I can’t believe that it has been 15 years already! I remember when the ITC Sonar building was under construction, there was so much curiosity amongst the general public. That time, Kolkata did not have too many luxury hotels so we were all very excited. My first visit to ITC Sonar took place soon after they launched and it was a visit to Peshawri. For the last 15 years, it has been one of my favorite hotels so I felt really special when the management invited me to be part of their Crystal Anniversary celebration. On this special occasion, ITC Sonar has come up with a range of offers for their patrons. One of them is called 15 Hours Nostalgia where you basically spend 15 hours in the hotel experiencing luxury at its best.
Finally I bought a Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit! The world is obsessed with these but somehow I never got the “I need to have it” vibe from these products. That was until she dropped the June Bug Lip Kit ($30) in the 2017 Summer Collection.
June Bug is a vibrant orchid/purple color. I am in a purple obsessed lip color phase so anything remotely purple excites me no end right now. Hence this choice. Plus, the color also goes very well with our skin tone and it does not look too loud.
As with all Kylie Cosmetics lip kits, along with the matte liquid lipstick, there is also a lip liner in the same shade. The packaging is different from the regular lip kit packaging and looks more luxurious with all the gold.
Kylie Lip Kits are popular no doubt but these have not really got great reviews. Many people have said that the formula is very drying and some of the colors go on patchy. My experience with June Bug is quite good though. The lip liner is creamy and applies very well. The pigmentation is also very impressive.
The liquid lipstick is really good. The vanilla smell is a bit too strong but I quite like the formula. Pigmentation is brilliant and it applies very well. The lipstick goes opaque in one swipe and lasts for nearly 5-6 hours. It does get a bit drying after sometime though but nothing too uncomfortable. This is my first Kylie Lip Kit so I don’t have anything to compare it against but my experience with June Bug has been really good. Plus, the color is so rad. It immediately brightens up the face and every time I apply it, I get so many compliments!
Have you tried the Kylie Lip Kits? Which one is your favorite? Do share in the comments below.
I am extremely lazy when it comes to going to salons. Yes, I go for threading and hair spas but I rarely book appointments for facials. It takes way too long and I get very impatient. For people like me, a home facial kit is ideal. I can use one at my own convenience and there are zero hassles. I recently tried out the Jovees Anti-Ageing Facial Value Kit at home couple of times and liked the results. Read on to know my thoughts on the product.
Jovees Anti-Ageing Facial Value Kit Description
Our Anti-Ageing skin care facial helps stimulate the production of collagen thus mitigating and removing fine lines & wrinkles. This kit is loaded with antioxidants, which reduces the production of free radicals in the body and thus prevents aging.
This exclusive kit has six products and each product has been carefully developed using herbs and plant extracts. The kit contains the following products:
- Citrus and Blackberry Cleanser
- Apricot and Almond Facial Scrub
- Wheatgerm with Vitamin-E Face Massage Cream
- Witch Hazel and Basil Skin Toning Gel
- Sandal, Saffron and Honey Anti-Ageing Face Pack
- Almond and Ginseng Moisturising Anti-Ageing Skin Cream
Price – Rs 667
Availability – Jovees website
A mini version of the kit is also available. It includes the cleanser, scrub, face massage cream, face mask and essence of saffron anti pigmentation blemish cream. The Jovees Anti Ageing Mini Facial Value Kit is priced at Rs 225.
There is reason to rejoice folks. Happy Hours or rather Boho Hours have started at Bohemian, my favorite Bengali fusion/contemporary cuisine restaurant and it is quite spectacular. Boho Hours is from 4 pm -7 pm daily and during this time, you can get cocktails and other drinks at a reduced price. To go with the drinks, owner-chef Joymalya Banerjee has also created a special menu of light bites that have the signature Bohemian fusion touch.
I was invited for a tasting session of the new menu last week and here’s what I loved from the cocktail menu.
- Made in Heaven – made for the chocoholics. A delightful combination of whiskey, dark chocolate and vanilla
- The Bengal Daab Sangria – a Bengali take on the traditional sangria. This one has tender coconut, seasonal fruits and herbs steeped in white wine.
- The Kolkata Afternoon – Perfect summer drink. Zesty lemony cocktail made with preserved lemon and Bacardi white rum. Finished with a hint of chilli
And for the adventurous, there is The Kolkata Biryani. Chef calls it his quirkiest cocktail ever and it has vodka, juices, secret spices and flavourings, served with the quintessential biryani potatoes!
From the finger food menu, I loved the Cottage Cheese and Burnt Tomato Mousse on Papri, the veg version of liver pate perhaps. If I was not informed earlier that this was cottage cheese, I could have never guessed!
If you love pork, definitely try the Nolen Gur Glazed Pork Belly on Papri. The slightly sweet pork on the crunchy papri made for a very interesting bite.
Other favorites were the Cream Cheese and Pickled Chilli Wraps, Steamed Chicken Envelopes, Crab n Prawn Phuchka with Spiced Nolen Gur Water and Potato Medallions with Tamarind Chickpeas (a bite-sized version of the street vendor’s aloo tikki and chole).
What: Boho Hours
Where: Club de Bohemian, 32/4 Old Ballygunge, 1st Lane, off Bondel Road
Timing: Available only from 4pm to 7pm daily
Menu: 25 appetisers, four alcoholic ice creams, five desserts and more to choose from. The Boho Hours food menu will not be available during lunch or dinner
Pocket pinch per person: Rs 300 (plus taxes) onwards.
Made in Heaven & The Kolkata Biryani pic source – Bohemian
Lakme is by far one of my most favorite makeup brands. They have improved their quality immensely over the years and they always come out with products that not only perform well but are also reasonably priced especially their Enrich range. The latest addition to the range is the Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon priced at Rs 185 only!
Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon is a newly formulated lip color crayon, for a soft texture and smooth matte finish. Get soft and colorful lips every day, in 10 different shades of your choice. The Lakme Enrich Lip Crayons contain a high level of mineral powders, giving your lips a soft matte finish. It also contains a rich mixture of olive oil and jojoba oil which condition your lips.