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Himalaya Herbals Kajal reviewΒ 

Kajal is a staple in every indian woman’s vanity. We use kajal for both therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. It makes eyes open up, keeps them beautiful and healthy. During my teen years I used to hate it. But as I grew into my twenties, I fell in love with kajal. Today, I am in my early thirties and I refuse to leave home without my eyes lined with kajal. Oh yes….i love kajal. So today I am going to review Himalaya Herbals Kajal.

Himalaya Herbals Kajal

Price : INR 120 (for 2 gm).

Shelf life: 18 months.

Colour : Black.

Key ingredients: Almond oil, Castor oil, Damask Rose, Camphor, Triphala.


What does the product claim : 

  • Extra smooth.
  • Cools eyes.

A herbal kajal enriched with Damask Rose and triphala. Rose contain cooling properties which helps to cool our eyes and triphala helps eyes to look bright. Almond oil nourishes your eyes. 

No harmful chemicals.

Hypoallergenic.


My take on the product : 

The kajal comes in a plastic packaging which has twist-up mechanism to bring out the kajal stick. It has long green coloured cap which shuts with a click. Packaging is travel friendly. I have actually travelled with it and the cap did not come off in my purse.

The kajal stick is fairly pointed. It does not look pointed in the picture as I have used it a few times. Kajal is jet black in colour. It applies smoothly and does not has waxy type of texture.

On application, it gives a slight cooling effect which I think is due to Camphor in it. I have read that on regular use it makes eyelashes thicker. But I can’t tell it by experience because I have not used it long enough to see that kind of effect.

The only downside is it does not stay more than 3-4 hours and smudges fast. Thus, I have reserved this kajal for night time use.

Final verdict : 

8/10. Overall a good product considering the price. And yes, I am gonna buy it again. 

Thanks for reading 😍😘


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The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter Review

Hey there,

                         Winters are here. So is the season of dry skin and heavy moisturisers. My skin gets very dry and stretchy in winters and body lotions are not enough. So I use body butters and thick creams on my whole body. And I love Body Shop body butters. I already have The Body Shop Strawberry body butter (review here). This time I ordered Satsuma Body butter, Cocoa butter body butter from The Body Shop and Plum vanilla and fig body butter, online. Here I am going to review The Body Shop Satsuma body butter.

The body butter comes in a round plastic tub with a black screw cap. Tub is spill-proof but bulky. Tub packaging, though not hygienic, but still I like it as it ensure that no product is wasted.

The body shop satsuma body butter

The body butter is a thick cream which is light yellowish orangish in colour. It contains Shea butter and Cocoa butter. 

Smells like a ripe juicy orange. Aroma is a bit strong and may trouble sensitive noses.

Moisturisation is very good. Makes my skin hydrated and very smooth. Keeps skin moisturised for 24 Hours, as it claims. On application it does not feel heavy and gets absorbed very fast.

I bought it for INR 1095 (200ml). 

Overall rating : 

9/10. Taking one point for strong fragrance. If you like the fragrance, then it is a must buy. I may repurchase it but I also want to try other variants.

Thanks for reading 😊

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The Body Shop Strawberry Softening Gel Lotion Review

Hi everyone, 

                        I love body lotions. I love to moisturise my skin and the feeling of fragrant soft skin. Thankfully, my skin is not very dry in summers. So, I use the lightest body lotions available. A big chunk of lotions available in the market contains heavy ingredients designed for drier skin. And my search for light moisturisers is always on. 

Recently, I have become a big fan of The Body Shop products. I started with the Strawberry range and am in the process of trying as many products of this range as I could get my hands on. During my last shopping spree at The Body Shop I bought the Strawberry Puree body lotion which they had renamed as Strawberry Softening Gel Lotion. Since then, it was sitting in my drawer awaiting its turn to be opened. I started using it a few days ago. Let’s see how it performed..

The Body Shop Strawberry Softening Gel Lotion

My take on the product : 

The lotion comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The pump has twist open and close mechanism. So, the bottle is leakage proof and travel friendly. One press of the pump lets out just the right amount of lotion.

250 ml bottle is priced INR 750. But I got it on discount for INR 575.

The lotion has gel like consistency and orange pink colour. Spreads well and exudes a very pleasant sweet fruity fragrance. Fragrance does not resemble actual strawberries but kind of like strawberry candy. I love the fragrance. It stays for good 5-6 hours. Then starts fading. But I have noticed that if I use it regularly, my skin keeps smelling like this lotion even after washing my hands. 

The moisturisation it provides is very little. It’s like using water to moisturise your skin. So buy it only if your skin is not too dry. It is a big no-no in winters. IMO the price you pay is not worth it. 

Final verdict : 

I rate this lotion 6/10.

Fragrance is nice. But why would anyone buy a lotion just for fragrance when it does nothing to moisturise the skin. Aren’t perfumes designed to fulfill that purpose? 

I am not going to repurchase this. 

Thanks for reading. ☺😘😍


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Santoor Light Moisturizing Body Lotion

Hi there, 

               Today I am gonna review Santoor Light Moisturizing Body Lotion which I purchased along with Yardley Morning Dew Body Lotion (review here) . Though I had three body lotions to finish, still I cannot contain the urge to buy and try new products. So, this body lotion was bought totally out of greed πŸ˜‰πŸ‘Ώ.

                           

                                Price :  INR 215 (for 300 ml).

                                   Shelf life : 24 months.


My take on the product :  

Lotion comes in a white and green plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The look, color and graphics of the bottle look cooling to the eyes 😎. But pump stops working properly after half the lotion is used.

Lotion is white in colour and has gel like consistency. On application it feels watery  but does not give any oily feeling. Fragrance is powdery-floral-soap like. There is nothing much to say about fragrance.

I tried to use this lotion in spring. It did not moisturise at all. Skin starts feeling dry again after 30 minutes of application. Ingredient list is full of chemicals. Sandalwood extract and aloe extract are at the bottom of ingredients. It shows how little amount of these ingredients has been used in the lotion.

It doesn’t get absorbed into the skin at all. Just sits on the skin and forms a film. If I wash hand with water even after hours of application, it is still there and gives a slimy feeling.

Pros : 

  1. Cool packaging.
  2. Pocket friendly.
  3. Non sweaty.
  4. Non oily.

Cons : 

  1. Not moisturizing at all. Not suitable for winters and for dry skinned people.
  2. Does not get absorbed.
  3. Pump stops working after half the bottle is finished.
  4. Full of chemicals. Very little amount of natural extracts is used.

Overall verdict : 

3/10. This is the worst lotion I have used till date. Does not even fulfill the purpose of a lotion. Buy it only if you want to apply some fragrant chemicals on your skin.

A quick tip : 

 I am using this lotion as a shaving gel to shave my legs. And it is working amazinglyyyyy….. It is the cheapest shaving gel ever πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰.

Thanks for reading. Take care.





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Macaroni Springs : Indian style

My culinary journey started when I was 10 years old. I was the eldest one among three siblings. Growing up in a middle class Indian family I soon came to realise, how important it is for our families to teach girls how to cook. In order to fit in well in ‘Sasuraal’ (in laws house) a girl must know how to prepare lip-smacking delights. In India, most men (and also women) think cooking is women’s department and in some middle class families men in kitchen are still frowned upon. I was lucky, when 13 years later I realised this is not the situation in all families. My husband loves cooking and in my ‘Sasuraal’ (in laws house) all men cook and not only cook, they cook mouth-watering delicacies. 

When I was growing up, my mother used to had severe migraine attacks. Men never entered the kitchen, so I had to start learning to cook at the age of 10. Though I hated it at that time, it was about to become a boon for me in later years. By the time I was 21, I was the best cook next to my mom in my whole family. After completing studies, when I was working in Delhi, it were only my culinary skills which made me able to feed myself and my roommate whenever our maid was away. 

First from Right hand side is me. When i was in college πŸ‘―πŸ‘­

10 more years later, I am married and mommy to a 5 year old. Each day is a roller-coaster ride in kitchen. New demands everyday, new inventions everyday. Bittu, my 5 year old son does not eat daal, rice, roti everyday and I am always in search of new ways to cook his favorite foods in a healthy way. I cook even in my dreams. He loves Macaroni and Pasta. Instead of preparing regular Mac and cheese, I wanted to cook something different, more in line with our regular Indian food. So, came up with this recipe:

Ingredients : 

  • Macaroni Springs.                 150 gm
  • One diced Onion.                   Medium sized
  • One diced Tomato.                Medium sized
  • Olive oil.                                   2 tsp
  • Pasta sauce.                             2 tbsp
  • Salt.                                            2 tbsp
  • A pinch of Red chilli powder
  • Dried Oregano flakes

Preparation : 

Put water to boil. Add salt to it. Then add Macaroni Springs. Let it boil. After Macaroni is cooked, drain water, but leave a little pasta water in it. Don’t drain completely.

Add Olive oil to a frying pan and sautΓ© onion. Then add tomatoes, red chilli powder and pasta sauce. Add 2-3 tbsp of pasta water. Cook it while stirring. Once it reaches the desired consistency, add boiled Macaroni Springs. Mix well and cook on low heat for 3 minutes. Garnish with oregano and serve.

Thanks for reading 😍😘🍝

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Lotus Herbals Nutramoist Skin Renewal Daily moisturising crème review 

Hello everyone, 

                           Today I am going to review Lotus herbals Nutramoist Skin Renewal Daily moisturising crΓ¨me. This review was due for a long time. But finally…….. This product was not actually a purchase. I got it in exchange for a fake MAC lipstick which I bought in my ignorance. As soon as I came to know of the lipstick being a fake product I returned that and took this in exchange. Let’s see how it fared for me.

Lotus Herbals Nutramoist skin renewal daily moisturising crème

                               Price : INR 395 (for 50g).

                                   Shelf life :  3 years.

My take on the product : 

Cream comes in a heavy glass jar with a metal screw cap. Packaging looks nice but not travel friendly. There is an additional plastic lid underneath the cap to stop cream from spilling into the cap during traveling. 

Cream is pinkish white in colour. Has gel like consistency. Spreads easily. Has nice floral-fruity fragrance. To me, it smells like Mogra flowers. I liked the fragrance very much. 

Moisturises very well. My skin is not very dry. So, I apply it once and do not need reapplication until I wash my face next time. Plus it feels oily in summers. So, I use it only in winters. But a major con is it breaks me out if overused. Maybe I am allergic to some ingredient in this cream. 

Pros : 

  1. Pocket friendly.
  2. Nice fragrance.
  3. Doesn’t feel heavy and spreads easily.
  4. Easily absorbed.
  5. Moisturises very nicely.
  6. Contains SPF 25.

Cons : 

  1. Contains many chemicals.
  2. Breaks me out.
  3. Bulky packaging.

Final verdict : 

8/10. If you don’t have sensitive skin and it does not break you out, then it is a nice moisturiser.

Thanks for reading 😊😘

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Yardley London Morning Dew moisturising body lotion reviewΒ 

Hey friends, 

                   How are you all? Summer is arriving. Gone are the days of chilly winds and sunbathing. Body butters are starting to feel heavy on skin. So I thought of buying some light body lotion. I went for shopping and I intended to buy only one bottle of lotion. But I bought two, as they looked so tempting. One lotion from Yardley and another one from Santoor. Today I will review Yardley London Morning Dew moisturising body lotion. 

Yardley London Morning Dew Body Lotion

Product description :

Yardley London selects only the finest ingredients for its products. The combination of Mandarin and Patchouli oils gives a fresh fragrance while the essential nutrients moisturise the skin giving it a softer and smoother feel.

Price : 

INR 290 (for 350 ml).

Shelf life : 

24 months.

Ingredients : 

Water, Glyceryl stearate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Isopropyl myristate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerine, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid, BHT, Carbomer, Cetearyl alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl alcohol, Panthenol, Sodium hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Olive oil, Hydrolysed soy protein, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.

My take on the product : 

The lotion comes in a sturdy white colour plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. It was 1/4th empty when I bought it. The lotion could have been contained in a smaller bottle. Therefore the bottle is unnecessarily bulky and not travel friendly. 

The lotion is white coloured and gel like i.e. neither thick nor runny in consistency. Light texture and does not feel heavy on application. Fragrance is pleasant and quite musky. If you don’t like musky fragrance then it is not for you. 

Moisturises well but large amount is required to be applied than other lotions. Staying power is an issue as it does not stay for long.

Pros : 

  1. Nice fragrance.
  2. Light texture. Gets dried very fast.
  3. Pump dispenser.
  4. Adequate moisture for summer.
  5. Pocket friendly.

Cons : 

  1. Unnecessarily bulky bottle. Not travel friendly.
  2. Not good for winters and for very dry skinned people.
  3. Fragrance may not be liked by everyone.
  4. Full of chemicals.

Overall rating : 

6/10.

Will I repurchase : 

No. There are better options available.

Thanks for reading.

                     

     

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The Body Shop strawberry body butter reviewΒ 

Hi there, 

                Today I am going to review a product from my favourite brand i.e. The Body Shop. I first tried the Born lippy strawberry lip balm and since then I have become a fan of TBS. Recently I bought the Strawberry body butter and I am loving it πŸ˜™.  

The Body Shop strawberry body butter

Product description : 

This rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in, to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Trade Shea butter and has a sweet strawberry fragrance. 

How to use : 

Massage into the skin. Be generous. It works even better after the bath or shower. 

Shelf life :  3 years. 

Price :  INR 1150 (for 200 ml / 192 g). 

My take on the product : 

The body butter comes in a wide plastic tub with a screw cap. Texture of body butter is creamy, thick and really like butter. Color is light pink. Fragrance is sweet and strawberry likeπŸ“πŸ“πŸ“. Very pleasant. ….yummmm….πŸ˜›. On application it feels like I am applying some strawberry cream on my skin. Makes me want to eat it. 

Fragrance stays for good 3-4 hours after application. A light hint of fragrance remains even longer. In fact, I am right now sniffing it off my skin 😁. 
Moisturises very well and a little amount is enough for whole body. It does not feel greasy at all. I live in Central India and the Spring here is quite warm. Still, I am using it in March. No feeling of stickiness. 

My skin feels soft and smells heavenly. It has become my HG body moisturiser. Muaaahh….πŸ˜πŸ˜™πŸ˜™.

Pros : 

  1. Moisturises very nicely. 
  2. Gets absorbed fast. 
  3. Very beautiful fragrance. Feels like eating dessert. 
  4. Buttery texture. 
  5. Non greasy. 
  6. Beautiful packaging. 

Cons : 

  1. High price. 
  2. Contains preservatives. 
  3. Tub packaging is not hygienic. 

Overall rating :  9.5/10 (Highly recommended).

Will I repurchase : 

O yeah……I am definitely going to repurchase it. 

Thanks for reading. Stay happy. 

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Dove Gentle Exfoliating Bodywash reviewΒ 

Hey friends πŸ™Œ, 

                           Here I am. ..again with a review πŸ˜‰.  This time it is a bodywash from Dove. I have been using Dove soap, on and off, since my childhood. I love the moisturisation they provide, but hate the slimy feeling they too provide πŸ˜₯. I once tried Dove Deeply Nourishing Bodywash and it hasn’t had that slimy feeling. So when I saw this Dove Gentle Exfoliating Bodywash I decided to buy it. 

Dove Gentle Exfoliating Bodywash

Product description :

This bodywash contains Exfoliating beads which provide gentle exfoliation and Nutrium moisture for nourishment of the skin. It is enriched with skin-natural lipids which get absorbed while you shower. Promises more beautiful skin in the long term, if used daily. 

Shelf life :  24 months.

Price :  INR 160 (for 190 ml).

My take on the product : 

The bodywash comes in an oval shaped white plastic bottle. It has a flip top cap which closes tightly and there is no chance of spillage. Bottle is quite travel friendly. 

Bodywash is creamy in texture and white in colour. Consistency is slightly runny. It contains tiny blue colored exfoliating beads. 

Lathers very well. But smells like a detergent. Neither unpleasant nor very pleasant. Skin feels soft on regular usage.

Pros : 

  1. Exfoliating beads do their job well.
  2. Pocket friendly. 
  3. Makes skin soft on regular use. 
  4. Travel friendly packaging. 
  5. Does not dry out skin. 

Cons : 

  1. Contains plastic beads which pollute water bodies and are dangerous for aquatic life. It’s a very major con according to me.
  2. Not suitable to be used ‘down there’ as it contains plastic beads. 
  3. Smells like detergent. 

Overall rating :  7/10

Will I repurchase : No.

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The Body Shop makeup & skincare (strawberry range) haulΒ 

Hi, 

      Today’s post is not a review…… for a change. Instead, this is a haul post which I was planning to write for quite a few days. A few months ago I visited Udaipur which is a historical city in Rajasthan, to see a doctor in relation to some health concerns. I planned some shopping in advance and made my husband agree to it. Since it was July, heat and humidity were at their peak. We decided to go to a shopping mall and spend a leisurely afternoon there…..shopping and eating. πŸ˜ƒ

The moment we entered The Celebration Mall (Udaipur), I started searching for a store where I can satiate my appetite for beauty products. Then I spotted The Body Shop. I was like πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸƒπŸƒ. There, I was introduced to the strawberry range which is one of my favourite fruits. I tried the Born lippy strawberry lip balm πŸ“ first and I was hooked. So what products did I buy ? 

  1. The Body Shop strawberry shower gel. 
  2. The Body Shop strawberry softening gel lotion.(review here)
  3. The Body Shop strawberry body mist. 
  4. The Body Shop born lippy strawberry lip balm. 
  5. The Body Shop liquid eye liner.
  6. The Body Shop color crush shine lipstick (Shade No. 15, Fuchsia Flirt).

Fortunately, the eye liner and lipstick did not come in strawberry flavour. Otherwise, I would have bought that too. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†


      1. The Body Shop strawberry shower gel (250 ml)

      It is soap free and contains cold pressed strawberry seed oil. Makes skin soft. Has strawberry fragrance but not like the real fruit. Fragrance is more like strawberry candy…..too sweet for my liking. But after one or two uses, I became used to it and then it started feeling very pleasant. 

      Price : INR 425

      The Body Shop strawberry shower gel

      2. The Body Shop strawberry softening gel lotion (250 ml )

      A very light body lotion with amazing fragrance. Smells like candied strawberry but very pleasant. It feels cool on application and moisturises well. Does not feel sticky……perfect for summers. 

      Price : INR 750

      The Body Shop strawberry softening gel lotion

      3. The Body Shop strawberry body mist  (100 ml)

      This is one of my favourite fragrances. It don’t think it actually smells like strawberries but definitely has a fruity scent. Also it is a single note fragrance. 

      Price : INR 795

      The Body Shop strawberry body mist

      4. The Body Shop born lippy strawberry lip balm 

      As you see, I have two of them……on the right side is the one I am using right now and on the left is an unopened backup. I think this perfectly explains my love for them. They contain natural beeswax and the fragrance is identical to freshly crushed strawberries. This one according to me is a must buy in the whole strawberry range. 

      Price : INR 275 

      The Body Shop born lippy strawberry lip balm

      5. The Body Shop liquid eye liner Black (3 ml)

      This one is the costliest purchase in this haul. Even my husband urged me to use it up before it dries out πŸ˜…. It is jet black in colour and has a felt tip applicator which gives perfect winged eye liner. 

      Price : INR 895

      The Body Shop liquid eye liner black

      6. The Body Shop Color crush shine lipstick  (Shade No. 15, Fuchsia Flirt)

      This is a neon pink colour but is quite sheer. Gives shine and a sheer wash of colour,  like a tinted lip balm. It is so light weight that you forget that you have something on your lips. 

      Price : INR 895

      The Body Shop color crush shine lipstick

      So these were my purchases from The Body Shop. What products do you like?  Do tell me in the comments. 

      Thanks for reading. Stay happy.