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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review: Khadi whitening scrub BADAM (with aloevera)



I wanted to share with you guys a product that i have been in love with for a while, the Khadi whitening scrub- BADAM (with aloevera).
                                          Image courtesy http://www.manavkhadiherbal.com/

As we know exfoliation is a crucial step in skincare and can really help in giving you a smooth,clear and flawless complexion.Even if we follow a regular CTM routine exfoliating your face and body skin at least once a week aids in keeping the blackheads,whiteheads and blemishes at bay.I personally love the the smooth and soft feeling my skin has after i have scrubbed and moisturized it :-).
Now I have been using the Khadi whitening scrub on and off for almost 5 months now.I say on nad off because no matter how well a product works for me i am always lured by shiny new ads and tips into trying new products(aren't we all).But of course on the bright side this means i get to review more products for you guys ;).


What it claims: An ayurvedic almond based face scrub which imparts natural nourishment effect to the skin.Removes blackheads and scars from the skin.


Method of use: Rub the scrub on face,elbow&neck gently with finger tips in circular motion for 5-6 min. and clean with moist cotton.Don't rub on acne or pimples.I personally apply a layer of the scrub on my face and allow it to soak in and soften all the dirt,oil etc.After 5 mins I gently scrub in circular motions and wash off with warm water.



Ingredients : Prunus Amygdalus, Symploces Racemosa, Rosa Alba, Aloevera Tourn, Glycerin, Sodii Biboras, Base, Preservative, Juglans Regia, Purified Water.
Nett Wt. 210ml.

My Experience with the product: The scrub is grainy in texture but has a very soft base.You can see the grains(almonds??) in the scrub quite clearly.This is good since I feel like I am getting my money's worth and it will be effective.


It does not scratch my skin and I feel the base is quite emollient and hence moisturizes my face while scrubbing.After using the scrub my skin feels absolutely clear,fresh and radiant.I have found that with regular use my blackheads and whiteheads are reduced and skin becomes softer.It also has a very clean,mild scent that I find refreshing but since it is mild you dont have to bother even if you don't like scented products.I have combination-dry skin and don't need to moisturize after using this(but I do anyway).It has never broken me out but it may be a problem for gals with very oily skin,though of course I have no proof of that.All in all I love   this scrub and the only con I can think of is that since it is quite thick(i.e its not runny) once you have used a bit of the scrub it equires quite an effprt to squeeze it out of the bottle.But I find that this problem is easily solved by storing the scrub cap side down.
Another problem is the flip cap which is difficult to open,especially with long nails.
P.S. I also use it whenever I've been out in the sun too long and have tanned quite a bit.It works beautifully to fade out the tan in a couple of uses.

Will I buy it again: Yes,absolutely.Its natural and effective and easy on the pocket at only Rs. 130 for 210ml (I got a discount of Rs.10) 

I give this product 4 hearts <3 <3 <3 <3  

Check out the website  http://www.manavkhadiherbal.com.You can even purchase their products from the website.




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

REVIEW:Vaseline Men Body Lotion

I have a confession to make.Whenever I see women with beautiful,long,elegant fingers on their soft and feminine hands,I envy them.Such beautiful hands just beg to be held and adorned with diamond rings.

Now don't be alarmed I do not have a creepy hand fetish.Its just that I have a condition called........Man hands(hangs head in shame).OK I will stop being dramatic now but the fact remains that even though i don't do a smidgen of housework or wash my hands multiple times my hands are neither soft and smooth like every other woman on the planet nor do i have smooth even toned knuckles.So i am always in the search for something to help me shake hands without being afraid of scratching people with my sandpaper palms(this is sadly not an exaggeration).
So as i was helping my mom in the supermarket one day my eyes fell on Vaseline MEN Body Lotion.Now my brain immediately thought Man Hands=Man Lotion.And thats how i ended up with this miracle.
Here's What It Claims:

Vaseline Men Fresh Hydrating Lotion with Vitamin E factor helps FIX and BUILD Men's Skin health.
The lotion is available in 200ml packs@ Rs 140 and 120 ml packs at Rs 75.I bought the 120ml pack.

My Experience With The Product: I had just finished my exams and had a lot of free time on my hands so i decided to put this time to good use.I used this lotion 4-5 times a day and made it a point to reapply every time my hands touched water.The Lotion is very smooth and runny in texture.Its not thick and gets easily absorbed into your skin leaving it feeling moisturized and smooth.The fragrance is quite strong and reminds me of old fashioned shaving cream.But being a men's lotion this is not unexpected.

On the first use I did not notice much difference.My hands were moisturized but I could still feel rough hard skin on my palms.But I persevered and by day three even my Mom could feel a difference when she touched my hands.Usually when I bend my fingers backwards(I don't know why I do this so please don't ask) my skin feels tight.dry and rough to the point where it hurts to do so.But now i could easily bend my fingers and the skin was smoother and my hands softer.I loved this product so much that I finished the whole bottle(being a cosmetic slut I keep changing products even if they are doing a good job).Now I wanted to go and buy a new bottle as soon as possible to keep my hands in great shape but I couldn't go shopping for many days.And what i observed was that my hands remained soft and smooth in spite of not using the lotion for days.I guess it did what it claimed and really did FIX and BUILD my skin so now I did not need as much lotion as before.Yippieee.

My Rating: I give this product 4.5 stars.I'm only deducting half a star so that they bring out a women's variation with the same formulation but a yummy fragrance. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Time To Don The Pink Ribbon Ladies



All this month i have been reading a lot about a very important and increasingly relevant topic on many international blogs but the desi front has been quieter on this front.Its October and it is the month for BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.
The lovely people at Indusladies have organised an online campaign and i urge all of you to join in by spreading the word.
Though the risk of breast cancer is lower in India as compared to the more developed nations like America it is on the rise especially in the metros.It is reported that one in 22 women in India is likely to suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime.The reluctance of people to talk about it or seek help further increases risk and lowers survival rate.Hence its time we step up and take things into our own hands because as they say prevention is certainly better than cure.
Though the cause of cancer is still unknown and Genetics do put you at a higher risk there are many steps that we can take to protect ourselves.
  1. According to be getting tested should be the number ONE priority on everyone's lists. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40.Even if you are not at that age it doesn't hurt to be on top of things.And also each of us know at least one person who is at that age and its our responsibility to make sure they are aware and tested.
  2. The next step is to maintain an ideal weight with a BMI of under 25 all your life.If you happen to exceed this then there can be no greater motivation to lose weight.
  3. Improve your diet.Mediterranean diet is seen to be most effective in the prevention of cancer but the Indian diet is just as nutritious as long as we avoid the deep fried foods,sweets and limit usage of salt.
  4. Even if you are thin regular exercise of at least 30 mins daily is recommended.Yoga is a great way to get in exercise and also beat stress but if thats not your style then walk,cycle around your neighbourhood,play with your kids or even dance.As long as you move it will do you good.
  5. And finally like I mentioned eliminate(or reduce) stress in your life.Do whatever you enjoy doing  for an hour a day to put  a smile on your face and forget about all the things that seem to occupy your attention.I know a lady with three kids and she finds time to do all these things.She told me that the one hour a day that she devotes to exercise and other pleasurable activities is her time and she deserves it.YES ladies you do so please do this for youself beacuse ultimately if your not healthy you cant be there for your family and friends.
So ladies(and men) head over to Indusladies for all the informaton you need and help spread the word through their amazing campaign.

P.S. Breast Cancer is a serious business but we can find many fun and creative ways to send out the message.So this is my simple nail art dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.Enjoy!! :-D





Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kim's-MissKC027.blogspot.com- 500 Followers Contest

1. What is your favorite brand of make-up and why?
My favorite brand of makeup(and do keep in mind that i am a makeup newbie) is Colorbar Cosmetics. They have a lot of gorgeous colors and shade options along with quality products that do what they are meant to.Also their affordability and ease of availability makes them an attractive option for a broke college girl like me.




2. So, because it is fall and it's all about the lips- What are your top 5 favorite lipstick(any brand)- NOTE: I need some recommendations :)
Ohk so here goes
  1.  TBS No. 63 which is a gorgeous creamy coral color that is just beautiful on dusky complexions.
  2. Maybelline Color Sensational in Autumn Rush
  3. Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Soft Rose
  4. Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Peach
  5. Mac Fanfare lipstick that i have been coveting for very long :-P :-P

Do check out Kim's Blog over at http://misskc027.blogspot.com/2010/09/contestinternational-500-followers.html

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Neutrogena didn't do it for me :-((

Hey guys!!
I just couldn't decide what to write about these past couple of days but I have now decided to write about something that I just love reading about on the net.....or in magazines.....or hearing abt from my friends.Basically,I am a girl.And so I present my first product review TANTADADAAAA.
I love using moisturizers.I have combination-dry skin and so anything that promises to quench my skin's thirst I have to try.But I am also lazy :-D and so with the importance of using sunscreen raining down on us from everywhere I am always on the lookout for a product that does both.
Hence when the Neutrogena Fine Fairness Lottion with SPF 30 was released I had to try it.Now if you're wondering why I am only blogging abt it now its cause well its just now that I have a blog to.....er blog on :-P.



I want to apologize for the quality of the pics.Sorry I will get a camera soon.
What it claims : Neutrogena Fine Fairness Lotion SPF30 PA++ is a daily moisturizing whitening lotion that helps protect skin against the appearance of melanin and uneven pigmentation for a healthy, fair and translucent glow.UVA/UVB formula with SPF30 and PA++ helps to shield skin from darkening and photo damage 





My Experience : I had high expectations from this lotion since I had read a lot of positive reviews but was sorely disappointed.This does not suit my skin one bit.


  1. When I apply this lotion it feels greasy and even after a few minutes I can feel a film on my skin (strike one).
  2. Also it leaves a whitish cast on my skin that may give an illusion that I am "fairer" but in that sickly pale I just went on the scariest roller coaster ride of my life and now want to throw up way (strike two)             .
  3. I was especially amazed by the SPF 30(thats a nice number unlike the measly SPF 15) so I was determined to make this work.But no sooner do I step out in the sun does this make me sweat so profusely I just have to wipe my face.There goes my sun protection.Grrr...(strike three,your OUT).      
For a price of Rs.250 for 50ml I was expecting a better product, that too from a brand like Neutrogena.But atleast the pump dispensor and easily spreadable consistency are the two saving graces of the lotion.


Final Verdict : I give it 2 stars out of 5 since it may suit someone with a drier skin.
       




Saturday, October 9, 2010

Giveaways Galore!!

Hey guys.
I've really enjoyed penning down my thoughts and i hope u guys enjoy reading them too.
I'm dedicating this blogpost entirely to Renay Shanel over at http://hunnylovins.blogspot.com/. She has been extremely generous and is doing a multitude of giveaways guys.

500 Readers Giveaway #Coach #Sephora








She has reached 500 readers abd wants to celebrate by givin them all a chance to win some amazing goodies. Now you have to know that anyone with 500 readers definitely has a great blog.So do go check it out and
sub today.


Birthday Giveaway!!







She is also hosting another giveaway to celebrate her birthday on November 25th and this is a giveaway of her favorite things!! You have until her birthday to enter so do avail of it and don't forget to wish her wheter you win or not ;-).



Garden Botanika Slip Gloss Giveaway!





And the sweetheart that she is she is also giving away some Garden Botanika lip Glosses.

So hurry over to http://hunnylovins.blogspot.com/ and leave a gr8 big thank you comment for the generous Renay.


 
P.S. I wanted to add the following Giveaways that u should definitely checkout

"Double TRIPLE The Fun" Giveaway!


P.P.S  Agnes has now increased the number of prizes to not one or two but tree.So triple the fun.Do enter!!

Make Me Under Giveaway


Help a fellow blogger reach 500 subscribers guys.Come on and  Follow!!She has an amazing blog over at http://makemeunder.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Too True

Just couldn't resist sharing this with everyone.





















If only we could remember this on those days when we look in the mirror and feel bloated,frazzled or just too ugly to live (so basically every Monday),we could walk out into the world with smiles on our faces,which would incidentally do a gr8 job of hiding our crazy state anyway.
And if you like this you should check out http://stuffnoonetoldme.blogspot.com/ for more amazing cartoons by the talented Alex.
Have a Great Day guys.

New Age Philosophy or Sensible Advice?

As usual as i was surfing through the youtube i came across a channel that completely caught me by surprise.
Now as i have mentioned b4 i'm trying to loose weight and so am constantly on the lookout for websites and videos to help me do the same.So the channel that caught my eye was called "impatientdieter".I mean how perfect is that name right? It completely describes my (and most of yours too...come on,don't lie) relationship with dieting,exercise,skincare,haircare and everything else.IMPATIENT.So i thought there couldn't be a more perfect plan for me.
Well if you check out her youtube page * impatientdieter * or her website *http://www.easywayshow.com/* you will see that she lost weight using a combination of mostly-liquid diet,simple exercises and what i like to call the power of the mind.Now don't get alarmed, i'm not about to go all new age-y on you but no one can ignore the fact that using your mind can help you achieve your goals faster(i mean seriously i cant believe i actually have to justify 'thinking').
Now it may not be possible to incorporate all her techniques or you may not even agree with all of them but personally for me i feel that starting the day with visualizing my goals and ending the day with a feeling of gratitude cannot be harming me in any way.
So these are the changes that i am making along with a few others which i will blog about soon.Tell me what you thought of these ideas and whether you will try any of them or run for the hills at any mention of the subconscious mind.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away.........

You know what they say about good intentions right....
How is it possible that i make promises to myself every night and promptly forget about them the next morning.I personally blame the incessant rainfall we have been having but then again i can always find something/someone to blame.
For example no sooner did i get on the treadmill yesterday did i get a call from my friend that she was on her way to meet me.So i was obligated to postpone my "lifestyle change" by another day.And  today i have to go to a friend's birthday dinner.It's as if the universe has a plot to keep me stuck in one place.
Arghhh....... I need help

Friday, October 1, 2010

I'm becoming the person i want to be (hopefully)

OK!! Hi guys so this is my first post and i just wanted to say it feels like i'm finally taking some action and holding myself accountable.What that means is that i like so many of us have been trying to lose weight,get the perfect skin and hair and just so many other things.But the queen of procrastinating that i am the tomorrow just never EVER came.So this is it.........I am asking you guys to help keep me honest and maybe even join in while i attempt to right all the wrongs i seem to have inflicted on myself