Blogtober Day 9: Budget Beauty Recommendations under Rs. 500/-

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Hello y’all…

Welcome back…It’s day 9 of my month long blogging journey. As much as I love investing in skincare, I also believe that there are some amazing drugstore brands that make great quality budget friendly skincare and beauty products.

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Best budget beauty recommendations under Rs. 500/-

For times when you want to try something new but aren’t in the mood to spend a bomb, these budget beauty and skincare recommendations will work well.

Budget beauty and skincare products under Rs. 500/-

1.Faces MagnetEyes Kajal

If you’re looking to try a new kajal, then Faces MagnetEyes is a great budget friendly option. It’s jet black and comes in a convenient retractable pencil. You can wear it on your waterline and even as a liner. The staying power is pretty good, and it doesn’t smudge. Comes off easily using any make-up remover, so you don’t have to tug or rub your eyes repeatedly.

best kajals in india
Faces magneteyes is a great budget friendly kajal!
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Price –179/- for 0.35g

2. Himalaya Purifying Neem Scrub

If you have oily acne prone skin and want a mild face scrub, try the Himalaya Neem scrub. It’s a cream based scrub and the exfoliating beads are gentle and mild. Helps you get rid of dead skin cells without stripping off the moisture and natural oils of your skin.  You can use the entire range with the face wash and a facepack for greater benefits.

himalaya neem scrub
Scrub away dead skin cells for glowing radiant skin.
budget skincare in India
Use the trio for a clear and healthy looking skin.

Price – 70/- for 50g 

3. Kara nail polish remover wipes

Hassle free nail polish remover wipes, these are travel friendly and so cost effective. Convenient to use, these wipes don’t make your nails dry and brittle and are enriched with the goodness of olive oil, vitamin E, and argan oil.

kara nail polish wipes
Super convenient to use.

Price – 100/- for 80 wipes

4. VLCC Almond Under Eye Cream

I’ll say this isn’t that miraculous under eye cream that’ll magically get rid of your dark circles or fine lines. It is thick and moisturizing, so if you’re looking for some added care for your under eyes, this one is a decent pick. Enriched with almonds and vitamin E, it has natural ingredients so you can use it once a day for providing extra care to gentle under eye skin.

budget beauty under Rs. 500/-
Not the best under eye cream, but moisturizes well

Price – 195/- for 15g

5. Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sunscreen

In the budget beauty and skincare category, Lotus Herbals is a brand that’s trusted by many. The sunscreens are available in a variety of formulas – for oily skin, gel consistency, sprays, mattifying, and even a tinted sunscreen. Choose one as per your skin type and a SPF that your dermatologist recommends. Its s good buy, budget friendly, doesn’t make your skin oily or greasy, and gets absorbed instantly.

lotus sunscreen review
My holy grail sunscreen and savior for my sensitive skin.

Price – 395/- for 100g

6. Himalaya Lip Balm

There are quite a few variants available – cocoa, lichi, vanilla, strawberry, and orange. They moisturize your lips pretty well and most of them come without a tint, so you can wear them under or over lipsticks as well. Free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and silicones and enriched with 100% natural vitamin E.

best lip balms in india
There can never be enough lip balms in a girl’s beauty stash

There’s just one drawback, the bullet tends to break in the heat and you need to be extra cautious.

Price – 175/- for 4.5g

7. Cameleon Nose Pore Strips

You use a face scrub, a face mask, sheet mask and what not, but most times we forget our nose. The skin on and around your nose has many open pores and its most susceptible to blackheads and whiteheads. Instead of going to the parlor every time, getting these nose pore strips is a budget friendly option.

budget beauty recommendations
For reindeer soft nose!

Easy to use, they remove blackheads and whiteheads, and unclog pores. Make sure to use a toner after using these strips to seal those pores.

Price – 208/- for 10 strips

Hope you’re following blogtober journey and are liking these recommendations. Come back for more such interesting posts. Bye!

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Best Budget Beauty and Skincare Products in India – Part I

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Hello! Hello. Welcome back lovelies…

Isn’t it amazing when you come across a product which works wonderfully and fits well within your budget? As much as I love splurging on high-end brands for make-up or skincare, I love when a drugstore brand gives similar results.

The products I’ve listed are value for money and have worked well for me. Affordable can have different meanings for everyone, so no offense.

best budget beauty and skincare products
Some of my fav budget beauty and skincare products.

Top 7 budget beauty and skincare products in India. 

1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Maybelline is one of the best drugstore make-up brands. And they know their make-up game. Fit Me Foundation is great for normal to oily skin.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
Blends like a dream! Use it for everyday wear or build it up for full coverage.

Pros

  • Gives natural, almost full coverage
  • Matte + Poreless finish
  • Blends easily even with your fingers
  • Comes in 14 shades
  • Doesn’t become cakey or settle into fine lines

It has worked well for me, so can’t think of any cons. The shade I use is Natural Buff.

Price – 525/- for 30ml 

2. Indulekha Bhringa Oil

This is an Ayurvedic hair oil which is best known for hair growth. I’ve been using it close to 6 months (on and off).

Indulekha hair oil
If only, it had a slightly pleasant smell..

Pros 

  • It’s a heavy oil, so you just need a tiny amount
  • It makes the hair texture soft and shiny
  • Has considerably reduced my hair fall
  • The selfie comb style bottle makes it perfect for the oil to go deep into your roots

Cons

  • Doesn’t make your hair super long, so done have any false hopes
  • Strong Ayurvedic smell

Price – 432/- for 100ml

3. Innisfree Sheet Masks

Sheet Masks have become a rage in the beauty world. This Korean invention is the new found favorite of many. Out of the many variants I’ve tried It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Strawberry and Green Tea.

Sheet masks
Easy – Peasy, and not so cheesy!

Pros

  • Hydrating and nourishing, give instant brightness and glow
  • Budget friendly (if you pick them in some offers)
  • Easy and convenient to use
  • Quick fix when you don’t have time for elaborate masking routine

Cons

  • Don’t work like traditional clay masks
  • Cannot be used for exfoliating
  • May not be suitable for acne prone skin
Innisfree Sheet Masks
Looks like a perfect Sunday!

Korean women abide by ‘a sheet mask a day’ rule. You can give it a go for about a week to make deeply moisturize and nourish your skin.

Price – 100/- per sheet (20ml)

4. The Face Shop Hand Cream

If you want baby soft hands, then a hand cream is your new best friend. I am currently obsessing over hand creams. The variant that I have is Macadamia.

The Face Shop hand cream
Vanilla mixed with hazelnut…aaah that delicious fragrance.

Pros

  • Moisturizes and hydrates my hands well
  • Gets absorbed quickly, no sticky residue
  • Light lingering fragrance
  • Tiny and compact, so easy to carry

Price – 300/- for 30ml

5. Himalaya Lip Care Lip Balms

You cannot have enough lip balms. If you’re looking for a new lip balm, then you should know that Himalaya lip balms are bomb dot com. I’ve tried 3 variants – Strawberry, Cocoa, Litchi.

Himalaya lip balm
This tastes exactly like Litchi juice on your lips.

Pros

  • Moisturizes your lips well without making them sticky
  • Delectable fragrance
  • Stays on lips for a couple of hours
  • Free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and silicones
  • Super affordable

Cons

  • The bullet breaks at the bottom very easily

Price – 125/- or 140/- for 4.5g

6. Plum NaturStudio All Day Wear Kohl Kajal

I am a kajal person and use it almost on an everyday basis. After trying a few brands, I found my favorite – Plum.

Plum kajal
If you have sensitive eyes and want a kajal with natural ingredients, Plum is the one for you.

Pros

  • Totally smudge proof and waterproof
  • Soft and creamy, glides easily
  • Can be used as eyeliner
  • Preservative-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, paraffin-free
  • 100% Vegan and not tested on animals

Cons

  • Comes in a pencil form, so you need to sharpen it

It is perfect for sensitive eyes. I use it on my waterline and it doesn’t smudge the entire day and doesn’t irritate my eyes.

Price – 495/- for 1.2g

7. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula

With winters approaching, we need an intense body lotion. Palmer’s is a brand that is well known for its effective skincare products. It heals skin and is dermatologist recommended.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
Soak up the goodness of rich cocoa with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula

Pros 

  • Rich and creamy, yet non sticky
  • Great for dry and very dry skin
  • Fast absorbing
  • Enriched with pure cocoa butter and vitamin E
  • Provides intense moisturization
  • Paraben & Phthalate free

Cons

  • Fragrance can be somewhat overpowering
  • Packaging is inconvenient

Price -425/- for 250ml

Hope you find these recommendations helpful. Make use of the sale season and add some of these to your cart.  Also share your favorite value for money products in the comments section below.

Bye. See you soon 🙂

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June Favorites

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Half of the year is over and HOW!

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Goodbye June 🙂
Source – Red Magazine

It’s time for June favorites. I haven’t tried a lot of new things this past month, just rediscovering some old favorites. So without any more rambling, let’s get going.

  1. Himalaya Litchi Shine Lip Care

I have to say that Himalaya lip balms have pleasantly surprised me. Every time they have exceeded my expectations. I’ve tried strawberry and cocoa variants, and this time it is litchi. It is free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and silicones.

Himalaya Herbals lip balm
Litchi Love!

It’s not thick or sticky, yet moisturizes your lips very well. Stays on for a couple of hours and leaves a pale pink shiny tint on the lips. The taste is the best thing, after affordability. It is exactly like litchi juice smeared on your lips, very delicious!

The only negative – the bullet breaks at the bottom very easily.

Price – 140/- for 4.5g

2. Nykaa Nude Nail Polishes

I am legit obsessed with the nudes nail polish collection by Nykaa. Have been wearing them non-stop throughout the month. It is difficult to choose a favorite among the normal and matte range, so including 2 of both.

Nykaa nail polishes
Too many nail polishes? What’s that 😉

The formulation is good, staying power is great (4-5 days before it starts to chip), and so many colors to choose from. You’ll definitely find a nude for yourself (pun unintended).

Nykaa nude nail polish
Mumma’s hands looking pretty in Caramel Macchiato!

Price – 179/- (normal) and 199/- (matte)

3. The Face Shop Hand Cream – Macadamia

I cannot have enough hand creams. Got this in one of the Nykaa sales and trust me, it is good. Its thick and creamy but not sticky, which is always a plus.

The Face Shop hand cream
This smells divine…..

The fragrance is a mix of vanilla and hazelnut – soothing and calming, almost like the heavenly mountain fragrance. It is sleek and tiny, so you can easily put it in your bag and use it throughout the day.

Price –  300/- for 30ml

4. The Body shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask

There can never be a ‘favorites’ post without The Body Shop goodness. Such is the level of fangirl.

I and mum have been using it as a mask all through June, and it has shown effective results. It has a strong tea tree oil fragrance. The microbeads are small but exfoliate well when you use it as a scrub. The texture is creamy and sets to powdery.

The Body Shop Tea Tree mask and scrub
For squeaky clean skin, this is what you need.

For blemish prone skin it is great. Regular use has reduced mum’s blemishes considerably. For a quick cleanup session at home, it is a nice mask.

Price – 1295/- for 125ml

5. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipstick – Forever Fuchsia

Thank you bestie for knowing my lipstick choices so well!

Loreal Infallible Lipstick
Color coded packaging gets a big thumbs up!

This one is a bright fuchsia color, perfect for all seasons. It has a satin finish as you apply, but give it 10 minutes and it’ll become a super pretty semi-matte finish. Plus points for the color coded cap. It makes it so easy to recognize the lipstick.

Loreal Infallible Lipstick Forever Fuchsia
Perfect pop of color to glam up those gloomy days.
Source – IndianMakeupandBeautyBlog

The color payoff is amazing, lasts through the day and even survives a meal. Doesn’t bleed, feather, or settle into fine lines. What else can you possible ask for?

Price – 1150/- for 2.5g

6. The Nature’s Co. Watermelon Exfoliating Body Wash

“When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” – Mark Twain

For all you watermelon lovers, this baby awaits to be added to cart. It smells delicious, just like watermelon pulp.

The Nature's Co Watermelon body scrub
The best thing about summers – Watermelon!!

The exfoliating granules are fine, thus, you get gentle exfoliation. It lathers up well, so you need just a tiny amount. Use it with scrub gloves for super soft skin. You can thank me later!!

Price – 845/- for 250ml

It isn’t the most affordable or the most effective scrub, but the watermelon attracted me.

Do let me know what all have you loved in the month of June. Just another reason to shop in the upcoming sales!

See you soon. Byeee….

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