Article by Karteekka Tyaggi

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FOREO LUNA GO

We all know that skincare after a certain age is very important and it is of utmost importance that one follows a daily routine and skincare ritual to maintain the youthful glow and to hold on to that soft and supple skin.

CARBON LASER PEEL AT PREMIUM COSMETIC & LASER CENTRE

As influencers, we get to try loads of beauty treatments and some of them may not really turn out to be as expected. I have been taking regular facials at different salons and usually, the facials here in UAE involve steam and pricking and extraction of blackheads. Now all this may perhaps be good for a normal skin, which is not prone to various pollution related issues, has small pores, is not prone to acne, pigmentation and shares a fairly decent equation with Mr. Sun. But, what if someone’s skin is extremely sensitive to various pollutants in the air like dust, smoke, sand particles, is oily with large pores and is prone t all the possible skin issues that one can think of! And that is what my skin is like.

BLACK BLAZER WITH SKINNY JEANS

I know some of you would say, is this how you go to work? Really, sometimes, I do! As I’ve said many a time before, I don’t like to be tied up between formal and casual and the things that matter to me the most are-comfort, style and confidence. I wear what I feel comfortable in, what makes a style statement and what gives me confidence.

BLACK AND WHITE- MAXI SKIRT AND OFF SHOULDER TOP

Hi Friends! Hope you’re enjoying my posts. I am waiting to hear your comments and feedback. You can leave your comments on the posts or you can also drop me a mail! This outfit is a combination of the two pieces seen in my earlier posts- The white off shoulder top, seen here and the black maxi skirt seen here.

UNCONVENTIONAL WORK ATTIRE

When I practiced as a lawyer in India, work attire meant a crisp white shirt, black trousers and a black jacket..day after day, every single day!! When we moved to Dubai, I began my journey as an in house counsel for an investment house and work attire was still pretty regular. However, I always felt that one must feel good about oneself while at work but sometimes that “feel good” factor is killed by the rules of the corporate dressing.

THE PENCIL SKIRT

This is today’s look with a white silk top, a pencil skirt and nude pumps. I usually don’t wear too many accessories at work, but today I decided to add this chunky pearl piece. and to add a bit of a colour splash, I topped it up with my Hot Pink Tory Burch bag. Hope you like it!

More Black and White

Somehow, Since I started practicing as a lawyer it has been difficult for me to come out this vicious circle of black and white;) And here I am with another black and white work attire! This is not too formal and one can perhaps try something like this on a day when there are not too many meetings. Although, as I have told you many a time, I am not caught in the web of “too formal” dress code and I wear whats presentable, comfortable and gives me confidence to survive a tough day at work.

BUTTON DOWN SHIRT AND CROPPED SKINNIES

This was a normal day at work, with meetings, assignments and deadlines and I found this navy blue paisley print button down blouse that I had completely forgotten about! I took out my beige cropped Jennyfer skinnies, my Charles & Keith Wedges (my fav!!), seen in my earlier post here and I was ready to take on the world:)

POP IT UP!

Practising law can be really “black and white” sometimes, literally! And thats why perhaps, whenever shopping for new pieces, I inevitably end up picking up the brightest shades:):This is what I chose for a hectic Thursday (yeah, for us its the last day before we begin the weekend) at work.

CHIC FLORAL WORK ATTIRE

We had recently hosted a lunch for our women clients and I wanted to wear something vibrant and something that still makes a power statement. I decided to wear this H&M dress with a white base and colourful floral print on top. The flowers are also decorated with sequins at some places.

YVES ROCHER BB CREAM SERUM VEGETAL- REVIEW

Time for sharing some thoughts on something that I bought a couple of months back. I don’t remember the exact price, but I think it was about 80-90 Dhs for a 40ml tube.

NATURAL ELEMENTS SPA – KUNDALINI MASSAGE

A while back, I had reviewed a super luxury massage therapy (which of course also comes at a super luxurious price!). However, if you are looking for some not so expensive pampering yet a relaxing session, then Natural Elements Spa is your answer. The spa is located at the Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai (very close to the airport) and offers various full body massage therapies, including speciality massages such as Ne signature treatment, Kundalini treatment, Ku Nye Massage as well as other full body massages such as swedish massage, sports massage, royal thai massage and aromatherapy massage.

GUINOT DOUBLE IONISATION HYDRA FACIAL AT ENVOGUE BEAUTY CENTRE

If you live in UAE then you know what our skin goes through each and every second of the day. From hard water to sand to air conditioning and dehydration, I can perhaps give a long list of skin damaging factors.

CASMARA LUXURY ALGAE PEEL MASK

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Beauty World Middle East, one of the regions biggest beauty exhibition , thanks to Nazih Cosmetics!I witnessed various shows on the Nazih centre stage, including the one by Ardell Lashes and another by everyone’s favorite Guy Tang!

NU SKIN TRANSFORMATION KIT- AN ANTI AGEING KIT THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

We all know that there are numerous anti ageing products that have surfaced over the past few years and anti ageing in itself has become and industry. And as an influencer, I have tried so many of them, but honestly, there are a very few anti ageing products really work. Amongst my favorites is Nuskin Ageloc Transdormation Kit.

URBAN VEDA – RADIANCE REPLENISHING NIGHT CREAM

I have spoken enough about my problem skin and hence, you would perhaps find me trying different brightening creams. This time, its Urban veda, which is a UK brand, based on Ayurvedic philosophy. It is a brand that uses natural ingredients, taking inspiration from age old Ayurvedic principles and is SL free, paraben free and does not contain any GM ingredients. I ordered my Urban veda cream from my favourite online store Basharacare:) (priced at 135 AED for a 50ml pack).

ZURI BEAUTY LOUNGE

I have been to a lot of beauty salons and have experienced different services. However, my recent experience at Zuri Beauty Lounge, located at The Mall in Jumeirah (right opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel) was undoubtedly one of the best.

F-BOXX

We have loads of subscription boxes available, but I’ve noticed most of them come with 4-5 products and most of the times, they are samples.However, I have discovered a new subscription box, which doesn’t give you just 3-4 products, but gives you a lot more and these are not sample sized products, all of them are full sized products! Sounds cool?

FOR THE LOVE OF SENSITIVE SKIN: ROGE CAVAILLES

Recently, I was extremely fortunate to get introduced to a brand that has been creating pioneering skincare products for almost a century. The brand is Roge Cavailles “, which originated as a Pharmacy about 95 years back, in France.

HELIOCARE 360DEGREE GEL OIL FREE SUNBLOCK

Hi Lovelies! Summer is here in full swing and its that time of the year again, when you get that additional bit of tan and sun spots. Good for those who love to tan their skin and love their summer beach time, but I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. As an asian with a relatively brown skin, I don’t like to get tanned at all. And more than the tan, i think its the ill and dangerous effects and the fear of skin cancer which stops me from being a true beach baby.

WELLCLUBS- BECAUSE BLISS AND WELLNESS IS JUST A CLICK AWAY!

With our busy lives and stressful schedules, we all deserve some good pampering sessions. After all, who would mind a nice manicure or a relaxing head massage;) But, my one and only problem is I don’t like to call and then check with the salon (amidst all the chaos of clients, payments and other phone calls!) about the services, prices,available appointments and so on. in usually pressed for time and my phone is practically my mobile office. And, therefore, apps like Wellclubs are perfect for me.

DERMALOGICA AND EUCERIN – THANKS BASHARACARE

Very recently, I came across a wonderful online portal called Basharacare. Its a wonderful online portal where you can purchase skin care, face care, haircare and makeup products (and even products for men!) from top brands like Dermalogica, Phyto, Lipstick Queen, Jane Iredale, Eucerin and many more.

NU SKIN AGELOC FUTURE SERUM

Hello Friends, Today, I want to introduce you to a brand that I started using last year and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I instantly fell in love with it. The brand is Nu Skin, which originated in the US and is now sold and used in almost every country.

FURLESS ELECTROLYSIS PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL CENTRE GRAND LAUNCH

Furless hosted its grand opening on Thursday, March 9, 2017 with an exclusive event. The centre is located centrally on Sheikh Zayed Road and is equipped with the latest and most advanced machines worldwide. FURLESS Electrolysis is the only recognized PERMANENT and DEFINITIVE method for hair removal. The centre provides all types of Electrolysis and Thermolysis effective and safe for all hair and skin types (stubborn, light color, etc.) with no side effects.

VANIDAY LAUNCHES CASHBACK

If you remember, I had done a post introducing Vaniday, which is the online destination to find and book beauty & wellness services and salons and they make it possible to order beauty & wellness services as easily as it is to book a hotel, buy a plane ticket, or order a taxi. Once you join the community, you can discover new salons, book appointments online and get inspired. You will also gain access to exclusive deals and offers and you will be the first to know about all their special beauty treats.

LED GLAM EXPRESS FACIAL BY EUROMED CLINIC

I have always had a highly “sun-sensitive” skin, which means I am extremely prone to suntan, sun spots, hyper pigmentation and because I have oily skin, ‘thankfully’ (can you read my sarcasm!), I have one more problem, which is breakouts and acne.

BEAUTY IS DERMALOGICA!

Whoever said beauty is only skin deep I am sure never had the opportunity to receive a Dermalogica Age Smart facial; for the science & skill that goes into delivering it perfectly, is a result of years of research. And if you thought only phones could be smart…take that…

VANIDAY- HAVE YOU TRIED IT YET?!

And here I am with another review of a fantastic app that allows you to search the best available options to pamper yourself. I know we all are busy with day to day routine, work, kids, home and a whole lot of other things. However, our busy schedule shouldn’t really become an excuse to ignore our own care and “me time”. a lot of my friends often complain that they usually get very short windows for visiting salons and then in those short windows, they sometimes dont know which salon is located nearby in their vicinity.

PRODUCT REVIEW-HUMAN+ KIND FAMILY REMEDY CREAM

I actually found this cream accidentally and I have to say that this accident proved to be really beneficial! I have fallen in love with this product and I’m sure I’m going to try more products from Human Kind.

MY HOMEMADE BEAUTY BODY SCRUB

I know you would say why would I make this scrub at home, when there are plenty of them available in the market! However, I can give plenty of reasons in support- One, its economical to DIY @home. Two, its safe as you only use the ingredients mostly available in your kitchen and you avoid parabens and harmful chemicals. Three, Its NOT tested on animals. Four, its NOT made in any sweat factories. And Five, its FUN to DIY!!

RE – SALONS AND SPAS CELEBRATE WOMEN’S WELLNESS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The event was designed to relax and re-claim the body and minds of women and motivate them in their daily life. The event commenced with a yoga session by Inspire Middle East Yoga (Sheikh Zayed Road). This was a great session for mothers with babies as they got an opportunity to unwind and were able to leave their babies in the safe hands of Sublime Home Healthcare Centre. Sublime nurses assisted mothers with their babies, whilst they could take some time off to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing yoga session.

MEN’S RETRO GLAM!

A very dear friend asked for my help today..First, Im really excited that he asked me for help:):) yayy!!!! Ok seriously speaking, he has to attend a fashion show where the theme is “Retro Glam”. when you talk of Retro Glam, I can only think of two people:

FALL TREND- T SHIRT DRESS & BOOTS!

So, moving on to the next favorite “fallspiration”, it is T Shirt dresses and Boots!Considerig it doesn’t get too cold in Dubai, I usually prefer Chelsea Boots and Combat Shoes. They are perfect to pair with jeans, tights, shorts, leggings, stockings, skirts, or T SHIRT DRESSES!!!

FALL TREND – PLAID

And finally, we see the first sign of Fall in Dubai- Our beautiful foggy mornings!!So, while we slowly move towards Fall, its time to get “fallspired” and check out some fall trends! So, the first in series- Plaid Plaid Plaid!

SKATER SKIRT + CROP TOP + SNEAKERS

Skater skirts have become quite a rage and so have crop tops. I personally feel, these skirts look good on almost all body types and they add a girly charm to one’s personality.For me, they take me back to my school days and I love wearing skater dresses and skater skirts. I know some of you may feel you can’t carry such skirts because you don’t have victoria’s secret angels’ legs. But please let me tell you one fact, skater skirts are perhaps made for a little plump legs (like mine) and besides there are different lengths available in these skirts. If you’re not comfortable with a shorter version, you may go for a longer length.

INDIAN CASUAL

India is a country which celebrates some or the other festival throughout the year. With so many religions and so many sects living together, one gets to enjoy the festivities all the year round:) For Hindus, a big line up of festivals start in the beginning of monsoon and go on untill the winter sets in. Mostly all the festivals usually mark the beginning and end of different seasons. For instance, holi, which is the festival of colours is celebrated because a lot of different states celebrate (yes, In India, different states have different culture!) their new year on that day; there is also one more religious story, which my six year old loves narrating and in addition, holi also marks the change os season- we move from winter to Spring and thats why on that particular day we play with water which signifies the beginning of Spring.

JANMASHTAMI (KRISHNA’S BIRTH) AND GANPATI CELBRATION

Hi Friends! You may remember my post on “teej“, where I had mentioned that teej marks the beginning of s series of festivals. After teej, our next big festival is Krishna Janmashtami or in simpler terms, the birth celebrations for Lord Krishna. On this festival, we usually dress up our little boys as Krishna and our little girls as Radha (his beloved). Of course, my choice was really difficult;) and it took me one full day to decide whether to dress Anay as Krishna or not!:D

LONG WEEKEND HOLIDAY, FILLED WITH FUN-DAY 1

We recently had a 4 day long weekend for Eid Celebrations in the country and I thought this would be a good time to take out little boy for some fun filled activities. My husband tired to fit in some short getaways, but I wanted to be in the city and enjoy the celebrations here. So, we decided that we will start our holiday from Tuesday Evening (wednesday being the first day of holiday), and the plan was:

SUSHI EXPRESS CAFE – THE LITTLE NEIGHBOURHOOD EATERY

On the nights when one just wants to take a walk in the Neighbour hood and stop by the lake to have a light delicious dinner… sounds surreal? That’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers! Nestled in Cluster R is this small eatery serving yummy sushi at a very affordable price! We had the privilege of trying the place about a month back amd it was a fairly good experience for the three of us (my husband and little one as well:)).

ELEKTA SINGLE COFFEE MAKER

When it comes to coffee, I can have it anytime and yes, I can say I am addicted to tea and coffee. and because of my addiction, I have hoarded so many useless (sometimes bulky) devices for making a good cuppa. I was still looking for something simple, which can fit into my kitchen snugly and is easy to move for cleaning. And I found something exactly like that at Elekta.

CARNIVAL BY TRESIND

Carnival by Tresind, actually stands true to its name. Its a carnival of great food, drinks and beautiful ambience. Nestled in the commercial hub of Dubai, it is the second restaurant and another home grown concept introduced by Mr. Bhupender Nath and Mrs. Sakshi Nath. Their first restaurant, “Tresind” needs no introduction and is one of the best “Indian” restaurants in the city.

MITTS & TRAYS

If you have not yet visited the new wing of City Walk, then you are missing out on loads of things and if you haven’t visited Mitts & Trays yet, then you are certainly missing out great food, great hospitality and of course great ambience!

SOY- THE ORIENTAL HAVEN

Oriental Food has always been one of my favourite cuisines and one of the places that we so often go to is “Soy”. We absolutely adore this place and we are one of those frequent visitors, who think about 10 places, but in the end always choose their regular favourite!

PHOBIA!

One of these hot weekends, we were looking for some exciting family activity (besides, loitering around in the malls!) and that’s when I spotted a new cool fun space in the city! This new Space is called “Phobia”, which is located at the ground level of Cluster X, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The place offers the most amazing and thrilling experience of a real life “escape” situation, where you have 60 minutes to solve the mystery and unlock the escape room.

MINT LEAF! AHA!

When it comes to Indian food, (of course India is huge! so, lets just stick to the North Indian Food), we generally see two three classes of restaurants- Mughlai, Chaat Corners and more mughlai;). Most of these restaurants have same decor, same papad pr poppadum or cracker starters served with chutneys and pickles and of course, not to miss the instrumental indian film music! And then we also have the British indian restaurants serving British style Indian curries.

TOTALLY “PUNJABI BY NATURE”!

Recently, I had the pleasure of sampling (read “devouring”) the sumptuous punjabi food served by “Punjabi by Nature”. The restaurant is conveniently located in the Oud Metha neighbourhood, right opposite the Lamcy Plaza shopping centre and is truly a haven for Punjabi Food Lovers, aka me and my husband! As soon as we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted by the friendly staff and we were directed to a table reserved for us.

LONG WEEKEND HOLIDAY -FUN FILLED DAY -2

Our day 2 was equally filled with fun and activities. Day 2 started with breakfast at Tom & Serge. Since I knew the day would involve a lot of walking around, I dressed up keeping in mind both comfort and style.

WHITE SHIRT AND BOOT CUT DENIM

While looking for my morning outfit, I found my boot cut denims and I thought what better day to go casual than a thursday! I put on my white blouse and my boot cut denim and I was ready for my “no meeting” casual thursday:):)

OFF SHOULDER TOP AND DENIM

I remember when I was in grade 10, we had this beautiful actress wearing a white off shoulder peasant top with a white maxi skirt. I so fell in love with that attire (and perhaps the whole country did at the time), that I got a tailor made top similar to what she wore (those days in India, to get a trendy look, one would usually go to tailors) and bought a black and white polka dotted high waisted maxi skirt to go with it. I wore that outfit to my one and only and the most memorable school trip to the hills in India.

CASUAL FUN FRIDAY

I had been facing this constant problem with my eyes for quite some time and finally decided to visit our opthalmologist, who recommended I find my glasses again and start using them as I used to. So, now it was time to go and shop again:) this time for eyewear. while we were going, husband dear decided to have a yummy lunch too and why would I say no!

SHOPPING ON A HOT SUMMER DAY

This was one of those Saturdays when I wasn’t working and had no client meetings. So, I decided to take a little advantage of super hot sumer sales going on at the moment..and what better day to go for shopping when you have your husband baby sitting;) So, this is what I decided to wear..

MY PICK FOR CHIC WINTER KNITWEAR

Since we are now officially walking into winter, here’s my pick for chic winter knitwear: Ginger printer cropped sweater

MAXI SKIRT AND BLAZER FOR WORK

This is what I wore today for work. I know some of you might find it a bit weird, but honestly, I prefer to wear something covered for my meetings with UAE Government Department and when it comes to modest fashion, why should it be boring!

AN ODE TO THE MEN WE LOVE! 15 MOST STYLISH MEN IN BOLLYWOOD AND HOLLYWOOD

ALTHOUGH WOMEN’S FASHION IS WHAT HAS GENERALLY BEEN GRABBING EYEBALLS, STYLISH MEN HAVE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TONS TO THE EVOLUTION OF FASHION. AND THOUGH US GIRLS DO LOVE CHECKING OUT BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND THEIR PERSONAL STYLE, THERE IS NO JOY COMPARED TO THE UNADULTERATED JOY OF SHAMELESSLY OGLING A HANDSOME HUNK;)!

MIX N’ MATCH!

How many times have we all looked at our closet and wondered we have absolutely nothing to wear! At least I’m guilty of doing that more than often.But if you come to think of it, the question has a very simple answer- “mix and match”! Seriously? My answer would be yes, yes, YES!!

Shift Dress Anyone?

I know shift dresses are everyone’s favourites..They are comfortable, can be worn anytime, and are made for every body type:):)So, in this post, you see one shift dress and two looks! I have these two shift dresses from New Look..Both of them are print dresses and are exactly the same style,but differ in colour(I know what you’re thinking, but I do that sometimes!). While one is a more subtle with hues of browns and white, the other one is a bright orange and honestly, I like both:):)