Nov 17, 2017

The Body Shop New Launch + Online Sale Haul

The Body Shop India #VegansUnite
The Body Shop India #VegansUnite Month

There was a time when I used to travel every weekday to Gurgaon from Noida. But, I do not have that energy anymore. So, I avoid going there as much as I can. But, this Wednesday I was looking forward to going to Gurgaon. Not only I got to meet a lot of bloggers, but I also got to see the new launch by The Body Shop. I was editing the post when the I got another parcel - things I got a few days back when their website was offering 30% on three products. So, added those in the post as well.

😊

Nov 1, 2017

My Envy Box Anniversary Edition 2017

My Envy Box Anniversary Edition 2017
My Envy Box Anniversary Edition 2017

am probably the last person to blog about this. Again, my Envy Box reached Kolkata, and I received it by the time the month was over. I did an Instagram post but wanted to try the products before the review. This was their anniversary edition box, and I love everything about this.

Oct 23, 2017

Kama Ayurveda SHUBH Limited Edition Soap Box

Kama Ayurveda SHUBH Limited Edition Soap Box Review
Kama Ayurveda SHUBH Limited Edition Soap Box Review

Kama Ayurveda launched three unique gift boxes for the festive season. I got two (this and Kannauj Box), and you must have seen the haul by now. I know that Diwali is over, but the box is still available. So, without any delay, I wanted to talk about this.

The Shubh box has four limited edition soaps inspired by the Pooja thali so, there is Haldi, Chandan, tulsi, and the quintessential nariyal. (Turmeric, Sandalwood, Basil, and Coconut). I am nuts about coconuts so, I had to have this box. Also, there is a Hand Carved Soap Holder made from stone. Each article comes in a box, and all of them are housed together inside a Mughal inspired box making it ideal for gifting.

Price: Rs 1500. Complimentary with purchase worth Rs 4000 from Kama Ayurveda.

Oct 17, 2017

Random Shopping Haul (Innisfree, Muji, FabIndia, and Other)

Random Shopping Haul (Innisfree, Muji, FabIndia and Other)
Random Shopping Haul (Innisfree, Muji, FabIndia, Aroma Magic, and Other)


Has it ever happened to you that you went out to just shop but end up getting nothing? But, when you thought just to do some window shopping, you discover the best of things? This weekend, I had faced the later. I had zero intention to shop because the shops are overflowing with people buying gifts for their family and friends. I was bored so, stepped out. I discovered some beautiful things that I wanted to show you. The urge is so much that I am writing this on my train journey.

Oct 12, 2017

Kama Ayurveda Kannauj Rose Limited Edition Box

Kama Ayurveda Kannauj Rose Limited Edition Box
Kama Ayurveda Kannauj Rose Limited Edition Box

Do you remember Orkut? Everybody had an account in Orkut. I actually signed up to Gmail for an Orkut account. Things were simple. You made friends with people you know. 'Angel Priya' was out of the question. It was fun with the scraps and all. It was easier to know people because everybody would 'Like' pages which you could view. You can check that get to know people. You know what one of the pages I liked back in 2007 was 'I Hate Roses'. There were just 74 people who liked it, but you get my point here. I could never tolerate the fragrance. Then, I slowly started including natural skincare in my life and rose water walked in. But, I was still not in love with them because they all smell artificial. I was not religious with rose waters. 

Three years back, I discovered Kama Ayurveda and their steam-distilled Kannauj Rose Water. It made a massive change in my life and I still now use rose water every day. The fragrance is real and absolutely beautiful. So, I have requested the store manager at various stores that they must retail the rose fragrance. It will be a hit. But, they only smiled.

Maybe one of them listened, or for some other reason, they did launch the rose diffuser oil. But, in a limited edition gift box worth Rs 3000. Luckily, they were offering it complimentary with purchase. I took this as a sign and stock up on my favorites and needs. (Haul post)

Himalaya Herbals #4FabulousHair

Himalaya Herbals #4FabulousHair
Himalaya Herbals Anti-Hair Fall Range #4FabulousHair

You know that I have been sulfate-free for years. But, they cost a bomb and are not available easily. Last year, when I was in a town with no access to malls, I discovered that Himalaya Herbals is the only brand which retails shampoos with no SLS. Some variants are entirely free of sulfates, but some have ALS (which is a better than SLS). They are a good choice if you wish to go SLS free without burning a hole in your pocket. I even mentioned Himalaya Herbals Damage Repair Protein Shampoo in my Favorites of the Year 2016

Couple of weeks, back Himalaya Herbals kindly send me a box with four of their haircare products for complete care #4FabulousHair. Get it? 4 products....4 Fabulous Hair?

Oct 9, 2017

Kama Ayurveda Festive Gift Boxes Haul


Kama Ayurveda is one brand that never has sales/offers. So, when I found that they are offering special gift boxes as a gift, I had to stock up my favorites and try something. 

For Diwali and this festive season, Kama Ayurveda is retailing three special boxes. As far as I can remember, the only time they offered a gift box on purchase back in 2014. But, this time the boxes are grand. I must salute the person who worked on this because of its a collection of limited editions products in a beautiful gift box. 


Here is what I purchased - Let's start with the exciting boxes:

I wanted two of the three boxes - Shubh Box and Kannuj Box. I skipped the Madurai Box.



Kama Ayurveda Shubh Limited Edition Soap Box
Kama Ayurveda Shubh with Four Limited Edition Soaps - Hladi, Chandan, Tulsi, and Nariyal
  • Subh Box which has four limited edition soaps - Haldi Brightening Soap, Chandan Ayurvedic Soap, Tulsi Natural Soap, and my favorite Nariyal! (JustHerbs also launched Coconut Soap which smells great.) But, the star of the box is the beautiful soap case. I loved it to the core. (Review of the box will be up in a week). The box is for Rs 1500. You can get it for free if you purchase Rs 4000. More about the box here.

Sep 19, 2017

Just Herbs ROSE WATER [100% Natural, No Alcohol, No Artificial Fragrance]

Just Herbs Rose Water [100% Natural, Alcohol Free, No Artificial Fragrance] Review
Just Herbs Rose Water [100% Natural, Alcohol-Free, No Artificial Fragrance] Review


Were you aware of the fact that Just Herbs retailed rose water? I wasn't until they did a pop-up store in Delhi last month. (They should do that more often and at more cities). I was excited about this because I love their rose petal face mask (Petalsoft), as well as the fragrance of the new Just Herbs, rose soap. (The coconut soap is divine). I started using it right away.

Rose water is great for oily acne prone skin. They are antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory effects so, acts as natural astringent. It instantly hydrates skin and also helps in oil control.

Just Herbs Rose Water is 100% natural steam distilled face mist of Rosa Centifolia (Indian Cabbage Rose/Shatapatri). It is alcohol-free and has no artificial fragrance. Just Herbs products are not tested on animals.

Sep 12, 2017

Hidesign Midnight Blue Ellie Mini Bag

Hidesign Midnight Blue Ellie Mini Bag
Hidesign Midnight Blue Ellie Mini Bag



Don't you just love it when things you own come with a back story? No, I am not going to tell you a long boring tale. I just want to show you my lovely mini bag - Hidesign Elle in Midnight Blue.

OK.

You guessed it right. I am going to tell you a story...but, it will be a short one. 😊

Sep 8, 2017

August Empties 2017 + Mini Reviews

Empties and Mini Reviews
Empties and Mini Reviews

This post was supposed to be up on 1st September. But, I guess it is better late than never. Some products are my favorites, some I won't recommend you to buy, and some I cannot buy again.


Sep 4, 2017

Kama Ayurveda ROSE JASMINE Bath and Body Oil

Kama Ayurveda ROSE JASMINE Bath and Body Oil
Kama Ayurveda ROSE JASMINE Bath and Body Oil Review


Now, Kama Ayurveda is not a fragrance company. Their products smell good because of its ingredients and not the added scents. But, there is one product fragrance that I love - Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser. - So fresh and refreshing. So, when I discovered the body oil, I was tempted. After killing the urge for years, I got it this March.

The bath oil didn't have the same fragrance in the bottle as the rose jasmine cleanser - maybe it will warm up and smell same?


Aug 25, 2017

Eley Kishimoto X The Body Shop Vitamin E (Limited Edition)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream Eley Kishimoto
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream Limited Edition by Cream Eley Kishimoto

The world is a small place, and life is a circle.

If you have followed my blog for a long time (or have dug deep and read all those old posts. Thank you!) then, you might be aware of the story I am going to tell you.

History: The Body Shop was one of the brands that I lusted for when I was studying. There was no way I could afford them. Even after I started working, I could not dare to enter their stores. But, after a year, all hell broke loose, and I made my first purchase there in 2010. It was at Great India Place, Noida. I shopped for over Rs 6000 which was a big deal for me back then. (Hell! it still is) I was introduced to everything that The Body Shop sold that will suit my skin by the lovely SA at the sore - Razia. For my dry, flaky skin (thanks to the dry winter and full-on AC at my office), I was recommended VItamin E range. For my skin, she suggested African Ximenia Scrub. She introduced me to the Christmas specials and recommended the Spice Vanilla. She is the one who introduced me to Satsuman and Moringa. She even stopped me from buying things that I wanted because they won't suit me and I would end up regretting my purchase.

Present Day: I used Vitamin E cream the entire time I was in Delhi and even for any dry spots in Kolkata. I still use The Body Shop African Ximenia Scrub, and it is in my top favorites. Every year after that, I look forward to Christmas specials and I might or might not have cried when I got to know that The Body Shop discontinued my favorite Spiced Vanilla. I compensate with the Vanilla Body Mist. I love the Satsuma range, and after repurchasing their shower gel bottles, I am thinking of buying that jumbo bottle. Those products that she suggested me not to buy? Discontinued by The Body Shop. Yes, Razia is a darling. (Not that I love the ones at the Kolkata store any less)

A couple of weeks back, I went to the store in Mall of India. Guess who was there? Razia. I stared at her for full five minutes as she was helping other customers. It took me some courage to ask her - "How long have you been working with The Body Shop?" (What a stupid way to ask! I slapped myself in my mind)

Maybe she felt that I am about to complain so, she seemed a little shook but replied, "Yes."

I got all excited and blurted, "Where you in GIP?"

"Yes"

"OMG. I am so happy to see you. You were my first SA who suggested me products that I still use. Thanks, for....."(Well, I just went all fan-girl on her!)

Next time, you need to shop, and you are in Noida, ask for Razia in The Body Shop store at Mall of India, Noida. Because, I know it is important to have a non-pushy helping SA in your life. I am trying to find them for other brands as well. Let me know if you have found any great person or you stick to online shopping.

Aug 24, 2017

My Envy Box August 2017

My Envy Box August 2017
My Envy Box August 2017


My Envy Box is here! Again, it went to Kolkata and my mom forwarded it to Noida. But, she also sent few other things I needed so, all is well.

Plus, that soothing lilac detailing is oh-so-soothing. This box is a majorly a skin care box with 4 skincare products. It also has a lip color. I am happy that there is no sachets or vials. Thanks, My Envy Box.

Aug 22, 2017

Just Herbs Kerala COCONUT, Coorgi COFFEE, Wild Indian ROSE Handmade Bathing Bar

Just Herbs Kerala Coconut, Coorgi Coffee, Wild Indian Rose Handmade Soaps
Just Herbs Kerala Coconut, Coorgi Coffee, Wild Indian Rose Handmade Soaps

Somebody, please give a pat on the back the person who zeroed down all the variants of Just Herbs soaps. I am happy that they finally introduced soaps in their collection but I am over the heels for the variants they come in. Such simple fragrances yet there are hardly any soaps to cater to these scents.

Just Herbs recently launched three soaps - Wild Indian Rose, Coorgi Coffee, and Kerala Coconut. 

Ingredients: These handmade glycerin soaps are free from Sulphates and Paraben. It has no mineral oils and no animal bi-products. All of these soaps have saponified coconut oil for lather, shea butter for moisture, oatmeal for mild exfoliation and have organic aloe vera juice which is used to infuse the herbs. The soaps also have Sacred Lotus, Indian Sarsaparilla (Anantmool), and Calendula. On top of that, they have the ingredient for the variant.
  • Kerela Coconut: Cocos nucifera (extra virgin coconut) oil.
  • Coorgi Coffee: Coffee arabica (coffee bean) powder.
  • Wild Indian Rose: Indian rose oil.
Basically, the soaps are all same with just one small difference - the ingredient used for the variant. 

Aug 21, 2017

Kama Ayurveda Pure Mogra Water

Kama Ayurveda Pure Mogra Water Review
Kama Ayurveda Pure Mogra Water Review

You know what goes in hand in hand with my addiction for face oils? Face mists. You need them to let the face oils work its magic. Plus, it helps avoid acne, keeps skin fresh, and a blessing for anyone with sensitive skin.

My favorite is rose water. But, back in March, my Good Earth Rosewater was almost over, and I had no idea that we will be moving to Delhi. I am not a big fan of the Forest Essentials Rose Toner. So, I went to Kama Ayurveda. Rosewater was out of stock so, I picked Mogra. You can see my Kama Ayurveda Haul here

Aug 19, 2017

The Body Shop DROPS OF LIGHT Skin Defence SPF 50 PA++++, Liquid Peel, and Serum

The Body Shop Drops of Light Skin Defence SPF 50 PA++++, Liquid Peel, and Serum
The Body Shop Drops of Light Skin Defence SPF 50 PA++++, Liquid Peel, and Serum

The Body Shop Drops of Light is not a new range. They had the serum last year but this year they introduced more products to the line. Initially, I was not keen on trying these because I do not use lightening or whitening products nor do I support them. But, these are brightening products and we all need to those to bid dullness good bye.

Two of these three are my current skincare favorites. The third isn't.

Aug 10, 2017

My Favorite Soaps

Best Soaps in India
Best Soaps in India (All Budgets)

I moved to shower gel long time back. But, I still use soaps at times. First of all, they are easy to travel with - carry a smaller piece and second, they generally have lesser parabens compared to shower gel as these are water-free and less prone to germ attack. (But, try not to share and use smaller size even in shower so that you can throw them in case of any issues).

Here are few of my favorites. (Most of these have been on list for a long time)

(I do not have all with me currently so, all of them are not shown in the picture)


Aug 4, 2017

Greenberry Organics 3 In 1 MUD ASH Face Care

Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Cleanser Scrub Mask Review
Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Cleanser Scrub Mask Review


People ask me how I can try so many different products? What if they harm you? Well, what if they don't?

It is not like I randomly pick things up. I read the ingredients list. Without a doubt, I have also developed a bias for few ingredients which generally work for me like charcoal and clay. There is a list of products that I can honestly trust. 

Right at that moment, I find something on Amazon with all the exact ingredients - Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1. I asked the seller more, and he decided to send me few of their products. You might have already heard about this brand. You can read more here - Greenberry Organics.

Now, I used it right after I received it. I was at Nagpur during that time. The next day, my skin felt dry and flaky. Something was wrong. I had my doubts on this but going by ingredients list, there was no way it could happen. I didn't use it again but my skin condition deteriorated - red and irritated even by plain water. But, I was not sure if this was to blame. I shared a pic on Instagram. To my relief, one of my dear friend Rini mentioned that is very common in Nagpur during summer. My skin was not used to the dry heat. On top of that, I cannot promise that I was wearing sunscreen every time I stepped out. Opps. I went to my MIL's place where I used curd as a face pack. Everything was resolved. It was a bad case of sunburn.

It took me some courage to pick it up again for use. Now, the tub is almost empty.

It is good.

Greenberry Organics Mud Ash can be used as a cleanser, mask, and scrub. 


Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Cleanser Scrub Mask Texture
Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Cleanser Scrub Mask Texture
Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care Review
Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care Review

Ingredients: The ingredients are very potent, and they do warn that one should not keep it for long. Maybe because of the tea tree. 

Bentonite Clay, Kaolin Clay, Glycerin, Aqua, Aloe Vera Extracts, Activated Charcoal, Walnut Shell Powder, Phynoxy Ethanol, Xanthan Gum, Chamomile Extracts, Tea Tree 

But, they have recently updated their formula. If you buy now, you get an even better mix of ingredients:

Kaolin Clay, French Green Clay, Natural Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Bentonite Powder, Turmeric Powder (Curcuma Longa), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Activated Charcoal Powder, Pentavitin, Jojoba Beads, Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Clove Oil (Syzygium Aromaticum), Vitamin C And Vitamin E.

Nice to see that they have removed Phynoxy Ethanol. Also, Charcoal is pushed down the list because there was no way that the formula has a high concentration of charcoal. If you have worked directly with charcoal, you will know that in high concentrations it just sticks to your skin. (More on that in next post about Activated Charcoal and Uses).


Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Cleanser Scrub Mask Ingredients
Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Cleanser Scrub Mask Ingredients
Made in India Skincare, Free From Harmful Toxins Like Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Dea, Tea, Phthalates, Phosphates, Any Artificial Fillers, Sles/Sls Or Parabens.
Made in India Skincare, Free From Harmful Toxins Like Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Dea, Tea, Phthalates, Phosphates, Any Artificial Fillers, Sles/Sls Or Parabens.

Fragrance: When it was new, it smelt like it overloaded with tea tree oil, but the scent went down with use.

As Cleanser: It lathers well and the walnut shell makes it an exfoliating cleanser. It washes off completely without making skin dry. Only one question - how does it create those bubbles? I see no ingredients here which can create lather. 😢

As Mask: You can keep it on only for three minutes. No more than that because the brand warns against it. So, not a big fan here because for me face mask is the time when I can let my skin recharge while I cut off from the world and have some 'me' time. Three minutes is far too less for 'me' time.  (I think the warning is removed for the new formula). Not that I have not tried it. It used to have a cooling effect like The Body Shop Tea Tree 3 in 1 but the effect dwindled down later. It is no longer as cooling as it used to be. Also, I do not notice any radiance added to my skin after use. Nothing out of the ordinary. Not even on the next day like what I found with FabIndia Charcoal Scrub. It spreads easily even with the walnut shells and washes off completely.

As Scrub: Now, this is how I love it. It is the strongest scrub that I have owned to date. Thought it exfoliates like a champion, it does not irritate. If you are looking for a physical exfoliator, then you have found gold here. Flaky skin and blackheads do not stand a chance to survive. If you have blackheads issue, then you have to own it. Scrub once a week and you are sorted. πŸ’ͺ

Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care Review
Greenberry Organics Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care Review


Overall: I thought it would be cooling and help dry out pimples like The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 and give a glowing effect like FabIndia Charcoal Scrub. The best of two of my favorites. But, it wasn't able to keep up to my expectations. They have upgraded their formula so, the new one might work. 

Buy it: 
  • If you are looking for a strong physical scrub which is not too harsh yet scrubs away, then you have to buy this. 
  • If you have oily skin. 
  • If you suffer from clogged pores every now and then.
  • If blackheads are driving you crazy.

Ignore it: 
  • If you are looking for a one stop solution, then it might not be the best one out there. 
  • If you have dehydrated skin. For dry skin, it can be too drying. If you have dry skin but still wish to use it then try to keep it on the skin for as less time as possible. 


Price: Rs 595 for 100gm. But, they keep on running offers on Amazon.

Love,
Shayoni

PS: Sorry for the super long review.
PPS: I will be sharing you about 'chemical' exfoliators soon. This is something that I have discovered only a couple of months back.

*Product sponsored by brand

Aug 3, 2017

Recent Empties

Empties


Most of the products I got with me were full to the brim so, it took me some time to come up with these. (Remember the empties post with 30 items that I did just before leaving Kolkata in April?)

Also, I have so sucked into the household business that I was hardly taking care of myself - no skin care routine (my skin didn' responded well to the lack of pampering) and three-minute showers. I am trying to make amends in that. 

The keyword here is - trying.

Jul 27, 2017

1M Intimate Cream Wash pH 3.5

1M Intimate Cream Wash pH 3.5
1M Intimate Cream Wash

Do you use intimate wash? I do and have been using one that was recommended to my mother by her gynecologist. I have been loyal to it so far. But, a couple of months back I got to know about a 'cream wash', I know you should not get experimental with these things, but I felt that I have to give a try.

What is 1M Intimate Cream Wash? It is a water soluble cream which can be applied on wet or dry intimate area. If needed, rinse lightly during bathing. 

Jul 24, 2017

My Envy Box July 2017 #IntoTheWild Beauty Box

My Envy Box July 2017 Into The Wild Beauty Box
My Envy Box July 2017 Into The Wild Beauty Box

The one thing that is somehow not happening is my address update at My Envy Box. I have already emailed them, and they have confirmed it is changed. But, they end up sending it to my Kolkata address. Then, my mom forwards the parcel to me. Last month it got so late that I had to miss my post. Oops. So, this month, I asked my Mom to be extra quick about that, and now, I have it my hands - My Envy Box July #IntoTheWild Beauty Box.

What comes in this July's green box?


Jul 10, 2017

Chumbak Haul

Peach Red Vase Dining Table Decor
Peach Pitcher and Red Vase, Dining Table Decor

Right after Chumbak started retailing decor products, I have been dreaming about them. There is so much that I wish to buy. I went to their store at Mall of India last year and could not stop staring. See last year's Chumbak Store visit post. Luckily, this year, they had some great offers and sale going on. I could not miss that. Especially when I am starting my new home.

What All I purchased:

Pitcher Vase: This has a blackboard type surface on which you can write using a chalk. I loved the idea for the dining table. Something to welcome the guest in our home. I wanted to buy the teal so, added the teal one in my cart but as it was getting late, I went to sleep. Woke up to discover that the teal one was out of stock. Luckily, I found the same thing in peach which goes with my decor better. 😌 Got it at 50% off at Rs  648.

Also on my dining table: Live Love Laugh from Green Junction, Red Glass Decanter from Home Center, Red Votive Candle Glass from Home Center, Hand-made coconut salt and pepper shaker from Havelock Island, Andamans.

Jun 22, 2017

The Body Shop 50% Sale Shopping Haul || Online Store

The Body Shop India Online Sale Shopping
The Body Shop India Online Sale Shopping

Generally, during the sale season, you see the slow moving products or about to expire products on high discounts. So, I wasn't excited. But, my inquisitive mind had to check, and my jaws dropped when I saw the sale at The Body Shop India online store. There are products which I absolutely love and products which are fast moving on sale. For example, they hardly have accessories in the sale. Also, the Rainforest shampoo is never on offer, but I got a 50% on that as well. I had to stock up. I have never purchased anything online so, this was a new experience for me.

So, here is what I picked

Jun 20, 2017

Sathhwa Premium Hair Oil

One of the things I badly miss here in Delhi are the oil champi sessions. Generally, girls run away from their moms when it comes to oiling hair. But, oil is life for me. So, I plead my mom or anyone who seem remotely interested in massaging oil into my scalp. Somehow, I am never like the idea of doing it myself. While coconut and almond oil are my first choices, I also tried Kama Neem which worked well for me. But, those are all heavy oil. When it comes to applying oil on my own, I prefer the lighter textures. That is my favorite my go to oil has now become - Satthwa Premium Hair Oil.

Sathhwa Premium Hair Oil (Slows Premature Greying, Promotes Hair Growth, Prevents Dandruff, Stops Hair Fall)
Sathhwa Premium Hair Oil

Jun 9, 2017

FabIndia COFFEE NEROLI Revitalising and Toning Body Polish



I purchased my first FabIndia product in 2009. It was a soap – Orange Neroli. I was not even aware of Neroli before buying that, but I was in love. It is still my top favorites when it comes to soaps. A couple of weeks back, I decided to peep into FabIndia – not for bath and body but home and dΓ©cor. (My life revolves around that these days. Sigh!) I noticed that the packaging is all changed. Thought of picking my favorite charcoal but it is nowhere to be found. Then, I saw this glass tub on Neroli written on it. I could not resist. You see, over the years I have discovered how much I love fresh citrusy scents like Orange, Neroli, and Satsuma. Unfortunately, there aren’t many products with such fragrances. I had to get it. Plus, coffee and sea salt are great for exfoliation with nourishment. How could I miss it?

Ingredients: Good enough to eat - Sea Salt, Cane Sugar, Palm Oil, Rice Barn Oil, Coconut Oil, Neroli Flower Extract, Orange Peel Extract, Coffee Bean Extract.

Jun 2, 2017

OPI is Now in India #OverTheTaupe

OPI Over the Taupe Nail Polish in India
OPI Over the Taupe Nail Polish in India

So, this happened last week. I received a call from PR informing that OPI is coming to India and they wish to send one to me. I was elated, but a voice inside me urged me to ask her what shade of nail paint they are sending to me. It was some blue shade. I asked if she had something else. She told me the name of a green shade. Not interested. Yet. I was already feeling ashamed of asking things like this, but I tried for one last time - "Any other shades?"

"We do have a lovely nude type brown shade. You might like it. It is Over the Taupe."

My jaws hit the floor. Is this for real? I have been lusting over this since I first day I saw it. I have been trying to find a dupe of that for as long as I can remember. Just read this post I wrote in 2011, and you will smell how desperate I was - The End of Taupe Search.

May 29, 2017

Sip Of Summer: My Envy Box May Beauty Box 2017



Most of you might have already received their My Envy Box. My address at My Envy Box was updated right after they shipped the May Beauty Box. So, it went to Kolkata. Later, my mom forwarded it to here in Delhi. So, here are my 2 cents on the tropical vibe watermelon box.

First of all, I have a serious weakness for watermelon prints - watermelon print pouch, watermelon shape bag, socks, wrist-watch...you just name it! It is stronger than my love for the pineapple prints. Well, watermelon was cooler way before pineapple got famous. Isn't it? So, the print here won my heart.


May 24, 2017

Kiko Milano Haul


I have a tendency to do a major haul when I see a new brand. Especially when the brand has a huge store with sparkling new products, proper testers (yes, even for nail paints!), and helpful sales assistant who do not judge by the fact that you are not wearing any makeup. πŸ™ˆ

I first went to Kiko, but I had very little time. I picked a couple of products that day. In few days, I had the chance to go and explore, and I picked everything that looked unique.

The price range is affordable with lipsticks as low as Rs 290 to the long stay ones at around Rs 1000. They also have some skincare. What I liked about them are the limited edition products that change frequently and in line with the international launch. I picked one thing from the limited edition range which is absolute love.

May 23, 2017

Summers Essentials

All set to welcome the summers with wide open arms? Are you all set with your summer outfits and shoes? Do not forget your skin and hair needs protection against this sun. Here is how you can have a safe and enjoy sunny summers.
  • Sunscreens
They are an essential, just not to stay away from tan but it SPF also protects us from the harmful sun rays. Summers or no summers, do not forget sunscreen. More on sunscreen here.


FavoritesNeutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock, The Body Shop Skin Defense, Clarins Sunscreen
  • Scarf
Scarf not ony saves your hair but your skin as well. I never go out without one. 


Favorites: The cool watercolor floral one that I picked from Sarojini Nagar last year for just Rs 50. I love it so much that it even went to Bali with me!

May 18, 2017

Himalaya Herbals Alcohol-Free Mouthwash


I love the fact that Himalaya personal care products now have stand-alone stores, everywhere. I first saw then long back in Kolkata, but now I spot them more often. It is better to pick products on suggestions of the sales assistant who know the products rather than choosing products randomly. You might have seen my haul post here and here.

A couple of days back, I spotted another store in Noida and had to peek in. I immediately picked the three types of mouthwash that Himalaya Herbals has recently introduced. They did send me a hamper box couple of months back, but I could not bring the mouthwashes with me to Noida. I will tell you why later in the post.

Apr 20, 2017

5 The Body Shop SUPERFOOD Face Masks Review




Unless you are living under the rock or don't give a dime about skincare, you might be aware of the new The Body Shop Super Food Face Masks. There are five variants in total, and I saw them first last year in Malaysia. Luckily, right before the summer's humidity damages our skin, we have the masks in India. Each of them is inspired by traditional beauty remedies from all over the world - this is the part which excited me the most. Each of the masks has different texture, ingredients, and fragrance to reveal skin's healthy looking glow. Super excited!!

But, there is a but here. The masks are pretty expensive. I uploaded an image of the textures of these masks on my Instagram feed. When I asked what they feel about it and everyone used the word 'expensive' in some or other way.

How expensive? Rs 2495 for one tub. The price in the USA is $28 which comes to around Rs 1850. Interestingly, the price was around that even in Malaysia. If you buy from the online store of The Body Shop India, the price comes close to the USA price because of the 25% discount. Later I even got to know that people got 40% off in the USA. So, overall I am confused why the price is high in the first place. 

There are free gifts which are quite good to fill the holes burned by the price, but the gifts are not always present. At some of the stores, when you buy the masks they offer a Pamper Parter box which comes with  Headband and a Face Towel for free. Some stores are also offering a coloring book. (I need that coloring book in my life, but none of the stores in Kolkata have that 😞 ) 

Maybe this is the longest I have talked about the price point of any product because the price is what hits the most. Pheww...


Apr 17, 2017

My Envy Box April 2017 #WorkHardGlamHard


This April My Envy Box managed to include a nice set of products ranging from makeup to skin to bath and body to hair. I love when they send a mix of products where everyone has something to look forward to. Even before you read the post, let me tell you that I love what they put inside this beauty box. 

Apr 16, 2017

Greenberry Organics (Vegan and Natural Products)



If you shop skincare or cosmetics from Amazon.in, there is a high chance that you might have heard about Greenberry Organics Mud Ash. It is the Number 1 Best Seller in Body Scrubs. I was intrigued. I followed the brand on Instagram and discovered more about them. Greenberry Organics is a startup by Arjoon Mehra based in Delhi. They have few but effective skincare and they are in the growing phase with new products added to the list every month. So, I decided to try the four products that got my attention. They are not the run-of-the-mill combination of ingredients. Plus, the products are free from toxins like Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, TEA, Phthalates, Phosphates, any Artificial fillers, SLES/SLS or Parabens.

Apr 12, 2017

Natural Skincare Ingredients + Where to Buy Them Online




You know how I like products with less but potent ingredients. And now, we have a store to supply those potent ingredients – Blend it Raw. While choosing the products, I realized how I have been depended on these or have been meaning to try them for long now. Here are ingredients which I think is absolutely necessary if you love DIYs for your skin.

Also, small-brand shout-out to ‘Blend it Raw’ from where I restocked my stash. The products are affordable and arrived quickly.


Apr 6, 2017

MAC Whirl, Have Your Cake, Dangerous, and Russian Red

MAC Whirl, Have Your Cake, Dangerous, and Russian Red Lipstick Review
MAC Whirl, Have Your Cake, Dangerous, and Russian Red Lipstick Review


What do you do when MAC hikes the lipstick price by almost 50%? You stop caring about them. I deleted my 'Mac Wishlist' and crossed it off my mind. Then, one day you find yourself at Kuala Lumpur airport with 10 hours layover. While husband decides to sleep, I decided to explore. Right at that point, my sweet friend, Rini, informed that MAC is priced really cheap there. I made a beeline to the store only to find that everything is in stock, but by then I had already used up my 10 hours time. With very less time in hand, I had no time to Google - 'Best MAC Shades for Indian Skin.' Zero time in hand. Zero shade names in my mind. I randomly picked my choices. They had to be of the matte formula to be on the safer side. FYI The only non-matte permanent lipstick I own is Mocha (satin)

Price: Rs 1500 in India. RM 70 (Around Rs 1000) in Malaysia. See the huge difference? 

Fragrance: Vanilla

Apr 3, 2017

The 30 Items Massive Empties Post



For over a year, I was away from home. I would come once a month to Kolkata, pick up new products to try, refill my travel bottles with my Holy Grails, and that's all. But, from mid of February, I had no travel plans. So, I decided that it's time to declutter because my drawers were so full that they won't even close while most of the products were already on the bathroom shelves and some suffocated by the stuffed environment of the drawers even migrated on the book self πŸ™ˆ

When I took out all the products, I found several half-used products or just left with just left with a couple of usages. Sadly, many were on the verge of expiry or just exhausted their shelf life. 😟 I made a target to use only those and skip my favorites. It feels bad to throw things away so, I even repurposed few of the products. Obviously, I checked them properly before using them. Face scrubs were used as body scrubs, toner as a medium to mix body wrap mix, etc. Still, a lot of those 'target' products are left.

I had fun. Have your ever done this? 

The first time I did this when I found a crappy shampoo that I later used to wash scarfs.  πŸ˜ƒ

Mar 27, 2017

The Herb Boutique Lemon Coconut Scrub

The Herb Boutique Lemon Coconut Body Polish Review
The Herb Boutique Lemon Coconut Body Polish Review


This entire March, I had no travel plans. So, as I was in Kolkata, I tried to make the most of it. I used as many bath products as frequently as possible. Scrubs were on top of the list because that winter tan has to go! πŸ˜•

The Herb Boutique is a brand which creates bath and body products with unique blends and natural ingredients. You can see my entire haul here.

The Herb Boutique Pleasant Coco-Lemon is a powdered sugar scrub in coconut oil and almond oil with lemon essential oil, Vitamin E, and lemon zest.

Mar 23, 2017

Innisfree Customizable Foundation (Water Fit Cushion N23 SPF 34 PA++)

Innisfree Water Fit Cushion Foundation India Review
Innisfree Water Fit Cushion Foundation Review

I am not the person who owns many foundations. You buy the right one - exact shade and correct formula. And that is all! 

I can never bring myself to buy multiples whereas I can gladly have many lipsticks that look almost the same on lips. 

So, getting a new foundation is totally out of the question as I love the one I have - The Body Shop Fresh Nude

But, then I saw The Face Shop Cushion foundation at Bali. I had never seen something like before. I had to purchase those, but there was nothing to match my shade. So, I made a point to buy one in future. Months later when I was denied entry to the Mumbai Airport to because I reached early (was coming from another town!), I went to a mall where I saw these. You must have seen the huge haul I did that day from Innisfree.

Mar 22, 2017

Kama Ayurveda HAUL

Kama Ayurveda Skincare Haul
Kama Ayurveda Summer Skincare Haul

Do you remember the last time I talked about a Kama Ayurveda product? Well, I do not even want to look back and check. Another visit to the store was due for long. My Good Earth rose water is currently at an alarmingly low amount. I do not see any trip to Delhi soon so, thought of picking the Kama Ayurveda Rose Water.

Guess what? I shopped five things and rose water isn't one of them πŸ™Š

Mar 19, 2017

12 The Body Shop MATTE LIP LIQUID Swatch, First Impressions, Recommendations



Boom!!! - The actual sounds of the blast that happened in my mind when I saw the price of the new matte lip liquid from The Body Shop. When I got to know that they are finally here, I jumped to their website to check the price. Rs 695 it said. Cannot to be. Even Colorbar sells matte lip colors at Rs 900. Did they skip a 1 in front of that 6? Am I hallucinating?

NO. They are seriously priced at Rs 695. Also, they are bigger than the usual sizes. For example, Colorbar is 6.5ml, but these are 8ml!

So, here are the swatches of all 12 The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid for you.

Mar 17, 2017

ColourPop Cosmetics Bumble, Mars, and Ouiji ULTRA MATTE LIP Review

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Review India
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Review India


How important is first impression? While it does matter to me personally. Now, over the years I have learned about second changes and bless my heart that I do. 

When I first used these ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip colors, I started to wonder how come anyone like them? They crumble, they fall, and as long as they stick to my lips, I am unable to move my lips properly. 

Recently, I found that I was using more than needed. #Facepalm

These are like highly pigmented lip paints. You only need a thin coat and after they set, you can drink, eat, and if needed fight a war. You might win or lose the war but the lip color won't leave you. 😊 Two of the colors are too bright but, one of them has become my everyday favorite. I love it so much that yesterday evening I had a panic attack when I could not find it. I had to recollect all I did the previous day to hunt the lip color. FYI found it in one handbag that I didn't even take out with me!

Price: $ 6

Availability: Till last year, it was a challenge to get hold of them. I asked my friend to get these from the USA ( Read USA Haul). But, they have now started shipping to India. Yeah! Free shipping is at $50.

Mar 16, 2017

My Envy Box March 2017 // Is it for You?

My Envy Box March 2017
My Envy Box March 2017


Presenting - The Envy Box March. Without a doubt this is one big loaded box. There are six products ranging from makeup to skincare to hair to perfume to even Tea! The question here is - Are the products perfect for you?

So, here is what came in the box


Mar 15, 2017

AuraVedic ANTI BLEMISH Face Mask Neem Turmeric Amla Review


Remember my Auravedic Haul? I have already reviewed two of their products - Auravedic Ubtan and Face Polish. I also picked a face mask from the brand which is Auravedic Anti-Blemish Face Mask which is a Kaolin based face mask loaded with ani-acne ingredients like Neem, Turmeric, Amla, and Tulsi.

Price: Rs 200 for 50gm

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