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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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    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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    A Lovely Morning Breakfast ! My wish

    It’s not every day that we get to start our day sitting in a cafe sipping some hot beverage along with a lip-smacking breakfast meal and yes chatting with our friends too!

    Recently I decided to fulfil my wish to start off the day with breakfast at a cafe nearby and that is none other than Starbucks!

    This post is not from the point of view of reviewing the cafe or the food, it is about spending some time; to slow down the fast-paced life we have and relax for sometime. To start with I decided to order a Chilli Cheese Toast and seeing this the health freak angel in me told me to balance it off with a cup of Green Tea instead of Hot Chocolate 😛 so here comes the Green Tea with my Chilly Cheese Toast!

    (I generally eat early breakfast but today had a late one)

    Since it was morning time, it wasn’t crowded at all and this made it even better for me to sit back & continue the gabfest with my friends.

    I would like to end this post by saying that, it may not be possible for us to plan a vacation very often considering the busy schedule we all have and in order to compensate for this it’s nice to catch up with your family & friends and relax !! Oh yes and start to fulfil small wishes from your wishlist!

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    Nectar – Pineapple & Valencia Orange juice Review

    The biggest obstacle for anyone trying to get fit is being on a healthy diet. Often we sideline our health and realise its importance only when we end up at the doctor’s clinic. In my mission to stay fit, I came across Nectar – that serves cold pressed juices with no water, sugar & preservatives. Before I start with the review, let me tell you what is exactly a cold pressed juice?

    What is a cold pressed juice?

    The juice is extracted from fruits & vegetables using hydraulic press (method of applying extreme pressure using certain equipments to extract the juice). Cold pressed juices are considered to be expensive compared to other juices available in the market as they are made of 100% fruits & vegetables.

    Benefits of Pineapples & Valencia Oranges

    • Pineapples help in supporting your immune system, for stronger bones & aids digestion
    • Valencia Oranges helps in lowering cholesterol levels, blood pressure and reduces risks of certain types of cancer

      Now that you know what is a cold pressed juice and the benefits of the fruits in the juice that I am going to review, so let’s get started !!

      Name : Nectar – Wellness Treasure

      Type of Juice : Pineapple & Valencia Orange cold pressed juice

      Price : Rs. 80/- for 200 ml

      For those who wish to know the nutritional content, here are the details :

      • The juice is delivered in a glass bottle which is a more eco-friendly option than a plastic one
      • The taste is truly nectarous, the sweet & sour taste of the oranges blend really well with the sweetness of the pineapples
      • Unlike a regular fruit juice which you can gulp down in a second the consistency of this juice is a bit more thick which I really like as it allows me to relish every sip of it, this is probably due to the pineapples which gives it, it’s lovely consistency
      • Nectar is true to its words as the taste of the juice is fresh with no water, no sugar or preservatives and tastes exactly how it would be, if we prepared it at home
      • Though you can store the juice for 72 hours but it is suggested to consume it within 48 hours since there are no preservatives in it. Generally I refrigerate the juice and keep it out for 15-20 minutes before consuming it

      To sum up the Pros & Cons

      Pros

      • Smart option for those who cannot make healthy fruit juices at home
      • Affordable
      • Home Delivery – they also have monthly subscription plans
      • Variety of juices depending on your requirements
      • Truly fresh with no sugar, preservatives or water

      Cons

      • Availability could be a problem, since it is available as of now only in Navi Mumbai
      • Since the bottle is made of glass it could be tampered unlike plastic bottles or tetra packs where it can be easily identified if the bottle has been tampered with

      My Ratings : I will give it a score of 8.5/10

      Below is their menu if you wish to order:

      You can visit their Insta & Fb page as well – Nectar_labs

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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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      Golden Sweet !

      We all love to snack on something, be it during the tea time or surfing the internet. With the monsoons here it’s time to make something crispy, yummy and healthy.

      Today I am going to prepare a recipe which I call“The Golden Sweet“; technically it is a South Indian sweet dish from Kerala called Pazham Pori (where Pazham means Plantain & Pori refers to frying)

      Before I start with the recipe, let me tell you a few health benefits of Plantain that we will be using for this dish.

      Health benefits of eating Plantains

      • Good source of Potassium & Magnesium
      • Rich in Fiber, helps aid digestion
      • Good for controlling blood sugar level

      So let’s get started !!

      Ingredients

      1.Nenthra Pazham/Etha Pazham/Ripe Plantain(you can find these in the Supermarkets or the South Indian grocery stores)

      2.Rice Flour

      3.Refined Flour

      4.Salt to taste

      5.Turmeric Powder

      6.Water

      7.Oil for frying

      How to prepare the Golden Sweet/Pazham Pori

      Step 1: Add 1 medium size cup of refined flour and 1/2 a cup of rice flour in a bowl,mix it well

      Step 2 :Add a pinch of turmeric powder & salt to taste

      Step 3: Add some water to mix the batter well, it should look like this

      Step 3 : Heat oil in a Karahi (vessel used for deep frying)

      Step 4 : Cut the bananas into slices as shown below (if you wish,you can cut them in different shapes as well)

      Step 5: Dip the banana slices in the batter and put them for frying in the karahi

      Step 6: keep turning the slices ,so that they get fried from all the sides and once they turn golden brown you can remove them. Place these golden sweets on a plate with a layer of tissue paper, to soak the excess oil.

      Step 7: Serve them hot ! and enjoy the Golden Sweet or shall I say Pazham Pori

      The best thing about this dish is that it is easy to make, the combination of crispy cover & plantain is just perfect.

      Credits– Thanks to my mum who helped me make this recipe

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