Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vanity Cask Review - The Hair Edit

Vanity Cask is a new addition to the beauty boxes available in India and I'm glad to be reviewing it today! VanityCask comes with samples of products from luxury beauty brands and each box focuses on a theme catering to a different beauty category. Their previous box was skincare based while the the one presently available which I'm reviewing is the hair edition. I am obsessed with hair care so boy was I delighted to find a box containing hair products only. The best part is that I've tried all the samples in the box and am very happy with the products and can tell you what I think of them.

The box came with 5 deluxe sample from leading brands like Balmain, Moroccan Oil, Organics, Votre & The Nature’s Co and a booklet describing the products and the curation story of Vanity Cask.

Here's what the products are like -

Votre Rejuvenating Hair Oil With Rosemary Oil is a premium blend of natural oils with herbal extracts made to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Its ingredients include Jojoba oil, Almond oil, Rosemary oil, Jaswand extract, Bringraj, Hibiscus, & Lemongrass. I am not a fan of hair oils but gave it a go in spite of its strong burnt herbal smell and was pleasantly surprised to see that after keeping it on my hair for a few hours and washing it off, it made my hair softer, silkier and shinier. 

Nature's Co. Rosemary - Hibiscus Hair Mask is made of Amla, Rosemary, Hibiscus Powder and Methi Powders which are all fantastic for hair. It prevents hair loss, dandruff and controls premature graying of hair. It stimulates hair follicles, tones up your hair and makes it silky and shiny. This one smells weird too but is really good for hair because of its natural herbal ingredients.

Balmain Paris HairXpression Highlights in Elegant Brown feel natural and blend beautifully. These are made of high quality material and feel soft and just like real hair. They can be curled, colored and straightened. Since the extensions are curved, they  follow the shape of your head and give a natural fit and optimum comfort. My mom is a huge fan of extensions so these go to her.

Morocconoil Treatment Original needs no introduction. This wonderful product can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, it detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine—leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair. This little sample is perfect for traveling.

Organix Shampoo and Conditioner in Bamboo Fiber-Full and Moisture + Vitamin B5, Organix Shampoos are made of exotic ingredients and are all sulphate free which makes them excellent for your hair. I've used a different variant before and absolutely loved it. I still haven't had the chance to use these but I'm confident they will be great thanks to the numerous positive reviews I've read online.

Vanity Cask is priced at Rs 999, which is a very decent deal for such high quality premium brands and the quantities are enough for both traveling and sampling before you decide to buy the full sized product is. The best part is it makes a great gift too!

Overall, I'm very impressed with Vanity Cask and totally recommend you to try it out. Their next box will be focused on bath & body products and I'm really excited to try that one out too!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Envy Box February 2017

The February 2017 Edition of My Envy Box is the Indo-French edition and came with a mix of products from both countries. Sadly this month's box had four products instead of the usual five. 

But the good part is that three out of these four are full sized and are pretty good! I've already been using them so am quite pleased with the contents of this month's box. So as you can see, there's a full sized bottle of Votre Face Serum, Gulnare Gold Dust Highlighter and L'Oreal Kajal Magique Bold and the only sample product is the Avene Micellar Lotion

Starting off with my favorite product from the box which is surprisingly amazing - Votre Face Serum. I've tried other products from Votre before but they seemed quite meh to me and I'm not a big fan of their packaging as it doesn't look premium so I wasn't excited to see this serum in the box. I casually applied it instead of a moisturizer after a shower and went for my hot yoga class where one of the staff complimented me on how great my skin looks. Later in the evening at work, I casually touched my face and felt that my skin was really soft and told a colleague about it. When I reached home I told my mom about it and her reply was that she was just going to tell me that my skin looks really glowing and radiant. So there we go, three testimonials on day one of application so I can totally vouch for this product! Its amazing! The only con is that it's pricey at Rs 1670 for 12ml but I guess it will go a long way so it's worth it.

The second product I really liked is the L'Oreal Kajal Magique Bold. This pigmented black kajal is waterproof and stays for hours and hours without smudging. It has a creamy texture and glides on skin smoothly. I use it on my waterline and love the effect. Since kajal is a product all Indian women cannot live without, I think this is a very useful addition in My Envy Box. Priced at Rs 350

The third full sized product is the Gulnare Gold Dust Highlighter (Rs 950). This is a natural and organic product with a creamy base. It's a peachy gold color and can be used as a cheek stain, eyeshadow or lipstick. The only sample product is the Avene Micellar Water which is a 3-in-1 no rinse cleanser, toner and makeup remover. It is based on micelle principle that releases cleansing agents upon contact with skin leaving it soft and moisturized. Avene is a French brand and I've used Avene their sunscreen before so I know this one will not disappoint. 

Overall, I was quite pleased with this month's box. You can subscribe to My Envy Box here at Rs 850 per month.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

G&G Shinny Grey Review | Pinky Paradise

Hey hey! It's a new month and I'm back with a new contact lens review and a new hair color! You know how much I love colored lenses and in this post I'm reviewing G&G Shinny Grey which is also known as Puffy 3 Tone Grey. These are from a Korean brand called G&G which is also known as Dueba Barbie and I got these lenses from Pinky Paradise - a Korean circle lens online store which has a vast range of lenses in various colors, sizes and effects! 

Here's what they look like in the lens case -

So I have super dark brown eyes and I absolutely adore light eyes so I went for these gray lenses because they have a dramatic effect and they cover naturally dark eyes perfectly. And this is me when I'm not wearing lenses -

And here I am wearing G&G Shinny Grey lenses -

 These lenses have a dark limbal ring and a bluish gray all over with a burst of brown in the middle around the pupil so it basically gives you 3 shades thus the name Puffy 3 Tone.   

They also have a nice enlarging effect and since the color is very noticeable in both day and night, it is great for cosplayers too.

I've worn them for a long stretch and not had any discomfort for over 6 hours so they're great on the comfort factor. 

I was also bored of my previous hair color so decided to go for a copperish red this time and am loving this shade! It looks way more red in reality but sure is a fun shade! I'm no hairstylist but I actually did it myself at home so am proud of my hair coloring skills!


Overall, I really like these lenses and have even ordered them in brown. So come back in a couple of weeks to read about them on my blog!

Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.8mm & 8.9mm
Life Span: 1 year disposal

You can buy them here

Friday, January 27, 2017

Regal Indian Clothing At CraftsVilla

Friends and relatives living abroad have always told me about how difficult it is to find Indian outfits where they stay and even when they do, items are crazy expensive and there's very little variety to choose from. This got me looking for online stores stocking ethnic Indian fashion that ship internationally and I discovered Craftsvilla - a marketplace to "Discover Unique Indian Products". As I browsed the site, I was impressed to find a wide range of Indian ethnic outfits, jewelry, menswear, home decor and much more including handmade, organic and natural products from India.

Craftsvilla is the largest Indian online ethnic store and has a rich collection of clothing for both men and women. Besides apparel, they also have jewelry, bags and skincare. Since products are sourced from all over the country, their site connects local artisans and designers to global customers, making unique handcrafted products accessible to people all around the world. 


The lehenga is believed to have originated in the Mughal era when it was considered as a royal outfit.  It is essentially a three-piece ensemble which consists a long skirt, a fitted cropped blouse, known as a choli and a long scarf like garment called the dupatta. Since the lehenga is a very elegant and stylish garment, it is a popular choice for weddings or festive occasions like Diwali and Navratri and lehengas are usually made with rich luxurious fabrics in vivid colors, intricate embellishments and eye catching silhouettes to make the wearer look like a queen. Here are some really stunning lehengas from Craftsvilla that caught my eye  - 

Salwar Kameez 

Salwar Kameez or suit (as it's called in India) is the most popular and commonly worn Indian garment. This outfit consists of a long tunic called the kameez, trouser like bottoms called a salwar and the same long scarf like garment known as the dupatta. This versatile outfit is worn almost all over India, and is known for it's comfort and modest design. There are various styles of Salwar Kameez, with some being worn with fitted bottoms known as chudidars, some with palazzo style bottoms and ones with a grand flared frock style top. The salwar kameez is also worn by North Indian women of certain communities for their weddings. What makes this outfit a preferred choice of women across the nation is the fact that it can be worn for both casually, work and for special occasions.  Here are some really elegant and stylish salwar kameez sets I liked on Craftsvilla - 


 The saree is the most iconic Indian garment which can be recognized instantly. A saree is made of a single piece of fabric which can be between five to nine yards long. It is worn by wrapping one end around the waist and the other draped over the shoulder and is worn with a blouse and a petticoat to hold the bottom in place. Designed like a one shouldered gown worn with a blouse, this garment has stood the test of time and remains extremely popular among women for its elegance and figure flattering silhouette. There are various different types of sarees worn across different regions of India and there are numerous ways to drape a saree. From Craftsvilla, I loved these amazing sarees and the unique saree blouse designs they have - 

As you can see, Craftsvilla has really classy Indian ethnic wear which can be worn for various occasions. The best part is that they ship worldwide so you can get yourself an ethnic outfit no matter where in the world you are! I loved their designs and am sure you will too!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Choosing The Right Bridal Jewelry

Indian weddings are a lavish affair. From finding the right partner to the bridal trousseau for the big day; everything in a wedding require a lot of effort and hard work, Besides the outfit, another huge factor for every Indian bride is their jewelry for her big day. Since we Indians are obsessed with weddings and jewelry, you can just imagine how vital wedding trousseau jewelry is for the bride. 

When it comes to jewelry, one can choose from a wide range of options like kundan, jadau-polki, gold and diamonds but it is a confusing affair as no bride wants to look excessively blingy because of her elaborate outfit, but at the same time she wouldn't want her jewelry to be too light either. 

If you're getting hitched anytime soon and are having a hard time picking a diamond or getting gold jewelry designed, take a look at the following options that you can root for D day- 

The Classic Gold Necklace

 Gold ornaments are a classic favorite for Indian brides. If you love tradition and like going the conventional way, a majestic gold necklace like this one is all you need to complete you wedding outfit . This piece will look beautiful if you are wearing a scoop, V or a sweetheart neckline. Exuding the charm of fine craftsmanship, this piece is embedded with floral ruby and pearls motifs. This one can be bought by the coveted Hazoorilal Gold Jewellers who are exceptional with their work. 

The Timeless Diamond Necklace

 This diamond necklace is perfect for the avant-garde bride who is keen to wear unconventional colors on the cocktail or reception party. With its brilliant round cut diamond that is studded with a marquise cut and intrinsic hints of Zambian emerald, every girl will look impeccable wearing this necklace! Style it up with matching earrings on a crew or a boat neck saree blouse for a timeless and chic look.

Precious White Gold Earrings

When it comes to contemporary weddings, the appeal of white gold is the same as the time-honored gold. Many brides love this white gold as it has a modern appeal and can be worn effortlessly with western wear too, making it suitable for multiple occasions. Made with a string of diamonds, pearls and the beautiful Zambian Emeralds, this is a stellar piece to invest in. 

A Solitaire That Steals The Night

 The exchange of wedding rings is considered auspicious by many and since your wedding ring is supposed to stand on your fingers for a lifetime, it's always a good idea to invest on an exclusive one. This 18K white gold piece in a 2.07 Carat with a stunning cut is all things beautiful! Customize it as per your needs and steal the whole glamorous night away!

Scintillating Bangles

 Often passed down generations, bangles are truly a form of love. This enchanting bangle set is encrusted with vivid hues of rubies and diamond in various cuts on 18 K gold.

From wearing a burst of colors to minimalistic and dainty designs, Hazoorilal Legacy boasts of iconic jewelry designs which make the perfect bridal jewelry.  Whatever you choose, make sure you buy jewelry that celebrates you and your journey that lies ahead! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About Statement Sleeves

The runways have seen some major fresh vibes for the new year, and among the broad range of prints, palettes, textures and silhouettes that dominated the Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks across New York, London, Milan, and Paris, the one major trend spotted everywhere is the statement sleeve. Now I've been sick and tired of last year's cold-shoulder and lace-up trends for a while now so am glad that spring has something new for us in store. I'm excited about this trend because there is so much variety when it comes to sleeves so you won't be looking like one of those trend slaves or fashion clones (yes, I'm talking to all you girls who are still wearing lace up and cold shoulder) 

From bell-shaped, to bishop's sleeves, to flounce and ruffled, attention grabbing sleeves are stealing the spotlight this summer and boy am I excited! I've always had a thing for statement sleeves because they add a strong edge to the clothing. India's leading multi brand store Shoppers Stop is the perfect site to find statement sleeved clothes from leading international brands. Read on to see the different types of sleeves that will be trending this summer.


Whether it's formal blouses or casual tops, statement sleeves look fantastic on all types of tops. Here is some fabulous outfit inspiration for you to incorporate statement sleeves in your wardrobe - 

    Bell Sleeves
Fitted on the shoulder and flaring out towards the wrist, bell sleeves are perfect on both bohemian clothes and modern outfits. To wear statement bell sleeves in style, keep the rest of your look minimal. A simple silhouette in a neutral color palette is all you need to finish this look.


Ruffled Sleeves
Ruffled sleeves are fun, romantic and attention loving. Pair ruffle sleeve tops with simple bottoms like fitted pants to keep the look stylish and chic, rather than looking over-the-top.


Dramatic sleeves look amazing on dresses too. For a fun and flirty look, invest in knee length or shorter dresses with statement sleeves. If you want to go all out, statement sleeves look fantastic on longer, formal dresses too and will definitely make you stand out of the crowd.

Make sure you check out the brand new collection at Shoppers Stop to add some statement sleeves to your wardrobe! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Envy Box January 2017

The January Edition of My Envy Box is the Party Edition and came with an assortment of amazing beauty products and cosmetics. Unfortunately my camera was acting up so I couldn't manage to click very nice pictures :(

This month's box got me very happy because for the first time in a while, I loved all the products which came in it. What's even better is the fact that all of them are full sized. There's a lip gloss and a mascara from the German cosmetics brand Essence, a Radiance lotion by Cheryl's Cosmeceuticals,  and Hedonista hair perfume and a 5 fragrance sample kit from Bombay Perfumery. Read on to know more about these - 

Starting off with Hedonista, a brand founded by a friend of mine who has done a fantastic job with a range of remarkable handmade and organic products for bath, body, hair, skin and fragrances. I've tried a bunch of their products and all are exceptionally good. What makes Hedonista stand out from the crowd is the fact that their products are so unique and niche compared to what other brands offer. Hedonista Hair Perfume is a water based formula with notes of geranium, lemon and clary sage for a pleasant and uplifting fragrance. I loved its fragrance and light formula and the fact that this is one of the very few hair perfumes available in India.

The first product is the Essence XXXL Shine Lip Gloss in 'Bright Side Of Life' which is a pretty peachy pink lip color. I tried it on and was delighted with its finish, glossiness and texture. It has a pleasant fragrance and can be worn by itself or on top of lipstick. The other product by Essence is the Lash Mania Reloaded False Lash Mascara. I haven't tried it yet but have read lots of positive reviews about it so can't wait to wear it when I go out this weekend.

Another product I'm keen to try is the Cheryl's Cosmeceuticals O2C2 Radiance Lotion. My aunt owns a salon and has been personally using Cheryl's products for a couple of years now and she told me long ago that they are great so I'm looking forward to using this one.  

Lastly, there's the Female Fragrance Kit by Bombay Perfumery, a fragrance house from the city itself. This set consists of 3 feminine fragrances and 2 unisex ones. I sniffed at a few of them and quite liked them. Can't wait to use them. 

Overall, this was a great start to the year by My Envy Box and I loved this box. I'm looking forward to see what they have in store for us for the rest of the year!

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