As you are reading this, it is probably the eve of Holi or the day of Holi, one of the largest festivals of India – a celebration of spring, a celebration of the colours of nature, a celebration of all things pure. Let me start off by wishing each one of you a happy and wonderful Holi. May you enjoy the day to the fullest with your family and loved ones. However, today, I also want to talk about the ugly side of the festival, and how beautiful traditions have been distorted into something vile by certain elements of the society.
Kindly bear in mind that my intention is not at all to malign the tradition of Holi, in fact, it is a festival that I have loved since I was a child, all I am speaking against is the misinterpretation and misuse of Holi by a few. For those of you who are unaware of the tradition of Holi, it is a festival in which we welcome spring by smearing colours on the faces of our loved ones and enjoying sweet treats with our friends and family. The more enthusiastic individuals also spray coloured water on each other with the help of spray guns and water balloons. However, I recently came across a terrifying post on Facebook where a girl talks about a water balloon filled with semen being flung at her in the guise of Holi celebrations. If you dig deeper and talk to a few people, you will hear about many incidents of strangers throwing water balloons at pedestrians who were just going about their daily life and of people inappropriately touching others while playing Holi. The phrase “Bura na maano Holi hai” (Do not mind it because it is Holi) has been misinterpreted beyond proportion by these people who indulge in physical and sexual abuse in the name of Holi.
While the phrase “Bura na maano Holi hai” was probably meant to encourage everyone to play with colours and not to be shy of indulging in the festivities, I am confident that our forefather who coined the term never intended for it to mean that physical or sexual violence should be ignored or forgiven on Holi. What is worse is that such behaviour often starts off at a very young age, when children are allowed to spray colours on strangers and fling water ballons at passers by on the day of Holi. As a parent or guardian, it is our responsibilty to teach our children that they should play Holi only with their acquaintances who are willing to participate in the festivities and should not be forcing someone to play Holi or be rough while applying colours on someone. They should be taught to be careful while celebrating the festival, to ensure their safety as well as the safety of others. What also needs to stop are the Holi song sequences in Bollywood where the guy unabashedly smears colours all over the woman who was not paying much attention to him till the previous day. Encouraging others to play with organic colours and to use powder colours to save water is also something that can make the festival safer for us and the environment. However, the most important step that we can take is to strongly discourage and admonish anyone, be it an adult or an child, for playing dangerous or disgusting pranks on anyone and for even splashing colours on an unwilling stranger or friend.
The next time someone tries to put colour on you forcefully, do refuse with an emphatic no. Holi is about much more than being the target of every water balloon or spray gun pointed at your face. It is a day to enjoy the warmer weather and some quality time with those you love. Let us try to put the phrase “Bura na maano Holi hai” into perspective and allow ourselves and others to enjoy the festival as we/they want to.
So Valentine’s Day came and went by and I did not post a Valentine’s Day look. This was because I was busy adulting on the actual day, however, the hubby and I did manage to sneak in a V-day date the weekend after, and here is what I wore to our better-late-than-never-Valentine’s date.
Since the weather is still fluctuating between chilly and warm, I chose to wear this pink knitted swing dress from Shein.in (purchase link). I chose the size XS, which was a little loose for me, I belted it in the picture for a better fitting, but it can be worn without a belt for a casual day out when you prefer a comfier outfit.
I kept the makeup simple because I was heading out during the day. Keeping with the Valentine’s theme, I went for a soft pink look. On my lips I wore the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Zurich, and on my eyes I used the frosty pink Browbone shade from the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Palette. I deepened the crease with the bronzer shade from the Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade Medium and added a thin wing and mascara, and voila, I was done. I did not use a foundation and just dabbed some Maybelline Fit Me Concealer on my spots and under eye area because I wanted my skin to breathe. I was quite happy with the finished look for the daytime, and would definitely wear the look again for a Sunday brunch.
I hope that you liked this simple look for an easy breezy day out. This is perfect for when you do not want to wear a full face of makeup but don’t want to head out sans makeup either. What is your go-to look for an afternoon outing? What did you do for V-day? Let me know in the comments below!
Dry Shampoos are a lazy girl’s best friend! Well, in fact, they are everybody’s best friend because shampooing your hair too frequently can strip them of their natural oils and mess up your whole scalp chemistry. Dry shampoo, on the other hand, will soak up the excess grease that has accumulated on the roots and will restore some bounce to unwashed 2nd or 3rd-day hair. All my adult life, I have been a loyal Batiste girl and have gone through innumerable spray cans of their dry shampoos, but the BBlunt dry shampoo is the only other product that comes really close in performance to the Batiste ones. I received the BBlunt Back To Life Dry Shampoo in the fragrance Spring Fling as a giveaway price (which did arrive MONTHS after the results were announced, but oh well, better late than never). Here are my thoughts on this beauty in a bottle.
This dry shampoo is in the form of a very finely milled white powder that emanates some pleasant floral scents. A little product goes a long way, so spray a little bit on your roots, work it in with your fingers, and brush out the excess. This will keep your hair looking freshly washed and bouncy for at least 24 hours, and will add some volume too. The only thing that I don’t like about this product is that it is a white powder, so if you use too much, it can leave a grayish cast on your hair, but when you use the right amount, it won’t be visible after brushing the hair. I do wish that BBlunt comes out with a colored dry shampoo like the Divine Dark variant by Batiste, after all, BBlunt is an Indian brand and should cater to us dark-haired girls.
Overall, I feel that everybody needs this product in their lives, whether you have busy mornings with no time to shampoo your hair, travel a lot with no bathrooms in sight, or live in a humid area where your roots get oily just a few hours after shampooing your hair. Priced at INR 550 for 125ml of product, this dry shampoo has a comparable price range to Batiste, so you can try it out as an alternative, maybe you will discover a new hair favourite for this Spring!
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!