Thursday, 28 March 2013

Product review: The body shop tea tree kit

Hey everyone,

          About two months ago, I got The Body Shop tea tree kit. I had heard a lot about tea tree oils and their benefits. Since, my skin is so prone to acne and pimples and tea tree is really good for that, I thought to give this a try. The kit has four products in it. There’s a tea tree facial wash, tea tree toner, tea tree moisturizer and tea tree oil. It was for Rs. 1895, which is a little pricey but I think it’s worth it.

          Mostly, I’m really happy with the oil. It’s just awesome. The guy at the counter told me to apply it directly on the pimples and the pimples will disappear within 24 hours and that’s what I did. It didn’t completely disappear, though, but give it 48 hours and they will totally disappear.  I only use this at night. But you can use it any time you want.

          First of all remove your makeup. Then wash your face with the facial wash. Take a damp cotton pad and pour a couple drops of the toner and dab the cotton onto your face. Then take two pea sized drops of the moisturizer on your fingers and apply it on your face. Then take a drop of the tea tree oil on your finger and apply it on your pimples. This is all I do at night to find a soft and pimple free skin by the next morning.

Positive points:

-  Very effective for acne prone skin.
-  Cruelty free products.
-  Easy to carry anywhere as it all comes in a small pouch.

Minus points:

-  I don’t really like the smell of it.
-  It irritates my eyes.
-  The moisturizer tube is way too small as compared to the other products.

So, that’s all for today’s post. I hope you all liked it and do let me know if you try it out.

Read my previous product reviews here:

Which is your best product of tea tree?

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Product review: Dove elixir Hair fall rescue

Hey everyone,

      So, today I'm back with another product review for you all. I had been hearing a lot about the new Dove Elixir hair oils and wanted to try it out. So, last month I went and bought one for myself. It comes in three types: Dryness care, Nourished shine and Hair fall rescue. I got the hair fall rescue one, which is actually rose and almond oil.

    First of all, it smells so good. Whenever I buy beauty products, the first thing I see is the smell. and this actually smelled like roses and I instantly got this one. I've been using it for over a month and I'm really very happy with it. I feel like I've been using a lot of Dove products lately but they're actually worth it and I'm gonna continue to do that.

Positive points:

- It has the power of overnight oiling as compared to coconut oil, which I totally agree.
- It can be used before washing your hair as oil and after washing as serum to add shine and help in styling your hair.
- It has reduced hair fall to a great level after using it for a month.
- It smells amazing.
- Pretty affordable. (Rs. 185)
- It comes in a pump bottle which is pretty convenient in using.

Negative points:

- It's comes in a glass bottle and so is not that easy to carry for travelling.
- Dove tests its products on animals.

       If you missed my last post on DIY hair mask, then do click on the link and check it out.

Which is your favorite hair oil?

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

DIY Hair mask

Hey everyone,

      So, today I'm going to share with you all my all time favorite home made hair mask. This is another of an easy DIY. So, let's get started,

    All you need is honey and coconut oil. The quantity depends on the length of your hair. You need less for short hair and more for long hair. But both of these things should be taken in an equal quantity. Take it out in a pan and warm it up a little so it becomes a liquid mixture. Then apply it on your hair with your fingertips. Start from your scalp to the tips of your hair. After that put your hair into a bun and wait for about an hour. Then wash your hair with shampoo and follow up with a conditioner. And you'll be left with soft and shiny hair. Do this once a week for at least 3-4 months for best results.

Which is your favorite hair mask?

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Home remedies for pimples

Hey everyone,

         Pimples are like the worst enemies of a person. I have an oily skin and I get breakouts every once in a while. There are a few home remedies of pimples and acne which work best for me. So, I thought I would share them with you all too.

1. Lemon juice- Lemon juice is known for its exfoliating benefit. It is also very good for diminishing pimples, acne and scars. Mix it with rose water, taking equal quantities of each, and apply that liquid on the effected area. Keep it on for at least half an hour and wash with normal water. Do this for 3-4 weeks for best result. You can also mix it with groundnut oil and apply it on the effected area for half an hour for 3-4 weeks. If you want, you can also make a paste with it by mixing it with either sandal wood powder or cinnamon powder and apply in the manner. Personally, I prefer the sandal wood powder more. You can also apply lemon juice directly on the effected area but I would not encourage that much as it can be really drying and harmful to your skin.

2. Honey- Honey has anti-bacterial properties which helps fight acne and pimples. At the same time it is a very good cleanser and moisturizer for your skin. Here are a few ways you can use honey to get rid of pimples. Mix 3 table spoons of honey with one table spoon of cinnamon powder and apply it on your face and leave it on over night. Do this every night for at least 2 weeks for best results. You can also mix it with grated apple and apply on the effected area.

3. Turmeric- Turmeric powder reduces pigmentation on your skin. It also helps maintaining the elasticity of your skin and prevents stretch marks. It is also one of the best ways to reduce pimples and acne. You can mix turmeric powder with coriander juice or mint juice or both to create a thin liquid. Apply it on the effected area regularly for best results. Or make a face mask by mixing turmeric powder with curd and gram flour.

4. Oils and gels- There are various types of oils and gels that can be used to cure acne and pimples. Tea tree oil, aloe vera oil and aloe vera gel are one of them. They have antibacterial properties that help fight acne and pimples. There are various brands that have products with these ingredients in it. I feel, the body shop has the best range of tea tree oil products. Marigold and wheat germ oil are also very good for reducing pimples and acne.

5. Garlic- Garlic fights ageing, removes blackheads or whiteheads and also helps reduce pimples and acne. You can rub freshly peeled garlic directly on the effected are or you can also ingest it, but don't overeat it. It might also have side-effects.

6. Pulps- Pulp of ripe tomatoes are very good for curing pimples. Apply it on the effected area and leave it on for at least an hour everyday for best results. Cucumber and papaya pulps are also very good. Apply it in the same manner as tomatoes. You can apply raw juice of papaya as well on the effected area in the same manner.

   So, that's all on home remedies for pimples. I'll see you in my next post. :)

What, in your opinion, is the best home remedy for pimples? Share them below in the comments section.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

How I style: Patterned pants

Hey everyone,

         Patterned, printed or colored pants are so in this season. Lately, I've been wearing them too. Especially, colored leggings. They look so good and at the same time, are so comfortable. So, I decided to share with you all how I style them and incorporate them into my daily outfits.

This is more of an everyday or my go to look. I choose a single color from the pants and I wear a blouse of the same color and do the same thing with the neck piece but with a different color. In this look, there's already too much going on with the leggings and the outfit is colorful enough. So, I add a neutral bag and footwear, just to minimize the amount of colorfulness of the outfit (if that makes sense :P).

 First of all, floral prints are my favorite at the moment. And I also have a floral printed leggings that's slightly similar to this one. So, this outfit is more of a feminine one. Here, the top does not have a color from the leggings and is just white. So, to add color to the outfit, instead of neutral accessories, I chose a color from the leggings and added the neck piece and the clutch of the same color. You can wear a pair of heels with this (neutral or colored, both will go), and you're good to go.

Do you like to wear patterned pants?

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Friday, 8 March 2013

The classic red lip

Hey everyone,

         I love red lips. A red lip is the perfect way to dress up an understated outfit. So, here's how you can carry the red lip with confidence, or any bright color for that matter.

Lucy Hale
         So, let's get started:

- Cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin. Let the moisturizer set for about ten minutes before applying makeup.

- Use a concealer to hide any spots or redness and also under your eyes to cover dark circles. Follow up with a foundation that matches your skin tone and blend well even on your neck.

- Complete the base with a translucent powder, as this will make the foundation last longer and stay in place.

- Use a neutral toned eye shadow as a base on the upper eyelids and blend well till the crease line.

- With an angled brush or an eyeliner brush, apply eyeliner as close to the upper lash line as possible and blend well. Highlight the inner corner of your eyes and brow bones with a highlighter or a white pencil. (You can also use the white liner along your lower lash line to make your eyes appear wide and awake.)

- Swipe at least two coats of mascara on your upper and lower lashes.

- Apply blush on the apples of cheeks and blend well towards your ears. Apply bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks for contouring and highlighter on your cheekbones and along the bridge of your nose.

- Outline your lips with a red lip liner which is of the exact shade as your lipstick and fill in your lips with the lip pencil. This will make your lipstick last longer. Apply your lipstick on top of it and blot with a tissue paper. Dab on some translucent powder through the tissue to ensure that the color stays in place. Apply another coat of your lipstick and add a hint of gloss just at the centre.

Tip: For darker skin tones, use shades of reds mixed with a bit of brown or chocolate. Keep the tones deeper. While blue-based reds tend to make your teeth look whiter, coral and poppy reds can actually make your teeth appear more yellow.

Which lip color is your favorite?

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Your skin's BFF

Hey everyone,
     How are you all doing? I love using more and more of natural products on my skin, which don't have any side effects and pretty much suit every skin type too. So, I thought why not do a post on it. Today I'm only going to talk about neem.

   Neem is very good for your skin. Here are some ways you can use neem for your skin's benefits:

  • Eat their small leaves- You can eat the small leaves first thing in the morning. It helps reduce pimples and gives glow to your skin.
  • Bathe with its water- Leave the neem leaves overnight in some water and bathe with its water next morning. You can wash your hair with it too.
  • Make a paste with honey- Grind fresh neem leaves and make a paste by mixing it with honey. Apply the paste evenly on your face and neck and rinse off after dried.
  • Make paste with sandal wood powder- You can also mix neem with sandal wood powder and some rose water to make a paste. Apply it evenly on your face and neck and rinse off after dried.
  • Neem oil- If you have a dry skin then massage neem oil into your skin with your fingers once in 15 days. And if you have an oily skin then do this just once a month for a soft and glowy skin.
                    So, that's all for today's post. I hope you all liked it. And I'll see you in my next post. :)

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