Herbal Henna/Mehendi Vs Red or Chinese Mehendi

About a couple of years back, I was surfing the internet while I came across a Facebook post, warning people about the dangers of using Henna. Curiosity took the better of me and I had to go through the whole post, only to find out that the women who wrote the post actually applied the ‘Made in China’ version of Henna and apparently the post was shared widely, with none of the commentators having any idea of what Henna actually is.

Being an Indian, I had to defend the culture of my country. True, the origin of Henna is a bit controversial. Claims have it that the henna plant originated in Egypt and was regularly carried away to India. The very name ‘Mehendi’ (other name for Henna) derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The application of Henna dates back to the Vedic days and has been described in the Hindu Vedic Ritual Books.  But let’s not get any deeper about the origin today. Fact is that it is an Indian tradition.

The mehendi or henna is actually the paste of Henna leaves and can be applied on the hair as a conditioner or put in a cone to make henna tattoos. They are good for the skin as well as the hair with absolutely no side effects. There are many type of Mehendi designs with the Arabic Style being my favourite. You are supposed to draw a design on your palms and wait for about 2 hrs. The mehendi will eventually dry out and start falling off your palm leaving an orangish design on your hands. By the next day the colour will start getting darker.

So this one time, I bought a few cones, hoping to try out some new designs. I wasn’t aware that there was a fake/modified version of mehendi out in the market. I cut the cone as usual and the colour started dripping. I was like what the hell happened here! I went on to apply it, only to find out that instead of a greenish paste, a red liquid colour is coming out which is somewhat easy to apply. A few minutes, and the colour was all set on my palms, rather like a nail polish. I didn’t have to wait; I didn’t have to get rid of the dried paste. A bright red design filled my palms. 3-4 days later I started freaking out when the design started pulling out like a sticker, sometimes taking my skin with it. I called a friend and came to know that what I have applied is called a Chinese Mehendi and has a bad reputation of pulling out skins and sometimes worse, give you severe skin infections. I was horrified, but I had nothing to do but wait until the whole design came off with some of my skins. This happened about 5 years ago I guess, may be before I graduated college. I never touched the Chinese mehendi again.

If you are a mehendi newbie, chances are the store owner will try to convince you to buy the Chinese ones, telling you that people are using these ones nowadays as you won’t have to wait for an hour. But you need to avoid the temptation, as I have only heard horrible stories from people who have used the Chinese Mehendi, except for my boyfriend’s sister of course. The Chinese Mehendi doesn’t seem to bother her skin and she seems to love them as well. She will apply the bright red mehendi on one palm, wait for a few minutes and apply on the other hand. Her skill never fails to amaze me and her brother.

My point here is, the red mehendi may or may not suit your skin. If you have tried and tested it on your own palms and they work perfectly fine, then you can consider yourself lucky. But if not, I would suggest not trying to find out as I have seen it go terribly wrong. And if you live in a different country and want to wear The Henna Tattoo (no racism, I am just addressing people from other countries with lesser knowledge about Mehendi) make sure you are choosing the right one. In India, no Mehendi artist will use the Red cone, they use their homemade cones made out of henna leaves, but if you are getting it from a store, make sure to ask for the ‘Herbal Henna’ and may be even try some other store if the storekeeper tries to convince you otherwise.



That’s my sister’s palms by the way. It was clicked 2 days after she wore it, when the colour was at it’s best. 


And this is my sister-in-laws palm, clicked about half an hour after she wore it.

P.S: While I dedicated the whole article on the dangers of red mehendi, I should probably mention that some ‘herbal’ claimed mehendi brand uses so much chemical that you can even read news on people being hospitalized after wearing low quality medendi, so while choosing a ‘herbal’ mehendi opt for a better quality one, my personal favourite is Singh and no I’m not being paid to write it. 😀

Tatha Face Wash Almond Review

Hello lovelies, hope you are all doing well. I am here today to share an amazing discovery I have been enjoying for like a month now. A face wash, that comes not in a tube, but a tub, and whose only ingredients are Coconut oil, Sesame oil, Almond oil, Almonds, Honey. That’s right, no chemicals, and no irritants. You guys might probably be aware of my love for oil cleansers by now, and here I am, with a tub full of face wash made out of 3 types of oils with good reputations.






When I first applied the face wash, I didn’t know what to expect, except for the fact that the packaging looks luxurious and attractive. I would have loved if it came with a spatula though. I somewhat hate the fact that I have to dip my fingers into the beautiful thing every time I wash my face. The texture of the face wash is jelly like, much like honey, only thicker and lathers amazingly when it gets in contact with water. It smells amazing, somewhat like almond. I’m not sure if I’m using more amount than required as it’s stings my eyes a little but while washing it off.

I haven’t done the minimal makeup test with this face wash as I feel that this is just too mild for that. In fact at first I was skeptical about its ‘cleansing power’ in particular, but then I started noticing the brightening effect it had on my skin. What’s amazing about this face wash is that I can actually feel the healthy hydration after washing my face every single time. I am not the person who’ll skip toners or serums or moisturizers if they get hold of a nourishing face wash but if you are that person, you will clearly love this one.


Rs 630/-


  • Hydrating, nourishing
  • Luxurious packaging
  • Didn’t break our my super-sensitive skin
  • Gentle on the skin


  • I would have preferred a spatula since it comes in a tub



Etude House I Need You Pearl Review

Any regular reader of my blog would know that Etude House happens to be one of my much loved Korean Skincare brands. I have fallen in love with their lip scrub as well as their sheet masks in the past. It’s no secret that I’m crazy for sheet masks. If I lived in Korea, I would sheet mask every day. However, I live in India, where sheet mask isn’t that easily available as I wish they were so I stick to sheet masking twice a day.

A few days ago I reviewed a face wash with a very high pH level which turned my skin somewhat dull and lifeless. I suffered from high fever after that for exactly a week. Thankfully my fever didn’t take its toll on my skin (FYI I didn’t skip my skincare routine for a single day) but my skin remained lifeless throughout.

A couple of days after I recovered from my fever I knew it was high time to give my skin some extra attention, and post exfoliating I took out my Pearl Brightening Sheet Mask. Usually I throw the sheet mask in the refrigerator for about an hour before I apply it, but because I recently recovered from fever and cold I skipped it. I applied it after double cleansing, exfoliating and toning. The fitting was exactly like the other sheet masks from the “I Need You Mask” from Etude House I’ve used, the eye holes were a little tiny for me, but the rest of the fitting was good.


The consistency of the serum was neither too thick nor too runny and while it was not exactly transparent, it was clearer than any sheet mask soaked in a milky serum. As usual I kept it on for about 35 minutes and it didn’t completely dry up. There were excess serum left on the packet to cover the neck and the arms but I don’t bother applying it on my arm as it feels irritatingly sticky. After I pulled the mask out, I could feel the hydration on my skin. It took a little time and a little patting after the serum got completely soaked into my skin and I finished it off with my night cream.


The following morning I woke up with an immensely nourished and hydrated skin. Exactly what my skin needed after 3 weeks of usage of a cleanser with a pH level so high. Even though the sheet mask claims to give the skin a brightening effect, I didn’t notice any.  The price of the mask is too cheap to expect too much and I am just glad that it recovered my skin from the dullness.



  • Affordable
  • Hydrating and nourishing
  • Plenty of essence


  • Even if there was any brightening effect, it was too little to notice

Will I purchase it again?

May be I will select a different mask from the “I Need You” Range Next time. But I will still stock up on this one in case my skin needs recovery again.



Fab Bag August 2016 Review: What The Chic

Considering the other months, I received my Fab Bag a bit early this time. This month’s theme is ‘What The Chic’ and the bag is made of Faux Leather and looks pretty cute with all the polka dots which happens to be my favourite print. Fab Bag has been surprising us with amazing bags for three months in a line now and I am impressed!


So here’s everything I received with the bag…


Geri G Foundation :


This month’s main attraction was the Geri G products and we had the option to choose. I have been looking for a new foundation so I chose the foundation in medium shade and I’m just praying that it matches my skin tone.

Just Herbs Kumuda-Sacred Lotus Rejuvenating Body Wash:


I’m getting loaded with shower gels and body washes and my bathroom cabinet has literally no space left. However, I’m still excited to try this out. I have a feeling that this one’s going to be refreshing.

 Kronokare Anti Turm (oil) Repairing Hair Oil :


I am guilty of depriving my hair of any care, but lately I’ve been considering to incorporate hair oils in my routine for the sake of ancient skin and hair care techniques. So it’s safe to say I’ll be trying it out pretty soon.

Natural Bath and Body Grapefruit & Vitamin C Gel Face Masque:



Natural Bath and Body is one of my favourite Indian brands. However, I had a really bad experience with their Grapefruit & Vitamin C Cream. I have a super sensitive skin and grape fruit is a known irritant, not a very good combination.

Livon Hair Serum :


Pretty much everybody knows about livon serum. I got three sachets 😀


Along came a gift voucher from Aeom Couture


Get yours here…http://www.fabbag.com/women.html

Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Review

After reading the many ravings about the Egg White Cleansing Foam from Skinfood I decided to give it a go. After all, Skinfood happens to be one of my favourite Korean Skincare Brands and I really liked their Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam. When I received my order, I was jumping in joy, thinking about how all my other cleansers will be cornered for some time now.


A gentle foaming cleanser suitable for sensitive skin. This new product from Skinfood contains pore-purifying, amino acid-rich egg whites with deep cleansing properties. The Egg White Foam Cleanse is mild enough for daily use and will not strip away any beneficial natural oils.


How To Use:

Start with a wet face and neck. Massage a small dab of product all over while avoiding the eyes. Rinse off warm water. Follow with toner and usual skincare regimen.


My Experience:

I’ve never tested my Korean Skincare products on my sister except for the TonyMoly Cleansing Oil as she has an acne prone skin and whatever she applies on her face that is not prescribed by her dermatologist, gives her a bad breakout. However, after her amazing experience with the cleansing oil, she decided to give this cleansing foam a try. So we applied the foam together during our night time regimen. She has an excessively oily skin while I have a combination, sensitive skin. The first thing both of us noticed even before we had washed off the foam is that our skin was feeling too dry. I felt like my skin will be stretching out so I ran for my toners and my serums and my cream as if I’m running for my life. Our skin did feel clean though. However, with every new cleanser I try testing it once without using an oil cleanser to check if it removes minimal makeup, and this cleanser failed the test. I wasn’t happy with this one, I still am not, but I feel like I need to use any skincare product for at least 28 before reviewing it because that’s how long our skin cells take to turn over.

My sister however, didn’t know what to expect and is just glad that it didn’t break her out. She has an oily skin as I mentioned earlier, so it didn’t bother her much that the cleanser dried up her skin and she’s pretty much pleased.

But then I read reviews from other K-beauty bloggers to find out if it’s just me who thinks that this foam is just a little too drying. I was left in shock when I read their reviews. Turns out that the pH level of this foam is as high as 10.5 and it can completely strip your acid mantle. I was like how on earth can a cleanser’s pH level be that high and still be so popular?! Who uses cleansers with pH level that high?

Also the ingredient list consists of a lot of ingredients that are known to be irritants and the Albumen Extract which is supposed to be the star ingredient of the product come 10th. Yes it didn’t irritate my super-sensitive skin, but I am not repurchasing it again. No amount of Albumen Extract can make me repurchase it again. And dry skin beauties, just stay away from this cleanser.



Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Albumen Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Trehalose Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine,  Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Enanti Chorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Alcohol, Hydrogynated Lecithin, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Parfum


  • Didn’t irritate either my super sensitive skin or my sister’s acne prone skin
  • Reasonable price
  • Washes off easily


  • That pH level! *Eye roll

Will I purchase it again?


Will I recommend it?


Top 10 Destination Places in India

India is a very extraordinary country filled in such an original and dizzy blast of cultures, religions, races and languages. Every bit of the country is built of huge and overdone scale and worthwhile in differentiation superb mountains that dominate it. May be the only thing that is difficult in India would be to describe and understand the Country completely. Below are the Top 10 Places in India to visit.

Taj Mahal:


Being placed and recognized in Seven Wonders in Modern World’s list, Taj Mahal should be the first destination place that anyone should not miss. Taj Mahal is a great monument in Indian history built by Shah Jahan in remembrance of his wife Mumtaaz Mahal, who died in 1631 after giving birth to their 14th child. The story of their love is undefined and facts behind the construction is  very interesting.  Save a day to visit this place and get mesmerized by its beauty. You can reach this place by flight, Train, Car.  You can book flight to Delhi from any Metropolitan city like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. After reaching Delhi, you can book self drive cars in Revv & Don’t worry about cost. Use “https://fabpromocodes.in/store/revv-coupons/  revv Coupons to Get discount on your fare amount .



The holy place in India, where lakhs of Hindu monks visit the temples and take dips in The Ganga River to get religious virtue. There are 2000 shrines and temples in Varanasi where you will be stunned and fascinated by the country and its beliefs.

Jaisalmer :


The antique blockaded sandstone city of Jaisalmer that rests artistically on a level-peeked hill is strange, a distinct and lovely place that you should not miss to see. This bordered town is today one of the famous and most visited tourist destination.



Kochi is a place with lovely ponds and lakes, filled with greenery everywhere. Kochi, which is also known as Cochin is known as the Queen of Arabian Sea and reflects the amalgamation of the state of Kerala.  This place is filled with 16th Century Jewish Synagogue, 500 year old Portuguese cottages and old churches, which were built by the Portuguese and later renovated in the Flemish style by the Dutch. St Francis Church is India’s oldest European built church and there are many more such beauties in this place.



Standing at a peculiar elevation covered with Snow filled Himalayas on one side and greenery of tea plants on the other can be your dream time to spend with your loved ones. The main attractions here is the number of Buddhist monasteries, tea plantations, colorful farmers markets and trekking in the surrounding area.



One of  the best example of the beauty of Rajasthani architecture, Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City of India. It was ruled by Maharaja Jai Singh II from 1693 to 1743. A superb Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya constructed Jaipur in less than 8 years.  The must see place within the city include the City Palace. The last Son of the Maharaja still resides in a wing of the Palace. You can reach this place by car easily. Now a days self drive cars are available for travel lovers. https://fabpromocodes.in/store/mylescars-coupons/  Myles car offering exclusive offers for new and old users.  Get self drive cars with low price costs.




Goa is one among the India’s hot spots. The state’s Portuguese past is most apparent in its plazas, Cathedrals and architecture including the Catholic Church of Old Goa. The best attractions will be dotted with luxurious old estates built by wealthy Indians, Braganza Palace which is open to public. This place is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and. In Goa you have visit so many places and travelling charges are usually high, But you have the option to book self drive car in Zoomcar, use  https://fabpromocodes.in/store/zoomcar-coupons/  Zoom Car Coupons to get 100% Cashback on your fare amount.



Amritsar is famous for the Golden Temple. It’s situated in the state of Punjab and is the holy centre of the Sikh religion.  Maharaja Ranjith Singh built this religious place in 1803. This temple is constructed through a skin-deep pool as part of a refinement ritual, and then combined with mass that circles the place around the holy construction. This is again of the place that resembles the beauty of India.



Mumbai, which is also known as Bombay remains India’s city of dreams. This place is mostly constructed by the British around one of the best sheltered natural harbors in the World. Mumbai is the Country’s tactical economic centre and is also the home for the country’s fertile Bollywood Film Industry.



Shimla, which is the capital state of Himachal Pradesh, is set along the hills of Himalayas. This state has the largest apple plantations. It beams a resort like atmosphere for the British and it used to be the Summer Capital of the British India in 1864. There are a lot of tourist attractions in and around the City, where you can make your journey through stunning scenery to the famous streets of Shimla.


About Author: Sridivya Koganti, fascinating blogger and loves writing. She works as a Content Writer, at www.fabpromocodes.in.  She is writer by day and a knowledge explorer in all. She is fond of reading books, browsing blogs and writing to share her knowledge and experiences in her articles. Check out her at fabpromocodes.in.

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Look Book: The Rustic Boho

I’ve talked about my love for nature and environment in a previous post and I decided to incorporate this love for nature through my styling and fashion. So I teamed up with this brand called Grass Spider who sells eco- friendly merchandise at a very reasonable price, and from fashion to lifestyle, they’ve got a pretty good collection I must say.

About The Brand:
Grass Spider is a sustainability conscious venture. We devotedly sell green products and organic apparel, and provide excellent customer service. We ensure that our products do not have much negative impact on ecology and environment. We sell a variety of stylish, ecofriendly and skin friendly merchandise. To better serve market demand and to incorporate uniqueness in our venture we have categorized our products as Virgin Products, Upcycled products & Recycled products.


I’m not much of a jewellery person but I’ve got this crazy obsession with head gears so I used their upcycled necklace designed by Idesign, to create this boho/hippie look which I can’t stop admiring myself. Let me elaborately explain my admiration here. My boyfriend clicked these pictures on Sunday, and sent me the edited files the day before yesterday when I was down with high fever. The following day I spent waiting for my temperature to get down so that I can actually sit down and write this article but it kept increasing. So here I am, shivering and writing, because the words in my head wouldn’t just go away and my brain can finally rest once I am done with this article. So apologies in advance, in case you think this article is loosely written and has got plenty of mistakes as my brain just won’t co-operate with me at this moment.

I tried to create a natural look so I skipped the foundation and the primer (guilty) and a few other stuffs which I thought weren’t necessary to create a rustic look.

So here’s the whole makeup detail:

  • Concealer- Lollipop concealer anticerns
  • Concealer Brush- Bodyography Concealer Brush
  • Compact Powder- Lotus HerbalsPure Radiance Natural Compact SPF 15
  • Eye Shadow- Be A bombshell Eye Crayon: High Roller
  • Eye Liner- Lakme Absolute
  • Kohl- Lakme Eyeconic Kajal
  • Mascara- Chambor Infinite Lengths Lengthening Mascara
  • Eye Brow Pencil- Catrice Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil
  • Lipstick- Sugar Cosmetics It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipstick : Mag Magenta



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And lastly, here’s one to Prisma fever 😀


Hope you guys liked this look. If you did, please show some love some by giving me your valuable feedbacks as I’m super excited about this look.

P.S: In case you would like to browse some eco-friendly stuffs for yourself here’s the link to their site: http://grassspider.in/

Laziz Pizza Review

So we received a complimentary dine in from Zomato and were more than just glad to review this new Pizzeria at Kestopur that has been opened for not more than 6 months. We usually take help from Google Map while Restaurant hunting and this time it was a little pain as the map didn’t work out as it should and we had to regret taking the map too seriously. It took us more than 1 and half hours to reach the place and then we were standing in front of this small outlet.


We were a bit sceptical at first looking at the size and ambiance. It was more of an outlet rather than a restaurant. Looking at the menu, we were overwhelmed. Finally a place where you can get pizza at a very reasonable price. I’ve heard people complaining about how ridiculously costly Pizzas are; I’ve myself complained that very few pizzerias in Kolkata serve you authentic pizza with enough cheese. Honestly speaking, I kind of hate the popular pizzerias in Kolkata which I have already mentioned in my blog before. And I love pizzas, they are the reason I would end up visiting Naples one day, and I have been disappointed by pizza joints in Kolkata plenty of times. So here I am, sitting at a small outlet, looking at the menu that contains a plethora of reasonable pizzas. We went with a large Chicken Mexican Pizza, 1 plate Crispy Fried Chicken and Two Coffees.

Starting with the Crispy Fried Chicken, I thought it was far better than KFC. I hope that’s enough of a statement. It was crispy, it was juicy, it was finger licking good and a bucket of it wouldn’t leave you broke.


The pizza was as good as the fried chicken and guess what? It contained more cheese than you would get at a regular Pizzeria even if you are paying for extra cheese. The base was soft and fresh, however even not undercooked, I would have left it in the oven for a couple of minutes more if I was the chef. The taste however, really made up to it.



Overall I really liked this place. Even though the ambience could have been better, but who cares if the food is good! This is the kind of place where I would order my food from sitting at my home, only if it wasn’t across the city. FIY, I live in South Calcutta.

Note: The dine in was complimentary but the review is completely my honest opinion (and my boyfriend’s/photographer)

Rating: 4.5/5


Hey guys, hope you are all doing fine. I haven’t written in a while as you guys might know that my grandma was in a very critical condition after suffering a major brain stroke. She expired 8 days ago and it’s been a rough couple of weeks for my family. However, life goes on, and I decided that it’s high time that I show some love towards my blog and all my lovely readers. So today I’m going to review my latest discovery, a face wash that has won my heart.

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As you guys know, I am a Korean skincare freak, I try to cover my skincare routine with mostly K-beauty brands. However, I ran out of a lot of stuffs and my orders seem to take forever to reach my doorstep. Frustrated, I decided to try some new productss from our very own brand; Votre.  I have used their serum and their mask and have totally fallen in love with the first one. I ordered the Votre White Essence Brightening Face Wash and The Votre White Essence Brightening Day Moisturizer with SPF 25, and I’m going to review the face wash today.

Being a K-beauty fan, my standards are quite high when it comes to skincare products and very few non K-beauty brand/products have successfully won my heart. To tell you guys the truth, this face wash has to be one of them. Ever since I started using this face wash, I have noticed a visible brightening effect on my skin. The face wash comes in a handy tube and is travel-friendly. The texture of the face wash is a bit thick, creamy and contains micro-beads. I am not sure how your skin will react if you use micro beads twice a day. So far it has not caused any trouble, but I am sceptical about using micro-beads on a daily basis. My skin does feel squeaky clean after every single usage, but it feels a bit dry at the same time. I usually follow up with a serum and a moisturizer/night cream, but if you are someone who doesn’t use moisturizer on a daily basis or have a dry skin, you may not like this particular face wash.

One thing worth noting about this face wash is that it removes make-up as well. I am not the person to skip oil cleansers, but I wanted to check it once and it completely removed the minimal make-up I was wearing. So apart from the fact that it this face wash dries up the skin a bit, and contains micro beads which may not be ideal for daily usages, I am still happy with this face wash as it really does brighten up the skin, removing the last trace of dirt,makeup and sebum.

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Where to buy?






297 Rs for 30g


  • Does what it claims
  • Travel Friendly
  • Pocket Friendly
  • Leaves the skin squeaky clean


  • Might not be an ideal choice for dry skin beauties



July 2016 Fab Bag Review

After my major disappointment with last month’s Fab Bag, they seemed to have made it up this month. I was pretty impressed when they asked which shade I would prefer from the Sugar Cosmetics It’s A Pout Time Range. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Sugar Cosmetics lipsticks and knowing that I’m getting one with my Fab Bag was a delight. So I chose the shade Mad Magenta and before I realized that it’s already July the bag was resting on my table.

Only last month I said that I found my cosmetic pouch. However, this month’s bag gave the last one a tough competition. I might be travelling tomorrow and I am still not sure which one to carry with me.



See what I’m talking about?

So here’s everything that was inside the bag…


Sugar Cosmetics, Mad Magenta:


Still not over adoring this shade yet…

Neemli Naturals Bengal Gram exfoliator:


Johara Instant Radiance face scrub:


Mmmmm….. not a huge fab of apricot scrubs…

Pep Moisture Velvet Shampoo:


Pretty excited to use this one…