3 Habits That Will Transform Your Skin Within a Month!

You may invest buckets of money in high-end skincare products and make regular trips to the salon but may still be noticing dullness, acne or pores on your skin. What is it that you are doing wrong? Perhaps you have not incorporated these skin-changing habits into your lifestyle! And what may these be? Read on to find out!

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1. Applying Sunscreen Every Day – “But it isn’t sunny today!”, “I will just cover my face with a scarf”, “I’m stepping out only for a couple of hours” – If these are the excuses you fall back on for not applying sunscreen then you are doing gross injustice to your skin. You need to apply sunscreen DAILY, regardless of the weather conditions or your schedule. Those pesky UV rays are everywhere, and you need sun protection all day long. These days, sunscreen products are available in a number of formulations, from gels to matte lotions and hydrating creams, so pick the formula that suits your skin type the best and hold on to it for dear life!

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2. Using a Toner Every Time You Cleanse – Every time you wash your face or use a face mask, the product unclogs your pores and removes all the gunk from them, but after this is done, your pores are still open. This is where a toner comes into the picture. Using a toner helps to close back your pores so that they don’t remain exposed to dirt and pollution. This could be something as simple as rose water or a slightly more intense Vitamin C toner. If you are experiencing bumps and craters on your face then a toner is what you need.

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3. Removing Your Makeup Every Night – Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t makeup that destroys your skin but not letting your skin breathe at all. Leaving makeup on overnight is perhaps the worst thing you could do to your skin. No matter how exhausted you are, your skin is even more exhausted and needs to be decongested and allowed to heal overnight. I am a strong believer in double cleansing, so first break down your makeup with a micellar water or cream cleanser and then follow it up with a face wash. Top it up with a toner and moisturiser. This skincare ritual may seem too tedious but trust me, it takes only 5 minutes and will make your skin look so much better the next day.

Making these 3 skincare habits a part of your life can truly make your skin glow from within and look so much healthier. If you have been struggling with skin issues for a long time then do pay heed to these rituals and I am sure your skin will thank you for it!

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How Vitamin E Can Save Your Skin!

Vitamin E is a miracle skincare ingredient that can work wonders for dry and damaged skin. It is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and is also known to reduce UV damage caused by prolonged exposure of skin to sunlight. It is also proven to be extremely effective in treating skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

While Vitamin E is naturally present in the skin, factors such as sun exposure and aging can reduce the Vitamin E levels in the skin. This is why you need to incorporate it into your diet as well as in your skincare, especially if you have been noticing dullness and dryness on your skin. Nowadays, there are a lot of skincare products available in the market that contain Vitamin E as a key ingredient. Here are some of my favourite picks from The Body Shop Vitamin E range that are excellent at repairing damaged skin and restoring a youthful glow to the face.

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  1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil – Overnight treatments give the quickest and most drastic results when it comes to repairing the skin because the ingredients get substantial time to work their magic without any external factors like sunlight and pollution coming in the way. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is a rich concoction of Vitamin E Oil combined with Community Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua. This product contains the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil among all the products from the Vitamin E range. You need to apply this serum after cleansing and toning your skin and top it up with a moisturiser to wake up to rejuvenated skin that looks well-rested.
  2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream – This Vitamin E Cream has been a cult favourite since its launch and with good reason. It is specially formulated for those with extremely dry skin and true to its name, it provides intense hydration to the skin. It makes the skin super soft and smooth from the very first application and the results only get better with time. It can be used along with a serum or on its own and can be applied in the morning as well as at night. This jar of goodness is a must have for those who want an instant rescue from dry skin.
  3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion (SPF 30) – If you are looking for something light-weight yet nourishing, The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion is the perfect product for you. It has a milky formula that provides hydration without being thick or greasy. This lotion also contains SPF 30 and provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, which make it perfect for daytime use. It sinks into the skin within seconds but continues to nourish and protect it for hours and is an excellent base for makeup too!

If you haven’t discovered the amazing powers of Vitamin E yet then you must try out these products at least once. I am sure that your skin will look so much better that you will never look back!

Click here to buy The Body Shop Vitamin E products.

 

How To Brace Yourself For The Festive Season

The festive season is upon us, and while we have bid adieu to our beloved Ganpati, we are already gearing up for Durga Pooja! While we spend hours and hours cleaning up the house, shopping for pooja necessities and making our favourite sweets, we often forget to prepare our minds and bodies for the hectic festivities. Here are a few tips to take care of the things that are often overlooked during the pomp and fervour of Pujo and Diwali.

1. Haircare – Chances are that you will not be able to squeeze in some spa time once the festivities begin. Now that you have some breathing space, get a relaxing hair spa and even a haircut if you need one. This will make styling your hair so much easier for all the special days.

2. Skincare – Festivals mean oily food and heavy makeup, which can take a toll on the skin. Boost your skincare game well in advance by adding sheet masks and chemical exfoliants to give your skin the festive glow. You should also stock up on some charcoal face masks to deep cleanse your skin after the celebrations.

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3. Food – No matter how tempted you might be to crash diet right before slipping into that stunning saree for Diwali, there are better ways of getting a flat tummy. Make it a habit to drink tonnes of water daily, eat fresh fruit instead of juices, and sip on a cup of green tea after a heavy meal to keep your metabolism running. Try to indulge in moderation and stick to healthy foods for as many meals as possible. This will ensure that you feel energetic and your skin doesn’t lose its radiance throughout the celebrations.

4. Outfits – Now is the right time to pull out, purchase and plan all your outfits for the events ahead. Get everything stitched and altered now, before your tailor dada starts quoting insane charges and has a huge pile of orders drowning him. Also, try out everything and plan the accessories for each outfit well in advance so that you can just grab them and get ready when the festive chaos ensues.

These are some of the ways in which I make my festivals hasslefree. How are your preparations going and do you have any special tips to make the festive season more fun? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

We are all well aware of the benefits of turmeric as a skincare ingredient, but have you ever heard of turmeric in a lip balm? I definitely hadn’t, until I came across the Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour. Seer Secrets has always brought out interesting products with unique and effective ingredients and this lip balm is no exception. Read on to find out how it works at treating dry and chapped lips.

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

The Seer Secrets Lip Saviour comes in a cute packaging – a jar with a screw-on lid which is very travel-friendly. The formula itself looks waxy in the jar but melts when rubbed between the fingers, leaving behind a beautiful oily consistency. It literally glides on the lips, gets absorbed within seconds, and does not look crusty or cakey. It provides a golden sheen to the lips and also has some tiny granules that provide gentle exfoliation during application. These granules may stand out a little on the lips, so you may want to pick them out if using the lip balm during the day.

The formula contains many nourishing ingredients such as coconut essential oil, watermelon extract, vitamin E and Cocoa butter, and therefore provides intense hydration to the lips that lasts for several hours. Of course, it contains turmeric too, which protects the lips and prevents chapping and irritation. The formula contains SPF12 as well and will therefore provide some protection to the lips from sunlight too. I also love the fruity scent of the lip balm that lingers on for an hour or so post application.

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Overall, I love this lip balm because it is essentially like a lip oil available in solid form that literally melts on the lips. It provides intense hydration and protection and can really help with restoring the softness of severely chapped lips. Priced at INR 315 for a jar that will last you several months, this is a product that you must try out!

Click here to buy the Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut & Turmeric Lip Saviour from Amazon.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser | Review

People say that rice-eaters have the most fabulous hair and flawless skin and many vouch for the efficacy of rice as a skincare ingredient. Personally too, I have noticed that skincare products with rice tend to work well at brightening my skin, which is why I recently picked up The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser. These products have become a staple part of my PM routine ever since, and here is why.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser | Review

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion is a cream-based cleansing lotion that gets rid of dirt, grease, and non-waterproof makeup with ease. I have recently been gravitating towards cleansing lotions because they seem to leave my skin hydrated and plump even after washing my face. This product is no exception, it feels gentle on the skin and the tiniest quantity is able to take care of my entire face of makeup. It does leave behind a slightly oily film on my skin, but I wash my face with a cleanser after using this product anyway, so it does not bother me at all. Also, the lotion tends to sting my eyes ever so slightly, so if you have super sensitive eyes then you may want to be careful while using this product. Of course, the packaging with a pump is super-convenient and acts like a cherry on top of the cake for me.

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser complements the cleansing lotion perfectly. It has a creamy consistency in the tube and lathers beautifully, producing a rich foam that feels like a cloud on my skin. Again, the tiniest drop of the cleanser goes a long way and the product lives up to its name of being a foaming face wash. My skin looks glowy and feels super soft and plump after using this cleanser and this combo of products has done a good job at keeping the acne at bay as well!

Overall, I am super happy with both these products and would love to try out more items from the Rice Water range by The Face Shop. The price point of INR 650 for the giant bottles is pretty reasonable too and I will definitely be repurchasing these in the future.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Click here to buy The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser and Cleansing Lotion.

Plum Olive & Macadamia Mega Moisturising Hair Mask | Review

Plum has already established itself as an amazing skincare brand in India with its vegan, cruelty-free and extremely effective products, and now they have launched their haircare range too! The brand has come up with two shampoos, a conditioner, and a hair mask, and I ended up buying the Olive and Macadamia Mega Moisturising Hair Mask on the day of the launch itself! Here is my review of the product after using it a couple of times.

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About the Product (from the Plum website) – A treat, and not just a deep conditioning treatment, for your hair. Deep moisturizing, nourishing hair mask made with love from olive oil, macadamia oil, shea butter and loads of other do-gooders for stressed out tresses. Specially processed pro-vitamin B5 and film-forming hair protectants shield hair from pollution and UV. This silicone-free hair mask moisturizes, softens and deep-nourishes chemically-treated, damaged hair. Use once or twice a week for hair that looks, and indeed is, healthier, softer and shinier.

My Experience – The Plum Mega Moisturising Hair Mask comes in a huge white tub and the packaging is sleek and minimalistic as has always been the case with the brand. The mask is in the form of a thick white cream that has a pleasant natural scent that I quite enjoy. The brand recommends applying this product evenly throughout wet hair, trying to cover each strand as well as possible. This is a little difficult considering the texture of the product which is thick and not very spreadable. In any case, after application, you are supposed to leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Plum Olive & Macadamia Mega Moisturising Hair Mask | Review

I used this hair mask straight after shampooing my hair, without using a conditioner, thinking that since the mask contains rich ingredients like olive and macadamia oil, using a conditioner might not be necessary. On its own, this hair mask does condition the hair and soften them, but it does not provide as much shine and smoothness to the hair as I had expected. I have really long, waist length hair that gets tangled pretty easily and this product does a good job at keeping them tame, but the results were not “spectacular”. I feel that I need to pair it with the shampoo and conditioner of this range to get the fabulous results that I was expecting.

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Overall, I feel that this is a decent mask but nothing too amazing on its own. Also, working this formula into really long hair can be a little difficult and you will need a lot of product per wash if you have hair as long as mine, which makes the price of INR 875 for a 250gm jar seem a little pricey. I will try the product out with the shampoo and conditioner before passing my final verdict on this hair mask but for now, I can say that it does work well but did not meet the expectations that I had from the brand.

Click here to buy Plum Olive & Macadamia Mega Moisturizing Hair Mask.

Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner | Review

Rose water is an integral part of my skincare routine. I use it as a toner when my skin is irritated or has active acne, and also as a refreshing mist throughout the day. I am currently using the Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner for this purpose, and today I will be reviewing this product for you.

Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner | Review

The Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner is pure steam distilled rose water that contains no alcohol or additives. It comes in a plastic bottle with a spray nozzle and is available in packs of 50ml and 100ml. The nozzle provides a fine mist of rose water and the leakproof packaging is travel-friendly too.

Since this is pure rose water, it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It provides a boost of freshness to the skin while soothing it and calming down any redness or irritation. Pure rose water also helps with maintaining the pH balance of the skin. It can be used for minimizing the pores, and also as a liquid base for face packs.

Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner | Review

A 50ml bottle of the toner is priced at INR 225, which is fairly reasonable for pure steam distilled rose water. Rose water is one of the first skincare products that I ever used and the Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner brings back those nostalgic memories for me. This is one product that everybody should stock up on because you cannot go wrong with something so unadulterated and natural.

Click here to buy the Vya Naturals Rose Luxury Toner.

Nykaa Rose & White Musk Hand and Nail Creme| Review

I am someone who is obsessed with washing my hands ever so often, yet I have never owned a hand cream until now. When Nykaa recently launched their range of hand creams, I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to rectify this and offer some TLC to my hands. Nykaa’s Hand and Nail Creme comes in 7 floral fragrances, and I picked the Rose and White Musk variant. Here are my thoughts on this new product.

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The Nykaa Rose & White Musk Hand & Nail Creme has a soothing and warm musky rose scent. The scent is not too sickly floral and the musky undertones add a sophistication to the fragrance of roses. The cream contains many nourishing ingredients such as Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Almond Oil, which are great for keeping your hands and cuticles hydrated throughout the day. The formula is also Paraben and SLS free and the product is cruelty-free too.

The formula has a slightly whipped, creamy texture that spreads evenly on the skin. It feels slightly oily upon application but sinks into the skin within a few minutes, without leaving the hands slippery, sticky or greasy – a feeling which I dislike. The mild scent of the cream lingers on for several hours and my hands feel well-hydrated and soft all day long.

Nykaa Rose & White Musk Hand and Nail Creme| Review

Nykaa Rose & White Musk Hand and Nail Creme| Review

Overall, I love everything about this product, from the cute packaging to the nourishing formula and the pleasant scent. The price point of INR 275 is fairly reasonable too.  This hand cream has become a handbag essential for me and I will highly recommend it to all of you too, especially those who suffer from dry and flaky skin on the hands.

Click here to buy the Nykaa Hand & Nail Creme.

Battle of the Concealers | Loreal True Match vs Maybelline Fit Me vs Maybelline Age Rewind vs Wet n Wild Photo Focus vs L.A. Pro Conceal vs Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define

Many moons ago I wrote a blog post titled the Battle of the Foundations, which is still one of the most read posts on the blog. So today I am writing a similar post about not 2, not 3 but 6 different concealers! Yes, today I will compare the different attributes of  Loreal True Match, Maybelline Fit Me, Maybelline Age Rewind, Wet n Wild Photo Focus, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal and Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define concealers. I already have detailed individual reviews of each of these concealers on my blog, but today I will be talking more about how these products fare in comparison to each other. This is gonna be a long one folks, so grab a cuppa before you read on!

Packaging – Most of these concealers come with doe foot wands, but the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer comes in a squeezy tube with a brush which I personally dislike while the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer comes in a twist up packaging with a sponge that gets a little messy but I have made my peace with it.

Battle of the Concealers | Loreal True Match vs Maybelline Fit Me vs Maybelline Age Rewind vs Wet n Wild Photo Focus vs L.A. Pro Conceal vs Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Swatches Review

Texture – The Maybelline Age Rewind is definitely the thinnest in consistency, which makes it perfect for crease-free application in the under eye region. The Wet n Wild Photo Focus and the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define are the creamiest and thicker formulas but these too blend quite easily and don’t look cakey. The L.A. Girl Pro Concealer, Loreal True Match and Maybelline Fit Me have similar medium creamy consistencies and are some of the easiest formulas to blend and work with, especially if you are new to wearing makeup.

Coverage and Pigmentation – The Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer has the fullest coverage among all the contenders. The Maybelline Age Rewind has the sheerest coverage but it too can be built up to a decent medium. The rest of the concealers have medium coverage that is buildable to a full coverage.

Battle of the Concealers | Loreal True Match vs Maybelline Fit Me vs Maybelline Age Rewind vs Wet n Wild Photo Focus vs L.A. Pro Conceal vs Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Review Swatches

Shades – The L.A. Girl Pro Concealer comes in the largest range of shades as far as I know (24 shades on Nykaa), which is commendable. The Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define comes in 15 shades in India, Loreal True Match in 9 shades, Maybelline Fit Me and Age Rewind in 6 and 8 shades respectively, and the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer is available in 6 shades in India. The L.A. Girl Pro Medium Beige (GC978), Loreal True Match Light/Medium (N4-5) and the Maybelline Fit Me Medium (25) are the closest to my actual complexion and work the best at covering blemishes and neutralizing the under eye area. The Maybelline Fit Me Sand Sable (20), Wet n Wild Photo Focus Light/Medium Beige (E841B) and the Maybelline Age Rewind Medium (130) work well as brightening concealers for the under eye for me. The Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define in the shade C9 is a little too pink and bright for me and probably C8 would be a better fit.

Price – Most of these concealers fall in the price bracket of INR 400-600, which is very reasonable for their quality. The Loreal True Match concealer is slightly expensive, and is priced at INR 999.

My Verdict – Even though all these concealers are great at something or the other, I personally prefer the shades and formula of the Loreal True Match Concealer and the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer for my skin type and complexion and reach for these two when I want to go for something that is easy to work with and provides failproof results.

So, this was my lowdown of all the concealers I have tried in the recent years, I hope that you found this comparison useful. If so, please let me know what products would you want me to compare next in the comments below!

P.S. All these concealers are available on Nykaa.com

My Top 5 Ethnic Picks from Ajio.com

As some of you might already know, I am a huge fan of Ajio.com, and I have been recently picking up a number of kurtas from the website. Here are some of my top ethnic picks from Ajio at the moment, so go check them out quickly before they run out of stock!

1.  Printed Green Rayon Kurti

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A beautiful flowy green kurti that can be styled both as an Indian or a western piece.

2. A-Line Kurta with Printed Panel

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The print of this A-line kurta is definitely giving me the Poojo vibes, which are appropriate for the festive season ahead!

3. Printed White Kurta

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Another white kurta with a unique traditional print. It is available in a powder blue shade too!

4. Green Angrakha Kurta

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This beautiful angrakha kurta in a very unique colour is droolworthy!

5. Checked Tunic Kurta

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If you like off-beat styles then this checked tunic style kurta will definitely float your boat!

Will you be picking up any of these kurtas to sport some unique ethnic looks this season? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care | Review

I have been hearing a ton of praises about Organic Harvest products from a number of bloggers but had not gotten around to trying any of their products until I picked up their Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care recently. We all tend to pay a lot of attention to the ingredients of skincare products these days but often don’t pay much regard to what we apply on our lips. What attracted me to this product was that its primary ingredient is organic certified lanolin wax, which is extremely effective at healing chapped lips. So, here is my review of how this lip balm fared for me.

Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care | Review

The Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate lip balm comes in a cute dome shaped deep pink jar. I am personally a huge fan of dome shaped lip balms because they are very easy to apply and less messy than twist-up sticks or lips balm pots. The balm itself is clear and looks slightly off-white in the jar. The formula is thick and nourishing but glides very easily on the lips and gets absorbed within seconds. Despite being extremely rich, the lip balm does not look crusty or cakey and does not give an ugly white cast to the lips. It is completely transparent and provides a nice shine to the lips while making them feel extremely pampered and moisturised.

Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care | Review

Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care | Review

The product is an excellent example of clean skincare – it doesn’t contain any parabens, mineral oil or animal ingredients. A purely plant-based product, without any colour and with added food grade pomegranate flavour that tastes delish, this lip balm is literally all that you could ask for. Priced at INR 199, it is slightly pricey, but considering its efficacy, I am willing to spend that little bit extra on this product. I am definitely happy with my first impressions of Organic Harvest and will be trying out many more products from the brand in the future. This is definitely going to be my go-to lip balm brand for the coming months because they have so many variants to choose from. Do try out this lip balm and trust me, you will not regret it!

Click here to buy the Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care.

Nykaa Cookie Crumble – Cherry Crunch | Review and Swatches

The world has tried, reviewed and moved on from the Nykaa Cookie Crumble Nail Paints, but I usually wait a little before trying out buzz-creating products, so here I am after several months, finally reviewing the Nykaa Cookie Crumble Cherry Crunch Nail Paint. So if you are still looking for a review of the Nykaa Cookie Crumble Nail Paint, read on.

Nykaa Cookie Crumble - Cherry Crunch | Review and Swatches

Nykaa Cookie Crumble - Cherry Crunch | Review and Swatches

The basic idea behind the Nykaa Cookie Crumble Nail Paint range is that these nail paints come in pretty pastel shades with tiny black specks embedded through the formula, to resemble cookie crumbs. The range comprises of 7 shades and I picked up Cherry Crunch – a muted pink shade with the cookie flecks running throughout. Cherry Crunch is a perfect nude shade for my complexion, which makes this nail paint look pretty subtle despite the black flecks. In fact, I feel that the Cookie Crumble range, in general, is a great way to flaunt some nail art without going overboard. These nail paints can even be worn to work without looking flashy.

Nykaa Cookie Crumble - Cherry Crunch | Review and Swatches

The formula of the nail paint is similar to that of other Nykaa cream nail paints. It is thin and runny and spreads quite easily on the nails and also dries up within a few minutes. The pigmentation is a little sheer, so you need 2-3 coats to get a fully opaque finish. The nail paint does not chip off for a good 4-5 days but the colour does begin to fade off a little in a couple of days. Also, because of the flecks, it is a little difficult to remove the product with a regular nail paint remover, but it is definitely not too hard either.

Priced at INR 199, this nail paint is a fun nail colour to have in your stash when you want something different and cute on your fingers 🙂

Click here to buy the Nykaa Cookie Crumble Nail Paints.