Monday, May 28, 2018

My Envy Box May 2018

Of all the Envy boxes I received this year, the May edition is definitely my favorite! This month's fabulous curation of products gives your goodies worth Rs 4250 for just Rs 850! Known as the  Resort Edition, the May Envy Box has a beachy motif and is synonymous with summer holidays by the beach. Read on the find out what the products were -

The box has a great mix of skincare, makeup and hair and I've been using these for the past two weeks so that I can give a proper verdict about them. 

Plant Magik - Natural Hair Vitalizer

Natural Hair Vitalizer is enriched with the Goodness of Centella Asiatica Extract which eliminates microbial infections of the scalp and helps to get rid of itching.  It claims to keep hair and scalp healthy and dandruff free. It’s a non-sticky leave-on oil which controls hair fall and dandruff. I applied it to my scalp and kept it overnight and it did not leave my scalp greasy at all the next day. Since I torture my hair on a regular basis by coloring it, I will definitely be using this product regularly.

Plump - Vitamin C Serum

Plump’s Vitamin C Serum is packed with nutrients like jojoba oil, orange and lemon essential oils, lemongrass, bergamot, vitamin C (of course) and vitamin E which work together to brighten the skin and prevent common signs of ageing. Because of the various oils present, it is greasy in texture so it is advisable to use this at night. It has a pleasant lemongrass fragrance which transports you to a spa. A daily dose of this serum boosts collagen and skin elasticity.

Kronokare - Sun Shield Face Sunscreen

Kronokare Sun Shield Face Sunscreen lotion ensures SPF 50 protection against UVA and UVB. Formulated without silicone, this lotion does not clog pores and allows the skin to breathe. It has a light texture and is quickly absorbed and ensures both a matte finish and non greasy touch. It is water resistant and guarantees optimum protection from the sun and stops premature skin ageing. I've used products from Kronokare in previous Envy Boxes and they were all pretty good and I quite like this sunscreen too. 

Coccoon InstaLift Wrinkle Filler 

Enriched with Vitamin A, this product makes your skin look firmer, younger and smoother. This wrinkle filler is formulated using an innovative Soft Focus Technology and hides fine lines and wrinkles effectively. It contains Retinyl Palmitate which promotes intense moisturization, anti-oxidant, accelerates cell renewal, softer, smoother skin, improves elasticity of skin and stimulates collagen formation. It has a silicone like texture and can also be used as a primer. I've used two other products by Coccoon which I received in previous boxes and absolutely adore them so I have full faith in this brand!

Elenblu - Liquid Eyeliner

Elenblu Precision Liquid Eyeliner has a weightless formulation to wing those lashes anyway you like. Its quick-dry, waterproof formulation glides on seamlessly and has a matte finish that won't smudge or budge all day.

Overall a great box which totally impressed me! Make sure to subscribe to My Envy Box to get fantastic beauty products at a mere Rs 850 per month! This is definitely the best beauty box available in India and I totally recommend it to all you beauty junkies out there as it is a wonderful product discovery box and I got to know about various stellar brands through it. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Restaurant Review - Mamagoto Pune

Mamagoto is a Delhi based Pan Asian chain which pioneered Asian experiential restaurants in the country. After expanding to six cities and sixteen locations, they have finally opened in Pune at the Pavilion mall.  Mamagoto is a fusion Pan Asian café with a relaxed and casual atmosphere where affordable Asian cuisine & drinks combine with quirky décor. And if you're wondering what Mamagoto means, it translates " to play with food".

Mamagoto's food is a blend of inspiration from Asian street hawkers, the founder's extensive travels and endless experimentation in their secret kitchens. Thus, you can expect a lot of fusion dishes which are inspired by Asian cuisine. 

I had dined at one of their Delhi outlets a few years ago and was delighted that they are finally open in Pune. I paid them a visit recently with my mom and the moment I entered, the funky, colorful and quirky decor instantly caught my eye! 

Exterior section -

The restaurant has a wide array of dishes like soups, appetizers, dumplings, sushi, rice and noodle bowls, woks, main courses and desserts leaving you spoilt for choice! 

Read on to see what I ate -
 I've been put off by Chicken for a while so my entire meal consisted of prawns and lamb. 
I started my meal with Crispy lamb (not pictured) which is consisted to crunchy lamb bits tossed with bell peppers, spring onions and Chinese spices. This is a good dish to munch on if you love Indian Chinese food! I sure do! 

I also had the shrimp with dry red chilli which again is tossed with Chinese flavors and burnt garlic. This consisted of flavorful fried prawns with just the right amount of batter! Don't miss this! Their portions are pretty big and two starters itself were making me and my mom feel pretty full so keep that in mind while ordering. 

Moving on to the main course, I ordered A Thai Lost in Hunan which consists of 
spicy Thai lamb with red curry flavor served on pad Thai noodles. If you love Thai food, you MUST try this! It was bursting with flavors and had a delicious twang of lemongrass and red curry and I absolutely loved it! 

I also tried the Three Pepper bomb prawns which was made of wok tossed prawns with green, white and schezwan peppercorns mixed with Chinese wine and sesame. This dish wasn't very spicy or peppery but was flavorful nevertheless and was very different from conventional oriental dishes they normally serve in restaurants here.

Being avid Chinese lovers, we also tried the Pan fried noodles in Cantonese and this dish gets a 10/10 for tasting as authentic as it gets. We totally loved it.

Though I usually skip dessert, for a change I was in the mood and decided to try their Banoffee pie which was a decadent dessert pie made from bananas, cream and caramel. This was just the perfect amount of sweet ( I can't deal with too much sugar as I don't have much of a sweet tooth) and the perfect way to end our meal.  

Mamagoto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoThe service is fast and the restaurant manager Mr Amal did a wonderful job with his hospitality. I really enjoyed dining at Mamagoto Pune and totally recommend this place if you love South East Asian food!

Friday, May 04, 2018

Salon Review - Vibes Slimming & Beauty

This post has been long overdue but it's about time now! Some time ago, I visited VIBES in Kalyaninagar where I had a nice pampering session and got a fantastic Vitamin-C facial, hair wash, blow dry and pedicure. The facial was incredible and left my skin soft, smooth and glowing as you can see from the photo below. In fact. even after two days (and two heavy nights of partying), I could clearly see that my even if my body was hungover, my face looked fresh and my skin was just as radiant! 

Now let me tell you a bit more about VIBES! This is a chain of slimming, beauty and laser center which commenced its operations in Delhi in 1996.  Over the years, it has become a renowned and trusted chain with a pan India presence and offers a plethora of services for both men and women right from weight management to skin and hair treatments, laser hair removal and many more. VIBES has extended its network across India and recently opened its doors in two locations in Pune - Kalyaninagar and Bhandarkar road.

I visited their Kalyaninagar outlet for a bloggers meet and had a great experience learning more about this chain and their facilities and services provided by Mrs Sonia Kumar (Regional Head west). Besides the usual botox and fillers, derma rollers, anti pigmentation and glutathione treatments, they carry out numerous advanced dermatological treatments like PRP for Skin and hair rejuvenation, stem cell technology for hair re-growth and slimming Treatments like cryolipolysis, lipo laser and mesolipolysis. Its also pretty cool that they use the latest technologies for advanced treatments in in their state of the art centres. 

For those of you with weight loss struggles, VIBES has a variety of slimming services that help in in fat reduction, skin tightening, body shaping, inch loss and muscle strengthening. They also have an in-house nutritionist who will give you a detailed diet plan according to your age, lifestyle and food preferences so that you can eat and live healthy and keep the lost weight away. 

At VIBES, their motto is to transform clients both look wise and fitness wise while improving their physical and mental well being and I was totally impressed by them and thoroughly enjoyed their services. For those of you looking to lose weight, you should give them a visit and get that summer body in a healthy way before it's too late!  And if you have issues like pigmentation, wrinkles, dark circles, sagging skin, this is the place to go! 

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