Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bisleri Urzza review

Bisleri Urzza Review by Coral Crue
Last two weeks have been exhausting for me. The travel did not help either.
Normally, I bounce back in no time but there has been added stress and lack of exercise which have
been pulling the system down. That's when I spotted this bottle of Urzza and was so tempted to try it out.
I would totally be against energy drinks but the very fact that it said Liquid charger and gave all kinds of promises made me want to try it out. I told myself that I wouldn't take it unless absolutely necessary and that need of the hour arose sooner than anticipated.

Bisleri Urzza Review by Coral Crue
The drink unlike it's famous variants is supposed to be completely caffeine-free and fortified with vitamins.
The beverage is targeted to be used by youth. It is available in 300ml bottles, pictured above, and 250ml cans.
The can costs Rs.50, the bottle I purchased cost me Rs.35.

It's a golden-yellow colored fluid. I could have described it in a very apt way, if great minds think alike but I am not going to have you picture my words each time you swig it, so golden-yellow it is.

It tastes fine. It's not the best tasting energy drink I've had but there's no lack of enjoyment while consuming it. It's easy to drink. I had it in phases and not all in one gulp. You need to be careful about the things you put in your system, especially when it comes to unfamiliar territory.

I waited a bit and when I felt more tired, I finished it all up. I have to say I kept waiting through the morning, noon and then some classes I had to attend. I felt non energized. No Energizer bunny running around. I waited a little more. Then I started to naturally get tired. But I did feel more exhausted than normal. A mild head heaviness. No, I was not imagining it. I had difficulty concentrating more than normal. But no energy at all.

I know people who favor this drink and use it solely for the energy boost it gives but it did absolutely nothing for me. Maybe, made me more tired. I have already mentioned I was going through extremes of stress this week, perhaps you can consider that and then test it out for yourself. It just did not work for me.I know that my system will not want me to pick it up again. Am pretty sure I won't reach for it when I am at the store next.

Have you tried Bisleri Urzza? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear about any other energy drinks you have had that have helped you without any side effects.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Garnier Fairness Innovation White Complete Range #7DayGarnierChallenge review

Hello Sailors! Howdy Doody y'all!

Today I am here with Garnier's biggest online sampling #7dayGarnier Challenge drive, that helps to enforces all their users to try out their range- The SPEED WHITE. Here are my thoughts about the same.
Garnier Speed White range
The products from the Speed White range include the White Complete Multi Action Fairness Cream and White Complete Fairness Face Wash.

Garnier Speed White Fairness Cream and White Complete Fairness Face Wash
This range claims to provide instant glowing skin, protect the skin from the sun and prolong the glow over a period of time when you use the products in combination.

Garnier White Complete Multi Action fairness cream

Garnier White Complete Multi Action fairness cream
I was to have started this review two weeks ago but due to some unforeseen travel and an emergency, I am reviewing it this week. I will complete my 7 day challenge tomorrow but I would like to start my review and will continue updates after a month of finishing the product. For now, here is what I have felt.

The cream is enclosed in a sweet little light-weight cream pot. You can easily travel with it and just slip it in your handbag or travel gear too.
I have to admit this is not the first time that I am trying either product. When Garnier had launched the products, I had not yet started blogging, years ago. At the time, I had discontinued use as it just felt like a highly marketed whitening cream with great packaging.
This claims to be the new and improved version.
The cream is white, has the pleasant signature garnier fragrance which I quite like.
The formulation is luscious and quite thick. I have combination-oily skin type.
It takes a little while to settle in to my skin but not the way it used to earlier sit on top.
It instantly gives a whitened effect which I do not like.
But that settles down after twenty minutes or so.
For humid climates and my skin type, I feel a little angst when I can feel the cream on my skin.
I hope to see in future formulations that it just seamlessly evaporates...into my skin, ofcourse ;)
Dry skin types will love this formulation over the earlier ones.
When I started to use it, one of my aunts immediately asked me why I looked tanned while I was expecting her to say just the opposite.
I was a bit shocked because I felt I had in fact started to look less dull.
But she has seen me today over the course of the week and commented on the change in skin tone and that I was not looking as dull as the first day of use. She doesn't know that I am testing this new cream out, anyway. Also, I can't figure out the unexplained dullness when I just started to test it out.
Maybe lack of water, stress, travel could have all added to it.

Garnier White Complete Multi Action fairness cream
Overall, the cream has evened my skin tone by one shade. It's been close to 7 days of use.
But that's about it. It has also added some moisture and enhanced the glow a teeny bit. I will
be able to give a clearer picture within the course of the month. Stay tuned for the updates.

Garnier White Complete Multi Action fairness face wash

Garnier White Complete fairness facewash review
I have used this face wash earlier too. Many of my friends and colleagues still use this as their face wash.
I find the face wash very creamy. It will suit dry skin types. 
It has the same subtle fragrance as the cream.
It does a good job of cleaning up the skin but I feel it does not leave it squeaky clean.
I do feel a very light layer of cream or film deposits on the top layer of the facial skin. 
I have checked for Spf in the face wash to ascertain if that's why I feel that way but
could not find the same.
It does it's job as a face wash but I would like a non creamier version of the same :)
I don't think I have noticed a perceivable difference in skin tone with using this face wash.

Garnier White Complete fairness facewash review
Below are the list of ingredients that you can take a look at, to see if it will suit your skin.

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Here is a swatch of the creamy face wash. Am sure most of you have already tried this product :)

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The best part about these two products, I have to add, is that they have not broken me out at all. That is a big achievement on it's own for me.

Now comes the fun part for you all.
Take part in the #7daygarnierchallenge by registering for your free sample right here 
Go to this page, log in your details along with how you heard about the challenge from us, and share your experiences here with me at the end of the 7 day challenge. Let me know what you feel about the products. Is it a Yay or Nay for you :)

Honest opinions will be highly appreciated as we are all taking the challenge together. 
Please add your skin type in the comment section along with your comment, if possible.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Chand Bali earrings : An example of exquisite architecture and finesse used in jewellery

Chand Bali earring. pic courtesy: Google
They were the rage after being worn by Deepika Padukone in the movie Ram Leela. It's not a new addition in the kind of Indian jewellery that, we, Indian women have been lucky to sport. They have origins from the Mughal or Nizami times. It's so named from the crescent shape of the moon. Yet another example of how inspiration of nature is always so divine.
Chand Bali earringpic courtesy: Google
But I was quite unaware of the existence of Chand Bali till our lovely Bollywood heroines took it up on themselves to sashay around in them in every possible contemporary design available. Soon after I found myself lusting after them around local stores. Whenever I travel, too, I look for them. Some not so exquisitely designed but still favorable enough to desire one in the collection.

Chand Bali earringpic courtesy: Google
Earlier I used to see them sold in stores selling temple jewellery, with the stud designed as either Lord Ganesha or the Goddess Lakshmi, and the lower crescent dangling with white pearls. Now, they come in various designs with added pearls, colored stones, kundan, glass and other pretty beads. Some of them are really heavy as a friend who bought from flipkart told me she had never expected it to be so heavy to carry around. 

Chand Bali earringpic courtesy: Google
Even though it is traditional in design you can pair them with your saree, anarkali or a formal gown. They are quite the attention grabber and can pull your look together without the need for other accessories.

Chand Bali earringpic courtesy: kowelleryshop
You can also find them in silver stores like the above and I have also seen them made in gold. I think it will look perfect for your special days, weddings and gala events. I am keeping an eye out for one myself so I can keep a few in my collection. Though if you are looking for it in the yellow metal, they don't come cheap because of the making charges.

Chand Bali earringpic courtesy: Google
Still, I feel it is way prettier than a pair of diamond earrings. With the upcoming festivals like Ganesh Chathurthi, Diwali, Eid is already over, I can see pieces flying around like hot cakes at the stores.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing the pieces I had picked out for the blog. I felt I would show you what's on my lust list since ages now. I am not into big, showy earrings and have always been a simple, stud person. But these earrings have done me in with their exquisite designs.

When I am done with my Chand Bali search, I will put up a pic of what I got but I have not zoomed in on the final piece or pieces that I want. Till then, wish me happy shopping ;)

What's your favorite piece of jewellery? Where do you shop for them from?

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