Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel – Amethyst | Review and Swatches

The chilly weather means that the days of hot chocolate, cozy scarves and dark nails are here. One of the shades that I hardly ever wear in summer but love to sport on my nails in winter is a jewel-toned purple, and the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in the shade Amethyst fits the bill perfectly.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel - Amethyst | Review and Swatches

This shade is a dark purple with a metallic sheen that looks chic but not vampy. It is a color that will look good on both short nails and long nails and will go well with most outfits. It is the right mix of being bold and sophisticated and I really enjoy it as a winter shade. The formula is also fairly chip resistant and lasts on the nails for at least a week. The only issue with this particular shade is that it goes on a little patchy and you will need at least 3 coats to get a perfectly opaque finish. It has a thin brush that allows precise application and works well with the slightly runny consistency of the nail paint.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel - Amethyst | Review and Swatches

The Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Paints are priced at INR 460 in India, which is quite pricey to be honest, however, the large (11.7ml) bottle makes up for the price slightly. If you are looking for something affordable then these nail paints are not the best option for you but if you are in love with a particular shade and want something long wearing then they will provide you your money’s worth for sure.

I hope that this review was useful. You can buy the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in the shade Amethyst here. 

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Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve | Review

I received the Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve in my Mauvelush November Mellow  Edition and my lips have been smelling and tasting like chocolate ever since. This gourmet lip balm is made of ingredients such as melted chocolate, peanut butter and cocoa butter which makes it hard not to eat a spoonful of the product. It also contains a bunch of nourishing oils such as castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, as well as beeswax, that make it extremely rich and hydrating.

Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve | Review

The lip balm is pretty thick but melts upon application, leaving a nourishing layer of oil on the lips that makes them super soft and moisturized. I am usually not a fan of lip balms that come in a tub packaging because you need to dip your fingers in them every single time, but this kind of a thick and waxy lip balm is what my lips need during the colder months or else they become extremely parched.

Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve | Review

The lip balm is almost transparent and does not sit oddly on the lips like some of the other thicker lip balms. It sinks into the lips really fast and keeps them hydrated for several hours. If you are someone who enjoys the smell of chocolate then you will love this product, especially for the winter months. However, if you are not a fan of strong, sweet scents in beauty products then you may want to give this one a pass.

Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve | Review

Overall, I do enjoy this product a lot and love its cute (and luxurious) packaging too. I also appreciate the fact that this lip salve does not contain any parabens, sulfates or phthalates. I do wish that the price of the product was much lesser than the INR 465 for which it retails but to be fair this 15gm tub will last you for months. This is a must buy for lip balm lovers who prefer something extra-nourishing as well as uniquely flavored.

I hope that this review was useful. You can buy the Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve here.

 

Tvakh Vitamin C Glow Booster Exfoliating Water | Review

Reviewing a skincare product can be hard. You have to make sure that you do not make any other changes to your skincare routine while reviewing the product in question but there are still factors that could come into play, such as the weather, hormones, and the food you eat. At times I have to squint my eyes and stare hard at the mirror to figure out whether a particular cream or serum has made any difference to my skin but with the product I am going to talk about today, the improvement to the texture of my skin was so drastic that no magnifying lens was required for the review 😛 This wonderful product is the Tvakh 5% Vitamin C Glow Booster Exfoliating Water.

Tvakh Vitamin C Glow Booster Exfoliating Water | Review

This product is essentially a toner that you need to use after washing your face, before going in with a moisturiser. I have been using it for around 10 days as a part of my evening skincare routine and am already thoroughly impressed with the product. I will definitely update this blog post if my thoughts change after a month or so but as of now, I feel that this product has lightened my spots and given a healthy glow to my skin that is clearly visible even from a distance. This efficacy of the product is due to the impressive list of ingredients, which include a generous dose of Vitamin C, a miracle skincare ingredient that is supposed to add a glow, diminish fine lines, and reduce any dullness. The product also contains Glycolic Acid, which is known to be an excellent exfoliator for acne-prone skin, along with a bunch of other superfoods for the skin as mentioned in the picture below. These days a lot of products claim to have these ingredients but it all boils down to having them in the right concentration, which the team at Tvakh seems to have nailed.

Tvakh Vitamin C Glow Booster Exfoliating Water | Review

This toner is almost transparent with a hint of orange and smells citrusy with chemical undertones. It does tingle a little during the first few uses but is not harsh at all on the face once the skin gets used to it. It has not only helped with lightening my spots and brightening my skin but I have also noticed my dead skin peeling off faster than usual, making the product live up to its claim of being an exfoliating water. I would say that every skin type will benefit from using the product, provided you do not have extremely sensitive or dry skin. It is particularly suitable for acne and blemish-prone skin because it also helps with shrinking the pimples faster.

Tvakh Vitamin C Glow Booster Exfoliating Water | Review

Overall, I am completely satisfied with the product, other than the packaging that could be improved with a better dispensing mechanism. A 100ml bottle of the toner is priced at INR 525, which is a fair deal considering the quantity you get and the quality of the product. So if you are in the market for a toner that also exfoliates and brightens the skin then the Tvakh Vitamin C Glow Booster Exfoliating Water is my recommendation for you.

I hope that this review was helpful. Click here to buy the product.

P.S. – Makeup And Smiles made me buy this product, check out her wonderful blog here.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid | Review

Guest Post By Swathi

I have been using the Kama Ayurveda- Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid – Ayurvedic Night Serum since a month and will be sharing my thoughts on this product with all of you today. Kumkumadi taila is extensively mentioned in Ayurveda for providing glowing and lustrous skin, which is why I was searching for authentic kumkumadi taila. I have tried kumkumadi taila from a few other brands before but was not satisfied. Then one of my friends recommended Kama Ayurveda products to me.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid|Review

This beauty fluid is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper. The packaging is grand and will take you back to the vintage era. The price of a 12ml bottle is INR 2295 but I purchased it for an offer price of 1800 bucks. Once you open the bottle, the mild fragrance of the fluid enchants the room. The fluid is light orange in color and mildly greasy in texture. In the dry climate during the winters, it gets completely absorbed into the skin. However, if you have oily skin or live in a humid area then it’s better to avoid this product as it may make way for acne.

The skin tends to get dry in winter and we need to keep moisturizing it. We all know that oil is the best moisturizer but when it comes to the face we tend to worry about applying oil, due to the fear of acne. However, as I mentioned above, this serum is quite light-weight and does not clog the pores, making it perfect for those with dry skin. The base of this beauty fluid is sesame oil and the unique Ayurvedic formulation is prescribed for glowing and radiant skin. The ingredients of the fluid are also known to prevent mild bacterial infections. The ideal age for trying this product would be the late twenties and early thirties because the serum helps to preserve the youthfulness of the skin.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid|Review

Overall, I’m satisfied with the Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid and think that it lives up to its claims of nourishing dull and damaged skin. This fluid is perfect for the winter months as a moisturizer, as it gives a glow and hydration to the face. However, I would be happy if they dropped the price a little.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Kama Ayurveda Miraculous Beauty Fluid here.

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Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

It’s back, it’s bigger AND it’s better! The Mauvelush November Mellow Edition is here to sweep all the bag lovers off their feet 🙂 I received mine last week and here are all the items that this month’s box brought to my doorstep.

Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

1.  Chioma Cupcake Sling (INR 1399/-) – The star of the box that impressed everyone on Instagram is this Chioma Cupcake Sling that looks super cute and is super roomy too. The price of this bag is INR 1399 and it does look worth the price tag. The quality of the material is top-notch and this bag is a great choice for a casual day out.

Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

2. Hedonista Choco-Nut Lip Salve (INR 465/-) – This giant tub of chocolatey-nutty goodness is not meant for eating even though it smells delicious. This is a gourmet lip balm by Hedonista that has amazing ingredients such as cocoa butter and peanut butter and is very nourishing on the lips. The price tag of INR 465/- does seem hefty but the jar will last you a while and this lip balm is by far the most decadent lip product I have ever used.

Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

3. White Ceramic Mug (INR 350/-) – This white mug has a very classy and elegant design and will definitely be my best friend this winter. It is larger than your average coffee mug and heavier too, which means that the material is of higher quality, therefore justifying the price tag of INR 350.

Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

4. Boho Tassel Neckpiece (INR 399/-) – I am a fan of delicate jewellery and this long necklace with a bright blue tassel definitely fits the bill for me. This piece is unique while being extremely wearable and can add some oomph to a plain tee.

Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

5. Statement Gold Bracelet (INR 249/-) – Another piece of delicate jewellery that can be worn on its own or can be layered with other bracelets or a watch to create a nice little stack on your wrist.

Mauvelush November Mellow Edition | Unboxing and Review

6. The Black Rosette Hot Chocolate Mix (INR 350/-) – Making hot chocolate is even easier with The Black Rosette Hot Chocolate Mix. Just add a few spoonfuls to steaming hot milk and you are all set for a chilly morning. The price is a little high but the taste and the packaging did impress me.

Overall, the Mauvelush November Mellow Edition has items worth approximately INR 3200 while the box is priced at INR 1999 for a one-month subscription. This is definitely not one of the most affordable subscription boxes out there but it is certainly a luxury box that lives up to its name with the quality of the products. I do wish that there was one more item in this box to make it more affordable but if you like the cupcake bag then this box is still a really good deal. You can book yours on www.mauvelush.com and can use the coupon code MRINALI10 for an extra 10% off. So do grab yours now to be winter-ready this season 🙂

I hope that this review was helpful. Check out @Mauvelush on Instagram to find out more about a contest they are running where you can get the December box for free!

 

Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea | Review

Green Tea is my go-to drink whenever I have had a little too much to eat or just need a cozy cup to cuddle with. The Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea is the latest member of my green tea family, and I must confess that I am completely partial to this baby. Seer Secrets has managed to impress me yet again with this product and here is why.

Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea | Review

This green tea has a unique texture and comes in the form of “pearls” of tea leaves. You are supposed to drop 2-3 pearls in a cup, add boiling water and let it simmer, within a few minutes you will have a cup of delicious and soothing green tea that resembles the green tea at fancy tea places and hotels in terms of flavor.

Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea | Review

Unlike the standard bitter green teas, this one is pretty mild and has a refreshing zesty taste and smell. This is due to the lemongrass extracts added to the tea leaves which make the tea tastier and healthier too. Also, this tea arrived at my doorstep in the signature Seer Secrets tin with a beautiful glass jar inside that held the actual product. The glass jar adds a luxurious element to the tea brewing and drinking experience and is a wonderful touch in my opinion.

Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea | Review

This tea contains anti-oxidants, regulates blood pressure, boosts metabolism and aids digestion. I enjoy drinking it post a heavy meal and it instantly makes me feel lighter and energized. Overall, it lives up to its claims and the non-bitter taste makes it a winner for me. The price of INR 423 for a 50gm jar is a little steep but if you are a connoisseur of the beverage who is willing to spend the money for a great cup of tea then you must try out this product!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Seer Secrets Lemongrass Green Tea here.

A Candid Chat On Fertility and Hormones

Editor’s Note – Hi guys, as some of you may know, I am starting a guest blog series here and the first post in this series is something that might be very useful for all my female readers. So over to Becca who will be sharing her experience with fertility issues and offering some advice on how to cope with the same.

Hi guys!  

Thank you so much for having me here, I blog over at Post IVF world and as the name suggests, I talk about my life now that IVF is over, I also speak a lot about hormone health, mental health, and pregnancy loss. (but honestly, it isn’t all doom and gloom like it may seem)

Seeing as I have the opportunity to write this guest post, I really want to talk to you guys about fertility.

Have you thought about your own? If you haven’t you are not alone!

Education around fertility and hormone health is severely lacking in our society, mostly because it’s not fully understood or recognized as something that is a general issue, but the facts are, fertility starts declining at just age 27 for women. I bet most of you didn’t realize that?

Most people think fertility issues are largely from the women’s side but recent studies have shown fertility issues are one- third female issues, one-third male and one-third unidentified reasons.

What that really means though, is that it could happen to any of us, often to people who, on the surface appear to be perfectly healthy people!

I was lucky, in that I found out I was infertile at 15, I was young and although it has been very hard at least I knew where I stood early on. I could make a plan to have donor egg IVF, I had information to make choices.

There are so many people who don’t feel able to talk about their hormone health, hormonal issues or concerns with their reproductive system until its so late that there isn’t much that can be done.

I am campaigning as hard as I can to raise awareness and get people talking about fertility, it is something that I want people to understand is okay to talk about, and there are some amazing communities out there that can offer advice and support!

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So let’s get talking!!

I have always found it relatively easy to talk about hormones and the reproductive system, in turn, this has helped my friends be more aware and knowledgeable on this subject, and has helped them feel confident to go to their GP when they feel like something isn’t right.

So why not, next time you are talking to your friends, ask them about their periods and hormones, get the conversation going, it is amazing how many people I talk to about this and they say they haven’t had a period for ages but are presuming everything is okay, I know it can be scary, but as someone who can’t have children, get checked out, before it is too late.

(Pass this article around as much as you like, it might really help someone!!)

You might find that people close to you are struggling more with this kind of thing than you ever knew, and just felt ashamed or embarrassed to discuss it (fertility issues can do this to you!)

For now, I wanted to write a set of guidelines, something to help people out who are supporting someone going through fertility issues or concerns, I get contacted quite often from people who just don’t know what to say, even if they are lifelong friends, it can feel like a bit of a minefield!

So, here is my checklist of Do’s and Don’ts:

Do’s

1. Just sit with them and listen, you probably don’t have the questions, especially if this is an unknown world to you, so the kindest thing you can do is to be quiet, they will probably need to just talk it out! (for me, the more I talked about it the more it made sense in my head)

2. Let them know you are here, no matter what, you love them for who they are! Fertility can be so harsh and can make you question what’s good about yourself. If you can’t do the one thing nature intended (at least this is how I felt) I couldn’t be fixed, and I needed to know it hadn’t changed how people saw me!

3. Let them know that whatever they are feeling is completely natural, and it is okay to feel this way, for as long as they need, it’s hard enough without beating yourself up because you feel guilty for feeling the way you do.

Don’ts

1. Tell them everything will be okay, because it might not be, and it can make them feel like you truly don’t understand how they are feeling.

2. Rush them, when you find out you have infertility problems, it can be a period of mourning or grief, and this is something that can’t be fixed overnight.

3. Tell them that your friend had fertility issues then got pregnant naturally after 2 months, although it sounds positive, this is an unlikely scenario and really isn’t helpful to people who are going through it.

4. Force them to discuss it, they might not be ready, you can still be there for them by doing things you usually do and not treating them any different!

I know this is short, but hopefully, it goes some way to help you support others, and if any of you guys have more questions or just want to chat fire me an email, I would love to connect!

I am over at:

Email – postivf@outlook.com

Twitter – @postivf

Blog – www.postivfworld.wordpress.com

All images are taken from Pixabay