Vegan Beauty, Halal Beauty, Ahimsa beauty

  Ahmadabad based Iba Halal, an Indian halal beauty brand has crossed Rs 1000 crore in turnover. Australian Brand Inika comes up again and again in searches for cruelty free and vegan brands. PETA posts lists of cruelty free brands certified with the leaping bunny symbol and brands like Kat Von D and Nars feature on…

Travels in Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca is a medieval university town and alums include Miguel de Cervantes and Hernan Cortes amongst others.It is one of Europe’s oldest continuous teaching  universities and I am told has… Source: Travels in Spain : Salamanca

In pursuit of Wellness

Portland, Oregon is probably the best place in the USA to track down new ( to me ) health fads and foods. Farm to table, Farmer’s markets, vegan, non gmo, recyclable, low environmental impact are key words to add to your vocabulary when you live here. Of course there is more to Portland than just…

FIRST CLASS BEAUTY

If you are globe trotting this month there’s good news for beauty junkies. DFS Duty Free is celebrating first class beauty at seven airports including Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Macau, New York, San Francisco with great discounts, specially packaged products and advisory services for international travellers who need their beauty fix. I find airport…

The bride wore white ….and a hint of red

Bridal fashion Week USA saw the launch of Louboutin‘s Dalida– a signature red heel with a wave . I am  not sure what it does for the bride’s balance but it is a funky heel. Expect to see it in other variations. Ckeck out some more Loubies spotted at Bridal Fashion week at Jenny Packham,  Marchesa…

Butter, drench, whip, and dew : why we all need a skin pantry

The Skin Pantry has been launched, hand whipped and personally mixed by Mumbai based designer Colette Austin who runs the successful ad and design agency Twisted Sister (along with sibling Yvonne) The concept – handmade, pure and organic are claims that Colette backs up in full facing my barrage of questions re stability, miscibility and…

The Calcutta Chromosome : Lakme Fashion Week 2015

Fashion week kicked off with designer Sabyasachi showing off site at Mumbai’s Richardson & Cruddas workshop and will end with Anamika Khanna at Bhau Daji Lad museum. In between we had Kiran Uttam Ghosh who returned to LFW after eight years. All three are well known Calcutta based designers -the sort whose work you could…

At 38 Degrees the Burn is Back

Mumbai hit a high of 38 degrees ( approx 100 Degrees F ) last week so winter is definitely on its way out. Time to switch sunscreens. These are three sunscreens I have tried, tested and can defintiely recommend. All of these go on quite sheer, especially Vichy’s,Cap Soliel which is a mattifying fluid. Neutrogena’s…

Thank you, Cosmo !

I loved writing this letter to my younger self for a Cosmo article ‘Beauty rules’ by Navya Anand. Cosmopolitan the magazine that famously told us via Helen Gurley Brown that it was about having it all, recognizes the truth of beauty – the rules change, it is ok to have bad hair days and hell…

MILK spa – a boon for harried moms with toddlers

Milk spa and café designed by ad man Bhupal Ramnathkar is tucked away at the rear entrance of Kamala Mills , Mumbai with a recurring cat theme and an orange and black trompe d’oeil magic math kind of flooring that makes it fun and welcoming. Let me add that the spa and café are built…

Love your Leaves

Kale is a current super food – a leafy vegetable packed with dense nutritional benefits. It has high fibre, cholesterol reducing power, is rich in antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties, is high in iron, has zero fat, is rich in omega 3, Vitamin K, Vitamin A. Yes, it also helps fight cancer. Usually when I…