26 Jun 2017

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All You Need To Know About Botox

Hey everyone,

Well, we all have heard the word “Botox” and we are all confused about it? Is it basic cosmetic surgery or an implant? Everyone seems to look for the answer. So here, I have listed down a few facts about this mystery term, which has confused us all.

My FAQ Sheet
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin drug which is produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum or botulinum toxin. It is popularly used for cosmetic surgeries to remove wrinkles, using technology that temporarily paralyzes the aging muscles. In this process, the toxins are injected into the targeted area to bind with the receptors of your muscles. People get it done to elevate their lips and cheekbones and achieve a better face structure.
This is rapidly becoming a popular concept where people are opening up to this new technology to look better and feel better about their faces. Obviously who doesn’t want to look good????

Where can you Use Botox?
Botox is most commonly used under the eye and on the horizontal lines of your head. Many times girls also get it done on their downturned lip and jaw line, to refine the structure of their face. Some people also use it in their armpitsto prevent the sweat glands from creating any odor or sweat.

Who Should Get It?
Most people get it to eliminate aging and wrinkle signs from their skin.People also get it done to gain a more structured jaw line and to work on improving their features. People in their early 30’s are more likely to opt for Botox, however, it is also getting extremely popular amongst youngsters, who shouldn’t be considering this as a necessary requirement to look beautiful.One should feel loved for just the way they are. Cosmetic surgery's popularity is increasing insecurity in young girls and putting pressure to look a certain way and it’s is so wrong that people are more concerned about how others look compared to their own beauty.

How Long Does Botox Last?
Immediately after the injection, the toxins start working under your skin. A Botox treatment can take about five to ten days to show its results and on an average most Botox injections can last about four months, depending on the amount of time your body takes to generate new receptors.

Should I avoid something after the Botox?
No. If your practitioner has treated you correctly then there is basically no restriction on what you can and can’t do. Botox injectors are diffused into your skin, and work internally, so there is basically nothing I would ask you to avoid during this time. You can go about your daily routine without worrying about the treatment and it will star showing results son enough.
Pain, Bruising, and Swelling

Like any other injectors, you might feel a little pain and swelling after undergoing this treatment. However if this pain increases or bruising starts to appear, then consult your doctor as soon as possible as Botox is essentially toxins, which can potentially damage your face.  Prepare yourself for a little sting and swelling for a few days as it is the price that you will be required to pay for the treatment.

How to Pick a Provider?
Pretty much every health care based player around the country is providing Botox services, which makes it extremely hard for customers to choose from. I recommend you to go for a reliable and trustworthy provider like VLCC. Since there are lots of myths circulating in the market regarding the Botox; an expert would be the right choice. Well, I am not so much into the Botox stuff but yeah, once I read about a demo session by the VLCC Indore team and the types of Botox treatments like MESO Lipo, MESO Scalp Therapy, Thread Face Lift and Fillers, it piqued my interest. The VLCC experts say that one can reduce 10 years of aging from the face with Botox. The team is well equipped with the advanced technologies, qualified experts, and hygiene factors and most importantly, their priority is their customer’s comfort and convenience. The best thing about them is they clarify any doubts of the visitor at the time of consulting and show the portfolio of their work which is very rare. During my visits to the center I have seen their work and met with satisfied customers.
Even you can request for some live demonstrations from the VLCC experts at the time of consulting for more clarification. Many of the celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Shilpa Shetty have gone through the Botox treatment. So it’s more of myth that it won’t work and the visible results will be no less than a celebrity’s. LoL!
On the contrary, it is also true that a wrong provider can easily get you to a hell-like experience. We have ample number of Botox went wrong celebrities sustaining in the glam world.

You know what I feel, somewhere we are all skeptical about Botox but when a celebrity gets it done with successful results, we shower them love, likes, and tweets for their looks and praise them to the moon.
Watch here what VLCC experts say about Botox:

It is a better alternative compared to plastic surgery, which can make permanent changes to your skin, and you will have to live with till eternity.

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20 Jun 2017

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How to Prevent Hair loss, balding due to Anxiety and Stress

One of the lesser known reasons for hair loss and balding is the stress people take in their daily lives. Whether it is physical stress due to over load of physical work or the psychological stress due to emotional, financial, societal issues at work, home or elsewhere, the stress consumed by people is at the maniacal levels. This stress level also causes hormonal imbalance, which leads to gradual decrease in the hair growth and slowly leads to baldness.

Types of hair loss due to stress
Anxiety is a prolonged form of stress and one is always related to the other no matter the technical difference between the two. And both combine to hunt the hair and cause disastrous results. There are generally three types for hair losses which can be attributed to stress:
·         Telogen Effluvium: When you are suffering from severe stress, your hair follicles become unfunctional which impacts the hair growth. Gradually in the next few months, you start experiencing hair loss of higher proportions during a simple wash or combing.
·         Trichotilomania: It is a form of disorder which compels you to pull your hair from all parts of body. It is not known why it happens but the speculation is that pulling a hair as an action helps the person in dealing with high levels of stress which could have been triggered due to emotional or psychological issues
·         Alopecia Areata: In a strange follow through of events, in this condition the stress causes such an impact on the immune system that it starts attacking the healthy follicles and causes hair loss. This is also called auto-immune effect
What are signs of hair loss?
Hair loss comes with signs which should be paid attention to and that too on time so that it can be taken care of.
·         Hair starts thinning
·         You see hair on your pillow each time you rest you head on it
·         Front hair line starts receding in men
·         More than usual skin is visible while pulling or partition of hair
·         Women’s hair brushes catch a lot more hair than normal
·         Women have to tie an additional loop while tying their hair. This is also associated with the thinning of hair in women

Reasons for hair loss due to stress
Stress activates a lot of changes in the body functions which then interfere with the hormones.
·         Hormonal changes in the body caused due to stress affects the hair growth and since stress hormones are powerful, they can easily result in hair loss
·         Stress affects your sleeping pattern and may cause lack of sleep which again tampers your usual performance at work or in life eventually leading to hair loss
·         Anxiety related stress kills your hunger or makes you feel like avoiding food. Lack of proper and timely diet reduces the supply of nutrition to body which in turn weakens your hair
·         Some people under duress tend to pull their hair as a means to fight stress (just like nail chewing) and that also causes hair loss if done regularly
·         Stressed body produces toxins which also affect the hair follicles and weaken them. Weak follicles do not generate hair at a healthy speed and cause hair loss

Steps to control stress related hair loss
·         Get a proper sleep for atleast 7-8 hours and allow your body to rest well to counter the stress related hair fall.
·         Eat healthy and drink a lot of water. It gives your body more energy to fight with stress and strengthens your hair enough to not let them fall
·         Exercise regularly, do Yoga, start running as these things release the stress injected toxins from the body and reduce the stress by a great extent
·         Stress is also caused due to a major physical change in the body such as accidents, a major illness or even child birth. Your body deserves time to embrace the change and allow yourself to recover without fretting over it. The incidents cannot be reversed but stress related hair loss can be.
·         You might want to check if the medicines you are taking during stressed days are adding to the hair loss. Consult your doctor and have them changed
·         Give yourself a good dose of Vitamin B and cut down on Vitamin A as it can cause hair loss

Do all of the above religiously and you can easily reverse the hair loss caused due to stress.
Kaya has a wide range of treatments for hair loss in men and women. At Kaya, there is a process of diagnosis which is followed by the treatment which is sustained my maintenance of hair. Kaya recommends a variety of therapies to treat hair fall.

Also Kaya has one of the best facility for hair transplant treatment in India , Know more about it.

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18 Jun 2017

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VanityCask Flawless Edition - June 2017 Box Review

Today's post is about the Unboxing of VanityCask June 2017 Box. The box is named Flawless Edition and after looking into the contents I couldn't agree more. Every girl loves having a flawless skin. As they say skin is the canvas for makeup. Now-a-days many people are paying more attention to their skincare regime than ever. The other statement also holds true, that makeup enhances your features and is a form of art, what lies in our hands is just take good care of skin. Check out the Launch Edition of VanityCask

What is VanityCask?
VanityCask is beauty box that gets delivered to your home. It contains samples of luxury beauty brands, handpicked by experts, to suit Indian women. The current box for June'17 is the VanityCask Flawless Edition. It is a culmination of brands like Vôtre, Comfort Zone, Gulnare, The Nature's Co. & VLCC and aims to bring the gift of Perfect Skin to women across the country. Our previous box was dedicated to a Luxury Spa Experience and contained 5 deluxe samples from leading brands like Vôtre, Soap Square, Thalgo, & The Nature’s Co.

You can order your VanityCask box on their website vanitycask.com

So without much of my blabbering let's get into the contents of the Flawless Edition.

VLCC Sandalwood Cleansing Milk
This nourishing cleansing milk is enriched with Almond & Indian Berberry extracts and Sandalwood oil that cleans, nourishes and heals skin, & helps balance oil secretion, dryness, pimples and dark circles!
Quantity (full size): 100 ml
Price - 160 INR for 100 ml

Gulnare Aloe & Vit E Face cream
This lightweight day cream contains essential vitamins and minerals and aloe vera, that help to fight dark circles, wrinkling, and dryness. This cream will protect & soothe your skin perfectly!
Quantity: 30 gms 
Price of full size - 550 INR for 50 gms
Key Ingredients - Aloevera, Vitamin E, Cucumber

TNC Fuller's Earth Face Pack
Get glowing skin with this highly effective mud face pack that acts as a beauty mask. This face pack removes toxins and excess oil from your skin giving you a glowing complexion!
Quantity: 35 gms 
Price of full size - 2195 INR for 270 gms
Key Ingredients - Fuller's Earth, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Kaolin, Vegetable Glycerin

Votre Multi Vitamin & Rejuvenating Night Crème
This luxurious moisture rich night créme is clinically proven to help increase cell renewal in your skin and assist the skin’s natural regeneration process & delays premature ageing!
Quantity: 30 gms 
Price of full size - 2450 INR for 50 gms

Comfort Zone Absolute Pearl System Set
Sample skincare regimens from one of Italy's premium Skincare brands! Ranges: Hydramemory Range, Active Pureness Range, Absolute Pearl Range, Skin Regimen Range, Renight Range, Sublime Skin Range.
Price of full size - above 1000 INR

Also vouchers from Sublime Factory, Raw Pressery, Skin Alive and VLCC.

My experience
I always wanted to try TNC Fuller's Earth Face pack and Gulnare Aloe Vit E Face cream. But due to their high price points I never tried them. With this edition of VanityCask, finally I have got to try both the products. As for VLCC Cleansing Milk, I already have purchased one and this box has kind of restocked it for me 😊. I have also reviewed the Votre Multi Vitamin and Rejuvenating Night Crème and feel that it is one of the luxurious skincare available today in the market. All the products in the VanityCask June Box of Flawless Skin Edition are worth the money. The products chosen are take care of all your skin needs, Cleansing, Rejuvenating, Day time and Night time care.

I would say this month box is a value for money since we receive products worth double the amount of box

  • VLCC Cleansing Milk ( full size) - 160 INR
  • Comfort Zone Absolute Pearl System Set - price not mentioned
  • Votre Multi Vitamin & Rejuvenating Night Crème - 1470 INR approx
  • TNC Fuller's Earth Face Pack - 284 INR
  • Gulnare Aloe & Vit E Face cream - 330 INR approx

Total value of box - 2494 INR
You pay - 999 INR (plus vouchers)

If you see the above prices you can check that The Votre Night Crème has already covered the price of the box. Apart from that the Gulnare Aloe & Vit E Face cream is also the same case. Both these products are about half the quantity of full size and have already got you covered to give that flawless skin. So I would say Flawless Edition of VanityCask Box 2017 is, absolutely a value for money, box and goes on to give you that glow. Grab the box before it's gone.
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15 Jun 2017

Top 5 Office Tote Bags From StyleWe

Girls love carrying bags, whether it's their vanity bag or office bag, thye live stuffing essentials every now and then. Tote bags have been around for some time to keep the look classy yet carry all your essentials without the bulgy look of the bag. Office bag is a very important thing when it comes to carrying essentials. We need to carry our makeup, skincare essentials plus office essentials (no option here 😛).  So let's take a look at the top 5 office totes to carry.

This cowhide leather bag is available in two colours black and brown, pick your favorite and stuff your essentials.

Cheer up your work environment with a dash of crimson colour with this tote bag

The two piece stunner is sure to grab the attention. Moreover it's available on 5 amazing colours on Stylewe.com

Also check Just Fashion Now

Cannot get over girly colours, then grab this baby pink tote. With two inside pockets and one zipper pocket it's sure to keep all your essentials in place.

Classy yet sassy is what we think when we see this tote bag. You sure don't wanna miss picking this up.

So these were our picks for office tote bags. Apart from the StyleWe Tote Bags there is an amazing range of Clutches, Satchels, Shoulder Bags and Wallets on StyleWe. There is a wide variety of bags out there and in case you don't want to visit the website and you can visit the Instagram account of Style We.

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14 Jun 2017

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5 Ways to Use Rice Water for Better Skin

Rice water is absolutely brimming with nutrients and goodness. Using it for your skin can help it grow healthier and more radiant. Here are some ways to use it.

Before we tell you how to use rice water, let’s first take a look at what rice water actually is. When you wash rice for a meal, the water left behind is packed with all the nutrients from the rice. This water can be used to renew your skin and even make your hair stronger, longer and shinier. Now, before you dismiss this as one of those wacky new-age treatments, you should know that using rice water for skin care dates back to the imperial courts in Japan. It is also a fairly common practise in China as well. Its ease to procure and total lack of chemicals is what makes this one of the best things you can use. Here are some ways to use rice water for face cleansing:

1.       Boiled rice water:
·         To use this, you have to cook your rice with twice the amount of water that you usually put. Once the rice is made, you’ll be left with milky coloured water.
·         However, you must dilute it by adding a few spoons of this water to a cup full of regular water.
·         Wash your face with it at least once a day.

2.       The quick fix method:
·         You don’t always have to cook rice to make your own rice water face wash.
·         Just soak rice in some water for around 15 minutes and drain.
·         Use the water to clean your face.

3.       Fermented rice water:
This method is great if you want to make an effective rice water cleanser for your skin. Now, you’re probably imagining Bunsen burners and test tubes because we said this is fermented rice water but that’s totally not the case.
·         All you have to do is collect rice water by using the quick fix method listed above and store it in a jar.
·         It will take 2-3 days to ferment naturally.
·         Once it starts to smell slightly sour, you’ll know it’s ready for use.
·         You can store it in your fridge.
·         As fermented rice water is quite strong, you should ideally dilute it a little with regular water before using it as a cleanser.

4.       Rice Water Face Mask
If your skin loses moisture easily, along with applying Olay Total Effects 7 in One Day Cream during your morning regime; make a rice water face pack that will definitely rejuvenate your skin in no time. All you need is rice water, oatmeal and a few drops of essential oils like rose oil or sandalwood.

5.       Rice Water and Lemon Body Cleanser
You can add a few drops of lemon juice to rice water to make a cleanser you can use all over your body to keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and light.
Rice water is also known as Asia’s best kept beauty secret. It’s time to spread the word!
Like rice water, there is also a secret ingredient in our kitchen that fights sun tan, excessive skin oils, etc. Yes, we are indeed talking about the humble tomato! Check out different ways to use tomato for face, and get that envious, blemish-free, glowing skin you have always wanted!

Also, get more skin care tips to be your best beautiful daily at www.rewardme.in

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13 Jun 2017

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Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser and Mask Review

What happens when a brand is on your wishlist and you discover a gem product? The same thing happened with me after I got my hands on Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser and Mask. Let's check out why this one will be labelled as a must try if you are skincare junkie.

Brand Claims - Deep Pore cleanser. Nourishes, tones, stimulates healing, removes blemishes.

Ingredients - Nutrient rich river bed Clay saturated in Aloe Vera

My experience
The product is housed in a plastic tub, with a black top and inner lid. I personally find this packaging convenient since the tub fits properly in the handbag or skincare bag. The product is dark grey in colour with fine powder consistency. Although you can find some small granules in it, but they aren't too big to cause any scrubbing effect. I like the consistency of the product, especially after mixing with water it becomes a smooth and soft paste which is very gentle on skin.

The product is a two in one product cleanser cum mask. I have used it both the ways. Let me sum up the effects of using it both the ways. Initially I tried the product as a mask. I made a paste and applied a thick layer on my face which I left for around 15-20 minutes. The after effects of the face mask were my skin was super clean, super soft, had a glowy look all day long and my black heads were less prominent than usual times. My skin feels very soft and smooth everytime I use it

I have also used the product as a cleanser and it gently cleanses the skin and gives a glow to the skin. However as stated earlier the cleanser has small scrub particles which aren't dense, so I didn't get the feeling of scrubbing which I usually get when I use a powder cleanser. From the day I received the product I am using it sometimes as a cleanser and most of the times as a mask. The deep cleansing action of the product is very commendable. I liked how the product shows effects in just one use ( I have used it multiple times, however).

The In

  • Cleanser cum mask product
  • Deep cleanses the skin while removing dirt and dead skin cells
  • Gives a glowy look to the skin all day long
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth
  • When used as a cleanser gently cleanses the skin
  • Doesn't dry out the skin

The Out

  • Scrubbing is not enough when used as a cleanser

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 220 INR for 80 gms with a shelf life of 5 years. Available on mittise.com or Mittise Instagram account.

Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser and Mask is a highly recommended product if you are a skincare junkie and are looking for deep cleansing product. If you love using face masks then this has to be a must try product as it shows effects from first use itself. I would however love using it as a mask rather than a cleanser due to less scrub particles.

*Product bought with my own money
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3 Jun 2017

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Win Summer Kit from Ethicare Remedies - #FightAgainstFungi Giveaway

Hello All,

Today's giveaway is an initiative by Ethicare Remedies for spreading awareness against Fungal Infection. They have initiated a campaign named Fights Against Fungi. Summer brings a lot of skin problems along with it, one of the major problems which people face is Fungal Infection. So to support that they are giving away Summer Kits to two winners. You can read more about the initiative below

As we all know Summer brings a lot of skin problems along with it. One of the major problems which people face is Fungal Infection.
So Ethinext Pharma has initiated one campaign named Fights Against Fungi. In that, they are trying to spread awareness regarding how to prevent fungal infection and how one can get rid of it. You can see it on their social media posts. Also, they have taken an initiative of one more social cause to pay back to society in association with Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children. We will donate Rs. 2/- against each unit sale of any anti-fungal product of Ethinext Pharma. 

They have also shared a video to spread the awareness regarding the Fights Against Fungi. Below is the video.

The Giveaway rules are as always listed in the Rafflecopter widget and other rules are mentioned below so make sure you go through them.

Products included in Summer Kit:

  • UVmed Sunscreen
  • Ospis Soap
  • Sebogel 
  • Sweatnil

Winners announced!
Hiral Shah
Kavita Negandhi

Congratulations Winners 😊😊

Check the winner names in the widget. Winners are requested to DM me their postal address on Instagram within 48 hours of this announcement.

The place where it says "Visit page on Facebook" in the RaffleCopter widget you should "Like the Facebook page"

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Terms and conditions

1) Giveaway runs for 10 days from 3rd June 20107 to 12th June 2017. Giveaway open to Indian residential addresses where the hamper can be couriered.

2) We will be having 2 (two) winners. The giveaway is a sponsored one from Ethicare Remedies.

3) Plus hate comments, hate Instagram DM, rude behavior will get you blocked. Unfollowing and/or unsubscribing, in this case you will be barred from future giveaways. 

4) Winner Decision will be final by Ethicare Remedies team.

5) Participants please refrain from saying 'Make me win'. It is just a matter of hard work but coupled with Luck :).

6) Winner announcement will take place on Blog, Facebook and Instagram. Winner has to get back via email within 48 hours of winner announcement else another winner will be chosen.

So take part and stand a chance to be the lucky winner of this hamper. Last but not the least tons of thank you to Ethicare Remedies Team for this huge giveaway :)

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1 Jun 2017

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Random Shopping Haul

It has been a while I did a skincare haul, although this time it wasn't a planned one like the Valentine's day haul. I had already purchased Himalaya Herbals body cream and VLCC Sandalwood Cleansing Milk before going on a vacation. After coming back from the vacation Mittise got in touch with me for an amazing offer which I could hardly resist. As is the brand was on my wishlist and in came the offer. I received some samples with my purchase of Mittise products.

So let's see what all I have bought in the past 2 months.

Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream - 270 INR
I was waiting for the body cream to be launched in stores, it was initially available only online. Since I wasn't in the mood to purchase anything else from Himalaya range, why pay for shipping ☹️. As is the new launch didn't have any offer, so i waited it to be in stores and immediately grabbed as soon as it was available. I have reviewed the product and you can read the review here

VLCC Sandalwood Cleansing Milk - 140 INR
Iraya Lotus Seed Cleansing Milk is my ultimate favourite, but the packaging is a bit non travel friendly. So I bought this one for my recent travelling session. So far so good, nothing special though with the Cleansing Milk.

Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser and Mask - 220 INR
I picked up this one since it says cleanser cum mask. Clay cleanser have always been a favorite since I have used one from Burst of Happyness. I tried this one from Mittise just once and am highly impressed. It deep cleanses gently leaving behind a glow on the skin which lasts for around 1 day. I will be posting a full review soon.

Mittise Wild Essence Face Wash - 190 INR
My love for powder cleansers made me purchase this one. The anti tan and anti acne words fascinated me. Hence goes this one in the cart.

Mittise Conditioning Shampoo - 175 INR
This one was suggested by the Mittise team and since I am working on my haircare routine more than the skincare one, I will be using this regularly and then post a review.

Freebies I received with my purchase of Mittise
Mittise Pure Rose Water ( full size)
Mittise Almond Oil (sample size)
Mittise Natural Detergent (sample size)

So that was all for today. Soon I will be posting my favourite skincare products as well as an empties post. So stay tuned for that!
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26 May 2017

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Artisanal Skincare Holy Basil Cleansing and Toning Water Review

As we all know how important the toning step is in our regular CTM routine. Lately I have been loving floral waters or hydrosols as toners and so far I have combated acne successfully. I remember the time when I used chemical toners and my acne were hardly affected by them. Instead the sensitive skin around my nose used to get a burning sensation.  The same is not true in case of floral waters or hydrosols. They give a refreshing feeling without the burning sensation while reducing or preventing breakouts. Let's see the review of, one of it's kind Cleansing and Toning Water.

Brand Claims - Holy Basil (Tulsi) is well known for its anti bacterial properties. This toner is made with real tulsi leaves, distilled to form a cleanser & toner that will leave your skin feeling fresh. It will absorb excess oil from your face without drying out your skin. With its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, it is perfect for people with acne prone skin. If your skin breaks out often, then this is a toner just for you.

Ingredients - Distilled water, Basil leaves, Alum, Glycerine

My experience
The bottle is dark brown coloured one being a platsic one. Plastic bottle makes it safe during travels without the fear of getting broken. The bottle has two dispensers, one big and one small. They have a protective lid, a plastic one.

The toning water dispenses easily through the dispenser. The toning water smells like fennel mixed with sugar syrup. I especially love the fragrance of the toning water so much that I might end up drinking it some 😁😁. The toning water also contains Alum, alum also has toning properties, I had read somewhere although I am not too sure.

Now coming to the effects of the toning water. The toning water effectively removes any residue or dirt post cleansing. It not only cleanses but also hydrates the skin sufficiently giving an even toned soft and smooth skin. I really like how unlike the commercial toners this toner doesn't irritate my sensitive nose area. Regarding the pore size, I haven't noticed any changes. After using the water one can feel a cooling and calming effect on the skin. The skin feels rejuvenated and refreshed.

The In

  • Amazing fragrance
  • Removes any residue post cleansing
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth
  • Perfectly tones the skin for a smooth finish
  • Hydrates and plumps up the skin
  • Gives cooling and calming feel to the skin
  • Doesn't irritate the skin sensitive skin
  • Light weight and travel friendly packaging as well as size

The Out

  • I didn't find any, some may find high price as the con

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 560 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of 2 months after opening. Available on Qtrove, Amazon.in and Artisanal Skincare website.

The Artisanal Skincare Holy Basil Cleansing and Toning Water would be highly recommended for those with oily, acne prone skin for it's toning and anti bacterial properties. Also I feel it would be suitable for all skin types since it doesn't dry out the skin at all.

*PR sample
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22 May 2017

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Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream Review

Hi All,

How are you all? I was a bit unwell this weekend and the half month of May I was travelling. So the result, few blog posts ☹️☹️☹️. Also I have started selling some small range of handmade cleansers and face packs, so that is also getting a lot of my time. Anyhow, without much time let's head to the review. The product was earlier just available on Himalaya Herbals website and no where else. So I waited for it to launch in the stores and I immediately grabbed when I spotted it at a mall.

Brand claims and Ingredients - 

My experience
The product is housed in a bulky jar which is kind of absolutely non travel friendly (I still carried it during travelling). The jar is plastic with a screw top cap and has an inner lid to prevent product spillage while opening the product. The jar in itself is not bulky, but the product quantity is! A whooping 200 ml pack!

The product has a refreshing aroma of chocolate with a sweet smell of caramel. It indeed smells like a caramel candy like Alpenlibe. The cream is true to it's name and is creamy in nature and consistency. It's a little thinner than a body butter and a little thicker than a normal moisturiser. I love the consistency, it spreads easily and gets absorbed fast into the skin.

I like to use the body cream before hitting the bed. I slather it all over my hands, legs and feet, sometimes even on my heels 😁😁. The moisturization it offers lasts me around 10-12 hours. I don't reapply the cream after bathing in the morning. I hardly get any time to do so. The cream makes the skin soft and smooth making it look nourished. Apart from that, I like the fact that it is extremely non sticky, non oily. You don't even feel like you have applied a cream. It does moisturise, but without any hint. So far I am totally loving this body cream instead of my body lotion. I also love the fact that it doubles up as a foot cream also for me. I would recommend you all to give it a try once.

The In

  • Moisturises the skin for good 10-12 hours
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth
  • Extremely non sticky and non oily formula
  • Spreads easily and gets absorbed fast into the skin
  • Sweet caramelized chocolate flavour fragrance
  • Doubles up as a foot cream for me
  • Affordable price
  • Easy availability

The Out

  • Bulky packaging
  • No intermediate size available

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 270 INR for 200 ml with a shelf life of 3 years. Easily available online as well as in stores.

I would recommend you all to give the Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream a try. Affordable price, easy availability and long lasting moisturization makes it a winner.

* Product is bought with my own money
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17 May 2017

Skincare Villa Products and Skincare Kit

Finally I have got some time to talk about my venture Skincare Villa products. It's like the tailor who doesn't get time to stitch his/her own clothes 😂😂.

I was (and am still) skeptical about how far this will really go. Real motivation came from my favourite blogger Swathi who blogs at Curious and Confused Me when she ordered the Oats Almond Cleanser.

Few of you might be knowing that I have an Instagram account where you can get to see the Shop updates. I really don't want to mess up the blog and venture thing into one and hence a separate account. I earlier had only two products, both being cleansers. Now I have around 7 products in the range, all being either cleansers or face pack in dry powder form. I don't want to add any preservatives hence the dry form.

Rose Turmeric Cleanser

Oats Almond Cleanser

Ever since I used the JivaVrksa face wash in dry powdered form, my skin has seen fewer breakouts and almost after 2 and half months later now (roughly) I am totally loving the change with zero breakouts. So Skincare Villa products is my attempt to introduce dry powder face cleansers to masses.

Following is the current product range I have along with the price

Anti acne Face Pack
Fortified with Neem, Tulsi and Tea tree essential oil with Rhassoul Clay and Bentonite clay. Priced at 250 INR 30 gms

Ayurvedic Face Pack
Fortified with Manjistha, Raktachandan, Turmeric and Lodhra
 Priced at 200 INR 30 gms

Green Tea Detox Face pack
Fortified with Green tea, Charcoal and Rhassoul Clay and other ingredients.
 Priced at 250 INR for 30 gms

Oats Almond Cleanser
Oats and Almond powder fortified with Rose petals and Grapeseed oil
 Priced at 275 INR 50 gms

Rose Turmeric Cleanser
Fortified with Rose petals powder and Turmeric with Besan.
 250 INR 50 gms

Green tea mint cleanser
Green tea and Mint powder cleanser
Priced at 250 for 50 gms

Anti Acne Cleanser
Multani Mitti fortified with Neem and tea tree essential oil and Amla powder.
Priced at 325 INR for 50 gms

Detail ingredients list can be requested. Payment methods accepted are Paytm and NEFT.

Also the purpose of writing this blog post is that I am introducing Skincare kits which can be a good option to see whether a product works for you or not. Skincare kits are open for preorders till 27  May. You will have a minimum of 3 samples of your choice in the kit. You can even opt for more flexible thing like having 3 samples and one full size, 4 samples or 3 samples and 2 full size products in the kit. The product choice is entirely yours.

Details are mentioned below for your convenience

  • 3 samples - 700 INR + Shipping charges
  • 4 samples - 850 INR + Shipping charges
  • 3 samples + one full size - 900 INR + free shipping
  • 3 samples + 2 full size - 1125 with free shipping

Please note full size product means 50 gms and sample size means 25 gms. Face packs can be requested as full size products in the kits. Also you can receive the small kit in red or pink packaging. All other kits can be received in silver packaging. I procure this from another seller so the limitations. Still you can choose red or pink packaging according to your choice for small kits.

That's all folks. If you need any details or what to order just DM me on Instagram or email on skincarevilla@gmail.com
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2 May 2017

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Artisanal Skincare Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Powder Review

From the past 2 months I am using powder cleansers and I am totally loving the change. Contrary to popular belief, foaming cleansers dry out the skin and in turn the skin secrets excess oil. Even if the foaming cleanser doesn't dry out the skin, it still robs the skin of it's natural oil. Ever since I have embraced powder cleansers I get just one breakout per month, as opposed to the earlier 3-4 breakouts with foaming cleansers.

After reviewing the JivaVrksa dry powder face wash today, I am reviewing another one from a well known brand. Let's head straight to the review and see how the Artisanal Skincare Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Powder fairs.

About Artisanal Skincare
There is something magical about the word ‘handmade’, isn't it? It stands for uniqueness, personalisation, and discernment – all of which Artisanal Skincare embodies. Our range of skincare and wellness products are not only handmade, but limited edition as well. We produce them in small quantities and without any preservatives, in order to stay true to the inherent goodness of the ingredients. 
Our products are not traditional but come from tradition and from our belief that what you cannot eat should not be put on your skin. The oils, herbs, and spices that go into our creations are sourced from all over India – from Himachal to Kerala – with some even coming from across the oceans, which is why the end result is near perfect. Each eco-friendly, natural ingredient has neither preservatives nor chemicals – just pure, authentic skin care.

Brand claims - Made with real orange peels, sandalwood powder, neem and other natural ingredients, this is a perfect replacement for your everyday face wash / soap. It's gentle and safe for your face without any chemicals. It will leave your skin cleansed of all the impurities without making it dry or rough. Use it everyday at night. Follow it up with our anti-oxidant facial serum or a night cream.

Ingredients - Green Gram Powder, Neem, Rice Flour, Basil, Orange Peels, Kasthuri Munjal, Sandalwood, Garbanzo Bean Flour

My experience
The face cleansing powder is packed in a simple plastic jar with a black lid and an inner opaque lid. The inner lid prevents the product wastage which is caused while opening the lid. The packaging is simple and travel friendly. I like how simple and rustic look, the product label has, nothing fancy just authentic.

Now coming to the actual product, the cleansing powder is a fine powder with some granular ingredients, it is not fully powdered form. The cleansing powder has a fragrance of soil with a herbal hint, like the sprinkle of water on hot soil. I like the fragrance as well as the consistency of the cleansing powder.

I have used the cleansing powder continuously twice a day without using any foaming cleansers, and I must say am very impressed with this one. To use I make a paste with water and gently use in upward circular motions and rinse with water.

The cleansing powder makes the skin soft and smooth, while making it clean and fresh. The granular ingredients in the cleansing powder work as a scrub ( they are gentle enough to be used daily). With continuous usage, I have got rid of white heads, which I often have on my nose. The cleansing powder removes excess oil as well as dirt and dead skin cells.

The cleansing powder doesn't dry out the skin at all. I have also noticed a slight change in the pigmentation which I have below my lower lip. However I don't expect a cleanser to cure my pigmentation and the product doesn't even claim to do so. As is I have already ditched my foaming cleansers, so using this one is not a problem for me. I would definitely love trying another cleansing powder from this brand.

The In

  • Contain skin loving ingredients
  • Cleanses the skin well while removing duet, excess oil and dead skin cells
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth with each usage
  • Clears white heads with regular usage
  • Reduces breakouts (I experienced zero breakouts while using this face cleansing powder 💕💕)
  • Can be used as a face mask and also double up as a mild scrub
  • A very little amount is needed for each use

The Out

  • Some may find it pricey, but the quantity will last longer

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 650 INR for 100 gms with a shelf of 6 months after opening. Available here and here

I would totally recommend the Artisanal Skincare Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Powder as a replacement of your everyday soap/ cleanser for face. I am already eyeing their collection of powder cleansers and would definitely get my hands on another one.

PR sample
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26 Apr 2017

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Votre Multi Vitamin and Rejuvenating Night Crème Review

This review is a bit delayed one, since I was travelling during month of February and March. After coming back I had some other products to review and couldn't fully test Votre Multi Vitamin and Rejuvenating Night Crème. But after thoroughly using the crème for one month, regularly, here is my experience.

Brand Claims - Highly restorative night time moisturiser is a blend of natural vitamins and antioxidants, which helps to moisturise and protect the skin. This luxury, moisture rich night crème is clinically proven to help increase cell renewal and assist the skin's natural regeneration process and delay pre mature aging (all skin types)
Special features - this powerful night infusion crème seals in essential vitamins like C, E, K and B6 and minerals for deeply nourished skin. It supports natural cell renewal, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smoothes texture, resulting in a beautiful radiant, youthful looking complexion.

Ingredients (only main ingredients given)

My experience
As you can see in the pictures, the product has a luxurious plastic packaging with a black top. The packaging being bulky in size yet light weight, is a bit non travel friendly. The jar has an inner lid to prevent the spillage of the product. The black top signifies usage for night time, as I also have received a day crème of this range and that has a white top. It becomes really easy this way to identify when you have many products or are in a hurry 😁.

The cream is neither thick nor thin in consistency, it is a combination of gel and cream which makes it easy to absorb into the skin. The cream has a light texture altogether. The cream has a slight grey tint to it, which again signifies night time usage 😁. The product required for each usage is very less, as a result the crème will easily last 2-3 months based on quantity used each day.

The crème has a nice floral fragrance with a subtle citrusy hint which lingers a bit after using at night. As stated earlier the crème gets absorbed easily into the skin and leaves no oily residue or sticky feeling. You will feel rejuvenated after using this crème. The crème instantly plumps up the skin and gives an even toned look to the skin, I love such creams. I have been using this crème for one long month regularly and it hasn't disappointed me.

In the morning the skin becomes as soft as baby skin and feels rejuvenated. The crème gives an even toned look to the skin due to it's Uber moisturising properties. Due to regular usage my skin has become radiant and soft. However I feel the crème formula may not be enough for dry skin, as dry skin needs more emollient night cream. The crème didn't break me out or didn't even cause any tingling sensation to my sensitive nose area. Some creams and scrubs give a burning sensation to my nose area and am glad this one is not one of them.

Now, the major concern of all, the high price point 😶.  Considering the high price point I would not say it's a must buy, but if you are looking for a luxurious skin care then do give it a try. I wouldn't however repurchase this one due to high price.

The In

  • Vegan, Non comedogenic, Hypo allergenic
  • Light weight formula gets absorbed quickly
  • Doesn't make skin oily or greasy
  • Makes the skin Uber soft and smooth
  • Gives even toned skin tone
  • Helps in skin rejuvenation while making it radiant
  • PETA Certified, Buav Certified
  • Cruelty free, Paraben free

The Out

  • High price point
  • Only main Ingredients listed
  • Bulky packaging

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 2450 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 1 and half year. Available on major shopping portals like here

Recommendation -
Considering the high price point I would not say it's a must buy, but if you are looking for a luxurious skin care then do give it a try. You would definitely have to grab this one if it's on discount. I wouldn't however repurchase this one keeping in mind the price. It will definitely give good results with respect to regular usage.

*PR sample
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