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:

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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.

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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.

NYX Siren 1

Price: INR 625

Weight: 4.5 gms

Online availability: www.nykaa.com

Ingredients:

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Ingredients

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

Homemade Sweet Bun

These homemade eggless sweet buns are super difficult to resist!! They are soft, fluffy and delicious that makes a perfect snack, breakfast or meal. Nothing can beat freshly made homemade sweet buns. They are quick and easy to make but you need to be careful with the measurements!

Believe me once you start baking buns at home you will stop buying from market. These buns tend to melt in mouth and would not last long! This a winner recipe with kids too J

Starting with the recipe!

Ingredieants ( For 10-12 Buns )

  • All Purpose Flour – 2 ½ cup ( 1 cup = 250ml )
  • Vegetable oil / Canola oil – 2 tbs
  • Butter – 2 tbs

Keep little extra butter for brushing the buns.

  • Sugar – 4 tbs
  • Salt – ½ tb
  • Baking powder – ½ tb
  • Sesame seeds – 1 tb (as per your choice)
  • Chia seeds – 1 tb (as per your choice)
  • Instant Yeast or Active Dry Yeast – 2 tbs

Yeast Preparation ingredients ( If using Active Dry Yeast )

  • Active Dry Yeast – 2 tbs
  • Water – 2 ½ tbs
  • Milk – 2 tbs

Keep little extra milk as we would need them to brush the buns.

  • Sugar – 4 tbs

In total only 4 tbs sugar will be added in the recipe. But you can add more if you want the buns to be sweeter.

Method

Start with activating the yeast if using “Active Dry Yeast”

Warm up the milk for a few seconds. Do not boil the milk, it should just feel lukewarm. Add the measured tablespoons of active dry yeast, water, milk and sugar to it. Whisk it well.

Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and it will start looking like a thick creamy paste. In another 5 minutes it will get all bubbly and foamy. It can take a little longer at times. The end result for yeast should be thick, frothy and “almost” doubled in size.

This process is called proofing yeast. It is done to make sure active dry yeast (not instant yeast) is alive and active. If by any chance the yeast does not froth or bubble even after 30 minutes of wait time, you need to discard the mixture and start afresh. You cannot make buns without successfully going through this process.

  • If you’re using “Instant Yeast” like me – it needs to be added to the recipe directly. No proofing is required.

Coming to the next step we need to prepare dough for the buns.

In a bowl combine all-purpose flour with salt and baking powder, and mix it well. You can sieve all three together to avoid any lumps. It is a tried and tested method to make sure no lumps-bumps-knots are left in the mix!  Make a well in the middle of the flour and combine the proofed yeast and gradually add water and milk to it. Further mix butter and oil to knead flour into a smooth, soft pliable dough. Remove the dough from the bowl; dust the work surface with flour and start kneading for at least 7-10 minutes until the dough forms an elastic consistency. Kneading enhances dough elasticity and gluten formation. If not done well the buns will come out dense. If by any chance the dough feels sticky, don’t panic! Consider adding more flour to it.

  • Now, if you are using instant yeast then unlike active dry yeast it doesn’t needs proofing. Instant yeast will be added straight to the dry ingredients and the results will be the same.

Once the dough is kneaded, place it back in the bowl and cover it with a wet towel. Set it aside in a warm place and let it rise until it doubles in size. It should take around 1 hour or additional 30 minutes to rise. To check the dough if it’s ready for the next step, poke a finger in the dough to make an indent/hole. If the hole remains and doesn’t bounce back that means it is ready. You will see how dough is all airy and puffed up. So the next step is to punch the air out of the dough with your knuckles. Then remove it from the bowl and knead it on the dusted work surface for another 5- 7 minutes to a smooth and rounded dough. This step is important to bake lighter buns.

Now shape the dough into a log and divide them equally into 10-12 dough balls. Take one piece of the dough and roll it with the palms of your hand into a ball. Roll all of them and place the buns onto the pre-lined/ butter or oil brushed – baking tray or any oven resistant dish. Keep some distance between the dough balls. Cover them once more with the wet towel, and let them rise again for about 30 minutes to an hour. You will see they’re sticking to each other as they rise but that is how it is supposed to be.

  • You have to give sufficient time for the dough to rise otherwise you will get dense buns.

While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, pre-heat the oven to 170ºC – 200º C or 325ºF – 400ºF

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Now brush the buns with milk and butter. Sprinkle sesame and chia seeds on the buns and bake them for 10 -12 minutes or until light brown from the top. You will see that the top of the bun is hard but still soft when pressed lightly. Apply butter to the freshly baked sweet buns and it will soften the top giving it a shine and fragrance. Run a butter knife around the edges and toss them out of the baking pan. Let the bottom of the buns dry out completely. This is important to do because due to heat condensation buns will turn moist and wet at the base. These buns will separate super easily.  Our sweet buns are ready to melt in your mouth!20161214_184434.jpg

  • If you want soft buns make sure to preheat the oven and keep the tray at the middle rack. If your buns don’t brown in the given time frame, put them on broil (place the tray on top rack- closest to the heating rod) for 30 seconds to a minute max and remove them immediately. We don’t want burned sesame and chia seeds and also overcooking will harden the buns.

xoxo

Tripti

Secret  Fairy Garden

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This garden project is very dear to me because it is part of my fairy fantasy and part of what I grew up with. I inherited the love for gardening from my parents. We had around 200 types of plants from flowers and herbs to bonsai at our rooftop. We had peacocks, squirrels, birds and monkeys as surprise visitors every now and then. Taking care of our little rooftop garden was part of our chores and me and my elder sister hated it. That is until we got older.

Now I’m managing a small garden in my patio. I have potted several varieties of flowers, grow vegetables and herbs. I love houseplants too as it promotes health, gives depth to the space and has decorative value. It fills my heart with a sense of pride, peace, and relaxation to witness them blooming and sprouting.

Coming back to the point it’s my first attempt in ‘themed garden in a pot’. I saw a video on facebook sometime back and was super inspired. So finally I thought of trying my hand at it and visited Lowe’s and Walmart to collect all I needed.

Here is the list of things I bought and used in the making:

Lowe’s

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  • Dianthus – $ 1.9820170410_151425
  • Dracaena Godseffiana – $ 3.4820170410_151441
  • Schefflera “Moon Drop” – $ 3.4820170410_151434.jpg

Check the tags on the plants for tips on how much water and sunlight they require. Mine are all mix of full sun, high light, medium light and part sun with little variation of water requirements. But they all are thriving well with each other. I keep them well hydrated and expose them to indirect sunlight from 2:30pm till 7:30pm as l have west facing house.

  • White Pot – $ 14.98

Make sure there is hole at the bottom of the pot. This will allow excess water to drain through the soil easily. Place a saucer under the pot to avoid leaking. 

Choose a pot that you find appealing – simple or decorative. You can buy wooden/ clay/ plastic or resin pots of any size you want. Plastic and resin pots are lightweight and are easy to move or hang whereas wood and clay pots are heavy though sturdier.

Walmart

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  • Mini Craft Sticks – $ 1.9720170410_151733
  • Brown Acrylic Paint (to paint mini craft sticks as fence)
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  • Troll

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  • Pink Sequin Ribbon (100% acrylic)20170410_163237.jpg

I used my collection of shells from Anna Maria beach, Florida and a conifer fruit for troll which is found in abundance in Michigan and used few plastic ferns too.

It’s very important to find a good potting mix. It’s not advisable to use your garden soil as we are using potted plants here and they need loose and light soil texture. I have used Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. You can buy soil mix from Lowe’s/ Home Depot/ Walmart/ local garden etc. Try to look for a soil mix that includes fertilizers and organic matter.

I started with filling one fourth of the pot with soil. Placed Dracaena Godseffiana, Daffodil and Moon Drop at the other end of the pot, accommodating the root ball of each one of them and filled with more soil for the support. Next l planted six Dianthus in a row creating a boundary and patted down soil lightly with fingers to push out any pockets of air. We need to lightly water the plants at this point since potting mix soils are loose and airy and it will get pushed down with water weight. If the soil depresses more than you planned then adjust by adding more soil on top of it. 

Once done with potting of the plants start with the other half of the pot. I wanted to place toys on a lower ground hence l added less soil in the front to create a lower landscape. Now comes the decorating part finally! “The pot with fairy theme”. Yey!!!! I erected a fence of mini sticks by Dianthus line. Then pressed my “treasured hand-picked” shells to cover the soil and also to prevent water-soil running down to fairy picnic spot (we don’t want that to happen ever :p ). Fixed the fairy castle at one side and further filled the visible soil with aquarium gravel. Gently placed the pink sequin on the gravel for the fairies to chill out. At the back of the pot I placed a conifer fruit and put our tiny troll on top of it. And lastly for the final touch propped the plastic ferns around the castle and at the back. There it completes the look l finally wanted, and ta-daaa we’re done! 

You can now make your own version, and can use my project as a guideline and do even better! I’m going to buy a stand this weekend and flaunt the mini garden pot in my living room. I really enjoyed this mini garden project and hope you guys do too.

P.S. Keep the soil moist, but do not saturate it too much and avoid spilling water on toys. Keep in mind the watering instructions that come with the plant. Trim away any dry or dead leaves. Mine needs a little trimming too! 😀

Xoxo

Tripti

Homemade Yummy Hummus

Hummus is one irresistible dip from the Middle East. Healthy, simple, yummy – all in one. Its popularity has extended all over the world now. Made with just seven ingredients, it requires no cooking and is loved by kids too.

I made it for the first time because my daughter loves it, and it was super yummy.. so I have documented the recipe for you to try 🙂

This recipe doesn’t require you to buy tahini from the market. We’ll make our own  :)(similar taste)

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas: 1.5 cups – soaked overnight
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Sesame seeds – 2.5 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil – 4 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon – 2 Tbsp
  • Black Pepper – 1 Tsp
  • Piri Piri seasoning powder (Optional) – To Sprinkle

Method:

Soak the chickpeas over night, so they take less time to boil the next day.

Boil it the next morning, would roughly take about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, slightly dry roast 2.5 tbsp sesame seeds. Roasting them would give a yummy nutty flavor to tahini. Roast till they are slightly golden or light brown. Let them cool.

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Grind the seeds with about 1.5 tbsp of oil (add little more if it seems dry). I could not make a creamy texture since the quantity of seeds was too less.

Strain the chickpeas now, and keep some water aside. Peel the chickpeas for a creamy hummus, else it might give a grainy texture to the hummus, which isn’t bad either. Just your preference. It just takes 10 minutes and a little patience 😉

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Boiled Chickpeas

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Peeled Chickpeas

Add the chickpeas to the tahini along with all the other ingredients, save a few chickpeas for garnishing 🙂 Grind it for a good amount of time – about 4-5 minutes, or until it is perfectly buttery 🙂

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Take it out in a bowl, and garnish it with boiled chickpeas, piri piri seasoning. You can also use rosemary or parsley for garnishing it and adding a slight flavor to it 🙂 Enjoy it with pita bread!

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Enjoy and stay tuned for homemade pita recipe!

Happy cooking 🙂

Love,

Soumya

Black Beauty – Colorbar’s Just Smoky Kajal (Just Black 001) – Review and Swatch

Hey girls,

Today I’m reviewing a very basic and integral part of our daily makeup routine – kajal pencil. I’ve spent nearly 10 years of my life, since college, in indentifying the kajal that suits me, doesn’t smudge or just vanishes in a while. In the quest of finding the right kajal, I have tried at least 10 brands and haven’t really been satisfied with any.

I recently bought Colorbar’s Just Smoky Kajal  (Just Black 001), and have fallen in love with it. It comes with a soft spongy smudger at the other end of the pencil.

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Brand Claims: It is a long-lasting, multi-tasking eye pencil. It is a 3-in-1 pencil, which serves as an Eyeliner, Kajal and an Eye Shadow. It comes with a built-in soft smudger for a smoky eye look.

Price: INR 650

Qty: 1.2  gms

Packaging: The pencil comes in an outer cardboard box, which mentions the ingredients. The pencil inside is a black sharpenable pencil with caps on both ends, one for the pencil and the other for the smudger.

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My Review:

This is the most favorite part of my makeup kit. It is creamy matte jet black shade. The pencil glides like butter, on the waterline and lash line alike. It gives a dark, prominent and velvety appearance. I have very shaky hands when it comes to applying an eye liner, but this pencil is so smooth, it makes the task seem so effortless, with no trouble to the eyelids.

The brand claims that it stays the whole day and I have found this to be true. I’m used to rubbing my eyes without thinking about my eye makeup…and this product has been quite handy that ways 🙂 no touch up required during the day. And yes, it’s waterproof..yayyy! 🙂

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The smudger at the back is amazing too. A slight smudging of the liner with the cushion sponge provided in the pencil gives subtle expert-like smoky eyes.

A very helpful product for makeup amateurs 😉

What works:

  • Long stay
  • Creamy jet black texture
  • 3-in-1 product
  • Requires just a single application for perfect kohled eyes
  • Easy application

What doesn’t:

  • It needs to be sharpened, hence wastage of the product

Overall Rating: 4.9/5

Love,

Soumya

Coco-Rose Scrub

Hi!! 🙂
How is it going guys! 😉
As a beauty enthusiast I love trying new face packs, scrubs, oils, masks…

So today I’m going to share a very simple DIY luxurious face and body scrub.
l made it to gift my friends..hope they like it 😀

I have named it Coco-Rose Scrub!

It is highly moisturizing as I’m using a non-drying exfoliator – White/Brown sugar crystals prevent moisture loss and gently buffs away dry, dead skin cells while a superior blend of precious oils nourish and moisturize.

This gentle, sugar-based face and body exfoliant hydrates the skin with virgin coconut oil and rose petals. It effortlessly melts onto the skin and helps it look brighter and more even textured revealing smoother and fresher skin.

Coco-Rose scrub gives your skin a subtle glow and fragrance that is neither too heavy nor too floral. It leaves skin silky soft and hydrated with a light scent of coconut and rose petals.

It’s Heaven in a jar!

To make Coco-Rose scrub all you need is..

  • Rose petals – 1 cup
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbs
  • Brown sugar/ white sugar – 3/4th cup
  • Rose essential oil/ rose essence – can skip

Any other oil that you are specially fond of or just skip!

Melt the coconut oil and add rose essence/oil. l have added a few drops of lavender oil as well.

Grind rose petals on a mortar pestle or use any mixer available to you..and of course wash them thoroughly first 😛

Add ground rose petals to the brown sugar (l have used finely granulated because I have a very sensitive skin).

Now put them in the jar and voila you have one awesome scrub!!!

I have used it on my face and it feels like baby’s bottom 😀 and smells like I’m out of a spa! Very relaxing and yummilicious 😀

P.S. You can also try Citrus oils which will help to brighten the skin and along with brown sugar it gives an iconic scent.

Xoxo

Tripti