Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Alia's Look in '2 States': Get the Look!

I know, most of you might have already seen '2 States' by now, and I still have not! Let's just say, since I have read it long back, and did not like it that much, and somehow that feeling is still stopping me from watching it, but I have plans to watch it soon!

Anyways, everyone seems to love Alia Bhatt's look in this film as it is purely wearable and also with a touch of glamour. I, no exception, too liked it very much! She looked really adorable and at the same time killed many hearts with that smile! So, what better way to express my praising other than to try to create the looks! Translation, I am going to show you how to get Alia's look from the movie '2 States'!


What To Do?

If you look Alia at a glance, you would see very minimal makeup, but there is! So, the trick is to get even toned skin, and with a pressed powder, get a dewy effect. And a neutral shade lipstick with just a bit of smokey eyes. And yes, that is it!


So, firstly, take out your BB/ CC cream, as this look is on the side of minimal, you have to play your foundation card down. Apply your favorite BB or CC cream all over your face and neck (I have used Lakme CC Cream- Bronze). Top it with your pressed powder (I have used Colorbar Pressed powder). For natural looking blushed cheeks, apply a peachy pink blush on the apples of your cheeks (I have used Colorbar Cheekillusion Blush shade-008).


Now the face is done, let us move on to eyes. I have used lots of kohl in my water line and tight line. And on the lids I have applied a pink shade and near my tight line (lash line) I have applied a dark blue shade for smokey eyes effect. But, remember, it has to be very mild. And then, apply mascara on the lashes.

Alia has small eyes unlike me, so, to get her look, I have done mildly smokey eyes. If you have eyes like Alia' you may not need to do the smokey part.


For lips, I have used Lakme 9 to 5 Raspberry Badge and topped it with Maybelline Lip Polish Glam 13. And this is how I have TRIED to create Alia's look from '2 States'. I am not yet sure if it is even 1000 miles close or not, but it was fun to do, so I did!



Please share your thoughts on this look, and pour in your criticisms too (*wearing helmet* I can take it!). And if you liked Alia's look, do share which one did you like the most and want to recreate? Also, did you watch '2 States'?








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      Whats In Your Beauty Bag? Products On The Go!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Whats In Your Beauty Bag? Products On The Go!

As my mother says, I carry ALL my belongings with me in my HUGE bag! Sadly, that's actually true! I used to take all my needed, may-be needed, may not be needed but for emergencies things with me and which ultimately makes my bag so heavy, I start to move things from my bag to my mother's! Messed up, real bad, right?
Now, what an intelligent girl would do is to take those exact needed (and meaning, REALLY needed) things in her bag and still be confident, fresh and as usual a diva! And, when the God of Knowledge has been kind to me, I have realized that carrying all the possible things is not actually what one should do.

What to Choose?

We should keep our bags clean from any junks like leftover packet of chips (or may be that happens in my case only!) or stray tissues, bills or anything. And, with all the important stuffs like, wallet, cards, hand sanitizer, handkerchief, wet wipes, facial tissues, we all should keep some skin care products and makeup.

1. First of all, what is that we all must have in summer days? Sunscreens!! Yes! Lotus Herbals Extreme Sun Block Cream (SPF 60) is what you need in this horribly hot weather! This will help you fight the scorching sunlight and protect your skin from getting damaged and tanned.

Lotus Herbals Extreme Sun Block Cream (SPF 60)

Product Description: Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Extreme Sun Block Cream is an intense formulation of ingredients made to protect the skin from sun tan and skin ageing. Its extreme concentration reflects all types of UV rays and guards the skin even during harshest of sun exposure. Comes in an easy application tube, it stays on for a long time and gives a matte effect with no sweat formula.

Price: Rs. 425

Highlights:
  • Reflects all UVA and UVB sun rays
  • Protects from sun tan and ageing
  • Gives a matte finish
  • No sweat formula
  • Easy to use tube

Click here to buy it!


2. Secondly, you need to keep your skin as healthy and soft as possible. For, that you need a 2-minute scrub which will instantly remove oil, dirt and dead cells from your skin making it soft, smooth and fresh! My recommendation would be, Loral Paris Go 360 Scrub. This scrub is also available with a small, soft scrublet which will help you scrubbing 

Loral Paris Go 360 Scrub

Product Description: L'oreal Paris Go360 Exfoliating Scrub is a well formulated and an innovative skin cleanser, to be used with a scrublet. L'oreal Paris Go360 Exfoliating Scrub is a deep cleansing scrub infused with natural apricot seed beads, that exfoliate skin and salicylic acid that reveals a cleaner and a smoother skin. It works into a rich lather and has a fruity fragrance. 

Price: Rs. 399.

Highlights:
  • Deep pore cleansing action gently exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Leaves the skin fresh and glowing with a radiant complexion
  • Sweeps away dead skin cells
  • Gentle for daily use

Click here to buy it.



3. Next, move on to make up! Wearing heavy makeup in summer days, is not so good idea. I always prefer buffing a bit of compact powder to get even tone skin and a freshness. Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder is actually that perfect friend in summer days. It will keep your look matte finish, no oil and also giving you a even toned skin instantly.


Product Description: The Maybelline Dream Matte Press Powder by Maybelline is a unique formula which is jet-milled into ultra-fine particles to give you an air soft, silky texture on usage. This pressed powder is available in different shades for different skin tones. This product by Maybelline is definitely going to appeal to you.




Price: Rs. 475.



Highlights: 


  • Gives a glossy look to the skin for a perfect finish
  • The ultra-soft particles add a feathery touch to the skin.

Click here to buy it!

4. Due to high temperature, you need to keep your skin hydrated, while Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Extreme Sun Block Cream with provide hydration to your skin, you need something for your lips. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm is that one product you need! It has SPF and it stays for the longest time on the lips.


Product Description: Unlike your basic lip balm, Maybelline Baby Lips gives your lips a tint of color and ensures they remain hydrated and moisturized for at least 8 hours. It glides on easily, making your lips smooth and supple. 




Price: Rs. 150.

Highlights:
  • Tinted lip balm
  • Fruity frangrance
  • Has SPF 16
  • Many variants available.

5. We Indians girls are almost incomplete without one thing, that is a black kajal (kohl). The best kohl available in India is Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal. This kajal is totally smudge-proof and has the jet black shade to enhance the Indian natural beauty in you!

Product Description: This Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal combo pack provides 3 in 1 solution to all the customers. The pack comes with a stick, sharpener and a smudger all of which work together to beautify your eyes and make them look sharp. Not only it can increase your aesthetic appeal but may also make your eyes soft and smooth. The product is desirable and essential for its beauty and functional value. The product is water resistant and can provide attractive looks to your eyes.


Price: Rs. 700.


Highlights: 
  • Increase the beauty of your eyes by several times
  • Easy to handle and use
  • One pack is sufficient and can last for several months
  • Water Resistant


A good scrub, a powerful sunscreen lotion, a matte pressed powder and a jet black kohl with a slightly tinted long-lasting lip balm. This is just what you need to look fabulous in these summer days. So, go ahead and grab these on the go products and be a diva!
And, do share your thoughts on my selection and also what is in your bag these days? xoxo..
Disclaimer: The product descriptions and other information are courtesy Healthkart.com.







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Monday, 28 April 2014

My Skin Care Haul from Healthkart:

I was hiding myself from everything related to social life for the past few weeks and the reason was I was not feeling to do it, I know, there is no better answer than this! Anyways, since I am back I am going to share the hauls I have been doing in the meantime, meaning, this is not the only haul!
I love shopping from healthkart.com, as it has variety of health care products, previously also I have shared my haul from healthkart. This time, I only concentrated on skin care products as due to this hot weather and high humidity rate, I am having many skin problems off late.



Products I have Bought:

  • Olay Face Wash For Oily Skin
  • Aroma Magic Neem & Tea Tree Face Wash
  • Sattvik Organics Under Eye Cream with Almond & Potato Extracts
  • Sattvik Organics Refreshing Skintoner- Fresh Rose
  • VLCC Skin Defense Under Eye Cream
  • Olay Face Wash for Sensitive Skin
  • Sattvik Organics Glow Mask For Spotless Skin
  • Aroma Magic Mineral Glow Scrub, 
  • Khadi Face Mint & Cucumber Spray, 
  • Nivea Visage Sparkling Glow Fairness Face Wash


The Service: I have paid online with my debit card, the payment was very quick and precise. It took one day for the shipment of my order and on the 5th day, I have received my order safe and sound wrapped in bubbles.

The Products:


Face Washes- I have been searching for face washes and I thought of trying these. I am although happy with my Oriflame Pure Nature Organic Tea Tree & Rosemary Purifying Wash & Tone Gel, yet the searching for that perfect product never ends, right?


Eye Care- Stress, bad weather and everything a girl goes through has left me a hint of dark circle and fine lines around my eyes. So, I needed to try some organic products for these problems.


Mask and Scrub: Mask and scrub are quite essential parts of skin care regime. I have read really good reviews about Aroma Magic products, and I really wanted to try this mineral scrub. Glowing mask though sounds bit cheesy but, I am also very experimental!


Toners: I started to have rashes or maybe prickly heats even on my face due to the above 40 degree temperature. So, while searching, I found this mint and cucumber facial spray toner from the natural brand Khadi, and I got instantly tempted to buy it. Yes, the Sattvik Organic brand seems like somehow put me under a spell!

So, this was my budget-friendly skin care haul from Healthkart.com. And, the reviews of these products will be up soon. Please share your thoughts on this, and have tried any of these products?




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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Nivea Pure & Natural Camomile & Calendula Lip Balm for Sensitive Lips Review: UPDATED

This Valentine's Day, I participated in Nivea's contest and won 6 lip balms as the prize and yes I was way too excited to win those lovely products! I have sensitive skin and our lips are far more sensitive than our facial skin as per skin experts. So, I thought this lip balm has to be first one (among the other six lip balms I have won) for me to try and review for you guys!


Product Description: The innovative formula of Nivea Pure & Natural with Hydra IQ and camomile and calendula extracts protects your sensitive lips, ensuring softer and healthier lips.


  • Soothes sensitive lips with mild care.
  • 100% free of preservatives.
  • With certified shea butter and natural ingredients/
  • Provides long lasting moisture for your lips.

Skin compatibility dermatologically approved.

Price & Quantity: Rs. 159 for 4.8 g.


Ingredients:

Shelf Life: 30 months.

My Experience with Nivea Pure & Natural Camomile & Calendula Lip Balm:

Packaging: This lip balm comes in a pretty precise packaging which can be stored or put anywhere you wish. The green and white twist up pen packaging is no doubt the best as far as hygiene is concerned. Though the overall look is not too attractive, and also who goes for the look when we all want only the product to be worth trying!


Texture & Smell: The lip balm bullet is of a light green sheer shade and it give no color when applied on the lips. It smells like mint and the coolness of camomile felt instantly when first applied. The texture is thick and creamy, not at all sticky.


My Take: Since I have sensitive skin, my lips are actually bit hyper-sensitive (just like my nature! :P). So previously I have utterly loved Nivea Lip Butter and Maybelline Baby Lips, and somehow I expected this particular lip balm to be more promising. But, I did not like it so much, there are actually many reasons. Firstly, it surely makes my lips very soft and nourishing, but, it makes my lips even more sensitive. I know, this is quite hard to understand, let me try my best. What I mean to say is, when I apply this lip balm, it stays for maximum 5-6 hours on my lips, well-nourishing and moisturizing. But after that, my lips become stretchy, not chapped and gives that extreme urge to reapply. And, I am hating that feeling!


My lips are very dry and in this humid weather it becomes drier than ever. And this lip balm serves good if I reapply every 5 hours.


The good points are it cures chapped lips completely, and you might not see any chapped part in your lips if you continue using it. I am using this lip balm for the past month, and I cannot say that I am loving it, because at times, I crave for my Nivea Lip Butter!

The Good Points:

  1. Fresh and cooling lip balm.
  2. Cures chapped lips.
  3. Non-sticky.
  4. Transparent.
  5. Moisturizes and nourishes super dry lips.
  6. Stays for 5-6 hours.
  7. Good and safe for sensitive lips.


The Not-so-Good Points:

  1. Need to reapply every 5 hours for super dry lips.


My Rating: 3.75/5.


My Recommendation: I would not recommend this lip balm to extreme sensitive skin or extreme dry skin ladies. But, if you want cooling lip balm with good staying power and nourishing treatment, you can try this one. But, still now, Nivea Lip Butter is my most favorite! :P

Saturday, 26 April 2014

NIVEA MEN launches Fresh Active Shaving Range:

Mumbai, April 1st 2014: NIVEA MEN, the World’s No. 1 Men’s Skin Care Brand*, has launched NIVEA MEN Fresh Active Shaving Range in India. Following its immense success with the Fresh Active deodorant and roll –on portfolio, NIVEA MEN further extends the line with the Fresh Active Shaving Range.

New NIVEA MEN Fresh Active Shaving Range has 4 variants:

NIVEA MEN Fresh Active After Shave Lotion 100ml for Rs.199/- 

NIVEA MEN Fresh Active After Shave Balm 100ml for Rs.225/- 

NIVEA MEN Fresh Active Shaving Foam 200ml for Rs.199/- 

NIVEA MEN Fresh Active Shaving Gel 200ml for Rs.249/- 

The Fresh Active Shaving Range boasts of long lasting refreshing fragrance and a formulation that makes the skin feel rejuvenated and cared for. This latest addition further fortifies NIVEA Men’s positioning as the brand that provides solutions to all grooming needs of men, viz., face care, face cleansing, bath and shower, shaving, after shave and deodorants. With the ever increasing role of grooming in unlocking everyday potential of males in India, NIVEA Men helps ensure that you are always prepared and alert to every opportunity. Because, it starts with you!

NIVEA products are available at all major super markets and general stores.

Are you planning to give your man a good pampering set of shaving kit? Try this range!

Friday, 25 April 2014

WORKING WOMEN TRAVEL ESSENTIALS IN SUMMERS:

Technically, all women are working women, because we never stop! We do jobs, we do shopping, we take care of our family, we go out, we travel and the list goes on and on. I believe everything that needs dedication is work and we women are totally dedicated to our duties 24/7.

A day in a working women’s life never goes without meeting and beating the pollution. It’s all about 9 to 5 and skin care beyond. With the arrival of summers most women would be looking out for perfect product to protect their skins from Sun burns, tan and sun protection factor.

So I recommend Nivea’s products for women who are always on the go. And want more from life, who need to be on their toes.


NIVEA Total Face Clean Up  
When its 2pm and the sun is on your head you need to be ready for the meeting this face wash comes handy. With Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Clean Up you will be ready for the meeting in just some minutes and felling fresh and revived.
Available in all stores 150 ml – Rs.199

NIVEA Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+  
has caring formula of Nivea's Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+contains rich, moisturising ingredients for smooth and supple skin, plus vitamin E to protect the skin from dehydration and help minimise loss of skin elasticity during sun exposure so you can face the sun with confidence.
Available in all stores 125 ml – Rs.299

NIVEA Extra Whitening Body Lotion, is meant for women who travel a lot and experience visible tan marks and drier skin over time. It works inside out on your skin, by activating the skin’s own water channels which tend to dry out due to exposure to external environmental conditions; and repairs the skin’s damaged layer to give an even toned, radiant glow.
Available in the following sizes:
•50 ml – Rs.118       •200 ml – Rs.249    •350 ml –Rs.347


NIVEA New Launch Fresh Natural Mist Deodorant contains a hint of Rose & Jasmine that soothes your senses, providing long lasting protection against body odour. It has a soft refreshing fragrance that gives you a truly fresh-feeling all day long.
It is available in stores and is priced at Rs.180 for 150ml.



These products are absolute essentials for us women to fight our way with Summer. Do share your thoughts on this..
xoxo...


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NIVEA Introduces Fresh Natural Mist for Women

NIVEA Introduces Fresh Natural Mist for Women 


‘Freshness for your Underarms’


NIVEA India Pvt. Ltd, an affiliate of Beiersdorf AG and the world’s largest skincare brand has launched a new fragrance in its Fresh range of Female Deodorants – Fresh Natural Mist. 

NIVEA Fresh Natural Mist Deodorant contains a hint of Rose & Jasmine that 
soothes your senses, providing long lasting protection against body odor. It has a soft refreshing fragrance that gives you a truly fresh-feeling all day long. 

It is available in all stores and is priced at Rs 180 for 150ml.



My Thoughts: I am eagerly waiting to try this deodorant ever since I have came to know about it. And, a review will be up soon, so stay tuned ladies... xoxo

Monday, 14 April 2014

Saving While Shopping Online: My Experience With Cashkaro.com

Online shopping already helps saving, our time and money with various coupons and offers that are not available in retail shops. Now, what if you can save more? Yes, there is a way you can in fact earn while shopping online! Isn't it amazing? Okay, now let me tell you my experience with Cashkaro.com.


What Does Cashkaro.com Do:
This is a site where you can register yourself for free and whenever you are shopping online, just log in to your cashkaro.com account and search for your preferable online shopping site. Now, go to the link and happy shopping! That is all you need to do to earn while shopping!


What cashkaro.com will do is whenever you have done shopping, it will track back your earning and confirm you with an e-mail. After a few days, it will be available to transfer the amount to your bank account, and tada!
The technology behind this site is, more than 500 Indian shopping sites are in collaboration with Cashkaro and whenever we shop from the sites, an amount is earned by Cashkaro from the respective site and from that amount, Cashkaro gives us our earning.

How Easy Is It?

Do your shopping and wait for this mail!

After few days you get this mail!

My earnings so far!


Finally! Ready for payment!

Yay! Got the payment!

It is very easy to operate. Technically, you just need to log in and buy, nothing else! Plus, you can get many coupons in this site also that you can avail with just a click!


Is it Authentic?
Yes! 100%! I have used this site more than 5-6 times now and never seen any mishaps. But, there was only one time during GOSF 2013, when one of my earning was not tracked. As soon as I mailed them, they confirmed it right away.
I got my earnings confirmed within 4-6 weeks and once it is available for payment, I immediately transferred it to my account without any problems.

Which Online Shopping Sites Are Available?
Mostly, all major online shopping sites are available in cashkaro.com. From, amazon.in to myntra to paytm and what not! There are 500+ Indian major online shops available in Cashkaro.com.



You can also search for restaurants near your locations and avail coupons. Not to forget, are you a pizza-maniac like me? Cashkaro.com has coupons for Domino's also!

My Take: If you love to shop online, you got to check out this site. It helps you avail coupons, offers as well as earn some % of your shopping. Some sites like myntra, gives flat Rs. 240 cash back on one time purchase.
Cashkaro helps in saving money in the easiest way possible where you just need to shop and all your savings will be done smoothly by Cashkaro.com!
In my opinion, this is definitely India's No.1 cash back site where all the claims will be true and authentic and you are the one who will enjoy saving money while shopping! I highly recommend this cash back site to all, especially shopaholics!

Shop more and save more with Cashkaro.com!
See you guys soon..xoxo



PS: This is not a PR review.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fruit Masks to Get Glowing Skin in Summer:

Summer gives us various yummy and juicy fruits that we all love to eat. There is one saying that everything mother nature gives us is useful in many ways (I don't know if it a saying or I just made it up, maybe I heard it!) Anyways, so in this hot season, our face needs a little bit cooling and refreshing treatment to make us look fresh and glowing. Today, I will be sharing a few fruit masks recipe that you can try at home.

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Fruit Masks Recipes for Glowing Skin:

Mango Treat: Mangoes are the yummiest according to my taste buds. It can also be beneficial for your skin. Take a ripe mango and scrape out its pulp. Mix olive oil with the mango pulp and apply it on the skin. Massage it for 5 minutes and let it sit on the skin for 10 minutes. Then wash off with lukewarm water.
Mangoes are high in hydration power and it also helps in detoxification. It will provide instant freshness and suppleness to your skin.

Banana Mania: Take a ripe banana and mash it. Add one teaspoon honey in it and mix well. Apply it all over your skin and leave it for 15 minutes. Before washing off, massage it for one minute and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Banana is very good for skin and hair too. It will contribute in healthier skin and honey will help in lightening the skin.

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Papaya Pack: Papaya is very good for skin whether you apply it as mask or consume it. Take out 4-5 tablespoons of ripe papaya pulp and mix it with little bit of flour. Apply the thick paste on the skin and let it dry.Wash it off with lukewarm water after 15-20 minutes.
To get a boost of freshness in your skin, try this mask. Using only mashed papaya will also help to regain that refreshing look for your skin.

Tomato Therapy: Take one small or half tomato and squeeze out its pulp. Add one tablespoon milk powder and a few drops of honey in it. Mix it well and apply it on the skin. Wash off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
To lighten tan, this mask will be very apt. Use this mask every alternate days to fight sun tan easily.

Watermelon Mask: Cut a watermelon and make into cubes. Now, take the cube and start rubbing it in circular movements on your face and neck. After doing this repeatedly, sit for 15 minutes, and then wash with plain water. You face will be cooler than ever and this will bring the much needed freshness that might be lost due to severe sun tan.
Watermelon makes our skin very soft and supple instantly. Before going out in the evening, use this mask to look fresh. This will provide hydration and freshness that might be lacking in the day time and give you that perfect look with a little bit of touch ups.

Cooling Cucumbers: Take half a cucumber and grate it. Now, squeeze out its juice and add one tablespoon flour and one teaspoon lemon juice. Now, mix it well and apply it on the exposed or tanned areas of your face and body. Let it sit for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Cucumber gives our skin the cooling effect while, lemon and flour will help to lighten the tan on the skin. Using this pack everyday after getting home, will be very good for your skin as it will keep it tan-free and healthy.

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These are all summer fruits that can be used for skin also. And by no means I am trying to state that applying it on the skin will be better than consuming it. You need to consume fruits, especially the juicy ones which can provide hydration for your body. After all, healthy body always bring healthy skin.
Use these fruit masks after getting home to cool down the temperature of your face and these will also be good for treating sun tan.

So, I hope you find this article helpful. And do share your favorite fruit masks recipes below.
Until next time. xoxo...

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