Avon Haul and Review – Extra Lasting Eyeliner and Mascara

Extra Lasting Mascara and Eyeliner

I have got two great products from Avon to review this time. Our hostel guard is an Avon Representative and a true fashionista! I was introduced to Avon cosmetics by her a few years ago when I started college and though some products have been misses, many of them are true hits!

Last month’s brochure (September) had an offer on the Extra Lasting Eyeliner and Mascara. Buy any for Rs 229 which I thought was a great deal. I picked up the black mascara and the eyeliner in Cobalt.

Avon Extra Lasting Eyeliner in Cobalt

Interestingly, this eyeliner is called Midnight Blue on the carton and the brochure says its Cobalt. I also remember that the green shade of this eyeliner was shown as a purple but called Emerald! Anyway, it’s a lovely shade of deep blue and it’s quite glossy as well. I really like glossy eye liners so I liked the way this one dries.  It comes with a felt tip brush which is kind of flexible so it’s quite easy to use.

Flexible felt tip!

Lovely shade of blue.

Cost: Rs 229 on offer  (I think original price is Rs 389, not sure)

Quantity: 2.5ml

Pros:

1. Glossy finish!

2. Good consistency – not too runny, not too thick.

3.  I really like this colour. Probably also because I love anything blue!

4. The brush is easy to work with.

5. Doesn’t

Cons:

1. While it does last long on my eyes, I feel it’s slightly flaky after I’ve had it on for a while.

2. Quantity is pretty less.

3. Available only through Avon agents.

Avon Extra Lasting Mascara

I can’t decide whether I like this mascara or not. Luckily, my eyelashes are naturally curly and long so I usually skip putting on mascara because I hate the long process of cleaning them off my eyes! The Avon Extra Lasting mascara does make a big difference to my lashes. It makes them look thicker and longer and I love the effect it gives! But then, it clumps a lot and it’s a bit difficult to apply neatly because the consistency of the mascara is weird. It’s a little too thick so the wand picks up lumps of mascara in places. It’s quite difficult to remove as well and I’m a bit particular about removing every single speck of makeup. For Rs. 229 though, I think it does a pretty good job of making my eyes look good. I’m not sure if I’d want to pick it up again though.

The wand is nice but the mascara is a bit clumpy.

Cost: Rs 229 on offer (I think original price is Rs 389, not sure)

Quantity: 7.5ml

Pros:

1. The wand is flexible and has a good design. Makes sure that eyelashes are coated properly.

2. Reasonable price on offer.

Cons:

1. Too thick and clumpy.

2. It’s a pain to remove!

Left : With Mascara
Right: Without Mascara
Both with eyeliner

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Health and Glow EN-VY Nail Paints

L-R: Hot Stepper, Plum Love and Cougar Girl.

I got these nail paints from Health and Glow on offer – Buy 2 get 1 free. They had a great selection of colours including bright yellows, blues and greens as well as some sober nudes and browns and some lovely pinks.  My mum and I selected these few shades and that’s why there are no brights 😛

Priced at Rs 49, they really seem to be quite good. I had applied 2 coats of Plum Love (the lilac-y one) and it stayed on my nails for about 3 days without chipping and after that, just minimal chips here and there. If you’re a student like me and don’t want to dish out too much for nail paints, this is a great brand to try.

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What’s on my playlist this weekend

I’m looking forward to a lazy weekend.  The weather is getting chillier in Bangalore and all I want to do is curl up on my sofa under a shawl! Here are some songs which are definitely going to be on my playlist this weekend.

  • Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  • Young Blood –  The Naked and the Famous
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  • Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun
  • Whistle for the Choir – The Fratellis
  • All those pretty lights – Andrew Belle
  • Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
  • Reasons to Love you – Meiko

What are your weekend plans?

Miracle Product – Saibol Ointment!

I was in the pharmacy a couple of days ago and my eyes fell on this precious tin! Now let me tell you, I’m a sucker for things that come in tins and have this old vinatgey feel. Incidentally, I also love period dramas and period films ((any Downton Abbey fans?) especially anything related to wars. Anyway so while my mum was getting a long list of medicines, I quickly looked up Saibol on my phone but I couldn’t find any useful information other than their official website so I just picked it up to see what it might be.

I had three HUGE ugly pimples on my face and they just weren’t going away. I thought Saibol might be a good experiment. Believe it or not, in 24 hours, my pimples were visibly reduced and in 36 hours, completely vanished! So basically, I’m in love with this new discovery but I’m also surprised that I couldn’t find any information about it online. But their website says they are a South Indian pharmaceutical company and their products can be found in most places in the south. I found it at the Medplus Pharmacy in Bangalore so I’m guessing several pharmacies must be carrying it.

How I used it – I just washed my face as usual and dabbed a bit of the ointment on my pimples. I did this twice a day – morning and night.

This just caught my eye!

 

Thick, white ointment with a slight rosy fragrance.

 

The other side of the tin. You can see the ingredients.

 

Love the different languages on the sides.

 

 

Cost: Rs 17

Quantity: 15 g

I’ve only used this on my pimples. I’m sure about how it works on cuts and boils etc. I think the salicylic acid and boric acid in this ointment really helped to get rid of the pimples. Have any of you tried this product? I would love to hear your take.

 

Please note: Pimples are caused to due to different reasons for different individuals and it’s best to consult a dermatologist for treatment of acne.

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No More Monday Blues 2 – Green Tea

Hello, I’m back! I had some trouble logging into my wordpress account. To cut a long story short, I forgot my wordpress password and I also forgot the password to the email account on which my wordpress is registered! Then I procrastinated for a long time about fixing it and finally, I have access to my account again.

Since it’s Monday, I’d like to share something that I absolutely love – Green Tea. Well, I love any kind of tea but green tea is one of my favourites.  Last year when I went to Sri Lanka, I went absolutely crazy with the choices of tea that were available. I picked up tonnes of different flavours and types of tea. My absolute favourite place was the Mlesna store. I was like a kid in a candy store! I wish I had pictures to show you how beautiful the shop was and the varieties of tea that were available. With the amount of tea that I drink, I soon ran out of my supply of Mlesna teas but luckily I found that Spencers stocks them in their gourmet section. Although, there aren’t that many varieties, their green tea is available at most outlets and it’s really delicious.

The benefits of green tea are known to everyone so there’s no point repeating whats been posted all over the internet! But I do recommend switching to green tea if you’re anything like me and love drinking several cups of tea a day. In fact, as I type, I’m sipping on a cuppa!  🙂

Mlesna Green Tea. I like the illustration!

 

Ah! A french touch.

 

Rs 42 for 10 bags. Worth every rupee!

 

 

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Straight from the Kitchen: Oriya Chitau Pitha

Pithas are an integral part of Oriya cooking. I’m not too sure how to describe pithas! They’re normally made out of rice flour and sometimes wheat flour. Sometimes, pithas have a kind of a stuffing – sweet or spicy. Sometimes, they are fried or they are steamed. Some are served with syrup!  They are so many different kinds of pithas and I don’t even know half their names. The pitha that we often have at home is chakuli pitha, which is the Oriya version of a dosa.

Today, I’m going to share the recipe for Chitau Pitha, which my mom made for dinner last night. Trust me, I have no idea how to make this so this post is going to help me learn the recipe as well!

What you need:

  • 500 grams of  rice
  • 1 coconut grated
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder

Steps:

  • Wash the rice and let it soak in water for 3 hours.
  • Grind the grated coconut and the rice together. Add water as required.
  •  Add the baking soda and a bit of salt as per taste.
  • Heat a wok on a high flame.
  •  Pour in a big serving and cover with a lid.
  •  Pour 1 tsp of water over the lid and let it steam for about a minute.
  • Take it out and it’s ready to serve!

This is what your batter should look like.

Let the pitha steam under the lid. Here, I took it off to show you what it’s supposed to look like.

Ta-da! Your pitha is ready to eat!

You can eat chitau pitha with any kind of curry that you might like. We had chitau pita with Ghanta curry, which is an Oriya dish that has a lot of vegetables. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it but next time, I will share some Oriya curries.

Chitau pithas are really healthy and at home, we make them without oil or ghee. For a change from the usual rotis and rice, try the chitau pitha! Let me know if you’ve ever had chitau pitha or you are planning to try this recipe!

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No more Monday Blues!

I hate Mondays! I hate them so much that, on Sunday evenings I start feeling the blue.  So, in order to cheer up my Monday mornings (and yours), I decided to start a weekly feature where I’ll share some of my favourite things.

Today, I want to introduce you to my ten year old Labrador Retriever – Clover! No matter how upset you might be, there’s nothing like a wagging tail to cheer you up! He’s always up to something and his antics always give us a good laugh!

Clover is sensitive to emotions and he just knows when to be there for you. When my grandfather was diagnosed with stomach cancer, he moved to Bangalore to stay with us. He was really broken and Clover could sense that. He would sit by my grandfather’s side all the time and he would bring his toys in to share with him!  Clover was a puppy back then so he was very hyper but when he was around my grandfather he would put on his best behaviour. When my grandfather passed away, Clover sat down near his body and did not move from him till they took the body away to be cremated.

Clover loves eating EVERYTHING but his all time favourite food are tomatoes! In our old house, the vegetable hawker, while passing by, would roll a tomato into the gate for Clover every day. Now we have a small organic garden at home but we never get to eat the tomatoes because Clover steals them before we can get our hands on it!

He hates being photographed so I have to be very sneaky while getting a shot of him. Here are some photos!

Eying a biscuit!

A rare moment when he’s actually looking at the camera!

Play time!

Do you have any pets? You can share their photo by sending me a link. I would love to see them and give them a snuggle 🙂

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Healthy Treats: Mango & Melon Popsicles

The temperatures are soaring and all you want to do is eat ice cream! But, five scoops of belgian dark chocolate a day = a million calories and not exactly, very healthy!

This reminds me of the time, when I was in Delhi and I was telling my mother how long it’s been since I’ve had HäagenDazs ice cream. When I came back home that summer, my parents had bought some HäagenDazs sticks for me. I was so happy that,  I immediately gobbled one down and later, when I checked the pack closely, one serving was around 1000calories! I felt so guilty yet each bite was somehow worth it (not on a daily basis though!).

Anyway, home made popsicles are a great guilt-free way to beat the heat. I decided to make some mango-melon popsicles. It’s really easy and yummy. You can choose any fruit you like. I chose mangoes because they’re in season and they taste delicious, melons because I can never get enough of them!

Mango, watermelon and muskmelon

Post- Blender

Messily poured into the holders

Freeze!

Ta-da! Your popsicle is ready!

Ingredients

I used about:

2 Mangoes, peeled and chopped

1/2 a Watermelon (400 grams), chopped and seeds removed

1/2 a Musk Melon/Cantaloupe (400grams), chopped and seeds removed

Directions

1. Chop up all the fruits and make sure you remove the seeds to avoid bitterness.

2. Blend the fruits into a puree.

3. You can add some extras like sugar, chocolate chips or whatever you might like. I kept mine natural and I didn’t even add sugar.

4. Pour into popsicle holders. If you don’t have holders, you can use paper cups and ice cream sticks, which are easily available in grocery stores.

5. Freeze for a few hours.

6. Eat and enjoy!

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Flormar SUPERSHINE Nail Paint – 48

I just have to put SUPERSHINE in capitals! This nail paint is really, really shiny and can probably even blind someone. That being said, I kind of like it!

Flormar is a Turkish makeup company and I was happy to pick up a few bottles of nail paint at NewU. I really like the colours that were available but I limited myself to two bottles – a purple and a pink. Here are a few photos of the purple!

The problem is that my limited knowledge of photography and the capability of my camera could not capture the real colour of the polish, so you’re going to have to use your imagination a little!

“Shine and Hot” – Whatever that’s supposed to mean!

A little more blue than this…

… a little more purple than this!

Cost: Rs75

Quantity: 10ml

Pros:

1. Lasts long without chipping.

2. Nice colours available in the range.

3. Reasonably priced.

4. Nice, long brush (but I still can’t manage to apply nailpaints neatly!)

Cons:

1. Ummmm… might not be easily available? I’ve only seen these at NewU.

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Carmex Click Stick – my life(lips) saver!

My friends and I swear by Carmex! Other lip balms may come and go, but a tub of Carmex has to be there in our bags. This is the BEST lip balm I have ever used (and, this coming from an addict!). I’m not that fond of tubs because my hands tend to get dirty and I hate putting dirty fingers into the tub. So on my last trip to the US, I picked up the Carmex click sticks. There are different varieties like Strawberry and Cherry but I picked up the Original.

The texture of the balm is quite thick but not waxy. It doesn’t feel like some of those lip balms that just tend to sit on your lips. It’s not too sticky either. When you apply it, you might feel a cooling sensation and that’s my favourite part! It just feels very nice and cool on your lips. At least for me, no matter how chapped my lips are, Carmex always soothes and heals them. I like to put a layer on my lips just before going to bed and when I wake up, my lips are really soft.

Cheery red and yellow.

Ingredients

Plain and clear!

Cost:  $4.99 for a pack of 3

Quantity: 4.35g

Pros:

1. Heals the worst of chapped lips.

2.  Contains sunscreen – SPF 15

3. Stick is better than the tub, in my opinion.

4. Lasts really long. Sometimes, after meals, I don’t have to reapply. I can still feel it on my lips.

Cons:

1. Not available in India. A close second which is available here is Blistex.

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