Monday, 26 November 2012

Maybelline The Falsies

Believe me when I say I have NEVER been more excited for a product. Oh, the number of times I have stared at pictures of it, and envied girls abroad for flaunting it on their peepers! Humph...! And each night I used to send up little pleas to the makeup gods, whining and begging for it to no end.
Well, it seems I successfully irritated them into granting my wish and *plonk* they chucked The Falsies into India. Next morning was something along the lines of *AAAAAAAH! Omg, finaaaaally! (Fainted)*

Okay, this didn't go exactly like that, but yeah, it was sooo good to see it finally launched in India.

Maybelline The Falsies mascara review

So TA-DA! Folks, meet the newest member (wrt India) of Maybelline's Volum' Express range of mascaras, The Falsies! *Happy jig*  Calming down and moving on, here is what the brand claims...
  • More visible lashes
  • Fills in gaps
  • Instant volume
  • Spoon brush
  • False lash effect
  • With Pro-Kera+ fibres
False lash glam, instantly! Patented Spoon Brush fans out lashes from corner-to-corner, while our Pro-Keratin formula instantly builds volume without clumping. Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of 300% more visible, fuller lashes, no gaps from any angle. Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested. Waterproof, also available in washable formula.
 Maybelline New York Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara- Waterproof retails for 425 INR for 7.5ml. I got it for 400/-

The breakdown...
  • Packaging- Plump plastic tube in a magenta that I can't stop admiring. The cap screws on tight. Overall, quite sturdy.
  • Wand- Curved and bristly, long and a little on the thin side. If the Colossal wand poked you endlessly, Falsies will not. Still, don't make the flexible brush do the samba near your eye. Just sayin'.
  • Formula- I got myself the one in Very Black/Noir Intense, as it suits Indian skintones well without looking OTT, and it lives up to its name. The mascara isn't too runny, or too thick. The gods have been good! ^_^

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Smile Files: Orangutans for minty breath

Brushing. It's a routine, something we do everyday.

For all those oral hygiene aware's twice a day. *well, usually I brush just once a day (I know I know... Do not judge me here). I will just cover up with a lame excuse of lack of time.. it's only on those days when conscience strikes that I go for a second round in the night, and even flossing.*

But it's something most of us have associated with humans right?

Now, imagine my astonishment when I open today's newspaper and see this article about an orangutan who loves to maintain her pearly whites. This is worth sharing...
Siswi, in Tanjung Putting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia, demonstrates impeccable oral hygiene. The 34 year female apparently loves to remain minty fresh and is spotted brushing her teeth (toothbrush, toothpaste and all) nearly everyday after tucking into her meals. *All those who are lazy bums when it comes to cleaning and polishing those chewing tools...LISTEN*
She even shares bowls of noodles with her keeper... Okay this is a bit off the topic, but worth mentioning I think. :)

Anyway, the point here is: If Siswi can be all aware and do her bit to maintain her smile zone, can't we do our bit? And since we are the evolved species, let's not limit ourselves just to brushing. Go one step further, be aware of the things you can do and the things that are going wrong. Get things looked at and fixed if required. After all you won't be all ok with amputating other parts of the body right? Why be casual about your teeth then? It's not like they grow back! Take care of those pearls!

(Curios and Dreams does not own the photo featured here. It can be found on Google Images)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Smile Files: The Tooth Fairy's Whitening Tips

So I know, most of us are addicted to our morning cup of tea or coffee. We rely on it to kick start our day... Imagine having to walk around all day with droopy eyes, yawning, and looking like a freaking zombie to boot. But for some of us, our romance with caffeine is so amazing that we never turn our backs on a nice cup! Imagine those perfect blends of pure happiness and comfort in a cup... How can one say no to it? And before you realize it, you've downed 3 cups already, and the day has just begun... Anyone with me on this one?

For others, its smoking and certain things you eat. Red wine, cranberry juice, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, beetroot and wait... COLA!
"Oh my"!

And lets not forget those tempting popsicles and slushies.. Even those yummy curries..

The outer layer of the teeth is porous and over time, certain food and liquids seep in and cause stains. Hmmm.. so what should one do now. The first answer is Bleaching. Book an appointment with the dentist and come back all pearly smiles.. well that's effective, but at a hefty drain from your pocket.

Psssst... Here are a few DIY, with things at home you can use instead. (Now I shouldn't be telling you this, 'cause I am a dentist myself, and it is bad business sense...but then I couldn't help it. I just had to especially since they WORK!) Now I'm not talking about those heavily stained white-turned-brown-black teeth. I see so many of them everyday! Sad! This is for mild extrinsic stains ok?

  • Baking Soda! Yes you heard me right. Magic ingredient that is. Mix it with lemon juice.
  • Mashed strawberries. Mix 1 berry with a teaspoon of baking soda. 
  • Plain old mustard oil and salt mixture. 
Use a toothbrush to gently rub the any one of the above pastes all over your teeth, especially the ones in the front (afterall, aesthetics do matter) brush for 2 minutes, rinse, follow up with your normal toothpaste.
And wait...!Its not over yet. If you're looking for an even simpler solution (tut tut, getting lazy, are we?) try the one I swear by.
  • Banana peel! The way it makes your teeth shine! Ooolala! So don't throw the peel away next time you have the fruit. Incidently, did you know that the strawberry isn't really a berry, but banana is? Look at me going off topic.. Anyway, take a piece of the peel and rub its inside surface over your teeth for a while. That's all it takes.

Follow any of these 2 times a week. Do not over do it. You'll see a difference :) say hello to smooth shiny teeth!
P.S. do not try these out if you are allergic to any of the above ingredients! There is always bleaching for those tougher " I won't leave you" stains..

Thursday, 8 November 2012

As the winters come

Dear frangipani blossoms,

Thank you for brightening up our garden the entire year. Your delicately fragranced, unblemished white petals, finely tinged with sunshine have no equal. I'm gonna miss you so!
Laut ke phir aana*


*In hindi = Do come back again.
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