May 30, 2013

15 Masks, Cleansers and Scrubs Mini Reviews

Before you go ‘whoaa girl…15!!’, let me tell you this is a an attempt to empty a lot of products that only have 2-3 usages left but I am lazy to finish them up. Also, I wanted to talk about them at least once in the blog. You will surely find a lot of them in this month’s empties post...well, I will try to.....

1.  The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia & Salt ScrubI love love love this. Not a face scrub but a body scrub. This balmy scrub with its amazing smell can relax you anytime. You can read everything about it here. I finished it this month.
  • Repurchase – yes yes yes
  • Price - 1650 INR for 350 gm and it lasted for around 2.5 years!!! 

2. Iraya Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque – I like this one but not love it. Surely there is nothing impressive about it. There are issues with this one like – no ingredients list, not available easily. Also, it lasts only a month. I have kept mine in fridge the all time and luckily it last much much longer that way.
  • Repurchase - Well, finding this a big problem as there are no stores in my city and it is not available online. There is nothing great about this which will make me force someone in Delhi to send it to me.
  • Price - 175 INR for 100 gms. 

3. St Ives Apricot Cleanser – St Ives Scrubs are great so, when the SA showed me this cleanser to control oil, I grabbed it. It’s a very creamy cleanser with micro beads for mild cleansing effect. The beads are not abrasive. Works great for sensitive skin. I love the smell. Controls Oil to some extent. 
  • Repurchase – This product is not available in normal stores in India. I got it from a shop that stores imported products. I do not know if I will be able to find the exact same variant again in India. 
  • Price – Do not remember.

4. Lotus Herbals Claywhite Black Clay Skin Whitening Face Pack – It is my ‘Avatar’ face mask. Not that I cannot live without it but I ended repurchasing it many times. It does add a glow to face but basically it’s a clay mask with added blue color. Also, it dries very slowly. It takes around 15-20 minutes most times which is the longest of all face masks I have. I like it when I just need something on my face to relax. No long term effects for this. 
  • Repurchase- I discovered it back in 2008. I have repurchased it now and then but not back to back exactly. I repurchased it last year because I skin became too oily all of a sudden. I thought a clay mask will calm down my skin but it did nothing to control oil. As of now, I am not going to buy it for a long long time. I finished it this month.
  • Price – 225 INR for 120gm

May 29, 2013

Have You Exchanged Your Mascara Yet?

I was very excited from the day I got to know that Clinique is giving a free mascara sample in exchange of any old mascara.

Because, I end up changing my mascaras in few months, I was not sure I will be able to give any mascara to them. But, finally, I gave them my most used mascara to get this.

May 28, 2013

Cutest Hand Cream of The Block : The Face Shop Me: Ex Mini Pets Fruits Hand Cream Review

Cute Hand Cream :)

First, just stare at the cute tub. Just stare at it. 

Liked it?

I am sure you have seen cuter ones because these days the hand's creams are getting nicer by each passing day. Etude House ones are leading in the race but because EH is not in India, but we do have The Face Shop at Sephora, let's talk about this one.

There are total four variants available for this one. But, when I was at Sephora, I got confused and pleaded Mr. Boy for suggestions. 

My plan was to get the pink 'Floral'; he felt it was very boring. It surely was! Then, I smelt the 'sweet,' and it was just too sweet. Then, I thought of getting Baby when Mr. Boy pointed out that it is just like Johnson Baby Powder. Plus, the face looks sad. It is the white one. After this, without any further adieu, I picked Fruits because it was the only one left. At that point of time, I had no intentions of getting this one cancelled out. I had to get at least one. 


And no doubt that I liked this tub the most. I love orange/yellow cartoon characters - Pluto, Garfield, Pooh, name it. Does this make me a racist of any sort? I hope not.

The Face Shop Me: Ex Mini Pets Fruits Hand Cream Review

May 22, 2013

Best News For Gloss Lovers in India

I personally do not use gloss much because I already have huge lips which look odd when I wear gloss. The only gloss I use regularly (that too only during winters) are Maybelline Colorsensational Hooked on Pink and Touch of Toffee. I love them both and now, Maybelline has launched another one from the same range - Maybelline Colorsensational High Shine. Out of the 12 shades, 8 are now launched in India

Shades Available - Glisten Up Pink, One Shine Day, Electric Shock, Captivating Coral, Gleaming Grenadine, Raspberry Reflections, Plum Luster and Mirrored Mauve

Priced at 350 INR. 

These are already available at MedPlusBeauty. But do remember that their delivery service have deteriorated. It will be better if you buy from a local shop.


May 21, 2013

Sweet Hero : My Mild Scrub, Cleanser and Face Wash from Lotus Herbals

Long before the companies started with 'facial at home', '3 in one products', 'parlor type clean-up', there is an Indian company who nailed it. They had 

  • a scrub which had gentle beads helping you to get a moderate to heavy exfoliation
  • a scrub which cushiony medium which prevented over exfoliation plus helped the product to be used as a face mask
  • a scrub that has soap in it but very very less amount hence clarifying skin without drying it out. In fact, this is the only product with SOAP that I allow for my face. 

And you know what – all these there are actually ONE product.

But, you have never heard the company claiming at that way MAYBE because 

A. when it was launched two years back, there was no trend of multitasking product. For Eg - if anyone launch a tinted moisturizer now, then they will name it as BB cream because THAT is what is IN now! 

B. the company had a face wash and a mask from the same range. (both of them never take off – yet to find someone who considers any of them a HG product). 

Added to it, the marketing people decided to use the trend that is in India for decades – WE MAKE YOU FAIR! They added the terms WHITE and GLOW for the branding. Every one wanted to be fair in India. Whereas now, only few girls fall for the gori-gori claims and there many who will willingly never buy anything which even make a subtle claim of fairness. 

I, on the other hand ignore what the company claims, have a look at the ingredients, check the texture and buy products and so, I go this simply because most scrubs in India had SLS that point of time and this one listed it toward the end of the ingredients list meaning lesser quality. 

May 19, 2013

International Toiletry Co Caribbean Collection In Westside India

About a month back, I accidentally discovered very nice packaged bath products on one neglected corner of Westside. I thanked Tata Group for bringing these lovely products in India. The combinations areo great. These can surely compete with the class of The Body Shop at a much much much lower price

I badly wanted it share with you because of the very nice combination of fruits, but I could not take photos in the store. I came back and Googled about it. I only remember 'Caribbean something' but in Google I got everything from Pirates of Caribbean to Holidays in Caribbean to what not! 

I rolled my sleeves today and decided - "What ever be it, I am gonna get you today. Period."

And I found them in the Designer's website. 

The amazing variants available -
  • Coconut & Lime
  • Pink Grapefruit & Mandarin
  • Papaya & Strawberry
  • Mango & Passion Fruit
Product Range 
  • Exfoliating Shower Gel
  • Body Lotion
  • Soap
  • Hand Wash
  • Body Moisturizer 
  • and more...

May 17, 2013

Pages From Diary - The Incident That Proved That Something Is Wrong With Me

May 4, Around 8 PM - While going thought all the random photo in FB, I discovered that Erica darling have posted photos of Real Techniques Brush Sets. That surely means she might have found an amazing website that ships RT Brushes to India. Just FYI - RT brushes are loved a lot by everyone because they are affordable and great. And yes, this also means that RT is not available in India.

May 4, 8:45 PM - I found that Erica was online. So, I popped the question - "From where?" 

"My frnd got it 4 me" 
"*sad smiley* i am dying to get real techniques, no one ships it to India *sad smiley*"
" ships 2 India" 
"seriously ???? i am heading to the website now "
"Kool...u wont regret. .njoy"

May 4, 10:30 PM - Cart full of RT products, Burts Bees Gift Packages etc. Worried about what will I eat for the rest of the month if I spend it all in one go.

May 4, 11:30 PM and after - Planned to get UD Naked. So, pinged Erica again for suggestion. And after getting her views I decided to get only UD palettes - Naked and Naked 2. 

Okay..lets add one RT brush as well. Hmm let's get only the RT brush for now. Checkout. What? ~500 INR for tracking? How to un-select this? Ohh Man...Okay let's get more and more goodies to justify this extra charges.

May 5, 3 AM - Order Placed. 

May 15, 2013

Hairstyles With A Twist #TRESemmeRampReady

 The readers who read my blog for some time (Thank You :D ) clearly know how tough it is for me to get my pictures clicked.  But I badly wanted to participate but I could as I didn't had anyone to click pictures for me. And then it happened - 10 days back one of my cousin visited me for some study advice. She  only had 2 hours with here and as you have guessed by now - here is what we did in those 2 hours. Hope you enjoy -

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♥ Romantic Chignon With French Braid At Back ♥

This hairstyle complements my face and is great for summer. Instead of doing a simple chignon which might make you look like a cruel head mistress, the french braid adds softness to the look.

How To - Flip your hair, do a french from reverse till the start of your crown. Take all the left over hair and roll it to make the chignon of your own style.

♥ ♥ ♥

Sleek Lip 4 Palettes Are Now Available at Sleek.Com

After winning everyone’s heart with their eye shadow palettes, Sleek has launched lip palettes. Each palette houses 4 colors and most have the colors of same family or complementing class. I was excited from the day I saw that they were about to be launched and waited for these to launch -

Sleek Ballet - Tutu, Plie, Swan Lake and Pirouette

May 13, 2013

Hit The Pan

This is actually an appreciation post. A salute and a praise for the bloggers who do ‘empties’ post. At the start of very month they show the beautiful empty bottles which they have successfully finished. Inspired by all the beautiful bloggers who do empties post, I want to do empties post from now on. The beautifully lined up empty bottles just look yummy (no, I do not mean to eat any those empty shower gel bottles but I wanted to use the word and so, I used it. Do not write me a mail now to correct it! But you can mail me for other corrections. I always reply to each and every mail). 

Also, empties post is a way to read small review after they have finished up the ENTIRE product. Plus, at times it’s a way to catch up with the complete reviews as well which I might have missed in their blog. 

May 6, 2013

OOTD : Two Good

I could not resist anymore. This is another great click by Animesh from East Grad Fashion (link). I am yet to edit the photos of this OOTD but I love this photo and I could not wait more. God know when I will get any time to blog properly! Office is killing me.

May 5, 2013

Home for my Glasses

Even after sacrificing my first Aldo and Forever 21 sunglasses I was not ready to learn any lesson. I brought a new pair from Aldo and I continued to keep my sunglasses without any case which keeps on rolling in my bag all the time! But recently I saw this in the Aldo store and realized this is high time I should give my sunglasses a new home. (In case you need a case like this you can try normal sunglasses store but my sunglasses are huge and need a bigger home. I have seen similar cases and trendier ones in Miss Jo stores in Delhi. )

May 3, 2013

Friday Poll - Which Is Your Favorite BB Cream?

Hello Cupcakes,

I am doing this is a survey to find which BB cream/stick is loved by the girls in India. There are many in India as of now and maybe some more companies will also follow soon. (For example, Nivea BB cream is yet to come to India. They just launched the 3 in one thing so, let wait for a month or two more.)

Please let me know which BB cream touched your heart. (It was not possible for me to list out all the BB creams and I might have missed, so, please comment and let me know.) Please vote as I need the data for a special post that I am going to do for you. If you have anything more to share about BB creams then please comment and let everyone know.

Please Please Please VOTE

Which is your favorite BB Cream in India

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