What's inside QUIKR.COM {REVIEW}

The funny & witty advertisements by QUIKR on TV would tempt anyone to try their fate on QUIKR.COM. After all , everyone is looking for their perfect match- ALL THE TIME!

Buyer Aur Seller ka Perfect Matchmaker? Lets find out if I met my match.

Blogadda invited me to SPEND Rs.5000 on QUIKR this Diwali. Let me tell you I was on cloud 9 at the thought of spending Rs.5000. But when I began searching Quikr , I felt like I am in a fool's paradise. I didn't know what to do with the 5000 Rs.I had to find my perfect match in 4 days! This is when I shut down my PC & went back to bed thinking about all things I keep wishing for.

It just struck me , I wanted a branded watch which adds elegance to my formal dressing at work. I didnt mind using an expensive branded watch if it was maintained well.I found this Casio watch after I added the keyword "CASIO" (as I am fond of casio watches) listed for Rs.6000.

LINK: http://mumbai.quikr.com/Sheen-Casio-womens-White-Dial-Watch-W0QQAdIdZ183863662

My experience:

1. The phone number of buyer was listed.
2. I called and asked seller (hereafter referred to as "Emma" ) to send clearer pictures of the watch.
3. I asked for final price and she said- She will sell it for Rs.3000
4. Our houses were far, so Emma said she will send a guy with the watch & I pay him if I like it .
5. I was to pay Rs.150 even if I didnt buy the watch to compensate for the courier charges.
6. I saw the watch, fell in love & instantly paid Rs.3150 for it.

The Fool's paradise turned out to be a paradise for me. Look at the watch specifics on casio website , this one is indeed special .Priced at Rs.9000 and studded with swarovski elements on a mother of pearl dial. It looks as new as possible! QUIKR has done something , I could never imagine. Could you?
And 5 stars to the amazing seller who was so cooperative.
And yes, I am on cloud 9 , totally!

But wait, I was to spend 5000Rs and instead of exceeding by 1000Rs as I feared; I am left with 2000 more. Damn! I had fewer options for my next purchase as I didnt want to over-spend!

I turned to the handbag section as I am a handbag hoarder, I shamelessly fell for this quilted Accessorize beauty.
LINK: http://mumbai.quikr.com/Accessorize-Black-stylish-purse-Brand-New-W0QQAdIdZ163448749

My experience:

1. I emailed the buyer asking about authenticity of the bag
2. The buyer told me reiterating from listing that this bag was bought from Accessorize store in Singapore Airport -Terminal 2 on 21st July, 2013 and that he still has the tags intact ,however he has lost the bill.
3. I enquired on price (listed as 1545Rs) but since it was SGD 44 ( Rs.2000 as per conversion, he said it was already discounted. I did not want to argue much as I thought the bag looked really nice.
4. He agreed to courier me the bag after I pay him online . Since courier amount was Rs.60 , He adjusted and made total to 1560INR.
5. I received the bag in 2 days. To be frank, I was disappointed because the bag looked smaller than I imagined from the photos. It also had a 30$ tag along with 44$ tag which meant it might be on discount.
Even if it wasn't on discount, I felt it was a lossy deal as the bag hardware in gold was losing its color. I probably did not negotiate well on this one. Nonetheless , a fine bag to use when you go out shopping.

TIPS for shopping on QUIKR:

1. Be sure of what you want before you hit Quikr, or the options will confuse you.
2. Always talk to the seller on phone and not through mails/messaged. I noticed my first purchase was fantastic because I spoke to he seller personally to tell her what my expectation was. When buying 2nd hand products, its important to set your expectations.
3. Always insist on a way in which you may turn down the product if its not upto the mark. You can mutually agree on the terms. For example, in my watch purchase I was clear that if I do not like the watch i will pay only for the courier guy's delivery charge.
4. Ask for more photos of the product in case you do not intend to follow the RETURN route. Also ask the seller to wear the product and click so that an estimate of product size is obtained.
5. QUIKR can be a boon if you follow all above steps! Go there if you have the courage to wear a second hand premium product. There are dealers too, but i did not try.


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{ Giveaway } #Dare2scare this Halloween with ORIFLAME

Oriflame Giveaway

Oriflame Giveaway by ilawise
Alright CRAZY people!
This is your season: THE HALLOWEEN ! 
And this is totally your chance to prove how crazy you really are!

I have teamed up with ORIFLAME and brought you this fun contest where 5 WINNERS get this hand-picked Winter -care beauty kit from Oriflame inclusing the VERY ME Incredibalm, Oriflame Milk and honey Gold shower cream and Oriflame Milk and Honey Gold hand soap! I know you feel too cosy to bathe in winters and hence a reason to send you under the shower :P

Now, for the CONTEST RULES:
1. Follow me & Oriflame India on TWITTER
Click on LINKS below:

The Fleamarket Queen/ ORIFLAME

2. Follow me and Oriflame India on Facebook
Click on LINKS below:

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After follow, mention your facebook and twitter username in the comments section.

 3. Tell me which Oriflame products you love in Winters? Share the product links in comments.

4. Send me a picture of you scary make-up for HALLOWEEN. It should be your own picture only. Copied content will be Banned. EMAIL me your picture on thefleamarketqueen@gmail.com . You can send it on Twitter as well and tag us.
HINT: CLICK this link for ideas on halloween makeup

5. ONLY ONE ENTRY allowed per person. So don't comment more than twice.
6. If you wish to ask questions, Tweet to us with #DARE2SCARE 
7. Contest open for residents of INDIA only.

I WILL CHOOSE 5 WINNERS with the most creative answers! 
RESULTS will be announced on October 31st , yes on HALLOWEEN eve!

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{REVIEW} Za Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream

"7 Trillion Collagen capsules" I gasped in disbelief and a sense of excitement, as I was about to try the ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream!

This bright shiny magenta tub has been a blockbuster product, the Za team told me. A day before I was leaving for my Paris trip, I packed this in. Ok, so its for smoothing fine lines but so what , My skin was suddenly breaking out with painful acne too. Wasn't acne my priority?

I did some reading on COLLAGEN + ACNE and blindly put the Za  restoring collagen cream in my travel bag, application started the moment I hit the airport for my midnight flight.

Now , let me share what I personally researched online( WEBMD website, primarily) :


Collagen is a key part of your skin's structure. It forms a network of fibers within your skin that acts like a framework.
In young skin, the collagen framework is intact and the skin remains moisturized and elastic. Over time, the support structure weakens and the skin loses its elasticity. The skin begins to lose its tone as the collagen support wears down.
Using your facial muscles -- smiling, frowning, or squinting, for instance -- is part of expressing yourself. That's normal, but it does stress the collagen in your skin. Over time, that stress adds up and contributes to facial lines and wrinkles.


COLLAGEN for ACNE healing (source) :

Collagen is a protein that's a building block of the skin. The new collagen can help fill in acne scars.
 A few weeks after you break out and scar, new blood vessels move into the injured area to give nourishment to the skin, which is why most early scars look pink, says Tina Alster, MD, (a Georgetown University professor of dermatology).Months later, collagen starts to form, filling in the injured section of skin. Because cystic acne destroys skin and fat, it can take up to a year for the scars to fade, says Ron Moy, MD, a former president of the American Academy of Dermatology.

OK, so after a lot of reading I knew Collagen would not harm but aid in healing my skin. The WebMD articles clearly point that Collagen creams help only skin surface while collagen injections fill up the skin for 4-6 months only to be repeated again. This means,the cream will help keep the skin supple for as long as I apply it or longer! Which is not bad considering other treatments that stimulate Collagen formation in the skin are invasive!

10  amazing days in France. Each night sealing the face with ZA restoring collagen cream,waking up each morning to a smooth and supple skin.Re-applying after bath too! I was obsessed as my acne -burst subsided without any additional treatment!

After 25 days:

Highly SATISFIED! Not that there are fine lines to be taken care of, but an acne-scarred face. Slowly I can see my scars disappearing. My skin is smooth and the fragrance makes me go crazy! If you can relate to my problem skin, then this cream is certainly for you. Even if you have a normal skin, which is uneven in texture or pigmented, the ZA collagen cream will work wonders !

FINAL VERDICT: Za Collagen cream is best used if you have crossed the age of 25 , as you start losing collagen at the rate of 1 percent per year. Highly recommended for maintaining a shiny,smooth
, healthy looking skin . According to my experience,works best for Oily-combination skin. Suitable even while you have cystic acne.This is certainly going to be my HG product for skin-healing!

Wanna know more about ZA?
My experience with other ZA products: 1, 2
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Pinktober Favorites

PInkTober Favorites

( 1. L'oreal Paris Lucent Magique blush in Fuscia Flush
2. Swarovski Stardust Fuschia Double Bracelet ,3. Za Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream, 4, Hokey Pokey Very Very Berry, 5. H&M Rose Blusher, 6. Laduree Rose keychain, 7. Revlon Parfumerie, Pink pineapple )

Like last year, these are my most favorite PINKs that I totally love . ( I own some of these , btw)
Every year I fondly create my selection of favorite pinks, only to talk about PINKTOBER- or OCTOBER,the Breast cancer awareness month- in a PRETYY pleasing way. As a woman, I feel its my duty to be aware and let everyone around me be aware of how to detect this disease by self-examination.
Click this link and follow the 5 steps for self-examination. This can detect the disease in its early stage and prevent the trauma. I have vowed to write this article every year, so we remind ourselves of how precious our lives are and that sometimes, we can take charge!

Last year I was invited to the Pinktober talk at HRC and my awareness towards breast cancer was given a boost. I was in a "Cancer ONLY kills" state of mind. It was last year that I lost my dad to lung cancer. He was a non-smoker, non-drinker, yet he was detected in the last stage of lung cancer! I was heart-broken but I never gave up, also because he was a strong man. We fought so hard ,even though doctors gave up all hope,but this disease had its own plans. The worst nightmare , cancer not only troubles the patient , but emotionally drains the loved ones.

Luckily for breast cancer, a self examination is possible.Learn it and follow it!
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