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Thank God for Pepsi Battle of the bands, We will hear and watch great new music finally

Pakistan’s love for music goes back a long way. It is one of the few things that bring us together. If you have been blessed with a soulful voice, you’re in luck, because Pakistan really appreciates musical talent. We recently saw a young man from interior Balochistan achieve fame because of his voice. And the story doesn’t stop there. Pakistan has a wonderful platform for people who wish to express their musical talent; Pepsi Battle of the Bands.

Featuring huge stars like Fawad Khan, Meesha Shafi and Atif Aslam and many more guest appearances, it is an ongoing contest between new and aspiring bands to take on each other and come out victorious. The first episode just premiered and left us wowed. Let’s take a look at what went down.

Host Ayesha omer introduced the three judges who need no introduction. Being a powerhouse in their own right the three judges are perhaps the best choice for the show. The winner of the first Pepsi battle of the bands, Aaroh’s lead vocalist was the guest judge for the auditions.

A number of aspiring bands auditioned to be selected for the next round. Some were successful. Some needed a bit more work. All in all, it was wonderful to see Pepsi supporting the dreams of so many young people.

All these bands aiming for the top, performed their best. Some attempted to cover classics like Aitebar, while others debuted their own originals. The competition was extremely tough and in the end only few slots were filled.

The auditions will continue in the next episode where the bands will have a chance to impress the judges. In the end no matter who is selected, we know music wins!


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“Hoga Saaf Pakistan” announced by Reckitt Benckiser

6 kids die every hour because of diarrhoea in Pakistan. A disease which can be easily prevented.

Even today, there are 25 million people who do not have access to proper toilets. Almost half of the households do not have a facility to wash their hands with soap and water. These unhygienic conditions promote unhealthiness giving rise to diseases like diarrhoea.

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“RB has pledged for ‘Hoga Saaf Pakistan’ so that preventable diseases like diarrhoea do not claim any more lives. This is a cause very close to our hearts. It is very easy to point fingers as to whose fault this is, but being privileged enough, it is our responsibility to initiate this change and work towards a Saaf Pakistan. With the support and ownership of fellow Pakistanis, let’s make this vision come alive: Mil kay lagaeingay jaan, toh ‘Hoga Saaf Pakistan’,” said Shahzeb Mahmood, CEO of RB Pakistan.


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Wedding Goals!! #McFairyTale at McDonalds

Have you ever wondered what you will do right after your wedding? While you may think of all the funny and steamy ideas, one bride had it planned right down to the letter. Munawal Jawed had a dream, which her groom merrily fulfilled as soon as they had said Qabool Hai.

You may love McDonald’s but not quite enthusiastically as Munawal – who had dreamt of savouring their treats on her wedding day. Her husband Zubair chimed in and gave her the perfect wedding gift.

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Donning their wedding clothes and looking ecstatic, the couple jetted to the nearest McDonald’s. The staff was taken by surprise to see a newlywed couple heading their way.

This prompted the brand to share the story on their Facebook page and give everyone some serious competition for their couple goals. The bride also shared the interesting wedding anecdote on her Facebook profile – thus garnering praise and envy from couples across Pakistan.

The wedding ended in a perfect McFairytale and will be remembered by everyone for many years to come.


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Three Leading Ladies Unveil New Lux Fragrance Soaps

Lux has unveiled the biggest celebration of beauty by bringing together three leading ladies of Pakistani cinema. From dreams to reality, from splendor to vitality, these ladies are an embodiment of gorgeousness – and Lux has managed to truly encapsulate their emotions in a wonderful ad.

The new fragrances Hypnotic Rose, Charming Magnolia and Elegant Gardenia come packed with the scent of fresh flowers – that will keep you radiating all day long. They are formulated to resonate with the individuality of Mahira Khan, Mawra Hocane and Maya Ali.

The Hypnotic Rose is Mahira Khan’s favourite. Donning a red gown, she looks ravishing from start to finish. With her spellbinding aura, she adds the oomph that we have come to see in her persona lately. No one does red better than her, and it is evident in the advert. People will be thronging to feel the aroma of roses with this variant.

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Mawra Hocane charms with her bubbly smile and viewers can feel the fleeting scent of magnolias with her appearance. As an ode to her feminine and delicate persona, she looks charismatic in pink while choosing Charming Magnolia as her beloved fragrance.

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The ad has magnificently captured the ethereality of Maya Ali’s angelic looks. With her elegant poise, she wears white to emit purity that is synonymous with her favorite scent Elegant Gardenia. Her soulful personality amalgamates well with the ambiance of her shots, and she looks glamorous in them.

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The ad is shot at the picturesque Noor Mahal in Bahawalpur and aptly compliments the royalty of the Queens that rule our hearts. It has all the signature Lux features like the fluttering drapes, flowing flower petals and mellifluous music. The production is crisp, and one can see the grandeur in scale as the ad progresses from Mahira to Mawra and Maya.

This one is a home run for Lux and viewers will surely remember it for years to come.


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Finally, Our Favorite Celebs are Switched On!

Last week, our beloved celebrities were switching off. Their hectic routines had caught up to them, and they felt drained off all the energy and inspiration that kept them going all this time.

People scrambled to find answers as one after the other celeb turned themselves off. It felt like an epidemic waiting to unleash its fury. They wanted to see more of Ali Xeeshan’s designs, and Feroze Khan’s workouts. Snapchatters longed for Mehreen Syed’s snaps and Anoushey’s followers were waiting to hear the next travel story.

When it seemed like all of that was now over and they may not get to see their energetic stars going on about their upbeat routines, Sting entered the fray to save the day!

Sting decided to power them back on, to let people savor their passionate lives. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when celebrities Switched On and started doling out inspiration to their followers.

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Mehreen Syed, Feroze Khan, Ayesha Omar, Mehwish Hayat, Anoushey Ashraf, Hina Altaf, Shazia Naz, Khalid Malik and Minal Khan powered up and got back to their daily routines. Anoushey Ashraf posted an image of herself with the caption: “Coming up with great ideas once more #LifeKaSwitchOn” while the energetic Hina posted a boomerang of herself with a caption saying: “Actually, I’m all up for interviews because why not? Celebrate your passions! #LifeKaSwitchOn”.

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The fitness junkie Feroze Khan got back on track as he posted an incredible picture of himself in the gym with a caption saying: “Bench pressing with twice the weight #LifeKaSwitchOn” and also the snapchat queen Mehreen Syed posted a boomerang with the caption saying: “Fully charged and back in the game #LifeKaSwitchOn”.

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Everyone’s favorite Mehwish Hayat and Ayesha Omar also posted their pictures with captions saying: “Running every morning at full speed ahead! #LifeKaSwitchOn” and “Back in action and ready to fully celebrate the summer!#LifeKaSwitchOn”.

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This was all part of an electrifying marketing campaign by Sting titled #LifeKaSwitchOn as it excites you to pursue your passions – day in and day out!


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Its Round 3 of #ComedyMasala this July!

I was there at Comedy Masala 2, earlier this year and kasam lelo, this was the most I laughed in an hour or two ever in my life!

Stand up comedians from all over the world have been coming to Pakistan regularly now, courtesy team comedy masala international, giving some insanely funny nights to us.
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This time its 5 shows on 13th, 14th and 15th of July in the city of lights and tickets are available at 021 – 3890 9914.

So what is Comedy Masala and what is making them come back to Karachi:

After reaching No. 1 status in SE Asia, being listed as one of the Top 10 comedy nights in the world (TRAVELLER, AUSTRALIA), and being featured on COMEDY CENTRAL ASIA, Singapore’s biggest & most popular weekly stand-up comedy show, COMEDY MASALA, launched in PAKISTAN in Feb 2017, with the aim to make Pakistan one of the world’s leading hubs for international touring comedians. Masala’s vision is to bring the world’s best international stand-up comedians to Pakistan, and to launch a grass roots initiative, via weekly open mics and workshops, to develop and nurture a local stand-up comedy scene under the guidance of experienced comedians from across Europe, Asia, North America & Australia.

Who is performing at Comedy Masala III:

STEPHEN CARLIN, who is one of the most intelligent comics you’ll see, and Stewart Lee calls him ‘one of the ten best ever’. Then there’s REX NAVARRETE, he’s a comedy veteran and has been tearing it up across North America for over 30 years. Rex has 4 live full-length comedy albums to his name (avail on iTunes), and is widely regarded as the Premiere Filipino American comedian. Last, but by no means least, is JONATHAN ATHERTON – the Australian comic who speaks more languages than your average U.N. delegate. Affectionately known as ‘The Comedy Guru’, Jonathan is one of the most travelled & experienced comedians, having performed for over 25 years across most countries on the planet. All 5 shows will feature the same line up, and will be hosted by Comedy Masala founder & Pakistani comedian, UMAR RANA.

I have gotten my tickets and will be attending on 15th, although I love attending the first day first show, but chao, I m sure its still going to be great 🙂 See you there maybe ?


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What Will “Boost” the Pakistan Entertainment Industry?

The mad work routines have finally caught up to our celebrities. The long hours, incessant recordings, demanding photo-shoots, all have taken a toll on their lives. This is why they are planning to switch off and get a mental uplift from the daily grind.

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Social media is abuzz as one celeb after another is switching off. Anoushey Ashraf is unable to think clearly, while Mehreen Syed is done with her phone. The lack of creativity has Ali Xeeshan looking for a breather while Feroze Khan is running out of energy for his workouts. Mehwish Hayat has also chimed as she is quitting her morning jog routine.

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All of this has people wondering whether their favourite celebs are done for good? Is this just a phase where they are struggling to get their groove back on, or are they switching-off to switch on more organized?

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The one thing that they all need is a smacking jolt of energy. A power boost that not only re energizes their brains and but also inspires them to achieve more… but what can switch them back on? may be a gulp of Sting? Guess everyone’s gotta wait to find the answer…


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Surf Excel spreading goodness with #NekiIkIbadat Campaign

Waking up for sehri is not an easy task. Even when they do wake up, most people are not in their best mood at the time. Kids especially, are grumpy and head straight towards the food. However, when good is instilled in the nature, then doing good to others becomes easy. This is the message Surf Excel’s Ramadan 2017 campaign #nekiekibadat advert conveyed.
The young boy, when wakened by his mother, instead of focusing on his own food, becomes concerned about his neighbor and crosses a whole lot of dirty obstacles to check up on him. The ad basically says that on the path of goodness lay challenges that might hurt or deter us – symbolized visually as the locked gate, high walls, and mud – but when we are determined to stay on the right path, then nothing can stop us. The kid, knowing that the neighbor has a hearing disability and hasn’t been able to wake up on the sound of the alarm, goes under the gate and over the hedges just so the neighbor does not miss out on his sehri. Knowing that time is little, he takes along food too.

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Putting others before self is the epitome of goodness. It is tough and comes with a lot of hurdles, but when followed makes the world a better place. Following our inherent goodness and teaching our younger generation to do the same is what the ad inspires.
The music and the lyrics are truly heart touching and add to the experience of watching the ad. I had goosebumps while watching it till the end. It is that good.


Let’s commend Surf Excel for reminding us to be good, kind and generous with our deeds. Knowing that reall neki is an ibadat, we should try to be good to others whenever and wherever we can.


The campaign was further extended in its goodness with the inclusion of a clothes donation drive in collaboration with Akhuwat, Karachi Relief Trust and M&P. The drive worked with people dropping off their clothes to the nearest M&P outlet or calling on 90131 to have an M&P representative collect the clothes from their homes. Many celebrities like Wasim Badami, Tooba Siddique, Sarwat Gillani and Shaista Lodhi praised and appreciated the effort to spread awareness and encouraged people to donate.


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Fabbitt.com is set to host Lahore’s biggest Eid festival

Fabbitt.com, Pakistan’s largest multi-label online fashion retailer, is all set to host the Fabbitt Eid Festival. Brainchild of Anush Ammar, a well-known fashion icon, the Festival will take place on 24th and 25th June, 2017 at the Royal Palm Golf & Country Club from 5 pm until 3 am.

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Sponsored by the heritage brand Master Molty Foam, the Festival has been curated with the concept of fashion, food, fun & technology – all coming together in one fabulous event.

The aim of the event is to revive the traditional spirit of Chand Raat by gathering Lahoris under one roof where they can enjoy the festivities of the joyous occasion. The Festival will transform the venue into a wonderland of Eid shopping with notable designers, famous eateries coming together under the banners of Fabbitt.com and Master MoltyFoam.

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This Eid Festival will be a huge platform for Lahoris to shop from and interact with various designer-wear, prêt, lifestyle and luxury brands.  Some of Pakistan’s most exciting designers, including Faraz Manan, Fahad Hussayn, Ivy, Farah Talib Aziz, Neemar Jewels, Republic, Zara Shahjahan, Amrapali, Maria B & many others, will be showcasing their exciting collections. Apart from designer-wear, visitors will also be able to avail on-the-spot salon and mehndi services.

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Commenting on this initiative, Anush Ammar said that, “We are really excited to bring the Fabbitt Eid Festival to the people of Lahore. Through the event, we aim to celebrate the spirit of Eid while providing Lahoris a platform to make their Chand Raat more memorable by spending it together with their friends and loved ones.”

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The Fabbitt Eid Fest will be much more than nonstop entertainment and fun. This Festival embraces the pleasure of providing a once in a lifetime experience that will bring you face to face with leading fashion brands and eateries. The Fabbitt Eat Fest is a family only event and is expected to cater to key media influencers, socialites and people from all across Lahore.


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Wasim Akram 502 FOR HIM by Jdot Fragrances

Great news for perfume lovers and Wasim Akram fans is that after 414 exclusive Waskim Akram’s fragrance for him by jdot fragrances, we now have Wasim Akram FOR HIM and her both.

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Jdot Fragrances are one of the top most quality  perfumes and are of International standards. I have used 414, core and classic and they all were excellent and stayed for a long time.  Last week I got hands on 502 FOR HIM and this is what I think about it.

Packaging: Magical! Similar to 414, but unlike 414 in red, 502 is in white cricket ball shape with silver in the middle, it for me is one of the most classy bottles ever. it wont be just another perfume bottle on your dressing table, it will stand out like anything. The bottle comes in 100 ml quantity.

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Fragrance: 502 FOR HIM unites the invigorating zest of cardamom, sweet orange and the power of fougere accord with the woody whisper of oak moss. This is an interesting mix of notes. Scent staying very classic yet giving a refreshing punch with sweet orange and apple notes. All in all, a potion of notes giving a classic fragrance with a modern feel.

Price: For a product of this top class quality and packaging, price of  502 FOR HIM is remarkable. For just under Rs. 3,500, this is the best alternative to perfumes priced way above 10k! 5.jpg
502 FOR HIM and 502 FOR HER are both now exclusively available in stores and online and if you are still looking for an eid gift for your her or him, this is it ! 🙂