Vatika Naturals Hair Oil and Hair Mask

Friday, 12 August 2016

Hey everyone,

I hope you're all well! It's been a while since I've put up a blog post but today I wanted to share something that I have been testing out the past 2 weeks, which is the Vatika Naturals Olive enriched hair oil and the Egg Protein deep conditioning hair mask. I have tried out Vatika Naturals before as its quite easily accessible - a lot of Indian shops tend to stock the brand. It is one of the most popular brands amongst South Asian and Middle Eastern women, known for its use of natural ingredients that promote healthy hair and skin.




Product

Firstly, the Olive enriched hair oil is very nourishing on the scalp and hair which is due to the fact it has olive, almond and cactus which all work together to protect your hair from daily wear and tear. It definitely provides my hair with shine and strengthens the hair follicles, as I notice my hair doesn't fall out as much. The Egg Protein hair mask noticeable softens my hair and makes it easier to manage, It also provides my hair with a lot of much needed moisture. Both products have a strong herbal smell which I personally really like.

Packaging

The Hair oil comes in a nice plastic squeezy tube which I always prefer over glass bottles as it's less messy and easier to use. The Hair mask comes in a plastic tub which is great as you can fit in more product and easily take out as much product as you need.

Price

The hair oil retails for about £3.99 while the hair mask is £5.99 which is pretty standard for the high street. Vatika Naturals is also available in a number of high street stores and supermarkets such as Superdrug, Wilko, Asda and Tesco.


Overall I highly recommend Vatika Naturals as I am a long time user myself and their products never let me down. I particularly enjoy the hair mask as it really does deep treat your hair.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what else you'd like to see on my blog and youtube channel. I have been lacking creativity on my youtube so your suggestions would really help :)



Lancôme Juicy Shakers Review

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Hey everyone,

It's been all about the lips lately with many lip products being released on the market recently, from liquid lipsticks to lip collagen infusions. Most people want plump lips including me, which is why I was so excited to receive 2 of the new Lancôme Juicy Shakers in the post. Even though the Juicy Shakers aren't explicitly targeted to those who want fuller or plump lips, I find these do help in creating a nice healthy wash of colour with an added boost to the appearance of the lips. I received the shades 142 freedom of peach and 151 cherry symphony. 


142 freedom of peach and 151 cherry symphony. 

Packaging:

The Juicy Shakers come in a little glass bottle which doesn't make it particularly travel friendly. The applicator is a very soft foamy cushion which I personally quite like; it's very unique and helps to control the amount of product you use.

Product:

You have to shake the bottle before applying. As you can see in the image it has a very liquidy formula. There is a slight fruity scent and the Juicy Shaker has a very oily finish which is both moisturising and nourishing. This lip gloss has a bi phased formula pairing nourishing lip oils with pigments for plump but natural looking, glossy lips. These nourishing oils contain sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil. 

Price:

The Juicy Shakers retail for £18 which is a little expensive for the amount of product you get. There is 6.5ml and because the product is so oily I feel like it will be easy to get carried away and use it up very quickly.

Overall, if you do suffer from dry lips this could be a life saver for you. For me personally, I wouldn't wear this out as I feel it doesn't really do much for me apart from giving me a sheer wash of colour and oiliness to the lips. 

I hope you guys found this review helpful. Let me know if you've tried these Juicy Shakers and what you think of them.



Bloggers Hangout Fashion Week Party

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Hey everyone,

On Monday I attended the Bloggers Hangout Fashion Week party in Shoreditch. I have been to a few fashion shows and after parties for London Fashion Week so I was excited to attend this particular one as it was during  the day. 

It was held at a small location in Hoxton where there were many amazing brand stalls. If you follow me on snapchat (@BhavnaNina) you might have already seen what it was like.

There were a lot of food brands there which was great for me as I have become a lot more health conscious in the last couple of months and I am therefore open to testing out new products to contribute to my healthy lifestyle. 




The brands that I enjoyed the most were definitely theproteindrinksco, Raw Gorilla, Pudology and Naturigin. I'll mention each of these brands in a lot more detail in upcoming posts but here is an overview:



Raw Gorilla offer grain free snacks that are as close to its natural state as possible. Everything is organic and offers so many nutritious ingredients like cacao and lucuma. I actually placed an order for their munchies on energise for life where they offer free delivery. Let me know if you'd like an in-depth review on these.



I was very intrigued by Naturigin because as a person who dyes her hair at home, though I use ammonia-free hair dye, there are still chemical ingredients that are damaging and cause a strong unpleasant smell. Naturigin offers hair dyes with all natural ingredients so I am excited to give it a try.



The Protein Drinks Co are a relatively new company taking on the big global brands with their UFit protein drinks. I spoke to Huw who is the sales director there and he said how one drink is equivalent to three eggs or a small chicken breast which left me curious to find out more.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I am hoping to include a lot more health & food posts on my blog so keep an eye out for them.




Barry M Spring Launch 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Hey Everyone,

Last Friday I was fortunate enough to go to the Barry M Spring launch at the beautiful St Martins Lane Hotel. They've released quite a few new products for the Spring along with a new 2016 face of the brand which is Lucy Mecklenburgh.






From left to right: In a Flash, Winning Streak, Freestyle & Personal Best



I have always loved Barry M products, especially their nail polishes as I think they are the best on the market. They are going to release a few new Gelly Hi Shines, Speedy Quick Dry and a completely new gel type polish called Daylight Curing which I am super excited to try out.

At the event we got the opportunity to get our nails done and I got mine done by nailsbymets - who was absolutely amazing! I chose the shade 'Butterscotch Sundae' from the Gelly Hi Shine range.




From left to right: Acai Smoothie, Pink Lemonade, Cream Soda & Butterscotch Sundae






From left to right: Topcoat, All the Things She Red, Bug a Blue, Empire State of Mint & Pinking Out Loud


As well as the new Spring collection of nail polishes, Barry M have also come out with some new makeup bits. The 'That's How I Roll' Mascara is specifically designed to lift and curl lashes - I'm excited to try this as I have very thick lashes that tend to stick to each other so I'm keen to see if this will do the job.



They also released a darker shade in their popular chisel cheek contour palette. I have tried this out since receiving it and I think its amazing. I will have a video up soon of me using it so I'll link it here when it's on my YouTube channel.




Another new release is their Shape & Define Brow Kit, which now comes in a lighter colour, this will work amazing with fairer complexions and/or those with lighter hair.




What product are you most excited to try out from the Barry M Spring 2016 collection? Let me know in the comments below! 



New Years Top Picks Wishlist

Monday, 4 January 2016

Hey everyone,

Happy new year! I hope you have a great year ahead. I'm hoping this year will be big for me in terms of blogging, youtube, makeup and my other personal projects as I have decided to focus more on myself and my dreams. Work has been hectic but I'm due to leave later this month to focus on these exact things. I have also got a few new year's resolutions that I will hopefully stick to - one that includes joining the gym (we'll see how long that lasts).


It has been getting really cold lately, especially in the last few days and that has inspired me to come up with a New Year's wishlist. There's no better way to stay warm and snug than a pair of knee high boots and a comfy coat, so I've compiled a list of affordable winter wear I have been eyeing to get me through this winter season.






AX Paris Faux Suede Knee High Heeled Boots


These boots are stunning and a complete duplicate to the very popular Stuart Weitzman Highland boots. These would look great with a nice jumper dress or skirt and polo jumper.


Brantano Emillio Luca X Knee High Boots

These boots are awesome for the winter weather as they are super stylish yet offer a comfy alternative to pumps or converse. These particular ones are in a unique taupe colour which I find very flattering and a bit more daring than the typical black boots. They also have a variety of amazing ankle boots


Boohoo Emily Parka with Faux Fur Hood


One of the comfiest looking coats I have come across. This coat looks like its guaranteed to get you through the cold climate. It has a fleecy lining that's detachable which means you can also use it when its slightly warmer. It also has a big furry hood to keep your ears warm.


ASOS J.D.Y Funnel Neck Knit Dress


A gorgeous jumper dress that comes in a lovely olive colour. I have been obsessed with shades of green lately and this knit dress has the perfect combination of style and comfort. 


Accessorize Wool Beret Hat


You can never go wrong with a classic beret. I really like this one from accessorize as it's timeless while still having that stylish edge.



So that's about it for my top picks for the new year. I hope you all enjoyed this post. Let me know what else you'd like to see and leave your comments below.





L'Oreal True Match Foundation - W6.5 Golden Caramel

Monday, 16 November 2015

Hey everyone,

It's been a minute since I have done a review on my blog but today I am doing a foundation review on the newly reformulated L'Oreal True Match Foundation.



I wasn't too sure on what shade I'd be as I had struggled with the old formula shades. W7 was a bit dark and the next shade up was too light. However, I saw there was a w6.5 shade and I naturally thought it would be a shade in between so I was excited to try it. 

It turned out the shade was a bit dark for me, even slightly darker than w7 which meant I had to do a lot of highlighting but I'm going to give you guys my honest thoughts on the new reformulated foundation.

Packaging

The packaging is more sleek, thinner and looks more appealing. It still comes with a pump - which to me is the most important factor at the end of my day, in terms of packaging. Its in a plastic bottle similar to the original packaging and has the usual 30ml of product.

Coverage

I was hoping the new formula meant that it wouldn't sag into my pores and have a more flawless coverage, however, though the new formula is a lot lighter on the skin, it is also a lot more dewy -  which my oily skin really doesn't agree with. It doesn't really cover much on my skin, even though my skin is in pretty good condition right now. I would say it gives a light coverage that can possibly be built up to medium with more layers. 

Price

The price is about the same for all drugstore/high street foundations. The introductory price was £7.99 and the typical price is £9.99. 


Heres me with the foundation on
















Overall, I didn't particularly enjoy this foundation so I gave it to my sister who has dry skin and she really likes it. If you're unsure about this foundation I'd recommend trying it on in-store - as difficult as it may be - just so you know what sort of foundation it really is.

I hope you found this review helpful. Let me know if you'd like to see any more foundation reviews on my blog and my YouTube channel. Thanks for reading!



Back from Holiday

Monday, 14 September 2015

Hey everyone!


Quay Australia My Girl Sunglasses


I hope you're all doing well. I came back from my amazing holiday in Crete yesterday. I vlogged a lot of it and will hopefully have a video up soon showcasing the best bits of my time there. Some of you may follow me on snapchat (@BhavnaNina) where I regularly updated you guys on the latest. It was extremely hot - at least for me - every single day and I have a deep tan to show for it. My family and I went on a number of trips to caves, mountains, markets and palaces which proved to be a different sort of vacation than I am used to - I usually just spend most of my time in the hotel relaxing by the pool, however this holiday was definitely more educational. I will explain more about it in my video but I just wanted to let you guys know that I am back and I will be filming another video shortly :) 

Thanks for reading and see you all soon.



 
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