Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Beauty & Beyond Top 10 Beauty Buys of 2014

Hello, as we wind up an exciting year, and gear up ourselves to share more news and information in the coming year, we wanted to compile what were our best buys for 2014.

1.Best Cleanser: I have used so many face washes and cleanser this year. Some of them were very good, some were just okay and some are just great. The one cleanser that rose above my expectation is the Omved Moisturising Face Cleanser. It is non-drying, hydrating and cleanses the skin with tender care.

Available here

Start a Daily Diet Plan

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we often forget to take care of our body. Gone are those days when people say, “You are in the pink of your health.” Unfortunately, the fast-paced life doesn’t allow us to stay fit. However, the most elemental rule of fitness is a blend of balanced diet and regular workout sessions. Obviously, it takes months to get in the perfect shape. One can’t achieve it in just couple of weeks, even with a stringent diet. The two major causes of concern that ring a bell for us are: avoiding healthy food habits and gaining extra weight. Nonetheless, though a crash diet may entice you to follow it religiously, it is just a short-term solution and drains all the energy you have.

Many questions pop up in our head: How to reduce weight? What exactly is a balanced diet? What are common fat-burning foods? What are the exercises that help us lose weight? How do we get our hands on a daily diet chart? What are the basic weight loss tips? All these questions will be answered in a while. So, follow these fitness rules to get that perfect model figure:

Indian Earthy Naturals Earth Green Clay Spa Soap Review

Handmade soaps have been my favourite throughout this year. And in this last day of the year I am going to review another classic, Indian Earthy Naturals Earth Green Clay Spa Soap.

About Indian Earthy Naturals Earth Green Clay Spa Soap:
With a lovely green body and an invigorating scent, this soap is sure going to give a clean bath experience.

Price: Rs.1000 for set of 4 120 g bars Available here for Indian customers & here for International customers

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

#LifeInFastForward with Kalki & Olay India

Are we not tired of looking at glossy advertisements everywhere about the perfect skincare regime, complete with 6 to 9 steps using a whole bunch of products that address different problems of your skin? But coming to reality, does our fast life allow us to sit in front of the mirror and complete a 9 steps skin care routine. Well, practically, no.

How about getting a single product that addresses 7 Signs of Ageing? Sounds great in this #LifeInFastForward. The enigmatic actress Kalki shares her secret here:

As you know I am very strict when it comes to skincare and generally follow a strict regime, which can be quite tiring sometime, specially on days when you are really busy. And I think what she says is just perfect for women like us, who has a busy life be at home or at work. The Olay Total Effects is your smart way to look and feel younger with perfect radiance. I am definitely going to try it out. Are you?


Hello everyone, the year end is now knocking at our doors. Its time to bid goodbye to 2014 with a heavy heart and welcome 2015 with a big smile!!!!! So, what all of you are doing in New Year eve? What's your stunning look for the party? Have you decided yet? Well, I've decided and so I'm going to share my New Year party look with you!!! Here it is:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ethicare Hydrofil Cream Review

Hi all, You know by now that I have received a box full of winter skincare essentials from Ethicare few days back. Today I will be reviewing the Ethicare Hydrofil Cream.

About Ethicare Hydrofil Cream:

A specially developed moisturizing cream  base with excellent spread ability.

With goodness of natural moisturizer aloevera.

Price: Rs.108 for 50g
Rs.190 for 150g
Rs.410 for 500g Available here

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Vedantika Herbals Rose-Sandal Face Wash Review

Vedantika Herbals is a brand who believes in using secrets of ancient Ayurveda to get the maximum goodness for an ideal skincare. Today I will be reviewing the Vedantika Herbals Rose-Sandal Face Wash.

About Vedantika Herbals Rose-Sandal Face Wash:
This mild cleanser comes from the finest botanicals to wash away dirt and oil, leaving skin clean and fresh. The healing properties of Sandal wood oil repair skin and soothe irritation while steamdistilled, pure essential rose oil improves blood circulation. making face softens and brightens the skin.

Price: Rs.185 for 100ml Available here

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks in Always Cranberry & Fuchsia Excess

The whole month of December, I have spoken about the newly launched lipsticks from their The One Range. I Have already reviewed 6 shades and today I will be reviewing the remaining 2 shades. These are The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks in Always Cranberry & Fuchsia Excess.

About Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks:
Lightweight texture enriched with blend of oils & butters for a long lasting comfort & moisture. Lip Grip Technology fastens lipstick to lips with anti-smudge ingredients. The lipstick is a part of their Long Wear Range.

Price: Rs. 499

Friday, December 26, 2014

Soultree Bhringraj & Methika In Virgin Coconut Hair Oil Review

Hi everyone!!! Hope all of you had a lovely Christmas! I had a lovely Christmas with my family. Okay, today I'm going to review Soultree Bhringraj & Methika In Virgin Coconut Hair Oil which I received around two weeks back. After using it for two weeks I'm going to write how it worked on my hair.

About  Soultree Bhringraj & Methika In Virgin Coconut Hair Oil:
 It has fresh extracts of Methika (Fenugreek), Bala, Aamla, Brahmi, and Bhringraj combined with virgin oils of Cocunut, Almonds, and Grapeseed provide wholesome hair nourishment. Regular use strengthens roots, reduces hair fall and makes hair healthy and bouncy. This hair oil contains no mineral oil, silicones or artificial fragrance.

The Soultree Promise:

1.     Made from natural ingredients collected and processed through eco-friendly procedures.
2.     Certified natural by BDIH, Germany, a globally renowned certification body.
3.     Enriched with fresh extracts of organic herbs prepared in-house in true ayurvedic tradition.
4.     Free from any petroleum based products, or harsh chemicals such as SLS/SLES, silicones, parabens, DEA/TEA, phenoxyethanols, artificial fragrances or colours that may harm the skin.

Use:  Apply warm onto your scalp and hair. Keep on for at least 1 hour before shampooing your hair thoroughly with the Soultree  Triphala or Licorice shampoo to clear the oily residue.

Price: 350/- for 120ml Available here

Za True White Two Way Foundation Review

Hi beautifuls, how was Christmas? Mine was awesome with my family and we went out to enjoy the day. Recently I had attended an awesome event with ZA India and came to know a lot about the brand and makeup in general. Today I will be talking about Za True White Two Way Foundation.

About Za True White Two Way Foundation:
Available in 4 shades, Za True White Two Way Foundation is a flawless coverage foundation with the superior qualities and benefits of skincare.

Price: Rs. 550 for 9g Available here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

How to get Clear Skin using Home Remedies

A spotless, clear skin is a required general asset for people who work in front of the camera, but for everybody else it isn’t what they require, it’s what they crave! Well, the intensity may vary, but when you look into the mirror and spot say acne, it’d be something you’d wish to get rid of overnight or something you hadn’t wished for in the first place.

The following are some of the home remediesfor pimples. It will help you get rid of oil and dirt, acne, and dark spots and give you a glowing, spot-free enviable skin. 

Clearing up oil and dirt
1.    Steaming: It helps open up skin pores and washes out the oil from within the pores. Adding hot water to a bowl and allowing the steam to pass through it will help in clearing the impurities of the skin and make it soft and supple.
2.    Lemon and cucumber: While washing your face twice a day helps, adding lemon to your facial washes helps immensely in clearing out the dirt and oils from your skin. Citric acid and Vitamin C are the important lemon components that aid in renewing skin cells making skin look beautiful and non-sticky. After treating the skin with lemon, place cucumber slices on your skin. Cucumber is rich in water content which leaves the skin tender and moisturized.
3.    Honey: Honey serves in preventing clogged pores. Plus it keeps the skin hydrated. Do the following two to three times a week to avoid pores from clogging: apply raw honey on the affected skin areas and massage it into the skin; after letting it rest on the skin for a few minutes finally rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Aster Luxury Handmade Soaps #WhyHandmadeSoaps Contest Winners Announcement

Hi all, thank you so much for participating in our Aster Luxury Handmade Soaps #WhyHandmadeSoaps Contest. We had so many entries and it was quite difficult to choose the winners. All of you have done a splendid job. However, we had to choose 2 winners.

1. Ayushee Mondal
Popular or over-the-counter soaps may attribute to the outer glow of the skin temporarily,but we often forget the bleaching agent and other harmful chemicals that they are laden with to give that instant glow or fairness. Their intense manufacturing process also harms the environment strongly. However, Handmade soaps, made from essential natural ingredients actually provide direct nourishment from nature. These are eco-friendly and cruelty free. I would always chose a handmade soap over others as by doing so I would not only be assuring a good life for my skin, but also a good life overall.

Ayushee wins a Soap Box from Aster Luxury Handmade Soaps with 4 regular sized soaps.

2. Ekta Vaswani
The benefits of using handmade soap are many: simpler ingredients, fewer chemicals, natural vegetable oils instead of animal fats.Natural soaps are made in a time-honored fashion. It involves a very simple chemical reaction between oils (or fats) and lye (sodium hydroxide for bars). All soap is made with lye, but there is no lye in the finished product. The chemical reaction converts the lye/fat mixture to glycerin. The glycerin is a natural by-product and, as such, the relationship between the soap molecule and the glycerin means you have a cleanser with abundant, luxurious lather that cleans like nothing else. As a bonus, it does not strip your skin of its natural, protective oils. 

Ekta wins a Soap Box from Aster Luxury Handmade Soaps with 6 mini Soaps.

Puriso Summer Escape Handcrafted Soap Review

You know how much I am addicted to handmade soaps. Puriso has been kind enough to send me their luxurious soaps for review and today I will be reviewing the Puriso Handcrafted Soap Summer Escape.

About Puriso Summer Escape Handcrafted Soap :
Refreshing fragrance of cool cucumber. Great for the summers!! It is rich in glycerine, 100% Vegan and not tested on animals. It is made with carefully picked ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin E oil. Beat the heat with summer escape!!

Price: Rs.300 for 150g Available here

The Nature's Co. Peach Lip-Pop Review

The most affected part in winter dryness are your lips. Most of us suffer from chapped and peeling lips during the dry season. It is painful and looks quite bad. Today I will be reviewing a very new offering to heal dry and chapped lips and that is The Nature's Co. Peach Lip-Pop.

About The Nature's Co. Peach Lip-Pop:
Moisturizes & Softens;Heals chapped lips; 12 hours hydration.
Soft, luscious, moisturized lips are what our Peach Lip-pop provides. An all natural formula.It protects and softens lips.Apply directly to your lips as often as required.

Price: Rs.295 Available here

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

#WinterBeautyTip Contest(Closed)

Hi all, today I have come up with a very interesting contest just fit for the chilling weather. 
Don't you think that treating your skin is an absolutely important thing, specially during the winter as winter means dryness.
So today we present the #WinterBeautyTip contest where everybody can participate.(guys also)

2 winners get  awesome skincare hampers consisting of  winter-perfect skin care essentials from Ethicare Remedies,Sunplay and Plum.

Oriflame The One Color Unlimited Lipstick in Pink Unlimited & Absolute Blush

Oriflame The One Collection has launched 8 lipstick shades from their Unlimited Lipstick Range. I have reviewed 4 of the awesome shades and today I will be reviewing 2 more and these are Oriflame The One Color Unlimited Lipstick in Pink Unlimited & Absolute Blush.

About Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks:
Lightweight texture enriched with blend of oils & butters for a long lasting comfort & moisture. Lip Grip Technology fastens lipstick to lips with anti-smudge ingredients. The lipstick is a part of their Long Wear Range.

Price: Rs. 499

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Garnier Naturals PureActive Apricot Face Scrub Review

Those of you follow my blog updates on a daily basis must be knowing that recently I have updated my daily skin care routine. I always believe in exfoliating my skin twice a week apart from maintaining a strict daily skin care regimen. Currently I am using the Garnier Naturals PureActive Apricot Face Scrub and today I will be reviewing it.

About Garnier Naturals PureActive Apricot Face Scrub:
With the power of 1500 exfoliating Apricot beads in every wash, this creamy scrub gives you smooth and glowing skin.
Try the new Garnier PureActive Apricot Scrub. It gently scrubs away dead skin cells to reveal fresh and glowing skin.
It contains an exfoliating powder, derived from Apricot seeds and a creamy texture that lightly hydrates the skin while cleansing. Skin is smooth, fresh and radiant with every wash.

Price: Rs.70 for 50g

How to look fabulous for a Christmas party!

Want someone to plan your Christmas party outfit for you? Your wish has been granted! Well, almost. This article has got some easy-breezy tips on picking the right outfit for this festive season and talks about everything from Christmas dresses to shoes and coats. There is something for everyone; all you need to do is find something to match your style and comfort quotient for a Christmas party. So, roll up your sleeves and pull up your socks. Let’s talk about some serious tips and know how to dress up for a Christmas party. Are you ready to take notes?

Pick a dress
Pick a glittery and not gaudy dress for your upcoming Christmas party. If sparkle and bling is not your style, go for Christmas dresses for girls in metallic tones. Otherwise, winters are the perfect time to treat yourself to some white outfits. Full skirts, cashmere sweaters, cropped cardigans, midi dresses—there are so many choices when it comes to Christmas dresses for girls.

The 5 must-haves for the ultimate Party Kit from Lakme

December marks the beginning of the party season. The transition from the cubicle to the club is not easy- which is why you should have a little party kit handy this season. Stash it in your desk drawer, the backseat of your car or tuck it in your bag. It’s an essential that will surely make life easier, and the party more fun!
Here are the top 5 items we suggest you throw into your party kit to transform from the office to evening look.

A good quality facial foam

Prep your skin for the night out by washing away all the dirt, grime and impurities of the day. Cleansing your skin and giving it a gentle glow, a good quality Facial Foam Lakme Absolute Facial Foam will ensure lustrous glow that will definitely turn heads at the party

Shiseido introduces Za True White Two Way Foundation

Virtues of Skincare in Make-up… Now a Possibility

The House of Shiseido presents Za True White Two Way Foundation, developed by leading Japanese skin scientists and make-up artists to give a natural glow with the benefits of skincare & flawless cover with the finish of make-up.

Za True White Two Way Foundation radically minimizes spots and freckles while giving a naturally bright, pearly radiance.
It can be used wet or dry depending on the occasion or the coverage expected.

Gift of Nature from Shudhvi Naturals

Hey lovelies, how are you doing? I am doing great and getting ready for Christmas. My skin care essentials often revolve around herbal or organic products. Today I will be talking about Shudhvi Naturals-a brand which strongly believes in the purity of nature.

About Shudhvi Naturals:
Shudhvi Naturals believe in the power of nature and purity which inspire the brand to make each of the products with high quality natural ingredients and rich moisturizing oils to deliver the best in skin care. Every step is made with utmost care and passion. They are made in small batches in cold process method to ensure the quality of each product.
Their products contain high percentage of natural oils and are scented with pure essential oils making them a luxurious treat for the skin leaving it soft, healthy and smooth. It is formulated with the combination of ingredients chosen for their most skin benefiting factor which nourishes as it moisturizes. They do not take away the natural oils present in the skin while enhancing the skin texture naturally.
They do not use artificial colours, fragrance or additives like parabens etc. It is suitable for all ages.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Chambor Ombre A Paupieres Trio Eye Shadow in Nocturnal Blue

Hey beauties, the entire month of November was concentrated more on Eyeshadow reviews. But this month was different, so while December is almost bidding adieu, along with the year 2014, I would share with you an eyeshadow palette that I have chosen for my New Year's Eve. I will use the Chambor Ombre A Paupieres Trio Eye Shadow in Nocturnal Blue.

About Chambor Ombre A Paupieres Trio Eye Shadow :
A silky formula with high pigment concentration on all day long pure and precious colour impact. Blending power and softness at application due to velvet touch innovative polymers. Long wearing result due to the powder micronization and the specific pigment coating.
Make-up stays fresh and clean all day without creasing.

Price: Rs.595 Available here

Vichy Laboratories Blogger's Meet and My Experience with Vichy 6 Steps Skincare

Hello all, hope you had an awesome weekend. Those of you who are regular with my Facebook and Instagram migt be knowing that a couple of weeks back I spent an awesome afternoon with other fellow bloggers at an event organized by Vichy Laboratories. The afternoon was full of knowledge about skin care essentials, presented by the Vichy team and an insight into the skincare basics by renowned Dermatologist Dr.Jaishree Sharad, whose book "Skin Talks",  was also launched at the event. There was skin analysis session for the bloggers and awesome food and some mouth-watering mocktails.

I have been using the 6 steps skin care essentials from Vichy Laboratories from that day on a daily basis. Although it is too early to decide if the products are suitable for me, I would be sharing an overall initial view about the whole skincare regime.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ethicare Remedies Lipz Lip Moisturizer Review

There are certain things in life that can be considered as essentials. Lip balms or lip care products are such essential personal care products that no person can live without. Today I will be reviewing the Ethicare Remedies Lipz Lip Moisturizer.

About Ethicare Remedies Lipz Lip Moisturizer:
Lip moisturizer for chapped, cracked and dry lips
No waxy feel - Non-irritant base - Fragrance free 

Price: Rs.72 for 9g Available here

Khadi Lavender Handmade Soap Review

A few days back The Khadi Shop was kind enough to send me 4 luxurious soaps from their range of heavenly scented bathing bars. Today I will be reviewing the Khadi Lavender Handmade Soap.

About Khadi Lavender Handmade Soap:
Envelop yourself in the luxurious scent of lavender while your skin gets cleansed. Feel comfortable and charged, and totally ready to take on the challenges of the day.

Price: Rs.70 for 125 g Available here

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks in Forever Plum & Endless Red

Oriflame’s The One Range has been an instant success once it got launched in October. Out of the 8 lipsticks from the Colour Unlimited Range, I have reviewed 2. Today I will be reviewing another two- Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks in Forever Plum & Endless Red.

About Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks:
Lightweight texture enriched with blend of oils & butters for a long lasting comfort & moisture. Lip Grip Technology fastens lipstick to lips with anti-smudge ingredients. The lipstick is a part of their Long Wear Range.

Price: Rs. 499

Packaging: Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks come in a greyish purple outer cardboard packaging. The lipstick holder is sleek and black in colour.
Product: Oriflame The One Colour Unlimited Lipsticks are very creamy and long lasting lip colours with moisturizing properties and 10 hours stay.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Demeter Snow Pick Me Up Cologne Spray-Your Perfect Companion for the Chilly Weathers

All of us have a particular smell, or a kind of smell that are very close to us. Some may like the warmth and embrace of a fragrance, some may prefer a breezy free-spirited note or some may be fond of the effervescent gourmet tingling. It is not that I am addicted to a particular fragrance, but as I always say, my mood is a real detector of the notes that would be dear to me at any particular time. Today I will be talking about Demeter Snow Pick Me Up Cologne Spray, a fragrance I thought would be just fit for the chilly season.
Demeter Snow Pick Me Up Cologne Spray:
we were able to capture the essence of snow in a scent; chilling, cool, clean and fresh, with a touch of dust (necessary to form flakes) and earth (upon which to rest). There is literally nothing like it outside of the Demeter Fragrance Library. The Fragrance Foundation recognized this unique fragrance reproduction as the Best Fragrance in America in 2000.
Price: Rs.2950 for 120 ml Available here at 29% discount

Dear Earth Coqute Anti-Ageing Body & Hair Oil Review

Hello all, you know how much I love to host different contests and giveaways on my blog and other social networking platforms. But did you know that I also love to participate in them. Recently I have
won a giveaway on Bhumika's New Love and I had won a Dear Earth Coqute Anti-Ageing Body & Hair Oil.
About Dear Earth Coqute Anti-Ageing Body & Hair Oil:
Your hammock is strung between magnificent coconut trees swaying gracefully to the sea breeze. Listen to the gushing sound of waves washing the shore as Dear Earth CoQute Oil dips you in its pristine indulgence. Coconut oil sinks in deep, conditions, moisturizes, and softens the skin. It naturally clears away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. It also has antibacterial properties, killing off harmful skin bacteria. As coconut oil is rich in nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron, it is able to stimulate the hair follicles and contribute to the general health of the scalp by fighting dandruff, and combating hair loss. CoQ10 can help preserve the collagen and elastin within the skin cells, thereby helping you stay and appear younger. CoQ10 fiercely fights fine lines & wrinkles and leaves the skin healthier, tighter, and glowing. CoQ10 has been shown to aid in hair growth and repair as it activates specific keratins aligned with the needs of mature hair. It promotes elasticity, increases the vitality and shine, and helps prevent free-radicle induced environmental damage. Dear Earth CoQute body & hair oil nourishes your skin & hair. For skin, it deeply conditions & moisturizes, clears grime and dead skin cells, and helps reverse the ageing process, thereby fighting fine lines & wrinkles. For hair, it fights dandruff, adds radiance and luster while preventing thermal damage and bringing chemically treated hair back to its natural state. It's natural, handmade and vegan and made with cold pressed extra virgin USDA certified organic Coconut oil.
Price: Rs.450 for 150ml Available here

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Livon Moroccan Silk Serum Review and Launch Event

Recently I have been to the launch event of the Livon Moroccan Silk Serum in Mumbai. It was an evening full of fun, styling and delicious food. We all experienced the wonderful touch of Moroccan Argan Oil while applying the Livon Moroccan Silk Serum. Celebrity Hair Stylist Kanta Motwani led us through the process of application of the serum and showed us some easy tricks and tips of hair styling. The theme was all Moroccan with photo kiosks and Tarot card readers. Certainly a splendid evening with friends Natasha, Bhawna & Heena, to remember.
Today I will be reviewing the Livon Moroccan Silk Serum, which I have been using for sometime now.
About Livon Moroccan Silk Serum:
For the first time in India, Livon launches Livon Moroccan Silk Serum. It brings the goodness of Moroccan Argan Oil in a serum made specially suitable for Indian hair. Its special conditioning agents coat every strand of hair resulting in effortless detangling and less breakage. So you experience the beauty of smooth, silky, free flowing hair.
Price: Rs.259 for 59 ml Available here

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