Pretty Polka is your little casket of cute things. Pretty Polka is a place where you can know\read reviews about beauty, makeup, skincare & haircare products in the market and share your views about them too. Its a place where I share the teeny-weeny makeup details I know that can help my readers. Apart from being a beauty\makeup blog I also share some cute DIY stuff here that can help you.
Hola how is the new year treating you? Mine feels like a good start so far! :)
Im a dreamer and sorta have big dreams in many things! So did I for my wedding and my dream was to have a lavish wedding :D Well reality dawned up on me when I found the love of my life and we decided to get hitched. After all the oppositions and several attempts of convincing both families agreed for our marriage but our budget was too tight! Long story short we happened to have a Temple Wedding :) Looking back now I think we couldn't have done better or saved better ;)
So our wedding was arranged in Madurai Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman Temple. Mr.Husband belongs to Madurai so accommodating their guests was easy - their home :) We arranged hotel rooms for our accommodation. Food in hotel, relatives drive back to my hometown just 2 hours away! That simple it was!!
The Eye Wetting Moment :)
So wasn't there any fun? Oh there was! We did relish ourselves in some smaller functions that energized us with loads of fun. More deets coming up in future posts ;)
We did save decently on the expenses as it was a Temple Wedding and we voluntarily avoided a reception as we were planning to save that for our honeymoon :D
Off late I have been using a few products from St.Botanica and having a lot of fun using them as they're unisex which means I can make Mr.Husband try them too ;) :D Remember my post on Instagram here where I talked about this shampoo before? Not following me yet on Insta, then you're missing big time, do it right away from here :) Coming back to the point, I got a chance to try this completely natural shampoo from St.Botanica. To know how it worked read on!
What St.Botanica Says?
Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth.
Powerful blend of Green Apple Extract, Vitamin B-5, Apple Cider Vinegar, Silk Protein, Moroccan Argan Cold Pressed Oil, Sweet Almond Cold Pressed Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Cold Pressed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Virgin Golden Jojoba Cold Pressed Oil make it the perfect choice for both men and women.
Argan oil is extracted from the Moroccan Argan Tree and has been used since ages as a hair nourisher – softening and helping hair grow better. It aids immensely in promoting healthy and strong hair.
No SLS. No Parabens. No Sulfates, No Harmful Chemicals, No Silicon. Apple Cider Vinegar and Argan Oil Shampoo is a great hair restoration formula all hair types, including color treated hair, safe for daily use, for men and women.
REPAIR AND STRENGTHEN your hair naturally. Our restorative shampoo fights again drying, damaged, and dehydrated hair. Helping to get rid of free radicals. For BEST RESULTS, Use StBotanica Hair Conditioner After Every wash.
My Views On St.Botanica Apple Cider Vinegar & Argan Shampoo
The St.Botanica Apple Cider Vinegar & Argan Shampoo comes in a beautiful bright blue bottle with a golden cap, pump dispenser that locks with a click. No spills, leaks - great for travel although the bottle is a bit bulky because of the quantity!
The St.Botanica Apple Cider Vinegar & Argan Shampoo has a bit thick consistency which is good in my point of view as little goes long way. It has a mild lemon-y fragrance (exactly that of a lemon flavoured glucovita) which is mild and fresh :) Although the fragrance doesn't linger in your hair after wash. The is very mild on hair and cleanses hair thoroughly. Make sure to leave the shampoo in your hair for 5-10 minutes to get better results :)
I have dandruff prone hair and high postpartum hair fall. This shampoo does reduce my in-shower hairfall a bit, but doesn't really do anything else for my hair loss. I don't expect it to anyways :) It does control my dandruff and give me a cleaner scalp for 3-4 days but doesn't help get rid off dandruff on the whole.
I'm happy with it completely except for the fact that it dries up my hair way too much :( I have normal hair with oily scalp and this shampoo leaves my hair super dry and rough when used without oiling my hair & without a conditioner. But with a conditioner and after gently oiling my hair before wash it does give me soft hair :) So it' not for lazy hair wash days :P
Mr.Husband used it and it seems to suit him perfectly. He has dry, little curly hair & uses Johnson's baby shampoo as it's the mildest in the market and he seems to love the effect of the St.Botanica one more than Johnson's. So it's a win-win unisex shampoo ;)
We are happy using it and do recommend it. It's mild, completely natural, has great ingredients and works amazingly keeping your hair clean and fresh :)
Friend: "Hey there is a new gel liner launched by EL. Would you want it?" Me: "Naah let me first finish my Maybelline one!"
Sissy: "I'm going to order that new kajal from *** brand, heard it's awesome. Do you want one to try too?" Me: "Oh no I already have too many kajals"
Advertisement: "Lakme launches it's new lip crayons" Me: "Oh they're interesting! But I already have around 100s of lipsticks to finish off :( it's ok they're very affordable and tiny and cute. Maybe I can finish them off quick. Maybe not! 100+1 isn't gonna hurt right?! Im picking atleast one from the range.." End up buying two!! Always my story when it comes to lipsticks :P
Well yeah I picked 2 Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Crayons, went with neutral mlbb kinda shades as I have many reds and pinks already! Interested in knowing what shades I picked and more about these affordable beauties? Then read on ;)
What Lakme India Says?
Embrace the all new formulated lip colour crayon by Lakmé and use your lips like a canvas to create a vibrant look.
Get smooth and matte finish lips with this lip colour crayon by Lakmé that is infused with mineral powders. It has a soft texture and is available in 10 gorgeous shades that suit all Indian skin tones. It also has a rich blend of olive and jojoba oil that simultaneously conditions your lips. For your convenience, the all new Lakmé Enrich Lip Crayon comes with a sharpener.
Step 1: Open the cap and start applying the product from the centre of your upper lip. Step 2: Worked from the centre towards the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Step 3: Glide the product across the entire bottom lip. Step 4: This step is optional but you could use a tissue to blot out the extra product.
These Lakme Enrich Lip Crayons come in a sleek black packaging resembling a crayon exactly! The label carries the details like name, shade etc. They're really pretty, cute, tiny, compact and fun like crayons :D These can easily be carried in your purse ;) These lip crayons have to be sharpened and are not retractable. Every Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon comes with the popular Lakme Dual Sharpener (in black though) to make the job easy which is so convenient as they help in sharpening them very easy & quick!
The shades I picked from Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon are Cinnamon Brown and Baby Pink. The entire range has 10 amazing shades that are regular yet totally wearable for Indian skin tone. Anyone can flaunt their pouts right? ;)
Cinnamon Brown is a nice n*de brown shade that stays brown (and not turn into a deep marron or red) after a few swipes too while Baby Pink is a nice light pink with silver and pink glitter particles (they aren't OTT though). Both the shades are a little less pigmented but totally buildable. I guess the darker deeper shades in the range might have better pigmentation.
The Lakme Enrich Lip Crayons are super creamy and light. They are so light on lips, don't cause any discomfort and don't accentuate the lip lines even after layering 3-4 times which is good. They stay good for 3-4 hours without any drinking, munching. As these are not waterproof (but water resistant) or smudge proof they tend to get removed if disturbed and you will need to touch up. Also they aren't kiss proof :P
Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon Baby Pink
Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon Cinnamon Brown
Affordable price tag, versatile shades suiting indian skin tone, decent pigmentation, cute and fits just right in a purse and comes with an amazing freebie :D So I would say this range is definitely a keeper!!:))
I don't do much fashion posts here as I don't find much time to click pictures when I deck up! Im always on the run as I have a full-time job to keep up and most of the time I end up doing my makeup in my office restroom :/
These pictures were clicked a while back when I attended a friend's wedding in Mylapore Kapaleeshwar Temple, Chennai and thought why not share it :)
I wanted a super grand look but ended up doing it very simple as it was a temple wedding and the bride herself wasn't as decked up as me! :O
So I picked up this green and copper gradient Anarkali just because I love tissue material! I so love the top and the design on it- Polka dots all the way ;)
Apart from the Anarkali what I love more about this look is the accessories I paired it up with!
I paired it with a multi-color stone neckpiece, matching earrings, a beautiful copper gold kada with heart shaped holes(!?) and a chunky ring with a stone that matches my outfit! :)
Be it any season I'm sucker for shower gels and perfumes! Even in this cold weather I prefer a good shower gel and a relaxed bath rather than a quick shower :) So when I get the chance to grab a bottle of gleaming golden orange shower gel that smells exotic could I say no? :D
What St.Botanica Says?
A unique, high quality product based on the best, natural, active plant-based ingredients for skin care – created according to timeless Thai spa and healing formulas designed to nourish and heal your skin and senses.
Cleanses skin without over-drying • Brings peace to mind • Makes you feel great
Free of parabens, soap, mineral oils and harmful chemical derivatives. Not tested on animals. Perfect for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
This luxury shower gel, will leave your skin feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Enriched with Pure Essential Oils. Features an ultra-sensual texture & plant-based formula. Helps mildly yet effectively cleanse & balance skin without stripping it of its natural oils Enriched. Perfect for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
Price & Quantity: INR 549 for 300 ml
My Views On St.Botanica Mandarin and Cypress Shower Gel
St.Botanica Mandarin and Cypress Shower Gel comes in a gleaming golden orange bottle with a golden press cap. The presser is black. Classy packaging :)
The shower gel is light orange in color and has a slightly thick texture - perfect for a shower gel. It has a citrus-y top note and a musky base note. Smells heavenly <3 Now Im a die-hard fan of both citrus and musky fragrances so this one is super favourite to me :)
My husband is not a fan of shower gels at all and I remember him throwing away the one I gifted for his 25th birthday! But to my astonishment as soon as he saw this and smelt it, he just grabbed it from me and went ahead to shower. His comments "This is great!". Now you know this is an Unisex Shower Gel for sure :P
Although its paraben-free & soap-free it still has the sulphates and hey I'm not complaining - I love a good lather from my shower gels and the sulphates give it! The shower gel lathers well without leaving a soap-y feel on skin. It gets washed off easily.
St.Botanica Mandarin and Cypress Shower Gel cleanses my skin thoroughly leaving it squeaky clean. During the first use I felt it dried up my skin but on consecutive uses I realized it doesn't! Due to the essential oils in it the St.Botanica Mandarin and Cypress Shower Gel doesn't rip off the natural oils and moisture from my skin and my skin feels perfectly smooth! Although it doesn't give any extra moisture to my skin. I use this in par with my Dove Nutrium Moisture face wash and my bathroom smells like an orange garden for the whole day :D
The fragrance lasts on my skin for around 2-3 hours and fades away. The lasting time might vary on your skin type, how much you sweat etc.
Overall it's an amazing shower gel that smells super fresh and just boosts up your spirit ;) Its also organic, semi-chemical free, soap free, contains essential oils and works perfectly! I do recommend it if you are a citrus or musk lover. They also have many other variants, do check out here :)
Just like the evolution of mankind makeup brushes have evolved a lot starting from those fluffy brushes to flat top kabukis, makeup sponges to beauty blenders, rainbow\unicorn brushes to oval\toothbrush makeup brushes now!
Oval makeup brushes are all the rage right now and every makeup lover is pouncing on them! So what are these Oval Makeup Brushes anyways?
Oval Makeup Brushes are handy-dandy toothbrush sized brushes with thickly packed bristles, flat top and conveniently sized to make your makeup application flawless, quick & easy! :D isn't that great? ;)
I was eyeing these brushes for quite sometime now and was puzzled with which one to pick as many brands carry these now. That's when Anamika Sureka Malik of WiseShe generously sent me these 3 brushes to try and here is everything about them! :)
About The Brand
These beauties are the Brainchild of Anamika Sureka of WiseShe. The veteran makeup & beauty blogger has put in her years and years of experience in curating these beautiful oval brushes.
These brushes are yet to be launched in the market so I don't have details about the price, where to buy, packaging and the total number of brushes in the set (spoiler alert: from their reference I see 10 brushes in the set :D). Follow me and WiseShe on social media to know more once the brushes are launched :)
I received these brushes in a beautiful box with golden prints, a royal and classy packaging with few other gifts! :) Although the packaging will definitely not be the same when these brushes are sold in the market.
The brushes have a black, thin plastic body [spoiler alert again: might come with black & rose-gold body too - now who would say no to such a classy combo ;)] with dense bristles. The bristles are a good gradient of brown and golden yellow. I don't see any brand name printed on them but hope the ones that come out for sale will have the brand name printed.
These brushes are made of premium quality synthetic hair. Generally synthetic hair brushes feel a bit rough, sharp and doesn't budge easily. But on the contrary these brushes are extremely soft, smooth and feels so plush on skin. They are super easy to work with. Being brand new brushes they don't have any odor which is an amazing factor for sensitive nosies like me! (some brushes or even most of them have a strange odor of the paste used to stick the bristles to the brush base).
I received three brushes from the set and read on to know in detail about each of them. And a secret just for you - these oval brushes are multi-functional and one brush can serve the purpose of 2,3 different types of brushes. Intriguing? ;)
The Contour\Concealer Brush
It is a small oval brush (I guess this would be the smallest OVAL brush in the set) with a flexible neck, densely packed bristles and a flat top. The flexible neck helps the brush move easily along the curves of your face and helps to get the perfect contour! The densely packed bristles help easily pick the product and as they are super soft your foundation\concealer\contour blends like a dream :) Also as the bristles are closely packed chances of excess product getting until the roots of the bristles is minimized making the brush cleaning super easy & quick!!
This guy replaces my foundation brush, concealer brush, contour brush and sometimes even my blending brush :D
The Eyebrow Brush
This brush is similar to our regular toothbrush except it has just one line of bristles. This brush also has a slightly flexible neck that eases application. The bristles are sturdy enough to apply and blend your eyebrow gel\powder. This one works like a charm in applying the eyebrow gel\powder and blending it. It also makes my nose contour and cheek contour application super easy!
I use this brush just the tip for applying my highlighter as well and blend using my concealer brush :)
So this toothsy brushy serves as an eyebrow as well as a contour brush for me :)
The Eyeshadow Brush
This is the smallest of the brushes I received. It has a firm neck unlike the other two brushes with circular arrangement of bristles that are again densely packed. This brush does the job great I would say - eye contour, eyeshadow application and blending all can be done with just this one little guy without any fuss. The blending is super easy too.
So this beauty replaces all my eye makeup brushes!
As the bristles are dense these brushes can be cleaned up easily as I said. Also they are of excellent quality that they don't shed even a single bristle during washing and don't fade with frequent washing.
Here are some pictures of the super simple makeup I did using just these brushes alone and a few clips on how I did it! Would you like to see a complete video tutorial? Do let me know in the comments :)
Wisehe Oval Makeup Brushes Preview - YouTube
Overall these Oval Makeup Brushes are amazingly soft, works like a charm and trust me beauties once you get the hang of how to use them you would never go looking for any other makeup brush of yours! ;) These are a must have in every makeup lovers vanity :)
And congratulations Ana on this new venture and wishing you all success :) Hoping for a full-on makeup line too from our very own WiseShe :))
My love for lipsticks doesn't seem to be dying any soon and so is my love for experimenting new looks and styles with them! I pick up atleast one lipstick from every new range and do try variety of shades. And today I'm going to show\explain how to get a simple and easy gradient lip just like that! All you need is 3-5 minutes to read, at the max 5 minutes to do it and a whole day to Flaunt that se*y lips ;) :)
No more blurts just cutting to the chase :P What you will need: 2 lipsticks one darker and one lighter. Would be good if they aren't from the same color family. I picked a deep red & a pale peach lipstick.
Pull out the first lipstick. Apply it all over your lips as usual.
Pull out the second lipstick and apply it on your Cupid's bow. If you have small lips you can just apply for the bullet length alone or otherwise apply it at the center of your lips like I did.
Blend the second color at the same place without smudging it out, purse your lips, blot and blot until you get the desired color. Ta-da you're done with your gradient lips :D <3
Here I did it in two styles - one with the red all over lips & the peach on Cupid's bow while the other is vice-versa. You can see for yourself how they turned out to be :)
Do you like it? Would you like to see more such posts? Do let me know in the comments! Until then 'Stay Beautiful' :)
Peter England Mr. India 2017 gets an overwhelming response in Chennai
The winners of this pageant will represent India at prestigious international pageants including Mr. World and Mister Supranational
Chennai, Nov 14, 2017: The excitement and enthusiasm factor just elevated this year with the commencement of the all new edition of Peter England Mr. India 2017 with its third city audition held in Chennai. The audition witnessed over 100 participants who came from all over the city. The audition was held at The Grand by GRT Hotels, which came on board as the Hospitality and Venue partner for the auditions.
The auditions were judged by none other than Peter England Mr.India World 2016 Vishnuraj S Menon and famous actress and model Bindu Madhavi.
The selected guys will be fast-tracked to the final round of auditions happening in Mumbai on 26th November, 2017. Once the finalists are selected, they will be undergoing rigorous training and grooming sessions by renowned experts from the fashion and entertainment industry. Catch the telecast of the 4 webisodes of Peter England Mr. India 2017 on the zoom app and the finale on 14th December, 2017 only on Zoom TV.
The Trunk Round in Chennai
Recently Rohit Khandelwal, the first Asian from Hyderabad, who started his journey by winning Mr. India 2015 went on to win the Mr. World 2016 pageant last year as well as Jitesh Thakur who went on to win Mister Supranational 2016- 2nd runner up have grabbed lead roles in mainstream Bollywood movies which are soon to go on floors. We are aiming to have more winners like him in the future who will make our country proud.
Peter England is happy to associate with Mr India as their title sponsor. The brand has been one of the most preferred brands for the young Indian men, offering versatile fashion at an unmatched value.
Zeven with the brand philosophy of Live To Play has come on board as the co-powered by sponsor.
Winners of Chennai Contest
Sai Teja, Vishwam MV, Balaji Murugadoss, Anirudh Ram, Kamlesh Solanki, Pavan Gino, Krushal Ahuja, Sharath Ravi
The next audition of Peter England Mr. India 2017 is happening in Pune on 17 th November, 2017. You can also click yourself at any Peter England Store using #RoadToMrIndia & Jump the Queue at the Auditions (Subject to T&C on the website).
To apply log on to www.misterindia.net and mail your pictures and profiles to email@example.com
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Our Sponsors & Partners
Title Sponsor – Peter England Co-powered by – Zeven Hair Care Expert – Dr Tvacha Grooming Partner – Ustraa Co-Sponsor – Balenzia Personality Enhancement Experts – Sanjeev Datta & Viram Datta Venue and Hospitality Partner – The Grand by GRT Hotels Radio Partner – Fever 91.9 FM Chennai ** Press Release
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Hola! Its been quite a while since I posted something on the Bridal Series and here is a new one! I have already talked about the types of bridal makeup here and ways to choose your bridal MUA. In today's post I will be talking about Bridal Makeup Kits :)
Every girl would be having her own makeup kitty be it a simple kajal & lip balm and some compact or a full on makeup bag. And when you are getting married you would no way leave a chance to get your own Bridal Makeup Kit right? ;)
Every one of you might have come across thousands of posts around the blogsphere talking about bridal makeup kits and product recommendations but most of them fail to guide you on the types of bridal makeup kits and how you can customize them fitting your makeup preferences. Well today's post is going to be about that!!
The Minimalist\Girl Next Door Kit
"I'm a kajal & lip balm\gloss\stick girl. I don't like much makeup on me!" "I have good skin. Why do I need a foundation while my regular face cream does a much better job for me?"
Are these your words? Not much into makeup or not much interested in experimenting? Then here is a good list of makeup products to include in your bridal kit.
For Eyes: Kajal\Kohl, Eyeliner (preferably pen or liquid liner) For Lips: Lip Balm (tinted if you don't want to use any lipstick), Lipstick (pink or nude & a red if you like) For Face: a BB or CC Cream, Compact or Loose Powder
Grab these all & your kitty is set! Oh and if you prefer a good makeup just for your D day then don't forget to book a great Bridal Makeup Artist ;)
Do you keep telling "A little makeup doesn't hurt right?" "What's wrong with loving makeup?" and love experimenting a little with makeup without going overboard & overspending??
Then here grab your list of products, pick them and run off for your wedding! :D
For Eyes: Kajal\Kohl, Eyeliner (preferably pen or liquid liner and maybe a gel liner if you are comfortable with lining your eyes), Mascara, one or two Eyeshadow Palettes (a neutral one and one with colorful shadows) For Lips: Lip Balm, Lipstick (pink or nude, a red and a coral if you like experimenting with different shades) For Face: a good Face Primer, Foundation, Compact or Loose Powder, Concealer, a Blush (or maybe two)
Those are the basic makeup products you would need to kick off that bridal beauty essentials if you are a makeup lover! List looks dull and wanna up your game a bit? Check out the next list ;)
Is this you? Then you probably might know more about makeup than me even but as it's your D-day that's approaching & you could probably be nervous, here let me help you with a good list of makeup must haves to include in your kitty!
For Eyes: Kajal\Kohl, a Liquid or Pen Eyeliner, a Gel Liner, Mascara, Eyeshadow Palettes of your choice, some Single Eyeshadows For Brows: a good Eyebrow Grooming Kit, an Eyebrow Pencil for quick fixes For Lips: Lip Balm, Lipsticks (pink, nude, a red and a coral- could explore different textures as well like matte, glossy, satin finish etc) For Face: a good Face Primer, a drugstore Primer, a daily wear Foundation, a Long wear Foundation, Compact or Loose Powder, Concealer, Blushes, a good Bronzer, a High End Highlighter, a Color Correction\Conceal Palette for that contouring\strobing needs!
All set and these would help you not step out anywhere or get puzzled while doing your makeup be it on your D-day or other special occasions :)
Hope I have covered all necessary makeup products lists customized based on preferences and it helps you! Hope you enjoyed reading the post :) Missing something? Have queries? Would love to know more? Please pour in your comments, would love reading and answering them!
P.S: Names of mentioned bridal kits are fictional and made up by me. No brands carry any bridal kit with these names, so please don't be confused. And pictures are for reference to guide you, not recommending any product specifically but just might help you choose!
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