Saturday, 1 November 2014

7 Secrets of the Goddess by Devdutt Pattanaik - Book Review

Lakshmi massages Vishnu’s feet. Is this male domination?

Kali stands on Shiva’s chest. Is this female domination?

Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man?
Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading?
The fourth title in the bestselling ‘7 Secrets’ series focuses on the Goddess, and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals.

I have been a history and mythology buff for as long as I can remember and I thank my grandfather for making me one. It started off long long back with me listening to stories from him every night before going to sleep of powerful Gods and Goddesses and that fascination with mythology never left. It was a friend of mine who introduced me to Devdutt Pattanaik's books a couple of years ago and the first one I read was 'Devi' and I was smitten. Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. What I love about his books is the simple style of storytelling which is backed up by solid research and facts. It is not religious propaganda in any way but a conscious effort to unravel the secrets behind each story, ritual and tradition that we've grown up listening and following.  This is the latest book in his 7 secrets series and the author takes us on a tour of the stories, myths and beliefs associated with seven Goddesses - Gaia, Durga, Kali, Gauri, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Vitthai.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Oriflame The ONE Illuskin Foundation – Review + Swatches of all shades

In October, Oriflame launched The One, a new range of color cosmetics and this month’s products include the Illuskin foundation, Concealer, Volume Blast mascara and the Eyeliner Stylo – a sharp liner with a firm felt tip end. I’ve already spoken about the two shades of the Eyeliner Stylo in an earlier post. Today, it’s the turn of the Illuskin Foundation.

Oriflame The One Illuskin Foundation

Monday, 20 October 2014

Maybelline Festive Fireworks InstaGlam Box

Maybelline Festive Fireworks InstaGlam Box

Still wondering what to get for the makeup crazy women in your life this Diwali? Worry not coz Maybelline has come out with the perfect gift - the new Festive Fireworks InstaGlam Box. The box contains five of their best selling products and comes in three variants - Coral, Pink and Wine. I've got the Coral box and these are the products in it :

1. Colossal Kajal
2. Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner in Black
3. Cheeky Glow Blush in Fresh Coral
4. Color Show Nail Polish in Coral Craze
5. Lip Polish in Glam 1

The price of all these products is Rs 1244 but you save some money because the box is priced at Rs 999. I've always loved the Maybelline InstaGlam boxes that have come out in the past and this one is again a favorite. The selection of products is great and anyone you give it to will be delighted to get it. And why only as a gift? You can buy it for yourself too. What better occasion than Diwali to give ourselves a treat right? :D

P.S - PR Sample

An evening at the movies wearing the new Oriflame The ONE Eyeliner Stylo in Blue

Hiya lovely people. How did you spend your weekend? I watched Annabelle Sunday evening and I had a lot of fun! I'm a huge fan of horror films and this was on my agenda for a long time and I finally managed to watch it. Can't say I loved it too much though. It was scary yes and the image of the doll will probably haunt my dreams for a couple of days but I expected a lot more spooks. It was kinda 'thanda' for me. Have you guys seen it? What did you think?

Makeup today was very basic. I just wore a La Roche Posay BB cream that I had bought in Paris, a tinted lip balm and the new Oriflame The ONE Eyeliner Stylo in the shade Blue, a very dark navy blue that looks almost black on the lids. Oriflame recently launched The ONE range of color cosmetics and the October launches include :
  • The ONE Illuskin Foundation SPF 20- Rs.799/-
  • The ONE Illuskin Concealer – Rs. 349/-
  • The ONE Volume Blast Mascara– Rs. 529/-
  • The ONE Eyeliner Stylo– Rs.499/-
Oriflame The ONE Eyeliner Stylo