Saturday, 15 March 2014

Press Note : Havaianas 2014 Collection

Collection Note- 2014
Launching their 2014 collection, the world’s largest flip-flop brand Havaianas is all set to present a range of options for all flip-flop lovers. Showcasing a variety of colours in soft, light and highly durable flip-flops, the brand strikes a beautiful balance between style and comfort for men, women, kids and babies of all ages. 
Havaianas brings forth a mix of varying options such as bright coloured prints, platform wedges, floral embellishments and more for women to masculine colours, wide matte fit and style for men. Included in these designs is Havaianas’ Special Collection which represents the urban and eclectic style of Rio de Janeiro. Inspired by nouveau jewelry and art deco pieces found there, the metallic charms and Havaianas hardware are the epitome of an edgy style.
With the onset of the craze for the Football World Cup, Havaianas is summoning the Teams Collection to stimulate the fans with sandals that pay a tribute to different countries around the world. Launching in March, the flip-flops will see the flags of 44 countries including Brazil, France, Holland, Spain and Portugal on the straps. In addition, the brand will also be launching the Slim Season Collection which presents a mix of feminine flower prints for this season.
Whilst offering options specific to men and women, the brand also showcases their Unisex Collection which feature their timeless Brazil logo on the flip-flops. Offering a plethora of options to pack for their resort getaways or destination wedding holidays, Havaianas presents a range of contrasting base and strap shades for men and women to choose from. 
Havaianas – Original As You.
AP Group is dedicated to the distribution and retail of international luxury and fashion brands in India handling the distribution for brands like Guess & GC Watches, Guess accessories and Havaianas all-India. Additionally, AP Group is the authorized franchisee for western region for Swarovski as well as a retailer for high-end Swiss made watches (Watches of Switzerland) and optical stores (Ikon Optik) . -

Friday, 14 March 2014

Press Note : Guess Watches' Pre-Spring 2014 Collection

GUESS Watches launch The Pre-Spring 2014 Collection

GUESS Watches has started 2014 on a high with this year’s Pre-Spring collection that clearly showcases high quality styles created by this power-house brand! The new and scintillating collection is super-charged with intricate design details. The Pre-Spring collection creates a style statement that is synonymous with GUESS. Perfectly paired in colour and design, the GUESS watches will exude the coveted “trend setter” status when wearing a piece from the new collection.
As a fashion leader, GUESS Watches has created pieces keeping with the trends of this season. The prominence of Gold, Rose Gold, Crystal Studded and Animal Print Watches makes this collection a must have by all.
GUESS Pre-Spring Collection incorporates precision time keeping with stunning fashionable designs that are merged to perfection. The Multi-belt Crystal studded watch is perfect for women who love to play around with fashion. The Animal print and Crystal Watches are created keeping both Casual and Formal looks in mind. The Men’s Collection exudes Style and Class. Versatility is the New Mantra which is clearly denoted through this collection.    

Availibility: It’s about Time Store, Helios, Accessories GUESS Stores, GUESS Jeans Stores, Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle and all leading Multi Brand Watch retailers

About GUESS Watches:

GUESS was established in 1981 by Marciano brothers. Inspired by European influence, the Marciano’s put their innovative touch to the apparel industry redefining denim. This was the beginning of a long journey of recreating fashion. The Marciano’s vision moved the brand into new frontiers. GUESS became a symbol of a young, sexy and adventurous lifestyle. Throughout the decades GUESS invited people to dream with its iconic and timeless pieces.

About AP Group India:

AP Group is dedicated to the distribution and retail of international luxury products in India. The group commenced its journey in the retail business 18 years ago and currently boasts of having the retail strength of over 20 premium outlets in India, with many more in the pipe-line. Our current distribution portfolio includes GUESS and Gc watches, Havaianas  – Brazilian flip flops and Swarovski Crystals. These brands are retailed pan India through Lifestyle, Shoppers Stop, GUESS Accessories Stores, and Multi Brand Watch Dealers. Our retail network on the other hand comprises of exclusive as well as multi brand watch boutiques at some of the most high profile locations in Mumbai.

Press Note : GC Watches B-1 Class

PRESS PREVIEW Gc Watches B1- Class

The iconic B1 series intrigues through its modern elegant look with vintage style elements and refined functions.  The main characteristics of the Swiss Made chronograph are the exceptional telemeter scale on the bezel and the remarkably detailed dial design inspired by navigational instruments. A masculine timepiece with a distinct technical look appealing to the man’s instinct of adventure.

The reduced size of the 40.5 mm polished stainless steel or rose gold (PVD) case underlines the vintage inspiration of this timepiece as do the mushroom pushers, the Breguet style hands and a magnifying lens for the date window positioned at 4 hours. The design of the Gc B1-Class Telemeter emphasizes a variety of technical features. The unusual engraved telemeter scale on the bezel allows the calculation of the distance from the observer of an event that is both audible and visible. So, no more worries in stormy times; by measuring the time between lightning and thunder, the watch tells you in kilometres how far away the thunderstorm is. The dial offers a tachymeter scale and three subdials providing a 12 hour and 30 minute indicator at 6 and 9 o’clock as well as a small second at 3 hours. The timepieces are equipped with a screw-down crown, screwed-in case back, and are water resistant up to 100 meters (10 ATM).

Distinguished by a sober and refined design, the Gc B1-Class Chronograph is to the Sport Chic collection and provides the ultimate timeless fashion statement. Swiss Made quartz movement fastened with a sleek and stylish dynamic strap in a rose gold tone. The tinted dial adds a touch of contemporary retro chic to this iconic a look of modern luxury that is guaranteed to turn heads.
Availability: Gc Boutique Select CityWalk Delhi, GUESS Accessories Stores, Shoppers Stop stores, Lifestyle stores and leading multi brand watch outlets.
Price: X44006G4- INR 34500, X34001G1- INR 36500

About Gc Watches
Gc is a Swiss Made statement brand whose signature “Smart Luxury” stands for the brand’s commitment to provide quality Swiss Made timepieces and luxury products for men and women through the choice of their materials and design, all at a surprisingly accessible price point. Gc watches are produced and distributed by Sequel AG, a Timex Group company. Founded in 2007, Sequel AG, is a Swiss company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with satellite offices in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Toronto and Norwalk, Connecticut. Sequel AG is a member of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH. A 15-year licensing agreement gives Sequel AG the exclusive distribution rights for Gc watches worldwide. Sequel AG distributes Gc Watches in over 70 countries worldwide through a network of 60 distributors and 5,000 retail outlets, including Gc boutiques.
AP Group is dedicated to the distribution and retail of international luxury and fashion brands in India. Headquartered in Mumbai, AP Group’s distribution venture commenced with the incorporation of Watches of Switzerland in the year 2000. AP Group through its various companies handles the distribution pan India for Guess & Gc Watches and Havaianas. In addition to the watches, AP Group is an authorized franchisee for Swarovski operating eleven Swarovski Boutiques and four Shop-In-Shops across Western India.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Review : Oriflame Pure Nature Organic - Aloe Vera & Arnica Extract Soothing Face Wash

Claims : 

Gently carries away traces of make-up and skin sebum, helping to soothe the skin. Contains 100% natural aloe vera and arnica extracts, rich in vitamins and minerals. For all skin types, especially sensitive. 

Price (MRP) :
Rs. 329/-

Content :
150ml 5.0 fl.oz

Ingredients : 

Packaging : It comes in a light, lemony-minty-green, long cylindrical bottle container. It has a small white screw cap (that I really like because it locks well). The text on the bottle is white and pale dark green in color.

Texture :
The liquid is slightly on the creamy thick side, and does not run. It has a glistening pearl-like touch and looks very burnished. 

Swatch : 

Smell :
It has a very natural smell! You can actually smell the Aloe Vera with a little floral smell of the Arnica Extract. Also, I agree with the name, it surely is a "soothing face wash" because the smell gives  a very calming and 'soothing' effect. 

How I use it :
First I splash a little water on my face. Then pat dry with a clean towel. Then I take the facewash and evenly apply on my face. Massage for 2 minutes and then rinse with water.

Working :
It takes not more than 3 drops for cleaning the entire face. It is a thick liquid and doesn't lather much. Though it spreads well on the skin. I used it to remove my make-up once and it did a great job. Though removing heavy eye make up was a bit of a problem. Otherwise, it works amazingly.

After effects :
It gives a very refreshing feel. You can evidently see your face looking clearer and lighter. The smell stays for about 45 minutes. It leaves your skin smooth and soft, and doesn't dry at all. It surely is suitable for all skin types. What I love most is that my skin tone became super fair in just 4 days of using it. 

My opinion :
Ever since I started travelling for college, my skin color has become darker by 1-2 skin tones. I tried 2 different skin care products for the face. One was an Estee Lauder face wash. It helped clean my face, and the slightly oily T-zone, but it did nothing about the skin tone.
I used EverYuth Orange Peel off mask and it gave me terrible acne that took about 2 weeks to even start reducing. 

Luckily, this product, 'Oriflame Pure Nature Organic - Aloe Vera & Arnica Extract Soothing Face Wash' arrived just in time. 

As soon as I started using it, not only did the acne reduce down to almost nothing, but my skin tone became lighter also. 
I've been using this every day at night (after a heavy 4 hours of rough travel and running around). It has been such a savior! 

Pros and Cons :
Pros :

  1. Travel Friendly Packaging
  2. Calming effect
  3. Refreshing smell
  4. The liquid does not run
  5. Removes Face make-up well.
  6. Gives a soft skin
  7. Makes the skin tone fairer.
  8. No false claims by Oriflame
  9. Great for cleansing and removing dirt
  10. Helps with acne-cleansing
  11. Pocket-friendly
Cons :
 No Cons. 

Overall :
It has amazing quality and affects a lot more than what you expect. Its great for daily use!

Would I recommend it :
YES! It really does suite all skin types so no doubts about that! But it actually is an amazing product and my top recommendation for Face Washes. I know I'm going to buy it once this bottle is over! :D 

Rating :
5/5 (Couldn't find anything wrong with it)

* Product sent by Oriflame. But review is my honest opinion. Please read my Disclaimer for more information

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Event : YouTube FanFest

Hey loves!
How are you'll?

Recently I went for the much-awaited "YouTube FanFest". Around 3 weeks before the event, when I got to know Superwoman was going to be there, I went insane looking for tickets. They were already sold out by the time I got to know! I almost cried in the last week because I had no clue how to get in, and I just desperately had to meet Superwoman (Lilly Singh). She is one of the two people I can be a "fan-girl" for (the other one is Deepika Padukone). And I thought to myself that I'm sneaking in somehow, or I'll just shift outside Taj and stalk Superwoman. I've never felt so terrible because she was actually in Mumbai and I couldn't meet her.

On 28th Feb, the night before Fanfest, I won 2 passes via a Twitter contest. Nothing could have made me happier!

1st March
I arrived at Bandra Amphitheatre around 12pm and got my band and quickly went to the Meet and Greet area.
I met the super sweet Shraddha Sharma. She was so welcoming and her nature is so down to earth. We got a few pictures together and she had to leave then. So my friends and I went out to wait for Superwoman. She was supposed to arrive at 1:45.
So meanwhile, we entertained ourselves by meeting the rest of the YouTubers at the event. There was Scherezade Shroff, Bethany Mota, Maati Baani, Shankar Tucker, All India Bakchod and many others, but you know I was just waiting for Superwoman.
I dint even have her meet and great pass, but I sneaked into the meet and great room! We all got to meet her one by one and she is just so amazing! I ran to her when it was my turn and she hugged me tight<3
I couldn't stop saying "I'm so glad I got to meet you" because I really was that happy!! And she said "I'm glad to meet you too" like 4 times!
We took a selfie together and I think I just fulfilled my purpose in life! Hahah!

Superwoman is so loving and inspiring <3

Superwoman and I
Nirali Kartik from Maati Baani
Bethany Mota 
With Scherezade Shroff

With Shanker Tucker and Vidya

Well anyways, post the meet and greet, there was still a long time left for the show. So me and my friends went to Carter Road for some yummy Shwarma at Carter's Blue

We then returned to Amphitheatre only to find the long line of people to get in! While my friends waited, I went to the counter to collect some glow-bands and funky glasses! I made a halo like thing by joining the three glow-band which you can see around my neck in the picture below

Since we had VIP passes, we went in before the rest. My friend Aastha and I quickly grabbed a seat in the front row, a little towards the right side! We were right in the front of the stage.

Incase you missed it, I'm going to give you guys a detailing of how the show went! I'll be embedding the YouTube videos if you'll want to see the acts!

The show started with the guys from Trouble Seeker Team doing a brilliant dance performance!

Then the guys from All India Bakchod (AIB) came up, who were the comperes for the evening. They're this bunch of brilliant guys who are so spontaneously funny and can make anyone laugh!
They had a cool line of hilarious songs for us!
Here's the video! You'll find me a lot of times in all the videos! :P

You must see it because the songs are so funny!

After this super funny starter, we had an amazing music group "Maati Baani" perform. I don't really listen to a lot of Hindi music, but they sure caught me! Their song 'Balma' is something I'd listen to over and over again!
The lead singer, Nirali Kartik has such an enchanting voice. She hit such difficult notes and made it look so easy!

I didn't know them until I heard them sing, and I am so subscribing to their channel! Loved their entire act! 

Every artist had to do a Collaboration Video with another artist, and Maati Baani did a wonderful song that popped into a Rap by *screams inside* SUPERWOMAN<3

The Viral Fever then came up and performed a comical act based on an interview between Arnab Goswami and Arnab Kejriwal. It was pretty amusing! Though I felt really bad that as soon as they set up and were ready to start with their act, Guess who bombed it? Shah Rukh Khan! He came, and stole all the attention. Though he did come and apologize.

Here you can watch this funny skit they did and how Shah Rukh Khan bombed it. :P

PS. Loving how Superwoman is in their Collab video too! She is Awesome Sauce!

After this, Varun Dhawan and Nargis Fakhri made an appearance to promote their film "Main Tera Hero". Varun did a dance lesson and called up people from the audience. I don't mean to be rude, I am a total fan-girl too. But there were these two annoying girls who dressed up as batman and superman (with capes) - they jumped on the stage every single time and squealed and cried and jumped. 

Though away from the negatives, My friend too went up on stage to dance with them. And I have to say, Varun is a brilliant dancer, but Nargis seems like such a sweetheart :D 

Later we saw the beautiful Scherezade Shroff (Sherry) do her 3 minute make-up challenge! 3 Guys from AIB and Sherry picked up 4 people from the audience to do their make-up in 3 minutes! By the end of this challenge, I was dead laughing because the 2 guys who had their make-up done looked like Bobby Darling! Haha! 

Sherry did a Collab with Bethany Mota! It was so much of fun to see!

BTW, You cannot deny that she has the CUTEST boyfriend ever! Haha!

The part I was waiting for THE MOST à SUPERWOMAN! <3

We heard the loudest cheer for her and personally, I myself was screaming when she came up! 

I’ve been following her channel since the very beginning and meeting her was just the cherry on the cake! 
When she came up, the entire crowd went wild! I went wild! Hahaha! 
Though what really irked me was when she called up people to dance with her, the two girls with the capes ran up AGAIN and started jumping-.- 
I mean I was standing in the front, jumping and cheering and all too, we all were! but we wouldn’t really jump on the stage at every given chance! 
Wait for them to pick you! Patience hun! 

Even though the bunch of girls bombarded her act and made it a meeting that was pending for 40 years, Superwoman handled the crowd so well! She calmed everyone down and we all danced with her! 
The best part was her doing an Insta-Video! She turned her phone’s front camera facing the stage and introduced herself, and she turned around and showed the crowd screaming! It was so much of fun! And I am there in her video jumping like a monkey!! Hahaha! 

I am more than in love with Lilly! She is the most down-to-earth person you could ever meet <3 I’m so glad I got to meet her! 

And you won’t believe who she did a Collab Video with! 

After this, We had Shraddha Sharma release her new album Raastey and perform a few songs live. Her song “Jump” was real catchy!  She’s got a beautiful voice<3

The tweens at FanFest were really excited for Bethany Mota! The goddess of hauls! Though again, Bethany’s show was bombarded with a bunch of girls jumping on stage to hug her. That was sort of rude. 
We understand you love her, but when somebody is trying to speak, you’ve got to learn how to respect that! 
She did a little Q&A with the crowd and showed her Collab video with Sherry!

After Beth, a lot of people left because half the crowd was just the tweens who came to see Bethany! 
Though I stayed throughout because I really wanted to see Shankar Tucker! 

I’ve heard about V-Sauce but never really seen his videos! I think he is the God of all scientific things. I couldn’t understand half the things he was saying but it was all so interesting! Did you know India moves 5cm towards the left every year? This somehow makes Mount Everest grow a little each year! 

He did this cool “Global Wave” that included the audience present and the people watching the Live Stream.

Shankar Tucker then performed for us. He was the CUTEST guy present at FanFest! Hahaha! He is so adorable! And I love how he has an Indian name :P 

He was amazing! They did a real cool south indian song. Vidya (the vocalist) looked so pretty! You can see her eye-make up in the video! It looks beautiful!

Shankar's Collab video was so fun to watch because he included the crowd of Mumbai!

The night went on with the last performance by Aakash and Jonita Gandhi. They were mesmerizing!

While AIB was ending the show, Shah Rukh Khan made another appearance, and while he was interacting with the audience, Superwoman came behind him and we all went insane again! Immediately after her, all the artists came up on the stage and that’s how the show ended!

Overall, I can tell you this is one of the best events one could attend. It was so much of fun! Hats off to the organizers!
I really would have died inside if I wouldn't have gone for it. Loved every second of it! Especially Superwoman!

Hope you like the post. Do comment below and tell me if you were there at the show or which one was your favourite act :D
I know its a little too long :P Sorry but the event was for around 4 hours!
Anyways, Coming up with a more and more posts soon ! <3

Love and Luck,
Chandni <3

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Review : Elle 18 Color Pops Lipstick - Shade 40 "Candy Kiss"

Hey Huns!
I cannot express how happy I am now that I'm finally done with my first set of final exams!
The second set is from the 24th to 28th March! It's still a long long way to go!
And today is YouTube FanFest!!! Believe me, I had been crying because I din't have passes to it, and I finally won two passes through a contest, and I want to scream! I love love love Superwoman and I'd be the happiest person alive if I get to meet her today!

Anyways getting back to my post :D I recently purchased this lipstick from which I'm going to review today!
Its "Elle 18 Color Pops Lipstick" in Shade 40 - Candy Kiss"

Rs.100/- for 4.3ml

There is no list of ingredient or whatsoever given.

The packaging is done with a very simple black plastic case. I prefer the plastic because it is so much more easier to carry around. Its super light! Though, I had a problem with the locking of the case. The cover would just come off randomly because it wouldn't lock properly or was loose or something!

Also, one thing I'm not a fan of is lipsticks that don't show which shade they are on the outside. I mean, a little belt of the color, or just the bottom label to show which shade it is could do! For these, you have to open each and every one of them to just check which shade they are on the inside. I find that a bit annoying! Though ofcourse, not too many expectations, it's 100 rupees!

The shade is a beautiful, subtle pink with hints of peach and coral.
I am a sucker for coral shades. I love anything and everything coral!
From the looks of it, it is a slightly darker shade of pink that I wouldn't wear on a daily bases. But due to the light pigmentation, it suites well. This is one shade that will probably suite anyone's complexion!
It lights up your face slightly and gives a little shine. It doesn't make your lips look overdone because it has the right amount of shine.
Though the shade displayed on the website is completely different from what I got. They're lucky I happened to like the shade, otherwise, I wouldn't have really been okay with it!


With Flash

Without flash

Lip Swatch 

Texture and Lasting Power
The texture is creamy and it gives a glossy finish. Though, the pigmentation is not too good. You need to swipe about 3-4 times to get the right color.
Though what I really like is the intense moisturizing core or the cocoa cream in the center. It actually does help with the moisturizing and if you notice, it alters the color a slight bit. The outer part is darker than the center for my lips. I like the look it gives and how it applies smoothly on the lips.
It did not last for more than 2 hours for me (without food) and left the slightest tint (barely noticeable).

Terribly old smell! The only reason I would not wear this lipstick is because of the odd smell it has. I'm sorry to say, but even though it is 100 rupees, you don't expect it to smell so bad!
Its a strangely awful smell. It is tolerable for a while and then just fades in an hour.
I asked 10 people, out of them 4 loved the smell and 6 disliked it, like me. So maybe what doesn't work for me, may work for you!

Pros and Cons :

Pros :
  1. Nice packaging
  2. Light and travel-friendly
  3. Lovely pinkish-coral shade that will suite anyone
  4. Just the perfect amount of shine.
  5. Creamy texture and Glossy finish
  6. The cocoa cream center is fabulous! 
  7. Super moisturizing
  8. Very smooth and glides when applying
  9. CRAZY CHEAP! :P Love the price! 
Cons : 
  1. The one product that I got had a loose lock to the case. That was a turn off.
  2. No color indication on the outside.
  3. Different shade from what was displayed on the website.
  4. Very light pigmentation. I like the one-swipe lipsticks. This one is a 3-4 swipes!
  5. Lasting power. Only 2 hours
  6. TERRIBLY ODD SMELL! (In my opinion)
  7. Availability
  8. No list of ingredient.
I think the overall quality is decent. You can't expect much in 100 rupees and this definitely gives a lot more than what you expect. Overall, it's a good product.Though I wish they would consider the awful smell thing,

Would I buy it again
I will in another shade, I like exploring. And for the price it is at, I really wouldn't mind, because I'm still in college, and these colors are like for the Indian College girls mainly! 

Do I recommend it
If you like the smell and if it works for you, then you should go for it! It's a decent quality, and anybody can afford it.

2.8/5 (It's a great product, if it wasn't for the smell, I'd rate it 3.4/5)