Tan removal – Natural Remedies, DIY

The sun at this time of year is particularly bright and strong, so even a few minutes outside without SPF can damage our skin considerably. It can lead to unwanted skin darkening & tan as well. While some will revel in skin tan, others may be more conscious and would want to preserve their natural skin tone. To be honest, skin tan is just one thing, but too much sun exposure causes various skin problems like: wrinkles, acne, fine lines, age spots etc. To this end, it’ll be great if you apply high level SPF before stepping outdoors and maybe use umbrella. This post is for all those who suffer from skin tan no matter how much they try to escape. I’m one of those people who gets skin tan in seconds!

Now a day we have many promising skin lightening and brightening products available in the market. Most of us tend to go for quick bleach or de-tan facials or use products that might be loaded with chemicals. It’s important to consider carefully what product claims and what ingredients it has to offer. These options are not only expensive, but take toll on our skin in the long run. I personally rely more on natural homemade concoctions and it actually does better job on me than any processed chemical products.

So, today I’m going to share few of those super easy amazing homemade sun tan removal packs & scrubs that will help you achieve glowing and even toned skin.

Tan removal remedies

  1. Peel Galore
  2. Orange Mask
  3. Orange Lavender Body & Face Scrub
  4. Lemon Zesty Scrub
Peel Galore –

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 1 tsp lemon peel
  • 3 tbs raw milk

Make a smooth paste adding all the ingredients together. You can adjust the consistency by adding more peel powder if it’s too runny or add more milk if it’s too compact.

Once ready, apply the paste on your face/body. Let it dry for about 20-30 minutes. Now take some more milk and pat it over your face/body to make it little wet. Make circular finger movements and exfoliate for 1 minute. Be very gentle while you exfoliate and wash it off with tepid water. You can use this scrub pack thrice a week.

If you’re using dried lemon/orange peel powder, all you need to do is to add raw milk into the peel powders. But if you’re using fresh peels then you need to make paste in a mixer by adding milk to it, as required.

P.S. You can use both orange and lemon peel in the pack or any one of your choice. Make a small test on your skin before you try this face/body pack as it can be harsh for people with sensitive skin. You must avoid this pack if your skin has any aberration as it may aggravate the situation for you.

It’s one of the most effective scrub pack in reducing tan and gives you a golden glow.

  • Milk plays a very important role in maintaining the beauty of the skin and keeping many skin problems at bay. It has many skin benefits.
  • It’s excellent cleanser
  • shrink pores
  • good moisturizer
  • treats sunburn
  • makes skin supple and soft
  • great for improving complexion and gives radiant skin.

The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, attributed her smooth skin and beauty to a secret ingredient, and that is milk!

  • Did you know lemon peels are nutritional powerhouse and contains 10 times more vitamins than juice itself! It has sooo many health and skin benefits. However, I’ll stick to specific benefits relating to the topic.
  • It helps to lighten age spots, blemishes, acne scars
  • has skin bleaching properties
  • enhance skin’s clarity
  • glow and suppleness
  • Has antibacterial and antioxidant benefits
  • removes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • As we all know, orange fruit is one of the best source of Vitamin C, which is good for health and skin care as well. However most of the benefits of orange are in its skin as it has more vitamin C than the fruit itself, lying dormant beneath the skin peels. Hence, we should never discard the peels and make good use of it. Always wash, clean and dry the orange peels whenever you’re having them. Choose orange with thin skin.

Process of making dry orange peel powder:

Wash orange peels thoroughly and dry them in shadow till it loses all its moisture and turn crispy. Once all dried grind them thoroughly to make fine powder. Store the orange peel powder in airtight dry container. It stays good for a long time. Mine stayed for 2 years or maybe more than that!

You can include orange peel powder in various face and body packs and see the visible difference in you. Orange peel is pretty much a boon for our skin as it helps us combat various skin issues like

  • acne
  • dark circles
  • blackheads
  • tan
  • dark spots
  • patches
  • anti-aging benefits
  • reduce blemishes and scars.

It has natural bleaching agents that helps make skin visibly brighter. Using it with milk or yogurt gives you that extra glow and remove tan. 

P.S. You can make lemon peel powder in the exactly same way as orange peel powder. The only difference is you need to peel or scrape off the cover using a peeler. We don’t need the white material underneath the lemon. All we need is the yellow/green part.

Orange Mask –

Here’s a super quick  face pack that’ll give your skin a brighter and smoother look.

You’d need:

  • Dried orange peel- 1 tbs
  • Yogurt- 1-2 tbs

Just mix dried orange peel in curd/yogurt and make a paste. Apply on the face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.


You can also make luxurious body and face sugar scrub using lemon and orange peel powder.

Orange Lavender Body & Face Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Ground white/brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Orange peel powder – 1/4th cup
  • Orange essential oil – few drops
  • Lavender oil/Olive oil (Extra Virgin) – 2 tbs
Lemon Zesty Scrub –

Ingredients:

  • Ground white/brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Lemon peel powder – 1/4th cup
  • Lemon essential oil – few drops
  • Lavender oil/Olive oil (Extra Virgin) – 2 tbs

Mix everything together in both the scrubs and keep it in a dry airtight container. Make them in small batches and do your own little experiment.

You can add some orange zest and lemon zest respectively for freshness in the scrub when you use them.

  • You can add few dried rose petals too. It’ll give out great aroma and is a powerful antioxidant, relaxing and tones the skin. 
  • Basically olive oil is a hidden beauty secret. It’s hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin. It also reverses aging effects, UV damage and is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Lavender oil is suitable to most skin types, is one of the most versatile and multi-purpose oil. It provides overall health to skin due to it’s antiseptic properties and skin-healing benefits. It is highly soothing and also promotes tissue regeneration helping with anti-aging treatments.
  • Both brown and white sugars are used in facial and body scrubs as exfoliants because they are granular. Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from air into your skin. They contain glycolic acid which helps the skin cells to regenerate faster for a much youthful appearance.
  • Brown sugar is often used in facial scrubs as it has finer grains than white sugar. Plus it is high in vitamin B due to molasses, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. White sugar is used more for body scrubs. So you can make your own choice as per your needs.

Enjoy summer and have fun!

XOXO

Tripti

2017-06-25

Nursing in Public made easier – Nursing Dress from Threads & Shuttles Review

Hey guys,

Being a new mother comes with many twists and turns in the name of responsibilities, health, hormonal changes, new roles, and of course, sleepless nights that never stop 😉 Amidst all this, breastfeeding is one of the most challenging roles. You go out to a mall after a long long time after you baby was born, and the baby feels hungry and demands to be breastfed. A new mother would either find a feeding room or a quiet corner and a stole to cover up. So much thought goes into covering up the breasts, because the number of stares she will get are innumerable.

Breastfeeding in public is still a taboo not just in India, but in many parts of the world. Covering up while feeding in public is a very normal instinct, no matter how uncomfortable a mother is. Also, this restricts the type of clothes most moms would wear. I could not wear dresses and suits while nursing. I only wore tops/ t-shirts with jeans, skirts and shorts. Until I discovered a very reasonable and trendy brand for nursing wear – Threads & Shuttles (T&S).

The brand Threads & Shuttles was started by Sapna Krishan, who was an instructional designer with IBM. Sitting idle after her baby was born, and realizing the need for nursing wear for NIP (nursing in public), she decided to launch T&S. They now have managed to add all kinds of nursing wear to their collection – short dresses, nursing covers, kurtis, tops etc.

Sapna also has her own blog which records the breastfeeding journeys of different mothers to motivate more of our kind across the world.

Thanks to T&S, I finally wore a dress after almost two years of breastfeeding my daughter. You can read my review of the dress here:

 Price:

INR 1300 + shipping

 Availability:

Facebook page of Threads & Shuttles (Link)

 Packaging:

It came in nicely packed with a ribbon wrapped around it…a perfect gift wrap.

Review:

The dress is a trendy design, with 2 discreet zippers on each side, for easy feeding. The zippers are covered with a flap, which makes it look like any other dress, and not just a nursing dress. With a fun bright print, I loved the color combination of bright pink and grey. A pure cotton dress, it is perfect for summers and absolutely comfortable.

 What works:

  • The material is soft cotton, comfortable for summers
  • The zippers are not noticeable and it doesn’t look like a nursing dress at all
  • The print is amazing with bright color and a catchy print
  • The zippers on either side make is very convenient to NIP (nursing in public). Even a new mom doesn’t need to hesitate to feed if she’s wearing this dress
  • It is a very affordable dress and solves double purpose of wearing a nice piece of clothing and nursing conveniently
  • The dress can easily be worn by non nursing mothers too. After all, it’s a cute dress 🙂

What doesn’t

  • The availability of the dress on any other website

My opinion about this product:

In my opinion, it is a must have apparel for a nursing mother, a lot more convenient than carrying a nursing stole, I feel. A wardrobe of a nursing mother mostly revolves around loose tshirts, front open tops, but a dress like this would be a nice addition. Also, it’s really value for money. A big thumbs up from my side for this!

Rating : 4.8/5

Love,

Soumya

UberSassy Sattu Parantha!

The process of preparing Sattu is ancient and is popular over a wide area of North India, particularly Bihar state. It is prepared by dry roasting Bengal grams. The traditional way of preparing Sattu involves the use of an iron vessel in which the grams are roasted in sand. Afterwards they are sieved and then ground to a fine flour.

It is one of the healthiest food on earth, and must try this Sattu prantha recipe that I’m about to share with you all. It’s packed with nutrients and is quite delicious. Tangy enough to tantalize your taste buds and is a wholesome meal. It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has a tendency to make the throat go dry, so serve it hot with baingan/eggplant bharta, curd, chutney, pickle or sauce. Sattu can be easily available at any Indian grocery store. However if you cannot get it near your house, you can easily prepare it at home by grinding roasted chana daal/bengal gram to a fine powder.

So let’s gather our ingredients 🙂

For Stuffing:

  • 1.5 cup – Sattu ( roasted Chana daal/Bengal gram powder )

  • 5 – Cloves garlic, chopped fine or grated

  • 1 inch – ginger, cleaned and grated

  • 1 – Onion, medium-sized, finely chopped
  • 2-3 – green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp – Red chilli powder
  • 3 tbs – Coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp – Lime juice ( freshly squeezed preferred )

  • 1 tsp – Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 1 tsp – Kalonji/ Nigella seeds
  • 2 pieces – Mango pickle, mashed or 1 tsp amchur/dry mango powder
  • White salt + pink salt – to taste
  • 2 tsp – Mustard oil : it gives out the pungent taste adding more flavour.

For Atta/Wheat flour dough:

  • 2 cups – Whole wheat flour

  • 3/4th – 1 cup – Water
  • 2 tsp- oil/ghee (ghee/clarified butter preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp – salt
  • Extra flour for rolling
  • Ghee/Clarified butter or oil (Mustard/Canola/Sunflower) for cooking
       Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 g (100g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 51.93Calories 430.62
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 5.77g 9%
Saturated Fat –
Cholesterol –
Sodium –
Total Carbohydrate 64.28g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1.05g 4%
Sugars –
Protein 22.88g
Vitamin A – Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 24.9% Iron 5.184%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition summary:

Calories431 Fat5.77g Carbs64.28g Protein22.88g
There are 431 calories in a 100 g serving of Sattu Sattu.
Calorie breakdown: 13% fat, 64% carbs, 23% protein.

Source- http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/chickpeas-(garbanzo-beans-bengal-gram)-(mature-seeds)

Let us begin with step by step process for easy execution.

  • We will start with the preparation of the filling for this delicious tangy parantha. Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the stuffing section with sattu. Add one or two tablespoon water to make the stuffing moist, so that it’s easy to bind. You can do a small test by closing the fist with the stuffing and see if it stays in the place. Adjust the salt and other spices as per your taste palate.

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  • Now we will prepare the dough. In a large mixing bowl, add the measured amount of wheat flour and salt. Mix them thoroughly together, and then add ghee/clarified butter- mix well. Make a dent in the center of the flour, pour a little water at a time, gather them together. Use your fist and knuckles to push and stretch the dough and knead it to a pizza dough consistency. We need a firm dough, a soft dough might be difficult to manage.

  • Going further to the next step, divide the dough into small portions about the size of a lemon, and shape them round. On a lightly flour dusted surface, take one ball, dip it into the flour and roll it using a rolling pin into a small circle. We do this to avoid the dough from sticking to the surface.

  • Place one or two spoonful of the sattu stuffing at the center of the rolled out dough. Bring the edges together to enfold the filling to form a smooth round ball and pinch off the excess dough, if necessary. Then, roll out nice and round paratha, about 5 1/2” to 6” in diameter. You can use extra flour while rolling the dough. However, use as little as required.

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  •  Heat a tawa or a cast iron griddle/flat pan over medium flame/heat. Make sure the pan is evenly hot before you place the parantha. Cook the parantha evenly from both sides while applying oil or ghee/clarified butter on the parantha and the sides, to a golden brown color. One or two tablespoon of ghee should be more than enough or just spray to a coating for healthier option. Gently press the edges and top of the parantha with a flat spatula until parantha puffs up. This might take a little practice.

Serve it hot with baingan ka bharta, curd, chutney, pickle or sauce.

P.S. It’s a super food and helps with obesity, constipation, high cholesterol, constipation and lots of other stomach disorders. I can share a drink recipe on demand.

 

Xoxo

Tripti

Mama Love Yourself – Mamaearth Hair Mask and Body Wash Review

Hair fall is an issue that concerns everyone universally. This concerns become even more prominent post pregnancy when sudden hormonal changes cause serious amount of hair fall, to the extent that one feels she’s about to go bald. Also, we (the new mothers) are unable to spare enough time and follow a proper regime to take care of ourselves and our bodies. Hair and skin also bear the brunt of motherhood L Dry, lifeless, frizzy and falling hair is the eventual result. The stress of motherhood is so evident from each part of our body – top to bottom.

Here comes Mamaearth, which claims to take care of our babies and us, the mommies.

After gaining popularity of its range of baby products, including body wash, shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, diaper rash cream and massage oil, Mamaearth has just launched its range of pre natal and post-natal products. Appropriately, the launch was on Mother’s Day. The mama products range include: Calming Body Wash, Argan Hair Mask, Epsom Bath Salt, Stretch Marks Cream, Nourishing Body Lotion, Nipple Butter, Under Eye Cream, C3 Face Mask.  Ill review hair mask and body wash in this post.

Mama 1
Picture Credit: tipsy.gypsy.tales (instagram); www.tipsygypsy.blog

Argan Hair Mask

Mamaearth Claims: It is a hydrating mark, which helps repairing damaged hair (I’m sold only on this ;)) It also helps deeply condition and nourish dry and dull hair. It promotes new hair growth and keeps the scalp healthy and happy, and ensures least hair fall.

Price: Rs 599

Quantity: 200 ml

Availability: www.mamaearth.inwww.amazon.inwww.nykaa.comwww.flipkart.com

Packaging:

Oh, I absolutely love the packaging. The plastic box comes in a funky cardboard box. With funny, but 100% true mommy quotes, the cardboard box can be recycled as a pen stand. Very interesting indeed!!!

The plastic box is a sturdy white colored box, with dual caps. One is a screw cap, and on the inside is a plastic plate, double protection 🙂

hair mask 1

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Milk Protein, Curd Extract, Argan Oil, Rosemary Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Sodium Citrate, Brassica Alcohol, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Caprylic Capric Tri Glyceride, Hydrolysed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate

hair mask 2

Shelf Life: 2 years

Directions for use: Apply a generous amount to towel-dried clean shampooed damp hair. Use your hands and fingers to evenly distribute through hair, beginning at scalp to hair ends and leave for 5 to 15 minutes and then rinse. Use 1 to 2 times weekly.

hair mask 3

My Review:

The hair mask has a creamy texture that easily spreads on the hair.

I’ve used this mask about 6-7 times, and it started working and showing magic just after 3 uses. Brought life to my hair, drastically reduced hair fall, brought back lustre and shine, much like the brand claims. To be honest, the first use made my hair slightly dry, so next time I kept it for about 15 minutes before washing to give it more time to condition. It made my hair soft, like I just came out of a spa!! The mask is hydrating and conditions well. I like the light fragrance of essential oils.

It is very soothing and calming for the scalp, and doesn’t irritate in this hot and itchy weather. I could not stop flapping and playing with my hair (*wink*), it felt so smooth and silky. Argan and avocado oil in the mask help reduce hair fall and helps condition, and tea tree essential oil helps cure dandruff.

I could never give time to myself, since I have a hyperactive toddler and a husband with similar traits. But this mother’s day, I made a promise to myself and my hair; to give myself these 15 minutes of pure bliss every alternate day, and a 2 minute shower daily (sshhhh :P)

What works:

  • Moisturizing and hydrating
  • Provides spa-like treatment with natural ingredients
  • Keeps dandruff away
  • Drastically reduces hair fall
  • SLS, parabens, mineral oil free
  • Big tub goes a long way
  • Since it has natural hair strengthening ingredients, it can be applied by all adults, not just moms

What doesn’t:

  • Abstinence from the local market

 

Calming Body Wash

Mamaearth Claims:

A chemical free body cleanser, with natural fragrance from essential oils that uplift the mood and lessen fatigue. It also prevents dullness of skin by locking in the moisture.

Price: Rs 349

Quantity: 200 ml

Availability: www.mamaearth.inwww.amazon.inwww.nykaa.comwww.flipkart.com

Packaging:

The body wash comes in a tall plastic bottle, with a pump. It has two caps that prevent it from spilling. The bottle is easy to hold and convenient to carry while travelling.

body wash 1

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isothionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Vitamin E, Allentoin, Aloevera Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate & Geranium Essential Oil

Shelf Life: 2 years

Directions for use: Squeeze the liquid onto your hands or a loofah. Lather and rinse.

body wash 2

My Review:

The body wash is a transparent gel, with a very soothing and soft fragrance – truly a “calming body wash”.

The geranium essential oil in it helps in balancing hormones (yayyy for pregnant women) and also relieves stress. With a toddler as hyperactive as mine I’m never at peace and here, this body wash works best for me. It lathers well, cleanses efficiently and washes off easily. It does not dry out my otherwise dry and flaky skin at all which by the way, no soap or body wash has succeeded in doing till now. With the MADE SAFE certification and my experiences with the brand’s baby products, I will not give a second thought before buying and using its products.

What works:

  • Soft and mild
  • SLS, parabens, mineral oil free
  • Subtle and natural fragrance
  • Pump dispenser allows only desired quantity
  • Doesn’t dry out my skin
  • Cleanses efficiently

What doesn’t:

  • Availability in local stores

Overall Rating:

Hair Mask: 4.8/5

Body Wash: 4.9/5

 

Love,

Soumya

Wonder Hair: Argan Oil Hair Pack

Hey girls and guys 🙂

How are you doing??

To treat my heavily damaged, frizzy and brittle hair due to chemical treatments, I’ve been trying DIY treatments at home, scared to go to the salon again. Oiling, mixing different oils, using hair packs, I have tried them all. However, this particular oil hair pack suited me so well, making my hair feel like it I just took a hair spa; smooth like butter, couldn’t feel the frizz and repeated use improved the texture and reduced hairfall.

I’m going to share this magic recipe with you, the easiest recipe with just 3 ingredients.

2 tablespoons coconut oil (I recommend using extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil for all purposes)

2 teaspoons argan oil (Buy it here – Redolence)

3-4 drops of lavender essential oil (optional – I love it when my hair smell nice) (Buy it here – Redolence)

Melt the coconut oil using a double boiler, and mix in all the other oils. It will be a nice amber green color. Apply in on the length of your hair, and a little on the scalp too. I suggest covering it with a shower cap leaving it for the night, to help retain all the oils and let them work!

Argan Hair Pack

Wash your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning, and voila! You have your own home spa with the simplest ingredients and no fuss method.

And the best part about this pack, you can use it on your skin. It hydrates and moisturizes you skin and has anti ageing properties!

For hair loss and dandruff, slightly tweak this recipe – add peppermint and tea tree essential oils. However, don’t keep this oil pack for more than half an hour. Use it regularly, about twice a week, for a month and see the difference!

Let me know if these packs worked for you!

Love,

Soumya

A Bed of Roses: Redolence Wheat Germ Rose Soap Review

Hey girls,

More reviews of organic products coming your way! 🙂

A lot of organic and ayurveda products are available in the market, making it difficult for one to choose and stick to. I recently got hold of “wheat germ rose” natural oil soap. I’ve been using it for some time now and trust me, my skin feels so soft. I regret that I’ve been using such harsh chemicals on my dear skin till now.

My skin is extremely dry and needs a lot of moisturizer during the day for hydration. But after using this organic oil based soap, I realized it was mostly due to the drying soaps and body washes I had been using.

Redolence 1

Redolence Claims:

Wheat germ rose has antioxidant properties, which helps the skin glow by retaining the moisture.

Ingredients:

Redolence 2

Price: INR 249

Weight: 125 gms

Shelf Life: 36 months

Packaging:

The soap comes in a very neat brown cardboard packaging with plastic wrapper. The box has all the required details written on it, including the ingredients, price, and weight.

Online Availability: Facebook page of Redolence 

My Review:

The soap is very soft and moist to touch, and only a small amount is enough for a single use. Hence, making it last longer. It has a very soft and natural fragrance of mogra essential oil which fills my washroom with the aroma. The color is natural with small generous pieces of dried rose. It cleanses well, with all the ingredients that are gentle on the skin and completely safe too, suitable even to be used on the face. The soap lathers well, without drying the skin and I would love to buy it again or try new fragrances and ingredients. Their charcoal soap is on my list for now!

Redolence 3

PS – My husband calls it the Choco Chip soap from the way it looks and he may not be wrong 🙂

What works:

  • Gentle on the skin
  • Natural fragrance on essential oils
  • No artificial color
  • Very little require for good amount of lather

What doesn’t:

  • Price could be a little lower
  • Starts to soften if left moist; hence may melt if not used optimally

Rating: 4.8/5

Love,

Soumya

Go Organic – “From My Garden” Skincare Products Review

Hey Friends,

After facing a lot of issues with my skin and hair, I realized I was using too many chemicals. And in pursuit of making the skin supple and hair soft, I was actually damaging them further. My skin had become extremely dry with all the natural oils stripped off due to continuous use of harsh chemicals in commercial face washes. My skin was patchy, full of blemishes, dull, in addition to being extremely sensitive and acne prone. One day I decided to get rid of pseudo-skincare products full of chemicals harmful in the long run, and literally tossed all the bottles in the bin.

I pledged to go organic, and also started spreading awareness on the benefits of using organic skin care products. Apart from saving one’s skin from torture, using organic products saves the earth from the torture too :), since these products are completely eco-friendly.

Two months ago, I started using homemade face packs and scrubs daily, instead of face washes (refer to DIY section for homemade face packs). But being a lazy person, I started looking for ready-made organic skin products. I always used to splurge on skin products and organic is my new-found love. I came across a Facebook page “From my Garden”, a home project started with the aim to reduce the exposure to potentially harmful chemicals that are directly absorbed by our bodies through our largest organ – skin.  Sonal who runs “From my Garden” spoke with me to understand my requirements and type of skin with patience and suggested the products suitable for my skin type.

I ended up ordering few skin and hair care products. I’ll review 2 skin care products in this post – Body/ Facial Wash cum Pack and Cleopatra Facial Mudpack.

Body/ Facial Wash cum Pack

Claims: It’s a gentle and mild daily wash for face and body, which is supposed to replace soap. It keeps the skin hydrated and doesn’t deplete it of its natural oils. It’s gentle and can be used on sensitive skin of adults and kids.

Ingredients:

From my garden 1

Price: INR 500

Quantity: 120 gms

Directions for Use: Mix the required quantity of the powder with cold milk or curd, and form a smooth paste. Slightly rub on the face and leave it to dry (optional). It can also be used on the whole body, if replacing body washes.

My opinion about this product: I’ve been using this product for about a month now. My skin feels less dry, considerably less breakouts, and I can see visible improvement in the quality of my skin. Just a small amount is enough for a single use, and one bottle lasts quite a while. I strongly recommend this product if you want to get your skin’s lustre back and save it from further damage.

Rating: 4.7/5

Cleopatra Facial Mudpack

Claims: It helps reduce pigmentation, acne & scars, sun spots, tanning and also tightens the skin. It also cleanses, nourishes and exfoliates the skin.

From my garden 2

Ingredients: Sandalwood, turmeric, neem, rose, basil, gooseberry, brahmi, haritaki, fuller’s earth

Price: INR 500

Quantity:  180 gms

Directions for use: Make a paste with pure rose water, apply it on face and neck, and let it dry before you wash, for about 15-20 minutes. Use it on a gap of 3-4 days.

My opinion about this product: This face pack works like magic. You can see instant glow as soon as you wash it off. It has helped reduce acne and dullness on my skin. I’m positive it’ll help remove patches and pigmentation that has formed after years of sun exposure and not using sunscreen religiously. I love the sandalwood smell, and will definitely buy it again. However, it would’ve been great if the prices were slightly lower for both the products. Maybe quality comes at a price 🙂

Rating: 4.8/5

 

Love,

Soumya

Hydration-Glow Serum

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to share my recipe to make a skin glow-hydration serum. It’s very easy to make and pretty cheap unlike store bought ones. I truly believe that it’s imperative to keep your skin nourished and hydrated to restore skin elasticity and firmness. And facial serums provide lasting hydration with just a teeny-weeny dollop. They are super concentrated and surely are very important step in skincare. 

This serum that I’m going to share with you all will help in restoring skin elasticity, repair and rejuvenate the skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple. It will further enhance the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and nourish itself and glow. Gradually it will improve skin tone and texture and tend to eliminate skin imperfections such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots and discoloration.

Try out this concoction and you’ll see what tough competition it is to store bought expensive serums.

Let’s start with the serum now!

 

List of Ingredients:

  • Vegetable Glycerin – 1 tb
  • Rose water – 2 tbs
  • Aloe vera gel – 2 tbs
  • Sweet almond oil – 3/4th – 1 tbs

You can use any oil or a combination of oils of your choice depending on what suits your skin and weather conditions.

  • Vit. E capsule – 1

Take a glass/ plastic bowl and mix all of the ingredients together for a minute or two. It will look cloudy white once mixed properly. And you’re done! Secure it in any clean plastic/glass container or in a pump bottle.

Apply this overnight for skin nourishment, hydration and glow in your skin. You can also apply this during day time and before makeup.

I have a dry-normal skin. Hence, I have used a combination of oils ( argan oil, evening primrose oil, castor oil, avocado oil ) that goes with my skin type. I will advise you to make serum in small batches and use. This way you will be able to do your own little experiment with different oils every time and figure out which face oil is right for you, starting slowly with few drops at a time. Also, you can play with the ingredients’ measurement little here and there. No big deal! You can start with what I’ve shared and once you get the feeler, you can customize as per your wishes. 🙂

Here’s brief information on the oils that I’ve mentioned in this blog for the serum.

Argan Oil

Argan oil has high concentration of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. It’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants – so it’s perfect to wear during the day. It is roughly comprised of 80% fatty acids which work wonders to hydrate skin, make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen. It restores elasticity, and fade fine lines and wrinkles making this another excellent carrier oil for anti-aging serums.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil has a very thick consistency. However, it is one of the healthiest carrier oils for skin. It is rich with vitamins A and E, and is collagen-boosting. It is best to use this oil in combination with other carrier oil. It is ideal for those with dry, itchy/irritated, sensitive or aging skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond oil contains large amounts of vitamins E and K. It also is a natural UV blocker, making it ideal for people who are largely exposed in the sun. It also helps skin to regenerate and maintain elasticity, and promote better circulation. 

Castor Oil

I have used castor oil exclusively for a brief time, and less is more when we talk about this oil. It’s very thick in consistency but it pretty much dries out your skin. The best way to bring out its wonderful properties is to mix a small amount of castor oil with other thinner oil. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for breakout-prone skin. It is high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, and can help heal discoloration and scars from acne.

Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil is quite effective in reducing hyper-pigmentation, redness on the skin due to any skin condition and lightens the skin naturally. If you are looking for a good moisturizer with a low comedogenic rating, evening primrose oil is a great choice. It nourishes the skin with essential fatty acids leaving a supple, smooth and youthful skin. It does prevent premature aging as it has strong antioxidant properties that help prevent free radical damage on the skin, which in turn helps prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Try it out once and see for yourself how greatly it benefits you! See you guys soon 🙂

Xoxo

Tripti

Bold and Beautiful – NYX Matte Lipstick (Siren) – Review and Swatch

Hey guys,

I’m a lipstick freak! Yes! I love hoarding lipsticks, all shades (with the exception of coffee and brown – they are not my cup of tea 😉 oops coffee 😛 )  – pink, coral, nudes, wine, maroon, orange. My preference for the shades keeps changing. My current favorites are bold and dark shades, which include my recent buy “NYX Matte Lipstick – Siren”.

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NYX Claims: This matte lipstick is highly pigmented and long lasting. It glides smoothly and stays put with a non drying matte finish. It is available in a wide range of creamy and vibrant colors.

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Price: INR 625

Weight: 4.5 gms

Online availability: www.nykaa.com

Ingredients:

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Packaging: The cover of the lipstick has a velvety finish, and has a window to peep in the shade of the lipstick. The only issue with the packaging is that the lipstick rotates even when the cap is on, which may spoil the lipstick.

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My opinion about this product: Unlike other matte lipsticks, this one is quite moisturizing. It doesn’t dry out the lips, neither does it settle in the fine lines. This was my first bold shade in wine, and I’m impressed by the pigmentation and the way it settles matching the skin tone. It just requires a single swipe for a party-ready makeup. The staying power is fair, but it does get transferred and is wiped out if you’re eating or drinking.

What works:

  • Nice bold shade
  • Impressive pigmentation
  • Perfect Matte
  • Moisturizing for dry lips

What doesn’t:

  • Packaging may spoil the lipstick
  • Transferable

Overall Rating: 4.6/5

Love,

Soumya

My 12 Best Skin Care Tips & A Bonus Face Pack

Secret to a flawless beauty is to have a good health, to be in shape, to need less makeup, to have an even skin tone and glow. So today I’m going to share 12 of my favorite skin care tips, to keep you looking your best. Try them ( all or any! ) to get that radiance you’ve always wanted.

  1. Every morning, have warm to hot water with lemon and apple cider vinegar to jump-start your digestion.
  2. Without fail use sunscreen on your face and neck every morning and as required, and so far, you would avoid 80% of new spots or wrinkles! Use sunscreen now and every day for the rest of your life.
  3. Break a sweat! Do speed-walks, yoga, swimming or try any sport or find any fitness activity that you really enjoy, and you’ll stick with them for a long haul. I believe fresh air does wonders for the skin, so go for a walk whenever possible.
  4. Eat healthy and you won’t have to count calories – have lots of fresh fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants.Try to incorporate these food items ( whichever suits your food habits, body and skin ) in your everyday diet as they’ll  keep you glowing inside-out : dried apricots, cucumbers, walnuts, avocado, watermelon, oranges, flax seed, chia seed, spinach, tomatoes, corn, soybeans, papaya, sweet potatoes, almonds, chicken, turkey, shellfish, salmon.
  5. Exfoliate your skin twice a week to get rid of all dirt and clogging. It will keep your skin healthy and soft.
  6. Sleep for 7 hours. No amount of makeup or any alternate measure can replace a good sound-sleep.
  7. Rinse your face with lukewarm water all round the year. Use cool (not cold) water if you have rash or redness of any kind. Icy cold water will not help your skin in any ways nor would hot water. It will only dehydrate the skin.
  8. Use Vitamin C rich food and serums. It will benefit your skin humongously!
  9. Always use moisturizer/ body lotion that goes with your skin type after shower or when you take off your makeup. Try to look for a moisturizer that is rich but not greasy. Never ever quit moisturizing. I personally always infuse few drops of oil in my moisturizer, body lotion, face packs, makeup, hair serum 🙂
  10. Drink more water.
  11. Don’t use tons of makeup. Trust me you really don’t need a lot. Just a touch here and there to accentuate your features. And also, do not worry too much about what beauty trends are “In”. I feel it’s more about self-expression in terms of makeup/hair/fashion. Do what makes you feel happy and beautiful!
  12. If you suffer with serious acne/pimples problems then you must cut-off sugar and carbs for a while.

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And now finally I would like to share a turmeric-based face pack. Its regular use will give you a flawless glowing skin. It will also help you to control acne/pimples.

You’ll need :

  • Honey – 2 tablespoons
  • Collage 2017-04-19 16_26_31Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut milk – 1 teaspoon

Mix all the ingredients into a smooth consistency and apply evenly on clean and dried face. Let it dry for 10 minutes. You can reapply another layer if you want to keep it longer. Rinse face with tepid water and pat dry.

Don’t forget to moisturize! 🙂

I would prefer to use this mask at night, before going to sleep. In the morning you will see how beautiful golden glow your skin has.

Xoxo

Tripti