Friday, May 22, 2015

Oshea Herbals Cocoa Lip Therapy and Orolip Orange Lip Balm Review

Oshea Herbals Cocoa Lip Therapy and Orolip Orange Lip Balm are available in store, and online at These are priced at INR 125/- and 95/- respectively. The brand is from Kolkata, and have a good presence in the market.

Oshea Herbals Cocoa Therapy Lip Balm
I have previously talked about Oshea Herbals sunblock cream, which I am using now, and it works out nicely. I generally love lip balms, and wear them often. The cocoa lip therapy comes in a tube, while the orange one comes in a jar.

lip balm ingredients 
Technically I like things which come in a tube rather than in a jar, because of hygiene factor, and also, because I have issues with picking up a product with my fingers and putting it on my lips. I am adding the photos of the back of the packs, where you can see the ingredient list for both products. There are plenty of cocoa butter and oils to keep lips hydrated and moist. Also, here, there are no parabens.

orange lip balm ingredients
The Orolip Lip Balm has a nice smell and I like using it under my lipsticks because it is really not too sticky. This helps my lips feel smoother, and works nicely, especially when I need a basic hydrating product under my really matte lipsticks. I like the fragrance, which is very tangy and refreshing. This does not leave any tint, which is a good thing.

Oshea Herbals Cocoa Lip Therapy Lip Balm
On the other hand, the cocoa lip balm has a thicker texture and smells maddeningly like chocolate and I am tempted to lick my lips all the time. This has a very slight tint, but again, nothing noticeable, so I generally can wear this one out easily. I mostly slap this on before going to sleep, and it helps soothe my lips overnight. The formula, I feel, is more hydrating than the other lip balm.

orolip Orange Lip Balm Oshea Herbals
Overall, these are nice, simply designed, affordable, and with a pleasant smell, and apart from the little hygiene issue with the tub, I detected no other issues.

Disclaimer: PR samples received from the brand. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mangolicious: Celebrating Mangoes at Flurys, Park Street, Kolkata, May 23 - June 14, 2015

Desserts at Flurys Mango Festival 2015
Mangoes are in season, and celebrating the fruit is what Flurys is up to, with the Mangolicious festival. S had sent me tempting photos to lure me out of my lair, and I, fell pray to the seductive call of the fruit, and glided inside the iconic Flurys, where treats in many forms awaited me.

Mango Cheesecake Shake at Flurys
The Mango Cheesecake Shake is a rich, creamy affair, with bits of mango in it, that makes it almost difficult for me to drink it from a straw. A layer of biscuit crumbs are on top, adding a nice textural difference. This is almost like a meal by itself!

Frito Misto Con Manga
A jumble of deep fried goodies start off the meal - there are bits of deep fried button mushrooms, mangoes, potato sit on top of a light mango mayonnaise, and a small pile of mango salsa stand in one side. The fried goods have a tangy coating, which, I am told is the dry mango in the batter, and are not greasy at all, despite being deep fried.

Pork Hot Dog with Fresh Mango and Mustard Relish, Glazed Sea Bass and Raw Mango Skewers, and Grilled Mango Habanero Chicken
For our mains, we are asked whether we want an individual dish, or everything. Of course, my natural option is 'everything'. The Grilled Mango Habanero Chicken is succulent, stuffed with a ripe, sweet mango puree, which, surprisingly, goes wonderfully with it. I am not much of a fan of the sea bass and mango skewer - the tang of the mango is perhaps too much for the delicate fish. However, I finish the rice that comes with it, and head over to my portion of Hot Dog, which comes with a smoky pork sausage inside, and a wonderfully balanced mango-mustard relish, which is quite addictive.

Fresh Mango Whoopie Pie
At this point, I was pretty full, so the table decided to pick up one of everything from the dessert menu. The desserts are all priced at 80/- INR, and they can be upsized to 1 pound size for INR 524/- (taxes applicable).

Fresh Mango and Caramel Yoghurt Mousse
The Fresh Mango and Caramel Yoghurt Mousse was light, and surprisingly not very sweet. A layer of caramel sat at the bottom, topped with mango puree and yoghurt. Although I wished for more caramel to be added to this dessert, I would have to say, it worked out nicely. The Fresh Mango Whoopie Pie was more like one of the iconic desserts of Flurys, and Chef Vikas Kumar did not deny it, and the mango and cream, sandwiched between discs of biscuit is a fun, and rather messy dessert to eat. The Chef further mentioned that all the desserts were made with Alfonso mango, but to some extent, other mangoes, like Himsagar, were added too.

Fresh Mango Cheesecake, New York Style
I also tasted the Fresh Cream Mango Pastry, and the rather interesting Mango Ginger Cupcake. But, what stood out for me was the Fresh Mango Cheesecake, which was soft, with pieces of glazed ripe mango on top, and melted in the mouth. Naturally, this was the first dessert which was polished off. After the meal, we had to sit for a while and recover over some cappuccino before any of us could head out.

The Mangolicious Festival is on from 23rd May to 14th June, 2015, at Flurys and The Street, Park Hotel, and all the dishes will be available at both outlets.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee dined at the kind invite of the management of The Park Hotels. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

L'Oreal Paris 'Get the Look' Inspired Makeup Celebrating Cannes, 2015

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Swarovski Cherry Crush Lipstick

L'Oreal challenged me to do a look inspired by, to be fair, I was slightly intimidated by the long list of things to do. However, although I was in love with Sonam's Fierce Matte look, I realized, fierce Orange looks horrid on me, so decided to go glossy like she did in her fourth day in Cannes, by applying a layer of L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Swarovski Lipstick Cherry Crush followed by a layer of L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks Coral Encore over it.

Get the Look Loreal Paris Cherry Crush
I used an intense blue liner for my eyes, and prepped my skin with L'Oreal Skin Perfect Cream, followed by L'Oreal Magic Nude Foundation. I have used both of these products before. The eye pencil is from Bourjois. As you can see, the look has been kept really fresh and clean... perfect for the weather we are currently facing in Kolkata - high, humid summer, with plenty of rains to keep things interesting. I matched this with a simple top from AND, and a basic black skirt.

L'oreal paris coral encore 

Disclaimer: Some of the products used to create this look were sent by L'Oreal. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WIKI’s vibrant new range of backpacks designed for the urban youth

WIKI, a brand by Wildcraft, India’s fast growing outfitter, has unveiled a new collection of backpacks. Targeted at today’s urban youth, this collection features a range of urban-ready backpacks in vibrant colours, designs and graphics. This range of funky, feature-rich backpacks, priced between Rs. 795 and Rs. 1995, is available online at and in Wildcraft stores nationwide. Substantially increasing its range of urban-ready backpacks, Wiki’s new collection brings alive its vibrant, spontaneous and energetic personality and will soon add an assortment of sling bags, messenger bags and cross body bags to this collection.

Drawing on Wildcraft’s product ethos and high quality standards, WIKI bags are ergonomically designed to reduce the load on the back. WIKI’s Optimum Weight Balance technology means the range is uniformly tapered and evenly distributes weight making the bags practical, smart and durable. All WIKI packs bear the new brand logo - ‘The Grid’ - inspired by the urban grid. The logo combines the structured lines of a city landscape with a lopsided W, giving it a playful look.

Always on-the-go and looking for the right pack? Look no further, this collection is just for you!

Disclaimer: Press Release. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Mother: The Happiness Expert

There are so many things to be an expert in, right? Some loves dancing, some adore studies, some need to be a great artist, and well, the list continues. Indeed, my family have raised a number of experts - in cooking, in their education, and well, frankly, left me in awe.

But when I think about my mother, apart from the fact that she makes amazing food, and gives the best hugs, the thing I believe my mother is an expert in, is in the art of providing expert consolation and listening to people and their stories, to make them feel happy.

Have you ever faced real, terrible grief, and not able to focus on the good things of life? Have you ever felt completely unhappy and upset and out of their mind? If you have, then you should come to my mother. She is an expert at making people happy.

Every day, I refuse requests from people who come to her for advice and comfort. You see, she is an expert astrologer, and her motives for taking up the art is not because she is in any way interested in finance. Once upon a time, my mother told me that it was a way of giving people comfort, bringing them out of their darkness, and making them realize that there was hope, somewhere.

In time, when I started studying astrology, and subsequently, tarot, I followed her advice. Many times, I have done exactly what she does, and listened.

Let me tell you about a little incident. A few years ago, a man came to my mother, absolutely distraught, and claimed he wanted to commit suicide after killing his girlfriend, who had cheated on him. He was so distraught, that I contemplated calling my father, to take him away. But, my mother, stoic and simple, looked at his face, and told him to tell her why he wanted to kill his girlfriend.

The man started to talk about the incident for the next few hours or so. My mother did not speak much - what she did was urge the man to keep on talking, and eventually, he talked himself out, and calmed down. He drank a big glass of water, and then, my mother asked, 'So, do you still want to kill her?'

The man nodded a clear 'no'. My mother asked, 'What had changed?'

'I don't know,' The man replied. 'Somehow, I cannot feel the hatred for her any more. Maybe I needed to talk about it.'

Afterwards, when I asked mother whether she had known that the man had calmed or not, she said, very easily, 'Look, he needed to talk. I allowed him to. In this world, there are too many speakers, and too few listeners. I choose to be in the second category, because that way, I ensure that people unburden themselves, and feel happy.'

The quest for happiness is elusive - it is a difficult path at best, and I don't even want to know what it is at worst. But, if by listening, and counselling, one can spread happiness, then I want to be an expert in it, and that is where my mother inspires me.

For more such stories, go to and check out how mothers can be an expert at many other things too! Also, check out the hashtag on Twitter, about #MyFirstExpert for more.

Disclaimer: Promotional post. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Matte Day Look with L'Oreal Paris Cannes Collection, 2015

A matte look is nice on a summer day, especially when you have a nice, pretty shade of pink in hand,
I kept with the theme, and my make up was minimalistic and simple.

Face: Again, a good bit of prep by cleaning my face and applying L'Oreal Skin Perfect Cream was needed before I begun, and the result was pretty simple. I added a little bit of L'Oreal Magic Nude Foundation under my eyes and around my nose to blur out the imperfections and mattify my skin - this foundation sets in quite quickly, and I just wanted a touch of concealing.... no more. So this was my natural choice.

Eyes: A simple warm toned eye shadow was chosen for today's look. I used Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow shade In the Spotlight, and lined my eyes with L'Oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza in Diamond Black, L'Oreal Kajal Magique and L'Oreal Volume Million Mascara.

Lips: I carefully lined my lips with L'Oreal Color Riche Moist Matte Limited Edition Swarovski Lipstick in Cherry Crush, and lightly filled up my lips. This shade was sent in by the brand, as as its a bit too light for my skin tone when it is applied proper, I decided to blend in the color lightly for a nice, matte day look. One swipe did the trick, and resulted in a nice look which went well with my pretty new top from Zink London (it has a giraffe print. I love giraffes!).

L'Oreal Color Riche Moist Matte Limited Edition Swarovski Lipstick Cherry Crush

Disclaimer: Some of the products were sent in by L'Oreal Paris.‎