Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream with SPF 15 PF+++ Review

Hi Everybody,

I had been looking for a decent day cream with some amount of SPF for a while. The ones that I tried so far were either too greasy or they would just not be enough to protect my skin against the Sun. I had chanced upon the Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream with SPF 15 PF+++ during a couple of visits to the nearby departmental store. Until now, I chose to ignore it. But this time, I decided to give it a try and picked up the 10g variant. Within a week, it got over, but I was left impressed with its quality.

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Pocket pinch vs. quantity: INR 110 for 10 grams/INR 349 for 35 grams

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My experience: This cream comes in a white glass jar with a red plastic cap. The container looks classy with its fancy shape. Since it is a glass jar and a little on the heavier side, it is not very travel-friendly. However, I have a figured out a way for that too. I take out a little bit of cream and store it in the 10 gram jar that I initially purchased. :) The big jar is good enough to last me for 1 to 1.5 months.

The cream is pale pink in color and has a light texture, which makes it easier to spread on the face and the neck. Initially, it leaves a white cast, but that promptly disappears within a minute. At the same time, the presence of micro particles lends a nice glow to the skin which stays put for a couple of hours. This cream has the pleasant Pond’s fragrance that I can relate to the time when I was a child and my mom would run behind me and force apply it on me. Little did I know that I would grow up to be so obsessed with my skin. :P

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The experience of using the cream so far has been great except for the first jar that slipped from my hand and fell down on the very second day. :( I immediately rushed to a store to get a new one so that my skin doesn’t get a chance to mourn over its hydration supplement. The best thing that I enjoyed about this cream is that it made my skin a lot more firmer and even. The tanned patches have visibly reduced and my skin looks a little radiant than before. :) It slightly helps to minimize the pores and imperfections. Since it contains SPF 15, I most often skip my sunscreen. However, if you are exposed to too much of sun, I would advise you to wear a sunscreen underneath.

The not-so-good part about this cream is that it does not hydrate my skin (my skin being normal to dry) too well. When I apply the cream, my skin becomes nourished for at least two hours after which it starts feeling dry (this could possibly be due to the AC in office) and needs reapplication.

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My recommendation: Overall, this is a good day cream and I can see myself using another couple of jars before I find something better for my skin (now I know there are plenty of choices around). The brightening effect is something I like, but on the other hand for people with extremely dry skin can surely skip this cream as the brand has to really work hard on the hydration bit.

Couponrani Website Review – Make Online Shopping Fun With Free Coupons

Hello Everybody,

As much as I love online shopping, I wish they would keep coming up with great discounts to make my shopping experience even more enjoyable. I somehow love entering those absolutely tempting coupon codes and see the price reduced drastically at the time of checkout. When I recently bumped across the Couponrani website, it was almost like a wish come true in a fraction of a second. This Indian free coupons website is a phenomenal innovation targeted towards the online shopping junkies in India.

Couponrani website

Couponrani website

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Valentine’s Day Party Clutch Essentials: What’s In Your Clutch?

Hey Girlie,

Did you just get a swanky invite from your beau to attend the best Valentine’s Day party in town? Lucky doll! Confused about what to wear? You can make a safe bet by wearing a dress similar to the little black dress with which you floored him on your first date. Or you can bring out your adventurous best by wearing a sequinned dress, a chic top, or a glitter skirt with asymmetrical cuts. However, it is the fashion accessories that you need to be more careful about. A day bag in which you could dump in your everyday essentials may not be a wise choice for a V-Day party.

Your clutch must be a reflection of your style statement and should stand out as much as your dress. Of course, that means you need to be quite picky about what you can carry in your party clutch. You cannot dump every essential in your clutch and make it look like a big fat glitter ball. Here are few essentials that I like to store in my party clutch and hope you find the list useful too:

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Image credit – http://cdn.shopify.com/

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The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub Review

Hello Lovelies,

It is never too late to send your dear ones good wishes for a new year. I am exactly doing that on 19th day of the first month. :) The wishes come from the core of my heart and truly mean to make your year a fun-filled one.

I have been a slow learner when it comes to makeup and skincare, but now that I have caught up I make sure I visit my favorite stores at least once a month. Recently, there was so much hype about the Peach Vineyard Range from TBS. How could I not get at least one product from this range? And here, I take the opportunity of presenting to you my favorite product from this superb range. Yes, you guessed it right…The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub.

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The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter Review

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for being away for such a long time. But now that I am back, I have a healthy dose of surprises in store for you…yes, plenty of products, reviews, opinions, and experiences. Since it is already December and in Bangalore, we do not get to enjoy much of the winter season unlike Kolkata, I still decided to go ahead and get a body butter for myself. After all, winters and body butters are synonymous.

I wanted to try a floral variant this time unlike all the fruit and vegetable flavours I tried earlier. So it had to be the Moringa Body Butter for some obvious reason. And I am absolutely in love with it. The roses, lilies, and jasmine were oh-so-common among the body lotions and creams, but this Moringa had such a welcoming fragrance. It is neither overpowering nor mild enough that vanishes within a few seconds of application.

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Pocket pinch vs. quantity: INR 995 (got a 25% discount at the TBS outlet in Phoenix Market City, Bangalore) for a 200 ml tub

Packaging: It comes in the usual TBS packaging, which is unhygienic to say the least. But still we haven’t given up on the TBS body butters, which proves that the quality of the product scores over the price. It is a pale yellow colour tub with the moringa flower in print to do all the talking. They have changed the packaging as well. Earlier it was Moringa body butter written all over. The moment you open the tub, you are almost transformed to a moringa garden wherever it exist. ;) The tub holds enough product to last you one season unless you have super dry skin and need to reapply once in every 4-5 hours.

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My experiences: I cannot stop raving about the fragrance of this body butter ever since I got it home. Earlier I would skip the moisturising routine at times after taking a bath, but not anymore. Nowadays, I almost wait for my after-bath skincare session when I would apply this body butter and take in the heavenly fragrance and be transported to some other world at least for a couple of minutes before realizing that I am getting late for work. :P The texture of this cream is quite thick, but that doesn’t make it difficult while applying it. It blends into your skin and leaves your skin feeling nourished and pampered whole day long.  This is particularly suited for the winter months; I have great doubts whether I would enjoy it as much during the summer months. Maybe, I would consider using it only during night time then.

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This body butter comes with the goodness of  cold-pressed moringa seed oil extracted from crushed moringa pods. It is best suited for night times. I apply it before going to bed and my skin feels rejuvenated when I wake up the next morning. The good thing is that a little product goes a long way so the entire tub is sure to last one season even if used on a regular basis. And also, the fragrance lasts for a good number of hours.

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My recommendations: Yes, yes, yes. If you like floral flavours, rush to the TBS counter right away and get one for yourself while it is still on 25% discount. It has all the amazing qualities that makes it fit to be your winter companion. The best part is that the mild fragrance lingers on for hours and at the same time, makes your skin feel pampered to the hilt. I haven’t tried any floral body butters from the brand of TBS before, but now that the moringa butter has achieved a cult status, I am looking forward to trying the other floral variants.

And please do not forget to share your experiences with this body butter…

3 Great Neutral Lipsticks For Office Wear

Hello Everybody,

Now that I am back in to the working mode, I would like to talk about few lip colours that do a pretty decent job in making my lips look great.  Until sometime back I would always be in a dilemma which shade would perfectly complement most of my work outfits, which shade should go into my bag for those urgent touch-ups before an important meeting so that too much attention is not drawn on my pigmented lips while I speak. Some of these lipsticks are intensely hydrating while others settle for a matte finish, which is not super-drying. Let’s get to see which are those shades:

MAC Twig: This is such a versatile shade that I cannot have enough of it. And the best part is that frequent touch-ups are not needed for this one and it also leaves behind a beautiful pink stain, which is not patchy at all. As described by many other blogger friends of mine, this is truly a MLBB shade for many Indian skin tones like me. For those who have pigmented lips can carry this shade well.

MAC Twig Lipstick

MAC Twig Lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Mad About Mauve: This is a mauvish pink shade and again a great everyday wear shade. I have found myself reaching out for this shade often when I am dressed in either ash or black suits. The formula is super soft and intensely hydrating. I won’t say it stays on my lips for a long time, but definitely my lips feel more hydrating than ever.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Mad About Mauve

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Mad About Mauve

Lakme 9 to 5 Red Chaos: This is an everyday red that you can wear to work and then right after work if you got a party to attend, you can layer it with a transparent gloss and get those lovely kissable lips. Though it comes in matte finish but it is not drying at all. The lipstick feels creamy upon application, but settles down to a powdery matte finish and lasts for a decent amount of time, which means no frequent touch-ups (somehow this fact makes me more than happy whenever the lasting power of a lipstick is concerned). I cannot have enough of it and this has occupied a permanent place in my bag. No matter whatever outfit I wear to office, I use this lipstick for my touch-ups. It appears more red on my lips than in the picture.

Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick - Red Chaos LOTD

Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick – Red Chaos LOTD

What do you feel about the abovementioned shades? Which are your favourite shades for work?

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner: Review, Swatch, and EOTD

Hello Everyone,

Now that I have settled myself in Bangalore again, I decided to frequent this space more often than usual. And with this spirit in mind, today I have for you a review of the Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner. According to me, this product has been especially designed for those who have shaky hands and are forever scared of messing up their eye makeup only because they cannot apply a liner properly. So irrespective of whether you are a newbie or a pro, I am sure this review will give you a fair idea of the product and in the end, I will share some tips and tricks on how to apply an eye liner.

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Pocket pinch vs. quantity: INR 375

Packaging: It comes in a marker pen kind of packaging and has a gold coloured plastic cap. The nib feels similar to a felt tip brush and measures an unbelievable .05mm. The outer surface of the pen is a glossy black colour, which looks quite elegant. The liner is designed in a way that ensures a superior grip. The distance between the tip and the grip is quite long and while applying the liner, it neither gets messy on the upper lid nor does it come out of the waterline. The result is an ultra sharp line, which makes you look wide awake even if you have had slept for almost an entire day.

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

My views: Coming to talk of the colour, it is pigmented enough. It comes in only one shade. How I wish they had launched a brown and a grey version of it so that creating softer looks would seem like a child’s play too. Although I wouldn’t say that the shade is the deepest black when you first apply it, but a couple swipes later, you get a shade which is an intense version of black. Drawing ultra fine lines with this liner is damn easy. So on days when you are in a hurry to get ready for work, this liner comes as a saviour. It dries super quick and stays put for the entire day unless you have a habit of rubbing your eyes vigorously every once in a while. Even on those lazy days when you are dying to splash some water on your face to keep yourself awake at work, you can do so without any worries. The liner refuses to come off when you splash water on your face, but yes, slight signs of fading can be noticed in the inner corners of your eyes.

This is the first pen liner I have ever tried and I am very happy with it for several reasons. For an impatient individual like me, I do not have so much of time to apply liner, wipe it off if it has smudged even a little bit, and then reapply it. For me, it has to be right in the very first instance and this liner works exactly the way I want. On days, when I want a super soft look, I use this liner to create a fine line and top it with coats of mascara and highlight my waterline with a brightener. Another plus is that it is super easy on the pockets. :)

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

 

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Why you’ll like Maybelline Hypersharp Liner?

  • Is super affordable
  • Does not smudge at all
  • Stays put for the entire day
  • Does not flake off
  • Is nicely pigmented
  • Comes with a super fine tip, which makes it extremely easy to use
  • Makes it possible to create ultra thin lines
  • Creates a smooth and glossy finish
  • Makes it easy to create different eye arts

Why you may leave Maybelline Hypersharp Liner?

  • Is available only in one shade
  • Not for those who are looking for the darkest shade of black
  • Is not entirely waterproof
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

 

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner

My recommendations: I love everything about this eye liner so I would definitely recommend it. I just wish they launch a few more colours in this range and one of them should be the darkest shade of black. Otherwise, there is nothing that you would not like about this liner. For a beginner or for those who have shaky hands when applying a liner, I am sure it can be the next best makeup item for them. The super precision and the affordability make it score high in the list of other pen eyeliners available in the market.

So, have you tried the Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner? Or any other pen eyeliner? Which is your favourite one?

Happy Diwali!

All my dear readers,

Wish you a very happy and prosperous Diwali. May this Festival of Lights bring loads of happiness, success, and prosperity in your lives. :) I would take this opportunity to thank you for all your love and support that you have given me through this wonderful blogging platform. :)

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Play safe and take care until I am back with my next post! :)

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash Review

Hi Everyone,

Today I am going to share my experiences with you about the Fab India Avocado Face Wash. I got this as a gift from my cousin sister-in-law on the occasion of ‘Rakshabandhan’ or ‘Rakhi’. Yes, by now you might have guessed that all members in my in-laws’ place have become well aware of my obsession for skincare products. Okay coming to talk about the face wash, I wouldn’t say that it is something extraordinary and is a must-try but definitely one of those face washes that you will always reach out to for a squeaky clean feel.

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

 

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

Pocket pinch vs. quantity: INR 165 for a 120 ml tube

My experiences: It comes in a white opaque tube packaging with a flip-open cap, which is very typical of FabIndia packaging. Since the tube is opaque, it becomes little difficult to measure how much product has been used up.

The face wash is available in a pearly white shade. The consistency of the product is rather runny. A small amount is needed to clean the entire face and post usage, the skin feels slightly stretchy but squeaky clean. It does not leave behind slippery feeling and the product comes off very easily while rinsing the face with water. The mild and pleasant fragrance is another plus of this product. But in any case, I cannot skip the toning and moisturising regime after using this product. With many of the face washes that I have used till now, it stings my eyes when I start rinsing my face to remove the product. To my relief, this one does not hurt my eyes.

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash Ingredients

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash Ingredients

Another major plus is that this face wash comes free of parabens. This brand is known to be cruelty free and does not test any of their products on animals. So, for all the animal lovers out there, it scores a bonus point. Since the complete list of ingredients is mentioned at the back of the tube, you are aware of what you are getting into. If a particular product in this does not suit your skin, you know that you can opt out of it.

For the quantity compared to the price, I don’t have any complaints. Since a very small amount of the product is needed, this will last you at least 2 months if not more. It also removes all traces of makeup. So on those days that you are feeling really lazy you can skin the makeup remover and directly wipe every traces of makeup from your face with this organic face wash.

Last, but not the least, we all are aware how much beneficial is avocado for our skin. They consists of Vitamin A and helps to purge off dead skin cells. The presence of glutamine amino acid thoroughly cleanses the skin and protects the skin against severe environmental elements.

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

 

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

FabIndia Avocado Face Wash

Why you’ll like Fab India Avocado Face Wash?

  • Comes in a travel-friendly opaque tube
  • Is reasonably priced
  • Lathers well
  • Thoroughly cleanses the skin without overtly drying the skin
  • Small amount goes a long way
  • Filled with the good of avocado butter

Why you may leave Fab India Avocado Face Wash?

  • Is not an extra-ordinary product
  • Cannot skip the moisturizer regime as the skin feels slightly stretchy after use

Have you tried the Fab India Avocado Face Wash? Which is your favourite face wash and what makes it score so high? Would love to hear from you. :)