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Easy at Home Nail Art 1- The Royal Red

Hello ladies, the weather around is getting cold with temperature dropping every day (even in Mumbai :P). We are practically covered in full sleeves jackets and sweaters so nothing much to flaunt there. Hence, automatically the attention boils down to your hands. Yes! This is the time to grab them all.

It’s a good idea to combat the cold outside with some warm hues. So I turned to a simple design of some “Red’ and “Gold”. It makes my pale hands look bright and festive. :)

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Items Used

Bright Red Nail paint – Avon Born Pretty Royal Red

Golden Nail Paint-    Golden Glitter Avon Born Pretty

Base Coat (to protect your nail and strengthen them)

Top Coat/transparent coat (to make them last longer and impart an additional shine)

Cello tape/Scotch Tape


How to do the “Royal Red”

Clean & file your nails and prep them with a Base coat (I use Avon Peeling and Brittle…

Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel – The Elixir

Aloe Vera totally demystifies the myth that all things comes for a cost. This little powerhouse of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes etc is really inexpensive and absolutely easy to find. It is an unbelievable piece of miracle which is just capable of doing anything. The purest form can be enjoyed from the juicy leaves itself. It can be easily grown in your balcony or indoors and readily cut and applied.

Alternatively it can be bought in form of gel, juice, pills and creams. Personally, I would never go for an aloe Vera infused cream when I can easily procure the gel or the leaf itself which is more near to purity than these fancy creams. The following benefits are of Aloe Vera gel (both fresh and bottled) per say. I will be covering benefits of Aloe Vera juice in my next post.

Due to its soothing and cooling properties, it is a go to product to calm skin after sun burn or heavy sun exposure.

It acts as a cure to insect bite, stinging, allergic reactions, small cuts, eczema, burns, inflamma…

Palmolive Thermal Spa Crushed Coconut and Jojoba butter Extract Body Wash Review

As an extension to my household responsibilities, I went to my ‘usual’ departmental store to get the ‘usual’ boring monthly grocery. While strolling through the aisles I was feeling intensely bored (I swear, till date I don’t know the names of pulses, I keep referring them by color and size, you see how my relation to colors helps me:P). So, I sneaked away to the other section which had face wash, body wash, deodorant, shampoos, lip balm, face pack etc and the whole world made sense again. :lol:

Anyways, this product looked like it had some rich butter inside it, so much so that I picked this up thinking it was a body lotion. But, even after finding out that it was a body wash and even though I had 2 new body wash resting in my bathroom, waiting to be tried, I DID NOT keep it back. :D (We all have done this!). I didn’t want to miss this one so I grabbed it. The lousy grocery shopping seemed interesting now and I was eagerly waiting for the next morning to try it.

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Love your Nails to have them Love you (Manicure at Home)

Before taking a dive into the colors of nail art, let’s first make sure we have offered enough love to our nails. Let’s begin with a DIY manicure.

Manicure: The word "Manicure" derives its origin from Latin word “manus” for "hands," cura for "care." It is not a rocket science and most of us are aware of it but I wanted to make sure we begin the right way so bringing this up.

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Items Needed:

Warm water
Bowl to dip your Hand
Shampoo – any brand preferably mild (as I promised I will motivate you to use most of unused products, so pick up a shampoo which you impulsively purchased but didn’t like after use, we all have been through this girls :))
A mild scrub (if you don’t have mild scrub add some cream to the scrub before applying)
An enriching cream or body oil (Hand and nail cream preferably)
Nail cutter,Filer,Buffer
Cuticle oil or Cuticle Cream
Cotton bud/cuticl…

Marks & Spencer- Natures Extracts Pampering Cocoa Butter Moisturising Hand & Nail Cream Review

I had been always thinking of using a hand & nail cream instead of a generic moisturiser on my hands, but the hassle of managing so many different moisturisers always gave me jitters and held me back. Typically, as an after bath ritual, I use a cream for face, oil for body ,a foot cream for my heels and a lip balm for my lips. Now, I already juggle with this every morning plus it is a pain to carry so much every time I travel so I always took a pass on the hands and nail cream, often managing with the oils or body lotion on my hands and nails. Frankly, I thought they are almost the same thing. But then my sister (yes, the same lovely sister who gave me ( Natures Extracts Fruity Peach & Almond Moisturising Hand & Body Lotion ) gifted me this. I wonder how she always knows the missing links in my life :P

Anyways, when I started using this cream, it made me realize the difference between a body lotion and a hand & nail cream. But yes, it also added another component to my …

Marks and Spencer’s- Natures Extracts Fruity Peach & Almond Moisturising Hand & Body Lotion Review

Hi Girls, since the country is being rocked by winters, I am all in winter mood (although there is practically no winter in Mumbai) ;-). So I decided on trying new warm body lotions and to pamper me. :)

While I was thinking on these lines my younger sister gave me this body lotion as a gift. It’s so lovely to receive a gift especially if it was something already playing in your mind. :D

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Product claims: Experience daily luxury with our Nature's Extracts collection. This light, easily absorbed hand and body lotion enriched with extracts of white peach and almond will help leave your skin soft and delicately scented.

Usage Instruction: Massage gently all over your hands and body to help maintain soft and smooth skin.

What it contains: peach and almond extracts.

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Aroma Magic Cuticle Softener Review

A couple of month back, while strolling through the Beauty Centre, Ghatkoper outlet  I came across the Aroma Magic counter where this small tube with violet flower caught my attention. I bumped into it exactly at a time I was looking for some cuticle and nail nourishment :) . Within the blink of an eye I grabbed this and headed towards the payment counter where I got 20% off on it. It made the deal even sweeter. :D

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Usage Instruction: Massage onto cuticles & nails at night & before doing manicure.

Product Claims: Aroma Magic Cuticle Softener helps to keep nails & cuticles in proper shape. Excellent remedy for brittle & ribbed nails.

What it contains: Extracts of Lemon, Clove, Garlic & Jojoba oil and pure essential oils of Carrotseed, Clove and Lemon

Price: Rs 100

Quantity: 20gm

My Experience with Aroma Magic Cuticle Softener

I have been using this…

Fix My Nail- The Don’ts

When we love someone, we happen to take it for granted, and it’s only human to do so. And the same attitude percolates to how we treat our nails also. In my previous post  Fix My Nail-  The Do's, our focus was on habits to incorporate in life resulting to healthy nails. Likewise, there is a list of things we practice in our daily life but are worth getting rid of.

As is correctly said “When you are not sure of what to do, at least be sure of what not do!”

Do not use your nails as a tool to unscrew caps or get off stapler pins (It’s a sin!). Have some pity on them and take help of a tool kit.

Do not expose your nails to water or detergent or chemicals for prolonged hours. It is ‘Slow Killing’ for poor nails. Please use household gloves while doing chores. The importance of this can’t be put in words.

Be careful using turmeric if you are wearing light-colored nail paint or God forbid if you have pampered your nails with a French manicure. I love French manicure, but in India even if you…

Fix My Nail- The Do’s

While we shower all the attention to hair, teeth, skin etc to promote their health and looks; our nails too deserve their due attention. There is no argument that a good diet strengthens you and your body from the inside and there is no substitute to it.

But, there are nail care tips which you can do at home and are definitely worth paying attention to.

Take care of your cuticles by applying cuticle oil or cuticle cream to maintain their health. In no case should your cuticle be dry.

Give some hot oil treatment to your nails. Take warm oil and dip your nails including the cuticle in it for 5-7 minutes. Olive oil and coconut oil is good for this purpose. Pull out your hands now; get rid of the extra dripping oil without wiping them off. Massage the oil on your hands nicely, taking special care of nail ends which are most susceptible to chipping and cuticles. I bet your nails will thank you for this.

Cut out the Vitamin E capsule and rub it on your nails and cuticles.  It is a very good moi…

Finding The Perfect One!

There are few things God fitted in my body that I am in love with (For a girl, it’s a very rare virtue to like something and to be satisfied with what she has :P ). They are my eyes and my nails :)

And because they are precious, I do not leave any stone unturned to beautify them. I simply and purely and wholeheartedly LOVE Kajals. They light up my face instantly, like a magic, like someone just swayed a magic wand across my face. Just glide on a piece of kohl on your under eye and see the amount of drama it brings to your face.

My rendezvous with Kajal dates back to my childhood when mom on very few occasions like weddings or diwali) used to rub some Kohl on my eyes (remember those Lakme kajals, which no matter how much you sharpen would always have some rough ends of wood encasing the kajal that hurt your eye).  My eyes then used to turn red and water for few minutes which used to upset my Dad and he disliked kajals. However, the after effects would often make me forget the 5 minutes o…