Monday, March 27, 2017

My Envy Box March 2017

The March Edition of My Envy Box was a pretty floral printed white box and came with six goodies instead of the usual five. This month's box was an interesting mix of skincare, hair care, fragrance, makeup and wellness out of which four were full sized so it was a really good deal. Read on to see the products inside!


This month's box is what I would describe as wholesome as it covered all categories of female interest and the full sized packages are perfect for traveling and multiple uses. The only downside is that all of them are Indian brands barring one. Starting off with body care, there's Neemli Naturals Coffee and Cocoa Body Wrap. I'm a bit confused with this product because the name is body wrap while the instructions say you need to apply it on your face. I haven't used it yet but I guess I'll stick to what the name says and use it on my body. 


Moving on to the fragrances, there were two samples of floral fragrances from All Good Scents - Rose and Jasmine. I've reviewed the fragrance Tender from this brand in the past (check out the post here) and think they make very affordable fragrances for daily use. Out of these two, the rose smells quite decent but since I have a strong aversion to the fragrance of all this Jasmine, I don't like the other one for the obvious reason. 


Besides the mix of beauty products I mentioned wellness in the introduction of this post is because we also got sachets of Gardner Street Glow Green Tea with Hibiscus and Marigold. I am not a fan of green tea so I passed these to my mum who quite liked it. 


For hair and skincare, there's a full sized bottle of Evoya Hair Nutrient which is enriched with Egg Oil. The product has good reviews, especially for hairfall but I am yet to try it. For skincare, there's a full sized tub of  Wikka Beauty Potion which is anti ageing skincare product enriched with essentials oils like Chamomile German, Patchouli, Rosemary and Avocado which help in reducing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles to make your skin look and feel younger. I use this once in a while and quite like it because of its gel like consistency and non greasy texture.  


The only international brand product in the box is the makeup product which is Essence Lipliner which I got in shade Honey Berry, a nice shade of pink. The only thing I don't like about My Envy Box including Essence products is that the box should essentially contain prestige or premium products and Essence is one of the cheapest brands of makeup available in the market which is more suitable for teens and college girls. 


Overall a decent box with a good quantity of products. I would have been happier if it had more international premium brands instead of so many local ones. Lets hope the next box fulfills my wish!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

VLCC Style Statements Pune

VLCC Pune recently organized a fun event called VLCC Style Statements. Founded in 1989 by Vandana Luthra, VLCC offers all types of salon beauty services along with laser, dermatological and slimming services. The event was essentially a bloggers meet and was attended by many fashion and beauty bloggers of the city. It was a fun and informative event as we got to know about all the various services offered by them along with pampering ourselves! The event started with an introduction of the brand and a tour of the VLCC Wellness Center located in Koregaon Park.


Their marketing head educated us all about the various hair treatments, nail and eyelash extensions, body contouring and dermatological services that one can avail at VLCC. She also told us about the various technologies used at VLCC to target skin, hair and slimming related issues. They also have specialized treatments for skin like chemical peels, microneedling with radio frequency, botox and threadlift for smooth wrinkle free skin.



 I was surprised to know that at VLCC you can get the much talked about Vampire facelift which is used by Hollywood celebrities. In this procedure, platelet rich plasma (a form of plasma taken from your own blood which is enriched with platelets and growth factors) is applied to your face with a dermaroller. This encourages cellular growth, stimulates healing and imparts a youthful appearance to skin. This was followed by an interactive Q&A session where she resolved all our hair, skin and slimming related queries.



We were also treated to foot massages which was absolutely blissful and left me super rejuvenated since I drive for over an hour and half daily and spend 12 hours in heels.



VLCC also makes a wide range of personal care products for skin care, hair, slimming and functional foods like supplements. These products are displayed at the center and can be purchased there.


The event was followed by a high tea and some very yummy fruits.


I had a great time at the event and was delighted to know about the vast range of services VLCC offers. What really excited me is that they carry out eyelash extensions and I am going to try it out very soon and will share my experience on the blog!


If you have any skin, hair or slimming related issues, I recommend you to visit your nearest VLCC as they provide targeted and personalized solutions for each customer!

Find out more about VLCC's services on their blog at www.vlccwellness.com/india/blog 

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Top Engagement Ring Trends 2017

If you're getting hitched anytime soon or love wearing rings, this post is for you! Now when it comes to rings, classic designs like a single solitaire will always remain timeless and stylish but if you want something unique and eye catching in style, it's time for you to discover the latest ring trends for 2017. An engagement ring is a very important piece of jewelry in your life so you should choose one that reflects and compliments personality and style. 

I recently discovered Gold24.in - an international jewelry online store which sells high-quality jewelry from all over the world and found an amazing variety of elegant and unique rings reflecting the latest trends of this year. Here are the trends -

Open Rings
Stylish, fun and unique, open rings are the hottest jewelry trend on the market. These contemporary pieces make the perfect statement due to their original design and eye-catching look. If you like being bold and making a style statement, choose an open ring to stand out of the crowd. 

Stacked Ring
Stacked rings are great because they give you extra sparkle on your finger! Whether its pairs, trios or quadruples of blingy bands, these look-at-me pieces look very grand. Stacked rings often come in a PavĂ© (pronounced “pa-vey”) setting like the rings below which consists of a lot of small gemstones attached to the jewelry by droplets of metal. As a result, the surface of the piece with such a setting looks like it has been paved with diamonds or other stones.
Clusters
Clusters of stones of different sizes make a ring interesting and unique. As you can see on the ring below, intricate details on the sides of your band mean your ring will look amazing from all angles. The chain-link style of this setting symbolizes the eternal bond of marriage and looks modern at the same time. 
Mixed Metal
These multi-colored pieces are highly sought after for their unique style and their versatility. Crafting the perfect mixed metal ring is an art—the design must allow these precious metals to exist in perfect harmony with each other. The ring below is a beautiful example of mixed metal and looks grand and graceful. 
 
Halo settings 
A halo ring consists of a row of sparkling gems that draw attention to the beauty of your center stone and make it look bigger! From intricate, vintage-inspired designs to geometric blinged-out halos, the options are endless.

More about Gold24

 After a presence of over 7 years Ukraine and then Russia, Gold24 is now present in the Indian market. They have a wide range from affordable fashion jewelry to exclusive premium precious jewelry from designer houses like Versace, Gucci, and Cacharel. They also have popular Indian jewelry brands like Gitanjali, Candere and Surat Diamonds among many others. Top international watch brands, including Fossil, Morellato, Kenneth Cole and Diesel. Besides the online store, they also have a standalone store at Lower Parel in Mumbai so you can visit the store and shop from there too. 

They offer fashion, silver, diamond and precious jewelry for women along with jewelry for men and children. They offer free shipping, lifetime warranty and many other great offers and deals along with returns too. So at Gold24, there's something for everyone to create the perfect amalgamation of budget-friendly as well as high-end jewelry and watches.

They offer jewelry in four main categories of fashion, silver, diamond and precious jewelry. Besides jewelry for women, they also have pieces for men and children.  They offer free shipping, lifetime warranty and many other great offers and deals along with returns too

Here's some celeb ringspiration for you -

Carrie Underwood wears a canary diamond ring with a diamond halo and pave shank


Jennifer Aniston's engagement ring is a stunning enormous six carat emerald cut diamond


Jessica Biel's engagement ring is a square-cut diamond surrounded by two rows of smaller stones and aquamarines


Sofia Vergara wears a huge halo diamond engagement ring


Let me ask you the age old jewelry debate. What do you prefer? Gold or Silver?

Let me know in your comments below. 

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Faces Ultime Pro Face Palette in Fresh Review

Faces Canada recently launched the Ultime Pro Face Palette which can help you perfectly contour your face for flawless definition for a glowing and sculpted look.  This amazing 3-in-1 face palette helps you blush, contour and highlight your features on the go. It consists of a bronzer, illuminator and blush in a sleek and compact travel-friendly pack.  It comes in a slim black palette with a transparent lid and can easy fit into a tiny bag too. This palette is available in two variants, Fresh and Glow and I'm reviewing the Fresh palette here.


From left to right - The bronzer is a perfect blend of iridescent pigments that give you a radiant and fresh glow along with a healthy looking complexion. The blush is light dusty pink which gives your cheeks a natural looking glow. It gives a silky smooth application and has a lightweight texture that blends perfectly on your skin and lasts all day long. The illuminator adds shimmer and radiance and homogeneity to the skin.


All three powders have a very fine texture and don’t look or feel chalky and glide on skin smoothly. They all have very a subtle shimmer effect that adds a glow to your face. Pigmentation wise, the bronzer is very light shade so this palette is good for fair skinned girls. If you have a wheatish complexion then you should choose the Glow palette instead of this one.


The illuminator is the most pigmented and gives a nice shimmery glow to skin without looking over the top. The blush is a beautiful pink color as you can see in my picture. A notable thing I really like about this product is that it smells amazing! Like some sort of exotic incense! Usually you don't expect such products to have a fragrance but this one does and its really nice. 


This palette is priced at Rs 899 and is quite worth it as you get three products for the price of one so I totally recommend it if you're a makeup lover.

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!


GIANT PHOTO ALERT!


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!

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

You can buy them here

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