23 Oct 2017

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VanityCask October Box 2017 - The Festive Edition Review

I still can't believe Diwali is over , time runs so fast. Anyways, while celebrating Diwali I received VanityCask October Box which is the Festive Edition Box. It was a bit late in reaching me, as due to the festivities, courier service has holidays as well as additional parcels. So that's totally understandable. Coming back to the Box let's see what all products are in it and why it's called the Festive Edition.



Curation Story
We worked towards creating a box that caters to every problem that your skin and hair face during this busy time.
Brighten up your lackluster skin with Votre White Essence Lightening & Brightening Day Moisturiser and Biotique's Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Skin Moisturiser. Indulge and pamper your skin with Mom's Therapy Body Oil and Thalgo Specialised Creams and Gels. Finally get silky, shiny and healthy hair you have always wanted with McCaffeine's Caffeine Shampoo with Hibiscus and Vitamin E.
Let VanityCask's Festive Edition work it's magic, while you enjoy this year's joyful season like a true diva!


Votre White Essence Lightening & Brightening Day Moisturiser SPF 35++
This is a good product according to the price point as well as the season. It is dual benefit cream which moisturises the skin and also protects skin from sun damage. The cream is formulated with ingredients like Liquorice, Vitamin C, Wheat Germ oil.
Key Ingredients - Liquorice, Vitamin C, Wheat Germ Oil, Tio2, Orange, Radish, Cranberry Fruit extracts and Pomegranate Extracts.
Price - 2250 INR for 30 gms , 30 gms quantity in Box.


Mom's Therapy Body Oil
In Diwali we perform Abhyang snan which is a ritual to be followed for 5 days of Diwali. Since in winters skin becomes dry, performing abhyang makes the skin moisturized and soft and supple. I am happy to see a body oil in the Box and how keeping in mind the Festive season it has been picked up 😊.
Key Ingredients - Black Sesame Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Essential oil.
Price - 135 INR for 50 ml, full size in box viz. 50 ml


Biotique Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Skin Moisturiser
This is the only third product I am using from Biotique and I haven't explored the brand yet, so trying this product would be a good idea. Also the moisturiser is a bit thick and keeping in mind that I get dry patches in winters it would be a great choice.
Key Ingredients - Behada, Methi, honey, Ankurit gehun, Kusumbi, Back, lotion Q. S
Price - 199 INR for 120 ml, 120 ml in the Box.


McCaffeine's Caffeine Shampoo with Hibiscus and Vitamin E
I am a bit sceptical while using new shampoos and hair care products. So I might give this one a miss. Also while going through the ingredients of the shampoo on the packaging I noticed it has Approved preservatives/fragrance. No information of the Body or Organization which approves preservatives and fragrances in cosmetics and health care brands is mentioned. I mean approved by whom FDA, USDA, ECOCERT or self approved πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Anyway jokes apart, a product needs to be as transparent as possible πŸ™‚.
Key Ingredients - Caffeine, Hop Seed, Hibiscus and Vitamin E
Price - 479 INR for 150 ml, 50 ml quantity in the Box.


Thalgo Assorted Creams and Exfoliators
Thalgo is a French brand, which specializes in skincare products formulated with algae and marine extracts. The box has three intensive action creams and exfoliatior. Products are Gentle Exfoliatior, Melt-In Smoothening Brightening Cream and Silicium Eye Cream. Eye Cream sounds amazing as for eye area very little quantity is required. Samples provided are 2-5 ml.
Price - Full size ranges from 3452 INR to 5693 INR. Quantity in box 2-5 ml

Overall speaking Festive Edition Box is quite satisfactory keeping the contents in mind. Right from under eye to body oil, it is curated keeping festive season in mind. Moreover this time no vouchers are provided by any brand or spa, as usually the vouchers have a time limit or price limit to avail and not everyone is keen on that. Except Thalgo and Votre all other brands are ok sort so no particular brand like TNC or Gulnare to look out for. But keeping the festive season in mind it covers all aspects of Skincare and Haircare.

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21 Oct 2017

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Svayam Natural Orange Peel Face Pack Review

I have already reviewed the Svayam Natural Glow Pack, which I liked a lot. Today's review is about another face pack form Svayam Natural, the Orange Peel Face Pack. The product being in a dry form, leaves room for usage as per our convenience, mood and preference. I usually like to experiment with such products and use them as a cleanser most of the times.




Brand Claims - Skin Polishing & Brightening | Anti - Tan

Ingredients - Orange Peel, Sandalwood, Turmeric

My experience 
The product comes in a wide mouthed glass jar with a metal lid. The packaging is not heavy in weight. I will be reusing the jar once both the products are emptied.

The product has all the information printed on the jar. It has a peculiar turmeric fragrance coupled with a bit of orange peel fragrance. Some may not like the fragrance.

The consistency of the face pack is a bit grainy. The face pack is versatile as we can add milk, rose water or curd according to our preference, mood or/and skin type. After applying a thin layer all over the face, as the face packs dries the skin gets a itching sensation for initial few applications. It's due to the orange peel in the face pack I think. Once we wash our face and start removing the face pack (which comes out easily) we can notice a soft and clean feeling of the skin. After removing the face pack the skin gets an instant glow on the face. Also the face pack helps in gentle exfoliation due to grainy consistency. I even used it on my tanned feet and it showed some noticeable effects, but to fully see the effects one needs to be regular with the usage, which I wasn't, so I cannot claim anything on tan removal.

Overall I liked this face pack for it's cleansing as well as glowy after effects. The only complain I have is the face pack keeps on falling every now and then as there is no binding ingredient in it, or maybe it's my personal experience. The face pack application is quite a task in this case and so I prefer to use it as a scrub or mix with besan and use it.



The In

  • Gives an instant glow to the skin 
  • Made up of skin loving ingredients
  • Convenient and reusable packaging so that a spoon can be used to take out the product
  • Can be made into a face mask according to the skin type by adding with mil, rose water, plain water etc
  • Acts as a cleanser as well as scrub also
  • Makes the skin soft and clean
  • Good quantity at the price offered
  • Show little difference in tan removal, but regular usage is required for noticeable difference

The Out

  • Would be great if the grainy consistency can be reduced to a little milled one
  • Also would be good if there is some binding in the product so the face pack doesn't fall once it dries

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 415 INR for 100 gms with a shelf life of 2 months. Available on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Shopclues. Although I feel if we don't let water enter the jar, the product would definitely last longer than 6 months.

Recommendation
I recommend the Svayam Natural Orange Peel Face Pack as a face cleanser, scrub as well as a face pack. It cleanses and makes the skin glowing. It is definitely a good option to treat your skin to some natural ingredients without overtly bombarding it with chemicals. I still like the Sandalwood Rose face pack over this if given a choice in between the two 😊. This didn't impress me much as expected.

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16 Oct 2017

Himalaya PureHands hand sanitizer Review

After becoming a Mom, my life has changed a lot. Believe me I never used to wash my hand before having a meal. But after having a kid, I often wash my hands before feeding my son as well as before having food. Sometimes it's not feasible to wash your hands especially while travelling by bus. Now that my kid has grown up we often travel by bus as opposed to train, as the train journey takes longer hours. So when we have limited water supply or no soap or hand wash facility, a sanitizer comes to the rescue. Today we will be checking the review of Himalaya PureHands hand sanitizer, which was s available in 5 variants.


The packaging is travel friendly, with flip cap top. Caps fit in tightly, which makes them non spillable also. The available product is in 50ml, 100ml and 250ml capacity.

The product claims to be effective on bacteria and fungi with a self drying gel formula. No soap and water is required after the usage of the hand sanitizer. I cannot claim that it kills 99.9% of germs, as no product on earth can kill 100% germs. The good thing about the hand sanitizers is that we don't have to look for a soap, hand wash or water to sanitize our hands before eating or doing some important work.




The variants available in Himalaya PureHands hand sanitizer are Green Apple, Strawberry, Litchi, Orange and the one with Lemon Fragrance. I avoid using products with strong fragrance and that exactly what is the Strawberry, Litchi and Orange variant. I like the normal one with Lemon Fragrance and Green Apple variant.

Due caution is to be taken while using a sanitizer by a kid and adult supervision is highly recommended. Also as the product is highly inflammable, should be kept away from fire. We should avoid contact with eyes, sensitive areas and broken skin. The product is strictly for external use only.

Overall the product is a good option to sanitize your hands while travelling or at times when we don't have access to fresh water and soap to wash our hands with. I often carry this while travelling my kid to keep hands germ free before eating.

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11 Oct 2017

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8 Enticing Ways To Improve Your Shopping Skills

Shopping has evolved a lot with the advent of e-commerce websites and easy availability of products at the physical stores. Many people dread the thought of shopping while some consider shopping as a stress buster. As the saying goes 'Whoever says money cannot buy happiness, probably doesn't know where to shop'. Such is the impact of shopping on the human mind, which craves for materialistic things (oh yeah, a fact of life). 


As far as money is concerned, shopping skills need to be enhanced to grab the right deals and save some money. Let's check out some pointers to improve your shopping skills.

·  Checking terms and conditions of the Brand, Sale or Store
The terms and conditions printed in uber small letters, which we often ignore, should be read carefully. Cashback, vouchers, or discounts are valid only on a particular cart value amount.



·  Read the discount offered carefully
Know the difference between 'Upto 51% off' and 'Flat 51% off'. Flat 51% off is usually on select merchandise. Most offers are on old stock as a stock clearance idea.

·  Enroll for loyalty and/or cashback programs 
Loyalty programs help you earn some bucks (on card value) which otherwise you won't earn while spending. You can redeem the points earned on your next shopping. Ask for enrollment in the stores where you shop often.

·  Shopping sensibly, never emotionally 
Buying a nice dinner set on display may be a good choice in the store, only to realise it later that you hardly needed it. Preparing a list is always a good thing while shopping for necessities.



·  Make a list of things which you need to buy
Jotting down the things which you need to buy, helps in organising as well as identifying your needs. Take time to think and then decide which all things you need to buy.

·  Plan your shopping in advance 
Don't shop in a hurry when the time is running out else you may shop for unnecessary things, only to fret about them later.



·  Check and compare prices online
It's better to check and compare prices online while buying electronic gadgets. Gone are the days when we used to think that electronics sold online, are fake. Many e-commerce websites offer huge discounts on electronic products as well have easy refund and return policies.

·  Grab coupon codes and use them 
When shopping online, make sure to visit the websites which offer discount coupons. Discount coupons provide extra savings on your cart value. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.

Make use of discounts being offered sites like Amazon during the festive season. So to wrap up the post, it's always good to shop by planning smartly and grab the right deals for products. And also keep in mind that each ongoing sale, in-store or online, doesn't call for a shopping spree.

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9 Oct 2017

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Face Washes to grab this winter season for oily skin

Skincare has taken the beauty industry by storm in the recent years. With the Korean skincare being a hit among the masses, cleansing the skin has become a rage more than necessity. Double cleansing, oil cleansing, foam cleansing you name it and we have it. Cleansing is the first step of a skincare routine we will be taking a look at the best face wash to suit your oily skin according to your budget.

Today we will be focusing on foam cleansing for oily skinned beauties. If you have oily or combination skin you can relate to how the skin reacts to breakouts suddenly even while following a proper skincare routine or using the best of products.





Clean and Clear Face Wash
Clean and Clear Face Wash us by far the most popular, easily available over the counter face wash for oily skin. The face wash helps in keeping the oil away for around 7-8 hours and doesn't dry out the skin. Travel friendly product which is also easy on pocket makes it the best choice for oily skinned beauties.
Priced at 55 INR for 50 ml and is easily available in stores as well as online.



Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Wash
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face wash is also an affordable option for oily skin. It also helps in reducing the breakouts and keeps the sebum secretion in control. While online shopping on major shopping portals you will often spot this one on discounts.
Priced at 55 INR for 50ml and is available in stores as well as online.

Bajaj Nomarks All Skin types Facewash
I may sound like a jerk when I list down this face wash as a good face wash for oily skin. But I have used this face wash regularly and had even repurchased it. It is a good choice if you are looking for an affordable and in-store option.
Priced at 55 INR for 60 g available in stores



Plum Goodness Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash
Plum Goodness Pore Cleansing Face Wash is an excellent choice if you are into SLS free face washes. Although it is priced a little higher keeping in mind the quantity, I would still recommend it as a little quantity goes a long way. Moreoever, if you love online shopping this SLS free face wash can be spotted on discounts. Priced at 345 INR for 75 ml and is available online.
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Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Cleanser
Kama Ayurveda is pure love according to me. This face cleanser is sheer delight for the oily skin in terms of cleansing, fragrance and travel friendliness. Although priced a bit higher, it can be categorized as a luxurious skincare product. It effectively removes the excess sebum without drying out the skin, exactly what is needed by oily skin.
Priced at 375 INR for 50 ml and is available in Kama Ayurveda stores and online.

Although all of the face washes listed above don't dry out the skin, it is important to keep in mind not overdoing the cleansing part with foam. The more you cleanse an oily skin the more sebum it secrets. Also, limit using foam cleansing up to twice a day maximum. You can clean your face with a powder cleanser in between to give the skin a breather from chemicals. Always remember being minimalistic works when it comes to troubled, oily skin.

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4 Oct 2017

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Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion Review

My son, who turned 3 recently, is a restless creature. He doesn't likes being wiped by a towel after his bath, he hates it for some reason. So applying a cream to his body is a real task for me. My son has sensitive skin and the paediatrician has recommended Cetaphil Moisturising lotion for him. But the cream being sticky in nature, he doesn't like the feeling of applying lotion. Recently I used another brand lotion and am totally loving the change. Read on to know the review of Aveeno Baby Cream Review


Brand claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product is packed in a squeeze up tube and the cap is quite tight and hence is non spilling. Although this is a big quantity product, smaller sizes are also available in this. The packaging is attractive as well as travel friendly (barring the size).

Now coming to the consistency of the lotion, the consistency is creamy and thin. It's neither a heavy kind of lotion nor thick emollient in nature. The cream spread easily onto the skin and gets absorbed even more readily than that, into the skin.

The uncanny thing I noticed about the lotion is that it has a very very subtle fragrance which only sensitive nosed people can detect. You can even go on and say it has nil fragrance. Once you take it on your palm and try to sniff it, an oats kind of fragrance is experienced. No sooner you apply the lotion than the fragrance fades away immediately. I have come across only one such lotion which has zero fragrance. As we all know, sensitive skin like that of babies and small children, should avoid fragrance at any cost and this one rightly fits my son's sensitive skin needs.

The lotion leaves behind a soft and hydrated skin which looks nourished and healthy. The Lotion is not at all greasy or oily and doesn't leave a residue feeling on skin. Nonetheless my son doesn't even feel like I am applying a lotion and still gets a soft skin 😁.

Although I apply the lotion to my skin in the morning after bath, I didn't feel the need to reapply it. Although it's not a winter season now, else a reapplication in 24 hours maybe needed. Summing up in the Recommendation part.



The In
  • Light weight yet hydrating formula
  • Travel friendly and spill proof packaging
  • Fragrance, Paraben, Phthalate free
  • Spreads easily on the skin and gets absorbed quickly
  • Makes skin soft and smooth
  • Contains colloidal oatmeal which is soothing for skin

The Out
  • A bit pricey for the quantity offered
  • 24 hours hydration claim may not hold true in winter season

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 799 for 227 gms with a shelf life of 2 years. Easily available online as well as in stores. Can be bought from here

Recommendation
If you are looking for a fragrance, paraben and phthalate free lotion for your kid then Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion would be the best choice. Fragrance is best avoided for babies and small children as it may irritate their delicate skin. The formula is light weight yet hydrating. It is especially good for children who are fussy while getting ready (like my son 😣). The fact that it has natural colloidal oatmeal, is an added advantage, as oatmeal is very soothing in nature. Also we have exclusive coupon code for Moms to experience Aveeno on Firstcry with extra Rs.100 off: AVEENOBABYMJ

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