Bridal Jewellery- Anniversary Special

Bridal Jewellery

Recently, I came across an advertisement from Malabar Gold & Diamonds featuring Kareena Kapoor Khan. I had seen her steal the limelight at the Lakme India Fashion week 2016 when she walked the ramp as the show stopper for Sabyasachi Mukherjee. With women in the showbiz avoiding coming on camera during their pregnancies, Kareena elegantly took over the ramp flaunting her baby bump. And she looks beautiful and glowing in this #KareenaAnniversarySurprise Diamonds Unlimited ad. It is such a cute one, I insist that you watch it before reading further.

Here is the video:

The necklace is so gorgeous that I found it difficult to concentrate on one thing, I was confused about who to look at : Kareena or the Diamond necklace. Kareena’s pregnancy is definitely going to be a turning point in her career since she will be the only top rated actress to have stayed in the limelight while carrying a baby. She looks so beautiful in this Malabar Gold and Diamonds commercial!

The ad took me back to my wedding and first anniversary. It was such a beautiful time that I love going back to thinking about it to lift my spirits whenever I am feeling down. Wedding is such an important day in a girl’s life, it was the same for me too. I planned so much to look my best on the day.

Since Jodha Akbar jewelry was really popular those days, I wanted to go for it for my wedding outfit too. I picked a rental shop in Chandigarh that is famous for housing latest trendy jewelry. Kundan jewelry is the preferred form of bridal jewelry for Punjabi brides. I looked at many sets before choosing a gorgeous kundan jewelry set. But I ended up going for an antique gold set since the embroidery on my bridal lehenga was done in antique gold thread. I still opted for a kundan nath which had a tiny flower on a gold ring. I think matched what Aishwarya Rai sported in the movie as Jodha Bai.

I did not have access to jewelry designs and latest trends like we do now online. If I was getting married any time soon, here would be my top picks in each piece of jewellery:

Diamond set (necklace and earrings)

bridal jewelry

Maang Teeka

bridal maang teeka

 

Haathphool

bridal jewellery

Anklets

bridal accessories

Chuda (Plastic Bangles for Punjabi brides)

punjabi bridal accessories

Nath (Nose Ring)

bridal jewellery

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Here is a pic from my actual wedding:

bridal shoot

In terms of anniversary gifts and surprises, I love to exchange gifts but hate surprises. My husband loves surprising me, haha! But over the years, since we have been married for a while, we have a ritual. Either we ask the other person what they would like to receive as a gift or just buy something thoughtful. Spa vouchers, gift vouchers, high-end makeup, perfumes and mobile phones are the kind of things I usually ask for (not all at the same time). He likes to go for electronic devices or having meals at top restaurants. Now that I think about it, diamonds would be nice as a gift too. There are 4 months to our next anniversary, I think I must start dropping hints 😉

What do you think about the new Malabar Gold and Diamonds ad starring Kareena? What would you like to receive as a gift on your anniversary? Comment below!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – Review!

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – Review, Ingredients, Price in India!

L’Occitane Almond range has some of the most iconic products from the brand. I had tried the L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate a couple of years ago along with a few hand creams and soaps. I fell in love with all of the products. A few months ago, I got the L’Occitane Almond Shower oil which has been a life saviour for my dry skin. I loved using it in winter and also used it occasionally in summer. Here is the detailed review!

L'Occitane Shower Oil review

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Product: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Price: 1750 INR | Buy Online

Quantity: 250 ml

Claim: This shower oil transforms, when in contact with water, into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body. Enriched with almond oil, it respects the hydrolipidic film and leaves a subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almond, for a delightful skin!

Ingredients: Grape Seed oil, Tipa-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Fragrance, Cocamide MEA, Propylene Glycol, Butyl Ether, Sorbitan Oleate, Sweet Almond oil, Bergamot Fruit oil, Sunflower Seed oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Water, Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool

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L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil comes in a clear plastic bottle with silver cap. The cap has flip-top that dispenses the shower oil. This L’Occitane Shower oil does exactly what you think it does – moisturizes the body while cleansing. I have mentioned this specifically because the Forest Essential Shower oils are meant to be used in a different way. This one, however, is a product that is used in the shower to clean the body.

This shower oil lathers mildly in comes in contact with water. The foam is very gentle to the skin and it smells like a warm nutty dessert to me, totally winter-appropriate. The smell does linger a bit and is not overpowering.

Here’s a weird thing, it does not feel like it has washed off completely even after rinsing. Once I towel-dry my skin, it feels moisturized. I am stuck somewhere between wanting to get a squeaky clean skin and a moisturized skin after a shower. I am confused but hopefully, you are not and will be able to make up your mind about whether you want a shower gel/oil to wash off completely or not.

It is not exactly affordable but keeps the skin hydrated for hours. Even if you have dry skin, you may not need a body moisturizer after you use this product. However, you might need some kind of moisturizer in winter especially if you have dry skin. People with normal and oily skin will probably enjoy using this in the winter months as compared to the rest of the year.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil review

L’Occitane Almond Softening & Cleansing Shower Oil

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

FTC: Bought by Ritu KT for review purposes. Post contains affiliate links.

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I would highly recommend the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil to people looking for a moisturizing and cleansing shower gel, especially for the winters. People with dry skin will probably enjoy using this body cleanser all year round, however, people with other skin types might prefer it in winter. This is a luxury product but totally worth it, in my opinion. The price is comparable to Forest Essentials, the Indian brand that offers amazing skincare products. I am definitely going to repurchase this for the upcoming months.

Have you tried the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil? Which is your favourite body product at the moment? Comment below!

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation – Review, Swatches!

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation – Review, Swatches!

One of the major issue I have when it comes to makeup is hiding my dark circles. I have dry skin so flakiness is another issue I deal with often, however, I find that handling my dark circles well is still trickier. I have tried concealers in cream and liquid form from different brands. One of the best that has worked as a concealer is the Shiseido Spotscover Foundation. I have had it (and repurchased it) for about 3 years now and love it a lot. Read on for my detailed review.

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation

Product: Shiseido Spotscover Foundation S101

Price: 1200 JPY (~ 900 INR) | Buy Online

Quantity: 20 g

Claim: A creamy concealer that provides superior coverage.

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation review

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation creamy concealer

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation (packaging)

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation comes in a white plastic tub packaging with a twist open lid. The packaging is quite compact and travel-friendly though not very hygienic. The consistency of this foundation is very thick and it acts as a medium to full coverage concealer.

I got the shade S101 which matches my NC 35 skin perfectly. I have tried using this to cover the broken veins around my nose, dark circles under my eyes and various occasional pimples and blemishes. It works well on all of them. Being so creamy, it needs to be set with a powder to make it last all day long. It has slightly warm undertone which works great to cover dark circles. No other concealer has worked so well for my under eye area.

I feel like my skin looks near-perfect, despite not being so, when I use the Shiseido Spotscover foundation. it is so opaque that you can cover any blemishes, scars or breakouts with this creamy concealer. I have no idea why this is called a foundation, it is too heavy to be used all over the face.

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Shiseido Spotscover Foundation - Swatchs

Shiseido Spotscover Foundation – Swatchs

It looks really flawless on the skin when blended well and you only need a little amount at a time. The first one I got lasted me for over 2 years. I threw it away when I got scared that it would have gotten expired. It was still working well and the texture had not changed but I still discarded it. I immediately repurchased it. The only issue that I have with this product is the availability (plus the unhygienic tub packaging), else it is a winner makeup product. It is my HG concealer!

FOTD featuring Shiseido Spotscover Foundation:

pooja hegde makeup look

Mohenjo Daro Makeup Look

Rating: 4.75/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

FTC: Bought by Ritu KT. Post contains affiliate links.

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Shiseido Spotscover foundation is the best concealer you will get. The availability can be an issue but you can still order it from Amazon. I will highly recommend it to everyone. It helps cover the pores and other imperfections of the face as well for a perfect skin look.

Have you tried the Shiseido Spotscover Foundation? Which is your HG concealer? Comment below!

Banjara’s Natural Henna Powder Review

Banjara’s Natural Henna Powder Review

Hello everyone, today I am going to review Banjara’s Natural Henna which can be used for beautiful hair, or as a temporary tattoo for the body especially palms and feet. Henna, also called Mehendi In Hindi, has been used for a long time to condition and color hair naturally. Henna is widely used in Ayurveda and has numerous benefits for hair. Henna is also mixed with water (and kept for hours to develop color) before applying on the palms or feet in intricate designs.

henna powder

Banjara’s Natural Henna Powder

Product: Banjara’s Natural Henna

Price: 30 INR

Quantity: 100gm.

Claim: Banjara’s Natural Henna is 100% natural with no added preservatives. It is free dyes and harsh additives. Banjara’s Natural Henna with its many benefits works on the hair and skin, as it has both medical and cosmetically properties.

Banjara's Henna Powder review

Banjara’s Henna Powder

Benefits of using Henna:

  • Henna can be used to colour hair. It imparts a beautiful reddish brown color to the hair
  • It is free of harmful chemicals and has no side effects. People who are allergic to chemical dyes can use Henna
  • Henna can be used as a conditioner especially for oily hair
  • It gives you silky and shiny hair.

Some months back I bought Banjara’s Henna powder. It comes in a sachet packaging and the powder is green in colour. It smells like henna leaves. I used this powder just to give a reddish brown shade which shows in sunlight and to get healthy hair.

I mixed it with raw milk and created a paste with it. I left it overnight and then applied it on my hair separating it in small sections. I waited for 40 minutes and then washed it away. My hair got really silky and soft after wash. It gave a light brown tint to my hour which showed in sunlight. I really loved it.

I love this product, the powder is so soft and finely grained. The packaging is travel-friendly. I loved the smell of this powder; I feel it is 100% natural henna powder. This henna can be also used for creating Mehendi designs on the hands and feet. I love the fact that it is 100 % natural henna powder, has no added preservatives or harsh additives.

Banjara's Natural Henna Powder review

Banjara’s Natural Henna Powder

Rating: 5/5

Repurchase: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Overall I want to say, I loved this henna powder. I would highly recommend it to people looking for henna powder for hair or the body (for a temporary tattoo).

Guest post by Suzanna Charly.

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your review Suzanna. I have used Henna on my hair and used to love the reddish brown tint it gave to my hair. It was a part of my hair care routine. I have been using hair color now since I suffer from premature greying of hair.

Hair Care: Livon Serum Light Weight Formula (Review)

Hair Care: Livon Serum Light Weight Formula (with Before and After Photos)

Livon, called Livon Silky Potion at the time, was the first hair serum I ever tried when it came out a few years ago. I liked how soft and manageable my hair was after I used Livon. I decided to keep it for special occasions. I then moved on to other products. Years later, I am back to using Livon to tame my hair but this time with the new light-weight formula with Vitamin E and mild fragrance. I have used it a few times so here is my detailed review with a hairstyle I created with the help of the New Livon Serum!

new livon

Livon Serum Light-weight formula mild fragrance

Product: Livon Serum – Light weight formula

Price: 215 INR

Quantity: 100 ml

Claim: Livon Serum Instantly transforms frizzy, tangles hair to look silky and shiny and protects it from breakage. Key Features of the Livon Serum light-weight formula:

  • Damage protection
  • Frizz control
  • Easy out tangles
  • Reduce breakage
  • Silky shiny hair

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Diphenyl Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance.

How to Use Livon Serum: 

  • Livon serum is best applied to damp hair. Just-washed hair is tangled and prone to breakage. Protect your hair from breakage by applying livon serum afterwards.
  • Wind & pollution can cause frizz and tangles to recur. Hard combing to remove these tangles can lead to breakage. A few drops of livon serum will help you untangle your hair easily and protect it from breakage during combing.

I have always had wavy hair, however, it has become drier and drier with time. I blame that on hair color that I need to apply every two months to cover up for the premature greying of hair that I suffer from. This has led to my dependence on hair serums and masks to add some moisture to my hair. Conditioners and hair oils just do not do enough for me.

Recently, I was sent the new Livon Serum and I started using it right away since I had just run out of the Fairfax Hair Energizer. I felt that the new Livon Serum has a lighter formula than the original, Livon Silky Potion. Then I picked up the cardboard packaging for more details. And it confirmed that this is a light-weight formula.

Livon Serum comes in a clear plastic bottle with pink twist open lid which also has a flip top. The packaging is exactly the same as Livon Silky Potion. It smells nice, the fragrance is mild and falls in the floral category in my opinion.

The formula contains silicones but does not feel very greasy to the fingers. This serum did not weigh down my hair which is something I really loved. It made my hair soft and easier to manage; it did not make it greasy or clumpy.

I am glad that it has a small ingredient list. Many serums these days have a long ingredient list with low-quality ingredients, overpowering fragrance and added colors.

Rating: 3.75/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

Here are my photos Before and After Livon (plus makeup):

new livon serum review

Before Livon

easy hairstyle, light weight livon

After Livon

How to create a Simple Side Bun:

I wanted to do a hairstyle that I can do easily on my hair. However, since I had washed my hair, it was going all types of crazy on me (see my before photo). I applied Livon to my damp hair and then left it to air dry. Once my hair was completely dry, I detangled it using a wide-toothed comb.

Then I created a side part and separated a wide section of hair. I divided it into two parts. Then I twisted them. For the next twist, I picked up a section of hair from underneath the twist. I twisted it again until I reached behind my ear. Then, I twisted the rest of hair and tied it with an elastic band at the bottom. I then rolled it into a bun. I was feeling a bit fancy so added an accessory. I really liked how this whole look turned out. It took me less than 10 minutes to do the complete look.

The hair hack to get smooth sections is to apply Livon to your fingers while doing this hairstyle. It will help tame your hair and smoothen it out when you twist it. It also reduces flyaways and baby hair from sticking out.

Here is another shot:

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Tamed wavy hair with Livon Serum

I could have used a hair dryer or straightener to create a smoother look. But I do not use those things frequently, I only use them for special occasions. I wanted to show you how I would actually do this hairstyle so I did.

FTC: PR sample sent for review. 100% honest opinion.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Twitter and Instagram contests held from 9th Spetember to 14 Th September for Livon gift hampers. I declared the winners on 17th September (Twitter – @chocolatygirl25, Instagram – @dabangglady). They will be receving their hamper soon. Thank for your support. I will hosting another giveaway soon. Follow me on my Twitter account to stay updated.

Hope you liked it! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!