July favorites : Afghani earrings, sari, juttis and many more

My last favorites post was in Feb (link) and it was mostly about skincare products. But here is an exclusive post on everything but skincare. Take a look at my favorite purchases for the month.

My favorite glass bottle from Home Centre

Home centre is running awesome offers this month and since I decided not to use plastic bottles anymore for storing water, I picked up this beauty for just Rs 200. Love the mechanism of the cap and Iam surprised at how much I look forward to drinking water these days. I add few mint leaves and a dash of lime to the water and it keeps you hydrated with a feeling of freshness.

This gorgeous cotton sari

I am not a sari lover but I fell in love with this one. I plan to make a dress out of it after I wear it once as sari. Margazhi designs, an insta store is one of my recent finds and I love their collection. Don’t you think this one is gorgeous?

Super comfy floral juttis

These look very classy and goes with all attires. Akaayra an insta store has a great collection of these comfy beauties.

Healthy snacks anyone?

Snackible is a healthy snacks company bidding to revolutionize the snacking industry by delivering unique, healthy, and tasty snacks, anywhere in India.I bought Oats & Chia Chocolate Bites,Oatmeal waaffle, Chilli Garlic Pita Chips, Herb & Cheese Makhana and Kale chips with bajra puffs. To give you a mini review, I loved everything except the waffles and Kale chips. Basically the waffles were not crisp and Kale chips was more of bajra puffs with kale leaf bits. I loved the cheese Makhan and oats chocolate bites.

Afghani gunghroo earrings

You all loved the afghani chandbaalis I got last time, featured in the Feb Favorites post. I bought this one from The Trinket Shop (another insta store). As you know, I share more tips and pics in Instagram and answer all your skincare queries there. And since I spend more time in Insta, I explore and find out these amazing insta stores. This one has awesome and affordable jewelry collection and the best part is you can block your favorites over a period and get them all together and thereby save shipping charge.

Rose and Shea Butter soap from Soap works

You would already read about this in my recent insta post but if not, hear hear. I got this sample in my December reverie box but I never used it so far. I actually kept it in my cupboard for the amazing fragrance. It has a divine rose smell, lathers lightly and looks so pretty with scattered rose petals in the transparent block.

Nykaa nailpaints

Lastly let me tell you about these beautiful and unique colors from the Nykaa nailpaints range. I bought 2 matte, (chia pudding & royal amethyst) and 1 normal nailpaint(marsala chai). The colors are amazingly pigmented and gives full coverage in a single swipe. Love the texture of the matte nailpaint. The only drawback is, incase you love doing nail art like me and paint design using one matte nail paint on top of another, it is likely to chip off fast.

As for skin care products there are many amazing ones I tried recently and I feel feature them one by one in my coming posts. Hope you liked this one and let me know if you have any questions. Also don’t forget to subscribe and leave your comments. See you.

My favorite buys from Kama Ayurveda

As you know from my Kama store visit and haul post (here), I had bought quite a number of items and got a couple of samples from the store. I have not started regularly using all of them except the face mist and the moisturizer, and I am loving its effects on my skin. Kama Ayurveda is a high end luxury brand, that offers some amazing skin and body care products. If chosen wisely, you actually can make some awesome purchases without burning a hole in the pocket, considering efficacy and quantity needed.

Kama  Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face cream

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If you are my Instagram follower (Inst), you already know by now how much I am liking this one. I have combination skin type with oily t-zone. This one was not an instant pick as I was concerned if this would make my face all oily. I mean Ayurvedic formulations are usually on the oily side, so I didn’t want to spend so much on something without trying it out first. So I got a sample tube of the cream from the store and tried it out for about 2 weeks. Even though the sample tube was tiny, it lasted me 2 weeks (application once a day).

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Price : 895 for 50g. But trust me, if 5gm can last me 2 weeks, do the math. This is worth it.

Ingredients : Along with many other ingredients, this has the goodness of coconut milk, cardamom, rose and jasmine essential oils, sesame oil, aloevera etc. This is 97.45% natural and free of parabens and nasties.

Packing: A bit bulky but looks very pretty. The product comes in a dark glass tub that is heavy. No spillage from the tub as their is an inner lid. Got a tiny wooden spatula with this to take the product out, without contaminating it with hand, which is very thoughtful.

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This is very light and creamy in texture and gets absorbed easily on skin, without leaving any oily residue. I apply it sparingly and spread it well on face and neck after cleansing and toning. Did not cause any breakouts on my skin.

Love the pleasant natural fragrance, texture and how it just nourishes my skin from within.Loved it so much that once the sample pack got over, I went ahead and got it.

Yes it is costly but it does last a long time. And I feel that rather than spending on many skin care product, a good moisturizer can multitask and keep my skin soft and supple.

Nay points : Costly, Might not suit very oily skin type.

Kama Pure Vetiver water

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I have not used face mists or toners before and this was my first buy from Kama (well mostly because this was affordable). I tried the rose, lavender and mogra mists from the store but this one caught me by surprise. This earthy water just refreshed my face and kept it oil free for long, on application. The other ones felt a bit heavy and this is best suited for combination to oily skin type.It is 100% natural and steam distilled from the roots of vetiver grass.

Price : 250Rs for 50ml. I have been using it daily for nearly a month now and more than half the bottle is still left.

The spray just spritzes the water like a mist and ensures a little quantity is sprayed well over an area. No product wastage as the spray comes out like a mist.

The fragrance is very earthy but very refreshing. Spray this on face and it just energizes the skin and wakes it up. I store this in refrigerator. The packing is travel friendly and sleek.

I am sure, I will be stocking up a bigger bottle once this gets over.

Nay Points : None. Totally loving it.

 

Pomegranate facial cleanser from Gia

Hey all. Now this post is also a story on how my passion for handmade skincare products started.

I was not someone keen on taking care of my skin and I never used any makeup. All I used was a daily moisturizer and Kohl for eyes. Pears or dove for bath and mild herbal shampoos for hair. Their ended my skincare regime. I did not even know there was something called soap free cleansers or body scrubs.

One day I came across a YouTube video on review of a chemical free, soap free, all natural face cleanser.That too a cleanser that is not a liquid or a cream. I was intrigued.I checked out the facebook page of the brand (based in Mumbai) and ordered few products, which did not include the cleanser. Gayatri from Gia, send me a tub of the angel face cleanser along with the other products I ordered and boy, Iam glad she did.

The bath and body care experience I had after, was beyond everything I had experienced so far. The products smells divine and using them made me love my skin. My bath hours became elaborate and the best me time of my day.

I kept on going back to Gia and Gayatri spoiled me crazy with all the fee goodies she leaves with the order.

So ever since angel face cleanser, I have tried the orange, coffee and pomegranate cleansers and I find the pomegranate one very close to angel cleanser and since I have a tub right now, I shall review it.

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Price : Rs 300 for 50g and trust me you need only a pinch of the product for the face and one tub lasts me several months.

Ingredients: See for yourselves.

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Now that’s an impressive list of wonderful ingredients.

Texture and fragrance :

The texture is humid and crumbly with oats meal as the base ingredient.It is not a dry powder. On mixing with water it turns to a milky paste with soft bits of solid ingredients that spreads easily on skin.

Fragrance is very pleasant slightly floral one and must be the essential oil mix smell.

Buy from here or here

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My Experience using the product:

As you can see, this variant has those crimson pomegranate seeds scattered in the mix. This product also triples up as a mask and mild scrub. So take a pinch of the product, mix it with water to make a paste, spread it evenly on face and let it sit for a while. Gently massage the face while the product is still wet and wash it off with cold water.

Now this is one product that suits all skin types. If you have dry skin, this will moisturize it amply and if you have oily or combination skin, it cleanses the skinw without stripping the moisture.

You can see the essential oils seeping to your skin and keeping it well fed for a long time. Very mild and very effective, this cleanser is nothing like the foaming, soapy ones that leaves the skin parched or like the dry powdery natural cleansers that are a bit harsh on skin.

I am totally in love with this one and the angel cleanser.

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PS : The coffee cleanser will be perfect for dry skinned beauties. But it will make the oily or combination skin more oily. Orange cleanser lacked the smoothness of oats, as it has orange and lemon peel powder as the main ingredient.But there are fans for that as well. Tomato face cleanser is a recent addition to the list but I have not used it.

So you can ping Gayatri in the Gia fb page and she will help you choose the right product for your skin type.

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Juicy Chemistry Rose Sandalwood Mask

Hi all,

In this post I am reviewing the Juicy Chemistry Rose & sandalwood mask for oily skin. I really liked the divine smell of their Classic rose body butter, that made me try other products in their rose collection. But to my dismay the rose lip balm, rose saffron soap or this mask, none of them has the same fragrance.

But it is understandable as far as this mask is concerned, as it has sandalwood essential oil that always takes the centre stage when it comes to fragrance.

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Price : 400Rs for 50gm

Packing :  The mask comes in a plastic jar with sturdy cap. It is travel friendly as it doesn’t spill. I don’t remember if it had a protective lid. Because I might have removed it later. So there is little spillage while opening the cap.

Ingredients : Fullers Earth, Orange Peel, Rose, Almond-meal, Lavender, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil

Fragrance : Mostly of sandalwood essential oil. It is a soothing fragrance, of natural ingredients.

Texture :

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The texture is powdery with no harsh particles. On mixing with water it doesn’t forms a brown paste with smooth particles because of the presence of almond meal and orange peel.

My experience using the product :

I prefer masks that can be directly applied on skin without having to mix with water. But this being a product with 0 preservatives, I am fine with taking that little effort.

Since it is a clay based product it is good for oily skin. I have combination skin and I use this whenever I feel that my t-zone needs oil control. I mix this with tap water, make  a paste and apply it evenly on my face and  neck.

This heats my skin a bit but there is no tingly effect. So while I prefer #justherbs anti tan mask (review here) to cool my sin after sun, this one I use to keep the oiliness at bay.

It dries up pretty quick, in about 10min. But I don’t wait till the mask completely dries up. This is because, it can cause skin to stretch when it dries out and thereby cause wrinkles.

The pack effectively balances out oily skin but it might parch dry skin. It doesn’t brighten up my face or bring a glow, but it controls oiliness of skin and keeps the skin fresh.

Verdict :

Can’t say this one is my favourite clay based mask (review of which is coming soon) but when used regularly this does improve skin texture and controls oiliness.

Not for people with dry facial skin.

Buy from here

 

 

Petal Soft : Summer love

If you were following my posts, you already know that I had promised to write about my favourite rose face packs for summer. It included Just herbs Petalsoft face pack and Rose Sandalwood one from Juicy Chemistry.

 

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Both are extremely different in terms of ingredients, consistency and effect.So my absolute favourite among these two, is the Petal Soft one. Read on to know why 🙂

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Price : Rs 395 for 150g

Ingredients : Indian rose , Indian ginseng, liquorice, Honey , Holy Basil, Natrium boricum , Rose hydrosol, Aqua, Aloevera leaf juice,Vegetable glycerine, Bentonite clay, Indian Volcanic clay, Disodium EDTA, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Natural preservative (Herbs-Essential oil complex), Fragrance.Certified Organic Ingredients

Buy from : Justherbs

Product Claims : This pack effectively reduces skin darkening, protects from sun burn and other sun induced skin damage making the skin fairer with a petal soft perfection.

Packing : Comes in a tub with a protective lid to avoid spilling of the product,along with main screw cap. Love the label. Ingredients and directions are clearly given in the label.

Consistency : This is a clay mask, that can be directly applied to skin. It is smooth in texture and has no gritty particles.

Fragrance : Absolutely love the fragrance. This product has fragrance added to it and it’s not entirely natural fragrance of ingredients alone. Still, it smells like roses and sandal. The smell is not overpowering at all and is very pleasant.

What I love about the product :

  1. There is no mess in product application. Just take from the tub and apply directly to skin. No need to mix or dilute. Texture is very smooth and the pack easily slides on skin.
  2. Smell is very pleasant and calming.
  3. Cools the skin instantly and calms sunburned skin in no time.
  4. Good quantity for the price and ingredients include rose, honey , aloe vera and liquorice that helps to control photo ageing, sun burns and melanin production.
  5. Very easy to wash it off.
  6.  Doesn’t dry or stretch my combination skin.
  7. Did not cause any breakouts.
  8. Cleanses skin of dirt and impurities.
  9. Unlike other clay based powder masks this doesn’t heat up the skin on application or cause any tingling sensation.

Nay points :

  1. I have finished using half of the tub and still I don’t see any observable skin lightening.
  2. Can’t say it treats the spots/pigmentation due to sun burn.
  3. Doesn’t help in reducing acne, even though this is a clay mask.

 

Verdict :

Probably I have to use it over a period to see effects, as the ingredients are natural. But then again, I did not expect it to lighten the skin tone. I wanted an easy to apply pack, ideal for summers, that calms and cools the skin. This does just that and I am totally repurchasing this.

 

Two of my favorite honey based scrubs

  1. K-Organics Honey Rose Scrub

To know more about K-Organics, see my post https://www.facebook.com/BeautyFlavours/posts/969544213085199

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The Honey Rose scrub from K-Organics, is the simplest but most effective scrub I have used till date.

It has just two ingredients, honey and rose petal powder.

Price > Rs230 for 150gm

Packing > Comes in a squeezable pack. This is too thick to be packed in a bottle.

Consistency > The scrub is thick as it is a paste of honey and rose petal powder, and has to be mixed with water to apply evenly on skin. There are no visible beads or particles but the scrub action is so effective as the rose petal powder is mixed with honey. It creates a sight tingling sensation on application.

Fragrance > Smells like honey

Effectiveness > No separate massage is required as washing it off with water itself effectively provides scrub action. The skin looks clearer and brighter with all dirt and grime removed.

The honey moisturises the skin and rose petal powder provides effective exfoliation. This is very mild and can be used daily.

It removes sun tan and makes skin fresher and brighter.

No preservatives, no chemicals and has the purest ingredients.

2. Just Herbs Livelyclean Honey Exfoliating Face Cleansing Gel

Site > http://justherbs.in

Packing > Comes in a bottle.

Price > Rs 395 for 100ml

Main Ingredients > Neem ext., Tulsi , Symplocos bark, Arjuna , Bitter orange peel, Curcuma longa, Honey, Jojoba seed meal.

Consistency > This has a runny consistency with tiny exfoliating particles. It doesn’t need to be mixed with water.

Effectiveness > The scrub is very gentle and cleanses face effectively. Needs to massage the face to effective scrub action. Moisturises skin and doesn’t stretch the skin.

Fragrance > It has a mild sweet pleasant smell as it has fragrance added separately .

Both the products are my favourites and I will definitely repurchase both. Both are very gentle and suitable for all skin types.

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On the right is the honey-rose scrub and on the left is the lively clean scrub. As you can see, the consistency is thicker for honey-rose scrub and it is just pure honey.

Lively-clean is easier to use and washes of effortlessly.

 

Add your favourite natural scrubs in the comments.