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!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Neo Cosmo 3 Tone Brown Review | Klenspop.com

As you may know by now, I'm addicted to colored lenses and love wearing a different color daily. This time I got Neo Cosmo 3 Tone Brown from Klenspop, a Korean online lens store which manufactures and sells a wide range of colored and circle lenses. I love the fact that their shipping is super fast and that they have the cutest packaging ever. What's even better is that each pair comes with a case and plastic tweezers so that you can take them out easily from the glass vials. 


My natural eye color is a very dark brown which is barely visible so I always prefer going lighter. Here's what I look like without lenses-


And now here's Neo Cosmo 3 Tone Brown. Its a beautiful shade of dark brown which is incredibly natural looking and is very flattering. 

Outdoors in Sunlight
Outdoors in shade

Here's how they look up close - 

I get a lot of compliments for these and no one even realizes that they are colored lenses! Another factor which is amazing about these is that they are super comfortable and I wear them for over 9 hours at work in front of a computer and yet feel no discomfort. I totally recommend you to check out Klenspop for all types of colored and circle lenses as I've been getting lenses from them for a long time. 

SUMMARY

Diameter: 14mm
BC: 8.6mm
Usage Period: 6 months
Water Content: 45%
Power: All except  -0.25, -0.75 -5.25 -5.75
Manufacturer: LENSPOP
Origin: KOREA

You can buy it here 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Kidswear For The Wedding Season!

Weddings are a wonderful occasion that call for celebrations and bring joy everyone around.  With beautiful people draped in majestic clothes, grand decor at the venue and camaraderie among guests, it's a well known fact that weddings are HUGE in India. I recently attended three weddings of three close friends of mine in the past three months and got a bunch of beautiful Indian outfits especially designed for these (some of which I'll be posting on the blog real soon!). Besides having a great time catching up with all my friends at the weddings and all of us being dressed up in gorgeous ethnic wear, I also couldn't help but notice how cute little boys and girls looked in their ethnic outfits for these weddings. 

 That's when I wondered how it must be a notoriously difficult task to find wedding garments for the children of the houses. And in today's ages, children’s clothing has come a long way and there is a lot of variety from many designer and high street labels like H&M and Zara. But when it comes to traditional Indian outfits, these brands obviously are of no use. With this curiously, I asked the mother of one very dapper looking little boy at my best friend's wedding last month, and was surprised to know that his outfit was actually bought online from a website called Kidology.in 
Every fashionable mom would love to have her little one dressed up in a designer outfit for a family wedding and Kidology is the perfect place for her to do so. The site has adorable clothes for special occasions like weddings, birthdays and festivals, all designed by famous designers like Gauri & Nainika, Siddhartha Tytler, Gaurav Gupta, Maya Nocon and more. From traditional and exquisite ethnic wear to contemporary and elegant dresses and gowns, they have a wide range of clothing for girls and boys. 


I checked out their site and fell in love with many of the outfits because they are so super cute. Kidology styles incorporate Indian, western and fusion designs along with contemporary designs in high quality fabrics and exquisite tailoring. I was also impressed to read they they pay special attention to fit and comfort with the use of non-abrasive fabrics and adjustable features. I think this is particularly necessary because as a kid, I used to refuse to wear prickly sweaters or anything too pokey and though I've not been a kid for two decades, I still have major issues about lots of fabrics.

 
Anyway getting back to the main topic, here are some tips for you to consider while choosing wedding wear for your little ones - 

 Boys -
Look for the Sherwani sets with vests or simple kurta pajama sets that can be teamed up with vests in radiant hues. Items that have subtle detailing on the vests or jackets are trending at the moment. Dhoti-jackets are also an investment piece that can make your little boy look dashing! As for colors, go for golden, reds and blue! 

Girls

Girls have an abundant of choices to choose from! You could pick a western gown for events like cocktail and reception. For occasions like the main wedding day, dress them up in something more traditional like anarkalis, embellished shararas or brocade lehengas. They have lots of cute bright pink pieces which is a fantastic color for Indian outfits. 

When it comes to colors, children look the best in fun and bright hues so make sure you pick up something vibrant for your little one. Also, check out their Festival section which has super cute designs which are great for weddings too.  So if you're a mom or are friends with one, make sure to check out Kidology and pick designer wear for your little one. After all, as a parent, you are the sole stylist for your kids :). 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Faces Ultime Pro Intense Gel Kajal Review

FACES Canada recently launched the Ultime Pro Intense Gel Kajal which has a highly pigmented creamy formula which glides on skin instantly and gives a wonderful color payoff. The product also comes with a smudger for blending and creating a smoky look which is what I think this product is perfect for. Thanks to its creamy formula and intense gel finish, the product needs one stroke application and lasts for a very long time.


Priced at Rs 549, this gel liner is quite affordable compared to other liners in the market and has a beautiful finish with a intensely pigmented matte black color. The formula is also does not irritate the eyes. It lasts for over 6 hours but unfortunately it smudges a lot so I do not recommend this product if you want to use it as an eyeliner. However, if you want to create a smokey eye look, this product will outlast your black eye shadow since its get formula lasts really long. Thus, this product is actually a great substitute for black eye shadow and is the perfect thing you need to create a smokey look. 


Overall, I think this product should be marketed as an eye shadow since it's long lasting and is great for a smokey eye effect! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

How To Take Care Of Stockings

Since winter is here, we can finally layer up and add elements like stockings or tights as you may call them depending on where in the world you are. I'll stick to stockings as that's what we call them here in India. I personally love them as they add a great statement and give even the simplest outfit a glamorous look. Check out of my favorite winter outfits here where I'm wearing an interesting pair. You can wear stockings anytime, anywhere depending on the color, texture, pattern and thickness and moreover they never go out of style. But then again, we also know that they are very delicate and once snagged or ripped, the most amazing pair is absolutely useless unless you want to wear it on Halloween as a part of your costume. So here are some tips for you to care of your stockings when washing them - 


Place them in a pantyhose washing bag:

While washing stockings in a washing machine, keep them in a pantyhose washing bag to keep them from getting stretched, torn, tangled or caught while the machine is spinning. 

Or wash them gently by hand:

Wash your stockings manually with your bare hands. To wash them, use mild detergents and avoid those that contain bleach. Hot or warm water will loosen up the material and cause stretching, so wash them in cold water to keep your stockings intact. 

Trim your fingernails or keep them away:

While washing stockings, your fingernails must be trimmed. Ragged nails can beget a hole or a run in your stocking leaving it unwearable. Or if you ain’t got time to trim your nails, wear gloves to cover your nails and then go ahead to clean them.

Use an online laundry service:

Using online laundry service is the best option as it keeps you from going wacky while doing the laundry especially when it come to delicate things like stockings. Relying on online laundry can make it a lot more easier. Just hand over your stockings and other dirty clothes to them and let them do the job for you.

Always have a backup:

The last and the most important tip would be to always buy an extra matching pair of stockings so that just in case you're in a rush, you can wear a clean new pair and be ready to go. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MyFitFuel MFF Whey Protein 80 Review

MyFitFuel MFF Whey Protein 80 is a heavy duty protein powder by the brand My Fit Fuel. This  powerful product is a fantastic supplement that aids in boosting your workouts and gives you strength along with increased endurance and muscle repair. Made of high quality imported and tested instantized whey protein concentrate, this multipurpose product can be consumed as a meal replacement or a protein supplement for weight loss or weight gain. Whey is one of the two major protein found in cow’s milk (whey protein accounts 20% percent of protein found in raw milk rest 80% is casein).

This product does not contain any fillers, thickeners or cheap amino acids and is very low in carbohydrates and fats which make it the perfect choice for lean muscle growth and muscle recovery. MFF Whey Protein 80™ contains high source of branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) and Glutamic acid. These are linked to protein synthesis in our muscles and help targeted muscles by reducing the muscle breakdown, and encouraging muscle growth and repair. This also helps your body to recover quickly and build muscles more effectively.


This review is actually on behalf of my S.O becuase he underwent a grueling physical fitness course for a month and consumed MyFitFuel MFF Whey Protein 80 on a daily basis and saw fantastic results. In spite of intense workouts for long periods of time and very little rest, he felt energized and faced no muscle pain or fatigue. This product aided him greatly during the workouts and he found it very helpful for muscle recovery too.

Taste & Texture
He tried the German Chocolate flavor which is absolutely chocolaty and delicious. The product mixes in water very easily with a smooth and consistent texture. You can have it with milk for a thicker texture. 

 Ingredients :
Whey Protein Concentrate, Cocoa, Permitted Nature Identical Flavours and Sucralose 


Nutritional Facts:
Serving Size - 32g(1 scoop)
Energy -120 kcals
Total Fat - 1.9g
Sodium - 60 mg
Carbohydrates - 4.5g
Protein - 23g
Sugar - 0g
Cholesterol - 45 mg

Usage:
Pour 200-250ml of water in a blender and add 1 scoop of MFF Whey Protein 80™. Shake it for 15-20 seconds and consume immediately. Use less liquid for a stronger and thicker shake.


Verdict
This is a fantastic product which provides adequate protein and nutrition in your diet. Since every scoop of MFF Whey Protein 80 contains 80% protein by volume, it is helpful for athletes, bodybuilders and sports players to repair and grow their broken muscle tissues. The remaining 20% contains Lactose, a small amount of Fats and vitamins and minerals to replenish nutrients lost during physical activity. So this combination of proteins and other nutrients helps our muscles to recover better specially post workouts and I totally recommend it to my readers.

Monday, December 05, 2016

My Envy Box November 2016

You might have noticed that I always post My Envy Box reviews pretty late. The reason behind this is that I actually prefer using the products in the box and then writing a review rather than writing a post without being able to give you my verdict. So after two weeks of using some of these products, here's my review of the November Envy Box. 



 So the November box is called the Handmade edition as it contains all handmade products that are organic and chemical free. Another great part is that they are all full sized products! The downside? None of them are by well known prestige or premium brands. I've tried a few of the products let me tell you about those.



You can see the three winners in the box for me below. I love The Green Meadow Lip Butter which is an organic lip balm made of nourishing ingredients like beeswax, mango butter, coconut oil, almond oil and smells like a vanilla scented candle. It's free of artificial flavor, fragrance, preservatives, parabens and sugar. The texture is thick and waxy and a little bit goes a long way. This is a great product for winter and does a good job to keep lips moisturized. Its priced a bit steep at (Rs 400 for 14gm) but I like it because it does its job well.

Next up is is the Cane Sugar with Kokum butter Lip Scrub by Vert. This scrub is enriched with the goodness of beeswax, olive Oil, almond Oil, kokum butter, white sugar and cocoa powder which makes it almost good to eat. It's 100% vegetarian, natural and preservative free. It does a great job with exfoliating lips and heck, I even used it all over my face. Its a really nice product but again priced quite steep for the quantity (Rs 450 for 10gm)  

Then there's the Neemli Naturals Shea Butter Body Polish, a body scrub that combines raw organic sugar, shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil with essential oils of rose, sandalwood, geranium and lemon which make it fabulous for skin. It smells amazing and leaves skin soft and exfoliated. But yet again, I think it's priced quite steep (Rs 900 for 50gm) And being a body product, you need quite a bit to cover all of yourself with this so it would be better if they jars in bigger sizes available.



What I haven't used yet is the Aerth Naturals Hair Protein Pack with Spiked Ginger Lily and Soybean. I've read reviews that it smells awful but does a good job. I haven't had the time to use it but will try it soon as I'm a sucker for hair products and am obsessed with my hair!


The other product I didn't try is the Fuschia Verve Face Mask - Kiwi & Asparagus. I'm not a big fan of face masks because I'm lazy and somehow feel that effects of masks are very temporary. However, that is my personal opinion and I've read really positive reviews about the product so it seems promising.


Overall, this month's box had a bunch of good products which are really good for skincare and the total price of these is way more than what the box costs so it is a great purchase. I've been a fan of My Envy Box for a long long time now and totally recommend you to subscribe to it!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#LightTheWorld - 25 Days in 25 Ways

Hello there!I’m really happy to tell you that I'm participating in a Worldwide Day of Service Campaign from December 1st! This month long effort is a part of the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign to bring about goodness during the holiday season and serve and live as Christ lived. We can celebrate his birth by following his life, his teachings and his example to make the world a brighter place. These 25 days give you the opportunity to serve anyone you want, anywhere you want.  

Watch this wonderful video below for more about this campaign - 


The way I personally do it is through prayer, compassion, kindness and helping others. Not very difficult. Is it? Service isn't restricted to religious activities but also consists of daily acts of kindness and being a good human being. Over the next 25 days of December, I would love it if you would join me and incorporate some simple acts of kindness to Light The World.

To help you understand what you can do over these 25 days, here's the calendar below to give you some ideas -  (download the printable PDF here


Join me and discover the joy of serving, helping and giving! Use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD on social media when you share!

Read more about the whole initiative at Mormon.org

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cozy Ways To Spend Winter Nights

Winter has come and as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, I get closer to wanting to feel all warm and snugly. Some of you must be feeling blue with the idea of staying at home and stressing your mind on what to do. But it doesn't need to be an all-day drag when there are many fun activities at hand.

Feel the fire


 Few things are as pleasant as spending cold winter nights cozily close to a fireplace while sipping hot chocolate. A warm fire offers a comfortable and entertaining way to spend some time relaxing. Sit near your fireplace, and let the warmth of the fireplace kiss you.

Take a hot water shower 


Ever wondered what heaven on earth feels like? Yes, that’s right. A hot water shower or bath on cold night can make you feel like you’re in heaven. You can set up a spa like environment in your bathroom. You can personalize it by decorating your bathroom in a cozy, romantic and a little rustic style with candles and aromatic bath salts.

 Add entertainment to your life

I like to go out but sometimes its nice to stay at home and feel cozy, watch classic movies, favorite series, play games and specially when its winter and you’re at home you cannot miss out on paying online bingo. You can try the GameVillage online bingo site and check out the GameVillage Promotions to get the best out of it.

 Bake winter delicacies


 Variation in food is necessary, and when its winter, a daily routine meal is not enough. Make your winter days special by adding hot chocolate in desserts, try some baking experiments at home and share your delicious creations with your loved ones.

 Be a reader or a writer - you choose


Books take us to another world. A world of fiction, thrill and drama. Reading books on a winter nights is one best thing. And for a change, if you do not prefer reading books, then you can surely write one (or just give it a try).


Whether you are snuggling in front of the fire or piling on the extra blankets at night, be sure to keep warm and try out these cozy ideas.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bangkok Shopping Guide

Whenever you hear Bangkok, the first thing that comes to every woman's mind is shopping! From glistening air-conditioned malls to busting street markets, Bangkok offers every shopaholic more bang for their baht. If you're planning to go to Thailand, make sure you reserve 2-3 days (and a spare suitcase) for all your shopping. It’s no secret that shopping is an integral contributor to Bangkok tourism. This posts lists malls that stock Thai apparel so I'm not including malls which have international brand stores like Forever 21 or Zara as those chains are present in all major countries and keep the same kind of stock everywhere. 

Important tourist attractions to make the most of your holiday:

Platinum Mall


Platinum Fashion Mall is the largest and most famous wholesale shopping destination in Bangkok. There are hundreds of stores selling women's fashion and super cheap prices. Being a wholesale mall, you get better deals if you buy larger quantities. However, note that there are no changing rooms here but they provide measuring you with tapes. You can also check with the shop owners if an exchange is possible in case what you buy doesn't fit you. In case you plan to visit Bangkok, you have to file in your application for Tourist Visa. With the visa you can stay in Bangkok for a span of 30 days or maximum up to 60 days.
  
Union Mall


Union Mall is similar to Platinum Mall, but is more spacious and well organized. It's a popular spot for hangout for Thai college girls because its designs are different compared to Platinum and it's less crowded. Items are slightly more expensive but their quality speaks for itself. There are many dressing rooms unlike Platinum and MBK so you can try out everything before you buy it.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

 

Chatuchak Weekend Market is also known as Jatujak or JJ Market, and it is the largest market in Thailand.  The market has more than 5000 stalls selling a wide array of products including clothing for men and women, accessories, footwear, household items, handicrafts and much more. It is hot here so do wear light clothing. If you are able to conquer the heat here, I’m sure you will be able to get a lot of stuff. The Chatuchak is a tourist attraction in itself, with over 200 000 people visiting each day! It is popular among both local Thais, foreigners living in Bangkok and tourists.

MBK Shopping Centre

MahBoonKrong or MBK, is one of the oldest and best known shopping malls in Bangkok. MBK Center is Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and busy with shoppers every day. There are eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. 

Siam Square

Popular with young, funky looking Thais, Siam Square is known for its youthful and trendy selection of fashion items. This is where you can find the coolest shops and indie boutiques that stock local designer labels as well as clothes, accessories, shoes, electronics and beauty products. The square consists of a number of small, indoor shopping centres and markets, separated by high streets and little boutique shops outdoors. Unlike Platinum Fashion Mall, the material and design of the apparels here are of higher quality and are usually available in limited pieces

Terminal 21


Terminal 21 is an upmarket shopping mall located next to Asok BTS Station. This mall has a unique airport theme where each floor of the mall is based on the theme of well-known cities like London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Istanbul. Both tourists and locals flock to this mall for its wide variety of unique stores & local designer apparel.


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