30 Dec 2015

DIY Satin lace gift bow

We have another satin lace gift bow which is simple yet elegant. This gift bow was inspired by the ready made gift bows in which we pull the thread to make it look like a gift bow. Let's see how we can make the same gift bow without pulling the thread.



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28 Dec 2015

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DIY recipes for dry skin

This is another blog post of masks for dry skin in winters. I usually make them in winters only as I have combination oily skin. If you have dry skin you can use them all around the year. It's better to use homemade recipes for skin than dabbing a lot of chemicals on your skin.



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25 Dec 2015

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Fuschia Arabian Jasmine Anti Aging Night Cream Review

Beauty experts say anti-aging regime should start as early in early 30s or late 20s. I have recently started my night care regime after I used Fuschia Arabian Jasmine Anti aging night cream. I don't apply any cream on my face as I have oily skin and I fear acne so leave aside even the thought of using night cream.

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21 Dec 2015

17 Dec 2015

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Inatur Herbals Sandal Facepack Review, Price

I have faint acne scars which are very easy to hide but still the fact remains that they have still rented my face. I usually use BB cream to hide them but it's better to get rid of them. So let's see the review of the Inatur sandal facepack.

The Inatur sandalwood facepack comes with the goodness of saffron and sandalwood. Saffron enhances complexion whereas sandal removes dead cells. The facepack also contains Liquorice, turmeric and Vertiver which bring fairness, help in removing blemishes and prevents aging. The facepack is quite affordable also.

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13 Dec 2015

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Inatur Herbals Sandal Fairness Facewash Review, Price

Inatur Herbals Sandal Fairness Facewash contains blackberry, Turmeric, Liquorice, sandalwood and Vertiver. All these herbs have some effects on the skin as blackberry gives fairness, Liquorice prevents aging whereas sandalwood has anti inflammatory properties. Turmeric cleanses and detoxifies and Vertiver has antiseptic properties. So let's see the review of this product which has so many herbs and see whether it fairs on the claims.

Brand claims
A creamy cleanser which removes all impurities and makes you look young and fair while giving moisturised and healthy glow to the face.

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12 Dec 2015

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Essence long lasting nude lipstick come naturally Review

Lipstick is every girl's obsession. And "I have enough lipsticks" said no girl ever. We love all kinds and all shades of lipstick. I usually wear a lipstick on special occasion such as family function. This is the first time am trying nude lipstick shade. I love pinks shades in lipstick too but then when I saw Essence nude shades I chose come naturally shade. Let's see the review of this Essence long lasting nude lipstick come naturally.

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10 Dec 2015

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Essence I love TRENDS nail polish the pastels

Girls can never get enough of nail paints. I always apply nail paints to my toe nails. You will rarely find me without a nail paint. Today's review is about a matte nail paint from Essence. Let's see the review and NOTD of the shade do nuts 08.

Brand claims-
The light pastel shades are perfect for spring. The  nail paints are  available in soft shades – with a matt finish or with a glitter effect. Different colours are sure to fulfill all nail-wishes.


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6 Dec 2015

3 Dec 2015

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Essence makeup remover wipes Review

Putting on makeup and forgetting or being lazy to remove it is considered to be a sin in beauty world. Even sometimes I hate washing face at bedtime and sleep with the cream and all put on my face. Makeup remover wipes is one of the easiest options to remove makeup. Let's see the review of Essence Makeup remover wipes.

Brand claims-
The brand claims the wipes to be
gentle and provide uncomplicated cleansing for eyes, lips and face.

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2 Dec 2015

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Ben & Sera Ampoules

Today's review is about the ampoules I received from skin18.com as a sample for review. The samples had three ampoules namely Ben & Sera 15 days anti aging wrinkle Taeng Taeng Serum, Ben & Sera 30 days anti aging Serum, Ben & Sera 7 day whitening Serum

Ingredients - ingredients are not listed but major ingredients are given on the website.





Directions for use
Cleanse face, pat dry and dispense one drop and use on face from jaw to upwards direction

My experience
First and foremost the packaging is very difficult to dispense one drop of serum. When it says only one drop and you carefully try to dispense you end up wasting the serum.
The serums are colorless, fragrance less and non sticky. The serums are glue sort but extremely non sticky and trnapsreny. When you apply on skin you feel like putting on baby oil. It gets absorbed very easily without any sticky residue or feeling.
As far as usage is concerned I end up wasting more than using. So far I have used the Ben and Sera whitening serum and it hasn't shown any effects on my skin.
I used the other 2 serums only once as I am not concered about anti aging. I might give them to my mom :D




The In
Non sticky
Doesn't leave any residue
Easily absorbed even if applied in excess
No fragrance
No colour

The Out
Packaging is hard to use
Haven't seen any effects so far

Availability- available on Skin18.com website

Price - currently as a freebie on website. Visit the product link about to see the exact prices of full sized product
 
Shelf life - not mentioned on samples or website either

Overall thoughts
Overall people more inclined towards whitening and aging effect might find them to be effective. I personally didn't like them as I would prefer whitening and anti aging masks as they are quite hassle free. You may try it once to see how you find the effects.

Repurchase - Nope as I love hassle free masks more than serums.

Recommendation- Maybe not because of packaging.


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1 Dec 2015

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Soc 3D Syn-ake Firming and Smoothening Mositurising and Conditioning Serum Review

Heya gurlz,

This is my last review of the soc 3D masks. I am in love with the maskes as they make the skin so smooth and flawless after a single use. It evens the skin tone and you cannot keep your hands from touching the face now and then. :D.

Let's see the review of Soc 3D Syn-ake Firming and Smoothning mositurising and conditioning serum.

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Soc 3D Snail Anti-Aging Moisturizing and Conditioning Serum Review

Product claims - Formulated with Syn-ake, Centella, Extensin it relieves skin and provides nutrition and mositure. SYNAKE significantly decreases expression lines.

Ingredients - Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Folic acid, Human oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, PEG/PPG -18/4 Copolymer, polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA , Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Perfume.




Directions for use
Cleanse and dry face thoroughly. Open pouch, remove, SOC 3D Facial Mask, and apply to face. Leave on face for 15-45 minutes. Remove mask and pat until essence is fully absorbed

My experience
I used this mask like I have used earlier masks with cleansing and toning followed by mask application. The essence is very thick and transparent in appearance. The fragrance of the essence is almost nil and fades away as soon as you put on the mask. The mask fits quite well and the essence gets absorbed easily.
After around 15 minutes I removed the mask and let the essence on face dry. The essence is not at all sticky and gets washed off easily.

Although washing or rinsing the essence is not recommended I prefer rinsing with water and patting my skin dry. As said earlier the essence is not at all sticky and doesn't leave a residue behind.

After the essence is rinsed off the skin feels smooth and hydrated. It evens the skin tone and heals the dry patches of skin. It makes the skin plump and hides the unevenness of the skin if any. I didn't find any glowing effect after using this mask.
Overall the mask is a must try.

The In
Travel and budget friendly
Makes the akin smooth and silky
Hydrates the skin sufficiently
Evens the skintone
Makes the skin plump
Essence gets rinsed off easily
Essence is not at all sticky

The Out
Didn't find any

Availability - available at skin18.com website at affordable prices.

Price - $1 on Skin18.com website. Currently as a freebie on website.

Shelf life - expiry date is provided but I cannot read any manufacturing date as the packaging instructions are in Korean

Overall thoughts
The mask is like any other hydrating mask which makes the skin smooth, soft and silky. It makes the skin plump and hides skin tone unevenness. It hydrates the skin without any sticky feeling. A must try once in a lifetime at least.

Repurchase - Yes maybe.!

Recommendation Yes I think one should surely try these masks to feel the effect of hydrated skin.

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28 Nov 2015

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Essence Glossy lipbalm Review

Heya gals,

Today I am reviewing Glossy lipbalm from Essence. Essence is an European brand. Essence cosmetics says NO to animal testing and YES to quality with prices affordable enough to try a fabulous new look whenever you want. They have a full range of beauty products to make you look great. They have everything ranging from skincare to facecare, from lipcare to nailscare and eyes. Read about them here and find them on Facebook here

Brand claims-
Pampering, light formula of the glossy lipbalms in fresh colors gives lips a gorgeous shine with a delicious fragrance.


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27 Nov 2015

26 Nov 2015

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Soc 3D Snail Anti-Aging Moisturizing and Conditioning Serum Review

3D mask means a mask sheet that is well cut and sewed onto a 3D face shape which can fit the shape of your face better than the flat face masks.

Today's post is about the first 3D mask am trying from skin18.com. Let's directly go to the review.

Product claims-
The main element of sticky snail’s muslin is a chondroitin sulfate. It is excellent in skin elasticity and immune enhancement as well as skin moisturizing.



Ingredients - Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Folic acid, Human oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Perfume

Directions for use
Cleanse and dry face thoroughly. Open pouch, remove, SOC 3D Facial Mask, and apply to face. Leave on face for 15-45 minutes.Remove mask and pat until essence is fully absorbed.

My experience
I applied the mask after cleansing my face. The mask fit was ok sort but it was better than the earlier ones. Since it is a pre sewed mask it is supposed to fit properly. But then one size doesnt fit all. I wasn't worried about the mask fitting as I was concentrating on the essence.

The essence is very thick in nature and has a very mild fragrance. The essence is transparent in nature and gel sort so it takes time for the skin to absorb the essence. The fragrance is similar to the other masks which I have already reviewed. As soon as we put on the mask the fragrance fades away.
I removed the mask after 15 minutes and dabbed the essence and waited for the essence to dry up. I washed off the essence carefully and patted my skin dry.


I squeezed out the essence after using to take a pic.


My skin felt smooth and the skin tone was evened up. I felt an instant glow on my face. The skin was felling fresh and silky. I washed my face directly before going to bed and then too I didn't feel like moisturising my skin.

The In
  • Travel friendly. It is way too small compared to even other manly packagings.
  • Budget friendly
  • Very mild fragrance
  • Makes the skin smooth and silky
  • Gives an instant glow to the face
  • Skin feels fresh


The Out
  • Didn't find any

Availability Available on Skin18.com.website at affordable prices.

Price - $1 on Skin18.com website. Currently as a freebie on website.

Shelf life - expiry date is provided but I cannot read any manufacturing date as the packaging instructions are in Korean language.

Overall Thoughts
The essence is quite thick in nature and has mild or no fragrance at all. The packaging is very very travel friendly. The mask intensely moisturises the kin and makes it smooth and soft. It will suit all skin types.

Repurchase- Maybe not as I like the Mirum Fresh Fruit Series more :D

Recommendation - Yes as it intensely nourishes the skin and moisturizes it giving an instant glow.

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23 Nov 2015

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Cleomee Donkey Real Milk Oil Mask (Whitening and Wrinkle Improvement) Review

I have tried another mask from the masks sent by skin18.com for review. This mask is a nourishing and hydrating mask. It is formulated to improve elasticity, improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supports natural cell renewal,prevent moisture loss and brighten skin tone. Let's see the review of the mask.

Brand claims
The essential fatty acid and vitamin elements, enriched from donkey oil and donkey milk will promote the healthy skin and create the beautiful skin tone of your own

Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Donkey milk, Dimethicone, Donkey Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Fragrance



Directions for use-
On cleansed and toned skin, place the sheet mask over the skinLeave on for 15 to 25 minutes and remove the mask. Let the skin absorb the remaining essence by gently patting the skin

My experience
The mask fits quite well with folds. The essence is milky and thick in nature and ample in quantity. I applied the mask for about 15 minutes only as my skin is oily.
After removing the mask I rinsed my face with cold water as this mask is not transparent in nature. My skin felt plump and extensively hydrated. Skin felt smooth and sickly for around 10 hours.
Extra essence I discarded as I didn't want my skin to become oily. I was just being cautious...
This mask is similar to other masks which hydrates the skin and gives a smooth finish.

The In
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Makes the skin smooth and silky
  • Extra Essence can be used to treat dry hands and feet
  • Travel friendly
  • More suitable for dry skin
The Out
  • Contains animal extracts
  • Many not suit oily skin




Availability - on Skin18.com as well as Amazon.

Price -$3 on Skin18.com website

Shelf life - not mentioned

Overall thoughts
The mask is hydrating and gives a subtle glow to the face. Makes the skin plump, smooth and silky. I have oily skin but I used it in winters so my skin didn't get oily. But maybe it will be more suitable for dry skin than oily skin. I didn't have any breakouts though.

Repurchase Maybe not because of animal extracts (personal preference)

Recommendation Yes for dry skinned beauties

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19 Nov 2015

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Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask Review, Price

I used the Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask for wrinkle treatment. But I don't have any wrinkles so I didn't expect much from this product. Read on know if it is effective on wrinkles or not?!

Product claims
This anti wrinkle functional sheet mask contains snail secretion filtrate that regenerates healthy skin appearance while giving elasticity to skin and supplying moisture and nutrition.



Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtarte, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Xantham Gum, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Hamamellis Viginiana Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Capryly Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrytate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Glyecryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl alcohol,  Cetyl Palmitrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance

Directions for use
Apply mask over cleansed and toned faced. Keep for about 15- 30 minutes. Do not rinse, massage remaining essence onto skin. Discard mask after single use.

My experience
I don't have wrinkles so I didnt expect much from this mask. I tried it to see if there is any stretching effect of the mask or not.

The fragrance of the mask is very less so cannot really say like what the fragrance is and sheet has ample of essence. The mask fit quite well with a few folds. I readied my skin after cleansing and toning. I applied the mask for about 25 minutes and removed it carefully. After applying the mask I had a little itching sensation as if my skin was being a little stretched.
The essence was a watery and opaque in nature. There was sufficient essence left in the package also. After applying also all the essence from the mask was dripping from chin area. To avoid the dripping I had to lay down after putting the mask.

After removing the mask I dabbed the remaining essence onto my skin. I could feel a tingling sensation as the essence was getting absorbed. Skin felt smooth, hydrated after the essence had dried up. No sticky residue was left after the essence dried up. The fragrance faded away as soon as I put the mask as the essence has nil fragrance.




The In
  • Travel friendly
  • Affordable
  • Sufficiently hydrating
  • Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin
  • Essence gets absorbed quickly without leaving any residue or sticky feeling
  • Contains snail extract for anti wrinkle effect.
  • Stretches the skin so is effective on wrinkles


The Out
None

Availability - Available on Skin18.com.

Price  $0.85 on Skin18.com website.

Shelf life - Not mentioned

Overall thoughts
The essence is very watery being opaque in nature and gets absorbed in the skin easily. Doesn't leave sticky residue behind instead stretches the skin for anti wrinkle effect. It intensely hydrates dry skin. Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin. I would recommend this mask for anti wrinkle effect as it works on wrinkles by giving a subtle stretch effect to the skin. To see visible effects you have to use more than one mask.

Repurchase - Nope because I don't have wrinkles

Recommendation
Yes surely if you have wrinkles or have stared getting wrinkles.

It is suggested to at least use 2-3 mask per week for a visual skin result.

NB- Product sent by brand for review. Honest review.

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16 Nov 2015

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Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion Review (with Tamarind Seeds Extract and Essential Oil)

I love using moisturizing lotions all around the year, specially for my hands and feet. I don't religiously put on lotions before going to bed but I regularly apply during daytime. Recently I reviewed Aroma Essentials Choco Body Balm which is very good for skin. Today I am reviewing Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion with Tamriand seeds extract and Essential Oil

Organic Harvest puts the power of plants in all its products. They have developed a range of high-performance products, combining the power of plants with ORGANIC and NATURAL ingredients.



Brand claims
This gentle and efficient moisturizing lotion containing tamarind seeds extract and plant derived actives with NMF which gives 24 hour moisturization that replenishes and protects the skin's moisture barrier. It helps promote a soft, supple skin texture and leaves your skin feeling resilient and moisture refreshed.

Ingredients
Aqua, Tamarind Seeds Extract, ECOCERT certified Sorbian Olivate, Essential Oil in Cream base

Directions for use
In the am & pm using fingertips pamper your body to have youthful, charming skin.

My experience
This body lotion is a thin white lotion that is neither runny nor thick. It spreads with ease and gets absorbed quickly without leaving any oily residue on skin. It feels as if there you haven't applied anything on skin.

I applied it after bathing and it moisturised my skin for 6-7 hours.
This moisturizing body lotion has Tamarind seeds extract which is known for it's anti ageing effects on skin. This is the first time I am using a tamarind seeds extract product.





The packaging is sturdy with double cap packaging for the pump. The inner cap is loose and comes out easily but the outer cap is tight and sturdy. It is absolutely safe for travelling and spill proof.
The pump dispenser works well but needs to be pumped many times for desired amount of product.
Regarding the fragrance, it is quite pleasing and doesn't linger on for more time. The fact that it is free of harmful chemicals makes it a great option for those with sensitive skin.



The In
  • Contains tamarind seeds extract
  • Free of parabens
  • Sturdy and travel friendly double cap packaging
  • Pump dispenser packaging
  • Spill proof packaging
  • Not so lingering aroma
  • Gets absorbed easily in skin even if applied in excess
  • Doesn't leave the sticky or oily residue
  • Neither runny nor thick consistency. It is of perfect consistency
  • Easily available online
The Out
  • Quantity offered according to price is less
Availability - Available at all leading stores. Available online on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Purplle, ShopClues, Satvikko, NewU.

Price and Shelf life- 595 INR for 100ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Overall thoughts
It is a great moisturizer which is light weight but moisturises well. It is free of chemicals and is non sticky, non oily and spreads with ease. It is a perfect choice for winters as well as summers. It will definitely suit sensitive skin also. If you like using non sticky body lotion then this surely is a best option. But people with severe dry skin may feel the need to apply twice.

Repurchase - Yes, but at a discounted price.

Recommendation - Yes, because of tamarind seed extracts and the fact that is free from chemicals.

NB- Product sent by brand for review. Honest review.
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13 Nov 2015

The Glitterbug Giveaway

The Glitterbug giveaway is finally here. The Glitterbug is a brand which makes handmade jewellery products, you can read more about them here. 1 winner will win the earring, earring cuffs and temporary tattoos shown in pics below!! To enter the giveaway follow the Rafflecopter widget. Please read the terms and conditions before taking part.

The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook page.






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The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook page.

Terms and conditions

  • 1 winner will win The Glitterbug prizes shown in pics above
  • Winners will be selected randomly using the widget.
  • The giveaway runs from 13th Nov 2015 till 27th Nov 2015. See the widget for number of days
  • Winners should contact within 48 hours to claim the hamper otherwise another winners will be chosen.
  • This is a sponsored giveaway and am responsible only for holding the giveaway. Prizes will be sent by The Glitterbug team. Am not responsible if you don't receive the prize.
  • Giveaway is open to Indian residents with a valid Indian postal address. If you can provide a valid Indian postal address of your relatives you can take part in the giveaway.


So what are you waiting for, take part in the giveaway and stand a chance to win these jewellery from The Glitterbug. You never know, you might be the lucky one to win the jewellery.


Good luck everyone :)

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12 Nov 2015

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DIY winter skin recipes

Today am going to share two DIY for dry skin. Winters have already started in India and stripping oil from our face and body. We often apply lotions and moisturizers to keep dryness at bay.
Sometimes I like to make DIY recipes for skin also. Here we go without much gyan...



Banana mask for skin
You will need a ripe mashed banana and sugar. Mix this together to form a thick paste. Massage gently onto your skin and let it dry a bit. Rinse with lukewarm water.
I usually use a banana which I have forgotten to eat and instead of throwing it away I apply to hair or to skin :D
Banana is a great moisturizer. The mask will make your skin soft and smooth.



Almond hand cream
For this you will need coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax. Take 1/4 part of bees wax, 1/2 part coconut oil and 1/2 part almond oil. You can use sweet almond oil also. Melt the beeswax in double boiler. After it melts add coconut and almond oil. Heat well till all the ingredients are mixed well. Pour in a container while it's cooled a little bit. After cooling fully it hardens. Don't pour hot mixture in glass container or plastic ones.

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10 Nov 2015

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Aroma Essentials Green Tea facewash Review, Price

Out of all the products I received from Aroma Essentials this is the last I am reviewing. I have been using the Green Tea facewash for past 8 days. Read on to know my experience.

About Aroma Essentials
Aroma Essentials believes in simple goodness for your skin. The products made by Aroma Essentials are free of artificial fragrances and ingredients. They are dermatogloically tested and not tested on animals. Moreover they are with small shelf life and freshly made to give your skin TLC.


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8 Nov 2015

My third Leibster Award acceptance and nominations

I cannot believe this is my third Leibster Award. This time Shilpa who blogs at Alive and Kicking has given me the award. It's been only 9 months I am blogging and have been nominated 3 times for Leibster award I am very very happy :D



Shilpa blogs about everything it takes to complete a life right from beauty, health, fashion, food, shopping,
parenthood, relationships to blogging campaigns. She is an inspiration to many newbie bloggers. Thanks a ton Shilpa for considering me for the Leibster award.

Now the rules for Leibster award.

  • Thank the person who nominated you and comment on their blog.Include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award and notify them.
  • Answer the 11 questions you are given
  • Give new questions or same for the bloggers you nominate to answer.
  • Make a copy of rules in your post.

My questions to the nominees

  1. Who has been your motivation in the blogging world?
  2. What do you wish you were better at?
  3. Any cute childhood memory.
  4. What's your favourite pastime?
  5. On which social platform can we find you most active?
  6. Define yourself as a person in one sentence.
  7. What is your unfulfilled dream till date?
  8. What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
  9. Which kind of attire you prefer in daily routine?
  10. Did you ever have any unpleasant experience related to blogging? If yes, brief about it
  11. How did you decide the name of your blog?

My answers to the questions posed by Shilpa

1. Who has been your motivation in the blogging world?
My best friends have been my motivation in the blogging world. I like a lot to write. When I told my best friends that I have started a blog they advised me never to stop writing.

2. What do you wish you were better at?
I wish I was better at elocution in school. I have a severe stage fear and cannot talk infront of a crowd. This is the one thing I wish I was better at!!!

3. Any cute childhood memory
Oh yes, my first school crush <3

4. What's your fav pastime?
My favorite pastime is reading. I can read anything and for any amount.of time. I also like to watch television.

5. On which social platform can we find you most active?
TWITTER!!!

6.Define yourself as a person in one sentence.
My heart knows only two things everything or nothing at all. I hope this sums up everything about me :D

7. What is your unfulfilled dream till date?
Unfulfilled dream as such is not one but are many. I dream of having a mini library, a big bungalow where I can do gardening all day long, wish to learn baking, wish to become a wedding photographer.... Many cannot quote one...

8. What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
Most important thing I have learnt is blogging is an expression of yourself and content is STILL the king.

9. Which kind of attire you prefer in daily routine?
I usually prefer a Kurti and Leggings which is utmost comfortable for me. I can also spend the whole day wearing a chiffon or georgette saree :)

10. Did you ever have any unpleasant experience related to blogging? If yes, brief about it.
Yes, after hosting my first giveaway when a participant commented that my blog is not a place for hardwork. Basically if you don't follow all the rules how you expect to win and on top of it blame the blogger!!!

11. Please give a suggestion/compliment/feedback about my blog Alive n Kicking :)
I particularly like how you blog on various topics. I would really like to give a suggestion to you Shilpa that if possible can you change the theme of your blog as well as commenting system? If possible and this is very personal suggestion from the point of view of a blog reader and not a blogger.

Now my nominees are

Aditi who blogs at Serene Sparkle
Gemma who blogs at Jacquard Flower
Anubhuti who blogs at Sense it Eve
Jayshree who blogs at Makeup Review Blog
Purva who blogs at Planet Beauties
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6 Nov 2015

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Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey Real Natural Mask Pack Review, Price

Mirum fresh fruit series provide your skin with marvelous hydration and nutrition. Mirum fresh fruit mask series are especially designed for all the skin types and all kinds of needs with Natural Cotton Crosel Sheet. It is a mask sheet made from 100% natural cotton which means it can attach to the face tightly and help the essence ingredients contained in the mask to be absorbed completely.

Let's see the review of the mask which I tried that is Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey Mask from skin18.com



Product claims
Mirum fresh fruit series provides your skin with marvelous hydration and nutrition. The dense and compact cotton mask sheet can be attached perfectly to your skin.

Ingredients
Is in Korean. English instructions and ingredients not mentioned on the pack.

Directions for use - After cleansing, apply toner on skin first. Take out of the mask and attach it on face evenly. After 15-20 minutes, take off the mask. Massage the remaining essence if any.

My experience
The Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey mask is made up of cotton ans you can actually feel it as soon as you take out the mask from the packaging. The mask has a fruity smell especially like caramel. Maybe it's because of the honey.

The mask fits quite nicely as compared to the previous masks. The essence in the mask is a lot thinner and less as compared to previous masks. The mask intensely hydrates the skin. I didn't feel the need to hydrate my skin for about 16 hours. I washed my face directly at bees besides rinsing my face after the essence had dried up.

My skin was hydrated and flet smooth and soft. I had to consciously keep my fingers from touching my smooth skin. I also felt a little glow on my face.





The In
  • Pleasant fruity smell
  • Conatins honey which provides necessary nutrition for skin.
  • Mask is Natural Cotton Crosel Mask which instantly upgrades the essence absorption of the skin.
  • Instantly improves skin’s hydration
  • Good attachment performance
  • Travel friendly
  • Budget friendly


The Out
Ingredients list in English is not mentioned.

Availability - On skin18.com website here

Price - $1.20 but currently as a freebie on skin18.com website

Shelf life - not mentioned

Overall thoughts
Due to the Natural Cotton Crosel Sheet the mask fits nicely and improves the essence absorption. You don't need to dab the essence as it gets completely absorbed by the skin. The fragrance is pleasant fruity and essence is non sticky and easy to apply. The mask gives the skin a lot of nourishment and smoothness. The skin feels fresh and hydrated. It also imparts a glow to the skin which the product doesn't claim to do. Overall I am happy with the Mirum Fresh Fruit Series.

Repurchase - Yes, would love trying the whole Mirum Fresh Fruit series.

Recommendation - Yes totally especially if you have dry skin and also if you need nourishment for the skin!!!


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30 Oct 2015

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Four Seasons Collagen Lifting Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask Review, Price

My skin is getting dry with the dry winds blowing in full swing. I usually don't use lotions and moisturizers on my skin with the fear of getting pimples. I know oily skin too needs moisturization, but then fear wins over wisdom.

I recently tried the Four Seasons Collagen Lifting Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask with claims to hydrate as well. So let's see the review of it.




Product claims
This anti wrinkle functional sheet mask contains essence derived from natural Marine Collagen that provides abundant nutrition into the skin to create firm and shiny skin.

Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Dipopylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Xantham Gum, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Hamamellis Viginiana Extract, Tripheyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine,Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Capryly Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrytate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Allantoin,  Ceteth-20, Ceteth-10, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance

Directions for use
Apply mask over cleansed and toned faced. Keep for about 15- 30 minutes. Do not rinse, massage remaining essence onto skin. Discard mask after single use.





My experience
The fragrance of the mask is little salty sort and sheet has ample of essence. I had a little problem adjusting this mask compared to the previous one I tried. I readied my skin after cleaning and toning. I applied the mask for about 15 minutes and removed it carefully. After applying the mask I had a little burning sensation as if my skin was cooling after putting on the mask.

The essence was a little watery as compared to Aloe Waterful Soothing Mask which I tried earlier. It had sufficient essence left in the package also. After removing the mask the essence got absorbed in skin very easily. I could feel a tingling sensation as the essence was getting absorbed. Skin felt smooth, hydrated and soft after the essence got absorbed fully.
The fragrance faded away as soon as the essence was absorbed in the skin. My skin was hydrated for about 7-8 hours after which I washed my face.

The In
  • Travel friendly
  • Affordable
  • Intensively hydrating
  • Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin
  • Essence gets absorbed quickly without leaving any residue or sticky feeling
  • Contains collagen for anti aging effect.
The Out
  • The anti wrinkle effect to be seen cannot be expected in just one mask
Availability - Available on Skin18.com.

Price $0.85 on Skin18.com website

Shelf life - Not mentioned

Overall thoughts
The essence is very light weight in nature and gets absorbed in the skin easily. Doesn't leave sticky residue behind. It intensely hydrates dry skin. Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin. Overall a good mask in this fall season for moisturizing and wrinkle care.

Repurchase
Yes, at a discounted price.

Recommendation
Yes surely if you have a dry skin. And if you need hydration and relaxing effect.
It is suggested to at least use 2-3 mask per week for a visual skin result.

NB- Product sent by brand for review. Honest review
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27 Oct 2015

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Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask Review, Price, Availability


Korean skin care believes in taking care of skin rather than applying more of makeup to hide skin problems. We all know BB, CC creams were first made in Korea and now they are an integral part of almost every girls' make up kit.

The website Skin18.com, founded by Eugeine Shek, aims to bring Korean skincare to people all over the world at an affordable prices. Take a look at the range and you will be spoilt for choices and will feel like buying all the stuff. Currently there are many discount, freebie offers on the website. They provide free shipping on over $40 purchases.



Let's take a look at the mask which I tried from skin18.com that is Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask Whitening effect.

Product claims
The whitening functional mask sheet contains essence derived from natural aloe that soothes irritated skin and provides abundant moisture to create radiating, smooth skin.

Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf extract, Panthenol, Triphenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Viginiana Extract, Dipotasium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-60 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Polycrylate, Sodium Hydaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Alianton, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-10, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.



Directions for use
Apply mask over cleansed and toned faced. Keep for about 15- 30 minutes. Do not rinse, massage remaining essence onto skin. Discard mask after single use.

My experience
The fragrance of the essence in mask is quite good. I don't like much fragrance in beauty products. I used the mask in morning. I applied the mask on cleansed and toned face to maximize the effects. The mask fits quite properly (at least to me) with a few folds. The mask gives a soothing effect and cools off the skin instantly. This is the first time I have used a mask, that too Korean. I kept it for around 30 minutes (greedy me :P) and removed it slowly and properly. Little essence was left which I dabbed on my face so as not to waste it.

My skin was hydrated and I was happy with the first time results. Hydrated skin looks so good and feels oh so smooth. I didn't feel the need to hydrate my skin for about 24 hours. After the using the mask I avoided washing my face for whole day and washed at bed time directly.



The In
  • Contains aloe which has proven benefits for skin
  • Pleasant fragrance
  • Travel friendly
  • Mask is sufficiently large to fit all face types
  • Hydrates the skin sufficiently
  • Gives a smooth feeling to the skin
The Out
  • The whitening effect as such was not felt but with just one mask you cannot expect that.
  • You need to use at least 2-3 masks in one week to see amazing results .
Availability - On Skin18.com website at affordable prices.

Price - $0.85 on Skin18.com website

Shelf life - Not mentioned

Overall thoughts
I was overall happy and satisfied with the mask. It's also very easy to use as well as travel friendly. You can take it anywhere you want, without any hassles. It gives soothing effect according to its claims and makes the skin smooth and evens the tone of the skin.

Repurchase - Yes, but at a discounted price!

Recommendation -  Yes if you are or are not a fan of Korean skincare then this is a must try. It is something new to try out and keep your skin healthy.


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25 Oct 2015

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22 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Sebum Control Gel Review

Hi folks,

I have tried the Sebum Control Gel from Aroma Essentials and am ready to post my review. Basically I have never tried anything sort of gel to control my sebum secretion in the past. I always used facewash to control my oily skin other than CTM. I usually don't use facewashes meant for oily skin as they tend to dry up the skin in hope of controlling the oil secretion.
Let's see the detailed review of the product.



About Aroma Essentials
Aroma Essentials believes in simple goodness for your skin. The products made by aroma Essentials are free of artificial fragrances and ingredients. They are dermatologically tested and not tested on animals. Freshly made products without preservatives is the speciality of Aroma Essentials products

Brand claims
Removes blemishes and brings troubled skin back to clearer look and feel




Ingredients
BHA, Tea tree oil, Aloevera

My experience
Firstly after hearing the word gel it feels quite heavy in nature. But this gel is very, very lightweight. I used it on my acne scars and dry skin around my nose at night for 8 days after washing my face.

The product comes in a tub packaging which is quite travel friendly. The gel is transparent in colour, lightweight in nature and has mild nostalgic fragrance. The consistency of gel is perfect and is neither runny nor thick. It gets absorbed in skin easily. It spreads quite easily on skin and doesn't leave greasy residue. If applied in excess it makes skin feel a little stretchy. The same feeling when we apply aloevera gel on our face. The fragrance fades away after a while.




Now coming to the effects, in the morning my skin didn't feel oily at all and felt fresh. It hasn't shown much improvement on the scars and blemishes. But then I am not worried on this point as it doesn't claim to lighten the skin tone. All you feel after using this gel is your skin feels fresh after each use.

Price - 150 INR for 15 gms
              300 INR for 35 gms

Shelf life - 6 months and needs to stored in refrigerator

The In
  • Smells nostalgic and fades away after application
  • Lightweight gel which gets absorbed well
  • Hydrates the skin decently
  • Little amount is needed so it will last longer
  • It will suit oily & combination-oily skin
  • Doesn’t make the skin look greasy
  • Contains tea tree oil, aloevera which are proven to benefit the skin


The Out
  • Packaging would have been pump or tube sort so as to maintain the hygiene of the product

Availability
Available via ordering on Aroma Essentials Facebook page or emailing Aroma Essentials.

Overall thoughts
The product controls the oil secretion (though it doesnt claim to do so) and gives fresh feel and look to the skin. The gel is quite light weight in nature. It doesnt leave greasy residue behind and the consistency is perfect. The only complaint I have is packaging. Would love to have in tube or pump packaging. I would definitely recommend this product for all oily and combination skinned beauties!

Repurchase- Maybe not as I don't use much of oil control gels and facewashes!

Recommendation - If you are a person who likes to use sebum control gels then this definitely is a product for you.

Tell me your thoughts on my review.


Fellow bloggers please leave your latest post link in comments section below for me to checkout!
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19 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Choco Body Balm Review

Hi folks,

The only thing I hate about winters is dry skin and chapped lips. Who else is on the same boat with me??!! Dry skin requires little extra care these days. My hands and feet tend to get more dry than normal days in winters. I tried the Choco body balm from Aroma Essentials and today's review is about that. Let's see the detailed review of Choco body balm.

About Aroma Essentials
Aroma Essentials believes in simple goodness for your skin. The products made by Aroma Essentials are free of artificial fragrances and ingredients. They are dermatogloically tested and not tested on animals. Moreover they are with small shelf life and freshly made to give your skin TLC.

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17 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Papaya exfo - Review

Hi folks,

The October heat is taking a toll my on health, always feeling like drinking some or the other cold drink. I don't drink colas though. With the winter approaching my skin is becoming patchy with some dry patches. My skin is oily and if not cleansed regularly I get white heads and skin tends to look rough, specially on nose area. I regularly follow CTM and once in a while steam my face. But then steaming also has downsides that is large pore size.


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14 Oct 2015

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Sneak peek of Aroma Essentials products I received

Aroma Essentials believes in Simple goodness for your skin. Aroma Essentials provide completely natural solutions for skin and hair without any side effects. Products are a combination of aromatherapy and botanical extracts.

Aroma Essentials products are made of natural essential oils, natural vegetable oils, natural butter and emollients which are non-comedogenic and non-irritant and.hence safe for usage. This ensures that the products give your skin and hair nourishing, refreshing and revitalizing treatment.



All Aroma Essentials products are handmade with natural ingredients. The shelf of almost all products is 6 months so you can really say that they are free of artificial preservatives.

Madhurima of Aroma Essentials sent me some products according to my skin type. I have oily skin with faint post acne marks. At Aroma Essentials products are to be strictly used according to the skin type. The products which we get in market are made with chemicals, usually are for all skin types. But at Aroma Essentials each product is suited for a particular skin type thus ensuring effectiveness.

The products I received are

  • Green tea face wash
  • Choco body balm
  • Papaya exeo
  • Sebum control gel
  • Bright skin mask


I am very excited to use the products and share my experience with you all. I am currently using the sebum control gel and I will soon be reviewing the products.

Have you tried any Aroma Essentials product/s? Share with me in comments section below.

Till then have a great day ahead :)
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11 Oct 2015

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Za true white exfoliating clay - Review

Hi gals,

How are you all? I am going to review Za true white exfoliating clay today (another late review I know)
My skin is oily and requires frequent pampering. But due to hectic schedule am unable to do so. I received a sample sized Za true white exfoliating clay. Initially I didn't find it to be great. As and when I used it frequently it didn't let me down. Let's see how the product is and it's effects on skin.

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7 Oct 2015

Poha vada recipe

Hola folks,

Am back with another quick and easy recipe. It's been such a long time that I posted a recipe on blog.

Let's talk about the recipe now. Today's recipe is Vada made from Poha that is Poha Vada. The recipe requires deep frying so people who are conscious about calorie intake may not find this to be a healthy recipe. I personally love, love, love this recipe because of its crispness. Let's get started with the recipe it is pretty easy and quick (lazy me)



Ingredients
  • 3 handful of poha
  • Little besan and rice flour
  • 2 small finely chopped onions
  • Finely chopped coriander
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Tissue paper (for absorbing extra oil)
  • Tomato or tamarind sauce


Procedure
1) Soak poha in water and discard all the water and keep aside and let the poha fluff.
2) Add chopped onion and coriander and mix well with the poha using your hand.
3) Add gram flour (besan) and rice flour just enough to make dough. Don't add much flours as the vadas will not fry properly then.
4) Add salt and chilli powder according to your taste and mix the dough with little water. Make the dough not too hard and not tooo soft.
5) Now take oil in pan (kadhai) and heat it well.
6) Make small tikkis out of the dough and keep aside.
7) After the oil is heated sufficiently dip the tikkis in hot oil and fry on low flame till both sides turn brownish.
8) After they are evenly fried on both sides remove them and keep on tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.
9) That's it serve them hot with tomato ketchup or tamarind sauce.

NB- Serve them immediately till they are crispy.
Add little flour/s else they will not turn crispy.
You can add veggies also to this recipe.
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3 Oct 2015

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Omved Deep Facial Cleanser Giveaway


Hi folks,

We received a great response for our previous giveaway. You know Golden Rim got featured among 15 top personal blogs in India. Plus we had a few milestones on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so to celebrate these all we have another giveaway.

If you are a regular reader, you might know I recently reviewed Omved Deep Facial Cleanser. The product is made without any chemicals and is herbal in nature.




Omved has happily agreed to giveaway one full sized cleanser to one of the readers of Golden Rim. To take part follow the Rafflecopter widget rules below and stand a chance to win the awesome cleanser. Please read the terms and conditions before taking part.

The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook



a Rafflecopter giveaway



The winner is Geeta Nair!!!
Winner email me full postal address on jquery.sonali@gmail.com within 48 hours of this announcement!!!

The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook page.

Terms and conditions

  • One winner will win Omved Deep Facial cleanser.
  • Winner will be selected randomly using the widget.
  • Winner should contact within 48 hours to claim the hamper otherwise another winner will be chosen.
  • This is a sponsored giveaway and am responsible only for holding the giveaway. Cleanser will be sent by Omved team.
  • Giveaway is open to Indian residents with a valid Indian postal address.

So what are you waiting for, take part in the giveaway and stand a chance to win the cleanser which is free from chemicals and very gentle on skin. You never know, you might be the lucky one to win it.

Good luck everyone :)

Image courtesy- Omved store
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30 Sep 2015

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Three moisturizing lotions which never failed for me

Today am going to talk about the three moisturizing lotions which have never failed for me and probably will never fail for you.

I have dry and rough hand and feet skin. I can never ever miss going out without applying lotion to my hands and feet. I tend to be lazy when it comes to applying lotions at night before sleep. So let us come to the point and talk about the three lotions.



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25 Sep 2015

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Fuschia Cherry Caramel Lip Balm - Review

Hi folks,

How's the weather treating you? Here it's hot in Bangalore. Today am with a review of Fuschia cheery caramel lip balm. I know am late on this review, but then I just wanted to share my review and tell you all how great the lip balm. Let's get started with the review before I start raving about the product here itself.

Brand claims
Infused with 100% vegetarian and natural ingredients
Shea butter and kokum butter blended with vitamin E provide extra smoothness, moisture and antioxidants
Soothing and subtle fragrance of natural oils.
Formulated to rejuvenate and keep your lips supple.
Free of parabens, petroleum base, artificial tints and synthetic perfumes.

Ingredients
Beeswax, Shea butter, Kokum butter, Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Sesame seed oil, Olive oil, Olivem 900, Caramel flavour, Burnt cane sugar.



My experience
First and foremost the aroma of the lip balm is like a caramel candy or caramel chocolate. The lip balm comes in a small tub sort of package which is very nice and sturdy. The ingredients list and other details regarding the lip balm are accompanied by a small printed paper note (very cute I feel).

The texture of the lip balm is non greasy and creamy. Though colour is visible in tub it's actually translucent in nature and melts when kept on hand for some time. It is very moisturising lip balm and a very small quantity is enough for lips. If you have severe chapped lips or you are using it in winters then overnight application is recommended.
After I applied the lip balm I dint feel the need to apply it for two days as it kept my lips hydrated (I didn't apply lipstick during these 2 days). Some may find the need to use it daily.




The In
  • Very hydrating and moisturizing for lips.
  • Contains beeswax and natural ingredients
  • Translucent so can be blended with lipstick of your choice to give it a tint.
  • Sturdy tub packaging
  • Less quantity is required so goes a long way
  • Travel friendly package due to sturdy and small tub.
The Out
  • Little bit pricey (only little bit)
Price - 225 INR for 8 gms

Shelf life - 30 months from date of manufacture.

Availability - Available on Vkare website as well as major shopping portals.

Overall thoughts
It a really nice lip balm for moisturising the lips especially in winters. It can be blended with lipstick for a tinted effect. Sturdy tub makes it travel friendly and doesn't crack on dropping (accidentally dropped a few times). The product does what it claims and has no false pretence.

Repurchase 
A big YES!!!!

Recommendation
Totally totally totally recommended!!!

Tell me if have tried any handmade lip balms or the one which I have reviewed?!
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