September GlamEgo Box!


Retail therapy is by far one of the best ways to pamper yourself! To swipe your credit card, yet not end up being broke is a true struggle. I’ve tried to strike a cord by choosing a subscription box – Glamego, that offers a blend of make up products and skin care essentials for 399 bucks a month. Not to mention how most of the products are sulphate and paraben free, and from renowned brands. Today, I will be unboxing their September box.

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Before you read this, you may want to know why to choose Glamego? Or even better, why a subscription box? Hop over to my previous post, and then come back here! 😀

The products came in a beautiful box, that is holding all my day routine products in it now! It had four products :

1. Neemli under eye serum

This is my favorite this month! Easy to use, travel friendly and amazing fragrance, this has found a place in my handbag. Not to forget, how this has found a place in my night routine as well.

Price : Rs 650 for 9mL ( Lol, but the cost of the entire box is 399, Duh! )

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How to use : Roll on the oil for about two times under each of your eyes, massage and fall in love (and sleeeep!)

How was it? 5/5

2. Mccaffeine shower gel

Okay, not sure if Glamego found out my obsession to coffee, before curating this box and sending it over to me! This product is love! The colour, the mild smell and everything about it is enchanting!

How was it? 5/5

Price : Rs 189

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3. Biobloom handmade soap 

I am not a huge fan of soaps, I prefer shower gels, but this one had such a good fragrance, and I am a sucker for anything for anything that smells amazing!

Price : Rs 125

How was it? Again, not a soap lover, so 4/5.

4. Bella voste nail paint 

This was again one of the products in the box that I reeeely enjoyed! I got the golden glitter paint, and there’s no looking back! They look really pretty, and stay on for quite some time. I used them alone, as well as on top of some red nail paint, for the perfect festive/party look!

Price : Rs 349

And this was? 4.5/5

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Overall, this was such a sweet surprise! I couldn’t have chosen such good products for myself, and not to forget the steal deal! Gift this box to family and friends this festive season! Click here to get the box, or even get some of these products from their website, because they have a hugeee sale going on! And remember you are your best friend!! This month’s box also has a surprise product, wait for the un-boxing!

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Until next time,
~The Crank

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A surprise from you to you!


Work from monday to friday, party on saturday and sleep on sunday, and the loop continues. How often do we wish to break this monotony, and take a little time out to pamper our self with some love? And one really good way to do that, is retail therapy. But what if you don’t know what you are getting, but know that they are all good for your skin, and are worth much more than what you are paying? Is that not win-win? That’s the concept behind subscription boxes.

Pros of choosing a subscription box?

  • Pocket friendly way of trying different products and brands.
  • Pay less, and get more!
  • Sample sized products make a lot of sense, when something does not suit you.
  • Last but not the least, a gift to yourself!
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September Glamego box! 🙂

Today I am going to introduce and share my experience with one of the most affordable boxes in India – Glamego Box. Priced at Rs 399 per box, if you choose the monthly plan, you could get it at upto Rs 289 per month, if you choose the yearly plan.

Why Glamego?

  • Premium brands
  • Most of the products are of everyday use, skin care and make up products.
  • Gives the customer the choices for certain shades (lipsticks/nail paints)
  • A minimum of 4 products per month, at just 399 per month!
  • Vouchers on some of the brands within the box, so that you can go ahead and buy the product with a good discount, if you liked it.
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The October edition :’) Isn’t this a beauty?

The September box was so beautiful that I could not wait for my October box! Check their website, for subscribing to their boxes! And why is now the best time? Because they are giving an extra product as part of the festive October box. They also have a sale on some of their previous products, so grab them before they are gone. What’s in their October box? Need to sneak peak, before click the buy option? Head over to my instagram page for the same! Follow me on insta for quick updates, and cranky posts of my everyday shenanigans 😀

Stay tuned for the complete review of the boxes 🙂

Till then,
~The Crank!

Show off your tresses naturally!


Hey Cranks,

Being a blogger is a great responsibility, not only should you try unique products and give your honest reviews on it, but also remember the motive for you to begin blogging. I started this space to ink all the words that keep running in my head. A year after I still kept writing in this blog, I had a “eureka” moment discovering that most products that we use, thinking they would help our skin/hair, do more harm to us than good. Since then, I have made innumerable google searches to confirm what I had just learnt. And so, began the journey of two stories – one to discover natural products, and two, to help others discover the same.

Today’s post is on how to maintain your hair with natural products, and still show them off. Yes, you may not have that salon like finish or the kind of hair models show off in the commercials, but if you want to load less chemicals into your system, and maintain good hair, these products would work.

Herb Island is an Australian brand, that aims to provide superfoods to the hair and skin. Their products are cruelty free and chemical free(no sulphates and parabens) I have tried their hair range for quite some time now and this blog would feature my honest review on them.

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A healthy hair regime consists of four stages:

  • Oiling

I have used the Ayurvedic Night Therapy hair oil from their range for this step. This bottle of oil looks so good, as you can actually see herbs in it. I would oil it into my scalp majorly, massage it and then leave it for some time. Occasionally I would also leave the oil in my hair overnight.

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Cost : Rs 349/100ml

  • Shampooing

Next day in the morning, the first job is to wash the oily hair. I used the Exotic Flowers shampoo, which comes in a cute pink colored packaging. It is very gentle on the scalp, which is the first thing I would want in a shampoo. It cleanses the oil really well, though I required to do a double time wash. It has a mild fragrance, and the consistency of the shampoo is pretty good. I use this primarily for the scalp, and not too much for the lengths of my hair.

Cost : Rs 250/200ml

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  • Conditioning

Next step is to drain the excess water from the lengths of the hair, and to dab the conditioner on to it. I used the Exotic Flowers Conditioner for this step. I required a large amount of the product for this, though my hair is not extremely long. I washed it after letting it stay for a good 2-3 minutes. Like the shampoo, it imparted a mild fragrance in my hair. It did help in making the hair a little soft, but did not make it completely frizz free.

Cost : Rs 150/100ml

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  • Nourishment

After towel drying my hair, and letting it to air dry, I would apply the serum to the lengths of my hair. I used the Moroccan Argan Oil Serum for this, which is my favorite in their hair range. This would make it easier for me to remove my tangles, and lets not forget the benefits of Argan oil for our hair. I did not see a visible shine in my hair, but it does keep the hair look healthy.

Cost : Rs 399/100ml

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They have more products than what I have got for myself. You can check out the complete range of products here, and choose whatever suits you! And the best part, you get a flat 20% off on all products, using the code ‘MSURPRISE20’. Do you need more reasons to shop yourself something natural this weekend? 🙂  Follow me on instagram for instant updates! 😀

Till the next one
~The Crank

Handmade with Love – ft Happy Flowers


Hey,

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you would know that I am on a continuous quest for natural and handmade products. People spend much more time curating them for you, and they are filed with so much love! Products that are natural are the best for your skin and hair – they might not show immediate results – but they help heal your skin. In the long run, your skin will be healthy and you will glow inside out.

I recently stumbled upon a brand called happy flowers on instagram, and I am thankful for the same! Their page looked very promising. It is owned by 2 sisters Dr Aanal and Dr Anjali Kangad who brew these skin and hair solutions. I got the Hair mask and the Charcoal Blackhead peel off mask from them.

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Just how cute is this?

Charcoal mask :

I was always in search of a good blackhead mask, but it seriously is a pain! Getting a steam facial in the parlor twice a month is not the solution for this. I have tried a number of face masks/sheet masks and none of them really seemed to treat this problem, which is why I was looking forward to this mask, by Happy flowers. This can be used for the entire face, but for me, my blackheads were the target.

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The charcoal mask!

How to apply?

Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and then apply a thin layer of this mask on the areas with blackheads/whiteheads. Some people might prefer to use this on the entire face, but honestly I would just apply it to the specific areas to avoid pain as well as to see if this gives you the desired results. Let it stay till it hardens (about 25-30 minutes) and then gently peel it off. Check this quick video on their page about how to use it!

How did it fare?

So I cleansed my face and then applied this on my nose. Left it for around 30 minutes. I was apprehensive that it would pain, but to my surprise, it did not.

PROS:

  • I did see some blackheads come out with the first use.
  • Easy to use.
  • One tub would last for quite some time.

CONS :

  • The fragrance was a little weird.
  • The blackheads deep within, still seemed to be there.

Hair mask :

From the past few months, I have tried to maintain a natural hair care routine, without dumping chemicals on my hair. I have used pure oils, natural shampoo’s, skipped conditioners most of the time (none of them really suit me) and then apply pure argan oil as a leave on serum. Dry hair has been one of my concerns, since I don’t apply any of the high end chemical laden conditioners that add instant shine to the hair. My go to hair mask was to whip together curd and lemon or curd and honey and leave it on for an hour before washing my hair. So again a natural hair mask was a great option for me to explore on.

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The hair mask. Half the tub is already done! 😀

How to apply?

After washing your hair with a shampoo, squeeze all the excess water from your hair and then apply this mask on your  hair. I usually avoid using any of the store bought masks to my scalp, since it is extremely sensitive! Let it stay for a good 5-7 minutes and then rinse off.

How did it fare?

This did moisturize my hair, and more to it, is that it the no chemicals part. The smell was mild.

Pros :

  • Hair mask without having to spend a lot of time
  • Chemical free
  • Visible results!

Cons :

  • A suggestion is that the fragrance could be better

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Here’s the instagram link to their page, do DM them for their product list, go ahead and find the products that you would need and show them some love! 🙂

Till the next one,
~The Crank!

Natural skin care ft Aaranyaa


To take care of your skin naturally and nourish it with goodness is an art. I have been in the quest of discovering such brands and products that really deliver what you need. I recently stumbled across the brand called Aaranyaa, and I would put forth my honest reviews on their products today. Their products are all paraben, sulphate and cruelty free, which is the first check before using any product.

Neem and Tulsi Face Wash :

We all know how beneficial neem and tusli (basil) are for the skin. Neem has anto bacterial qualities, which helps prevent acne and pimples. This face wash has a faint fragrance, which is slightly herbal. It lathers really well, which means a little would go a long way. I use this as part of my night routine. I complete the routine with my toner and moisturizer. You can check this product here.

Cost : Rs 195 for a 110 mL tube
Verdict : 4.5/5

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Tea Tree Face Wash :

The first thing about this one is how awesome it smells. I use this as part of my morning routine. Again this one lathers great, so it makes the face completely dirt free. Tea tree is great for your acne as well as is effective in curing dry and dead skin. It is very gentle on the skin, and does not cause break outs or make the skin dry. You can check this product here.

Cost : Rs 195 for a 110 mL tube
Verdict : 5/5

Pros :

  • Paraben and sulphate free – what more do you need? (At least you are not causing more damage to your skin everyday! )
  • Has the best of ingredients and a wide range depending on your need.
  • Very pocket friendly.
  • Does not have chemicals in the products.
  • Is available online
  • Smells great!

Do check out other products of this brand and show them some love! You can also follow them on instagram for quick updates and some great products!

Till the next one,
~ The Crank

Oils.. essential?


I still remember as a kid, the struggle my mom had in oiling my hair. I used to scream and she still went ahead with it. Now, I wish I hadn’t done that! Today, the whole world seems to have understood the benefits of oils. Oils have two kinds – carrier oils and essential oils. Essential oils – are highly concentrated oils that serve some specific purposes. (Eucalyptus oil, Lavender oil) The carrier oils are like coconut oil, and olive oil. Today I am here to pen my experience on the three oils that were less known to me in the past, the ones that got everyone’s attention in a small span of time! All these three are from a brand called Ryaal, and are cold pressed virgin oils (no added preservatives).

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I ordered them from amazon, where they have a huge collection of essential and cold pressed oils. I received the order within 3 days of placing it, and the packaging was pretty secure. Each of the bottles came on a separate box, and had a dropper also, for easy application.

  • Avocado oil : It has extremely many uses, to list a few – it hydrates your skin, helps in acne and blackhead removal, softens the skin, so on and so forth. Since avocado is not easily available in India, this is a good alternative. The oil seemed extremely pure, and I have been using this as a night serum.
  • Jojoba oil : Acne, sunburns, chapped skin are all just a few things that this oil can help with! I use this for my chapped lips in the night.
  • Argan Oil : Keeping the best for the end, this one is a holy grail! I have been wanting to get argan oil for quite some time now. This oil contains vitamin E and hence is a great skin toner. I also use it as a hair oil for the extra moisture and shine.

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The best part of getting these oils in the purest form, is that you can go about making your own skin care regime – toners, moisturizers, hair oil, etc! I have also created a leave on serum for my hair using the 3 oils!

I had only one problem – which was the fragrance. Having used products with fragrance, this was difficult, but considering it to be all natural and no artificial fragrance added, I think it makes sense!

This is a sure 9/10 and I will be getting more oils (this time essential oils) from them! Check them out here and go on choosing the best products for yourself! Check out their insta page here and show them some love! 🙂

Until the next one,
~The Crank

Summers? Sheet masks to the rescue!


Aaaaand Summer is here to stay! It’s burning almost 40 degrees here. So what happens to your skin? Well, damaged is an under statement. So you definitely want to give your skin a boost, apart from your daily skin routine. Going to the parlor may be a choice, but that’s not my favorite. Some how it doesn’t give me great results, and sometimes I get breakouts too. So I just pamper my skin at the comforts of my home. We have a lot of face masks out there to help us relax, remove all the tan and moisturize the face. I have been using sheet masks for quite some time now, and I find them useful in more than one way.

I have been getting them from Skin18, which offers a wide variety of Korean natural and beauty products. (and I recently bought some during my visit to Hong Kong too). Today I have 3 masks to review.

I recently bought the Mediheal Dress Code range, for which the first thing you would notice, is how beautiful and attractive it looks!

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How cute does it look?! 😀

Jumping into the application. Cleanse your face, apply your toner as usual, and then apply the mask. Have it on for a good 30 to 45 minutes, and then remove it. Do not reuse the mask.

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Dress Code – BLUE (4/5)

  • Has an anti-aging and ant wrinkle effect
  • Improves skin texture and evenness.

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Dress Code – VIOLET (4/5)

  • Makes the skin soft and supple.
  • Keeps your face moisturized (toning effect).

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Dress Code – BLACK (4.5/5)

  • Extremely moisturizing.
  • My favorite among the three!
  • Has some brightening effect too!

Thumbs up for these masks :

  • Extremely affordable (You have great offers on this site!)
  • Almost a spa like treatment before an occasion, without an expensive parlor visits.
  • Do it at the comfort of your house!
  • Looks great! 😉
  • Extremely easy to use. (No complicated steps!)
  • Spoilt with choices, for what your skin needs!

Thumbs down?!

  • They have all their instructions/information behind the mask only in Korean and not English.
  • If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a little, and wait for some time to make sure, your skin doesn’t react negatively to it.

Do you use sheet masks? What’s your skin care routine like? Let me know! 🙂

Till the next one,
~The Crank!