Minnie Mouse. Ft. Winkk

Hello Family!

How is everyone doing? Can you believe that we are already nearing the end of 2016? With my birthday around the corner and so much happening on the work front, I haven’t had the time to go birthday shopping hence I have been just shopping online! 😀 I am almost done emptying my account for this month with just a few things I feel I need: Sunglasses. But one thing I suck at is shopping for glasses. Honestly, I need opinions from 20 different people and am not convinced that easy.

Getting the right eye wear can be quite tricky after all. Either it doesn’t fit well on your face or it exceeds your budget. And when you do find something that is reasonably priced, you have to be open to the idea that the quality would be compromised upon. Don’t we all face it? We go to an optical store with a fixed budget in mind. We have our own ideas of what we want. But do the sales executives get it? I doubt. They take extreme pleasure in showing us frames that are way out of our budget and then convince us into buying them. But the dilemma doesn’t truly end here. After 30 minutes of trying on various frames and innumerable selfies, when you finally decide on a pair (after mentally calculating the prices!), you are very conveniently informed that they have some really hi-fi lenses which are better than the regular ones and they would come at an additional cost. If it’s sunglasses, they would come up with these really tech names and convince you that why the expensive ones are better for your eyes!If you have the heart to spend an atrocious amount of money on a pair of glasses, great. Otherwise, the stressful cycle of selecting frames within your budget begins again.

But what if I told you that there is someone out there making your task easier? Someone who makes good quality frames which are afforable and fashionable? Someone who makes shoppingfor glasses a fun experience? You heard me right. Enter, Winkk. A young startup with the core idea of making eye wear shopping a lot simpler and affordable, Winkk runs through an online ecommerce website. And true to their word, their glasses are priced all under Rs. 2000, which is honestly pretty reasonable. The brand was established with a vision to create a platform that is honest and makes shopping for optical products easy, economical and fun. Trusting on their claim, I decided to order a pair of sunglasses from their website. When the parcel came in was I satisfied or what! The delivery happened within 3 working days and the product was exactly as the picture had suggested. What I also liked about them was their “Custom Eyes” feature. How the feature works is that a customer can upload a selfie and a team of virtual stylists at Winkk will get to work like little minions and shortlist a few styles for the customer. A personal touch with technicality know-how, it’s worth giving a try. No? And all at zero additional cost. You pay for the product, the services come complimentary. Being a designer and a fashion blogger, I am supposed to be a better judge of what would suit my face type and look good on me, and I accept I am really sorted on what I want. However, online shopping can be really tricky. Without actually wearing or trying something on, buying clothes is still okay because you have a set standard measurement chart. But when it comes to glasses, it has to not just fit but also suit your face type. No? Hence, when you have services that take care of this one major issue we all face, life is pretty much sorted! A fun fact about Winkk, which is also a noble fact is that they donate a pair of glasses to the needy for every purchase made. Isn’t that the sweetest?

You can check out their website here.

You can check out their Custom Eyes feature here.

You can buy the same sunnies I bought for myself here.

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What is on me:

  • Overalls, Hair band and Top: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Zara
  • Bag: Street Shopping, Bangalore
  • Sunnies: Winkk

Let me know how you like them!

Love and Light,

Inaaya

Mirror.Mirror. Ft. AlterMirror

Hello Family,

One thing fashion blogging has taught me in the last one year is that all of us wish to look and feel good about ourselves. Who doesn’t want to get noticed and complimented for how they are carrying themselves? I doubt anyone would say no to that! Over the last few months, a lot of you have approached me for styling tips, make-up advice and hair care regimes. And believe me when I say it that it makes my day to see your questions and interact with you! While I’ve tried to do my best and answer all the queries that keep coming in, it made me realize that there are a lot of people out there who need advices on fashion, make-up and hair but do not have the right resources or the time to go for consultations. Enter AlterMirror – a mobile grooming app – that resolves all these issues and more. AlterMirror allows one to get expert advice and supervision on grooming without having to invest in any extra products or services. The idea is to help you look fab with what you have.

Fortunately for me, I had the luck of stumbling upon this app last week and I can honestly vouch for the quality of their services after having used the app. The app breaks down all barriers of distance and time and connects you to the best grooming experts from around the country who answer all your queries about fashion, make-up, hair and total grooming. So how does it function? Let me break it up in 7 steps for you:

  • Step one: Download the AlterMirror Android app from Google Play Store
  • Step two: Fill in your profile details and upload a cute picture of yourself
  • Step three: Select from the 4 services offered on the app – Makeup, Hair, Fashion and accessories and Total Grooming
  • Step four: Browse through the profile of all the Consultants offering the service that you have opted for and select a Consultant of your choice
  • Step five: Book an appointment with your selected Consultant
  • Step six: Make sure to show up at your designated time of appointment and call your Consultant using the video calling feature of the app
  • Step seven: Introduce yourself and ask your Consultant all the questions you have on the service that you have opted for

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Sometimes I feel being new to the world of make-up, there are so many tricks of the trade that I am unaware of. Hence the moment I saw this app, I knew what I wanted out of it! I booked an appointment for a Makeup session with Neelam Kamall who is a Bangalore based Makeup artist and it was a wonderful experience! Neelam was patient enough to answer all my questions. Due to a lot of late night work and stress, I’ve developed these dark circles that never seem to go away. My big question to Neelam was how I could hide these dark circles using make-up until I got back to my daily sleep routine. Did you know that one is supposed to use a darker shade of concealer instead of a lighter shade under one’s eyes to hide dark circles and blemishes in general? I may sound like a dummy but honestly I had no idea! Neelam also helped me with the kind of foundation that would suit my T-Zone skin type and work in the humid Mumbai weather. My questions weren’t stopping anytime soon but she was patient enough to answer them all. The conversation lasted 23 minutes or so and the video quality of the app was great. There were no voice lags or hazy frames which is usually the case when you are video chatting and travelling at the same time. So if you are someone who is always on the go and doesn’t have the time to go to experts for consultation, this app could prove to be quite useful. At Rs. 350, a grooming session with an expert regardless of where you are is definitely not too heavy on the pocket. The app is in its launch phase and is offering a Rs. 100 off on your first consultation. Use the Coupon Code AMPROM01 until October 15 to get this price off.

Unless you are a professional, we all need grooming tips and advice that is personalized and relevant for each of us. While there are other sources of such advice like YouTube, the advice there is very generic. I have seen a lot of tutorials on YouTube and I know it is useful overall but often a more personalized experience can make a lot of difference. Try the AlterMirror app to believe it and let me know what you feel about the app and its services. I would love to hear. 🙂

With Love,

Inaaya

 

Garnier Ultra Blends

Garnier is a part of the French cosmetics company L’OrĂ©al. It is a pioneer brand when it comes to cosmetics on a budget. But they surely went all out there when it came to Visual Merchandising. For the launch of their Ultra Blends range, Garnier set up a display at Phoenix, Lower Parel and boy was I amazed! The very vibe of the place was so beautiful and fresh, it had me hooked. If you don’t believe me, look at the pictures down below!

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THE PRODUCTS

Do you believe me now? 🙂 So there were 4 product ranges that were launched. And the best part about them is that they are very reasonably priced and of course, they smelled delicious! A shampooo bottle priced at Rs. 120 can be bought by any of us to give a try. An honest request, use the products atleast 3-4 times before deciding if it suits your hair or not.

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To make it easier for you, let me give you a break down of which product would suit which hair type according to me:

Ultra Blends Soy Milk and Almonds shampoo

The formula here is a blend with Soy Milk and Almonds, known for their rich protein content. They vouch that it intensely repairs and restores damaged hair. But I feel my hair felt incredibly soft with every wash.

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Ultra Blends Henna & Blackberry Nourishing Shine Shampoo

For those of you who have dull hair that lacks shine, this formula might work wonders. The reason why hair lacks shine is due to lack of nourishment. This range is a blend with Henna & Blackberry and not only does it nourish your hair but also gives it shine.

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Ultra Blends Royal Jelly & Lavender Anti Hairfall Shampoo

Those of you worrying about your hairfall, worry no more. Atleast for brittle hair, this product might help some. Hair tends to fall more when it is weak and fragile so this formula is a blend with Lavender Essence & Royal Jelly, known to be rich in amino acids, vitamins and lipids. It helps reinforce and strengthen your hair.

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Ultra Blends 5 Plants Revitalizing Shampoo

The city life exposes our hair and scalp to a lot of pollution, dust and heat, making it weak and lifeless. To revitalize your hair, this one here is a blend with 5 precious herbs- Green tea, Eucalyptus, Aloe, Lemon & Henna – known for Anti-oxidant power, Anti-bacterial property, Moisture, Shine and Conditioning respectively.
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Let me know if you guys actually use them and what are your reviews!
Until Next Time.
With Love,
Inaaya