Wednesday, 25 June 2014

History of Red Lipstick!

Let’s begin with a fun question,

What is that one item you will find in the makeup bags of Gwen Stefani, Elizabeth Taylor, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe, and Angelina Jolie? (Yes, we just love peeping in someone else’s roll of cosmetics!).

You guessed it….a red lipstick!

Red is that one classic lip color that women of all ages have embraced since 3000 BC! The ancient Mesopotamian women used crushed gemstones to decorate their lips and the famous Cleopatra VII would crush red ants and carmine in beeswax to color her lips red! (We never felt more glad being born in the 21st century, honestly!)

(Token of Appreciation: Hats off to Queen Elizabeth I for rocking the red lips in mid 1500’s!)

The popularity of lipsticks faded away until the look was revived on the big screen by famous actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Till then lipsticks were made from carmine dye taken from cochineal insect scales (which must have tasted interesting!).

 Within years, major beauty companies like Chanel, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and Guerlain started selling lipsticks and we landed in an era of hassle-free-bugs-free lipsticks that too in a range of red shades (Thank God!)

Today a signature red lip has the same timeless appeal and classy edge it had centuries ago. Be it a night time or day, a red carpet or a college farewell, a working woman or a housewife , a rouge lip color is fit for all if the right shade is chosen!

Let us know about your favorite red lip event, we would love to hear from you!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Ideal Summer Destinations!

Summers are finally here! The soaring temperature makes it tough to focus on work and now is the time to take out all the travel brochures hidden under your work files and run off to a vacation spot! Take out your sun block and beach mats people because we are going on a fun ride to the 3 most exciting summer destinations we know you don’t want to miss out on!
Shangri-La Resort- Skardu

This resort right here is a real summer treat! Hidden between the mighty Himalayas this resort hugs the heart shaped Kachura Lake and was named Heaven on Earth (Shangri-la in Chinese) for its spectacular beauty, peaceful atmosphere and breath-taking view.
(Inside tip: Nothing is more romantic than a stroll in the fruit laden gardens around the lake with your significant other.)
From the red slanted roofs to the blue sky and from the crystal clear water to the green valleys, you will be captivated by the splendor of colors this place has to offer! Shangri-La is accessible by road and air so don’t miss out the opportunity to visit this place.
Get accommodated indoors or enjoy the panoramic view in the swiss-cottages and villas dotted along the serene lake. Spend your day either boating on the beautiful Kachura Lake or explore the mini zoo which has an admirable collection of the rare wild birds and animals. You can also sign up for a trekking expedition to explore the neighboring valleys during the day and enjoy sumptuous Chinese and Pakistani cuisines at bonfires while listening to cultural music outdoors under the stars!
Patong Beach , Phuket-Thailand
Patong Beach is yet another piece of beauty you would want to explore this summer! Situated in the south of Thailand on the coast of Andaman Sea, Phuket is amongst the most popular travel destinations among Pakistanis (including the Daaman office!).
Picture yourself on a long stretch of secluded beach where all you can hear are the calm waves lapping upon the soft sand with the faint hum the tropical wildlife in the distance.

(Inside tip: Keep yourself hydrated! Try the Thai ice-tea with orange blossom water. Super-Refreshing!)
Patong beach is considered as the hub of Phuket's nightlife and budget-friendly shopping on the island, moreover one can find the highest concentration of restaurants reflecting the diversity of tourists visiting this place! The dinning establishments run from hand-wheeled carts selling kebabs and sticky rice all the way to world class fine dining with celebrity chefs.

(Inside tip: Try the mouth-watering shrimp curry, your taste-buds will thank you!)
One can spend the day getting involved in a wide range of activities like snorkeling, sun-bathing, surfing, playing golf, scuba diving or simply going shopping while enjoying the exquisite cuisines and the raging nightlife at night!
Mount Nemrut- Turkey
All of you who have given your hearts to old archaeological sites and mountains, we give you Mount Nemrut. Being one of the most popular sites in Turkey with 2000 years old ruins of the Commagene cult, huge statues of ancient Greek, Armenian, and Perisan gods, we are sure you wont be able to get enough of this place!
Take out your sunblocks and unleash your wander-lust people because the sunrise and the sunset is breath-taking! The beauty is almost impossible to describe.
(Inside tip: Make sure you carry a warm jacket even in harsh summers so being cold does not distract you from the experience)

The hiking experience is amazing here, you will be required to climb up , We recommend that you choose the West terrace since it has stairs all the way to the top but if the entire journey gets exhausting then mule taxi services are available. The entire journey takes upto 6 hours and there are many stops on the way up, it’s better that you take your time going up and take breaks while enjoying the beautiful view.

Let us know which place inspired you the most!