Sunday, July 19, 2009

I have found some sure ways to get over the winter blues this year :

  • Moisturize : I have found that having a moisturized,smooth skin goes a long way to cheer up my mood. I use everything from face cream to foot cream.

  • The second thing is to have a great smelling shower gel that makes cheers you up. This winter I have used some of Yves Rocher's shower creams which are amazing and Avon's Apple and Honeysuckle shower gel (followed by its body lotion).
  • The third advice is to really rub that body cream into your skin. I use different brands depending on my mood. Lately I have been using Avon's Rich Moisture Body Lotion and Nivea's Happy Time. Happy Time smells great and its name says it all for me.
  • The fourth thing I do is to consume some magnesium, present mainly in bananas or you can buy the pills from your drug store.
  • The next thing is not to stress and to be happy. Being stressed just adds to your problem. Try to be cheerful even in the face of your problem.
  • Lots of sleep!!!

[Some of the pictures above have been found from the web and are not mine.]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Last year I was browsing around Super U. At that time I was feeling a bit depressed as my fiance had been away for 8 months. Suddenly my eyes fell on Maybelline's Cosmetics stand. Like a true make-up lover,I could not resist the temptation of checking the products. I was intrigued by its new range - the Diamonds lipstick. The concept is simple:the lipstick is a combination of color,gloss and glitter. I immediately got over my depression. I chose a dark pink shade called Purple Diamond. I loved it. I tried it over a million times that day and wanted to share this product with my friends and family. That night I called my fiance,I was in a very happy mood and I owe the success of our relationship to this lipstick.

Now about the product itself : it is available in lots of shades among which you have Purple Diamond,Ruby Diamond,Toffee Diamond,Pink Diamond or Grenadine Diamond. All the shades are lovely though one ought to choose a color according to her skin tone. I own three shades and they seem to be enough for now. I love the glossy and glittery effect it gives to my lips. The only minus side of this product is that the color is not long lasting. You need to re-apply it every 2-3 hours. All in all it is a good product,mostly if you are on a restricted budget as the lipstick costs less than Rs 300. This lipstick suits the young and the less young. And buying this lipstick can make your relationship work!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

This is one of my favorite products - L'Oreal's Nutrisoft for dry and very dry skins. I bought this body milk last year during a sale on L'Oreal products at Super U. I kept it at the back of my cream drawer and forgot about it. Last month,while going through my body creams I rediscovered this cream. I tried it and I fell in love with it. The milk acts like a gel and it is easily absorbed. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and velvety. My skin is fully moisturised and I do not feel the itchiness so common in winter.

This body milk can also be used in summer as even on hotter days,it does not become sticky or greasy. It is so easily absorbed. Another good point for this cream is that it does not have a strong smell. It leaves the skin feeling lightly perfumed and it does not interfere with my deodorant or perfume.

This cream is sold in a 400 ml container but I saw a smaller container being sold too. The price ranges from Rs 350 - 430 depending on the dose you are buying. Despite its price it is a good buy,especially if you care for your skin. The price is quite decent given that you are buying a L'Oreal quality product.

What is your secret for a velvety,moisturised skin? And where do you buy it from and how much does it cost?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

One of the biggest problems in winter is having chapped,dry and bleeding lips. I really hate that. This year I have anticipated the problem and I have already bought my lip balm. I ordered Avon's Sheer Lip Gloss with Jojoba Oil. It can be used as a lip balm as well as a lip gloss. It has a light pink color to it which is very pleasant when going out as you can be fashionable while protecting your lips from the cruel cold. I am very happy with this product. I find its packaging to be cute and girly. It is very small and can be used when travelling or going out.

On the con side I would say that it is quite expensive. I bought it during the special Mother's Day 'promos' by Avon and even then it cost me around Rs 400 for 10ml. So let's just say that this is not the most affordable lip balm on the market. If you are really looking for good deals then check out Super U's lip balm products. I noticed one enriched with shea butter which looked quite good and it costs around Rs 120. So let us conclude by saying that when it comes to fighting against chapped lips in winter , everyone can have his/her own beauty products and recipes. Here I would like to give out a little advice to all the boys out there, using lip balms does not diminish your manhood. On the contrary girls appreciate the fact that you are caring enough to spare us the sight of chapped and even bleeding lips!! I end on this gory note!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Shower time is one of my favourite times of the day. I tend to make it an even better experience by using shower creams or shower gels. This month I have fallen in love with Dop's Abricot de Roussillon shower cream (which is apricot from the region of Roussillon in France). The name itself sounds very exotic to my Mauritian ear. I tried it and here is my appreciation.

The packaging itself is very attractive with the vibrant orange and yellow colors. The luscious abricots seem to be full of energy and wellness. The container is very practical to use during the shower. This shower cream exudes a sweet smell which remains throughout the day. It is really moisturising and softening. Its creamy texture is easily washable and leaves a pleasantly sweet smell.

On the practical front, this product is sold in a 300ml container for about Rs 144 and it lasts for about one month. Hence you spend just Rs4.80 per day on this shower cream. This makes it a very good deal for me.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The perfect Thursday is when my hair and skin look great.I am not someone who spends lots of time dealing with my hair.For me it is just washing,conditioning,drying and combing(what you see is what you get!).As for my skin I am very careful and caring.Today everything went well,hair and skin both behaved.I had a pleasant day at work with my kids and to put a happy end to my day I went shopping.I bought the sweetest smelling shower gel and I am very keen to try it.I love winter as I feel like a sweet-smelling,cool fairy.To finish everything off I will be watching a Selena Gomez-Demi Lovato starrer movie in a few minutes with my sister and tonight I will have my fix of Desperate Housewives!!Everything is so perfect and I like things that way!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This week is just perfect : nice weather,my kids at work are relaxed and I will work only 4 days out of 5.Tomorrow is the annual Sports Day for our school.I will be on the finish line and I am very excited about this event and my contribution to the day.After spending 3 years in a row as an announcer,I requested to be put elsewhere.I feel I will love the change!I feel like a kid myself and to think that I rarely used to attend any sports manifestatons when I was in high school!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A common problem encountered by both committed and married women is loneliness!!All the single ladies out there do not even realise how lucky they are!Check this out:would you like to be in a relationship where you are the only one present?That is because the other half is busy with his playstation or doing a similar activity.(Much as I love myself,the answer is a definite no!!).I mean why do men think women love them?Because they are God's gift to women?I mean wake up!!If you can not make the woman you love happy,why are you with her?Let me just clarify myself here : I am not saying that all men are like this and I do not have anything against men.All I am saying is that some men tend to take their ladies for granted after the initial courting phase.In the initial stages of courtship,men are sensitive,loving,caring and most importantly,they communicate!They show so much passion for their ladies.So why do they lose these habits once they have conquered your heart,once they have heard the famous three word expression(I love you!)?

Even if you are the hunkiest man on Earth, you can not keep a woman glued to you just for your looks.What women want is to be swept off their feet!That is why all those soap-operas run for so long!!Women like the magic of love,the sizzling effect of romance and the dizzying sensation of passion but what they get in real life is different!!I do not mean that men should be romantic,seductive and passionate everyday but once in a while does a lot to improve a relationship.Does the woman who will bear your kids,do your laundry,cook your favourite food,put up with your excentric relatives(optional),keep your house clean ,be faithful to you,take care of you through thick and thin,through rich or poor times,support you through hard times and be your old-age partner deserve at least that??

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tonight will dawn into the first day of the second term of the secondary (primary) academic year.I can not really say that I like it but I am prepared to face the strange world of teenagers (no offense!!).Do not misunderstand me,I love my job but I am a bit clueless as to certain behavior of teenagers.Anyway the second term is the longest and coldest in Mauritius and there are very little public holidays,so I guess one ought to find reasons to be motivated!!I am impatiently waiting for a special event happening on the 20th of June.This will be my motivation!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

So you must have guessed what I mean here.I have been feeling under the weather since Monday and Tuesday morning I woke up with the flu.Having the flu is the most unglamorous illness.Your face becomes beet-red,you get dark circles under your eyes, your mouth remains ever-open and your red and super-sensitive nose runs.But what I like most about having the flu is that I have enough time to read and I do not have to be the responsible adult for 72 hours.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

This is every girl's worst topic of conversation and worst nightmare.You meet a cool guy.You like him,he likes you and things start developping and feelings are born.He professes his eternal love and you profess yours.Everything is perfect until you start getting curious about his ex-girlfriend.Who is she?How does she look?

I do not know about you, girls, but I had an image of my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend.She had to be the opposite of me(or in some ways better than me!!):someone mysterious,gorgeous,suave,intelligent(good in maths),I even had the perfect astro-sign for her ,Taurus (Bipasha Basu!!) which is the best sign for Scorpio, she would be the type of girl he would always yearn for.But reality is quite different!!I do not want to be bitchy and rude to my boyfriend's exes but let me just say that I am happy for him that he is with me!!

Furthermore there is always a reason why someone is girlfriend while another is ex-girlfriend.Believe it or not,boys do not always think of their ex.That is until you remind him of her.Guys are good at forgetting and this time it is beneficial!!

I am allowing myself a little nightly pleasure(ok!it is not what you are thinking!)!Brownies with hot tea.This is worthy of Nigella Lawson as she is known to rummage through her fridge for goodies at night!!So here's to Nigella!!
PS: Girish,I do not do this every night honey!!

What is the use of saving rupee after rupee and depriving oneself of small pleasures??Money should be a means to attain a goal.It should not be a goal in itself.I like to spend my money by making myself and my loved ones happy.I do not know what future has in store for me but I want to be able to say on my deathbed that I lived to please myself and my dear ones..Witness how happy my sister seems!!

I am currently in a very serious relationship(with marriage possibilities)with a Scorpio guy who happens to be the most un-Scorpio ever and I am a very un-Libran myself.I happen to be a very hyper person who is a bit of a control freak with a bit of a possessive streak and very very manipulative and very much into feminism and a bit of a loudmouth with in your face frankness(You think that is impossible?Meet me,you will see!!).Commitment is not my forte!!My better half is the most tolerant,calm,sensitive,sweet,unassertive,loving(hot!!) and secretive guy I have ever known and commitment is his thing.The only things we have in common are our independence and the love we share.

If you ever try matching our signs you may find that we are not meant to be together while in reality we have already spent almost 3 yrs together.We spent 1 year running away from each other,the second year was spent trying to hide our love from my parents and the third year was spent by being apart.But what is good with our signs is that we are complementary.When I want to break up,he is always dissuading me and telling me how much we are good together(he never talks of breaking up).When he is discouraged,I try my best to make him laugh(I am his personal clown!!).I do not know about him but he is my best friend(after my sister!!).And there is nothing better than loving your best friend.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter holidays are the shortest holidays of the academic year(primary and secondary education) but they are the best holidays because one does not have the opportunity to get bored(that is always a good thing!!).

I have spent the first week of the holidays being the perfect daughter to my mom.I went to my grandmother's place for the weekend and I did not even mind using strange toilets(eew!!) and eating out.These two things normally strain my tolerance.I even went to a Janewa ceremony(hindu initiation ceremony!!) and I have socialized!!

I bought myself a little Ipod shuffle which is the best thing that has ever happened to me.That little beauty is a little miracle of technology(for me at least!!).Imagine being able to save 100 songs in a little device of a few centimeters!!I am smittened by it and I even sleep with it!Here I wish to give my thanks to my sister,Morina,who did everything so that I could listen to my favourite songs.She advised me on the type of device I should buy,she went to buy it,she helped me upload my favourite songs and she even called me a 'noob'(which is not as flattering as it sounds!!).I got reacquainted with Leann Rimes,Celine Dion and The Corrs.

So that's how I am spending my holidays,being a good daughter,listening to music,reading, watching my favourite series on t v and talking to my boyfriend.I have finished reading The Ghost by Danielle Steel and believe it or not,I am very happy I have read it.For those of you who have never read a book by Danielle Steel,let me just say that she is a writer who describes human emotions like nobody.Loss,death,betrayal,motherhood or sickness are the main themes of her books.Her books are so realistic that one can not help but be touched by them.I bought a box of tissue papers just to be able to read these books(note to myself:buy more tissue paper!!).Imagine reading a book by Danielle Steel while listening to Leann Rimes singing Crying Time.

Desperate Housewives's season 5 premiered last night on Canal+ and that had been the brightest part of yesterday.I loved watching Dexter(for now byebye Dexter,welcome back Gabby,Susan,Lynette,Bree,Eddie and Catherine!!) but Desperate Housewives is something I can share with my mum and my sis and that makes everything 'funner',if I may say so!!This is so important to me that I even asked my boyfriend to wait till after the show to call him.I was so excited that I finished all my chores at 7 pm and waited before the t v for the show to start.Finally I was not disappointed by the first two episodes of season 5.I really look forward to the rest of the season.

So last night when the man of my life asked me why I loved that show I said with joy in my heart that it is cause I can relate to these women.For a single woman I think that this series really tells us what to expect from married life and that things change.

So after the first week of holidays I can really say that I am having a blast and I have not even eaten any chocolate!!long live the Easter holidays!!

[So how are you spending your Easter Holidays?]

Friday, March 27, 2009

Have you made the most of the public holiday??I can proudly say that I have made the most of the day.I started out by cooking.I made faratas to help my mum(Do not mind the shower cap!!lol).My whole family and I went to my gandmum's place.I had a heart-to-heart talk with my baby sister(That's what I call quality time!!).And I had some time to write a post!!

So have you made the most of the public holiday??

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Women are those beings that seem alien to men.(I mean unless they are gay or very in tune with their feminine side).We , women, always complain that men do not understand us and this is often the cause for numerous frustrations(been there,done that!!).So what do women REALLY want?I humbly propose 5 guidelines.

  • Women want a bit of romance.For most men,once the woman has been conquered,it is job done and relaxation time.But women expect the romantic fire to keep burning.Women think mostly with their heart in love,for them the courting period is just the tip of the iceberg and they expect their men to love them more as time goes by.Love should increase,for women,while for men routine says it all.
  • Women want to feel that they are being listened to.Most women love to talk to their partners about their day at length and want to share their problems or worries or frustrations.But here also men react differently 1)either they do not listen at all and do not even make a show of listening or 2)they are lost in their own thoughts or 3)they propose unsollicited solutions or 4)they start talking about how hard THEIR day has been.A man needs to understand that if a woman has chosen HIM to narrate her day to,it is because she wants to tell HIM about it.She just wants him to listen to her and remember her crazy or stupid little things because she loves him and nobody else.Even if she had millions of admirers who drank her every word,it would never matter as much to her as just having that special man listen to her.
  • Women are proud of the men they are with and like to talk about them with their girlfriends,their sister,their mum,their colleagues,their dentist and the list goes on.But unlike a man,a woman will talk about her feelings,about how good about herself that man makes her feel.Women like to feel positive about being in a relationship.They do not want to feel jealous,possessive,angry or frustrated about being with someone.They want to feel the glow of love,be happy and at peace with themselves and their men.So a word of advice to men would be to treat your woman like the lady she is and give her more reasons to praise you and feel good about herself and her man.
  • Women want men to be possessive about them but not so much as to smother them.This is a very tricky feat to accomplish.A woman may complain that her man is not possessive enough but once he starts being possessive with her,she may chide him and tell him not to be ridiculous.Confused?Well most men are too.What men should know is that women love to be shown that you care enough for hem to be possessive but that at the same time,you trust her enough to be sure that she will never cheat on you or leave you.There's nothing more endearing than making a very independent man want to cling to you!!
  • Women want to hear about your feelings.What could be cuter than hearing a grown-up,confident and independent man tell you about his first day at school and how hard it had been to be separated from his mum?Or hear him tell you how much he loved his biology teacher (This is what a special someone once told me!!).Feelings are very sexy to women.Being sensitive is totally in.
So next time a man will meet one of these aliens,he might be able to understand her and even get to know her.This list does not end here.Other items can be included such as:complimenting your lady each time she does a special something for you,praising her(unless you happen to be Brad Pitt with Dalai Lama's personality,she is not with you for your looks or your wonderful personality),sharing her beliefs and likings(if she can watch football for you,can you not watch Desperate Housewives with her?),believing in her and making the most of every minute with her because being separated from someone you love is the hardest thing ever(Trust me!!I know what I am talking about!!).

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sunday mornings are meant for nothing,by nothing I mean doing nothing at all.I like to let my mind wander until lunchtime.Today,after breakfast,I sat in front of my laptop to surf on the net.I began thinking about this morning's events this far:I woke up at 8am and was back in bed by 8:05,am I lazy then?From the time I woke up till now I found lots of reasons to be angry with the universe,how come?So this reflection has prompted this post.I will try to explain the seven deadly sins in my world...

Here are the results of my SEVEN DEADLY SINS QUIZ:(pretty freaky huh?)







Pride:Very High

Discover Your Sins - Click Here

Greed - This is that little voice I hear which makes me want to buy every little useless thing I see,like that little book collection which I really needed to have to live or like all the clothes in my closet I never wear or all the earrings or all the body cream I possess but never use or lipstick which I buy for no reason at all as I do not wear lipstick.This is the voice which makes you want to grab material possessions like there's no tomorrow.Greed could stem from a lack of distraction or other worthwhile activities.

Gluttony- Gluttony is the need to stuff your mouth with the maximum amount of food or even more generally it could also mean wearing the softest fabric.Or it could be sleeping on the most comfortable bed ever,with the most luxurious beddings.Gluttony seems like a great place to be.You could even be inspired by gluttony for a birthday party theme.

Wrath (Anger) - This baby can be vey insidious.You could pride yourself in being the most calm and peaceful person on Earth and all of a sudden you are transformed in a red-eyed creature.This is one sin I could do without because apologizing after the wrathparty hurts my pride like never before.

- Ever had the urge never to wake up or to stay infront of the T V forever or to let the phone ring forever just so that you never have to lift your butt??That is sloth for you.We are all victims of sloth but let's just say that this is not the coolest sin around.

Envy - The green-eyed monster,this one manifests itself each time your friend has a bigger and better something that you do not have.This is the feeling I have each time Morinn shows me her headful of thick dark hair(lol!!love you momo).Or the envy I feel whenever I see Mrs Veena Ramgoolam's saree displays.(I'm a total fan!!)

- For me lust is the ultimate sin but,being a lady,I will not comment on this sin in relation to my personal life.Lust is infact the love that man has for another man(woman!!),the love that is directed towards man as opposed to that which is directed to God.If you have the hots for someone then you are a lusty animal or you are lustful.Lust is love perverted.

Pride (Vanity) - Before I start on this one I would like to say that I pride myself on being the humblest person around but it surprised me to hear from my boyfriend that pride was the sin he would have attributed to me.This was very hard for my ''humble'' pride(Why pride?Why me?).
Anyway pride is another uncool sin to have,like really uncool.Traditionnally it is about having more faith in yourself than in God and to dedicate your successes to yourself instead of God.

What is your sin?

(Pictures and illustrations have been selected from the web.The sins quiz is taken from the above webpage :

Saturdays for me are those days when I take some time off to do my laundry,shopping,ironing and some correction.This Saturday I decided to change this routine.Change is the essence of life,monotony is death.Fate also decided to change some stuffs in my life.As I was tread milling and almost reaching the end of my workout session,I felt a jolt and was immobilised.Still trying to figure out what happened,I got down and investigated.Turns out,according to the manual,that there's a problem requiring servicing.I called a certain hire purchase shop's assistance number and was greeted by the voice of a very bored and annoyed woman.Seems as if I was the cause of the annoyance.She continued in the same tone to tell me that assistance could only be given to me after Monday.This in turn annoyed me to no end.I was almost tempted to call back and report her attitude.I mean do these people receive a special training to have this specific tone?Or is that something inate to them?How can some people really get on your nerve?Anyway this phone call actually changed my Saturday.

The other event which changed my routine is that I took some time out to do my duty as a blogger.I wrote a post and even create a little unprivate blog to talk about my life.Another bright aspect of this day is that I helped my mum in the yard.It was barely for 15mins but what counts is that I made the move.Those who really know me will appreciate the effort and will understand the spirit of sacrifice.Today I also had the occasion to spend quality time with my baby,Azou.She is in fact my almost 4 yrs old puppy,a real cutiepie who likes to be the centre of attention and who is over spoilt.Her fave color is pink,I can not tell you how I know that.So in Azou's name I am posting this picture.

Before I start describing my week,let me just mention that I was PMS
-ing this week!!I mean seriously PMS-ing!!I quite resembled that girl in THE EXORCIST.See what I mean?And that's the time I chose to really TALK with the man of my life about my lovelife and what he could do to make things better!!Needless to say that I badly needed an exorcism!!But this situation has confirmed what I must already be knowing:this guy is a definite keeper!!A guy who can deal with this smiling girl definitely deserves an a++++ on the eligibility list.(Such a nice couple!!)

This week made me realise another thing:people like to play with fire!!No matter how adult and responsible you are,you always need to act foolishly and screw up your life!!I,for one,can not watch horror movies.I mean like nightmare galore!!I really can not take that pressure.But guess what I did last Thursday?Yeah you guessed right:I went to the nearby movie theatre and watched Raaz2(At my mum's request!!).Come bedtime I could actually see the ghost in my room!!Luckily my parents had a kid 22yrs ago just for this situation.(kidding Momo!!).That very fearless kid actually saved me from being a zombie on Friday!!

Hello to all the networms(that's actually a compliment!!As in bookworm!!)
So here's my great re-entry in the blog world!!yoohoo!!Guess I'm the only one happy about this!!Anyway,here I am back on the net due to the magic of ADSL!!What a wonderful world we are living in!!So let's all kiss our modems and pcs|laptops and bless them with a long life!!