Saturday, 28 November 2015

A Pampering Relaunch of Toni & Guy Gulberg, Lahore - An Event Report

I have been socializing a bit too much lately. Well for  a person who does not go out more than twice a month, a weekly session turns out to be a bit TOO MUCH . If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook ( which you guys should), you would know about the recent check in I have been putting up.  Well last week I had an opportunity to attend the relaunch of Toni& Guy North Pakistan, Gulberg Branch Lahore. Being in Pakistan now for 7 years, they have set up a high bar of standard of services being provided.  Recently, a Relaunch was planned and to be honest it was an affair to remember. Lets jump to the details and yes, my personal experience too.

Toni & Guy North Pakistan, Gulberg, Lahore:

In 2009,  the first ever branch of Toni &  Guy was opened at M.M. Alam Road, Gulberg Lahore as a franchise of renowned Toni & Guy, a name that is a brand in itself. Providing their clients with the utmost standard of care and quality services like never before. For 7 years of proving excellence in the beauty industry, the clientele had increased many fold and the demand was never coming down. Another branch was opened in DHA Z block, Lahore to cater the needs of the ever increasing clients and it received a warm welcome again.

The Expansion:

Even before the completion of 7 years, a dire need of expansion was felt and hence was planned keeping in view the high standards that were already set by Toni & Guy North Pakistan.  An extensive and well thought plan was laid out for the expansion of the salon, keeping in mind the demands of modern day clients of satisfaction and comfort, yet something that was a class apart and chic that reflected the Brand itself. An expansion was started in parts so that the salon stayed operational through out the process, not compromising on the part of their loyal customers. The loyalty and love of the clients was visible on many occasions where they gave color suggestions or ideas regarding the ambiance and decor, also the way they tolerated throughout the times of irritable smell of drying paint or noise of the drilling going around. The support that came forward from the clients was both heart warming and a driving force behind the much anticipated expansion.

The Relaunch :

On 22nd Nov,2015 Toni&Guy North Pakistan celebrated its 7 years celebrations and relaunched its M.M. Alam Salon where it all had started. The event started at 12:00 pm and lasted till 7 pm. The event was named SPA DAY as the main idea was to give the guests a luxury, relaxing experience at their favorite salon where they come for premium quality services on regular days. The guests included celebrities including Nouman Javaid, Asma Mumtaz, Kuki, Hamza Tarrar, Shoaib Akhter and many others, the list extended to top clients from the loyalty club. We could see the business faces including Shammal Qureshi, Nilofur Tiwana, and Juju Haider mingle with clients and indulge in chit chat with everyone enjoying the food by The Lahore Social. The event took an interesting turn when walk in clients were given a surprise by telling that they do not have to pay for their services as a present from Toni&Guy. The event was a one of its kind in liveliness as we saw parents coming with their kids to give their little ones beautiful hairstyling and pamper them while ladies and men relaxed in the facials and manipedi featuring Guinot products and hair treatments and updos using label.m products. Makeups and blowdries were also complimentary for anybody who wanted the services. The celebrities and clients recorded their testimonials in the contemporary photo studio sporting with props at times. Overall, the event was a beautiful, and a happening Sunday experienced by everyone.
Redah Misbah & Shammal Qureshi - Picture courtesy : Hassan Abbas

Redah Misbah & Juju Haider with guests (Picture Courtesy : Hassan Abbas)

The Lively Staff Of Toni & Guy North (Picture Courtesy : Hassan Abbas)

My Experience :

Apart from all the stars and celebrities that studded the day with their presence, Toni & Guy North had also invited a select number of bloggers to have their complimentary services and enjoy a good time by getting pampered at the salon. Well to be honest, these people know how to show a good time.  I have always been a NO SALON person, taking care whatsoever at home with my mom's home remedies. Salons, to me , are a place of total hustle bustle with extreme lack of privacy and no place to relax. Taking my skepticism with me, I stepped into the salon. Being a first timer, it was a pleasant experience to be received with such warmth and vigor by the staff at the reception.  I had booked a hair treatment and a manicure for which I was promptly handed over to this pleasant lady named Asifa who was all smiles and respect. With no waiting I was instantly put on the chair and treatments started accordingly. Mean while Asifa worked her magic, I was just observing around (told you took my skepticism with me). The salon was spacious, well lit and had such a classy look that spoke of the care with which  it was deigned.  Separate Gents and Ladies sections were there that were equipped with all the necessary requirements. The services being provided has separate rooms so everyone was taken to them according to the services they opted for. To be honest I was expecting there would be quite a lot of waiting going on but no sir, who ever came in was accommodated at the spot.* Impressiveeeeee*

le me during the Hair Treatment. :D

With the gorgeous lady Asifa -Post Hair treatment ( please excuse my weird smile :D )
Hair treatment done, a gentle massage that made me all sleepy done, steam done, now off to the manicure. The room was as relaxing as it could be, just relax lie down and let them do the magic. And result as super soft skin and those lustrous nails (No, I was not wearing a top coat to be clear -_-).  All the products used were top notch from the brands like Lable.M & Guinot. And there you go, 2 hours gone just in the blink of eye and batting of your eyelash and results were those soft and  shinny locks and supple hands.  

Overall I was totally impressed (no lies). My perception of salons being all crowded and crammed  was gone and super bright, well lit, comfortable idea has soaked in.
I don't know how it looked before expansion, but now its grand and beautiful and classy and comfortable and relaxing and and and....  For all these ands, you better go and check out yourself!

Last but not the least, Thank you Toni & Guy North for having me at the relaunch ! It was an amazing experience with you guys . Also Mr.Hassan Abbas for the invitation and arranging such an amazing event. 

Follow Toni & Guy North Pakistan on their social media for all up coming details and offers ( Which are awesome by the way) 

Stay blessed 
Sherry K
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Learning with the Pros at One day hands on workshop at the Depilex College of Cosmetology - A photo walk through

Blogging comes with its perks, the best one being able to learn from the best in the industry and have hands on experience under their guidance. If you follow me on Instagram (HERE) , you would know I recently attended a one day  makeup workshop at the Depilex College of Cosmetology, Lahore under the supervision of none other than Masarrat Misbah &  Redah Misbah. Well lets not keep you waiting and jump to the details of the event

Who is Masarrat Misbah & What is Depilex College of Cosmetology?

Masarrat Misbah, an entrepreneur and a beauty expert of international fame is the master mind behind the Depilex Group.  Being a visionary and a woman of strength, she has established one of its kind Depilex Institute that meets the international standards of Beauty Treatments and Makeup Artistry. Her ventures do not end at that,  but she is also the founder of Pakistan's first ever Acid and Kerosene Oil burns victims Foundation named as SMILE AGAIN FOUNDATION, that has been helping burn victims over  3 decades now to establish  better lifestyle for themselves and their families rendering them as useful citizens.

Depilex College of Cosmetology, started of as a part of 35 years celebrations of Depilex, is state of the art institute for those who want to acquire an internationally recognized degree in Art and Sciences of Cosmetology. Being affiliated with City &  Guild, UK, the standard of courses offered and training provided is no less than any other in the world. Moreover, also providing with personal grooming and professional short courses according to individual needs is another accomplishment. Providing lodging in their own hostel, they accommodate students from all over the country, hence leaving no stone unturned to make it easy for women of this nation. 

One Day Hands on workshop on Makeup Essentials:

As a part of their 35 years celebration, A first of its kind One day hands on workshop on Makeup Essentials was organized at Depilex College of Cosmetology for Pakistani Bloggers.  Yes when I say Pakistani Bloggers, I actually mean it because beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers all over the nation were approached and invited for this exclusive opportunity. The effort put here is no less than commendable as this has never happened before.
I personally was very very excited for this workshop for it was a perfect opportunity to  meet all those pretty faces behind amazing blogs and finally get to know each other much better, not to mention meet Masarrat Misbah herself ( did I mention I am a huge fan of that lady??). Being all set before time, I reached the venue quite before time, met with everyone and the event started sharp at 12 ( now that is once in lifetime thing too, an event Starting at its time you know) 
Pre-Event Excitment ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

All Lahore & Islamabad Bloggers Together ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

First, we were greeted by Redah Misbah, no less in grace and Beauty than her mother. She briefed us all about the Depilex College of Cosmetology and the ideology behind it And then there was this lady weaving the magic with her words, yes I am talking about none other than Masarrat Misbah herself. Man o man, was I mesmerized or what? You guys should listen to her talk atleast once!! They also showed us this video encompassing the 35 Years of Depilex.
Redah Misbah Giving Introduction of Depilex College of Cosmetology ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

Masarrat Misbah- The Lady behind Depilex Group Her self 

Gorgeous Redah Misbah 

The Video Round up of 35 Years Of Depilex 

A gorgeous lady, Isma was our instructor for the day.  She Created a gorgeous day to night look at the model and answered all our questions so patiently, I was literally impressed. I  mean ask me a lame question and boom you are dead.  But that lady, nerves of steel I tell you. 
And the Makeup Class Begins with Isma ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

Isma creating A Day Time Look ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

The Art of Mix and Match being taught

Switching the day look to Evening Glam look

The Day to Night Looks ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

Then we got paired up and were given separate makeup trays having all the essentials. A wide range of MM makeup was there to help us create our looks. Isma was there the whole time looking over us like a school teacher and helping us get over our flaws *ahhhhhh-mazinggggg*. So we put together our looks and were scrutinized by Masarrat  Misbah herself who pointed out what we lacked and what needed to be changed.
Everyone Being Given their match in MM Silk Foundation By Isma ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

Our Makeup tray containing Facial Wipes, Mosturiser, Lip Balm , Cake Liner , Brow Pencil & Makeup Tools

Everyone at their makeup station putting together a Look

Me Busy In applying the makeup ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

And the Feedback video Being Shot at the DCC ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

Finally, we got our signed certificates from the gorgeous mother daughter duo Massarat & Redah Misbah.

Received the Makeup Essentials Certificate from Masarrat Misbah & Redah Misbah ,please excuse the grin :D( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

All of us with the Gorgeous Mother Daughter Duo with our certificates ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

It was a day well spent, in fact a bit too well spent because in the breaks we got, there was major swatching going on!  No lies, everyone had brought their most dear makeup possessions and everyone wanted to have hands on experience on them too *beauty blogger's curse they say*
Major Swatching going on in the break( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

Beauty Blogger Discussions :D  ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

In the end, I have some amazing news for all my lovely readers all across Pakistan.  You can avail a whooping 20% OFF on select courses offered by DEPILEX COLLEGE COLLEGE OF COSMETOLOGY by just mentioning My name or My blog's name

 Here is the list of courses which have been on discount for you guys.:

1. Personal grooming & Personality Development - 1 week
2. Personality Development for Mature Individuals OR Personal Grooming for Career orientated      Professionals - 1 week
3.Makeup, Hair & skin - 1 week
4. Safe &  hygienic work practice - 5 days
5. Contouring for professionals -  3 days
6.  Color Correction for Problematic Skin - 2 days
7. Eyeliner Techniques -  2 days
8. Manicure treatment  - 5 days
9.  Pedicure  treatments - 5 days
10. Nail art treatments - 5 days
11. Beginners Epilation - 5 days
12. Beginners body therapy -  5 days

You can get a whooping 20%OFF on these courses any day of the year!  Just email me at or inbox me at page FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF MIRROR on Facebook to know all the details.

Moreover, they also offer City & Guild's Diploma Courses and DCC professional Courses.  For all the details, just message me.

A huge thanks to Depilex College Of Cosmetology for having us,  Masarrat Misbah and Redah Misbah for being such generous hosts and teachers , Fakhra Rafique Khan of Fakhra Rafique Blog for arranging all of the event and Hassan Abbas for the amazing Photographs ( due credits mentioned under courtesy photographs)
Fakhra Rafique Khan - The lady behind the event ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

The Amazing Staff at the Depilex College of Cosmetology ( Picture Courtesy :Hassan Abbas)

I Hope you enjoyed the whole virtual tour of the workshop with me and also the amazing offer I brought for you courtesy of Depilex College of Cosmetology. Do leave your lovely comments in the comments box below.

Stay blessed
Sherry k

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Monday, 2 November 2015

September & October Favorites

Sorry for being mia for past 2 months for it has been crazy as hell in those months with everything just piling up and me being mostly unable to do any of it.  Plus the writers block made me go nuts! I kept  opening the blogger, stare it for an hour or, not even writing a word and then closing everything to go to sleep. Yup, that's what's been happening and finally its over (hopefully)  because I am writing like a hysteric here right now :-D

So the last post, that was in September was a favorites post and so is this one.  I have compiled a list of stuff I loved using these past 2 months and to be honest it isn't much long.  I was expecting it to be quite  a few products because there was no Shoppers block :-P. 
Enough with the ranting and here comes the list!  

1. Labello Soft Rose Lip Balm:

This little pinky was picked up with the grocery at the checkout counter without any thoughts because my lips were chipped like anything and I just needed something for them.  But this one is a keeper for sure!  Its kind of thick but its good because it stays on for a long long while and keeps my ever chipped lips hydrated.

2. Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil - Prolong Purple:

Last month I had this one in my mail to review and, why lie, I didn't use it much. But when I finally used it to line my lower lash line, which is my favorite thing to do,  this one lasted for 18 hours straight.  I  was like woaaahhhh you still there??  I love it  to bits.  I am determined to get the emerald green soon in this one! 

3.ELF Mist & Set Makeup Setting Spray :

Not that I have a set rules to do makeup or even setting it afterwards isn't a must pointer for me, but still I have this setting spray well placed on my dresser.  Reason: this baby is a keeper. Whenever I have used it, it has never failed me. Just one or two spritz and all your makeup is locked and has a perfectly soft finish!  Added to the list of favorites this months after using it for than a year!

4.  SHE Is from Istanbul Body Spray:

I have always been a fan of SHE  body sprays and an avid user. After trying a few from other brands, I came back  to these.  Recently they have introduced these new Travellers Editions in the previous SHE IS  line and I  must say what exotic fragrances these are! Not that I am much of a fragrance peculiar person but these just got me loving them!  If you like to keep trying, I would suggest you try this one this time.

5. Double Sided Pearl Studs:

There has been quite a rage of Dior pearl studs but I am usually late when it comes to following trends,  I am lazy no other reason.  I got these beautiful double pearl studs as a gift from a beautiful fellow blogger cum friend Huda and girl you got me hooked!  I have been wearing them everywhere everyday!! These are definitely my favorites and will stay on the list for a while to be honest.  Get a pair and trust me praises will be on your way! 

Here is a very short list of what I loved lately in past 2 months.  I hope I stay regular from this month on wards and review all the stuff I have lined up for reviews. If you have any questions regarding the above products or need an urgent review, feel free to ask me! 

Stay Blessed
Sherry K

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