Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Hair-Changing Experience with TIGI and Ralf Boss


I love how life always has a new experience to offer! From my memorable trip to Koi Samui, to trying out Deepika’s clothing collection, I’ve had such a wonderful time learning and exploring.

After my last hair experiment, I really wanted to try something new when it came to my locks. So, I made a trip to the Lakme Absolut Salon in Bandra and got my hair pampered and styled by Ralf Boss. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, this guy is a very important man! Ralf Boss leads the TIGI Asia Educator Team as Creative Director Taiwan & Asia South Pacific. He wanted to be a famous hairdresser at the age of 13, and now prides in having run his own salon in Germany for more than 15 years! So inspiring!

I felt honoured to have him cut and style my hair, really. He is so experienced and talented, and I’m sure his skills are unparalleled. Throughout the entire process, he talked to me about little but important hacks when it comes to hair, like how your conditioner should never be the same brand and type as the shampoo you use. Another valuable tip he gave was that when you cut your hair, always divide your hair in uneven layers. This helps your hair grow and give it a better structure!

Ralf Boss used Bed Head products to make sure my hair game was totally on fleek! He started with using TIGI Bed Head’s Urban Antidotes Re-energize Shampoo, and the After Party smoothing hair cream right after the wash. These cleaned and untangled my hair perfectly! He finished with a spritz of Hard Head hair spray and gave me this look that goes best with my style!











Overall, I can tell you that my experience with Ralf Boss at the Lakme Absolut Salon was shear heaven! I am so, so happy with how gorgeous my hair looks and how well the Bed Head products treated my tresses!

Love,
Riya

Monday, November 21, 2016

Koi Samui with Cox And Kings & Thailand Tourism- Part 1


October had been such a rush of a month for me this year! Apart from the fact that it’s my birthday month and I took a trip to Goa to celebrate (which you must’ve seen if you’re following me on Snapchat), I hurried straight to Koi Samui, Thailand, with Cox and Kings right after. I’m so psyched to tell you all about it!

My flight to Bangkok was at night and then I had to connect to Koi Samui once I landed. When I reached the Bangkok airport, I explored and took my time looking around, completely forgetting that I had to get my visa on arrival! When I realized that I’d forgotten this, I literally ran about for almost 20 minutes to get my visa done! I was just in time to catch my connecting flight to Koi Samui, thank God! I could barely contain my excitement once I got my seat.


It takes only an hour to get to Koi Samui, and the airport was quaint and so pretty. I put up lots of pictures on my Snapchat – you can add me @Caughtinacuff so you don’t miss out on anything!



My hotel was only five minutes away from the Koi Samuiairport, and we had landed at 7 PM, so it was dark outside. I stayed at the Nora Beach Resort, and it was absolutely beautiful and breath-taking. A beachside accommodation is so ideal and perfect for a holiday!



Since I got there so late, I didn’t really get to set out and soak in the culture and the life of Koi Samui. All I did that night was head to the Chaweng Night Market. I visited all the stalls and enjoyed the local bands playing commercial music, and a restaurant nearby was throwing a karaoke party. The people of Koi Samui were very welcoming and nice and they left no stone unturned to make sure I was having the time of my life.


As all of you know, I LOVE to eat. That night, I tried Nutella and banana pancakes and they were oh, so delicious! I also indulged in an amazing leg massage while I was there (how could I not, really? Massages are part of what Thailand is so famous for!)

This was only my first day in the gorgeous city of KoiSamui, and soon enough I’ll be updating you guys with my second day there. In the meanwhile, here are some pictures I took from my trip. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The power of fashion in Hollywood movies!

In the age of establishing your own identity, fashion is wonderfully versatile when it comes to personalizing your look. I’ve always loved adding my own twist to whatever I wear. Thanks to movies and celebrity stylists, so many things are coming back in style! I love how I can revisit older trends with a fresh take on them.
Everyone in the field of fashion has their own idols. For me, these five Hollywood celebrities are my favourites when it comes to fashion inspirations:
  

Emma Watson:
She’s got the looks and the brains, and that’s a deadly combination. I’ve always related to her ever since I first saw her in the Harry Potter movies. Her looks are usually very British and emphasize a lot on individuality. Her outfits are edgy and basic, and Emma inspires me to want to dress in a way that my clothes show what I am, who I am.


Anne Hathaway:
Her outfits in The Devil wears Prada were so chic! Anne Hathaway is beautiful and stylish, and her every outfit looks so well-meditated and put together. She always comes across as sweet and smart, with just enough sass to make her one of my favourite Hollywood actresses.
  


Blake Lively:
So often she’s been nicknamed the ultimate queen of style. I’m nobody to deny that! If someone can pull off a Lindsey Thornburg dress (with a slit!) and rock it with a pair of simple Converse sneakers, it’s only Blake Lively!



Brad Pitt:
It’s ridiculous how he can pull off a variety of appearances and look so fashionable and sexy. I think it’s not just the clothes he wears that makes the statement, but his own attitude. I know for sure that he could make any street on Earth look like a runway, just because of how trendy and confident he is.
 


Tom Cruise:
This Mission Impossible heartthrob is a trendsetter, no doubt. His looks are almost always sophisticated and composed, no matter what he wears. From a simple white shirt to a tailored suit, Tom Cruise can steal any girl’s breath away, all thanks to his drop-dead gorgeous looks.



I know there will be more Hollywood celebrities who will rock the most inspiring and fresh looks, and I’ll always find someone new to learn from. It’s fun to see how celebrities who are so different from each other, have something in common that ties them together. I’m excited to catch such interesting themes and conversation on ‘It’s 9 O’Talk’ on Sony Le PLEX HD, where such hand-picked movie themes will have film buffs enjoying fun movie conversations all week! From Monday through Friday at 9 PM, with the gorgeous Neha Sareen! Don’t forget to join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter. After all, this is where I belong, where YOU belong, where every movie lover belongs!


See you soon,
Riya

Thursday, November 3, 2016

14-Day Challenge With Pantene


Every girl’s most prized feature is her hair, isn’t it? We try all kinds of products: from the basics like oils, shampoos, and conditioners, to more complex ones like spa treatments, serum, and heat. We put in so much effort to have just the perfect hairstyle and that subtle bounce that adds to our perky personality. As if our jobs and other lemons that life sends our way aren’t stressful enough, the tiresome procedure of hair care feels like another chore in our routine. Throw in environmental factors and you’ve got yourself the optimum situation to have unwanted hair fall. Nobody wants to lose their precious locks!

To keep up with the trends, you cannot possibly overlook something as important as hairstyling. So after a lot of curling, straightening, blow-drying, and so much product in my hair, the roots began to get oily and the tips, very dry. To top it off, I had to deal with hair fall, too. My hair was a frizzy nightmare without the use of products to tame it! Just using shampoos was not helping me at all.

So I decided that I would take up the Pantene Pro-V 14-Day Challenge. They promised lesser hair fall, fuller hair, and softer texture. What’s not to like? I received the Pantene Pro-V Hair fall Control shampoo and conditioner, and a test shampoo without the brand specified. The drill was that I had to use the test shampoo on one half of my hair, and the Pantene Hair fall Control shampoo and conditioner on the other side, for fourteen days. And I complied.

The results? I’m so happy with this product! My hair is visibly nourished, my hair fall is truly controlled, and it feels so smooth! There is absolutely no dryness whatsoever, and the added bonus is how much I LOVE the fragrance of Pantene Pro-V’s shampoo and conditioner! Even my need for things to look beautiful was fulfilled, because the packaging was so fancy and aesthetic! The pricing of the shampoo is 110 INR for 180ml and the conditioner is 55 INR for 75ml.

I am fully satisfied after Pantene’s 14-Day Hair Fall Control Challenge. Needless to say, I’m going to use this for a lot longer than the challenge duration. If you love your hair unconditionally, this product is a must-have!









I am taking up the #14DayChallenge as a part of product review activity at BlogAdda in association with Pantene

Love,
Riya

Dark- KENZO X H&M



H&M has been one of my favorite brands from the time I got into high street shopping and it never fails to surprise with their collection and collaborations. I have been an H&M fan since the beginning of time and was psyched to have them open their stores in our city, Mumbai.

I was quite pumped to be a part of the KENZOXHM campaign! For me, the Kenzo collection is all about coming out of your comfort zone. It's a blast of prints and colors. The pieces have a lot of overlapping patterns and textures. The pieces are bold with strong colors to make the most statement clothing.

I chose a sweatshirt with a long tee which was almost a dress for me, Teaming up with boots and socks completed my outfit. I love the night shots and they've translated the chill yet statement vibe pretty well.

Do let me know how you like this look and don't forget to visit the stores today as the collection is available to all now!










Love,
Riya