A delicious mix of pomegranate, almonds and chocolate syrup.Pictures by Rashbehari Das
Adding to the bevy of sweet stops in Calcutta is Yogo — Yummy Yogurts, a frozen yogurt store that opened shop on Tuesday.
Located at 98NC, Block E, New Alipore (opposite Domino’s Pizza), the highlight of the swank store is the tap concept. How exactly does it work? Pick from cups — big or small — and then make your way to the 10 yogurt taps that adorn the wall, each neatly labelled. Pour as much as you want — you can even mix and match — and then add from as many as 30 toppings.
“We have 150 flavours and will keep changing them according to customer preferences,” said owner Rahul Bhutoria.
The best part? The yogurts are 98 per cent fat-free! The yummy flavours include Bubblegum, Chocolate, Kesar Elaichi, Green Apple, Pomegranate, Mandarin and Strawberry. For toppings, choose from kiwi, black grapes, dry fruits, chocolate chips, wafers and oh-so-cute Gems.
Mind you, the yogurt and toppings are worth their weight — in this case 65 paise per gram. “You can fill your cup to the brim and then weigh it at the weighing machine placed on the counter table. There are quite a few expensive toppings like blueberry, which we import from Australia. But we don’t care how much you dump in your cup,” says Rahul.
“We want to open around 100 stores in India in the next five years. The second store in Calcutta will open shortly on Shakespeare Sarani, near Chappan Bhog,” adds Abhay Mishra, consultant, Yogo — Yummy Yogurts.
Make-up and skin expert Sushma Khan was in town to introduce the technique of airbrushing — make-up sprayed on the skin using an airbrush (instead of brushes or fingers) giving a soft and diffused finish. It works well under harsh lights of the ramp or wedding functions. Sushma shared the season’s top bridal trends and tips with t2 at the Lakme Salon on Lake Road on Wednesday.
Colours to wear this wedding season: Brown, gold, beige, lilac, aqua and green are great colours. The Indian skin is a warm tone and it needs complementing shades.
Five things women should do before their wedding to get that glow: Start your beauty regimen in advance. Go for a hair spa. Go to a beauty therapist. Use a good sunscreen but don’t use it as a moisturiser because it isn’t made for that purpose. Also, use a sunscreen with SPF 25, not one as high as 40.
Biggest beauty blunders made by brides:No consultation is the biggest blunder. Also, brides come with their own ideas of what their make-up should be and don’t end up with good results. Brides need to trust their make-up artists. One should do trial sessions and start a skincare regimen well in advance.
How should a bride select her make-up colours?
Take an expert’s advice. I’ve met many brides who think they are a particular skin colour... some women think they are fair but they actually have darker skin tones. I met a bride a few days back who said she was fair when we spoke on the phone. She wasn’t and we had the wrong colours for her skin.
Must-haves in a brides’s beauty bag: Sunscreen, concealer or compact, kajal, mascara, blush and a lip pencil because it hides discolouration.
Safe shades for Indian skin tones: Any colour that has orange or peach. Indian women have the most beautiful features in the world. When I was working abroad, models had no variation. Their skin tones couldn’t be creatively experimented with.
Use lip pencils over lipsticks — the effect lasts longer. Lip pencils also blend the contrast between the skin and the lip colour.
Yes, mascara and blush are necessary.
The right foundation is essential. Test the colour on your jaw-line and not on the back of the hand because the skin tones vary.
Always emphasise the eyes — they are the most captivating feature of your face.
When styling your hair, choose something that suits you. Don’t blindly copy actresses.
Make-up should be expressive. Your face shouldn’t look like a paint company has tried their products on it!