Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My Envy Box March 2017 - Relax, Renew, Refresh!

March 2017 saw a beautiful looking My Envy Box - the floral motif on top screams womanhood and beauty!

My Envy Box March 2017 - Relax, Renew, Refresh!
My Envy Box March 2017 - Relax, Renew, Refresh!


Price: Rs 850 [available HERE for less if you subscribe for longer periods - use code OEWSHILPA to get 15% off ]

This month's box has products that will take care of your skin, your hair, your health and also some makeup and scents to help you amp up your beauty game!

Let's see what's inside the pretty box!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FACES Canada Ultime Pro Face Palette - Fresh and Glow - Review, Swatches

FACES Canada Ultime Pro Face Palette is aimed to give you perfectly sculpted contours. It is a 3-in-1 palette that helps you contour, highlight and define your face.

FACES Canada Ultime Pro Face Palette - Fresh
FACES Canada Ultime Pro Face Palette - Fresh

FACES Canada Ultime Pro Face Palette - glow
FACES Canada Ultime Pro Face Palette - Glow


There are two shade palettes available - Fresh and Glow. Each palette comes with a blush, a bronzer  and a highlighter. The three are chosen carefully so that they work perfectly together.


Price:

FACES Ultime Pro Face Palette- Fresh   Rs.899 [click for discount]

FACES Ultime Pro Face Palette- Glow    Rs.899 [click for discount]


The packaging is travel friendly and one palette is enough for your travel needs as you can double it up as your eyeshadow palette too!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ is someting I've been using since December last year. I am almost finished with my tube and that is the reason behind my review. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Review
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Review

If you are a regular reader of the blog you know my acne voes and how moisturizers and face creams seldom get acceptance by my skin. But this one is a sure winner and I'm super glad it worked!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ is a multipurpose face cream - it helps unclog pores, works as an anti-imperfection cream, and gives your skin hydration without causing stickiness or greasiness. The cream comes in a tube form with a slim nozzle head. It has a screw top cap and is hence easy to carry around.

Price: Rs 1350 for 40ml [buy online La Roche Posay]

The cream is on the costlier side but one tube has lasted me almost 3 months of usage and I still have some left. I've used it regularly every morning and mostly at night too.

Read on to know if it's worth your money!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gifting Made Easy With IGP.com

Online gift shopping has made gift purchases so convenient especially when you can personalize the gifts for your loved ones.

It's easier to shop online when the website helps you filter down the products based on age group, occassion, relationship to the person you are gifting, and even the type of person you are gifting too. Indian Gifts Portal or IGP.com is one of India’s largest online gifts store specializing in gifts for all ages and occasions.

Indian Gifts Portal

IGP.com was established in 2001, and is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced online gifting option in the country. Indian Gifts Portal (IGP.com) specializes in a variety of areas - flowers, cakes, chocolates, personalized products, festival merchandise, kids, home & living and fashion categories - you think of it and it should be there on the website.

There shipping is hassle free and they even ship orders outside of India. They cover over 150 countries including USA, UK, Australia and Canada; and over 7,000 pin codes in India. You also get the option of same day delivery in 300 cities in India.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Open Eyed Meditations by Shubha Vilas

Meditation is said to calm you down, clear your mind and help you stay happy inside out. There are many saints who guide you towards that state of calm. There are umpteen apps out there to help you meditate too.

I have tried to meditate to accept things life offers that my psyche just simply cannot accept and digest. Instead of hurting myself through suppressed anger I have tried different means of meditation but have not been successful.

And then the title of a book really caught my attention - Open Eyed Mediations by Shubha Vilas

Open Eyed Meditation by Shubha Vilas
Open Eyed Meditation by Shubha Vilas

Now I always heard that for a successful meditation one must sit in a proper poster, close there eyes, focus on their breathing or listen or chant certain words. Someone suggesting that meditation could be possible with open eyes was intriguing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Water Decal Butterfly And BPS Clear Jelly Stamper Nail Art

When I first saw a clear jelly stamper I knew this would be another milestone in the way I stamped. When I first got my hands on it, I was thrilled, and the reasons are quite obvious.

Water Decal Butterfly And BPS Clear Jelly Stamper Nail Art
Water Decal Butterfly And BPS Clear Jelly Stamper Nail Art

A clear jelly stamper allows you to clearly see where you are placing the stamp pattern on your nail. And what this essentially means is that you have full control when you are doing double stamping, infact now you can go ahead and stamp multiple designs one over the other placing them carefully to create the pattern you so desire.

The clear jelly stamper I have is from born pretty store and comes with two scrapers.

BPS Clear Jelly Stamper
BPS Clear Jelly Stamper

Saturday, February 4, 2017

How To Do A Facial At Home Using Inveda Facial Kits


How To Do A Facial At Home Using Inveda Facial Kits
How To Do A Facial At Home Using Inveda Facial Kits

A facial is very relaxing when done at the parlour by a trained professional. But for women like me who are always short on time for self pampering, INVEDA has launched easy to use home facial kits.

Last year when I was traveling to the US and wanted something that I could take with me for an instant lift me up for my skin, I took along two variants - The Argan Oil & Dragon Fruit facial kit, and the passion fruit and silk protein facial kit.

Ingredients of Inveda Facial Kits
Ingredients of Inveda Facial Kits


These INVEDA facial kits include ingredients like Passion Fruit Oil which protects from damange caused by free radicals, argan oil, panax ginseng extract which improve complexion, ashwagandha extract that prevents fine lines and works against blemishes; Vitamin C known for its action against hyperpigmentation; Vitamin B3 - a very common ingredient in skin care treatments, dragan fruit extract to fight signs of aging etc.

Each kit is priced at Rs 225

Both the kits are very similar and I'll be using pictures of the Passion Fruit & Silk Protein facial kit for this review.

INVEDA facial kits come in a small box with 5 sachets each. This is a one time use facial kit consisting of a cleansing cream, a face scrub, a massage cream, a face pack and a protective serum.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Chrome Nail Trend - How To Use Chrome Powder Without Gel Polish

Shiny, mirror like nails are a huge trend these days, To achieve the look you need to use what is called a chrome powder and a gel polish.

The Chrome Nail Trend - How To Use Chrome Powder Without Gel Polish
The Chrome Nail Trend - How To Use Chrome Powder Without Gel Polish
I am not too fond of gel polishes (though I love the final look!). I just find them tedious to do. While searching for how to use gel polish to create the chrome nail effect I came across www.oceansofbeauty.com which sells Chrome Powder and special top coat that allows you to do chrome nails without using a UV lamp. The products are from Sparkle & Co.

Sparkle and Co. Luxe Nails Chrome Nail Kit
Sparkle and Co. Luxe Nails Chrome Nail Kit

They have a complete kit which comes nicely packed in a black mesh bag. Inside the bag you get

Chrome Nails, no gel chrome nails
Sparkle and Co. Chrome Nail Kit

5 applicator sponge+brush duo
Sparkle & Co. Chrome Powder
Sparkle & Co. Top Pure
Sparkle & Co. Seal
5 nail tips
Instruction Card


The whole process of creating chrome nails is quite simple.
First you need to apply your preferred shade of regular polish. I chose to use black. Once the polish dried I applied an even coat of the Top Pure top coat. Then sit back and let it dry completely - it took slightly longer to dry as compared to my normal top coats. The texture of Top Pure is almost like a gel polish top coat but you don't need to cure it under a UV light or LED lamp.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

FACES Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons: Put-Me-On, Divine-Rose and Girl-Next-Door Swatches

FACES has come out with a few more shades in their Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayon range. For a full review on the texture and longevity of these crayons you can read my review on Midnight Rose

FACES Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons: Put-Me-On, Divine-Rose and Girl-Next-Door Swatches

A quick recap - these crayons come with a plastic cap, the pencil is the same color as the product and their texture is extremely smooth and creamy.

I have 3 shades from their latest launch. These are Put Me On, Divine Rose and Girl Next Door.

Put Me On is a gorgeous red with a pink undertone.
Divine Rose is a soft peach shade.
Girl Next Door is a vivacious pink with blue undertones

FACES Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons: Put-Me-On, Divine-Rose and Girl-Next-Door Swatches

Lighter shades do tend to enhance dry lips so it is important to moisturize your lips before using any matte product.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

7 Things To Do In Ooty - Scotland of the East

Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is known as the Scotland of the East.
You can picture it as quaint and cold with a calming atmosphere which is reminiscent of Scotland. After a short Air Asia flight to Bangalore, you can reach Ooty easily by driving for a while. For a travel seeker, there are several hotels in Ooty to choose from, based on your budget and duration of stay.

With lush green mountain scape, vast grasslands, sprawling tea gardens and cool weather, Ooty packs a lot for a simple hill station. Known for its pleasant surroundings and welcoming people, it’s perfect for outdoor travel.

Here are 7 things that you can do when in Ooty:

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Visit the Botanical Garden

Home to some of Ooty’s most stunning flowers and exotic plants, this botanical garden will simply leave you in awe. For those with green thumbs, you begin to appreciate the gardens even more. Look out for sculpted shrubs and hedges, rose gardens, picnic spots and walking areas.


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