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Review : Spinz BB Talc!

Hey guys,

All of you are familiar with BB creams. They are everywhere. However, recently, I saw a different variation of the BB concept – a BB talcum powder!. BB here, stands for ‘Brightening & Beauty’.

Spinz BB Talc

It’s by the brand Spinz. This powder gives an instant glow to the skin. As it says on the tin, it does cover spots and blemishes, to an extend. It’s perfect to get rid of that undesirable oiliness that forms on the face, on a hot, humid day. The powder is very similar to powder foundation, but has an orangeish color and is very fine in texture.

Spinz BB Talc

I found this in Lulu Mall, Edappalli, Kerala. It’s hard to find it anywhere else. I definitely recommend it. Spinz has different types of powder talcs, that are easily available everywhere. However, this one is found only in Lulu, as far as I know.

Price : Rs 75 (Approx AED 4.25) for a 100 gms pack.

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Review : The Violet Box March – April 2017 Edition!

Dear friends, hey!

It’s my first time trying out The Violet Box, a bi monthly Indian subscription box that ships not just within India but to over 70 countries including US & UAE!.

What is the Violet Box?

Violet Box is a beauty box with 10 to 12 beauty products. Indulgences like gourmet teas, coffees or chocolates are also added depending on the curation. A new box is launched every 2 months. It has been reviewed as one of the best beauty boxes in the world. For every box sold, Violet donates a month’s period essentials to a girl in need in India. I love that they are involved in charity work too.

Violet box Mar Apr 2017

The March-April Edition of Violet Box has 14 amazing products focused on body & eyes. They include 5 full size beauty products, 7 deluxe size beauty products, dark chocolate & luxury coffee. Products are worth over $80 USD (based on US prices) while it’s price is $39.99 (Approx Rs. 2998). Currently though, this box is on sale and thus its price is Rs. 1499 (Approx $23). Awesome savings!.

Violet Box Mar Apr 2017

In detail – This Violet box is a white colored box with it’s name written in a golden font. On unboxing, the first thing that registered on my mind was a heavenly coffee scent and also mixed with it, a smell of a luxurious spa. The products were all laid out on a bed of coconut fibre. I knew I was in for a treat. This box focuses on body & eyes and truly is a dream box for a skincare lover like me.

Full size beauty products

1) Raw Rituals – Caffeine Infused Body Scrub – 75g

raw rituals coffee scrub

This scrub is probably the first dry scrub mix that I am trying out. I thought it should be mixed with water to make a paste. However, in the ‘Directions’ mentioned at the back of the tub, it says, you need to just wet your skin while in shower & rub this dry scrub, in a circular motion. Leave it on for 4-5 minutes and rinse with warm water. It smells heavenly, like luxurious coffee.

The antioxidant properties of coffee and the exfoliating effects of the sugar makes this a truly wonderful product, that moisturizes & makes the skin soft. It contains ‘Grinded Arabica Bean Coffee, Coffee powder, Sugar mix, Hempseed oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil, Himalayan salt & Coffee oil’. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, chemical free, natural, preservatives free product.

It comes in a 75 gms tub and is worth Rs 300.

2) Raw Rituals – Green Tea Under Eye Cream – 10g

Raw rituals under eye cream

Just when my Clinique eye cream was about to get over, I find this in the box and I am absolutely overjoyed!. This antioxidant rich, Green tea & Coffee infused under eye cream is quite unique. For one thing, it’s not a cream!. It’s more like a light weight balm. It has a lovely scent of both green tea and coffee and has a light green color. It is easy to apply it around the eye, due to it’s balm like texture.

It comes in a 10 gms tub & is worth Rs. 300.

3) Fuschia – Sandal Saffron Bath Salt – 100g

Epsom bath salts

This is my first time ever trying out a bath salt. Fuschia is another Indian brand that is crueltyfree, vegan, handmade and natural. Since I don’t have a bath tub (and even if I had one, I am not in the habit of using one), I looked for alternate ways to use these bath salts and tried it in 2 ways.

One way is to use it for exfoliation. Since these salts are fine, it feels great to use it as a body scrub. It almost feels like a skin polish. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way is to use it in a foot soak. I quite loved soaking my feet in warm water, with these salts in it, for 25 – 40 mins. It’s very relaxing.

It smells so very much of Sandalwood and I really liked it. This scent lingers on the skin for quite a while. The salts are a mixed color of pink/saffron. The ingredients are ‘Sea salt with Dead Sea minerals, Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Sandalwood Essential oil, Saffron threads & Olive oil’.

It comes in a 100 gms plastic tub and is worth Rs. 450.

4) Neemli Naturals – Coffee & Cocoa Body Wrap – 75g

Clay body wrap

First time trying a body wrap. I read instructions at the back and understood that it can be used on face too. It’s ash in color and smells predominantly of coffee. I took some of this powder in a bowl, mixed some water in (you can mix milk or rose water) and made it into a paste. The end result was a thick, bottle green colored paste!.

I applied it on face, neck and shoulders and left it on for about 10 minutes. It started drying to an ash color. I then washed it off to reveal soft skin. But I have a major problem with it. It left a greenish tint on my skin!. What a horror, looking like Hulk, albeit a less ferocious, lighter green version. Lol!. My husband made fun of me. Anyways, the tint faded away some hours later. Fair skinned people beware!. It will show more prominently on your skin.

The product contains ‘Coffee, Cocoa powder, Zeolite clay & Bentonite clay’. It’s a crueltyfree, natural product and I will continue using it because of the wonderful ingredients in it, but I will definitely avoid using it on my face!.

It came in a resealable pack containing 75 gms & is worth Rs 550.

5) C.A.L. Los Angeles – Draw Me Eyeliner

Cal Draw Me Eyeliner

Wow, this eyeliner is the perfect, jet black color, that’s an essential product for every makeup lover. On application, it dries immediately with a glossy finish. It’s waterproof and so velvety smooth that it just glides along the eyelid. It came in a little pretty black bottle with a golden lid. It is a crueltyfree product.

Deluxe Size Beauty products

6) Ital Veloce – Fine fragrance Body Mist

This is a 12 ml sample, called Shooting Stars, in a small spray bottle. It has a beautiful, floral scent that’s very feminine & is pink in color. I absolutely love this one and will try to get a full sized version.

7) Tatha – Shea & Cocoa Body Butter

Cocoa butter

This thick body butter has the goodness of both Shea butter & Cocoa butter. It is named ‘Spicy Sandal’. It has a really lovely scent of cocoa butter more than sandal. It’s so moisturizing.

8) Tatha – Green Apple & Jasmine Shower Gel

Green apple shower gel

This shower gel smells so uplifting and fresh, thanks to it’s dominant green apple scent. The jasmine scent is quite subtle and I prefer it that way, since am not a huge fan of that scent. It lathers just right and feels divine!. Love this vegan, crueltyfree product. It came in a 30 ml bottle.

9) Natures Co – Lemongrass Footspray

Foot spray

This one is targeted at those who are on their feet throughout the day. It energizes tired feet and banishes bad odor. It smells so refreshing since it’s main content is Lemongrass oil (which is pretty expensive). It also contains Patchouli oil, Tea tree oil & vegetable glycerin. The sample came in a handy 10 ml bottle.

10) Just Herbs – Apricot Scrub

Apricot scrub

This scrub, named ‘Apricot sparkle’ contains apricot kernel oil, walnut shell grits, Shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera juice, grapeseed oil etc. It is as natural as anything can be. It’s very similar to any walnut scrub out there in the market, however it smells much more organic and also it’s base (what the walnut shell grits are present in) is more lotion like and not thick. I am in love with it ♥. The sample is a good sized 35ml bottle.

11) Khadi Naturals – Jasmine Moisturiser

Khadi jasmine moisturizer

I am not a fan at all of Jasmine scent in skincare products and was not really excited to read ‘Pure Jasmine’ on this product’s label. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I took a sniff of it. They have captured the scent of jasmine in probably the best manner possible. It lifts the mood and overall is enticing!. It’s a lovely herbal moisturizer that literally melts into the skin. The exotic fragrance lingers on so strongly that you don’t need to wear a perfume. The sample is a 15 ml one, good for 3 or 4 uses considering how much you use each time.

12) Thalgo – Brightening Cream

Thalgo cream

This one is called ‘Melt-in Smoothing Brightening cream’. It has a lovely, lightweight texture and easily melts in to the skin just like it’s name. In a hot, humid climate though, this one would ‘melt’ (pun intended) right off of your face.. It came in a 2 ml tube, good for a single use.

Indulgences

13) Teddy Roosevelt – Luxury Instant Coffee – 5 servings

Teddy Roosevelt coffee

This finely powdered coffee smells really strong. Even though each pack included here is a single serving, I used the content of 1.5 sachets to make a perfect cup of coffee. It’s deliciously luxurious.

14) Christopher Cocoa – 55% Dark Chocolate – 40g

Luxury dark chocolate

I loved this chocolate. There were 4 pieces, each wrapped in golden foil and containing an almond & a raisin. These were packed into a black resealable pack.

Other than Thalgo, every other brand is new to me. What a delight to try out new brands and products!. That’s why I love the concept of beauty subscription boxes. Visit their site to see if your country is one of the 70 countries to which they ship to. They ship free to most countries, including UAE. Also, in international boxes, there are slightly difference to certain products since they are thoughtfully curated in such a way that there are no problems with international customs etc.

Did you enjoy this review?. Do leave a comment below, with your feedback =)

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Herbal Cleansing milk by Prakriti Herbals!

Hey guys,

Cleansing milk is a gentle cleanser that suits all skin types, especially my skin type (normal/dry). Today’s review is about one such product by crueltyfree, Indian brand, Prakriti Herbals. Founded in 1995 by Ms. Neeta Adappa, this brand strongly believes in being natural and in the power of Ayurveda.

Cleansing milk

Prakriti Herbals emphasizes the philosophy that nature has always provided an abundance of plants, roots, flowers and herbs rich in vitamins, enzymes, proteins and minerals that have been used in body and skin-care from time immemorial. 

This cleansing milk has the goodness of Aloe Vera, Fresh Lime and Cucumber. It’s gentle enough to be used even by those with sensitive skin.

Cleansing milk

My experience : This is probably one of the best cleansers that I have ever used. It has a really lovely, fresh scent of lemon, thanks to the lemon oil in it. It takes away the impurities of the skin, in just one swipe, leaving the skin looking so radiant and soft. It doesn’t dry out the skin at all. It can also be used as a makeup remover. I tried it on waterproof makeup and it didn’t remove it. You will need something stronger for that. However, try it on any other regular makeup, even eye makeup and this cleansing milk removes it easily, while being super gentle.

Cleansing milk

It is light green in color and has a slightly runny consistency. Don’t let the simple packaging fool you. The product is definitely high quality and very effective. It comes in a plastic, capsule shaped bottle. They are an eco friendly brand and have mentioned ‘Contact us to recycle the used bottles’ on the bottle. Like all cleansing milks, I usually take a small amount of it on a cotton pad and wipe it in circular motions on my face and neck. Then I wash and pat dry.

The main ingredients are lemon oil, Aloevera juice and cucumber extracts. I am in love with this product and I highly recommend it.

Price : Rs 200 (Approx AED 11.29) for a 120 ml bottle.

This product can be bought from leading Indian online retailers such as Amazon, Flipkart etc.

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

iHerb shopping discount code for you..♥

Hello friends,

Starting now, until Jan 31st, type in the code PROMOJAN in the check out page, to get $5 off your order on iHerb.

iHerb offers the world’s best value for over 35,000 brand name natural products and reduced shipping rates. All orders are shipped from their GMP certified, air-conditioned warehouses in California and Kentucky, USA. They ship worldwide and to UAE, it reaches in 3 – 4 days via DHL. Be it makeup, skincare, grocery, sports supplements, essential oils, whatever you need, they’ve got it.. Do check it out..

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Review : SKIN79 Wonder Fix Brush Eyeliner!

Hey guys,

Skin79 is a Korean brand. Known for their innovative products, this one definitely attracted me because of the precise application that it promised. I am not disappointed at all. More about it :

SKIN79 eyeliner

It’s brush is super pointy yet soft and flexible enough to create a modulable thickness while getting in the inner corner of the eye really well. The color that I got is #2 Brown. It looks great against my black pupils. The liner reminds me of a marker. The color payoff is good and it can be build up to be darker. Also, when shaken, something moves back and forth, inside and reminds me much of how a white ink pen works. This liner definitely is a fool proof way to achieve THE most perfect winged eyeliner look..

Wonder Fix brush eyeliner

I bought this from Glambox Middle East’s online e-shop. I would have linked you the Buy link however unfortunately their e-shop has closed since Oct ’16. I purchased this in Sep.

Price : AED 65 (Approx $17.79) for 0.5gms.

If you are looking for a drugstore dupe for this, definitely try out Physicians Formula’s Eye Definer Felt Tip Eye Marker which I’ve reviewed here. It’s price is $7.25 (Approx AED 26.63) & is 0.8 gms.

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Stocking Stuffer / Gift Ideas for Christmas!

Hi guys,

Christmas is only about 12 days away.. Since many keep shopping to the last minute (they belong in Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list ;)), I decided to do a gift guide based on my favorite shopping site ever, iHerb, which is US based but ships worldwide. To UAE, they ship in 3 – 4 days ,right to your doorstep, via DHL.

Ok, onto the gift ideas (Click on pix to go to the respective page)…

Artisan soaps

What are these cute things you might think?. They are handcrafted artisan soaps by the brand Hugo Naturals, weighing between 113 – 170 gms each and ranging between $4.29 – $6.29 per piece. How adorable & festive looking are these!

Real Techniques

For your beauty bestie :). Real Techniques is such a popular brand. Be it the Bold Metals collection or the Miracle sponges, these make great gifts/stocking stuffers. The sets shown above range from $12.99 – $38.88.

Mad Hippie

A skincare set from advanced skincare brand, Mad Hippie ♡

Sleep over kit

A cute gift for a child.

Workout

A thoughtful gift for your fitness freak friend, from the brand MuscleTech!.

Essential oils gift

A wonderful starter kit for a newbie essential oils user. The set also includes a portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser.

Gift for men

Not to forget the man in your life, here is a simple skincare set for him.

For more gift ideas, click here.

Discount codes for you & promotion

● Please note that in addition to the usual discounts on each product on the site, most gift sets are on 15% off until Dec 14th.

● Use code SCZ695 to get 10% off your first time order (irrespective of your bill total). This code will never expire.

● Use code YEAREND10 to get a further 10% off your order (only applicable on orders over $40). This is valid until Dec 30th. This code can be used along with the previous code & thus a first time customer can get upto 20% off their order.

♡ Merry Christmas & have a lovely time with your family & loved ones ♡

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Black Friday Shopping Deals that you shouldn’t miss!

Hey guys,

Black Friday is probably the busiest shopping day of the year, officially marking the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. My absolute favorite online shopping site, iHerb is offering such amazing discounts and coupon codes, that I had to share it with you lovely people ♥

Two discount codes

GREENFRIDAY

Black Friday

(Click the image to automatically apply the code to your cart)

If you are already an existing customer of iHerb or you are a newbie, you will receive 10% off your order above the value of $40, by using this code. This code will expire on Nov 30th (at 9.00 PM, UAE time) & is not applicable on products that are already heavily discounted, such as the Brands of the Week offer.

SCZ695

If you are new to iHerb, using this code will give you 10% off, irrespective of the value of the bill total. This code will never expire. The best part is that this code can be combined with the Black Friday week discount code, which means that a newbie customer will get upto 20% off their bill!

Other discounts happening this week

(Click any of the images to take you to that page)

Brands of the Week (20% off selected brands)

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Sports Special (15% off selected brands)

Sports

Skincare Special (15% off selected Natural & organic brands)

Skincare

Coconut Special (15% off selected brands that has coconut as one of the ingredients in their products)

Coconut

Just in case you are looking for some gifting ideas, click the image below to see some gift sets put together by iHerb

Gift ideas

Happy Shopping & if you need advice on what products to try or if you are looking for a specific product and want suggestions etc, just comment below ♥. Just a reminder that iHerb is a US based site that ships worldwide. They ship to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL for as low as $8.

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Review : Wow by Wojooh Mosaic Madness Eyeshadow Mix (Edition 1)!

Hello beauties,

The Mosaic Madness eyeshadow palette has the right combination of colors. You can create a smokey look or go natural with this palette. The nine colors are different tones of grey, purple & brown. It comes in a black, almost weightless base, fitted with a mirror. It’s travel friendly and the best part is that it lasts a good few hours before needing a touch up. I tested it for about 5 hours and it lasted without any smudging.

Mosaic Madness

Mosaic Madness

The colors are named creatively and here are the swatches :

Mosaic Madness swatches

Under a tube light

Mosaic madness swatches

In natural light

Caramel Caftan is my favorite color and sometimes I just pop this alone on my lids or with just Mocha Chocolata in the crease area. The colors are easily blendable & of a smooth texture. Definitely a palette that’s worth checking out, since it has both shimmers and matte shades. It can help you create diverse looks.

Price : AED 155

Available in all Wojooh stores.

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Shopping deal : EcoTools brush set!

Hiya makeup lovers,

A quick note to let you know that the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set by crueltyfree brand, EcoTools, worth $20 (Approx AED 73.46) is now on sale for only $8.95 (Approx AED 32.87). Offer valid from now until Oct 10th, 9 PM (UAE time). Ships worldwide from US. To UAE, it ships in about 3 days.

EcoTools complexion set

The Beautiful Complexion Set includes all four brushes from the EcoTools Complexion Collection. All brushes in the set are dermatologist tested and are made with soft, cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles.

● Beautifully soft to reduce shineHelp reduce oil and shine for a fresh look that lasts all day with the Mattifying Finish Brush.

● Beautifully soft for an even skin tone – Boost the benefits of your BB/CC cream and tinted moisturizer with the Skin Perfecting Brush.Beautifully Soft for under eye coverage.

● Smooth and reduce appearance of fine lines and under eye circles with the Eye Perfecting Brush

● Beautifully Soft for spot coverage – Precisely target imperfections for an even, radiant finish with the Correcting Concealer Brush.

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Guest post : Bridal Beauty Trends 2016!

Hi guys,

My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York. I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field. For the latest information on hair styling trends 2016, tips and more, check out my Hair straightener reviews.

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The wedding day is the most cherished occasion of any girl’s life as she desires to look her exceptional best on her big day to get incredible accolades and lifelong memories. In this article,  we’ll look at the latest bridal beauty trends for all those beauties who are going to get their wedding bells rung soon. These bridal beauty trends are highly innovative yet trendy as they serve to create a magnificent look for your D-day.

A bride needs to choose the best wedding gown, makeup and hair accessories to achieve perfect glow that draws all eyes on her. However, an even greater need is about having clear skin that is ready to show the enigmatic diva in you to make the event memorable.

Natural Look with Minimal Makeup

One of the most prominent trends of the year 2016 for the brides is to opt for a natural look that is accompanied with minimal makeup like a light colored foundation along with a glow on the cheeks complimented with a natural shade of lipstick. To achieve this look, one needs skin that is well moisturized and has the slightest foundation to cover up any spot or blemish in a single stroke. Moreover, the application of a natural color blush would enhance the glow to the skin with a light shaded lipstick. This light makeup work will ensure that you look simply beautiful.

Use the Highlighter to Get Glowing Skin

Another latest bridal makeup trend is the use of a highlighter stick that helps to get the glowing and not the undesired shiny look. It is intended to provide the dewy look that provides the amazing glow and shimmer to make your face naturally brightens up to enhance your looks. It is required to be applied to the apple of the cheeks, under the eyebrow and the inner corner of the eyes to provide the stunning looks that make you look mesmerizing, so get ready to try this look with remarkable perfection.

Enhance Your Looks with a Lip Gloss

Yes, you can increase your charm and classic look with the use of a lip gloss on your wedding day to get the desired look, but it should be applied carefully to avoid the messy look. All you need to do is to use a lip balm on your lips and choose a light colored lipstick of your choice and add a subtle layer of lip gloss to make you look perfectly flawless. Make sure that you don’t spoil your looks with the incorrect application of a lip-gloss as even the slightest faulty application can ruin your look.

Get Your Desired Looks with Pink Lipstick

Another latest trend of the bridal makeup for 2016 is the use of a pink lipstick accompanied with the use of winged eyeliner along with the added charm of rosy cheeks to create the magnificent look that is certainly going to make you look classy.

Brown Makeup for Eyes

The brown makeup for eyes is a real winner when it comes to the idea of getting the perfect natural look. In fact, you can use the Mac brown eyeshadow that should be enhanced with the use of brown eyeliner and no need to use mascara to get the classy look for your D-day. Moreover, you can use a light colored foundation and natural lipstick to get your preferred look with ease and perfection.

Conclusion

On a whole, check out these simple tips to make your wedding day the most memorable one by picking the nice gown and perfect accessories accompanied with a natural makeup tone that would make you look like a real diva. So, stay happy and stay stylish with the right makeup!

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