Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Zenfone2 Goes Social!

Being a proud owner of an ASUS Zenfone 5, I was elated when I had heard that ASUS would be launching the ASUS Zenfone2, which would be surpassing the standard set by Zenfone 5, and creating its own identity in this competitive world.

I had been fortunate enough to even attend the official launch at the Kingdom of Dreams in the presence of ASUS Global CEO, Mr. Jerry Shen and other senior officials from ASUS. Also, it was expected to be a starry affair with popular names from the film fraternity, of the likes of the Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan, ace photographer Dabboo Ratnani and singer, Aditi Singh Sharma in attendance.

I marveled at the excellence in the craftsmanship of ASUS Zenfone2, and was equally impressed by their social media marketing strategies, which had brought the outstanding features, possessed by ASUS Zenfone2, to the limelight.

Fear not, because ASUS Zenfone2 a.k.a. Agent Z is here. Armed with 13 MP PixelMaster Camera, and Dual-Color Real Tone Flash, Agent Z shoots like a trained assassin! You are set to get the perfect clicks, thanks to the enhanced sensitivity, even in low-light mode, without doubt.

Agent Z is to be driven like a champion racer. Powered by lightning fast 4 GB RAM and Intel Atom Processor, you're bound to get work done in the blink of an eye!

Agent Z makes sure that it owns the red carpet, thanks to its incredible design, a trademark of the ASUS flagship.

ASUS has made sure that they capture the attention of the Indian audience by focusing on the capability of ASUS Zenfone2, namely the unmatched quality of the PixelMaster, with the popular campaigns on various social media platforms.

Two such campaigns are the ASUS Zenfone2 India Unseen Project, wherein the best snaps from all over India, capturing the beautiful heritage of the mainland have been invited from Zenfone2 users with the tagline - Let's See The Unseen, and the ASUS Zenfone2 Night Walkers, wherein a group of over 150 Mumbai Instagrammers gathered to see what others can't see with the incredible ASUS Zenfone2.

I am mighty impressed with ASUS as a brand, and with their interesting social media marketing campaigns. :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Hair Love Nioxin!

I have had the privilege of being invited by BlogAdda to try the Nioxin experience first-hand, as a part of the #NioxinNowInIndia activity.

Amy, Nikhil and Gaurav, on behalf of Nioxin and Ankita, from BlogAdda, made for gracious hosts at the Wella Salon, Select Citywalk, Saket.

If you haven't already, you could read about and see how my tresses were revamped by Nioxin, in May, here. 

I hadn't told you before, but I had Nioxin's customized kit, with me, to try out, over a period of twenty days. And, I am blogging about that experience, today.

The experts at Nioxin India firmly believe that the hair are an extension of the scalp and that nourishment for the scalp provides nourishment to the hair.

Nioxin approaches the backbone formulations of its products by piecing together the jigsaw of the factors which contribute to hair thinning, namely Derma, Density and Diameter and then developing feasible and effective solutions which would nourish the scalp. 

Three essential therapies work in coordination to prevent further loss of hair strands so that, in the long run, the hair enjoy good health. 

  • Derma Renew, or the  dermabrasion, in-salon approach, which is an exclusive procedure provided at the salon itself. 
  • Density Protect, which conditions and protects the scalp to reduce hair loss due to breakage. 
  • Density Repair, which focuses on each hair strand. 
Nioxin's products are not like your over-the-counter, go-to-the-chemist sort of therapies, but they have been customized according to an individual's specific needs. 

The folks at Nioxin have developed a range of kits, numbered from 1 to 6. 

Kit 1 for fine, natural, normal to thin-looking hair.

Kit 2 for fine, natural, noticeably thinning hair.

Kit 3 for fine, chemically treated, normal to thin-looking hair.

Kit 4 for fine, chemically enhanced, noticeably thinning hair.

Kit 5 for medium to coarse, natural, normal to thin-looking hair.

Kit 6 for medium to coarse, natural, noticeably thinning hair. 

Mine was 5, as I had normal to thin-looking, medium textured, and natural hair. 

The kit contained the following products: 

  • Nioxin Cleanser, which refreshes the hair and scalp, in the beginning. Cleansing the scalp rids it of any obstacles to obtaining thicker, fuller hair. Thanks to its fruit extracts such peppermint and white tea, the cleanser leaves a lingering, refreshing, cool mint fragrance. 
  • Nioxin Scalp Revitaliser, which has been formulated to regulate moisture balance. The conditioner provided me with a smooth feel to my tresses. 
  • Nioxin Scalp Treatment, which has been enriched with antioxidants and fruit extracts that refresh the scalp. It is to be sprayed after a head wash has been done and dried using a towel. 

Nioxin has lent the desirable smoothness and shine to my hair and I am satisfied with their product.

However, according to the frequency of usage, being advised to you, it can be a breeze or a hassle. 
In my case, I had been advised daily usage. Thank God for the summer vacations which made it easier to wash my tresses daily, otherwise I could not have stuck to the timely completion of this experience 

The hour-long sessions were worthwhile, after all. :) 


You can try and experience #NioxinNowInIndia at your nearest salon. This activity is in association with BlogAdda.com.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

#ComeCloser To Radiant Skin

Our skin is one of our five senses.
It is the as valuable as the other four, if not more.

It is our duty then, to ensure that we protect our skin from all such environmental factors, which possess the potential to cause damage to it. Skin-care is to be given its due while taking care to avoid any regimes which may cause side-effects.

Thus, it is very important to say a big NO, in the face, to chemicals and chemically treated products, which may cause more harm than benefit.

Whenever we talk of embracing nature, as a means of therapy, or naturopathy, I am reminded of the ancient goodness of Ayurveda.

While today, we are surrounded by a facade of pretentious products, all falsely claiming to be 'scientifically proven' to show desirable results, the truth is that nothing could be better than age-old, natural skin-care regimes and remedies, for our skin.

Whenever I think of skin-care and beauty products incorporating Ayurveda into their constitution, the first name which pops up in the mind is that of Vicco and their herbal, medicinal products incorporating turmeric, sandalwood and a host of other botanical extracts derived from plants.

Remember VICCO Turmeric Cream, which was not cosmetic, but Ayurvedic? :D

My mother had used some products offered by Vicco in the past in the mid-90s. I must admit that she was pleasantly surprised to see a re-run of their old adverts on the idiot box, as she was reminded of their jingle word-by-word.

If you were to ask me to elucidate my remedies for naturally radiant skin, I would be reminded of three key ingredients at first - water, honey, and cucumber.

If you have not guessed already, it is a three-step process:

  • Drink a lot of water. 
  • Mix two teaspoons of honey in lukewarm water, to be had just after waking up, and just before sleeping. 
  • Place cucumber slices upon your eyes. 

Staying hydrated helps to ensure that the skin remains in the pink of its health. It helps to take care of body processes such as regenerating cells and improving circulation.
Honey has been proclaimed as a natural cleanser. It exfoliates the skin to endow it with a certain radiance and a glowing complexion.

As much as cucumber slices are famous for fading dark circles, and reducing the puffiness of eyes, if made to rest on the eyes for a few minutes, they can also be used to aid treatment of a sunburn, after you're done vacationing amid the sun and the sand.

These are some simple, yet naturally effective regimens that I have been following all these years. I'm sure that some of my readers might also have adopted these and many other such techniques to ensure that the glow and radiance never fade away from their skin. :)

Last, but not the least, one should never sleep with their make-up on as the harsh chemicals in these products keep seeping through the skin and harm its cells. One must always wash the face thoroughly, before calling it a day.

I am all ears to know about your skin-care secrets in the comments section!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A #MaxFreshMove And A Celebration...

May 25, 2015.

It was a different feeling altogether with the dreaded 'Monday Blues' for our entire family this time.
The reason being the declaration of the result of Class XII students, who had spent numerous sleepless nights, contemplating over their academic performance.

Wait. No, that stressed-out teen wasn't me. I have been through this phase already. This time, it was my first cousin's turn.
Coincidentally, it was his birthday too, that day.

She seemed to have been anxiously waiting for that bottle to finally stop spinning on the table. she chickened out on that day, on the mere thought of such important results clashing with her most important day of the year.

To me, this coincidence was not something new, as my JEE results had also been declared on the same day as my birthday. It was a day of mixed feelings this time around too.

However, since the results were announced during the first half of the day, the entire extended family woke up with traces of anxiety and inquisitiveness, as is the case with typical Indian relatives.

As it turns out, the anxiousness crossed all limits when CBSE's website refused to load owing to too much load on their server. After multiple futile attempts, my cousin and her parents decided to wait for another ten to fifteen minutes before resuming their quest to get the portal to load.

After an entire hour of the results being announced by the Board, were they actually able to access the portal and view her result. The entire family was filled with a sense of pride and a wave of congratulatory message from both, the relatives and the school teachers overwhelmed her.

We could not have been happier as my cousin herself, felt content with her results. She hoped that such a performance would establish her at the threshold of a course and college of her choice.

After the initial outburst of joy, all of us cousins planned for a family outing in the evening, as the day called for double celebration. We planned for a dinner outing, at one of our favorite restaurants of all time.

However, we were in for a bigger surprise in the form of the restaurant's owner celebrating their own wedding anniversary, where celebrities Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun had been called upon to make the guests groove to their tunes. It was a true star-studded evening.

Our family couldn't have been happier as the entire day had been full of pleasant coincidences and my cousin had a wide grin - from ear to ear - at the end of it all.


I am blogging for #MaxFreshMove activity at BlogAdda.com. Are you?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

#NioxinNowInIndia Revamps My Hair

All pleasant experiences usually begin with e-mails.

Why do I say this?

Being a blogger, I see many event invites making their way to my mailbox, every month.

Given my academic schedules, I am able to attend some, but I have to, with a heavy heart, decline some too.

This event was meant to be attended anyhow, I feel. :)

I am writing about one such pleasant experience, which came to me in the form of an invite from BlogAdda and Nioxin India, as they planned to celebrate the launch of #NioxinNowInIndia.

It did not take long for me to respond in the affirmative and I was in for an afternoon full of information and an unexpected revamp.

I was greeted by Amy upon my arrival at the Wella Salon. I must say that she was conversant with her हिन्दी accent as she introduced us to Nioxin's ideology afterward.

We were a group of ten bloggers, all curious about Nioxin's revolutionary regime.

After an initial exploration of the venue's setup, and a welcome tweet from BlogAdda, we took our seats.

Look at the NIOXIN Setup, not to miss their key ingredients, Nioxin Cocktails placed in elegant glasses! :)

Nikhil from Affinity Salon begun with the presentation about Nioxin and their entire product range, which believed that 'Scalp Health Creates Hair Health.' 

Nioxin follows the Three Step Skincare Approach which consists of Derma Renew, Density Repair and Density Protect.

Their three-part system kits consist of a cleanser, a revitalizer, and scalp treatment.
And, their track record has been pretty impressive in the US.
Their statistics claimed a large group of satisfied male and female clients.

They had a categorization according to hair type, decided as per three factors and rated on a scale of 1-6.

Have a look at it for yourself and do tell me of your type. There are bespoke kits according to your hair type, to suit each one's individual needs the best.

Mine was 5, as I had normal to thin-looking, medium textured, and natural hair.

After the presentation, a question-hour was held, with Amy and Nikhil tackling our queries. 

We were told to brace ourselves to experience the magic of Nioxin, first-hand with a personalized consultation by one of the experts. 

I couldn't have been happier. We were lead to our respective salon stations, turn by turn. 

My scalp was examined by Gaurav, and shown to me, with a compliment that my strands were deep rooted, and an in-salon, exclusive dermabrasion consisting of botanical extracts such as peppermint oil and white tea extract was applied to my scalp, massaged, and allowed to set for ten minutes. 

I let my hair down for the dermabrasion regime! :) 

It left a lingering cool effect, coupled with a pleasant odor. 

After the timer went tick-tick on completion of the stipulated time, I was led to the head wash area, with the application and rinsing of the cleanser and revitalizer. 

And, that is me at the head wash station. 

While the pleasantness of mint made my hair smell great, I returned to my station for the application of the scalp treatment spray, and the blow drying procedure.  

At the end of the regime, I was gifted with smooth and shiny strands, thanks to the magic weaved by Nioxin! :) 

That's me before the regime, with slight waviness, as I always plait my hair, owing to their length. 

That's me after Nioxin's magic, with silky, straight, Rapunzel hair! :) 

I bid adieu with a smile on my face, while raising a toast to Nioxin's product range! 

I have also blogged about my experience for a period of 20 days, with Nioxin, here

You can try and experience #NioxinNowInIndia at your nearest salon. This activity is in association with BlogAdda.com