Life Update

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s been very long since I write a blog post. I have been very busy these days. The reason that I GOT MARRIED yes MARRIED in July. Everything happened so fast I did not even get time to seclude any post on my blog. Now as I am settling slowing in new phase of my life (Which I am loving by the way). I will try to be more regular for my posts now.

A Little Life Update

I will also share my wedding and pre-wedding photos in upcoming posts and lots of makeup and fashion posts are coming up next.

Thanks a lot,

Simran

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Fab India Facial Rose Water Review

Rose Water or mostly known as “Gulab Jal” is most commonly used facial toner when it comes to skin care. Rose water offers many skin benefits. It works very well as toner for all skin types. It soothes, freshen up tired and dull looking skin. It also helps in fighting acne, skin infection. Today, I am going to share review of Rose Facial Water from Fab India. IMG_0488

Fab India Facial Rose Water claims

Our 100% plant based soothing water is collected during the steam distillation of flowers while extracting essential oils.

Ingredients: Distillate of natural rose petals (flowers).

Directions for use:  After washing your face and neck, spray the facial water onto a cotton swap and gently stroke in an upward direction.

My Experience with Fab India Facial Rose Water

I have been using Fab India Facial Rose Water for over a month now and I love it. It comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a spray pump on the top.  The pump is quite good and does not stick in between while using it. As bottle is transparent, you can easily see the quantity left in bottle. The Rose Water is transparent like water. It smells like fresh roses, although fragrance does not linger for long. It fades way in few minutes. I use it after washing my face every day in morning and night as toner. It soothes my skin instantly and make me feel fresh. Sometimes, when my face feels very dull and lifeless, I spray it on my face and it instantly freshens up my face.

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As Fab India do not test on animals and 100% vegetarian brand. I do not have any doubt on the ingredients list. This is the best Rose Water I have used till now. Although there are many other options available in market right now like Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water, Forest Essentials Facial Toner Pure Rosewater but they are costly like more than 500 bucks. As I do not want to spend too much on my toner so I will definitely pick this one again.

If you are looking for a good Rose Water free from paraben, go for it.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Paraben Free
  • Nice Packing
  • Instantly freshens up dull skin
  • Good quantity
  • Nice Fragrance
  • Very Gentle on skin

Cons:

Availability might be an issue, although it is available online easily.  

Rating: 4/5 

Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 Review

Hello Everyone,

March is about to end and here comes the harsh sunny summer. Although sun protection is must all year around but in summer you need to be extra careful. The harsh sunrays can burn you and give you pigmented, uneven skin tone. Today, I am going to review Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 which I bought last month. I have been using this since 4 weeks. Let’s see how it worked for me.

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Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 Claims

The very high protection SPF 50+ cream is formulated specially for hypersensitive skin, light or very fair skin, skin prone to skin burns and skin exposed to intense sunlight.

Properties:  Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 covers a very broad spectrum UV protection using a combination of exclusive ingredients, SunSitive Protection from Piere Fabre research. Its photo protective complex is optimized, stable and effective for extended periods. It offers best protection against UVB and also short and long UVA rays.

Pre-tocopheryl , a Vitamin E precursor (powerful anti oxidant) protects skin cells from free radicals. Rich in Avenue Thermal Water, it benefits from its soothing and anti-irritating properties.  Very Water Resistant, its rich and creamy texture protects and moisturizes dry, sensitive skin.

Directions to use: Before sun exposure, apply and average 7 of pumps on face and neck of an adult. Reapply frequently. By reducing the quantity, you will greatly decrease the level of protection.

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My Experience with Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50

I recently got some dark patches on my face due to over exposure to sun. My Dermatologist suggested me Avene Sunscreen so I ordered this on. They have two variants for this one is cream which I have for dry and sensitive skin and second is emulsion for oily skin.  As my skin is combination and sensitive so I ordered Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50.

 Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF 50 comes in bright orange color tube with a pump. I like its packaging it is quite attractive. This cap closes with a click so it makes it travel friendly.

The consistency is cream is thick and creamy. As I have combination skin, I don’t need any moisturizer under this. It works as sunscreen and moisturizer both. The Best thing about this despite of being formulated for dry skin, It never breaks me out neither it makes my skin greasy or oily. It gives a little bit of shine after 2 3 hours of application which can be taken care with compact powder. It is fragrance free.

I am using this cream for almost a month now and I can surely say with this you don’t need to worry about sunburn or tanning. I have been in sun for one whole day and I did not get tan neither my dark patches became darker.

It is little pricey that is for 1250Rs for 50 ml but it totally justifies the price by the protection it provides. It says you will need 7 pumps to cover your full face and neck. I tried to do that but 7 pumps make my skin little white so I go with 5 pumps to cover all my face and neck. I reapply it after every 3 4 hours even I am in door. I am using it for more than a month and I am still left with almost half of tube so it will last with me for another 30 to 45 days, which is quite good.

It is suitable for dry skin and combination skin beauties can also try this. It might not suit oily skin so they can try second version that is meant to be for oily skin only.

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Pros:

  • Very High Protection of 50+ SPF
  • Very Water Resistant
  • Paraben Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non- Comedogenic
  • Suitable for sensitive and dry skin
  • It never breaks out me
  • No stinging after application
  • Has goodness of Vitamin E

 Cons:

  • Pricy ( If you think that is a con for you)

For me it does not have any cons. This is the best sunscreen I have ever used till date.

 Rating: 5/5

 Recommendation: I highly recommend it to all who are looking for best sunscreen.

 

Say Yes To Soft & Silky Skin: DIY Body Scrub

Hi Everyone,

Winter is officially over now and spring is here so now time to explore your spring- summer wardrobe once again. Skirts, Dresses, Sleeveless tops, open shoes, slippers everything summery and breezy.  And while you enjoy all this beautiful outfits there will be lot of skin exposure. Winter makes our skin dry, scratchy, itchy and you don’t want it when you are wearing your favorite short dress.

Today, I am sharing a very simple yet effective Homemade Body Scrub recipe with you. You  can get smooth and soft skin without making a hole in your pocket because all the ingredients will be available in your kitchen.

Let’s start with my DIY Body Scrub. For this scrub you will the need following ingredients:

  1. Finely grinned Sugar or Brown sugar
  2. Olive oil
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Sesame oil
  5. Half a Lemon
  6. Vitamin E capsules
  7. Honey
  8. Any Essential oil ( I used Eucalyptus oil)
  9. A clean bowl and spoon to mix everything

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How to Make DIY Body Scrub:

  • Take sugar in a bowl. Make sure sugar granules are neither very big nor very fine. It should be in between so it can do scrubbing job well.
  • Mix Olive oil, coconut oil and sesame oil into sugar. I did not measure anything I just keep sesame oil very less in quantity as it is very thick than olive and coconut oil. Mix it well.
  • Now add 2 3 spoons of honey and mix well again.
  • Add juice of half a lemon and 2 Vitamin E capsules. Mix well
  • In the last add your favorite essential oil. Mix everything together.

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How to Use DIY Body Scrub:

You need to wet your skin little as direct scrub on skin could be harsh. Now, take generous amount of scrub and start scrubbing in circular motion. Make sure not to be very harsh. Scrub gently in circular motions. Take extra time on harsh edges like elbows, Knees and around the feet. After scrubbing all over your body wash it off with luke warm water and pats your skin dry. Apply body lotion to seal the motorization.

Say Hello to soft, silky skin.

Benefit of this Body Scrub: 

 Well, This Body Scrub is made of 100% natural ingredients. There is no harmful chemicals, preservative etc in this so It is 100 % safe for any skin type. The Natural oil give intensive moisture to skin. Lemon helps in removing tan and Essential oil gives nice spa experience. You can add or skip ingredients as per your choice. Here are few other variations of this scrub:

1. You can add coffee powder in this scrub too.Coffee powder has great antioxidant and exfoliation properties. Plus It smells so good.

2. You can add orange peel powder to get citrus fragrance and clear skin as orange peel powder helps in removing acne, scars etc.

So girls, Try out this simple scrub at home and get smooth skin.

Have you tried this? Which is your favorite Body Scrub? Please share in comment below.

Till Next Time,

Simran

Maybelline Color Show Ruby Twilight- Perfect Budget Red Lipstick

Hi Everyone,

How are you all doing? I know It been a month and I haven’t post anything on blog. Well, there are lot of things going on in my life. I hope all will be working out soon and I will give more time to my favorite thing in the world:  My Blog.

Today, I am going to review a budget red lipstick from color show range of Maybelline.  Maybelline launched color show range of lipsticks few months back in India. These are quite popular now and I think every girl should own one or two lipsticks from this range. Let’s talk about this in detail.

What Maybelline Claims:                        

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick is a fashionable intense lipstick, which comes in chic to vivid shades. Maybelline Color Show Lipstick is highly pigmented giving bold lips.

  • It stays for up to four to five hours.
  • The creamy texture is not heavy on the lips.
  • It does not smear or smudge.
  • It does not settle in line.
  • As its highly moisturized you don’t need to wear a lip balm.

Price: 299 for 3.9gm

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My Take on Maybelline Color Show Ruby Twilight Lipstick:

Maybelline Color Show Ruby Twilight Lipstick comes in the classic black packaging. It has a band of red color on it so we can easily identify the color in multiple lipsticks. The cap closes with click which makes it travel friendly. I like the packaging, It is simple and classic. Nothing extra ordinary.

Maybelline Color Show Ruby Twilight Lipstick has smooth texture. It does not make lips feel dry. It can be worn without lip balm. It is quite moisturizing. It does not have any shimmer particles, yet it gives very glossy finish. It glides easily, does not tug while application. It is very creamy yet very light on lips.

The shade is very beautiful Ruby Red. It will suit to all fair and medium skin tones beauties. It is a blue based shade but it will go with all skin tones. You will need only one swipe to get the full coverage. I have slightly pigmented lips and one swipe was good for me to cover all the pigmentation.

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The staying power of lipstick is 4 to 5 hours as it claims the same. It survives full meals as well. After 4 5 hours it fades evenly and leave a very beautiful tint behind. It smudges and transfers after sometime of application. It certainly does not settle in fine lines.  The tint can be removed with makeup remover only.

I quite like this lipstick keeping in the mind the price of these babies. This particular shade instantly brightens up my face and makes me look more fresh and young.

If you are looking for a budget Red Lipstick, I will definitely recommend it to you guys.

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Pros:

  • Easy on pocket
  • Lovely Ruby Red Shade
  • Very creamy
  • No need of lip balm underneath
  • Does not dry lips
  • Very pigmented
  • Glossy finish
  • No shimmer
  • Suits to all fair and medium skin tones

Cons:

At this price I do not find any cons

 Highly Recommended

Rating:5/5

Aroma Magic Sunscreens Review

Hello Everyone, How are you all? Enjoying Winters!!! Foggy Mornings and evenings, Hot Chocolates and Blankets. We keep our skin well moisturized with tones of moisturizer, night creams, serums, lotions etc. What wait…aren’t we forgetting something… Sunscreen. If you think you don’t need a Sunscreen in Winters, well, you are wrong sweetie. You might not get tanned with winter sun-rays but in long run you can get pigmentation, dark spots, aging spots and who wants that. So Sunscreen is must have in all seasons. Yes, It is. Today I am going to review 2 sunscreens from Aroma Magic. Aroma Magic is one of the most renowned Indian brands for Skin care products. Aroma Magic is one of my favorite brands. I always keep adding one or two products from Aroma Magic in my shopping bag. IMG_20141219_103403

What Aroma Magic says about Products:

 Aroma Magic Sun block Lotion: Protects and mattifies. I am 100 % free of oxybenzone, parabens, harsh chemicals, alcohol and artificial fragrance. My all-mineral, ultra effective formula creates a physical barrier between you and the sun. I am non greasy, skin friendly and enriched with carrotseed, wheatgerm and jojoba oils. They provide natural sun safety, Vitamins B5, C, E and prevent visible signs of ageing. Notes of helichrysum, calendula and roman chamomile essential oils heal scars and mattify your skin. The non-nano Zinc Oxide in me is a mineral reflector found in nature that scatters harmful rays. Green tea extracts promote elasticity and provide smart sun protection. IMG_20141219_103602     Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion: Protects and lightens. I am 100 % free of oxybenzone, parabens, harsh chemicals, alcohol and artificial fragrance. My all-mineral, ultra light formula creates a physical barrier between you and the sun. I am non greasy, skin friendly and enriched with wheatgerm, coconut and soyabean oils. They provide natural sun safety, Vitamins B5, C, E and prevent visible signs of ageing. Notes of frankincense, myrrh and roman chamomile essential oils lighten scars and soothe your skin. The non-nano Zinc Oxide in me is a mineral reflector found in nature that scatters harmful rays. Cucumber extracts cool, soothe sunburn and provide smart sun protection. IMG_20141219_103541     Price:  50 ml comes between 160 to 180 rs.

My Experience with Aroma Magic Sunscreens:

 I picked up these two last summers and using since then on and off. I quite like the Aroma Magic Cucumber one most. I am doing a comparison between both and you will see why? Packaging: I like packaging. Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen has a neon green tube with black print and Aroma Magic Sun block Lotion is yellow tube. I like neon and colored packaging rather than dull packaging. Texture: Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion has texture like a normal lotion or cream. It is not very heavy or creamy while Aroma Magic Sun block Lotion has texture like Fair and Lovely cream. I mean it has whitest cast like texture. Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen absorbs in skin completely, doesn’t leave any white film or cast. It can serve as good moisturizer in summers for combination skin on other hands for oily skin it can be little heavy. Dry skin beauties can surly top in on serum can skip moisturizer but in winter you will need moisturizer beneath it. On Other hand, Aroma Magic Sun block Lotion leaves a white cast after application. It is more like a physical sunscreen. It mattifies skin as it claims. Oily skin beauty might like it as it gives and matt finish to skin. But I don’t like using it on my face as it leave a white cast. I use it for my hands and feet. Both are 100 % free of oxybenzone, parabens, harsh chemicals, alcohol and artificial fragrance. Both have a medicinal smell which doesn’t bother me much and it fades away in sometime. Both has SPF of 30 and Aroma Magic Sun block also has PA+++ So as a sum up I love Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen and will repurchase it for sure. I will skip Aroma Magic Sun block Lotion. If you have very sensitive skin or looking for a physical sunscreen you can give a try to Aroma Magic Sun block lotion.IMG_20141219_103633 IMG_20141219_103822IMG_20141219_103735 IMG_20141219_103435 IMG_20141219_103527 Pros:

  • 100% % free of oxybenzone, parabens, harsh chemicals, alcohol and artificial fragrance.
  • Easily available
  • Have SPF of 30 which is most recommended.
  • Affordable
  • Does not break out
  • Not very heavy or creamy
  • Good for combinations and dry skin beauties

Cons:

  • Aroma Magic Sun block lotion leaves a white cast

Rating:

Aroma Magic Sun block lotion 4/5 Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen 5/5  Recommendations: Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen is good sunscreen. You all should try it. Till Next Time, Simran

My New Year’s Shopping Haul

Hello Everyone,

How are you all? How New Year is coming along for all of you. Today, I am going to sharing my New Year’s Shopping Haul. I ordered lots of makeup and skin care products and got it all finally. I am so excited to try all the stuff.

Skin Care Haul

I was little lazy in past 2 months when it comes to skin care. And as result, I got little pigmentation of cheeks, uneven and tanned skin. Therefore, I ordered lots of brightening and lighting products.

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VLCC De-pigmentation Facial Kit

My first skin care product is VLCC De-pigmentation Facial Kit. I have heard lots of good review for this facial kit. As I have dark spots on my cheeks so I ordered it. I have used it for once till now and Yes, I am impressed. I will review it soon after using 2 3 times more.

The Body Shop Products:

I ordered 3 products from The Body Shop. First one is The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion. I have heard good reviews about this. They say it helps in removing dark spots. Fingers crossed. J

Second product from The Body Shop is The Body Shop Vitamin E facial Oil. My skin was feeling dry and patchy as Vitamin E is very good for Dry, Lifeless skin so got it. It is working quite well till now.

Third product is The Body Shop Rain forest Coconut Hair oil. It has lovely coco-nutty fragrance which I Love.

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Forest Essentials Soundarya Facial Ubtan:

It is made with all natural ingredients, has sandalwood-y fragrance. It makes my skin soft, supple and glowing every time I use it.

 Aroma Magic Face washes:

I have a soft corner for Aroma Magic Products. I am using this brand since ages. I have just one word for this: Love. I ordered two face washes form Aroma Magic, Aroma Magic Lavender Face Wash and Aroma Magic White Tea and Chamomile Face Wash.

Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whiting Serum: Recently, I finished my L’oreal Youth Code Luminize Super Serum. It was looking for a budget facial serum so got this one.

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Olay Day Cream and Night Cream: I used Olay All in one fairness night cream in past and It worked pretty well for me so This time I ordered Olay All in one Fairness Day Cream and Night cream together.  Let’s see how it works for me together.

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Makeup Haul:

When it comes to makeup, I am totally crazy about it. I want all the makeup products of universe on my vanity table. I know, we all want it, right?

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Maybelline products:

I ordered one Eye shadow Palette, Four Nail paints and one lipstick from Maybelline and I got 2 Eye Shadow Palette as gift from my dear friend who visited me from Australia.

I got Maybelline Eye-Studio Color Explosion Pink Punch and Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow – Sunbaked Neutrals as a gift.

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I ordered Maybelline Diamond Glow by Eyestudio Copper Brown, Maybelline Color Show Nail Paint Coral Craze, Maybelline Color Show Bright Sparkles in Flash of Coral and Maybelline Color show Glitter Nail paint in Red Carpet and Pink Champagne. I also ordered newly launched Maybelline Color Show Lipstick In Ruby Twilight Shade.

I am very excited to try all these Maybelline products.

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Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Eye shadow stick in BlackMail: I wanted something for quick black smoky eyes so I got this.

Lakme Absolute Matte Lipstick In Classic Rose

NYX Eye shadow in Golden

L’oreal True Match Concealer

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I am super excited to try all the products. I will do a full review for all the products separately.

What did you shop on this New Year Makeup, Clothes, Shoes or something else?

Have you tried any product from my Haul, How is it working for you? Please comment below

Until Next Time,

Simran