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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Product Review: Oriflame Essentials Face Scrub Coconut Water

I totally love Oriflame products because they are not only good quality but also affordable to majority of the people. I have had a long association with Oriflame India and I couldn't have been more proud.
I feel privileged that I get to use and review their products on a regular basis.
The product that I am reviewing today is a face scrub.
My skin care tricks are rather basic and scrub is like a complete no brainer.
The Oriflame Essentials Face Scrub Coconut Water is a product I was really fond of even before my blogging days. I was gifted it by a friend and have been loving it ever since.



What I like about the Oriflame Essentials Face Scrub Coconut Water
The face scrub comes in a easy to squeeze tube of 75 gms which is perfect size to carry in your travel kit or even your everyday bag.
The scrub is coarse and it really helps to unclog your pores and cleanse your skin.
It smells absolutely divine. The coconut fragrance has me continuously craving some coconut water while applying it.
Washes off easily and leaves your skin feeling smooth and nourished.
It costs only Rs. 299.

Caution:
I found the Oriflame Essentials Face Scrub Coconut Water comparatively coarser than most scrubs that I have used, so make sure you are gentle while using it and do not exert more pressure.
Do not use a scrub more than twice a week.


Pro Tip: Do not wash off your face immediately after scrubbing. Leave it on for about 5 minutes to get better results with any scrub you use.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Necessity...

Necessity is the mother of all inventions.
What I have done today, cannot be called an invention, but it is definitely an innovation for me.

In the past, I have only worn perfectly tailored blouses with my sarees.
But what I have done here is something out of my comfort zone. But why I have done is because it has become a necessity now.

Post baby, I cannot fit in any of my saree blouses, and I am not ready to alter them to my current size, because they motivate me to to get back to my fitter self.
And so, I paired this teal silk saree from Sareez that I have previously worn here with my black formal shirt. Accessories from Confusion Fashion Accessories were a true fit and thus was born today's outfit. I think it would be perfect for winters or chilly outdoor events and perfect at work too, minus the accessories, of course.

What do you think about today's outfit?
Do you think I should experiment more with my saree looks, or should I stick to my original style.
Do let me know.














































Phtography by: Abhijeet Kank

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Product Review: Everteen Feminine Products and a Giveaway

Hi Everyone,If you follow my insta stories, you do know that I received some products from Everteen for review.
I have been using them, since a week or so and I am really satisfied.
Before I start reviewing them, let me tell you a little about Everteen.
Everteen is a flagship brand of the Wet & Dry Group, which is a fast growing healthcare and wellness company that offers ethical, relevant, rational and scientific solutions to everyday problems. With Everteen, W&D has been a pioneer in the feminine intimate hygiene category in India.
I received 2 of their products for review. The first one is the Everteen Natural Intimate Wash.

Growing up, I cannot tell you how much our mom insisted on personal hygiene.
So, intimate wash was like a must have. It keeps our intimate parts squeaky clean, free from irritation and infections too.





But, why Natural Everteen Natural Intimate wash?
Because it is made from 100% pure and natural ingredients like Ficus Glomerata, Butea Frondosa, Sphatika and Aloe Vera. The antimicrobial properties of 100% natural active ingredients of Everteen inhibit bacterial growth causing vaginal infection, unpleasant odour and irritation, thus preventing vaginal infections and gives relief from consistent itching or burning sensation in vaginal area.

What I like?
The packaging is good; easy to use and carry in your bag even while you travel.
It is soap, SSLS and SLES free
It is extra mild to suit all skin types
I love its mild fragrance.
It lathers well, and you feel really clean and refreshing after use.
You need only a small quantity for single usage.

A 105 ml bottle costs only Rs. 170, which will easily last you for more than a month. Indeed a small price to pay for your intimate health.
I totally recommend this product and it's a must have for every woman.

The other product that I received was Everteen Daily Panty Liners.
Panty liners are something that I have been using since the last 4 years. They are so convenient, as they keep your underwear clean, dry and stain free.




























What I like about Everteen Daily Panty Liners?

The panty liners are super thin yet very absorbent.
They are 100% natural cotton surface, which feels soft and dry.
The layers in the liners keeps moisture away.
There is an anti-bacterial negative ion strip on the liner that helps prevent bacterial multiplication & eliminates bad odour.

It is really comfortable for every day use, and you don't even realize you are wearing them.
A pack of 36 liners cost only Rs. 180. I am really impressed with its quality and for the price tag, its a complete steal. I am totally replacing my panty liners brand with Everteen.

And now, on the occasion of Women's Day I am teaming up with Everteen to announce a really cool giveaway.


Everteen has been a pioneer in advocating women's intimate health and hygiene in India and that is why they are giving away 3 of their feminine products to one lucky winner.
One lucky winner wins:
1. Everteen Natural Intimate Wash
2. Everteen Bikini Line Creme Hair remover
3. Everteen Menstrual Cup (small)

All you have to do is
1. Like Everteen and So-Saree on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
2. Share this blog post on your FB profile
3. Tag 3 friends to join this giveaway
4. Mention the city you live in
Open to Indian Residents only
One lucky winner will be picked by a lucky draw. Giveaway ends on 10th March and winner will be announced shortly after that.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Gadgets That Made Motherhood Easy For Me

I think I have mentioned it on social media before, that all my life I feared motherhood because, I thought delivering the baby would be the most difficult part. But I was so wrong. Turned out that was the easiest. What I didn't know or expect was that what follows was even more difficult.
Sore body, sleepless nights, chipped/bruised and leaking nipples, a colicky baby and my Post Partum hormones...everything just made it look like hell.
I really thought, I would never be able to come out of it, my life was over and I couldn't run away from all this.


Time heals everything, and of course you have friends to knock some sense into you. A little bit of rest and loads of TLC from your immediate family, goes a long way in making a new mom confident and independent. But along this journey, there were a few things or should I say gadgets that made my life easier and hence I wanted to write about them.
These gadgets aren't path breaking or new, but they are not very popular in India and I wanted to create awareness about them for the sake of my Indian readers. This is not a sponsored post.
So, here goes. A list of gadgets that made motherhood easy for me.

Fisher Price Swing and Cradle:

This is completely 'God Sent'. In the initial weeks, my baby hardly slept longer than 30 mins. I tried a number of traditional swings for my baby and she hated them all. And then finally we bought the Fisher Price Swing and Cradle, and it was like the best investment we made. Now, our baby was taking naps as long as 3-4 hours and this new mom couldn't have been happier. We used the swing until our baby was 13 months old, everyday for her day naps and it never disappointed us.

Chico Sterilizer:


My daughter wasn't a boob sucker, she was a boob chewer. Breast feeding her was too much pain. I don't think I have cried so much in my entire life. So, I had resorted to bottle feeding her, either with my expressed milk or formula early on. The thing with bottles is that they are really easy to use, but it's so important to keep them clean and sterilized. For the first week or two, we would sterilize the bottles in a pot of boiling water. And it was just too much work. But after my sister gifted me the Chicco Sterilizer, life became so much easier. We still use it, to sterilize my daughter's bottles, and sometimes even her teethers and utensils.

Baby Monitor:
 
If you live in India or like in my case Mumbai, buying a baby monitor doesn't make much sense.
Why? Because you are probably surrounded by a dozen people who help you take care of the baby, or because you live in a tiny one or two bedroom apartments and spend most of the time close to the baby. So why need a monitor?
I would have never bought one myself. But the baby monitor that I use was a hand me down from my Sister in law who lives in the USA.

We did not use it until my baby was two months old even though we had it. I spend majority of the time with the baby, either feeding her, putting her to sleep and even doing other stuff in the baby's room while the baby was sleeping. All this, actually overwhelmed me.
Like I have mentioned before, the post partum blues or whatever you may like to call it, made me more and more anxious. I seriously wanted to run away to catch on some me-time. But after we installed the baby monitor, I couldn't believe how good I felt. Just being able to escape the baby room and read a book in my living room watching the baby on the monitor helped me tonnes in getting my sanity back. I was watching TV while keeping a close eye on the baby without disturbing her. I was drinking my coffee, in the favorite corner of my house watching the baby on the monitor. This may sound silly, but it felt liberating. We still use it to when our baby takes her naps.


Google Home:


I always thought that when I have a kid of my own, I wouldn't want to expose them to too much screen time. But little did I know that it would be so tough. However, let me tell you that it is possible. We exhausted all our creativity and energies, but have successfully been able to keep our daughter off screen time. But one gadget that really helped us in the process is Google Home. It not only plays her favorite nursery rhymes on our request, but also plays sounds of animals, birds and musical instruments. My daughter lovingly calls it GuGu. And we couldn't be more happy and proud.


MyBaby SoundSpa:

This was a gift from my colleagues at work, and it came in really handy to put my baby to sleep.
It plays soothing music and projects fun images on your ceiling/wall; wherever you project it. The fact that my baby is a music lover really helped. My daughter still falls asleep with the SoundSpa. And the projector has helped stop her tantrums so may times. She waves to all the animals/moon/stars that it projects before she goes to sleep and then we turn the projection off and just play the music until she falls asleep.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know, if you have any gadget that made motherhood easy for you. I would love to know about it.

P.S. I do not own the product images used in this post.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Ethnic Style with Brijraj Fashion

I am not sure if this was a conscious decision or a lazy co-incidence, that I haven't shot for a single outfit post after my baby was born.
Like every average woman I put on tonnes of weight and in the past 1.5 years I manged to lose some. But there's still so much more that needs to go.
All the weight that I put on, made me really uncomfortable shooting for an outfit post, because I genuinely believed my readers would hate it. Post Partum blues can be nasty.
But now that I am over all of it, I am ready to flaunt my bulges and curves in all its glory.
Today's post was long due. Not only because I am dying to flaunt a gorgeous outfit from Brijraj Fashion but also because, I want to document how I look 18 months post delivery.

Having worked with Brijraj before, I wasn't surprised when this unstitched suit reached home. The fabric is really gorgeous and the finishing impeccable. Very few sites deliver what they promise, and Brijraj is definitely one of them.

I paired this gorgeous green dress with Earrings from PreciousYou ; another brand that I recently discovered, and I was ready to shoot my first outfit post post baby Ishanvi.




















































Don't forget to check out for their gorgeous ethnic wear from
Brijraj Fashion

Photography: Abhijeet Kank

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Product Review: Oriflame Love Nature Face Mask Cucumber

Being a parent comes with its wins and loses. While you win a truck load of cuddles and kisses you lose out on your sleep and me time. Being a hands on mom can not only rob you of your sanity but also take a toll on your skin, hair and overall health. It becomes all the more necessary that you take care of yourself once you become a mom, because let's not forget this ever. A happy mom = A happy baby.
And babies follow by example, so if you take care of yourself, so will your little ones. I was never a person who followed a beauty regime even before I had a kid. But one easy fix that I really vouch by are face masks. Hence, I am always on a lookout for face masks which not only work wonders on my skin but are affordable also.

One face mask that I recently used was the Oriflame Love Nature Face Mask Cucumber.


The mask comes in a tube and is green in colour with clay like consistency. It is easy to apply and spreads evenly on the face. I prefer to air dry face masks rather than sitting under the fan. After the mask dried off, I washed it off with water. It washes off pretty easily with little effort.


I love the packaging of the mask. It's easy to use and store. This cucumber mask feels soothing when applied and after washing off, the skin feels smooth and supple. It did not dry my skin like most face masks do. I really liked the after effects of the mask and wouldn't mind using it again. The 30 ml tube costs Rs. 199, which is quite affordable and a total steal.

Do you have any favourite face masks? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

6 Years of Blogging

So-Saree completed 6 years of existence on the 16th of this month.
We celebrated it with a beach vacation.

Last year was quite laid back, but I really wouldn't do it any other way. Because Baby Ishanvi will and always be a priority.
But the truth also remains, that So-Saree will always be my first baby and something I am really passionate about. And so, So-Saree will continue on its journey. It might be slow, laid back and might have a few hiccups too. But, yes we will do it. Because it's so worth it.

Like every year, I want to thank all my readers, followers and fellow blogger friends who have encouraged and inspired me always. I Am because You Are!

To celebrate our 6th Blogoversary, we are announcing a giveaway.
One lucky winner will win these 4 amazing products from Oriflame worth approximately Rs. 3000.
It is open to Indian Residents only.


Rules:
Follow So-Saree on Facebook and Instagram
Like the post and share it on FB and Instagram
Tag 3 friends
Mention the city you live in

One lucky winner will be picked from a pool of eligible entries by a lucky draw. Giveaway ends on the 12th of February 2019 and the winner will be announced shortly after that.

 

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