29 Feb 2016

26 Feb 2016

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Ma Earth Botanicals Rose water toner Review

We all know how beneficial rose water is for our skin and since summers are approaching we all need our HG products to protect our skin from Sun baba. Let's see how Ma Earth Botanicals Rose water toner fares on the claims.

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23 Feb 2016

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Ma Earth Botanicals Rose Facial Scrub Review

Today's review is about an oats and rose petals scrub which is very skin friendly. Let's see how the product fairs on its claims.

Brand claims -
A truly luxurious gentle powder exfoliant to buff and cleanse all skin types. Prepared using a complex blend of ground Rose petals, powdered nuts and plant extracts that are deeply nourishing and provide relief from dryness. Regular cleansing with this fine powder helps to brighten skin and bring glow and radiance to the face. Gently and thoroughly removes dead skin cells and grime, leaving skin deeply cleansed. (information taken from website)
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21 Feb 2016

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Purplle skincare shopping haul

Hi all,

Hope the week is treating you well. Today's post is about my skincare shopping haul from Purplle.com. There were discounts on some products, so I thought of shopping. I had been eyeing Vaadi Herbals, Himalaya Herbals and W2 brand quite for some time. So when there was a 20% off on Vaadi Herbals and 30% off on W2 brand I immediately placed an order.

I placed my order on 15th Feb 2016 and my order was processed and delivered to me on 19th February 2016. That was pretty quick naah :). At every point I received a message on my smartphone regarding the status of my order. I am quite happy with my shopping experience from purplle.com. The contents were securely packed in bubble wrapping and the package reached me without any damage.

So let's see what all I shopped for and what all I will be reviewing.



1) Garnier white facewash
I have never used the white range of Garnier so ordered this one.

2) Himalaya Herbals neem scrub
I have used Everyuth scrub all of my life, so thought of trying something new and ordered this one.

3) Himalaya Herbals baby shampoo
This is my favourite shampoo currently, rather this is my second bottle. I oil my hair and shampoo them and it doesn't dry out my hair.

4) Himalaya Herbals Refreshing Cleansing Milk
After using Ayur for so many years I wanted a change and so ordered Himalaya Herbals Refreshing Cleansing Milk

5) Clean and Clear facewash
Since summers are approaching I use this facewash as it doesn't dry out my oily skin and helps in preventing pimples.

6) Vaadi Herbals refreshing fruit facepack
Currently am addicted to facepacks so ordered this one.

7) Vaadi Herbals almond and honey facepack
Current addiction to facepacks made me fall for this also

8) Vaadi Herbals lavender shampoo
OMG, I cannot believe it's by mistake I ordered this shampoo. I thought it's body lotion and after placing order I saw it's shampoo. And these are the disadvantages of shopping via smartphone :'(

9) Inveda purifying neem and gotukola facewash
This is the first product I am using from this brand. Let's see how it turns out to be.

10) W2 Insta glow facial kit
This kit was on offer and I immediately grabbed it. This is the first time I will try a facial kit at home.




So this was what I shopped for. I will be using the products over a period of time and will review some of them soon.

Do you love shopping online?  Tell me your experiences.... Plus your urls :D
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18 Feb 2016

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Ma Earth Botanicals Rose shower gel Review

I love using shower gels. But I rarely get the time for indulgent bathing due to hectic schedule. Plus we all love rose fragrance. Let's see the review of Ma Earth Botanicals Rose shower gel.

Brand claims -
Sulphate-free mild body cleanser for all skin types. Free from SLES, Paraben and Petrochemicals, this gel is especially formulated to gently cleanse, moisturize and rejuvenate skin without stripping its natural oils. Highly fragrant with Rose essential oil, which has soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Vegetable based Glycerin naturally hydrates and rejuvenated skin. (information taken from website)



Directions for use -
Pour a small amount onto a loofah or washcloth and lather well. Apply onto wet skin. Rinse well

Key Ingredients:
Distilled water, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocomide MEA, Cocomide DEA, Glycerine, D-Panthenol, Polyquaterium-D, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Methylpropanediol, Rosa (Rose) essential oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) essential oil.



My experience -
Firstly the packaging, it is the signature packaging of Ma Earth Botanicals, a square shaped bottle with a plastic twist open cap. The packaging is travel friendly, being square shaped.

Secondly the fragrance of shower gel, it is very very authentic rose fragrance. As soon as you open the cap, you are greeted with mild yet mesmerising, authentic rose fragance. The colour of the gel is very very faint pink which is because it has no artificial colours. That is a great thing according to me. The consistency of the gel is very thick. This makes it difficult to dispense the gel from the bottle and we have to wait till it slowly ascends down the bottle. If the bottle is full it's ok, but once the gel gets used up, it takes more time for small quantity to ascend down.

Now coming to the lathering and cleansing properties. The gel lathers quite well even in hard water. The gel cleanses well and.leaves the skin silky smooth while in shower. After having a shower, dry skinned beauties may require moisturizer because the shower gel hydrates minimally. I didn't find the need though. Overall if you love rose fragrance then you must use it at least once.



The In
  • Cruelty Free
  • Paraben free
  • No Synthetic fragrance
  • No Artificial colors
  • Authentic rose fragrance 
  • Lathers quite well
  • Get washed off easily 
  • Moisturizes and hydrates the skin sufficiently
  • Cleanses without stripping the natural oil
  • Travel friendly packaging

The Out
  • The consistency is quite thick which makes it difficult to dispense the gel from bottle
  • Only key Ingredients mentioned on website

Availability - Buy it here

Price and shelf life - 675 INR for 250 ml (mine is sample sized product) shelf life not mentioned.

Recommendation
The authentic rose fragrance is quite good and it makes the skin silky smooth. The gel cleanses as well as hydrates and moisturises the skin sufficiently. It also lathers well in hard water. The only problem is consistency and price. It the consistency would have been a little runny it would make the performance even better. Overall if you are rose lover, use it at least once.
 
Tell me your favourite shower gel and leave your blog urls for me to checkout.

NB - Product sent by brand for review. Honest review. 
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15 Feb 2016

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101 Blog posts + 1st Blogoversary of Golden Rim Blog

I am confused as to where to start. I had started this blog when I had joined a new office after coming to Bangalore and was in a learning phase as the company worked on a different framework. I was bored of practising the software framework on which the company was working (I am a software developer by profession). So I browsed through the Web (to be specific apna Google) and found some interesting diys of flowers and I was stunned. So I decided to start my blog to keep me going through the post lunch times' in office.



Days passed by and I couldn't post regularly because I was running out of time. Then exactly one year ago, I decided to blog regularly. I am really happy to tell you all that this is my 101st post as well as Blogoversary (Blogoversary because I decided to post regularly) .

Initially I posted about random thoughts, diys, quick and easy recipes. Later on for sponsored  giveaways the brands wanted me to review the products and then host the giveaways. My first ever giveaway was a sponsored one by Vkarebiosciences.com. Later on other brands insisted I review the product and then host the giveaway. So likewise I started posting beauty reviews (skincare to be specific). After getting into product reviews I have become conscious about my skincare regime as well and have never had a breakout in these 6 months (yaaayy!!!!). So it has really helped me become a skincare junkie. Still I won't call myself a bblogger, I would love calling myself skincare junkie :)



Still you won't find any makeup products reviews like lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow because I use almost no to minimal makeup (unless sent by brand for review) . And tons of beauty blogs are already out there which will review them better than me, so instead I would concentrate on DIYS which I enjoy posting.

I would also like to thank you all my readers for reading my blog and giving suggestions and valuable comments. I look forward to your support and love.



So to wrap up, that's my blog story and it's journey. Hope you all like it. Leave your comments and suggestions. Also leave your blog urls for me to checkout :)

NB- Image 1, 3 taken from Google 
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13 Feb 2016

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Doodh Paak easy recipe

It is a very easy to make dessert which is quick to prepare and can be made with a thicker consistency. Can also be made for diabetic people with sugar free ingredients. The recipe is made by two ways firstly by cooking the rice separately and then cooking in the milk secondly by cooking the rice in milk itself. The second method takes more time and since I blog always about quick and easy recipes we will see the first method.

Ingredients

  • Overcooked basmati rice
  • Raw milk
  • Sugar
  • Almonds, cashews

Procedure
1) Cook basmati rice as we prepare for biryani but with a little extra water to make it a lot more tender 

2) Put raw milk in a heavy base pan, add the overcooked rice and sugar according to taste. 

3) Add blanched almonds and cashews and cook till a little milk is leftover 

4) Remove from heat and serve hot

NB -

  • Overcook the rice a little because sometimes it hardens if cooked in milk
  • If a little milk is not left in the pan the rice tends to harden
  • You can add custard powder or milk maid for a thicker consistency or milk. Adjust the sugar according to that.
  • If refrigerated it hardens.

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8 Feb 2016

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Powerful Tricks for Younger Looking Skin Today




Every woman in the world strives for healthy and young looking skin, no matter of her age. In order to achieve this, the majority of them would try anything that works no matter of its price. Unfortunately, not all of the products show expected results, which can be pretty frustrating. However, there are some little tricks that most certainly work. Stay with us and find out more about them. Enjoy!

1. Keep yourself hydrated
The most important trick for keeping your skin young and healthy is proper hydration. Depriving yourself of water, the most precious liquid in the world, is definitely the worst thing you can do to your body, including skin. Drinking about eight to ten glasses of water per day will help it stay hydrated, while looking beautiful and luminous at the same time. Forget carbonated drinks and switch to tender coconut water instead – it is much healthier, and it certainly won’t release toxins that may cause breakouts.

2. Exfoliate
Exfoliating on a daily basis is an absolute must, simply because our skin gradually loses some of its properties that enable faster regeneration. This basically means that old skin cells start piling up on the surface, which makes your face look dull and flaky. No matter whether you have normal, dry, sensitive, or oily skin, exfoliation can indeed bring new life to your complexion. A gentle scrub will remove the dead skin cells and uncover the new ones below, which will largely contribute to the rejuvenated and radiant skin.



3. Moisturise
A good moisturiser that will boost your skin’s cell regeneration is crucial because skin needs to be hydrated all the time. Organic beauty products are appropriate for all types, since they do not include various toxic substances as the regular products. This is exactly why a gentle organic moisturiser should be your go-to choice for the day. As for the night, a thick and creamy one will be perfect. When it comes to under-eye area, it requires a different kind of formula because it is extra delicate, so make sure that you have chosen the right one.



4. Use Appropriate Makeup Techniques
It is well-known that particular makeup techniques indeed do wonders, and one of them is definitely contouring. This fabulous technique goes hand in hand with highlighting, and these two basically require different shades of foundation – lighter ones for highlighting, and darker ones for defining. The darker tones will help you shade the areas that you would like to reshape, such as nose, cheekbones, chin or forehead. On the other hand, lighter ones will accentuate parts of your face that naturally catch the light, thus making your skin look much more luminous and youthful. When it comes to foundations, it is always a good idea to choose mineral ones, since they don’t contain harsh acids. Check out mineral foundations by Youngblood that are appropriate even for sensitive skin that doesn’t like traditional makeup formulations.

These simple tips will help you get younger looking skin in just a couple of weeks. Of course, balanced diet is a must, as well as regular exercise. A combination of all these factors is the winning one – taking care of yourself is definitely the best thing you can do for your body. If that is done, you can be sure that your skin will glow.

Guest post by Emma

About the author


Emma is in her thirties, but looks like she is in twenties. Her secret lies in using little to no makeup and only organic moisturizing creams that could be found at Skin Matrix array of products. You can follow more of Emma’s advice at HighStyLife.com
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6 Feb 2016

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Easy snacks in under 15 minutes or less

We all get hungry and crave for a snacking time; mine is no different story. I often reach out for noodles, biscuits, chips when am too lazy to cook and eat. But that again satisfies our hunger and piles up on the weight. We all know junk food harms our body still we find ourselves reaching to them.

So today's post is about quick snacks to make in under 15 minutes to crave our hunger and still be healthy. Of course you have to cook and they require little efforts as they are not ready to cook types :P. These recipes can also be considered as easy snack recipes for evening

easy snack recipes for evening


1) Spiced potato slices
     This recipe is perfect for potato cravings and can replace chips. Recipe requires big potatoes, oil, chilli powder and salt. It not only cooks fast but also tastes awesome wanting to make it again and again. I can definitely say this is one of the easy snack recipes for evening.

2) No-cook Poha
     I so so hate the routine breakfast of cooking poha and upma, that sometimes I eat noodles for breakfast. So lazy and unhealthy right? But this recipe comes to my rescue at that time. It just requires a tadka and that's it, everything else in it is raw.

3) Poha vada
    At times we feel like eating fried food. I usually prepared this recipe as high tea when am in not the mood to prepare the dinner or just plain lazy you can say. I have this and for dinner just rice. This again is a healthy recipe provided you soak the excess oil in poha tikkis. If you crave something fried for evening snacks then this is one of the easy snack recipes for evening.

4) Chocolate toast
Instead of boring bread, butter, jam I thought of trying this plus a recipe eaten at an eatery inspired it. It is pretty easy and can be made in under 5 minutes and however lazy you are, you will prepare this, take my word :D

5) Corn balls
Another recipe for satisfying the cravings of fried food. It requires veggies along with corn so can be a healthy snacking option and one of the easy snack recipes for evening. It requires pretty lesser time than cooking boring poha and upma.

Tell me your favourite easy snack recipes for evening.


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