25 Jul 2016

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Himalaya Herbals Foot Care Cream Review

I totally ignore my feet, apart from applying a lotion whenever heading out, that's it, all I do. No exfoliating, no pedicure nothing. I also have severe cracked heels due to the hard water supply here in Bangalore. Cracked heels take time to cure, although with the right foot cream the curing process can be sped up. Today we will be discussing the Himalaya Herbals Foot cream which claims to cure dry, rough, cracked heels. Let's head on to the review to see how it helps.
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23 Jul 2016

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#ColgateMagicalStories of my tiny tot

My son is a restless creature, like his father. His brain constantly needs something or the other work. Albeit having many toys, many rhymes saved on the TV, laptop he becomes so restless that I end up scolding him to be quiet. Later on I feel bad and play with him. Sometimes I give him a bucket or tub to put his toys. He will put them in and take them out from tub or bucket. But he is bored of all this now.

When I showed my husband the Colgate Strong Teeth packs which have interesting sea creatures inside which are to be cut and pasted or made into a collage, my husband immediately jumped to an idea that our son will play nicely with the characters. I was very skeptical about his thought, as our son had  developed a new liking of eating hard covers, cardboard and paper. I explained this to my husband and he realised it. We planned to cut the creatures, while he was asleep at night. We cut all the creatures and stored them separately in different envelopes, so that if he tears one set of pack another one will be intact.


Next day after showing him the creatures, he started blabbering with his not yet twisted tongue (he is 2 years old). He immediately picked up the mermaid and analysed it :D. After playing with some creatures he tried to put one in the mouth. Some characters he talked with them, something like bauha bhua, blah... Of course something meaningless, which is beyond imagination. Some characters he gave to me and some to my husband. Again he took them, threw them. He was confused and surprised with the new concept of sea characters. When my husband tried to tell him #colgatemagicalstories, for a few minutes he was quiet, then again threw all over everywhere. We sensed his impatience and I immediately packed all the creatures.

Next day we showed him the new set of creatures from another pack. He immediately picked it up and threw in a haphazard manner. Played with a few and threw a lot of times. If he throws one creature on the floor , he will say 'takka' (means takla in Marathi, threw in English). Some creatures are his favourite, so he will take them extremely close to his eyes so as to take a closer look :D. It has become a daily routine. But we have to keep a strict check so that he doesn't put any cardboard in the mouth.

Apart from not keeping quiet our son will trouble a lot to brush his teeth. Although he will watch the 'Colgate brush two times a day' advertising with immense concentration. My husband tricked him into showing the creatures while I brush his teeth. After seeing the sea creatures, he will immediately have a 100 watt smile on his face and open his mouth wide :D.

In this way we created our own #colgatemagicalstories to tell our son, to keep him busy as well as make him brush his teeth twice a day. Over the time, once he starts speaking a few more words, we would be very, very happy when he tells us a story.

Has your tiny tot told you a story ever? Share with me in the comments section below.
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22 Jul 2016

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Types of Printed Sarees Which Can Make Your Day


Sarees are the dearest things hold by every woman close to their heart. Their drapes, mysterious pleats, dreamy pallu, designer blouse to match up, catchy prints and creative patterns are few features or say advantages sarees have over other type of ethnic wears. We know that sarees grab the keen interest of every other woman in not only India but also around western countries. And prints are main fascination which draws attention to every lady but still there are some specific prints and designs which can actually make your day like a blast.

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19 Jul 2016

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My one day fruit diet experience

I am very happy to share with you all that I have successfully completed one day fruit diet. By the way this attempt is highly inspired by Ankita from Life With Herbals water fasting. Although I couldn't try a full fledged water diet, I started baby steps with fruit diet.


Firstly let me tell you all, my diet has a major part of carbohydrates and the credit for this goes to my undying love for rice. Never ever till date my week ( now day) is complete without eating rice. My mind, heart and stomach all had agreed upon this that I can never ever follow water fasting. So to control my eatings, I started fruit diet. Before starting this let me tell you, my heigh is 5'3" and weight is 58 kgs. I have been under weight all of my life before becoming a mother.

I started my fruit diet on 11th July 2016 Monday. I had made up my mind to follow a fruit diet on Sunday morning that is 10th July. In the evening my husband had ordered KFC burger and asked me whether I wanted one. Keeping aside my liking of junk food I declined his offer. My decision was a sort of a warm up which we do before exercises.
Monday morning, as usual I had my tea. Yes, I get severe headache if I don't have my morning tea. Again thanks to carbohydrate dependent diet. Next thing breakfast, was one small sized apple. After some 1 hour I was hungry. I had lots of water, around 2 glasses and I was full.

Then lunch time, again 2 small sized apples. In between breakfast and lunch I fed my son some curd rice and was badly tempted to eat it. Still I didn't give up, ignored the rice and fixed my eyes, ears, stomach on apples in the rack. Still my mind was wandering near the thought of eating rice. I clearly told my mind, not to tell my stomach what to eat and what not to eat, let the stomach decide whether it is hungry or not.

After lunch I was totally full so hunger, no cravings for the food. Now it was 4 pm, my favourite tea time. Again, I resisted, as I had tea in the morning. My mind kept wandering, wanting to drink tea. My stomach too :(. So to divert them I had one cucumber with 2 teaspoons of curd, half a pinch of salt and sugar. This made me full, no cravings, nothing at all. In between the whole day whenever I felt hungry I had a lot of water. At this time I realised, how little water I used to have when I had full meals. Dinner time was same, two cucumbers with 2 teaspoons curd, dash of salt and sugar. I was full. Slept quite okay but my mind was wandering about this blog post what all I wanted to write and what not.

At first I had thought, I wouldn't even continue my fruit diet for half day. Am glad I completed it for one whole day. The best thing to happen was my son who hates eating apples has started eating them from this day. The next day I felt light in every sense. No laziness, no yawning, no heavy feeling in the stomach. I was sort of energised the next day. I hope to continue fruit diet once every week. Water fasting is not my cup of tea but fruit diet definitely is.

Disclaimer - This post in no way intended to inspire people lose weight or become skinny. Also please consult your doctor before proceeding. If you are on medication or have had a operation or surgery recently then please refrain from this diet.
It is personal experience of a foodie who has discovered a way to control her food cravings.
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16 Jul 2016

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Haul featuring Auravedic, Himalaya Herbals

Hi gals,

How's the weather in your city? Here in Bangalore it's not raining at all. The weather is all parched and hot. But bloggers, be bloggers! Back to business, am doing a haul post after a long long time. I like to empty a lot of products and then shop for something new, which I haven't tried and which also ends up being loved by my acne-prone skin.

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14 Jul 2016

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Garnier Ultra Blends shampoo of Soy milk and Almonds Review

Hey gals,

I recently got my hands on Garnier Ultra Blends shampoo of Soy milk and almonds variant. I am glad that Garnier has come up with a paraben free formula. Since I hardly use conditioner today's review will be only about the shampoo.


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12 Jul 2016

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Soap Square Banana and Oats with Shea Butter Soap Review

When I received the package from Soap Square few days back, I eagerly opened it. No sooner I opened it than I was greeted with fresh, sweet banana smell. The fragrance was like a smoothie, very sweet, tempting and all I wanted was to take a bite of the soap. Although I controlled my temptation, so that I could review it. So here toady am reviewing the Banana and Oats with Shea Butter soap.

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10 Jul 2016

7 Jul 2016

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Versatile Blogger Award Acceptance and Nominations

Skincare Villa has been nominated for Versatile Blogger Award by the very awesome Anamika from Natural Beauty and Makeup

I would like to apologise to Anamika for the delay in the acceptance of award. But it is very sweet of her to confer me with the award. Anamika blogs about travel, skincare, hair care, beauty and makeup so do checkout her blog.


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6 Jul 2016

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Ethicare Remedies Z-Block 25% Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Gel Review

Sunscreen protection is very important to prevent premature ageing of the skin. Sun damage can have severe effects on the skin. One of the popular and effective sun protection product is sunscreen. Toady we are looking into the review of Z-block sunscreen from Ethicare Remedies. 

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5 Jul 2016

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Soap Square Fresh Coffee Brew Soap Review

The name is so exotic and immediately makes me want to drink a coffee :). After trying around many handmade soaps this is first of a kind coffee soap am reviewing. I am as excited as you are to review it, so let's get started.

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3 Jul 2016