Monday, 15 December 2014

Product Review - Dove Beauty Moisture Body Wash


Dove Beauty Moisture Body Wash

   As winter draws near, it also brings with it dry, rough and flaky skin. Been using the Dove Beauty Moisture Body Wash in a bid to protect my skin from winter dryness and reviewing the same here today. Let's see how it fares.

   Product Description: Here's the story of beautiful skin in one word: Moisture.
Which is why Dove with 1/4 moisturizing milk is made to give you beautifully moisturized texture, convert moisture into softness, moisturize the skin where glow begins.
The point? To indulge your skin, not merely the senses. Your skin will feel pleasantly soft, smooth and moisturized.
Don't use occasionally. In skincare, everyday is everything.

Dove Beauty Moisture Body Wash

   Price: Rs. 125/-
   Volume: 200 ml.
   Shelf Life: 24 months.
   How to use: Squeeze body wash onto a wet pouf or wash cloth and work into rich, creamy lather.
   Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Cocamide MEA, Acrylates Coploymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Isopropyl Palmitate, Guar Hyraxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Dove Beauty Moisture Body Wash

   The body wash comes in a sturdy, white dispenser with a flip cap and has a mild fragrance which isn't overpowering and subsides in just a little time. A small amount of body wash creates good amount of lather with just a little addition of water which cleanses and moisturizes the skin well. Normally, during winter the skin on my arms gets dry and flaky but ever since I've started using this particular body wash, it has retained the moisture even without the use of a moisturizer after taking bath and helped my skin become smoother and more supple than before. The only issue about this body wash for me is that it leaves a creamy residue on my skin which takes a little time to get rid of! 

Dove Beauty Moisture Body Wash

    Pros: 
- Available in a sturdy, travel friendly bottle.
- Mildly fragrant.
- Moderate in consistency, neither too runny nor too thick.
- A small amount of product is enough to cleanse the skin well.
- Lathers abundantly.
- Moisturizes skin well.
- Makes skin softer and more supple.
- Well suited for all skin types.
- Easy on the pocket!
- Widely available across India.

   Cons:
- Leaves a creamy residue on skin which is not easy to rinse off.
- People with extremely dry skin might need a moisturizer for better skin protection.
- Personally I prefer a fragrance which lasts longer.

   Verdict: 4.5/5. Works wonderfully well for my skin type, especially in this weather! A big thumbs up! 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Nature's Co. takes on the fight against Dengue & Malaria


The Nature's Co. takes on the fight against Dengue & Malaria

   With an aim to raise awareness and control the rising number of Dengue & Malaria cases across the country, The Nature's Co. does it all they can to prevent the spread of virus with their motto of "Shield your Family!". With dengue wreaking havoc and malaria spreading like wild fire, on popular demand The Nature's Co. offers BUY 1 GET 1 FREE on their Citronella Insect Repellent Spray. The unique combination of Citronella, Lemongrass and Eucalyptus Oil formulated by the experts of TNC, makes it naturally very gentle on the skin and lets you enjoy a carefree outing, be it your morning - evening walks at the park or sending your children to the garden to play, or be it even your good night sleep, The Nature's Co. promises to take in charge to keep the unwanted guests (only the deadly insects, as this smells divine otherwise!) away.
 

The Nature's Co. Citronella Insect Repellent Spray 

   Straight from the Founder of TNC, Natasha Shah, below are few precautions and tips on how you can avoid mosquitoes and insect bites and massively reduce the risk against your health and the discomfort of being bitten.
- Use insect repellents on exposed skin before you get bitten - not after!
- Wear light colored clothing during the day. 
- Avoid shady spots. Biting is less common in sunshine and brightly lit areas.
- Avoid sheltered spots, a breeze will make it hard for mosquitoes, midges and many other insects to find you. 
- Avoid areas close to water and waterlogged grounds where insects hatch or breed.  
- Wear loose long sleeved tops and trousers to cover exposed skin on arms and legs, particularly at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes bite the most. 
- Repellent treated clothing provides extra protection. 
- Close mosquito screens and hang mosquito nets before dusk. 
- Use a mosqui-go, mosquito coils or insecticide spray to clear rooms of insects before you retire for the night. 
   She ends saying, "Travel confidently, enjoy your holiday, and keep the unnecessary at bay!"

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Winter Love from The Nature's Co.


   The Nature's Co. spreads love with their new launches this Winters! 

- The Nature's Co.: Lip-Pops

The Nature's Co.: Lip-Pops

    Chapped, peeled & dried lips are all that one complains about this season. You bundle up in extra layers during the winter months, but your lips are still exposed to the sun, wind, cold, and dry air. Forgetting lips have the thinnest surface layers of skin, they are more likely to dry out than the rest of your face, losing upto 10 times more moisture through your lips than you do elsewhere on your face or body, we tend to neglect an essential part of our beauty regimes - lip care. 
   All your lips need is a shield to stay in shape, a balm that provides a buffer between you delicate skin and the weather or indoor heating. The Nature's Co. launches their brand new range of Lip-Pops to soothe and hydrate lips using only Mother Nature’s finest ingredients, all of which are PETA certified Vegan and a 100 percent natural formula that seals in moisture with the help of beneficial oils and butters, creating a barrier to seal deep cracks and splits from infection and irritation. 

The Nature's Co.: Lip-PopsThe Nature's Co.: Lip-PopsThe Nature's Co.: Lip-Pops

   Now in a convenient tube applicator, TNC's Lip-Pops come in 8 natural lip smacking flavours - Berry, Blackcurrant, Chocolate, Coconut, Green Apple, Mango, Peach & Pineapple, which add to its effectiveness in rejuvenating, nourishing and pampering those lips. These little packs of awesomeness are priced at just Rs. 295, available at all The Nature's Co. stores and online.
So never let you lips go nude, get Lip-Pop'd to make this winter different!

- The Nature's Co.: Passion Fruit Body Butter

The Nature's Co.: Passion Fruit Body Butter

   A brand new entrant to The Nature's Co. wide range of 10 different flavoured body butters, the Passion Fruit Body Butter steps in to spread this seasons love in true sense. Making you slip into something silky, creamy, rich and luxurious, this body butter that smooths, renews, nourishes your skin and does double duty by moisturizing your body with natural vitamins, minerals & emollient properties.
    The richest buttery emollients and freshest Passion fruit scent, makes it the most efficacious skin-soothing butter, opulent in antioxidants properties and vitamin A & C nutrients which slows down the skin aging process giving you a firm and youthful skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to calm the irritation and swelling on your skin by providing - the ultimate hydration. Slather the creamy formula onto your skin, massage slowly and allow the skin to absorb all the natural essentials and replenish itself. A truly memorable experience.

The Nature's Co.: Passion Fruit Body Butter

     What makes The Nature's Co. Body Butters unique? Our Butters are all made of natural and vegan ingredients, to the extent even the preservatives used being natural, are never tested on animals, contain no fillers and are perfect for doing Double, Triple or even Quadruple Duty. Use it for body massages or mix it with your shiny primer and get that extra silky glow when you decide to show some flesh.
   MRP: Rs. 1295/- for 200 ml pack 

   Available in stores and online www.thenaturesco.com
 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com


   Jabong.com, taglined as - Be Real. Be True. BE YOU is one of the leading Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal which sells clothes, accessories, beauty and grooming products as well as home furnishings and bed linen. It came into existence in January, 2012 and within a small amount of time became a household name.
   Though I love online shopping, I had somehow never purchased from Jabong.com in the past and am sharing my first experience of shopping at Jabong.com here.

   Company Claims: Jabong.com is a young and vibrant company that aims to provide good quality branded products. Jabong.com caters to the fashion needs of men, women and kids across footwear, apparel, jewellery and accessories.
   At Jabong.com we strive to achieve the highest level of “Customer Satisfaction” possible. Our cutting edge E-commerce platform, highly experienced buying team, agile warehouse systems and state of the art customer care centre provides customer with:
- Broader selection of products.
- Superior buying experience.
- On-time delivery of products.
- Quick resolution of any concerns.
 
Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

   Shopping on Jabong.com is easy and fuss-free as their website interface is very user friendly and products are categorized and sub categorized well which makes it easy to navigate through them. One just needs to sign up with them and login to choose the products they wish to buy. Desired products can be added to the cart and checked out. Just fill in your postal details and choose your method of payment and that's it!
   The homepage of Jabong.com in addition to main shopping categories displays coupons for the ongoing sales and promotions, any upcoming events, the digital copy of their "The Juice" magazine as well as recent and popular posts from their blog. 

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

   One can also find the link for the registrations for the Jabong Online Fashion Week 2015. Jabong.com is looking for 15 Fashion Designers, 20 Models, 5 Photographers and 5 Make-Up & Hair Stylists so send in your resumes fast, as the last date for registrations is 30th November.
    Also, the Great Online Shopping Festival is soon going to be back with a bang and Jabong.com is going to be a part of it!
     Jabong.com is also the exclusive seller of few International brands. Some of these are - 
 G star Raw – first in India and exclusive at Jabong.com
 Burton – first in India and exclusive at Jabong.com
 ALDO – exclusive at Jabong.com
 HE mango – exclusive at Jabong.com

   My Jabong.com Shopping Experience:
   I had been meaning to buy a pinkish peach shade of lipstick as my favorite one is almost over and came across just the shade I was looking for by Street Wear. Also, couldn't resist buying a super cute combo of 3 bright colored nail enamels by the same brand and a Garnier moisturizer for the harsh winters.
   My order was processed and shipped from their warehouse in a day's time and was delivered to me at my doorstep within 60 hours of placing the order! The progress of my order was informed to me by mail as well as by phone messages at every step.
   All my stuff came enveloped in a plastic cover packaged in a cardboard box. Inside all the products were wrapped in bubble wrap and individually placed in a see through plastic cover.

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

   Products bought from Jabong.com:
- Street Wear Color Rich 26-Berry Dreamy Lipstick - Rs. 180/-
- Street Wear Color Rich Pink Love Collection - Rs. 180/- 
- Garnier Sun Control Moisturizer 50 Ml SPF 6 - Rs. 140/-

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

Online Shopping Site Review - Jabong.com

   Pros:
- Wide variety of quality products available.
- Good website loading speed.
- Fast shipping which can be tracked at any point of time.
- Though there is no fixed minimum amount above which shipping is free, the charges are waived if 2 or more products are bought together irrespective of their price.
- 30 days free returns.
- 24x7 telephone helpline. 
- A reward program in which points are given for purchases made. These points can be redeemed for shopping vouchers through a rewards catalog.
- Various modes of payment accepted like credit/debit cards, net banking, cash on delivery, gift cards and also Payback points. 

   Cons:
- Only a single gift card can be used at a time and discount codes cannot be used while redeeming a gift card unless the gift card is added to your Jabong.com account as Jabong.com credits.

   Verdict: 4.75/5.   
   Very impressed by the wide range of quality stuff available, the neat packaging and the fast delivery of products! Would love to shop through Jabong.com again! 
   

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Getting ready with the Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box


Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   This year, Maybelline made my Diwali more festive with their Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box.
   These Festive Fireworks boxes are available in 3 variants - Pink, Coral and Wine with each of them containing 5 full sized products - The Colossal Kajal, Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner, Color Sensational Lip Polish, Cheeky Glow Blush and a Color Show Nail Color.
   The Festive Fireworks Instaglam boxes come in a brown colored cardboard box with star shaped cut outs and Diwali and cosmetic themed graffiti on it. They have a magnetic lock to secure the box.
   The one which I received and would be reviewing here is the Coral Festive Fireworks box.

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   It contains -
   1. Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (Black) - 3 g priced at Rs. 245/-

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   As the name suggests, this eyeliner dries up to give a nice jet black glossy finish. Starting with the inner corner of my eye, I applied it on my upper eyelids in a winged manner to give my eyes a pretty festive look.


Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   2. The Colossal Kajal (Black) - 0.35 g priced at Rs. 199/-

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam BoxMaybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   Colossal Kajal is my absolute favorite as it gives good color and stays on for hours without smudging or fading! I applied it on my lower waterline to define my eyes. For detailed review, visit here.

   3. Cheeky Glow Blush (Fresh Coral) - 7 g priced at Rs. 275/-

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   The Cheeky Glow gave my cheeks the perfect healthy blush and is easy to apply,gives nice pigmentation which stays on for quite some time. I applied it on prominence of my cheeks with light backward and upward strokes to give a good contour to my face.

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   4. Color Show Nail Color (Coral Craze) - 6 ml priced at Rs. 75/-

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam BoxMaybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam BoxMaybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

    A nice coral shade to give my nails a nice and bubbly pop of color. Color Show enamels are cost effective, dry quickly and are available in a wide range of shades!

   5. Color Sensational Lip Polish (Glam - 1) - 5 ml priced at Rs. 450/-

Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   The product which combines 3 properties in one - Its moisturizes, gives a good color as well as a nice glossy finish to the lips. Glam - 1 gives an almost natural looking pinkish color which stays on for long, does not smudge or bleed and works well on pigmented lips.


Maybelline Festive Fireworks Instaglam Box

   So here's the finished look after using the 5 products from the Festive Fireworks Instaglam box. The only products I've used here apart from those stated are the Lakme CC Cream and the Maybelline The Hyper Curl Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara.


   Why you should buy one of these Instaglam boxes you ask?
- These Instaglam boxes make for a perfect gift for women, after all, which woman does not like makeup!
- Contains all the products essential for creating a complete look.
- The total price for the 5 products if bought separately is Rs. 1244/- while it's available at the discounted rate of Rs. 999/- when bought as an Instaglam box.
- Available in 3 variants, which can be chosen based on how dramatic you want your makeup to look. Coral for a sober, almost no - makeup look while Wine would give a more bold look!
- Easily available on all the major online sites.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Product Review - Garnier BB Cream


Garnier BB Cream

   A Beauty Benefit(BB) Cream is a product which unifies the goodness of many product in one like keeping the skin well moisturized, protecting it against UV rays, delaying aging, soothing, priming, concealing, etc. depending upon its contents.
   Today I am reviewing the Garnier BB Cream, one of the first BB Creams to be launched in the Indian market.


Garnier BB Cream

   Product Claims: For an instant "perfect skin" - BB Cream combines derivative of Vitamin C known for its antioxidant and brightening properties with mineral pigments to help visibly unify your skin.
A miracle you can instantly feel and see on your skin!
For skin care that instantly and effectively helps make your skin perfect, which is:
- Fairer.
- Glowing.
- Smooth.
- Even Toned.
- Moisturized.


Garnier BB Cream

   Price: Rs.99/-
   Volume: 18 g.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   How to apply: Spread the BB Cream like your regular moisturizer. Apply with light circular strokes from the middle of your face outwards on perfectly cleansed skin.

   Also available in a 40 g tube priced at Rs. 199/-


Garnier BB CreamGarnier BB Cream


   The Garnier BB Cream comes in a handy tube with a nozzle like opening. The cream is thinner compared to most BB creams in the market and has a mild fragrance. It is easy to apply and blends well into the skin. The cream provides an instant and natural glow to the skin, hiding light blemishes and fine lines and making it appear more even and clearer. It does not cause drying of the skin or make it appear chalky. No additional sunscreen is required as it contain SPF 24. I have a combination skin type whom it tends to make it oily earlier than normal and would suit better for people with dry skin. It's biggest limitation is the fact that it is available in just a single shade which suits people with a wheatish complexion only. 

Garnier BB Cream

Garnier BB Cream

   Pros:
- Packaged in a sleek little tube which is easy to carry.
- Slightly thinner consistency compared to other creams in the market, but not runny!
- Blends easily into the skin.
- Small pea sized amount is enough to cover the entire face well.
- Provides light coverage to hide pigmentation and redness and even out the complexion.
- Gives a healthy, bright and natural glow to the face.
- Hides fine lines to a certain extent.
- Does not make the skin look chalky.
- Does not make the skin feel dry.
- Has a mild fragrance, which isn't bothersome.
- Provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF 24.
- One of the most cost effective BB creams available in the market.
- Easily available across India. 

Garnier BB Cream
Before applying the Garnier BB Cream
 
Garnier BB Cream
After applying the Garnier BB Cream - Imparts a glow and hides redness and fine lines

    Cons:
- For people with oily skin type, it causes skin to become oily after a few hours of application.
- Available in only one shade in India, so may not suit everyone.
- Does not cover dark blemishes or pigmentation.

   Verdict: 3.75/5. 

   To summarize, the Garnier BB Cream is perfect to provide an instant natural glow to the face for people with a dry skin type with mild/moderate pigmentation who do not require much concealing. 

For more information, Check out - Garnier BB Cream

Monday, 20 October 2014

Product Review - Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605


Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605
  
Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

   Maybelline launched Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels, India's first-ever textured nail paints around 4 months back in 8 fabulous shades namely - Dazzling Diva, All That Glitters, Red Carpet, Pink Champagne, Bling on the Blue, Paparazzi Purple, Matinee Mauve and Starry Nights. 
   I am reviewing 2 of these pretty shades - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605 here today.


Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

   Product Claims: 
- Features the Color Dry Technology for a stylish, sand-textured effect.
- When applied on nails, it delivers a 3D shimmering effect.
- Perfect for experimental, trendy nail art.
- Easy to apply and dries quickly.
- Comes in 8 trendy, glittering shades.


Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

   Price: Rs. 125/-
   Volume: 6 ml
   Finish: Sand textured.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.

Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

   These nail enamels come in pretty round bottles with a black colored cap with the shade name and code engraved on top of them. The enamel consists of a colored base in which tiny round and larger hexagonal glitter particles are dispersed. The enamel is easy to apply with glitter dispersing easily without the need to tug on them. It dries quickly to give a frosted finish. A single coat gives good color but for absolute opaque nails 2 coats are required. It has a sand textured finish, which becomes smoother as days pass. The enamel lasts for about 2 - 3 days before it started showing tip wear on my right hand, while for around 6 -7 days with minimal tip wear on my left hand. It lasts much longer and gives a more shinier appearance with a top coat.


Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605

   Pros:
- Pretty packaging in sturdy round bottles.
- Quick dry formula.
- Has a textured finish, but isn't too rough.
- The glitter particles spreads evenly.
- 2 coats give maximum color payoff.
- Decent staying power when applied with a top coat.
- Good price for money.
- Available in 8 smashing colors
- Easily available across the nation.

   Cons:
- Pretty hard to remove.


   Verdict: 4.75/5. Absolutely love these enamels! Can't wait to try them out in other shades as well. 

Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Enamels - Dazzling Diva #602 and Matinee Mauve #605