12 April 2014

Product Review - Oriflame's Studio Artist Cream blush

Hello beauties! :)

Here I am reviewing a lovely product after a long time. This time it is the 'Oriflame - Studio Artist Cream blush in shades Soft Peach and Pink Glow'.

Price: Rs 549 for 20 ml

What I think about the product?

I have never used cream blushes and this was my first time. If ever I use blushes, I go for powder blush with minimal application.

and then I saw these. Cream blushes in the Indian market is not a common sight. The best thing I liked about these are that they are handy. Look at the small tube, easy to carry and definitely convenient. You can carry it away in your bag or even a small makeup pouch. These blushes aren't too creamy and didn't make my skin feel greasy. 

My favorite among these is the Soft Peach. Not too intense and to the face. You need to take a small amount and apply at first and then takeout more if needed. Its perfect with those floral you are going to welcome this summer. If you have a fair to medium medium skin tone, this is best for you. If you are a dusky beauty, it will hardly show on your skin.

I found the Pink Glow shade a little intense. Again, start with a small amount. This one's is a vibrant color. You can pair it up with bold lip colors/polishes.

  • If you are going with these over bare skin, expect it to stay for about 3 to 4 hours. 
  • If using foundation beneath, a soft shade of color will stay even after 5 hours. 

Soft Peach

The blushes didn't leave any patch on my skin, loved this fact to the core. Also, they have this natural aura to them that it doesn't feel too much on your face.

 Pink Glow

The good talks:

  • The product is very easy to use and the packaging is good.
  • The blushes are non-greasy and not too runny. Light texture.
  • Easily blends with your skin
  • No patches!
  • Perfect for those cheeks
  • If you are a lover of Powder blush, use these cream blush as a base. That will make it stay for long.
  • Looks natural
  • The tube has a lot to giveaway.
The not-so good talks:
  • If applying on bare skin, the product won't stay for more than a couple of hours
Its a really beautiful product. For me, the must-have is "Soft Peach" but for you, it can be "Pink Glow". So better buy and try both! :)

Would you use this? Do leave in your lovely comments.

*unbiased review, sample sent from PR*

Product Review: Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunblock

Powerful. Water-Resistant. Ultra Light
Our Ultra Sheer® sunscreen comes in four water-resistant, PABA-free and
non-comedogenic forms. So whatever your occasion may be, you can find the
sun protection that’s perfect for you.

I bought this product a month back to add to my travel kit for summer. After using it for almost a month, here goes my review! :) 

Personal experience

I loved the product. The soothing feel it leaves on your skin is amazing, especially in this heat. 

  • Light in texture and easily absorb-able.
  • It doesn't give a greasy feeling or leaves a white patch on the skin.
  • No burning sensation after applying. 
  • The texture of the sun block is soft and smooth with a creamy consistency.


  • Oil free and PABA free.
  • Water proof and sweat proof.
  • The product is ideal for oily skin however it will just go well with Dry skin too.
  • SPF 50 provides high levels of both UVA (PA +++) and UVB protection
  • The sunblock is really light textured, leaving a smooth finish to the skin. It doesn't leave the skin asking for moisture
  • Dermatologist tested.

The price of 175/- Rs for 30ml is a little too much. But since the product faired well on my skin, I might re-buy unless I get a better substitute in terms of pricing.

Final Verdict: It really worked well on my dry to moderate oily skin which is often prone to breakouts as the cream didn't mess up with them anymore.

I would recommend it for people who are often out in the sun working all day or are prone to sunlight especially during afternoons. Its a really good buy this summer!

Rating - 4.5/5

07 April 2014

Happy Hours at The Nature’s Co. [PR News]

Determined to make you shine brighter than the summertime sunshine, The Nature’s Co. is prepared to endow all beauty lovers the enticing benefit of grabbing the goodness of luscious watermelons, juicy mangoes, soothing cucumber, aloe vera and refreshing tangerine, all meticulously sourced and recreated to an exotic range of body lotions, body washes, shampoos, creams, lip balms, bath salts, moisturizers, face wash, wellness products and more.

Bringing in a cool wave and a fresh note to this hot & sweltering April, The Nature's Co. customers can enjoy Happy Hours across all their stores and online with a Flat 35% off on TNC products from Monday to Friday anytime between 12pm to 5pm for the entire month.

So, why let the scorching heat dull your sparkle. 
Splurge with TNC and Shine On!

26 March 2014

[PR News] NEXT re-opens its doors at Select Citywalk

~Store to offer the best of British fashion for women’s and kid’s products~

New Delhi, March, 2014: 'NEXT', the UK based brand, re-opens its doors at Select Citywalk on March, 14 2014. Following renovations, in its new avatar, the store sports the new interior design of international NEXT stores at this exclusive brand outlet. The new fixtures, lighting design, and ambience creates a new and pleasant shopping environment for customers. With this refreshed look, NEXT makes the shopping experience more exciting, and comfortable. Popular with regular patrons prior to its closure for renovations, NEXT is now back in an all new and vibrant look. This re-launch will be followed by the opening of three more outlets in Mall of India, Noida, Shoppers Stop, Inorbit Mall, Mumbai and Phoenix Marketcity, Pune. 

The store is located on the first floor, and is spread over an area of 1489 sq. ft.

NEXT offers well designed, quality clothing, shoes and accessories at reasonable prices for kids and women. The store re-launches with the latest collection of Spring Summer’14. For the Women’s range, NEXT unveils a forward thinking collection for SS14 mixing key florals, sports luxe and aquatic tones. Attention to detail is a must across clothing and accessories with embellishment and bows in abundance. While the Kidswear range is all about on bursts of colours on to clothes in a summer explosion of prints and patterns for the season.

Showcasing the best of British fashion, NEXT clothes are styled by its in-house design team to offer great style, quality and value for money with a contemporary fashion edge.

Under the women’s category, NEXT offers a wide range of formal wear, casual wear including denims, and party clothing, in addition to a complement of nightwear, shoes, handbags, belts and jewellery. In the kid’s category, apparel for infants, baby girls and boys, older girls and boys are available alongside shoes, sleepwear, and underwear. The NEXT selection in particular also offers options of partywear dresses for younger girls.

Through a series of stories each season, a collection highlighting the trends of the season along with a unique set of stylish designs, forms the storytelling pattern for the brand.

With a five city presence, in Forum Mall, Koramangala, Elante Mall, Chandigarh, Shoppers Stop, Juhu, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, and Koregaon Mall Plaza, Pune, the brand has gathered a loyal fan base who’re fashion savvy and looking for current styles.

In India, NEXT has partnered with Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd, through an exclusive franchise, for the Speciality Retail Division.

On the re-launch of the store, MD & CEO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands, J Suresh, said, “We are delighted to reopen the renovated NEXT store in Select City Walk Mall in Delhi. NEXT always brings the best of British Fashion to India and now customers can buy the best of British Fashion in a World Class Shopping Environment.”

17 March 2014

How much I love & miss Goa!

Everybody loves Goa. There's nothing not to be loved about this place. It is serene, calm and beautiful. For me, it is not just the beaches, the sand, the food, the churches or the shopping but the memories I have of this place. For those who don't know, I have lived in Goa fr 5 years during my schooling and it was a great time that I had there. So Goa is a lot more about my memories and that's what I relived (most of them) when I visited the familiar places after 6 years this February.

somewhere along the beautiful coast :)
so this time when I went to Goa, after 6 years of moving out from there and moving to Mumbai; I re-connected with the old-me, my friends, school memories, familiar places, the road which lead to my home back then and the Goa I remember.

Met my best friend of almost 10 years now, Ruchika.
and when the wind blew across my face at the '3 Kings Church'; I felt at peace. Did a little pose, a side smile, sitting on the staircase, thanked myself for not refusing to come on this trip.

At the '3 kings church'. The people call it haunted church.
Moved on to the Colva beach, one of my favorites along the beautiful coast of Goa. As my sister walked and talked with her college time friend, I decided to sit and watch the people walk by, enjoying the breeze, the waves hitting the shore, and clicking the pose I always wanted to capture. My feet and the never ending sea, a little horizon too. Like it? :D

Spent quality time, basking in the sun and sand, @ the Colva Beach

That's me, striking a pose. Well, trying to.
I chose to layer every time I went out. Reason; I had no intentions of getting tanned. This hat has now become my personal favorite, very lady like :) Ignore the luggage, look at me! :P

and well, nothing can beat the beautiful sunset across the sea. I wish I could stay and watch the Dawn while the Dusk engrossed me and my soul :)

Stayed till the sun went down leaving me with a new hope of a better tomorrow

How many times have you been to Goa? Any special memory?
Do share!

A little something that I got from Goa :)

Hair and Skin Care tips for Holi

Holi, the festival of colours, brings a dainty array of colours to the fore — colours that paint our life bright.

Holi is also a time to bond with family and friends. It is a celebration that both the young and old look forward to, with excitement. All of us enjoy the festival’s revelry and review our festive success by the colourful remnants on our clothes and body. Celebrations apart, most of us tend to ignore, or are unaware, of the potential damage the use of ‘wrong’ colours can have on us. Some colours can be harmful to our skin and hair; they can lead to more damage than delight. It is, therefore, imperative to be conscious of this possibility — we’d all do ourselves a huge favour by preventing any damage, at the outset.

Most colours today contain chemicals. Some also contain copper, lead, silver, aluminium and iodine. Hair and skin would be the first to get affected badly following a splash of chemical colours. Also, chemicals not only bleach the hair, they can also damage it badly.

Certain chemical colours are minute enough to penetrate the covering of our hair (cuticle) and enter the hair shaft. They can, thereafter, weaken the hair shaft, causing the hair to break easily. Many individuals present with complaints of hair breakage, after Holi. This condition is called trichorrhexis nodosa.

Some colours contain dyes, engine oils, and powdered glass too! Apart from damaging the hair, they can cause damage to the scalp. Some people show a dye ‘reaction’ to these colours — this can cause long-term damage to the hair and scalp.

Increased dandruff and itching of the scalp are other common complaints after Holi.

It ain’t difficult to prevent such problems, if one follows certain easy-to-use preventative measures during Holi.

A little about Skin Care -
Holi is not just colourful clothes, or skin and hair splashed with colours. It can be dangerous, sometimes. Prevention, as always, is better than cure.
  • Use natural/skin friendly and herbal colours or natural products.
  • If you have a history of eczema, wear a barricade cream (white paraffin) before playing Holi. Avoid using colour on the face.
  • In case of allergy, take prompt medical treatment.
  • Synthetic colours cause skin irritation; they can even cause blindness. So, take good care.
  • Wear clothes that cover most of your body. Apply cold cream/oil on all exposed parts and follow it up with sunscreen (waterproof).
  • After Holi, remove colours with a paste of soybean flour, or besan, with milk.
  • Use warm water and moisturising soap to wash off the colours.
  • Do not rub your skin forcefully with soap.
  • Apply cold cream or moisturiser generously; they are good for your ‘post-Holi’ skin.

Crowning Glory
Grandma was right, because oiling our hair never came in as handy as during Holi. Oil forms a protective layer around the hair shaft; it prevents chemicals from entering the hair. It can also avert potential damage. Oil ensures that the colours are washed away easily. Oiling the hair before stepping out to play Holi would, therefore, be beneficial.  Olive or coconut oil is ideal choice.

Use natural colours
It is best to use natural colours to play Holi. This won’t cause any damage to others as well as to oneself. Gulal (rose water) and other natural water colours are relatively safe to use. Chemical colours, particularly permanent colours, are best avoided. Colours, such as silver and shiny green or bright gold, are chemical-based; they should not be used. Home-made colours from vegetable sources are safe.

  • Red sandalwood powder is a good substitute.
  • Beetroot water is also a good wet colour.
  • Dry spinach powder makes for a good green colour.
  • Yellow turmeric (haldi) powder is a good natural yellow colour.
  • Dried marigold flowers and paste, or red hibiscus, can also be used as a substitute for artificial colour.
Such colours can be used safely as dry powders, or mixed with water and diluted to be used as colours.  
After Care
  • Wash your hair with lukewarm water.
  • Keep your eyes closed to avoid the colour from going into your eyes.
  • Use a mild shampoo and make sure to rub hair gently, and lather with shampoo.
  • Rinse hair with lukewarm water. It would be advisable to repeat this process 2-3 times.
  • Follow this up by using a conditioner. The conditioner will soften the hair and prevent brittleness resulting from chemical colours.
  • Towel dry your hair lightly; avoid using a hair dryer. 
  • Apply warm olive oil after your head bath. It would be best to oil your hair for 2-3 days after Holi. Oiling the scalp will help keep your hair moist as well as soothe the scalp.
  • Never smear colour in the eye area.
  • Watch out for water balloons.
  • If a water balloon hits you in the eye, wash immediately with water. If irritation persists seek immediate medical attention.
  • In the event of bleeding in the eye, cover the eye with a clean cloth or cotton. Rush to an eye specialist. Do not massage or rub the eye.
Just remember to play safe with colours as also to keep your hair glowing.

Have an amazing and safe Holi :)

(The writer of this article is Dr Akshay Batra, managing Director, Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd.)