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 Fashionitas! What's Up? :) I have been pretty busy with my baby's tonsuring last week and just relaxing a bit now! I was watching NikkieTutorials videos on a crazy loop recently and loved her Yellow Cut-Crease Eye Makeup to the bits! I badly wanted to try a cut-crease and here it is - my version of Yellow Cut-Crease Eye Makeup :) I assure you this is going to be the easiest, simplest and quickest tutorial and the look can be achieved in flat 5 minutes (provided your liner & mascara dries fast :P) :D
I chose yellow because it's summer and super flattering! You can chose any shade you like, follow the steps, flaunt & enjoy :))
If your best friend’s wedding is around the corner and you are literally craving to slip into long nine yard for her D-day, then you definitely have come to the right place. Forgo wandering into market from one store to another and shake hand with some great online shopping stores offering handful of options in designer sarees. This will not only save your time, but money and mood too. When a woman gets to scroll through zillion of options in terms of clothing with the comfort of home, life feels better than ever. Get ready to check out five amazing and best online stores for saree shopping and start your purchase with the very first moment. Apart from versatile range, easy access, affordable range, raining discounts, these online brands also provide free shipping and quick delivery. Can shopping ever get better than this??? It’s time to live your saree love in the best way possible by shopping with these leading fashion brands and let other follow your footsteps. Buy a spray of ravishing sarees and get ready to give your best shot in ethnic dressing while keeping peace with your valuable pocket. There you go!!!
If you want to know everything about the latest fancy sarees and traditional women wears, IndiaRush is your go-to place. Offering the widest range of attractive sarees and other ethnic dresses, the online fashion hub has now become the household name for every woman. If you are in India and looking forward to know more about ethnic garments and trends, there is no place better than IndiaRush to give you the desired results.
Ajio is another fashion stop for women who crave for comfort and style blended at one place. The website has got everything in regards to women fashion, from clothing to accessories. Discover the finest range of designer sarees available in wide array in terms of colour, work, pattern and fabric and start shopping to enhance your collection.
You must have heard of the name. Well, the good news is that the highly anticipated and reputed women brand is available online too. Now, you can easily shop lavish Indian sarees and other staples with the comfort of home and become the saree icon of the season. Bundle up, you gorgeous!!!
We all know about it and we all shop from here. Myntra is majorly known for contemporary fashion but since ethnic fashion has gained huge popularity in recent few years, the store is keeping itself updated with all the latest collection of Indian women wears. Find out sarees inspired by celebrity styles and fashion designers at Myntra and pick what appeals the most to you.
It’s never bad to have as many options as possible. Mirraw is also one place for women to hunt for beautiful designer sarees and other garments. Everything here would fit right in your budget and can do wonders to your dazzling personality. What are you waiting for???
Sipping a sizzling hot cup of coffee is always relaxing! But what is more relaxing than finding your perfect summer lip shade which doesn't stain your coffee mug either? Cool nah ;) Today I'm going to talk about one such lippshtickkkk :D :D
What Maybelline India Says?
Long day ahead? Maybelline’s Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick keeps your lips looking gorgeous all day! With super staying power and a weightless formula, this lipstick feels light, fresh and comfortable. Available in 20 different shades, you’re sure to feel spoilt for choice!
Here’s Why You’ll Love It
14 hour Lipstick with an ultra-lightweight formula: Stays fresh, light, and comfortable Super rich color that lasts for 14 hours Pigments are enveloped in a long wearing system 16 long wearing shades
For Best And Long Lasting Results
Apply your lip color by starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip.
What It Contains?
Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Stearyl Heptanoate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Alumina, Parfum / Fragrance, Cyclomethicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Alcohol, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Paraffin, Dimethicone. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine.
My Views On Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick Continuous Cranberry
The Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour Lipsticks come in a bullet kinda packaging. Bottom half of the bullet has a transparent outer layer and is color coded in the inside.
The top half is the cap of the lipstick in white in color. The lipstick bullet comes in a silver casing. The packaging is sturdy and wonderful. Perfect to carry in your purse or handbag ;) It has a yummy sweet fragrance which isn't bothersome.
Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick in Stay With Me Coral is a perfect coral with a touch of pink. Its a beautiful summer perfect shade and would flatter any skintone if worn at the perfect level! :) It instantly brightens up the entire look becoming an eye-catcher ;). It blends well and dries to a perfect matte finish which looks amazing. Although this one particular shade/lipstick cracks a lot for me and dries up way too much so I cannot wear it without a lip butter at all! :/
Texture & Coverage
The Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour Lipsticks have a thick and nice texture. The lipstick spreads well and is easy to apply. The superstay lipsticks have a semi-matte finish and they set to a matte finish after application. Just one swipe is enough to get a decent coverage and two swipes gives you perfect coverage :) Although the lipsticks are easy to apply and blend still they tend to settle in fine lines on the lips so it has to be applied with caution.
Make sure not to apply more than 3 layers as it starts caking and appears layered! Transfers a little to your favo coffee mug - blot well for making it kiss-proof ;) Also these lipsticks tend to dry out your lips after a few hours of application.
The Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour Lipsticks take a minute to set on the lips and once set lasts long enough! It lasts for good 8 hours with mild snacking but if you have meals in between the lipstick would fade away with a nice tint. After 5 hours it starts fading a little and leaves a nice tint behind which doesn't go off until wiped with a tissue. The lipstick is waterproof and doesn't come off with just water! However it can be removed easily with your regular makeup remover or wet wipes.
Attractive Packaging, easy to carry around Intense pigmentation, gives opaque coverage with just 2 swipes Long lasting, lasts easily for 6-7 hours Smooth semi matte texture, comfortable on lips when applied the right way Yummy fragrance Leaves a nice tint on lips after fading Survives light Snacking Easily available Wide shade selection
Not transfer proof Formula wouldn't suit dry lips Expensive for 3.3 gms Tugs a little over time Fades easily on the center of your lips Tends to settle into lip lines due to the finish
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (-0.5 for the high pricing although its worth every penny!)
Friendship is the most celebrated relationship in the world and everyone treasure their friends. Be it anyone of any credibility everyone do have friends and they do hold many of their friends so special and close to heart! When I decided to write about this special relationship, the first thing that came to my mind was a treasure hunt we setup for my bestie’s birthday 5 years ago! Me & my bestie were batch mates in company, hostel mates, roommates and the best buddies. Apart from being close with each other we did have a bigger gang, a gang of 5 people in our hostel and we used to chit-chat all day long :) We were the gala gang in our hostel and our warden will always visit us pleading to reduce our voice :P
We used to celebrate all of our gang mates birthdays and there would definitely be a cake-cut-smashing! There were three birthdays in a row with few days of interval between each other and once the first two were over we got bored of cutting a cake at 12 AM and smashing it all over each other. It was getting dull around there really :P The next in row was my bestie’s birthday and when we were discussing this I was quite happy to change the boring theme ;)
One of my friend was suggesting a dirty wash and I wanted to pull a treasure hunt for her to give her the birthday gifts. We were arguing over it for long time and finally decided to do both :D We planned and hid all her gifts in places in and around our hostel room and a few on the terrace too ;) Also we pretended to her like we all forgot her birthday and as we didn’t buy a cake too she couldn’t smell a thing! She is a very funny person and always expects surprises – but when we have one she will be spying our every move to break it. This time it was a total suspense as one friend from our gang, who is an absent minded person was talking with my bestie the whole evening about the previous two birthdays we celebrated and was speaking like “I don’t want that kinda celebration, its boring. Don’t cut cake n all for me.” My bestie couldn’t find anything pretentious and she went back to bed at night thinking we all forgot her birthday. Who knows she might have even planned a murder sketch for me that night :P She slept well and at 12 we all started singing Happy Birthday. She woke up because of our voices and was in complete shock and was a bit fuzzy too. She smiled and went ahead to the bathroom to wash her face.
Here began our bigger deals. We pushed her into the bathroom and made her sit in the stool there and she was frightened to the core as she didn’t know our plan. We pulled out our bucket of dirty wash and poured it all over her :D :D She was almost at the verge of crying because of the nasty smell around and we couldn’t let her cry :( So we left her to wash herself up generously of course :P Once she was all dressed up and good she was eagerly waiting for us to get her the cake and we gave her a piece of paper with the first clue ;) She was at the top of her anger and was like “what is this?” We explained her and she too got caught up in the excitement. She is an expert in hiding stuff and this was a different experience for her – to find stuff! It took like a whole hour for her to find the 14 clues we hid and pull out her gifts :D And she was very much happy and gleeing :P And we got nice shots from her too for that dirty wash :(
Sorry couldn't include more pictures of our gang - I lost my hard disk drive and all my pics with it *sob* *sob* Will try to get some and add here later if I could :)
Here ends our adventurous birthday celebration and as my bestie's birthday is just around (but she is now so far away from me as we settled in our lives) and my little baby girl turns '1' the same month :D! Let’s see how it goes :)
Summers are here again - feels like it was never really gone :/ and cracked heels, sore tired feet are a big trouble in this scorching sun! Despite of weekly pedicures your feet might cry out loud sometimes and it sure is something that can be soothed with a bar of soap ;) Hell yeah it's possible to get some soft and crack free feet that feels like rose petals with regular use of this Vaadi Herbals Elbow Foot Knee Scrub Soap With Almond & Walnut!!
Off late the summer is just making me super fussy and cracked heels are a big headache as I couldn't walk with them :( I have been using this soap for more than an year now - but on and off! I have already finished 3 bars and kinda took a break from it for no particular reason. Now the moment I got some cracks and dryness on my feet I could think of only this one single bar :)Read on to know why <3
What Vaadi Herbals Says?
An innovative formula to give your elbows, feet & knees the extra attention they deserve. The finely ground Walnut & almond extract , together exfoliate even thick deposits of dead cells, while smoothing and lighting the areas; while Aloe Vera keeps the skin pampered.
Active Ingredients : Almond Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Walnut
How to Use
Take Soap And Lather In The Hands. Apply The Lather To The Entire Body, Gently Massage And Enjoy The Pure Delight Of Our Herbal
My Views On Vaadi Herbals Elbow Foot Knee Scrub Soap With Almond & Walnut
The Vaadi Herbals Elbow Foot Knee Scrub Soap (Uff whatte longgg nameee) comes in a simple normal packaging - just a printed box containing the soap wrapped in a plastic wrapper. Simplest of it and totally economical for the price rather than priced super high with a fancy packaging! The soap is an white oval bar (I guess they have changed the look a few times in between) with greyish black scrub particles and 'Vaadi' embedded on it.
The soap is creamy and gritty at the same time - spreads well and scrubs your feet with ease. No pressure required while using the product and it easily gets rid of the dirt and grime from your skin scrubbing off all dead skin cells. It doesn't have any fragrance which is a plus for me as it wouldn't collide with my shower gel or shampoo scents! Does the job quite well and using it continuously for 2-3 days helped me get rid of my painful cracked heel! It is a bit harsh on knees although doesn't cause any irritation - honestly I don't use it much on knees or elbows as I prefer it for my feet.
I know I have been MIA for a long time - well priorities are changing and life's keeping me occupied :( Despite of everything that's going on, Wishing all Women out there a very Happy & Empowering Womens Month! <3 Stay Bold & Beautiful always :))
A Woman's life can be stressful in many ways and it's absolutely necessary to find some ways to relax yourself as it helps keep you well sane :D Some love pampering their hair, skin, a hot shower to loosen it up a bit for some, and some totally rely on travelling a bit to ease their mind! I being a mom of a 7+ month old don't easily get time to any of these and a great resort for me is Aromatherapy :)
I recently got a chance to try an amazing oil blend from Oriental Botanics which is an awesome multi-tasker and performs so well. Read on to know about this peculiar blend :)
What Oriental Botanics Says?
Descend into the scent of a field of flowers with this blend of flowers that will set the mood for romance. It stimulates the Limbic System which is the part of the brain where moods and emotions are governed. The inhalation of this aroma triggers varying emotional and physical responses.
Diffused Aromatically: Drop 5-8 drops in a diffuser burner or vaporizer. It will give off a pleasurable aroma creating a pleasant atmosphere on any occasion, disinfecting the air of unwanted odours and some airborne pathogens. Bath: Make an everyday occasion a new experience. add a bit of relaxation to your bath by dropping a few drops into the bathtub, making the ordinary extraordinary. Massage: Ease out the stresses in mind while loosening up tired muscles. Mix 5 drops in 10ml of base oil for massage.
What It Contains?
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Blend of Pure Essential Oils: Citrus sinensis (Orange) Oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil, Jasminum officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Melissa officinalis
My Views On Oriental Botanics Romance Aroma Therapy Diffuser Oil
As I told Im stressed almost everyday and keep looking for ways to relax myself! I must admit I got this oil at the right time :) Oriental Botanics Romance Aroma Therapy Diffuser Oil is a blend of Orange, Rose, Jasmine and Melissa essential oils. As per the name it's suppose to kindle romance with your mate ahem ahem ;)
The oil comes in a beautiful and compact glass bottle with a screw cap, convenient and spill-proof. It also comes with an additional glass doppler for handling the oil with ease.Pretty fancy and cute packaging! It's compact enough to take with you while travelling too :)
The oil has a thin texture and blends easily when mixed with a base oil. The top note is Jasmine and that's the scent which is dominant in the blend! The oil has a very strong fragrance and is not mild at all - well guess it's not supposed to be :) I mixed it with base oil and used for massaging and trust me the fragrance lasted on my hair even after a hair wash - It fainted off after the second wash. While used in a diffuser it just made my home smell amazing and the fragrance lasted for three days!! Although I love the blend and the fragrance so much but still I don't reach out to it very frequently because Jasmine is always overpowering and tends to give a headache if smelt frequently :( I would've preferred Orange fragrance as top note <3
Also Mr. Husband is allergic to strong scents and when he feels one he immediately comes complaining to have a headache :( See how the Universe has paired us perfectly opposite - A Strong Fragrance Lover & A Oh Let It Be Mild Lover! :D :P He was patient initially but after 3-4 uses he was like "Are you gonna stop using that oil or not? It's giving me a headache everyday!" :( :( So note - if you are not a lover of strong scents then this is a big no-no for you and if your partner is not then you can't expect it to kindle any romance in them :P
Overall it's a nice choice of essential oils blend if you love stronger fragrances and can lift up your mood instantly, relaxing you and gives you a super smelling home :) Also they have few more blends similar to this which sound awesome too, do check them out <3 Sadly I can't really tell you on the romance part though!! Have you used essential oil blends before? Have you liked them? Which is your favourite? Do comment below :)
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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 :)