This is my first blog post since few months. I became a mum in June and at the risk of sounding cliched, I must say my life revolves around my baby now. Recovering from childbirth, getting used to the new baby and understanding her needs had made it impossible for me to concentrate on anything else. Now things are slowly returning to normalcy and I get little time every now and then to concentrate on other activities. Now off to the post.. I love Himalaya’s range of products and its no secret that their Neem range is my favorite. I use some of their baby care products on my baby too. That said, having a new baby makes certain hygiene products a must have and one such product is a hand sanitizer. Even before the arrival of my baby, I used to always carry a hand sanitizer in my bag. But having an infant at home definitely made me realize how coming into contact with seemingly innocent things like door knobs in hospitals and shopping centers pose great risk. Himalaya Wellness had launched range of hand sanitizers i.e., PureHands in different fragrances – Green Apple, Lemon, Litchi, Orange and Strawberry. The variants make using these sanitizers more interesting when compared to using those typical ones which smell of alcohol and chemicals. The fragrance is noticeable but not overpowering and vanishes in a few seconds.
They come in 50ml, 100ml and 250 ml bottles and are priced at Rs. 55/-, Rs. 80/- and Rs. 175/- respectively. I prefer the 50ml bottle for my hand bag and 100 ml one for my baby’s diaper bag. The smaller sizes are easy to carry and don’t spill. You can read about the Himalaya Wellness PureHands here.
Today I am going to share my experience with the revamped pimple and acne cream from Himalaya Herbals. Having Acne prone combination skin, my go-to face wash during summers is the Himalaya Neem face wash. I also use their neem face pack once a week to deep cleanse my skin. When I heard about their pimple and acne cream, I was excited to try this product from my favourite brand. Having a combination skin that is prone to pimples is a very tough thing to manage. Winters make my skin, especially the area around my nose and cheeks to get super dry and summers make my T zone very shiny. I need a product that caters specifically to my needs. Most of the products aimed at pimple prone skin do not work for me as they end up drying my skin and making it irritated and red. Now off to the review.
This product comes in a traditional tube packing. The packing is functional. The product is a mild beige colored thick cream, that for some weird reason reminds me of the fairever fairness cream. The texture is soft with a mild sheen to it which is also akin to some of the fairness creams that come in the market. You can read more about the product here.
First time, I used the product on the affected area and the area around it and it ended up making my skin look dry and parched. Though I did not face any skin irritation, it did not simply suit my skin. I understood that this product works by controlling the production of sebum and thus drying out the pimples. I gave it another try. This time, instead of applying on the area around the affected area, I applied it exactly on the problem-areas i.e., on my active acne. I did not see any impressive results this time either. The acne was very much there and despite using the product continuously for five days, I did not notice any development in my acne-situation. My acne went through their normal cycle and disappeared the way it normally would. That said, this cream did not do anything to aggravate the situation or irritate my skin. I did not notice any lightening of the acne marks either but I also believe that we need to use a topical treatment for around two – three months to see developments in treating the pigmentation problems.
This product is priced dirt cheap i.e., Rs. 45/- for 20 g which is why I am not complaining much about it. I am sure it would fare well on the pimples in oily skin and is definitely worth a try. It just didn’t work for me. But I love their neem range of products and will continue repurchasing them till I find a better one. Hope you all liked my review. Have you tried using this acne n pimple cream? If so, do share your opinion in the comment section below.
Hello friends, The Maybelline Lasting drama waterproof gel pencils were making a splash all over social media last week. Being a Kajal/Khol addict, I never leave the house without my eyes lined. After being tempted enough through various instagram posts and swatches, I gave in and bought two of these gel pencils from my nearest health and glow outlet. I actually wanted to buy all the shades as the colors felt so rich and pigmented. But the price was a pinch and I ended up picking two shades i.e., Glazed Toffee and Sleek Onyx from the range.
Review These pencils come packed in the typical Maybelline sheet packing and these are to be sharpened as and when required. They are smaller than the average sized liners and we get 1.1g of product for Rs. 499/-. My favourite Lakme Absolute kohl ultimate kajal also comes in a pencil form with 1.2g of product but is much lengthier in size. Just a comparision. Glazed Toffee is a rich chocolate brown color and Sleek Onyx is your basic black color. Both of these pencils are super rich in terms of pigmentation. The texture of the product is very smooth which is really good. But the downside is we need to sharpen the pencil more frequently than the less-creamier ones to get a sharp line/wing. Alternatively we can also use an eyeliner brush/angled brush but it’s a matter of preference. Both of these shades are completely matte, devoid of any shimmer or metallic touch making it perfect for your day/office makeup. These pencils indeed stay true to their wear-time claim. The eyeliner stayed from 9 AM to 8 PM that too with minimal fading. I normally remove my eye makeup once I get home from work so I haven’t had the chance to try their 16 hr claim. But I do think this pencil can easily wear much longer than what I have tried. These liners are completely smudge-proof. I don’t prefer these liners on my water-line. It makes my eyes watery and I don’t think it is advisable to be used on waterline either given their impressively long lasting wear time. Some Images:
What I feel about Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencils: Extremely creamy and pigmentedLovely & rich shade selectionSmudge proof and waterproof.Stays put almost throughout the dayRequires frequent sharpening due to its super smooth textureNot advisable for water-line wearDelicate removers (Bioderma Sensibio etc) cannot remove these.slightly over-priced considering the fact that i cant use them to line my waterline.
I would probably buy the emerald green shade from this range and that’s it. If I finish off the glazed coffee, I may repurchase it due to its pigmentation. As far the black is concerned, I am really happy with my Lakme Absolute one as it does not irritate my waterline area. Have you tried these pencils? Do let me know about your favourite shades from this range.
Hello friends, Few weeks ago, I got introduced to an online skin care & shopping portal named skingene. It is not just another online shopping portal. The services they provide and the products they sell make them stand out from the crowd of other online portals who specialize in beauty & makeup. Skingene™ Kit:- They offer a specialized kit for people who are at their wits end in figuring out their skin care. When I was starting to realize the importance of specialized skin care to suit my combination skin, I had no other option but to try try and try. I would have spent around 15000-20000 all these years trying to find ‘the perfect’ product that did not disturb my skin and did something good. If I had personally come across such a kit earlier, I am sure I would have spent the money on something more productive. What is Skingene™ Kit and what does it do? Skingene™ is a genetic test kit that you can order through their website. Once the kit is delivered at your home, all you have to do is follow the instructions mentioned in the kit (which will involve taking a swab of your inside cheek) and resend the completed kit along with the swabs back to them. They will analyze your exact skin condition and will suggest products that will perfectly suit your skin. No trial and error anymore. About the Kit in their own words: Skingene™ is an advanced DNA technology that examines your genes associated with skin ageing and beauty. It is a one-time test that scientifically creates a personalized skincare guide specifically tailored for you. The 5 categories that we check connected to skin ageing are: Firmness + ElasticityIs your skin susceptible to sagging?WrinklingAre you at risk of premature wrinkles?Sun Damage + PigmentationHow well are you intrinsically protected from the sun and dark spots?Free Radical DamageIs your skin prone to acne?Sensitivity + InflammationHow well are your genes protecting you against irritation and pollutants?Let SkinGene take the guesswork out of skin care, instead using science to identify the most suitable personalized skincare regime – based on your genes. About the Company: Mr. Yashvardhan Shrivastav is the Founder & CEO of Skingene. In their words, “Skingene™ is at the forefront in India for assessing genetic predisposition to skin ageing issues. Arising out of an individual’s unique genetic makeup, we offer a personalized skin treatment guide specifically tailored for you. Skingene is a product of Genesis Biogen. We are a genetic testing company that provides actionable health information in our endeavour to enable people improve their lives. We offer Pregnancy prep scan, Preventable cancer scan and CancerPlex as well.
You can read more about them here. How do I order the kit and what do I get along with it? As I had mentioned earlier, you can order the kit through their website. It is priced at Rs. 8,999/- and for the money you pay, this is what you will get: Free shipment and sample pick upTest report in 14 daysPersonalized product recommendationsPersonalized nutrition recommendationsPersonalized treatment recommendations1 Free personalised consulting session You can read more about the kit here. About their Skin Shop: They are not just about testing and recommendations. They have a segment called as skinshop in their website which happens to be one of the most surprising online shopping portals any beauty or makeup lover from India would have ever seen. They house almost all international brands like benefit, bioderma, glominerals, glamglow, urban decay etc to name a few. The pricing which is in INR is surprisingly modest and they ship the product directly from the seller so you are not left with worrying about the manufacturing date, authenticity etc. While browsing their skin shop, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering the Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner which was in my wish list for so long. I was skeptical in ordering it through amazon or some instagram sellers. I placed my order on March 13, 2017 and the product was shipped through IndiaPost from the seller’s place to India. I paid INR. 1876/- for my Urban Decay Eyeliner and INR. 734.40/- for the Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I did not pay anything extra towards shipping or taxes. When I received my IndiaPost tracking details in email, I was quite heartbroken considering my earlier unhappy association with IndiaPost involving international packages. They tend to charge additional customs fee and the packaging will look as if an elephant stomped all over it. But once the parcel reached India, I got a mail stating that FedEx has received the package and will be delivered using their overnight delivery. Thank God. I received the products in good condition and without the messy outer packing. Though the waiting period was around 15 days, I found it reasonable when compared to the shipping offered by other international shopping portals and quite hassle free considering the fact that there won’t be any surprises in the form of additional customs fee, taxes etc. Some Images of what i bought:-
Due to my current health condition trying out the skingene test wont be beneficial. So I guess I have to wait for a few more months to give it a try which I am totally going to do. I totally recommend this website to you all and do take a look. I am sure you wont be disappointed.
I love stamping on N*de/beige nails with dark colors. They look cool. This is one nail art i did long back. I haven’t put it here in this blog. I intended to start a separate blog for nail art and the moment i started the blog, my professional life became so hectic that i have little time to manage two blogs. So i decided to add those here and delete the nail art blog. Anyway coming back to the mani, I used, Revlon Color Stay Base coat and top coatFaces Canada Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Alter-Ego as base.Maybelline color show nail polish in Black-out for the stamping.For the designs i used a stamping plate i purchased from Ali-express. It is not a branded one.
Sometime around last week I realized that I had got used to the entire “cook yourself – clean yourself mantra” of married life and found that I had enough time for some much needed retail therapy. I picked couple of nail polishes from Maybelline and Revlon and a lipstick from L’Oreal.
Both the brand’s nail polishes came with a “gel” tag attached to them. I have now understood that no “gel” polish can impart the glossiness and finishing of a professionally done gel coat. So, nowadays all I expect from drug store nail polishes with “gel” tag is some creaminess and longevity. I tried the Maybelline polishes and honestly, I am not a fan. Disappointed over the effect of the new launch, I had forgotten all about the Revlon ones I picked. Finally I decided to give it a try and ended up loving it! The nail polish is from Revlon’s Color Stay Gel Envy Range and the color I picked is Get Lucky!
Get Lucky is a gorgeous orange red crème polish. It is neither too thick like the Lakme Absolut Gel polishes nor too thin and runny like the Maybelline ones. The formula is smooth and workable (But i am not sure if it would be suitable for stamping). I required three coats to get the intensity I liked. However, the application did not look bulky even with the three coats. The polish applies seamlessly and the rich glossy color stays put for more than a week. I tried it on without top coat on my right hand and with top coat on my left. The top coat does add life to the polish. I noticed chipping/fading near the tips of the fingers in my right hand whereas after a week, all I noticed in my left hand fingers were mild fading in the tip. I found this impressive because, I cook, clean a couple of vessels and do some hard core house hold jobs on a daily basis. Normally polishes would start chipping right from day three from my hands.
The polishes are claimed to be free from DBP Free. Priced at Rs. 425/- for 11.7 ml quantity, the pigmentation was slightly disappointing. With two coats I could still see the faint nail line through the polish. And besides that, nowadays we are able to buy brands like OPI, China Glaze etc from online portals for Rs. 500-600 per bottle. So considering that, I find this to be slightly over priced. The only advantage with this is, I enjoy the luxury of trying the shade on before I buy unlike the brands mentioned. That said, I have already purchased a hot pink shade called “Pocket Aces” from this range and look forward to try out more subtle shades as well. Recommended if you are looking for some fresh looking, long staying nail polish and don’t mind spending around Rs. 500/- for one.