Month: February 2016

5 Amazing Benefits Of Treating Your Skin With Turmeric

ayurveda ingredients turmericTurmeric or haldi is a multi-tasking Ayurvedic Indian spice. It is widely used for culinary purposes across the Indian sub-continent as well as in innumerable ways to nurture the skin and hair. The ingredient is rich in a number of antioxidants and hence makes for an excellent skincare component.

Here are 5 major benefits of using this wonder spice on your skin.

 

  1. Skin Firming

Turmeric promotes cell regeneration and growth, keeping the skin’s elasticity intact. This property also prevents the skin from sagging and wrinkling.

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  1. Anti-Bacterial Agent

Turmeric works wonders on cuts and burns on the skin and speeds up the healing process. The spice can either be applied externally as a thick paste made with honey, or can be ingested as a tablet or mixed with milk. Apart, from its healing properties, haldi also heals skin disorders like eczema, acne, etc.

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  1. Reduces Pigmentation

This Ayurvedic element is great at evening out the skin’s complexion. Not only does regular use polish the skin and brighten it, regular usage also rids your skin of tan and improves skin texture.

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  1. Anti-Aging

Owing to its high anti-oxidant contents, turmeric reverses your skin’s clock as well. The spice reduces wrinkles and brings back the youthful radiance of your skin, leaving it healthy and young.

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  1. Controls Oily Skin

Haldi is a boon for people with oily skin. Masks made with sandalwood, turmeric and orange zest visibly reduces the face’s oiliness and softens up rough patches.

Pure Earth Turmeric Exfoliating Face Sandpure earth turmeric face sand

SkinYoga Fresh Orange Body Scrubskinyoga turmeric

 

7 Swanky Indian Labels To Quirk Up Your Dining Space

 

blog_myenvybox_shoppingguide (1) copyIndia is often romanticized with all things colorful, rustic and, well, spicy. The country is home to a number of vibrant art forms and techniques. Keeping up with that very vibrant Indian spirit, here are 7 Indian brands to help you give your dining space a kiss of quirk!

 

  1. Chumbak

The company was started out of the love for all things typically Indian, which were rendered on to key chains, magnets, etc. The offers a plethora of home décor and lifestyle of products like quirky crockery, printed coffee mugs, serve ware, eclectic pitchers – you name it.chumbak

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  1. Happily Unmarried

Probably one of India’s first widely popular brands to have rolled out cheeky products with cheekier quotes slapped across them. Happily Unmarried will be more than happy to dot your dining space with products screaming out ‘Daarubaaj Balma’ and ‘Tata Bye Bye’.happily unmarried

Image: Happily Unmarried

 

  1. LetterNote

LetterNote is commonly known for its range of refreshing and inspirational stationery that are meant to ‘spread good vibes’. But the brand also does a lot of dining products as well like teacups, coffee mugs and coasters doused in the same feel good vibe.letternote mug

Image: LetterNote

 

  1. The Elephant Company

TEC aims at making your ‘everyday life interesting’ and does an excellent job at it. The label offers products drenched in the essence of India complete with quirky motifs. Bring home their beautiful range of table linen, crockery, trays and lots more to brighten up your eating spot.tec plate

Image: The Elephant Company

 

  1. India Circus by Krsnaa Mehta

India Circus is a harmonious blend of quirky and composed. The label brings together the traditional arts and crafts of India and weaves them into beautiful stories. A gamut of stunning products like table runners, platters and Moroccan glasses make this one a sure shot keeper!india circus

Image: India Circus

 

  1. Kili

The Kili Shop is loaded with products like vibrant teapots, mugs, coasters, tray tables and place mats waiting to bring your dining space to life. Basically, the brand lets you bring home cows, auto rickshaws, scooters, taxis (kaali peeli) and even the Red Fort.the-arabic-city-kettle copy

Image: Kili Shop

 

  1. Play Clan

Play Clan gives the best of pop, Indian and quirk with products that are designed and painted with all that one identifies with the Indian subcontinent. Gift yourself some eclectic Purani Dilli tea coasters or start your day with the Nar-Nari Chai Mug Set.play clan

Image: Play Clan

 

Stop drooling, get re-decorating!

Have You Ordered The Designer Jewelry Box Yet?

My Envy Box in collaboration with Nimai give you a chance to perk up your accessory wardrobe. Enter, the Designer Jewelry Box. The box is a one-way ticket to owning stunning style statements for prices that’ll have your wallet swooning as well! edited-box-jewelry-3-1200x800

 

What’s In It?

The box brings you 2-3 three handpicked pieces of gorgeous designer jewelry every month. Usually these pieces would burn a hole in your pocket but My Envy Box gets them to you for a mere Rs.2400.

In this month’s box you get 3 absolutely gorgeous gold-plated members from the Dhora, Malleka and Zariin families. Have a look!

 

  1. Modern Minimal – Neckpiece by Dhora

dhora-bigDesigners Avriti and Siddharth blend in minimalism with the ethos of Rajasthan to create stunning pieces. This beaten brass pendant and chain have been buffed and finished in gold to make your everyday look a testimony to élan.IMG_5348 copy

 

  1. Party Essential – Earring by Malleka.

malleka-bigBrought in from the Malleka Studio, these shoulder duster statement earrings are an ode to elegance. The stunning ornament is a mélange of rustic brass findings and chains, and is just what you need to heads at your next party.IMG_5338 copy copy

 

  1. Daily Chic – Ring by Zariin

zarin-bigVidhi and Mamta Gupta step up the jewelry game with the Zariin collection, which boasts of pieces set in 22kt Gold or Sterling Silver plating and adorned with bold semi-precious stones. This striking finger ring crafted with Black Onyx and Howlite stones turns up your style quotient by several notches.IMG_5321 copy copy

 

How To Get It?

Getting the jewelry box is super easy. Follow these 4 unbelievably simple steps to find out how:

  1. Go to myenvybox.com and select the jewelry box.
  2. Pick the subscription of your choice (1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year).
  3. Punch in the magical numbers (your card details, genius).
  4. Sit tight while the elves here at My Envy Box put together your box of designer goodies!

Yep, that’s all. Awesome, right?

 

Referral Offer

If you thought the box came just with awesome goodies, we’ve got a surprise for you.

Just refer a friend to buy our jewelry box and ask them to mention your (jewelry box) order number in the special comments box. This simple gesture entitles you to a whopping 15% discount on your next purchase!

Now, if you’re still wondering why to get it, you need to wake up and smell the gold polish!edited-box-jewelry-featured

#WISHLISTWEDNESDAY: THE WEEK’S TOP 5 CRUSH-WORTHY PRODUCTS

It’s Wednesday all you lovely people and this week’s #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY is an ode to Ayurvedic prophecies. Get ready to heal your skin with the kiss of organics and all things herbal. Here are the products that we are dreaming, wishing, hoping and praying to lay our hands on this season!

 

  1. Forest Essentials Oudh & Green Tea Body Mist

Infused with fresh aromatic wood and the goodness of green tea, this body mist leaves a long lasting trail on your skin. The natural ingredients impart a warming and refreshing effect whilst hydrating the skin.forest essentials body mist

 

  1. Khadi Natural™ Herbal Cinnamon Essential Oil

Heal your body with the herbal goodness of cinnamon extracts. The essential oil is an excellent potion to rid your skin and body of bacteria, infections, internal discomforts (like indigestion, flu, etc.) and purify your system from inside out.khadi-natural-15-cinnamon-essential-oil-original-imae2xjcahucqwpg

 

  1. Fabindia Organic Face Under Eye Cream

Concocted with 100% natural and organic ingredients including aloe vera, glycerine, sugarcane extracts, cucumber extracts, essential oils and natural spring water, the under eye cream soothes and nourishes the extra-sensitive are around the eyes. It also reduces wrinkles, smoothens crow’s feet and clears under eye bags.20120321-fabindia-organic-face-eye-undreyecrm-big

 

  1. Kama Ayurveda Foot Cream

This nourishing foot cream is just what you need for flawless picturesque feet. Made of 100% pure and natural sweet almond and coconut oils, Shea and coco butter, Vitamin A, E and minerals, it relieves dryness, removes dead skin cells and heals cracked heals, making your heels soft and supple. The essential oils refresh tired feet while the Organic Aloe Vera juice protects the skin.foot-cream-group_1 copy

 

  1. Biotique BXL Cellular Nourishing Cream

Turn around your skin’s clock with this anti-ageing wizard enriched with au naturale saffron, turmeric, pistachio and almond extracts. The formula restores firmness, reduces wrinkles and regenerates radiance making your skin look younger and feel healthier.50_ml_bxl_jars_saffron_dew_1000x1000_1

 

Find us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram and share your lists with us, and the next #WISHLISTWEDNESDAY could be dedicated to you and your selection!

Beauty Meets Art In These Beautiful Illustration By Eric Canes

Design, art and beauty are all some of the many feathers of the same flock. And these ‘feathers’ are bound together by one common factor – aesthetics.

Trishla Chadha puts together five beautiful illustrations created by Eric Canes in one breathtaking compilation – ‘Face Off’. Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 5.45.56 AM

Each of these five masterpieces captures the essence of different forms of painting in a unique way, that is, through make-up. Have a look and know why is it that we can’t stop gushing about it.

 

  1. Abstract

An artistic oxymoron, abstract paintings are planned random placements. The elements individually are arbitrary but as a whole balance out the canvas beautifully.

 

  1. Doodle

Random musings and wanderings of the idle mind build the foundation for doodling, which is transferred in ink on to paper. Or in this case, the face.

 

  1. Dots

Scattering the main element – dots – yet maintaining balance is what this one’s all about. The illustration manages to drive the message home with the specks around the eyes balanced brilliantly with a solid. All in, of course, monochrome.

 

  1. Mixed Media

With a combination of three-dimensional embellishments, glitter dust and strokes of make up, the artist brings the spirit of this art form to reality.

 

  1. Surrealism

The characteristic quality of this form is the surprise and odd placement of elements, which Canes captures perfectly with the scattered stars.

blog: Artworks & Concept from L’officiel India

 

Manish The Maverick! Designer bestowed with highest French Honour.

On Tuesday, February 16th, stellar fashion designer Manish Arora was hinged with the list of Indians honoured by the French government for commendable work in the fields of fashion, art and cinema.

Arora was revered with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), which is the highest French civilian distinction.

“The award comes in recognition of his creations and significant contribution to the fashion world, as well as his longstanding ties with France,” said Francois Richier, French ambassador to India, at the ceremony.manish_arora

“The more I knew him, the more I was astonished by his personality,” Richier said about Manish. “I would like to mention that people think that fashion is all about the show, but it is about a lot of hard work, discipline and dedication.

“Beyond what Manish has created, he also represents India. In Paris, everybody now says that Indian fashion is Manish Arora. Some people might think that becoming such an important person in the Paris fashion scene was a conquest for him, but I think we have conquered him because he could have moved to any other place in the world, but finally he settled in France.Manish-arora-2015-SS2

“Those who wonder why Paris remains the fashion capital of the world – it is not just because of French fashion designers, but precisely because we successfully attract people like Manish.” The ambassador gushed as he also told the guests that he and Manish shared the same hairdresser. A French bromance, is it?

“The first day we met, I thought that I could have nothing to do with this man, who is doing incredible things when I am a dull civil servant. But (it turned out that) we shared the same hairdresser.

“Sharing a hairdresser when you have no hair is a good introduction to Manish Arora’s philosophy. We have built our friendship on that basis and it has flourished, so it proves that even if we don’t grow our hair, we can continue to grow our friendship!” he beamed.Manish-Arora-legion-of-honour-1

 

As for Arora, it’s another huge feather in the Francophile’s eclectic hat and we couldn’t be any prouder. Kudos to the designer!

5 Ayurvedic Hair Tips For Flawless Tresses

hair remedies featAyurvedic studies and scriptures have the answer to all our health and beauty woes. From heart ailments to hair fall, the study knows how to solve it all. And how. Ayurveda vouches for ingredients that are all organic and natural, giving results that are chemical-free and nothing less than magical.

Follow these simple DIY remedies at home for a natural bounce and shine in your tresses.

 

  1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla, a Vitamin C rich fruit, is commonly eaten to purify blood, improve digestion and even loose weight. The high levels of Vitamin C make it ideal for nourishing your locks from within.

How:

Take powdered or dried amla and make a homogenous paste in warm water. Use it to cover your scalp evenly and wash off after 20 minutes. Not only does this keep your hair healthy but also makes it dense and black.

 

  1. Methi (Fenugreek)

A widely used and famous household name, which is definitely sitting in your kitchen right now, methi too has amazing qualities to boost hair growth.

How:

Depending on your hair length, grind the appropriate amount of slightly roasted methi and make a paste of it in warm water. Apply it evenly over your scalp, keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse off.

 

  1. Aloe Vera

This known skin foster is also a source of nutrients to give your hair a chemical-free shine and bounce. The plant extracts clean, protect and prevent your tresses against external impurities.

How:

Mix aloe vera latex from the plant and some water in a bowl. Transfer this mix into a spray bottle and add your choice of essential oil (coconut and almond give best results) and shake well. Simply spray this light leave-in mix on to your hair for unbelievable manageable hair.

 

  1. Bhringraj (False Daisy)

Also known as the ‘king of herbs’, Bhringraj owes this title to its excellent hair growth-boosting qualities. A regular dose of this herb can result in beautiful long hair.

How:

Make a paste of the leaves and apply it on your scalp for some time before washing it off. Alternatively, you can use dried Bhringraj as well. Mix 5-6 tablespoons of the powder in warm water and apply the paste for 20 minutes before washing off.

 

  1. Jatamansi (Muskroot)

The muskroot or Indian Spikenard is great for waning blood impurities and also giving your complexion a healthy glow.

How:

You can use this herb in two ways – consuming and applying. The quicker way is to consume it in the form of a tablet, which should not be more than 6mg; or you could even make a paste out of the dried herb (or powder) and water and apply it to your scalp before washing your hair.

Nourish Your Body With The Goodness Of Sandalwood

Often romanticized with brilliant fragrance, sandalwood is also a key ingredient in organic and Ayurvedic skin care potions. Obtained from the Santalum trees, the component is also known for its importance in a number of religious rituals and its antiseptic and medical qualities.

Sandalwood can be used in the form of powder, paste and oil that, can further be modifies into creams, packs and soaps fortified with other elements. Treat your skin to the nourishing qualities of sandalwood with these products.Sandal

 

  1. Forest Essentials Extra Rich Body Massage Oil

An aromatic oil enhanced with cold pressed organic sweet almond oil with bala, ashwagantha, Mysore sandalwood and vetiver essential oils, the massage oil tones, relaxes and nourishes the skin leaving it healthy and supple.fec0214039

 

  1. Khadi Sandalwood Face Pack

The all-natural face pack by Khadi Natural™ is enriched with the goodness of sandalwood and almond. The pack is suitable for dry skin and helps cleanse the skin by unclogging the pore and removing dead skin.khadi-sandalwood-face-pack-50-g_1_display_1448013909_8ce8efbc_350x350

 

  1. Ananda Nourishing Sandalwood Lotion

Rid your skin of patchy dryness and dehydration with this nourishing lotion by Ananda. Fortified with generous amounts of sandalwood, the cream heals the skin completely by battling away inflammation and wryness.14293_1

 

  1. SkinYoga Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask

This saffron and sandalwood face mask has manifold effects on your skin. The sandalwood eases out wrinkles and dryness, while the saffron makes the skin softer, lighter and brighter.793104_1000x0

 

  1. Ananda Light Moisturiser

Infused with balancing rose and hydrating sandalwood, this moisturizer is a tonic for all skin types. The rose extracts stimulate cell renewal and the sandalwood replenishes and reverses visible signs of ageing, leaving your face supple and younger-looking.d8563061df79303a15a7c1ece341dde3

 

  1. Suganda Turmeric Sandalwood Soap

Capture your youth with this soap by Suganda. Bathed in turmeric, sandalwood and natural essential oils like curcumin, your skin will younger and healthier than ever. The soap works wonders on oily skin, scars, acne and eczema and leaves a tantalizing sandalwood trail on your skin.71vDe7wva-L._SY355_

 

Let your skin know what it feels to be young and healthy all over again!

Mark The Beginning Of Forever With CK’s Eternity Now

Just in time for the mushiest, supremely romance-laden day of the year (yes, Valentine’s Day, genius), Calvin Klein brings to us Eternity Now for men and women.

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Not only does the name and tagline, which says ‘Forever Starts Now’, spell out romance, even the campaign is probably the most aww-worthy thing you’ll see on the Internet. Apart from kittens on YouTube, of course.

Celebrating love and eternity, CK’s new fragrance prides itself with supermodels Jasmine Tokes and Tobias Sorenson up-close and intimate on its campaign. The power couple has an inspiring love story to tell that is right out from a heart-warming movie. Talk about perfection.Calvin-Klein-Eternity-Now-Fragrance-Campaign-Tobias-Sorensen-Jasmine-Tookes

 

The Fragrance

The fragrance is a sprig of spring in a bottle. Eternity Now for women is doused with scintillating lychee, quince sorbet, nectarine, peonies, peach blossoms, neroli petals, cashmere veil, ambrox and trails of precious musk.

For men, on the other hand, the perfume is a spicy blend of coconut water, ginger, star anise, star fruit, patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan cedar wood, tonka bean and cedar leaf.

Eternity Now comes in two sizes for both men and women and is available online for couples looking to buy a great gift for their significant other. Hurry! V Day is less than a week away!

SHOP HERE FOR FRAGRANCES

The quickest facial you can get without going anywhere!

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Running late for a party, a big meeting or a date? It’s common in an everyday life scenario. What is not common is a radiant skin while you go through all of this.

Ayurveda does not believe in quick fixes. These two products keep your “no time” lifestyle and the principles of Ayurveda, both in place. Lightening & Brightening Tejasvi Emulsion gives you instant results with soft, glowing skin just before that party in 20 minutes but the result of this does not fade away as your weekend nears its end.

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This rich and potent emulsion is made from herbs infused in cow’s milk ghee that acts as a carrier of the qualities of these herbs to penetrate deep in to your skin. Organic beeswax softens, nourishes and strengthens your skin tissues while anti-oxidants like Peepal, Banyan Leaves and Kasturi Manjal help in reducing fine lines. Special herbs used in medicinal skin care like Akashneem and Jivanti are used in this to lighten your skin tone making it appear brighter and naturally flawless. The Hand Pounded Organic Fruit scrub is made of mineral rich fruits like peaches, apricots, almonds, raw organic honey, all hand pounded and feremented in their own juices to form a soft effective scrub that removes dead cells and is full of natural glycolic acids for your skin.

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Take a small amount of this red rich textured emulsion, and massage it for 15 minutes all over your face and neck leaving the area around your eyes. As you massage, the ghee melts because of your body temperature and the softness and pure pleasure of using this butter makes you feel the nourishment sinking in. Wipe it off with a warm towel. Then go one step further and gently exfoliate with some hand pounded organic fruit scrub, mixed with a tad bit of warm milk and if your skin could talk it would just say- yummmmm!!!!! Rinse well with warm, then ice cold water to finish.

Benefits of using this regime:

  • Lightens & brightens your skin tone naturally.
  • Firms, tones and adds a glow to your skin
  • And you just can’t stop touching it because it feels like an artisan porcelain finish.

Now, once you have taken good care of your skin, apply some dark kohl liner, a dab of nude lipstick, a swish of dark black mascara and you are ready to look every bit the beautiful head turner at any party.

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Both of these amazing products from Forest Essentials are available in our February Envy Box! To Order Click here!

Guest Blogger: Team Forest Essentials.