The best of Luxpresso : Skin care, bar accessories, home décor, Clinique products, watches, art and more


From Skin care to Clinique products for winter to bar accessories to metal home décor to Bucherer watches to art we bring you the week that was at Luxpresso
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How Pahadi locals brought skincare secrets to the cities
A few years ago, when entrepreneur Jessica Jayne temporarily shifted base from Mumbai to Shimla, she developed issues with her skin that she was keen on fixing. A chance conversation with a local, Himachali lady introduced her to a well-kept Himalayan beauty secret-gutti ka tel (apricot kernel oil). She started her brand Pahadi Local in Mumbai in September 2015. The brand uses gutti ka tel and other locally-sourced mountain ingredients like walnut oil, multi-floral honey, and Kangra Leaf Cut Tea to produce organic products like teas, body scrubs and clays.
Gutti ka tel is very rich and apart from vitamins C, E and A, it is also loaded with antioxidants. The oil even serves as a remedy to skin-related issues. The oil is procured by cold-pressing apricot kernels. Its residue, Khal, can be used as a body scrub.
Jayne believes that Pahadi Local’s human connect and social responsibility while promoting luxury is what drives the brand. She aims to nurture it at a slow and steady pace, while staying true to the brand’s essence and offering high-quality products.
The brand’s popular gutti ka tel and other products can be bought on PahadiLocal.com, as well as its outlets in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Devgarh, Delhi, and Goa.

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Bar accessories for this party season
Make sure that your bar is well stocked and equipped with the right accessories. Some of the must haves are Corkcicle Air Wine chiller, Bohemia Crystal Calypso Decanter, Barware Set, Antler Gold Metal & Glass Décor & Utility Bowl, Wine Stack, Cork Screw, Wine Goblet, Wine Trunk and Aerin Black Agate Coasters.

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The Lohasmith – Modern Day Ironsmith
Minimal design, clean lines, and quirkiness are some of the qualities that define The Lohasmith, a Noida-based metal home decor brand. The brand sells accent furniture, bar racks, sculptures, and other handcrafted items made using antique brass, copper, and steel. The Lohasmith, therefore, finds a balance between local craft and modern lifestyle designs. Besides metal, the brand also works with other materials such as glass, fabric, leather, and wood.
Each item from The Lohasmith is conceptualised and built at the brand’s factory. For the baskets and planters, they use wire weaving techniques that are inspired by the traditional technique Bainth which is a form of jute rope/cane weaving.”
Malik also hinted at future collaborations with designers for one-of-a-kind installations and complete collections.
While currently, the brand’s offerings are limited to a few exceptional pieces, one can expect a variety of beautiful decor designs from The Lohasmith in the near future. You can view and buy the products on TheLohasmith.com.

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Clinique’s new skin care range for this winter
Right in time for winter, Clinique will be launching its Pep-Start collection this month. The range includes four skincare products, of which the first is the Pep-Start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser. This tube is suitable for all skin types, removes dead skin cells, oils, and impurities, and promises glowing skin. It contains silica and bamboo extract beads that help in dulling dead skin cells. Its papaya fruit extract works as an exfoliator.
The second product in the range is the Pep-Start Quick Cleansing Swipes that is a cleansing wipe that promises to hydrate the skin and removes excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. Apart from these two, the new Clinique range also has two moisturising creams—Pep-Start HydroBlur™ Moisturiser and Pep-Start HydroRush SPF 20 Moisturiser.
The Pep-Start HydroBlurTM Moisturiser is a lightweight cream that gives the skin a matte finish and prepares it for makeup, controlling the oil while blurring imperfections.
Last in the range is the Pep-Start HydroRush SPF 20 Moisturiser, a product that not only moisturises the skin but also controls natural oils. Both the products feature Clinique’s trademark HydroBlurTM technology that keeps the skin hydrated all-day.
The Pep-Start collection starts at INR 1,250, and will be available at all Clinique stores in India.

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InstaFood – Weekly gourmet for foodies
From finely plated food to cheese-overloaded recipes, Instagram is a treasure trove when it comes to food inspiration. From a host of tasty stories, they have the most delicious and mouth watering dishes that will satiate your inner gourmand. From cheese soufflé to cheese puffs to bakes with cheese the seem to have it all.

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Carl. F. Bucherer’s new Manero Flyback
The new Carl F. Bucherer timepiece—Manero Flyback comes with a champagne gold dial. The watch is an addition to the brand’s Manero collection, a range popular for its design complications.
Designed for Baselworld 2017, the latest Manero Flyback comes with an 18k round rose gold case. As the name suggests, the watch is a flyback chronograph. Flyback is a watch complication that allows the wearer to reset the functioning without stopping the timepiece. Unlike regular watches, where, in order to reset the time, one has to stop, reset and restart it. The timer and the two subsidiary dials on its face come in a deep shade of gold. It also has a tachymeter scale, an instrument that measures speed, based on travel time.
The Manera Flyback comes with a cognac-coloured alligator leather strap fixed with a rose gold pin buckle.
The Manero Flyback will be unveiled at the Baselworld 2017.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit works by Indian artist Y G Srimati
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting a retrospective exhibition of artworks by Indian artist YG Srimati. The exhibition called An Artist of Her Time: YG Srimati and the Indian Style will feature 25 watercolour paintings that will be on display from 15th December 2016. The works on display are curated by John Guy, MET’s South and South-east Asian art curator.
Srimati was trained in four traditional South Indian arts-voice, music, dance, and painting. She went on to become a popular painter, whose artworks were exhibited at the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Library of Congress.
The upcoming MET exhibition showcases the artist’s perspective of Indian style. One can witness the artistic until 18th June 2017. It sure is a good time for art connoisseurs to expand their collection.