Friday, 28 April 2017

My Envy Box: April 2017 Edition

Hi All!

I seem to be on a filming spree! So here's another video, this time giving you a quick tour of My Envy Box April 2017.




What do you think of the Box? You can still place a order for it at www.myenvybox.com 

Think and Stay Beautiful!

My Envy Box is a subscription service which brings you 4-5 trial sized beauty products (typically 2ml-10ml) from the top international luxury and prestige brands delivered to your door step every month. Priced at INR 850/- for a month, it may be subscribed for 3, 6, or 12 months. You may subscribe to this service HERE

Thursday, 27 April 2017

What's in my FabBag? April 2017 Edition

Hello Readers!

Its been a long time since I did a video. So watch below for a lowdown on the April 2017 Fab Bag.




Did you like the video? Let me know in the comments section below....

Think and Stay Beautiful!


FabBag is a monthly subscription service starting at INR 416/-. Each month's bag contains 3-5 products from national and international brands ranging from drugstore to luxury. Product sizes range from small sample sizes to full size. To join this service click HERE.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Envy Box March 2017 Edition


Hi Everyone!

We are moving from spring into summer. It means that the air around us is changing. So our beauty regimen needs to change too. Starting from skin care and make up, to fragrances, pamper yourself from inside out. The theme itself for this month is RELAX. RENEW. REFRESH

My Envy Box will help you pamper yourself as the season shifts. Let us see how.....



The Box itself looks lovely and fresh with water - colour floral accents. 





Gardener Street Tea - Glow
Product Price: INR 450/- for 20 sachets
Sample Size in Box: 3 sachets

I love green tea. And when it comes enriched with hibiscus and marigold, it jus reaches another level! 


All Good Scents Jasmine and Rose
Product Price: INR 1190/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Box: 2 vials 2 ml each

Perfumes are perennial, but it is an essential in summers! These two fragrances, rose and jasmine are very typically Indian. I have always been partial to floral scents and I'm happy that these two are part of this month's box.


Eyova Hair Oil
Product Price: INR 590/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

I did not know about egg oil. Now I do. I am really curious about this product and I'll let you know how it works for me.


Essence Lip Liner in 15 Honey Berry
Product Price: INR 129/- for 1 gm
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

This month MEB allows you to choose your preferred makeup product. They offered 3 variants of Essence Lip Liners. I like this idea since I can pick colours I do not have or those more suitable for my complexion.


Wicca Beauty Potion
Product Price: INR 700/- for 15 gms
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

I've used this product a couple of times. On first impression it did not feel very moisturizing or hydrating on my skin. The air is quite dry with very low humidity right now. So I'm going to reserve my judgement of the product till I use it in the more humid months.


Neemli Coffee and Cocoa Body Wrap
Product Price: INR 550/- for 75 gms
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

A product to pamper the body too. I love coffee. I am looking forward to trying out this body wrap!

Total Value of Box: INR 2086/- approx. Great value for money since you pay only INR 850/- for the box!

Overall Verdict: I really like this month's box. It brings you not 4 but actually 7 products, of which 4 are full size. Each of the sample targets a different beauty concern. I would say, close your eyes and buy it!

My Envy Box is a subscription service which brings you 4-5 trial sized beauty products (typically 2ml-10ml) from the top international luxury and prestige brands delivered to your door step every month. Priced at INR 850/- for a month, it may be subscribed for 3, 6, or 12 months. You may subscribe to this service HERE

Thursday, 16 March 2017

What's in My FabBag? March 2017 Edition

Hello Everybody!

This month FabBag gives me yet another reason to love it! FabBag usually sends 4 to 5 products of which gnerally 1 is a full sized product. This month they have packed 6 products of which 2 are full sized. So let's do a quick roundup and see if you should pick one up this month.



I'm not sure I like the leatherette bag, FabBag has had better.






Moha Herbal Shower Gel
Product Price: INR 105 for 100 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 30ml

The product smells fresh and herby with a strong minty fragrance. Great as a travel pack. Nice!




Seduction Las Vegas Lipstick 06 Nude Love
Product Price: INR 180/- 
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

The lipstick was the customer choice item for this month. It i a nice pinkish brown shade which makes for a lovely nude on my complexion. Given its price point, its quite good!




Ayorma SPF 40 Sun Block
Product Price: INR 349/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 10 ml

Ayorma is a small brand, but it delivers quality products. I have used their facewash, scrub and night cream and I really liked them. So I am looking forward to using their sunblock too.




Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer 013 Break on Blue
Product Price: INR 249/-
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

I'm currently wearing this nail lacquer on my toe nails. I'm not confident enough to wear on my fingernails. And I'm liking my matte blue toenails!




Kronokare Flower Power Face Toner 
Product Price: INR 295/- for 100 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 55 ml

Kronokare also has some great products in its stable. I have already enjoyed using their body wash, body oil and moisturizer. So the Face toner looks promising.



The Nature's Co. Sandalwood Turmeric Anti-Blemish Cream
Product Price: INR 895/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 20 ml

The Nature's Co. is a well known brand with some great products. Since I have acne issues and marks that they leave behind, I'm hoping this product will work for me.

Total Value of Bag: INR 1050/- approx. Decent Value for money if you are going to pay INR 416-599/- (depending on your subscription)

Overall Assessment: I think its a good bag and if you like what you see, quickly order yours!


FabBag is a monthly subscription service starting at INR 416/-. Each month's bag contains 3-5 products from national and international brands ranging from drugstore to luxury. Product sizes range from small sample sizes to full size. To join this service click HERE.



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Easy Peasy Home made Holi Colours

Hi Everyone!

Holi, the spring festival of colour is just 2 days away! How many of you are afraid of playing Holi because of all the horrible and harmful chemical colours? I know I used to break out in painful rashes after people rubbed chemical gulal (powder colour) on me. The solution? Use herbal colours. Of course it is quite easy to find skin-safe, herbal gulal in the market. But is feels much better when you have made the colours yourself, using things that you can find easily in your kitchen cupboard. 

I ran a quick google search to see what tips were available out there. Most of the things I saw there were difficult to make with complex steps or used materials which are not always handy or readily available. 

What if I told you that you could make your own holi colours in under one minute? Don't believe me? Keep reading....


Photo Courtesy Nita Ganguly


For a bright yellow colour

Mix Turmeric powder and besan (chickpea flour) in a 1:1 ratio.  If applied as a dry powder, it is easily brushed off. If you mix water an make it to a paste like consistency, it will leave a pale yellow stain on the skin, which will wash off in a day or two. Far from harming the skin, it is a staple in your skincare routine!







For Red colour

Mix in 1:1 ratio Roli or sindoor (vermilion powder) and maida (white flour).


 

For Blue Colour

Mix in 1:1 ratio Robin Blue powder (or any indigo powder) with white flour.

 Image result for natural indigo powder 

For Green colour

Either use henna powder on its own or mix it with white flour.


Use these natural, safe colours to play Holi this year.You may even pack these up in zip-lock bags and gift them to your friends and family so they can play a safe Holi too!!

Do you have any easy peasy holi colour recipes? Share them in the comments section below.

Happy Holi!!

Disclaimer: None of the above photographs are mine. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Empties Post February 2017

Hello Everyone!

Time is flying! We're already into the the third month of the year. And I can see that I am running through a fair number of product at a steady pace too. So here are the products I have finished this month.




First of the lot is the Avon Foot Works cracked heel cream. I've loved using it and have already on to my second tube. I have a tendency towards cracked heels and this cream has reall helped me keep the cracks at bay!


SaND Totally Peanuts face cleanser was another product I enjoyed using. Its a soft scrub which felt good on the skin. Only it has a short shelf life (3 months from opening). It was great for my sensitive skin. Never got any breakouts while I used it! For a more detailed review click HERE


Just Herbs SilkSplash Rehydrant Facewash worked just as its name. It cleaned my face without drying up my skin. Product is great for oily and sensitive skin!


The Natuer's Co. White Tea Night Cream was nice too. It absorbed very quickly into my skin. It did soothe the occasional dry patch on my winter skin. For a more detailed review,click HERE 


Ayorma is a nice brand with great skin care products. I have used their face wash and a lovely night cream. The scrub was nice too. I did not use it daily, only twice a week. It felt soft on my skin, yet effective enough to exfoliate my skin.

Have you used any of these products? If yes, did you like them? I would love to hear from you!

Think and Stay Beautiful!


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February 2017 Edition: My Envy Box

Hi All!

I seem to be running behind all the time! This post was due at least 10 days ago and here I am burning the midnight oil trying to get it ready to be published.

It does not help to complain, does it? So let's just get started....




I am loving the pattern on the box this month. The theme is Indo-French beauty and the box design reflects the thought. So you have the shimmering Eiffel Tower representing France and India's national flower lotus sharing space.



There are four products in the Box this time from L'Oreal Paris (product made in India), Votre (again made in India, but with a Frenchified name), Avene (made in France)and Gulnare (very Indian).


L'Oreal Paris Kajal Magique Bold
Product Price: INR 350/- for 0.35 gms
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

Well, OK. I had not like the regular Kajal Magique. I hope this one is an improvement.



Gulnare Gold Dust Highlighter
Product Price: INR 950/- for 20 gms
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

I've quite liked the stain it left on my finger tips when I lightly brushed my finger against the product. I haven't tried it on my face though. Do watch out for a review in a bit.



Avene Micellar Lotion
Product Price: INR 1200/- for 200 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 20ml

I'm a fan of micellar waters and I'm quite happy to get this product in my bag. It should last me about 10 uses. then I can use the little bottle as a refill when I'm travelling. 


Votre Face Serum
Product Price: 1670/- for 12ml
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

Hmmm. I've used this face serum before and it did not do much for me, though some beauty bloggers had loved the product. 

Value of Box: INR 3070/-. Really good deal if you have paid only INR 850/- for a month's box!

Overall Verdict: There are 3 full sized products in a box of 4, so that is definitely generous! However, for me, personally, the Box did not have me jump with excitement. Though i am truly curious about the Gulnare Highlighter. But if you like the products you should definitely go for it, its more than your money's worth!

My Envy Box is a subscription service which brings you 4-5 trial sized beauty products (typically 2ml-10ml) from the top international luxury and prestige brands delivered to your door step every month. Priced at INR 850/- for a month, it may be subscribed for 3, 6, or 12 months. You may subscribe to this service HERE

Saturday, 25 February 2017

What's in My FabBag? February 2017 Edition

Hello Everyone!

Well, you all know how much I love FabBag. This month I have another reason to do so. The Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick that I chose for this month's bag, arrived with a broken applicator. I wrote back to them and I was sent a replacement within 48 hrs!

But now its time for me to give you a peek into my February FabBag.. This month's Bag has an off-white base with a kitschy emboss of lipstick marks and liquid lipstick containers and applicators.



This time the Bag has 4 products, of which 2 are full size! Read on for more....


Batiste Dry Shampoo Fruity and Cheeky Cherry
Product price: INR 299/- for 50ml

Though I have heard a great deal about dry shampoos, I have never tried one. So I'm glad to get one in my Bag. I'll let you know in a bit how This product fares on me.


Just Herbs Livelyclean Honey Exfoliating Face Cleansing Gel
Product price: INR 230/- for 50ml

I have always liked Just Herbs face cleansers. They really clean the the face without leaving it feeling dry and stretched. I'm happy that this product is part of the Feb FabBag!


Matra Holistic Lip Care Balm
Product Price: INR 199/- for 4.5 gms
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

I love Lip Balms and use them the whole year round. So this is a welcome product too!


Sugar Smudge Me not Liquid Lipstick - 05 Rust Lust
Product Price: INR 499/- for 4.5 ml
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

I have been enjoying using Sugar products. I have used the new liquid lipstick and so far, I think I like the product. A more detailed review will follow.

Total Value of Bag: INR 1227/-. Decent Value for money if you are going to pay INR 416-599/- (depending on your subscription)


My Verdict: Isn't one of the best Bags, but still worth the money!

FabBag is a monthly subscription service starting at INR 416/-. Each month's bag contains 3-5 products from national and international brands ranging from drugstore to luxury. Product sizes range from small sample sizes to full size. To join this service click HERE.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

January 2017 Empties Post

Hello Everyone!

I have not done an Empties post in a long while. So here goes 2017's first empties. 





SeaSoulDead Sea Facial Mud Mask

This product came to me in one of the FabBags. I have loved using it! Dead Sea soil is known for its beauty properties. My skin always felt refreshed after using this mud mask, especially in the humid months. An excellent product.


Johnson and Johnson's Retin-Ox Correxion Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Serum

I do not have a lot of wrinkles, so I can't comment  on its efficacy. But it definitely did help on days that my skin felt particularly dehydrated. But I do not think I will buy this INR 2000/- product. Not worth it.



Kama Ayurveda Mridul Soap-free Face Cleanser

This is an all natural product, more like a scrub. I did not try cleaning make up with it at the end of the day, but used it as a morning cleanser.  It really refreshed me before I got ready for work.


Biotique Bio Almond Soothing and Nourishing Eye Cream

I have absolutely loved this product! It absorbs into the skin quickly and it never irritated my eyes. 


Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water

This is one of the gentler micellar waters around. It did not really take out all the makeup, but on days I stayed in and did not use any makeup, I used this product to clean off before applying my favourite serum. I absolutely loved the rose fragrance of the product.

So that is it for this post.

How many products have you emptied? Let me know in the Comments box below....

Till next time... Think and Stay Beautiful!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

What's In My FabBag? January 2017 Edition

My subscription to Fab Bag was expiring in December las year. I was faced with a choice of either letting it lapse, or renewing it for yet another year....... I thought long and hard and decided I loved FabBag too much to let it go out of my life.  I love to wait for my Bag every month. It is one of the most personalised beauty subscriptions. What I like best is that along with the surprise every month, usually I get to choose one make-up product from a fairly detailed line-up. So my decision made, I hit the renew button.

Now that my FabBag has arrived, here is a quick round-up.


Loving the Satin Purple clutch style bag!


Wella EIMI Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion
Product Price: INR 900/- for 100 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 6ml

For a moment I was foxed. BB Lotion from Wella? The hair people from Wella? BB Lotion? The I read more carefully. So its more like a Hair serum/smoothening lotion.


The Nature's Co. Garlic Anti Acne Cream
Product Price: INR 895/- 50 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 20 ml

Garlic to keep vampires at bay? Yes I do have acne prone skin. And I did try it out once. I'm not sure about the product yet, but will keep you posted.



Manna Kadar Liplicked Priming Wand in Joie 
Product Price: INR 1799/- 
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

A Lovely matte nude pink lip crayon. Only does not quite suit my skin tone. I know just the person to gift it to...



MCaffeine Neem Caffeine Face Wash 
Product Price: INR 449/- for 150 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 50 ml

Face Energiser.... hmmmm.... worth trying out.

O3+ Derma Fresh Mask 
Product Price: INR 425/- for 50 ml 
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

Brightening and Whitening says the sub text. I'm not sure about that, but it promises to nourish dehydrated, sensitive skin. Right now I am struggling with an acne outbreak. Once it clears out, I'll try it out and let you know if it does me any good.

Value of this Month's Bag: INR 2786/- approx. Well 2 full sized and one delux sized sample is generous. 

My Verdict: Buy it, for yourself or as a gift.... Buy it!


FabBag is a monthly subscription service starting at INR 416/-. Each month's bag contains 3-5 products from national and international brands ranging from drugstore to luxury. Product sizes range from small sample sizes to full size. To join this service click HERE.