Bath delights

Each time I am travelling I try to have a bath drawn out for me atleast one of the nights in my stay. It is the most relaxing feeling in the world, especially after a day of hectic meetings. I would so love to be able to do the same at my own home, don’t you? The Small Luxury hotels of the World (SLH) team has gotten us tips on just how we can do that

Chateau Mcely, Czech Republic

Hana Schwanzerbachova , Spa Manager, Chateau Mcley

“At Chateau Mcley, we have developed a range of organic products to showcasetraditional Bohemian herbal remedies, and Mcely Bouquet elixirs can be added to the bath for guests each night. At home, create a honey bath by dissolving one cup of honey, three spoons of virgin olive oil, two litres of unskimmed milk and one litre buttermilk into warm running bath water. Light candles and an aroma burner and relax in the bath for atleast 20mins. It was melt away your stress and leave your skin beautifully soft.”

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Jennie Teo, Spa village Manager, Pangkor Laut Resort

“We offer a bath menu is all the rooms at Pangkor Laut Resort, and the Spa therapists draw them  out for our guests. At home I recommend “Lovers dip”-a sensuous milk bath scented by fresh rose petals, kaffir lime and stimulating essential oils:

Mix fresh pandan leaf juice with kaffir lime juice in the tub and pour milk (about 3 ltrs). Pandan leaves are very beneficial for health, they are even used to treat several skin disorders. Kaffir lime acts as a great rejuvenator, alleviates colds and helps restore energy. Its also an excellent astringent and has anti-bacterial ingredients. Fresh milk helps hydrate, alleviate redness and prevent irritated skin.”

Well fresh milk is what kept Cleopatra look stunning all those many years ago so who are we to argue

Spa Magic at Home

Spas have become a big rage and trend around the world. Especially since our hectic lifestyles and travels leave our skins dehyderated and bodies absolutely tired. I for one try to fit in a Spa appointment atleast once a month, and especially if I am travelling I try to take time out to visit the hotel spa atleast for a massage if nothing else. I know alot of people who do the same and I am sure none of us would mind having such handy tips at home to soothe our senses once in a while. Here again the Small luxury Hotels of the Worl (SLH) team has put together a few tips on how we can create a Spa at Home.

Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France

Delphine Duffours, Spa Manager, Les Sources de Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa

“Relaxation is a question of atmosphere – even in the most ordinary bathroom, you can recreate the atmosphere of a luxury spa, thanks to some accessories and products. Here are my 4 tips to spa bliss in your own home – firstly put some scented candles around your bath. A soft light and fragrance will fill your bathroom, for an immediate sensation of well-being. Secondly, put on some soothing music. Classical, background music or natural sounds, choose what has the most relaxing effect on you. Then – take your time. Be sure that you won’t be interrupted during this “spa session”, give yourself some time to focus on your well being. Prepare yourself a cup of green tea and a plate of fresh fruits high in potassium, like banana, kiwi, or avocado, to help relieve stress and anxiety.Finally, choose new beauty products, with soft textures and delicate fragrances. Take care of your body with a scrub, take time for a facial mask, massage and moisturize your body and your face.”

 Huvafen Fushi, NIYAMA and Desert Palm, Per AQUUM Retreats, Maldives – 

Jason Sloan, Group Director of Spa, Per AQUUM Retreats

Home scrub for skin like velvet, it works! Mix up some medium coarse salt or sugar (sugar is milder in texture and better for sensitive skin), cover the sugar/salt in grape-seed oil and some lavender essential oil. After being in the warm to hot bath for five minutes the skin has softened enough for you to scrub your legs arms and body as you bathe, the scrubbing circular action will remove dead skin and the oils will nourish, soothe and heal. Use with a loofah or exfoliating gloves if you wish. After the bath, shower with warm water to remove excess oils and pat dry, moisturise if necessary.

For a very gentle effective face peel; wash your face with a mild PH balanced cleanser. Mix fresh lemon juice with live natural unsweetened yoghurt leave on your face for 15 minutes (avoid eye area) and gently wash your face. Use a gentle toner and apply moisturiser. Very deep cleansing – try this regime 3 times a week and see the difference.Bring your spa to your bed – try adding lavender/rosewood to the final rinse in your wash cycle for your sheets!”

To check out more tips on how to create Hotel style at your home click here

Beauty Launch: Herbalife SKIN

The Herbalife SKIN line is an all new addition to Herbalife‘s outer nutrition range of products that balances ingredients, botanicals, and extracts with proven science to achieve maximum daily results to ensure beautiful, healthier and younger-looking skin. . Herbalife SKIN consists of 10 unisex products which will be made available in selected markets across India from the middle of October 2014.

Herbalife SKIN, www.stylecity.in

Herbalife SKIN products have been formulated with an optimum blend of Vitamin B3 and antioxidant Vitamins C and E, and Aloe Vera to get softer, smoother, more radiant skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Created to replenish and rejuvenate the skin with fast results, Herbalife SKIN has been clinically proven to produce visible results in just 7 days*.The Herbalife SKIN range is paraben-free, sulfate-free** and dermatologist tested. The Herbalife SKIN line is comprised of 10 new products, which include a Soothing Aloe Cleanser, Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Energizing Herbal Toner, Line Minimizing Serum, Firming Eye Gel, Hydrating Eye Cream, Daily Glow Moisturizer, Replenishing Night Cream, Instant Reveal Berry Scrub and Purifying Mint Clay Mask.Made with fruit extracts, essential oils, plant enzymes, chamomile, and antioxidant vitamins, the SKIN line is unisex and is suitable for all skin types, with the exception of two cleansers: Soothing Aloe Cleanser for normal to dry skin, and Polishing Citrus Cleanser for normal to oily skin.

My personal favourites are the Purifying Mint Clay Mask, Rs. 1208 and Hydrating Eye cream, Rs. 2240 which are both effective and show almost immediate results

* 7 Day Results applicable to Line Minimizing Serum, Replenishing Night Cream, Daily Glow Moisturizer, Hydrating Eye Cream, Polishing Citrus Cleanser & Purifying Mint Clay Mask.
**Applies to Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Soothing Aloe Cleanser, and Instant Reveal Berry Scrub.

www.herbalife.co.in

Trend: Peachy Coral

Coral is not a strange hue to appear in Autumn-Winter, but this time it has taken the unique Avtaar of a pleasant peachy-coral combination. All across fashion and decor this trend is quite visible. Here have a look:

By Isha Marwaha
By Isha Marwaha
  1. Bag, Marc Jacobs
  2. Nail Paint, Chanel
  3. Cushions, Shades of India
  4. Body Lotion, Chopard
  5. Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent
  6. Love by Chloe
  7. Silk Scarf by Chloe, Boticca
  8. Stilettos, Dior
  9. Ramp, Gucci A/W 2014-15
  10. Two-tone ring, Michael Valitutti
  11. Tea light Holder, Pure home + Living
  12. Cushion Cover, Address Home
  13. Peach Sofa, Pallate
  14. Candle by Voluspa, Amara
  15. Wall Art, Lifestyle by Home Center

Beauty Ritual: Navarasas by Nikki

‘Health is not simply the absence of disease’ is the philosophy on which the brand Navarasas bases its products. Holistic medicine is the concept of treating the whole person or animal rather than just parts. Harmonizing holistic healing & nature’s living energy in the form of Essential Oil blends & Aromatherapy, at Navarasas they cater to a wide range of all natural products for humans & animals alike. To keep the interaction pure, they don’t use any chemicals or additives.Their mission at Navarasas is to bring about eternal wellness & balance of mind, body & soul! While my mission was to test these products and give an honest feedback, and that is what I have done.

Navarasas Produces Styled by: Aparna Kaistha
Navarasas Produces
Styled by: Aparna Kaistha

Hand Sanitizer, Rs.149
I know it is a strange product to begin with, but that is because being obsessed with Hand Sanitizers, this one i am addicted to. Unlike most Hand Sanitizer’s, this one does not smell like an antiseptic cream while having all the essential antiseptic properties and genuinely makes your palm smooth.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Sugar and Sea Salt Scrub, Rs.849
This scrub has excellent cleansing qualities and the essential oil leaves the skin feeling replenished and a glow on the face. Though the salt makes it slightly itchy if you have broken or dry skin, so you need to be careful for even despite the essential oils for it may pinch slightly.

Lavender Ylang Ylang Body Wash and Foam Wash, Rs.399
A very relaxing product, this is excellent for a soak in the bath after work. Inspired by the tranquil properties of lavender and Ylang Ylang it is bound to relax you and make you feel stress free. But it is better used as a foam bath than Body wash.

Hand Wash,Rs.349
The tree and lemon Hand wash same as the Hand Sanitizer shows excellent results in terms of hand care. Crafted with all-natural germicide properties of tea tree and lemon oil it is a definite must buy!

Boost Shampoo, Rs.599
Packed with essential oils, this shampoo is supposed to be excellent for damaged hair and dandruff. It did have a good result on my hair texture, but I felt the consistency was too watery and too much product got wasted. Maybe after being used to soaps which lather a lot this was a bit different, but I would need more than one wash to be able to judge properly.

Beauty Ritual: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

Ritual: Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,90 minutes, Rs.3,200++
Location: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

The Imperial Hotel, which in my opinion is the epitome of luxury, now introduces a large variety of luxurious skin and hair treatments at the Imperial Salon. These include Kerastase Ladies Hair and Nail treatments, Signature facials with Natura Bisse Products, Bridal Preparations, Nair Art and Nail Care along with OPI, Special treatments for male grooming needs and a retail shop for all Homecare products.

Ladies Salon entrance, Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

My love for the Imperial Hotel, its Old world charm and exclusive services is very well known, which is why I never turn down an invite from them and am never disappointed. This time was no different as I tried out their Elixir Ultime 24 Carats ritual. The idea behind this treatment is to provide shine, nourishment, protection and resistance for the hair. This ritual combines a customization of treatments and massage techniques that best suit you to make you feel relaxed and beautify your hair.

Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

The treatment begins with a Personalized Hair and Scalp Analysis with a Diagnostic Camera. This is to profile the thickness of hair shaft, sebum levels in hair, scalp sensitivity, any dandruff and hair loss. My results were that I have healthy roots but dry hair thanks to over use of chemicals and hence my treatment will focus more on my hair strands than the roots. The “Exilr Ultime” which was recommended for my hair starts with a shampoo and followed by the application of a Hair Booster and a beautifying oil masque, Oleo. Oleo – Complexe is precious luxury oil that contains Maize Oil for Nourishment, Pracaxi Oil for strengthening, Argan Oil for protection and Camellia Oil for smoothening. This is applied section by section across the hair and followed by a gentle massage.The in- depth massage has 7 steps that concentrate on enhancing hair growth, stimulating the scalp and encouraging circulating that provides long term hair beautification and also de stressing your crown chakra. These massage techniques which incorporates pressure point massage techniques, occipital work, push and pull and raking techniques from India, Bali and Thailand create a deep relaxation. After the oil massage, mask application ritual the hair is rinsed and a small amount of Elixir Ultime is run through the hair before a smoothing blow dry and style. And your hair looks a feels like a million bucks.

Beauty Ritual: Aayna, New Delhi

Locations: Aayna, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Treatment: HydarFacial, Rs.5,000 (plus tax)

From time immemorial, women want to look beautiful, be it Cleopatra the Egyptian queen or our own Indian queens, like Jodha and Rani Padmavati. But these women were never considered bimbos or incapable. If anything, their beauty, only increased their appeal. So when did making effort to look beautiful or wanting to enhance ones looks become derogatory? Here is where Dr.Simal Soin comes into play with AAYNA, “a concept born out of a dream to create something unique and timeless. It is a temple of beauty where we create and enhance beauty – both outer and inner.”
Aayna, New Delhi

Spread over 4,400 sq feet and having 11 treatment rooms, walking in to AAYNA feels like walking into a boutique hotel, with vintage decor and old world charm, decorated by Dr.Simal Soin herself. Dr. Simal Soin is one of  India’s leading cosmetic dermatologists. Apart from conventional therapeutics, she gained vast experience in cosmetic dermatology including the use of all modern laser equipment for treatment of variety of skin concerns, botox and various fillers. At Aayna, she offers a team of world-class of dermatologists, aesthetic doctors and skin therapists, and to complement the looks, they also have an in house nutrition specialist. They also offer us medical pedicures by Margaret Dabbs of London for the first time in India.
After my consult with Dr.Soin, I was advised to try the Hydra Facial. For those of you who read the blog, know I have super sensitive skin and am filled with fear at the mention of someone touching my face with products. This fear has become even worst due to some recent development in Hormonal issues, for which I am on treatment and may end up going for an operation. After listening to my fear and issues, I was first given a consult with Dr.Gargi, the in house nutritionist to plan a diet chart for me to help me lose the weight I have put on and generally keep me healthier. I felt slightly better after this, as she convinced me a lot of my weight gain, mood swings and skin issues are to do with my Hormonal issues, and should get sorted after the treatment and operation (if reqd). So now I felt relieved and was mentally more prepared to go in for the Hydra Facial.

Aayna, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Aayna, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The HydraFacial treatment is a non-invasive, painless serum based treatment performed under medical guidance, which gives a customized solution for all skin types. Hydration is the core of beautiful, luminous skin.The Hydra Facial is hydrating treatment which gives an instant glow and assists in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blocked up and enlarged pores, sensitive or acne-prone skin, brown spots and hyper pigmentation.
The process of HydraFacial treatment includes five essential steps that are as follows:
Cleansing and Exfoliation – Dead cells are gently removed to uncover smoother healthy skin
Peeling Serums – Gentle chemical peeling cleanses pores and improves pigmentation
Extractions – Painless, quick extraction of blackheads & whiteheads with a special vacuum tip.
Hydration – Vortex fusion technology for deep penetration of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help hydrate skin and reduce signs of aging.
Protection – The Hydrafacial range of products used during the treatment include a special sunscreen which looks invisible on skin and helps sustain and secure treatment results.

The Verdict: I fell in love with my skin after years. So much so that I did something I have never done in all my years as a lifestyle journalist, I actually made an appointment for my next treatment and plan to continue this for the next 3-4 months till my marks reduce and I move to a more intense treatment. As for my nutrition program? Dr. Gargi has followed up and I lost over 2kgs in a week, (despite cheating sometimes)
Address : ‘Ambawatta One’, H-5/5, First Floor, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi-110030. (Land Mark – Facing the Qutab Minar)
Timings : 10:00am to 7:00pm
For Appointments : (+91) 96502-06153, (+91) 96502-05873, (+91) 98711-38222

Spirit of a Woman

To salute the spirit of a woman, DLF Emporio, India’s finest luxury destination organized a special afternoon to celebrate International Women’s Day. Some of the top brands housed with DLF Emporio came together to create this soiree.

Invitation - DLF Emporio's Women's Day Brunch - 6th March

This momentous event was held on a perfect spring afternoon at the Terraze, Set’z overlooking the plush greenery of South Delhi. The special guests were seen enjoying tarot card and coffee cup reading sessions specially organized by DLF Emporio amid a lavishly spread buffet created by Set’Z, one of Delhi’s finest restaurants.

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DLF Emporio celebrates Womans Da

Female empowerment took center stage as the guests for DLF Emporio’s Women’s Day celebrations encompassed women from all walks of life, such as media, fashion and corporate. Skincare sessions and beauty advice was offered exclusively by Lancôme while guests were seen seeking advice on fragrances from Bvlgari’s special perfume counter. There was a pampering session by Worship Salon, while Swarovski came on board to help make the occasion even more memorable with displays of their stunning and sparkling designs.

Nail Art by Worship at DLF Emporio Woman's day Brunch.

Paintings incorporating Swarovski crystals were on display along with Gaurav Gupta’s jewelry and Amrapali’s stunning jewelry pieces made with Swarovski crystals. Also on display were evocative and stunning artworks from Art Speaks India gallery’s featuring leading female artists. On this occasion, Dinaz Madhukar, Senior Vice-President, DLF Emporio, said, “We at DLF Emporio would like to take this opportunity to salute women who have made a mark for themselves in their careers and contributed immensely to society. This event is our way to celebrate and honor their spirit and also promote women’s empowerment in India.”

Well that’s what she said, and who are we to disagree.

Beauty Ritual: Ishana Nature Spa, Saket, New Delhi

Spa Ritual: Santisukh Tranquility Massage, 90 minutes, Rs.3650
Location: Ishana Nature Spa, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Now that the New year festivities have slightly mellowed down, I cant think of a better way to start the year of hectic work and even more social events than a Spa visit. So that is what I did to start 2014 with my visit to Ishana Nature Spa. Ishana Nature Spa offers a cocoon of luxurious comfort and enriches your experience further with a range of traditional therapies. Based upon centuries-old Ayurvedic tenets and enriched with an exclusive range of natural ingredients, the therapies at Ishana aim to support balance and enhance bliss in your life.

Spa, www.stylecity.in

From the moment you enter the Ishana Nature Spa, everything you feel and touch is pure and gentle – every extravagance stimulates a feeling of well being as you surrender yourself to the very caring and experienced hands of the expertly trained therapists. The city spa, located at MGF Mall, Saket is a spa lifestyle brand that brings Asian heritage to the spa scenario in Delhi and the Ishana Nature Spa therapies are designed to provide maximum benefits to the discerning guest. If you remember few months ago I had visited the Ishana Experience centre at IGI airport, which was more about the experience than the actual spa treatment but was a great experience, so my level of expectation had been set quite high when visiting the Nature Spa at Saket. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The first thing you notice during the treatment is the heated bed, which makes it extremely comfortable to have a treatment during the winters. The second is the absolute expertise of the therapist as she slowly massages the knots out of your muscles. I always find it strange when a busy mall has such serene places, they are relaxing and definitely worth a visit. Of course here too is a gift shop where you can buy products completely Indian and organic in nature. Though I suggest you do it prior to the massage, as post massage you want nothing but a cup of chai as you cuddle in bed with a novel.

December Style Picks

If you are still to do your Christmas shopping and are looking for unique gifts, here is our selection of Style Picks this season!

1.Red Satin Kitty, Slippers, Eye Mask Set, Charlotte Olympia
2.Studio Collection, Living in Style
3.Riri loves mac, Rihanna for MAC
4.Miss Lanvin snow globe, Lanvin
5.Mickey+ Minnie Mouse Christmas Ornament, Swarovski
6.’Les Nécessaires d’Hermès’ collection by Philippe Nigro for Hermes
7.Lady Dior Precieuse Diamonds
8.Christmas Goodies, Cookie Man
9.Barbie by Stephen Jones, Selfridges
10.Coasters, 10am