Wednesday, 23 December 2015

#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet


#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet

   Flipkart in collaboration with IndiBlogger organized a bloggers meet in Mumbai on 19th December, 2015 at Blue Frog, Lower Parel to announce the launch of the Flipkart Li’l Stars – India’s Biggest Online Kids Store. The meet was open to all Mumbai bloggers irrespective of whether they were parents or not and a email informing us about the same was sent to our respective IDs which took us to the registration page on IndiBlogger.com. I was initially a bit skeptical about enrolling for this meet as I already had confirmed my attendance for another event which was scheduled to happen on the same day. But luckily my stars aligned and I found out that both the events were actually taking place in close vicinity of each other and at different times, which made me enroll for the #FlipkartKids right away!

#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet
          One of my entries for the #FlipkartKids Twitter Giveaway.
 
   Anyone who has ever registered for an IndiBlogger meet would know that their crew always makes it a point to get the bloggers involved and excited for the meet by organizing giveaways prior to the meet itself. This time around, we were supposed to tweet pictures of toys that we owned or those from the Flipkart online kids store with the hashtag #FlipkartKids, keeping with the theme of the meet. The winners for the same were announced a day after the meet via email. Sadly, I didn't end up winning this mini contest despite my enthusiastic participation. Hope I have a better luck next time! Fingers crossed!

#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet
A bloody good Bloody Mary!!

   The event started at 2:00 pm with bloggers registering themselves and settling into the signature "Blue Frog" pods catching up with their old buddies, networking and getting to know other fellow IndiBloggers. Those with a large appetite satiated their hunger with a buffet lunch while others enjoyed the tasty appetizers and the free flowing bubbly. This was followed by Anoop Johnson from the IndiBlogger team welcoming everyone and the amiable Chota Bheem making an appearance, and getting his picture clicked with one and all.
   This was followed by an all lively debate with Kalpana Behara on “Questions and debates in the mind of a parent blogger” and the Flipkart introduction, welcome and address. After this, was the panel discussion and the Q&A session with representatives from Disney, Mattel and Chhota Bheem.

#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet
Flipkart toy trends in 2015.

   The e-commerce trends that are changing the way the people shop:
   In an age, where interpersonal competition has reached to such extents that people don't even have the time to stop and smell the roses, the Flipkart online store proves to be a blessing for one and all, more so parents shopping for their little ones. The Flipkart website portal and the mobile app helps one shop from anywhere, at any time - Be it while traveling in a train, in between office hours, when insomnia just wouldn't let you sleep or while cradling your baby to sleep! The options of free delivery which many sellers offer, the express 1 day delivery promise on payment of a few extra bucks for when you need products urgently and the option of store pickup for shipments add to the benefit of shopping at Flipkart. If these options were not reason enough, the wide range of products available and the special discounts like #BigAppShoppingDays and #BigBillionShoppingDays add to the shopping experience and in reducing the expenses incurred! Also, one can be sure of the quality of products ( When it comes to their children, a parent would never settle for anything apart from the very best. ) by viewing the ratings and reading the previous buyer reviews, but in case one is not happy with the products received there as always the safety net of easy return policy to fall back! Flipkart also is great for sellers, as it provides a huge platform for people to sell their products by exposing all what that they have to offer to a nationwide audience.
 
#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet
Blunder In The Code - Unplugged!
 
   After such intense sessions it was time for everyone to have a little fun. So next came an unplugged performance from the IndiBlogger house band - Blunder in the Code. Starting from songs with soft beats, they built up the tempo as they proceeded to perform one song after the another which had us all tapping our feet and swaying to the music!

#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet
Blogger Buddies.

   An IndiBlogger meet is never finished until we play some new, fun and innovative games. We were introduced to the world of Mad Ads game for which all us bloggers were divided into groups of 10 (ish) people and each group had to conceptualize and enact a small skit/advertisement idea incorporating products from the Flipkart online kids store. Ours was the first team to perform. We based it on the backdrop of the popular television soap - Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma wherein the kids were troubling their mothers to buy them new toys for them for Christmas and the mothers obliged happily all thanks to the wide range of toys available on Flipkart. I was a bit scared to perform my part as I suffer from terrible stage fright but thankfully the entire skit went well without any awkward moments or without people forgetting their lines. The results for the same were announced a day later via email and our "IndiBlogger Ka Oolta Chashma" AKA Team 1 team along with Team 2 ended up winning the Mad Ads game.

#FlipkartKids IndiBlogger Meet
Chota Bheem soft toy.

   After an afternoon full of interactive learning, music and fun all us IndiBloggers posed for the mandatory group pictures, for the last time in the year 2015, and bid goodbye to each other. As a surprise, each one of us was gifted a cute little "Chota Bheem" soft toy dressed in his chic, furry winter avatar to take home on the way out of Blue Frog.
 

Monday, 21 December 2015

Product Review - Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream


Product Review - Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream

   Dr. Jamuna Pai is a renowned celebrity cosmetic physician, author and educator who is considered to be the pioneer of cosmetology in India. She is the chairperson and founder of Blush Clinics, the  franchise of which is located in Mumbai, New Delhi and in Pune. Reviewing a cream from Blush Cosmetics, a range of homecare maintenance skincare products available exclusively at Blush Clinics, the Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream below.

   Product Claims: Complement your skincare treatment with our range of exclusively formulated homecare maintenance products which are tried, tested and trusted and that will keep your skin nourished, glowing and fresh for long. 

Product Review - Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream

   Price: Rs. 500/-
   Volume: 50 g.
   Shelf Life: 24 months.
   Directions of use: Wash face and pat dry. Take enough cream on finger tip and apply generously to all areas of the face including neck. Use gentle upward circular motions to massage the cream into the skin and around the eyes. Do not wash face after application.
   Ingredients:
Product Review - Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream

   The Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream comes packaged in a cylindrical white tub which is fitted with a black colored sturdy and leak proof screw cap. The name of the product, directions for use, volume provided, manufacturing details as well as the price is printed on the container tub. Since the cream has to be removed by dipping fingers into the container tub, it may cause contamination of the product.
   The night cream has a mild, pleasant scent and has a beige color. It has a dense, creamy, almost butter like consistency. A small quantity is sufficient to cover the facial skin and moisturize it. It blends well and gets absorbed into the skin without leaving a whitish cast. It feels light on the skin and gives it an instant refreshed look. The night cream does not cause my skin to break out nor does it make it oily. It helps in making the skin feel soft and supple and in providing it with a radiant glow.
   The major drawback associated with Blush Cosmetics products is that these are only available at Blush clinics. Also, few people may find the cost of the cream to be on the pricier side.

Product Review - Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream

   Pros:
- Packaged in a sturdy, attractive and travel friendly tub.
- Has a dense, creamy, almost butter like consistency.
- Pleasantly scented.
- A tiny amount is needed for desired effect.
- Moisturizes the skin well.
- Does not feel heavy on the skin.
- Gets absorbed into the skin without leaving a whitish cast.
- Instantly refreshes the skin. 
- Doesn't make my skin oily. 
- Does not cause skin to break out.
- Makes the skin soft and supple.
- Gives the skin a radiant glow with continued usage.

   Cons:
- Dipping fingers into the container to remove the cream can cause hygiene issues.
- Availability is restricted as products can be brought only from Blush clinics.
- Cost is a bit on the higher side.

Product Review - Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream

     Verdict: 4.5/5. This pleasantly scented Blush Cosmetics Replenishing Night Cream which moisturizes the skin and makes it soft and supple is a definite keeper.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Product Review - Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash


   Clean & Clear is a brand which needs no introduction. Their range of face washes are amongst the most commonly used skincare products across the nation. I have seen many of my immediate family members use their products on a daily basis, but somehow never got around to using the same on my skin. So when I was contacted by one of their reps for collaborating for a review, I said why not!

Product Review - Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash

    Ready Face:
   We all know that our teen years are probably the most difficult years of our lives - A roller coaster of sorts - Physically, emotionally as well as mentally. Hormones are at an all time high, stress levels at peak - And the result of this is seen on our facial skin in form of hyperactive sebaceous glands leading to oiliness, acne and blemishes. These marks add to the stress and often lower one's confidence - Which is where the Clean & Clear foaming face wash enters as the savior of the day - It prevent pimples, oily shine and blackheads; thoroughly removing oil and dust without over-drying skin, promising to control oil for up to 8 hours, leaving skin feeling clean, clear and radiant which leads to a better looking you - And as we all know - When we look good, we feel good and more confident, ready to face the world head on. Thus, the Clean & Clear foaming face wash helps us to Take back the mirror with a Ready Face.
 
   Product Claims: The Clean & Clear foaming face wash is specially designed for young skin - To remove excess oil, while its special ingredients help prevent pimples. Its liquid formula cleans deep without causing dryness, and is gentle enough to use every day, for clean and clear skin that glows.

Product Review - Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash

    Price: Rs. 99/-
   Volume: 100 ml.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions to use: Apply a small amount on wet palm and work into rich lather. Gently massage onto face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off thoroughly. Use twice daily for skin that's beautiful, clean and clear! Follow with Clean & Clear Oil Free Moisturizer for best results.
   Ingredients: Water, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Phosphate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Fragrance, Pentasodium Triphosphate, O-Cymen-5-ol, Benzophenone-4, Butylated Hydroxy Toluene.

Product Review - Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash

    The Clean & Clear foaming face wash comes packaged in a see through plastic bottle with a purple colored flip cap. The packaging is compact, sturdy, attractive and travel friendly. The bottle has the name of the product printed on its front side, while the product claims, directions of use, ingredients, manufacturing details, price, volume provided, and manufacturing date on its back side.
   The Clean & Clear foaming face wash is manufactured specially with those who have an oily skin type - Its formula is oil free, which prevents clogging of pores.
   The face wash formulation is clear in color, has a pleasant scent and is pretty thin in consistency. A very small amount is required for usage, and addition of water to it provides it with abundant lather. It cleanses the facial skin well, getting rid of oiliness, dirt and makeup in the process. It easily gets washed off, leaving no creamy/sticky residue behind. It gives a feeling of freshness to the skin, giving it a radiant glow after use. Occasionally, it leaves the skin around the corners of my mouth and cheeks feeling stretched, dry and flaky, mandating the use of a moisturizer in conjunction with the face wash. That being said, it does a wonderful job of keeping my skin oil free for hours on end and thus reduces the incidence of occurrence of acne.
   Pricing of the Clean & Clear foaming face wash is right on the money and it is also easily available across the nation. 

Product Review - Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash

    Pros:
- Comes packaged in a sturdy, attractive and travel friendly bottle.
- Has a mild, pleasant scent.
- A small quantity gives optimal result.
- Lathers abundantly.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Doesn't leave a creamy residue on skin after rinsing.
- Cleanses the face well.
- Gets rid of oiliness, dirt and makeup.
- Refreshes the skin.
- Gives a radiant, even complexion.
- Reduces incidence of acne eruptions.
- Keeps face oil free for hours.
- Price is easy on the pocket.
- Easily available across the nation.

   Cons:
- Thinner in consistency than what I prefer.
- Occasionally makes skin look dry and patchy.

Product Review - Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash

   Verdict: 4.25/5. A very cost effective, must have product for those with oily skin type which rightly delivers what it promises - Clean and clear skin that glows!
 

Friday, 4 December 2015

My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP


   It's already the first week of December, and I'm sure that all of you have already started shopping for yourselves as well as your loved ones for Christmas! A lot of you would have also started dropping hints to your dear ones to help them buy the perfect holiday gift for you! Making a wishlist from your favorite online retail site is a wonderful way to do the same, so that your loved ones come to know about the things that you need in your closet and about your personal style.
   So below is the list of items I'd love to own this Christmas. I am including only shoes and accessories from OASAP here. I have chosen just one product from each of their subcategories (A very difficult task as OASAP has so many lust worthy products) to keep the list from becoming way too long!


My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Big Bowknot Pointed Toe High Heels Stilettos
   These pointed toe stilettos are available in 2 colors on OASAP - Black and in apricot. The big bow at the outer side gives these stilettos a very classy look. These can be worn to any cocktail party or formal event, the shade of the shoes being such that it would go well with an outfit of any color!
   Original Price - $109.99
   Discounted Price - $64.99


My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Hot Pink Lips Pattern Incompleted Ring
   This ring though originally was available in two different colors - Pink and in red, is now available in only the red shade. It has a very chic red lips pattern on one side while the other has been fitted with a faux pearl. It can be worn with a pair of denims to give a quirky touch to a casual ensemble.
   Original Price - $9.99
   Discounted Price - $5.99


My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Plaid Tassel-Trim Scarf 
   This scarf features the colors red, navy blue and black on one side while it is black and white on its flip side, both having a plaid pattern. Its 185 x 80 cm wide material is perfect to provide warmth in these harsh winters. It makes for a perfect winter accessory and also a good gifting option this Christmas!
   Original Price - $24.99
   Discounted Price - $14.99

My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Gorgeous Multi Strand Pendant Hollow Out Necklace
   This multi stranded, rhinestone studded necklace is one of my absolute favorites from OASAP. It's a simple piece of jewellery which can elevate your style quotient and take it to a whole another level when paired with a simple dress or a top.
   Original Price - $14.99
   Discounted Price -$10.99

My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Cute Rabbit Ears Hairbands
   These rabbit ears hairbands are available in a varied variety of vibrant colors and can be worn by children as well as by women. Add these to an otherwise monochromatic look to give a touch of playfulness to your ensemble. 
   Original Price - $9.99
   Discounted Price - $6.99
 
My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Gold Tone Bear Pendent Bracelet
   This cute little gold toned charms bracelet with an adjustable clasp is perfect to accessorize your look and serves as a reminder of the child in each one of us! It is attached to multiple charms - A cute teddy bear, a gold toned coin, two rhinestones and three pieces of faux pearl. It can be worn singly or can be layered with a couple of other bracelets and a watch to give it a more distinct and eye catching look.
   Original Price - $14.99
   Discounted Price - $7.99

My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Retro Etched Plated Gold Deer Pattern Christmas Brooch
   Found this gold toned brooch in the 'Others' section. It's a unisex piece which can be worn by women as well as by men. The deer shaped design makes this brooch perfect for Christmas. Accessorize your jacket or blouse by pinning this brooch onto it to add an element of festive cheer to your ensemble. It can also be used to pin up a sari to keep it in place.
   Original Price - $9.99
   Discounted Price - $5.99
My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Smooth Plate Stretch Waist Belt 
   This belt features a gold toned metallic plate in the front and a fastening hook on its backside which is held together with a stretchable fabric. It is available in 9 different shades and is a must have to add oomph to your outfit. Add it to a loose dress or top to add more structure to your outfit and define your waist.
   Original Price - $34.99
   Discounted Price - $21.99

My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Essential Golden Cutout Floral Earrings
   I found these metallic cutout gold tone dangling earrings very versatile and easy on the pocket. These can be paired with western attires as well as with traditional Indian clothes.
   Original Price - $9.99
   Discounted Price - $6.99


My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Vintage Round Sunglasses
   These vintage round sunglasses have a metallic frame and are provided with tinted lenses with UVA and UVB protection, silicon nose pads for grip and slip arms with curved capped temple tips for a secure fit. These are available in 3 colors and would look perfect worn with any daytime attire.
   Original Price - $24.99
   Discounted Price - $12.99

My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Fashion Floral Cutout Handbag
This handbag is available in 2 colors - Golden and brown. It has an overall floral cutout design and a faux leather handle. It is provided with a detachable lining with tassel embellished drawstrings and detachable shoulder straps as well. It is a perfect accompaniment to carry all your essentials, and would certainly be a source of compliments wherever you go.
   Original Price - $79.99
   Discounted Price - $42.99
My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Plaid Navy Beige Cotton Ankle Socks
   These cotton socks with a plaid pattern would make for an interesting addition to a person's closet. The design of the socks is such that it can be worn by women as well as by men. Pair them with a pair of fluorescent sneakers and you're good to go!
   Original Price - $11.99
   Discounted Price - $6.99
My Christmas Shopping Wishlist from OASAP
   Broad Brim Wool Blend Hat
   These wool blend hats are available in 9 different colors and feature a broad brim. The cute little knotted bow on it adds a classy touch to it. Wear these to romantic dates, brunches, vineyards or at derby races to add elegance to your appearance.
   Original Price - $34.99
   Discounted Price - $21.99

Monday, 23 November 2015

Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP


   OASAP is an online fashion store which offers women’s apparel, bags, shoes, jewellery, accessories, etc. inspired by the latest trends in fashion at pocket friendly prices. They offer free worldwide shipping (No minimum purchase amount required.) and easy unconditional 45 day returns and exchange on items. They regularly have sales and provide great offers across all categories. Also, they have a system wherein customer's account gets credited with points on purchase of items which can be used to buy more stuff. Not only that, but buyers can also post pictures/videos of bought products to showcase their looks, gaining more credit points for themselves and at the same time helping others make a more informed decision of buying from OASAP.
   All these reasons and many more always made me go back to OASAP to check out their latest products, so when I was contacted by one of their reps for a collaboration a few days ago, I gladly said yes! So here is my first post featuring OASAP where I have listed down my top 10 budget buys - That too each under $9.99 i.e under Rs. 600/- Also, the product name serves as the direct link to its parent page on OASAP so that you can gather more information on the product with ease.

1. Darling Spaghetti Strap Open Back Pleated Dress.
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Found this little black dress to be the most eye catching piece amongst all the budget buys. It is perfect for a fine dining dinner date as well as a party alike. Pair it up with black strappy heels, add on a few gold tone accessories and finish your look with bright red lips and nails and you're good to go!
   Original Price - $49.99
   Discounted Price - $9.99
 
2. Black Color Patchwork 2PC Bikini Swimwear
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Every woman secretly hopes of owning a ravishing bikini set, I know I do! Loved the color scheme of fluorescent green - white - black used to create this masterpiece. Perfect to flaunt a toned body or encourage one to get fitter to fit into it!
   Original Price - $34.99
   Discounted Price - $9.99 

3. Chic Red Lip Print Long Sleeve 
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   This red lip print shirt is available in two different colors on the site - In black and in white. Personally, I liked the one in black more as is gives a more dramatic visual effect. Pair it up with basic blue denims tucking the shirt in for a comfortable and chic look, perfect for a casual outing or a shopping spree with your girlfriends.
   Original Price - $19.99
   Discounted Price - $9.99

4. Golden Multi-Strand Box Chain Layered Necklace
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Gold toned is how I like my accessories. The color of this piece and the current trend of layered necklaces made this an absolute must have for me! Plus adding this single piece of accessory can glam up any ensemble, completely transforming a look.
   Original Price - $14.99
   Discounted Price - $9.99

5. Floral Jacquard Sleeveless A-line Skater Dress
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Another absolute must buy product from OASAP. It has a floral print and is made of a textured fabric giving it a very rich feel. Perfect for flaunting your good taste in apparel at brunches and formal day events. Pair it with diamond/crystal stud earrings and white peep-toes to give it a regal look.
   Original Price - $39.99
   Discounted Price - $9.99

6. Hot Lace Cropped Top
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   This delicate little lace crop top is perfect for a romantic date and is also available in black as well as white color on the site. It oozes femininity and can be paired with literally anything, right from a simple pair of denims to black leather pants!
   Original Price - $24.99
   Discounted Price - $7.99

7. Candy Color Skater Skirt
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   This chiffon skirt with an elastic waist is available in 15 different pastel shades, each color more beautiful than the next. Team it with a sequin top and add pumps for the perfect look for a crazy night of partying.
   Original Price - $34.99
   Discounted Price - $9.99

8. Vintage Gold-Tone Tassel Dangle Necklace
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Another piece of jewellery from OASAP that I absolutely adored. Tassels are big this season and look pretty fabulous if you ask me, so incorporating a piece or two in your wardrobe might not be such a bad idea!
   Original Price - $14.99 
   Discounted Price - $8.99

9. Sweet Pleated A-Line Skirt
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Add this burgundy colored A line skirt to your wardrobe, a piece which is guaranteed to flatter all body shapes. Wear it with a tucked in blouse, large framed spectacles and moccasins for a nerdy look.
   Original Price - $19.99
   Discounted Price - $8.99

10. Lovable Print White Tee
Top 10 budget buys under $9.99 from OASAP
   Found this tee with a printed geometric print in pastels to be the cutest find on my quest for budget items. Simply pair it with blue shorts, brown gladiators, delicate layered necklace, flash tattoos and tie your hair in a messy bun or a braid and you're ready to hit the beach!
   Original Price - $19.99 
   Discounted Price - $6.99

   Would love to know how you guys liked this shortlisted list! Also, don't forget to check OASAP to get good deals on apparel, accessories and more!