11 Aug 2017

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VanityCask August 2017 Unboxing – Monsoon Makeover Edition

August is a special month for me, ask me why? It's my birth month and my son's birth month as well. When I received the VanityCask August Box - Monsoon Makeover I was super excited. The theme revolves around the Monsoon keeping in mind the special needs of the season. Checkout the previous unboxing of the VanityCask boxes here. Let's see what all the box has to offer.

Glamisha Sulphate Free Shampoo
This one is a new brand but since Sulphate free shampoos work well for me, I may give this a try. The product is a full size in the box.
Brand Claims - The Sulphate Free Shampoo from Glamisha uses the most premium ingredients that moisturise & nourish your hair. The Shampoo is a non-foaming formulation, which is sulphate and paraben free. The aloe-vera in the shampoo has healing properties which conditions your hair, as you perform your cleaning ritual.
Price - 395 INR for 100ml. Full size in the box.

Glamisha Hair Conditioner
I like using a hair conditioner on days when I have to attend any function or am meeting my friends. I rarely use them as they tend to weigh down my hair too much, making my hair limp. Let's see how my experience is after using this product. Again this product is a full size in the box.
Brand Claims - The Glamisha Hair Conditioner loaded with Pro Vitamin B5 & Tea Tree Oil is the perfect follow up to your shampooing routine. The Tea Tree Oil helps to unclog hair follicles, nourish your roots and reduce hair fall gradually. The Pro Vitamin B5 helps preserve moisture, and the Aloe-Vera conditions the hair.
Price - 355 INR for 100 ml. Full size in box

Gulnare Pumpskin Face Wash
Gulnare has nice product range, however I haven't purchased any products considering the price range. I liked the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Face Cream received in the June box as well as the scrub in July Box. If you are following my blog you might be knowing that I use dry powder cleansers and may skip this as I don't want to again change my face acre routine. This is the third full size product in the box.
Brand Claims - Made with pumpkin, honey & rosehip oil, this natural, all-purpose daily cleanser not only provides a wonderful pumpkin spice aroma, but is gentle enough for ultra sensitive skin while providing a deep pore cleanse. It works double duty by washing away surface impurities and protects skin’s moisture balance. Great for normal to oily skin types
Price - 400 INR for 60 ml. Full size in box.

Votre Multi Vitamin Face Masque
After having a good experience with Votre Advanced Multi Vitamin night Cream, Votre Absolute Hydration Moisturiser and Votre scrub, am looking forward to trying this Masque which is a multi vitamin one. The product received is 30 gms deluxe sized, but as you all know a face pack goes a long way with as a thin layer also does the trick.
Brand Claims - The perfect monsoon recovery face-mask, this product is enriched with rich properties of botanical extracts & essential oils, this extra-ordinary face masque rejuvenates the skin & improves skin elasticity. It also removes pigmentation marks & blemishes & reduces skin ageing. The multi vitamin masque will make your skin healthy and glowing. This masque is proven to lighten the appearance of dark spots, correct uneven skin tone, and significantly brighten the complexion. The highly concentrated treatment formula is also proven to replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promote suppleness and smooth skin texture so you get youthful-looking, luminous skin.
Price - 1260 INR for 100 gms. Sample size of 30 gms in the box.

The Nature’s Co White Tea Night Cream
I have literally fallen in love with TNC massage cream and Bearberry Liquorice cream which I have used previously. I am sure this night cream will also be a good bet considering the ingredients. I will be posting a review of this cream so stay tuned for it.
Brand Claims - Here’s how you put your skin in recovery mode as you go to sleep, this monsoon! White tea has anti- ageing effects and antioxidant properties that boost the immune function of the skin cells. In addition, it replenishes and hydrates your skin. This product from The Nature’s Co. takes care of all your skin woes while you rest in slumber.
Price - 995 INR for 50 gms. Sample size of 25 gms in the box.

In addition to the above we also receive vouchers from Raw Pressery, Kaya and JE Couturier

They also have an offer if you buy a 3 month subscription for 2399 INR and get a Babor product worth 4800 INR absolutely free. There is an option to select product of your choice from Babor range.

Overall the box has come a long way from providing sample size products in the initial Editions to full size products along with popular brand sample size products in the latest edition. I really like how the products are selected keeping the season and theme in mind. I am really happy with this month box. I have always longed for brands like Votre, Gulnare Skincare and TNC but never purchased any full size products due to their high price range. This box gives me the opportunity to explore these brands keeping my budget in mind. Totally recommended this month's Monsoon Makeover box.

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3 Aug 2017

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Svastikrtu Almond Shea Carrot Papaya Soap Review

First and foremost let me tell you all how much I love handmade soaps especially the cold processed ones. Cold process soaps are the ones made from scratch unlike melt and pour soaps wherein a base is melted and different ingredients are added to make the soap. I especially love soaps which use butters since they are very moisturising and make the skin soft and supple. Let's check what the soap we are reviewing today has to offer.

Brand claims
Scented with gentle maychang palmarosa and sweet orange essential oils. Very gentle cleansing and mild, moisturising soap.

Organic Almond oil, Spanish extra virgin olive oil, raw unrefined shea butter and organic coconut oil, noushing carrot powder, papaya, honey, turmeric and organic desi cow fresh milk cream.

My experience
Let me rave about the packaging of the soap. The semi transparent silky potli bag, the degradable outer plastic bag, the paper wrap and the cotton thread. All the packaging material is either reusable or degradable. Such a thoughtful message the product carries with itself.

Now coming to the fragrance of the soap, it has an amazingly earthy yet yummy fragrance. I cannot describe the fragrance in words although, once we hold the soap in our hands and smell it we instantly feel like taking a quick bite! I am pretty bad at describing the fragrance actually, I mean how to describe what we feel when we breathe a fragrance?!

Advancing over the business part, the soap lathers quite well and the foam is frothy and not bubbly. I like exactly this quality of all handmade soaps that they just don't lather for bubbles they lather for cleansing 😁. The soap does a good job of cleansing the skin and I do use handmade soaps on my face too (never faced any problem though). The fragrance isn't lingering at all. Since the fragrance is due to the essential oils used (mentioned in the ingredients list) it fades away quickly. I cannot tolerate a lingering fragrance for long as I get headache due to it. So that is not a problem at all. Also please remember any lingering fragrance usually is artificial fragrance which is made up of many chemicals, so better no fragrance than a bunch of chemicals.

Coming onto the effects of the soap, the soap didn't dry out my skin but it didn't leave it soft also, as I had expected. Although the soap cleanses thoroughly well, when we try to smell the soap while bathing it emits a washing bar sort of smell not a strong one, only picky noses like me would be bothered with this. Also the soap doesn't diminish in size as normal handmade soaps do, so that's a plus point. Summing up the In and Out below.

The In 

  • Good ingredients list
  • Doesn't contain artificial fragrance
  • Contain essential oils which are soothing as fragrance
  • Cleanses the skin well
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Does become gooey when comes in contact with water
  • Can be used directly under stream
  • Reusable and/or degradable outer packaging

The Out
  • Sometimes smells like a washing bar when smelled at really close distance
  • Doesn't make the skin soft

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 280 INR for 110 gms. Cold processed soap so they get better with time. The products can be ordered via Facebook page of Svastikrtu Natural. They accept Paytm and NEFT payment methods.

Almond Shea Carrot Papaya Soap is one of it's kind flavor soap which doesn't disappoint you on the fragrance front as well as packaging wise. I did like the idea of fragrance using essential oils instead of using artificial fragrances. Also packaging used is reusable and degradable. I would not say it is a must teyo out soap but it would definitely love up to the expectations of a good handmade soap.

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1 Aug 2017

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Mama Earth Nourishing Body Lotion for Mama Review

I have repurchased Mama Earth products quite a few times for my son, the body wash and shampoo to be specific. I totally like their packaging as I have travelled while carrying them and never had a problem at all. Recently they came up with their Mama Range meant solely for new moms and moms-to-be. Let's head straight to the review and see whether the lotion is a hit or miss.

Brand claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product packaging is a total winner, having double caps which fit in tightly as well as a pump up packaging. The packaging has not even a sleek chance of leakage. The pump up packaging works fine but dispenses small amount of body lotion. So if you want more amount of lotion you may have to pump endlessly. But since the packaging is very travel friendly I don't have any qualms regarding the small pump size.

Coming to the consistency of the body lotion it is a bit thick (read non runny) and colour is white. The lotion spreads easily on the skin and gets absorbed even easily. Coming to the fragrance of the body lotion it has a floral aroma (guess because of Geranium Essential Oil) which is quite soothing and uplifting. The fragrance fades away as soon as you apply the lotion. I would have loved if the fragrance lingered a bit, as it is soothing and calming. But since I have a sensitive nose I don't mind if the fragrance doesn't linger.

The body lotion hydrates the skin sufficiently and moisturises normally. The skin doesn't feel overtly moisturized or no sticky residue is left behind, considering the fact that it has butters in it. The lotion offers around 8-7 hours of moisturization, considering the fact that I have normal body skin. After 7 hours my skin it's overtly dry or I don't feel the need to reapply the lotion. However applying post 7 hours is recommended if you have dry skin.

The In

  • Contains Jojoba oil, Cocoa butter, Olive Oil, Wheatgerm oil, Calendula extract, Aloevera Extracts
  • Has amazing floral fragrance
  • Moisturises the skin for good 8-7 hours
  • Secure packaging makes it travel friendly
  • Neither runny nor thick
  • Gets absorbed easily
  • Doesn't leave a sticky or watery feel on the skin while applying as well as post application

The Out

  • The pump up dispenser size is too small and we need to endlessly pump up for large quantity
  • A bit of lingering fragrance would be soothing for expecting moms and new moms

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 349 INR for 200 ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on Amazon

Overall the moisturising lotion is a good option for moms-to-be and new moms considering the fact that they are paraben, silicone and mineral oil free. Since there are not many products suited for pregnancy and post pregnancy use, this one is totally recommended.
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24 Jul 2017

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Blue Nectar Shubhr Ayurvedic Sandalwood Brightening and Radiance Cream Review, Price, Availability

I have long back skipped using moisturiser due to the fear of getting acne (silly me πŸ˜›). But after realising my mistake, I never do so. Recently I received the Blue Nectar products. I have read some rave reviews of the Blue Nectar face wash. I was excited to try this cream from them. Let's hop on to the review to see if it lives upto the claims or not.

Brand claims - Blue Nectar Shubhr Ayurvedic Sandalwood Brightening and Radiance Cream is a powerful Ayurveda based formula created from the finest of Sandalwood. Rich Sandalwood along with 13 other Vital herbs helps to lighten and brighten the Uneven Skin, Reduce Dark Circles and Pigmentation Marks. Apply the cream after cleaning and toning.

Directions for usage - Take a small quantity of cream and apply on face and neck area with upward strokes for 1-2 minutes.

Key Ingredients - Aloevera, Mulethi, Yashad Bahsma, Manjistha, Haldi, Glycerin, Sandalwood Oil, Ashwagandha, Kewra Flower, Khumani Oil, Til Oil, Coconut Oil, Apple Juice.

My experience
The product is packed in a square, plastic packaging with golden colour lid and jar. I find an uncanny similarity in the packaging with Votre Advanced Multi Vitamin Night Crème. The jar isn't heavy though, as it seems. The jar also has an inner lid to prevent product spillage. The jar is safe enough to carry during travelling, but due caution is to be taken of not dropping the jar.

Coming to the consistency of the cream, it is of medium consistency, neither being too thick nor too runny. The cream spreads easily and gets absorbed in the skin absolutely in no time. It instantly evens the skin tone by plumping up the skin with it's moisture content. The cream doesn't leave behind a film or any creamy feeling either. The cream is cream coloured with a slightest hint of orange colour.

The fragrance is mesmerizing since it contains Sandalwood oil. The fragrance lingers for around 1-2 hours after which it fades away. If I use the cream during day time, the fragrance doesn't bother me ( I have super sensitive nose 😭). If I use the cream at night time, instead of sleeping peacefully, I tend to sniff the fragrance endlessly and tend to lose my sleep. I have regularly used the cream for over 3 weeks (during day time and some days at night time). However with the night time experience, I make it a point to use it during day time only. Although it is advisable to use at any time or both day and night time.

Now the claims, the cream has given me a glowing skin with regular usage of 2 and half weeks. I do find my skin a bit brightened (don't confuse this with fairness). The skin feels instantly refreshed and smooth. It provides sufficient moisturization to the skin without causing any white heads. If you have oily skin, you can relate to what I am saying. Most of the creams I have used cause white heads with regular usage. But this one is an exception.

I would specially like to mention here that the cream has a potent formula of staying true to it's claims while not making the skin oily or causing white heads. However the cream would suit only oily to normal skin beauties. But the cream doesn't claim to suit dry skinned beauties so that's not a problem at all. However having a sensitive nose I couldn't use the cream at night. Since this is a personal preference it doesn't mean you will mind it, many people enjoy fragrance of oils in products.

The In

  • Secure packaging makes travel friendly
  • Sufficiently moisturises the skin without being oily or causing white heads
  • Makes the skin smooth and even toned
  • Perfect consistency of cream
  • Gets absorbed easily into the skin
  • Provides radiance and glow to the skin with regular usage of a minimum 2 weeks
  • Has mesmerizing fragrance of Sandalwood which lingers a bit
  • Suits normal to oily skinned beauties
  • Small quantity is needed, so the product lasts longer

The Out
  • I find the fragrance of Sandalwood a but problematic for night time use
  • High price point (courtesy Sandalwood oil), can be spotted on discount price at Amazon
  • Only key ingredients are mentioned

Price, shelf life and Availability - 1295 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 2 years from date of manufacture. Available on Blue Nectar website, Amazon as well Nykaa. You can get at discount here

The product lives upto the claims and helps in giving a glowing skin with regular usage. The high price point of the product can be attributed to the Sandalwood oil, which itself is costly. However good the product is, I wouldn't tag it as a must buy, but it's definitely recommended if you are into luxury skincare products.

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21 Jul 2017

Skincare Shopping : Essentials plus Wishlist

Hi All,

How are you all? I had been a bit unwell with the recent weather changes. I had bad dry cough and so it was really difficult to keep up with the blogging and pending reviews. If you have been following me on Instagram you might be knowing that I purchased some products.

Wait, before you make me feel guilty with the another shopping haul thought, let me clarify. I have stocked up some essentials and some products I had been longing to get hold. The pre GST sales were everywhere but I somehow ignored them. But not when my wishlist products were on sale. Let's hop on to the products I purchased

Lakme 9 to 5 CC Cream in shade Bronze (275 INR)
The CC cream and concealer I bought before going on the vacation. I had to attend two weddings and thought of doing some something to hide my pigmentation below lower lip. However I ended up using just the CC cream on the wedding function day ☹️. With my acne marks and pigmentation being a bit lightened up, Lakme CC cream suits me.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer stick in the shade Toffee Caramel (330) (550 INR)
The shade initially didn't suit me, but now since my pigmentation has reduced a bit it blends okay sort. I wanted a liquid concealer from the Maybelline Fit Me range, however the SA at Health n Glow outlet handed me this and I bought it 😁😁😁.

Bon Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo (124 INR for 100 gms)
I recently found my HG shampoo and have restocked it. I want to do a full review on this one. This is a long pending review from my end πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ.

Blend It Raw Apothecary Rosehip Seed Oil (530 INR for 50ml with shipping)
After hearing some amazing things about Rosehip oil, I always wanted to try one. With the pre GST mayhem, there was a flat 50% sale and I immediately grabbed this one. I also got a good quantity at the price, but later on realised that finishing 50ml will take up a lot of time. Anyway amd happy I grabbed it.

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Tosave.com sling bags
I go out a lot these days, and I needed some sling bags (I didn't own any till date πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ™„). I was offered free shopping from tosave.com to pen down my shopping experience. I was pretty happy with my shopping experience and I bought two doing bags, one is leather material and other one is cotton. I totally like both the sling bags.

So summing up, these are the products I bought in past few months apart from some other shopping which I have already blogged down. Do let me know what all you have been loving lately.

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17 Jul 2017

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Radiant In Rain - VanityCask July 2017 Edition

Am back with another Unboxing of VanityCask Box and this is the Fifth Edition of VanityCask. The box is named Radiant In Rain, which is curated, so as to leave you glowing in this gloomy weather. I really like how they name their editions keeping them in accordance with the contents. VanityCask box is priced at 999 INR for one month and can be ordered here. You can also subscribe to the other plans which offer a discount.

We all know how the rainy season is, especially for our mane. It makes our hair dull and limp due to the humidity. The humidity weather also calls for rapid bacteria growth which when not eradicated turn into moth formation, yucky right?? That's why VanityCask have curated the products keeping all this in mind. They have included a leave in conditioner, volumizing shampoo, two scrubs and an oil. Let's see the details of the box contents.

BBlunt Climate Control Anti-Frizz Leave in Cream
I have never used any leave in conditioner apart from the Garnier one, let alone BBlunt. I always wanted to try the brand BBlunt and am gald I received this cream. I recently chopped off my hair to shoulder length and not all times I like to apply oil. This one seems good and am excited to try it out. This is a full size product in the box and priced at 250 INR for 75 gms.

TNC Barley Volumizing Hair Cleanser
I never used to believe volumizing shampoos until I used one and that is Bon Organics shampoo. This one also sounds amazing and I have read some of my fellow bloggers good experience with this product. The size of the product is 50 ml and full size of 250 ml retails at 695 INR

Votre Advanced Gel Exfoliance
I have used this product after receiving the box. It gives a nice smooth finish to the skin while removing the dead skin cells. It also adds a glow to the face. The product quantity in the box is 30 gms and full size of 100 gms is priced at 850 INR.

Gulnare Zesty Lemond Face Exfoliator
After using the Gulnare Aloe Vit E Face cream from the Flawless Edition of VanityCask Box lats month, I have high expectations from this one. I haven't used it but the scrub is in dry form and I love using dry form products. Full size product of 100 gms retails at 650 INR. In the box the quantity of the product is 30 gms.

MoroccanOil Treatment
The star product of the box, Moroccan oil. The box has the quantity of 10 ml. The product is infused with antioxidant rich argan oil. It can be used as a conditioner, styling product or finishing one. I am excited to try out the product. The full size is priced at 2880 INR for 100 ml

VanityCask box also has launched a referral program wherein if two of your friends buy the box with your referral code you get one box for free. If 4 friends buy the box, you get 2 boxes free. So is login to your VanityCask account on VanityCask.com to share and claim your unique referral code.

All in all I liked this month box keeping in mind the weather and the brands included. I always wanted to try BBlunt and Moroccan treatment products which wouldn't have been possible due to the high price point. But VanityCask has come to the rescue. Get your Radiant In Rain Edition before it's sold out.

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