Recently we went down to Sawadhee, a traditional Thai spa in Delhi for a couple spa date and totally loved it! Below are 5 points on why you should check them out too!
The warm, welcoming abience: Usually when you go to a Thai spa in India, you see a loud red-and-gold theme running in the décor but at Sawadhee, the décor is very welcoming with a traditional Thai theme, spread over 6000 sq. ft. area. The interiors are done up very tastefully yet minimalism runs in the décor.
2. The host of traditional thai spa services- Sawadhee spa offers a host of mind, body and wellness services such as body massages(like Deep Tissue, Aroma Therapy, Sports Massage, Traditional Thai, Signature Massages etc.), scrubs and wraps, facial services, hand and foot reflexology, etc. You can also opt for customized spa packages to suit yourself. I really like the option of gifting a spa package to a loved one too, especially a bride/ groom to be. There can be no better gift than a gift of relaxation.
3. They make their own products such as body scrubs, oils etc. which is good to know. When we visited the spa, we were offered to choose from a host of oil and scrub options to suit our preferences and skin types. Of course, the staff also guides you as to which products will be best for your skin type and concerns.
4. The massage/ therapy techniques are very refined- with their highly skilled staff, you get to experience an authentic thai massage right in the comfort of your city. What more could one ask for! Our therapists were very considerate of our preferences such as the amount of pressure to apply to the skin, our pain points etc. and tackled our aches and pains well.
5. Award winning spa- the spa has won numerous awards and accolades in it’s many years of operation, including awards such as ‘best Day Spa’, marking a seal of trust from their customers regarding the excellent, luxurious services at the spa over the years.
So Dyson recently came up with this super expensive hair styling tool called the ‘AirWrap’ which basically is a $550 hair curler! Spending so much money on something which can be done even by a regular curling iron seems crazy, so people on the internet have come up with a DIY solution which helps you achieve the same results for less than a dollar. I put this hack to the test, so let’s find out if it works or not!
The trend was started by OMG Artistry Olivia Smalley’ on Instagram, and it caught up pretty quick.
The Dyson AirWrap is an advanced hair curling tool which lets you wrap your hair around a curling wand which curls your hair by attracting your hair and wrapping it around itself using air, and not extreme heat such as with conventional curling irons. The tool comes with various barrel attachments and other attachments to brush and style your hair, but it costs a whooping $549 for this kit, which we think is pretty extreme!
But then there’s an at-home hack! So basically all you have to do is use a plastic bottle of water or any cold drink, cut out a vent in it which can fit the nozzle of your hair dryer, cut out the bottle from the top to fit your hair in from and boom! Just put a thick strand of hair in from the top and blast hot air from the vent on the side. This will let your hair rotate inside the bottle and give you a curled section after some time. Well, apparently it works too!
Catch my full video below to see a demonstration and know if this method worked for me or not!
As is clear from my video, this DIY Dyson AirWrap hack not work in my favor. The hair just kept getting thrown out from the bottle because of the strong gush of air- maybe you need longer, heavier hair to get this done. Maybe you need a broader bottle. Maybe you need a low-powered hair dryer. But honestly, this is too much of an effort to achieve results which can otherwise be achieved easily from a good curling iron too, or even this no-heat hair curling method!
I’m going to give this method a pass and stick with my curling iron for now. What about you? Do share in the comments below!
Why I loved the O3+ Plunge Nail Lacquer Polish, O3+ Sulfur cooling mask, O3+ Eyemazing kajal
Festive season is here in full swing, and is soon to be followed by the wedding season! That’s why I wanted to stock up on the essentials for my skin and makeup just in time, and I’m happy I stumbled across O3+ products for this. O3+ is a professional brand and I’ve been taking up their facials since long, loving them along the way. So I was happy to discover their makeup products and masks for home usage too. I picked up a few new products and here’s what I think of them!
O3+ Pro Artist kajal
Price: Rs. 425 for 10g
A kajal is a staple in an Indian girl’s makeup wardrobe. Whether you are aiming for a casual day time look for work or an outing or a festive look with ethnic clothes, a kajal is a must to complete your look! The O3+ Pro Artist Kajal has a great matte black, deep color payoff and offers a soft finish. I love using it as an eyeliner too since it does not bleed on my oily lids which is a big plus for me. The smudger end the tail end helps create a smudged, smoked out look for when you need a softer finish.
It stays on me for a good 5-6 hours without fading or smudging. It is also waterproof so you need a good makeup remover to take this off at the end of the day. Overall, highly impressed with the O3+ pro artist kajal!
O3+ Plunge Nail Lacquer Polish
Price: Rs. 299 each
Nail polish is an everyday staple in our makeup kits, and what better than these cruelty free, long lasting nail paints- O3+ Plunge nail lacquers. I picked up a peachy nude shade (Vintage- shown below) and two deep dark shades- Massaii and Black Magic. The shades have great color payoff, giving you opaque coverage in two coats. These are also chip resistant and the glossy look stays for a good 4-5 days (I usually remove all nail paints by 5 days, so haven’t tested them beyond this). The brush applicators are of great quality and provide streak-free finish.
O3+ Plunge nail lacquer- Vintage
O3+ Plunge nail lacquers- Vintage, Black Magic, Massaii
O3+ Sulfur cooling masque
Price: Rs. 830 for 50g
I’ve been a fan of using O3+ skincare products for my in-salon facials since a long time now and was happy to finally lay my hands on home-use products for my regular usage. The O3+ Sulfur Cooling Masque, enriched with organic Willow bark and mint extracts gives a cooling sensation to the skin while absorbing dead cells and impurities from the skin. This clearly is the most refreshing mask I’ve used on my skin, and those with active acne breakouts will definitely enjoy this mask a lot for it’s cooling properties. Willow bark contains powerful anti-oxidants and also exfoliates the skin while mint helps soothe the skin. This masque prevents breakouts too and imparts a healthy glow to the skin with regular usage. Do give it a try! It’s a must for the festive/ wedding season when skincare can take a back-seat!
Overall, I’m really impressed by these new launches from O3+ and you should give them a try too!
Check out more O3+ skincare and makeup products on their website.
Hey ladies! With age, our skincare needs keep changing. I’ve noticed this personally coz ever since I turned 30, my skin has become a little dry as compared to the normal oily skin type that I had. With every passing decade, our skin goes through a lot of hormonal changes. Stress, pollution, our diet etc. play a role in this too. The Body Shop has launched a new range specifically for women over 40 years of age. I gave some of these products to my mother-in-law and here’s her take on the ‘Roots of Strength’ range.
About The Body Shop ‘Roots of Strength’ range:
100% vegan, firming and shaping range inspired by Chinese medicine
Can be used day and night
No mineral oil, paraffin or petrolatum
Key ingredients in this range:
Ginger root extract from the Verdant plains of Madagascar- known for it’s re-plumping properties
Ginseng root extract from the Jilin province of North East China- known for firming properties
Ruscus root extract from the Wold Oak forests of Europe- known for it’s stimulating properties
Enriched with community trade soya oil
The Body Shop ‘Roots of Strength’ Firming Shaping Essence Lotion
This refreshing daily essence lotion is an essential next step after cleansing to help prepare and activate your skin for the benefits of the routine. Combining the lightweight freshness of water with the comfort of a moisturising gel, this essence or toner prepares the skin for the steps to come. Just dab a small amount on a cotton pad and swipe it all over the face in upward strokes, leave it to dry for 2 minutes and then apply the remaining products.
Price: Rs. 1595 for 160mL
The Body Shop ‘Roots of Strength’ Firming Shaping Serum
Made with 99% ingredients of natural origin (trust us, the other 1% is in there for a reason), this uplifting serum glides effortlessly onto skin. From your jawline to every contour, skin feels moisturised and looks smoother, plumper and firmer, as if reshaped. The light consistency of this serum enables easy absorption while still allowing time for a light massage to the skin. It really gives and instant lift to the skin.
Price: Rs. 2595 for 30mL
The Body Shop ‘Roots of Strength’ Firming Shaping Cream
This silky cream is wonderfully rich yet lightweight and non-greasy on application. With a fresh, spicy scent, the refreshing formula helps skin appear firmer and plumper. It also deeply moisturises the skin without making it greasy, something that is the best about this product. You can wear makeup on top of this product without the fear of any extra shine on the skin.
Price: Rs. 1795 for 50mL
Overall thoughts: A great range to try for those with mature skin to tighten and uplift the skin. Check out more on their website here.