Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fighting Pollution In Style - Vogmask N99 Protection

Delhi has always been crazily polluted but the situation worsens as the year end. We welcome Diwali, not just with lights but highly polluting crackers. But that is not the sole culprit of all the pollution. As the weather cools down all sorts of dust starts settling in the air. Couple that with the burning of farmlands in the neighbouring states, and you have a formula for weeks of unbreathable air.

With air pollution becoming deadly this season, I opted to switch from regular air pollution masks to the Vogmask. Yes its super stylish but more than that it offers the highest grade of PM 2.5 particle protection.

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Fighting Pollution In Style - Vogmask N99 Protection

The mask comes in 3 sizes, small (mainly for children), medium (for people weighing upto 58kgs) and large for everyone else. The upper band of the mask that sits on the nose is bendable so that you can press it gently to fit against your face properly.

Fighting Pollution In Style - Vogmask N99 Protection

The masks come in various patterns to keep you stylish while you save your lungs from air pollution. The fabric is soft and gentle on the face. There are two ear bands on each side to hold the mask in place.

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Fighting Pollution In Style - Vogmask Rainbow
The Vogmask has an N99 filter, a carbon filter layer, and exhale valve. The material is washable and reusable which is good because these masks do not come cheap.


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Fighting Pollution In Style - Vogmask N99 Protection

The mask does make breathing easier in extremely polluted environs but I've noticed at times it cannot hold back the smell that can accompany gaseous releases found in the fumes of heavily polluting traffic.

If you are a first time user of an anti-pollution face mask note that you might initially feel a little claustrophobic as the mask covers your nose and mouth. But be patient and breathe normally for a few minutes and you will soon get used to it.

I do feel that the sizes might not be perfect for everyone. I should be using a size M as per my body weight but M feels too large on my face and it feels as if more air is leaking out from the mask. Size S fits me well and feels more comfortable to wear but this definitely means I will need to replace my mask sooner.

I've had quite a few people stop me on the road to enquire about the mask. I know people are worried about pollution and want to protect themselves, but the queries come in mainly because these masks are nothing like the standard ones available mostly at chemist shops. They are stylish and eye-catching for sure!

If you don't really bother about the style factor and are on a tight budget, fret not! There are cheaper anti-pollution masks available in the market. But do make sure your mask is at least an N95 because of the amount of pollution Delhi is breathing in this month.

Stay safe and do your bit to prevent pollution!



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches

Oriflame launched a new set of lipsticks called the Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks. I have two of these lipsticks to share with you.

Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches
Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches

Giordani Gold Jewel lipsticks come in a luxe gold packaging which looks quite stunning. They call it the 'jewel' of your handbag!


The lipstick  has an amazing creamy texture which is almost light like a lip balm. It is extremely moisturising and hydrating on the lips. The colors are not highly opaque yet do cover pigmentation. 

Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches
Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches

I have two shades from the range - Honey Chestnut and Cherise Pink. Honey Chestnut is a proper chestnut brown shade. Cherise Pink is a rose pink shade. Both shades are great for all skin tones and specially complement the Indian skin tone range (they will suit pale skinned girls just as well as they would suit dusky girls). 

The shades are great for office wear, and the lipstick itself is something you would proudly carry around wherever you go.

Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches
Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks - Honey Chestnut, Cherise Pink - Review, Swatches

Since these lipsticks are balmy in nature, they do not last too long on my lips. But compared to a normal lip balms these lasted for around 3 hours with a cup of tea in between.

To see how Cherise Pink looks on my lips head over to www.instagram.com/OurExternalWorld


The Giordani Gold Jewel Lipsticks are amazingly light on the lips and they have a very nice selection of shades to chose from.

Do make use of the online sales to grab your favourite shades!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Color Changing Lip Balm - Review, Swatches, Price

If you've ever used a Maybelline lip balm you would love this one from the brand as well. Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom is a new entrant in the market which brings a color changing technology into your lip balm.

Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price
Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price

Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom come in a slim stick form. There are two variants in the market - Pink Bloom and Peach Bloom.

The lip balm is a colorless stick but changes into a variant shade of pink or peach depending on the stick you use.


Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price
Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price

On my lips the lip balm gives a very nice pale shade of color just enough to cover the pigmentation. 

I'm wearing the peach bloom lip balm on my lips. The first pic shows my bare lips. The second pic was taken just after applying the peach bloom lip balm and in the last pic was taken after a couple of minutes. As you can see the color has intensified. The color is just noticeable on my lips and my lips appear very moisturised and healthy.

Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price
Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price

Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price
Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price

I really like the slim packaging and the effect it has on smoothening my dry lips. 

You can check the infredients of Baby Lips Bloom in the image below.

Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price, Ingredients
Maybelline Baby Lips Bloom - Review, Swatches, Price

Overall this is a great addition to the range of lip balms offered by Maybelline. Must try for all lip balm lovers!

Price: Rs 185

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!

About two weeks back I took up a challenge to try out Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo and Conditioner. I have been neglecting my hair and as a result my hair is dying with lots of split ends and broken in-betweens.

Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!
Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!

I was more than glad to take up the challenge. I will share a review of both of these products. First as part of the challenge was an initial impression where I had to use a regular shampoo and conditioner on half my hair and the new Pantene Hair Fall Control on the other half.

Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!
Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!

First let me tell you about my initial experience. The shampoo and conditioner come packaged in the standard Pantene shampoo bottles with the flip top cap.

Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!
Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo & Conditioner Review - 14DayChallenge!


Price: Rs 110 (180 ml) [available online HERE]

Both the shampoo as well as conditioner smell amazing. Its a mix of fruity and floral, extremely pleasant to my nose. The shampoo lathers well and a small amount is enough for the scalp and I use a   little dollop for the length of my hair.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Two Giveaways - Are You Ready To WIN?

I have a lot of products to share that I've been using and I'll get to that soon. But I wanted to make sure you all know that we have 2 giveaways currently running.

The first giveaway is open worldwide where you can win $35 voucher of Uber Chic Beauty (you guys know how much I love their stamping plates and stampers!)




The second giveaway is open to people in India (you need to have a valid Indian postal address where your prize can be shipped to) This giveaway will have one winner taking home a surprise box from the team at My Envy Box.


Good luck to everyone! Both giveaways end on 28th October!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Travel Diaries: A Weekend Trip To Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

A few months back I took a weekend break and headed off to a little town called Shoja in Himachal Pradesh, India. Shoja is off the beaten path and still untouched by touristy crowds.

I was with a group of friends and we booked a tempo traveler from Delhi to Shoja. There are other options that you can take. The nearest railhead is Chandigarh. If you are going by road then there are two routes. You can drive upto Chandigarh and from there you can follow NH21 to a place called Aut. This route goes via Mandi. From Aut its a further 35 Km drive to Gushaini via a place called Banjar.

There are buses that run from Delhi to Shoja and take the route via Shimla. Our driver decided it was shorter to take the Shimla route.

The best time to go is April to June and September to November. Beyond this the weather becomes too cold.

The journey is pretty comfortable up until Kullu - once you cross this point be prepared for a humpy drive. The roads get narrower and road construction midway makes them seem all the more treacherous.

There is nothing much to do in Shoja except relaxation. You can trek the untrodden paths or you can follow a trek that starts at Jalori pass upto a temple which is worshipped religiously by the locals.

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The Valley Of Trees Enroute Shoja

After twelve hours of travel we reached Jalori Pass. This is the point where the trek begins. Jalori Pass is at a height of 3125m. There were a lot of cars and tourists who had reached this point to begin their trek that day. There is a temple at the beginning of the trek as well and a few shops which sell basic food and maggi. There are no restrooms so come prepared.

Shoja, Himachal Pradesh
Amidst The Trees - Shoja

We did not trek the same day. We moved ahead towards our guest house in Shoja which is another 5km from Jalori Pass. This stretch of five kilometres will surely scare the faint hearted. The road is narrow and valley on one side quite steep. But the beautiful trees flocking the valley make the journey worthwhile!

Once we reached the guest house, the tempo traveller was parked on the roof of the kitchen. Yes parking is usually done on roof tops in the hills. Quite amuzing for anyone visiting for the first time.

Shoja, Himalayas
Rooftop Parking At Guest House

We checked into our rooms which were very basic, a bed and attached bathroom. The room does have a table and a chair and a tiny dresser. Overall it was comfortable with no frills. The guest house has a restaurant where all meals are served. The staff is very accommodating and can cook dishes based on what you need (depending on availability of ingredients).

Since Shoja is a small village, there aren't too many lodging options. For food you are restricted to the place you are staying in. We stayed at the Raja Guest House which we had booked over the phone.

We all went into our rooms to rest a bit. In the evening we came out into the lawns, asked the staff to prepare a bonfire and serve us dinner outside. After several fun games of dumb charades and general chit chatting, we enjoyed our food under the stars along with the cool chilly breeze.

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Posing Next To The Big Red Roses, Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

The next morning we woke up early, enjoyed the sunrise behind the mountains (you cannot view the sunrise directly from this point and would have to trek up back to Jalori Pass. If you wish to view the sunrise plan to start around 5am) The view in the morning is sure to take away all your tiredness. The Himalayas around you fill you with calm and bliss. If you go there early March or around November you can see snow capped mountains all around. Our guest house also had these big roses and several other flowers that make the place all the more prettier.

After relishing our breakfast we took our tempo traveller to Jalori Pass. The view from this place is breathtaking. The cool breeze with the sun shining gently made it a great day to trek. This place is known for surprise rainfall and so each one of us was prepared with our raincoats. Umbrellas won't help because they can blow away in the wind and it becomes difficult to manage them on the narrow tracks of the trek.
Jalori Pass, Himachal Pradesh
Jalori Pass
 For the trek ensure that you are wearing comfortable cotton clothing that can allow your skin to breathe. Your shoes must have a good grip - regular sport shoes might not work specially the ones that you use for flat road running. Carry a bottle of water and a raincoat in your back pack. If you are carrying your camera make sure you have a waterproof casing for it. Don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.

The trek begins on an almost flat land but slowly the road gets narrow - getting down to less than 2 feet wide in some places. When we started the trek we asked the locals how long is the trek to the final lake. We were told that there is a temple at the end and the lake is mostly dried out but the place is beautiful. We were also told that it takes an hour to cover the trek. That sounded perfect. An hour to go up and an hour to come down, I was already planning on what all we could do with so much time left on our hands once we completed the trek.

Himalayas, Trek,
Somewhere Up In The Hills During The Trek 

 The trek started getting steeper with only a little respite at places that had little hilly areas where one could rest on a huge rock or the grass. The other side of the road had a deep valley with beautiful trees. All through the trek you will be mesmerised with the variety of plants and trees and their sheer beauty.

In some places the road gets replaced with only rocks. These places are difficult to tread but when you look at the local kids running across you wonder what's wrong with your feet!

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Locals Running Their Way Up The Trek


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Overcase Mountains 

After around 1 hour of trek and no end in sight we again asked a passerby how far away were we, "oh you're almost there, hardly 15 minutes". Great, we continued to walk as the rain started to pour. We decided to brave the slippery path and continue on. The rain seemed to slow down and another person passing by told us we were still an hour away. Now the rain started pouring and there was a hail storm with it. We stopped at one of the lookout places trying to take shed under a big tree. Soon the land below our feet started to slide away with the rain water. This is when I decided to start back.

Jalori Pass, Himachal Pradesh
Jalori Pass, Himachal Pradesh

The entire way back to Jalori Pass had us braving hail. We were drenched and had to walk very carefully. This time I decided to time myself. It took us 3 hours to reach back. A few of the people in my group had gone ahead and I later found out I was only about half an hour away from the actual end point of the trek. But overall we realised the trek for first timers like us is definitely not an hour long. Even if its not raining it would take you more than 2 hours one side!

Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed myself as the journey itself was quite thrilling, fun and tiring all at the same time. Once we reached back to Jalori Pass I decided to have some hot maggi followed by a local ice cream. The ice cream there is not that creamy but is still fun eating in the cold!

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Early Morning At Shoja
Once everyone was back from the trek we headed back to the guest house. We had called up the owners before hand to ask them to make us hot lunch and tea when we arrived. After a quick shower we enjoyed our food and then relaxed outside in the lawns under the sun.


It was one person's birthday in the group so we asked the staff if they could make a cake. They did not have the ingredients but they decided to make halwa for the birthday boy. They were really sweet and actually got us halwa moulded like a cake with candles and also prepared a special local delicacy for us to eat for dinner.

Himalayas, Shoja
View From The Guest House
Next day early morning we started back. This time we took the route that goes through Aut. This route is not that smooth either. From Shoja to Banjar the road is quite rocky. Once you cross Aut you will feel safer as the road begins to widen. Somewhere after Mandi you will see a river flowing alongside the road. This is a stream of the Sutlej River. You can walk down from the road and go to the riverside, sit on the rocks and enjoy the cool water on your feet. But do be careful as there are no life guards.

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River On The Way Back

The route back was quite hot, specially after enjoying the lovely weather at Shoja. We ate at a punjabi dhaba on our way back and played a lot of dumb charades.

If you want to escape the city for a long weekend then do consider Shoja, its not a well known place and hence still untouched by touristy madness.

Other things you can do in Shoja is a visit to the waterfall and fishing in Tirthan Valley. Ask your hotel for directions on how to get there. Even if you just sit in your hotel and relax the trip would be worth the effort and surely a great respite from the summer heat.

And on the way to Shoja if you spot a seller with plums - do try them out. I had the most delicious plums on the way.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Philips Satinelle Advanced BRE630/00 Wet & Dry Epilator - Review, Photos, Price

Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator is my latest gadget. You all know how lazy I am to visit parlours and prefer to get rid of the fuzz at home whenever I find it convenient.

I've already mentioned a lot of tips to ease epilation for newbies in my article 10 Tips On Smooth Pain-free Epilation. I have also reviewed other epilators which I'll link to below just in case you want to compare.

Philips Satinelle Advanced, BRE630/00, Wet & Dry Epilator, Review, Photos, Price, pain free hair removal
Philips Satinelle Advanced BRE630/00 Wet & Dry Epilator - Review, Photos, Price




The Philips Advanced Wet & Dry epilator that I have is in a lovely lavender and white color combination. It comes packed in a box along with the following attachments:

Philips Satinelle Advanced, BRE630/00, Wet & Dry Epilator, Review, Photos, Price, pain free hair removal
Philips Satinelle Advanced BRE630/00 Wet & Dry Epilator - Review, Photos, Price
  1. Charger
  2. Epilation head
  3. Pain easing roller head
  4. Shaving head
  5. Delicate area cap
  6. Facial cap
  7. Cleaning brush
  8. Travel pouch

The epilator has a slim s-shaped handle with curves making it very easy to hold. You can use the epilator dry or you can take it with you into the shower. It has two operational speeds. 

Price: Rs 6495

[check out epilators from Philips online here]

First we'll take a closer look at the epilator head.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nail Art Using Revlon Matte Nail Polishes and Ejiubas Nail Vinyls

After many days of bare nails I finally decided to do some basic nail art. Revlon has recently launched pretty shades of nail enamels in a matte range which I wanted to try out and I also got a pack of nail vinyls from Ejiubas so I really had no reason to keep my nails bare anymore.

Before I show the nail art I tried let me share a bit about the polishes and nail vinyls.

Revlon matte nail paints come in cute matte bottles which gives them a dreamy look. The good thing about matte polishes is that you sort of have two finishes in one bottle - well technically it is a matte polish, but all it takes to transform it into a glossy finish is your regular top coat.

Nail Art Using Revlon Matte Nail Polishes and Ejiubas Nail Vinyls
Revlon Matte Nail Polishes

The shades I picked out are Sunny Matte, Cool Matte and Marine Matte.

Sunny Matte - 528 - is a lovely creamy yellow.
Cool Matte - 527 - is a blue polish
Marine Matte - 529 - is a sea green coloured polish.

Each polish is priced at Rs 190 for 8ml - currently there is a sale on Flipkart HERE where you can get that at 20% off (so yes, this is the time to collect all shades that you want to try out!)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Simaaya Fashions - Online Saree Shopping For The Wedding Season

Shopping online for sarees, absolutely not - that is what my mom and dadi would say. You have no idea what fabric you are actually going to get and the colors are always off.

Well not anymore. I am a die hard online shopper. I hate having to wait in cues to try out things and detest the crowds in markets. And so it was a relief when my online saree purchase turned out successful!
Simaaya Fashions - Online Saree Shopping For The Wedding Season
Simaaya Fashions - Online Saree Shopping For The Wedding Season

This year during the fall season I have a cousin's wedding to attend. While searching for latest designs in sarees I came across Simaaya Fashions. I am helping my cousin do her shopping and wanted to purchase a single piece to make sure the quality is good enough. After browsing their website I narrowed down on one saree that looked nice and festive to me.

Simaaya Fashions - Online Saree Shopping For The Wedding Season
Simaaya Fashions - Online Saree Shopping For The Wedding Season

The saree came wrapped in a plastic cover safely placed inside a cardboard box.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unboxing - My Envy Box Monsoon Edition

The monsoon box from the team at My Envy Box was interesting for me. I'll tell you why after I've told you what all came inside it.

Unboxing - My Envy Box Monsoon Edition, indian beauty blog

You can subscribe to the monthly box for Rs 850 HERE

The box came with 4 full sized products. And each one is a keeper!

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