Friday, November 28, 2014

LIFESTYLE | Shopping at Chumbak

Currently I'm into all things Indian. Be it beauty brands or any other lifestyle brand, as long as its purely to-the-core desi, I want to explore it. Chumbak has been on my lust list for a while now but I never really got to try it until recently. I was in dire need of a wallet, my much-loved Iconic wallet had seen better days and I wanted something similar which will give me months of tedious use without falling apart too soon (as is the case when you buy one for INR 150 from the roadside hawkers at Crawford Market, say). 

With that being said, I wasn't going for a Chumbak wallet initially. Mainly I was just doing my everyday bit of online screen-shopping when my eyes read "Tech wallet" on the Chumbak website. I had no idea what a tech wallet was so me being my usual curious self, hit open the link to see what it was. And I immediately wanted it. It had a money compartment, zip-up coin purse, enough card slots and also an outside compartment for mobile. It seemed compact and to the point, and it was Indian! Sooo why not? Moral of the post - I got a reason to do more shopping, yay! 

Now frankly, I have always liked (and admired) the funky, waaacky prints that Chumbak uses on all of their products. I am not an animal-print person so I was debating between the 'lock and key' print and 'pencil ikat' print. Pencil Ikat won because it was extremely bright with lime green pencil-eraser details and neon yellow zip and detachable wrist strap. The inside too is a shocking pink color.

Also while I was picking out my fancy wallet, I couldn't help but admire their cute, aw so cute charms which can be easily attached to a necklace, charm bracelet, clutches, key-chains and what not. I picked a gorgeous mini-est camera charm which had a sparkling crystal on it. And before I could go on a full on shopping spree, I placed my order eagerly. Delivery took an exact 5 days, I got appropriate SMSs and emails giving me updates about my order. So that's a two thumbs-up for their online site and service!

Coming to the wallet itself, it is made of printed fabric, looks gorgeous and is sturdy. I am already using it and it seems I'll probably get along with it for a decent while. My one disappointment is, I couldn't fit my Samsung S5 in the mobile pouch, sob! If I push it in too hard, it fits but it's a very snug one. Sucks when you get a call and you are struggling to remove your phone out. And I was really looking forward to keeping my entire everyday essentials in one place but no hope for my mobile here. The wallet itself is a bit pricey (INR 895) but if you are looking to invest for long-term use, it is a good deal.

Finally to my camera charm (INR 295), just how cute is it? Haven't I said 'cute' way too many times already? But I can't help it. It is exactly how I imagined it and I keep changing its location from my wrist to my wallet and also hang it to my key ring. 

Overall, I am much impressed with the brand already, and am looking forward to exploring more handy items! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

BEAUTY | Bourjois Java Rice Powder

A favorite among beauty enthusiasts, Bourjois Java Rice Powder is an ideal highlighter and acts as a great setting powder too. I got one myself after many months of self-persuasion but never got around to reviewing it here.  

Java Rice Powder is a pale pink powder with minute silver shimmer. This powder was first introduced by Bourjois 150+ years ago and was relaunched with vintage packaging on their anniversary last year. Before I describe the powder itself, let's all gush about its packaging. It is beyond gorgeous, nothing fancy or funky, with an old world charm to it. The entire text and design is so pleasing to the eyes, I could gaze at it forever (okay, mild exaggeration).

About the powder, it has the most finely milled rice powder with a delicate rose fragrance. It is so velvety in texture, like talc, and blends like a dream. Although the shimmer in the powder is decent, I strongly recommend using a light hand. My first few uses ended up with a shiny face so... ahem. Once you know the trick to using it appropriately, it serves a variety of purposes. An all-over face dusting ensures dewy glow on the skin which looks natural and fresh. A little powder over blush and along the temples and brow bone bring out the high points of the face. It can also be used to dust it lightly over the body for glowing skin. 

A standard pot contains 3.5 mg product which is quite a lot once you master the trick to using it. I can find no particular con, everything about it is just amazing. Priced at KWD 5.500 in Kuwait and INR 1050 and usually at discounts, I feel it is worth its price tag. I totally adore this product and would definitely repurchase. How do you find the Java Rice Powder? What are your other Bourjois favorites?