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Have Fun!

I have a habit. As I wave farewell to a person who’s going to do something specifically difficult I say “Have Fun!”

It is said with a tinge of humor laced with sarcasm but I have noticed that in one particular city in my country people tend to take it literally. They respond, “What fun? Do you think I am going to have fun?”

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Of course I know you’re not going to have fun, hence the sarcasm (I don’t say this, but I should). People take themselves too seriously conversely humor is embedded in culture!

That’s the only conclusion I could come to. When cultures are serious and do not allow for easy communication to flow amongst people, there’s a lot of hierarchy in relationships, then there’s no place for humor.

Another issue I find is language. If a certain language is not your first language and you constantly have to translate from English to your native language and back to English what gets literally lost  in translation is humor and nuances like sarcasm which actually when applied appropriately could make for a very meaningful conversation. Which reminds me of a roommate I had in Canada.

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She was learning ESL And there was this one time when we were having a conversation and I said “Go ahead!”

Which to me or any other person who speaks the English language means please proceed with what you have thought of doing. Well ! To her, “Go Ahead!” meant something else!

She thought that I was abusing her! And took offence and lectured me in broken English that this kind of language was unacceptable to her!

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It was only after a couple of weeks, she found out what “Go Ahead!” means and then there was a knock on my door and an apologetic roommate.

She had figured out that “Go Ahead!” was not an abuse!

Probably there wasn’t such a phrase in Japanese? For regular viewers of ‘Game Of Thrones’. I was watching the making of part of the series and apparently in Dothraki which is what the Dothraki race in ‘Game of Thrones’ speak theres no word for throne.

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This is ironic as the show is titled ‘Game of Thrones’. There’s also no word for thank you.

As this is not part of their culture. Though Dothraki is a fictional language, do you see the connect between culture and language?

There’s also the whole bit about a lot being lost in translation. For those of you who have seen the movie you know exactly what I mean.

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Here’s to better, more meaningful conversations!!

Much love,

YLT

 

Beauty product, Beauty subscription bag, International beauty subscription bag, Lip Love

I Only Roll With Goddesses | Lip Love | So Susan Cosmetics

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Image courtesy | Mysubscriptionaddiction.com

Hello Glamazons!

Today we will be reviewing the So Susan Lip Love Beauty Subscription bag for March,2017. Lip Love is a beauty subscription service which ships worldwide.

The Lip Love bag  comes at a subscription fee of $20.95 (USD) per month.This price includes the cost of shipping.

For the price of $21/- (almost) only you get 4-5 whimsically packaged products in a very pretty and whimsical makeup bag. Lip Love is a beauty subscription bag managed by So Susan Cosmetics so they decides on your products for the month.

No need to fill a preference questionnaire. Typically the products you receive are : eye shadows, mascaras, lip gloss or a lipstick etc.

This month Lip Love celebrated Goddesses! Not the religious ones though.

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Image courtesy | Pintrest.in

I read somewhere that empowered women, empower women. And I truly believe this.

And this is regardless of the setting whether in the workplace or the home front. An empowered housewife will empower her daughter of her daughter – in – law.

An empowered woman boss will empower her subordinate. When I look into my personal life I truly see this.

On the one hand I see my mother in law. She got married to my father – in – law at the tender age of 16.

How much do you really know about life at 16? Your husband then becomes your whole life and education takes a back seat.

But look at the repercussions in her life. All her life she has had to be dependent on her husband for everything.

Financially, emotionally every way. What would happen if he left her?

She has a son but the son too has his own life, so after the husband the son becomes the whole focus? Then what happens to the son’s life?

She has not been empowered a single day in her life. Hence she doesn’t empower me!

Not that I need her permission or her validation to be empowered! Coming from a different family, with a much higher level of education and a successful career I don’t succumb to her non empowerment.

And that’s the problem  in our relationship.The fact that I don’t succumb.

Some people might call it a generational gap! On the other hand I have my boss.

Also a woman. Shes empowered and doesn’t hold back on empowering me.

I owe a lot of my career success to her. Was it not for her, I would not get many opportunities or visibility.

This blog seems to have gone off on another tangent 😉 Coming back to this month’s Lip Love Bag.

Lip Love was doing make up bags in canvas with whimsical (almost juvenile!) prints though philosophical quotes. This time they seemed to be targeting a more mature audience.

From January I notice that they’ve changed the concept of the bag a bit.They still do the philosophical quote or statement, what with ‘Dream Big, Dare Greatly’ last month and ‘I Only Roll With Goddesses’  this month but they have changed up the print and the material of the bag.

There’s a motif on the bag much like last month.This time faces of women in pink against a white background.

The material is a kind of thick-ish faux leather as compared to the canvas though frankly that was quite interesting! Across the print are the words ‘I Only Roll With Goddesses.’

Have a look at the bag below:

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Image courtesy | Mysubscriptionaddicton.com

Now lets have a look at the products I received:

  1. Skinsider | Highlighter Pallete |So Susan | $42.00
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Image courtesy | Mysubscriptionaddiction.com

I’m not one for highlighters but I was still very excited to receive this product!I love the packaging of it.

Its so sleek and black and slim. I also love the colors, I feel the pans are too small too dip in for highlighting and I wonder if they can be doubled up as eye shadows.

It comes with a good sized built in mirror and has its own sponge applicator. Nine beautiful, shimmery shades with awesome pigmentation.

2. Liptensity Hydrating Lip Gloss| Jelly Pong Pong | In the shade ‘Curiousity’ | $14.00

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Image courtesy | Jellypogpong.com

I don’t like these lip glosses at all. First off, they have a wierd detergent like smell.

Then the formula is patchy and does not apply evenly. It’s well pigmented and has good shine.

But that not enough for me.

3. Lip Pout | In the shade ‘Social Butterfly’ | So Susan | $19.00

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These lipsticks are quite interesting for me. First of all the casing is made out of paper.

And then they have a whimsical print! The name of the shade also doesn’t give away the color.

4.Cheek Parfait | In the shade ‘Marmalade’ | Trifle Cosmetics | $23.00

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This product has good pigmentation and I love the color as well. I think the color should work for all skin tones.

Again the problem that I have with it is the packaging. Why is it so juvenile?!

If I was to purchase this product from a store I would not purchase it due to the packaging alone! The outer part is still okay but the eye shadow pack itself is like toy/dolls makeup.

Is this product targeted at tweens? If Trifle Cosmetics ever reads this, then please know this is the only angst I have with your products.

Or let me know if I am not the target audience. Anyway, the total value of this bag totals to $116/- only.

And that’s my review. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Today I have reached the magic number of 22 followers. Thank you if you helped me reach this number.

Help me reach my new target of 25 followers please. Like,comment,share and subscribe to this blog.

Thank you for your time and remember to be kind to yourself ‘coz there’s no one like you.

Much Love!

YLT

PS: Wanna subscribe to the Lip Love Bag? Click on:

http://www.liplove.sosusan.com/

Beauty product, Beauty subscription bag, Face and body mask

French Red Clay | Clay Face Masque | Natural Bath & Body

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Hello Glamazons!

Today I will be reviewing the French Red Clay, Clay face masque by Natural Bath & Body. The mask itself comes in an little, black tub.

I have the 15 gm size.This typically retails for approximately Rs.100/- only.

The website states, “Like the special clay masks that were a favorite with the egyptian goddess cleopatra, our french red clay mask never fails to soften your skin, preserve its complexion and impart a natural glow. It is a gentle paste of french red clay, which is an absolute powerhouse of iron and other minerals!”

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I have used this product before I had received it as part of my first ever Fab Bag back in February,2016. This is one of my favorite face masks.

It’s best suited for normal to oily skin types, and it cleanses, detoxifies and exfoliates the skin, leaving it highly refreshed and toned. The clay is blended with rose oil, virgin coconut oil and the balancing cedar wood essential oils.

As the oils further nourish the skin, turmeric powder and sandalwood give it a distinctive radiance. Reveal your best skin from head to toe through regular use of this masque.

This face mask while safe for regular use, is recommended twice or thrice a week. It protects the skin from harmful damage caused by free radicals and pollutants in the environment.

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I tend to get redness and itchiness on  my face and this masqe takes care if that very well. The masque also minimizes pores and deep cleanses.

Over time it purifies the skin to bring out your natural luster and tone.Noteworthy ingredients are:

  1. Purified water
  2. Kaolin(healing clay mud) | Perfect for oily skin
  3. Fullers Earth | Also known as ‘Multani mitti’
  4. Virgin Coconut Oil  | It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal
  5. Gramflour | Fights pimples naturally
  6. Turmeric Powder | A natural antiseptic

You can upgrade this masks potential by:

  1. Bringing water to a gentle boil, and exposing your face to the steam.
  2. Allow 2-3 minutes for your pores to fully open.
  3. Immediately follow with mask application.
  4. Apply directly on skin avoiding any contact with the eyes
  5. Leave it on to dry for 15 minutes
  6. Wash off completely with water
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While washing I found that because its clay based, its a bit slippery and slimy to wash off. I had to finally resort to a wash cloth to get it all off.

But I feel super clean!! had  blackheads on my nose and enlarged pores on my cheeks now they’re all gone!

I have a 15 gm tub tube so I don’t expect it to last that long (I apply face masks every weekend) but a little goes a long way, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth!

I will definitely buy the full size once this when gets over and will give it 4.5 stars on a 5 star rating scale.
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So that’s it from me. Thank you for reading.
Please like and share this blog with your friends and loved ones. Help me reach the magical number of 25 followers.
And always, be kind to yourself ‘coz there’s no one like you!
Mwah!!
Love,
YLT
PS: Want to try out this mask? Purchase it by clicking on:
 https://naturalbathnbody.com/products/french-red-clay-face-mask
Beauty product, Eye shadow

Black Goddess | Eye Shadow | Essence

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Hello Glamazons!

Today I will be reviewing the Essence eye shadow in the shade ‘Black Goddess’. I have to say I love the name of this product.

I got this in my MSM Style Box. It comes in a 2.5 gm packaging and retails for Rs.199/- only.

What I love about this eye shadow straight off the bat is the packaging! Its a pressed black, shimmery, sparkly powder and has an abstract,floral print on it.

I had a tough time dipping my brush into it lest I spoil the design. The shade has a universal appeal and will flatter any skin tone.

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It has a smooth, powdery finish when I swatched it. Spree.co.za describes this shadow as “This highly pigmented, shimmering hue ensures a chic start to your ensemble.” I look forward to creating smouldering eyes with this shade.

The shadow carries carries well through the day as well as the night. Being black it will go with just any wardrobe.

Essence is essentially a drugstore brand and is quite affordable nonetheless, it has good pigmentation, especially over an eye shadow primer. One criticism though, I was checking the ingredients list and I found that this product contains Parabens.

In one of my earlier blog I had written about the harmful effects of Parabens. But its so widely used that I keep wondering why.

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What does it do for the cosmetic? I decided to find out and came to know that it is a very effective preservative.
Use of a preservatives, especially Parabens in a cosmetic ensures that it does not spoil. Preservatives prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mould thus protecting not only the product but also the user.
I tried this eye shadow and I have to say that it applies and blends beautifully. Perfect for those gradient looks.
It’s quite long lasting and has a beautiful silky texture. It’s not very expensive and is easy to remove or clean.
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The packaging is pretty minimalistic and closes with a very satisfactory snap. This shade is a very good for beginners or people who are new to makeup.
Working with black can be quite a challenge but this shade allows for a little building up so its easy to correct mistakes. Another thing that I loved about this shadow is that there’s no fall out.
This is always a plus point for black eye shadows. Imagine the clean up!
Needless to say that the shadow works best with a primer as the color truly stands out and shines in all its glory. But even sans a primer it holds well.
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This is a good eye shadow to have as part of your makeup bag and I would buy it again. And that’s my review.
I hope you enjoyed reading it. Be sure to like, share,subscribe and comment on my blog.
I am at 21 followers. Help me reach the magical number of 25 followers!!
And remember, be kind to yourself ‘coz there’s no one like you!

Love!

YLT

PS: Wanna purchase the Black Goddess by Essence?Click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.in/Essence-Shadow-Black-Goddess-04-29590/dp/B004LXOK7Q

Beauty product, Beauty subscription bag, International beauty subscription bag, Lip Monthly

Lip Monthly | January,2017

“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
                A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.”
           

                                                                                                                          –  Edgar Fawcett

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Lip Monthly | January,2017 | Image courtesy ellaarmorie.com

Hello Glamazons!

I discovered an international subscription service which ships worldwide. Its called the Lip Monthly and is a God send for all those who love lip products.

For the price of $13/- only you get a total of 4 products in an adorable bag. 3 of the 4 products are lip related and one is non lip related.

Recently Lip Monthly has started allowing customizations. They send their subscribers an email to inform them that customization is open.

You simply log into your account access the customization link and choose the shade you want. I chose the Hola Neon and Manna Kadar shade.

Lip Monthly packages ship out by the 10th of every month. You receive a tracking number with the shipment details, however it only shows entry into India through Mumbai, on the DHL website.

It takes a month for the bag to reach India. The bag itself arrives in a wonderful gold bubble wrap lined envelope, which not only gives the goodies protection but also looks pretty.

Have a look at the envelope:

Lip Monthly Subscription Box Review January 2017
The golden envelope! | Image courtesy subscriptionboxramblings.com

Have a look at the very cute bag.

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The January,2017 Lip Monthly bag | Image courtesy ellaarmorie.com

In the bag is included an information card which lists out the prodcuts along with prices and sometimes the shade name.

Have a look at the card :

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Information card | Image courtesy Subscriptionboxramblings.com

Below is a list of the products I received :

Hola Neon Liquid Lipstick | In the shade Lavender Soul

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Lavender Soul | Image courtesy pikore.com

Manna Kadar | In the shade ‘Bliss’

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Bliss | Image courtesy subscriptionsramblings.com

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Gloss | In the shade Necessity

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Necessity | Image courtesy everythingandnothin.com

Lord & Berry | In the shade Vogue

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Vogue | Image courtesy makeupinthecity.com

Considering you pay only Rs.870/- for a monthly subscription (shipping is free world wide) you get 4 products worth Rs. 4,619/- only. The bag literally pays for itself 5 times over!!

Along with the bag I also received a $30 coupon for Blue Apron. I am yet to explore if they deliver to India.

Along with this I got a 30% off discount voucher from Hola Neon.  So that my review.

I hope you enjoyed reading this. Thank you for your time and remember to be kind to yourself ‘coz there’s no one like you.

Much Love!

YLT

PS: Wanna subscribe to Lip Monthly? Click on the link below:

https://lipmonthly.com//referral/Id1cdzbn3tGv

This is a referral link so every time you buy using this link, I get a free bag or points to redeem products from the Lip Monthly online shop. If you are planning to sign up please do use this link so I may get free bags to review and post on this blog or redeem it for products to review on this blog.

Please also feel free to share this link with your friends. Spread the word.

Show Lip Monthly (and me) some love. Mwah!

 

 

Beauty subscription bag, Birchbox, International beauty subscription bag

Liz Earle |Cleanse & Polish | Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Liz Earle | Cleanse & Polish | Hot Cloth Cleanser | Image courtesy boots.com

Hello Glamazons!

Today I will be reviewing, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I received it in my September,2016 Birchbox.

The cleanser came as a set , it had a 30 ml tube of cleanser along with a muslin cloth. A full size of this set retails for anything in between EUR 9 to EUR 39.

I was reading up a bit about this brand and here’s some information about them. “Founded in 1995, Liz Earle is a British beauty brand with years of botanical expertise.”

 

The Liz Earle ‘Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser’ has won more than 100 awards
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“Since day one, when close friends Liz and Kim founded the company here on the Isle of Wight, exceptional service and honest, expert advice have been at the heart of everything we do.”

They use only the finest quality of natural active ingredients and offer a range of skin, hair, body care and make up. Their products work for all ages, life stages and skin types.

This is a starter kit and is the perfect foundation of fabulous skin! This cleanser contains cocoa butter, rosemary, chamomile, beeswax,glycerin, Hops extract,  and eucalyptus.

Buy Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, 100ml with 2 Muslin Cloths Online at johnlewis.com
100 ml bottle | Image courtesy johnlewis.com

 

 

The Liz Earle cleanser is also the best preparation for the next step in your beauty routine. It helps to soften, smooth, moisturize, tone, soothe and purify the skin.

Talk about an action packed cleanser! Indeed a multi tasker!

The cleanser has a rich, creamy texture. It deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make up.

 

Did you know that this product is a multi award-winning cleanser? This British beauty essential could soon become the cornerstone of your daily beauty routine.

Used with the muslin cloth, it gently exfoliates, lifting away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and brighter-looking skin.

It leaves the skin feeling comfortable, balanced and exceptionally clean. Regular use will reveal radiant skin.

 

 

How to use Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser : 

  1. Massage onto dry skin over your face and neck, finishing over your eye area.
  2. Rinse the pure cotton cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream.
  3. Finish by splashing your face with cool water.
  4. Use daily morning and nightI have modified my usage of this a little as I tend to wear either a BB cream or a foundation so I start off rinsing off my make up with clean water and then start the application of the cream. The muslin cloth actually helps a lot.

    Its not very rough like say a loofah so no tears on the skin leading to burns. I use it during my shower.

    I usually have a hot shower so the steam opens up the pores and its easier to spread the cream. Though the cream claims to be suitable for all skin types, I am yet to ascertain that for oily skin.

     

     

    I like cleansers that give a squeaky clean feel after rinsing. This one washes off creamy.

    I feel its best suited for people with dry or normal skin. And that’s my review!

Thank you for reading. Please like,comment,subscribe and share this blog with your friends and loved ones.

And always, be kind to yourself ‘coz there’s no one like you! Mwah!!

Love,
YLT
PS: Want to try out this cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser? Purchase them by clicking on:
Beauty product, Beauty subscription bag, Uncategorized

The Festive High | Fab Bag |October,2016

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The Festive High | Image courtesy makeupandbeautyblog.in

Hello Glamazons!

Fab Bag usually sends out a text message or an e-mail indicating when the bag was shipped out,with tracking number details so you know to look out for it. Towards the end of September,2016, Fab Bag sent a mail to its 3 to 6 month subscribers to choose the star product of the month.

Every month Fab Bag features one star product. Last month it was a range of products from Sugar Cosmetics.

This month it was a range of products by CAL Cosmetics.This month I received:

  1. CAL Finish Up Compact | CO2| Full Size | Rs.650/-
  2. Votre Lip Gel Scrub | Full Size | Rs.300/-
  3. Kaya Brightening Serum | 30 ml | Rs.1,490/-
  4. Vedaearth Cleansing Facial Oil | Full Size | Rs.350/-
  5. Stay Quirky Nail Polish -01 | 6 ml | Rs.165/-

Have a look at the make up bag/clutch:

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Make up bag/clutch | Image courtesy brideeveryday.com

This time like last month, Fab Bag asked its 3 and 6 month subscribers to choose the bag that the goodies would arrive in. Having watched videos of previous Fab Bags, it was evident that these were old bags.

However, one of the options was also the bag for October and that’s what I chose.The bag itself was interesting.

Made of a sort of faux leather, it was a gold with a roughish texture. Very much in keeping with the ‘Festive High’ theme just in time for the festival of lights.

This bag didn’t impress me too much though. I don’t see myself using it as a clutch and when it arrived it was a bit crumpled up.

I thought this bag would be the one to urge me to extend my subscription. My 6 month subscription gets over in October,2016 so I thought dependent on how much I liked this bag, I would take a one year subscription.

But I am not too impressed so I’ll give it a pass. I have been subscribing to them since January, 2016.

My first bag was cute to look at but thereafter I wasn’t impressed except for the June and July bags.

Lets explore the products in the bag:

CAL Finish Up Compact | CO2| Full Size | Rs.650/-

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Compact | Image courtesy neighbourhoodgirl30.wordpress

I thought the packaging of this product was very cheap and over the top. It also opens up as if its a gadget straight out of a James Bond movie!

This compact claims to help minimize the appearance of lines and enhance luminosity. It will deliver sheer color and applies smoothly.

It also imparts a natural looking finish. Not a product I’m applying to myself in a hurry!

Votre Lip Gel Scrub | Full Size | Rs.300/-

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Lip scrub | Image courtesy makeupandbeautyblog.in

I did not like the packaging of this product. I understand it is a sample size but does it have to look like one?

So clinical! This product is a gentle exfoliating gel for the lips.

The gel contains pure oils and gently removes dead chapped skin from the lips. Its great for when you’re getting ready to apply your favorite lip color or even at the end of the  day as you remove your  make up.

 

Especially handy when trying to remove those pesky long stay formulas!

Kaya Brightening Serum | 30 ml | Rs.1,490/-

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Brightening serum | Image courtesy brideeveryday.com

This product has a watery consistency. I have tried this product at night.

In the morning I woke up with fresh, bright, moisturized skin. Since its a sample size it is difficult to say if it has worked on my blemishes.

I felt it worked as a good substitute as a primer under foundation.

Vedaearth Cleansing Facial Oil | Full Size | Rs.350/-

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Cleansing facial oil | shoppingescapades.com

The packaging of this product is just amazing. It’s a lovely blue colored bottle with a white floral design.

Very classy and feminine. It’s compact and travel friendly.

I am yet to try it so can’t comment on the product yet.

Stay Quirky Nail Polish -01 | 6 ml | Rs.165/-

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Nail polish | Image courtesy neighbourhood30.wprdpress.com

The last product is a Stay Quirky nail polish. The shade I received is orange.

I am yet to try it but it looks good in the bottle. Its a vibrant shade in keeping with the festival of lights.

Total calculated value of the bag is Rs. 3,003/- Of the lot my favorite product is the Stay Quirky nail polish! In fact I think this product deserves its own separate review.

I love the color! I also thought that this month the Fab Bag over all was okay.

Thank you for reading. Be kind to yourself , ‘coz there’s no one like you 🙂

Much love!

YLT

PS: Wish to subscribe to Fab Bag? Click on the link below:

http://www.fabbag.com/