Sunday, 18 September 2016

Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

 
Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

   Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with getting dressed up, wearing mom's jewellery and using cosmetic products on myself. As I grew, with increasing age, this interest started dwindling until fairly recently when I fell head over heels in love with cosmetics. But, through the years, my love for jazzing up my nails with nail enamels always stayed the same. No shopping trip would end without me buying myself at least a bottle of the same. So keeping up with this love for nail enamels, today I am reviewing products from a fairly new Indian brand, the Miss Nails Nail Enamels in shades Iron Women MN 33 and Dusky Brown MN 13.

Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

   Product Claims: Good nail polish is the simplest of ways for the women to make a style statement! We understand this, and hence we are a rapidly emerging manufacturer, exporter, and supplier of nail polish. The nail polish dries off quickly and provides a shiny texture to the nails. Known for its fine finish, the nail polish comes in various shades and it is easily removable.
 
Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

   Price: Rs. 129/-
   Volume: 16 ml.
   Shelf Life: Not mentioned.

Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

   Miss Nails nail enamels come packed in sturdy and attractive transparent cubical glass containers with long stemmed metallic copper colored screw caps which are attached on its inside to applicator brushes much like other nail enamels. These bottles are printed with the brand and shade name, manufacturing details, price and the volume provided. The caps are detailed to give the appearance of crystals stuck to it to spell the brand name "Miss Nails". The applicator brushes have pliable and soft 1.5 cm bristles that help in easy application of the nail enamel. 
   The shade Iron Women MN 33 is metallic, light gold in color while Dusky Brown MN 13 is dark chocolaty brown with tiny silvery-purple glitter particles interspersed in it which give a slight sparkle to the enamel when exposed to light.
   These enamels have a perfect liquid consistency which gives a decent amount of color even with a single swipe, but I'd recommend two coats of the same for completely opaque nails. Drying of the enamel takes time, giving a perfectly smooth texture with a shiny finish without streaking of the colors. The enamel stayed on my nails for roughly 3 - 4 days before showing signs of tip wear and chipping, which is quite commendable. These enamels are quite easy to remove with the help of nail enamel removers and do not leave any residual stain on the nails after doing so. Also, the availability of Miss Nails nail enamels in a wide range of shades make them perfect to dress up the nails for every occasion!
   Priced at rates friendly for the consumer's pockets and wide availability across online retail sites and offline stores make Miss Nails nail enamels a good budget buy!
 
Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13
 
   Pros:
- Attractive, sturdy and travel friendly packaging.
- Ease of application with the thin pliable brush provided.
- Perfect liquid consistency of the enamel.
- Two coats provide opaque nails.
- Gives a smooth, shiny finish.
- No streaking of colors seen.
- Decent staying power.
- Enamels get removed easily with nail enamel remover.
- Do not stain nails.
- Wide range of shades available.
- Easily available across online platforms.
- Budget friendly buy.

   Cons:
- Enamel takes time to dry completely.
 
Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

   Verdict: 4.75/5. Absolutely in love with the two shades of Miss Nails nail enamels that I tried. Good staying power, wide range of colors, budget friendly prices and a smooth and shiny finish make these enamels a must buy!

Product Review - Miss Nails Nail Enamels - Iron Women MN 33 & Dusky Brown MN 13

Thursday, 25 August 2016

#BootUpYourLife with Reliance resQ Care Plan


#BootUpYourLife with Reliance resQ Care Plan

   Electronics are something that we, the generation of today, cannot imagine our lives without. And considering how they make our lives easier and entertain us, why wouldn’t that be? We are so dependent on our televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, computers, air conditioners and more that the moment they stop working or experience a glitch, all hell breaks loose. It is then that the frantic search for warranty cards, hassles of taking the broken down item to and from the purchasing stores or the never-ending quest of finding a qualified and dependable electrician begins. It was these problems which consumers face which made Reliance come up with their resQ Care Plan. They were kind enough to send, Mr. Narsing Pandhre, a Specialist Engineer, part of the resQ team since around 5 years, who informed me about the different features offered by them.

#BootUpYourLife with Reliance resQ Care Plan

#BootUpYourLife with Reliance resQ Care Plan

   The prerequisites for signing up an appliance for the Reliance resQ Care Plan are that it should be in a working condition and be brought less than a certain numbers of years ago (Five years for television, Ten years for a refrigerator and air conditioner, and so on) which is ascertained by one of their qualified team members. The state of the appliance, specific type and age of the same is ascertained, the same along with customer's details are jotted down on the resQ invoice form and payment for the same is to be made according to the rate card. The appliances can be signed up for resQ during their warranty period (2 years at a time) or even after it has expired (For 1 year period), and can be both, those bought from a Reliance Digital or any other retail store. Signing up for the resQ Care Plan also entitles users to 5 different vouchers, ranging from a free service to attractive discounts.

#BootUpYourLife with Reliance resQ Care Plan

   Once the process of aforementioned registration is done, Reliance resQ takes up the responsibility of the appliance with regards to its installation, maintenance or repair, depending upon the need that arises, until the date of lapse of the warranty. One needs to just contact the resQ team for the service needed, and they would take care of the rest - Transportation of the device if needed, diagnosing the problem and repairing it either by tweaking with the appliances or if needed installing new parts sourced right from the manufacturing brand, all that without having to shell out any extra cash! They also provide regular servicing of appliances like air conditioners and provide a standby unit for certain devices like refrigerators until the customer's device is transported back to their homes after repairs.

#BootUpYourLife with Reliance resQ Care Plan

   When asked about what makes the resQ Care Plan different and better than the rest, Mr. Narsing Pandre concluded with the following points:
- The first installation - maintenance - repair service of its kind.
- Provides multi-brand, multi-product services all under one roof.
- Transportation of the product to and fro the service centre is provided.
- Provision of stand-by unit in case of delays in service.
- No additional expenditure needed from the customer's side apart from the initial investment.
- In case the product under warranty cannot by serviced due to unavailability of the defective part, rendering the appliance useless, resQ pays a part of the price of the product.
- Complimentary booklet containing 5 resQ vouchers.
- Services provided 365 days a year.
- Long working hours (10 am to 10 pm) for convenience of customers.

   To know more about Reliance Digital, click here and for more information on resQ Care Plan, click here

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Product Review - Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap



Product Review - Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap
  
   I have recently been experimenting with a lot of 'Make In India' brands which make their products solely using natural ingredients and are devoid of chemical additives. On my journey of the same, I came across the brand - Fuschia, a subunit of Vkare Bio Sciences Pvt. Ltd. which manufactures natural, handmade skincare products. Reviewing a soap, the Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap from their range below.
 
   Product Claims: Natural handcrafted soap is a luxurious tool in keeping your skin healthy. With its creamy lather, wonderful fragrances, and now affordable prices, pampering yourself has never felt so good. Its popularity is growing rapidly as a chemical free alternative to conventional soaps.
- Made With Natural Ingredients, Fragrance and Essential Aroma Oils.
- Offers Healing & Curative Properties - Common skin disorders like acne, eczema and psoriasis can be treated.
- Contains Anti-Oxidants.
- Contains the Natural Humectant (Moisturizer) Known as “Glycerin”.
- Is Simply Luxurious To Look At.

Product Review - Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap
 
   Price: Rs. 225/-
   Volume: 100 g.
   Shelf Life: 24 months.
   Care Of Your Soap:
- Don't let your soap stay in water for long.
- Use a well-drained soap dish to keep your soap dry.
- Use loofah to increase the life of soap.
- Store your soap in a cool, dry, dark & well-ventilated closet.
- Soap color may fade with time & exposure to excess light, but this does not effect the soap quality & efficacy.
   Ingredients: Enriched with vegetable glycerine base, olive oil, castor oil, active herbs & spices (in herbal variants), coconut oil, palm oil & essential aroma oils.
  
Product Review - Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap

   The Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap comes wrapped in transparent cellophane which is encased in a simple embossed pink cardboard covering. The outer cover is stuck with an information sticker mentioning the name of - The brand, the product and its specific variant and its size on its front side while yet another one printed with its price, manufacturing date and contact and customer care details is present on its backside. The soap comes with a small pamphlet which mentions its ingredients, shelf life and points mentioned above as 'Care Of Your Soap'. The soap itself is translucent, dark ruby red in color and has a few air bubbles interspersed in it giving its surface a bit of a bumpy feel.
   The Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap fills the bathroom with its berry fragrance, lathering well on coming in contact with water. It cleanses the skin effectively providing it with freshness. It is easy to rinse off the skin without leaving any kind of residue on it. It doesn't dry out the skin by stripping it off its natural oils, helping to keep it soft and supple. It kept my skin free from acne through entire duration of its use. A single bar lasted for 25 long days for me, resisting quick dissolution, which is commendable considering the soap's size and the absence of artificial preservatives in it. Also, the soap is cruelty free, 100 % vegetarian and free from SLS, parabens, pthalates and mineral oil. 
   The Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap is easily available across online retail portals in India but may prove to be a bit pricey for many people at Rs. 225/- for a single bar.
 
Product Review - Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap
 
   Pros:
- Simple, compact packaging.
- Scented with fragrance of berries.
- Lathers well.
- Cleanses skin effectively.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Does not leave creamy residue on skin.
- Doesn't strip skin off its natural oils.
- Doesn't dry out the skin.
- Refreshes the skin.
- Keeps skin soft and supple.
- Keeps eruption of acne in check.
- A single bar lasts around for 25 days.
- Resists quick dissolution when kept in a dry soap bar. 
- 100 % vegetarian soap.
- SLS, parabens, pthalates and mineral oil free.
- Cruelty free brand.
- Easily available across the nation.

   Cons:
- Priced on the higher side for a soap.

   Verdict: 4.25/5. The thorough, gentle cleansing provided by the fragrant Fuschia Raspberry Natural Handmade Glycerine Soap makes it well worth a try!
 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions



Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

   The most dreaded time for any women is when her so called 'Aunt Flow' comes visiting and one biggest problem that she brings with her is uncomfortable nights spent due to sleeping ugly, wetness and fear of staining. Jotting down my first impressions on the Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads, the longest napkin in India, the makers of which promise us of preventing leakage until morning so that we can sleep peacefully all night long.

   Product Claims: Prevents leakage until morning. No matter in which position you sleep. Provides a 3 way leakage control through -
- Wider Hip Guard: Covers your panty from the back for extra coverage to prevent stains, even on heavy flow nights.
- Shape Maintenance System: Keeps the pad in shape by being flexible with any position that you may sleep in.
- Double Absorbent Core: Fits the body and continues to absorb from night until morning.

Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

   Price: Rs. 155/-
   No. of pads: 10.
   Directions for use:
- Open the napkin.
- Place the wings (W) part on the crotch area of the panty. Remove the release paper, wrap around and press firmly.
- Remove the release paper from wider hip guard (HG) and paste it inside the back of the panty (Do not wrap outside the panty).
   Directions for disposal: Wrap the pad in paper and throw in a dustbin. Do not flush pads, it may cause clogging of drains.

Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

   The Sofy Overnight Sanitary Pads come packed in a dark blue plastic packaging which is printed with pertinent information like name of the brand and specific product, its size, product claims, direction for use as well as disposal, no. of pads, price, manufacturing and customer care details. Each sanitary pad is wrapped singly in a white cover which helps in easy disposal. The pads itself are white, 350 mm in length (XXL size) and also quite broad to provide optimum coverage. They are thin in width, due to which they are not visible under fitted clothing. They are light in weight, have a mild pleasant scent, and are provided with five adhesive surfaces for better attachment - One to be pressed across the crotch area of the panty, and one each acting as the wing and the hip guard. Also, illustrated instructions on the outer packaging makes using and disposing these very simple.
   The #SofyOvernight night pads are quite affordable considering their size and long hours of protection that they claim to provide. Also, these are available easily in India, through local chemists, supermarkets as well as online retail sites.

Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

   Pros:
- Simple, compact, travel friendly packaging.
- Long size provides protection for extended time period.
- It is long - XXL, 35 cms and has a wider hip guard to cover the hip area.
- Pads are thin enough to not be visible when worn under fitted clothes.
- Doesn't have an unpleasant scent.
- The wings and hip guard provide for stable attachment.
- Provides ease of usage and disposal.
- Easily available in India across, both, online as well as offline platforms.
- Priced keeping in mind affordability of the masses.

   Cons:
- None on first impressions.
  
Product Review - Sofy Bodyfit Overnight Sanitary Pads - First Impressions

Monday, 11 July 2016

Product Review - Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser


Product Review - Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser

   One of the organic, cruelty free 'Make In India' brands that I had been meaning to try since long was Kama Ayurveda. Having heard great positive reviews from many sources, I recently bought a few of their products for myself. Below is the detailed review of the Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser. Do give it a read to know if it stays true to its brand's reputation and product claims.

   Product Claims: A perfect hydrating face wash filled with natural ingredients, which gently and thoroughly clean skin and remove light makeup. Aloe Vera leaf juice heals and smoothens skin, Vetiver root and Black Cumin seeds are antibacterial, Jojoba seed oil softens and rejuvenates skin, minimizing fine lines and promoting skin suppleness. The pure essential oil of Rose has excellent emollient and hydrating properties keeping the skin soft, young and moisturized while the pure essential oil of Jasmine is an effective toner and helps reduce skin marks and scarring.

    Price: Rs. 375/-
   Volume: 50 ml.
   Shelf Life: 24 months.
   Directions: Use appropriate amount on damp skin, light massage and rinse well with lukewarm water & pat dry.
   Ingredients: Vetiver Root Extract,Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Rose & Jasmine Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Sorbate, Holy Basil Leaf Extract, Guar Gum, Liquorice Root Extract, Glycerin, Cumin Seed Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Aqua, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice.

Product Review - Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser

   The Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser comes packed as an amber colored compact, simple, attractive and sturdy container bottle provided with a black pump dispenser and a transparent cap for protection against product leakage. It comes labelled with the brand and product name, product claims, directions for use, ingredients, caution warnings, price, volume provided, shelf life, manufacturing and customer care details.
   The face cleanser solution is clear in color, possesses a strong rose scent and is a bit runny in consistency. Just two pumps of the solution are enough to cleanse the face, though the lather it creates isn't a lot due to absence of artificial sulphates. It does not form a creamy layer on the skin and is easy to rinse off. The cleanser gets rid of oil, dirt and traces of light makeup from the skin, providing it with a fresh, radiant look. It does not strip the skin of its natural oils and keeps it well moisturized. Also, it helps in keeping skin soft, supple and oil free. Over time it helps in keeping the eruption of acne in check. It does not contain artificial colors/fragrance or petrochemicals, parabens, urea, propylene glycol or sulphates. It is a 100 % vegetarian product and is cruelty free as well.
   The Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser's price is on the higher side of the spectrum compared to many other face washes in the market, though they are easily available through their stores and website in India and internationally as well.

Product Review - Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser

   Pros:
- Simple, compact, attractive packaging.
- Possesses a natural smelling rose scent.
- Just a small amount is enough to cleanse the face.
- Lathers sufficiently.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Does not form a creamy layer on skin.
- Cleanses oil, light makeup and dirt off the face.
- Gives a fresh look/feel to the skin.
- Does not strip the skin of its natural oils.
- Does not cause drying of skin.
- Leaves skin soft, supple and radiant.
- Keeps skin oil free for hours.
- Keeps acne in check.
- 100 % vegetarian product.
- Cruelty free product.
- Easily available across the nation.

    Cons:
- The solution is a bit runny in consistency.
- Price is on higher side of the spectrum.
 
Product Review - Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser

   Verdict: 4.25/5. Though a bit costly in price, the Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser is a great smelling, thorough yet mild face wash, suitable for all skin types.
 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner


Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner

   The beautiful ladies at Oriflame had sent me the Oriflame The One Wonder Liner as a Women's Day gift a few months ago. Reviewing the same here today. Do give the article a read to find our how it fared with me.

   Product Claims: Get the lines you want with the flick of a wrist. 
- Slanted tip for perfectly bold or delicate lines.
- Quick and easy to apply.
- Intense black lasts all day.
- Quick drying.
- Smudge proof.
- Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner

   Price: Rs. 499/-
   Volume: 2.5 ml.
   Shelf Life: Not clearly mentioned. No mention of manufacturing date, though that of expiry is printed on the bottom of the bottle.
   Directions:
- Draw a thin line following the upper lash line. Angle the wing towards the end of your eyebrow.
- Draw another line above the lash line to the wing's end.
- Fill it in using the thick edge of your applicator tip.
   Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Disodium Cetyl Phenyl Ether Disulfonate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Denatonium Benzoate, CI 77499, CI 77266 (Nano).

Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder LinerProduct Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner

   The Oriflame The One Wonder Liner comes in form of a conical bluish-purple container provided with a twistable cap. Its broader base acts as the reservoir for the liner and the pointed end contains the applicator brush. The base is printed in a brassy ink with the name of the brand and product, net content, manufacturing details and the expiry date. It comes with a sticker stuck on its cap on which additional customer service and manufacturing details are printed. The packaging of the Wonder Liner is compact, simple, sturdy and travel friendly. The applicator brush is made of felt and is quite sturdy and thick having a slanting pointed end.
   The Oriflame The One Wonder Liner is liquid in consistency, has a strong chemical smell, does not contain any gritty particles in its formulation and can be swiped across the eyelids to give a smooth matte finish. It gives a jet black coloration in a single swipe and is quick to dry. Application with the brush provided is a bit difficult especially when the eyeliner has to be applied in a thin delicate line despite the slanted tip provided. The formulation is water resistant and smudge as well as transfer proof. Once dry, it stays in place for long hours but becomes a bit prone to transferring onto opposing surfaces / smudging when touched once the eyelids become oily. It can be easily removed by using a good cleansing face wash as well as makeup removers. It does not irritate the eyes. On the downside, it contains parabens.
   The Oriflame The One Wonder Liner can be purchased by contacting an Oriflame consultant as well via online shopping portals. Though a bit on the pricier side, frequent discounts and offers by Oriflame and online retail sites makes this a budget friendly option to flatter the eyes!

Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner

   Pros:
- Simple, attractive and compact packaging.
- Thin liquid consistency.
- Smooth textured formula without any gritty particles.
- Jet black formula.
- Dries quickly.
- Gives a matte finish.
- Single swipe gives a good color payoff.
- Smudge proof.
- Transfer proof.
- Water resistant formula.
- Stays in place for hours.
- Non irritant to eyes.
- Easy to remove.
- Easily available through the nation.
 
Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner

   Cons:
- The thick applicator brush makes applying the eyeliner in thin strokes difficult.
- Possesses a strong chemical smell.
- Smudges when touched / lightly transfers once eyelids become oily.
- Marginally on the pricier side.
- Contains parabens.

   Verdict: 4/5. Despite the difficulty encountered while application, the jet black pigmentation and long staying power of the Oriflame The One Wonder Liner make it definitely worth a try.

Product Review - Oriflame The One Wonder Liner