Finally back to blogging after a long gap. Today I’ll be talking about affordable face washes. A face wash is an integral part of our daily skincare routine, and when you get some great picks that work well and are budget friendly, it becomes a major plus.
Top 5 affordable face washes for all skin types
1. Biotique Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Cleanser
Biotique is a brand that offers a wide range of Ayurvedic skin care and hair care products. I tried the Biotique Honey Cleanser. It is a mild facial cleanser, suitable for all skin types. Honey is a great ingredient for your skin and this face wash is enriched with the goodness of honey and Himalayan Waters.
It can get rid of light make-up and excess oiliness without stripping off the moisture from your skin.
Price – 149/- for 120ml
2. Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash
For those who have acne prone and oily skin, this will make a great choice. Neem is known for its anti-bacterial properties. Himalaya Neem Face Wash deeply cleanses your skin without drying it. Use it regularly for clear and glowing skin. It’ll not magically get rid of your acne, but will prevent it.
You can use it in combination with the Neem face scrub and face pack for added benefits. The scrub is gentle on the skin. The mud face pack deeply cleanses your skin and gently exfoliates it.
Price – 120/- for 100ml
3. Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash
If you’re looking for a face wash that deeply cleanses your skin, Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash is a good option. It works well for normal to oily skin. For those days when you feel your pores are clogged and there is excessive oil on your skin, this one works best.
The only thing I don’t like is that it takes away the moisture from your skin. You need to apply moisturizer soon after using this, otherwise your skin can feel dry and parched. So if you’re from the dry skin family, stay away from this one.
Price – 60/- for 60g
4. Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash
Clean and Clear is a brand which is a favorite of many. They have a range of face washes, but my pick is the Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash. This one is suitable for all skin types, but works best for oily and acne prone skin. It lathers well and takes off all the excess oil from your skin making it feel clean and refreshed. It deeply cleanses, yet is gentle enough to not leave your skin dry or clog pores.
Price – 110/- for 100ml
5. Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash
If you’re someone like me who forgets to use a scrub, then investing in an exfoliating face wash is a good idea. The Lotus Herbals face wash is enriched with the goodness of strawberry and aloe vera. It cleanses your skin without making it dry.
The good thing is that the microbeads are very gentle, so you can even use it every day. It lathers well and has a rich creamy texture.
Price – 190/- for 120g
Don’t forget to do a patch test before using any of these!
Read my previous post about easy DIY honey face packs. Also let me know what you want to read next – skincare, kitchen tips, or something else! Bye….
I am more of a chai person, but there are phases in life when I have strong coffee cravings. These are some of my favorite places to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
1. Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters
Location: Saidulajab, Saket
Tucked in the bylanes of Saidulajab, this quaint café is the perfect place to find solitude amidst the concrete world. Add to it the strong and delicious coffee that they serve. Choose from a range of hot brews or cold brews and spend hours fuelling thoughts of your heart with coffee elixir.
2. Ama Café
Location: Majnu ka Tila
Little Tibet of Delhi – Majnu ka Tila is my escape whenever I get sick of the city life. This dainty Tibetan refugee colony will surely remind you of McLeodganj, only the pristine mountains are missing.
Ama Café is the perfect hangout place. You can spend hours here – chit chatting, reading alone, or even working on a whimsy post. The cappuccino is amazing. But I have to say the ginger lemon honey tea is heartwarming. They have a wide selection of yummy desserts as well, I recommend Tiramisu.
Location: Multiple Locations
Theos is my new found love and this love affair is going to last long. Although Theos is known for its desserts, but their coffee is equally good. You can customize it as per your liking – strong or mild. Enjoy it with a croissant, chocolate éclair, or chicken puff!
The only thing I don’t like, the way their delicacies almost cast a spell on you and it is difficult to choose just one.
4. Ivy & Bean
Location: Shahpur Jat
Shahpur Jat is a gem waiting to be explored. Ivy & Bean is one such beautiful book café! I love the feel of the place. The little outdoor seating makes it all the more beautiful. I had Mocha Hazelnut and it was so satisfying. My friends had Mocha, and Cappuccino, and we all loved our coffee doze.
My other recommendations are – Beer battered prawns, Bacon pancakes, Shepherd’s Pie, and Salted caramel tart. Don’t forget to click a picture with the gigantic bookshelf.
5. Cha Bar
Location: N Block, Connaught Place
It is a book café, but sadly you’ll not be able to read. It is so noisy and full that you can never concentrate on reading. It is a good place to catch up with friends and enjoy a gossip session.
Cha Bar knows their tea and coffee right. Cold coffee is super, affogato is great, masala chai is mazedar, and Rose Oolong is so comforting. There are a lot of munchies as well.
Location: Khan Market
Have a big smile while I write this! Coffee and Wine, Perch makes life prettier and certainly tastier. The coffee sangria is next level! And a special mention for the outstanding cappuccino. Probably the best I’ve tasted in Delhi.
There is a lot to devour as well! And it is so Instagram worthy which is always a plus…
Location: Meherchand Market
So if you like me have always dreamt of Turkey and haven’t been there yet, Kunafa is the place to get the taste of Turkish delicacies. You get amazzzing (still drooling over it) Baklava, Turkish coffee, and various teas. The Turkish coffee has a distinct woody taste, worth a try.
It’s a great experience to try something new! Certainly revisiting it soon.
Location: Satyaniketan (South Campus)
Looking for a cute coffee date place? Espress-o-ville doesn’t disappoint. The coffee is great, hot chocolate is yummier! Also there is pizza, books, and lots of board games, and the best part – the bill won’t make you bankrupt.
I cannot guarantee if you’ll win in scrabble or not, but when you take your special someone for a date, you’ll surely win their heart and some brownie points.
9. Kunzum Travel Café
Location: Hauz Khas Village
On an overcast day when the wanderlust feels strike hard, head to Kunzum Travel Café to satiate those feelings. Walls adorned by beautiful pictures each telling a new travel tale, simple yet delicious tea and coffee (and not to forget the heavenly chocolate cookies), and the vibe – a perfect place to just sit and maybe do nothing.
Kunzum is a pay what you like café. There are no fixed prices so you pay as per your wish, which is quite a unique concept. You can also be a part of the variety of workshops that the café regularly conducts.
10. Sakley’s Mountain Café
Location: M Block Market, GK I
If you’re missing mountains in Delhi, Sakley’s is the place to be. It is ideal for a lunch date (that’s what I went for) or even a cozy dinner scene. Stuff yourself, but make sure you leave a little space in your tummy for their delicious coffee.
My heart goes out to the Wolf Chicken Sizzler and Caramel Coffee. OMG So good! And now that I am writing about them, I think it is time to go back soon. (Mumma, if you’re reading this you know where are we going next)
11. Café Turtle
Location: Multiple Locations
A book store, delectable coffee, yummy goat cheese pizza, picture perfect setting of Khan Market (that’s where I’ve been the most), what’s not to love about Café Turtle. Although it is a vegetarian café, you’ll not miss the meat here.
Pick up a new book from the bookstore, or just enjoy your current read with their signature cappuccino. And trust me when I say this, you’ll not even realize when minutes turn into hours at Café Turtle.
Do you have a favorite coffee place in Delhi/NCR? Share your love in the comments section. I’ll see you in my next one. Much love!
Starting new week with a new blog is a good idea. I haven’t done monthly favorites since two months now. Finally curating a list of all the things I loved in July and August.
1. Soulflower Rose Germanium Bath Salt
Taking my new found love for roses a notch higher with this heavenly smelling bath salt.
If you haven’t tried a bath salt ever, it is time you should invest in one. Ideally they have to be used in bath tubs. But since most of us don’t have the luxury of a bath tub at home, you can use them in a bucket.
Add 2 tbsp bath salt in a bucket of hot water. You can soak up your feet after a long day at work or even use this water for a therapeutic bath. It is so relaxing and rejuvenating, like a mini spa session at home. I think this would also make a good gifting option.
Price – 350/- for 500g
2. Mac Retro Matte Lipstick
For the past two months I have obsessed over my new Mac lipstick – Relentlessly Red. It is such a pretty redish coral color. Gives the perfect pop of color to any look! Its a cool toned coral which will look pretty on all akin tones.
The formulation is amazing, it stays on your lips for 4-5 hours and then gradually fades, doesn’t crumble or feather. I have nothing bad to say about Mac lipsticks, they are just so good. Some of you might find the Retro Matte formulation drying, but it is my most preferred formulations.
Price – 1500/-
3. Himalaya Herbals Aloe Vera Face Wash
Before I discovered this gem, Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Wash was my holy grail. Although it made my skin squeaky clean, I could feel the skin being a tad bit dry. But with the aloe vera face wash, I haven’t faced that problem.
It is very mild on the skin and doesn’t lather much. The good thing is that it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh without stripping off the moisture. It’s affordable and does its job properly, what else can you ask for?
Price – 65/- for 50ml
4. Forest Essentials Room Surround Spray
Forest Essentials makes me go week in the knees. I am a huge fan of their Madurai Jasmine & Mogra Range. It smells divine, the perfect blend of subtle mogra and tinkling jasmine. Love it! Comes in a luxurious glass bottle and traditional Forest Essentials packaging.
It is the best room spray I have ever used, totally justifies the price. The concentrated liquid is highly fragrant and you just need a couple of sprays for the entire room. Some of you might find the fragrance strong, so the best way is to spray it and let it settle for a couple of minutes.
There are various other room sprays also available from their signature fragrance ranges. Give then a whiff, and you’ll surely fall in love.
Price – 975/- for 120ml
5. Sugar Cosmetics Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick
The color I have is Jet Set Violet. It is a stunning deep purple color. Perfect for a goth look, or for the upcoming fall/winter looks. It isn’t patchy and applies smoothly.
I have a love hate relationship with this liquid lipstick. As much as I love the gorgeous purple color, I hate the fact that it is so drying on the lips. Make sure to prep up your lips well, exfoliate them, apply a generous dose of lip balm and then wear this lipstick! Otherwise it may feather and settle into lines.
It dries to a complete matte finish on your lips. Doesn’t budge and survives a meal.
Price – 499/- for 4.5ml
6. Biotique Bio-Cucumber Toner
Like most of us I never included toner in my skincare regime. But then one fine day I decided that I should. Was searching for some affordable options and what better than Biotique?
This particular one is a pore tightening toner with Himalayan Waters. It is suitable for normal to oily skin. It is a 100% Ayurvedic recipe. If you have large pores, then you should give this a try. It is helpful in visibly tightening the pores.
It does sting slightly when you use it, but nothing harsh. The only bummer is the strong fragrance which reminds me a lot of acetone. The fragrance does fade away after about 5 minutes.
Price – 175/- for 120ml
7. Nykaa Matte Nail Polishes
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Over the past couple of months I have gone gaga over the Nykaa matte nail polish range. My heart goes out to the gorgeous nudes and pastels, but off late I have given in to the temptation of bold red matte as well.
They look stunning, stay on the nails for about 4-5 days (after 3rd day they’ll become less matte), so many colors to choose from, super affordable – tell me what’s not to love about these beauties?
Price – 199/- for 9ml
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know what are your monthly favorites in the comments section below… See you soon!
It’s time to wake up, because it’s September already!
I have missed posting TBR lists, so this time starting the month on a bookish note. This is my September TBR and I am hoping to tick them all off by the end of the month.
1.In the Miso Soup – Ryu Murakami
If you’re someone who enjoys Japanese literature, then you should definitely give this a try. I love reading Japanese thrillers and this is great addition to the list. I am almost halfway through the book, and so far it’s been quite engrossing.
2. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriaty
After reading so many good things about this one, I had to add it to this month’s TBR. This month I am trying to take a break from my favorite YA (young adult) reading. This one is a much loved thriller and I am hoping it lives up to all the hype.
3. Mrs. Funnybones – Twinkle Khanna
If you’re looking for something light and witty, then this is the perfect choice. I started it last month, but didn’t read it at one go. Planning to read it in between the heavy reading and relishing the unabashed sarcasm and intelligent humor!
4. The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon
Read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon a couple of months back and I quite liked it. So I am looking forward to reading this one as well. The story is about a girl and a guy and their not so usual love story!
Let me know what all do you have in your September TBR. Until next time, happy reading!