2017 Best Skincare

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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.
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  • 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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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!

june favorites
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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