Saturday, May 31, 2014

Eye Love - Lenskart

As I've mentioned numerous times, I'm pretty blind and cannot live without my glasses and contact lenses. And this post is about a handy site which was made for a person like me! is an Indian online store for eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, prescription lens and powered sunglasses. They have a wide range of eyewear from various brands all across the world for men, women and children. Lenskart eyeglasses include varieties that are rimmed, rimless, half rim and for reading while their range of sunglasses has various shapes and styles in different colors. Whether you're looking for a pair of aviators, cat eyed, wayfarer, oval, round or rectangular frame, Lenskart India has got it. 

A lot of people may have apprehensions about ordering eyewear online but Lenskart makes it all so amazing and simple. The site has detailed information about each frame type, material, bridge size, temple size and eye size. It also gives you a virtual try on option where you can upload your photograph and see how it looks on you. This tool, known as the virtual eyewear studio, is really cool as you can rotate and tilt your photo and the eyewear and place it perfectly to see whether it suits you. And in case you don't have a webcam there are various pictures of models of different face shapes which would give you a better idea of how it would look on you. This is a really stellar feature as it really helps customers clear all their doubts before making a purchase. I don't have a webcam so I uploaded a photo of myself to check out how this pair of Raybans would look on me. Nice, right? Time to save up! Or maybe not, since they even have an EMI option to purchase eyewear!

Lenskart's virtual try on feature
Besides these amazing features, what makes it India's best eye wear web store is that they also provide a home eye check up service, prescription lens replacement service and a super cool home try on service. Bonus services they have are an exchange program with your old eyeglasses and a referral program where if which gives you Rs 1000 off on your next purchase when a friend you referred buys something from their site

For contact lens wearers like me, they have numerous brands with lots of options and even stock colored lenses! I have a bunch of friends who've bought lots of funky glasses from Lenskart and they loved the products and service. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they are way cheaper than physical optical stores and give you a superb range of styles and brands compared to them. 

So if you're based in India and looking for a great eyewear solution, is the site to check out! Would you buy eyewear online or prefer to shop the traditional way?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Envy Box - May 2014

My May Envy Box arrived a few days ago and I was delighted by its contents. For those of you visiting my blog for the first time, My Envy Box, is a beauty box with samples of luxury skincare, hair products and perfumes, priced at a very reasonable Rs 850 a month. If you like a certain product, you can buy its full sized version from the same site and that too at a special discount, making it a wonderful way to try it before you buy it. Just like last month, the May box was also an adorable shade of pink.

The products in this month's box were -

Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32 

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum 

ZA True White Cleansing Foam

H2O+ Spa Hand and Nail Cream

I was hoarding most of the samples from my previous boxes for a vacation but now that I've given up on that ever happening, I've started using a lot of them and they are all fantastic! The only products I've kept aside are the sun protection ones as I'm hoping I'll head to a beachy place some day this year (fingers crossed) so this sample of Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32 is stocked away in my drawer.

The H2O+ Spa Hand and Nail Cream is fanatastic! I love its smell and texture and they've given a very generous sized sample too!

Innisfree is a Korean beauty brand which entered India recently and this  Green Tea Seed Serum has rave reviews and moisturizes like a pro. Am saving this one for now!

Like I mentioned last month, Za (pronounced as zee-ei) is a brand under Shiseido which was launched in India very recently. This month's box had a sample of its True White Cleansing Foam which has the same pleasant fragrance as the Day Cream we got last month. I used it yesterday and loved its effect on my skin. Its a great face wash! I totally recommend it to all my readers.

How did you like the products I got in this month's Envy Box? Do you subscribe to any beauty box? 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Make Money While You Shop Online With Cashkaro

As couponing and online shopping are booming in India, here's a handy site I discovered that not only offers savings, but also gives you cash back on your purchases. is a website that enables its members to get a percentage of their money spent on online shopping back into their accounts. They provide shoppers with cashback and coupons for India's top shopping websites like Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong and 500 more. So for one to earn Cashback, all you have to do is shop at a retailer like say, Myntra through Cashkaro and you can earn up to Rs 240 Cashback on an order worth Rs 400, that’s over 50% savings right there! Similarly, they have over 500 such fashion brands which includes Koovs, Limeroad, FashionAndYou, Fashionara and many more.

Unlike other coupon sites, not only do you get the instant coupon savings but you also get Cashback and this makes us them most rewarding website in India. Their parent company is based in the UK, which gives shoppers access to many international sites like Expedia,, Hilton and many more. 

That's not all, besides fashion, also covers a large number of shopping options for beauty, mobile phones, electronics, books, home stuff and even offers travel and restaurant deals. The best part is that this website is absolutely free to use so there are no admin fees, joining costs or other hidden costs. Though their restaurant deal section only covers Mumbai and Delhi at present, they are actively tying up with the best restaurants across other Indian cities to help you make savings on your next meal too.

How it works is quite simple. After you shop, within 72 hours they add your Cashback to your Cashkaro account and send you an email. This remains in 'Pending' status till the retailer pays them. As soon as they get the commission from retailers your Cashback status is changed to 'Confirmed'. This usually takes between 4-12 weeks. Once you have Rs 250 or more as 'Confirmed' Cashback , you can
request payment and they transfer the money to your bank account for free. So if you're shopping online, all you need to do is create a Cashkaro account and access your website of choice through it to get savings and cash back with your shopping. Saving has really never been this easy!

Another cool feature about them is their referral program. For every friend, family member or colleague you refer to, you get a lifetime referral bonus of 10%. So 10% of everything your referrals earn comes to you. So if your friend earns Rs 5000 a year in Cashback, you earn Rs 500.  You can refer all your friends easily via Facebook, Twitter or email in seconds.

Superb concept, isn't it? So if you shop online or have friends and family who do, you must sign up with Cashkaro or refer it to them and get great savings along with cash back! A perfect win-win situation!
Do you shop online or prefer like the traditional method of hitting a store? Let me know in your comments below.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Say Hello To The Sun With Neutrogena

Summer is here in full blast so its the perfect time to bring out those daisy dukes, sundresses, bikinis and hit the pool. Unfortunately, summertime also comes with complimentary heat and sun tan. I lead a vampire lifestyle to avoid the sun but we all have those days when we need to get out in the day and the only way to protect your skin is to slather on the sunscreen and add it to your daily routine.

I've been using two great sun protection products by Neutrogena for the past few weeks and am sharing my review with you.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50

If you're looking for an inexpensive sunscreen that beats most of high-end sunscreens, you've found a winner in Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex. Every sunscreen I've used in my life has left me complaining about its smell and/or texture till I found this baby. This award winning sunblock is infused with Helioplex, a formulation of broad-spectrum ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) skin protection containing avobenzone and oxybenzone made by Neutrogena. It has a pleasant smell, absorbs quickly and gives my skin a soft and powdery finish.  It doesn't leave a white layer on skin unlike many other high protection sunscreens, and absorbs quickly without leaving the skin oily. Its waterproof too, so it won't melt with heat and sweat. Neutrogena's Dry Touch technology, provides an ultra-light, non-shiny finish and leaves skin soft and smooth. Just like the name says it feels ultra sheer on skin and provides perfect protection along with a perfect complexion!

It comes in a tube with a screw up cap, the product is easy to dispense. The consistency of the sunscreen is of very light cream. The best part is that this product is available almost in every supermarket and drugstore. I was just wearing this out in the sun yesterday and absolutely love it and would recommend it to all my readers.

Price: INR 499
Quantity: 88 ml
Shelf Life: 2 years

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Moisture

Another product I've been using on days when my skin feels dry is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion SPF50 PA+++, an ultra-lightweight protection lotion against UV for healthy, beautifully radiant skin. This lotion is armed with Helioplex™ too, so it effectively blocks out harmful UVA/UVB rays and helps neutralize free radical damage. What makes it different from the sunblock is that this one is a moisturizer too! It doesn't leave skin dry if you skip moisturizer and is also great for use under makeup since it doesn't melt with heat and sweat. This product is also non greasy and lightweight and gets absorbed fast to give my skin a clean matte finish. It has a pleasant and mild fragrance.

After a day on the beach or outdoors, my skin often feels really dry and I need to slather on lotion or moisturizer but this product is perfect for those situations as it moisturizes, protects from UV rays, oil free, does not clog pores and act as makeup base. Skin is provided with superior protection against darkening and signs of premature aging.

The packaging is a white with golden bottle with a very thin nozzle which dispenses a little product. It has a mild and pleasant fragrance too. So if you have dry skin and are looking for a moisturizing sunscreen, this one's for you!

Price: INR 349
Quantity: 30 ml
Shelf Life: 2 years

Have you tried any of these two products? What's your favorite sunscreen? 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Get A Celebrity Hairstyle In A Minute

As much as we all love our favorite celebrities for their looks, music or acting, there's no denying that they all have fabulous hairstyles. Its also no surprise that hairstylists often get requests from their clients to give them a haircut/color which is inspired by a celebrity. However, do you know what the easiest way to get a celebrity inspired hairstyle is? A wig.

Wigs are the easiest way you can change your hairstyle without any hassle and transform yourself into a fashion chameleon (literally) with a drop of a hat. This is something I've always wanted to do as its the easiest way to change your hair color, style, length and your overall look without sacrificing or damaging your precious locks.  I was hooked on to the idea of wigs thanks to an amazing blogger called Alexa Poletti who is a huge lover of wigs too and has loads in many colors. 

Here's a fun fact for all my Indian readers out there. Ever noticed the flight attendants at Indigo airlines with their perfect bob cut? Yup, they're all wearing wigs :) 

A wig is actually a great answer to many questions. Bored of your hair? Wear a wig. Bad hair day? Wear a wig. Want to disguise yourself? Wear a wig. Balding? Wear a wig. Want celebrity hair? Wear a wig :)

Nicole Richie's hairstyle 
Get Taylor Swift's hairstyle 

 Rihanna's sleek fringed hairstyle 
Lauren Conrad's Ombre wave hairstyle
 Katy Perry's cool blue bob 

 Jennifer Lopez's hairstyle
 Beyonce's dual colored hairstyle

Cheryl Cole's voluminous wavy hairstyle is a cool online store that stocks loads of celebrity inspired wigs and extensions in many colors, lengths and hairstyles. Besides synthetic hair wigs, they also stock human hair wigs and special wigs for African American hair. That's not all, keeping the 2014 FIFA World Cup in mind, they even have fun wigs for the football fan! I found loads of celebrity wigs on their site and decided to share some of my favorites with you. You can click on the pictures above to find the respective wig on the site.

Whether its Beyonce's and Rihanna's sleek straight hairstyle with a fringe, Katy Perry's funky blue bob, Lauren Conrad's trendy ombre waves, Taylor Swift's signature fringe, Cheryl Cole's voluminous soft waves or Nicole Richie's chic bob, has them all and many more. Which one is your favorite? Would you wear a wig?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Featured - Crème Magazine

Crème is a new lifestyle magazine that features Pune's socially powerful, music & concerts, restaurant reviews, and many other stories. Styled to be a high-end lifestyle magazine, each issue is a mix of feature stories, party coverage and interviews which keep readers up-to date with what’s happening around town.

My interview was featured in this month's issue so take a look and let me know what you think! 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Outfit - Mixing Tribal With Sheer

Since Aztec and Tribal prints are still quite a rage around world, I decided to combine them with my favorite style of sheer clothing in the form of my beloved black palazzo pants. It's super hot in Pune lately with summer in full bloom ( and 40 degrees almost everyday ) but this outfit is perfect for the entire year for me.

We took these photos in a lovely cafe in Pune called Cafe Colombia where I was chilling with my dear friends - gorgeous blogger buddy Natasha and the adorable and beautiful Nikita.

What's your perfect summer outfit? Let me know in your comments below!

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