2017 Best Skincare

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Hi there!!

Continuing with my 2017 favorites series, today we talk about skincare. Our skin is the largest organ of the body. With so much dust and pollution, it becomes all the more important to shower some extra TLC. Skincare is nothing less than an investment, investment of your money and time.

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Some of my favorite skincare products from 2017!

Without any further blabbering, let’s find out 2017 Best Skincare

  1. DearPacker Home Remedy Mask

Sheet masks were the highlight of 2017. You can find one for all kinds of skin issues – dryness, anti-blemish, moisturizing, soothing, anti-ageing etc.

DearPacker has a wide collection of sheet masks inspired by traditional home remedies. Some of the variants that I’ve tried – Coconut, Sandalwood + Rosewater, Lavender + Argan Oil, Green Tea + Jasmine. I’ve also tried the Lab Collection Mask – Anti-Dry & Hydrating (really liked it).

DearPacker sheet masks
For those lazy days, sheet masks are perfect!

If you’re skin is feeling dull and dry, these sheet masks make a great quick fix. Try using a sheet mask a day for at least 7 days (just like the Koreans) and you’ll see the difference in your skin.

Price – 100/- each mask

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

I’m a big fan of the Vitamin E range from TBS. Over the years I’ve tried their day cream, night cream, and oil-in-serum. This time I wanted a slight shift, so bought the Aqua Boost Sorbet.

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Found my holy grail moisturizer…
  • Has a gel/ sorbet consistency, very light weight.
  • Gets absorbed into the skin quickly without leaving it greasy.
  • Provides intense hydration, and your skin feels well moisturized.
  • The fragrance is mild and pleasant.
  • Suitable for all skin types

Price – 1195/- for 50ml

3. Kama Ayurveda Pure Mogra Water

This is my most recent purchases, but now I know what the hype is all about. It is pure bliss.

Kama Ayurveda Mograwater
Use it once to know what all the hype is all about.
Source – MyMultifacetedDiary
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties to relieve stressed skin and calm the nerves.
  • Can be used as a toner or facial mist. You can also add it to your face packs.
  • Can be used over make-up.
  • As a pH balancing toner, it helps in reducing fine lines and pigmentation.
  • Perfect to give your skin a boost of hydration and freshness.
  • That mogra fragrance is so soothing.

Price – 250/- for 50ml

4. Biotique  Bio Aloe Vera Sunscreen (Ultra Soothing Face Lotion)

Biotique is one of my favorite budget friendly brands. For the price, they give superlative quality.

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Looking for a budget friendly sunscreen? Give this one a shot!
  • Has a milky consistency which gets absorbed quickly.
  • 30+ SPF UVA/UVB sunscreen. Perfect for everyday wear, if you’re not stepping out in the sun.
  • The fragrance is slightly pungent, but it fades away in a few minutes.
  • Since it has sun protection, you can use it as a light weight day cream.
  • Doesn’t leave a white cast.
  • For normal to oily skin.

Price – 290/- for 120ml

5. Forest Essentials Velvet Silk Body Cream

Luxury Ayurveda at its best! If you’re looking for a rich and intense body butter, then this is what you should be investing in. I have the variant – Madurai Jasmine & Mogra.

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A skincare favorites list is incomplete without my trusted Forest Essentials.
  • It is rich and creamy, yet doesn’t leave your skin greasy.
  • Gets absorbed into the skin quickly making it soft and supple.
  • You just need a tiny amount, so this huge tub will go a long way.
  • The blissful fragrance!

Price – 1695/- for 200g

6. Soulflower Ocean Mineral Bath Salt

Bath salts have been my ultimate discovery of 2017. Therapeutic and soothing, these are just what you need after a hard day! I have the fragrance – Rose Germanium.

Soulflower bath salt
Using this at the end of the day is like a mini pamper session.
  • It is great to be used as a foot soak, or for a calming hot water bath.
  • Gently exfoliates the skin. Cleanses and detoxifies your skin.
  • The fragrance is soothing, long lasting, but not overpowering.
  • Such pretty colors!

Price – 350/- for 500g

7. The Face Shop Hand Cream

If like me, you also have desert dry hands, then a hand cream will be your best friend. This year I have particularly loved The Face Shop Hand Creams. The 2 variants I’ve tried – Rosewater and Macadamia.

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For hands as soft as flowers!
  • Makes your hand soft and reduces skin peeling off.
  • Provides moisturization, but doesn’t leave hands greasy and oily.
  • The fragrance lingers on, which is a great thing
  • Such travel friendly packaging.

Price – 300/- for 30ml

8. The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Face Pack

And last on the list of my 2017 Best Skincare products is TBS Rice Face Pack. I have also tried the Himalayan Charcoal variant and absolutely loved it.  Find more about it.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng Mask Review
In love with this mask from The Body Shop.
  • It is a clarifying polishing mask, which is quite gentle on your skin.
  • Has a creamy texture, with tiny rice granules for scrubbing.
  • Gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
  • Skin appears brighter and radiant, and pores are minimized.
  • The fragrance is mild, it reminds me of the tea tree range.
  • Suitable for all skin types.

Price – 1995/- for 75ml

Before going, do check out my 2017 Best Books for some amazing book recommendations.

Let me know if you’ve discovered any skincare gem, and also if you’ve tried any of these products…

See you soon!

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2017 Best Books

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Hello you guys!

Starting my 2017 Favorites list with my ultimate love – Books! This year was an okayish reading year, but considering the hurricane I faced in personal life, I’m quite pleased. Looking forward to some great reading in 2018!

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Booknerd for life.

I read 10, 567 pages across 28 books. And I did accomplish my Goodreads Goal. So let’s begin this bookish journey in no particular order of favoritism.

Best books of 2017 

Disclaimer – All of these weren’t published in 2017 (some of them were also). I just read them this year and fell in love, that’s why these lovelies have made it to the list.

1. The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

Started the year with some YA reading and totally loved it. This one is a story about Natasha (Jamaican) and Daniel (Korean American). Tasha’s family is being deported back, while Daniel is struggling to prove himself to his parents. Tasha and Daniel meet accidentally and feel a magnetic pull.

The Sun is also a Star
Restored my faith in YA!

The story traces their journey and relationship through that one day, as they explore New York and themselves. There is so much diversity – ethnicity, race, culture, and then finding your true self and the signs that universe shows.

Candy floss with realistic feels, it has feels on point….

5/5

2. One Day – David Nicholls

Those who are meant to be, will be. If you haven’t read any David Nicholls books, then I highly recommend you do. They have such a happy vibe.

I loved the narrative style of this one. Story of 2 people Em and Dex, told over a span of 20 years. How life changes, yet some things remain constant. It is romantic, but not dripping sweet which is a great thing. Em and Dex are #goals.

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Healing the heart, one love story at a time.
Source – CuriosandDreams

Also the movie adaptation is pretty good!

5/5

3. Before I Go To Sleep – S.J Watson

Christine has acute case of amnesia. As she sleeps, her memories are erased. She wakes up everyday feeling lost in this world. She is constantly seeking support from her husband and psychiatrist. But all is not good, and there are some layered twists that need to be unfolded.

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Memories define us. What if you lose yours every time you go to sleep?
Source – jodetopia

The premise is quite interesting, but it does get slow and repetitive in places. The suspense adds to the overall curiosity. The ending though is worth all the ups and downs.

4/5

4.  After You – Jojo Moyes

You know a list of favorites is incomplete without a Jojo Moyes book. It is the sequel of Me Before You and traces the life journey of Lou after Will’s death. Trademark Jojo Moyes style – whimsy feels, romance, and lots of emotions.

After You Jojo Moyes
Heartwarming and mushy in the right amount.
Source – thelmapilanta

The reminiscences of the romance between Lou and Will are like warm caramel sauce on ice-cream, pure love! The book talks about how important it is to move on. It’ll make you smile, cry, and give the strength to fall in love again! It’s pretty good, but there’s no getting over Me Before You, anytime soon.

4/5

5. Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

If you want to read an atmospheric thriller, this will make the perfect pick. The writing style is fabulous. You’re confused between witchcraft, suicides, eerie vibes and general disgust about gruesome deaths. The plot unfolds one layer at a time. The only problem, it does drag in between. Lots of characters and interconnected stories just add to the fun of this thriller.

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One of the best atmospheric thrillers I’ve read in a long time.

3.75/5

6. Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden is a YA, but so different from anything I’ve read in this genre. Maya loves Lochie. Lochie loves Maya. The problem – they are brother and sister. The complex issue of incest has been handled so well.  A lot of people might find it weird, but the book is not just about incest, it is emotional and gets you thinking.

Best books of 2017
A topic so sensitive, but handled so beautifully.

It is sensual just in right proportions and doesn’t at any point feel vulgar. The romance between Lochie and Maya is so pure, you can actually feel them in love.

4/5

7. In the Miso Soup – Ryu Murakami

If you’re someone who loves dark thrillers, this is a must read. Japanese literature is legit amazing. In the Miso Soup is a psychosexual thriller, some portions are quite disturbing and graphic. But that’s how it instills that feeling in you.

Japanese Literature
For all you Japanese literature fans, this is a must read.

It is so gruesome and goth, yet so engaging. You get to know about the crime right in the beginning, but the way the protagonist and his layered personality unfolds is amazing to read. Just make sure you keep a happy read ready as your next book!

4/5

8. Hannah’s List – Debbie Macomber

A heartwarming love story, with a difference! Hannah wants her husband (Michael) to remarry after her death and suggests 3 options. The chemistry and friendship between Michael and the three women is portrayed so well.

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Cute and Fluffy, this makes the perfect summer read.

It tugs all the right strings to make you feel alive. The loss, grief, and pain are so relatable that it leaves you sobbing. Hannah’s List makes the perfect setting for a happily ever after.

4/5

9. Baaz – Anuja Chauhan

It has Anuja Chauhan’s trademark wit, masala, and lots of laughter. A happy breezy read. She knows how to weave characters that stay with you forever. A captivating story, humorous writing style, and a handsome badass uniform clad protagonist, what else can you ask for in a contemporary?

Baaz Anuja Chauhan
For a lazy weekend, Baaz is what you should be reading.

Read it and remember that crush of yours!

3.5/5

10. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It was supposed to be a dark thriller, but as you proceed through the book you’ll find a lot of emotions playing through.

The story has been told from the POV of three women and how ultimately their lives converge. The writing style is interesting and keeps your gripped. The start is a little slow, but it does pick up well.

best books to read 2017
A thriller with myriad shade!

I like how relationships and friendships are handled. Grief has been expressed so well, it is so relatable. The thrill aspect is less, but the emotional upheaval makes up for it.

4.5/5

11. Lies – T M Mogan

A great thriller – fast paced, full of twists, and keeps you guessing. It makes you think how vulnerable we’ve all made our lives thanks to social media. The premise of the book is based on lies, and I’ll not reveal much because that will spoil the fun of reading. Pick this one up if you want a quick read and a thriller that’ll keep you awake all night.

best thrillers to read in 2017
Survived fever and pain, thanks to this gripping thriller.

4/5

12. Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

Moving on, from thrillers to historical fiction… I haven’t read a lot from this genre, but I know for sure this one is brilliant. It is devastating yet empowering at the same time.

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This is what most of my winter nights look like!

The story is set during World War II and is based on true events. A story about love, courage, and hope which triumphs in inhumane conditions. So cathartic yet the thread of hope ties you strongly. You empathize with the characters and can feel their pain. Death and disparity are overpowering, but you still feel hopeful about the characters. You’ll smile with them and surely cry a lot for them.

4.25/5

13. They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera

2017 has been such a diverse reading year and I am quite happy about it. Read a lot of LGBT books, and this is one of them. The story is set in a dystopian world. It is about Mateo and Rufus, who get a call from DeathCast telling both of them that they’re going to die within 24 hours.

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No matter what choices we make, our finish line remains the same.

Using an app Last Friend they connect with each other and their journey begins.  The story traces their friendship, fears, and love. The essence of the premise is death, but it is presented in such a positive manner.  Finding friendship and love on the last day of your life and craving for some more time, you can feel their helplessness.  As the title suggests they do die at the end, but how they lived that one day makes a huge impact.

3.75/5

14. A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard

A fluffy contemporary which is a lot deeper than just YA feels. The story traces Stefii (a selective mute and has anxiety) and her new classmate Rhys (deaf). They talk through sign language and develop a strong friendship.

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That happy feeling when a book exceeds your expectations. Source – loonyliterate

From being friends to a little more and finally being in a relationship, they grow and find themselves. It’s amazing to read how they try to overcome their flaws, but never hide them. The writing style is easy, the love story is cringy and cute in the best way possible.

3.75/5

15. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Saved the best for the last! This is the best book I’ve read in 2017. It is so good, I was in tears all through. Ari and Dante are so real, I don’t know whom do I love more.

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This one has a piece of my heart. I lobe it so much!!

It’s a heartwarming story about love, friendship, and finding yourself. They become friends and begins the journey of finding the secrets of the universe. Such overflow of emotions. The magic of words and the feels, it is just perfect.

If you’re looking for a strong and emotional LGBT book, I highly recommend this one…

5/5

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and loved. Also tell me which are your favorite books of 2017!

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Top 6 Pizza Places in Delhi

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Hello lovelies!!!

For a lot of us pizza is the ultimate bae and we are in a long term relation with it. Bacon or paneer tikka, garden fresh or pineapple, priorities are set! There is no denying the superpowers of pizza.

Smoke House Deli
That happiness when you get pizzaaaa!

I usually get this compliment ‘You always recommend such good places’. I thought of taking it a step further and sharing with y’all my favorite pizza places in Delhi.

Top 6 pizza places in Delhi

1.The Big Chill Café

Starting the list with my all time favorite! You can always find something amazing to relish at Big Chill, but their pizzas are my ultimate soul food. Classic pepperoni and Four Cheese pizza need a special mention. Thin crust, loaded with toppings, and oodles of cheese; what else can you ask for.

Big Chill Cafe
Cannot not have Big Chill on my list.
Source – ScoopWhoop
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So yummm!!!

Location – Khan Market, Noida, Saket

2. Cafeteria & Co.

For days when you’re broke yet want to feel happy eating out, Cafeteria & Co. comes to the rescue. Their pizzas are called Hexizas! And boy oh boy are they good!!! Loaded with toppings, you’ll surely have a tough time selecting one.

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Yumm Yum in Tum Tum….

On multiple occasions I’ve tried – Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Ultimate Chicken, and Pepperoni Overload hexizas; Ultimate Chicken being my favorite..

Cafeteria & Co
The perfect love triangle.

Can I cheat a little and give a special shoutout to their amazing burgers. Soft, moist, and full of meat, they make the perfect cheat meal.

Location – North Campus, South Campus

3. Smoke House Deli

Want to go for a swanky pizza date? Smoke House Deli makes the perfect choice. Its plush and classic décor is something that wins heart in the first look. Add to that the extensive menu that spoils you for choice.

best pizza places in Delhi
Pepperoni Pizza = Pure Love!

The pepperoni and bacon pizza is my all time favorite. Juicy and tender bacon, wafer thin crust, and the flavorful pepperoni.. ahh heaven on a plate.

best pizza places in south Delhi
Spaghetti Aglio Olio is delicious beyond words.

Location – Khan Market, CP, Saket, Vasant Kunj

4. Rose Café

A quaint little café tucked away in an alley, you wont believe how pretty Rose Café is until you visit it. A vintage British feel, succulent pizzas, and those sinful desserts, there isn’t a thing that you’ll not love about Rose Café.

Rose Cafe Saket
I got your date night sorted. Source – magicpin

Their special skinny pizzas are pure love. The Spicy Meatball, Greek Salad and Bacon pizzas are my epic favorites. Also a sneaky mention to the heavenly bacon tarts.

Top 5 places for pizza in Delhi NCR
How I wish all salad days looked like this. Source – TripAdvisor

Location – Saidulajab (Saket)

5. Diggin

If you know me, you’ll know how much I adore Diggin. Whimsy décor, delicious food, and happy vibes, you get it all at Diggin. And those fairy lights just make everything so much better.

Diggin Anand Lok
The world needs more fairy lights.

My two favorites are – Classic Pepperoni and Ham & Cheese. Clearly we see a pattern of pepperoni love here.

Diggin
You cant buy happiness, but you can buy pizza.
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Me – ‘Wait let me click a picture’
Mom – ‘Teri photo k chakker mein pizza thanda ho jana hai’

Location – Anand Lok, Chanakyapuri

6. Café Turtle

Last but not the least is the vegetarian paradise – Café Turtle. That delicious Goat Cheese pizza still gets me drooling. The freshness from the rocket leaves, the melting goat cheese, and the crisp thin crust, all this with your favorite books and a view of Dilli from the cutesy terrace! Did I just describe your dream date?

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If vegetarian looks like this, I can skip the meat! Source – cafeturtle.com

Head to Café Turtle and enjoy this picture perfect setting. Also you might just find me hiding behind a book! #Foreverinkhanmarket

Location – Khan Market, Greater Kailash 1

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these places. And if you have a favorite pizza place, drop it in the comments below.

I’ll see you super soon with an exciting 2017 favorites series. Until then, happy eating….

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Photo Essay for Big Shot Finale at Club Mahindra Tungi

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Hi guys!

I’m back from a mini getaway in Tungi (near Lonavala) and the vacay hangover lingers on.

Club Mahindra has always been such a special part of our life. Paa’s last trip was to Club Mahindra, Jaisalmer. So now after a year and a half, when we got a chance to be at Club Mahindra Tungi for their Big Shot Finale, we were more than happy.

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Memories for life.

Our Big Shot Journey

After attending a valuable and informative photography workshop by the maestro photographer Radhakrishnan Chakyat, we headed out to explore the resort and take some beautiful pictures for our Photo Essay. The theme for the Photo Essay for Big Shot Finale was to weave a story and present it with 5 pictures.

So here’s the story that I weaved with a tonne of help from supermom!

Cheers to new beginnings, but paa will always be with us. 

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Always with us.

Papa’s two loves – Mercedes and Me.  No points for guessing who the first love was. 

weekend getaway from Mumbai

A train teaches us to go on….Mom continuing the journey of life. ‘Gaadi Bula Rahi Haai’!

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Well what’s a holiday without some reading! I found my perfect reading nook and couldn’t be happier.

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With or without him, we hope Club Mahindra is always a special part of our life. And we continue to cherish golden memories with their amazing vacations. 

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All the participants had to present the story to the jury – Gul Panag and Radhakrishnan Sir. It was rather emotional to bring those emotions to words, but I think we managed it. And to our surprise we were awarded the 3rd position.

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Choking on emotions, while we present our story.
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All our efforts paid off!

Right from the journey to being at the resort, it was an overwhelming and heartwarming experience. Of course we missed our ‘Main Man’, but probably it was all his magic that worked and we could pull this off, just like we’re doing for life.

Thanks Paa for always looking upon us and being the magician that you are….

 

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Top 7 thriller books that’ll keep you awake at night

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Hello y’all!

I always look forward to this time of the year. The crisp fragrant breeze and warm sunshine make the perfect setting for some eerie, spooky reads.

December is the best time to grow your stash of horror and thriller books. So complementing the continued Halloween feel, here are my recommendations.

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Hi-Fi to all those 4am booknerds.
Source – prettybooks.tumlr

7 Best Thrillers to keep you up all night

1. Before I go to Sleep – by SJ Watson

Before I go to Sleep is a story of Christine who after an accident cannot remember her past, she cannot even remember yesterday. In her search to find who she is she starts keeping a journal in which she writes every day before going to sleep. The story unfolds revealing a lot of hidden truths that will make Christine’s life more terrifying.

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Will keep you awake and at the edge of your seat.
Source – the bibliomaniac book blog

The story is fresh, nothing like what I’ve read before. It does drag in some places which you don’t want in a thriller. But overall it is something that’ll keep you guessing till the end page.

2.  Sharp Objects – by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects has all the ingredients that a thriller should have – killings, psychos, tension and of course lots of blood being the highlight! It is a compelling read. If there is one word that describes this book – Disgusting (in the most perfect sense).

Reporter Camille Preaker returns to her hometown to cover murders of two preteen girls. She’s daunted by her own demons and past, yet must unravel the puzzling psychological killings.

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The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you – Sharp Objects

I remember this one giving me the worst book hangover ever. It just holds you. You can’t do anything except think about how can something be so gruesomely captivating. After ‘Gone Girl’ my expectations were sky high and happy to say this exceeded them!

3. Salvation of a Saint – by Keigo Higashino

The story revolves around a husband and wife. Husband is killed due to arsenal poisoning, wife is the prime suspect but she was hundreds of miles away at the time of the murder. So who murdered him and how?

By the end of chapter 1 you’ll know who the murderer is. But it’ll take more than 300 pages to find out how the murder happened. It is indeed a page turner and the perfect pick for an all-nighter.

If you’re somebody who has never read Japanese literature and want to start, Salvation of a Saint is my recommendation.

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I’m a huge fan of Japanese thrillers and this is one of the most loved.

4. The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins

Looking for a fast paced psychological thriller? This is what you should be picking. The story traces Rachel who travels by train every day and watches this one couple on their deck almost every day. She thinks she’s made a connection with them, until one day when she sees something shocking. She goes to the police, but soon is deeply tangled in the investigation and her life.

Love how it keeps on the edge and plays with your mind. It has all the elements of a thriller in place. It was also the winner for 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards in Mystery & Thriller Category.

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How I love fast paced thrillers! Source – Thanks Mansi for this picture

5. And Then There Were None – by Agatha Christie

When talking about best thriller books, I cannot miss Agatha Christie. I thoroughly enjoyed And Then There Were None. So many characters, so much happening, but you still don’t lose the grip. It is classic Agatha Christie, thrill and adventure in right measures. It keeps you guessing and holds the suspense till the last page.

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Agatha Christie never disappoints.

It is about these 10 people who are summoned to an island as weekend guests. The host is unknown to them all and is nowhere to be found. What’s common in these 10 people is their wicked past. One by one they fall prey and by the end of the weekend there will be none.

6. The Snowman – by Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is a renowned name in Scandinavian literature. The premise is of a bone chilling thriller. It is set in Oslo during winters. A little boy Jonas, wakes up to find his mother missing. Out of the window he sees a snowman with his mother’s pink scarf draped on it. Police investigator Harry Hole starts the investigation and what follows is beyond words.

The Snowman Jo Nesbo
Keep a happy book ready, you’ll desperately need it after this one!

And now that I’m writing about the brilliance that Jo Nesbo puts out, I’m all charged up to add some of his other amazing books to my TBR. If you’ve read any Jo Nesbo that you enjoyed a lot, lemeeee know.

7. The Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris

Like always, saving the best for the last. Absolutely love this one! Creepy, eerie, and quite horrifying, The Silence of the Lambs would be the perfect pick for this winter if you’re looking for some intense reading.

The premise is of a serial killer and a trainee investigator who’s looking into the case. But the worst part is that the only person who can help in the case is in the asylum, the much dreaded Hannibal Lecter. This book is equal parts gripping, dark and thrilling!

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Two of my favorites – books and doggies.

Hope you enjoy these recommendations. And if you have a favorite thriller, the comments section is waiting for you.

I’ll see you super soon, bye!

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November Favorites

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Hi y’all!

After being MIA for over a month (zero motivation level) I’m back to creating content and hopefully being regular in posting. Today it is time to share my November Favorites – all the things I’ve loved through the month.

November Favorites
Time to compile my monthly favorites.

1. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Starting the list with my most favorite face packs! This is a clay mask which is enriched with bamboo charcoal for the Himalayan Foothills and Green Tea leaves from Japan. You can distinctly see the tiny green tea leaves in it.

The Body Shop India
Clearly this face pack is at top of my favorites list.
Source – The Body Shop Australia

It unclogs and refines pores to reveal your natural glow. Skin is deeply cleansed leaving it smooth and glowing. It gently exfoliates and is suitable for all skin types. You can use it 1-2 times a week.

The Bosy Shop Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask
Absolutely love this. Give this a try and you’ll say the same.

Price – 1995/- for 75ml

2. Cetaphil Daily Advanced Ultra Hydrating Lotion

Cetaphil is such a popular and understated brand. It makes amazing skincare products. The one that I’ve loved a lot is there ultra hydrating lotion. It served as a great day cream.

Cetaphil facial lotion
Looking for an affordable and efficient lotion? Cetaphil has some good options.

If you’re someone who has dry skin, then this would be the perfect facial cream for you. It provides an instant boost of hydration. The non-greasy, non-irritating formula makes it suitable for all skin types. It is fragrance free and the non-comedogenic formulation ensures that your pores aren’t blocked. Also it is so affordable.

Price – 164/- for 30gm

3. Sugar Matte as Hell Crayon Lipstick

As the name suggests, it is a matte lip crayon. The two colors that I have are – Rose Dawson (05) and Mary Poppins (02).

Sugar Matte as Hell Lip Crayons
True to its name, this lip crayon is matte as hell, yet doesn’t dry your lips.

It is a comfortable formulation which sets completely matte in one stroke. Glides very easily on your lips and doesn’t dry your lips when worn for long hours. Highly pigmented and amazing color pay off. It doesn’t budge or feather which is a great plus. Each lip crayon comes with its own sharpener.

  • Mary Poppins is a bright fuchsia with cool blue undertones. Makes the perfect dupe for Mac Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte Collection).
  • Rose Dawson is a pretty peachy pink, a great everyday color.
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Bonus points for such cutesy names.

Price – 799/-

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline knows their mascaras! I think in the drugstore category Maybelline makes some of the best mascaras and these can give high end ones tough competition. Over the past few months I’ve loved the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (Washable Black).

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Crushing over this sensational mascara.

It doesn’t clump your lashes and gives them a voluminous look. I really like the wand; it separates your lashes giving them a fluttery full-fan feel. If you don’t wear falsies, yet want that glam look, then the Lash Sensational mascara is a good pick.

Price – 525/-

5. Biotique Bio Honey Water

If you have not included a toner in your skincare regime, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Toner is such an important step, and many times a lot of us tend to ignore it. Invest in a good toner, use it regularly, and you’ll surely the difference in your skin.

Biotique honey water toner
I use the toner with the honey water face wash and it has been working pretty well.

Biotique Honey Water toner is a clarifying toner with Himalayan waters. It is an Ayurvedic recipe and is suitable for all skin types. It refreshes and brightens your skin, has a cooling sensation on your skin. The fragrance is mild and goes away in a couple of minutes. It is gentle yet deeply cleanses your skin.

Price – 175/- for 120ml

These are all the things I’ve been obsessing over in the past month. Let me know what are your favorites and if you’ve used any of these products. Bye!

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