Makeup & Beauty Lessons from Golden Globe Awards 2017

The Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan 8th and marked a glamorous opening to the year 2017. La La Land, a musical motion picture was in the highlights which bagged all the awards it was nominated for. Other than the awards ceremony, “who wore what” and “who looked best” are the primary notions of any event.

Be it Ruth Negga’s custom Louis Vuitton paillette gown or Amy Adam’s fierce black sequined Tom Ford, we were in awe of each celeb appearance at the awards. The red-carpet walk unveiled a lot of makeup and hair style lessons for us to stick for the coming days. Here we are listing the best of hair and makeup lessons from the Golden Globe            Awards 2017.

Sleek Hair

The sleek hair fashion will never die, the crisp and combed hair gives a prim look. The Golden Globes red carpet witnessed a lot of sleek hair styles. Ruth Negga’s sleek hair in front with her curls falling back complimented her outfit.

Mid Parted Hair

The Golden Globes red carpet was ruled out by mid part hair styles. We loved Drew Barrymore’s tousled mid-parted hair, we wish we can carry that carefree look with such grace!

Deep Bold Lips

While they have made their existence phenomenal, the intense dark lipsticks are here to stay for long, and we cannot complain. They add an edge to your appeal, an instant highlight, for days when you just want to wear and lipstick and be all fine.

 

The Golden Globes witnessed some majestic plum and bright red shades, which you can easily hoard from Shoppers Stop.

Nude Lips

Deep bold lips have made their way in the beauty segment, but the love for nude lips stands with the same enthusiasm. The Golden Globes red carpet experienced a lot of beauties flaunting their luscious nude lips and how we loved it!

Low Key Lids

Smokey eyes have ruled for quite a long time, it’s now time to get a little low key. A lot of celebrities sported low key eyelids. We are hoping to see more of light lids this season!

We loved each and every look these celebrities flaunted, what about you?

 

Guesst Post by Sakshi Taneja

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Book Review – Tale O’12 by Biranchi N Acharya

Hey guys, this is going to be my first book review, and may be even my last. I am a member of this platform for Indian Bloggers called Blogadda and they have taken an initiative called ‘Bloggers to Authors’ and have made it really easy for bloggers to publish their books. Recently they published this book called ‘Tale O’ 12’ and I applied to review it, as I happen to be a bookworm as well. I actually received it a while ago, the day before I left for Andaman and was supposed to review it in a week.  I actually planned to read it during my trip and review it when I was done. But as you guys know, my trip was a bit lengthy and I had no network or wi-fi over there at all. Also, the tight schedule and all the running around from one island to another made it really hard for me to even hold the book once I reached our hotel from the airport, let alone read it, and then the accident took a toll on me. By the time I came back, my deadline was already over, and I tried reading the book as fast as I can all the while writing down my travelogue. Turned out, the only books that I can finish within a couple of days are the detective ones. So, since I have been getting constant e-mails and texts reminding me of my already past deadline, here I am reviewing the book without even completing it.

Overview of the book

Every life event is a story. In fact every moment of our life is part of a story being happened. We always ignore those because we think stories have no connection to real life happenings. But when we read stories or fictions suddenly we connect ourselves to the story-line or some of the characters emotionally or otherwise. That’s why stories always fascinate us, entertain us & give us some lessons of life.

‘Tale O’ 12’ is a collection of twelve stories inspired from real life events written in a fictional narrative. One would definitely connect to the characters of the stories someway or other because all the stories have something that’s related to everyone’s life.

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About the author

Biranchi N Acharya is a competent engineer by profession and habituated blogger and writer by passion. As an ardent political/social observer he is a regular contributor to various online political and social platforms that publish articles. His various articles/blogs ranging from opinions on politics, current affairs, socio-economic issues, religion and spiritual thoughts have been published on different platforms and highly appreciated by readers at large. Lot of his anecdotes are also based on real life experiences mostly in story telling style posted in various free blogging sites and has earned him loads of reader’s accolades. ‘Encounter with Wisdom’ is the first book of the author published in December 2014. ‘Tale O’ 12′ is his second book.

Book Review:

The book consists of 12 individual short stories. Stories that can take place in anyone’s life, and can change his or her life forever.

The fact that Biranchi N Acharya is not a pro writer or a literary student can be well guessed from the very beginning of his first story. The use of simple language can be a pros, however, being a literary student and a Classic Novel nerd I found it hard to overlook the grammatical errors and badly put together words. If you ask for my personal opinion, I would say that I still have a massive respect for the author as you can well guess how hard it can be to pursue a career in writing when you have a corporate background.

Now let’s get to the plot part. Out of all the stories that I have managed to read, they all have the power to leave a major impact on your life. They will make you think twice about the way you treat yourself and everybody around you. They will make you look at your life positively.  The writer can claim that the novel is a work of fiction, but I can sense that not all of them are. There’s a personal touch to almost every stories that I read and I love how psychology plays a major part in most of his stories (the ones that I read).

Overall, I liked the book and I’m going to finish reading all the stories for the sake of ‘I want to be influenced by them’ even though am still a bit skeptical because of the use of bad grammars. I believe with a better proof reading, the author can make a really great book, and I’m eager to find out if he’s stories get published in a polished writing the next time.

This review is a part of the biggest “http://blog.blogadda.com/2011/05/04/indian-bloggers-book-reviews”  Book Review Program “http://www.blogadda.com“Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!

Fashion Tips for Petite Women : The Style Guide

Hello there, petite goddesses! You know all those times we had faced hell lot of trouble with those clothes, shoes and well, pretty much everything because it looks like somehow, the designers seem to think there are only two sizes. A  five-year-old baby size, or a giant-metal-women size and they tend to forget we are the in-between size! And all those times we desperately tried not to look like we draped a bed sheet when we wore palazzos, and not to look like a kid wearing her mom’s dress in maxi dresses and failed epically. But that gave us some sense of what to wear by now! Let us expand our ‘what to wear’ wisdom and look at the tips that will help us more in day-to-day clothing hassle.

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  1. No Capris

Nope nope nope. No capris at all. They will just make your legs appear shorter than they already are. As if we need that! And the reason is, calves are the widest areas when it comes to the lower legs. And capris end right there, at the mid calf region and just do the opposite of what we want! Making our legs look fat and short.

 

  1. Go with the monochrome look

It is a highly known fact that monochromes will make you look slimmer and taller. The advantage you have here is, monochromes create an illusion of height and what could be a better way to hide the short (sorry!) legs and torso? Horizontal prints are cool too. Specially with the pants and the trousers, they will make your legs look long and endless. If you think the look is too boring, you can add up belts to it, but make sure you use slim belts and ditch the bigger ones.

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  1. Say yes to high waist

Be it jeans or skirts, opt for high waist. And tuck your blouse in. This will emphasize your waist and not only it makes your legs look longer, but also it will make you look slimmer, narrowing the hips. The advantage petite women have here is that they can happily show off their curves without looking like a kid who hit puberty way long before it’s supposed to happen. There are brands like Levis and Forever 21 that will just fit you just in the right way and you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket for that! There are Myntra discounts and offers for these brands and you can go shopping happily!

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  1. Pay attention to patterns

Say no to bold patterns. They will just overwhelm you. Go with pretty floral prints or anything small and cute. Huge graphic prints will really look odd and totally ugly. The same goes with accessories. Specially bags. Make sure you choose totes that don’t swallow you up. Go easy on the accessories too. Pick all the simple ones so you don’t look overdressed, even though you’re not. Take a look at these floral beauties right here!

 

  1. Mind the length of jackets and shrugs

Jackets and shrugs are oh-so-chic looking but they will ruin your whole outfit  if you don’t pay attention to their length. If you wanna wear a long jacket, make sure you’re not buttoning it up. And the short jackets, cropped ones are the best! Don’t go for the jackets that reach till your hips or longer. Those will make your torso look even more shorter. Play around with brighter colors and checks!3

Apart from all this, never lose confidence. There are petite beauties like Mila Kunis, Vanessa Hudgens, Shakira(surprise!), Lucy hale, Lady Gaga that rocked the world, and if they did, you can too!  

 

 

Guest Post by Lavanya 

About the Author:

Lavanya is a blogger, who loves reading both contemporary fiction and classics. A coffee lover, avid reader, fashionista and a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe. Proficient at chick-lit posts. Up for a good laugh and a modern day woman who lives her life to the fullest.

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LuxaDerma Bio Cellulose Skin Brightening Mask Review

It’s no secret that am a sucker for Sheet Masks. I use them twice a week, sometimes more. I’ve recently discovered this brand called LuxaDerma when they called me up asking to review their Sheet Masks. I’m huge on Korean Sheet Masks but I go Eureka every time I discover a Sheet Mask that is available in India. So when I Googled LuxaDerma, I came to know that it’s a luxury Sheet Mask brand and it didn’t take me a second to realize that it’s going to be different than any other Sheet Masks I’ve ever used.

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About LuxaDerme:

“LuxaDerme – Offers a variety of luxury skin care facial masks, hydrating gloves & socks, and exfoliating foot masks. Their multifunctional products allow the discerning consumer to get more benefits with less time and effort, thereby helping them to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance.

These masks are:
– Free from any harmful chemical or synthetic ingredients
– Face Sheet Masks are Certified and Authorized by the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA)
– Does not contain any Paraben, Sulphates (SLS), Heavy Metals, Phthalates, Petrolatum, Alcohol*, Artificial Colors or Fragrances
– Non-Comedogenic, pH balanced and suitable for all skin types
– Tested on humans and not animals”

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Ingredient:

  • Baikal Skullcap Root
  • Hyaluronic Acid and Collogen
  • Olive Oil
  • Niancinamide
  • Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C)

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How to Use the Face Mask:

  1. Take out the Mask after cutting the pack, and then unfold it.
    2. Apply the Mask starting from the eyes and then spread it over, this way it will fit better.
    3. Leave the Face Mask on for 20 minutes.
    4. Peel off the Mask and massage the remaining collagen essence on your face. Let it absorb into the skin completely.

 

Price:

Rs 600/-

My Experience:

Well I was right. When I received the LuxaDerma Bio Cellulose Mask, even the first impression told me it’s unlike any other Sheet Mask I’ve ever tried. The mask came in an elegant white carton and when the carton was opened the sheet mask came out in a pouch.

Upon tearing the pouch the Sheet Mask came out protected by mesh sheets on both sides. The sheet was made out of fermented coconut jelly so it basically looked like a collagen mask. FYI, I’m a huge fan of collagen masks. The fitting was nearly perfect except for the lips area where it got wrinkled up a bit. I kept it on my face for about 30 minutes and when I pulled it off, my skin felt hydrated and healthy. I finished off my regimen with a honey serum and then a night cream.

The next morning I woke up to a well nourished, soft and hydrated skin and was immensely satisfied with the result. As for the brightening claim, I didn’t notice any brightening effect but my skin did look healthy.

Pros:

  • Luxurious
  • Paraben, alcohol, Petroliam, SLS and Fragrance Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Available in India
  • Powerful ingredient list
  • Provides hydration, and like the million times I said… hydration is the key to get healthy skin

Cons:

  • For 600 bucks a sheet, it’s a bit costly for me considering the fact that I sheet mask very frequently.

Rating:

4/5

Indulging In Some Sweetness: The Petite Baker Review

Any reader of my blog would probably know that I was born without a sweet tooth. People often find it hard to believe that am not even fond of ice creams, chocolates or cakes. However, I’ve recently shocked my family with my new found love for sweets. To be honest, I’ve found some particular genres among sweet foods that amuses my taste buds.  A few months back I visited a bake sale where I discovered that not all desserts bother my taste buds. With this new found love for sweetness I had to approach some of the amazing home bakers I met at the bake sale.

I met The Petite Baker a few days back and came back with some cupcakes and a shot glass. Anybody who lives at Kolkata is aware of the humid weather that we suffer during the summer. So the Petite Baker told me that she added some extra sugar to make them a little stiff because earlier that morning her cupcakes got ruined thanks to the disgusting weather. My journey back home was more than an hour long and all the while I kept worrying about the cupcakes. However, to my surprise the cakes were as perfect as I’ve received them.

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About The Petite Baker:

The Petite Baker is a home based baker who resides in Barrackpore and travels to Kolkata often for her business. As you guys know that I’m staying at my hometown for the summer, Barrackpore happens to be a stoppage in between the route from my hometown to Kolkata. How convenient for me…

Any way back to the topic, The Petite Baker offers customized cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. You can reach her at +9836427721, thepetitebakery@gmail.com. Barrackpore residents, you know where to place your dessert orders from now on…

Price:

Red Velvet Cream Cheese- Rs 50

Red Velvet Truffle- Rs 50

Vanilla with Salted Caramel- Rs 55

Cake in Shot Glasses:

Red Velvet-Rs 50

Chocolate Trail Rs 40

Couple meal/snacks: Rs 250-300

My Take:

I’ve received a Red Velvet Cupcake with Creem Cheese Frosting, a Red Velvet Shot Glass, and a Vanilla Cupcake with Salted Caramel Frosting. I’ve been fond of Red Velvet Cupcake for quite some time now so you can bet what my first bite was. As soon as I dug in to the Red Velvet Cupcake’s icing, I knew what she was talking about. It was too sweet because of the extra sugar that prevented the whole thing from falling apart. My boy friend who contrary to me, is born with too many sweet teeth said he loved it. Even though the icing was a bit sweet for me, I really enjoyed the cake. Only few people I know have nailed the red velvet cake perfectly and The Petite Baker has to be one of them. The Red Velvet cupcake looked too pretty with the red sprinkles and I was thinking that it would look amazing on cupcake stands at weddings and at Christmas.

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The shot glass was the same flavour, only it came in a shot glass. I found the concept amazing and elegant. Imagine serving cupcakes at parties and not having to worry about messing up the icing! How cool is that!

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The last one I tasted was the vanilla cupcake with salted caramel. I’ve never been fond of Vanilla flavour, but on the other hand I like caramels. Surprisingly, I liked the Vanilla Caramel better than the Red Velvet cupcake. Every bite was a burst of contrasting flavours in the mouth. It certainly made it to the list of the rare desserts that I actually liked.

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To sum it up, all I can say is that I’ve found a new dessert destination. It certainly takes a lot to please a person who is born without a sweet tooth with a dessert. As I am writing this post, I am already craving the Vanilla Caramel cupcake. And as for the Red Velvet Cream Cheese, I am eager to try them once again during the winter, when no extra sugar will be needed.

Natural Bath & Body GRAPEFRUIT AND VITAMIN C Nourishment Cream Review

Natural Bath & Body has been one of my favourite Indian Skincare brands ever since I received their Whipped Cream and French Clay with my January Fab Bag. Their whipped cream has been my go to daytime moisturiser ever since. After trying out few of their other products, I grew a desire to eventually try out every single one of their products. While ordering from their official site, I had to fight my strong urge to purchase a new tub of their whipped cream, and get their Grapefruit and Vitamin C Nourishment instead. I’ve read somewhere that Grapefruit is not an ideal ingredient to apply on a sensitive skin. But I acted bold and proceeded to checkout knowing that this ingredient might as well irritate my super-sensitive skin. However stupid that might sound, this product claimed a lightening effect, and I haven’t used a lightening product in a while, I was curious how it might work so I took the risk.

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What the product claims:

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Concocted in a base of coconut oil, tender coconut milk, almond oil and shea butter, this cream is whipped lightly to a smooth texture. The spalsh of Grapefruit oil known for its natural skin lightening properties give the skin an even tone and the reason not to use makeup..
How to use:
Wash and cleanse your face, pat dry. Scoop out to apply on face and massage in circular motion for 1-2 minutes for penetration. Use as often as required.
Ingredients:
Water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk , Glycerin, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Glycery Stearate (and) PEG 100 Stearate, Zemea, Almond Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate, Shea Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, X Gum, Sodium Gluconate
My Experience:
The product comes in a tub with a white lid to prevent messiness.

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Some people might find it unhygienic because you have to scoop out the cream using your fingers, but I always make sure my hands are clean before indulging in my skincare regimen. I wash my hands thoroughly using a hand wash and towel dry my hands and then proceed to use my cleansing oil or cleansing foam. So it doesn’t really bother me much if I have to scoop it out from a tub.

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The texture of the cream is thick and creamy, just like any other nourishing cream. After the first few usages I noticed slight lightened skin tone. But along with that I also noticed two very tiny pimples near my chin. Upon noticing further, I realized they are like little bumps rather than just pimples. This unique problem started last year while I was suffering from a terrible break out. The bumps, unlike pimples don’t seem to go away at all. They just sits there, waiting for God knows what, and if I poke them enough, they’ll turn into pimples by the next morning. So after noticing the bumps, I stopped using the cream for about a week, but the bumps just sat there like two best friends gossiping eternally. After a week, I started applying the cream once again, this time; I didn’t notice any new bumps. As for the the brightening and lightening claims, I didn’t notice anymore brightening effect either. My skin tone however, has been very even, but hey! if you have read my previous posts, you’ll know that I indulge in an intensive skincare regimen twice a day, so my skin tone has been even for as far as I can remember. And the bumps? They are still sitting there idly as I am writing this review…
Overall Verdict:
If you’ve got a sensitive skin, just stick with their whipped cream.
Pros:
• I don’t know, maybe it will work better on dry or combination skin beauties…
• Pocket friendly
• Paraben free, chemical Free
Cons:
• Didn’t do what it claimed
• Doesn’t get absorbed like the whipped cream, not even close.
• Makes skin greasy, mostly if used during the day
• Gave me two bumps on my chins
Even though I wrote a long list of cons, I would again like to mention that since they’ve got a cream specifically meant for sensitive skin, purchasing a grapefruit one is totally my stupidity. So those of you are not cursed with a sensitive skin, y’all can go ahead and try this cream, am pretty sure it will work better.
Rating:
3.5/5

Oriflame Veryme Peach Me Perfect Skin Glow Review

Once upon a time, I used to be an Oriflame Consultant. It wasn’t business purpose; it was just that I used so much Oriflame products that being a consultant came real handy with the 20% consultant discount. I mean I didn’t really sell the products; I just purchased 1500rs work products for myself  (and sometimes my sister) almost every single month. I wasn’t even working back then, I was in my college, and it just gave my parents one more reason to nag me.

First forward to today, I’ve grown wiser and now I know paraben is not a good thing to put on your skin, and taken to the fact that Oriflame products are loaded with parabens, I stay away from those products as far as possible. If you can take a look at my old bedroom, you can get glimpse of half-empty, or in some cases FULL oriflame bottles scattered here and there, all expired. What’s worse is that it doesn’t even bother me that I used to spend so much on these products and rarely finished a whole bottle/tub. As far as I can remember, the only Oriflame product I finished completely was the Milk & Honey Body Cream, two tubs of it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the products, it was just that I had access to so many products that I rarely waited for one product to finish after purchasing another one.

So yes, I’ve tried too many Oriflame products, and I actually liked them. Back in my college days I rarely used makeup (explains why there’s so many unused products). I was the Goth girl with smudged kohl (think Avril Lavigne)and absolutely no other makeup and who didn’t have pink hair because she couldn’t find one Salon in Kolkata who did it right.  However, during Christmas, I used to bring out my Thakumar Jhuli(Bengali storyteller legend) and the one product that always came in to my rescue was this Skin Glow. I was a huge fan of this product back then and I absolutely loved the peachy smell.

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A few months back my best friend joined Oriflame and as the good friend that I am, I was expected to order something from the catalogue. As I was going through the pages, nostalgia took over me, and I had to order this Skin Glow. Taken to the fact that I am a makeup addict now, so I knew that there might be some previously loved product that might disappoint me now. But for some reason, I was sure of this product.

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When I finally received the Skin Glow, I fell in love with the fragrance all over again. If you live in Kolkata, you’ll know that applying a foundation on the month of June is simply out of question. So I’ve been using this Skin Glow whenever I’m not ready to leave the house with bare face. If I’m going out in the sun, I usually use my cushion compact, but the evening and afternoon outings are accompanied by this Skin Glow. It works like a tinted moisturiser, giving your skin an instant brightness and a subtle sheen. If you hate wearing heavy weight foundations, this product might become your best friend.

However, if the weather is humid (which it always is around this time of the year), you face might sweat a lot, more than usual. This one time, I wore this Skin Glow on a super humid day, and my face kept sweating like crazy, and as a result I got a few tiny pimples. Point to be noted; don’t wear it if the weather is too humid.

Will I purchase it again?

May be.

Pros:

  • Light Weight
  • Does what it claims
  • Hydrating
  • Doesn’t cake

Cons:

  • Makes the skin sweat, thus not good for summer, mostly if you’ve got oily skin
  • Parabens

Rating:

4/5

Natural Bath & Body Deep Cleansing Charcoal Cleanser Review

I did a mini haul from Natural Bath & Body a few weeks ago and among my purchases was this much loved Charcoal Face wash. You guys might know that I’m a Korean Skincare lover and my extensive skincare regimen consists mostly of K-beauty products. However, I also love discovering all natural Indian brands and products that can replace the K-Beauty products.

My new discovery is this foaming cleanser from Natural Bath & Body which can put up a good competition with the Korean Bubble Cleansers. I mean the concept is same, you can see the liquid cleanser inside, if you pump it, the cleanser comes out as foam, the bottle looks same, and also finishes real fast.

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What the product claims:

This unique deep-cleanser utilizes the ability of activated Bamboo Charcoal to detoxify, without drying out the skin. Amazingly absorbent, activated Charcoal unclogs pores and cleanses deep-set impurities and dead skin cells. The silk protein further enhances cellular turnover to aid skin renewal as powerful antioxidants of lemon oil and citric acid provide effective anti-aging and blemish healing properties. Being completely free from Sulphates, the soft, rich and creamy texture of the foam makes this face wash particularly gentle for all skin types.

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How to use:

Moisten face, pump out a small quantity of foam and gently rub on the face in a circular motion, rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.

Ingredients:

Purified Water*, Propanediol*, Lauric Acid*, Myristic Acid*, Decyl Glucoside*, Vegatable Glycerine**, Cocoglucoside & Glyceryl Oleate*, Panthenol*, Niacinamide*, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Allantoin, Citric Acid*, Charcoal Extract*, Silk Protein*, Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate*, Lemon Oil* * denotes NATURAL source ** denotes ORGANIC source

Packaging:

The cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump, similar to the Korean Bubble Cleansers. Once I was out of town for a week and when I returned, the pump wasn’t working, I don’t know what happened in there, whether it fell down or not, but it was standing on my bathroom cabinet just as I left and when I tried to use it, the pump didn’t work. [ FYI, nobody shares my bathroom but there were signs of cleaning done, and our cleaning lady and my mum are both clumsy.]

Price: Rs/- 325 but you can get a 20% discount on your first purchase from the official site.

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My Experience:

Whenever I find a new product that contains no paraben, sulphate or artificial fragrance, I go Eureka. Finding products that doesn’t contain paraben and sulphate is easy, finding one not containing fragrance is not, and finding something that works good on your skin and contains none of the three is HARD.

Everybody is aware of the detoxifying goodness of charcoal so I won’t be babbling about it; especially when I gave a lecture on activated charcoal in a previous post. What’s disturbing me a bit is that, we all love using charcoal face packs, but charcoal as a face wash is new to me. I mean detoxifying your skin twice a week is the best you can do for your skin but I’m not sure if it’s okay to detoxify your face every morning and evening. Moreover, I’m really big on charcoal face packs right now. A couple of months ago, I had so many face packs in my stock that I had to bang my head while choosing one. But now I ran out of all my packs and am left with a couple of face packs which are both charcoal. So I’m thinking isn’t a bit too much of detoxification?! So far, this regimen hasn’t irritated my skin in anyway. But I’m thinking maybe it’ll be a good idea to purchase another face wash or a face pack as an alternative. Maybe it’ll be better if I use this charcoal cleanser once a day while replacing the morning regimen with a milder face wash. Or maybe I can just replace my face pack until am finished with this bottle because what amount of detoxification can someone’s skin need?

As for the detoxification claims, all I can say is that it does what it claims. I am left with squeaky clean skin after every wash and that satisfies me enough.

Pros:

  1. Paraben, SLS and Fragrance free
  2. Does what it claims
  3. Some might find the bottle a little too huge to carry, but I find it quite travel friendly.
  4. All natural ingredients
  5. Pocket friendly
  6. Doesn’t irritate my super-sensitive skin

Cons:

Nothing that I can find.

Will I purchase it again?

Yes, but I would like to try the other cleansers from Natural Bath & Body first. I’ve used four of their products so far and none has disappointed me so far, and thus I’m eager to eventually try out every single of their products. The French Red Clay Cleanser will be the next…

Rating:

4.5/5

INNISFREE IT’S REAL SQUEEZE MASK, GREEN TEA REVIEW

I’ll take it that if you are reading this, I won’t have to give an intro about the benefits of green tea. I’m a huge fan of green tea. And this sheet mask was the star product from my Innisfree haul.

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Purpose: The Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze mask in Green Tea is a sheet mask designed to hydrate skin.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to alcohol, citrus extracts, fragrance, or anything else in the ingredients list.

When and how to use: In the evening, after cleansing and before your final moisturizing step, tear open the mask packet, remove the sheet mask, unfold and fit over face. The mask has several slits to assist in customizing fit. Leave on for 10-20 minutes (or longer if the mask sheet has not yet dried up), then remove. Pat or massage in excess product and finish with your emollient and/or occlusive moisturizing cream.

Ingredients list: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, alcohol, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, betaine, camellia sinensis leaf extract, xanthan gum, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, 1, 3 propanediol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hyaluronate, citrus unshiu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus tangerina (tangerine) extract, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, citric acid, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

 

Don’t you just expect the star ingredient of a product to be on the top of the ingredient list? I was disappointed as well. Also I hate the fact that all the “It’s Real” squeeze masks has added fragrance even after their claim of being an all-natural brand.

My Experience:

If you have been reading my previous posts, you’ve probably read about how I was struggling with dull, rough and flaky skin throughout my Delhi-Agra tour. I had three more weddings to attend the day after I reached home, and another one to host the next day at a different town. I literally had no time to go to the parlour (also I don’t trust the parlours at my hometown) and I was afraid I had to stand next to the beautiful bride with a dry and flaky skin.

The morning after I reached home I went through an intensive skincare routine. I double cleansed my face, exfoliated, used a face pack, toned and then used this precious green tea mask. I waited for about 25 minutes and those 25 minutes I was in heaven. Trust me I didn’t mind the cooling sensation during the chilling weather. After removing it I finished it off with a whipped cream. [ You can read about the detailed routine here http://beautifullyme.in/index.php/2016/01/24/getting-festiv-hectic-travel/] If you could see my face right after I took off the sheet mask you would probably say that I’m lying about my skin being dry and flaky. The instant recovery of my skin was unbelievable, like the tour never happened. My skin was soothed and nourished and I was like ‘where did all those flaky skin go?’ Down the sink I guess, after all I exfoliated patiently. Even though I used a lot of products with my routine that day, I am pretty sure that I should be thanking this Sheet Mask for saving the day. If I had more of this mask, I wouldn’t be using them right away, I would be saving them for a stressful day or might even pack them while travelling again.

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Soothes nourishes and recovers damaged skin
  • Pocket-friendly

Cons:

  • Even though the mask smelled more like regular green tea and not like a perfume, I still would prefer products that don’t contain artificial fragrance.

Would I purchase it again?

Yes.

Rating:

4.9/5

Celebrating My Birthday :D

How lucky am I to have some lovely people in my life who make this day special for me every year. This was my third birthday which I celebrated away from my home. Usually my mom or my dad comes to my place if I can’t make it to my home on my  birthday. But this year my birthday clashed with my nephew’s rice ceremony  so I only had my sister, my boy friend and my boy friend’s sister to celebrate my birthday with me. My bestie couldn’t make it because of work but she did manage to escape from her office and visit me at my work and gift me this vintage watch…

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Happens when your best friend knows about your vintage love…

So the four of us went to Mrs.Magpie Cafe to cut the cake because in spite of being born without a sweet tooth their cakes tempt me way too much andthen later we went to a Punjabi restaurant for dinner…

Some of the pictures from the evening…

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That awkward moment when everybody stares at you because you are wearing a crown inside a cafe… 😀

 

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‘Coming Out’ -The Chilling Story of a Forbidden Love

The story starts with some breathtaking, beautiful pictures…

A closet amid the forest…

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It’s a free world. (Image Source: Arjun Kamath)

 

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Maitreyi opened the door for the first time…The unending fog hung in the air like a suffocating sheath, blanketing the land with its ghostly glow.

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A cold wind blew mercilessly, chilling Alpana to the marrow, as she opened the creaky closet door. The overhead dark clouds skimmed past the orange sun from time to time, throwing the little patch of forest into blackness. Flashes of lighting in the distance made the already nervous Alpana not want to step out…

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The twigs cracked under Alpana’s feet as she stumbled out of the closet; Maitreyi’s calm presence gave her the hope that the forest was a safe place. As the two girls trudged ahead, the winds of the forest roared, blowing an eerie chill past the endless line of dying trees…

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The wildlife held its breath as Alpana embraced Maitreyi; the girls had been in love for the longest time ever. And although the leafless trees stood like witches over their petite figures, they stood there undeterred. They had finally come out of the closet and now there was no looking back..

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As Maitreyi and Alpana grew comfortable in each others arms, the glowing sun started to reveal itself through the perilous clouds.

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The love between Maitreyi and Alpana overflowed and changed the mood of the forest. The mischevious sun peeped through the clouds and washed the forest with a golden glow as the girls trudged forward. The tree’s soft whispers against the wind was like a gentle lullaby, comforting them along the way…

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An atmosphere of calmness and peace pervaded, and the beauty was quietly stunning. The soft green grass under their feet stretched to the horizon and the song of the river was gentle. Alpana and Maitreyi had left the closet behind and stepped into a new world. The sky above them stretched as far as the eye could see in an arcade of turquoise-blue, punched with fluffy clouds. They walked hand in hand, observing the screeching swallows as they chased whirring dragonflies in a dance of life and death. The golden sun had evaporated the fear in their hearts and filled it with hope…

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The cute little shrubs of the forest cast their reflection on the water forming buttery silhouettes; it was still early in the morning and the music of the birds floated in the air. Tiny fishes broke the surface of the water causing the water ripples to glimmer in the Sun’s reflection. The girls smiled in their newfound comfort and decided to play a game of hide and seek…

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Alpana whispered, “Now I can do whatever I want.”
Maitreyi smiled and said, “I’ve never stopped you.”

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The forest turned to pale copper as the rays of the sun pulled itself across the horizon and slid in between the grey clouds. Alpana tightened the knot one final time. “Good luck, Mai” she whispered

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The greys began to fade, as liquid gold crept up from leaf to limb. Maitreyi and Alpana had never been happier…

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Maitreyi surrendered to the beat of her feet against the rocks that littered her path. Her laughter, breathless and sporadic mingled fluently with the morning chorus of the birds. Sweat spread itself across her forehead, causing her hair to cling to it as her throat pined for more air. The delicious rush of wind skimmed past her face as she ran around the forest trying to catch Alpana. And as the canopy overhead thickened, her steps grew muffled because of the leaves that blanketed the forest floor; the ground was no longer cold beneath her soles…

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Suddenly during the game, Maitreyi collapsed to the ground as she felt the pain as strong as a hundred daggers sinking into her feet. Squirming with anguish, she sat on the damp grass, clutching her feet. Her eyes were watery with the sheer pain and her breathing was heavy. Sweat dripped down the side of her face and covered her forehead in a thin sheen. A nasty thorn had penetrated her leg and she was in great pain…

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Seeing Maitreyi in pain caused Alpana’s chest to swell with melancholy. However, Alpana willed herself to comfort Maitreyi and pull the thorn out of her flesh. She ignored the ringing in her ears, the heat from her cheeks as she felt the need to cry; it was her idea to play hide and seek after all. The small punctures in Alpana’s heart slowly filled with anxiety, knowing that she didn’t have long before she completely lost it. She sucked in a breath and held it there. She had to be strong. For Maitreyi. For her.

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Maitreyi’s thumb caressed Alpana’s earlobe softly, her fingers supporting the back of her head as she leant in firmly, yet seductively, placing her lips over Alpana’s nose. Ragged breathing and dancing heartbeats brought a fiery heat to the cold forest air. “It’s not your fault…” whispered Maitreyi.

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Parivala, very much like Maitreyi and Alpana had found freedom in the very same forest a few days ago. So when she saw the girls embrace each other, her heart was overcome with joy. She observed them from a distance and was glad that they had come out…

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Parivala blessed the girls and walked away…

 

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It was a new day and the glimmer of hope strengthened with every passing minute.

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Maitreyi and Alpana’s joyful laughter echoed through the forest… But somewhere in the distances, maybe miles away, maybe just a few feet, they heard something moving. Once, twice. Something heavier dropped, crashed into the rubble, echoed off the trees. Then silence again…

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The Rakshasas of the forest had heard Maitreyi and Alpana’s laughter…

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The only love that was allowed was between man and woman…

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Maitreyi and Alpana would pay for their sins…

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Maitreyi and Alpana were dragged through the forest mercilessly… Their biggest sin was that they had loved each other, and not a man.

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The love that brought them together, was the love that tore them apart…

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Maitreyi and Alpana were shoved back into the closet…

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Nobody heard them screaming, nobody wiped their tears. Maitreyi clutched Alpana’s hand tightly as the doors closed on them…

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Silence hung in the air like a bereaved soul as Maitreyi and Alpana embraced each other one last time…

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Plumes of black smoke filled the closet and the searing heat slowly made it difficult to breathe; Maitreyi and Alpana held onto each other, their nails almost digging into each others flesh. All the wonderful moments that they spent together flashed before their eyes as the closet erupted into flames…

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God wept a silent rain as Parivala screamed and cried… but it was too late. She sobbed as she sank to her knees, not caring for the damp mud that dirtied her dress; she had blessed the girls a few days ago and now they were gone.

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We live in a country where honour killing still exists, where love is forbidden, where parents arrange their childrens’ wedding to complete strangers like they are shopping for a son-in-law or a daughter-in-law . Then what’s to become of the homosexuals? Exactly the same that happened in this photo-story.

 

Production-Design – Nishitha Karumbaiah

Make-up – Sonia Keer Dhawan

Costume-Design and Styling – Amritha Rajavelu

Creative-coordinator – Arvind

Maitreyi – Sarah Harish

Alpana – Shraddha Srinath

Parivala – Arvind

Story, Photography and Creative-Direction – Arjun Kamath