Taking the Olay 28 days Challenge #Not-sponsored

The first time that I came across this Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream was when Judy Travis, my favourite Beauty Guru spoke about this product on her channel. She swears by this cream & is seen using it regularly in her skincare videos.

Her skin is just so so amazing & looks really healthy. Besides, to be honest, it was really time I started getting into an anti-ageing skincare regimen ( I do dislike the term anti-ageing, since ageing is a natural process )

So, I did get this cream & have started using this religiously since the last week or so along with the Olay eye cream.

My major skin concerns at the beginning of this challenge – Laugh lines owing to my chronically dry skin & open pores.

My hopes- This cream turns out to as effective as it was on Judy & every other blogger on the planet & write back positively after 28 days of using this to you guys about my experience with Olay

To all the beauties who have already tried the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, I would love to hear your experience! Please do leave a comment down below! I’d really appreciate it!

Much love,

Arpita xo

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Clovia Haul!!

So, a lot of my subscribers on my YouTube Channel wanted me to review Lingerie from this online Store called Clovia here in India.

It is a pretty reputed Brand, & I was curious as well, & since I always let my subscribers decide what I should be doing next, I decided to go ahead & order from them.

I have to say, this has been my best experience when it comes to buying Lingerie online, & I am very happy to share my full experience & purchase with you guys!

If you are not following me yet, you totally should 💁🏻‍♀️

Let me know what you think!

Love,

Xoxo A.

Speaking French

I have been learning French for close to a year now. I feel like I have made so much progress within this one year & if you ask me to write an essay on any topic I guarantee I have the ability to exceed the word limit & I actually do that a lot , much to the dismay of of teacher.

But speaking French is an entire different discussion. I get an instant brain freeze & I forget almost every other word.

It’s almost like the entire knowledge of the language leaves me the very moment I start speaking.

It’s quite comical actually coming to think of it.

To get over this situation I find myself in , My goal from now on is to speak 10 sentences of the language out loud everyday & build on from there.

Sometimes I really wish I could move to someplace French is spoken everyday. The learning experience is entirely different when you hear somebody speak in your target language. May be some time in the future, I will.

For people who have studied French or have learnt it, I would really like to know how you guys did it!

Leave comments!

Xo A.

French Language – 6 months update.

pexels-photo-1750566It’s been six months since I started learning French. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might be familiar with the how it all began for me. But let me tell you , beginning is the easiest part, it’s the journey that comes with its challenges, obstacles , achievements, & eventually milestones.

I must however mention it right at the beginning, how crucial I think it is to find the right teacher for language learning, especially when the language is as complex as French.

My first lessons in French took me right back to the beautiful streets of Paris, as my teacher spoke extensively about France- the country, its people, food & its culture. It was sort of initiation, if I may say so into the beautiful & complex journey we were about to take.

Now if you are familiar with the Alliance Francaise institute, they usually have a textbook called Saison for every level of language learning. Anybody who wants to learn French & sit for the examinations arranged by the French Government, have to follow their study pattern, which is what I follow as well. The book Saison however is exclusively in French, both matter & instructions, posing a challenge to beginners of the french language.  I really need to thank the lord & my teacher for not getting into it right away & instead easing us into the language. My teacher started our study with books that the Schools in India have in their curriculum for French teaching, which are arranged in a very learner friendly manner & are much easier & give you a good base & footing with the language.

We did 3 School textbooks, equivalent to 3 years of study of French at school level in a period of 4 months before embarking on the official Saison book. What this did was, it gave us the confidence to tackle the textbook exclusively in French, having by now achieved a good basic French Vocabulary, which initially looked like a daunting task.

I hated the Saison textbooks in the beginning. They just seemed so advanced to me in comparison to the learner friendly School textbooks, but that all changed completely, when I took to time to really look at the content arrangement of saison & the purpose with which it was put together. I can say I eventually came to love them!

Saison just very simple & beautifully captures the different aspects of France & French life & as a result introduces you to French way of living, eating & thinking in general. From the country life to the culture, from the cheese to travel, its almost like a very lifelike description of France & everything French.

French Grammar however has been an area of struggle for me. Especially since everything, every object in French has a gender & everything depends on it! The conjugations are a story in itself.

The book that put me at ease & made French Grammar a breeze for me was Collins French Grammar & Practice. Must have for anyone who wants to learn French.

One practice I must mention that has helped me get better at language learning is my decision of not completely relying on my Teacher for learning & understanding & taking initiative to learn through other available sources.

I want to mention how important Youtube has been in this beginners French journey. I have learned so much from this one particular channel – ‘Learn French with Alexa’. This lady Alexa- She is godsend & make it all so easy with her videos ! I have learnt as much from her as my teacher & if I may say so I almost consider her my second teacher.

So where do I find myself right now as far as French learning goes?

I can say I am comfortable with the language. It feels like a part of me. I understand what is spoken to me ( if spoken slowly ), I have a easier time with the reading, which comes as no surprise since I was an avid reader in other languages as well. I read as many french books as I could possibly get my hands on to improve my vocabulary & to understand language construction, but speaking French my dear is another story.

I still feel like an impostor speaking the language. It’s almost as if I fear the French language nazi will jump out & call me out for my errors. It has a lot to do with the French accent though, especially since we are used to speaking English which has its own accent. I really need to get out of my head when it comes to French speaking, to make my own life a little easier. It’s on my list to make a video of me speaking French & post it on Youtube, but its something I avoid like plague! Work is clearly needed there.

Overall the past six months have been the very best & I am really enjoying the language so much. My goal for 2019 is completing two more levels & reaching an intermediate level with French. Keeping my fingers crossed! Will post another update soon!

See you another time!

A xoxo

Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation Review!

For the Holidays & Parties & Celebrations, I tried out Maybelline’s Super Stay Full Coverage foundation. I wanted something that would stay on for a longer duration & look great in the holiday pictures.

I was recommended this one by a friend of mine who used it & loved it. Did I like it? Here is my review on it! Hope you are having a great time with your friends & family!

Love

A xoxox

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

Christmas is here!!!!! It’s that time of the year again!

Ever since I was a child, Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It almost has a magical quality to it!

This Christmas I want to take the opportunity to say Thank you to each & everyone of you for being a part of this little corner of the world that belongs to me & giving it so much love & affection. I hope whichever part of the world you may be in, May you be with the people you love & who love you. May you be graced with the best blessings & your heart be filled with the greatest joy & contentment.

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Love,

A xoxo

Heart of Christmas & Dancember 2019

Christmas is almost upon us & it is that time of the year that we exchange gifts with our loved ones. However not all gifts need to be materialist in nature. Gifts can be as simple as a warm hug, doing something thoughtful for a family member, a home cooked meal or just some wild flowers.

It is important to remember the thought behind the celebration of the festival more than the anything else.

It is also important to remember to be grateful for all the blessings that life & the higher power has bestowed upon us & our families.

Last but not the least remember to share your blessings with those less fortunate. Donate those lesser worn clothes, old toys, books & anything else that you can to those less fortunate.

Sharing is Caring, & isn’t that what the heart of Christmas is all about?

With that thought , Every year Seattle based vloggers Benji & Judy organise a fund raiser through dancing called DANCEMBER to Support those in need. If you find it in your heart to donate to their cause please do. Even as little as 5$ will make a difference.  Know that your money will reach those in most need of it.

If not you can raise awareness about it by just forwarding the good word about Dancember to your friends & family. Or why not just dance & post it on social media to show your support! Please watch the video attached & share it with your friends & family. Every little bit helps!

Love,

Arry.

My Minimalist Room Tour!

As long time readers of this blog will know, I have always believed in Minimalism & I strive to incorporate it in my daily life. So when we moved to our new house, I decided it was time I let go of things that do not bring me joy & only stick with things that do.

I may not be a hardcore minimalist, but again Minimalism means different things to different people.

Here I am taking you guys on my room tour. I hope you enjoy it. Any suggestions are welcome!

Welcome to my little corner!

Love,

A xo