Monday, 16 March 2020

Home - Body Positive Poem

Home - Body Positive Poem by Amena Azeez

We are constantly seeking a home; a safe place we can call our own. And yet, we are most cruel to the only true abode (home) we will ever have – our body. We find ways to alter it, change it, hate it, abuse it, without realising and often forgetting that our body is the one that carries us through life.
Hating your body won’t make it better or different. You owe it to your body to treat it better and be kinder towards it.
You have only one body. You have to learn to make peace with your body. Instead of fighting, hating, resenting it you need to learn to love, listen, nourish, embrace, nurture, celebrate, cherish and most importantly, respect it - Amena

Friday, 13 March 2020

FINDING ME - Body Positive Poem

FINDING ME - Body Positive Poem by Amena Azeez

When I started my self-acceptance and body positive journey, I had no clue how and where it was going to take me. I just knew that I had to get off the vicious self-hate and toxic diet culture cycle that had consumed more than half my life. As I found ways to embrace and accept my body, I felt more liberated and comfortable sharing parts of my life and lived experience. It started with sharing my photos. Next, I found the confidence to voice my feelings and views. And finally, I found the strength and was able to talk about the same with a larger audience. However, one aspect of my body positive journey I never shared with anyone are my poems. I started writing poems to put into words my innermost feelings. Things I could not express in any other way would flow out of me as poems. Some were healing words, while others were my rawest most bitter feelings. Writing poems was the most cathartic experience for me. It gave me the freedom to say things I would have never found the courage to even admit to myself. In doing so I was able to free myself and unlearn thing I had been conditioned to believe for years.

After much contemplation I have finally decided to share my poems. I hope they can help you in your journey just like they helped me in mine - Amena

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Oriflame The One Colour Obsession Lipsticks Review

It is officially glam season in India. As the temperature drops, the festive wedding season gets into full swing. Casual clothes makes way for couture pieces, basic is replaced with bling, and warm hues are preferred over soft shades. With parties, weddings and social gathering every other day, creating new and different looks can be a task. However, with just the right makeup and accessories, you can effortlessly repeat any look you like.

Right in time to get you ready for the festive wedding season, Oriflame has launched The One Colour Obsession Lipsticks in 10 rich shades. The colour intensity of the lipstick is enhanced through ChromaLoad technology. The weightless gel crème formula makes it very easy to apply; the lipsticks melts on contact and give a luminous, glossy finish. 

Product styling and photography by Roxanne D'souza of Head2Heels

What I love about this collection is, all the lipsticks are sheer and light textured and not heavily pigmented. After application they give a fresh, wet finish that gives the lips a delicate dewy look. The lipsticks offer up to 8 hour moisture and can last for a good 4 hours without touch up. This collection is ideal for anyone who likes to wear radiant and pop colours that are not too dark and pigmented after application. Plus, all 10 shades perfectly complement and suit all Indian skin tones. 

Red Rage is a vibrant red shade. This shade has a warm undertone and suits a large number of Indian complexions. It is a lovely shade of bright red without being too bold. Ideal for those who prefer to wear not too dramatic or statement making shade of red.

Red Fever is a deep red shade with blue undertone. Reddish-brown in colour, Red Fever is a more subtle shade of red that can effortlessly be worn during the day and night. 

Purple Power is a rich purple shade that has a hint of wine to it. If you add a few extra swipes on top of your regular application, you can have a nice dark plum pout with this shade.

Cherry Crave is a maroon shade with purple undertone. A stunning dark shade, Cherry Crave has all the appeal of oxblood without being too dramatic. Ideal for those who like to wear dark shades that are not too deep and pigmented.


Pink Possession is a pretty shade of pink with a coral orange undertone. A summer shade that works very well even in the festive winter season. Like me, if you have naturally pink lips, on application, the shade looks pinkish orange.

Peach Passion is a delicate shade of peach. It is a very subtle shade that adds a hint of colour to the lips.

Magenta Mania is a sultry hot pink shade. With deeper application you can get a sexy fuchsia pout with this shade.

Coral Craze is a pop shade of coral orange with pink undertone. This is a rich and radiant shade that looks great with both Indian and Western outfits.

Tempting Orange is a fiery orange shade with a hint of red.

Nude Appeal is a classic shade of nude. On application it enhances your natural lips colour and gives a delicate colourless glow to it.

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,


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