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Lakme Absolute Gel Addict Review

Hey Friends,

I am back with another exciting review of Lakme Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner!

I must say, its one of the reviews I have been wanting to post in a while but wanted to use the product enough to be able to share my opinion on it.

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Lets begin with some facts first, this is a gel eyeliner from Lakme and i have it in the shade ‘Tempting Teal’. This was one of the most widely used product during the Lakme fashion week and claims to be smudgeproof and waterproof. You get 2.3 g of the product and retails at Rs.800. However, I had ordered mine from Nykaa website and got some it at discounted price of around Rs. 650. There are more shades in this line as well.

The packaging is really cute like that of a nail polish bottle and has a small liner brush attached on the top of the bottle. You need to pull out the applicator brush to use it.

Teal is my favourite color and I have been looking for a gel liner in teal for a very long time, I use the Chambor eyeliner pencil in teal at the moment and love it!! but being a gel liner fan, I was on look out for teal shade in gel liner. Looking at some gorgeous pictures of Tempting Teal gel eyeliner used on models during the Lakme Fashion week, I was awestruck! I had to get it…but this shade was always very difficult to find. Finally, I got it in stock on Nykaa

When I received the package, I was super excited! I open the package and got dejected!! That was because the color of the gel liner was sky blue in color!! and I was so sure that maybe I was sent some incorrect color. I checked the name of the package and it read ‘Tempting Teal’! I was like how can a sky blue color be called TEAL!

Finally, I picked some of the liner to swatch and it swatched TEAL!! OMG…I can’t express my relief and happiness! The reason of sharing this story with you is purely to confirm that though the liner in the bottle looks light blue in color…it swatches dark teal!!

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The color is gorgeous!! totally true to its claim – smudgeproof and waterproof. Glides on like butter and stayed all day long. Though, if you look closely, it has the tiniest bit of sparkle particles to it. But that is what it gives the rich look. The sparkle particles are so small that you may not even notice them unless looked closely. So, definitely wearable color during day and in office.

Given the good experience with this product..I am really tempted to order other shades from this line. Its a bit expensive than other gel eyeliners in the market from Maybelline or Loreal..but I would say given the color range and the long staying power, its worth the money. And a little bottle goes a long way!

If you have tried any other shades from this line, let  me know your experiences too. Hope this review is helpful to you!

Xoxo,

BeaushionDiva

 

 

 

 

Patanjali Activated Carbon Facewash Review

Hi All,

Happy Independence Day to all my Indian friends!!

As promised, I am back with another Patanjali product review and this time around it is the Activated Carbon facewash.

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Let me begin by saying that I have waited enough to post this review as I wanted to be sure about how I feel about this product after using it over 2 weeks.

This is the only black packaging facewash from Patanjali’s range. You get 60gm of product for Rs.60/- which i think is a decent price to begin with.

It is metallic grey in colour and smells different and not like other herbal facewash’s from Patanjali. It smells a bit flowery I think, but definitely not herbal or ayurvedic. Although this one too, is herbal, it smells different.

The package claims that it is made from natural extracts of Neem, Aloevera & Turmeric which helps cleanse gently, nourishes and revitalize the skin tissues to make complexion fresh, smooth and beautiful.The package also mentions that this has activated carbon + Vitamin E and Vitamin A.

According to me, this is a great product and delivers to the claim. Your skin will definitely feel cleaner after use. I also feel, the activated carbon does a good job at deep cleaning the pores and softens the white heads/black heads that you may have around your nose or chin. Post facewash, you will be able to extract them with your towel with minimum pressure. Obviously, they are not going to go off completely, but i am saying they are easier to remove.

An added advantage is the lack of herbal smell. Not many people like the typical neem or aloevera smell that most herbal products carry. This one smells like any other non-herbal facewash.

I have got the males in my family to try this product and they have liked it too. I am told it is similar to the other male specific activated carbon facewashes available in the market from Nivea, Garnier and others, however, much cheaper than them. So, thats definitely a plus.

I don’t really have anything bad to talk about this product as such. I have liked it. I feel it cleans my pores deeply. I will definitely repurchase it given that it is a good substitute to other activated carbon facewashes available in the market today but at a cheaper price.

I have used the Neem & Aloevera facewash too from Patanjali (you can view that review here –>Patanjali Products Review

I have also shared the list of all Patanjali products and their prices on my blog. You can view it here –> List of all Patanjali Products & their prices

I will be sharing a comparision between these 2 facewashes from Patanjali soon and which one to buy!

Xoxo,

BeaushionDiva

 

 

 

Patanjali Products Review!

Hello Friends,

It’s been a while that I sat down for a full-fledged product line review. But, I just couldn’t resist this one!

Presenting review of a few products from Patanjali!

Patanjali is promoted by Baba Ramdev, the renowned Yoga Guru and Acharya Balkrishnaji. The company is into manufacture, process, refine, formulate, import, export and deal in all kinds of Ayurvedic and herbal Products, Life Savings Drugs etc. Today, Patanjali is a 10 year old company who has become a big name in the market and is putting a huge dent in the market share of FMCG majors like HUL.

I was intrigued by the word of mouth reviews that I have heard from family and friends about the products of this company. All ayurvedic, natural, affordable are some of the adjectives that are associated with this brand.

So here it is, I bought a few products of this brand to find out for myself.

1. Aloevera Gel:

Patanjali Aloevera Gel

I have heard raving reviews about this product. It says, “for natural beauty, safety and useful removal of pigmented spots”. Contains 90% Aloevera. You get 150 ml of product for Rs. 80/-

The product has mild greenish color and very mild smell. The gel form gives it thick consistency and little goes a long way. Once you apply on your face, it will dry in 5 min. Wash it off after 15-20 min and you will find your skin clean and nourished. It helped reduced some blemishes that I had on my skin. It is good to lighten the dark spots or discoloration on the skin.

Aloevera, in itself has great benefits. I mixed it with the hair oil and the scalp felt nourished, clean and cold! I tried using this gel on washed hair as leave in conditioner and it worked pretty well too. It helped reduce the frizziness and knots in the hair.

To my surprise, I liked the product! It’s affordable and does the job pretty well. All in all, like the Aloevera gel

2. Neem & Tulsi Facewash:

Patanjali Neem Tulsi Facewash

It says, “Neem-Tulsi Face wash is a soap free herbal formulation. Its gentle cleansing action controls moisture and natural balance of the skin. Neem-Tulsi kills germs, while honey & aloe moisturize and rejuvenate the skin tissues, to make complexion fresh, smooth and beautiful. It also helps prevent pimples”. You get 60 ml of product for Rs. 45/-

I would say, similar formulation and feel like the Himalaya Neem facewash. The product does not have really have a strong smell but when you dispense it from the tube, there is a plastic smell but when applying on face, that smell is not there. So, maybe it’s just the cheap packaging.

I lathers well on the skill and little is good enough. It cleans the skill well and has helped reduce the heat boils or pimples on my face.

I tried the neem-tulsi facewash but they have more options like rose facewash, orange aloe facewash etc.

On the flipside, I would say, the packaging is a bit flimsy, would have liked a bigger tube option available. Since, you don’t get Patanjali products at local general stores, you will have to go to a dedicated Patanjali distribution outlet to get the products or order online. So, small tube though easy while travel but you may have to pick 2 for it to last a month.

All in all, cheap substitute to the Himalaya Neem Facewash and available in a smaller tube than the Himalaya one so convenient to carry around.

3. Kesh Kanti Aloevera Hair Cleanser:

Patanjali Aloevera Hair Cleanser

It says, “ Prevents hair fall, minimizes split ends, removes dirt from hair and scalp”. You get 200ml of the product for Rs. 75/-

Firstly, the other shampoos from Pantanjali like aritha, shikakai, etc are tagged as ‘Shampoo’, however, this one in specific is tagged as ‘Hair cleanser”

Has smell similar to the Aloevera gel. To my surprise, it lathers pretty well. It did clean the scalp well and reduced the dandruff. Especially during summers, my scalp gets very dry and itchy due to sweat. This made me feel really clean. However, on the flip side, it makes your hair a bit dry after wash. At least mine went dry. So, you will need a conditioner after hair wash. I used my regular Loreal conditioner after using this. It does leave a bit of aloevera smell on the hair after hair wash so keep that in mind, if you don’t like aloevera smell.

Apart from leaving a bit of smell in the hair, I liked it. It reduced the frizziness in the hair and made them a bit soft than usual. The packaging however, is flimsy. But that’s my overall opinion for all Patanjali products that I am reviewing in this blog post.

This product is worth a try for sure, especially in summers when there is lot of sweat in the hair and scalp. Plus, it’s a good quantity at that price.

4. Amla Hair Oil:

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Yet another product that I have heard very good reviews about is the Amla Hair Oil. It says, “Strengthens the roots, prevent hair fall, greying of hair and split ends”. You get 100 ml for Rs. 40/-

Since it is Amla hair oil, it is green in color. Has a very strong flowery smell. It’s not really a bad smell but it has a smell! Like the parachute coconut hair oil doesn’t really have a smell or has neutral smell but this one has a strong flowery smell. So, I personally wouldn’t wear it and go out of the house! I would love to use it at night and sleep, will give you some garden dreams! Just kidding 😛

I mixed the Patanjali Aloevera gel with this hair oil and applied on my scalp and hair. Left it overnight and washed it next day in morning. After application, it gives a nice cold feeling on the scalp that’s not very strong but soothing. You feel relaxed with that kind of coldness in the head.Despite the strong smell, I like it!

Overall, I would say I am happy with the 4 products that I have tried thus far! The good experience with these will definitely make me want to try few more products from this brand. Some of the pros & cons around Patanjali products that I used are as under:

  • Affordable: One the biggest success factors for this brand is the cost. Since it has a wide reach in rural areas as well, the cheap cost is a big factor for the massive sale of its products. One doesn’t mind trying a variety of products.
  • Ayurvedic & Natural: This brand has publicized itself as having all natural and ayuvedic ingredients that are not harmful to your body. Guess, that claim, makes people more comfortable and willing to try the products.
  • Wide variety of product offering: The Patanjali brand has a wide variety of products offerings from skincare, haircare, cosmetics, honey, food items etc. One good experience with a product from a particular line, makes people willing to try products in other line too.
  • Cheap packaging: I would say overall I was not happy with the packaging. It’s of cheap quality but if the product itself is good, I don’t think it’s a deal breaker.
  • Distribution Centres: You get Patanjali products exclusively at their distribution centres. Though they have opened up centres in most localities now, the distribution centres themselves are not publicized. So, unless you check their website or bump into one of the distribution centres by chance, you will not know where they are located.
  • Product Availibility: Though there are many distribution centres, the product inventory is pretty minimal. You may not find all products in a particular line at all distribution centres. They are selective and few. Many a times a fast selling product is available in one distribution centre but is out of stock for days in the other
  • Quantity is fixed: They don’t have variation in sizes. They have only size per product. Eg. Facewash is available in one size only, you won’t get a bigger size if you wanted. Shampoo is available in one size only, no small or big bottles are available.
  • Product display: The product display at the distribution centres is below average. Unless you know what you want to buy, you will not be able to view all offerings in a product line. They products are haphazardly kept in metal racks and only the distributor over the counter will know what’s there and not.
  • Bill: the distribution centres don’t provide a bill unless asked for.

Hope you find this review useful and will help you if you intend to try any of the Patanjali products. If you haven’t tried any of the Patanjali products yet but wish to try something, my recommendation would be start with the Aloevera gel and Neem Tulsi Facewash.

Let me know if you have already used any of the Patanjali products and how has your experience been with them. Also, if you have any suggestions on any product that I must try or you want me to review them for you, please mention in the comments below. If you liked the blog post, please give it a thumbs up and share it with your family & friends.

 

Movie Review : Non-Stop

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Non-Stop is a suspense thriller that starts with a so called highjack of a flight. … but the fun part was the blame of highjack was on an Air Marshal (Liam Neeson) who was on board the flight that time!

The movie revolves around the quest of this Air Marshal trying to find the real highjacker who was threatening to kill a passenger on board every 20 min.

Absolutely gripping suspense right till the end!  You may keep guessing the real highjacker right till the end. .. Coz there are many characters that may seem to be one.

Liam Neeson, has done a very good job as an Air Marshal… To be honest, he looks pretty old in this movie. But, after the Taken movie series, you are kind of use to seeing him in such roles:) Undercover cop..retired police officer or the latest Air Marshal:)

All in all,  good movie. .. definitely once a watch. I would give this movie a 4/5 star rating.. Just Coz of its gripping storyline.

Enjoy the movie!

Xoxo,
BeaushionDiva

Movie Review : Jobs

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STEVE JOBS.. the man who changed the world. ..the man who dared to think differently. . The man who made people want things that they never knew existed! And last but not the least. .in my opinion, the makeup artist or beautician or designer of technology.

This man knew how to beautify a product. .he had the knack of making his products stand out from the lot.

I was super excited when I heard that a movie was being made on The Steve Jobs! My expectations were sky rocketing. .but then. ..won’t they?  It’s Steve Jobs your taking about! 

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs has done an outstanding job!  His looks, his smile,  those idea striking eyes & the walk of the legend. ..he got it all right!  It actually shows the amount of effort Ashton Kutcher has put in to play this role.  All other characters are also well played.

The background score in the movie is also nice. However,  i was left a bit disappointed. I thought the story was a bit weak. There were so many things that I would have loved to see in the movie. ..like Steve’s India visit. .what were his thoughts then. .his emotional turmoil when he got cancer.. how he turnaround Apple after coming onboard again… how he was a changed personality etc. The movie captures his arrogance, his passion for his work etc well but I felt something was missing.

Steve Jobs has given some outstanding speeches in the past. .they could have used those a bit more. The legendary video where his designed computer introduces its owner I.e Steve Jobs was also not used. ..I mean, I just felt a gap..I wanted to see more facets of Jobs.

Overall,  for Ashton’s performance I would give him 5/5. But, for movie per se, I would give it a 2.5-3/5.

Xoxo,
BeaushionDiva

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