your hair up can just help you feel better. So, I always carry hair stick with me. In case, you wanna know how I use them to tie my hair, watch this video.

Hand cream:

Sitting in air conditioned environment can indeed make your skin and hair dry. Hands being the most exposed part of our body, they tend to get effected more. Thus a good hand cream can help you maintain the much needed moisture. I love trying different hand creams. But one from the brand Fab India is my favorite, like forever.

Lip balm:

Just like hands, lips need good hydration too. So, applying good lip balm once in a while is necessary. I love this juicy balm from the brand the body shop.

Pocket Tissues:

I used to carry hanky. But I end up misplacing them. So, I opt for these tiny, travel friendly tissues.

Hand sanitizer:

We end up with hell lot of germs on hands throughout the day. Before consuming food or touching face, it’s preferred to sanitize your hands. Thus I carry this mini sanitizer always.

Sanitary pads or tampons:

Ahh those days. They can come anytime. It’s always better to be prepared. So carrying sanitary pads or tampons can be a good thing to avoid inconvenience.

Perfume:

It’s always a great idea to carry a travel size perfume with you. Because you want to smell good even after traveling in public transport or after a long day at work.

Mint:

Those stinking odor is such a turn down. To avoid getting embarrassed, carry mint.

Scarf:

I always carry a thin scarf with me. This can be used to cover your face and hair, to save them from pollution and sun rays. Plus, in case you encounter some wardrobe malfunction, this scarf can be of some use. You never know.

So this is my list of ‘must things’. Hope this helps you organise your handbag.

Did I miss something??? Do let me know in the comments section below.

Basic and Simple Grooming Tips for Men

Some of my male friends have been complaining that I always write ‘out of syllabus’ topics on my blog. Asked me to write some posts that would help them too. Well, boys, here is a post explicitly for you.

What comes to your mind when I say -Grooming? Not just the outfit you wear or the hair style you opt for. It includes many more little things.

Just like the way you guys notice ‘certain things’ in a girl, we do notice certain things in you too. I hear some of you yelling that ‘girls won’t get impressed by you’. Read on to know the basic steps to impress a girl. haha.

Outfit –

I have seen guys following some outfit trends blindly. For example the low waste jeans, the most annoying (most funny yet times) style I have ever come across. You might think you look cool. But, it’s a thumbs down from us.

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Women usually like men with nice dressing sense. Do not wear something unwashed, crumpled, very tight(provided if you have those killer abs for which you have been working hard), colors that won’t suit you(as far as possible, please do not wear neon colors. Especially if you are going to meet a girl for the first few times. You don’t want to hurt her eyes. Do you??? ) etc.

PS: Brownie points for men in formals. #hot

Footwear –

Na, I am not telling you to categorise your footwear like we do. For office wear, for parties, night out, blah blah. Na. But guys, kindly think about ‘basics’. Like, do not wear bathroom slippers to office or a party. (Yes, I have seen men doing that mistake. )

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Casual footwear like sneakers would look cool with t-shirts. A well polished formal shoes with a formal attire – ahhh hello handsome. (Trust me, you don’t need top have that killer body to flaunt this look.

Let me share a secret, just to simpler this point. Try to match your belt with footwear. This will make you look more appealing with minimal efforts.

Hair:

I don’t restrict you with some particular hair style. Do experiment with hair but please stick to the hair styles that suits you. Do not over experiment.

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In order to avoid bald patches and dandruff, you have to take a good care of your hair. Keep your hair and scalp clean with regular wash. Once in a while, applying oil to your hair will make them healthy too.

Nose Hair and Ear Hair –

Kindly ask your barber to trim those nose and ear hair. Trimmed hair gives you a well groomed appearance. Over grown nose hair and ear hair is just tacky.

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Beard –

Ahh you guys know that we love men with beard. But what you might not know is we don’t really like hippy. Yes, growing beard is not exactly the goal. Grooming it well should be. There are multiple oils and creams available to take care of beard. Regular trimming and combing should be enough for keeping them in good condition.

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Also, let me be frank with you. Beard doesn’t suits everyone. On some it looks so amazing and they look so manly. For some it looks like a kid who is trying hard to look like a man. If you think you fall in the category of ‘cute’, don’t worry there are many girls who love clean shaved chocolate boys.

Face –

Washing face with a good face wash at least twice daily must be in your routine. Else you are inviting blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and what not…!!! You don’t want to look ugly right??? Buy a good face wash for your ‘rough and tough’ skin and start taking care of it.

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PS: Using a face wash never makes you less manly.

Smell good –

This is very very basic. Those sweat stains and that awful smell is just a big turn down.

Take bath daily. Invest on some good deodorant or a perfume that lasts long. Because I know you guys are not as dedicated as we are for touch ups. Once applied – done. Phew. Hence opt for a good, long lasting fragrance.

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And yes, please make sure you have some lady by your side while shopping a perfume. Because men with strong perfume on them are yet times root cause of head aches.

Tanning –

Ok, so you guys have this ‘misconception’ that, applying packs and taking care of yourself is considered ‘girly’. Well hello, letting your skin tanned like a buffalo and letting it dry like desert is not considered manly either. Sorry I might sound rude. But this is like a big  no for me, at least. I am not asking you to dip yourself in a pool of body lotions, to get silky sift skin. haha. But too much negligence about self grooming is also not acceptable.

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Apply sunscreen on arms and hands before leaving house. If you think I am asking too much, at least cover yourself before going out in sun. Do not roam around in the sun without protecting yourself, only because you are a rough and tough man. Remember, sun is tougher than you. Effects of his rays are similar on both men’s as well as women’s skin.

 

Dark lips –

You must have heard the term – kissable lips. Well, what you might not heard is it applies to you too. Those dark, chapped dry lips. Arrgghh looks like a land suffered from  drought. Kindly apply a colorless lip balm before going to bed at least twice in a week. (Ideally it should be daily. Well, considering your ‘consciousness’, I am reducing it to twice a week.) Also make sure the lip balm is colorless because, you don’t want to show off pink or red lips. That definitely will make you look ‘girly’.

These are some of the basic grooming tips I could think of. Hope it helps you.

Let me know if you guys have any query related to this post or you want me to write on something specific.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Some of These World’s Most Expensive Girly Products Can Give You Mild Heart Attack..!!!

Hello,

What is one thing we usually check for, while shopping a product??? Umm… Whether it falls in our budget or not… Agree??? Oh come on, we have to look for price at least some time while you know your credit card bill is going to give you a mild heart attack… haha

Today, I am gonna tell you the most expensive beauty products/accessories/treatments. Forget about budget, they are beyond our imagination… Read on… 😰

World’s most expensive lipsticks:

Me being a lipstick lover, will tell you about couple of most expensive lipsticks. Any guesses???

‘Kiss Kiss Lipstick by Guerlain With Real Gold and Diamond Case’. It costs you around $62,000. That is 3,961,574 INR. I hope you didn’t get a mild heart attack. haha

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If that give you a shock, this one will.

Lipstick from H. Couture Beauty. It’s price is $ 14 million i.e. 894,539,450.00 INR. The case has 1200 diamonds on it. Real one huun. That’s why the price is.

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I bet, if we use that lipstick, we are never gonna eat food or drink water. Why?? Oh it might smudge and fade off… After all its so expensive…!!!! haha

Pheww…!!! We are happy with our plastic case for lipsticks. Aren’t we???

Most Expensive Ladies’ Footwear:

Oh we have matching footwear for almost every outfit of ours. You can read the word ‘almost’ twice. Even if we buy more footwear we worry about how to accommodate in our shoe racks. #GirlsProblems

But, if you gonna buy the footwear which I am gonna tell you about, you will wonder in which bank to keep it. Because – Expensiiiveee..!!!

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The most costliest footwear seems to be Stuart Weitzman Rita Hayworth Heels. Wanna know price??? It’s Price Tag is $ 3 million. In Indian currency, 191,763,375.00. Would you even dare to wear it???

Handbags:

Just like footwear we do have collection of handbags. For office, for party, for shopping, for girls night out, for travelling… uff the list continues…

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Don’t you wonder which is the most expensive bag brand in the world???
It’s Prada. Their range starts from $10000(639,231.00 INR). I’m talking about normal bags. You know “Even my cellphone doesn’t fit in it” types. haha.

Perfume:

I love perfumes. Almost all gals do. What is the price of the most expensive perfume you own??? Mine is 5000 INR.
Here is the most expensive one…
DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle …!!!

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The bottle is made in 14-karat yellow and white gold and it contains 183 yellow sapphires, 2,700 white diamonds, a 1.6-carat turquoise Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil, a 7.18-carat oval Cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, 15 vivid pink diamonds from Australia, 4-rose cut diamonds, a 3.07-carat oval cut ruby, a 4.03-carat pear shape rose cut diamond, and a 2.43-carat flawless vivid yellow Canary diamond adorning the cap. #tired just by reading…!!! haha
All in all, this perfume bottle contains 2,909 precious stones, but the interesting part is that the aforementioned stones have been hand placed to replicate the New York City skyline. The process took nearly 1,500 hours to complete.
Now that you know all the speciality of the perfume bottle… Lets talk about our business.. Price… Umm This perfume will cost you $1 million. 63,923,750.00 Indian Rupees. Nooooo!!!!!

Ring:

They say “Diamonds are gal’s real friends”. But if the friend is this expensive, gal is better be alone to be happy…!!!

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The world’s most expensive ring costs you $80 million. Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond costs 5,113,888,000.00 INR. Dude, I got mild heart attack…!!! Didn’t you???

Expensive Watch:

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Hmm… You know what the most expensive watch costs you??? Well, Haute Joaillerie from Chopard costs you $25 million. Umm… I have a question… Will our ‘time’ changes to ‘good time’ if we buy a watch by paying 1,598,092,500.0 INR???

Jeans:

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Ahh… Those pair of jeans are so chillax outfit. But, this one will take away all your chill by just it’s price. This multicolored jeans costs you $27000. (1,725,942.60 if it was in India)

Facial:

You must have read about weird facial treatments carried out in the world. Add one more…

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Bee Venom Facial. In this procedure, bee venom is diluted and used for facial. This will cost you – $55,200. (3,528,405 INR)

Phew..!!!! Seems unbelievable isn’t it???

For us, who spend all money on ‘budget friendly’ products and wait for end of the month to get our salary credited… Yes these numbers do look unbelievable.

What’s your take on these ‘pricey’ things???

Love for Perfumes…

Hey girlies,

 “A woman’s perfume tells more about her, than her handwriting” –  Christian Dior
Raise your hand if you are a perfume addict like me. I have a collection of body mists and perfumes which match my mood. Sweet floral fragrances make my heart melt. Hence I end up buying the mostly sweet girly mists. Which type of fragrance do you love???

If you ask me which are my favorite mist and perfume… I would say “Passion Struck Body Mist from Victoria Secret” and “Zara Woman  Black Perfume”. They are amazing. I am pretty sure, girls who love mild sweet fragrance are making note of these cuties’ names. wink

Fragrance Notes:

Just like music, a perfume’s fragrances can be classified into 3 notes based on their staying power. Let me give you a quick glimpse of the 3 fragrance notes.

 1. Top/ Head notes:

These are perceived immediately on application. (Sometimes, you might have heard the person at store,  after spraying the perfume saying” wait for a while to smell the perfume”. This might be because, the perfume might not be a top/head note.

2. Middle / Heart notes:

These are the perfumes, which become pleasant with time.

3. Base note:

These are the perfumes which are not perceived within 30 minutes of application.

Categories Based on Fragrance Type:

They can also be classified based on the fragrance type. The chart below is useful to know more about the categorization.


Sometimes when people look at my body mist bottle and ask me which perfume do I use, I correct them saying its body mist not a perfume. smile  Then the obvious question pops in. “What is the difference between perfume and a body mist…!!!” So, today I thought why don’t I share the difference between them here, in mygirlypedia.

So, what is a perfume… Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aromatic components. Where as, body mist is lighter, milder version of perfume with more water content. Which makes it safe to apply directly on skin. Please note, both contain alcohol contents in them. Alcohol content makes the perfume/ mist to evaporate faster.
Below are some of the notable differences between perfume and body mist.

Perfume Body Mist
Water content is less Water based
Strong fragrance Lighter fragrance
Lasts longer Does not last long
Expensive Non expensive
Contains oils Does not contain oil
Concentrated Less concentrated
Not recommended to use directly on skin Can be used directly on skin

Some of the tips to be followed, in order to make your perfume last longer:

  1. Fragrance lasts longer on moisturized skin. So, for the oily beauties, the fragrance lasts longer. If your skin is dry, no worries. Apply a good moisturizer before applying the fragrance. Applying moisturizer of same brand(just like Victoria secret body lotion) makes the fragrance last really long. This is the reason, using body wash, lotion and fragrance from same fragrance line is always recommended.
  2. Applying mist/perfume on pulse points is a great idea to make the fragrance last longer. Like for example,
  • Behind your ear
  • Bottom of your throat
  • On your wrist
  • Inside your elbow
  • Behind your knee
  1. Always, always store the perfume/ mists away from heat, light and humidity. They break the molecules and hence downgrade the quality of fragrance.

  2. You can apply Vaseline jelly on pulse points before applying the mist. The jelly helps in trapping the fragrance and makes it last long.

  3. Best time to apply mist is soon after you step out of bath. The open pores absorb the fragrance better.


Perfume etiquette:

Yes there are certain rules / etiquette to follow, when it comes to perfumes.

  1. You might have observed some of your friends/colleagues wearing strong perfumes to school/office. I am sure most of us do not like the strong fragrances. In order to avoid the inconvenience to others, avoid wearing strong fragrance perfumes to workplace or school.
  2. Too much is too bad, so is not using perfume. I have seen so many people, who really need a good perfume. *phew* Spray a good mist/perfume to avoid body odor.
    When the shelf life of a perfume gets over, please dump it. I know most of the girls are emotionally attached to certain stuffs. (I am one among them.. *hehe* ). In this case, you can keep them. But do not use them.
  3. Before spraying perfume on your clothes, make sure it is fabric friendly. Certain perfume leave permanent stain on clothes. *ouch*

These are some of the information I have about fragrances.  smile

After the shopping therapy, aroma therapy works best for me…!!! wink If you also love perfumes and mists, do let me know your favorite ones. Would love to try them.

Happy Weekend beautiful,

Pallavi ❤