Plum Green Tea Pore-Cleansing Face Wash| Review

As I promised/warned earlier, I am back with the review of yet another Plum product. The Plum Green Tea Range has been around for quite some time and I have tried and really enjoyed their face lotion in the past, which is why I decided to give the Green Tea Pore-Cleansing Face Wash a go. This face wash is a blogger favourite, and here is what this blogger feels about it.

Plum Green Tea Pore-Cleansing Face Wash| Review

Similar to the Green Tea Lotion, this face wash is gentle, light, and refreshing. It is a clear gel-based face wash with some mild exfoliating beads embedded in it. It cleanses the skin really well but does not leave it feeling dry or stretchy. The green beads are made of cellulose and provide some extremely gentle scrubbing action which will be suitable even for sensitive skin. I also love the scent of this product range because it helps me feel more awake in the mornings.

Plum Green Tea Pore-Cleansing Face Wash| Review

This face wash is perfect as a daily face wash for those with normal to combination, acne-prone skin. It contains glycolic acid that is great at removing dead skin, and combined with the anti-oxidising properties of green tea, it will keep your skin acne free and will gradually lighten any acne scars too. I will say however that since it is a non-drying formula, it may be a little less effective at removing all the grease from extremely oily skin, but it works perfectly well for my combination skin.

Plum Green Tea Pore-Cleansing Face Wash| Review

As we are moving towards the warmer months, those with acne-prone skin will begin to struggle with more frequent breakouts. From my experience, I will recommend using the entire Green Tea range from Plum (cleansing, toning, and moisturising), to keep the acne at bay. The face wash is priced at INR 345 for 75 ml of product, which is not too expensive considering the quality, but you can also buy the whole bundle of the green tea range at a more affordable price. So do check out this range if you haven’t already and you can thank me later ūüôā

Click here to buy the Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

I usually shy away from serums and anything that has oil in it because even if I apply something oily on my toes, it somehow manages to reach my roots and face, both of which are oily to begin with. However, the BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum is something that works quite well for me despite my greasy roots. Read on to find out more about this product.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

This serum is supposed to be specifically designed for Indian hair. It can be used on dry or towel dried hair and also provides heat protection, which I really like. Also, apart from heat protection, it claims to protect the hair from environmental damage as well, which is yet another attractive feature for me because while I have greasy roots, the ends of my hair tend to get frizzy and dry quite easily. The product contains many nourishing ingredients, such as avocado, jojoba, and argan oils and Vitamin-E, therefore it tames and hydrates the hair while protecting them from damage.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

I use a very small coin-sized amount of the product, rub it between my fingers and then comb it through my hair, starting at the mid-lengths and moving towards the ends. Unlike most serums, this product does not weigh down my hair or make them look oily. The serum sinks in quickly into the hair and leaves behind a very subtle shine. It makes my hair smoother and softer to the touch and reduces the frizz without making the hair look limp. I also love the sweet fragrance of the product that lingers on the hair.

BBlunt Intense Moisture Hair Serum | Review

Overall, I am really impressed with this hair serum and will recommend it those who want to smoothen their hair without losing out on volume. The quirky blue bottle contains 75ml of product and is priced at INR 500, which seems reasonable to me considering the efficacy of the serum. Do try out this product and I am sure that you will love it too!

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Plum e-luminence Bright Mix Face Serum | Review

So Plum has been launching some really interesting products lately and I want to try them all! Brace yourself for a ton of reviews on Plum products populating your feed ūüôā Today I will talk about one of their newer releases, the Plum e-luminence¬†Bright Mix Face Serum which is packed with a ton of nutrients for the skin. Read on to find out if this product is meant for you.

Plum e-luminence Bright Mix Face Serum | Review

A serum is basically a concoction that is rich in skin-loving ingredients. You need to apply it to your face after cleansing and toning and follow it with a moisturiser, so as to seal the nutrients in place. The Plum e-luminence serum lives up to this definition and contains a large number of amazing ingredients such as sesame protein, aloe, vitamins e and b, chamomile, white willow, elderflower, calendula, red clover, and rose petals. It is a vegan product that contains all the plant nutrients that your skin will love. It is also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and all the bad stuff.

Plum e-luminence Bright Mix Face Serum | Review

Although the brand recommends this serum for normal to dry skin, I feel that this will work really well for oily skin too because it is light-weight and water-based, as opposed to the oil-based serums that are ubiquitous in the market. It has a milky consistency, spreads very easily on the skin, and sinks in within seconds. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated, but does not leave any residue at all. It is extremely mild and light-weight but highly nourishing for the skin. You may not be able to see any visible effects of the product for a while, but your skin will gradually become more glowy, supple, and smooth. Serums do take a while to make a stark difference to your skin, but with the impressive ingredient list, your skin will definitely benefit from this addition to your skincare routine.

Plum e-luminence Bright Mix Face Serum | Review

Overall, this is an excellent option for those who want to add a nutritive serum in their skincare regimen but do not prefer oil-based serums. The plastic packaging with a pump is extremely travel-friendly too. The serum is priced at INR 1175 for a 30ml bottle, which may seem a little expensive but serums usually are pricey and Plum runs some really great offers on their website. So do try this serum out, it will be great for the summer when you want something light-weight yet nourishing for your skin.

Click here to buy the Plum e-luminance Bright Mix Serum.

Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm | Review

I know that the Nivea Lip Balms are cult favourites for many but personally, I have never really liked any of the variants that I have tried. However, I tried the Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm for the first time a few days back and it’s absolutely amazing for extremely dry lips! Here is why this product made me do a 180-degree degree flip on my opinion about Nivea lip¬†balms.

Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm | Review

Firstly, I know it does not make any sense, but the sweet scent of this lip balm reminds of something from my childhood – like some pink cream biscuits that I used to love, hence the nostalgia definitely draws me to this product. Secondly, the formula is thick and nourishing, which truly heals the lips and gets rid of any dryness or flakiness. I find the formula a bit too thick for the daytime but it is perfect as a nighttime lip treatment. Also, the lip balm is very slightly tinted, which gives quite an unflattering white cast to my lips, but since I use it at night, I do not mind this in the least.

Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm | Review

Overall, I do love this variant way more than the fruity options from the range and my lips are thanking me for applying this every evening. If you too are in the need for some intense hydration for your lips and do not mind sweet fragrances then you must give this lip balm a try!

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Spread Positivity This Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Folks! Even if you don’t believe in chocolates and teddy bears and cards, Valentine’s Day can still be a reminder to spread love, positivity, and joy in the world. Use this day to not just show your affection to your partner, but also some gratitude to your friends, family members, and domestic help. Greet a stranger with a smile, treat a stray dog to a biscuit, bring home a sapling to nurture and care for.

On a similar note, the internet can do with a bit of positivity too. Over the years, the comments sections of YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook have become toxic zones. While the haters will never stop hating, you can add a nice comment under a post that you love so that all the hate gets suppressed by the positive comments. It’s as simple as telling the content creator that you like what they have created!

Leaving you with this food for thought today and with lots of love from my end. Have a fantastic day ahead!

LB Industries Haul – Exciting Goodies

So I recently received a bunch of goodies from LB Industries and today I will take you through all of them. LB Industries has been an established name in the timber industry and has recently ventured into the consumer goods market with its range of health and wellness products. So here is a breakdown of all the goodies that I received.

O Toilet Seat Sanitizer

1.  O Toilet Seat Sanitizer РToilet sanitizers are an absolute travel essential, especially for women. The O Toilet Seat Sanitizer kills germs on toilet seats, bathroom handles etc within 10 seconds, making it a saviour for those who have to use public washrooms frequently. Also, it has a refreshing tea tree oil scent that I adore. This one is definitely going into my handbag. Priced at INR 110 for a 40 ml bottle.

Breathe Herbal Breath Freshener

2. Breathe Herbal Breath Freshener РMouth freshening sprays have been in the market since quite some time but the Breathe Herbal Breath Freshener is unique because it is sugar and propellant-free and contains herbal ingredients such as peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, and cardamom oil. It tastes like a herbal toothpaste and does an excellent job at refreshing the breath. I received this in the peppermint and meswak variants, and I love them both. Priced at INR 90 for a 15gm spray bottle.

O Hand Sanitizer

3. O Hand Sanitizer – The O Hand Sanitizer really impressed me because this product does not dry out my hands like most of the other sanitizers that I have used in the past. It smells like a regular alcohol-based sanitizer but leaves the hands quite soft, which is great for someone like me who uses a hand sanitizer multiple times a day. Priced at INR 100 for 50 single use sachets.

 Ray Stevia Extract

4. Ray Stevia Extract – The Ray Stevia Extract contains 99.8% percent pure Stevia, a natural sweetener that contains almost zero calories per teaspoon. I haven’t used Stevia in the past but have heard many diet conscious¬†people rave about it.¬† Of course, it is best to consult a physician before introducing something new in your diet, particularly if you are pregnant or suffering from ailments/allergies. Priced at INR 210 for 40 1gm sachets.

Ray Cooking Spray

5. Ray Cooking Spray РCooking sprays are a low cal alternative to regular cooking oil because they provide the grease required for cooking with a smaller quantity of oil. One spray of the Ray Cooking Spray contains only 2 calories, making it an excellent choice for when you are preparing cutlets or similar fried snacks. Priced at INR 250 for a 200ml can.

So these were all the things that I got as a part of my LB Industries haul. You can purchase all these products from Amazon (all items linked above individually), and can follow @otoiletseatsanitizer on Instagram for more updates from the brand. Happy shopping!

Disclaimer – Samples sent by the brand, but all opinions are honest and my own.

The Wedding Makeup Guide – How To Look Your Best On Your Wedding Day

One thing that can act as a major dampener on your wedding day is makeup gone wrong. If your eyeshadow is a bit too smoky, your lipstick a bit too vampy, or your foundation a bit too pale, you may end up cursing your makeup artist for the rest of your life- whenever you flick through your wedding album. Here are some steps that you can take to make sure that you don’t look like a cakey, pale, or over-shimmery disaster on your big day.

  1. Decide what you want – There are a lot of factors that will determine the most suitable makeup for your bridal look. These factors include the time of the ceremony, the weather, your outfit, the wedding theme etc. Once your outfit and jewellery are decided for all the functions, skim through a few makeup looks on the internet and shortlist the ones that you like for each event. Take these images with you and discuss with your MUA whether they can work with what you have picked. This is what brings me to my second point – the makeup trial.
  2.  The Makeup Trial РIf you have the time and the money, I will highly, HIGHLY recommend getting a makeup trial done. Try out multiple makeup artists if you are not satisfied with the first MUA you pick. Makeup trials allow you to gauge not only the skill of the MUA, but also whether the two of you can work with each other without guns being pulled out. Trust me, I have heard many a horror story of MUAs bullying brides and brides having emotional breakdowns due to the same. A makeup trial is the best time for the MUA to understand your preferences, and to add his or her professional expertise to make them more suitable for you. Take multiple pictures in different lighting, with and without flash, to figure out whether the final look works for you or not.

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  3. The Balancing Act – While some MUA’s can be bullies, most of them know their art well. So if they tell you that the amount of makeup that you are normally comfortable with will not show up at all in the pictures, nine times out of ten – they are right. If you are someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis then all the contouring, the false lashes, and the colourful eye shadows might overwhelm you, but remember, you are not a bride on most days. The lighting at the venue will tone down your makeup and your outfit and jewellery will balance it out. So basically, do listen to your MUA with an open mind, most of their suggestions will be right, however, if they insist on making you two shades lighter than you are or decide to put all the colours of the rainbow on your face, run for your life (which is why a makeup trial is important because who can run in their wedding shoes?).
  4. Hair – Your hairstyle is something you might not give much thought to as compared to your clothes, your shoes, and your makeup. However, a good hairstyle can make or break your entire look. Pick a hairstyle that goes well with your makeup and outfit. This will also depend on whether you will have a chunari on your head or not, so choose accordingly.

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  5. The Venue For The Makeup – Most wedding MUA’s these days offer the option to come to your home or the wedding venue to do your makeup. However, this blessing can also be a curse in disguise. Your house or the wedding venue can be very chaotic and the environment can fluster you while getting ready. Also, the MUA could be late due to a number of reasons, which may bring out your inner bridezilla. Furthermore, the dim lighting at most hotels is quite unsuitable for getting your makeup done as you may look totally different once you step out. So unless you have a punctual MUA and a quiet, well-lit place at your home/venue, it may make more sense to visit the makeup studio, where there will be more staff, more products, and more resources in general, to get you ready on time.

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  6. Budget – Budget can be a huge determining factor in which MUA you pick but I will highly recommend selecting one that uses makeup of well-known brands. Personally, I feel that MAC products work really well for wedding makeup and are long-lasting too. If you do not find an MUA in your budget that uses MAC makeup then you can go for Lakme products instead.
  7. Prepping – Your makeup will never sit right if your skin is not in good shape. You need to up your skincare game several months before the wedding to look your radiant best. Check out my bridal skincare post to find out how to take care of your skin when you are a bride to be.

These are my tips on how to get your makeup on point for your wedding day. Let me know what you want the next post of the bridal series to be in the comments below!