• Akriti Kapoor

Hey guys, I am so excited to introduce Aegte, an incredible luxury Hair & Skincare brand from India. I'm so glad that I came across a brand like Aegte that is all ecological, paraben-free, sulphate free and amalgamates natural ingredients to come up with products that are highly beneficial and very light on your skin and hair.

Aegte is a Danish word that stands for authentic. The products are formulated using the finest, ethically sourced ingredients. The founder of the brand Rupali Sharma commenced with her vision to bring her Grandmothers tricks, hacks and cures in front of the world and let everyone benefit out of them.

I tried three products from the very innovative hair care range namely –

1) Aegte Healthy Roots Ultra Conditioning Shampoo With 3X Power Of Ginger-Onion-Baobab 250 Ml – This conditioning shampoo has ingredients like Ginger Oil, Onion Extract, Kalonji Oil, Baobab Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Vegetable Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocoyl Methyl Glucamide, Capryloyl Methyl Glucamide, Myristoyl Methyl Glucamide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamide MEA & PEG 150 Distearate. Your hair starts to get shinier and glossier with just one wash. This shampoo conditions hair deeply and strengthens the roots of your hair and also helps you control hair loss. The scent is mild and very ayurvedic. You can feel the natural ingredients working on your hair.

2) Aegte Healthy Roots Hair Growth Oil With 3X Power Of Ginger-Onion-Baobab 100ml – This nourishing hair oil is formulated with the concoction of Onion Extract, Ginger Oil, Kalonji oil, Soybean Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil, Hibiscus Extract, Curry leaf Extract, Camphor oil, Chinese Mint Oil & Vitamin E Acetate. I took some oil in a glass bowl, nicely warmed it up and applied it from the roots to the tip of my hair. This healthy roots hair oil helps in acceleration of hair growth, unclogs your hair follicles, delays the growth of grey hair, and helps control hair loss too. I have been using it for some time now and I can feel my hair getting stronger with each application.

3) Aegte Healthy Roots Hair Growth Mask With 2X Power Of Ginger - Onion 200ml – This hair mask is magic. Made with ingredients like Onion Oil, Ginger Extract, Curry Leaf Extract, Radish Root Extract, Brahmi, Shikakai, Hibiscus, Amla, Jatamansi, Vitamin E, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aqua, Glycerin & Stearic Acid. This mask is also safe to be applied on your scalp along with the length of your hair. Consistent usage of Aegte hair growth mask has made my hair silkier, smoother and much stronger.

I’m so glad to have used all these three products by Aegte and would definitely recommend that you try them if you’re looking to get stronger, healthier, smoother hair using all-natural products formulated using grandma’s nuskhas. I myself can’t wait to try the skincare range of Aegte coz this shampoo, oil & mask have worked wonders for my hair. You can check the products here - https://www.aegte.in Feel free to write to me on info@psychedinthecity.com for collabs, feedback or just to connect :)

Updated: Mar 4

When we visit a new country, a new city or even a new restaurant these days we always look for the places where we can get the most Gram worthy pictures! We all want to visit those places that relate to a city right ? As you guys already know that I have lived in Mexico City(Ciudad de Mexico) for close to two years and that gave me a lot of time to explore the city and visit all those places that I had looked up before landing there.

Mexico City is actually a beautiful concoction of a traditional Mexican town and urban grandeur and chaos which is the second largest in the entire Americas. There are plenty of chic places, many things to do and an array of colours splattered across the town - brilliance that can only be found in Mexico.

Let me virtually take you to all these favourite places of mine in Mexico City so that it makes life easier for you when you plan your trip there :)

1) Mexico Mi Amor - Probably the best example of 'Pretty Pink' that you'll ever walk across. The pinkest, most prettiest corner in Mexico City located at Tane, Polanco.

2) Monumento a la Revolución - The Monument of Revolution is a monument commemorating the Mexican Revolution. It is located in Plaza de la República, Paseo de la Reforma. You can take a tour and actually see a panoramic view of the city from the top.

3) Kiosco Morisco - Moorish-style iron kiosk in a neighbourhood gathering place located in Santa Maria la Ribera. The place is beauty in simplicity personified and totally Gram worthy

4) Torre Latinoamericano - This is the most recognizable skyscraper in Mexico City and was the first skyscraper in the world to be built in a highly seismic zone. Located in the Downtown region and built in 1956 it has survived two major earthquakes without any damage. An engineering marvel that you can visit and see the mesmerising beauty of CDMX from up top.

5) Zocalo, Downtown - Zocalo, Downtown Mexico City is a must visit. Zocalo is not only the center of town for this grand city but during Aztec times was considered to be the center of the universe. Templo Mayor, Metropolitan Catedral, Palacio Nacional among others are the historic buildings that adorn this place. Having been the center of some of the most important events in history starting from the times of the Mexica you will rarely find a more historic and Gram-able place in the middle of a city

6) The Palacio de Bellas Artes - Bellas Artes is a prominent cultural centre in Mexico City. Some of the most notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera and literature are held here. This landmark building with its golden domes and roof is just the perfect backdrop for your Insta pictures.

7) Biblioteca Vasconcelos - One of the grandest and most beautiful libraries in Downtown Mexico City. A massive megalibrary with 600,000 books it is a must visit not just for reading but to relish its architecture and ambience.

8) Palacio de Correos - A stunning post office, more commonly known as 'Palacio Postal' is the General Post Office of Mexico City. Located right across the street from Bellas Artes this is the epitome of grandeur and “The most beautiful Post office that I’ve ever seen or visited'.

9) San Angel - A mini magical town that will make you forget that you actually are in the middle of a sprwaling metropolis is a perfect place to go spend your day. Take a walk on the cobble stone streets surrounded by pretty colourful buildings, cute cafes and and hundreds of backdrops for your Gram feed. Go on a Saturday to see it at its best.

10) La Casa Azul - The informative and beautiful Freida Kahlo house art Muesum is surrounded by cobalt blue walls and the inside of the house is just as pretty. There are queues over the weekend so plan your visit in advance.

11) Parque La Mexicana - The most urban park located in Santa Fe, Mexico City has paved trails, surrounded by the tall skyscrapers and tranquil waterbodies. There are some restaurants and cafes within the park premise. One of the largest parks in the city it is one of the better ways to escape the noise and traffic and have a peaceful walk

12) World Trade Centre - One of the most stunning buildings in the City, located in the Napoles neighbourhood makes for a stunning picture setup.

13) Iglesia de San Josemaria - One of the most modern and good looking Churches that I ever visited. Go here and not just the exteriors, do visit inside the Church and you’ll be blown away. Clicking pictures inside is also not a problem.

14) Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - This is the national shrine of Mexico and rightly so. Massive, modern and beautiful, this holy place will show you a glimpse of the Mexicans love and devotion for Mother Mary. Located a little far off from the main city but definitely worth a visit.

15) Angel de la Independencia - A victory column on a roundabout on one of the major avenues of Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City. Simply called El Angel by Mexicans this is the most recognizable landmark not just for Mexico City but for Mexico as a country. A thing of stunning beauty and passion this is one place which if you miss your Mexico trip would be incomplete.

I hope this will help all the readers to plan their trip to the City and get to see some of the most stunning places in the City which are also a perfect backdrop for those amazing Instagram worthy pictures for your feed.

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  • Akriti Kapoor

I’m so happy that finally, all the best hotels are reaching my city Lucknow. The one that I most recently discovered was the plush Novotel. Novotel is conveniently located near most of the business parks in the city, opposite Sahara hospital and in close proximity to the International stadium. This property is loved, frequently visited and endorsed by commoners and celebrities alike.

The staff at the reception were as refreshing and welcoming as the lovingly prepared greeting drink. Check-in formalities were completed with the speed and efficiency of the Shinkansen. The most unique and beautiful thing in this staycation was that I got to enjoy the company of my family. Naturally, I wanted everything to be perfect-er. I have to gleefully acknowledge that everything from the reception to the bell boy and housekeeping to the in-room dining made sure that my goal was met.

Continuing the chapter from where we left - we then took the elevator to our suite which was the definition of luxury. A huge living room, a very spacious bedroom, and two bathrooms, out of which one had a tub. I always enjoy having a tub in my room. The decor in each and every nook and corner of the suite was on target - chic and very stylish. The bed was so cozy that it was difficult for my family to get me out of the bed to even explore the property, but of course, I had to so we did see around. Let me try and draw a picture using my limited vocabulary.

There are 106 rooms at the property and you get access to super fast wifi, large screen television, sofa-beds in addition to the bed in the bedroom. A lot of space in the living room to just sit and relax or catch up on that office work. All this while looking at the lush green view of the city.

There are plenty of options for you to select your drinks and food from. You enjoy the meal within your room but without a doubt, I would recommend that you visit one of their finely done restaurants and bars to really enjoy those plates of delicacies:  

The Square - The square is a huge restaurant that serves various cuisines including regional and international. The food was delicious. The Manchow soup and Dahi k kebabs are highly recommended.

The Bar - For those perfect evenings with sips and conversations. The Bar serves innovative cocktails, classic drinks and any other concoction that you want.

Edge - This was my favorite place at Novotel. A wonderful rooftop setup to unwind as the sun bids adieu for the day. You can enjoy your dates, family dinners or that fun office party here.

Deli- There is also a pop-up bakery and coffee shop right at the ground level where you can help yourselves with a delicious cake or two along with your preferred brew

Another favorite spot of mine at Novotel Lucknow was the mind-blowing swimming pool. An infinity pool, winter mornings and sunshine makes for such an inviting scenario. I sat next to the pool sipping my juice and soaking up some Vitamin D.

There is a compact gym fit into this lap of luxury as you should never miss out on staying healthy even when on a vacation. Coupled with this comes The Zivaya Spa - the in-house spa at Novotel Lucknow.

I had a wonderful time at Novotel along with my mother and brother and I cannot wait to revisit the property when I am back in town. I would strongly recommend Novotel for your travels to Lucknow, India.

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