PR Info: Lacto Calamine Sunshield

Lacto Calamine, a product from Piramal Enterprises’ Consumer Products Division, is one of the most tried and trusted products in the skin care category, makes an addition to its portfolio with its ‘Lacto Calamine Sunshield’. This new product comes with the proposition of a sunscreen suited to the consumers’ skin type, namely through two variants – for oily and dry skin.  

Both the variants offer SPF 30 to protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV B Rays and PA++protection, which protects against UV A Rays that cause darkening and premature aging of the skin.

Two variants from Lacto Calamine Sunshield:

1.    Lacto Calamine Sunshield for oily skin comes with the goodness of Lemon extracts, which is ideal for oily skin. The natural Lemon Extracts (SPF 30, PA++) evens out skin pigmentation, and helps control excess oil


2.    Lacto Calamine Sunshield with Aloe Vera offers sun protection with moisturizing for dry skin. The natural Aloe Vera (SPF 30, PA++) moisturizes the skin, protects it and helps retain its glow.

Both Variants of Lacto Calamine Sunshield are priced at Rs. 199 for a 50ml pack.

My Vellvette Box (April) :)

Hey ya ladies! I received my April Vellvette Beauty Box in the mail today. I am so happy that it arrived so soon. Here is a sneak peek for you ;)

This month's box is way better than the March box, but I still wished for a nail paint or a perfume sample. :P

I am glad to see Velvette teaming up with Motives, such a widely known international brand. You can check out the reviews of some Motives products that I did a while back.

Listing the products that I got in the box,
  • Motives Mardi Gras Palette
  • The Nature's Co. Red and Green tea Sunscreen Lotion
  • Mary Kay extra emollient night cream
  • NYX lipgloss in shade strawberry (Extra sample for the March offer)

Overall thought: I am happy to see the Motives palette in the box, but to be honest, I have too many palettes to finish up and this seems good to gift away to my friends. Nice to see a product from The Nature's Co. as I wanted to try out the brand, but why sunscreen (oh and it smells weird and muddy.....please spare my face and send something to try on body instead VT!), and the Mary Kay night cream seems too sticky to apply on face (maybe I would use it on hands, as my hands tend to get dry and flaky due to season change). As for the extra sample of NYX lipgloss, it seems that the Vellvette team is sending the surplus products of last few months as extra sample (like the Purely Pro blush in march box ...WHY?! =(( ...not fair VT!)

Oh please, please read the questionnaire I answered VT, before sending out the May Box. Hope to see some of my favourite products in the next box.

Nivea Powerfruit Relax Shower Gel Review

On a recent offline :P shopping spree of some essentials, I came across the two new Nivea shower gels on the counter (coincidentally it was just the day before I received the press release for the same! ). 

Though the pink one looked equally tempting with the yellow beads, on sniffing I liked the purple Powerfruit one and brought it home. After trying it for past few weeks and soon finishing it up, here is what I think of it.

PRICE:  Rs.175

QUANTITY: 250 ml


WHAT IT CLAIMS: Nivea   Powerfruit   Relax contains   anti-oxidants with   blueberry extracts that   help   nourish   your skin. This shower gel has a pleasant fruity fragrance of the acai berry that helps soothe your senses. The   fine mixture   of   power   fruit   and   blueberry   gently   cleanses   your   skin feeling   pampered and revived.

MY EXPERIENCE: Nivea Powerfruit Relax Shower Gel comes in a simple flip top cap packaging. Although the gel looks purple in the bottle, it is actually colorless, or say with just a hint of color that is not visible to eyes. It smells slightly fruity that is pleasant and relaxing, and it reminds me of some old shampoo whose name I can't seem to remember. It is quite runny in consistency and lathers extremely well which feels a little silky on skin.      

Good thing, it doesn't dry out skin (HydraIQ technology?!) even though it gently cleanses away dead skin (even without a loofah). Bad thing, it feels a little slippery on skin and requires extra time and water to wash off. Apart from that I didn't find anything bad. Oh and I don't know how I finished up the bottle so fast, like in 3 weeks! To sum it up,

  • Pleasant and relaxing aroma.
  • Runny consistency that spreads and lathers easily.
  • Feels silky on skin.
  • Cleanses skin gently yet effectively.
  • Doesn't dry out skin.
  • Simple and effective packaging.
  • Economical and easily available. 
  • Comes with a free loofah. Gee! :P

  • Feels a little slippery, maybe because of it's moisture retaining formula.
  • Priced higher than the previous variants.
  • I finished up the bottle way too fast. :P 

VERDICT: This has been my first try with any of the Nivea shower gels and I quite liked it, so much so that I got the Creme Soft shower gel from Nivea to try next. Review would be up soon. Have you tried any of the new/old Nivea shower gels?

RATINGS:  4.25 out of 5

PR Info: This summer, love your skin with “Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh with STRATYS-3 technology”

Do you think your skin needs care only during the winter? It is time to break the popular myth that moisturising is essential only during winter. Our skin needs care even during the hottest season of the year; as it loses moisture every minute, thus leaving it dry and de-hydrated. Creams / lotions without moisturising actives do not last long on our skin and are therefore needed to be re applied. For skin to look and feel healthy, penetration of moisture through its layers becomes of utmost importance. So look no further, as Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh body lotion with STRATYS-3™ technology is the one stop solution for sheer hydration this summer that will keep your skin nourished, hydrated and refreshed for 24 hours.

Star ingredient
Aloe is the ultimate skin care treatment. It soothes, it softens and it moisturizes. Constant exposure to the sun dehydrates your skin, leaving it dry and dull. Aloe replenishes skin with its fast absorbing and non-sticky moisture, leaving your skin feeling fresh, cool and healthy. 

Breakthrough technology: STRATYS-3™
Creams / lotions without moisturising actives infuse glycerine in their products to attract and hold moisture, which sinks into the skin’s core while leaving the outermost surface layer vulnerable to water loss resulting in dry and unhealthy skin.  If the glycerine levels in the lotions are increased, it can result in the skin feeling sticky post application of the lotion. The STRATYS-3™ technology used in Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh offers a better solution for delivering optimal hydration to all skin’s surface layers. Each ingredient in the Stratys-3™ complex is selected for its unique ability to work optimally at a specific layer of the skin. Hence, when combined into a lotion, it can effectively take care of the top, core and deep down layers of surface skin, delivering sheer hydration to all layers of the skin, evenly.
 Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh has infused the goodness of Aloe Vera extracts with the winning formula of STRATYS-3™. It suspends moisture across the skin’s top, core and deep down layers, ensuring that the skin remains clean, cool and hydrated in summer, giving you an unmatched fresh feel, naturally.   
For best results, Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh should be applied every day after taking a shower; as at this time the skin pores are open and will allow easy absorption of the lotion, into the skin’s core. Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh keeps your skin hydrated for 24 hours without the need for it to be re-applied. It replenishes skin with a burst of sheer hydration. So, leave your skin worries to Vaseline® Total Moisture™ Aloe Fresh and be confident to go out this summer with beautiful skin.
100ml- INR 69/-       200ml- INR 125/-     300ml- INR 165/- 

Maybelline Hyperglossy Liquid Liner - Shade Black and Maybelline Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Eyeliner - Shade Tangerine Orange

Maybelline has been one brand that never fails to impress me. I was on the lookout for a glossy finish black eyeliner that doesn't smudge and is kinda waterproof, when I chanced upon Maybelline Hyperglossy Liquid Liner (Black) and it met my requirements to the T. Soon after Maybelline came up with three neon-ish shades in this range called  Maybelline Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Eyeliner and I got the shade Tangerine Orange to try out. Read on my review, on both of these pretty eyeliners.  

Hyperglossy Liquid Liner

Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Eyeliner

PRICE:  Rs.225 (Hyperglossy Liquid Liner ), Rs 350 (Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Eyeliner)

QUANTITY: 3gm each


MY EXPERIENCE: Both the Maybelline Hyperglossy Liquid Liner (MHLL now onward) and the Maybelline Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Liner (MHRPLL now onward) comes in a tiny tube with a long applicator handle. The brush is thin and tiny, but delivers precise thin lines or thick lines as one wishes to, even with shaky hands like mine. It helps in getting that perfect winged liner in a jiffy in case of both the MHLL and MHRPLL. The shade Black is the darkest black liner I ever came across with a superb glossy finish, while the tangerine orange is quite a unique neon orange shade, and certainly not everyone's cup of tea, and isn't suitable for everyday wear unless you work or study at some real "cool" place. Both of them dries up pretty fast on application, are water resistant, smudgeproof and lasts as long as you don't rub it off your eyes, when it would start flaking (water + rub).

Left: Daylight         ;      Right: With Flash
Coming to the not-so-good part. It accentuates the fine lines on my eyelids and feels a bit stretchy on dry skin. So its essential to moisturise the eye area before applying the liner. And why such huge difference between the prices? Grrrr!
  • Glossy, super pigmented formula. 
  • Water resistant and smudge proof.
  • Nice brush that gives super thin and thick lines.
  • Stays and looks freshly applied till the time you keep it on.
  • Comes off easily with some water and little rubbing without giving raccoon eyes.
  • Doesn't irritate eyes.
  • Easily available.

  • Flakes on rubbing with water. (I do like that part as it helps in easy removal).
  • The price difference between the regular and the special shades.
  • Accentuates the fine lines on my eyelids and feels a bit stretchy if the eye area isn't moisturised properly.

VERDICT: My search for the glossy, jet black liner ends here. Love the Maybelline Hyperglossy Liquid Liner to the core, while the Maybelline Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Eyeliner in shade Tangerine Orange is perfect to add some zing to your look on special occasions. Have you tried either of them?

RATINGS:  4.75 out of 5 

**Maybelline Hyperglossy Liquid Liner in shade Black is bought by me while the Maybelline Hyper Glossy RunWay Pop Liquid Eyeliner in shade Tangerine Orange was sent by PR for consideration but it doesn't influence my honest opinion! Read my disclaimer.

PR Info: Dove's New Go Fresh Nourishment Body Lotion

Dove's Go Fresh Nourishment body lotion for cool summer skin and super confidence

With refreshing cucumber extracts and aromatic green tea scent

Summer is a tough season for your body. Hot, humid, dusty, dry and sweaty, it makes you uncomfortable physically and robs you of confidence internally. Dove knows that when your skin feels beautiful & nourished, it allows you to express yourself more openly & confidently, because when you feel confident in your skin, it shows in your body language.

Go Fresh Nourishment body lotion with advanced Deep Care Complex is enriched with rich cucumber extracts and green tea scents to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth with a cooling sensation that is perfect for this season.

Deep Care Complex is a combination of natural skin nutrients and essential oils that nourish skin deep down while delivering superior care for all skin types and needs. It is a blend of skin care ingredients including a patented skin nutrient technology that deeply nourishes the skin and replenishes the moisture levels to give you long lasting, soft and smooth skin. It is easy to spread and is absorbed by the skin to instantly hydrate without making you feel oily.

Cucumber extract is a naturally hydrating substance and also provides vitamins and minerals that enhance the complexion and adds a glow to your skin. It has a cooling after-effect that soothes and rejuvenates the skin.

The powerful combination of rich cucumber extract and the aromatic green tea scent leaves a refreshingly cool sensation that provides a unique sensory experience.

Go Fresh Nourishment body lotion also includes key nutrients like glycerol which makes skin moist, soft and supple to touch. Amino acids, act as a repair treatment from within keeping the skin smooth and elastic. The moisturizing emollience of sunflower seed oil has the primary objective of reinforcing the skin barrier.

According to Dove's Body Language Expert, Dr. David Leffell, "Keeping our skin healthy and well-nourished is essential to good health. When used as part of a daily beauty regime, the Go Fresh Nourishment body lotion consistently improves and protects the condition of your skin, ensuring it is well nourished.”

Dove wants all women to have a happy confident body language and Go Fresh Nourishment is the first step to attain this with soft, supple and beautiful skin. 

So go beyond moisturisation this summer for true skin nourishment with ‘Go Fresh Nourishment body lotion’

Available in:
Rs. 80.00

Little some things from Soulflower

Just wanted to share my recent little haul from Soulflower. 

As they were giving a holi special discount on the Bath Salts, I thought of getting one for me and chose the Passionate Watermelon one.

Also added these two little roll-ons to the basket as I wanted to try them out for so long, one in Feel Sexy and the other in PMS Relief.

I am very happy with the aromas I chose as they suit my olfactory senses completely :D. The Feel Sexy one smells as sexy as it sounds and OMG! the lasting power is amazing. I am yet to try out the other two products but would review them soon (...hope so :P )! Oh, and I got a Jasmine soap sample free with my purchase and that too smells heavenly, which by the way, my mom snatched from me. :P 

Did you buy anything from SoulFlower recently ?

My first Vellvette Box (March) :)

Hey ya gals! As many of you know, the Vellvette Beauty Box is one of the most raved beauty boxes in India at present, and I had an itch to subscribe to it, but withheld my decision as the "rational me" thought, what I am gonna do with these little samples when I have bottles of other products to finish up! While I was pining for it, they posted an offer, of an extra sample for the March subscription (also extra sample each month with 6 months subs) and greedy me jumped the bandwagon. 

I placed the order for the 6 months subscription (quite a huge leap there! ;) ), which took a little while to get confirmed as I missed their confirmation call. Anyhow, it got confirmed on 31st March and I received my first Vellvette beauty box today. Yipee! :)  

Meanwhile, I got an idea of what to expect in my March box from my other blogger friends and I wasn't happy with some of the products. Thankfully, it isn't a total fail for me, even though I got those products which I disliked in the other's boxes.

Time for some pics. Unwrapping the box (it smelled heavenly when I opened it, but that went away after some time),

Goodies I got,
  • Remy Laure DNA Beauty Cream + DNA Hydra Mask samples.
  • Mary Kay Lip Liner and 2 Eye liner samples.
  • Lush Dream Cream Hand and Body lotion sample.
  • Purely Pro Blush - Strawberry (Bonus product)
  • Meiji Amino Collagen Skin Glow  (Bonus product)

I liked the Lush Dream cream (as I have never tried anything from this brand) and the Purely Pro Blush (which is a repeat product from Feb box and I don't have much idea about the brand) out of all the samples. I handed over the Meiji collagen pack to my mom, as I am not risking to drink that myself. One thing about the samples, that they are really tiny and hardly would last 1-2times of use (except the blush), so I won't be reviewing these samples as such. 

Overall, I am satisfied with my box but not overly happy and excited as I thought I would be. Looking forward to the April box now and I hope to see some Victoria Secret, OPI, TBS and other fragrance samples (as I also suggested in my questionnaire) that made me subscribe to it. Vellvette team, are you listening? ;)

Nivea Contest Winner! :)

Hey guys, sorry I am late in announcing the winner for the Nivea contest.  

Thanks to all those who entered the contest and hope you had fun :) I got some really nice answers,where the lemon juice, curd and turmeric DIYs were quite common yet effective on their own, but the answer which was unique and won the contest is given by,

Congrats Kavita! :D Contact me within 48 hours and email me your details.  

Don't get disheartened if you didn't win. Keep on trying and you might win the next one. ;)

PR Info: Pond's white beauty BB+ Fairness cream

Pond’s, the pioneer in face care with over 160 years of face care expertise, introduces the revolutionary Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream. The first of its kind innovative beauty solutions from the Pond’s white beauty portfolio combines the dual benefit of instant coverage of spots as well as lightening skin within to help reveal perfect natural look. Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream with SPF 30 PA++ and GenWhite TM cover formula provides natural coverage suited for Indian skin that conceals spot instantly while working from deep within epidermis to lighten stubborn spots  for all day instant spot-less radiant skin.

The evolution of BB cream

Now get:
v  Instant natural coverage
v  Non-pores clogging
v  Light, non-oily texture
v  Lightens from within epidermis level
v  Reduces dark spots
v  Evens skin tone
v  SPF 30 PA++ protects from UVA, UVB and visible light

BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm cream, was originally formulated in the 1950s by German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek, to protect and provide natural light coverage for patients’ sensitive skin, who had just undergone laser treatments and surgery. Recently, it was introduced in South Korea and Japan and it has been named “the secret of Korean actresses” for their fair and flawless skin.

The science behind Pond’s white beauty ™ BB+ fairness cream
With the Pond’s Institute’s dual-acting sophisticated skin lightening GenWhite™ Cover Formula and SPF 30 PA++ advanced sunscreen protection, Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream not only improves skin texture and effectively lightens skin from within but also provides Natural looking instant glow for Indian skin.
Clinically proven to lighten skin tone and reduce dark spots, GenWhite™ Formula is enriched with a powerful mix of Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Allantoin and advanced superior sunscreen protection.
·         Vitamin B3 - Pond’s signature ingredient, helps to reduce and control melanin accumulation on the skin
·         Vitamin E – A potent fat soluble anti-oxidant to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals which can trigger melanin production which leads to darker skin
·         Allantoin – Recognized as an anti-inflammatory by US FDA found
in the comfrey plant and helps to reduce processes that can lead to increased pigmentation
·         Advanced Superior Sunscreen Protection SPF 30 PA++  SPF 30 PA++ - Helps to protect against skin tanning and photo ageing

A great complement to the Pond’s face care regime:
Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream also completes the daily Pond’s face care regime with its instant natural coverage and advanced sunscreen protection, in addition to superior skin lightening and brightening benefits. 

How to apply?

Cleanse your face with Pond's white beauty face wash, squeeze a small amount of Pond's BB+ cream on your fingertips.

About Pond’s:
Pond's is a global face care expert that has a presence in over 50 countries including Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan) and USA - making it a skin care brand to reckon with. The brand boasts of state-of-the-art R&D facilities led from Ponds Institutes
at New York, Tokyo and Madrid, helping it create international beauty solutions for the discerning woman. The Pond's philosophy is based on the application of leading-edge technology to face care, and giving customised solutions for different skin care needs. By combining this with an intimate understanding of the woman's skin care needs and requirements, Pond's delivers results women can see and feel.
About Hindustan Unilever Limited:
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)
is India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company, touching the lives of two out of three Indians. HUL's mission is to "add vitality to life" through its presence in over 20 distinct categories in Home & Personal Care Products and Foods & Beverages. The company meets every day needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Dot your forehead, cheeks and chin.

Blend and spread outward toward the hairline and jaw line for an even coverage.

With its smooth and light texture, Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream is applied in three easy steps after Pond’s white beauty cream. For a smooth, flawless complexion, simply squeeze a small amount of Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream onto fingertips, dot the forehead, cheeks and chin. Then, blend and spread outward towards the hairline and jawline for an even coverage.
Providing multi-targeted coverage with skin lightening benefits that lasts throughout the day, Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream is the perfect complement to the Pond’s daily face care regime. 
Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream is available at for Rs.125 for 18 gm and Rs.69 for 9 gm.