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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