Sunday, 31 December 2017

STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS | RESOLUTION 2018


Hey friends, Wish you a very very happy new year 2018.
So, 2017 is almost over and we are heading towards 2018. Its time for new beginnings, new goals and new resolutions. Now I have a habit of making new year resolutions since my childhood and I do it till date. And I am sure many amongst you guys also make new year resolutions every year. One of the new year resolutions since many times has been to lose weight, to live a healthier lifestyle, to exercise, in short to be fit. Back in 2015, when I was 76kgs I made a new year resolution to lose 20 kgs of weight. And guess what I did fulfill my resolution. By the end of December 2015 I weighed 54kgs. Then came 2016, and I made a resolution to maintain my weight as I was struggling to do so and I did that as well. Obviously with a lot of struggle and dedication. Its been 2 years since I have lost all that weight and I am still maintaining my weight pretty decently by exercise and a healthy diet. 
Now, its time for the resolutions of 2018. I strongly believe in resolutions as I do take them very seriously. I also know that there are many amongst us who want to take their health seriously or want to lose weight or built a healthy lifestyle. We often say that from this year onwards we will change our habits and built a healthy lifestyle. But very few amongst us are successful. For a month or two we all are fully driven and motivated. For do our exercises regularly, we eat healthy and so on. But as the months pass, we begin to tired of this and say that from next year for sure I will lead a healthy lifestyle, or exercise. How many of you relate to this with me. I am sure many of you do. So, here I have come to make things easy for myself and for you as well.
Today, I will be sharing with you guys, simple steps which I follow because of which I have been able to stick with my weight loss resolutions and I am sure you will be able to as well. Lets get started.
STEP 1: WRITE DOWN YOUR RESOLUTION:

Most of the time we say it in heads what we want to achieve but we don't physically write it down.
It has been scientifically proven that people who write down their goals are more likely to follow it through and achieve it by 80%.
So, what I want you to do is grab a diary and write down your goal. Don't just write the resolution and never look back. Develop a habit of what you are doing every single day to achieve your goal. I do it every single day. I write a set of things to accomplish every single day and I more likely achieve my goal. So give writing a try. It really works. The habit of keeping a diary will help you focus on your goal, you will stay more committed and achieve success.

STEP 2: BE DETAILED:
The next step is what you should write. Now don't just write down straight away that you want to lose 20kgs in one year. It can be a little overwhelming. Instead write smaller goals which seem achievable like losing 3kgs a month. These short goals will help you achieve your long term goal without scaring you out. When you add quantity to your goals and break them down to smaller goals you are more likely to ensure success by tracking it easily.

STEP 3: HAVE A ACTION PLAN:
Now, setting a goal is very easy, the main and most important thing is to have an action plan. How you are going to achieve your goal. You have to have a clear vision of how you will achieve your goal of losing weight. What do you have to do more. What things you have to sacrifice. You know yourself best so you should write all this down in your plan of action.
For eg, my plan of action to achieve my goal was to exercise at least 5 times a week. I have a major sweet tooth so I knew I had to reduce my sugar intake. In a nut shell be very clear of how you will achieve your goal.

STEP 4: TURN YOUR RESOLUTION INTO YOUR HABIT
Now that you have your goal set and an action plan ready to follow, next step is to put them into practice daily and turn them into habits. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy body is not a one time goal it is a lifestyle change which can only be possible if you bring those changes into a habit. Make it a habit to lead a healthy lifestyle or to exercise. You can built habit with consistency in your life. Built new positive habits and focus on what you are going to do instead of focusing on what you are not going to do.
For example, instead of focusing on what you won't do focus on what you are going to do. Like I am going to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day instead of I am not going to have junk. You see the difference. Make slow and subtle changes to make a healthy habit.

STEP 5: SHARE AND BUILT A COMMUNITY

Surrounding you self with like minded people helps you to stick to your goal. For instance, when I started off with losing weight I shared my experience with people trying to do the same. Sharing and building a community with like minded people will help you to stick to your goals in times when find it tough to stick to your goals. The catch here is to share it with write people. Don't go on telling everyone that you are trying to lose weight as there is always a group who will try to discourage you or shift you from your track. So, chose your company wisely and don't be effected with what others say. There will always be people who bring you down. Instead share with people with good energy.

 STEP 6: PERMANENT LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Remember that it is not just a resolution. It is a lifestyle change. Its not something you do and then stop when you have lost a certain amount of weight. As it will take no time to be back to square 1. and you don't want that right? After working so hard achieving your goal it is important to make your habits permanent and a lifestyle.

Finally, I want to say that losing weight is not something you can achieve instantly. It is a long process, there will be ups and downs. But the main thing is to not lose your motivation. There were times when I got stuck and could not lose even a kg of weight in the entire month but I did not stop believing in my self. I kept on working hard and finally came closer to my goal. 
So, I can tell you right now that it won't be a smooth journey, it won't be easy. Do not turn your temporary failures into excuses to GIVEUP. 
SO, that is it. Get ready to start your fitness journey in 2018. Follow along with me and share your experiences and resolutions with me in the comment down below. We all are here to help each other.

XOXO
AZRA KHAN.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

THE FACE SHOP SHEET MASKS REVIEW | KOREAN SKIN CARE

Hi guys.
Lately Korean skincare has become a rage. Everyone is trying out different different Korean skincare products and obviously for a reason. Korean women have the most beautiful skin ever. So, when everyone is trying out this new Korean rage why should i fall behind. I also thought of giving it a try. While reading about Korean skincare regime( which is pretty hectic i must say) i came across the famous 10 step skincare regime. It has multiple steps of cleansing, toning, moisturizing. One step amongst the 10 steps is sheet masks. When i read about the sheet masks it fascinated me the most. Sheet masks in general is a rage right now. So i thought of giving sheet masks a try.
THE FACE SHOP SHEET MASKS are quite popular so i also ordered a bunch of them to try it out.
I have tried a couple of them and i must say it is a quick, easy and effective skincare.
So, lets begin with the review.

THE FACESHOP SHEET MASKS

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:
There are four different ranges of the sheet masks from the face shop.
1. Real nature sheet masks for INR100/- each
2. Solution range sheet masks for INR150/- each
3. Bio cell for INR300/- each
4. Mask lab for INR300/ each
buy it here

From the above four categories i have tried the real nature and the solution range.

WHAT THE PRODUCT CLAIMS:
The simple paper-thin masks are korean's no.1 contribution for glowing skin.It adds extra moisture
to the skin.

HOW TO USE:
-After washing the face apply toner.
-Unfold the sheet mask.
-Spread all over the face adjusting the eyes and nose.
-After 10-15mins remove the mask and tap the solution into the skin and let it be absorbed by the skin.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SHEET MASKS:
I tried masking for every single day for 10days. I used the real nature and the solution range. I must say that i liked the solution range a lot better. With the continuous use of the masks there was indeed a change in my skin texture. I was glowing from within and my skin cleared up a lot. There was a lot of moisture on my skin. I love these masks. But you have to keep in mind that to see the results you have to use the product regularly for a prolonged period of time. If you do so you are definitely going to see results.
The brightening and hydration sheet masks from the solution range are the best according to me.

                     

                                     
after 10days of sheet mask use. No filter

FINAL VERDICT:
After using these masks continuously for 10days i must say that it is really effective if used continuously. Anything will only work if you use it religiously , especially when it comes to skincare.
I would highly recommend it to you guys. You guys must give it a shot and see it for yourself.
My skin is looking brighter, more radiant, and healthy.
That is all. Do let me know if you are a user of sheet masks and how it fared for you. 
Thank you for staying till the end.
XOXO
AZRA KHAN

Friday, 29 December 2017

YELLOW IS THE NEW BLACK | FASHION AND LIFESTYLE

Yes you guys read the title right. Yellow is the color of 2017 and hopefully it will be in trend in the coming year as well. From runway to fashion stores this color was bombarded every where during spring and has managed to continue trending in winters as well. As this color is trending every where i thought why not i give a shot.
Yes i know that yellow is a bright color and it can be too bright to handle some times but if you chose the right shade according to your skin tone you will look like a boss. There are a variety of shades of yellow you can chose from but there are a few shades which suite every skin tone and make you look brighter and confident.
So, make yellow the new black.
I have picked a few pieces from indian wear to classic casual. You can chose any look you prefer.


1. The first outfit is a mustard yellow sweater from H&M. I have paired it with simple blue jeans and sneakers and it has instantly brightened my look.







2. This bright yellow kurti from global desi is total stunner as the colour makes me look fresh and pretty. I have paired the kurti with blue dupatta and blue leggings to complete the look.



3. I chose the third outfit for my brother's sangeet function. It is a deep shade of yellow but still it made me look radiant and i was a head turner at the function. I paired this chanderi silk suit with minimal jwellery to complete the look.







All the looks i showed you have different shades of yellow. You have to pick and chose what looks best on you and trust me you will rock it. Don't shy away from experimenting with colours. Break the monotony and try different things to suit your perfect self. 
XOXO
AZRA KHAN

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE EXTENDED THIRST RELIEF | REVIEW


Hi everyone.
Today i will be reviewing the CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE EXTENDED THIRST RELIEF.
It is a very popular product in the market and many beauty gurus and bloggers swear by it. I came to know about this product through youtube and blogs of the bloggers i follow. Though it is quite an expensive product but still the rave about it made be buy this product. And let me tell you i don't regret it a bit.
Let me give you a quick review.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
-It comes in a mint green cardboard packaging with the clinique logo above it.]
-Inside the box is the actual product which is in a transparent glass jar with a silver lip.
-The product in itself is a gel based light peach color with no fragrance what so ever.
Price- INR 2200/- for 50ml &
INR 1250/- for 30ml

BUY THIS PRODUCT HERE


WHAT THE PRODUCT CLAIMS:
1. auto-replenish hydrator
2. long lasting hydration
3. softens and plums up dry lines
4. unique moisture balancing system that helps skin resist dehydration
5. can be applied under or over makeup
6. for all skin types.






MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PRODUCT:
I have dry skin and in winters it gets even worse so i thought of giving this product a try after reading a lot of reviews. I have been using this product since the past month and a half and i must say i am just blown away with the feel it gives to my skin.
Usually products which give intense moisturisation to the skin make the skin oily but it is not so with this product. It is so light weight that you don't even feel that you have something on so it is great for oily skin beauties as well. It has no fragrance what so ever so it does not give any sort of irritation as well.
I apply it directly after i wash my face in the morning and i am sorted for the day.
My skin feels baby soft and smooth. My hands glide on my face like butter. You can even apply it over your makeup by dabbing when your skin feels a little dry.  I have nothing bad to say about this product. Though it is slightly heavy on the pocket but is worth it guys. I have got a perfect solution for my dry skin. I used to get flakey skin and dry patches during winters but not any more. What else do i say about this product i simply love it. It is a boon for all the dry skin girls out there. I think i have said enough now just quickly jump on to the pros and cons of the product.

PROS:
1. Gives intense moiturisation
2. Plums up the skin
3. Good for all skin types
4. Locks in moisture
5. Does not feel oily at all
6.  A little goes a long way
7. Extremely light weight
8. Soothes irritated and inflamed skin
9. Gives instant healthy glow the skin
10. Not tested on animals.

CONS:
1. Expensive.
2. Jar packaging gets a little messy. If we are paying so much then the packaging can be improved.

FINAL VERDICT:
By the pros and cons you guys can judge yourself that this is an amazing product. If you can spend a little more then definitely give it a try and i am sure you guys will love this product to bits. It is expensive but a little goes a long way. If you guys also want a healthy glow on your skin then give this product a try and it will be worth it.
This is it for the review guys. Do let me know if you guys have tried this product or will you guys try it any time soon and feel free to comment down below and ask any query you have.
Thank you for staying till the end.
XOXO
AZRA KHAN


Thursday, 21 December 2017

LOREAL BASE MAGIQUE PRIMER REVIEW

My makeup when I first applied this primer

HELLO EVERYONE!!
Today I will be reviewing a very hyped primer in the market which is the loreal base magique primer.
Well honestly I was quite skeptical before buying this primer as it costs a little too much for a drugstore primer but anyhow I wanted to give it a try as I have heard some great things about this primer.
Now for all those people who don't know what a primer does, it is used to even out your skin by filling your pores and smoothening out your wrinkles. It makes your makeup stay for a longer period of time as well and gives a smooth canvas for your makeup. Now lets come to our actual product.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
1.It comes in a normal white and black cardboard packaging.
2. Inside the box is a small jar, actually a little too small I must say, which has the product.
3. It is pure white in color and the texture feels a little thick.
4. Price-Rs.1025/- for 15ml (big bummer)

buy this product here


What the product claims:

1. Transforming smoothing primer
2. Smoothens the wrinkles and fine lines
3. Perfectly hides the pores
4. Skin imperfections are corrected
5. Suitable for all skin types

MY SKIN TYPE AND TEXTURE:
-I have normal to dry skin
-oily around my T-zone after few hrs of makeup
-Pores around my nose area and cheek
-I don't have breakouts that often

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PRODUCT:
First of all I would like to say that the quantity loreal is providing for that price is very little which is quite sad as loreal is a drugstore brand. Nevertheless as for the actual product is concerned I am quite happy with the product. The only thing is that it comes in a jar so I have to dip my fingers in it which gets a little unhygienic. Lets discuss if it actually does what it claims.
-It blurs out my imperfections.
-My pores are gone.
-As for the fine lines I don't have that many fine lines as of yet so I can't say about that.
-Now comes the point of whether it holds the makeup together or not. I must say it does. My foundation glides like butter when I have this primer on and my makeup stays on for a very long time.
WEAR TEST:
I have put a picture in the starting of my post when I first applied this primer and the last picture of the post is of around 8hours later and my base looks pretty decent. Thus it passes the wear test for me.
So, according to me if the price point is subsided then it is a very nice primer. But I also know that there are other good primers available in the drugstore which do the same job but cost a little less.
Lets quickly discuss the pros and cons so that you can take the decision easily.



Thick consistency
After 8hours of application still my makeup is intact
FULL REVIEW IS UP ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL AS WELL:


PROS:
1. Perfect base for makeup
2. Blurs out the pores
3. Makeup Glides on easily
4. makeup stays intact for a long
5. Does correct the imperfections of skin
6. Very good for oily skin beauties as the texture is thick and gives a perfect matte finish so it will control your oil.

CONS:
1. Expensive in the category of drugstore
2. Less quantity
3. Jar gets a little messy as we have to dip our fingers.

FINAL VERDICT:
For dry skin girls it is a okayish primer overall but for oily skin girls it is one of the best primers available in the drugstore. It makes the skin perfectly matte and controls the oil very well.
I have told you guys all I could so that you guys take the decision to buy or not to buy.
Do let me know if you bought and how you guys liked the product. Also let me know which other product you guys want me to review.
Thank you for staying till the end.
xoxo
AZRA KHAN

















Wednesday, 20 December 2017

HEALTHY PANCAKES FOR WEIGHT LOSS | LESS THAN 200 CALAORIES


Yes guys! you read it right.
Who said you have to ditch your sweet tooth for being fit. Here i come with a pancakes recipe which has less than 200 calories in one serving which serves 2 pancakes. You need very minimal ingredients and just 20 minutes.So lets gets started.

INGREDIENTS:


1. Oats flour.(Replacing the Maida for healthy flour)
    You can easily make oats flour my grinding the kellogg's or quaker oats in a mixer grinder.

2. Half ripe banana
3. Chia and Flax seeds. (mix them while grinding the oats)
    Chia ad flax seeds are very healthy and full of fiber so it will help you feel full for longer. They aid      in weight loss.

4. Venilla essence - 1 teaspoon
5. Cinnamon powder
     It increases your metabolism, aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels and thus         aids in fat loss.
6. Butter- 1 teaspoon
7. 1 whole egg
8. Honey
   Honey is a natural form of sugar and it helps in suppressing sweet cravings and is loaded with             minerals.

UTENSILS:
You just need a non-stick frying pan(as we don't want to use extra fat)

PROCEDURE:
1. Mash the banana
2. Prepare the batter by mixing all the dry ingredients.

3. Add the mashed banana and egg and mix the batter. Add water to the batter if the batter is too thick as we need not so thick consistency.



4. Heat the Non-stick Pan. Grease the pan with butter. We just need a little bit of greasing as it is a non-stick pan.


5. Pour the batter on the pan when the pan is warm. After the batter is poured, close the lid of the pan and let the batter rise.


Flip on the other side after 3 minutes.

The pancake should be golden brown in color.

6. Finally take it of the pan and pour some honey over it to give it the sweetner



Your healthy pancakes are ready. Enjoy it as your breakfast meal or evening snack without any guilt. 
Remember, anything in moderation wont harm your fitness journey. Stay fit and healthy. 
Do comment down below whether you liked my healthy take on this recipe and what other healthy recipes you guys want me to prepare for you guys.

XOXO
AZRA KHAN
                                                 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

THE FACE SHOP WHITE SEED BRIGHTENING SERUM REVIEW

THE FACE SHOP has been launched in India quite some time back. For those of you who do not know The Face Shop is a Korean skin care and makeup branch which has been launched quite some time back on Nykaa.
Korean skin care is very popular all over the world so when The Face Shop launched over Nykaa I had to try some of its products out. One of the most famous products was the White Seed brightening serum from the Face Shop. Recently due to the cold weather my skin was looking very dull so what better time to try a brightening serum than this.
So, I ordered the WHITE SEED BRIGHTENING SERUM,FACE SHOP on NYKAA and here is my review. I hope it will be helpful to some of you guys.
PRICE: INR 1990 for 50 ml.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION :
This serum is smooth and gentle on the skin and gives a brightening, dewy feel instantly. It contains white lupin seed which is a natural brightening agent and white daisy flower extract which helps in reducing dullness.
This product is even paragon,tar colorant, animal source ingredient, mineral oil and talc free.
APPLICATION:
Apply this serum after a toner. As for me I used the White Seed Brightening Toner but you can use any toner.
Let the serum get absorbed in your skin.

REVIEW:
After using this serum for about a month I can say that I am in love with this product.
It is super light weight
Non-greasy. I love the texture
Does what it claims as my skin has been feeling good. Bright and radiant from within without the use of any makeup. It is really one of the best serums I have used so far. 
I love this product and highly recommend it to you guys if you are looking for something which will make your skin radiant and supple.

PROS:
1.SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT ON THE SKIN
2.NON GREASY
3.BRIGHTENING AND RADIENT EFFECT
4.SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES 

CONS:
Well there is no con as such but one thing I would say that it is quite on the expensive side.

WILL I REPURCHASE: Well I have already placed an order for the new one so this clearly says how much I love this product.


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