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The Body Shop Haul : Peppermint Candy Cane collection

Christmas, holidays, party time are all over now and it is time to get back to work. It just feels like there is a vacuum; all that christmassy mood is gone so quick but don’t worry The Body Shop (TBS) is here to remind us everyday with their beautiful Peppermint Candy Cane range of bath & skincare products. Also to find that most of these products were on flat 50% sale was like a cherry on the cake 🙂

This year TBS had come up with two special christmas collections; one was Bon Bon and the other one was the Peppermint Candy Cane. Both these collections looked equally appealing to me however it was the Peppermint Candy Cane fragrance that pulled me like iron particles to a magnet towards it; true to its name the fragrance of the refreshing mint with the sweetness of the candy just makes me want to eat it !So today I am going to talk about my recent purchases from this particular collection of The Body Shop. All these products were bought from TBS store in Inorbit mall, Vashi.

What I truly loved about all these products that I bought were its typical Christmas theme; a combination of red & green colour with candy cane design on it and once again the fragrance.. I just cannot get over it !

So let’s get started!!

1. Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel

    I bought this to gift it to my friend who is huge fan of shower gels and I felt this one will surely brighten my beloved friend’s day !!

    It was priced at Rs.595 for 250 ml but I got it at flat 50% (feels like an achievement lol 😛 )

    2. Peppermint Candy Cane Soap

    I am more of a soap lover than a shower gel only because it helps me bathe quickly unlike when I use a shower gel I can just go on and on with bathing. This one is a green coloured round shaped soap different from the regular TBS soaps which are rectangular bars

    It was priced at Rs.395/- for 75 grams which was definitely expensive but since this one was on sale, it was priced somewhere around Rs.199

    3. Peppermint Candy Cane Scrub

    I bought this product on being recommended by a friend, who said it was a wonderful experience using this scrub.

    The original price of this scrub was Rs. 1895/- for 250ml (Expensive for sure) but I got it for half the price on sale

    4. Peppermint Candy Cane Body Butter

    Last but not the least my favourite skincare product in winters is a body butter especially the ones from TBS since they are good in keeping the dryness away at the same time you don’t need to use a strong perfume as the fragrance of the butter lingers around you for quite sometime

    While the original price was Rs.1595/- for 200 ml, I had to pay half the price due to the on going sale

    I was never a fan of huge sales or discounts as I believed it is just a gimmick to fool the shopaholic customers into buying the products but for a change the TBS sale convinced me that all sales or discounts may not be a gimmick. It is best to make use of such sales or discounts to buy gifts for your friends & family or store them for your future use as they are generally a lot more expensive to buy.

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    Tea Culture of the World : Skin Glow Tea Review

    When it comes to drinking herbal teas somehow I don’t really enjoy the plain green tea, not that I hate it but then I don’t even love it. So while I was on my regular grocery shopping in Hypercity-Vashi; I came across this sales girl who was selling some amazing teas in different colours stored in huge glass jars and I was curious to know more about it. From all the varieties of teas that were shown to me I chose to buy the Skin Glow Tea.

    Today I am going to review Tea Culture of the World Skin Glow Tea, so let’s get started.

    Since it was being sold in loose quantity, I do not have the exact list of the ingredients in the tea, however based on my conversation with the sales girl, the mixture contains the following ingredients :

    • Rose petals
    • Chrysanthemum flowers
    • Tea leaves
    • Almonds

    • The aroma of the rose petals & chrysanthemum flowers is rejuvenating and the almonds just add a nutty flavour to it
    • I had to pay Rs.600/- for 50grams packet which surely sounds expensive, however you will need only 1 tbsp to make one cup of tea and the same tea leaves could be reused thrice in one day (Please note that this must not be used on the next day)
    • Preparing this tea is quite simple, just add 1 tbsp of the tea leaves to 1 1/2 cup of water and boil it, depending upon how strong you like your tea you can boil it accordingly
    • Consuming this tea regularly will help soothe & glow your skin, however I am yet to see this happening once I start drinking this regularly

    Here are a few pictures of the tea that I made..

    To sum up the Pros and Cons:

    PROS

    • A must try for those who are looking for an alternative for green tea
    • The aroma is mild & mesmerising (catches your attention instantly)
    • The blend of the flowers and almonds together gives it a tasty flavour
    • Unlike certain teas that should preferably be consumed at a specific time of the day, this tea can be consumed at any time
    • Regular consumption of the tea helps clear our skin (I am yet to consume this regularly to notice the difference)

    CONS

    • Even though the tea leaves would last long but I would still consider this as expensive
    • Availability could be a problem since it may not be available in all general grocery stores
    • Since it is sold as loose tea leaves it is not a very travel friendly option. Had this been in tea bags it would have been much more convenient to use

    Overall I really enjoy drinking this tea and it is a good option for those who are looking to try new types of healthy teas.

    I would rate it as 7/10 :-), you can find this in Hypercity Vashi or check their website for online ordering https://teacultureoftheworld.com

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    Winter Skincare products 2018

    With the excitement of the festive season (Christmas!!) comes the trouble of dry and dull skin.

    Today I am going to share with you a few products that will help moisturise your skin

    So let’s get started

    1. The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey body lotion

    As mentioned on the pack it is for those who have dry and sensitive skin.

    I love the fact that it stays on the skin for a long time (not like 48hours long!!) and has a mild sweet fragrance

    2. Bio Oil

    This is a popular product to reduce stretch marks and scars but for me I love the texture of the oil, it’s moisturising yet not sticky on the skin

    3. Oshea Herbals Glo Pure Body Butter

    This is not just a body butter but also acts as a sunscreen since it contains SPF 15.The rich buttery texture makes it perfect for the winters.

    4. Neutrogena Lip balm

    For those chapped & dull lips this is a good option to try. What really impressed me about this lip balm is that, it is colourless and also contains SPF 15

    5. Biotique Morning Nectar skin moisturizer

    A gentle skin moisturizer that gives the required moisture our skin needs without making it oily. I love using this on my face as it suits my sensitive acne prone skin really well

    Hope you all enjoyed reading this post and let me know what are your favourite winter products this year.

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    Swiss Tempelle – Deep Purifying Face wash Review

    With so much pollution around, our skin gets easily covered with grime and all we need is something that helps to make our skin clean & supple.

    Today I am going to review Swiss Tempelle – Deep Purifying Face wash.This was a random purchase that I made when I suddenly remembered at the payment counter that I had to buy a face wash. You can find this in any of the outlets of the Future Group (BigBazar, EasyDay).I bought it from EasyDay.

    So let’s get started,

    Name: Swiss Tempelle – Deep Purifying Face wash

    Price: Rs. 125 for 100ml

    Here is the list of the ingredients mentioned on the face wash, in case you wish to know

    • The face wash has a nice herbal fragrance
    • The texture & consistency is similar to that of a liquid transparent gel
    • Even if you use more quantity of the face wash, it doesn’t lather much to create foam
    • It does make the skin a bit dry but that is only for a few minutes after which the skin feels normal
    • It made my skin feel fresh & rejuvenated everytime I use it

    To sum up the Pros and Cons

    PROS

    • Removes dirt & grime really well
    • Gives a cooling effect to the face
    • Packaging is sturdy and so it’s travel friendly
    • Lasts quite long and therefore it’s worth the money
    • Suitable for sensitive & oily skin
    • Available in different quantities, so if you wish try you can opt for the 50ml bottle as well

    CONS

    • Not suitable for people with dry skin, as it tends to make the skin a bit dry
    • I have seen this face wash only at the Future Group outlets like Bigbazar & Easyday, so availability could be a problem
    • Though the face wash pack states that it helps prevent pimples, I don’t think it helped me in anyway to prevent pimples on my skin

    My ratings: I would give it a 7.5/10

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    Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick shade 16 – Review

    Some of us feel lipsticks are only for special occasions & parties but if you are like me, who loves lipsticks and would like to use it more frequently without looking loud then, continue reading this post.

    Today I am going to review ‘Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick’. I came across this range of lipsticks from Marie Claire in one of the beauty stores in Vashi,Navi Mumbai and I thought it would be worth trying. So let’s get started !!

    Name: Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick

    Shade No: 16

    Price: Rs.380/- (you may get it at a lesser price online)

    Here is the list of ingredients, if you wish to know

    • This lipstick is in a shade of brownish to nude. It is one of those you can wear to office or use for a natural look as well

    • The lipstick tends to make my lips a bit dry after I apply it, so I use it with my lip balm that gives it a lovely glossy effect
    • What I really liked is that it is smudge free which makes it excellent to use as a part of your everyday makeup
    • This lipstick lasts longer than expected and saves me from the trouble of reapplying it every now & then

    So let’s sum up the Pros & Cons of the Miss Claire Color Rich Lipstick

    Pros

    • Perfect lipstick for everyday & office look
    • Affordable
    • Smudge free
    • Sturdy packaging makes it travel friendly
    • Reasonably long lasting
    • The colour will suit most skin types
    • It’s nice to see that they have mentioned the list of ingredients used to make this lipstick. I have never come across any other makeup brand that does this for a lipstick

    Cons

    • It could be a bit drying so you will have to use it along with a lip balm
    • Availability could be a problem as I haven’t seen this in any of the malls nearby and got this from a beauty store in Vashi

    My ratings: I will give it a score of 8/10

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    Let’s Clean Up !!

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    Are you broke or don’t have enough pocket money this month to visit a beauty salon ? Or haven’t really found a good salon yet? Or You are simply lazy to go to a salon to get your clean up done? Whatever be your reason, don’t worry; today I am going to explain to you how to do a clean up at home in few easy steps.

    So let’s get started !!

    Things you will need

    • Cleanser
    • Scrub
    • Steamer
    • Mask
    • Face towels/Sponge
    • Water
    • Moisturiser
    • Alternatively, you can buy clean up kits that are available in the market which are economical & follow the steps using the kit

    Step 1: Cleansing

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    Every beauty treatment should start with cleansing. Depending on your skin type select the cleansing lotion:

    For oily/combination skin – Gel based cleansing lotion

    For dry skin – Cream based cleansing lotion

    For sensitive skin – Non fragrant cleansing lotion

    Apply the cleanser all over your face & neck and wipe off well using a muslin cloth or cotton pad.

    Step 2: Exfoliate

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    Use a scrub based on your skin type,

    For acne prone /sensitive skin – mild scrub

    For normal skin – mild to strong scrub can be used

    Gently scrub all over your face & neck; focus on your nose, chin, forehead & jaw line.Wipe off the scrub using a wet face towel/sponge. Need ideas for home made scrubs? See the link given below:

    https://wp.me/p9WGTs-1h

    Step 3: Steam

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    Now that your face is clean and free from grime & dead skin; it is time to take some steam.You can either use a vessel or a face steamer. Continue taking steam for about 5 minutes. Steam helps to open up the pores of your skin preparing it for the next step.

    (Caution: Since you are dealing with hot water be extra careful and make sure to close the lid of the steamer well).

    Step 4: Mask

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    Since the steam has opened up the pores, it is time to feed some nutrients to your skin. Select the face mask that suits your skin type and apply it all over your face & neck. Wash off the mask when it is almost dry using a wet face towel or sponge.

    You can see my blog post for ideas to make face masks at home,here is the link to it :

    https://wp.me/p9WGTs-1h

    Step 5 : Moisturise

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    Use your regular moisturiser to moisturise your skin and if you plan to step out of the house after the clean up during the day follow it up with a sunscreen as well.

    This clean up will make your skin feel squeaky clean & rejuvenated. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Please follow+ the blog, let me know your comments below & don’t forget to give me stars !!

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    What can possibly irritate your Sensitive Skin ?

    Many of us claim that we have sensitive skin but in reality what is sensitive skin? Does breaking out means you have sensitive skin? No, excess oil production in the skin causes pimples; this does not directly indicate that you have sensitive skin. In case of sensitive skin, the layers of the skin get irritated due to a number of internal & external factors causing redness, itching, bumps, pimples & dry patches, etc.

    It was hard for me to accept that I have sensitive skin because with sensitive skin one has limited options to try. I cannot try all the latest products that are available in the market and even some of the best brands don’t work on my skin. Every time I try a new product on my skin, it is more like a science lab experiment anything can happen; maybe a miracle or a disaster!

    Today I am going to tell you some trigger points that can irritate your sensitive skin

    Sun Damage

    Being exposed to the harmful rays of the sun causes itching, dry skin patches, redness on the exposed areas of the body & face.

    Beauty Products

    I always loved trying new products but slowly I realised that I had to stop this. Certain ingredients in the beauty products can provoke sensitive skin making it aggressive and red !I have to be careful in experimenting with new products.

    Pollution

    Pollution leads to a lot of skin problems for all skin types but for those with sensitive skin, extra care needs to be taken to control the sensitivity of the skin.

    Stress

    Stress is the root cause for most of our problems in life and it can play havoc on your sensitive skin.

    Lack of Sleep

    Our skin repairs itself while we sleep; skin cells get renewed during sleep and thus beauty sleep is a must to soothe sensitive skin.

    Less Water Intake

    Water helps to flush out the toxins from the body and relieves sensitive skin. Less water intake causes serious damage, aggravating sensitive skin.

    Food intake

    Eating a lot of junk, processed & sugary food causes inflammation inside the body and this acts a trigger point in provoking sensitive skin.

    Hormonal Imbalance

    Any imbalance in the hormonal levels can be a nightmare for people with sensitive skin, making your skin angry & bumpy.

    Unhygienic habits

    Not keeping your hair & body clean and wearing unclean clothes can trouble your skin making it itchy, red with bumps all over.

    Temperature fluctuations & Weather conditions

    Sudden temperature change like using hot water for bathing can cause irritation for people with sensitive skin. Change in the weather leads to change in the temperature which again leads to trouble for sensitive skin.

    Active Ingredients

    Active Ingredients helps to improve the condition of the skin but too many active ingredients being used together does more of a harm than doing good.

    I hope you enjoyed reading this post and it will help you keep a track of the activities that can irritate your sensitive skin.

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