Monday, September 15, 2014

Tea with a Twist !

I have always been obsessed with tea. I love some home made masala chai (though, the only masala I like to use is ginger).

This post makes me quite nostalgic as I used to easily have 2-3 cutting chais in a day during my college and work life back in India. For those, that don't know cutting chai, it is masala chai served in a glass, but half serving.


I have grown to appreciate different types of tea since shifting to Sydney and in today's post, and I thought it would be fun to share with you my little tea collection. 



Clockwise as numbered in the above pic : 
  
T2 Green Tea stack - I have this green tea trio set from T2. It has Green Rose, Gorgeous Geisha and China Jasmine. I absolutely loved Green Rose and have recently finished it. Its a gorgeous sweet, fruity, highly fragrant, refreshing tea. Gorgeous Geisha is green tea with strawberries drizzled in cream. This is a sweet, berry flavored tea. I love green teas with an edge of sweetness as they take away that slight bitterness from the tea. China Jasmine, is not as exciting as the other two, it is just green tea with jasmine. It is very calming and relaxing.

Dilmah Rose with French Vanilla - This is really sweet and heavily fragrant tea. It is exactly as the name suggests a blend of rose and vanilla. If you like sweet teas, you will like it. It is a bit too sweet for my preference. I prefer having it as Iced tea. 

T2 Wake Up Tea - This is a mix of goji berry, peppermint and green tea. This definitely has the bang to wake you up. Again, I love that it is a sweet green tea as it takes away the bitterness, but it also has the zing of peppermint which is perfect to wake you up. Its a very refreshing tea.

Manjushree Silver White Needle Tea - This was gifted to me by my uncle when I was in India a few months back. Sliver Needle white tea is a high grade white tea. This also has a lot of oxidants like green tea but it subtle in taste as compared to green tea. 

 Hope you enjoyed this post ? Which is your favorite tea ?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review - Issey Miyake L’eau D'issey EDT

There are somethings that you fancy and you plan on buying. You make a wishlist and finally get around to it. Issey Miyake L’Eau d'Issey was definitely not one of those things for me. I did not plan on buying it. 

When I was in India this June, my big sister was creating this huge fuss about how crazy she is about this fragrance. I have to say, it sounds a bit strange coming from someone who has only been hooked to Davidoff Cool Water her entire life. 

We have pretty similar taste, well almost in everything, so I was curious. While I was at the airport on my way back to Sydney, browsing through duty free, curiosity got the better of me and this pricey little glass bottle came home with me. 

I had to share this story with you, let's move on with the review now :)


About the fragrance

Issey Miyake thought about creating a perfume that was "as clear as spring water", combining the spray of a waterfall, the fragrance of flowers, and the scent of springtime forest. L'Eau d'Issey achieved an enormous popularity, especially in the United States in the 1990s. L'Eau d'Issey is an aquatic floral scent with transparent notes of lotus, freesia and cyclamen and juicy melon. The middle note of peony, lily and carnation reveals the perfume's character. The end note is a refined woody scent with the notes of cedar, sandal, musk and amber. It was created in 1992 by Jacques Cavallier. (Details taken from http://www.fragrantica.com/)


I love that this perfume has a light and subtle scent. It is a very complex scent, floral predominantly but also fresh and fruity at the same time (It is not to sweet by any means). Issey Miyake L’eau D'issey is very different to anything I have tried before. It is good for day and night both. I have been completely obsessed by it and have finished almost half the bottle. To me, it is a very classic, feminine fragrance. It smells clean and fresh to me and I see myself repurchasing it.

Price 
170 AUD (EDT) 100 ml (Taken this price from Myers)

Where to buy
Should be easily available at any department store.
 
Check out the previous perfumes reviewed HERE 
 
Have you tried any Issey Miyake fragrance ? Which is your go to perfume currently ? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Products that did not work for me !

Today I am sharing with you the products that are not worth the hype (in my opinion) and did not work for me.

Rimmel  Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Nude 
I am big fan of these eye liners, I love the black and bright blue but the nude is definitely not for me. I bought this for lining my waterline thinking it would make by eyes look more bright and awake, but this just did not work for me. It makes me look sick, I believe because the color does not suit me. See my post HERE.

MAC Paint Pots
Now don't get me wrong, I love MAC paint pots, because I love cream eye shadows. I have MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, Indianwood and Rubenesque. I love how easy they are to apply. I heard about how fab these are as bases and that they are long lasting and don't crease. One of the main reasons for buying Painterly was to use it as a primer. But that just don't work for me. They crease, and crease pretty fast on me. I usually wear them with a primer and only then I get them to last a bit longer. I love them as cream shadows but I was disappointed in them as a primer ( I know they are technically not primers, but I had huge expectations as I had seen videos and posts mentioning that) 


 

Lush Snow Fairy*
I may get beaten up for this as I know Lush Snow Fairy is quite a popular shower gel (apologies to all the fans out there). It only comes during Christmas and I know people who love this baby, stock it up during that time. I hate the smell. To me it smells like a cough syrup. It is too sickly sweet for me. 


Bioderma Crealine H20
I may again get beaten up for this too ! I had seen so many reviews about this being the best ever makeup remover and I expected it to work like magic. This may be a good general makeup remover, but definitely not for waterproof makeup. I do wear waterproof eyeliner. This just takes too long to remove, especially the liner and mascara. By the end of the day, I have no patience to spend so much time doing this. So this just doesn't work for me as a makeup remover, however I love it as a cleanser. See my post HERE, comparing it with my favorite makeup remover.


Lush Grease Lightening
This absolutely did nothing for me. I bought it as I thought being Lush it would relatively be a gentle spot treatment. It did nothing to my pimples, nothing at all. 

Have you tried any of these products ? What do you think of them ?  

Please note that, I am not saying that these products are bad or anything as such, they just did not work for me. They may totally work for you.  
* This was gifted to me by the company.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream - Review

Today I am reviewing 'The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream'. I usually use Nivea hand creams, they are great value for money, so affordable and easily available.

I don't spend a lot on hand creams and this is a first for me. I am glad to say I am not disappointed. 

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream comes in two sizes (100ml and 30ml) and I have the 100 ml. It took me a while to adjust to this smell. I would not say its bad, but it was my first time trying something almond, so was a bit different for me. I have grown to love the smell, so much so that I find myself sniffing my hands after applying it. 


What the company says : 

This effective daily hand cream cares for nails as well as hands and contains two manicurist's essentials: sweet almond oil and panthenol.
  •     Moisturising
  •     Conditions nails
  •     Sweet almond scent


I love that this cream absorbs very fast into the skin and  leaves hands non greasy, which is  a big plus for me. I am obsessed with the smell. The cream leaves my hand feeling soft and smooth. I love that this cream moisturizes for long and you don't have to rush and apply  the cream immediately after washing your hands. 
 
I love the packaging too, looks luxe (similar to L'occitane). I have nothing bad to say except that this may not be for very dry hands.

This can be bought from The Body Shop.

The Price 
100 ml - 17.95 AUD
30 ml - 9.95 AUD

Have you tried this hand cream ? What are your thoughts ? Which us your favorite hand cream ?