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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.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Say No to Roadster!

Are you an online shopper? I am, and I shop for everything online, clothes, shoes, grocery, electronics,  almost everything.

For fashion  shopping I really enjoy shopping from  sites like Jabong and Myntra that offer a lot of discounts. Rarely have I had problems with product quality. Until recently!
I was shopping for myself when I noticed this good looking pair of canvas shoes on Jabong from a brand called Roadster. I thought my husband would like to pair these with his denims. I knew the brand was owned by Myntra and never suspected a qaulity issue. 

Roadster canvas shoes review
Roadster Canvas Shoes

The shoes were originally priced at Rs 1899 but due to the sale weekend Jabong was offering them for Rs 700. Since I had other things in my cart there was no shipping charge for me.

I placed the order and the shoes arrived within a week. The packaging was fine, the shoes appeared to be nice. They fit well and looked quite nice. Mr Husband started wearing them about once or twice a week with very little walking involved - car to work, a little walking on the carpeted floor in office, and that's about it.

After about 3 weeks he noticed the fabric inside starting to wear off. Within 4 weeks the shoes were ready to be thrown out! I contacted customer support but was told nothing could be done about it because the warranty period was over. I requested to be put in touch with the brand customer support but they sent me the same standard reply of out of warranty product.

Roadster canvas shoes review

Poor quality Roadster shoes

Normally I would have let it go thinking it's a one of incident but then I googled about Roadster shoes and realized a lot of people  have had problems with their quality.

With no support from Jabong, no way to add reviews to their website, I decided to post this here so that anyone reading this can bebwarned before wasting their money.

 If you ever plan to buy anything from Roadster, think it over, rather, go out and buy something from a local store. Local stores will not only give you a minimum 3 month warranty on shoes, but they would also help get the shoes repaired if possible.

We used to wear canvas shoes in school, run around in them and still they would last a couple of years (until you outgrew the pair). But these shoes from Roadster seem to have cardboard support inside which you can see creeping through from where the fabric is torn out. From the top the shoes appear all nice but inside the quality is so poor that they are heading into a bin within a month.

Even if the products are heavily discounted, the discount is meant to be genuine and not a means to get rid of poor quality products.

Roadster is one brand you need to steer clear off no matter how much discount they offer.
I hope you find this post useful and you read it in time before heading for a pair of shoes from Roadster.

Say NO to Roadster!