Top 5 Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Winter tends to take a toll on everyone’s skin making it dry & withered. And if neglected it can lead to flaking, hyperpigmentation, itching & cracking. In the long run it can also cause wrinkles and premature aging.

I’m always on the look out for the perfect formula that can fight dryness & keep the skin looking healthy even in bleak times. Here, I’ve rounded up few of my favourites in no particular order.

CeraVe Moisturising Cream

A heavy duty moisturiser with hyaluronic acid & ceramides that restore the skin’s natural barrier to protect from dryness & irritation, it does more than just moisturise. It is also recommended by dermatologists for extreme dryness & eczema.

Buy CeraVe Moisturising Cream

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

The perfect moisturiser for daytime as well as night time, it glides on smoothly to revive dull & dry skin. It also doubles as a hydrating primer under makeup.

Buy Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

It is a gel based formula that’s instantly absorbed into the skin for a matte finish. Perfect for anyone looking for a grease free alternative to their regular moisturiser.

Buy Laneige Water Seeping Mask

Nivea Soft

This quick absorbing cream feels light on the skin and the pocket. Enriched with vitamin E, it’s suitable for all skin types.

Buy Nivea Soft

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

This fragrance free gel-cream is perfect for sensitive skin that needs a boost of moisture to leave a healthy glow.

Buy Clinique Moisture Surge



My Skincare Routine

Skincare is an often neglected element of our lives. It seems like we are always hard pressed for time though we are quick to whine when the weather takes a toll on our skin.

The secret behind great skin is nothing but a solid skincare routine that’s carefully formulated based on your skin type. Being consistent is key as much as a healthy diet is.

Each skin is different and needs to be tended to in a different way. Here are a few staples that have stood by my combination skin through thick and thin.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

On days that I feel my skin needs hydration I find myself reaching for the Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion, which gently cleanses without stripping natural oils away from the skin.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Khadi Natural Rose Water

Rose water acts as a natural toner for the skin which helps balance our skin’s pH levels. It soothes the skin without drying it out.

Khadi Natural Rose Water Skin Toner

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

The Effaclar Duo is a gel cream that delivers the perfect amount of moisture when you aren’t looking to pile on the grease on humid days. It effectively reduces acne and claims to lighten blemishes.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL

Originating in the La Roche Posay thermal spring that’s known for it’s skin care properties in France, all of their products are Paraben and Fragrance free. They are tested for sensitive skin as well.

The Anthelios XL sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 50 feels does a successful job of protecting the skin from sunburns even over extended periods of time.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma, the pioneers in micellar water have simplified our lives by helping us wipe the day off in one clean swipe. It also acts as a toner (sans the harsh alcohol) and mild moisturiser.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena has been a life saver to purge pollutants from the skin leaving it fresh and squeaky clean.

This step of double cleansing ensures that the pores are prepped to soak in the good stuff.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This facial oil not only does wonders for the skin but comes in a lavender fragrance as a bonus, which is proven to relax our senses and promote better sleep.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Clinique Moisture Surge

For days that my skin feels extra thirsty I slather this intense moisturiser, which it drinks up quickly without appearing greasy.

Clinique Moisture Surge

Laneige lip sleeping mask

Parched lips are definitely one of my pet peeves. This incredible lip mask mends chapped lips and plumps them with by locking in moisture.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Berry)

Clinique Pep Start

Exfoliating once or twice a week based on your skin type is a crucial step in any skin care routine to scrub away dead skin and avoid clogged pores.

Clinique Pep-Start 2-In-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Lush The Kiss LipScrub

This scrub doesn’t just buff away dead skin with the tiny sugar granules but also hydrates the lips with a dose of moisture.

Lush Lip Scrub

GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment

A trailblazer for face masks, Glamglow has definitely taken the world in a storm. This face mask can be applied once or twice a week to reveal brighter skin.

Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment Glam To Go


Cozy Winters

It’s that time of the year when spirits are high but the temperature is constantly dipping.

Fortunately, we have it quite easy down here as the weather doesn’t get as chilly.

Nevertheless, here are a few essentials to get you through this season as snug as a bug in a rug.

Pictured: Fleece Throw – Ikea

Fur Cushion – Ikea

3 Wick Candle – Bath & Body Works

Fleece & Woollen Throws

Leave a fleece or woollen throw in your living room or wherever you like to lounge.

Fur Cushions

Prop them on your couch for additional warmth and comfort.


Pop them on your nightstand, coffee table or in your bath to get those good vibes flowing.

Pictured: Clinique Moisture Surge – Nykaa

Laneige Lip Mask – Nykaa

Mini Trunk – Crabtree & Evelyn


An intense moisturiser is a sine qua non for dull and dry skin.

Lip Mask

A regular lip balm doesn’t cut it. A deeply nourishing lip mask is the way to go on bitter winter nights.

Pictured: Hot Water Bag – Paperchase

Hot Water Bottle – Typo

Hot Water Bag

A hot water bag is indispensable during winter to keep aches and pains at bay.

Hot Water Bottle

We often forget to consume our daily requirement of water during winter, even though it is just as important as it is during summer to keep ourselves hydrated since we tend to get dehydrated by catching frequent colds. It would be worthwhile having a bottle of water near your desk to remind you to sip through out the day.

Pictured: Pile-lined knee length socks – H&M

L’occitane Foot cream – Nykaa


Pile-lined & woollen socks are basic necessities to keep those feet nice & warm.

Foot Cream

Douse your feet in a heavy duty cream before you call it a day, to keep them soft and plump.

Pictured: Coffee Mug – The Decor Kart

Over-Sized Mugs

If you ever needed an excuse to double your hot chocolate portion size. 🤷🏻‍♀️



Long Gone

A silent whisper in the dark

The night’s so long not far along

Her aching gut says something’s wrong

The lies she tells herself

Nothing, there’s nothing wrong

Her heart exposed, raw and vulnerable

It races to catch the air

As it’s no longer blithe

Seeking to wipe out the incertitude

The muddled mind plays vile games

Disoriented, longing for the long gone

She lays bleak until dawn



How Not To Be a Hot Mess

Yes! Wedding season has officially begun. If your mailboxes, overflowing with invites isn’t proof enough look around and you’ll see love in the air. Speaking of which reminds me of the humidity that lingers in the air. It sure can turn any event into a horror show with messy hair & patchy makeup.

But of course every problem has a solution. Here are a few simple steps that you can incorporate and you are good to go!

1. Primer


First things first. Priming the skin before you go in with other products not only fills in pores and imperfections but also provides a texture that make products stick to the skin better.

L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

2. Colour Correctors

Refrain from piling on a ton of products. Patience and a light hand goes a long way. Build up on the coverage a little at a time so as to avoid caking on too much. Heaping on foundation and concealer in an attempt to conceal discolouration can make the area look ashy and start creasing in no time. A dab of colour corrector can cancel out the discolouration before going over with the foundation and concealer.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD – Orange

3. Waterproof Products


It goes without saying that waterproof products will stay put longer even in the instance of profuse sweating.

Chambor Infinite Lash Lengthening Waterproof Mascara

4. Setting Powder

A light dusting of powder after the application of the cream based products will make them set in place without budging.

Makeup Revolution Luxury Powder

5. Liquid Matte Lipstick

Liquid Matte Lipstick

Liquid lipsticks that dry matte have proven to last longer than regular lipsticks. Exfoliating and moisturising the lips before application is crucial to avoid being mistaken for prunes.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte – Bombshell

6. Makeup Setting/Extender Spray

Setting spray

This step is essential to meld in the layers and to transform the chalkiness of the powder to a satiny finish. It also creates an invisible film on the skin that extends the longevity of makeup.

Makeup Revolution Fixing Spray

7. Blotting Paper

Blotting Paper

People with oily skin may need this in their handbags at all times. Powdered blotting papers work wonders in absorbing excess sebum without disturbing makeup.

Sephora Oil Blotting Papers




Yayyy!! We’re turning one! And what better way to celebrate than with a round up of a few favourites.

Here, we have a mixed bag of products I’ve been obsessing over lately.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector


For that subtle glow that puts your face on the spotlight. It’s ultra fine texture does not show as specks of glitter when applied. It is the holy grail that we have all been looking for, for that perfect dewy look without appearing slick & oily. This shade in CHAMPAGNE POP is perfect for Olive / Indian skin tones.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

2. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick


Huda’s formulation of liquid matte lipsticks are comparatively less sticky & are giving competitors a run for their money. They are extremely pigmented with a very smooth application. A little goes a long way. This shade in GOSSIP GIRL is a pretty pink, the epitome of summer.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

3. Sephora Collection Super Smoothing Lip Butter

Sephora’s in house lip butters are the perfect solution to chapped lips. They are perfect for daytime use under your favourite lippie for added hydration.

Sephora Collection Super Smoothing Lip Butter

4. Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate


Kiehl’s has always been known for its game changing products sans any harmful chemicals. And this natural elixir is nothing short of magic. Infused with lavender, which is known for it’s relaxing properties it works wonders on dull skin when used about thrice a week.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

5. Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick


This is a beautiful everyday lip colour that I have been using day in & day out. It’s moisturising formula is an added bonus.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick

6. Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres


Chanel’s range of precision lip definers are extremely long lasting with no tug during application. The blending brush on the other end is an added bonus. This shade in 55 blends perfectly with summer-y pink shades.

Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres No. 55 Fuschia

7. Carolina Herrera 212 VIP


A bold fragrance that makes an instant statement , it creates an explosion with exotic top notes and ripples down to a beautiful feminine scent as it ages on the skin. The metallic packaging adds to its appeal.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP

8. Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub


The universal appeal of Burt’s Bees products is the fact that they are manufactured using naturally sourced ingredients. The peach and willow bark scrub has a slightly runny consistency that glides over the skin easily. The natural gritty texture is perfect for deep pore cleansing. The quantity is enough to last a couple of months when used once a week on dry skin.

Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Scrub

9. Broadchurch


Detective shows with interesting protagonists never fail to keep us on our toes. And this is exactly the series we had been waiting for! Back after three years with the third and final season, it had us hooked from day one.

Watch on Netflix

10. Godiva

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Now, how can I wrap up (pun intended) a favourites post without including chocolates? Beautifully sculpted with premium flavours they can perk up any dull day.

Godiva Dark Assorted Chocolates

And the most important of all would have to be the people who keep me going! You know who you are. 😀



Travel Essentials

Hello Globetrotters!

Spring/Summer break is right ‘round the corner and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for.

Though travelling can be easy and spontaneous for some it can be stressful for others.

If you’re looking for a travel checklist for a smooth flight, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a compilation of a few basic essentials for your carry-on while flying light.


This is the first thing we can think of while hovering more than 20,000 ft above home ground. A cashmere jumper and a pair of socks will help you stay warm and cozy during cold and sterile flight conditions.

Socks: Puma
Cashmere Jumper: Marks & Spencer


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A neck pillow is an absolute necessity when you’re planning to get some shut-eye (unless you want to clumsily rest on your seat-mate’s shoulder and irk them).

And to arrive looking well-rested you’d need a sleeping mask to turn out the lights and be off on a long slumber.

Memory Foam Pillow: Travel Mate


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Climatic conditions on a flight can get bitter and sharp at times, stripping moisture off our skin. Face creams, hand creams and lip balms can easily address these issues by keeping parched skin hydrated. If you can’t find your preferred cream in a travel size, transfer them to travel-friendly bottles, keeping it light and preventing leakage.

Lip Balm: The Body Shop
Hand Therapy: Crabtree & Evelyn
Hand Recovery: Crabtree & Evelyn


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A PocketBac hand sanitizer is totally essential to get rid of the germs you come in contact with in public places (especially if you have OCD like I do).

Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste during long haul flights.

Make-Up Remover Wipes: Purederm
Hand Sanitiser: Bath & Body Works

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Gum, tic-tac, fresh mints whatever you prefer to keep your breath fresh. But you gotta have ‘em on you girl!


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An iPad to watch videos and listen to podcasts when in-flight entertainment is a disappointment.

A Kindle if you are a voracious reader. It is great for an extended trip where you don’t need a bunch of books weighing you down.

A phone is an absolute necessity to stay connected with loved ones and to keep them updated with your travel status.

Ebook Reader: Amazon Kindle

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Carry a portable charger as a back-up when your gadgets need more juice.

Don’t forget to plug in your earphones to avoid ruffling some feathers. You could also switch to noise cancelling headphones if yelling kids are the last thing you wish to hear when you’re in la la land.

Portable Charger: Mi
Earphones: Apple



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You might need a hair brush to tame your mane and a mirror to keep it in check.

A perfume atomiser to carry your favourite perfume in a travel size and some basic make-up like lipstick and mascara to arrive at your destination with a half-decent face.

Lipstick: Sephora
Mascara: Chambor

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And obviously, a wallet for your cash and credit cards. Always make it a point to have both local currency as well as home currency for unforeseen circumstances.

You’d need a pair of sunglasses to reach out for, if you’re getting off the aircraft on a rather sunny afternoon or at a tropical locale.

Wallet: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Aldo


Lastly, the most important thing that you can’t travel without, literally, i.e. your travel documents like passport, ticket, visa, medical insurance preferably tucked in a file and a pen to fill out forms.

Bon Voyage