Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate: Review

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Pros

  • Gives you a healthy glowing complexion.
  • Prolonged use gives you super smooth skin.
  • Absorbs fast.
  • Does not break you out.
  • Suitable for both dry and oily skin types.
  • Paraben free
  • Fragrance free
  • Mineral Oil free.
  • Dropper bottle, easy to use.
  • Only 2 drops are enough
  • A little goes a long way.

 

Cons

  • Its a little Expensive, infact the most expensive I have ever used.
  • Glass bottle, the fear of dropping it and breaking it always persists.

What They Claim

A Replenishing Elixir of Pure Essential Oils and Distilled Botanicals to visibly restore the appearance by morning.

A night time oil that visibly restores the appearance of skin. Restores and replenishes for smoother, healthier skin. Works at night, when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. A blend of oils including, naturally-derived Lavender, Evening Primrose and Squalene. A customer favorite.

  • For dry hands:
    Add a few drops to your hand cream and massage palms thoroughly, rubbing into cuticles and knuckles.
  • For dry skin on heels and elbows:
    Mix 2-3 drops into your body cream before you apply for extra nourishment, especially during the winter months.
  • For a spa-like bathing experience:
    Add several drops to your bathwater and enjoy the soothing lavender scent.
  • For relieving stress:
    Warm 2-3 drops on fingertips and gently massage at temples, inhaling the calming scent.
  • To soothe minor sunburn:
    Use Midnight Recovery Concentrate on affected areas after sun exposure every night until burn subsides

 

Ingredients

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, SQUALANE, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, OENOTHERA BIENNIS OIL / EVENING PRIMROSE OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS OIL / JOJOBA SEED OIL, CORIANDRUM SATIVUM OIL / CORIANDER SEED OIL,
TOCOPHEROL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL / LAVENDER OIL, PELARGONIUM

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Main Ingredients

GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, LINALOOL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF OIL / ROSEMARY LEAF OIL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS EXTRACT / CUCUMBER FRUIT EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA EXTRACT / TURMERIC ROOT EXTRACT, LIMONENE, CITRAL, SCLAREOLIDE, ROSA SPP / ROSE FLOWER OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE EXTRACT / JASMINE EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL / SUNFLOWER SEED OIL.

How To Use

Apply 2-3 drops of treatment on cleansed skin. Gently press fingertips to cheeks, forehead, and chin to evenly distribute the application before gently massaging it into the skin. Can wear alone or under moisturizer.

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My Story

Initially I got this product’s deluxe size free sample from their store on my purchase of the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution: Review

I was very excited to try this. It is what they say magic potion in a bottle. It is one of the best rated top ten Kiehl’s products. It has won many beauty awards. Okay, I will make this quick. That sample lasted me around 10 days and I immediately got back to the store to buy the full size bottle. It worked wonders for my combination skin. It was light unlike most oils. It was non-greasy and most importantly it didn’t break me out the next morning. You are only supposed to apply this like 2-3 drops, and your skin would just absorb it in no time. If you are on the drier side of your skin, you can also use a moisturiser or a night cream after this. During winters I do, for this is not enough during winters for my skin. It gave me a healthy glow the next morning. On continued usage, you will see the tan lines fading out faster than usual. The is the one product that I never skip in my night time routine. The bottled dropper packaging makes it a winner- read non-messy, but then its a glass bottle and I am always so scared that I might drop it and break this magic potion.

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Price: Rs.3800 for 30ml

My Rating: 4/5

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To the adventures of a Solo Trip: Thank You all the Good Men in the World.

To the adventures of a  solo trip.

Thank you all the Good Men of the world, Thank you.

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This is going to be a bit long with real life experiences in details. Read at your own risk. Rantings ahead 😀

It was only a month ago, that I was found arguing with a friend on how men never understand equality. I was mad angry and I kept blabbering that all men were alike, and the society is so biased with them, that no matter what they do, they always find a way out of the mess, they get in. And, we suffer for  their deeds. My friend is very patient. She kept calming me down and trying to make a valid point by mentioning how good her father is and how good my father was, and that should be our standard to judge men and not some random guy who is molesting, abusing another woman to satisfy their ego.  Howsoever I was not convinced. The woman in me was reminded of the broken marriage one of my closest friends’  is going through, how much her husband tortured her before she finally let go of him. The girl in me was reminded of the threat I read in the newspapers daily about the molestation and rapes that were happening in the various parts of our country. The young professional in me reminded me of the gender-bias I faced when I just started working. The seventeen year old was reminded how much I had to struggle after my father passed away, just because I was a girl. There were men who told me, girls are meant to be married off and their father’s property and business to be divided among people who had sons. I was reminded how my mother was warned to not trust a girl child with her property and that the girl might run away with all the money. So, I was not convinced. I had too many reasons to call men privileged and the society biased.

One week after this incident,

I was travelling to Chennai for some work. I was mad late for my flight. I didn’t pre-book my tickets. And they only had a middle seat to offer me. I enquired about the aile and window seat beside me, which they informed were occupied by two middle-aged men. Now, I was super uncomfortable. I walked back to the Spice jet guy and told him if he could change my seat. He informed me that seats were filled and that he couldn’t help. Almost a minute later, he called me back to inform me that he would upgrade me to a SpiceMax seat without any extra charge, and that he understands that it would be uncomfortable for a girl to sit in between two strangers. I thanked him, boarded my flight happy and smiling.

Reaching Chennai, I had to go to Kancheepuram, a 70kms drive from the airport. I booked a cab. The girl in me scared with the innumerous molestation events we hear each day about the girls who travel solo, and considering it was evening time. The car broke down midway at a place which had bare population. Exactly what I was fearing. I had no water, no food, the night was nearing and the place I was about to stay at, for the workshop closes at 10 pm. I didn’t even know what to voice, I saw him making some phone calls, talking in Tamil. I was shit scared. Airtel net wasn’t working and I couldn’t even send my location to a friend or family. Out of fear and panic, I spoke nothing and waited till the driver fixes the car, praying God that I don’t get into the newspapers the next morning for being killed for travelling solo. Half an hour later, a group of four men came and were talking to the driver. The driver knocked at my window to offer me water.  He informed me, that it would take 20 mins and they would fix the car, that he had the mechanic come up. I still did not believe him, but I didn’t have the guts  to argue. Half an hour later, he started the car and took me to my destination, dropped me safe and sound. Said a sorry meekly for the inconvenience caused and left. He also mentioned that if he left the car, to get the parts repaired, it would have been faster, but he didn’t want to leave me alone, for it was unsafe. I thanked my stars. And, realised how wrong I had judged these men. I looked up at the sky and smiled. Voiced a thank you silently.

When I reached the venue, it was 10:30 at night. The gates were closed by 10. I somehow managed to get in for I knew for sure no food was waiting for me that night, and I had to sleep food-less that night. The place looked like those age-old holiday homes. I entered my room, unpacked, refreshed and around 11:15, there was a knock in my door. I was super sceptical to open it. I opened it slightly to see an old man standing with what seemed like food in his hand. He came inside the room and sat himself on the chair and asked me to eat. . It had Sambar, Rice and some potatoes semi-fried. I was like *what the F? Nobody does that to me?* in my mind. He had mistaken me for Tamil, because of my brown skin colour. I told him that I was a bong. He had poor English but I loved how he wanted to communicate with me. He told me that he is the cook here, he is being working here since the last 50 years. It is his duty to feed everyone before he sleeps. That he has a granddaughter who would be of my age, and that he had not seen her in the last 12 years. Finally when I was done eating and he was going away he shocked me by saying, that he saw me entering the gate all tired and hungry, its not his job to serve after 10 but he went to the kitchen cooked and brought me this meal hoping that if he is good to me today, someone somewhere will also be good and kind to his granddaughter. I was so touched. Till that day I only believed woman that a kind hearts. That Man changed my rigid thought I was stuck with since the last 10 years I have lived without my  father. I thanked him and dozed off to sleep.

2 days later, when I was done with the workshop I wanted to visit Pondicherry. Excited with the good days and good people I was living with. I realised, a happy woman is only the result of good men around her. I booked zoom car to drive to Pondicherry. I was out of my cage. I felt free. I found a place where I felt safe. Chennai to Pondicherry is like 155kms drive on the ECR- Eastern Coastal Road. It took me 3.5 hours to reach Pondicherry. The beautiful blue Bay of Bengal on the one side of the ECR and greens on the other side. That drive was the most peaceful thing that happened to me in the last 10 years, it was that serene.

I reached a different India. By then, I had begun to wonder if its just Tamil Nadu which was this safe or is it my perspective towards men  that needs to change. And suddenly from the nagging and sulking young woman to the extremely happy young girl. I felt good. I took a quick walk in and around the streets to see the place I was living at, before I called it off as the happiest day of my life. I lost my way back to the hotel. My phone was drained out of charge and dead. I had no idea how I would return back for I believed cities like this shut down sooner than ours. And I was right. I found no autos. There were very few people in the streets and they barely understood what I spoke. I was walking aimlessly to find atleast some help, and then I bumped into this guy and he only spoke Tamil. “No English” as they say. I tried explaining him by naming my hotel a 100 times. He signalled me to follow him. I was sceptical but I had no way anyways. I was mad scared for it was dark, roads were empty and I had no other option but to take a chance and trust him. I prayed to the almighty and followed him. 2 mins later, I spotted my hotel. How dumb of me! I was wandering two streets away and couldn’t find my way back. Howsoever the Tamil boy nodded and greeted and went away. True Indeed.. I was in a different India.

Next morning, I walked up to the roof of the restaurant for my breakfast. Most hotels in Pondicherry have roof top restaurants. Wow isn’t it? So after my breakfast was done, I met this girl. She introduced herself as the social marketing head of the hotel. Assuming she would be a local, I asked her what is the best way to get to Auroville. And, I just couldn’t believe what she uttered after that. To quote her exactly, “You are a solo girl travelling? I don’t think you should go to Auroville all alone. You know its all forest and unsafe there. Even if you take a driver, whats the guarantee you would be safe? The driver could be unsafe too.” I was like but I came all the way from Calcutta, I can’t miss Auroville. Infact, I was thinking of driving myself to the place. And she said, “Look I am nobody to ask you not to but if you are really that brave please go but do carry some pepper spray along with you. Last time my friends went there they were robbed, inspite of being in a group.” I bid her and walked down with mixed feelings. Because I had heard all good things about Auroville. But she was a local and she had negative things to say. I didn’t know whom to believe. Howsoever I went out to see more of the city. I hired a Vespa to get wings to fly around 😛 So I visited the churches, the temples, the Sri Aurobindo ashram, the beaches, the french café. I kept asking the same question to almost everyone I met that day.. is Auroville unsafe? So the Tamils claimed it to be dominated by foreigners so anything can go wrong; and the migrants said the local Tamils in the village can rob you on the road. I received a mix response. I had always been a stubborn kid all my life. I found a sense of thrill in doing the things that were forbidden. I decided to drive the next morning to Auroville. It was around 12kms from the place I lived in. Almost a cake walk for me, but  I had never driven to any village before. I was such a city person. I lost my way. The de-route took me 6 kms extra. After driving for 25 odd minutes I reached somewhere near the Auroville Beach. I had a left turn to take and drive another 7 kms. Initial 2 kms had hotels and people but post that it was all empty. And, to be honest I was a bit scared of the tyres. What if they punctured, whom would I seek help from? Howsoever very soon I reached a place so green that I had almost forgotten all fears and was busy appreciating nature at its best.. clicking pictures, collecting flowers and studying trees. Yes almost. 😀

And suddenly Airtel had no network. I didn’t know which way to go. I waved to a running vehicle to stop him. I knew he wouldn’t stop. For we the city people barely stop in these situations. We are taught not to stop on empty roads. We fear to be robbed. But that man stopped. I asked him about the way and he asked me to follow him. It was not his way. He went out of his way to guide me to the right route. I had started pinching myself by then asking myself if I was dreaming. Wasn’t it to good to be true? That’s how we are conditioned to grow. We are asked to not believe strangers, who knew strangers were so good. After around 10 mins, he pointed me to the centre. I thanked him and my stars. He left. I wonder if these men didn’t exist what would we women do.

I got a pass to the Matrimandir. Drove to the beach, ate at the bakery and was reading an informative that I collected from the Visitors Centre. Suddenly I recollected what my father always said, “Never punish the second person you meet for the wrong encounter with you had with the first. For every bad man that you meet, there is four good that you will see.”  I never really belived him for the life I had seen after him, without him was very tough on me. But that moment, with so much of goodness around: all that he said made sense to me for the first time. My thoughts took me back to the life I had spent as a fatherless daughter in the last 10 years flashed in front of my eyes. Yes, there were cousins who wanted to break me emotionally, but there was a brother, not related to me by my blood who stood by me through every emotional low. Yes, he was my father’s brother who insulted me and challenged my capability as a girl child, but there was an uncle, not related to me by my blood who believed I would overcome every hurdle that would come by. Yes, she was my aunt who warned my mother that I would run away with a boy with all the money, but there was a teacher who believed I would turn into one of the finest women living. Yes, there were too many selfish people that I always talked about. But rarely have I acknowledged the good men who have supported me when I was losing it out on humanity. To every jerk who stares at women as if they are going to eat you up, there are men who understand its uncomfortable for a girl to sit in between two men in a flight. To every uber incident that we hear every other day about women being harassed, there are men like Shakti Anna, who drove me safe to my destination inspite of the breakdown. To every mysterious old man tales we read in the newspapers who turn out to be serial killers, there are men like Gopal Pattan who gave me food at almost midnight. To every passerby who ignores people at trouble, there are men like that Tamil boy who helped me despite not knowing my language. To every road robberies and rapes we hear of each day, there are men like the one I met on my way to Auroville who went out of his way to help me for nothing in return.

Dear Good men, It is for you, we feel safe. It is for you, we feel privileged. It is for you we still hope to bump into a better human being, and that not all of you are rapists and opportunists. And this trip changed my perspective. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart from all the people I mentioned in the above instances to the people I couldn’t. I thank you all. There were more instances like so but mentioning them here will only lengthen this post. But before I end this, to all the woman who have suffered inequality for being a girl child.. Know that not every man is alike. Some men are good and they treat you like they treat their mothers and sisters at home. Raise your boys well, teaching them equality and they will make the world a better place to live in.

But before I stop typing.. one thing that I need to mention: Be careful too, not all men are good either. If I fell into the hands of one bad man in the whole trip. I wouldn’t be alive to tell you this story. And if something bad would have happened, you would have blamed me for taking all these risks that I did.  Because, the good and the bad, they all look good in the beginning.  What I learnt was, think good and trust people. If everybody out there was bad, the world would have no longer been a place to live. Its always a balance between the good and the bad. Choose wisely!

Love love!

tea tree deep cleansing nose pore strips: review

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My Story:

It was a mid summer of 2015 and I was looking for a good anti-tan face pack at a newU store. Suddenly I came across this box package. I flipped it over read it’s details and decided to give it a try. That day and this day.. I religiously follow this step in my skincare routine every fortnight. I have had black head problem on my nose since like forever. I had tried all those DIY remedies available online, but nothing really worked for me. And then when I got my hands on these. Voilà! I have used innumerous sachets of these nose strips and they work just good for me. I have been repurchasing this and will continue to do so.

Available at: newU stores and newU website online.

Price: Rs. 225/- for a box of 6 sachets.

What they claim:

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Pros

  • It’s quick and easy
  • Travel friendly
  • Does what it promises.. gets rid of black heads and white heads.
  • Does not get you any zits post the procedure.

Cons

  • It dries up the nose after you strip it off. You feel a slight itchy sensation.
  • Needs a moisturiser post application.

 

My Rating: 4/5.

Kama Ayurveda Coconut Oil: Review

IMG_2146My Story : For the Love of Coconut. Be it the oil, water or milk.

Hello World. Sorry for vanishing away suddenly. I was out on a trip to South India. Mostly because of work but secondly and most importantly I wanted a break from my regular normal routine. I would update all of that in the blogs to follow and put up a link to that here too. But what brings me to review Coconut Oil today? Well in my growing years, when most of my family was obsessing over mustard oil and its benefits like a normal bong family, I hated mustard oil. Its strong smell burnt my eyes and nose. On the another side, coconut oil that we used for our hair seemed cooling, calming and alluring. I started using it even on my body. I have probably used all those variants of coconut oil that was available in the local stores in the 90s. From Nihar to Uttam, From Parachute to Shalimar.. I have used them oil. Shalimar was my favourite though until I grew up to realise it had wax and other chemicals that could be damaging in the long run. It was then that I bumped into Kama Ayurveda and their Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil in 2014. I had also used other organic coconut oils by then by a few other brands, but it wasn’t that satisfying. This product lived up to my love of the coconut oil. I have used more than 6 bottles of this, and is definitely a repurchase for me. P.S- Another reason I loved South India, Oh yes, I found more people like me. People who were equally obsessed about coconut oil 😀

Kama Ayurveda is famous for the fabulous oils they make. One among the many is Coconut Oil. And, because I am just back from Chennai while I type this, coconut oil has to be mentioned. Among that various health benefits of coconut oil, amazingly it also plays a vital role in our beauty. It nourishes and protects. As a kid, when the beauty business was not so booming and our mothers has very selective about the things they applied on their skin. There were two oils. We, Bengalis religiously followed two rules. Coconut oil for the hair and face. And Mustard oil for the body. Howsoever enough of my ranting. Here’s what they claim.

What They Claim:

  1. Overview: A highly versatile oil that can be used to condition the skin and hair. An ideal moisturiser for the body, it makes the skin smooth and even textured. Applied directly to the skin or hair before washing, Coconut oil makes a very effective conditioning treatment. Soothing dry sensitive skin or scalp and adding lustre to damaged hair. Highly recommended for baby massages. This Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is 100% Organic, pure and cold pressed (processed without heat) to retain its unique balance of nutrients.
  2. What to expect: A light, non-sticky and easily absorbed oil with a pure, tropical Coconut scent. May freeze in bottle due to unadulterated nature of the product. A light, non-sticky and easily absorbed oil with a pure, tropical Coconut scent. May freeze in bottle due to unadulterated nature of the product. IMG_2181
  3. How to use: Warm a small amount in the hands and massage gently all over the face/body. Leave for 30 minutes, cleanse post treatment with a mild soap or body cleanser. For hair, simply apply to scalp and gently massage hair from root to tip. Leave for 20 minutes, cleanse post treatment with a mild hair cleanser and warm water. Can be used from head to toe, by all skin and hair types.
  4. Ingredients: COCOS NUCIFERA OIL- Also known as Coconut oil, or Coconut Milk. Cocos Nucifera helps keep the skin soft and smooth. It also helps prevent premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin. It removes dandruff, helps in checking greying and falling of hair and makes the hair look lustrous. It is also known to heal stretch marks. It is mild, thus works well for sensitive skin.

Pros

  • Non-sticky and non-greasy unlike other oils.
  • 100% Natural, Organic and Cold Pressed.
  •  Fast absorbing.
  • Helps remove Tan.
  • Conditions damaged hair.
  • Evens Skin Tone.
  • Prolonged use could help one achieve smooth skin.
  • Can be used as a makeup remover
  • Can be used as a facial massage oil
  • Can be applied to damp hair (only 2drops) and it works better than any serum.

Cons

  • I maybe biased for my love of the coconut oil, but I didn’t find any.

 

Price: Rs. 595/- for 200ml

 

My Rating: 5/5.

 

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Kama Ayurveda Rose Water: Review

 

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Pros:

  • Very cooling and refreshing.
  • Makes my face soft and supple.
  • Travel friendly spray bottle.
  • Preservatives free.
  • Fragrance free.
  • No artificial colourants.
  • Moderately priced.

Cons

  • I didn’t find any negative points. So this column will be empty today. ☺️But okay, some of my friends find it a bit pricey. I’ll overlook that aspect, for me its alright, for it’s made through the steam distillation process.

 

What They Claim:

A wonderful Rose water that is made from the roses of Kannauj – a region in North India, rich in white soil conductive to roses’ growth. The Kannauj rose is considered special due to its similarity to the Bulgarian rose. The steam distillation process used to create this water ensures a high level of hygiene and unmatched purity. Rose water is a natural astringent that balances and restores skin’s PH level, helps tighten pores and acts as the perfect alcohol-free toner for oily or acne-prone skin. Its light cleansing and clarifying action helps in removing cleanser residue while readying the skin for further skincare treatment. A refreshing spritz that can be used to refresh the skin at any time of the day. A clear, light and cooling water that can be sprayed directly on to skin. Leaves skin revived and hydrated without stickiness or residue.

Benefits: 

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• Natural Astringent
• Balances skin PH
• Tightens pores and reduces oiliness
• Lightly hydrates

How To Use:

Spray onto face and body for a refreshing effect. Reapply as desired.

Ingredients:

Pure Rose Water created from the steam distillation process.

 

My Story:

I am an experimental soul, my skin is my test ground. So, before i reached this, I have used a lot of rose waters from different brands. And, then one fine day Fabbag sent me Kama Ayurveda rose water in one of their monthly bags. I started using it. Unlike the others that I had used, this one was the most expensive one. I didn’t know, what made it this so expensive. And then I read, what they claimed. Their only ingredient was Rosa: A symbol of beauty, purity and freshness, Rosa, commonly known as Rose, has soothing, healing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Rose cleanses, purifies, firms and tones the skin. It also treats dry and ageing skin. It gets rid of pigmentation, redness and swelling and is good for all kinds of skin tones. In the case of oily skin, it balances the oil content, and can be used for treating skin irritations and burns. Rose deals with inflammation of the scalp, strengthens dry hair, nourishes the scalp, moisturises hair roots, and promotes new hair growth. It also prevents outbreaks of skin problems like acne, pore block, blackheads, pimples, wrinkles and lines. It is used as an astringent to hydrate the skin, and to make it healthy, youthful, supple, fresh and glowing. Rose petals are a great way to relieve eye pain and headaches. I started using it regularly, that day and this day.. I didn’t switch my rosewater ever. I love the natural rose scent which vanishes the minute I pat my face. I use it as a toner in the morning CTM. I use it as a face mist whenever I have long days of work. I use it before I apply a mask. I have used 8 bottles of this and will always be a repurchase for me.

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Price: Rs. 250 for 50ml; Rs. 875 for 200ml.

My Rating: 5/5.

 

Fab Bag March 2017: What I received

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Its an orange coloured bag like you can see in the picture and I received 6 products in all.

1.Seduction Las Vegas Lipstick 06 – Nude Love. Full Size: 180/-

2.SUGAR Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer – 009 Bowl of Berries. Full Size: 199/-

3. Kronokare Flower Power – Face Toner.

4. Moha Herbal Shower Gel. Sample size.

5.Ayorma SPF 40 Sun block. Sample size.

6.Iba Halal Care Nourishing Foot Massage Cream. Full size: 95/-

Check FAB BAG @ https://www.fabbag.com/ The best of beauty in a monthly Bag.

For their subscription plans, check https://www.fabbag.com/women.html

I usually opt for the 6 month plan for Rs. 2899/- and keep renewing it 😛 But as a beginner, try the 3 month plan for Rs. 1599/-

Also check them out for their offers and tips at:

Definitely a repurchase for me. Because I like the new products I get to try. Go ahead and book yourself a monthly plan.

Forest Essentials Lightening & Brightening Tejasvi Emulsion: Review

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Pros:

  • Gives you a glowing complexion.
  • Very Nourishing, even the driest of skins, will feel the difference overnight.
  • Rejuvenates and firms the skin.
  • Gets rid of Tan.
  • The Base ingredients list: Cow’s milk, wild turmeric, saffron and cold pressed beeswax makes it a winner product.
  • A little goes a long way.

Cons:

  • A risky affair for oily skin, for its super Greasy.
  • Its only available online and their stores in Metro cities, like my city has only one store, and I gotta travel 12kms to get this!
  • Its got a pungent smell, but this one could be overlooked considering all the goodness its natural ingredients have.
  • Priced a little higher.

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What They Claim:

This unique Emulsion removes blemishes and pigmentation by combining the potent properties of age-old Ayurvedic herbs, pure whole cream cow’s ghee, sweet Almond oil, virgin Coconut oil and Kokum butter blended with purifying and skin lightening and brightening herbs, root and flower extracts. The base of pure Cow’s milk ‘Ghee’, which is aged to extract the desired benefits, instantly provides extraordinary lighting of the skin tone and brightening of the skin.

With regular massage, the skin acquires a noticeably soft, fairer, resilient and ‘plumped’ quality with a radiant glow or “Tejas”

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Source: http://www.forestessentialsindia.com

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How to Use:

Apply on clean damp skin. Take a small quantity and massage well on the face and neck area for 10-15 minutes. Dab off the excess with a hot towel, followed by a facial scrub or cleanser. (In case of very dry skin, a scrub is not required.) Use chilled floral toner or splash cold water to tone and seal the skin.

My Story:

I read a lot about this product online. The internet is scattered with its reviews. Its also won some beauty awards the brand claims. What really attracted my attention was the list of base ingredients like cow’s milk, wild turmeric, saffron and organic beeswax. And if you read how they make it, you would want to try this atleast once in your life.

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Source: Forest Essentials India

I decided to give it a shot. Its mainly recommended for dry skin. And because, winter makes my skin so dry that almost nothing that I apply overnight lasts till the next morning. I decided I opt for this, for this is super greasy. Although the label said otherwise, I decided to keep it overnight. And Voila! It worked Magic! I loved how my skin soaked all that up overnight. All I did, was applied a layer of it all over my face, massaged it for some 5 minutes, used a damp tissue to rub off the extra after 10 minutes. Slept with it. Got up to bright and younger looking skin even in the winters, washed my face with a deep cleansing face wash and sprayed rose water. It worked like magic. Real magic for my winter skin, which was usually dry and flaky before. This is my second tub, and definitely a repurchase for me.

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Price: Rs. 2275 for 50gm.

My Rating: 4/5

Aroma Magic Vitamin C Day cream: Review

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Pros:

  • Smells almost like Oranges, very citrus!
  • Calming and cooling sensation.
  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Makes skin super soft.
  • Absorbs totally into the skin.
  • Has SPF 15. Bingo!!!
  • Has Vitamin C that helps fight ageing of the skin.
  • Non-greasy, gives a matt effect.
  • Regular usage gives a healthy glow.
  • Packed with natural ingredients like lavender, chamomile, aloe, avocado, etc.
  • Artificial Fragrance and color free.
  • Moderately priced.
  • Easy availability.

Cons:

  • The packaging. Comes in a tub and not in a tube.

What They Claim:

I am 100% free of petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic ingredients, artificial fragrance and colour. I am a light non greasy day cream enriched with SPF 15. Packed with natural source of Vitamin C, with pomegranate juice, I protect & strengthen the skin’s upper layer. Shea butter & aloe vera gel balances the skin’s pH level while deeply moisturising it. Extracts of orange & apple, and the blend of chamomile, lavender & helichrysum essential oils, together with avocado oil lighten & hydrate to leave your skin soft & exquisitive every single day.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Cucumis Sativus Seed Oil, Organic Butyrospermuim Parkii, Persea Gratissima Oil, Apple Fruit Extract, Luminess Extract, Pomegranate Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Chamaemelum Nobile Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil, Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid).

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How to Use:

It is best to use me on clean skin after using a toner. Apply me on your face and neck in gentle circular motions. Use me before applying makeup.

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My Story:

I was looking for a good day cream and my friend suggested me this one. When it is not so winter that my skin is not flaking, and when it is not so summer that my skin is yet to become a oil pot. I needed a day cream that could heal my skin in the transition from winter dry to oily summer. My friend suggested me this one pot. Magic pot I would say. Fights the weather changes! It has SPF 15 is a bonus point, so when I am home and not out in the sun.. I needn’t apply a sunscreen. Added Vitamin C fights skin ageing. Its light, non-greasy texture and refreshing feeling will make you love this product. It absorbs into your skin totally so can be used before makeup too. It has too many natural ingredients to give this one a miss.. From chamomile, lavender, pomegranate, avocado, aloe, apple and citrus extracts. Its packed with goodness. With longer usage, it gives a healthy glow to your skin tone. Its easily available in almost all cosmetic stores. Its very moderately priced unlike all the expensive creams in the market. I have used almost one tub of this like you can see in the pictures, and is definitely a repurchase for me.

Price: 350 for 50gm

My Rating: 4.5/5

Vichy EAU Thermal Spa Water: Review

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Pros:

  • Gives an instant refreshing feeling.
  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Works wonders for both Dry and Oily skin types.
  • Helps reduce acne, sunburns, redness and irritation.
  • Gives a soothing feeling, and a healthy glow.
  • Paraben free.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Easy to use spray bottle.
  • Great packaging, non-drippy and travel safe.

Cons:

  • Availability is a major issue.
  • Its only available online and select stores in Metro city.

What They Claim:

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Source: Vichy’s Official Website

Product Concern: For men and women who want to soothe or refresh their skin, whatever their skin type. Recommended for sensitive skin.
Vichy Thermal Spa Water, naturally powerful: sourced from the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes, Vichy Thermal spa water is rich in 15 rare minerals, and is one of the most concentrated mineral waters in France
Indication: comforts and refreshes sensitive skin, soothes irritation due to dryness and completes a cleansing routine.
Efficacy: it has been declared a spring of public benefit since 1846 and recognised for its soothing and fortifying properties.
Sensitive Skin: tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control. Allergy tested. Preservative Free.
Pleasure: fine and refreshing mist.

Ingredients:

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How to Use:

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Source: Vichy’s Official Website

After spraying, leave it to work for a few moments then gently dry. Use at any time of the day or night.

My Story:

So, last december, i.e december 2015.. My all so oily facial skin suddenly starting flaking. And boom! It was so dry that no matter what I applied before bed time, the next morning I got up with dry, flaking, aching skin. Most of my skincare was targeted for oily skin, so I had to shut them all. I bought the skincare range that was recommended for dry skin. It broke me out on my T-zone, whereas my cheeks were dry, flaky and patchy.Then a friend recommended me buy thermal spring water. The first one I bought was Avene Thermal spring water. Howsoever, that didn’t work for me. So, one fine day I was scrolling through the offers at Nykaa.com, when I saw this offer on Vichy thermal spa water, which said buy one and get one free. I thought, I would try. I purchased. It was February 2016. My skin goes through weather change issues. From dry and flaky in winter to super oily in summers and super sensitive during the monsoons. And, I can vouch for this product. I have been using this for a year now. Its my must product. I use it after I wash my face in the morning. At times, when I am travelling I also use this as a hydrating mist on my face. My personal experiences claim, that this helps reduce acne. I have hormonal pimples at that time of the month, I use this mist it dries out the pimple. I have used three bottles as of now and is a definitely repurchase for me.

Price: 450 for 50ml; 650 for 150ml

My Rating: 4/5

Patanjali Aloevera Gel: Review

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Pros:

  • Its works for both dry and oily skin. Hydrates the dry skin and balances the oily skin.
  • Works wonders for sensitive skin and sunburns.
  • Gives a soothing/ cooling sensation, if applied post waxing/threading.
  • Does not burn a hole in your pocket. Its cheap and affordable.
  • Hygienic and travel-friendly packaging, comes in a tube.

Cons:

  • It has added colours and preservatives
  • The ingredients are not clearly mentioned.

What they Claim:

Aloe Vera Gel for natural beauty, safety and useful for removal of pigmented spots.

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Ingredients:

Aloe Vera 90% W/V , Base Material – q.s , Permitted Colours – Tartazine Yellow and Brilliant blue , Vitamin E , Fragrance and Preservatives q.s

My Story:

Back in 2011, I was on a 2 month long intensive trip. I had to complete most of North India. I followed no regular CTM then. I rarely used a sunscreen then. Mostly I washed my face only once before bedtime. I was super naive to believe oily skins don’t require a moisturiser. So, basically I was on a trip out of my comfort zone. To think about those days, scare me too.. don’t give me that weird look. Howsoever, it was the 16th day of my trip and one morning I got up to find my skin around my lips super dry, achy and flaking. It was a dry patch. To my horror, even boroline couldn’t cure it. I called my mom up, and she advised me to buy this product. Patanjali was not that famous a brand then. Shops were rare. I travelled 9kms to get this product. That day and this day.. I always have this product for sun burns, acne, dry skin troubles, oily skin acne, post waxing gel, post threading gel, hair mask, face mask and what not. I have used more than 20 of these tubes by now. I would rate this product a 5/5 if the ingredients were clearly mentioned in a more detailed manner.

How I Use This:

  • For Skin: I use this for various purposes.. moisturiser, as a face mask mixed up with other ingredients, to give more details I would have to write another blog post. I ‘ll keep it precise here and write another post on various ways to use this, and link it here. I also use this as a post treatment for waxing and threading.
  • For Hair: I use aloevera gel as a leave-in conditioner at times and also use it as a hair mask mixed up with castor oil.

Price: 80 for 150ml.

My Rating: 4/5.