I am a work from home mom of two little children. Love taking care of myself and keep trying different products to keep my skin healthy.
This is an extremely light weight serum and does wonders to your skin. This has really hydrated my skin, taken care of fullness and dryness, it gets absorbed very quickly in the skin and best part about it is that it is not at all greasy or oily on skin. Comes in a very travel friendly packaging.
Removes dead skin cells
Easy to use
Makes complexion brighter
This is by far one of the best exfoliator I have ever come across. It gives you that instant brightness to the skin, also it removes the dead skin and makes your skin look fresh. Even though I feel it’s leaves your skin a tat bit dry but a good boost of moisturiser takes care of it.
Moisturizes the lips
This change in weather and pollution leaves my lips extremely dry and chapped. That’s when I got my hands on this lip cream. It very well moisturises the lips and brightens it too. Love the packaging, comes with a push button dispenser and a small tiny plastic bottle is perfect to fit in your bag and you can apply whenever is needed. A very little product is enough.
Suitable for all skin types
Refreshes the skin
What I loved about this toner is that it’s extremely refreshing and it really hydrated my skin well. Also it’s easy on skin and does not irritates my skin, as I have a very sensitive skin type. I use it twice a day and really happy with the results. I like the packaging it’s leak proof and travel friendly.
Can be used for aromatherapy
Enhances mental balance
I have dry and flaky scalp and this usually results into itchiness and dandruff which further leads to hair fall. I mix this with my hair oil, and it works wonders for me, it helps me calm down feel relaxed after a good oil hair massage with few drop of it in my hair oil. I can see sing I can’t change in my hair and scalp health.
Contains vitamin C
Moisturizes the skin
Reduces dark spots
Reduces lines and wrinkles
I have a combination skin type, and I always look for a serum that’s light weight but at the same time hyderated and soothes my skin. Recently I was in need of a product that also takes care of my uneven skin tone, dark spots fine lines and that’s when I got my hands on this. I must say it does a fairly good job. Does no wonders instantly but yes after dedicated use I shows amazing results. I am very happy with the product and it comes in a perfect push dispenser to ease the usage and a very little product spreads well and gets absorbed quickly.
Easy to blend
Wide range of shades
Not suitable for dry skin
I have started swearing by this product ever since I first tried it from my sister’s vanity, she was using Hd Pro Concealer and a Colour corrector. I very soon got these for myself for many reasons, first one being, even though it’s a creamy formula, it sits beautifully on my combination skin type, unlike any other creamy concealer. Secondly, its extremely light on skin, and takes care of dark circles, uneven skin tone and acne marks. I just apply tiny dots of product on affected area and then blend it well with the help of a beauty blender also I always make sure follow this step with a loose powder to set the concealer well. Further more there are beautiful colour correctors available in this range, there are many variants in the colour correctors, and each comes with a different purpose. I got my hands on, orange one as this helps in hiding dark spots on medium to dark skin tone. And also a yellow corrector as this can be Used for medium to dark skin tones to brighten under-eye dark circles and dullness caused by purple/blue undertones. If you are someone with a fair skin tone, you can go for cool pink and light yellow. Moreover if you have a dry skin type, you might feel a need to give your skin a boost of extra moisturiser before using these, I feel the need to do it with a combination skin type only in winters. Talking about the packaging the, I am really satisfied as its very easy to use and handy to carry in makeup bags. Also this is not a very heavily priced product, and for the results that this gives, I feel it’s totally worth the investment. If you are specifically looking for a product to cover the flaws on your face, this one has something for every skin tone.
MAC as a makeup brand needs no introduction, its one of the most frequently bought high-end makeup brands. I personally love a lot of products from this brand and have been going back to them for the same products over and over again. Having a combination skin type I always refrained myself from using eye shadows that are creamy, but my perception totally changed and I fell in love with MAC Pro Long wear Paint Pro eye shadow. It has a beautiful creamy texture that dries out with intense finish and thus suits all skin types very well. The paint pot comes in a see through glass pot with a plastic lid and has individual shades. This has a wide range of shades, offers a mix of both shimmery and mattes. I got my hands on Vintage selection, which is a beautiful frosted dull peach and second one is Indian wood, which is a shimmery metallic antique brown. I take a very little product on my fingertip and blend it well with help of an eye shadow brush. Moreover, I love that these two shades can be multipurpose; I use the Indian wood as a bronzer and the Vintage selection as a blush as it gives a very natural and subtle glow to my cheeks. I must say that I am not very happy with the quantity that this offers, 5 gms of product in such beautiful shades takes no time for me finish. And this is certainly a product from an expensive category, but totally worth every penny. It sits beautifully put on eyelids for good 5 to 6 hours and does not crease out even a bit. If you are ready to shed out that bit extra from your pocket for a cream based eye shadow, then I am sure this is our best bet.
Easy to blend
Extensive shade range
Are you a make lover who loves to keep your eye makeup dramatic and like to experiment with different shades? Then I am sure you will love the wide range of 57 shades from NYX Professional Makeup Hot singles Eye shadow. It has a beautiful variety from matte to shimmer, from nudes to bold and bright colours. I am a very neutral colour person, so I got my hands on Guilt Trip which is a beautiful matte Cedar Brown, and also Sex Kitten which again a very beautiful Peachy Pink with Gold Shimmer. But if you love smoky eyes with bold colours, you can opt for Electro shock, which is a beautiful matte royal blue or Enchanted, which is a shimmery Smokey green. Further more, what I really like about these eye shadows is that they are highly pigmented and long-lasting. Also these can be easily used to build up or build down depending upon the kind of look you desire to create. Moreover, these eye shadow comes in a powder form and you can use it both wet or dry again depending upon the look you desire. I love to use this dry for a very light and natural look and use it with a wet brush when wanting to give a party wear intense evening look. Talking about the packaging, this comes in a plastic case, with a see through circle which helps you find you colour quick. And each eye shadow comes in a descent quantity of 1.5 gms. Also this is not very heavy on your pocket and I would grade this in the affordable category. This is definitely a very good buy if you are looking for highly pigmented product specially to create dramatic runway style looks.
Smooth and soft texture
Mac as a brand needs no introduction, its one of the most frequently bought high-end makeup brands. I personally love a lot of products from this brand and have been going back to them for the same products over and over again. I always prefer for nude shades when it comes to eye shadow and blush, and that is one reason I love their wide range of eye shadows as I also many times use it as a blush. Recently I got a chance to try their Satin Eye shadow, and I have to say I could resist myself from getting my hands on two beautiful shades out the all so pretty 22 options. It comes in both matte and shimmery finish. What I love the satin and velvet texture of this product. These are highly pigmented and really long lasting. I have been using this for a while now and needless to say I have never faced an issue of fall out or creasing. This comes in the powder form, you can use it both dry or wet depending upon the look you wish to create. I prefer to wear a primer before applying eye shadow, for a day and natural look I choose to use it dry and when opting for an intense look I try and build the product or try using a wet rush to give a more intense look. It comes in a very easy to use black plastic packaging with a see through top, which makes spotting the colours easier. Even though the packaging is tat bit fragile and has to be handled with care, but the size makes it travel friendly. The quality that this product offers perfectly justifies the price you pay for it. Its is worth every penny.
No drying and roughness
Having a Combination skin type, and with a humid weather in Mumbai, I always look for base product that is water or gel based, product that will not make my face look oily or sweaty. Recently I got a chance to try this Dream Velvet Foundation from Maybelline New york. I instantly went ahead and trusted this because Maybelline is one of the most trusted make brands in the drug store category. What I really like about this product is its water and gel based formula, which helps the product to glide on easily on the face and does not make the face book oily or sweaty, which fits perfect for my combination skin type. Furthermore, this is the only foundation that I feel lasts for about 10 hours and does not make my face look caky and prevents any creasing on the skin. It also helps my skin sweat free but at the same time its water based formula keeps my skin look hydrated and nourished. If you have a dry skin type you might feel a need of giving your skin a boost extra moisturiser before wearing this. I use this product over a primer, I take the product in my palm warm it up a bit, and apply dots all over my face and neck, then with the help of a beauty blender, I blend the product and follow this with a loose setting powder. I must say this gives a good coverage and blends easily into the skin. This product comes in 12 shades, I have a whitish Indian skin tone, and I ma I the shade honey beige. This product comes is a very travel friendly packaging and the quantity that each pack has is 30 ml. also I feel it’s the best bet if you are looking for a long lasting water based foundation in the affordable category.
Extensive shade range
Easy to blend
Recently while using my sister’s vanity I got a chance to try on the LA Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Liquid Foundation. I really love the way it gave a full coverage to my face, and because we have similar skin tone, the shade she is in to match well to my skin. But I felt it to be greasy in texture and felt heavy for a combination sin type person like me, my sister happens to have a dry skin and it suited her skin type perfectly fine. So if you have a dry skin you should definitely give this try. What I really liked about this product was that this stayed for a good 7 to 8 hours on my well prepped up skin with a primer. I faced no creases or breakouts on my face. And it did not irritate my sensitive skin at all as this happens to be free from parabens. This foundation comes in a wide range of 16 shades to choose from your best match, both me and my sister as said above have whitish Indian Skin tone and we are in the shade Nude beige. I took a very little product on my palm and applied dots all over my face and neck, then used a makeup brush to blend everything well, followed by a good amount of loose setting powder to reduce the greasiness and give it a good set. I must say that this blend in really well into the skin and does not look cakey in spite of being greasy. This comes in a glass bottle with a black screw cap; I found the packaging to travel friendly. It’s a great option in the affordable category for people with dry skin type.
I have a combination skin type, and I am always in search of base that is prevents my skin from looking oily and sweaty, water based products that gives a matte look is always my choice. I recently got a chance to try this Matte finish water based foundation by NYX Professional. What really impressed me was, that its water based and gives a beautiful matte finished texture to my skin. This gives full coverage and blends well in to my skin, keeping my skin hydrated yet makes it look oil free and sweat free. Also after using this on daily basis, I have realised that this just sits beautifully on your skin for good 5 to 6 hours, irrespective of weather you are indoor or out in the sun. I take a very little product apply dots on my well prepped up skin (with a sunblock followed by primer), and then just blend it in with help of a makeup brush or beauty blender, followed by a loose setting powder to set it in. I must say this really blends well and glides beautifully on your skin. If you have a dry or normal skin type make sure to apply a nourishing moisturiser before wearing this. This covers my uneven patches and leaves my skin look flawless and hides all imperfections. Further more this water based foundation is available in 30 shades, you can opt for your closest match, having a wheatish Indian skin tone I am in the shade SMF08 (medium skin tone with beige under tone). Talking about the packaging, this comes in a see through tube packaging, which makes It very convenient to use and extremely travel friendly. If you have a oily skin and you like Matte finish foundation, you are definitely going to love this.
I have a combination sin type, and I am always in search of a make up base product that does not make my skin look oily, yet its smooth on skin and gives that natural glow. Mac as a brand needs no introduction, its one of the most frequently bought high-end makeup brands. I personally love a lot of products from this brand and have been going back to them for the same products over and over again. I have been using this product for almost five years now, its one of the best foundations I have ever come across. It gives my skin full coverage, and hides all my uneven patches, and makes my skin look flawless (while taking care of fine lines, and all other imperfections). Adding more to this, what I really like is that, this comes with an inbuilt SPF 15, and because of this I can eliminate the extra layer of sun protection. This is perfect for people with combination or oily skin type, but in case you have a dry skin type, you can give your skin a good boost of moisturiser and the wear this foundation. I use a very light weight moisturiser followed by a primer and then use very little of this product and them apply dots and then blend it well with help of a brush. It is available in 12 shades and I am in the shade 2.0 as I have a wheatish Indian skin tone. You can choose a shade that matches your skin tone. Talking about the packaging, this comes in a see through glass bottle with a black lid, which has a dispenser. I must say, it’s really easy to use and carry while you travel. Even though the product is little heavy pocket, but this lasts for really long, and is totally worth the investment.
Intensifies pigmentation of eyeshadows
Helps eyeshadows last longer
Being a non-make up person, I never realised the importance of using a specific and correct eyeshadow primer before wearing an eye shadow. It was only when I got this done from a dear friend who happens to be a professional make up artist, who explained me the difference while applying it on my eye lids. And since then I suggest everyone to use a base before applying any eye shadow as this gives your shadow a very good pigment and prevents the product from any crease and helps the product sit for long hours. I got my hands on this beautiful product from NYX, which comes in four beautiful shades, black, white, white pearl and skin tone. I am in the shade Skin tone as I fall into the category of medium Indian skin tone. If you are looking for a lighter skin tone, its advisable to opt for white, and if you want to give a shimmery base to your eye shadow, opt for white pearl. Black helps in building a beautiful smoky eye base. Also I love that this comes packed in an individual see through glass pot with black coloured plastic lid. The quantity that this offers is approximately 7 gms, which I feel is a little less. Furthermore, what I really love about this product is that, it is not at all heavy on your pockets and is priced in the affordable category, compared to all high end make up brands. I highly recommend this product, as this has dramatically improved my eye make up game, and I feel this prevents my eye shadow from creasing and falling out and gives me a beautiful pigment. And this the basic criteria one should look for while choosing a good primer. I a m surely going back to this product
I have a Combination skin type, and when it comes to selecting base products for makeup, I prefer products that give full coverage and take care of the dryness of my skin. I got my hands on this one because, its an oil free formula infused with vitamin E and pro vitamin B5, which usually is known to nourish the skin and keep the skin revitalised. What I really like about this product is that, it is very light weight and you can easily build it up when needed. Also it works well for me because it very well takes of dark spots, under eye dark circles and even uneven patchy skin. On my daily basis, I use a moisturiser before the concealer followed by a setting powder and I completely skip the foundation and my skin looks just fine. This comes in see through bottle, with a wand for precise application. Also it is available in 9 different shades, and I am in the shade Light/Medium Warm. This one is a perfect shade if you have a Indian skin tone with uneven and patchy areas on your face. Because I have combination skin type I do not feel that this dries out my skin, but if you have a dry skin type then its better if you use a moisturiser to keep your skin at bay from getting dry. Also a very little product is needed as this has a liquid consistency and spreads easily and blends well into skin to give a medium coverage. This also never makes my face look heavy and caky. Its slightly on the expensive but it goes a long way and thus totally worth the price. If you are looking for an every day light concealer then this I am sure is your best bet.
Easy to apply
Contains SPF 20
Not suitable for dry skin
When it comes to choosing base product for makeup I prefer products that comes with sun protection, this helps me eliminate a layer of sunscreen. As I have combination skin type, my skin tends to sweat with too many layers of products. I got my hands on Lakme Absolute white Intense concealer with a specific intention to cover dark circles and dark spots, I was not expecting a full coverage in this case. And I must say this lives up to my expectations. If you are looking for a concealer that gives full coverage, you might not be very happy with this. Further more, it best suits my skin as it’s a little drying on skin and as said above I have a combination type this works just perfect. But if you have a dry skin you might feel a need to give an extra boost of heavy moisturiser to keep your skin moisturised before wearing this. I like to just glide the product on affected areas and blend it well with help of a makeup brush followed by a loose setting powder. And it stays for a good 5 to 6 hours, so I can say it’s a long lasting product and you do not have worry about your makeup melting away. My shade in this is medium, its said to use a shade lighter than your skin tone while choosing a concealer but this one just works perfect. You have an option to choose between three shades, Fair, Medium and Honey, depending on you skin. I am very happy with the packaging as its very minimal and simple, This nourishing concealer comes packed in a stick form for convenient and precise application and I feel does not fall in the expensive category.
Infused with vitamin E
Extensive shade range
Not for dry lips
Nykaa is one of most trending and often bought makeup brand currently, specially with their lipsticks and eye shadow pallets. If you complain of having dry and chapped lips, but you also love wearing matte lipsticks then always look for lipsticks with Vitamin E. When I Swatched Nykaa So Matte Lipstick first time, I instantly fell in love, just one glide and it looked so well done, it’s highly pigmented and gives a creamy Matte effect. Goodness of Vitamin E nourished my lips and my lips felt soft and supple. If you are not someone with dry lips, try using a mild base of concealer before you wear the lipstick, and I feel you will not find it to be very creamy and the lipstick will end up stay longer. This range comes with a wide variety of 50 shades, it was difficult to select my favourites, it has everything from beautiful reds to browns, pinks to nudes. I am currently using Naughty Nude, Beachy Peachy and sinful blush. These three are all very beautiful and versatile shades, goes beautifully with my wheatish Indian Skin tone. Talking about the longevity of the product, this lasts for about good 4 to 5 hours, even though I am one amongst those who tend to eat the lipstick. You can easily wear this on everyday basis to office, college, and parties. Also I have realised that these lipsticks are easily transferred, so you got to be conscious while eating and also make sure you carry it along for a touch up after snacking or a good meal. Over all this makes a very good buy, totally affordable and worth the money, the packaging is very minimalistic and handy to carry. I am surely going back to it, to restock the current shades I am using and would love to explore the brown family too.
Easy to blend
Strong staying power
products that are very versatile and one product can be used in different ways in order make the most of it. While looking for a good eyeshadow for myself, my friend who also happens to be a makeup expert suggested me this range from Bobbi brown. What I really like about this eye shadow is that, this can also be used on my brows and also as a liner when needed. Completely fits into my requirement of a versatile product. These are available in a wide ramge of 22 shades, The shades that I got my hands on are Slate (which is a Medium grey) and Cocoa (this one is a Ashy dark brown) Now why I selected these because, these can be build up on or down depending on the occasion you wish to wear these on. Also using a wet brush you can give a beautiful and different look to your eyes. Further more, these eye shadows are highly pigmented, it glides very easily and blends beautifully on your lids. I use either my fingertips or a brush to apply these. Talking about the longevity of the product, these last for about a good four to five hours and is also very easily removable with help of a water based make up remover. Further more I have realised that, it gives best results if you prep up your eyes well with a primer or a moisturiser before wearing these. Moving on to the packaging, It comes in a square flip-open case with a transparent lid, which I feel looks very minimalistic and classy. Also this is very compact in size and much travel friendly, as these come in individual shades. I feel it to be slightly on the expensive side, but with the quality this offers and because this lasts for really long, its totally worth the money.
Available in many shades
Easy to blend
Are you a makeup lover, do you like to experiment with different looks, do you love everything glitter? If you are all these then you will definitely love these makeup pigments from NYX Professional. I am not a makeup person, I would myself never go get my hands on such products, but recently my friend who also happens to be a makeup expert, did a makeup look for me and she used this pigment on my eyes and I loved it so much. These are highly pigmented and this gave my eyes an instant edge and glammed up the whole look. She applied these using a flat brush and advised me to always use a brush for this, as using your finger tips will make it difficult for the product to stick on easily. This comes in a wide range of 24 beautiful and glittery shades; because I was slightly resistant and I love all things neutral she used the shade Venetian (which is like a beautiful copper). These pigments comes shades of beautiful and bright blues, greens, silver and gold. What I really liked about this product was, that it blends so well and did not irritate my eyes at all. But I would also accept that you have to very conscious while wearing this, as this has a tendency to spread out on your face. If not careful it might make your entire face look glittery (and sometimes you only want to highlight your eyes). Talking about the packaging, I find it very simple, It comes in a cylindrical plastic jar with a black screw cap and as it’s a see through packaging its easy to spot your shade. Every jar comes with a quantity of 2 gms, and I feel as this is something you would not need on daily basis (until you are a makeup professional), this lasts long.
Enriched with jojoba, shea butter, vitamin E
Wide shade range
Are you someone with dry and chapped lips, but also loved to wear matte lipsticks? Then Lotus Makeup pure Colors Matte Lip colour is definitely your best bet. I recently got a chance to try this while at the store to restock my lotus sun protection lotion. What I really got impressed with initially was that, this is infused with the goodness of shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E. all these ingredients are known to keep dryness away and this is what ii was exactly look for. Moving further when I swatched these I felt this to highly pigmented and creamy yet it gave the slight matte look I was expecting. Out of a wide range of 37 shades available, from bright reads to beautiful brows, pretty pink and subtle nudes, I chose, English Rose, it’s a beautiful subtle shade from the pink family and suits my Indian skin tone. After using it for few days I felt, even if this was infused with nourishing agents, because I had dry lips, my lips needed extra nourishment and exfoliation when I wore this. In the humid weather this worked just fine, but in winter I applied a good layer of lip care before wearing this lipstick. Talking about the longevity, I am really happy and satisfied, as this lasts for good five to six hours and does not spreads much. Looking the price of this product, I feel it makes a very good daily wear lipstick. This also is a complete package, comes with beautiful shades, lip nourishment and also offers mild sun protection. And with the shelf life of three years, this definitely is a must buy, I am sure I am going to restock my English rose and also get my hands on some beautiful browns as well.
Creamy, matte finish
Does not survive meals
I have a combination skin type, but my lips tend t dry very often, and when it comes to choice of lipsticks I ma more of a matte person. I always prefer matte lipsticks over glossy ones. I am always in search of lipsticks that are matte yet nourishing on lips. Maybelline is known for its makeup products in the drug store category, I use a lot of products from this brand and I trust it completely. When I first tried Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick, I fell in love with it. I found my right match; it was gliding so smoothly on my first swatch. Also the matte finish that it gives is just perfect. It comes with a wide range of 35 shades; I loved it so much that I got three shades for myself. Rock the Coral, Pop of Pink and Nude embrace. I felt it all suited my skin tone beautifully. It has a beautiful range of Burgundies, and reds too. Also what I really like about this lipstick is that, unlike few other matte finish lipsticks this does not dries my lips at all. Plus the longevity is also quite descent. It’s a highly pigmented product and sits beautifully but at the same time transfers easily, so you got to watch out for that. For the pricing and packaging, I am very satisfied as this comes in a silver twist-up and twist-down body with a translucent lavender lid. And priced well in the affordable category, as it’s a 2.9 gm product with a long shelf life of two years which is totally worth the price. If your lips tend to get oily and lipsticks are transferred easily and spreading out, you might want to use a concealer before application of this for it to stay put longer.
Medium to full coverage
Can be drying for dry skin
Mac as a makeup brand needs to introduction, It is one of the most often bought high-end makeup brand in the Indian market. There are so many make up staples from Mac that I have been using for years and I always keep going back for it. Recently, I went to restock my studio fix foundation, there was a free makeup try on campaign happening in the store. That’s when I tried my hands on the Mac Pro Longwear concealer, as it’s a matte finish, lightweight liquid concealer, I fell in love with it. I felt it gave my skin combination skin a beautiful tone down of matte natural glow, in the humid weather of Mumbai. Also it gave full coverage and magically covered my dark circles, dark spots and patchy areas. What I really loved about this is that, it was little dry on my skin and kept all my excess oil and sweat away for long hours. But if you are someone with a dry skin type, you might find it drying your skin further, or your best bet would be to mix this with a little moisturiser to balance the dryness. I went ahead with shade NC35 Neutral beige with golden undertone. I was advised, by the makeup expert at the store to choose one shade lighter than your skin tone in order to find the correct shade. This concealer comes in 16 different shades; depending on your skin tone you can make your best choice. I prefer to apply this under my eyes and around my mouth and on the dark spots, and then just blend it well with the help of a makeup brush, very importantly I make sure to set it with my setting powder. It comes packaged in a glass tube with a pump dispenser and cover, which makes it very convenient to use and take only right quantity of product needed. Its priced slightly on the higher side but as very little is enough and this lasts long, its worth the investment.
A little goes a long way
Deeply cleanses blemished skin
Cooling and refreshing on the skin
Reduces oiliness and shine
Not suitable for dry skin
I have always loved products from the Body Shop, I generally loved using products from the Cherry Blossom range, specially shower gel, body mist, and body lotion. Also I always used their tea tree infused wet wipes, loved them little extra for the packaging, as it came packed in a plastic jar (which made it handy to carry in my handbag). Once when I walked into the store to get my hands on regular buys, the sales girl offered me to try the Tea tree Facial Cleanser, and because I was already using wet wipes and loved the whole feel and freshness of Tea tree, I fell for it. For when I used it for the first time, I felt it cleansed my skin very well, but also my skin felt extremely dry. On the other hand, the fragrance of Tea tree made me feel fresh. Because it was summers and I have combination skin type, I decided to continue using it. After using it for almost a month, I could see my breakouts were reduced, and it cleared my skin a little (not significant change in clearance though). If you have oily or combination skin type you should go for this, make sure to apply a very good moisturizer to help the dryness caused. Its soap free and thus do not form a lot of lather, but enough to deep cleans the impurities from skin. Always a thumps up for packaging for the body shop products, comes a dark green translucent bottle, have never experienced a spill issue while travelling, but still advisable to keep it wrapped separately to avoid soiled travel bag. A very little product is enough for one time use, and thus one bottle should last long, I feel its priced well for the quantity and aftereffects offered.
Gets absorbed quickly
Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
Makes skin supple and youthful
I always believe in the saying Prevention is better than cure, my mom always advised me to start using an Anti Wrinkle crème ever since I entered my late 20ies, she believed the earlier the better. I had tried my hands on a few before I resorted on the L’oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. Post delivering my baby my skin needed extra care; sleepless nights brought me some fine lines and dullness. And that’s when I tried my hands on using this product. I scoop out a very little product on my fingers, apply dots all over my face and neck (cleansed and washed), massage it gently in circular motion and let it stay over night. I find this to be little I found it to be a lightweight formula that gets absorbed in skin quickly, but still it leaves my skin feel little oily. Its best advisable for people with dry skin, but because I have combination skin type and my cleanser leaves my skin dry this works well for me, so if you are looking forward for something that’s lightweight yet sits well then this one fits just perfect. On daily usage I feel it has definitely worked on my fine lines and also it has made my skin glow and brought back the shine reducing the dullness away. Talking about the quantity and pricing, this comes in a 50ml pack, which I feel is a little less also I find this to be on the expensive side. But the results you see is certainly worth every penny. Only disappointment is the packaging, as this one comes in a glass jar, it’s a tat bit difficult to carry on, and need to be handled carefully, but with moving a step towards sustainable living, glass jar can be reused to store after use. I am sure I will always keep coming to this product.
Easy to apply
Provides sun protection
Subtle rose fragrance
A loose powder is a very essential product to let your makeup stay and last long. Also a touch up with loose powder helps you look fresh and sweat free on a long busy day. I always look for a powder that is matte to balance the excess oil caused because of humid weather in Mumbai. This one is a topper because it comes with sun protection. With a combination skin type I tend to sweat a lot on my face when wearing make up and the humidity worsens it, I need a pat of loose powder on regular intervals to control the sweat and oil on my face, this powder also makes me feel fresh with its beautiful and mild fragrance of rose. This comes packed in a plastic jar with a puff in a quantity of 40 gms. I personally like to use the loose powder brush instead of the puff that this comes with. There two shades available warm pink and soft pink, if you have a whitish skin tone like me opt for a soft pink, it just blends in beautifully and gives a perfect natural pinky glow. Very affordable pricing and comes with a shelf life of three years. It’s a wonder product and gives a good coverage even I do not wish to use a foundation, just works fine on a moisturized face when I want to keep my base light. And because it controls excess oil and is very light on skin, this helps me keeps breakouts away, which again makes this good option for acne prone skin. The only scope of improvement in this product is that it contains paraben, people with sensitive skin are advised to do a patch test first.
Brightens the skin tone
Made with natural ingredients
Nourishes and moisturizes skin
Not moisturizing enough for very dry skin
A good night cream is a very important essential of your skin care regime, and I believe starting with an anti wrinkle in your late 20ies or early 30ies is always a good idea to delay skin ageing. I had no doubts while trying my hands on this cream as Himalaya is a well-trusted brand for both adults and kids range. I scoop product on my finger tips apply dots on my well-cleansed face and neck and massage gently in circular motion. It’s a very lightweight non-greasy formula that gets absorbed quickly in my skin, also the essential oils nourishes the skin and smells heavenly. Because I have a combination skin type I always look out for cream that moisturizes well yet does not leave any oily residue, this I feel just fits perfectly here and has helped me keep breakouts away. On regular usage I could a see significant change in the dullness of my skin, my fine lines started to disappear and my skin was bright and glowing. Also what I really like about this product is that it is dermatologically tested and has no paraben content, which makes it extremely safe for people with sensitive skin. According to me it falls in the affordable category, as it’s a 50 gms jar priced at 260/- INR with a long enough shelf life of three years. Also I appreciate the glass jar packaging, as it shows the conscious efforts of brand towards sustainable living. I have been using this for over two months now and I am very happy with the way my skin has changed after this, I am definitely coming back to this cream every time I finish my glass jar. If you have combination or oily skin then you should definitely try your hands on this.
Reduces dark spots and blemishes
A good night cream is a very important essential of your skin care regime, and it should start as early as when in your early 20ies. As a mom of a toddler and constant running around my skin goes through pollution, dust, and heat and all these make my skin dull and dehydrated. I was looking for a formula that takes care of my uneven skin tone, patchy skin and keeps my skin hyderated and moisturized. But at the same time best suits my combination skin type, that when I tried my hands on L’Oreal Parish white perfect Night Cream, it’s a non greasy formula that is not very heavy on my skin and gets absorbed without much efforts. Also I like that its light on skin and do not leave any oily residue after application. I scoop product on my finger tips apply dots on my well-cleansed face and neck and massage gently in circular motion and let it stay overnight. After a dedicated usage for almost over a month I could see my skin felt moisturized and hydrated and my skin tone was more evened out, but I did not see any significant change on my patches. Nut still my skin felt fresh, soft and brighter than what it was. Because I have a combination skin type and the humidity in Mumbai makes my skin secret extra oil, this works just fine, but if your skin is dry or combination and you live in an area with chilly and dry winters this might not just be enough to deeply moisturize your skin. Like most of Night creams this comes packed in a glass jar packaging with a quantity of 50 gm, I found it to be little on the expensive side, but the after effects of the product on an uneven skin is definitely worth every penny.
Provides medium to full coverage
Has SPF 17
45 shades available
Being a non-makeup person I always look for product that are affordably priced and with a longer shelf life. Also I was looking for something that blends well and gives me a natural look. So I really like that this just fits in my requirements, I usually use a sponge to blend my foundation and its just blends well and give me a full coverage and looks all natural and dewy. Also the texture is just perfect for my combination skin type, does not leave any oil or dries out my skin. It comes with a built in sun protection and thus needs not many layers of prep before the base. With the humid weather in Mumbai, it stays put well on my skin for a goof four hours and does not breaks out. I like to use one shade darker to my skin because I feel it helps my skin looks more even out. This is available in 45 shades so I feel it’s suited for all skin tones. The packaging is well thought; this comes in a glass bottle with a dispenser and a transparent top to seal the bottle after use. I like that it comes with a dispenser as very little product in enough, I take on my palm apply dots on my face and neck, spray my blender with some makeup fixing spray and just blend it in. it gets absorbed and I feel it stays put longer when followed with a loose setting powder. I feel it’s a very well priced foundation and super handy to carry on in travel. It’s my favorite foundation so far in the drug store category. And I recommend this to people with normal to combination skin types. I always use this for my day look or natural no make up look and will keep coming back to this.
Available in different sizes
Fresh and clean fragrance
Ideal for summer
I am a person who likes to smell good and use a perfume even when at home and not only on special occasion, also I like to change my perfume according to the season, occasion, day or night, and depending upon duration for I want to wear it. Moreover I prefer to wear a perfume that reflects my personality and mood on that particular day. I like to use this perfume on daily basis after shower, it makes me feel fresh and smell good through out. And also when I just have to step out during the day for a short while. It has a very citrusy and fresh fragrance, also I really like that the scent is soft and not very over powering. Mumbai through out the year has a very hot and humid weather so it’s a good choice for everyday use, as this gives a very fresh and summery vibes. I will not choose this for any special occasion where I wish to wear something that’s very bold and over powering, I find it to be a very casual and day wear perfumes. Talking about the packaging, it comes in a simple glass bottle nothing fancy, which supports the identity of the product very well. Further more its great that this product available in many different sizes, and there a mini roller ball tube available in the 7ml size. I prefer to keep a 25 ml mini in my handbag to just spray and feel fresh when on the go. You can choose the size as per your requirement. I love using this perfume and is a hit for me. It’s a little on the expensive side but because a big bottle lasts long its worth the investment.
Soft and smooth texture
Mac as a makeup brand needs no introduction almost every young girl has some or the other Mac product in her makeup bag. I remember buying my first Mac Lipstick for my 16th birthday. It was my most special buy; it was a beautiful nude shade Mehr. And ever since then there was no looking back, I keep going back to Mac for that shade and many others. Also they say everybody has their kind of perfect right shade of Red Lipstick. I again found mine at Mac, it’s the Ruby Woo from Mac Retro Matte Lipstick, and I have never resorted to any other red after using this. I feel it’s the right kind of red for Indian skin tone. These comes in six different shades, as already said mine is Ruby Woo, you can find your perfect red lipstick. Because I have dry lips, I always look for matte shades that will not make my lips drier, and this one just fits in perfect there. It keeps my lips moisturised yet gives a beautiful matte effect. These lipsticks are little over priced but they come with a long shelf life of 3 years that totally make it worth the investment and bonus is that you get a good quality product for your lips. I also feel that this lipstick transfers a little bit as its highly pigmented, so you might always want to carry this along for a retouch as needed. Also I feel its very easy to remove this, I just use a cotton swab with some water based makeup remover and I am sorted. Further more I have realised that, if applied with help of a brush this comes out with more precision compared to when you just glide it.
Available in different sizes
Clean, fresh, and feminine fragrance
It was my cousin’s birthday this April and since she was entering adulthood I was looking for something that’s versatile and apt for the occasion. Shortlisted a few perfumes, as I love gifting fragrance to near and dear ones. I was in search for a fragrance that’s fresh yet over powering. I opted for Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau De Toilette spray, because the fragrance reflects feminity but at the same time its also very fresh and flirtatious. It’s all the vibe that a young adult should be leaving behind, and I believe using a perfume that reflects your identity. Further more when for gifting purpose the packaging of a perfume plays an important role, this comes in a glass jar that is finely decorated with daisies on top. I am sure every young adult will love owning something so fancy and beautiful. It’s the perfect blend of playfulness yet elegance. And trust me she is in love with it, she feels this one just matches her vibes, perfect to be worn both at day and night and is also long lasting enough. Even though its more of fresh and bright and sweet fragrance and is apt for summers, but since she leaves in Mumbai, this can be a good choice through out the year. I opted for a 50 ml bottle with a 10 ml mini (which comes in a roller ball tube) as the tube will be handier for her to carry on. Also there is a bigger variant available in 100 ml. Its priced slightly on a higher side, but its certainly worth every penny, the beautiful bottle kept at your table top will do the talking for the money spent on this. If you are looking for a gift for a young girl or something young and fresh for yourself you should definitely consider using this.
Unique arrow applicator for precise application
Difficult to remove
Maybelline has always been favourite and s very promising drug store makeup brands. If you are a person who eats up the lipstick soon after you wear it, or you complain about lipstick being easily transferable, then this is your best bet. Maybelline New York Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick will definitely put an end to your search for a long lasting lipstick. It stays put for 16 long hours, yet has a very smooth and flawlessly matte finish. Because I have dry lip I always prefer to prep up my lips with a moisturising lip care and then wear this liquid lipstick. It comes in a colored plastic tube (quantity is 5ml) that features a unique arrow applicator for precise application. I love how well pigmented these lipsticks are. I am currently using two shades from this range Poet and Fighter and both are beautiful shades of Nude. But this currently has a wide range of 33 beautiful shades, which includes nudes, reds, pinks, and browns too. What sometimes keeps me shy of using this is that in winters this really dries out my lips and removing this is quite a task. You will need an oil based make remover to fully remove this off. Water based removers does not work well for this. Further more I always feel a need to mild scrubbing on my lips to exfoliate my lips after using this for two consecutive days. Take extra care of your lips if you have dry lips like mine when you get your hands on this. But if longevity and beautiful mattes is what you are looking for, then you will definitely love it. It is one of best option available in this category that is not heavy on your pocket either.
Provides intense nourishment
Makes the hair manageable
Prevents hair breakage
I was blessed with a naturally straight and silky hair that needed least care, but with time and hormonal changes during pregnancy and post pregnancy and due to lack of sleep, my hair started to look dull. I faced hair fall, damaged hair exposure to pollution and dust was another reason to all these hair problems. I was advised by a hair expert to oil my hair at least once a week and use conditioner and most importantly a serum after wash to protect my hair from dust and pollution and give it that extra boost of nourishment. That’s when I went to a beauty store next to my house and got my hands on this, little did know, it worked like magic on my hair initially. I took a very little product in my palm and massaged it through my strands till end on damp hair. It helped my hair look healthy and shiny. Also it took care of the dry and damaged hair. I felt the product was not at all greasy and did not leave my hair looking sticky or oily. But after regular usage, as my hair got back its nourishment, I felt I now needed something lighter. I feel it is meant for people with very dry and frizzy hair. So according to me if you have straight and silky hair type like mine, you can choose to use this, when you know your hair is getting dry or your hair will be exposed to styling rods or heat continuously for few days. But if you have dry and unmanageable frizzy hair this is the perfect product for you. This serum comes in a transparent glass bottle with a pump dispenser. I feel the brand can work better on packaging as I have faced product spill problem while I carried this in my travel pouch. Make sure you pack this in a separate plastic pouch to avoid any spills.
Are you a non-makeup person like me? Do you prefer carry easy to do and minimal make up products? I always look for easy way out when it comes to makeup. Also I prefer long lasting and waterproof makeup that stays put for long and rarely needs touch up. I found this eyeshadow stick fitting in perfect to all my requirements, its very easy to use, all you need to do is just apply very little on your eye lid and blend well with a brush (I prefer to use my finger tips). I feel the product is very well pigmented and stays put for good four to five hours or even more, also because its water proof, it does not breakout due to sweat. What I really about the packaging is that it coms with a detachable sharpener of its own, and you can very easily sharpen the product when needed. You need not carry a separate tool for this. I feel it’s a very good and affordable eyehsadow, I own two shades from this range, Blush and Goldshow. It comes in 13 different shades, and I very soon plan to get my hands on the shade sun down too. Also I feel its very easy to carry in makeup pouch and does not takes much space. Even though I have sensitive skin type, this does not irritates my skin and is not itchy, also I can easily remove this with a cotton swab and miceller make up remover. I feel the brand can work on the quantity of the product; the stick has 1.4 gm of product, which gets used very quickly. But otherwise I m all happy with the product and it’s a must try for all makeup lovers and even for non-makeup people, you can also use this as an eyeliner
Stimulates hair growth
I was blessed with a naturally straight and silky hair that needed least care, but with time and hormonal changes during pregnancy and post pregnancy and due to lack of sleep, my hair started to look dull. I faced hair fall, damaged hair exposure to pollution and dust was another reason to all these hair problems. I was now in search for a vitalizing Serum that’s water based and light in texture. That when a friend introduced me to this magical product. It’s a perfect product for silky and straight hair. Unlike all other serums, this has to be applied on dry hair (not damp hair). I take required quantity on my palm and massage my scalp and strands down till tip. I practise this trice a week. And trust me, this works magic on my hair, its water based formula does not make my hair oily or scalp greasy, but takes care of the glow and shine of my hair. It has nourished my scalp and prevents split ends. I have been using this product on my coloured hair for over three months now and I see no side effects. Also issue it before any heat exposure that my hair goes through and it protects my hair and my hair does not look dull or damaged anymore. If you have extremely dry frizzy and damaged hair, you might want to try something more heavy, but for silky and straight hair like mine this works the best. Packaging is well thought and very handy to carry in your travel pouch, It comes in a semi-transparent plastic bottle with a nozzle and a screw cap. It comes in a 120 ml bottle, which is affordably priced; also I do not need it in large quantity, thus one bottle lasts for good three to four months
Contains vitamins A, C, E and F
Fades blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles
Can get greasy
I always believe in the saying Prevention is better than cure, my mom always advised me to start using an Anti Wrinkle crème ever since I entered my late 20ies, she believed the earlier the better. After delivering my child and due to all the hormonal changes that my body went through, my skin had become very dull and lost its glow, I knew sleep less nights were one of the reason behind this too. I decided to introduce a skin care routine at night to repair my skin. It was winters when I started using this Aroma Magic Night cream. It’s a chemical Free cream enriched with goodness of Vitamin E, Peach Wheat Germ, Sunflower Seed and vegetable oil. It worked wonders on my skin initially and took away all the extra dryness that was damaging my skin further. After using it for few days I realized because now my skin was a little nourished and not extremely dry anymore, it felt little too heavy on my skin. That’s when I stopped using it, I feel, its an appropriate product if you have extremely dry skin to normal skin, for people with combination skin type, you can either use it in winters or only occasionally when you feel your skin is drying out. Otherwise you might feel greasy and oily residue on your skin. Nonetheless I feel, its completely worth the money, as its not very heavy on pocket and comes packed in a luxurious looking blue plastic tub with screw cap. For whatever time I used it helped my skin recover from dryness, and reduced blemishes from skin, also it made my skin look shiny and got back the natural glow even in chilly dry winters. So if you have a dry skin type and you are looking for an affordable night cream, this is your best bet.
Soft transitions into different notes
I always believe in wearing a perfume that reflects my personality, the fragrance you wear leaves an opinion and impression about what kind of a person you are. I always love fragrances that are more fresh, playful, and floral. I am a person who is outgoing and loves to stay young at heart. Recently a dear friend from college gifted me this perfume, and I fell in love with it. At the first look I loved the whole glamorous packaging in bright pink coloured box, when unboxed I was attracted towards the eye-catching glass bottle with gold details and a hot pink ribbon tied around its neck and a with a crystal lid that finishes off with a very chic look. The bottle looked really pretty and for me packaging and the look of bottle really plays an important role while selecting a perfume, because I feel it just looks pretty when you a have pretty looking bottle on your dressing table top. Moving further, I found the fragrance to be just exactly how I like it, fresh, playful, I loved a mild tinge of sweet vanilla and the blend of jasmine gave it a floral vibe. This makes up for a good summer perfume. I was gifting with a 100 ml bottle along with a 7ml roller ball tube that goes handy in my purse, there is another variant of size in a 50 ml. Because I loved it so much I enquired about its pricing, I found it to be little on an expensive side, as the perfume does not last for a very long time. But I would say it’s a good buy if your preference is a fragrance that’s a blend of sophistication yet wild. Also I feel this makes a good gift for young and outgoing women.
A little goes a long way
Fresh flower fragrance
Not travel-friendly packaging
I strongly believe that the fragrance you wear should match your personality and aura. Also I believe the fragrance should be appropriate according to the season, occasion and duration that you wish it to stay for. For my daily wear I prefer something fresh, floral and mild, but there are occasions when I like to wear a fragrance that’s bold, overpowering. Specially when going out for those special dinner dates, I like my fragrance to reflect the romantic and intimate side of my personality. And this perfume is all about that, I love how mildly over powering and intimate the fragrance is. I also love the perfect blend of cosiness that the softwoods and flowers add to its vibes. It’s also a very lost lasting fragrance, which makes me smell heavenly throughout in humid weather of Mumbai. I find it more apt for a chilly and cosy night scene, instead of a summer or a daywear. Also the packaging of the perfume gives the first impression of the fragrance that it holds, and this one comes in a minimal see through glass bottle with a silver spray lid. I would have loved it more if the spray lid had a secure lid on top of it. But the packaging does justice to the less is more identity of the fragrance that it has. Just a few sprays are enough, as the fragrance is long lasting and strong, and because I choose to wear it occasionally a 50 ml bottle lasted me for really long. Its also available in a 100 and 200 ml variant if you are looking out for something in a larger quantity. According to me this does not fall in the expensive category, so if you are looking for a romantic gift for your lady in life this can be your best bet.
Does not stain clothes
Suitable for winter
I believe that the fragrance you use reflects your personality and your individuality. Not every perfume is meant for everybody and this is what happened when I got my hands on this one. I was really attracted to the packaging, as this comes in five different sizes, each with a unique perfume bottle featuring blue gems. It represents a wandering star with sculpted facets that fit comfortably in your palm to provide easy application. I fell in love with the star shaped bottle, which was very different and unique and wanted to give one a try. But after using it for first few times, I realised this fragrance was not my alley. This one comes with an oriental touch to its fragrances with hues of caramel, honey, chocolate and vanilla. Further more it’s a very strong smell and need just one or two spray. It gave me a heavy head every time I used this, but on the other hand my friend loved this fragrance and mentioned about it. I passed on the perfume to her, as I wasn’t very keen to use it any further, and she loved it, she has got her hands on two more bottles after that one. She feels the trick with this one is less is more, you just spray very light and go on your jaw line and wrist and you are sorted. Its quite a bold fragrance, and tends to become your obvious fragrance. Also what she loves about it that there are refills available. I feel it’s a little on the expensive side but because very little is enough and is long lasting enough its definitely worth the investment. I am sure you cant judge this with just one use, give this a couple of tries and you might fall in love with this forever.
Smoothens hair strands
Prevents hair breakage
I am otherwise blessed with a very soft silky and straight hair, only when I coloured them repeatedly I realised my hair needed extra care. Now my hair texture is slightly dry and looks dull if not oiled regularly or if I skip on my hair nourishing spa session for a long duration. That’s when I decided to include a serum to nourish my coloured hair after every wash. I take a very little product on my palm and massage well on my well cleansed damp strands after wash. Because I already have a not very dry and frizzy hair texture just a few drops are enough for my hair (my length of hair is below shoulder and above my back). I like this grapeseed glossing serum by bodyshop because it’s a non-greasy and non-sticky formula, its does not leave my hair look oily or extra shiny. It just gives the right amount of glow and shine needed. If you have a more dry or frizzy hair texture you might want to use a little more than just few drops. I would suggest people with oily hair texture should avoid using this product and look for something that’s more light. This comes in an opaque plastic bottle with a pump dispenser and an outer cap for the pump. Dispenser makes it easy to remove just the right amount of quantity you need and also the outer cap over the dispenser makes it perfect and extra safe to carry in your travel pouch without worrying about any spill. I have been using this for over three months now (twice or thrice a week) and a bottle of 75 ml has lasted me enough. On using it for long enough now, I can see a change, the dull has reduced my hair looks more shiny and glowing and also I never have to worry about tangled or dry hair after wash.
A little goes a long way
Smooth transitions of notes
Different sizes available
When it comes to choosing a fragrance I am very particular, I feel one has to consciously choose a fragrance, because it reflects your personality and your vibe and your nature as a person. When I first sniffed the perfume at shopperstop, I found it to be very strong with woody notes to it. And I walked away with the strip in my hand, after some time I happen to sniff it again and I must I loved it, hint of a fresh floral blend with woody notes made me fall it. Very next day I went ahead and got my hands on it. And ever since then I have loved the fragrance. But I would admit, I make sure to spray it some time before I step out for it to let it settle well. It’s a strong smell that leaves behind the heartiness of amber and musk that blends well with the earthiness of wood. Also I like that its very long lasting and you just need a few spray to get going. I prefer to use this in evenings than in daytime. Talking about the packaging, love the minimalistic and simple efforts, this one comes in a clean and sharp black bottle in a soft-pink box. I chose to get a bottle of 50 ml, but this comes in different sizes, 7.5 ml, 30 ml, 50 ml, 100 ml, and 150 ml. I feel its prices well and does not fall in the category of a very expensive perfume, this is just worth every penny. Also it makes a very good gift for women in late 20ies or 30ies. As it has a very sophisticated, sexy and mature vibe to it and all these perfectly describes the women of today.
Available in different sizes
Light oriental fragrance
For all seasons
When it comes to choosing a fragrance I am very particular, I feel one has to consciously choose a fragrance, because it reflects your personality and your vibe and your nature as a person. It was a love at first sight kind of an affair with this one; its outer beauty (packaging) got me attracted towards it. A beautiful and stunning bright yellow bottle with a glass dove lid. Oh I found it so pretty and could not resist myself from trying the fragrance, on sniffing the note I felt was floral, but then gradually it settled into something more warm and mysterious. I am a person who loves all floral and fresh fragrances, but this one in spite of having a floral hint, had something unique that made it stand out from others. Even though it has a tinge of spiciness and leaves a trail of sensuality, what I love about this is that its not one of those over powering fragrances. This one just lends in comfortably with my body chemistry. Also when I really loved it for myself I gifted it to a friend, she is someone who has a different taste than what I have when it comes to fragrances but still she fell in love with it and got her hands on this second time. Which also makes me believe that this is a versatile perfume which most of women will like. Also just a few spray on pulse points are enough, as the longevity is really good. I chose to go with a 50 ml bottle, but it comes in three variants in a size of 30 ml and 100 ml also. If you are looking for a very versatile perfume that can be worn in a day and night both and it fresh yet has a warm hint then this is your best bet.
Prevents split ends
Repairs damaged hair
Most of us only take care of our skin care routine and follow it religiously, but do we ever realise our hair needs a hair care routine just like our skin. At least I was very ignorant towards a proper hair care routine until I was advised by an expert to follow a hair care routine and its importance. I was blessed with a naturally straight and silky hair that needed least care, but with time and hormonal changes during pregnancy and post pregnancy and due to lack of sleep, my hair started to look dull. I faced hair fall, damaged hair exposure to pollution and dust was another reason to all these hair problems. I was advised by a hair expert to oil my hair at least once a week and use conditioner and most importantly a serum after wash to protect my hair from dust and pollution and give it that extra boost of nourishment. I did not want to go for an expensive one but a drug store brand and that when I got my hands on L’Oreal Paris total repair 5 serum. On using it for almost over two months now I am very happy I gave this a try. This serum is very lightweight and does not leaves my hair oily or greasy. Because I have silky hair I was looking for a formula that nourishes my hair strands but does not make my scalp oily. And this is just what I as looking for. It definitely adds a protective layer on my hair and my hair has started to appear more soft and shiny. This has significantly taken care of split ends and damaged hair. My hair looks healthier and I am happy with the results. Also I really like that the packaging is very easy and handy to carry during travel and this product is not heavy on my pocket.
Enriched with Vitamin E
Smoothens rough and damaged strands
Might make hair greasy if used in excess
I was blessed with a naturally straight and silky hair that needed least care, but with time and hormonal changes during pregnancy and post pregnancy and due to lack of sleep, my hair started to look dull. I faced hair fall, damaged hair exposure to pollution and dust was another reason to all these hair problems. I was advised by a hair expert to oil my hair at least once a week and use conditioner and most importantly a serum after wash to protect my hair from dust and pollution and give it that extra boost of nourishment. Because I was just starting with a hair care routine and I did not know how religiously I would be able to follow it, I did not want to go for an expensive one but a drug store brand and that when I got my hands on Streax Professional Vitariche Gloss Hair Serum. Honestly, when I started to use it my hair were extremely dry and damaged, and this product enriched with vitamin E, almond oils, nourished my hair and my hair looked significantly better. After regular use, my hair got back to its normal texture and quality, I felt it was a little heavy for my hair, its best for dry and dull hair, people with normal or silky hair texture might find it to be greasy and heavy. Because I had straight silky hair, I took a very little product on my palm, and applied on damp hair after wash (only on days when I skip oiling my hair before wash). Also in summers my hair felt oily with its use, but in winders it took care of the dryness and kept my hair nourished. So if you have straight silky hair like mine, this can be a perfect hair nourishing serum for winters, but in summers you might want to use it alternatively or in a very little proportion.
Easy to wash off
Prevents premature hair fall
Most of us only take care of our skin care routine and follow it religiously, but do we ever realise our hair needs a hair care routine just like our skin. At least I was very ignorant towards a proper hair care routine until I was advised by an expert to follow a hair care routine and its importance. It might sound old school, but good oil before wash gets me so much relaxation, I believe in champi. Post pregnancy I was suffering from severe hair fall, my hair h5ad become dull, lost all its shine. That’s when I got my hands on this Hair fall repair oil by VLCC. I got this product in my pamper hamper as a new mom from my friends. I read about it online and decided to give this a try. I took the required quantity in a bowl, and with help of cotton ball applied it properly on my scalp and then took some on my palm and applied on strands and tips too. Then with my fingertips gave my head a good massage for 15 minutes. I did this for two months religiously twice a week, and I could see the change. My hair fall was taken care of, my hair felt nourished and shiny, my scalp no more felt dry and flaky. I like the fact that its made up of ingredients like Brahmi, Amla, Bringraj, which are natural and caused no allergy or itchiness. It comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip-open cap, and I carry it in my travel pouch to avoiding skipping oil massage before wash and I am happy that I have never had a spill situation. If you are looking for a hair fall solution or a good hair oil to nourish your hair then this is a good buy.
Reduces spots and blemishes
Prevents skin darkening
A good night cream is a very important essential of your skin care regime, and it should start as early as when in your early 20ies. As a mom of a toddler and constant running around my skin goes through pollution, dust, and heat and all these make my skin dull and dehydrated. I was looking for a formula that takes care of my uneven skin tone, patchy skin and keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized. But because I have a combination skin type I was in search for a cream that best suits my skin type, not something that’s very greasy and neither something that is dry on skin, that’s when I got my hands on this best suited formula in Snigdha Skin Whitening Night Cream by VLCC. I scooped the product on my palm and applied dots all over my face and neck (cleansed and washed) and massaged in circular motion and let it on over night. On regular usage for almost over a month I could notice my skin felt even, dark spots and patchiness was reduced, my skin also looked nourished and hydrated. Also I really like that its very light weight and does not leave my skin oily or greasy even in the humid weather of Mumbai, also it has not caused any further break outs or acne on my skin. . Like most other night creams comes in a packaging on 50 gm and has a good shelf life of three years. I am not very happy with the packaging, it comes in a cylindrical shaped plastic jar, and the brand can come up with a more sustainable option of a glass jar or something else. Nonetheless if you are looking for an affordable skin toning and brightening night cream for normal or combination skin type, this is your best bet.
Controls acne and pimples
Best for oily skin
I am a very lazy person when it comes to following a proper skin care regime. And due to this, I noticed my skin was getting dull and having breakouts. After being a mom hormonal change and further decrease in care made it worst. That’s when my friend suggested this, and just within two weeks I could notice the change. It deep cleanses my skin, and because it’s a soap free formula, it doesn't leave my skin dry or itchy. Also just with one cleanse it leaves no residue which makes it perfect for a person like me, who looks forward for a quick cleansing product.
The gel texture that forms mild lather took well care of my combination skin type and while not making it dry has really helped in significantly reduce my breakouts. Really a very handy and easy to use packaging, comes in a see through leak free bottle plastic bottle (which makes it perfect to carry in travel) and because a very little product is enough this should last around 5 months (daily usage). I felt an added dispenser to the bottle would have made it even better and easy to use.
I have also noticed that it takes a little extra effort to remove waterproof makeup with this, but being a non-makeup person, this works fine for me. If you are the who uses waterproof makeup often, you might feel a need of extra washes with this. Talking about the pricing, I feel because one bottle lasts for good five months, it’s not an expensive buy. I have been using this for over 1.5 months now and I have only used 1/4 of it. So it’s a thumps up for me and I highly recommend this product for people with combination skin type. Go ahead and try it out.
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