Friday, 27 September 2013

My International shopping haul- Emma Hardie and tangle teezer

I feel like I am an expert on online shopping sites. I can talk at lengths about the merits and demerits of a particular site over the other. I can give calculations which product you should buy from which site and when is the best time to buy. But I have always been afraid to buy from international shopping sites. So after weeks of lusting and drooling over my wishlist on the international shopping sites I finally took the plunge and took out my card and shopped from  the feel unique site.

They had a summer discount going on.
I bought only two products which is the lowest number ever of products I have bought from any site but I wanted to see if the products come or not.Whenever I buy online I buy a lot of things at once rather than ordering just a couple at a time (so I feel less guilty about the packaging). 

These need no introduction in the beauty world and have achieved cult status but are difficult to get in India till now.
Emma Hardie Cleansing balm – The original price on the site is GBP 34 and since there was a discount I got it for GBP 28.90

Tangle Teezer- The original price on the site is GBP 10.20  and since there was a discount I got it for GBP 9.18

I made the payment on 7th September . They shipped on 8th September and I received the package on 26th September. The website states that you will receive the product in India in 7 – 18 days.
Payment details

Sub Total 

Now the deducted amount on my card showed Rs 3563 and I had to pay custom charge of Rs 655 so the total cost for the two products with all charges comes to Rs 4218 which is super expensive and  it is still to be seen if the cost is justifiable (b’day is coming in a few months, I deserve a treat since I work so hard, will get Diwali bonus, I want to look preeetyyyyyy )

Good selection of international brands
They have good discounts going on most of the time
Free worldwide shipping
Good customer service (prompt reply to my email queries)

Customs charges
Not all products listed in the site ship to India (eg YSL)
The mini heart attack you  get every day from the day of payment to the day the product arrives at your doorstep
Exchange rates

Check out the site here

If you are lusting after any international product check it out it here if you want it in a jiffy and can’t wait for your next international trip or wait for a relative to get it for you.
I brought the product with my own money.Photos to follow.
Have you ever shopped from any International online shopping site. What was your experience?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

August Vellvette Bag

I received my Vellvette bag yesterday and the theme for August Vellvette Bag (yeah its a bag!!!) is ticket to Hollywood.

H20+ Marine eye cream

Sally Hansen Lip Plumper
Just herbs age defying treatment kit
MMMM bonus SK II Facial treatment cleansing gel
All the products look great

H2O is the only brand out of these four which I hadn't tried yet and I oh so desperately need a good eye cream. It is fragrance free, rich in marine ingredients and glides like a dream smoothing the under eye area to some extent. Lets wait and see it if works against the puffiness and dark circles too.

Sally Hansen Lip inflation extreme shade Sheery Cherry
Truth be told I have awesome lips (self assessment only ) and don't need any help plumping them. I hardly wear lipstick and just make do with lip balms. This colour looks a dark peach with gold shimmers in bottle but applies as a sheer lip tint or lip balm and you don't notice the glitter. It gives a slight you had spicy food with green chillies (the feeling I get after I eat my homemade pasta in white sauce with lots of green chillies an garlic). The feeling is not so painful that you can't handle it and goes away in a few seconds. Now coming to lip plumping. As i said earlier I have awesome big juicy lips so I didn't notice any change. It gave a pleasant soft shine to my lips which wore off a little after tea and had to be re applied. The colour is nice.

Just herbs age defying treatment kit. I absolute loved the pimple kit from Just herbs which I had received in my earlier box and was delighted to get this brand again.Sadly the Youth anti wrinkle cream is too oily/rich for me so I might use it as a hand cream.The Plump up age-defying anti-wrinkle gel is good. It gives a slight cooling effect when applied .I applied it in the morning before applying my sunscreen. I can see myself using this product.I haven't used the pack yet but will do so on sunday.

SK II .This is a well known Japanese skin care brand. I had used eye mask by SK II in the past. They were super expensive. I bought a box of 30 masks from the airport .I felt like a rich heiress applying them every alternate night but sadly the yeast infused mask did nothing to diminish my puffy eyes. Coming to facial treatment cleansing gel. It reminds me of cleansing balms. It does not lather like face wash. Instead it gives the feeling of applying milk on your face. Dry skinned girls would love this and oily skinned girls (like me) will have to wait for winters or super dry days to use it. It doesn't remove eye makeup even a tiny bit. 

Overall I am quite pleased with Vellvette and its because of them that I get to try different brands and products which I might or might not have brought on my own.

Friday, 16 August 2013

NOTD: Pink and lace

For this nail of the day I have used Layla nail polish in shade C4. I had bought it from some online website around 2 years back. The original price was INR 560 and I paid INR 370 (approximately).I like this nail polish and would recommend it if you can still find it online.Its a lovely pale pink. I applied two coats of the polish. Then applied Bling nail applique on one nail and I just pressed it. I didn't have to file or anything. Guess my nails are just sharp ha. Application of the nail sticker took just 5 seconds. Then I applied the Sally hansen coat and viola its pink and black lace.

P.S I received the Sally hansen miracle cure and the Bling nail sticker in my July Vellvette box. The Sally hansen stains the nails. I had used it as a base coat and it turned my nail a horrible yellow. Then I used it as the top coat and again it turned light nail polish yellowish. I did the treatment and it didn't help my nails at all. My problem nail (not photographed) still broke after the full course (5 - 6 days) So very disappointed with this so called miracle cure and would strongly advise anyone against buying it. The nail art stickers were very easy to use and started peeling on the third day.

Monday, 29 July 2013

NOTD:Maybelline Colorama Gabrielle

When I was young all I ever wore was either black nail polish or clear nail polish. Now that I am old....errr I find myself gravitating towards dark reds or french manicures.
The shade Gabrielle by Maybelline Colorama is the perfect shade for someone who wants a fuss free red color. This is one colour which is guaranteed to attract attention. Whenever I wear this nail colour I have always been complimented by guys, girls and even by strangers.
Product Information

Make every color wish a reality with our collection of vibrant nail colors.
Express Finish Quick Dry Nail Color – Wet to Set in 40 Seconds
Why you’ll Love It
High-gloss nail color with 5 day wear!
Combine a visually stunning palette of pigments, pearls and glitters
It’s the ultimate accessory that transforms your look from day to night, fun to funky and classic to daring…in a flash!
Directions for Use
1. With one sweep, paint the first line of nail polish up the center of your nail starting from the base to the tip.
2. For the cleanest look, be sure to leave a small space at the base of the nail.
3. Then apply color to the rest of the nail with additional sweeps of polish on each side of the original line.
4. Let your nails dry before applying a second coat.
My take on it :It gives an easy fuss free application which dries fast. Highly recommended. This is a very sophisticated and sexy blood red color and not one of those maroonish red or ox blood red which I can't bring myself to try yet. 
Price:Rs 100 for 8 ml 

Highly recommended

Thursday, 27 June 2013

June Vellvette Bag

Yes my June Vellvette bag is finally here. This is my favorite Vellvette subscription till date. This time the beauty items were neatly put inside a pink travel pouch instead of the black cardboard box and it had the following goodies.

I am very excited and happy with all the products I got.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

NOTD: OPI Red lights ahead ... where

Monsoons are here... which means I sit in my cabin at work dying to get out in the rains. I received this OPI mini shade Red lights ahead ... where in my January Vellvette box (read about it here ).

OPI Red lights ahead ... where

This is a perfect bright shade for the rainy season. Bright pop of colour. I love the OPI formulation. It gives a bright smooth finish in one coat.

I love the monsoon. It intensifies whatever feeling you are having... joy, love, sadness, heartache, excitement, fun.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Book haul

Flipkart recently had a sale of 50% off of certain books so I ordered the following online and received it within 2 days.

I paid INR 945 for these 5 books and shipping was free. Guess which one I am going to read first...

They also gave bookmarks like they always do.

The Guide to Your Best Body Original price:Rs 499 and I paid Rs 250

How to love your body And get The body you love Original price:Rs 199 and I paid Rs 145

Angel of the Dark  Original price:Rs 299 and I paid Rs 150

Those Pricey Thakur Girls 1 Edition Original price:Rs 350 and I paid Rs 175

Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book - 1) Original price:Rs 450 and I paid Rs 225

You can check out the site here

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Macadamia Natural Oil Luxe Repair Set Giveaway by Amy

Hi... Just a quick post to let you know that Amy of theprettyvain blog is hosting a give away where one lucky winner will get to win a Macadamia Natural oil luxe repair set. Check out her giveaway here for more details.

The Luxe Repair Set contains four amazing products

Rejuvenating Shampoo
Deep Repair Masque
No tangle pre-styler
Oil- infused comb

Friday, 24 May 2013

May Vellvette Beauty Box

Good things really do come in small packages. I just love my May Vellvette box. I received it on the morning of 23rd May before leaving for office. It looks so bountiful and pretty. Like an overflowing box of goodness. This is my favorite box till date. It came with little pot pouri petals sprinkled inside the box.

I was unhappy and disappointed with my April box because even after confirming twice or thrice through facebook they sent only 3 items and forgot to mail my bonus products plus the cards were all wrong which is a major thing for me cause I love reading the product descriptions . They were supposed to send that bonus product in may box but due to some reason they have forgotten to send it this month also … but the Vellvette team has said that they will be dispatching it in around a weeks time.

Coming to the contents of this box

Brocato Curlinterrupted Smoothing and Hydrating treatment kit 100% surfactant free, sulphate free and paraben free hair brand with a keratin treatment.100% organic hair treatment range made in USA. You have to keep the conditioner on for 20 mins so saving it for Sunday hair wash.

Flomar Deluxe Shine Gloss Lipstick D31 Flormar is a part of the French cosmetics group, Yves Rocher. It is supposedly a market leader in Turkey. Flormar’s deluxe shine lipstick is enriched with the goodness of nature and is still the best tool for a shiny and glamorous pout. It is super formula is enriched with the much acclaimed argan oil, vitamin E,Omega 6 and Cacao butter. It is a gorgeous neon pink looking bright colour on the tube which isn’t too bright and gaudy on the lips. It gives a gentle light pink colour and is extremely moisturizing. Sadly the colour payoff isn’t much and the lipstick breaks very easily. Also I wish on the application the colour was a little more bright. But I like this shade.

Tvam Almond and honey scrub and body polisher. The scrub is concentrated with soft almonds, natural honey, aloe vera and rose water. It smells slightly funny but it is a very nice and invigorating scrub. Also there is no product wastage due to any fall outs. It is not very moisturizing so dry skinned girls may have to follow up with moisturizers but I didn’t use any. Very convenient to use.
I have two scrubs courtesy the Vellvette box (Belgian chocolate one from Nyassa) which is more moisturizing and yummy smelling than this one but is little inconvenient to use due to product fallout and the sugar not dissolving easily. I am waiting for a facial scrub now.

MMMM bonus Anna Andre extreme elegance matt foundation – 3002 . It is a waterproof foundation with SPF 15. It smells kinda nice but very chemically and strong. Easy to apply and gives sheer and buildable coverage. Colour wise this matches my skin tone perfectly unlike the Mary Kay eeky sachets (yes sachets for foundation…) which made me look like a red monkey.

 Meiji Amino Collagen 7 day sample pack everyone received it in the March box. You had to sign up to be eligible to receive it in your May box as well. It is not suitable for vegetarians. I am a vegetarian by choice but I take sea cod capsules once in a while.

(Sadly the pending bonus product from April box was still not sent in spite of repeated confirmation)

Update - I was sent the following Clarins sample but without any note or description card so I tweeted them on twitter regarding the description and they sent a description by email.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

March Vellvette Beauty box

I received my March Vellvette box a couple of days back tied in a multi coloured ribbon keeping with the theme of Holi.

A few of the things were expected (which everyone got) and a few were unexpected. Pics of the box and products to follow soon.

Everyone has received the Meiji Amino Collagen 7 day sample pack as a bonus. It is supplement which will give you glowing young skin if you take one sachet daily ( I wish....). I have not tried it but will try it and see. I am a vegetarian by choice but take non veg in medicines etc. I have heard it tastes and smells yucky though the informational pamphlet states otherwise.

The second was a full size mini OPI nail polish.

Third was lush dream cream with cute screw top lid. It is a multi purpose cream which is quite convenient and hassle free to travel with. Love it!  It is supposed to calm down irritated and red skin. A little goes a long way and I will definitely get a good use out of it.

Fourth was 10 mini samples of Mary Kay foundation which is ok as I will get atleast 10 uses from it

Fifth was one sample each of Remy Laure eye contour relaxing mask and eye gel. It seems that the team has read my mind and included eye care products/ anti ageing products. Though I am very disappointed the sample size. Hardly enough for 2-3 uses and not enough to make a informed buying decision regarding any product.

Excited to try all the products... wish the quantity of the eye gel/ mask was a little bit more. Overall I am moderately satisfied with the box.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Weight loss update March

It's been 2 months since I did the 7 day Jason Vale Diet detox and I have incorporated certain changes which I want to share with you.

Firstly I am 5 feet 3 inches and ahemmm years old!!!! The highest I have ever weighed is 57 kgs ( bad bone crushing heart wrenching breakup )while the lowest grown up weight was 45 kgs ( I was brisk walking 3 times a week and gym-ing around once in two weeks and was in a really happy and positive state)
I weighed 54.8 kgs before starting the program
I started the program on Jan 2013 and I weighed 54.8  kgs
on completing the program I weighed 53.8 kgs. In February I weighed and my current weight on 1st March 2013 is 53. That means I have lost 1.8 kgs in 2 months. This is slow and steady weight loss plus I don't have a lot to lose in terms of weight . I just have to tone up a few areas.

The changes which I have incorporated
I start my day with 2 amla shots ( I can't stand lemon/lime water + honey or aloe vera)
Breakfast is light either a fruit/shake or roti + last nights cooked vegetables or lentils or single toast with little butter/ peanut butter
I have given up tea and coffee and maybe have it once a month.... ( I used to be a heavy black coffee drinker)
Lunch is home made
Snacks is roasted salted peanuts or the smallest bag of potato crisps
Dinner is home made + salads
I still have ice cream and chocolates but not everyday ( I used to eat chocolates everyday... yes every single day.... I even use a Belgium chocolate body scrub which I got in my January Vellvette box here. ) Yes I am crazy about chocolates (dark chocolates /nuts chocolates only )
I am a vegetarian and don't drink milk....(makes me sick) .... I can have ice cream, cheese or curd but little amount at a time
I get really tired after office ( 6 days working sob sob) so I don't feel like exercising that much. I exercise once in two weeks or if I am really lazy then maybe once a month. But then I exercise for 1 hour and usually to online fitness videos on you tube.But that doesn't mean I am not active. Every day I brisk walk 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening from my bus stop to home and once or twice I got down a couple of stops before my stop and walked home. Plus about twice a month during lunch break I walk for around 15 minutes with my office colleagues to go shopping.So I am moderately active.

Sometimes I do meditation or deep breathing in the morning.I never had any problem sleeping. I go to sleep at 11 or 12 and get up at 6.30 am (even on Sundays.....)

You have to modify any fitness/ well being program to suit you and rather than sticking with anything hard and fast try a couple of things and see what suits and gives you the most results plus is sustainable in the long run.

Disclaimer : I am not a health ,fitness or medical professional. Every one's body is different and what works for me may not work for you.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

February Vellvette Beauty Box

I got to unwrap my lovely Feb Vellvette box last night when I came home after a long day at the office.It has two full sized products and one sample size product plus a heart shaped red magnet....

When I was a kid my dad was a Captain in merchant navy and one of the many perks apart from travelling the world as a child was that I got to eat more than my share of chocolates ...Lindt ,ferrero rocher,toblerone, the sea horse and shells shaped ones where the proceed from the sales go to saving sea horses, even the odd liqueur chocolates. The kind of chocolates which were the last to go were the mint ones. But I like the mint smell of the Figs and rouge lip balm(Aloe and Mint) which is 100% organic. It gives a pleasant minty, cool fresh feel when you apply to your lips. Sadly the moisturization doesn't last long (compared to Maybelline baby lips which I normally apply). It is said on the package that you can carry it in your purse but don't carry it "khulla". Wrap it somewhere or place it in a pouch cause the lid is not screwable and comes off easy. It is a multi purpose product and I even applied it under my eyes and it gave a pleasant cooling sensation.
I was really excited to get the Figs and rouge lip balm which is actually a multipurpose product which can be used on your face, elbows or any dry part of your body.

The second product is the Purely pro blush in strawberry.It has a nice satin texture and is very easy to apply and blendable. Just be careful and don't apply too much at one go as it has glitter/shimmer.It has a lovely colour and adds a lovely glow and colour to your face like a good blush should !
The last product which I got is Ofra vitamin C cream. I am really happy cause I was planning to get a new vitamin C cream and I got this one. I found it a little too greasy on application but maybe I applied a lot.
Figs and Rouge Aloe and Mint lip balm full size :Rs 695
Purely pro cosmetics -Purely pro blush in strawberry full size :Rs 1650
Sample size of Ofra Vitamin C cream : Now even though it is sample size a little goes a long way as you just need a small amount for your face.
I believe it is total value for money to get all this for Rs 399. ( I got it cheaper cause I had paid for longer duration).

You can subscribe for the lovely Vellvette box here

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Cool and cool charcoal nose strips

If you would rather remove your black heads than read another Valentine’s Day special then this post is for you :)
Ah the joy of having a clean nose !!! It gives me such immense pleasure to see all the gunk stuck on the strip which apparently had been sitting on my nose.I have used this strip twice and am very impressed

I don't have any noticeable blackheads but have a lot of white heads which show on the strip.
It is not at all painful. For the strip to be most effective ensure that you nose is clean and moistened with water. Then remove the strip from the sheet ,place it on your nose and smooth away pressing lightly on your nose. Let it sit for 10- 15 mins and then remove it and admire your shiny pretty clean nose.I had used the ponds strips before and they were very sad. They were so sad that I didn't try any nose strip for a couple of years.
 Product Claim:
• Deep Magnetic Cleansing.
• Contains natural charcoal extract.
• New extra cleansing formula.
• Rapidly removes blackheads, oil and dirt.
• Unclogs pores.
• Instant results by reducing pores visibility.
• Leaves skin soft and refreshed.

Directions : 
They are clearly printed on the box as well as the individual strip package.

1.Wash face to clean it from any lotions or creams.
2. Moist the nose area.
3. Peel strip off from plastic line.
4. Apply the strip on the nose facing the shiny side. (the black side should sit on your face touching your nose skin and the white side should be facing away)
5. Let the strip dry for 10-15 minutes.
6. Peel off the strip from edges pulling it towards the center.

Polyquaternium-11, PVP, Isopropyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Aqua, Silica, Dimethicone, Iron Oxide, Hamamellis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract Menthol, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, C177267, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.
One strip is priced at Rs 59 (INR 59).
I got a box of 6 strips for Rs 315 (INR 315) from here. So effectively each strip comes to Rs 52.9.

Since I don't have that many blackheads and a few whiteheads I will use maximum two strips a month. So the box of 6 strips will last three -four months.
Gross pictures ahead.... be warned.
I tried to get a decent picture for you but by Sony 12 megapixel camera is sadly very old..... and my phone camera also refused to pick up the picture of the whiteheads.
After using it my nose felt and looked so clean. I followed it up by wiping with a cotton pad soaked in VLCC rose toner.

Product bought by me.