Saturday, 25 April 2015

Colorbar Blend Away Foundation Sponge Wheel Review

Colorbar introduced a new beauty tools/accessories range and they look very colorful and attractive. I haven't tried their beauty brushes, but I got my hands on the Colorbar Blend Away Foundation Sponge Wheel. It comes with 8 small sponges and it is used to blend your foundation.

Overall, I think it does its job well and it is a great buy for the price. It blends the foundation well into your skin and doesn't leave any creases. It is also faster to use than using a foundation brush to blend.
What I didn't like about it is that it each sponge is small and it would have worked better if the sponges were bigger. They also released another foundation blending square sponges and they look bigger. Purchase link here

How I use it:
Wet the sponge in warm water and squeeze out the excess water. Apply foundation dots on your face after applying a primer and then use this sponge to blend the foundation into your skin to get a smooth and balanced coverage. Soak the sponge in warm water for 2 minute to remove the foundation after application and store the sponge to re-use it.

Overall, I if you are just venturing into the beauty world and don't want to but the expensive beauty blenders available in the market then try this.


Cleansing using cold cream - Must have for skincare

Our skin is prone to so much dirt and pollution everyday and taking care of your skin is very important. This article is going to talk about benefits/ways to use a cold cream. This beauty product is something which is popular in the beauty world since a very long time. Even with so many products hitting the shelves none of us can deny the advantages of a cold cream.

1. Makeup remover
Apply generous amount of cold cream to your face, concentrate it over your eyelids, lips etc where there is heavy makeup, and let it stay for about 2-5minute and then take a clean cotton swab/tissue paper and wipe it off. All you make up is gone.
Optional - Wash your face later with cold water to remove the rest.

2. Cleanse your face
Massage cold cream onto your clean-face in upward and circular motion every morning for a minute or two and leave it on for 5 minutes. Then wipe the excess using a tissue/cloth, this will help to remove an dirt which is clogging your pores and will ensure that your skin breathes.

3. Soften skin
For some of us the skin on our elbows and knees is usually dark and thick, massage good amount of cold cream onto the problem areas and let it stay over night. The skin will eventually become softer and smoother.

4. Moisturize lips
Apply a small amount of cold cream over your lips, leave on for a minute and rub it off gently with a tissue or cotton and you will feel that your lips are softer. This is a good alternate to Vaseline.

5. For Cracked Feet
If you have dry skin and your feet tend to get dry especially during winters then you can use cold cream. Wash you feet apply good amount of cold cream on your feet focusing on areas which are dry. Wear socks and go to bed, use a good scrub in the morning and you will notice that your feet feel smother when you repeat this for a week.

I have been using Deep Cleansing cold cream by Beauty Face and this works very well to remove my makeup and my skin feels smoother too. This is one product which I has to be there in my bathroom. What is your must-have beauty product?

one 'n only Argan Oil

I have thick curly hair and managing my hair is something which is very very difficult. Until a few years ago my only hair style used to be a pony tail.

Finding products which work for your hair is slightly difficult compared to finding products which work for your skin. Not all products which work for curly hair work for my hair as we have unique hair with its own thickness, dryness, consistency etc.

But overall, Argan oil has magical properties which help in making your hair and skin healthy.
Benefits :

Argan oil is often used as a hair treatment. It is extremely beneficial for hair and scalp, and is commonly used as a conditioner.

Vitamin E is extremely beneficial for hair, and is found in argan oil in high quantities. Vitamin E promotes healthy hair growth as it contains antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair – it has even been used for hair regrowth.

Argan oil has a number of benefits when used on hair. It can act as a moisturiser for the scalp to fight dandruff and dry scalp. It can also promote the growth of healthy, strong hair as opposed to thin, brittle hair. It can even undo some of the damage done through chemical treatments and dyes, and can be used to treat split ends.

Immediate benefits can also be seen in people who use argan oil on their hair. It is an excellent agent for taming frizz and promoting shine and gloss, as well as softer, more manageable hair.
Argan oil is non-irritating and actually reverses much of the damage done by artificial chemicals and treatments on hair. It is often used in its pure form for healthy, soft and shiny hair. Below are a few of the best ways to use argan oil on hair.

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So rest assured if you have dull, damaged, frizzy hair it is more likely that Argan oil products will work for you compared to any other product.

The one 'n only Argan oil has worked wonders for my hair. It helps me,
1. Control frizz
2. My curls are smoother
3. Less hair breakage

It is called an oil but is actually works like a serum and smells really well too, take a small amount (start with a drop)  on your hand and rub it for 20 sec and apply it all over your hair except the roots. Focus on the ends as the ends of your hair are usually more damaged.

Note: If you use more than required product your hair might get oily. You can use this product on wet and dry hair.

I use it on wet hair everytime I wash my hair and when my hair is completely dry after shampoo. I re-apply if required. I am currently, using my third full size bottle and I can't thank my sister enough for recommending this amazing product to me. Elder sisters are a blessing in disguise and you can't ask for more if they share common interests too. My sister is a makeup freak too and has just began her beauty channel on YouTube.
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Monday, 20 April 2015

CIBO House

We visited this place on  a lazy Sunday afternoon when we were in the mood of trying some refreshing food at a place we haven't been to before and I must say CIBO House didn't fail to disappoint us.

It is a very small place which doesn't have more than 10 tables, however the ambiance is perfect. We were scared that we wouldn't find a place to sit however, the manager was kind enough to accommodation us.  This place is famous for it's Italian buffet and the waiter straight away asked us if we wanted to have a veg/non-veg buffet. We wondered if there was no A'la Carte but settled in to try out the non-veg buffet.

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Usually, buffet leaves me really unsatisfied as I feel like I should taste everything on the spread but I usually don't end up even tasting half the spread and I have also observed that the quality of some of the food is compromised even in the finest restaurants. But for some reason we decided to go against the usual and opted for the buffet.

The soup and starters were served on the table along with unlimited Virgin Mojito which was refreshing considering the summer heat . 1 variety of starters made of prawn, fish, lamb and chicken along with Potato Cheese Poppers were served to us. I was bowled over the quality of the sea-food. The prawn was steam cooked in oregano and chillies and didn't smell even the slightest. The fish was soft and delicate was perfectly cooked too. After the round of starters we were served pasta of our choice made fresh. We were extremely content regarding the quality of the food and more so because we still had enough appetite to try the main course.

There was limited spread in the main course too with a 4 salads, Veg butter rice, Fish Gravy, Veg Lasagne, Sphagetti Noodles served and the desserts section included Panacotta and Tiramisu along with a little more spread. I was not very happy with the Lasagne as it had become very soggy and was not hot. Overall, this is the first place I was content having a buffet and I would definitely recommend that you try out this place.

Prawn Starter

Virgin Mojito

Sphagetti Dish - I suck remembering names :)

Veg Lasagne

The standard spice rack

Fresh bread served with homemade tomato dip
The dessert selection - Caramel Pudding, Tiramisu, Cheese Cake, Cherry Tart, Panacotta, Mango Syrup Something

The Big Fork

Rated 4.2 on Zomato, we were kind of shocked to see that there were hardly any people on a Friday night. Thankfully, that was the only shock for that evening and the rest of the evening was pleasant :)

The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and we decided to pick the indoor seating as we wanted to avoid the mosquitoes. It was a dimly lit cozy space with European style ambiance. We ordered Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Zucchini on Red Pesto Toast and Green Harissa Chicken Burger along with Cajun Spiced Fries and a cold-coffee (don't remember which one).

The food was served and cooked in very authentic European spices and is a feast to people who prefer such food. If you prefer spicy food/ are not a fan of Continental cuisine then you might not enjoy the food as much.

The fries were fried perfectly - crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The place has a great breakfast menu too. I am a fan of continental breakfasts and I can't wait to try out their breakfast spread.

Sorry about the low quality pics, the place was very dimly lit.

Indoor Seating

The Lunch/Dinner Menu

Ricotta Stuffed Grilled Zucchini on Red Pesto Toast

Cajun Dusted Fries

Green Harissa Chicken Burger

The entrance

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Love for cute Hand Sanitizers

I'm not a cleanliness freak but a good hand sanitizer is a must-have in my bag. I feel handicapped if I don't have a good sanitizer.

I love the small sized hand-sanitizers from Bath and Body works as they smell great and work wonders on your hand. You can find them on Flipkart here. They have a bigger size too, but I personally prefer the smaller size.

Two of my favorite scents and Pink Chiffon and Paris Armour. I love the way they smell and the scent lingers for a very long time on your hand. If you want cleanliness and scents at the same time then this a must-have product.

Maybelline Colossal Liner Review and swatch

This review is coming in a little late but I am so much in love with this liner that I decided that it has to be shared on the blog. This is the second time I have purchased this product and I think I will repurchase it until I find a new hot favorite.

It comes in a stylish black and yellow packaging with a smooth sponge tip applicator. Thick black, perfect strokes, easy to apply and long-lasting it is a must have in your liquid liner collection. If you haven't tried it already then please do stock it up I am sure you will love it.

If you have wobbly hands and find it difficult to match the thickness of the liner on both the eyes like I do then this is just perfect for you. You can create consistent, smooth and think perfect black strokes with this liner. What else can you ask for?

It also stays on for over 7-8 hours and doesn't smudge much.

1. Jet black
2. Easy application
3. Long lasting
4. Easy on the pocket

1. It is not completely water proof. If you sweat a lot and happen to rub your eye then the liner will go away.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Toner Review

One of the most common skin care problem that I face is blackheads. When I came across this toner from a brand like Neutrogena I ordered it right away. You can purchase it from Amazon here.

The toner is consistency and color is just like water and 200 ml for Rs. 320 is a good deal too. Surprisingly, there are no instructions given on this toner.

You can apply the toner with/without washing your face. Use a cotton pad/ball and rub it in upwards stroke on your face. The cotton will say the story and you can see and feel the dirt off your face.

It obviously doesn't remove all the blackheads when you use it first but there is visible difference you will feel that you skin is more alive and smoother. The toner also leaves a cool tingling sensation on your skin.

If you want you skin extra clean and have the blackhead problems then I suggest using this products. I am planning to but the blackhead eliminating scrub next, stay tuned for more reviews.

Makeup Revolution London Anti Bacterial Serum and Face Primer Review

I recently became a fan of all the brand Makeup Revolution. They recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary and had great discounts to offer. Some of their eyeshadows and lipstick shades are almost similar to the high-end brands so we get to use high-quality makeup at an affordable price.

I recently purchased this amazing primer from Jabong (Buy here) and I am totally loving how it feels on my skin.

It is a white creamy textured primer and applying a small amount of product (1/2 pea size is enough to hydrate your entire face) before applying your foundation makes your skin smoother, the foundation is distributed evenly and you get a more natural looking feel.

You will visibly feel your skin to be healthy and glowing when you apply this and your skin breathes better. It is a great buy for the price as it will last you forever. If you are looking for a good primer then you should try this.

I have used it 6-7 times and I haven't been disappointed ever.

Lotus Herbals Color Kick Kajal Review

Do you have days when you misplace your beauty essential or are surprised that you've emptied the product? This happens with me quiet often :) Recently, I emptied my L'oreal Kajal Magique and wanted to try some new kajal this time. I ended up buying the Lotus Herbals Color Kick Kajal. It comes in a bright pink plastic stick in a standard package.

It is one of the darkest black kajals I have used recently and glides onto your skin very easily. However, it does smudge after a few hours.

Overall, it is a good product for the price and I might end up purchasing it again. Coming to the Pros and Cons of the Kajal, 

Pros:1. Affordable price
2. It is more thick and is blacker than the other kajals in the same price range - Lakme Iconic, Maybelline Colossal, L'oreal Kajal  Magique.
3. Herbal product made of camphor and almond oil which have a soothing effect on your eye.

1. Delicate packaging
2. Smudges after 3-4 hours
3. Lasts for a shorter time compared to the kajals listed above.

Quick Tip - If you want your kajal to stay longer. Dab a small amount of black eye shadow over your lower lid. It not on protects your kajal from smudging but also intensifies the color.