Monday, 15 June 2015

#MaxFreshMove - Big Shot of Freshness!

Braaaaazeeeeeel…la, la, la, lalala la…the speakers blared.

‘Which stupid DJ still keeps Brazil in his music list’! Rohan smirked inwardly, ‘or are Vengaboys making a comeback?!?’ He couldn’t be sure but the music surely had started to annoy him now. He gave his wife Ameya a quick look to check if she too had noticed the DJ’s hopeless shenanigans on the console, but she seemed occupied accepting presents from the guests.

Rohan’s wedding reception party was on. It was supposed to be a zesty event with his close friends and family enjoying good food and vibrant music and celebrating his big day of happiness. But from where Rohan stood, it looked like the ‘good’ oil rich food was dulling the guests’ senses and the ugly blare of Braaazeeel was acting like an insult to injury, making them stick to their sofas in bored monotony. It was only the kids who seemed to display some enthusiasm and were happily showcasing their groovy moves on the dance floor. The seemingly endless re-runs of screechy pop songs of the years gone by were keeping them entertained.

This was not how Rohan had imagined his special day. The best banquet hall was booked for the event, with one of the best DJs from the city hired to ensure the guests had a rocking time. But right now the ambiance seemed quite contrary to what Rohan had envisaged.

Just as he was ruing the choice of DJ for the event, the music stopped abruptly. For a second Rohan thought it was some issue with the DJ's equipment, and almost heaved a sigh of relief. But then also quickly realised that music going off this abruptly at a social event looked odd and so just as he was about to enquire what was wrong, a beautiful voice lit up the hall with its brightness! A frenzy to WOWs filled up the hall, followed by many compliments for the yet unknown singer! Before the singer guessing game could start, a the spotlight came on right on the singer's face and it was none other than the immensely talented and spunky Anushka Manchanda!

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And lo and behold! There was another show-stopper accompanying her - the very popular south Indian film star Allu Arjun, who was now taking over the dance floor amidst much excitement amongst the guests! Wow! this was like magic! 'How in heaven are they here, in this party?' wondered Rohan, joining the guests gathered around the dance floor. Anushka was belting out her hugely popular 'Dance Basanti' number while Allu Arjun was grooving to Anushka's tune! And the guests who looked ready to doze off just a while ago now seemed to in high spirits. While many were flaunting their dance moves alongside Arjun, those with two left feet preferred to admire his stylish dance instead.
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Anushka and Arjun, both were absolute live-wire on stage, freshening up the mood of the party with their high energy performances! The entertainment quotient of the party had just hit the roof, and Rohan could not thank his stars enough. It was only later that he came to know that Arjun and Anushka were both guests at the hotel and had randomly peeped inside the banquet hall to discover a boring party on, and had decided to put up an impromptu performance! Seeing the guests rocking to Anushka and Arjun power packed performance, both Rohan and Ameya instinctively knew this was the best wedding gift they could have asked for!

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Friday, 12 June 2015

#ComeCloser to Radiant Skin

The Indian beauty market today is populated with a huge variety of cosmetic products that claim to be helping us in enhancing our beauty. From lightening our skin tone, to removing acne to tackling fine lines and wrinkles, these cosmetics have a solution for all our big and small skin issues. However many beauty obsessed amongst us fail to notice or rather chose to ignore the adverse side effects of these products on our skin.

Time and again we read about reports on how harsh chemicals in the day-to-day cosmetic products like face washes and shampoos do more harm to our skin than good. Still we continuing using such products lured in by their glamorous packaging and exotic smells, disregarding the harm they can do. In our family, we always make it a point to avoid chemically loaded products as much as possible. There is a lot of attention paid to buying organic stuff, right from fruits and vegetables to even simple beauty products like bathing soap, face creams and moisturisers.

When it comes to skin care, we have never had to look beyond Vicco. We have been using the Vicco Turmeric Cream for as long as I can remember and thanks to its ayurvedic base, I never had to worry about the products leaving any side effects. Every time I read about cosmetics rich in parabens and other harmful chemicals, my trust in Vicco goes a notch higher. Vicco turmeric cream not just takes care of skin issues like black heads and acne, but also helps cure skin rashes and allergies. And it is for this good reason that this cream continues its stronghold in the market.

One big reason behind my trust in the Vicco Turmeric cream is the fact that its composition has an ayurvedic base plus it contains turmeric, and like most Indian women rooted in tradition, I am a firm believer in the magical properties of turmeric. Turmeric is a treasure trove of benefits - from curing many illnesses to taking care of your beauty needs, turmeric's uses are seemingly endless. And since we are talking beauty, and here some turmeric based tips that can make you skin smooth and radiant.

1. Turmeric helps reduce skin tanning and pigmentation - apply a mixture of turmeric powder and lemon on the affected area and leave for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
2. Regular use of paste of turmeric and gram-flour can help get rid of stretch marks.
3. Turmeric can provide quick relief in case of burns, thanks to its antiseptic properties.
4. Turmeric is an excellent ex-foliating agent - mix gram flour, turmeric and a little milk and prepare a fine paste. Apply it on body and leave it on till it dries off, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
5. To get rid of acne scars, apply a mixture of turmeric and lemon on the marks, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.

Try out these simple turmeric tips regularly and rest assured within a month you will notice a fresh glow on your skin.