3 Subscription Boxes That Are Great Diwali Gifts

The festive season is already here and Diwali is right around the corner! Amidst all the fun and celebrations, the one thing that might be bothering you is what to gift to your loved ones. Luckily, the subscription boxes in India have upped their game and these boxes can be a wonderful alternative to the run of the mill Mithai ka Dibba. So here are my top 3 recommendations for subscription boxes that you can gift to your friends and family to make their smiles even wider this Diwali.

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1. Flicbox- Everybody and their mothers love chocolates, which makes a box of chocolates a foolproof present for people of all ages. Flicbox is a subscription service that provides curated boxes of chocolates that are not readily available in India. Brands such as Lindt, Hershey, and Toblerone that are quite expensive in Indian stores are available at a much affordable price in the Flicbox. You can choose between a mini, medium, or giant box and can buy a single box or a subscription for 3 months, 6 months, or a year. You better order a box for yourself as well because who can resist the temptation of digging into imported chocolates?

Book Now – https://flicbox.com/

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2. Snack Experts – If you and your family members do not stop counting the calories during the festive season then fret not! With Snack Experts, you can gift healthy yet tasty munchies to your loved ones. You can buy a Standard Snack Box that comes with 5 snack pouches weighing 150gms each or can also purchase some special healthy desserts that Snack Experts has brought out for Diwali, such as Kaju Katli’s made with palm jaggery and Mysore Pak made with beetroot! Gift these yummy delights to your friends and family so that they can indulge in the sweetness of the season without any guilt 🙂

Book Now – https://www.snackexperts.com/

Check out my review.

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3. Mauvelush – If you wish to venture out of the food domain then try out the October – Diwali edition of Mauvelush. This luxury subscription box contains festival appropriate items such as a beautiful pair of earrings and a decorative bird cage with fairy lights. This box is perfect for the women in your life who forget to pamper themselves while preparing for the Diwali festivities. Bookings are open till 7th October.

Book now – http://www.mauvelush.com/

Check out my review.

Wishing everybody a Happy Navratri and a Joyous Diwali ahead. Happy gifting 🙂

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Disclaimer – NOT a sponsored post 🙂

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Impower Defence Spray | Review

Are you someone who lives alone and gets a jump scare every time your doorbell rings after 9 p.m? Have you ever felt jittery getting into a cab after dark or have sensed that someone is stalking you on the road? Unfortunately, these are experiences that women all around the globe are quite familiar with. Despite the progress the world has made in terms of technology, the planet is still not a completely safe place, especially for women. However, having something with you at all times that can offer you self-defence against an attacker, can reduce your fears of stepping out or living alone to a large extent. This is where the Impower Defence Spray by Donna comes into the picture.

This self-defence spray is essentially a pepper spray that contains concentrated chilli extracts (Oleoresin Capsicum) that will create a burning sensation on the skin of your assailant. This spray causes severe irritation to the eyes, respiratory system, and mucous membranes, upon direct contact. All you need to do is keep the can 10-15cms away from your body and spray the product on your attacker, preferably from a distance of 1-2 metres. The spray will take 1-2 seconds to start showing its effects and your attackers eyes will snap shut due to the irritation, giving you some time to strike back, run, or call for help.

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I like that the packaging of this pepper spray is pretty compact and that it can fit inside the tiniest of handbags with ease. Also, it does not come with a cap and has a protective plastic casing (thumb cut dome) around the nozzle instead, to prevent accidental spraying. This is very useful because the last thing you want to do when stuck in a horrible situation is to struggle with getting a cap off the bottle. I have tried spraying the product away from my face and found the nozzle to give out a powerful and concentrated spritz of the product. Therefore, this product is extremely easy to use in an emergency scenario and its size is perfect for you to carry around at all times.

Although I haven’t used the spray on someone, just one sniff at the nozzle revealed to me the potency of this pepper spray. It has the pungent aroma of chillies that will definitely catch anyone trying to bother you off guard and will render them powerless for at least a couple of minutes. It takes approximately 45 minutes for the effects of the spray to completely die down, which is why the spray bottle comes with a complete set of instructions for use, as well as safety precautions and first aid instructions.

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A 55ml bottle of this pepper spray provides around 45 shots and is available for INR 279 on Amazon. The spray can reach up to a distance of 12 feet, according to the tests conducted by the brand. In my opinion, less than 300 rupees is a very small price to pay for your safety and well-being. We live in a day and age when we are surrounded by terrifying news of inhuman acts. Having this pepper spray at an arm’s reach can help you breathe more easily in these distressing times. I highly encourage all my readers to invest in this pepper spray and to learn about basic self-defence tricks to protect themselves when faced with unforeseen horrors. Stay safe and strong under all circumstances!

Click this link to purchase the Impower Defence Spray from Amazon.

Disclaimer – PR sample sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

Ever since I spoke about the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub on my Insta stories, a bunch of you have asked me for a review of the product. So here I am with a detailed review of this wonderful scrub from Greenberry Organics.

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Personally, I am not a fan of scrubs that have super soft or tiny exfoliating particles which hardly remove any dead skin from the face. This scrub, on the other hand, has small but gritty particles that are very effective at exfoliating the skin. These particles come embedded in a cream that allows smooth and gentle application on the skin while the grittiness helps to get rid of everything from dead skin to stubborn white heads.

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You can control the strength of exfoliation with the amount of pressure you apply with your fingers. When used gently, this product can even work for sensitive skin but if used with a heavy hand it can be pretty intense. This allows you to alter the strength of the product as per your skin type.

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I do not have a tan at the moment so cannot really show you the effects of the scrub on a tan but basically, tan removal is all about removing the sunburnt layer of the skin, so a powerful scrub like this one will definitely provide you great results. Even though my skin is not tanned at the moment, it looks more radiant after using the product, so it will certainly work well on a severe tan.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

I love that this is an all natural product that contains Bio Active ingredients that are known to nourish, exfoliate, and brighten the skin naturally. Some of these ingredients include nourishing extracts of aloe vera and coconut oil, walnut shell powder for exfoliation, and raspberry extracts for brightening the skin. I also love the soothing scent of cloves that this scrub emanates. If you are a fan of gritty physical scrubs but do not want something too harsh with chemicals in it then the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub is a must buy for you. The scrub is priced at INR 575 for a 100gm tub but you can buy it on Amazon at the moment for INR 475 only. This is a great deal in my opinion because a little goes a really long way with this fantastic scrub! I am sure that the next time I return from a vacation with a nasty tan, this scrub will drive all my woes away 🙂

Click this link to buy the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub. 

P.S. –  If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

Disclaimer – PR sample sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

The Indian Blogger Awards -Vote For Me!

Hi guys, happy Friday! I am happy to announce to you that I have been nominated for the Indian Blogger Awards in the Beauty and Personal Care category. If you feel that my blog deserves to win, offers you an enjoyable read, or has helped you in making product choices then please click on this link and leave a comment and like to vote for me.

https://www.indiblogger.in/iba/2017/entry/107212

I owe all the success of this blog to my lovely readers and it would mean the world to me if you help my blog in getting some more recognition. Thanks a lot in advance for all your love and support and please do not forget to vote!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

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Long Overdue Post: Lovely Blog Award

This is a long overdue post. Many of my lovely readers nominate me for blog awards from time to time and I am ever so grateful to each one of you. Although I may not be able to respond to them immediately, they always make me so happy and thankful! I was recently nominated by the amazing Toribeth2016 from https://batgirlwordpress.wordpress.com/ for the Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t heard about this one, here are the rules:

  1. Mention and leave a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  2. Share seven interesting facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate others for the award.
  4. Share the good news with your nominees.

So here are 7 facts about me that might interest you:

  1. I am a die-hard foodie who is willing to taste almost everything edible.
  2. I am quite an introvert and have a very small social circle.
  3. I HATE Mondays!
  4. I love reading historical fiction.
  5. I would much rather spend a day at the beach than at a hill station.
  6. I have recently discovered adult coloring books and find them to be a great stress buster.
  7. I sometimes buy stuff online when I am half asleep and totally regret it the next morning 🙁

Those were 7 facts about me, I nominate the following people for the Lovely Blog Award:

  1. https://beautytalkswithneha.com/
  2. http://personalogues.com/
  3. https://msmeehnia.com/
  4. http://makeupandsmiles.com/
  5. https://phashionbug.com/

I would also love all of you to share an interesting fact about yourself in the comments 🙂

XoXo,

Mrinalini

How To Cope With Travel Sickness: My Journey

Travel sickness, motion sickness, whatever you may call it, it is a curse that takes away half the fun from wanderlust. If you have never experienced any kind of motion sickness whatsoever, whether on a Ferris wheel or on a drive up a hill, consider yourself extremely lucky. The rest of you, I feel your pain because I have suffered from many an arduous journey myself. Here are a few of the things I have learnt over the years about coping with travel sickness, hopefully, my fellow sufferers will find these tips useful too.

  1. Over The Counter Medication – If you suffer from extreme travel sickness then I would highly recommend asking a doctor for a prescription. Over the counter drugs work way better than natural remedies when the sickness gets out of hand. Make sure to go through the list of side effects and dosage instructions. If the medicine needs to be taken after a meal then make sure to eat before you take it, otherwise, it may have quite the opposite effect.Avomine Travel Sickness Drug Medicine
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  2. Audio Books/ Music – No matter what you do, do not read a book or look at your cellphone during a long and winding journey. Sometimes, you may not even be comfortable talking to others when you have a queasy feeling in your stomach. Carry some good music or an audio book to keep you distracted and entertained. Do inform your co-travellers regarding your woes so that they don’t think you are being rude and help out if the need arises.
  3. Eat Some Chips – Believe it or not, if you have a long drive ahead, it may help to eat foods that absorb liquids, for example, potato chips or bread. Refrain from drinking too much water and definitely stay away from sodas, milkshakes and other dairy products. Pardon me for being gross, but the less slush in your tummy, the better. This will help in keeping your food down and will reduce the chances of you actually getting sick.
  4. Candies and Mints – If the lack of liquids makes you feel dehydrated then try sucking on some hard boiled sweets or mints to keep generating the saliva. If you have the stomach for it, then go for some candy with ginger extracts because the root is known to prevent sea sickness. You can go for lemon candy too, it is your day to forget your diet for a few hours and indulge in these unhealthy foods. At least there is some benefit of travel sickness!
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  5. Always Carry A Bag – No matter how long the journey, always carry a bag to keep things under control. If you do not have a bag, you will worry throughout your journey about getting sick, and that is the last thing you should have on your mind. As hard as it may seem, think of something else, anything else. Sleeping helps some people but worsens the situation for others. Stay calm and breathe, this too shall pass!

    These are the tips that have helped me the most in my struggle with travel sickness. Hopefully, you will find these helpful too. Remember, the more you travel, the more your body gets used to fighting travel sickness. So, make sure that the fear of travel sickness does not turn into the fear of travelling!

    XoXo,

    Mrinalini

MatrikaS The Creative Woman’s Journal | Review

This lovely community of bloggers realizes the power of words and the magic of colors, which is why I am sure that all of you will love The Creative Woman’s Journal created by MatrikaS. I received this amazing journal as a part of their blogger outreach program and have been gasping at its quality and beauty ever since. It is a sturdy, hardbound journal with a red cover and gold embossing, with a feather on top that provides a constant encouragement to write.

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The pages are thick and robust, not the kind that blot the ink or tear when flipped quickly. Most of the pages are lined while some of them are blank, providing a wonderful canvas for the random doodles and scribbles. The sheer quality of the paper will motivate you to fill up this journal with your thoughts, dreams, and memories!

Matrikas The Creative Woman's Journal

I know that most bloggers, and women in general, are obsessed with making lists. The Creative Woman’s Journal also contains several pages full of fun stickers that will add a quirky element to your lists and diary entries. I have already started playing around with these stickers to create some interesting pages in my journal.

MatrikaS The Creative Woman's Journal Stickers

My favorite feature of this journal is the collection of adult coloring pages that have dreamy designs which you can bring to life with vibrant hues of your choice. Do you know what the best thing about these coloring pages is? No matter what colors you choose, the picture always looks beautiful. You can find me each evening, sitting on my window sill, filling in these patterns with my pack of color pencils. An excellent way to unwind and to relive your childhood days!

MatrikaS The Creative Woman's Journal Adult Colouring Pages

If you are anything like me and are always on the hunt for high-quality stationery, The Creative Woman’s Journal from MatrikaS is tailor-made for you. Do check out their fantastic collection to find the perfect stationery that caters to your creative personality.

You can follow MatrikaS on their social media platforms to stay updated regarding all their products:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MatrikasPaperProducts/?fref=ts

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MatrikasPaper

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/matrikas_stationery/

Also, check out their website at http://www.matrikas.co.in/. All your stationery needs can now be fulfilled with just one click!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

P.S. – This review is a part of the MatrikaS Scribble Your Heart Away Campaign but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.

My First Package From Qtrove!

The amazing folks at Qtrove kindly sent me some of their lovely products to try out, and boy, I am thoroughly impressed! In case you do not know already, Qtrove is a curated online marketplace that primarily focusses on handmade and organic goods produced on a small scale. There are tons of options to choose from, be it skin care or food items, fashion or home decor. I think it is a wonderful initiative to promote the home based sellers and budding entrepreneurs of India! With so many delightful choices at hand, it was hard for me to shortlist what I wanted to try. Here is what I finally chose, and the Qtrove team sent it my way within a few days!

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I went for the Organa Refreshing Apple Juice and the Ardhana Coffee Organic Lip Scrub, both the products being great for the summer months. I literally gulped down the entire bottle of the Organa Apple Juice in one go! It is made with 100% organic apple pulp and does not have any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, just the goodness of crunchy apples. I could almost feel the crisp texture of the apples, a sign that the product is made from high-quality fruit. What better way to stay hydrated and energized in the sweltering heat?

IMG_8082As soon as I unscrewed the lid of the Ardhana Coffee Lip Scrub, I was greeted by the heavenly aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. The texture of the product is gritty enough to remove dead skin from flaky lips while the oily base, made with shea butter, beeswax and olive oil, moisturizes the lips really well. The scrub has the richness of a homemade concoction that our grandmothers would prepare to rescue our hair or skin. It leaves my lips looking plumper too! The love with which it is made definitely shines through.

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I would highly recommend checking out Qtrove’s online store to pamper yourself with pure ingredients and products that are specially made for you. The Qtrove team has also provided a coupon code for you guys to get a 15% discount on your first purchase (for orders of more than INR 500, paid online). Just use the code BLOGMRINALINIM15 at checkout and you should get 15% off! Isn’t that amazing? Here are all the places that you can stalk Qtrove to be the first ones to know about their awesome goodies:

Online Store: https://www.qtrove.com/

Twitter: @qtrove

Instagram: @qtrove

Once again, do not forget the coupon code BLOGMRINALINIM15 to get 15% off on your first order!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

P.S. – A few more goodies sent by Qtrove are on their way, so be prepared for part-2 of this post 🙂

Friday Musings: Do You Like Stories?

Another Friday, another edition of my Friday Musings. Let me tell you a little something about myself today. I am sure all of you like reading stories, short ones or novels, funny ones or tragedies, everybody has some genre that they gravitate towards. Well, ever since my childhood, I love to get lost in the dreamland of books. Reading is the first passion I inculcated when I was a child, the love for makeup came later on, perhaps around the time when a teacher noticed me touching up my lipstick after my performance for the school’s annual day was over!

I have been told that I used to memorize the stories that were read to me by my mother and grandma. I then used to recite them verbatim pretending that I was actually reading them from the book propped open in front of me. This hobby of reading soon evolved and gave birth to an enthusiasm for storytelling and writing. I believe that the words we share with the world make us immortal and help us in communicating with the unborn generations that we will never encounter in person.

I have initiated this endeavour of making my thoughts heard, in the form of my other blog, Scribbles in Grey. I know that many of you follow the blog but just in case you don’t, do check it out. It is a collection of short stories, poetry, and some personal reflections. I hope that you will enjoy it.

Let me know in the comments below what is the one story that has inspired you or has left an indelible impression on your mind. I will be back tomorrow with a beauty related post.

XoXo,

Mrinalini