BLING BAG- A new Jewelry Subscription Bag|January 2016 Edition

Hello people,

Hope you are all having a great weekend already! I don’t have my camera with me., hence the picture quality in my next 2 posts are going to be not that great. Hope you don’t mind. So a few weeks ago, I was contacted by the amazing team from BLING BAG to review their January Subscription Bag. I had seen a YouTuber reviewing their December bag and I was super excited when they asked me to review their bag.

For those who do not know anything about this cool new bag, let me tell you a few details before talking about what I received in my bag.

About BLING BAG:

Bling Bag delivers trendy fashion jewelery by understanding that their members have an eye for style but are very busy in their lives to remain up-to-date with the latest fashion jewelery trends. Every month, the experts at ‘Bling Bag’  will hand-pick 3 sylish boutique fashion jewelery for you and customize as per your individual style preferences. You may expect to receive a mix of beautifully crafted fashion accessories ranging from earings, bracelets, anklets, arm candies, finger rings, necklaces, hair accessories, belts, scarfs etc. Your fashion blings will be carefully packed in their trendy signature bag and delivered at your home or office like a gorgeous surprise gift. They also carry an exclusive range of unique and stylish fashion jewellery on their e-store “Bling Boutique”.

How can you subscribe:

  • Sign up on their website and create an account and choose a subscription plan.
  • Fill up the form to mention your style and taste for jewelery ranging from pearls to stones and many more. This will help their in-house fashion experts to pick the right fashion jewellery for you.
  • Every month on the 10th, they would ship out their bags and get ready to be surprised by their personalised bags just for you.

Subscription Plan and Prices:

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What’s in my JANUARY BLING BAG:

I received the bag almost 3 days after it was dispatched and it was safely delivered to me by the courier guy. The bag was dark blue in color and had striped pattern with velvet texture on it.

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This statement necklace is my favorite piece among all the 4 pieces and I am so impressed by the bling bag team to curate something that’s just the right style for me. I’m a person who loves either too bold pieces when I’m going for parties or dainty pieces when I’m going casual outings. The color is just so perfect and would go with many outfits.

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The next is this cute stud earring with flower pattern on it. It’s a very pretty pair which you can pair with a pair of tee and jeans and look elegant yet casual.

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Another pair of earrings in my bag were these dangling  gold ones. This is my second favorite piece in the entire bag and I love it for the fact that I can wear them with both casual as well as Indian outfits. This was my mom’s favorite piece as well.

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The last piece in the bag was this dainty statement bracelet/cuff with rhinestones on it. The sad part was it didn’t fit me well even though it was an adjustable cuff, all thanks to my tiny wrist. I have happily gifted this to my mom and she’s already styled it with so many of her sarees. I did receive it broken but that was due to the courier guys and the sweet guys at BLING BAG immediately sent out a replacement in a week’s time. I’ve put out the pictures for both here. IMG_20160115_122419944[1]

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The final verdict is that I am so in love with BLING BAG with just one time experience and I am definitely going to subscribe for more. A big thumbs up to the entire team for doing such a great job. It’s the perfect bag if you are someone who likes to try new and unique jewelry which is your style or even the perfect gift for someone who loves lots of bling. You can even visit their BLING BOUTIQUE which is their online store and shop from really pretty jewelry pieces for yourself and for your loved ones. The price of the jewelry is way above in total than the price of an individual bag and thus it’s a super deal for us women who love to get some good bargains 😉

Don’t forget to subscribe to their FEBRUARY BLING BAG and get your curated and personalized jewelry bag right at your doorstep. Trust me, you are going to love it! Which one’s your favorite piece out of the four? Do let me know below and we can have some jewelry chit-chat here 😀

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Till then stay awesome 😀

 

PS: The bag was sent for review purpose by the brand but all the views here are completely mine and honest and was not paid for this post.

 

 

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First ever GIVEAWAY in collaboration with Iwowd Skincare #100Members(CLOSED)

Hi wonderful people,

I am super duper excited to host my first ever giveaway with you all. I just realized that I am about to touch my 100 followers target on my blog and the very same time, the sweet folks at IWOWD Skincare decided to collaborate with me and help me with this giveaway.

So, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I had done a detailed review about the Face Serum “Elisir” by IWOWD SKINCARE and if you have by any chance missed the post click here to know everything about this budget friendly face serum for solution to all the skin problems.AufFcz7FJy0CInKHl0-b-II7sqpwIHPI4Kh1QxYeATj5

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Here are the RULES for this giveaway and one winner’s name will be announced on the 10th of February who will receive the “Elisir” FACE SERUM worth Rs 1099.

And that’s it!! 3 Simple rules and one lucky one can win this amazing Face Serum. And here’s a bonus, 2 lucky winners will also get a 30% off coupon for one-time use to purchase this serum from their website. Click Here to visit their website. Please note the giveaway is only for 2 weeks starting 28th of January,2016. The winners will be selected through rafflecopter and announced on my Facebook Page. Extra efforts will surely be counted.

I hope you all will love this small gift from my end for all your love and support and I promise to get more exciting giveaways for you all soon.
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The rise of “Athleisure” in 2016 for men!

Hello everyone,

I have been wanting to post this from quite sometime and recently someone really close to me pushed me to finally go ahead with it. This post is for all the men who hate dressing up and are more of a casual wear person. Here’s a good news for you guys; you can still look fashionable and well-dressed with your casual outfits.

Athleisure, a trend that represents clothes with immense style, but that can be worn to and from the gym as easily as to and from the office. Since 2016 is going to be more of a huge arena for popular sports events like the Euro cup or the Olympics, who would want to stay away from sports or the unavoidable rise of sportswear to better express the casualization of men’s clothing.

There are so many brands available now who are coming up with their sloungewears , in other words, the so-called track suits or I must say the white Reeboks and joggers of the 90’s are back and it’s here to stay for long long time and plus, you know, it’s dead comfy.Still, it’s not all fun and games. It can be a minefield out there: one wrong choice can see your outfit laughed out in  public. I have listed a few options for all the men out there who loves their casual clothes and yet want to look fashionable and blend in with the current trend. So here we go…..

Joggers: These come in two variations; the everyday gym jogger and the very new DENIM JOGGERS. The difference might not seem extremely obvious, but it’s all in the material. A jogger is a key athleisure staple and no lie are extremely comfy. Sitting around in the office in them is like wearing “nothing at all” 😀 They should always be dressed up and not down. Team them up with a button-down shirt and  cotton sweatshirt or something similarly formal up top, not obviously a football jersey.

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Get yours from HERE on Amazonhttp://www.amazon.in/s/ref=sr_st_price-desc-rank?keywords=joggers+jeans+for+men&rh=k%3Ajoggers+jeans+for+men%2Cn%3A1571271031&qid=1453149515&sort=price-desc-rank

Track jackets and hoodies: Perfect for layering and athletic usage, track jackets are extremely cool and really useful wardrobe items guys! Go for lighter material as it’ll probably get more wear and team it up over a polo shirt and see what magic it does to your look 😀

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Talking about hoodies, an extra hood on your jacket can not only make you feel safer from crappy emergencies like rain but  it’s also a great way to structure your layering for this winter time.

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You can buy them here on Jabong– http://www.jabong.com/men/clothing/winter-wear/sweatshirts-hoodies/hoodies–sweat-jackets/?sort=price&dir=desc

Sweatshirts: Breathable, everyday-wearable garment designed with moisture absorption and ergonomics in mind, slim cut sweatshirts can add an all new dimension to your outfit. Sporty sweatshirts can be worn under a minimal overcoat in winter or even on its own paired with some BOMBER JACKETS and Trousers.

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Get them here on Jabong– http://www.jabong.com/men/clothing/winter-wear/sweatshirts-hoodies/sweatshirts/?sort=price&dir=desc

Running shoes/Trainers: When I say trainers, I don’t mean the old fashioned traditional pairs, but the fashionable and comfy ones that can not only help you while working out but also easily get styled for every day too. They offer supreme comfort and performance, yet are cool enough to wear with a pair of slim, dark wool trousers without looking like you’ve lost your mind.

Loved these ones from Nike HERE- check this out –http://www.amazon.in/Nike-Revolve-Orange-Black-Running/dp/B000UC2BK0/ref=sr_1_21?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1453149614&sr=1-21&keywords=nike+running+shoes+for+men

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For the Athleisure lovers , I would say that there are options that work with personal styles that aren’t focused on being “on trend. and that’s the best part about it. You don’t have to think too much about what to pick up from your closet when all you can do is make a statement with your very own sports wear. Isn’t that a win-win situation??? 😀

Do let me know your take on this awesome trend in the comments section below and don’t forget to tag Shopaholibond the next time you try out this trend guys…

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

Wedding ready with COCOMELODY!! A website for Men and Women|Website Review

HOLA everyone!

Hope you all are having an great weekend. I’m on a crazy  vacation and have a few weddings lined up to attend and if you are from India, you would very well know that this is the season for crazy loads of weddings from those of your friends to your close cousins etc. Especially if you are attending a destination wedding or the cocktail parties or even receptions, you would know the need to look the best with the perfect ensemble and for all your wedding needs I have a super affordable website called the COCOMELODY !

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Cocomelody is a website that caters to all your wedding needs from choosing a wedding gown for yourself, to getting pretty ones for your bridesmaids and even for your mom and mom-in-law. It is a store specialized in selling wedding apparels, such as wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses, wedding guest dresses as well as all wedding accessories like bridal jewelry, jackets, gloves and wedding shoes. In short, you don’t have to worry about running around anywhere for you wedding shopping with COCOMELODY.

Not just that, many of my male readers complain that i don’t write anything for them, so well guys, this website is definitely for you all too. They have outfits ranging from shirts, blazers and really fashionable suits for men and accessories like cuff links to make you like even more handsome and star of the event.

I liked so many pieces on their website that could be bought for weddings, cocktail parties and prom nights (No such concept in India though) and hence I’ve put together a few of the pictures that are on sale and can be bought for a coming wedding or event.

A bridesmaid dress at just 79$
A bridesmaid dress– 
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Backless wedding dresses -Click here to checkout more from this collection
A back open wedding gown
Open back wedding dress-Click here to checkout more from this collection
Mini Satin Wedding Dress
Mini Satin Wedding Dress-Click here to checkout more from this collection

 

Men's 3 piece suit
Men’s 3 piece suit-Click here to checkout more from this collection
Men's blazer
Men’s blazer- Click here to checkout more from this collection
Cuff link
Cuff link-Click here to checkout more from this collection
Men's formal shirt
Men’s formal shirt-Click here to checkout more from this collection
Pretty Wedding shoes that can be worn for other events too
Pretty Wedding shoes available on COCOMELODY-Click here to checkout more from this collection
Handbags and clutch at COCOMELODY
Handbags and clutch at COCOMELODY-Click here to checkout more from this collection

With Cocomelody you can go for personalized customization and can also select a preferred delivery time without charging you a bomb which most of the boutiques usually do. The best part is that they provide worldwide shipping to nearly every country across the globe and provide pieces from well-know designers which most of us do not have access to otherwise in many of our countries. Thanks to COCOMELODY every bride can have an opportunity to have a dress that she truly wants on her special day and don’t have to worry about the price tag.Whether your style is classic, elegant or romantic, you will find your dream wedding dress on Cocomelody for sure. And not just the bride, but every person associated with the bride and groom can have be at their best with just a few clicks away by COCOMELODY. 

They have a huge sale going on their website and all you men and women can save 15$ by shopping from their SALE section. Also, don’t forget to share your favorites with me here and tell me which one did you like from the pieces I picked up here.

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Till then stay awesome 🙂

 

PS: This is a sponsored post but all the opinions are solely mine and not influenced by the brand or the website in anyway.

Top 10 matte lipsticks for 2016 available in India

Hello everyone,

I am having an amazing vacation in Kerala when this post goes live and keeping in mind the sticky and humid weather of Kerala, I thought why not talk about my top 10 matte lipsticks which I’m going to use a lot this 2016, and the best part is they are all easily available in India. Matte lipsticks are the best if you want a smudge proof look and especially if you are someone who sweats a lot on their face, they are your best friends!!!

  1. Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa: A wonderful fuchsia pink in a wet form which transforms to a matte finish on lips and gives an incredible staying power. The only problem is that it settles into fine lines after sometime, but if you exfoliate your lips before the application, it’s going to be the best product for you 🙂 The price of this depends on where you buy it from and is usually around 700 INR.addis ababa
  2. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry: I fell in love with this shade in just one look. It’s a very flattering color for ladies with skin tone like mine or even darker than mine (medium to dark).When you apply this on the lips, it feels just like a lip balm but with a matte finish. The price of this lip crayon is 800INR.revlon sultry
  3. Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain in Haute Latte: A very wearable color for office and college. It stays for a long long time and this color is especially so flattering for all kinds of skin tones. Make sure to scrub your lips generously before using this lip stain. It is priced at a bit higher side of 900 INR, but definitely a must-have.colorbar kiss proof
  4. FACES Cosmetics Ultime Pro Lip Crayon in Midnight Rose: This is a very recent launch by Faces and everyone in the blogging community just can’t stop raving about it especially this shade. Apart from midnight rose, the other shades are also really good and wearable and stays on the lips for more than 4-5 hours. It is priced at 799 INR which is again a bit pricey, but ladies if you want something with a good formula and long-wear, you gotta shell out some cash right 😉faces ultime
  5. Sugar Matte as Hell Lip Crayon in Scarlett O’Hara: I first discovered SUGAR cosmetics when I received their eyeliner in my FABBAG. This is a very lovely red color and suits all skin tones. They have 4 shades available and even their nude shade is absolutely perfect for darken skin tones as well. It is priced at 799 INR and comes with it’s own dual sharpener.sugar
  6. Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream in Shade 17: This is the prefect dupe for the Nyx Soft Matte Lip cream but way too cheaper. The price is around 170 INR and can be bought from JAIN BROTHERS if you are in Bangalore. Shade 17 is a nude brown shade and looks really good on all skin tones. The only issue is that it settles in the creases and thus one needs to properly exfoliate the lips the night prior to get a smooth application.miss clair
  7. Colobar Velvet Matte Lipstick in Oh My Magenta: This is the most popular and budget friendly matte lipstick range. The lipstick is priced at 299 INR and have more than 20 shades to choose from. The texture is creamy and smooth with amazing pigmentation and has a decent lasting power. It’s not completely matte and has some creaminess to it but the lips has to be properly moisturized with a lip balm before the application.colorbar oh my
  8. Maybelline Velvette Matte Lipstick in Matt 11: The Maybelline Velvet Matte Lipsticks are similar to the Maybelline Lip Polishes when it comes to packaging but  instead of the silver caps, these have a matte black top.The Matt 11 is a deep red shade which is highly pigmented. It is transferable but it stains your lips really well and even after eating or drinking you will still have a nice shade of red for a really long time. There are 7 other shades available and are all priced at 475 INR.maybelline
  9. Lakme Absolute Sculpt Studio Hi Definition Matte Lipstick In Mauve Fix: Our good old Lakme has this absolutely amazing matte range with a good range of colors. This shade is one of the most beautiful and unique shades and is a gorgeous mauvy color with brown undertones.It’s a  versatile shade that one can be worn with both Western and Indian wear and looks fab. Long lasting formula and matte texture makes this range good to try.It is priced at 700 INR and I feel is a must for all you ladies out their looking for the perfect mauve shade.lakme mauve

  10. Loreal Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mocha : The Loreal Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mauve has a very creamy texture and settles down into a matte finish within 10-15 minutes. Since the 90’s trend of wearing brown shades on the lip is back, this will be a great way to start. Though ridiculously priced at 900 INR which is the only sad part but if you are OK with that, this is a really good lip product.lorealSo these were my top 10 matte lip products and i hope you liked the list I have put up for you all. They are all easily available in the Indian market and works well for both those who love super matte lips and those who like to have moisturized yet matte looks. Do let me know what are your favorite matte lip products in the comment section below and i would love to try them too.Till then stay awesome 😀
PS: All the pictures have been taken from their respective brand websites.

A fitting session for women at the ZIVAME Fit Lounge |#FitIsMyRight

Hello beautiful ladies,

The word BRA is still a very personal word in the Indian society and I have personally experienced this. I still remember how shy I used to feel to go to a shop to buy my lingerie and usually my mom used to accompany me for this embarrassing shopping experience. All that used to happen was the salesman or the lady at the shop glaring at your breasts and assuming the “RIGHT SIZE” for you just by looking. LOL!!

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Thank god to online shopping, gone are the days of such embarrassments but trust me ladies, there are still women out there who experience the same old discomfort till date without knowing their right size or the type of bra they should wear. I fee a great fitting bra can completely change a woman’s confidence from how she walks, talks and how confident she feels.

Zivame, the leading online lingerie store recently did a survey and found out some shocking results that 4 out of 5 Indian women don’t know their right size and wear ill-fitting bras all their life! Also 53% of the women still don’t know about life of a bra and still wear super old bras. Almost 82% of women never received a professional fitting help while buying their lingerie. Shocking!! Isn’t it??? There are many consequences to this mainly scars,shoulder and chest pain, bad body posture etc followed by poking bra straps, slidings and inadequate coverage.

To solve these problems, Zivame has launched their flagship fit lounge in Indiranagar where women and girls alike can walk into the store and speak to their fitting experts and clarify doubts about lingerie along with getting fitted professionally and increase their knowledge about lingerie and their types.

When I was invited to their launch, I knew I had to be there. Sadly I missed their initial presentation about the issues with ill-fitted with bras but the sweet girls at Zivame made sure that I get all the info about it later. According to them most store assistants suggest a size that they assume to be the right size  and also a very uncomfortable situation where you can’t ask questions to them. It is said that the most intimate need is usually compromised by most of the women in India.

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A presentation on the Right Fit!

Followed by this was my fitting session where the fitting expert will make sure you are comfortable before measuring the size. Like many other lady bloggers, I was sure I’m going to be faced with the reality of wearing wrong size bras but thankfully I was told I’m wearing the right size. Phewww!!They give you a card with your right sizes and how various types of bras can make the whole look different. Also I was advised to use a 3/4th coverage bra as a full coverage bra can hinder the growth. If you are still not aware, every woman should use a SPORTS BRA while working out as the regular bras will not give you the adequate support and can even damage your mammary glands and tissues.

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Browse through the wide variety of lingerie and order it online at FitLounge

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The whole session was an eye opener for all of us and ladies, if you are in Bangalore, make sure to visit the Fit Lounge to get your right sizes. In a country where lingerie is mostly sold by men and women try to avoid the embarrassment, Zivame has played an important role in making the life of a woman or a girl much easier to get what she deserves, that is the most well-fitted lingerie for a good health, better confidence and of course the right posture.

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Met these beautiful blogger friends- Krupa and Nithya
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Met a long lost friend here 🙂

 

Have you ever wondered if you are wearing the right size lingerie or ever experienced an embarrassing situation while buying them? Do let me know below about your experiences and also what you think of the ZIVAME FIT LOUNGE.

 

Till then stay happy and healthy ladies 😀

 

 

Olaplex- An insurance for your hair!!!

Hello everyone!!!

First of all a very happy new year to you all. Thank you for all the love and support for the blog and the constructive criticisms that helped me improve a lot. First post of the year and I thought why not start with something that has really brought immense improvement to my hair.

So a month ago, I was invited to the launch of “OLAPLEX” at the bounce salon in Indirangar. You must be wondering what “OLAPLEX” is and how is it going to help your hair. Well, we all know that coloring our hair or any sort of chemical treatments rips of all the natural goodness from the hair and makes it look dry, dead and frizzy. That’s where “OLAPLEX” comes into picture.

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Let’s first talk a bit about “Olaplex” treatment. World’s two leading biochemists Dr. Eric Pressly and Dr. Craig Hawker invented a single ingredient chemistry, that is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. At the BOUNCE SALON, I got an opportunity to speak with Rebecca Taylor and Jordan Alexander, who were part of the OLAPLEX team and she told me that this product was developed just in a span of 20 minutes and it works wonders to your hair like no other product ever did.

Olaplex doesn’t cater to your scalp issues but works deep into your hair and repairs all the broken bonds that was damaged during those crazy hair chemical treatments. This product is great for even virgin hair and can be easily mixed with color or lightener. There are 3 steps involved and the third step is a product given to you that has to be used at home.

My Experience: I was pampered by 2 very sweet stylists at Bounce Salon and was first given a hairwash and also served a mocktail which tasted yummm. The process started with the application of  the step no 2 as I do not have colored hair. The step no 1 is used with the color that is applied on your hair. Anyway, the product was on my hair for about 10-15 minutes and was rinsed off well. Th stylists blow dried my hair and trust me you guys, it felt like a dream. My hair has gone through a lot of damage in these few years from coloring to chemical rebonding twice, and the last time I got the rebonding done, the lady at the salon burnt my hair at the roots too (I’m still not out of the shock 😦 )

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Hair wash before the treatment
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The application of step no 2
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Waiting for the product to do its magic!
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After the treatment with the yummy mocktail

The hair felt much stronger after the treatment and the next few days I saw almost no hairfall which was quite unusual. After I washed my hair after 3 days, it still felt strong but I could feel the effect grading away as the days passed by. It is a treatment that can be done by those who suffer serious hair damage due to chemical treatments and do keep in mind, you might have to visit the salon again after a few days depending upon your hair texture and how it reacts to the treatment.

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Tadaa!! This is how my hair looked after the treatment

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You can get the OLAPLEX treatment done at any BOUNCE SALON and pamper your tresses. It would cost you around 2500-3000 INR depending on your hair length. Visit the Olaplex website for more information about the treatment. If you are facing any kind of hair problems do let me know in the comment section below and we can discuss some remedies here 🙂

 

Stay Awesome 😀