Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Myntra sale: So, what did I get?

My very first experience with the Myntra app made me not want to shop with them but that was a while ago. I don't give up so easily and am glad that I did not because what I got at this haul was something I was super duper excited about. Let me share my latest haul with you all.

My Myntra haul
 Most of you who I have spoken to about my shopping skills online, have let me know that you are not too confident about purchasing from websites online. But let me guarantee , that when it came to many websites I found Myntra the best. They immediately get their support team working on you and resolve your problems within 24 hours. 24 hours is what they say, but I have seen my issues worked up on in a matter of hours. No, this is not a paid post.

For months together, I was adding products in my shopping cart online, removing them and leaving them in my wishlist. Most times, sizes would run out and I would wait to get the product at it's best price. When Myntra announced their huge monsoon sale, I got my fastest fingers ready ;)

Click! Click! Click!
 I am always looking out for a sling bag, I have one attached on me 4-6 hours a day. I had spotted this gorgeous kind of satchel made of canvas completely, first at Pantaloons. It was by the brand Akriti
I waited for it to come on sale but it did not and one day suddenly they were all sold out. I was really upset as I could have bought it at full rate because you barely get to find satchels that are completely made of canvas, including the handles and detailing. Most times it's made of leather and I don't like it. When I spotted, the exact same satchel made by Bata, I was beyond happy. I had got to get it. But the money-monitor in my brain instead of just clicking add to cart, went on to moving it to wishlist.
Still, the best part about Myntra is they keep showing you how many units are left in stock. I would check daily till sale day and it still had 8 units left. I went to sleep in peace.

Coveted Bata Satchel in Neon Pink
              Next morning the sale was to start early so I woke up by 8am. Never before has this happened ;) I immediately opened my wishlist and there was my beauty marked at 60% off. I gasped and immediately added it to my cart. I started checking everything on my wishlist and almost everything was above 55% off.

    The next piece I got at 55% off were these gorgeous sea green Nikes Running shoes. I haven't bought myself such a pretty pair in a long, long time. Recently a cousin had asked me what my favourite color was. I was blank. No one had asked me this question since school days. Why did he want to know? So random. So I like a fool said that I was not particular about a shade. Which is quite close to the truth. I do like many colors at present. I can't choose just one. But when I was figuring out what color shoes I wanted, I noticed myself leaning towards mint and sea green. So there, cousin, I like mint. I don't like the taste of mint though except in After 8 :)

Nike Running pretty!
I had wanted leggings and was surprised to see trouser material leggings by Dressberry. I picked this sweet peach shade. It helps that the waist is quite stretchy. I've not seen anything like this in stores here.

Dressberry Peach trouser leggings
 Then my eyes immediately spotted mint socks by Reebok. Want!!
I was so quick that I did not notice they were made of nylon. I had already added them to my cart. Only after I had billed, did I notice that they were nylon and not cotton. For socks, am very choosy, it  has to be thick cotton and nothing else. But I had no mind to return it as it was 50% off again and in my favorite color. The camera has not adequately picked up the shade. Here it looks more like a baby blue.

Last but not the least, I have been wanting cotton shirts that I could wear to classes.
I got this lovely pink plaid ones from Flying Machine. They are loose and comfortable.
The material is also really good. It has nice embellishments like the lovely heart with the brand logo.

Flying Machine

Lovely crochet detail in the inner collar
I had some queries, the team were extremely helpful and addressed them immediately. I love how much they care for their customers.
My package was delivered in two days. Very prompt and very efficient.
Items were all in great condition and I am super happy.
There are sales going on at the mall but I am least interested as I am getting everything delivered home at better deals. Who wants to go to the mall now, eh?

If you have any questions about my Myntra shopping experience, I will try to answer them in the comments section as best as I can.

Which website do you regularly shop from?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Lakme True Wear Nail Polish classics 1 Sabyasachi Review , Not just another nail polish post....there is a small message attached which I would love everyone to read.

Lakme True Wear Nail Polish classics 1 Sabyasachi
Hi, Everyone :)

Few days ago, I came across a few girls bullying a boy wearing nail paint. It made me wonder and I went up to them to ask why they were being so mean to him. The younger of the lot immediately retorted,'Only girls wear nail paint, is he a girl?' I asked her to take a look at the nail paint bottle and if it had any instructions on it saying - Only for females. Perplexed, she looked at me and they all left. I took him aside. He looked embarassed. I told him I really liked the pretty coral on his toes. He smiled shying away.

I told him to take no note of bullies/people who tell you that you can't do something, and to tell them to mind their own business the next time they bullied him. He told me they would come again and insult him. I asked him why he needs to be embarassed if it's something he liked. 'Are you harming anyone in the process of painting your nails?', I enquired, 'Do you like colors? Then what's wrong in sporting what you like? It's your personality, let it shine.' He looked up at me at this time. I told him next time they come up to him tell them to mind their own business and also,' It's not your job to like me, it's me.'

He left feeling better.The thing about our conditioning and schooling is that we  are taught to become a uniform set of human beings. Am not saying schooling is bad but it leaves you uptight and restricted with a set of norms that you feel obliged to follow. I say, 'Break free!'

You have one life. You want to paint your nails, DO IT! You want to express yourself a little different, by all means Go Ahead! Don't let unkind people stop you. You may get a lot of stares but you are just being yourself. Stares and trash talk should not bring you down. Internally, I know that most of these meanies don't have the guts to do what you do. 
 Eventually people have to accept you for who you are, no matter the issue being nail paint, your profession, your personality. You just be you. And be happy. Be truthful, harm no one and just trust yourself to live a life of freedom. I'm all for gender equality too. I have seen issues online where people say such and such kind of people cannot do these things freely. I do not understand rules and restrictions. My blog is for everyone. If you are a guy, a girl, a transgender ...You are all treated equally here. My friends are all of communities, genders, it what you want. For me, they are all the same. Don't feel shy to comment, just say what you want in here. I appreciate all your comments and I get a lot of enquiries from boys in private emails but I would appreciate if you all felt less shy and commented in here too. Feel free. Be open. DO what you like.

So, back to the topic of this nail paint that I picked up. I think it's a lovely shade for all skin tones.

This particular nail paint has a great consistency, color and it lasts a long time. It is not prone to chip off compared to some other pricier nail paints that I've used.

This is how it looks after one coat. You get a lovely mauvey, slightly glistening and muted shade. It has undertones of copper and a baby blush pink shade to it.

Lakme True Wear Nail Polish classics 1 Sabyasachi 

This shade sure has a couple of dimensions to it. Also, if you wear beyond two coats, the pink in it disappears and it tends to become a deeper russet brown.

with two coats

with one coat
 MRP: Rs.90-100(depending on the rates and offers on sites)
Lakme True Wear Nail Polish classics 1 Sabyasachi
 It's a lovely, dense, deep muted shade. It can be worn for ceremonies like haldi, mehendi, functions.

You can achieve a goth look, if you are feeling it, when you apply three layers or more, pair it with a nice black tee and exotic dark kajal.

Lakme  Nail Polish classics 1 Sabyasachi

I remember applying two coats of it on my toe nails and I forgot about it for close to 12 days, when I remembered to look at my feet (i was having exams), I noticed the nail paint was still intact. Definitely one of those nail jobs you can do and forget about for days. No chipping or fading away.

The product description includes color lock technology and I think it's pretty good in the way that the color remains for days together without fading away.

I cannot the say the same for the other colors in this range as this is the only one I have tried so far and the color holds true without chipping.

Lakme True Wear Nail Polish classics 1 Sabyasachi

That's it, everyone. I think I have said and shown enough of what this product can do.

Do stay tuned for my next post on my shopping experience from the ongoing Myntra sale. It started on the 18th and I couldn't resist myself :P

Stay Blessed

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Myntra Fast and Fashionable Sale Review

Good morning, Everyone!
How are you all doing today?
If you have not heard of the Myntra Fast and Fashionable Sale, I'm sure you have, you should go check it out. By the way, Myntra is app only now. Going by the advertising they have done and my previous post (if you read me), you should have come to know by now.

Even though I was thoroughly disappointed by the sale last time, I did not want to give up on Myntra. I have had better experiences with them when I shopped from their website, pre-app days, so it did not put me off. I had almost all the things I had wanted from the previous sale, stored in my wishlist. So I just checked back and added a few more things in my wishlist before this sale started.

Myntra Fast and Fashionable Sale. pic courtesy:
I was up all night studying for a Forensic Medicine exam which I am writing tomorrow. So, I was not really sure if I would wake up in time for the sale and like last time be added in queue. But I placed an alarm for 7:45am, just in case, I hate waiting in queues even virtually!

To my surprise, I woke up to hear the alarm ring. Miracles of the Heavens above. I can't believe I woke up. I must have badly wanted bottom wear. As I write this post, I have to tell you what I am feeling too. Not just as a blogger but also as a shopper. Have you noticed the ginormous price hike in clothes at stores and markets these days? It's crazy especially in a city like Mangalore where you do not have too many options to shop. You either find something at the store or you don't. And you are at the mercy of the shopkeeper if you are buying from the market, they don't put an mrp value on most things, they look at how you are dressed and quote a price. Most things are sold over-priced in the market. You tend to find more reasonable items at a mall. And when I say the mall is reasonable, I have got to be kidding you. Things are WAY overpriced in department stores at the mall too. But atleast, you know you can look at the price tag in a mall and don't get into an emotional fit taxying between whether the outfit is in your budget and the  harrowing pressure tactics by the sales person, 'Madam, you want this or not! Tell me fast, Madam. Madam, want or no, you can take only two seconds to think, Madam'.  Aaaargh!! You get the point, you are not allowed to think in a bustling market. Most times when you shop there, you are at the mercy of the shop keeper plus no price tags. You need to keep asking, 'Bhaiya, how much is this please?' And you can't ask a hundred times. So those are some good points about shopping online. You can see the price, size, fabric and atleast ten other parameters about the dress you are buying with the pleasure of seeing it on another individual. It's like 3D shopping

I am a very (add twenty more 'very's) difficult shopper. I take my time to think if I really need something. Prefer shopping alone too, it frustrates whoever comes with me that I go through twenty stores and come back home with nothing. I don't just buy things because they have a price drop or I just like the color. I need to feel the fabric, imagine how it will look on me, durability of material, comfort factor, easy wash, weight of item (when I  travel I prefer natural and more lighter fabrics), When I was younger I was not so fussy, I'd just buy anything that was heavily discounted and in bright, bubbly colors. Things have changed a whole lot and for the better (for the sight of the beholder). If I were the only person on this planet I'd wear neon, overtly jhatak and bad-ass, bright pops of color. I've been stopped so many times and told to dress in more easier on the eye shades (when I was younger)

Myntra Fast and Fashionable Sale. pic courtesy:

As you can see, there are a variety of brands that are on offer. Not everything on my wishlist was on sale. Just 4 or 5 items. I had 80 items on the list. I'd easily give anyone a heart attack if all of them were 50% off, if I bought them. Which is why user discretion is so important these days. Do I really need all 80 outfits?

Myntra Fast and Fashionable Sale. pic courtesy:

This time the app loaded with just one or two glitches. I had two gadgets with me, when in one the app would freeze or say Sorry, Blah Blah ...we can't load due to errors , then I would switch to the other and in that I could easily browse through. When that would freeze, I'd go back to my phone and browse. In that way, I was able to add clothes in my shopping cart. Yes, I had to use two gadgets to shop successfully, Myntra. It would have been nicer if that could be avoided during the next Sale. But I was very happy that there was no wait time or waiting in queue to get into your app to shop during this sale. That was my biggest frustration last time.

Myntra Shopping Bag

I had no problem adding the pieces I wanted to the shopping bag. I am a size XL currently and those sizes are the first to run out. That's one pet peeve, Myntra. You need to stock larger sizes as they run out really fast.
But the shopping bag, was a real breeze. Adding things to cart had no glitches and it was all in perfect working order.

Myntra Shopping Cart

I had already fed in my details, address etc earlier and just had to click on order. Immediately, a form is generated confirming your order, Vat added and total amount. I get cash on delivery in my location, so that was easy too. In a couple of minutes, I received an email stating the order and time it would take to receive it.

Finally, I have to add, even though I was a teeny bit stressed about whether I could grab some clothes, because I don't have any , I was really relieved once the order was executed and I got a confirmation mail. I am just taking deep breaths, telling my friends it's easy to shop this time, telling you guys how my experience was and I am going to eat my breakfast now. 

Total time I spent on the app was close to an hour.

Go ahead, if you like something get it. It's not that hard and it didn't crash on me. You might find it a favorable experience too.

I find it hard to get natural fabrics online. I wish they'd stock more cotton and linen shirts. I find it easier to buy more cotton shirts from abroad. You get so much variety. But here, it's a different story.

I have a question, where do you buy your cotton shirts from? 

ps- This is not a sponsored post. All the opinions expressed are from personal experience.
The pictures do not belong to me and were clicked for the post from Myntra app.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Patanjali Ojas Multani Mitti Soap review

Ojas Multani Mitti Soap

I couldn't wait to review this soap for you guys.
There used to be a time I used to frequent Patanjali pharmacy quite regularly but it's been a long time since I've been there and explored their range of products. They keep adding to their range and each time you get bewildered when you see so much more like biscuits, atta, syrups, detergents, just to name a few.
Most of the items are also out of stock. I had wanted to try their rose syrup in summer but whenever I went to buy it, it would not be in stock. So, I went ahead and purchased Haldiram's brand.

Back to the soap, come summer and anything and everything made of Multani Mitti is something that I would stock up on. But sadly, you don't see too many Multani Mitti products on the shelves these days. So when I saw that Patanjali had released their own soap, I had to grab it. They have many other varieties but this by far is my favorite.

Let me tell you the minute you open the packaging, you get this amazing jasmine fragrance waft out of the wrapper and when it touches water, the fragrance just builds up. It's so lovely. The soap in itself is a coarse brown bar, feels grainy to touch and so earthy. I love it.
Multani Mitti soap

It is a very basic bar that foams rather well and leaves the body feeling refreshed. You know that there are a lot more ingredients in here than just Multani mitti though.

The ingredients are Purified Borax, mentha piperita which is basically mint extract, Camphor extract, Ajwain sat, Turmeric, Sandalwood, Brahmi, Aloe vera, Licorice, Reetha, Neem, Manjisth, Tulsi, Bringraj, Jatamansi, Nutgrass, natural oil base, multani mitti and zinc oxide along with perfume. Like I mentioned the mogra fragrance is just divine and it scents your entire bath giving a deep relaxing feel.

Due to it's grainy texture, it gives you a mild exfoliation. You tend to imagine since it's multani mitti, it might leave some sort of residue behind but it does not. You are left with squeaky clean skin with a lovely, faint smell of mogra.

The soap does not melt away and remains quite firm, unlike creamy soaps like Dove. 

This is one soap that I would definitely keep re-purchasing but I generally forget to because you will not find it in conventional stores, you need to locate a Patanjali center and see if it's in stock before you can get your hands on it.

Overall, a lovely purchase and I highly recommend this. Stay fresh :)

MRP: Rs.35 for 75gm bar

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew Review

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew
I am reviewing yet another Biotique product on the blog today. I was unable to review any product over the past few weeks due to ill health. It did not stop me from trying out new stuff though. The trials continue in all kinds of phases of health. I have so many products left to try and review. Let's start with this one for now. I have used it over a month and a little more, I am down to the last drop and just discarded it. I feel it is the right time to let you know my thoughts on the same.

It is a rather heavy moisturizer, it feels lighter, almost whipped consistency in your fingers but on my combination-oily skin and in the summer, this felt very heavy on my skin. One needs to use very, very little in order to moisturize the whole face. It is supposed to contain saffron(yes, you can very well smell this), almond and pistachio oils. It is also supposed to contain turmeric and wild turmeric extracts. I was not able to smell turmeric in this product. 

This does help fine lines to a certain extent but does not do much for deeper wrinkles.

Biotique Bio Saffron review

I would have found it easier to use in a colder climate as it just does not sit well on my face in humid, Mangalore weather. It just forms an oil slick on your face and does not exactly absorb well into the skin. I usually have to wash it off after a while of wearing it. It's much lighter than their coconut skin moisturizer but I feel just the same about both these products, that the consistency could feel lighter and not clog up all your pores in one go.

I will not be purchasing this again. I did not find it help my acne marks.

I am eyeing their pistachio or red sandal pack next, but I am not sure. Let me finish up the rest of my stock and explore.

Till my next review, I hope you all are in good health. Summer's suddenly turned to monsoons and many of you may feel under the weather. Just take good care of your health during this weather transition and start preparing for wetter climes. I am just trying to finish up all my washing and drying at the moment, before fungus starts to strike everything that's clean and green. Out with the halogen bulbs! And hoping we get some sun from time to time. Would definitely help with drying up our laundry. 

Cheers to the rain and another month of heave ho!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

My experience of shopping on Myntra app today

Good morning everyone!

pic courtesy, I don't own this image.

I thought I would like to share my experience on shopping on Myntra app today morning, I know that most of you are struggling with the app sale at this very moment. Those of you have gotten through your cart and proceeded to check out, High-five yourselves because you were the lucky ones.

I had picked up quite a few things and added to my wishlist over the past few days. I found their app really cool but I was also very sad that they have stopped their e-commerce page on the net.
And let me tell you, I have shopped with them earlier and had amazing experiences. But that was not the case today. I woke up at 7 am and checked my wishlist, everything seemed fine and under control. By 8 am, they had promptly opened up their app store for the ongoing sale.

I browsed through some of the brands. I needed new gym shoes and gym pants. I clicked on Nike and was happy to see they had good stock of what I wanted, I proceeded to put them in my cart. But I experienced trouble there. Then on started the glitches, while trying to register the product into my cart, it kept saying, 'Sorry, error of some sort.' it took a lot of clicking to get the item into the bag. Once it was in the cart, it was showing the wrong size. So I had to go back again to the product and click on the size, after some three to four tries, it happened to move into the cart. Hallelujah! Then the app booted me out saying that there were too many customers online so I had to wait my turn. 20 minutes!!!!! I was getting hungry. It was already 10am by then. I wished I could atleast see my cart and proceed to check out but that option was not available. Crisis!!! Hungry woman getting a migraine and wanting gym shoes. GRRRrrrrrrrrAAAAAARrrrgh.

So I saw that I was being timed in line and I had 15 minutes before I could get on again to shop, so I quickly went for a shower, when I came out I was still at 15 minutes. In another two minutes, the waiting time showed 20 minutes again. Oh MY Freaking Gawwwwd!!!

I thought forget it, let me just go and eat. So i prepared breakfast at 11:30am!!! Had it and went back to the app. This time I had to wait another fifteen minutes before it opened up and I went directly to my cart. All the items I had placed in there had changed back to the original price. The glitches kept cycling faster and the impatient guru that I am thought- What the heck is going on? By then I had had enough of the sale and I closed my app. I decided I would wait out till they fixed their glitches for the next sale. So FRUSTRATING, Myntra! Especially when I had actually found good items in your site this time. Booohoooo!!!

I really hope they fix their glitches and deals with the sellers before they venture out to ruin our mornings. Kind of reminded me of the fox that thought the grapes were too sour. They were truly too sour this morning. Bye Bye Mint Nike shoes, Bye Bye gorgeous check shirt, Bye Bye Nike track pants, Bye Bye pretty pink T-shirts. :(

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gap Blue No. 655 Eau de Toilette for Her Review

Gap Blue No. 655 Eau de Toilette for Her 
It is definitely after a 'gap' that I've been publishing on the blog (no pun intended).
I had to take a break not just from the blog but also from the monotony of my daily routine.
There was this feeling of wanting to break free and run. And so I did. I packed the bare minimum and got away as I fast I could before minds were changed. There was no planning, there was no making lists, just pure basic fun of traveling and getting away. I've returned with added enthusiasm and a zest for doing what I always do.

I've always needed a perfume in summer as it tends to get really hot and muggy out here in Mangalore. The humidity is so..what's the word....UGGGH! And I have to work for long, hard and painful hours which leaves me a mess. A stinky mess, I would like to avoid saying but hey! Well, that's what it is. And so the summer perfumes come out of my collection which when it comes to scents is very minimal. I have maybe 2 or 3 which includes essential oils because I do not favor the strong smells that the eau de toilettes impart. It gives me migraines that make me want to shower and get the smell off of me or from the person who is standing next to me wreaking of it.

This was definitely a gift from a very special person. I wouldn't have chosen it for myself. But after a few tries, I beg to differ. It's definitely what I reach out for currently.

They have a version for the boys, too, of the same perfume and I have not tried that out.
It comes in very clean and basic packaging, all white which is something that I really like.

On un-boxing, you get this beautiful crisp bottle. Simplistic in design and very basic. Just like the way I like my perfume bottles. I don't like fancy, freakish designs with girly bows, glitter and odd shapes.
This perfume was launched in 1997. It is a very green and floral fragrance.

It is sort of citrus smelling, musky and fresh all in one go when you just spray it on.
The fragrance has mandarin, orange, green leaves, cyclamen and bergamot in it.
It is not too heady or strong. As the day wears, it starts getting milder and for me, more pleasant.
Very casual, summery and easy going scent.
I've heard that it is a little hard to find so I am not sure if it has been discontinued as some of my friends who used to use it earlier have had a tough time getting it.

I quite like it for the day time and can easily find myself finishing it off this summer itself.
Not too sure if I would re-purchase it though as I would still go for something milder. Yup, that's my nose.

There will be more reviews in store. Slowly but surely. I just love to write and I can never grow tired of blogging. It's really a wonderful passion and I have connected to so many of you lovely people out there. It's liberating. So until my next review, stay fresh and keep the comments and mails coming. I love to hear from all of you <3