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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Life Changing Announcement

Update: I was meant to post this last week but before it went live things changed. So read this and head down for the latest update!


Hi friends, for those of you wondering why I've been on and off from my blog with very few posts in between, it's because my life has changed, literally!

I'm pregnant!!!!

Pregnancy Announcement

Yes, this is the most awaited most remarkable change in my life that I've kept under wraps for all sorts of reasons starting with plain superstition and fear. 4 years ago I had had a miscarriage and it took me years to come out of the trauma. During that time I was blogging yet those of you who follow me must have noticed a gradual decline. But life and time do help you heal, so long as you are open to healing. My family's support during that time was all that I ever needed and it's because of them that I stand where I do today despite whatever life has thrown my way.

And today, I am thrilled to announce that I'm finally blessed with the opportunity to bring a new life into this world. I'm 39 weeks due and the baby will be entering our world anytime now. (I might actually be in labor by the time you guys read this!)

I'll be sharing what all happened during the different trimesters with my tips for all moms-to-be who've started their journey.

Fairy sparkle dust to you all!!!

And now for the update to this post, I have been blessed with a baby boy, my life has changed and how! He was born on 5th December and is very small for me to share his photo yet. Need your blessings for me and my baby as we start a new life together!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Lujo Box - A New Subscription Beauty Box

Hi Everyone!
Today's post is all about a new beauty subscription box that just launched. It's called the Lujo Box (pronounced as lu-ho box)

Lujo Box - A New Subscription Beauty Bo

The box that came in for the month of October is a black cardboard box which looked quite nice to open. Inside it housed a card with details of this month's box contents, a t-shirt, some products enclosed in a nice looking paper with the Lujo Box logo all over it. And below all this was a red velvet storage pouch which can be used to actually keep jewelry.

Subscription to Lujo Box is priced at Rs 1250, you can subscribe Here

Now let's dive in to see what beauty products came in the box.

Lujo Box - A New Subscription Beauty Bo

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Matte Sticks - Blush Site Review and Swatches

I must be like the last blogger reviewing this product. I've just been missing from the action scene lately. Another one of my, "better late than never" posts!
I'm going to share my views on the (new) Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Matte Sticks that have been launched by Lakmé under the umbrella of products containing the goodness of Aloe Vera.

Lakme Matte Sticks Review

The Matte Sticks are long crayon sticks that come in a very nice metallic packaging with a gradient effect of soft green and rose pink. It looks classy and interesting. These are retractable which means the bottom part of the stick is twistable so you don't waste product by sharpening it.

Lakmé’s 9 to 5 matte sticks’ collection boasts of aloe vera and honey to heal and soften the lips. It's sad that the brand has not listed the ingredients anywhere, neither on the outer box in which this product comes nor on their website.

The texture is semi matte, it glides on smoothly like a creamy crayon but gives a matte finish to the lips. You will notice a hint of shimmer but nothing that looks gary.

Lakmé Matte Sticks with Aloe Vera

The lipstick is transfer proof and although a lot of people claim that this lasts a good 5 hours, my experience is that with one heavy meal it is gone.
The good part is that the lipstick feels weightless  on the lips so you can easily go back and reapply. It can exaggerate any dryness of your lips so make sure to use this over well exfoliated lips. The first time I tried this over chapped lips (to test the moisturising properties) it looked horrible to say the least.

Price: Rs 451 (2.2 g) available online [ launched at a price of Rs 550 ]

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pralay, The Great Deluge, by Vineet Bajpai.

Looking for a good fast paced fiction to pick up and read, check out my review of
Pralay, The Great Deluge, by Vineet Bajpai.

Pralay, The Great Deluge, by Vineet Bajpai.

You can head over to my other blog http://words-are-me.blogspot.com where I've posted the full review of Pralay, The Great Deluge.

This book is a great amalgamation of History, Mythology and a healthy dose of fiction to keep you glued to your seat.

This is the second book in the series, first one was Harappa that I reviewed here: https://www.ourexternalworld.com/2017/07/book-review-harappa-curse-of-blood-river.html

I'm excited for the third in the series that gets released in September 2018.

Happy Reading!!!!
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Vaadi Herbals Divine Honey and Sandal Shower Gel - Review

Hi friends! I've been trying to move to more natural chemical free products lately and during my search for something gentle to use in the shower, I came across Vaadi Herbals Shower Gels.

The ingredients mentioned by the brand are all natural. I even tried to confirm from their customer support and in the online chat they confirmed that their products are 100% natural and paraben free. So I went ahead and ordered myself one of their shower gels to try out.

I picked out the Divine Honey and Sandal Shower Gel which claims to lighten the skin. 

Vaadi Herbals Divine Honey and Sandal Shower Gel - Review

Sandal is known for it's skin loghtening and brightening proeprties while Honey is a skin elixir of sorts as it helps moisturise the skin.
The brand claims that honey eradicates the skin of dirt while Sandal helps clear up acne. I've been suffering from bacne again and this was the reason why I chose this particular variant from the shower gels from Vaadi Herbals.

The shower gel comes in a fuss free transparent bottle, it has the ingredients mentioned on the bottle. The bottle has a disc top cap which makes it convenient to use in the shower.

Price: Rs 205 (300 mL) [ purchased online from https://amzn.to/2N0HTHG ]

Vaadi Herbals Divine Honey and Sandal Shower Gel Ingredients

My Experience With Vaadi Herbals Divine Honey & Sandal Shower Gel

My first reaction to this shower gel was actually doubt. The fragrance is very strong and I know Sandal based products usually do have a strong fragrance but this one had a kind of chemical Sandal fragrance.