Wake up trouble?


Hey,

The festive season is in the air, with the new year around the corner. It’s becoming chill day by day, so much that I’ve started ignoring my alarm clock every morning. After a million snoozes, what really inspires me to get up is the thought about my morning ‘filter’ coffee. A sleep walk to the kitchen (sane enough to make a good coffee 😛 ) and the aroma of the coffee, half wakes me up, and the first sip makes me thank my existence. Such is the importance of coffee in my life.

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I totally heart coffee ❤

Recently I shifted to a new city (away from family) and so I could not get access to the usually coffee powder that my family used. That was exactly when I found the brand called BeanStalknLeaves which was created by people who shared  a similar love story with coffee. I’ve tried three of their variants and this is my honest feedback about it.

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Enjoying a cup of coffee! 🙂

  • Velvet Dew is a not so strong variant of coffee, which is perfect a quick sip when you need a drink after dinner, before leaving for a quick task, the perfect coffee to offer guests, when you aren’t very sure of how strong they like their coffee. It definitely can’t go wrong there.
    My rating : 4/5
    Price : Rs 355 for 250g
  • Shot Gun is a very strong coffee variant (I ❤ this one) which helps my brain wake up in the morning and do my work right. This often goes on my afternoon to-do lists, so that the rest of the tasks on that list get done too! 😛 (win-win situation)
    My rating : 4.5/5
    Price : Rs 335 for 250g
  • Smooth Operator is the mildest variant of the three. Perfect for lazy days, where you don’t have too much to do, and want to chill.
    My rating : 3.5/5
    Price : Rs 295 for 250g

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    Beautifully packed, travel friendly.

I’m waiting for more variants from this brand. Visit their official site for more on each of the variants or head to amazon to shop them. You could also gift these to a coffee lover, this festive season and pass on a few smiles. Happy spreading joy 😀 Let me know how you guys start your day. Mine is incomplete without coffee! 🙂

Till the next shot of coffee
~ The Crank!

Egg for the hair?


Hey guys,

Hope the winters have been treating you guys well. The festive season is around the corner, which motivates us for new better beginnings 😀 We have all heard about the benefits of egg for the hair’s nutrition. Well, I have been eager to make a hair mask with egg for quite some time now, but couldn’t because I’m a vegetarian and taking home eggs is a BIG no-no. Browsing for alternatives, I landed up on a brand called eyova. They are a brand who came up with a solution for hair woes – Egg oil.

I’ve been trying this for almost 2 months now, and would like to share my feedback.

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Claims made by the brand :

• Prevents premature hair loss
• Prevents premature hair greying
• Repairs hair damage
• Reduces dandruff and improves scalp condition
• Improves hair’s shine and luster

I’ve been using the oil, to massage my scalp and also applied a little on my entire hair length. I oiled my hair the previous night, like I use any other hair oil. It gets absorbed into the scalp very very quickly.

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Any oil needs quite some time for it’s effects. The immediate effects that I saw, was that my hair got super soft.

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Now, to the pros and cons.

Pros :

  • Much easier and less-clumsy way of using egg for hair.
  • Makes hair soft.
  • Gets absorbed into the scalp very quickly.
  • Manages frizz/dryness
  • Contains natural ingredients
  • Available online.

Cons :

  • Pricey (Rs 590 for 50 ml)
  • Fragrance is not so good.
  • Requires quite some shampooing for removal (if a mild shampoo is used)

Overall, I would rate it a good 4/5. Check it’s features and buy it online at their official site or on flipkart. You may find some offers now, so go ahead and splurge in this product.

Till the next one,
-The Crank ^_^

Qtrove haul.


Time has proved a lot of stereotypes wrong :

1. Can you shop online?
2. People delivering products home – will it be safe?
3. What if you don’t like the products?

But one thing time can’t erase – the beauty of handmade products. Handmade products have their own value and charm. Don’t we all have a neighbour/friend who is exceptionally good at making handmade stuff, that is cute, and wants to sell it, but is not able to find a proper way to do so. Qtrove is a one-stop destination for all these handmade sellers. This in turn means you have a wide choice between organic and natural products, that are chemical free. (food for the skin and food for the body! :P)

They have a wide range of products from food, beauty products, home decor, accessories and a lot more. I recently had a shopping haul at Qtrove and I wanted to pen my experience.

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All my products 🙂

I bought 4 products :

1. Rose Potpourri ( Iris) – smells like heaven. Can be used for an amazing fragrance in the house, or it makes a great gift when meeting a friend at their place. (4.5/5) You can get this product here.

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The rose potpourri

2. Toner (Organic Mill) – I love this 100% natural toner – that claims to even out the skin. (4/5) You can get this product here.

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Face toner.

3. Ardhana peppermint lip balm – This is a chemical free lip balm, that is extremely moisturizing. Only drawback being it has a glass container which is not very travel friendly. (4.5/5) You can get this product here.

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Lip balm.

4. Eucalyptus essential oil (Aroma World) – Well, we all know the benefits of this one. From being a key product of aroma therapy to reliving body pain, this is a miracle oil. (4/5) You can get this product here.

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Eucalyptus essential oil.

They have an amazing customer care to assist you with anything you require. They also have a sale going on for three days including today ( 24th nov 2016 to 26th nov 2016), wherein each day has a specific offer going. Race now, to get some amazing products in the sale! 🙂 Check out the site here. Also use the coupon code “RACHELT20” by December to avail a 20% off on your cart above Rs 400 😀

Check out my instagram handle for a lot of quick updates. 🙂

Till the next one
The Crank ^_^

Korean skincare?


Hey,

So how often, while looking at Korean people have you wondered how flawless their skin is? What do they use to get that kind of skin? In my quest to find the answers to this, I fortunately stumbled upon skin18. And it was my one stop destination.

I recently got a face mask from their site, and here is my honest review about it.

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The sheet mask 😀

I was really really excited to try it out as soon as I received it, but waited for a good occasion to do so. As instructed, I washed my face with a gentle cleanser, and used a toner, after which I applied the sheet mask on my face. It was convenient to use. After a good 30 minutes, I removed the sheet and washed my face.I also massaged my face, to complete the good pampering session. I could feel a real cooling sensation after using the mask.

Pros :

  • Easy to use
  • Clear instructions given
  • Gave a good cooling sensation
  • A good skin pampering session at home
  • Mask covers even face shape ( and is quite big)
  • Smell is mild
  • Very pocket friendly ( they also have a lot of crazy discounts, so very comfortable)

Cons : Nothing I can think of! 🙂

Verdict : A good 4/5. Will definitely purchase it again! Would love to try other variants as well.

Let me know, what you think of the post! 😀 Here is a direct link to this face sheet mask.

Signing off
The crank ^_^

Plan your work, work your plan..


Hey,

Technology keeps advancing by the day. From the alarms that wake us everyday, to the expense tracker in our mobile and the online tools for cab booking that are just a click away, technology has been ruling us. But there are still some people like me, who just love the smell of paper. Planning has undergone a tremendous tech-change, and yet I use a planner (and a dozen pens to decorate them) for my everyday goals and to-do.

I’ve always been very choosy when it comes to stationary. And most of the planners never convinced me completely, until I came across this planner by Nirmala Franklin, that I simply could not resist.

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Love at first sight ❤

With features like a cool laminated cover, month at a glance, everyday notes to self, plans for the week, cute stickers to supplement some days, reminders, expense calculator and contacts section, this planner is just beyond expressions. It’s metal coil binding keeps your memories safe for long. There is also a zipper pouch and a pocket to store important bills, receipts and letters close to heart.

Attaching a few pictures of the planner, to make it easier for you guys to grab this one.

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Well, make it yours 😀

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Some daily motivation 😀

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Daily goals, plans..

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Tabs for every month.

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Expense tracker 🙂

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Some important contacts need to be penned down.

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Notes to self.

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Year at a glance 🙂

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Love the designs!

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Cute stickers to complement your days 😀

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Some handy cards 🙂

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Pocket to store bills!

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The zipper pouch!

Loads of love,

Till the next one,
-The Crank ❤

What’s that smell?


Hey guys,

It’s summer in most parts of India, and we all face a common problem – to smell good. Now, who doesn’t like to portray themselves as the guy/girl with a good fragrance? Everybody loves that attention. Spending thirty seconds of your morning time on spraying a perfume, for work, is one thing. But, summer calls for a handy pocket perfume, for the ‘just in case’ moments. And that’s were Neesh Perfumes came into play.

I was browsing for some good ‘pocket-friendly’ pocket perfumes (I haven’t started earning yet 😛 ) and I found this Indian attar (perfume) brand which claims to use natural and fresh ingredients. I found it’s fragrance range very unique and got to try two of the fragrances :

  1. Attar-E-Ishq : This one is my current travel-friendly favorite. It has a mild fragrance of vanilla with a little of nutmeg, bakhoor and cedarwood. The mild fragrance is what drew me towards it and if you are looking for some strong ones, you can try the other one.
  2. Moha-Beau-T : This one has a strong scent, but I love the way French rose and saffron have been mixed to give this a perfect Indo-Western touch.
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The brand claims that these last for 12 hours, I can definitely assure a 10 hour “awesome you”. Not to forget the cute packaging, which can fit in your slings, or even your pockets. Coming to the cost, it costs 340 bucks for a 20 ml pack, which comes to less than 1 rupee per spray. (Each pack contains nearly 400 sprays 😉 )

You can know more about the other variants and purchase your favorites in the official website. These products are also available in the leading online websites like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and ebay.

So Keep Calm and Smell Well.

Till then,
-The Crank

Chemicals on your skin?


Fourteen years of schooling and four years of engineering have still not helped me to figure out what I wanna do with my life. So yes, the abstract happy news being I’m done with my studies, which also meant I had literally nothing to do. Comprehending my joblessness, I began searching and researching a lot on the internet (including facebook and instagram refreshes every 5 min). One of the two really productive things that this vacation saw me doing was to make a lot of DIY’s. I made a notebook, a planner, a few bookmarks, a jewelry kit and a few cute multi-purpose boxes ( all with a coffee by my side). I also tried my hand in a bit of doodling and sketching ( Umm, not great).

Of all the internet browsing, I also started discovering the ingredients in some of the cosmetic products I owned and in some more that I was planning to buy. Now, I liked to keep my beauty routine simple ( face wash – sunscreen – and.. end of list), and I made sure I used brands which ‘sounded herbal’. Now, the internet had proved me completely wrong. There were parabens, alcohols, carcenogens and a lot more chemicals, which by now would have embedded on my skin. That’s when I swore to use safer products and began researching on brands which were less familiar to the general world yet produced products from ingredients our ancestors used. These may seem slow to work, but your skin would definitely love it.

One of the safe brands in India, is Aroma Essentials which offers natural skin and hair care solutions of which I’ve began using a few products today. You guys can check this brand at AromaEss (facebook page) or AromaEssInsta (Insta page) and check out their amazing list of products. I’ll blog the review of the products in the next post, after using them for a few weeks. Till then,

Signed,
The Crank.