Blogtober Day 2: The Body Shop Favorites

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Hey everyone! Hope you’re doing good. Welcome to Blogtober Day 2!

The Body Shop is a brand whose products have worked very well for me since quite a few years. I love their ideology and it’s a huge plus because they’re a cruelty free brand and believe in community fair trade. Since I’ve burnt quite a big hole in my pocket in TBS retail therapy, I thought it’ll be a good idea to share my favorites.

the body shop bestsellers
Now you know where all my money goes.
Image Source – soul strokes

So, here are my favorites from The Body Shop

1.Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

One of my absolute favorite masks, it is bomb.com! Super effective and true to its name, it deeply cleanses to give a natural glow. It is a mud textured exfoliating mask enriched with charcoal and has tiny green tea leaves. Doesn’t strip off the moisture, yet leaves your skin squeaky clean. It’s great for people with oily skin and those who complain of clogged pores.

The Body Shop India
Clearly this face pack is at top of my favorites list.
Source – The Body Shop Australia

Price –1895/- for 75ml

2. Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

If you’ve still not included a toner in your skincare routine, you don’t know what you’re missing. One tiny step makes such a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. The Vitamin E toner is gentle and hydrating. Doesn’t make your skin dry at all which is great! It’s clarifying yet moisturizing, so a big yaay!

tbs vitamin e toner
Include a toner in your skincare routine and see visible changes in your skin.

Price –795/- for 250ml

3. Shower Gel

I cannot zero down which one I like the most. I’ve used Satsuma, strawberry, moringa, argan oil, virgin mojito, and raspberry. They’re a soap free formula, lather well, and feel nice and refreshing.

The body shop shower gel
A big thanks to Angel, my cute neighbor for helping me!

The only thing I don’t like, it’s a huge bottle and wont get over until you’re bored. This is great in a way because that makes it completely value for money.

Price –345/- for 250ml

4. Banana Conditioner

OMG this smells heavenly, almost delicious! If you’re a fan of banoffee pie, you need this in your life. You can use it in combination with the Banana shampoo or Banana hair pack, for that extra care. Its super thick, so you just need a tiny amount. I have to say that although it makes your hair smooth and soft, it doesn’t do much for the frizz.

tbs banana conditioner
If only I could make you sniff this heavenly fragrance!
Source – krokouses

Price –645/- for 250ml

5. British Rose Hand Cream

The entire British Rose range is my new favorite, after the evergreen strawberry. The best part about The Body Shop hand creams is that they’re not sticky. So like me, if your hands become dry and you don’t like that sticky gloopy feeling, then give their hand creams a try. The smaller packing is travel friendly.

TBS hand cream
My faav hand cream!
(This is the old packaging though)

Price –345/- for 30ml

6. Tea Tree 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask

Tea tree is one of their bestsellers in the skincare range. This particular multitasking hero product is great. While maa loves to use it as a scrub, I like to use it as a face wash. It’s great if you have blemishes or uneven skin tone. Also helps get rid of tanning to a certain extent with its fine exfoliating action.

The Body Shop Tea Tree mask and scrub
I love to use it as a mask. Easy and fuss-free…

Price – 1195/- for 125ml

7. Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

While I didn’t like the body sorbet, I’m a huge fan of this face cream. It is so light and gets absorbed instantly. Since it’s a water based sorbet, it hydrates your skin without being too greasy or sticky. Moisturizes intensely and can be used in all seasons.  The texture is pretty similar to Clinique Moisture Surge.

Price – 1095/- for 50ml

body shop vit e aquaboost
Found my holy grail moisturizer…

Hope you liked these mini reviews. Don’t forget to do a patch test before trying any new product.

Share your favorites from The Body Shop in the comments below, and let us all help the economy together! Also let me know if you’d like a part II because I still have some favorites left.

See you tomorrow!!

 

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2017 Best Skincare

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Hi there!!

Continuing with my 2017 favorites series, today we talk about skincare. Our skin is the largest organ of the body. With so much dust and pollution, it becomes all the more important to shower some extra TLC. Skincare is nothing less than an investment, investment of your money and time.

2017 best skincare
Some of my favorite skincare products from 2017!

Without any further blabbering, let’s find out 2017 Best Skincare

  1. DearPacker Home Remedy Mask

Sheet masks were the highlight of 2017. You can find one for all kinds of skin issues – dryness, anti-blemish, moisturizing, soothing, anti-ageing etc.

DearPacker has a wide collection of sheet masks inspired by traditional home remedies. Some of the variants that I’ve tried – Coconut, Sandalwood + Rosewater, Lavender + Argan Oil, Green Tea + Jasmine. I’ve also tried the Lab Collection Mask – Anti-Dry & Hydrating (really liked it).

DearPacker sheet masks
For those lazy days, sheet masks are perfect!

If you’re skin is feeling dull and dry, these sheet masks make a great quick fix. Try using a sheet mask a day for at least 7 days (just like the Koreans) and you’ll see the difference in your skin.

Price – 100/- each mask

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

I’m a big fan of the Vitamin E range from TBS. Over the years I’ve tried their day cream, night cream, and oil-in-serum. This time I wanted a slight shift, so bought the Aqua Boost Sorbet.

best skincare 2017
Found my holy grail moisturizer…
  • Has a gel/ sorbet consistency, very light weight.
  • Gets absorbed into the skin quickly without leaving it greasy.
  • Provides intense hydration, and your skin feels well moisturized.
  • The fragrance is mild and pleasant.
  • Suitable for all skin types

Price – 1195/- for 50ml

3. Kama Ayurveda Pure Mogra Water

This is my most recent purchases, but now I know what the hype is all about. It is pure bliss.

Kama Ayurveda Mograwater
Use it once to know what all the hype is all about.
Source – MyMultifacetedDiary
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties to relieve stressed skin and calm the nerves.
  • Can be used as a toner or facial mist. You can also add it to your face packs.
  • Can be used over make-up.
  • As a pH balancing toner, it helps in reducing fine lines and pigmentation.
  • Perfect to give your skin a boost of hydration and freshness.
  • That mogra fragrance is so soothing.

Price – 250/- for 50ml

4. Biotique  Bio Aloe Vera Sunscreen (Ultra Soothing Face Lotion)

Biotique is one of my favorite budget friendly brands. For the price, they give superlative quality.

best sunscreen
Looking for a budget friendly sunscreen? Give this one a shot!
  • Has a milky consistency which gets absorbed quickly.
  • 30+ SPF UVA/UVB sunscreen. Perfect for everyday wear, if you’re not stepping out in the sun.
  • The fragrance is slightly pungent, but it fades away in a few minutes.
  • Since it has sun protection, you can use it as a light weight day cream.
  • Doesn’t leave a white cast.
  • For normal to oily skin.

Price – 290/- for 120ml

5. Forest Essentials Velvet Silk Body Cream

Luxury Ayurveda at its best! If you’re looking for a rich and intense body butter, then this is what you should be investing in. I have the variant – Madurai Jasmine & Mogra.

luxury skincare products in India
A skincare favorites list is incomplete without my trusted Forest Essentials.
  • It is rich and creamy, yet doesn’t leave your skin greasy.
  • Gets absorbed into the skin quickly making it soft and supple.
  • You just need a tiny amount, so this huge tub will go a long way.
  • The blissful fragrance!

Price – 1695/- for 200g

6. Soulflower Ocean Mineral Bath Salt

Bath salts have been my ultimate discovery of 2017. Therapeutic and soothing, these are just what you need after a hard day! I have the fragrance – Rose Germanium.

Soulflower bath salt
Using this at the end of the day is like a mini pamper session.
  • It is great to be used as a foot soak, or for a calming hot water bath.
  • Gently exfoliates the skin. Cleanses and detoxifies your skin.
  • The fragrance is soothing, long lasting, but not overpowering.
  • Such pretty colors!

Price – 350/- for 500g

7. The Face Shop Hand Cream

If like me, you also have desert dry hands, then a hand cream will be your best friend. This year I have particularly loved The Face Shop Hand Creams. The 2 variants I’ve tried – Rosewater and Macadamia.

top skincare products in India
For hands as soft as flowers!
  • Makes your hand soft and reduces skin peeling off.
  • Provides moisturization, but doesn’t leave hands greasy and oily.
  • The fragrance lingers on, which is a great thing
  • Such travel friendly packaging.

Price – 300/- for 30ml

8. The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Face Pack

And last on the list of my 2017 Best Skincare products is TBS Rice Face Pack. I have also tried the Himalayan Charcoal variant and absolutely loved it.  Find more about it.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng Mask Review
In love with this mask from The Body Shop.
  • It is a clarifying polishing mask, which is quite gentle on your skin.
  • Has a creamy texture, with tiny rice granules for scrubbing.
  • Gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
  • Skin appears brighter and radiant, and pores are minimized.
  • The fragrance is mild, it reminds me of the tea tree range.
  • Suitable for all skin types.

Price – 1995/- for 75ml

Before going, do check out my 2017 Best Books for some amazing book recommendations.

Let me know if you’ve discovered any skincare gem, and also if you’ve tried any of these products…

See you soon!

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November Favorites

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Hi y’all!

After being MIA for over a month (zero motivation level) I’m back to creating content and hopefully being regular in posting. Today it is time to share my November Favorites – all the things I’ve loved through the month.

November Favorites
Time to compile my monthly favorites.

1. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Starting the list with my most favorite face packs! This is a clay mask which is enriched with bamboo charcoal for the Himalayan Foothills and Green Tea leaves from Japan. You can distinctly see the tiny green tea leaves in it.

The Body Shop India
Clearly this face pack is at top of my favorites list.
Source – The Body Shop Australia

It unclogs and refines pores to reveal your natural glow. Skin is deeply cleansed leaving it smooth and glowing. It gently exfoliates and is suitable for all skin types. You can use it 1-2 times a week.

The Bosy Shop Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask
Absolutely love this. Give this a try and you’ll say the same.

Price – 1995/- for 75ml

2. Cetaphil Daily Advanced Ultra Hydrating Lotion

Cetaphil is such a popular and understated brand. It makes amazing skincare products. The one that I’ve loved a lot is there ultra hydrating lotion. It served as a great day cream.

Cetaphil facial lotion
Looking for an affordable and efficient lotion? Cetaphil has some good options.

If you’re someone who has dry skin, then this would be the perfect facial cream for you. It provides an instant boost of hydration. The non-greasy, non-irritating formula makes it suitable for all skin types. It is fragrance free and the non-comedogenic formulation ensures that your pores aren’t blocked. Also it is so affordable.

Price – 164/- for 30gm

3. Sugar Matte as Hell Crayon Lipstick

As the name suggests, it is a matte lip crayon. The two colors that I have are – Rose Dawson (05) and Mary Poppins (02).

Sugar Matte as Hell Lip Crayons
True to its name, this lip crayon is matte as hell, yet doesn’t dry your lips.

It is a comfortable formulation which sets completely matte in one stroke. Glides very easily on your lips and doesn’t dry your lips when worn for long hours. Highly pigmented and amazing color pay off. It doesn’t budge or feather which is a great plus. Each lip crayon comes with its own sharpener.

  • Mary Poppins is a bright fuchsia with cool blue undertones. Makes the perfect dupe for Mac Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte Collection).
  • Rose Dawson is a pretty peachy pink, a great everyday color.
Sugar lipsticks
Bonus points for such cutesy names.

Price – 799/-

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline knows their mascaras! I think in the drugstore category Maybelline makes some of the best mascaras and these can give high end ones tough competition. Over the past few months I’ve loved the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (Washable Black).

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Crushing over this sensational mascara.

It doesn’t clump your lashes and gives them a voluminous look. I really like the wand; it separates your lashes giving them a fluttery full-fan feel. If you don’t wear falsies, yet want that glam look, then the Lash Sensational mascara is a good pick.

Price – 525/-

5. Biotique Bio Honey Water

If you have not included a toner in your skincare regime, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Toner is such an important step, and many times a lot of us tend to ignore it. Invest in a good toner, use it regularly, and you’ll surely the difference in your skin.

Biotique honey water toner
I use the toner with the honey water face wash and it has been working pretty well.

Biotique Honey Water toner is a clarifying toner with Himalayan waters. It is an Ayurvedic recipe and is suitable for all skin types. It refreshes and brightens your skin, has a cooling sensation on your skin. The fragrance is mild and goes away in a couple of minutes. It is gentle yet deeply cleanses your skin.

Price – 175/- for 120ml

These are all the things I’ve been obsessing over in the past month. Let me know what are your favorites and if you’ve used any of these products. Bye!

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Lipstick Love: Top 5 liquid lipsticks under Rs. 1000/-

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A bright red on a Monday morning or a barbie pink for a lunch date, there is a lipstick for everyone in this world.

Liquid lipsticks have taken the beauty world by storm. They are fuss free, give a beautiful matte finish, and look gorgeous.

liquid lipsticks India
When work looks this pretty!

Here’s my pick of top 5 liquid lipsticks under Rs 1000/-

  1. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color 

True to its name, this one has a mousse like consistency. It dries matte, feels very comfortable on the lips, and the best part, these lipsticks don’t dry your lips.

lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse lip and cheek color
Ignore the drawing, focus on the creativity 🙂

I had talked about these lippies in a monthly favorites post which you can read here.

Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse
Love the formulation. It’s so light yet highly pigmented.

2. Diana of London 2000 Kisses Liquid Lipstick

Color – Red Nature

It is a hot red color which adds a pop of color to the look. After Ruby Woo by Mac, if there is any red lipstick that I adore, it is this beauty.

Diana of London 2000 kisses red nature
Such a stunning red this is!

The staying power is good. It can survive if you nibble something or carefully sip something.

  • Comes in a transparent packaging
  • It has a powder matte feel, but dries down completely matte
  • The fragrance reminds me of baby powder
  • Non-transfer proof and light weight
  • Doesn’t settle into lines and doesn’t bleed

Price – 770/- for 8ml

3. The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

Color – Goa Magnolia 026 (its a berry pink color)

Out of all the formulations mentioned, this is my favorite. It is so weightless and comfortable that you barely feel it on your lips. There is a fabulous color range so you can pick a couple of them.

the body shop lipstick
Summer or Winter, a beautiful berry color is a mus have
  • Comes in a clear tube
  • Has a light fruity fragrance
  • Pointed applicator, so you can easily work around the corners of your lips
  • And the biggest plus – these are cruelty free and aren’t tested on animals
the Body Shop matte lip liquid
I am wearing Goa Magnolia on a my lips and loving it.

Price – 695/- for 8ml

4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

The world is crazy for these soft matte lip creams. They have a creamy texture and a soft matte finish, truly flattering. There are a myriad shades – from usual reds and pinks to daring blue, pretty purple, and beautiful burgundy.

NYX soft matte lip creams
You can never have enough of these!
NYX lipsticks
Lovely shades.
Thanks Namita Malik for these pretty pictures.
  • They are named after world cities, how cool is that!
  • Comes in a convenient transparent packaging
  • Doesn’t feather or bleed
  • Will not survive a meal
  • Value for money
  • Isn’t as long lasting as Diana of London or Chambor, so you might need touch ups
NYX smlc swatches
Beautiful colors, comfortable feel, what else can you ask for?

Price – 600/- to 750/- for 6.5g

5. Chamber Extreme Wear Trnasferproof Liquid Lipstick

Out of the lot, this particular one is most drying. Make sure you prep your lips well with a lip balm. Dab off the excess and then apply this lipstick, or else be prepared for dry parched lips.

Cchambor extreme wear liquid lipstick swatches
Forever envying bestie’s lipstick stash.
Thanks Dr. Garima 🙂
  • Comes in transparent packing
  • Good formula, but I am not a fan of the applicator. It is quite broad, so you can mess up the corners of your lips
  • Lasts the longest out of the 5 mentioned lipsticks
  • Partially survives a meal, will fade after that leaving an outline
  • On re-applying it can patchy and can flake off
Chambor liquid lipsticks India
Lots of colors to choose from.

My favorite color is 403. It’s a bright cool toned fuchsia.

Chambor extreme wear liquid lipsticks
I just hope these were a little less drying on the lips.
chambor extreme wear liquid lipstick 403
Love at first sight!

Price – 845/- for 6ml

If you love liquid lipsticks, I suggest you invest in a good quality lip scrub. Exfoliate your lips 1-2 times a week for a kissable pout.

If you have any favorite liquid lipstick, share it in the comments section below. And don’t forget to share this post with all your girlies.

Much Love!

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The Body Shop Argan Oil Range Review

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Hi y’all!

Today I am talking about my favorite brand, The Body Shop.

The world is raving about Argan Oil. It’s good for your skin, hair, and what not. I’d heard good things about TBS Argan Oil range. And I am a hoarder of TBS things, so this one had to be in the cart. There is a sale going on, so you can also make use of it to treat yourself.

The Body Shop India
Now you know where all my money goes.

I’ve been using the shower gel and the body lotion close to 2 months now. So now would be a good time to share my review.

TBS is known to use finest quality ingredients sources from all over the world. The Argan Oil range is enriched with slow pressed Argan Oil from The Little Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Packaging

Both the shower gel and the body lotion come in trademark TBS packaging – easy to use plastic bottle. The shower gel bottle is golden in color and comes with a flip top, very easy to use. And the body lotion comes in a pump packaging.

The Body Shop shower gel
Lather up the richness of Aragn Oil!

They have changed the packaging of the body lotions. Now you even get a stopper for more protection. It is travel friendly; you can close the pump and just attach the stopper to make it spill proof.

Fragrance

The range has a sweet nutty fragrance, with undertones of vanilla. It is refreshingly soothing. If you like woody sweet fragrances, something like macademia chocolates or caramel, then you’ll enjoy this range.

The Body Shop body lotion
Light and moisturizing, this body lotion is perfect for summers.

The only down side, the fragrance does not last long. It’s a good idea to layer your fragrances. Use the shower gel, followed by the body lotion.

You could also layer it with body lotion and body mist. Although this range does not have a body mist.

How it fairs?

The shower gel lathers well, and the best part is that it doesn’t strip off the moisture from your skin.

The body lotion is light and non-greasy, yet it moisturizes the skin well. You just need a tiny amount. It seeps into the skin rather quickly.

The Body Shop Argan Oil Range Review
Keep an eye on The Body Shop sale and you can get some good offers.

Price

  • Shower Gel – 345/- for 250ml
  • Body Lotion – 575/-

If you’re looking for a new shower gel and want to try something enriched with the goodness of Argan Oil, then this is a great affordable buy. The body lotion will last longer, so I’ll say its value for money.

The Body Shop Argan Oil Scrub
The range also has a body butter, body scrub, and lip scrub.
Source – LilyLike

Hope the review helps you make a smart choice. Let me know what’s your favorite product from TBS, so that next time I have reason enough to splurge!!

Bye, see you soon.

This is not a sponsored post. Just my love for TBS pouring all over.

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May Favorites 2017

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March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.

It’s hard to believe that almost half of 2017 is over. May was a happy productive month. And now it is that time of the month when I sit down to compile my list of favorites.

may favorites
Compiling monthly favorites is a happy feeling.
Source – thewallflowersecret

So here goes, all the things that I’ve loved through the month – May Favorites.

  1. Forest Essentials Roop Nikhar Gulab Ubtan

If you haven’t tried Forest Essntials ubtans, you don’t know what you’re missing in life. Let your skin indulge in the goodness of all things natural with this ubtan. You can mix it with rosewater or aloe-vera gel and use it twice a week.

Forest Essentials
I’ve been biased for all things ‘rose’ this month.
This ubtan though is pure love!

The granules are fine but when mixed it can be used as a scrub as well. The good thing is, it’s gentle on the skin and gives a radiant glow.

I’m not a fan of rose fragrance, but this one seems to be nice. It’s sweet yet not overpowering. The price is on the higher end, but it is worth all the money.

Price – 825/- for 50g

Forest Essentials Gulab Ubtan Review
You can use it as a scrub or as a mask.

2. Biotique Honey Gel Refreshing Foaming Face Cleanser

After a lot of searching, I’ve found the perfect cleanser. Enriched with the goodness of honey, this one is suitable for all skin types and is a 100% soap free formulation.

Biotique facial cleanser
Gentle on the skin, and on the pocket as well 😉

There are times when your face feels stretchy and dry after using a face wash. It won’t happen when you use this cleanser. It lathers well, has a mild pleasant fragrance, gives you squeaky clean skin, and is super affordable (the best part).

Price – 149/- for 20ml

3. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color

What’s a favorite post without some lipstick love! Have been crushing over these lipsticks all this month. There are 10 shades in the range, and I have two of them – Rose Touch and Coffee Lite.

Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse
Love the formulation. It’s so light yet highly pigmented.

Both the shades are MLBB (My lips but better), perfect everyday colors.
The application is smooth, they don’t dry out your lips, the staying power is pretty good (will survive a drink, but not a meal). For the price, they are great quality.

Price – 575/-

Ignore the drawing, focus on the creativity 🙂

4. Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream

I have the variant – Sensual Amber. And perfect to its name, it is super sensual.
Has a rich creamy texture which gets absorbed into the skin in a jiffy. It leaves your skin soft without feeling greasy. Even though it is a creamy consistency, it is perfect for summers.

Pamper yourself with this the goodness of this cream

Richly moisturizing, and an amazing fragrance that lingers on, what else can you ask for? It was a gift by a dear friend, so don’t know the price!

5. The Body Shop British Rose Hand Cream

If you have Sahara Desert hands just like me, then this pleasant smelling hand cream will become your best friend. The consistency is a tad bit runny, but it gets absorbed instantly without leaving your hands greasy or sticky.

The Body Shop
The fragrance 🙂
The feel 🙂

It is moisturizing and keeps your hands soft. The fragrance is the real star. And the best part is that it lingers on for quite long.

Price – 375/-

What all have you liked in this month? Share it in the comments section below!

I’ll see y’all soon. Love 🙂

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