28 Nov 2015

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Essence Glossy lipbalm Review

Heya gals,

Today I am reviewing Glossy lipbalm from Essence. Essence is an European brand. Essence cosmetics says NO to animal testing and YES to quality with prices affordable enough to try a fabulous new look whenever you want. They have a full range of beauty products to make you look great. They have everything ranging from skincare to facecare, from lipcare to nailscare and eyes. 

Brand claims-
Pampering, light formula of the glossy lipbalms in fresh colors gives lips a gorgeous shine with a delicious fragrance.








Ingredients-
POLYBUTENE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, SODIUM SACCHARIN, TIN OXIDE, AROMA (FLAVOR), BENZYL ALCOHOL, CI 15850 (RED 6/RED 7 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Available shades
01 strawberry cheescake, 03 cherry brownie, 05 mango icecream, 06 berry cupcake, 07 raspberry sorbet

My experience-
Firstly I like the names given to all the lip balms in this range. Immediately after hearing the name you feel like eating the lip balm. As of yet I haven't done something like this :P. Coming to the lipbalm, the lipbalm comes in a twist cap packaging which is very travel friendly and it takes very less space in the handbag.

The lipbalm has a creamy texture with a little runny consistency. The lipbalm glides very smoothly on lips and has a little tint as well as colloidal glitter in it. It intensely nourishes the lips and moisturization stays for around 6 hours. After 5 hours or so you may feel the need to reapply as per your preference. The tint goes off in a hour or so. The glitter remains even if we rub the lipbalm with a cloth or tissue. The tint leaves behind a faint pink shade which seems to be good.

Coming to the fragrance, it is quite pleasant strawberry fragrance but it vanishes as soon as we apply the lip balm. This lipbalm also doubles up as a gloss although personally I don't prefer wearing lipsticks for long time.



The In
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Budget friendly
  • Glides smoothly
  • Moisturizes for about 6 hours
  • Leaves a tint behind
  • Doubles up as a lip gloss
  • The product does what it claims to do

The Out
  • Colloidal glitter which doesn't come off easily (personal choice)
  • Fragrance could have stayed a little longer

L-R : 1 swipe, 2 swipes, 3 swipes

After wiping off with tissue the colloidal glitter can still be seen

Price, Shelf life, Availability- 129 INR and 1 year from date of manufacturing. Available on selected stores which can be found on website. You can also buy on Flipkart and Amazon

Overall thoughts
It is a nice lipbalm which moisturizes, is tinted as well as glitter. Travel and budget friendly and also doubles up as a lip gloss. Colloidal glitter is the thing which pains me as we have higher chances of that going it into our stomach.

Repurchase
Yes, if colloidal glitter is not present.

Recommendation
Yes as it is budget friendly as well as tinted and doubles up as a lip gloss. Basically a good investment.

Tell me your favorite lipbalm!!!

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27 Nov 2015

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Cultured Clothing - An abode of ethnic wear

Hiya gals,

We gals love flaunting our ethnic wear with traditonal jewellery and footwear. No matter what is the fashion trend ethnic wear will never be out of fashion, be it a Saree, Anarkali, Salwar kameez or even the newest trend Kurtis and Kurtas.

Today's post is about on such traditonal clothing line Cultured Clothing.




Cultured Clothing was launched out of passion for beautiful clothing, a boutique for exclusive dress materials and Kurtis. The venture was named Cultured Clothing as it represents the essence of our culture. This reflection of our culture has lit up an abode of exclusive, designer, casual wear women's clothing. 

Cultured Clothing was started with a small thought of 3 friends to lit up each and every woman’s wardrobe with elegance. A small wish to give every woman a different yet classy fabric.
At Cultured Clothing the main focus is on showcasing a variety of fabrics including pure silks, chiffons, cottons, exclusive chanderi’s, embroidered fabrics, georgettes.




Their one of it's kind collection includes traditional embroideries, cut works, phulkari, maaheshwari, patola, shimmers, zardozi, pearl work, mix-n-matches and a long list of new upcoming patterns.

At Cultured Clothing they believe that dupatta is like a soul of any dress material and so they takecare that their chunnis not only accompany the fabric, but also add class and flair to it. Chunnis with woollen work, soft pure chiffon dupattas, pure chanderi chunnis with golden strings, cute simple yet different dupattas are just a few to name from their long list.

Their handpicked designer fabrics and classy patterns will surely glitter all the occasions, marriages, parties and events in your sweet life.

They understand that casual wear takes up the centre stage in female’s fashion journey. May it be a college going gal, a house wife or a working women, Cultured Clothing can always be your best friend to provide clothes that can be wore casually and yet make a style statement.

They are rapidly growing with each and every client and this small abode has already brought a smile to hundreds of gals and women with our clothing.
The products of Cultured Clothing are Exclusive designer, occasional, party wear and casual wear dress materials and Kurtis

You can contact them on Facebook or on below address 

Address: Gate2, Ground floor, Sukrut Apartment, Prabhat Road, Lane 15, In front of Symbiosis School,
Pune – 411004, Maharshtra, India.

Do you know any other venture of exclusive ethnic wear. Drop me a comment below.

Fellow bloggers leave your latest post for me to checkout.

NB -Image courtesy Cultured Clothing. Subject to copyright. 
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19 Nov 2015

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Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask Review, Price

I used the Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask for wrinkle treatment. But I don't have any wrinkles so I didn't expect much from this product. Read on know if it is effective on wrinkles or not?!

Product claims
This anti wrinkle functional sheet mask contains snail secretion filtrate that regenerates healthy skin appearance while giving elasticity to skin and supplying moisture and nutrition.



Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtarte, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Xantham Gum, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Hamamellis Viginiana Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Capryly Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrytate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Glyecryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl alcohol,  Cetyl Palmitrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance

Directions for use
Apply mask over cleansed and toned faced. Keep for about 15- 30 minutes. Do not rinse, massage remaining essence onto skin. Discard mask after single use.

My experience
I don't have wrinkles so I didnt expect much from this mask. I tried it to see if there is any stretching effect of the mask or not.

The fragrance of the mask is very less so cannot really say like what the fragrance is and sheet has ample of essence. The mask fit quite well with a few folds. I readied my skin after cleansing and toning. I applied the mask for about 25 minutes and removed it carefully. After applying the mask I had a little itching sensation as if my skin was being a little stretched.
The essence was a watery and opaque in nature. There was sufficient essence left in the package also. After applying also all the essence from the mask was dripping from chin area. To avoid the dripping I had to lay down after putting the mask.

After removing the mask I dabbed the remaining essence onto my skin. I could feel a tingling sensation as the essence was getting absorbed. Skin felt smooth, hydrated after the essence had dried up. No sticky residue was left after the essence dried up. The fragrance faded away as soon as I put the mask as the essence has nil fragrance.




The In
  • Travel friendly
  • Affordable
  • Sufficiently hydrating
  • Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin
  • Essence gets absorbed quickly without leaving any residue or sticky feeling
  • Contains snail extract for anti wrinkle effect.
  • Stretches the skin so is effective on wrinkles

The Out
  • None
Availability - Available on Skin18.com.

Price  $0.85 on Skin18.com website.

Overall thoughts
The essence is very watery being opaque in nature and gets absorbed in the skin easily. Doesn't leave sticky residue behind instead stretches the skin for anti wrinkle effect. It intensely hydrates dry skin. Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin. I would recommend this mask for anti wrinkle effect as it works on wrinkles by giving a subtle stretch effect to the skin. To see visible effects you have to use more than one mask.

Repurchase - Nope because I don't have wrinkles

Recommendation
Yes surely if you have wrinkles or have stared getting wrinkles.

It is suggested to at least use 2-3 mask per week for a visual skin result.

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16 Nov 2015

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Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion Review

I love using moisturizing lotions all around the year, specially for my hands and feet. I don't religiously put on lotions before going to bed but I regularly apply during daytime. Recently I reviewed Aroma Essentials Choco Body Balm which is very good for skin. Today I am reviewing Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion with Tamriand seeds extract and Essential Oil

Organic Harvest puts the power of plants in all its products. They have developed a range of high-performance products, combining the power of plants with ORGANIC and NATURAL ingredients.

Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion Review


Brand claims of Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion
This gentle and efficient moisturizing lotion containing tamarind seeds extract and plant derived actives with NMF which gives 24 hour moisturization that replenishes and protects the skin's moisture barrier. It helps promote a soft, supple skin texture and leaves your skin feeling resilient and moisture refreshed.

Ingredients of Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion
Aqua, Tamarind Seeds Extract, ECOCERT certified Sorbian Olivate, Essential Oil in Cream base

Directions for use for Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion
In the am & pm using fingertips pamper your body to have youthful, charming skin.

My experience with Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion
This body lotion is a thin white lotion that is neither runny nor thick. It spreads with ease and gets absorbed quickly without leaving any oily residue on skin. It feels as if there you haven't applied anything on skin.

I applied it after bathing and it moisturised my skin for 6-7 hours.
This moisturizing body lotion has Tamarind seeds extract which is known for it's anti ageing effects on skin. This is the first time I am using a tamarind seeds extract product.





The packaging is sturdy with double cap packaging for the pump. The inner cap is loose and comes out easily but the outer cap is tight and sturdy. It is absolutely safe for travelling and spill proof.
The pump dispenser works well but needs to be pumped many times for desired amount of product.
Regarding the fragrance, it is quite pleasing and doesn't linger on for more time. The fact that it is free of harmful chemicals makes it a great option for those with sensitive skin.



The In
  • Contains tamarind seeds extract
  • Free of parabens
  • Sturdy and travel friendly double cap packaging
  • Pump dispenser packaging
  • Spill proof packaging
  • Not so lingering aroma
  • Gets absorbed easily in skin even if applied in excess
  • Doesn't leave the sticky or oily residue
  • Neither runny nor thick consistency. It is of perfect consistency
  • Easily available online
The Out
  • Quantity offered according to price is less
Availability - Available at all leading stores. Available online on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Purplle, ShopClues, Satvikko, NewU.

Price and Shelf life- 595 INR for 100ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Overall thoughts on Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion
It is a great moisturizer which is light weight but moisturises well. It is free of chemicals and is non sticky, non oily and spreads with ease. It is a perfect choice for winters as well as summers. It will definitely suit sensitive skin also. If you like using non sticky body lotion then this surely is a best option. But people with severe dry skin may feel the need to apply twice.

Repurchase - Yes, but at a discounted price.

Recommendation - Yes, because of tamarind seed extracts and the fact that is free from chemicals.


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13 Nov 2015

The Glitterbug Giveaway

The Glitterbug giveaway is finally here. The Glitterbug is a brand which makes handmade jewellery products, you can read more about them here. 1 winner will win the earring, earring cuffs and temporary tattoos shown in pics below!! To enter the giveaway follow the Rafflecopter widget. Please read the terms and conditions before taking part.

The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook page.






a Rafflecopter giveaway


The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook page.

Terms and conditions

  • 1 winner will win The Glitterbug prizes shown in pics above
  • Winners will be selected randomly using the widget.
  • The giveaway runs from 13th Nov 2015 till 27th Nov 2015. See the widget for number of days
  • Winners should contact within 48 hours to claim the hamper otherwise another winners will be chosen.
  • This is a sponsored giveaway and am responsible only for holding the giveaway. Prizes will be sent by The Glitterbug team. Am not responsible if you don't receive the prize.
  • Giveaway is open to Indian residents with a valid Indian postal address. If you can provide a valid Indian postal address of your relatives you can take part in the giveaway.


So what are you waiting for, take part in the giveaway and stand a chance to win these jewellery from The Glitterbug. You never know, you might be the lucky one to win the jewellery.


Good luck everyone :)

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10 Nov 2015

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Aroma Essentials Green Tea facewash Review, Price

Out of all the products I received from Aroma Essentials this is the last I am reviewing. I have been using the Green Tea facewash for past 8 days. Read on to know my experience.

About Aroma Essentials
Aroma Essentials believes in simple goodness for your skin. The products made by Aroma Essentials are free of artificial fragrances and ingredients. They are dermatogloically tested and not tested on animals. Moreover they are with small shelf life and freshly made to give your skin TLC.




Brand claims
Rich in anti-oxidants, cleanses the face without disturbing natural oils.

Ingredients
Green Tea, Lavender and mint

Directions for use
Wet the face, apply the cleanser all over the face and massage. Wash off with water.

My experience
I have been using the facewash for the past 8 days and I am ok with the results. Firstly the facewash doesn't foam at all due to absence of sulphates. Now for some people this may be a bit disappointing. For me it was ok sort that it doesnt foam.

The product doesn't foaming so we don't know how much to rub it onto.our skin. The facewash cleanses the skin very well. Removes grime and oil from face effectively. After washing the face you feel fresh.

The consistency of the facewash is normal and isn't runny as well as thick. It contains green tea and you can actually see the particle in the facewash. Please see the swatch below.
The only complain I have is the aroma. It's not so pleasing. It smells like the Papaya exfo which I earlier reviewed




The In
  • Contains green tea which is a great antioxidant
  • Doesn't contain sulphates
  • No artificial preservatives and fragrance
  • Gently removes oil and grime from face
  • Doesn't dry out the skin even in winters
  • Travel friendly package

The Out
  • Not so pleasing fragrance
  • Not foaming may be a con for some people (I have no problem at all)

Availability
Available via ordering on Aroma Essentials Facebook page or emailing Aroma Essentials.

Shelf life - 6 months and needs to be stored in refrigerator

Overall thoughts
The product does a good job without any false claims. It removes the grime and dirt effectively without drying out the skin. Contains green tea which is a great antioxidant. Also it doesnt contain sulphates. Overall a good product but something is missing in the product. I cannot explain what but something is amiss.

Repurchase - Maybe not because I already have many facewashes to be used. Might purchase later.

Recommendations - Yes totally recommended as it doesn't dry out the skin and contains antioxidant
Tell me your experience of using your favourite facewash. And do suggest me some good options for my combination-oily skin.

Fellow bloggers please leave your latest post link in comments section below for me to checkout!
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8 Nov 2015

My third Leibster Award acceptance and nominations

I cannot believe this is my third Leibster Award. This time Shilpa who blogs at Alive and Kicking has given me the award. It's been only 9 months I am blogging and have been nominated 3 times for Leibster award I am very very happy :D



Shilpa blogs about everything it takes to complete a life right from beauty, health, fashion, food, shopping,
parenthood, relationships to blogging campaigns. She is an inspiration to many newbie bloggers. Thanks a ton Shilpa for considering me for the Leibster award.

Now the rules for Leibster award.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and comment on their blog.Include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award and notify them.
  • Answer the 11 questions you are given
  • Give new questions or same for the bloggers you nominate to answer.
  • Make a copy of rules in your post.

My questions to the nominees

  1. Who has been your motivation in the blogging world?
  2. What do you wish you were better at?
  3. Any cute childhood memory.
  4. What's your favourite pastime?
  5. On which social platform can we find you most active?
  6. Define yourself as a person in one sentence.
  7. What is your unfulfilled dream till date?
  8. What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
  9. Which kind of attire you prefer in daily routine?
  10. Did you ever have any unpleasant experience related to blogging? If yes, brief about it
  11. How did you decide the name of your blog?

My answers to the questions posed by Shilpa

1. Who has been your motivation in the blogging world?
My best friends have been my motivation in the blogging world. I like a lot to write. When I told my best friends that I have started a blog they advised me never to stop writing.

2. What do you wish you were better at?
I wish I was better at elocution in school. I have a severe stage fear and cannot talk infront of a crowd. This is the one thing I wish I was better at!!!

3. Any cute childhood memory
Oh yes, my first school crush <3

4. What's your fav pastime?
My favorite pastime is reading. I can read anything and for any amount.of time. I also like to watch television.

5. On which social platform can we find you most active?
TWITTER!!!

6.Define yourself as a person in one sentence.
My heart knows only two things everything or nothing at all. I hope this sums up everything about me :D

7. What is your unfulfilled dream till date?
Unfulfilled dream as such is not one but are many. I dream of having a mini library, a big bungalow where I can do gardening all day long, wish to learn baking, wish to become a wedding photographer.... Many cannot quote one...

8. What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
Most important thing I have learnt is blogging is an expression of yourself and content is STILL the king.

9. Which kind of attire you prefer in daily routine?
I usually prefer a Kurti and Leggings which is utmost comfortable for me. I can also spend the whole day wearing a chiffon or georgette saree :)

10. Did you ever have any unpleasant experience related to blogging? If yes, brief about it.
Yes, after hosting my first giveaway when a participant commented that my blog is not a place for hardwork. Basically if you don't follow all the rules how you expect to win and on top of it blame the blogger!!!

11. Please give a suggestion/compliment/feedback about my blog Alive n Kicking :)
I particularly like how you blog on various topics. I would really like to give a suggestion to you Shilpa that if possible can you change the theme of your blog as well as commenting system? If possible and this is very personal suggestion from the point of view of a blog reader and not a blogger.

Now my nominees are

Aditi who blogs at Serene Sparkle
Gemma who blogs at Jacquard Flower
Anubhuti who blogs at Sense it Eve

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6 Nov 2015

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Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey Real Natural Mask Pack Review, Price

Mirum fresh fruit series provide your skin with marvelous hydration and nutrition. Mirum fresh fruit mask series are especially designed for all the skin types and all kinds of needs with Natural Cotton Crosel Sheet. It is a mask sheet made from 100% natural cotton which means it can attach to the face tightly and help the essence ingredients contained in the mask to be absorbed completely.

Let's see the review of the mask which I tried that is Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey Mask from skin18.com



Product claims
Mirum fresh fruit series provides your skin with marvelous hydration and nutrition. The dense and compact cotton mask sheet can be attached perfectly to your skin.

Ingredients
Is in Korean. English instructions and ingredients not mentioned on the pack.

Directions for use - After cleansing, apply toner on skin first. Take out of the mask and attach it on face evenly. After 15-20 minutes, take off the mask. Massage the remaining essence if any.

My experience
The Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey mask is made up of cotton ans you can actually feel it as soon as you take out the mask from the packaging. The mask has a fruity smell especially like caramel. Maybe it's because of the honey.

The mask fits quite nicely as compared to the previous masks. The essence in the mask is a lot thinner and less as compared to previous masks. The mask intensely hydrates the skin. I didn't feel the need to hydrate my skin for about 16 hours. I washed my face directly at bees besides rinsing my face after the essence had dried up.

My skin was hydrated and flet smooth and soft. I had to consciously keep my fingers from touching my smooth skin. I also felt a little glow on my face.





The In
  • Pleasant fruity smell
  • Conatins honey which provides necessary nutrition for skin.
  • Mask is Natural Cotton Crosel Mask which instantly upgrades the essence absorption of the skin.
  • Instantly improves skin’s hydration
  • Good attachment performance
  • Travel friendly
  • Budget friendly
The Out
  • Ingredients list in English is not mentioned.

Price - $1.20 but currently as a freebie on skin18.com website

Shelf life - not mentioned

Overall thoughts
Due to the Natural Cotton Crosel Sheet the mask fits nicely and improves the essence absorption. You don't need to dab the essence as it gets completely absorbed by the skin. The fragrance is pleasant fruity and essence is non sticky and easy to apply. The mask gives the skin a lot of nourishment and smoothness. The skin feels fresh and hydrated. It also imparts a glow to the skin which the product doesn't claim to do. Overall I am happy with the Mirum Fresh Fruit Series.

Repurchase - No.

Recommendation - Yes totally especially if you have dry skin and also if you need nourishment for the skin!!!

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