19 Jan 2018

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Top 10 blog posts of 2017

We are already half way through the first month of the year 2018. The year 2017 was a mixed one for me with some lows and highs. If you know or my blog you might be knowing that I started a small shop on Instagram to provide some skincare products. The shop didn't do quite well in initial months, but plunged the sales with the introduction of Coffee Green Tea Facial Oil. Blogging took a little bit of back seat in the year 2017 with making more and more skincare with each passing month. Although I did try to keep blogging, sometimes it became difficult to juggle both.


The purpose of writing this post is to list down the posts of the year 2017 whihc garnered more hits and are also showing up in Google Search results. So without wasting more time let's head start to the list.

Face washes to grab this winter season
When it comes to skincare, face cleansers have an important role to play. Here I have listed my favourite, tried and tested face washes for oily skin.

A very simple and easy scrub for all those who coffee as well as coffee infused skincare products.

Ah, an under eye cream which works as a full face cream too. Yes, that's what Mama Earth Under Eye Cream is. With the change in packaging from tub packaging to pump up packaging, it has become travel friendly as well. Do give it a shot to reap the benefits of caffeine for your skin.

The highly raved face mask to reduce pigmentation and dullness, easy to sue and easy to wash off. The only fact I don't like is while wshibg off it gives a number feeling to the skin and also it contains Isopropyl Myristate.

I like facial kits which we can try at home, instead of splurging in parlour. The facial kit has a good quantity which can last up to 2-3 uses. However the ouche packaging of some products makes it difficult to store the product for next usage. 

I have neutral views about the VLCC Snigdha Skin Whitening Night cream. But when I look into the ingredients (it has parabens) I quite detest the cream then. I would not recommend VLCC Snigdha Skin Whitening Night cream keeping in mind the ingredients, but if you are looking for something budget friendly, you can try it.

I like this lip balm and carry with me whenever I travel. The subtle stain which it leaves looks real and not like the Maybelline artificial one. Highly recommended tinted lip balm from VLCC.

VLCC brand I hadn't tired unless I received a PR package. I like the scrub particles of this scrub as well as the base of the scrub which is Kaolin clay. It's not a must buy, but if you buy you won't regret it.

My all time favourite face mask whihc I have repurchased a lot of time. Moreover now the packaging as well as the formula has changed a bit. The efficiency of the product hasn't changed even a bit and the face pack leaves the skin clean and fresh. A must try for oily acne prone skin.

I hope you like the posts and find them useful in making decisions. Have a great year ahead!!♥️♥️
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16 Jan 2018

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Plum Goodness Haul

Plum Goodness had offers running like crazy this Christmas. The Plum Goodness Green Tea Face Mask and Mattifying Moisturiser were on my wishlist for so long. So when the Plum Full Face Green Tea Set was on sale I immediately grabbed the offer. With the set we had an option to choose Green Tea Mattifying Moisturiser without any extra charges. Also the Green Tea Clarity Renewal Gel for additional charges and both the moisturiser and gel for additional charges. So now you know why I picked up the Mattifying Moisturiser 😂😂. Jokes apart, I picked up Mattifying Moisturiser based on the recommendation of Dipti of Gorgeouslyflawed.com. If you are a makeup and skincare fanatic, do check her blog.


So here goes the deal which was too good to be resisted. The full Green Tea Set consisting of Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash, Green Tea Toner and Green Tea Face Mask was priced at 1270 INR. To this set we had an option of adding Mattifying Moisturiser at no extra charges. I immediately picked up the Moisturiser. Again, after shopping above a certain limit, I got a Hello Aloe Face Wash, full size, for free. So that was a super duper deal wherein if we calculate I got 5 products at 1270 i.e. 250 INR per product.

So, coming back to the haul let's quickly go through the first impressions of each product.


Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash
I have used this face wash during my peak acne period and the face wash had majorly reduced my breakouts. This face wash is a must try if you have oily acne prone skin. And since summers are around the corner it is a good time to stock up on this promising face wash. The Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash has made it to my list of favorite face washes for oily skin as well as the ones whicj can be used during winters as it is absolutely non drying.
Price and Quantity - 345 INR for 75 ml


Green Tea Alcohol Free Toner
I don't like this toner and it's fragrance. It also irritatea my sensitive nose area. Since it was an integral part of the Green Tea Set I had no option but to pick it up. Although it does tighten the pores after regular usage.
Price and Quantity - 390 INR for 200 ml


Green Tea Face Mask
Some products are on our wishlist for so long and this one is one of them. I am totally digging the packaging. I haven't used it yet, will be posting a full review after using thoroughly and sufficient.
Price and Quantity - 490 INR for 60 gms

Green Tea Mattifying Moisturiser
I need something light for the approaching summers and hence I picked up this based on the recommendation of my Blog Guru Dipti 😊. Full review will be posted and will be linked back here.
Price and Quantity - 470 INR for 50 ml

Hello Aloe Skin Loving Face Wash
The face wash is meant for dry, sensitive skin (perils of picking up products on sale/offers) and I don't know whether my skin will go well with this face wash. Let's see, only time will tell
Price and Quantity - 345 INR for 75 ml


Chamomile and White Tea Skin Renewal Face Wash (sample size)
I am going to keep this sample size for my travelling as I like to travel light with my skincare products. 

Green Tea Renewed Clarity Night Gel (sample size)
Meh. To sum up the product in one word 😞. I quite liked the idea of trying out samples before trying full size products, so yes I am glad I didn't pick full size of this gel.

Ah yes, the cream coloured bag which we receive for free with the set has been already claimed by my Mom ♥️.

So overall speaking, keeping in mind how high priced the Plum Goodness products are, am happy with the deal I grabbed. The Green Tea range products have a similar fragrance and almost similar formulation. The toner fragrance is the one I hate most. That's all folks for today. I will be coming up with my most read posts of the year 2017, so stay tuned for that.
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13 Jan 2018

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Gift matching t-shirts this festive season with Fun2ssh

With the recent surge of using natural, and nasty chemicals' free skincare products and food products, clothing hasn't been left out. Many people have already made the switch to clothing made out of cotton, which is biodegradable and doesn't harm the environment. I am an avid fan cotton clothes and majority of my dresses are cotton. I am not much into organic clothing or something like that, but if given a chance I would definitely grab one.

Today's post is about one such brand which offers 100% cotton t-shirts and moreover they have matching t-shirts. You might say matching t-shirts, what's so peculiar about that? Read below some information about the brand and you will know what am saying.



About Fun2ssh
Fun2ssh is the leading online Matching T-shirts provider in India. All our T-shirts are made of 100% Pure cotton and unique design & colors. You can also get your T-shirt customized by us as we love customer orders.

You can buy all type of T-shirts for your loved ones like Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Friends and Siblings etc. We also offer different type of Tshirts for different occasions like Birthday, Valentine's Day, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Bhaiyadooj, New year, Diwali, Christmas and many many more special occasions. Fun2ssh.com is the best online store in India from where you can buy Matching T-Shirts at affordable price.

We strongly believe that we are a brand that is made by customers and their ideas hence we always make sure and try to live by their expectations.


I shopped with them and got myself a navy blue colour t-shirt. I was spoilt for choices after checking the range of single's t-shirt for women. The website design is user friendly and pretty simple. I must say the website loads fast enough to browse through all the sections. 

Before making a purchase you need to register yourself with the website. Upon successful registration you receive an email, on registered email address, regarding your login details. Once you are registered, you can store multiple shipping and billing addresses for your convenience. The payment methods accepted are Online payment and COD. Online payment is powered by CC Avenue wherein Credit/Debit Cards, Paytm, Netbanking, UPI, Wallets are accepted. COD payment is charged extra 29 INR. 


 After making the payment I received an email regarding my order details. After 1-2 days after placing an order I received a WhatsApp message from their customer service regarding colour and size. Once I confirmed it the t-shirt was printed and shipped to my shipping address. However I didn't receive any email confirmation about the shipment, though the customer service was prompt for each of my query raised. 


The t-shirt was wrapped in a plastic bag which was bubble lined from inside edge. The t-shirt fits me nicely. Although they have a chart of sizes while making an order, I selected larger size as I was shopping with them for the first time. The t-shirt is very soft and very comfortable to wear. The only thing that bothered me was the sleeve length. Commercial t-shirts have a smaller sleeve length, but since this was first shopping experience I am happy with my purchase.

Recommendation
Overall speaking I was quite satisfied with my purchase. Also the idea of purchasing or gifting 100% pure cotton t-shirts is amazing. Given the variety of t-shirts for each occasion gifting is made easier with Fun2ssh. I would highly recommend you guys to check out the website once and get your gifting word sorted.

*I was provided a shopping voucher to pen down my shopping experience
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5 Jan 2018

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Svayam Natural Ubtan Body Scrub Review

Svayam Natural brand is quite a promising one. I have reviewed their products few weeks back and I feel beauty is simplicity is quite apt for the brand. Also, almost all of their products are moderately priced keeping in mind the quantity offered. I have had a chance to review another superb product of theirs whose review we will be checking out today.



Brand claims
Flawless Skin | Soft Supple Skin

Ingredients
besan, kesar, chandan, amba-haldi, almonds, marigold, elaichi & oats

Usage
Add curd, water and few drops of oil to make a creamy paste. Apply evenly. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Rub off and rinse.

My experience
The packaging is similar to all of their face pack and scrubs, that is a glass jar. I like the packaging as the jar can be reused, but it's a non travel friendly packaging. Moreover, the product is 300 gms pack so it's a bit bulky too. Nonetheless as long as the product works I don't mind non travel friendly and bulky packaging, as we can always transfer some amount of product in another container while travelling.

Coming back to the review, the product has a light yellow colour with besan like texture and consistency. No wonder, the first ingredient of the ubtan is besan. The fragrance of the ubtan has mild sandalwood fragrance coupled with besan. The fragrance isn't very strong but is pleasant in nature.

Once mixed with water the ubtan looks besan mixed with water. Application is a bit difficult due to the grainy texture. Once applied the ubtan dries up quickly and gives a stretchy feeling to the skin. The ubtan when used as a scrub scrubs off all dead skin cells, dirt, grime to reveal smooth and soft skin. When used as a face pack on face, it gives a glowing skin along with softness. I have used the ubtan around 5-6 times and I was impressed with the results each time. I love using it more as an ubtan rather than fave pack, yes I have that habit of multi tasking the products. Overall the ubtan works great as a scrub and can be used for abhyang snan also.



The In 
  • All natural product without any preservatives and chemicals
  • Impressive ingredients list
  • Ubtan scrubs off dead skin cells and reveals soft skin
  • Works great as a face pack too
  • Gives a subtle glow to the skin when used as face pack
  • Mild fragrance which is uplifting and doesn't linger much
  • Affordable price
  • Quantity offered according to price is appropriate
The Out
  • Would be great if product is packed in small quantity jars such as 100gms
  • Ubtan feels majorly as a besan, instead of other ingredients
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 525 INR for 300 gms with a shelf life of 2 months. Available on Amazon.in, Snapdeal and Flipkart. Although I feel the product can have longer shelf life if stored in cool and dry place.

Recommendation
I would recommend Svayam Natural Ubtan as a scrub and which can be used in Abhyang Snan. The product doesn't contain any preservatives or chemicals and is all natural. So it can be used without a doubt. I wouldn't repurchase the product due to the large quantity offered at one go as finishing 300 gms is quite a task.

*PR sample
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27 Dec 2017

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Get Glowing Skin This Wedding Season

Marriage is one of the important life occasions wherein one wants best of everything to happen. Best attire, best food, best photographer and videographer and moreover we want to look our very best on the D day. Marriage is a day wherein the eyes of the guests are all hooked on to the bride and the groom. 



Today we will be discussing the skincare tips to be followed by a bride-to-be (no we aren't telling about eating healthy food or staying hydrated) for glowing skin on the D day. We will be focusing more on the skincare products which you use rather than the routine to be followed atleast 3 months before marriage. So without wasting much time let's hop onto the list and get our skincare routine sorted before the big day arrives.

Identify your star skincare products 
We all have our favourite products which work really well for us and which we often repurchase. Identify such products and try sticking to them at least 3 months before marriage. Doing so, you are minimizing the risk of possible breakouts or rashes or any skin irritations occurring due to trying out new products. Make a list of these products for your whole skincare routine and stick to them. 



Try double cleansing or oil cleansing for clearer skin 
Oil cleansing has been the talk of the town for quite a while for some amazing reasons. Try oil cleansing method regularly, no matter if you wear makeup or not. It deep cleanses the skin and gets rid of impurities. Find a good cleansing balm or use any of your favourite facial oil for oil cleansing followed with your foaming cleanser.

Use ubtans regularly
Ubtans have been used in India since ages to cleanse and detox the skin. Use ubtans to get rid of the tan on hands and feet. They not only help in giving a glow to the skin but also keep skin soft and healthy. Try using face ubtans once in a while to get the natural glow.

Don't experiment with new products
Please don't experiment with new products during this crucial time. Just because a product works for your BFF or other bride to be, doesn't mean it will work for you also. You don't want to end up with an acne on face which won't budge till your marriage is over.



Use face masks regularly
Grab your favourite face masks and use them regularly. If you have any pigmentation or acne scars products which target the problem. If it's winter season avoid clay masks which can be drying. Face masks rejuvenate as well as cleanse the skin thoroughly. Also make sure you moisturise your skin sufficiently after using a face mask.



Use a good eye cream regularly 
We often forget to use eye cream on a regular basis. Under eye area is often ignored and then we have to dab concealer and colour correctors to get rid of them. So make sure you keep yourself well hydrated and get adequate sleep before the D day. We know it's hard to run errands during this time, but use your eye creams daily.

Use a serum or facial oil
If you are already into using serums or facial oils, you are on the right track. Facial Oils or serums help in giving a supple skin along with some added benefits. If you are not into facial oils then don't experiment much with finding a new one. Just use your favourite facial oil and you are all set. Please remember don't experiment with any new regimen or new products whatsoever.




Get your bridal makeup sorted in advance
Book your bridal makeup artists well in advance as good makeup artists get booked out fast. Talk to your MUA about your skin concerns and the kind of makeup you are looking for. They can also suggest some tips for your skin and the precautions to be taken for flawless makeup. Get your makeup trial done in advance, to avoid last minute hurry. 

As they say skin is the canvas for the makeup, it's imperative to keep skin healthy and problem free for a bride-to-be. Proper skincare regimen and right skincare products go a long way in keeping skin happy and glowing. Hope the points mentioned above help you in giving the bridal glow. Do comment your queries and experiences below.

*Sponsored post
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16 Dec 2017

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Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash Review

We all love foaming face washes. Let's face the fact, no matter how much we blabber about oil cleansing or powder cleansers, foaming ones might never go out of trend. And with the wide variety available, one is spoilt for choices. So coming back to the review, I had won this product in a blog giveaway by fellow bloggers Madhu who blogs at Adore My Skin. Before reading the review do checkout her blog for honest and detailed reviews.


Brand Claims and Ingredients


My experience
I am not going to talk about packaging today as most of the face washes have similar packaging and it's quite evident from the pictures. The face wash has a medium consistency and is neither runny nor thick. It easily dispenses through the tube. The face wash has a slight pink tint to it, nothing artificial sort. However when you take it on your palm, thecolour is hardly evident.

Like all foaming cleansers, this one fairs decently and produces good lather. Only a tiny amount is needed for each use. So the product really lasts longer. The fragrance of the Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash is very very mesmerizing. It's a nuce floral scent which instantly refreshes the mood. Although mesmerizing the fragrance isn't much lingering and doesn't bothering. Also even if the face wash has quite a fragrance it doesn't irritate my sensitive nose area. So this can also be used by sensitive skin people, unless you are irritated by foams.

Coming to the cleansing job, the face wash cleanses the skin nicely without drying the skin. Even if you use the product twice or thrice a day, it won't dry up your skin. The face wash leaves the skin soft and radiant with each use. I especially like to use it before hitting thr bed just for the mesmerizing fragrance it offers. Overall I really liked the face wash and I am sure to grab one whenever I feel like using foaming cleansers.



The In 
  • Doesn't dry out the skin even if used thrice a day
  • Cleanses the skin thoroughly
  • Leaves the skin soft and radiant with each use
  • Doesn't irritate my sensitive nose area
  • Mesmerizing and refreshing fragrance
  • Can be used by all skin types, even sensitive skin
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Budget friendly product
  • Easy availability online as well as in stores
The Out
  • I didn't find any
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 65 INR for 50 ml with a shelf life of 3 years. Easily available online as well as in the stores

Recommendation
Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash is the only second product I have used from the brand. I really liked the face wash for it's efficiency and affordability. The fact that it doesn't dry out the skin with even three uses a day is quite impressive. I would highly recommend and am sure to repurchase Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash.
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