Hey My Birdies…
Hope you all are doing great… I am back with another random post… This time I am sharing my adventure experience with you all. I hope all have seen movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara” and all must have got fascinated by skydive, scuba diving and tamatino festival. Well I was highly impressed by skydiving and it came in my to do list. When I was working in my prev. company which was located on 30th floor (name cant be disclosed) I used to see few bunch of people flying in the sky and landing which really used to excite me and then latter I came to know by one of my colleague that they are sky diving so my to do list thing became my priority. I started convincing my family for this sport but they were so scared that they didn’t allow me. Now it’s been 18 months.
Yes, the day came my birdies. I was turning 30 this may and wanted it to welcome with my open hearts. So, I grabbed the opportunity and gifted this sport to myself on this day. I have booked tandem skydive in which you have to jump with the instructor and videographer who would be capturing your entire movement from the time you jump from the plane till you land. Also, I found Dubai skydive to be the safest place to do if you are scared of height like me as they are very keen with their safety precaution.
I was damn nervous on the day of my jump plus I could feel butterflies in my stomach dancing inside it; felt like my inner child is getting supper active and excited.. I met my instructor and videographer and gosh they were damn handsome. I was interviewed thrice by my videographer- 1st before the time of boarding plane, 2nd just before jump i.e. inside the plane and 3rd after landing. My instructor gave me brief about the skydive and then we boarded plane after 15 min as he checked all my accessories and life jacket. I was about to jump and gosh my heartbeat started beating harder; I literally could sense my heartbeat. I was standing at the plane door keeping my neck up and my instructor said jump…
Yipeeee… I jumped and woohhooooo… what an experience. My heart was literally in my mouth. It took me 30 sec to come back in my senses. I was floating in the sky like bird… Felt the essence of wind touching my skin, senses, face and could breathe the fragrance of the wind… I screamed with joy like a small baby who screams after seeing their fav ice-cream or toy. I didn’t want to land just wanted to float in sky for few more mins. It was such an adventurous, thrilling and awesome experience. This sport has given me lifetime memories to cherish. Latter my instructor opened 2nd parashut which turned in to paragliding and we were there in sky for 10 mins. As I have opted for palm package I was mesmerized to see Marina, worldmap, palm view from above. The view was enthralling and then finally we landed safely. I got my Skydive CD after 45 mins and then we left but meanwhile I enjoyed watching other people doing skydive.
It’s the safest skydive in Dubai and I would recommend everyone to go for it even if you are scared from height like me. You would enjoy it thoroughly mark my words. Also, please note before registering to tandem skydive make sure you go through their FAQs s as they are strict with their rules. I have added my Skydive video on YouTube, do enjoy it watching (link on my website).
Thankyou my team 🙂
Hey My Birdies…
Let’s start with my last day of trip to Golden Ring City tour- Vladimir and Suzdal
I still can’t get over this trip… Last day of my trip… This trip was planned by my partner. As I told in my previous post that we have researched a lot and with that have opted to visit these places and no doubt it was the correct choice… As usual we had started our day from our hotel by 8:00 sharp in morning to avoid well known Moscow traffic. We have booked this trip from Dubai itself and luckily, we were the only passenger for that trip. In short, it became our private trip… Our Guide Mr. Oleg was awesome person and I will surely share his detail below… May be this blog will fall short of words for his appreciation; he was outstanding and very friendly.
Let’s start our trip to Moscow countryside- Vladimir
We started our journey with Vladimir as it was 2 hours’ drive from our destination. The climate was rosy chilled and very pleasant. Soft and shiny sun-rays were pleasing my skin. I enjoyed the ride to Vladimir as country side is very awesome, so much of greenery such a pleasing beauty for eyes. The best part is you will see lots of berry tree and apple tree on the way with lot of Dacha (A farm-house). The trip became more interesting with our guide as I told he was very friendly plus we had lot of interaction with him topics related with Russia including how they live their life, how they celebrate, what are their festivals etc. Trip become more memorable when you get a good company and also, he was so kind that wherever I used to tell him to stop for photography he used too and even he took ample of pics of ours during entire trip.
We were very accurate as per itinerary set for us. We visited golden gates, Assumption Cathedral, Public park which was near to Assumption Cathedral, St. Demetrius’ Cathedral and, they have taken us to the Museum located besides Golden Gates. Our guide has hired a local guide named Ms. Natalia who explained us everything properly about history and place which was quite interesting. After she left, Assumption Cathedral was again explained by our guide Mr. Oleg very nicely. He really explained us each painting on wall, reason behind it, very interesting.
After our tour we headed for our lunch and I must tell being vegetarian this was best meal I ever had in any foreign country so far. He really respected our choice and prepared food accordingly. I didn’t see that he compromised on our food, trip or answering our any questions.
Suzdal– Yeah… The most beautiful I came across.
After a sumptuous lunch in Vladimir, we headed our trip to Suzdal which was approx.1 hour from Vladimir. There also he hired local guide for us named Ms. Natalia. She was so sweet and kind. The beauty of place stole my heart, I kept on murmuring this song “Yeh Mausum ka Jaddu hai Mithwa”, in such a romantic climate. I really fell in love with this place. Beautiful windows and door decorated outside house, trees both the side of road, cozy climate and beautiful people. I was more interested in photos as I wanted to capture each beautiful angle of that place through my lenses as at last what stay with us is these pictures as memories. We visited Suzdal Kremlin, which was a fortress and a residence of Russian Prince and Museum of Wooden Architecture, which is a recreated Russian village with farm houses, churches, well and wind mills. If you visit this place don’t forget to try their special drink named “honey mead”, which you can find only there. It tasted awesome. Also, Moscow is famous for Vodka, so you can taste different flavors of it, the most popular “premium” Russian vodka in Moscow.
After a wonderful visit we left for Moscow as it was 2 hours’ drive. We have just listened about Moscow traffic, but we have witnessed it too. We were badly stuck in traffic for 4 hours and reached hotel by 12:45 in night which was terrific. Now I have to say that I witnessed everything. I really liked this Russian people… they are so kind, warm-hearted and helpful, the only problem is communication but even they will go out of their way to explain you or guide you through their gestures/ body language.
Such a memorable trip of the year; meeting new people, places and having awesome experiences. There are many small small memories which are not covered here but they will always stay in my heart forever. If you want a memorable trip I would strongly recommend him and with this I sign off from here. Thank you all for joining me in this journey. Hope will be very soon with other travel post. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Listed below is our itinerary and contact details of our guide-
08:00 – Departure from your hotel or meeting point to Vladimir by car.
12:00 – Sightseeing tour of Vladimir including Golden Gates and Assumption cathedral
13:00 – Lunch in Vladimir (included in the cost). Let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian or require any other diet.
15:00 – Tour of Suzdal Kremlin, which was a fortress and a residence of Russian Prince and Wooden art museum, which is a recreated Russian village with farm houses, churches, well and wind mills.
17:00 – Departure to Moscow.
21:00-23:00 – Arrival to Moscow.
Mr. Oleg Alexandrov.
Inbound Tour Operator (Moscow, Russia)
+7-916-586-0804 (24 hour phone, English)
(you can also find him and his details on tripadvisor)
Hey My Birdies…
Let’s start with our second day trip to Golden Ring City tour- Sergiev Posad.
We started our day early in morning as there is a traffic issue in Moscow. So our guide was punctual enough and we left hotel by 8.00 Am. Before we start let me give you small info about Golden Ring. The ‘classical’ route starts from Moscow, goes through Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov Velikiy, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Sergiev Posad. All cities and towns are located relatively close to each other at countryside of Moscow, the ‘Golden Ring’ forms a ring, so from one place you can reach to another and make a circle until you get back to the one you started with. Our Itinerary was planned in this way- Visiting Matryoshka Doll Museum and then Sergiev Posad which is 2-hour drive to the UNESCO- listed monastery and for evening I have personally planned a Moscow boat ride. This was again a fun filled day with awesome experiences. We have also covered certain monuments through our vehicle, here are the glimpse of few..
Let us start with Matryoshka Doll Museum-
Our guide has explained very beautifully about history of these dolls and how children used to play with these dolls and now it has become tradition in Moscow. It is a small wooden doll, in a cylindrical shape, painted to resemble a peasant woman in a traditional sarafan dress holding a rooster. These dolls are made in set of 5, 7, 15, 25 and each doll opens to reveal a smaller doll, which opens in turn to reveal yet another doll, and so on. Each doll is decorated with brightly colored clothing and bears a small smile, pink cheeks, blonde hair, and a headscarf, of course with few glitters on it.
When I heard about making of this doll I wished to make one for me and guess what our guide has planned a workshop for us where we have painted our own dolls. Well from making of this doll from wood to painting it, was an awesome experience. We had purchased certain souvenirs from museum and yes, we have taken this painted doll with us as a gift of remembrance from our guide. We further traveled to our next place followed with lunch and being a veggie, I had to survive on bread and butter but lucky enough to have that.
It is one of the oldest cities on the Golden Ring and a spiritual centre of Russia. It is home to the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra (also known as the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius) which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our guide has hired one local guide and she explained us about Monastery and every picture which was painted on wall. I must say it has a very beautiful and interesting history. One thing which I appreciated was whenever they have to mention “peter” they used to say “Peter the great” which is so good to listen and respectful.
After wandering through entire monastery, we have been given half hour time to roam around nearby area. There was a street close to Monastery with lot of shops in a line where you can shop souvenirs, handmade woollen shrugs, sweater, tops, dolls etc.. The breeze was getting cold with shiny sun on sky so in short it was a very rosy climate. All over the day was good and we left for our hotel which took us another 2 hours to reach.
Moscow Boat Ride-
We reached hotel by 5.00 in evening and as I wanted to do boat ride, I got freshen up within 5-7 minutes. With me few people from our tour joined and we took the help of receptionist, she arranged cab for us and as we wanted to catch Radisson Boat we left immediately but unfortunately till the time we reached their boat was full and didn’t get any ticket to be on board. But as I have surfed a lot about it I didn’t wanted to give up on my plan and hence we all went to another boat depo which was another 20-min walk. Yes, we walked and found a local boat, so after negotiation with lady we purchased a ticket and we all boarded the boat. It was a complete new experience for us as we were seating with locals. It was a 3-hour trip and it started with juices but guess what here also we struggled with food. We did carry some snacks with us on which we survived in chilling cold for 3 hours. Even the chef was very kind he gave us two bowls of freshly prepared salad each. It was a weekend, started with live music and people were having fun with their families, partners, friends. I guess we were the only Asians in that boat. But as I said in my previous post that Russians have welcomed us open heartedly. They made us dance with them on their music feat. I saw a couple dancing completely lost in each other, in their own romantic way, kissing each other, holding each other… it was so romantic that it just lightened me up from inside. I always wanted to have this type of romantic dance with my partner and when I saw couple performing dance it was like I was living my dream with an open eye. The boat ride was awesome…
City looked more beautiful but more than city I was amazed with locals. We were back to our destination and, so we again took help of locals to understand the route for our hotel.
There I met a Lady “Larrisa” as she knew English and she made us understand the route to metro with help of her husband. I don’t know what connected between us, but she hugged me, she praised me for my eyes, features and skin tone. We had a nice chat about boat ride, their lifestyle, Moscow, and so on. She was little drunk, so she was not in a mood to leave me but thanks to her husband… 😉 Some people just leave there footprints on your heart within moments…
Metro Friend- After the boat ride we took metro and guess what I made a friend there, her name is Jane. The good part was she knew English and she helped us till our stop. We got connected so easily as if we knew each other since long. She shared with me about her goa trip and her profession and yes, still we are connected on social site. Its a blessing to meet such lovely people in different country.
The entire journey went so smooth, enjoyed so much, met so many people, made new friends and finally we reached to our hotel in night 12:30. Such a lovely day it was, still so fresh in my mind. I hope you all have feel my experience. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Stay connected for last day of my Trip…
Hey My Birdies…
Hope you all are doing great… I am back with another travel post… Moscow (South Russia).
This time I am super-duper excited to share all my experience which I have come across during my trip. It’s very important to be a traveller than a tourist when you visit any new destination and yes, I always like to do that. This is my 3rd trip to another country. I have taken a 4 day and 3-night package from a travel agent and modified trip as per my requirement. So, my dear angels let’s start with our trip to Moscow.
Day 1- Moscow- Here We Come
After a long 6 hours flight, finally we have reached to destination Moscow around 9 Am in morning at Domodedovo International Airport. We had a stay in Hilton Garden Inn Moscow Krasnoselskaya and were supposed to get room by 2.00 in noon, so we had a Moscow city tour planned straight after our arrival to Moscow. I know it sounds hectic but when a small kid inside you is excited to explore new places then who cares. So, I quickly got ready and headed to our planned city tour…
Well frankly speaking I hate city tour they show you major places in vehicle itself where you can’t take pictures properly and its very hasty. But the positive side is that you are made aware of the city with this quick tour and it’s easy to relate places you have planned to visit latter on. Our guide has given us brief intro about Russia and specially about Moscow and the tradition/ Culture they follow. Well you will be shocking to know that there are 600 churches/ Cathedral in Moscow itself. Also, it has been called as golden ring city which is in a circle and all domes are in golden. And I really liked the way they say and show respect towards “Peter the great” and call themselves as “Moscovite”. Also, the thing you will notice in Moscow is that there are more working women who take care of their families.
While heading towards Red square we have covered few things itself seating in vehicle like old constructed building, Novodevichy Convent, Monument to Marshal Zhukov, Karl Marx Monument, Solovetskiy Stone, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Gum mall followed with Red Square which is a major attraction. Red square was closed due to certain events taking place as school children were celebrating their new year. Unfortunately, we had to cover Red square from outside only.
We had visited Gum mall which is close by to Red square and there we had an ice-cream which is famous and best seller for 50 Rubels. It’s a Nice break after a tiring walk. We had lots of photo-shoot near with people and places, this is how we collect memories and cherish it. After a 1 hour walk at Red square we headed to our hotel.
In evening we had to visit Old Arbat street that too by metro as I have surfed a lot about it and most people have reviewed to travel from metro to have a good experience and it is one of the oldest built metro station. Well the only difficulty we found was in language as most of them don’t know English. But I must say this people were so helpful toward us and guiding us through gesture/ body language. Also, I am thankful to Receptionist of our hotel she has guided us the route very well.
The fun of exploring new place is always by walking, so we did the same. We walked from our hotel to metro station to our destination heading towards Old Arbat street. There was guy we meet him at metro station who has helped us and took us till that street as he saw us struggling with the language. I clicked many pictures and videos while walking towards that street. People are terrific… there is open music played on street and people love to dance in their own way… What a cheerful crowd, vibrant and energetic atmosphere…in-short you start feeling that you are part of them… Couples holding hand, boys carrying their ladylove on their shoulder, in their arms and it was so happening… The entire street was busy with guitarist, magic show, dancers, singers, painters, etc. You feel so good to see them enjoying things in their way and in their own style. As we were carving for food specially veg food, we encountered a hotel and they have prepared delicious food for us.
My entire day was so memorable made by this people… It’s a stated fact that sometime more than a place, people make a difference and add more moments to your memories. I felt like they have opened their arms to welcome us and were so excited to see Asians in their city… I do remember when we were heading back to our hotel after tiring day, there were few people walking on street and greeting us with smile saying “namaste”. I guess this moments are more memorable than places. I really loved this Moscow whites, so kind, warm hearten and nice people.
I hope you enjoyed my day 1 journey. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Stay connected for day 2…
Hey my Angels
I hope you all are doing well. Finally here comes my last day of the Trip to Azerbaijan-
Today is the most exciting trip I am gonna share with you all. We choose this place to relive nature ,to cherish nature and to embrace nature. We should always make last day of our trip remarkable and memorable, so we have planned for Mud volcano, near Gobustan. When we heard about this place on 2nd day of our trip my mind was stuck at moment imaging how it will look. So that moment itself we decided to visit this place no matter what.
Let’s start our trip-
We have checked out from our hotel in morning itself so that we could spend more time at Mud Volcano and from there we can directly go to the airport. As the place was approximately a couples of hour drive from our hotel. We have booked a four wheel drive vehicle for that place. As we were heading towards our destination we were amazed seeing oil pump factories and drilling machine all across the town. I mean they have so much of crude oil that where ever you start digging on that land you will get oil only, seriously.
When we have entered the starting point of our destination we noticed huge cracks in the land so we asked our guide and he informed us that it was due to earthquake.Thrilled! I have just heard that due to high rector earthquake there can be crack on land or few portion of land get absorbed in earth but let me tell you hearing is far away from what actually you see and feel, it’s terrific!. After watching that I really got scared whether it is okay to move ahead or not.
Finally we reached our destination and it was hard for my eyes to believe so many Mud volcanoes and the bubble sounds was rhythm to my ears. Oh my god, there were 250+ mud volcano (both small and big). All the mud volcano were live and mud was flowing out of it. We went to medium sized mud volcano to take a glance of it. when we reached on the top of volcano we could see mud bubble coming out which was tempting me because after watching that i really wanted to have chocolate. That sound was making me crazy so i dared to touch the mud and you won’t believe it was cold. Nature is really amazing. After reaching half of the way we observed some black oil on the land and at that movement itself our guide informed us that it’s a crude oil land. After hearing those word who can stop us to enhance the nature. We stepped on the land and you won’t believe it was too soft to walk on it. After seeing our excitement finally our guide warned us to stop and to come back as he was scared because there were possibility we could have gone inside it. So we stood at comfortable place where there was less danger and has enjoyed alot touching the raw crude oil. We didn’t knew being in nature can turn us into kids. I mean you all just imagine raw crude oil in front of your eyes,Just Wow. It was so thick and greasy that it became difficult to remove from our hand. We spent there 30 minutes and then moved to our actual destination for which I was really going nuts imagining how it will look.
Our guide informed us that due to different types of gases present in land, the mud volcano took place. If we apply this volcano for 20 minutes on scars, face, joints it will heal them. I brought that fresh mud in bottle but still i never dared to use it on my face. Whatever it may be, i enjoyed this place from the core. After being there for 1:30 hour finally we left for our airport. Though they have not included this destination in tourist spot but we have insisted our guide a lot for this trip and thanks to god that he agreed otherwise we would have missed the most beautiful thing of nature. As this land is full of natural resources like crude oil, varieties of gases, mud volcano and warrior’s history it’s a must visiting destination. I guess this will be the best day of our trip to be cherished ever and ever…
I hope you all enjoyed with me on this trip to Azerbaijan. Will take a leave now and will come back with some other exciting and informative post. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
I am back to share my second last Day of our beautiful journey to Azerbaijan-
Shahdag- We started early in the morning around 8:30 as it was 3:15 hour journey. We have booked a private car. This was one of the best day of our entire trip. No more walking, more of relaxing, sports, scenery and fun. In the last three days, we were more indulged in exploring the city by walking, so we opted for a place which is beautiful as well as little soothing for us. Shahdag Mountains as name states place with mountains all over. This place is at the top of Azerbaijan and famous to visit in snow season for ice skating as it is the largest Ski resort in Azerbaijan. Before reaching Shahdaq we had been to small village to visit old famous mosque (advised to skip as lots to do more in Shadaq resort) and we hardly spent there 30 mins. As soon as we were getting closer to shahdag the temperature started dropping down. On each side of the road they have planted apple trees and greenery everywhere. Finally, we reached Shahdag around 2.00 p.m. enjoying hills and beautiful sceneries. The climate of shahdaq has supported us to enjoy the rides up to most. We had enjoyed chairlift, treasure park, Segway, bike and lots of photos. Suddenly at 4:00 p.m. temperature dropped and it was too cold, foggy and rainy to survive. This particulate change in climate helped us in relishing our trip. As it was getting too cold to survive we left the place at 5:00 p.m. before it gets foggier and confuse driver.
*Back to Baku- 8:00pm*
Little Venice- In evening we told our cab driver to drop us at “Little Venice” in Baku Boulevard. Baku Boulevard is a long park facing sea side. They have built a hotel surrounded with water giving a glimpse of Venice. We had a boat ride around the hotel. It was a nice ride. Thereafter, we had been to Maiden Tower which was opposite of “Little Venice” but it was closed so we were unable to explore it from inside.
As it was out last night in Baku we went back to our most loved Nizami Street to have dinner and to complete our shopping. We enjoyed our entire day as it was fruitful.
“A Day to Remember”….
Journey with us for the last Day of the Trip. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Day 5 to be continued…
Hey my Angels
How are you all… So today I will be sharing my Day 3 Journey-
Gobustan Museum- We started early in the morning as it takes 2 hours to reach this place. It’s a wonderful place and a must visit place. Full of rocks, rock carvings and architecture. First we had been to museum where our guide has arranged an English attendant for us. She has explained us about the museum, their architecture, animal hunting and stone (gems) discovery, how they use to live their life, how they started drawing images of men, women, bull, goat etc. Their alphabets, pronunciation of words like for Kebab they will pronounce chebab and more.They also had few games in the museum which has stolen our time :). Thereafter we followed english attendants and she took us to Gobustan Rocks.
Gobustan Rock- We were not having any idea which place she was taking us and how it will be. But if someone is nature crazy then definitely this place will make you say “Oh la la”. Just reaching that place we were going crazy watching rock all over, cool breeze and what a scenic view. It just stole my heart. Then we started following her and she kept us explaining how they use to play music, how they might have done rock carvings, wishing hole to make a wish, etc. in short it was fun to know more about this things. On each and every single rock there were some carvings made by these people. It was amazing to watch and to specially for photoholic people like me for photo clicks ;). We have almost spent 2.30 hours taking selfies, exploring rock carvings and enjoying the cold breeze.
*Back to Baku*
Heydar Aliyev Center– This is in-short a museum based on their most loved president who has devoted his entire life for Azerbaijani people. They displayed in museum the car he used to drive in his presidentship tenure, dress he used to wear, small monuments of the places to see in Azerbaijan, Video displaying the treasury of Azerbaijan’s, their traditional dresses, different type of instruments, video of their traditional dance- which is actually fun to watch, their most famous carpets anyways Azerbaijan’s are famous for carpet and pottery, etc. Also they have a separate room where they have full video of their most loved president since childhood till his death. It is 40 min video but nice to watch. We spent 1.30 hours in the museum only thing i didn’t like about it was they wasted lot of space inside the museum. When we came out we saw at least 7-8 bride came for the photo shoot. They all were looking glamourous. The way this ladies decked up was not less than any hollywood heroine. My eyes were just looking at them wondering how beautiful god has created this ladies. We wished them, blessed them and moved on for our next target.
Mall 28- In night we had been to famous Mall in Baku named “mall 28”. We preferred to walk as it was 1.3 km one way from our hotel exploring roads, park and fountains . As I had been to malls in Dubai we did not found it that great. I mean, I felt that place is an isolated one. We were little disappointed by entering the mall and also it was getting difficult for us to explain people even if we required a cup of coffee (language barrier :(, they hardly know english). We hardly stayed there for 1 hour that too, one group was playing live traditional music which was treat to our ears. I have uploaded the video.
Ferry Ride- In evening, we had been to ferry ride where entire Baku was visible. Dazzling light, sea waves, Cold breeze were just kept on adding to our memories. It was a wonderful experience. It was 1 hour ride where they take you at a spot where entire city is visible. On rooftop of Boat (it is reserved for locals) locals were dancing on their traditional song, it was nice to see them dance. Here our trip was ended with our guide and we headed to hotel. Rest of our fellows went to explore Azerbaijan local food with our guide but we opted to explore mall and nearby places. Again for us food was an major issue as it was very difficult to get Veg food except 2 restaurant which I mentioned earlier.
I hope you found this blog interesting. Follow us for more update about Day 4- Shahdag Trip. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Day 4 to be continued…
Hi my Angels
WISH you all are doing fine and hope that you all might have gone through my BAKU- DAY-1 post. I hope you all liked it. Let’s continue our journey Day 2–
Today, this entire day was dedicated to Flames/Fire. Places we visited today had all one thing in common “FLAMES”. Here local people says “This place have witnessed many attacks and soldiers have dedicated their bloods to this place. So they represent their place as fire/flames” and can see symbol of flames on many places.They have also constructed the tallest LED Screened building named as “Flame towers”. Let’s Start our Journey…
We have visited Fire temple which was built by Hindu and Zoroastrian for their place to worship, heading towards pilgrimages. We were amazed to see that they have established Lord Ganesha and Shiva in the temple with Sanskrit shloka written on the wall. They have constructed a small temple with a dome on top to do yagya. During those time, they never used anything to lighten up the fire. Fire was eternal. Locals say there were some type of gases present in the atmosphere which keeps fire burning unceasingly. This temple is all about natural fire, how they purified their soul with fire, how they became aware of oil and then how this temple was attacked by the Russians.
After Fire temple we headed towards Fire Mountain Yanar Dag (please avoid google images). As the name say, this mountain is famous for eternal fire. This fire comes beneath the mountain due to some type of gases present in the soil, helps fire to continuously burn without extinguishing. Whatever be the season winter, snow, summer, rains, this fire mountain will keep burning. Followed by Wikipedia-Yanar Dag fires is the result of hydrocarbon gases emanating from below the earth’s surface. This is the open place (same like tabletop in Mahabaleshwar) with cool breeze. We were disappointed to see these place as google images were different than what we saw but at last selfies made our day. ;P
Back to Baku- After our lunch we headed to Baku old city, visiting- Martyrs’ Lane (formerly The Kirov Park), Mosque of the Martyrs’, Flame Tower (day look), Miniature Book museum, Vahid Monument, Baku national stadium(from outside), Double gates, and Baku National Flag. These all places were near to each other.
Flames tower (night look) – This tower is shaped in a flame way covered with LED screen. In night they play a beautiful LED lights on the tower showing the fire flame, designs and chess images. It is ideal to visit this place in night as it is more elegant and beautiful.
From the palace- Behind Flame Towers
Palace of the Shirvanshahs- In evening, we visited this palace and our guide has arranged for the English speaking attendant to explain the entire palace. The way she explained was remarkable as you can imagine the things going around you. How they used to order servants, Living room dome, jewelry of king, queen and horses, how they use to make judgement, punishment given to criminal, how they use to bring them in Darbar of the King, Bullets on the wall, bride search and socializing during bathing, etc. Overall it was amazing place to visit.
Nizami Street- I am so much in love with street as it makes me feel alive. We explored another area of street which was crowded, lively and happening. I loved, loved and loved roaming around this street hand filled with shopping bag (what else a lady want ;)). Al brands like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, MAC, Nike, Korean brands easily accessible. Then we explored another restaurant “Adam’s Curry” which was having varieties of veg option and I bet, you will never have such an amazing Dal tadka in any corner of the world. I became great fan of that place (foodie always visit where they get tasty food). After a tiring day if you get freshly made Dal tadka and hot hot phulkas with the ghee on the top, you just revive your energy. Finally we have finished our day with this place.
I hope you found my this blog as interesting and happening as my previous blog. Follow with me for DAY-3 journey. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Hey my lovely Angels
Today I will be sharing my travelling experience with you all. Recently I made a visit to country named “Azerbaijan”. As I have heard this country name for the first time I was more excited to explore this country, as curiosity was gearing up. We did lot of research before visiting this place with the help of www.tripadvisor.com and http://www.google.com. We have made our list “places to be visited”.
This place is blessed with natural resources and here currency used is Manat. We can exchange currency at the airport or in any Bank of Azerbaijan as this currency is does not float much. Currency rate is 1$=1.65 Manat. Also be noted that language is the biggest barrier as they don’t understand English. May be sometimes you may have to use hand gesture to explain what you actually mean..But it’s fun 😉
Yes, we had landed to Baku in evening around 5 and finally at 6 checked into our Austin Hotel which is located in Nizami Street (heart of the Baku). Baku is famous for souvenirs, clothes, shoes, carpets, silk scarf, pottery and handmade purses. Do shop local cloth as it is cheaper and also visit famous Sadarak market (wholesale market) where you can buy everything like clothes, shoes, electronics etc. Finally our trip started at 7.00 pm in evening.
We started our trip with Nizami Street as our hotel was located in center of the Nizami Street. It’s a very lively and colorful street. This street has long Jhumars placed above, which lights up in evening adding more elegance to its beauty. People staying here has planted flower-pot in the balcony which add more grace to the street. It is 4 km Long Street surrounded with lot of branded shops. When you walk around this street there are many platforms prepared for the artist to express their art in front of public. They play rock music with electric guitars which creates vibrant atmosphere to uplift your mood to scream and shout out loud with the crowd. After having fun, we headed in the direction of old city exploring each park, fountains and most important thing “taking selfies”. The roads are super clean and after each km you will surprised seeing parks and fountain. Just roaming around this place gives your life. We have also experienced they were musician playing their traditional music in restaurant and streets which gave treat to wanderer’s ears while passing by the place. One thing I observed was after every few km there was chessboard painted on the corner of the road to play.
After walking for 4 Km to and fro we were damn hungry and had our dinner in Maharaja Restaurant which was having Veg options in their menu card. Lastly we headed back to hotel, all set to explore other side of this city next day.
Follow us for our next post to know more about Day 2. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care…
Day 2 to be continued…
Lady’s Tea!! 😊
Is the name heard right? Ladies and roses are bounded for life. A single rose can uplift a lady’s mood and bring that smile on her face. Well, if you come across the benefit of it I am sure you would really fall for it forever. I am gonna talk about Lady’s tea which is also known as Rose bud tea with lots of benefits inbuilt in it. I have recently encountered with these cute rose buds in a supermarket in a spice section and thought to try it out. You also find tea bags or loose rose leaves in any other brand.
My personal experience with rose bud tea has been great till now. It tastes yum plus it is very healthy and delicious beverage made from either dehydrated or fresh rose petals/bud. When you put this little rose bud in boiling water you will be greeted by awesome fragrance which can instantly uplift your mood. The healing powers of rose petals have been known for centuries, and today they are used to make therapeutic essential oils as well as being enjoyed as a nutritious tea. Rose tea is full of vitamin C and antioxidants making it the ideal drink when your body needs a boost.
Benefits of Rose Bud tea-
- Rose tea helps in boosting the immune system, treating a sore throat and your digestive health.
- It also includes ability to clear toxic waste from the bladder and kidneys and therefore reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.
- Drinking rose tea can also prevent blockages that can be caused by kidney stones.
- Excellent for the skin and the hair.
- It is a healthy, caffeine-free alternative to black tea or coffee.
- Rose tea is sometimes referred to as the ‘lady’s tea’ because of its beneficial effects during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- High levels of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- It may even help you to lose some weight.
10 Science Backed Benefits of Rose Tea-
- Menstrual Pain
- Skin, Acne and Hair Benefits
- Immune System Boost
- Sore Throat
- Improves Digestion
- Stress and Anxiety
- Urinary Tract (Uti)
- Weight Loss
- It’s Caffeine-Free
Overall, drinking rose flower herbal tea is a great way to relax after a busy day at office, as it can calm the central nervous system, reducing the chance of depression and anxiety. Dried rose tea can also benefit victims of chronic fatigue, insomnia and nervousness when drinking one or two cups per day. Do try it and let me know how did you find this herbal tea.
We are aware of famous quote said by Swami Vivekananda- “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”
Let’s check “Is your glass half-empty or half-full?” How you answer this age-old question, about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic.
Positive thinking means that your approach to unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Thoughts which we usually throw out of our mind, comes around us. Let put in this way “what goes around, comes around.” Baggage holds you back so let the grudges go. Life reflects back at us what we put into it and pay backs can be tough, so throw some sunshine Karma’s way.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These spontaneous thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.
The problem with our self-talk is that we never question what we say to ourselves to check its accuracy, we just listen to the negative statements day in, day out and like the drip, drip of water on stone. If we keep up excessive, negative internal self-talk saying negative things for long enough, we begin to believe it even if it’s not correct. We just accept it as being true when often it is not, or when it is true, we blow it out of proportion.
Some Examples of Negative Self-Tal
- “I’m such an idiot; I can’t believe I’m so stupid.”
- “This is terrible!” “This is horrible!” “I can’t stand this!”
- “I should be able to handle this; other people can.”
- “Things never go right for me.”
- “I’ll never be able to learn this.”
Self-talk has a powerful effect on our feelings and is often automatic and a habit. Changing our self-talk will not occur overnight, because it has probably taken many years to attain the level of negative self-talk we have achieved, but thinking style is a habit and with time and practice we can change a habit.
If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist.
Putting positive thinking into practice
- I’ve never done it before.
- It’s too complicated.
- I don’t have the resources.
- It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
- I’ll tackle it from a different angle.
- Necessity is the mother of invention
It is important that we begin to look at what we are saying to ourselves this is the first step towards changing our negative self-talk to become more positive. A good way of doing this is to start writing down the things we are saying to ourselves and begin to look at them for their accuracy. Always remember you have to grow inside out. No one can teach you other than your own soul. Till then be optimist, be happy, as life is Precious and comes with lots of Surprises. Take care..
Hey my cute Birdies
Recently I had a long weekend which I enjoyed like anything plus the weather was so good and cool that it was fun to walk on the beach. While I was just relaxing on beach few thoughts kept crossing through my mind. Why people complicates thing for us or why it is so difficult to say NO to our closed ones in-spite of being so hurt or neglected. Everyone have their own thoughts, their own choices and their own perspective but if you don’t agree to another person’s thoughts, acts, choices, words it does not mean that person is wrong or weird, it just that your thought process are not matching mainly due to surrounding in which that person has been brought up or the experience they had.
In these entire universe, I am exclusive, unique, different, I am irreplaceable and I am what I am. No one can replace me or any of my qualities. We can see other human being near around us having similar characteristics but you cannot say that they both are same. Everyone is unique in their own way and I am enjoying my uniqueness. There will be more qualities in me which the other does not have and that defines the “unique me”. I am unique in the way I think, act, respond, react, express, dream; they are all mine and I have right on all those things. I take responsibility for what I speak, feel, my anger, frustration, irritation, my loudness, blowing my own trumpet, joy, sorrow, happiness, disappointments, success, failures, struggles,etc. No one has walked the road on behalf of me except me so no one has right to judge me if they don’t know in and out of me for the sake of gossiping. There will be the times when the people close to you will start behaving with you in their weirdest way and will try to discourage you or put you down or will be jealous of you. But that time keep your temper cool because they have chosen to behave in that way.
Finally I have decided to become friend with my inner soul because no one can show me clear picture except my inner and pure soul. By doing this it will make me to put all my concentration, focus on my goals, interest and most important to believe in myself. We heard so many times from our grandparents and elders that “person can lie to others but cannot cheat to himself”, which makes so much sense. There are and will be points when I will be confused, puzzled or will be in a dilemma but believing myself will give me courage to look for solutions to my question, to explore more of me and to understand more about me. May be the decision I have taken today can prove to be wrong in future but still I will learn from them and will grow in and out as a better person. It will give me courage to be more thoughtful in my ideas and decision, to be more processed version than I was before and to be more peaceful with my inner soul. Just I need to close the doors of my ears for those people who hate me and fail to see fine of me. I am okay with what I am and I am proud of who I am. I am comfortable with myself and happy with the same. Important is to make peace with the inner soul. So finally I have decided to enjoy my uniqueness and “THE IRREPLACEABLE ME”.
Hey my lovely Angels
Namaste… How you doing all? Today I will be discussing few things of marriage which we usually don’t hear it from our elders or sibling talking much. None of the marriage is perfect in this entire universe. Everyone has their own marital problems but how to deal with those problem is important. As being a part of male dominating society no wonder how much you are educated or you earn, the command will always be in your male’s hand (bitter truth). We have always seen our parents how they cared, loved and most importantly understood each other but we failed to observe those small sacrifices they made which went unnoticed.
Dear birdies don’t be under wrong impression that by taking 7 feras some magic will happen and you will be leading obstacle free life. Your marriage is completely based on the thoughts you share and agree/disagree to your partner one’s and most importantly communicating without hurting them. Whenever you are choosing your life partner it is necessary to check whether their thoughts are matching or in line with yours and if no take a step back.
Parents make believe their children an imaginary world where they will be happy marriage without any obstacles but I guess it is high time to make their children aware about the things they will be facing or dealing after getting married (demanding current scenario). Here I am not talking about domestic violence but all about your behavior towards your partner, the respect you give to your partner’s thoughts, the acceptance of your partner nature’s as it is and more over trusting them. From far every marriage seems to be so perfect until and unless we do not step into their shoe.
(Applicable for both Husband and Wife)
After getting married you will have to deal with many things like your partner’s mental plus financial stability; getting interrupted in between your thought process; their frustration, irritation, ego, blame game, arrogance and anger; repeating your mistakes every time while discussing things; their dilemma and decision making power; not helping you in household chores (which is important in current scenario where both are working); their reaction to the circumstances thrown in front of them by others which sometimes can lead to misunderstanding and dissatisfaction level. There will be times you will have to kill your desires and change your plans you made for life for your partner’s happiness. Many times you will feel like doing particular thing and there will be a big NO from your partner which will upset you, be prepared. Every time you will end up giving lots of explanation to your partner to make your point clear until and unless they understand or you may ask too much of questions which can make your better half uncomfortable or Sometimes you will also feel that do they understand us. They will blame you with different words like impatient, restless nature, making wrong decisions, you are always wrong, irresponsible, extravagant etc. but never put yourself down after hearing those words in spite gather yourself up and be confident. There will be a huge war taking place inside you, your mind, your body, your heart but you will have to keep on fighting with your thoughts for what you wanted and what you had; what you desired and what you got; between satisfaction and dissatisfaction; peace or anger; to speak out your feelings or to be quiet, there is lots more to it.
Don’t forget that god has given you this life to make best of it without hurting others. Remember, you are married to share your inner soul with them and not to depress them or getting depressed by them. Be prepared to sacrifice many things to lead a successful marriage because this is the only Mantra for it without any shortcuts. If you are stucked in your marriage share it with your family or friends they will guide you and show you the way to come out from the dilemma state. Try to understand more and improve your communication. Do take care of your partner choices as they also have few expectation from you. No matter what obstacle comes in your life try to be positive as I have told in my previous post that-
“STARTING AND ENDING ANY RELATIONSHIP IS EASY BUT MAINTENANCE IS DIFFICULT”.
Till then be optimistic be yourself, take care and be happy as life is precious and comes with lots of surprises. Will meet you soon in next post.
It’s very difficult to choose this topic for writing. As “Marriage” definition varies from women to man and again to unmarried people which have set their certain assumption and perception about marriage by seeing their near around. But Marriage is all about “Devotion”. Devotion toward partners and their respective family.
I have seen youngsters saying this type of statement’ “mere parents bol rahe hai isliye mein shaadi kar rahi hu varna mujhe koi interest nai hai”; “mujhe shaadi kaarni nai hai”, “Shaadi karke kise phasna hai”, “marriage screw your life”; etc, which is not at all true. I guess they are more scared of losing their independence. They need to understand marriage is a blessing, it brings 2 souls together to build a dream castle for them as well as for their generations. Wherever you go in this world you have to adjust with some of the other thing whether it may new place, new friends, new neighbor, colleagues etc., then why we are blowing the trumpet stating that we have to adjust a lot with In-Laws. A lady need to understand that they didn’t got chance to see her since childhood so it will take time for them to understand you.
Getting married is completely a new phase of life. It takes us to another level of maturity. We usually have impression that we are matured enough to handle the situation but after marriage our maturity is put to test depending on situation how you handle it. It is abundant to discover each other in new way and situation. We should treasure, there is always a man whether he may be our “husband, brother or father”, supporting and inspiring us through every phase of life. We can say, “Behind every successful woman or happy woman there is always a supporting and inspiring man”. I have personally experienced it how my thoughts have been changed after marriage (for better of course), how beautifully they have treated me, I am more of daughter to them, and my things have been given the first priority, feels so lucky. It’s all about devoting yourself to the family and understanding love language of you partner.
We usually say that I am married to say Mr. X, but I personally believe that while taking those 7 vows you are getting married to his entire family and not that single person. We see our Mothers- Aunts giving tips to their angels “if you want to win every 1 heart first devotee yourself to them and then they will devote themselves to you”.
No doubt there will be a time when things are tough enough to tackle, may be your way of thinking, observing things and perception about life, things, goals is different from you partner, which does not mean that your partner does not care for you or love you, it just you need to take extra effort to explain your partner in some other way round. We need to remind our self that nothing is “FREE” in this world. We have to struggle for each and everything we desire. To start anything and to end anything is easy but to continue or maintain is difficult. Let’s say entering in to new relationship is easy and if it’s not working well than breaking off is too easy but maintenance of relationship is difficult. For any relationship to work we have to nurture, sacrifice and feed relationship to make it sustain. As said “Maintenance is more costly than starting and ending anything”.
Friends, everything in this world needs Devotion. One who is devoted will achieve their paths. I always want my children to see marriage as a blessing, not a curse; a beautiful expression of God’s grace toward us. As I have seen my parents’ marriage filled with love and devotion towards each other. Our children may be watching us, be careful when you act because it can set a blot in their mind for marriage.
Never forget “A Wise women build her home but the foolish woman tear it down with her own hand.”
Take your time, give them time and believe that everything happens, happens for good till then take care my friend. Be optimist #be yourself# God Bless!!
Hola my cute birdies,
Its been long I haven’t posted anything about this brand which I am reviewing today. This time I bought “Lakme Absolute Shine Line Black Eyeliner”. Today my post is about Lakme Absolute Shine Line Black Eyeliner Review. By now you must be aware that I’m a huge eyeliner freak. I love trying different shades and different brands so that it gives me more idea about the brand and formula they use. As I am more comfortable using brush eyeliner than a tip or pencil eyeliner so I mostly own brush eyeliner as I can draw the wing as per my choice. So, let’s get started with this product-
Price- Rs. 400 /- for 4.5ml
Get the best of both worlds with intense colour as well as this season’s most sought after metallic shades in one confident stroke and give your eyes the perfect shine definition. With an easy glide formula and applicator, there’s no reason to not love it.
Key Features & Benefits:
- Get rich intense color in one stroke that stays true for hours. create smoldering eyes with bold shades that redefine the look of this liquid eyeliner.
- Long-lasting polymer.
- Water-based formula.
- Gives you a glossy texture
- Suitable for daily use
- Ensures you make a statement with minimal use
- The sleek, round cap of the bottle gives you a comfortable grip making it convenient to apply
Aqua, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum
How to Use-
Step 1: Steady your dominant hand on a table.
Step 2: Open the cap and remove the excess product from the application brush.
Step 3: Draw your eyelid taut and draw a line across your upper lid.
Step 4: Thicken the line as per your preference.
My Experience with Lakme Absolute Shine Line Black Eyeliner –
The product is packed in black cardboard rectangular box with brand name and details mentioned on it. When you open the box to see the product you will be amazed by seeing its sleek black color rectangular case which look amazing and classy. The cap has shiny metallic coating and the base has mate coat with brand name mentioned on it which make it looks very pretty. The tube is so constructed that it is not going to dry out the liner even when you use it very rarely. Also, it is light weighted and easy to carry around so it qualifies for travelling. This range has 4 colors but I opted for black as it goes with every outfit for daily use.
When you open the cap you wont smell any fragrance. It has a sleek pipe with brush attached make its user friendly as it gives you space to draw the eyeliner easily. The handle of the brush has the right amount of length; not too long neither too short providing ease of application. The consistency of product is nice, it’s neither runny nor thick; it’s perfect for drawing. Coming towards the application, you will be surprised to see that eyeliner dries quickly plus the brush is so soft and even that helps you to create the winged eyeliner. The bristles are packed in such a manner that they provide a clean line. The pigmentation is great its dark grey black and does not have any shine or shimmer added to it. If you are black lover than this is the product you need for day to day use. It has the perfect pointed tip for applying the thinnest line across the eyes and can be widened as per need and look. The best thing I liked about the brush is, it draws line evenly and for beginners you can try your hand on this as you will be damn happy to see your even and flawless eyeliner. Inspite of having oily eyelid the eyeliner was intact and did not spread making it look shabby until and unless you roughly smudge your eyes.
Coming to removal side of eyeliner, you can easily remove the eyeliner in a swipe without any struggle. Isn’t that a great news? The staying power is okay and not that great as after 5-6 hours it starts fading. I have used this liner in hot and humid climate also and it has happily crossed it test.
The only disappoint I have with this eyeliner is that product dries quickly in bottle while applying the eyeliner and this you will start noticing after 4-5 application of eyeliner. The misleading information they have mentioned as shine eyeliner but it has no shine. I wish they rectify the information.
Overall, this liner had an appeal, the whole packaging, the black matte finish, the brush and the price too. I mainly picked it up for the brush and the packaging. It dries faster. You might have seen many black liners like this, but the whole deal is great and tempting, I don’t know why, especially the brush. Again, the long handle to the brush is very easy for newcomers to use too, in fact, much better than the Lakme Insta Liner’s short, stubby, brush handle. I would highly recommend the Lakme Absolute Shine Liquid Eye Liner in Black as the shade, texture, finish and longevity are perfect for daily wear or even for any events. Go ahead girls.. 😉
- Good durability
- Dries quickly
- Packaging is great
- Doesn’t flake and smudge proof
- Matte finish
- The brush is smooth and friendly
- Light weight and easy to carry packaging.
- Efficient applicator with fine bristles.
- Shade is deep charcoal grey-black.
- Nicely pigmented.
- Lasts for around 6hrs.
- Can be removed easily with a wipes or cleanser
- Name is misleading as the liner says its ‘shine line’ whereas it is matte.
- Not competently water proof.
Will I buy this product again?
TVB rating- 4/5
Does any one still need an Introduction to know MAC cosmetics?
Today I am reviewing MAC conceal and correct palette in shade Medium Dark. They have came up with 5 conceal and correct palette and each palette is dedicated to each type of skin tone and complexion. Also it is very easy to choose this conceal and correct palette as they have mentioned the shade color and details behind this palette. So as we go ahead with this you will have clear idea that why this palette is my favourite. So lets get started.
Price- Aed. 160 /- for 6gm
A palette with four concealers and two corrector’s shades to match any skin tone.
A professional palette of four concealers and two corrector shades in a medium-deep color wave. Enriched with antioxidants and suited for all skin types, they can be used individually or combined to match any skin tone. Emollient-based formula delivers medium to full buildable coverage in a natural finish. Helps to correct skin tone and conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks.
Key Claims and Benefits-
- Long-wearing, eight hours
- Crease-proof, eight hours
- Provides stay-true color, eight hours
- Dermatologist tested
- Ophthalmologist tested
How to use-
- Apply to skin directly with finger or concealer brush.
- Blend with finger or concealer brush.
My Experience with MAC Studio Conceal and Correct palette in shade Medium deep –
This palette comes in black color cardboard packaging as usual the MAC style of packaging with details mentioned on it. When you takeout the product from the box you can see the palette comes in plastic case of black color with transparent lid on it with MAC written on top. The backside of palette mentions all details of shade no. and color on it which make it easy to refer. As said, the palette contains 4 concealer and 2 corrector shades. The palette is handy, sleek and easy to carry which makes it travel friendly as it also occupies less space in bag.
The texture is very creamy, thick, smooth and the best part is, it blends like a pro which is amazing. The concealer is highly pigmented and covers all the fine lines and dark circle nicely. It also has yellow tint to it, it goes perfectly on my skin as I have a yellow golden complexion. So let go in more details and let me describe shades with you all-
NC40- Conceler (Neutral Cool)
NW40- Concealer (Neutral Warm)
NC42- Concealer (Neutral Cool)
NW43- Concealer (Neutral Warm- I use this shade as my contouring shade)
Rich yellow- It’s good for highlighting
Burnt Coral- Corrector which help to cover dark circle.
I used corrector and then apply shade NC40 and NW40 (mix) to get my perfect shade. This palette is so pigmented that little goes long way. Also, it covers my blemishes, darkcircle and darkspot perfectly plus the consistency is so thick that it covers fine lines as well. I set my concealer with pressed powder so that it does not crease. Once the concealer is set it does not fade for 7-8 hours, also you need good makeup remover to remove it. I was highly impressed by its long staying power even after event it did not crease. The best way of blending this concealer is with hand as it blend like pro and the warmth of hand gives it more power to spread smoothly on eyes. After use I did not notice any breakout on my skin plus it did not dry out my eye area. I use shade NW43 as my contouring shade so I don’t have to carry another product for the same 😉 I am so happy with quality and quantity provided by MAC. It worth every money spend on it. It’s a highly recommended palette. Girls invest in this palette you will keep on thanking me always.
Overall, I liked this palette very much. Though it is expensive but the coverage it gives is amazing. The texture is creamy and spreads evenly and smoothly on skin plus its highly pigmented. It covers all your dark spots, blemishes and darkcircle giving a beautiful natural finish. Also, you can blend this product with fingers or beauty bleander. This palette is highly recommended by me as little goes long way and it justifies every money spent on it.
- 4 concealer, 1 highlighter and 1 corrector
- Sleek and sturdy packaging
- Highly pigmented and creamy in texture
- Spread and blend smoothly
- It does not crease once it is set
- Covers and hide all the dark circle, blemishes or darkspot
- Gives natural finish
- No breakout seen after usage
- Can mix match shade to get the perfect one
- Travel friendly
Will I buy this product again?
TVB rating- 4.9/5
Hey folks 🙂
Wish you a very Happy New Year!
I hope you all are doing fine. Today I will be reviewing body lotion from brand Enchanteur. I have picked Charming moisture silk lotion from supermarket. So, let’s get started with the review.
Price- Aed. 16 /- for 250ml
Product description & Ingredients-
My Experience with Enchanteur Body Lotion Moisture silk Charming –
The product comes in off white bottle with yellow rose printed on it also details of body lotion mentioned on top of the bottle and all details like how to use, ingredients etc is mentioned behind the bottle. This bottle has a flip cap which helps the product comes out easily. The packaging is very elegant and sturdy, but it does not make it travel friendly product ‘coz of its flip cap.
When you open the cap you will be welcomed by nice floral fragrance. The color of product is white and consistency of product is good. The texture of product feels like watery and is very light weighted on skin. It is non-greasy and keeps body hydrated for shorter period. I did not notice any irritation or itchiness on my skin. When you apply the product on body the fragrance start hurting your nose if you have sensitive nose like me. The lotion gets absorb quickly into the skin. Also, the cream stays for shorter time say 4-5 hour then you need to reapply the lotion again. The fragrance stays for 1-2 hour and then vanish. It did not work on skin as after 4-5-hour skin remains the same, dry. If you are looking this lotion for winter, then you will be disappointed as it will not work on skin. This lotion can work slightly in summer as its non-greasy and it will not make your skin feel drier. Well, I can’t use this lotion in office as the scent is so strong that it will grab all the attention of your colleagues.
Overall, I did not like the product as its highly scented plus it has very little staying power. It is more of perfume than body lotion as it did not make my skin healthy. The lotion is light weighted, non-greasy, non-sticky and absorbs in skin quickly plus it has a strong fragrance in it. There’s no problem to give a try as it is reasonably priced. I would rather like to invest in Nivea body lotion as it will make my skin look healthier and will nourish it. For me it’s a big no and not recommended.
Note– My all reviews depend on the experience I had with the products. All the product work different on every skin type and tone, so you birdies are always free to try product out even if I don’t recommend it. It’s a personal choice.
Will I buy this product again?
TVB rating- 1/5
Aren’t we all crave for that perfect shade of foundation which will give us more of natural look rather making us look cakey?
The correct shade of foundation makes your skin look health and good. When I was in India, I always dreamed of MAC products so when I got a chance and shifted to Dubai I thought to explore this brand. So I visited their store to explore some of their products and was amazed to see so many shades in foundation covering every skin color and undertone. Isn’t that great and in India I always used lakme which had 5-6 shades. More shades made me more confused and so I took the help of attendant to find my shade. While going through the shades, I realized that you can’t put every woman in range of 5-6 shades of foundation as even one shade darker or lighter creates a huge difference on skin. So, to know more about this foundation and my experience with this keep reading ahead. I hope you enjoy this tour 😉
Price- Aed. 170/- for 30ml
An oil- controlling formula that offers a matte finish with medium to full coverage
We put MAC studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 to the ultimate test of seeing how long it wears and not surprisingly the formula lasts for a full 24 hours! This modern foundation combines a matte finish and medium to full buildable coverage with board spectrum SPF 15 protection. Applies, builds and blends easily and evenly while controlling shine. Comfortable and extremely long wearing, it helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish.
Key Claims and Benefits-
- Long-wearing, 24 hours
- Reduces appearance of pores
- Control oils and shine
- For all skin types, especially oily skin
- Provides Stay-true color
- Non- streaking
How to use-
Always apply to a well moisturized and prepped skin with the 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush for a studio ready flawless face! Apply product to the centre of the face first (or where you want more coverage) then use the brush to blend to the outer regions of your face. Tip: Try mixing Studio Fix Fluid with your favourite moisturizer or oils to create a sheerer luminous finish.
My Experience with MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (SPF 15) Shade NC 40 –
This product is packed in a black color cardboard box with brand names and details mentioned on it with white color which made the packaging look good. The product comes in a cylindrical glass shape bottle resembling foundation shade on it with black silky texture cap on top of it. The details of product are embossed on bottle with golden color which shines in the light. The Black cap fits properly on the bottle avoiding all kind of leakage and spills also the bottle is very sturdy and thick. Overall, packaging of product is very classy. Due to its black velvety cap there are high chances that the foundation can leave mark on it which can make it appear messy. When you swrill the cap to open it you can see that they have given pea sized hole to bottle for product to come out but I wished they would have provided pump dispenser which would have made my task easy. It really takes efforts to take the product out from bottle as I literally have to dab the bottle on my hand which sometimes hurt me. They do sell the pump dispenser separately but didn’t felt like spending extra money on that. Also, this being a glass bottle, its little risky to carry while traveling.
The texture of product is creamy, silky, smooth and velvety. The consistency is little thick compared to other product in market also it has matte finish with SPF 15 which protect your skin from direct and harmful sunlight. The product is highly pigmented and small size of amount is enough for entire face; little products goes a long way, trust me ladies. 🙂
The application is very smooth and spread evenly on skin giving a flawless base look which I liked the most. The shade is highly pigmented and just one swipe of application is enough for entire face as it gives medium to full coverage; also it covers 80% of imperfection and blemishes of face. I did not feel like rebuilding the coverage until and unless I have to attain a function where heavy coverage is required. I am so much fan of this range as it has yellow tone in foundation which really matches warm, yellow or golden undertone girls like me. I have used this foundation with brush as well as sponge and it must say that I am highly impressed by its quality. If you apply this foundation with sponge you will get more of daily wear look as well as it blends the foundation nicely on skin. It quickly settles down in to matte so need to be little quick while blending the foundation. Also you will be surprised to see that it locks all the oil from skin giving that matte finish specially on T zone where foundation does not stay much. After settling down, it does not oxidize my skin or make me appear cakey or give me that uneven look which made me fan of this product. You can set foundation with compact powder or setting powder or loose powder whichever you like and comfortable with it as it performs well with every other product you put on top of it.
I usually apply this foundation for special occasion and it stayed 9-10 hours on my face even after dance performance plus if you apply primer then longevity will definitely increase. It slightly get transfer on phone may be due to mobile heat otherwise it is a star baby. I am insanely impressed with its oil controlling formula. If you are staying in place which is too hot and humid like my Dubai then blindly go with this. This is my saver, trust me ladies.
Overall, this is the great value for money foundation. My shade is NC 40 which has yellow undertone and ladies with yellow or golden undertone like me is a great match to our skin. The blending is smooth, even and covers most of the blemishes and imperfections from skin. I am insanely impressed with its matte finish as it absorb all the oil from face giving a flawless look without any shine on face. I have a sensitive combination skin and did not notice any breakout after the usage. If you are not that makeup freak and use makeup only while going out then ladies invest in this foundation as little go more and it performs well when photographed. Highly recommended!
- A wide range of shades available for all kind of undertones and complexion.
- It has SPF 15 in it which protects from harmful rays.
- The coverage is buildable from medium to heavy.
- Blends smoothly and evenly giving a flawless finish.
- Ultimate matte finish.
- Amazing staying power 9-10 hrs
- Highly impressed by its oil controlling formula
- Gives natural look and not make me appear cakey or oxidize my skin.
- Looks good in photographs- with and without flash
- Covers imperfections and even outs the skin.
- Small amount is enough for entire face
- Quality and texture of product is amazing
- Suitable for combination to sensitive skin
- Did not notice any breakout
- Pricey (I am ready to pay for the base it is giving to me)
- Wished they would have given a pump with the foundation.
- Risky for travelling (I will handle with care… lolzzz)
Will I buy this product again?
Definitely yes. One of my favorites.
TVB rating- 4.9/5
Lip definer as the name say that this pencil is used to define lips as well as they hold your lipstick for longer time. I have purchased colorbar lip definer pencil when I have visited India last November. I liked two shades from same range which was berry rose and rosy red. I loved this shade when I swatched them at the store as this colors were nicely pigmented. So, without wasting any further time lets get started with the review tour-
Price- Rs. 625/- for 1.45g
Durability- 4 years (they have even mentioned on their packaging box)
A matte lip liner that weightlessly defines your lips for a long-lasting, waterproof finish. Enriched with anti-aging Vitamins C and E, Definer Lip Liner moisturizes your lips, glides on smoothly, and adheres to your lip color – so your lips appear instantly fuller and your lipstick stays with you forever.
Formulated in Germany.
- A waterproof and smudge-proof lip liner that makes lip color ultra-long-lasting.
- Delivers a rich color and an intense matte finish.
- Enriched with Vitamins E and C to nourish and strengthen lips while providing a boost of anti-aging properties.
- Formulated without preservatives and mineral oils.
- Dermatologically tested.
How to use-
Outline your lips in steady, even strokes, carefully following its natural contours. Fill in with your favorite Colorbar lipstick, lip crème, or lip stain. Pro-tip: To make your lips appear plumper and prevent your lip color from smudging onto your face, line your lips with a shade of lip liner that closely matches your lip stick.
My Experience with Colorbar Lip Definer in shade Rosy Red and Berry Rose-
This lip liners are packed in silver cardboard long rectangular box with details mentioned on it like ingredients, their claims, name of the product, expiry date written with black color makes its impressive. On the top of the packaging they have mentioned the color sticker with name which resembles color inside. Pencil comes in sleek and long with color coded at the bottom which resembles the liner color inside plus the silver things embossed on black body of pencil make the liner looks pretty as well as sexy. The best part of liner is the cap which has pencil sharpener on the top so, as and when you require you can point your liner also you don’t have to carry extra sharpener. As the cap comes off easily so this lip liner is not travel friendly but if you wish to carry then pack it in plastic pouch so that it does not ruin or spoil your other stuff.
The texture of the color is matte as well as creamy which glides smoothly on lips. The formula is good and does not break while defining the lips which I really liked it. Pigmentation wise the lip definer is nice but not highly pigmented so if you want a nice amount of pigmentation you need to glide the pencil twice thrice on your lips. In case if your lips are dry apply some lip balm before so, that it does not hurt your lips. The shade which I have choose for me is Rosy red and Berry Rose.
Rosy Red- It’s a nice warm orangish red shade which is suitable for any skin tone or color. Though I didn’t see any rosy or rose hue in the shade.
Berry Rose- It’s a bright fuchsia pink color perfect for winters and for everyday use. Again, suitable for all skin tone. Though the name say berry, but I didn’t fount any hue of berry in this shade
When I applied lip liner on my lips I found that the application was smooth, creamy and glided easily on lips inspite having matte finish plus its very light weighted on lips. I did not notice any dryness or flakes after application of lip liner. The staying power of this pencil is less not more than 4- 5 hours for me (honestly) also it depends on whether you eat or drank something or not in between and then slowly start fading. The liner fades evenly leaving a tint of color behind it which don’t look bad until and unless you have a cracked lip of lines which can make it look little weird. Though they claim its smudge proof and waterproof but in reality, the liner get smudged and is slightly transferable on things. This shade are nice replacement for high end lip liners so can always choose them if you have a money constraint.
Overall, I liked the colorbar lip definer as they are perfect for Indian skin tone. The color I have chosen Rosy red and Berry rose are perfect for any women with different undertones or color. Application is smooth, creamy and matte on lips plus it glides easily on lips filling all the lines and flakes. Compared to the high-end lip liner in market I think this brand is perfect replacement. You can enjoy lip liners with some shimmery or clear gloss on top of it which most of the time I prefer to do. The price they have charged for this lip liner is justified for the quality they have given plus a sharpener attached to it is an add on and value for money. Hence, Recommended.
- Nice and sturdy packaging
- Smooth, creamy and matte texture
- Nicely pigmented
- Does not dry out lips
- Glides smoothly on lips
- Light weighted on lips
- Does not pull lips during application
- Suitable for every skin tone
- Inbuilt Sharpener makes your task easy on a go
- Loved orangish red and fuchsia pink shade
- Pricey but for me it’s okay
- Staying power is less
- Do transfer on things as well as get smudged.
Will I buy this product again?
Also let me know your view on this, I would like to hear them as whats your take on this product.
TVB rating- 4/5
Hey my dolls,
How you all are doing? I am trying my best to get back on track with my blogging stuff as its been long I was little busy. So, I thought to review my favourite red lipstick from my favourite brand MAC in shade Everyday Dive which is a Mineralize rich lipstick. I have bought this lipstick on a go from Airport and when I swatched it on my hand I was like “Baby you are coming with me” 😉. In the era of Mattes, I went ahead with this red shiny lipstick as the colour was damn tempting; perfect for romantic dinners, date nights, events, party, weddings etc. Thing I liked about this lipstick is it has multi mineral complex that instantly nourishes lips. So, let’s start the tour with this sexy.
Price- approx. Aed. 100/- for 3.6g (I have purchased it last year)
A MAC multi mineral moist complex that instantly nourishes lips with a maximum moisture in a lightweight, non-sticky formula. Larger Bullet applies bright, long lasting color in a single stroke. Medium Shine Finish, buildable coverage. Magnetic closure.
Key claims & benefits-
- Features MAC multi-mineral complex
- Instantly nourishing
- Provides instant and long-term hydration
- Smoothes lips
- Blurs lips lines
- Provides instant softness and suppleness
- Reduces lip flaking
- Provides instant luminosity
- Provides a shiny finish
- Long wearing 6 hours.
My Experience with MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in shade Everyday Day-
This product comes in black colour rectangular cardboard box with minute details mentioned on it like ingredients, name of the lipstick, lipstick shade, etc. When I have opened the box, I loved the packaging of product as the top cap is of matte black color and bottom is of shiny/ glossy black color which looks pretty cool. The bullet is chubbier and sturdy with MAC printed in white on bottom. It really looks classy when holded in hand. They have used magnetic closure technology which pulls the cap automatically towards it while closing and even you can feel the magnetic thing when you open the cap. Inspite of using magnetic technology this product is not travel friendly as many time the cap comes off and lipstick is exposed, so if you are carrying this beauty with you take major care. When you swirl the bottom, product comes out as a show stopper with its stunning warm red color.
Texture of product is very creamy, super soft, silky and melts when glided on lips with rich pigmentation. Consistency of product application is excellent as it spread out evenly on lips effortlessly. The color “Red” is warm and rich in pigmentation with a medium sheen touch. It is a beautiful warm red color and is perfect for Indian skin tone or say warm tone ladies.
When applied 1st coat it gave me opaque coverage with a nice shiny finish. During application you can feel the moisturizing formula on lips and trust me it kept my lips hydrated for 4-5 hours. As I loved the pigmentation in 1st coat, I continued applying 2nd coat and my gosh I was like stunned with its rich color, it made me feel royal. Perfect red lips. I was dancing seeing the color as if have achieved sumthing great. This lipstick covers/ blurrs every fine lines and flakes of lips giving nice and smooth finished lips.
Let me tell you here that lipstick is transferable when you eat, drink or even kiss but nice part is, it leaves a red tinted lips behind which does not make your lips appear ugly, it just gives an illusion of tinted lips. I actually felt this lipstick heavy on my lips when I swiped 2nd coat on lips (may be this thing can vary from person to person). I am glad that their claim is right of lipstick staying power is of 6 hours as honestly it stays for 4 hours and then slowly starts fading. Also, the fun fact is, this lipstick contains 77 moisturiser in it which helps to keep your lips moisturised and hydrated (Counted it’s ingredient). Though the lipstick being priced on higher end but it worth every penny. I wish they would have not spended money on magnetic closure technology as it didn’t work and cap comes off easily… sigh!
Overall, it’s one of my favourite lipstick as it totally accompanies me in events, party’s, dinner dates, romantic nightout and add that luminosity to lips. Oh this shade can add spark in your relationship if you are out with your partner, as it makes your lips appear kissable (Keep this tip in mind 😉) hahaha. Though the staying power is an issue as you have to touch up your lips after every 4-5 hours plus the bullet is thick and wide so one has to be really careful while applying the lipstick. Otherwise, I am really impressed with this shade. Recommended!!
- They stand on what it claims
- Staying power is 4-5 hours after that it start fading
- Lipstick is moisturising, and light weighted till 1st coat
- Glides smoothly on lips
- Blurs out lines and flakes on lips
- Gives sensuous, luminous and shiny / glossy finish
- Perfect for events, parties, occasion, dinner date.
- It leaves a tinted lips behind
- Gives opaque coverage in a single swipe
- Transferable while eating and drinking.
- Tube is thick and wide need to be carefully applied
- Availability is an Issue
Will I buy this product again?
Yes, if I didn’t found another red competing to this lipstick 😉
TVB rating- 4.7/5
Magic Oil?? Have I heard it Right!
To all my Cinderella’s, here is a gift from me for you all. Presenting this Magic oil from Inglot “Duraline Mixing Liquid” which will revive your old cosmetic items to new one and can increase the life line of your products. Isn’t that a wonderful gift to all my Cinderellas, who are crazy makeup Af. Recently I have encountered with this brand named “Inglot” and have purchased some of the products including this beauty. When I bought this I was not aware that it can be used in so many ways and it will turn to “Sangivani Booty” for my old cosmetics. To know more about this product keep reading as this is one of my sensible and finest purchase of the year 😉
Price- Aed. 52/- for 9ml
Durability- 9 Month
Waterless clear liquid that can intensify the colour of any powder and transform it into an easy to apply, water resistant liquid.
My Experience with Inglot Duraline Mixing Liquid-
This beauty comes in white tough cardboard box packaging with the product details mentioned on it. When removed the product from the box, I was amazed to see the crystal clear glass bottle with transparent liquid inside it and a black pump on top of it. I liked the pump as it is in the form of push-down button also the bottle is very sturdy which qualifies it for travelling provided you handle with care. This magic oil is a boon for makeup as it pro long its life. It was just a coincidence that I met this product in store and I am so happy as I bought it. No regrets at all.
The texture of product is watery and has no fragrance to it. The consistency of product is good basically it is not runny like water. Though the bottle look tiny but will go long way. The best thing I liked about this product is, it has mentioned Hypoallergenic on its bottle which means it is suitable to every sensitive skin people. When I have placed a drop on my skin and rubbed it, I felt it to be very silky and smooth plus within a min it was absorbed by my skin leaving no traces. I am not sure whether it contains silicone or not as nothing is mentioned on ingredient list. I liked that the oil was non greasy as well as non sticky. I revived some of my eyeliner gel pot by adding few drops of it which has helped me to increase the longevity of the product. Also, I tested adding few drops of this in mascara and got the new transformed mascara back to use which I was supposed to throw out as it was dried up.
Let me share the different ways of how I use this product in makeup-
- Transforming my eye shadow to eyeliners by mixing it with this oil.
- Adding 2 drops of this with my foundation so that it will keep my face moisturized as well as it will protect my foundation falling grey or achy. Also, this can turn your thick foundation to creamy one.
- Just a drop of this oil can revive your eyeliner or gel liner pot as well as brow pomade.
- You can revive your dry mascara or brow mascara with this oil if you are planning to throw them out.
- You can use this oil with any eye shadow to enhance it pigmentation as well as it helps to stay product longer on eyes without creasing. You can create different look with the help of this oil as no need to purchase different metallic eyeliners.
- This oil can be applied on lips before applying lipstick as it will stay for a more longer time.
- Mix this oil with any shimmery eye shadow to turn into a metallic one which can be used as a beautiful eyeliner or lipstick. I love the way it gives the sheer shine to the product created.
- Mix oil with powder pigments to turn into a creamy metallic eye shadow or eyeliner
- It goes well with powdered highlighter if you wish to increase the intensity of the product.
- Can also be used on eyelid as a base for smooth application of the product.
Overall, liked this product very much as it is Hypoallergenic and paraben free also little goes long way. The best part is, it can transform any product the way you wish them to perform like converting into metallic eyeliner, increasing the intensity of eye shadows by improving their pigmentation level, etc plus increases the durability of the product. This is a multi-tasking product and every makeup AF should have this in their vanity box. It justifies each and every money spent on this little magic oil.
- It is a transparent liquid and fragrance free
- Transform powder product in to creamy or liquid one
- Revive old product by adding to its durability with this few drop of oil
- Glides easily on skin without leaving any traces
- Smooth and silky in texture
- Does not irritate my eyes or skin.
- Increases the longevity of makeup
- Add shine to makeup like eye shadows, foundation, lipstick, highlighter
- It is smudge proof and waterproof plus have multiple usage
- The oil dries quickly so need to be quick while applying eyeliner.
- Few can find pricey but trust me you need this in your vanity box.
Will I buy this product again?
Definitely but would like to try different brand for more better understanding.
TVB rating- 4.9/5
Oriflame! Is there anyone who haven’t heard the name of this brand?
I know most of the ladies might have heard the name of oriflame brand which has lots of fam in India and they have distributorship across 60+ countries, origin being in Sweden. I remember 4 years back I have done lots of shopping from oriflame for my wedding. They have lots of varieties of product like skincare, nutritional care, makeup, and perfumes. I have used some of their products and they were quite promising as well as reasonable. Its been a week I was thinking whether to write on oriflame products or not, as its an online chain and wont get in market easily except agent or you order online. So, I am full excited to share my experience had with “oriflame Milk and Honey Sugar Scrub” with you all.
Price- Rs. 649/- for 200 ml
Validity- 24 months
Milk & Honey Gold smoothing Sugar Scrub is a luxury sugar scrub infused with organically sourced extracts of milk and honey and a natural origin exfoliant. Buffs away dead skin cells to leave skin soft, supple and wonderfully fragrant.
Milk is rich in moisturising and conditioning vitamins, minerals and proteins – for soft, supple skin. Honey is a sugar-rich ingredient containing vitamins, minerals and folic acid. Gently exfoliates, revitalises and locks in moisture for soft, supple, radiant skin.
How to use-
Use on wet skin 1–2 times a week to gently exfoliate and nourish.
My Experience with Oriflame Milk and Honey Sugar Scrub Review-
This beauty comes in golden color tube with a flip cap on top with the entire detailed mentioned on the tube which make it easy to refer. The packaging is very pretty as they have designed honey comb on it and feel royal when holded in hand. The tube is quite huge, sturdy and tough with a tight flip cap, qualifying it for a travel friendly product.
When you open the cap you will be welcomed by a nice sweet floral fragnance which make you enjoy your me-time in bathtub 😉. The consistency of product is good as its neither runny nor thick. The texture of product is gel based with finely milled sugar granules in it plus its were soft on hand when massaged. As this being body scrub you really need a good amount of the product. When you massage the product on body it turns into a good lather leaving your skin behind smooth, soft and velvety. As the granuels are not harsh on body you can take your time to massage it nicely on body. Once you wash off the scrub you can immediately see the difference as how effectively the scrub has removed dead skins making skin appear look fresh. I didn’t even felt like applying moisturiser as my skin was so nourished. Also while using this body scrub I didn’t see any irritation or rashes on my sensitive skin.
Only the disappointing thing is body scrub turn into huge foam/lather which make it’s granuels lost in it and then work just like a normal soap plus it contains high amount of chemical which I wont prefer.
Overall, I liked the product very much and its value for money. It provides good quantity with a nice price and does not burn your pocket. Well, you can find this oriflame product either on their website or through their agent as it is not that easily available in the market.
- Packaging is pretty and feels royal when holded
- Amazing aroma
- Gel like texture with good consistency
- Leaves skin smooth velvety and soft
- Effectively exfoliate and remove dead skin
- Skin look fresh
- Easily spreadable on wet body
- Scrub is not harsh on skin
- Travel friendly product
- Too much of foam makes the granule lost in it
- After foam it works like a normal soap
- Need a very nice amount for entire body
- Contains chemicals
- Fragrance fades away after 2 hours.
- Not easily available in market.
Will I buy this product again?
No, As it contains lot of chemical
TVB rating- 3/5
Who doesn’t want soft, hydrated and supple skin and I really crave for such skin especially when you have entered your 30’s. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser, a product that hydrates and works on sensitive skin too which I was really looking in a product. These days I am mostly using face cleanser for deep cleansing of my skin rather than going for cream based face wash or foam based face wash. So, I’ve been testing out this product for a few weeks to see if it measures up to the claims and then I realised that I have completed half of the bottle and its high time to put my thoughts for this products. So let’s get started before the bottle gets over.
Price- Aed. 77/- for 200 ml
Validity- 24 months
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel boosts hydration for soft, supple skin. This lightweight gel cleanser transforms into a silky lather that effectively removes makeup and impurities. With hyaluronic acid, the formula is clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration level and lock it in, leaving skin refreshingly clean and touchably supple, every time you cleanse.
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
How to use-
- Wet face.
- Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather.
- Rinse thoroughly.
My Experience with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser Review-
The product comes in a blue sturdy transparent plastic bottle with a white pump dispenser on it also the details of the products are mentioned on the bottle which makes it easy to go through. Overall, bottle looks nice and classy though I didn’t think it’s a travel friendly because of its pump dispenser but product can be transferred to travel friendly bottle. I am fan of products which provides pump dispenser as they are good in hygiene as well as you have complete control on the product. Being a blue transparent bottle it let me know about the left over product so that I can plan my next purchase 😉
When you pump out the product, you will be greeted with amazing floral fragrance which will calm your senses. All you need is small coin sized product in your palm and you are done with entire face. It has gel like texture which is transparent in color and has proper consistency which hold the product in palm so that you can massage product on face. This cleanser is very gentle on face as it’s a soap free cleanser expect slight foam when you apply it on face. Take a minute to massage the cleanser on your face as well as on your neck so that it can work deeply on skin impurities, excess oil or any dirt particles and then wash off face with normal water. You will immediately notice skin is deeply purified, fresh, and hydrated. You can witness that the cleanser has deeply worked on skin removing the excess oil, dirt or any impurities on my face. Also, once you dab your skin with fresh towel you will feel the tightening effect near to your jaw line, cheeks and being a combination skin type I felt it also dried my face for few sec and then its back to normal leaving it velvety, silky, soft and supple.
Its been almost a month and continuously usage of product helped my skin to maintain its elasticity. I didn’t notice any breakout on my face throughout the usage and after that. Let me tell you here that continuous usage of product made me feel that it starts building a layer on face for which sometimes I use another face wash to bring my skin back to reality. I have also used this cleanser after removing my makeup and it has worked brilliantly on that except on my eye makeup. If I apply any khol pencil or mascara, then it’s a real struggle for this cleanser to remove it from core which is still fine as it helps me to remove entire makeup from my face deeply. Though The cleanser moisturise my face but after wash I like applying serum and moisturiser to my face to give that extra boost to my skin. This cleanser didn’t work on my dark spots, blemishes and pigmentation also please don’t expect that it will make your skin appear fair as its deeply cleanses your skin. I felt this cleanser is good to use daily and great for removing light makeup from your face plus it will definitely improve your skin texture and elasticity.
Overall, I really liked this product as its within budget and deeply cleanse the skin. After first wash the result is noticeable and can witness prurified, hydrated and moisturised skin. Though for me after frequent use, started feeling that this cleanser is drying up my face for few second so I always apply serum and moisturizer after any face wash. This cleanser is also good to remove makeup from bit giving you fresh, dirt free, oil free and impurities free skin. I didn’t notice any breakout on my skin but also didnt see any difference in my dark spots and pigmentation. So, ladies with oily skin type to combination to sensitive skin can grab this product as it will surely show its magic on your face. It’s a green flag from me for this product.
- Soap free
- Paraben Free
- Oil Free
- Water gel cleanser
- 2 pumps are sufficient
- Nice aroma
- Budget friendly
- Deeply cleanses dirt, impurities and excess oil
- Improves skin texture and elasticity
- Skin becomes silky, soft and supple
- Good for sensitive skin
- Does not really work on dark-spots, blemishes and pigmentation
- After frequent use its start building the layer on skin
- Dries out my skin for few seconds
- Not a travel friendly
Will I buy this product again?
TVB rating- 4/5
Hey my barbies,
Hope you all are doing great. Today I am gonna review Rimmel London 25hrs lasting finish breathable foundation which I have recently encountered in a drugstore/ pharmacy. If you been following my blogs then you would know that I have recently reviewed concealer of same brand as this are the 2-3 products which I have recently purchased from this brand. So as a new buyer of this brand I was very much excited to use this, test this and review this product. So let’s explore this product from the core 😉
Price- Aed. 63/- for 30 ml
Validity- 24 months
Full coverage foundation enriched with a comfort serum. Instant perfect coverage that feels extra comfortable and lasts all day. Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours. Coverage that won’t let you down, Dermatologist tested.
My Experience with Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 hr foundation in shade 303(True Nude) Review-
The foundation comes in a sleek cylindrical transparent glass bottle with a red cap on top of it which display the foundation shade and also the minute details of the product are mentioned on the bottle. Packaging of the product is classy. When I took off the red cap, I was amazed to see the red pump attached to bottle for taking out the product. It’s so convenient to use products with pump attached as you can have entire control on the product plus its so hygienic. I didn’t carry this bottle with me while travelling, as its cap is not fit so high chances of getting my things spoiled because of pump dispenser and also the bottle is of glass so bit risky. They have also claimed that the foundation has comfort serum with SPF 20 and skin perfecting full coverage foundation. So lets explore step by step the details of the foundation.
The texture of foundation is creamy, soft and finely milled plus the consistency is thicker than compared to other foundation in market may be because of full coverage so have to blend it very nicely during application. This foundation gives medium coverage which can be build up plus it hides light spots and pigmentation on face. It goes best with same range concealer as it covers most of the dark spots without using any corrector. I wished they could have introduced wide range of shade for all skin type as the shade I choose is near to my skin tone and not perfect match.
I have tested this foundation on matte primer, oil based primer and on prep skin. Before sharing my experience let me tell you that before applying any cosmetics to you skin always prep up your skin with good moisturizer so none of the product will harm your skin. As this foundation is thick you need to blend it very nicely until you are satisfied also it gives a nice sheer finish to your face.
Test 1- When I applied this product with brush on oil based primer it turned out grey and patchy and my face started looking too shabby so please don’t use this foundation on any oil based primer as already it has some sheen in it.
Test 2- I applied foundation with beauty blender on base primer and it stayed for a nice amount of time but after few hour it made my face turned dull and grey.
Test 3- Lastly, I applied this foundation with brush on prepped up skin i.e. after mositurizer and after few minutes my skin became uncomfortable and started feeling stickiness on my face. Also after 3 hours of application my foundation turned grey and cakey which has literally disappointed me.
The staying power of foundation is not that great. It stays maximum for 6-7 hours and then start fading and getting dull if I don’t touchup with compact powder. I have a combination skin and my T zone is quite oily so after application it make it appear more shine and my foundation hardly stays there. It claims to be sweat, heat humidity and transfer proof but sorry to say they are not on what they claims as the product melt in humidity (specially place like Dubai) also it easily get transfer when you attain any calls on cellphone. I doubt their SPF 20 claim as well as product turns grey and cakey which can ruin your flash phototgraphs.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy using this foundation as didn’t suited my skin making it uncomfortable with its sticky and shiny process. May be for dry skin type it works nice but for me it was a big fail. Also the application process takes time due to it thick formula. I suspect this has something to do with the ‘comfort serum’ which I think is thanks to the Dimethicone and Silica in the ingredients. Though after some time shine gets little faded but at the same time it turn grey. They have came out with ne foundation in same range but wont spend my hard earned money on their range. Save that much of money and invest in some good foundation. NOT RECOMMENDED!! 🙁
- The packaging is good
- Liked the Pump dispenser
- Blendable easily
- Texture is soft, creamy and nicely mild
- Thick in consistency
- It provides Medium Coverage and not full.
- It is transferable and melts down in humidity
- Turns grey, patchy and cakey after few time
- I doubt on SPF 20 claim and it is present then it can ruin your photos
- Definitely not wearing this foundation on any event or evening functions.
Will I buy this product again?
A big no. Badly disappointed. Not recommended.
TVB rating- 1.5/5