After a horrifying hot summer, monsoon may seem like a relief. But the change in the climate takes a toll on our skin, hair and health. Today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to take care of our skin and hair during monsoon.
Hair care Tips
I hope you all found these tips helpful. If you have any other tips, comment them below.
Don’t let monsoon make your skin or hair dull!
Hope you are all doing well. I feel that subscription bags are a great way to try new products and save money at the same time. We all love subscription bags. Don’t we? This month I decided to order the Fab Bag, which is one of the famous subscription bags in India. I ordered it on July 1st but received it on July 17th. I’ll be sharing the products I received and my thoughts about them today.
I received a bright pink pouch which had all the products inside. This pouch can be used to store makeup and during travelling. I like the quality of the pouch and it goes well with their July theme ‘Colour Drama’. Fab Bag is priced at Rs. 599 per month.
What’s in my bag?
1. SUGAR Matte As Hell Lip Crayon – Jackie Brown
I ordered this month’s bag just because it has the newly launched shades from SUGAR matte as hell range. I received Jackie Brown, which is a warm toned brown which will suit most of the Indian skin tones. It is comfortable on the lips, stays for a long time and transfers slightly. This product alone has covered the price of the bag.
2. Kronokare Hydrate The Hair Shampoo
Kronokare Mediterranean Citrus shampoo has natural extracts of orange, bergamot and grapefruit. It has citrus smell and those who are citrus lovers will definitely enjoy using this shampoo. It is SLS, Paraben, Silicone and mineral oil free and is not tested on animals.
3. Justherbs Skin Tint
It is a herb – enriched skin tint which has broad spectrum sun protection and is suitable for all skin types. This is just like a tinted moisturizer and provides sheer coverage. It is perfect for daily use and the coverage is buildable to an extent. It gives a natural finish to the skin.
4. Tvakh Fruit Enzyme Alcohol Free Toner
This toner has premium fruit extracts that contain natural AHA and BHA that deeply cleans, tones, exfoliates, reduces pore size with optimum hydration. It is a multi tasking product that will keep your skin smooth and radiant.
My Thoughts about July Fab Bag
My favorite products from July Fab Bag are SUGAR lip crayon and Justherbs skin tint. The other products are good options for monsoon. I love the fact that most of the products are paraben free and safe on the skin. It is nice to see subscription bags bring this change. Delivery time of nearly 2 weeks is something I didn’t like about Fab Bag.
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If you are interested in a review of any of the above products, do let me know on the comments section!
Today I’m going to share my experience about the newly launched Nature’s Absolutes Lush Tresses oil which I received a month back. It was beautifully packed in an aromatic box with a hand written note. I was so excited to use and review it and I’m sure that you are as excited as I was.
It is packed in a sturdy white cardboard box with the name written in gold and has abstract designs in light blue. The bottle has a pump dispenser with a transparent cap. The best thing is the lock mechanism – one has to turn it to unlock. This makes it travel friendly and avoids unnecessary spilling. Overall, the packaging is simple yet very classy and of international standards.
Nature's Absolutes believes that beauty secrets from around the world merged with the knowledge of beauty essentials passed on for generations in India elevates the modern beauty experience.
Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil, Cold Pressed Almond Oil, Cold Pressed Castor Oil, Cold Pressed Olive Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Alsi Oil, Amla Extract, Shikakai Extract, Imli Extract.
INR 1499 for 100 ml of hair oil.
Lush Tresses oil is centered on jojoba oil which conditions hair; ensuring that they stay hydrated, smooth and vibrant. It is ideal for taming frizzy, unmanageable hair. Our in house natural oil connoisseurs have added various carrier oils, essential oils and organically grown herbs to make this unique oil, ensuring you have silkier, healthier and more voluminous hair.
Directions Of Use
For best results, use twice a week, massaging into scalp at night before sleeping or at least 20 minutes before a shower. Perform a patch test on inner elbow, keep for 30 minutes. If irritation develops, discontinue use.
Nature’s Absolutes Lush Tresses oil is transparent and is lighter in consistency than normal oils. It is easy to apply on the scalp and to spread till the ends. Two pumps of oil is sufficient for my medium length hair. I’m sure that this bottle will last for a long time. It has a weird herbal smell which vanishes in a minute. So don’t worry! It won’t irritate your sensitive nose. It doesn’t leave stain on my pillow while I leave it overnight. That’s a relief.
It can be washed easily with normal amount of shampoo. Some oils are difficult to wash off and this is an exception. It makes my hair soft, moisturized and lustrous. It doesn’t weigh my hair down, instead makes it look voluminous. I use this oil twice a week and it feels like a mini spa like experience. Also I receive compliments about my hair whenever I’ve used this. This can be used as a hair serum by applying it after washing the hair. Isn’t that awesome?
This is definitely an unique oil which will result in lustrous hair. It enables to experience salon like hair treatment at home. They have other variants such as Strong Tresses oil and Long Tresses oil. So you can choose one according to your hair issue. So what are you waiting for? Place your order and get ready for compliments.
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Korean beauty products have been in vogue for quite a while now. As soon as I saw the cute Innisfree capsule recipe packs on Nykaa, it was love at first sight! I had to buy one and I chose Green Tea pack as it is rich in anti - oxidants. Korean products are cutely packed and are eye catching. Don’t you agree with me?
What is a sleeping pack/mask?
Sleeping masks are a great way to intensely hydrate your skin as you snooze the night away. This is an overnight treatment that is meant to be applied as the last step in your routine right before bed. You sleep with them on and then wake up in the morning with beautiful skin. It is recommended to use a sleeping mask twice a week.
Capsule pack green tea is a sleeping pack with green tea extract that fills the skin with moisture.
Goodness of green tea for skin
The mask is packed in a small tub which is convenient to use and travel friendly. It has a silver foil underneath which avoids spilling and messiness. An interesting thing about the packaging is the sign that says ‘open here’. Once you open the sticker, you’ll find the huge ingredient list, directions to apply etc.
Rs. 150 for 10 ml of product.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate
Read the entire ingredient list here
How to use product?
Apply the desired amount of Capsule Pack that has been kept in the refrigerator at the cream step of your basic skincare routine, evenly spread all over your face and go to bed. Wash your face in the next morning. You can also use it at room temperature.
I apply a thin layer of the sleeping mask and wait for 30 minutes before going to bed, so that it gets absorbed into my skin. It has a gel like consistency and is easy to spread on the skin. Thankfully it is not a thick or a runny mask that will make you feel uncomfortable. It has a mild and soothing fragrance which vanishes in a minute. It gives a cooling effect as it has been kept in the refrigerator as per the directions.
In the next morning, it makes my face becomes clear, moisturized and healthy. I find my skin rejuvenated and full of life. The glow lasts for a day or two. I find the effect similar to that of an effective sheet mask. I apply it twice a week and it is doing a fair job. I’m sure that using this regularly will improve the skin texture and slow the ageing process. The contents of the pack will last for more than 6 to 7 uses and also depending on the amount of usage.
Just like consuming green tea regularly benefits the body, appplying green tea mask benefits the skin. Innisfree has a wide variety of variants which specialize in different skin concerns. So, find a solution for your skin concern now.
Have you tried any capsule recipe mask? Share your experiences in the comments section below.
Hope you are all doing good. I recently purchased a black head removal strip from a reputed brand and it was kind of dissappointing. So I decided to try the internet famous DIY charcoal peel off mask. Charcoal is trending everywhere as it acts as a magnet and pulls off dirt, excess oil, blackheads, whiteheads etc.
Method of preparation & usage
This DIY charcoal mask had removed blackheads, whiteheads and tiny hair from my nose so well. It made my skin so soft, clean and glowing like Rudolph, the reindeer’s nose. I’m not kidding! My nose was so bright than my face, that I tried it on my face as well to make it even.
Does it pain?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Isn’t it? As a nose strip, it pained but not so much. But as a face mask, it was quite painful as I have facial hair. (It differs from person to person)
Does it suit sensitive skin?
I was afraid to try this as I have super sensitive skin. It gave a mild tingling sensation on my face and so I washed my face with cool water and applied a sheet mask later. I recommend you to do a patch test and apply on your entire face. It would be fine if you are using it only as a nose mask.
Is it messy?
No one likes a messy mask and this doesn’t drip as it has fevicol mixed. The consistency is quite thick. It gets a little messy if you apply a thick layer. As the outer layer gets dried fast and when you peel it off, you will find the inner layer still moist which cannot be peeled off.
What if I can’t peel it?
If you can’t peel it as you find it painful, you can wet the area and rinse it off with water. It doesn’t stain your face as well.
I hope you all liked this DIY. If you do so, try them and let me know your experience.
I was looking for a face polish and Auravedic’s almond, saffron and rose face polish caught my attention. I love products with rose and so, I had to add this to my cart. I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks and I’ll be sharing my thoughts about this product with you all.
Auravedic is a natural beauty brand which sources and uses only the best local natural ingredients. We are inspired by the ancient knowledge of the Vedas and use this knowledge to harness the cleansing and cosmetic properties of natural ingredients.
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Auravedic face polish has a tub packaging which looks attractive and classy. The reflective silver lid gives a royal touch to the product. There is an inner lid to avoid spilling of product and thus making it travel friendly. Though many may not like tub packaging much, it has an advantage of avoiding product wastage. All the product details are mentioned on the sides of the tub.
This special skin polish deep cleanses, brightens and nourishes skin with almond and saffron. Pomegranate seeds gently remove dirt and impurities from the skin for glowing, radiant and beautiful complexion.
Rs. 400 for 100 gms of product
Extracts of Saffron, Apple, Almond oil, Rosehip oil, Kokum Butter, Beeswax, Jojoba oil, Olivem 1000, Honey, Ylang Ylang, Oliwax, Sunflower oil, Pomegranate seeds, Polymer Granules, Rose Perfume, Stearic Acid, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Steareth -10, Purified water, phenoxyethanol.
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Scoop on to fingertips and gently massage over skin. Leave polish on skin for a few minutes before gently wiping it off with a cotton ball.
[You can use a spoon to scoop the face polish]
Texture & Smell
The texture of the skin polish is creamy and has mild granules which helps in scrubbing. It isn’t harsh at all which makes it suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. It has the fragrance of rose petals and is heavenly and soothing.
This skin polish is enriched with effective ingredients and a little amount of the face polish goes a long way. It unclogs pores, leaving the skin clean, supple and moisturized. It makes the skin as soft as a baby’s skin and regular usage makes the skin radiant. It doesn’t remove stubborn blackheads but regular usage will avoid the recurrence of black and white heads. The best thing about this face polish is that it doesn’t strip the moisture from the skin. In short, it gives a polished and porcelain like finish to the skin.
Overall, this is an amazing product by Auravedi which stands true by its claims and results in glowing skin. I would definitely recommend this to you all!
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Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Today I’m going to review one skincare product that changed my skin. I’m talking about Organique renewal serum which I received in my June Bling Box. I was so excited to use it as I’ve heard so many bloggers praise this product.
What is a facial serum?
According to a famous dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer, “Serums are usually formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients so that a few drops are sufficient to cover the entire face. The texture is usually lighter than a moisturizer, which allows for it to be used as a stand-alone product for someone with oilier skin, or used under a moisturizer for someone with normal to dry skin.”
Read more here
How to use it?
Apply 3 to 4 drops and rub it on your palm and apply on the face and neck. Applying the serum about 2 minutes after you have cleansed your face will allow the active ingredient to penetrate better than dried skin cells. Use it during night for best results because UV rays and oxygen can cause serums to oxidize.
Organique is a natural skincare brand. Handmade, natural, made in small batches to retain freshness.
This serum is packed in a glass bottle with an attached dropper. The bottle has the brand name and the product name but sadly other product details are missing.
Jojoba oil (herb infused), Black cumin oil, Turmeric oil, Vitamin E, Pumpkin seed oil, Hazelnut oil, Argan oil, Essential oils of Sandalwood, Helichrysum and Lavender. Herbs infused are Fennel seeds, Rose petals, Lavender, Red clover flowers, Rosehips, Calendula.
Rs. 400 for 12 ml of product.
I cleansed my face after steaming and applied 2 drops of the serum on my face. The serum is yellowish in color and the dropper makes it easier to use. It smelled heavenly and natural as soon I applied. It has a soothing smell which calmed my mind too. It didn’t feel oily, sticky, heavy or uncomfortable on the skin. The serum got absorbed into my skin quite quickly and didn’t stain my pillows too.
The next morning I woke up with bright, glowing and reguvenated skin. The difference was evident from the very first use which is amazing. I’ve been using this serum for about 3 weeks and my skin feels moisturised, soft and bright than before. It didn’t cause me any breakouts too. This has become my holy grail product!
My food and hair care would be incomplete without coconut. Being an avid coconut lover, I couldn’t resist to buy Naturalium Coconut shampoo and conditioner. It is part of their Fruit Pleasure range which has other interesting variants such as Melon, Peach, Green Apple, Raspberry and Mango. This product is unique because one product acts as a shampoo as well as a conditioner. How interesting is that?
Naturalium is a return to the origin, to nature, to simplicity , and this is reflected in each and every one of the products we develop.
We work for providing aromas that evoke memories, feelings and that are a key element of our products.
Close your eyes, open the product and let its scent evoke in you a sea of sensations.
Body to Eat, a new concept of Naturalium, with which we want to convey the essence of our products, designed to make you smell like real fresh fruit, causing desire to eat you.
Naturalium shampoo has a plastic bottle packaging with a flip cap, which makes it travel friendly and spill proof. The packaging is simple yet very attractive with the particular fruit’s image on the bottle. I appreciate the fact that the marketers have made an effort to stick the product details in English as they are originally printed in Spanish.
Add the freshness of fruits to your daily hair care regime with Naturalium Shampoo & Conditioners. Enriched with Provitamin B5 and natural Fruit extracts, it nourishes your hair from the root, making it healthy, soft and shiny.
Naturalium brings to you a complete range of hygiene, skin and personal care products with unique fragrances, that are free from Parabens and chemicals. Made in Spain, Naturalium believes in all things 'simple, basic and natural' and this is reflected in each and every product they develop .They believe in formulating products that have unique and heavenly aromas that evoke sweet memories and emotions.
Rs. 399 for 400 ml (shampoo + conditioner)
The product definitely speaks for itself. The aroma is heavenly and the place where I keep this shampoo smells like coconut. The shampoo is transparent with white hues and has a gel like consistency. It is easy to apply and lathers minimally. It cleansed my hair so well and made my hair nourished and bouncy. It also made my split ends less visible. If you oil your hair before shower like me, you would need more shampoo to remove the oil completely.
The coconut smell lingered on my hair for about a day. Regular usage has helped in moisturizing my dry scalp. As it performs the job of both shampoo and conditioner, it saves storage space, time and also money. It would be great if they introduce regular size shampoos too as it is available in only one size.
Overall, this is one of the best shampoos I’ve ever tried. If you love coconut smell and also have dry scalp, you should definitely try this. Get ready to smell like a coconut!
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Handmade soaps are quite popular these days. Isn’t it? Also, it feels so good to see people opting for natural and cruelty free products. Today I’m going to review one such product which belongs to the catergories I mentioned above. It’s the Soap Square herbal & handcrafted soap with crushed strawberries and shea butter. I received it in my minion Globox which is priced at Rs. 750.
About Soap Square
We are extremely careful of what we put into our bodies but not of what we put on them. It is time we gave our skin the kind of gentle care and nourishment it deserves.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you, with great joy and pride, to Soap Square which guarantees the best quality herbal, handmade soaps.
These soaps are handcrafted with careful consideration for your skin's needs using essential oils, glycerin and natural ingredients. These vegetarian soaps contain real fruit extracts and no parabens or petrochemicals were used in their production.
You can choose from the wide variety of 100% herbal soaps to pamper your skin with! :)
The soap is packed in a cardboard box which has all the details on it. It is also wrapped in a plastic wrapper so that the soap doesn’t gets contaminated. I loved their logo on the cardboard packaging which is a tree’s branch near their brand name. It reminds me of nature and how natural the soap is.
Strawberries have anti-ageing properties and treat acne & wrinkles. Shea butter is one of the best moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerating and protecting natural agent for the skin.
Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Strawberry Extract, Crushed Strawberry Powder, Glycerin, Strawberry Fragrance Oil, Purified Water.
Rs. 300 for 100 gms.
I’ve heard good things about Soap Square products, so I was excited to try this soap. As soon as I opened the cardboard package, I smelt a soothing smell which isn’t over powering. The square soap reminded me of milk sweet which I absolutely love. Being frank, it was tough for me stop taking a bite from it.
It lathers the right amount and is easy to spread. After washing, my skin felt hydrated and soft. My skin is dry and I mostly apply coconut oil before having a shower. But now I’ve skipped the step as this soap has coconut oil and shea butter which avoids dryness. I’m not sure about the anti-ageing claims but it does make the skin smooth as a baby’s skin.
Overall, if you are looking for a hydrating handmade soap, then you will love this. Buy here.
Have you tried any products from Soap Square? Do let me know on the comments section below.
Hope you are all doing well. Dandruff is one of the most common hair issues faced by half of the population. So what is dandruff? Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Then why is it a big deal? Small amount of flaking caused by dead skin cells is normal but, if you experience unusually large amount of flaking, you should get alert.
I have extremely dry scalp and this DIY has been my anti – dandruff solution for a while now.
Neem Leaves - It is scientifically proven that neem trees have medicinal qualities and these are inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal, the qualities that help in controlling dandruff. It addresses the root causes of dandruff and improves the health of our scalp.
Curry Leaves – This is used by our ancestors for centuries to treat hair ailments as it is rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, Vitamin B. These not only gets rid of dandruff but also promotes hair growth and avoids premature greying.
Tulsi Leaves – Tulsi is one herb which you can find in any Indian household. Famous for its anti – bacterial properties, it is considered as a herb with several medicinal and healing properties including dandruff.
Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera is undoubtedly the magical herb as it can cure anything and everything. It cointains various minerals, vitamins, antiseptic and anti – fungal properties that soothes, moisturizes and removes dandruff causing fungus and yeast on scalp.
Fenugreek Powder – Fenugreek is a natural anti – fungal herb which exfoliates and cleans the scalp making it dandruff free. It also has protein, lecithin and nicotinic which are extremely useful against hair fall, dandruff and help to treat variety of scalp issues like dryness of hair.
Method of preparation & usage
Note - Fenugreek powder may stick to your scalp, so make sure to rinse it properly.
As I had mentioned earlier, my scalp is extremely dry and dandruff can’t be removed easily. But right after my first usage, it was easier to remove the dandruff and my scalp was nourished. Regular usage has improved the texture of my hair and made my scalp dandruff free.
So what are you waiting for? Try this DIY and experience the difference.
Hope you all liked this DIY. Let me know your skin and hair issues. I’ll be happy to share some easy DIYs.