My Experience Shopping On Shein.in

These days, online shopping websites are sprouting up like mushrooms on growth hormones! While I prefer sticking to the tried and tested websites (read Amazon, Nykaa, Jabong etc), the ads for Shein.in that were popping up on all the web pages that I visited lured me into placing a purchase. For those of you who are not aware, Shein is an international online shopping website for clothing which seems to have launched its Indian version recently (as far as I know). They have an amazing collection of international designs in dresses, tops, shoes, and accessories but what excited me the most was this blue and white porcelain print pencil dress.

Shein Blue and White Porcelain Print Pencil Dress

This gorgeous dress is a proper body con fit. I went for the size S while I am usually an XS because the fabric is quite figure hugging. I would recommend going a size up if you choose to order this and let me also warn you not to wear this on days when you intend to gorge on a buffet meal! The fit of this dress is very snug, which makes it a great candidate for when you wish to flaunt some curves. Meanwhile, the blue and white porcelain print is perfect for summer and gives me the holiday vibes. I like the quality of this dress although I would have preferred the material to be slightly thicker – it is a little sheerer than I had expected but nothing too transparent. Also, I would have liked the dress to be a couple of inches shorter, I can get it altered but because it is a pencil fit, it tends to ride up the legs when I sit down, therefore I might leave the length as it is.

Shein Blue and White Porcelain Print Pencil Dress

This dress is priced at INR 845 on the Shein website but I had to pay INR 926 due to shipping charges. Shipping is free on orders above INR 2600 and I think you can get a discount of INR 200 on your first purchase if it is above a certain amount. The dress reached me in approximately a week after placing the order, which is quite impressive since the product was shipped from Hong Kong. The site accepts all forms of payment, including Cash on Delivery with a nominal charge. Overall, I am quite impressed with the quality of the site, the dress, and the customer service and am glad that I chose to try out a new website. This dress will definitely join me on various vacations and brunches!

Currently, I am lusting over this gorgeous embroidered dress from Shein.

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Image is taken from Shein.in Link: http://www.shein.in/Embroidered-Mesh-Overlay-Skater-Dress-p-345262-cat-1727.html

As well as this cold-shoulder dress with embroidered panels.

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Image is taken from Shein.in Link – http://www.shein.in/Black-Halter-Cold-Shoulder-Dress-With-Embroidered-Patch-p-336235-cat-1727.html

If any of my friends happen to be reading this then please send these dresses my way 😛

In the meantime, if you wish to order the blue and white dress then click on this link.

Do check out Shein.in to choose from their wonderful collection that is pretty affordable too! I will soon be updating you guys about my experience with other online shopping portals as well. Let me know if you want to know about any website in particular in the comments below!

P.S. – This is NOT a sponsored post!

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Happy Lipstick Day! My Top Lipstick Picks!

Happy International Lipstick Day people! Although I am not sure about the origin of this day or how it should be celebrated, here are 3 of my favorite lipsticks at the moment.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick – Taupe Thrill : A perfect brownish pink nude that lasts all day long on the lips.

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Revlon Color Burst Matte Balm – Sultry: A deep pink that complements medium Indian skin tones really well!

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Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick – Rust Lust: A perfect, super-matte deep red for a bold look.

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What lipstick are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Maybelline Color Show / Cheeky Glow Blush – Fresh Coral | Review and Swatches

You know that a product is a cult classic when a brand keeps manufacturing it for years and years and today I will talk about one such product. I am not a huge blush wearer but if there is one blush that I always swear by, it is the Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in the shade Fresh Coral. I still have the old packaging of this product although it seems that it has now been rebranded and repackaged as the Maybelline Color Show Blush. The shades and the formula remain the same though, so my review holds true for both the Cheeky Glow and the Color Show versions (so much confusion though!).

Maybelline Color Show / Cheeky Glow Blush - Fresh Coral | Review and Swatches

The shade Fresh Coral is true to its name. It is a warm pinkish coral with muted orange undertones. I feel that this type of a coral shade suits Indian skin tones more than the true pinks. I use this color on my cheeks for a nice coral flush and sometimes mix it in with a bronzer to create a blush cum contour. I also use it on my eyes as an eye shadow that gives a nice feminine touch to my makeup.

Maybelline Color Show / Cheeky Glow Blush - Fresh Coral | Review and Swatches

The formula is a very soft powder that does not have much chalkiness to it. It blends like a dream on the skin and you can build up the color up to the desired pigmentation without your cheeks looking cakey. I love the super adorable and dinky packaging and would buy this product just for the cuteness factor although it performs really well too.

Maybelline Color Show / Cheeky Glow Blush - Fresh Coral | Review and Swatches

Here is a picture of me wearing this blush as an eyeshadow on the outer corners of my lids. The powder works really well with a foundation or concealer underneath and stays put all day long.

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This product is priced at INR 299 and is one of the most affordable and amazing blushes in the market. Its texture is perfect and you don’t really need anything more expensive unless you are on the hunt for a specific shade. The Maybelline Color Show Blushes are also available in two more shades, Peachy Sweetie, which is a cooler pink, and Creamy Cinnamon which has brown undertones. I am eyeing Creamy Cinnamon next to use as a contour (check out my Blush as a Contour post to find out how!) but if you are looking for a warmer pink blush then Fresh Coral will not disappoint!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy all the three shades of the Maybelline Color Show Blush here.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain – Rio Rush | Review and Swatches

It happens to me often that I love the formula of a dark lip color so much that I purchase more neutral shades from the range but they end up being not as good as the darker ones. Anyone who has played around with makeup might be able to guess that creating a smoother formula with darker colors is easier than with lighter shades. Despite knowing this, I continue to purchase lighter variants of the lip products that I love because lighter colors are so much more practical and wearable on a daily basis. If you have been following my blog since its conception (Anyone out there? Do let me know!) then you might remember my blog post where I RAVED about the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in the shade 001 – India Intrigue, a nice deep fuchsia. This product encouraged me to buy a lighter shade from the range, and I chose the shade 020 – Rio Rush. I have extremely mixed feelings about this particular shade which I will talk about today.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain - Rio Rush | Review and Swatches

This particular shade is a deep, toned down version of a bubblegum pink which appears frighteningly bright and neon when swatched on the skin but looks way more natural on the lips. While India Intrigue applies evenly in a single swipe, Rio Rush requires much more effort while application. The first layer goes on pretty patchy, but once you really work it into your lips by pursing them hard and then apply a second coat and dab it in too, you are left with an almost opaque wash of color. While the pigmentation and the finish of the product are satisfactory post following these steps, the wear time is not even half that of India Intrigue. India Intrigue stays on my lips all day, fading gracefully and leaving behind a deep pink stain after a few hours. Rio Rush, on the other hand, does not stain the lips as much and once the product wears off, the stain left behind is hardly visible on my lips. The wear time of this product is no more than 2-3 hours if you do not eat during this period.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain - Rio Rush | Review and Swatches

Comfortwise, both shades perform equally well. The formula is quite hydrating and gentle although the scent smells like chemicals with a sweet undertone, which may turn off a few people. The product adds a gloss to my lips while it lasts and is suitable if you need a break from matte lipsticks. The packaging is super cute and unique with a cuboidal tube instead of a cylindrical one and the doe foot applicator works really well too.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain - Rio Rush | Review and Swatches

So, should you buy this product or not? Well, if you like this particular shade and do not care much about wear time then go ahead and buy it. The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are priced at INR 725 for 8ml of product, which is definitely costlier than a standard lip gloss but these are more opaque if applied correctly. If you need something long-lasting and hydrating then opt for the darker shades from this collection instead ( I can personally vouch for India Intrigue).

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in the shade Rio Rush here.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer | Review

I feel that at the rate at which I use up my skincare products, I will have tried all the mattifying moisturizers that exist in the world soon enough. Although this may seem like a huge exaggeration, I am a fan of switching up my skincare and rarely ever buy the same product twice in a row. This is why when I exhausted my supply of The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion and Lacto Calamine, I purchased the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer. This product is paraben-free, SLS-free, phthalates-free and contains green tea extracts and glycolic acid, which are excellent ingredients for oily, acne-prone skin. Lately, I have been using this product on a daily basis, and here are my thoughts on its performance.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer Review

This light-weight moisturizer comes in a sleek white bottle with a handy pump. The texture of the formula is quite liquidy and the scent is incredibly refreshing, something that helps with waking me up in the morning. You only need a few drops of this product to cover the entire face and neck and the product literally sinks into the skin instantly. It mattifies my face without any tingling sensation or stretchy feeling on my skin. The formula is very gentle and is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer Review

Although the product does a great job at mattifying my skin, my T-zone does end up producing more oil after a couple of hours. While the rest of my face remains non-shiny, my nose does look a little greasy on close inspection. Bear in mind that my face is literally as oily as a frying pan during the Monsoon season, so if you do not have extremely oily skin, the matte effect may last much longer on your face. I do love that this moisturizer is gentle and light weight but for the humid weather, I feel that the tea tree lotion from The Body Shop is more effective.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer Review

A 50ml bottle of this product is priced at INR 450, which is much cheaper than the variant from The Body Shop and the reason why I will definitely recommend this product to those who have fairly oily skin but nothing too extreme. Personally, I would whip this one out during fall/winter, when my skin does not produce oil like crazy and needs a bit more hydration. This is a great product for the price and will certainly help those who want a relatively gentle mattifying action.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer here.

Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron | Review

Just like me, my hair suffers from mood swings and has a personality of its own. Being a fine haired gal, straight hair is not really the best look for me because it further reduces the volume of my tresses, but I do need a hair straightener to tone down the wild mess that often takes over the ends of my hair. I have talked about the Philips hair styler in a previous blog post but its straightening iron just doesn’t give me the desired result, both in terms of the sleekness of the hair as well as the longevity of the hair style. This is why I finally caved and purchased the Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron after digging out a review by Corallista (Ankita Srivastava). Luckily, my investment paid off and I am quite satisfied with the performance of this hair straightener. Read on to find out more details about this styling tool.

Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron Hair Straightener Review

I am not going to talk about all the technical specifications of this product because they are already mentioned on various websites. Instead, I will focus on the features that stood out to me while using the tool, as opposed to while reading the user manual. So, the first feature that makes this product worth the price is the fact that you can set the temperature as per your choice, within the range of 100 degrees to 230 degrees Celcius. The product comes with a rotating knob to set the same. It is obvious that the higher the temperature you set, the more effectively the tool will straighten unruly hair. However, I personally don’t go beyond 200 degrees Celcius and would recommend the same to others as well. Too much heat is not great for your hair and if a lower temperature setting works for you then there is no need to crank up the heat. The second feature that I really liked was the combination of ceramic plates and negative ion technology which makes sure that the hair does not develop a static charge post straightening, which happens a lot to dry hair when using a subpar hair straightener.

Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron Hair Straightener Review

The other things I like about this hair straightener are the long, swivel cord, which does not tie me down to the power point, and the fact that the plates heat up pretty fast (within 2-3 minutes), which is perfect for when I am in a rush. As for the quality of straightening, I do not really prefer poker straight hair and just like to smoothen them a little bit. I am able to achieve this with a temperature of around 180 degrees. In one single swipe of the straightener, my hair loses its frizziness and gains a more tamed appearance, although if you wish to create flicks or curls at the ends, you may need an additional swipe to shape them. With a temperature of around 200-210 degrees, you should be able to get poker straight hair, even though this look does not suit my face at all. As for the staying power of the straightened hair, without any hair spray, my hair retains the shape for a good 2-3 days, which can be extended to a week with a good hair spray. Below is a picture of how this straightener instantly tones down the drama of my crazy ends with a temperature of around 190 degrees.

Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron Hair Straightener Review

Coming to the price, the Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron is priced at INR 3999 in India BUT it is almost always available at a discounted price on Nykaa. Even today, this product is available for a heavily discounted price of INR 2249, which is a real steal in my opinion. You can click this link, to head over to Nykaa.com and make use of the amazing deal. This straightener may not be worth 4000 bucks, but its amazing smoothening action and the longevity of the hairstyle that it provides definitely make it a great purchase for up to 2500 bucks. Think of all the money you spend on blow drys and straightening sessions at the salon, this one-time investment is nothing compared to that expenditure. If you are looking for a hair straightener at the moment then this one comes highly recommended from me. One word of advice though – ALWAYS remember to invest in a good heat protection spray as well. Happy styling!

 

MamaEarth Under Eye Creme, Argan Hair Mask, and C3 Face Mask | Review

New mothers suffer from sleepless nights and hormonal imbalances that lead to hair fall, tired skin, and dark circles, among various other issues that are common post-pregnancy. Unfortunately, today’s hectic lifestyle and pollution have made these problems prevalent among women in general, regardless of whether they are mothers or not. Mama Earth is a toxin free and dermatologist approved brand that creates gentle products not just for the little ones but also for the mamas who take care of them. The brand kindly sent me a few of the products from their Mama range, because like it or not, even though I am not a mother, my skin and hair always needs some TLC. After carefully testing out these products here is my detailed review about them.

MamaEarth Review Packaging

The products that were sent to me by the brand were the Under Eye Creme for Mama, the Argan Hair Mask for Mama, and the Charcoal, Coffee, and Clay (C3) Face Mask for Mama. Even before I started using the products, I was extremely impressed by the packaging. Each of the items came individually enclosed in cardboard boxes that had some beautiful quotes regarding mothers printed on them. What is more, these cardboard boxes are specially designed to be reused as pencil holders. The attention paid by the brand to the tiny details is extremely commendable. As for the actual packaging of the products, the jars are sturdy, completely leakproof and have an attractive pink and green print on them. The fact that the brand has spent effort in creating hassle free packaging shows that it truly understands the needs of new mothers. It is rare for a brand to win my heart even before I test the products but MamaEarth managed to do just that.

MamaEarth Eye Creme for Mama Review

Coming to the actual performance of the products, I will start with the Under Eye Creme for Mama. This eye cream contains a lot of nourishing oils as well as the extracts of papaya, green tea, and cucumber, to name a few ingredients. Just like all the products from MamaEarth, the cream is Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free, Phthalates Free, and SLS Free. It has a soft, creamy consistency that feels like a gel between the fingers. My first thoughts when I smelt the product was that it smells exactly like my favorite Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment that I always rave about. Lo and behold, this eye cream not just has the same fragrance but the same gentle, moisturizing effect on my eyes as the variant from Kiehl’s that costs a whopping 2500 bucks! This eye cream glides like a dream on the skin and does not irritate my super sensitive eyes at all. It is extremely hydrating and also tightens the under eye area, removing any sagginess. It has a mild cooling effect that is perfect for tired eyes and the formula is extremely nourishing. I will even go ahead and say that the tightening effect makes it better than the Kiehl’s eye cream, even though 50ml of this wonderful product is priced at INR 500 only. I haven’t used this product long enough to notice a visible reduction in my dark circles, but it definitely helps with puffiness and brightens the under eye area with regular usage. I guess this review makes it clear that this eye cream has become a holy grail product for me already!

MamaEarth Argan Hair Mask for Mama Review

Moving on to the Argan Hair Mask, this product is a mask that is designed to reduce hair fall and contains argan oil, avocado oil, milk protein, and curd extracts as some of its key ingredients. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or can be rinsed off like a regular mask. What makes this product unique is the fact that not only does it detangle the hair, it is also supposed to nourish the scalp and help with the growth of new hair. This is why you are not just supposed to apply it to the ends of your hair but to the scalp as well. I haven’t tried this product as a leave in conditioner yet because I have fairly oily hair but it has worked pretty well as a regular conditioner. I applied it to the entire lengths of my hair and even massaged it into my scalp. Post-rinsing, my hair was very soft and smooth and even seemed healthier than before. Since I have started using this product, I have noticed that my hair is not breaking as easily while brushing and is not getting as entangled and rough as before. This hair mask definitely provides the intense nourishment that damaged hair needs. One word of caution though, if you have extremely oily roots then you will need to rinse off the product really well after massaging it on the scalp, else it may leave behind an oily residue. This hair mask is priced at INR 599 for a 200ml tub, which is very affordable considering that it performs as well as some of the salon brands.

MamaEarth C3 Mask for Mama Review

Last but not the least is the C3 Face Mask that contains Charcoal, Coffee, Clay and Fruit Extracts. This is a fairly thick, black colored mask that glides quite easily on the skin and claims to exfoliate and lighten dark spots. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any miracles from this product but it surprised me beyond measure. After only a few days of using it, the patches of pigmentation on my face left behind by acne had lightened drastically! Just like the rest of the products from the range, this mask is also extremely gentle and does not even tingle while application. You are supposed to leave a thick layer of the product on the face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with water after rubbing it in circular motions for the scrub particles to exfoliate the skin. The scrubbing action is not too harsh yet effective enough to remove dead skin. Like I have already mentioned, within the first week of using this product, I began to notice that my skin was more radiant and my spots had visibly reduced. Very few products have ever managed to lighten the spots on my face, which is why this face mask has left me super impressed. Priced at INR 599 for a 100ml tub, this face mask is a boon for all those who suffer from blemishes and an uneven complexion.

I am extremely grateful to MamaEarth for sending me these products and introducing me to such a brilliant line of skincare. My personal favorites are the eye cream and the face mask although the hair mask works really well too. If you haven’t checked out the products from this brand yet then I will encourage you to do so asap. You can buy these amazing products on Amazon or from the brand’s website http://mamaearth.in/. Trust me, I have never been so confident while recommending a product to my readers. I can state with 100% certainty that whether you are a mother or not, your skin and hair will thank you once you pamper them with the goodness of MamaEarth.