Thursday, 18 December 2014

Teatox - The Ultimate Post-Christmas Cleanse



Christmas is almost here and all those feasts will surely need to be followed with some fasting. It doesn't necessarily have to be an intense diet that only allows you to munch on a celery per day. What I like to do is to eat clean, perhaps avoid cooking anything at all and eat everything in it's raw, natural form. That's moderation in it's modern sense no? No need to starve or feel dizzy embarking on the Cabbage Soup diet. Instead eat clean, steer clear of any dairy, processed junk, wheat and sugar. 

Pair Teatox with Clean Eating 

How long you'd want to do it for varies but in my experience, two weeks post-Christmas seems more than enough to reset the body to it's usual healthy zone and get rid of toxins. Detox tea or the now newly termed teatox is the ultimate cleansing companion in such healthy eating sprees. Of course you can incorporate this in your daily life alongside your usual diet but it shows far more fabulous results if you eat clean and start your mornings with some teatox. 

The one by D3tox is absolutely lovely! I'm not sure about you but I personally cannot stand loose tea leaves. I've noticed many teatox providers like to present it in such manner housed in a fancy tin container. Sure it looks pretty but is absolutely inconvenient if you're in a hurry and lazy like myself. The ones by the brand mentioned above come in a handy pyramid shaped teabag making brewing a less tedious task. Simply get this brewing whilst you shower and start your mornings with this instead of the usual lemon water. It contains the super ingredient green tea of course but the addition of a few dried strawberries and papaya thrown in. This works great at neutralising the herbal scent of the concoction and making it smell and taste a bit more fruity, fresh and crisp. 

Benefits of Teatox

Perfect for battling excess water retention, bloating and the overall feeling of sluggishness. Salt, sugar and wheat the are main culprits for this which I believe we all will be over-indulging in this festive season. A teatox can help kick start your metabolism, cleanse the digestive system, help you feel energised and rejuvenated and help burn more calories if combined with healthy eating and a decent amount of activity. Seems like the perfect solution as we reach New Year's. The last thing I want to do is to feel guilty for not adhering to 2014's health goals! Well, new year, new start eh

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Starting A Blog In 2015 - The Yadas and Nadas!

Blogging tips - My two cents on making it in the blogosphere 

Get Gawjus will officially complete 6 years this December. Started in December 2008 to take stress of my overloaded brain from Law exams, I decided to get some creative juices flowing to distract my brain during breaks and voila, here we are a good few years and thousands of posts later. If you're planning to start a blog in 2015, then all I have to say is - stop thinking and just do it! It's not as daunting as it looks like and the community is simply wonderful and ever growing. Just ensure your content is something you are passionate about, written in your very own tone of voice and communicated to the right audience. 



How to turn your blog into a business

From Affiliate Marketing, google adverts to sponsored posts, product placements and working with advertising and PR agencies on projects - there's tonnes of exciting things to indulge in to commercialise  your blog. Although I would suggest don't start a blog with the very intention of banking on it as it will be pretty obvious and wont work well. If your content is good and your blog posts crop up on google, these opportunities will blend in seamlessly. Who knows, you might just be able to launch a book or a make-up line like Zoella and Tanya Burr someday. 

Domain names and web hosting services 

The two most important things you will need if you decide to start a blog or a small business of your own. Once you have these sorted, you will notice there's hardly much to do when it comes to getting your material, products and services published on the web. Of course SEO, Social Media and Advertising would follow but the most important elements of getting your work of labour out on the world wide web is pretty easy to sort out if left in the hands of professional web hosting services.

As for a domain name, I'd recommend going for something catchy if you are a blogger and for something literal and keyword-inspired if you are a planning to launch a home made soap business for instance. Bloggers are easily found by the material they regularly publish. Google will pick you up sooner or later! Hence opt for a blog name that's unique to you, something you can relate to and something you won't be embarrassed to associate with a few years down the line.

I initially wanted to name the blog 'Get Gorgeous' but as the domain name wasn't available to purchase, I went ahead with the slightly altered version. When I was a teenager and was growing up in India in the 90's, a 'hip' channel at the time used to run a show named 'get gorgeous' where they gave girls such lovely makeovers. I was quite obviously a fan and since then had the name plastered in my memory.

Here's hoping to see truck loads of new blogs in 2015 - I look forward to reading you all.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

BareMinerals Revisited










Wearing 'Speak your mind' (left) and 'Lead the way' (right) Marvellous Moxie Lipsticks above



I think I had an initial encounter with BareMinerals a few years ago at trying out their powder foundation. It didn't suit my skin, I thought it was overrated and moved on. Coming across their products all over again after so many years, I have to say we must have got on with a bad start. It makes me think how my makeup choices have changed drastically over the years! 

Starting with their Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, it's seriously changed my life. In 2014, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is the only thing my skin could tolerate. Everything else resulted in a weird explosion. This baby on the other hand took me by surprise. Apparently this year was dedicated to serum foundations and all that jazz and this is the only one I've tried. It's light to medium coverage, a lovely yellow golden shade and is actually like applying a tinted serum/skincare product to your face. Has a gorgeous dewy finish, feels super light on the skin and lasts all day long. Get it! 

The flat top buffing brush that it comes with has a small circular dent where you can put a few drops of the foundation before buffing it on the skin. Although not a must-have, it's brilliant quality and surely a step higher than those traditional foundation brushes. 

The second thing I was impressed with from the BM rage was their Marvellous Moxie Lipsticks. Oh my god, I've never come across something more lush, creamy and hydrating. Yet they adhere to the lips like glue and leave a strong stain before disappearing. You can eat, drink or go pub crawling and these babies do not budge. Well an occasional top-up may be required but not all the time. 

'Speak your mind' is a lovely baby pink with a hint of peach thrown in to keep things fresh and crisp. It's the perfect pinky nude to make things look plump and supple in the lip department. 'Lead the way' is a stunning dark berry with hints of purple shot through it. Must-have for when you're craving a bold lip and want an evening staple. The lip liners and lipgloss are worth checking out as well although I'd say lipsticks are a must-have from Bare Minerals. 

The Ready Eyeshadow Palette in 'The Truth' is a lovely one to check out if you're confused with a gazillion nude eyeshadow palettes cropping up everywhere. This one's got an iridescent finish and the shades are soft and dreamy to blend making it a perfect one for day or evening looks. 

The Ready Blush is a lovely peachy-pink with golden specks shot through it. Reminding me of NARS Orgasm, this one's more pigmented if you've got deep olive undertones. Give it a whirl this party season! 

Overall, the BareMinerals range has evolved by leaps and bounds since when it's forte was only powder foundation. The range is extensive, modern and absolutely decadent to indulge in. The products rarely disappoint and the packaging is to die for. Make way Bobbi Brown and Nars, there's a new favourite in town. 

www.bareminerals.co.uk

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Claudia Louch Botanical Face Cream with Deep Line Complex




If you are looking for pampered and protected skin at night, this perfection of a formula by Claudia Louch is what you need. Although steeply priced and not a must-have from her skincare range, it's sheer opulence if you've got some cash to spare this festive season. Night creams can be tricky to find and for your skin to adjust to, well mine at least. If breaking out with huge red spots or overtly oily skin the morning after is what you're scared of, you really need to try this one. Although by the sound of it, the formula seems particularly catered towards dry, mature skin, it surprisingly works really well for my combination skin. 

It strikes the perfect balance between keeping excess oils at bay, nourishing dry patches where needed and leaving skin feeling comfortably, cushion-y and calm. Flaunting an array of super ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and grape seed oil to name a few, it definitely falls into the skin food category for me. Something I resort to when my skin needs extra care and a blanket of hydration. Having said that, the texture of Claudia Louch Botanical Face Cream is light and fluffy making it perfect fit for bedtime skincare. If you have a fussy mum or aunt who love their decadent skincare, Christmas would be a great time to introduce them to this brand!

Sponsored Video: Very.co.uk Christmas TV Advert - Step into Christmas in style




Very.co.uk has quickly become a one stop shop for all things fashion. As we near the end of the year, I particularly love their cocktail dresses and evening gowns for some fun festive fashion. I find their outfit styles to be bold, wearable and runway inspired with a hint of traditional element shot through it. Whether it's a corporate and glamorous Christmas party you're hunting an apparel for or a cosy dinner whipped up at home for friends and family, definitely check out their party section for some style inspiration this Winter. 

I don't know about you but I am a sucker for adverts at this time of the year. You know they are going to be the best of the lot from the entire year and thankfully, very.co.uk has done a fabulous job with theirs this year. I love Fearne Cotton which automatically makes me give the advert extra brownie points. Plus, the fact that they've shrunk the models makes it refreshing and fairy-tale like to watch. Not to forget embedding the message of Christmas presents being magical, to give our lazy assess the much needed kick to head out and indulge in that overdue shopping list for loved ones. 

If you like me always thought very.co.uk only did fashion, you're in for a treat as the online outlet also stocks some of the coolest toys, gadgets and home decor! Check out their uber cool smart watches for kids, tech inspired chocolate bars, on-trend zip clutch bags for women and quirky collectibles for men. And their home section has the cutest Christmas decorations I have browsed online. Not tacky, not run-of-the-mill but seriously wonderful and charming interiors to put you in the festive spirit. 

*post sponsored by very.co.uk

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Balayage Hair at Pimps & Pinups




I hate hairdressers, period.

Ever heard of those girls who don't get their tresses chopped for years, YouTube the trim job at home and end up with orange ends that they call 'ombre'? Yes that's me, hello! 

Not that I've ever had a disastrous session at the salon that's put me off but just the constant fear of looking like an orangutan walking out of a salon, I've mostly avoided them for half of my life. 

Until one day I realised I just needed to fork out a decent amount and head out to a place that had unanimously fabulous reviews. Of course, my first choice was social media sensation Nicky Lazou who's usually globe trotting the world balayaging locks to perfection but considering she lives a good 3-4 hours away from me, I decided against it quite reluctantly. 

With an album full of Guy Tang inspired hair transformations, I plonked myself onto a chair at Pimps & Pinups which almost seemed like a glamorous unisex barbers. A hairstylist named Lori, who by the way has a gorgeous dip dye attended me and actually told me my inspirational hair images were achievable. I won't lie but it led to a little happy dance.

I wanted a balayage of course. The last time I asked for a sunkissed dip dye at a high end salon, it was a sunflower colored infestation on my pitch black locks, no thank you. This time I wanted more opacity in the colour, less concentration and a dreamy blending. My only brief was, 'ash brown or blonde' with an emphasis on ash.

After three and a half hours to be precise and bleach, toner, mask and blow dry done and dusted, Lori told me this was the 'ashest' they could go on my extremely dark hair. The result was a golden ash blonde with no hints of pesky yellows and ginger. For just around a £100, the results were impressive on my thick mane which took quite a few stylists to handle. 

The salon atmosphere was brilliant - all smiles, lovely coffee, unexpected fleet of bankers and businessmen and great music. Most importantly, extremely skilled staff who exactly know what they are doing. For the first time in my life, I cannot fault a salon. Quite obviously they've bagged themselves a customer for life.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Shu Uemura Shupette Collection








If you're looking for cute, quirky collectable make-up products then Shupette by Shu Uemura will be your best bet. When kittens (that too Mr Lagerfeld's own!) and Karl Lagerfeld come together, I feel there couldn't be a better collaboration for Shu. It's a playful collection, so don't expect it to be a make-up artists dream, loaded with full on pigmentation. An easily wearable collection, it's great for everyday wear. Having said that, it is slightly pricey but as I said, if you're looking for a Christmas present for a fashionista who is inspired by Mr. Lagerfeld or someone obsessed with make-up and kittens, then this would make a perfectly apt gift idea. 

The eye shadow trio is nicely pigmented, with a sheer to medium throw on colour and a slightly glistening finish. The shadows go on smooth and last for a good few hours. The lip trio on the other hand is gorgeous! The shades are well picked for A/W, the pigmentation is really nice and the finish is lush and glossy, two thumbs up. If you're like me and don't like to make a mess of all your full sized lipsticks in your handbag, then this lip trio is a lovely one to have handy for on the go pout perfection. It's a universal fact that Shu Uemura lash curlers are the very best in the industry, even amidst pros. A nice touch to this one is added charm containing Shupette artwork. If you're looking to buy one for a lash lover or thinking of refreshing your decade old tool, this is the time to invest in a cuter one. 

The collection also has some gorgeous wacky lashes for the festive season and a lovely make-up bag which you need to check out next time you're in Selfridges. If you were to get at least one thing from the collection, I'd say get the lip trio or the eye lash curlers depending on what you'd use more of. Oh and based on my recent travels with bulky and heavy make-up stash, I'd like to mention the packaging is very travel friendly.