Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Envy Box March 2017 Edition

Hi Everyone!

We are moving from spring into summer. It means that the air around us is changing. So our beauty regimen needs to change too. Starting from skin care and make up, to fragrances, pamper yourself from inside out. The theme itself for this month is RELAX. RENEW. REFRESH

My Envy Box will help you pamper yourself as the season shifts. Let us see how.....

The Box itself looks lovely and fresh with water - colour floral accents. 

Gardener Street Tea - Glow
Product Price: INR 450/- for 20 sachets
Sample Size in Box: 3 sachets

I love green tea. And when it comes enriched with hibiscus and marigold, it jus reaches another level! 

All Good Scents Jasmine and Rose
Product Price: INR 1190/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Box: 2 vials 2 ml each

Perfumes are perennial, but it is an essential in summers! These two fragrances, rose and jasmine are very typically Indian. I have always been partial to floral scents and I'm happy that these two are part of this month's box.

Eyova Hair Oil
Product Price: INR 590/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

I did not know about egg oil. Now I do. I am really curious about this product and I'll let you know how it works for me.

Essence Lip Liner in 15 Honey Berry
Product Price: INR 129/- for 1 gm
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

This month MEB allows you to choose your preferred makeup product. They offered 3 variants of Essence Lip Liners. I like this idea since I can pick colours I do not have or those more suitable for my complexion.

Wicca Beauty Potion
Product Price: INR 700/- for 15 gms
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

I've used this product a couple of times. On first impression it did not feel very moisturizing or hydrating on my skin. The air is quite dry with very low humidity right now. So I'm going to reserve my judgement of the product till I use it in the more humid months.

Neemli Coffee and Cocoa Body Wrap
Product Price: INR 550/- for 75 gms
Sample Size in Box: Full Size

A product to pamper the body too. I love coffee. I am looking forward to trying out this body wrap!

Total Value of Box: INR 2086/- approx. Great value for money since you pay only INR 850/- for the box!

Overall Verdict: I really like this month's box. It brings you not 4 but actually 7 products, of which 4 are full size. Each of the sample targets a different beauty concern. I would say, close your eyes and buy it!

My Envy Box is a subscription service which brings you 4-5 trial sized beauty products (typically 2ml-10ml) from the top international luxury and prestige brands delivered to your door step every month. Priced at INR 850/- for a month, it may be subscribed for 3, 6, or 12 months. You may subscribe to this service HERE

Thursday, 16 March 2017

What's in My FabBag? March 2017 Edition

Hello Everybody!

This month FabBag gives me yet another reason to love it! FabBag usually sends 4 to 5 products of which gnerally 1 is a full sized product. This month they have packed 6 products of which 2 are full sized. So let's do a quick roundup and see if you should pick one up this month.

I'm not sure I like the leatherette bag, FabBag has had better.

Moha Herbal Shower Gel
Product Price: INR 105 for 100 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 30ml

The product smells fresh and herby with a strong minty fragrance. Great as a travel pack. Nice!

Seduction Las Vegas Lipstick 06 Nude Love
Product Price: INR 180/- 
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

The lipstick was the customer choice item for this month. It i a nice pinkish brown shade which makes for a lovely nude on my complexion. Given its price point, its quite good!

Ayorma SPF 40 Sun Block
Product Price: INR 349/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 10 ml

Ayorma is a small brand, but it delivers quality products. I have used their facewash, scrub and night cream and I really liked them. So I am looking forward to using their sunblock too.

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer 013 Break on Blue
Product Price: INR 249/-
Sample Size in Bag: Full Size

I'm currently wearing this nail lacquer on my toe nails. I'm not confident enough to wear on my fingernails. And I'm liking my matte blue toenails!

Kronokare Flower Power Face Toner 
Product Price: INR 295/- for 100 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 55 ml

Kronokare also has some great products in its stable. I have already enjoyed using their body wash, body oil and moisturizer. So the Face toner looks promising.

The Nature's Co. Sandalwood Turmeric Anti-Blemish Cream
Product Price: INR 895/- for 50 ml
Sample Size in Bag: 20 ml

The Nature's Co. is a well known brand with some great products. Since I have acne issues and marks that they leave behind, I'm hoping this product will work for me.

Total Value of Bag: INR 1050/- approx. Decent Value for money if you are going to pay INR 416-599/- (depending on your subscription)

Overall Assessment: I think its a good bag and if you like what you see, quickly order yours!

FabBag is a monthly subscription service starting at INR 416/-. Each month's bag contains 3-5 products from national and international brands ranging from drugstore to luxury. Product sizes range from small sample sizes to full size. To join this service click HERE.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Easy Peasy Home made Holi Colours

Hi Everyone!

Holi, the spring festival of colour is just 2 days away! How many of you are afraid of playing Holi because of all the horrible and harmful chemical colours? I know I used to break out in painful rashes after people rubbed chemical gulal (powder colour) on me. The solution? Use herbal colours. Of course it is quite easy to find skin-safe, herbal gulal in the market. But is feels much better when you have made the colours yourself, using things that you can find easily in your kitchen cupboard. 

I ran a quick google search to see what tips were available out there. Most of the things I saw there were difficult to make with complex steps or used materials which are not always handy or readily available. 

What if I told you that you could make your own holi colours in under one minute? Don't believe me? Keep reading....

Photo Courtesy Nita Ganguly

For a bright yellow colour

Mix Turmeric powder and besan (chickpea flour) in a 1:1 ratio.  If applied as a dry powder, it is easily brushed off. If you mix water an make it to a paste like consistency, it will leave a pale yellow stain on the skin, which will wash off in a day or two. Far from harming the skin, it is a staple in your skincare routine!

For Red colour

Mix in 1:1 ratio Roli or sindoor (vermilion powder) and maida (white flour).


For Blue Colour

Mix in 1:1 ratio Robin Blue powder (or any indigo powder) with white flour.

 Image result for natural indigo powder 

For Green colour

Either use henna powder on its own or mix it with white flour.

Use these natural, safe colours to play Holi this year.You may even pack these up in zip-lock bags and gift them to your friends and family so they can play a safe Holi too!!

Do you have any easy peasy holi colour recipes? Share them in the comments section below.

Happy Holi!!

Disclaimer: None of the above photographs are mine. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Empties Post February 2017

Hello Everyone!

Time is flying! We're already into the the third month of the year. And I can see that I am running through a fair number of product at a steady pace too. So here are the products I have finished this month.

First of the lot is the Avon Foot Works cracked heel cream. I've loved using it and have already on to my second tube. I have a tendency towards cracked heels and this cream has reall helped me keep the cracks at bay!

SaND Totally Peanuts face cleanser was another product I enjoyed using. Its a soft scrub which felt good on the skin. Only it has a short shelf life (3 months from opening). It was great for my sensitive skin. Never got any breakouts while I used it! For a more detailed review click HERE

Just Herbs SilkSplash Rehydrant Facewash worked just as its name. It cleaned my face without drying up my skin. Product is great for oily and sensitive skin!

The Natuer's Co. White Tea Night Cream was nice too. It absorbed very quickly into my skin. It did soothe the occasional dry patch on my winter skin. For a more detailed review,click HERE 

Ayorma is a nice brand with great skin care products. I have used their face wash and a lovely night cream. The scrub was nice too. I did not use it daily, only twice a week. It felt soft on my skin, yet effective enough to exfoliate my skin.

Have you used any of these products? If yes, did you like them? I would love to hear from you!

Think and Stay Beautiful!