Empties 2016: Skincare

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Hey guys!

I have been collecting some of my skincare products that I used up completely for a while now. (A few months to be honest) I thought it would make for a good #Empties post. For all those who don’t know the concept of this post- it’s basically a list of products that I have used up completely in the recent past along with my opinion of whether I would buy the product again or not. So without talking too much, here are my recent Empties (in no particular order)

1. Kronokare Caribbean Ginger Body Lotion

I was gifted this product by the Kronokare PR team and decided to give it a shot. This body lotion is one of the most moisturizing creams I have ever used. It’s definitely not thick like a body butter but does the job, especially during the summer. It doesn’t contain any parabens and is SLS free, which is amazing! It does have a fairly strong ginger fragrance that I love but it’s understandable for the smell to not be appealing to everyone. Will I buy this again? : I am not too sure! It’s a good product but there are just so many amazing body lotions in the market that I wouldnt pick this one up specifically! Available here.

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2. OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco

This product was also a PR gift and I am absolutely obsessed with it. Sadly, I can’t find it anywhere in India (though it’s available on amazon.com). I used this oil as a serum on damp hair, after washing my hair. It’s absolutely amazing to nourish thin brittle and damaged hair. Once you wash your hair, apply this on the lengths of the hair and then dry it, the hair is so soft and smooth and it’s almost unbelievable. I highly recommend this product especially if you want to strengthen your hair and bring some shine to it.  Will I buy this again? : YES! Available Here

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3. L’oreal Professional Paris Liss Unlimited Evening Primrose Oil 

This product retails for INR 600. Just like the moroccon oil, I use this primrose oil as a hair serum. I have been using this over ans over again  for years since I feel that this serum is the best one in the market. It is pricey but luckily a few drops go a long way! This is ideal for managing thick and frizzy hair. I apply this serum right before blow drying my hair since this oil adds an extra film on my hair protecting it from heat damage. If you have unmangable hair that is really tough to detanlge, simply apply 3-4 drops in the palm of your hands and run it through the lengths of your hair. Brushing or combing your hair thereafter would be much, much easier. Will I buy this again? : YES! Available here

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4. Za Fresh Foamy Cleanser

This is my favorite cleanser! I had heard a lot about Za so managed to get my hands on the facial cleanser last year from NewU. From day 1 of me trying it, I was absolutely in love. Just after one use, you can tell such a big difference. The clogged up pores clear out, makeup gets removed and my face feels squeaky clean and moistruized. Once I ran out of my first tube, I tried to find the second one everywhere but just couldn’t get hold of it in Delhi. I don’t know if its discontinued or what happened to this cleanser but it’s so, so good! When I went to Singapore in April, I managed to get hold of it and stupidly only bought one tube 🙁 Will I buy this again? YES! about 10000 bottles since it’s so hard to find.
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5. Nivea Body Lotion Express Hyderation

I have been using Nivea products since I was a kid and you know you just cannot go wrong with them. As winter was approaching an end, I was looking for a body lotion that would do the job of moisturizing without being as heavy and sticky as a body butter. Lucky for me, I found this Nivea body lotion and  it does the job. It’s super thin and light on the skin and doesn’t feel cakey or sticky. Will I buy this again: Yes! However, I know Nivea has a lot of other body lotions too so I may want to check those out before running back to this one. Available here

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6. Soap & Glory Products

Foam Call Body Wash,  The Breakfast Scrub, The Righteous Butter,  Sugar Crush Body Buttercream

Over the past few months I tried out 4 soap and glory products and so rather than talking about each of them at length, I thought I’d just give you so information on them, all together. To begin with, they are all beyond amazing!Foam Call is a body wash that does it job really well along with having one of the most pleasant scents possible (just like all other Soap and Glory products). The bigger plus about this product is that it actually does foam up to a huge extent and lathers really well on the skin! If you’re not a fan of exfoliators, this creamy body wash will be perfect for you. The Breakfast Scrub is hands down one of the most popular products by Soap and Glory since it legitimately smells of breakfast. If you don’t feel like tasting your the product after applying it, you can change my name! (sounds super gross but it just smells too good to be true). A little goes a long way and it works well when used in combination with the Foam Call Body wash. The Righteous Butter and Sugar Crush Body Buttercream are both good at moisturizing but what tells them apart significantly is their scent. The former has a very strong perfume like scent so if you want to a body butter when the fragrance lingers all day, this is just the product for you! It’s really good for calming dry patches and smoothening the skin! The Sugar Crush butter cream is my favorite! It has a sweet scent with a sour hint from the lime and I love it! Even though it’s a buttercream, it applies on the skin really well and vanishes in no time. So, it doesn’t end up feeling as heavy a s body butter. All products are available in Sephora.

Foam Call Body Wash

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 The Breakfast Scrub

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 Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

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 Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream

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7. Olay Age Defying Body Lotion with Vitamin E

I’ve been a fan of Olay products for many years now ever since my mom started using their products. Even though I am 24 and don’t really need age defying products, I decided to try this lotion out since I do have dry skin.The formula contains vitamin E to help ease dryness and protect your skin This product also helps to keep the skin soft all the day. Ofcourse, with a product like this, the benefits take some time to show up it’s really worth the investment if you want to younger looking smoothe skin. I  did not buy this product from India, however it is available on Amazon (though very expensive since it’s imported).

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8. Victoria’s Secret Drenched in PINK Warm and Cosy body lotion

I will be honest about this one! I have had this body lotion for a really, really long but just took so long to use it up. I have no complaints from it but on the other hand, it’s not something to die for. This lotion is definitely for winter since it does have a warmth to it (scent). This creamy body lotion from Victoria’s Secret PINK collection creates an instant moisture infusion with aloe, oat and grapeseed extracts and a healthy combo of vitamins E and C. It’s a good product to try out if you have normal skin and are looking for a daily body lotion with a girly scent. If you want to check out some Victoria’s Secret products in India, you can go ahead to Nykaa.comIMG_0988

9. Tresemme Platinum Straight Shampoo & 10. Tresemme Split Remedy Conditioner

I have been using Tresemme products for a really long time and I am obsessed with them! The Platinum Strength Shampoo is really good if you have brittle thin hair that breaks really easily. The Split remedy conditioner works really well hand in hand with the shampoo since not only does it help with smoothening the hair, but also get rid of split ends over a period of time. The shampoo lathers up really well and you do notice a huge difference after using it consistently. The conditioner on the other hand also does it’s job really well and it’s worth buying if you have frizzy hair that’s heavily damaged.

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10. Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo is the best thing that can happen to anyone with oily hair. If you don’t like washing your hair every day this dry shampoo with solve all your problems. Not only does this product completely soak up the oil from the hair and look like its totally clean, it also adds some lovely texture which makes it really easy for styling the hair. The Batiste dry shampoo (The original version), does leave a little white residue (like a powder) in your hair that can be noticeable if you have black hair. In such a situation, the key is to massage the dry shampoo into the scalp thoroughly and I promise it will disappear. It’s those few extra seconds that are needed to make sure that the product is soaked into the scalp. I have stalked up 4 more bottles of this product and is definitely something I cannot live without! I don’t think it’s available in India, but if you have friends or family going to UK, you can get this from Boots or SuperDrug.

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11. Peace Love and Juicy Courture Body Creame

Just like the Victorias Secret Body Lotion, this body cream by Juicy Couture is nice to use but easy to live without. It has a very nice scent, almost identical to Juicy Couture perfumes and for that reasons, it feels like you’re applying a liquid moisturizing perfume to your skin. However, having said that, it is a product that you can do without since there are just so many body lotions that you can buy for a better price. This product works as a really lovely gift as it is a little luxurious and has a very feminine touch to it. IMG_0985

12. Seba Med Cleansing Shower Oil

If you have sensitive skin that is also dry, you have to try out the Seba Med Cleansing oil. Unlike the typical soap body washes, this is an oil based body wash that not only cleans the skin thoroughly but also makes it really soft and smooth. It is so effective that you don’t need to use a body lotion after using this! (especially in the summer). The best part about this product is that it’s soap free and hence it will not cause any reactions and will work with all skin types. You will be able to find this product at any good Chemist.IMG_0982

13. Body Shop Satsuma Orange Body butter

The Body Shop is known for it’s body butters and though I have tried so many ranges from them, I have never ever faced any issues with any product. I absolutely love the scent of Orange during the summer since it’s so fresh and citrusy. This Satsuma body butter does have a strong orange scent so you need to keep that in mind before purchasing it. Unlike the other body butters by the Body Shop, this one isnt super thick yet it’s well hydrating without causing any oiliness. You should try out this product if you don’t want to go in for the very thick Cocoa Body butter and are looking for something lighter. The Satsuma essential oil is great for moisturizing the skin and the shea butter is packed with vitamins A, E and F that nourish the skin. Available in Body Shop outlets.
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I hope this list of empties gives you some useful information about some products that you may want to try out! If you have queries, you can comment here or comment on my Instagram posts (I always reply!) 🙂

Untill next time xx

Collective Beauty Haul: Feel Unique & Nykaa (ALL ABOUT SHIPPING AND CUSTOMS)

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Hey guys!

I have been shopping for makeup on and off along with constantly trying out new products over the best few months! Since I have bought quite a bit of stuff in the recent past, I have decided to divide my haul into two posts rather than bombard you with one never ending blog post. So without going into too many details, lets begin!

The items shown in this post have been bought on nykaa.com & feelunique.com (my two favorite beauty sites! Nykaa is an indian website with tons of brands such as NYX, Batiste, Makeup Revolution; which aren’t that easily available over the counters in Indian drugstores! There are options of cash on delivery as well with great service that makes life really easy! On the other hand, FeelUnique is hands on one of the best international sites that deliver to India! What I love about feelunqiue.com is it’s amazing collection of brands such as Rimmel London, NYX, theBalm, Real techniques etc. It also houses brands that are easily available in india such as Maybelline and Loreal. However the makeup collection is international and you will find a lot of products that are not available in India (example: Maybelline  New York under eye eraser!) Feelunique.com offers free shipping to India for an order over 60 pounds (Approx 6,000 Rs). There are no additional custom chargers. If your order is less than 60 pounds, there would be a shipping charge of 15 pounds (Approx Rs.1500).

Since  I bought these products a while ago, I have tried post of them out and will try my best to give as many details as possible. For the products that I can’t give much information about in this post, please comment on Instagram and I’ll surely give you an update!

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Skin Care & Other essentials:

1. Nivea Oil in Lotion Cocoa Nourish (Rs. 120): This body lotion works really, really well for dry skin! I love lotions that spell of coconut and cocoa butter and this ofcourse was right up my alley! It’s extremely light weight and is not sticky on the skin either.

Bought from: nykaa.com

2. Feel Unique Perfect Complexion Blending Sponge (3.38 pounds):,  I wanted to try out different dupes of the beauty blender so got my hands on this one! I have already tried the real techniques sponge that I am obsessed with and to be honest, this does not match up to it. It does the trick of blending foundation into your skin but the effect is no where close to being flawless. The sponge is also not super soft like the real techniques sponge or the original beauty blender.

Bought from: feelunique.com

2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (3.35 pounds): This  is my holy grail makeup remover. It’s absolutely fabulous. This micellar cleansing water works wonders to take out stubborn waterproof makeup without stinging your eyes or making your skin feel oily afterwards. It does such a great job that you after using the product, you need not even wash your skin and simply pat your skin dry. It’s the PERFECT dupe for the bioderma cleansing water and I swear by it!

Bought from: feelunique.com
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Base Makeup:

1. Maybelline Dream BB Fresh (7.99 pounds) : I love using BB creams and hence I am always on the lookout for new ones. I bought this BB Cream as it claims the following:

– Creates a natural glow.
Compliments skin-tone.
SPF 30 UV protection.
Hydrates all day.
-. Blurs imperfections.
Oil free, non-greasy.
Looks visibly smooth.
Feels fresh.

Having used it a couple of times, I can say that it sticks to all its claims. It is pretty lightweight and doesnt feel sticky on the skin! I do however moisterize my skin before using this. It has a pretty good coverage for a BB cream and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Bought from: feelunique.com

2. NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer: I have used this concealer only once and my first reaction is that I don’t like it. You need to apply this concealer on your problem areas with a brush. It’s a very high coverage concealer but is way too drying. In fact, I found it so drying that in my opinion it highlighted an area more than concealing it. I would try it a couple more times to see if it works better.

Bought from: feelunique.com

3. NYX Wonder Stick (10 pounds): I was really excited to try out a contour/highlight stick and when I saw this one from nyx, I knew I just had to pick it up. It’s a cream contour and highlight stick thats really easy to apply and blend. If you’re new into contouring, I would highly recommend this product since you can apply the skin directly into the areas required and simply blend the product with your fingers!

Bought from: feelunique.com

4. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: (3.99 pounds): I am one of those people that don’t leave my house without using a little bit of powder of my T-Zone so every chance I get to find the perfect mattifying pressed powder, I grab it! This one by Rimmel does a really great job and offers a great amount of coverage too. Sometimes, I wear it alone with just moisterizer on my face. If you any recommendations for a loose mattifying powder, please let me know! I havent found any that I like till date.

Bought from: feelunique.com

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Eyes:

1.  Eylure London Complete Eyelash Kit (7 pounds): I am not a fake eyelashes person at all and haven’t tried a single pair ever. I bought this kit hoping that it will help me initiate into the Falsies world. The kit has everything you need from re-usable eyelashes, to an applicator and glue. But, truth me told: I havent tried it yet! I am just so scared of trying false eyelashes. Maybe, one day I will! It’s on my list.

Bought from feelunique.com

2. Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express (7.99 pounds): If you have been following my blog and instagram for a while, you would know that I am completely obsessed with Maybelline’s The Falsies Mascara. It’s something that I buy again and again. This time however, I tried to experiment a bit and it worked! This Rocket Volume Express Mascara gives your lashes trememdous amount of volume making them look thick, and fuller. However, when it comes to lengthening- probably not so much. I would suggest pairing this one with Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara for the perfect balance of volume and length.

Bought from feelunique.com

3.Maybelline New York Liner Express Eye Liner (5.09 pounds): If you’re looking  for a precision eyeliner, it’s this one! I am horrible at applying eyeliner so my goal is to find products that are very easy to use along with giving me scope to mess up. This eyeliner has the thinnest tip EVER. So, you can go slow and steady and create the perfect wing with precision. However, it requires patience since you won’t get the perfect wing in just one swipe.

Bought from feelunique.com

4.NYX Eyebrow Pencil: ( 5 pounds): For all those asking me how I fill in my brows in my recent selfies- here’s your answer. I am absolutely obsessed with NYX’s products and this one doesn’t disappoint either. This eyebrow pencil is so easy to use and feels just like a crayon. It’s really as simple as colouring in light short strokes to give off the perfect natural yet filled in look. I highly recommend this one.

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Lips:

1. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick – PM414 Sheer Plum (Rs.740): This is my THIRD bullet of this shade: Sheer plum and left to me, I can see my self buying 100000 more. This lipstick is really as perfect as it gets. It’s moist and matte at the same time; a combination thats so rare to find. The colour is a brownish purple and it looks fabulous on indian skin tones. TRY IT OUT!

Bought from nykaa,com

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2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm- VIVA VIOLET ( 5.99 pounds): Just like Sheer Plum, this Colour Balm by Rimmel is my second bullet since I just cannot get enough of it. This balm is perfect for everyday wear when you want to glam up your look without putting in too much effort. It’s super comfortable on the lips as well since it has a really moisteruizing. It’s not very long lasting but I don’t mind at all since I carry it in my bag all day and re-apply it when I feel the need. I just love the pop of colour it gives to the lips in one swipe!

Bought from feelunique.com

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3. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pinks EVA (Rs. 796): If a berry or violet shade is too much for you, then you should get your hands on this perfect pink-nude. I was looking for a shade like this for such a long time but couldn’t find one that suits my skin tone. EVA by loreal looks beautiful on my lips without washing me off! I love darker colours but this one is really nice for a day-to-day pink, especially in the summer.

Bought from nykaa.com

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4. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pinks0 JLO (Rs. 796): & here we are back again, with a berry shade! As it’s pretty obvious by now, I am obsessed with dark purple-berry lip colours. I feel it suits my skin tone (or duskier skin tones) really well! What I love about this shade is how long wearing it is. It has the perfect balance of pink and purple and I feel one can pull this off in the day time too with a crisp white shirt!

Bought from nykaa.com

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IMG_7716So, that’s all for the first part of my beauty haul! If you have any questions, feel free to comment here! You can also follow me on Instagram and ask me anything there!

Untill next time,

xo

My Favourite Perfumes

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Hey guys!

In today’s post I am going to be sharing with you my favourite perfumes! Let me begin by saying a couple of things. First, I am really bad at describing scents so have taken the help of the internet and the official brands themselves to describe these scents. I didn’t see the point of saying “OHHH THIS SMELLS AMAZING!” for every scent without actually explaining each of them to you. Second, None of the perfumes have been bought by me using my own money. The first five are mine (they are gifted to me) and  the next four are my mum’s that I use on a regular basis since I do live with my parents. My mom and I share our makeup and perfumes quite a bit which is why it made sense to include these scents in my favourites post. Third. These aren’t all the perfumes that mum and I own but instead these have got to be MY top picks. This does not mean that they are the best perfumes in the market- it is simply a matter of personal preference. Fourth. I will not be listing the price for any of these since I didn’t buy any of them using my money. Neither do I want to show off in any way! So, if you like the sound of any of these perfumes, you can check them out on google 🙂

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s begin!

Michael Kors- Sporty Citrus – 50 ml

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I have listed this perfume as the first one since this is what I reach for everyday. It’s a no -brainer for me as its a super fresh scent with a musky trail. It’s basically a  sweet union of orange and mandarin along with scents of fresh orange. What makes it unique is the fact that it has masculine undertones for the perfect balance! 

Victoria’s Secret – Noir Tease – 50 ml

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One of those bottles that would take you back in time. This super sweet yet sexy feminine scent is a combination  Black vanilla, frozen pear and blooming gardenia. What stands out for me is the beautiful glass bottle with the lace pink pattern and atomiser. 

Dior addict  – 50 ml 

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young, playful and happy scent that works really well as an everyday perfume as well. The top notes are bergamot and grapefruit; middle notes are lotus, freesia and pomegranate; base notes are musk and woodsy notes. Which basically means that it has fruit, floral and warm and woody tones which gives it a good balance.

Givenchy- Play – 75 ml 

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This perfume’s composition combines floral and fruity aromas that are gradually transformed into a sensual woody trail – fresh, juicy and musky, all at once. It’s not too feminine and works well using all year round.

Juicy couture-  Peace Love and Juicy Couture – 100 ml 

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This juicy perfume is different for all the Juicy Couture perfumes that you will come across. It’s not super sweet and girly and instead it’s very green! It almost smells like spring, leaves and spring. The bottle here is a show stopper! 

Prada- Infusion d’iris 50 ml 

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This Prada perfume looks super retro and it’s bottle stands out from a lot of modern perfumes out there.The name of this fragrance was inspired by the old method of producing iris extract which took six months of soaking until the sweetly fresh iris notes were extracted. This modern and elegant fragrance opens with notes of mandarin, galbanum, orange and orange blossom which lead to the heart composed of iris, cedar and vetiver. To cut it short, it’s the perfect modern woman perfume- elegant yet bold.

Ysl – Parisienne -50 ml

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 The two words to define this perfume are femine and bold. Viinyl is definitely the stand out feature apart from which it is a fruity and rose scent . It also have an extra depth from violets and berries.

My Burberry – 90 ml

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My Burberry is a floral, earthy and modern perfume. The bottle is inspired by the classic reach coat and I absolutely love it.  The perfume is supposed to be inspired by London showers and it does justice! It’s the perfect everyday luxury bottle which a scent of the city showers, earth and florals.

Dior Midnight Poison – 50 ml 

IMG_2464This perfume basically  smells like MAGIC!  Known to be a classic, you will NOT go wrong with this one. It has an  opening with citrus notes of mandarin and bergamot to the rose heart, and patchouli, amber and French vanilla in the base.

On my wish list: 

Chloe Eau de Toilette 

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 

Have you tried out any of these perfumes? What do you think about them? Please do share your favourite perfumes with me! I would love to try them out.

PS: I am no perfume expert at all and if you know me, you’ll see my using a humble body mist very often, especially if I’m just sitting at home. However, I do love indulging once in a while. I haven’t ever bought a perfume on my own and I guess I see Chloe being on top of my wish list!

Collective Beauty Haul: Makeup Revolution, TOPSHOP Beauty, Fleur de Force Makeup & more!

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Hey guys!

I’m back with my third post this week! {let’s take a moment to pat me on the back! Haha just kidding! } Im so happy to be posting so regularly for you all! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback 🙂 In today’s post I will be sharing with you some of my recent beauty buys! Everything from Nykaa and Feel Unique has been bought by me using my money! Clinique and Estée Lauder lipsticks were bought by my dad as a gift.  This post is not sponsored in anyway! However, hello nykaa people! I would love to work with you! HAHA

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MAKEUP REVOLUTION BLUSH AND EYE SHADOW PALETTES

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Shade: All about Pink

Let me confess: I love blush. No, seriously I LOVE IT. If there’s one product that I wear every single day with or without any foundation, its blush. This is also one product that I hoard and can’t get enough off. When I saw this product in the Nykaa sale, I knew I just had to get it. Even though the palette’s name is All about pink, there are 8 lovely shades which range from pink to peach and even orange. It’s the perfect blush palette which will suit most skin tones! My first impression was that the shades were really pigmented and the pan sizes are nice and big!

Original Price: Rs. 1350

I got it for: Rs. 1013

It’s still available for Rs.1013 as of 24th October’15 on nykaa.com

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Makeup Revolution London: Salvation Palette Professional Eyeshadows 

Shade: What are you waiting for?

This palette consists of 12 shimmer shades and 6 matte shades. I don’t wear too much eyeshadow and really want to start experimenting more. I know I still haven’t reached the point where I can experiment with crazy colours like bright blues, greens and yellows and so decided to buy a more everyday palette with really easy to use and wearable colours. The shades are so pigmented and I love how they’re perfect for fall/autumn. The shades range from pinkish shades, plums, champagne, golds, bronze to charcoal! I can’t comment on how long they last but would love to a do a review if you’d like!

Original Price: Rs. 1350

I got it for: Rs. 1013

It’s still available for Rs.1013 as of 24th October’15 on nykaa.com

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Colorbar Perfect Match BB Beauty Balm

Shade: 002 Honey Glaze

I prefer wearing BB creams on a daily basis as compared to foundations. I am almost out of my current everyday BB cream- Loreal’s Nude Magique. That BB cream is so amazing that it has really raised my expectation levels from other products. I hadn’t read too many reviews of this colorbar product and in fact bought it only cause I have never tried anything from colorbar before! The claims of the product looked really promising and it has sf 20 plus its paraben free. I just cannot comment on how I feel about how it feels on my skin since I have not worn it yet, but will surely update you!

Price: Rs.550

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 TONI&GUY Prep Heat Protection Mist

I have heard of tony&guy products quite a bite and really wanted to try them out. Luckily, even though I have coloured my hair, it hasn’t been damaged (at least that’s what it looks like). However, I do use heat on my hair and since I was out of my older heat protection spray I decided to buy this one by Toni&Guy. I really hope it works for me since the product wasn’t really too cheap for it’s size! Along with using this heat protection spray, I also use a moroccan hair serum by Organix whenever I wash my hair. If you guys want a full hair care routine, do let me know!

Original Price: Rs. 725

I bought it at: Rs. 525

It’s still available for Rs. 525 as of October 24th’15 on nykaa.com

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TOPSHOP Glow (Highlighter)

Shade: Gleam

Price: 9 pounds

IMG_2109I did quite a bit of research on TOPSHOP beauty when I found out that they’re available on feelunique.com. One product that stood out in every single review I read was this highlighter called GLOW, and oh my god, now I know why. I don’t own too many highlighters and this is my third one but I am so, so glad I took the leap to try this out. It is the most stunning gold toned highliter that works amazingly for indian skin tones. When blended well, its subtle to catch light but it’s always visible in the nice way! I can see my self wearing this everyday as well as for a glam night out!
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Lip Colours (From Left to Right)

1.  TOPSHOP Matte Lip Bullet – Plastique – Price: 5.60 pounds from Feel Unique.com

2. Fleur de Force Lip Gloss- 050 Starry Night – Price: 6.99 pounds from Feel Unique.com

3.Fleur de Force Lip Gloss- 040 Lucky Star-  Price: 6.99 pounds from Feel Unique.com

4. Clinique High Impact Lip Colour Rouge Impact – 13 Flemenco – Price: 17 Dollars

5. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick/ Rouge 410 Dynamic – Price: 30 Dollars

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Swatches from Top to Bottom

(Note: The shades look glittery and I really really apologize for that. I did the swatches over the blended glow highlighter swatch which explains why. I am really sorry about that! The shades are in fact not weird and glittery at all.

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1.  TOPSHOP Matte Lip Bullet – Plastique

It’s a beautiful mauve shade. Not really everyone’s cup of tea but I love it! I am a purple lips person and though I wouldn’t wear it on it’s own, I would probably layer with it Mac’s up the amp!

2. Fleur de Force Lip Gloss- 040 Lucky Star

It’s a beautiful red shade and even though I prefer Matte red lips, I just couldn’t stop my self from getting this! I am alsolutely obsessed with Fleur  and her videos and I knew I just had to get my hands on her collection. To my surprise, though this is a lipgloss, it’s not too sticky and has an amazing vanillish scent!

3. Fleur de Force Lip Gloss- 050 Starry Night

This is MY COLOUR! If you know me you would have seen me wear berry lips every single day. Yes, in summer, winter, autumn, spring. My everyday colour is berry. I don’t really know why but I guess it suits my skin tone well. Most of my berry lipsticks are either satin or matte finishes so I had to get a gloss version to glam up things a bit!

4. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick/ Rouge 410 Dynamic

My dad bought me this lipstick and it’s a keeper! It’s the perfect nudey pink that one could ask for. Quite surprisingly, I didn’t have an everyday nude-pink and most of my nude lip colours were brown toned! I am really excited about using this even though it’s so stunning that I want it to last for as long as possible.

5. Clinique High Impact Lip Colour Rouge Impact – 13 Flemenco

Here’s a perfect warm toned red. I have been obsessed with Loreal’s Pure Red collection and especially the shade Blake. I knew I wanted a another red shade so got my hands on this beautiful red shade which is a little pinkish and a little orangish. As you can see, I am HORRIBLE at explaining colours. This shade will really suit indian skin tones!

=If you want me to review any of these products and want more beauty related posts, please do let me know! This was a haul post where I simply shared some of my new buys to give you some ideas of what you can purchase if you’re looking for some new makeup to try out!

DIY SKIN CARE ROUTINE (ALL NATURAL)

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Hey guys! As promised to you in my Skin Care Routine post, I finally have for you an ALL NATURAL DIY SKIN CARE routine. This routine makes use of ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen. I will be absolutely honest with you and say that I do not follow this routine from beginning to end and instead mix and match a couple of steps from this routine and the other skin care routine that I posted earlier. However, if you are trying to shift to an all natural routine, this is ABSOLUTELY perfect for you! For each of the 4 steps (Exfoliating, Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing), I have given at least one recipe. For some steps though, I have given more than one option. You do NOT have to do all the options. They are simply different methods that work for me. Try out all on different days and see what works for your skin best. Just do recipe from each step 🙂

Step One: Exfoliation

1. Sea salt and Oil:   Mix of equal parts sea salt and oil (like olive or almond) in a bowl. I use 1 tablespoon of each. This creates a natural scrub that will help remove impurities without stripping excess oils. Use this exfoliator once a week. Wash your face with a mild cleanser after this step.

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2. Sugar and Almond Oil: Mix equal proportions of Almond oil and sugar in a bowl and gently massage on the face and lips. Wash your face with a cleanser after using this.

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Step two: Cleansing (Daily)

1. Oil Cleanser – If you have never used a oil cleanser before you may find this rather strange, but trust me when I say it works really. An oil cleanser breaks down all dirt and even makeup while simultaneously leaving your skin moisturized. All you need to do is  mix of  1 /2 tablespoon of Almond Oil or Castor Oil with 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil. Gently massage this oil mixture into your skin like you would massage a regular face wash and you will see the dirt on the face breaking down. Don’t worry if you have oily skin since this cleanser will not make your skin more oily. After using this cleanser you can use the Apple Cider Vinegar toner to restore the PH balance of your skin.

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2.Chikpea powder and Milk– This cleanser is a rather traditional one and works really well too! All you need is some chickpea power and milk in equal proportions. I use about 2 tablespoons chikpea powder and 2 tablespoons of milk – mix them together and massage it on my face. You can simply grind chickpeas (White Chanaa) and store them in an air tight container rather than grinding them each them you want to use this cleanser.I do use this cleanser as a semi-mask too at times and leave it on my skin for about 5-7 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

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3.  Yogurt and Lemon Juice: I love using this cleanser in the summer! Simply take 2-3 spoons of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix it generously and massage it on your skin and wash it off with cold water.

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STEP THREE: TONING

  1. Tomato juice/Mashed tomato and honey – Though I don’t use this toner on a daily basis, it works wonders to clear your skin of any excess dirt and tan. Take 1/4 mashed tomato and 1 tablespoon of honey and mix them together. Massage this to your face and wash it off with cold water. You can also use tomato juice (1 tablespoon) instead of mashed tomato. If you are using tomato juice and honey, you can mix these two together and use cotton to apply this mixture to your face.IMG_8231

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2. Green tea: Green tea works like magic as a drink and even when applied to the skin! In my previous post I talked about how Green tea helps removing eye puffiness, and it this post you can see how green tea can be used as a toner!

Add 1 green tea bag into 1 cup of almost boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes.Remove the tea bag and pour the liquid into an air-tight container and let it cool down before shutting the lid tight. To use as a toner simply dipp a cotton ball into the tea and dab it on your skin. If you are using a spray bottle, just spritz your skin with the tea. Do not rinse.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar: I saved  my favorite toner for the end! Apple Cider Vinegar handsdown is the most facinating things ever. It’s so good for you- whether you drink 1 spoon a day or apply it on your face to restore the PH balance of your skin! It really is amazing! 

For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water

For normal skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water

For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water

I usually use 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with at least 2 teaspoons of water. Dip a cotton pad into the mixture and dab it on your face and don’t wash it off. Before applying it on your face, I suggest you do a little patch test on your hand to see if it works okay! Always start with using more water if you’re using this toner for the first time! To know more about this toner check out this wonderful blog post!



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Step Four: Moisturizer

Coconut Oil: Okay, so this a tricky step! If I use my trust worthy oil cleanser and then use apple cider vinegar toner (MY FAVORITE COMBINATION), I don’t see the need to moisturize since the oil cleanser does the job. However, lets say I use a normal cleanser by Neutrogena, then once in a while I use coconut oil (3-4 drops) as a moisturizer and it works amazingly well! All one needs to do is massage the drops into your skin after throughly washing your face.

The beauty of DIY SKIN CARE is that the power lies completely in your hands! You can try out multiple combinations and stick to an all natural routine or mix and match with market bought products. I love using this DIY SKIN CARE ROUTINE, but as mentioned before, I do not use all these products in one day- especially an oil cleanser and oil moisturizer on the same day! Hope you try out any of these days! If you have any questions, please do ask me by commenting here on my social media!

love you xx

How to clean your makeup brushes?

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HEYYYY GUYS!

Today I am sharing with you my full proof, super cheap and easy way to clean makeup brushes! I got interested in makeup about two years ago and even though I don’t own too many brushes at all, I do find my self loving the ones I own. I will not lie to you and will definitely admit that I did not wash them for a long, long time initially cause no one told me to! I know thats not a good enough reason but it somehow just did not strike me that I should be treating my makeup brushes like hair! haha THEY JUST NEED TO BE WASHED! Since we apply these brushes to our faces, it sounds absolutely gross to not get rid of the dirt,makeup residue and bacteria. Ideally, one should be washing makeup brushes religiously once a week, but I see my self doing it once every ten days #iamhuman {I just edited this post, 4 hours after posting it. If you read it within those 4 hours, you would have read that I wash my brush every two days. THAT WAS A TYPO. Oh, god no. I wish I did. but I dont}

What you will need: 

Olive Oil (for deep cleaning)

Johnsons Baby shampoo/wash (for regular wash)

Luke warm water

Paper towels

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Now, if you are planning to clean your brushes for the first time/after a very long time/ have ALOT of makeup that’s really stuck and hardened on the brushes, I suggest you engage in DEEP CLEANING.

Here, instead of simply washing your brushes with shampoo, you will condition them with oil to break down the makeup particles and dirt along with conditioning the brushes- before shampooing. (It is very similar to oiling your hail on a pamper day and then washing them!) This method will also really work to get rid of gel liner from your brush since it leaves a very stiff residue.

METHOD

1. Take 1 teaspoon of olive oil on a plate and dip your dirty makeup brush in it. The idea is to touch/lightly immerse the brush with the oil which will break the makeup. Don’t drench the brush in oil since it would not be easy to remove

2. Once the brush bristles have some oil in them, massage the brush in circular motions on the palm of your clean hands.

3. You will see the makeup particles break down on your palm.

4. Switch on the tap (Hence, you should be doing this entire process next to a sink/close to warm water supply). Start washing the brush facing downwards. Make sure that the head of the brush (the part that you use on your face) is not facing towards the ceiling and instead should be facing down into the wash basin. You don’t want the water to enter the shaft or the metal part since the brushes can start loosing their hair over time and become weaker, if that happens!

5. Once most of the oil is rinsed off, time to shampoo the brushes. Pour in some baby shampoo/soap in a little bowl or plate and dip the brush into it. Be fairly generous since you want to get rid of any bacteria and excess oil. Massage the brush in circular motions in the centre of the palm, again. Once you feel the makeup is completely out, you will get to know as the brush will start showing its original color anyway.

6. Time to re-wash the brushes. Just like last time use luke warm bottle to get rid of the shampoo/soap making sure that the brush (application part) faces downwards. The brush would be absolutely clean when the water running down from the tap and brush is clean! (Initially while washing the brushes, the water dripping down would be the color of your makeup)

7. Your brushes are squeaky clean now and need to be left to dry! For this, place 2-3 kitchen towels at the edge of a counter/table. Lay your brushes on the paper towels as I have seen in the picture. DO NOT wash your brushes and immediately place them in your brush holder/jar standing straight upright! The water will enter the metal part and you don’t want that. Hence, after washing the brushes, squeeze out the excess water and lay them flat!

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Some tips: 

If you are very regular with brush cleaning you don’t need to go the whole 9 yards and skip the olive oil step. I like oiling them irrespective since it makes them feel very soft after they dry. However, this step is skippable if you’re feeling lazy and the brushes aren’t too dirty.

Anything that is on the handle of your brushes is being passed to everything else you touch. To clean the handle of your brushes, pour rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and rub over the handle of your brushes. This will not only clean but disinfect the handles as well. (This tip is from MakeupGeek)

Always dry your blushes flat on a surface or facing downwards. You can roll up some paper to create a little cylinder. Place the handle of the brushes on that while the head of the body lays on the counter like this. 

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I really hope this post helped you! I also wanted to THANK YOU all once again for 5000 followers on Instagram. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU mean so, so much to me. Your messages, support and love is what keeping me going. I love blogging and will never stop cause you all have made it so special.

PS: I have updated my blog’s About Me section so that you all can know a bit more about me 😀 I  have answered some super frequently asked questions on topics like what camera I use, my fitness journey and about my education/career plans!FullSizeRender_4

Skin Care Routine // Melange of Musings

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Hey guys!

In today’s post I want to share with you my step by step skin care routine. Before starting with the routine, I do want to clarify a couple of things:

1. I don’t use ALL these products everyday since that would be impossible. By showing you multiple product pictures of cleansers’ or makeup removers, I simply want to share with you options that you can go ahead and try out! All the products are fairly affordable so this post should give you a wide range of products to try out!

2. The products that I have talked about are a part of my routine, which means that they work for me! I am not a skin care expert so in no way can I promise that they will work for you too!

3. There are times that I don’t want to use any of these products and simply take a NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTE: That is, I use DIY face masks, toner, moisterizer- etc. If you want to read a post on an all natural skin care routine, please let me know and Ill be happy to share it with you 🙂

STEP ONE : REMOVING MAKEUP

Often taken not too seriously, removing make up should be one of the most important step of anyones’s makeup routine. I must admit that I get really lazy too and simply choose not to remove my makeup after a long night, but that is a complete NO-NO. It’s really important to let one’s skin breathe and not removing makeup is one of the reaosons that could let to acne breakouts! So, when it comes to removing makeup, I can be very picky since most products sting by eye and that is absolutely unbearable. Other than natural oils which are perfect, these three are products are my go to for makeup removal. The Oil free eye makeup remover by Neutregena is a makeup remover that I have been using for a couple of years now, before I discovered Maybelline’s Clean express total clean. Both these makeup removers do the job really well, but gently! I must say that Maybelline’s makeup remover is curently my favorite and it can remove- ANYTHING in seconds! The Biotique bio almond oil makeup remover is what I use for my face and lips. As it’s an oil, I prefer using it on days when I have some more time on me since after using this makeup remover, one does need to go over the skin once with with cotton dipped in rose water to remove the excess oil.

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STEP TWO: CLEANSING/WASHING FACE

The next step is of course cleansing my face. As it’s pretty evident, I am a die heart Neutrogena fan! Haha. I usually have three types of products for washing my face 1) An exfoliating face scrub : I use this  about 2 times a week to really deep clean my skin. I was sent this Pure Active Apricot Face Scrub by Garnier and it really works for me! Best part is that it doesnt completely strip your skin off any moisture  2) The classic face wash: This product keeps changing from tine to time and I have been using Just Herbs SilkSplash Re-hydrant Face Wash. This is my second bottle now and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It’s a no fuss face wash, that really makes my skin feel hydrated- as the name suggests. 3) Deep clean cleansers: When I don’t want to just use a face wash and neither do I want to go ahead with a scrub, I use my trust worth Neutrogena cleansers. The foaming cleanser really works in breaking down any dirt and also removes excess makeup on the skin. However, this cleanser strips off your face from any moisture. So if you have oily skin, this is your baby! It would control the oil in your skin really well! The Non-foaming cleanser is my go to face cleanser and the empty bottle shows how obsessed I am with it. This is the perfect everyday face wash/cleanser and you need to get your hands on it.

A little tip: Splash your face with warm water. It will open up your pores. Then apply the face wash/cleanser etc. Rub in to your skin using circular motions. Wash it off with cool water! This will close your pores.
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STEP THREE: TONING

Toning is a fairly new step for me and I started doing so only a couple of months ago. Yet again, I use theNeutrogena  deep clean cooling toner. The whole point of toning is to restore the PH balance of your skin and removing any dirt that is settled in the pores of the skin. Trust me when I say this- IT WORKS! If possible, I really urge you to add this step into you skin care routine. It doesn’t take any time at all. After washing my face with a cleanser, I pat my skin dry. I then take some toner and pour it on a cotton pad. After which I simply massage it all over my face- especially on my nose since thats where I have my blackheads. That’s it! You don’t need to wash it off and it will simply dry off on its own.

When I am in the mood and have a lot of time in my hands, I do use green tea to get grid of someone of under eye puffiness! I take a green tea bag and immerse it into hot water (like how you would make normal green tea). After the tea is brewed, keep the cup aside or drink it 😛 Take out the tea bag and keep it in the fridge! I do this overnight so that I can use the tea bag the next morning. When I wake up in the morning, after going ahead with the skin care routine- till toning- I take out the green tea bag from the fridge and just place it under my eyes. This has got to be one of the best tricks to get rid of any puffiness!

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STEP FOUR: MOISTURIZING 

The last step is to moisturize. My moisturizer keeps changing from time to time and I am currently using Loreal’s White Perfect Laser (I DO NOT SUPPORT THE NAME WHATSOEVER.). I was on the look out for new products and the sales person at NewU recommended this cream so I decided to try it out! I was considering not buying it for its racist undertones but the product in itself is actually really good! I mix this cream with a little bit of sunscreen too since this doesn’t have any SPF in it! Another product I added into my skin care routine is an eye cream. To be very honest, I am the kind of person who tugs on my eyes to apply eyeliner/kajal and had started noticing fine lines which wasn’t a very pleasant feeling. So I decided to try out this eye cream ( no surprises here) and it’s so nice! It’s really light and blends really well into the skin. I apply it only once a day and I already see an improvement.
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So there you have it guys! That is my complete skin care routine. As I wrote earlier, I am really into DIY’s and do feel that at least half of these products can be avoided by simply using house hold stables such as coconut oil or apple cider vinegar! I would love to do a natural skin care routine so do let me know if you all are interested in the same!

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#HappyHairChallenge: Review of Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition + Hair Cut Update!

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Hey guys!

As many of you may already know, I took part in the Garnier Fructis #HappyHairChallenge a few weeks ago!  {Check out the post here where I talked about starting the challenged and shared my full hair care routine_ Having used the products consistently, today I am going to be sharing the final verdict with you! All the opinions are my own and are completely truthful. So without further ado, lets begin!

The products: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Shampoo and Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Conditioner.

Price: Shampoo – Rs. 135 for 175 ml

Conditioner: Rs. 135 for 175 ml

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Product Claims (Shampoo) : Now you can nourish your scalp and strengthen your hair every time you shampoo. It Nourishes scalp, lengths and tips with a 3 oil formula. New formula with an exquisite fragrance which gently and perfectly cleanses your hair. Result: Your hair will become stronger & looks healthy with every wash.

Triple Nutrition:

1. Coconut Oil: Nourishes & makes hair 10x stronger

2. Almond Oil: Restores beautiful shine into your lengths

3. Olive Oil: Binds, repairs and reduce spilt ends

 

Product Claims (Conditioner): Now you can nourish your scalp and strengthen your hair with every use. nourishes scalp, lengths and tips with a 3 oil formula. A new conditioning formula with an exquisite fragrance which which extremely easily detangles your hair. Result: Hair is soft and extremely easy to detangle

Triple Nutrition:

1. Coconut Oil: Nourishes & makes hair 10x stronger

2. Almond Oil: Restores beautiful shine into your lengths

3. Olive Oil: Binds, repairs and reduce spilt ends

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My experience and verdict: Since this range has a formula consisting of the three most essential oils for hair care, post using the products you can immediately experience a change in your hair’s texture! The shampoo works extremely well and cleans your hair and scalp throughly. What I like about the shampoo is that using the product once is more than enough and you don’t need to shampoo your hair multiple times. The key with this range of products is : LESS IS MORE! With one use my hair feels squeaky clean. As you may have read in my previous post, I have had a hair fall problem on and off, and this shampoo really brought it under control due to the three oils that are known to do wonders. It has not only strengthened my hair but also nourished it very well! My hair feels so soft and shiny (as you can see in the pictures below). The conditioner does exactly what it claims and its perfect if you have dry and damaged hair which is tough to detangle. This conditioner when applied to the lengths and tips of your hair, will make sure the shine is back while detangling the hair.

Things to keep in mind: This shampoo + conditioner range will work best for you if you have dry, frizzy and damaged hair. Since its a triple oil formula, this range of products ensures to deep condition your hair, restoring the moisture that it really requires. If you have an oily scalp (crown area) , I would recommend not using the shampoo on that area. Instead use the shampoo on the hair lengths and tips. For the main scalp bit, use a light cleansing shampoo that will not add further oil to the scalp. However, if you have dry hair which refuses to settle down and is completely damaged, the triple oil formula will do wonders for you. The conditioner on the other hand is one of the best I have used! It will work for all hair types. The key to using conditioner is to never apply it on the scalp. Always apply conditioner only to the tips of the hair ; leave it for a minute or two and then wash it off. Another tip I have for you for best shiny looking hair is to use hot and cold water correctly! When you go in for a shower, wet your hair with hot water and apply the shampoo. Then, wash it off. Apply conditioner, leave it in for two minutes. Wash it off with Cold water. Finally, when you come out of the shower, use a cotton tshirt to dry your hair. Follow these steps along with using this shampoo and conditioner and your hair will be super soft, shiny and nourished!

haircut2collageI also wanted to share a few pictures of my new haircut with you all! I have wanted short hair for a really long time and finally went for it! I have shared all these pictures on Instagram so if you dont follow me there, please do! Do let me know if you like it on me 🙂 I was really scared to get it cut and it took me a while to actually go ahead with it but I am so happy with the results!

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