27 Dec 2017

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Get Glowing Skin This Wedding Season

Marriage is one of the important life occasions wherein one wants best of everything to happen. Best attire, best food, best photographer and videographer and moreover we want to look our very best on the D day. Marriage is a day wherein the eyes of the guests are all hooked on to the bride and the groom. 

Today we will be discussing the skincare tips to be followed by a bride-to-be (no we aren't telling about eating healthy food or staying hydrated) for glowing skin on the D day. We will be focusing more on the skincare products which you use rather than the routine to be followed atleast 3 months before marriage. So without wasting much time let's hop onto the list and get our skincare routine sorted before the big day arrives.

Identify your star skincare products 
We all have our favourite products which work really well for us and which we often repurchase. Identify such products and try sticking to them at least 3 months before marriage. Doing so, you are minimizing the risk of possible breakouts or rashes or any skin irritations occurring due to trying out new products. Make a list of these products for your whole skincare routine and stick to them. 

Try double cleansing or oil cleansing for clearer skin 
Oil cleansing has been the talk of the town for quite a while for some amazing reasons. Try oil cleansing method regularly, no matter if you wear makeup or not. It deep cleanses the skin and gets rid of impurities. Find a good cleansing balm or use any of your favourite facial oil for oil cleansing followed with your foaming cleanser.

Use ubtans regularly
Ubtans have been used in India since ages to cleanse and detox the skin. Use ubtans to get rid of the tan on hands and feet. They not only help in giving a glow to the skin but also keep skin soft and healthy. Try using face ubtans once in a while to get the natural glow.

Don't experiment with new products
Please don't experiment with new products during this crucial time. Just because a product works for your BFF or other bride to be, doesn't mean it will work for you also. You don't want to end up with an acne on face which won't budge till your marriage is over.

Use face masks regularly
Grab your favourite face masks and use them regularly. If you have any pigmentation or acne scars products which target the problem. If it's winter season avoid clay masks which can be drying. Face masks rejuvenate as well as cleanse the skin thoroughly. Also make sure you moisturise your skin sufficiently after using a face mask.

Use a good eye cream regularly 
We often forget to use eye cream on a regular basis. Under eye area is often ignored and then we have to dab concealer and colour correctors to get rid of them. So make sure you keep yourself well hydrated and get adequate sleep before the D day. We know it's hard to run errands during this time, but use your eye creams daily.

Use a serum or facial oil
If you are already into using serums or facial oils, you are on the right track. Facial Oils or serums help in giving a supple skin along with some added benefits. If you are not into facial oils then don't experiment much with finding a new one. Just use your favourite facial oil and you are all set. Please remember don't experiment with any new regimen or new products whatsoever.

Get your bridal makeup sorted in advance
Book your bridal makeup artists well in advance as good makeup artists get booked out fast. Talk to your MUA about your skin concerns and the kind of makeup you are looking for. They can also suggest some tips for your skin and the precautions to be taken for flawless makeup. Get your makeup trial done in advance, to avoid last minute hurry. 

As they say skin is the canvas for the makeup, it's imperative to keep skin healthy and problem free for a bride-to-be. Proper skincare regimen and right skincare products go a long way in keeping skin happy and glowing. Hope the points mentioned above help you in giving the bridal glow. Do comment your queries and experiences below.

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16 Dec 2017

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Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash Review

We all love foaming face washes. Let's face the fact, no matter how much we blabber about oil cleansing or powder cleansers, foaming ones might never go out of trend. And with the wide variety available, one is spoilt for choices.

So coming back to the Biotique Bio Honey gel refreshing foaming face wash review, I had won this product in a blog giveaway by fellow bloggers Madhu who blogs at Adore My Skin. Before reading the review do checkout her blog for honest and detailed reviews.

So let's head to Biotique honey face wash review

Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash Review

Brand Claims
This fresh-foaming, soap-free gel is blended with pure honey and extracts from the bark of the arjun tree, euphorbia plant and wild turmeric. Dissolves makeup and impurities, softens skin and helps lighten the complexion.

Arjun (terminalia arjuna), chhoti duddhi (ephorbia thymofolia), banhaldi (curcuma aromatics), ritha (sapindus trifoliatus), honey, himalayan water Q.S.

How to Use:
Gently massage over wet face and neck with fingertips, lather and rinse, morning and evening.

Honey is the nectar of life, composed of healing, brightening sugars and minerals known to purify, heal and soothe the skin. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3, as well as traces of copper, iodine and zinc.

Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash Review

Biotique honey face wash review
I am not going to talk about packaging today as most of the face washes have similar packaging and it's quite evident from the pictures. The face wash has a medium consistency and is neither runny nor thick. It easily dispenses through the tube. The face wash has a slight pink tint to it, nothing artificial sort. However when you take it on your palm, the colour is hardly evident.

Like all foaming cleansers, this one fairs decently and produces good lather. Only a tiny amount is needed for each use. So the product really lasts longer. The fragrance of the Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash is very very mesmerizing. It has a nice floral scent which instantly refreshes the mood. Although mesmerizing the fragrance isn't much lingering and doesn't bothering. Also even if the face wash has quite a fragrance it doesn't irritate my sensitive nose area. So this can also be used by sensitive skin people, unless you are irritated by foams.
Coming to the cleansing job, the face wash cleanses the skin nicely without drying the skin. Even if you use the product twice or thrice a day, it won't dry up your skin. The face wash leaves the skin soft and radiant with each use. I especially like to use it before hitting the bed just for the mesmerizing fragrance it offers. Overall I really liked the face wash and I am sure to grab one whenever I feel like using foaming cleansers.

Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash Review

Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash Review

The In 
  • Doesn't dry out the skin even if used thrice a day
  • Cleanses the skin thoroughly
  • Leaves the skin soft and radiant with each use
  • Doesn't irritate my sensitive nose area
  • Mesmerizing and refreshing fragrance
  • Can be used by all skin types, even sensitive skin
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Budget friendly product
  • Easy availability online as well as in stores
The Out
  • I didn't find any
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 65 INR for 50 ml with a shelf life of 3 years. Easily available online as well as in the stores.

Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash is the only second product I have used from the brand. I really liked the face wash for it's efficiency and affordability. The fact that it doesn't dry out the skin with even three uses a day is quite impressive. I would highly recommend and am sure to repurchase Biotique Bio Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Wash.
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12 Dec 2017

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Embar Facial Cleansing Grains Review

Quite often while using a scrub I feel they are a bit harsh and don't work on white heads. While browsing through Facebook I came across a page named Embar Store which had a Facial Cleansing Grains image put up on their Facebook page. I immediately contacted them to buy it, but it would be out of stock as soon as the brand would make it. After some months I again contacted them and Sapna, the brand owner was kind enough to send me a free facial soap to make up for the delay. So let's take a look at the Embar store Facial Cleansing Grains Review.

Walnut, Almond, Oats, Herbs and French Green Clay

My experience 
The product is packed in a seal up packet which also has a see through area. I liked the idea of the packaging as this requires a lesser space as well as we don't end up using a plastic or glass jar. But we must make it a point to tighten the seal everytime we use. Else it may turn moist and hence to avoid all this I always store my skincare products in a dark and cool place like my cupboard drawer.

Now coming to the consistency of the product it is powdery form with some tiny granules. I cannot make out which granules they are after going through the ingredients list. The cleansing grains don't easily mix up with water and take time to absorb water, this maybe due to the French green clay in it. While using I make a smooth paste and scrub my face in light circular motions and leave it for a minute or so. The cleansing grains instantly dry up, without drying your beautiful skin. While washing off the grains come off easily and we don't have to wash often to rinse the residue.

Now coming to the fragrance, the fragrance initially is not so pleasant when we mix with water. But once you apply and rinse off, the fragrance turns out to be extremely pleasing to the senses. I was amazed at this quality of the cleansing grains.

Coming to the cleansing part and scrubbing part, the cleansing grains do their job perfectly well. The scrubbing effect is enough to remove dead skin cells and white heads too. The scrub particles even though tiny in size are perfect for the sensitive facial skin. The cleansing grains leave a nuce glow onto your skin which lasts for about 1 hour or so. Most importantly it cleanses the skin in a nice and gentle manner. The ingredients when used consistently are very good for the skin.

The In
  • Impressive ingredients list
  • Cleanses the skin thoroughly well
  • Very small quantity needed for each use
  • Doubles up as a cleanser as well as a scrub
  • Works amazingly well as a mask too
  • No preservatives added
  • Activate the product when you want
  • Free from harmful chemicals
  • Perfect consistency of the cleanser
The Out
  • Quantity provided according to price is a bit less
  • Seal up pack needed to be closed carefully each time
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 400 INR for 75 gms. No shelf life mentioned. Available on orders via Embar Store Facebook page

Recommendation of Embar Store Facial Cleansing Grains Review
I would highly recommend the Embar Facial Cleansing Grains for those who are looking to use powder cleansers. Moreover the product is a multi tasker which acts as a scrub and can also be used as a face pack. I am sure to repurchase this product as I love it to the core. Kudos to Embar for making this one.
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19 Nov 2017

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Skincare Empties #7

Time and again, I love doing an empty post of my skincare stash, so as to reassess and check what worked for my skin and what didn't. I often end up with making firm decisions so as to repurchase a certain product or not. Also doing an empty post makes me empty a lot of products so as to make room for new ones and review some products to help others make a choice. So let's proceed with the list.

Bon Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo
My holy grail shampoo, works well, well rather really well with my dry and frizzy hair. Some people have complained about increase in hairfall after using this shampoo, but I have never ever witnessed it. This is my second empty bottle and when Bon Organics had a 40% off site wide, I purchased two more bottles. I guess these numbers are enough to show off my love this shampoo. I have to still do a full review of this 😐.

This was a PR sample and I loved how it worked great as a toner. However I do find the price a little high one to pay for a toner. Since the all the products from the brand are organic, I would love trying some new products from their range rather than repurchasing this one.

I have repurchased this mask many times. It makes the skin so soft and clean. When used on alternate days it also helps in reducing the acne. I have fully reviewed the product.

I has purchased this face wash long back and forgot t. Few months back I used it for few weeks and have reviewed it as well. The only sad part is the brand has stopped making this face wash. It's first ingredient is Kumkumadi Oil and it gives a nice glow to the skin and cleanses the skin nicely. 

Gulnare Aloe & Vit E Face Cream
I had received a sample size of 30 gms in one of the VanityCask Box. I have never purchased Gulnare due to its high price point. I liked the cream for its light weight formula and a little of this cream goes a long way. It took me one and half month to empty this quantity. Highly recommended if you have oily skin and are into organic skincare.

I love love love this cleanser for using it as a mask. I am going to repurchase it for sure. You can read the full review linked to the name.

Blend It Raw Lavender Hydrosol
I liked the subtle fragrance of this hydrosol and would love repurchasing it. A total winner when it comes to using it as a toner, for mixing face mask or just spraying your face for some freshness.

Bon Organics Aloe Vera gel with Tea tree
I found this product okayish. The tea tree isn't in it isn't enough to prevent breakouts which I had initially thought it would. It's a good one for hair and for some DIYs. Not going to repurchase.

So this is my empty list. In total I emptied 8 products out of which I will be highly recommending Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser, Bon Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo and Auravedic Anti Blemish Face Mask. Hope you liked the post and helps you make best choice for your skin.
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15 Nov 2017

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MamaEarth Anti Hair Fall Kit Review

MamaEarth is a brand which I use for my little one, the shampoo and body wash namely. Have repurchased them over and over again and love it. Also I have reviewed the Mama Range few months back and I like using the MamaEarth Under Eye cream as my full face cream. Today we will be checking the review of Anti Hair Fall Kit which I had received during Diwali.

The MamaEarth Anti Hair Fall Kit contians a Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Tonic and Root Restore Oil. The kit retails at 1596 INR but is currently on sale and is priced at 999 INR.

MamaEarth Happy Heads Shampoo
Claims - Hi! I am Mamaearth's Happy Heads shampoo. I gently cleanse and promote healthy scalp and hair by removing the built up residue from scalp. I have Bhringraj & Amla for hair nourishment and Biotin which makes hair thick. I am free from harmful chemicals like SLS, paraben, phthalate, dyes and artificial fragrance. Use me for clean and healthy scalp by deeply nourishing your hair from roots to tips.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Lactic Acid, Olive Leaf Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Sodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Linoleic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Sorbate, Vitamin E & A, Amla Fruit Powder Extract, Bringhraj Powder Extract, Clary Sage Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and Orange Essential Oil. The shampoo is free of phthalates, parabens, SLS and dyes.

My experience - I used this shampoo without oiling my hair. Whenever I try out a new shampoo (which I rarely do) I make sure not to oil my hair as oiling makes my hair fall, and then I don't get to know why hair fall was due to shampoo or oiling. Coming back, I used a minimum quantity of two pumps twice over my hair and rinsed well with sufficient water. I felt my hair little less cleansed and get like giving another shampoo session to them. After towel drying and letting my hair dry naturally, I found lesser hairfall than usual shampooing. But, my hair felt like a wig, yes you heard it right. My hair were stiff, not dry and didn't have the normal wavy texture they have. It was as if the shampoo residue was left in my hair. Here in Bangalore I receive hard water supply and that maybe one reason ( but I never experienced this with other SLS, SLES and parabens free shampoos). This was a total miss for me.

MamaEarth No More Tangles Conditioner
Claims - Frizz & Tangles can damage your hair, increase breakage and cause split-ends. Hi! I am mamaearth's No More Tangles conditioner and I am here to help. I have a combination of the most efficacious natural ingredients that will nourish your hair from root to tip. I have Milk Protein to give you naturally soft and silky hair. Vitamin B5 strengthens hair follicles and helps your scalp get rid of dead skin. Cocoa butter moisturizes the hair making them soft and shiny. I naturally stimulate hair growth while calming the nerves of the head and scalp to reduce inflammation and hair loss. Use me for frizz free and easily manageable hair.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Steareth 21, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Shea Butter, Potassium Sorbate, D Panthenol, Amla Extract, Milk Protein, Fenugreek Extract, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and Cedarwood Essential Oil. The conditioner is free of phthalates, parabens, SLS and dyes.

My experience - I am not much of a conditioner person actually. Using a conditioner makes my hair limp and makes my face look way too big. Although I did try the conditioner for three times before reviewing it. Each time it reduced my frizz but didn't make my hair soft and manageable. And no matter how much amount of conditioner I used, it was all soaked up. The conditioner smells good and I like the way my hair smelled after application.

The other two products in the kit are MamaEarth Pro-Growth Hair Tonic and MamaEarth Root Restore Hair Oil which I haven't used and may not use since my hair fall is due to low iron binding capacity of my body and usually am on iron tablets which definitely makes my hair grow and arrests hair fall. Apart from the above stated products, I would like to suggest that investigate the root cause of your hair fall and then use a hair fall product.

Overall speaking the Mama Earth Anti Hair Fall Kit was okayish for me keeping in mind the shampoo and conditioner. The other two products I didn't use so I cannot claim whether the 6 week challenge is worth taking or not. Also every person's hair and their needs are different. So I would leave it up to you to try it or not.

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Mama Earth Wipes - India’s First Organic Bamboo Based Baby Wipes

If you are a Mom to a baby or a toddler you may know how hard the potty and pee time is. I regularly use wipes for cleaning my son after his potty time. He recently turned three and yes I still use them. They are also versatile while travelling for wiping off hands when your little one eats a chocolate or messes his mouth area. Long back when my son was 5 months old he had rashes over his face due to Johnson's baby wipes, so I stopped using them and switched to another brand.

Let's see the review of Mama Earth Baby Wipes

Brand Claims - I know how much mess a little one can make and that is why I am here to help you. Whether you're changing a diaper or need to wipe up baby's face after a messy meal, I am gentle and safe for all parts of your baby's delicate skin. I am pediatrician tested, hypoallergenic wipe, soft and ideal for sensitive skin. I am made from 100% Organic Bamboo and hance I don't cause rashes. I am enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Almond Oil and Aloe vera to gently nourish your baby's skin. I am an earth friendly biodegradable alternative to traditional polyester based wet wipes.


My experience
Firstly the wipes come in with protective lid underneath which the hygiene seal is there. I especially like the protective plastic lid as after few usages the hygiene seal does lose its stickiness and we have to keep the wipes upside down to prevent moisture loss. Although this practice is not good, cannot help with tje wipes I usually buy as they just have a hygiene seal.

Coming to the texture of the wipes the wipes feel more cottony rather than regular wipes. I was unaware of the fact that commercial wipes were made of polyester. 

Coming to the fragrance of the wipes it is more of citrusy fresh fragrance which isn't too strong and doesn't linger much after usages or when wiped on hands or face. I usually use wipes only on my son's bu* and not on any other body parts. I usually like wiping my face with baby wipes while travelling or in hot summers.

I could clearly feel the difference in the texture of the Mama Earth wipes and the commercial ones I have. Since these are made up of organic bamboo we don't need to worry about our Earth being dumped with polyester or non degradable materials.

The In
  • Comes with plastic lid
  • Enriched with Shea butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Almond oil
  • Made from 100% organic bamboo
  • Biodegradable
  • Pediatrician tested and hypoallergenic
The Out
  • I didn't find any
Price, Shelf life, Availability - 249 INR for 72 wipes with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on major shopping portals and on discount here.

MamaEarth Baby Wipes are recommended keeping in mind that they are made up of organic bamboo and enriched with ingredients like Shea butter, Almond oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. When we use these wipes we need not worry about using non degradable polyester based wipes as these are biodegradable and earth friendly

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10 Nov 2017

Top 10 gifts for this Children’s Day

In my college and school days, I used to cringe at my Mom's unnecessary worry (which I thought was unnecessary) and my Mom used to say, you will know once you have kids. I used to laugh and brush off her remarks. But now after becoming a Mom to a naughty kiddo, I can literally feel that 'Being a Mom is like allowing your heart to walk around'. Now you may say why suddenly am stressing this or penning my thoughts.

Children's day is approaching and as a parent I feel we often keep the celebration restricted to school. Kids often feel and think that we as today's parents, are a bit strict with them. Kids love it when parents stop being their usual strict and become kids again and play or spend time with them. So why not make this Children's day special for your kid and make them forgot the strict parents that we are (for a while). Today we will be checking the gifting ideas for Children's Day which also double up as  Birthday Gifts. So without wasting much time let's hop onto the gift list wagon

Plant a tree or shrub with the child
There is no greater lesson and joy than being cared and becoming a caring person. This Children's Day plant a tree or shrub with your child and involve then in gardening activities. Some plant nurseries even allow you to plant a tree and name it after you. Children will love the idea of a tree being named after them. If you have a gallery or terrace at your disposal plant a small shrub and attach your child's name to it. Teach them to water and care for it.

Get a Pet
If possible get a Pet at home this Children's Day. Children love the company of animals and it also teaches them humane values. They say children grow up to be more responsible and understanding when brought up with a pet.
NB - Take due care of sanitizing the hands of the child an overall sanitization if you have a pet at home or are planning to get one.

Your valuable time
In an age of social media and technology parents are often spotted checking on their phones. Indulge uto some valuable time to be spent with your kid. They will love it. Children have so much to say and all they need is an ear to hear. Do some activities with them, ask them questions, cook food with them (with due care), laugh and have fun this Children's Day.

Dough Clays
Clays can be a wonderful gift for the children as well as will develop their fine motor skills. Get some 4-5 colour clays and ask them or help them to make shapes, animals, fruits out of it. My son totally loves this activity and I can bet on this to be superb gift.

Who can say no to chocolates? Elder ones, young at heart and children of all age groups like chocolates. One of the most popular chocolate brand in India is Cadbury. But while gifting chocolates this Children's Day, please make sure not to spoil the kid too much.

Wooden toys
Wooden toys have been used over the ages as children's toys. This Children's Day also help save the earth by not getting any plastic toys.

Visit to a farm or bakery or zoo
Chulare happiest when they go out in open air. Plan a trip to a farm or nearby bakery or zoo. Click pictures and have fun. This way you will also be able to spend some quality time with you fanuku and the Mom in the house also gets a breather from cooking :D

Photo frame with the photograph of the child in younger days
Nothing is better than an old picture. Take the best pictures out if your album and make them into another frame and gift it. This will be a forever gift the child willl cherish.

Gift a piggy bank
Gifting a piggy bank may sound boring to you, but this does carry a message of saving money. Discuss the importance of money with your child and how saving money is a good idea. Start at an early age.

Gift some healthy snacking options or fruits
Explain the importance of good health to your child. It not only helps them in explaining your choice of food to them but also helps them make a healthy food choice.

Also, please remember, it is okay to let lose your child some days. In today's age we are over worried and anxious parents. Although we are not to be blamed since the high-tech and busy lives we all live. Once in a while spending a day other than your routine day or holiday is a good breather for you as well as the kids. I hope I was able to give you some gifting ideas for this Children's Day.

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*I am not a health practitioner or parent adviser, so please check with your paediatrician as to what is best for your child keeping in mind their health and concerns.

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VanityCask Glow Edition - November 2017 Unboxing

VanityCask arrived early this time as I just received it yesterday in the morning and here am penning down my thoughts about it. The name this month is Glow Edition, let's take a look whether it lives upto the name of the edition.

Let's see what all products we have received.

Bliscent Pineapple Kiss Lip Scrub
Brand claims - Need to get rid of that pesky dry flaky skin on your lips? Bliscent’s Pineapple Kiss Lip Scrub is definitely going to be your go-to product then! Include this scrub in your lip care routine to buff away flaky skin for baby soft lips.
Ingredients - Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Sugar, Skin safe Flavout oil
My thoughts - the scrub smells heavenly and I immediately scrubbed my lips with it. It scrubs the lips well and granules are fine enough so as not harm the sensitive and thin lip skin. Although I found out the moisturising part a little lacking after wash off. Overall a nice lip scrub this winter season.
Price and Quantity- 200 INR for 12 gms (full size in box)

Mom’s Therapy Coffee Body Scrub
Brand claims - Coffee makes an excellent body scrub as it’s a natural exfoliator, which helps to do away with dry dead skin to reveal a real glow.
Ingredients - Brown Sugar, Glycerin, Coffee Ground, Grapeseed oil, Black Sesame Oil

My thoughts - the mere word coffee gets everyone (even a non coffee lover) excited. So when a skincare junkie lays hands on coffee based product, imagine the level of excitement. This is my first coffee body scrub and am already excited. Moreover we have received a good quantity which will surely last longer.
Price and Quantity - 350 INR 50gms (full size in box)

Vôtre White Essence Advance Brightening Creme Scrub
Brand claims - A complexion enhancing advanced scrub with natural exfoliants that reveals your natural fairness and glowing skin. Licorice, Aloe, Tomato Extract, Blackberry helps regulate melanin synthesis, while turmeric extract nourishes the skin. The result is visibly brighter, soft and glowing skin.
Key Ingredients - Aloe Vera, Liquorice, Blackberry, Turmeric Extracts, Tomato Extracts, Papaya Seed Extracts, Parsley Extracts, Base qs

My thoughts - I am already using the Vôtre White Essence Advance Brightening Creme and am happy with the results. So am looking forward to using this in winter season which has already arrived.
Price and Quantity: 850 INR for 100 gms (30 gms in the box)

MCaffeine Sea Ferns Caffeine Sunscreen
Brand claims - Sea Ferns Sunscreen with Argan Oil and Calendula is a unique blend that offers protection as well as nourishment to your skin. Designed especially for the outdoors, SPF-30 provides sun protection. Special Sea Ferns extract provides natural sun protection. Calendula soothes your skin. Caffeine protects from harmful UV rays and tones the skin. An airy fragrance that reminds you of the blue skies and the deep seas. Use it every time you want to shine bright in the sun. A paraben free formula not tested on animals.
Key Ingredients - Liquorice Extracts, Turmeric Extracts, Calendula Extracts, Caffeine

My thoughts - I often forget using a sunscreen so I don't know if I will ever use this or not. Plus the ingredients list doesn't impress me at all when it says Approved fragrance/colours/preservatives.
Price and Quantity: 529 INR for 150 ml (50ml in the box)

Gulnare Organic Skincare Aloe + Vitamin E Face Cream
Brand claims - Named “the plant of immortality” by the ancient Egyptians, Aloevera has been used for centuries to hydrate, heal and protect the skin. Combined with the benefits of Vitamin E oil, this gel based formula is a lightweight solution that delivers a surge of moisture with a cooling finish for those hot summer days.
Key Ingredients - Aloevera, Vitamin E Oil, Cucumber

My thoughts - I am so so happy to see this cream in the box for Glow Edition. Earlier in the VanityCask Skincare Edition we had received this cream and I liked it a lot. Also this time the cream is more emollient than previous batch so a big yayyy for welcoming winters with Gulnare in your kitty.
Price and Quantity: 550 INR for 50 gms (30 gms in the box)

Apart from the above mentioned products we also receive two vouchers for Shop BBlingg (30% off) and Paul Lenders (10% off). Moreover the validity of the vouchers is 2 months unlike previous ones which expired in one month. This is definitely a good thing I believe.

VanityCask also has a referral program wherein for every two friends who buy a VanityCask with your referral code, you get a VanityCask for free! If 4 friends buy the box with your code you get 2 boxes free.

Overall speaking I liked the Glow Edition November Box and I so love the black box itself which is classy and serves the purpose of storing your skincare or makeup on the go or helps in organizing it. Also I totally love the pink potli ❤️❤️.

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8 Nov 2017

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Pineapple face masks and home remedies to pamper your skin

Pineapple for skin problems can be used in many ways including face packs and masks. Read beauty tips for face to getting soft, flawless and gorgeous skin tone and complexion.

Pineapple for skin whitening and brightening is not a new concept. Since ancient times, women living in tropical regions have been using the fruit for the betterment of their skin. Mixing the fruit with various other natural ingredients and making a pineapple face pack at home is a very easy task that can give you effective results.

Indeed, pineapple benefits the skin immensely. Here are few amazing home remedies for glowing skin face packs and masks that you can easily prepare at home for awesome skin results.

1) Pineapple & honey face mask
Honey is like a superfood for the skin and when mixed with pineapple, it turns into a magic potion that your skin has been craving for. Honey provides all the hydration and moisturizes the skin from deep within while pineapple lightens the skin’s complexion and adds a natural glow to it.

  • Pulp of a ½ ripe pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • In a bowl mix all the ingredients together and make a smooth paste
  • Apply the mixture on the face and gently massaging it for 5-10 minutes and thereafter let it dry
  • Wash with cold water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this pineapple face mask once or twice a week for best results
  • Note: if you have oily skin, avoid adding olive oil to the mix. You can instead add 2 teaspoons of milk

2) Coconut milk & pineapple mask
Coconut is also a tropical fruit like pineapple and hence is very good for the skin. The natural oil in coconut helps make the skin smooth and supple and also exfoliate dead cells and impurities. It also helps in stimulating the skin by keeping it energized. Read how to get fair skin with pineapple mask.It is a very effective for face and skin whitening in the long run.

  • Pulp of 2 pineapple slices
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk

  • In a bowl combine two pulped pineapple slices with fresh coconut milk
  • Gently rub the mask all over face and massage for 10 minutes
  • Let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes & wash with cold water
  • This is easiest and most effective way of using pineapple for skin whitening and can be repeated once a week for desired results

Acne and pimples worry everyone. Apart from a good diet, the environment we live in is equally responsible for how our skin ends up looking and feeling. While there is nothing you can do about the effects of external factor on your skin, you can definitely spruce it up by using pineapple on it for awesome results. Following a pineapple skin care on a daily basis will help you achieve acne, pimples and blemish free skin. Here’s how…

1) Pineapple face pack with turmeric
Turmeric is known for its antiseptic properties that helps heal the skin from within. It has curcumin that is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant in nature and thus helps in soothing the skin and removing acne permanently.

  • Pulp of 1/2 pineapple
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • In a bowl add pulp of pineapple and a pinch of turmeric and mix together
  • Apply the mix on the face (especially on thearea affected by acne and pimples)
  • Let it dry for 15-20 minutes
  • Thereafter, wash with cold water and pat dry
  • Repeat everyday. This pineapple face mask with turmeric will result in reduced acne inflammation over the weeks

2) Pineapple and papaya face mask
Acne is a pain and needs busting with natural ingredients. One such is papaya which has exceptional exfoliation and healing properties. It soothes the skin and helps get rid of acne causing bacteria. This pineapple face pack with papaya is loaded with fruit enzymes which also heal the skin.

  • 2 tablespoon pulp of a papaya
  • 2 tablespoon pulp of a pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • In a bowl add a tablespoon of pineapple pulp and equal amounts of raw papaya pulp along with a teaspoon of olive oil and make a smooth paste
  • Apply the paste on face and neck area
  • Keep it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water
  • Repeat the process weekly to see a marked difference in your skin tone

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*Skincare Villa brand as well as blog and it's owner does not endorse fairness or getting a fair skin
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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.

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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 😂😂. Anyway jokes apart, a product needs to be as transparent as possible 🙂.
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.

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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