3 Dec 2016

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Lakme Clean Up Facewash Nourishing Glow with strawberry extracts Review

The Lakme Clean Up Facewash Nourishing Glow with strawberry extracts is the only second product I have tried from the brand after their compact powder. Some of you might be awestruck, but for someone has been following by blog, this may not come as surprise. Basically this facewash was picked up due to it's cute packaging and strawberry extract label. I would dig deep into the packaging and all things, since this isn't a new launch.

Brand claims - With goodness of strawberries, wash away all visible dirt, impurities & pollution.

My experience
The facewash is red coloured with a thick gel consistency. The facewash takes some time to dispense from the tube. The facewash reminds me of red Close-up toothpaste. The consistency and colour is exactly the same.

When I take a pea sized facewash on my palm and try rubbing it with water to foam, sometimes it gets attached to the hollow of my palm and refuses to foam πŸ˜›. I have to rub it with my finger and foam it. The facewash foams decently and lather up if rubbed a bit more than usual.

Now coming to the effectiveness, the facewash makes the skin clean, fresh and smooth. The facewash doesn't dry out the skin at all, unless used in excess. The facewash effectively cleanses and removes the dirt, grime and sebum. The facewash has small wax beads in it. Although the beads don't serve any purpose whatsoever. They are mere an addition to the ingredients list. Although they do melt when rubbed while foaming. They are added to give the effect of strawberry seeds I guess πŸ˜›.

The fragrance of the facewash is yummy strawberry which isn't lingering nor bothering. The facewash contains strawberry fruit extracts. Overall the facewash is a good option to try out for a change. Moreover it's paraben free 😊😊.

The In
  • Attractive see through packaging which makes it easier to see the product quantity 
  • Travel friendly and leak proof packaging 
  • Yummy strawberry fragrance 
  • Makes the skin clean, fresh and smooth 
  • Cleans dirt, grime, sebum effectively
  • Doesn't dry out the skin unless used in excess 
  • Will suit all skin types, preferably oily skin
  • Budget friendly product
  • Paraben free

The Out
  • Contains SLS, perfume 
  • Contains wax beads which are of hardly any use

Price, shelf life and availability - 99 INR for 50g with a shelf life of 2 years. Easily available online as well as counter stores.

Overall the facewash is a budget friendly product which will suit all skin types. The product is paraben free and has yummy strawberry fragrance which makes it a luxurious product. The attractive packaging makes the product tempting. A good option to try out for a change and if you are Lakme loyal .
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1 Dec 2016

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Do Bandar Vanilla Cinnamon Soap Review

The brand name is a bit weird, but believe me the products are very promising. I had always wanted to try this Bangalore based brand but somehow only a limited websites had their products and couldn't get my hands on them. So when Qtrove approached me for a website review, I immediately ordered the Do Bandar soaps. Now let's hop onto the review.

Brand Claims
For a sweet-smelling, gentle scrubbing combination that stimulates the senses,
try what we call ‘Biscoot’ in typical Indian ishtyle. This combination of vanilla
 and cinnamon is seductive, anti-inflammatory and just plain yummy.

Ingredients: saponified oils of coconut, palm and rice bran, extract of cinnamon, extract of vanilla.

My Experience
The soap is packaged in a banana fiber paper, which in turn is bio degradable. The soap bears all the information about the soap such as ingredients, shelf life and price. The soap is round in shape unlike the normal square ones.

The soap has a herbal scent which I didn't find yummy or sweet at all. The soap is biscuit colour and has cinnamon particles in it. The cinnamon particles give a subtle spicy scent to the soap. The soap foams quite good and isn't milky at all. The soap gers washed off very easily.

Now coming to the effects, it isn't drying but it isn't that hydrating as well as I have felt with some handmade soaps. I know comparing is not good, but I found this as an average soap which did only cleansing. The soap aroma doesn't linger much and once out of the shower we feel squeaky clean. 

As the soap reduces in size the cinnamon particles hurt the skin. As long as the soap is new, the particles get pushed inside the soft soap. Once the soap reduces in size they simply fall or else give an itching feeling to the skin. They don't even give a scrubbing effect to the skin.

The In

  • Cleanses thoroughly 
  • Makes the skin feel fresh and clean
  • Gets washed off easily 
  • Creates a frothy foam
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Makes the skin soft

The Out 

  • After the soap has been used up the cinnamon particles hurt a bit
  • Leads to wastage of used under direct stream of water

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 150 INR for 100g with a shelf life of 1 year. I bought it from Qtrove

If you are a handmade soap lover and enjoy trying out different varieties then this would be a good option. However I didn't find the soap any extra ordinary as I have used up a whole lot of other handmade soaps.
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29 Nov 2016

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Inoface Modeling Cup Pack (Vitamin) Review

Face pack fanatics I have a new product to for you all today, Inoface Modeling Cup Pack (Vitamin variant).

Brand claims - This product changes inelastic and dull skin to smooth and shiny skin. For elastic and brightening skin.
Antioxidant action makes skin invigorated and provides brightening effects. Improves skin tone, clear skin, skin moisturization.
Brightened skin and nourishment supply.
Vitamins provide skin a brightening effect!
Maintains skin invigorated, make skin softer and clearer. Brightens and clarifies dull and drab skin. Keeps skin clean and healthy. Recommended for dull and drab complexion, unhealthy skin, sensitive skin, skin with blemishes, inelastic and dull skin type.

Ingredients - Diatomaceous Earth, Glucose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Calcium Sulface, Terasodium Pyrophosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, CI 47005, Fragrance

There are a total of 10 types of Inoface Modeling Cup Pack: 
Acerola, Blackfood, Chlorella, Collagen, Peppermint, Propolis, Shining, Tea Tree , Vitamin, Yoghurt.

My experience 
I have received the vitamin variant of Inoface modeling cup. I used it as directed on the skin18.com website and am posting my review. First of all I don't have any inelastic skin as such, but yes I do have dull skin. Sometimes it gets so dull that I end up being at home all day long. After mixing the pack the pack coagulates and you need to hurry in order to use it. I applied a thick mask and waited for it to dry. I let it dry fully so as to peel it off. The peeling is not a problem as it peels of easily if you apply a thick, uniform layer. 

After peeling off my skin looked brightened and glowing. The skin was soft, smooth and even toned, like the ones after applying any face pack. The face pack basically contains minerals so it helps provide them to the skin. The face gets an instant glow which lasts for couple of hours. The skin becomes soft like after putting a moisturizer. I didn't use moisturiser after using this mask. However the website page says to see actual long term effects we need to use the product at least for a few weeks. So all the results mentioned above are temporary.

The In 
  • The packaging is attractive 
  • Makes skin smooth, soft and even toned
  • Gives a subtle brightness and glow to the skin (not fairness)
  • Supplies minerals to the skin
  • Available in many variants to suit everyone's needs

The Out
  • The mixing and all thing is a bit messy
  • Long term effects are seen with regular use and not single use 

Price, shelf life and availability - $5.40 for 15g with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on Skin18.com

Yes, if you are a face pack fanatic they definitely try out this innovative mask. If you want the facemask can be used for 2-3 times if a thin layer is applied but peeling will be difficult then. Overall a good mask to try out for a change. I would love trying the Blackfood and Tea tree variant next time πŸ˜‰.
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28 Nov 2016

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Lovelylifestyle(dot)com shopping experience and website review

With the recent organic and natural products wave, many of us knowingly or unknowingly look at the ingredients list when buying new products. With each, single passing year we can see a new brand emerging with organic and natural products. Whenever we buy from a website, there is a mix of 'with chemicals' and 'organic and natural' products.

How would you feel if a website is dedicated to just paraben free, organic and natural products? Nice, right, it would ease up as well as speed up the process of shopping, if you are interested in buying such products. Since you don't have to check the ingredients list, see whether they are paraben free, organic, natural and then decide whether to buy or not. Everything sorted out!!!! The website we will be talking about is Lovelylifestyle.com Let's head onto the review of website and my shopping experience.

The website has neat and clean design, easy to navigate and quite user friendly. The website isn't glamorous or does not have some funky colour scheme. Rather the website has a brown theme which depicts the colour of soil 😊😊😊. The website has a wide range of products from most of the cruelty free brands, right from our desi Ma Earth Botanicals to Videshi Vichy 😎😎😎. The website also spans a wide range of products' categories right from skincare to home decor. All in all you can shop right for your home till your skincare. The website not only caters to women's needs but also to men's. The have a men's section also which is a rare thing in online skincare scenes.

About Lovely Lifestyle
Lovely Lifestyle is a part of the vast conglomerate, Lovely Group of Punjab, the parent company of ventures like Lovely Professional University (LPU), Lovely Sweets, Lovely Autos, Lovely Bake Studio & many more. The website combines two great needs of the present age- online shopping and Organic living.

On the homepage you will see 'What's New?' list. Like wise they have a section dedicated for Shop by Concern, Shop by Ingredients. I have compiled a list of sections with the screenshot of each section below.

Winter Care
Shop by Concern

 Men’s store

Award Winners

 Wedding Collection

Top 35 Products

Now coming to the website efficiency, the website works quite nicely and I didn't face any problems while browsing or going through products. My order was placed on behalf of me so I cannot really comment on the actual payment transactions and all. But they do have flexible payment options and they also accept COD for some products. Many products which I browsed through said 'COD not available'.

Below are the payment methods mentioned on the website and you can also check their shipping charges mentioned on the website.

Once we register on the website we receive a welcome email on the registered email address. Same is the case with mobile message. I had ordered products from different brands so I received each order separately. No wonder I received email as well as a message at every point of the shipping. After successful delivery of each  product I received a message and email. The website is excellent in terms of functionality, design, user friendliness as well as customer services.

However one thing bothered me, some products were sold in a pack of two. For example - Raw Rituals eye cream pack was sold in pack of two. It's okay if we have someone to share it with us, but a single pack should also be available if someone wants to really buy the product. If a first timer wants to try out a new brand they would definitely not buy a pack of 2. Other than this I really didn't have any complaints or problems with the website. Also another important thing is the website boasts of both organic and natural products. We have to make a choice whether to buy fully natural or organic brand products.

Oh forgotπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ what all I shopped

Kaya Hair Clinic Anti Dandruff shampoo
I really want to get rid of my chronic dandruff. So ordered this one. Originally I had ordered for Soul tree antidandruff shampoo, but since the brand recently revamped their packaging it was out of stock and I had to order this one.

Kronokare Lavender body lotion
I never tried this brand so thought of giving it a try. Nonetheless am very impressed with the body lotion. Might explore this brand more.

Omved Nagarmotha Face Mask
My undying love for face packs made me order this. I have tried Omved Facial cleanser earlier and liked it. So thought of giving it a try.

My order was packed neatly, as stated earlier each one arrived separately and safely. The Kaya shampoo and Kronokare lotion both were bubble wrapped whereas Omved face pack was packed in a box, since it a dry commodity.

Overall I was happy with my shopping and services provided by Lovelylifestyle.com and am looking forward to buy some of my favourite brands. If you are not bothered by the paraben wave then you can treat this website as any other normal website.

Leave your comments below and let me know if you have shopped with them or planning to do so.

NB - I was offered free shopping in exchange of honest website review. Order was placed on behalf of me.
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27 Nov 2016

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My Zaful Wishlist for This Xmas

As a kid I was always excited about celebrating Christmas. The thought of eating a pastry or plum cake used to double up my excitement  πŸ˜‚. As a kid I used to visit my Dad's friends for Xmas Eve party. As I grew up, I never accompanied my Dad for Christmas parties then. I so long those days πŸ€”... 

Just recently one of my friends in the housing society told me that they will be hosting a Christmas Eve party for all of us. I am so excited to attend the party, but it is too early to plan for. Recently Zaful got in touch with me for Xmas promotions and offered me some free shopping. So here's my wish for Xmas

I have picked up some products from each department, clothing, accessories as well as jewellery. I liked Zaful products more than Rosegal products in terms of quality.... let's get onto the list πŸ€—

Leather Owl Print Zip Around Wallet ($8.78)
I ordered two of these one in Beige colour and one in Black colour. The beige one is for my friend 😊

Striped Patchwork Asymmetric T-Shirt ($10.66)
I wanted a cozy t-shirt for this winter season so I chose this one 😎😊

Rhinestoned Christmas Snowflake Hoop Earrings ($2.34)
As always I wanted some studs and so ordered this one πŸ˜‰. Moreover the name is Christmas Snowflake😊.

S925 Diamond Earrings ($6.71)
Same goes for this "Love for Studs 😍"

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year ahead.
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24 Nov 2016

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Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water Review

I hadn't been into rosewater much, rather I never felt the need to use. My first stint with pure rose water was Ma Earth Botanicals Rose Water. But now after getting acquainted with Kama Ayurveda Rose Water I got to know the miraculous effects of it. I had won it in a giveaway and I am absolutely delighted to win it. Read onto know the how this multi tasker skincare product will help

Brand claims -
A wonderful Rose water that is made from the roses of Kannauj - a region in North India, rich in white soil conductive to roses' growth. The Kannauj rose is considered special due to its similarity to the Bulgarian rose. The steam distillation process used to create this water ensures a high level of hygiene and unmatched purity. Rose water is a natural astringent that balances and restores skin's PH level, helps tighten pores and acts as the perfect alcohol-free toner for oily or acne-prone skin. Its light cleansing and clarifying action helps in removing cleanser residue while readying the skin for further skincare treatment. A refreshing spritz that can be used to refresh the skin at any time of the day

Ingredients - Steam distilled Pure Rose water

My experience
As you can see in the pictures the rose water is packaged in a sleek pump up plastic bottle which is very travel friendly and light weight. The pump works just fine and the cap is tight enough to prevent any damage to the pump.

The rose water smells of fresh roses. It feels as if you are smelling a fresh red roses bouquet. The rose water after spraying on face gives a heavenly cooling effect. Sometime back my face turned a bit red due to a highly comdogenic nightcream. When I used Kama Ayurveda Rose Water after cleansing, the redness subdued immediately and gave me a cooling effect. It also had a bit tightening effect on my skin, although temporarily.

Some days back for one week after washing my face I religiously sprayed it on my face and found a noticeable difference in my face in terms of pores. Kama Ayurveda Rose Water has replaced my toner and so far my pores have shrinked a bit. Overall I am totally loving the Kama Ayurveda Rose Water for it efficiency as a mutli tasker for my troubled skin 😊😊.

The In
  • Travel friendly sleek packaging
  • Pump up dispenser helps in pumping adequate quantity which saves product wastage
  • Spill proof, durable packaging (I guess enough of package praise now 😁)
  • Shrinks pore size to some extent
  • Acts as a multi tasker for skin
  • Tones the skin, temporarily though 
  • Gives a cooling, calming effect to the skin
  • Fresh rose fragrance
  • Free from artificial: preservatives, colourants, fragrance and petrochemicals

The Out
  • A bit pricey, but totally worth an investment for skin

Price, shelf life and Availability- 250 INR for 50ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on major shopping portals as well as Kama Ayurveda stores.

I would totally recommend the Kama Ayurveda Rose Water for it's efficiency as a skincare saviour. The toning, astringent, cooling properties of the rose water makes it a winner in terms of a great skincare product. Although it is on a bit pricey side, it is free from artificial fragrances, colours and preservatives. It will surely last longer and won't disappoint any skincare addict.
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