Eat Anytime Bars: Healthy Snacking On The Go!

Does it ever happen to you that you wake up too late in the morning, with no time to prepare breakfast, and when you decide to grab a banana on your way out, you realize that the fruit basket is empty? An even worse scenario is when all the bananas are too black and mushy to throw into your handbag. We are all guilty of skipping meals from time to time and of chomping on a chocolate bar or cookie at work when the hunger catches up with us. More often than not, we fall back on junk food primarily when we are too busy to cook or when we need something that we can eat on the go. Luckily, now you have some healthy snacks that combine nutrition and taste and are perfect for devouring on the way to work! I am referring to the Eat Anytime Bars that allow you to satisfy the sweet tooth without feeling guilty 🙂

Eat Any Time Nutrition Bars Review

The brand kindly sent me a few of the Eat Anytime Bars to review and I was overjoyed to receive these delicious goodies in my mail. I received the Mango Ginger, Choco Peanut Butter, Butterscotch, and Orange flavors and what attracted me to these bars even before I dug into them was the colorful and quirky packaging. The Eat Anytime Bars are created using 100% natural ingredients and provide the goodness of fruits, nuts, and grains. Each of the bars contains approximately 150-200 calories, which makes them a perfect in-between-meals snack. The bars can also provide the much-needed boost of energy after a workout session or a long meeting at work. Pair one of these with a glass of milk and your breakfast is sorted! Their sturdy packaging makes them easy to store, so you can keep extras in your drawer at work and in your handbag, for those hunger emergencies. I like to display them in my fruit basket when I run out of fruit 😛

Eat Any Time Nutrition Bars Review

Coming to the taste of these bars, each one has a unique flavor and texture that will add some variety to your snacking sessions. The Choco Peanut Butter and Butterscotch bars are crunchy and nutty while the Mango Ginger and the Orange bars are fruity and more chewy. I liked all the 4 flavors but the fruity bars are my personal favorites because I love their gooey texture. These bars are filling without being too heavy and scrumptious without being too sweet, as an added bonus, they are very low on trans fats too. I couldn’t ask for more from a nutrition bar. I am pretty sure that all the chips and cookies in my pantry will soon be replaced by these yummy bars!

Eat Any Time Nutrition Bars Review

The Eat Anytime Bars are readily available on various online stores, and here is a link to purchase them from Amazon. You can also a take a look at the brand’s website to find out more about the range and about the conception of these delicious products. These nutrition bars are a great way to kick start your fitness journey and to fulfill those goals that you set for 2017. They will make you feel more energetic and awake throughout the day and will also help you to stay away from the sugary and deep-fried calorie bombs. So, dig into these bars and discover a healthier you, one tasty bite at a time! 🙂

Disclaimer – These products were sent to me as PR samples but all opinions are my own.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder – N4 Beige | Review and Swatches

I am a huge fan of loose powders because they blend so much better than powder compacts but carrying them in a handbag is a really bad idea and can end up being a messy affair. I do need to powder my nose throughout the day though, which is why I have to resort to throwing a powder compact into my purse. This pack of the Loreal Paris True Match powder has been with me for longer than I would like to admit, so let’s just quickly move on to its review 😛

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review

This product comes in a pretty sturdy packaging which has two compartments. The first compartment contains the powder compact while the second one has a mirror and an applicator. The mirror is quite great, to be honest, and is perfect for touch-ups on the go, however, the applicator fails to impress. It is a square piece of some sort of a fluffy material which wears down pretty quickly. It is also not suitable for applying this kind of a product because you will have to go over it with a fluffy brush for a non-streaky finish on the skin.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review

As for the formula itself, it seems a little chalky while swatching but blends beautifully on the skin and provides a non-greasy, natural finish. It is decent at absorbing small amounts of oil but you will need to touch up more than once a day if you have very oily skin. I wouldn’t recommend piling on too much of the product in one go because it may start looking cakey. One thin layer of powder is best for a light coverage and a smooth finish.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review

I went for the shade N4 Beige but I feel that it is a teeny bit light for me. It is a pure beige colour which will suit those who do not have a yellowish undertone to their skin. For me, I think that the shade W5 Golden Sand would have worked better but I haven’t used it yet so I can’t say for sure. With a decent amount of blending, I can get away with wearing N4 too because the product mixes in with my foundation.

Loreal Paris True Match Powder Beige Review Swatch

You can buy 9gms of this product for a price of INR 999 in India, which I believe is quite expensive for a powder compact. The quality of the mirror and the product is quite good but for the price, I would expect a better applicator too. I am not an expert when it comes to powder compacts but I am quite sure that cheaper products do exist in the market. I have heard that the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is great, and it is available at only a quarter of the price. So, based on the price, I would recommend you guys to skip this product although the quality is pretty good.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Loreal True Match Powder in the shade N4 Beige here.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick – Crushed Candy | Review and Swatches

Red lips may sound extremely glamorous but what adds a flush of color to most girls’ lips on a daily basis is a pink lipstick. And because a pink lipstick is a part of the daily makeup routine and is one of the few lip products that we actually end up finishing, it seems like a good idea to find a trustworthy but affordable option. The Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks have been around for a long time due to their excellent formula, and the shade 103 – Crushed Candy is the perfect pink for daily wear.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick Crushed Candy Review

Just like the other lipsticks from the Color Show range, the formula of the shade Crushed Candy is creamy and moisturizing. I love the name of the shade and the fragrance of the lipstick is that of candies and lollipops too! The pigmentation is decent and you should be able to achieve an opaque finish in approximately 2 swipes. However, since it is a light shade, if you have highly pigmented lips then the color will not be able to conceal the patches completely. Also, I would recommend scrubbing your lips before using this lipstick because although the product doesn’t settle in the creases, it may exaggerate some bumps on the lips.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick Crushed Candy Swatches Review

The shade looks darker in the bullet than it does on the lips. It is a darker and deeper version of a cotton candy pink, which makes it more suitable for Indian skin tones. I personally do not like super light pinks as they do not go well with my complexion but this one is the perfect “My Lips But Pinker” shade for me. As for the longevity, since the formula is a creamy one, it requires reapplication every 3 hours or so. Also, because it is slightly slippery on the lips, it would be better to use a lipliner under the lipstick if you are going to be eating. However, if you are just going out for a couple of hours or do not mind touching up once or twice throughout the day, this lipstick will work really well for a more natural makeup look.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick Crushed Candy Swatches Review

Priced at INR 299 only, the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Crushed Candy is ideal for when you need a break from the super matte liquid lipsticks and want something that can be applied in a jiffy. What is more, the formula is so nourishing that this lipstick can also double up as a lip balm. To top it all of, this formula is available in a wide variety of colors ranging from baby pinks to vampy reds. What more can you ask for from such an affordable product? If you like experimenting with lip colors but do not want to burn a hole in your pocket then the Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks are here to be your savior!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Crushed Candy here.

Related posts: My review of the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Big Apple Red

My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

I do not remember my skin ever being flawless. I suffer from frequent hormonal breakouts that leave blemishes and red blotches on my skin. However, I am pleased to report that my current nighttime skincare routine has significantly reduced my acne and seems to be healing my skin really well! My pimples are drying up faster and new breakouts are significantly lesser in number. So, if you have oily skin and suffer from acne and blemishes then here is a skincare routine that may actually help!

Step 1: Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – The first step of my nighttime skincare routine is to cleanse my face and I have been using the Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash for this step. It leaves my skin completely oil free and removes any traces of foundation without causing a stretchy feeling on the face. If I have any waterproof makeup on then I like to use coconut oil to dissolve it before I use this face wash. This product does its job well while being gentle on the skin and is definitely a favorite.

Skincare Routine Aaranyaa The Body Shop Greenberry Organics Mud Ash

Step 2: Greenberry Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care – Once my face is squeaky clean, I move on to exfoliating it. For this step, I use the Greenberry Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care, a product that is an Amazon bestseller and needs no introduction. It is a cleanser, scrub, and face pack combined in one and I absolutely love it! The scrub particles are quite gritty without being too harsh and help to get rid of the nasty whiteheads. On the days when I feel that my skin needs some extra detox, I apply this product all over my face and leave it on for 2-3 minutes and then wash it off. This face pack calms the redness of the skin and gets rid off any residual traces of grease very effectively.

Step 3: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion –  Moisturising is an essential step of skincare but the wrong moisturizer for your skin type can cause more harm than good. My skin continues to secrete oils even when I am asleep, therefore I need a mattifying moisturizer for the night as well. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion does the job for me and my skin feels hydrated but matte at the same time. I look much less shiny in the morning when I use this product, although I believe that it is supposed to be a day cream. I am almost out of this product and I am really freaking out because it has become a holy grail face moisturizer for me!

So this is my simple 3 step nighttime skincare routine that should work well for anyone who wants to keep the grease and acne at bay. If you wish to read my detailed review of each of the products then check out the links below:

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Review

Greenberry Organics 3 in 1 Mud Ash Review

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion Review

What skincare products are you loving at the moment? Do let me know in the comments below!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream | Review, Swatches, and a Mini Rant

I know that a lot of my friends love the Ponds All in One BB+ Cream, and with good reason. The product is excellent for daily use and provides hydration, sun protection, as well as a light coverage. However, every time I look at the packaging of the product, I cringe a little. In this day and age when people all around the globe are fighting for the eradication of stereotypes associated with skin color, Ponds continues to market its BB cream as a fairness cream. When a popular brand like Ponds still feels that a product that is otherwise excellent in terms of performance will probably not sell as much if it is not advertised as a fairness cream, it saddens me a little. In fact, it saddens me a lot. I do not claim to be an activist, nor am I perfect; I am guilty of purchasing products that claim to provide fairness but I never purchase them because of the claim but because they perform well in other departments, and this cream is one such example.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches

Another thing that annoys me about this product is the fact that it comes in only one shade, which definitely will not suit all skin tones. I feel that the shade will work well only for light to medium skin tones, which is a shame because the formula is actually pretty good. Moving on from my rant and focussing on my job, which is to review this product for you, this BB cream claims to moisturize and provide a natural coverage to the skin and also contains SPF 30. This makes it perfect for the Monsoon months if you do not have any stubborn blemishes that you want to cover.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches

The product comes in a sleek tube with a pump that dispenses the perfect amount of product for covering the face. The formula has a mild, fresh fragrance that helps me feel more awake in the morning. The texture of the BB cream is slightly thick, but it blends beautifully on the skin. It has a yellowish/peachy undertone that helps to brighten up the face. However, perhaps due to the presence of SPF, it does leave a slight white cast on the skin which may not be noticeable in real life but tends to show up in photos.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches Below is a picture of the product blended on my arm. As you can see, it provides light to medium coverage based on how much product you use but I will not recommend building up the coverage due to the white cast issue. In fact, the whole concept of using a BB cream is to go for a more natural finish which allows the skin to breathe a little and this product does just that. The product does not provide a dewy finish but is not too matte either, so if you are going to be wearing it in heat and humidity then I would recommend powdering the face to make it sweatproof.

Ponds All in One BB+ Cream Review Swatches

If you enjoy affordable tinted moisturizers and BB creams and the shade of this product suits you, then the Ponds All in One BB+ Cream might become your new favorite. I wish, however, that the brand brings out more shades and drops the words “fairness cream” from the packaging of the product. This blog is just a baby and I am by no means a famous beauty influencer, but if any beauty brands out there stumble upon this blog post, I would urge them to stop selling products as fairness creams and instead focus on creating something that celebrates the natural skin tone and beauty of a woman.

I hope that my lovely readers will understand the conflicted emotions of this post that are due to an excellent product being marketed incorrectly. Let us make the comments section a place for a healthy discussion!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

OGX Thick and Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo | Review

All those with oily hair that start looking greasy a few hours after washing will know the pains of finding the right shampoo. Unfortunately, I am one such person but the good thing about that is that over the years I have created a list of shampoos that leave the roots squeaky clean and fluffy without weighing the hair down in the least. The OGX Thick and Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo is one such product that is perfect for the greasy-haired ladies.

OGX Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo Review

This product comes in the typical OGX packaging and claims to make the hair look thicker with the help of the goodness of biotin and collagen. Although I do not see much improvement in the thickness of the hair, it does make them look more voluminous, especially at the roots. It is the kind of shampoo that does not leave an oily residue on the hair but does not leave the hair looking super dry either. It cleans the hair thoroughly and provides a bounce to them, thanks to its lightweight formula.

OGX Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo Review

The shampoo has a non-runny consistency and a light violet color. If you sniff the bottle then the scent is a mixture of a chemical odor and a sweet fragrance, however, on the hair, only the sweet fragrance lingers on for hours. The product lathers up pretty easily and I need a coin sized amount to cover my almost waist length hair. A single wash is enough to get rid of dirt and product buildup and the lather can be rinsed off very easily. I have also used the conditioner from this range and it is quite nourishing without being greasy and detangles the hair pretty well. However, the bounciness factor can be achieved with the shampoo alone.

OGX Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo Review

A 250 ml bottle of the OGX Thick and Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo is available in India for INR 560. It does seem a little expensive but if you are tired of the limp hair look then this product may be worth investing in. The OGX range has some great shampoos which are cheaper than the shampoos of other brands that contain similar ingredients. So, before you invest in the Salon range of shampoos of other brands, you might want to try an OGX shampoo with a similar formula first!

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the OGX Thick and Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo here.

Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Liner | Review and Swatches

When Nykaa released their eyeliner range, I was tempted to buy all of them immediately, but I already had too many liners to use up. Now that some of my eyeliners are beginning to dry up, I decided it was time to try the Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Liner, because it claims to be the perfect eyeliner for daily wear, and this girl rarely leaves her house without a liner on her lids. So, here is my review along with the swatches of this product.

Nykaa Black Magic Liner Review

This liquid liner has a jet black formula and comes with a super thin felt tip kind of applicator which is way more flexible than most felt tips applicators I have used before. Because it is super thin, you will need multiple swipes to create a more dramatic look, but for a daily look, one swipe gives the right amount of pigmentation.

Nykaa Black Magic Liner Review Brush ApplicatorIn terms of formula, I feel that this liner is quite similar to my favorite Loreal Paris Liner Magique. It is super black and smudge proof, and stays on the lids for a good 8 hours. It is also quite waterproof and will not budge if splashed with water unless you rub it hard while it is wet. If you have a habit of rubbing your eyes then the liner may become a little crumbly, so don’t do that 😛

Nykaa Black Magic Liner Review Arm Swatch

The Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Liner is priced at INR 299 for a 5ml tube, which is quite cheap compared to the Loreal Paris Liner Magique which retails for INR 399 for 3gms of the product. Also, the Nykaa liner provides a more precise application than the Loreal one, so I can safely say that it is my new favorite drugstore liner for sure!

Nykaa Black Magic Liner Review Swatches Try On

Here is a picture of me wearing the liner, and as you can see, it has a slightly glossy finish. This is the only thing that I would like to change about the formula because I personally prefer matte eyeliners. Other than this, I do not have any complaints about the product and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an affordable eyeliner.

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Liner here.