Sunday, 21 January 2018

Himalaya Winter Bundle

All through the second half of December and starting of January I was travelling. While some places were really cold, the others not so much. With the weather being different, I had to take care of my skin at all times.
To avoid all kinds of dryness, flaking, chapping, itchiness and tightness, I made sure I had the right products to keep my skin soft and hydrated. 
I had a great experience with Himalaya’s Youth Eternity Range and decided to give their skincare and lip care range a try. The products I selected were keeping my skin type in mind and something that I could use post the winter season too.
Himalaya Skin Care And Lip Care

Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care
This is the first time I am trying a lip balm from Himalaya Herbals. One of the main reasons why I decided to go for it is because it is enriched with 100% natural colour, Vitamin E and antioxidants. Plus, it is free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and silicone. 
Himalaya Skin Care And Lip Care
On application it gives a delicate strawberry fragrance and a glossy finish and enhances your natural lip colour. What I really loved about this lip balm is, it is not heavy and sticky and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. The lip balm easily lasts for 4-5 hours, prevents moisture loss and offers complete hydration. 
Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care completely moisturises your lips and keeps them soft and supple.
Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care

Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream
When it comes to skin cream I tend to be very picky. Since I have oily skin and live in a humid weather a lot of skin creams don’t suit my skin type. Therefore, it is paramount for me to choose something that is oily skin and humid climate friendly.
Himalaya Winter Bundle
The main reasons why I chose Himalaya’s Nourishing Skin Cream is because it is light, non-greasy, easy-to-use daily cream, which provides all day moisturising, nourishment and protection and keeps the skin soft and supple for hours.
The cream is blended with the extracts of Aloe Vera, Winter Cherry, Indian Kino Tree and Indian Pennywort, which protect the skin from pollution and bad weather conditions, providing nourishment and adequate hydration. A major plus point for the skin cream is, it is dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic.
Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream

Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion
I won’t lie – I’m one of those women who doesn’t moisturise on a daily basis. I know it’s a bad habit that needs to change ASAP, but until that happens I make it a point to invest in a body lotion that gives my skin the much needed hydration. 
Himalaya Skin Care And Lip Care
Himalaya's Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion is ideal for me. It deeply moisturises, softens and smoothens the skin. Cocoa Butter's deep-penetrating, natural ingredients repair and nourish the skin as well as makes it supple and the Wheat Germ Oil restores the skin's elasticity, leaving it softer and more toned than before along with improving the skin texture.
The body lotion has a delicate smell that lingers for a while after application. The texture of the lotion is creamy and fluid, gets easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. This makes the body lotion ideal for not just dry but humid weather as well. Like all Himalaya products this one too is free of preservatives and harmful chemicals. 
Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion
One thing I’ve learnt over the years is, it is very important to invest in good skin care products. Products that improve the skin quality over time and help keep it healthy and supple.
Himalaya products do not disappoint on that front. They offer the best skin and lip care in the harshest of weathers and help you to retain fresh and glowing skin at all times.
Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,
    Amena!!
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Plus Size Fashion | Go Glam Or Go Home!

I love December! It is hands down my fave month of the year. Not just because it is my (and my mother, father and kid brother’s) birthday month but also because everything around is bright and sparkling. The cool air is full of life, people are in high spirits and everyone is in a merry-making mood ready to bid adieu to the year gone by and to say hello to the new one awaiting us.
While the year may be coming to an end, the party season has just begun.

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Plus Size Fashion Blogger India
Nothing says holiday and festive glam quite like glitter and bling. As someone who loves both these things, any occasion is good enough for me to flaunt my treasured statement pieces and baubles.
While styling festive bling and party glam one needs to be mindful of not getting carried away and going over the top. If not careful, a look can go from tasteful to tacky in a heartbeat. 
Like most women around the world, my party season staple is a little black dress as well. Depending on the occasion, the LBD can either be glammed up or down. 

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Body Positivity In India
Taking a break from shifts and shirt dresses, I got myself a black skater dress from Amydus. I’ve always wanted to try out this silhouette and the festive season seemed like the perfect time to try it out. 
The dress is a quintessential LDB. It can easily be glammed up or kept simple and chic depending on the occasion. Since I wanted to wear the dress for a friend’s cocktail party I decided to style my look with gold accessories. The classic combination of gold and black with a hint of red colour pop can never go wrong. 

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Amydus - Indian Plus Size Fashion Brand
I am a huge maximalist who strongly believes in go big or go home. Not one to shy away from larger than life statement accessories, the LBD was the perfect companion to complement my bejewelled necklaces and embellished clutch. The simplicity of the dress balanced the dramatic accessories, creating a sophisticated and eye-catching look ideal for the party season.

Plus Size Party Look

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Amydus Skater Dress  | Pavers England Pumps | Accessorize Clutch | | Crimson Silk Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | Oriflame Eyeshadow | Smashbox Mascara 

As we say goodbye to 2017, here's wishing you all a splendid and wonderful Happy New Year. May 2018 be your year.

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,

    Amena!!
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Monday, 4 December 2017

Plus Size Fashion | Layer It Up


“Where do you buy your clothes from?” – This is one question that I get asked on a regular basis. Considering the lack of availability and easy accessibility of quality plus size fashion in India, this question doesn’t surprise me at all. However, what does surprise and bother me is how so many Indian brands still ignore the needs and demands of over 50% of the nation’s population.  

Plus Size Denim Shirt
Even though a large number of Indian brands still don’t have a size inclusive and body positive approach, there are a handful of brands that are making the effort to create stylish and affordable clothes for plus size women.  Along with making clothes, these brands are also helping build the confidence of many women who have struggled with body issues due to lack of clothes and mainstream representation.

Plus Size Denim Shirt
Personally, I’ve always struggled with finding clothes my size. However, this issue became even more obvious when I started fashion blogging. When a large part of your job depends on creating new looks, the lack of clothes can hamper your career. And to a large extent this has happened with me. It was only around late 2015- early 2016 that ready-to-wear plus size clothes were noticeably available.

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Unlike straight size women, we plus size women are not spoilt for choice. Therefore, it is very important to invest in clothes that are easy to mix-and-match and layer up. 
Amydus is one such brand that offers a wide variety of pieces that have great styling and layering potential. Plus, the brand has figured out Indian sizing and what works for Indian plus size women. From Indian wear to party wear and formal wear, there is something for every occasion.

Plus Size Fashion Blogger India
I love wearing dress, but I was never a fan of belted dresses. I really liked this check shirt dress and was not letting the belt stop me from buying it. When I got the dress, I was planning to style it without the belt. However, the dress did not have the same impact without the contrast accent. I purely wore the belt for the colour pop. What surprised me the most was how the belt helped accentuate my curves and give a better structure to the dress. The belt completely changed the look of the outfit.

Body Positivity In India
With winter season finally arriving in India, wearing layers without the fear of breaking into a sweat inspired me to layer the dress with a denim shirt. The denim shirt gave the look a beautiful colour contrast without dominating the dress. 
Both these pieces can be worn separately as well as can be used to layer. In fact, most pieces with front buttons can be used as a layer. That is why I prefer to invest in them.

Amydus - Indian Plus Size Fashion Brand
In a year full of trying out new styles and taking sartorial risk, this belted check shirt dress is another one to add to the grown list.
Plus Size Indian Fashion
Amydus Check Print Shirt Dress | Amydus Denim Shirt | Bata Shoes | Accessorize Bag | Necklace From Kashmir | Forever 21 Bracelet | Swarovski Red Slake | Pure Rouge  L'Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow | Smashbox Mascara 

Photography by Shreyas Hegde


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    Amena!!
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