Andaman Travel Diary Part 2

Back from where I left off the day before yesterday. Day 3 from my Andaman Trip started early morning, around 5 I guess. We took a cruise called Green Ocean to Havelock and had a real pleasant ride.

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The same cannot be said about my friend’s brother and sister-in-law who came to Andaman on their Honeymoon a day after us, and took the same cruise the very next day and puked their guts out throughout their ride. It was the day we went to Neil Island from Havelock and the weather was pretty bad and most of the people in the cruise fell sick. But I’ll come back to that later. Our ride on Green Ocean was pretty pleasant. A few minutes after the cruise took off we were said that we can go to the open terrace, and everybody rushed. Half the people on the cruise were on the terrace and the rest where in front of the cafeteria and that made it a challenge for us to click a picture of the amazing view, because every second we had to make way for someone passing by. We had some coffee in the cafeteria and then I came back to my seat and dozed off. It was a 2 hours ride and no one fell sick, no one complained.

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We were picked up by our agents and were led to an amazing resort. Sadly however, again we got one double bedroom for 4 family members. We told the manager that we are going to pay for an extra room if there’s any,but we were told that they are always fully booked. So take a note, book your room in prior if you are planning a stay in Havelock, A.K.A the most wonderful place in Andaman.

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We had our lunch in the hotel, and while the menu said crab, there were none in the kitchen. So we ordered an additional plate of prawn along with our usual package meal. The rest of the day, there were no plans by our agents because apparently they thought that we might be all tired from the voyage, which we were clearly not. Around 3 p.m we took an auto to Kala Pathar Beach. The resort car was charging us the same amount (some 800 bucks I guess) but we love auto rides while travelling,it reminds us of our favourite vacation in Vizag years back. The road to Kala Pathar was mind blowing, the kind that haunts me in my dreams. Actually when I remember the road, I curse myself for not taking a stop and clicking a picture.  Everything was picture perfect which turned more like dream with the tropical weather. The beach was as amazing as the road, with fewer people and some tropical fruit stands. I am the type of traveller who likes avoiding tourist spots, and loves to visit unexplored areas, so this beach turned out to be my favourite spot in the whole trip, and after spending an amazing time on the beach, I ran towards the fruit stalls.

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After an hour we came back to our auto and as soon as it took off, it started raining. Does it get any better than this? A lonely road, woods on both side, no other human being to be seen (except for my family and the auto driver of course) and the rain! I wish the road never ended. But soon it did and so did the rain and we went back to civilization. From the running auto, I spotted a small restaurant with ‘Wi-Fi’ written on it. As our resort wasn’t too far, we paid the driver and went inside the restaurant, all the while hoping that they have lobsters in the menu. We asked about the wi-fi and they said that we will get free wi-fi if we order above 500 bucks. Of course we will! I had lobster in my mind. So we took the wi-fi password and ordered once both our battery and power bank died. I ordered a lobster and my sister ordered a grilled fish, I forgot to ask its name but I suppose it was Kingfish and we got some complimentary French Fries that tasted weird. My lobster was cooked in Indian Style and tasted A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The same cannot be said about my sister’s fish however, it tasted disgusting. On the brighter side, she is allergic to prawn but she took a tiny bite of the lobster and said it didn’t bother her at all. We ordered four cups of Tea and after I read everyone’s’ expressions after they took their first sip, I didn’t dare sipping mine. They didn’t take a second sip either. So in case you are visiting Havelock and drop down at ‘Golden Spoon’, DO NOT order their tea, neither their grilled fish that looks like this…

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Go for the lobster instead…

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Lobster- 500 bucks

Grilled Fish- 300 bucks

We walked back to our resort, had dinner, ordered an extra bed and went to sleep. The whole night it rained like cats and dogs and I kept thinking “dafuq would happen if the whole structure falls down” (it actually happened to me once, am not lying).

Day 4:

The next morning we went to Radhanagar Beach which is famous for Scuba Diving. What I didn’t know was that my friend’s brother and his wife were at the Beach as well and while they were scuba diving, we were contemplating if we have enough time to scuba dive once again.  Of course there was bound to be something special about the Scuba in this particular beach which made it more famous than any other beach that has Scuba. Also it cost a lot less than what we paid at North Bay Island. If I can remember correctly, we paid 3.5k per person, and the Radhanagar Scuba costs 2k per head (I guess). I am yet to watch their Scuba Video and compare it with mine. 😀

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So anyhow, we had an amazing time at the eco-friendly beach. We all bathed in the sea, and before I dived in, I clicked some amazing pictures of my family, which I am banned from posting on my blog because my sister thinks she looks fat 😀 (She is healthy though, not fat).

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There was an almost clean changing room where we showered and took off. And I again had an amazing fruit salad right outside the beach.

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We already had our luggage packed at the resort, so we just had our lunch and left for our cruise to Neil Island.

And here comes the part where I feel sick even remembering the ride. We had our eyes on this cruise since we came to the port for our cruise to Havelock. It’s called Coastal Cruise by Makruzz and it looked so classy.

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Even though the inside of the cruise was even more luxurious than the outside, I started feeling sick as soon as I took my seat, thus no pictures from the evening. As soon as the cruise took a start, everybody around started puking. The attendants said that the weather is too bad, and started handing us candies and sick bags. Thankfully no one from my family or our package fell sick, but almost 80% people on the cruise puking together cannot get any more horrible. My sister started listening to music on her phone as to not to listen to all the puking sounds. The 1.30 hours was one of the hardest of my life and when I took a step on the land, I felt triumphant for not puking in the cruise.

We were picked up by our resort manager and while on our way to the resort we paid a quick visit to the Natural Bridge. The place is under the sea at certain time of the day, but our visit was scheduled when we could walk over the dead corals to the bridge.

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It was a little tricky and a lot risky, but I almost made it to the bridge with a camera on my right hand and my camera bag containing my 16k worth lens on my left, and then in an attempt to click a picture of a real sneaky crab, I slipped on a rock while trying to save my camera bag from slipping from my shoulder and falling into the water. I still managed to click this shot:

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But my photographic expedition ended when my dad noticed my bloody knee.

I somehow still managed to sneak out of his sight for a few seconds and clicked this picture of a fruit I forgot the name of, but I remember it for being the fruit eaten by the Jarowa Tribals.

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The weather in this island was even more pleasant than Havelock, and very less populated. When we reached our resort, I checked off a point from my bucket list. It was my dream to stay in a lonely place in the middle of the woods, and for a change we got two different rooms. To my horror, I realized there’s no network at all. The only networks that work over there are Airtel, and BSNL (I suppose), and it would have been fine with me if I wasn’t a blogger and hadn’t planned to post live travelogue while travelling. The whole place was lonely with us 11 people and a couple of staffs being the only human around. There were no lights in the street and being a lover of all things creepy, I sneaked out with my camera, using the camera flash to guide me. It took my dad and my sister 10 minutes to realize I was missing, and since he knew that it was literally impossible to call me in, he accompanied me. We saw no other human, and the only sound was crickets chirping.

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That night at dinner, we ordered the largest crabs we ever ate. 500 bucks for 6 crabs… Yum…

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[That were before they were cooked obviously :D]

And then we went to sleep.

 

Special Note:

Just as I was writing about my Havelock adventure above, my dad told me that more than 1400 tourists are stuck in there due to bad weather. We returned on 3rd December night, and the weather was pretty bad already. I was wondering how the flights are still departing in that weather. Luckily we reached home safely. On the fourth, there was an earthquake, and the weather’s been bad since.  If you are watching the news you’ll know how bad it got there. While I was sitting in the airport in that terrible weather I was just praying that the flight doesn’t get cancelled as I was desperate to come home. Thus I can only imagine what they might be going through. So let’s pray for their safe return.  </3

The Partyholic-December 2016 Fab Bag Review

For a change, Fab Bag delivered too early this month, the day after I came back from my trip. So I decided to put a halt in my series of Andaman Travelogue to post the review.

The bag is a metallic hologram one, filled with goodies that are perfect for the season.

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  • Be A Bombshell Lip Stain-Riot

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I have the option to choose, and I chose this one. The shade is a lovely pink colour, and to check out the staying power, I didn’t wash off the swatch. For 12 long hours (until I went to sleep), there were no smudge, no transfer. When I woke up next morning, the swatch faded just a little, but still no smudge and it stayed that way until I showered. It’s been over 24 hours and there’s still a lovely hint of pink on my arm which I guess will require a little makeup remover. So I definitely adore the lip stain and can’t wait to create a makeup look wearing it.

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A winter necessity…

  • Natural Bath & Body Hair Mist

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If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I don’t put much effort on my hair. I guess it’s not supposed to do anything besides making my hair smell good.

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This sounds like a terrific product with anyone with stretch marks and irritated skin. I have repeatedly talked about my hyper-sensitive skin which literally got burnt on my trip. My arms suffered a terrible sun allergy and I am hoping this roll on will help them recover.

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So over all, I loved my December Bag, and since there’s so much time to order yours, here’s the link: http://www.fabbag.com/women.html

Andaman Travel Diary Part 1

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well. I’ve been away for over a week, enjoying a wonderful family vacation, without any phone network or wi-fi. I have been sharing unedited images on my Instagram whenever I received a low (2g) signal. And now that I am sitting in the comfort of my bedroom, I am going to share my travel deets with you guys. I am going to post the travelogue in parts, because I after a tightly knitted tour, I realized that an Andaman tour plan requires a lot of research.

We have never travelled with travel packages because I love travelling like a traveller and not like a tourist (ask me the difference between the two and I can dedicate a whole post on it). But whoever visited the place told us that there are innumerable places to visit in Andaman, and it’s practically impossible to travel without the help of a travel package. My sister usually makes all the tour plans, but she had her PhD viva the day before our flight so we thought, let’s book a travel package just this once. Who knows, we might even love the experience? It however, didn’t take us long to decide that it’s going to be our last package tour. Of course it has its perks, but it had its back draws as well. So I decided to post detailed travelogue, so that any reader of my blog can plan an Andaman tour without the help of travel packages (if they want), and also get to know what to look for when booking a travel package, and lastly, get to know about places that aren’t usually covered by the travel packages. And because a detailed 8 day travelogue (that includes places not covered by our agents) won’t fit a single post, I’m going to post it in parts.

Day 1:

We landed at Port Blair on 26th November around 10.30 am and were picked up by our agents. The package that we booked is called Andaman Super, referred to us by a friend of my sister. We were accompanied with another two families and we were provided by a separate car, while the rest of the two families (colleagues) were provided with one. Upon reaching the hotel (R.D International), I had the strong urge to take a return flight home as it looked like one of the worst hotels we ever stayed in. It wasn’t dingy, or dirty, or anything bad, it was just small, and a little bad than regular, and the only guests were the package clients. We are a family of four and were said that we would be provided with two double bedrooms, but upon reaching they opened one small room, the kind of hotel room you would book if you miss the last train home. We were asked to freshen up fast and come upstairs for lunch. A shaded terrace and regular Bengali food that tasted very much like my once hostel food. The meal times were all fixed; I guess that’s how it works in package tours. I, on the other hand, love testing local delicacies while travelling, so I was a bit off when I saw the meal plan.

After lunch, we hurriedly got ready and left for the Cellular Jail. The place gave us chills. We hired an amazing guide who gave us a tour, telling us details about our freedom fighters that were locked in the historical jail. The cells they were locked in, the place they were tortured and the place where they were hanged. The bitter cost of our freedom. While at one hand, we were deeply saddened to learn all the tragic details, the pride on our freedom fighters on the other hand took over the better off us. Standing inside the cell where Babarao Savarkar was locked in, I thought that every Indian needs to visit this place once in their lifetime.

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[Photographer: Our Guide]

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[Views from the Tower Top]

Next we went to Carvine Cove beach. I don’t have much to say, I just have to show…

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After spending some time at the beach, we went back to the Cellular Jail to watch the Light and Dance Show. I guess I experienced the second worse Goosebumps of my life, the first being my visit to Wagah Border. The show was a recitation of horrible stuffs that happened right inside the Jail, in the voice of our very own Om Puri. Tri colour lights lit up in the cells of certain patriots when there quotations were recited. We didn’t realize how the hour went by.

We went back to the hotel, had our dinner, and when a room service boy came, I asked him if there’s any vacant room, he said no. I guess he thought we were asking for a room for free (we had the right though). We were tired, and had no network coverage so we went to sleep early. Since I have got a Vodafone connection, I received low signals then and now. My mum and dad (Airtel and Vodafone) had mobile network but no internet connection, and my sister who has Aircel and Reliance connection only used her phone to take selfies. So if you have mobile connection other than BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel, you’ll have to think about alternatives if you are planning a visit.

Day 2:

The next morning we went to Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and from there we took a boat called Dolphin to Ross Island.  The island is filled with  Japanese remnants,  which 4 bunkers still visible, inside one of which I re-applied my sunscreen 😀

 

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Next we went to North Bay Island, filled with water sport activities.

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I came back to the hotel tanned, even after reapplying sunscreen every 3 hrs (read :travel skincare). And because I haven’t described the scorching sun of Andaman previously, I will take this opportunity to suggest you guys to carry a sunscreen with a whooping SPF 70 if you don’t want to come back roasted. As a result of not re-applying any sunscreen on my arms and legs, I suffered a severe sun allergy by the second day, and I still have a frog like skin as I am writing this post. Even in the month of November, wearing a full-sleeve shirt wasn’t an option, the weather made sure of that. And that’s how our second day ended. The next day we took a ship to Havelock, but let’s talk about that tomorrow. Till then, here’s one more picture that I clicked with my new DSLR that my dad got me the day before we left for the trip, as my boy friend is taking the old one with him to his numerous bachelor trips. 😀

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Fall Favourite Lipsticks

It’s almost winter and here I am writing about my top three fall favourite lip shades. I know it’s time already that I post my winter favourite lipsticks, which I did last year (Red Lipsticks- A Lipstick Lover’s Dream), but since my lipstick collection got a little bigger and better I guess I might have to repost it.
So back to my fall favourites. I don’t have much fall shades, since I don’t look good in them, I don’t buy them that much, unless I don’t wanna feel left out from all the fall trends. My sister however looks amazing in fall shades throughout the year, and I have gifted her a few which looks amazing on her. But since I am doing ‘my’ fall favourites, I am posting about the top three shades that looks good on me, but if you want to see her shades as well, I can do some editing.

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My favourite one is the recent launch from Nykaa, So Matte in Wicked Wine. It’s so good! It’s a creamy matte with a super pigmentation, and it looks amazing on me.

[Review:Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick – Wicked Wine Review And Swatch ]

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My second favourite is from Catrice Cosmetics- Lovely Lilac.

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And lastly, the ultra Velour Lip Cream from Makeup Revolution- Not One FOr Playing Games. My favourite way to wear it is, wearing it over a hot pink lipstick to bring a purple hint.

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So that’s my short list of Fall Favourite lip shades. Do you wanna see my updated Red Lipstick shades? I have many, and I can’t wait to brag about them 😀

Travel Skincare Packing

Travelling, the time when the trial size samples from the all the beauty boxes you have ever received comes to your rescue, or rather your skin’s rescue. I never take my skincare routine lightly even while travelling. However, last time when I travelled during the winter, I travelled with a terrible skin which I recovered as soon as I got back home. So, this time I took it a little more seriously by saving up all things sample sized before even I planned the whole trip. I also ordered a bunch of samples sized Korean Cosmetics from cosmetic love about 45 days ago, and have been waiting for them to show up at my doorstep,but I guess I’ll have to pack them up for my next trip. So here’s all the stuff I’m packing up with me.

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  • Double Cleansing:

Yes, I am actually going to double cleanse throughout my trip. So I am packing the Veda Earth Cleansing oil and the Vichy Ideal White Cleansing foam samples. I am also taking the Forest Essential Cleansing paste in case one of them runs out.

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  • Face Packs:

This one’s pretty ridiculous, packing 3 types of Facial Packs for an 8 day family trip. But I told to myself ‘just in case’ 😀

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  • Rose Water (Toner+Mist):

Sure I wasn’t going to travel without a mist and the Kama Ayurveda Distilled Rose water seemed to be the perfect choice. It doubles as a toner and a mist.

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  • Serum:

Thanks Fab Bag for being one of my favourite sample recourses.

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  • Moisturizer/Night Cream:

I packed up two types of day creams, both containing a little amount of SPF. The Taiyu Silk Cream is probably the only product that my sister and I are gonna share.

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  • Cushion Compact:

I am most definitely not leaving my cushion compact behind. All my sunscreens practically became useless after I welcomed this beauty in my stash. So here’s the plan: if I stay out in the sun for more than 3 hrs, I am going to clean my face using wet tissues, spray on some rose waters and I’m gonna pat some cushion compact on my skin. Pretty hygienic isn’t it? And of course I’m gonna carry my sanitizers with me.

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  • Wet Wipes:

What I just talked about…

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  • Eye Cream:

Since the Korean Eye Cream samples didn’t reach my door steps yet, I’m gonna have to continue using the Babor Firming Cream as my eye cream.

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  • Body Butter:

I received it with my Nature’s Co. Subscription bag and I love it!

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  • Hair Oil:

I might ignore my hair like always, but just in case, I packed this Kronokare Hair Oil with me.

  • Sheet Mask:

For an 8 day tour, I guess two sheet masks are just enough.

  • Lip Balm :

I guess it’s a little more hygienic to use squeeze out lip balms while travelling rather than using lip balms that come in tiny tubs or sticks.

  • Body Mist:

And lastly, even though it doesn’t count as skincare, I really wanna smell good throughout my trip . So am carrying my Chambor Geneva Body Mist Deluxe Vile.

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And this is the bag where I’m probably gonna put all my skincare products and cosmetics for the week.

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Till then,

Bye,

XOXO

Fab Bag Get Set Glow November 2016 Review

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Fab Bag has been delivering really late since last month. While last month I received the bag at the month end, this month I got it on the 20th. The products inside however made up to it. So without wasting any more time let’s peek inside…

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  • City Color Be Matte Lipstick- Jenny p_20161120_125422

A wonderful read in a creamy matte texture… One word-Amazing!

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate p_20161120_125447
  • Just Herbs Aloe Vera Facial Massage Gelp_20161120_125231
  • Natural Bath & Body Sweet Ocean Body Mistp_20161120_125251

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Overall, I really loved the products as well as the shimmery bronze bag. If you haven’t already got yours, there’s still 9 days left…

Get yours from here: http://www.fabbag.com/

Blogger For Free

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I started blogging about 4-5 years ago with a hosted blog with the same name. I used to blog occasionally, but when I decided that I want to do it seriously as a career option, I dismissed it, purchased a domain and started afresh. At first I paid a web designer, who did a shitty job by creating an informational website instead of a blog even after repeatedly been explained. So I dismissed it again, started afresh, with a new domain (back with the original name this time), watched a lot of tutorials and designed it myself with a little help from a friend. It was August 2015 and I didn’t know exactly what I was expecting from it. I didn’t have any goals set, or any other plans for my blogs. I just kept writing. I didn’t have a good camera, and I used my phone camera which does the job terrible. I just kept purchasing products, using them and writing about them.

By November, my musician boyfriend who wanted to purchase a DSLR someday thought it was the perfect excuse to finally buy it, and he did. My picture quality got a little better, and I was so hooked by then that I quit my very successful job as a Senior Data Analyst. I had a notice period to serve, and my last day was a week before Christmas. On Christmas, I got my first Christmas gift from a brand as a blogger, the first sign that I am going into the right direction. It might be no big deal, but someone noticed that I was buying their products with my hard earned money and reviewing them on my blog. It was the best Christmas present of the year.

By January, I started receiving Press Samples, and by March, they started getting piled up. I still kept buying products by myself as I did not want my blog to survive only on Press Samples, but also by products chosen by myself. I tried writing every single day, and I still do, and if it wasn’t for Press Samples, I would have either run out of money or topics to write about. Actually I did run out of money when I flew to Delhi on January to stock up on Innisfree Products. My dad kept filling my bank account, investment I say. So the Press Samples I received helped me blog better. I spent as much time on them as I do with products purchased by myself. Any reader of my blog will know that my reviews are completely honest and I use skincare products on my own skin for 21 days before writing about it. May be I was going into the direction after all, because gradually I started getting paid article requests. Nothing huge at first, but a sign enough that this is going good. I realized that even the collaborations aren’t for free; the Press Sample is the mode of payment I chose to be paid in.

However, I also met a few brands, who wanted to send me their jewelleries, so that I can do a photo shoot wearing them and then send them back. Do you know how annoyingly long a photo shoot takes? Or how long my boy friend takes to edit them? Or simply the fact that for a 200Rs earring photo shoot we end up spending 5000rs on clothes and shoes and accessories to match with them? No we do not need you to provide us with something to write about. God gave us enough brain and creativity, that’s why we chose blogging as a career option. Now if you wish us to feature you, either pay us with money or by the stuffs you wish us to feature. We are not asking for anything for free, we are asking for a mode of payment that’s easier for you to afford/pay.

This January I was invited to a lovely fashion bloggers’ meet. That’ right, a fashion bloggers’ in our much ignored city of Joy. We got so much to learn (like wearing a saree in 100s of ways by Dolly Jain), lovely peoples to meet, we made friends, and in the end we were said that we can take away any cloth and create an outfit post wearing it. Each of us took one, did a photo shoot, published the post and sent the link to the host, a humble person. A couple of months back, there was another fashion bloggers meet. I thought I would see familiar faces. But there were none as most of the attendees were blogging for only a few months. The hosts started to speak. They started speaking about how they just organized the very first fashion blogger’ meet in Kolkata, the first of its kind (ahem!), and they did it to help Kolkata Bloggers who are much ignored in the field of blogging, than the other Major City Bloggers. I know, it’s true, but what are they doing to help us exactly? They are providing us with clothes to wear for a photo shoot which are meant to be returned after the article is published. Oh my God! What a big HELP. As if we don’t get it that we are the one who will HELP them by featuring their site on our blog for free. They even offered us to wear their clothes on Durga Puja, post Puja outfit featuring their clothes, and give it back to them when we are done. And you know who’s worse than them? The so called ‘bloggers’ who actually accepted their proposal. They not only brought whole blogger clan down by accepting this, but it didn’t occur to them that being a blogger, they can’t knowingly allow their already worn sweaty dresses to be sold. Who becomes a blogger with an ethics like that? And this is because of ‘bloggers’ like this that some brands have the nerve to propose something this terrible. Because if a brand is asking you to promote their brand for free, chances are someone already has, and they know that if you don’t, then somebody else will.

And then there are brands that are a little better, with better proposals, like 20% off from their site. You can actually buy products from their site with 20% off and write about it. What a cool opportunity! Just yesterday someone called, with an idea this brilliant, asking me if I have been blogging for a couple of months. I said that it’s been over a year now. But she went on saying that she’ll still consider me a new blogger and offered me a 20% off from their site. WOW! She said she’ll give me a call back to confirm, thus giving me an opportunity to block her.

The reason that I am posting this is to get real about this job. We don’t blog for free stuffs, we blog for the love for blogging, and the Press Samples is the mode of payment we accept for articles that aren’t specifically picked up by ourselves. And because I am a blogger who accepts Press Samples and also shops her own stuffs and products to write about, I always have products piled up to write about, and the reason that they are piled up is because I spent 21 days on each of them, that’s right 21 days. And I am thankful that I have sponsors who understand that I take that long to write about the products they send me. Because trust me, there are brands that will send you a product on Wednesday, and will expect you to publish the post on Friday. What does they think our review will be based on, imagination?

So, here I am getting real about my job. To all the brands out there- we bloggers aren’t for free, we have invested enough on our blog and on gadgets and we spend so much time and hard work on every single posts. So you need to actually pay us if you want us to feature your products. Because there are bloggers who blog full-time, just like me. And if I’m confident enough to quit my job to blog full time, trust me, I’m definitely not writing for you for free.

 

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Tonymoly I’m Real Makgeolli Mask Sheet- Skin Purifying Review

After a long time I am back with my Korean Skincare reviews and this time I am going to write about one of my favourite sheet masks from the Tonymoly I’m real sheet mask range.

I’ve already talked so much about my love for rice masks. They are so purifying and helps my skin a lot when I breakout. Now Makgeolli is a very popular alcoholic beverage in Korea made out of rice and when it comes to skincare benefits, it is as good as sake. Sure as hell, I was bound to love it, as it claims to purify the skin too.

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As it turns out, it did even a better job than the rice mask and I hope Makgeolli was available in India (not the sheet mask but the real thing) so that I could have applied it on my face every single day.

Product Claims:

Nourish your skin with the I’m real Makgeolli Mask Sheet! This 3-layer pulp sheet is filled with a latex-based essence that is infused with natural oils to provide maximum elasticity and purification for your skin. No parabens, talc, benozphenone, or triethanolamine included.

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Fitting:

The fitting was similar to the other sheet masks from the I’m Real range, not that perfect, but almost there.

See:Tonymoly I’m Real Lemon Mask Sheet for Brightening Review

My Experience:

I applied this mask during that time of the months when I breakout the most. This started a few months back, during PMSing I started getting one huge pimple each month with no head, and it stays there during those days, and then after a few days, it slowly vanishes leaving a bad scar. I guess it’s hormonal and there’s nothing that can be done. So I applied this mask while the bump of the month just appeared right on top of my nose and my skin was a little uneven.  I applied it after double cleansing and toning my face, left it on for half an hour, removed it, patted the leftover serum on my face and finished it off with a night cream. The hydration and the brightening effect were noticeable as soon as I took the sheet off. The next morning I woke up to a clear bright skin, with the little bumps gone and the huge pimple with no head lessened in size. Usually the bump grows for the next couple of days, but this time it kept reducing and then it slowly vanished without living a scar. How wonderful!

I guess I cannot be happier. And the brightening effect remained there for the next few days. What more can someone expect from a sheet mask?

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Brightens
  • Hydrates
  • Afoordable

Cons:

Nothing.

Where To Buy:

Where To Buy Korean Skincare Products in India + Some Tips & Tricks

Amazon

Rating:

5/5

Qraa Underarm Whitening Cream Review

This one’s for beauties whose underarms are not as pretty as their face is and who have to think twice before wearing a sleeveless dress. That would have counted me before I discovered the Qraa Underarm Black Spot Treatment Cream.

I fall under the larger ratio of girls with underarms and lucky me! I discovered this magic cream.

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Product claims: With extensive research, Qraa Under Arm Whitening cream is the only product in current market that instead of hiding the darkness of underarms by leaving a white patch, treats the cause of darkness by reducing melanin from there.

Qraa Underarm cream lightens your skin to reveal visibly fairer and smoother underarms. It’s natural ingredients, Licorice extracts and Witch Hazel, reduce melanin production and soothe skin irritations to reveal fairer, whiter underarms. It has high quality natural herbal extracts that are proven to reduce rashes, mild pimples and dark spots from your underarm.

Price: 360 Rs

Wt: 100 gm

Directions for use: Take an appropriate quantity, massage daily.

Use twice a day and see visible result within 10 days.

Packaging:

The product comes in a white opaque squeeze tube with a flip flop cap which makes the whole thing travel friendly.

My Experience:

The cream comes in a pale colour and the texture is soft and smooth which spreads evenly. I have been using the cream for a couple of months now (had to discontinue for week while I was travelling and forgot to pack it up), twice a day after showering. Within a couple of weeks I started noticing that my stubbornly dark underarms are visibly lightening. It didn’t totally turn light at once, but it sure gave the ‘on its way signal’and I knew that with regular usage I am going to be the proud owner of underarms that matches the skin of the rest of my body. After a week of discontinuation I resumed the usage and my underarm lightening meter kept getting high.

What I love the most about this cream is that it doesn’t make me sweat no matter how humid the day is; instead it gives my underarms a cooling sensation. Also, it absorbs real quick into the skin so there’s no worrying about the clothes getting stained.

So guess who’s happy?

Overall, it’s a great curation and a blessing for girls with dark underarms. It does what it claims, it smells nice, it gives you underarms a cooling sensation, and there’s not even a single back draw. And since I haven’t found a single solution to dark underarms other than this one, the 2 months of patience are really worth it.

[If you don’t have extreme dark underarms like me, and have somewhat dark underarms, I guess it will take only a couple of weeks]

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Smells nice
  • Gives u a cooling sensation and doesn’t make you sweat.
  • Travel Friendly
  • Budget Friendly
  • Doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin

Cons:

Nothing.

Where To Purchase:

Official Website , FlipkartAmazon

Rating:

4.8/5

NOTE 1: I have been using this for ‘almost’ two months with a week (or more) of discontinuation. My underarm has lightened a lot, but not completely yet. On a scale from 1 to 10, if my underarm tone was 1, it is now 7. But at this rate, I strongly believe that I will be 10 before Christmas, and when I do, I will make sure to update this article.

NOTE 2: Products received as press samples, but the review is complete my own honest opinion. (Like always 😉 )

Winter Care Series 4: Hair Care For Both Dry Dandruff-ed Hair and Fine Flat Hair

This is probably my last post from the winter care series. Up until now I have elaborated my very own routine, but here comes the part much ignored by myself. I have a naturally fine flat hair which doesn’t demand much care. And let’s get this straight, I don’t treat my hair, I don’t torture my hair (I don’t dye my hair, neither do I use styling tools or products). Every once in a while when I feel the need to take some care of my hair, I either dab some hair oil or serum. The only (*touchwood) hair problem I have face so far is excessive hair fall this prolonged monsoon. However, I have received some requests for dry and dandruffed hair care especially for winter and even though all the ladies at my home (me, my mom and my sister) are all blessed with fine and cursed with flat hair, we have never really felt what dry (and curly) hair might feel like during winter.

So I will try to break this down without any practical experience, steps I myself go through and steps I think will help dry hair.

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First of all, let’s get rid of the dandruff shall we?

  • Lemon and Coconut oil mask: Even though I don’t suffer from dandruff, once a colleague borrowed my hair brush much to my dismay resulting in a severe dandruff problem. I remembered a trick my aunt had taught me that helped my cousin sister who used to suffer from dandruff. The trick is to mix coconut oil and lemon in 3:1 ratio, apply it on the scalp and keep it on for 1 hour before washing it off. It works like magic leaving you with a squeaky clean scalp. Because my problem wasn’t permanent, I guess that’s why it took me only one application to get rid of the dandruff once and for all. But if you see the dandruffs coming back after a few months, you can repeat it when required. But I must warn you that it might turn your hair a bit drier, so make sure to follow up with nourishing treatments which I am going to talk about next.
  • Hair Oil: Once you got rid of the dandruff, now it’s time to nourish your hair and there’s no better solution than oiling your scalp and hair. Coconut Oil seems to be a great option but I avoid coconut oils during the winter at all costs as I am prone to cold allergy. The best choice is to use egg oil. Now you all must know the benefits of using egg yolk in your hair. Now imagine no stench, no stickiness, the same benefit, and you are a proud owner of healthy and shinny hair. Massage the oil on your scalp and on your hair the night before shampooing. Try doing it every time before shampooing if you are committed to get a healthy hair and fight dryness. I use the Eyova Egg Oil the night before shampooing. It works amazing. I even applied it on a friend of my sister who has extremely dry and curly hair and it worked on her hair like miracle. 2
  • Curd Mask: If you have dry hair, chances are that you have applied curd on your hair at least once in your life. I never have. I never needed to, I never wanted to. I hate curds, I don’t even eat them. But I heard they are great for your skin and your hair. I guess you need to apply it on your hair an hour before shampooing. If you have already done it, or you are going to try, please let me know in the comment section how it worked on your hair, I am eager to know.
  • Comb Your Hair Thoroughly Before Shampooing: This step is not related to winter, but it’s really important to fight hair fall at the same time. Brush your hair thoroughly starting from the lower portion of the strands to upwards. It will make sure you don’t loose any hair while shampooing.
  • Shampoo: Choose a mild shampoo, preferably one without sulphate, especially if you have dry hair. Take a little amount of shampoo on your hands first. Lather it on your palm mixing a little bit of water just like you do with your face wash. Apply the foam on your hair and scalp and if you feel the need of a little more shampoo, repeat with the amount required. This will make sure you are not using more shampoo than your scalp need, thus saving your scalp and hair from losing its natural oil. I use Tresemme and sometimes Loccitane on my hair. My hair loves them both.
  • Conditioner/Masque/Both: Because I have fine flat hair which can weigh down if too many products are used, I use either a conditioner or a masque but I guess dry hair beauties need to apply both. Choose some products that suits your hair. I use either a Tresemme conditioner or the Kerastase Elixir Ultime and of course I love the mask better.
  • Serum: Another much ignored step by me. I do have a few serums sitting in my cabinet, but the reason I didn’t showcase them in the picture is because I always forget about them, always. The only time I actually remember putting some on is when I deliberately skip the conditioner and masque because I am just lazy like that. I mean the only thing I have ever been patient about is my skincare routine. Hair care is just a different story. My personal preferences are the Kerastase Elixir Ultime, Moroccan Oil and the L’Oreal Mythic Oil.

I hope this works. Please do let me know if you try these out as I am very eager to know. I hope this will work for both fine hair beauties (mainly following the steps that I mentioned that I myself go through) and for dry hair beauties (following all the steps mentioned, especially the egg oil). And for greasy hair beauties, I have suffered your sufferings for two years. The only remedy that worked for me is by shampooing my hair every other day (I still do that) and for some people, skipping the conditioner helps.

If you have any other request for the winter care series, or any other hair issues (like hair fall, which I battled tough), please feel free to drop down a comment, I will be more than just happy to go through another post.

P.S: The use of only three products in the picture is intentional; it reflects my very own lack of hair care. Also I didn’t wanna scare you guys.:D