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Hi everyone,
Recently I realized it’s been a while I haven’t reviewed any nail paint on my blog NBAM. So today, I am going to talk about my current favourite blue nail paint in the shade 490 Urban from the drugstore brand Revlon. Are you interested to know about it? Then keep scrolling!



Product Description:
This Revlon Nail Enamel is made with a silk protein shield that prevents bubbles, streaks and brush marks. It provides colour that stays true with ShadeLock technology. This Revlon nail polish goes on smooth and is chip-resistant. It's made without formaldehyde and toluene. (Info source: Walmart)
  • Gorgeously smooth, chip-resistant nail colour
  • Formaldehyde-free nail polish
  • Toluene-free formula
  • Made with ShadeLock technology
  • Gorgeously smooth colour for flawless application
  • Available in multiple shades (each sold separately)


    Revlon 490 Urban Nail Enamel
    Directions:
    Shake bottle gently. Apply 2 coats. (Info source: Walmart)

    Features:

    Category: Nail Paint
    Shade: 490 Urban     
    Price & Quantity: 28 HKD for 14.7ml (SASA store)
    Available: Online and at the beauty stores


    Ingredients:
    Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Tribenzoin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Silica, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acetone, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Malic Acid, PPG-2 Dimethicone, Silk Powder, Tetrabutyl Phenyl Hydroxybenzoate, Tin Oxide, Triacetin, Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Black 2 (CI 77266) [Nano], Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Mica, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140). (Info source: Walmart)

    Revlon Nail Enamel 490 Urban

    My Experience With Revlon Nail Varnish 490 Urban:
    Deep colours make me happy and that’s why I always try to paint my nails with dark vibrant shades. To be honest, I don’t follow pastel-for-summers and dark-for-fall kind of rules when it comes to choosing nail polish shades. I love Blue in all forms– sky blue/bluish green/navy blue/purple-ish blue and the list goes on. This is my first ever nail paint from Revlon and thankfully, it didn’t disappoint me.

    Revlon 490 Urban Nail Enamel
     Revlon 490 urban nail enamel comes in a small, transparent sleek bottle with a black cap and golden band detailing. The packaging is simple, nothing fancy.

    NOTD-Revlon Blue Nail Paint, 490 Urban

    ‘490 Urban’ shade is a dark blue shade which looks black at times if seen from a far distance and in different lights. In our normal eyes, it would look deep navy blue but honestly, if we deeply analyse the colour details then the shade is a mix of deep violet and black colour (as per my colour sense 😜). It has a creamy smooth texture with not so strong artificial smell.

    Revlon 490 Urban Nail Enamel
    It has a thin brush which provides an even, streak-free nail paint application effortlessly. But I am not that impressed with this brush, especially after using H&M nail paint brushes I found this brush to be less efficient. Although the colour is bold and well pigmented, it needs at least two coats for opaque coverage. It dries quickly and is free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, or Camphor.

    (Also read: H&M Black Nail Polish 'NEO NOIR' Review)

    Revlon 490 Urban Nail Enamel on my nails
    As I do all the household chores myself nail paints do wear off within two days from the day of application. Generally, without any top/base coat, this one lasts me up to 3 days sans any chipping. But when applied with a high-quality top and base coat, it lasts longer. In my case, it lasted for around 7 days with a slight wear off at the tips (By the way, I was on vacation at that time, didn’t do any work 😁)!! Moreover, the formula is great and has a nice sheen to it which looks stunning. 

    Plus Points:
    • Stunning Blue Colour with purple/violet hue
    • Chip Defiant and Shade Lock formula
    • Creamy, smooth texture
    • Smooth flawless application
    • Has nice sheen
    • Dries fast
    • Awesome formula
    • Stays for a good period of time
    • Easily available
    • Travel-friendly
    • Affordable
     Minus Points:
    It doesn't look that glossy without any top coat!

    NBAM Rating: 4.9/5 (Also Read: H&M Red Nail Polish 'PARISIENNE' Review)

    To conclude,

    Revlon 490 Urban nail enamel is a beautiful deep navy blue coloured nail paint shade. It is absolutely true to its claim of being chip-resistant nail polish. I love how it stays for a good period of time on my nails without any chipping or colour fading. I would love to try other shades in this range as well.

    Revlon 490 Urban Nail Enamel

    If you like deep nail paint shades then do give this one a shot definitely!

    Hope you find this review helpful 😊

    See you soon 💗   
                                      
    Have You Ever Tried Revlon Nail Enamel 490 Urban? If Yes, Then Do Share Your Experience With Me In The Comment Section Below.

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    Hello everyone,
    Hope all of you are doing great 😍! Today, I am going to talk about two amazing face washes from a cruelty-free, all natural Indian brand. I shall be reviewing Orange Splash Face Wash and Tomato Face Wash from the house of Aroma Essentials. Orange Splash is for dry, pigmented skin & Tomato one is designed for oily to combination skin. So if you want to know more about these face washes, please keep reading!




    Product Description:

    Orange Splash Face Wash: Helps in skin lightening, citric acid balances the pH level of the skin.


    Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash

    Tomato Face Wash: Unclogs pores. Tomatoes contain high amounts of antioxidants that help in adding collagen to the skin and prevent skin from sagging.


    Aroma Essentials Tomato Face Wash
    Features:

    Category: Face Wash
    Skin Type: Orange Splash (Dry skin), Tomato (Oily – combination)
    Price & Quantity: Orange(RS.205 for 60ml) Tomato (205/, 60ml)
    Shelf Life: Six Months
    Availability: Buy from here


    Ingredients:

    Orange Splash: Orange Juice, Essential Oils


    Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash: Ingredients & Direction

    Tomato Face Wash: Tomato pulp, Strawberry Pulp, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rosewood


    Aroma Essentials Tomato Face Wash: Ingredients & Direction
     Directions For Use:
    Wet face, apply 1 gm cleanser (peanut size) & massage all over face. Rinse with water.

    My Experience With Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash & Tomato Face Wash: 
    (My Skin Type: Combination, Dehydrated and Acne-prone)

    I have already reviewed Aroma Essentials Insta Clear Mask and facial serums earlier on my blog. Now, it’s time to review their face washes which I have finished long back but as usual, I forgot to write about them. I seriously need to do meditation regularly to boost my memory 😜.


    Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash

    Packaging
     Packaging:
    Aroma Essentials Orange Splash face wash and Tomato face wash, both come in transparent plastic bottles with white flip top caps. There is an inner lid to prevent spillage while travelling as well as if you remove that lid, the product comes out easily through the opening onto your palm. The necessary info related to products are all labelled on the packaging itself. Overall, the packaging is travel-friendly and easy to use.


    Aroma Essentials Tomato Face Wash
     Orange Splash Face Wash – Texture & Performance:
    Staying true to its name, this face wash literally mimics orange puree and releases the same orange fruity fragrance. It has a soft, smooth gel type texture with a semi-thick consistency that’s easy to apply on the skin. I needed only a little amount of this face wash to cleanse my skin every day. This 60ml product lasted me for about 2 months approx.


    Texture!

    Since this face wash is completely natural and is infused with essential oils, it does not produce lather at all. After slathering the product all over my wet face and neck, I used to massage my skin (as directed) until the product gets absorbed into the skin. This face massage process takes a little time, of course, but it’s so worth it!! Post massage, I would rinse my skin with tepid water.


    Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash

    We all know that orange juice does wonders for our skin. The presence of vitamin C in orange helps in lightening the skin by removing tanning & blemishes and also gives a nice healthy glow to the skin. I experienced the same with this Orange Splash face wash. When applied it imparts a cooling sensation to the skin, feels so refreshing! It thoroughly cleanses the skin leaving your skin feeling soft, clean and bright after each usage.

    It was winter when I started using this orange splash yet I didn’t need to run for toner/moisturizer immediately after cleansing, unlike other face washes. I could notice from the 2nd/3rd usages that it reduced the tanning and pigmentations significantly which was clearly visible. It neither caused breakouts nor did it irritate my skin ever. This moisturizing face wash is perfect for dry to combination skin and winters.

    Rating: 5/5
     Tomato Face Wash – Texture & Performance:
    It is another gem product from this brand Aroma Essentials. I started using this face wash after finishing the orange splash one. I chose to use this product later intentionally because I wanted to see how it would act during the humid summer season. Why? It’s because this face wash is meant for oily and combination skin and my skin tends to behave a bit oily during summers.


    Texture!

    The texture and application procedure is same as that of Orange Splash Face Wash. The massage technique rejuvenates the skin as well as it feels relaxing although the session is for only 2-3 minutes! For each usage, all you need is a peanut sized product onto your palm. On some days, I needed to use a little more product to remove the leftover makeup residues. Yes, even though I use separate makeup remover, I always follow it by washing my face with regular face wash.


    Aroma Essentials Tomato Face Wash

    Coming to its effect, this does a great job in removing impurities whilst gently cleansing the skin. Post cleansing, it provides you with a clear, glowing skin with no traces of oiliness. Of course, it’s not a moisturizing face wash yet it didn’t dry out my skin, which is amazing 😊! It also keeps shine at bay for a good period of time. With its continuous usage, I have seen a considerable improvement in my skin like no dullness, less acne & skin issues. It didn’t cause any breakouts either. This is indeed a great pick for oily and combination skinned beauties.

    Rating: 5/5

    The noticeable differences between these two face washes are
    • Tomato face wash smells stronger than the Orange Splash one!
    • When I had dry patches around my mouth, tomato face wash used to sting my skin immediately upon application 😞. I don’t know what the exact reason was (might be due to Vitamin C or essential oils) but thankfully the irritation would subside after a while! However, I didn’t feel the same with Orange Splash face wash. 

    &

    The SIMILARITIES and PLUS POINTS are- 
    • Both are natural and handmade
    • Excellent cleansers/ face washes
    • Both have a nice aroma
    • The texture of both the face washes is great for smooth application
    • No breakouts
    • They improve skin texture
    • They provide soft, glowing, tan-free skin
    • Eradicates dullness
    • They do not strip your skin of natural oils
    • They do not clog pores, absolutely non-comedogenic
    • Affordable
    • Travel-friendly
    • Cruelty-free

    Minus Points:
    I couldn’t find any negative point as such!

    To conclude,
    Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash and Tomato Face Wash both are fabulous facial cleansers. If orange splash keeps your dry, dehydrated skin perfectly balanced and moisturised, then Tomato face wash is your best weapon to combat the oiliness and dullness. However, my heart is little biased towards Orange Splash face wash as off late I have been liking those cleansers which are hydrating in nature mostly.

    In short,

    Orange Splash is a moisturizing face wash, great for dry & pigmented skin

    Tomato one is perfect balancing face wash for oily and combination skin

    Highly recommended from my side 😍.


    Aroma Essentials Tomato and Orange Splash Face Wash

    Hope you find the review helpful 😊

    See you soon 💗

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    Have You Ever Tried Aroma Essentials Orange Splash Face Wash and Tomato Face Wash? If Yes, Please Share Your Experience In The Comment Section Below.

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    Lavender has been used for many medical and emotional reasons for generations. Our ancestors knew that lavender had healing properties. 

    Photo credit/site https://unsplash.com/@atw

    Here are just a few wonders that pure lavender oil is used for:

    • Natural skin antiseptic
    • Soothes burns and speeds healing
    • Relieves the pain from insect bites
    • Speeds healing and reduces the chance of infection on cuts
    • Relieves skin irritation such as rashes
    • Lavender oil is a wonderful moisturizer for the skin and is used in many facial products
    • It is good for the hair, and it kills head lice
    • It has been proven to help the digestive system
    • Studies show it helps control diabetes 
    • Lavender smells great
    • The plant is beautiful in colour and shape
    • Lavender oil in your home and rubbed into your skin is known to reduce stress
    • Lavender helps you sleep
    • Lavender is proven to reduce headaches (especially tension headaches)


    To get the best of these properties, your lavender should be fresh:
    Lavender is easy to grow. It grows in large plants so you will have plenty to use and to turn into fresh lavender oil. So, here is how you grow your own lavender.
    • Research:
    ➤ Do your homework. There are various types of lavender, and some grow better in particular climates. Ask your seed vendor for help. You can grow lavender that is not common in your climate, but you will have to put the extra work in it to make it happen.

    • Plant in mounds of dirt about 18 inches tall. Lavender doesn't like to be crowded. It is a low maintenance plant. Growing it this way gives it plenty of natural drainages. This is important. Lavender will die from root rot if the roots sit in soggy soil.
    • Sunshine is your friend. If you want these beautiful and fragrant flowers to produce well, give them at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
    • Pruning:
    ➤ The best time to prune your lavender is right after it blooms. Please note, harvesting your flower is not pruning. Pruning is clipping the greenery before it turns to wood. It helps the lavender maintain its shape.
    • Pay close attention to the lavender plants until they begin to rapidly grow. At that point, it is best to leave it alone. Neglect is your friend once your plants are thriving.
     Lavender Oil
    There are a couple of ways to make your own lavender essential oil. They begin with drying your fresh lavender. You can get full instructions here. The process is not difficult. You will begin by cutting lavender and hanging it upside down to dry. Always cut more lavender than you think you will need.

    Conclusion:
    There are so many ways to use Lavender that you will never want to be without it. It is so easy to grow and to make into essential products that you will have a much-loved gift for any occasion. Take your time and experience with it. Soon, people will be asking you what you use on your skin to make it so radiant. They will ask what shampoo you use. You will feel less stressed and you will sleep better. So, what are you waiting for? Start growing your lavender today. You will be so glad you did.

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    Malaysia has been on my travel wish-list ever since I watched ‘Malaysia-Truly Asia’- tourism promotional ad on TV. The wish became reality when my husband asked me to accompany him on his official trip to Malaysia for two weeks. Amongst the top hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Istana seemed perfect for our long stay. This hotel is considered as one of the luxurious 5-star international hotels and is nestled in the heart of the capital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read on to know more about Hotel Istana and my staycation experience!


    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    About Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur City Centre:
    The 5 Star 23-Storey Hotel Istana City Centre Kuala Lumpur is centrally located at Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious Golden Triangle. Renowned shopping malls such as Pavilion, Lot 10, Starhill, Suria KLCC, and Changkat Bukit Bintang entertainment hub are at its doorstep. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and Petronas Towers are 10-minutes walk away via the Skybridge, while the KL International Airport is an hour’s drive away. The hotel has an efficient road and rail transport, and limousine service. (Source official page).

    For more info, please visit their official site- https://www.hotelistana.com.my/en


    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review
     How to get there:
    It takes around 52 -60 minutes via taxi from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Hotel Istana, depending on traffic. There is a taxi counter at the arrival hall in the airport. We booked a taxi from there and reached our destination safely within an hour.


    Hotel Istana Entrance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
     Hotel Istana –My thought:
    When we reached the hotel it was already 3am, yet we received a warm welcome upon arrival by the on-duty front-desk associates. After completing all the formalities, as soon as I entered our dedicated guest room, I felt like being at HOME! Credit goes to the design of the room and its vibes, of course.


    Deluxe Guestroom!

    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review

    Hotel Istana Deluxe Guestroom/ Shower Room

    The deluxe room has one giant bedroom with attached restroom. The room is spacious, carpet flooring, comfortable and is well equipped with all basic & luxury amenities which we normally find in a 5-star hotel room. If you wish to see the iconic Petronas Tower from your room instead of simple city view, you have to pre-book your rooms accordingly. Club Room and Deluxe suites have extra added facilities at Istana.


    City View

    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review

    We stayed at this hotel for a period of two weeks and every day, the polite and sincere housekeepers would come and change the bed sheets, clean the room, refill the toiletries, keep the new water bottles and newspapers. As I mentioned above that we reached Hotel Istana at midnight so next day morning hubby went to his office and I got that opportunity to explore the building properly.


    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review

    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review

    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review

    To be frank, I was floored by the grandeur of this giant hotel. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Malaysian palaces, this hotel was designed hence the name Istana (means Palace in Malaysian language). From exterior to interior decor, everything is elegant, impressive and admirable. The aesthetically pleasing architecture is a perfect fusion of traditional features and modern amenities - sophistication at its finest!


    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review


    Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Review


    Beside the main entrance, there is a small sitting area with a mini water pool at one corner. The place makes for a perfect spot for photography as well as great for chilling out with your partner or friends. 


    Swimming Pool Area

    We couldn’t hit the in-house gym/spa/swimming pool so I cannot comment on that part. However, I have seen women, kids and men were enjoying their pool time. Apart from these, other facilities include grand Mahkota Ballroom, Sauna, executive meeting rooms, Steambath and massage service. 

    Restaurants & Bars, Food Quality:
    The ‘Tamansari Brassiere’ is their in-house restaurant and ‘Songket’ is the lounge bar located right on the lobby area. ‘Urban’ is also their in-house European cuisine restaurant with the Asian influence,  ‘Sports Bar’ serves cocktails & light refreshments, ‘The Sweet Corner’ offers freshly baked gourmet chocolates, cakes and pastries; all are located on Lobby level.


    Taman Sari Brassiere, Entrance
    Songket Lounge

    Live Performance at Songket Lounge

    At Songket, you can enjoy your drink while watching the live performance by the music bands. I totally loved the ambience. 


    Juice Bar Beside Taman Sari Brassiere

    The Juice Bar is located at the entrance (right-hand side) of Taman Sari. We couldn’t visit URBAN & SPORTS BAR, hence I am not going to write their in-depth details here.


    Central Garden!

    Taman Sari Brassiere 

    Taman Sari Brassiere overlooking the poolside garden area is spacious, well illuminated and clean. You can have your breakfast or lunch, sitting outside in the garden too! The restaurant manager or wait staff will assist you in choosing your preferred seat.


    Food, Food, Food!!

    Taman Sari restaurant offers a vast array of food options from simple cereals, bread, and fruit-juices to various Western, Indian and Malaysian cuisines. The dessert section has a plethora of choices!


    Dessert Spread!!


    Breakfast Buffet!

    The complimentary breakfast buffet was great and satisfying as well. However, you may feel the food menus are repetitive especially if you stay for a long duration at this hotel.


    Tiffin Set Menu!

    I had had my lunch every day in my room and must say, their in-room food service is great. Most of the time, I ordered Tiffin sets from their A La Carte menu. We also tried Mahalo Pizza, Chicken Dum Biryani and Vegetable Dhal on the other days.


    Taman Sari A La Carte Menu

    The staff would bring the food wrapped with a food wrap and..
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