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Sunday, 29 December 2013

[Sponsored Review] Mygen Life Slimming Nectar

Hi Everyone,
I received a pack of Slimming Drinks from Sample Store (https://www.samplestore.com/site/home) for a review.
The brand is Mygen life Slimming Nectar


Mygen Life has drinks designed to deliver five benefits-

  1. Slimming
  2. Detox
  3. Beauty Collagen
  4. Whitening
  5. Bustful

The Slimming Nectar is a Fast Action Supercharged Slimming Drink, that acts within 28 days. It is also All Natural and tastes good
Each box has 6 bottles of 50ml each


Recommended Dosage: 1 bottle per day
Retail Price: S$49.90 per box
Available at Guardian and Hannah Holdings Website (http://www.hannah.com.sg/brands?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=87&category_id=3)


The nutritional facts are

The Slimming Nectar is a powerful formula of enzymes supercharged with Chestnut Astringent Skin extract and Chia Seed provides safest nature's power for weight loss for life.
Some more information on main ingredients-
Chestnut Astringent Skin extract- Supports reduction of carbohydrates absorption into the body. 
Chia Seeds- Great source of Omega3 fats and fibre. Helps to boost energy, stabilize sugar level and aids in digestion. Also contains amino acids, which helps to regulate appetite.
Fibersol-2- Natural dietary fiber made from corn.

My Take on Mygen Life Slimming Nectar
The drink unlike other slimming drinks has a sweet and slightly tangy flavour, which is always welcome. Another things that I liked about the drink is that you can consume it any time of the day and so you need not bother about timings and having it before or after a meal as with most such drinks. Only one bottle a day is also a fair dosage. You can actually taste Chia Seeds as soon as you sip, if you shake the drink well.
After taking a dose, I could actually feel less hungry than usual, which looks like a good sign and would love to try this for atleast 28 days as mentioned on the product.  It is also a good source of fibre, which also helps to increase the satiety level and hence curb the appetite.
Mygen Life definitely seems like a promising product and is on my shopping list as well.

If you would like to buy, you may do so at Guardian stores or Hannah Holding Website (http://www.hannah.com.sg/brands?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=87&category_id=3) at S$49.90 for a pack of 6 bottles.

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Friday, 13 December 2013

[Random Thoughts] Beautiful World of Hopes...

Anytime in our life, our hopes only keep us going, helping us to face any situation that we come across. Whenever we are entering a new phase in our life, our hope to achieve the best there becomes our guiding factor. When everyone tells us to give up; our hope only tells us to try one more time...
Yet another time has come for all of us to bid farewell to a beautiful and wonderful year, although it came with some natural calamities in various parts of the world and we did loose some of the great people from various walks of life but that does not mean that we stop hoping for the best in the year which is yet to come.
Let's hope that 2014 will be a great year for all of us, we get to see more joy than we have seen already; let's hope that we are able to achieve all that we have dreamt of and let's hope to make this world a better place to live. Sorrow will always be a part of our lives like joys; but let's hope that we are able to face our sorrows as graciously as we accept our joys.
Let's hope to get the best and give our best to whatever we do!!

Signing off with a hope to see you all in 2014... Till then keep in touch and never give up hope!!



Wednesday, 11 December 2013

[Style Diva] Color of the Year 2014

Near about three weeks, before we enter 2014, and few days ago, came the much awaited announcement from Pantone- the Color of the Year 2014. Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. 

Every year, Pantone announces the Color of the year, which then becomes the sought after color in that year and most of the color trends- fashion, beauty, make up, interiors revolve around that color both in Spring and Fall.

Color of the Year 2013 was Emerald. We still have 3 weeks left in 2013, if you would like to know more about Emerald, read the posts here and here. To have a look at the previous years' Color of the Year-


Now, coming on to 2014, The color of the Year is (drum rolls) Radiant Orchid.... Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth.
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”



Source: http://www.pantone.com

My Views on the Color of the Year 2014
An interesting and complex color, Radiant Orchid is also one of my favorites. For me this exotic color signifies luxury and confidence. It is a complex color to work around for combinations, but will be absolutely gorgeous if used well. I have always been fond of colors from this family. Apart from luxury, this for me is a color for romance, I would say matured romance, with a bit of mystery, a bit of luxury and ofcourse not too sweet like pinks and not too sexy like reds. Similar color also features in my company's Logo along with Silver Gray. I selected this combination for the luxury and elegance associated with it. You may check my website http://www.mirrorimageandstyle.com/
Looking forward to work around this color styling and make up...

What do you think about Radiant Orchid as the Color of the Year 2014? How would you like to use it?? Do leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Keep reading for more on Radiant Orchid in the New Year...

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Monday, 9 December 2013

[Review] Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color and NOTD

Trying out the Sally Hansen Nail colors, I tried on the Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color, which promises Xtreme Strength and Shine. I picked up Shade 485 Golden I, which I combined with Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (204 Simply D-Vine) for the ring finger nail.




The Xtreme Wear nail colour is a thick and intense formula, which is available in lot of fun colors. The only problem while applying is that, you have to completely wipe off the extra paint from the brush as the polish from the handle tends to come down and unknowingly you may have a big blob of color on your nail and this could be really irritating and difficult to clean off if you have small nails.

Available at: Watsons, Guardian

Price: S$ 13.90-14.90

Have you tried Xtreme Wear Nail color? Which is your favorite shade?? Do leave a comment and share.

Keep reading for more!

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Monday, 2 December 2013

[Review] Glamabox November 2013

November Glamabox came products meant for achieving healthy and flawless skin. 





Talking about the products, the box came with seven products from six brands.
1. Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage Cream Makeup, 30ml (Retail Price- S$25 for 30ml)- This Cream makeup from Revlon contains anti-ageing properties to fight the visible signs of ageing to get flawless and younger looking skin, which is also refreshed and hydrated. This also has SPF 20, so good for normal sun protection as well. The product is full size sample and what I loved at the first look was packaging. It looks as if the product is packaged in spiral pattern.


I received shade 25 Medium Beige, which matches my skin tone quite well. It also has some metallic particles which add shine to the skin, making it look even younger.

2. Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Enrich-Lift-Ex, 10g (Retail Price: S$71 for 50g)- This gel like product has added seaweed essence. It also contains Isoflavones, which has similar structure to skin cells and it activates cell structure deep within the skin.

3. Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX, 10g (Retail Price: S$63 for 50g)- This gel leaves the skin hydrated and prevents wrinkles and freckles.

4. L&P Pumpkin Ade Mask, 1 pc (Retail Price: S$2 for 1 pc)- This mask is rich in Vitamin A, Minerals, Iron and lutein from pumpkin. It delays ageing and reduce wrinkles and makes skin elastic.

5. LA ROCHE-POSAY Toleriane Ultra Biocellulose Mask, 1 pc (Retail Price: S$57 for 4 pcs)- This mask helps to reduce skin sensitivity.

6. Footpure Foot Deodorant Powder, 10g (Retail Price: S$15 for 45ml)- The deodorant is composed of natural corn starch and can absorb foot sweat and moisture keeping the foot comfortable. It also keeps away the foot odour.

7. PDA Marry Me Perfume, 3ml (Retail Price: S$26 for 30ml)- This citrusy floral fragrance is romantic and sensual, and fragrance for dating and love. An interesting fragrance but a bit too sweet for my senses.

So, that was all about my Glamabox November 2013. Some products look impressive and promising specially the Revlon Make up and Foot Deodorant. Would love try them out and see the effect.

Looking forward to get more interesting products and if you would like to get your Glamabox, you may subscribe here for only S$18 a month. 

Till then keep reading 

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

[Review] Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color

As I told in my previous post (read here) about my Nail paint haul at Sally Hansen Workshop... I could not help myself to try out their Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color. I tried to do reverse french nails... I know it was not very neat but then again, it was my first attempt at doing so on my own.



Now, to tell you about the Diamond Strength range of colors- they have real micro- diamond and platinum for extra strength. They are supposed to last for atleast 10 days without chipping and breaking. The collection has around 30 shades with nearly 15 available here in Singapore. 
For the base I used #210 Brilliant Blush, which is a pretty neutral color with multicolor sheen and looks great on nails if you want healthy natural look.
For the tip I used #360 Diamonds and Rubies, which is a brilliant red and it was my first time buying red and even after buying, I could not bring myself to paint the whole nail with red, so came up with this idea of French nails.

Have you tried any variation of French Nails? Which are your favorite shades for doing french?? Do leave a comment and share.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

[Event] Sally Hansen Nail Workshop

This weekend I was invited to attend the Sally Hansen Beautiful Nail Workshop. With my latest fascination with nail paints and nail art, I was very excited to be a part of this workshop.
The workshop was conducted by the nail expert Ms. Ruby Tan and it was a complete hands on experience. 

With the Trainers
Each table was set up for 8 people and had a range of Sally Hansen products like nail paints, Vitamin E oil, Cuticle gel, Base coat and Top coat. Along with these, each place had a Manicure bowl, emery board, orange wood stick and a false nail tip to practice filing. And yes, there were goodie bags as well.





The workshop started with the trainer talking about healthy nails, what shape should your nail be depending upon the shape of your finger- that was interesting. After that we moved on to giving ourselves a quick manicure and used the amazing products set for us on the table. The nail paints were from Complete Salon Manicure Range and also we got to experience the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips and if you have read my yesterday's post (check here), you'll know what was the result...



The goodie bag contents were


 And, did I mention that they had a product counter selling Sally Hansen Products for an amazing price and I could not resist but to pick up a few colors... This was my nail polish haul... Will talk about them soon...

Let me share few tips with all you lovely readers-

  • Go for an oval nail shape if you have short fingers.
  • If you have curvy and bony fingers, oval shape will go with the curves.
  • Those with really long fingers can try square nails.
  • Filing the nails is very important for well manicured look even if you do not wear a nail paint.
Hope you have enjoyed this post, do share your views about Sally Hansen products by leaving a comment...


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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

[Review] Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Paint and Real Nail Polish Strips

Hey Lovelies,
Let me show you my latest nails done with Sally Hansen Salon Effect Range.

#NOTD

The nails are done with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish (shade 203 Nude Now) and the signature nail is done with Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (#25 Bling it On).

The Salon Manicure Nail Polish has the base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon-inspired color, top coat, chip-resistance and a gel finish all in 1 bottle. So an easy to use multipurpose product that is great if you are travelling and let me tell you it is really long lasting as well as compared to the usual nail paints. I am writing this post on fourth day after application and it is still going great.

The Real Nail Polish Strips are a great way to do your nails if you have no time to wait for drying of nail paints or could be a great idea to do your signature nail. They are easy to use- just peel off and apply, then shape using a nail buffer. It can last upto 10 days and are easy to remove with a nail paint remover.

How do you like the nails? Have you tried Sally Hansen's Salon Effects range? What is your favorite product? Do leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Till then keep reading and discovering!

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

[Recipe] Veggie Tacos

Hey Everyone,
Another recipe that I am going to share today is Veggie Tacos, which is hot favorite in my house.


For 4 Tacos
Ingredients
4 Taco Shells 

Filling
1/2 Onion
1/2 Tomato
1/4 Green, Yellow and Red Bell Pepper
2 Baby Corn
2 Tbsp. Steamed Corn
2-3 Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Grated Gouda Cheese
1Tbsp. Taco Seasoning (or to taste)

1/4 Cup Boiled Kidney Beans (Rajmah)
30g Cream Cheese
3 Tbsp Sour Cream
2 Tbsp. Tomato Salsa
1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
Salt to taste
1 Tsp. Oregano

Method
1. Finely Chop Onion, Tomato, Bell Peppers, Baby Corn, Mushrooms.
2. Mix chopped vegetables with steamed corn, gouda cheese and Taco seasoning.
3. In another bowl, mix boiled and strained kidney beans, cream cheese, sour cream, tomato salsa, tomato ketchup, salt and oregano.
4. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees and heat the Taco Shells for 5 minutes.
5. Fill each shell with vegetable filling and top it with bean sauce or put a layer of bean sauce at the base and fill with vegetable mix.
6. Serve hot.

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Friday, 15 November 2013

[Coffee with Friends] Corn and Spinach Toasties

Hey Everyone,
Today let me share another recipe by a good friend Smruthi Miraj.

About the Guest Blogger in her own Words

A passionate Bombayite by heart and a complete foodie by 'tummy' (pun intended), I enjoy cooking as much as eating! I started off as a creative writer for Hallmark cards and after having dabbled with copy for advertising and content writing, I am quite settled now with Technical writing!
We moved to Singapore five years back. The city state has given me a lot, most importantly, my two bachchas Shanaya and Samar.
When I am not stressing about document deadlines, you can find me engrossed in a Bollywood flick or stirring a ladel in my kitchen trying to come up with something interesting. Hoping to continue enjoying this wonderful state of mind for a long time to come!

I have known Smruthi for few months now, we met on a Playdate and I just love the way she is so easy going and bubbly despite managing a carrier and two kids. So here is a great recipe that she would like to share with all of us...

Corn and Spinach Toasties

Serves-2
Ingredients
1/2 bundle chopped spinach
3/4 tea-cup corn niblets
1 teaspoon butter
1 pod of garlic pressed
1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
1/2 tin cream cheese/ cooking cream
salt as per taste
freshly crushed pepper
4 bread slices 
2 cheese slices or 1/2 cup of grated cheese

Method
1. Chop the spinach and keep aside.
If you are using corn from the 'bhutta' then boil and keep aside. if you are using tinned corn, then just warm the required quantity in the microwave and keep aside.
2. Press the garlic and chop the onion.
3. In a pan, melt butter. Add the garlic and saute a bit.
4. Next add the onion and saute till pink.
5. Add the chopped spinach... stir fry.
6. Add the corn and cook further.
7. After about 3-4 minutes of cooking the above, add the cream cheese/ cooking cream. Mix well.
8. Cook on simmer for 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring the mixture.
9. Add the salt and pepper. Mix well, turn off the gas and keep the mixture aside.
10. Cut the sides off the bread slices.
11. Place in oven toaster for two minutes.
12. Take out the bread slice and add the spinach-corn topping to each bread slice.
13. Sprinkle some grated cheese OR pieces of broken cheese slice over that.
Again, place in oven toaster and toast till cheese melts and browns slightly.
Eat warm:-).

Thanks Smruthi for sharing this yummy recipe.

Enjoy the recipe with your family and leave a comment sharing your views...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

[Review] Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Nail Color

On the occasion of Christmas, Sally Hansen launched a new range of Nail Colors- Lustre Shine in three beautiful shades- Plume, Azur and Scarab.

Image Source- Sally Hansen Singapore Facebook Page- Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Azur, Scarab and Plume
These are intense and radiant nail lacquer infused with real silver from the Far East that creates a rich iridescent effect on nails!
These three shades seem to be taken up from the shades in a peacock's feather. Even I could not stop myself from picking up one of them, so I picked up Plume (005), which is like an antique gold with greenish undertones and bronze sheen. It picks up the color shades and tones from peacock's plume quite well and I was instantly attracted to the bottle. 

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in 'Plume' 005



The color is great and easy to apply, comes out opaque with two coats but wanted it to be a little more intense so applied three coats. As I always do, I used the Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top coat as well. 
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine and Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat
The colour is intense with light sheen and stays on well atleast for 4 days. I am also now excited to try the other two shades and promise to put up the review as soon as I do that.
Somehow, Sally Hansen has been my favorite for Nail Paints because of the variety of textures and variations that they have to offer... Do check out my review on Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat here.

Where to Buy?
Watsons, Guardian stores

Retail Price
SGD 14.90

Would you like to try Sally Hansen Lustre Shine nail colour? Which shade would you like to fo for first? Do leave a comment and share with us...

Till then keep reading and discovering!

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

[Recipe] Chakali

This Diwali, along with Besan Ladoo (check the recipe here), we made a savoury snack known as 'Chakali' (or Murrukku, as it is known in Southern India). It is a popular snack for Diwali in almost whole of India.




Recipe to get around 20 Chakalis around 7-8cm in diameter

Ingredients
1 1/2 Cup Chakali or Murrukku flour (Available at most of the Indian Stores)
1/2 tsp. Asafoetida or Hing
1 tsp. Salt
1tsp. Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp. Carom Seeds
1 tsp. Ginger Paste
1 tsp. Garlic Paste
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
Water to kneed the dough
Oil for deep frying

Method
1. Kneed the dough with all the ingredients and add 1Tbsp. oil. The dough should be soft and easy to mould
2. Leave it for 5-10 minutes.
3. Grease the chakali making press equipment or use a piping bag.
4. There are two ways of doing it from here- one is to make the chakalis directly into hot oil by moving the equipment or piping bag in circular motion or the second way is to cut few pieces of aluminium foil and make the chakalis on it and transfer to hot oil.
5. Fry till golden brown and take out and drain the excess oil by placing them on paper towel.
6. Let it cool and store in airtight container.

A variation for kids could be to make the dough with only flour, salt and carom seeds.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

[Sponsored Review] Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Light Lotion

I received this full size Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Light Lotion from Sample Store (https://www.samplestore.com) for review...

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Light Lotion 

Must say I really love the new packaging of Sample Store and also their new website... go on give it a try!!

Sample Store New Packaging

Sample Store New Website

Product Description
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Hydrating Light Lotion is enhanced with SHA and Nano Hyaluronic Acid. It deeply hydrates and tones the skin texture, giving you soft and supple skin. This is suitable for Oily to combination skin, basically for those who prefer light texture.

Nano Hyaluronic Acid- This has a small molecular weight, which enables it to penetrate deeply and retain moisture.

SHA- This has excellent moisture retention abilities.

Product Features

  • It helps to lock moisture for better hydration. Skin feels soft and supple.
  • Non-sticky feeling 
  • pH balanced . Low irritation.
  • Free of fragrance, mineral oil, alcohol and colourant.
Good For
Oily to Combination Skin

My Impression about the Product
Texture and Fragrance
The lotion has watery gel like texture. It spreads easily but takes some time to absorb and the skin feels sticky for 2-3 minutes after application.

How I used the Product
After cleansing, I used Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Light Lotion both during the day and night. 3-4 drops are enough for application. 

Watery Gel Texture- feels like water

The Effect
The product has a watery gel like texture and spreads easily on the face but the skin  tends to remain sticky for 2-3 minutes. After that it does feel soft and supple. 

The Verdict
The Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Light Lotion is quite effective except for the stickiness that I experienced initially on application. Because of stickiness, I need to wait for a while before applying the moisturizer or make-up. Once it dries up, there is no greasiness or stickiness for atleast 4 hours, which is a decent time.

Since it hydrates the skin well, I can skip my moisturizer and can go directly to applying primer if I have to apply make-up.

Will I buy it again?
Maybe, but not sure if I should because of the stickiness that I experienced and which leads to waiting time.

Retail Price
S$22.90 for 170ml

Where can you buy?
Watsons or go over and register at Sample Store  to get a free sample. 

SO, if you are looking for a Lotion (Toner) and don't mind a few moments of stickiness and  for a grease free look, this is a great pocket friendly option.

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