Nothing says bold like a jet black matte winged eyeliner, and the Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner in the shade 01 – Onyx is what I have been using lately to achieve this look. While there are a whole bunch of reviews in the blogosphere about this product, here are my two cents about the product for those who are still on the fence about buying this eyeliner.
The Nykaa Get Inked eyeliner comes with a super thin felt tip applicator in a pen packaging. The thin tip allows extremely precise application and is perfect for those who prefer a very thin line of eyeliner for daily wear. Multiple swipes are needed to create a thicker line or a wing, which can be a little annoying if you are impatient like me, and the trouble is filling all those tiny gaps between the swipes if you do not draw them perfectly close together. However, once you have mastered using this product, the formula will definitely not disappoint. The formula is completely smudge-proof and waterproof and dries to a deep matte black within seconds. The colour payoff is amazing, as is the longevity. I have worn this eyeliner for more than 10 hours without it budging from its place, which is why it gets my nod of approval.
Priced at INR 450 but usually available at a discounted price on Nykaa.com, this eyeliner is definitely a good investment for its quality. If you use an eyeliner on a daily basis then this product will be great for you, because felt tip eyeliners tend to dry faster than the bottled eyeliners. A perfect matte eyeliner that I am sure you will love!
Back in the golden days, a swipe of the kajal crayon thingy from Lakme in my waterline and I would feel so made up 😛 Then came the era of retractable kajal pencils and what not and the thick smoky line of kajal got replaced by a thin black line that did not venture beyond the waterline. However, Indian eyes are best complemented by the thick line of kohl, the old-fashioned and the best way, which is why I recently purchased the Nykaa EyemBold Kajal to go back to my favourite eye look that I had abandoned several years ago.
For the longest time, I refrained from buying this product because I had heard that it irritates the eyes and I have fairly sensitive ones. However, luckily for me, the formula does not sting my eyes at all and I only feel a slight sensation if the product enters the area near my tear duct. As you can see in the swatches below, the pigmentation is on point, and the product creates a jet black line in one swipe. The formula is waterproof and almost completely smudge-proof. I am someone who has to spend long hours at the office and even the most long-lasting kajals tend to bail on me due to watery eyes. This one, on the other hand, stays pretty much intact throughout the day and the intensity of the pigment stays the same for at least 8 hours.
Since the product is in the form of a jumbo pencil, it goes on as a thicker line on the eyes as compared to the retractable kajals available in the market. However, it is easy to control the thickness while application by adjusting the pressure you apply against the waterline. Overall, this product can give you a nice daily look as well as a smokier look for a special occasion. Priced at INR 450, this kajal comes with a free sharpener, which I feel is good value for money because a little product goes a really long way and I am sure that this kajal pencil will last me for months.
Overall, the Nykaa EyemBold Kajal receives a big thumbs up from me for bringing back memories of the good old kohl days and making me fall in love with smokier kajal again. Do try it out if you want a bold, jet black kajal that lasts all day long.
Update from future me – Hey there, I am updating this blog post in July 2019. A single pencil of this kajal has lasted me this long and there is still a fair amount of product left, even though it has detached from the pencil casing, it is still usable. This product is definitely worth the money considering how long it lasts!
If you are someone with super long, super thin, knotty hair, then one of the objects that you fear the most would be your hair brush. Getting all those super fine knots out is an arduous task, especially if you use heat on your hair in any form. I go through this ordeal every single day, and the only week when my hair is extremely manageable and easy to brush through is when I get an argan oil hair spa done at my local salon, and they always use Moroccan Oil products on my hair. In an attempt to extend the softening and smoothing effects of the occasional hair spa, I decided to buy Moroccan Oil products for my home-haircare routine, and since the products from the brand are not the cheapest on the block, I decided to experiment with just the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner first. Read on to find out my thoughts about this product.
This conditioner is in the form of a light cream that smells heavenly, just like the products at the spa that I love. I use it on my wet, shampooed hair and rinse off after 2-3 minutes. Despite being an argan oil based product, the conditioner is not heavy on the hair at all and does not leave behind any oily or greasy residue. However, it detangles the hair beautifully and leaves them less prone to tangling until the next wash. It reduces frizziness and helps my hair fall into uniform waves, which is their natural shape. It does not make my hair unusually glossy and does not fare exceptionally well in the shine department, but it does reduce the roughness of the hair and makes it softer to the touch. I also love the minimalistic design of the bottle and the press lid, which makes the product travel-friendly.
Overall, I feel that to replicate the full effect of the professional hair spa, I will have to buy the entire hair care range from the brand, which includes the shampoo, mask, and oil based treatment. However, to extend the effects of the spa or to make the hair smoother than it is with most conditioners, this product is a good choice. The price of INR 1530 for a 250 ml bottle is definitely not budget-friendly but I think it is an investment that I needed to make for my perpetually rough hair. Will keep you posted if I buy more products from the brand. Are you going to try this conditioner? Let me know how it works for you if you do!
If you are an old follower of my blog then you might be aware of my struggle with dark circles and fine lines and my hunt for the perfect eye cream. As I am slowly but steadily approaching 30, the fine lines around my eyes have become more prominent, and my search for an affordable but effective eye cream has reached new heights. One day I noticed that the St. Botanica Under Eye Gel has some rave reviews on Nykaa, so I decided to give it a shot because it was affordable compared to some of the most raved about eye creams. I usually don’t review an eye cream until I have used it for approximately 2 months, but in this case, I am making an exception because the reviews on the internet claimed that this eye cream makes a difference within a week or two. I have been using this eye gel two times a day for three weeks now and here are my honest thoughts on the product.
The St. Botanica Under Eye Gel contains Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Argan Oil and Vitamin B3 as its star ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and seals a lot of moisture on the skin, which is why I expected that this product will plump out the fine lines and make them gradually disappear. The other ingredients sounded promising to provide a cooling effect to tired eyes and to hydrate the skin while lightening dark circles. After using the gel for three weeks, both day and night as recommended by the brand, I can definitely confirm that this gel has a lovely cooling effect that instantly provides relief to my tired under eye area. It is hydrating too, but not as hydrating as I had hoped for, and sometimes gives a stretchy feeling to my skin. I sometimes mix the gel with my Mama Earth Eye Cream to reduce the stretchy feeling and the combination works quite well.
Coming to the miraculous effect of this eye gel as claimed by the reviews, I do see a positive difference in my under eye skin, but nothing as drastic as the reviews suggested. My fine lines have reduced slightly and the under eye skin feels more supple, but the dark circles are still there and have not lightened to a noticeable extent. I am sure, that the benefits of this eye gel will become more evident after another month of use, but what I want to emphasize is the fact that despite what the internet might say, hardly any product, especially an eye cream, provides overnight results, so you have to be patient and regular in using the product to actually reap any of its benefits.
Overall, I feel that the St. Botanica Eye Gel is a good buy at INR 699 for a 30ml travel-friendly bottle that comes with a pump. I love the fact that this gel does not sting the eyes and is, therefore, suitable for those with sensitive eyes. I also enjoy the light hydration and cooling it provides to the under eye area. If you buy this product with the right expectations, i.e. mild hydration and cooling and slight reduction in fine lines then I am sure you will like this eye gel. Just remember to take what you read on the internet with a grain of salt 🙂
All throughout winter, I used hydrating face washes that were super gentle on the skin. As the weather is becoming warmer now, I decided to invest in a face wash that is more suitable for oily skin, because that is what my face becomes in the heat – a greasy mess. I opted for the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash and here are my thoughts on the product after using it for a few weeks.
This face wash contains grapefruit, lemon, and aloe vera extracts and is paraben free. It claims to tighten, mattify, and revitalize the skin with its vitamin C and beta carotene, and claims to be best suited for oily skin. The face wash has a gel-like consistency and a citrusy, fresh scent, it lathers pretty well and leaves the skin squeaky clean.
Personally, I find the formula a bit too mattifying, at least for my skin – it definitely tightens the pores and leaves the skin completely non-greasy but it does leave the uncomfortable stretchy feeling on my face that I am not a huge fan of. However, I am pretty sure that this product will work wonders for those with extremely greasy skin, particularly those living in very humid areas. If you do not have excessively oily skin, then perhaps you can skip this face wash or you can top it up with some intense moisturiser or serum to restore the plumpness of the skin.
The price point of INR 144 for a 100ml tube is quite affordable and the packaging of the product is super cute. For those of you who love a great mattifying face wash, this product is definitely worth a shot, and those with normal skin can also keep this handy for the days when your skin becomes extra oily out of the blue.
So I decided that I needed some glow on my face and went ahead and purchased the Dr. Sheth’s Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion. This face and body lotion is a fine concoction of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and grapefruit and mulberry extracts that brighten, repair and hydrate the skin. Basically, it contains everything you need to get that healthy winter glow and to keep the dryness at bay.
This product is quite unique from other face lotions because while it has the consistency and texture of a lotion, it provides the finish of an oil-based serum on the face. It is light-weight and fast absorbing like a lotion but extremely hydrating and nourishing like a facial oil. And yes, it does provide an instant glow to the face post application.
Although it sinks into the skin really quickly, the oily-skinned ladies need to be a little cautious with the amount they use, because it can give the face a greasy appearance if you use too much. I will recommend one pump for those with oily skin and two for those with extremely dry skin, for the entire face and neck. Also, this lotion is more suitable for the night time so that it gets ample time to work its magic and also because it can cause makeup to slide around if used in the day.
Overall, I like this product because it does what it claims to do and is a no-nonsense lotion in that aspect. It provides an instant glow, brightens the skin with regular usage, and definitely moisturises it really well. Also, with so many awesome ingredients in one bottle, you can’t really go wrong with this glotion. The price of INR 800 for a 50ml bottle, plus the shipping charges of INR 200 does make this product a tad expensive and I sincerely hope that the brand finds some way to reduce the shipping costs but other than that I do not have anything to complain about regarding this product. So if you are someone who is attracted to skin-loving vitamins like a magpie is to gold then you must get your hands on this gem.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water is now available in India, with the bubbly Alia Bhatt swiping off a full face of makeup with a single cotton pad in the television adverts. What this means is that the years of hunting for Instagram sellers that stock this product, begging your NRI friends to lug it back for you each Diwali, and of hoping that the guys at Customs go easy on you when you purchase it from an Internation website are finally over. Also, priced at INR 349 for a huge 400ml bottle, this product comes as a relief for all those who have been splurging on the expensive but tiny Bioderma bottles. Now I am someone who found her perfect makeup remover in Bioderma, particularly because it does not sting my sensitive eyes at all, therefore I was a little wary of trying out something new, but the excellent price point got to me. So here are my thoughts on how this product fares.
This micellar water looks exactly like clear water, similar to Bioderma, and lucky for me, it is extremely gentle on the skin and the eyes. It does not sting my eyes at all while removing my mascara. I feel that in the makeup removal department, it is a tiny bit behind Bioderma, as I have to work a little bit more with this product to get rid of all my makeup. Also, Bioderma works way better on waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks than this variant, so you may want to pick the Argan Oil variant of this product if you wear waterproof makeup on a regular basis. However, for your standard foundations and kajals, as well as for non-waterproof lipsticks and mascaras, it does a pretty good job, with only slightly more gentle rubbing needed than with Bioderma.
Overall, I would say that this product or its argan oil cousin can be an affordable alternative for Bioderma but make sure to choose the right variant based on your skin type and the kind of makeup you use. Also, although most micellar waters claim that they don’t need to be washed off, I would still recommend using a cleanser after going in with a cotton pad soaked in the product. Trust me, you can never clean your skin enough, but this is definitely a great first step to achieving clear skin!
Hey everyone! Today I will be reviewing the Cetaphil Daylong Sunscreen. Cetaphil is a medicated brand which is targeted towards sensitive skin concerns. This brand has been a staple in my skincare routine for about a year and I recently tried out their sunscreen. Read on to know more about how this fared for me!
Price: This retails for INR 1499 for 50ml
My take on the product: I got this sunscreen from a drugstore to try it out because of its promising claims: suitable for sensitive skin. I got this for my face as I have really sensitive skin there. This sunscreen comes in a box and has an orange and white tube packaging. The cap is very sturdy which I quite like. The packaging is travel-friendly and quite handy in my opinion. The product has a smooth texture and an almost liquid consistency with a slight chemical-like scent which goes away within a few minutes of application. It doesn’t feel greasy on the skin and mattifies instantly after application which I like. I’m unsure about the claim of water resistance as I haven’t really tested it, but considering how matte it looks on the skin and how easily it gets absorbed, I’m assuming it should be decently water resistant.
Coming to the price point, I feel that this is a bit overpriced. It would have been good if it was priced at around INR 700. Owing to its high SPF, although it blends with ease on the skin, it leaves a whitish cast which I honestly don’t prefer on my face at least! It works for the skin on the rest of my body quite well when I mix it with a moisturizer to aid in blending and to reduce the whitish tinge, however it didn’t work for my face. It broke me out within 2-3 days of continuous usage which I was disappointed about given that this product has listed claims of being ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘oil-free’.
The PROs of the product
No strong scent/fragrance
Liquidy texture that eases in blending
Travel friendly packaging
The CONs of the product
Broke me out on the face
Doesn’t live up to all its claims
Leaves a whitish cast on the skin
In a nutshell, as contradictory as it sounds, I initially didn’t like this sunscreen but I do quite like this sunscreen these days for its texture, consistency, high SPF, and the fact that it’s so lightweight on the skin, although it does have its share of shortcomings. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a paraben-free sunscreen with a high SPF and a light formula. I wouldn’t repurchase this though as it didn’t work for my face.
“Oily Scalp and Dry Ends” – this phrase describes my hair perfectly, therefore when I found a product with this phrase printed on the bottle, I simply couldn’t not try it. I am talking about the Loreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Range that is specially designed to keep the ends hydrated and the scalp non-greasy. Can something that promises to be so good actually exist? Read on to find out.
This range contains a shampoo, a conditioner, and a scalp refresher. The Purifying and Hydrating shampoo does leave the scalp very fresh and clean with its menthol scent and clay particles that suck up all the grime. Unfortunately, I do not find it particularly hydrating and my hair does not feel more moisturized than usual after using this shampoo. However, if you want extra volume at your crown and want to revive your limp hair then this shampoo will do the trick for you.
The Purifying and Hydrating Conditioner helped with detangling and smoothening my hair but did not make much of a difference to my dry ends. My ends usually get very tangled and dry a day or two after washing. Post using this conditioner, the ends did feel less tangled but they were as dry as they normally are. Overall, I was expecting more from this conditioner – I wanted it to be light but extremely nourishing so that I could concentrate it on my ends without over-greasing my scalp, but this conditioner did not stand out in this department.
The last and the most unique product from the range is the Express Scalp Refresher, a minty liquid that is supposed to refresh the scalp and absorb any excess grease a day or two post shampooing the hair. Unfortunately, this product was a complete dud for me and pretty underwhelming. It is basically a very cooling and light-weight liquid that may provide some relief to those with an itchy or irritated scalp, but it does not absorb any grease at all. While this product could have been an excellent alternative to a dry shampoo, in reality, it does not live up to its claims.
To sum it up, the range ended up disappointing me quite a lot. It could have been an answer to all my problems because it aimed to target my exact hair type, but fell short of actually providing the desired results. Hopefully, the brand will put some work into improving the formula of the products because the concept is pretty novel and useful. As for now, I will probably repurchase the shampoo because it does provide decent volume to my hair but the conditioner and the scalp refresher are definitely not making it back to my shopping cart.
Back in the day, I was struggling a lot with dandruff when an angel sent from heaven (read my go-to hair stylist) recommended a wonderful shampoo to me that sorted out my scalp within a few weeks! This product was the Loreal Professionnel Instant Clear Shampoo, which is the only product I trust till date to get rid of any dandruff that may appear on my head from time to time.
This shampoo is from the Loreal Professionnel range and is targeted for those with normal to oily hair. It contains Zinc pyrithione which is a commonly used antimicrobial/antifungal agent that is used to treat dermatitis, and Citric Acid which is known to work wonders against dandruff. It has a lovely light blue color and the usual shampoo consistency. It lathers up really well and you will need the tiniest amount of this product for every wash. Within a couple of weeks of using this product, I always notice a drastic reduction in my dandruff and within a month, it manages to eliminate all traces of dandruff from my scalp. Once I am completely dandruff-free, I use this shampoo just once a month to avoid the dandruff from reappearing. No other product has ever worked so well on my scalp.
Coming to the possible cons of the shampoo, it does have strong citrusy+perfumy scent that may irk a few people although I love it. It also can be quite drying, so you must not use it more than once a week, which is what was recommended by my hair stylist as well. If you have dry hair then this product may make the situation worse, but if you have normal to oily hair and do not use too much of the shampoo in one go, you will definitely see the benefits.
This shampoo is priced at INR 575 for a 250ml bottle, which is pretty reasonable considering that it is a salon range and that you only need to use this once a week. As you can probably gauge from my ravings, I am head over heels in love with the shampoo and can’t recommend it enough, however, everybody’s scalp and hair are different, so test it out on your hair to see if it works as well for you. And when you do, do let me know in the comments below whether my recommendation worked for you or not!
I promised you guys a while back that I will be reviewing a few hair products that are specifically designed for fine hair, so here I am. Today I will be reviewing the BBlunt Full On Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. BBlunt is a brand that is designed keeping the Indian climate and hair types in mind and this particular range claims to work on fine hair by providing them more volume, bounce, and life.
Both the shampoo and the conditioner contain rice protein for adding volume to the hair, glycerin for providing moisture, and provitamin B5 to repair damage and add lustre and shine to the hair. They are both white liquids that emanate a pleasant, aquatic scent that reminds me of a swimming pool. As you can see, the packaging of both the items is quite quirky, and although it is definitely not travel-friendly because of the added bulk, I do quite enjoy displaying these bottles in my bathroom. Also, the pump on the shampoo is certainly a plus.
As for the performance of the products, the shampoo lathers pretty well and a small amount of the product leaves the hair feeling fresh and clean. After following it up with the conditioner, my hair feels smooth and soft, and looks healthier too. Upon drying, my hair looks more voluminous and bouncier than usual however does not feel overly dry or stripped. BBlunt has done a good job at creating a formula that provides a right mix of hydration and cleansing, leaving limp hair looking more bouncy but not rough like a bird’s nest. Do keep in mind that these products do not make your hair thicker, but what they do is add an illusion of thickness by making the hair more bouncy and fluffy.
If you are someone suffering from limp hair then the BBlunt Full On Volume Shampoo & Conditioner will definitely provide an oomph factor to your hair. I will recommend using both the shampoo and the conditioner together for best results. The shampoo is priced at INR 600 for a 400ml bottle while the conditioner is priced at INR 400 for a 200gm bottle. This is a pretty good deal when compared to the salon ranges of most brands. For years I have been looking for a shampoo that adds a bounce to my mane without stripping my hair completely dry, and have finally found an Indian brand which is affordable too! These products have become holy grail items for me and I am sure that if you have fine hair like mine then you too will fall in love with them.
I hope that this review was useful. You can buy the BBlunt Full On Volume Shampoo here and the BBlunt Full On Volume Conditioner here.
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Are you someone who buys things impulsively and regrets purchasing them the very next day? Or someone that buys something online and then is just too lazy to return it even if it’s the wrong size or color? If you have piles of unused clothes or makeup lying around your house then instead of hoarding them or throwing them away, why not make some money by selling them online? Today I will be talking about an app named Elanic that makes selling pre-owned items extremely easy and hassle free.
Elanic allows you to sell any unused or gently used clothes, makeup items or other lifestyle products from the comfort of your home. What is more, they arrange a pick-up of the items from your house so you don’t have to worry about sharing your address or contact details with strangers. All you need to do is download and install the app, create an account, click and upload pictures of the products that you want to sell, and then wait for offers from other users once your post goes live after approval. As with any other shopping app in the market, this one comes with its set of pros and cons. So here is an overview of what I liked and did not like about this app.
1. All bargaining and interaction with potential buyers happens via the chat option on the app, no need to disclose your contact details to strangers.
2. Elanic arranges the pick up of the items from your house as per the time slot requested by you.
3. Money is credited to your Elanic account in the form of Elanic credits if the buyer does not request a return within 3 days of receiving the item.
4. In case the buyer returns the item, you can opt for it to be delivered back to you or can ask the team to keep it in their inventory for future sale.
1. Elanic credits can be encashed by requesting a transfer to your bank account only if your wallet balance exceeds INR 300. Until then, you can only use these credits to purchase items from the app.
2. Elanic charges a commission on every item that you sell, which is deducted from the price you quote for the item. However, they do mention this when you upload a new item and show the actual amount you will be receiving.
3. Most of the buyers on the app do a lot of haggling and want to buy even branded, new stuff at dirt cheap prices. So if you have something fairly expensive, be ready to sell it for a very low price or you may not be able to strike a deal.
4. There are not many great options in case you wish to purchase products. Some of the makeup items on sale seem fake and the collection of clothes is not very huge. But again, if you find a trustworthy seller then you may get some great items.
So this was a brief summary of my thoughts on Elanic. Personally, I use it more for the purpose decluttering than making money so I feel that it is pretty cool that I can send my clothes to a better home without much hassle. I would definitely recommend all of you to try out the app, especially if you are a hoarder with a huge pile of unused clothes in your closet.
If you do end up installing the app, then do check out the products I have put up for sale. My user name is @sachan.mrinalini. Also, here is a referral code that you can use while signing up to get INR 100 in your Elanic wallet on joining the app – M7CKLX
Have you used any app for selling pre-owned items? Let me know about your experience in the comments below!
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