Undoubtedly, the biggest makeup launch of 2017 has been that of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. The permanent collection encompasses a foundation with a 40-shade range, one primer, two makeup brushes, three portable makeup brushes, one makeup sponge, one matte powder, ten shimmering highlighting sticks, 20 shades of matte contouring sticks, six powder highlighters, blotting paper, and one lip gloss. I was very tempted to get a Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation but with 40 shades on offer with no chance of me seeing them live, I played safe and got a Shimmer Skinstick in the shade Sinamon.
You’ve planned your trip, bought your tickets, and picked out the places you want to visit. There’s just one thing left: what do you wear? I’ve put together this fashion guide for explorers so you’ll never be stuck again.
The Traveller’s Essential Fashion Guide
Think about the place you’ll be exploring — are you going in summer or winter? Will you need to cover up? — and tailor your packing list accordingly. It’s easy to fall into the trap of packing something, just in case, but do you really need to? By all means take a couple of extra items in case of emergencies, but avoid stuffing your bags with unnecessary items that won’t fit in with your plans. There’s no point taking an evening dress if you’re going to be hiking around mountains, for example.
Wear the right footwear
Wherever you go, if you’re exploring then you’ll probably be doing a lot of walking, which means the right footwear is essential. Choose shoes which are comfortable, durable, and fit in with your existing wardrobe — you’ll be more likely to get wear out of them on future trips, making them worth the investment.
What shoes do I need?
- Good quality trainers will provide enough comfort for a city break.
- Walking boots will take you over any kind of terrain and are perfect for hiking and more challenging walks. Make sure you pick a sturdy pair — avoid UGG boots or anything similar.
- In some countries, like Japan, it’s easier to wear shoes that slip on and off, since many places require that you remove them before entering. Sandals will provide more support than flip flops.
Check the weather conditions you’ll be dealing with before you depart. If it’s going to be unpredictable, or you’ll be travelling through several different places, make sure you have clothes you can layer over each other.
Light layers in natural fabrics (like cotton) work well in warmer climates. You may need a cover-up, in case the air-con is on full-blast, and it’s worth taking a hooded, fold-away waterproof for any rain showers.
If you’ll be exploring a colder climate, make sure you have a long-sleeved, woollen jumper to layer over your base, and long trousers to shelter your legs from the cold. Going to somewhere like Iceland? You may need thermals depending on the date of your trip.
Don’t forget your hat
Be sure to protect your scalp from sunburn in warmer climates, especially if you’ll be going somewhere where there’s not much shelter or shade. In colder destinations, a woolly hat and gloves will shield you from chilly winds.
Bring a secure bag
Consider carrying your belongings in an anti-theft backpack. These handy bags have a zip along the back, instead of across the top, which means your possessions will be safe from the thieving hands of pickpockets.
Respect local customs
Some areas are more conservative than others, with women being required to cover their shoulders, knees, and stomach, so make sure you know the rules and cover up when you need to.
Consider packing a scarf
Scarves are incredibly versatile. Get the right size and you can use it to keep warm, cover up (see above), or as a blanket while you’re on a train or plane. A smart scarf can also function as an accessory if you need to dress up an outfit in an instant.
What are your tips for travel? Do share in the comments below.
A gastropub created as a result of being stuck in jams and hearing traffic updates on the radio. Yes, that is the inspiration behind Traffic Gastropub, a place already creating a lot of waves in the New Town area. I went there last weekend and can say that I quite enjoyed getting Stuck in Traffic!
With bright lights, colorful posters and quirky wall art and installations, Traffic is the perfect chill zone. There’s a 25 feet long bar, there’s a DJ console that doubles up as a live performance area, there’s shisha and there’s yummy pub food and drinks.
Traffic Gastropub Menu
Here are my picks from the menu.
Daru Ki Tanki – a potent mix of White Rum, Old Monk, Banana Liqueur, Bailey’s, Pineapple Juice, Fresh cream along with banana slices served in a copper Samovar. This Pina Colada meets Old Monk meets Bananas sounds kinda weird but everything comes together pretty well.
Long Island Peach Iced Tea – This one’s a classic but at Traffic, the size is double of what you get elsewhere!
Chilli Chicken Pizza – Chunky pieces of Chilli Chicken on a bed of cheese. Yass!!
Parmesan Crusted Fish – Strips of fish coated with a generous amount of parmesan cheese and baked to perfection.
Chicken Poutine – French fries tossed in house sauce and topped with chicken and cheese. Perfect grub to munch along with some chilled beer
Murg Kasmiri Kabab – A delightful combination of chicken mince stuffed in chicken breasts, marinated in spices and yoghurt and prepared in a Tandoor
Shish Kabab Roll – ‘Mutton got stuck in a Traffic roll’ is how the menu describes this dish. This is basically mutton seekh kabab rolls hung on a skewer.
Oreogasm – Traffic’s signature dessert. A bed of cheesecake topped with Oreo cookies, chocolate sauce and Gems. Dieter’s delight! 🙂
Traffic Gastropub No Refusal Menu
Traffic is making waves for another reason as well. It has the cheapest Happy Hours in the city with drinks and cocktails starting at only Rs 49!! The No Refusal Menu is valid from Monday to Friday from 12 pm – 5 pm and the prices are insane. Old Monk at Rs 49, Smirnoff vodka at Rs 75, Cocktails starting at Rs 74 and 330 ml of beer at Rs 99 only. Happy you and happy wallet!
Second Floor, Opposite INOX Ticket Counter, City Centre, New Tow
Timings – Noon to Midnight
Average Cost – ₹1,400 for two people (approx.) with alcohol. Excl taxes.
I was invited by the management to dine at Traffic for review purpose.
One skincare product that has made a huge impact on the beauty industry is the Pixi Glow Tonic. People have raved about this product, many consider it to be their Holy Grail of toners and there are endless reviews on it. I started using the product few months back and now, on to my second bottle. Is it worth the hype? Let’s find out.
Pixi Glow Tonic
What is it?
Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating alcohol-free toner, formulated with five per cent glycolic acid – an alpha-hydroxy acid which helps in the removal of dead skin cells. It also contains aloe vera, ginseng and other botanical extracts to nourish and soothe the skin. Basically, the aim of the product is to act on dullness and revitalise skin to reveal a healthy-looking glow and minimised pores.
The toner is free of alcohol so it is suitable for all types of skin. I have combination skin and I have been using it regularly since July. I have not experienced any dryness at all after applying it.
Nykaa is on a roll! They are coming out with new products practically every week and their latest launch is the Nykaa Glamoreyes Liquid Eyeliner range consisting of seven shades. I bought three of them – Enchanting Forest, Whimsical Potion and Chaotic Calypso. The eyeliners are reasonably priced at Rs 299 each and available on the Nykaa website.
Nykaa Glamoreyes Liquid Eyeliner
A bold release that packs a punch of stunning color in just one swipe, Nykaa’s Glamoreyes Liquid Eyeliner is all you need to get the most fabulous eye look on. What’s great about this product is its melt, crack and run resistant properties. This refined liner glides perfectly across the lash line for a gorgeous fluid application, leaving you looking super sensational!
Nykaa Glamoreyes Liquid Eyeliner Shades
- 01 Stormy Sky : Grey
- 02 Chaotic Calypso : Dark Ink Blue
- 03 Enchanting Forest : Forest Green
- 04 Mystic Woods : Dark Brown
- 05 Dragon’s Heart : Rust
- 06 Whimsical Potion : Aqua Blue
- 07 Poisonous Plum : Purple