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!

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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

Depressed? Try Retail Therapy.


Hey,

Weekdays are hectic and tiring. Come weekends, all I want to do is relax, with a book, some music and pamper myself. In addition it is my birthday week, and so I have a bunch of haul. View it on instagram here 🙂

Skin18 is a one stop destination for all K-beauty products, which would be a perfect way to start your weekend. I had already done a post about my previous experience with skin18, check it here if you haven’t read it earlier. I have tried two of their mask sheets (Fresh Fruit Blueberry and Fresh Fruit Honey) which I will be reviewing today.

Both these masks have similar directions to use. I first washed my face, and used my regular toner. Then applied the mask for around 30 minutes. I ended it with massaging my face for a minute. The hydration was real, it felt so good to the skin. Also, the aroma of the mask was a definite plus. Finally, I locked the moisture that the mask gave me by using a night cream.

Pros :

  • Quick restoration of hydration
  • Easy to use
  • Pocket friendly

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Rating : 4.5/5

Till the next post,
~The Crank

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 ^_^