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Surjeet Kaur

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How to Buy Vegetables ?

by Surjeet Kaur

How to Buy Vegetables; Hello Ladies! I recently went grocery shopping with my daughter and was surprised to know that she just didn’t know how to select the best vegetables. That got me thinking, its not her fault. It is I who have never taught her how. Now is the age of free home delivery of grocery items, children are so busy in their lives, office work and all, who has the time! Still, for those days that they will find the time to go vegetable and fruit shopping, and to help those who want to learn ;) I am writing down the stuff I have learned about choosing the best vegetables from the lot. Here goes :)

#1 Okra / Ladies Finger

Summers are coming up, the season of our ever favorite Bhindi or Okra. To choose the best of the lot, look for small sized, slender ladies fingers. When you break their tail tips, they should break easily with a crunch. If the pods are dark green or limp, or if they have brown spots don’t buy them. As a rule of the thumb, never buy ladies fingers that are too large, or have swollen seeds visible. These okra pods are matured and will be chewy and fibrous. Not at all pleasant to eat. So be careful here.

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These are Not Good- Look at the Hard Ridges and Bulging Seeds

#2 Brinjals or Eggplant

Brinjal is called the king of the vegetables, maybe due to its crown! When you want to buy largely sized brinjals, make sure they are firm. It is always better to buy 2 medium sized brinjals than one massive one. The logic is simple, the bigger the brinjal, more is the number of seeds it will have and more bitter it will be. Brinjals are highly prone to worm infestation. Carefully look for any holes, otherwise, you may get a nasty surprise once you cut it open. Always pick the brinjals, which seem heavy for their size. Smaller heavier brinjal will be fresher than larger lighter brinjal.

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#3 Fresh Leafy Greens

While choosing leafy vegetables, be very stringent. Only choose very fresh and crisp ones. Spinach, Mint, coriander etc generally come tied in bundles. Always try to open the bundle and then buy them. As a rule of thumb, press the leaves between the palm of your hands, that should show the amount of water in them. If there is too much water, then these are mostly stale and would be beginning to rot. They should be springy and bouncy and not limp. The leaves should leave a fragrance in your hands, of the vegetable. If you get any other odor, skip it.

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Go for Bouncy Bright Leaves

#4 Potatoes

Naturally, potatoes sprouting ate eye or with deep eye dimples have to be avoided. If the base is cracked, that means the potato or any root vegetable is stale. Always go for robust and firm potatoes. The potatoes with thin skin are new and fresh. Also, such potatoes have good starch content. They are suitable for fries, hash etc. The mature potatoes are better at maintaining their shape and have a lesser starch content. Use them for stews and vegetable curries.

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#5 Onions

Onions should always be firm and without sprouting. Avoid taking twin onions, as invariably, there are good chances of core rot. The skin of the onion should be paper thin and crisp. It should make a rustling sound when held in hand.

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Look how Paper thin its Covering is-this is fresh

#6 Cauliflowers

Always buy cream colored cauliflowers with compact floret. More gaps mean chances of more worms. Avoid buying cauliflowers during humid and rainy weather, they are notorious for worms. If the florets of the cauliflower have started to bloom, i is an indication that the cauliflower is stale.

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#7 Beet Root

Buy firm and bright colored beets with fresh leaves. Don’t throw the leaves away. They are rich in iron and fiber. If the beetroot is thick and scaly, it is sure to be fibrous and tough to eat.

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Fresh Beets look like this only-any other scaly and dark brown colored are stale

#8  Bell Peppers or Capsicum

Always remember, colored red and yellow peppers are sweeter than the green counterpart. The peppers should have a smooth surface and no brown or black spots. Pick and rattle the peppers. If they make a lot of sounds that means they are stale and past their prime. Skip these.

#9 Cabbage

Always go for heavy, densely packed cabbage. See the stem is fresh and not yellowish. The heavier the cabbage is for its size, the better and fresher it is.

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#10 Colocasia or Arbi

This vegetable gets dried out really easy. Buy plump colocasia with no brown or blackish pits. If you see any dried out portions, that means that this colocasia is dry and will not taste good.

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This Cucumber is Past its prime-see the seeds

#11 Cucumbers

Preferably buy bright green-dark green cucumbers of medium size. The cucumbers that are very large will invariably be overripe and will have large seeds. Similarly, those cucumbers with discolored white patches are also ripe and will be having too many seeds. If you see a cucumber is lopsided with the dry end and a bigger another end, this means that cucumber has not ripened evenly. When you cut open a cucumber, there should be dewy gummy drops at the edges. This is a sure sign of fresh vegetable.

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Fresh Carrots

#12  Carrots and Radish

Buy those with firm and soft flesh. Ideally go with the root vegetables with the leaves still attached to them Fresh leaves is a sign of fresh vegetables. Avoid vegetables with pits or rootlets coming out of them.

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Notice the own Gills

#13 Mushrooms

Always go for the white colored clean ones-as far as the button mushrooms go. Always look at the underside of the mushroom. Here you will see soft paper like tissue. These are called gills. Don’t buy the mushrooms if the gills are open. This means they are stale. The gills should be light colored.

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#14 Lemons and Limes

Should be fresh and bright in color. They should be heavy for their size. Only then are they juicy.

#15  Corn

Should have fresh green husk. No browning or yellowish husks. When you open the husk the kernels should be swollen and should be plump and juicy to pop. Otherwise they are dried out and less flavorful. In that case suitable for the  coal roasted bhutta only. Corn on the cob is tastier with softer corn.

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#16 Beans

Go for fresh bright colored and soft beans. Not wilted ones…and totally skip the ones with swollen seeds. These are fibrous and unpleasant to eat.

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Fresh Succulent and Tender French Beans

Choose, fresh produce. It enhances the flavor and is full of nutrition.

Hope you liked my post :)

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easy home made strawberry sauce recipe 3

Strawberry Sauce Recipe: Summers are knocking at our doors :) This is the time when we enjoy everything cool and fun!! Strawberries are very special fruit. Whether people like them fresh or not, they definitely enjoy them in the form of strawberry sauce and ice creams!! The beautiful and delicate pink color and the sweet aroma of strawberries cannot be matched!! Kids especially like this fruit. Today, I have come with a very simple, but very attractive recipe of homemade strawberry sauce. Trust me, it will hardly take 15-20 minutes and you will enjoy this for more than a week!!

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Ingredients Required For Home Made Strawberry Sauce
  1. 1/2 Kg fresh Strawberries
  2. 3/4 Cup Castor Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  3. Lemon/Orange Rind 1 Spoon
  4. Half Cup Water

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Procedure of making Home Made Strawberry Sauce

Wash the strawberries well. Strain them through a colander to remove excess water.

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Remove the hull/top of the strawberries and chop them roughly. In a heavy bottomed pan, add the cut strawberries, orange rind, and sugar. Also, add 1 medium cup water.

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Set the mixture to boil on medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes, until the mixture, has started to thicken. Once it cools, add the juice of half a lemon to it; if you want. This will balance the added sweetness, and bring out the delicate tartness. Now put this cooled strawberry compote’  in a blender. You can also use it as it is…on things that require texture-like the french toast etc.

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That’s it-look how tempting it is!!

Now,I don’t need to tell you–it can be used for a million and one things,in a million and one ways :D

#1 Make Strawberry Shake with Home Made Strawberry Sauce

In a blender, add 4 tablespoons of this sauce and 1/4 cup milk with a few ice cubes. Pulse it for 1 minute. Then add the remaining 3/4 cup milk.

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You will get a super smooth and delicious Strawberry Shake!! Kids love this :)

#2 Pour over French Toast or Pancakes and Cakes !!
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Yummy!!

#3 Make easy Strawberry Soda

Add 3 tablespoons of this strawberry sauce to a glass of soda. Add crushed ice and a few mint leaves for freshness.

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#4  Use as an Ice Cream Topping

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These were just a few!! There are so many uses..you will love finding new ones too ;)

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex ii review bottle zoom

What is it and who is it for? Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is a night serum. It has concentrated skin-loving antioxidants and vitamins to repair and rejuvenate the skin! Suitable for all skin types-specially targeted towards 25+ skins as it has anti-aging benefits.

Price:

$62 for 1 Oz i.e. 30 ml

Sensitive Skin Alert?

Not mentioned. Personally, I would not recommend this to anyone with active flare-ups.

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How to Use:

Apply a drop on each fingertip of one hand. Touch fingertips of both hands together.Massage serum over face and neck, starting at the center, outward.

Where to Use It in Your Beauty/Makeup Regimen:

 Use it on cleansed skin at night. Gently pat on the face and neck area. Follow up with a light moisturizer of your choice. Oily skinned beauties can skip the moisturizer if they want.

My Experience with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II:

This serum comes in a jar with a dropper/pipette on top. This ensures that the product can be conveniently and hygienically taken as and how much required. Also, it has a dark bottle, which means that the antioxidants and goodie stuff do not get oxidized due to light. It is a sturdy and light weight bottle, perfect for travel purposes too.

The serum itself is beige white in color and is quite sticky and gooey -runny in texture. It glides on smoothly to the skin and spreads easily. But, there is one thing I absolutely hate about it. It is the extremely tacky…sticky feeling it gives at least till 10 minutes after application. That is a shame, because most of the serums you get these days get absorbed super quickly.

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Now comes, the big question. Does this serum actually work?

Actually, it does. You wake up to glowing skin! Although it does take close to 3 weeks for the results to properly show, but trust me it is worth the wait  :D

Positives 
  1. Very moisturizing
  2. Gives a radiant glow to the skin
  3. Smoothed the skin out
  4. Keeps the skin healthy and hydrated for long
  5. Comes in a dark bottle with dropper-easy to use and keeps the active ingredients safe
Negatives
  1. Very Expensive
  2. Has a tacky stick finish
  3. Takes time to absorb
Would I repurchase and recommend?

Definitely a yes! I have a habit of rotating my serums. Mostly because I am bored and I want to try something new :P But this is definitely on my permanent roster ;)

If you don’t mind making the investment. I would say go for it!

GlossyPolish Verdict

4.5/5 Excellent Product!

Have any of you used this serum? There used to be an older version of it, the Complex I. If any of you have used it please let me know how it was, in the comments down below.:)

 

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Kaya Skin Awakening Gel Orange Super Bloom Review (3)

Kaya Skin Awakening Gel Review

by Surjeet Kaur

Kaya Skin Awakening Gel Review: I read somewhere that Vitamin C is great for skin. It is a great antioxidant and really awakens the skin. I was looking for something exactly like this! Kaya is a very reputed brand and when I saw this product on offer, I thought this would be a great add into my skincare routine.

Read how this skin awakening gel by Kaya has worked out for me :)

Kaya Skin Awakening Gel Orange Super Bloom Review (3)

Basic Info 

A Vitamin Gel to awaken the skin. Suitable for oily to combination skin types.

Price:

Rs 1450 for 50 ml.

Natural/Organic/Vegan?

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How to Use

Apply to cleansed face and neck in upward and outward direction.

My Experience with Kaya Skin Awakening Gel Super Orange Bloom:

This gel comes in a jar packaging. Biggest disappointment this one. It is after buying this product that I came to know how unstable Vitamin C is. Any exposure to air or light makes it lose its potency! This transparent glass jar is definitely not suitable for storing a vitamin C product. Also, every time I have to use this, I have to dip in my fingers in the entire product. Definitely not hygienic.

The gel has a light texture with soft vitamin capsules. These dissolve on mild rubbing in. The gel gets absorbed really quickly. That is a plus point. Like every gel-based product, you must use this sparingly. Using too much of the product will make your skin look darker and patchy. Plus it will attract dust like the dunes of the Sahara!!! The fact of the matter is, this product fails on every count as a vitamin C product.

To choose the right Vitamin C product, it must meet the following criteria:

  1. Packaging should be dropper or pump like-Minimal exposure to air. This is because Vitamin C gets oxidized on exposure to air.
  2. The bottle MUST be dark. Vitamin C loses its power on exposure to light.
  3. Frankly, Vitamin C product should only be purchased in serum form.

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On applying the gel, the skin feels a bit tight for about 10 minutes and thereafter it is soft and normal. I feel it gives a decent glow to the skin. Unlike what the brand claims, I feel this is suitable only for oily to combination skin types. It does not provide adequate moisture for dry skin. I refrigerate this gel to apply immediately after sun exposure for a soothing and cool feeling. Aside from this, there is nothing great about it…sorry :(

Positives 
  1. Soothes the skin
  2. Nice fragrance
 Negatives 
  1. The goodness of Vitamin C is lost with packaging
  2. Using too many results in patchy complexion
  3. Does not impart any long-lasting benefits
Would I repurchase and recommend?

I will not repurchase or recommend this product. It is not worth spending so much money, at all.2/5 Overpriced and AverageHow has your experience been with Kaya Products? Have you used this gel? How has your experience been?

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Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick Brazen Raisin 01 Review

Sugar Brazen Raisin Lipstick 01 Review

by Surjeet Kaur

What is it and who is it for? Sugar Brazen Raisin Lipstick is A liquid lipstick with a matte finish.

Price:

Rs 499

How to Use:

Line your lips (a must!!) That’s the blunder I did in swatches. Fill in. Apply a single layer. Let it set and apply another layer only if you are not satisfied with the pigmentation for the first time.

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My Experience with Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick Brazen Raisin 01

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This lipstick comes in a Maybelline liquid lipstick-like packaging. The quantity is not too much, but that’s a good thing. Such formulas dry out in a couple of months. That ways its excellent value for money at this price.

I applied a single layer on my lips and was stunned at the beautiful pigmentation!! It’s a rich color that reminds me of MAC Chili in some ways. Definitely not a wine color, I will call it a bold dark brick color that is beautiful. I LOVE it!

This is formula sets in 5 seconds, so you have literally no time to correct mistakes. It is completely smudged proof. That’s why I suggest you be very careful while applying it.

It has a short doe foot applicator that is easier to grip and focus on the application of the product.

True to its claims, this lipstick does not smudge, at all.

It sets to a powder matte finish and is comfortable on the lips. It survives meals, but always to be on the safe side carry for touchups  :)

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Positives
  1. Beautiful color. Will suit ALL skin tones
  2. Matte finish
  3. Does not smudge
  4. Does not transfer
  5. Excellent pigmentation
  6. Value for money
Negatives
  1. Unforgiving formula. Just make sure you make no mistakes in application.
Overall Would I repurchase and recommend?

A beautiful product. Highly recommended.

GlossyPolish Verdict

5/5

 

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Feeling Fresh with Patisserie de Bain Orange Crush Bath & Shower Crème

Who is it for?  Patisserie de Bain Orange Crush Bath & Shower Creme is for those looking for a refreshing orange shower gel.

Feeling Fresh with Patisserie de Bain Orange Crush Bath & Shower Crème

Price: Rs 480 for 200 ml on Bathitup.com and it’s also available on Nykaa I guess
 Directions of Use:

Fancy a soak in the bath? Mix a generous amount into warm water to create super sweet scented bubbles as you bathe in bliss. More in the shower mood? Use the crème in your hands or on a shower puff to gently cleanse your skin as the sweet scent fills the air. Why not try teaming this with our Hand & Body Lotion after bathing/showering for a daily burst of sweet moisture and to help lock in your sweet scent on your skin all day?

My Experience with Patisserie de Bain Orange Crush Bath & Shower Crème

This shower gel comes in a fancy tube packaging. I find it to be very vintage and dainty. Stuff like this is great, for gifting your dear ones. Since it was a tube packaging I was slightly concerned about the consistency of the shower gel. If it is too runny it will simply keep leaking and collect in the cap to create a mess.

Fortunately, the consistency of this shower gel is pretty thick…not too thick, just right! The gel is light orange in color, almost transparent. A little bit is enough to create a decent lather.

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The fragrance..! It is like freshly peeled oranges when they peek-a-boo from their inner skins…you know the fresh fleshy part! For an orange lover and those who love fruity fragrances, this is simply divine!

None of the chemical smelling nonsense we get in some drugstore products.

The fragrance lingers on for an hour or so after use. I layer it on with the body lotion from the same range, for increasing the lasting power.The combination of these two has kept my skin soft and lingeringly fragrant.

Overall Performance 

I personally love it. Those who appreciate a refined and classy product will definitely enjoy this one!

Pros
  1. ·     Cute packaging
  2. ·     Great for gifting
  3. ·     Does not dry the skin out
  4. ·     Smells fresh and natural
  5. ·     Very Affordable
Cons
  1. ·     I cannot find a single fault with it.
Would I recommend/repurchase?

Highly recommended for those who like fruity or citrusy fragrances! Repurchasing soon as these keep running out of stock!

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Forest Essentials Rose Absolute Shampoo Review bottle full

Have you guys experienced this- every time the season changes, the scalp tends to become itchy and flakey. I mean, no matter how much you take care of your hair, this demon does not leave you in peace! I have cultivated the habit of using an anti dandruff shampoo once a week. But, that one use and my hair becomes like straw!!On the recommendation of my friend , I tried this shampoo. She claimed that even though this shampoo is not sold as an anti dandruff shampoo; it cleared her flaky scalp.

The shampoo is the Indian Rose Absolute Shampoo of Forest Essentials. The moment I heard the name, I was intrigued .An all natural ayurvedic shampoo…that smells of roses? Sounds damn good! Let’s see if it has lived up to its claims!

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What is it and who is it for?

An ayurvedic hair cleanser ,suitable for all hair types.

Price:

Rs 775 for 200 ml

Sensitive Skin Alert ?

No. Actually suitable for dry , itchy scalp.

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Natural/Organic/Vegan?

Yes

What the Brand Claims about Forest Essentials Hair Cleanser Indian Rose Absolute:

This clear shampoo contains Reetha, Soya Protein, Coconut Oil, Herbal Infusions and Rose Essential Oil. Gives natural shine, swing and fragrance. Our Hair Cleansers are specifically designed to cleanse your hair without any harmful after effects. Actives from herbs like Henna and Thyme along with Lecithin provide natural cleansing with moisture and smoothness to make your hair clean with shine and manageability. Natural soap of Reetha gently cleanses the dirt and excess oil from hair. Ingredients like Bay leaf oil and Bhringraj act as hair tonics to promote hair growth.

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How to Use:

Dilute half a cap full of shampoo in half mug water. Mix well and apply twice, using this quantity itself.

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My Experience with Forest Essentials Hair Cleanser Indian Rose Absolute:

I love the packaging of this shampoo. Forest Essentials sells its products with the tagline, luxurious Ayurveda. They are so right! The bottle looks very elegant and classy. Not only does the bottle look beautiful, it’s very sturdy too. Perfect for traveling!

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I dilute half a cap of shampoo in 5 times water. This is enough to wash my long hair in two rounds. Despite being free of SLS ,the shampoo lathers reasonably well. Don’t expect it to lather as much as other chemical shampoos.

This shampoo cleans my scalp really well. It leaves my hair squeaky clean. I do not use a hair conditioner for my hair. For me hair conditioners cause build up. For normal hair like mine, I do not feel the need for any conditioners. If you have very dry hair, they a conditioner might be needed. One important point to note is, don’t use too much of this shampoo. If you use it undiluted or too much, your hair will become dry and straw like. One bottle of this shampoo lasts me 3-4 months , with alternate day use!

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The rose absolute shampoo suits my hair a lot. My hair feels light, bouncy and shiny. To my surprise, this shampoo ACTUALLY fights dandruff!! In fact, this has replaced my chemical dandruff shampoos!! A convert for life :)

Positives of Forest Essentials Hair Cleanser Indian Rose Absolute:

  • Ayurvedic
  • Free from harsh chemicals
  • Smells heavenly; scent stays in the hair all day long
  • Soothes the scalp
  • Removes dandruff
  • Lathers reasonably well

Negatives Forest Essentials Hair Cleanser Indian Rose Absolute:

  • Expensive
  • Will dry out hair if used in larger quantity

Would I repurchase and recommend?

On my 5th bottle! Love this stuff. It smells heavenly and leaves my hair looking shiny. For me it is the PERFECT anti dandruff shampoo :) You can buy it HERE .

GlossyPolish Verdict

4.8 /5 Awesome Product

If any of you have used this shampoo, please leave a review down below!! What is it that you guys do for relieving irritated scalp?

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Phil Smith SOS Rescue Daily Shampoo Review

Phil Smith SOS Rescue Daily Shampoo Review

by Surjeet Kaur

Brands are so smart! They come up with these super cool names like SOS, daily rescue…it seems as if their product is THE SOLUTION to all your problems!! Phil Smith’s SOS daily rescue shampoo is no different. Let’s see if this Phil Smith Sos Rescue Daily Shampoo shampoo lives up to its claims or is this a superb gimmick?

Phil Smith SOS Rescue Daily Shampoo Review

Basic Info about Phil Smith Sos Rescue Daily Shampoo

Price:

$22 for 350ml

Sensitive Skin Alert?

No

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Natural/Organic/Vegan?

No

What does the Brand Claim about ?

About

This strengthening shampoo helps hair win the daily styling war. It helps to shield from heat damage while adding a killer shine.

Benefits

Damage protection shampoo

Healthy, protected hair

With Provitamin B5 for frazzled, frequently styled hair

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How to Use:

Dilute with water and massage on wet scalp.

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My Experience with Phil Smith SOS Rescue Daily Shampoo

This shampoo comes in a fire engine red tube with gold lettering. Definitely screams luxury this one! The shampoo itself is a milkfish transparent liquid that is runny. It lathers really well.

I had high hopes from this one but unfortunately, it falls very flat on its claims. It’s just another overpriced shampoo that does NOTHING for my hair. It’s just a very average shampoo.

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Overall Performance of Phil Smith SOS Rescue Daily Shampoo

Pros

  • Nice Packaging
  • Lathers well
  • Does Not dry hair Out

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Very Average

Overall Would I repurchase and recommend?

For the price? Nope, neither will I repurchase nor will I recommend this one!

GlossyPolish Verdict:

2/5

More Shampoos ?

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MAC Diva Matte Lipstick Review 5

MAC Diva Lipstick Review

by Surjeet Kaur

From as long as I can remember, I have always been a Revlon girl. I am in my fifties, so I guess loads and I mean loads of women my age have been a Revlon girl at some point in time.

Oh, I didn’t elaborate. By Revlon girl, I mean someone who has been using their lipsticks. I was introduced to MAC by my daughter and this is my review of the most used MAC lipstick that I own the MAC diva Lipstick.

Nowadays we have this concept of fall colors, maroon being put n the bucket of the autumn –wintery –cool weather colors.

But I disagree.

It is a versatile color that is very deep, very smart and actually the only perfect color for some occasions and outfits. Don’t you think so?

MAC Diva Matte Lipstick Review

 

Basic Info about MAC Diva Matte Lipstick

It’s a deep maroon/ burgundy matte lipstick by MAC.

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PRICE:

Rs 1500

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NATURAL/VEGAN?

No

My Experience with MAC Diva Matte Lipstick

 

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This lipstick comes in the standard MAC bullet. It has the same nostalgic vanilla scent that all lipsticks from their permanent line have.

This is my 5th bullet of the lipstick, so I consider myself pretty much a MAC Diva guru   :)

The color is fabulous and rich. It is maroon with the right tones of red, pink and black in it. If Ruby Woo is the true red, this my friends is the universal maroon!

Single swipe gives an opaque pigmentation and the finish is matte. Not the retro matte dry matte, but a moist matte.

I am grateful for that for two reasons:

  1. It does not dry my lips like the Sahara, unlike the powder matte lipsticks we have now.
  2. It does not accentuate lip lines.

In fact, it feels perfectly comfortable on the lips.

There are very little transfer and no bleeding.

The staying power is a good 5-6 hours without eating. If you have very oily food, keep a bullet for touch-ups.

Wear a golden bronze shimmering eye and MAC diva; you will be THE Diva in the room!

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Overall Performance of MAC Diva Matte Lipstick

PROS:

  • Beautiful rich color
  • Excellent pigmentation
  • Moist matte finish
  • Comfortable on lips
  • Does not dry lips
  • Does not accentuate lip lines
  • No feathering/bleeding

CONS:

  • Transfers a bit initially

Would I recommend/repurchase it?

It is a bit pricey I agree, but it’s a cult favorite for a reason. Definitely recommended.If the budget is an issue, check out its DUPES  !

More MAC lipsticks?

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Grace Cole Vanilla Magnolia Cream Review

How does Vanilla sound? Add Magnolia to it….yummy!! Now how does that sound? Floral and Vanilla!! Is this a match made in feminine heaven? That’s exactly how I thought when I stumbled upon this body cream from Grace Cole!

Let’s see how this beautiful lotion has actually turned out for me :D

Grace Cole Vanilla Magnolia Cream Review

 

What is it and who is it for?

It’s a body cream, suitable for all skin types.

Price:

£4 for 238 ml

Sensitive Skin Alert?

Not mentioned.

Tested on Animals?

Not Mentioned.

Natural/Organic/Vegan?

No

Grace Cole Vanilla Magnolia Cream Review

What the Brand Claims about Grace Cole Magnolia and Vanilla Softening Body Cream:

This lightweight Body Cream has been specially formulated to leave skin feeling and looking renewed, younger and energized. Blended with indulgent essential oils to pamper and nourish, this beautiful cream will leave skin delicately scented, healthy looking and glowing.

How to Use:

Apply generous amounts of this body cream for a polished moisturized skin.

Where to Use It in Your Beauty/Makeup Regimen:

 Use it daily after bath or whenever required, to get smooth moisturized skin.

Grace Cole Vanilla Magnolia Cream Review

My Experience with Grace Cole Magnolia and Vanilla Softening Body Cream:

This cream comes in a beautiful tube packaging. I really love the way the tube looks and it is, infact great looking for gifting purposes… That is the part of its charm! Unfortunately here itself the honeymoon ends!

I am very disappointed with the product…which explains my grouchiness: x First of all, why mention it is Grace Cole from UK, when it is made in China? Why the attempt to mislead the customers? There are plenty of good things that are Chinese made…be honest!

Now this cream is not even a cream. It is a lotion. A lotion that looks diluted…with a funny texture. It smells very chemical perfume-y in the beginning. Forget about the Vanilla Magnolia scent all together. While it is pleasant, it is not really that great too.

Grace Cole Vanilla Magnolia Cream Review

The smell will not last for even 10 minutes. Why should you spend so much on a scented cream, when it does not even perfume your skin! I will not even call it a decent moisturizer. So dry skinned ladies…just stay miles away. This product is definitely not for you.

 Now the lotion itself (I will not call it cream, sorry girls); gets absorbed really quickly. That would be really a great plus point, but wait…just wait! The softness also vanishes as quickly as the cream is applied. It is like applying any local cream. Quite frankly many local brands have much better performance. It retails for 695+ in India, while it costs a mere 4 GBP actually. On top of it, it is a very bad moisturizer. The ingredient list also shows a truckload of chemicals as you can see.

Grace Cole Vanilla Magnolia Cream Review

I cannot begin to tell how much this product has put me off!

Positives about the Grace Cole Magnolia and Vanilla Softening Body Cream:

  • Good Packaging

Negatives about the Grace Cole Magnolia and Vanilla Softening Body Cream:

  • Runny Texture-Lotion not Cream
  • Not very good at Moisturizing
  • Fragrance does not last long-at all
  • Tacky texture
  • Full of Chemicals

Would I repurchase and recommend?

Nope. Never ever!

GlossyPolish Verdict

1/5 Disappointing Product! One point for packaging only.

Have any of you girls had a good experience with this brand? If yes please let me know in the comments down below! I would definitely want to try something else and change my mind about it. For now, I am done with it: /.

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