31 May 2016

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SoapWorks India Chocolate Fudge - Cocoa Butter Review

Today am reviewing the SoapWorks India soap. I received them a few days back but couldn't review them as I hadn't clicked the pics. After using so many handmade soaps I have started to hate commercial soaps. Let's hop onto the review to see how the soap fairs on its claims.

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29 May 2016

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Lass Naturals Strawberries and Cream Body Butter Review

Who doesn't love body butters? Moreover in a flavour of strawberries? Today I am reviewing the Strawberries and Cream body butter from Lass Naturals. The body butter has very exotic strawberry fragrance and is highly moisturizing. Let's hop onto the review and check whether it fits your fancy or not.




Brand claims and Ingredients click here


My experience
The packaging as you can see in the in the images is tub packaging and size is travel friendly. The tub is thick plastic jar and is not all breakable. The lid is twist up and has an additional cap for spillage purpose. Although the butter is very thick in consistency and no worries of spillage even in hot, hot Indian weather. The colour of body butter is light pink and fragrance is exactly that of a strawberry ice cream. No sooner you open the tub than you will be tempted to eat it. Please refrain from eating :P


Coming to the consistency, the butter is thick in consistency, spreads easily, gets absorbed easily and leaves a mild fragrance behind. The moisturizing effect is very good and that lasts about 7 hours, after which you may or may not feel the need to moisturize according to your personal preferences. The skin is soft, smooth and strawberry smelly post application. It is a paraben free and mineral oil free body butter and is highly recommended you are looking for some Indian brands in body butters section.


The In
Thicker consistency of butter
Gives intense moisturization for 7 hours
Contains shea butter,  kokum butter, Cocoa butter
Paraben and mineral oil free
Exotic strawberries fragrance
Spreads easily on skin
Gets absorbed readily
Non-greasy and non oily feeling post application
Quantity required is less so product lasts longer

The Out
Some may not be able to put up with the fragrance
Contains fragrance and alcohol

Price, shelf life and availability - 535 INR for 125 gms Buy here

Recommendation
I would highly recommend Lass Naturals Strawberries and Cream Body Butter if you are looking for Indian brands and high performance product. It gives intense moisturization and at the same time is nonsticky. It has the goodness of Kokum butter so it is ideal for skin.in the long run.

Tell me your favourite body butters and your links as well.
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27 May 2016

25 May 2016

My friendship Yatra with my bestie

"No yaar, I can't make it, it will be very difficult to take a 3-4 day leave." I said
Rajani just hanged the call without a word. Rajani, my bestie, had been nudging me to take a leave, from the past few weeks. Every time I used to decline, saying I had a project delivery. I simply hated travelling, whereas her, she loved exploring places.
A few weeks passed by and I totally forgot about the holiday gateway which Rajani was planning. One day in the office, I was struggling with a code. No matter what or how I coded it ended up failing. All of a sudden I remembered the trick Rajani had shared with me, without sparing a single second I applied it and Woohoo the functionality was done.

Again, Rajani had come to my rescue. Yes, she was my knight in shining armour. We were family friends before we turned into besties and then eventually soul mates. We shared the same degree college, post graduate college, our first job as well as the same locality in the town. After reminiscing all this, I immediately called her up in the lunch break and expressed my desire for the holiday plan. She was jumping with joy. She promised to arrange everything and asked me to just confirm my leave from my manager. I informed her that I could only afford weekend and no weekday leaves. Still, she agreed :).

Next day she called me up to inform that we will be heading to Goa for the weekend and will be back on Monday early morning. She said, she will check Domestic Airlines for flight tickets, so that we don't waste time in travelling for a long journey. I smiled at myself 'smart gal as always'.
The day dawned and we both met at my place and headed to the airport. After a few hours we were in Goa. I was feeling good, way beyond words could express. A holiday break, after 3 long years of work indeed had made me mechanical. We had switched jobs 3 years back and life was very hectic and mechanical after that. I remembered our first job, yes, we had college placements and we both bagged the same company. Not only the same company, but same department and same team, yayyyyy!!!. Life was so much fun at that time I thought.

After getting ready, we visited some places, shopped and had lunch. We did everything, like free birds. In the evening we sat by the beach side chatting, teasing each other. She told me about her handsome manager and I shared with her the marriage alliances which I had rejected recently. She shared her new found love of arts and crochet and I told her about my blogging interests. We chatted the whole evening. No matter how much we talked and laughed and had fun we were not getting enough of the moment. At one point I just wished I could freeze the moment, but I was surely seizing it, if not freezing.

On Sunday morning I woke up early, and Rajani lazed around as usual. I remembered our good old days. We used to hang out at each others place, study together for exams, travel together to college, we shared all our secrets. But being family friends, we couldn't share our dark secrets. For that we always needed an outing, like this one. I smiled at my half asleep bestie, and she asked me 'what's for breakfast?' I teased her for being a lazy person and made tea for her in the hotel suite.

Rajani had made me realise that we need to relax a bit in between our hectic schedule only to recharge ourselves for our future endeavours. She taught me to live and love life, fully. This time also she had come to my rescue. My knight in shining armour, I thought and smiled at her, as we boarded our return flight to Pune.

From that day onwards I love travelling and exploring places. After all, we all need a break in our fast paced life, to rejuvenate ourself for our future endeavours

So that was my travel Yatra with my bestie. Do you have a similar bestie, share with me in the comments section below.
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24 May 2016

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Amara Organix Soaps Review

I have reviewed Amara Organix Body Butter, Bodywash and lotion earlier. Today am going to review the soaps by the brand. I received Lavender soap and Raktachandan soap for review. Let's hop on to the review as the brand claims are not there by the brand.

The soaps are packaged in a transparent sheet with th brand label and a cute satin lace tied up. It would be great if there is a cardboard box to prevent any direct damage to the soaps.


Lavender soap Ingredients
Vegetable glycerin, Coconut oil, Vitamin e, Sodium cocoate, Purified distilled water, Lavender essential oil

Raktachandan soap Ingredients
Veg glycerin, Coconut oil, Vitamin E, Sodium cocoate, Purified distilled water, Raktachandan extract ( red sandalwood extract), Sandalwood oil



My experience
The fragrance of Lavender soap is amazing and the colour of the soap is lavender. The fragrance of Rakta Chandan soap is similar to that of the actual Rakta Chandan stick. The colour is also dark red.
The fragrance of both the soaps is not at all lingering and bothering. Else some soaps have strong fragrance which lingers and we feel like we still are in the shower :P.

The soaps lather quite well and are not at all drying for the skin. The lather is foamy and a bit bubbly. The soaps are more sort of glycerin rather than milky. The skin is squeaky clean, soft and fresh post usage of the soaps. I particularly like the lavender soap more than the Rakta Chandan variant. The soaps like other handmade soaps lead to wastage when not dried properly or used directly under the stream of water. But as long as the product has no harmful fillers, that's not a problem for me.


The In
  • Handmade soaps without fillers 
  • Foam quite well 
  • Doesn't dry out the skin 
  • Make skin smooth and soft post use
  • Contain the goodness of Lavender and Raktachandan in respective soaps


The Out
  • May lead to wastage when used under direct stream 
  • Cardboard outer packaging


Price, shelf life and availability - Lavender - 120 INR for 100g and Rakta Chandan 150 INR for 100g and available on Facebook page of Amara Organix

Recommendation
I would totally recommend the soaps from Amara Organix as they don't have harmful fillers unlike commercial soaps. The soaps perform their job well and are decently priced. Soaps last longer if kept away from direct stream of water. Else leads to wastage. Overall barring this point the soaps are totally worth the price at which they are offered.

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23 May 2016

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DIY Walnut Honey Body Scrub

Hola friends,

I am sharing an amazing, easy DIY which you can try at home easily. For body scrub we don't need a delicate scrub but at the same time it shouldn't be too harsh. I have a body butter which I forget to use and in summers it's already sweating so we cannot use heavy body butters.



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20 May 2016

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SoapWorks Shea Butter Lip Balm - Honey Kisses Review

I have reviewed the SoapWorks India Shea Butter Lip Balm - Butter Cream. The lip balm also is available in another variant and that is Honey Kisses variant. This lip balm is a little bit different than the one previously reviewed. Let's see the lip balm review.



My experience
The lip balm is honey coloured and is creamy in nature. It glides well on the lips and intensely moisturizes and hydrates the lips. The lip balm fragrance is out of the world and is very sweet. It smells exactly as honey and as soon as you put it on your lips you feel like taking a bite :).

Now coming to the effects, the lip balm sufficiently hydrates the lips for 7 hours without reapplication . After 7 hours the lips are smooth, soft and hydrated. But alas if you are a lip balm addict you will definitely feel a need to reapply.

Overlooking the twist down mechanism failure, the lip balm does an excellent job and lives true upon its claims of lightening the lip colour. I have used it for 10 days straight and it has shown slow effects on my pigmented lips.



The In
  • Intense hydrating and moisturizing effects for the lips
  • Amazing honey aroma
  • Stick packaging inspite of being a handmade lip balm 
  • Free from artifical colour, fragrance as well as preservatives 
  • Lives true upto its claims 
  • Contains shea butter, honey, beeswax 
  • Hydrates the lips for 7 hours and I didn't feel the need for reapplication 


The Out
  • The twist down mechanism fails to work after using for some days
Price and Shelf life - 240 INR for 5 gms and shelf life not mentioned

Recommendation
I would highly recommend the SoapWorks India Shea Butter Lip Balm - Honey Kisses lip balm for its hydrating and moisturizing effects. The lip balm also claims to lighten the lip colour, although it is a bit slow, but lives upto the claims. Contains lip friendly ingredients sans chemicals. Overall an excellent lip balm worth every penny. I would personally prefer Honey Kisses variant over Butter Cream.

NB - Product sent by brand for review. Honest review. 
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18 May 2016

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Ethicare Remedies Uvmed Tinted Sunscreen Gel Review

I usually forget to use sunscreen hence don't end up buying new ones yo try out. So when I received the Ethicare Remedies UVmed sunscreen gel I was excited to try it out. My hands are okay sort tanned, as there is hardly any tan visible. But my feet, they are badly tanned. So then I thought of testing the Ethicare Remedies UVmed sunscreen and today's review is how it faired on its claims. By the way the sunscreen has also been tested by my husband :)


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SoapWorks India Luscious Lip Scrub - Juicy Strawberry Review

I hardly ever exfoliate my lips for which I use my extra soft (unused) toothbrush. Many lipstick lovers are fond of lip scrubs. Today's review is of one such lip scrub which is totally edible and works great also. Read the review of SoapWorks Luscious Lip Scrub - Juicy Strawberry



Ingredients
Organic honey, organic sugar, sweet almond oil and Shea butter

My experience
The product has been tasted as well as tested by me :P. First things first, the product is all natural sans artificial colours and fragrance. It doesn't contain any chemicals for preservation. The lip scrub performs its job well and exfoliates the lips gently (as long as you don't scrub vigorously). The lips are left behind with a pink hint and softness.

The product is packaged in a metal tin which is sleek as well as small in size. This makes it very travel friendly. The lip scrub is pink in colour with a sweet strawberry scent.



The fragrance is amazing and as soon as you use it on your lips you will be tempted to eat it. Mark my words, you will eat it even before using it. Since the product is all natural it is totally edible. Overall a good option to try out if you are looking for a luxurious buy for lip scrub.

The In
  • Made from all natural ingredients 
  • Performs exfoliating task effectively
  • Leaves the lips soft and pink
  • Totally edible so hassle free product
  • Quantity required is very less so product lasts longer 
  • Travel friendly small package 
  • Comes in another variant also
  • Mesmerising sweet strawberry scent
  • The sugar granules are small in size and thus don't hurt the lips 

The Out
  • A bit costly, instead I would love trying a DIY



Price and Shelf life - 344 INR and shelf life not mentioned

Recommendation
As a lip scrub product it works great and is a highly recommended product for its effectiveness and naturalness. But I think for a lip scrub the price would be a little high as it is totally DIYable :). Though the product is worth buying for its effectiveness. If you are in for luxurious lip scrub then you must definitely go in for SoapWorks Luscious Lip Scrub.

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NB - Product sent by brand for review. Honest review. 
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16 May 2016

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SoapWorks Shea Butter Lip Balm - Butter Cream Review

A girl can never get enough of lip balms. Today's review is about SoapWorks India Shea Butter Lip Balm - Butter Cream. Let us see how this lip balm fairs and whether it is worth buying or not.



My experience
Firstly I am highly impressed that inspite of being a handmade lip balm it comes in a stick form. This makes the handmade product very hygienic instead of dipping the fingers in the lip balm tub.

The lip balm is cream coloured and when applied it is translucent. The twist cap works well when you twist up but stops working when you twist down the cap, and you need to push the lip balm manually with finger.

The lip balm has a creamy texture and glides very smoothly on the lips. The lip balm intensely moisturizes the lips but with a little bit waxy feeling. The moisturizing effect stays put for about 6 hours. Moreover the lip balm is free from chemicals, tints and artificial fragrance. Overall a highly recommended lip balm.




The In

  • Free from parabens, artificial tints, artificial fragrance
  • Contains all natural ingredients
  • Inspite of being a handmade lip balm comes in a twist up packaging
  • Moisturizes lips for 6 hours
  • Heals dry and chapped lips from first use itself
  • Quantity offered is great at the current price
  • Inspite of being a handmade lip balm it is packaged in twist cap

The Out

  • The twist down mechanism fails to work after some usage

Price and Shelf life - 240 INR for 5 gms and shelf life not mentioned

Recommendation
I would totally recommend the SoapWorks India Shea Butter Lip Balm - Butter Cream as it is free from chemicals and artificial colourants. Moreover the product has all skin friendly ingredients and the packaging is also twist up mechanism which most handmade lip balms lack. I am head over heels with the butter variant and have also tasted it....

Let me know your experiences and thoughts and don't forget to leave your blog urls.

NB - Product sent by brand for review. Honest review
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14 May 2016

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Bajaj Nomarks All Skin types Facewash Review

I was just wondering in the Spencers mall in the skincare section and I spotted the Bajaj Nomarks All Skin types Facewash. I picked it up, as it was standing alone away from other brands and saw small pink granules in it. I just thought of trying it and purchased it. So today am reviewing Bajaj Nomarks All Skin types Facewash.



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13 May 2016

11 May 2016

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Ethicare Remedies Caladew Soothing And Calamine Lotion Review

As soon as I head out in the sun my back starts itching like hell. It just starts burning somehow. I feel like putting ice onto it. I usually avoid going outside in peak sun hours. But still sometimes I have to. And then
Caladew Soothing And Calamine Lotion from Ethicare Remedies came to my rescue.


Brand claims
Caladew lotion, with its balanced formulation, offers soothing-cooling action and gives relief in skin condition like prickly heat, insect bites, itching, sunburn, nappy rash etc. Use 2 to 3 times daily for best results. Zinc oxide is used to heal the skin and offers mild sunscreen action. Caladew has Excellent spread ability. It offers instant cooling effect.

Ingredients
Kaolin, Zinc oxide, Cucumber extract, Aloevera, Silicon oil, Glycerine

My experience
The Caladew lotion is a tube packaging which is a cute pink one. It is very travel friendly packaging as well as size. The lotion is peachy pink in colour with a little more runny consistency. This makes the tube dispense sone extra product as it runs out even without squeezing the tube.
The calamine lotion is very soothing and provides some amounts of coverage to the skin. The colour of the lotion is responsible for this though. The lotion spreads easily on the skin and takes some time to get absorbed in the skin.




The lotion gives an instant cooling and calming effect. Being a calamine lotion it is also supposed to heal itchiness, red spots, prickly heat and the product just effectively does its job.

I have used the lotion on prickly heat affected areas of my body and it has reduced the redness and itchiness over a period of time.

The In
  • Effectively heals itchiness, redness of skin
  • Reduces itching of prickly heat 
  • Provides a cool and calm effect to the skin 
  • Provides some amount of coverage
The Out
  • No full ingredients list
  • Very runny consistency
Price and Shelf life - 99 INR for 75ml with a shelf life of 3 years

Recommendation
I would highly recommend the product to tackle the prickly heat as it has helped me tackle mine. Sumer is at its peak and this is all you need to reduce the itchiness of the skin.

Tell me your favourite lotion which tackles prickly heat .
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9 May 2016

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Ethicare Remedies Acmed facewash Review

I love products which are of acne-prone skin category and at the same time live upto their claims. Very few products work as they claim. Acne-prone skin needs a lot of attention, time and patience. Let's see how the Acmed facewash lives upto its claims.



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7 May 2016

5 May 2016

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Ethicare Remedies Akmasq Pimple Care Complexion Mask Review

We all struggle with acne at some or the other stage of our life. Few people are very lucky who don't have to deal with acne at any stage of their life (feeling jealous as well as happy for them :P). I have struggled with acne like anything, in my college days :(. But recently the skincare awareness has made my skin (almost) problem free. We are talking about acne today as the product which we are reviewing today is for acne care. Let's read whether thr product Akmasq Pimple Care Complexion Mask lives upto its claims.



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3 May 2016

High end fashion shopping destination - Iralzo

Who doesn't love high end fashion at an affordable price? Today I will be introducing one such online shopping website for affordable high end fashion and that is Iralzo.com

Iralzo takes inspiration from international runways and the global street scene. They offer wearable fashion, hair accessories, garments, sarongs and scarves in a variety of colors at budget-friendly prices.


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2 May 2016

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Fuschia Activated Charcoal face and body detoxifying scrub Review

Fuschia products never ever disappoint you and am sure many of you feel the same way. After using two of their scrubs am posting another scrub review. This scrub is a little bit different in terms of scrubbing as well as effects. Read on to know what makes this scrub different from the previous scrubs.

Brand claims
Enriched with Activated Charcoal, a superb absorbent, this scrub gently draws out impurities and toxins from your skin. This scrub is most suitable for oily and acne prone skin

Ingredients 
Aloe Vera, Activated Charcoal, olive oil, Wheatgerm oil


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