Turkey Diaries – Istanbul Day 2

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Hello there!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful day. I’m sitting at my desk, sipping chai, enjoying the rains, and sifting through Turkey photos and reliving all the memories. Sharing all the fun and madness we did on Day 2 in Istanbul.

Braving the cold, packed in woolens, we were ready to take on the day!

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Let the adventure begin!

So we drove from the Europe side of Istanbul to the Asia side. Visited the beautiful Beylerbeyi Palace. This was the summer residence of the Ottomans and epitomizes grandeur and opulence.

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Coffee to the rescue!
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Hello from the palace!
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Stunning architecture!
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Picture perfect….
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That’s the Bosphorus Bridge. And a stunning view from the Beylerbeyi Palace.

The best way to get back to Europe side is via a cruise over Bosphorus. You can choose different kinds, we chose the 2 hour cruise and it was so stunning. The chilled breeze, seagulls chasing us, and the beautiful views – it surely made honeymoon diaries a lot more memorable and instagramable!

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The amazing Bosphorus Cruise!
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No filter happiness 🙂
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Always busy clicking the other side 😛

The people in Turkey are so warm and amicable. I met this uncle on the cruise. He was serving tea, and when I said thank you in Turkish he was so impressed that he offered me a free tea! People appreciate your efforts to speak even a few words in their language, and it’s such a heartwarming experience.

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Tesekkur Ederim! This means thank you in Turkish…

Lunch was at one of the many restaurants at Galata Bridge! They have an amzing selection of sea-food, Turkish delicacies, and meats.

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Lunch is served – local bread, dips, kebabs, rice, and french fries 🙂

Post lunch we went to Spice Bazaar for some shopping. Bought Turkish delights and Baklava for friends and family, tasted lots of Pomegranate and Apple Tea (bought some as well), enjoyed roaming around in the bazaar, and of course made lots of Insta Stories!

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Spice Bazaar scene!
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Just in case you didn’t get your gift, you know who to catch hold of!
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DDLJ vibes, minus Raj
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A quick snack break – local bread with Nutella.
You have to try this at the street hawkers.

Spent the evening chillin’ in a local café with some delish coffee. SM enjoyed photography and shopping.

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Very Europe like! Streetside cafes, strong coffee, and balmy evenings.
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And of course, there’s never enough Turkish tea!
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Ended the day on a sweet note with lots of Baklava eating 🙂 

Hope you’re enjoying this virtual journey with me. Will see you soon with snippets from our next destination!

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Turkey Diaries – (Day 1) Love from Istanbul

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Hi everyone!

It’s been a month to the wedding and am slowly settling into the new life. I always do a monthly favorites post, but for March the best part was Turkey Honeymoon. It was such an amazing experience and I thought it would be a great idea to share my memories with y’all!

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Let the madness begin with being extra cheesy!

So here’s the first of hopefully a couple more parts of Turkey Adventures. We were in Istanbul and Cappadocia, and both have their own unique charm.  Let’s begin with Day 1 in Istanbul.

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Day 1 started with a visit to Blue Mosque. Braving the cold and hunger.
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Here at Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul’s most famous structure.
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It’s a huge mosque and the interiors are stunning.
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Exploring continues and the next stop was Topkapi Palace!
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Honeymooners have arrived!

Istanbul has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history geek, foodie, photography enthusiast, every corner is like a living museum. The people are so warm and welcoming, which totally adds to the overall travel experience.

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Hagia Sophia – is steeped in history. It was a Greek Church, then was converted into an Ottoman Mosque. And today it is a museum. One of the most popular ones in Istanbul
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Overcast sky and this stunning architecture – fell totally in love with Istanbul…

After a lot of sightseeing it was time for a scrumptious lunch. Turkish delicacies and local food is so delishh! Hummus, the local bread, fresh pomegranate juice and orange juice, lots and lots of variety of cheese, local rice, and the highlight is meat. I had so much beef, it was so yummy.

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Yum yum in tum tum….

Stuffed and happy after a great lunch, we were ready to explore the most iconic shopping destination of Istanbul – The Grand Bazaar.

With love from Istanbul.
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Hello from Grand Bazaar – shopper’s paradise.
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Carry extra bags because you’ll sure be shopping lots in Istanbul.

The best way to travel is to take public transport. Cabs are easily available all around the city. And if you stay around central Istanbul – near Taksim Square, or Spice Bazaar area, you can easily walk around. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, because most day tours would be walking tours.

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Each frame is wallpaper worthy!
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Happy travelers took the local metro!
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When in Europe, coffee is the real fuel.
Discovering quaint little cafe’s in the neighborhood.

 

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Honeymoon dinner has to be special! Bacon Risotto and Sea Food Salad with a side of Sparkling Wine 🙂

Time runs so fast when you’re on vacation. Day 1 was fun and fulfilling.  Beautiful places, yummy food, lots of shopping – what else can you ask for!

Come back to see all the excitement that we did on the rest of the trip! See you soon. Tesheque Aderim (Thank You) in Turkish……

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5 Amazing Body Lotions for all budgets

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Hi there lovely people!

I haven’t done a skincare post in a long time, so today is the right time. Body lotions are a must have in everyone’s vanity. Some like a body milks, while those with dry skin like to lather up body butters. But a body lotion is a universal formula and suits all skin types. The market has so many, so I thought of sharing my 5 favorite ones.

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5 body lotions for all skin types and all budgets.
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Here are 5 amazing body lotions for all budgets.

1.The Body Shop English Dawn Gardenia

This one has a milky consistency and is great for summers. Gets absorbed into the skin really quickly and it is quite moisturizing. The floral fragrance lingers on which is a big yaay! It is a  great everyday body lotion, especially for those with normal skin type.

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Cannot have a skincare post with The Body Shop goodness!

Price – Rs. 950/- for 250ml

2. Nivea Cherry Blossom Oil in Lotion

If you’re looking for a budget body lotion, then Nivea is a brand that you can always trust. This one is great for normal to dry skin. The formulation is light, almost gel like, and it instantly seeps into the skin.

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Loving all things Cherry Blossom!

The best part is it doesn’t feel sticky or heavy at all. The floral cherry blossom fragrance gets extra points and makes Nivea Cherry Blossom Oil in Lotion the perfect affordable pick!

Price – Rs. 240/- for 200ml

3. Dove Body Lotion – Hydro Nourishment with Deep Care Complex

It’s light and non-sticky, almost milky consistency makes it super easy to spread. Also it gets absorbed easily, so great for all skin types. It has a traditional body lotion fragrance (not too strong), so if you’re someone who doesn’t like strong fragrances, then the Dove Body Lotion is a good choice for you.

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Dove – one of the best drugstrore brands.

Price – Rs. 430/- for 400ml

4. Vaseline Cocoa Glow

For all you chocolate fans, this is a must have. Smells heavenly! It’s non-sticky and is suitable for all skin types. It works well during winter months because of its thick consistency. If you’re someone with dry or extra dry skin, the Vaseline Cocoa Glow will be a boon for you. You can also enjoy a nice massage and get that natural radiant glow!

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The goodness of cocoa!
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Price – Rs. 120/- for 100ml

5. Forest Essentials Soundarya Ultra Rich Body Lotion

The name says it all, it is an ultra rich body lotion. Forest Essentials is luxury Ayurveda, but truly worth every penny you spend. It comes in a handy pump packaging. And the fragrance is the star! The light notes of saffron, turmeric, sandalwood, and cardamom make it sweet and delish!

I call it the kesar kulfi lotion! It is enriched with 24 karat gold and has SPF 25.

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Heavenly treat for your body!

Price – Rs. 2075/- for 200ml

Hope these help you make the right choice the next time you’re shopping. Also don’t forget to share your favorite body lotion in the comments below. Until next time – byeee!

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Bookish Happiness: Chocolate Book Tag

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Hi there!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I’m amidst some serious planning and prepping, and the best way to keep up with my writing is to do an amazing Book Tag. So today I’m doing a fun one – Chocolate Book Tag.

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The Super fun – Chocolate Book Tag.
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1.Dark Chocolate

A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, suicide, bullying etc)

Sadie – by Courtney Summers. I heard the audiobook recently and it is fabulous. It deals with sexual abuse, drug abuse, murder, and a lot of heavy topics. But is handled so beautifully.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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2. White Chocolate

Your favorite light hearted/ humorous read

Don’t have a particular book, but I think anything by Jojo Moyes or Rainbow Rowell should be perfect for this category. I love their light whimsy writing.

3.Milk Chocolate

A book that has a lot of hype and you’re dying to read

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi. I’ve bought it, now just need to find time to read it. Think this will happen on my next travel now!

4. Chocolate with Caramel Center

Name a book that made you feel all gooey and mushy

Can I say an old favorite! Me Before You – Jojo Moyes. I love her writing, and this one especially has all the feels. The movie is equally fluffy, but keep tissues handy!

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An evergreen faaav of mine!
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5. Wafer-free KitKat

Name a book that surprised you lately

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

As I write this I’m almost halfway through the book and it has been great so far. Talks about race, finding your identity, family dynamics, and mental health in the most positive manner.

6. Snickers

A book that you’re going nuts about

  • One that I’ve read – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. OMG such an amazing strong story that will remain in your heart!
  • One I’ve not read, but am obsessing over – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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    Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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7. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows

What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

It has to be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I loved it beyond words and am waiting to re-read it.

8. Box of Chocolates

A series you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone

Illuminae Files Trilogy – Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.

It is a sci-fi trilogy with elements of thrill, mystery, and sprinkling of romance. It is fast paced and I think a lot of people will enjoy this series.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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I found this tag on – Coffee, Cocktails & Books. Consider yourself tagged and let me know what are your answers.

Also don’t forget to come back for more amazing posts on fashion, books, and lifestyle.

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Pink Wink: Top 5 Pink lipsticks for all skin tones

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Hi y’all!

February is the month of love and for me a pink lipstick is symbolic of love. Pink lipstick is a must have in every girl’s vanity. There are so many shades of pink – bright fuchsia, pastels, dusty rose that sometimes it becomes difficult to choose. I believe a lipstick color shouldn’t be decided by your skin tone, wear what your heart desires.

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There’s a pink for every girl!
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Here are 5 amazing pink lipsticks that’ll complement every skin tone.

1.Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Video Star

Have to start with my recent favorite. It’s a bright raspberry pink, perfect to add that pop of color. Cannot rave enough about this comfortable formulation, one of the best in the liquid lipstick category.

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Hello new favorite! You have my heart.

Price – Rs. 1650/-

2. The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid Paris Peony 

If you’re looking for an affordable yet amazing liquid lipstick, then do give this range a try. Paris Peony is a beautiful pastel pink that’ll be perfect for all Indian skin tones. The formula is light and super comfortable, doesn’t dry your lips, sets into a feathery matte – all that you can ask for in a liquid lipstick.

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A comfortable matte formula, and such a beautiful color!

Price – Rs. 645/-

3. Maybelline Lip Gradation Pink 1

Cannot complete a lipstick post without mentioning Maybelline. They have so many ranges, that you’re sure to find your perfect match.

The lip gradation has a creamy matte texture, perfect for everyday use. It doesn’t dry your lips and is comfortable to wear. Pink 1 is a beautiful carnation pink color that’s perfect for summer evenings!

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When you get amazing quality at great price, it becomes all the more enjoyable.

Price – Rs. 550/-

4. L’Oreal Paris Infallibale Le Rouge Lipstick – Unending Kiss

This one is a pale pink color with lavender undertones. For days when you don’t want something too bright yet that dash of color, Unending Kiss would be the perfect shade. It has a creamy formula that prevents it from fading. It isn’t transfer proof, but stays for 5 -6 hours.

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Such a pretty everyday shade!
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Price – Rs. 1070/-

5. MAC Please Me

Last but certainly not the least is the gorgeous Mac Please Me. It’s a pastel pink color suitable for all skin tones. The creamy matte formula is comfortable to wear and long lasting as well. It is from the iconic Matte range by MAC, so you cannot go wrong.

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Hello beautiful! 
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The perfect Valentine’s gift!

Price – Rs. 1500/- 

If you have a favorite pink lipstick, do share it in the comments below! And come back for more such interesting posts on beauty, books, and self betterment. See you soon!

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Books I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019

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Hello y’all!

After slacking through the first month of 2019, I’m super pumped to bring out new and fresh content. So today’s post is dedicated to Re-Readathon 2019.

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10 Books that I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019.
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Re-reading books is totally my jam! I started this last year and thoroughly enjoyed. So thought of doing it in 2019 as well. Went through my messy bookshelves and read list on Goodreads, and have finalized these 10 books.

10 books I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019

1.Wonder –R.J. Palacio

You always need something happy and heartwarming, and this suits it all. It’s a wonderful story of friendship and family and I cannot get back into it.

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Tilli and Wonder, restoring my faith in friendship.

2. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Have already read this for January. Was in the mood of an eerie thriller, and who better than Gillian Flynn. Highly recommend it! Although it is not for the faint hearted.

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

A re-readathon isn’t complete if I don’t read something by Khaled Hosseini. I love his writing and how it breaks your heart in a million pieces. So for 2019 it’s going to be A Thousand Splendid Suns (in all its glory).

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Cannot wait to re-read this gem.
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4. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

There’s always space for YA on my reading list. Read this back in 2016 and don’t remember anything. So 2019 is the year to re-read this amazing gem. I plan to listen to this one on audiobook, because have heard so many good things about it.

5. Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino

Years have gone by and I need the magic of a good Japanese thriller. So Devotion of Suspect X will surely be a part of re-readathon 2019.

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For all you thriller lovers, this is a must read.
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6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Lately I’ve been in the mood of historical fiction and what better than going back to your favorite. It’s been quite some I read this gem of a book, and I’d love to have my heart broken by The Book Thief this year!

7. Chronicles of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The first time I read this, I’ll be honest I didn’t understand it. So in 2019 I thought to make this one a part of the Re-Readathon and enjoy this amazing classic.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Have read the book and watched the movie, but it’s now time to re-read and get back in this world. Also it is such a short book, so great for a quick read.

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A gem that deserves a re-read.

9. The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen

Don’t remember anything of this story, and have heard people rave about Sarah Dessen. So I though it is time to go back and give this one a re-read!

10. Paulo Coelho

I’m mentioning Paulo Coelho instead of the book, because I still have to decide which ones I’m re-reading this year. Will go with the flow and see what my heart desires. It should either be The Alchemist or The Zahir.

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You can never get enough of Paulo Coelho’s amazing writing.
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Let me know what’s on your reading list for 2019. And if you’re re-reading any of your favorite books this year! See you soon!

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2019 TBR: 19 Books I want to read this year

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Hi everyone!!

Almost 2 weeks into the New Year and I’m still confused with so many good books that I need to read this year. Every year I do the Goodreads reading challenge and for 2019 I’m aiming for 40 books. Add to that a few (5-10) re-reads. My TBR list keeps changing as per my mood, but these 19 books are for sure happening in 2019.

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Hoping to have a great reading year!

Here are 19 books that I sooo want to read in 2019. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  1. Children of Blood and Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi

Have heard the world rave about this one all through 2018, so I thought might as well find out what the hype is all about. It is a west African story set in a fantasy world full of magic, romance, and drama!

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How stunning does this look???
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  1. Summer of Salt – by Katrina Leno

The TBR list is incomplete if there isn’t any queer romance, so here’s my share for 2019. Summer of Salt is a YA story with contemporary and magical realism flavors! Its based in a beach town and will be a perfect summer read.

  1. Gemina – by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Obsidio – by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina and Obsidio and books 2 and 3 in the Illuminae Files Trilogy. I read Illuminae in 2018 and absolutely loved it. Cannot wait to dive back into this sci-fi series.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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  1. A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

For days when I need my heart to be shattered into a million pieces, this mighty book will come handy. A Little Life is one of the top priorities for 2019 TBR.

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Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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  1. A List of Cages – by Robin Roe

I don’t know how many TBRs have seen this one. But I’m surely reading A List of Cages in 2019. It’s a super emotional and touching story on mental health and brotherhood!

  1. The Chaos of Standing Still – by Jessica Brody

The e-book is downloaded which means this will be read soonish! It’s the perfect blend of YA and romance. A girl and a guy are stranded on an airport and their fates cross paths when their phones are exchanged. How exciting does this sound???

  1. Radio Silence – by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence has been on my TBR since the start of 2018. It’s a contemporary story about a high school girl and one fragile moment changes her entire life. I’ve heard a lot of praise about the audiobook, so that’s what I’m probably getting.

9. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This has been on so many people’s best books of 2018. It’s a story of an old Hollywood actress and her seven husbands! The premise seems quite interesting and it is so hyped, so I need to find out myself.

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So hyped up! I need to get to this one ASAP.
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10. The Poet X – by Elizabeth Acevedo

OMG so excited to read a book that’s in verse form. I’ve heard this one’s a brilliant story and the poetry is fabulous. I’ve got my copy and planning to hear it on audiobook as well, because that’s highly recommended.

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How stunning is this cover!!
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If you’re looking for some amazing audiobook recommendations, do check these ones out.

  1. Starfish – by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This is going to be my next read. It is a YA story based on romance and mental health, two of my favorites. It traces the story of a girl who wants to go to art school, and I’ve heard so many good things about the story and the writing style!

  1. A Spark of Light – by Jodi Picoult

Haven’t read something by Jodi Picoult in a couple of years and this one seems to be an emotional ride. True Jodi Picoult style where the heart and head is always in a conflict!

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This cover has my heart!
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  1. One True Loves – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One can never have enough love stories on their TBR and I’m surely devouring this one this summer (fingers crossed though). It’s sad, emotional, and so romantic; all that I need with a Pina colada maybe!

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavander –by Leslye Walton 

Magical realism meets lyrical prose and an abundance of pain and sorrow! This one is a beautifully written story and a lot of my favorite booktubers have raved about it, so super excited.

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Hello Beautiful!
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  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – by Hank Green

We all know and love John Green. In fact Turtles All the Way Down was one of my favorite books of 2018. So I thought it’s time to see what magic his brother weaves through his writing. This one’s a sci-fi, thriller story, and I’m always up for it.

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Super excited to read this!
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  1. Bird Box – by Josh Malerman

People have read it, and even seen the Netflix adaptation. But I’m clearly slacking in my reading, so Bird Box needs to be read in 2019 and shivers need to be felt!

  1. Truly Devious – by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious is a thriller that follows two timelines and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The booktube community went gaga over it in 20108, and I’m clearly late to this reading party. But then, better late than never.

  1. The Kiss Quotient – by Helen Hoang

After a lot of heavy reading, when you need a fluffy and emotional YA, this will be greatly helpful. I’ve heard nothing but praise for The Kiss Quotient and cannot wait to experience it myself.

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It’s always a good time for a steamy romance.
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  1. Salt to the Sea – by Ruta Sepetys

Lately I’ve been drawn to historical fiction a lot, so this seems to be a perfect pick. It’s a story based around World War II and I need not know more!

Let me know what are the top 3 books on your 2019 TBR in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

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Hello Beautiful Skin: Best Skincare products of 2018

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Hello Hello!

Wishing y’all a Happy New Year! Hope you had a great start to the year. For the first post of 2019, I wanted to write something I love a lot (apart from books). And that is skincare. Taking care of our skin is so important, but we all falter many times.

These are tried, tested, and loved by me. So get your hands on these amazing products!

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The best skincare finds of 2018!

The best skincare products of 2018

1.The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask

Starting with my ultra favorite, TBS Brightening face mask. True to its name, it does wonders to brighten and rejuvenate dull and lifeless skin. The fine rice granules are great for gentle exfoliation!

It is a clarifying and polishing mask suitable for all skin types and is worth every penny you spend on it.

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One of my faav face masks from TBS.

Price – Rs. 1995/- for 75ml

Here are some of my other favorites from The Body Shop. 

2. Biotique Honey Water Pore Tightening Toner

Biotique is a superb budget friendly brand that has some amazing products. If you’re looking for an everyday toner, that’s not too harsh, is affordable, and does what a toner should, then do give this one a try!

Deeply cleanses and refreshes your skin, seeps deep into the pores to tighten them, and brings skin into perfect pH balance. Follow it up with a serum and night cream for a simple 3 step CTM routine.

best skincare products India 2018
Shop for these amazing Biotique products this sale season.

Price – Rs. 175/- for 120ml

3. The Face Shop Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are a lazy girl’s best friend. For days when you don’t want the hassle of traditional face mask, yet want to pamper your skin – sheet masks are ideal. The serum will make your skin glowing and radiant, just what you need especially in this harsh cold.

There are so many choices available, so you can choose one as per your skin type and skin needs. Some of my favorites are – Olive, Aloe, Green Tea, Avocado, and Blueberry.

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You can never have enough sheet masks!
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Price – 100/-

4. Himalaya Purifying Neem Foaming Face Pack

For a lot of people the Himalaya Neem face was is their holy grail. I’m one of them. But I love the foaming version a tad bit more. I think its gentle on the skin. While it deeply cleanses, it doesn’t strip off the moisture and make your skin parched which is a big plus!

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Works amazingly and is affordable as well.

Price – Rs. 73/- for 50ml

5. Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream

I have the variant – Hello Beautiful. If you’re a fan of floral and fruity blends, then this is a wonderful body cream. It’s thick and gooey in the right way. Spreads evenly and gets absorbed quickly into the skin. Its richly moisturizing and comes in a travel friendly packaging, so you can easily slip it into your purse as well. It wont make your skin greasy and the fragrance lingers on amazingly!

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The name says it – Hello Beautiful.

Price – Rs. 595/- for 70g

6. Biotique Bio Seaweed Revitalizing Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel

Love this stuff! Just lightly pat around your eyes after a tiring day and it’ll feel so soothing. I wont say this is the best under eye cream for wrinkles or dark circles, but it does a great job to refresh and soothe the super sensitive under eye skin.

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When sleepless nights become a bane, this anti-fatigue gel is a boon.

Price – Rs. 199/- for 15gm

7. Gillette Venus Shave Gel – Sensitive Skin

If you’re someone like me who prefers shaving instead of waxing, then I highly recommend investing in this shave gel. It makes the shave smoother, the razor will just glide, and you can avoid cuts and rashes. It’s enriched with aloe vera extracts and makes the skin super smooth after each shave!

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Say yes to silky smooth skin with Gillette Sensitive Shave Gel!

Price – Rs. 225/- for 195gm

Let me know your favorite skincare products of 2018 in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post with your friends!

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Blogmas X: 11 Best Books of 2018

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Hi!! How’s everyone doing….

In high spirits today because guess who’s writing about her favorite books of 2018! Finally that time of the year when I let my emotions flow freely and ramble about the best books of 2018.

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Books make me happy!!!

Here are 11 best books of 2018

1.Turtles All the Way Down – by John Green

Started 2018 with Turtles All the Way Down and I haven’t regretted one bit. The anxiety rep is so good, you have to read it for that! One of the best YA books on anxiety and OCD representations, I’ve read in a long time.

It is an own voices novel where John Green has taken pieces of his OCD and anxiety and moulded them into this beautiful and poignant story.

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Turtles all the way Down has a special place in my heart and bookshelf.

2. The Astonishing Color of After – by Emily X.R. Pan

This was such a stunner! The story is about Leigh Chen Sanders, who’s certain that her mother has become a bird after she commits suicide. She travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents and finds out her mother and her culture.

It is magical realism mixed with YA and the amalgamation is seamless. You get all the feels, the writing is lush and lyrical, and the characters feel so real. Loved the way grief and sorrow is depicted in the book through colors. It’ll break your heart and then heal it in the most wonderful manner.

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Looks super pretty!
Reads prettier….
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3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I read this in the beginning of 2018, and haven’t stopped gushing about THUG ever since. This is one story that everyone needs to read because it’s so relevant in today’s time. The story is inspired by #blacklivesmatter movement.

The story traces Star’s journey as she is the prime witness to her friend being shot dead by a police officer. It teaches us all that each of us have a voice that matters and can make a difference, we just need to speak up.

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If there’s just one book you want to read from this list, make sure it is THUG.

4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi

OMG, if I cannot even begin to tell how much I cried while reading this book. It is a memoir of a doctor who’s diagnosed with stage 3 of lung cancer. From being a doctor to a patient himself, it talks about his strength and feelings. It touched me at a personal level because my dad passed away from cancer and I could feel that pain and every little nuance.

Also a special mention about the epilogue of the book. The words still resonate with me and are so moving, you must read it for that brilliant epilogue.

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I couldn’t function after reading the Epilogue, that’s how powerful it is.
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5. Still Me – Jojo Moyes

This one’s the third installment after Me Before You and After You. The story continues with Lou as she moves to New York to start a new life. She meets Joshua, and sees hues of her past in him. But is she brave enough to take on this new life and let go of the memories. You need to read it to find out!

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Jojo Moyes never disappoints.

When you’re craving something mushy and romantic, yet deep Jojo Moyes is the best pick. I loved all the books by her, and this one was also heartwarming and super cute.

6. Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you’re a sci-fi fan, then the Illuminae Files Trilogy will be your jam. The book is in the form of mixed media – emails, transcripts, interviews, coded messages and a lot more. This is the first book in the series and it gets you hooked. The story is fast paced and full of action. Loved it and cannot wait to continue with the series.

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Reading in the garden – pleasures of Delhi winter.

7. Little Fires Everywhere – by Celeste Ng

This one’s a strong female centric book that revolves around a family who moves into a small house of a close knit neighborhood. When one of the families tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle begins and the entire neighborhood is divided into two parts. It talks a lot about family secrets. Loved the writing style, the story, and the strong female characters.

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Little Fires Everywhere, a strong literary fiction!

8. Girl Made of Stars – by Ashley Herring Blake

If you’re looking for a YA book that moves you, this is what you should be reading. Girl Made of Stars is the story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend Hannah accuses Owen of raping her, and Mara is torn between believing her best friend and twin.

Its emotional, heavy, and moving. After a long time a YA with a heavy topic struck a chord and I highly recommend this one!!

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Keep tissues handy while reading this one..
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9. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi

For all you historical fiction fans, Homegoing is one book you cannot miss. The story is about two half sisters, Effia and Esi in 18th century Ghana. One is sold as a slave and the other is married to an Englishman.

The story feels a lot like a non-fiction memoir, and it’s evident how much research the author did. Tracing three hundred years of Ghana through history, Homegoing is beautiful, heartbreaking, and empowering all in equal measures.

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Historical Fiction is becoming my new favv!

10. Sadie – by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers came out and suddenly became a phenomenon on booktube. It’s Sadie’s story as she goes on the hunt to find the truth when her younger sister is found murdered. Trigger warning for – Sexual abuse, drug abuse, pedophilia

The story is told podcast form and I highly recommend the audio book. It was a wonderful experience listening to it.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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11. Darius the Great is Not Okay – by Adib Khorram

A coming of age story of a Persian American boy who’s travels to Iran to meet his grandparents. A beautiful story about family, love, friendship, and identity. I heard the audiobook and it touched my heart in so many places. Its character heavy and transports you to Iran. Read it to restore your faith in friendship and for a feel good book!

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Such a heartwarming story this is!
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Special Mentions 

Also had to share some honorary mentions. I liked them a lot, but a tad bit of something was missing. Consider them 4 star reads.

  • Leah on the Offeat – by Becky Albertalli
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Queer romance, body positivity, and YA feels, what’s not to love.
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
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My new favorite author of 2018.
  • History is all you left me – Adam Silvera
  • Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

Hope you got some great recommendations to add to your 2019 TBR.

Let me know the top 3 books that you read in 2018 and share this with all your book lover friends. Also come back for the last installment of #blogmas! Bye for now.

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Blogmas IX :Christmas Cracker Book Tag

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Hello there you lovely people! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season…

Its Christmas time and we booknerd always wish for books as gifts under the tree! Now whether you buy them for yourself, or bae spoils you, or your parents treat you, its ultimate bookish Christmas cheer that we’re celebrating.

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Missing my Santa!!
But I know he’s always with me 🙂 
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Sangria and books making my Christmas merrier.

Spreading joy and happiness with this Christmas Cracker Book Tag

A book with wintery cover.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (by Lucy Dillon). I need to gather courage to read this one soon though, because I know its going to be a sob fest.

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The warmth of winter sun and Romeo’s memories keeping my heart warm.

Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present.

It’ll actually depend who am I buying this gift for, but the two picks are – The Hate U Give (by Angie Thomas) and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (by Benjamin Alire Saenz)

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

Pick a festive themed book

I’ll say The Forty Rules of Love (by Elif Shafak). Its heartwarming, takes you on a journey of discovering love, and celebrates the biggest festival – LIFE.

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Mornings at home!

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.

Well, it can be any! But from my current TBR I’ll pick Sleeping Giants (by Sylvian Neuvel). Its sci-fi, thriller, perfect for a chillin’ cozy reading session.

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This is the first book in the Themis Files trilogy!

Pick a book you want to read for the festive period.

Let’s choose a happy romance one for this – The Kiss Quotient (by Helen Hoang)

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It’s always a good time for a steamy romance.
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Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills.

Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson). It’s a summer contemporary, but I could relate to the story on such a deep personal level that it left me sobbing and emotional!

Pick a book going on your Christmas wish list.

Its on my wish list since a couple of months now – A Little Life (by Hanya Yanagihara). Cannot wait to read it and get my heart broken into a million pieces, or so I’ve heard.

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Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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Share your picks in the comments section below and let’s celebrate a bookish Christmas together virtually. Hope you have a great day! Love…

And yes, come back for more amazing #blogmas posts. See you soon.

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