Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD

Hello Pretty Dolls :)

Today, for you, a lovely tinted moisturizer that illuminates the face, like from within and imparts a healthy glow to the face. It works as an awesome base if you like a glowy finish :)

Oh yes, I have got compliments of that sort when I have used it under my base :).

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD

What the brand says:

Gives your skin a youthful, radiant finish with this lightweight, buildable sheer tinted moisturizer.  A perfect blend of skincare and makeup. It hydrates skin with barely- there colour for a luminous radiant glow. This lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun's harmful and damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen. 

·  Skin-friendly formula contains a unique Dewy Complex that is proven to keep the skin moisturized and better equipped to combat external aggressors and irritants.

·  Long-wearing formula stays on colour true and even; layer with other foundations for a custom blend and radiant finish.

·  Mix 50% Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer into your foundation for SPF protection; For an instant boost - press Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer onto the high points of the cheekbones over any foundation.

 Perfect for all skin types. 

How to use:  

Apply it onto clean skin with the help of your fingertips in a gentle downward motion.
To maintain dewy radiance, set it with Translucent Loose Setting Powder using puffing brush.
For a matte finish, set with Foundation Powder or Translucent Loose Setting Powder using the Powder Brush.  

Shades available:

- Bare Radiance
- Bronze Radiance
- Golden Radiance
- Natural Radiance
- Warm Radiance


It comes in a whitish tube and the packaging is very user friendly. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD


Octinoxate 7.50%, Avorbenzone 2.00%. Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Xylitylglucoside, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), XYlitol, Copper Gluconate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Tin Oxide.

Shelf life:

18 months 


 Rs. 5,773/ $44 for 50ml/1.7Oz

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD
 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 illuminating natural radiance, Review and FOTD

My Views on  :

This is a great illuminating moisturizer, which gives a luminous finish and is perfect for normal to dry skin.  Versatile shades makes it ideal for all skin tones. 

Best thing is it has SPF too, which it makes a perfect moisturizer for day time. So, you can use it on its own or mix it with your foundation for getting sun protection.

Though I have used it on my super oily skin too and have faced no breakouts but that was in winters. In summers, I do not dare such dewy products :P. But for normal to dry skin, I would say that this tinted moisturizer is superb and if your skin have no major issues, then this is sufficient on its own. You will get that lovely fresh dewy look with no heaviness or clogging of pores.

This illuminating base is not shimmery sort of, but i imparts a natural glow to the skin. When I tired strobing for the first time and it was liked and appreciated by all, I used this tinted moisturizer in the base. You can check out my strobing look, which I created using same laura mercier moisturizer here - step by step tutorial on strobing

My tip: After applying the product, give it some time to settle in and then go with your normal makeup routine if you want. Or simply mix it with your regular foundation and you are ready to go. 

If you are fond of natural dewy finish then this tinted moisturizer is a must have for you. 

Overall Rating:


I would surely recommend this tinted moisturizer to all who like fresh dewy finish. Do splurge and enjoy :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Charmingly Childish? – 5 Backpack Styles that are Tasteful and Trendy

Is it a fashion faux pas for a young millennial woman to walk down the corridors of a big- name, multi-level corporation wearing a black pantsuit and toting a backpack? How about a twenty-something fresh graduate sporting casual-formal wear with a backpack slung over her shoulder? The initial reaction would be yes, of course, because backpacks are for little schoolgirls who want their friends to know who their favorite Disney princess is simply by looking at their bag.

While bags will be bags, there’s always been a definitive difference between chic and childish, and  backpacks usually fall under the latter category. You can change the look of an outfit from playful to professional simply by switching out a clunky-yet- stylish shoulder bag for a sensible clutch and it would still be socially acceptable, but many women wouldn’t dream of using backpacks unless they were going hiking or hitting the gym. Get the hang of some stylist handbags.

Thing is, that mindset is very slowly changing. Fashion designers and manufacturers have come up with a dozen different styles to modernize the basic backpack, and they’re turning out better than we could have expected. It’s 2016, and fashion-conscious teenagers and young professionals conscious about maintaining an image are still buying cute backpacks – from the famous Herschel blue-and- brown combination to
Chanel’s gorgeous graffiti numbers. Before you get excited and start binge-shopping backpacks, remember that there’s still the risk of looking childish or fashion-indifferent.

Here are five backpack styles from an amazing online shop that will help you avoid that.


Leather backpacks alone are already the very opposite of the cotton-polyester blend that is a little girl’s Disney Princesses bookbag. Adding the structured whiteness can do two things for your outfit. Aesthetically speaking, you look cultured and sophisticated. We tend to assimilate the color white with a crisp, clean freshness which will definitely add to your look. Functionality-wise, a backpack is just so practical – especially for the working girl! It can hold your laptop, laptop charger, makeup kit, wallet, mobile phone, and at least a dozen other things that a regular shoulder bag would choke on.


While this style might not suit everyone’s taste, there’s no denying that Boho-style backpacks are cute backpacks that can make you look fun, friendly, and playful without crossing the dreaded line to grade school girl. If you like the loose cotton shirts and slouchy boots that is classic Boho, adding in a funky-colored backpack with bright patterns and tassels can only boost your look. If you’re into pastels and baby colors, this will help offset it in the most complementary way.


The small backpack crazed popped up in the early 2000’s and hasn’t left ever since. Small backpacks can rival a shoulder bag or sling bag in terms of space (read: there’s not a lot of it), but they’re just so fun and stylish, they’re seen as the perfect accessory to any casual shirts-and- shorts outfit. They’re like the toy poodles of Paris Hilton fame; they don’t do much except their job (small backpacks can maybe hold your phone, wallet, and the bare essentials of your makeup) but they’re so cute, so you don’t really mind.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Wonderland for Kids - Kidzania

Hello Kiddos J

Today's post for you :*

Summer vacations in full swing and parents are thinking about new options and places to explore!!
Going out of town or country is not always feasible when you are low on budget or holidays. Do you need to worry when you live in Delhi!!


Our place has got a new hangout place for kiddos- KidZania.

Kidzania NoidaHow I love this - All Sky Air Conditioned Ambience :*

KidZania is a Mexican edutainment chain which launched its second indoor theme park for children and parents, at Noida on Thursday, with both my kids and just looking at the lovely indoor atmosphere here with a very beautiful, ofcourse not real sky. This is a golden place for all the kids who dream of being adults and want to experience their world.

KidZania is a globally successful theme park for kids, where children have experience pretending to do adult jobs. It is like a mini city for children, where they can go and work like adults, then be it a doctor, TV anchor, fireman, astronaut, model, shopkeeper, journalist or banker.  It has a unique concept of edutainment, that is education+entertainment and is totally different from other entertainment parks which are full of junk food and thrill rides.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has also partnered with KidZania, that engages children through real life roleplay. Kidzania and Nexa (MSIL) partnership will empower future drivers of India through an authentic driving experience.


MSIL through its engagement program is allowing kids to learn the responsibilities of driving as well as road and traffic safety guidelines.

We first went for Nexa outlet as my son wanted to drive a car as usual. But this seemed different. Nice road with curves, toll gates ;), petrol pump and cleaning services midway…whhhooooo…. sounds interesting …no!!

But to experience all this, he was required to own a license!! Pretty good. One should know that a license is a must for driving. Good work – Team Maruti. An executive told him all the rules and signs used for driving and then there was a little driving test J. He passed and was issued a pretty original license from Maruti <3.


Height measured, rules of driving told, test taken, test passed, proper plastic license issued to my star - Fulltoo Feel :)

Then came his turn for driving and yes, it was pure enjoyment as he opted twice to drive the car. Pretty supportive staff at every step and great ambience.


Do notice the pretty little Baleno - so chic, so classy, so smart!!


Kidzania Delhi

Kids enjoying while working - cleaning, air filling, fuel. Do notice the little misters 
doing little stuffs :)

Even my little daughter was full of excitement while looking at the wonderful things there and not to forget to mention the fun my son was having. He or even we could never imagine that a place like this could exist where the kids can enjoy while learning new things, having hands on experience of various jobs, they only saw their parents doing!!


Again he spent Rs.10. This boy!!

My son was given a cheque of Rs.50/- with entry passes which he needed to encash himself from bank inside Kidzania. Then, he got money in a pack which he needed to spend as he liked. He could spend and he could earn too while doing little jobs. I like the concept as it instills a responsibility into kids that when they are enjoying, they are spending and money is decreasing and when they start working, they start earning. They have to take care of their expenses themselves. All this done while playing and enjoying and in company of friends and cousins – nothing could be better.

Kidzania nexa

Yes, you can make, you can eat too :)


For you little princesses :). Yes, this is for you - pamper & get pampered :*

It is a replica of real city with all the streets, vehicles and buildings. A place which will not only entertain but educate child about different professions, business and occupations and specially it allows children and parents to do what comes naturally to them, like role playing, problem solving, creativity and social values. A place which lets your child think beyond boundaries and experience everything.

Must visit place and Maruti Nexa outlet is most enjoyable for kids who love cars and driving.

Happy Holidays,

Love to all

Charu J

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Home Remedies To Cure Sunburn

Facing scorching summer heat!! Feeling the burn!!

Lets have some soothing and cooling solutions to our summer problems. I will share with you, some home remedies to cure sunburn. Lets get started -

Home Remedies To Cure Sunburn

Put a cucumber in refrigerator and apply grated cucumber on your face, neck and eyes too. It will provide a quick relief from sunburn and redness and will also work wonders for your skin and complexion. It will cool down your eyes too. You can also make some ice cubes of grated cucumber and apply it whenever you come home from sun.


We love to eat orange. But why don't use it fully!! Instead of throwing the peel, keep it and make a perfect pack for tanned skin. Dry the orange peel in shade and then grind it well. Now take 1/2 tbsp besan or chickpea flour, 1/4 tbsp powered orange peel and 1 tbsp rosewater and make a paste. Apply it onto your face and neck and wash off with cold water after 20-25 mins. It will not only remove tanning but will enhance the complexion too.

Home Remedies To Cure Sunburn
Oatmeal –

Take 1 cup of oatmeal and grind it well. Now mix it with water or raw milk and apply onto sunburn areas before bath. You can apply this paste onto face and any other body part. After applying for 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water. Thats it :).

Aloe Vera –

We all are very much aware of the multiple and magical benefits of aloe vera and its one of the mostly effective things to cure tanning and sunburns. It has antibacterial and soothing qualities. Take out the juice of fresh aloe vera and put it in refrigerator for few minutes. Now apply the refrigerated juice on  sunburns. BTW, aloe vera gel is my HG moisturizer for summers  :).

Potato - 

Take 1-2 thin potato slices. Now soak these slices in yogurt/curd for about 15 min. Clean your face with these soaked potato slices. Trust me it has a very soothing and cooling affect on sunburn skin.

Home Remedies To Cure Sunburn
Raw milk –

Mix rose water and turmeric in refrigerated raw milk and apply over the exposed tanned areas.  This mixture works as a cooling agent and antibacterial properties of turmeric will help in quick healing. Even if you have very sensitive skin, this mixture is safe to use and will cure burns.

These are all tried and tested remedies for sunburn and all. I did this post just to remind you that the solution for summer skin problems is not very far but in your home and your refrigerator only. You don't need to spend thousands of bucks to get relief from sunburn and heat. Everything is available with you. Just open your refrigerator and get started :).

Happy summers!!
May you have a cool and refreshed skin ;)

Love you all
Charu :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wella SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

Wella SP range is little expensive and all professional. Only found at some select salons and online, this range delivers professional results too. My sister got her hair rebonded and the salon guy recommended Wella SP Smoothening range. She got the Shampoo-Conditioner-Mask from Wella SP. I will review conditioner and mask too, shortly.

Wella  SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

The trio works very beautifully for her rebonded hair (actually duo -shampoo and mask- works equally good, conditioner can be easily skipped). Makes her hair very silky and shiny. Mine are curly hair and I try to use them whenever I can lay my hands on them :) (she doesn’t let anyone touch them due to their cost and keeps them in her cupboard ;)) . I also love the shampoo. It smoothens hair much more than any shampoo I have used till date and combined with mask, it works wonders truly. It reduces frizz a lot and makes hair silky to feel and touch. It works for all hair type according to me as I have seen it with rebonded hair as well as curly. But for best results, mask is absolutely necessary. You may skip the conditioner easily. Use mask instead.

Wella  SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

The consistency is fine…not so liquid but not creamy either.  Fragrance is also good. It is available at select salons or online. has wide range of Wella products and that too with discounts most of the times.

What the Product description says :

With an Active Cashmere Complex, Wella SP Smoothen Shampoo perfectly controls and cares for unruly and curly hair. It smoothes the hair structure as you cleanse to leave your hair smooth and supple.
An essential component of the SP Smoothen line, Wella SP Smoothen Shampoo is formulated with an Active Cashmere Complex to perfectly control and care for unruly and coarse hair giving it a delightful suppleness as well as providing anti-frizz protection.

Ingredients : 
Wella  SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

Directions of use :
  • Massage evenly into damp hair.
  • Rinse thoroughly.

Wella  SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

 Wella  SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

 Wella  SP Smoothen Shampoo, Review and Price

Cost :
Rs 965 for 250ml/8.33oz.

Pros :
  • Cleanses well and washes out easily.
  • Smoothens hair and reduces frizz to a great extent.
  • Leaves hair soft, silky and shiny.
  • Nice mild fragrance.
  • Good, sturdy packaging.
  • Works good for rebonded hair.
  • Works good for coarse, rough, curly hair.
  • Small amount is required.

Cons :
  • Cost
  •  But, in real, no con at all :)

Overall Rating :